Game 61: Make It Three

Heyman: Twins agree to sign Kendrys Morales
DotF: Kelley begins rehab assignment, Refsnyder picks up two more hits
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(Ed Zurga/Getty)

The Yankees are in position to win their third straight game tonight, something they’ve done only twice in the last month. Winning streaks have been hard to come by lately. Not enough offense, not enough innings from the starters, and lately the bullpen’s been a little leaky as well. That hasn’t been the case these last two days, at least not to the same extreme as the last few weeks, so hopefully the Yankees are starting to dig themselves out of this little hole.

Here is the Royals 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 Carlos Beltran
  6. 3B Yangervis Solarte
  7. RF Alfonso Soriano
  8. 2B Brian Roberts
  9. C John Ryan Murphy
    RHP David Phelps

It has been raining for part of the day in Kansas City, but it has cleared up and there shouldn’t be any problems for tonight. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15pm ET and you can watch on FOX. Yankees and Royals on FOX, on Saturday night. What is this world? Enjoy the game.

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Heyman: Twins agree to sign Kendrys Morales
DotF: Kelley begins rehab assignment, Refsnyder picks up two more hits
  • Yangeddard Solarte

    I said just yesterday that we’d take 3/4 in this series and go 7-3 on the road trip and people said I didn’t know what I was talking about. BGDP will shut down this inept lineup and give us 7 strong innings. He’ll finally get some decent run support and won’t be going against Chris Sale or King Felix.

    • Mikhel

      Yeah…

  • Darren

    I have a feeling this is the beginning of Jeter hitting the ball with authority. He finally got a little rest, he’s always hit well in KC, and the weather’s warming up. Expect at least 2 RBI and some line drives tonight from the Cap’n.

  • TheRealGreg

    Yankees will win another WS before another Triple Crown is won. I will bet on that.

    • Winter

      That’s a… weird wager.

      • TheRealGreg

        When I say Triple Crown, I mean Horse racing of course.

        • Winter

          Even weirder.

    • vicki

      well, obviously. there won’t be another triple crown opportunity before this october. boom.

      • Daniel

        How old are you?

        • vicki

          what is this, tinder? get your head in the game.

          • Daniel

            You fascinate me.

            • vicki

              i get that a lot.

              • Daniel

                You’re an aim bot with baseball knowledge uploaded. I don’t believe you’re real.

  • TheRealGreg

    Luckily, it looks like we will spared Joe Buck and crew who are in Detroit to do Red Sox/Tigers

    • TheRealGreg

      It will be Matt Vasgersian and Eric Karros.

  • Winter

    I’m loving that FOX broadcasts are now on MLB.tv. Obviously I’d rather a YES broadcast, but it’s better than being blacked out.

  • Winter

    I assume most of you saw this already, but the Yankees drafted Mo’s son, Mariano III.

  • McLovin

    Star studded Yankee lineup?

    • Prussian General Jordan Brink

      Shit like that is why Fox and ESPN broadcasted games are so annoying.

    • TheRealGreg

      Names, yes.

      Stats, not so much

      • WhittakerWalt

        Maybe they hate stats just like John and Suzyn do.

  • Prussian General Jordan Brink

    “Winning streaks have been hard to come by lately. Not enough offense,”

    You could stop right there.

    For Prussia, Saturday night style!

    • vicki

      i genuinely think you need to burn your screen name in effigy. at least the jordan brink part. it’s cursed.

  • Yankeefan91

    MLB THE SHOW CREW

  • TheRealGreg

    Our two best hitters are lefties. Duffy murder against lefties. This is going to be bad.

    • TheRealGreg

      And as I say that…

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

      Teixeira?

      • TheRealGreg

        Ellsbury and Gardner. Should have said “contact hitters”, although right now Solarte is better than both of them but we’re still kind of in the SSS mode.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    BGDP has that good two seamer working and a pitcher’s umpire behind the plate. Watch out for double digit K’s.

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

    KC is trying to be patient, and the zone is massive.

  • vicki

    he seriously looks like a parody of himself.

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

    FOX with the fancy maps.

  • TheRealGreg

    I don’t what you can do with him right now. I just don’t know.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Isn’t Soriano at least supposed to hit lefties?

    • TheRealGreg

      In theory, yes

  • Liam in Albany

    So how much longer does Soriano last on this roster? he looks toasted.

    • TheRealGreg

      Until the Yankees can get someone better who can play RF and hit.

      • Rolling Doughnut

        I guess Suzuki is too old to play every day but he has good splits, granted SSS but Soriano needs to sit for awhile.

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

      Not sure. If he can’t even continue to hit lefties now in the platoon role he is going to lose his time to Ichiro.

  • TheRealGreg

    Phelps has no control tonight

  • WhittakerWalt

    I hate the way Suzyn says “thigh high.” It just sounds creepy. It also immediately follows big hits surrendered by Yankee pitchers.

  • vicki

    the fucking royals, phelps.

  • TheRealGreg

    BGDP is getting knocked around a bit

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

    good. Now 1 out, sets up dp.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Oh, I’ll take that out.

  • WhittakerWalt

    This is getting out of hand.

  • TheRealGreg

    But Phelps does nothing with it and it 3-0 Royals

  • Yankeefan91

    Love Jeter’s Range -_____-

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

    TBH Ryan probably makes that play.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Would competent fielders have gotten to that?

    • vicki

      it looked routine-ish.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Even Jeter should have made that play.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Outs, please.

    • TheRealGreg

      Royals felt so bad that they gave us one

  • TheRealGreg

    Even that out was hit hard.

  • TheRealGreg

    No Big Game David Phelps EVER AGAIN, EDDARD

    • vicki

      well, maybe it’s not big enough a game.

  • No 2013 again

    It takes real skills to allow 3 runs in 1 inning against KC

    • TheRealGreg

      As I said yesterday, the only way the Royals can score runs is to string hits together. 5 hits in that inning (Including 2 doubles) 3 runs.

      Thank you “Big Game”

      • WhittakerWalt

        David Phelps is like the personification of everything that’s wrong with our team: every single thing needs to go right for him to succeed. He can’t miss a spot, ever. He can’t try sneaking a fastball by anyone, ever. He has to be perfect to win. He doesn’t have enough talent to get by otherwise.

        • TheRealGreg

          Good analysis.

        • Daniel

          What if David Phelps parents decided to check out riveraveblues.com tonight and saw that? They would never come back.

          • WhittakerWalt

            Uh, OK.

          • JohnnyC

            They’re probably watching their DVR’ed Cardinals game from this afternoon right now.

  • BigBlueAL

    This team isnt going to go on an extended good stretch with Whitley as their 3rd best SP. They need CC and Pineda back ASAP.

  • vicki

    i’d hoped for a big lead before i have to go to work. should’ve been more specific.

    i also wish three runs didn’t feel like a big lead, but here we are.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Since we usually struggle to even score two, three definitely feels like a lot.

    • Daniel

      You work at night?

      • Lukasz

        Keep it in the pants brah, I know what ur thinking

        • Daniel

          No, I just worry. That’s all.

  • Lukasz

    Can we get more than one extra base hit tonight pozhajlusta? A triple and a homerun in the same game would be nice. Maybe we can even get a multiple doubles

  • TheRealGreg

    Got him by an inch

  • WhittakerWalt

    Can we at least get back one of those runs? Pretty please?

  • No 2013 again

    Brian roberts still has a Job. How?

    • TheRealGreg

      Because Rob Refsnyder is not ready to go yet.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Who would you slot in to play second?

  • TheRealGreg

    A little part of me hopes the Yankees go into the tank because we will get to try and:

    A: See young talent come up and see what they have
    B: Try and get some prospects back by selling. Kuroda will be a nice trade chip for us.

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

      Selling is overrated. After many years of mediocrity it makes sense, but this team isn’t that far off from a contender.

    • Daniel

      There is zero chance the first year the Yankees go into sell mode happens to be Derek Jeter’s last season. No chance whatsoever. They’ll try and fail to acquire Smardja, and then acquire Brandon Mccarthy for Gary Sanchez, Jose Pirela, Greg Bird, Peter O’brien, and Ian Clarkin.

      • The Other Matt

        I’d personally hire Donald Trump for the Yankees to have him fire Brian Cashman if that were to happen.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Pretty sure Kuroda has another NTC, and he’s refused to be traded before.

      Also, Kuroda hasn’t been all that good, and he’s making a lot of money.
      Yankees would probably have to eat a lot of $$ to have any chance at a decent return.

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

    A lot of baseball experts thought this was KC’s year?

    Who exactly?

    • Daniel

      Mike Axisa.

    • The Other Matt

      And every analysts in the world thought the Nationals would win 100 games and the World Series last year. Coming into the year everybody swore that the AL East was up for grabs and every team had a legitimate shot at winning the division, except for the Blue Jays. Things happen. Baseball is a funny game, and can be very difficult to predict.

  • WhittakerWalt

    “Jeter grounded to short his first time”

    WOW, really?

  • Daniel

    To me, David Phelps is in a dead even tie for worst pitcher on the roster with Matt Thornton.

  • The Other Matt

    Phelps needed that. Would be nice to put some runs on the board here this inning, or at least a run, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

  • Tom

    I know folks keep saying “Jeter is not moving out of the 2 spot”, but is there any sort of time where it actually has to happen, outside of when Jeter retires at the end of the year? Short of Jeter going to Girardi and initiating the move himself, is there any point at which Girardi makes a move or is that just wishful thinking?

    He has a .620 OPS now. I know the Yankees have plenty of offensive problems but, your #2 hitting that way is taking an already bad offense and making it worse. It won’t solve the problems but don’t you have to make any improvement you can at this point?

    If he goes sub .600, do they still keep running him out as the #2 hitter?

    • TheRealGreg

      But if they do that, does that solve any problems right now? To me it doesn’t.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Solve? No.
        At least slightly help? Probably

        They need every little bit of help they can get.

    • CashmanNinja

      I love Jeter, but he has got to move down now. He is KILLING us in the #2 hole. We need to have something like Gardner lead off and Ellsbury in the #2 hole. Put our 2 best table setters in position to have runners on base with less than 2 outs (since even if the lead off guy gets on Jeter will ground into a double play).

      • TheRealGreg

        Jeter has ground into only 5 DPs this year.

      • Paisa

        give him the month of june, let him swing the bat in warmer weather, and make a decision from there.

  • 28 this year

    Wow Soriano is awful.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Soriano is SO done. Like, he needs to retire yesterday kind of done.

  • CashmanNinja

    Soriano fucking sucks. DFA this guy because he is seriously done.

  • TheRealGreg

    That right there shows just moving Jeter down will solve very little

    • Rolling Doughnut

      He’s 19th in wRC+ and 21st in fWAR amon shortstops. Below average but not rock bottom. The 76 OPS+ is terrible though. So you’re only going to get singles out of him. Not a pretty way to go out but it could be worse I guess.

      • WhittakerWalt

        “Below average but not rock bottom…Not a pretty way to go out but it could be worse I guess.”

        Man, it’s just sad to read that.

  • nycsportzfan

    Looks like the Duff’ster is in domination mode of our very bleak lineup. At least score Yanks.

  • Daniel

    Soriano just isn’t an everyday player. It happens to them all. And it wouldn’t be a problem if they hadn’t gone and singed that other guy who also isn’t an everyday player in Beltran to a 3 year deal. They seem to collect these types.

    • TheRealGreg

      And whose fault is that?

      • Daniel

        I blame myself.

        • WhittakerWalt

          So do I.

  • nycsportzfan

    3 straight pop ups for Murphy in that AB. He had no chance.

  • Brandon

    Duffy is good, but are the Yankees going to get shut down by every single pitcher? Fuck this offense blows

  • TheRealGreg

    Now this offense sucks and Danny Duffy is a very good young pitcher. I smell a shutout.

    • nycsportzfan

      I agree, and it smells like shit.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Yup, the makings of yet another “tip your cap” game.

  • nycsportzfan

    This kinda game has happened to the Yanks almost every other game. Usually they at least scrape something together though. I honestly think they might be the worst offense against Lefties i’ve seen in yrs. Every lefty in the world shuts this offense down.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Even when they do score it takes some kind of divine intervention/lucky bounce/bad defense to get it done. Even a mediocre pitcher can knock the bats out of their hands.

      • nycsportzfan

        Every time you look up the batters in a 0-2 1-2 count. THen they easily groove a fastball that is almost always missed by every one in the lineup.

        As I say this , Ellsbury 0-2 count and just missed meat dead red fastball.

  • TheRealGreg

    Axisa said it best:

    “The game of baseball has changed. The Yankees haven’t changed with it.”

    That’s why we are where we are.

    • Daniel

      A lot of people have been saying that exactly for like years.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Good teams come and go. True dynasties are rare. The Yanks have been alternately bad with some terrible squads to good with some great squads since ’65. Seems kind of like a natural thing to me. Fans from the 90’s were spoiled into thinking the Yanks would be great every year.

      • TheRealGreg

        And that “spoiling” is one of the reasons why Cashman and the trust blew up the $189 plan. He saw the ratings and the attendance figures.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Another 1-2-3 inning for BGDP, just one inning away from a QS. It’s not his fault the offense never scores any runs for him.

    • TheRealGreg

      You are an idiot.

    • WhittakerWalt

      You’re a joke.

    • Daniel

      I agree with you.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Please proceed…

  • nycsportzfan

    Over/under 1.5runs for Yanks in this one?

    • nycsportzfan

      I’d love to take the over by the way but I just don’t see it. I’ve tried to stay optimistic because of where the Yanks are in the standings(wildcard), but this offense is gonna weigh us down. Were getting a good game outta Phelps but can’t do a thing with Duffy.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Phelps has been extremely lucky to only have given up 3 runs.

      • TheRealGreg

        Not really. 7 hits given up by Phelps, including 3 doubles.

        Remember Royals are a bad offense too.

        • nycsportzfan

          Hes kept us in the game and is 3outs away from a quality start. Thats good enough from our 4th-5th rotation guy on the road.

          • WhittakerWalt

            That’s why the quality start is a foolish stat. This has not been quality pitching.

            • nycsportzfan

              Its a foolish stat why? Because it dosen’t support your argument? It says dude kept you in the game. No one said Phelps threw a David Wells gem, but hes def done enough to keep us in the game and the offense has done less then nothing.

              • WhittakerWalt

                It’s a foolish stat because it doesn’t tell the real story of how he’s pitching. In this particular game Phelps was fooling no one, and got lucky for a long period of time. Then he walked two guys in a row and threw a meatball. He pitched like shit and it finally caught up with him.

                Also, 4.5 runs per nine is what your “quality start” works out to. That’s not quality.

          • TheRealGreg

            With our offense, what does “kept in the game” mean?

            • nycsportzfan

              Still a Sv situation.

        • Rolling Doughnut

          3 runs in 5 innings. No great shakes but not terrible either, IMHO.

          • nycsportzfan

            Exactly. At worst, it should be 3-1 3-2 score. But when you can’t even get a single run when your 4th starter is giving up 3runs, you’ll lose 100 outta 100 times.

          • WhittakerWalt

            But he’s getting drubbed. It should be more like 5-6 runs. Remember Moustakas gave away an out, and they held the runner at third another time.

            • nycsportzfan

              It should be what you say but yet its 3-1 with runners on 2nd and 3rd. Thank you for keeping us in this one David.

              • WhittakerWalt

                How’s that working out for you?

            • Rolling Doughnut

              He is getting hit hard but there was also a blooper and a seeing eye single that set up two runs.

    • Lukasz

      Under, the Yankees are OPS’ing .551 in June, and that number is going even further down after tonight’s game

      • nycsportzfan

        I was thinking under yet hoping like hell the over hit. We got one at least.

    • Tom

      Over.

      The Yankees at some point will wave the white flag. Betances and DRob are off tonight and Warren is the closer (which means on the road he is only allowed to pitch with a lead).

      So at some point the French guy from Friends, Thornton, Daley will give up a couple of runs and the Yankees will scratch together a couple of runs until KC brings in their big guns at the end of the bullpen to shut things down.

      They might even push a run or two across against Duffy (and then KC will go to their good bullpen arms)

      • nycsportzfan

        The over baby!!!

  • nycsportzfan

    Gardy, Jeter , and Ells gotta get on base. I mean, come on! Thats what those 3 are made to do in baseball.

  • nycsportzfan

    Its hard to keep my eyes open when were up.

  • nycsportzfan

    Boring!

    • nycsportzfan

      Belty and Solarte have awaken me!

  • The Other Matt

    Vasgersian speaking about the precarious situation regarding the All-Star game this year, with the 1B and DH spots for the American League. Granted, Joe Mauer is going to end up in the game because he’s Joe Mauer and it’s being played at Target Field, but honestly he doesn’t deserve to go. But that’s neither here nor there, because he will be there, regardless. But I envision a situation where, similar to last year when Josh Donaldson was left off the team, although deserving, Brandon Moss may end up being left off the team although he is deserving. Just for the 1B and DH spots you have Jose Abreu, Miggy, Edwin Encarnacion, David Ortiz, V-Mart, Albert Pujols, and Nelson Cruz. Not all of those guys can go, no matter how many players are on the all-star team. And when Mauer makes the team ahead of one or more of those guys, it’s going to be a bit inequitable to say the least.

    • Daniel

      This is why I put almost no stock in the All Star game to begin with.

    • fred robbins

      you talk about someone not deserving to be an All Star starter? what about Jeter– he should only be an honorary member of the team, not a starting regular. They lose most of the games he starts and seem to win when he sits. When he sits he can’t make either physical or mental errors or hit weak ground balls.

  • nycsportzfan

    Another thing this team sucks at is hitting fastballs. And it sucks, because nowadays almost everyone throws 95.

  • Silvio

    Why do these network guys waste time with their show-bizzy interviews?

  • The Other Matt

    It would actually be quite nice if Carlos Beltran managed to get a hit here.

    • The Other Matt

      Ok. Ok. Ok. Me likey.

  • nycsportzfan

    There ya go Beltran.

  • No 2013 again

    Beltran is alive!

  • Lukasz

    >yankees offense this year

  • nycsportzfan

    Solarte!!!

  • Tom

    Bit surprised Solarte is seeing anything to hit in this AB. I realize righhty is his weaker platoon, but….

    • Tom

      God bless the Royals!

      Not exactly the sharpest spoons in the drawer!

  • Winter

    YES! YANGERVIS!

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

    YANGERVIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • forensic

    Have I mentioned lately how horrible Sterling is?

    • WhittakerWalt

      Mention it again. I’m furious with him.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Fucking Sterling. Goddamn idiot. Wait to see whether it’s going out before you launch into your inane bullshit calls.

    • Winter

      To be fair, Beltran clobbered it. I thought it was gone off the bat, too.

      • WhittakerWalt

        But Sterling got through the whole call, all the way through “It is gone!” before correcting himself.

      • forensic

        Yeah, but he didn’t even do his normal ‘it is high, it is far, it is… off the wall’ or ‘it bounced’. He finished it all the way off with ‘it is GONE!!!’

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

        Yankee Stadium it would have been.

  • Winter

    C’mon Solarte. Just a single.

    • Winter

      YES!

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    WHERE ARE YOU NOW GREG!!!!! BGDP outlasted Duffy, kept us in the ballgame and now it’s tied. And you all buried him. Funny what a few runs will do for you.

    • Daniel

      I was with you the whole time. Or most of the time.

  • Lukasz

    OMGOMGOMGOMG RUN!!!

    I thought these were banned by Bloomberg

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    WE ARE TIED! CARLOS! SOLEY! BGDP IS NOW TIED!!!!!

  • mustang

    SOLOAR!!!!!!

  • Rolling Doughnut

    If it’s a righty don’t let Soriano hit.

  • Lukasz

    SOLARTEEEEE!!!!

  • The Other Matt

    A little bit of life. Better continue to try and score as many runs as they can this inning, because as of late it’s always been one inning and then nothing else.

  • Paisa

    I thought for sure Cain was gonna fuck them over right there. I still have night mares of his defense at Yankee Stadium last year.

  • TheRealGreg

    But now the pressure goes back to David Phelps. The Yankees offense has picked him up (amazingly). So now it is up to him

  • Tom

    SO they pitch to Solarte (with Soriano on deck)

    And they bring in a righty to face Soriano? (Which should allow Girardi to now safely PH Ichiro)

    It is Christmas already?

    • TheRealGreg

      Girardi played the Grinch.

      • WhittakerWalt

        “Sori’s my guy, we need to get him going”

  • No 2013 again

    For a guy known for his binder, that was about as dumb as it gets

  • No 2013 again

    Its that time to cut soriano

  • TheRealGreg

    I don’t agree with Joe there. They should have PH for Soriano.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Damn straight. Soriano needs to sit. Period.

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

      I’m surprised he made contact.

  • TheRealGreg

    Oh David….

  • WhittakerWalt

    Waldman is so full of shit with her excuse-making. “This offense just isn’t gelling” is not a sufficient explanation for poor hitting. This is not a basketball or football team, where you need to learn your teammates and offensive schemes. Baseball is just you at the dish. Hit or don’t. There’s no amount of teamwork or intestinal fortitude or any of that shit. Just hit.

    • Daniel

      Hahaha. I’ve never heard anyone use the term “gelling” when talking about a baseball offense. That’s priceless.

      • WhittakerWalt

        She’s a complete fool.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Huge zone tonight.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    For fuck’s sake…

  • TheRealGreg

    Yeah “Big Game” Yankees tie up the game and then you walk the first two batters.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Way to go, BGDP. We just got you off the hook.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Any word on anybody being unavailable out of the pen today?

    I’d guess DRob and Betances are probably out.

    • JGYank

      Well Betances Warren and Drob have all pitched 2 out of the last 3 days, but it looks like they won’t be needed now. It looks like Thornton is warming up.

    • Tom

      Warren’s also probably unavailable until the 9th inning or later with a lead (I assume he is designated closer?)

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Probably.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        And Phelps is making it irrelevant.

  • Michahiro Pinaka

    Dammit.

  • CashmanNinja

    Add Phelps onto the list of players that fucking suck on this team.

    • Daniel

      The list doesn’t work that way. Because there are more players that do than don’t suck. So keep him on the list as it is.

  • JGYank

    Glad we tied this up. But we have to pull Phelps. Now.

  • mustang

    Seriously depressing

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

    don’t cough it back now.

  • BigBlueAL

    At least the Big 3 out of the bullpen will get the night off…

  • Rolling Doughnut

    But hey Betances will be available tomorrow.

  • CashmanNinja

    So right after giving up a 3 run bomb he gives up a triple. Fucking crap.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    One more run and turn it over to da Gangsta

  • TheRealGreg

    YEAH WHERE’S YOUR QUALITY START NOW?

  • The Other Matt

    Tic Tic ……… BOOM !

  • BigBlueAL

    If I dont ever see Phelps start another game I wont be disappointed.

    • Winter

      Okay, who would you have start in his place?

      • BigBlueAL

        Unfortunately nobody else right now. Thats why I mentioned earlier tonight that this team will not go on ab extended good stretch as long as Phelps and Nuno are in the rotation. I mean Whitley is the 3rd best SP in the rotation right now for god’s sake.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        David Huff is available ;)

        • BigBlueAL

          Wade LeBlanc to the rotation!!

  • 28 this year

    Great work phelps. Can’t throw a freakin strike

  • Tom

    And that should just about do it…

  • The Other Matt

    One more run in and I’d say it’s Wade LeBlanc time.

  • Daniel

    Oh this is beyond over. Goodnight everyone. David Phelps is a middle reliever, nothing more, possibly much less. Perfect example of a career AAAA pitcher. Unbelievable.

  • luigi

    Jason Hammel never looked so good.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    I know the bullpen is short, but don’t you have to at least give Daley or Ramirez a shot here?

    • CashmanNinja

      I get that guys can be tired, but you know what? This is when players put on their big boy pants and get worked a little harder than usual. You don’t want to wear guys down too much, but in the end they have a job to do. They can thank Phelps for not being able to hold the other team to a limited amount of runs. Unless this offense scores a ton (which won’t happen) then it looks like it’s impossible to win with most of the pitchers we have.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Right. Phelps has been hit hard all night, and Joe sends him out to face KC’s best hitters. Stupid.

  • The Other Matt

    And with that, this game is effectively over.

  • Axis of Mike

    I just don’t get why Joe didn’t pull him. It was so obvious. Jeez, bullpen fatigue just doesn’t cut it. Do you wanna win or not?

  • WhittakerWalt

    Let’s hear more about Phelps’s awesome quality start, shall we?

  • TheRealGreg

    I know they are going to lose, but Damn, that feels good to say.

    What happened to BGDP? What happened to a quality start? What happened to “It’s not his fault the offense doesn’t score?”

  • mustang

    Do they even have a bullpen?

    Mother fucker!!!!

  • JGYank

    After struggling through 5 for the most part and walking back to back guys to start of the 6th, I would say that’s a good time to go to the pen. Phelps clearly didn’t have it tonight and it was a only matter of time until he let things get out of hand with all the baserunners he gives up.

  • TheRealGreg

    David Phelps entered that inning with 65 pitches. So fatigue is not an excuse for that. Why Joe didn’t pull him? Judgement call, didn’t work.

    But that’s all on David Phelps.

  • TheRealGreg

    I would pulled Phelps after the home run. So in the end, when I would have pulled him and when Joe pulled him didn’t change the outcome.

  • Lukasz

    Giving up three run homeruns to a dude wit .400 SLG is not a good way to win games

    • JGYank

      That’s about league average. I know it’s righty vs. righty and the ballpark is big, but a .400 SLG is not bad at all especially considering he hits in pitchers park. It’s also higher than the Yanks SLG right now.

      • WhittakerWalt

        “It’s also higher than the Yanks SLG right now.”

        Damning with faint praise.

        • JGYank

          Point is he get can get XBH.

          • JGYank

            *he can get XBH

  • TheRealGreg

    Some days you have to put on your big boy pants and pitch. David Phelps needed to do that against a bad offense and failed.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    That’s 2014, for ya. Let the ROYALS get 7 runs.

  • Axis of Mike

    Now, this is what really mystifies me. You didn’t pull him because winning the game wasn’t important enough to work the pen, but now that the game is probably unwinnable the pen can suck it?

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Dumb. I mean, completely fucked dumb.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        It shows he has no confidence at all in the Thornton, Ramirez, Daley, LeBlanc portion of the bullpen (can’t really blame him much on that).
        They can pitch down 4, but in a tie game he’d rather roll with the starter. (Though that trust in Phelps wasn’t exactly warranted)

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Now Joe takes him out ffsake. Pssst. Joe: coulda done that 2/3 of an inning ago.

    • TheRealGreg

      I don’t think so.

      BB, BB (Larry goes out) HR.

      When’s he going to pull him that changes the outcome?

      • forensic

        Well, Mr. Fallacy, pulling him anytime in there could’ve changed the outcome. But, the obvious time would’ve been after the back-to-back walks to start the inning.

      • Rolling Doughnut

        I meant the 5th should have been his last inning.

        • Rolling Doughnut

          But at least after walking the first two in the 6th Joe should have pulled him.

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

        After the triple?

  • Frankie Beans

    Joe is a terrible manager. His world series ring camouflages most Yankee fans.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      And I thought it was the empty seats at YS3 that camouflaged the fans.

  • TheRealGreg

    I want to ask, when would you guys have pulled David Phelps.

    • JGYank

      After the back to back walks.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      He got hit hard in every inning. You said so yourself. He should not have come out for the 6th against KC’s best hitters. But at least after the walks he should have been yanked.

      • TheRealGreg

        He was at 65 pitches. Joe wants to save the bullpen. He was coming out to start the inning.

        After two walks, Larry goes out and the bullpen is warming. Who’s going out there?

        • WhittakerWalt

          Bullpen should have been up earlier.

  • forensic

    I guess Suzyn doesn’t quite understand the concept of a postgame show and that YES still has one.

  • JGYank

    Remember when the Royals were struggling to hit homers?

  • No 2013 again

    10 hits, 7 runs and even managed to walk 2.. What a joke

  • Daniel

    I find this team more frustrating to watch than last years, really. At least last year’s team had an excuse. They were supposed to be horrible. I’m not saying this team is supposed to be great, but still.

  • WhittakerWalt

    “He’s not just Big Game James because he wins big games, he is such a leader for this team”

    I can’t imagine a more bullshit, full of shit sentence than this one.

  • Jmpnyy

    Yanks should take a flier on Jim Johnson as a middle man.Oakland is willing to eat $$$.At least he has had success. FFA Daley, get JJ and keep Ramirez.