Game 109: Number Two Starter

(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.

Categories : Game Stories


  1. Wheels says:

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

  2. trr says:

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

  3. Cathy says:

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

  4. forensic says:

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

  5. 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 says:

      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.

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

        • Kramerica Industries says:

          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 says:

        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

  6. trr says:

    Pathetic 1st inning; here we go again

  7. Kramerica Industries says:

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

  8. vicki says:

    little unfair lumping andy and hughes in with cc.

  9. Eddard says:

    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.

  10. Kramerica Industries says:


    Fuck you, YES.

  11. dkidd says:

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

  12. Cy Pettitte says:

    take notes CC.

  13. Anderson Silva says:

    that curve is nasty

  14. your mom says:

    Anyone here actually believe we’re making the playoffs?

  15. Tyson Ross to Eduardo Nunez: Take this E3.

  16. Anderson Silva says:

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

  17. DavidAdamsIsGod says:

    Nova’s Hook is brutal on righties

  18. your mom says:

    Can we at least get a Goddamn hit???

  19. Wheels says:

    Greg Vaughn.

  20. Anderson Silva says:

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

  21. Cano still swinging at that, not sure why.

  22. Lukaszek says:

    Can somebody reach base?

  23. your mom says:

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

  24. Shittyshittybangbang says:

    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 ?

  25. Anderson Silva says:

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

  26. Cy Pettitte says:

    this is pretty pathetic

  27. Overbay does it again.

  28. Wheels says:

    Hard to watch.

  29. Kramerica Industries says:

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

    Inexcusable in every possible way.

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      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.

  30. Dro413 says:

    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!!

  31. Anderson Silva says:

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

  32. Eddard says:

    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 says:

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

  33. Anderson Silva says:

    let’s see another pathetic AB from Cano

  34. Cy Pettitte says:

    stupid big ass stadium

  35. BigBlueAL says:

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

  36. Bo Knows says:

    Nova threw 6 strikes in that at bat

  37. Cy Pettitte says:

    1 run. Just score 1 run please.

  38. Wheels says:

    Nova is cruising.

  39. BigBlueAL says:

    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 says:

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

      • BigBlueAL says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

            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 says:

              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.

  40. Kramerica Industries says:

    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.

  41. Cy Pettitte says:

    booo stupid HRs. who needs Grandy?

  42. Anderson Silva says:

    welcome back Grandy!

  43. Wheels says:


  44. BigBlueAL says:

    Grandy!! Finally.

  45. your mom says:


  46. number 21 says:

    About time!

  47. Lukaszek says:


  48. 28 this year says:

    So that’s what that feels like.

  49. OldYanksFan says:


  50. Winter says:

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


    • BigBlueAL says:

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

      • fat jeter says:

        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.

  51. Wheels says:

    Can put up a big crooked number here.

  52. fat jeter says:

    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?

  53. RkyMtnYank says:

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

  54. Cuso says:

    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.

  55. Shittyshittybangbang says:

    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.

  56. WhittakerWalt says:

    “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?

  57. Anderson Silva says:

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

  58. BigBlueAL says:

    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.

  59. Tom says:

    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)

  60. Pat D says:

    Token ROVP appearance.

  61. Cy Pettitte says:

    Super Nova

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

  63. Wheels says:

    Strike three. Way to go Nova

  64. Eddard says:

    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 says:

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

    • stuart a says:

      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???

  65. 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 says:

      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.

  66. Wheels says:

    Wow, Cano 4 for his last 30.

  67. Eddard says:

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

  68. your mom says:

    Why take out Nova? Only 85 pitches.

  69. Wheels says:

    Forensic is gonna see Mo, he must be happy.

  70. RetroRob says:

    Nice win.

    Is Nova the #2 starter the team needs?

  71. Six hundred forty three. That is all.

    • stuart a says:

      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…

  72. BigBlueAL says:

    Im really gonna miss Mo.

  73. Tom says:

    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.”

  74. stuart a says:

    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….

  75. BigBlueAL says:

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

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