Jun
21

Game 73: Need A Win

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(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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406 Comments»

  1. forensic says:

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

  2. trr says:

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

  3. Get Phelps Up says:

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

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      Hope this means Uehara now flames out in that role.

      • forensic says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

      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. :-)

  4. I'm One says:

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

  5. ExitCashman says:

    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) says:

      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 says:

      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 says:

      Ichiro replaced Swisher by orders of Randy Levine and friends.

  6. King George says:

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

  7. forensic says:

    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 says:

      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.

  8. Mick taylor says:

    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 says:

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

  9. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    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 says:

      DFA Hughes? ;-)

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

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

      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.

  10. Fin says:

    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 says:

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

      • RetroRob says:

        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 says:

      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

  11. your mom says:

    FYI it’s Romine.

  12. forensic says:

    They signed Corey Patterson now too?

  13. RetroRob says:

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

  14. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Breaking News:
    Yankees make a trade with the Cubs.

    (for Brent Lillibridge)

  15. Wheels says:

    Terrific bunt

  16. Eddard says:

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

  17. Rolling Doughnut says:

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

  18. WhittakerWalt says:

    OK Gardy, let’s make something happen.

  19. forensic says:

    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?”

  20. Eddard says:

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

  21. Wheels says:

    Get it done Robbie

  22. RetroRob says:

    Nice.

    Weak part of the lineup upcoming, though.

  23. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Crooked number make it happen Robbie

  24. forensic says:

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

  25. forensic says:

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

    No, not really…

  26. Roadgeek Adam says:

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

  27. Kramerica Industries says:

    Well, a lead.

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

  28. forensic says:

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

  29. WhittakerWalt says:

    “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.

  30. ExitCashman says:

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

    • Rolling Doughnut says:

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

      He’s nursing his decline into mediocrity.

      • WhittakerWalt says:

        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.

  31. forensic says:

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

    • RetroRob says:

      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.

  32. Eddard says:

    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.

  33. Wheels says:

    Predictably disappointing.

  34. The Real Greg says:

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

    • Fin says:

      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.

  35. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Probably expected something similar to what Hafner did last year.

  36. Roadgeek Adam says:

    Alright that was a David win.

  37. The Real Greg says:

    Oh David…..

  38. Kramerica Industries says:

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

  39. Rolling Doughnut says:

    It’s Jose Molina go after him ffs

  40. Roadgeek Adam says:

    Strawman! :D

    Almonte :D

  41. Eddard says:

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

  42. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

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

  43. Dalek Jeter says:

    OMG. ALL TEH LEFTIES!!!!

  44. WhittakerWalt says:

    I never thought the big leagues would see another Zoilo.

  45. Roadgeek Adam says:

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

  46. The Real Greg says:

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

  47. Dalek Jeter says:

    He does something to help the opposing team win.

  48. WhittakerWalt says:

    JAYSON NIX IS A SPECIAL PLAYER.

  49. Dalek Jeter says:

    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…

  50. WhittakerWalt says:

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

  51. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  52. Kramerica Industries says:

    Another two-out run scoring hit.

    How many of those have the Yankees given up lately?

  53. Dalek Jeter says:

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

    /Greg’d

  54. The Real Greg says:

    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.

  55. Fin says:

    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 says:

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

      • Fin says:

        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 says:

      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.

  56. Kramerica Industries says:

    Oh, Straw’s int he house.

  57. Eddard says:

    I didn’t know Romine could hit doubles.

  58. The Real Greg says:

    Disagree with bunting here.

  59. forensic says:

    Argh!!!

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

  60. teddy says:

    just dreadful baseball

  61. Eddard says:

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

  62. The Real Greg says:

    But it works and they score another run.

  63. Eddard says:

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

  64. WhittakerWalt says:

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

  65. Dalek Jeter says:

    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.

  66. Anderson Silva says:

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

    • Fin says:

      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.

  67. The Real Greg says:

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

  68. stuart a says:

    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//

  69. Kramerica Industries says:

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

  70. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Pastadiving JeterCano

  71. Anderson Silva says:

    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.

  72. Rolling Doughnut says:

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

  73. The Real Greg says:

    RULED A WILD PITCH

  74. Wheels says:

    Hope that wild pitch doesn’t prove costly.

  75. Dalek Jeter says:

    I hate Luke Scott.

  76. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    That was awful Ichiro.
    And Robbie.

  77. The Real Greg says:

    LAZY CANO

  78. Anderson Silva says:

    Cano is pathetic. Get him outta there now.

  79. Kramerica Industries says:

    Nice shutdown inning, Phelps.

    Nice throw, Ichiro.

  80. teddy says:

    is cano serious.

    tonigt he looks like the worst fielder in baseball

  81. forensic says:

    Come on Phelps, this is not ideal…

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

  82. The Real Greg says:

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

  83. Eddard says:

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

  84. your mom says:

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

  85. The Real Greg says:

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

  86. Kramerica Industries says:

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

  87. Cy Pettitte says:

    they leads have been really fun for half an inning

  88. Dalek Jeter says:

    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.

  89. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  90. Eddard says:

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

  91. The Real Greg says:

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

  92. your mom says:

    Fister is getting fisted by the Sox.

  93. Kramerica Industries says:

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

  94. your mom says:

    No bases clearing double here please.

  95. Kramerica Industries says:

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

    Haven’t had enough of those lately.

  96. WhittakerWalt says:

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

  97. Wheels says:

    good deal

  98. forensic says:

    All things considered, minimized the damage, for now…

  99. WhittakerWalt says:

    Getting groundballed to death.

  100. Eddard says:

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

  101. Cuso says:

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

  102. Dalek Jeter says:

    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.

  103. Eddard says:

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

  104. Cuso says:

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

  105. The Real Greg says:

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

    • forensic says:

      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.

  106. Dalek Jeter says:

    Zolio zoom’s one?

  107. Eddard says:

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

  108. forensic says:

    True Yankee!

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

  109. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Lol…the death by ground balls table has turned.

    Now please turn this into runs.

  110. Cuso says:

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

  111. The Real Greg says:

    Yankees getting even in the BABIP department.

  112. Dalek Jeter says:

    Come on Mr. Always-Does-Something!

  113. Kramerica Industries says:

    Just got back from a brief excursion.

    Bases loaded, 0 out. Hope this works out.

  114. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  115. Kramerica Industries says:

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

  116. Cuso says:

    Nix, what the hell are you swinging at?

  117. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

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

    • Mikhel says:

      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) says:

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

        • Mikhel says:

          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 says:

        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 says:

          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) says:

            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.

  118. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  119. The Real Greg says:

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

  120. Ron says:

    What is this idiot swinging at.

  121. Ron says:

    Worthless trash

  122. Kramerica Industries says:

    Stupid rally killing DP.

    Nix has hit into two of those tonight.

  123. Roadgeek Adam says:

    Zoilo is being punished by double plays here.

  124. Eddard says:

    Almonte’s two singles erased twice by Nix.

  125. The Real Greg says:

    Kay does realize that offense sucks right?

    ANY RUN IS GOOD

  126. forensic says:

    Professional!

    Baseball!

    Player!

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

  127. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  128. I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:

    Ohhh Nixy.

  129. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Fuck. GBDP.

  130. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Thanks Longo.

  131. Kramerica Industries says:

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

  132. The Doctor says:

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

  133. forensic says:

    Woohoo! Thanks Longoria!

  134. Eddard says:

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

  135. The Doctor says:

    Uh as I say that. Woo.

  136. Dalek Jeter says:

    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 says:

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

    • TomH says:

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

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        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.”

  137. BigBlueAL says:

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

  138. Pat D says:

    One more run and the game is ours!

  139. WhittakerWalt says:

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

  140. Pat D says:

    Fuck Tom Edison.

    He tried to kill David Bowie!

  141. The Real Greg says:

    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.

  142. Rolling Doughnut says:

    OK Phelpsy step up.

  143. WhittakerWalt says:

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

    /Greg’d

    • The Real Greg says:

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

      • WhittakerWalt says:

        “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?

  144. Kramerica Industries says:

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

  145. Fin says:

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

  146. Kramerica Industries says:

    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.

  147. Rolling Doughnut says:

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

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      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.

  148. The Real Greg says:

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

  149. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Seriously?

  150. your mom says:

    Well shit. C’mon Romine.

  151. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  152. forensic says:

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

  153. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Shut down inning. Nice.

  154. Dan in Athens says:

    David Phelps, you magnificent bastard.

  155. Eddard says:

    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.

  156. forensic says:

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

  157. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

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

  158. Wheels says:

    That was a quick out.

  159. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Cano in a hitter’s count?

  160. Pat D says:

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

    Punk had better shave.

  161. Eddard says:

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

  162. Pat D says:

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

  163. Dalek Jeter says:

    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 says:

      heh, sad but true.

    • Pat D says:

      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.

  164. forensic says:

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

  165. The Real Greg says:

    FAILURE CONE

  166. Kramerica Industries says:

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

  167. Kramerica Industries says:

    ZOILO

  168. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  169. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  170. Wheels says:

    Zoilo!

  171. The Real Greg says:

    ZOILO!

  172. forensic says:

    True Yankee!!!

  173. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Zoilo!!!!!!!!!!

    Go away Vernon.

    What’s Sterling’s call?

  174. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Oh baby

  175. vicki says:

    breathless.

  176. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  177. Pat D says:

    We will now win this game!

    Thank you, Zoilo!

  178. forensic says:

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

    – Sterling

  179. BigBlueAL says:

    Wells better not start ever again vs a RHP.

  180. Eddard says:

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

  181. RetroRob says:

    Handled that HR trot like a pro.

  182. your mom says:

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

  183. LarryM Fl says:

    Zoilo = beautiful start

  184. Fin says:

    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 says:

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

      • Fin says:

        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 says:

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

  185. forensic says:

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

  186. your mom says:

    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 says:

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

    • 28 this year says:

      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.

    • nsalem says:

      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) says:

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

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

  187. King George says:

    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.

  188. forensic says:

    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 says:

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

      • forensic says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

            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 says:

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

              What’s the issue here?

        • Rolling Doughnut says:

          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?

  189. Lukaszek says:

    This is ZOILOMANIA

    You heard it here first!

  190. nsalem says:

    How about a stressless 1-2-3 tonight David

  191. The Real Greg says:

    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.

  192. your mom says:

    Random question:

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

    • Rolling Doughnut says:

      Cano it’s the lesser of the two evils.

    • Fin says:

      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 says:

      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 says:

        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.

  193. Jersey Joe says:

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

    Boesch or Zolio?

  194. your mom says:

    And Toronto walks off against Strop.

  195. Jersey Joe says:

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

  196. Jersey Joe says:

    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.

  197. The Real Greg says:

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

  198. Jersey Joe says:

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

  199. Jersey Joe says:

    Mets recently DFA’d Colin Cowgill – thoughts?

  200. your mom says:

    Rivera for the non-save. . . . .

  201. your mom says:

    Good win.

  202. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Nice game all around.

  203. forensic says:

    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.

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