Jul
31

Game 107: Dodgers Ace vs. Former Dodgers Ace

By
(Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

(Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

I’m not sure if I’ve been more excited for a game this season. Hiroki Kuroda and Clayton Kershaw are two of my most favorite pitchers to watch these days — both are in my top ten easily, probably top five, maybe even top three — and they’ll square off tonight in the second game of this two-game series. Pitching matchups don’t get a whole lot better.

Kuroda is returning to Los Angeles for the first time since leaving the Dodgers for the Yankees, and that is an intriguing storyline in and of itself. He’s a better pitcher today than he ever was with the Dodgers, which is crazy considering a) he’s older, b) he moved from spacious Dodger Stadium to tiny Yankee Stadium, and c) moved from the NL West to the AL East. The Yankees really need a win tonight and all Kuroda will have to do is out-pitch the best pitcher in the world. Piece of cake. Here’s the lineup that will face Kershaw:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. LF Alfonso Soriano
  5. RF Vernon Wells
  6. 1B Brent Lillibridgehah
  7. 3B Jayson Nix
  8. C Chris Stewart
  9. RHP Hiroki Kuroda

And on the mound is Kuroda, who pitched to a 3.45 ERA and 3.55 FIP during his four years with the Dodgers. In a year and two-thirds with the Yankees, he’s got a 3.01 ERA and 3.72 FIP. Crazy how that works.

More great baseball weather in Southern California … at least I think so. The weather is always great there, no reason to think tonight will be any different. First pitch is scheduled for 10:10pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Injury Update: Alex Rodriguez (hip, quad) will play in a simulated game in Tampa tomorrow. They know where he’ll play in Friday but aren’t saying anything … Curtis Granderson (hand) will indeed join the team on Friday in San Diego as long he feels fine between now and then … Frankie Cervelli (hand, elbow) saw a doctor and still has some soreness. He’s headed to see Dr. Andrews next and probably won’t play again this season.

Categories : Game Stories
  • i Collect Brett Gardner Cards

    holy crap that lineup.

    • trr

      Against Kershaw
      (Sighs)

    • Pags

      Very cool pic.

  • forensic

    That is some lineup…

    • Tom

      It’s got reverse offensive lock written all over it!

      5ER off Kershaw?

  • Pseudoyanks

    Those chairs look crazy comfortable.

    • Wheels

      They’re fucking them up with their shoes on like that.

      • fat jeter

        This is why we don’t have nice things!

  • i Collect Brett Gardner Cards

    the bottom five of the order is like automatic outs.
    oy vey.

    girardi conceding this one?

    • Jacob the OG

      I bet you all your BG cards Kuroda knocks one out tonight!

  • Jacob the OG

    There comes a time in every man’s life when his favorite team throws out their only hope against his fantasy teams only hope in a duel of epic proportions. Does he root for his team as he has his whole life even during an almost hopeless season? Or does he run with Kershaw and hope for a Fantasy baseball pennant? DOUBLE K MASSACRE: 10:05 ET IN THEATERS WEDNESDAY JULY 31!

    • Yup that’s about right

      Awesome

  • Eddard

    They need to win Hiroki’s starts. He might need to win another 1-0 with this lineup. They can’t even try Nuney at 3rd? He’s a better option than Nix.

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores

    Gardner, Jeter, Cano, Soriano.

    Could be a worse top 4.

    • forensic

      It’s just too bad they make you put nine different guys in a lineup, not just four.

      • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores

        Maybe they can go, like, 11 for 10 and make up for the rest of the lineup.

  • Cap’n Obvious

    It would be helpful if we won this game.

  • dkidd

    Yanks win 11-9

    YCPB

  • fat jeter

    Yikes. At least the game should be over quickly.

  • forensic

    Oh good, it’s a CB Bucknor game. Let’s see how he tries to make it all about himself and show he’s bigger than the game.

  • forensic

    So Mike, is that top three starting pitchers or any pitchers? If it’s any, I assume the third is Mo? If it’s starters, then I have no idea who it’d be.

  • Mouse

    Here’s hoping we don’t get a perfect game or no hitter thrown against us tonight.

  • Carlos Danger

    Observation: Jeter came harder outta the box than Cano, that could mean two things. Zing.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    I wish I had a time machine to go tell me during Winter Meetings 2012 that on July 31st of the next season our starting 1B would be Brett Lillibridge.

    I’m not sure which version of me would slap the other me…..it might be simultaneous.

  • Lukaszek

    Oh boy, this is gonna be a pitcher’s duel, isn’t it >.<

    Too many of those this season, wish we could be treated to a 12-10 or a 15-14 score once in a while

  • forensic

    Cuso, you see Nick Franklin’s line tonight? Yikes.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      It’s just a blip., lol.

      With a touch of sombrero.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Yankees’ assistant to the traveling secretary is at Dodger Stadium tonight, per Brian Hoch.

    • Wheels

      Co-stan-za!

      • SDB

        Cotton uniforms for everyone!

        • Kramerica Industries

          “Mattingly just split his pants!”

  • RetroRob

    That was a bad play. He recovered from what could have been a disaster.

  • Darren

    Our lefty bench in the World Series when an opposing lefty pitcher is starting wouldn’t be that bad, with Overbay and Ichiro, assuming Soriano, Gardner and Wells in the outfield.

  • forensic

    As if the Yankees offense isn’t going to be ugly enough, having to listen to Scully is just going to make this game even worse. I know a lot of people like him, but he’s just like a never-ending metronome that makes everything blend together causing you to lose focus on most of the game.

    • SDB

      Let’s switch. You can listen to Ma and Pa, I’ll take Vin Scully.

      • forensic

        I get plenty of time where I’m stuck with them too.

    • Lukaszek

      I always thought that Vin Scully was second to Dave Niehaus when it comes to announcing. Dave Niehaus was like Vin Scully, but with a lot more energy

    • WhittakerWalt

      Agree 100%. I know Scully’s a legend, but I’ve never understood why. Other than longevity, there’s really nothing to recommend the way he announces a game.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    The Indians are better than us.

    Sigh.

    • Nick Swisher

      …and I thought I was going to avoid the postseason this year.

  • RetroRob

    I tell you John, he does something every game to help this team win…

  • SDB

    Well done Nixy. Does something EVERYDAY to help the team, right?

  • forensic

    Nix has been so terrible with runners on 3rd and less than two out. Certainly can’t afford to take him out of the lineup though…

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      I don’t think he has. He’s 8 for 20 according to what they just said, which is pretty much what you’d expect for a below average hitter given that the league average is 50%.

  • Wheels

    Could have used a little of that warning track power there, Nix.

  • Mouse

    Why don’t they ever do squeezes?

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Did Kay and Singleton just say that the league average is 70% on getting runners in from 3rd with less than 2 outs? It’s actually 50%, and Nix was 42% before that at bat.

  • SDB

    Texas walks off AGAIN??

    • forensic

      My fantasy team greatly appreciates Beltre’s homer.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Jayson Nix is so unbelievably wretched in RISP situations.

    I mean, he’s not a good hitter regardless, but he really takes it up a notch in those big spots.

    • SDB

      “Jayson Nix is so unbelievably wretched.”

      FTFY.

      • Kramerica Industries

        Is the snark necessary when I already qualified the statement?

        • SDB

          It’s Nix, and I’m listening to Ma and Pa right now, so yes, I feel my snark’s warranted. Sorry.

          • vicki

            guys, guys. there’s enough jayson nix suck for everybody.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    I feel like I’m watching the 1989 Yankees (post-Rickey trade) with all these statistics during these first ABs.

    Now all I need are some Sportschannel graphics….wait that was ’88. So, MSG. Or a Congo of 1989 stats and 1988 graphics.

    (WPIX is above reproach)

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      I actually remember when Hawk was a Yankees analyst.

    • BigBlueAL

      1989 Yankees was the only really bad team that decade. Everyone harps on how bad the 1980’s was for the Yankees but from 1983-1988 they won 91, 87 97, 90, 89 and 85 games. The 1985 Yankees finished 2nd with 97 wins but won 6 more games than the AL West champs Royals (who also won the WS that year). In 1987 they were in 1st place as late as July 26 and in 1988 they were in 1st as late as August 6.

      I defend those teams because those are the teams I watched as a little kid when I still lived in NY lol.

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

        I watched those teams too every single night. The Yankees had the most wins in the 80’s of any team.

        It doesn’t change the fact that I was talking about individual batting statistics of guys from the 1989 team. But it would probably hold true for earlier years too.

        I loved me some Mike Pagliarulo. But every first at-bat (if you remember back then, they only showed the stats on their first AB) you’d see a .217/11/42 line or something like that. That was my point.

        • BigBlueAL

          Oh yeah I got your point, I was just harping on people (not specifically you) bashing the 1980’s teams because lately you read alot of that on this site talking about how the future will be as bad as the 1980’s. If the WC was around back then the Yankees wouldnt have missed the playoffs as much as they did. There were some very good teams in the 1980’s after 1981.

          I think it was 1987 when Pags hit over 30 HR’s but hit like .230 lol.

  • Eddard

    I just can’t believe Nixy and Stewie didn’t come through there. Good thing we didn’t upgrade. 1 run could win this ballgame.

  • Tom

    And the Angels pen gives it up late for the 3rd walkoff loss in a row to Texas.

    Thanks guys!

  • vicki

    damn, astros.

    • forensic

      Loved Jason Castro’s game there.

  • YankeeFan

    Again if they don’t want to improve the team fine but what’s most frustrating is not improving the team from within. It is continued absurdity with Nix and Stewart.

    • Darren

      Who instead of Nix, Nuney or Adams? I can’t really argue with that, I mean I’d like to give them both a shot over Nix.

      And with Stewart, your only option is Romaine. I can’t remember if he playe dthe last few days or not, but he could also easily be dinged up and getting some rest, considering his bad injury history, including revent neck issues.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Well, you know, fuck you, Angels.

    Rangers win on a walk-off home run for the third straight game.

  • Chris

    What is wrong with the sound on YES? The crowd is drowning everything out.

  • RetroRob

    Don Mattingly at 50-whatever, out of the game 18 years, bad back and all, is probably still a better hitter than half of the Yankees lineup tonight.

    • SDB

      Before we think of getting him back in, how about we get Girardi to replace Chris Stewart?

      • RetroRob

        I wonder if Stewart ponders how the hell he ever became the starting catcher for the NY Yankees. He’s like the new Jake Gibbs.

  • fat jeter

    “Alex Rodriguez (hip, quad) will play in a simulated game in Tampa tomorrow. They know where he’ll play in Friday but aren’t saying anything”

    Let me guess. I am thinking a on a farm turned baseball field somewhere in Iowa.

  • bobby lucarelli

    kuroda looks like this korean chick i banged…..kinda gross

    • Lukaszek

      What’s gross? The Korean chick? Or Hiroki Kuroda? So many questions left unanswered

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

      Gold, Jerry. Gold.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Obviously I could do the research myself, but, seriously, have the Red Sox lost a single home game in extra innings this year? For the life of me, I cannot remember.

  • RetroRob

    I’m hungry. I’m going to order a pizza. This will not help my diet.

  • Tom

    Well they at least are making Kershaw work a bit with 51 pitches through 3 innings. Maybe they can contiue to grind the AB’s and get him out after 6 or 7.

    Every batter not named Cano and Nix has had at least 4 pitch AB’s (and most have been 5+)

  • mt

    Not only are our competitors winning but winning with walk-offs which must give so much confidence – Texas, Cleveland, maybe Boston tonight – as we wonder whether we can score a single run in a game – I am not optimistic about this Kershaw game but chickens will really come to roost against the supposedly soft spot of our schedule Padres (playing fairly well recently) and Chi White Sox (have been dreadful) – I can easily see us losing 4 of 6 against those 2.

    We need to start winning series now – Cashman today said he preferred to focus on being just 3.5 games behind in wild card as opposed to 8.5 games behind in division – that’s fine but what happens if we are 6-7 games behind in wild card after this road trip (before we can make those waiver claims during August). I hope Grandy has some fire in his bat because we need it badly.

  • forensic

    After failing to take advantage of that 2nd inning opportunity, would anyone really be surprised if they only got maybe one more hit the rest of the game? Like Mike said last night, it seems like they go through streaks like that all the time.

  • Elton Cod

    I am surprised nobody has brought this up yet: why didn’t anybody in the front office consider trading Jeter?

    I think we have no chance at the World Series, so we should have sold, sold, sold, so we could start rebuilding. If you want to make your farm more fertile you need some manure.

    Cano should have gone but Jeter should have gone too. His contract is a drag. Some team like the Dodgers last year could have taken him in the hope that he will still be good for a few more hits. All we would have lost is a bunch of groundouts. In return we would have gotten farm crops which of course we need because Cashman ruined the farm.

    Everyone was all excited about Jeter being back because of that home run. But now it’s just like, oh look, I remember, another ground ball in the infield, whoop de doo.

    • Elton Cod

      Also, I’m sure we could have found a contending team that would be only too happy to strengthen its closer spot. Imagine how much we could have gotten for Rivera, who we don’t need because we’re not contending. Move Robertson to the closer spot half a year early, help him get ready to contend in 2015.

      • forensic

        Yeah, because trading Rivera would really go over well with the fan-base (not to mention he would almost certainly refuse any trade).

    • forensic

      Yeah, because trading Jeter would really go over well with the fan-base (not to mention he would almost certainly refuse any trade).

      • Elton Cod

        Both Jeter and Rivera are true Yankees, they would recognize it was for the good of the franchise and the legacy. They would be happy to pass the torch.

        • Wheels

          Pass that torch over here, Elton.

          • BigBlueAL

            I dont think its a torch he would be passing…

            • Wheels

              If it’s fat enough it would be.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Ha, they’re calling Kuroda refusing to waive his no-trade clause “being loyal to his team.”

    • Kramerica Industries

      I don’t remember – were there any rumours linking Kuroda to the Yankees around the deadline in 2011?

      Not to try and bring faux anger into all of this, but Kuroda could’ve pushed the Yankees over the top against the Tigers.

  • Tom

    Not that batting average is a great stat, but the worst batting average in the Dodgers lineup tonight (excluding Kershaw) would be the 3rd best in the Yankees lineup.

    • vicki

      prefer obp? uribe’s non-pitcher line-up worst .331 would also be third.

  • forensic

    Nice job Soriano…

  • Kramerica Industries

    So great hearing the YES crew destroying Adrian Gonzalez and the scheduling complaints from 2011.

    • forensic

      How did they get onto that as a subject? I totally agree that it was absurd, but it seems like a weird thing to just bring up out of nowhere.

      Meanwhile, Scully just finished a two-inning-long story about Mel Allen having a sore throat 50 years ago. Ugh…

      • Kramerica Industries

        Gonzalez was at the plate, I actually wasn’t paying full attention.

        But once the momentum started there, I was drawn in to it. Fun to listen to.

      • vicki

        i’ve got the local broadcast but i got a text about vin telling a story that hirok’s mom would throw him out of the house naked when he’d do something wrong.

        • forensic

          Yeah, I think that one was in the first and second innings.

  • BigBlueAL

    Cant believe Kuroda is 38 yo.

  • BigBlueAL

    Amazing how bad Nix is yet as soon as he returned from the DL he is penciled in as the starting 3B.

    • WhittakerWalt

      BASEBALL PLAYER

  • forensic

    The three batters on my fantasy team in the Mariners-Red Sox game are a combined 1-17 with a walk and seven strikeouts.

    Ouch!

  • WhittakerWalt

    Nixy can’t even get the ball out of the infield.

  • John

    I really dislike watching Nix bat

  • Kramerica Industries

    Ho hum.

    10 scoreless innings from the Yankees 0ffense.

  • Tom

    So 51 pitches through the first 3 innings

    15 pitches over the last 2.

    • WhittakerWalt

      That’s how we do.

    • forensic

      Pretty typical, and that doesn’t even include a Kuroda AB (though he may have some of the longest AB’s tonight just by watching extra pitches go by).

      • forensic

        And a lovely 6-pitch inning there.

  • CashmanSuxShit

    The Yankees might as well be hitting pitchers 5th-9th.

    Brian Cashman has managed to assemble a roster SO shitty people were actually anxious for the return of the pathetic Jayson Nix!

  • WhittakerWalt

    Past a diving Jeter.

  • vicki

    the ball just dies there.

  • Lrccolt4

    Why has it been taboo that maybe after two broken ankles that jeters shift to 3rdyou base. It would get Nunez into lineup at short and the best hitters in there. I haven’t heard this proposed anywhere.

    • vicki

      because of jeter’s arm?

      • SeventhAce

        This.

        And it eliminates his patented back hand stab jump throw to 1B.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        also Nunez is absolutely awful

        • forensic

          It’s still better to see him in the lineup than Nix every day.

          Of course, none of this matters anyway since I don’t think Jeter would ever agree to move off SS.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

            I hate Nix, but Nunez has been even worse offensively and absolutely awful defensively. I’m really not convinced Nunez is an upgrade.

  • Kramerica Industries

    11 straight scoreless innings.

    • forensic

      I barely even flinch at those kind of streaks since they seem to happen all the time with this offense.

      Gotta get up around 15, 18, maybe 20 innings for it to really get my attention.

  • Tom

    8,7,6…

    Kershaw should be down to needing just 3 pitches in the 9th inning at this rate

    5 of the last 9 hitters have had ONE PITCH AB’s…

    • CashmanSuxShit

      What do you expect from a roster loaded with shit Brian Cashman dog out of a dumpster?

  • CashmanSuxShit

    These Yankees might as well have pitchers batting 5th-9th.

    Cashman has managed to build a roster SO shitty that there were actually some anxious for the return of Jayson Nix, who is a giant pile of dumpster shit!

    • WhittakerWalt

      OMG that’s ridiculous. You make it sound like this is Cashman’s Dream Lineup. He’s making do with what he’s got.

  • Wheels

    Nice play Captain.

  • vicki

    pretty spry for an old guy.

  • vicki

    come on, raul.

    • Tom

      Did you see the throw to end the 14th?

      • forensic

        I just rewound to watch it. That was pretty impressive. In the air and Quintero didn’t have to move a muscle off the plate to grab it.

  • vicki

    kershaw’s cg in the bag.

  • Winter

    Ugh. Leave it to this lineup to make Clayton fucking Kershaw look like a Cy Young candidate. Who even is this guy?

    /s (in case it wasn’t obvious)

  • TJF

    This looks like another hope crushing loss in the making

  • Wheels

    Good job Vern

  • forensic

    Nice baserunning, Gonzalez. We appreciate the free out.

  • Jacob the OG

    Someone should GIF Stewie trying to tag out Hanley there.

  • Nick

    i saw some phillies fans saying that Amaro was right to not trade Young & Ruiz because Cashman should have offered better prospects. I guess getting nothing was preferable somehow?

    • Winter

      Presumably keeping Young and Ruiz was preferable.

  • vicki

    hirok.

  • Wheels

    sweet

  • Tom

    If Kuroda was truly an ace and wanted to win this game, he would have figured out a way to put up a -1 one of these innings.

    • Winter

      What’s he at, 103 pitches? I’d expect a true ace to be at ~40 at this point in the game.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Fucking Red Sox.

    • forensic

      I blame Oliver Perez. He screwed it all up.

      • Tom

        There was also a marginal call at 2nd base on a force out in the 10th (I think) and it looked like the M’s runner may have beat the throw.

        Next batter up singled (fallacy be damned!) which would have plated the go ahead run.

        The 2nd base ump was some guy named Jerry Meals

        • forensic

          The 2nd base ump was some guy named Jerry Meals

          Least shocking news ever.

          • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

            Unfortunately Angel Hernandez was found at third base in Minnesota because.

    • SDB

      This.

  • Harris

    When Lillibridge is going to get out anyway, can he please not swing at the first pitch…

  • vicki

    stephen drew.

  • forensic

    WOOHOO! A ball to the OF. Their first one since the 5th inning.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Might want to swing the bat, Brett.

  • Tom

    2 hits?

    The opposing pitcher throwing more than 10 pitches in an inning?

    Might as well continue this madness and score a run!

  • mt

    Another 7 innings, O run performance for Kuroda without a victory – sigh!

    At least Yanks still have a shot at winning.

  • Gardnersbat

    Please swing me

  • Cy Pettitte

    Kuroda’s gotta be so sick of this shit

    • BK2ATL

      Yeah, but the same shit happened to him when he played for the Dodgers as well. No run support. Can’t pitch any better than he has tonight.

      We gotta bring him back next year though. Hopefully, he’s receptive to it after this debacle of a year so far.

    • BrienTaylorsRookieCard

      I’m so sick of this shit and I haven’t so much as left my chair in hours – I can only imagine how upset he must be after all his effort.

  • BrienTaylorsRookieCard

    Alright now let’s blow this one for Hirok!

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores

    I’m really just waiting for when, not if, the Dodgers score. And the Yankees won’t.

    Ho-hum. I really only barely care at this point.

  • forensic

    Sigh, really couldn’t expect three straight hits against Kershaw anyway.

  • Kramerica Industries

    The Red Sox have ten walk-off wins. Indians have nine. Rangers have three in the past three nights.

    It’s pretty fucking hard to keep up when there are teams in front that have had so much fortune this season. Ten walk-off wins before August is effing absurd.

    • BigBlueAL

      How many did the 2009 Yankees have before August?? They finished with 18 I believe.

      • Gardnersbat

        Pies for everyone

      • Kramerica Industries

        Quick little guessing (I had this list down pat before, but 2009 was quite some time ago now)

        Late April against Anaheim
        Walk-off weekend vs. Minnesota
        4th of July vs. Toronto
        Second series post-ASB vs. Baltimore
        Melky 15 inning against Oakland
        Castillo dropped popup
        ARod walk off against Lidge

        That has to be the extent, since two of the walk-offs against Toronto, the Boston walk-off, the Kansas City walk-off, and the Chicago walk-off all came after this point.

        • Kramerica Industries

          err, ARod didn’t walk it off, he tied the game. Melky walked it off.

  • Gardnersbat

    With an offense Kuroda is 16 and 1 right now

  • Winter

    Honestly, I can’t blame Gardner there. Kershaw’s probably the toughest pitcher in the world for a lefty can face

  • Andy

    I’m at the game. Must avoid heart attack.

  • Wheels

    Kershaw is done for the night.

    • Winter

      Yesssss

      • Winter

        DAMMIT!

  • Mark

    Where is Robertson?

  • Cy Pettitte

    good fucking job Boone, now Kershaw is staying in.

    • CashmanSuxShit

      Boone Logan = another Cashman FAIL!

      A “lefty specialist” who’s mediocre vs. lefties. Brilliant!

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores

    Pastadiving Jeter live quote!

    Ah, how I missed that.

  • Anonymous

    Nope

  • BigBlueAL

    Joba really has fallen down the totem pole. Good thing they didnt trade him since he is such an integral part of the bullpen.

    • Winter

      Yeah, I’m sure there was a great offer sitting on the table and the Yankees just ignored it.

      /s

      • BigBlueAL

        There is no great offer for Joba, you take anything you can get for him. I understand keeping Hughes since he is still part of the rotation and the Yankees probably plan on offering him arbitration in the off-season but that isnt happening with Joba so whats the point of holding on to him if right now he is the 5th RHP out of the pen??

    • BK2ATL

      Nobody wants him, not even the Yanks anymore. He’s been so bad he doesn’t even have minimal trade value. If Hughes can’t draw interest, you think Joba will? Move on. Both the Yanks and Joba blew it. Montgomery, Betances, etc, up next.

  • forensic

    NL baseball, where you leave the pitcher in instead of using a real batter so you can more effectively give away an out.

    Hate this league.

  • Charles

    Why no Robertson? Back to back days after only throwing 9 pitches last night? I have a feeling of a repeat of last night…

  • Tom

    If I’m counting right that’s 12 starts of 7+innings, 2 runs or less this year for Kuroda. That’s more than half his starts.

    He’s given up 2ER in July, one of which was on a wild pitch (33innings)

  • Gardnersbat

    Way to go Girardi bring in a lefty to get a righty…gives up a hit and now kershaw back in game. Brilliant!

  • Wheels

    I spoke too soon, they let him bat after all. Still in the game

  • acb

    if only Giardi didn’t use Robertson for two innings last night otherwise he would be in there pitching right now………

    • Gardnersbat

      That

  • Tom

    So Logan was brought in because the 3rd guy due up hits left handed?

    Seems like he could have waited for a lefty to actually bat before bringing in Logan.

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores

    Think this is the moment? I’m saying yes.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Really hate this move.

  • Cy Pettitte

    this should work out well

  • BigBlueAL

    With the way Puig swings at everything Kelley would probably K him on 3 sliders in the dirt. Or he would hang one and Puig crushes it lol.

  • Wheels

    Get this mofo out.

  • Gardnersbat

    This still feels like bad things are about to happen

  • Anderson Silva

    better to be lucky than good, right?

  • Jigga

    They got through the inning, but where was Robertson?
    Yanks had Monday off, he only threw 9 pitches yesterday, and they have tomorrow off. If they lost it because of the 8th, Girardi would have gotten destroyed

    • Cy Pettitte

      he pitched the 27th, 28th and 30th. I don’t think Joe wants to use him 4 out of 5 days

      • Jigga

        Ah I see, thanks. That’s right, he doesn’t like 3 days in a row and doesn’t like 4 out of 5. But there are times you gotta break the rules.

  • Jack P

    I thought that was gone fo sure

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores

    Cool. Girardi is one lucky son of a bitch.

    But we can’t blame him at all, because he used LOGIC.

    Sincerely,

    Greg

    • Tom

      Can we really assess the logic of the move without first considering what the media would say?

  • BK2ATL

    Logan move scared us all, but worked out in the end…. LOL!!!

    So now, is Girardi a genius or freaking lucky?

  • CashmanSuxShit

    What’s with all the angst over these Girardi decisions.

    We all should know by now this dogshit roster of Cashman’s ain’t scoring tonight. It’s just a matter of how long it takes the Dodgers to score 1 run. If it happens in the 9th, they’ll win in the 9th… If it happens in the 15th, they’ll win then.

  • forensic

    According to Scully, Gonzalez’ 35 AB’s with RISP and 2 outs were more important to consider in that situation than his 132 AB’s vs. lefties (or his nearly 1600 career AB’s vs. lefties).

  • BigBlueAL

    Regardless if the Yankees score or not the pitcher in the bottom of the 9th better be either DRob or Mo.

    • CashmanSuxShit

      That’s just stupid. Robertson isn’t available an nobody in their right mind pitches Rivera in a tie game, unless ur willing to go two innings with him, which I doubt!

  • Winter

    Clayton Kershaw could pitch 11 innings tonight. I wish I was kidding.

  • mt

    Logan retires lefties Crawford and Gonzalez – a miracle.

    However, we will probably still see Kershaw unfortunately.

    • mt

      NOT – I don’t understand this – why have kershaw bunt in 8th if you are not letting him stay on – yes, you save hairston as a pinchhitter and Kershaw is a better bunter than hairston (???) but he could easily go another inning.

      • BK2ATL

        He’s a good enough bunter where you don’t have to waste a PH/PR to do the same thing in a tied game. It worked out.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Not Kershaw. Ronald Belisario.

  • Winter

    Why would they take out Kershaw? I feel like we’re catching a break here.

  • Conor in China

    Just watching GameCast, any reason for Kershaw coming out? Did he get hurt running to first?

    • Winter

      No reason that I could see, the whole thing was weird. If they were planning on taking Kershaw out anyway, why not PH for him? They had a PH in the on deck circle, but pulled him back to have Kershaw bunt. Just strange.

  • Mark

    Why would Mattingly not let Hairston hit for Kershaw??? Thanks for the out Donnie.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Holy shit.

    Can’t remember the last Yankee walk.

  • mt

    Belisario is good but I am sure every member of Yankees, even the righty batters, would prefer to see Belisario over a tired, ninth inning Kershaw.

    • BK2ATL

      +1

  • Tom

    Wait, why isn’t Kershaw pitching?

    Thanks Donnie.

  • Anderson Silva

    Cano with yet another terrible AB.

  • BigBlueAL

    Really is amazing how freaking streaky Cano is. Was on fire before the All-Star break and ripped in Fenway but since then cant buy a freaking hit.

    • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

      yeah, those two line drives that were caught were all his fault.

      • BigBlueAL

        Cano has 2 extra base hits since the All-Star break and last hit a HR on July 10th. He is 5 for his last 33. As I said he cant buy a freaking hit right now.

        • BigBlueAL

          BTW Im a HUGE Cano fan. Unlike many here I didnt want him traded and believe it is vital the Yankees re-sign him.

        • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

          From what I’ve been seeing, he’s been having a lot of hits stolen. Also, when you hit around 300 every year, you’re not that streaky. you may go into short slumps, but they’re not extended.

          I’m a Cano fan too, but am split on keeping vs. trading. Depends on how much I believe they’ll compete going forward after this year.

          • BigBlueAL

            They arent going to be doing much competing next couple of years w/o Cano. Although I guess if they dont re-sign him and Arod is suspended next season they will have a shitload of money to spend even with the 189m plan but again who would you spend it on when Cano would by far be the best available FA??

  • mt

    See – Cano runs when he needs to :-)

  • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

    cano never busts it down the line! waaah trade him. shut yo mouth.

  • CashmanSuxShit

    Add breaking up a double play to the endless list of the things Brian Cashman’s Cliff Lee deal-breaker cannot do.

    What a pathetic slide by Nunez. It’s as if he was TRYING to avoid Ellis.

    • CashmanSuxShit

      1 more turd on Cashman’s massive shit pile!

  • Cy Pettitte

    can Ichiro be an IcHERO?

  • BigBlueAL

    Gonna be up to Overbay.

    • forensic

      Against a LOOGY who’s held lefties to a .346 OPS(!). Not great odds, but maybe he’ll bloop one in or something.

      • forensic

        YES!

  • Winter

    With a lefty in the ‘pen? I’m not so sure about this…

  • Wheels

    Let’s do it Overbay.

  • Tom

    So would you rather have Wells or Lilibridge hitting?

    as bad as Wells is I think I would prefer him swinging.

    • Tom

      Crap forget Loverbay was on the bench

      • Tom

        So basically Wells vs a righty or Loverbay against a lefty.

  • Winter

    I’m not sure I understand why Girardi sent Overbay up. He knows Mattingly is gonna go with the lefty, and I’d rather have Lillibridge vs RHP than Overbay vs LHP.

    • Winter

      Actually, I might not… just looked at some stats it’s not as bad a move as I thought.

      • Tom

        I think the question is would you rather have Wells vs a righty?

        It’s basically just varying degrees of badness…

        • Winter

          Wells is out of the game.

          • Tom

            Sorry that was cryptic – basically not PH for Wells in the first place.

            Donnie was going to get either a righty-righty matchup (Well-Belisario) or a lefty-lefty one (walk Ichiro than face Overbay)

  • Anderson Silva

    Overbay against a lefty = easy out

  • mt

    Is this crazy but shouldn’t Overbay have come up first (probably waqlked) and then Ichiro – if Mattingly still put in Rodriguez, not a s bad becasue Ichiro does pretty well against lefties. Now we end up with Overbay against a lefty (the situation we wanted to avoid – that’s why Lillibridge was starting in first place) who struggles.

    On other hand, Overbay has had several key RBI late in games – fingers crossed.

    • Tom

      I was thinking that too… but he could have brought in the lefty to face Overbay (and you are left with Ichiro on deck)

      The outcome seems like it was going to be Wells vs a right or Overbay against a lefty no matter what.

  • Wheels

    Loverbay! fuckin A!

  • Winter

    Girardi should have left Lillibridge up there just so we wouldn’t have to watch this stupid delivery.

  • Kramerica Industries

    LOVERBAY!!

  • Mark

    Overbay Delivas!!!

  • Jigga

    Overbay is clutch!!!!

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores

    Overbay proving me wrong.

    See, this is why I don’t make hat eating bets unless I’m REALLY sure.

  • SDB

    LOVERBAY!!!!!!!!!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    holy shit!!! didn’t expect that at all

    • Nuke Guy (Knoxvillain)

      He’s been one of the only guys that gets hits when they need him to all season.

      • Cy Pettitte

        Paco is a nasty LOOGY though, getting a 2 strike hit off him is minor miracle for Overbay

        • Nuke Guy (Knoxvillain)

          Fortunately he wasn’t nasty enough tonight.

  • Anderson Silva

    MIRACLE!

  • BigBlueAL

    Overbay!!

  • Gardnersbat

    No fucking way

  • vicki

    loverbay.

    man’s got a knack.

    • Elton Cod

      He sure does.

      What can I say, I like the guy. He’s not an all-star talent but it’s what he does with his talent that matters. He has shown time and time again that he delivers when it matters. He’s like the anti-Cano.

      I hope they sign him next year. I like him better than Tex, to be honest. Not as much of a choker. And besides, Tex is due to get injured again in mid-June.

  • dontchaknow

    ye

  • forensic

    Atta boy Overbay!

  • Anderson Silva

    we could really use another run here.. comon nix

  • Tom

    Girardi is a genius!

    (Looks past the whole Donnie being an idiot and taking Kershaw out)

  • Winter

    Yes. Now is a good time for a “Yankees suck” chant.

    • Wheels

      idiots

    • Captain Turbo

      And it’s Yankee fans who have the reputation of no class? Freaking west coast hayseeds.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Dodgers fans with the “Yankees suck” chant. When did they turn into such scumbags?

  • Kramerica Industries

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores

    Well, this was a fun inning.

  • Captain Turbo

    LOL… nice fielding!

  • forensic

    LMAO!!!!!

    Thank you Puig and Ellis!

  • Cy Pettitte

    ahahahaha wow

  • Wheels

    Yes! haha

  • Anderson Silva

    LOL I’ll take it!

  • Gonzo

    Fast forward 10 years.

    And that’s why you’re named Hiroki son.

  • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

    what a gift!

  • dontchaknow

    i lol’d

  • Winter

    SHADES OF LUIS CASTILLO!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Alright who put Luis Castillo at 2nd base?!

  • BigBlueAL

    Ellis is no Luis Castillo.

  • SDB

    sprayed my keyboard laughing.

    fucking hilarious.

  • Gardnersbat

    In a year of improbables, the impossible has just happened

  • nsalem

    castillo par deux

  • BK2ATL

    I’ll take the runs, but that’s not Puig’s fault. Ellis is backing up to medium RF. Puig was under the ball.

    No matter, 3-0 Yanks.

  • NeilT

    I’m waiting for them to pull up the replays from 2009….

  • fabricio

    yes!!! thank the lord our ace pitched great and while he wont get the win it looks like we’re gonna take this game

  • Gonzo

    HIROK can beat anyone!!!

  • forensic

    Mattingly’s a little cranky now, I guess.

  • Wheels

    Nix still sucks.

    • vicki

      death and taxes.

  • Winter

    Sabathia on deck? Stewart needs to get a hit here.

    • Winter

      Dammit.

  • Gonzo

    Brandon League is the white flag!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Damn it Stewart. I just wanted to see CC get his 1st major league pinch hitting at bat?

    • Winter

      Sabathia’s actually 1/1 on his career as a pinch hitter.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

        Alright 2nd.

      • nsalem

        a single

        • Winter
          • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

            I sense a Shane Spencer on that list. :P

  • nsalem

    Hanley facing Mariano for the first time.

    • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

      interesting….

      • nsalem

        he was at a distinct disadvantage,

      • Gardnersbat

        And schooled

  • Kramerica Industries

    MO

  • Harris

    Not sure why Vernon started over Ichiro tonight. Ichiro’s splits against lefties are much better than Vernon’s are. Not to mention Vernon hasn’t hit a homer since ‘Nam. Otherwise a very well managed game by Girardi. Too bad CC didn’t get to pinch hit though…

    • Winter

      Not all lefties are Clayton Kershaw. He’s absolutely killer.

    • Tom

      Splits? Actual data?

      Don’t you know by now what matters is which of the white boxes the batter stands in? Don’t overthink these things.

  • forensic

    Nice swing Hanley.

  • WhittakerWalt

    “Basically he’s better than he ever was.”

    Sterling’s description of Mo. So, really? Mo’s better this year than he was in 2008 when he had a 316 ERA+ and a .665 WHIP?
    Not that I expect Papa Yank to know what any of that means.

    • vicki

      know what’s impressive about this year though? .321 babip (career .264; .218 in 2008). it’s mostly righties with good contact on the sinker. but he’s still GETTING IT DONE.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Hey, I’m loving how well he’s pitching. It’s just not his best year. Not even close.

  • forensic

    That was pretty easy for Mo…

  • SDB

    Even by Mo’s standards, he’s looking unhittable right now.

  • Wheels

    nice win.

  • Gardnersbat

    Nice win

  • BigBlueAL

    Dunno what is more remarkable, what Kuroda is doing this season at 38 yo or Mo at 43 yo. Both are amazing.

  • dkidd

    total domination

  • vicki

    just tremendous, gents. and with a merciful day-off to savor it.

  • Tom

    Mo…

    ‘Nuff said.

  • mt

    Mike Axisa,

    I know earlier in year this was true but wonder if it still is true. Given Yanks’ mediocre record and poor run differential, we actually have a great record for some reason in games started by Cy Young Award winners (know we beat Verlander, Dickey, and Price, I believe, and won games started by Felix and now Kershaw)- do you know what that record now is?

  • Gonzo

    That was good.

  • jedua

    acording to @Enrique_Rojas1 there will be a 100 game suspension to A-rod.

    Con 100 juegos, MLB mandará mensaje que quiere y evita arbitraje que NO HAY FORMA DE GANAR. A-Rod volvería en junio ´14

    With 100 games, MLB will send a message, that it wants to avoid the arbiter. THE IS NO WAY OF WINNING. A-Rod will return in June ’14

    i really don’t trust Enrique Rojas in fact i dislike him very much but he is the first one with this information