Game 70: Let’s Try This Again

TiqIQ: Donnie Baseball Double Dip in the Bronx
2013 Draft: Yankees sign supplemental first rounder Ian Clarkin
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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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TiqIQ: Donnie Baseball Double Dip in the Bronx
2013 Draft: Yankees sign supplemental first rounder Ian Clarkin
  • Kramerica Industries

    Holy hell is that a brutal lineup.

    • trr

      It’s our “A” lineup against LHP

      • Dalek Jeter

        By ‘A’ you obviously mean our single A line up got called up to play with Cano and Gardner, right?

        • trr

          LOL, almost Dalek, almost…

        • MannyGeee

          Hi-A…

    • pat

      Spring Training in June!!

  • Hassey

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

  • pat

    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.

  • Pseudoyanks

    Psyched for Daytime Ball!!!

  • Hassey

    Over/under on Yanks total runs for this DH?

    • Roadgeek Adam

      I set the line at 5 and say over.

      • Hassey

        And how many innings will they score in?

  • Dalek Jeter

    Ballsy move by Puig. Great tag by Nix.

    • Kramerica Industries

      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.

  • Wheels

    Hey Puig, that’s Brett Gardner in center.

    • Dalek Jeter

      He would’ve been in standing up if 2009 Johnny Damon was out there.

  • Dalek Jeter

    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

      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

  • Kramerica Industries

    Andre Ethier in CF…

    lol, what?

  • SDB

    Vernon Wells… cleanup – um, WHAT?

  • Dalek Jeter

    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

      Give me some highlights.

      • Dalek Jeter

        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

          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.

          • MannyGeee

            Two days without being exposed to a “professional baseball playah” will do that for ya.

  • WhittakerWalt

    And Nixie whiffs on an 89 MPH “heater.”

  • Roadgeek Adam

    What kind of borderline was that?!

    Damn it Fletcher.

  • WhittakerWalt

    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.

  • Leg-End

    Horseshit call ump, Wells is bad enough without those.

  • yeayo

    That pitch was inside the batters box…terrible call.

  • The Doctor

    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.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Questeck!!

  • The Doctor

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

    • Dalek Jeter

      +1 If it’s not hit on a line 10 feet to his left or right it’s dropping for a hit.

      • WhittakerWalt

        He doesn’t dive because he’s a lazy Dominican.

        • The Doctor

          Those damn Louisiana Dominicans.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Haha, but seriously, if there are 2 players on this team that I want pushed into complementary roles they are Nix and Wells. I mean, even Ichiro is playing better than those two.

          • FEED.ME.MORE!

            Nix hasn’t been that bad.

            • Dalek Jeter

              3rd worst SS production in all of baseball according to Coney. That is THAT BAD especially when you’re batting him second AND he’s maybe (MAYBE) average on the basepaths and with the glove.

              • WhittakerWalt

                I really have to wonder what “that bad” really looks like to people who think Nix hasn’t been it.

  • Dalek Jeter

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

    • The Doctor

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

  • Kramerica Industries

    Holy hell is Puig ambitious out there.

    • Hall and Nokes

      He’s Puig-nacious.

      I’ll let myself out.

  • MannyGeee

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

  • Dalek Jeter

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

  • MannyGeee

    Neal!

  • FEED.ME.MORE!

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

  • SDB

    LOVERBAY!

  • Cy Pettitte

    thank god Ethier is playing CF

  • Roadgeek Adam

    CLUTCH

  • Wheels

    loverbay!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Thanks for putting Ethier in CF, Donnie.

    He’s still a Yankee.

  • FEED.ME.MORE!

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

  • Andy

    Some well hit balls this inning

  • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    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

      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.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Loverbay!!!

  • The Doctor

    “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.

    • vicki

      we call it “enthusiasm”.

    • SDB

      Cashman still fail for not signing him?

      • MannyGeee

        Cashman always fail for everything. Welcome to RAB Comments thread

        • SDB

          Can Cashman fail at failing?

          • MannyGeee

            MIND. BLOWN

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Holy fuck.

              He’d fail at getting himself out of the endless time loop he’d find himself in.

              That would be mostly because he failed to watch the “Meglos” episode of Doctor Who.

      • The Doctor

        Always.

        Really in this case the Dodgers went so crazy trying to get them we couldn’t rationally compete for him. Would’ve been nice considering our 66.7% inept outfield, but I’m not losing sleep.

  • MannyGeee

    hooray for a lead!

  • WhittakerWalt

    Good hustle, A.J.

    • vicki

      fantasy team? or just a fan, like me.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Fail by Adams.

  • MannyGeee

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

  • vicki

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

  • Dalek Jeter

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

    • Kramerica Industries

      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

        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

      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.

  • Kramerica Industries

    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.

  • Eddard

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

    • vicki

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

  • Roadgeek Adam

    Robinson Cano, keep hitting it at Schumaker.

    • King George

      So we can inevitably watch the Vernon Wells Show?

  • Dalek Jeter

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

    • SDB

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

  • Kramerica Industries

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

    Man. Fuck you Bosch.

    • WhittakerWalt

      It sure didn’t help.

      • vicki

        i’m no expert, but don’t anabolic steroids and hgh take a long while to have any real effect? months?

        but i did laugh.

  • WhittakerWalt

    First pitch swinging again.

  • Roadgeek Adam

    Now Wells gets robbed.

  • Dalek Jeter

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

    • The Doctor

      He does something to help the team everyday Suzyn.

      Which team he’s helping is another matter.

  • MannyGeee

    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

  • SDB

    Chris Davis homers again. Are you kidding me?

    • The Doctor

      I never kid. I was once called the worst audience participant Cirque de Soleil ever had.

      • Dalek Jeter

        I shall duck behind the couch!

        • The Doctor

          I have a legal responsibility to inform you there is no candy in this office.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Ho hum.

    Chris Davis OPS now over 1.1.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Fuck yeah Kuroda!!!

  • Cy Pettitte

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

    • The Doctor

      You so lucky I say HIROK!… Getting lucky.

      • The Doctor

        Err you say*

  • Kramerica Industries

    Well, there’s a break.

  • vicki

    quintessential 2013 dodgers. looks a lot like 2013 yankees.

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

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

  • Dalek Jeter

    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.

  • WhittakerWalt

    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

      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

        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.

        • WhittakerWalt

          And he homers. I can show myself out.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Man. Fuck you Tigers.

    • Cy Pettitte

      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

      • SDB

        I can’t stand the Orioles, but I’m at least glad I kept Tillman on my fantasy rotation.

  • TampaYankee

    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?

    • Reuben Sierra’s Chains

      Yes he sucks.

  • WhittakerWalt

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

  • Get Phelps Up

    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.

  • Dalek Jeter

    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)

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

      • Dalek Jeter

        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)

          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

      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.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

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

    ….could be both of us. Who knows?

  • MannyGeee

    Why is Chris Stewart?

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Magic 8 ball says: “Ask again later..”

  • Anthony_14

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

    • WhittakerWalt

      I’m missing the 20+ homeruns from the catcher position.

    • MannyGeee

      this time last year he was around .205

    • Robinson Tilapia

      You don’t like the .270 or so Stewart is hitting?

  • Dalek Jeter

    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

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

      • Dalek Jeter

        It was right to Ryu. If Uribe got back to the bag in time it would’ve been an easy out at 3rd.

    • WhittakerWalt

      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

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

        How is this Jayson Nix’s fault?

        • WhittakerWalt

          Bunting right back to the pitcher is not good.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            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.

  • MannyGeee

    bases loaded to Vernon Wells, huh…

  • The Doctor

    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.

  • Cy Pettitte

    great AB Vernon.

  • Dalek Jeter

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

  • SDB

    I want to pitch to Vernon Wells right now.

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

    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.

  • King George

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

    • FEED.ME.MORE!

      Or…a bag of dicks?

  • MannyGeee

    3 pitches, huh Vernon?

  • Leg-End

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

  • Robinson Tilapia

    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

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

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Someone could still botch the play.

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

  • WhittakerWalt

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

    • SDB

      Why are you restricting this to major leaguers?

    • Tim

      I don’t know – that Pujols at bat on sunday was pretty terrible.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        This.

  • WhittakerWalt

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

    • Dalek Jeter

      Wait she hasn’t said that yet?! Ryu is the perfect guy to say that about?!

  • Roadgeek Adam

    So wait. This is a ball?

  • Kramerica Industries

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

  • Robinson Tilapia

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

    • WhittakerWalt

      Hahahaha

  • stuart a

    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

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

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

        Until they play the Yankees.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      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.

  • BigBlueAL

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

    • The Doctor

      I wonder if that was Joe’s call or Nix saying “Well shit I can just bunt and at least two people in the stadium will be happy with me.”

      • Dalek Jeter

        Joe and Donnie?

  • Tom

    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

      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

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

        • The Doctor

          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

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

  • Dalek Jeter

    WOW

    • The Doctor

      What a lazy piece of crap am I right?

      • Dalek Jeter

        Laying down on a play?! I cannot believe it.

  • Cy Pettitte

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

    • stuart a

      amen…

  • Cy Pettitte

    bit of a cheapie but I’ll take it

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

    Ichiro really is hot right now.

  • Eddard

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

  • Dalek Jeter

    Ichiro!!

  • Robinson Tilapia

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

    • The Doctor

      You speak the language of my people. Hahaha.

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

      • Robinson Tilapia

        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

          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

      Didn’t see that coming!

  • The Doctor

    Ichiro!

  • MannyGeee

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

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

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

    I started Ryu today! Bastards.

    • Jim Is Bored

      Your fantasy team can go suck on a pineapple.

      I want the yankees to score 400.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Jim Really Wants Pineapple.

        • Jim Is Bored

          I usually do. Pineapple is delicious.

          • MannyGeee

            Jim is NOT bored of pineapples

      • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

        They have an excellent chance of scoring 400 this year. You’re in luck.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Why I Don’t Play Fantasy Sports, Part 456.

      • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

        Me neither. I play underground Russian Mafia Indentured servitude Baseball. I actually have Ryu’s wife chained to my bed. So he better not give up any more runs.

  • WhittakerWalt

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

    • Jim Is Bored

      Someone needs to convince him that he wants to.

      Leo Di Caprio, perhaps?

    • Dalek Jeter

      *vomits*

      • WhittakerWalt

        He could hit 40 a year, but he chooses to hit 9.

  • Get Phelps Up

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

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Back to work.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Coney really just went Andy Cohen on us?

    *sigh*

  • Roadgeek Adam

    Clearly Andy Fletcher prefers the Dodgers. :p

  • Jim Is Bored

    Argh come on Hirok

  • The Doctor

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

  • Dalek Jeter

    6-4-3 time!

  • The Doctor

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

  • The Real Greg

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

  • SDB

    Ugh. Don’t let this unravel any more.

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

    Well, shit.

  • Cy Pettitte

    is anything ever easy with this team. fucking hell.

  • The Real Greg

    Very disappointing Kuroda

  • Kramerica Industries

    Dammit. Just couldn’t finish the inning.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

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

  • King George

    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)

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

      • King George

        Mistake being that Girardi left Hiroki out there too long.

    • The Real Greg

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

      • King George

        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

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

          • JohnnyC

            There are tried and true ways of stalling. Perhaps Joe should study up on them.

        • Jessica

          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

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

  • Dalek Jeter

    Fuckin Kelly!

  • Cy Pettitte

    ok, score runs now please

  • your mom

    Kelley>>>>>>Joba

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Nice stretch by Gonzalez?

    More like nice flop my Bosh. That was abysmal.

  • pat

    Why was Nix swinging 3-0?

    • Roadgeek Adam

      ’tis not 3-0. ;)

      • pat

        The count was.

        • Roadgeek Adam

          It was 2-2. 2 balls, a called strike then three fouls.

          • pat

            That at bat didn’t start out with three consecutive balls? ESPN gameday said it did…

  • Eddard

    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

      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

        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

      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.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Cano goes yard here

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Meh

    • The Doctor

      I’ll take that instead I guess.

  • WhittakerWalt

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

  • Dalek Jeter

    Remember when Cano used to do that regularly against LHP?

    • The Doctor

      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.

  • The Real Greg

    How good is Almonte on defense?

    • The Real Greg

      Just in case we have to pinch hit for Wells or an outfielder.

    • The Doctor

      Haven’t really heard extensive reports, and that’s usually a good thing. Probably just fine for a corner outfielder.

  • SDB

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

    • SDB

      *competently.

  • vicki

    no-brainer, joe.

  • teddy

    will giradri pinch hit for wells

    • The Real Greg

      How solid is Almonte on defense?

  • Cy Pettitte

    gotta PH Hafner for Wells now

  • Dalek Jeter

    Joe HAS TO PINCH HIT HERE.

    • The Doctor

      I believey iny Wellsy.

      – Joe Girardi

  • your mom

    So Wells will either:

    A)Hit a grounder

    or

    B)Strike out

  • The Real Greg

    Again, HOW GOOD IS ALMONTE ON DEFENSE?

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

      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.

  • Dalek Jeter

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

  • The Real Greg

    WAH WAH

  • Cy Pettitte

    hahahaha that was the funniest thing I’ve ever seen

  • Kramerica Industries

    What the hell was that?

  • Roadgeek Adam

    Dodgers defense fail.

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

    WOW, what a debacle.

  • teddy

    lol at lad and giradri should be fired

  • SDB

    Wow.

    Just wow.

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

  • PFOJ

    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

      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.

  • Dalek Jeter

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

  • The Doctor

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

  • Jim Is Bored

    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.

  • teddy

    where hafner

    • The Doctor

      If Belisario keeps this up I don’t think the batter matters.

  • Roadgeek Adam

    Repeat incompetence.

  • WhittakerWalt

    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?

    • Roadgeek Adam

      He did. He got a total jam shot that Belisario missed and trying to pick off Cano threw it into center field.

    • Jim Is Bored

      That’s the only commercial I have to mute on the radio. I hate it more than I hate the red sox.

      • Roadgeek Adam

        I’ve hated it for years. (I hate most jingles anyway), its played on practically every TSA station.

        • pop

          i loathe commercials

      • The Doctor

        I have to mute the smoking quit line commercial. Can’t take that one.

      • WhittakerWalt

        And the commercial is on AGAIN.
        It’s not just that it’s a thoroughly AWFUL commercial, but they haven’t changed it in at least 15 years.

    • The Real Greg

      He did and he popped it up.

      Belisario tried to drop that ball to get two but he lost the ball and everybody was safe. He tried to throw out Ichiro at second but the throw got away and a run scored.

      • The Real Greg

        Cano, not Ichiro.

  • The Real Greg

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

    • WhittakerWalt

      I don’t care WHAT happened after, letting Wells hit in that spot is pure idiocy.

      • The Real Greg

        You might not care, but the majority of news outlets care not.

        • The Real Greg

          For the questionable decision.

  • Jim Is Bored

    I hope Ichiro wants to hit a grand slam here.

  • SDB

    Is it possible to be worse than Wells?

    Belasario: Yes!

  • 28 this year

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

  • Dalek Jeter

    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

      As I said, only the outcome matters.

      • Jim Is Bored

        No one’s doubting that, greg.

        We’re saying we wish it were different.

      • WhittakerWalt

        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

        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

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

      • Dalek Jeter

        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.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Ichiro turning back the clock!!! :D

  • Roadgeek Adam

    ICHIRO

  • Cy Pettitte

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

  • fabricio

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

  • Eddard

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

  • Wheels

    Big day for Ichiro!

  • Tom

    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

    • TomH

      Anyone know whether “Belisario” has an English form?

  • WhittakerWalt

    OK I take back my Ichiro criticism.
    For now.

  • Get Phelps Up

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

  • The Doctor

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

  • your mom

    I assume Kelley stays in to pitch here.

    Game not over if Joba pitches the 9th though.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Dumb play by Puig that helps my fantasy team.

  • Tom

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

  • Wheels

    Ichiro with the catch!

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

    Wow, Ichiro is having a Hell of a game.

  • Dalek Jeter

    ICHIRO!!!

  • Eddard

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

  • The Real Greg

    Ichiro basically beating down all the haters today

  • pop

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

  • WhittakerWalt

    LOL at this Dodgers team.
    Poor Donnie.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Fucking Hanley has killed the Yankees today.

  • Wheels

    Shit Pantston.

  • The Doctor

    Ichiro! Turning back the clock today.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Ichiro is doing it all today nice catch.

  • WhittakerWalt

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

  • Andy

    Claiborne getting rocked

  • The Real Greg

    Failure by Preston. Have to use Robertson now

  • Eddard

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

  • TomH

    Send Preston back to the Yacht Club.

  • your mom

    Nice pitching change Girardi.

    • pat

      Clearly Girardi’s fault.

      • your mom

        Should of left Kelley in.

        • pat

          Yep totally. What a dumbass.

          • your mom

            oh ok boss!

  • Dalek Jeter

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

  • teddy

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

  • The Doctor

    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.

    • pat

      He did it on purpose too. Because he hates Japanese people.

      • your mom

        Wow what’s up your ass today?

  • WhittakerWalt

    DAFUQ

    • Dalek Jeter

      Panston’s true talent being revealed a bit, maybe?

      • The Doctor

        Knew it was only a matter of time with one pitch but talk about an inconvenient time for the wheels to come off.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Well, with all the semi-valuable innings he’s seen of late, would there have been a convenient time? At least we still have a lead.

  • Tom

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

    • The Doctor

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

  • BigBlueAL

    Maybe they shouldve let Kelley pitch the 8th??

  • Wheels

    Lots of Dodgers fans in the house.

  • teddy

    i would have used logan here

    • Dalek Jeter

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

  • The Real Greg

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

  • your mom

    Houdini setting up his magical act here.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Nothing easy lately. At all.

  • King George

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

  • The Real Greg

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

  • Cy Pettitte

    seriously, why is it never easy with this team

    • TomH

      Look at the lineup. That’s why it’s never easy.

      • Get Phelps Up

        that wasn’t the problem today.

  • JohnnyC

    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?

  • Dalek Jeter

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

  • Kramerica Industries

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

  • Wheels

    D-Rob sure has been shaky.

    • The Doctor

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

  • King George

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

  • The Doctor

    Christ.

  • Eddard

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

  • FIPster Doofus

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

  • Tom

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

    Moron.

    • The Real Greg

      You are dumb.

      YOU PLAY TO WIN THE GAME.

    • The Doctor

      Really doubt he foresaw Claiborne falling apart and Robertson throwing under 10% strikes.

      • Tom

        Again why the hell do you pull a righty after 1 out, to put another righty when you have a DH scheduled.

        It’s making a move for the sake of making a move. It’s dumb and it’s what Girardi does.

        And now he won’t have 2 o3 of his best bullpen arms available tonight because Kelley now can’t pitch 1.1 innings. (wasn’t the reason he made the roster due to him being able to pitch multiple innings?)

        • Dalek Jeter

          Kelley will be available tonight, he only threw 6 pitches.

          • Tom

            A) Do you really know that?
            B) Claiborne won’t

            What is the gain here?

            • JLC 776

              A win?

              • Tom

                So putting Claiborne in makes it more likely to win?

                If the goal was locking down a win – Kelley pitches the 8th, or you bring Robertson to start the 8th.

  • SDB

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

  • JLC 776

    Hey, a strike!

  • TomH

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

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

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

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

      • Dalek Jeter

        Because my heart can’t take it.

        • The Doctor

          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.

  • Dalek Jeter

    One more big one David!!

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Jobber to bail out DRob? WTF

  • The Real Greg

    Houdini does it again.

  • Dalek Jeter

    I thought that ball was by Nix for a second.

  • Kramerica Industries

    10 balls, 4 strikes.

    Somehow, unscathed.

  • Wheels

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

    • Wheels

      I don’t know why I said that yet.

  • SDB

    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.

    • Dalek Jeter

      The fact he did it against Valverde makes it acceptable.

  • FIPster Doofus

    He unsucked pretty quickly. Well done.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    BREATHE

  • your mom

    Houdini.

  • The Real Greg

    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.

  • your mom

    Mo vs Puig should be fun.

  • Wheels

    Do your thing Mo.

    • Wheels

      Just like that. good win

  • JLC 776

    Do this, Mo

  • Get Phelps Up

    Still undefeated when scoring 5+ runs!

  • The Real Greg

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

  • JLC 776

    Nice little win. Get it done tonight, now!

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

    That was fun.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Mo > whatever latest phenom

  • King George

    Great game, boys. On to the next one!

  • Rolling Doughnut

    The Pheenom meets Mo. Howdy.

  • JonS

    I never stop says wow seeing Mo pitch.

  • The Doctor

    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.

  • stuart a

    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…

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

    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

      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.

  • Eddard

    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.

  • MannyGeee

    well, that was fun!