Game Two: Bounce Back

Update: Yankees slotted $3.2M for draft, $2.2M for int'l free agency
Two Games, Two Losses: Yanks fall 3-1 to Astros
(Scott Halleran/Getty)
(Scott Halleran/Getty)

Opening Day did not go according to plan last night, but that is nothing new for the Yankees, really. They’ve now lost three straight Opening Days and five of their last six. None of those previous losses crippled their season either. It sucks, get over it. There’s another game tonight.

While the offense did not show up until Scott Feldman was out of last night’s game, they will be facing a very different pitcher tonight. Jarred Cosart is a young power arm with both a huge fastball and huge strike-throwing problems. He walked more batters (35) than he struck out (33) during his MLB debut last summer — he did have a 16/5 K/BB in Spring Training, for what it’s worth — and if he has trouble finding the zone tonight, the Yankees have the kind of lineup that can take advantage. Alfonso Soriano is only true swing at everything hacker among the regulars.

Hiroki Kuroda is making his first start of the season and we really didn’t see all that much of him this spring. He only threw 11.1 innings during Grapefruit League play, instead doing a bunch of work in minor league games. With CC Sabathia still an unknown the three unpredictable younger guys at the back of the rotation, Kuroda needs to be the staff ace again, someone who Joe Girardi & Co. can count on for a quality outing every fifth day. Tonight he will be charged with getting the team their first win of 2014 and stopping a losing streak before it even begins. Here’s the lineup, which is the same as last night’s:

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

Another hot and humid day in Houston, with on and off showers all day. The retractable roof at Minute Maid Park means we don’t have to worry about any of that. First pitch is scheduled for a little after 8pm ET and you can watch live on YES. Enjoy the game.

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Two Games, Two Losses: Yanks fall 3-1 to Astros
  • Wheels

    The Foul Territory with Mark Teixeira bit during the pregame show was amusing.

  • Dan

    Let’s get odds on Clemens announcing a comeback today. I’ll start off at 200:1. But it’s 1:2 odds that if he announces a comeback, Suzyn Waldman literally has a heart attack in the booth.

    • vicki

      i may even beat her to the emergency room. i fucking love the rocket.

      • Yankee$

        I think he would pretty much suck right now.

        • Dan

          Probably. But, if I was Clemens and the Astros I’d get together so he could start 1 game. It’s not like there are playoffs the line. They’d sell out the game. And they’d push back Clemens HOF eligibility.

    • Alkaline

      This gets me every time:

      http://vimeo.com/14646756

      • Dalek Jeter

        GOODNES GRACIOUS I DON’T EVEN NEED TO CLICK THE LINK!!!!! OF ALL THE DRAMATIC THINGS!

        • Alkaline

          ROCKET! ROCKET! ROCKET!

  • vicki

    rocking my rab #hirok shirt. let’s go, true ace.

    • Alkaline

      Time to Hirok n Roll.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Line-ups, first beer, baseball!

    This is the first time I’ve gotten to catch a game live since like mid-September.

    • forensic

      Tonight’s my first back with John and Suzyn this year. Ugh…

      • vicki

        praying for a mccann homer. please report back immediately.

        • forensic

          As long as I’m not away from my desk or at dinner, will do.

      • Dalek Jeter

        They’re still the same, at least I don’t have to pay for the privilege to hear them this year when I’m at work since they’re on an FM station now.

  • Chip Rodriguez

    ANDY! with the first pitch.

    This can only be a good omen.

  • RkyMtnYank

    I noticed last night and tonight both Kay and Singleton saying ‘nun-yo’ instead of ‘nun-no’, which is correct? I’m assuming they are wrong given their history.

    • vicki

      there is a tilde.

      • RkyMtnYank

        ah tks, have never noticed it anywhere

        • Rick (not the regular one)

          It’s always best to check. Never trust media sites on these things – I remember one of the EA Sports MLB games had a tilde in Cano’s name for no apparent reason.

          • Darren

            I believe Cano does in fact have an accent over the “Ca”. Not a tilde but a different accent.

            • vicki

              the accent is over the o, for pronunciation; for most unaccented two-syllable spanish words (and names) you emphasize the first syllable; the penultimate syllable for longer words. CINco de MAYo (mi cumpleANos!), por ejemplo.

  • gageagainstthemachine

    Ok. Last night was brutal early on. Done. Out of the way. Go get ‘em Yanks!

  • The Other Matt

    Just ordered my ticket to the home opener on Monday, hopefully the Yankees can compound my excitement with a win tonight.

  • Mike HC

    Well, that was awkward

  • The Other Matt

    Wow. classy gesture by the Astros. Kind of weird though to do it now, instead of during the first game or last game though.

  • j6takish

    Is mlb.tv free this week? Or is it extra innings? either way I cant seem to figure out how to watch the gamne. mlb.tv keeps making me try and pay

    • CountryClub

      Extra innings

    • j6takish

      Do they do mobile streaming or is it cable only?

  • Alkaline

    That is much appreciated, but why the second game?

    • The Other Matt

      My question exactly. Would of made more sense to do it either last night or tomorrow night. I guess just because they honored him before the game tonight, yet still kind of weird to do it now.

    • Wheels

      Maybe because they did the farewell gift presentation tonight.

    • vicki

      am i a jerk if i don’t enjoy all the farewell pomp? i felt like the mo stuff eroded the poignancy last year. sobbed like a baby when andy left the game his last home start. because my nose hadn’t been rubbed in it.

      • forensic

        I agree. It’s way too much and I can’t wait till it’s all over. It actually ruins it all for me.

        • Betty Lizard

          Sobbed at Andy’s last game. Tears, snot, wailing.

          I even cried again seeing Andy’s farewell on the MLB Preview.

          But I HATED the Rivera farewell tour. Just too much and too forced and too artificial.

        • Darren

          It ruins what for you? Tonight was pretty low key.

          • vicki

            subversion by attrition.

  • Dan

    Prediction: Jeter ends up hating this season. I just hope he makes up for it by being over .300.

  • some dude

    I’m in the DFW market and for some reason am blacked out on mlb.tv. Anyone know how to work around this? Anyone know how to get the games to show on YES (I have Fios)?

    • forensic

      Are you technically in the Houston TV territory too? If so, you will only be able to see it on the Astros channel.

  • Eddardo Nuney

    Hiroki’s our ace. I think he and Nova are going to carry the staff just as they did last year. Offense needs to get going.

  • hogsmog

    Woah, according to Gameday, Cosart is running his cutter up to 98 with his curve sitting at 81…

    Nasty.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Idk if it’s a cutter, it look’s awfully straight, but yeah, fastball is upper 90s on YES’ gun and he has a pretty sick breaking ball. Jeter wound up having a pretty nice at-bat but either the 2nd or 3rd pitch he was WAY out in front of a curve that wound up about shin level.

  • zander

    Yankees to be down 3-0 after 1st innings,

  • zander

    there is the first run

  • zander

    this is what a 100 loss season team does to the Yankees what will a good team do?

  • BrianMcCannon

    Uh…

  • Alkaline

    JJ, I feel your pain. Hirok is on my team.

  • forensic

    Well, here we go again…

  • slammy

    why does this keep happening?!

    • zander

      Because this Yankees team would be great if it was 2008 sadly it is 2014.

      Too many players are past their best.

      • Wheels

        The season is 10 innings old

        • Dalek Jeter

          And it’s over already, obvi. Honestly, I like commenters like zander, if only because they remind me to keep a level head.

          • nycsportzfan

            Let us at least go through the rotation a couple times before you say the seasons over.lol

            It sucks starting 0-2, but it does happen. It might take a minute for this team to Gel and get used to eachother. They’ll be good, I promise.lol

  • gageagainstthemachine

    I’m not going to get upset… I’m not going to get upset… I’m not going to get upset…

  • JVela

    Wow…yanks…wow

  • Dalek Jeter

    …where’d that 1-2 pitch miss?

    • Wheels

      barely outside, according to Cuzzi

      • Dalek Jeter

        I’m tellin you, if that missed it was by a centimeter.

  • JGYank

    Come on Hiro. You can’t give up homers against lead off guys and then walk a guy. We need a good start.

  • ClayDavis

    Is it not possible to watch in network games online anymore?

    • Nathan

      MLB.tv?

      If so, then no. In network games aren’t included as they figur eyou can just watch it on TV.

      • ClayDavis

        YES used to allow online watching in addition to tv. Sometimes like tonight I have to work late. It was pretty convenient. I’m not seeing the option on their site.

  • Dalek Jeter

    By god, with Tex holding the runner on the ENTIRE right side of the infield is open.

  • vicki

    down only one after the first. things are looking up!

  • Dalek Jeter

    That probably looks like a routine fly in any other ball park (except Fenway) but I got a bit nervous off the bat I’m not gonna lie.

  • Eddardo Nuney

    Hiroki didn’t implode there. He’s already off to a better start than CC. This offense has to wake up. Soriano needs to jump on a mistake.

  • Dan

    I honestly don’t get why hitters just bunt more. Yes bunting is hard, but this isn’t a case where you’re trying to deaden the ball into no-mans land. The entire side of the infield is no-mans land. You can have what normally would be a terrible bunt (hard hit right at where an infielder normally would be) and guarantee yourself that you get on base. It’s like taking a walk while putting pressure on the infielders and making it less likely that they keep shifting.

    • Dan

      Obviously this refers to bunting against the shift.

      • Darren

        I think that for most players who don’t feature bunting as part of their regular game, they’re concerned about it throwing off their timing/approach and about getting injured.

  • Wheels

    tough pitch

  • JGYank

    Wonder how hard cosart could throw if he was a reliever. Got great stuff.

  • Aims

    Anyone on our team feeling like not grounding out to the right side?

  • zander

    i have seen enough

    Batters not even trying to get a hit now and giving away outs

    Pathetic

    • hogsmog

      Yeah, forget the other 160 games, this season is over.

      • zander

        my honest opinion and it makes me want to weep but I think we will have a losing season this year.

        • vicki

          baseball is a long season. it’s not for pussies.

          • The Guns of Navarone

            And in the second game of the season we have the COMMENT OF THE YEAR.

            Nicely done.

          • Yankee$

            word

          • BFDeal

            Ha!

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            God bless you, vicki.

          • The Great Gonzo

            BOOM. That just happened

  • Nathan

    So far it feels like 11 innings of weakly hit groundballs.

  • Eddardo Nuney

    6 up 6 down. Hiroki can’t let another run cross home plate.

  • Yankee$

    Anybody else having issues watching the game on MLB.tv ? Every time I click on the Video I get a spinning wheel of death at 33% loaded message.

    • Nathan

      I had that at the beginning of the game. Had to quit and relaunch the program.

      I’ve noticed that the video has been a little choppy as well…it’ll go block-ish and then clear up randomly.

      • Yankee$

        I’ve tried that a couple of times. Even Shut Down and Restarted my laptop. Not an issue on my mobile devices but can’t load the game video on my laptop. I can listen to Ma and Pa though. Strange.

        • Andy

          anyone fix their problem yet? I’m still getting 33%

          • Yankee$

            Nothing but 33% still.

      • Cgor

        Having problems with mlb.tv on roku, apple tv, and computer. radio feed cutting in and out.

    • Ethan

      works perfectly for me

      • Ethan

        edit: I hate you. Now I am having problems.

        • Yankee$

          Mwu ha ha ha ha

  • The Belafonte

    Cosart can throw hard but can’t locate for shit yet, the line-up can’t do anything. What the fuckstick?

    • hogsmog

      He’s 23 and they’ve never seen him before; everyone knows it’s nearly impossible for the Yankees to hit those things. Thank god he’s not a soft-tossing lefty, or they’d really be done for.

      • vicki

        can’t really judge these guys by the past proclivities of “the yankees” after so much roster turn-over.

  • Pasta

    They will hammer this guy the second time through the line up.

    • Lukaszek

      Hopefully, cuz this season isnt looking good judging from the first 12 innings

  • Wheels

    Come on Ells

  • forensic

    So, apparently there was a Red Sox fan at the game yesterday holding a sign that read “Elsbury you are a trader”. (both misspellings intentional by me)

    That’s right up there with the A-Rod sign from Fenway. Amazing…

    • vicki

      has to have been a joke.

      • forensic

        I hope so, but I’m not so sure. John and Suzyn didn’t seem to think it was (though they may not even know about the A-Rod one).

  • JGYank

    50 pitches for cosart. At least this lineup is making him work. He shouldn’t make it past the 7th if he even reaches it.

  • Nathan

    Well add me to the list…MLB.tv keeps freezing/spinning circle.

  • forensic

    Anytime they want to try to get Fowler out would be fine with me.

  • Wheels

    That hill is idiotic.

  • JGYank

    Fowler is a thorn tonight. Thought that was gone. And is there anything dumber than that hill?

  • Eddardo Nuney

    If Hiroki lets that run score that might all she wrote. This offense looks worse than last year’s. Even Vernon Wells had a good April.

    • Winter

      I could explain how 12 innings means absolutely nothing about a season, but I won’t. Oh wait, I just did.

    • FIPster Doofus

      “Even Vernon Wells had a good April.”

      You just inadvertently made the point that tiny sample sizes are meaningless.

  • JGYank

    Tex hasn’t been himself on d. That was hit hard though. Hope the wrist isn’t affecting his glove too.

  • Eddardo Nuney

    Overbay would have had that and fired to home plate to get the runner.

  • Winter

    The hill might be annoying, but that’s a HR in most other parks. We’re lucky it was only a triple.

    • JGYank

      Scored anyway. Doesn’t really matter now.

  • JGYank

    Kuroda is getting into many 3-2 counts and is relying on guys to chase too much. He’s at 50 pitches. He’s got to pound the zone more often.

  • forensic

    What the hell, Sterling? He calls the GIDP, then Suzyn says Bo Porter is coming out like he might be challenging it. She tries to start explaining it all but John cuts her off and says he has to go to break and they go straight to commercial with no update on what happened.

    Did he challenge?

    • JGYank

      No. Was kind of close but wouldn’t be smart to challenge it since he was out.

    • forensic

      Ok, guess he didn’t challenge, but Sterling’s gotta realize that you may have to wait a few seconds on plays now in case someone challenges.

      If he wins the challenge, then they keep playing while Sterling has the entire radio audience sitting in commercials.

      • Winter

        I don’t know if it’s up to Sterling. He might be obligated to go to commercial as soon as he can.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Trivia answer of Giambi, Matsui, NJ, Posada, Raul, Francisco?

    • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

      Eliminate Giambi. Matsui was opening day DH in both 2008 and 2009.

  • Pasta

    Mil tv has taken a huge shit game gone

  • JGYank

    Offense clearly rusty. Cosart looks sharp as well.

  • forensic

    Just so everyone realizes that things could be worse for the Yankees offense right now, my two fantasy teams are a combined 0-33 so far tonight.

    You’re welcome…

  • will

    gotta love pausing it to skip commercials after watching a tv show.. and now it skips to live. fkin mlb.tv sucks

  • The Doctor

    Outside of troubles with Fowler, Kuroda’s looking solid. Missing down mostly and getting a fair share of swing and misses and checked fouls.

  • PaulP

    Did the sound just go crazy?

  • Dalek Jeter

    Man, I know they’re a major league team, but this is the Huston Astros, I think Kuroda needs to pound the zone a bit more.

    • WhittakerWalt

      They’re only just barely a major league team. Like us last year.

      • Dalek Jeter

        And the only guy I wouldn’t challenge on last year’s team if I had Kuroda’s stuff would have been Cano. Nothing against Gardner, he’s not a bad hitter but you can throw it by him.

        • WhittakerWalt

          Especially upstairs.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Some offense would be nice.

  • NHYankeefan11

    So if you’re trying to watch mlb tv on a phone you only can if you have verizon? I have at &t and it won’t load the video saying the flash player is not supported.

    • wow they stink like vajay

      Iphone problems

  • Darren

    What a schizophrenic bunch of commenters you are. Half the time you’re yapping about how small sample sizes don’t mean jack shit (wrong) and the other half you’re having a conniption based on one pitch or one AB.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Gardner should run here.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Seriously, I still think Gardner needs to be more aggressive on the bases. He’s speed is only good if he uses it.

      • Dalek Jeter

        His***

    • RkyMtnYank

      There were probably three pitches he could have run on, and then scored on the hit.

  • forensic

    Waldman: “This is very surprising from Soriano because nobody was hitting the ball better than him in spring training.”

    As clearly evidenced by his .238/.250/.310 this spring.

    • Dalek Jeter

      But he LOOKED LIKE he was hitting!

      • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

        Opposing managers THOUGHT about intentionally walking Jim Ed with the bases loaded.

  • Eddardo Nuney

    Two hits in a row! We have a rally! Now Kelley will hit into a DP.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Johnson looks a bit like “Pink” Floyd from Dazed and Confused.

    Poor effort there Kelley “Pink Floyd” Johnson.

  • The Doctor

    I know leading off is what they’re paying Ellsbury to do, but he’s clearly behind the rest of the team because of all the time he missed. It’s going to hurt until he gets up to speed.

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    Potentially losing to the Astros for 18 consecutive innings makes me want to vomit.

  • No 2013 again

    half a billion spent and the offense still sucks..

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    These guys suck. Season’s over. I’m-a start rooting for the……Royals, or something.

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    We’re almost an 81st of the way through the season. We’re doomed!

  • Eddardo Nuney

    Remember when Mike said we’d get off to a good start with 4 or 5 Ws before even getting to YS? They’ll be lucky to get 2 wins.

  • Winter

    Good inning there by Kuroda. Heart of the order now– let’s put up a run or three.

  • Winter

    Did the Yankees seriously manage to not draw a walk against Cosart?

  • Dalek Jeter

    I like the start of this inning, a 4 pitch walk :)

  • vicki

    keep the inning going. this is the guy mccann-can takes deep.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Okay Tex, just hit the ball in the air please.

  • TWTR

    A run please.

  • Eddardo Nuney

    RISP with less than 2 outs! This is their chance now that they’ve got to the pen. This pitcher ain’t any good.

  • MartinRanger

    Jerome Williams flat out sucks. If they can’t hit they can’t hit anybody right now.

  • Wheels

    ugh

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    Pussyfeathers.

  • BigBlueAL

    Just 15 innings into the season and Im already annoyed as hell at this offense lol.

  • Eddardo Nuney

    And not a damn ball hit out of the infield by Teix or Soriano.

  • Dalek Jeter

    SORI YOU HAVE TO TRY TO GO THE THE OTHER WAY

    • Dalek Jeter

      Or you know…not.

  • slammy

    tex and soriano just looked foolish during those two at bats

  • MartinRanger

    Jesus christ this entire lineup looks terrible.

  • WAjohn

    Seriously, if you’ve watched Yankee Baseball the last 20 years, we never come out of the gate strong. That being said, it is quite annoying.

    • WAjohn

      Excluding 98, but even then we were 1-4.

  • The Belafonte

    Sub fucking optimal.

  • wow they stink like vajay

    Soriano looks very eager.

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    The more I see trailers for Draft Day, the more I’m convinced it’ll be about as accurate showing the football draft process as Trouble With the Curve was in showing the baseball scouting process.

    • Dalek Jeter

      So dead on perfect then? =P

      • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

        If I ever meet you, I’m taking your eyes as souvenirs.

    • The Belafonte

      The movie is about the GM of the Browns so, it’s inevitable that the movie will personify suck.

  • vicki

    leatha.

  • NHYankeefan11

    Question about Teixeira’s strikeout:

    Was pretty much the whole left side of the infield open (was the shift on) and did he even try to hit through the left side?

    According to gamescast the 2nd strike was right on the outside part of the plate, wonder if he could’ve slapped that one through the left side for a run?

  • Dalek Jeter

    Robbie wouldn’t have dived.

    /lazydomincan’d

    (joking about /lazydomincan, pointing out joke because not too obvious here)

  • Dalek Jeter

    Ellsbury has not looked great to start off the season.

    • The Doctor

      He’s beyond everyone else. Not putting much stock in it.

      • Dalek Jeter

        I’m pretty sure you meant “behind” and you’re probably right…just pointing out he’s looked rusty both at the plate and in the field.

        • The Doctor

          … Autocorrect. Haha. Totally agree, like I said earlier, it’s going to hurt the team until he catches up.

    • The Belafonte

      Ellsbury The Yankees has have not looked great to start off the season.

      Fixed

  • WAjohn

    Big out here boys. Cmon Kuroda

  • WAjohn

    Pitches have started to elevate here this inning..

  • Eddardo Nuney

    Hiroki battled to keep it at 2 but it ain’t gonna make a damn bit of difference. Where are Overbay, Hafner and Wells when you need them? They crushed the ball in April.

    • Preston

      If we were watching this game in a bar together and you said something dumb like that I’d punch you in your stupid face. Keep your inane bullshit to yourself, I’m not in the mood.

  • Farewell Mo

    Some runs would be extra nice especially since Kuroda’s on my fantasy team.

  • rogue

    I know that’s opening day. That said, losing 2/3 games to the Astros will haunt this team all season. If this team wants to return to the playoffs they must beat teams like this.

    The rusty, un-gelled Yankees didn’t get a break playing Houston to start the season.

    • The Belafonte

      Losing the series will suck and be frustrating as all hell, but it will not ‘haunt’ the team all season. C’mon now.

      • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

        No, it will actually. It shall become a living apparition, like something out of The Haunted Mansion.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Can you please steal here, Brett??

    • Preston

      It’s not worth it, we need multiple runs. Not worth taking the risk of being called out on the bases.

      • Dalek Jeter

        I get that argument there, not so much 2 innings ago.

      • WAjohn

        Disagree. When your offense is struggling, as we clearly are, you have to use what tools you have which was speed. Put pressure on the Defense and things can happen. If you have your 3-4-5 guys up, I get it, but we had 8-9-1 coming up. Can’t wait for the 3 run HR.

        • Dalek Jeter

          “If you have your 3-4-5 guys up, I get it, but we had 8-9-1 coming up.”

          That was supposed to be one of the advantages of moving Gardner down.

  • The Belafonte

    Some runs would be extra nice so the Yankees don’t lose a series to a fucking AAAA squad.

    • Farewell Mo

      160 games to go and this one’s not over yet.

      Pace yourself.

  • WAjohn

    Did Gardner lose all confidence in stealing bases or something? I don’t get why he’s not running?

  • Dalek Jeter

    NICE, gotta push at least 1 across here!

  • Wheels

    Let’s go Yanhervis.

  • Eddardo Nuney

    This is their chance. Drive em in Solarte.

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    Well at least teh Gritster took the extra base.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Welp. That sucked. At least a run scored though.

  • Eddardo Nuney

    The curse of the Great Eduardo strikes again.

  • The Doctor

    Not complaining about the run, but wouldn’t Cervelli have made more sense? Actually has some sort of track record.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Gotta keep the BUC just in case. Last thing we want is Dean Anna back there.

    • Farewell Mo

      And then who catches if McCann gets hurt?

      • The Doctor

        I really don’t know, but it’s not like we’ve never seen that sort of risk taken. I’m just a little disappointed there isn’t a better option than Solarte, I guess.

        • MartinRanger

          I’m still not sure why he PH in the first place? Surely his binder tells his KJ has no platoon split.

          • vicki

            girardi as a stat wonk is hugely overstated.

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    I think you’ve gotta try to run Ellsbury here.

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    DFA his ass.

  • Farewell Mo

    At least his helmet stayed on.

  • Mick taylor

    So idiots cashman and girardidfa Nunez for this garbage solarte .luv seeing how many outs this clown will make

    • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

      You haven’t kicked the drug habit yet, huh? I thought getting you away from Keith would do the trick.

    • The Belafonte

      Um…..Nevermind. You’re too stupid to waste time with.

  • WAjohn

    If he doesn’t run here, we are wrong

  • Winter

    This is where someone like Ellsbury can get in the opposing pitcher’s head. Used to be true with Gardner, too, but he never runs anymore.

  • MartinRanger

    I swear to god I can’t tell the difference between this game and games 160-2 last year. Terrible Astros vs an (inexplicably this year) punchless offense.

  • The Belafonte

    Way to go Cap’n!

    God fucking dammit.

  • vicki

    how bout we see pre-fifth-starter-decision phelpsie?

  • MartinRanger

    In all seriousness though, Solarte could go 0-20 and potentially still be more valuable than Nunez because he doesn’t throw the ball past the 1st baseman’s head.

    If Nunez wasn’t a homegrown ‘talent’ no one would be thinking twice about replacing one fringy 25th man with another.

    • TWTR

      Probably not, but that’s irrelevant. The real issue is that they need to rely on Solarte or Nunez in a big spot.

      • MartinRanger

        I think the bigger problem is that Joe feel the need to pinch-hit for his everyday third baseman.

      • MartinRanger

        The other thing is that with the four-headed OF/DH monster there’s likely to be one of either Beltran or Soriano getting a day off a few times a week. There’s your big bench bat.

        • TWTR

          They might be better off with a third catcher so that they can PH Cervelli in some situations.

  • Dalek Jeter

    I know Phelps didn’t have a great year last year, but he really had an ERA pushing 5?

  • The Belafonte

    As much as I loved him as a Yankee, I am so glad this is Jeter’s last year.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Can you elaborate a bit? I mean apart from 1 year lost to injury and 1 bad year he’s been great offensively for the better part of 20 years.

      • The Belafonte

        I’m just ready for new blood. Jeter’s an all time great and a HOF’er. But personally, I’ve never felt the same connection to him as a fan as I did with players like Bernie and Mo. IMHO, they never should’ve signed him to the last contract he got.

  • vicki

    nope.

  • The Doctor

    Are you kidding me…

  • Get Phelps Up

    We’re winning this game.

    • Get Phelps Up

      We’re still winning this game.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Sit Phelps down.

      • The Doctor

        I was going to briefly change my name to “Put Phelps down”. Then, I realized that had a different connotation. The Yankees are clearly euthanizing all pitchers who give up homers.

    • MartinRanger

      Phelps begs to differ.

    • vicki

      we certainly have what it takes to. beltran, mccann, tex; two runs; six more outs.

  • WAjohn

    Well, that sucked.

  • Ron

    Dp for us hr for them.

  • Eddardo Nuney

    We need a HR. McCann, Teix and Soriano need to step up here.

  • nycsportzfan

    Leadoff Double for Beltran to start the 8th. This is the time we strike! Come on Brian, tie this up!!! I gotta feeling!

  • MartinRanger

    EXTRA BASE HIT OMG

  • No 2013 again

    0-8 with RISP. Same old team.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Last year we weren’t even getting 8 ABs w/ RISP.

  • The Belafonte

    Oh eff this bullshit. I’m done being disappointed for tonight, time to drink (more) and watch something entertaining. Have a good night all.

  • WAjohn

    Tex, take note from beltran

  • I Collect Brett Gardner Cards

    Some thoughts:

    -Tex looks clueless.

    -Why did Solarte get props from the bench for essentially killing the rally cold?

    -Beltran need to show emotion

    -Roberts!

    -I say by may 8th Kelly Johnson will either be benched or hated

    -Poor Kuroda

    Even with a loss here, yanks started 0-2 in 09
    and were 15–17 on may 12th

    • FIPster Doofus

      “-Beltran need to show emotion”

      Why? Whatever he’s doing seems to work. He’s a borderline Hall of Famer.

      • nyyankfan7

        But emotion graduates you from borderline to sure thing HOF

    • forensic

      -I say by may 8th Kelly Johnson will either be benched or hated

      It’s Kelly Johnson’s fault that Girardi stupidly (IMO) pinch-hit for him?

  • Mick taylor

    Prediction: Nunez will go on to a productive career while solarte and Deanna will be exiled to minor-league streetby july

    • FIPster Doofus

      If someone named Deanna made the Yankees, she’s a real pioneer.

    • MartinRanger

      I suspect Deanna, whoever she is, probably has the odds stacked against her to play major league ball.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Prediction: Mick taylor will continue to make stupid comments.

      • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

        Way to go out on a limb, considering that’s a certainty!

        :)

    • No 2013 again

      In Japan, maybe. Nunez will always suck in the MLB.

    • The Belafonte

      Prediction: you’ll end up being wrong but still post worthless crap like this regardless.

  • MartinRanger

    jesus his curveball isn’t even that good.

  • nycsportzfan

    Texiera not getting that run in earlier in the game with less then 2out is killing us right now.

  • will

    really mcann?

  • will

    They aren’t even close

  • Ron

    Same un clutch team as always. Players change risp fail doesn’t. I’m really starting to think it the Kevin long approach.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Please define “always.”

  • No 2013 again

    Seriously, how can you spend half a billion dollars and not improve the your team?

  • BigBlueAL

    With nobody on base Yankees taking pitches left and right being real patient. As soon as a runner gets into scoring position they swing at everything in the dirt.

  • nyyankfan7

    2 games in and I am sick of watching these guys hack at bad pitches

  • Eddardo Nuney

    And the heart of the order hardly puts up a fight against Fat Albers. McCann, Teixera and Soriano more like Wells, Overbay and Hafner.

    • The Belafonte

      Wait…In one post you were opining the loss of those three and now, you’re likening their suckitude to three better players?

      Make up your fucking mind man!

      • WhittakerWalt

        It’s Eddard. This is his shtick.

    • forensic

      Less than one hour ago you wrote:

      Where are Overbay, Hafner and Wells when you need them?

      Now you write:

      McCann, Teixera and Soriano more like Wells, Overbay and Hafner.

      Eddard in a nutshell.

  • BearC

    Good heavens, are these guys serious tonight? No discipline at the plate at all.

  • Fujay-z

    Remember the last time Albers struck out the side….neither does he

  • Axis of Mike

    Just got home in time to see Beltran hit the leadoff double. Ah! Hope!

    Huh? Is Albers really that good? He made 3 great hitters look silly. I mean, what in the living savior’s name is going on here?

    • The Doctor

      No, they’re just hacking at everything for some reason. Early season jitters or something, I guess. I don’t really know. Maybe they have to get used to high pressure situations again…

      • ClayDavis

        Maybe they have a hitting coach that’s quite terrible?

        • WhittakerWalt

          That’s ridiculous. No hitting coach would tell them to swing at that low and inside junk. The hitters are just pressing. No amount of hitting coaching will fix that.

  • BigBlueAL

    Unfortunately this season we might get the Soriano we assumed we were getting last season.

    • Mr. Roth

      I think we’ll see close to equal parts of both.

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    Someone needs to be held accountable for this mess.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Were you saying the same thing after the first series in 2009 and 2012?

      • Axis of Mike

        Think twas in jest.

        • Get Phelps Up

          It’s sometimes tough to tell around here.

      • No 2013 again

        In 09 they scored 10 runs in the first 2 games against the O’s. In 2012 they scored 12 runs in the first 2 games against the Rays.

        They have scored 3 runs against the Astros.

  • Axis of Mike

    Can someone explain to me why Phelps is still pitching?

  • Pineda Colada

    I think I enjoyed reading this ridiculous game thread more than I did watching this ridiculous game

  • ClayDavis

    With no Arod, I get the feeling Tex is going to feel the wrath at YS this season. Talk about a disappointment.

  • No 2013 again

    Phelps is atrocious.. thank god he’s not a starter

    • Axis of Mike

      I’ve never been impressed and don’t even much love him in the pen.

  • vicki

    over the winter the mind forgets how agonizing this can be.

  • Dro413

    Yankees offense making me fall asleep. Another loss to the Astros is embarrassing, I don’t care if the season just started.

    • Mr. Roth

      Potential 2 game losing streak, may as well throw in the towel and call off the season.

  • Eddardo Nuney

    Phil Cuzzi wants to go home. What a terrible umpire. What a terrible offense.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Golly.

  • BigBlueAL

    I miss Robinson Cano already.

    • TJF

      Yeah after leading the team to………or after asking for too much money………or after failing to hustle like a bum………..Seattle can miss the playoffs with him this year just like the Yankees did last year.

      Both will miss the playoffs again this year. This team blows.

  • rogue

    It’s opening day, small sample size, yada, yada, yada, but looking at the lineup, there’s no true cleanup hitter. No straw to stir the drink.

    Losing 2 straight to the Astros is unacceptable, in April, May, September, etc…

    • Pineda Colada

      Well I guess the yanks will just go 0-162 then huh?