Game 89: Start A New Streak

Update: Yankees have interest in Justin Ruggiano
Jeter plays five innings in latest rehab game
So this is where the Yankees are at right now, in case you were unsure. (Presswire)
So this is where the Yankees are at right now, in case you were wondering. (Presswire)

The six-game winning streak is over and that’s fine, it was bound to happen eventually. I guess it’s comforting to know they were only a rare Mariano Rivera blown save away from making it seven straight. I dunno, not really.

Anyway, there are seven games left before the All-Star break, and the Yankees will play all seven of them at home against teams with losing records. It’s like the baseball gods gifted them a chance to go into the break on a high note after such a turbulent first half. The Yankees have to take advantage of that opportunity now though, nothing else will be handed to them. Here’s the lineup Joe Girardi is sending out there against noted Yankees-hunter* Jeremy Guthrie:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. LF Zoilo Almonte
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. DH Travis Hafner
  5. RF Vernon Wells
  6. 1B Travis Ishikawa
  7. 3B Luis Cruz
  8. SS Alberto Gonzalez
  9. C Austin Romine

And on the mound with an extra day of rest is right-hander Phil Hughes. Like most pitchers, he’s allowed fewer runs with an extra day (4.03 ERA and 4.43 FIP) than on a normal schedule (4.92 ERA and 4.20 FIP) throughout his career.

It has cooled off just a tiny bit in New York, but it’s still pretty damn hot and humid. There’s actually some rain in the forecast a little later tonight, nothing really substantial but maybe enough to bring the tarp out at some point. I hope not. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Roster Move: As expected, David Adams have been optioned down to Triple-A Scranton to clear a 25-man roster spot for Ishikawa. He was claimed off waivers yesterday and will be the 25th different position player to play for the Yankees this year. That’s the most in the big leagues. /sobs

* A whopping 16.1% of Guthrie’s career hit batsmen have come against the Yankees in 7.2% of his total innings pitched. He always seems to hit one or two of ‘em a start.

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  • King George

    Let’s get it, boys! New streak time!

    • trr

      +1

  • Dalek Jeter

    With 4 full days off just a week away, I don’t understand resting guys. With this chance to actually gain some ground against weaker opponents the lineup should be:

    Gardner CF
    Ichiro RF
    Almonte LF
    Cano 2B
    Hafner DH
    Nunez SS
    Ishikawa/Overbay 1B
    Cruz 3B
    Romine/Stewart C

    Until the All Star Break.

    • The Real Greg

      Ichiro: .281/.303/.438 career against Guthrie
      Wells: .310/.341/.534 career

      including: .316/.316/.4212 his last 3 years, his “sucky” years

      • Dalek Jeter

        19 plate appearances are about as useful as an ashtray after you’ve quit smoking.

        • The Real Greg

          Hey you’re talking to the man who called Brett Gardner’s cool streak at 7 or 8 at bats

    • Look

      Look at that lineup……..just another collection of crap and they just keep adding crap hoping they will find that one gem. Here is an idea GO GET EVERY DAY PLAYERS!

  • The Real Greg

    Phil’s career against the Royals is not good. Let’s see if he continues his run of good play

  • Zach

    No room for error for Hughes tonight.

    Yankees’ four through six:

    Hafner .224 BA
    Wells .233 BA
    Ishikawa .118 BA
    Cruz .140 BA
    Gonzalez .212 BA
    Romine .136 BA

    Only three batters in the lineup are batting over .235. Ouch

  • Wheels

    Ishikawa wearing Jimmy Key’s old number.

  • Mick taylor

    Ishikawa is somemore dreck. Cashman needsto go get a major league hitter even Randy Ruiz would be better

    • trr

      Mick, this might be the first time I agree with you-

  • JAG

    I definitely read the bottom of the post as “David Adams was claimed off waivers” and was really confused.

  • The Real Greg

    Let the slide continue for Brett

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    I blame Cano for that HR.

    • Karl Krawfid

      Damn ya beat me to it.

  • The Real Greg

    You could call that from the pitch location

  • vicki

    of

    course.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Thanks Cano.

  • Dalek Jeter

    So. Much. Dead. Air.

  • The Real Greg

    That was a hanger.

  • The Real Greg

    And another hanger and another run.

    • trr

      More hangers than a closet

  • trr

    Phuckin’ Phil

  • Egg Ale, There

    Not looking like a good night for Hughes. First inning offense wasn’t great either. Really hope we can keep the momentum through to the ASB, would be a shame if we didn’t take advantage of this schedule.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Hi, Phil Hughes.

  • Frank

    Why am I not surprised that Hughes is the cure to the Royals’ hitting woes.

  • your mom

    Nice to see that shitty Hughes is on the mound tonight.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      He was about due for another stinker.

  • The Real Greg

    The best way to get over yesterday’s loss was to show who’s boss in this game. So far, not doing that

  • trr

    2 runs seems like a big deficit with this lineup.

  • The Real Greg

    And the decision to start Wells pays immediate dividends

  • Dalek Jeter

    The announcers are crazy!! #TooManyHomers is a bad thing. They need scrappy guys like Ishy, Ichy, Nunie, Nixie, and Stewie! We need to build runs!!! Because small ball runs are worth double and the 3-run homer isn’t the right way to play the game.

  • Dalek Jeter

    The announcers are crazy!! #TooManyHomers is a bad thing. They need scrappy guys like Ishy, Ichy, Nunie, Nixie, and Stewie! We need to build runs!!! Because small ball runs are worth double and the 3-run homer isn’t the right way to play the game.

  • The Real Greg

    And Ishikawa is dreck.

  • dkidd

    2013 = hardest Sporcle quiz in history

  • The Real Greg

    Cruz has been BaBIP cursed ever since coming here. There’s another hard hit ball

    • dkidd

      i’m in socal and saw a ton of cruz last year. really like him and think he could stick around as a skinny luis sojo

    • trr

      Seems That way, he’s hitting the ball pretty hard

    • Lukaszek

      Definitely, he had two extra base hits taken away by gold glove worthy plays

  • Mick taylor

    Ishikawameans garbage in japanese

  • Egg Ale, There

    This dude pitching for the Royals looks like a right-handed Greg Maddux against this lineup.

    • The Real Greg

      Ummmmm. Greg Maddux was right handed.

  • Betty Lizard

    I do not watch Phil Hughes.

  • trr

    Ishikawa is a stiff. Doesn’t even bat RH; why did we pick him up again?.

    • The Real Greg

      Because Brian Cashman has an ego the size of Rex Ryan before his surgery and thinks that he can get any player to play for them and turn to gold.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        Ummmmm, yeah, that’s clearly it.

        • The Real Greg

          That’s what Mike said at least when he ranted. To an extent

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    So is Ishikawa just a one day thing to give Overbay a day off before the AS break? Or is he going to stick around to fill a role that doesn’t make much sense?

    • Dalek Jeter

      From team that carried 13 pitchers for two weeks and has carried multiple injured players for days at a time only to put them on the DL? I’d say he’s around for at least 2 weeks, if not through the trade deadline.

      • The Real Greg

        If he’s here through the deadline, then the Yankees have thrown in the towel.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        I’m hoping he’s just a temporary placeholder for Russ Canzler.
        Or somebody good.

    • trr

      I can’t figure it out…..

    • Winter

      The Yankees were essentially carrying four defense-first infielders: Adams, Nix, Gonzalez and Cruz. Nunez replaced Nix, but even carrying three of those types + Nunez doesn’t really make sense. Obviously a right-handed 1B would be better, but anyone who can hit of the bench is an improvement. Think, before bringing in Ishikawa, the Yankees only potential pinch hitter was whichever of Hafner/Wells wasn’t starting that day.

      • Dalek Jeter

        While he’s an improvement offensively than the guys listed…he’s still at best a below average hitter.

  • The Real Greg

    Looking like a genius right now

  • Wheels

    Wtf was that Ishikawa?

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Can somebody at least make an effort to field the ball?

  • Egg Ale, There

    This color guy, against the Royals, for a 4-game series. Two of the worst offenses in the league. There is going to be lots of boring this week.

    • vicki

      i would’ve gone with ethereal egg.

      • Egg Ale R. There

        I like it, tho I usually try to avoid having so many letters in their original order.

        • vicki

          aha. and i anagrammed it off your tag without the second R.

          how about He Get Larger?

          Leg-Gatherer?

  • Dalek Jeter

    Any PS3 people here? If so, have you played The Last of Us? If so, just how good is it?

    • BigBlueAL

      Have read great reviews on it. Will most likely pick it up on Black Friday when Walmart will probably sell it for like 25 bucks lol. Black Friday at Walmart really is a great day to buy games.

      • Dalek Jeter

        The reviews have been incredible…I’m just wondering if it’s worth splurging on when I still have a game and a half of Mass Effect left to play through.

        • BigBlueAL

          I just started to play the 2 extra GTA IV episodes lol. Figured Id get back into it before GTA V comes out in September. Also still have to get God of War Ascension.

    • Leg-End

      It’s as good as they say it is, best of game of this current console gen.

      • BigBlueAL

        Game I bought solely based on great reviews was Red Dead Redemption. Didnt regret it, that was one great game to play.

  • WhittakerWalt

    This Yankees lineup is the opposite of scary.

  • The Real Greg

    Snore and FAILURE.

    It’s so bad that I’m becoming a troll.

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

      You are a troll. You’ve been one for awhile.

  • Egg Ale R. There

    Meredith has to talk so fast to finish her spiel before the inning is over with this lineup. Half innings last what, 90 seconds?

    • WhittakerWalt

      Crappy hittes make out quickly. One would think they might try putting together scrappy ABs at least, but nope.

      • WhittakerWalt

        *hitters

  • ExitCashman

    Took Ishikawa from O’s because they took Dickerson from us. Bad GM blood. Now we’re aiming for Josh Thole from the Jays because they stole Wang.

    Of course, we’ll just end up sending a couple of good prospects to the Phillies for Michael Young.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Doesn’t sound likely per Mike’s note in the post, but I wouldn’t mind if this game never reached official status, with the way this game is going so far.

  • Capo

    If I never hear Michael Kay say “SPANKED” with such vigor again, it’ll be too soon.

  • BigBlueAL

    I am always amazed at how Hughes could miss his target by so much on such a consistent basis. At least 2 or 3 times per inning the catcher will setup inside/outside and Hughes will throw it to the complete opposite side. Uncanny.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Delay time!

  • Kramerica Industries

    And now the rain delay.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Worst part about a rain delay? John and Suzyn seem to think this is an ideal time to work on their standup act. Two less funny people have never appeared on the radio together.

  • Egg Ale R. There

    Kay’s total disgust toward that saxophone sound has been the only interesting thing tonight.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Well it’s not raining here. :)

    Hey, this gets the humidity even further out of here, as well as Jeremy Guthrie….we hope.

  • Eddard

    Who’s more inept, the Yankee FO or the Yankee grounds crew? Pull the tarp on the field!

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

    Maybe, if we’re REALLY lucky, the game will have to be restarted!

  • stuart a

    offense looks on fire tonight.

    i mean the lineup is a disaster to start and Ishiro, stewart, and Overbay sit.

    Understand Stewart sitting the guy may breakdown but Icciro sitting.

    Rainout is our best chance tonight unless Cano goes wild…

    • WhittakerWalt

      Didn’t see much of you during the 6-game winning streak. I wonder why that is?

  • stuart a

    check out the thumpers on the left side of the infield.

    cruz and gonzalez, WOW…

  • Get Phelps Up

    So if this game gets postponed and we play a doubleheader, I wonder if we’ll see Pineda make a start.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Moot point now…

  • Mick taylor

    A lineup of Cruz romine almonte Gonzalez ishikawa is an insult to Yankee fans given what they pay to see games.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    9:10 restart, so about an hour delay. Is that long enough to get the starters out of the game?

    • stuart a

      hughes is toast for sure…

  • stuart a

    Mick Taylor. Their option is what?

    They have how many guys hurt? Youkilis, aroid, granderson, cervelli, nix, jeter, and on and on.

    it is called a 25 man roster, they can’t store premium players for a rainy day.

    stop whining and come up with a legitimate option instead of simply whining like another spoiled Yankee fan…WHo has no sense of reality… Horace Clarke, Steve Balboni, Fritz Peterson, etc.

  • SDB

    Meanwhile, Texas takes the lead against Baltimore. Good stuff. Hope they can pile it on.

    (And I may never cheer as loudly for Felix as I will tonight.)

  • Kramerica Industries

    Well, I guess here we go.

    Hope the rain delay re-jiggered this offense. Rescue the win tonight. Dropping a home series opener to the Royals would be pretty abysmal.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Robbie is the only Yankee to homer in the last 11 games?

    That’s pretty disgusting.

    • nycsportzfan

      Wow!

  • BigBlueAL

    Cano is the only Yankee with a HR in the last 11 games?? Holy crap that is pathetic.

    • WhittakerWalt

      I wonder how many players in this lineup have gone more than a month since homering.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        Wells, Cruz, Romine, Gonzalez, Ishikawa

        • WhittakerWalt

          AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH

  • The Real Greg

    So I went for a drive, hoping that when I came back this drivel would be over. Would you fucking believe it?

  • Wheels

    Zzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Terry

    This game was over when the Royals scored 2. Even when the Yankees had their good lineups, Gutherie would pitch well but for that one offensive explosion (ARod’s first game back in 2009, he hits a three-run shot off Gutherie, Sabathia dominates, Gutherie pitches well the rest of the game). Yesterday’s lost was devastating. The Yanks needed to sweep, win 3 of 4 from the Royals (lose the Shields game) and then sweep the Twinkies. Just a bad job here by the offense again.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Guthrie’s 4-9, 5.15 ERA line against the Yankees historically says you are completely wrong.

  • The Real Greg

    Paul Simon looks like he wants to get the fuck out of there

  • WhittakerWalt

    This Travis guy is pretty bad.

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    Yuck..

  • The Real Greg

    I hope the fans revolt. They don’t deserve to watch crap like this while Scrooge McSteinbrenner counts his money.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Pretty sure they have their highest payroll ever this year.

      • The Real Greg

        Yeah? How much of that is on the field and not on injured and crap players who are not versatile.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          How is paying injured players “Scrooge McSteinbrenner counts his money”?

          They’ve spent plenty of money. Spending foolishly and being cheap aren’t the same thing.

          • The Real Greg

            They spent foolishly and are being cheap to fix their foolish spending.

            Yankees of the past would negate their foolish spending with more spending.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

              They already have.
              They’ve spent more this season than any season in history.

              • The Real Greg

                But they are spending it on cheap players instead of hooking a big fish. Like Martin, or Piersynski, or Mike Carp, or Mike Napoli etc.

                • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

                  ?
                  It’s not being cheap. It’s spending in the wrong places.
                  They spent too much on Youk, Pettitte, Ichiro, Wells, etc.

                • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

                  Carp is making about league minimum, and was acquired via trade.

                  • FEED.ME.MORE!

                    Shhh! Don’t kill the narrative.

    • BFDeal

      Troll or dumbass…your choice.

  • ExitCashman

    Fans are not only booing Ishikawa for striking out twice on bad pitches and playing lousy defense. They’re booing the ineptitude of a front office that made no plans for a backup 1B in the offseason (Dan Johnson, Juan Rivera?!) and thought that perenially-injured Kevin Youkilis would be a good replacement for injured A-Rod, and using a position player spot on the roster for someone who can’t play the field (Hafner).

    No offense? Look at the FO, not the manager or players, who are role guys at best.

    • The Real Greg

      Exactly. The faults go not to Girardi but to the man bringing in crap players.

    • Anderson Silva

      Cashman needs to go. He’s had plenty of time and we have a lousy team and no farm system to speak of. Pretty bad when you have near unlimited resources (until last year)

  • WhittakerWalt

    Weak. Weak and sickening.

  • your mom

    Shutout looks pretty promising tonight. WTF was Girardi thinking when he put this crap line-up out there.

    • The Real Greg

      Like he had a choice. Even if Ichiro and Nunez are in this game, I bet it’s the same result.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        ? He did have a choice.

        • The Real Greg

          So you are saying that if Ichiro and Nunez are in this game the Yankees win?

          Because that is kind of what you are claiming.

          • The Real Greg

            Given the same pitching performance of course

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

            I’m not claiming anything other than that Girardi made the choice to put out a sub-optimal lineup not using all of his best available players for today.
            A more optimal lineup would have given them a better chance of scoring runs.

            • The Real Greg

              Well unless somebody asks him why, he can’t be held accountable.

              And Vernon Wells is 2-2 so that decision has actually worked in his favor.

              • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

                “Well unless somebody asks him why, he can’t be held accountable.”

                smdh

                • The Real Greg

                  I don’t understand that. It’s the same thing with umpires.

                  And of course you slyly neglect the bottom point.

                  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

                    I don’t understand that. It’s the same thing with umpires.

                    WTF are you talking about?

                    • The Real Greg

                      Umpires never have to answer for their mistakes. Same with the manager if they don’t get ask the right questions.

                    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

                      It makes no difference if he’s asked about it or not. The point is he made the choices, and those choices lessened their chances of winning the game. Somebody asking him a question about it isn’t going to change anything.

              • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

                and Ichiro and Wells could have played in the same lineup.l

                • The Real Greg

                  For who? Almonte? Gardner? Who?

                  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

                    Hafner. Or Gardner – since he’s slumping.
                    Either way, they were choices that were made by Girardi. He did have choices.

                    • The Real Greg

                      If Gardner was out, people would be bitching about it, and you know it.

                      DH’ing Ichiro? Limits the bench options, but it could be done I guess.

                    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

                      DH Wells. Or Almonte.

                    • The Real Greg

                      Problem is that if a person gets injured, you’ll lose the DH.

      • BFDeal

        You spout off crap like this and you wonder why people call you a troll.

  • Oy

    Just got home, turned on the set and saw Cruz and Gonzalez bat back to back. This has to be one the ugliest line ups put together by a major league team this year, no?

  • Wheels

    Not very Cruz-like on that one.

  • Anderson Silva

    slick fielding Cruz back at it again

  • Eddard

    Why is Eduardo Nuney not playing? Girardi’s trying to lose the battle and win the war but there won’t be any war to win if he loses too much ground.

  • Winter

    Defensive catcher shortstop.

  • nycsportzfan

    We got this!

  • Kramerica Industries

    I know, I know, Texas has a much better offense than the Yankees, I get it.

    Still, pretty disgusting to see them score eight runs in seven innings tonight when the Yankees only scored nine runs against the Orioles in 25.1 innings.

    • Anderson Silva

      It’s almost like they have major league caliber players instead of the replacement level players the Yankees have

  • Tom

    It’s now 27 innings since the last extra base hit.

  • Eddard

    If you thought Overbay, Nuney and Stewart were bad at the bottom of the lineup look at what Girardi has trotted out there instead. Why did these 3 and Ichiro have to get the same night off? I agree with resting Stewart because he’s been run into the ground lately. Nobody wants to pitch to Romine except Hughes and Phelps.

    • The Real Greg

      Honestly Eddard, I don’t know if they make a difference in this game anyway.

  • Leg Gatherer

    I have seen single-A minor league games with better offense than this game. Significantly better offense.

  • BigBlueAL

    First ball swinging resulting in a tapper back to the pitcher. Just wow.

  • Oy

    Holy shit. If you can’t get a decent catcher, let Murphy get a crack at it. Give him the starting job or let him split time with Stewart. It’s not like this is the Montero situation where the DH slot was occupied. Get him up and see what he can do full time before Alex and Jeter need the slot.

  • Anderson Silva

    fuck

  • nycsportzfan

    Ok, this one is over after all. My lord! How the fuck are some of these idiots in the bigs?

  • Eddard

    Next inning I would say thanks for playing AG, Romine and Ishikawa but we’re PH Nuney, Ichiro and Overbay. This is dreadful.

    • The Real Greg

      Not Ichiro because then Stewart has to play after running him into the ground. But the other two.

      And now it’s too late.

  • Wheels

    Alright, this shit is over.

  • Anderson Silva

    game over, they keep finding ways of embarrassing themselves

  • Eddard

    Might as well sub out Cano and Gardner tomorrow. Girardi was perfectly content with losing this ballgame and that’s a shame. There’s a 3 day break in a week.

    • The Real Greg

      So you honestly believe that Eduardo Nunez would have made a difference in this game?

      • WhittakerWalt

        It’s just Eddard.

  • Frank

    With Shields going tomorrow, Yanks will be fortunate to split this series everyone thought would be a cake walk.

    • your mom

      I never thought that. Not with this shit offense.

    • Winter

      I’d like to look back at every time someone says “with so-and-so pitching, that game is a sure loss” and see what the actual results were. The Yankees won the Felix game twice and would have won the Matt Harvey game if not for a Rivera blown save.

      I can’t wait for people to figure out that, no matter how bad your lineup is and how good the opposing pitcher is, it is always possible to win the game.

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

    To those who care:

    Godspell will be performed this Friday and Saturday. Tech week started today. I designed the programs last week, and they will be ready tomorrow.

  • Greg

    Scranton is so pretty this time of year. Oh, wait, this is NY.

  • Eddard

    And what do you know, they PH an actual major leaguer and he hits one out. Way to wave the white flag tonight, Joe.

  • The Real Greg

    I hope somebody asks Girardi why Overbay wasn’t in the lineup.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      His answer will be because Overbay has been playing everyday.

      • sangreal

        Which is the same answer he gave before the game. The better question is why the hell they picked up another lefty to spell Overbay considering his splits

        • The Real Greg

          Well that’s more on the FO than Girardi

        • FEED.ME.MORE!

          That one is above his pay-grade.

  • Wheels

    Overbay hammered that.

  • nycsportzfan

    At least we didn’t get shut out, i guess??lol

  • Lukaszek

    OVERBAY TO SAVE THE DAY!!!

  • FEED.ME.MORE!

    Loverbay!

  • Leg Gatherer

    Hafner-Wells-Ishikawa was perhaps the worst 4-5-6 in the history of baseball, if we leave out the Cleveland Spiders.

    Overbay with a homer, I thought he was too tired to play. Girardi is such an overmanaging idiot.

    • The Real Greg

      Strange because he goes against the binder with Overbay’s good numbers against Guthrie.

  • Winter

    I like pinch-hitting for Gonzalez, but there’s no way they’ll hit for Romine because Stewart needs the rest. So if Ichiro doesn’t homer I don’t really see the point.

  • Winter

    Side note: what are the odds we see Wells at 3B again so that Ichiro stays in the lineup?

    • The Real Greg

      That’s exactly what I was thinking.

      • Winter

        Nevermind, they’ll take Wells out, put Nunez at short and slide Gonzalez to third.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          *Cruz

          • Winter

            Yeah, Cruz. That’s right.

  • The Real Greg

    By the way people, don’t enter FALLACY land here.

  • Eddard

    So they PH the 3 major leaguers and the rally begins. Who would have thunk it?

  • Leg Gatherer

    I really don’t understand JoeG’s method of “Let me handicap my team by sitting the few players capable of getting hits occasionally and putting in worse players. Then it will be a shutout, so I will put my real players in for the last few innings.”

    • Winter

      I believe the logic is “I’ve been playing these guys non-stop since I don’t have many other options, I’ve gotta sit them some time even if it means a weaker lineup because otherwise they will simply fall apart.”

      • The Real Greg

        Yeah that’s what it is. Goes back to the FO for not getting quality backups.

  • The Real Greg

    So Nunez fails.

    • The Real Greg

      I can understand Nunez being sat because he’s coming off an injury. You could have DH’d Overbay, but you can’t replace Ishikawa at first base.

      That’s how the presence of Hafner really clogs the lineup.

  • SDB

    And there goes today’s one inning with a glimmer of offense.

    Ugh.

  • Winter

    Ok. Watch KC bat, or watch Louie C.K. videos on youtube?

  • WhittakerWalt

    Eddard’s hero does not come through.

  • your mom

    Great start to the inning Adam.

  • Leg Gatherer

    Joe waving another white flag by keeping Warren in, he was beat up last inning, obviously done already. I guess Claiborne needs the rest.

    • The Real Greg

      I don’t think you can wave two white flags. One should suffice.

  • FEED.ME.MORE!

    Manage the battle, win the war.

    I know it’s such a big issue now, but Girardi can’t treat each game like Game 7 of a series. The team has been playing everyday, on some really hot days. Some guys are going to need a breather here and there.

    Plus, Nunez just came off the DL. Needs a night off.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      I don’t have a problem with giving guys an occasional day off.
      I do have a problem with doing that at multiple positions in the same game, especially with the AS break coming up just next week.

      • FEED.ME.MORE!

        Fair enough. Maybe giving one guy per day would have been better.

        But let’s not treat Ichiro/Overbay/just recalled Nunez as a huge upgrade over Wells/Ishikawa/Gonzalez.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Thank God I travel a lot and miss a lot of these games. This one was more or less a foregone conclusion, with the lineup Joe went with. Why is he resting the good –AAA– players with the break coming up? Seems stupid.

    • The Real Greg

      Well Nunez just came off the DL, so that one I get.

      Ichiro was replaced by Wells and Wells has 2 hits so that move worked.

      Overbay is the question. They could have DH’ed him. But Travis Hafner’s inability to play defense really puts a strain on moves.

  • Tom

    Still trying to figure out why the long man is in when they are down 2 runs in the 8th? Is it really mop up time?

    Then again I was wondering the same thing in the 7th inning.

    Apparently down more than 1 run is “roll the dice mode”. Hell he had Warren pitching to Gordon with 2 out and a runner on 3rd for a couple of pitches

    • The Real Greg

      Well he’s not in now.

  • The Real Greg

    It also doesn’t help when Brett Gardner is a in a major slump.

    • FEED.ME.MORE!

      No, let’s blame it all on Girardi and Cashman. It’s a lot more fun this way.

    • Winter

      I’d call it a small slump, it’s only really been five days. Can’t really complain given how good he’s been.

      • The Real Greg

        Hasn’t been 5 days. It’s been a week. From the last Orioles game of the sweep. He has 3 hits since that day.

  • LK

    I get that everyone’s frustrated, but this endless complaining about the lineups has got to stop. Every single manager in all of baseball rests his players sometimes. And seriously, who are we complaining about not having out there? Overbay and his .293 OBP? Nunez and his career 83 wRC+ (and even worse this year)? Ichiro and his 86 wRC+?

    Are these guys marginal upgrades? Sure. But honestly, you really think what’s keeping this team from mashing is because the manager left a couple slightly-less-below-average hitters on the bench? Good grief.

    • Yankee fans I can’t friggin stand

      “THESE ARE THE YANKEES! OUR 4TH STRINGERS SHOULD BE ALL-STARS OR THE FRONT OFFICE HATES THE FANS!”

    • Anderson Silva

      one would argue that when you have such a weak lineup they REALLY need to go with their “best” guys, otherwise they really have no chance

      • LK

        I’ve heard that argument before, but I don’t buy it. You can easily flip the logic the other way – even their best lineup will probably suck, so might as well make sure guys are rested.

        You need to get your players adequate rest regardless of how awesome/shitty your lineup happens to be. There’s a lot of players on this team who are old, coming back from injury, or not used to playing this much. I trust Girardi to figure out how often they need to sit.

      • WhittakerWalt

        I would make that argument. Especially with the ASB game coming up. Let’s face it, these guys are ALL taking a few off then.

    • your mom

      This offense sucks.

      • LK

        If I didn’t know any better, I’d say the fact that there are only two above-average hitters on the 25-man roster is a bigger issue than which particular below average-hitters Girardi is deploying.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      +1000. Actually, by the same logic, Girardi should get the credit for the fact that they’re only 5.5 out and over .500, which is pretty amazing.

    • Crime Dog

      Yep, this basically

  • Anderson Silva

    so tired of Hafner, he’s been horrible for quite some time now

    • The Real Greg

      He has been the major goat of this offense not only because of his crappy hitting, but because of his inability to play the field and be versatile.

  • Wheels

    Hafner was out.

  • Winter

    Ok. Yankees caught a break on the Hafner call. Gotta take advantage of that and score at least one here. Obviously two (or more! but now I’m getting greedy) is ideal, but they have to get at least one… don’t leave it all for the ninth.

  • Winter

    Since that pinch-hit, RBI double, Wells has very quietly gone .333/.333/.400. Not great, but at least it’s above replacement level.

  • The Real Greg

    In the end, this roster is not capable of competing with the Red Sox and the Rangers and even the fricking Pirates at this moment.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      The Pirates have the second best record in the Majors, let’s not act like they’re the sorry team they usually are.

      • The Real Greg

        The fact that an organization that has not had a winning season in forever is better run than the Yankees right now is downright embarrassing.

        • FEED.ME.MORE!

          How are they better run if they’ve stunk for damn near two decades? Because of 3 months of baseball?

          Let’s review:

          One team has missed the playoffs once in 18 years.

          The other hasn’t had a winning record in 18 years.

          Team B has a better record than team A this season.

          Choose team B, Greg.

          • The Real Greg

            That’s why I said “RIGHT NOW”

            • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

              Still doesn’t make sense. Teams aren’t a product of one moment of time, or even half a season.

              • Lukaszek

                And the one time the Yankees missed the playoffs in the past eighteen years they still managed to win 89 games

  • FEED.ME.MORE!

    Joba has been demoted, almost permanently.

    Trade him ASAP.

    • your mom

      For what? A sack of turd?

      • Winter

        Honestly, a sack of turd may be more useful. You could probably bring in the sack of turd, wait for the other team to leave in disgust, then bring in a real pitcher and win because they all left.

      • FEED.ME.MORE!

        And some gym socks.

  • The Real Greg

    Fucking boredom and Cashman for not setting this team up for the future.

  • FEED.ME.MORE!

    It’s tough to stay sharp when you pitch once a week or so.

    • The Real Greg

      Adam Warren was pretty good and he has rarely pitched.

  • BigBlueAL

    Good thing Boone Logan was warming up…

  • WhittakerWalt

    This is what RBIs look like.

    • Winter

      I’m not sure I understand this. They’re hitting the ball, but not stopping at first. Are you allowed to do that? Isn’t that a balk or something?

  • Crime Dog

    Hey lets let Claiborne throw 45 pitches again and then sit him for a week while making sure Vernon Wells stays in the lineup everyday.

    • The Real Greg

      Wells has 2 hits today and he’s been hot of late so you can’t use that example.

      • Crime Dog

        Last 14 days has a .680 OPS… So yes I can use that example. He’s been hitting singles, yeah. But no power. And I don’t think this “hot” streak is indicative of his true talent. I would say that his true talent is closer to his (atrocious) .233/.270/.371 season line.

        • The Real Greg

          Probably, but it is a bad example to use in the current moment. Save it for when he is actually sucking.

          Should actually replace him with Gardner in your statement. Would make more sense.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

            No it wouldn’t.
            Vernon Wells has established himself as not an every day player.
            Gardner has established himself as an every day player.

          • Crime Dog

            I understand what you’re saying, but there’s no reason Wells should’ve been able to ever get enough ABs to end his “cold streak”. Gardner at least adds great defense, speed, and some patience in the order. Even when slumping he adds some value, even if only a little.

          • WhittakerWalt

            I realize you’re totally committed to this “Gardner’s cooled off” meme of yours, but you’re being ridiculous. Gardner needs to be in the lineup.

  • Eddard

    Girardi was intent on losing this game before it began. To give one or two guys the day off, fine, but 4? When you’re already short handed as it is? There’s a 3 day break in a week and reinforcements on the way soon after. Rest then.

    • The Real Greg

      CAN’T PROVE

      • BFDeal

        What Eddard said is the EXACT shit you spout every freakin game.

  • I’m One

    OK, so Game day is stuck in the bottom of the 8th, first & 3rd, 2 outs Wells batting, 3 & 2 and hasn’t updated since the 6th pitch. What’s happening?

    • Winter

      Go back to gameday, it’s a happier place.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Wells hit a grand slam.
      Joba pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the easy save.

      Yankees win.

      (not really)

  • Tom

    Intentionally walking Hosmer down 4 runs… why bother?

  • The Real Greg

    I may be wrong, but I am almost certain that if Hafner could play 1st, Overbay would have DH’ed today

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      You’re definitely wrong.

    • Crime Dog

      You don’t want Pronk playing 1B. When the team was looking for some flexibility they shifted Overbay to the outfield and never even tried Hafner at 1B, so that shows you something.

      • The Real Greg

        Which makes the signing of Hafner dumb in the first place.

    • FEED.ME.MORE!

      Yeah, Hafner’s lack of versatility was a big issue for me when they signed him.

      Now that he’s not hitting, the no-gloved-ness really stinks.

  • FEED.ME.MORE!

    Not gonna get too excited…….

  • Wheels

    rally time?

  • Eddard

    The bases are loaded for the big boppers! There is still life!

    • WhittakerWalt

      The… what?

  • FEED.ME.MORE!

    Why do you throw a slider to a guy who can’t hit your heat?

  • Winter

    It wouldn’t be the Yankees if they didn’t bring the tying run to the plate. Although they did that last inning, so they already filled their quota. Maybe when the score changes they have to do it again? I’m not sure of the exact rules here.

  • Wheels

    dammit Nunez

  • BigBlueAL

    Nunez has had a big impact on the game since his insertion.

  • Winter

    So MLB.tv somehow skipped Nunez’s entire at bat. How bad was the K?

    • Crime Dog

      Nunez-ey

    • FEED.ME.MORE!

      Nunez-ish

  • WhittakerWalt

    Yo, Nuney still sucks.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Gardner. You’re making Greg look smart. Stop it.

    • Winter

      To be fair, that pitch was 99 on the black.

      • WhittakerWalt

        It’s more than just that AB.

  • Winter

    Just looking over the box score, any insight as to why they left Wells in the game instead of Ichiro back in the 8th? Not saying it’s a terrible decision, just not the one I would have made.

    • The Real Greg

      Because Ichiro pinch hit for Gonzalez not for any of the outfielders.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        They still could have left him in the game and removed Wells instead.
        But then, Chris Stewart would have been batting 5th, which is likely why they didn’t do it.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    We’ll prorate Nuñez a golden sombrero.

  • Crime Dog

    Remember when people complained that the team relied on homers too much? This is literally the opposite of that, and I bet the same people are complaining that “Cashman failed” and such.

    • jtb203482

      Cashman sucks as a GM, if you haven’t figured that out for the last decade or so you are as blind as the news media that you listen to.

      • WhittakerWalt

        It’s almost like they haven’t won 4 titles with him as GM. That damn media, always covering for Cashman!

      • Crime Dog

        Haha, I don’t listen to the news media much. It’s insane to think the GM of a team controls all operations of the team and is responsible for the failure (and successes) of that team. There’s so many more intricacies and stuff that contributes to the success of a team.

        I can’t really fathom the idea that Cashman sucks as a GM because this lineup of 2nd, 3rd, and 4th stringers forced into action by injuries is ONLY 6 games over .500. If this were the Red Sox, Cherington would have executive of the year locked up already.

      • BFDeal

        How many aluminum foil hats do you own?

  • BigBlueAL

    Fitting end to the game, load the bases with 0 outs and dont score by striking out 3 times in a row. Sigh.

  • Wheels

    sad

  • WhittakerWalt

    No one does bases-loaded-no-one-out quite like the Yankees.

  • wow

    this awful team is awful

  • Crime Dog

    Shitty game, hopefully they come back with some more offense tomorrow. Wells’ single happy “streak” scares me. Hope the team doesn’t see him as more than the righty side of a platoon right now. The team can bounce back tomorrow, just gotta score some runs.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    That’s all folks.

  • jtb203482

    Great joke job by Rivera yesterday to blow an easy save at home when you are in 4th fuckign place to ruin our momentum after winning 7 straight….if you didn’t know we were going to lose today then you have NOT paid attention to this organization for the last decade period. Then again, this is not surprising most idiots in America are raised on the tv and the news mafia spouting their propaganda.

    • Crime Dog

      Haha, the best arguments always have the statement “period” in them. Always. Period.

    • WhittakerWalt

      They won the World Series 4 years ago. 4 years is less than a decade.
      Go away now.

    • BFDeal

      Looks like you picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        +1

  • your mom

    What a tease at the end of the game. At least they showed some life, not that it means shit in the grand scheme of things.

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

    Guys, why are you responding to Greg anymore? Each day he becomes more and more ridiculous. There’s just no point.