Game 102: LOLineup

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(Layne Murdoch/Getty)

I’m at a loss for words after seeing this afternoon’s lineup. Here, look:

  1. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  2. 3B Brent Lillibridge
  3. DH Robinson Cano
  4. LF Vernon Wells
  5. SS Eduardo Nunez
  6. 2B David Adams
  7. 1B Lyle Overbay
  8. CF Melky Mesa
  9. C Austin Romine

There is one above-average hitter in that lineup relative to position. Watch them go out and score like 13 runs now. Hiroki Kuroda is on the mound, so hopefully he allows no more than -1 runs just in case that 13-run outburst doesn’t come.

It’s hot and cloudy in Dallas this afternoon, and there is no rain in the forecast. That is expected to come tomorrow, when the Yankees will be back in New York. This afternoon’s game will begin at 2:05pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Injury Updates: Derek Jeter (quad) will run the bases today for the first time since getting hurt prior to the All-Star break. He is eligible to come off the DL on Saturday, but he isn’t guaranteed to be ready at that time.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Leg-End says:

    I was gonna go take a quick shower and catch this game, now I’ve seen the lineup I think it will be a long shower instead.

    Come on Yankees and all that.

  2. Jacob the OG says:

    Well then

  3. Cy Pettitte says:

    I can see why they don’t want ARod back, it would be quite a challenge for Joe to find a spot for him in that line up.

    • KD says:

      You owe me a cup of coffee. laughed so hard did a spit-take!

    • fat jeter says:

      I understand that we are getting pretty much zero production from the left side of the infield, but can someone please quantify just how much of an upgrade alex, in his current condition, would be on this team. 10%? 20%? 30%? Lets not forget just how over matched he was in the playoffs last year and the fact that he certainly wasn’t lighting the world on fire during rehab. There are a number of reasons he’s not on the team right now. one of which is that he’s really not that good of a baseball player anymore.

      • LK says:

        His wRC+ from last season would be 2nd on this year’s team.

        • fat jeter says:

          that’s a great stat and a decent point, but this is not last season. that shit just doesn’t carry over year to year. I mean do you really think if you plug him in the lineup everyday you’re going to get anything close to that? Go back and watch his at bats against detroit and baltimore from last year’s playoffs. that is alex rodriguez.

          • LK says:

            You’re saying watch his ABs while he had a torn labrum in his hip and that’s what he is after the labrum has been repaired? The doctor said he literally had 0 range of motion in the hip at that point. I’m not sure if he’ll be as good as he was last year, but I do think he’ll absolutely be way better than the dreck they’re throwing out there now.

            • fat jeter says:

              I get what you’re saying. He represents somewhat of an upgrade, my question is, just how much of an upgrade and is all his baggage worth that type of upgrade in production. And reports on his swing during rehab, especially his last game, was that he was still just using his arms to generate power and not using his lower half — just like in the playoffs.

  4. Guns says:

    Yeah but this team crushes lefties so it should be good.

  5. Robinson Tilapia says:


  6. Kramerica Industries says:

    Oh dear.

    Can Holland top his 92 pitch CGSO of last month? Tune into YES and see!

  7. stuart a says:

    of there many horrible lineups this season this may be the worst. that is saying alot. THomas Neal been up about a week not 1 AB, girardi said he would DH against lefties…

    nunez 5th and adams 6ht, man this is a marlins lineup..

  8. LK says:

    Other than Gardner getting a day off, what’s the difference between this and their lineup every day?

  9. Tyrone Sharpton says:

    Wally Pipp, anyone? Mesa might just unseat Gardner, or Adams with Cano

  10. 45 for Adams. Now I really don’t get it. 22 is now open because all three of them have been DFA’d or released.

    This is just getting silly.

  11. BFDeal says:

    Longest spring training ever.

  12. nycsportzfan says:

    To bad that they coulden’t of rushed the Soriano trade along. I’d of thought Cashman would of been on that with Holland on the horizon.

    Either way, i’m glad Mesa and Adams are in the lineup. I got a feeling about the young kids today. I hate to say it, but i kinda like the lineup today.

    We got Romine, Nunez, Mesa, and Adams all in there. Thats kinda exciing against a lefty in my opinion. These kids all hit in the minors, and still have a small enough sample size to possibly expect better performances. I’m excited today!

  13. jim p says:

    Can we just start pumping PEDs into all the position players? There really should be an MLB exception for when half your lineup are minor-leaguers and most of the rest have been rejected by every other team in the past year.

    • LK says:

      How do you know the players aren’t already taking PEDs?

      • forensic says:

        If they are, then it’s the best argument yet that it really doesn’t help you in baseball.

        • LK says:

          I think we’ve got plenty of circumstantial evidence that players who suck still suck on PEDs. Look at the full list of guys to test positive or the Mitchell report. You’re right that the 2013 Yankees would be irrefutable though.

  14. Dan says:

    What a shitty lineup. If they don’t make a trade going into Tampa, they’ll get swept.

  15. Guns says:

    Was this sort of thing ever done before for an all-time great? I mean giving gifts and/or holding a short ceremony in each city he visits. I can’t remember.

  16. Eddard says:

    I think Hiroki could throw up goose eggs for 9 innings, problem is Holland will throw them up for 10. They need Soriano, though I love Nuney in the 5 hole.

  17. JLC 776 says:

    Man, why did we ever cut Billy Crystal… he’d look great in that 2-hole right now.

  18. nsalem says:

    Lillibridge has gotten on base vs Holland 6 times in 13 PA and has homered off him.

  19. Kramerica Industries says:

    Kinda funny how the Yankees always face Derek Holland in day games.

  20. JLC 776 says:

    Brent Lillibridge is destined to become immortal. He will have a game this year where he plays all 10 positions (including pitcher and DH) in a single game.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      I’ve mentioned this before but, getting in the way-back machine, I once created a team in Pure-Stat Baseball on my C64 as a kid named “All-Bert” in which a 1975 Bert Campeneris played all nine positions at the same time.

      They weren’t very good.

  21. forensic says:

    15 pitches for Holland. Way behind the pace of the last game. Victory!

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

    Vernon Wells batting cleanup this year:



  23. Eddard says:

    Let Nuney fly here. Get him home and let Hiroki do the rest.

  24. Jacob the OG says:

    Wait how is david adams aloud to wear 45 if Zoilo is on the DL? You can’t wear the number of a player on the DL can you?

  25. Eddard says:

    The first team to score 1 run will win this ballgame.

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


  27. Robinson Tilapia says:

    They must not have bases where Melky Mesa learned how to play baseball.

  28. Eddard says:

    They’ve actually gotten 2 base runners resulting in an insta-DP and an insta-pickoff. Well done.

  29. nsalem says:

    should be called in the major leagues where he doesn’t belong.

  30. Former ACE MannyGeee says:

    Oh wow, Melky 2.0 getting caught in a pickle. Melky 1.0 would have never done that.


    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Quit sounding like my wife, Manny.

      I still can fool her with a random “HEY LOOK ITS MELKY.”

  31. Guns says:

    At this point I really am interested to see if Holland can pitch a CG with a lower pitch count than last time.

  32. stuart a says:

    they are not scoring today.

    melky does not know how to run the bases, remember a pinch running play he did last season and did not score. forget the details but he is clueless.

    i cannot see a way they score today….

  33. nsalem says:

    quiz ans john wettland i think

  34. JLC 776 says:

    My God… more ARod drama. How is it possible that every month brings more and more to The Saga.

  35. Cy Pettitte says:

    Daniel Barbarisi@DanBarbarisi
    Cashman conference call with beat writers coming in about 10 minutes. Soriano? A-Rod? Anybody’s guess at this point.

    this should be good

  36. Wheels says:

    I don’t think Mo is gonna be wearing that cowboy hat and boots the Rangers gave him.

  37. FIPster Doofus says:

    Lillibridge is an impressive defender.

  38. forensic says:

    15 pitches for Holland in the 1st inning. 30 total in the last 3, including just 7 in the last one.

    Guess they felt bad that he might’ve had to break a sweat in the 1st inning.

  39. Robinson Tilapia says:

    John Wetteland is the first former player who actually looks half his former size after retirement rather than twice his size.

    Any health concerns with him I don’t know about?

  40. Cy Pettitte says:

    this will be their best chance to get their 1 run

  41. Cy Pettitte says:

    Andy McCullough @McCulloughSL
    Alex Rodriguez will undergo further treatment in Tampa, with the hope he’ll play in sim game or rehab game on August 1. So, not Friday.


    • forensic says:


      Bastards, I needed him back in the lineup on August 3rd. They’re going to push it back just far enough for us to miss him in the games we’re going to.

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      So he’s still kind of a long way away, relative to the amount of time left in the season. That really sucks.

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

    steal third, steal home

  43. Angelo says:

    Runner in scoring position with no outs and the Yankees don’t score…

  44. Brian S. says:

    Nunez is a star.

  45. FIPster Doofus says:

    This team is painful.

  46. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I thought we had a chance to win by Eddard rules there. Oh well.

  47. mitch says:

    i’m glad the Yankees weren’t deceived by Mesa’s 40% strikeout rate against AAA pitching…this kid is has earned regular ABs

  48. Crime Dog says:

    I love the “no more doctors, let’s play ball” statement. Then, the team has him see another doctor today. I just love it.

  49. Former ACE MannyGeee says:

    Oh man, I can’t wait for the comment thread on the post on A-Rod’s conference call. This whole thing is becoming an absolute shit show.

  50. JLC 776 says:

    Unnecessary, unfounded statement time: This is Kuroda’s last start for the Yankees (assuming he doesn’t use his no-trade clause).

  51. Guns says:

    So…a fluke April is the only reason this team isn’t DEAD last in most offensive categories, am I right?


    14th in wOBA ahead of only the Astros
    14th in wRC+ tied with the Astros and ahead of the White Sox
    14th in AVG tied with the Mariners and ahead of the Astros
    14th in HR ahead of the Royals
    14th in ISO ahead of the Royals

    I stopped looking after that…

  52. HTD says:

    Brent Lillibridge has a wRC+ of -62 so far this year. NEGATIVE 62!!! I just saw this and almost fell out of my chair

  53. JLC 776 says:

    So the ARod announcement just means that MLB will issue its discipline prior to July 31st, right?

  54. Eddard says:

    We still have a puncher’s chance here. The Rangers have not scored the fatal 1st run yet. If we can put a run across Hiroki, Drob and Mo can close it down. First one to score 1 run wins the game.

  55. JLC 776 says:

    We are winning this game, putting us a solid 3 and 4 for the road trip (which isn’t bad at all considering the competition). If we then take 2 of 3 from Tampa at home, we can say we made it .500 during the toughest stretch of the season to date. Then bring back a few much needed names, and things will start to turn around.

    Positivity, folks.

  56. JLC 776 says:

    Fuck yeah!

  57. Guns says:

    Brent FUCKING Lillibridge!!!

  58. Cy Pettitte says:

    Girardi is a genius batting Lillibridge 2nd

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

    really young looking guy!!!!!!

  60. Wheels says:


  61. Eddard says:

    They’ve got the run! 1-0 WIN! MAKE IT HAPPEN PITCHING!!!!

  62. Robinson Tilapia says:

    #2 HITTER.


  63. BigBlueAL says:

    Lillibridge is beginning to grow on me, in a good way lol.

  64. Crime Dog says:

    Lillibridge has taken some decent swings since he’s been up, so that’s a plus I guess.

  65. JLC 776 says:

    They are pitching to Cano. Amazing.

  66. SDB says:

    Forget negative wRC, Lillibridge gets a pass from me for now for just putting bat on ball with a RISP.

  67. Guns says:

    Easy call. Sit the fuck down Cano and consider swinging at strikes.

  68. Jack P says:

    WTF Cano you do know how to run right?! What the fuck.

  69. BigDavey88 says:


  70. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Wait, why are they still playing?

  71. JLC 776 says:

    C’mon, Nuney…

  72. stuart a says:

    don’t laugh ROmine is actually hitting decent recently. some doubles..

    that was a miracle, need Kuroda and pen to pitch a shutout…

  73. The Real Greg says:

    Two things:

    1. Kuroda, you’re the ace. Make it stick.

    2. This organization is a total joke. From the farm system to the structure to the players they have signed. And this whole ARod thing is out of hand and is the latest example of it.

  74. Wheels says:

    Good throw Romine.

  75. BigBlueAL says:

    Romine player of the game!!

  76. The Real Greg says:

    Uh oh…..

  77. FIPster Doofus says:

    Cone is killing it as usual.

  78. JLC 776 says:

    Beltre always makes me nervous.

  79. JLC 776 says:

    Until I look back at these, at least. http://imgur.com/a/n6Nhh

  80. FIPster Doofus says:

    That slide was scary. Pretty sad that the Yankees can’t afford to lose an OF with an 87 wRC+.

  81. Wheels says:

    Ichiro playing hard.

  82. BigBlueAL says:

    I love looking up games at BBR when announcers who are former players bring up old stories like Singleton just did about Guidry. He was 100% spot on with his recollection of the game. This is not the first time too, Ive noticed all of Singleton’s stories are usually 100% accurate. That is very rare because most of the time former players when they tell stories like that are way off.

  83. BigBlueAL says:

    Glad Girardi is keeping Hiroki in. Wont 2nd guess it if it doesnt work out.

  84. Robinson Tilapia says:


  85. JLC 776 says:

    Hell of a battle inning right there.

  86. The Real Greg says:

    Pirates were down 7-3 in the 9th inning and score 4 runs to tie the game against the Nats.

  87. Gonzo says:

    If anyone can make this 1 run stick it’s the warrior, HIROK!!!

  88. Cy Pettitte says:

    wow that’s brutal, should have been another run.

  89. JLC 776 says:


  90. SDB says:

    Romine can hit?!

  91. Wheels says:

    Aw man.

  92. forensic says:

    Damn ground rule doubles…

  93. BigBlueAL says:

    Yankee offense has had no luck in Texas this week. Granted they have had no power as well.

  94. The Real Greg says:

    Bounce kills the Yankees.

  95. PFOJ says:

    Sterling keeps going on about Tony Clark’s ground rule double in the 2004 ALCS. It’s bad enough I have to follow the 2013 Yankees, I really don’t need to be reminded of the 2004 ALCS ever.

    • BigBlueAL says:

      I still dont know if Sierra scores if it stays in play. It was hit in pretty shallow RF. Wouldve needed a funky bounce off the wall which is common at Fenway I suppose.

  96. Former ACE MannyGeee says:

    Imma say it, Romine has turned the corner and is earning his playing time that he won’t get.

  97. Cy Pettitte says:

    wish we could have a staff of 5 Kurodas

  98. Jacob the OG says:

    Please tell me someone else is listening to Coney tell about the Jay-Z concert and how he was hanging out with Just Blaze? The fact he went to the concert surprised me but know just is what blew my mind.

  99. Eddard says:

    Hiroki has done his job. Another shutout through 7. They are handing the ball to Drob and Mo with the lead. The offense and Hiroki did their job today.

  100. JLC 776 says:

    Another leadoff hit?

  101. Pseudoyanks says:

    Good News: I’m on Long Island and surrounded by great pizza options.
    Bad News: I’ve missed the whole game.
    Looks like another Hiroki pitch a shutout or lose game, huh?

  102. SDB says:

    Hiroki’s been fucking awesome. Again. I’m going to be pissed off when his name won’t come up in the Cy Young discussion.

    • JLC 776 says:

      He’ll finish strong and win the Cy-Young… in a Pirates uniform.

      That was his last inning as a Yankee.

      • The Real Greg says:

        Pirates don’t need him. Pirates have pitching.

        Braves would be an interesting option.

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

        In the unlikely event the Yankees attempt to trade Hirok, and Hirok agrees to waive his NTC, I rather doubt he’d waive it for the Pirates.
        Maybe the Dodgers. I’d be surprised anywhere else.

    • The Real Greg says:

      That would only be because he was a Yankee. Felix proved you can win the Cy Young without a great 2in/loss/record.

    • Eddard says:

      He is a Cy Young contender who didn’t even make the ASG. That was a travesty. Leyland should never manage the ASG again for how he botched Hiroki and Mo’s situations. If the Yanks make the playoffs Hiroki should win Cy Young and Girardi Manager of the Year.

  103. Gonzo says:


    Yes, I’m yelling.

  104. Jacob the OG says:


  105. JLC 776 says:

    I know I’m just kind of piling on here, but would it kill players to run hard all the way to 2B on those corner hits? Maybe you draw a really errant throw or something? I know it’s hot, and I’m really not leveling this just at Cano… just annoys me sometimes.

  106. Cy Pettitte says:

    huge insurance run, nice

  107. SDB says:

    Whew. Almost thought that was a DP there.

  108. JLC 776 says:

    Perfect throw to get Nuney there.

  109. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    That run ruined their chance at appeasing Greg by getting their first 1-0 win of the year. Which matters to Greg because…

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

    Jeff Quagliata
    Yankees with 5 extra base hits for the 12th time this season and the first time since July 4th. (They had 40 5+XBH games last year)

  111. CC Sabathia says:

    Ohhhh, so this is what it means to be an ace! got it.

  112. JLC 776 says:

    I want the garbage time HR here.

  113. Wheels says:

    Romine! great game

  114. JLC 776 says:


  115. The Real Greg says:

    Ruled a base hit

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


  117. JLC 776 says:

    Great game. Still in this.

  118. The Real Greg says:

    You’ll take a split in TexAS

  119. SDB says:

    Well, that turned out well. I’ll raise a beer to Hirok tonight.

  120. Wheels says:

    Mo should maybe rethink that retiring decision.

  121. PFOJ says:

    They scored eight runs in a four game series against a playoff contending team and managed a split. God bless this pitching staff.

  122. Cy Pettitte says:

    they scored 7 runs over 4 games and won 2 out of 4 so I guess I’m good with that

  123. BigBlueAL says:

    3-4 on this road trip in the end isnt that bad.

  124. Shittyshittybangbang says:

    Probably already discussed but, the pressure of trying to win with mostly a less than desirable line-up, is starting to get to Girardi. I’m referring to Nuney’s lead-off double. Why in the blue F did he not have Adams bunting ?! Wasted opportunity that could’ve cost the game. Then followed by that G.R. double that cost us a run, I feared the worst. Girardi then does a 180 and has Ichiro bunting following another lead-off double. Maybe the line-up and guys following in the order had something to do with his decision.

  125. yankeepowerhouse2013 says:

    who’s laughing now moron…
    attention mr. stats man (also known as mr negative moron)
    this lineup is good you idiot

  126. True Pinstriped Blue says:

    Wow. haha

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