Jul
02

Game 83: Keep Going

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The losing streak is over and the Yankees actually scored a whole bunch of runs in last night’s win over the Twins. It felt just like old times. The Bombers aren’t out of the woods yet though, not even close really. They have to jump three teams if they want to win the divisions and two if they want to sneak into the postseason as a wildcard. As I said yesterday, they really need to take advantage of all these games against the Twins and Royals before the All-Star break. One win ain’t enough. Here’s the lineup that will face right-hander Samuel Deduno:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. DH Travis Hafner
  5. LF Zoilo Almonte
  6. 1B Lyle Overbay
  7. C Chris Stewart
  8. 3B David Adams
  9. SS Alberto Gonzalez

And on the mound is the 2004 First Team High School All-American, right-hander Phil Hughes.

Clear skies and sunshine in Minneapolis, so they won’t have any trouble getting this game in. First pitch is scheduled for 8:10pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Injury Updates: Jayson Nix (hamstring) is day-to-day. He felt some tightness after running out his double last night. Joe Girardi said it’s not considered a DL injury, but they don’t know when he’ll be able to return to the lineup … Mark Teixeira (wrist) had surgery as scheduled yesterday and everything went “as planned,” the team announced.

Categories : Game Threads
  • SDB

    Nix hurt? Oh no! There’s nobody in this lineup who can do something to help the team, EVERY day!

  • Pseudoyanks

    Trade deadline…Sell, sell sell.

  • Kramerica Industries

    I remember when the Yankees went to Minnesota last year; it was the same week as my birthday. Monday-Wednesday series.

    The three SP’s in that series, in this order, were Pettitte, Hughes, and Sabathia.

    The first three SP’s in this series are, in this order, Pettitte, Hughes, and Sabathia.

    Damn. That’s funny.

  • trr

    We have no time for sarcasm or snark, we need to put together a winning streak against the weak sisters of the AL.
    Let’s win this one!

  • The Real Greg

    I will lead with this. The Pittsburgh Pirates have the best record in baseball. 15 of their 51 victories have come when they score 3 runs or less, including 3 against AL competition, two of which were 1-0 victories against Detroit.

    Also the Pirates as compared to the Yankees offense:

    Average .05 runs more
    Have the same amount of hits (661)
    Have 1 less home run than the Yankees do
    Have 7 fewer walks
    Have the same batting average
    Have a higher OBP by .04
    OPS difference of .14 in favor the Pirates.

    And the Pirates have the best record in baseball.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      I agree.
      They should have kept Russ.

      • forensic

        And A.J…

        Wait, what???

      • The Real Greg

        Yes.

        I will also add that they have each scored 320 runs. The Pirates and Yankees offense is very much alike. Yet one team has the best record in baseball and the other is 4 games over .500.

        Plus the Pirates are in a solid division with the Reds and Cardinals.

        • forensic

          Plus the Pirates are in a solid division with the Reds and Cardinals.

          You seem to have missed two other teams there, both of which are among the worst in baseball.

          • The Real Greg

            And yet, the difference in SOS is only .19. You would think it would be more with two crappy teams in the division.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          And in the National League.
          And have faced a weaker schedule.
          And don’t play in a hitter’s park.
          In the AL East.
          Where every team is at least .500 right now.

          Pirates 95 wRC+, so slightly below average park adjusted.
          Yankees 84 wRC+, so very putrid park adjusted.

          It’s possible to win like that.
          It’s just not very realistic in a hitters park in the AL East.

          • Tom

            So you need to correct for the park the teams are playing in?

            And if you strip out the pitchers, the Pirates have a wRC+ of 103; it’s almost like the run environment in the NL is somewhat lower because the pitcher hits.

          • trr

            That’s almost like a non-rhyming poem

    • Pseudoyanks

      Well done.

    • Winter

      They also have the best team ERA in baseball. The Yankees have the 12th. And they get to beat up on the Cubs and Brewers.

  • TomH

    ARod apparently 0 for 2 and now out of the game.

    • Get Phelps Up

      He was only scheduled to play 3 innings.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Wang getting crushed again (6 runs in 1.2 innings so far). Idiot Cashman needs to be fired for letting him go to a division rival!

    • Get Phelps Up

      And his evening is over. He hasn’t even lasted 2 innings in either of his last 2 starts.

  • forensic

    So, Chien-Ming Wang getting destroyed again.

    Can’t believe the Yankees didn’t call him up because he pitched alright for them half a decade ago…

    • SDB

      Miguel Cabrera is a beast. I love watching that guy hit (against other teams).

  • I’m One

    So your point is that you can win without a great offense if you have great pitching. Our pitching has not been as dominant as it was at the beginning of the season. You also need to look at the level of competition. Have the Pirates played a weaker schedule than the Yankees? (Personally, I don’t care to look it up and it is pretty hard to compare NL teams to AL teams and half way through the season, it’s probably pretty even).

    I’d love for the Yankees to be able to win without a dominant offense. It’s not happening right now, so like Mike said, they need to take advantage of the weaker teams thy’re playing during this stretch.

    • I’m One

      Reply fail to The Real Greg above.

    • The Real Greg

      I know that, which is why I mentioned the 3 victories against AL competition including two 1-0 shutouts against one of the better offenses in the AL.

    • forensic

      For what it’s worth, the Pirates opponent SOS is .496% while the Yankees is .515%

      • The Real Greg

        And that’s not even that different. A difference of .19?

        • forensic

          That actually is a pretty big difference. The Yankees have the 4th highest SOS and the Pirates have the 20th highest SOS.

          Of course, some of that is because more teams have beaten the Yankees overall, but still…

          • The Real Greg

            Also you have to remember that the Yankees played the Jays when they were under .500 so it has to be at the time of play.

    • Get Phelps Up

      1/4 of the Pirates games have come against Milwaukee and the Cubs.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    I’m curious, were there any frequent posters claiming that it was a huge mistake to let Wang go? I have to admit I was (silently) unclear on why they didn’t give him a shot in the majors, but I tend to defer to the judgment of the management on these things.

    • trr

      I don’t think so. He had the right to opt out of his contract if the team didn’t bring him up, which they didn’t. Can’t blame him for taking the opportunity to pitch in the bigs again.

    • Dalek Jeter

      There were a few, but most people realized that it was probably because he would basically be what Adam Warren is and since we had that already there was no reason to add another. And as his last two starts have indicated, it looks like they made the right move.

    • I’m One

      Yup, I’m with you. I’m no baseball scout and didn’t see him pitch each time out, so I figured they knew something I didn’t.

  • Wheels

    Good lineup. Go get em

  • The Real Greg

    Have to say it.

    Wang and Fister both got reamed tonight.

    • Joey from Jersey

      Wang and fister– sounds like a bad 70′s porno.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Gardner has cooled off a bit.

    • forensic

      LOL

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        couldn’t resist

        • The Real Greg

          I applaud you for that.

          • Dalek Jeter

            I think he was being sarcastic.

            • The Real Greg

              I know that. If you can’t laugh at yourself…

  • forensic

    Really Ron? He’s the one guy you didn’t want to beat you?

    Then maybe you shouldn’t have kept pitching to him and bringing in right-handed relievers to face him.

  • forensic

    Morneau could’ve tossed that ball to the third baseman to throw back to the pitcher and they still would’ve gotten Cano.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Morneau could’ve tossed that ball to the third baseman left fielder to throw back to the pitcher and they still would’ve gotten Cano.

      ftfy

      • forensic

        Thanks. I was thinking afterwards that I should’ve said he could’ve gone around the horn with it and still got him, but I think the point has sufficiently been made.

    • Dalek Jeter

      I know hustling is “the right way to play the game” but Zolio busted it down the line, and he basically made the same contact as Cano, both resulted in a put out…so what difference does it make?

      • forensic

        Being a professional. Potentially forcing the defense in a mental or physical error.

        It’s not that difficult.

        • Dalek Jeter

          No it doesn’t but it affects maybe 1 or 2 plays over the course of the season. I just can’t get myself worked up about it.

          • forensic

            It’s not only 1 or 2 over the course of the season, and it’s not just groundouts to first. It’s singles he could turn into doubles, doubles into triples.

            Even with his level of speed, it makes a difference and it’s aggravating.

            • Dalek Jeter

              On balls in the gap/to the wall, I can understand getting upset a bit, but on groundouts to the right side of the infield? “Meh, I wish he would run it out” is about all the caring I can muster.

              • trr

                I don’t what else to say except it’s how the game is played, and if you have that take it easy mentality it will infest all aspects of your approach . I’m 57 and in my meaningless Men’s Softball league, I bust it on every play. You play the game hard, you play it with pride.

      • Anderson Silva

        I kinda agree there. I think it would be much worse if Cano would hurt himself busting down the line on a sure out just to make it look closer.

        • forensic

          If he gets hurt playing the game professionally and hustling, then so be it. Plenty of guys can get hurt half-assing it too. Hell, people get hurt in BP, as we saw last year.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Phil has already thrown 5 pitches to get two guys out, there’s no way he can go deep into this game.

    /suzyn waldman’d

  • Wheels

    Exhale, Hughes made it through a first inning unscathed.

    • forensic

      For what it’s worth, the 1st inning is actually only Hughes 3rd highest ERA per inning (behind the 5th and 3rd innings).

  • The Real Greg

    This might not be popular, but if you can get Ibanez on the cheap from Seattle, he could fill Hafner’s role. Raul just hit his 20th HR of the season.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      He hit 19 last year.
      I wonder if the power he’s shown this year is sustainable?

  • forensic

    Ok, next inning they’ll get a ball to the outfield…

    • The Real Greg

      When I was playing the MLB 2k games, I hated facing sinker ballers.

      The pitch could be right down the middle and have late movement and you just pound it into the ground.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      liar

  • Dalek Jeter

    It looked like Deduno was grimacing coming off the mound there, you should take him out as a precaution Gardenhire.

    • forensic

      Unfortunately, he’s been doing that after every out.

      I actually considered picking him up for this game, but just couldn’t do it. Hopefully the Yankees pick it up soon and make me happy I didn’t grab him.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Robbie made that look too easy. Pedrioa has to dive for that ball and it’s on every highlight reel for the week.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Lazy Dominican just never hustles, never gets dirty.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Just realized because they’re talking about it…down to essentially a 1 man bench. Stop carrying 13 pitchers.

    • The Real Greg

      Question is who do you call up?

      • Dalek Jeter

        Johnson, Lillibridge, or Joseph. *knock on wood* what if Adams breaks his leg here and Nix’s hammy is too tight to go, we have no bench and Wells at third for 6 full defensive innings.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          CoJo is still hurt, I think.
          I’d add FMart to the list of possibilities.
          And I think Neal will be eligible again tomorrow.

          • Dalek Jeter

            I’d rather have another INF which is why I left Neal, F-Mart, Mesa, ect off the list.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

              Gotcha.

            • forensic

              Johnson doesn’t really help that much though. He’s a 1B/DH and that’s it.

            • The Real Greg

              I agree. And given that Lillibridge can play several positions, I would go with him

  • Get Phelps Up

    So with Nix injured I can only imagine who the emergency catcher behind Romine is.

    • Tom

      Isn’t Romine the emergency catcher?

      /rimshot

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    How was that pitch not a called strike?
    (the 1-0 pitch)

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      and the 2-1 pitch

  • WhittakerWalt

    First “little girl with the curl” reference at 8:41pm.

  • forensic

    That pitch almost hit Stewart and yet he still swung at it.

  • Wheels

    This is getting ridiculous.

    • The Real Greg

      Why? He’s a sinker baller. That’s what sinker ballers do.

  • forensic

    Ok, second time through the order they’ll get one to the outfield…

    • The Real Greg

      3-0 with a 1.71 ERA at home and a sinker ball thrower. Are you really surprised?

  • Dalek Jeter

    We’re gonna get perfect game’d with 27 groundball outs, aren’t we

    /doom’d

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      No way.
      Robbie will beat out an IF hit to break it up.

      • forensic

        hey, hey, hey, that was uncalled for. :-)

    • forensic

      Oh come on now, you know someone is going to strike out too.

      • Dalek Jeter

        There’s your K forensic ;)

  • Wheels

    I think it’s possible to get a hit out of the infield against this dude.

    • Wheels

      *meant as a reply to Greg

    • The Real Greg

      Not if he’s on his game. We all saw when Wang was cooking and he got all those groundball outs

  • forensic

    0-31 at 3B is longest since SS in 2004. So, of course, I immediately said that’s the season Jeter got hurt opening day, but then remembered that was actually 2003.

    That 2004 streak actually was all Jeter. Pretty ugly numbers that April, obviously.

    • Dalek Jeter

      RAB circa 2004: TRADE JETER FOR TEH PROSPECTZ

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Ichiro gave up on that rather quickly.
    Seemed catchable.

    • The Real Greg

      Yeah, I wonder if given the pitcher involved that he thought it was gone

      • Winter

        I doubt Ichiro has time to think of who’s pitching when he’s tracking a fly ball.

    • forensic

      Might have been, tough to tell with the high wall/overhang and sun area out there. Of course, YES never shows a replay so we’ll never know.

    • Dalek Jeter

      It looked gone to me b/c of the sun and the way he played it, but like forensic said, no replay so it’s hard to say.

  • Dalek Jeter

    God damnit. So close.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Yay for more two-out run scoring hits.

    Seriously. Not enough of those allowed recently.

  • The Real Greg

    I would have just walked him, Phil

  • Whittakerwalt

    LOL Sterling extolling Granderson’s outfield defense.

  • Wheels

    the 3rd inning forensic…

    • forensic

      Yup. Just wait till the 5th too.

      Of course, it’s not all that surprising since that’s often when the top/middle of the order bats, but still, he’s got huge gaps between those and the other innings (this is all SSS, but the point still stands).

  • Dalek Jeter

    I can only imagine the ticket-oak brainstorming session for StubHub’s marketing department

    *drops acid**takes giant bong rip* “What if…what if…shut up man I got it…what if there’s a giant talking tree man…and dude it’ll have a constantly spinning eye…and then his voice and mouth will never sync up…and he gives you tickets.”

  • forensic

    See Dalek, told you someone would strike out…

    • Dalek Jeter

      AND A BASE RUNNER.

  • The Real Greg

    There’s your K.

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

    Prediction for Hughes: 5 innings, 3 runs.

    Prediction for game: 4-1 Twins.

    That seems like a reasonable prediction.

    • forensic

      Hughes will go 6 IP and 3 R. His pitch count isn’t terrible yet, he can squeeze out at least 6 against this team.

    • Jim Is (not) Bored

      Wroooooooooooooooooooong.

  • forensic

    No perfect game!

    • Dalek Jeter

      And no no-hitter!

  • Tom

    Hit and run maybe?

    • forensic

      full count, definitely give it a shot here.

      • Tom

        Yeah I posted that when it was 2-1; I’m following online – was Ichiro running 3-2?

        • Dalek Jeter

          He was but Cano’s ball was hit on one hop to the LF, no way Ichiro could’ve gone to third.

        • forensic

          Yeah he was, but Cano hit it too hard to go to 3rd. And I know you posted it earlier, that’s why I prefaced mine with the full count at that time.

          • Tom

            Thanks guys.

  • Dalek Jeter

    I’m happy that 1-1 was called a ball obviously, but this ump really needs to get consistent with that outside corner to LHH.

  • forensic

    Sorry Kenny, that’s not borderline, that’s clearly high.

    • The Real Greg

      Agreed

    • Dalek Jeter

      For the real Letters to knees strike zone it was borderline, for the MLB strikezone, yeah clearly high.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Outfield!

  • forensic

    Damn it Cano, hit the ball softer so Ichiro can go to 3rd…

  • forensic

    Come on Trafner!

    • forensic

      Guess not.

  • Dalek Jeter

    The hitters must be not seeing that fastball inside, because it looks clearly inside from the CF camera but they’re swinging like it’s right there.

    • The Real Greg

      The movement on the pitch must be late and very drastic to cause that effect.

  • forensic

    Homer Bailey just gave up a walk, but still has a no-hitter going after 7 innings.

  • Tom

    Homer Bailey with a no hitter thru 7. (Game is on MLB Network for folks interested – though Cincy is coming up right now)

  • The Real Greg

    By the way Homer Bailey has a no no going against the Giants through 7 innings.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Obligatory post about Bailey having a no-no through 7

    Forensic I hope you made that trade and he’s starting for you tonight.

    • forensic

      :-)

      Absolutely.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Well, here comes the usual Phil implosion. Amazing.

    • The Real Greg

      Actually it’s an inning early.

  • Dalek Jeter

    That is among the dinkiest doubles I have ever seen.

  • forensic

    Wow, Hughes just schooled Hicks in that AB.

    • Dalek Jeter

      3 straight nasty curves, go sit down Mr. Hicks.

      • forensic

        I don’t remember the first pitch, but I think the 2nd and 3rd were actually sliders.

        • Dalek Jeter

          I was about to say, I think strike 3 might have been a slurve or a slider actually, but I know the first pitch was a curve.

    • The Real Greg

      If he had thrown those with consistency he would be a number 2 pitcher

  • Kramerica Industries

    I don’t think I realize just how much audio is important. I’m actually getting a bit sleepy, like I normally would at night, because of the lack of sound.

    *awaits two-out, two-run, spirit-killing hit*

    • forensic

      You’re not missing much considering a very quiet crowd and Singleton/Flaherty calling the game.

      • Kramerica Industries

        Well, yeah. I could do without Flash ever being in the booth. Of course, to make it worse, he’s a staple in these crappy team and/or midwest markets.

        I just mean, in all seriousness, I just find myself with my eyelids actually being closed for seconds at a time and generally just not being fully aware of what’s going on. It’s kinda new, for me.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Please don’t let this be just a tease, Phil.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Thanks Phil, I appreciate it.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Wow, didn’t happen this time.

    WELL done, Phil. Excellent escape.

  • Wheels

    Houdini! wow

  • Dalek Jeter

    Jeez, Flash…2nd and 3rd no out, and your home teams pitcher K’s 2 and gets a ground out…get a little pumped. Dude sounds like he’s doing play by play for the Masters.

    • Kramerica Industries

      He exhausts his verbal and written quota of exclamation points on his Twitter account.

  • forensic

    Speedy Overbay!

    • trr

      Hustling

  • forensic

    Damn Stewart, always hitting the ball too damn hard…

  • forensic

    A hit by a 3B!!!

  • Dalek Jeter

    5 outs away for Bailey

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Runs!!!!!

    A lead!!!!!

  • forensic

    Gonzo!!!

  • Dalek Jeter

    ALBERTO!!!!

  • Wheels

    Awesome!

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

    Wow. They beat my prediction!

  • Kramerica Industries

    The bottom of the lineup just produced this stuff.

    Madness!

  • The Real Greg

    And Bailey is through 8 and we have a lead

  • trr

    The Quick Stick of Alberto Gonzalez!

  • Dalek Jeter

    Bailey’s 3 outs away, hooray picture and picture!

  • nsalem

    What a great wraparound line-up we have. Reminds me of 2006.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Wow. The Twins must REALLY stink.

  • New Guy

    My god, I am forced to listen to the Minnesota broadcast. They are the worrrrstttttttt. Obviously home broadcasts root for their team a little but this is crazy!!!!

  • Dalek Jeter

    I’d really like another run (or 5) before Hughes goes back out there.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Thanks Deduno :D

    • The Real Greg

      There’s another.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    lol
    Take it any way they can get it.

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

    Man, the Twins are bad. Can we play them every day forever?

  • Kramerica Industries

    About time some of these chickenshit hits went the Yankees’ way.

  • forensic

    See Dalek, you know what that would’ve been if Cano was the batter? :-)

    • Dalek Jeter

      I think Ichiro’s rep as a fast guy had just as much to do with it =P

  • Kramerica Industries

    Lol. That was gonna go foul.

  • Wheels

    Damn, I turned it to the no hitter and missed that run.

  • The Real Greg

    2 outs away

  • Winter

    Two outs left for Bailey.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Homer Bailey looks a bit like a young Christian Bale.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Kinda funny how now the Reds know how to beat the Giants in their home ballpark.

    Gee whiz, when they only needed to do it once in three tries last October, they couldn’t do it.

  • Dalek Jeter

    1 out away, just blew the batter away with 97! That gun must be a bit hot…

  • Dalek Jeter

    1 out away, just blew the batter away with 97! That gun must be a bit hot…

  • The Real Greg

    1 out away

  • Wheels

    1 strike away

  • Kramerica Industries

    Yawn, another no hitter.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Impressive Homer

  • The Real Greg

    A NO NO

  • Dalek Jeter

    No-No for Homer Bailey!!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Damn, excellent catch by Gonzalez.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Wow.
    AG having himself a game!

  • Dalek Jeter

    ‘BERTO!!!

  • Wheels

    great catch Alberto

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

    Come on guys, you gotta call him off of that ball.

    And Singleton calls the play with all of the enthusiasm of a limp dish rag.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Pasta-Diving Cano.

  • Get Phelps Up

    First time since 2009 that it took this long for there to be a no hitter.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Jayson Nix is being Wally Pipp’d Alberto Gonzalez’d.

  • SDB

    And over in Chicago, the White Sox are up 5-1 against the O’s. Dunn just homered, and for once I actually cheered along with a Hawk call. (I’d feel dirty for doing that, but anything that sees the Orioles losing makes me happy.)

    • forensic

      Yay for my fantasy team! :-)

      • SDB

        Mine too, I just remembered I have Dunn in both my lineups. So double yay. Now I hope the Sox can hold onto that lead. (Another nice thing about that game is the complete lack of the stupid O’s chants.)

        • Kramerica Industries

          It seems like Maryland as a whole likes their professional sports atmospheres to be almost entirely collegiate-like.

          Seven Nation Army? Chants with swear words? I mean, jeez.

          • forensic

            Is seven nation army an actual thing? There’s a team in my league with that name and I had no idea it was an actual thing.

            • Dalek Jeter

              Yeah, that’s their chant…it’s making me hate The White Stripes/Raconteurs.

            • Kramerica Industries

              That annoying chant you heard a few times on Sunday Night Baseball?

              That was SNA.

              • forensic

                Geez, that’s it’s title? I thought that was just some random ‘O’ thing and they had been doing it forever.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Yawn. Red Sox win again, too.

    At least I can’t be too mad there; they were playing the Padres. Not exactly a team that had much chance of winning tonight.

    • forensic

      It is annoying seeing Lackey still pitch pretty well though.

      • Dalek Jeter

        It must be Awesome-O’Clock again

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73ZXjxRAmhA

      • Kramerica Industries

        I’m going to do a Fangraphs in-depth self-analysis on this matter very soon.

        TJS does have a history of seeing some pitchers come back better than they were before, but Lackey was an absolute dumpster fire of shit in 2011. And, even if he is Monsieur Bouledogue, I doubt he would’ve gotten through the entirety of 2011 with a torn elbow ligament like that.

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

          He’s going to turn into a pumpkin soon. Against the Padres at home was not the best day to bet on that happening.

          • Kramerica Industries

            This is also why I don’t mind the Scott Feldman trade.

            I certainly don’t expect him to keep his Cubs form now that he’s back in the AL.

  • forensic

    The Pirates scored, but still lost anyway. I thought they were so good to win all these games.

    I’m so confused…

    • The Real Greg

      Phillies used 6 bullpen pitchers for 3.1 innings?

    • Dalek Jeter

      They’ve won 3 games!! THREE GAMES!!! Against the AL in these games, including two, count that 2(!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) 1-0 shutouts against the Tigers!!! Because two games is indicative of anything!

      • Kramerica Industries

        Psh, really. What’s entirely relevant about wins over a 2nd place team?

        *ducks and covers*

  • Kramerica Industries

    Ok, I seriously couldn’t tell just now whether that was a replay or live-action.

    YES has been especially bad tonight with their cameras and transitioning.

    • forensic

      It’d the C-team production crew along with the C-team broadcast crew.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    David Waldstein
    ?@DavidWaldstein
    Was told Kuroda went back to New York to have tests for possible leg issue. Nova threw in bullpen and could start Friday if Kuroda can’t.

    ummmmmmm……

    • Dalek Jeter

      I…I am starting to hate 2013.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        Starting to?
        I’ve been there for a while now.

    • forensic

      Oh good, now it’s spreading to the starters (beyond Pettitte).

      • Wheels

        You knew it would.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        This is why, if we can multitask and pick up some pitching help, I’d be all for it.

        • forensic

          Eh, I’m past being willing to give up players for just about anything at this point. Just let Nova or Pineda fill in, if anything is even actually wrong.

  • Wheels

    David Adams!

  • Dalek Jeter

    DAVID ADAMS!!! Seriously, can Flash or Kenny get just a little bit excited, like about anything?!

  • forensic

    Two straight hits for Adams???

    It’s Armageddon!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Wang DFA’d.
    Cashman failed.

    • Get Phelps Up

      He better atone for his mistake by immediately claiming him off wavers.

    • forensic

      I’m shocked!!!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Any reports on what exactly went wrong those two starts? Was his diminished stuff just exposed after a couple of good starts?

      I still want the Yankee moment, so I’d be the sucker and take him back. Sure.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    AG!!!

  • Dalek Jeter

    Player of the Game: Alberto Gonzalez.

  • The Real Greg

    ALBERTO!

  • Wheels

    I know who is getting player of the game honors.

    • Dan in Athens

      Robbie?

      • Wheels

        hmm

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    AG’s 3 RBI today increased his season total to 3 RBI.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Bah, nevermind, he had 2 with the Cubs.

  • The Real Greg

    Brett now 2 for his last 13

    (ducks)

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      heh

  • Dalek Jeter

    Good baserunning by Gonzalez too!!

  • SDB

    ROBBIE!

  • Kramerica Industries

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    That ball was CRUSHED.
    Now it’s OK to jog, Robbie.

  • The Real Greg

    OH MY

  • Wheels

    Dontcha know!

  • forensic

    Cano likes playing these terrible AL Central teams. He destroyed the Indians earlier too.

    • The Real Greg

      So do the Yankees

      • Kramerica Industries

        Except the Tigers. :(

        If only the Twins owned the Tigers the way the Yankees own the Twins and the Tigers own the Yankees. This would help keep the Tigers out of the playoffs, and maybe help the Twins get to the playoffs more.

        • Get Phelps Up

          If the Indians hold on to their lead against the Royals the Tigers will actually be percentage points out of a playoff spot.

  • Dalek Jeter

    ROBBIE CANO JUST LAUNCHED IT

    and Flash is by far the most boring announcer ever. At least John and Suzyn are entertaining.

    • Wheels

      So agreed.

    • WhittakerWalt

      “If you’re a Robbie Cano, that’s right where you like the ball”

      “If you’re Alberto Gonzalez you’ve gotta be feeling pretty good about yourself.”

      “If you’re Phil Hughes you have to like your chances at a win tonight.”

      “If you’re Joe Girardi you want to get Mariano Rivera in this game any way you can.”

      • Dalek Jeter

        “If you’re a Yankee fan, you want to put your TV on mute when I’m broadcasting.”

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Basically what I’ve unintentionally done all night.

    • forensic

      The animal voiceovers on my 20-month-old’s iPad app are more entertaining than him.

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

    Damn Cano.

  • WhittakerWalt

    This is what I like to call a “stuart won’t be commenting tonight” kind of game thread.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      ietc

    • Get Phelps Up

      We may hear about ARod going 0-2 in his rehab game though…

  • The Real Greg

    Yasiel Puig is a man among boys

  • forensic

    It’s really annoying how often Flaherty says ‘We’ll see’.

    • Kramerica Industries

      and how every non-FB pitch is a “little” something.

    • WhittakerWalt

      “It’s really annoying how often Flaherty says ‘We’ll see’ anything.”

      • The Real Greg

        I laughed

  • Robinson Tilapia

    There’s is no ill a series against the Minnesota Twins can’t cure.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Wow. So the Orioles aren’t so invincible, I guess.

    Jeez. Better start turning around that 3-6 record this weekend. No excuse not to win at least two in the Bronx.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Well done Phil.

  • SDB

    Quality work, Phil.

  • Dalek Jeter

    I know where that Audi commercial was shot…you shouldn’t be test driving cars or driving that fast there…ever.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Did I miss anything in the thread thus far?

    • The Real Greg

      In the back of my Cadillac
      A wicked lady, sittin’ by my side, sayin’ ‘Where are we?’
      Stop at Third and Forty-three, exit to the night
      It’s gonna be ecstacy, this place was meant for me

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Well done.

    • WhittakerWalt

      The early predictions that we’d have a perfecto thrown against us were pretty hilarious.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Against the great Sam Deduno? How could you blame them?

  • Dan in Athens

    As a Hughes hater, I do have to admit he did a great job last 2 starts.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Petition to play the Twins 162 games a year.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Aye

  • forensic

    Singleton: “Almonte turning on the speed.”

    Camera shows Almonte breaking it down into second easily.

  • The Real Greg

    The Cavalcade of Cash and Prizes!

  • Wheels

    Sweet rocking chair

  • forensic

    That chair is absolutely hideous.

    Also, better not let his kids play near it…

    • Wheels

      They should send it to Cooperstown.

    • parmesan

      No way, the chair is amazing…it’s Man Cave gold! And creative as hell. Love it.

  • forensic

    Should somebody tell Singleton it’s the 8th inning, not the 9th, so no matter what Mo wouldn’t pitch?

  • Get Phelps Up

    Can we never have to play a team not based in Minnesota, Cleveland or Toronto ever again?

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I was born by the river in a little tent
    Oh and just like the river
    I’ve been running ever since
    It’s been a long, a long time coming
    But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

    It’s been too hard living but I’m afraid to die
    ‘Cause I don’t know what’s up there beyond the sky
    It’s been a long, a long time coming
    But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

    • The Real Greg

      Good song

  • forensic

    Is this one of those rare times where Mike can have the recap up immediately after a win instead of a loss?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I assume he has a basic boilerplate “Alberto Gonzalez is teh clutch” recap he can have ready in a few. Sure.

      • forensic

        Just gotta change the date on it from April 1st.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          April 1st, 2008, that is.

    • Dalek Jeter

      He might wait till Girardi talks about Kuroda in the postgame.

      • forensic

        Eh, that has its own post and it didn’t happen in this game. I doubt it really gets much of a mention, if at all.

  • Dalek Jeter

    When did Claiborne get demoted to mop up…like if this isn’t Warren’s job, what is?

    • The Real Greg

      With this shaky news about Kuroda, best to wait on Warren

      • Dalek Jeter

        David Waldstein
        ?@DavidWaldstein
        Regarding Kuroda, the early sense was that it wasn’t too serious. We’ll see what Girardi says.

        Not overly concerned yet…

        • The Real Greg

          Good, for now…

      • Dalek Jeter

        David Waldstein
        ?@DavidWaldstein
        Regarding Kuroda, the early sense was that it wasn’t too serious. We’ll see what Girardi says.

        Not overly concerned yet…

        • forensic

          We’ll see

          Did Flaherty hijack his twitter account?

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Happy 27th birthday, Lindsay Lohan.

    Flags fly forever.

    • Dalek Jeter

      I’d still hit it.

      /I’m desperate and lonely.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I’d douse myself in Purell and still hit it for sure. Like I said, flags fly forever.

        • nycsportzfan

          I’d go raw dog in the ass and post it on my facebook page.

        • forensic

          There isn’t enough Purell in the world for that.

    • Lukaszek

      Would not hit. Give me Mila Kunis or the handless Guatemalan girl from The Dictator

  • The Real Greg

    2 for 14!

    (covers)

  • Dalek Jeter

    It’s tough to keep my kid’s anyone’s attention, during Bingo ever.

    fify, Flash.

  • forensic

    I just noticed that in the Padres Minor Leagues there’s a player named Jose Jose.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Also a famous 70′s Latin pop star, believe it or not.

      Is this guy Felix’s son or something?

    • The Real Greg

      Had to look it up.

      He’s actually a pitcher in the D-Backs system, unless there are 2 Jose Jose’s

      http://www.baseball-reference......211;001jos

      • forensic

        Oops, yeah, that’s him. I was looking up Everth Cabrera (of the Padres) in his rehab game and didn’t notice Jose Jose was on the other team.

  • nycsportzfan

    We freaking own the twinkies! And thats not just when they suck.

    Kudos to Hughes for going through one of his consistent streaks(looks like it anyways), and giving the rotation a much needed GEM.

    As for the offense. 2 at the top of the order produce(ichiro and cano), and 2out the bottom produce(Adams and Gonzo).

    NICE!!

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

    In other news, the show is in less than two weeks (July 12 and 13), I still need to design the programs, and right now I’m networking frantically between people to try and get photos in to a reporter at a local paper before the night is out.

  • Roadgeek Adam

    The YES camera angles (SNY as well) have been a tad wacko lately..

  • nycsportzfan

    Was that Gonzo catch the 2nd best defensive play this yr for us, with Gardys rob HR being number 1?

    • forensic

      It’s too bad the games where Gardy had that catch didn’t really happen…

      • nycsportzfan

        Huh? Gardy Robbing Daniel Murphy didn’t happen?

        • forensic

          It’s hard to acknowledge the Yankees would actually get swept in 4 games against the Mets.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Jeez. The Preston Claiborne thing has started to no longer work, hasn’t it?

  • Wheels

    shit, c’mon

  • forensic

    About 2 weeks without pitching? Yup, sounds about right for Girardi and his long relievers.

    So of course he uses him in a spot to get one more out…

  • forensic

    Yeah, that was well worth it, Girardi. What a complete waste.

    • The Real Greg

      Not quite sure I understand the complaints.

      You wanted to see Warren, there you go.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Stop with this overmanaging, Joe.

    For the love of g-d, might as well bring in Mo to face Mauer if that’s what you were gonna do.

    • The Real Greg

      No save opp.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Hooray cheap saves for fantasy!!!–I mean god damnit Bullpen making the game interesting.

  • The Real Greg

    2 pitches 1 save

  • forensic

    Nice game! Could’ve done without the bullpen stuff at the end, but anyway…

  • Winter

    Guys, don’t you think it’s time they replace Hughes in the rotations with Nova? Our best pitcher is stuck with mop-up work!

    In case it wasn’t obvious… /s