Game 65: #65 in Game 65

Wednesday Night Open Thread
Culver homers twice in River Dogs win
(Thearon W. Henderson/Getty)
(Thearon W. Henderson/Getty)

Unlike his rotation-mate CC Sabathia, Phil Hughes has some pretty good numbers in the various incarnations of the Coliseum in Oakland. Of course, this isn’t the same Athletics team he’s faced in recent years. This team can hit. The Yankees have very little chance of winning any game in which they get anything less than a solid pitching performance, so need Phil to keep the A’s in check long enough for the lineup to scratch some runs out against rookie righty Dan Straily. Here’s the starting nine:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. 2B Robinson Cano
  3. 1B Mark Teixeira
  4. DH Travis Hafner
  5. LF Vernon Wells
  6. 3B Kevin Youkilis
  7. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  8. SS Jayson Nix
  9. C Austin Romine

And on the mound is the 23rd overall pick in the 2004 draft, right-hander Phil Hughes.

The weather in Oakland is fine, no concerns there. The game is scheduled to start a little after 10:05pm ET and can be seen on YES. Try to enjoy.

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Wednesday Night Open Thread
Culver homers twice in River Dogs win
  • dkidd

    a.l. east is going to be dogfight, as expected

    unlike everyone else (bad tv ratings?) i’m loving this season

    everything that could possibly go right for the red sox has gone right (jose iglesias???) and our decimated squad is still right there

    let’s phight!

    • http:/www.twitter.com/_swarlesbarkley Mark Teixeira – Ghostbuster (formerly Drew)

      Ah I see what you did there….

    • Pseudoyanks

      For Prussia!

      • Havok9120

        Jawohl!

    • SFF

      Because Wells, Overbay, and Hafner didn’t overachieve for the entire month of April and a portion of May…

  • Dela G

    Random note:

    Curt Schilling an an AWESOME Color analyst for ESPN. Love his commentary. Too bad he blows on baseball tonight. He should stick to this stuff. He’s so smart and knows so much about baseball

    • SDB

      But does he get paid enough to clear his giant load of debt?

      • Havok9120

        Bankruptcy court already took care of much of that, from what I recall.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Let’s do a pool. At what time will we get the first mentions of:

    1) Hughes doing better in Petco
    2) Trading Hughes for an actual sack of shit
    3) Putting Hughes in the bullpen

    This will all happen regardless of whether he pitches a perfect game tonight, of course.

    PHIL PHUCKING HUGHES PHOR PHRUSSIA!

    • SDB

      1) 10:48 EST
      2) 12:04 EST
      3) 11:35 EST
      Bonus 4) First Ma and Pa mention of Hughes’ pitchcount: 11:02

      I’m optimistic, with Crisp and Cespedes apparently not playing. For Prussia.

      • Dalek Jeter

        That’s way late for Hughes’ pitch-count mention…I’m going 10:33

        • Jacob the OG

          Knowing those two it will be 10:12, before his first pitch

        • WhittakerWalt

          When you’re nearing 70 pitches by the third inning, it’s hard NOT to talk about it.

    • Jacob the OG

      1)AS SOON AS THE GAME STARTS
      2)AFTER HIS FIRST BASE RUNNER
      3)AFTER HE THROWS A COMPLETE GAME 1 HIT SHUT OUT WITH 10K’S!

      ANY OF THESE COULD HAPPEN IN PLACE OF THE OTHER!

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Fuck it, Phil hughes would be an exponentially better pitcher if he was in Petco for half his starts. That’s as close as a fact as you can get.

      Now I don’t know about a sack for shit but if there’s any team willing to give a top 100 prospect for Hughes then please by all means. Not that any team will cause Hughes is as mediocre as you can get but still.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Jacob wins the first one, although I have to say you provided quite the assist there. I need to be convinced you both aren’t in cahoots.

        • Jacob the OG

          HUGHES FOR PRUSSIA

      • Jacob the OG

        SHIT I WAS 2 MINUTES OFF! FOR PRUSSIA!

  • Wheels

    Why does Romine get the start?

    • trr

      Dunno.
      Day game tomorrow , Stewart can’t catch every game?

      • Wheels

        Hopefully not another case of “dehydration”.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Because he needs game time to improve. And that no catcher actually plays all the games.

      • Wheels

        gotcha

    • vicki

      he caught hugsie’s last start. the gem.

      • Wheels

        ah, interesting

  • Eddard

    Phil’s been a model of inconsistency. I like our chances tonight.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Phlying Balls Phil can do this. It’s a big park and the Prussians seem to be out in phorce tonight.

  • Havok9120

    Alright, Ritter Phillip von Hughes. Bust a move for Prussia.

  • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

    I really love what the A’s did for first pitch. Thrown out by a robot controlled by a disabled kid about 1600 miles away. Cool and classy.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Robbie’s gotta hustle…rabble rabble.

  • BigBlueAL

    Anyone else watching this game on Extra Innings via the A’s broadcast have an annoying spanish broadcast going on in the background??

  • SDB

    Mo keeps getting more awesome. I didn’t think it was possible, but my regard for him keeps going higher and higher still.

    • Jacob the OG

      The God, The Myth, The Legend.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I want a Grant Balfour Raging Gnome!

  • Dalek Jeter

    Wells is lucky Smith is a dumbass.

    • fabricio

      agreed dam it slow ass wells and youkilis

    • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

      Vernon Wells is a lazy Louisianian (yes I looked that up).

  • Eddard

    Lazy Youk didn’t even try. Didn’t even try. Just play Adams.

  • Mykey

    Is it just a mental block for Hughes with two strikes or something?

    • Mykey

      Totally reverse predicted that strikeout. You’re welcome.

  • Eddard

    Phil shook out of the FB away and threw the breaking ball. He needs to do more of that to strike hitters out.

  • Mykey

    Oh my Vernon. Oh my.

  • The Real Greg

    The biggest problem with this offense is that it has to stay this way to at least the trading period, by which time the Yankees could be out of it.

    • Eddard

      They’ll be in it. Pitching is the key. Consistent pitching will always carry you through the ups and downs of the offense.

  • Eddard

    Greinke is a dirty player. He’s now incited two bench clearing brawls. Ian Kennedy is a good ballplayer just protecting his guys.

    • Dalek Jeter

      I’m pretty sure it started with IPK hitting Puig in the face.

      • vicki

        don’t take the obvious bait.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Sorry, but I’m a fan of Grienke’s and Puig is on my fantasy team. Let’s just say IPK isn’t on my christmas card list…

          • vicki

            greinkles behaved like a professional; redbeard didn’t. i’m just saying this is some of eddard’s less subtle work.

      • Steve

        details

      • SDB

        The first HBP was by Greinke (Ross), but it looked accidental and was certainly nowhere near his head.

        Even the retaliation pitch to Montero by Greinke was letter-high.

        Bit of a difference between that, and hitting two people in the head (Puig right in the nose, and Greinke in the ear flap of the helmet), IMO.

        • Dalek Jeter

          That’s the biggest problem I had with what IPK did. You want to retaliate and show your players you’ve got their backs? Sure good for you, do that. Hit them between the numbers or in the ass, don’t fuckign head hunt.

        • Eddard

          Greinke fired first as you said. But ESPN and others don’t want to tell you that because they want to protect the Dodgers. IPK was protecting his guy then Greinke fired again. IPK had to then hit Greinke and send a message that this had to stop.

          • Dalek Jeter

            IMO hitting Montero was sending the message that 1. you don’t retaliate for an accidental pegging. 2. If you do feel the need to do so, you never head hunt.

          • Pat D

            Kennedy was head hunting, pure and simple.

            The one to Puig may have been unintentional, in terms of where he hit him, but he was definitely out to hit him. If you can’t hit him in a better spot, then don’t throw at him.

            Frankly, it should have been over when Greinke hit Montero. Kennedy escalated it to a new level, and he deserves a lengthy suspension.

            I mean, didn’t you see what Greinke did after getting hit? Nothing. He stood there and took it. He did nothing to escalate it further.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Dude, Grienke just came back from a real shit injury. I thought it was disgusting to get at him.

  • Cy Pettitte

    not even this park can hold Phil’s fly balls.

  • Hans Moleman

    Well played, Ichiro.

    • Darren

      That was one of the best dekes I’ve ever seen.

  • Nathan

    Grrreat…

  • Wheels

    Good idea, Ichiro.

  • Jacob the OG

    I really do wish they would can Ichiro because he is cooked offensively but damn is he a smart fielder, he deeks with the best of them

  • Max

    Sooner Hughes leaves the club the better.

    Every hitter has a chance of a HR off him.

    I have lost patience with him and given him every chance but he will never be good enough for the Yankees.

    • Jacob the OG

      I FOUND THE SACK OF SHIT TRADE REFERENCE

      • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

        lol

        • Troll

          Oh, cool. You’ve kept your handle and Vernon continues to suck . . . . Nice. Way to help the team, comrade.

      • Svetlana

        I vill give you yoor present, but aren’t yoo a little young?

        • Jacob the OG

          Yeah I am only 3 years old, never have I seen a Yankee world series.

          • Pat D

            I cry for the children of America when I see comments like this.

            • Jacob the OG

              That was my objective sir

  • OldYanksFan

    Depressing…

    • Reuben Sierra’s Chains

      Are you at the game?

  • Darren

    So funny when a pitcher catches the pop up and the announcers make it seem like an heroic event.

  • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

    So if we didn’t do squat early on we are going to break out later… right?

  • Eddard

    I think the big reason Greinke incites those bench clearing brawls is to take the spotlight off his manager, who should be fired. Say what you want about the Yankee FO but they definitely made the right choice with Girardi over Donnie Baseball.

    Mattingly was given everything he could want and more with that payroll increase and he’s turned it into a pile of shit last place team. On the other hand, Joe was handed a pile of shit last place team and has turned it into a contender. Big difference.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      I will not be baited.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Ma and pa mention pitch count yet?

    • forensic

      They were just talking it about it. But, it’s a real issue. Just about 60 pitches with no outs in the 3rd? Geez Hughes…

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I WANT THAT GNOME.

    • Pat D

      I gotta say. It’s definitely attracted my attention.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I love random ass stuff like that. I still own a AA Dontrelle Willis bobblehead.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Actually, I have no clue what level it was.

  • Eddard

    STOP THROWING THE FASTBALL AWAY! Use your breaking ball to strike them out!

    • The Real Greg

      He did. And he walked him.

  • Jacob the OG

    PITCH COUNT

  • King George

    Phil has 60P and not even through 3IP. Nice.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Oh Phuck Phil

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Kenny Singleton seems genuinely annoyed at Hughes.

    I’ve never seen Singleton and forensic at the same place at the same time.

    • forensic

      *looks in mirror*

      Nope, definitely not a 6’4″ black man.

  • Troll

    8 pitch AB followed by an 11 pitch AB
    Phil is a god amongst men.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Nice play by Robbie!!

  • Reuben Sierra’s Chains

    That was Fucking Huge DP

    • Svetlana

      I show you even beeger DP.

  • forensic

    “Grounded weakly, not a double play ball. Cano gets the out, throws to first, Double Play!”

    Perfect yet again Sterling…

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Kiner-esque.

    • SDB

      Yeah, this is why I’m watching the DBacks/Dodgers game on mlb.tv instead of listening to Ma and Pa.

  • Freddy’s Dead

    Painful to watch Hughes trying to figure it out. Kaye & Singleton are openly wondering why he can’t get the put outs. I think I can say why: he is afraid to throw his breaking ball for strikes, #1, and he cannot seem to hit the outside lower corner w his fastball. If he could do those two things he’d be getting a lot of strikeouts and weak ground balla, IMHO. Anybody? Thoughts?

    • Tom

      After giving up a HR on the change, it seems like he scrapped it.

      He threw 19 pitches to two lefties and not a single change… it’s hard to put away an opposite handed hitter with a 91-92mph fastball and a breaking pitch. Especially when his fastball tends to be either up or outside except for the occasional show it inside for a ball.

      He has not learned to pitch inside effectively with his fastball. How often do you see Phil jam someone with an inside fastball?

      (I think this is one of the issues with CC this year as well – as he has lost velocity he has been a little more reluctant to pound righties in as much)

      • Freddy’s Dead

        That HR pitch floated up in the zone. Not a good pitch at all. But you have a point: that’s why he’s afraid to risk throwing it for a strike.

  • The Real Greg

    I actually agree with Eddard. Girardi has been a much better manager than Mattingly.

    • forensic

      You have a high opinion of Girardi? Absolutely shocking…

      • The Real Greg

        As I have continued to say, it is extremely hard to criticize a manager in game because the outcome, to most outlets, is more important than the decision.

        As for Joe, he has a sack of shit team 10 (probably going to be 9) games over .500. That’s damn impressive

    • Robinson Tilapia

      You mean they actually hired the right guy?

      • The Real Greg

        Uh huh. In hindsight, obviously.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Meh. It was pretty obvious to me that Mattingly was a Torre disciple getting the interview because he’s Donnie Baseball, but that Girardi was going to blow him away. I always thought they went with the right guy there.

      • FEED.ME.MORE!

        CASHMAN FAI….er……um…..nevermind.

  • The Real Greg

    That inning is why TV ratings are down with the Yankees.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Straight up trolling. Let’s call that what it was.

      • The Real Greg

        Not really. Just making an observation and extrapolating on it.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          No. You know people are going to shit on your for making a dumbass statement like that, so you go and make it. You want the reaction you get for it. This is why you say half the shit you say.

          You’re a troll, and you’re actually a pretty good one. You’re even better than Eddard at it.

          • The Real Greg

            I honestly didn’t think people would shit me for this statement.

            The Yankees offense is abysmal, people like watching offense, hence the ratings are down.

            I don’t see anything trollish about that statement.

            • WhittakerWalt

              Fact: you do tend to troll quite a bit
              Fact: RT gets a mite overprotective of this team.

              It’s a perfect storm.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                I don’t know if “overprotective” is quite accurate. I’m just not one to nitpick.

                Even watching Hughes do whatever the hell it is he’s doing right now on a pitcher’s mound with a glove in his hand, I can’t bring myself to a rich lather. It’s just not worth it.

                Greg over here? Best troll ever. It’s just time to call him what he is and be done with it.

                • The Real Greg

                  I don’t consider myself a troll because what I say on here is what I actually feel and believe. Sometimes I make sarcastic remarks, but most of what I say is what I believe.

                  Trolls, I think, say stuff they don’t believe just for the reaction.

                  • Robinson Tilapia

                    And Nuney’s a spark plug. Right.

                • forensic

                  Even watching Hughes do whatever the hell it is he’s doing right now on a pitcher’s mound with a glove in his hand,

                  heh, that’s pretty good.

                  • Robinson Tilapia

                    Sure wasn’t pitching tonight. That’s for sure.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Oh stop ffsake.

  • Dalek Jeter

    The XBox One is just getting worse and worse…it’s only going to be available in 21 countries upon release, and even if you import it from one of those 21, if you are not in those countries you won’t be able to play disc based games because you can’t authenticate the disc code.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      That’s, like, the complete polar opposite of what technology should be.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Oh, and of the 21 countries, none are in eastern Europe apart from Russia, none are in Asia (including Japan), and absolutely none in Africa! Also, the only South or Central American Country is Brazil. It just feels like Microsoft is saying “if you’re not a 1st world white male (they offended women on stage during e3) with a constant internet connection, well then…fuck you.”

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I was pretty strictly Sony until I went system-less a few years back. That’s just ridiculous.

          I wonder how big systems will adjust with so many casual gamers just fine with tablets and such. It feels like the domain of the die-hards at this point.

          Right now, I don’t see myself at a place where I’d get the PS4.

    • FEED.ME.MORE!

      I’m an Xbox guy, and I’m hating everything Xbox one. Sounds like another Microsoft overreach (cough….Windows 8….cough)

    • Lukaszek

      Microsoft should just give up. Unless they reveal that the Xbox can function as a fleshlight, they cannot possibly salvage the disaster of a reveal that this has been

  • teddy

    i realize the offense being dreadful isn cashman fault, but are you telling me he can’t find guys that are better than suzuki and wells. there nobody in triple a that can do better

  • Pat D

    Thanks for giving me time to think about the trivia answer. I could only get Mantle and Sierra.

    • Eddard

      I thought one of the answers was Jorgie. He only hit 275.

      • Pat D

        And Bernie finished with 287. I kept going through guys who weren’t switch hitters. I might have eventually remembered Chili, but I wouldn’t have remembered Berkman without cheating.

        • FEED.ME.MORE!

          For some reason, I got Berkman but forgot Chili and Sierra.

  • Troll

    So when will I be allowed to attack Teixera’s continued decline without hearing rebuttals concerning his lack of spring training and sufficient time on the DL?

    • The Real Greg

      Tex has declined. There’s no question about it.

      The question to me is why. The Yankees signed him young.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      There is nothing to attack, Everyone knows Tex is in decline. No news there.

  • The Real Greg

    Why are they still talking about the foul balls? Have they never watched a Phil Hughes start before?

  • Wheels

    We’ve got one hit.

    • The Real Greg

      Yay?

      • Wheels

        boo

    • forensic

      That’s better than zero hits.

    • Pat D
      • Wheels

        awesome:)

      • forensic

        That’s perfect.

    • Jacob the OG

      more than this whole comment section combined times infinity.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Well when you want to put together some offense, the best thing to do is end the inning on 5 pitches.

    • WhittakerWalt

      And that was our middle of the order!

  • The Real Greg

    Oh my lord, Youkilis

    • WhittakerWalt

      Count me among one of those who thought he’d be useful.
      Boy, was I wrong.

      • Lukaszek

        Don’t worry, I was fooled by his Spring Training performance, so I too thought he would actually be productive

      • Troll

        Half-ditto. I knew he’d be hurt and would ultimately suck, but when he ran hard out of the gate I got excited and all but crumpled up my list of concerns.

  • Reuben Sierra’s Chains

    Has the offense been notified that the season started over 2 months ago?

  • Jacob the OG

    CaNO YOU DONT!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Jason Kidd. BWAHAHAHA.

    That’s the funniest Nets-related thing I’ve heard since the J-Lo cel phone store opened across the street from the arena last week.

    • FEED.ME.MORE!

      J-Lo has a cell phone store? WTF have I been?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Apparently it’s some partnership with Verizon to sell specialized cel phones and accessories to a bilingual audience. I leave for a week and, voila, it’s popped up right on Flatbush Ave., complete with vulture salespeople outside.

        Get me the hell out of here.

        • Pat D

          You know how to deal with vultures, right?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      I will maintain that Shaw is a better option but Kidd is a smart guy too. Still funny but it’s not too bad.

      But I think they went after him for the headlines just like how the Jets operate. If it doesn’t work out Billy King needs to get his ass out of there.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Especially with the rumors that Doc Rivers may become available…

        That being said, I’m a fan of the team with Eric F’ing Spoelstra as coach. I’m still convinced he does about as much managing as the Queen of England does governing. Either that or he’s truly the most underappreciated coach in sports.

  • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

    These innings are tough to watch, not gonna lie.

    • The Real Greg

      Leading back to my earlier observation of the declining ratings.

      • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

        But we were doing so well in April, and wasn’t viewership still down?

        • The Real Greg

          I heard somebody on the radio discuss this and they said that it was because people were still wary at the time. They weren’t buying that first month.

          If they were playing now the way they were playing in April, I guarantee you the ratings would be up.

    • Chris

      This is getting way past the “Don’t be an entitled dick, they can’t win every game” feeling that I usually get every other year. This team is a special kind of suck.

      • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

        Yeah I hear you. I mean I get we are 10 games above .500 but the way the offense has been lately gets me pretty worried.

  • Chris

    This has been an excellent game to watch. I love this team

  • Troll

    I thought the Yankees were done looking like the worst offense in baseball . . . One week decent, next week horrible? Are they looking to assemble a pattern of play? At least then I’ll know to avoid baseball every other week.

  • Jacob the OG

    I GET IT NOW, NOT HITTING IS TRYING TO GET A RING!

    http://youtu.be/5jMrrl3v48o

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Nice 0-2 pitch.

  • Jacob the OG

    Oh but he can’t deek the double?

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Another excruciating Hughes offspeed offering.

  • Mickey Scheister

    This game is pathetic.

  • Jacob the OG

    Once upon a season in a stadium far far away, the yankees could score runs

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Thank you, Joe.

  • ClayDavis

    Looked like strike 3

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I have no clue if they’ll come back here. I just want a Balfour Gnome under my pillow when I wake up in the morning.

    • Jacob the OG

      How about the W as a consolation prize?

  • The Real Greg

    I think its safe to say that Hughes, Joba, and Kennedy is our version of the Mets “Generation K”.

    • Steve

      The Big 3 is having exponential more success than it appears the “Killer Bs” will

      • The Real Greg

        I was going to add that even our version of “Generation K” has provided more production than theirs. But the correlation is obvious.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Who is the Isringhausen?

      • The Real Greg

        Probably Kennedy, Although he’s having a bad year for the D’Backs.

        Hughes could also fit the role.

        • Steve

          Haha I said Joba just because he’s in the bullpen and has had the arm issues

          • The Real Greg

            That’s true. I guess. I don’t know.

      • Steve

        Joba I would guess.

  • BigBlueAL

    You think he Hal is actually awake watching these west-coast games??

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    I just pulled a Josh Hamilton team ring from a 2012 topps hobby box. Cool looking.

    • BigBlueAL

      Ive been meaning to get a new Beckett price guide, last one I have is from Nov 2010 with Arod on the cover.

      I assume stocking up on Joba and Hughes rookie cards hasnt worked out for me lol.

  • forensic

    Sweet! We just got our first ‘You can’t predict baseball’ line from Sterling tonight.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Tex, please hit the ball in the air!!!

  • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

    Well that’s a start.

  • Dalek Jeter

    RISPNOTFAIL!!

  • Pat D

    So sad when a sac fly seems clutch.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Nice AB Teix

  • Tom

    Have to think a 3-2 change is coming…

  • The Real Greg

    Hafner has gone down the tubes too. All of Cashman’s moves are faltering a bit. Wells and Hafner, Overbay too, to an extent.

    • ClayDavis

      I don’t think he expected the need to rely on them this long.

      • The Real Greg

        Wells certainly fits that statement.

        But the other two don’t answer to that.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          Overbay doesn’t?
          I’d think the original plan was he’d be gone when Tex got back.

          • The Real Greg

            Yes but the problem was that he was so productive that decided to keep him (for the moment)

            Also why they tried to play him in right field.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

              Right, just saying they weren’t expecting to rely on him this long.
              Wells was actually expected to stick all year, just in a smaller role.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      I didn’t expect Hafner and Wells to suddenly morph into the players they once were, and I’ll bet Cashman didn’t either. Everyone knew this year was going to rough and so it is.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        Yeah, Wells and Hafner’s numbers are almost exactly what they were last year.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          Unfortunately.

  • The Real Greg

    Oh there’s the gnome that we want.

  • The Real Greg

    I like the way Billy Beane goes about that.

  • Dalek Jeter

    I’m starting to get real sick of Wells in just about every facet.

    • Wheels

      If there was such a position as the Designated Fielder, Ichiro would be perfect for it.

      • Wheels

        shit, wrong spot

    • Dalek Jeter

      At least Ichiro (who’s signing I also loathe) still isn’t an absolute zero defensively. Lately Wells has been a zero with the bat and glove.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        Reminiscent of 2012 Andruw Jones.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Very much so.

    • WhittakerWalt

      He’s got a great personality.

  • The Real Greg

    The Mariano Rivera Cavalcade of Cash and Prizes continues.

  • Pat D

    Next she’ll get a T-Shirt that says “I worked here for 25 years and all I got was a pizza delivered by Mariano Rivera!”

  • Claydavis

    Guys from Con Edison just started jackhammering outside my apt. Interesting decision

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Nix!!!

  • Dalek Jeter

    THE BASEBALL PLAYER!!!

  • Wheels

    Good job Nix

  • forensic

    Time for Sterling and Suzyn to go crazy…

    • Troll

      You’ve got to let this shit go, dude. Nix has been one of the FEW players on this team that has done anything all season, and somewhat consistently so. He’s a back-up infielder that’s done more than anybody could’ve ever asked for. We should be so lucky to have a guy like Nix and hell, he gets my fu*king praise too.

      Lay off Nix. It’s getting old. Lay off Ma & Pa’s adoration of him because, frankly, no one else deserves their praise at the moment.

      I’d hardly call Nix a “bright spot” in what has been a historically bad Yankee offense, but you’d have to be stupid and, well, a dick, to not afford him the proper credit.

      By order of the court, I conclude that Jayson Nix shall never be teased or mocked ever again. Now, onto matters that matter . . . Let’s go tar and feather Teixera.

      • forensic

        Credit him for having a 71 OPS+, only better than Ichiro (by 1 point) among players with 100 PA’s? His OPS of .621 is actually worse than Ichiro’s at .623. He’s also tied for the most errors on the team (for what that’s worth).

        Sorry, he’s had a couple of moments, but is far from deserving of much praise, especially to the level they take it.

        • Troll

          He’s a back-up infielder! And some may even say that he’s a back-up to the back-up! There’s absolutely no reason to rag on the guy. He is, by all definitions, a professional player. The hate he gets in mind-boggling. Please, direct that ire towards Teixera’s ridiculous contract or Cano’s never-ending slump. Anything but Nix, poor guy.

          • Dalek Jeter

            Cano’s never ending slump definitely deserves to be ragged on, but Tex’s contract has nothing to do with the performance of the players on the field. Nix’s below average play is effecting the outcome of games.

            • Troll

              No. It’s not. The entire offensive slump is Affecting the outcome of the game, not Nix. Don’t blame Nix for shitting the bed when it’s obviously been a collaborative effort.

      • Dalek Jeter

        He deserves due credit for what he’s done, he however doesn’t deserve the praise laid on him by Ma and Pa. Listen to their broadcast for a week…on the days where Nix goes 0-5 with 3Ks and an error they will still talk about how he always does something to help the team. There’s a difference between giving a player his due and giving him too much praise. Ma and Pa definitely fall into the later category.

        • Troll

          It’s like you guys have never listened to other radio announcers or television broadcasters before. Kay and Sterling get bashed to no end, an activity that is oddly popular in these parts. I’ve lived around the country and I’ve had to deal with my fair share of play-by-players and color analysts . . . We have it good. No. We have it VERY good. I’ll never understand the constant bitching about them. It’s insane, really. I mean, come on, I know you’ve all listened in on Fox and ESPN broadcasts . . . . Complaining about Kay and Sterling is small titties. They’re all good in my book. Enjoy the game and stop twatting about every little flub here and there. And, while we’re at it, let Ma and Pa have their favorite . . . It’s not hurting anybody.

          • Dalek Jeter

            Our TV crew ain’t bad, Sterling and Waldman from a baseball analysis and play-by-play aspect are pretty bad. They’re relatively engaging, and not really to homerish, but at the same time give me Washington’s radio crew or the Met’s radio crew everyday of the week over them.

            • WhittakerWalt

              Sterling and Waldman are atrocious. There’s no way around it. The TV crew, even with Kay, are pretty good. Except Flaherty.
              I’d take the Mets radio crew in a nanosecond. Or the Red Sox crew.

  • Troll

    Come the FU*K on, Cashman! Is there seriously no one in AAA that’s better than Wells (or Ichiro even)? This is absurd! Is he trying to lose games for his team? This is maddening!

  • The Real Greg

    Wow! In the middle of a count….

  • Dalek Jeter

    the mixxing and teh matching!!!

  • forensic

    74 year old John Sterling actually just said “Dig this”…

    • WhittakerWalt

      That was his Cab Calloway impression.

  • The Real Greg

    So what do you want…

    Overbay against the lefty or Stewart against the lefty?

    • Dalek Jeter

      I’ll take the slightly smaller pile of shit.

      • forensic

        We’re going to need you to be more specific.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Before Greg accuses me of monday-morning-quarter-backing: I would have let Overbay hit.

    • The Real Greg

      If it were regular career Chris Stewart, I would agree. But 2013 Chris Stewart has proven to be a much better hitter.

      Now obviously it didn’t work, but I agree with the move

      • Wheels

        That was impressive stat with RISP.

        • The Real Greg

          Yes. it was what? .383 with RISP priot to that at bat?

          • Wheels

            yup

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

            318/308/318, 60 wRC+

            • Dalek Jeter

              That’s an Ichiro esc line…I know why it happens (sac flies mostly) but it always confuses me when OBP is lower than AVG.

              • forensic

                For him it’s 3 SF’s, 1 Sac bunt, and 1 walk.

            • Rolling Doughnut

              Now these stats are based on a larger sample. See how it works Greg?

            • Wheels

              my bad

          • Rolling Doughnut

            Which is why inferences drawn from SSS are not valid.

            • The Real Greg

              We’re in June. It’s getting late to use the SSS inference.

              • Dalek Jeter

                A player’s line in June is SSS compared to a player’s career.

              • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

                He had 27 PA w/RISP. That’s definitely SSS.

                • The Real Greg

                  Well IMO 20 and under is SSS.

                  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

                    20 and under is pretty much completely useless.
                    Hell, Stewart’s full season 118 PA’s is still SSS.

              • Rolling Doughnut

                How many times this year has Stewart batted WRISP?

  • The Real Greg

    See I think Girardi made the right decision. But it turned out wrong.

    Just like in the Seattle series, I questioned his decisions and they turned out good.

  • Dalek Jeter

    So according to Kay Stewart was way out in front, couldn’t catch-up, and was too quick…all on the same swing. That’s pretty fucking impressive.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      He strung the words together ffsake: he was out in front couldn’t pull the trigger.

  • The Real Greg

    I bet a small amount of people on here want these runs to score just so that Boone Logan’s ERA can be damaged.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Those people aren’t fans.

  • dkidd

    i was about to post something griping about the lack of offense, then i checked the mariner-astro box score

    • forensic

      5 hits, 2 walks, and 15 strikeouts over 17 straight shutout innings by Aaron Harang and Jeremy Bonderman.

      It must be painful to be an Astros fan right now.

      • forensic

        And right after I say that they go and score 5 runs off Tom Wilhelmsen.

  • teddy

    why let logan face lowrie with joba up

    • Tom

      Without looking I’m going to guess Lowrie is slightly better hitting lefty and Girardi is once again ignoring the pitcher side of things (Logan is a LOOGY, Joba is not a ROOGY)

      • teddy

        lwrie is a better righthande hitter than lefty

        • forensic

          .313/.370/.449/.819 as a righty vs. lefties
          .281/.385/.360/.744 as a lefty vs. righties

          • forensic

            Damn, sorry, I reversed those. The first, better, line is as a lefty vs. righties. Second is as righty vs. lefties.

            • Tom

              Is that this year or career? (I think his splits this year are flipped from what they’ve been the past 3 years)

              The problem of course is Girardi needs to look at who’s on the mound… Joba really doesn’t have platoon splits, Logan does.

              • forensic

                That’s just this season. It is the opposite of his career.

                Career he’s .828 OPS as a righty and .714 as a lefty.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

              Career he’s been much better vs. lefties.

              • Tom

                So Girardi doubled down on the bad logic? (ignored the career #’s and the pitcher side of things)

                • The Real Greg

                  And it ended up working out.

                  What can I tell you? It’s hard to criticize a manager.

                  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

                    How is giving up a hit to Lowrie working out?

                  • forensic

                    Lowrie got a hit. How is that working out?

                    • The Real Greg

                      True. I meant it loosely. No runs scored.

  • dkidd

    filth

  • Reuben Sierra’s Chains

    Get this homeless looking piece of shit here Joba

  • Dalek Jeter
  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Thank goodness for bad umpiring.

  • The Real Greg

    How many missed calls at first base have their been this year.

  • Wheels

    Wow. safe

  • Chris

    I love joba so hard. When he’s a starter next year, i’m going to be rooting like a little fangirl

  • dkidd

    safe by a whisker!

    i’ll show myself out…

  • Dalek Jeter

    I’d love to see Robbie break out of his slump in a big way here.

  • teddy

    Cano has been dreadful against lefty relievers

    • The Real Greg

      He’s been dreadful against lefties PERIOD.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Cano has been dreadful against lefty relievers

  • ClayDavis

    If Cano wants a 10 year deal, gotta show he can carry a club. Not happening at all right now

    • your mom

      He’ll still get a lucrative contract.

  • The Real Greg

    The Yankees need to win more 1-0 or 2-1 games. Yes they need to score runs, but we came in knowing that they were going to struggle in this regard.

    Their pitching staff needs to be better.

    • Dalek Jeter

      0_o better than 3 runs a game? Our struggles this season can be placed firmly at the doorstep of a line up that contains the corpses of Vernon Wells and Travis Hafner in the middle of it, Nix or Ichiro regularly featured in the top third, and Chris Stewart in it on a regular basis. A line up that expects Lyle fucking Overbay to be it’s anchor. Our pitching staff, outside of Hughes and Sabathia, have been fucking outstanding.

      • The Real Greg

        I agree. The offense sucks. It’s bad. But we knew it was going to be bad.

        Look at the Giants and their two Championship teams. Hell, look at the Giants right now. They are 2 games over .500 with a -20 run differential.

        • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

          So, we need to give up less runs to win more games?

          http://images3.wikia.nocookie......Option.jpg

          • The Real Greg

            Right on.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          Those Giants teams were higher scoring than this team. With the pitcher hitting.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

            And this years Yankees team is giving up fewer runs than last year’s and this year’s Giants teams.

        • BigBlueAL

          The Giants last season were 6th (out of 16 teams in the NL) in runs scored. They were 1st in runs scored on the road. They had a very good offense last season.

      • King George

        This. +10000

  • your mom

    It’s amazing that we actually scored 2 runs with just 3 singles and 1 walk. This offense is exciting to watch.

  • Wheels

    Fuck this

  • fabricio

    can we please get rid of joba already

  • Rolling Doughnut

    And so continues the Joba experiment.

  • ClayDavis

    There is the obligatory Joba HR

  • Cy Pettitte

    these games are just flat out depressing. you pray they win 3-2 or 3-1 and once the other team score 4 or 5 the game is over.

  • Dalek Jeter

    SERIOUSLY WHO THE FUCK BRINGS A GOD DAMNED HORN TO THE BALLPARK?!?!?!?! WHO THE FUCK WAKES UP THE DAY THEY GET TO GO TO A GAME AND DECIDES “You know what? You know what the best way to show my support is? To bring a fucking horn and blow it!!! That’ll totally endear me to those sitting around me and the fans at home! They will hear me! How cool is that?!”

    • The Real Greg

      Whoah

      • Dalek Jeter

        It’s really fucking annoying.

    • your mom

      Still better than a vuvuzela.

      • Dalek Jeter

        I’m pretty sure it’s just an individual vuvuzela which happens to be located unfortunately close to a microphone.

  • Anderson Silva

    on their way to being swept again. This is one hell of a ball club Mr. Cashman assembled.

    • BigBlueAL

      The blame (if any) goes to Hal and the brilliant 189 in 2014 plan, not on Cashman.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        Not really. The 189M plan probably didn’t impact this year’s roster much, if at all.

        • BigBlueAL

          Really?? So not replacing Martin and Swish had nothing to do with 2014?? They didnt bother replacing them and didnt bother trying upgrading any other position to compensate for the losing Martin and Swish.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

            They replaced Swisher with a player they signed to a 2-year deal-impacting 2014. (Though I think RF is the one spot that MIGHT have been impacted by the budget plan).
            As for Martin, allegedly, he was willing to come back on a one-year contract. I think they just weren’t that enamored with Martin any more.
            The bigger issue that might have affected both was this year’s payroll, more so than next year’s.
            I think signing either Martin, Swisher, or any other big contract player would have put them over budget for this year. Even before acquiring Wells, their 2013 payroll was already going to be in-line with previous year’s payrolls.
            I don’t think Cash had the space with $220M+ to spend to fit any other big contracts.

            • Chris

              I love Cashman, but making arguments like “yeah, we couldn’t spend much more than 220 million” is hilarious to me when justifying why this baseball team sucks. Just amazing the predicament they are in with contracts

              • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

                That was meant as a criticism of Cashman, not defense.

                My point is that I don’t think the $189M plan has much to do with the current state of the team.
                I think the combination of injuries, and lack of available, ready young impact position players combined with an aging, declining roster is the driving force.

      • forensic

        They’re still over $200 million this season. $189 million didn’t really affect this year much.

      • Chris

        Plenty of other teams show you don’t need to spend near 189 to field a very good baseball team. the yankees only need to do that because they like to lock up players for over 20 million in their decline years..like they are about to do again.

        Either change the policy of not negotiating until free agency, or they are going to get left behind. It’s crazy to me.

  • Cy Pettitte

    thank god Hughes and Joba are gone after this year. see ya.

  • Anderson Silva

    Did Girardi punt the game? Why keep Joba in there? He went to the fucking mound and didn’t take him out..

    • your mom

      He probably figured that 2 runs is insurmountable for this team.

  • your mom

    Nice to see Hughes, Joba and the offense showed up for the game tonight.

  • forensic

    I don’t even know what to say anymore. Now they’re not even going to try slowing down the opposing baserunners? Twice he’s stolen without a throw by starting before the pitcher even goes into his motion (at least according to what Sterling is saying). That’s cost them this run and maybe the earlier one (I don’t know if he scores from 1st on the double since I’m radioing and not TVing).

    • Dalek Jeter

      There’s at least a play at the plate the first time around, the second time around, Ichiro got to the ball so quickly Sogarden(sp) probably just goes to 2nd on the single that he scored on instead.

    • Wheels

      Oh man, they were talking about it on YES, and showed footage of Girardi pissed off in the dugout.

  • Chris

    I don’t get it. His stuff looks better than it has in a while. I know his FIP and xFIP are over a run lower, but this sucks

  • ClayDavis

    Someone from the media should ask him about starting after the game.

  • your mom

    Claiborne’s first walk.

  • forensic

    So, Claiborne’s first walk comes before Adams’ or Romine’s.

    • forensic

      Claiborne went 71 PA’s.
      Adams is at 71 PA’s.
      Romine is at 53 PA’s.

      We’ll see who can hold out the longest. Might be tough for Romine to catch Adams since he barely plays and Cervelli should be back at some point later this season.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        If Adams keeps doing what he’s been doing, he might be gone before Cervelli gets back.

        • forensic

          Yeah, but if he plays another game or two before being optioned, Romine would need probably 2 games per week to catch him. Could be an interesting race.

          Can’t believe this is the kind of stuff we can keep track of now with this team…

  • Chris

    the walks are laughable tonight. 9 walks, how are they down by only 3 with this offense and 9 walks, with Phil Hughes starting.

  • Anderson Silva

    Hafner is cooked… looks like shit, just like all the hitters in this lineup.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Not gonna lie…that’s a pretty bleak looking dugout right now.

  • Chris

    I don’t know why I do this to myself 3 hours a night.

  • Dalek Jeter

    2-17 when the opponent scores 5+ runs. I’m not a doom-and-gloomer but that’s pretty fucking pitiful. Tex, Youk and Cano really need to be Tex Youk and Cano. That along with Gardner’s torrid last couple weeks and we have at least half of a line up.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Man. 1000 internets to the people who can guess those games without looking them up. Even I don’t know those games off the top of my head.

    • WhittakerWalt

      It’s kind of silly when you think that this team that can’t BUY a homerun is failing because their best hitters are in massive slumps as a result of trying to pull the ball all the time. Tex and Cano were once fully capable of going to the other field with authority. Now they just ground out meekly into the shift. Hoping and praying they’ll get a hold of one and launch a bomb, they pull EVERYTHING.
      Youk’s just a wreck physically, I think.

  • Chris

    I’m not sure how Youkilis just fell off a cliff. I HATED seeing that dude come up against the Yankees. This guy is not even close to that.

    • WhittakerWalt

      He got old QUICK.

      • trr

        We have to question if he’s all right physically.
        Back problems can sap your power …look what happened to a moe accomplished hitter, Don Mattingly, at the end of his career

  • Chris

    The Phallacy!!!!