Granderson, Nova power Yanks to win over Pads

Avelino's walk-off triple caps five-run comeback for GCL Yanks
Michael Pineda headed for tests on stiff shoulder

Source: FanGraphs

Well that sure was a fun game. Great pitching, a real live homer, Mariano Rivera … what more could you want? The Yankees walked off the Saturday with a 3-0 win over the Padres. Let’s recap:

  • The Grandyman: It’s so nice having a corner outfielder who hits like a corner outfielder, isn’t it? Curtis Granderson‘s second game off the DL featured his second homer of the year, a two-run shot in the seventh inning against Tyson Ross. Ross was completely dominant up to that point. Granderson tacked on a single (and a stolen base) and scored the team’s third run in the ninth– with help from a blown call, of course — so he accounted for nearly all the offense. The Yankees had just five hits, and he had two of ’em. Missed you, Curtis. Stick around this time.
  • Ivan The Not Terrible: Once again, Ivan Nova was outstanding. He held the Padres to four hits and one walk in seven shutout innings, striking out eight and getting 18 of his 21 outs on the infield. Nova did it all with just two pitches too — PitchFX says he threw 48 fastballs and 37 curveballs. No sliders, no changeups. It was weird that he came out of the game with his pitch count sitting at 85, but no big deal. Nova has turned his season — and his career, really — around of late.
  • Leftovers: David Robertson and Mariano Rivera retired six of the seven men they faced to preserve the win … Lyle Overbay broke up Ross’ perfect game with a flare single to left with one out in the fifth … the 3-4-5 hitters with 4-for-11 with a walk while the other six hitters went 1-for-21 … Nova went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts at the plate, and in his career he’s now 1-for-14 with 13 strikeouts. The hit was a single off Randall Delgado last June. That 1.000 BABIP is probably unsustainable. has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs the nerd score, and ESPN the updated standings. Despite the win, the Yankees remain seven back in the division and three back in the wildcard race, both in the loss column. They did pickup a game on two of their three wildcard competitors (the Orioles and Rangers), however. Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy is your Save The Big Three! themed pitching matchup for the series finale on Sunday afternoon. IPK will be making his first start for San Diego.

Avelino's walk-off triple caps five-run comeback for GCL Yanks
Michael Pineda headed for tests on stiff shoulder
  • Pseudoyanks

    But what about Mr. Rodriguez?

    • trr


  • Flafla Flunky

    Funny how all the apologists here tend to disappear when it comes to this story. Rodriguez will spend the next year and a half with the scum of south Florida, and likely will never play in pinstripes again. Good riddance.

    • FIPster Doofus

      If the report that A-Rod will be suspended until 2015 proves true, I don’t think he’ll ever play in MLB again.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Yep. No way he’s a viable major leaguer after sitting out 2 full seasons and trying to come back at age 40.

  • pat

    NL baseball do hot right now. NL baseball.

  • Different Josh

    Ivan Nova has seemed to turn it around, which is great. Contrary to some of the people on here, its much better to see a guy succeed than to see him fail.

    Also, it may just be sustainable. He’s got great peripherals, and he’s getting outs on the ground. He’s putting the last two seasons together, which is excellent.

    • CashmanNinja

      I hope it’s true that A-Rod could be out for a while. I simply want him far and away from this team. So once his suspension is lifted he’ll probably complete a buyout with the Yankees to get a chunk of the $$ he’s due in order to go away.

      As for Nova…I was one of the ones who completely lost faith in him, but I’m fine with eating crow. He’s turned it around and looks like a stud right now. It seems like he isn’t using quite so many different pitches and I believe it’s making him stop having to “think” too much while pitching. Now he can just go out there and pitch.

    • Vincent Vega

      Being so young, I’ve always thought that Nova had the potential to be a pretty good pitcher in the AL East. It really seems like he’s turned a corner and unlike in years past, his peripherals back it up.

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    Man, if somehow the hitting came around, the Yanks could make a real run in the playoffs with Kuroda and Nova pitching lights out.

    • flamingo

      Yeah, I’m not ready to give up on this season yet.

    • fat jeter

      CC, Pettite, and Hughes gotta step up to though. No lead is too safe with those 3 on the mound.

      • Vincent Vega

        Pettitte has looked better as of late. His FIP is pretty good too.

  • Brian

    Was in San Diego for tonight’s game… Great crowd… 60-70% Yankees fans and a great game. Loved seeing flashbulbs from the overlooking hotels as Mo warmed up.

    • CashmanNinja

      San Diego just looks like one of those places that’s fun to go to a game. It looked like the type of stadium where you could just sit back, have a few beers, and even a loss wouldn’t be so bad considering how great the weather is over there.

      • Nathan

        It’s a cool stadium. Even if I were to go and see the Yankees lose, hanging out in downtown San Diego and the whole area would cheer me up. Really cool place to hang out!

  • Nathan

    Is it clear what happens to ARod’s salary when he is suspended?

    • 28 this year

      The only thing that is clear about the salary is that he doesn’t get paid while he is suspended. After the suspension and stuff is up in the air depending on a variety of factors.

  • nycsportzfan

    Pretty Impressive that Grandy man got that much on that HR pitch, as it was placed solidly on the outside. Grandy man was still able to destroy it and pull it to the RF seats.

  • stuart a

    he doe not get paid and it does not count against the salary cap.

    yanks are going to save a ton of $$$$$$$$$$$$$.

    they will easily be under $189 next season. sign grandy for 1 year, and cano at a reasonable #….

    • Nuke Guy (Knoxvillain)

      There’s no way that Granderson will sign for only one year.

    • Vincent Vega

      I think they can get Grandy on a decent 3 year deal with a 4th option. I think they should definitely make it a priority in the off season. He’s a great ambassador and great presence in the dugout.

  • Bavarian Yankee

    Nova is on fiyeah :D

  • Kosmo

    Who would have thunk Nova would be pitching the best baseball of his career ? Not me. Pleasant surprise !

    With Arod´s pending 200 game suspension NY might be wise to make a couple of waiver wire claims such as the likes of Rios and Arasmis Ramirez. Arods contract would allow NY to pay for most of what remains of their contracts. Arasmis is on the mend and has stated he might not be able to play at 100% for the rest of 2013 but 80-90% of Arasmis is better than what NY currently is fielding at 3B. He can also DH a little.

    • Lou

      Agree w Aramis (cut Hafner). Don’t need another OF now that Grandy is back. Plus I think Rios is a Yankee/NY hater.

      • Kosmo

        NY would have Rios under team control thru 2014 with Granderson probably gone after this season it makes some sense to claim him over the waiver wire. I think he was willing to waive his no trade clause to come to the Yanks.

      • RetroRob

        I’m pretty sure that Rios came out and said the story about him rejecting any possible trade to the Yankees was not true and that he would play for the Yankees.

  • dick m

    Free Romine.

  • OldYanksFan

    I don’t believe ARod is ready to retire.
    Aside from loving to play, he is within spitting distance of Willie Mays, and has many other milestones within reach.

    With 3 years of playing time, he has an outside chance to pass the Babe at 714.

    Might he still be able to play in 2015 after two years off?
    It will be interesting to see.

    • Kosmo

      by the time the suspension is over Arod will be 40 he will then have sat for 2 years not having faced MLB pitching. The Yanks will be a very different team in 2015. The Yanks will pay Arod off and send him on his way.