Game 84: Keep It Going

A-Rod goes hitless in second minor league rehab game
Jagielo doubles twice in GCL win
(Hannah Foslien/Getty)
(Hannah Foslien/Getty)

The Yankees have secured themselves at least a split of this four-game series with the Twins, but a split isn’t good enough. They’ve got a very favorable schedule between now and the All-Star break, and they’ve got to take advantage given their poor play over the last month or so. Luckily, beating the Twins is something of a specialty. Here’s the lineup that will face right-hander P.J. Walters:

  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. SS Luis Cruz
  9. 3B David Adams

And on the mound is 2011 AL Pitcher of the Month for July, left-hander CC Sabathia. It would be cool if he repeated that performance this July.

Another clear and gorgeous night in Minneapolis, so they won’t have any trouble getting this game in. This one is scheduled to start at 8:10pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

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A-Rod goes hitless in second minor league rehab game
Jagielo doubles twice in GCL win
  • MannyGeee
  • The Real Greg

    2 for 15

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Ichiro has cooled off a bit.

    • The Real Greg

      4 for this last 16 or .250

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        0 for his last 1, or .000

        (or to be more broad, 5 for 22, .227)

        • The Real Greg

          I was agreeing with you, you know

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

            I was mocking you, you know

            • The Real Greg

              I figured. And I answered with logic to confuse you.

              • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

                3 for his last 7, or .429
                By your “logic”, Ichiro is on fire.

                • The Real Greg

                  Had to be fair and compare Ichiro and Gardner on same scale.

                  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

                    http://riveraveblues.com/2013/.....nt-6478867

                    I thought 7 AB’s was enough to judge?

                    • The Real Greg

                      When its an O for, yea it is.

                    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

                      lol

                    • MannyGeee

                      7ABs or one spot start is what legends are made of.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      “cooled off”

  • trr

    People bitch about Wells, but Hafner has been almost as bad

    • The Real Greg

      Yep and it’s even worse because Cashman seemed to have no other plan for the DH and Ibanez is raking in Seattle.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        Why would he have another plan for DH?

        • The Real Greg

          Hafner’s injury history. I mean Cashman signed him to be the DH primarily and it hasn’t really worked.

          No injuries forced him into the role.

          • MannyGeee

            ACTUALLY… He signed him to be the LH DH while simultaneously planning on Jeter to be back already and be the DH against lefties. But hey, we’re looking at the 4th string SS tonight, why wouldn’t we be down the other half of the DH platoon…

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

            He was supposed to be, and is, the primary DH.
            He’s definitely been disappointing.
            He should be able to bounce back.

            • trr

              For our sake, I hope so

    • Get Phelps Up

      Pronk-101 OPS+
      Vernon-72 OPS+

      • The Real Greg

        That’s what walks get you.

        • trr

          That’s pretty much the only difference. Gladly trade some of those walks for rbis

        • Get Phelps Up

          And like 60 points of SLG.

    • Dalek Jeter

      The big difference: for most of the season 1 has been used as strictly a LHH DH against RHP, the other (until very recently) has been used as an outfielder against all pitchers and was below average defensively if I’m being generous.

      • trr

        You are.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Jeez. Empty space tonight.

  • dkidd

    this is the only line-up in baseball where luis cruz bats higher than ninth (and yes, i’m including the national league)

    • The Real Greg

      I don’t know. Last year with the Dodgers, I think he batted 6th or maybe even 5th.

  • Dalek Jeter

    A facebook friend’s facebook friend is an open lesbian and her ‘cover photo’ is her holding a giant confederate flag. I’m so fucking confused.

    • trr

      Something will rise again?

      • Pseudoyanks

        I don’t think that’s what she said.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Zing!

        • MannyGeee

          NO… no, she certainly did not… but you could imagine what it would be like if she did, right? Right???

          Everybody on the bus!

          #BillyMadison

          • Dalek Jeter

            NO YELLING!!!!!!!!!!!

  • The Doctor

    Well that was about 50 feet over the wall. Lucky break.

  • Get Phelps Up

    I remember Morneau hitting a foul homer off CC in 2011 that Gardenhire got ejected for arguing with the replay.

    /random

  • http://frankmarcopolos.com ThisTimeFred

    With all the injuries, will the Yankees fire all the trainers?

    • The Doctor

      If every single player has major setbacks, yes. The initial injuries aren’t their faults.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        iirc, they fired a strength and conditioning coach due to a rash of leg muscle injuries a few years back.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Muscle injuries are preventable, and it’s the S&C coach’s job to design regiments to prevent them, it could be the Yankees felt he was pushing them too hard.

      • http://frankmarcopolos.com ThisTimeFred

        Isn’t there something to being a pro sports trainer where you have to advise athletes on workout routines, stretching, and how to best prevent injuries from occurring? Or do major leaguers each hire their own trainer these days?

    • Dalek Jeter

      Yeah, I can’t believe Stevey allowed Granderson to break his hand on not one, but two(!!) HBP! Or A-Rod to be born with an abnormally shaped hip! HOW DARE HE?!

      • http://frankmarcopolos.com ThisTimeFred

        Well, A-roid’s issues stem from being on steroids since high school, but I do see your point.

  • The Real Greg

    Oh Almonte, you just took that pitch.

  • Dalek Jeter

    So I found a tumblr dedicated to gifs from the TV show Archer organized by episode and separately by character and has basically every line from every episode in gif form. There is a God and he is just, and there is a Heaven and I’ve seen it.

    • trr

      So many people have never seen that show!

      • Dalek Jeter

        That is the saddest thing ever, because in my mind it is far and away the funniest show on television right now.

        • MannyGeee

          TRUTH

  • lightSABR

    Always a great half-inning when Chris Stewart’s groundout is the highlight…

  • trr

    Amazing that Stewart has only 13 ribbis

    • The Real Greg

      Well he’s a “meh” hitter and he’s batting in the black hole.

      • MannyGeee

        and NO ONE batting in front of him.

        • The Real Greg

          Or behind him for that matter.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          He’s had 102 runners on base in his PA’s.
          He’s managed to score only 10% of them.
          229/268/229 w/ RISP will hurt anybody’s RBI total.

          • MannyGeee

            Well, I neglected to mention that he sucks ass on top of this. How many of those 102 were in scoring position, just for fun?

            • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

              According to BRef: 52 on first, 29 on second, 19 on third
              (only adds up to 100)

              • MannyGeee

                OK, so he plated 10 of 48 in RISP. Thats a .230 clip, which is in line with a light hitting catcher batting 9th in front of the likes of Don Francisco and David Adams…

                Not excusing him from sucking ass with the lumber, just adding some perspective.

          • The Real Greg

            How many on third with less than two outs?

            Just curious

            • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

              He’s 6/14 getting the runner in from 3rd, <2 outs.

  • The Real Greg

    This ump is bad. Bad call to Walters and a bad call to CC

  • Dalek Jeter

    CC’s getting hit a little hard for my liking…

    • Dalek Jeter

      Even the outs have been a bit too hard for me to feel awesome about this game. Hopefully the offense forgets that they’re this offense for one more night at least.

  • The Real Greg

    Seeing how feeble CC has been, it amazes me that he dominated the Boston Red Sox in that start.

    • MannyGeee

      feeble is a strong word…

      • Dalek Jeter

        God I love the English language.

        • The Real Greg

          Ever heard Stephen Fry speak? My goodness what a mind.

          • SDB

            Possibly my favorite Fry video.

            More fun to watch than the Twinkies’ hitters.

            • The Real Greg

              Here’s mine. Speaking of language…

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSyIhapMdI8

              • Dalek Jeter

                Every word in this video, and every book in the history of written modern english is simply a composition of 26 letters. Think about that.

          • Dalek Jeter

            He’s a god damned genius.

      • The Real Greg

        I’m open to better words.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Shaky?

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Gardner is downright frigid.

    • The Real Greg

      Especially considering that pitch should have been clobbered.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Wow, the Astros FINALLY scored a run against the Rays! It only took like 20 innings, but alas…

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    CC looks like shit so far.

    • The Real Greg

      And yet, so dominant against the AL’s best offense. Just maddening.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Terrible communication between Zolio and Gardner there…

  • WhittakerWalt

    Is CC getting squeezed?

    • Anderson Silva

      no, he’s consistently hitting the middle of the plate and getting hammered

      • WhittakerWalt

        Eh, Sterling said he thought the 2-2 pitch to Dozier was a strike. I never know with him, though.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    wtf

  • Dalek Jeter

    Welcome to the Yankees. Please leave Mr. Cruz.

  • The Real Greg

    LOL Luis Cruz

  • Anderson Silva

    great no-bat, all glove SS they got..

  • Kramerica Industries

    Oh what the fuck?

    Way to introduce yourself to the team.

  • 28 this year

    Did Nunez come back?

  • The Real Greg

    No Brains Cashman strikes again

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      ?

      • The Real Greg

        Should have kept Martin
        Should have kept Ibanez
        Should have drafted better
        etc.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          Not sure how any of those relate to Cruz (the backup to the backup to the backup to the backup).
          Should have kept Martin.
          There was no reason to think Ibanez would hit anywhere near the way he has so far this year. (though I thought a DH who couldn’t play a position in any circumstance was a bad choice)
          Should have drafted better.

          • The Real Greg

            Yeah the Ibanez thing is probably the most hindsight of any of those points.

            I still think they should trade for him.

            • Get Phelps Up

              You know, he has a CAREER high SLG at age 41. It would be dumb to expect that to keep up all season. If and when he stops hitting all those homers, he’s useless.

              • The Real Greg

                The slugging percentage might regress, but the right field porch might negate that. Remember, Seattle is tough to hit home runs in, even with the moved in fences.

              • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

                Yeah, I’d pass.
                I wouldn’t expect him to be anymore the rest of the season than he was last year. I really wouldn’t be surprised if Hafner outhit Ibanez over the rest of the season.
                If they are going to upgrade DH, they need to find somebody likely to be well above average at the plate for the rest of the season. I don’t think Ibanez is that guy.

              • MannyGeee

                Lest we forget last season he had a super hot April & May, went on holiday for a better part of the summer and came back with the stick in September/October. We could be so lucky to have that same trajectory with Pronk.

                The last grizzly veteran they held on a year too long was Andruw Jones and we all know how that ended… In the Far East. Its better to cut bait a year too early than a year too late in these situations

                • The Real Greg

                  Except with this squad, they might not be an October

                  • MannyGeee

                    With ANY squad, there might not be an October. Go ask the off-season champion Dodgers and Blue Jays.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Luis Cruz is here for his glove?

    • MannyGeee

      Nope, just the next warm body off the waiver wire. Just so happens that his reputation proceeded him, and just blew up in his face a touch

  • Frank

    That error by Cruz aside, Sabathia has nothing this game.

    • Anderson Silva

      You mean this year. I was just looking at B-Ref and he has an ERA+ of 98, so he’s currently below average.

      • WhittakerWalt

        He still has plenty of people making excuses for him, though.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Mariano’s best gift so far was the gold “Enter Sandman” from Cleveland. No other gift will compete with that all season.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Outs would be nice.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Ploufferz.

  • The Real Greg

    Ichiro showing Luis Cruz how it’s done

  • http://frankmarcopolos.com ThisTimeFred

    Crooked Cap could stand to shed a few el-bees.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Fucking Sterling. The way he described that play I thought it was a sac fly.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    How does CC look tonight?

    • TomH

      He got out of that inning well enough, but for most of the rest of the game, he’s seemed very hittable. A lot of really well-tagged balls. In some ways, the New Model CC.

  • Kramerica Industries

    That inning could’ve been a lot worse.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Not a terrible inning all things considered.

  • The Real Greg

    Is it possible to pitch well and pitch badly in the same start? Cause CC is kind of doing that right now

  • Bo Knows

    Can’t watch the Yankees(Don’t have yes) , but on the Mets/D-Backs game there is a 26 yr old as the home plate ump. I always thought you had to be old and blind to be an MLB ump.

  • nsalem

    Mussina and Brown I think

  • WhittakerWalt

    Luis Cruz will get that run back with his bat, don’t you worry.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Trivia, I’m going to say Moose and Brown.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Welp, I missed the question.

      • Dalek Jeter

        2004 2 Yankees got their 200th win in back to back games, who were they. Brown and Moose were the only guys on the team A. Good enough to have gotten 200 wins and B. Pitched long enough.

        • WhittakerWalt

          I try to block out the Kevin Brown part. I can honestly say I don’t remember anything about any of his starts while he was a Yank.

          • Dalek Jeter

            His only appearance I remember is a blow out he came in the 8th or 9th inning.

            • MannyGeee

              The only thing I clearly remember about the Kevin Brown era is how shockingly similar he looked like the Bug in Men in Black.

  • WhittakerWalt

    And there goes Suzyn Waldman making excuses for Cruz. “It’s not fair, he hasn’t played in two weeks, he was DFA.”
    Always an excuse.

  • The Real Greg

    Raul would have probably crushed that

    • Dalek Jeter

      *clears throat* FALLACY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • The Real Greg

        No. The word “probably” negates the fallacy.

        Language.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Nah, he’s 2 for his last 12. He’s cooled off a bit.

      • The Real Greg

        Need to max it to 15 for comparison

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          Fine. 3 for his last 15.

          • The Real Greg

            .200

            Cool but still better than Brett who is 2 for 16

      • MannyGeee

        Well played Mauer

  • Anderson Silva

    being shut down by PJ Walters has got to be a new low

    • WhittakerWalt

      Jeremy Bonderman. Chris Capuano. Dillon Gee.

      • The Real Greg

        Actually not Gee because since that start against the Yankees, he has gone 3-1 with a 2.73 ERA

    • The Real Greg

      The Yankees have maxed out their runs for this week.

  • TomH

    What else should she say? “He’s a bum, fine example of the trash Brian is bringing in?” or words to such effect?

    What she did say, sounds entirely reasonable.

  • Dalek Jeter

    sigh…1 hit though 4 against a guy who in his last two outings combined has gone 3.2 innings and allowed 12 ER.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Suzyn likes his ability to be effective without throwing hard. Riiiight. I’m sure it has nothing to do with facing this lineup.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Free baserunners, here you go.

  • nsalem

    Great trap opportunity right there.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Defensive Catcher!

    • The Real Greg

      Huh?

      • Dalek Jeter

        The ball, right to his glove, that got away and he grabbed at it a good 4 times before picking it up on the strike out.

  • http://frankmarcopolos.com ThisTimeFred

    Why is 1 of the 2 NY Yankee radio broadcasters a Boston Red Sox fan with a thick, Bawston accent?

  • Dalek Jeter

    Why is Jim Joyce still in baseball?

    • The Real Greg

      Because he took responsibility for his bad call while other haven’t.

      By the way, that was the right call

      • Dalek Jeter

        Not saying it wasn’t, but he’s like the poster child for bad umpiring and blown calls.

  • MannyGeee

    Going for another three fingers of scotch at this pace.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Sabathia’s command has simply not been fully there tonight.

  • The Real Greg

    This has doom written all over it

    • The Real Greg

      But CC rewrites the script

    • Rolling Doughnut

      To a hammer everything is a nail I guess

  • MannyGeee

    81 pitches and not through the 4th, and just walked 2 guys he has no business walking. Shaky is a good word here…

  • MannyGeee

    Tulo and Evereth can’t come off the DL soon enough… Alexi is KILLING my FBB team right now.

  • The Real Greg

    Stewart has had crappy luck here. 3 hard hit balls all right at people

    • WhittakerWalt

      Probably makes up for all the hits he gets that bounce off of fielder’s gloves.

  • http://frankmarcopolos.com ThisTimeFred

    Suzyn Waldman: The Mexican Leagues are in Mexico. Huh.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Oh motherfucker.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Wow.

  • SDB

    Thanks John. I didn’t need that.

  • nsalem

    Brown was not on the team in 2003 John.

  • The Real Greg

    Classic Yankees getting BaBIP fucked game

    • The Real Greg

      Plus I should add that they’ve never faced Walters before so there’s that factor going against them.

      • Mikhel

        And came into the game with a 16.00 ERA in his past 3 games, 9.37 ERA in his past 4 games; typical below average pitcher who shut-outs the NYY “offense”.

        • The Real Greg

          Well….

  • WhittakerWalt

    Dear God, I hope someone was recording that radio broadcast. Because that was quite possibly the worst pbp of Sterling’s career.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Figures.

  • The Real Greg

    Brett is no Arcia

  • Dalek Jeter

    Gardner with a Granderson like route.

    • WhittakerWalt

      I think Sterling thought it was going to be caught, because when it was hit he said “Goodbye Mark” to Feinsand as if that ended the inning.

  • Frank

    Walters’ last 3 starts- 0-3 and a 16.00 ERA. Yanks lineup making him look like Cy Young.

    • The Real Greg

      Do I have to pull the surprised question again?

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

        Here’s a fun fact for you, Greg. You seem to not realize this: You NEVER have to pull the surprised question. Ever. That’s entirely you. Sometimes, people can be frustrated with a bad offense even though we know they’re bad. Asking people “Are you surprised?” every time is NEVER, ever some you have to do. It just makes you sound like a dick.

  • The Real Greg

    This is as about as close a shitty good start as you can get, especially if he goes 6.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Damn. I thought that was gone.

    Still, gotta get this game tied right here.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Ichiro!!!

    They have to be able to score here, right?

  • Dalek Jeter

    Robbie: hit the ball hard and in the air please. Or if they want to walk you let them walk you.

  • Dalek Jeter

    God damnit Robbie. What are you swinging at there 1-1?!?!?!

  • Dan

    It seems like every single Robinson Cano at bat starts with him taking a called strike 4 seem fastball at the knees. I’d love to see him drive one one day.

    • DavidAdamsIsGod

      He’s the hottest hitter in the history of human civilization…and people still complain

      • Dan

        Not complaining. Just curious that he takes the first pitch for a strike so often. And it’s even more curious that is very often a very hittable fastball as well.

  • Dalek Jeter

    ROBBIE IS EN FUEGO!!!!!!!!

  • The Real Greg

    Hanging breaking ball. 2-2

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Good Robbie is so fun to watch hit.

  • SDB

    Attaboy, Robbie.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Robbie is fucking LOCKED IN.

    Excellent. Time to take this game by the horns.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Zolio is going to Zoil Gardenhire’s plan here.

  • The Real Greg

    Bet you he goes with the lefty

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

    Man, the Twins suck.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Bah. Stupid Orioles took an 8th inning lead.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Good situational hitting by Loverbay!

  • The Real Greg

    There’s another clutch RBI for Overbay

  • Get Phelps Up

    Nice hustle there by the Lazy Dominican…

    • Mikhel

      He is not lazy, the world just happens to be a little bit faster than him.

      • Dalek Jeter

        /sloth’d

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    CC’s been shaky all game and just had to sit through a relatively long half inning.
    That doesn’t bode well for a shutdown inning.

    I hope I’m wrong.

    • The Real Greg

      I don’t know if he finishes the inning

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Well done, CC. Aside from the fielding, anyways.

  • Duh Injuries

    The Yanks should do this in the offseason in this order:

    – Trade Sabathia to an N.L. team for three starting pitching prospects a team would give up for him thinking they’re getting over on the Yankees.

    – Re-sign Kuroda to a one-year $20M contract he’d take ($5M raise.)

    – Re-sign Chamberlain to a one-year $2.8125M contract (1.5X his 2013 salary) on the condition he reports to AAA to start the season there to build up his arm to be a starting pitcher again. He can opt out the day after Game 81 / the first half of the season.

    – Offer Hughes a one-year $14M qualifying offer ($150K shy of double his 2013 salary) so they’re committed to him for only one year if he accepts the offer or they get a draft pick if he declines the offer.

    – Offer Pettitte a minor-league contract where he makes $7M if he makes the team. He is too old and injury-prone to give a guaranteed contract to, so he’d have to show he’s healthy enough as well as good enough to get paid. If he thinks he can get a guaranteed contract elsewhere (either Texas team), more power to him. If he still wants to pitch after this season and wants to be at home for 90 games since he’d play nine more games in Texas if he signed with Texas or re-signed with Houston, he’d probably sign with either Texas team regardless of what the Yanks do (make him an offer or let him go.)

    The 2014 Yankees rotation after Kuroda could be four from Hughes, Pettitte, Nova, Nuno, Warren, Chamberlain, Marshall (seven homegrown pitchers), Pineda, and the three Sabathia trade acquisitions (four trade acquisitions) for ELEVEN under control, no risk to low risk, inexpensive save Hughes (and Pettitte if you consider $7M expensive – I don’t), young save Pettitte options for the rotation, and who says the Yanks couldn’t sign and/or trade for anyone?

  • Eddard

    Robbie’s back up to .300. Looks like the Twins were just what the offense needed.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Wow…if he had made contact there it would’ve been a double down the line.

  • Dan

    When both players are locked in, who’s a better hitter–Robbie Cano or Miguel Cabrera? (Remember–when they’re locked in, not over the course of the season)

    • nsalem

      Cabrera

    • Dalek Jeter

      Miggy, he’s got just a tad more power.

  • The Real Greg

    There’s strike 4

  • Kramerica Industries

    Jeez, C.C.

    Really should’ve just let Adams play that.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    That’s the 3rd baseman’s play, jackass.

  • The Real Greg

    And that’s Adams’s ball

  • The Real Greg

    BUT NICE TURN TO COUNTER

  • Dalek Jeter

    After seeing those replays I don’t think Cano had the ball and the base at the same time at any point on that play.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      neighborhood play…in a big neighborhood.

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

      Yeah, I agree. That was a bad call.

    • The Real Greg

      The neigborhood play. A classic.

  • Dalek Jeter

    The Ford Escape: The perfect car for Grand Theft??

  • SDB

    White Sox have the tying runs on base. Can I dream?

    • Kramerica Industries

      No.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Wow. I cannot agree with Sabathia still being out there with the way he has labored.

    • The Real Greg

      He had a quick 6th inning though, so that’s why he’s still there

  • nsalem

    I like leaving CC in First Guess

  • The Real Greg

    Could be his last batter regardless

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

    How is CC still in this game?

    Let the records show I said this before any runs were scored, lest people (*cough* Greg *cough*) say it’s 20/20 hindsight later.

    • nsalem

      I think he’s the best option win or lose

  • Dalek Jeter

    When they’ve hit the ball they’ve hit it hard, but CC’s final line isn’t going to look too bad…

    • The Real Greg

      DON’T SAY THAT NOW

      • Dalek Jeter

        LOUD NOISES

  • Kramerica Industries

    Man, Jake McGee’s just a lot more prone to giving up big hits this year, isn’t he?

    Chris Carter just destroyed a baseball. 4-1 Astros.

  • SDB

    If anyone here has mlb.tv, turn to the Rays/Astros game (Houston just took the lead) – that’s one of the bigger home runs I’ve seen in a while.

  • The Real Greg

    And the Sox get a walkoff homer by Jonny Gomes over San Diego

  • Archimedes

    Another walk-off for the Red Sox and their stellar off-season signings . . .

    • nsalem

      Sox are headed west. Let’s see how they do ot there.

      • The Real Greg

        Agreed. And they are getting the Angels as they are hot.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Are you fucking kidding me with this shit? Did Gomes punt the helmet again?

      This Red Sox stuff is getting pretty damn nauseating. I guess after last year, their fortunes were going to return to the good side.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Heehee, Sabathia finally fielding one cleanly right there.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Shaky most of the game, but I’ll take 7/2 all day.

    • nsalem

      Shaky I disagree. Maybe not dominant, but not shaky.

  • Dalek Jeter

    7IP 2ER 7H 3BB 9K’s? I’ll take that 162 games a year.

    • SDB

      … but… velo?

      • Dalek Jeter

        92-94 all game, still hitting 92/93 in the 7th at ~120 pitches? Not a problem for me.

        • SDB

          Actually, if you listen to Ma and Pa now, a lot of credit should go to Stewart for how he’s handling the pitching staff.

          (At least they’re done moaning about the fastball speed.)

  • Kramerica Industries

    I still refuse to believe the Red Sox are a legit .600 win percentage caliber team.

    • The Real Greg

      Hey the Pirates are a .622 winning percentage team and it might go up tonight.

    • Frank

      RS have a good offensive team. Pitching is a ?. Plus they have talent in the minors they can trade to get better.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        If they can add a big starter, they’ll be very dangerous.

      • SDB

        Offense like Jose Iglesias, BA .409.

        They have a bunch of guys like him and Nava in incredibly hot streaks. I just don’t see that lasting.

        • Kramerica Industries

          Nava has started to regress of late, though.

          What’s freaky here is that they continue to roll off the W’s despite Buchholz not even being in the rotation. It’s absolutely mind-boggling. That’s not exactly a stellar pitching staff without Buchholz.

          • The Real Greg

            And another weird thing.

            They are under the AL average in home runs with 87 (including tonight)

        • Get Phelps Up

          And Iglesias has a .470 BABIP.
          I also don’t think Mike Carp is a true talent 172 wrc+ hitter.

  • Frank

    I’ll give it to CC. Mediocre first 5 innings, threw a lot of pitches. But he got the lead and locked it down. Good job.

  • Dalek Jeter

    F’ off Hicks. If we were losing I’d be more upset, but w/e.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Cano has really cooled off.

    • The Real Greg

      Robbery doesn’t count

      • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

        Damn you, beat me to it.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Cano cooling off…

    That’s right, I waited all game for Cano to make an out so I could make that comment.

    • The Real Greg

      Look up

      • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

        Ruined my whole evening :(

  • Frank

    Gotta say the Twins keep coming up with good OFs. Span, Revere, Gomez, and now Hicks and Arcia.

    • The Real Greg

      Torri Hunter

      • Frank

        I meant within just the last 5 years. Of course Hunter. Yanks need to find out their secret.

        • The Real Greg

          And if you go back further, Puckett and bat guys like Hrbek and Gaetti

          • nsalem

            and Lyman Bostock and Tony Oliva

            • The Real Greg

              Rod Carew and of course Harmon Killebrew.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Also bat first guys out there like Kubel and Cuddyer.

      • Frank

        Agree. It’s quite amazing if you really think about it.

        • Dalek Jeter

          What’s crazy to me is they’ve traded or lost most of these guys to free agency and haven’t been able to build anything in their stead.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Gomez was originally from the Mets system, and he only has blossomed with the Brewers.

      Sorry for the nitpick. I couldn’t resist.

  • nycsportzfan

    I don’t care how we win or by what score. Just win baby!

    Cano is the only guy who can look like a 5yr 50mill dollar guy for 2months and then instantly go to a 7yr 147million dollar guy in 2wks. That dude is fucking raking!

    • The Doctor

      He isn’t the only one, many players are like this. You just only notice it with Canó because you watch the Yankees.

      • Dalek Jeter

        This, very few guys are Miggy where it seems like they hit .340 all year. Most great players will be hot and cold and hot and cold over the course of the season. Case in Point, in 2004 Jeter hit .292/.352/.471 for the season but was like 0-24 or some insane number for a large chunk of April. Another perfect example is Hamilton before this season, he’d look like Mickey Mantle fused with Babe Ruth for a month and then look replacement level for a month.

        • Kramerica Industries

          0-32, actually. He went scalding hot almost immediately afterwards.

  • The Real Greg

    Wait a minute. Ibanez is 1-4. No longer cool.

    /kidding

  • The Real Greg

    Cody Ross just hit a 3 run homer off Matt Harvey and the D-backs take a 3-2 lead.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Three straight nights for Mo.

    With only a one run lead, and Mauer looming if there’s any baserunners, this isn’t the most ideal of circumstances…

    • The Real Greg

      Meh, he threw 2 pitches last night.

    • nsalem

      don’t worry

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    I just noticed that not only is A-Rod going 0 for 2 in his second rehab game a front page ESPN headline, but there’s a “Reax” story on the front page as well.

    The main story informs me that A-Rod “isn’t panicking about his slow start — yet.” The guy has 0 hits in 4 entire at bats, what’s not to panic about??

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      He’s cooled off a bit.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Easiest way to get page grabs or sell papers? Tell people how horrible Alex Rodriguez is and how you should hate him and how he’s bad and should feel bad.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    nice play

  • SDB

    Dammit, not the bloops again.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Jeez, another bloop shot against Mo.

    There haven’t been enough of those recently.

  • Kramerica Industries

    One out left to get.

    Gonna have to earn it against Mauer.

  • Dalek Jeter

    A WINNING STREAK

  • Kramerica Industries

    Beautiful.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Nice win.
    Keep getting fat on the Twins.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Back in 3rd place!

  • Karl Krawfid

    200 wins for big CC right?

    • The Real Greg

      Correct

  • The Real Greg

    BUT WAIT!

    You can’t win games in the American League scoring 3 runs…..?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Not consistently, no.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Three in a row in Minnesota? Ya darn tootin!

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    That was a great match-up at the end. Look at that… 3 straight wins. Love them Twins.

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

    Man, the Twins REALLY suck.