Apr
02

Game Two: Bounce Back

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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.

Categories : Game Threads

300 Comments»

  1. Wheels says:

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

  2. Dan says:

    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.

  3. vicki says:

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

  4. Dalek Jeter says:

    Line-ups, first beer, baseball!

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

  5. Chip Rodriguez says:

    ANDY! with the first pitch.

    This can only be a good omen.

  6. RkyMtnYank says:

    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 says:

      there is a tilde.

      • RkyMtnYank says:

        ah tks, have never noticed it anywhere

        • Rick (not the regular one) says:

          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 says:

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

            • vicki says:

              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.

  7. gageagainstthemachine says:

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

  8. The Other Matt says:

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

  9. Mike HC says:

    Well, that was awkward

  10. The Other Matt says:

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

  11. j6takish says:

    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

  12. Alkaline says:

    That is much appreciated, but why the second game?

    • The Other Matt says:

      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 says:

      Maybe because they did the farewell gift presentation tonight.

    • vicki says:

      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.

  13. Dan says:

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

  14. some dude says:

    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 says:

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

  15. Eddardo Nuney says:

    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.

  16. hogsmog says:

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

    Nasty.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      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.

  17. zander says:

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

  18. zander says:

    there is the first run

  19. zander says:

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

  20. BrianMcCannon says:

    Uh…

  21. Alkaline says:

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

  22. forensic says:

    Well, here we go again…

  23. slammy says:

    why does this keep happening?!

    • zander says:

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

      Too many players are past their best.

      • Wheels says:

        The season is 10 innings old

        • Dalek Jeter says:

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

          • nycsportzfan says:

            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

  24. gageagainstthemachine says:

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

  25. JVela says:

    Wow…yanks…wow

  26. Dalek Jeter says:

    …where’d that 1-2 pitch miss?

  27. JGYank says:

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

  28. ClayDavis says:

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

    • Nathan says:

      MLB.tv?

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

      • ClayDavis says:

        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.

  29. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  30. vicki says:

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

  31. Dalek Jeter says:

    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.

  32. Eddardo Nuney says:

    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.

  33. Dan says:

    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 says:

      Obviously this refers to bunting against the shift.

      • Darren says:

        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.

  34. Wheels says:

    tough pitch

  35. JGYank says:

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

  36. Aims says:

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

  37. zander says:

    i have seen enough

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

    Pathetic

  38. Nathan says:

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

  39. Eddardo Nuney says:

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

  40. Yankee$ says:

    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.

  41. The Belafonte says:

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

    • hogsmog says:

      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 says:

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

  42. Pasta says:

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

  43. Wheels says:

    Come on Ells

  44. forensic says:

    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…

  45. JGYank says:

    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.

  46. Nathan says:

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

  47. forensic says:

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

  48. Wheels says:

    That hill is idiotic.

  49. JGYank says:

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

  50. Eddardo Nuney says:

    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 says:

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

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      “Even Vernon Wells had a good April.”

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

  51. JGYank says:

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

  52. Eddardo Nuney says:

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

  53. Winter says:

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

  54. JGYank says:

    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.

  55. forensic says:

    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 says:

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

    • forensic says:

      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.

  56. Get Phelps Up says:

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

  57. Pasta says:

    Mil tv has taken a huge shit game gone

  58. JGYank says:

    Offense clearly rusty. Cosart looks sharp as well.

  59. forensic says:

    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…

  60. will says:

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

  61. The Doctor says:

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

  62. PaulP says:

    Did the sound just go crazy?

  63. Dalek Jeter says:

    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.

  64. WhittakerWalt says:

    Some offense would be nice.

  65. NHYankeefan11 says:

    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.

  66. Darren says:

    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.

  67. Dalek Jeter says:

    Gardner should run here.

  68. forensic says:

    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.

  69. Eddardo Nuney says:

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

  70. Dalek Jeter says:

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

    Poor effort there Kelley “Pink Floyd” Johnson.

  71. The Doctor says:

    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.

  72. W.B. Mason Williams says:

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

  73. No 2013 again says:

    half a billion spent and the offense still sucks..

  74. Macho Man "Randy Levine" says:

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

  75. W.B. Mason Williams says:

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

  76. Eddardo Nuney says:

    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.

  77. Winter says:

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

  78. Winter says:

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

  79. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  80. vicki says:

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

  81. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  82. TWTR says:

    A run please.

  83. Eddardo Nuney says:

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

  84. MartinRanger says:

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

  85. Macho Man "Randy Levine" says:

    Pussyfeathers.

  86. BigBlueAL says:

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

  87. Eddardo Nuney says:

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

  88. Dalek Jeter says:

    SORI YOU HAVE TO TRY TO GO THE THE OTHER WAY

  89. slammy says:

    tex and soriano just looked foolish during those two at bats

  90. MartinRanger says:

    Jesus christ this entire lineup looks terrible.

  91. WAjohn says:

    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.

  92. The Belafonte says:

    Sub fucking optimal.

  93. wow they stink like vajay says:

    Soriano looks very eager.

  94. Macho Man "Randy Levine" says:

    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.

  95. vicki says:

    leatha.

  96. NHYankeefan11 says:

    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?

  97. Dalek Jeter says:

    Robbie wouldn’t have dived.

    /lazydomincan’d

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

  98. Dalek Jeter says:

    Ellsbury has not looked great to start off the season.

  99. WAjohn says:

    Big out here boys. Cmon Kuroda

  100. WAjohn says:

    Pitches have started to elevate here this inning..

  101. Eddardo Nuney says:

    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 says:

      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.

  102. Farewell Mo says:

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

  103. rogue says:

    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 says:

      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" says:

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

  104. Dalek Jeter says:

    Can you please steal here, Brett??

    • Preston says:

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

      • Dalek Jeter says:

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

      • WAjohn says:

        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 says:

          “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.

  105. The Belafonte says:

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

  106. WAjohn says:

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

  107. Dalek Jeter says:

    NICE, gotta push at least 1 across here!

  108. Wheels says:

    Let’s go Yanhervis.

  109. Eddardo Nuney says:

    This is their chance. Drive em in Solarte.

  110. Macho Man "Randy Levine" says:

    Well at least teh Gritster took the extra base.

  111. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  112. Eddardo Nuney says:

    The curse of the Great Eduardo strikes again.

  113. The Doctor says:

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

  114. Macho Man "Randy Levine" says:

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

  115. Macho Man "Randy Levine" says:

    DFA his ass.

  116. Farewell Mo says:

    At least his helmet stayed on.

  117. Mick taylor says:

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

  118. WAjohn says:

    If he doesn’t run here, we are wrong

  119. Winter says:

    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.

  120. MartinRanger says:

    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.

  121. The Belafonte says:

    Way to go Cap’n!

    God fucking dammit.

  122. vicki says:

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

  123. MartinRanger says:

    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 says:

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

      • MartinRanger says:

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

      • MartinRanger says:

        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.

  124. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  125. The Belafonte says:

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

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      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 says:

        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.

  126. The Doctor says:

    Are you kidding me…

  127. Get Phelps Up says:

    We’re winning this game.

  128. WAjohn says:

    Well, that sucked.

  129. Ron says:

    Dp for us hr for them.

  130. Eddardo Nuney says:

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

  131. nycsportzfan says:

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

  132. MartinRanger says:

    EXTRA BASE HIT OMG

  133. No 2013 again says:

    0-8 with RISP. Same old team.

  134. The Belafonte says:

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

  135. WAjohn says:

    Tex, take note from beltran

  136. I Collect Brett Gardner Cards says:

    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 says:

      “-Beltran need to show emotion”

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

    • forensic says:

      -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?

  137. Mick taylor says:

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

  138. MartinRanger says:

    jesus his curveball isn’t even that good.

  139. nycsportzfan says:

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

  140. will says:

    really mcann?

  141. will says:

    They aren’t even close

  142. Ron says:

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

  143. No 2013 again says:

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

  144. BigBlueAL says:

    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.

  145. nyyankfan7 says:

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

  146. Eddardo Nuney says:

    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 says:

      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!

    • forensic says:

      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.

  147. BearC says:

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

  148. Fujay-z says:

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

  149. Axis of Mike says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

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

        • WhittakerWalt says:

          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.

  150. BigBlueAL says:

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

  151. Steinbrenner's Ghost says:

    Someone needs to be held accountable for this mess.

  152. Axis of Mike says:

    Can someone explain to me why Phelps is still pitching?

  153. Pineda Colada says:

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

  154. ClayDavis says:

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

  155. No 2013 again says:

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

  156. vicki says:

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

  157. Dro413 says:

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

  158. Eddardo Nuney says:

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

  159. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Golly.

  160. BigBlueAL says:

    I miss Robinson Cano already.

    • TJF says:

      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.

  161. rogue says:

    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…

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