Game 109: Number Two Starter

Derek Jeter out this weekend due to lingering quad and calf issues
A-Rod draws four walks in latest minor league rehab game
(Denis Poroy/Getty)
(Denis Poroy/Getty)

Considering how poorly he pitched last season, particularly down the stretch in the second half, it’s hard to believe we’ve (again) reached the point where Ivan Nova is the Yankees’ second best starter. The trio of CC Sabathia, Andy Pettitte, and Phil Hughes have been decent at best and awful at worst, and the last few weeks have leaned towards the low-end of that scale. Nova is suddenly the guy that makes you say “we’re going to have a good chance to win today.” Baseball is weird sometimes. Here’s the lineup that will face funky right-hander Tyson Ross:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. 2B Robinson Cano
  3. LF Alfonso Soriano
  4. RF Curtis Granderson
  5. 1B Lyle Overbay
  6. SS Eduardo Nunez
  7. 3B Brent Lillibridge
  8. C Chris Stewart
  9. SP Ivan Nova

More perfect weather in San Diego … I assume. There’s really no point in checked the weather report down there. It’s the same everyday. First pitch is scheduled for 8:40pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Injury Updates: In case you missed it earlier, Derek Jeter won’t play this weekend due to lingering quad and calf sorenessDavid Phelps has been scratched from tomorrow’s rehab start with a sore elbow.

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Derek Jeter out this weekend due to lingering quad and calf issues
A-Rod draws four walks in latest minor league rehab game
  • Wheels

    Cheer up everyone, at least the game starts at a reasonable time tonight.

  • trr

    Still not thrilled with that lineup, but I like our chances with Nova

  • Cathy

    Given the horrific caliber of candidates in the NYC mayoral race, Jeter would win in a landslide.

    • Yankee Fan 1

      Giftbaskets >>>>> dick pics

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      Brent Lillibridge for mayor. He plays third base, but not in the bedroom. ;)

      • ropeadope

        Hot corner?

    • Gonzo

      So I guess you haven’t heard about San Diego’s Mayor?

    • Lukaszek

      What about Wein…oh nvm I forgot about the Dickgate

  • forensic

    At the game, and Cano is wearing #26 for some reason. Have they said anything on the tv broadcast about why?

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      You sure you’re not confusing Cano and Nunez?

      • forensic

        Yup, Girardi actually just yelled out to him and cano didn’t even know he had the wrong one on. He and Nunez were laughing about it and he just ran into the clubhouse.

        • forensic

          And I have a (blurry) picture of him running in to prove it. :-)

          See what we all miss when you’re not at the games.

          • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

            You’re 3000 miles away. We’re not. :P

        • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

          I’d love to know how that happened.

          I’ve heard of wearing the wrong colors or something, but the wrong number…alright.

          • ropeadope

            Faltering eyesight. No contract extension.

          • Oy

            Can was obviously too lazy to walk all the way to his locker, so he just stole the closest, poorly placed jersey.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Now the last time we saw Tyson Ross, he gave up the Eduardo Nunez walk-off E3. If I remember right, Nova started that game, no?

    • Kramerica Industries

      There was so much crazy shit in that game.

      Just off the top of my head, in that game:

      *Nova was utter trash, and gave up, like, three extra base hits to start the game
      *Travis Blackley was even worse, and gave back the lead and then some in the bottom half of the inning
      *Nova, not to be outdone, continued to suck into the 2nd inning, and I don’t even think he made it out of the inning. If it wasn’t the 2nd, he was taken out in the 3rd
      *Ibanez awoke from a four-month slump, hit a two-run HR
      *Boone Logan escaped a bases loaded jam in the 8th
      *Steve Pearce saved the day with an amazing catch on a line drive with the bases loaded in the 11th
      *Jeter left the bases loaded in the 12th
      *A’s finally got to Freddy Garcia and drilled two HRs in the 13th against him, and hit three HRs total in the inning. Led 9-5.
      *Yankees came right back against Pat Neshek, including Ibanez’s insane bomb of a HR to tie it at 9.
      *ARod hit a game winning line drive up the middle in the 14th, until Mesa effing missed 3rd base.
      *Finally, Nunez hit that crazy-as-hell topspin grounder to first that Brandon Moss couldn’t field, and the Yankees won.

      The Yankees and A’s finished with the two best records in the AL last year. It was a game befitting of what would’ve been a great ALCS matchup. Fucking Tigers.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

        I watched most of the 14 inning game. Was jumping up and down at the end. I missed the 11th to 13th though.

        http://riveraveblues.com/2012/.....ics-76347/

        • Kramerica Industries

          I actually was stuck at work for most of that Saturday afternoon (no, really, it sucked!). I kept up with the game pretty well all told, but I did miss a lot of the run scoring action in the later innings. In fact, the Nunez walk-off may have been the only run I saw score. The rest was information I gathered and watched later on.

      • Lukaszek

        That was a fun game. I turned on the TV a minute before Johnny Gomes hit the go-ahead homerun in extras. I kept watching and screamed like crazy when Ibanez later tied the game in the bottom of the inning

  • trr

    Pathetic 1st inning; here we go again

  • Kramerica Industries

    Remember when Nova was a Rule V draft selection of the Padres?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    One of my friends found this earlier.

    Look at that early 1970s Sterling:

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/1002591_10151738120944268_875441588_n.jpg

    • trr

      WMCA, 570 on your AM dial.
      When I was a little kid, they were the premier Rock station in NYC

  • vicki

    little unfair lumping andy and hughes in with cc.

  • Eddard

    This is a must win. They just can’t afford to lose any ballgames that Hiroki and Nova start since those are the only two that are consistently good.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Jeez.

    Fuck you, YES.

  • dkidd

    i dare forensic to go behind home plate and spell out RAB “YMCA” style

    • trr

      Do it Forensic!

  • Cy Pettitte

    take notes CC.

  • Anderson Silva

    that curve is nasty

  • your mom

    Anyone here actually believe we’re making the playoffs?

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      Until there is an E next to the Yankees. Yes.

    • Jim Mora

      PLAYOFFS!?!?

    • Rolling Doughnut

      With a 7.3% probability, I guess I’d have to say fuck no.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Tyson Ross to Eduardo Nunez: Take this E3.

  • Anderson Silva

    tie game, second inning and they have to play the infield in. Really sad.

    • your mom

      That is pretty telling isn’t it? It worked though.

      • Anderson Silva

        it was absolutely the right move, and that’s what’s sad

  • DavidAdamsIsGod

    Nova’s Hook is brutal on righties

  • your mom

    Can we at least get a Goddamn hit???

  • Wheels

    Greg Vaughn.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Greg Vaughn.

  • Anderson Silva

    terrible ABs all around. It’s like they have given up

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Cano still swinging at that, not sure why.

  • Lukaszek

    Can somebody reach base?

  • your mom

    Cano slumping when we need him most. Offense looking like shit, as usual.

  • Shittyshittybangbang

    Is that Bob Gibson’s grandson pitching for Los Padres ?! Weakish line-up and a slumping Cano, not ideal. Do you guys believe Cano’s costing himself significant dollars ?

    • your mom

      Unfortunately, not at all.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      It’s Walk-Off E3 Ross.

  • Anderson Silva

    same pitch, same spot every time. Can they really be this bad?

  • Cy Pettitte

    this is pretty pathetic

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Overbay does it again.

  • Wheels

    Hard to watch.

  • Kramerica Industries

    I cannot fucking believe the way Arizona just fucked themselves in this game.

    Inexcusable in every possible way.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Bases loaded, 0 out, Aaron Hill at the plate and Paul Goldschmidt, by far their best hitter, on deck.

      Hill singles to left on a fliner hit to Gomes. Runner from 3rd scores, and the effing runner from second is waved in, and thrown out at the plate.

      Goldschmidt strikes out, Chavez flies out.

      Now, why in the fucking hell when you’ve got a rally, now a one-run game, and your best hitter at the plate (someone who’s already homered in the game) are you getting greedy like that? That was atrocious.

  • Dro413

    I do not want curtis granderson anymore. I expect nothing but strikeouts and a lucky homer. And Cano, not clutch at all. This team sucks this year!!

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      Granderson’s 10th game, not even close to deserve the bashing.

    • your mom

      There’s the lucky HR.

  • Anderson Silva

    at least they have apparently salvaged Nova’s career, one silver lining from this horrendous season

  • Eddard

    Ivan Nova could pitch 63 consecutive scoreless innings and he’d go 0-9 because the offense wouldn’t score any runs for him.

    • Kramerica Industries

      They used up all of Nova’s run support in that Kansas City game with the Overbay grand slam.

  • Anderson Silva

    let’s see another pathetic AB from Cano

  • Cy Pettitte

    stupid big ass stadium

    • your mom

      Doesn’t matter he still didn’t come through.

  • BigBlueAL

    Cano still searching for his 1st HR since the All-Star break, SLG% has now dropped below .500

  • Bo Knows

    Nova threw 6 strikes in that at bat

  • Cy Pettitte

    1 run. Just score 1 run please.

  • Wheels

    Nova is cruising.

    • number 21

      Unfortunately, so is Ross.

  • BigBlueAL

    Nova’s re-emergence as a quality SP has been by far the best thing to have happened this season. Actually has been the only positive thing to have happened this season lol.

    • your mom

      Well if Arod is banned and the Yankees save money it will top that.

      • BigBlueAL

        True but not exactly a positive to have one of the best players ever suspended and possibly have their career end. Dont get me wrong I dont feel sorry for Arod and will be thrilled to have his salary off the books but in some ways it sucks that ownership gets a reprieve from their mistake especially considering the roster they have put out this season. Hal and Levine dont deserve a break like this.

        • Deathstroke Heathcott

          I don’t really care what they deserve, if them getting lucky and off from their mistake benefits me as a fan, I’m still gonna love it for happening.

          • BigBlueAL

            Yes but is it really gonna benefit us next season?? All it will do is make it that much easier to get under 189m next season. I doubt they are gonna use that money to sign other players to make up for losing Arod. We hopefully see the benefit in 2015 when the tax is reset and the Yankees hopefully decide to spend like the Yankees again (smartly of course).

            • Deathstroke Heathcott

              Well, imagine how hard it would be to get under 189 with A-Rod on the cap. So yeah it’d benefit us next season. And even long-term once they reset the tax, could really be useful.

  • Kramerica Industries

    So far, Nova has a 1.80 ERA in his last 20 innings pitched.

    Too bad opposing pitchers have a collective 0.00 ERA in that same time against this fucking 0ffense.

  • Cy Pettitte

    booo stupid HRs. who needs Grandy?

  • Anderson Silva

    welcome back Grandy!

  • Wheels

    Grandy!!!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    THE GRANDYMAN CAN

  • BigBlueAL

    Grandy!! Finally.

  • your mom

    Hooray!!!!!!!!!

  • number 21

    About time!

  • Lukaszek

    GR-GRA-GRAND-GRANDERSON!!!

  • 28 this year

    So that’s what that feels like.

  • OldYanksFan

    TOO MANY HOMERZ!!!!!

  • Winter

    All Granderson does is strike out and hit home runs. DFA him and be done with it.

    /s

    • BigBlueAL

      Gonna be very interesting to see what kind of contract offers he gets this off-season.

      • fat jeter

        I’d only give him the QO. Homeruns are fun and all, a batting average over .250 and using his legs on the basepaths would be nice too.

  • Wheels

    Can put up a big crooked number here.

    • BigBlueAL

      Problem is bottom 3 of the lineup is up. You arent pinch-hitting for Nova either so not sure if the Yankees will be able to add to the lead this inning.

      • Wheels

        One can dream, can’t he?

  • fat jeter

    Mike, what’s with Nova hate? You once said something along the lines of having no faith in him when 2 years ago he won like 16 games and was the 2nd best pitcher in the rotation. He had a pretty bad year last year — which is not uncommon for young pitchers. He started poorly this year and now is far and away the second best pitcher on the staff again. This really shouldn’t be that surprising. Funny how getting sent down and getting away from Rothschild seems to help him out. CC have any options left?

    • BFDeal

      Or Nova just finally got his head out of his ass.

      • fat jeter

        yea, that’s definitely a possibility too. gotta be hard to see what the the catcher is calling let alone throw the ball with your head up your own ass.

  • RkyMtnYank

    Good to see all of the Yankee atbats get better the second and third time through atleast.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    I just realized that perhaps the last time A-Rod poked his head out of the YS3 dugout during a game was to get some chick’s number.

  • Shittyshittybangbang

    Aha, the old bloop and a blast trick. Familiar with the bloop, but the blast ?! Let’s just enjoy it, I guess. No bunt from Ichiro ?! Interesting.

  • WhittakerWalt

    “Stewart has decent power. He’s hit 3 home runs.”

    Now the question for you is, is this a real John Sterling quote, or did I make it up?

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      Real.

      Sounds like his typical line.

    • fat jeter

      3 homeruns! Goodness gracious! Of all the dramatic things i’ve ever seen!

  • Anderson Silva

    I don’t know if it has been mentioned lately, but Chris Stewart is absolutely awful at hitting a baseball

    • WhittakerWalt

      See above.

  • BigBlueAL

    For the life of me I dont understand why they continue to play Stewart and guys like Nix/Lillibridge every night. I would much rather see Romine and Adamns not because they will necessarily do a better job but at least as young players every at-bat you are learning something about them.

    We already know Stewart and the crap who play 3B suck. At least play the young guys every day and truly find out what they are.

  • Tom

    Interesting call here… I’d think I’d go for the chance at the run as opposed to 1 more inning out of Nova.

    (Or if Girardi was going to do this, squeeze with Stewart)

  • Pat D

    Token ROVP appearance.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Super Nova

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Generous call. Doesn’t matter anyway, we’re out of the inning.

  • Wheels

    Strike three. Way to go Nova

  • Eddard

    Nova’s the best pitcher in baseball right now not named Hiroki Kuroda. And people wanted to give up on this kid and trade him away.

    • your mom

      CC is the worst pitcher in baseball right now not named Joba. And people were fine with signing him to an extension.

    • stuart a

      true.. patience of yankee fans. btw when they sent him down he was horrible given up the most extra base hits in baseball.

      baseball is a crazy sport. look at CC now and look at Nova. who could have predicted that???

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Dale Thayer in the bullpen, ex-Met, gave up grand slam to Mike Nickeas of all people last year. Also was conveniently left out of the preview by Mike.

    • Kramerica Industries

      I remember watching that game! It was a Saturday matinee in early May (like all Mets homes games are on Saturday). I think it took a 5-0 game into a 9-0 game. Landed in the moved-in fence area in LF.

  • Wheels

    Wow, Cano 4 for his last 30.

  • Eddard

    Robbie never should have done that HR derby. It wrecked his swing.

    • fat jeter

      which time? he’s done it the last 3 years…

    • Wheels

      Maybe it was getting nailed by that Harvey fastball.

  • your mom

    Why take out Nova? Only 85 pitches.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      Wasn’t as sharp as he was in the previous innings. Wisest decision to give him a good line while he’s ahead.

    • fat jeter

      the book says 7 innings!

  • Wheels

    Forensic is gonna see Mo, he must be happy.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      Did he get to see the five beach cruisers Mo got earlier?

      • Wheels

        Five of them?

        • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

          Padres (and Trevor Hoffman) gave Mo 5 beach cruisers, one for him and for each member of his family.

          And I feel stupid, it was yesterday.

          http://bleacherreport.com/arti.....ng-tribute

  • Wheels

    Nix!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Insurance!

    Nix?!

  • RetroRob

    Nice win.

    Is Nova the #2 starter the team needs?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Six hundred forty three. That is all.

    • stuart a

      that record will NEVER be broken….

      MO best of all time. think how lucky yankee fans to have been able to see this guy for 19 years… unreal.

      and he was not that good coming up and early in his major league career…

      you never know…

  • BigBlueAL

    Im really gonna miss Mo.

  • Tom

    Joe Magrane on MLBNetwork

    “Mo on the mound with a 3 run lead, clean inning, team having not sen him before… this is fish in a barrel. I’m saying he can throw his hat out there and finish this one.”

  • stuart a

    as is of course Nova is the #2 starter since Sabathia has been horrible.

    you see tonight how much the loss of granderson has hurt. no granderson and Texiera basically the whole season has killed.

    if grandy and tex did not get hurt even with the 3b situation this team is in the playoffs.

    nova is legit. not this good but he is a legit top 3 in rotation pitcher…I give grandy a qualifying offer. they need hims for 1 year. btw he is 31 so even younger guys can get hurt….

  • BigBlueAL

    Only negative from tonight was Nix getting that hit in the 9th ensuring he starts at 3B for the next week lol.