Apr
03

Game Three: Come on, it’s the Astros

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The Astros have been baseball’s worst team for three straight years and there’s little reason to think they will be substantially better in 2014. And yet, they are on the verge of sweeping the big bad Yankees. Everyone outside New York is loving this. The Yankees can’t worry about any of that though. They just need to grab a win tonight to avoid the sweep and a disappointing post-game flight up to Toronto.

The lineup has a new look tonight, though nothing crazy and it’s not a response to the last two games. Brian McCann is sitting against the lefty Brett Oberholtzer, and so are Kelly Johnson and Jacoby Ellsbury. Ellsbury is fine, it’s just a scheduled day off as they look to keep him healthy following his little calf problem late in camp. With three games on the Rogers Centre turf coming up, sitting him tonight isn’t a bad idea. It’s too early in the season to push guys physically. Here is the Astros’ lineup and here is Joe Girardi‘s starting lineup:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. DH Carlos Beltran
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. LF Alfonso Soriano
  6. C Frankie Cervelli
  7. 2B Brian Roberts
  8. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  9. 3B Yangervis Solarte
    RHP Ivan Nova

It’s hot and humid in Houston, though not as hot as the last few days. It’s also been raining on and off for most of the day, but again, Minute Maid Park has a retractable roof. They’re playing tonight no matter what. First pitch is scheduled for 8:10pm ET (/shakes fist) and you can watch the game on YES. Try to enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Ivan the Teddardble

    I’ve been saying all season that Nova is our ace just as he was down the stretch last year and once again he’ll have to bail us out. Sinking fastball, curve to complement, that’s the recipe for success tonight. Nova’s gonna save the season.

    • vicki

      you don’t have a bigger fan than me, eddard. but that handle is not so-bad-it’s-good. it’s just bad.

      • Havok9120

        Really though.

  • Mike HC

    Maybe Cervelli and Solarte will show these millionaires how it’s done.

    • forensic

      Cervelli’s made nearly $2.5 million in his career. I’d say he’s pretty clearly a millionaire already.

      • Mike HC

        I don’t know, he seems like a free spender to me … plus, PED’s are expensive.

      • Yankee$

        That’s about $1.5 million after tax. His net worth could very well be below $1 million.

  • TWTR

    Runs, please…

  • WhittakerWalt

    In other news, Mike Francesa is still a friggin’ assclown.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Well, that’s not really a shock…but what did he say this time? Also, while we’re talking about radio personalities being assclowns, shame on Boomer and Carton (who I usually like) for getting on Daniel Murphy for taking paternity leave on opening day to see the birth of his first child.

      • vicki

        he dogged daniel murphy for using his paternity leave. hard.

        perspective, asshole.

        • Dalek Jeter

          What a douchebag. I agree, the three of them need a healthy dose of perspective.

        • Tommy

          Sorry but I agree with Boomer and Carton. Everyone has their own opinions.

          Sports is everything.

          • Dalek Jeter

            Your spouse and child should never come second to anything. If they do your priorities are messed up.

            • Tommy

              That’s cool for you to think that way. Don’t expect everyone else too. You’re not the judge and jury on what everyone’s priorities should be.

              Thanks for playing though.

              • jjyank

                I sure hope you don’t, and will never, have kids then.

                There is absolutely no reason to rag on the guy for missing work (remember, thats what really is) to be there for the birth of his child.

                • Tommy

                  Thanks for the advice. I sure don’t know how people manage to live their OWN lives without others telling them how to live it.

                  Everyone is so damn fortunate to have ass clowns like you telling them how to live. You’re an A#1 Joke!

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

                    This is amazing. You realize that the original problem was that Boomer and Carton were the ones telling the player how to live, right?

                    Any anyway, yes, if you value sports more than your kids you’re a dick.

                  • jjyank

                    Congrats. You are an idiot.

              • Alkaline

                Family First.

              • JFH

                A father should never have to explain why he chose to be with his wife and newborn child. Period.

              • Alkaline

                Exactly. If Francesca wants to do his radio show and miss his kid’s birth, that’s his right. Doesn’t mean he could project his priorities on other while on the pulpit. We’re not saying no one shouldn’e have that choice, rather, they shouldn’t be criticized for their choice period.

                Thanks for playing, though.

                • Tommy

                  WOW Alkaline you really know how to put someone in their place. Repeat a line they use. That will show them.

                  Good Grief hahahaha

                  • jjyank

                    Idiot. Idiot. Idiot.

              • WhittakerWalt

                “You’re not the judge and jury on what everyone’s priorities should be.”

                Cool. The same could be said for Francesa, Boomer and Carton. It’s the first three games of the season, not the playoff stretch. And Francesa takes like 4 months off a year.

            • Now Batting

              While I generally agree with you there’s one rule that reigns supreme. Unless you see abuse, mind your own damn business when it comes to other people’s families.

              • Dalek Jeter

                This too, it is neither our nor WFAN’s radio personalities’ business. It is collectively bargained that players are allowed to take paternity, it’s his family, let him tend to it.

                • Alkaline

                  I concur.

  • Yankee$

    And MLB.TV is still giving me the Spinning Wheel of Death at 33% Loaded when I try to watch the Video feed on my home computer. I may go hit a Starbucks to get WiFi and watch the game on my iPad.

    • vicki

      i don’t know if it’s related, but my milb.tv wouldn’t work for the thunder game either. i’ve never had issues before.

      maybe it’s for the best. bryan mitchell got a little touched up in the second.

      • Yankee$

        Starbucks. WiFi. iPad. Baseball!!!

    • RkyMtnYank

      Have you tried different browsers? I found Chrome works the best.

      • Yankee$

        I use Chrome.

  • JGYank

    Weird lineup with most of the lefties getting the day off. Giving McCann an off day against a LHP is a good idea (huge splits) and Cervelli can get some ABs while having a platoon advantage. Soriano over Beltran in the outfield is good, but that’s only because Ichiro is starting. Hopefully we don’t see him often at the plate this year. Putting Ichiro and Solarte in the lineup at the same time just isn’t a good way to get the offense going. Cervelli, Roberts, Ichiro, Solarte bottom of the order won’t be tough to get through. But Jeter, Tex, Beltran, and Soriano should do serious damage this year against LHP so at least they’re all in there.

  • Dalek Jeter

    After falling asleep at about 3 last night and waking up at around 8 for a 4 hour class and then standing in line at the DMV for 2 hours this afternoon I now understand Mike’s hatred of 8pm starts. I’ll be lucky to make it to the 6th inning tonight.

    • vicki

      game face, man!

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      It’s not that, it’s just that we have to wait longer for the game, but the extra hour isn’t enough time to do something else. If it was a 10pm start, or even 9pm, I could go out for dinner or something.

      • Yankee$

        You would love living in CT. I do. I gave a feeling I won’t love Mountain Time as much (moving in August.)

        • gageagainstthemachine

          I live in Mountain Time. I love the start times! Comes on right after work. Over before bed. Don’t lose my whole day on the weekends. Can’t complain. Hope it works for you.

          • Yankee$

            Thank you. I’m sure it will. Very excited about moving to Boulder.

            • gageagainstthemachine

              I live in Montana, but have roots in Boulder and my half of wife’s family lives there. Hope you enjoy it!

              • gageagainstthemachine

                Wow. How did I miss that? Hopefully you understood what I meant. Half of my wife’s family. Sheesh. Proofread!

  • http://www.frenvgroup.com Chris Duke

    Well, here we go again. No sense of urgency. Inefective, stubborn pitching strategies to Astro pitchers, where Yankee pitchers are forbidden to pitch inside to Fowler, backing him off the plate. Weak mitt placement encourages pitchers to throw down the middle belt high.

    No interest in spring training to work your MLB players into game readiness, rather to drag up every double A prospect and allow them to improve.

    Kevin Long teaching hitters to take, take, take……millions of dollars for professional hitters and taking pitches in hitter’s counts. Love to see a stat of how many ass whippings the Yankee hitters took to inferior pitchers who could get ahead in the count and then nibble, striking out great hitters.

    Pitchers don’t get enough work in spring training. Pitching coach so scared to back hitters off the plate instead of allowing them to lean out and crush the ball.

    And there’s old Joe, so willing to concede game 2 by pinch hitting, switching pitchers, and overall just not having his team ready. No sense of urgency……looking back last season, games uncontested after the 6th inning (at least 6-7) cost them dearly. It’s the Joe program. Sabathia should be ready next game. He’s gotten his spring training work in…….

    Should have been a retaliation pitch for hitting Jeter. Baseball in NY is for the meek – the weak – the non-confrontational. Hardly a sport at all.

  • JGYank

    Let’s hope this will be the start of a consistent break out year for Nova. He’s got the talent and stuff, he just has to be consistent.

  • Darren

    The see the future and it involves a Yankee win.*

    *May or may not be tonight.

  • nycsportzfan

    Arizona’s 1-5?? They all ready played 6games jesus!

  • Ron

    If they score more than one, we lose.

    • vicki

      lol.

  • vicki

    there goes the no-hitter.

  • The Belafonte

    Off to a splendid start I see. Nut up Nova!

  • nycsportzfan

    WTF Nova! Is this really happening? Now i’m starting to get annoyed. I fully expect the pitching staff to get in a groove, and the offense, but to play 3straight games all alike(crap), would kinda annoy me. Hopefully Nova will get outta this first fairly unharmed.

    • nycsportzfan

      And he did get out of it fairly unharmed. 1-0 after 1. Thank god, I coulden’t take another multi run deficit early on.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Dexter Fowler is inching ever closer to the Pedro Ciriaco award of “Most Hated Player I Shouldn’t Care About.”

  • The Belafonte

    Well…shit

  • no 2013 again

    Bases loaded, 0 outs. And that’s our best pitcher. Offense still blows, and the guy they just gave over 130M has to rest on the third game of the season. It’s amazing.

  • Jvela

    These 2014 Yankees are a sight to see so far

  • Now Batting

    I just want to see a lead..

  • Wheels

    awful start.

  • vicki

    and there goes the shut-out.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Solarte should’ve come home with that.

    • forensic

      Where did he field the ball? Interesting that people are all over him for not going home but were all over Tex for going home two games ago.

      • forensic

        Though I understand one is a force and one isn’t.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Right behind the 3rd base bag, Folwer got a horrible jump though, he was like…a third of the way home.

        • nycsportzfan

          Fowler wasen’t even running hard at all either. Solarte could’ve probably ran to 3rd and still got Fowler at home. It was obvious decision, unlike Tex’s play, which obviously was alittle closer.

          That said, that base knock made up for it, as it got Ichiro to 3rd base with less then 2out, and Gardy then knocked em in.

  • hogsmog

    This is all just a weird mutual bet the rotation has to see how many games they can each go giving up runs in the first inning. Winner gets $100.

  • nycsportzfan

    Why didn’t Solarte get the out at Home? He had em by a mile if he wanted to. He probably could of touched 3rd and still got it to home in time.

    • Mick taylor

      Because he is not a major league player

      • nycsportzfan

        Hes got his first ML hit now, and put Ichiro on 3rd base with less then 2out, so hes forgiven.lol

  • no 2013 again

    Had the easy out at the plate, instead tried for the improbable DP.. are they aware that these games count?

  • Claydavis

    Ok enough already

  • Claydavis

    Why did he not go home? Jesus Christ this us frustrating

  • Axis of Mike

    Wow. Waited a long time for the season to start for this. Feels like a bad dream.

  • Jvela

    Really tired of hearing this “he’s too pumped up” as an excuse for mediocrity

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    I can’t wait until spring training ends so we can see some real baseball.

  • The Belafonte

    Of course it couldn’t be a double play. Of. Course.

  • TWTR

    Brain fart.

  • Dalek Jeter

    The series to this point has been like the physical incarnation of Murphy’s Law.

  • Jvela

    Why he didn’t throw home amazes me

    • Now Batting

      The only thing I can think of is he didn’t know the bases were loaded and there was a force at home.

    • Axis of Mike

      Dumbfounded. And totally pissed off at this team right now.

  • nycsportzfan

    Why does Nova always miss throw that slider like that? It gets away from him way to much.

  • Mick taylor

    Hey idiot cashman this garbage solarte just cost us a run

  • The Belafonte

    Anyone else hearing the Benny Hill theme?

  • Jvela

    Slop..slop..slop

  • CashmanNinja

    This is going to be a long season.

  • CashmanNinja

    It could have been worse, so at least there’s that.

  • The Belafonte

    There we fuckin go!

    Now, runs please!

  • TWTR

    Nice. Score some runs, dammit.

  • Wheels

    Get to work Yankees.

  • JGYank

    Nova barely escaped from disaster there. Clearly we need to scout the Astros more.

  • vicki

    one of those patented nova groundballs would be sweet -

    is what i was about to say.

  • hogsmog

    Ok ok that was ugly but christ it could have been a lot uglier.

    • Axis of Mike

      And it could’ve been less ugly if Solarte doesn’t have a senior moment!

  • Jvela

    OFFENSE for the love of god please

  • TWTR

    The guy didn’t even know he had it.

  • TWTR

    Short at-bats suck at times like this.

  • forensic

    Guess the Yankees don’t want to delay their flight any more by actually taking pitches or anything crazy like that.

    • Jvela

      You appear to be right, sir

  • The Belafonte

    Pathetic

  • JGYank

    This is embarrassing. I know it’s only 3 games, but why does everyone have to play like crap? We need to take advantage of the first week of our schedule. The AL has a lot of parity and there will be many contenders so we need every win we can get. At least Tanaka goes tomorrow…

  • Wheels

    Due up: the bottom of the order.

    • forensic

      Why does it seem like that’s true every inning?

  • Dalek Jeter

    “Joe Girardi is going to need to get creative to find Ichiro at bats.” No. No he doesn’t. Ichiro is a spare part you don’t get creative to find ABs for…you play him when you need to.

    • nycsportzfan

      Agreed. I think Ichiro is gonna be very solid, if used like that. Hes kinda the type of player you want on your bench. Professional hitter, speedy, can go to all fields, smart, good bad ball hitter..etc I was against trading him, because I thought he’d be better then expected in a lesser role.

  • The Belafonte

    Would it kill these guys to take some fucking pitches? jesus christ

  • nycsportzfan

    Yeah Ichiro!!! Professional hitting at its best right there! Like I said before, I think this guy will have another short career outta playing as a 4th OF’er, Pinch Hitter, Pinch Runner…etc

  • TWTR

    Best at-bat of the series.

  • Alkaline

    I didn’t watch yet. What happened with the he should have thrown home posts?

    • Dalek Jeter

      Bases loaded, no outs, not-so-hard hit ground ball right behind third. Fowler got a terrible jump off third, would probably have been dead to rights at home…plus it was Altuve batting.

      • Alkaline

        Oooof. That’s a high school mistake (…may be speaking from personal experience :D).

  • Dale Mohorcic

    The Yankees have not held a lead this season.

  • Jvela

    Fun fact: Ichiro has more hits than Jacoby in ONE at bat

  • Dalek Jeter

    Runs? Please? Runs?

  • The Belafonte

    Nice Solarte!

  • TWTR

    Needed that.

  • Dalek Jeter

    IN PLAY- RUNS!!

  • vicki

    yanni.

    • forensic

      Yuck. Please never again.

      • Alkaline

        …Lartey?

    • Lukaszek

      Imma just call him Solarte, cuz that last name is music to the ears

    • The Belafonte

      It just occurd to me, Girardi will probably call him that. Oh the photoshops that will be created.

  • TWTR

    It’s about time.

  • The Other Matt

    Can we expect the routine DJ double play?

  • forensic

    Maybe now all the other hitters will see how bad Oberholtzer really is. He even gave up a hit to Solarte…

  • forensic

    Gardner: Please, please, please RUN!!!

    This situation is begging for a Jeter GIDP.

    • Dalek Jeter

      I agree, I want to see Gardner on the move here.

      • The Other Matt

        I said the same thing. They should put Gardner on the move. Prime count to do it 2-2.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Well…I say “here” but I’m insane…I want Gardner (and Ellsbury for that matter) running just about whenever they’re on first.

          • The Other Matt

            Honestly, can’t say that I disagree with you. Ellsbury isn’t going to be hitting 32 HR’s in a season again, he best give us his money worth on the base paths.

  • Alkaline

    Is that his first pro hit?

    • Dalek Jeter

      Yup, first career hit in the MLB

    • Wheels

      yup

  • Pineda Colada

    And already this game thread has gone to ludicrous speeds

    /spaceballed

  • Wheels

    yeah Gardy

  • forensic

    Thank you Gardner!

  • Alkaline

    So excited to see, “In play, runs”

  • JGYank

    Of course the bottom of the order sets the table and proves me wrong. Glad I was wrong and we finally tied a game.

  • Alkaline

    Let’s go Jetey

  • gageagainstthemachine

    Ichiro and Solarte jump starting the Yankees offense! Who had that in their March Madness bracket?!

    • nycsportzfan

      I predicted we’d score 4-6runs and win the game and all would be well after tonights game. And so far, were right on pace for all that to happen. Without are big guns really doing anything, mind you. That is telling, if you ask me, as it shows, were capable of scoring solid amount of runs on days are big guns don’t produce, which I doubt lasts long.

      Adam Warren is freaking brilliant! Yet another homegrown player helping. Love it!

  • slammy

    i feel like first and third one out with gardner on first is the ideal time to steal. lets see those burners!

  • forensic

    Wasn’t even going on the full count pitch? Why do they have him glued to the bag like this???

  • JGYank

    wonder if Gardy goes here.

  • Dalek Jeter

    I have no idea why Gardner is like…anchored at first. It’s not just tonight either, he just…isn’t that aggressive anymore.

    • RkyMtnYank

      Apparently he is waiting for the double play as well. It looks like he has had no intention of even trying to steal.

    • forensic

      I understand what you’re saying about earlier in the AB (though I’m not watching so I don’t know how quick Oberholtzer is to the plate), but on the full count he should be told to go by the bench and they didn’t even tell him to go, for some reason.

    • JGYank

      It was a LHP so I’m guessing he was worried about getting picked off. I think he just tries to pick his spots too much instead of just relying on his speed.

  • TWTR

    Another good at-bat.

  • JGYank

    Great AB! Jeter’s still got it vs LHP.

  • Alkaline

    Looked like a great at bat to set the stage.

  • Lukaszek

    HERE COME THE BIG BATS

  • The Other Matt

    Good at bat Jete. Hopefully Beltran can put together a solid at bat and drive in a run.

  • Ron

    A lead omg what is this feeling

  • Ivan the Teddardble

    This is the time to blow it open for Nova. Carlos needs to step up here.

  • forensic

    Come on Beltran. Pretend this is the playoffs (it’s nearly a must-win anyway)!

  • The Belafonte

    A lead, a lead!

  • Alkaline

    What is this? What is this?

  • Dalek Jeter

    Beltran just missed that. Still, hooray RBI and leads!

  • TWTR

    A freaking lead!

  • Wheels

    I’ll take it

  • Ivan the Teddardble

    Well that’s better than nothing. Now if Teix could do something and put another run on the board that should be enough for Nova.

  • gageagainstthemachine

    *exhale* Progress.

  • JGYank

    Tex gets a pass here since we have the lead for the first time.

  • Wheels

    That’s sad about Carlos Silva.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Yeah, it is…Ma and Pa absolutely loved him.

    • Dale Mohorcic

      Agreed. Too young to go.

  • The Other Matt

    Aside from the fact that I would like to limit to see Nova limit the base runners, if he is going to hit a guy twice, let it not be the one of the few productive offensive catchers in the game, that happens to be on my fantasy team. Please. LOL

    • Dalek Jeter

      Traitor! Everybody knows you bench players when they’re playing the Yankees!! You deserve him being hit twice (though it is helping your OBP) :P

      • The Other Matt

        LOL. I would have honestly, being that I have Carlos Santana as well, and they still have him listed as a catcher, but so many guys had days off today I had to play him.

  • Alkaline

    Still have a lead. Baby steps.

  • Dalek Jeter

    MOAR RUNZ PLZ

  • Dalek Jeter

    It disappoints me when players are unaware of the game’s history…I mean I don’t know much about Duke Snyder, but I do know that he’s a HOF’er.

    • The Other Matt

      Agreed. It’s refreshing and endearing when player’s know the history of the game. It really makes me like them that much more. But TBH, once Ken Singleton began the story I knew it was going to end with Soriano not knowing who Duke Snider was.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Exactly, not knowing the history isn’t going to make me hate a player. Case in point, I still love Soriano. However, I find it very endearing when a player knows the history of the game they’re playing and makes me more of a fan of them.

  • Dalek Jeter

    God, this place just dies when the Yankees have the lead.

    • vicki

      it’s pleasant.

      i don’t mind people getting pissed or annoyed or whatever by how the team plays. i’ve been pissed and annoyed the last couple days. it’s the inane extrapolation over the entire season that makes those people sound so stupid.

  • Ivan the Teddardble

    That’s his bread and butter. Induce the GB DP induce the GB DP. Some of our other pitchers could learn from this guy. He doesn’t even have hit good curve tonight.

  • Dalek Jeter

    YANNI!!!!!

  • Get Phelps Up

    And he didn’t even lose his helmet!

  • Wheels

    nice!

  • gageagainstthemachine

    And his helmet stayed on!

  • The Other Matt

    If it weren’t for him not throwing home earlier, I’d be ready to call Solarte my 2nd favorite Yankee player of all time.

  • SevenAces

    This Solarte, he’s got the hunger.

  • The Other Matt

    Looking forward to see the minor league recap tonight by Mike. Really interested in seeing how Renfsnyder, Jagielo, Judge, O’Brien, and Katoh did.

  • vicki

    can’t even get mad at jeter; he was naturally expecting to take second on the throw home.

    plus, yay offense.

  • TWTR

    If he only faced LHP, Jeter could play until he was 45

  • Dalek Jeter

    Jeets with the RBI Douingle!!!

    • The Other Matt

      To smooth matters over with the whole Castro thing, I do have The Captain on my fantasy team.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Me too, but I also have Tulo…so Jeets isn’t really gonna start that much.

        • The Other Matt

          That’s crazy. I have Tulo as well. I was able to get Jeter in my last round thats why it worked out.

          • Dalek Jeter

            I took Jeets with a few rounds to go, realizing that a. he was still available and b. I had an insanely injury prone SS and should get a back up just to be safe.

            • The Other Matt

              Forward thinking.

  • Wheels

    stoked to get another run

  • MB923

    Ehh, call it the “make up run”? Solarte could have thrown Fowler out at home easily in the first, and now Solarte scores a run in which if the ball wasn’t cut off, he easily could have been out

  • Dalek Jeter

    Don’t challenge it Joe, clearly white chalk!

  • Wheels

    that shit was foul!

    • Wheels

      ha, that sounds funny

  • Dalek Jeter

    SLOWEST. RELEASE. IN. BASEBALL.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    I know it was close, but that obviously hit chalk, right? Is Kay’s vision bad? Do they not have an HD monitor in the booth?

    • Dalek Jeter

      Kay just hates admitting when he is wrong.

  • Winter

    I unfortunately am just able to watch starting now. Anyone able to fill me in on what I missed?

    • Dalek Jeter

      Nova’s been spotty, but has worked through it (very reminescent of Andy Pettitte honestly) while the offense is finally starting to knock the rust off, led by Yanni Solarte.

  • SevenAces

    Dexter Fowler, Yankees killer

  • Dalek Jeter

    Ivan just loves rolling the Double Play tonight.

  • Ivan the Teddardble

    A pitcher’s best friend. GBDP! GBDP! BGDP!

    • Winter

      Any relation to BGDP?

      • Dalek Jeter

        They’re brothers!

      • vicki

        it all sounds vaguely kinky.

  • MartinRanger

    so I think Nova just sort of knocked Houston’s best hitter out of the game by hitting him in the foot repeatedly.

  • The Other Matt

    Is it me or are the Astros shifts impeccable? It seems as if every line drive and seemingly every ground ball are hit exactly at one of their fielders, where they don’t have to move an inch.

  • vicki

    after 5ip, 3.00 difference between nova’s era and xfip. still, getting it done.

  • Dalek Jeter

    According to Singleton all of Nova’s outs (minus 1K, 1 pop-out, and 1 fly ball) have been on the ground before that fly ball to Sori…that’s pretty impressive, especially when you consider he doesn’t have his A game.

    • nycsportzfan

      +1

  • gageagainstthemachine

    Does Girardi call Soriano “Sori”? I hope not, because that’s just recycling nicknames. Usually I’m all for recycling, but in this case, I hope he doesn’t because that’s just lazy. Actually, now that I think about it, I hope he calls him “Fonzi”. And every time he does, I hope Soriano just replies, “Huh?”. Surprisingly, that I would be totally cool with.

    • Deep Thoughts

      Maybe he’s been calling him “Sori” since they were teammates in ’99.

  • vicki

    no quality start for you, ivan!

  • Dalek Jeter

    Interesting, huge early trust in Warren. I would totally expect Joe to go with Betances or Phelps here.

    • The Other Matt

      True. I have said in the past that I think Warren has the stuff and velocity to pitch in the mid to late innings. Better than Phelps to me, for a late inning role. We’ll see here.

  • Ivan the Teddardble

    Nova did his job tonight without his best curve. That’s how you battle, CC. And I hope CC noticed that Nova didn’t have his 95 mph fastball, he was at 91-92 and was still effective. Now it’s time for Warren to show what he can do.

  • Avi

    Need help watching yankee in market games online. I bought the MLB subscription and At Bat. Anyone know what else I need to do to watch Yankee games?

    • Avi

      Anyone?? I’m dying to see this team and I don’t have a TV. Help pleeeease..

      • vicki

        can’t be done legally.

        • Avi

          Is that new for this year? every other year i’ve paid for the Yankee package and have been able to watch the in market games.

  • gageagainstthemachine

    Couple of innings to go, but if things hold steady, we’re shaping up for the true post-Mo era.
    First move to the bullpen. C’mon Warren!

  • Rainy

    Nova didn’t have anything tonight. Lucky he was facing the Stros or it would’ve been a complete disaster. Sorry but that’s the truth.

    • nycsportzfan

      Are you kidding? He induced like 4 DP’s in the first 5innings. Thats pretty impressive, dude. Sure, he didn’t have his best stuff, but when you can induce DP’s at that rate, your doing something right.

  • The Other Matt

    Will be interesting to see if they keep Warren in to begin next inning.

  • TWTR

    Warren was impressive.

    • vicki

      three pitches. he made villar look like …. villar.

  • RkyMtnYank

    Nice job by Warren, hoping to see Betances tonight!

    • Dalek Jeter

      I’d personally like to see Betances-Kelley-Robertson, I feel like that could be the late inning trio of choice this season.

      • The Other Matt

        I would too. I do believe that will be the order of the court (bullpen) in due time.

  • Ivan the Teddardble

    And Warren just comes in and blows him away. Nova in line for the W. Nuno to Phelps to Kelley to Robertson.

    • The Other Matt

      No Phelps. If anything let Warren go until there is a left hander, which I don’t think there is now that Castro is out. And then you can go to Betances if you want to bridge it to Kelley and Robertson.

    • gageagainstthemachine

      I hope they don’t need more than 3 to close this out. Warren could easily go one more.

    • NHYankeefan11

      Betances needs to get the it tonight. His stuff is that dominant…he gives us the best chance.

  • TWTR

    Taking pitches has been and should be part of the Yankee way.

  • TWTR

    Apart from the hits, Ich has had some of their best at-bats tonight.

    • nycsportzfan

      2 oppo field hits, one for ex-bases, and scored twice, the 2nd being heads up hustle, never stopping despite looking like routine infield pop to end inning. Ichiro will be just fine as the 4th OFer, PH’er, PR’er..etc

  • Ivan the Teddardble

    Maybe Ichy should be batting 4th, Teixera.

  • MartinRanger

    Warren is the guy who has the most to gain by being in the bullpen velocity wise. Unfortunately he’s also got the biggest repetoire of the 6th starter options. I wish Phelps could just get back to throwing strikes consistently I think he’s ideally suited as a long-man, facing a lineup once.

  • RkyMtnYank

    Fuckin Awesome!

  • HH

    goddamn Solarte swings like he wants to murder shit

    • gageagainstthemachine

      Channeling his inner Sheffield. Kinda looks like a younger version up there.

      • Wheels

        he does.

        • gageagainstthemachine

          Minus the bat waggle of a man who looks like he’s about to completely lose it at any moment.

  • Get Phelps Up

    I can’t wait to see that highlight of Yangervis’s first RBI at his HOF induction speech.

  • vicki

    castillo!

  • The Other Matt

    I was just about to say he swung at ball four. Nvm. I’m convinced Solarte has the magic touch.

  • Ivan the Teddardble

    YES! THE CURSE OF THE GREAT EDUARDO IS OVER! SOLARTE!!!!!!!!

  • HH

    and the Astros finally show up!

  • TWTR

    Maybe their luck is turning.

  • Wheels

    haha yes!

  • gageagainstthemachine

    Fucking love this kid. Everything he does right now is fun to watch.

  • MartinRanger

    And that’s why it’s normally fun to play the Houston Astros.

    And Solarte is 3-3. With a bloop double and a pop-up. Nice.

  • Dalek Jeter

    YANNI!!!!!!

    • nycsportzfan

      What a catch in the 8th by Solarte! Beasting today!!! I’m guessing this is one of the best days in Solartes life.

  • forensic

    Hopefully the breaks start going the Yankees way now. That’s a huge run too. The 8th inning of any 1-run game is going to be very nerve-wracking with Kelley’s HR tendencies.

  • HH

    Has Ichiro washed that gray right outta his hair?

    • gageagainstthemachine

      I laughed. Pretty hard.

  • The Other Matt

    First guessing here: If Warren gets into any trouble here in the 7th I would like to see Girardi bring in Shawn Kelley and have him try and get out of it. Reason being, Kelley proved himself to most valuable in situations like that last season, and then you could have Betances ready to go with a clean slate in the 8th, should you so choose to go that route. All speculative though, because I doubt Girardi will use Betances in the 8th already. I could be wrong though.

    • RkyMtnYank

      I’d love to see Betances too but pretty sure it will be Kelley.

  • The Other Matt

    Warren looked damn good out there.

  • vicki

    buy a-war a beer.

  • nsalem

    Would love to see Warren in the 8th. No reason to take him out.

    • Ivan the Teddardble

      Kelley’s the 8th inning guy, not Warren. And Kelley is now warming.

      • nycsportzfan

        And Kelley looks fantastic as well. line out and a quick K, gives Kelley 2quick outs to start the bottom 8th. Looks pretty damn good!

        • nycsportzfan

          And Kelley ends the 8th in dominant fashion, with the K! Dude looks brilliant early in the season.

  • Ivan the Teddardble

    I think we’ve found our 7th inning guy. What a job by Warren. Kelley to Robertson to close it out.

    • nycsportzfan

      Dellin may have something to say about it, but the pen as a whole is extremely promising.

  • Ivan the Teddardble

    Lady in Orange should be banned from baseball. Let the girl have the ball.

    • Yankee Fan 1

      Seriously. Luckily Jeets was not having it.

      Jimmy Traina ?@JimmyTraina 22m
      One more time: Derek Jeter tries to hand ball to kid; ADULT woman tries to steal it; Jeter sets her straight. http://bit.ly/1gTCfDq

  • vicki

    dayum.

  • Wheels

    cat-like reflexes

  • Winter

    Did we just get a “he gone”?

  • Dalek Jeter

    Yanni <3

  • Ivan the Teddardble

    This Solarte kid is the next big thing.

    • The Other Matt

      Think I might be able to get a Solarte jersey at the Stadium on Monday ? LOL

    • forensic

      I guess the Eddarte handle is right around the corner.

  • HH

    Solarte will deliver us to the promised land

  • gageagainstthemachine

    Gold, Jerry! Gold!

  • Ivan the Teddardble

    Warren-Kelley-Robertson looks like one heck of a trio. They’ve just blown these guys away.

  • forensic

    Yup, it’s official, John and Suzyn have finally replaced Nix and Nunez with their new crush. Suzyn wants to call the Rangers organization and ask them what the hell they were thinking with him…

    • Dalek Jeter

      *Actively tries not to hate Solarte just because John and Suzyn love him.*

      Seriously though, he could go 0-for-till the All Star Break and they’ll still love him probably.

      • Winter

        “He does something every day. Even if he doesn’t get a hit, he’s out there doing something.”

        • vicki

          Professional Baseball Player.

  • The Other Matt

    Impressive showings by Warren and Kelley. Now onto Robertson in the 9th, presumably. Will be interesting to see, obviously with no more Mo, but keep an eye on the gun as Robertson was barely cracking 90 in ST. Although, he did pitch quite well.

  • TheRealGreg

    Apparently the Twitter monacre is Never Nervous Yangervis.

    Yankee bullpen looks solid to this point.

    • Wheels

      that’s moniker;)

      • TheRealGreg

        I knew that looked bad.

        And this is ridiculous.

  • The Other Matt

    From Enter Sandman to Sweet Home Alabama. (Although they’re not at the Stadium)

  • forensic

    Ok, Robby, let’s make this a nice and easy start to your full-time closing career, please.

    • forensic

      Nicely done Robby, nicely done.

  • forensic

    Gameday has Robertson’s cutter coming in at 93mph.

    In the least shocking news ever, a reporter freaked out for no reason about spring training velocity…

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    For everyone that jumped off the bridge:

    Neener-neener-neenerrrrrrrrrr

    1st of many

  • vicki

    ain’t nothing but the bullpen doin’ work.

  • nycsportzfan

    1st W always tastes so good!

    Bullpen flat out beasted.

  • Wheels

    aw yeahhh

  • Dalek Jeter

    BOOM!

  • nsalem

    meet the new boss same as the old boss

    /hopefully

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    I’m not even bothering to read. I’ll just leave some bags of dicks around and you all can police yourselves as far as who needs to eat one.

    FUCK YEAH.

    • Dalek Jeter

      All of them can go to the commenter directly below this thread as far as I’m concerned.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        We can’t waste perfectly good dick like that.

    • Mr. Roth

      The postgame bag of dicks buffet

  • Ivan the Teddardble

    Dominance by that pen. Nova battled and gets the W. Solarte looks like he’s the next Eduardo Nuney.

    • Winter

      As to the last part, let’s hope not.