Game 48: Just Win

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The Yankees have dropped two straight and four of their last five games. They’ve lost eight of their last 13 games if you want to take the arbitrary endpoint back further. It’s getting tiresome. Bad starting pitching, slumping middle of the order bats, awful defense … they look very much like a team that has been playing sub-.500 baseball for more than a month. There’s no bad luck here, just bad play. 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. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. DH Alfonso Soriano
  6. 3B Yangervis Solarte
  7. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  8. C John Ryan Murphy
  9. 2B Brendan Ryan
    LHP Vidal Nuno

It’s a little cloudy in Chicago but there is no rain in the forecast. The game is scheduled to begin a little after 2pm ET and you can watch on YES. Try to enjoy.

Shawn Kelley Update: Kelley (back) is on target to resume throwing in the middle of next week following his recent setback. He was originally scheduled to be activated tomorrow.

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  • adjusts batting gloves

    This lineup looks pathetic, on paper…Does Ichiro have some kind of great career numbers off Danks? Is that why he’s starting over Zoilo against the lefty? Not that Zoilo is going to strike fear into the hearts of opponents, but he has a better chance of an XBH than Ichiro…A bunch of lightweight hitters with Texeira and Soriano as the only mashers…mediocrity awaits.

    • Winter

      Ichiro has a career reverse split. He’s always hit lefties better than righties. Whereas Almonte, although he is a switch hitter, is much better facing right handed pitching. He’s been absolutely awful — both in the MLB and the minors — facing lefties.

      • adjusts batting gloves

        Point taken. Turns out Danks’ splits, this year, are not that far apart…Righties with OPS of .859 and lefties with .771, though that would be enough of a difference for me to go with the righties, who also have 7 HR off of him, compared to 1 by a lefty…although in more ABS. Over the last three years, he’s pitched to an even split between RHs and LHs…All that said, I still think the Yankees will be lucky to score four runs today, but that’s just how the team has been playing…

        • Winter

          Almonte has been horrendous facing lefties. He’s never had an XBH versus a lefty at the MLB level. This year, he hit .150/.227/.175 vs lefties in AAA before being called up. I don’t care how bad Danks has looked against righties, I want Ichiro in the lineup over Almonte with a southpaw on the mound.

          • adjusts batting gloves

            I was just pining for #24…

            • vicki

              sizemore?

          • Need Pitching & Hitting

            Absolutely

  • Darren

    Girardi’s determined to run Jeter into the ground, I guess.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Lefty on the mound is the only time he needs to be in the lineup.
      Rest him against RHP.

  • Kosmo

    stubbornly Girardi keeps batting Ellsbury 3rd where he´s done 0.

    • vicki

      new to baseball?

      • Kosmo

        kisses !

      • Eric Young

        :D

      • Cheap Floozy

        apologists with no real answers are rare.

  • Yankeefan91

    Nuno is awful

  • Tut

    Long year

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Off to a good start…

    • Kosmo

      never a dull moment !

  • vicki

    get phelps up.

    oh, wait –

  • Kosmo

    UGH !

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Where’s Wandy?

    /onlyhalfkidding

    • vicki

      i bet we could have paul maholm for a starbucks gift card.

  • Yankeefan91

    already down 3 damm runs

  • Eric Young

    This game quickly devolves to expectations. Perhaps we could see some sloppy infielding before the first inning is over?

  • Tut

    If there was ever a time that the infield should’ve bee in……

  • vicki

    lean into it, boys. we’re in free fall unless the offense gets hot.

  • stuart a

    bitch session. look at the lineup. our 2nd hitter has 8 rbi’s and a slugging % that looks like a mets SS level. elsbury is hitting 3rd with 15 rbi’s, Soriano has a 280 or so obp and thinks every pitch is a fastball.

    with Kelly out they have 3 bullpen guys that have to pitch effectively in every close game.. McCann has done crap so far. beltran is hurt(what a shock) and sabathia before he got hurt has not found the 6 mph he lost, shocker..

    500 team…thank g-d solarte and tex have been good and betances a revelation…

    • vicki

      stuart a, vox populi.

    • Silvio

      A .500 team? You think so? What an optimist!

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    It’s torturous having to listen to Hawk while watching this.

  • Yankeefan91

    Soriano been chasing balls all year and taking the ones in the strike zone for strike 3.

    • Silvio

      He hasn’t changed very much from when he was first with the Yankees.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      He’s always been like that. Imagine the numbers he’d put up if he actually had a modicum of plate discipline.

      • Silvio

        Was it he who said that you don’t get out of the Dominica “by taking pitches”?

        • Rolling Doughnut

          A great line and maybe valid in the early 2000’s when he said it…and when he was good.

        • forensic

          Variations have been credited to Rafael Ramirez and later Miguel Tejada, and basically just Dominican players in general. Haven’t seen anything for Soriano.

        • http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038823/ Paisa

          The saying goes, “you don’t walk off the island.”

      • Silvio

        Anyone have an idea of how this poor infield has been doing, compared to, say, last year’s, at getting Double Play’s?

  • Winter

    Is an “out of the base path” call reviewable?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Don’t think so. I believe that’s considered a judgement call.

    • Mikhel

      Yes. Just a few calls are not reviewable (pitches, vicinity plays and to check whether a runner left on time after a catch was made).

      • forensic

        No, it’s not reviewable.

  • brian

    I’m not an especially sentimental person but it’s been really cool to see the standing ovations and outpouring of love for Jeter on the road this season.

    At the end of the day, it’s just sports… that’s all it is, guys wearing pajamas being paid to hit and run and throw a baseball… but every once in awhile you have an athlete who transcends sports and is worthy of respect and admiration that goes beyond generic Yankee hate.

    I’m savoring all of it, and you should be too. We’ll probably all be old and gray, or worse, before we have another like him.

  • Kosmo

    O/U on Nuno making it thru 4

  • Yankeefan91

    A free out for you Nuno say thank you.

  • Mikhel

    Weird that last season the free fall began more or less around this time after the Yankees were on first place for a bunch of days.

    • brian

      yeh well last season we knew 30-18 was a mirage

      I’m not counting them out this year, the division is weaker and they have better leadership thanks to Jeter being back in the mix… they can at least nab the second wild card

      • FAME

        Better leadership thanks to Jeter being back in the mix? I’m sure that’s going to help them win more games.

    • forensic

      It’s not really weird. You can’t really ‘free-fall’ from last place.

  • vicki

    teix’s glove.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Ellsbury had 7 hits on May 2nd and 3rd combined.
    He’s had 7 hits combined in the 17 games since.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    aka the official scorer just realized Danks would have a no-hitter going if it was ruled an error.

  • 28 this year

    A pitching machine could hold this lineup down

  • FAME

    Yankees might as well call up Peter O’Brien to take Soriano’s spot, because he’s not going to walk and strikeout a lot.

  • word

    seriously a season ending injury for Soriano would improve our team he is an automatic out and isn’t even trying to put a decent at bat together.

  • RetroRob

    What kind of BS are they talking about with Vizquel and the White Sox? He didn’t win 11 gold gloves with them. He barely even played for the White Sox and certainly never won a Gold Glove with them.

    • forensic

      He won more than 5 and did play for the White Sox. It didn’t say they had to win with the White Sox. But I agree their phrasing was piss poor, since they are eliminating all the other SS’s who have more GG’s than Jeter but didn’t happen to spend time in Chicago, for no reason.

  • vicki

    he’s throwing nothing but 88-90mph fastballs.

    • Kosmo

      location location.

  • iblamejay-z

    is Ells really this horrible? he started the season on fire

    • Kosmo

      He certainly is not a 20 million dollar a year player.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Not a $20M a year hitter anyways.
        Total value in the current market, $20M a year is pretty fair overall actually, if he can stay healthy.

        • Kosmo

          Cano is making 24 million. Go figure

          • Need Pitching & Hitting

            Over 10 years.
            The decline is somewhat built into the AAV.
            Both contracts were too long.
            On a 1-year deal, Ellsbury’s probably about a $20M player, while Cano is probably a $30M player (based on expected performance, which in both cases has been below that level)

            • Kosmo

              You don´t really believe Ellsbury is that much better than Gardner ?

              • Winter

                I absolutely think he’s that much better than Gardner. Gardner’s probably a 3-4 WAR player, tops. Ellsbury’s more like a 5-6 WAR player.

                • forensic

                  Gardner has put up over 4 WAR twice while Ellsbury has only passed 6 WAR once, in his incredibly fluky season. I think he’s greatly overrated based on memories of that season. They’ve both passed 3 WAR 3 times.

              • Need Pitching & Hitting

                No. On a 1-year deal, Gardner’s value should be at least $15M. Probably closer to $20M.

            • vicki

              *and robbie is a year older than jake.

              • Kosmo

                damn !

    • vicki

      he hit a little better than his true talent in april; he’s hitting much worse in may. it happens. (for some random reason may has been his worst month over his career.) prolonged slumps are to be expected over a large sample. he’s the last guy i’m worried about.

      • forensic

        I thought Jeter was the last guy you’re worried about? :-)

        • vicki

          laugh to keep from crying, f.

  • forensic

    Ichiro always slides feet first into 2nd.

  • Michahiro Pinaka

    I just checked into the game. Didn’t realize Chris Sale was pitching again.

    On a humorous note, prior to the Bal/Cleveland game, the Orioles’ announcers actually said to expect a pitchers dual with Jimenez on the mound.

    • vicki

      surely they were just pumping the story of ubaldo facing his old team.

  • Steve D Fl

    I cant even watch this shit anymore

    • roberto kelly johnson

      yea i had to turn it off and just followed on gameday. Maybe that will chenge their luck………

  • Steve D Fl

    its the Yankees fault I have a drinking problem :)

  • your mom

    This team is fucking God awful right now. Can’t wait until July when Cashman gets rid of all our best prospects for players that won’t even get us to the playoffs.

  • Tom

    So were it not for McCann’s HR yesterday the Yankees would not have scored a single run off Chicago starters to this point.

    And even with it, it’s 3 runs in 18 innings against Chicago starters.

    • your mom

      What the hell is our record these past few years in Chicago? I swear we got swept in a 4 game series recently there. Looks to be another one coming too.

      • Tom

        They’ve lost something like 9 straight in Chicago

      • forensic

        They’ve lost 8 straight at the White Sox. Haven’t won there since 2011.

        • Tom

          Sure make a liar out of me! ;-)

  • vicki

    that’s how you do it. make em hit it to ryan and ells.

    it’s nice that we’re getting some length out of eephus. now if they can do something with danks’s garbage.

  • Kosmo

    Nuno rebounded nicely. 3-0 after 6 is not insurmountable.

    • vicki

      despite how it feels.

      • Kosmo

        time to put the 1st inning behind us and move on. Think?

        • forensic

          It’s not the 3 run first inning. It’s the 1 hit in 7 innings and 3 hits in 8 innings with 0 runs.

          • Kosmo

            that too !

          • vicki

            it’s the last few weeks.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Getting 1-hit by John Danks … smdh.

  • iblamejay-z

    Tex blown away by a sizzling 88 mph fast ball

  • iblamejay-z

    15 minutes can save you 15 percent or more on car insurance…everyone knows that. well did you know that even high school teams can hit off John Danks

    • Steve D Fl

      funny

  • nycsportzfan

    I haven’t got over that 0-2 fastball to Dunn yet. Talk about a series changing pitch. God, I still cant get over not burying a curveball on 0-2.

    • Kosmo

      I understand and sympathize.

    • vicki

      they have pills you can take.

      • nycsportzfan

        Yeah, I just took 100mg’s of McCann, and i’m feeling much better now.

  • Winter

    Strong 8-pitch inning, there. Any chance Girardi runs Nuno back out there for the 8th to save the bullpen some?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Already 16 pitches over his season high pitch count.
      I’d guess no.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Guessed wrong.

  • JoeC

    I’m going to be honest. This team needs a shake up. They need to get rid of Kevin Long. He should have been fired years ago because it seems as though the offense problems that have plagued this ball club since 2000 have only gotten worse under his tutaledge. They don’t run. They don’t walk. They don’t protect the plate. And they try to pull almost everything and when teams keep shifting against our hitters they refuse to go the opposit way. As hitting coach, it is his job to get hitters maximize there abilities and I don’t think he does that.

    • Winter

      Since Long took over in 2007, the Yankees are:

      5th in SB (don’t run?)
      3rd in BB% (don’t walk?)
      5th in K% (as in, 5th lowest — don’t protect the plate?)

      Not to mention 1st in runs scored, 1st in wOBA, 2nd in wRC+ and 2nd in both OBP and SLG.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        You and your pesky facts.

      • forensic

        Well, there is a difference between some of the earlier offenses and some of the more recent ones (not to mention the great offenses that generally led into these Long years from the Torre staff regime). I’m certainly not putting it all on Long, but I wouldn’t mind some new blood there as I really do think his positive impact is overrated.

      • Brandon

        Because they had younger, more capable bats. This current team can’t hit even with the improvements they’ve made. They can’t score runs against guys like Roenis Elias, Chris Young, Hector fucking Noesi, and John Danks. Something has to change.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          Changing players would have a lot bigger impact than changing coaches.
          Not sure it’s Long’s fault that Jeter, Soriano, and Roberts are cooked.

    • Michahiro Pinaka

      I guess they should just hire you.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      It’s a team in transition plagued with injuries. It’s not on Long. I mean, you know what your’e getting with guys like Soriano. And getting a pull hitter to go the opposite way in a month seems like a pretty tall order for any coach.

  • Yankeefan91

    it feels like were down 13-0

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

    7 IP, I believe that’s Nuno’s highest as a Yankee.

    • Winter

      Indeed it is. Previous high was 6 IP (3 times).

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

        He had a 6.1 this season I believe.

      • Winter

        Strike that, he pitched 6.1 IP in a game last year.

        • Winter

          Dammit, Roadgeek is right. I had my tabs mixed up.

  • Kosmo

    Ryan turned on that 87mph heater

  • Tom

    Consecutive hits… what is this madness?

    Gardner needs to muscle up here.

    • Kosmo

      for shame

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

    Might as well let Nuno pitch the 8th. Going to be a painful loss if he finishes the 8th.

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

      Or not.

  • Brandon

    As pathetic as this team is, I’d expect a hell of a lot more than three runs on seven hits in 14 innings against Hector Noesi and John Danks, two of the worst pitchers in all of baseball. I understand not scoring off Samardzija or Sale, but this is fucking pathetic. Since you can’t get rid of guys like Ellsbury or McCann, Kevin Long needs to fucking go along with Brian Roberts. Kelly Johnson is a 2B, plain and simple. Makes me sick that Roberts gets ABs over him

    • Mikhel

      Ellsbury has to be benched, the guy is batting 0.112 AVG, 5 R, 0 RBI, 7 BB, 34 Ks since May 4… well another hit as I am posting this.

      • Lukasz

        Obviously Ellsbury is the problem, not the guy hitting into double plays right behind him

  • Mikhel

    Can’t win when Greg Maddux is pitching against us almost everyday…

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

    Four Eyes is their closer? LOL.

    Why did Hahn trade away Addison Reed? I mean come on..

    • http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038823/ Paisa

      I think I would have pulled the trigger on that deal for Matt Davidson (even if he is slumping big time in AAA: 68wRC+). It’s not like the White Sox were going to have a ton of games for Reed to close out anyway. Not to mention, he’s one of those expensive arb guys with a lot of saves.

  • stuart a

    yankee pluses; gardner, texiera, warren, tanaka, betances, solarte and murphy

    yanks minuses; jeter been bad and bats 2nd and plays the field all the time, Soriano has been horrible, what a 260 obp, beltran hurt, McCann BA about 225, kuroda and sabathis stink… thornton sucks. Nova and Pineda injuries…

    a lot more minuses then pluses. ie 500 team.

    • Kosmo

      you watch what you say Buddy !

    • vicki

      at this point, if you want to troll you should say the yankees are good.

  • vicki

    rally!

  • Kosmo

    Ellsbury got a hit (repeat)

  • stuart a

    addtl minuses are ellsbury at 250, Johnson sucks, Roberts ditto, sure ichiro is hitting 333 but with the slugging ability of jeter…

    fielding has been horrible team wise also..

    • Mikhel

      And Jacoby has one of the most deceiving 0.250’s averages on the Yankees, he has been batting around 0.110 since may 4th.

      • vicki

        what’s not deceptive? the .250 hitter who goes 1-for-4 every day? nobody does that. ellsbury is the bogey golfer who shoots 35 on the front nine. there will naturally be a correction. his miserable may doesn’t mean he’ll continue to hit .110; it means the pendulum will naturally swing back to well above average.

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

    Come on people, this is Roland Belisario. We need to hit these out of the ballpark, or else make him throw a grounder over Dunn’s head.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Kelly Johnson is a PR???

  • Kosmo

    this is good .

  • Tom

    Can Belisario start for them tomorrow?

    He’s given up more runs in 2 innings that Chicago starters have in 20

  • Mikhel

    Well at least they were not shutout.

  • Mikhel

    “Lukasz says:
    May 24, 2014 at 4:26 pm
    Obviously Ellsbury is the problem, not the guy hitting into double plays right behind him”

    Right, because Ellsbury is hitting tons of hits after the rally killing double plays.

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

    Rick Hahn making trading Addison Reed a really bad thing now.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Wow!!!

  • nycsportzfan

    FUCK YEAH MCCANN!!!!!!

  • forensic

    McCann!

    Someone should buy Ventura a binder. How can he not bring in Downs to face McCann there?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      He was just using the wrong binder.
      He was using the SSS binder that shows McCann hitting much better against lefties than righties this season.

  • 28 this year

    You’ve got to be kidding me

  • vicki

    yan’s ops goes up .200 (1.069) in high leverage situations. yay, clutch myth.

  • fred robbins

    a shake up would be welcome, but George is long gone and can’t do it form the grave. This is a blind ownership and management catering to old and over the hill players for the sake of name brand on the ball field.
    I can’t think of any other team that would start this group day after day and accept this kind of leadership and decision making.
    It is worse than pathetic.

    • Winter

      So you’d bench all the regulars and replace them with… who exactly?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Who do you want them to start?
      It’s not like they have great options.

      • nsalem

        Fred makes a good point about the way the FO has done business since the end of 2012. However he just repeats it over and over ad nauseum. Making the same point as he thinks up over the top phrases. Even at their worst the Yankees have maintained an over .500 record the last couple of years and there are plenty of organizations doing a worse job than the Yankees are.

        • Silvio

          Even at their worst the Yankees have maintained an over .500 record the last couple of years and there are plenty of organizations doing a worse job than the Yankees are.

          Not good enough for the Yankees. Leave that record (and management) to the mediocrities of baseball.

      • fred robbins

        I don’t have an answer to your good question. It was more of a rhetorical statement. They can only play who they have… Just venting about what seems to be groundhog day or groundhog year:)

    • nsalem

      Nothing is more boring and pathetic is the redundancy of your comments. Your points are well taken but reading them is equivalent to getting hit in the face with a hammer.

    • Michahiro Pinaka

      Because George’s shake ups ALWAYS worked.

  • Winter

    Too bad Roberts apparently isn’t available to pinch run.

  • nycsportzfan

    This team certainly has been battling lately. Can’t say they haven’t.

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

    Once again, Roland Belisario. You can thank Rich Hahn and Robin Ventura for those three runs.

  • Kosmo

    ok Murph your turn.

    • Kosmo

      ok Mccann ! way to go !

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

    TIE GAME.

  • Yankeefan91

    Brian fucking Mccannnnnnnnnnn

  • Winter

    YES! I don’t care how weakly it was hit. WE ARE TIED!

  • Tom

    No lefty for McCann?

    …and as I type this… thank you Chicago!

  • Kosmo

    Claiborne or Aceves ?

  • Lukasz

    MCCANN!!! WHAT A GREAT TIME TO PICK UP HIS FIRST HIT OF THE SEASON!

    • vicki

      ietc.

  • your mom

    Thank you Belisario. You officially suck.

    • nycsportzfan

      Yanks have been coming back late all wk long though. Give your teams offense some props, please. Theres enough time to blame our own guys. Lets enjoy cheering for em when they do amazing things like score 3 in the 9th to tie it up.

      • your mom

        Props to the O for an unlikely comeback.

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

      Belisario’s always sucked against the Yankees.

  • your mom

    What is the record for the most strikeouts by a reliever in a season?

    • Kosmo

      Dick radatz 1964 something like 180 is my guess.

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

      Dick Radatz, 181 in 1964.

      • nsalem

        He pitched 157 innings though

        • Kosmo

          in relief.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting

            I didn’t realize Torre was managing way back then.

            • vicki

              lol.

  • BigBlueAL

    How in the hell is Ryan allowed to hit there????? If Roberts isnt available than Johnson shouldnt have pinch-run for Solarte and been held back specifically to hit for Ryan.

    Outside of that, great comeback in the 9th to tie the game.

  • YankeeDJW

    Betances is the best thing to happen all season.

    • your mom

      Yangervis says hi.

      • YankeeDJW

        Ok, top two.

        Bentances has more upside. We’ll see if Solarte can sustain it.

        • Kosmo

          Tanaka ?

          • vicki

            one rough start, they forget your name.

            • nsalem

              who??

          • YankeeDJW

            Top 3! haha.

            The season has sucked so much, I forget all the bright spots. Anyone else?

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    I want 7 runs scored in the top of the 10th.

    AVARICE!!!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    #domination

  • Tom

    Dellin is dealing once again!

    I wonder what the plan is if the Yankees don’t score in the top of the 10th.

  • your mom

    Betances is money! They should try him as a starter again………

  • your mom

    Thank God for MLB TV, I don’t have to hear the Hawk. The most annoying announcer evah!!!

  • alittleblackegg

    I like Mr. Betances. I like him very much.

  • Yankeefan91

    ellsburyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

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

    That’s the way to break a slump.

  • BigBlueAL

    Ellsbury!!! I always loved signing him!!! :-)

  • 28 this year

    There we go.

  • Kosmo

    WOW Ellsbury !!!

  • MartinRanger

    #choocouldhavedonethat

  • vicki

    suck on it.

  • Tom

    Ellsbury!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Should have benched him….

  • your mom

    I love you Captain, but eww.

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

    About that slump.

  • YankeeDJW

    Way to break out of it!!

  • MartinRanger

    ELLS LIVES

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Screw all the Ells-haters

    • Kosmo

      hate is to strong a word.

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

        So was screw.

        Meh, whatever

    • vicki

      novices.

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

        Oh, I have vices! Believe me. :)

  • your mom

    Holy Shit!!!!! Uncle El! Mmmmmm…. Uncle El.

  • Tom

    On a side note – I want to thank Ellsbury for not subjecting us to Aceves or Claiborne in the bottom of the 10th (though Dellin may have gone a 2nd inning?)

    • Kosmo

      I concur

  • http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038823/ Paisa

    May have been a wall-scraper. But a bomb is a bomb is a bomb is a bomb. Good for Ellsbury – he needed that.

  • Kosmo

    D-Rob redemption time

  • nycsportzfan

    Sick win if DROB can hold this.

  • nsalem

    Got away with that 1-1 pitch to Garcia.

  • nycsportzfan

    FUCK YEAH ELLS! Ells and McCann baby! The Newbies!

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

    Adam Eaton was annoyance with the Diamondbacks. This is not been fun.

  • Tom

    Eaton has been a pest…

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Now’s not the time to tighten the strike zone, ump.

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

      Jeff Nelson’s had a wide strike zone all day, maybe just one bad call?

    • http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038823/ Paisa

      That first pitch cutter looked pretty low. Granted, I turned the game on in the 9th, so i haven’t seen what the zone has been

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        I thought it was at the knees, with plenty of plate.

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

    STRIKE 3.

  • nsalem

    Be careful with those curves

  • Lukasz

    One more strike, and then nail this baby down!

  • roberto kelly johnson

    tough win

  • nycsportzfan

    Much needed. Bigtime win.

  • Tom

    Sierra on deck (.463OPS)…. be careful here

    • Tom

      …or just strike him out. That works too!

  • nsalem

    Good Save. To me it looked like he had nothing working but his fastball.

  • http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038823/ Paisa

    Good day to turn the game on with 1 out in the ninth.

    • Lukasz

      Not even, all of the RBI came with two outs, including Ellsbury’s homerun

    • vicki

      you have to suffer winter to truly enjoy the spring.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Nice win.
    Good job by Nuno settling in after a rough start.
    Nice to see the Yankees offense showing some late life in these games. Now it’d be nice if they could start to show up for the first several innings.

    • http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038823/ Paisa

      “it’d be nice if they could start to show up for the first several innings.”

      You gotta think Ellsbury will get back on track after today (I mean, you just have to, right?) That will certainly make somewhat of a difference.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Hopefully.

  • your mom

    Good win. Somehow we can actually go .500 this week.

  • fred robbins

    Hughes is 5-1, with a low 3 something e.r.a. I hope he makes the all star team and someone, somewhere can find the strength and guts to toss Larry R out of Yankee Stadium on rails, where he has not helped one pitcher in the length of his contract. So I guess he is due for a raise and a renegotiation.

    • WhittakerWalt

      “where he has not helped one pitcher in the length of his contract.”

      David Robertson, Dellin Betances and Adam Warren fart in your general direction.

      • fred robbins

        ok.. I was under the impression those three– D rob, Dellin and Warren got their help and progress at the minor league level.

        I take your points of criticism about certain things and repeating. Will aim to do better. Sometimes it is just frustrating.

        • WhittakerWalt

          Betances in particular was something of a disaster at the minor league level. They feared he’d never be able to throw strikes. That has not been the case up with the big club.

    • Silvio

      “And what about ME?”asks the Joba:

      INNINGS: 19.2
      HITS: 19
      RUNS: 8
      EARNED RUNS: 7
      HR’s: 0
      WALKS: 5
      STRIKEOUTS: 25

    • Michahiro Pinaka

      Why don’t you do yourself a favor and look up Hughes’ stats for his career away from Yankee Stadium. But that would mean using facts in your stories. Also, I guess CC’s knee is Rothchild’s fault too, huh?

    • vicki

      so, larry dictated the dimensions of yankee stadium? phil’s still an extreme flyball pitcher. his hr/fb has been cut in half pitching at target, and he has road wins at places like comerica and petco.

    • Mr. Roth

      Phil had plenty of stretches in NY where he pitched well, don’t act like he never had a good month while he was a Yankee. His problem was always his inconsistency.

      Don’t blame Larry because Phil sucked in NY. We’ve had plenty of successful pitchers while Larry was the pitching coach and I don’t see you attributing all of their success to Larry. Phil throws the ball, not Larry.

      • fred robbins

        all right — tell me one pitcher Larry has found a bad arm angle or landing spot or anything else that has made them better as a pitcher. I don’t mind being wrong. These are just opinions and listening to the baseball tonight chatter or announcers who seem to point out these things and with CC as well. Not sure who the announcer is, but it is always easier to be a backseat driver… I get it

        • WhittakerWalt

          Don’t listen to the Baseball Tonight guys. They’re morons.

  • WhittakerWalt

    So glad I missed this game thread.

    • mustang

      That’s makes two of us. As bad as they been they are 6-4 in their last 10 and 2 games back in the division.

  • fred robbins

    It’s always much more fun to see a win. I hope Betances is on the all star team as it looks like he is having the kind of year that Robertson had when he started to make a name for himself.

    This is not the medical journal for the AMA and no one dies as a result of any of the comments—hopefully—when I write here, it is just wondering out loud kind of thing.

    Like– why did they get Kelly Johnston? I thought he was a respected utility guy with a decent bat, but it seems he is mostly unused and misused. Does that seem accurate?
    I don’t do a lot of stat reading– just follow the games and write from my heart about my favorite team in sports just seemingly drifting with the same formula.

    have a great Memorial Weekend.