Apr
23

Game 21: Big Mike in Little Fenway

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BIG MIKE IS HERE

Masahiro Tanaka and the offense set the tone last night. Tonight, Michael Pineda is charged with keeping it going and helping the Yankees to a third straight win. He is facing the Red Sox for the second time in less than two weeks, the first time a team will get a second look at him this year. How much will that matter? The element of surprise is a very real thing, but it’s not like Pineda relies on tricking hitters to succeed. The element of surprise means a little less to him, I think.

Anyway, Brett Gardner returns to the starting lineup tonight at a new position: right field. He has never played the position in his career (minors or Majors) aside from a handful of innings in Spring Training. This allows the Yankees to play their weakest outfield defender in tiny left field while their two strongest cover the bigger parts of the park. I like it. Given all the shifts the Yankees have employed this year, I guess we shouldn’t be surprised the team is thinking outside the box defensively. Here is the Red Sox lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. DH Carlos Beltran
  4. C Brian McCann
  5. 1B Mark Teixeira
  6. LF Alfonso Soriano
  7. RF Brett Gardner
  8. 2B Brian Roberts
  9. 3B Kelly Johnson
    RHP Michael Pineda

Remember all that talk about rain last night? Forget it. It’s not raining in Boston but it is chilly and very windy. The balls might be flying out of the park tonight. Either that or being held in. We’ll find out soon enough. Tonight’s game will start at 7pm ET and will be broadcast on YES locally and ESPN nationally. Enjoy the game.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Yangeddard Solarte

    I just don’t think this lineup for Boston can beat Mike Pineda or Hiro Tanaka. They are pitching that well and the Boston lineup just wont’ be able to recapture the magic from last season. I love Gardner in RF over Sori and I’m glad Solarte is finally getting a much needed day off.

  • Yankeefan91

    Lets Go Yankees :D

  • mustang

    Not surprised Solar got a much need rest.
    Just got back from the auto show and picture don’t do the new 2015 Ford Mustang any justices.

    Just an amazing looking machine.

    • Prussian General Jordan Brink

      You must share.

  • The Other Matt

    I honestly wondered in Spring Training if they would experiment with having Gardner play some right in preparation for this possibly happening, particularly in Fenway. It makes a tremendous amount of since as long as Gardner doesn’t have trouble reading the ball off the bat in right. That will probably be the biggest adjustment, other than lining up in a different spot itself. His speed will allow him to be more effective or useful, per se, and cover more ground in right, as opposed to left in Fenway. Similarly to how Boston has Victorino, when healthy, a former CF and LF, play right for them. It also allows Soriano to play his customary left field where he has graded out as, and passes the eye test as, a solid fielder. And as we saw earlier this season, he didn’t seem to have that same comfort and ability in right.

  • Prussian General Jordan Brink

    Few things make me happier than to watch the Yanks smack Awesome O’clock around the field.

    FOR PRUSSIA!

    • Havok9120

      Für Preußen!

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Maybe even Gardner will steal a base tonight. Stranger things have happened.

  • CashmanNinja

    I hope the Yankees *CRUSH* John Lackey. I don’t like facing Jon Lester, but he’s a great pitcher and I don’t hate him. But Lackey is another story. I just hate the guy. I hate how he throws, I hate his face, I just hate everything about him. I hope the Yankees clobber him tonight.

  • The Other Matt

    Here goes Farrell already, bitching about the first pitch to Beltran. It was inside, and Pierzynski is a terrible pitch framer, he jerks his glove on any pitch that is close like a 14 year old girl giving a handjob.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      …he jerks his glove on any pitch that is close like a 14 year old girl giving a handjob.

      Hilarious! And also incredibly accurate.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    It didn’t take ten fucking seconds to bitch and moan. How can anyone cheer for this team?

    • Havok9120

      I don’t understand.

  • JGYank

    Time for Pineda to show the RS how to dominate a lineup twice.

  • No 2013 again

    Horrible pitch.. Gardner looked terrible going after that ball.

    • King George

      To be expected when he hasn’t been in RF since around 2007.

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

    The “pine tar” is back.

    • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

      I retract that statement. Bad angle.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Pineda all over the place

  • OldYanksFan

    Big Mike not fooling anyone….

  • Brandon

    Big Mike not throwing as hard last two starts……..

  • No 2013 again

    too many fastballs down the middle. Those 92mph fastballs are gonna get crushed soon.

  • Brandon

    Bloop hits. Lovely

  • Holy Ghost

    I hate long innings

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Rothschild needs to come out and give Pineda some pine tar. Anything to make him pitch better.

  • WAJohn

    Just doesn’t look comfortable on the mound.

  • No 2013 again

    Pathetic job by Jeter. Did he forget it was the catcher running??

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

    Facking bloops

  • forensic

    Was that a result of the fall-down range, or was it actually a hard play?

    • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

      It took a bounce with some weird spin, but it wasn’t an unmakeable play.

  • The Other Matt

    21 pitches with only one out here in the first. Even if he does settle down, that doesn’t bode well for him being able to provide length in this ballgame. As we’ve seen Girardi hasn’t allowed him to really have that high of a pitch count, so far this season.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    YES won’t ever admit how horrible Jeter is defensively. It had to be a funny spin.

    • WAJohn

      How that’s not a big ol E-6 is beyond me

    • WhittakerWalt

      Home scorer called it a base hit, which is even more ridiculous.

  • Prussian General Jordan Brink

    Wow Derek.

    Some nutty spin on the ball, but wow.

    Bad lucy for Pineda.

    • Prussian General Jordan Brink

      *luck

  • The Other Matt

    Can’t blame Jeter for not making that play, but now what could’ve been a one run inning may turn into a 3 or 4 run inning.

    • The Other Matt

      Thankfully, that didn’t prove to be the case.

    • John duci

      Are u serious? You have to blame him that sucked. What an easy play tht was an error

      • The Other Matt

        I’ll be the first to admit when Jeter has his oft bad plays, or lack of making a play at all, but that ball did take a funny spin, and I was kind of surprised Jeter actually put himself in a position to make a play in the first place.

    • WAJohn

      C’mon man, a MLB SS makes that play in his sleep

  • Holy Ghost

    He won’t last through the 4th inning

    • Mickey Scheister

      He can still go 5 innings if he settles down instead of 6, he’ll be fine.

  • No 2013 again

    should have escaped with only 1 ER..

  • widget

    Gotta love the local douchebag scorer giving AJ Pieface a hit. That was an error. What a clown.

  • WAJohn

    Our infield D is little leagueesque. I think Pineda is having some back issues.

  • Preston

    There is no way that should end up as a single or an earned run. Sorry Captain, but that’s an E.

  • John duci

    They better change the official scoring on that Jeter play. Definitely an error

  • Darren

    What happened on the Jeter play? Suzyn and John’s “explanation” defied all rules of logic, grammar and clarity. Best I can understand is that the ball was spinning, Jeter went for it, Pineda tried to use voodoo to get Jeter to close HIS glove, but Jeter was frustrated because Jeter has to learn to pitch through trouble. Or something.

    • No 2013 again

      Jeter tried to field a slow grounder up the middle with a funky spin like the runner was in-his-prime Ichiro. Should have taken his time since he’s old, slow and a bad defender.

  • SevenAces

    Throwing in this kind of weather sucks, let alone pitch.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Thanks for coming, Sori

  • JGYank

    2 lucky hits in that hitting. Jeter could of have gotten that last one.

    • JGYank

      *in that inning

  • Alkaline

    Hope he could settle down now and give 6 good innings.

    • forensic

      He would need to average less than 14 pitches per inning to be able to last 6 innings. I just don’t see that happening.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Seriously? Is this the same offense as last night?

  • nycsportzfan

    Just got in, from a freaking long day. What i’d miss?

    • WhittakerWalt

      Jeter’s scrappy defense cost the Yankees a run.

  • Brandon

    Gerry Davis giving Lackey a wide strikezone

  • widget

    SOriano is gonna have one of those GAMES. Awesome. Just make Lackey’s day easier guys.

  • nycsportzfan

    Has Gardner been striking out alot this yr, or is it just me?

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

    Nice at bats, guys.

  • nycsportzfan

    Wow, 6pitches and 6strikes is the first bit I get to see of this game.

  • No 2013 again

    6 fastballs, 2 Ks. I wonder if they have somewhere else they need to be.

  • vicki

    hulk smash.

    better late than never.

  • widget

    Looks like the Ump is a local guy too. Nice. Is there a worse place in the world than Fenway?

    • No 2013 again

      They are swinging through 92mph fastballs that have zero movement. That’s not on the ump.

      • widget

        they are forced to swing because the ump is going to call anything in the Fenway area code a strike.

        • No 2013 again

          strike three to Tex was outside, but the other pitches were clearly in the zone.

  • CMed21

    Just gonna make Lackey look like Roger Clemens, he’s blowing them away with fastballs down the middle smh

    • Darren

      Maybe Lackey rubbed his balls with hot liniment today.

  • Mykey

    This is my nightmare.

  • SevenAces

    Being behind sucks, watching Lackey pitch “well” makes everything that much worse…

  • forensic

    I beleive the technical term for the beginning of this game would be:

    SHITTY!

  • WhittakerWalt

    Does any player swing through more belt-high average fastballs than Brett Gardner? The dude makes any regular fastball look like the Nolan Ryan Express.

  • Tom

    Who gave Pineda the hickey on his neck?

  • The Other Matt

    What is that on the side of Pineda’s neck? It doesn’t look like just sweat.

  • CMed21

    Michael Pineda sure sucks at hiding Pine Tar.

    • The Other Matt

      I knew I couldn’t be the only one who saw it.

    • nycsportzfan

      Agreed. Why in the world don’t the manager or pitching coach notice? But still, its extremely hypocritical.

  • Alkaline

    Keep it down. Keep the ball down.

  • CMed21

    Farrel is a asshole, but Pineda is a F’N idiot for having it in such an obvious spot SMH.

  • Mike

    This is a joke. Pineda didn’t cheat.

    • WhittakerWalt

      He broke the rule, and was ridiculously obvious about it. What don’t you understand?

  • forensic

    Wow…

    Weren’t Kay and company saying last time that pine tar isn’t a automatic ejection, that it’s a warning and he has to clean up?

    • The Other Matt

      Exact same thing I thought.

    • WhittakerWalt

      It’s total bullshit. But Pineda is an idiot.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    What an idiot. Hide it in the glove! In the jersey. Anywhere else. Now they have to burn through the pen.

    • nycsportzfan

      And Pineda is gonna be suspended for a start or 2.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Guess the rule is enforced somewhat arbitrarily.

  • Mykey

    Wow, Boston. You are downright pathetic.

  • nycsportzfan

    Wow, I hope Pineda beams one of these hypocrites!

  • The Other Matt

    LMFAO. WOW.

  • 28 this year

    Well teams better start calling out the Red Sox for their bullshit. It doesn’t excuse Pineda but the Red Sox are hypocrites.

  • vicki

    wow. i feel sick.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Holy shit.

  • No 2013 again

    wow, such bullshit. Are they going to throw out Sox pitchers as well??

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Are the Yankees really this stupid?

  • No 2013 again

    Pineda needs to be fined for being a dumbass. And Girardi needs to check every single Sox pitcher from now on.

  • Chip

    I hope every team in the league checks on Buckholtz now

    • Mike

      More like every team in the league is probably going to do it to Pineda now.

      They only do this to us.

  • Alkaline

    Had to run downstairs. What did I miss?

  • nycsportzfan

    Thats some crazy shit! How as men, do you snake another person when you have done the same thing? I lost total respect for any of these piece of shit mother fuckers!

  • The Other Matt

    I thought they were supposed to have you take it off first, then eject you afterward if it persisted.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    I hate the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry. This is going to be blown up and talked to death for years to come.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Good thing nobody ever does that on Boston.

  • The Other Matt

    Rule or no rule. Pineda has to be smarter then that. You’re facing the same team who suspected you, with merit, of something last time less than a week later. You had to know they would check on anything suspicious.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      +1

  • Alkaline

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!

  • SevenAces

    Don’t they usually get a warning first?

  • Dan

    Next time Bucholz pitches I’d walk out with a hair dryer and force him to dry his fucking hair on the mound.

  • BFDeal

    Pineda should’ve been smarter than that, but Farrell is exhibiting the height of hypocracy.

  • Alex

    Pineda, is a fucking moron for doing it again against the same team.

    • nycsportzfan

      He certainly dosen’t look to bright. Can the guy not pitch without it?lol

  • Mike

    Farrell should’ve warned Pineda before the game that he was going to do this.

    That would the right way to do it.

    • Reuben Sierra’s Chains

      Sure you idiot. That’s what all opposing teams do. They tell the other team what they are going to do.

  • John duci

    Wow he didn’t have it in the first inning

  • The Other Matt

    I honestly wonder if he ever did this while he was in Seattle.

  • nycsportzfan

    There is no doubt, that Pineda looks like a idiot, for making it so obvious, after the last start, but still, the redsox shoulden’t be the team to do this.

  • UncleArgyle

    That’s some major league cry baby bullshit by John Farell and the Red Sox. Not unexpected

  • John duci

    They just hate that they suck and there in last place. And that they can’t beat us. Fuck them it’s war now.pineda is stupid tho

  • WhittakerWalt

    At least Eddard gets to watch BGDP now.

  • WAJohn

    Goes to show that people that wear their hat crooked are not all that sharp.

  • Mykey

    That so many people’s two cents on this is, “he should do a better job hiding it,” shows how fucking stupid this rule is.

  • CMed21

    I hope the Yankees come back and beat this hyprocritical ass team.

    • Alkaline

      Fact. Coming back and winning will be sweet, sweet vengeance.

  • Brandon

    The hypocrisy of the Boston Red Sox never ceases to amaze me

  • nycsportzfan

    Joe Giardi and Larry Rothschild didn’t think it smart, to talk with Pineda about this in the last wk or so? I mean, I don’t get that? Didn’t anyone figure they might tell Pineda where to put the stuff?

    • WhittakerWalt

      The fact that he seemingly can’t pitch without it really casts his performance this season in a different light.

      • nycsportzfan

        Welp, hes gonna have time to figure it out, now that hes gonna be suspended.

  • Mike

    I don’t watch movies much, but was the Hulk an intelligent character or an idiot?

  • No 2013 again

    It sure looks like he went to the pine tar between the first and second innings. Also, first inning he was bad, second inning he quickly retired 2 batters and had 1-2 count on the third one. Maybe he really needs it.

  • Yankeefan91

    i dont blame no one for using pinetar one day when a pitcher doesnt have control hes gonna hit sumone in the head and end there career.

  • Chip

    I want a fastball right between Ortiz’s eyes next inning

    • WhittakerWalt

      For what?

  • OldYanksFan

    This one in on Pineda AND Girardi/the coaching staff.
    They have to teach the kid how to cheat properly.

  • Frank

    Dumb ass can’t even cheat discreetly. Take yourself and your stupid tilted hat to the locker room. LOL

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    I can’t believe Rothschild or Girardi didn’t tell Pineda to hide the pine tar. Hide in in the glove, on the belt, on the jersey, anywhere else. I hope Joe goes and checks the Sox pitchers now. Farrell opened this can of worms.

  • Jessica

    A different angle: Thank god.
    I just looked up the box score online and saw him come out of the game after 1-2/3. Knowing just that, you can imagine what I thought.
    Relieved to find out it is just this nonsense.

  • nycsportzfan

    Roberts baby! Fuck these clowns up!

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    Meh.

    It’s a sign of desperation on Farrell’s part.

    There isn’t a bigger cheater in baseball than Farrell.

    I mean he was manager of the Blue Jays when they were notoriously stealing signs. https://www.google.com/search?q=toronto+stealing+signs

    For Farrell, of all people, to accuse someone of cheating is height of desperation of a last place team.

  • itsallhowuseeit

    This game just has suck written all over it

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

    This game is just fucking absurd. But also the kind of game the Yankees fight back and win.

  • WhittakerWalt

    How could such a great centerfielder be such a crappy rightfielder?

  • The Guns of Navarone

    This is gonna be one of THOSE games at Fenway. Another “throw it away and forget about it” game. Already been too many of those this season.

  • nycsportzfan

    You’d think its below zero degrees the way the yanks are playing. Pretty clear which team is handling the chilly weather better.

    • The Great Gonzo

      The grit keeps them warm at night

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    Looks like the eject broke River ave

  • Alkaline

    Did the site go down for a bit?

    • forensic

      Yup, though the Pug picture was a nice touch at least.

    • nycsportzfan

      yep

  • Avi

    Never thought I’d see the day that Brett Gardner plays the outfield like Bobby Abreu.

  • forensic

    And just to clarify the rule. Any foreign substance is an automatic ejection, but if the umpire believes it was accidental or something of that sort then he has the discretion to make him clean it off and give him a warning instead.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Jesus, Sutcliffe is really sucking some Red Sox dick tonight.

    • Preston

      “The only question I have is, would Shane Victorino have made that catch?”

      • WhittakerWalt

        He’s actively rooting for them to come through in every run-scoring spot.

    • Widget

      Its a beaten horse, but ESPN is biased more than NESN.

  • jon

    anyone just see that guy steal the ball from the little kid?

  • Preston

    Eddard has made me irrationally hate David Phelps…

    • WhittakerWalt

      Me, too. That and the fact that Phelps isn’t very good.

      • Preston

        But he’s serviceable, no real reason to dislike the kid. He seems to get the most out of his skill set. Yet when I have to read comment after comment about BGDP it gets hard not to resent the guy for not actually being a big game pitcher.

    • nycsportzfan

      I’ve said for some time, its a matter of time before Betances passes both Phelps and Warren. His stuffs just better, and he can get 2strikes on a guy, and actually finish him off. Phelps and Warrens stuff, is just not as good. Even with 2strikes, you can hit off them.

  • WhittakerWalt

    This is just ugly shit. They’re giving away runs.

  • CMed21

    Just one of those days where nothing goes the Yankees way. Hopefully they can get out of this inning and get some runs off Big Ugly.

  • nycsportzfan

    Please get outta this inn phelps. Please don’t hit the ball to Jeter.

  • Widget

    Way to suck Phelps. He needs to go back to triple A. What a complete lack of skill.

  • nycsportzfan

    This would be a minor miracle with the defense Phelps has had in this inn, if he were to get outta it, with only 1run scored.

    As I say that, he adds to the disgusting night with a terrible breaking ball that allows a run to score.

    This is yet another game, the yanks can’t do anything right. Seems they have a game like this, ever 4or5 games or so.

    • The Great Gonzo

      You are a horribly negative person, you know that?

      • The Guns of Navarone

        He’s just pointing out the obvious. How many forgettable games have the Yankees had already? Four? This makes five.

        • nycsportzfan

          I’ve had more then one person on these boards actually tell me they love my optimism.lol

          And your exactly right, we’ve had quite a few of these games. Lucky for us, in between them, we’ve played really well. But of course, your gonna mention these kinda games happening to us, as its seemed to happen every 4or5 games or so..

      • nycsportzfan

        What are you talking about? The one whos been voting 8 on the how you feel about the Yanks 1-10 thread, and been saying since mid winter, this teams extremely underrated, and is gonna make the postseason, and challenge for a WS title?

        The one who has continuously said, are farm is gonna be rated alot higher next yr, then it is this yr.

        You obviously don’t know anything about me, if you think i’m horrible negative. Its probably about as opposite as you can think about me.

    • The Great Gonzo
  • The Great Gonzo

    Phelps is a mess tonight.

    • CMed21

      Yankees in general have been a big mess tonight. Pineda stupidly getting himself ejected in the game, 2 terrible defensive plays for Jeter, and the offense striking out on fastballs down the middle.

      • CMed21

        ejected *from* the game

  • itsallhowuseeit

    Hmmmm Red sox not even flinching on curve balls…wondee however they know its coming???

    • Widget

      Not only did they get busted years ago for cheating, but they have one the biggest cheating manager in baseball. Tack on the obvious free use of steroids in their clubhouse.

      • itsallhowuseeit

        Exactly but only story will be the dumbass pine tar

  • The Guns of Navarone

    This is a weird team. Very up and down so far.

  • The Other Matt

    I know this may sound a bit absurd, but if Pineda really wants to get away with having pine tar, and be discrete with it, he could apply some in his ear. I know it sounds weird and disgusting in a sense, but I doubt they check inside his ear, and mixed in with natural wax it may not come across as overtly obvious.

    Just a thought.

  • Alkaline

    What a weird game.

  • nycsportzfan

    Through it all, were still in this, if not only ever so slightly.

    • Preston

      I’d agree, except our pitching predicament isn’t going to get better. Phelps just threw a 40 pitch inning. How many more can he reasonably go? A 4 run hole isn’t insurmountable. But I wouldn’t bet on the pen holding the line at 4 runs.

      • nycsportzfan

        Ever so slightly. Barley in it, but in it.

    • WhittakerWalt

      We’ve shown zero signs of life so far. They’re making Lackey and his 92 look like Verlander.

      • nycsportzfan

        I’m not saying its gonna be easy, just that in the crazy world of baseball, 4-0 isn’t 9-0, even if he feels like it is.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Future Hall of Famer Jackie Bradley Jr. with the backwards K.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Now they’re just up there hacking.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    The worst part about this is Lackey slicing through the lineup. I would have no problem losing this game 10-8 so long as he got hammered.

    • CMed21

      YANKEES WILL WIN THIS GAME!!!

      • The Guns of Navarone

        …in an alternate universe?

  • nycsportzfan

    Stop swinging at everything Sori! Come on man, your still 0-2, despite 2 eyeball high fastballs.

    And he can’t do it, as he swings at a pitch 4inches off the outside part of the plate.

  • WhittakerWalt

    I’ve said it before, you do not have to throw strikes to Soriano.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Has anyone ever told Mark Teixeira about this thing called a “change-up?”

    • RkyMtnYank

      Was actually thinking nobody ever told him to hit the fastball down the middle of the plate, he got that breaking ball he really wanted!

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Watching Soriano CONSTANTLY swing at pitches in the other batters box and down in the dirt makes it even more amazing that he’s had such an amazing, under-the-radar career.

    • WhittakerWalt

      It just goes to show how often pitchers must make mistakes. Soriano has had a terrific career, yet he swings at everything.

    • The Other Matt

      So True. Think about how his career could be that much better if he had an ounce of patience.

  • WhittakerWalt

    3 ABs already for the midget? Ugh.

    • Widget

      When Mike Napoli is your best hitter you know your team sucks.

  • Jessica

    A different angle: Thank god.
    I had looked up only the box score online and saw him come out of the game after 1-2/3. Knowing just that, you can imagine what I thought.
    Relieved to find out it is just this nonsense.

  • PunkPitch

    PinHeada earned the nickname tonight. Sorry, no sympathy for a cheater.

  • nycsportzfan

    If we can keep this at 4, we will still have a chance. Anymore, and were toast for sure.

    • The Other Matt

      Even so, this game feels like its 8-0 or 9-0, rather than 4-0.

  • nycsportzfan

    As i’ve said in the past, Betances gets blasted for being wild, but Phelps is always in deep counts , walks some guys, and gives up way more hits. This is why i’ve said many times, Betances will pass him eventually in the bullpen order.

    Probably Warren as well. Thats not saying Phelps and Warren aren’t good, but Betances has the makings of a top reliever in baseball.

  • Tom

    The scary thing is if Jeter can make a couple of routine plays or Gardner could have made a difficult play and Ortiz is not given 4 strikes (which really helped the last inning along), this is 1-0 game right now.

    • Tom

      And I don’t mean if all of that happening – they just needed 1 or two of those things.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Jett has looked dreadful out there tonight.

    • nycsportzfan

      Your right on. And i’d add, Phelps wild pitch in there also.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      The infield defense has already hurt this team in less than a month more than I ever thought it would.

      And by infield defense I mean DEREK JETER.

      • nycsportzfan

        Tonight, it seems the cold has gotten the better of DJ, but that shoulden’t be a excuse, to a grizzled vet like the Cap.

        Hes made some good plays as well though. But ya, overall, been fairly rough early part of the yr for Cap, on the defensive side of the ball.

        • The Guns of Navarone

          I wouldn’t use the cold as ANY kind of excuse for fielding.

          This infield defense is a joke. Even Teixeira has has looked lost out there.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Do they have Shane Green or Bryan Mitchell?

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    Have the Yanks had any come from behind wins this year?

    it seems like when they fall behind they just give up.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/KChinmaster KenC

    Just realized our last 3 lefty specialist wore 48.

    Coke, Logan, now Thornton

    • forensic

      Well, 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, and 42 are all retired, so that’s the easiest combination to make…

  • nycsportzfan

    Its only the 5th fellas. A run or 2 here, and its anyones game, with a ton of baseball to go. This would be such a satisfying win, if we can in fact, come back.

  • nycsportzfan

    And we got the leadoff single! Now lets turn this into a 2or3 run game, and who knows?

    • Tom

      A single here and it’s 4-2

  • nycsportzfan

    Fuck yeah, KJ! I’m telling ya guys, were not outta this!

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Wait for even one run to score…

      • nycsportzfan

        We got 1. As long as we keep them off the board, 3runs is still a Sv situation, for a reason. Lets go Bombers!!!

  • WhittakerWalt

    Christ, every time the Yanks hit a ground rule double in Fenway Sterling goes “you know the Yankees would have won that ALCS in 2004 if not for Tony Clark’s double bouncing over the fence in that game”
    Asshole, it was 10 years ago. And the Yankees had no pitching in that series, anyway.

  • nycsportzfan

    Wow, hes thrown nothing but fastballs to Jeter, and has owned em. Just throwing 91/92mph fastballs right past em. Come on Cappy, don’t let this guy beat you so easily.

    This would be great time for Cappy to smack a fastball off Lackey.

    • WhittakerWalt

      I’m afraid 92 is too much for the Captain these days.

    • nycsportzfan

      Wow. If we have another cold game like this, I hope we see Dean Anna in there at SS. Jeter looks real old tonight.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Fuck. Not even one clutch hit? How about a nice comeback win? Is that so much to ask?

  • Preston

    When I said I wanted Jeter to go the other way, that is not what I meant.

  • WhittakerWalt

    George King says he doesn’t think Pineda is smart enough to pitch in the big leagues.
    Uhhh WHAT? So he makes one dumb mistake, suddenly he can’t pitch in the bigs at all?

    • Widget

      So he’s pulling the race card. If Phelps did it I doubt he’d say the same thing. King is a worthless old bigot.

  • Tom

    So Claiborne for two after this and maybe give Robertson an inning of work? (unless they cut into the lead for Warren/Kelley)

    They are going to need CC to give them some innings tomorrow.

    • nycsportzfan

      Lets see if we can get back in this. A run or 2, and it could change everything.

  • nycsportzfan

    Ok, were on the board! God, that Ellsbury strikeout is huge right now.

  • nycsportzfan

    Ok, Belty with leadoff double. Now, lets get on the board. Lets get back in this thing! I’m not giving up yet!

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

    Jackie Bradley Jr. Looks like a dunce in the field.

    • Preston

      He looks worse at the plate. I know that he was well regarded as a prospect, but I just don’t see an MLB player when I watch him.

      • Widget

        Well regarded but whom? Nothing he ever did in the minors said he was going to be anything other than mediocre at best.

        • Preston

          He was pretty much a unanimous top 100 prospect.

        • Diamond Dave

          ? He was a high .300s OBP player in the minors and he had 39 XBH in half a season’s worth of AAA games last season. He was never considered a potential Mike Trout, but I think he was seen as a potential future All Star.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Teixeira is the fucking worst. I’ve never disliked a player so much. Never.

    • nycsportzfan

      Not a good AB at all. Hes been terrible tonight. But that said, hes been solid with the bat so far, outside of tonight. Tonights shaping up to be a tough game, but its only 1game, and were still in it.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        Teixeira’s OPS+ with the Yankees:

        141, 124, 121, 115

        Declining all the way and now he’s injury prone to boot. He sucks and I personally can’t stand him. But that’s just me. What an absolute disappointment of a signing after a good initial season.

        And I don’t want to even hear about how I’m supposed to jizz my pants over 30 HR from a first baseman. That kind of production could be be had for less than 8 years, $180M.

        • nycsportzfan

          Oh, I was thinking about him the other day and if I consider him a bust, and I have to say, I do. I’m just saying, he has his moments, and has some pop, and i’d rather have him there instead of the alternative for now..

          • The Guns of Navarone

            I can’t remember many big hits from him. The walk-off vs the Twins in 2009. The big game in Boston early in 2012.

            That’s all I got… Four seasons worth disregarding 2013.

        • Preston

          Nobody wants you to jizz your pants about anything related to Mark Teixeira. I promise you that. He’s not worth his contract. But we don’t win in 2009 without him. Bottom line, he’s still a good baseball player. Certainly happy to have him rather than Lyle Overbay, or most other 1b options. He seems to work hard, play hard and is well liked in the clubhouse. I don’t get why you have such a hard on about hating him.

          • The Guns of Navarone

            We don’t win in 2009 without him? Are you sure about that? That team was stacked.

            He had a great regular season, I understand that. But when I think of 2009 I think more of A-Rod and CC as being irreplaceable pieces to that championship team.

            He rubs me the wrong way. It happens. He’s one of those players that, for me, watching him play every day he didn’t nearly stack up to his reputation. I think in all honesty that it angers me that he gets a free pass so to speak and I hate on him a bit too much to make up for it.

            • nycsportzfan

              He was incredible at the plate and in the field that yr. No chance we win without him.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Every time I think I’m getting a little irrational I read something like this.
      So, thanks for the perspective.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        Teixeira is an overrated, injury-prone first baseman, who when compared to salary and expectations has fallen drastically short.

        Prove me wrong.

        • Preston

          Your comments are overrated and Gregory Peck blew you up.

          Prove me wrong.

          • The Guns of Navarone

            God dammit…

            • Preston

              Let’s just both agree that we hate Lackey’s stupid face.

              • The Guns of Navarone

                I was gonna say… my hate meter goes like so:

                1. Beckett

                2. Papelbon

                3. Lackey

                20. Teixeira

  • WhittakerWalt

    Pitiful. Really, Tex? 3 strikeouts against John Lackey? Off to the glue factory you go.

  • Preston

    Grady Sizemore’s .213/.269/.344 is a little more in line with what you thought he’d do after not being relevant since 2009.

  • nycsportzfan

    Ok, now we tack on another run or so.

    • nycsportzfan

      BROB with another knock. Run BROB, RUN!!! AJ’s got a noodle arm!

      • nycsportzfan

        Boone agrees with me, he said don’t be surprised if BROB goes, and Sutcliffe agrees.

  • nycsportzfan

    Ells avg is crashing down to earth quickly.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Ellsbury? Let’s not start getting down on him because of one game. Just last night he was in beast mode.

      • Mike

        What mode is he on now?

        • The Guns of Navarone

          Not… beast mode?

        • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

          It’s cold, my teeth are chattering, and I just want to go back to my hotel room and bang a groupie.

      • nycsportzfan

        I’m not getting down on him.lol I love the guy. Just saying, after yesterdays 0-6 and tonight, his avg is crashing down to earth. He went from like 360something to the 320′s really quickly, no?

      • nycsportzfan

        Just last night he was 0-5, and hes 0 for his last 9AB’s.. Hence, his avg has crashed down to earth. Still, a very good 320′s, and he’ll bounce outta it quickly, i’m sure.

        • The Guns of Navarone

          Last night he had a double and a triple, no?

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Meanwhile this is still a winnable game

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

    Just an aside, as much as everyone’s calling Pineda stupid for the pine tar (and yes it’s fucking stupid as hell) you’re telling me there’s nobody in the dugout who knew? Or could tell him to be a little more discreet? Girardi? Jeter? Anyone?

    Did he really just do that on his own without anyone noticing?

    • Preston

      If he did, then that’s a failing too. He needed something after the first inning. McCann and Rothschild, if not Girardi should have been helping him figure something out.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Agreed. To me, that’s on Girardi as much as it is Pineda.

      • Tom

        I don’t know about Girardi; but this early in the game Rothschild really has no other responsibilities and should have beeb aware of what was going on.

        • Tom

          *should have been* (I think I might need some pine tar!)

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      It just doesn’t matter much to me. All we can do is guess about that. I’d rather just focus on the player and act.

  • Tom

    This game’s not going into the Jeter highlight reel.

    Rough night for the cap’n.

  • nycsportzfan

    Huge props to Claiborne tonight.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    This is positively the worst 4-1 ballgame I’ve seen not featuring Andy Hawkins ever.

    Also, just get all the suck out of the way tonight so that we can start fresh tomorrow.

    Oh, it’s 5-1 now. This is absolutely the worst 5-1 ballgame ever. Hawkins is off the hook now.

  • nycsportzfan

    Now this ones completely over. Oh well, we get em with CC Sabahia tomorrow, and take 2of3 from them.

    • nycsportzfan

      sabathia

    • your mom

      NSIS

  • No 2013 again

    Bullpen has been amazing tonight. Even the runs Phelps gave up can all be blamed on shitty defense by Jeter and Gardner.

    On the other hand, what a terrible effort by the offense. Lackey mowed them down with probably 85% fastballs. It was embarrassing.

  • Widget

    Checked the standings and yep Boston is still last place in the AL east. Fuck them and their stupid city.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      They’re really not that good. It’s not just an early season thing, IMO.

  • No 2013 again

    Jeter looks 90 years old out there. Terrible game by the captain.

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

    Warren paying Jeter back for his low throw :-P

  • your mom

    Might as well let Boston tack a shitload of runs here. Shitty ending to a shitty game. Pathetic when you K 11 times against the ugliest man in the world.

  • Widget

    no wonder nobody can hit Koji. Dude has the Livan Hernandez strike zone.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Can Sori strike out on more than three pitches here?

    • your mom

      Teixeira can’t. Ugly at bat. Ugly game for him.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Guess I don’t know everything. Only almost everything.

  • Mickey Greene

    Lets actually evaluate Phelps’ performance, before call for his head as some are suggesting…

    Tonights line?
    IP H R ER BB SO?
    2.0 3 2 0 3 4

    Pitches-strikes: 57-33?
    Batters faced: 13

    YTD ERA 3.86?
    IP H R ER BB SO?
    11.2 10 2 5 7 14

    Something we can all agree on is that he didn’t have his best stuff tonight

    1. All things remain the same except Jeter throws out Dustin Pedroia to lead off the inning. Pedroia doesn’t score on Napoli’s ground rule double, nor does Ortiz score on the wild pitch because Holt never comes to the plate. Last but not least Phelps doesn’t have to throw an additional 12 pitches that inning

    2. Few balls where hit hard, Napoli’s double was part luck, and part inexperience on Gardner’s behalf

    3. He’s also human…

    4. He entered the game mid count, post ejection on a cold night in an opposing park

    • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

      Tex: 4 Ks in … wait for it… 13 pitches.

      Yanks: 134 pitches in 34 AB (3.94 per AB)

      Soxs: 168 pitches in 38 AB (4.42 per AB)

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

    Golden Sombrero for good ol’ Tex

  • Preston

    You’ve gone too far Rick Sutcliffe. This little fucker is not Mo.

  • your mom

    Fuck you Uehara, fuck you Boston!

  • your mom

    Does Gardner lead the league in K’s yet???

    • WhittakerWalt

      Nah, he just leads the league in “swinging through 88 mph fastballs.”

  • wow

    Crap game. Too bad we lose Pineda on such a nonissue. As classless as I think Farrell’s move was, Pineda needs to hide that stuff. Most pitchers do it. No need to strut it.

    Let’s come back and destroy them tomorrow, please. I’d like to see more from Tex, too.

  • No 2013 again

    I think Tex needs a platoon partner. He can’t as a LHB anymore.

  • Adam Parker

    I’d like to see the strike zone comparisons for both teams. That high strike was very generous for the Sox.

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

    I don’t generally hate on Girardi. I’ll sometimes make a binder Joe joke but I generally think he’s a decent manager.

    He’s gotta stop tearing up in post game interviews.

    • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

      For those of us who aren’t watching, why did he tear up?

      • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

        Talking about Pineda and pine tar and how he’s been through so much and worked his way back from adversity and such.

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    Tex: 4 Ks in … wait for it… 13 pitches.

    Yanks: 125 pitches in 34 AB (3.67 per AB)

    Soxs: 164 pitches in 38 AB (4.32 per AB)