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.

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308 Comments»

  1. Ivan the Teddardble says:

    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.

  2. Mike HC says:

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

  3. TWTR says:

    Runs, please…

  4. WhittakerWalt says:

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

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      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 says:

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

        perspective, asshole.

        • Dalek Jeter says:

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

        • Tommy says:

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

          Sports is everything.

          • Dalek Jeter says:

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

            • Tommy says:

              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 says:

                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 says:

                  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) says:

                    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 says:

                    Congrats. You are an idiot.

              • Alkaline says:

                Family First.

              • JFH says:

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

              • Alkaline says:

                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.

              • WhittakerWalt says:

                “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 says:

              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.

  5. Yankee$ says:

    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.

  6. JGYank says:

    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.

  7. Dalek Jeter says:

    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 says:

      game face, man!

    • Mike Axisa says:

      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$ says:

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

        • gageagainstthemachine says:

          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.

  8. Chris Duke says:

    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.

  9. JGYank says:

    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.

  10. Darren says:

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

    *May or may not be tonight.

  11. nycsportzfan says:

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

  12. Ron says:

    If they score more than one, we lose.

  13. vicki says:

    there goes the no-hitter.

  14. The Belafonte says:

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

  15. nycsportzfan says:

    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 says:

      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.

  16. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  17. The Belafonte says:

    Well…shit

  18. no 2013 again says:

    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.

  19. Jvela says:

    These 2014 Yankees are a sight to see so far

  20. Now Batting says:

    I just want to see a lead..

  21. Wheels says:

    awful start.

  22. vicki says:

    and there goes the shut-out.

  23. Dalek Jeter says:

    Solarte should’ve come home with that.

    • forensic says:

      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 says:

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

      • Dalek Jeter says:

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

        • nycsportzfan says:

          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.

  24. hogsmog says:

    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.

  25. nycsportzfan says:

    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.

  26. no 2013 again says:

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

  27. Claydavis says:

    Ok enough already

  28. Claydavis says:

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

  29. Axis of Mike says:

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

  30. Jvela says:

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

  31. Steinbrenner's Ghost says:

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

  32. The Belafonte says:

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

  33. TWTR says:

    Brain fart.

  34. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  35. Jvela says:

    Why he didn’t throw home amazes me

  36. nycsportzfan says:

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

  37. Mick taylor says:

    Hey idiot cashman this garbage solarte just cost us a run

  38. The Belafonte says:

    Anyone else hearing the Benny Hill theme?

  39. Jvela says:

    Slop..slop..slop

  40. CashmanNinja says:

    This is going to be a long season.

  41. CashmanNinja says:

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

  42. The Belafonte says:

    There we fuckin go!

    Now, runs please!

  43. TWTR says:

    Nice. Score some runs, dammit.

  44. Wheels says:

    Get to work Yankees.

  45. JGYank says:

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

  46. vicki says:

    one of those patented nova groundballs would be sweet -

    is what i was about to say.

  47. hogsmog says:

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

  48. Jvela says:

    OFFENSE for the love of god please

  49. TWTR says:

    The guy didn’t even know he had it.

  50. TWTR says:

    Short at-bats suck at times like this.

  51. forensic says:

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

  52. The Belafonte says:

    Pathetic

  53. JGYank says:

    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…

  54. Wheels says:

    Due up: the bottom of the order.

  55. Dalek Jeter says:

    “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 says:

      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.

  56. The Belafonte says:

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

  57. nycsportzfan says:

    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

  58. TWTR says:

    Best at-bat of the series.

  59. Alkaline says:

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

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      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.

  60. Dale Mohorcic says:

    The Yankees have not held a lead this season.

  61. Jvela says:

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

  62. Dalek Jeter says:

    Runs? Please? Runs?

  63. The Belafonte says:

    Nice Solarte!

  64. TWTR says:

    Needed that.

  65. Dalek Jeter says:

    IN PLAY- RUNS!!

  66. vicki says:

    yanni.

  67. TWTR says:

    It’s about time.

  68. The Other Matt says:

    Can we expect the routine DJ double play?

  69. forensic says:

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

  70. forensic says:

    Gardner: Please, please, please RUN!!!

    This situation is begging for a Jeter GIDP.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

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

      • The Other Matt says:

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

        • Dalek Jeter says:

          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 says:

            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.

  71. Alkaline says:

    Is that his first pro hit?

  72. Pineda Colada says:

    And already this game thread has gone to ludicrous speeds

    /spaceballed

  73. Wheels says:

    yeah Gardy

  74. forensic says:

    Thank you Gardner!

  75. Alkaline says:

    So excited to see, “In play, runs”

  76. JGYank says:

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

  77. Alkaline says:

    Let’s go Jetey

  78. gageagainstthemachine says:

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

    • nycsportzfan says:

      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!

  79. slammy says:

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

  80. forensic says:

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

  81. JGYank says:

    wonder if Gardy goes here.

  82. Dalek Jeter says:

    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 says:

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

    • forensic says:

      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 says:

      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.

  83. TWTR says:

    Another good at-bat.

  84. JGYank says:

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

  85. Alkaline says:

    Looked like a great at bat to set the stage.

  86. Lukaszek says:

    HERE COME THE BIG BATS

  87. The Other Matt says:

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

  88. Ron says:

    A lead omg what is this feeling

  89. Ivan the Teddardble says:

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

  90. forensic says:

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

  91. The Belafonte says:

    A lead, a lead!

  92. Alkaline says:

    What is this? What is this?

  93. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  94. TWTR says:

    A freaking lead!

  95. Wheels says:

    I’ll take it

  96. Ivan the Teddardble says:

    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.

  97. gageagainstthemachine says:

    *exhale* Progress.

  98. JGYank says:

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

  99. Wheels says:

    That’s sad about Carlos Silva.

  100. The Other Matt says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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.

  101. Alkaline says:

    Still have a lead. Baby steps.

  102. Dalek Jeter says:

    MOAR RUNZ PLZ

  103. Dalek Jeter says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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.

  104. Dalek Jeter says:

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

    • vicki says:

      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.

  105. Ivan the Teddardble says:

    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.

  106. Dalek Jeter says:

    YANNI!!!!!

  107. Get Phelps Up says:

    And he didn’t even lose his helmet!

  108. Wheels says:

    nice!

  109. gageagainstthemachine says:

    And his helmet stayed on!

  110. The Other Matt says:

    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.

  111. SevenAces says:

    This Solarte, he’s got the hunger.

  112. The Other Matt says:

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

  113. vicki says:

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

    plus, yay offense.

  114. TWTR says:

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

  115. Dalek Jeter says:

    Jeets with the RBI Douingle!!!

  116. Wheels says:

    stoked to get another run

  117. MB923 says:

    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

  118. Dalek Jeter says:

    Don’t challenge it Joe, clearly white chalk!

  119. Wheels says:

    that shit was foul!

  120. Dalek Jeter says:

    SLOWEST. RELEASE. IN. BASEBALL.

  121. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    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?

  122. Winter says:

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

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      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.

  123. SevenAces says:

    Dexter Fowler, Yankees killer

  124. Dalek Jeter says:

    Ivan just loves rolling the Double Play tonight.

  125. Ivan the Teddardble says:

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

  126. MartinRanger says:

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

  127. The Other Matt says:

    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.

  128. vicki says:

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

  129. Dalek Jeter says:

    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.

  130. gageagainstthemachine says:

    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.

  131. vicki says:

    no quality start for you, ivan!

  132. Dalek Jeter says:

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

    • The Other Matt says:

      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.

  133. Ivan the Teddardble says:

    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.

  134. Avi says:

    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?

  135. gageagainstthemachine says:

    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!

  136. Rainy says:

    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 says:

      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.

  137. The Other Matt says:

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

  138. TWTR says:

    Warren was impressive.

  139. RkyMtnYank says:

    Nice job by Warren, hoping to see Betances tonight!

    • Dalek Jeter says:

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

  140. Ivan the Teddardble says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

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

    • NHYankeefan11 says:

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

  141. TWTR says:

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

  142. TWTR says:

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

    • nycsportzfan says:

      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

  143. Ivan the Teddardble says:

    Maybe Ichy should be batting 4th, Teixera.

  144. MartinRanger says:

    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.

  145. RkyMtnYank says:

    Fuckin Awesome!

  146. HH says:

    goddamn Solarte swings like he wants to murder shit

  147. Get Phelps Up says:

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

  148. vicki says:

    castillo!

  149. The Other Matt says:

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

  150. Ivan the Teddardble says:

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

  151. HH says:

    and the Astros finally show up!

  152. TWTR says:

    Maybe their luck is turning.

  153. Wheels says:

    haha yes!

  154. gageagainstthemachine says:

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

  155. MartinRanger says:

    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.

  156. Dalek Jeter says:

    YANNI!!!!!!

    • nycsportzfan says:

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

  157. forensic says:

    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.

  158. HH says:

    Has Ichiro washed that gray right outta his hair?

  159. The Other Matt says:

    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.

  160. The Other Matt says:

    Warren looked damn good out there.

  161. vicki says:

    buy a-war a beer.

  162. nsalem says:

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

  163. Ivan the Teddardble says:

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

  164. Ivan the Teddardble says:

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

  165. vicki says:

    dayum.

  166. Wheels says:

    cat-like reflexes

  167. Winter says:

    Did we just get a “he gone”?

  168. Dalek Jeter says:

    Yanni <3

  169. Ivan the Teddardble says:

    This Solarte kid is the next big thing.

  170. HH says:

    Solarte will deliver us to the promised land

  171. gageagainstthemachine says:

    Gold, Jerry! Gold!

  172. Ivan the Teddardble says:

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

  173. forensic says:

    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…

  174. The Other Matt says:

    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.

  175. TheRealGreg says:

    Apparently the Twitter monacre is Never Nervous Yangervis.

    Yankee bullpen looks solid to this point.

  176. The Other Matt says:

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

  177. forensic says:

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

  178. forensic says:

    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…

  179. Cuso says:

    For everyone that jumped off the bridge:

    Neener-neener-neenerrrrrrrrrr

    1st of many

  180. vicki says:

    ain’t nothing but the bullpen doin’ work.

  181. nycsportzfan says:

    1st W always tastes so good!

    Bullpen flat out beasted.

  182. Wheels says:

    aw yeahhh

  183. Dalek Jeter says:

    BOOM!

  184. nsalem says:

    meet the new boss same as the old boss

    /hopefully

  185. Jorge Steinbrenner says:

    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.

  186. Ivan the Teddardble says:

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

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