Game 119: The start of something?

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


  1. J says:

    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.

  2. Get Phelps Up says:

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

  3. Preston says:

    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.

  4. The Real Greg says:

    Death, Taxes, and Jim Johnson blowing a save

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      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.

  5. Eddard says:

    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.

  6. Kramerica Industries says:

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

  7. trr says:

    EVERY game critical.
    let’s win this one

  8. LarryM Fl says:

    Go Yanks!

  9. Dalek Jeter says:

    “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?

  10. JGYank says:

    Going to the game tomorrow. Any tips?

    • Kramerica Industries says:

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

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      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).

  11. vicki says:

    enjoying the nixlessness.

  12. Andy E says:

    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?

  13. Dalek Jeter says:


  14. Anderson Silva says:

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

  15. Leg-End says:

    Obligatory Stewart over Romine comment.

  16. Wheels says:

    Drive one in Grandy

  17. Eddard says:

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

  18. Cy Pettitte says:

    Soriano on fire!!!! aww yea!

  19. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    RBI machine!!

  20. vicki says:


  21. RetroRob says:

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

  22. Lukaszek says:

    Over the 408 and outta here!!!

  23. Memes and Themes says:


  24. The Real Greg says:


  25. Eddard says:


  26. Wheels says:


  27. your mom says:

    On fire is Soriano.

  28. Dalek Jeter says:



  29. Kramerica Industries says:


  30. Leg-End says:


  31. Luis Castillo (Not the one who dropped the ball) says:

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

  32. Elton Cod says:

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

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

      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 says:

        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) says:

          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 says:

        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) says:

          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 says:

        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.

      • nycsportzfan says:

        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

  33. JonS says:


  34. Anderson Silva says:


  35. RetroRob says:

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


  36. Eddard says:

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

  37. Tom says:

    Soriano is locked in.

  38. Kramerica Industries says:

    Shutdown inning would be nice.

    Settle in nice, Nova.

  39. The Real Greg says:

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

  40. Dalek Jeter says:

    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.

  41. Anderson Silva says:

    take this flyball Mr. Axisa!

  42. Crime Dog says:

    Little league homer for stew!

  43. Wheels says:

    Stewart adds a nice one to the spray chart.

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

  45. Anderson Silva says:

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

  46. Anderson Silva says:

    atta boy robbie!

  47. D$1184 says:

    “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 says:

      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 says:

        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.

  48. Al says:

    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.

  49. Dalek Jeter says:

    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 says:

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

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        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

  50. The Real Greg says:

    Nice running by Stewart

  51. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  52. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  53. your mom says:

    Let’s see another GS!

  54. Dalek Jeter says:


  55. Lukaszek says:

    12 RBIs for Soriano in past two games!!!

  56. Cy Pettitte says:

    so nice having a legit offense

  57. Eddard says:

    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.

  58. Anderson Silva says:

    I love this GOOD offense

  59. Anderson Silva says:

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

  60. your mom says:

    8 2-out runs. Awesome.

  61. Wheels says:

    An onslaught!

  62. your mom says:

    Overbay the rally killer. I forgive him.

  63. Leg-End says:

    This is fun.

  64. Kramerica Industries says:

    Holy shit Sori.

  65. Eddard says:

    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.

  66. Dale Mohorcic says:

    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.

  67. RetroRob says:

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

    You know Suzyn…

  68. stuart a says:

    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…

  69. Darren says:

    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!???

  70. Winter says:

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

  71. Get Phelps Up says:

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

  72. Kramerica Industries says:

    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.

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

  74. stuart a says:

    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..

  75. Anderson Silva says:

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

  76. JGYank says:

    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.

  77. Tom says:

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

  78. Bo Knows says:

    why was arod playing so shallow?

  79. Winter says:

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

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      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.

  80. your mom says:

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

  81. Anderson Silva says:

    get your shit together Nova

  82. your mom says:

    LOL Arod’s range.

  83. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  84. Kramerica Industries says:

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

  85. vicki says:

    really wish the dbacks would end it here.

  86. your mom says:

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

  87. Bo Knows says:

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

  88. Orioles burning a starting pitcher in the 14th inning.

  89. Anderson Silva says:

    bad Nova here, he cannot command that FB

  90. Eddard says:

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

  91. Winter says:

    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 says:

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

  92. The Real Greg says:

    This is not the time to self destruct Nova.

  93. Captain Turbo says:

    Let’s get that last out, fellas.

  94. Rolling Doughnut says:

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

  95. Kramerica Industries says:

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

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

  96. The Real Greg says:

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

  97. your mom says:

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

  98. stuart a says:

    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..

  99. Mr. Roth says:

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

  100. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  101. Get Phelps Up says:

    DBacks win!!

  102. Cy Pettitte says:

    Dbacks walk off and complete the sweep!

  103. The Real Greg says:

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

  104. Kramerica Industries says:

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

  105. Get Phelps Up says:

    So the Rays are hitting #TooManyHomers now?

  106. Kramerica Industries says:

    Orioles 14-21 in one-run games.

    Almost like that 29-9 stuff was unsustainable.

  107. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    Yeah, Nova looks pretty bad.

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


  108. John says:

    There we go. I hope he settles down.

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

    Bad umpire call again…

  110. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  111. The Real Greg says:

    Mike Scioscia has to be beside himself right now

  112. Like, forget arguing with this crew…

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

  113. Kramerica Industries says:

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

  114. Dalek Jeter says:

    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 says:

      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.

  115. Mickey Scheister says:

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

  116. The Real Greg says:

    And another leadoff slow roller

  117. The Real Greg says:

    And another

  118. Kramerica Industries says:

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

  119. Anderson Silva says:

    everything is up

  120. Kramerica Industries says:

    Grounders turning into hits or DPs tonight.

  121. Wheels says:

    DP. nice

  122. Bo Knows says:

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

  123. your mom says:

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

  124. Cy Pettitte says:

    huge double play

  125. The Real Greg says:

    There we go

  126. Anderson Silva says:

    what a turn from Robbie

  127. Dalek Jeter says:

    Robinson Cano turns the best double play.

  128. your mom says:

    Okay, Trout is pissing me off now.

  129. Bo Knows says:

    Not one of these hits, have been hard fuck

  130. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

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

  131. The Real Greg says:

    I would rather face Hamilton than Trout

  132. The Real Greg says:

    And that’s why

  133. your mom says:

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

  134. Bo Knows says:

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

  135. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    No way.

  136. Cy Pettitte says:

    this is unreal

  137. Eddard says:


  138. Dalek Jeter says:


  139. Lukaszek says:


  140. Wheels says:

    Sori on fire!

  141. Get Phelps Up says:

    Sori is something else right now. wow.

  142. Leg-End says:

    Soriano is as hot as they come.

  143. Darren says:


    WHO’s SORI NOW!!!

  144. Anderson Silva says:

    SORI!! but goddamnit Weaver is one dumb SOB

  145. The Real Greg says:


    • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

      BY A LOT!!!!!

    • Kronk says:

      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 says:

        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) says:

        “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.”

  146. Captain Turbo says:

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

  147. your mom says:

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

  148. Get Phelps Up says:

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

    • Anderson Silva says:

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

  149. Nathan says:


  150. Cuso says:

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

    Do you guys know? Do you?

  151. WhittakerWalt says:

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

  152. The Real Greg says:

    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.

  153. Eddard says:

    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 says:

      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.

  154. your mom says:

    Nice quick inning.

  155. Cy Pettitte says:

    Mariners beating up Price now. nice.

    • Get Phelps Up says:

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

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        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.

  156. mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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.

      • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

        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 says:

          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?

    • ExitCashman says:

      Question? Fire is more like it.

  157. your mom says:

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

  158. Cuso says:

    ONeill should get on Kay for going all Bobby Boucher

  159. vicki says:

    coolstandings has us at 6.6% now. whaaaat?

  160. Kramerica Industries says:

    That ARod 2 HR/7 RBI inning was glorious.

    Kenny and Mike, it was in the 6th.

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

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

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        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 says:

          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

  161. Fin says:

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

  162. NT says:

    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.

  163. ExitCashman says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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.

  164. your mom says:

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

  165. Cuso says:

    Fo fo fo, nukka

  166. WhittakerWalt says:

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

    • Wheels says:

      So we shouldn’t cheer for him?

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      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 says:

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

    • ExitCashman says:

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

      • Lukaszek says:

        I never trusted Vernon because most of his homeruns were linedrives just down the line. Seriously, look at his chart.
        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
        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 says:

        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) says:

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

      • WhittakerWalt says:

        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 says:

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

    • Cuso says:

      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.

  167. WhittakerWalt says:

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

  168. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  169. Kramerica Industries says:

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

  170. ExitCashman says:

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

  171. The Real Greg says:

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

  172. Kramerica Industries says:

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

  173. Eddard says:

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

  174. RetroRob says:

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

    That should push Romine back to A-ball.

  175. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  176. Wheels says:

    Chris Stewart?

  177. Alkaline says:

    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 says:

      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.

  178. Fin says:

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

  179. nycsportzfan says:

    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!

  180. JonS says:

    He looked pissed to sign that autograph.

  181. Rolling Doughnut says:

    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.

  182. Bo Knows says:

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

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

  184. RetroRob says:

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

    Thank you, Willie, for standing up.

  185. Eddard says:

    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.

  186. Get Phelps Up says:

    I sure hope Pujols savored the 2011 world series.

  187. Alright this is exactly what happen last night.

  188. Kramerica Industries says:

    Fucking Blue Jays.


  189. Wheels says:

    Nice win.

  190. vicki says:

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

  191. nycsportzfan says:

    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 says:

      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.

  192. Kramerica Industries says:

    Go to hell, Mariners.

  193. The Real Greg says:

    Was Tom Wilhelmsen on the DL?

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