Game 46: Surprise Sale

(David Banks/Getty)

(David Banks/Getty)

The Yankees have been a little lucky this year when it comes to the other team missing key players to injuries. Josh Hamilton was hurt both times they played the Angels, Ryan Braun was out when they played the Brewers, and Jose Abreu is out for this four-game series against the White Sox. Unfortunately, ace lefty Chris Sale will come off the disabled list to start tonight’s game for the ChiSox. It looked like he would make one more minor league rehab start just yesterday.

Anyway, the Yankees rallied late and stole a game from the Cubs yesterday, which was good to see considering they burned through their entire bullpen. It happens, but it’s easier to swallow when it happens in a win. David Phelps has not given the Yankees any length since moving into the rotation — no more than 5.1 innings in each of his three starts — but he’s going to have to soak up some innings tonight. At last six would be nice. Dare I even say seven? Here is the White Sox lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. DH Derek Jeter
  3. 1B Mark Teixeira
  4. RF Alfonso Soriano
  5. 3B Yangervis Solarte
  6. 2B Brian Roberts
  7. C John Ryan Murphy
  8. SS Brendan Ryan
  9. LF Zoilo Almonte
    RHP David Phelps

It’s cool and cloudy on Chicago’s south side, but, unlike New York, there is no rain in the forecast. Tonight’s game is scheduled to start a little after 8pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Yankeefan91 says:

    Do you think with all the injuries Texas has do they become sellers ? i would be very interested in beltre. I know texas is looking for catching help and the yankees have some catching talent in the system.

    • The Other Matt says:

      Now that Fielder is done for the year, they will probably be one of the favorites to sign Morales after the draft. I don’t know what they will do about all the pitching they’re missing, but I guess they do have Holland coming back later this season.

  2. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    Soley finally gets the respect he deserves in the 5 hole today. Wouldn’t be surprised to see BGDP throw 6-7 innings of shutout ball and lower that already sparkling 3.33 ERA.

  3. The Other Matt says:

    I know it’s not relevant to here, but I’m watching the Mets-Dodgers game in between the commercials on the pre-game show and Yasiel Puig made probably the best catch I’ve seen all year – if not one one of the best I’ve seen in a few years.

  4. The Guns of Navarone says:

    This doesn’t figure to be a very fun game to watch. Chris Sale is tough enough, but especially tough against an average offense currently in a slump.

    • The Other Matt says:

      Yeah I thought they might be able to get 3 runs off of Sale tonight in about 5-6 innings, but with this lineup I’m not so sure. Watch they go out and put up 5-6 runs tonight and still have it not be enough.

  5. So, we get a different crew. Still waiting on Crew F to show up at Yankee Stadium.

    Tom Woodring / No. 75-HP – If people pay attention to the umpiring roster this year, we have 10 zillion umpires who are clearly rookies. Woodring made his MLB debut on April 16, during the Cubs-Yankees doubleheader. According to various sources, Woodring has a great personality behind the plate. However, I will analyze his game calling tonight before I write a full report, as he is a rookie and details about him are not that easy to find.

    DJ Reyburn / No. 70-1B – Although Reyburn has been working as a call-up umpire for the last five years, this is Reyburn’s first full season as a MLB umpire, one of seven hired to make extra room for instant replay. Humorously, he’s also the umpire in the Dominican League who managed to get punched by Jose Offerman, the ex-Red Sox. As for being an umpire, he has a 3.64 ERA into the season thus far, which only accounts for 62nd of 83. However, he also has a WHIP of 1.29. He is a pitcher’s umpire, and notoriously this season, he has had an average of 7.2 strikeouts per 9 innings. He has interestingly, not had an ejection this year, but other than some high years in 2010 and 2012, Reyburn isn’t a hothead. We’ll see however.

    Jeff Nelson / No. 45-2B/CC – If you’re seeing a pattern, the marking of crew chief next to Jeff Nelson is also new this year. Nelson is a 2014 crew chief, 1 of the 2 hired for the two new crews (the other being Strike Zone Extraordinare Bill Miller). Nelson is a run of hte mill umpire, and right now only shows a 3.88 ERA among starting pitchers, but has a low average of 1.27 WHIP. Nelson also is an average hothead, with already two ejections this season. In his 17th season as a major league umpire, he has turned more into a hitter’s umpire. There’s not much I have to say about Nelson though.

    Dan Bellino / No. 2 – 3B – Another youngin, Bellino’s in his 6th year of umpiring. However, he seems to have more of an average strike zone, which leads to a pitcher’s ERA of nearly 4, but the WHIP is as average as the rest of the crew, which is interesting. However, hitters have a high slugging with him behind the plate. Bellino has one ejection already this year, but you have to believe we will not be happy, considering Bellino had five ejections last year. We’ll see him on Sunday, but we’ll see how it goes down.

  6. The Other Matt says:

    Despite the not so top notch lineup, I’ll still hold true to my prediction from earlier. Phelps out-pitches Sale, going about six innings and giving up 1 run. We get about 3 runs off of Sale in 5-6 innings.

  7. WhittakerWalt says:

    Getting pretty tired of hearing about the standing ovations Jeter’s getting.

  8. The Guns of Navarone says:


  9. Cuso says:

    Ok. 18-pitch first. Sale won’t be getting more than 85 pitches tonight. Keep it close through 5.

  10. ALZ says:

    strikeouts for everyone!

  11. WhittakerWalt says:

    Horrible mismatch of a game. But maybe it will be a trap game for the Sox.

  12. RetroRob says:

    So Sale struck out 11 or 12 batters faced in his rehab, and all three tonight. 14 of 15. So much for rust.

  13. Cuso says:

    Yes! Rickey H. is back in LF at long last!

  14. The Other Matt says:

    Where was that?!

  15. Tom says:

    They at least made Sale throw 18 pitches… they keep working counts and maybe they can get him out after 5 or 6 and go to work on the pen.

    Hopefully Phelps can keep it close, and more importantly give them some innings.

  16. Cuso says:

    If i had to choose between Abreu and Sale being out, I prefer Abreu being out.

  17. WhittakerWalt says:

    Jeter as DH has hilarious potential. At least it’s against a lefty.

  18. RetroRob says:

    Chances Soriano doesn’t strike out here?

  19. RetroRob says:

    Yes, Michael, but just ignore all the times outs are recorded with shifts.

    I do wonder if shifts have an impact on double plays, which require a tight turn. If one of the infielders are “out of position,” it could slow the relay.

    • The Other Matt says:

      The Mets had trouble with it last night turning the double play which cost them giving up the winning run. Then again they had Wilmer Flores playing SS, who is naturally a 3B so that might’ve played into a bit. But it definitely does change the footwork around the bag, when trying to turn two. As with Ryan in the first inning, he had to almost round the bag, where he normally would just have to come across the game bag and make the throw.

  20. WhittakerWalt says:

    Sori continues to be ready for the glue factory.

  21. Cuso says:

    Ok, so much for 85 then. 100 is tougher. Gotta keep it right thru 6.

  22. WhittakerWalt says:

    God, these two are horrible at PBP.

  23. WhittakerWalt says:

    Ma and Pa are completely mystified by the career of Adam Dunn.

  24. RetroRob says:

    Kingman’s HR’s and BA are “better” by time, but Dunn’s OBP is way superior.

    Dunn is not HOFer.

  25. Mykey says:

    Yep. Michael Kay toyed with putting Adam Dunn in the Hall of Fame.

    • RetroRob says:

      He’s stuck in the “500 HRs is a HOFer” mindset, yet it never was automatic entry. If Kingman stuck around and hit 500 HRs, he would not have been elected. It just so happened that any player in the past who hit 500 HRs was a HOFer, but 500 HRs wasn’t automatic entry.

      • WhittakerWalt says:

        Kingman had a .302 lifetime OBP, which is pathetic.

        • RetroRob says:

          I know. That’s why I brought it up since they were comparing the two, but conveniently left out the part where Dunn smokes Kingman, which is OBP.

  26. WhittakerWalt says:

    You can’t do the “he’s not a complete player, ergo not a Hall of Famer” argument unless you admit that Ozzie Smith doesn’t get in under that criteria either.

    • Cuso says:

      Agree, generally. But the argument “this guy should get in” because “other flawed guy got in” is also shaky logic.

      • RetroRob says:

        Ozzie is a HOFer.

        • Cuso says:

          Remember, Bill Mazeroski is a HOFer too.

          • RetroRob says:

            To be clear, I believe Ozzie should be in the HOF. Not so for Maz, although I do recognize he is probably the greatest pivot man on the DP ever.

            • WhittakerWalt says:

              Scooter doesn’t belong, either. The Veteran’s Committee has no standards.

              • RetroRob says:

                Agreed. I did develop a greater appreciation for what Scooter brought to the game, and some of the advanced metrics that attempt to look backward (which makes them questionable) do indicate he was a very good defensive player. He was better than I probably gave him credit for when I was younger, but I can’t make a leap to him being a HOFer. I don’t have that issue with Ozzie.

                • Cuso says:

                  I think it’s crazier that he won the MVP than being in the HOF. At least with HOF, by the time he got in they factored in his 50 years in baseball (35 in the booth).

            • Cuso says:

              I understand. My response wasn’t geared toward the Ozzie portion of the original comment. Just the notion that people have been inducted that have questionable statistics. And to use the prior mistake (if that’s the word) to make the case that the mistake should be repeated isn’t really good logic IMO.

      • WhittakerWalt says:

        Very true. Dunn is obviously a strange case, and certainly a flawed player. Most people who’d argue against Dunn have no problem putting David Ortiz in, though.

    • whozat says:

      Yeah you can; it’s really easy. Just give up on the notion of logical consistency and selectively ignore any evidence that doesn’t support your desired conclusion.

  27. Cuso says:

    Committed to the dive too soon there

  28. No 2013 again says:

    tough break on that hit

  29. RetroRob says:

    Would Gardner caught it? I think yes.

    • 28 this year says:

      Probably and it’s glove side for Gardner making it even easier I would think

      • RetroRob says:

        I think he has it standing up. I understand how tough Sale is on lefties, but expecting it to be tough to score, I would have maximized defense. I don’t expect much of anything offensively from Almonte against Sale.

        An argument can be made that neither of these two runs (so far) score.

  30. 28 this year says:

    Dang it

  31. Tom says:

    Crap… had a chance for another real quick inning and now he’s going to be pushing 40 pitches by the end of this inning.

  32. TheRealGreg says:

    Phelps is going to have to take one for the team tonight.

  33. 28 this year says:

    How quickly it can seem to fall apart

  34. No 2013 again says:

    I wish Phelps was any good.. double to Konerko and a walk to the #9 hitter..

  35. TheRealGreg says:

    Maybe they should have called up some fresh arms tonight.

  36. TheRealGreg says:

    Yeah they have no chance tonight.

  37. Cuso says:

    Brendan told them they could keep the bat. He won’t need it next time.

  38. Yankeefan91 says:

    can we at least get a hit

  39. Tom says:

    Furthest anything has gone against Sale tonight? (Brendan’s bat)

  40. adeel says:

    that bat went farther than any ball the yankees have hit tonight…

  41. TheRealGreg says:

    The only chance the Yankees have is if Sale is on a pitch count. He’s up to 49 pitches.

  42. No 2013 again says:

    I don’t like our chances of getting a hit tonight against this guy. He brought his A-game (and our lineup is crap)

  43. No 2013 again says:

    I wish our minor league instructors would teach the change up to all of our pitchers..

  44. adeel says:

    Sale looks like a young halladay on atkins..

  45. bill says:

    Speaking of Puig… he just screwed up and got himself out because he didn’t know how the infield fly rule works… incredible

    • The Other Matt says:

      Yeah I saw as well. It was kind of bizarre. I don’t think he runs if Figgins hadn’t took off. Still he has to know the rule, but to his credit the 2nd base umpire didn’t signal the Infield Fly Rule, the 1st base umpire did but he was behind Puig.

  46. Cuso says:

    Averaging over 5 pitches per batter faced. Got to hang our hats on something, right?

  47. Cuso says:

    Just spitballing here.

    Would it be funny if by the time the Reusable Tote Bag game came around that the Yanks will have lost like 9 straight and the fans in attendance decided to wear the tote bags on their heads?

    That seems funny to me. I don’t know.

  48. RetroRob says:

    I still think of Konerko as a Dodger. I know. Crazy.

  49. bill says:

    Paul Konerko second longest tenured player with his team in MLB… surprising

  50. Tom says:

    52 pitches… hopefully Phelps can eek out 3 more innings?

    If it’s 2-0 after 6 and the Yankees have forced enough pitches out of Sale to get to the pen I think they have a decent chance. Sale is up there too (49 pitches)

    Hopefully Ells and Jeter aren’t first pitch hacking this inning.

  51. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Sale makes the Yankees look… less than professional.

  52. No 2013 again says:

    That slider is Randy Johnson like

  53. No 2013 again says:

    What a crappy pitch to swing at on a 3-1 count..

  54. TheRealGreg says:

    Robin Ventura may have a very interesting decision to make in an inning or 2.

  55. The Other Matt says:

    I’ll just take a hit at this point. Error. Walk. Hit by pitch. Anything.

  56. Lukasz says:

    I just noticed there are 14 pitchers in the AL this year with sub-3 ERAs, this is stupid, I want the pre-2013 offensive levels back

  57. RetroRob says:

    Sale really pitches fast. He’s the opposite of the Red Sox pitchers. I barely have time to flood RAB with notes!

  58. TheRealGreg says:

    According to Jack Curry, Robin Ventura has said that Sale is on a pitch count tonight. About 100 pitches. He’s at 64 right now

  59. TheRealGreg says:

    Konerko getting a hit earlier doesn’t surprise me. He’s a Yankee killer

  60. Tom says:

    Got to hold him here Phelps.

  61. TheRealGreg says:

    That small sample size is getting bigger

  62. The Guns of Navarone says:

    YES is about to show that Puig catch when they get back from break

  63. Cuso says:

    Caught a break…. Maybe

  64. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Hey look Alfonso Soriano struck out

  65. No 2013 again says:

    Soriano’s ABs are embarrassing. Two FB’s in the middle of the plate and one up and out of the zone.

  66. Rolling Doughnut says:

    That’s right Sori, you’re slumping so screw it, just swing at everything.

  67. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    Boy you’ve really gotta hand it to BGDP. He’s matching Sale pitch for pitch, belly to belly. His offense hasn’t even managed a hit yet and he’s kept his team in the ballgame.

  68. Tom says:

    A ball in play and out of the IF!

    (baby steps)

  69. Cuso says:

    Ugh. He can go 7, maybe 8 now.

    • The Other Matt says:

      Let’s say he is around 95 pitches after seven and still has the perfect game, they just might have to continue to play it batter-by-batter and let him try and go for it.

  70. Yankeefan91 says:

    can the soriano of last year please show up pleaseeeeeeeeeee.

  71. The Guns of Navarone says:

    A no-hitter is a very real possibility. I suppose it might have to be a combined no-hitter. But they’re not touching Sale while he’s out there.

  72. TheRealGreg says:

    73 pitches through 5.

  73. No 2013 again says:

    Their only chance is to get Sale’s pitch count up.. so obviously they go down in order on 8 pitches.. what a joke

  74. TheRealGreg says:

    But let’s be honest, most of us expected this. Probably not the fact that he’s perfect through 5, but they expected him to dominate

  75. Paisa says:

    This is fucking pathetic. I don’t give a shit who is on the mound.

  76. Tom says:

    A few more of those 8 pitch innings and suddenly Sale will be in the 8th inning at 100 pitches.

    In hindsight Gardner might have been a good guy to start tonight (for defense for Phelps and to work counts)

    • TheRealGreg says:

      Not if Sale was going to be this good.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

        Exactly because Sale could be this good.

        • TheRealGreg says:

          But as I said below, Gardner has not gotten a hit of Sale in his career.

          And I’m looking at his game log. He’s played every single game this month

          • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

            Missing the point.

          • RetroRob says:

            The score of the game would most likely be 0-0 if Gardner was in left. I would have maximized the defense knowing it was going tough scoring.

            Even with Almonte getting the first hit, I’d rather have the Yankees with no hits right now with the score being tied at zero.

        • Rolling Doughnut says:

          Right. Why didn’t they start him? It’s not like they can’t rest him tomorrow.

  77. TheRealGreg says:

    Gardner career against Sale: 0-7 with 2 BBs.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

      The point isn’t that he’d likely hit Sale.
      The point is that he’d help prevent runs and help get Sale’s pitch count up so they can get to the bullpen earlier.

      • TheRealGreg says:

        Possibly. But Sale is pitching so well that it might not have mattered anyway.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

          Any decision might not make a difference.
          The idea is to give the team the best possible chance to win.
          Playing Gardner probably does that.

    • Rolling Doughnut says:

      1). Stat is irrelevant, SSS 2). They could use his defense in a close game like this, no?

    • Tom says:

      Yankees lineup tonight:

      0-15, 0 BB’s

      I’d happily take two walks as it would mean more pitches and more batters faced.

  78. Yankeefan91 says:

    brendan ryan gonna end this perfect game right now.

  79. The Guns of Navarone says:


  80. No 2013 again says:

    He can go 9 in under 100 pitches… this lineup is a joke

  81. Yankeefan91 says:


  82. 28 this year says:

    Of all people to get a hit.

  83. TheRealGreg says:

    Well Robin Ventura can now breathe.

  84. The Other Matt says:

    One pitch out. This is starting to become inevitable.

    • RetroRob says:

      They might want to think about not swinging at the first pitch just to drive up his pitch count and get him out of there.

  85. Rolling Doughnut says:

    bloop and blast let’s go!

  86. Charles R. says:


  87. RetroRob says:


    HR, now, please.

  88. TheRealGreg says:

    Next inning will probably be Sale’s last.

    I hope, for your guys peace of mind, somebody asks Joe why they played Ellsbury instead of Gardner.

    • RetroRob says:

      I would have played Gardner over Almonte, not Ellsbury. Much rather have this game 0-0, even if they were being no-hitted.

  89. The Other Matt says:

    Of all people, Zoilo would break up the perfect game. The same guy who has 139/225/167 against left handers in Triple-A.

  90. No 2013 again says:

    At least they avoided the embarrassment of being no-hit. Now if only Phelps could throw 2 more innings..

  91. nsalem says:

    Recent History gives us a chance in this game.

    think positive

  92. Tom says:

    well, that was a gift on 3-0.

  93. BigBlueAL says:

    Not to make an excuse for Ellsbury considering the contract he was signed to but with the way he has been slumping and the fact he got a couple of hits in extra innings and was I assume beginning to feel better about himself offensively was it really worth starting him tonight against Sale??

    Now he is o for 3 with 3 k’s and right back to looking awful at the plate again. Gardner shouldve gotten the start instead of Ellsbury tonight I think. Not a big deal in the grand scheme of things I know, just spit-balling.

  94. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Right down the middle…ball 1. I’m so sick of umpires fucking something up EVERY SINGLE GAME. They’ve got replay on every damn play but the strikezone is still left to human interpretation. And I hate it.

  95. TheRealGreg says:

    WOW. Sale is out of the game

  96. TheRealGreg says:

    Lost in all of this is a nice start for David Phelps 6IP 2ER.

    Just went up against the better pitcher.

    • nsalem says:

      The games not over yet, but we think you know that. With your mentality the North should have given up on the Civil War in 1862 and the Allies should have called it quits vs Hitler in 1942.

  97. Cuso says:

    Not much more than 85, I knew it. 100, my ass, Ventura

    • RkyMtnYank says:

      100 would basically be a normal-ish pitch count coming off of injury so I’m sure it was a sigh of relief for Ventura giving up that hit.

  98. The Other Matt says:

    C’mon. This is what we’ve been waiting for, to get into their bullpen. Now let’s make the most of it.

  99. TheRealGreg says:

    Maybe Kevin Long should be fired.

  100. Yankeefan91 says:

    and u can add another one.

  101. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    Phelpsy really did a sparkling job against one of the best pitchers in baseball. Mike said Sale was top 5 pitcher and BGDP went toe to toe with him for 6 innings. Sparkling ERA down to 3.27. One more good outing and he’ll be under 3.

  102. TheRealGreg says:

    Nothing wrong with singles if you have speed to go from first to third and steal bases. Problme is the Yankees don’t have much

  103. TheRealGreg says:

    The weird thing is that the Yankees coming into today were second in the AL in batting average. Shows you how much offense has gone down in the American League,

    • BigBlueAL says:

      Coming into today the Yankees were 8th in the AL in runs scored, 8th in OBP, 6th in SLG and 6th in OPS. Also were tied for 4th in SB’s with an amazing 87% success rate.

      They have been a bit unlucky in not scoring as many runs as they should have so far but still being 6th in runs scored instead of 8th out of 15 teams would still be a far cry from most of the Yankee teams of the past 20 years.

      • The Guns of Navarone says:

        They’re an average offense top to bottom and the biggest culprit is also getting the biggest free pass…

        Brian McCann – .224/.274/.367 73wRC+

        Probably the most atrocious start to the season you could have imagined. McCann picking up the slack would go a long way to helping this offense.

  104. TheRealGreg says:

    Despite perhaps earning a statistical loss, David Phelps earned a win by helping to rest the bullpen

  105. Tom says:

    7 innings for Phelps!

    White Sox helped him out a bit with some quick AB’s the last few innings (and the 3-0 flyball), but this was a much needed long start from someone not named Tanaka.

  106. bill says:

    As much as Arod was an embarrassment to the franchise and would be doing the world a favor if he was never seen or heard from again…. damn, I do miss his bat in the lineup sometimes

  107. The Other Matt says:

    Tough luck for David Phelps. He goes out and gives the Yankees a quality outing and length to boot, and will probably come away with the L. At the very least he saved the bullpen a bit on a day they really cou;d use the rest. Now they will only have to get an inning from the pen, unless the Yankees were able to put up a couple runs on the board in the next few innings.

  108. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Nice job by Phelps after a somewhat shaky start.

    How about some runs now?

  109. vicki says:

    helluva job, phelpsie.

  110. roberto kelly johnson says:

    good job and tough luck game for phelps tonight

  111. bill says:

    Ryan, Murphy, Ellsbury, Jeter due up in the 9th.. So, who does Gardner hit for and does Ichiro get a peak?

    Gardner, Ichiro, Ellsbury, Jeter?

  112. BigBlueAL says:

    Its not just Sale the reason the Yankees have hit like shit tonight, they are just a bad offense regardless of who is pitching against them right now.

  113. Tom says:

    Aceves? Time to set fire to this game?

    Of course as they have mustered 1 hit through 8 innings the odds of getting 2 hits yet alone 2 runs in the 9th is probably not great.

  114. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Ace still sucks.

    Who’d have thought?

  115. Winter says:

    Hooray, Aceves!

  116. No 2013 again says:

    “McCann hits well..” that was a soft liner at best… he continues to try going the other way but he can’t anything hard to left field. Extremely disappointing.

  117. RkyMtnYank says:

    Even Kay called it a bad move bringing in McCann when he can’t tie the game, what a waste of a day off.

  118. TheRealGreg says:

    I agree with Girardi bringing in Aceves. Don’t waste the major relievers in a game that you probably aren’t going to win

  119. No 2013 again says:

    too many mediocre players on the same team..

  120. roberto kelly johnson says:

    please no more aceves and claiborne…

    • TheRealGreg says:

      Claiborne? How quickly they forget…

      • roberto kelly johnson says:

        i know he pitched well yesterday but i dont buy it…even a broken clock is right twice a day

        • The Other Matt says:

          He’s pretty solid. With the exception of a few forgettable appearances towards the end of last season, he has been pretty good thus far in his short career. Particularly for a second-option middle innings guy, which is what he is, you really can’t ask for much more.

          • roberto kelly johnson says:

            eh, i rather see what they got with montogomery if this is claiborne’s upside. Joe puts him into alot of big spots for a second option, especially since since 3/5 of the rotation is injured right now.

  121. TheRealGreg says:

    Oh well. Sacrifice yourself Aceves.

  122. TWTR says:

    Send Aceves down, bring Ramirez up.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

      I’d imagine if they replace him, it will be with a true long-man, especially with all of the short starts they’ve been getting.

  123. WhittakerWalt says:

    Konerko probably puts this one out of reach.

  124. Yankeefan91 says:

    Im Ready For Burawa, Ramirez and Montgomery bring the young talent up.

  125. Wow says:

    What a mediocre team.

  126. Tom says:

    If he’s going to pitch like crap, can he at least hit some batters like the old days to liven things up a bit?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

      I’d love to see what would happen if he plunked Miguel Olivo.
      That would be fun to watch.

  127. Tom says:

    Odds the Yankees score 2 runs, and only 2 runs, here?

  128. WhittakerWalt says:

    Sterling just noticed that the Yanks haven’t been hitting.

  129. The Other Matt says:

    Watch them tease us, put a run on the board and have men on second and third before losing the game.

  130. Tom says:

    Tying run to the plate on deck!

  131. WhittakerWalt says:

    Another day, another tip of the cap.

  132. WhittakerWalt says:

    Oh goody, another standing O update.

  133. The Guns of Navarone says:


  134. The Guns of Navarone says:


  135. No 2013 again says:

    what a joke… that CANNOT be a strike..

  136. roberto kelly johnson says:

    fucking aceves and his bullshit run

  137. TheRealGreg says:

    Here come the fallacies.

    • Tom says:

      No fallacies… Bellisario’s coming in with a 2 run lead or a 3 run lead.

      This is the STUPIDITY of making a 2 run game “give up time” and going to the B relievers despite a starter going 7.

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      No fallacy, but bringing in Aceves is never going to be a great move.

      • TheRealGreg says:

        And I still agree with it. Sorry.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

          Aceves shouldn’t be pitching in any game they have a remote chance to win unless it’s absolutely unavoidable.

          • TheRealGreg says:

            Sacrifice a game for the good of the season. I do not want Robertson, Warren, Betances or any of the relievers to become Soctt Procter.

            • Tom says:

              Robertson threw 14 pitches yesterday and had 2 days off before that

              Warren (who should have been the choice) threw 19 pitches yesterday and had the 2 days off before that

              Betances threw 21 pitches yesterday and had 3 days off before that.

              So the new rule is “can’t pitch anyone good in back to back games when trailing by more than 1run?”

              All of these guys were relatively well rested.

      • WhittakerWalt says:


        • TheRealGreg says:

          I know I said that. And I still agree with the move. I don’t want to burn out the good relievers. Otherwise we will have no relievers at all.

          I was thinking as Phelps was getting up in pitch count that I hope he brings in Aceves first because he would be the one I would want to burn out first.

          Sacrifice a game for the good of a season. Otherwise we could see Scott Procter.

  138. Wow says:


  139. The Other Matt says:

    And that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

  140. BigBlueAL says:

    How the hell do you end the game on a pitch like that?? Awful.

  141. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    If that idiot Girardi had brought in a better pitcher to keep it at 2 they would have tied the game and possibly won it like they did yesterday’s. Aceves has to go so Girardi can’t go to him anymore. No excuse for putting him in there. Would have gotten Phelpsy off the hook for an L that he didn’t deserve.

  142. The Other Matt says:

    ‘DotF: A loss at every level’

    Literally, EVERY level.

  143. fabricio says:

    Of course it ends up being the extra run that aceves gives up to cost us the game

  144. bill says:

    Joe Girardi is not as good a manager as Joe Torre was… I’m sorry, he’s not… This isn’t to say I would still want Torre managing, he’s an old man, but I have more and more appreciation for him every year.

  145. Howard Cosell says:

    A Good to Very Good GM – admits his mistakes – HOW MANY F*CKIN GAMES WILL TAKE FOR ACEVES TO BLOW BEFORE HE GETS


    This guy was done last year – Move on – AAA has a hundred relievers better than this over the hill has been ………

    My God will either Cashman or Aceves have some pride an call it quits?

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