Jul
13

Game 94: Two More

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Mariano Rivera Robinson Cano

Just two more games left in the traditional first half, and so far the Yankees have taken care of business on this ten-game homestand leading into the All-Star break. They’ve won five of eight games so far and are riding a three-game winning streak with two more to play against the Twins. Given the Yankees’ dominance of Minnesota over the last decade, it’s impossible not to feel good about the team’s situation this weekend. Here’s the lineup that will face right-hander Samuel Deduno:

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

And on the mound looking for his fourth straight start of two runs or less, right-hander Phil Hughes. One of those last three starts was rain-shortened, of course.

It’s warm and muggy in New York, and for once it looks like the rain will actually hold off until after the game ends. There are showers expected later this afternoon/early this evening. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Robinson Tilapia

    It’s the 7-9 of doom!

    • radnom

      It’s the 7-9 4-9 of doom!

      FTFY

  • trr

    Deduno is no flame thrower, but seems to be the type of pitcher who gives the Yanks trouble (I know, there’s a lot of ‘em this year) We’re gonna need “Good Phil” to win this one

    • Wheels

      We’re gonna see a lot of groundballs again.

    • nycsportzfan

      I don’t care what happens as long as we have more runs then them at games end. We beat Deduno lasts wk, didn’t we?

  • CONservative governMENt

    Showcase start for Hughes today.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    This over-optimism about the Twins is getting a little much. How the Yankees performed against the Twins in 2002 has nothing to do with how well they’ll perform against them now. The fact is that the Twins are a bad team, so the Yankees should do well against them, but it’s not like we should be expecting a sweep or consider a loss a big disappointment. Even great teams playing terrible teams only have like an 80% chance of winning, and the Yankees aren’t a great team.

    • The Real Greg

      But even when the Twins were a good team the Yankees did well against them. That’s what makes the stat interesting. The Twins have been a bad team for only the last 3-4 years.

      • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

        It’s an interesting stat. But it’s not predictive of what will happen in the future.

      • Elton Cod

        I do not understand what the Yankees’ record against the 2002-2008 Twins has to do with this game. So I do not find it very interesting.

        • Brian in MA

          Its definitely interesting. One Thing to note… The Twins, like the Yankees seem to have a mold for the type of players they want and the type of team they assemble. Historically, as Billy beans said, their shit doesn’t work against the Yankees. It also doesn’t help they are now getting much more inferior players to what they trotted out from 2002-2008. Just interesting is all..

    • JobaWockeeZ

      There’s nothing wrong from expecting to beat a bottom feeder. The only thing that’s over optimistic is thinking that sweeping the Twins is actually an accomplishment that’s going to be carried over in other games.

      • Mikhel

        Beating lesser teams, and overall being a bottom feeder can actually build optimism in a team, just take a look at the best team in each league, Boston and Saint Louis have faced the less amount of teams with a winning record this year and look at where they are, while the BJays and Yankees are the two teams who have faced more teams with a winning record not only in their division but in the AL…

  • Wheels

    Why are they wearing the camo hats and jerseys?

    • Memes N Themes

      Military appreciation day.

      • Wheels

        What’s that?

        • The Real Greg

          It’s a day to appreciate the military.

          /hadtodoit.

          • Pat D

            But that’s not important right now.

  • RetroRob

    The Colonel thrown like a girl.

    Oh, wait…

    • vicki

      i thought the major was a lady suffragette!

  • M&M Boys

    Off topic, but I’m wondering if Ian Clarkin is pitching yet? I assume he will pitch in the GCL this summer, but haven’t seen anything.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      EXT, am I right?

  • nsalem

    Need these 2 games. 15 out of 18 next games are on the road. Can’t wait to see Joe’s reset of the starting rotation at Fenway. Wondering who slides into the Sunday start Nova or Pettitte. Have a strong feeling it will be Nova.

  • sangreal

    why are the NY Padres on the field today?

  • Memes N Themes

    Over/under on John & Suzyn’s first mention of Hughes pitch count?

    • Pat D

      First inning, right.

  • nsalem

    I like what Morneau said last night about the bat tossing incident. Imagine that a professional athlete feeling they should be held accountable for their behaviour,

    • Pat D

      What did he say?

      • McLovin

        He shouldn’t have of thrown the bat, he doesn’t want kids looking up to him doing that, like his son.

        • Pat D

          Thanks.

      • nsalem

        He was embarrassed by his tantrum, because kids were watching (including his) and it leaves a bad impression.

        • Pat D

          Thanks.

  • The Real Greg

    Good job by Ichiro not to go for 3.

  • Wheels

    nice hit

  • The Real Greg

    And yet again Cano beats the Twins.

  • RetroRob

    Usually don’t see balls deflect off the pitcher and into the OF.

  • McLovin

    Cano! Nice kick save though.

  • Pseudoyanks

    That’s all Hughesy will need.

    • Pseudoyanks

      until he needs another.

  • nsalem

    He was embarrassed by his tantrum, because kids were watching and it leaves a bad impression.

  • Mick taylor

    Carlos Beltran is having another great year. His signing by the cardinals was one of the best in baseball. He wanted to come to the yanks but idiot cashman exercised the option on swisher after he had another awful playoff performancein 2011. The yanks could really use the switch hitting Beltran now

    • The Real Greg

      This is a bit random, isn’t it?

      • Pat D

        Not considering who said it.

    • McLovin

      Hindsight 20/20

      • Brian S.

        I remember calling for this to happen that very offseason.

    • nsalem

      He also wanted to come here after the 2004 season also. He offered to sign at a substantial discount rather than sign with the Mets. Just trying to get you more upset than you already are.

    • Get Phelps Up

      They still could have signed Beltran and kept Swisher.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        While trading Grandy? That would’ve been an epic move. Half of that would be good too though, Swish > Grandy even after adjusting for position.

        • Get Phelps Up

          Well I was thinking DH. But now that I think about it he signed before Montero was traded and Posada announced his retirement. I guess Gardner also could have been moved into more of a 4th OF role.

  • RetroRob

    Phil Hughes and a HR. Shocking.

  • Snuke Swanky

    Well that was gone off the bat

  • Wheels

    obligatory home run

  • The Real Greg

    Horrible pitch

  • trr

    Phuckin’ Phil phucks up again

  • The Real Greg

    That seems to be Phil Hughes defines. He ‘s moving along nicely and then he throws up an egg.

  • McLovin

    :(

  • trr

    No way he’s on this team next year

    • The Real Greg

      He might not even be on the team in August.

    • RetroRob

      He might not be on the team next month.

  • Elton Cod

    Is Nunez sitting because he’s coming off an injury? Otherwise I see no reason – he sat 5 games ago, he will get ASB off in two days. Nunie is no powerhouse, but he’s better than these guys.

    • The Real Greg

      Girardi said to the press that he was still being careful with Nunez.

    • Evan3457

      Probably a day off, coupled with 3-17 with 9 K’s the last 5 games.

      Just trying to find a reset button, looks like.

  • The Real Greg

    That is Hughes defined. 5 K’s and a home run

  • Memes N Themes

    Solo homers don’t bother me one bit. I hate giving up runs, but I would rather that than the 2 walk, 2 bloop single/bleeder runs that some other pitchers give up.

  • RetroRob

    Making a solid, but not spectacular play does not count as “taking an extra base hit away.”

  • Memes N Themes

    Funny enough, the Yankees with the uniforms could be prepping Hughes for his Padre career.

  • joefrombklyn

    military appreciation day !

  • Robinson Tilapia

    For those out of NYC listening to ma and pa telling you what a nice day it is, they’re fucking lying to you. It’s still humid as heck out there.

    • joefrombklyn

      LMFAO !! yep

    • Pat D

      I really don’t get all this whining about the humidity. IT’S ALWAYS LIKE THIS. I live in eastern PA and I’ve come to accept it over the years. You wanna know how humid it was in Gettysburg last weekend? About 1000%.

      • Pseudoyanks

        Well, at least there were no tourists visiting…

        • Pat D

          Oh, none at all. Place was the emptiest I’ve ever seen it.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Yeah, and Lincoln fucking hated it.

        • Pat D

          I heard no reports of re-enactors suffering heat stroke, but I didn’t pay that much attention either.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Yeah well I’m from NY and I lived in Lima, Peru (the asshole of the universe) for three years. Lima makes NY look like Arizona. Any human activity you do for more than 5 minutes makes you sweat…all year round.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Oh, I grew up in Miami. I know what it’s about. I just found it silly that they’re talking about this breeze that doesn’t exist. I’m staring at the trees right now.

        It’s cooler than it was earlier in the week, but it is nasty. It’s like the heavens farted upon us.

  • Snuke Swanky

    Mauer would look so so good in pinstripes

    • JMK

      Yeah, but not with that contract.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        He’s not overpaid though, it’s a fair contract for a catcher who averages a .400 OBP.

        • Get Phelps Up

          Yeah, but he’s not really a full time catcher. He hasn’t caught 100+ games since 2010.

  • Pseudoyanks

    I mean, wasn’t Jorge converted to C in Low A Ball? It’s not like he was converted in da bronx.

  • HateMclouth

    7 Ks for Phil through 4 not bad. Also nice play by Cruz.

  • Snuke Swanky

    Deduno really punding Cano inside…and then Robbie somehow swings and misses at a mistake out over the plate

  • HateMclouth

    Seriously, ever since I changed my handle Vern has been pretty good. Hm.

    • SDB

      McLouth’s cooled off as well. Keep it this way! (Or maybe change to something like CrashDavis?)

      • HateMclouth

        Haha. Love it!

  • Memes N Themes

    Almonte’s ability and willingness to walk has been a very nice surprise. He may not become a star, but he can help a team.

  • JMK

    So…that worked out pretty well.

    • JMK

      I still like the idea, even if it didn’t work out very well. Who knew Girardi had it in him?

      • Brian S.

        I don’t think that was Girardi. That was just Zoilo fucking up.

  • HateMclouth

    If Zoilo turned back towards first in order to stall the tag would Vern scoring count?

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Yes. Which is why he should have stalled. Hence the name trick play

      • HateMclouth

        Gotcha thanks.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Coney, isn’t Almonte’s not causing a rundown less a “trick play” than just a rookie mistake?

    • HateMclouth

      Ooh. I think this answers my question haha.

  • Murderer’s Row Boat

    How about the Yankees keep Hughes and sign him to a contract and offer to move the fences back to non-little league depth?

    • Brian S.

      I remember a year ago thinking we should move the fences back. Then I watched the Yankees this year and realized that the park doesn’t actually make offense any better. A good offense will be a good offense regardless of park.

      • Brian S.

        Also the home run he gave up was legit. Nothing cheap about left center in Yankee Stadium.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Meh, it’s easier and makes more sense to move Hughes.

    • VT Yankee Fan

      YSIII is 12th in MLB for HRs this year. 8th last year.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Right we aren’t in Colorado or something. Hughes is legitimately a bad pitcher regardless of ballpark.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      There’s more to it than home runs. xFIP decreased the amount of home runs Hughes has given up and his stats are still terrible (4.45 this year).

      Just let him find some success in the NL.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    I missed the non-rundown play. What happened?

  • Brian S.

    Since we’re playing the Twins, anyone else think that we should have drafted J.O. Berrios instead of Tyler “ow my shoulder and hip” Hensley?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Talk to me when either’s reached AA.

      That being said, I have no clue who Berrios is. He could be in AAA already for all I know.

      • Brian S.

        He was one of the high school pitchers that I thought the Yankees could target with their pick last year. He was the first pick in the supplemental round like three or four picks after the Yankees and is tearing it up in A-ball at 19 years of age (doesn’t turn 20 until next May).

        • nsalem

          If you like him so much you should change your screen name to J.O.

          • Brian S.

            The only way someone prefers Hensley to Berrios at this point is racism.

            • nsalem

              You should be the GM or at least Director of Scouting. I’m sure you would do a better job.

              • Brian S.

                Where do I apply?

            • Pat D

              That’s a pretty fucking stupid thing to say.

            • JMK

              You’re a fucking moron.

              • Brian S.

                insert trollface .gif here

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Brian……that’s an insanely stupid thing to say.

        • JMK

          Berrios has definitely been an excellent prospect for the Twins while Hensley has not really been able to get on the field for the Yankees. No argument. It hasn’t been an ideal situation.

          I still think the Hensley pick was a good one. He was a top 15 talent who fell due to signability/injury concerns that the team felt could be overcome. Thus far, it just hasn’t worked out. I still think the process is good. Get the best talent available.

          We can always look back at the draft and say, “Well this guy picked five spots after Hensley has been great, we should have gotten him!”

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Hensley could conceivably erase all that by the end of next season.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Way too early for anything to matter. Sorry.

      • nsalem

        He’s in A ball doing pretty well. Good fastball.

    • JMK

      It’s been a year. Hold on to your burrito, Brian.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Are you kidding me? Drafting Hensley is a miracle compared to the the previous two years of reaching with their first pick.

      No, Hensley was a fine pick there are a lot more valid things to complain about.

      • Brian S.

        Speaking of those previous two years reaching…Culver is still just 20 and his wRC+ is slowly creeping toward 100. Maybe not a lost cause after all? DBJ sucks though.

        • JMK

          Despite what the scouts/writers seem to be saying, I think Culver’s year is promising. His bat has improved, particularly with power. The knock on him has long been his bat. He still projects to stick at shortstop and now that he’s dropped switch hitting, can focus on one side.

          Meanwhile, Bichette has Angelini written all over him.

          • Brian S.

            His >27% K rate is kind of a concern. The increase in ISO is sort of offset by that. I still don’t think he’s a top 30 prospect in the system but he might be with a good year next season.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          Jose Iglesias age 20: .295/.339/.379
          Cito CUlver age 20: .232/.321/.372

          Culver is in high A, Jose’s stats are from high A and AA. We all harp on Jose saying he sucks (which is valid because he does) and right now Culver is doing even worse. The bat is around the same but the defense probably isn’t.

          • Brian S.

            Well Iglesias has a completely legitimate 150 wRC+ so I’ll take this as good news.

            • JobaWockeeZ

              .436 BABIP. With only 1 HR to boot.

              Ichiro, who’s widely recognized as perhaps the best contact hitter ever, never posted a .400 BABIP season ever. His highest was .399

              I don’t think you’re even trying here.

  • nsalem

    Austin

  • HateMclouth

    Nice throw!

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Romine right on the money. Nice.

  • ClusterDuck

    Yankee catchers holding down the running game this year, even without the improved Cervelli.

  • Pseudoyanks

    So can the Yanks get $1.5 – $2 Million in International Signing cap for Hughesy? Could be the equivalent of an early first round draft pick (vs keep him and get the Supplemental pick if he turns down their QO.)

    • Brian S.

      Honestly if the White Sox can get a top 150 prospect for an old left handed reliever with a mid 3 ERA and worse peripherals than the Yankees might be able to get a top 100 prospect for Hughes after an outing like this. And that would probably be a better value than an offer sheet pick so yeah they should do that.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I’ll be honest – I just woke up from a nap and missed half the game. Looking at the box score, though, I agree. Despite the score, it doesn’t look like an outing that would effect his value negatively. 7+ innings, 10 Ks, home run prone, which everyone knows already.

  • Pseudoyanks

    I remember that f’n trade. Mets had so much f’n pitching at the time and that traded Hearn for Coney…I weeped.

  • Brian S.

    Zoilo is turning into David Adams. All our prospects suck.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Who would you say Coney is greater associated with, anyway, Mets or Yankees? Better stats and more innings with the Mets, but he won all his NY titles with the Yankees.

    • nsalem

      Well he exposed himself to teenage girls as a Met, but he made the El Duque commercial as a Yankee, so I think it’s a tie.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Kind of expected this. Too bad.

  • SDB

    3 hits and 2 runs in 7 IP. If the Yankees lose, it’s not because of Phil.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Phil looked sharp today. One maybe two mistakes.

    • Kramerica Industries

      10 K’s, too.

      Yeah, can’t even remotely pin this on him. Yankees need to do better than one run against the Twins. Fortunately, still a chance to fix that.

  • Cy Pettitte

    yes the loss is on the offense but Phils HRs are still annoying. at least Kuroda gives up doubles and gives himself a chance to strand the runner.

    • nsalem

      You should have stopped at the loss is on the offense.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        True. You can find other starts to blame Hughes on. There are quite a lot to choose from.

  • Frank

    Hughes Ks Doumit twice on sliders. Has him 1-2. Wonder what Doumit was expecting.

  • Winter

    Is it really better to use Nunez as a PR for Hafner instead of as a PH for Romine?

  • HateMclouth

    Ugh, this offense.

  • Pseudoyanks

    Break for the Yankees.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Big time.

  • McLovin

    Weird play.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Even when Hughes is marvelous, these home runs become fucking killer.

  • Winter

    Phuck.

  • Frank

    Just brutal. Hughes beaten last 2 times with hanging sliders.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Hughes and YS, very bad combo

    • trr

      yup. and the divorce is coming

  • Elton Cod

    The third HR is a drag, but let’s face it, we weren’t scoring two more anyway. This offense is the worst thing since sliced bread.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Still…Phil…has to go.

    • Winter

      Any MLB offense can score a run at any time. A 2-1 deficit is surmountable by the Marlins or the Astros or even, believe it or not, the Yankees. A 4-1 deficit in the 8th is very different.

      • The Real Greg

        Agreed. That one home run changed the whole way this game will be viewed as related to Phil Hughes.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Totally would’ve given up on this game entirely if those weren’t the Twins out there.

  • brian

    Look they have to lose to the Twins sometime..

    I’m more saddened by the stadium… this is a sat day game in the summer and there is no life… it was a tie/one run game for most of it…

    Come on fans, I know we all miss El Capitan, the heart and soul of the franchise but show some passion

    • Robinson Tilapia

      It’s a pretty shitty day outside, despite whatever John and Suzyn see.

    • SDB

      Despite what Ma and Pa say about the weather, it’s fucking oppressive. Seriously hot, and humid as hell.

      With this weather and this sort of lineup, I can’t blame them for staying home.

  • Matt

    Anyone else notice the Indian scout behind home plate?

    • nsalem

      Native American, Sub Continent or a guy with a Cleveland cap.

      • Lukaszek

        Maybe all three?

  • Kramerica Industries

    Can the Twins have Joe Nathan back for this inning?

  • John

    What’s up with the Indian scout behind the plate? Watching Phil?

  • The Real Greg

    That Florimon homer just took all sympathy away from Hughes. Before it was… “Hughes was robbed by the offense” Now it’s “You gave up 4 runs to the Twins.

    And the worst part is that there is no way to tell when Hughes will give up his homers

  • Kramerica Industries

    #Yankees0ffense

    • The Real Greg

      I was with you until that Florimon homer. Now it’s more 50/50 in blame than it was before.

      And you can’t blame Girardi for leaving him in there, because the previous out was a ground ball out and there was no indiciation.

      • Kramerica Industries

        These two don’t need to be isolated. You can lose because of ill-timed pitching mishaps AND offensive ineptitude.

        • The Real Greg

          But in terms of Hughes, he is not a sympathetic figure in this game because of that home run to Florimon.

          • Kramerica Industries

            Don’t put words in my mouth. I never made that insinuation.

            • The Real Greg

              I know that. I never said you did. I was just making a point.

  • trr

    a lifeless, lightless loss.

  • The Real Greg

    But I think the Yankees to need to try and trade Hughes and Joba together for a bat. However, nobody seems willing to trade right now.

    This what having 2 WC’s does.