Game 47: Back on Track

Michael Pineda set to face hitters this weekend
DotF: Sanchez's big day helps Trenton to a win
(Jonathan Daniel/Getty)
(Jonathan Daniel/Getty)

The Yankees have run into some run-scoring problems the last few games, though I guess that isn’t surprising since three of the last four pitchers they’ve faced are Gerrit Cole, Jeff Samardzija, and Chris Sale. Even the fourth (Jason Hammel) is having a pretty good year. That said, guys like Jacoby Ellsbury, Alfonso Soriano, and Brian McCann are slumping pretty hard and they need to snap out of it. Soon, preferably.

Derek Jeter is, unsurprisingly, starting tonight’s game at shortstop, his 2,583rd career game at the position. That ties Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio for the second most in baseball history. Since the Cap’n is retiring at the end of the season, it is mathematically impossible for him to catch Omar Vizquel for the top spot on the all-time games played at shortstop list. Vizquel is at 2,709. Jeter will fall nine games short of the record if he were the start every game the rest of the season in the field. Anyway, here is the White Sox lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

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

It’s chilly but sunny in Chicago with no threat of rain. May baseball weather, basically. The game is scheduled to begin at 8:10pm ET and you can watch on My9. Enjoy the game.

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Michael Pineda set to face hitters this weekend
DotF: Sanchez's big day helps Trenton to a win
  • nycsportzfan

    Hey Mike, thanks for the chat today. One question you didn’t get to, that I was curious about was your thoughts on adding another pitcher other then the big names(Hamels,Lee,Samardzjia..etc)?? More specifically Charlie Morton?

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

      The Pirates just signed him to extension over the winter, so I’m not sure if they will look to trade him now. Plus he’s another guy who relies on ground balls, so the Yankees’ infield defense might not be the best fit for him.

      • nycsportzfan

        Thanks. I didn’t know they signed him to a extension. I woulden’t let the groundball thing scare me away. It’d come down to what the Pirates wanted. I really like Morton.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    I personally hope that Jeter is dropped in the lineup as soon as humanly possible against RHP. But I’m curious about what other people think about it. Is it a change that can even be proven to better the lineup? What I mean is… Would the statistical advantage of batting Jeter lower in the lineup be enough to even be worth fretting over?

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

      Depends who replaces him, really. Batting him eighth or ninth might equal something like seven or eight extra runs over the course of the season. Of course, in one individual game, it could make all the difference in the world.

      I’ve stopped caring. They’re not going to move him because he’s Derek Jeter and getting annoying gets me nowhere.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        Yup, that’s basically where I’m at. Getting more and more annoyed but wondering whether it’s even worth getting annoyed.

        I just feel like dropping him vs RHP only would help alleviate the media firestorm. Hell, he could lead off vs lefties. And Girardi could spin it as different lineups for different pitchers and not a straight demotion of an immortal player.

    • WhittakerWalt

      It should probably happen, but who knows what real benefit there will be? Whether he’s killing rallies from the 2-hole or the 8-hole, he’s killing rallies.

  • Chip Rodriguez

    I’m tempted to watch tonight’s game on the Chicago feed on mlb tv, just in hopes of an offensive explosion that leaves Hawk silent.

  • vicki

    Vizcaino Vizquel is at 2,709.

    as i’ve mentioned a time or twelve in the past, i lovelovelove omar vizquel.

  • The Other Matt

    Nothing but straight fastballs to Jeter here I suppose.

    • vicki

      got around on the 95, go figure.

      • The Other Matt

        I’m sure he’s reading the scouting reports that let him know that pitchers are throwing him nothing but high-velocity fastballs. Heck, he probably realized it without the reports.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Again with the 1-pitch outs for Ells. Unreal.

  • The Other Matt

    Nice, solid contact there by Jeter. But man did Adam Dunn look brutal over there at first.

  • MartinRanger

    Since when does Noesi throw 95?!

  • RkyMtnYank

    Amazing that Noesi can’t seem to put the breaking stuff together with that 93-95, have to think the pontential is still there some how.

  • WhittakerWalt

    LOL my girlfriend just heard Sterling’s homerun call for McCann and ordered me to turn off the radio.

    • ropeadope

      Sufficient grounds for a breakup or a proposal, depending on your point of view.

      • WhittakerWalt

        She’s a keeper.

        • ropeadope

          Excellent!

  • No 2013 again

    Now that’s why they paid you big bucks McCann

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Perfecta!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Thanks for contributing, Officer McCann!

  • The Other Matt

    Officer McCann!

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Now that’s the Hector Noesi I remember.

  • The Other Matt

    Seeing Viciedo make the catch in right wearing #24 made me think of Jermaine Dye for a minute. He had some pretty good years with the ChiSox, and in KC and Oakland, too.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Ok, Hirok. Run support afforded. Mow em down

  • vicki

    hirok’n’roll, for old times’ sake.

  • vicki

    sigh.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    McCann finally did something. There’s no reason they should lose this ballgame to Noesi. Hiroki needs to give them a quality outing.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    WANTED: A Major League Infield

    Please contact the New York Yankees

    1E 161st Street
    Bronx, NY 10451

  • No 2013 again

    If you are going to hit as bad as Roberts is.. you have to make plays on D.. what a waste

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    damn, solarte has turned into a pretty good fielder.

    • vicki

      as soon as you think that he’ll flub something routine. but i think what he’s got going for him is a sharp learning curve.

    • RkyMtnYank

      I think he’s been pretty good, just not a natural 3b, rather see him be an above average 2bman!

      • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

        Early on he missed several things that a routine 3B should have made. Now he it seems like he has worked on it, and is fine now.

  • TheRealGreg

    His pitches have been up

    • The Other Matt

      And his sliders have been in the other batter’s box.

      • TheRealGreg

        MmHmm

  • The Guns of Navarone

    It’s frustrating, it’s embarrassing, and it’s at least one game in EVERY SINGLE SERIES.

  • No 2013 again

    this is awful… McCann with yet another ball past him

  • The Other Matt

    Here in the first inning Kuroda’s control/command doesn’t seem to be there. Not too uncommon for pitchers, but hopefully it gets better in the next few innings.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    The was a great play by yangervis, too

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Horrible blocking

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    IF defense strikes again.

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    Not worried. We will get 3 more next inning.

  • The Other Matt

    Good play Gardy. Way to get Kuroda out of that inning.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Christ, I could have caught that throw.

  • TheRealGreg

    Did Brian Cashman really think this was going to work?

    • WhittakerWalt

      What “this?”

      • TheRealGreg

        This infield setup.

        • WhittakerWalt

          You would have done…?

          • TheRealGreg

            Omar Infante at 2nd base and everything stays the same

            • vicki

              at 4/30+?

              • TheRealGreg

                Fair point.

                Cheap alternative? Skip Schumaker.

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

                  If they had signed Schumaker — who got a two-year deal, by the way — you’d just be complaining about him instead. He’s awful.

                  • TheRealGreg

                    They are about the same offensively, but defensively might provide the gap

            • WhittakerWalt

              So you could complain that we’d signed another over the hill veteran instead of replenishing the farm system. Sure.

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    chill. Noesi is awful, Just try and get Kuroda through 6.

  • No 2013 again

    all-around good catcher, right? He’s terrible in every phase of the game

    • WhittakerWalt

      Not up to this point in his career, no. Do you not watch NL games?

  • nycsportzfan

    Whoa, nobody on the GDT with a crazy start like this?

    • nycsportzfan

      Nevermind.lol

  • Rolling Doughnut

    E, PB, WP …in a row. WTF

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Vince Lombardi: “What the hell is going on out here?!?”

  • BigBlueAL

    Yankee pitchers have to find a way to only allow batted balls to be hit to Gardner or Ellsbury.

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      and solarte.

      • vicki

        …when teix is in the field.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Can’t anybody play this game?

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    It is so nice to see Soriano on the bench, where he belongs.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    It’s one thing if you’re sacrificing defense to put Gary Sheffield, Jason Giambi, Jorge Posada and Bernie Williams in the lineup in their prime. This is ridiculous.

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    Oh man. Our Rfer didn’t swing at those bad pitches?

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    White Sox feed is showing Chris Sale stat line and commentary between every single batter

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      Is there anything else positive about this team, with their best hitter on the dl?

    • vicki

      rightfully. with abreu out what else do they have to live for?

  • TheRealGreg

    Fuck you Brian Roberts.

  • No 2013 again

    It’s frustrating to watch guys like Roberts.. wish Cashman could have a different approach to building teams other than buying every mediocre over the hill veteran who can’t play anymore

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      typically he has a good approach though. He nowhere near as frustrating as Soriano.

      • No 2013 again

        great approach, he makes outs.. On top of that, he has little range and a weak arm.

    • TheRealGreg

      Been saying this for the last 2 YEARS

      • WhittakerWalt

        But we should sign Omar Infante, right?

    • The Other Matt

      It is what it is. They didn’t have any imminent prospect to come and take over the reigns. As frustrating as it is to bear, I’d rather this for a year than a knee-jerk reaction of signing Omar Infante for four years. At the least, Rob Refsnyder might be an option next season, so there is some optimism.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        Do the Yankees have an infielder that is even three years away? Omar Infante wouldn’t have been the worst thing in the world. Rob Refsnyder??? I don’t share your optimism on him.

        • The Other Matt

          Granted, I’m high on him. But I’m not saying that he’ll be an all-star caliber player, but if he can transition to being a bit better than Roberts is now, that wouldn’t be terrible. I know we were fortunate to have Cano for a few years, but 2nd base isn’t exactly the strongest position in the league. Even Infante hit below league-average for two years prior to last season. Depending on what happens with A-Rod, or what they do to fill 3rd base moving forward, Solarte could possibly be an option at 2nd.

          • The Guns of Navarone

            Screw All Star, I’ll settle for defense and an ability to not embarrass himself at the plate. I feel like the Yankees have more 3B prospects than they do middle infielders. If Solarte can hold down 2B for a couple years that would be awesome.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      This is the way it’s been and looks to be the way it will be for some time. It’s truly a consequence of being more or less incapable of developing talent. Even the Yankees don’t have enough money to plug every hole with a super star. Therefore you get over the hill “superstar” has-beens off the scrap heap and hope for that “pinstripe magic” to turn their careers around.

      It’ll stop once the Yankees can plug a few more holes with their own, young, cost-controlled players.

    • roberto kelly johnson

      does young guys not hit the ball hard at fielders?

      • No 2013 again

        74 wRC+

        dude is flat out bad (and has 150 PA’s so far)

        • roberto kelly johnson

          I just dont think roberts is that big an issue on this team. But I see your point about yankees philosophy of relying on veterans vs throwing young guys in the fire. I really would like to see montogomery come up and see what he can do instead rolling the aceves or claiborne dice every few days to see if they are lucky that day.

          • roberto kelly johnson

            *not that big an issue

          • Need Pitching & Hitting

            Monty doesn’t seem like he’s doing all that well.
            Ton of walks.
            Low velocity.

            I don’t think he’d even be next in line if they did make a change.

            • roberto kelly johnson

              he cant be worse than aceves…

              • Need Pitching & Hitting

                Definitely, but they wouldn’t use him to replace Aceves.
                They’d want to carry at least one long-man in the bullpen.

                • roberto kelly johnson

                  i wouldnt mind replacing claiborne either but maybe i am biased. I think he is so painfullly average.

    • nycsportzfan

      I think Cash has the right idea with alot of his signings and we should wait till the yrs over to make judgement. I mean, BROB was healthy to end the yr last season and looked good. He also is a speedy, switch-hitting, alittle pop, type hitter, which I think is the kinda players hes trying to get more of now. Not just one dimensional power hitters.

      And Kelly Johnson might not be off to a great start but can get hot, and carry a team for alittle while. Another signing thats 2 early to judge. I also like Cashman went for Ells this offseason. The fact Ells is a pure “hitter” who does have alittle pop, which could increase because of the short porch, and has oodles of speed. And then you got Tanaka whos a great signing.

      Either way, I like Cash’s approach and usually understand his moves. I really don’t complain much when a deal goes awry if I also liked it to begin with. The only way i’ll razz alittle bit is if I didn’t like the move right from the get go. I honestly loved this past offseason. Shoot, I got Yanks going to WS against Atlanta.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Hammered?

  • The Guns of Navarone

    And Kuroda is all over the place so far. He’s needed a good bit of luck getting balls hit right at people or bad swings from bad hitters in this lineup in order to get outs.

    Every start that goes by where he doesn’t “have it” gets me more and more worried

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Seems like even in his great stretch last year, it often took him an inning or two to settle in and figure out what was working that day.
      Hopefully that’s what’s going on so far today.

  • nycsportzfan

    What do you know, first pitcher not named Hammel, Samardzjia, or Sale and we score 3runs in the 1st.

    • nycsportzfan

      the last several games.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Cappy can still get down the line in a hurry, that’s for sure

  • Chip Rodriguez

    Jeter can’t hit it out of the infield, huh?

  • nycsportzfan

    Way to hustle Cap!

  • No 2013 again

    There’s a simple solution to this problem debated at the YES broadcast, simply let Garder or Els leadoff (the other hits second) and move Jeter down

  • lightSABR

    Hawk’s complaining about the officiating is hilarious.

    But you know what? I don’t mind that he’s such a big White Sox fan. I figure, somebody’s gotta be, right?

    • The Guns of Navarone

      And the HP ump is pretty bad so far from what I’ve seen. Shocking news…

      • No 2013 again

        We are due to get some help after last night’s pathetic K to end the game

    • vicki

      hawk’s homerificness bothers me a lot less now that the white sox suck.

  • BigBlueAL

    Great at-bat by Ellsbury.

  • TheRealGreg

    They have to get him out of that 3 hole.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Swung at ball 4

    • TheRealGreg

      The pressure is getting to him

  • WhittakerWalt

    First two runners get on, never move.

  • nycsportzfan

    Dang, sucks not getting something that half inn. Set up perfectly for the meat of the order.

    • TheRealGreg

      There is no meat of the order.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Very true.

  • No 2013 again

    work the count full, take a soriano swing at a pitch near his eyes.. only 4 more years after this one!

    • TheRealGreg

      But did you like the deal in the offseason? If you did, then you can’t turn on a dime?

    • WhittakerWalt

      McCann was as close to a no-brainier signing as it gets.

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

      Are you really complaining after he hit a three-run homer in the first inning?

      • WhittakerWalt

        LOL

  • TheRealGreg

    I would rather Ellsbury had bunted the runners over.

  • ButtCock

    Why is this site such…shit?

    • nycsportzfan

      Everything is probably shit when your a buttcock, no?

    • vicki

      strange. it wasn’t before you got here.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Because ButtCock’s not running the damn show, that’s why. Get involved!

  • nycsportzfan

    Wow, that was the sick pitch to get Beckham!

  • The Other Matt

    Someone should tell Michael Kay that Santiago was just demoted this week after having an ERA over 5 and being 0-6.

    • 28 this year

      Who need facts when you get paid to talk about baseball?

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

        Or complain that he jinxes Rangers games.

        • The Guns of Navarone

          Which he does. Michael Kay is the jinxiest jinx to ever jinx this planet.

  • vicki

    i’m so confused. all my life i’ve hoped for a double-play ball in this situation.

  • nycsportzfan

    Nice play Kelly.(sarcasm)

  • 28 this year

    The best defender in the infield for the Yankees is the 1st base umpire

  • The Guns of Navarone

    WANTED: A Major League Infield

    Please contact the New York Yankees

    1E 161st Street
    Bronx, NY 10451

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      That joke was funny only the first time.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        I’ll take it. I just needed to make sure everyone saw how witty I am.

  • The Other Matt

    Kuroda is about one pitch away from his stat line accurately reflecting his terrible control.

  • TheRealGreg

    Defense has been bad, but Kuroda has to step up.

  • roberto kelly johnson

    jesus how did johnson miss that…

  • WhittakerWalt

    Defense!

  • TheRealGreg

    Ruled a base hit

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    IF defense strikes again. And again.

    Kelly Johnson is hellibad.

  • nycsportzfan

    How is that 1st pitch not a strike?

  • vicki

    what do you throw to get him to swing under it? curve?

  • nycsportzfan

    Come on Kuroda. This is when the Bulldog comes out to play!

    • nycsportzfan

      Dunn up with Bases juiced and 2out. These are the outs that make Kuroda, Kuroda.

  • RkyMtnYank

    I dunno, still looked foul to me,

  • RkyMtnYank

    and two strikes called a balls

  • The Guns of Navarone

    No bueno

  • roberto kelly johnson

    yankees pitchers has to be frustrated pitching in front of this defense all year

    • TheRealGreg

      Good pitchers pick up their defense.

      • roberto kelly johnson

        i agree but its like every game.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        Not once every inning

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        There’s only so much they can do when the defense is this awful.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Part of picking up your defense Is getting the next guy to hit it to an infielder. That doesn’t work with this team.

        • vicki

          so much this.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Is this umpire serious?

    • TheRealGreg

      Apparently he’s been bad for both teams

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Where the fuck was that pitch?

  • nycsportzfan

    A bit nervous here. Dunn’s having a good yr. Come on Kuroda! Get that 2nd strike so you end this fool with the Split.

  • nycsportzfan

    Holy Shit, he got em with the Split, but boy was it hit hard.lol Way to go Kuroda!!

  • TheRealGreg

    All we need to do is get to the bullpen in which all the good pitchers are rested and ready to go.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    2 walks for Ichiro.
    That’s the kind of thing that gets you DFA’d multiple times in a season.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      Considering Noesi’s control is garbage at the moment, good time to do so.

  • vicki

    ichi takes two walks in one game. these are the end times.

    • ropeadope

      ichi takes two walks in one game. these are the Send times.

      run ichi, run.

      • vicki

        nice.

        • ropeadope

          ty :-)

  • nycsportzfan

    Come on A’s! Down 3-2 in the 8th to Toronto.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Kelly Johnson at the Mendoza line…ewww

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    That has to hurt.

  • MartinRanger

    Did Brian’s knee just explode?

  • The Guns of Navarone

    In case some of you didn’t already love Dellin Betances enough.

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs.....s-arrived/

    AWESOME stuff here from Jeff Sullivan.

    Some tasty tidbits… Betances has 15 called strikeouts from his breaking ball, the most in baseball, starter or reliever!! Betances has a higher called strikeout rate than Justin Verlander’s overall strikeout rate, at 18 percent. Hitters have swung at his breaking ball LESS in the zone than out of the zone.

  • nycsportzfan

    I seen this graphic on ESPN that said 65pct of the teams that made the playoffs the past 3yrs were in the playoffs after 40games into the Season.

    It was meant to show people how much the games in the early part of the season matter.

    • MartinRanger

      I think that’s relevant, but should also be considered in the context that none of the AL East teams, except possibly Toronto, are actually playing at the level their talent level would suggest is possible/are dealing with a hurricane of injuries.

      I’m not ready to accept that the 2014 AL East is flat out mediocre. It runs contrary to everything we’ve seen the past five years.

      • nycsportzfan

        Yeah, I think hes just saying teams in the playoffs after 40games usually stick and end up in the playoffs. The Yanks are right there, so obviously were in the thick of things regardless, but still 65pct is a big number that will be locked in after only 40games.

        I picked Yanks/Braves for the WS before the Season and i’m sticking with it. The Yanks technically aren’t in the postseason as of today. So, of course you take it with a grain of salt when your as close to postseason as we are.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        Tons of injuries early on too in the ALE. Moore, Hellickson, Cobb (recently came back), Weiters, Machado, Reyes… I think those are the main ones. And all of them are key pieces in the strength of each particular team; Tampa’s rotation, Baltimore’s lineup and losing your table-setter and leadoff man in Reyes.

        That’s not to mention all the injuries on the Yankees either.

  • TheRealGreg

    3 of the last 4 years this team has sucked with RISP.

    • WhittakerWalt

      According to you it’s all luck, though.

      • TheRealGreg

        Mostly luck, yes.

        Baseball: the game where good decisions fail and bad decisions work

        • vicki

          that’s true in a lot of arenas. when the other guy sucks out on the river with trip sixes does that mean you shouldn’t have gone all in with your aces?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Quick off topic question…

    …anyone know how much a typoed Jets plaque would go for on EBay? I got ahold of 2003 “New Yoek” Jets plaque last week. Obviously the 2003 Jets were terrible (6-10), but I am not a Jets fan and my friends don’t want it.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Is it signed or anything? In my experience, typoed collectors items sometimes add to their value, making them more unique.

      I’m not sure it applies to a 2003 Jets plaque, though haha.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

        It’s completely unopened. In perfect condition.

        I do need money, but yeah, I’m worried the crappiness of the team would drag the amount down.

        • The Guns of Navarone

          Well it’s worth posting it on EBay to see what someone would offer. You may run into a diehard fan looking to add to an already big collection of memorabilia with some obscure, unique stuff.

          • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

            The problem is what I want to offer I think is too high for what it’s really worth.

            I am in need of money something fierce, but I think $125 is a bit too high for a lowly plaque.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Really seems like they should have a lot more than 3 runs by now.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Really letting Noesi off the hook so far.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Ma and Pa lamenting we don’t get to see Jose Abreu in this series, say “well we’ll see him when they come to New York, I don’t know when that is, but…”

    It must be really hard to dig up that Yankee schedule from the broadcast booth.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      August 22-24. Exactly three months from tonight.

      • WhittakerWalt

        WHAT SORCERY DID YOU USE TO FIND THAT?

        • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

          Excalendar!

  • TheRealGreg

    Another pitch up

  • nycsportzfan

    A’s with tying run on 3rd base with 2outs in the 9th down 3-2 to the Bluejays.

    • nycsportzfan

      Jannsen got em. Game over. Jays win. Bums!

      • The Other Matt

        For all the people that thought the Jays were the one team that wouldn’t win the division, they sure as hell look for real. There offense is for real, no doubt. If they can maintain some consistency pitching then they could very well win the division. I’m sure they’ll be in the market for a starting pitcher before the trade deadline.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    IF defense FTW

  • nycsportzfan

    God Damn it man! Fucking bullshit chooper!

  • WhittakerWalt

    LOL

  • roberto kelly johnson

    cmon johnson

  • Chip Rodriguez

    Ugh, Kelly Johnson is a butcher at 1B.

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

    Jesus fucking Christ. Pull Kelly Johnson off 1B right now.

  • TheRealGreg

    Blue Jays are the class of the AL East so far. Only team with a positive run differential

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      Do you seriously think Buehrle will continue with a 2.16 era?
      His xFIP isn’t improved either, he is due for a huge regression. Their rotation is pretty mediocre.

      • The Other Matt

        But their lineup is for real. If they stay healthy, they should put up enough runs to cover for their pitching.

  • nycsportzfan

    Man, Kuroda has trouble finishing these innings off without getting into trouble first. Again, huge out to get outta this unscored upon for Kuroda.

  • MartinRanger

    I’d prefer Giambi in his later years than Kelly Johnson right now.

    This is embarrassing. And could cost us the game with the offense still full of fail.

    Better be the last time we see KJ at 1st for a while.

    • roberto kelly johnson

      atleast giambi hit enough to justify being a butcher at first but johnson is hitting like his defense.

  • BigBlueAL

    This is not a fun team to watch.

    • roberto kelly johnson

      nah this is actually one of the recent teams i enjoy watching. They are not playing that well but i like the balance of the team. The D is killing me tho.

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    We should just clone Tanaka.

  • nycsportzfan

    There ya go Kuroda! Come on em with the Heat and set em up. Hes got Beckham set up 1-2.. Hes gotta get em!

  • The Guns of Navarone

    It doesn’t need to be said

  • TheRealGreg

    That would have been a hit anyway

    • roberto kelly johnson

      not according to the replay

      • TheRealGreg

        Johnson didn’t even have his foot on the bag when he attempted to catch the ball

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          Also a defensive miscue.

          • TheRealGreg

            Yep.

        • roberto kelly johnson

          eaton missed the bag too

    • WhittakerWalt

      But not a run.

      • TheRealGreg

        That’s the point.

  • MartinRanger

    Hurray he caught it! *bronx cheer*

  • nycsportzfan

    Hell yeah! The bulldog(no offense Orel) is getting er done with hit counts. This is so typical of Hiroki. But when said and done you’ll see 6innings with 3or less runs on the board.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    If only Kuroda could induce a weak ground ball to get out of this jam…

    • TheRealGreg

      There’s one

  • vicki

    if you want the grounder fielded right, field it yourself.

    • WhittakerWalt

      I’m surprised he didn’t run it to first.

  • nycsportzfan

    Somebody take this guy Yard please. We scored 3in the 1st, but its time to at least get another one. Its been long enough. Even if not by a HR, lets get er done!

  • nycsportzfan

    That dude talking about Tulowitzki stealing signs hasen’t been watching how good hes been on Defense as well. He made a sick play tonight and almost made a super sick play that shoulden’t even of been remotely close for a normal human.

    What a player.

  • roberto kelly johnson

    i think ells is starting to come out of his slump.

    • TheRealGreg

      I know he struck out, but I think he’s seeing the ball better

  • WhittakerWalt

    How is it possible for one man to so consistently hit the ball on the ground?

  • WhittakerWalt

    “Night, night” says the offense.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    This umpire gets paid to do this. He’s called pitches quite literally down the middle for a ball. Then that pitch is a strike.

  • Wow

    You would think that at some point this team would stop relying on Roberts, Johnson, and Soriano so much. Defensively and especially offensively the contribute nothing.

    Even in this division I can’t see how they expect to have success.

  • TheRealGreg

    Brian Cashman has created an old, slow, poor hitting team.

  • BigBlueAL

    Why cant the Yankees produce pitchers like Hector Noesi.

    • TheRealGreg

      Meh, he hasn’t been good tonight.

    • roberto kelly johnson

      i hope your kidding

    • Lukasz

      You trolled the Yankees and the White Sox at the same exact time. I like it

  • word

    Umpire and his strike zone is a disgrace.

    That last one to Tex never in a million years was it over the plate.

    Bad enough watching us struggle to have quality at bats without this useless cretin calling strikes like that one.

    Sooner the technology replaces these umpires the better too often they ruin the game with their strike zone interpretation.

  • WhittakerWalt

    I’m ready to take a Mulligan on the Ellsbury signing now.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Screw you DJ Reyburn.

  • TheRealGreg

    He has created a team that is not fun to watch at all.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Well, fuck.

  • The Other Matt

    YOU CAN PUT IT ON THE BOARD !!!!! YES !!!!!

  • word

    Well done ump your team got a 2 run HR thanks to your cheating strike zone

  • nycsportzfan

    Thanks Kuroda. Stake you to a 3 run lead and you can’t hold it. Worst part is, gassed em as a Bulldog who figures out how to get outta jams. That one fucking hurt.

    • roberto kelly johnson

      he hasnt been great but its not really on him

  • TheRealGreg

    Fuck you Brian Cashman

    • WhittakerWalt

      You were against re-signing Kuroda?

      • TheRealGreg

        There was no choice. No young starters in the minors ready to come up.

        • WhittakerWalt

          You’re just flailing now.

  • WhittakerWalt

    For the record I would have left Kuroda in, too.

  • Lukasz

    Horse dicks. There goes the lead

  • TheRealGreg

    Once again with two outs…

  • BigBlueAL

    Its so bad right now I actually miss watching the Knicks. Seriously.

    • nycsportzfan

      This game could still be a Win. And in fact, it better be. Were down 1run with 4innings to go. We got this if we hold em to nothing else the rest of the game.

  • word

    Well that was as much of a strike as the one he gave Tex out on.

    Total incompetence by this umpire

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      DJ Reyburn for you.

  • TheRealGreg

    FAILURE KURODA

  • roberto kelly johnson

    fuck

  • Wow

    I’m willing to bet that the 2014 Yankees will actually end up with a worst record than last year.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Borderline unwatchable team right now. Or basically all year. Added “right now” in hopes that will change.

    • WhittakerWalt

      “Borderline?”

    • Lukasz

      Fortunately, the Red Sox are even more unwatchable right now

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Can Kuroda please get himself ejected when he’s done? I want to see Reyburn mad.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    An ace and a bunch of backenders.

    Need (GOOD) Pitching.

    Oh, and Need Hitting as well.

    And may as well add defense whilst they’re at it.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      And a crappy umpire.

  • Ron

    Good. These clowns can’t hit noesi, they don’t deserve to win.

  • nycsportzfan

    Kurodas freaking done. Coulden’t just finish out the 5th? Jesus.

    • roberto kelly johnson

      he threw about 30 extra pitches because of the d.

  • TheRealGreg

    Fuck Brian Cashman for his incompetence in DEVELOPING QUALITY PLAYERS SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO RELY ON 30 YEAR OLDS TO GET THE JOB DONE.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Or 32 year olds like Omar Infante?
      You’re ridiculous.

      • TheRealGreg

        I would rather have Infante than Brian Roberts. But I would rather have developed a second baseman so that when Cano is let go, we have another second baseman ready to go.

        • WhittakerWalt

          Because it’s just that easy. If you were running the show we’d have a future all-star at every position in the minors, just waiting to come up and rake.

          • TheRealGreg

            They had 7 years to draft somebody. They had time to draft a basic replacement for Jeter as well.

            • WhittakerWalt

              So you actually think they don’t WANT to have a decent farm system? Who were all these great players they should have developed? Did Brian Cashman have a legitimate shot at Troy TulowitKi and just decided not to? Passed on Andrelton Simmons because fuck it? What would you have done? Not just what do you wish for, what would you have done? Remember, it has to have been something possible.

              • TheRealGreg

                No. They just suck at it.

                • WhittakerWalt

                  That’s not an answer to my question. Anyone can say they haven’t developed a good farm system. Tell me what you’d have done. It has to be something within the realm of possibility.

                  • TheRealGreg

                    I’m not a GM. I just see where baseball is going. I see young talent coming up all over the place from their farm systems.

                    Not from the Bronx. And that’s a fucking problem.

                    • Need Pitching & Hitting

                      I just see where baseball is going. I see young talent coming up all over the place from their farm systems.

                      This is new?

                    • TheRealGreg

                      Apparently to the Yankees who, while they have tried, have failed at developing a farm system.

          • The Guns of Navarone

            C’mon, this team simply does not develop players relative to the rest of the league. It starts and ends with Brian Cashman. I’m a fan of Ca$h for the most part, but that critique of this organization is valid.

            • WhittakerWalt

              You need good draft picks, for the most part. If you’re the Rays or the Royals or the Pirates, you get those picks.

              • TheRealGreg

                Oh no. That excuse only goes so far. There are many competent major leagers drafted in the second round and beyond.

                Look no further than St. Louis.

                • WhittakerWalt

                  That’s still not a specific answer to what you would do. “Develop better players” is a child’s answer.

                  • TheRealGreg

                    As Owner, I would hire a guy who has a background in player personnel. Because that’s where the game is going. I’ve named a few before on this site.

  • nycsportzfan

    How is that not a fucking strike???? WWWWTTTTFFFF!

  • The Other Matt

    Once again, another sub-par start by Kuroda on the road.

    • The Other Matt

      Never mind. He actually hasn’t had too bad of numbers in his few starts on the road this year.

  • roberto kelly johnson

    they really need to fix this defense…the trickle down effect of the shitty play is killing them.

  • TheRealGreg

    Axisa said himself this afternoon. “The game has changed. The Yankees haven’t.” Pure and simple. Been saying it for 2 YEARS.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      And how has that worked out for you?

      • TheRealGreg

        So far it’s been proven accurate.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          And it’s changed things to the extent that you think repeating the same things over and over will get better results?

          • TheRealGreg

            You have Hal Steinbrenner’s address?

            • Need Pitching & Hitting

              One East 161st Street, Bronx, NY 10451

  • The Guns of Navarone

    When is it reasonable to say they signed Kuroda one year too many, and he’s finally turned into a pumpkin? End of June? July?

    He just plain doesn’t have something, whether it be the slider, the fastball, the command, in every start.

  • nycsportzfan

    We better answer back in the next half inning! Sick of putting guys on against this scrub and not bring em in. Best be at least tied after the top 6th.

  • nycsportzfan

    Nice catch Cappy! Now we tie or take lead!

  • ropeadope

    Hiroki deserved better. Tex picked a bad night to require 1/2 day off. Believe offense will inflict further damage against Noesi & bullpen.

  • Chip Rodriguez

    Hector Noesi has turned in a quality start.

    Be ashamed, 2014 Yankees.

    Be very ashamed.

  • nycsportzfan

    Ok, that was disturbingly frustrating.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    So apparently what is a strike to Yangervis Solarte is a ball to Tyler Flowers.

    I would argue White Sox bias, except that there’s a number of articles about Reyburn and the White Sox being at odds.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Well, simply put, the Yankees are a bad team. Perhaps not a “bad” team, but not a playoff team in most years. I think it’s fairly obvious at this point. I personally would like to have Morales as soon as humanly possible. This team can use his bat and he can hit. Period. Also, losing Teixeira again for a length of time would be catastrophic. It’s important to get him rest. It also puts Kelly Johnson at 3B where he is more effective. Then you have to hope Pineda can come back and continue pitch well. Combine that with McCann busting out sometime soon, and things could look a heck of a lot better in 6 weeks time.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      Even if we signed Morales tonight, he wouldn’t be in a game for a while. Look at Stephen Drew, he’s not due back till June 2.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    So, have I missed anything tonight?

  • No 2013 again

    Noesi, quality start. Only this pathetic team could manage such feat

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Not true.
      The even more pathetic Diamondbacks managed the same feat.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Though they managed twice as many hits in the process.

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

          I’m not sure if that means they did better or worse.

  • nycsportzfan

    Of course they call that 1-0 pitch to BROB a strike 2inches off the outside.

  • nycsportzfan

    I swear every game we have a ton of a BB’s, nothing comes of em. We got tons of walks, lets freaking score some god damn runs! Holy shit!

    • TheRealGreg

      Actually they are 11th in the AL in walks, which is surprising

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Boston lost again. So at least there’s that.

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      7 in a row.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        8, I think

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Wow, abandoning the DH in the 7th inning, huh? Well, it worked.

    • TheRealGreg

      Desperate times…..

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      They used Ryan other day at 1B.

    • Chip Rodriguez

      or they just put Sori at 1B.

      Because he can’t be more of a butcher than KJ.

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    Not this guy again…

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      guess can’t be worse than KJ.

  • nycsportzfan

    OK boys, now we get the runs. We aren’t losing this game! No freaking way!

  • The Other Matt

    I know it’s probably been a rule in the game since the DH was implemented but, I think if you move the DH into the field then you should be allowed to keep the DH if the player the original DH replaced in the field moves into the position of DH. It came to mind because now the Yankees will have a bit of a situation to figure out at 1B, but this is something that I’ve thought about many times before, and not once does it not make sense.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      Tex to 1B, we use Almonte, Murphy or Ryan as needed.

      I’m willing to give it a shot. I fear extras though.

  • nycsportzfan

    I’m freaking out. I bet on the Yanks tonight. Once every couple wk’s i’ll put alittle on the Yanks. THis being on of those cases. Nothing major. 138 to win 100

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Lol every time you’re on here you’re talking about that “little wager” you put on the Yanks. Maybe nycsportzfan has a little problem?

      Kidding of course

      • nycsportzfan

        Nah, I get bored with just watching sometimes , and if I really like the Yanks, i’ll throw a 100 on em. Try not to put much more then that on em when I do it.

        • The Guns of Navarone

          Are you up or down on the season? You don’t have to tell me how much. Just up or down.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Well, now Ellsbury gets to face a righty.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Screw it. Suicide squeeze here.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Wait…so we need Derek Jeter to hit a fly ball?

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Not sure a like bunting with one of the few hitters who is actually hitting.

    • TheRealGreg

      Not crazy about it either

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    There we go.

  • The Other Matt

    Derek Jeter, now is not the time for sympathy if you don’t come through here. We need a hit, preferably one that leaves the infield. At least a sac fly.

  • roberto kelly johnson

    why bunt with gardner who is the hottest hitter next to tex on the whole team plus giving away an out

  • nsalem

    I hated it

  • nycsportzfan

    Tie game!!!! Wild Pitch!!!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    TIE GAME.

  • TheRealGreg

    White Sox totally botched that

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Thanks for the help.
    The Yankees sure do need it.

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

    And we’re back in this fucking game.

  • Frankie Beans

    Same old Joe G. Kelly Johnson had played 38 games this year and is batting .200. The Yankees have played how many games? 46. Once again a bench player getting to play almost every day. This is where Joe fails as a manager no set just ain’t going to cut it. No matter what you tell yourself Joe is in over his head with his lineup. He plays his bench players way to often and that’s something a winning team doesn’t do.

    • TheRealGreg

      How many of those has he started though?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Johnson was a starter to begin the season.
      Also, maybe still should be a starter, over Roberts.
      Oakland – a winning team – has 13 players who’ve played in at least 30 games.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        It’s a necessity when the team doesn’t have 9 legit everyday players. That’s not Girardi’s fault.

        • TheRealGreg

          Yep. That’s the fault of injuries and you know who.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting

            ARod?
            Must be ARod’s fault.

    • nsalem

      Johnson has only started 27 games. I think it’s also unfair to be judging him on his last 109 PA’s

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        And about half of those were filling in for Tex on the DL.

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    Now Kay can shut up about Ells and Rbi’s.

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

    Oh hey guys, we’re just winning. Nothing to see here.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    This is a good game for the ol’ OBP

  • nycsportzfan

    Thats what i’m talking about!

  • TheRealGreg

    Ventura knew what Girardi was going to do and made the move accordingly.

    And they botched it by him walking Jeter.

  • BigBlueAL

    Brendan Ryan plays 1B in a 1-run game while Jeter and a limping Roberts play SS/2B. Alrighty then.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      That’s what happens when an organization has no sense of itself.

      • nsalem

        Are you referring to the organization that has won the most regular season games over the last 10 and 20 years and has only missed the playoffs twice in the last 20 years.

        • WhittakerWalt

          Shhh they’re obviously the worst organization in all of baseball

        • The Guns of Navarone

          Yes. Thanks for your question even though you left out the necessary punctuation.

  • TheRealGreg

    Unfortunately, that’s the ONLY thing they’ve properly

    • Lukasz

      Wh…what?

  • Chip Rodriguez

    jeez, they’re putting Ryan at 1B while Jeter remains at SS?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Because 1B is the ideal spot for the best defensive IF on the field.

      • TheRealGreg

        Certainly tonight.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          Not on any night.

  • The Other Matt

    I know it happened at the game Sunday, I was there, and I know Derek Jeter isn’t going to play anything but shortstop, but isn’t ironic that we have one of the best defensive shortstops playing first base, while one of the worst defensive shortstops continues to man the position. Joe Girardi said he wasn’t managing a farewell tour, but he sure seems to be managing farewell feelings.

    • TheRealGreg

      It’s either Ryan playing 1st or lose the DH.

      • The Other Matt

        That doesn’t have to be the end all, be all. You could certainly swap Jeter and Ryan if you wanted to.

        • TheRealGreg

          And have Jeter play 1st?

          • The Other Matt

            Duh.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting

            Better than having him play SS.

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

            Fuck yes. Ryan isn’t a first baseman either, but he’s the way better shortstop.

            Yes, yes, we know that Girardi will never do it because it’s Jeter. Not the point.

            • TheRealGreg

              It’s an interesting idea, I guess.

              • The Other Matt

                Not so much interesting because we know it won’t happen. But logical? Yes.

                • TheRealGreg

                  Worth a look, at least.

  • The Other Matt

    Not that anyone cares about what he thinks, but I wonder what Brendan Ryan thinks when Girardi has him go play first base while he stares over at Jeter at shortstop.

  • nsalem

    Wonder if Konerko gets the same treatment on the Chicago boards that some give to Jeter here. Similar situation.

    • TheRealGreg

      The difference is that the White Sox recognized that they had to get a backup and picked up Abreu.

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

        They didn’t give Abreu $68M to be a backup plan. Konerko was the backup plan.

        • TheRealGreg

          That’s what I meant. Should have said replacement.

    • Winter

      Thing is, at least until Abreu’s injury, Konerko was a part-time player. He has 73 PA this year to Jeter’s 172.

  • The Other Matt

    Got to give Ichiro credit, he continues to swing the bat well. As well as a couple walks tonight. Pretty good.

    • nycsportzfan

      Without a doubt. Also offers speed running and stealing bases and good defense. This role just felt like one he’d excel at when I thought about it in the offseason. Hes like a perfect weapon off the bench. ANd on rare occasion, he can sneak one out.

      • The Other Matt

        I give you credit, you did say during the off-season that this would be a good role for him. I tended to agree with you, like I said had it not been for the fact the Yankees signed him to the 2 year deal after 2012, and they had signed him to be a 4th/5th OF during this off-season people would’ve loved the move.

  • nycsportzfan

    Another marvelous game for Ichiro!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    So 1st and 2nd, no outs, hot hitter up = bunt
    Same situation, Roberts up = swing away

    • TheRealGreg

      And the first bad decision worked. Hence:

      Baseball: Bad decisions work, good decisions fail

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Anything: Sometimes bad decisions work, sometimes good decisions fail.
        Anything: Good decisions work out more often than bad decisions.

    • Tom

      When you have a lead late, you play for the big inning and don’t worry about tack on runs

      When you are trailing earlier on, you want to minimize the chance of a big inning and play for 1 run.

      It’s Girardi logic; in addition to the absurdity of the hitters that were up, as you point out.

  • nycsportzfan

    Again, this offense isn’t terrible. Alot of times, you run into good pitching. I know its frustrating but you see the difference. 5runs with 2guys on and no out in the 8th tonight.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      They’re not terrible. They’re average, which is terrible by Yankees standards.

    • nsalem

      Last year was the worst offense we had in the last twenty years. This years offense is the second worst. League wise it may be average, but for the fan who has been actually watching the games for the last 20 years it really sucks. If your satisfied with a team that may win 82 to 87 games and doesn’t make the playoffs I guess the term not so terrible is appropriate. Glad your not suffering watching this.

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

        If you’re “suffering” you take baseball too seriously.

        More seriously, though: Have you SEEN the rest of the AL East? The playoffs are a distinct possibility.

        • nsalem

          I invest my time and money watching these games and yes I take it seriously though suffering may not have been the correct term. Frustrated is a better term. Yes I have seen the rest of the AL east, central and west and also the national league. I realize parity has taken hold, but even though we are in the race now if the Yankees keep playing like this I don’t think we can sustain this W-L record. By luck they might win 83 or 84 games but playing like this their is a strong possibility they could wind up around the 77 or 78 mark. I’ve seen plenty of your comment and you have seemed quite frustrated the way this is going also.

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

            Oh, I absolutely am frustrated, but I’ve also maintained that with the rest of the division also being shit we still have a very good chance of making the playoffs.

            That home run hasn’t helped my case much, though.

      • Frankie Beans

        I have them at 89-90 wins. Last year I hit the nail on the head with their wins and no post season.

    • nsalem

      By the way did you see the 3 previous games we played in Chicago where our offense generated 7 runs in 31 innings a couple of them being unearned. Wouldn’t you call that terrible.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Ha.
    Nicely faked.
    Is that reviewable?

    • TheRealGreg

      I don’t think so.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Leury Garcia…hopefully not as annoying Avasail Garcia, who is thankfully out for the season.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Horrible throw

    Even a mediocre throw likely gets him.

  • nycsportzfan

    One more strike DROB! HOpefully we will get a tack on in the 9th with Jeets, Ells, and Tex coming up.

  • nycsportzfan

    Got em with the Hook! Thats what I was saying to throw over at my place! I knew that fool would chase! Heck ya, DROB!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Strikes please.

  • nycsportzfan

    Uht oh. Nerve racking time. Come on DROB, do your thing. Just gotta get this one guy for now.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

  • BigBlueAL

    I didnt like the Ellsbury signing when it happened. I started to love it after the 1st month of the season. I beginning to dislike it again lol.

    • Kosmo

      as to why Girardi continues to bat Ellsbury 3rd is beyond me.

      • WhittakerWalt

        If he moved down every batter who was slumping they’d all be hitting 8th.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Gonna be a white knuckler, I see.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Well that sucked.

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    Fuck.

  • nycsportzfan

    How did he hit that? Please god, let the Yanks win this one.

  • http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038823/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Paisa

    damn

  • TheRealGreg

    Now the questions will begin

    • WhittakerWalt

      You live for that shit, don’t pretend otherwise.

  • BigBlueAL

    LOL

  • WhittakerWalt

    Both hits on 0-2 pitches. You just have to pitch smarter than that. Not much more to say.
    Time to drink.

  • nycsportzfan

    wow, My heart just got ripped outta my chest. Are you fucking kidding me? DROB throws a freaking fastball down broadway 0-2. Thats just crazy.

    • Kosmo

      yeah really dumb pitch sequence.

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

    And the mass suicide begins. Form an orderly line before jumping, please.

    • nsalem

      Oh don’t take it so seriously.

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

        Well played, though I didn’t say I’d be the one jumping. It was more a commentary on all of the people who would inevitably start freaking out after a frustrating loss like this.

  • Chip Rodriguez

    Ugh.

    And Nuno pitches tomorrow.

    Double ugh.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    How do you give him an 0-2 fastball?

    • nycsportzfan

      Totally uncalled for brain fart. You just can’t have a brain fart like that with Dunn up and a runner on 1st. That was a cocky pitch if I ever saw one. Just think you don’t gotta go the normal route of trying to get em to chase a pitch on 0-2 and try and slip a heater past him real quick. 92 isn’t that hard to catch up to DROB, when your in a 0-2 count.

  • Dro413

    Ahh Mariano come out of retirement!!!

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    They can’t even win 1 run games anymore! THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR LOSING THIS BALLGAME TO HECTOR NOESI. I’m sick of this. Negative run differential and now they can’t even win the close ones.

    • Steve D Fl

      seriously

  • BigBlueAL

    This team is gonna be below .500 by the time they return to NY next weekend.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    I blame Noesi.
    He didn’t fill his embedded Yankee role well enough.

    Not that he didn’t try.

  • nycsportzfan

    God forbid they tack on a fucking run. Just super frustrating. DROB gets away with throwing juicy strikes that get missed alot. I just don’t get why you don’t throw a hook on 0-2? I just can’t imagine not burying a hook to a power hitter in 0-2 count. It boggles my mind..

    • http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038823/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Paisa

      I didn’t see the pitch but I imagine they were trying to 2-spot it (aka go up the in the zone)

      • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

        Nope. They were trying to paint the outside corner and it cut in.

        McCann didn’t set up for a pitch up, it was for a pitch on the outside corner – which is a bad call for an 0-2 count on Dunn, because if you miss that’s what can happen.

        • http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038823/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Paisa

          Did DROB shake to it?

  • WhittakerWalt

    As bad as that was, I can think of something worse: listening to the Hawk Harrelson call of Dunn’s homer.

    • ropeadope

      GOOD GUYS WIN!!!!!!!!!

    • Steve D Fl

      Harrelson is horrible, such a homer jackass

  • Wow

    New lows. I’m back to really not caring, feeling sorry for this team and wondering how the FO plans to bring this back from mediocrity.

  • Mt

    I called that one as soon as viciedo got on – I felt Dunn would do the walk-off and he did although never dreamed it would be on an 0-2 pitch.

    I think somebody put it well – God forbid they score a tack-on run.

  • Zach

    Let’s face it folks, this is not a postseason team.
    Our offense sucks, and our pitching can’t protect leads given to them.
    There is NO excuse for losing tonight’s game, none.

    • Frankie Beans

      Someone with brains around here. They are a 89-90 win team and that’s stretching it. It boggles my mind that a lot of people and this teams manager says it’s to early. The funny part is losses add up and when you lose games to guys on the hill they are a complete joke you gotta take a step back and say wooo what’s going on here.

      I put a lot of blame on Joe coming in here and managing the way he does. I’m sorry if people don’t agree but you need a set 1-9 on a daily basis and when your team is build around 4 Dh’s you are setup to fail.

      • Frankie Beans

        Go look at the way the 1996-2000 Yankees were built 1-9 guys played day in and day out. I dunno what happened to the Yankees but they have became accustom to playing shit way to often and mixing and matching way to often. Joe is in a love affair with his bench players and this go back way before anyone on this team has gotten hurt. His mixing and matching is killing this team along with his managing.

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

          You mean the 1996-2000 Yankees that platooned Tim Raines, Darryl Strawberry, Wade Boggs, Chili Davis, Charlie Hayes, Cecil Fielder, Gerald Williams, Jim Leyritz, Joe Girardi, Jorge Posada, et al? Yeah they had a set 1-9 every day.

          • Frankie Beans

            In 1996 none of them played more then 36 games. By the way Boggs was a starter who played in 132 games. Pretty solid for a starter I’d say. Kelly shit head Johnson 40 games in the season blew right past all of them. Hitting .200 and still getting into those game cuz Joe just loves mixing and matching and getting those bench players to much time.

            Keep making excuses for a poorly run team.

            • Frankie Beans

              BTW if you consider those players your bench that’s a pretty damn good bench.

      • http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038823/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Paisa

        ” you need a set 1-9 on a daily basis and when your team is build around 4 Dh’s you are setup to fail.”

        First, you don’t need a set 1-9 to be successful – just look at OAK and TB over the past five years. Secondly, how do you equate roster construction to being Joey G’s fault?

        • Frankie Beans

          He’s the manager he makes the lineup while that other shit head Cashman get him other teams misfit they gave up on. The more Cash give Joe shit Joe will continue to play shit.

          Yea go take a peak at the 1996-2000 Yankees and you tell me how that lineup was constructed.

          • http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038823/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Paisa

            The 96-2000 Yanks are the exception to basically every other team constructed in the history of the game

            • Frankie Beans

              Poor excuse

            • Frankie Beans

              That’s a poor excuse. You rather come up with an excuse instead of seeing what’s really wrong with this team. What’s that tell you?

          • Frankie Beans

            Oaklaand hasn’t won squat yet with their current lineup / Roster. Let’s talk when they win or where they are at the end of the season. Now you tell me about those 1996-2000 Yankees and how that lineup was constructed and where it got them.