Game 91: Just Win Score More Than One Run

(Jim McIsaac/Getty)

(Jim McIsaac/Getty)

The Yankees are an unwatchable lot of offensive incompetence these days, struggling to score more than one run in a game or actually hit a ball into the gap for extra bases. Seriously, the Red Sox had more extra-base hits in the third inning last night (four) than the Yankees have had since Thursday (three). That is just flat out embarrassing. Injuries aren’t an excuse either — the Marlins had three extra-base hits in the first four innings of their game this afternoon, and they’re terrible. Here’s the lineup that will hopefully score some damn runs against right-hander Wade Davis:

  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. SS Eduardo Nunez
  8. 3B Luis Cruz
  9. C Chris Stewart

And on the mound looking to build off his dynamite last start, right-hander Ivan Nova. Hopefully it won’t require a miracle blown save to get him a win this time.

It’s cloudy and grossly humid in New York today, and guess what? There’s some rain in the forecast again tonight. It’s expected to show up around the fourth or fifth inning, like the last two nights. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET and can be seen on YES. Try to enjoy.

Injury Updates: David Phelps (forearm) will head to Tampa on Monday to start a throwing program. He spent the last few days at home with his family since he’ll be stuck rehabbing during the All-Star break. The team says the minor, but you can never be too sure when it comes to arm injuries.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. BFDeal says:

    Who gets a golden sombrero this game?

  2. vicki says:

    “[the steroid era] “was a mesmerizing time for every baseball fan out there.” “[fans] wanna see some clown throw a fastball 101 mph and some other guy hit it 500 feet. That’s entertainment. You’re paying to be entertained.”

    lawd help me; i completely agree with john rocker.

  3. BigLoving says:

    How can you say injuries aren’t to blame after looking at the lineup 5-9. Tex, Granderson, Jeter, Youklis, Arod, Cervelli……I mean come on that’s a formidable 1-6. Give me 2 of any of those guys and put them in tonight’s lineup and it drastically improves.

    • vicki says:

      he’s saying that lately our replacement level crap is even worse than historically bad miami.

    • Rolling Doughnut says:

      Obviously, they’re better than anything they trot out there now. But let’s keep it in perspective. This problem was probably foreseen and perhaps unavoidable. Aging team, weak (except for pitchers) farm. But let’s face it: Tex has been declining for some years now; if Jeter repeats last year’s performance, and ARod comes back strong, I’ll eat Greg’s FALLACIES; Granderson adds pop with 200K’s. etc. 2014 looks bleak.

    • LK says:

      Cervelli may or may not be a substantial improvement. They knew about A-Rod and Jeter’s injuries coming into the year. No one can really be surprised that Youkilis got hurt. The pitching has been very healthy considering the age of some of the starters.

      The injuries suck, but this team had no margin for error.

      • Bubba says:

        Jeter was set to come back around ST. Take a starting OF, 1B and SS off most teams and you’re left with no margin for error.

        The Yankees self inflicted some of their pain but losing a third of your lineup to injury hurts.

        • vicki says:

          all fair. but mike’s point was that even the replacements should be able to put up a few xbh’s every now and then.

        • LK says:

          I’m not saying the injuries don’t hurt. But they’ve got a -6 run differential and are 48-42. I’m not sure the true talent of this roster when healthy is any better than 48-42.

  4. forensic says:

    Wade Davis has the 3rd worst ERA and worst WHIP, opp. BA, and opp. OBP among all qualified starters in the Majors.

    That means the Yankees will go nuts and score 2 runs today, right?

  5. Cy Pettitte says:

    Curve is just filthy, hope he can keep this up

  6. Elephants Gerald says:

    Why is Hafner still batting cleanup? He is almost a guaranteed strikeout. It sucks to have him add an automatic out to whatever Gardner/Suzuki/Cano might accomplish. Reduces the chances of Overbay/Nunez /Zoilo adding to what 1-2-3 do. I recognize those guys are bad too, and that Gardner and Suzuki don’t always look all that great either, but they’re not as bad as Hafner. Bat him 7th or something.

  7. SDB says:

    Can Gardner steal 2nd, 3rd, and home?

  8. Wheels says:

    Steal a base Gardy

  9. brian says:

    Wade Davis sucks…. you couldn’t have asked for someone better to get the Yankee offense going tonight

    They should win this game 7-3 or 8-4, end of story

  10. WhittakerWalt says:

    So wait… Ichiro wanted to do that? I thought he only did that when he hit home runs? I don’t think you can have it both ways. Either he wants to line a single to left, or he wants to hit a home run. Unless you’re saying he can literally do whatever he wants to with a bat. Which leads me to wonder why he’s not a better hitter.

  11. trr says:

    Oh fer chrissake

  12. WhittakerWalt says:

    Does Hafner strike out weakly?

  13. The Real Greg says:

    That’s a good play by Quintero

  14. Tom says:

    Just following online, but is the umps zone as bad as Brooks makes it seems (Gameday can be off but usually the pitch f/x stuff is solid)


  15. McLovin says:

    Gotta run him over.

  16. Wheels says:

    Yay and damn

  17. trr says:

    Now Hafner can strike out in peace

  18. WhittakerWalt says:


  19. Elephants Gerald says:

    I kind of hate that decision, but let’s be honest, this batting order can’t score a runner from 3rd with 1 out.

    • Rolling Doughnut says:

      I disagree. They have to be aggressive. A runner on third with less than two outs means nothing with this lineup.

  20. WhittakerWalt says:

    There’s our run!

  21. Cy Pettitte says:

    Can they win 1-0 for Greg, please?

  22. vicki says:

    then again, inertia. bodies at suck have a natural tendency to remain at suck.

  23. Dalek Jeter says:

    I’m usually the first one to get on Robbie Thompson, but I love Ichiro trying to score just then. Make the defense rebound after the misplay, kudos to Kattaras for doing so.

  24. The Real Greg says:

    If you think Robby Thompson should have sent Ichiro yesterday then you can’t be against Ichiro going for it there. Gotta be aggressive when you can’t score.

  25. Jag says:

    What happened there? Only watching online at the moment…

    Was Ichiro trying to score on the passed ball or was there another play?

    • The Real Greg says:

      The Royals kind of had 2 passed balls on one play. The ball that the catcher threw to the pitcher to try to get Gardner got away.

      Kottaras blocked the plate perfectly to get Ichiro

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      Yup, it was second (Ichiro) and third (Gardner). Gardner got aggressive and scored on a passed ball that didn’t get too far away and Kattaras through it passed the pitcher covering so Ichiro tried to score. Kattaras got back in a good position to block the plate and Hosmer made a nice flip home.

  26. nsalem says:

    That Nova-Cain matchup makes my teeth numb.

  27. Elephants Gerald says:

    The flatulent sucking has begun.

  28. nsalem says:

    Welll we have 7 more innings to score that ever elusive second run.

  29. Leg-End says:

    We may never XBH again.

  30. Dalek Jeter says:

    Cruz is going to hit a leadoff double. Calling it.

  31. Fin says:

    This team sucks to watch. At least typically I had specific players to root for, and if one or two of them did well, I could at least take solace in that. I don’t give a flying fuck about anyone in this lineup outside of Cano and Almonte.

  32. nsalem says:

    Close. If he steals this base you still win

  33. Elephants Gerald says:

    The way John Flaherty makes it sound, you would think the catcher throws the pitches too.

  34. WhittakerWalt says:

    No one makes weaker contact than Chris Stewart.

  35. OldYanksFan says:

    Gritner has the teams 2nd highest OPS at .758.
    What else do you need to know?

  36. The Real Greg says:


  37. Dalek Jeter says:



  38. Wheels says:


  39. Cy Pettitte says:

    holy shit what was that? the ball went over the wall!

  40. Elephants Gerald says:

    Thank god.

  41. McLovin says:

    Offensive Explosion!

  42. trr says:

    Been a while !

  43. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Robbie! Mike basically called it with the graphical analysis he put up earlier today.

  44. Winter says:


  45. Wheels says:

    Hafner is so lost.

  46. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    Awesome. Unfortunately, this ruins their chances at finally winning a close shutout to appease Greg.

  47. trr says:

    Why would he give Cano anything to hit with The Ape up next?

  48. LK says:

    What so what happens when there’s not a circle or a vertical line next to the NYY?

  49. OldYanksFan says:

    With a Baltimore loss, Cano will be in 3rd place in the AL East!

  50. WhittakerWalt says:

    Thank you Wade Davis, for pitching to Cano.

  51. brian says:

    Once again, this is why the Yankees HAVE TO resign Cano

    This team cannot win big without him for the next few seasons… so what if he becomes an albatross later on in the deal, you can live with a couple of those, just can’t live with 6 or 7 of them

    • Rolling Doughnut says:

      Cano is better than anyone else out there. Granted. But they do not HAVE to resign him. They should make him a reasonable offer. Let’s learn from the Tex and ARod disasters.

      • brian says:

        Correction… if the Yankees actually want to WIN from 2014-2016 they have to resign him

        But by all means, let’s miss the playoffs for the next few seasons so we don’t have a bad contract on the books in 2018, thats insane

    • FEED.ME.MORE! says:

      There are no absolutes, but it helps their chances of winning greatly having him on the team as opposed to anyone else who is reasonably available.

  52. Brian S. says:

    Nova=ace. Five year extension with two club friendly options for a total of 52 million pronto.

  53. WhittakerWalt says:

    The Nunez Home Run Watch is on.

  54. Brian S. says:

    Samardizja just gave up four runs to the Angels without getting an out. Buy low.

  55. nsalem says:

    Cain has face Phil Coke once and doubled off him.

  56. forensic says:

    What the hell is that weird thing next to the NYY on the scoreboard???

  57. Dalek Jeter says:



  58. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Nova’s curve is awesome tonight. Second start in a row with the nasty hook.

    • Brian S. says:

      Almost half his pitches are breaking balls though. I wonder what will happen to his arm down the line. Maybe they shouldn’t give him that extension I mentioned like ten minutes ago.

  59. Dalek Jeter says:

    I wonder if there’s anyway to package a Phelps/Warren/Nova with another piece or two in a trade for a bat. I mean they’re decent-good pitchers with years of team control…that has to have some value.

  60. Kramerica Industries says:

    Here comes the old “Ivan Nova in the fifth inning” flashbacks…

  61. FEED.ME.MORE! says:

    C’mon Nova. Get back in control!

  62. forensic says:

    Jeter coming back doesn’t affect Cruz, Flaherty. Last I checked, Jeter doesn’t play third base…

    • Crime Dog says:

      I think he’s assuming Nunez would take some of Cruz’s time at 3rd.

      • forensic says:

        The Yankees have steadfastly said Nunez is not playing anywhere but SS. I think it’s absurd, but it’s what they’ve said and followed so far.

        • The Real Greg says:

          I think they want him to focus on SS defense. It has been said that moving him around was part of the reason for his defensive struggles in the past.

          • forensic says:

            I know why they’re doing it. I just think that with how pitiful the offense is, they should take the risk to keep him in the lineup at third till A-Rod is back and then take the days when he and Jeter need rest.

        • Crime Dog says:

          Yeah, but who knows for sure. Either way, Cruz is gonna see a lot of the bench pretty soon.

          • The Real Greg says:

            Not if Bud Selig has anything to say about it.

            • Crime Dog says:

              The thinking is that an appeals process will take a while. Also, if ARod got suspended tomorrow for 100 games and immediately served it, I would like to think that the club would go after a 3rd basemen other than Luis Cruz…

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        I know it’s the same guy who said “Bubba Crosby is our starting CF” but I actually believe and want to believe Cashman when he says that they look at Nunez strictly as a SS going forward.

  63. Capo says:

    Wait… did Flaherty just say that Gardner started off slow stealing bases last year and picked it up as the season progressed? Please tell me I just heard that wrong.

  64. forensic says:

    That’s Gardner’s first steal in almost a month.

  65. nsalem says:

    Interested to see how Nova does this inning.

  66. The Real Greg says:

    That opens up a starter spot on the AL roster.

  67. ExitCashman says:

    At least he’s not pitching for us:

    Gaudin’s lawyer, Dominic Gentile, issued a statement saying his client denies any wrongdoing and has been cooperating with authorities.

    ”Chad Gaudin was examined in the emergency room of a local hospital while experiencing symptoms believed to be related to acute renal failure due to a condition known as rhabdomyolysis. The symptoms included confusion, dehydration and loss of orientation and/or consciousness,” Gentile wrote. ”Although he has been accused of improperly touching another hospital patient while on the premises that night, there are differing and exonerating versions of what occurred that have been reported by eye witnesses.”

    Common causes for rhabdomyolysis include alcohol or drug use, muscle strain, or crush injuries, according to the National Institutes of Health.

    In other words, he was SHITFACED.

  68. forensic says:

    Darvish is on the DL now? Wow, missed that. I almost traded for him in my fantasy league a couple days ago. Kind of glad I didn’t now.

    Also just saw that Cliff Lee allowed 4 solo homers tonight to the Nationals. That’s unusual.

  69. Crime Dog says:

    Would LOVE to see Cano take 2nd like that a little more. Teams seem to sleep on him (because of his relative lack of speed)

  70. Dalek Jeter says:

    Wow…Joe..really plays favorites. Unless Hafner is hurt, I mean he let Wells go 0-21 or whatever it was before he got benched, but Hafner gets PH for in the middle of a game?

  71. nsalem says:

    Maybe the Yankee’s have made a trade for a good lefty bat and are releasing Hafner.


    • Mikhel says:

      If they release Haffner then they would use him all the game, taking somebody out of the game for no apparent reason is because either that player is hurt or was traded, and I don’t believe Haffner has been traded.

  72. Greg says:

    If the playoffs started tomorrow, Nova would be #2, right?

  73. Dalek Jeter says:


  74. The Real Greg says:


  75. SDB says:


  76. Cy Pettitte says:

    oppo field grand slam for Overbay?!?1 wtf is going on here

  77. Wheels says:

    Grand loverbay!

  78. forensic says:

    Two homeruns in one game?!?!?! Is that even allowed?

  79. McLovin says:


  80. FEED.ME.MORE! says:

    I suppose now we’ll hear:


  81. Jag says:


  82. Tom says:

    Small ball is nice…

    But 7 runs on 2 swings is a bit nicer.

  83. The Real Greg says:

    John Flaherty can’t do math.

  84. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Sweet. Two homers in one game.

  85. Lukaszek says:

    LOVERBAY!!! Break out the rye and mustard granma, it’s grand salami time

  86. Kvothe says:

    Ughh, Loverbay with a rally killing grand slam.


  87. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    Holy crap! This is like 2 weeks worth of runs all in one game. I just want to know why in the world KC left Davis in after the bases became loaded.

  88. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    How the Hell d that one go out?

  89. Dalek Jeter says:

    Stupid Loverbay…killing the rally.

  90. Brian S. says:

    Shit guys, save some runs for the rest of the week. Can’t use up all our XBH’s in one game.

  91. SDB says:

    #toomanyhomers yet?

  92. Da Zhang says:

    The other pitchers are probably wondering why they can’t get this much run support.

  93. The Real Greg says:

    He is so lucky that didn’t hit him flush

  94. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    Because why not Gardner on the disabled list next?

  95. forensic says:

    It would’ve figured that in a game where they actually score some, they lose Hafner and Gardner to injuries. At least it looks like Gardner might be ok though.

    • The Real Greg says:

      On the replay, you could see that it grazed the front of his right shin.

      If that hit him flush, he might have gone on the DL.

  96. Cy Pettitte says:

    fair to make the assumption that Pronk is hurt, which is why Donahue didn’t come out when Gardy got hit?

  97. forensic says:

    Olive? What’s with the weird/terrible names that people give their kids? I just don’t get it.

  98. Tom says:

    Damn… missed that half inning from Nova. 6 pitches?

    Another inning like that and he could be looking at back to back CG’s

  99. Wheels says:

    Hit another out for fun Robbie

  100. Dalek Jeter says:

    Forensic, there’s one of those plays where if he hustles he’d be at third like you were talking about a couple weeks ago.

    • forensic says:

      Yup. It’s really aggravating.

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        I still don’t have a problem with it, because we are up 8-0 and I’d hope if we weren’t he’d stop at second. I still don’t think it affects that many games/outcomes to get anymore than passively annoyed about.

        • Mikhel says:

          with a team struggling to score it can affect a lot in his teammates to watch the best player in the team not hustling.

          When winning 8-0 it is ok to play it safe, then again a few days ago Boston blew and lost a game vs the Angels with a big advantage (not to mention that Cleveland vs Seattle 10-12 years ago when what appeared to be a game in the pocket byt what? 14 runs? suddenly ‘became’ tied).

  101. forensic says:

    Way to hustle as usual, Cano…

  102. The Real Greg says:

    Much easier to see that with an 8-0 lead.

    And another fluke for Vernon

    • Cy Pettitte says:

      “If you ask me, ‘Who’s the best pitcher in the world?’” Ivan Nova said, “I say, ‘Me.’ You know, you have to believe it. That’s why you win so many games.”

      …maybe he really is…

  103. nsalem says:

    Shades of Teamo Perez

  104. The Real Greg says:

    Because Cano’s hit counts as a double, it means they have matched their previous 5 game total in XBH in one game

  105. Mikhel says:

    we should create bingo and cross the numbers of those injuried and see who “wins”.

  106. forensic says:

    Hopefully Gardner’s out just as a precaution to get wrapped a little early with the big lead.

  107. DavidAdamsIsGod says:

    Wanger-like performance

  108. stuart a says:

    the lineup should be Cano and the dwarfs.

    cano not hustling on a hit does not happen very often so we need to cut him some slack. he is the Dominican version of Pete Rose.

    Nova has been fabulous his last 2 or 3 starts…

    His emergence should give them an impetus for trading Hughes and Joba. Especially if they are not going to resign Hughes… Phelps and Pineda, nova, and CC can make up 4 starters for next year and then figure it out..

    • forensic says:

      cano not hustling on a hit does not happen very often so we need to cut him some slack. he is the Dominican version of Pete Rose.


      • stuart a says:

        called a joke. cano never runs hard… he is not making enough money to run hard. he only makes like $15 mill…

        • Mikhel says:

          Also, Pete Rose was actually dominican, his real name:

          Pedro Alberto Ramiro Manuel Ángel Rosas Gutiérrez Hernández León.

        • Mikhel says:

          By the way, I’ve seen him play for Dominicana as recently as this year and he hustles like there is no tomorrow, I guess he choses to reserve his ‘energy’ at the MLB level of 162 games (in a stretch right now of 20 straight without rest right now).

      • Rolling Doughnut says:

        Dude he was admiring his HR then jogged into second, and finally figured fuck it, go for third. Not good Robbie.

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      Trying to stretch a double into a triple = not hustling.

      Only in MoronLand, kids. Only in MoronLand.

      • Mikhel says:

        Maybe you missed the part where he was jogging from home plate to first, then from first to second for a bit and THEN decided to run, THAT is not hustling.

      • forensic says:

        That wasn’t trying to stretch a double into a triple. That was an easy triple that he was out on because he wasn’t hustling.

      • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

        That’s pretty clearly not what happened. He slowed down to admire his home run, THEN stupidly tried to stretch what should have been an easy triple off the bat into a foolhardy triple that got him caught.

  109. forensic says:

    Joba’s in? Guess Mo should start stretching…

  110. WhittakerWalt says:

    “Joba Chamberlain’s up in the bullpen, to make the game score a little closer.”

  111. Tom says:

    Jobber time!

    (As Mo starts thinking about getting up and stretching)

  112. Wheels says:

    Why mess around here with Joba?

  113. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    By the way, I hope you’ve all been voting for D-Rob to get into the all-star game.

  114. Jay says:

    Everyone go and vote for Robertson for the all-star game! We can’t let him lose to a Blue Jay. Voting ends tomorrow. I sat and voted over and over during the game, at least 150 votes.

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