Apr
11

Game 11: Before the Rain

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(Al Bello/Getty)

The Yankees started this long, four-game weekend series against the Red Sox well with last night’s win, and tonight they have a chance to guarantee at least a split. Once you do that, you can start to get greedy. CC Sabathia is on the mound and the Red Sox have not been kind to him over the years, especially last season, when their MLB-best offense contributed to his career-worst season with 56 base-runners and 23 runs in 28.2 innings. Yikes.

The weather in New York has been pretty nice all day, but some clouds started to roll in this afternoon and the forecast calls for rain later this evening. It might be an issue in the later innings. This could be one of those “get the lead early and hope you have it when the rain shows up” games, because once it does show up, it isn’t supposed to stop until tomorrow morning. Here is the Red Sox lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. SS Derek Jeter
  2. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  3. RF Carlos Beltran
  4. DH Alfonso Soriano
  5. C Frankie Cervelli
  6. 3B Yangervis Solarte
  7. LF Ichiro Suzuki
  8. 2B Brian Roberts
  9. 1B Kelly Johnson
    LHP CC Sabathia

Like I said, there is some rain in the forecast later tonight. First pitch is scheduled for a little after 7pm ET and you can watch the game live on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Depending on where you live, of course.

Injury Updates: The Yankees expect to have Mark Teixeira (hamstring) back sometime before May 1st. It is doubtful Brendan Ryan will make it back that soon, however. [Bryan Hoch]

Categories : Game Threads
  • forensic

    As expected, Gardner is out and Ichiro is in. I can’t believe that with all the crap questions the media asks on a daily basis that no one asked Girardi about Gardner’s health (at least not according to anything I’ve seen on Lohud’s twitter roll).

    Cervelli’s also in, as expected, I just wasn’t sure if it’d be catcher or 1B again.

    It’s kind of scary what the lineup can look like (at least in terms of names) when they face a lefty.

    • Mr. Roth

      I was wondering the same thing about Gardner. Late in the game last night it seemed like he was walking a little funny after running to 1st.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Ichiro’s .313 AVG, 2 HR career vs Lester
      Gardner’s .183 AVG with 0 XBH vs Lester

      That has something to do with it, I believe. I don’t think it has anything to do with Gardner’s health.

      • forensic

        I know the numbers, and I mentioned them last night when I first said Gardy would be out today. But, Gardner also pulled up on his 8th inning grounder last night and walked gingerly with a slight limp back to the dugout.

        • The Guns of Navarone

          Gotcha. I personally didn’t see any limping. He definitely pulled up but looked okay to me… seemed disappointed in his AB is all. Hope that’s all it is.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    I love Frankie in that 5 hole providing protection for Carlos and Sori. And Yang finally moved up to 6th. Deep lineup tonight.

    • nycsportzfan

      I love it as a kinda answer to all his naysayers. Like “ya, im batting 5th now, what!”..lol

  • Dalek Jeter

    I’m a huge member of team Pollyanna and generally I support Girardi…but I cannot believe how little we’ve seen the “a” line up in consecutive games.

    • forensic

      This isn’t the ‘A’ lineup? You mean Eddard lied to me???

      • Dalek Jeter

        It’s only a lie if it’s interpreted outside of eddardworld.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Girardi’s obsession with platooning players is a little much for my tastes. But if you’re going to rest McCann it may as well be against a lefty… and Gardner may or may not be hurt and also has bad numbers against Lester compared to Ichiro.

      I hated that 3rd game of the season in HOU but I’m not ready to kill him just yet for tonight’s lineup.

    • nycsportzfan

      I love the change it up, and confuse teams approach. Its really “team” strategy if you ask me, as everyone almost feels like a equal part to the team. He did it with Phelps last night also, again, kinda showing, “i’m going with who I like to help us on this paticular day.”.

      • Dalek Jeter

        I don’t know how much it “confuses teams” as they get the line ups at least when we do, and they have scouting reports on all the players anyway. I just think it’s better for players to get into a groove knowing “I’m the (fill in position here) and will be playing there 5-7 days a week and will be hitting in this spot in the order.”

        • nycsportzfan

          I could tell you 90pct of the lineups out there. I think it definetly can throw a manager off, when they are expecting one thing, and get another. As for the players, I think it makes them feel they are part of a real team, and all are apart of one great big body, and each game, it could be any of em stepping into a huge position in the order, and or starting a game, plus it keeps players fresh.

          • nycsportzfan

            Its managing with your gut, and not so much with a binder. I love it.

          • Dalek Jeter

            I’m sorry, but I don’t see “surprising a manager” 1. happening or 2. having any real effect…at all. It’s not like he’s going to scratch a starter because of the other team’s line up. If a manager ever did that I would hope he would be fired before first pitch. As for the players feeling part of a team…if they don’t feel like guys on a veteran team need to be suffled about to know they’re part of a team. I think they need to play and know their role. Literally the only argument there that I can even understand a little bit is “keeping them fresh.” Even then though, there’s a delicate balance between “being fresh” and “being off” from not having regular reps.

            • Dalek Jeter

              Blah, let’s try that again:

              As for the players feeling part of a team…if they don’t feel like guys on a veteran team need to be suffled about to know they’re part of a team.

              As for the players feeling like part of a team. I don’t feel like guys on a veteran team need to be shuffled around to know they’re part of a team***

              • nycsportzfan

                Again, managing with his gut, and I love it. If this were any other team, I can almost guarantee you, Cervelli’s not batting 5th, and Phelps isn’t finishing that game last night. Thats my opinion.

                • Dalek Jeter

                  Well, yes, because they’d be on the Yankees and unavailable to another team. And you’ll love him managing with his gut until you realized that he’s doing Lefty/Righty splits literally right down the line up and then realize he’s doing the exact opposite. Managing with his gut would mean playing the LHH against Lester regardless of splits.

                  • nycsportzfan

                    I disagree. And I was talking about if other managers were in the exact situation, with the same bullpen we had, obviously.

                    As for everything else, agree to disagree, I guess. To good of a game, to debate like this.

                • lou

                  This is a reason I never liked Joe as a manager. He never has a set lineup 1-9. I don’t know of another team that changes lineups on a daily basis. As long as the Yankees keep misfits on the team Joe will fine a way. Gotta get more serious starters on this team so Joe can’t do this day in and out.

            • nycsportzfan

              I disagree, I think Joe’s showing more faith in the bench guys, then ever before, and is showing, hes not afraid to play any lineup, as he trusts this entire team to play a significant role.

              • Dalek Jeter

                Give me the best chance to win, I give almost zero shits about how Solarte/Suzuki/Cervelli feel about themselves, especially when I compare that to how many shits I give about putting the best line up (and therefore best chance to win) on the field as often as possible without risking injury.

                • nycsportzfan

                  Why would you care, your not the manager.

                  • Dalek Jeter

                    Because I’m a fan of the Yankees and like when they win?

                    • nycsportzfan

                      You said you don’t care how cervelli and them are feeling, and i’m sure Giardi does, hence, your not the manager. We all want em to win.

                • lou

                  Day in & day out! Agree!

      • forensic

        Sitting his better players more often is supposed to ‘confuse’ the other team???

        And going with Phelps last night wasn’t because he likes him. It was because three of his relievers weren’t available and Phelps happened to go 7 up, 7 down. Thornton was up and ready to come in the entire 9th inning if Phelps let anyone on base.

        • nycsportzfan

          Because he likes em? What are you talking about? He kept him in, because he had confidence in him, in that situation. He said earlier, that Thornton was gonna pitch the 9th, and by leaving Phelps in to face Papi was just Joe believing in what Phelps had that night, and not going by a Binder.

          • forensic

            1. You’re the one who said he put Phelps in becaue he liked him.

            2. He didn’t say Thornton would pitch the 9th, just that Thornton would be one of his likely options to pitch part of it.

            3. Phelps faced Ortiz in the 8th, with two outs and the bases empty. It wasn’t the 9th inning. That’s not at all a spot where Girardi would’ve considered using Thornton given the state of their bullpen last night.

            • nycsportzfan

              I said he went with who he liked in that situation, not meaning as a person..lol

              And yes, if he was gonna go with Thornton, he could of easily brought him in for the 4out save, and know one would of said anything, because Phelps haden’t been pitching good to this point. It was tremendous managing, and shows hes not a slave to a binder as most think he is.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Time for CC’s annual beatdown by the Red Sox

    • forensic

      Unfortunately, it’s just Part 1 of his annual beatdown.

    • nycsportzfan

      I think its actually gonna be his best start yet. He had a dud, got better his 2nd start, and now here we are, and hes just that much more stretched out and in game mode.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        It very well could be… the Sox aren’t hitting very well so far this season.

        • nycsportzfan

          And theres that. I see a 7inn 3er type start for the not so hefty lefty tonight.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    If everyone says it’s a non-issue maybe Kay can treat it the same.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      +100

  • nycsportzfan

    Wow, dynamic pitch to get Napoli looking!

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Looked like the same pitch, one a ball and one he called strike 3.

  • The Other Matt

    I like CC’s demeanor on the mound to start off, he really looks like he has confidence in his pitches and the way he’s throwing the ball.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Runs. Early and often.

    • Dalek Jeter

      I agree with this sentiment.

  • fred robbins

    i just wonder if CC can pitch a first inning of a ballgame anymore without giving up runs and putting his team in the hole…. usually one they can not dig out of…. Now it’s early, so hopefully this will be completely without cause when CC mows them down!

  • forensic

    Woohoo, CC ddn’t put the Yanks nearly out of the game in the 1st inning. Hopefully he’s got about 6 more innings kind of like that in him tonight.

    • nycsportzfan

      He showed improvement in his 2nd start , as he was pitching extremely well into the 6th, before he gave up those 3runs(4overall). I thought it was a good sign, and showed he was on the right path to being CC we all know.

  • Wheels

    Good start for CC.

  • The Other Matt

    It’s good that Girardi has Jeter batting leadoff with Ellsbury in the 2 hole tonight. Cuts down the chance of Ellsbury legs being put to waste with a potential DP by Derek Jeter, then again Beltran grounds into his share of DP, as well.

  • CountryClub

    The ball was a strike and the strike was a ball. Same result.

  • Dalek Jeter

    An almost clean inning for CC! In the first! I’m into it now.

  • The Other Matt

    Feeble AB by Beltran there, to say the least.

  • forensic

    Well, that was quick.

    • nsalem

      I walked into a restaurant to pick up food I ordered as the inning started. By the time I got into my car the bottom half was over. Must of been under 4 minutes.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    CC looks real good. If you don’t have overpowering stuff you must use deception and CC is doing that tonight.

  • nsalem

    CC’s looks like he’s got the S&M thing going tonight.

  • forensic

    Nice, match Lester’s quick inning with one of your own. Hopefully the offense will see more than 8 pitches this time, though.

  • Dalek Jeter

    CC and Lester both look good, hopefully we can scratch across a run or two and the bullpen can hold that up.

  • Dalek Jeter

    ALPHONSO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • The Other Matt

    SORI !!!

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Sori needs to get hot.

  • Wheels

    I’d like to see Cervelli do some damage tonight.

    • nycsportzfan

      I’m kinda hoping for some more Solarte magic, personally. But yeah, Cervelli showing the world what kinda catching depth we got, would be nice as well.

  • Wheels

    Sori!

  • forensic

    Yes! Hopefully Soriano’s not trying to match Ortiz’ pitiful time around the bases, though.

  • nycsportzfan

    Soriano starting to get in that power groove! Fuck yeah!

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    What have you done for me lately, Yangervis?

    • nycsportzfan

      I have a feeling hes gonna be sitting tomorrow if he don’t do well tonight.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Remembered why he’s never played in the big leagues before and that he’s like 27?

  • Dalek Jeter

    Btw guys, was there anything on the pregame about Gardner coming up a little lame in his last AB. It almost got completely wiped away after PINE-eda Gate, but I remember him coming up while running to first in his last AB and walking a little gingerly back to the dugout.

    • forensic

      Nothing that I saw, I made the same comment at the very top of this thread. I can’t believe no one asked about it.

    • The Other Matt

      I don’t think they mentioned anything about it, though I didn’t catch it until about 6:40. I definitely noticed it though last night while watching the game, and Kay pointed out when it happened. I hope it’s nothing, and that Girardi just decided to get Ichiro in the lineup since he hits well against left handers, and has good numbers vs. Lester, while Gardner doesn’t.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Hopefully that’s the case then.

        • The Other Matt

          I just watched the video of Girardi meeting with media before the game, and I couldn’t quite hear what the question was that was asked to Girardi, but he responded, “Yeah. He’s ok.” So, maybe he was alluding to Gardner there, cause it came right after a question about who was in and out of the lineup.

  • Joe D.

    Anyone from the Yankees reading this? No? Well, just in case:

    That I can’t find a radio station online to listen to the game is reason #1252 I haven’t bought a ticket in three years or merchandize in over five years.

    Enjoy the continuous alienation of your fan base, and I’ll enjoy watching you struggle to get 50% capacity in Yankee Stadium despite a winter spending spree.

    Eat a fat one
    Joe D.

    • Dalek Jeter

      If you pay $20 you can listen to literally any game on mlb.com, just like with every. other. team. in. baseball.

      • Dalek Jeter

        for $20 bucks you can access multiple radio feeds of literally every game in the country, all you need is an internet connection. Even if you’re only doing it for one team, that works out to 12 cents a game. I get that it’s not your that you guys don’t live in the NYC area, but if you can’t spare 12 cents a game to listen you’re either incredibly poor or don’t care enough to spend the 12 cents. If it’s the former I have nothing but sympathy, if it’s the latter, just shut up and realize that even people who live in your team’s metro area pay to watch. It’s the world we live in.

        • Dalek Jeter

          not your fault***

    • forensic

      It’s $20 for an entire season of Gameday Audio from MLB.com. If you haven’t bought tickets and merchandise in 3-5 years, you probably should’ve been able to save $20 over that time.

      • nsalem

        If you want to hold a fundraiser put me down for 3 dollars.

        • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

          You’re exceedingly generous. Considering his attitude and his belief that someone from the team would read his comment, I wouldn’t pledge a ha-penny.

  • nsalem

    That bodes well!!!!!

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Nice! Love that inning from CC.

  • Wheels

    nice CC.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Great start by CC. Haven’t seen him in control like this in a long time. Nice.

  • nycsportzfan

    Would that be considered a Baltimore chop?(jeets infield single)

    • The Other Matt

      Precisely.

    • forensic

      According to Sterling, yes, but he also said it hit off the plate, which isn’t a Baltimore Chop. A Baltimore Chop is supposed to be a ball that bounces high after hitting the hard dirt in front of the plate.

      So, as usual, the moral of the story is to not believe all of the John Sterling version of the game.

      • Dalek Jeter

        I’ve said it before, I’ve listened to entire games with Sterling then watched the encore when I got home and seriously wondered “Did Sterling call the same game I’m watching right now?”

      • nycsportzfan

        I always thought it was off the plate, myself.

  • Chip Rodriguez

    Sigh, a walk on four balls, and then swinging at the next pitch?

  • CountryClub

    We might get two games in a row under three hours. Not a small thing with these two playing each other.

  • The Other Matt

    Strikeouts early, and soft line outs and ground outs now. I’ll take it.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    I seriously love David Cone. I could listen to him commentate on a game every day. And I wouldn’t mind slammin a few beers down with him either.

    • nyyankfan_7

      fuck the beers I want to slam down some blow with Coney, Doc & Straw.

      • Dalek Jeter

        why not both? I MEAN COCAINE IS BAD I SWEAR.

    • Axis of Mike

      I agree! The pitcher’s choice of what to pitch when and how fast is the most interesting facet of the game to me and sometimes he illuminates me. I liked what he said about sometimes having to throw the fastball in the fastball count.

    • Dalek Jeter

      My one buddy loves telling this story: Him and a bunch of his friends decided to try LSD while on vacation in 99, and went into a bar. It happened to be the day Cone pitched his perfect game. Apparently Coney grew horns and was throwing balls made out of fire.

      • The Other Matt

        That story actually rivals that of the perfect game itself.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Man, you’d love his telling of the story, because apparently they all saw the same thing and sort of turned to each other and simultaneously realized they were all seeing it. The guy in question also has a way with stories to make you feel like you were there and experiencing it as well.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Hit some more HRs, CC’s pitching a gem for a change. And no BGDP in that pen to close it out.

  • nsalem

    Mike Stanley also has the highest OPSof any catcher in Yankee history with over 1500 PA’s.

  • your mom

    Anyone check CC’s palms or forearms tonight? How about Lester for that matter?

    • Dalek Jeter

      Lester’s right arm is actually made of sunscreen. Good job making fun of his disability!

  • forensic

    This can’t be Red Sox-Yankees. They’re in the 5th inning after only about an hour of playing.

    • Dalek Jeter

      MADNESS!

  • Axis of Mike

    Howdy, peeps. Just checking in here. LOVING me some CC so far.

  • Axis of Mike

    Hello, that was a nice play by the Captain! Musta heard all the grumbling.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    David Ross = trouble

  • Dalek Jeter

    I have to ask: any chance that should’ve been 2?

    • Axis of Mike

      No way.

    • TheRealGreg

      No, I don’t think so

    • Tom

      no chance.

  • nsalem

    If it was Jose Molina on first maybe.

  • Wheels

    nah.

  • Axis of Mike

    What’s the ideal lineup? I agree Ellsbury should be 1sr. Jeter 2nd then Gardner (Ichiro) then Beltran?

  • forensic

    In case anyone was wondering, the homerun count currently stands:

    Dean Anna: 1
    Ramiro Pena: 1
    Robinson Cano: 0

    ;-)

    • nsalem

      I think it will be a way different story by the time Cano leaves Yankee stadium in a couple of weeks.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Ramiro Pena can hit the ball to the warning track?

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Add Gardy to that mix.

      Robbie’s killin’ the ball right now too, but he’ll miss YS3 before long. I personally like to check in on Hughes and Joba and see that they continue to suck.

      • forensic

        Eh, Gardner’s at least a quality major league hitter. Anna and Pena, not so much.

        Robbie started the season killing the ball, but he’s hit a short little lull (0-9) and his season OPS is now under .800.

      • nsalem

        Gardner has much more power than Pena.

        • nsalem

          I’m wrong Pena has a HR for every 90 PA’s as oppossed to Gardner who hits one every 94.5 PA’s.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Run Ichiro!

    • Wheels

      I concur.

  • The Other Matt

    CC really dislikes Jackie Bradley, Jr. He just called him a sorry ass motherf*cker, just now. And I specifically remember last year after he struck him out one time at the Stadium, he said, “Sit yo b*tch ass down.” LMFAO. I love it. I wonder why he dislikes Bradley so much though.

    • Axis of Mike

      Seriously?!

      • The Other Matt

        Dead serious. Certain things just stay in your mind for one reason or another, probably because I love when guys show emotion in baseball. But the instance last inning was clear as day. They even showed it going to break in slow mo.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Lol, really?! CC gets a little fired up sometimes. Maybe it’s not Bradley.

      • The Other Matt

        I know he does. And I like it. But normally he curses at himself, or pumps his fist. But I specifically remembered how pissed and amped he seemed when he struck out Bradley last year, and just now it wasn’t blatant. I have nothing against, I actually do love it. I was just making notice of it.

  • Paul coletti

    Bunt Roberts! Dang!

  • Axis of Mike

    Question: do we think Roberts is a better hitter than we’ve seen so far?

    (my answer: I hope so!)

    • Axis of Mike

      Just checked, .278 career BA so yeah, he should heat up.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        You can throw his career numbers straight out the window with all the injuries he’s had and time he’s missed.

      • forensic

        During his healthy years, there’d be no question about it. But, he hasn’t hit much the last 4 years even when on the field. At the moment, it’s not necessarily killing them because he’s working the count and getting on base a bit, but eventually it’d be nice if he dropped a hit or three in there too.

  • Wheels

    Dammit.

  • nsalem

    3rd time around Fingers crossed.

  • forensic

    Yuck.

  • Wheels

    Might wanna get someone up in the pen.

  • TheRealGreg

    I’m afraid where this is going

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Samesees

  • nycsportzfan

    Wow, CC again, blew it. I thought for sure, he was gonna give us 7 really good innings.

  • forensic

    Ugh, bad CC is back…

    Good CC was nice while it lasted.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    And he blew it. You just knew he’d blow it. Unbelievable. Unbelievable.

  • Wheels

    lame.

  • BrienTaylorsRookieCard

    Hey maybe espn could do an article on the red sox beards – you know an interest piece. That would be _super_ interesting.

  • miky

    Boy if he’s the ace are we in trouble!!

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    This guy just shouldn’t be on the staff. He’ll have a 7 ERA and they still won’t do a damn thing about it. 4 runs is the minimum he’ll give up now.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    3d time around + 2 mistakes = 1 crooked number.

  • TheRealGreg

    It’s official. He’s become AJ Burnett

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    I blame that on Cone.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Fucking EVERYONE saw that coming except anyone on the Yankees coaching staff apparently.

  • Algernon Blackwood

    Watching a washed up cc is painful

  • TheRealGreg

    He’s TURNED INTO FUCKING AJ BURNETT.

    Fuck you Brian Cashman, Fuck you

  • nycsportzfan

    Jesus, this dude is fucking annoying. How you can look so good, and completely lose it, this quickly, is beyond me? So depressing.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      And that’s what’s truly frustrating. I haven’t seen him pitch a game this good in I don’t know when… and he still sucks.

      God help him when he’s off his game.

      • nycsportzfan

        Just like his last start, as he was also pitching a very good game into the 6th, and then got smacked around.

  • The Other Matt

    I honestly thought to myself at the beginning of this inning, that I hope the Yankees last inning up at bat wasn’t too quick, and didn’t give CC enough amount of time to settle down into his rhythm. And I know it may sound trivial, but I honestly think that plays a part to him being ineffective this inning.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      I honestly thought and agreed with Cone that someone should’ve settled him down after the Ortiz check swing hit. You could tell he was on tilt after that, missing his spots and not throwing strikes. Then…boom.

  • TheRealGreg

    I hate Brian Cashman with every single fiber in my being.

    His inability to develop quality starting pitching has led us to give contracts to older pitchers which leads to this.

    • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

      Greg, go root for someone else then. You’re going to fucking kill yourself at this rate.

    • Evan3457

      …he said, at the moment when 3 of the Yanks’ 5 rotation members are 26 or younger…

      • TheRealGreg

        If those 3 can win 15-20 games each then we will be in good shape.

      • forensic

        Well, to be fair, the Yankees didn’t develop two of the three of them, and the one they did develop is the most inconsistent (as far as we can tell so far) and possibly worst of the three.

        • TheRealGreg

          Exactly.

        • Evan3457

          They traded a prospect for one of them, who, if he hadn’t hurt his arm, would’ve been in the rotation two years ago. A risk of the trade, to be sure, but not entirely forseeable.

  • teddy

    giradri faill cc. that stupid shift on a righthanded batter gets them beat again. 2 bad pithes for cc

  • nycsportzfan

    Come on offense, time to wake up!

  • your mom

    Sizemore? Really? What the fuck is Boston giving their players? Whatever it is, it’s working.

    I couldn’t have predicted that CC would shit the bed at some point.

    • Bo Knows

      you couldn’t? Really? that’s been CC’s MO for the past year, we can predict it like the tide at this point

      • your mom

        Sorry, was being sarcastic.

  • nycsportzfan

    We just gotta work Lester alittle more, we can get to this pen! Get one back against Lester, and take it against the pen, baby!

    • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

      As much as I normally disagree with you, I admire your optimism.

      • nycsportzfan

        Well, now I can go on with life.lol

        • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

          Glad you can take compliments as well as you take criticism.

          • nycsportzfan

            Great compliment.

            • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

              Thanks for reminding me why I don’t normally bother with you.

    • your mom

      IDK, if they get it to their closer it’s over. Need to tie this bitch up off of Lester. I don’t get Lester, he sucks, but he’s good.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        Except he doesn’t suck.

      • nycsportzfan

        That means, we gotta do it before the closer, which is possible. There pen hasen’t been lights out, so far.

  • Tom

    You got the feeling after the check swing single to Ortiz that things might unravel.

    I actually thought Napoli was going to deposit a 3-0 pitch into the stands, but that pitch he made to him for the single was a decent pitch (especially for a 3-0 pitch and a batter sitting dead red).

    CC has just no margin for error with the reduced velocity, and he’s never been a great command guy. The scary thing is the one pitch he used to command well, the slider, is the one he appears to be having problems with.

  • nycsportzfan

    Nice hit Ells! Dudes been great so far!

  • Paul coletti

    Cc is cussing out every sox after an inning…threw out a SOB at last batter…but cc, be pissed at yourself…and learn hot to pitch with a low cell…wish they yanked him after the fifth..oh well. Come on offense…

  • Tom

    This would be a nice spot for Beltran to run into one and start getting hot.

  • nycsportzfan

    Come on Beltran, Sori’s swinging good right now , just get on base!

  • nycsportzfan

    Don’t know what ur looking for, Beltran? Hopefully Sori can get this all important run in with 2outs. Right back in it, if he does.

  • your mom

    I watched the replay on Sizemore’s HR and CC missed his spot by a foot with what appears to be a shitty slider.

    • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

      a shitty and v e r y s l o w 80 mph slider

  • Lukaszek

    Come on Sori, hit one into the Harlem River

  • TheRealGreg

    I mean CC is a fifth starter. So you need someone else to become the ace. The problem is that Kuroda is too old and the others are either too inexperienced or too inconsistent

    As Beltran strikes out. Massive disappointment.

    • nycsportzfan

      We just need guys to pitch good. CC’s are only pitcher, whos pitching bad. We just gotta win the games that are pitched well, which means, our offense needs to pick it up alittle. We’ve left some pitching performances out on the field so far, early on in the season.

      • your mom

        Ivan Nova says Hi.

        • nycsportzfan

          We still left about 3 good pitching performances on the field.

      • AugieM

        Offense needs to pick it up a lot if they want to keep up with Baltimore and Boston. And the defense, especially the infield, has to get it together too. That Baltimore d. is way superior to what the Yanks are putting on the in-field.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Thank God they signed Beltran in time for his rapid decline.

  • YankeeDJW

    I already hated Johnny Gomes and his big mouth before. Now he’ll be smirking all night. Thanks for nothing CC.

    • your mom

      I agree. Gomes is a douche. But you could say that about most of the Red Sox. Especially Pierzwhateversky.

      • YankeeDJW

        True. The only Sox I don’t detest yet are the young guys like Bogarts and Bradley Jr. But their time will come, I’m sure. It comes with the city.

  • AugieM

    Whatever happened to R. Tilapia?

    • Tom

      Jorge Steinbrenner now.

    • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

      He was eaten by Steve.

  • Brandon

    Jonny Gomes is a piece of shit human being. And Grady Sizemore has to be on steroids

  • Axis of Mike

    I like the sound of the upcoming hitters: Cervelli, Solarte, Suzuki.

  • http://aol NYCORNERSTONE

    Hmm could of signed Cano and Sizemore , EH

  • fred robbins

    nice tease for a little bit…. Thanks to Joey G and his insistence on slating CC as the Ace… he will always be matched up against most teams best or second best… and he continues to put the Yankees in a hole too big for them to come back from….

    Will Girardi ever re-shuffle the rotation to get CC where he belongs? either # 4 or 5 or on the DL—- there might not be a team that would pick him up on waivers– although for that price he would be picked up….

    what a shame– neither Cashman or Girardi care to look reality in the face and make a change that will help the team…

    and it’s so amazing to see Grady Sizemore do well… If he stays healthy, he will be a much better addition than any the Yankees have made — other than Pineda– the star of the staff

    • WhittakerWalt

      I don’t get all this griping about where CC pitches in the rotation. He’s on the team. He’s going to pitch. Who cares when it happens? Yanks have scored one measly run, so there’s a pretty good chance none of their pitchers was getting a win with that kind of support.

  • WhittakerWalt

    GOD DAMMIT

  • The Guns of Navarone

    This offense…

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Please get a big hit and shut me right the fuck up

  • YankeeDJW

    This offense is horrible. I don’t know if we’ll have a single blowout all season.

  • Bronx Boy

    Suzoooks!

  • nycsportzfan

    Tying run up to the plate, baby!

  • Bronx Boy

    Whole team gathers to hear pitching coach say, “Let’s get this guy out.”

  • nycsportzfan

    Kelly Johnson baby!!! Huge AB!

  • Chip Rodriguez

    if they bring in a RHP, do we pinch hit McCann for Jeter (then put Anna in)?

    • nsalem

      Yes but it unfortunately won’t happen.

    • forensic

      Girardi would never do that. McCann won’t have a chance to PH until it gets down to Cervelli, at which point he’ll likely end up seeing another lefty brought in too.

    • AugieM

      I predict: no.

      • nsalem

        If the 2001 version of Barry Bonds was on the bench Girardi wouldn’t PH hom for Jeter,

        • The Other Matt

          I’m in f*cking tears !

    • YankeeDJW

      Hahaha. No.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Should have, but didn’t. Jeter’s ego is more important than matchups.

  • Bronx Boy

    Send him straight to the Johnson library in Texas! (No, I don’t know what that means.)

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Kelly Johnson is clutch! Tie the ballgame!

  • Tom

    Nothing better than watching Lester pout on the mound and then give something up.

    He does this shit all the time – usually it’s in the early innings hoping he’ll get a call later in the game. Hoye’s been calling a pitcher’s zone all night (for both teams) and he get all pissy when he doesn’t get one marginal pitch.

  • Chip Rodriguez

    Ugh.

  • Wheels

    shit.

  • YankeeDJW

    I live in Boston and have to watch on NESN’s awful broadcast. Jerry Remy is still complaining about a call Lester didn’t get, saying it was strike three to Roberts. This is despite the NESN strike zone showing it was outside repeatedly.

  • WhittakerWalt

    “CC I thought pitched a terrific game”

    John effing Sterling, giving Hawk Harrelson serious competition for World’s Biggest Homer

    • FIPster Doofus

      Is he really that off-base? I mean, 7 IP, 9 K, 2 BB is nice. He made one big mistake.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Yeah but it’s just more of the “if you take away all the runs he gave up he pitched great” nonsense. Of course his line looks good if you don’t count the runs he gave up, but the runs happened. The bad pitches happened. I’m tired of hearing the litany of excuses and lowered expectations for CC. Those were not unearned runs. He gave them up. He’s giving up 5 homers in 19 innings.

        • FIPster Doofus

          Maybe I’ve just lowered my expectations. I pretty much see him as the fourth starter now, salary and past performance be damned.

          • WhittakerWalt

            Even lowering expecations, “terrific” is a bit of a stretch.

          • nycsportzfan

            I don’t think it matters, as long as your starting pitchers are winning games, it don’t matter whos doing it in what rotation spot. Alot of times, a new guy will emerge during the season as the ace, as it happens every yr. It just dosen’t matter. We will win some games , if CC pitches the exact way he did tonight. It wasent terrible, we just didn’t score enough. 7inn 4er 9k 2bb is solid. Your not gonna win, when you score 2 runs. It’ll all work itself out as the season progresses.

            • nycsportzfan

              I wasen’t speaking being specific to the Yanks, when I said a new ace emerges every yr. I was talking around the entire ML”s..

  • Bronx Boy

    Live by the Jetes die by the Jetes

    • WhittakerWalt

      Jeter hasn’t hit righties for the past 5 years at least. There was no reason to think he’d hit Tazawa there.

      • Bronx Boy

        All I know is he isn’t going to be pulled for a PH. Not going to happen, so why sweat it?

        • WhittakerWalt

          Just because we all know it’s not going to happen doesn’t make it any less frustrating.

          • Yankee Fan 1

            You guys are seriously complaining that Joe didn’t pinch hit with McCann? lol

            • WhittakerWalt

              Jeter doesn’t hit hard-throwing righties. It has nothing to do with his status as a legendary player. It’s just not his thing, and hasn’t been for years. Jeter’s my favorite player, that doesn’t mean I just ignore the things he’s bad at.

          • Bronx Boy

            I don’t know, man – Jeter’s gone beyond, you know, into legend, the rarest type of player, and we’ll be talking about him forever, so I say go up there and hack, dude, and I’m just gonna sit here and savor every at bat. That’s just me, of course.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Should have PH there.

    • YankeeDJW

      Yeah, McCann has really been tearing the cover off the ball all season.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Hey there’s no guarantees of anything in this life, but McCann has a better chance against a fireballing righty than Jeter does. You know McCann’s going to start hitting at some point.

        • YankeeDJW

          At least Jeter put a bat on the ball. McCann looked like he was golfing out there.

    • Bronx Boy

      Can you actually imagine going up to Derek Jeter and saying sit down?

      • The Guns of Navarone

        They had zero issue doing it to A-Rod, in the damn playoffs no less.

        • Bronx Boy

          I never thought of A-rod in quite the same way I think of Jeter.

          • WhittakerWalt

            Except A-Rod is a better hitter than Jeter in every way, regardless of how much Yankee fans hate him.

            • FIPster Doofus

              It’s true, but one is a sacred cow and the other almost universally reviled.

            • Bronx Boy

              I’m not an A-rod hater, but I’ll take my chances with Jeter any old time.

            • Yankee Fan 1

              Jeter is hitting close to .300 right now and Arod was like 0 for 1000 in that series. Also, it’s April. Completely different situations

        • Yankee Fan 1

          Yeah and then Arod went ahead and sued everyone. Lesson learned ;)

  • Bill

    I really like hearing the same guy on this broadcast mention Betances several times while pronouncing his name differently each time.

  • Bill

    Bettinces, Be-TAN-ces, Be-TAHN-ces.

  • Wheels

    Ells, Beltran, Sori due up. Let’s do this

  • John Duci

    Cc was dominate tonight. Everyone shut up. He’s our number 3 in reality and he looked damn good tonight. One bad pitch to Sizemore. We’re still taking 3 of 4

    • WhittakerWalt

      The bad pitches count.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    This one’s not on CC. He had a reasonably good outing. Two mistakes, otherwise he was pretty dominating. It’s hard to win if you score only 2 runs.

  • Duci

    Tripe earning time?

    • FIPster Doofus

      Stomach lining? :)

  • WhittakerWalt

    OK, forget everything I said about PHing McCann. Fuck that guy.

  • TheRealGreg

    Gone away and thought about it. 7IP with 4 ER was probably what you have expected coming in

  • Bronx Boy

    Nasty ass pitch. McCaan over-matched.

    • The Other Matt

      Agreed. That splitter was as good as anyone I’ve seen Tanaka throw. If not better.

  • nycsportzfan

    Wow McCann, at least get done dirty by a ball thats hittable. Swingin at shit in critical time of game.

  • Wheels

    Weak.

  • Tom

    Should have PH the power hitting lefty on the bench…. Dean Anna!

    That probably was their chance with Uehara coming in and the bottom of the order up. They’ll need some Solarte magic to get on and hope someone runs into something.

    • The Other Matt

      They just need to string together a few good at bats. You don’t exactly need a blast, just a few base runners and try to get something started.

  • Bronx Boy

    Betance pitches like Beyonce dances – with heat.

  • The Other Matt

    That pitch that Betances struck out Ross on was 96 with late movement. Wow. I know it’s a broken record on here, but if Betances can maintain control consistently he is going to be a gem.

  • Bill

    Uheara is overrated. This is a blown save. He’s about to pull a Joba.

    • The Other Matt

      He is real overrated, considering he is not even the guy that got called on to get the save.

  • Chip Rodriguez

    Betances looked nasty.

  • Bronx Boy

    Oh man, it’s great to have some these young arms up here this season.

  • Mick taylor

    Yanks should sign Travis hafner and Grady sizemore

    • The Other Matt

      Might as well have gotten the pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona, in that case.

  • nycsportzfan

    Thats why I said its alittle early to give up on Betances in big situations.

  • Bill

    Ichiro HR to right field.

  • Tom

    Mujica?

    They should light this chump up.

  • Duci

    Yankees lose and euhara doesn’t even get a save

    • Duci

      Tight for my fantasy team

  • BigBlueAL

    This offense is just as bad as last season’s. 5-6-7 in the order of Cervelli-Solarte-Ichiro says it all. Beyond pathetic.

    • TheRealGreg

      Not Ichiro. 2 for 4.

      Axisa tweeted that Solarte is beginning to enter David Adams territory

      • BigBlueAL

        Ichiro sucks. 2 for 4 tonight and a few other singles this season doesnt change that fact. The fact that he started tonight vs a LHP because he was apparently the best option matchup wise says it all at how bad this offense is constructed right now.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Well of course. I knew he would.

    • Winter

      Thing is that’s our offense on a bad day this year. That was our offense on a good day last year.

      • BigBlueAL

        39 runs in 11 games. I know they wont be this bad the entire season but the upside for this offense is I fear nowhere near as high as we had hoped. Also they still are extremely vulnerable to LHP as they were last season.

        We got spoiled by great offenses for over a decade I know but at this point they get down 3 runs and the game seems over.

  • Duci

    Solaris is cooling off

    • Winter

      They’re figuring out how to pitch him…

      • WhittakerWalt

        Well, like 5 of his hits are total fluke jobs. His hitting ability was always an illusion.

  • Duci

    So discussing bottom 9 and we have solarte and Ichiro up first. 2 of the worst hitters in the al

  • nycsportzfan

    Straight as a arrow fastball, and he swing right through it. God damn Gardy! Oh well, Kuroda shuts em down tomorrow.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Gardy swings through a lot of straight, average fastballs.

  • The Other Matt

    Welp ….

  • Bill

    So if Solarte really slows down big time and Brendan Ryan is ready to come back does he get sent down? Or is it Anna? I’d perfer to cut ties with Roberts soon as possible.

    • nycsportzfan

      Solarte won’t be in the lineup tomorrow, I bet. Just got a hunch. Anna at 3rd, Cap at SS, Roberts at 2B, and Johnson at 1st. Give Solarte a day off, and see if that gets him back in that groove.

  • fred robbins

    a lot of accurate comments and realistic frustrations. That’s what comes with being a fan.
    True, Jeter will not be pinch hit for, and true enough one bad pitch does not give CC or Joe the right to crow about a great performance.

    When I said he should not be slated as #1, I understand that it doesn’t matter once the season gets going, but it does matter in terms of who he is matched up against- and he usually ends up against pitchers the Yankees are not going to get 6 runs off of. which is what I think it takes to get a win in a game he pitches….

    He’s just a back end guy now and Cashman or Joey can not admit that because as it is, they can not justify the extension he was given.
    It will be this and worse for the next 3 years.

    At least the division is up for grabs and injuries may be the biggest factor for all the teams in the East