Aug
14

Game 119: The start of something?

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Once again, no creativity. And what's with the lowercase T? (Presswire)

Once again, no creativity. And what’s with the lowercase T? (Presswire)

I’ve never really bought into the whole “momentum is only as good as tomorrow’s starting pitcher” thing, but if it is true, the Yankees are in great shape tonight. They’ve won three straight games and four of their last five, and tonight they’re giving the ball to Ivan Nova.

Nova has been the club’s second best starting pitcher since the start of July, and not only because three of the other four members of the rotation has stunk. He’s got a 1.60 ERA and 2.46 ERA in six starts since officially rejoining the rotation, and tonight he’ll be shooting for his seventh straight start of at least seven innings. CC Sabathia has done that three times, but the last Yankee to do it before him was David Cone in 1998. Here’s the lineup that will look to build off last night’s 14-run outburst and claw its way back into the playoff race against Jered Weaver:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. 3B Alex Rodriguez
  5. DH Curtis Granderson
  6. LF Alfonso Soriano
  7. 1B Lyle Overbay
  8. SS Eduardo Nunez
  9. C Chris Stewart

And on the mound is Nova, one of the few legitimately positive long-term developments to come from this otherwise forgettable season. It would be really great if he has indeed turned the corner and shaken off the struggles he had from Opening Day 2012 through June 2013.

The weather in New York is absolutely gorgeous. Not too hot, not too humid, no clouds, no chance of rain … it’s a perfect spring summer day. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads
  • J

    Looks like the guy made guidelines to write on and then realized his “T” looked more like an “I” because of them forcing him to create a lowercase “t” in order to compensate. Not sure if that makes you feel any better about it.

    • RetroRob

      It angers me.

    • vicki

      it didn’t bother him with the L’s. i’m with rob.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      ALEX
      PLEASE
      REIIRE

    • Captain Turbo

      At least he said please.

    • Caballo Sin Nombre

      I think it demonstrates adaptability.

  • Get Phelps Up

    The DBacks (and Jim Johnson) are at it again!

  • Preston

    I don’t know if anybody’s opinion of Nova should have changed. He’s a guy with the ability to dominate for stretches and sometimes loses his command and gets knocked around for stretches. Nobody should have been giving up on him when he struggled and nobody should be penciling him in as a future ace for next season now. He’s a guy who deserves to be in the big league rotation next year, and hopefully he gets more consistent.

  • The Real Greg

    Death, Taxes, and Jim Johnson blowing a save

    • Kramerica Industries

      and not getting the L in the process.

      Third straight blown save where the winning run was at 3rd with one out, and Johnson got out of the jam.

  • Eddard

    This is another must win. The time for series splits and taking 1/3 is over. They must win these series. Nova can match Weaver 0 for 0. With the automatic loss looming tomorrow this is a must have. If they can hit 2 solo HRs that should be enough. The Angels lineup is Trout, K or HR Trumbo and a bunch of nobodies.

    • OldYanksFan

      Josh Hamilton says Hello…

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        He’s just playing like a nobody…

  • Kramerica Industries

    Tuffy Gosewich is an 80 name on the 20-80 scale.

    • Cy Pettitte

      a Corky Miller/Tuffy Gosewich catching tandem would be amazing

    • vicki
      • ropeadope

        Please tell me you didn’t stumble across that page by searching for “ugly dick.”

      • ropeadope

        Without the nickname, his initials lead to J.O. Dickshot. I think there’s a joke in there somewhere, but I can’t quite wrap my brain (or anything else) around it.

  • trr

    EVERY game critical.
    let’s win this one

  • LarryM Fl

    Go Yanks!

    • Wheels

      Keep hope alive!

  • Dalek Jeter

    “The Yankees offense has really turned it around of late”-Michael Kay

    I wonder if that has anything to do with they’ve replaced Nix, Adams, Wells, and Pronk with A-Rod, Nunez/Jeter, Soriano, and Granderson…almost like replacing half of your line up with above average talent would have some effect?

  • JGYank

    Going to the game tomorrow. Any tips?

    • Kramerica Industries

      If you are in the outfield seats, be aware of batted balls.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Get there early for BP, you’re allowed to walk right up to the moat (and sometimes past it if the guard is cool) during bp and maybe get a ball in the outfield, it also can give you a jump on seeing the museum and monument valley (both of which close after first pitch). Also try the garlic fries in the right field concourse, and the lobel’s steak sandwich…which I think is down the 3B line (ask for extra sauce and use the horseradish/garlic spread they give you).

      • JGYank

        Thanks I’ll try it.

  • vicki

    enjoying the nixlessness.

    • Dalek Jeter

      +1 I know R-Tils disagrees with us, but the lack of Nix in the line up everyday is totally an improvement.

  • Andy E

    Mike, have you not been burned enough to know that it’s silly to consider nova a “legitamite long term positive development”. Haven’t we been through this before?

  • Dalek Jeter

    The-Rod.

  • Anderson Silva

    I hate that Girardi is such a binder guy but he refuses to acknowledge that Ichiro can’t hit righties but can hit lefties.

    • The Real Greg

      So you want Wells to start?

  • Leg-End

    Obligatory Stewart over Romine comment.

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

      I’d only put Romine in to have Romine v. Romine. :p

  • Wheels

    Drive one in Grandy

    • Wheels

      or two.

  • Eddard

    Get these runs in, Grandy. Nova with a 2 run lead against this lineup and we’re sitting pretty.

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

    GRAND SLAM!!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    Soriano on fire!!!! aww yea!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    RBI machine!!

  • vicki

    whaddayaknow.

  • RetroRob

    Good to see A-Rod turning on pitches. That was becoming more rare as the season went on last year.

  • Lukaszek

    Over the 408 and outta here!!!

  • Memes and Themes

    SORIANO!!!!!
    (clap….clap…clap.clap.clap)!!!!!!

  • The Real Greg

    SORIANO

  • Eddard

    SORIANO!!!!!!!!!! THE BRONX BOMBERS ARE BACK!!!!!!!!

  • Wheels

    SORIANO!!!

  • your mom

    On fire is Soriano.

  • Dalek Jeter

    :D

    ALFONSO!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kramerica Industries

    SORI!!!

  • Leg-End

    Sori!

  • Luis Castillo (Not the one who dropped the ball)

    Now, this is the yankees’ way!! Forget about bunting and all that crap.

  • Elton Cod

    Remember, Cashman was against the Soriano acquisition – ergo, FIRE CASHMAN

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      You think Soriano is going to get them into the playoffs this year?

      If not, the move was just a waste of a prospect and money, and further limits their options for next year.

      • Lukaszek

        Soriano leads the Yankees in homeruns, and has the second highest SLG behind only Cano. Even end-of-the-year numbers in the range of .250 AVG and 30-35 homeruns would be a massive boost to this team.

        Also, Soriano came up with this team. He’s one of us; he’s a goodfella

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          I have no doubt he’s an upgrade over what they were playing.
          I do doubt he’s enough of an upgrade to get them into the playoffs.

      • Elton Cod

        If he considers to generate 6 RBIs a game, then yes.

        Otherwise I suggest removing the stick from your prospect-retentive ass.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          I have no problem with giving up prospects, or with spending money.
          I do have a problem with doing it for no good reason.
          Missing the playoffs with a slightly better record isn’t a good reason.

          If they were going to be buyers at the deadline and make a serious run at the playoffs, they had a lot more holes they needed to fill.

      • JGYank

        He is an upgrade over Wells. Soriano has more power and hits more homers. His plate discipline is bad and he strikes out a good amount but he is still an upgrade.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          I don’t disagree with that. He’s clearly an upgrade over Wells.

      • nycsportzfan

        You don’t think being a catlyst for a team that battles back and keeps us interested in the rest of this season and possibly helps sneak us back into the postseason in what seemed like a lost season i worth Coreout next yr? What y Black? And what abif we don’t have a crazy rash of injuries? Were still gonna have Soriano, and the guys prooving he can still hit and has great Yank Stadium swing, so thats probably a good thing. if anything theres still way to much time left to decide how this trade went. Corey Black has a ways to go before he even makes the show! Shoot Soriano could of all ready did enough to warrent the Black trade..lol

        • nycsportzfan

          sorry about some of that spelling. Didn’t realize before sent. That is bad.lol

          • Caballo Sin Nombre

            If it really seems like a Lost Season, where is the smoke monster?

  • JonS

    Wow…lol

  • Anderson Silva

    SORIIIII!!!

  • RetroRob

    The last two nights I feel like I’m watching the Bronx Bombers again.

    #NotEnoughHRs

  • Eddard

    Every time Soriano hits a HR Cashman is that much further from being pushed aside. Hal made a great move at the deadline.

  • Tom

    Soriano is locked in.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Shutdown inning would be nice.

    Settle in nice, Nova.

  • The Real Greg

    Reason that Romine might not be catching today. His brother’s playing SS for the Angels. Distraction for a rookie

    • Captain Turbo

      I think that would make him complete even harder. I know if my brother was on the other team I’d want to kick his ass.

      • Captain Turbo

        And of course I meant compete, not complete.

      • The Real Greg

        But by trying harder, he might overcomplicate things.

        • Anderson Silva

          Lamest explanation ever.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Please do not engage ridiculousness like this…

        • Captain Turbo

          If you’re talking to me, I’ll comment however the fuck I want to.

          • Dalek Jeter

            I meant Greg’s initial, ridiculous assertion that there is any logic in Romine not starting because his brother is on the other team.

    • Get Phelps Up

      #GregCountry

  • Dalek Jeter

    Barely an inning and a half into the game that we’re winning and I already remember why I took a self-imposed comment section hiatus.

    • Captain Turbo

      It’s not a hiatus if you’re still commenting.

  • Anderson Silva

    take this flyball Mr. Axisa!

  • Crime Dog

    Little league homer for stew!

  • Wheels

    Stewart adds a nice one to the spray chart.

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

    Alright, confirmation, Ichiro the only position player without a hit in this series?

    • Wheels

      I think he had an infield hit on Monday.

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

        If that’s the case, everyone has a hit at least in this series.

        Wells, Romine, Stewart included.

        • Wheels

          Confirmed, Ichiro 1-4 on Monday.

  • Anderson Silva

    Comon Robbie, let’s put this game out of reach

  • Anderson Silva

    atta boy robbie!

  • D$1184

    “I’ve never really bought into the whole “momentum is only as good as tomorrow’s starting pitcher” thing, but if it is true, the Yankees are in great shape tonight.”

    Yeah but if that’s true, they’re screwed tomorrow with Hughes.

    • Lukaszek

      I really think momentum is more of a mental thing than anything. Confidence=success, and success will cause you to have more confidence. So as teams go on these winning streaks, they develop more and more confidence. Of course, sometimes all it takes is one unfortunate loss, and all that confidence disappears

      • D$1184

        I think it has to help the pitchers relax, knowing that Soriano is hitting well and A-Rod and Granderson are in the line-up daily. They no longer feel like they have to shut out the other team to have a chance to win.

  • Al

    In1974 the Yankees cam real close to changing the road uniforms real close Although the Yankees have worn the same road uniform since 1918 (with the exception of 1927 to 1930, when the arched “NEW YORK” was replaced by the word “YANKEES”), a radical change was proposed in 1974. Marty Appel, in his book Now Pitching for the Yankees, describes the proposed uniforms:[4]

    “ In 1974 I walked into (then-General Manager) Gabe Paul’s office to find samples of new Yankee road uniforms draped across his sofa. They were the opposite of the home pinstripes — they were navy blue with white pinstripes. The NY logo was in white. Gabe liked them. I nearly fainted. Although the drab gray road uniforms were not exciting, with the plain NEW YORK across the chest, they were just as much the Yankees’ look as were the home uniforms. I think my dramatic disdain helped saved (sic) the day and saved the Yankees from wearing those awful pajamas on the field.

  • Dalek Jeter

    That was a terrible send by Robby Thompson, sure it worked out, but even a mediocre throw nails Stewart by a couple steps

    …holy shit ‘let’s go a-rod chants’

    • The Real Greg

      The thing was the throw was to the first base side. If the throw is on target, he’s out.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Hence the whole point behind my comment, there is no way Robby knows the throw is going to be up the 1st base line, he took a huge and unnecessary risk sending him

  • The Real Greg

    Nice running by Stewart

  • Dalek Jeter

    Pauly, this is very typical of Jeff Weaver, not so typical of Jered.

  • Cy Pettitte

    drinking game: take a shot every time someone in the booth calls Jared Jeff

  • your mom

    Let’s see another GS!

  • Dalek Jeter

    SORI!!!!!!!!

  • Lukaszek

    12 RBIs for Soriano in past two games!!!

    • The Real Greg

      Not even 2 games.

      • Bo Knows

        1 and 2/9th’s of a game

        • Lukaszek

          Hopefully that will be 1 and 2/8th of a game

          2/9th will require our bullpen to do some major sucking lol

    • Mr. Roth

      lol 12 RBIs for Sori in the past 11 innings.

  • Cy Pettitte

    so nice having a legit offense

  • Eddard

    They never had sustained rallies like this before A-Rod, Grandy and Soriano were added. I said it days ago, the Bronx Bombers are back. If CC, Andy and Hughes can pitch decent then this team can go on a roll.

    • Captain Turbo

      Imagine that. Add a few power hitters and all of sudden they score a lot of runs. Who knew?

  • Anderson Silva

    I love this GOOD offense

  • Anderson Silva

    Just a question, why would weaver ever throw a FB to Sori? Especially after the first AB.

  • your mom

    8 2-out runs. Awesome.

  • Wheels

    An onslaught!

  • your mom

    Overbay the rally killer. I forgive him.

  • Leg-End

    This is fun.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Holy shit Sori.

  • Eddard

    Let’s save some runs for tomorrow when we’ll actually need them. Who knows, maybe Hughes can even have a good outing against this Angels lineup. They’re playing Chris Nelson for christ sake, he wasn’t even good enough to beat out Jayson Nix.

  • Dale Mohorcic

    I read this somewhere today: “Soriano’s been playing forever — plus he has three three-homer games to his credit — yet he’d never driven in six runs in one game until Tuesday.”

    He did it again today in 2 innings.

  • RetroRob

    Six RBIs two straight nights where he never once had a six RBI night before?

    You know Suzyn…

  • stuart a

    holy sh-t.

    that is soriano. maddening player. sometimes en fuego and sometimes flailing at off speed pitches in the lefty batters box. again as I stated after the trade and since the trade, warts and all he is a huge upgrade. only signed thru next year, so he is an assett.

    the last 11 innings or so appear to be a different team out there and weaver going into this game has been pitching great…

  • Darren

    You guys, I’m scared, something is happening weird….
    it says it’s 8-0 Yankees. I might be having an event of some time. Call the police!!

    Also, fuck yeah!!

    Also, what’s our magic number for the AL EAST Bitchnizzes!???

    • Lukaszek

      Someone tell the putas to call the police

      There’s a man passionately asphyxiating himself during a Yankees game

      • Darren

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  • Winter

    The Yankees have now averaged 3.6 runs per inning in their last five innings (four 4s and a 2).

  • Get Phelps Up

    This is way more fun than tanking to possibly get a higher draft pick.

    • Wheels

      It’s fun beating up on the Angels, regardless of their record.

      • Wheels

        reply fail, although it kinda works here

  • Kramerica Industries

    Well, obviously now Joe is a dick for not letting Austin Romine be the catcher in this game, with his brother on the other side.

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

    Yankees have managed to score 22 runs in 11 innings. That’s just amazing.

  • stuart a

    tanking to get a higher pick is a stupid strategy. you try to win and deal with the results…

    if you are the worse team in baseball that is another story..

  • Anderson Silva

    Nova doesnt look sharp. No command of his FB so far.

    • The Real Greg

      No he doesn’t

  • JGYank

    Hoy sh-t! Just turned on the game. When did we turn into an offensive juggernaut? This is awesome!! Nova doesn’t have to do anything now. This feels like it can turn into a huge streak which is just what we need. I’m excited going to the ballpark tomorrow now despite Hughes.

  • Tom

    So is Overbay going to make the last out of every inning?
    (not that that’s a bad thing)

  • Bo Knows

    why was arod playing so shallow?

    • Kramerica Industries

      Generally, Shuck is a bunt threat who can get on base with his speed.

      • Bo Knows

        but it’s an 8 run lead, I’d rather in this instance play deeper for the double play

  • Winter

    All eight of the Yankees runs have come with two outs.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Talk about regression to the mean, it feels the number 2 complaint on this website coming into this season (behind #TOOMANYHOMERS) was that apparently nobody on this team could drive in runs with 2 outs.

  • your mom

    Trout is good. The Angels should trade him to us.

    • 28 this year

      Would Melky and IPK cut it?

      • Dalek Jeter

        Gotta throw Hughesy in at least.

        • your mom

          And Jober

  • Anderson Silva

    get your shit together Nova

  • your mom

    LOL Arod’s range.

  • Dalek Jeter

    A-Rod…I’m rootin for ya, but oh my, that was the worst dive I’ve ever seen. Like ever.

  • Kramerica Industries

    For the love of all things, don’t let the Angels back in this game.

  • vicki

    really wish the dbacks would end it here.

    • Lukaszek

      Egh, I have trouble ever rooting for a team after what happened in 2001

      • vicki

        eyes on the prize.

  • your mom

    WTF Nova? 8 run lead and you’re trying to give it all back.

  • Bo Knows

    This game is definitely not going to be on Arod’s defensive highlight reel

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

    Orioles burning a starting pitcher in the 14th inning.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Ha, that game’s still on??

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

        Yes bottom of the 14th. Of course, Bud Norris walked Parra on 4 pitches.

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

          I should add Norris has not thrown a strike in 8 pitches yet.

          Buck’s burned most of his bullpen also for batting.

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

            And suddenly manages to K Goldschmidt. Alright, why?

        • Dalek Jeter

          Jeez, hopefully it goes all night :D

          • vicki

            please no. can’t take it.

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

            Diamondbacks win 5-4. Aaron Hill RBI single.

            • vicki

              whew.

              i couldn’t look away.

  • Anderson Silva

    bad Nova here, he cannot command that FB

    • Bo Knows

      they are weakly hit ground balls, thats on the D

  • Eddard

    Nova’s having an off night, which was bound to happen. Good thing they got him 8 runs.

  • Winter

    Gameday has the last two hits coming on balls out of the zone. Is Nova getting hit hard or are the angels getting lucky?

    • Bo Knows

      As lucky as Leprechaun wearing a necklace of horseshoes, and rabbit feet strung together by a rope made of 4-leaf clovers

  • The Real Greg

    This is not the time to self destruct Nova.

  • Captain Turbo

    Let’s get that last out, fellas.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    No control of the FB but those were two awesome breaking balls right there.

  • Kramerica Industries

    That wasn’t the worst thing, but Nova needs to settle down.

    No need for an 8-0 game to become interesting.

  • The Real Greg

    I have a feeling that we will see Mo in this game.

  • your mom

    So if we’re not in the shift Hamilton’s out right? Or if Arod was 10 years younger he makes that play?

  • stuart a

    arod has no range… angel announcers are all over it..

    he is like a big lug just falling…

    jeez…between jeter and arod the left side of the infield would drive chien ming wang to committ suicide..

    • Bo Knows

      They can’t hurt CMW, but by golly they are going to drive Nova to insanity

  • Mr. Roth

    How many wins do you guys/gals think the Yankees need in these last 44 games to make the playoffs?

    • Dalek Jeter

      Girardi said the other day something like 34 of their last 46, so 32?

    • your mom

      34 wins

    • Captain Turbo

      32

    • Cy Pettitte

      If they can get to 90-91 I think they have a good chance so at a minimum 29.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Girardi said 35-12 with 47 left so I guess that would be 31-11 now.

    • Kramerica Industries

      I don’t take this approach. Day-to-day, get the necessary result and see what else happens.

      • Mr. Roth

        I’d be with you if I was playing on the team.

        But, alas, since I’m watching a gameday feed on my laptop, I’m going to continue with my exercise of counting wins ;)

  • Dalek Jeter

    I thought that ball boy made that leaping grab for a second!

  • Get Phelps Up

    DBacks win!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    Dbacks walk off and complete the sweep!

  • The Real Greg

    It’s amazing that we have scored 8 runs and our lead feels a bit tenuous.

    • Get Phelps Up

      It does?

      • The Real Greg

        Nova looks shaky tonight.

        • Get Phelps Up

          It would take a lot to blow this lead.

      • Dalek Jeter

        #GregCountry

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

          In Greg country, if we lose 1-0 it’s the pitcher’s fault.

      • Rolling Doughnut

        Well, it definitely does not feel like a lock. Nova is pretty bad tonight.

    • John

      Right? Nova needs to start getting some quick outs.

      • Bo Knows

        well then the infield needs to field, only the two hits up the middle were unavoidable by the infield

        • John

          That’s true. Alex’s range looks pretty bad. But Nova is getting into a lot of high pitch counts. He can’t seem to throw a first pitch strike.

          • Bo Knows

            that may be true, but weakly struck GB’s right at you should be fielded, Angels aren’t squaring anything up cleanly

            • John

              Agreed.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Nova has been in WAY too many 2-0 counts tonight.

    • your mom

      He looked off from the start. Good thing we had big lead.

      • Kramerica Industries

        Hope there are a few more runs in the sticks tonight.

        • your mom

          Someone’s going yard again, I can feel it.

  • Get Phelps Up

    So the Rays are hitting #TooManyHomers now?

  • Kramerica Industries

    Orioles 14-21 in one-run games.

    Almost like that 29-9 stuff was unsustainable.

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

    Yeah, Nova looks pretty bad.

    Damn, man, we’re still six games back?

    Demoralizing.

  • John

    There we go. I hope he settles down.

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

    If Nova goes 6 for us, I’ll take it.

    Bad umpire call again…

  • Cy Pettitte

    lol that was such a bad call. never seen a team get so many calls in 1 series.

  • The Real Greg

    Mike Scioscia has to be beside himself right now

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

    Like, forget arguing with this crew…

    I’ve not been ejected, let’s keep it that way.

  • Kramerica Industries

    The fact that James Loney continues to churn out the results he has is easily one of the most annoying developments of 2013.

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

      Kotchman-Farnsworth syndrome?

      • Kramerica Industries

        Didn’t we do this one already? Hahah.

        Don’t forget Keppinger.

    • The Real Greg

      No he had some good years in L.A.

      • Kramerica Industries

        His highest OPS+ for a full season was 110 in LA.

        Incomparable to the 126 he has this year, entering tonight.

        • The Real Greg

          Yes, he’s hitting for a higher average than in his L.A. years. But everything else seems comparable.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Completely forgot I had Nova going for me in fantasy tonight…STRAIGTEN UP DUDE, between you Corbin and Turner I would like at least one quality start today.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Amazed that the Marlins won, even with Turner’s massive wildness. But I guess we’re supposed to be happy the Royals lost? Jeez, it’s like we’re in a time machine going back to 1980.

  • Mickey Scheister

    So since when has Jered Weaver sat at 87 with his four-seamer?

    • Dalek Jeter

      That’s always been the low end for him, he’s always been 88ish-90ish tops

  • The Real Greg

    And another leadoff slow roller

  • The Real Greg

    And another

    • Anderson Silva

      at worst, that was solidly hit.

  • Kramerica Industries

    So many groundball base hits. Nova hasn’t been sharp, but that’s also some bad luck.

  • Anderson Silva

    everything is up

  • John

    Nice.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Grounders turning into hits or DPs tonight.

  • Wheels

    DP. nice

  • Bo Knows

    Just move Robby over to the left side, to join Nunez and Arod this is fuckin crazy

  • your mom

    Last few hits have been weak-shit hits. Just get Trout out here.

  • Cy Pettitte

    huge double play

  • The Real Greg

    There we go

  • Anderson Silva

    what a turn from Robbie

  • Dalek Jeter

    Robinson Cano turns the best double play.

  • your mom

    Okay, Trout is pissing me off now.

  • Bo Knows

    Not one of these hits, have been hard fuck

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

    Robbie’s DP turning is just sick. He has a Hell of an arm.

  • The Real Greg

    I would rather face Hamilton than Trout

  • The Real Greg

    And that’s why

  • your mom

    Wow, Hamilton looks like shit. What happened to him?

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Hes clean

  • Bo Knows

    Good job Nova, just take the infield out of the equation

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

    No way.

  • Cy Pettitte

    this is unreal

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    WOW

  • Eddard

    HAL JUST FIRED BRIAN CASHMAN AND TOOK OVER AS GM!!!!!!!

  • Dalek Jeter

    ALFONSO FUCKING SORIANO!!!!!!!

  • Lukaszek

    OMG HE JUST DID IT AGAIN!!!

  • Wheels

    Sori on fire!

  • Get Phelps Up

    Sori is something else right now. wow.

  • Leg-End

    Soriano is as hot as they come.

  • Darren

    HOLY SHIT!!

    WHO’s SORI NOW!!!

  • Anderson Silva

    SORI!! but goddamnit Weaver is one dumb SOB

    • Dalek Jeter

      Seriously, I wouldn’t throw Soriano a fastball for…at least another career.

  • The Real Greg

    HAL WINS!

    • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

      BY A LOT!!!!!

    • Kronk

      The hate on Cashman/The “Love” for Hal over the Soriano trade is a little confusing to me. Cashman never said he didn’t want Soriano, he just wanted to wait and see if they would take a lesser prospect.

      • The Real Greg

        And actually in the end, that might have cost the Yankees a chance at the postseason, if they get him earlier, he might have an impact.

        However, that is a bit of fallacy

      • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

        “I didn’t want to give up [Single-A pitcher] Corey Black, but I didn’t nix the Soriano deal,” Cashman told ESPN New York on Sunday. “I did not want to do Corey Black. We had been negotiating with the Cubs for a long time. They wanted something more a week earlier and ownership, obviously, in our discussions [felt] we needed to do something.
        “They were like, ‘Hey, we are not going to wait anymore to negotiate, we have to get this done now.'”

        [It's] unlike the Rafael Soriano [signing] where you publicly say something beforehand,” Cashman said. “Unlike Alex Rodriguez’s contract extension where I was public beforehand. This is not something I’m public beforehand or after the fact.

        “We need offense. He makes us better. I’ve said that all that. I didn’t want to give up good arm, but I know we have to do something to get this guy back and my ownership, every step of the process, they said, ‘We can’t wait any longer. We have a chance to get it now. We have to get it now.’ That was it.”

  • Captain Turbo

    Sori must be hungry cuz he’s mashing a lot of taters.

  • your mom

    Stewie with 3 flyballs? What’s going on here?

  • Get Phelps Up

    I’d really like to know the last time someone set a career high in RBI’s 2 nights in a row

    • Anderson Silva

      It must happen a lot to rookies. Now back-to-back 6+ RBI nights, that’s not something you see everyday.

  • Nathan

    Al-fin-phonso!

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    I have a decent guess as to who wins AL Player of the Week this week.

    Do you guys know? Do you?

    • Captain Turbo

      Travis Hafner?

  • WhittakerWalt

    Yes fans, John Sterling did just make a reference to Liberace.

  • The Real Greg

    From Elias : Alfonso Soriano is the 1st Yankees player with 12 RBI over a 2-game span since Tony Lazzeri had a Yankees-record 15 on May 23-24 1936.

    • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

      I saw the same thing SICK.

      • Darren

        That must have been the two grand slam game by Lazzeri, no?

  • Eddard

    Remember that Brian Cashman wanted to quit and throw up. He didn’t want to improve the club at all. If I’m Hal I fire Cashman this offseason and either take over at GM or hire a yes man that I can control. Hal’s made all the right moves this season.

    • Get Phelps Up

      And when Sori goes into a slump:

      Eddard says:

      Remember that Cashman didn’t want to trade a valuable prospect for this guy. He was right to want to build for the future. If I’m Cash, I tell him that I’m the GM and he’s the owner. I manage the baseball operations or I resign and you find someone else.

      • vicki

        come on. you’re missing the point of eddard.

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

        Greg says:

        Who the Hell knows. That dude is crazy.

  • your mom

    Nice quick inning.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Mariners beating up Price now. nice.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Wow, I saw quintero up with 2 out and a 1-2 count and thought the M’s would do nothing. Sweet.

      • Kramerica Industries

        It was even less likely. Ackley was down 0-2 with two outs and none on earlier in the inning.

        The Mariners took cues from the Yankees tonight.

  • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

    I know I’m hitting the guy when he is down, but if you take the “development” of the farm system and how many times Cashman has thrown ownership under the bus for moves that actually have worked maybe it’s time to question Mr. Cashman GM.

    • Bo Knows

      Just because a decision done based on stupid reasons worked, does not make it a good decision at the time. Hindsight, says the deals for both Soriano’s were good but at the time with then logic neither one made much sense.

      Raphael Soriano was an overpay for a set-up man, it’s actually very (un)lucky that Mo got hurt.

      Alphonso was only going to wave his NTC for a trip back to NY, Cubs owed him a ton of money and were desperate to get out of it, on top of that all he does is hit for power, doesn’t hit for average anymore, can’t walk to save his life. NYY front office should have been able to give up a less talented prospect than a SP prospect who is known to sit in the mid to upper 90’s with his FB.

      • Dalek Jeter

        This. This is why you pay attention to proccess just as much as result, and why math teachers made you show all your work in high school/college. If your proccess is good you’re more likely to get positive results, if you’re results are good but your proccess is bad it’s dumb luck.

        • ExitCashman

          Keep talking to yourself, and everything will make sense.

      • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

        Ok fine explain to me the farm system development with another 2 going down today?

        Big 3, Killer B’s and so on.

        “Alphonso was only going to wave his NTC for a trip back to NY, Cubs owed him a ton of money and were desperate to get out of it, on top of that all he does is hit for power, doesn’t hit for average anymore, can’t walk to save his life. NYY front office should have been able to give up a less talented prospect than a SP prospect who is known to sit in the mid to upper 90?s with his FB.”

        And this is your MLB rumors educated speculation unless you could read minds or had a direct line to Theo.

        • Bo Knows

          You mean the fact that the cubs have spent the previous season and this one dumping every aging high priced player they had, in an effort to shed monetary commitments, and had already starting to phase Soriano out with a younger player.

          And what does Montgomery and Slade being hurt have to do with anything?

          • Caballo Sin Nombre

            I think he is implying you overvalue prospects.

    • ExitCashman

      Question? Fire is more like it.

  • your mom

    Nova needs to get thru one more inning cause we all know our pen’s getting taxed tomorrow night.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    ONeill should get on Kay for going all Bobby Boucher

  • vicki

    coolstandings has us at 6.6% now. whaaaat?

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      The O’s and Royals already lost today. That helps. :)

      • ropeadope

        Unfortunately the Indians won a game they trailed 7-3 heading into the 8th, but I guess everything can’t go our way. Still believe Yankees will get to the post-season – don’t trust the methodology of the probability sites.

        • vicki

          i watched that game. bullpen is supposed to be one of minny’s few strengths so i had it all but inked. que sera.

          the 6.6 is exciting because a week ago we’d fallen to 1.8.

          • ropeadope

            Agreed my friend. Do you believe the (CoolStandings or similar) probabilities are accurate? At 1.8 (as you say – a few days back), that’s implying less than a 1 in 50 chance of making the post season. I would have taken those odds anytime. Even 6.6 is implying a (roughly) 1 in 15 chance.

        • Kramerica Industries

          Giambino didn’t do his job as an Embedded Yankee today.

          • ropeadope

            So true, so true. Francona raves about the Giambino’s clubhouse presence. Says he’s sure to be a future manager.

    • Dalek Jeter
  • Kramerica Industries

    That ARod 2 HR/7 RBI inning was glorious.

    Kenny and Mike, it was in the 6th.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Joe Maddon, being the enormous asshole that he is, decided to IBB Teixeira in his final PA of the season, so that he could not pass Pena on the AL HR lead list*.

      Loaded the bases for ARod, and sitting at 29/96, needed a grand slam to extend his 30/100 streak. He already had given the Yankees the lead with a three-run shot earlier in the inning. Sure enough, deep blast to R-CF to do the honors and put egg all over Maddon’s face. I cackled so much after that.

      *The AL HR lead in 2009 was 39 home runs. Holy crap, that’s weird. Chris Davis is already long past that this year.

      • Lukaszek

        Also oddly, even though the homeruns were rather scarce in ’09, there were tons of players hitting for high average. Six players hit over .320. Only four do it this yaer

    • Lukaszek

      That was a memorable game, especially since the Yankees ended up losing the previous three

      • Kramerica Industries

        Allowed the Yankees to finish with a 5-4 record at Tropicana Field in 2009. 103 wins overall, their most in six years, I believe.

        Yeah, no complaints with that. Sent the Rays home in shame.

        • Lukaszek

          Man, that was a fun season! I actually remember almost all of the starting lineup’s stats from head

          Jeter – 18HR .334BA .406OBP
          Damon – 24HR .285BA
          Teixeira – 39HR .293BA .383OBP 121RBI .565SLG
          Rodriguez – 30HR .286BA .402OBP 100RBI .532SLG
          Matsui – 28HR .274BA 90RBI
          Cano – 25HR .320BA .352OBP .520SLG 85RBI
          Swisher – 29HR .249BA .355OBP 82RBI
          Posada – 22HR .286BA
          Cabrera – 13HR .274BA .337OBP

          This is from memory, might’ve made a couple of errors

          • Kramerica Industries

            Most of those numbers pass my mental check list too. Very impressive.

          • Darren

            Now I’m scared. Even if you’re wrong.

          • JGYank

            Not bad. Lineup and memory. Swish had a higher OBP though. I think that’s from 2010.

  • Fin

    Has Soriano clawed his way into the MVP race yet? LOL, damn hes on fire.

  • NT

    The Sori trade is looking good… for now. If we miss the playoffs and Corey Black turns into something special then it might not be remembered so well.

  • ExitCashman

    It’s a shame when a GM doesn’t have the authority to veto the decisions that shouldn’t be made (Ichiro, R. Soriano, A. Soriano) and has to settle for the modest sloppy seconds that management allows (Youkilis $12M, Hafner $3M, Wells $13M, etc.). I’d quit if I were him, given how fucking right he’s been.
    BTW, Tilapia Jones, Brian’s waiting for you at the Press Gate after the game. Pucker up.

    • stuart a

      brave coming out of the woodwork for soriano after the last 2 games, very brave.

      so ichiro has been worth it??? really..

      selective memory on cashman by the haters.. nova not a bad pitcher. i thought the yanks cannot develop any of there own players, ditto with cano, gardner, etc..

      • ExitCashman

        You are useless. I have been saying this since the fall. Ichiro was excellent the 2nd half last year and has been solid this year.

        Piss off.

  • your mom

    I like this Robbie, taking what he gets, going oppo field.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Fo fo fo, nukka

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Seems like it helps when there are more bats in the lineup behind you, huh?

  • WhittakerWalt

    Guys, Alfonso Soriano does still suck. This is two good games. TWO.

    • Wheels

      So we shouldn’t cheer for him?

    • Dalek Jeter

      Ugh, he neither sucks nor is he all world. He’s a pretty good hitter, that’s it. No more, no less.

    • The Real Greg

      He doesn’t suck. He’s not a superstar player, but he doesn’t suck.

      • JGYank

        His OBP is below .300. I’d say that sucks. Like the power though. I’d say he is slightly below average.

    • ExitCashman

      How many games did it take for you to figure out that Youk, Pronk and Vernon were bad moves?

      • Lukaszek

        I never trusted Vernon because most of his homeruns were linedrives just down the line. Seriously, look at his chart. http://www.hittrackeronline.co.....ype=hitter
        A whole shitload of blue dots around the foul pole and two lonely homeruns in center and right. Someone who uses 1/6th of the field for power isn’t gonna have sustainable success

        Soriano’s power
        http://www.hittrackeronline.co.....ype=hitter
        is far more spread out. He is also a pull hitter, but he uses all portions of left field. A bit of power down the line, a bit into the power alley, a bit towards center

      • JGYank

        Pronk and Youk can get on base and are way better than Wells but they are both injury prone. All three haven’t done well this year though.

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

      You’re probably right. But please, let us have this.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Hey, I’m loving this performance. I hope he hits like this the rest of the year.
        I’m just seeing a lot of crazy overreaction to two games. These overreactions are coming from the same people who were killing this move a week ago.
        Just a little call for some perspective.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      He’s not great but he doesn’t suck either. Oh, and this isn’t two good games. This is two incredible games.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      He’s still a 30 Homer guy. I don’t know if those guys qualify as suck. They can be one-dimensional, sure. But not suck.

  • WhittakerWalt

    I wonder if Grant Green and Brant Brown know each other?

  • Cy Pettitte

    7IP 3ER, not bad considering Nova’s stuff didn’t look that great

    • JonS

      CC would kill for that line most nights.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Soriano has been on a roll ever since I started watching his Game 4, 2001 ALCS walk-off on an endless loop.

    http://wapc.mlb.com/play/?cont.....8;c_id=mlb

    • ropeadope

      Then you shouldn’t plan on getting much sleep between now and Halloween.

  • ExitCashman

    Soriano has surpassed everything Wells has done in the last 3 months in less than 4 games. Except the runners left on base.

  • The Real Greg

    Myers hits a 2 run homer to cut the M’s lead to 1

  • Kramerica Industries

    Is that the fourth time Stewart has hit a ball in the air today?

  • Eddard

    Stewie’s always been a clutch hitter. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him get more playing time because of this.

  • RetroRob

    The one negative on the night: Stewart getting a couple hits and RBIs.

    That should push Romine back to A-ball.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Chris Stewart got two hits on the fly to the outfield in one game. woah.

  • Wheels

    Chris Stewart?

  • Alkaline

    People who still can’t find any joy after the last two nights are just people I wouldn’t want to talk to in RL. Or here for that matter. ’tis why I don’t comment often.

    • Eddard

      It’s been a blast. You have to remember those are the people who quit long ago and said the season was over. They’d rather be proven right than see this team win. I think they’ve got a chance here to go on a roll. The Rays are spiraling downwards and the Bronx Bombers are back.

  • Fin

    Well, the last couple days have reminded us of what it has been like to be Yankee fans for the last 20yrs or so.

  • nycsportzfan

    I can’t help but keep rewinding the Soriano GS right when he makes contact becajse the crowd knew he smashed that! What a great sound!

    • The Real Greg

      You’re right. Beautiful sound

  • JonS

    He looked pissed to sign that autograph.

    • RetroRob

      Probably afraid that once one person asks for it then a ton of people will start lining up behind.

    • The Real Greg

      He did. He’s like “Ugh, I came here to watch a ballgame”

  • Rolling Doughnut

    How many times has Nova started shaky and finished strong? This is a good sign. I thought he was going to give up at least 5 or so runs.

  • Bo Knows

    10 hits but maybe 3 of them weren’t on the ground or hard hit.

    • The Real Greg

      1 double 9 singles and importantly no walks.

      • Bo Knows

        I’m watching the game, I’m talking about how weakly hit the vast majority of those balls were. the singles were weak and slow, only 3 weren’t rolling on the ground. Even the Dbl wasn’t hit that hard

        • The Real Greg

          No I agree. I was just adding to your point

          • Bo Knows

            Oh, ok

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

    Ivan Nova deserves a lot of credit for this run lately.

  • RetroRob

    …and I believe one of the players the Mariners asked for for Felix Fermin was Mariano Rivera.

    Thank you, Willie, for standing up.

  • Eddard

    Nova and Hiroki have been rocks in this rotation. That’s what CC is supposed to be. Maybe Hughes can put one together tomorrow against Trout, Trumbo and the 7 dwarves.

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

      I wouldn’t exactly call Josh Hamilton a dwarf. Down year, yes. But he can still hit you hard.

      • Deathstroke Heathcott

        He’s batting around what Vernon Wells is. I’d consider that a dwarf.

  • Get Phelps Up

    I sure hope Pujols savored the 2011 world series.

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

    Alright this is exactly what happen last night.

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

      Happened excuse me.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Fucking Blue Jays.

    Unreal.

    • The Real Greg

      Forget the Red Sox.

    • Get Phelps Up

      There is no amount of crow in this world big enough for TomH to have to eat.

      • TomH

        N.B. “June 10, 2013″: “…I would love to eat crow.” [http://riveraveblues.com/2013/06/fan-confidence-poll-june-10th-2013-88486/]

        Now, Dummkopf, Why did I say that?

        • Get Phelps Up

          I’ll echo Henry Krinkle:

          “Your predictions for this year were so over the top negative that I feel confident that you will be deserving of eating crow.”

  • Wheels

    Nice win.

  • vicki

    you have to be kidding me with this two-out mike napoli shit. i know we’re not catching the sox but still.

  • nycsportzfan

    Holy Crap, were within 2games of Baltimore! Oh please come back healthy captain! This teams gonhna beast if Cappy can get in this lineup.

    Jeter SS
    Ichiro RF
    Cano 2B
    Arod 3B
    Soriano LF
    Granderson DH
    Overbay 1B
    Romine C
    Gardner CF

    I like that lineup!

    • 28 this year

      switch gardner and Ichiro and I am with you. Considering Gardner is better than ichiro and they have similar hitting profiles in this stage of Ichiro’s career, no way he should bat more than gardner.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Go to hell, Mariners.

  • The Real Greg

    Was Tom Wilhelmsen on the DL?