Game 133: Win It For Robbie

(Tom Szczerbowski/Getty)

(Tom Szczerbowski/Getty)

For the first time this season and the first time in 175 games dating back to last year, Robinson Cano is not in the Yankees starting lineup tonight. He is day-to-day with a left hand contusion after being hit by a J.A. Happ pitch last night. With the off-day tomorrow, it’s no surprise they’re resting him tonight and hoping the two consecutive days off have him ready to go for the Orioles series come Friday. Assuming he won’t come off the bench at some point, this will be Robbie’s first full game off since August 15th of last year, when a stiff neck sidelined him for a day. #lazy

Here’s the lineup Joe Girardi is running out there against right-hander Todd Redmond:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. DH Curtis Granderson
  4. LF Alfonso Soriano
  5. 3B Alex Rodriguez
  6. 1B Lyle Overbay
  7. 2B Mark ReynoldsEduardo Nunez and his sore knee didn’t make it through batting practice
  8. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  9. C Chris Stewart

And on the mound is right-hander Hiroki Kuroda, who is coming off his worst start of the season. The Yankees need him to get back to pitching like a true ace if they want to have any chance at the postseason.

First pitch is scheduled for a little after 7pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Eddard says:

    Hiroki vs Redmond must be won 100% of the time if this team wants to make the postseason. It’s a good night to make up some ground with a W – Tampa is out west, Cleveland has a tough match up, maybe Detroit will show up and BOS and BAL play each other.

  2. OldYanksFan says:

    This is pretty clever
    ARod and NonoRobots

    • And in merrie olde England says:

      Reminds me of a guy called Edgar Davids, he had to wear tinted lenses to aid with his Glaucoma rather than take the relevant medication that was deemed to be performance enhancing.

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

      Ha! That’s gold. It touches on something I always wondered about HGH. All HGH does is shorten injury time. Shouldn’t it be a personal medical decision? It’s not a PED in the traditional sense.

  3. Winter says:

    We’d better hope Jeter doesn’t get hurt because then we’d be looking at Soriano at 2nd and Reynolds at SS. And also then Jeter would be hurt.

  4. Tom says:

    Chris Stewart post all star break:
    .503 OPS, wRC+ 37 (thirty freakin’ seven!)

    For reference there are 10 PITCHERS with a higher wRC+ than Chris Stewart’s 2nd half #’s

    • Frank Costanza says:

      Yeah, but no stat can measure heart.


      Nomar Garciappara

      • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa says:

        Speaking of Nomar, why hasn’t he been on every steroid watch? His career ended because of tendonitis.. That doesn’t happen unless you juice so much that your body literally cannot handle its own muscle mass.

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

      For reference there are 10 PITCHERS with a higher wRC+ than Chris Stewart’s 2nd half #’s

      And one starting RF who can match that second half wRC+.

      (Hint: he’s on the Yankees)

    • jim p says:

      “Romine” is Italian for “sure to lose” so Joe can’t bring himself to play him. Other than that, who can imagine?

  5. Wheels says:

    nice Jeter

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

    With range!!

    • Chris says:

      pretty sure that’s a great example of him diving and having to make that difficult play on a ball that any decent shortstop would easily get to.

  7. Dalek Jeter says:


  8. nsalem says:

    Very nice.

  9. Wheels says:

    Weird seeing Cano on the bench.

  10. nsalem says:

    I wish I was as confident as Eddard about this game.

  11. nsalem says:

    Even half as confident.

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


  13. Wheels says:

    Dammit Hirok

  14. Eddard says:

    We’re in big trouble. Hiroki hasn’t done a damn thing to rebound.

  15. UncleArgyle says:

    Yup. Kuroda is out of gas. Forget the post season.

  16. Wedge says:

    Kuroda has nothing

  17. Cuso says:

    Actually, that might have been intentional. It looked like a perfect time.

  18. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Kuroda in August. ARGHHH

  19. The Scheister of Doom says:

    Season over. Good night, all she wrote. Somewhere a pregnant woman is signing.

  20. the Real Greg says:

    That’s what happens when you rely on a 40 year old pitcher coming off of a career high in innings to be your ace.

    The innings speak to CC’s decline as well.

  21. Cy Pettitte says:

    this is their season going down the tubes tonight.

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

    Chris Stewart is fucking awesome.

  23. Wheels says:

    Disaster. Thanks Stewart

  24. Eddard says:

    Ballgame over. Hiroki doesn’t have it and Stewart should be cut immediately.

  25. CashmanNinja says:

    Chris Stewart is a fucking bum. That’s something you learn in Little League ffs. He just cost us at least 2 runs AND tack on more pitches for Kuroda. Great job, backstop!

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

    That has to be the first ever 2-run K in baseball history, right?

  27. UncleArgyle says:

    Ballgame over. Season Over. The Yaaaaaaaankees lose.

    / Sterling’d

  28. Leg-End says:

    Thanks Joe for continuing to play Stewart.

  29. Frank Costanza says:

    This organization baffles me.

  30. 28 this year says:

    wow. thats… sad.

  31. the Real Greg says:

    What happened? Did he drop a foul tip?

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

      Passed ball on strike 3.
      Then hit the runner trying to throw him out at first.
      2 runs score on what should have been K to end the inning.

      aka, Chris Stewart happened.

  32. Get rid of stewie says:

    This guy has killed us this year

  33. That is probably the worst play I have ever seen. My eyes are still hurting.

    • CashmanNinja says:

      It was beyond stupid of him to do that. It was bad enough that he got crossed up on the pitch. But then to fumble around to find the ball and fire it when he had no chance to get the runner at 1st…it made no sense. If there weren’t runners on base then you make an attempt, but TWO baserunners were on. You just don’t do that! The only way that could have gone worse is if he threw the ball into the stands or a player got injured. Kuroda could have gotten flattened at home and Overbay could have hurt his arm on the play ala Brian Roberts.

  34. Winter says:

    This team scored seven runs yesterday. This game isn’t over, much less the season.

    • Frank Costanza says:

      This season is over broseph. Not only that… it’s BEEN over. CC and Hughes are pitching like minor leaguers, which is an insult to minor leaguers. If Kuroda joins them, it’s over.

  35. stuart a says:

    kuroda in full meltdown mode. 3 or 4 straight games… stewart with a terrible terrible play.

    joke…yep that defense has been tremendous…

    stewart cannot hit and a fielding play like that cost them 2 runs

  36. Dalek Jeter says:

    …8 minutes. I was away from the TV for 8 minutes. Apart from Miracle Catcher (TM) Chris Stewart straight missing that ball, what did I miss?

  37. Get rid of stewie says:

    Stewart worse yankee catcher ever
    Bring in jorge tomorrow you get a better defender jeesh

  38. Wheels says:

    Is this how it ends?

  39. the Real Greg says:

    Can someone please tell me what he did?

    • CashmanNinja says:

      Stewart got crossed up on the 3rd strike, let the ball get passed him, then threw the ball to 1st when the runner was practically standing on 1st. Ball got away and allowed the 2 base runners to score. Kuroda was covering home and — had he received the ball sooner — was set up to get completely flattened by Raji Davis since he was standing ON the plate and not in front of it. So Stewart missed the 3rd strike, threw it away, let 2 easy runs score, worked up Kuroda’s pitch count, and almost got a bunch of teammates hurt.

  40. Eddard says:

    It would have been nice to get to that Os series with a shot but if the offense doesn’t come back the season is over, RIP 2013 Yankees.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      I would trade a loss for you not commenting the rest of the season because you feel like the season is over.

  41. Get rid of stewie says:

    I would pull him but girardi doesnt have the stones with a short bench

  42. nsalem says:

    Still 8 innings left don’t give up.

  43. your mom says:

    Good God, what the fuck????

  44. Tom says:

    Meh… Stewie will get the runs back with his bat.

    “He’s had some good swings of late”

    • CashmanNinja says:

      I would love to see some of these so called “good swings” of his :P He’s just down right useless. Let’s see more of Romine to get an idea of how much potential he truly has at the MLB level. He’s no worse than Stewart. Take away that 1 awesome double-play that Stewart had (against Boston) his entire season is a big “meh”.

  45. Cy Pettitte says:

    A’s are probably gonna win tonight, season is definitely over if (when) they lose tonight.

  46. Captain Turbo says:

    I guess I picked the wrong day to tune into the game a few minutes late.

  47. Get rid of stewie says:

    Fire cashman
    For allowing stewart to wear pinstripes this long.

    • CashmanNinja says:

      You can’t blame Cashman entirely. I think he was hoping that Romine would be better. I think that the whole “Get under $189 mil” thing fucked with Cashman’s early plans. If he knew that Hal was going to scrap the idea then I feel that Russell Martin would still be in pinstripes.

      • the Real Greg says:

        Or he would have been more creative and signed Pierzynski (who’s had a good year in Texas)

      • Brian Strawman says:

        Cashman is to blame for starting a season with Chris ‘Career Backup/Quad A’ Stewart. Don’t blame Chris Stewart for being Chris Stewart.

  48. Get rid of stewie says:

    Yogi is better catch right now than stewart

  49. the Real Greg says:

    I’m just trying to picture it. They’re playing on turf which means the ball won’t slow down. Wouldn’t the ball bounce off the back wall and come back to him.

    Plus Arencibia’s a catcher. He doesn’t have great speed.

    • CashmanNinja says:

      I think it hit off his glove and skipped off the ump’s leg/foot. He definitely slowed it down. It was a terrible judgement call on his part because the runner was like a step away from reaching 1st. If there wasn’t anyone on the base paths then I’d have no problem with him making an attempt…but 2 guys were on. TWO! It was bonehead to the extreme. He made 2 goofs in 1 play.

    • Get rid of stewie says:

      By the half ass effort of ichabad crane to get the ball and then the stupid idea to throw it with runner rounding third.

    • McCroskey says:

      No, the ball deflected wildly off Stewart’s glove to his left.

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

      The ball rolled to the side, almost all the way to the dugout.
      Gameday has the video.

  50. Kramerica Industries says:

    Of for fucks sake.

    I saw a runner on 2nd, 2 outs, 0-0.

    I finally get in, and it’s 4-0. More two out problems for Kuroda, and perhaps even some more awful defense from the defensive wizard himself.


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

    Without Kuroda pitching well, win or lose, we’re totally fucked.

  52. Get rid of stewie says:

    Does this assclown lead the league in past balls?

  53. Tom says:

    No bueno.

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

    May as well get Hirok some rest and utilize the 2 long men.

  55. Cy Pettitte says:

    can’t make the playoffs with Kuroda doing his best Hughes impression every start now

  56. Kramerica Industries says:

    So much for looking forward to tonight’s game.

    Nice 2-4 roadtrip at this crucial juncture.

  57. Eddard says:

    Ballgame over, Season over.

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

    We just aren’t a very good team.

    • the Real Greg says:

      I figured that when we were swept by the Mets.

      And that’s when I called the season over. And it appears that I was right.

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

        No, you weren’t. We made a run and got back into the race late in the season to give us a shot. You might as well say we were out…

        Why am I doing this again? I’m going to not do this now.

        • nsalem says:

          We weren’t a good team for 3/4 of the season. We are now a good, but not a great team. it would take a sudden reversal of our starting pitchers fortunes to get back in. It probably wont happen, just as we probably wont win this game. I am not ready to give up on this game or the season yet.

      • Rolling Doughnut says:

        C’mon man be honest. You disappeared when they tanked and came back when they started picking it up. Inasmuch as every team has a shot, they had/have a shot. But the probabilities are too low to get too excited about. S

  59. Get rid of stewie says:

    Hirok should just start plunking guys now
    Is warren up yet

  60. the Real Greg says:

    Well now its easier to relieve Stewart of total blame and put it more on Kuroda.

  61. Wheels says:


  62. your mom says:

    Wow, wow, and wow. . . . . . . . . game over. Kuroda has caught Hughesitis. We’re fucked.

  63. Eddard says:

    When the kids get up here on Sunday I’d just start playing them to see what we have. Romine should be playing anyway. Sit guys like Overbay, Ichiro, Hughes and see what we have in the kids.

  64. sevrox says:

    Postseason hope decimated. Bring up some young’uns for September so they can get some experience.

  65. Get rid of stewie says:

    Jr murphy and romine should catch the rest of the year.

  66. Winter says:

    Ok. Score some runs here, start chipping away.

  67. Get rid of stewie says:

    25 wp
    8 pbs
    Shit catcher who shouldnt be in the bigs

  68. Tom says:

    Is it too early to PH for Stewart here?

  69. Get rid of stewie says:

    A cookie
    Al just slamed the stew

  70. OldYanksFan says:

    I go out for some takeout Pizza.
    I get home and rush to the TV.
    As the picture comes on, they are showing high up in the LF seats.
    The camera pans down to show Grandy on the field.
    The score flashes briefly.
    I thought it said 6-0, but… ya know, I’m older, and the first thing to go are the eyes.

    As home plate is touched, the scores comes on again.
    Long enough to get a good look.


  71. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    Oh my god, just got on, wtf is happening with Hirok??

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

    wtf was that ARod??!?

  73. Tom says:

    Mike A’s game summary should take a page from this thread and just be titled


  74. dkidd says:

    hurry back michael pineda

  75. Red Felson says:

    You guys are just spoiled whiners! Chris Stewart’s pitch framing alone makes him worth keeping around. Read a book!

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

    Pitchout with 2 outs and a 7 run deficit?

  77. Kramerica Industries says:

    Meanwhile, Bud Norris is on the verge of a full-scale implosion right now.

  78. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    Man, if Hirok can’t find his former self, this stretch run is going to flat out suck. I feel like everyone’s been operating under the assumption that he was just going to remain his phenomenal self (me included), and that CC and Hughes were the ones to worry about.

    • Rolling Doughnut says:

      This is his August 2012 former self.

      • HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

        Welp, I should have specified, I meant regain his form from the first half. All things considered, it does seem unreasonable he’d continue it given his age and pre 2013 track record. But I sure was hoping he would.

  79. nsalem says:

    Redmond has been extremely ineffective in the 4th inning this year.

  80. dkidd says:

    girardi (evoking 96 world series torre): let’s cut the lead in half!
    jeter: how do we score 3.5 runs?

  81. Tom says:

    Thank you Tim Redmond. Nothing better than a pitcher walking the first two guys with a 7 run lead.

    4 more walks and they will have the tying run to the plate in the form of Chris Stewart. (who will then promptly hit into a triple play on the first pitch)

  82. dkidd says:

    chip away

  83. Wheels says:

    Ok. Let’s go

  84. Wheels says:

    Overbay sucks

  85. Kramerica Industries says:

    Holy crap is Overbay horrible.

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

    Fucking incompetent send.

  87. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Bonehead move ARod.

    • YankeeFan says:

      ??? That’s on Robby Thompson. Coach knows better then throw up the send sign. Could have had at least 3 runs there and clear Stewarts spot

  88. Kramerica Industries says:

    ARod is SLOW.

  89. Lukaszek says:

    Jeez Chuck E. Cheese! What the f*ck happened, I look at the game and it’s like 1-7?!!!

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

    Boy has this been a fun season game…

  91. Tom says:

    So did Arod blow through a stop sign or is this another boneheaded send by the fantastic 3rd base coach?

  92. Mick taylor says:

    One of the things yanks need to do is fire rob yanks of runs thompson

  93. Tom says:

    This might be a close game if Stewart wasn’t playing and the Yankees had a competent 3rd base coach.

    Both are easily fixable, yet for some reason it isn’t being fixed.

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

    We have NO breaks going our way in this one.

  95. Mick taylor says:

    If mr steinbrenner were around he would fire rob yanks of runs Thompson he has been a horrible 3rd base coach . So many games where he makes a terrible call on sending runners. And he would fired cashman by now and the people in charge of scouting and drafting

  96. dkidd says:

    this game is winnable. hiroki has been picking up the offense all year. time to return the favor

  97. Kramerica Industries says:

    Yankees better have a rally up their sleeves tonight, because otherwise they’re dropping a game on both the Rays and A’s.

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

    Holy shit, do they need to make a ridiculously awesome play on EVERY hard hit ball?

  99. OldYanksFan says:

    Mike Trout, 22 years old.
    .331 .427 .575 1.001, 23 HR, 81 RBI
    Missed him by one turn.

  100. Tom says:

    Saw a replay of the send home… what the hell was Thomson doing?

    It looked like he was way down the line (like he should be) but then started running AT Arod. And then after Arod passed him he continued running past 3rd base toward the OF (in foul territory)

    He should be 1/3 or 1/2 way down the line and stationed there. There is no reason for him to be running at the the baseruner (which would also make it harder for the baserunner to figure out what the hell he is doing).

    I’m not sure I’ve ever seen that before.

  101. Alkaline says:


  102. Tom says:

    King Felix 3IP, 9 runs (8ER)
    Wainwright 2IP, 9 ER
    Kuroda 5IP, 7 runs (5ER)

    Not a good day for some of the top pitchers.

  103. Wheels says:

    Wish they could just start this game over.

  104. Kramerica Industries says:

    ARod is striking out at a rate that would equal about 170 over the course of a full season.

    This is a serious problem.

  105. Kramerica Industries says:

    I really, really hate this Red Sox team.

  106. Rolling Doughnut says:

    In five of their last six games, they’ve scored three runs or less. CC, Kuroda and Hughes are bad, shaky and shitty, respectively. Hope they turn it around, like right now.

    • Captain Turbo says:

      Yeah, like turn it around yesterday. 29 games to go and they probably need 22 wins or so to make the playoffs.

  107. TJF says:

    Yanks are done, I’ve been in denial up until these past two series losses, but they are finished, time to start thinking about next year.

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