Apr
05

Game Five: Big Mike is here

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BIG MIKE IS HERE

The Yankees got their first look at Masahiro Tanaka last night and things went very well following a rough first two innings. This afternoon they will finally get their first look at Michael Pineda, who has not thrown a meaningful pitch these last two years because of shoulder surgery. Both Hector Noesi and Jesus Montero have flamed out (obligatory they’re still young, yadda yadda yadda) and Jose Campos has yet to escape Low-A ball. It’s been 802 days since the trade. 802!

Pineda is finally ready to help the Yankees. He pitched well in Spring Training but, most importantly, he looked healthy. His delivery was free and easy, the ball came out of his hand well, and his slider was allergic to bats. He checked every box in camp. Regular season baseball is a different animal though, and I’m sure he’ll be a little nervous even though he’s pitched in the big leagues before. After missing this much time, he probably feels like a rookie again. Either way, Big Mike is finally here.

In case you missed it earlier, Mark Teixeira has been placed on the 15-day DL with a right hamstring strain. Austin Romine was called up and Frankie Cervelli will see some time at first base. Joe Girardi told Dan Barbarisi that David Robertson is not available this afternoon after working back-to-back days, so Shawn Kelley is the closer du jour. Wouldn’t be surprised if Matt Thornton gets the call for the final few outs if lefties are due up. Here is the Blue Jays lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. RF Carlos Beltran
  4. DH Brian McCann
  5. LF Alfonso Soriano
  6. 1B Kelly Johnson
  7. C Frankie Cervelli
  8. 3B Yangervis Solarte
  9. 2B Dean Anna
    RHP Michael Pineda

It is really cold and drizzling in Toronto, so I assume the Rogers Centre roof will be closed for the game. First pitch is scheduled for 1:08pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Dalek Jeter

    Are they sure they should start Pineda? I mean his 0 fWAR is already over a win and a half better than Noesi’s and Monetero’s since the trade. They clearly already won.

    #WAR works in mysterious ways

    • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

      Noesi was DFA’ed.

  • TCMiller30

    Can’t wait to see Pineda pitch today.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    I would think (hope) Betances is available. Throw him right back out there after his short outing last night. Now that Tanaka made his debut, Betances is the guy I’m most excited to watch this season. A 6’8 behemoth with a knee-buckler… that’s what gets me hot and bothered.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    This infield… I can’t even.

  • Dalek Jeter

    This is why I’d make a terrible big league manager. The logic part of my brain completely understands giving Gardner a day off today. Long road trip, turf, guy with an injury history, yadda yadda. However in the wake of the Tex injury the reactionary part of my brain is screaming “You gotta have all the regulars in there until Tex comes back!!!!!”

    • Dalek Jeter

      OH GOD ROBERTS IS SITTING TOO WHY?!??!?!?!?!?!?

      /halfkidding

      • The Guns of Navarone

        See, I think Girardi’s handling of the lineup so far has been borderline ridiculous. I can see giving Jeter or Teixeira (and of course Beltran a DH day) a break this early in the season, but other than that I just flat out don’t get it. And you’d make a fine manager. Don’t sell yourself short!

    • Dalek Jeter

      Now because of eddard I went to look up the team’s numbers off of Dickey. Gardner is one of the guys that seems to hit him well, along with Soriano of all people. Again, hugely reactionary, but my line up today would be:

      LF Gardner
      SS Jeter
      CF Ells
      C McCann
      DH Soriano
      RF Beltran
      1B Johnson
      3B Solarte
      2B Anna

      • The Other Matt

        Kudos. That is a pretty good lineup.

    • The Other Matt

      This is exactly why the Yankees should have brought back Mark Reynolds. Now he is wasting away as the right handed hitter in a platoon at 1B in Milwaukee. Meanwhile, Lyle Overbay plays damn near everyday at 1B for them. Having Reynolds would of gave the Yankees insurance for both 1B/3B, and he would have probably received just as many AB’s here in New York as he will in Milwaukee. I give credit to the front office for making the moves they did this off-season, but they missed the boat on that one. They knew Teixeira was at risk for injury, not only with the wrist, but he had some injuries in the past as well, and they did absolutely nothing to give themselves any resemblance of insurance. I sure hope this isn’t anything more than 15 days. But with hamstrings, even if he comes back in 2 weeks, that is something that will have to be monitored for a while, along with the wrist.

      • lightSABR

        That’s what I thought until I took the time to look at Reynolds’ actual stats. Turns out, he’s not very good. There’s a good chance we’re better off with what we’ve got.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    I don’t like our chances today. Pineda may do ok but Dickey is going to flummox this lineup like he usually does. Pineda probably can’t give up more than a couple runs. I don’t see them pounding Dickey like they were teenagers. Tough match up for Mike Pineda in his first game back.

  • lightSABR

    Hulk smash!

  • The Other Matt

    Was kind of ironic seeing highlights from 2011 of Pineda against the Yankees during the Yankees BP show. They showed him against the guys that are still on the club: Gardner, Teixeira, and Jeter, then you had Cano, A-Rod, and Posada.

    1. Cano (now in Seattle, Pineda now in NY)
    2. A-Rod (suspended a part of the Biogenesis investigation, along with the guy Pineda was traded for: Montero)
    3. Posada (Pineda was traded for the guy that was groomed to be his obvious successor, Montero once again)

  • TheRealGreg

    I remember that Axisa really liked Noesi and now he has been designated for assignement by Seattle.

    • W.B. Mason Williams

      Clearly if he had been a Mariners prospect from the get go he’d be the #2 to King Felix.

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    I guess it’s kinda interesting that Jeter only ever had one walk off HR in his career.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Mr. November, right?

      • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

        No, regular season. Game exactly nine years ago today against Boston.

        http://www.baseball-reference......4050.shtml

        • Dalek Jeter

          Weird…that’s 2005 but I can’t remember it for the life of me, but I remember the 2001 walk off against the Diamondbacks clear as day.

  • Dalek Jeter

    “Mike” Pineda sounds weird. Can we call him Michael Pineda?

  • Nathan

    I still remember the day when the Yankees got Kuroda and Pineda. I was a little upset they traded Montero but was pumped they got Pineda. I remember I was more like “oh…ok” about Kuroda but wow…what a difference 800+ days makes. Kuroda has been a rock in the rotation while Pineda is just now POTENTIALLY making his presence felt.

    • Dalek Jeter

      I loved the Kuroda pick up, I was calling for a trade for him during the 2010 and 2011 seasons…but I HATED the Montero/Pineda trade when the news first broke. Then I went home and did my research on Pineda, realized how good he was and came to like it.

      • FIPster Doofus

        I loved the Kuroda signing, too, but was ambivalent about the trade – excited to get Pineda, sad to see Montero go after all the buildup as a prospect and then his hot start as a Yankee.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        Yup, I remember the first thing I did was go to MLB.com and watch highlights of Pineda. I wasn’t so upset after that.

        • qwerty

          You weren’t upset after losing the opportunity cost of trading Montero for unproven talent?

  • stuckey

    Can a brother get a scoreless bottom half of the first??

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Buck Martinez just called him Jerek Deter without correcting himself

    • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

      I’ve done that a few times.

    • FIPster Doofus

      I thought his name was Gary Jeter when he was called up in 1995.

  • The Doctor

    Jeez, take some pitches guys. Jeter should’ve easily had a walk there and both Ells and Beltran are jumping on them pretty early.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Waiting on a knuckleball is hard.

    • TheRealGreg

      To be fair, they are facing a knuckleballer.

      • The Doctor

        Oh of course. Just wish they’d at least try to get more of a look early on.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      There’s no sense waiting out a rubber-armed knuckleballer like Dickey. If you see something you like, let it fly.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Pineda “won the 5th starter job out of nowhere” according to Sterling.

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    I’m just gonna say that the hat tilt makes him more aerodynamic during his follow-through.

    Yeah.

  • The Doctor

    I’m more happy to see 95 mph fastballs all over the place than I would’ve been with getting Melky out. The fact that he was holding back a bit, even towards the end of Spring Training, certainly shows some maturity.

  • Dalek Jeter

    I’m starting to really dislike Melky. After taking Tanaka deep in the first last night he’s making Pineda really work hard to open today.

  • Havok9120

    I missed the top of the first, but I’ll say it for the bottom half.

    We play for Prussia, we win for Prussia.

    Ge dem stål! (yes, that’s Swedish. Gotta keep all the bases covered)

    • Dalek Jeter

      Frederick the Great smiles upon you, I’m sure.

  • jay destro

    im just talkin’ bout #bigmike

  • TheRealGreg

    Artificial turf hit

  • The Other Matt

    That 1-2 pitch to Rasmus was a strike. Gladly he fanned him on the next pitch.

  • JonS

    His slider is nasty…

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Fuck was that pitch?

  • TheRealGreg

    WHERE WAS THAT?

  • Dalek Jeter

    Kendrys Morales is an “outstanding” first baseman according to John and Suzyn.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      And how long until after that ball was caught did Sterling stop his home run call?

  • Dalek Jeter

    Too many pitches for Pineda in the first. Gotta work on that, but besides that it sounds like he was pretty good.

    • The Doctor

      Eh, Melky gave him a tough AB and got a lucky turf hit. Outside that, he was alright.

  • Havok9120

    Some of those breaking balls….

    *drools*

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Okay… Pineda looks pretty filthy. I expected him to come out 88-90mph like he was in Spring. This is crazy. Hope he’s not overthrowing.

    • radnom

      If he can keep this up for 6 solid I will be so pumped.

    • The Doctor

      I expected him to sit 90-91 and maybe get up to 94-95 when he needed it, but he’s sitting there. More than we could have asked for.

  • Ron

    If Pineda is really 93-95 the whole game. Our rotation is crazyyyy. Cc is #5

  • The Guns of Navarone

    And if the ump is gonna give Dickey these borderline calls it’s gonna be a long, or short, day.

    • TheRealGreg

      Hard to be patient when he’s pounding the strike zone

    • The Doctor

      Are these even borderline? They look pretty far out of the zone to me. I’ve been wrong before, especially with knucklers.

      • Winter

        PitchF/X is actually showing them in the zone.

        • The Doctor

          Thanks, hard to tell since they keep moving so much past the zone.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        I call them borderline because of the movement of the knuckleball. It tough to call, but either the ump is going to give them to Dickey or he’s not…and it looks like he is.

  • Winter

    Just went back and watched the Rasmus K because I missed it; that 0-1 pitch was filthy.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      And that 94mph fastball on the black that should’ve struck him out… and the slider he swung over after that. Very filthy.

  • Havok9120

    If he’s gonna sit here with the fastball, I assume he’ll tire out by the end of his outing. And his control needs some work at this velocity, so he’s definitely wound up for his first start of the year…

    But it sure is nice to know he’s capable of dialing it up that high this early.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Pansy hit

  • Dalek Jeter

    1. I’m not loving this strike zone.
    2. I’m wishing Pineda all the best and I’m just listening/following on GameDay…but there was a Hughesian vibe to that Lind AB.

    • Winter

      Eh, looked like he hit a hanging slider that Pineda left up. If it were Hughes it would have been a straight fastball.

      • Dalek Jeter

        I meant in the way he got ahead 1-2 against Lind, then missed with 3 straight, Lind fouled a ball off then doubled.

        • Dalek Jeter

          2 straight**

        • Havok9120

          I’m not sure he’s had this much velocity to throw around since 2010.

    • The Doctor

      He’s missing his spots, bit different from Hughes. He totally has a put away pitch, and it’s working, just having trouble setting up with the fastball. Probably a bit jumpy out there for the first time in a while. Give it a few starts before we start drawing comparisons like that.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Just where my mind went in that moment, not saying there is any long term validity to it.

        • The Guns of Navarone

          Is that seriously where you want to get the best look as an umpire? Five feet behind the catcher?

  • Havok9120

    Wow. What the heck was that?

    I’ll take it.

  • Electric

    So they called up Romine? I’d like to see McCann take over at 1b and let Cervelli roll 4 days a week for a while.

    • Havok9120

      I’m pretty sure they’ll do the opposite. Cervelli plays 1B and McCann sticks at C.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        Seriously? Did Cervelli take reps at 1B in the Spring?

        • Havok9120

          Not to my knowledge.

          It’s gonna depend on how willing they are to use McCann at 1B this early on. I think using him there would be best (unless they still want to trade Frankie), but I’m not sure they want the big new investment chilling at 1B for two weeks.

          And I definitely think they want to keep them both in the lineup right now.

        • Preston

          I don’t know what he did this spring but they’ve thrown him into games at both 3b and 2b. Girardi is obviously confident in the glove.

    • Winter

      I don’t think they’re going to stick McCann at 1B (unless it’s an emergency) this early in his Yankees tenure.

      • Jersey Joe

        Eh. Cervelli’s trade value goes up if he catches. I think McCann will get a good amount of starts at 1st.

  • Govin

    Hey guys I’m watching Pineda on gameday, and its saying he’s throwing a lot of cutters. Is he purposefully throwing cutters or is gameday just getting his 4 seem confused?

    • Havok9120

      I think it’s just confused. Unless he’s got either a 94 or 82 MPH cutter.

      • Govin

        Ok that makes sense thanks

      • Winter

        My guess is that his slider is getting classified as a cutter (sometimes) for some reason.

        • Havok9120

          That apparently happens a lot. They break the same way, just not to the same extent.

    • RkyMtnYank

      I’ve noticed gameday is calls fastballs cutters, don’t think we’ve seen a cutter yet, just the last 2 were sliders.

  • nycsportzfan

    Cervelli wacked that thing! Leadoff Doub!

  • Dalek Jeter

    1st inning with John and Suzyn- “Yankees don’t have enough depth.”
    3rd inning with John and Suzyn- “Gotta love the Yankees depth.”

    wut?

    • SevenAces

      They probably meant “def” “death” and “depth”.

      • Lukaszek

        Def Leppard of course. Yankees don’t have enough Def Leppard on their team

  • The Doctor

    Gameday had neither of those first two strikes in the zone. Wonderful.

  • Winter

    Solarte’s probably never faced a knuckleballer, no?

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Frankie picked up right where he left off last year. He should be untouchable trade wise. We need him as insurance. Look at 1B where they have no insurance. Drive him in Yangy.

    • Mike HC

      I’m loving the bench guys contributions, but I just remember how quickly last years bench guys fell off a cliff. So I guess I’m cautiously optimistic going forward.

    • Winter

      “He should be untouchable trade wise.”

      Lol. Unless he’s Mike Trout, he’s not untouchable.

  • RetroRob

    Rookies facing knuckleballers generally lead to outcome of the last two ABs.

  • Jersey Joe

    Carlos Pena: temporary 1st base help, then trade him for an arm?

    • Winter

      Pena is done. He’ll provide the Yankees with zero value, and they won’t be able to trade him for shit.

      • Mike HC

        I remember liking Pena like 3-4 years ago as an old, cheap power source in fantasy. Now, I guess he will keep playing as long as they pay him.

        • Winter

          No one’s paying him, though. I don’t know why Joe thinks someone will trade for him if no one’s even willing to sign him.

    • pat

      Why would anybody trade for Carlos Pena?

    • Preston

      The last four years of Carlos Pena by WAR .8, 2.2 (dead cat bounce), .7, -.5 and then he got cut by the Angels who are starting Raul Ibanez at DH and have John McDonald, Ian Stewart and Colin Cowgill on the bench. Not very inspiring. I’d rather give the AB’s to Frankie.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Can’t block the plate!

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Wouldn’t this be something if Joe wins another replay. The rule is the rule. And he’s safe anyway as Kenny says.

  • The Doctor

    Getting really sick of Thomson. That’s 3 botched sends in two days. Yes, it was a good throw, but Thomson needs to know that Rasmus has a good arm.

  • Mike HC

    He’s gone

    • Mike HC

      Oh shit, maybe Singleton is right and the foot got in there. Even with replay that play in tough to call.

      • Winter

        They can’t overturn it if the evidence isn’t clear enough. I’m not sure there’s enough to go on.

        • TheRealGreg

          But can they also look to see if he’s safe?

      • The Guns of Navarone

        Yup, dropped the ball on that one. Replay showed he was safe but it looks like they’re only concerned about blocking the plate.

        • Pineda Colada

          OMG that’s fucking bullshit he’s safe

  • pat

    He was effing safe.

  • Leg-End

    Safe……….

  • Electric

    So that’s not considered blocking the plate? Cervelli should have just pummeled him.

  • Winter

    I thought he looked safe, but it’s tough to tell from that top angle when the tag is actually applied. I don’t blame the umps if they decided the evidence was insufficient.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Did the umps check safe/out or did they only check whether he blocked the plate? Joe could challenge safe/out.

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    Bullshit. He was fucking safe.

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    Wow. He was safe and Thole was blocking the plate.

  • Jersey Joe

    C’mon blue.

  • TheRealGreg

    Girardi should have then challenged that he was safe to begin with. Bad job by Girardi

  • CashmanNinja

    I saw a foot go across the plate before the tag was applied. He was safe.

  • Get Phelps Up

    So if they review the call to see if there was an illegal block of the plate and it turns out the runner was safe anyways, they can’t change it because it’s not what they were reviewing?

    • Yangeddard Solarte

      That’s what I’m saying. Even if they only checked the block Joe should be able to challenge safe/out.

    • Winter

      I’d be surprised if that’s what happened. My guess is that there wasn’t enough evidence to overturn.

      • Get Phelps Up

        On that over head angle it seemed pretty clear that Cervelli’s foot just got in before he was tagged. It was close, but he looked to be in there.

        • Get Phelps Up

          Always a possibility that they just didn’t look at that angle.

    • Havok9120

      Maybe.

      That’s a huge grey area.

  • RetroRob

    I want Cervelli to be safe, but I don’t think the catcher was doing anything wrong there.

    Second, for those arguing Cervelli was blocked and didn’t have a path to the plate, then you can’t argue his foot touched the plate ahead of the throw. (I actually do think he was safe)

    • Electric

      Isn’t the catcher supposed to give a lane to the runner? I don’t think straddling the plate qualifies as that. Ugh, I hate this lame rule.

      • RetroRob

        I don’t know. When I first heard they were instituting this rule, this type of play was one of the first things I thought of. The catcher is going to be blocking the plate as the ball is arriving at the plate.

        The intentions of the rule are fine, but I’m still not sure it can be enforced.

  • pat

    IMO this homeplate collision rule is worse than anything the NFL has instituted in the past couple years.

  • VT Yankee Fan

    The more I see it the more I realize what an ugly slide that was by Frankie.

  • The Doctor

    I partially take back my criticism of Thomson.

    I resume complaining about umps. Glad they can’t get calls right, even with the help of video replay…

  • Dalek Jeter

    GREAT inning by Pineda there. Few more of those. Also, what’d I miss with the replay? I was tending to a customer.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Girardi challenged that Cervelli’s path to the plate was blocked and while we were looking at different reviews we say an overhead angle that said that Cervelli was safe (albeit very close), but it wasn’t changed. I guess they can’t change a call that wasn’t challenged.

      • Dalek Jeter

        That’s silly. You should be able to challenge every aspect of a play if you challenge it.

        • Get Phelps Up

          Sadly, only being able to change the specific call that was challenged even if there was evidence that some other aspect of the play was called wrong seems like something directly out of Selig’s handbook.

        • Winter

          Girardi didn’t challenge that Cervelli’s path was blocked. The umpires reviewed it on their own. He might have asked them to review it, but that’s not something he can challenge.

        • Havok9120

          Official reviews in football are even limited to a specific thing being reviewed. (I think)

  • Winter

    Good job by Pineda. Quick inning to get the offense back to the plate.

  • RkyMtnYank

    So Girardi needed to use his challenge for safe/out after challenging the blocking call, which he should have done given on that angle he was clearly safe.

    • Winter

      I think he figured that they’d already looked at the play and called him safe; he didn’t want to waste a challenge on something they may have already considered and decided on.

      • RkyMtnYank

        That’s the thing, I don’t think it was considered since that is not what was challeged, don’t think any challenge is all incluse. I guess until after the 7th it wouldn’t be, that’s weird.

        • RkyMtnYank

          Nope, guess it is all inclusive though not enough evidence to overturn that call.

  • CashmanNinja

    The rules for blocking the plate make no sense because there’s literally no true way to interpret it. The ball was thrown into the base path, so you can’t fault him for moving; BUT…the rule says that a catcher can’t block the plate until he has POSSESSION of the ball. He didn’t have 100% possession of it while he was already in the base path. So if you’re going to go by the letter of the law(rule) then it was blocking the plate. This is going to piss off tons of managers because it basically comes down to the discretion of the home plate umpire, and since he doesn’t want to look “wrong” then why should he reverse a call and make himself look bad in the process? It’s bullshit.

    • Winter

      Actually, from the text of the rule”

      it shall not be considered a violation of this Rule 7.13 if the catcher blocks the pathway of the runner in order to field a throw, and the Umpire determines that the catcher could not have fielded the ball without blocking the pathway of the runner and that contact with the runner was unavoidable.

    • Dan

      It’s not that hard. If he has the ball or is moving to field the ball, it’s okay to block. If he’s just obstructing the runner and not going for the out, then you can’t block.

    • No 2013 again

      From my understanding (I could be wrong) it’s not the ump who decides to reverse the call. That call is made in NY, isn’t it?

  • pat

    I don’t blame him for not challenging the safe/out call. I don’t think there’s a good enough camera angle to make anything conclusive.

  • RetroRob

    This HOF add is going to drive me insane if it’s going to be run every other ad through the season.

  • will

    Anyone know a site or a link that consolidates all the minor league stuff together? MILB website has been poor thus far imo

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Pineda is going to have to remain sharp. Dickey flummoxes these guys just about every time, doesn’t matter who is in the lineup. Should have had one run if not for that home plate ump but doesn’t look like they’ll get many more chances against Dickey.

  • RetroRob

    I bet that conversation was about if they’d call Cervelli safe if they just happened to notice he was safe while reviewing if the catcher blocked the plate. I suspect if it was clear they would have called him safe. I don’t think it was clear enough.

  • Electric

    fuck this umpire. that was a nasty slider for a strike

  • RetroRob

    So all those who were upset by the Montero-for-Pineda trade. If the Mariners called and offered Jesus for Pineda, would you want the Yankees to do the deal?

    • John Duci

      Maybe if they included smoak and ackely lol.. But no way Pineda is a beast we won the trade by farrrrrrrrrrr

  • MartinRanger

    I turned on the TV and saw Pineda throwing 95.

    I am so very pleased with this development. Dude was holding back on us the whole time.

    • Mike HC

      The Mets finally did something right. Pineda’s surgery was done by “Dr. David Altchek — the Mets’ team physician and one of the top arm specialists in the country.”

    • Havok9120

      Or he’s just wound up. I’m pumped to see how long he can keep this up.

      • RetroRob

        It wouldn’t be surprising if he lost some velocity as the season progresses. Also wouldn’t be surprised if he is throwing harder a year from now than he is now. That’s what happened when Anibal Sanchez returned from similar surgery.

  • Electric

    can we stop k’ing on knucklers up in the zone this inning? thanks.

  • BigBlueAL

    I dunno about the YES radar gun but on the Blue Jays broadcast Pineda is consistently throwing 93-95 mph. They even mentioned how he seems to be throwing alot harder than he did during Spring Training.

    • RetroRob

      The YES radar gun had Pineda hitting 95 in the first inning. Are you saying the YES gun is off, or you’re just reporting what they’re showing on the Blue Jays broadcast?

      BTW Pitch/FX had Tanaka’s average four-seam fastball at 93.5 last night, hitting 95. I didn’t see that on last night’s broadcast, though.

      • BigBlueAL

        No I was just curious what the YES gun was showing because the Blue Jays broadcast like I mentioned has had him at 95 a few times and the announcers were talking about the increased velocity.

        • RetroRob

          My guess is we’re seeing the same readings. I do wonder, though, if we’re seeing Pitch/FX readings or some other radar gun just for the broadcasts since the Pitch/FX numbers from last night seem slightly different. (I have more faith in the Pitch/FX numbers.)

  • Mike HC

    Pineda just effortlessly tossing 95 out there. I’m almost more encouraged about Pineda so far than I am about Tanaka.

    • The Doctor

      I’m more impressed by Tanaka’s poise and intelligence, but Pineda’s stuff is right on his level. Tanaka’s splitter and Pineda’s slider have to be two of the best breaking balls I’ve ever seen on this team.

  • MartinRanger

    So with Soriano starting off so slow he’s going to go on an absolute tear starting in two games yes?

  • No 2013 again

    As good as Pineda looks, this offense continues to look awful.

    • The Doctor

      They looked good last night; it’s not exactly easy to just jump in on a knuckleballer. Not exactly something you get to practice against often.

    • John Duci

      16 hits yesterday.. Yea awful… Who r u leave bro

  • Winter

    Man, Soriano’s had a rough start to the season.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    I’d like to hear from Joe after the game on what Dana Damuth told him. Did he check safe/out or just the plate block and could Joe have subsequently challenged safe/out?

  • Get Phelps Up

    Pineda has looked very good.

  • MartinRanger

    Dickey legitimately looks filthy. It’s frustrating as hell to watch the hitters but.

    DAMN.

    • The Doctor

      Really wish the roof was open. Big difference between a knuckler at 32 and a knuckler at 68.

  • Dicka24

    It’s so awesome to see Pineda throwing 94-95 mph consistently. Truly awesome to see. I will say this, it’s fastball-slider, fastball-slider. Does he not throw anything else, or is he reserving a 3rd pitch for his 3rd to 4th time through? We really haven’t seen him pitch much so I’m truly unfamiliar with anything secondary, outside of his slider. Does he have a curve or change?

    • Mike HC

      He has a developing change up that was put on the back burner during all his rehabbing.

      • Winter

        Very “developing.”

        • Mike HC

          Yea, I was going to add a line at the end like, “like all Yankee prospects have had a developing change up” but decided against it.

          • Dalek Jeter

            You can really just say “like all prospects have had a developing change.” Unless they’re coming into the organization with a change, it seems like every pitching prospect tries one.

            • Mike HC

              Very true.

      • The Doctor

        He’s also varying his sliders more than he used to. It’s not as nice as having three distinct pitches, but it gives him another look.

  • Electric

    nice cervelli!

  • Electric

    Damn Anna had a good swing at that pitch

  • Dalek Jeter

    Dean AAAAnna.

  • pat

    It’s Yangervis’ world and we’re just living in it.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Frankie and Yangy are quite the duo. Finally nice to see the youngsters get a chance on this club. Now if Dean could drive one in.

  • No 2013 again

    Solarte has been amazing. Even if it doesn’t last more than a month, they made a good decision keeping him over Nunez.

  • nycsportzfan

    Here we go! Time to do some 2out damage baby! Solarte is flat out raking early on in the season!

  • Mike HC

    I think Sizemore is probably better than Anna.

    • No 2013 again

      You are probably better than Anna.

    • The Doctor

      Sizemore has a shot to be an above average starter when fully healthy and rehabbed, so I’d have to agree. There’s a pretty good chance they’ll bring him up before the opt out date. In the meantime, Anna puts together good ABs and gives the team a lot of options.

  • Dicka24

    Anna seems to swing at everything. Granted I’ve only seen a few ABs on the year, but I’ve yet to see him take a pitch I think.

    • Winter

      He’s supposed to have very good on base skills. He’s had an above average walk rate all through his minor league career. I wouldn’t read much based on him facing a knuckleballer in his second career MLB game.

    • Electric

      He drew a walk last night

    • MartinRanger

      He’s drawn at least one walk. He’s just flummuxed by the knuckler. As are Soriano and Beltran, so.

  • MartinRanger

    Anna missed that by three inches.

    I think Cashman really needs to be considering a trade. Solarte AND Anna should not be getting regular at-bats. But it may have to wait until after Roberts disintegrates.

  • Axis of Mike

    Anna was like six inches under that ball. No where near it. I hate to say it but he looks terrible at the plate.

    • nycsportzfan

      He looked like a baby after he K’d also. Looked all mopey and dragging his bat.lol Grown up!

  • nycsportzfan

    Dean Anna sucks man. Why the hell did they give Brian Roberts the day off again? I know he came in last night during the game, but so what? Dean Anna just took the craziest upper cut swing on a high knuckleball and must of missed the ball by about 3ft. Thats ridiculous.

    • The Doctor

      Doubt he’s ever seen a knuckleball in his life. Cut him some slack.

      • nycsportzfan

        5people posted the same thing at the same time. Striking out is one thing, missing the ball by a foot is not.

        • The Doctor

          Dude, the ball can move a foot at the last minute with no warning. Stop acting like you know what’s going on; when Dickey is hot, that may be the hardest pitch to hit in the world. He is certainly hot tonight.

      • Axis of Mike

        OK, let’s do, but I still don’t think he’s gonna be much of a hitter. Still, would love to be wrong.

        • The Doctor

          Agreed. I do think he has some potential to be a league average 2nd baseman, considering the low standard.

      • pat

        Knuckle balls are easy to hit. They’re like 75 MPH. Just see it and hit it.

        -Internet Commentators

        • The Guns of Navarone

          IETC

        • RetroRob

          +1

        • nycsportzfan

          They are for the most part. Dickeys been good for about 2yrs outta his 10yr career. Wakefield career ERA is just about 4 and a half. The few others I can remember in recent memory haven’t even made enough of a dent in the league to be mentioned.

          • Bo Knows

            Not really

            Several points:

            -learning the KB takes a long time
            -Dickey has only been a knuckleballer for maybe 6 years
            -Knuckle balls are notoriously fickle, they rely on the surrounding environment far more than any other pitch everything from humidity to the wind itself affects it’s movement, and break.
            -Because of its unpredictable nature, no one knows where the ball goes, it could move a ton and the pitcher ends up walking the park, it move very little and its essentially a bp ball. Because its such a hard pitch, its a feast or famine pitch that very few outside to the most desperate attempt to learn

  • Axis of Mike

    Everybody looks like they’re tryna cream the ball every time. If they’d settle down, wait for it and just make contact.

  • Get Phelps Up

    So they can change it. Then it’s clear that they simply didn’t feel there was conclusive evidence. Or they didn’t look at that overhead shot.

  • RetroRob

    The ball really takes off toward right center at this park.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Not conclusive my ass. His foot was in before the tag. What more do you need than that?

  • Mick taylor

    Cutting Nunez for Anna was an idiotic move

    • Winter

      Um, nope.

    • MartinRanger

      They cut him for Solarte?

      • Axis of Mike

        I thought Anna was up cuz Ryan is down?

        • MartinRanger

          That’s exactly what happened.

    • your mom

      I’d take Anna’s defense over Scissorhand’s any day of the week.

  • MartinRanger

    All that said, I think that if Sizemore isn’t falling apart physically they need to bring him up to play third and send Anna down. He’s good reserve depth, especially when Yangervis comes back to earth.

    • pat

      Yangervis doesn’t come back to Earth. The Earth rises to meet him.

  • Axis of Mike

    However, the summary dismissal of Anna, called for by some here, based on such a tiny sample would disturb me if it wasn’t typical.

  • Electric

    Jeez Melky is swingin it right now.

  • Dalek Jeter

    2 Hard hit balls that inning, and he’s right around 70 pitches…and the highest he got during ST was around 75. I think the 6th may be his last inning.

    • Electric

      Yep. Adam Warren time in the 7th.

    • Mike HC

      Tanaka looked like he could have completed the game if he wanted to. Pineda does seem to be tiring a bit.

      • Dalek Jeter

        I mean, it’s not unexpected. It’s his first big league start in 2+ years.

      • MartinRanger

        If he gives us 5-6 inning looking like this, sign me up.

        • Mike HC

          Definitely with you guys. I’m officially excited about Pineda.

  • your mom

    Very impressed with our starting pitching sans CC.

  • Dicka24

    Pineda is a strike throwing machine. Love it. Looks like he might be getting a little tired though. Lost a couple ticks on the heater this inning. To be expected I guess this early in the season, and having a lengthy wait till his start.

  • Electric

    WHAT WAS THAT!

  • Winter

    Okay. Top of the order, lets score some runs.

  • pat

    Are you fucking kidding me with that 1-0 to Ellsbury? GTFO.

  • RetroRob

    Steal second and then third, and hope for a fly ball. : -)

  • http://coc.com Geo Co-Stanza

    Eduardo Nunez could have probably learned to play 1B. Plus, he had an option. Why did Cashmoneyman cut him again?

    • Electric

      He didn’t know how to catch the baseball

    • Winter

      Yes, because a no-bat, no-glove first baseman is incredibly valuable.

    • pat

      Is this a joke? Because he can’t field and throw?

    • Winter

      Also, they cut him because they needed the 40-man roster spot. Sending him down leaves him on the roster.

    • MartinRanger

      He would have found a way to butcher 1B defensively. Nunez has special defensive chops.

    • Get Phelps Up

      I bet you’d be here clamoring for Anna if they took Nunez.

  • Electric

    Oh please don’t bunt again Girardi.

  • will

    Yeah he seems to be tiring. I hope the yankees notice it. He’s missed twice that inning with balls over the center of the plate

  • No 2013 again

    Some home cooking by this ump. Dickey’s strike zone is HUGE

    • The Doctor

      To be fair, it is a damn hard pitch to call. From our angle it’s obvious, but he has to judge where it is at the exact moment it passes through the zone. Where it ends up can be a foot away from where it passed home plate.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Ellsbury coming on strong. Now he needs to run on the knunckleballer. Wreak havoc on the bases.

  • nycsportzfan

    Ellsburys on alittle tear now!

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Steal. Pressure him with the running game.

  • No 2013 again

    Comon Jeter, let him steal

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Gotta run on Dickey

    • Winter

      Dickey does have a good move, though. Watch out.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        Yup, good point. Forgot about that.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Here we go… I’m smellin me a rally, boss.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Ellsbury has GOT TO run here. Then if Jeets wants he can bunt him to third.

    • Electric

      He didn’t go but I think he may have caused that 4 pitch BB

  • your mom

    HR plz.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Ball 4! Gotta score a run here, hopefully 2. With as good as Mike Pineda has been this could be the game.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Give me an in play (runs)

  • Electric

    Not a fucking strike BLUE!

  • MartinRanger

    Double steal? Double steal.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Juuuuust missed that

  • nycsportzfan

    Cappy with the walk! Lets go, this is the break through inning here! Belty up!

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Please, no DP. Please!

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      You son of a whore.

  • Axis of Mike

    Fuck me runnin.

  • No 2013 again

    what a pathetic strike zone

    • MartinRanger

      I’ll bet you 10 bucks a side-view shows it was a strike. It had insane movement.

      • No 2013 again

        Blue Jays broadcast has that permanent strike zone on screen, it has showed a bunch of balls being called strikes, some VERY far from the actual strike zone.

        • nycsportzfan

          Some of those strike calls to Ellsbury and Beltran were pathetic. I’d be mad annoyed at the ump for some of these calls.

  • RetroRob

    Really surprised the runners were not going on the 3-2 pitch to avoid just that.

  • MartinRanger

    See, that’s a classic example. That knuckleball WAS a strike, but it landed a foot below the zone.

  • pat

    Motherfuck.

  • your mom

    Well, shit.

  • Dicka24

    That’s why they should have double stole. Worst case u end up with Jeter on 2nd, or Ells at 3rd. Now ur likely out of the inning without a tying run.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    And that’s just a killer. Just an absolute killer. Might not even get a run now.

  • Axis of Mike

    Hello. Pineda’s doing better than Tanak did!

  • Dalek Jeter

    Well…that just took the wind out of my sails.

    • Axis of Mike

      Beltran was not the wind beneath your wings?

  • http://coc.com Geo Co-Stanza

    “If you’re going to hit into a double play, can you do me a favor and just strike out?” – Earl Weaver

  • The Guns of Navarone

    That’s the way it goes sometimes. A rally-killing DP with men on, a would-be RBI line drive just foul, and a dinker that would’ve landed if not for the shift. Fuckin baseball, man…

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    That was a bummer inning.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      This is an important bottom half. Tack on runs would be killer…

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Are you serious with that shift?

  • MartinRanger

    subf*cking optimal

  • John Duci

    This umpire is trash. Beltran would have walked if he didn’t call that low ass pitch a strike. Would have been bases loaded no outs what a scumbag

  • BigBlueAL

    Im beginning to miss last season’s lineup lol.

  • pat

    Hey Michael. This is Toronto not Seattle.

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

    Ugh. Such a good inning, good at bats, and then the terrible old GIDP strikes.

    Still 3 more chances boys, come on now.

    • The Doctor

      Beltran looks god awful against Dickey. Like, worse than Anna.

  • Electric

    Let’s go Pineda, finish strong!

  • MartinRanger

    McCann goes the other way a whole lot more than I had expected.

  • Winter

    Pineda really likes that slider inside to lefties. Not that I’m complaining.

  • pat

    Great fuckin inning, Hulk.

  • Axis of Mike

    I almost don’t care if we lose this. ALMOST, mind you. The important thing is we have got some real pitching on this team. Hope springs…

  • Havok9120

    Still at 95 in the 6th.

    Holy crap.

  • MartinRanger

    That. was. filthy.

    God that slider is an absolute dream.

    • Axis of Mike

      +1

  • Dalek Jeter

    Wow. Great inning for Pineda. Looks like he caught a second wind, send him out for the 7th!

    • Axis of Mike

      They aren’t gonna. I disagree w this decision.

  • Electric

    YES PINEDA 3-2 SLIDER!

    • Axis of Mike

      Absolutely disgustingly nasty.

  • Leg-End

    Pineda cruising, how fantastic. Now get him some runs.

  • Axis of Mike

    Pineda is fucking killing it.

  • Axis of Mike

    First dinger of ’14 would come in handy now.

    • The Other Matt

      The Grandy Man just hit one. Too bad he plays for that other New York team now.

  • Dalek Jeter

    I hate W-L records for pitchers…but can we at least get Pineda off the hook for the lose? He doesn’t deserve it…at all.

    • The Doctor

      This may sound stupid, but I won’t even care if they lose. Sure, I’d like a win, but Pineda killing it means much more long term than a win.

      • Dalek Jeter

        I agree. I mean, I’d love a win, but if this is what Pineda is going to be 25-30 starts this season? Much more important than 1 loss.

  • RetroRob

    That should mess the Blues Jays up, going from a 6’7″, 95 mph right hander, to a 5’2″, 88 mph lefty.

    • MartinRanger

      I’d love to see an actualy 5’2” pitcher. That would be great.

      • RetroRob

        I wonder who is the shortest pitcher post 1950? I think the reliever on the Royals (Collins?) is about 5’5″. Not sure if I can think of anyone listed smaller.

        • Silvio

          Bobby Shantz was pretty short, but I think closer to 5-6 than 5-5.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Again, reasons I’m not a big league manager: I’d go batter to batter with Pineda in the 7th.

  • Electric

    Pineda was airing it out right there. Bring in Warren

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Am I overreacting in thinking that this is quite possibly the best-case scenario we could have hoped for regarding Pineda? I mean, 94-95mph on the fastball…and everything he throws looks pretty sharp. I was thinking realistically he’d be at 90-92 for the foreseeable future. Very exciting.

    • Havok9120

      I think this is exactly the most reasonable best-case we could expect. Little rough with the command, throwing 95, sitting 94, sharp slider….

      Beautiful.

  • pat

    GODDAMN YOUR STUPID F*CKING SHIFTS

  • MartinRanger

    Good call to take him out.

    Soriano 0-15. Jesus.

    • The Doctor

      Frustrating to watch. He’s hitting some nicely, just not finding open field. Bodes well for the future, I guess.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        Yeah he was whiffing like crazy at first but he’s gradually starting to square up some pitches now.

    • Havok9120

      He’s boom or bust. We’ve known this. Guy will carry the team for a month at some point in the season.

  • Axis of Mike

    Sometimes when a batter takes a pitch right over the plate it makes me wonder: what, exactly, is he looking for?!

    • http://co.com Geo Co-Stanza

      Something else?

  • MartinRanger

    Wow. The shifting craze could really change the game.

  • pat

    Good. Lets ruin this for him.

  • Winter

    Cervellli mashing it. Love that guy.

  • Electric

    Cold lampin with Cervy

  • MartinRanger

    That the gods. He’s out of there.

  • Electric

    not a strike again

  • pat

    No fucking way that first pitch was a strike.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Frankie’s been on base all 3 times. Need another double Yangy. They need to PH for Anna and get him out of this game.

    • The Doctor

      I really doubt they’re going to give Roberts less than a full day off. He looks good so far, and I’d like to keep it that way.

  • Electric

    You’re fine Solarte

  • nycsportzfan

    wow, that 1st strike to Solarte was terrible! Loup ended up hitting him anyways, but jesus, this ump is just a joke!

  • Dicka24

    Brian Roberts has to pinch hit here no?

  • RetroRob

    Oh, no. Not the return of Nunez!

  • Winter

    Shit.

  • The Other Matt

    I feel like this is Little Big League when the kid says to Billy, “You should’ve started Wedman, he kills the Tigers.” Only insert Dickey and Yankees.

  • Axis of Mike

    Whappened? Wha’d I miss? Solarte got hit?

    • MartinRanger

      fastball to the back of the right knee. smarts a lot, probably just a bruise.

      damnit Roberts.

    • The Other Matt

      Yeah. The ball hit his back right leg, he was batting righty though, so it hit him in his back leg, not lead leg. Got him a little bit behind the knee. If you can envision that at all. Stayed in the ball game though.

  • MartinRanger

    Come on 35-year old sparkplug. You got this.

  • CashmanNinja

    Great…

  • The Doctor

    Yikes. Looks like it hit him in a good spot, but his reaction scared me.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Oh my god no. Don’t let him be hurt. It can’t end like this.

  • Dicka24

    Well, at least it will be the top of the order in the bottom the 8th. Ellsbury will lead it off.

  • BigBlueAL

    This is really getting annoying.

  • pat

    Not a huge fan of Nuno here. I’d love to be wrong.

  • MartinRanger

    Come on El Nuno. No walks.

  • Dalek Jeter

    If this continues as such, hands down one of the most enjoyable losses I’ve been witness to.

    • MartinRanger

      That’s the thing. I’m just ebullient about Pineda.

      And Cervelli’s still looking like a quality hitter. Which could be big. And Solarte just keeps going.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Like this is up there with week 17 of the 2010/2011 Giants when they lost to the then unbeaten Patriots in a shootout.

    • The Doctor

      Definitely. Hard to complain when it’s just a case of two pitchers both pitching like aces.

      • Axis of Mike

        +1

    • The Other Matt

      I’d understanding your reasoning, but if this game ends 1-0 I’d be pretty pissed because Cervelli should’ve been both ruled and called safe. But I digress. Pineda looked very good though against a good lineup.

  • MartinRanger

    …I was not expecting Nuno to be used like a lefty specialist. In fact I’d argue that’s a terrible use of his talents.

    • Havok9120

      I’m not sure that’s how he’ll be used long term. It wasn’t how he was used in Houston, I don’t think. But I can agree with a quick hook there if you don’t like what you see from a guy who is, effectively, a junkballer.

  • pat

    Lawrie mad aggressive. Hopefully first pitch is a curve.

    • pat

      Or a perfectly placed 2seam.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Can’t walk him there Nunyo. Here comes BGDP’s first chance at redemption.

  • Havok9120

    Quick hook for Nuno.

  • Axis of Mike

    Phkeps is phlinging!

    • Axis of Mike

      oops

  • Winter

    I’m worried about Phelps. He looked bad in his last outing and hasn’t had his velocity either in spring training or during the season.

    • Axis of Mike

      I think he can be effective for an inning.

    • The Doctor

      Weird thing is, this is about what his velocity used to be before he suddenly added on a few ticks. His forearm issues may have robbed him of that newly added heat.

      • Axis of Mike

        Forget about velocity w Phelps. He’ll never blow anybody away. He has good movement. As is true for just about every pitcher, he needs a really good change up, IMHO.

    • The Other Matt

      He hit 91 in one of his first pitches out of the bullpen, that’s about where his fastball tops out at usually. Maybe 92 from time to time.

  • Axis of Mike

    It’s time to manufacture one, boys.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Woot, well done Phelpsy. I gotta say, I was/am in agreement with winter, that I don’t know what to expect from Phelps and don’t fully trust him right now.

    • Axis of Mike

      I think the expectation of long relief was not realistic, but the good news is we have plenty o pitching and he can help out for an inning or so here and there. I’m fine w him.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Get a lead and then I’d go to Warren for the 8th and Kelley for the close. Top of the lineup, Dickey’s gone, it’s time for someone other than Ells, Frankie and Yangy to step up.

  • Dalek Jeter

    ELLSBURY IS ON FIRE!

  • Havok9120

    Alright boys, with the bats.

    Für Preußen!

  • The Other Matt

    There we go Ellsbury, let’s get something started. Might want to put him in motion so Jeter can stay out of DP.

  • pat

    STEAL A FUCKING BASE.

  • Axis of Mike

    Ellsbury is just killing it! This team is too good not to score.

  • Dan

    Send Ellsbury.

  • Dalek Jeter

    I really would like to see Ellsbury on the move here (which is nothing new for me, I still want both him and Gardner running whenever they’re on base).

    • NHYankeefan11

      He could’ve stole on either of the first 2 pitches…it’s lie he has gardner syndrome suddenly

      • Winter

        I wonder if the Yankees just don’t give their runners the green light so often.

        • NHYankeefan11

          That would be ridiculous. .why have speedsters if you don’t take advantage

  • NHYankeefan11

    Time to steal 2nd ellsbury

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Ellsy doing his best Brett Gardner impression over there at first base today, enjoying the scenery.

    And holy shit that was a gift. This ump sucks.

    • NHYankeefan11

      Agree on ellsbury. .he should’ve went…against dickey too.. the last one to Jeter was high though

  • NHYankeefan11

    Time to step up Beltran

  • Dicka24

    OMG that was a fortunate call. Could have gone either way, but wow. Now please, double steal, or send the runners. please.

  • your mom

    Bunt, bunt! just kidding.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Same situation as a couple innings ago. Beltran, McCann and Soriano need to step up for us to win this ballgame. Get the lead and bring in Warren-Kelley for the close.

  • pat

    Nah, that was high.

  • Dalek Jeter

    For Prussia, Carlos.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Or…you know…not.

      • Winter

        MLB.tv must be way behind. This comment showed up a while before I saw the K.

  • Dan

    This starting pitching could really be something special. If CC picks up where he left off after the 2d inning in his last start they could have 5 number 3 SPs or better. Which is really something.

  • Axis of Mike

    Toronto assholes don’t know a high pitch when they see one. Sheesh.

  • The Doctor

    God, Beltran just looks terrible today. Thought it was just the knuckleball but god.

    • The Other Matt

      He has looked terrible in every game, really. Not just today.

  • Dicka24

    This is one frustrating lineup right now. I know they will hit eventually, but damn.

  • The Other Matt

    It is one thing to get off to a slow start to begin the season, but Carlos Beltran has looked borderline awful up at the plate so far this season.

  • Winter

    If I’m 100% honest, that was a strike. But, hey, I’ll take it!

    • Axis of Mike

      They replayed it to universal agreement. Not much but a little high.

  • Dicka24

    You just know the double play is coming.

  • Axis of Mike

    Not a great AB for Belty.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      It’s pretty obvious that he, Soriano and Jeter aren’t quite there yet.

      • Axis of Mike

        Sori is more than pretty obvious, zero is hard to get confused about. Jeter’s looked OK and Beltran has too, just not today. I’m not worried about any of that troika, really. I just hope Tex gets back soon and for God’s sake teach him how to stretch better!

  • NHYankeefan11

    F this…double steal. …sickening how no one can get a fucking hit!

  • The Guns of Navarone

    They’ve gotta do it here. Not very confident in the bottom of this order against their closer.

  • your mom

    No better time than now for Soriano to get a hit.

  • Leg-End

    Time for your first hit Soriano.

  • your mom

    They should IBB him to get to KJ.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Soriano’s got this.

  • Havok9120

    C’mon Officer McCann. You got this.

  • The Other Matt

    C’mon Sori. Now would be a good time to get your first hit.

    • The Doctor

      I never really buy into people being “due,” but… He’s gotta be due, right?

      • The Other Matt

        Due, like 10 months pregnant due.

      • Axis of Mike

        He could be “due” for 10 more ABs.

      • Havok9120

        He’s had some hard shots. I’m with Kenny, he’s right there.

        We just need him to breakthrough now instead of during his next AB.

        • http://co.com Geo Co-Stanza

          He’s due to retire shortly.

  • NHYankeefan11

    Stupid move to start the rookie Anna over the experienced Roberts who usually does a good job of working the count.

    Also stupid to start Soriano over gardner. …gardner can work counts and steal…yet Joe is hung up on everyone getting a rest just 5 days into the season.

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

    Now would be a good time for Sori to break out of his rut and bomb one…

    • Dalek Jeter

      I don’t even require a bomb, a weak single squirting through the infield is all I need.

      • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

        Hey that’s fine with me too, but might as well dream big, right?

        • Dalek Jeter

          Absolutely.

  • Havok9120

    Alright. Soriano. You’ve been hitting hard shots for a couple days now. Your time is now.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Just one of those days…

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    All that money for Beltran and McCann and they got us a K and a weak tapper that didn’t even get to the pitcher’s mound. And here comes 0 for 50 Alphonso.

    • The Doctor

      Are you f’ing kidding me? That wasn’t even headed for the strike zone 30 feet out.

    • Winter

      Because obviously they were paid all that money solely for the fifth game of the season.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    That’s a major league at bat

  • Dalek Jeter

    According to Gameday those 1st and 3rd pitches were like…right there.

    • pat

      2nd one was an 88 mph knee buckling slider.

    • The Doctor

      I wouldn’t quite go that far, they were decent pitches. At least they were somewhere NEAR the zone though. The last one bounced at like 58 feet.

  • The Other Matt

    WOW. He just looked at two pitches dead middle, and then swings at a 57 footer. Amazing.

  • Axis of Mike

    Wow. Sori looks sorry. I think maybe for mercy’s sake he should be sat for a bit.

    • NHYankeefan11

      Brilliant move starting him against dickey instead of someone who works the count with a much better chance of getting on in Gardner /sarc.

  • miky

    Sorry-ano

  • Dicka24

    OMG, seriously? You swung at THAT!?!? Oh my….

  • pat

    Wowsers that was bad.

  • Leg-End

    What the hell was he swinging at lol.

  • SevenAces

    On the bright side… Pineda looked good.

  • nycsportzfan

    Why did Giardi let Soriano face Santos? I freaking knew he was gonna look stupid against him. He could of thrown one into one of the dugouts with 2strikes and Soriano was gonna swing.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Remember last year when Sori went on that HR tear and after that he went 0-21? He needs to start tearing it up right here. If they’re going to pitch to him with a base open instead of pitching to Kelley Johnston? That’s a slap in the race.

  • BigBlueAL

    LOL

  • NHYankeefan11

    Why does Kevin Long still have a job? It’s the same shit every year…can’t get big hits…undisciplined at bats …and never taking advantage of the shift!!!

    Disgusting. I feel bad for Pineda. Kid really deserved a win and the entire team let him down

    • The Other Matt

      Soriano could have Ted Williams as his hitting coach, it wouldn’t matter, he’s a free swinger. It’s his gift and his curse.

      • NHYankeefan11

        Why does the hitting coach get a pass? If nothing is his fault then what’s the point of having one?

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    What in the fucking fuck was that?

    • Axis of Mike

      That’s the old “I ain’t gonna K looking” desperation swing. Looked a bit like Vlad Guerrero there, except the latter woulda hadda single!

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Same ole first half Sori. Watches the strikes, swings only if it hits dirt.

  • your mom

    Soriano will go 20 for 30 in his next 7 games with 8 HRs and 25 RBIs.

  • Havok9120

    Oy.

  • Winter

    Oh man, Soriano looked awful there.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Ellsbury and Jeter were twice on 1st and 2nd with 0 outs and those clowns hitting 3-4-5 did absolutely nothing. Absolutely nothing.

  • http://co.com Geo Co-Stanza

    Shall we trade for Sir Ike Davis of the Metropolitans, gents?

  • Leg-End

    Welp, pack it up boys.

  • Jersey Joe

    I will not lose a 1-0 game.

    I refuse to party like it’s 2013.

    We need runs.

    :(

  • BigBlueAL

    I miss Robinson Cano.

    • NHYankeefan11

      I’ll take ellsbury over the lackadaisical cano anyday.

    • Lukaszek

      I miss Curtis Granderson.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Seriously, it’s tough not to think about. If this lineup had Cano… holy crap. Solidifies the infield and lengthens the lineup so much more.

      • NHYankeefan11

        If they gave cano 240…..then we probably don’t have Ellsbury and Tanaka

        That contract was way too long. We had cano last year. ..how did we do?

        • The Guns of Navarone

          Well in the perfect world in my head we have everybody + Cano

          • NHYankeefan11

            You would’ve given him 10/240?

  • Jersey Joe

    The Melkman just delivered some sour milk.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Yankees who get those meatball pitches are fouling them off.

  • The Other Matt

    Welp…..

  • The Other Matt

    Think it might be time to get Phelps out of there. Don’t like him as a late inning reliever, and this hasn’t changed my belief one bit.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Phelpsy is just not right, right now. That pitch to Bautista was literally right down the middle. I could get around on that.

  • http://co.com Geo Co-Stanza

    “It’s very, very different, 1 run or 2 runs.” ~ Susan Waldman

    Yes, the difference between 2 and 1 is 1.

    • Jersey Joe

      Phelpsy you’re killing me.

  • The Doctor

    What happened to make Girardi trust Phelps over Warren in tight games? Warren was great last year, Phelps just plain wasn’t good at all.

    • NHYankeefan11

      Clueless Joe has never been a good in game manager.

      Also why start Soriano over gardner. ..especially ago dickey?

      Why start the rookie Anna over Roberts who is good at working the count?

      …Girardi seems to think that everyone needs a rest after just 5 days…resting Jeter is fine….but gardner should’ve been out there today

  • The Other Matt

    I honestly want to know WTF Girardi was thinking. Was not giving up a home run to Melky and a hard hit double to Rasmus not enough to think you might not want allow him to face Bautista?

  • Winter

    Yeah, I’m really not trusting Phelps right now.

    • Winter

      Really not trusting him.

  • http://co.com Geo Co-Stanza

    Phelps no helps.

  • MartinRanger

    I think Phelps need to go back to AAA to figure out his command again. He’s looked terrible.

    • The Doctor

      I don’t even know how much of a command issue it is, he just doesn’t have anything. If he’s going to sit 87-89 with a mediocre breaking ball in relief, he’s not going to make it. He did well for a while with the heater sitting 91-93, but he just can’t get by at this speed.

      • MartinRanger

        Well, he can, if he has good command within the zone. He can change speeds well enough. but he doesn’t have that command. he’s pitching up in the zone. and he’s getting hammered.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Phelps should only be used as a long man from now on. He should not be in these close ballgames late. Warren should be.

    • Winter

      Sounds like BGDP isn’t so BG, now, is he.

  • NHYankeefan11

    Phelps better get his shit together or pack a bag for Scranton….he got tagged in Houston too….we are the Yankees. This shit ain’t gonna cut it.

  • Havok9120

    Yikes, Phelps.

    After the quick hook for Nuno, I don’t understand why Phelps was still in after the double.

    • Winter

      Maybe they just don’t have anyone warm? That’s the only thing I can think of.

      • The Doctor

        That’s no excuse. Considering he’s sucked lately, they should have had someone else ready to go from the start. Joe’s trust in Phelps is founded on what he did 2 years ago. He hasn’t done anything well in well over a year. Warren can be a nice weapon in relief, but they’re wasting him.

  • your mom

    Phelps has no trade value right now. Pathetic.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    And there’s the ballgame. Phelps should not be on this ballclub. Dean Anna should not be on this ballclub. Move Frankie and Solarte up in the order if Soriano isn’t going to hit and certainly ahead of Kelley Johnson. Beltran and McCann paid all that cash and with Ells and Jeter on 1st and 2nd twice they GIDP, K. Just absolutely terrible.

    • Winter

      How the tides have turned. Eddard now turns on BGDP.

      And this is Anna’s second career MLB game, and he was facing a knuckleballer for probably the first time. There’s no way you can know anything from that.

    • adjusts batting gloves

      I politely suggest changing your handle to “Jermoeddard in the Bronx.”

      • adjusts batting gloves

        er, Jeromeddard…

  • your mom

    Still no HRs yet………

  • JGYank

    Wasted a golden opportunity in the top of the 8th. When Ells got on, and Jeter was facing a the lefty, it was screaming hit run to me. At least send Ellsbury there. What was Girardi waiting for? Then with Beltran at the plate, a double steal wouldn’t have been a bad idea either. No matter what you take away the double play possibility and the catcher would have had to throw around Beltran to get Ellsbury. Worst case you have a runner on 2nd with one out. Best case 2nd and 3rd with none out.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Double steal in the 6th or the 8th would have been a bold move that I would have totally been behind. Regardless of the outcome.

    • NHYankeefan11

      Exactly. Girardi is a terrible manager. All you have to do is watch the games to get plenty of examples like this.

      • JGYank

        I wouldn’t say he is terrible, but he waits for a 3 run HR too much.

    • JGYank

      * screaming hit and run.

  • Jersey Joe

    Come on offense.

  • Dalek Jeter

    I’m pretty sure John just came during that catch (I know super gross, but if you heard the call you understand).

  • pat

    Great freaking catch. Wow. Would love to see some of the field f/x info for that.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Yanni!

  • Dalek Jeter

    Come on, Jacoby, continue to make this game interesting!

  • pat

    At least Santos likely won’t be able to pitch tomorrow.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Oh, well. :(

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    I thought it’d be tough to win vs Dickey but Pineda pitched brilliantly and they wasted it. They had chances. I liked the send of Frankie on Ellsy’s hit, just didn’t work out. The culprits were Beltran, McCann and Soriano the supposed heart and soul of the order. I’m sorry but the heart and soul is Ellsbury, Frankie and Solarte. Jeter worked a couple walks but nobody else did shit. Kelly Johnson should not be hitting 6th ever. Frankie and Solarte need to be moved up in the lineup.

  • BigBlueAL

    Ike Davis with a pinch-hit walk-off grand slam. I am envious of the Mets lineup lol.

  • The Other Matt

    I want Ike Davis on the Yankees now. He just hit a walk-off, pinch hit, grand slam.

  • TheRealGreg

    Really bothers me that Girardi did not challenge the original play to see if he is safe or out.

    Carlos Beltran has been a big disappointment. It’s not like he was declining last year.

    McCann offensively has been bad, but the success of Pineda and Tanaka can be partly attested to him.

  • Baseball Dad!!!

    Oh What a Shame, Kahnle gets his first MLB victory and the Spankees get Spanked!!! Bullpen Stud Blows game and one Relic,TEX, to the DL!!!You Losers deserve nothing but the worst!!! Maybe if You Jack asses had the right people in your farm system working with your young players maybe you would of seen another ring!!! What is it now 15 years and counting!!!