Game 73: Need A Win

Yankees sign Mike Zagurski, acquire Yoshinori Tateyama
Yankees acquire Brent Lillibridge
(Mike Stobe/Getty)
(Mike Stobe/Getty)

At some point soon, the Yankees need to starting winning some games. There are too many good teams in the division and trying to climb over one for the first place is tough enough. Having to climb two or three in the second half might be impossible. Tonight is as good a night as any to start a winning streak, so let’s get it done. Here’s the lineup that will face right-hander Roberto Hernandez:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. DH Travis Hafner
  5. 1B Lyle Overbay
  6. LF Zoilo Almonte
  7. SS Jayson Nix
  8. 3B David Adams
  9. C Austin Romine

And on the mound is the right-hander David Phelps, who went 6-2 with a 1.56 ERA in 54 innings as a senior at Hazelwood West High School in 2005.

It’s a lovely night in New York, so there won’t be any problems getting the game in. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET and can be seen on My9. Enjoy.

Injury Update: Mark Teixeira (wrist) will see a doctor this weekend before the team determines when he can resume swinging a bat and stuff like that … Curtis Granderson (hand) had the pin removed as planned yesterday. He will begin hand strengthening exercises before moving on to regular old baseball activities.

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Yankees sign Mike Zagurski, acquire Yoshinori Tateyama
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  • forensic

    Ok, Phelps. This is your first start for my fantasy team. Let’s make it count!!!

  • trr

    I don’t know….that lineup, 6-9….ugh

  • Get Phelps Up

    Aaaaand it looks like Andrew Bailey will be the latest to be removed from the Red Sox closer role.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Hope this means Uehara now flames out in that role.

      • forensic

        Oh good, another guy on my fantasy team…

        Tazawa may actually get the first shot at closing, but I’m not sure if there’s a final decision yet.

        • Kramerica Industries

          I remember striking gold last season when I drafted Jim Johnson in the late rounds of the draft.

          I had Johnson, Papelbon, and then Soriano after he got the closing gig here (I had DRob for his brief spell too). I had also had Frieri for a while, but I didn’t like carrying four closers.

          Yeah, I had it pretty good there last season.

    • forensic

      Yup, my fantasy team is all too familiar with his recent suckiness.

      Considering offering him up in a trade for Wilhelmsen, another guy who’s apparently been dropped from the closer’s role. Maybe they just need a change of scenery. :-)

  • I’m One

    Get ready boys, that could be the Yankees beginning next season. It’s gonna suck to see Mo go.

    • I’m One

      Reply fail. That was ment for GPU & KI above.

  • ExitCashman

    Cashman interviewed on Mike Francesa today cited that Vernon Wells was acquired to replace Andruw Jones and was not expected to be thrust into an everyday OF role as one factor behind his recent decline.
    What?! I thought that was what Ben Francisco was for. So who replaced Nick Swisher? Brennan Boesch? What a load of crap.

    And if he wants “lighting in a bottle,” I recommend Bacardi 151, because the waiver wire is full of that Miller 64 piss.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Ichiro was supposed to replace Swisher, fwiw.
      I think the intent was for the OF at this point to be:
      Granderson, Gardner, Ichiro/Wells

    • forensic

      It’s not even Swisher, Wells was a panic move to replace Granderson as an everyday guy, certainly not as a part-time guy who they decided was worth paying $14 something million for.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Ichiro replaced Swisher by orders of Randy Levine and friends.

  • King George

    Josh Norris reporting that Cashman confirmed Michael Pineda will pitch for Trenton on Tuesday, which is his normally scheduled start. Good news.

  • forensic

    Overnight I finally got to watch last night’s game. I can’t believe how much Myers looks like Longoria at the plate. It’s uncanny.

    And no Paul O’Neill, it’s not because he grew up in the Tampa Bay system and who else would you model yourself after…

    • Kramerica Industries

      Yeah, I think DRB did a piece on this. Biggest difference in their stance being where they hold the bat. Longo’s a bit more compact; quicker to the ball.

  • Mick taylor

    Howe come the yanks have allowed joba chamberlain to put on so much weight. He looks like a sumaro wrestler. Could all that weight affect his pitching?

    • Wheels

      I was wondering that myself. It probably doesn’t have that much of an effect, look at David Wells for instance.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    I wonder what the move to activate Nova will be?
    Not sure they’d send Warren down and go without a long man with Nova pitching (unless Warren has a long outing before then).
    I don’t imagine they’d want to lose Claiborne or Kelley for the required 10-days.
    Neal maybe?

    • forensic

      DFA Hughes? ;-)

      Seriously though, I would think Neal is the most likely, with Almonte a close 2nd.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        I think Almonte’s going to get a decent opportunity to play vs. RHP – at least for the time being. I’d be very surprised if it’s him.

        • forensic

          Yeah, him vs. righties is more common than Neal vs. lefties (in general, haven’t looked at what the probables for the 10 days would be), which is just why I had him 2nd to Neal in the order.

    • Fin

      Hmm, I don’t know might be Almonte too. They haven’t been in a big hurry to get him into the lineup and they did bring Neal up first. Could depend on how many of what handed pitchers they are facing over the next 10 days.

  • Fin

    Yikes, every time I see Romaine in the lineup I feel bad for him. I cant believe the Yankees haven’t picked up one of the catchers that have been waived. Romaine clearly needs to go down to AAA and get more work in. It almost seems like they have given up on him and are not concerned with his future at this point. Then again, maybe a few months in the majors wont be the end of the world for his career, but it certainly is very ugly to watch.

    • Cy Pettitte

      Yea, starting to wonder what the deal with Shoppach is. Picking him up seems like a no brainer.

      • RetroRob

        Wasn’t he viewed as a key part of the Red Sox club house issue, including going behind Valentine’s back? That might give the Yankees pause considering he really is not all that good, even if he is better than what they have a back up.

    • trr

      Agreed, it’s past time for him to go down. His being here is hurting everyone including himself.
      Get Shoppach, get Hernandez, get someone/anyone

  • your mom

    FYI it’s Romine.

    • trr

      Call him anything u want, just put good-bye in front of it

  • forensic

    They signed Corey Patterson now too?

    • ExitCashman

      Yikes. Can Darnell McDonald be far behind?

    • Roadgeek Adam

      No but apparently Brent Lillibridge.

      • forensic

        Suzyn Waldman said they signed Patterson and he’s in AAA.

    • forensic

      And now they’ve traded for Brent Lillibridge too?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      yep

  • RetroRob

    What a repulsive lineup that is. Just thought I’d point that out, as I’m sure no one else around here has.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Breaking News:
    Yankees make a trade with the Cubs.

    (for Brent Lillibridge)

    • forensic

      And we thought Reid Brignac couldn’t hit. Lillibridge is 1-24 this season…

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        Heh, just needed someone to replace AG in AAA, at least until Brignac clears waivers.

      • The Real Greg

        That’s why he’s going to AAA, or that’s what is said.

      • ExitCashman

        This isn’t looking for lightning in a bottle. It’s Bad News Bears tryouts.

  • Wheels

    Terrific bunt

  • Eddard

    Great bunt by Gardy. Make that fat fraud move a little.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Way to bunt for that base hit. Now pick your pitch and take off.

  • WhittakerWalt

    OK Gardy, let’s make something happen.

  • forensic

    Heh, Waldman actually said something funny for once.

    “The Cubs traded Brent Lillibridge to the Yankees. Do you get the feeling that they’re just trading for the same player over and over?”

    • RetroRob

      That it is pretty funny…because it’s true.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Sergio Mitre’s coming back too?

      http://nooooooooooooooo.com/

    • Zoilo Moilo

      Ever get the feeling this thread is the same comment over and over?

      • vicki

        stimming comforts.

  • Eddard

    Ichiro is on fire. Finally a better option than Nix in the 2 hole.

  • Wheels

    Get it done Robbie

  • RetroRob

    Nice.

    Weak part of the lineup upcoming, though.

    • 28 this year

      Lol, two batters in and the weak part begins. How sad.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Crooked number make it happen Robbie

  • forensic

    Ok, boys! Get Phelps some run support please!!!

  • forensic

    And here goes Sterling again, “With Cano, you have to feel sorry for him.”

    No, not really…

  • Roadgeek Adam

    Come on people this is Fausto Carmona. We’re supposed to beat him into the bullpen.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Well, a lead.

    I guess we’ll take it. Just as long as there are more runs coming.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Definitely beats those DPs Robbie grounds into.

  • forensic

    At least it’s a run. Better than a Cano K or GIDP.

  • WhittakerWalt

    “The thing with Cano, you have to feel sorry for him. If you were pitching against the Yankees, would you give him anything to hit?”

    WRONG, John. The problem is that Cano is getting pitched around but still swings at everything.

    • vicki

      he put in some strong bids for Worst of the Best last night.

  • ExitCashman

    Hafner has been struggling for 2 months. When do we find out that he’s been nursing an injury the whole time?

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Hafner last year: .228/.346/.438/.784
      This year: .216/.327/.443/.770

      He’s nursing his decline into mediocrity.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Yeah but he’s supposedly healthy this time, unlike in recent years. I figured if he was healthy he’d hit.
        How wrong I was.

  • forensic

    Ok, Hafner/Overbay. One little single. That wouldn’t kill you, would it?

    • RetroRob

      Apparently.

      I have him on my fantasy team (AL-only, deep league). I need power so I don’t want to cut him knowing how streaky he is as a hitter, but he’s killing me.

  • Eddard

    That’s why Ichiro should be a permanent fixture in the 2 hole, not Nix. Gardy and Ich are a big speed threat at the top of the lineup.

  • Wheels

    Predictably disappointing.

    • The Real Greg

      This year’s offense scores a run = not disappointing.

      • WhittakerWalt

        That is true, sadly. I wouldn’t have been surprised if the Yanks hadn’t scored at all there.

      • Wheels

        Kay talking about John Sterling in a speedo.

        • Wheels

          reply fail

          • vicki

            mental image fail!

  • The Real Greg

    What was Cashman’s plan for the DH? I mean did he expect Hafner to be productive all year?

    • Fin

      Im guessing they expected Jeter to occupy the DH spot on a regular basis at least for the first half of the year, and then Arod and maybe Jeter during the second half. They were looking for a guy to hold the fort down 3 or 4 days a week at DH and possibly less after the all star break. Didn’t work as intended but that’s what I think the plan was.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Probably expected something similar to what Hafner did last year.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      reply fail

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Yep. And that’s what he’s getting.

  • Roadgeek Adam

    Alright that was a David win.

  • The Real Greg

    Oh David…..

  • Kramerica Industries

    Well, Gardner misplayed that a touch, but since it’s probably a double either way, he got away with it there.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    It’s Jose Molina go after him ffs

  • Roadgeek Adam

    Strawman! :D

    Almonte :D

  • Eddard

    Kid’s already more productive than Wells. Keep him in the lineup.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Zoilo has been more productive in his last 2 AB’s than Wells has been in the last month.

  • Dalek Jeter

    OMG. ALL TEH LEFTIES!!!!

  • WhittakerWalt

    I never thought the big leagues would see another Zoilo.

  • Roadgeek Adam

    Almonte should be behind a fly ball hitter, because now he’s been cut down at 2nd twice.

    • ExitCashman

      Do we have any of those?

  • The Real Greg

    You see, you move Nix out of the two hole and he hits into a DP

    • The Real Greg

      /kidding

  • Dalek Jeter

    He does something to help the opposing team win.

  • WhittakerWalt

    JAYSON NIX IS A SPECIAL PLAYER.

  • Dalek Jeter

    So, is there a new AAAA league we should know about? In the past four days the team has acquired Lillibridge, F-Mart, Zagurski, and Tateyama…

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      don’t forget Corey Patterson

      • WhittakerWalt

        TOOLS

        • Dalek Jeter

          Teh Toolsyiest.

  • WhittakerWalt

    I really don’t think it’s pronounced “Zhoo-nell Escobar.”

  • Dalek Jeter

    So, how about Snowden getting an espionage charge. Ain’t that about a bitch.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Another two-out run scoring hit.

    How many of those have the Yankees given up lately?

  • Dalek Jeter

    PHELPS FAILED IF WE LOSE THIS GAME IT’S ON PHELPS!!!

    /Greg’d

    • The Real Greg

      Only if they score 2 or more and they lose.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Because all our pitchers need to pitch to sub-2 ERAs.

  • The Real Greg

    I almost tempted to give that an error. And can any Yankee pitcher retain a lead? It’s like they don’t know how to pitch with a lead.

    • Wheels

      Seriously, it was in his mitt.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Didn’t throw a shutout =/= Can’t pitch with a lead

      • The Real Greg

        It doesn’t have to be just a one run lead.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          How many leads have they blown?
          How many leads have they actually had?

          The answer to both is not many.

      • Dalek Jeter

        It does in Greg County
        /still looking for a name.

  • Fin

    Lol Nix is a util infielder, a decent one at that. He should be playing once a week and batting 9th. That’s his job. With all the injuries hes been forced to take on a far far far bigger role than he is equipped for. No idea why people bitch about him so much. Its not like the Yankees signed him to a big contract to be the ss/3b and hes failing. When your entire infield and half their backups are on the DL there is gona be a lot of ugly play from second and third string players.

    • The Real Greg

      It seems that Sterling and Waldman have a shrine to him.

      • Fin

        Hehe that’s true. Imagine this though, if Nix was on another team and was released right now, the Yankees would claim him and he would start the next day. That’s how bad their situation is.

    • WhittakerWalt

      I totally respect a guy like Nix. A player with not much raw talent, but he plays hard and he’s found a place for himself.
      The problem is that I have to listen to the radio broadcast, and Sterling+Waldman are IN LOVE with Jayson Nix. They NEVER shut up about the things he does for the team. Which of course means they only comment on the occasional good thing he does, and act like that’s the norm. When he does something pathetic like GIDP or strike out with a man on 3rd with one out –a much more common occurrence for him– they don’t say anything. Total dead air.
      It just gets ridiculous.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Oh, Straw’s int he house.

  • Eddard

    I didn’t know Romine could hit doubles.

  • The Real Greg

    Disagree with bunting here.

  • forensic

    Argh!!!

    Why are they bunting Gardner, who’s been their best hitter for awhile?!?!?!

    • The Real Greg

      That’s why I disagree with it.

      See, I can be critical of Girardi too.

  • teddy

    just dreadful baseball

  • Eddard

    If I’m Gardy I keep bunting and force that fat fraud to move off the mound. He won’t catch you.

  • The Real Greg

    But it works and they score another run.

  • Eddard

    Now that’s how you score a run. Bunt and a dribbler back to the mound.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Sure why don’t we just have the team’s best hitter bunt.

    • The Real Greg

      But again, it won’t be questioned because they scored there.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Not a huge problem with it, but I don’t like the Gardner bunt. He’s our hottest hitter, let him swing the bat w/ a RISP.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Yeah, he’s a lefty. Let him at least try to pull the ball.

    • The Real Greg

      Actually it’s ironic that his first hit tonight was on a bunt.

  • Anderson Silva

    Robbie looks terrible. He’s getting pitched in the middle of the plate and he can’t even hit one ball hard.

    • Fin

      Thing about Robbie is that he can look this bad for an extended period of time and then get incredibly hot for not just a couple weeks but for a month and be the best hitter in the game by a wide margin. If that doesn’t happen this year, it may be time creeping on him. Seems as they get older players hot streaks get less frequent and don’t last as long.

  • The Real Greg

    This is more than a slump. This has been going on for almost 1-1.5 months.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      It’s a long slump.

  • stuart a

    from a non Cano fan it is a slump. the guy is not great but he is not a bum either.

    they call them slumps//

  • Kramerica Industries

    David Phelps isn’t exactly sharp tonight. Lots of three-ball counts, and now five hits.

    • your mom

      There u go, another one.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Pastadiving JeterCano

    • ExitCashman

      2 tonight… that doubles his total for all of last year!

    • Dalek Jeter

      Cano only dives when he knows he cant get the ball

      /lazy dominican’d

  • Anderson Silva

    Phelps looks bad as well. It’s a minor miracle that we are still in this game. Everything is being hit hard when he can find the plate.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Girardi knows Phelps is not on tonight and will get someone up before the crooked number gets put up right?

  • The Real Greg

    RULED A WILD PITCH

    • The Real Greg

      Forgot Stewart’s not catching tonight.

      • Kramerica Industries

        Yeah, well, now it’s ok to bash Romine for that.

  • Wheels

    Hope that wild pitch doesn’t prove costly.

    • Wheels

      and it does

  • Dalek Jeter

    I hate Luke Scott.

    • your mom

      He’s got some fucked up facial hair, if that’s what you want to call it.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    That was awful Ichiro.
    And Robbie.

  • The Real Greg

    LAZY CANO

  • Anderson Silva

    Cano is pathetic. Get him outta there now.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Nice shutdown inning, Phelps.

    Nice throw, Ichiro.

  • teddy

    is cano serious.

    tonigt he looks like the worst fielder in baseball

  • forensic

    Come on Phelps, this is not ideal…

    Cano sounds like he has no range tonight, just based on the radio broadcast.

    • Anderson Silva

      he looks like he doesn’t want to be there.

  • The Real Greg

    And once again, the starting pitcher is incapable of holding a lead.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      That run was a lot more on the defense than Phelps.

      • Rolling Doughnut

        Yes but Phelps is not sharp tonight.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          Definitely not.

    • teddy

      is 1 run, maybe if giradri played to win, they might have had a biiger lead

      • The Real Greg

        As you cross the border of FALLACY land.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          Nope.
          You might want to learn what that word means if you insist on continuing to use it.

          • The Real Greg

            I know what it means. What if the bunt goes for another hit. Then it has the same effect. So you can’t say that he is not playing to win by bunting, even though I disagreed with it too.

            • Dalek Jeter

              “What if the bunt goes for another hit.” That’s playing the fallacy game.

              • The Real Greg

                No because I said “What if”

                Fallacy is a definitive statement of a conclusion.

                And on rereading the original statement he said “might” so it is not. My apologies.

            • teddy

              bunting your best hitter right now is downright its the 3rd inning let him hit, this isn’t nix at the plate, that bunt him far more than it help them

              • The Real Greg

                I agree with you.

                But it’s not “not playing to win” He wants to win.

        • teddy

          bunting with gardner in a tie game in the 3rd inning is not playing to win

          • The Real Greg

            Then what is it. It’s not “playing not to lose” because the opposite of not losing is winning.

  • Eddard

    Robbie’s struggles at the plate are seeping into his play on the field.

  • your mom

    Jose Molina, the last player to hit a HR in old Yankee stadium…..eww.

  • The Real Greg

    I would think of packaging Hughes and Phelps for a bat and one or two prospects and call up Pineda and Nova.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Phelps has nothing tonight. Now seven hits in 3.1 innings.

  • Cy Pettitte

    they leads have been really fun for half an inning

    • Cy Pettitte

      these leads*

  • Dalek Jeter

    I wonder if Cano has finally brought his slump into the field. I’m only listening on the radio, but both balls by him originally sounded like they were going to be outs then all of a sudden their singles.

    Also holy shit david, get an out.

  • Dalek Jeter

    I’m pretty sure it’s not pronounces June-el, Sterling. He’s not a fucking Kryptonian.

    • Dalek Jeter

      pronounced*

    • WhittakerWalt

      Dude you’re reading my mind.

      http://riveraveblues.com/2013/.....nt-6438231

      • Dalek Jeter

        Isn’t it just U-Nel?

        • WhittakerWalt

          I would assume, right?
          I remember Sterling used to do that with Yamil Benitez, too.
          “Ja-meel”

        • forensic

          Yup.

  • Eddard

    Phelps doesn’t have it tonight. Just get this out and keep us in the ballgame through 5.

  • The Real Greg

    Now unless Girardi had a guy warming from the beginning of the inning, no one is ready to go

  • your mom

    Fister is getting fisted by the Sox.

  • Kramerica Industries

    This Yankees pitching staff is picking an awfully bad time to have a rough patch.

    • your mom

      Unless this offense gets upgraded there really isn’t a “bad time”.

      • The Real Greg

        I disagree with that because there were times that when then this Yankee team got a lead they were undefeated. Now not so much.

  • your mom

    No bases clearing double here please.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Now I look forward to the back-breaking two out RBI hit.

    Haven’t had enough of those lately.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Are these balls that Cano could have actually gotten to? I can’t tell from the radio broadcast.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      All tough plays. But probably all make-able plays.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Great, so he’s letting his offense affect his defense. Last thing we need.

      • forensic

        Sounded like the one by Adams was makeable too.

  • Wheels

    good deal

  • forensic

    All things considered, minimized the damage, for now…

  • WhittakerWalt

    Getting groundballed to death.

  • Eddard

    Difference between Phelps and Hughes is that when Phelps doesn’t have his best stuff we’re still in the ballgame.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    WTF was that Hafner? A base hit? That’s nonsense.

  • Dalek Jeter

    I’m not even saying Hafner should bunt, but maybe just do a half swing late in the pitch.

    Also, Suzyn, you’re the only person the world of baseball who has to tell herself that Hernandez and Carmona are the same guy. Everybody else has come to terms with it.

  • Eddard

    Just keep hitting the ball up the middle. Give us another one Zolio.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Ok. Just stop with this base hit nonsense. It’s craziness.

  • The Real Greg

    This decision is a bit tougher than the Gardner decision because Almonte isn’t proven.

    • forensic

      Not much tougher. He’s a better hitter from the left side than any of the guys behind him are against righties. You give him the chance.

      Unfortunately, Hafner’s wheelchair doesn’t move around the bases that quickly.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Zolio zoom’s one?

  • Eddard

    Almonte! Where has this kid been while Wells was striking out 3 times a game?

  • forensic

    True Yankee!

    And who said there’s no such thing as clogging the bases? :-)

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Lol…the death by ground balls table has turned.

    Now please turn this into runs.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    What is going on? Can we bunt with the bases loaded to move the runners up??

  • The Real Greg

    Yankees getting even in the BABIP department.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Come on Mr. Always-Does-Something!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Just got back from a brief excursion.

    Bases loaded, 0 out. Hope this works out.

    • Dalek Jeter

      GO BACK TO YOUR EXCURSION!

  • Dalek Jeter

    Okay, guys if you had to choose would you rather Nix GIDP or K here?

    • Mikhel

      Not a triple play please.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Not helping your cause to swing at fastballs at your hands, Jayson.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Nix, what the hell are you swinging at?

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Zoilo – 3 hits in last 3 PA
    Wells – 3 hits in last 35 PA

    • Mikhel

      That only means Zoilo is gonna be benched for a week and Wells will be playing in the OF (I refuse to say fielding ’cause he can’t neither hit nor field appropiately).

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        I actually think Zoilo is going to play regularly against RHP, at least for the time being.

        • Mikhel

          I hope so, the kid looks good, is fast, has a good, strong, accurate throw. And honestly, it could be quite difficult to be as bad as Wells is right now so Almonte should have the advantage.

      • forensic

        They face 2 more righties this series, so I would think he’ll play both. Unfortunately, I also guarantee that Ichiro gets undeservedly bench for at least one of those two games in deference to Wells.

        • Mikhel

          Even if Ichiro is not batting 0.300+ AVG I would put him in the OF because his defense and throw are assets right now when compared to the other options (Overbay+Wells).

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

            Wells has been throwing much better than Ichiro.
            But for every other reason, Ichiro should definitely play over Wells.
            Overbay won’t see the OF again until Tex gets back.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Any time Chris Davis wants to start being mediocre again that would be nice

    • your mom

      Any time MLB can test him that’d be nice too.

  • The Real Greg

    I can’t blame Nix for those swings. Those pitches had nasty movement.

  • Ron

    What is this idiot swinging at.

  • Ron

    Worthless trash

  • Kramerica Industries

    Stupid rally killing DP.

    Nix has hit into two of those tonight.

  • Roadgeek Adam

    Zoilo is being punished by double plays here.

  • Eddard

    Almonte’s two singles erased twice by Nix.

    • your mom

      Wells must be paying Nix on the side.

  • The Real Greg

    Kay does realize that offense sucks right?

    ANY RUN IS GOOD

  • forensic

    Professional!

    Baseball!

    Player!

    After all, it’s tough to create 4 outs in 2 AB’s.

    • The Doctor

      I don’t even think I’m that bad. I’d strike out on 3 pitches, just one out.

  • Dalek Jeter

    OMG! OMG! OMG! The radio crew said something almost unfavorable about Nix!!!

    • WhittakerWalt

      Write it down!

  • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

    Ohhh Nixy.

    • Pat D

      Aww, Pigly.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Aww, Goatly.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Fuck. GBDP.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Thanks Longo.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      And Loney.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Whew. Whatever means necessary, at least got multiple runs out of this inning.

  • The Doctor

    I mean that gets a run in but… Jesus. Can we not just knock in a clean run?

  • forensic

    Woohoo! Thanks Longoria!

  • Eddard

    Alright, another GB leading to a run. Phelps and the pen need to make this lead stick.

  • The Doctor

    Uh as I say that. Woo.

  • Dalek Jeter

    I love how John and Suzyn are putting Longoria down for an error and the official scorer almost immediately gave Adams a hit.

    • Pat D

      The official scorer is nuts. A good throw and he’s out.

    • TomH

      They weren’t really “putting Longoria down,” and, in any case, they were correct, despite what the home town scorekeeper ruled.

      • Dalek Jeter

        When I say “putting Longoria down” for an error I meant it in the way like they were writing it. Like “Oh I’ll put you down for a beer.”

  • BigBlueAL

    I dont know if I should be excited or embarrassed by the offense this game lol.

    • dkidd

      both

  • Pat D

    One more run and the game is ours!

  • WhittakerWalt

    I gotta give Sterling+Waldman credit. They’re actually criticizing Nix for the 2 GIDPs.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Idk, “criticizing” is an awfully strong word for stating that 2 GIDPs is a bad night and then moving on.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Yeah but it’s gotta be the most negativity they’ve ever given him.

  • Pat D

    Fuck Tom Edison.

    He tried to kill David Bowie!

  • The Real Greg

    I know you want more from basesb loaded no out, but I think the joy of this offense scoring a run should negate a DP.

    I won’t even mention what happened after because that would be a fallacy on me.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    OK Phelpsy step up.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Now if we lose it will be because our 5th starter can’t hold the opposition to 2 runs.

    /Greg’d

    • The Real Greg

      Yep. Offense has scored 4 runs. Have to win this game.

      • WhittakerWalt

        “Have to” is not the same thing as “will.”
        I want the Yanks to win this game. Desperately. And they should. But if our 5th starter gives up 4 runs that’s not a failure on his part. How many pitchers in baseball routinely hold the opposition to 2 runs?

  • Kramerica Industries

    A shutdown inning, for a change, would really come in handy here.

  • Fin

    Wonder when the last time was that the Yankees had a lineup this young? Probably the last time they were under .500.

    • TomH

      Ha ha

  • Kramerica Industries

    How long has that ballboy been with the Yankees? The one I remember was the one who the YES crew gave a ton of love to for making a nice catch in a game against the Angels a few years back. “T-Roc” or something.

    • forensic

      Wasn’t there a ‘Skippy’ they talked about forever?

      • Dalek Jeter

        Skippy was the ball boy down the RF line from I’d say like the late 90s-the mid 2000s

        • Dalek Jeter

          LF line*

        • forensic

          I remember him, didn’t realize it was that long ago. I must be getting old…

          • Dalek Jeter

            For some reason I think you’re my age (mid 20s) so shut up. You’re not old. We’re not old.

            • RetroRob

              Think he’s more in his mid-30s. Ancient.

              I’m ready for Tales from the Crypt.

            • forensic

              I’m 34 in a month and a half…

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          Apparently, he’s NYPD now.

          http://theerant.yuku.com/topic.....cT3tjusj50

          • Dalek Jeter

            That’s awesome. I wonder if he’s on Yankee Stadium detail.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)
            • forensic

              Nice!

          • Mikhel

            A few days ago my dad and I were actually chatting about that kid who used to be a ball-boy in the mid 1990s years.

            Remember those kids who were kind of “amulets” for the NYY in the 1995-1997 seasons? One was a girl who sang prior to big games in the playoffs, the other kid used to be a ball-boy (I can’t remember if he was hit by a line drive in the stands or what, I seem to remember he was from Cleveland).

            PS
            I think I am a bit older than lots of fellow RABers (RiverAvenueBlues fellas), closer to Ichiro’s age than Zoilo’s age.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Warren pitched day before yesterday right? How many pitches did he throw?

    • Dalek Jeter

      37 according the BP Work Load page. If we can squeeze another inning out of Phelpsy then go to Kelley to get us to Robertson and Mo. If Phelps allows a baserunner in the sixth hopefully Claiborne, Joba, and/or Logan can get us to that point.

      • Rolling Doughnut

        Forgot about Kelley! Friday tequila brain freeze.

  • The Real Greg

    I suddenly have the urge for Chris Stewart to catch again.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Seriously?

  • your mom

    Well shit. C’mon Romine.

  • Cy Pettitte

    so many “fuck”s picked up by the mics this inning

  • forensic

    Very nice bounceback inning there Phelps. Maybe try for one more out of him and hope the bullpen can then hold it.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Shut down inning. Nice.

  • Dan in Athens

    David Phelps, you magnificent bastard.

    • The Real Greg

      I READ YOUR BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      /Patton

      • Dan in Athens

        Nice.

      • Pat D

        This might be your best comment ever.

  • Eddard

    BGDP just got two Ks for the price of one. He’s done his job. Maybe send him back out and try to squeeze another 1 or 2 outs from him. The only reliever I wouldn’t trust in this game is Jobber.

  • forensic

    Top of the order again. Another run or 6 would be really nice.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Jon Lester sure has come crashing back to 2012 Jon Lester.

  • Wheels

    That was a quick out.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Cano in a hitter’s count?

    • The Real Greg

      And he almost got a hit.

  • Pat D

    Dammit. I just realized CM Punk is currently sporting the same facial hair as Luke Scott.

    Punk had better shave.

    • Dan in Athens

      No, Punk should choke out Luke Scott and then have someone shave Scott while he’s out.

      • Pat D

        Yea, but that’s still not exactly a good look on anyone.

        • Dan in Athens

          Except Wolverine.

          • Pat D

            On anyone.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Scott’s still a bigger tool than Punk’s character. Whatever Punk’s schtick is these days.

      • Pat D

        He’s a face again! Brock F5’ed him.

        Then he CTL-ALT-DEL’d him.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Damn. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Punk as a face on ECW when he first came up, but he was a fucking awesome Heel.

      • WhittakerWalt

        See this is why I can never understand why people hate ARod so much. When guys like Luke Scott are in the league, who has time for ARod kissing the mirror? Who cares?

  • Eddard

    BGDP didn’t have his best stuff tonight but he kept us in the ballgame. Now the pen has to make it stick.

  • Pat D

    Soon I shall know what it is to kill a mockingbird!

  • Dalek Jeter

    forensic, you talking about getting old reminded me of this video. Enjoy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?f.....ysyZF-DZFY

    Also, yay Logan, have a cookie!

    • forensic

      heh, sad but true.

    • Pat D

      The problem with that clip: the whole “your generation stole music” beef. I’ve seen evidence time and again that sales of physical media went UP (and by a significant amount) during Napster’s heyday. So MTV could whine all they want that no one bought music, but it’s not true.

  • forensic

    Nice Logan. All things considered, 2 runs in nearly 6 innings and a lead from Phelps is more than acceptable at this point.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      +1

  • The Real Greg

    FAILURE CONE

  • Kramerica Industries

    I’m a bit amazed that Pronk’s power stick has gone completely limp.

  • Kramerica Industries

    ZOILO

  • Cy Pettitte

    Almonte >>>>>>>>>>>>> Wells

  • Dalek Jeter

    ZOILO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Wheels

    Zoilo!

  • The Real Greg

    ZOILO!

  • forensic

    True Yankee!!!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Zoilo!!!!!!!!!!

    Go away Vernon.

    What’s Sterling’s call?

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Oh baby

  • vicki

    breathless.

  • Dalek Jeter

    “You know what Tampa’s saying? CURSES ZOILED AGAIN!!!”

    • Kramerica Industries

      ole’ Johnny boy?

      • Dalek Jeter

        yup and I lost it laughing.

  • Pat D

    We will now win this game!

    Thank you, Zoilo!

  • forensic

    “You know what the Rays are thinking right now? Curses, Zoil’ed Again!”

    – Sterling

    • Dalek Jeter

      I’m not going to lie, it could just be the joy of Zoilo hitting a homer, but I laughed so fucking hard.

      • forensic

        It actually is one of his better ones of late.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Even his homerun calls sound like something a 90-year old man would say.

  • BigBlueAL

    Wells better not start ever again vs a RHP.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      This applies even if Almonte pulls a David Adams.

  • Eddard

    SEND VERNON WELLS DOWN TO AAA! WE HAVE OUR NEW LEFT FIELDER!!!!!!!!

  • RetroRob

    Handled that HR trot like a pro.

  • your mom

    Zoilo looks like a gamer. So did Adams once upon a time.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      For that matter, once upon a time so did Wells.

  • LarryM Fl

    Zoilo = beautiful start

  • Fin

    Heh, I’m trying not to get too excited about Zolio, the memories of Adams excitement still lingers. Its hard not to get over excited though, when there has been so little to be excited about with this years team.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Almonte’s already contributed more than Vernon Wells has this month.

      • Fin

        Hey, since the Yankees called him up, I would play him everyday and see what he can do as a switch hitter. Better than playing him part time in my opinion. Its not like he’d be taking ABs from anyone worth a shit.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Still rather see him in there instead of Wells, no matter what he does.

      • The Real Greg

        My guess is that he goes into a platoon, especially if he keeps it up this weekend.

  • forensic

    Time for Matt to write an article on Zoilo? :-)

  • your mom

    Shawn Kelley has really been awesome these past 2 months. Didn’t seem like too long ago we were all talking shit about him.

    • The Real Greg

      His last appearance was shaky, but other than that he’s been great.

    • 28 this year

      I may not approve of what cashman did with the rest of the roster but he knows how to find himself a good reliever whether its farm or around baseball.

      • The Real Greg

        That’s the one area where the Yankee farm has been consistently good.

        Bullpen pitching.

    • nsalem

      and some were attributing the selection of Kelly over Aardsma as a prime example of FO incompetence. Where are they now????

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        Aardsma: 1.23 ERA/3.32 FIP
        Kelley: 4.55 ERA/3.59 FIP

        Kelley’s probably a better long term piece, though.

        • nsalem

          Ha, didn’t even know the Mets picked him up. That’s only 7 innings though.

  • King George

    Not sure who else feels this way, but after a rough past week and a half…damn, this is a fun game to watch right now.

    • forensic

      It’s certainly fun to listen to. And it will be fun to watch later too.

  • forensic

    Nice inning Kelley.

    I’m sure after the game Girardi will still insist Joba is his 7th inning guy.

    He’ll just conveniently leave out that he means the 7th inning of losing games, not winning…

    • The Real Greg

      Did I miss something when Girardi stated that Joba is the seventh inning guy?

      • forensic

        He’s said it after every Joba game. The media asks if he’s still sticking with Joba in the 7th inning, and he says yes, he hasn’t lost any confidence in him.

        • The Real Greg

          But did he specifically say that Joba Chamberlain was the seventh inning guy?

          In fact recently, I don’t remember Joba coming in when the Yankees had a lead to start an inning.

          • forensic

            Yes, he’s always said that. Stop trying anything to defend him. Joba has always been his 7th inning guy until very recently after his recent struggles began.

            • The Real Greg

              Then there is nothing wrong with it. He started struggling and he was removed from the role.

              What’s the issue here?

        • Rolling Doughnut

          This is why the postgame is bullshit. I mean, what’s he going to say? that Joba sucks and I’m not going to run him out there unless we have a 10 run lead?

          • RetroRob

            How I wished they had a YES postgame interview when Billy Martin, Reggie and George had their love-hate triangle going.

            • Rolling Doughnut

              +1000 I remember Martin and Reggie going at it in the dugout. Then there was Sweet Lou taking batting practice on the water cooler. Those were the days…

              • Jimmy

                And Thurman Munson disrespecting cakes.

                • Mikhel

                  American Pie style? UGH!

  • Lukaszek

    This is ZOILOMANIA

    You heard it here first!

  • nsalem

    How about a stressless 1-2-3 tonight David

    • RetroRob

      He sips the blood of John Wettland before entering each game. No such luck.

      • The Real Greg

        Been calling him Wetteland 2.0 for 3 or 4 years.

  • The Real Greg

    Another similarity to 1990.

    Almonte the second Yankee player ever to have a HR and 3 hits within his first 3 games. The other is Oscar Azocar in 1990.

  • your mom

    Random question:

    Would you rather have Cano at 8/$200 or CGrand at 4/$70?

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Cano it’s the lesser of the two evils.

    • Fin

      Let em both walk at those prices. Neither of those contracts would work out well for the Yankees. If I had to take one it would Granderson because it would be over sooner and not cripple the team when it goes bad.

    • Eddard

      The shorter the contract the better. Giving an 8+ year contract to a player over 30 years old is just stupid. If you’re going to do a contract that long sign the player when he’s 27 so all of his peak years are in the contract. I wouldn’t give Cano anything more than the 5/$125 that Hamilton got.

      • Fin

        It doesn’t look like Cano is going to sign an extension this year, and if he doesn’t start hitting lefties, I’m not sure I would even give him that. If I’m committing that type of money, there cant be any signs of decline at the time of the contract. Robbies inability to hit lefties is becoming a major sign of decline. No desire to see that contract be an albatross almost immediately. I’m a huge Cano fan, but these contracts after the age of 30 just seem to an absolute nightmare for all teams that get involved with them.

  • Jersey Joe

    I know this is a bit premature, but for next year, who would you rather have in an OF corner?

    Boesch or Zolio?

    • your mom

      Stanton

  • your mom

    And Toronto walks off against Strop.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      sweet

  • Jersey Joe

    *************************Baltimore just lost to Toronto****************************

    • Jersey Joe

      Red Sox winning 7-5 against Detroit. :I

      • Rolling Doughnut

        Sox are blowing it open

    • Rolling Doughnut

      So all the teams in the AL East are at or above .500 wow

  • Jersey Joe

    Not sure if it’s the best thing that ever happened, or a sign of weakness that Zolio Almonte should be our cleanup hitter for the next week.

  • The Real Greg

    SO let’s see what he can do against a lefty.

    • The Real Greg

      Did not do well.

      Only one at bat, but when you’re a rookie, every sample size will be small.

  • Jersey Joe

    A Zolio-Gardner-Boesch 2014 OF is my wildest dream.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      You’re a very tame dreamer.
      That’s more of a nightmare, imo.

      • Jersey Joe

        Nah, Wells-Gardner-Ichiro is a nightmare. I guess my wildest dream had to be within budget :/

      • Dalek Jeter

        Better than Wells-Gardner-Ichiro.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          Maybe. But probably not by much.

    • your mom

      I like Granderson-Gardner-Stanton better.

    • Fin

      How bout Zolio-Gardner-Slade (I have a man crush on Slade and his potential).

  • Jersey Joe

    Mets recently DFA’d Colin Cowgill – thoughts?

    • your mom

      Who?

  • your mom

    Rivera for the non-save. . . . .

    • The Real Greg

      Too late to warm anybody else up.

    • Dalek Jeter

      I’m okay with it, he hasn’t pitched since Tuesday afternoon.

  • your mom

    Good win.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Nice game all around.

  • forensic

    Very nice win! Needed it, especially when facing Hernandez.

    Hopefully tomorrow Sabathia can figure out a way to not get destroyed by their offense again.