Aug
06

Game 112: Just Win

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(Jonathan Daniel/Getty)

Well, the Yankees need a win and they have the right guy on the mound for that tonight. So do the White Sox, unfortunately. Hiroki Kuroda‘s latest bad luck pitching matchup pits him against Chris Sale, who is no worse than the third best left-handed starter in baseball. You can made a pretty strong case he’s the second best behind Clayton Kershaw (Kuroda’s last opponent) and ahead of David Price. Either way, he’s awesome.

Even with Alfonso Soriano and Alex Rodriguez in the lineup, the Yankees still lack some punch against left-handed pitchers. Unless Sale has a really off night, they’ll have to employ the ol’ Pedro Martinez strategy and wait him out before hopefully jumping on the bullpen. Kuroda is capable of matching Sale zero for zero, but that’s an awful lot pressure to put on the starter. Scoring runs early for a change — the Yankees have scored a total of four runs before the sixth inning in the first six games of this road trip — would be a wonderful way to do that. Here’s the lineup that will face Mr. Sale:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. LF Alfonso Soriano
  3. DH Alex Rodriguez
  4. 2B Robinson Cano
  5. RF Vernon Wells
  6. 3B Jayson Nix
  7. SS Eduardo Nunez
  8. 1B David Adams
  9. C Austin Romine

And on the mound is Kuroda, who did not win AL Pitcher of the Month honors despite allowing a grand total of two runs in five July starts. Between that and the All-Star Game snub, the poor guy doesn’t get a lick of national respect.

It’s cool and cloudy in Chicago, but the rain is supposed to hold off until later tonight. It shouldn’t be a problem unless they go into extra innings or something. First pitch is scheduled for a little after 8pm ET and can be seen on YES My9. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Kramerica Industries

    Well, this should be fun.

    #masochisticlaugh

    • Lukaszek

      These days you really can’t watch a Yankees game without a whip and a spiked collar

  • forensic

    Who did win pitcher of the month and what were their basic numbers? I’m on my phone and it’s annoying to find right now.

    • dkidd

      chris archer

    • dkidd

      4-0
      0.73

      • forensic

        Thanks much! That’s understandable, archer was awesome too, and I was even able to grab him for most of it for my fantasy team.

  • dkidd

    how many k’s for alex tonight? i’ll go with 2

    • trr

      2 it is!
      including one with runners on 2nd and 3rd

  • Wheels

    This game shouldn’t take more than two and a half hours to complete.

    • trr

      Yeah , gonna be a quick one, under 5 runs total

  • dkidd

    watching tigers-indians, they have a great trivia question:

    name the last player to reach 3,000 hits with less than 500 strikeouts

    • Pat D

      Cobb, Lajoie or Speaker?

    • OldYanksFan

      Boggs?

      • Pat D

        It’s not Boggs.

        • dkidd

          i guessed paul waner, but it’s deceptively obvious: gwynn

          • dkidd

            what gwynn has to do with a tigers-indians game is another question

            i assumed every network linked the answer to that night’s game

          • Pat D

            I just assumed it was someone in the pre-heavy strikeout era. Just again goes to show how easy it is for the obvious answer to elude us.

            • dkidd

              exactly

              also, tony gwynn has amazing

              • forensic

                At this point, I’m not sure I want to know what Gwynn has that is amazing… ;-)

    • tmoney

      I have a good one. Who was the last starting pitcher to lead the league in losses and still garner MVP votes.

      • dkidd

        niekro

      • dkidd

        phil neikro?

        • tmoney

          It was Gwynns teammate. Benes in 94

  • Dale Mohorcic

    Did we sign Jason Bay yet?

  • OldYanksFan

    Well done Pat D!

  • trr

    YANKS LEAD THE MAJORS….in games scoring 1 run or less, 23 in all.
    Even the Astros are better.
    Please Chris Sale, don’t hurt us…

  • Dale Mohorcic

    Is the game delayed? Or just not on YES?

    • Pat D

      My9

      • Dale Mohorcic

        Danke

  • WhittakerWalt

    I just hope we score more than zero runs for Hiroki.

  • fat jeter

    oh great, not in the NTY market and I get Hawk fucking Harrelson

    • Pat D

      You’re better off killing yourself.

      • fat jeter

        only thing worse than watching this team is watching it under these conditions. I feel like this goes against the 8th amendment and is far beyond cruel and unusual punishment

  • trr

    Starting it off?

  • fat jeter

    lets go, small ball this shit, get 1 run and let kuroda do his thing

  • RetroRob

    Tall, thin, lefty, no “meat on the bones,” throws hard. How long can he last? Sounds like they just described Randy Johnson.

  • WhittakerWalt

    WHY THE FUCK IS GARDNER NOT RUNNING?

  • RetroRob

    The magic of A-Rod.

  • trr

    Wow what a break!

  • dkidd

    that right there is the prototypical 2013 yankee run

  • Wheels

    nice!

  • Dan in Athens

    Yeah other teams sucking!!!

  • flamingo

    Alright, Gameday isn’t being clear enough. What just happened? And is the zone really as tight as they’re making it look?

    • RetroRob

      Not getting the impression the zone is that tight. Sale’s pitches have been a bit wild at times in the early going.

      • flamingo

        Thanks!

    • trr

      No,I don’t think so.

      Soriano scored from 2nd on a wild pitch, Sox catcher couldn’t locate the ball

    • Helvetios

      Chicago catcher got crossed up on a pitch thinking Sale was going to throw a slider when he actually threw a fastball. The pitch went between his legs and hit the umpire in the foot, and got so far away that Soriano was able to score all the way from second.

  • RetroRob

    Fantastic eye, A-Rod. That last pitch was right on the black.

  • Eddard

    There’s Hiroki’s run! Now they can win 1-0 without getting a hit! Sale looks wild tonight.

  • Dan in Athens

    Soriano went to third on a when Sale through a pitch that cross up the catcher, the ball then shot off to the 3rd base side, catcher couldn’t find it and Soriano kept running.

    • flamingo

      Okay, that makes way more sense than simply Soriano scoring from second. Thanks!

    • Dan in Athens

      Threw and crossed. Good God, the nuns would have beaten me senseless if they saw that post…

      • RetroRob

        Ehh, if they were like some of the nuns from my youth, they might have beaten senseless regardless!

    • trr

      That’ s our new offense strategy, just keep running

  • EndlessJose

    I don’t care if there’s a lefty pitching, you put the best lineup available. Granderson and Soriano should be there everyday. Wells has been horrible and is a easy out.

    • Matchup Binder

      No, thou shalt not disobey me

  • dkidd

    if you’re keeping score at home…

    …your loneliness saddens me

    • Lukaszek

      It’s alright because my girlfriend is writing down the scores, not me

      • Winter

        Hey guys. Lucaszek is gonna score. I’ll leave now.

  • fat jeter

    past a diving nunez?

  • RetroRob

    He gone.

    Two words not just said by Hawk.

  • trr

    Tough play, Nunez couldn’t get it done

  • Wheels

    Good throw Romine.

  • dkidd

    that was a GREAT throw

  • trr

    Austin powers the throw to second!

  • fat jeter

    A-Rom! too bad stewart isn’t out there….

  • trr

    Nix?
    Nix!

    • Wheels

      Flaherty’s worst nightmare is having to get a real job.

      • Wheels

        wrong spot

      • forensic

        Maybe it’s having to say something partially negative about a player.

  • Tom

    Nix with a couple of nice plays (especially the 2nd one)

  • RetroRob

    I remember when the Yankees picked up Nix. Thought he’d be on the team for two weeks. Now approaching two seasons.

    • fat jeter

      Girardi loves guys you can add a y to the end of their name. Nixy, Grandy, Gardy, et al.

  • trr

    Glad we got that gift-wrapped run in the first

  • trr

    Sale’s got great stuff, I guess he’s lost on that lousy team

  • dkidd

    dave kingman!

    • forensic

      Yeah, that one was pretty obvious. I like how Flaherty had no clue, and even thought it wasn’t Strawberry because he didn’t hit that low despite that he’s not even really close to 400 homers.

      • RetroRob

        I would have guessed that Strawberry was somewhere in the 380s, but he finished in the 330s. He was basically done as a full-time player before he turned 30.

  • RetroRob

    Shades of Matsui dive in left, or Gardner. Nothing broken this time.

  • Captain Turbo

    Ouch, that looked like a wrist-breaker. Good catch, Sori.

  • forensic

    Heh, and after those 4 passed balls, the Sox pulled that starter after just the first inning and already have relievers going. Yikes.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Kuroda has been so good this year that you almost expect that 1 run to hold up.

  • Leg-End

    Run Gardy, Run!

  • WhittakerWalt

    Memo to John and Suzyn: ARod is NOT getting booed just because he’s a Yankee.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      I don’t even know what point they’re trying to make. Yes, Yankees get booed wherever they go. Yes, A-rod has always been booed. Therefore… he’s not also being booed for doing steroids?

      And how are the sports writers who said he was being booed for doing steroids holier than thou? I really can’t stand Sterling, but I’m stuck listening to him on the train home.

  • Wheels

    Come on Robbie, do something here.

  • Leg-End

    Blown call, he was safe.

  • RetroRob

    Safe.

  • Wheels

    fucking safe!

  • forensic

    Terrible call by an ump? Par for the course.

    But at least they have (almost) all those evil villians making a mockery of the sport out of the game…

    • forensic

      *villains…

  • Tom

    Safe.

    But fucking slide! The idiot dives into first base on groundballs on the IF, but then goes in standing up at home (which screens the umpire from seeing a tag)

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    That was Vernon’s fault! Supposed to tell Gardner to slide there!

    • RetroRob

      Might have blocked him the way he was positioned.

      • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

        It’s Vernon’s job to be “un”blocked.

        • RetroRob

          I meant the catcher had home plate blocked, so it might have been difficult for Gardner to slip by.

  • flamingo

    Hey, Bud. It’s in the best interests of the game to give the umps access to the same information and technology that fans have from their couches. Get on that. Thanks.

    • Captain Turbo

      Bud’s too busy breaking the rules to actually improve the game.

  • The Troll Monger

    Racist ump is racist againist gritty players, if an athletic player slides there, he’s called safe. In this case being gritty didn’t help matters much.

  • Umbrelladoc

    Gardner must have had a bad jump – the ball wasn’t hit that hard. On the other hand, Soriano was out on the steal.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Be happy you’re not stuck listening to Hawk wax poetic about how great the play was and he was clearly out ” by a cheek.”

    • RetroRob

      Did he say he was out? I understand he’s a big homer, but the camera is going to show the truth.

      • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

        “By a cheek.” And Stone concurred.

        • Pat D

          Those two are just worthy of being killed French Revolution style.

          • flamingo

            That’s kinda disturbing.

            • RetroRob

              He has a point.

              • Pat D

                Yes, I was thinking of a “Storm the broadcast booth!” moment, as if it was The Bastille.

      • Elton Cod

        Most of the replays they showed were from an angle where Wells screened home plate. They showed one from a different angle but didn’t slow it down enough/rewind enough to really see. Just said “Yeah, right call, he gone” and moved on.

        • RetroRob

          So they basically selected the camera angle that would not show they’re wrong. Crazy.

  • Leg-End

    Kuroda dealing, can we sign him for next year already?

  • stuart a

    another missed call cost the yanks a run.. against thins guy that is huge. no need for instant replay fans come to the game to see the ump f up..

    what a friggin joke…

  • Pat D

    Reggie…

  • forensic

    Jackson, Thome, Sosa.

  • Captain Turbo

    That Nix does something every game.

  • Elton Cod

    I like to call him Jayson “The Hammer” Nix. He’s been one of my favorite Yankees these past two years. He’s not great, but he’s dependable. He hustles, tries his hardest, and is consistent – unlike most of the “stars” on this team the last two years.

    • WhittakerWalt

      You’re high.

  • forensic

    Geez, sliders that looked better than that were called balls going around the plate. And yet that one’s a strike. When the ump lists are put out, you always know when you’re guarantee a frustrating night.

  • stuart a

    f in ump sucks.

    sale is throwing the ball on the outside around the plate. those are not strikes.

    nunez down looking on a ball.

    gardner is still safe for the blind…

  • Rolling Doughnut

    wrc+ last two years: 88 and 64. You banging his sister?

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Why do we have a Law & Order extra playing first base?

  • forensic

    YES, please never show that graphic again. It’s very disturbing.

    • Kramerica Industries

      What graphic was this that I paid zero attention to?

      • forensic

        It was just the 5 starters and their numbers over their last 5 starts. We all know them, two were fine but the others couldn’t be much uglier.

        • Kramerica Industries

          Oh.

          Well.

          yeah.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Sinatra would not be pleased with the baseball output from his towns this season.

  • forensic

    Whew, I thought that Konerko ball was hit much better than it was.

    • RetroRob

      I finally have Konerko on my fantasy team the year he decided to hit like his age.

      • forensic

        heh, I actually just realized my fantasy opponent this week has him, so double whew….

  • Eddard

    It’s par for the course, if Hiroki is going to get the W he’s going to have to make the 1-0 lead stick.

  • Tom

    So I saw something intereting on MLB Network about a week or two ago that was interesting.

    They looked at teams who shift a lot and the impact on estimated runs saved only on the plays where there was a shift. Of the top 5 teams, 4 saw a DRS (defensive run saved) in the 5-10 range and one saw no improvement whatsoever.

    The Yankees were the one of the teams that shifted the most, and also the only one who saw no benefit from the shift.

    I say this because on the groundball by Dunn, they had Cano shifted way over and deep into the outfield. And the SS for some reason wasn’t even on the 2nd base side of the bag. What’s the point? They are defending one groundball (the ball normally between 1st and 2nd) but just giving up another (the ball normally right at the 2nd baseman)

    • Elton Cod

      Just a guess – but some teams shift intelligently, e.g. the Rays know what to do when Cano or Tex come up. Other teams, meanwhile, are managed by Joe Girardi. Girardi really likes Doing Managerial Stuff but is usually not very intelligent about it. (binder, matchups, ‘it’s the 7th, let’s bring in Boone Logan’ to face this lefty, etc).

  • Wheels

    dammit.

  • Eddard

    Hiroki’s probably looking at a ND now at best. Might even get the L if he gives up another.

  • OldYanksFan

    Game over.

    • Wheels

      not yet

    • forensic

      Eh, it’s still tied (Thanks Sori!) and Sale’s in the mid-60’s of pitches. They might be able to fluke another run across the board in the next 5 innings.

  • forensic

    Geez Wells, take a few more stutter steps before you decide to get to the damn ball…

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Yeah. That was terrible. He waited for the ball to get to him.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    If you cherrypicked a 25-man team from the rosters of the White Sox and Yankees combined, you’d have a team 10 games under. 500.

    • Leg-End

      I’d take the Sale, Kuroda, Quintana, Nova 4-man rotation. You can keep the offense.

    • forensic

      mmm…

      platoon Overbay/Konerko, Cano, Ramirez (he’s not good, but the Yanks are terrible with Jeter hurt), A-Rod (maybe?), Dunn (DH), Rios, Gardner, platoon Soriano/De Aza (?), pick a catcher.

      Kuroda, Sale, Sabathia (I guess you’d have to?), Quintana, Santiago (?)

      Not a terrific team, but they might hang in there alright for a bit.

      • forensic

        Actually, just basing it on now, it’d be Nova over Sabathia. My bad…

      • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

        I’ll give you an A for effort. But still looks like a 10 games under. 500;team come September, right?

        • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores

          No way. They might end up five or so games over.

          • forensic

            Yeah, I think they’d hang in there ok. Depends on the starting pitchers you take and how they end up performing, I guess.

  • RetroRob

    94 mph? Kuroda throws harder than Phil Hughes.

  • Wheels

    2 big catches for Sori.

  • stuart a

    should be 2 to 1, but heck instant replay would slow the game down too much and we come to see “the human element”..

    classic stupidity….

    disgraceful….

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Hawk says it should be 3-1.in their favor if not for Sori.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    That Sori play inspired a “Dad gum it!” from Hawk.

    • OldYanksFan

      That’s ‘daG gum it’!

  • Leg-End

    Romine still hitting. Give him a proper chance Joe!

    • forensic

      Can’t do it, Romie just doesn’t sound as good as Stewie.

  • RetroRob

    According to Baseball America, the man with the best bunting tool is now at the plate. Not Baseball America’s finest call.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    /best hunter in the game right there.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Bunter

  • Tom

    Either bunt for a hit or square around and do an actual sacrifice. Gardner kind of splits the difference and half asses it, which only puts himself in a hole and then K’s.

    Gardner is just not a smart baseball player (you can see this with his baserunning too). Good skills, but low baseball IQ.

    Gardner now has cost the Yankees 2 runs (not sliding at home and not being able to bunt)

    • stuart a

      never running early in the count is his actual biggest mistake.

      he cannot steal unless he see’s at least 3 pitches.

      good ab by wells. nice patience…he with the 180 obp.. what a piece of garbage player…

      again still should be 2 to 1 but hey, love the human error factor, really adds to the game…

  • dick m

    how do you not play Romine. Can they not see that his swings are so much better than Stewart. free romine.

    • Captain Turbo

      Romine runs like a Welshman.

    • stuart a

      why romine has only improved his avg about 60 + points..

      cannot afford to take stewarts great bat out of the lineup.

  • Pat D

    Fuckin’ A, Vernon. He walked the last guy.

  • Elton Cod

    A-Rod and Cano back-to-back can’t do anything, leave the RBI work to Vernon Wells, who fails, of course. Feels almost like 2012 but with Vernon instead of Andruw Jones.

  • forensic

    Great AB, Wells. Way to make him earn it…

    And no, Flaherty, one game does not count as ‘lately’.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    That’s it, Vernon. Just go through the motions tonight. Atta boy.

  • OldYanksFan

    Our 5-9 hitters have a combined -0.8 bWAR.

    • forensic

      Is it sad that I’m surprised it’s even that high?

  • stuart a

    280 obp. you get the point HE SUCKS…

    • Leg-End

      His average and OBP are still better than his last 2 seasons. He looks terrible now, he must have looked corpse like in LA.

      • forensic

        Yes, but his SLG is way down and he’s playing in a better hitter’s park, leading to a worse OPS+ and wRC+.

        • Leg-End

          How much are we on the hook for on his contract next year? We really should just dump him.

          • forensic

            I believe it’s around $2.5 million. It’s pitiful and they absolutely should dump him (hell, they obviously should’ve never traded for him in the first place) but I’d be absolutely shocked if it happened anytime before the ASB next season. And I’d be pretty surprised if it even ever happened.

            Just wait, imagine if Gardner gets hurt next year? The Yankees OF would be Soriano, Ichiro, and Wells (or they’ll start the season with a Soriano, Gardner, Ichiro OF and Wells at DH, which is amazingly even worse). That might be the most pitiful OF in baseball history. It’s also a big part of why I didn’t like the Soriano trade.

            • Leg-End

              I don’t even want to think about that outfield next year. It’s depressing enough right now.

  • OldYanksFan

    h/t RLYW

    As noted, Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez intends to appeal his 211-game suspension for his role in the Biogenesis scandal, and he’ll remain on the active roster and eligible to play until his appeal is heard and ruled upon.

    And that brings us to this comment from MLBPA head Michael Weiner:

    Michael Weiner: “We’re not going to get [appeal process] done before the season is over.”

    — Danny Knobler (@DannyKnoblerCBS) August 5, 2013

    • Gregor

      I don’t think A-Rod is appealing. Sure, he is better than having Cruz or Nix at 3rd. But he isn’t appealing.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Can’t possibly recall the last time MLB had two teams on concurrent 10+ game winning streaks.

    Braves on an 11-game streak and in position to make it 12 tonight, and the Tigers have now won 10 in a row.

    • dkidd

      and yet, as always, i don’t expect the braves to make any noise in the post-season

      • Kramerica Industries

        Wouldn’t shock me. Braves haven’t won a playoff series since 2001.

  • Wheels

    Duct tape Mike, not electrical.

  • forensic

    Gonna leave the base like that now? How long till someone (likely a Yankee) breaks their ankle after stepping on it and it gives out underneath them?

  • Elton Cod

    What a worthless shit of an inning.

  • Kramerica Industries

    It’ll be nice when the Astros 5-0 and 7-3 leads are gone by the bottom of the 5th inning.

    • forensic

      Guess that was a pretty easy prediction.

  • dkidd

    god help me, i actually look forward to romine at-bats

  • Wheels

    Uh oh.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Ballgame.

    • Wheels

      That .500 mark is getting close.

      • Kramerica Industries

        If this series ends badly, the Tigers could quite feasibly do the honors this weekend.

      • forensic

        Yeah, it’s been a steady climb down since late April and early May. If they lose, it’d be their worst record since April 24th.

        • forensic

          Ok, fall, not climb…

          • Elton Cod

            It’s like they were on an elevator, and the elevator reached a certain floor, and then it started elevating downwards. It’s been going downwards ever since, slowly but steadily. Luckily the elevator cable hasn’t snapped and the elevator hasn’t blown up. Either of those events would cause the elevator to elevate downwards at a dangerous pace. See: Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney World; the opening scenes to the movie Speed.

  • forensic

    Wow, is Konerko slow. That’s almost Pujols-level slowness. Can’t believe that was even close to a DP.

  • Cy Pettitte

    they’re gonna get swept by the White Sox, aren’t they?

    • forensic

      I don’t know, but it’s sad that it’s even a possibility.

      Even if they win one, 2-4 against the Padres and White Sox is pretty embarrassing.

  • Tom

    Crap.

    Kuroda got 4 groundballs this inning – only 1 really hit hard.

  • iced coffee

    2-1 in the 6th. Game over.

    This team just moves from bad, to awful, to pathetic.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Just realized this game is on WGN, meaning I can watch it on TV.

    Nah, not gonna do that.

  • iced coffee

    Just saw on Twitter someone posting that no smart free agent would sign with the Yankees in the offseason.

    I have to say that considering how bad this team is, the budget restrictions, and the fact that the best move they have made in a year was Alfonso Soriano? why in the world would a free agent want to come to a losing team like this.

    I do believe we are on the cusp of the late 80’s Yankees team = C+ at best. Yikes.

    • Oy

      Where else will Betancourt, Polanco and the like will find plate appearances? It’s either Marlins or Yankees for them and Yankees will pay.

  • Kramerica Industries

    That’s the closest the Yankees get to hitting home runs these days.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    I feel bad for Kuroda. He left LA for run support. And we give him this.

  • Hawk

    Dag gum it!

  • forensic

    Thomas Neal stepping in now against Papelbon with 2 men on base, 2 outs, and a chance to complete a 4 run comeback against him.

    Go embedded Yankee!

    • forensic

      Oh well, flew out to LF.

  • forensic

    Well, that’s (almost certainly) game over.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Despite my ever-present cynicism, I’ve maintained the potential hope for the Yankees to make something out of this season for longer than most people have.

      Well, they’re now going to be on the verge of getting swept by a team that entered this series 29 games under .500 and losers of ten straight. They’re on the verge of a 2-6 roadtrip facing two horrible teams in the process.

      Perhaps appropriately on a night when they are playing the White Sox, I’m going to wave my white flag on 2013 tonight. I just can’t even feign optimism anymore. My only hope now is to finish with at least 81 wins. Other than that, football season really cannot begin soon enough.

      • Rolling Doughnut

        2014 doesn’t look much better, unfortunately.

        • Kramerica Industries

          It doesn’t look good as long as fucking Hal and Levine are doing things they way they are doing them.

          I’m far from Cashman’s biggest fan, but he’s had to deal with some serious bullshit from those two assclowns.

          • forensic

            I’m at the point where I’m up for a complete house cleaning. Off the field leadership, on the field leadership, veteran dreck, just dump it all…

  • forensic

    Come on A-Rod, get a hold of one here!

    • forensic

      It’s a hit, I’ll take it.

  • Lukaszek

    There was a time when 7IP with 3ER would be enough for a comfortable win

  • Tom

    ARod’s had some good AB’s these first 2 games.

  • Kramerica Industries

    7-3 Astros to 13-7 Red Sox.

    Amazing what a little fucking offensive capability can do for a ballclub, eh?

    • forensic

      And yet a guy from my fantasy team has to go 0-4 with 2 K’s. That’s annoying.

      • Kramerica Industries

        Napoli?

        • forensic

          Yeah.

    • forensic

      They’ve scored 10 runs in the last two innings. You have to go back 6 games for the Yankees to have reached 10 total runs.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Now have Feces bat for Wells.

  • Wheels

    damn, Jones throws some smoke

  • your mom

    This team never ceases to amaze me.

  • RetroRob

    While I understand Kay’s point about pitching on consecutive days, I’m not sure it matches up with reality. Robertson is on pace to pitch in 70 games this year. 65 last year. 70 the year prior. In other words, he is pitching in as many games as a closer already.

    • forensic

      I see both sides of it. Though I mostly side with you, there is something to the potential of higher pressure maybe adding pitches and stress to his outings (though many of his are already high stress). He’s even said (awhile back) that closing a game was the hardest thing he’d ever done on a ball field.

      He’s obviously developed and grown since then, and I’d probably be fine with him succeeding Mo, but there is a semblance of an unknown there. These guys aren’t really robots that aren’t affected by which inning they pitch, as so many people like to think.

      • RetroRob

        My guess is the Yankees will bring in some arm as insurance for D-Rob. Even if he is the closer, then they have to replace him in the 8th.

  • RetroRob

    Of course, pitchers have had nothing in the bullpen and gone out and pitched a no-hitter. I think Cone said he had nothing in the pen the day of his eventual perfect game.

  • forensic

    It’s too bad Wells, Weaver, and Torre conspired to blow that WS.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Conspired to ruin Aaron Boone’s HR is more how I take that.

      Yeah, the last 20 innings or so of that series absolutely sucked.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Well, Addison Reed has his fair share of blown saves.

    Save yourselves, Yankees.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      This is embarrassing. Even the ’67 Yankees beat up on the shitty teams: WSA 12-6, KCA 11-7 ffs.

    • forensic

      I was thinking about that too, and some of them have been epic blow-ups. It’s unlikely, but you never know.

  • Kramerica Industries

    This would be the perfect “bloop & blast” scenario.

    Would be nice to live up to that Bombers nickname right about now.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Sori hitting a home run here would just be really good timing.

  • OldYanksFan

    Do you send Gritner here?

    • forensic

      Yeah, but Soriano apparently refuses to take a pitch (as usual) to give him a chance.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Soriano and Romine K’ed on three pitches there.

    If that’s not completely worthless, I dunno what is.

  • forensic

    How epic would an A-Rod hit to tie or take the lead be?

    • RetroRob

      It would have been, although I was more expecting Soriano to strikeout on a breaking ball away. Instead, it was a fastball up.

      • forensic

        Sadly, that’s my thought too, as evidence by my reply to oldyanksfan above.

  • Dan in Athens

    Fuck.

  • forensic

    Another terrific AB for Soriano. What a great trade and improvement that’s been…

  • David N

    Well, that little bit of hope was kind of fun…

  • your mom

    This. Team. Sucks.

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

    Remember when the Yankees put together competitive at-bats? Because I don’t.

  • trr

    sighs
    The WS had lost 10 in a row before we showed up.
    How bad is this team right now?

  • Wheels

    Nothing is going right.

  • Mandy Stankiewicz

    Chris Sale’s gate, and physical frame reminds me of Ron Guidry.