Jun
19

Game 70: Let’s Try This Again

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Don Mattingly’s return to the Bronx was spoiled by rain last night, so now his two-day return will be squeezed into one doubleheader. The Yankees and Dodgers are playing two games today, something that is always more fun in theory than in practice. Doubleheaders can be hell on an older roster. I guess the good news is that New York just had two straight days off and have another off-day coming up on Monday. Here’s the lineup Joe Girardi is sending out there against left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu in the first game:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Jayson Nix
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. LF Vernon Wells
  5. DH Thomas Neal
  6. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  7. 3B David Adams
  8. 1B Lyle Overbay
  9. C Chris Stewart

And on the mound is the former Los Angeles Dodger, Hiroki Kuroda. He spent four seasons in LA, making one Opening Day start (2009).

There won’t be any weather issues today — it’s supposed to be nice and sunny and a little on the cool side this afternoon here in New York. The first of the two games is scheduled to start at 1:05pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

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406 Comments»

  1. Kramerica Industries says:

    Holy hell is that a brutal lineup.

  2. Hassey says:

    Ugly, ugly Dodgers hat in that picture. Makes Mattingly look like one of the goofy old gang from the Dream Team movie

  3. pat says:

    Can’t wait for Kuroda to give up 1 run in 7 innings and be admonished for not being an “ace” by the mouthbreather/WFAN contingent of RAB contributors.

  4. Pseudoyanks says:

    Psyched for Daytime Ball!!!

  5. Hassey says:

    Over/under on Yanks total runs for this DH?

  6. Dalek Jeter says:

    Ballsy move by Puig. Great tag by Nix.

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      Honestly, that’s the kind of energy that a 29-39 team needs to have infused into their lineup. The first inning is as good a time as any to be overambitious like that.

  7. Wheels says:

    Hey Puig, that’s Brett Gardner in center.

  8. Dalek Jeter says:

    I’m pretty sure I read yesterday or the day before, Ryu has a reverse split because of a wicked change…does Joe get these scouting reports?

    • Cy Pettitte says:

      RHB have a .599 OPS, LHB have a .720 OPS against him but LHB have a .392 BABIP vs. .269 BABIP for RHB so there’s probably some SSS effecting that

  9. Kramerica Industries says:

    Andre Ethier in CF…

    lol, what?

  10. SDB says:

    Vernon Wells… cleanup – um, WHAT?

  11. Dalek Jeter says:

    Oh christ. I thought I’d miss out on the Nix dick-suck-fest by being able to watch the game…the TV booth is almost as bad as John and Suzyn.

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      Give me some highlights.

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        he’s hitting well enough, he makes all the plays, he does the little things, proving he could maybe be an everyday player. (mostly Kay and Leiter)

        Then the second he whiffs Coney’s just like “oh the Yankees have the 3rd worst production from SS this season.”

        • WhittakerWalt says:

          Let’s see…

          1. “he’s hitting well enough”
          Yes, for the backup infielder. If the last man on your bench is hitting like this, you’re probably OK. But he’s in the starting lineup, getting valuable ABs, and he is most definitely not “hitting well enough.”

          2. “he makes all the plays”
          Demonstrably false. He’s nothing special in the field. At all.

          3. “he does the little things”
          As I’ve always said about guys who “do all the little things,” the reason they do all the little things is that they’re utterly incapable of doing the BIG things. When you can’t hit homeruns, can’t drive in runs, can’t drive the ball in any real way, and don’t have much plate discipline, well OF COURSE you’re going to take pride in your ability to lay down a sacrifice bunt. It’s all you got.

          4. “proving he could maybe be an everyday player.”
          He is an everyday player, much to my chagrin. That doesn’t mean he should be.

          It’s like the two off days have emboldened the Nix-worshippers.

  12. WhittakerWalt says:

    And Nixie whiffs on an 89 MPH “heater.”

  13. Roadgeek Adam says:

    What kind of borderline was that?!

    Damn it Fletcher.

  14. WhittakerWalt says:

    Hey Sterling, it’s really not necessary to give that much props to a righthanded pitcher who manages to strike out Wells. I’m fairly sure I could sneak a few by him at this point.

  15. Leg-End says:

    Horseshit call ump, Wells is bad enough without those.

  16. yeayo says:

    That pitch was inside the batters box…terrible call.

  17. The Doctor says:

    The strikezone is fixed, not proportional to the pitcher’s fat ass. The batter’s box is not the strike zone.

    Umpires have never really been good but they’ve taken a giant step backwards this year.

  18. Dalek Jeter says:

    Questeck!!

  19. The Doctor says:

    I never doubt Vernon’s ability to just completely fail to get any sort of jump on the ball.

  20. Dalek Jeter says:

    Like…3 of those guys that Kay just listed on the Dodgers DL are good players.

    • The Doctor says:

      Nah Beckett’s their #2 starter. They’re paying Greinke all that money to be a #3. Can’t compete with the legendary Beckett.

  21. Kramerica Industries says:

    Holy hell is Puig ambitious out there.

  22. MannyGeee says:

    Ryu is like death by 1000 papercuts with this nibble the corner shit.

  23. Dalek Jeter says:

    How does Neal not get to second there?! Where’s the 1B coach screaming go 2, go 2??

  24. MannyGeee says:

    Neal!

  25. FEED.ME.MORE! says:

    The 1st base coach needed to tell Neal to keep running. He should’ve been on second.

  26. SDB says:

    LOVERBAY!

  27. Cy Pettitte says:

    thank god Ethier is playing CF

  28. Roadgeek Adam says:

    CLUTCH

  29. Wheels says:

    loverbay!

  30. Kramerica Industries says:

    Thanks for putting Ethier in CF, Donnie.

    He’s still a Yankee.

  31. FEED.ME.MORE! says:

    TEH LOVERBAY!!!!!!!!!!

  32. Andy says:

    Some well hit balls this inning

  33. Stratman9652 says:

    Is Puig always this aggressive or is he just a little over-enthusiastic because he’s playing the Yankees in New York? Two aggressive borderline foolish plays already.

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      He’s aggressive by nature. YES was actually talking earlier about his over-aggressiveness being the chief reason he didn’t start the season with the big club.

      Take that for what it’s worth. May not be worth anything.

  34. Dalek Jeter says:

    Loverbay!!!

  35. The Doctor says:

    “He scolded that ball”

    NO! THAT’S A BAD BALL!

    And what I’m basically getting from Puig is he’s a great athlete with the baseball IQ of a hamster.

  36. MannyGeee says:

    hooray for a lead!

  37. WhittakerWalt says:

    Good hustle, A.J.

  38. Dalek Jeter says:

    Fail by Adams.

  39. MannyGeee says:

    I feels like David Adams gets eaten up by a grounder almost every game at third.

  40. vicki says:

    half a billion dollars in payroll and the shortstops are nix and punto.

  41. Dalek Jeter says:

    Wow, they averaged 6 games for their 11 WS. Those must have been some outstanding series’.

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      They met seven times between 1941 and 1956. Dodgers only prevailed in 1955, which had played as a straight home series until the Dodgers, behind Johnny Podres, took Game 7 2-0 at Yankee Stadium. Sandy Amoros made a spectacular catch in that game to kill a late burgeoning rally in that game. I think it was off the bat of, (oh shit, um), might’ve been Yogi in fact.

      Those 1955-1958 World Series were actually pretty remarkable in their similarities with how they ended.

      1955 and 1957, the Yankees went to seven games, and lost on their home field to the Brooklyn Dodgers and Milwaukee Braves.

      1956 and 1958, the Yankees went to seven games (erased a 3-1 deficit to Milwaukee) and won game seven on opposing turf.

      • PFOJ says:

        Amoros’s catch was off of Yogi. In one of his autobiographies Mantle said he looked at Amoros right before the pitch and wondered why he was playing Yogi to go the other way when he was a dead pull hitter. Fittingly, Amoros never gets close to the ball if he was playing Berra to pull.

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      Tommy Henrich is one of the unsung heroes of those first few meetings in ’41, ’47, and ’49.

      Mickey Owen would be a hero for Yankees fans of today after he extended Game 4 for the Yankees in ’41 after a passed ball strike three which should’ve been the final out. Turned a 2-2 series into a 3-1 series, and Brooklyn dropped Game 5.

  42. Kramerica Industries says:

    Curiously, Ruth and Gehrig never faced Brooklyn in the World Series with the Yankees.

    Ruth did face the Dodgers in 1916 with the Red Sox, threw 14 innings of one run ball in Game 2. Red Sox won four games to one.

  43. Eddard says:

    Kuroda couldn’t have thrown a worse pitch there to Puig. Lucky he hit it right at Gardy.

    • vicki says:

      i wouldn’t throw anything within two feet of the strike zone. he has ONE WALK, and that was intentional.

  44. Roadgeek Adam says:

    Robinson Cano, keep hitting it at Schumaker.

  45. Dalek Jeter says:

    Jeez, can this Biogenisis bullshit just go away until it’s resolved?!

    • SDB says:

      You mean the media should just worry about baseball and not a he-said she-said drama that has no real conclusion? Shocking!

  46. Kramerica Industries says:

    Jeez, so that dipshit was dropping in on ARod and the Yankees during the fucking ALCS last year?

    Man. Fuck you Bosch.

  47. WhittakerWalt says:

    First pitch swinging again.

  48. Roadgeek Adam says:

    Now Wells gets robbed.

  49. Dalek Jeter says:

    Everyday I can count on Wells to do something to hurt the team.

  50. MannyGeee says:

    OK, the dreaded 2 run lead. I would LOVE to see another crooked number get hung here. I feel like this team scores only 2 runs more often than not

  51. SDB says:

    Chris Davis homers again. Are you kidding me?

  52. Kramerica Industries says:

    Ho hum.

    Chris Davis OPS now over 1.1.

  53. Dalek Jeter says:

    Fuck yeah Kuroda!!!

  54. Cy Pettitte says:

    wow so lucky, could have easily been a 2 run single

  55. Kramerica Industries says:

    Well, there’s a break.

  56. vicki says:

    quintessential 2013 dodgers. looks a lot like 2013 yankees.

  57. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    95 wins and the division, baby. Holding to that prediction.

  58. Dalek Jeter says:

    You can throw up and in, TV booth. I’ve got no problem with it personally….just don’t actually hit guys in the head.

    Also, Kennedy’s suspension is way too few.

  59. WhittakerWalt says:

    Oh, that’s nice. According to Ma and Pa, Ichiro is about to go on “one of his Ichiro-like streaks.”
    Followed by a meek pop-up to third base.

    #YCPB

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      In Ichiro’s defense (I cannot believe I’m typing this) he’s been on fire this week (.357/.438/.429) and has been pretty good for a month now (.311/.363/.351) I mean for a small slap hitter w/ no power, batting 7-9? That’s fine. The problem is the shit production we’re getting from other spots on the field.

      • WhittakerWalt says:

        Sure, he still has the occasional hot streak. I’ll take any offense we can get from him. But to hear them talk you’d think Ichiro was “back.” Plus even when he IS hitting it’s the softest .300 you’ll ever see, particularly for a Rightfielder.

  60. Kramerica Industries says:

    Man. Fuck you Tigers.

    • Cy Pettitte says:

      seriously, 6 games with the Orioles in the last 3 weeks:

      Scherzer/Gonzalez
      Porcello/Gausman
      Verlander/Hammel
      Scherzer/Arrieta
      Verlander/Britton
      Porcello/Tillman

      you’d think the Tigers should be able to take at least 3

  61. TampaYankee says:

    I really wanna see Wells turn it around one of these days and start hitting like he did for the short time early on this year. Am I asking for too much?

  62. WhittakerWalt says:

    This probably goes without saying, but Hiroki better think about making those two runs stand up.

  63. Get Phelps Up says:

    Unfortunately for Chris Davis, Miguel Cabrera is having an even better season at a more premium position and his team is way more likely to make the playoffs IMO.

  64. Dalek Jeter says:

    7IP 2ER should be a quality start. 6IP 3ER is not that much a ‘quality start’ and is usually a disappointment/barely passable for anybody but a 4 or 5 guy.

    • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

      I disagree. 7 innings 3 runs is a fine start. 7 innings 2 runs is a cut above.

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        I’ve always considered quality to mean ‘a cut above’ a ‘quality start’ IMO isn’t something that every pitcher should be getting every time out. If you wanna call 6IP 3ER an ‘average start’ and 7IP w/ 3 or fewer ER a quality start, I’d be okay with that.

        • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

          Quality never really traditionally meant that in this context. I don’t think anybody was ever stupid enough to think 6 innings, 3 runs is a cut above. Frankly that’s a below average, disappointing start. As far as I’m concerned the minimum for a quality start is 6 innings, 2 runs or 7 innings, 3 runs.

    • The Doctor says:

      I’ll say 6 IP and 2 ER. It’s on pace for just under 200 IP and a 3.00 ERA. Now 7 IP and 3 ER? Sure that’s a reasonable baseline. Either one is fine by me.

  65. Cuso says:

    Hey! Did you know an anagram for Hiroki Kuroda is “Haiku Dork, or I?”

    ….could be both of us. Who knows?

  66. MannyGeee says:

    Why is Chris Stewart?

  67. Anthony_14 says:

    I have to admit, I am missing that Russell Martin .211 batting average right now.

  68. Dalek Jeter says:

    Walt, how much fawning are John and Suzyn doing over the perfectness of that bunt? Because it was a shitty bunt and a shitty play.

    • MannyGeee says:

      ZERO. they don’t mention it was a mediocre bunt, but if it was a good one, hold on to your hats!

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      They actually mentioned that if anyone was at third then Stewart would have been out! That’s as close as they’ll get to criticizing Nix.
      Of course they followed it up by saying something about Wells needing to “get his stroke back” as if that’s a real thing.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        I’m going to play the other side here, just because.

        How is this Jayson Nix’s fault?

        • WhittakerWalt says:

          Bunting right back to the pitcher is not good.

          • Robinson Tilapia says:

            True.

            What if he knows he fucked up? What if he agrees with you that he’s a 25th man type just doing his best out there? What if he just wishes John and Suzyn would drop the whole act? Hell, WHAT IF HE’S HERE RIGHT NOW?!?!?!?!

            I still like Nix, although I both agree with your “little things” assessment and don’t necessarily think that’s a bad thing.

  69. MannyGeee says:

    bases loaded to Vernon Wells, huh…

  70. The Doctor says:

    Someone should probably let the Yankees know this is the AL part of the inter league games?

    Jesus Christ think with your head not your ass Nix.

  71. Cy Pettitte says:

    great AB Vernon.

  72. Dalek Jeter says:

    At least it wasn’t the inning ending GIDP I foresaw at the beginning of the AB.

  73. SDB says:

    I want to pitch to Vernon Wells right now.

  74. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    I gotta be honest, I didn’t, and don’t, think there’s even a remote possibility we score any runs unless we get tremendously lucky.

  75. King George says:

    Omg. Vernon, you suck. I’ll take Boesch up when he’s off the DL. Please hurry, Brennan. Vernon is a pile of sticks.

  76. MannyGeee says:

    3 pitches, huh Vernon?

  77. Leg-End says:

    That low and away offspeed kills Wells, everyone in the world knows to throw it because he can’t lay off it…….ever.

  78. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Audio feed on MLB At-Bat is delayed. What a horrible feeling that is when the Gameday feed already told you Wells struck out. It’s like waiting for the pain that goes along with being kicked in the nuts to set in.

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      The only comfort is that you already knew he was going to make out, even before he came to the plate.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        Someone could still botch the play.

        That is so what Greg would say. Good think I ned to get back to work soon.

  79. WhittakerWalt says:

    I believe virtually ANY major leaguer could put together better ABs than Vernon Wells.

  80. WhittakerWalt says:

    Come on Suzyn, you know you want to say “He changes speeds, he hits spawts.” You’re dying to say it.

  81. Roadgeek Adam says:

    So wait. This is a ball?

  82. Kramerica Industries says:

    Well, I mean, who didn’t see Vernon screwing that up?

  83. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Good thing Kuroda’s been good-enough-for-Greg thus far.

  84. stuart a says:

    2 runs is about there max of this lineup.

    the 3 pitch AB of Wells was a thing of beauty. Lucky he is really good against lefties.

    Kuroda need to shut them out because the Yanks are done scoring for the game. I guess this is what a Mariners fan feels like.

    UGLY

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      “I guess this is what a Mariners Mets fan feels like.”

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Mariners fan would feel worse. They have to sit there and watch savior after savior get called up from AAA, only to suck.

      At least, like Walt said, we pretty much know what’s going to happen when Wells is batting.

  85. BigBlueAL says:

    I hope this is the last time Girardi sac bunts ahead of Cano guaranteeing an IBB.

  86. Tom says:

    Shitty #2hitter – check
    - Bunt to take the bat out of the #3 hitters hand – yippee!
    - Free out with a 2 run lead… it’s never a bad time to give away outs.

    Caveman platooning – check
    - stack the lineup with righties against a lefty pitcher with a change
    - double down on this by putting as many righties early in the order as you can?

    This lineup game explains Girardi in a nutshell… how to take a bad lineup and make it worse.

    • The Doctor says:

      By and large I think Girardi’s a very good manager, but there are some bad habits he just adamantly refuses to change.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        As does every manager in baseball. They’re all stubborn goats about something.

        • The Doctor says:

          They’re an interesting breed. It’s odd, for the majority of it all, the managers do a better job than I could possibly do, but pretty much every few games they make a blatantly wrong decision that everyone else on Earth can see is bad, but they’ll make it over and over.

    • pat says:

      Lol. You can’t really say the lineup is “stacked” with RHB when 4 of the guys playing are lefties.

  87. Dalek Jeter says:

    WOW

  88. Cy Pettitte says:

    6 shutout innings, doesn’t Kuroda realize this offense is struggling? The least he could do is pitch 6 innings of -1 run ball.

  89. Cy Pettitte says:

    bit of a cheapie but I’ll take it

  90. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    Ichiro really is hot right now.

  91. Eddard says:

    John and Suzyn were right. Ichiro is about to get hot. Suzyn said he’s finally put it all together.

  92. Dalek Jeter says:

    Ichiro!!

  93. Robinson Tilapia says:

    ICHIRO LEADS OFF + IN PLAY RUN(S)!!!

    • The Doctor says:

      You speak the language of my people. Hahaha.

      Off-topic, you listen to the new Sigur Ros yet RT?

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        It’s sitting on my phone, but haven’t heard it. Same with Kanye.

        Had sort of lost interest until the last album, which reminded me of “()” so much.

        Also an AMAZING live act. Loudest, believe it or not, band I’ve ever heard live.

        • The Doctor says:

          Really? I saw them at MSG, it was pretty loud but I thought it was reasonable. Then again that could just be my prematurely fading hearing. Regardless, they were certainly amazing, I really didn’t want it to end. I had a midterm I was wholly unprepared for the morning after and I wouldn’t have cared if the show went straight through the night and I missed the test.

          Anyway, the new album is damn good, more aggressive than they’ve been in a while, maybe ever.

    • Jim Is Bored says:

      Didn’t see that coming!

  94. The Doctor says:

    Ichiro!

  95. MannyGeee says:

    BOOM. Ichiro says suck it to your doubting of his skills.

  96. Cuso says:

    Dammit. Couldn’t you just keep to your usual 2 runs/game for once?!!

    I started Ryu today! Bastards.

  97. WhittakerWalt says:

    “Ichiro could hit 40 homers a year if he wanted to”

  98. Get Phelps Up says:

    Yankees have a 3-0 lead and Ryu gets my fantasy team a cheap QS.

  99. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Back to work.

  100. Cuso says:

    Coney really just went Andy Cohen on us?

    *sigh*

  101. Roadgeek Adam says:

    Clearly Andy Fletcher prefers the Dodgers. :p

  102. Jim Is Bored says:

    Argh come on Hirok

  103. The Doctor says:

    Great camerawork there. I was almost certain Wells had just misread a pop up.

  104. Dalek Jeter says:

    6-4-3 time!

  105. The Doctor says:

    Is it just me or is Gardner’s arm looking better this year?

  106. The Real Greg says:

    The offense has give Kuroda 3 runs, he has to hold it.

  107. SDB says:

    Ugh. Don’t let this unravel any more.

  108. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    Well, shit.

  109. Cy Pettitte says:

    is anything ever easy with this team. fucking hell.

  110. The Real Greg says:

    Very disappointing Kuroda

  111. Kramerica Industries says:

    Dammit. Just couldn’t finish the inning.

  112. Cuso says:

    Do you think if we started beaning Dodgers, Mattingly would charge the field and throw Vernon to the ground?

  113. King George says:

    This is CLASSIC Joe Girardi. Your pitcher is in a jam, yet you let him give up 1 run. As soon as that happens, you have to pull him. Offense has only put up 3 runs. Mistake that happens all too often.

    • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

      That doesn’t even SOUND like a mistake the way you described it.

    • The Real Greg says:

      I don’t really understand what you are trying to say.

      • King George says:

        That as soon as Kuroda was shaky, Girardi needed to pull him. I don’t know why he left him out there pitching to Hairston when you have Shawn Kelley up. A 3-run lead, while not a lot to most teams, right now is a critical lead to hold for the Yankees. Girardi left Kuroda out there too long.

        • The Real Greg says:

          Was Kelley ready when Hairston came up or was he still warming?

        • Jessica says:

          I agree, he left Kuroda out there too long.
          It wasn’t fair to Kuroda. He pitched better than 7 IP 2 ER. He should have left after 6.1, with at most 1 ER coming in while Kelley finished off the inning.
          It is not as though there was any need to save Kelley for the 8th inning.

          • Jessica says:

            Forgot about the second game. So it was not completely incomprehensible to leave Kuroda out there so long. Just wrong.

  114. Dalek Jeter says:

    Fuckin Kelly!

  115. Cy Pettitte says:

    ok, score runs now please

  116. your mom says:

    Kelley>>>>>>Joba

  117. Cuso says:

    Nice stretch by Gonzalez?

    More like nice flop my Bosh. That was abysmal.

  118. pat says:

    Why was Nix swinging 3-0?

  119. Eddard says:

    They’ve scored their 3 runs. Now the pitching needs to make it stick. That’s what Robertson and Mo are here for. If Phil struggles tonight I’d really consider flipping him and Warren. Phil might be of more use in a 1-2 inning role instead of Jobber.

    • The Doctor says:

      Wouldn’t flip him and Warren, but I may let Pineda take his spot. I have my doubts about their willingness to stick him in the pen though. Come the post-season sure, but I don’t really see it until then

      • Eddard says:

        Yeah, Warren would just be giving us a temporary option better than Phil until Pineda is ready to return. He’ll have to rehab then go down to AAA to recapture the year of control so it’ll be a while before he’s up here. Warren can certainly pitch better than a 5 ERA.

    • JohnnyC says:

      I’m in touch with Hughes’ people and they’re really quite upset with your obsession. Just a word of warning: duck whenever you’re in a public space. That is all.

  120. Cuso says:

    Cano goes yard here

  121. WhittakerWalt says:

    “I think the reason we think Nix is a good hitter is that he hangs in there we’re both morons.”

  122. Dalek Jeter says:

    Remember when Cano used to do that regularly against LHP?

    • The Doctor says:

      I still have some faith that he can get back to that, but it’s dwindling. Maybe his recent slump will convince to get back to going the other way frequently, but we’ll see.

  123. The Real Greg says:

    How good is Almonte on defense?

  124. SDB says:

    Oh god, Vernon, can you just sac bunt competent?

  125. vicki says:

    no-brainer, joe.

  126. teddy says:

    will giradri pinch hit for wells

  127. Cy Pettitte says:

    gotta PH Hafner for Wells now

  128. Dalek Jeter says:

    Joe HAS TO PINCH HIT HERE.

  129. your mom says:

    So Wells will either:

    A)Hit a grounder

    or

    B)Strike out

  130. The Real Greg says:

    Again, HOW GOOD IS ALMONTE ON DEFENSE?

    • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

      Almonte can play in the field, which is the important thing. I’m preeeeetttty convinced that if he could stand in the OF he’s as good as Wells.

  131. Dalek Jeter says:

    You’re joking, right? he’s not even bunting?! He’s allowed to hit?!?!?!?!?!?

  132. The Real Greg says:

    WAH WAH

  133. Cy Pettitte says:

    hahahaha that was the funniest thing I’ve ever seen

  134. Kramerica Industries says:

    What the hell was that?

  135. Roadgeek Adam says:

    Dodgers defense fail.

  136. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    WOW, what a debacle.

  137. teddy says:

    lol at lad and giradri should be fired

  138. SDB says:

    Wow.

    Just wow.

    Vernon Wells was not the most incompetent person involved in that play!

  139. PFOJ says:

    I think I complain about this every time I listen to a day game at work, but it’s literally impossible to follow Sterling’s narration of the play at least three or four times every game.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      Wells hit basically a swinging bunt pop up to the pitcher, pitcher let it drop, fumbled the ball, and then threw it into centerfield trying to get the runner at second.

      /I know that feeling.

  140. Dalek Jeter says:

    Thank god the pitcher’s incompetence saved a stupid, stupid decision.

  141. The Doctor says:

    Oh sweet Jesus I can’t catch my breath help me

  142. Jim Is Bored says:

    Girardi knew that the Dodgers would be too distracted laughing at Wells trying to hit to play competent defense.

    Best managerial move of the year.

  143. teddy says:

    where hafner

  144. Roadgeek Adam says:

    Repeat incompetence.

  145. WhittakerWalt says:

    I had to turn off the broadcast for a second (because the KARS4KIDS commercial was on), but did I hear right? Wells is hitting for himself?

  146. The Real Greg says:

    Again, the questionable managerial decision works in the Yankees favor. And that is all that matters to the major outlets.

  147. Jim Is Bored says:

    I hope Ichiro wants to hit a grand slam here.

  148. SDB says:

    Is it possible to be worse than Wells?

    Belasario: Yes!

  149. 28 this year says:

    Takes some serious skill to get two errors on a little pop fly.

  150. Dalek Jeter says:

    I really wish that somebody in the media scrum after the game would ask why both Wells and Neal were allowed to hit for themselves. I mean nobody will ask because the plays didn’t result in an out, but it’s a fair question.

    • The Real Greg says:

      As I said, only the outcome matters.

      • Jim Is Bored says:

        No one’s doubting that, greg.

        We’re saying we wish it were different.

      • WhittakerWalt says:

        It’s not the only thing that matters when we’re evaluating whether or not the manager knows what he’s doing. It’s not like Girardi’s managerial genius anticipated the Dodgers doing a Keystone Kops routine in the field.

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        Greg, that’s like saying the NSA hacking our phones is just fine. It’s thwarted at least 100 potential terror attacks, so the outcome makes the process completely okay, right?

    • Jim Is Bored says:

      It’s more than a fair question, it should be an obvious question. I really dislike sports media, for the most part.

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        It’s not just sports media, it’s media in general. Almost no field of journalism right now is hard enough on their subjects, sports is the worst though because if you alienate just one person in the locker room, good luck being able to do write ups the rest of the season.

  151. Dalek Jeter says:

    Ichiro turning back the clock!!! :D

  152. Roadgeek Adam says:

    ICHIRO

  153. Cy Pettitte says:

    Paco kind of reminds me of Tommy Hanson if he were a lefty

  154. fabricio says:

    fuck yes!!!!! ichiro!!!!

  155. Eddard says:

    Give John and Suzyn credit. They said Ichiro had finally put it together and he has. What a day for the Rising Sun.

  156. Wheels says:

    Big day for Ichiro!

  157. Tom says:

    By the way… Cano being a terrible baserunner really helped out there on that Wells play

    Nix stayed off the bag and held to see if it was caught (as much as I irrationally hate Nis, he is a very good baserunner); Cano just retreated to 1st and then waited a bit while Belisario fumbled it. Had he done things properly Belisario wouldn’t probably wouldn’t have had a play at 2nd and thrown it away

  158. WhittakerWalt says:

    OK I take back my Ichiro criticism.
    For now.

  159. Get Phelps Up says:

    So Ichiro could get his 4,000th hit between Japan and MLB this year.

  160. The Doctor says:

    We give him a lot of crap, but there’s really no way around the fact that Ichiro’s on fire right now.

  161. your mom says:

    I assume Kelley stays in to pitch here.

    Game not over if Joba pitches the 9th though.

  162. Dalek Jeter says:

    Dumb play by Puig that helps my fantasy team.

  163. Tom says:

    So with a double header why would Girardi burn another pitcher and not just bring Kelley back out?

  164. Wheels says:

    Ichiro with the catch!

  165. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    Wow, Ichiro is having a Hell of a game.

  166. Dalek Jeter says:

    ICHIRO!!!

  167. Eddard says:

    THAT BALL IS HIGH! IT IS FAR! IT IS CAUGHT BY ICHIRO! HE’S NOT 40 HE’S 30!

  168. The Real Greg says:

    Ichiro basically beating down all the haters today

  169. pop says:

    have to respect Puig… so many guys in the bigs have the legs but they dog it constantly

  170. WhittakerWalt says:

    LOL at this Dodgers team.
    Poor Donnie.

  171. Kramerica Industries says:

    Fucking Hanley has killed the Yankees today.

  172. Wheels says:

    Shit Pantston.

  173. The Doctor says:

    Ichiro! Turning back the clock today.

  174. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Ichiro is doing it all today nice catch.

  175. WhittakerWalt says:

    Haha, I’m happy for the Sterling Tease this time.

  176. Andy says:

    Claiborne getting rocked

  177. The Real Greg says:

    Failure by Preston. Have to use Robertson now

  178. Eddard says:

    This is a spot Hughes could thrive in. The 6th and 7th innings where he can dial it up like he did in 09.

  179. TomH says:

    Send Preston back to the Yacht Club.

  180. your mom says:

    Nice pitching change Girardi.

  181. Dalek Jeter says:

    Fuck, there goes getting through the first game w/o Robertson and Mo.

  182. teddy says:

    eh bad game, bad day to have with a a dh and n0 26 man

  183. The Doctor says:

    What a waste of a great play… Bit of a slap in the face to your defense to see them save a run and then immediately serve up a homer.

  184. WhittakerWalt says:

    DAFUQ

  185. Tom says:

    So with a doubleheader the goal is now to use as many pitchers as possible?

    • The Doctor says:

      Well I mean pulling Kelley was questionable but what else are you going to do now? Leave Claiborne in? No.

  186. BigBlueAL says:

    Maybe they shouldve let Kelley pitch the 8th??

  187. Wheels says:

    Lots of Dodgers fans in the house.

  188. teddy says:

    i would have used logan here

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      I’m okay with Robertson, win the game in front of you. For all we know the game tonight will be 10-2.

  189. The Real Greg says:

    Well Kelley can still be used tonight. He threw only 6 pitches.

  190. your mom says:

    Houdini setting up his magical act here.

  191. Kramerica Industries says:

    Nothing easy lately. At all.

  192. King George says:

    I’d still use Kelley. 6 pitches won’t take him out tonight.

  193. The Real Greg says:

    And in DHs the percentages say split most of the time, so try to win the game.

  194. Cy Pettitte says:

    seriously, why is it never easy with this team

  195. JohnnyC says:

    This is what happens to managers who assume they can get away with not using their A relievers in the first game of a doubleheader. It was why he flipped Kuroda and Hughes. Assumed Kuroda would give him 8 innings while he figured Hughes might not make it past 5. Best laid plans, amirite?

  196. Dalek Jeter says:

    Jeez D-Rob…are you like…not warmed up or something?!

  197. Kramerica Industries says:

    Four pitch walk on JUAN URIBE? That’s almost impossible.

  198. Wheels says:

    D-Rob sure has been shaky.

    • The Doctor says:

      He has a period like this every year since command isn’t his strength in the first place, but this is VERY bad timing.

  199. King George says:

    Feel free the find the zone, David. Whenever you’re ready.

  200. The Doctor says:

    Christ.

  201. Eddard says:

    Can Robertson ever just come in and blow guys away? THROW STRIKES!

  202. FIPster Doofus says:

    This isn’t David Robertson. It’s Carlos Marmol in whiteface.

  203. Tom says:

    Well at least he got one out of Kelley. And trashed the pen for tonight.

    Moron.

  204. SDB says:

    Damnit D-Rob, my nerves are still shot from that last game in LA. Don’t do this.

  205. JLC 776 says:

    Hey, a strike!

  206. TomH says:

    This is why Houdini Roberton should not be Mo’s heir.

    • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

      Because he had a bad game, which isn’t typical?

      There might be reasons, but this game isn’t one of them.

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        Because my heart can’t take it.

        • The Doctor says:

          The year is 2015. The Yankees fan base has dwindled to nothing. They have an exciting, young team winning a lot of games, but the vast majority of the fans have died due to Houdini induced heart attacks.

  207. Dalek Jeter says:

    One more big one David!!

  208. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Jobber to bail out DRob? WTF

  209. The Real Greg says:

    Houdini does it again.

  210. Dalek Jeter says:

    I thought that ball was by Nix for a second.

  211. Kramerica Industries says:

    10 balls, 4 strikes.

    Somehow, unscathed.

  212. Wheels says:

    Ok, 2 run lead, 9th inning. Feeling pretty good about this

  213. SDB says:

    Whew.

    Meanwhile, another home run for Chris Davis. This is ridiculous (and I hate it even more this week, as my fantasy opponent has him in his roster and is crushing me on HR/RBI.)

    Jose Valverde: 0.0 IP. 4 H, 4 ER. Dance that away fat boy.

  214. FIPster Doofus says:

    He unsucked pretty quickly. Well done.

  215. Rolling Doughnut says:

    BREATHE

  216. your mom says:

    Houdini.

  217. The Real Greg says:

    And Tom, you can say the exact same thing about the Dodgers. They wasted 4 bullpen pitchers in this game. So it evens out and doesn’t matter.

  218. your mom says:

    Mo vs Puig should be fun.

  219. Wheels says:

    Do your thing Mo.

  220. JLC 776 says:

    Do this, Mo

  221. Get Phelps Up says:

    Still undefeated when scoring 5+ runs!

  222. The Real Greg says:

    RIVERA CARES NOT FOR TOM’S LACK OF KNOWLEDGE ON BULLPEN USAGE!

  223. JLC 776 says:

    Nice little win. Get it done tonight, now!

  224. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    That was fun.

  225. Cy Pettitte says:

    Mo > whatever latest phenom

  226. King George says:

    Great game, boys. On to the next one!

  227. Rolling Doughnut says:

    The Pheenom meets Mo. Howdy.

  228. JonS says:

    I never stop says wow seeing Mo pitch.

  229. The Doctor says:

    Fun to see the phenom look helpless. Hope to see him go on to do big things, but it’s just not happening against Mo.

    Let’s sweep the day.

  230. stuart a says:

    with this lineup they are never pretty get the W’s anyway possible..

    Dodgers are awful…yech…

    WOW Claiborne got lit up fast……

    RObertson will drive fans to drink next year if he closes…

  231. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    Wow, Kuroda’s line is actually pretty ugly, runs and innings aside. 8 hits, 2 walks (I think it was 2, maybe more), 2 k’s. Blech.

    • The Doctor says:

      Well he was really cruising until he got to the 7th, and that’s really when the peripherals became ugly. Kuroda’s really not a traditional FIP/xFIP darling, he gets a lot of weak contact and works out of jams. A lot of the time stats tell the story pretty well, but there are certain guys I’ve learned to expect a bit of a mismatch from. Hirok’s one of them. As long as he keeps going out and putting up good results, I’ll take it.

  232. Eddard says:

    Great win. Ichiro and Overbay are so valuable to this club. They should be able to sweep the series tonight. Like I said, if Phil struggles you bring in Warren and then it’s just easy to flip them going forward.

  233. MannyGeee says:

    well, that was fun!

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