Apr
06

Game Six: End of the Trip

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Honestly can't remember the last time some idiot didn't run on the field during a series in Toronto. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty)

Can’t remember the last time some idiot didn’t run on the field during a series in Toronto. (Getty)

For the fourth time in the last six years, the Yankees opened the season on the road. Their season-opening six-game road trip comes to end this afternoon, in the rubber game against the Blue Jays. Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda were both impressive these last two days, but now the rotation turns back over to CC Sabathia. His first start was awful early and great late. Hopefully he continues that roll he was on from innings three through six against the Astros.

I was hoping the Yankees would walk away from this trip with four or even five wins in the bank. It is the Astros and Blue Jays, not for nothing. Instead, they need to win today just to split the six games and go home with minor league signee Yangervis Solarte as arguably their hottest hitter. Grab a win this afternoon, fly home on the heels of a series win, then enjoy the home opener tomorrow afternoon. Maybe even hit a homer. Sounds like a plan. Here is the Blue Jays lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

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

It’s sunny and warm in Toronto today, so the Rogers Centre roof might actually be open for the game. Either way, the Yankees will definitely play outdoors tomorrow, when they return to Yankee Stadium for the first time since saying goodbye to Mariano Rivera last season. I can’t wait. Anyway, you can watch this game live on YES and, depending on where you live, MLB Network. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads

420 Comments»

  1. Jersey Joe says:

    I’d love me a W.

  2. Mike HC says:

    Can we end this policy of only showing Tosh like fan reactions to these idiots that run on the field, and just show the idiots running on the field.

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      End both that and the hackneyed, obligatory moralizing by the announcers when someone runs on the field.

      • Mike HC says:

        agreed

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        Agreed on both counts. I’d much rather get the semi-entertaining view of some douche running on the field than some players barely amused face along with Kay’s “I hope it was worth getting arrested” speech.

  3. Bavarian Yankee says:

    I’d love to see Gardner, Jeter and Ellsbury batting 1-3 for the rest of the season.

  4. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Open slow, finish strong, like UConn. Hope he’s over his opening day jitters. It would be nice for CC to be DeAndre today.

  5. Mr. Roth says:

    I’m loving Ellsbury in the 3 spot today. He’s been looking great at the plate, so may as well ride the hot hand to victory.

  6. Jersey Joe says:

    OVER/UNDER: Yangervis Solarte plays sixty games this season.

  7. gageagainstthemachine says:

    Based on that photo, I would say that although he’s lost a lot of weight, Rob Ford looks as crazy as ever!!

  8. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    I thought CC would be the worst pitcher on the staff and through 1 start that has been exactly the case. He needs to prove today that he can win these rubber games that are the difference between a series W and a series L. Getting back to .500 and heading home would get some momentum going into the home opener. The club will hit better in YS but CC needs to pitch better.

  9. CONservative governMENt says:

    Sabathia becomes a True Yankee today!

    * I’m pretending today’s starter is a crafty veteran lefty named Carsten Sabathia that won the 5th starter job and is looking to surprise people this year.

  10. forensic says:

    Ok, CC. This is the kind of game you need to step up. I’m not expecting much, but if you really still consider yourself the leader of the staff, then you have to do enough to let the team have a real chance today and avoid losing two consecutive series to potential last place teams.

  11. Sweet Dick Willie says:

    and through 1 start

    Really? You’re using one start to justify your pre-season inklings?

    Whatever.

  12. forensic says:

    Given that there’s no real way Jeter is moving down in the lineup, I think I could deal with this 1-3 for now even when Beltran is in the lineup. Put Beltran 4 and shift everyone down from there. Even though I don’t have a huge problem with Gardy batting 7, this is better (at least for now until some guys in the middle decide to try to earn some of their paychecks).

    • CountryClub says:

      So far there has been no reason to move Jeter anywhere. He’s had good ABs and has hit the ball well.

  13. Electric says:

    Damn, for a second I thought Melky had the day off.

  14. forensic says:

    Yeah Gardy! That’s how you do it! Looks like Hutch might be a little slow to the plate.

  15. Electric says:

    What do you know Gardner!

  16. Jersey Joe says:

    I’m scared Yangervis will go the way of Zolio, and burn out in a few games. I already have delusional visions of Solarte in a platoon with A-Rod next year at the hot corner.

    • Lukaszek says:

      Zoilo never really got much of a chance to prove himself, I wonder what he can do with a longer playing time

  17. forensic says:

    Geez Jeter, why are you so insistent on giving away free outs so often??? At least give yourself a chance.

  18. forensic says:

    Well, it does the job at least.

  19. Wheels says:

    way to get on the board.

  20. Jersey Joe says:

    Small ball: I’ll take it.

  21. forensic says:

    Yay Soriano!!! You actually got on base!

  22. Dalek Jeter says:

    I missed the start, how’d the run score?

  23. Mike HC says:

    Maybe that will wake Soriano up

  24. Electric says:

    Kelly gonna break the drought right here

  25. Chip Rodriguez says:

    Sori’s on base at last!

  26. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    This guy can’t throw a strike and you don’t even need to throw a strike to get Soriano out. Make him pay.

  27. Macho Man "Randy Levine" says:

    Small ball FTW.

    Now let’s see some long balls.

  28. Wheels says:

    Yeah!!! Kelly Johnson

  29. forensic says:

    Yeah Johnson!!!

    Of course, you have to do it the day I sit you on my fantasy team…

  30. Macho Man "Randy Levine" says:

    Look at that. Sori’s got a hit now.

  31. Jersey Joe says:

    Nice job Sori.

  32. Jersey Joe says:

    Any ideas for a long-term first base solution? If Tex is out for a while, I don’t know if what we got now will get it done.

  33. Wheels says:

    awesome start

  34. Jersey Joe says:

    K’mon Kelly.

  35. forensic says:

    Good start, nice early lead. Hopefully some of it is still there after CC’s half inning.

  36. Electric says:

    Kelllllllllllllllyyyyy

  37. No 2013 again says:

    Very nice to see the offense alive

  38. Chip Rodriguez says:

    2 out RBI!

  39. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    Now CC’s gotta make this stick. Every other starter put up a good to great performance. CC’s been handed a 3-0 lead and needs to make it stick like an ace should.

  40. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Well that didn’t take long

  41. Wheels says:

    fuckin Melky.

  42. forensic says:

    Ok, that’s quite enough of this shit. 3 straight games with a homer for Melky?!?!?!

  43. Leg-End says:

    Oh CC, what has happened to you.

  44. Chip Rodriguez says:

    FFS Melky, save the homers for some other team.

  45. Karl Krawfid says:

    Really Melky? 3 hr’s 3 games?

    CC looks terrible again.

    Everything up.

  46. Chip Rodriguez says:

    So in 6 games, Michael Pineda is the only pitcher who doesn’t give up a run in the first inning.

  47. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    Get Adam Warren warming. Jesus Christ this guy shouldn’t be on the staff.

  48. FIPster Doofus says:

    Oh, come on. Fuck off, Melky.

  49. Ron says:

    I’m not even mad even more. Once you realize he is the number 5 starter you expect shitty outings.

  50. Mike HC says:

    Melky looks like he got some of that magic back after a terrible year last year.

  51. forensic says:

    Another pitch right down the middle. This is not a comforting start for CC. Guess there really might not be any of that lead left after this inning.

  52. Macho Man "Randy Levine" says:

    Someone’s testing him after the game, right?

  53. Jersey Joe says:

    Christ CC get it together.

  54. dontshushme says:

    Melky is still juicing

  55. forensic says:

    Geez guys, seems like it took you forever to try to turn that DP.

  56. Dalek Jeter says:

    Good to see Melky’s back on the juice.

  57. No 2013 again says:

    We got spoiled watching Cano turn DPs. Roberts’ arm is so weak and inaccurate compared to Robbie’s.

  58. Electric says:

    That double play needs to be turned regardless of the shit.

  59. Jersey Joe says:

    Ugh, this is reverse 2013. Offense gets it done, but the pitching just can’t maintain the lead.

    Make it stop!

  60. Wheels says:

    thanks ump.

  61. forensic says:

    Looks to me like that was a little bit of a gift there. CC needs all the help he can get though.

  62. forensic says:

    At least part of the lead is still there.

  63. nycsportzfan says:

    Figured the offense was gonna get hot anyways, so not surprising to me to put up 3spot in the 1st, and happy CC got through his dreaded 1st, fairly unharmed.

  64. Chip Rodriguez says:

    Thought that was a generous call on the K, but no complaints. Get out of the inning soon, CC.

  65. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    Put another 4 runs on the board and maybe CC can bring it home. He’s nothing more than a $20 million #5 starter now. I just don’t get how a 32 year old can fall right off the map. Kuroda’s much older and doing just fine. Learn how to pitch.

    • OldYanksFan says:

      He’s more like 35 in terms of IP.

    • The Guns of Navarone says:

      Sadly, you’re giving him too much credit as a #5. He’s been one of the worst starters in baseball since last season and it’s continued so far this season. If his name wasn’t CC Sabathia with his track record, he would’ve gone down with a phantom injury or flat out released.

  66. OldYanksFan says:

    Over/Under that Melky is back on the ‘Roids

  67. Axis of Mike says:

    Impressions of first inning:

    Finally offense. Hosanna!

    We need a real 1st baseman.

    Melky, to Yankees, in 1st game: “If you throw me a pitch above the belt and over the plate, I will punish you.” Yankees response: “Sorry, what did you say? We weren’t listening.”

  68. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Maybe if the Yankees would stop throwing meatball change-ups up in the middle of the plate they could get Melky out. Not trying to take too much away from him but the homers he’s hit have been some of the worst pitches I’ve seen thrown this season.

  69. Axis of Mike says:

    Gardner is killing me with these takes. I mean, I get it, he’s tryna be patient and make the pitcher work but jesus already.

  70. Dalek Jeter says:

    “He has handled everything at third base.”

    I swear he’s made at least 2 errors, not including that brainfart with the bases loaded.

  71. Electric says:

    Good to see Solarte making that play after the one he botched horribly on Friday night.

  72. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    He’s got the bat, he’s got the glove, he’s got all the tools to be successful. Those thinkin Solarte will fall off a cliff are sorely mistaken.

  73. Dalek Jeter says:

    I read the Chad Curtis article right before gametime and into the top of the first. I’m still sort of nauseous, could really use a win after that.

  74. forensic says:

    Every ball has been hit right on the screws.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      Sounded like at least Lawrie’s grounder was a cue-shot, no?

      • forensic says:

        Eh, even that was hit relatively hard. And it quite possibly would’ve been a hit if Tex was over there since he wouldn’t get to the bag as quickly as Johnson (certainly a hit if Johnson wasn’t so far off the bag).

  75. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    They’re scalding these balls off CC right at people. Need more runs.

  76. Macho Man "Randy Levine" says:

    It still amazes me how MLB and BRef have different numbers.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      How do you mean? Like…different averages listed or they use different stats? Cause mlb.com is very old school with the stats it had listed.

      • Macho Man "Randy Levine" says:

        They just have different numbers for some things. Go to MLB.com’s all-time stats leaderboard for hits, for example, and then compare it to BRef.

        • forensic says:

          Yeah, MLB.com including the pre-1900 stats while BR doesn’t (I believe that’s their cutoff). I like to go by MLB.com on stuff like that (I pitifully keep track of stats during each season on some spreadsheets) just because it’s more complete and it’s what would be considered official by the sport (even though it is a different type of game).

  77. WhittakerWalt says:

    Papa Yankee is going to ejaculate after every Jeter base hit, isn’t he?

  78. Wheels says:

    Jeter’s already hitting way better than he did in ST.

  79. CountryClub says:

    Jeter has certainly looked like Jeter at the plate so far. Great to see.

  80. Electric says:

    As good as Encarnacion is at the plate he is SO bad in the field

  81. Wheels says:

    break the drought McCann.

  82. Dalek Jeter says:

    I feel a McCannon blast right here.

  83. nycsportzfan says:

    Ellsbury is a fucking beast!

  84. forensic says:

    Geez McCann, that was right down the middle.

    Soriano up? Guess the inning is over.

    /reversepsychology

  85. Wheels says:

    frustrating.

  86. forensic says:

    It’s been another day. Guess it’s time for Soriano to complain about DHing again.

    • OldYanksFan says:

      Truth is Beltran should be our ‘official’ DH, and should only play the OF against tough RHP’s, and resting Sori …. maybe 30 games.

      DH’ing is not easy for guys not used to it.
      It’s a unique mindset, and many players have trouble adjusting.
      Carlos should be told he will be our ‘primary’ DH, so he can get the routine down.

      Sori is a better fielder, and I’d rather have Carlos stay fresh and be able to have his SwH bat in the lineup as much as possible.

      • forensic says:

        Totally disagree. The only positive to your theory is that it might keep Beltran’s bat in the lineup more, but he should play plenty anyway (and still get days off whatever role he’s playing).

  87. Dalek Jeter says:

    *Hangs head*

  88. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    How many times are Jeter and Ellsbury going to be on 1st and 2nd with no outs before they push at least one run across the board?

  89. forensic says:

    And another pitiful performance by the offense. 1st and 2nd, no outs, and the runners don’t move an inch.

  90. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Three straight fastballs up and out over the plate for McCann; foul, foul, swing and a miss strike three. That sucked

  91. OldYanksFan says:

    Sori now 0 for 16.

  92. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    Nobody was going to hit that ball 6 inches inside.

    • forensic says:

      It’s kind of sad that them smelling like maple syrup is a bigger story than the fact that they melt and are ruined if they get hot.

      • Ethan says:

        I’ve been using the new money for almost 3 years now. I’ve never heard of it actually happening to someone I know. I’d guess the fact that US money gets ruined in water is more of a problem than Canadian money melting. Canadian money doesn’t tear or gets ruined if it comes in contact with water.

    • Ethan says:

      The maple syrup part isn’t true.

  93. nycsportzfan says:

    Gangsta changeup to K melky by Carsten Charles!

  94. Winter says:

    Oh man. I’m not looking forward to the Yankees playing four games @TB.

  95. Dalek Jeter says:

    The biggest thing about CC’s lack of velocity the past 14 or so months to me isn’t so much 88-91 can’t get people out it’s that instead of there being an 8-10mph difference between his fastball and his change up there is a 4-5mph difference.

  96. nycsportzfan says:

    BROB baby!

  97. WhittakerWalt says:

    ICHIRO’S BACK

  98. Wheels says:

    Solarte! fuckin A

  99. forensic says:

    Solarte! Thank you for stealing 2nd earlier, Roberts, otherwise you’d be stranded on 3rd soon.

  100. WhittakerWalt says:

    “Grounds rule double” said no one ever besides Sterling.

  101. Get Phelps Up says:

    A Yankee is going to win the ROY award but it won’t be Tanaka.

  102. WhittakerWalt says:

    Once the outfielders start making adjustments we’re going to feel a lot less great about Solarte.

  103. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    So who had Gardner for 1st HR?

    • nycsportzfan says:

      No one. Mike.A and myselfs little prediction of Ells(mike), and Sori(me), were both wrong. Oh well, happy for Gardy.

  104. nycsportzfan says:

    Gardner gets the 1st tater of the yr! How fitting!!!lol

  105. Get Phelps Up says:

    A homer!!

  106. Long-Past-His-Day-Rod says:

    No-power OF with the first HR of the year, love it!

  107. mustang says:

    Still way to early but when do we start taking this guy for real?

  108. Long-Past-His-Day-Rod says:

    Eduardo who?

  109. forensic says:

    Yeah GARDY!!!

    Broke the seal!

  110. Wheels says:

    still only 1 out.

  111. CountryClub says:

    YEAH

  112. WhittakerWalt says:

    GARDNER PLANTS ONE!

  113. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    Still think this Solarte kid is going away? What a ballplayer. What a pickup.

  114. Jorge Steinbrenner says:

    This feels like New York Yankee baseball to me.

  115. BigBlueAL says:

    So who had Gardner hitting the 1st Yankee HR 6 games into the season?? :-)

  116. nycsportzfan says:

    Is Toronto 2nd to Yank stadium as far as stadium Gardy has hit most HR’s in? I feel like hes now hit a few taters at Toronto in his career.

  117. forensic says:

    Wow, Encarnacion looked like he was in slow motion going after that grounder. And apparently diving would’ve been way too much work.

  118. Axis of Mike says:

    Who guessed Gardy’d be the first to go yard? Not me.

  119. Lukaszek says:

    The ball went over the wall, I’ve never seen that happen before

    What happens, do they like throw the ball back and re-do the play? Or is it counted as an out?

  120. Dalek Jeter says:

    Who had Gardy as the first show of the season?

  121. Get Phelps Up says:

    Why don’t they just build a new ballpark?

    • Axis of Mike says:

      I guess because they’re already at risk of losing whatever fan base they have. The owner has publicly stated this, I’m not just opining. If they go on a run and get to the series or whatever, maybe they could build. That’s my take, anyway.

  122. Axis of Mike says:

    You know, Ellsbury used to be a problem for me because I wanted to hate him for being a Red Sock but I just couldn’t. Really, really nice having him on the team.

  123. Nathan says:

    Last Yankee rookie hitter to have this kind of (early) success?

    Melky?

    • forensic says:

      It’s been 3 1/2 games. Guys have little streaks like this all the time. It’s fun, but nothing to go Eddard over.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

      Solarte has 17 PA’s so far and is hitting 533/588/800
      Melky’s debut was 211/211/211 in 19 PA in 2005(granted in his age 20 season)
      The next year he hit 267/313/267 in his first 6 games (18 PA)

    • Mr. Roth says:

      David Adams did it last year.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

      Last rookie to have two or more hits in his first three games, or something of that sort, was…….Joe DiMaggio.

  124. forensic says:

    That was a relatively easy catch, but it sure is nice having Gardy and Ellsbury out there next to each other.

  125. nycsportzfan says:

    This teams gonna be so fucking good this yr! I love the way this teams built, including farm system. Yanks are in very very good place right now, if you ask me.

  126. forensic says:

    At least CC seems to have found a little bit of his location. Hopefully he can keep it going for a few more innings. Maybe even save a little extra work for the bullpen given the O’s and Red Sox coming into NY next week.

  127. CountryClub says:

    For those that don’t want to be spoiled before DOTF is posted, I’ll just say that trenton had an interesting inning today.

  128. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    A hit!~!!!!

  129. Chip says:

    Lost in all of this: CC looks really sharp

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      This is why I hate listening as opposed to watching. As of right now, Sterling’s calling it right down the middle. Not saying CC is dominating, and not saying the babip gods are on his side. Then on here, we have commenters saying everything is hard hit right at people and others saying he looks sharp. Which is it?!

      • forensic says:

        Like his last start, everything was getting rocked the first couple innings. He seems to have found better location the last couple innings and looks a bit better.

  130. forensic says:

    I just saw a pig fly by my window…

    • nsalem says:

      He’s got a heart and he’s got a head. I really think he will figure it out. Agreed he may not return to what he was, but he still may very well have a few good years ahead of him.

  131. Karl Krawfid says:

    CC is out there flexin’ now.

  132. nycsportzfan says:

    For all you CC bashers, hope your eating alittle crow today, as he looks really solid, and on his game.

    • Axis of Mike says:

      Fuck the haters. CC, like Ichiro, is not to be counted out just yet.

      • nsalem says:

        I have much more confidence in CC’s future being brighter than Ichiro’s. Hope I’m wrong.

        • forensic says:

          Why do you hope you’re wrong? If Ichiro’s done, it’s just one year and he’s gone. If CC’s done, it’s a ton of money for several more years.

          If only one can turn it around, you should hope you’re right that it’s CC over Ichiro.

      • Winter says:

        CC is 33. Ichiro is 40. I’m counting on CC bouncing back much more than Ichiro.

      • nycsportzfan says:

        I’m with ya. I’ve said all offseason(after most transactions done), that Ichiro needs to stay, as I thought he could make a nice little 2nd career, outta being the 4th OF’er, PH’er, PR’er, and defensive replacement.

        As for CC, I never doubted him. Like I said, even in his worst season, he won 14games last yr, and was deserving of benefit of the doubt, with how hes done for us every other yr, and in his career. People give up to easy on players.

        • nsalem says:

          CC was awful last year. Him winning 14 games is totally irrelevant to the conversation.

        • Axis of Mike says:

          Yeah, I heard you say that and I’m saying he’s still good enough to start. Obviously Girardi agrees.

        • nycsportzfan says:

          Ok, now I wish I didn’t post anything about CC, as now I look like the idiot.lol Thanks CC, really appreciate it. Pfft!

    • nycsportzfan says:

      Flat out dealin!

    • Wheels says:

      Dude c’mon, it’s not unreasonable for people to have concerns about CC.

  133. Axis of Mike says:

    That was a big inning!

  134. Dalek Jeter says:

    CC hit 92 in the Sierra AB fwiw.

  135. Yankee$ says:

    I hate to say it but Lawrie rubs me the wrong way the way Chad Curtis did 15 years ago.

    • forensic says:

      Lawrie’s a piece of shit. Has been his whole career, it’s part of why the Brewers traded him.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      I’m not following? Are you saying he’s going to get convicted of molesting teenagers in 15 years? That’s a huge comparison to draw just to call somebody an asshole. (Which is exactly what Lawrie is IMO, just roidrage induced douchebag…not so much scum of the Earth douchebag.)

  136. Wheels says:

    nice CC.

  137. Nathan says:

    Masterfully placed pitch by CC.

  138. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    This is what CC should be doing all the time. Look at him out there striking guys out right and left. If he can pitch like this we’ll have one of the best staffs in baseball.

  139. forensic says:

    He’s out.

    • forensic says:

      Wow, can’t believe that play stood. Looked pretty clear to me.

      • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod says:

        We’re either looking at two completely different feeds or just have completely different minds, my friend. I thought he looked safe all the way in every shot.

  140. Long-Past-His-Day-Rod says:

    Safe, call stands.

  141. forensic says:

    So, the other day a review in one game took 5 minutes. The reason? Another game had a review at the same time and MLB apparently never thought two games could have a review at the same time so they only have one umpire/crew in NY and the 2nd game had to wait for the first one to finish.

    They seriously couldn’t see that possibility happening???

  142. Winter says:

    He looks out, but I’m not sure if it’s conclusive.

  143. forensic says:

    No way that was a 6 minute review. He just reached 2nd four minutes ago on my DVR.

  144. Axis of Mike says:

    It’s OK, Gardy, you get a a pass for the REST OF THE GAME!

  145. Yankee$ says:

    So now one time through the rotation, and two for the big man, I’m starting to feel giddy. Sure, Solarte is coming back to earth (this week probably) but the others will hit. This will be a fun summer of baseball in The Bronx.

  146. Wheels says:

    anyone up in the bullpen?

  147. Dalek Jeter says:

    Okay, CC’s losing it a bit. Get somebody up.

  148. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    Time to get the pen up. Get Warren up.

  149. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Well this is all falling apart rather quickly.

  150. WhittakerWalt says:

    Get some outs.

  151. Wheels says:

    dammit

  152. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    Get this POS out of there. Where’s Warren? Stall! Do something!

  153. forensic says:

    Come on CC, don’t give it all away now.

  154. Karl Krawfid says:

    Our infield efense sucks.

  155. WhittakerWalt says:

    Hey we should bring in David Phelps!

  156. forensic says:

    Ugh, just couldn’t make it easy, huh?

  157. marechal says:

    Death by bloopers and groud balls.

  158. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    And I’m sure we’ll hear more of, “Well if you just take out CC’s bad innings he’s been very good!” You could say that about any pitcher. I hated when people said that after the Astros game and now they’ll say it again. Get him out of there already.

  159. Dalek Jeter says:

    Ugh. This just went from a good start from CC and a step in the right direction to “ugh.”

  160. Nathan says:

    Well there goes that.

  161. Chip says:

    Well that escalated quickly

  162. WhittakerWalt says:

    Insurance runs time, please.

  163. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    That better be it for CC. Go to Warren, Kelley, Robertson to close shop. Putting CC out there again is just asking to lose.

  164. Dalek Jeter says:

    So any combination of Betances/Warren/and Thornton in the 7th, Kelley in the 8th, and Robertson in the 9th and lets get home at .500 please?

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      The good news is that if you take away the innings where he’s gotten knocked all over the park, and the fact that he’s averaging 2.6 homers allowed per 9 innings, CC’s been fantastic.

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        I hate defending CC…but I don’t think you can lay all the blame at his feet. The organization has to realize he’s no longer the lefty ace they signed…if he was on the same leash as Nova was a few days ago he’s probably out right after the bloop single to Bautista.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

          Doubtful. Different situations. CC had been very strong for 4.2 innings immediately preceding that. Nova had been shaky all game.
          No matter who was pitching in that scenario, the bullpen likely wouldn’t have even starting warming until after the second hit.

        • WhittakerWalt says:

          Maybe, but he has to give us more than 5.2 innings. Eating innings might be the only contribution he has left.
          Anyway, you know Joe always has too much faith in his veteran presents.

          • Dalek Jeter says:

            It’s a tough call. Do you want 200+ league average to slightly below league average innings or 170-180 slightly above league average innings?

      • forensic says:

        lol

  165. MartinRanger says:

    God damn it CC, I was just starting to think you’d be fine.

  166. Dalek Jeter says:

    Gotta love those singles of the wall.

  167. Jvela says:

    Quick question: how many years does CC have on his contract after this year?

  168. nycsportzfan says:

    Nice rip by McCann. Lets get a tack on run here, bombers!

  169. Dalek Jeter says:

    So that single changed nothing for Soriano?

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      It’s amazing that he’s had such a productive career, when you see how clueless he looks on outside pitches. I guess that says a lot about how great and quick his swing is.

    • MartinRanger says:

      He’ll get on a roll eventually. If he’s still struggling at the end of May, I get concerned.

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        I don’t think he’ll “get on a roll” for the rest of the season. I think Soriano is the extreme of a streaky player. He’ll be what he is right now for 2 weeks, then he’ll carry the team for 2 or 3 weeks, then go back to a shell and so on.

        • MartinRanger says:

          That’s exactly what I meant – he’s got a hot streak due up soon. It won’t last, but in the end he’ll even out as a quality part of this lineup.

  170. nycsportzfan says:

    Soriano is having mind numbingly bad at bats. He missed that thing by over a ft. Thats just bad.

  171. MartinRanger says:

    Two righties due up to start as well. That’s gotta be it for the big man. Hopefully he can build on this going forward. This is an extremely good lineup, and CC’s definitely still figuring it out up there. Plus he was never a great first-half pitcher even when he was throwing in the mid-90s if I recall correctly.

  172. Long-Past-His-Day-Rod says:

    Man, Sori is a hacker sometimes.

    Everyone hating on him now will be quiet once he gets his timing a little better and starts bombing some.

  173. Chip says:

    Soriano proving that the second half of last season was a mirage. Dude is Josh Hamiltonesque at the plate right now

    • Deathstroke Heathcott says:

      He’s always run hot and cold. When he’s cold, he’s brutal. When he’s hot, he hits like 7 homers in 2 weeks and you’re happy.

  174. forensic says:

    Soriano flukes into a hit, and then goes back to himself and swings at a pitch in the dugout.

  175. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Tough to lay off a borderline pitch like that.

  176. Yankee$ says:

    Any time now Soriano.

  177. Winter says:

    Is there no chance of seeing Beltran as a PH?

  178. WhittakerWalt says:

    Soriano shows that his one hit was a fluke.

  179. nycsportzfan says:

    One thing I don’t like about are offense, is there is a ton of upper cut swingers. It don’t always hurt, but it makes high pitches that much tougher to get to.

  180. BigBlueAL says:

    Looks like there wont be any insurance runs so its up to the bullpen to lock down this win.

  181. nycsportzfan says:

    Dellin Betances time? Maybe a mix of Betances and Thornton to get through 7th, and then go with Kelley and then DROB, and then WIN!

    • nycsportzfan says:

      Goin with Warren. I love are bullpen right now. So many options.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

      I’m guessing Betances’ next outing won’t be in a higher leverage situation.

      • nycsportzfan says:

        I hope not. Hes not done anything to warrant taking him outta pressure situations yet. Sure , a couple walks, but not enough to mess with his confidence or anything.

        But, with so many options, its probably tough to decide who goes when, on Giardi’s part.

  182. will says:

    Something tells me betances won’t be pitching any time soon, well until rothschild works with him

  183. MartinRanger says:

    Now Roberts…to be honest if he gets hurt it may be a blessing in disguise. I’m really not sure he has much left. If Sizemore is healthy I think he’d be a better option, and move KJ to second when Teix gets back. I love Solarte but I’ll be stunned if this goes on for much longer.

    • Lukaszek says:

      Yankees are a Solarte-powered vehicle

    • Winter says:

      I don’t want another IF injury. Roberts may not be great, but he’s not bad for a bottom-of-the-lineup type guy. Even if he’s not hitting great, he sees a ton of pitches and, when he does manage to get on base, he can give the other team a headache.

      • Winter says:

        Also we sorely lack depth with Teixeira on the DL. I don’t want to give up even more. For example: You think if KJ weren’t stuck at first we’d have seen Beltran as a PH last inning? I do.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      Wait, I stepped away from the computer, did Roberts break?!

      • MartinRanger says:

        He’s fine for now. I was just speculating long term. I get a distinctly Tony Womack 2004 vibe from him.

    • vicki says:

      i wouldn’t count roberts out. he’s getting a few hits, taking a few walks. and he had a decent august and september last year (5 hr in september, from both sides of the plate). i believe in a healthy brian roberts.

      • Mr. Roth says:

        This.

        Roberts has looked great so far. I don’t get why it seems like so many people are rooting for him to get hurt. It’s like they just want to prove that their assumptions were correct.

        The guy works the count, makes good contact, is solid on the bases, and can play a decent 2B. Why hate?

    • forensic says:

      He’s had a lot of good AB’s, played generally solid defense, and can really help when he’s on base. I don’t see the big problem with Roberts. The last thing they need is another injury, especially just to replace that guy with another guy who hasn’t stayed healthy for any time in two years.

      • MartinRanger says:

        Fair enough. I’m just really bearish on Roberts being a helpful contributor. While Teix is out I certainly hope he stays healthy. Going deeper into the season I think the Yankees will have better options.

        • nycsportzfan says:

          Roberts has been a on base machine for us, and is always really good, when healthy. I hate assuming injuries. Hes stayed healthy before, its not impossible. Hes very talented player.

  184. Yankee$ says:

    Go to hell Carolina, Go to hell!

  185. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    Adam Warren has locked down the 7th inning guy role. Warren-Kelley-Robertson is a trio that could be good for years to come.

  186. nycsportzfan says:

    Mark Reynolds might not be with us anymore, but hes still helping us, as hes got the only ribby hit, in a 2-0 lead for Brewers against blosox , and there deep in the game(7th)

  187. forensic says:

    Nice job Warren! Even got through their biggest bat in Melky…

  188. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Tweet:

    Mark FeinsandVerified account
    ?@FeinsandNYDN
    A Yankees home run AND an Alfonso Soriano hit in the same game? Amazing. That breaks his 0-for-17 start to the season.

    Response:

    Vernon WellsVerified account
    ?@VernonWells10
    @FeinsandNYDN I could do that!

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      So Vernon Wells is self aware enough to know how fucking awful he was last year?

      • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

        I’m sure getting paid $21M to sit on his ass this year helps with the sense of humor.

      • WhittakerWalt says:

        He probably is. He was always good-natured and self-aware.

        • vicki says:

          he’s cool as hell. the crazy blue jays overpay, inexplicable angels trade, and last year’s yankees’ desperation doesn’t change that. even if you want to say we paid the entire 14mm for last season that still only accounted for 6% of our payroll. he had some nice moments and carried himself with grace.

  189. forensic says:

    Breaking News!!!

    Bill Madden just discovered there are more strikeouts in baseball today than in the past.

  190. Wheels says:

    Come on, get this last out.

  191. vicki says:

    dammit. i need shawn kelley to be dominant, since apparently we gave up a stud lead-off guy to get him.

  192. nycsportzfan says:

    Good work Kelley! Now lets tack on, and completely ensure, that CC gets his 1st W of the season.

  193. forensic says:

    Even starting pulled over a touch toward LF, Ellsbury was so close to that. Oh well. This is where we hope Kelley’s HR tendencies don’t come into play now.

  194. Wheels says:

    Atta boy Kelley.

  195. forensic says:

    Nice job Kelley!

  196. nycsportzfan says:

    8th place by himself on all time hits leader for the Captain. Think about that for a second.

  197. nycsportzfan says:

    Ok DROB, its time for you to shut the door! Lets do this!

  198. Wheels says:

    That would have been a homer at Yankee Stadium.

  199. forensic says:

    McCann’s saying ‘Can’t we go play in Yankee Stadium yet???’.

  200. RetroRob says:

    Okay, just need a detailed but quick recap of the first 8 1/2 innings.

    Just kidding.

  201. Karl Krawfid says:

    Fuck man Adam Lind.

  202. Dalek Jeter says:

    Just when my hatred for Brett Lawrie is entering “apathetic” levels he has to go and do something to bring it back to “vitriolic” levels.

  203. MartinRanger says:

    Damn it. Careful David.

  204. nycsportzfan says:

    Come on DROB, close this door! 2more outs!!!

  205. vicki says:

    god. of all people.

  206. Dalek Jeter says:

    Thanks for that 1 pitch live look in MLB.com. You’re definitely making a happier customer.

  207. Wheels says:

    nice.

  208. RetroRob says:

    Not graceful, but an out.

  209. nycsportzfan says:

    Here we go. Fuck!!! Get outta this DROB! Time for your Hoodini act!

  210. Long-Past-His-Day-Rod says:

    I wanna see the PitchFX on that last one…

  211. forensic says:

    Ugh, shit, come on Robertson!

    Lots of close pitches this inning.

  212. BigBlueAL says:

    Would feel alot less nervous right now if the Yankees wouldve scored again after the 4th inning.

  213. Kenny says:

    Don’t like this houdini bit at all.

  214. MartinRanger says:

    Get a distinctly Wetteland vibe from Robertson.

  215. Long-Past-His-Day-Rod says:

    Robertson is dealing 94-95 today

  216. forensic says:

    Figures, it has to come down to Melky…

  217. Axis of Mike says:

    Noting. Above. The. Knees.

  218. Wheels says:

    Yankees win!

  219. RetroRob says:

    Nice, if scary.

  220. MartinRanger says:

    Don’t let Melky beat us please for the love of god.

  221. forensic says:

    Whew, got lucky there. Can’t put the tying run in scoring position that easily.

  222. Dalek Jeter says:

    D-Rob’s got this.

    • nycsportzfan says:

      Yes he does! Yanks win baby! CC’s first W of the yr, and DROBS 2nd SV of the season. Also the first series win of the season for Yanks.

      Good work Yanks!

  223. itsallhowuseeit says:

    Fuck you juiceman

  224. nycsportzfan says:

    This turned into a grinder! One more out, and there hottest hitter up, and its Melky, the former Yank outta all people.

  225. MartinRanger says:

    That is what they call a Cardiac Save.

  226. Axis of Mike says:

    Nail it down man.

  227. RetroRob says:

    So Merdith’s interview of Derek gets cut off?

  228. BigBlueAL says:

    Never a doubt in my mind lol.

  229. forensic says:

    Whew, that was concerning off the bat.

    Big win, needed this one!

  230. will says:

    he hung that

  231. Axis of Mike says:

    Curve ball! Scary but no harm done. Great game. See y’all later!

  232. vicki says:

    oh, i get it. cc left the door open to help drob with the contract year stat-padding.

  233. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    A brilliant game to get the series W and split on the road trip. CC is, and continues to be, the weakest link. Offense put some runs on the board and CC nearly blew it. If not for the lock down pitching of Warren, Kelley and Robertson this game would have been lost. Solarte shows no signs of slowing down and I fully expect the big bats to come alive on the home stand.

  234. RetroRob says:

    So was Gardner’s HR the first of the season for the Yankees?

  235. Rolling Doughnut says:

    DRob just has to do it the hard way. But gets it done. CC was better but he still got hit pretty hard. Oh well, 3-3 and get back to YS. Not too bad.

  236. Bronx Boy says:

    Welcome home, boys

  237. mustang says:

    Going home a half game up on the Red Sox in second place and one game back of the Rays that’s the important thing…LOL

    :)

  238. Get Phelps Up says:

    Can’t sat I expected the Brewers to sweep the Red Sox.

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