Game 125: Game Two

More dingers, Robbie. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty)

More dingers, Robbie. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty)

A win usually makes for a pretty good day in Yankeeland, but two wins definitely qualifies as a great day. The Bombers have a chance to sweep today’s doubleheader against the Blue Jays after using a pair of three-run homers in this afternoon’s come from behind win. Considering where they sit in the playoff race, taking two games in one day would be pretty huge. Here’s the lineup that will face left-hander Mark Buehrle:

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

And on the mound is right-hander Phil Hughes. The Yankees have lost his last three starts, five of his last seven starts, eight of his last eleven starts, and and 12 of his last 16 starts. It’s tough to put together any kind of lengthy winning streak with this guy going every five days. Hughes needs to pitch better in his final six weeks as a Yankee if the team wants to sneak into the postseason.

Like I said before, the weather’s great and there’s no threat of rain. Obviously Nunez’s hamstring is feeling better as well. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET and can be seen on My9. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. trr says:

    Austin. Finally.
    Yeah, I know Stewart hit a big one today.
    You know what I’m gonna say – Let’s Win Two!!

  2. Kramerica Industries says:

    Does the Yankees bad luck with injuries rub off on Bautista, or something? He hurt his wrist in the Bronx last year, and now is out for tonight’s game, too.

    Put this afternoon in the rearview mirror. Need a W tonight.

    • JGYank says:

      Bautista out of the lineup is a huge advantage for Hughes since now he can focus solely on keeping Encarnacion in the park instead of both of them. Unfortunately, the doubleheader forces us to start Nix and put Arod at Dh keeping Grandy out of the lineup who is an improvement over Nix even against a lefty.

  3. Cuso says:

    Isn’t it Buerhle that Wells has like a 3.250 career. SLG against?

    • Oy says:

      1.219 OPS in 53 AB. Nice. Predicting a high scoring match between both teams.

      (Though Ichiro also has a .897 OPS in 57 AB)

  4. Laz says:

    Really nice to see the lineup now be able to go many righties, or many lefties. Even Reynolds/ Wells have a .344/.353 obp vs lhp.

  5. Kramerica Industries says:

    Should the Red Sox be alarmed that Dustin Pedroia, he of whom posted .860 OPS marks in 2010 and 2011, dropped to .796 last year and is at .770 this year? I know this year can be attributed in part to his torn finger ligament, but that’s still a pretty sharp drop from what he was before.

    • JGYank says:

      Not really. Like you said, he has battled injuries and as long as he has the monster in left his stats won’t fall off a cliff. He is still around 30 I think.

    • dkidd says:

      i wouldn’t bet against him

      he’s annoyingly good

      • OldYanksFan says:

        Mighty Mouse is a fine player, but Fenway helps him a lot!
        Home: .319 .385 .498 .883
        Away: .283 .354 .409 .763
        ——————————— .120
        No wonder he signed a lifetime deal in Boston.

    • Darren says:


      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        I think a nice apple/spinach/kale juice would do him well. He might grow a couple of inches, plus a real beard.

        • ropeadope says:

          Wouldn’t mind growing a couple of inches myself.

          * adds apples, spinach, kale, and a juicer to shopping list.

    • Revan says:

      Still is around a .370 OBP with plus plus defense. OBP > SLG so using OPS doesn’t tell the whole story. His wRC+ is around 110 and if he can keep that up with his defense then he’s roughly a 4-5 WAR player. But we’ll see how he manages that decline.

  6. Darren says:

    Remember when Torre had the ultimate luxury of setting up his lineups RLRLRLRLR stacked all the way through, usually thanks to Jorge and Bernie? At least we’re in the neighborhood of that again.

  7. Eddard says:

    The only reason I give Hughes a chance at getting a W in this game is because he’s opposed by Mark Beuhrle. Maybe Hughes can win 10-9 and avoid being the automatic loss. They need to win at least 3/4 in the series.

  8. teddy says:

    Hughes never learns

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

    Vintage two strike Hughes.

  10. Anderson Silva says:

    0-2 hit, Hughes special!

  11. Kramerica Industries says:

    ERA over 7, 0-8 in the last nine home starts.

    That’s not even giving the Yankees a chance when he starts at home.

  12. The Real Greg says:

    And it begins

  13. teddy says:

    then an 0 and 2 wp. what a bum

  14. Kramerica Industries says:

    For fucks sake.

    Always having to dig out of a deficit before even swinging the bats when Hughes starts.

  15. The Real Greg says:

    And Rajai Davis’ speed creates a run

  16. Wheels says:

    Hughes doing his thing I see.

  17. Leg-End says:

    Can only hope we get atleast 5 out of Hughes and the offense bails him out.

  18. Mickey Scheister says:

    Phil Hughes is not good at baseball. That is all.

  19. The Real Greg says:

    And there is nobody they can replace him with.

  20. Anderson Silva says:

    A team cannot make the playoffs with a SP like Hughes.

  21. Eddard says:

    If Hughes can limit the damage to 1 run an inning over 5 innings that might be good enough. That’s about the best we can hope for from Hughes. They have to pound Beuhrle.

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

    But seriously, Hughes sucks.

    It’s sad that I’ve reached the point where I dread CC starts MORE than I dread Hughes starts.

  23. The Real Greg says:

    Interesting that CC has more wins then Matt Harvey and the run support argument can’t be made this year.

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

      and the run support argument can’t be made this year.

      Care to try again?
      Sabathia’s run support: 4.65/game
      Harvey: 3.8/game
      That’s a significant difference.

  24. Eddard says:

    If Vernon could just bat against Mark Beuhrle all the time he’d be MVP.

  25. Kramerica Industries says:

    Seriously, even this year, Wells just kills Buehrle.

  26. The Real Greg says:

    And Vernon Wells continues to mash Mark Buerhle

  27. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Walked away to take a call. It must be 80-0. Oh, wait, it’s not.

  28. SeventhAce says:

    Wells sure loves himself some Buerhle.

  29. Wheels says:

    Robbie is locked in.

  30. Alkaline says:

    Hey, at least the run Hughes gave up wasn’t a homerun, right?

    And that sucks for Cano- that was a tied game there if that went through.

  31. Kramerica Industries says:

    What shitty luck right there.

  32. SeventhAce says:

    I miss Kenny saying “WATCH OUT!”

  33. Dalek Jeter says:

    Wow, this might be the first time I disagree with Coney. I think agreeing with the pitch selection is as important if not more so than execution.

  34. The Real Greg says:

    This probably will end up being a split. I know its 1-0 early, but Phil Hughes does not inspire confidence and the odds lean towards a split in general.

    • Wheels says:

      Think positive dude.

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        That’s…like telling a shark to try a vegetarian diet.

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


          • dkidd says:

            is that a “finding nemo” reference?

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

              Can it be anything else?

            • Dalek Jeter says:


              • dkidd says:

                my 3 year-old loves the movie, but i always skip to chapter 2 on the dvd to avoid the opening scene

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

                  Once again while watching Toy Story 3 on ABC yesterday it struck me that it has to be one of the darkest children’s movies ever created. Torture, mind rape, one of the most horrible backstories I’ve ever seen given to a villain character (Lotso), and, of course, a slow conveyor belt death into a fiery inferno.

                  Seriously, the incinerator scene has to be one of the most horrifying scenes EVER in a children’s movie. Hell, it freaked ME out. And even the ending, while happy, was bittersweet.

                  And STILL, after all that, a great movie, if disturbing. I heard that some children had to leave the theater during the incinerator scene.

                  Pixar puts some dark shit into their films, man.

                  • dkidd says:

                    the incinerator scene is legitimately terrifying, and ends with an awesomely unexpected call-back to the first movie. pixar is the best

                  • Dalek Jeter says:

                    The Darkest part of the Pixar universe: They are building a timeline that leads to the robot apocalypse and the enslavement of humanity.

                    • dkidd says:

                      how else do you explain the universe of “cars”?

                    • Dalek Jeter says:

                      Cars is actually the “middle” of that time line. It starts with Brave, hundreds and hundreds of years ago. Fast forward to the modern movies (assume that Nemo, A Bug’s Life, The Toy Story Trilogy, Ratatouille, etc all take place within the same decade), all inanimate objects are actually sentient, and enjoy human interaction, but are sick of getting it on the human’s terms. So they conspire with the cars to ruin the environment and send us onto the arcs from Wall-E until all the humans who remember a time where humans controlled the objects are gone.

  35. dkidd says:

    this is why the yankees can’t develop players. they need to switch to microsoft.

  36. dkidd says:

    lawrie is red sox ugly

  37. dkidd says:

    they have to keep switching apps! they can’t do 2 things at once!

  38. Deathstroke Heathcott says:

    I think Hughes is gonna actually get rolling and keep it at 1-0 or 2-0. The question is can the offense muster any runs this game from someone other than Cano?

  39. Robinson Tilapia says:

    As I leave you all and close out the office, all I can think about is ramen now. Damn you, SeventhAce.

    Sweeeeeeeeeeep this.

  40. Crime Dog says:

    Vernon Wells has an .800 OPS or so against lefties this season… He hasn’t been overly terrible recently either. I’m as shocked as anyone else, but if he can be platooned heavily he’s useful.

  41. Eddard says:

    Of course Phil gets ahead of that kid 0-2 and then gives up his 1st hit.

  42. dkidd says:

    reyes seems like a great teammate

  43. Cy Pettitte says:

    does it even count as a major league hit if you get it off Phil Hughes?

  44. Kramerica Industries says:

    Is Michael on drugs right now? “Nunez is approximating Jeter.” In what frigging universe has he done that?

  45. Anderson Silva says:

    this POS Hughes can’t do anything right. What a joke of a player

  46. Eddard says:

    Hughes can’t throw to the plate or to 2nd.

  47. Kramerica Industries says:

    What is that mental block that makes pitchers so awful at throwing the ball to second base?

  48. Revan says:

    Yeah I’m taking bets that hughes isn’t coming close to getting a 10 million dollar contract.

    If he gets it I’ll change my handle to Revan, the Idiot. If anyone takes this ebt and loses you also have to add , the Idiot to your handle.

  49. Wheels says:

    right on

  50. Eddard says:

    It took 7 pitches but he finally got the K he needed. They’re gonna need a lot of runs.

  51. Cuso says:

    You know, this being Romine’s first first “full” year in the majors, he’s going to end up playing in a greater % of games that Posada played in his first full year.

    Posada had 60 games in ’97 (was up the entire season), tonight is Romine’s 46th (didn’t come up until Frankie got hurt).

  52. dkidd says:

    huge k

    let’s sweep

  53. I think Hughes looks much better than he usually does. The keyword is “looks”. His fastball seems to be around the 94-95 mph range with some tailing action. The other thing, which Cone mentioned was the Swing and Miss % which is clearly higher this game. But again, that fastball is elevated and in some cases he’s getting away with blatant mistakes up in the zone. I just hope he doesn’t get burned with that later in the game.

    • dkidd says:

      feels like he’s gotten more swing and misses tonight than the last 3 starts combined

    • Anderson Silva says:

      His FB velocity is up like in his last start. THe problem is, he can’t hold this velocity throughout the start, and the velocity goes, he gets hit around pretty hard, like in his last start.

  54. Alkaline says:

    Let’s go Wells!

  55. The Real Greg says:

    Oh Brett, that might have been ball 4

  56. The Real Greg says:

    Buerhle pitched around him

  57. Dalek Jeter says:

    Robbie Cano!!

  58. Cy Pettitte says:

    All Cano does is hit line drives

  59. Wheels says:

    Robbie! yeah!

  60. Anderson Silva says:

    Cano is sizzling.

  61. Anderson Silva says:

    Comon Sori, this is the type of pitcher you usually crush

  62. Alkaline says:

    So after going 15-18 he went 0-11. Yay baseball!

  63. Alkaline says:

    Well we tied it!

  64. The Real Greg says:

    Have to move Sori out of the cleanup spot now that he has gone cold

  65. Anderson Silva says:

    It’s amazing how a guy who was so hot as lately as saturday can look this bad like Sori does right now.

  66. dkidd says:

    i assume espn will be cutting away for each xander bogaerts at-bat tonight

  67. dkidd says:

    one of them has to be kaat

  68. Nathan says:

    Who could step into Hughes rotation spot?

    (Serious question, I’m not aware of who is in the minors and is a legit option)

  69. The Real Greg says:

    And Coney just said one of the answers

  70. Dalek Jeter says:

    asjd;fcn;wfvnwe;fvnwprfjiwpcmv Nothing infuriates me more than Michael Kay’s argument that 1. Runs are important and 2. there is such a thing as pitching to the scoreboard.

  71. Eddard says:

    I agree with Kay. Winners win ballgames because that’s what winners do.

  72. The Real Greg says:

    And Kay is going on his classic Wins diatribe

  73. I don’t know why I’m surprised Michael Kay is going on and on about W-L. He’s the same person who puts legitimate weight on BA and RBI as measures of offensive production. If it weren’t for his reputation and excellent speaking voice, I would rather have David Cone do the play-by-play.

  74. Deathstroke Heathcott says:

    It’s not just “sabermetricians” anymore that are saying wins are close to useless of a stat. More and more normal fans and players themselves are starting to realize how dumb the win stat is.

  75. Kramerica Industries says:

    Whenever I hear Bobby Shantz, I can’t forget about McCaver in the 2009 ALCS going on a fairly lengthy spiel about not knowing Bobby Shantz had a brother.

  76. Anderson Silva says:

    I’m not used to Buehrle dominating the Yankees

  77. Dan in Athens says:

    Read this, which destroys Kay’s argument with regard to Jack Morris.


  78. Eddard says:

    The only chance they have of winning this ballgame is if Hughes keeps pitching like he is and they win 2-1. They ain’t doing a damn thing offensively outside of Romine and Robbie Cano.

  79. Kramerica Industries says:

    You know, why does Michael Kay just love rehashing the “pitching to the score” argument? I don’t listen to his radio show, but I bet you this topic comes up in at least one game every week. It’s his crutch. That and “busting it out of the box”.

  80. Dalek Jeter says:

    Ugh, just realized I forgot to start Beachy in my fantasy league tonight. Of course I remember Nova and Turner, both of whom pitched “meh,” but I forget Beachy who has allowed 1 baserunner and 1 unearned run through 4.

  81. JLC 776 says:

    I know I predicted a pitching duel. What, you didn’t?

  82. Dalek Jeter says:

    Wow…Vernon is just a bad outfielder.

  83. Anderson Silva says:

    Hughes hits the middle of the plate with ease.

  84. The Real Greg says:

    And Hughes gives up a triple to a .204 hitter

  85. Kramerica Industries says:

    I’ll have to look at B-Ref to see just how many 0-2 hits Hughes allows. His inability to put batters away has always been the bane of his pitching existence.

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      sOPS+ of 164.

      That’s atrocious.

    • The Real Greg says:

      If I’m reading this right, in his career directly after an 0-2 count, Hughes has given up 148 hits or a .208 batting average

      • JLC 776 says:

        The one above – .171

        With the count 0-2, the results of the next pitch are that row’s numbers.

      • JLC 776 says:

        I see what you were looking at – AFTER the 0-2 count, he eventually ends up w/ hitters at .208. ON the 0-2 PITCH, he averages at the .171

        The important row is the adjusted OPS in terms of quick comparison.

        ON the 0-2 it’s 27. AFTER the 0-2 it’s 62. So, yes, he’s crap at putting guys away.

        But on the other hand, he’s superhuman in a 3-0 count. So there’s that.

  86. Cy Pettitte says:

    getting beat by Kawasaki and Rajai Davis. Nice, Phil.

  87. dkidd says:

    i blame wells for not cutting off the triple

  88. ClusterDuck says:

    Do folks who think pitching wins are a useless statistics also think saves are a useless statistic?

    Perhaps we should just talk about Mo’s WHIP, ERA ad WAR stats and just toss away that list of save leaders that Mo sits atop.

    • Dan in Athens says:

      I’m fine with that.

      • Dan in Athens says:

        Mo ERA plus, 204. That means he is roughly 104 percent better than the rest of the league over his career. This is the best in baseball history minimum 1000 innings. The next closest is 154 (Pedro) next closest reliever 146.

        Career WHIP is 3rd, behind only 2 deadball pitchers.

        Mo’s WAR of 56 is the highest reliever in history and slightly ahead of HOF and Yankee legend Bill Dickey.

    • I think that advanced metrics are correct in that they estimate the value of a player within the context of a game/season. But I think they lack in their uses for overall career performance. Just because Mo had a WAR of 55 doesn’t mean that he should be placed with players who also have a similar WAR. I think that his metrics need to be placed within a group of players who do the same job. How does he rank with other relievers/closers? (we know the answer to that already). I feel the same with catchers, who often get unfairly treated in weighted offensive stats, given that they traditionally hit below the league average; they need to be analyzed within their position.

      • ClusterDuck says:

        I would think that a sabermetrics purist wouldn’t make exceptions for different positions when it comes to a WAR rating.

        A WAR rating is a WAR rating after and Mo the all time save leader and best reliever of all time only has a WAR rating of about 55.

        Apparently, according to sabermetrics, relievers are over rated.


        • Dan in Athens says:

          Yes, but if you bothered to read the post kicking your ass all over the place, you would see the insane dominance in ERA plus and WHIP by Mo and that his WAR is slightly ahead of Bill Fucking Dickey.

        • Dalek Jeter says:

          “I would think that a sabermetrics purist wouldn’t make exceptions for different positions when it comes to WAR rating.”

          Maybe your cartoonish mental image of a ‘sabermetrics purist’ wouldn’t, but yeah, they would.

          • ClusterDuck says:

            A purist who makes exceptions. That’s a contradiction in terms. But maybe not in your cartoon mind.

            BTW, try to have an exchange of ideas without being so sensitive. You are missing my point.

    • Rolling Doughnut says:

      The save stat is very different from the W stat. The save is logged or blown depending only on the pitcher’s efforts, while the W depends heavily on the offense.

      • ClusterDuck says:

        The quantity of save situations depends on the offense and pitching leading up to a save appearance.

        Saves as a percentage of save opportunities would be pretty useful. Total saves, not so much…or at least that should be the POV of a sabermetrics purist.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      Even if we do, Mo’s still one of the best pitchers inning for inning, and definitely the best reliever of all time. I’ve always thought the save stat was stupid.

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

      That would be GREAT. Could we start right now?

  89. Wheels says:

    Nice hit, Romine.

  90. JLC 776 says:

    Let’s enjoy the fact that through five he’s pitching pretty well without the world’s greatest defense behind him.

    • Anderson Silva says:

      I don’t blame the defense for any of the runs allowed. It was simply Hughes being awful, which happens a lot.

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        Idk, on that triple my first thought wasn’t “ugh Phil Hughes is the worst” it was “wow I cannot believe Wells can’t get to that ball before it gets to the wall or get the ball in to at least the cut off man on the fly.”

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      No. Phil Hughes is awful. Even when he’s pitching well, it’s nothing more than him getting lucky.

      • JLC 776 says:

        He’s the number 5 guy and he sucks at YS3; you throw him out there and hope for some offense. It would be a tie game if Wells could move out there! Guy does great on the road, just sucks at home.

        • Dalek Jeter says:

          I was being sarcastic, I’m in the Hughes fan club, I think he’s a decent pitcher who has had ‘meh’ results and is in desperate need for a put away pitch.

  91. Dalek Jeter says:

    Dear Michael Kay, Pitchers with more wins than Clayton Kershaw:
    -Max Scherzer
    -Adam Wainwright
    -Bartolo Colon
    -Chris Tillman
    -Justin Masterson
    -C.J. Wilson
    -Lance Lynn

    Pitchers on that list better than Clayton Kershaw:

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      You might be able to argue 2013 Scherzer is on even terms with Kershaw, but that’s just me nitpicking here.

  92. Anderson Silva says:

    Buehrle is pitching in a lot. Can anyone make an adjustment?

  93. Cy Pettitte says:

    6 inch difference between a HR and a single lol

  94. Lukaszek says:

    350-foot single by Romine

  95. WhittakerWalt says:

    Fuck you, Sterling.

  96. The Real Greg says:

    And Gardner is under .270 again.

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

      Career .267
      He’s hitting pretty much exactly as expected.
      Right about league average overall.

      • The Real Greg says:

        I guess

        It was after Damon left and I wanted Gardner to be Damon without the power

        • Given that Damon was between 2.5-3.5 WAR per year as a Yankee, and Gardner has a 2.5 WAR so far, I’d say this year is on par with him.

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

          I wanted him to be Mickey Mantle with the power.

          He is what he is. About average hitter. Above average (but still disappointing) baserunning. Above average defense.

          Good solid starting CF. Not a star CF.

          • The Real Greg says:

            And the fact that he has been the best position player to come out of the Yankees farm system in the last 7 years is damning

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

              Not really. He’s a good, above average player. That the drop off to the rest is so large is what’s damning.
              And fwiw:
              Damon’s 4 years as a Yankee: 576 games, 12.8 fWAR, 14.4 bWAR
              Gardner last 4 years (almost): 446 games, 13.7 fWAR, 14.8 bWAR

        • Dan in Athens says:

          Well instead you got a better player. Gardner worth 3 more wins than Damon over 4 full seasons (combining his few appearances last year) with this year to make a fourth year. Approximately 17 to 14 Gardner in WAR. Defense matters.

  97. Pat D says:

    Well I guess PeteAbe hasn’t become a complete tool just yet.

  98. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Step up Phil. Two dinky hits. Do not give up the HR.

  99. Cy Pettitte says:

    Hughes gave them 6IP 2ER, can’t waste that.

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

    I have a sinking feeling that this is going to be the final score. Just hit a damn home run, somebody.

    • JLC 776 says:

      If we keep swinging away at Buehrle, it very well might be. We had some good innings against him, but need to keep up the pressure.

      Mr. 3,999 will come in to pinch hit at some point and make a nice dramatic impact. Count on it.

  101. Dalek Jeter says:

    That text poll, Jeter’s obviously going to run away with it…but Imagine Mark Teixeira in the middle of this line up? That would be just outstanding.


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

      I would really hope if the lineup were that deep, they wouldn’t have a guy with a 79 wRC+ batting second. But they probably still would.

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        I mean…who would you hit second? Cano? Soriano? A-Rod?

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

          Not Soriano. Any of ARod, Tex, Cano, or Granderson would be fine.
          There’s really no justification for Ichiro getting more PA’s over anybody in that lineup other than Nunez and C.

          • Dalek Jeter says:

            In this hypothetical I could get behind any of A-Rod/Tex/Cano, but I don’t like Granderson in the 2 hole, I don’t think he gets on base enough. (That’s with out looking at any numbers)

    • JLC 776 says:

      I imagine it every single night… Along w/ Russell Martin still behind the plate…

  102. Wheels says:

    What a play by Lawrie.

  103. The Real Greg says:

    He threw that when both of his legs were in the air

  104. The Real Greg says:

    Buerhle has done a great job tonight of moving in and out of the plate

  105. Kramerica Industries says:

    This is starting to get irritating now. It’s getting later in the game; the Yankees can’t just be pissing innings away.

    • your mom says:

      At least they’re only 1 swing away from tying it.

    • The Real Greg says:

      The odds say that you split a doubleheader. This is what happens.

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        I couldn’t give two turds about odds right now. The Yankees need to be winning games however they can take them. Hughes is actually pitching somewhat well for the first time in g-d knows how long at home, and they are currently losing. Yes, that’s irritating.

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

    They really probably taken the 6 good innings and ran.
    The DH complicates that though.

  107. The Real Greg says:

    Time to jettison

  108. Cy Pettitte says:

    he just walked a guy with 1 MLB hit (which he gave up) on 4 pitches.

  109. Eddard says:

    If Hughes gets the loss here it’s all on him, he should have pitched to the score and won 1-0. I know Kay said he didn’t get any run support, which completely contradicted his earlier argument, but a pitcher has to pitch to the score because wins pay off.

    • Mr. Roth says:

      Forget the scoreboard, he should put up zeroes every inning he pitches. No excuse for allowing runs. This is major league baseball, pitchers should only allow runs in the minors.

  110. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Hughes should not have come out for the seventh.

  111. Dalek Jeter says:

    Girardi with the perfect hook. I normally think he leaves a guy in a batter or two too long or has too quick a hook, but as soon as he walked whats-his-face on 4 pitches, pull him.

  112. Dalek Jeter says:

    that…was one of the worst bunts I have have ever seen.

  113. Dan in Athens says:

    Is Claiborne only up for the DH or is he back on the 25 man? If the former, he should go 2 innings here.

  114. Eddard says:

    Wouldn’t want that guy on the MLB club. By all means keep Jobber on the 25 man.

  115. The Real Greg says:

    How can you have a crossup after a meeting on the mound?

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

    Romine’s not exactly making a strong case for more playing time.

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

    I like how they trust the guy they demoted in a 1-run game (granted losing by one, and the possible unavailability of others due to the DH plays in), but don’t trust the guy they kept on the roster with a 4 run lead.

  118. Wheels says:

    Remember when baseball telecasts would tell you who was due up before cutting to commercial?

  119. The Real Greg says:

    You could PH Ichiro for Nunez here and move Nix to short, Reynolds to 3rd and bring Overbay in the game

  120. Eddard says:

    Remember that Stewie is available on the bench to PH. He’s swinging a hot bat right now so I wouldn’t be surprised if Girardi used him against a lefty reliever to get that platoon advantage.

  121. Eddard says:


  122. Cy Pettitte says:

    well this has been an odd day to say the least

  123. Alkaline says:


  124. OldYanksFan says:

    He plays hard.
    He Gritty.
    He feeds starving kids.
    He’s White.

    Ladies and Gentlemen…. Jason Nix

  125. jim p says:

    Now that Nix and Stewart have protection in the lineup, they’re finally free to swing away.

  126. Alkaline says:


  127. Eddard says:

    Romine’s 3/3, Stewie 3 run HR, Nix game tying HR! What a day.

  128. The Real Greg says:


  129. Dalek Jeter says:

    ROMAINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lettuce

  130. Dan in Athens says:

    First Stewie and now Nix. This board may implode.

  131. JLC 776 says:

    Nix and Stewart with HRs on the same day, and now Romine is 3 for 3. What. The. Fuck.

  132. Wheels says:

    Holy Nix!

  133. Lukaszek says:

    Quick, someone call Satan and tell him that hell is freezing!

  134. Alkaline says:

    They may not make the playoffs, but play like this is still going to make it an exciting 6 weeks.

  135. Eddard says:

    Beuhrle was this close to being in position to beat the Yanks. All he had to do was get Jayson Nix out. Now he can lose if Gardner gets Romine in.

  136. your mom says:

    Can Gardner be clutch once again?

  137. OldYanksFan says:

    In his last 32 AB (including tonight), LettuceMan has 13 hits.
    Time to play this kid more.
    He’s our C for 2014.

  138. Tom says:

    In play, run(s)?

    Wait I thought the bases were empty? They were empty?!?!

    Stewart HR, Nix HR today? People best stay indoors as there’s a decent chance you could get hit by lightning.

  139. Dan in Athens says:

    Austin Romine has now edged ahead of Stewart in OPS .611 to .606. Now 13-32 with 5 walks and 5 XBH since the ASB.

  140. Alkaline says:

    Let’s go Gardy. Put some dressing on that salad!

  141. Alkaline says:

    Well, I’m feeling pie tonight.

    • JLC 776 says:

      We just need to wait until the bottom of the lineup comes up again!

    • Lukaszek says:

      That’d be a great opening line for a pornographic film

      • JLC 776 says:

        Big Sausage Pie Delivery?

        • Lukaszek says:

          *knock knock*
          *door opens*
          “Hello Mrs. Espinoza, did someone order an EXTRA LARGE sausage pie?”
          “Oh this is a marvelous sausage pie and that meat looks scrumptions! Uhh…*looks at name tag* Melvin, let me just pay you…oh I don’t have enough money for a tip”
          “It’s okay Mrs. Espinoza, I…sp…spit on the sausages, I don’t deserve a tip”
          “Oh Melvin, you have been a BAD BOY! Well you better come in you BAD BOY if you don’t your boss to find out”

  142. Dalek Jeter says:

    If Loup is getting that call on the right hand batter’s box outside corner Gardner should just put the bat down and wait.

  143. Eddard says:

    They have to win this game now. Nix homers, Hughes pitches 6 innings and only gives up 2 runs, Romine is 3/3. I’d use all of my best relievers again in Game 2 and give them tomorrow off.

  144. stuart a says:

    at this point Romine is a legit prospect with a chance to be a decent catcher…

    the guy is 24… so at least they developed 1 catcher with a chance of being legit.

    nice job by Nix, he still is a utility guy at best.

    arod with a nice day so far. 5 K’s…

  145. Dalek Jeter says:

    Damnit Coney, why??

  146. The Real Greg says:

    I would have liked to see Gardner try and law down a bunt. With Loup’s weird pitching style, he would have had a big advantage.

  147. Kiko Jones says:

    Nix ties it up with a HR?!

    It’s gone from “Lady Momentum, may I have this dance?” to “Let’s go woman, you’re coming home with me.” Damn!

  148. Eddard says:

    Maybe Jobber can get a phantom eye injury for 2 weeks and Preston can stay. He deserves it.

  149. stuart a says:

    lawrie can run.

    he also is a very good fielder…

    claiborne is better then JOBBER

  150. Eddard says:

    Austin Romine player of the ballgame.

  151. Deathstroke Heathcott says:


  152. Leg-End says:

    Romine doing it all tonight.

  153. Tom says:

    Autsin’s got the mojo working today!
    Yeah, baby!

    (better rest up after the game as you may have to play 5 days from now)

  154. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Hey, remember when I said “watch this be a pitcher’s duel?”

    *points at crotch*

  155. JLC 776 says:

    Much better, Austin!

  156. Wheels says:

    Guns him out!

  157. stuart a says:

    girardi has to pitch the A team, this is there game to win. Kuroda is going tommmorrow. they need every win….

    romine with the throw out , WOW..

  158. Darl says:

    take that funky sidearm delivery guy!

  159. pat says:

    Cano gonna gobble this dude up.

  160. sangreal says:

    I like where this is headed

  161. Eddard says:

    So it’s up to A-Rod and they’ll PH Overbay for Reynolds against the righty. They just need one clutch hit.

  162. The Real Greg says:

    I would seriously think about PH for Ichiro if they bring in the righty

  163. Eddard says:

    I wonder why they just walked Soriano rather than bringing in the righty and trying to get him to swing at bad pitches.

  164. JLC 776 says:

    No mercy. Sweep the leg, A-Rod.

  165. Dalek Jeter says:

    Wow…what a shitty day for A-Rod.

  166. Eddard says:

    A-Rod needs tomorrow off. Nix is swinging a hot bat so might as well give Alex a day off tomorrow.

  167. your mom says:

    Arod with one heckuva day!

  168. The Real Greg says:

    Should have PH

  169. pat says:

    Lol. Of course he couldn’t K there.

  170. Darl says:

    ARod made that IBB sure look good for Toronto there.

  171. Wheels says:

    Damn. That was disappointing

  172. Leg-End says:

    Might as well just walk this one off, Romine style.

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

    Worst SS ever?

  174. Tom says:

    This seems… odd.

    Maybe not using 5 pitchers to get 8 outs in game 1 (including the top 4 guys) was not the best idea.

  175. The Real Greg says:

    Fuck you Nunez

  176. Dalek Jeter says:

    Eduardo Scissorhands.

  177. The Real Greg says:

    You’re not going to believe this, but I would blame this on Joe if they lose. ARod was having a crappy day at the plate, they brought in the righty just for him and he didn’t pull the trigger.

    And of course Granderson and Ichiro are quicker than ARod and would have been tougher to double up

  178. Kramerica Industries says:

    Should’ve PH Overbay for ARod, but wasn’t surprised that move wasn’t made.

  179. JLC 776 says:

    If Kevin Pillar gets a hit off of Mo, I’m going to punch myself in the testicles.

  180. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Mo’s GPS is off lately,

  181. Darl says:

    Sometimes I like think Mo spots the other team a few base runners to make it more exciting for the rest of us.

  182. Wheels says:

    That a baby.

  183. Eddard says:

    If Joe PH Overbay for Reynolds they won’t be able to PH for Nuney or Nix. There will be nobody left to play 3B or SS.

  184. Leg-End says:

    If we go extra innings I’m blaming Cone.

  185. The Real Greg says:

    Now would we rather have Reynolds against Santos or Overbay against Oliver?

  186. Tom says:

    Surprised that Reyes did not attempt a steal (especially after the failed bunt). But thank Mo he didn’t.

    Is Kawasaki becoming the new Jose Iglesias?

  187. Eddard says:

    What a beautiful bunt, Nuney. Now be the hero Nix.

  188. Eddard says:

    Kay has taken the strategy a little too far, do they intentionally walk Nix? Never.

  189. 28 this year says:


  190. JLC 776 says:

    Bottom third has been amazing tonight (except for Nunez). Walk it off, gents.

  191. Slu says:

    That took guts…and was lucky.

  192. Cy Pettitte says:

    huge win!!!

  193. Wheels says:


  194. Robinson Tilapia says:


  195. Eddard says:


  196. lightSABR says:

    The April Yankees are back!

    Man, I missed watching fun baseball.

  197. fabricio says:

    fuck yes!!!!!!!!!

  198. Wheels says:

    What a day:)

  199. Dalek Jeter says:

    BOLD move by Ichiro.

  200. number 21 says:


  201. JLC 776 says:

    Holy shit, an out can win it!!!!

  202. The Real Greg says:

    That was risky

  203. Eddard says:

    Nix, Romine, Preston, Hughes won that ballgame. Great game.

  204. Dan in Athens says:

    Jayson Nix. Professional baseball player.

  205. SDB says:




  206. Dalek Jeter says:


  207. Leg-End says:


    Hell of a game bottom half!

  208. The Real Greg says:

    Nix is the hero!

  209. Cuso says:

    What a day for the scrubs!

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


  211. Rolling Doughnut says:


  212. Tom says:

    Jayson Nix, professional ballplayer.

  213. JLC 776 says:

    FUCK YEAH!!!!!!

  214. Kramerica Industries says:

    Yankees won two games largely thanks to Chris Stewart and Jayson Nix.

    When you need to climb a big hole, those are the unsung contributions you need.

  215. VT Yankee Fan says:

    Mo now tied with Carl Mays for 25th most Yankee wins.

  216. Eddard says:

    Great personality, Nix. He obviously isn’t used to being in the limelight.

  217. trr says:

    Ladies and Gentlemen, the quick stick of Jayson Nix!

  218. Kiko Jones says:


  219. Tom says:

    Special tip of the cap to John Gibbons, who brings in his lefty specialist to face the #6-9 righty hitters.

    Thanks, John!

    • Eddard says:

      I don’t think he wanted them PH Granderson, Overbay and Ichiro. He’d rather face those righties. The thing is, they could only PH for one of the 6-8 hitters because they wouldn’t have had anybody to play those positions.

    • Crime Dog says:

      I don’t get why he didn’t at least send Santos back out for the 9th. Joe is sure to bring in Overbay to PH, and then you go to Oliver for the lefty-lefty matchup.

  220. Eddard says:

    Could gain a game on KC and Baltimore. That TEX/HOU score won’t hold up. Houston can’t beat anybody. Everyone else is out west.

  221. Dela G says:

    great fucking win

  222. Get Phelps Up says:

    Great day today.

  223. pat says:

    I assume the Jays came into today hoping to win both games.

    Safe to say those plans were…

    (Puts on sunglasses)



  224. Crime Dog says:

    The Yankees could (not sure how likely) be a few days away from jumping three teams in a few days. O’s are gonna wind up being just one up on the Yanks in the L column. Crazy stuff

  225. Bubba says:

    Nix joins Stewart in mooning the RAB fanbase.

  226. The Real Greg says:

    And the Angels lead the Indians 1-0 in the 1st inning

  227. Shittyshittybangbang says:

    A little love for Hughes, no ?

  228. MB923 says:

    Chris Stewart the hero in Game 1. Jayson Nix the hero in Game 2. #YouCantPredictBaseball

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

    So tell me. How explosive were John and Suzyn’s orgasms?

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