Yankees win second straight as Nova shuts out Giants

Game 155: Another Day
Saturday Night Open Thread

Source: FanGraphs

I wish every game would be that easy. Ivan Nova and some early runs helped the Yankees to a stress-free shutout win over the defending World Champion Giants on Saturday afternoon, a game that took a tidy two hours and 32 minutes. Pretty awesome. Let’s recap the 6-0 win:

  • Ivan Rebounds: The last few weeks have been tough for Nova, and not coincidentally, he has been battling some triceps soreness. He rebounded to throw his best game of the month on Saturday, chucking his second complete-game shutout in his last five starts. Nova threw only 108 pitches while striking out seven and limiting the Giants to six hits. Twenty-one of his 27 outs came on the infield, including 14 ground ball outs. San Francisco did not have a batter reach third base and only two made it as far as second base. Nova was dominant. Great to see him bounce back after a few tough starts.
  • Keep The Line Moving: This was like, the most textbook and cliched offensive game ever. The Yankees scored their first couple runs with an extended rally before pulling away late with homers. I’m sure you’ve heard more than a few announcers say that’s the right way to win. Anyway, the 7-8-9 hitters loaded the bases with no outs in the third inning before the 1-2-3 hitters drove them all in. Ichiro Suzuki hit a sacrifice fly to plate Mark Reynolds (single), Alex Rodriguez drove in Brendan Ryan (single) with a ground out, then Robinson Cano plated Chris Stewart (walk) with a single through the hole on the left side of the infield. Textbook. Or so I’m told.
  • Pull Away: Like I said, the Yankees went to long ball to put the game to bed in the middle innings. Eduardo Nunez swatted a two-run dinger off Ryan Vogelsong in the fourth inning — it was a bomb, gone off the bat — before Alfonso Soriano tacked on a solo shot in the sixth. He said his sore thumb was sapping his power last week, but that’s now two homers in two games for him. Guess the thumb is feeling fine.
  • Leftovers: Am I the only one who is still surprised any time Ryan fields a ball to his left? We haven’t seen too many Yankees shortstops make those plays in recent years, so it’s a shock to the system … Cano was the only Yankee with multiple hits but only Ichiro and A-Rod failed to reach base. They each drove in a run with a productive out … Cano is three doubles away from his fifth straight 40+ double season and seventh of his career. That would tie Lou Gehrig for the most such seasons in franchise history.
  • Winning Season: The win was the team’s 82nd of the year, clinching their 21st consecutive winning season. That is the second longest such streak in history, trailing only the 1926-1964 Yankees. Thirty-nine straight years. Yeah, the current squad still has a long way to go to match that. Geez.

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some other stats, and ESPN the updated standings. Depending on the rest of the day’s games, the Yankees will be either three games (Rangers or Indians win) or two games (Rangers and Indians both lose) back of the second wildcard spot in the loss column with seven to play. Andy Pettitte and Yusmeiro Petit (!!!) is your pitching matchup for the series finale on Sunday afternoon, which is Mariano Rivera day at Yankee Stadium. If you want to catch the game and festivities live, head to RAB Tickets.

Game 155: Another Day
Saturday Night Open Thread
  • Kosmo

    the 1926-1964 run of consecutive winning seasons is simply an amazing one it might have been an additional 6 seasons if Babe Ruth wasn´t suspended during the 1925 season by Miller Huggins for “insubordination“. That is if I have my facts correct. The current 21 is also an amazing streak.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      He was suspended for the first seven weeks of the 1922 season. Don’t know if he was also suspended in 1925 when he played in 98 games, went .290 with 25 HR. Even if he didn’t have an off year–by Ruthian standards–since the Yankees ended up 69–85, it’s hard to see them finishing over .500

      • Kosmo

        Thanks ! I wasn´t sure if my memory was playing tricks.

      • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

        That was the year (1925) of Ruth’s famous “stomach ache”. 1922, he was suspended by Kenesaw Mountain Landis because he went on some barnstorming tour or something; played baseball somewhere else (don’t remember where) without MLB’s permission.

        • Barry

          He was known to barnstorm in PA in Wilkes-Barre

    • Pat D

      1925 was “The Bellyache Heard ‘Round the World.”


  • vicki

    you’re not alone. years of conditioning; balls up the middle are base hits. ryan is thrilling out there.

    • trr

      yeah, it’s kinda like when you have a new car, you look at it and think is that really mine?

      • vicki


  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    Giants are a weak team. That’s why CC’s 7 hit/3 walk performance in 7 innings was not encouraging.

    • trr

      Yet not discouraging…having watched the game, he was throwing better. Not up to his previous standards, but an improvement over lately

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Not the old CC, OK, but much better than he has been so far this year. So I’d say encouraging.

    • vicki

      the walks were shameful, but the giants’ batting average ranks near baseball’s top.

      incidentally, to all the BA fans out there: 8th best average in the majors, but 19th best ops. 20th in runs. third worst lob.

      tied for last in a shitty division.

  • Lukaszek

    I met him in a Stadium down in Sobro
    Where you drink shit beer
    And it costs ten dollars
    T-E-N dollars

    He walked up to the mound
    And started pitching to me
    And on the first pitch, he gave up a hit and said
    Hi I’m Joba, J-O-B-A Joba

    Well I’m not the world’s most passionate guy
    But when he gave up that run
    I couldn’t help but cry

    J-O-B-A Joba

    Well I’m not dumb but I can’t understand
    Why he throws like Johnny Damon but walks like a man
    Oh my Joba, Jo-Jo-Joba
    Jo-Jo-Joba, Jo-Jo-Joba

    Well he drank Gatorade and pitched all night
    Under the dimming stadium light
    He threw pitches like off a tee and said
    Won’t you please hit a homerun off me
    Well I’m not the world’s most powerful guy
    But when I hit his pitch boy I made it fly

    Jo-Jo-Joba Jo-Jo-Joba
    J-O-B-A Joba

    I rounded third base, I pointed to the sky
    I fell to the ground, I saw the tears in his eyes
    Then I looked at him and he looked at me
    He said “You’re the thousandth batter to hit a homerun off me”
    And that’s the way I want it to be
    for my Joba Jo-Jo-Joba

    Mo will be Mo and Rob will be Rob
    It’s a muddled up messed up bullpen except for Joba
    Well I got called up two years before
    And I’d never hit a homerun off a pitcher before
    But Joba smiled and gave me a pitch
    And then Ben Revere made him his bitch
    Well I’m not the world’s most muscular man
    But I’m glad I’m a man, and I hit a grand slam
    Off of Joba, Jo-Jo-Joba

    • Kosmo

      but does he drink cherry cola c-o-l-a ?

      • Lukaszek

        Perhaps, and not the diet version either

    • Hearn

      This email is genius. Too too funny and sadly true.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Sweet. The PC do’s and don’ts of the RAB blog. Joba’s fair game. I did something similar with Pinball Wizard, with CC this year as a foil for the CC of better times. Didn’t have the stones to post it though. Tlapia would have sent me a virus, or worse, laid some more broken Spanish on me.

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

        Bitter, are we?

        • jjyank


          And considering that R-Tils is actually Cuban, the “broken spanish” criticisms seem especially dumb to me.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            That was the single dumbest argument I’ve ever involved myself in on this site.

            Especially great was how RD and the other guy (can’t ever remember who it was) kept on replying with progressively worse Spanish in order to try to demonstrate their might.

            Keep on bringing it up, RD. I don’t mind, and I don’t think many people care.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I love it when people think of me when I’m not even around.

        I’ll blow you a big wet kiss from the stands today.

  • EndlessJose

    Love when these Big Park teams pitchers come to Yankees stadium and give up bombs.

  • LarryM Fl

    Unable to watch today’s game because it was blacked out on Extra Innings package and FOX. I live in the Tampa Bay’s TV area.

    I would thing the Yankees would do some serious probing for a shortstop this off season. If that is not doable then a catcher who can hit and carry Ryan. Derek can not be the starting option for the Yanks.

    • Kosmo

      If Ryan could hit .245-.250 or post an 80 OPS+ he´d be something like a 3+WAR SS.

      • FIPster Doofus

        Too bad he can’t. It’s amazing how much praise Yankees fans are heaping on Mariners trash just because he can field grounders. Ryan can defend, no question, but he’s another Chris Stewart offensively. No thanks.

        • vicki

          i’ve specifically posted that i want offense from the position, but i can only conclude from your comment that you haven’t been watching. after nearly twenty years of jeter brendan ryan is a marvel. it really can’t be overstated.

          • FIPster Doofus

            I get that defense was never Jeter’s srong suit, but he more than made up for it offensively. Hence the reason he’s a Yankees legend and a future Hall of Famer. Ryan, despite his great defense, is a zilch.

            • OldYanksFan

              1) Jeter will be 40, and his usual very poor defense is now, and will be, unbearable
              2) Jeter makes $17m/yr, Ryan makes $3m/yr. To get 2-3 WAR for under $5m/yr which includes elite defense, is a great way to help the Yankees make their $189m payroll.
              3) I wouldn’t compare SS’s we might get to HOF Jeter, unless you think that there is another Jeter out there that we might pick up.

              I don’t expect our next Closer to be Mo.
              I don’t expect our next SS to be Jeter.
              The question is are we getting a good value for whomever we get for the position.

              Lastly) SS has ALWAYS been a defense first position. It is the most important defensive position on the field.

              • FIPster Doofus

                I didn’t say I expected the next SS to be Jeter. I don’t expect him to be Chris Stewart, either. Find someone with some semblance of a bat.

        • Rolling Doughnut

          Tend to agree. He’s never had a wrc+ over 100. Although in 2009, he had some reasonable numbers, considering the glove: avg .292 wOBA .325 98 wrc+ in 486 PA, it’s probably not worth keepng him, unless Long and Co really think the can fix him.

        • Evan3457

          I put it like this:

          Version #1: Yeah, he’s probably the worst everyday hitter in MLB, but it’s nice to have a shortstop who can get to a ball on the right side of second.

          Version #2: Yeah, he can’t hit at all, but it’s nice to have a shortstop where, every time the ball is hit to him, I don’t have to hold my breath to see if the throw winds up in the same zip code as first base.

          And both of those vs. Nunez, not Jeter, as #2 certainly doesn’t apply to non-broken-ankle Jeter.