Aug
20

Game 125: Game Two

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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
  • trr

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

  • Kramerica Industries

    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

      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.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

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

    • Oy

      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)

  • Laz

    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.

  • Robinson Tilapia
  • Kramerica Industries

    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

      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

      i wouldn’t bet against him

      he’s annoyingly good

      • OldYanksFan

        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

      HE STOPPED JUICING

      • Robinson Tilapia

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

        • ropeadope

          Wouldn’t mind growing a couple of inches myself.

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

    • Revan

      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.

  • Darren

    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.

  • Eddard

    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.

  • teddy

    Hughes never learns

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

    Vintage two strike Hughes.

  • Anderson Silva

    0-2 hit, Hughes special!

  • Kramerica Industries

    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.

  • The Real Greg

    And it begins

  • teddy

    then an 0 and 2 wp. what a bum

  • Kramerica Industries

    For fucks sake.

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

  • The Real Greg

    And Rajai Davis’ speed creates a run

    • Anderson Silva

      No. Phil Hughes awfulness created that run.

  • Wheels

    Hughes doing his thing I see.

  • Leg-End

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

  • Mickey Scheister

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

    • Revan

      Anyone who wants to spend more than 5 million for him is is crazy.

  • The Real Greg

    And there is nobody they can replace him with.

  • Anderson Silva

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

    • The Real Greg

      Yankees won the WS with a crappy Kenny Rogers.

  • Eddard

    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.

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

    But seriously, Hughes sucks.

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

  • The Real Greg

    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)

      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.

  • Eddard

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

  • Kramerica Industries

    Seriously, even this year, Wells just kills Buehrle.

  • The Real Greg

    And Vernon Wells continues to mash Mark Buerhle

  • Robinson Tilapia

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

  • SeventhAce

    Wells sure loves himself some Buerhle.

  • Wheels

    Robbie is locked in.

  • Alkaline

    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.

  • Kramerica Industries

    What shitty luck right there.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Listening on MLB At-Bat, everything I read here is a spoiler.

  • SeventhAce

    I miss Kenny saying “WATCH OUT!”

    • Dalek Jeter

      I thought it was “LOOK OUT!!” ?

      • The Real Greg

        It is

      • SeventhAce

        Hahaha yea, my bad…working 10 hours in a tiny hot kitchen will do things to ya.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Restaurant work?

          • SeventhAce

            Yep.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Oh, come on. Tell us more. :)

              • SeventhAce

                Hahaha, I try not to disclose too much. But I can tell you I work at a ramen joint, in Manhattan… LET THE SEARCH BEGIN!

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  Is it on, or near, St. Marks? :)

                  • SeventhAce

                    Nice try, no dice. Would love to work at Ippudo nearby there for a few months for some more experience.

                    • SeventhAce

                      I didn’t mention Manhattan, but IMO most Ramen places worth working at are usually in Manhattan.

                    • Robinson Tilapia

                      Well, if it’s not one of the 20 places in the East Village, I have no clue. I’ve got two good ones near me, but you did say Manhattan.

                • Deathstroke Heathcott

                  Mmmm, now I’m in the mood for some ramen…

                  • Dalek Jeter

                    It’s always a good time for Ramen.

                  • Robinson Tilapia

                    I’m always in the mood for some solid noodles.

                    • SeventhAce

                      RAB Ramen Run!

                    • dkidd

                      if anyone finds themselves in los angeles, asahi ramen on sawtelle is the best i’ve ever had

        • Dalek Jeter

          I know that feeling all too well. I’m happily working for less money in an airconditioned office now, but I spent 3 years as the jack-of-all-trades at an Italian Restaurant/Pizzaria. I don’t think there is a worst job in the summer than working in a kitchen.

          • SeventhAce

            I was lucky that I took my vacation during the heatwave. Thing is, not all kitchens are this hot…I’ve been in a few where the exhaust makes the place nice and cool.

            • Dalek Jeter

              Then you’ve been in some awesome kitchens. Our kitchen and pizza room was very, very poorly vented, it was regularly 110 degrees in there during the summer.

              • SeventhAce

                Yeah, not being drenched head to toe and having sweat drip off your forehead when you’re hunched over plating food is a huge plus for all the customers. Can’t have people sending back dishes that are too salty lol.

  • Dalek Jeter

    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.

  • The Real Greg

    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

      Think positive dude.

      • Dalek Jeter

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

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

          FISH ARE FRIENDS, NOT FOOD.

          • dkidd

            is that a “finding nemo” reference?

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

              Can it be anything else?

            • Dalek Jeter

              Yes.

              • dkidd

                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)

                  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

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

                  • Dalek Jeter

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

                    • dkidd

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

                    • Dalek Jeter

                      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.

  • dkidd

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

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I’m not even watching on TV. I still laughed.

  • dkidd

    lawrie is red sox ugly

  • dkidd

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

  • Deathstroke Heathcott

    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?

    • Dalek Jeter

      We’ve got our secret weapon, Chris Stewart, waiting to PH on the bench.

  • Robinson Tilapia

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

    Sweeeeeeeeeeep this.

    • SeventhAce

      Its my duty to make people hungry, my friends love/hate how I remind them of food 3 in the morning.

  • Crime Dog

    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.

  • Eddard

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

  • dkidd

    reyes seems like a great teammate

  • Cy Pettitte

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

  • Kramerica Industries

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

    • dkidd

      i don’t think that word means what he think it does

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

        You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

    • http://bigredsportsnetwork.org Matthew Provenzano

      I know David Cone is an enthusiast of advanced metrics and I could just feel him cringing through the screen

  • Anderson Silva

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

  • Eddard

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

  • Kramerica Industries

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

    • The Real Greg

      ITs not mental. They’re standing on slanted ground when making the throw. Throws them off.

  • Revan

    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.

    • Revan

      A 10 million dollar AAV to be more precise.

  • Wheels

    right on

  • Eddard

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

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    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).

  • dkidd

    huge k

    let’s sweep

  • http://bigredsportsnetwork.org Matthew Provenzano

    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

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

    • Anderson Silva

      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.

  • Alkaline

    Let’s go Wells!

  • The Real Greg

    Oh Brett, that might have been ball 4

  • The Real Greg

    Buerhle pitched around him

  • Dalek Jeter

    Robbie Cano!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    All Cano does is hit line drives

  • Wheels

    Robbie! yeah!

  • Anderson Silva

    Cano is sizzling.

  • Anderson Silva

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

  • Alkaline

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

  • Alkaline

    Well we tied it!

  • The Real Greg

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

  • Anderson Silva

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

  • dkidd

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

  • dkidd

    one of them has to be kaat

    • The Real Greg

      Indeed. With the Twins and the Phillies (1976-1977)

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

      Given he won 16 of them…

  • Nathan

    Who could step into Hughes rotation spot?

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

    • David O.

      No one.

  • The Real Greg

    And Coney just said one of the answers

    • Wheels

      I hate when they do that.

  • Dalek Jeter

    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.

    • Dalek Jeter

      runs Wins

      • WhittakerWalt

        I assume you mean Pitcher Wins, not just Wins. Because Wins are awesome. CC Sabathia winning that game against the Red Sox is a shining example of how ludicrous Pitcher Wins are.

  • Eddard

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

  • The Real Greg

    And Kay is going on his classic Wins diatribe

    • dkidd

      this is getting awkward

      cone is trying to be diplomatic

    • Rolling Doughnut

      And it’s maddening because he keeps insisting on an indefensible position. He has no real argument just says: they pay off on wins. Stupid.

  • http://bigredsportsnetwork.org Matthew Provenzano

    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.

  • Deathstroke Heathcott

    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.

  • Kramerica Industries

    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.

  • Anderson Silva

    I’m not used to Buehrle dominating the Yankees

    • The Real Greg

      And he still isn’t in line for a win at the moment

      • Anderson Silva

        Only you and Kay care about pitcher wins.

        • Dalek Jeter

          And Hawk.

      • http://bigredsportsnetwork.org Matthew Provenzano

        But if he doesn’t get the Win then he just didn’t pitch well enough!!!!!1!! #logic

  • Dan in Athens

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

    http://www.baseballprospectus......cleid=1815

    • Dan in Athens

      Sorry, in two places. Thought the first one didn’t go through.

  • Eddard

    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.

  • Kramerica Industries

    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”.

  • Dalek Jeter

    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.

  • JLC 776

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

  • Dalek Jeter

    Wow…Vernon is just a bad outfielder.

  • Anderson Silva

    Hughes hits the middle of the plate with ease.

  • The Real Greg

    And Hughes gives up a triple to a .204 hitter

  • Kramerica Industries

    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

      sOPS+ of 164.

      That’s atrocious.

    • The Real Greg

      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

        The one above – .171

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

      • JLC 776

        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.

        • JLC 776

          And by important row, I mean column.

  • Cy Pettitte

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

    • your mom

      And he still needs to give up his obligatory HR.

  • dkidd

    i blame wells for not cutting off the triple

  • ClusterDuck

    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

      I’m fine with that.

      • Dan in Athens

        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.

    • http://bigredsportsnetwork.org Matthew Provenzano

      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

        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.

        Right?

        • Dan in Athens

          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

          “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

            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

      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

        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.

        • Dan in Athens

          No, ERA plus and WHIP. Which Mo is career 1 and 3 overall for ANY pitcher with 1000 innings or more.

    • Dalek Jeter

      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)

      That would be GREAT. Could we start right now?

  • Wheels

    Nice hit, Romine.

  • JLC 776

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

    • Anderson Silva

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

      • Dalek Jeter

        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

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

      • JLC 776

        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

          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.

          • JLC 776

            Ah, didn’t pick up on it… I often feel like I’m his only fan…

  • Dalek Jeter

    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

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

  • Anderson Silva

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

  • Cy Pettitte

    6 inch difference between a HR and a single lol

  • Lukaszek

    350-foot single by Romine

  • WhittakerWalt

    Fuck you, Sterling.

  • The Real Greg

    And Gardner is under .270 again.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

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

      • The Real Greg

        I guess

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

        • http://bigredsportsnetwork.org Matthew Provenzano

          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)

          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

            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)

              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

          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.

  • Pat D

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

    • Kramerica Industries

      Jeez, really.

    • Reuben Sierra’s Chains

      Twitter feed and back and forth with people suggests otherwise.

  • Rolling Doughnut

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

  • Cy Pettitte

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

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

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

    • JLC 776

      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.

  • Dalek Jeter

    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.

    Gardner
    Ichiro
    Rodriguez
    Cano
    Tex
    Soriano
    Granderson
    Nunez
    Catcher

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      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

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

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          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

            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)

            • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

              Depends on the season.
              Granderson’s OBP’s have fluctuated widely.

    • JLC 776

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

  • Wheels

    What a play by Lawrie.

  • The Real Greg

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

  • The Real Greg

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

  • Kramerica Industries

    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

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

    • The Real Greg

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

      • Kramerica Industries

        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.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

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

  • The Real Greg

    Time to jettison

  • Cy Pettitte

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

  • Eddard

    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

      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.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Hughes should not have come out for the seventh.

    • The Real Greg

      Disagree because of the batter he was facing.

    • The Real Greg

      And hindsight

  • Dalek Jeter

    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.

  • Dalek Jeter

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

    • The Real Greg

      And it worked in its purpose. Lucky the runner was going

  • Dan in Athens

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

    • Dalek Jeter

      Only today, he’s the 26th man.

  • Eddard

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

  • The Real Greg

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

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

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

    • Dalek Jeter

      He’s 2-2, so I humbly disagree.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        If Girardi was focused on offense, Stewie wouldn’t play as much as he has.

        • The Real Greg

          True but not a good day to stress that point

    • The Real Greg

      Defensively not

      • Kramerica Industries

        Of course, the defensive whiz ain’t exactly showing off that defensive whiz-ness of late, either.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Ehhh, Stewie does that shit every other game.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        I don’t think Stewart is going to lose the job to Romine though.
        I think Romine is going to have to win the job. Part of that likely means he needs to be rock solid defensively to have a chance to earn significantly more PT.

        And Nix!!!!!

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          3-3 games might help though ;)

    • JLC 776

      Yeah, his defense needs to be perfect because any good days with the bat will be considered a fluke.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    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.

  • Wheels

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

  • The Real Greg

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

    • Dalek Jeter

      …For what purpose?

      • The Real Greg

        Offense

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Why would you do that?

  • Eddard

    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.

  • Eddard

    PROFESSIONAL BALL PLAYER!!!!!!!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    well this has been an odd day to say the least

  • Alkaline

    lolnix

  • OldYanksFan

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

    Ladies and Gentlemen…. Jason Nix

  • jim p

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

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      ietc

    • JLC 776

      You win.

  • Alkaline

    NICE SLIDE SALAD BOY!

  • Eddard

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

  • The Real Greg

    JAYSON NIX

  • Dalek Jeter

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

    • Dalek Jeter

      …I mean JAYSON NIX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Wheels

        but now Romine!

        • Alkaline

          You mean Romaine!!

  • Dan in Athens

    First Stewie and now Nix. This board may implode.

  • JLC 776

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

    • Alkaline

      YCPB

  • Wheels

    Holy Nix!

  • Lukaszek

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

  • Alkaline

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

  • Eddard

    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.

  • your mom

    Can Gardner be clutch once again?

  • OldYanksFan

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

  • Tom

    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.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      Plus no homer given up by Hughes at Yankee Stadium. YCPB

  • Dan in Athens

    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.

  • Alkaline

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

    • your mom

      Toss that salad!

  • Alkaline

    Well, I’m feeling pie tonight.

    • JLC 776

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

    • Lukaszek

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

      • JLC 776

        Big Sausage Pie Delivery?

        • Lukaszek

          *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”

          • Alkaline

            This..This escalated quickly.

            • Lukaszek

              “Uh oh, it appears that my husband is home, you’re going to have to use the ‘back door’”

  • Dalek Jeter

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

  • Eddard

    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.

  • stuart a

    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…

  • Dalek Jeter

    Damnit Coney, why??

  • The Real Greg

    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.

  • Kiko Jones

    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!

  • Eddard

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

    • Wheels

      Hey Joba, wanna test out this trampoline?

  • stuart a

    lawrie can run.

    he also is a very good fielder…

    claiborne is better then JOBBER

  • Eddard

    Austin Romine player of the ballgame.

  • Deathstroke Heathcott

    Romine!

  • Leg-End

    Romine doing it all tonight.

  • Tom

    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)

    • Tom

      Or Austin?

  • Robinson Tilapia

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

    *points at crotch*

  • JLC 776

    Much better, Austin!

  • Wheels

    Guns him out!

  • stuart a

    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..

  • Darl

    take that funky sidearm delivery guy!

  • pat

    Cano gonna gobble this dude up.

    • pat

      Right.

  • sangreal

    I like where this is headed

  • Eddard

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

  • The Real Greg

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

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Ichiro’s hitting 237/285/311 vs. RHP this year.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Shut up with your numbers, this is #GregCountry

      • The Real Greg

        I forgot Granderson was on the bench, they could use him as well.

    • The Real Greg

      with Ichiro

  • Eddard

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

  • JLC 776

    No mercy. Sweep the leg, A-Rod.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Wow…what a shitty day for A-Rod.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      Ugh, big missed opportunity there. Feel like that’s gonna bite us.

  • Eddard

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

  • your mom

    Arod with one heckuva day!

  • The Real Greg

    Should have PH

  • pat

    Lol. Of course he couldn’t K there.

  • Darl

    ARod made that IBB sure look good for Toronto there.

  • Wheels

    Damn. That was disappointing

  • Leg-End

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

  • JLC 776

    Ugh.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Worst SS ever?

  • Tom

    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.

    • Tom

      Maybe I could not throw no more negatives into that sentence too..

  • The Real Greg

    Fuck you Nunez

  • Dalek Jeter

    Eduardo Scissorhands.

    • Darl

      Ucch.

  • The Real Greg

    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

    • Dalek Jeter

      *deep breath* FALLACY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • The Real Greg

        With ARod, all fallacies go out the window.

        • Deathstroke Heathcott

          With ARod The Real Greg, all fallacies go out the window.

  • Kramerica Industries

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

  • JLC 776

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

    • The Real Greg

      You’re safe

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Mo’s GPS is off lately,

    • Alkaline

      He’s just messing with us.

    • Defensive Indifference

      Recalculating…

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Couldn’t be Mo. I thought the laws of relativity Physics had changed.

  • Darl

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

  • Wheels

    That a baby.

  • Eddard

    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.

  • Leg-End

    If we go extra innings I’m blaming Cone.

    • Reuben Sierra’s Chains

      Why

      • Leg-End

        He was having such a good time he said he wouldn’t mind extra innings.

  • The Real Greg

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

  • Tom

    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?

    • The Real Greg

      Well as Kay said, Reyes’ speed has been shot

  • Eddard

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

  • Eddard

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

  • 28 this year

    Gutsy

  • JLC 776

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

  • Wheels

    Whew.

  • Slu

    That took guts…and was lucky.

  • Cy Pettitte

    huge win!!!

  • Wheels

    Yes!!!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    PROFESSIONAL WALK-OFF.

  • Eddard

    PROFESSIONAL BALLPLAYER!!!!!

  • lightSABR

    The April Yankees are back!

    Man, I missed watching fun baseball.

  • fabricio

    fuck yes!!!!!!!!!

  • Wheels

    What a day:)

  • Dalek Jeter

    BOLD move by Ichiro.

    • Darl

      WOOOO!

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      He’s lucky it paid off. He would’ve (rightfully) been killed if he got caught there.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        Well worth the risk, considering where they were in the lineup, imo.

        • Deathstroke Heathcott

          Yeah but Nix and Romine were hot all game, would’ve been a shame to waste a runner at 2nd base if he got thrown out, and he should’ve on a decent throw.

  • number 21

    Nix!!

  • JLC 776

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

  • The Real Greg

    That was risky

  • Eddard

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

  • Dan in Athens

    Jayson Nix. Professional baseball player.

    • Slu

      Are you John Sterling?

  • SDB

    NIX!

    NIX???

    NIX!!!

  • Dalek Jeter

    PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL PLAYER!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      *shakes fist*

  • Leg-End

    NIX!!!!!!

    Hell of a game bottom half!

  • The Real Greg

    Nix is the hero!

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    What a day for the scrubs!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL PLAYER!!!!!!!

  • Rolling Doughnut

    NIX!

  • Tom

    Jayson Nix, professional ballplayer.

  • JLC 776

    FUCK YEAH!!!!!!

  • Kramerica Industries

    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.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Someone will be on here calling them both useless by the recap thread.

      • Pat D

        I’ll just cite my comment in the afternoon game thread.

        I stand by it!

    • The Real Greg

      And they beat the odds at the same time

    • trr

      100% correct, Kramer!

  • VT Yankee Fan

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

  • Eddard

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

  • trr

    Ladies and Gentlemen, the quick stick of Jayson Nix!

  • Kiko Jones

    HE TIES IT AND WINS IT! BRAVO, NIX!

  • Tom

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

    Thanks, John!

    • Eddard

      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

      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.

  • Eddard

    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.

    • VT Yankee Fan

      They just blew the lead.

  • Dela G

    great fucking win

  • Get Phelps Up

    Great day today.

  • pat

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

    Safe to say those plans were…

    (Puts on sunglasses)

    Nix’d

    YYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

    • The Jays

      It’s alright, I think it’s safe to say that…

      [b]WE WON’T GET FOOLED AGAIN[/b]

      • Lukaszek (formerly The Jays)

        Oh fuck fuck fuck I messed up! How do I do the bold on this site?!

        • Tom

          “less than” and “greater than” not [ ]

  • Crime Dog

    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

  • Bubba

    Nix joins Stewart in mooning the RAB fanbase.

  • The Real Greg

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

  • Shittyshittybangbang

    A little love for Hughes, no ?

  • MB923

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

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

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

    • SDB

      Suzyn sounded ready to burst into tears of joy when interviewing Nix at the end.