Game 65: For The Sweep

Thursday Night Open Thread
DotF: Williams, Almonte go deep in losses
Oven mitts are the new market inefficiency. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty)
Oven mitts are the new market inefficiency. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty)

For only the second time this season, the Yankees are in position to sweep a three-game series. They won the first two games against the Pirates before dropping the finale a few weeks ago. That’s it. That’s the only other time this year they won the first two games of a three-game series. The Yankees last swept a series of at least three games at the very end of last season, taking three meaningless games from the Astros.

To get that elusive first sweep of 2014 tonight, the Yankees will have to beat left-hander Roenis Elias, who fanned a career-high ten in seven innings in the Bronx back in April. A little payback would be nice, but the win is the priority. The Yankees need to start bunching a few of those together. Here is the Mariners lineup and here is the Yankees lineup for the series finale:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. RF Alfonso Soriano
  6. DH Carlos Beltran
  7. 3B Yangervis Solarte
  8. 2B Brian Roberts
  9. C John Ryan Murphy
    RHP Chase Whitley

It is cloudy, cool, and drizzling in Seattle, so the Safeco Field retractable roof might be shut. First pitch is scheduled for 10:10pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy the game.

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Thursday Night Open Thread
DotF: Williams, Almonte go deep in losses
  • Daniel

    Let’s get a win. Captain needs to stay hot and Whitley needs to go deep. Montero is on the bench, is that for sure?

  • Dalek Jeter

    Derek Jeter: Not quiet ready to be brought up to the farm yet.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Followed by a JACOBY JACK

  • Daniel

    What a way to stat the game. Isn’t that 16 games now for Ells?

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

      yes.

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

    nice early lead.

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

    Soriano sucks. Nothing else to say.

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

      Looks like going to huge inning, and all he does is give them out. Just play Ichiro, at least he plays defense.

  • WhittakerWalt

    According to Sterling: Nuño, Whitley and Phelps have “kept the Yankees in every game.”
    Hahahahaha

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

      Not everygame, but they have done a decent job. If the offense had gotten going it would be true.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Phelps has been terrible and Nuño is always in danger of getting completely bombed. Whitley’s been good, to be sure.

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

          As a 3/4/5 they aren’t good, but they have done a really good job for a team that lost 60% their rotation.

    • Dalek Jeter

      They really have not been that bad, they just don’t go deep enough into the game.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Phelps has been pretty damn bad and Nuño is a homerun machine. I realize this is all we got right now, and it’ll have to do, but let’s not overstate their effectiveness.

        • Mikhel

          Combined they are a bit above average, that is tremendous considering they should be starters #6, 7 and 8 in a normal rotation, and now they are #3, 4 and 5… remember that Tanaka was penciled as #4 by Girardi, with #3 being Nova and #5 being Pineda.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Home runs in two consecutive games? Should be more than enough for Big Game Chase.

    • Daniel

      I want you making noise every time Solarte makes an out like you do when Derek does.

    • TheRealGreg

      At least you’ve stripped DP of the moniker.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Man, even the outs in that inning…Gardner smoked his ball, while Soriano and Solarte got it just off the end of their bats. Great first inning.

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

      I have no faith in Soriano no matter what he does.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Understandable, I just don’t think he’s done yet.

        • The Guns of Navarone

          Anything in particular make you think that? Other than he’s prone to hot streaks?

          • Dalek Jeter

            Gut feeling, I’m basing it on nothing, and I wouldn’t be upset if he where replaced at this point…just a gut feeling we haven’t seen the last of good Soriano yet.

      • Daniel

        Be prepared for his offensive explosion this summer. He will probably hit 20 HR’s between late june and late august. Be there.

  • TheRealGreg

    Dare I say that Solarte has been “hitless” in Seattle?

    • Daniel

      Eddard wouldn’t say it, so I’m glad you are willing.

  • Daniel

    I really love Robinson Cano.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Damn Jesus is a chubby wubby. I’m glad they traded him. I couldn’t handle him doing all this in New York if the Yanks had kept him hoping he’d anchor the middle of the order for years to come. I had such high expectations for him.

    • nsalem

      His bat picked up the last month or two in Tacoma

  • Paisa

    Coming in late here. Can I get a description of Ells’s bomb?

    • Chip

      Solid hit fliner over the 380 sign in right

    • Yankee Fan 1

      He hit the ball & it went over the wall. Imagine that.

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

      There are no cheapies in Safeco.

  • nsalem

    Just realized that Rick Waits Mariner pitching coach played a large role in forcing the Yankee-Red Sox Playoff game in 1978 with this pitching performance on the last day of the season.
    http://www.baseball-reference......0010.shtml

    I think the Yankees were on a long winning streak going into that game and a Yankee win would have avoided the playoff game.

    • RetroRob

      I remember that game…annoyingly.

  • Daniel

    He’s 235 lbs and 6 ft. 3in according to his bio. That isn’t necessarily too much weight on a frame like that but he just looks out of shape all the time. He may just have a “bad body”. He doesn’t seem like the active exercise type either.

  • Paisa

    It’s just torture having to watch this guy. Absolute torture

    • TheRealGreg

      Who?

      • Paisa

        robbie

  • The Other Matt

    That 3-2 curve to Gardner was nasty. And it was a strike from vantage point.

    • Chip

      I don’t know, I think it was inside but the camera angle makes it impossible to tell

  • RetroRob

    I wonder if JRM is catching his last game tonight before being sent down for Cervelli. Or will they wait until they get back home to make the swap? Cervelli seemed to think he was only going to be in Trenton for two games.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Did he say that? Also, I’m not really sure I agree with sending SKJRM down; we already know what Cervelli is, but the Serial Killer is still a relative unknown in the bigs.

      • Chip

        I’m fine with it. Murphy has gone a bit cold with the lack of atbats so might as well send him down and let him apply what he learned. I can’t imagine the difference between the two players is that much anyway

      • RetroRob

        He did say that, or at least I read he said that.

        I don’t have an issue with sending him down. For one, I don’t think they can keep Cervelli unless he goes back on the MLB roster. Out of options. Keep the depth. Might even be able to work a trade for him. Or, if Murphy is included in a trade, then they’ll need Cervelli.

        For the most part, this has been a good learning experience, but playing every day in AAA won’t be a bad thing.

  • Paisa

    hanging change

  • Chip

    The way Solarte moves around the field reminds me of Cano a bit. He even does the Manny Ramirez move where he occasionally doesn’t even consider swinging at the first pitch

  • RetroRob

    Was there someone on base? Didn’t Lorenz just so that was a two-run HR??

    • nsalem

      I think it was a cold cloudy day. I remember Andre Thorton hitting a homer and Hunter getting bombed early. The Yankees were never remotely in the game and they just went through the motions. The time of the game was 2 hr and 6 minutes.

      • nsalem

        wrong spot.

        • RetroRob

          I took a guess it was about the Waits game! Or a stroke.

  • Daniel

    I know they’re both still young, but, I really thought Ackley and Zunino would be a lot better than they have been. Neither one seems like a top 5 pick at the very least.

    • Not an ace

      Seattle over rates their prospects.

      • Daniel

        But in the pre draft ratings and talk. Weere they not highly touted? I remember hearing about Ackley being a polished hitter, and Zunino was like a key part of the Florida WS teams 3 years in a row too.

        • RetroRob

          Right. It’s not Seattle overrating their prospects. They were regarded as top prospects throughout the scouting community.

          Now what might be fair to say is Seattle can’t develop it’s position prospects. They totally rushed Zunino.

          • WhittakerWalt

            Most every team overrates their prospects.

            • RetroRob

              Totally, although that’s not what Daniel was talking about, or at least I didn’t take it that way.

  • Paisa

    Jeter getting his bat speed back….I hope

  • The Other Matt

    Elias control has been off all night.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Soriano!! Maybe there is a light at the end of the tunnel?

  • WhittakerWalt

    Let’s just hope this gets Soriano going.

  • Daniel

    SORI! The hot streak begins!

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

    Nice. He puts together a halfway decent ab, making sure he sees good pitches, and guess what, he gets a double. He has so much potential, but he is just a hacker most times.

  • The Other Matt

    Soriano feeling reinvigorated, huh? Stealing 3rd with 2 outs. Ballsy.

  • TheRealGreg

    Did I just see that?

  • Daniel

    Vintage Soriano. This is the start of something exciting.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Striking out time after time on pitches in the dirt a foot off the plate is pretty exciting. I can barely contain myself

  • Paisa

    what in the hell are you doing, Alfonz. So unnecessary.

  • nsalem

    Soriano’s prolonged slump has made us forget what a terrible base runner he is.

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

      It’s never his plan. Hr or bust.

  • TheRealGreg

    Solarte needs a day off.

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

    whew, lucked on that. He just didn’t get the tag down.

  • Daniel

    Eddard? Are you still here? Derek putting together good AB’s and even Soriano driving the ball and stealing bases while Solarte is like 4 for his last 30. Talk to me buddy, tell me what’s happening.

    • Chip

      Yeah Solarte is slumping but i wouldn’t get on the Jeter and Soriano train just yet

  • RetroRob

    That was way too close to attempt, but glad he made it.

  • Daniel

    If Brad Miller is getting hits off you it’s not a good sign. The team better be planning on scoring about 7 runs tonight. It just might be necessary.

    • TheRealGreg

      Unless it’s only Brad Miller and nobody else.

      • Daniel

        Yeah true. I just figure if Brad Miller is hitting you, just about anyone can and probably will.

        • Chip

          Even a blind squirrel will sometimes find a nut

  • WhittakerWalt

    I wish I knew when the 15th out of the game was. If only someone would tell me.

  • TheRealGreg

    Talk about unnecessary…

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

    announcers: Mariners expecting a lot of people for Macklemore bobblehead night. Why would your city be proud to produce that?

    • WhittakerWalt

      Ahh, who cares? I was at a game at the Stadium once that was pretty embarrassing. Macarena Day. Whatever sells tickets.

    • Daniel

      What is that?

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

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

        Don’t tell me you have been blessed to have never heard the thrift shop song.

        • Daniel

          I suppose I’ll have to google it. I’m not into much new music.

    • Paisa

      For a second I thought you were talking about Mark McLemore.

  • nsalem

    IBB

    • TheRealGreg

      Not with a 1-2 count now.

      Well that counts too, probably.

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

    Soriano deserves an error as well as JRM.

    • Daniel

      Soriano or Solarte? Sorry, I’m not watching the game on tv.

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

        Soriano. JRM threw to wrong side of 1b, and soriano really botched the stopping it.

        • Mikhel

          I thought it was gonna be scored an error for Soriano too, i mean, the ball went through his legs while trying to field the ball after bouncing on the wall, it was a relatively easy play… but heck, yesterday they scored a hit on the play by Roberts in the ninth, which ultimately went as an earned run for Tanaka.

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

    Whitley digs out his shitty defenders.

  • Daniel

    That DoTF report on Williams sure is encouraging. 1 for 3 with a HR and a BB. Hitting .341 in his last 10 games. Recently he reminded me too much of Culver. I really don’t want that.

  • Paisa

    nice pitch

  • Dalek Jeter

    Here, pitcher who has been struggling basically all night: take a free out.

    • Paisa

      I didn’t see Gardner’s first AB, but he looked really terrible in the last one. Could have played a role in that decision.

      • Dalek Jeter

        I’m pretty sure he hit the ball hard his first time up.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Ahhh, I hate the bunt there.

  • Not an ace

    If Whitley beans Cano again he becomes my new favorite pitcher.

    • Paisa

      scumbag

    • Mikhel

      And put on risk the Yankees players? No thank you.

  • TheRealGreg

    I agree with this play. Jeter’s had a hot bat in Seattle

    • TheRealGreg

      Plus it forces McLendon to make the change now.

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

        Rather Jeet facing the lefty though that is struggling.

    • TheRealGreg

      Let me rephrase. I’m not steamed over the play.

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

    Not a big fan that, especially with a 3-1 count and no outs. It is what it is though.

  • Jacoby Eddardsbury

    Great bunt. Now Jete can score a run with a productive ground out and they’ll be up 4 runs. Big Game Chase will have no trouble holding this.

    • Not an ace

      Bunting early in a game is always a bad idea.

      • Mikhel

        if it can give you an extra run early in the game, then it is not bad, specially with a struggling offense like the one the Yanks have had.

    • Daniel

      Even when you’re positive about jeter you’re negative. 3 for 3 baby.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Productive outs are not Jeter’s thing.

      • TheRealGreg

        You’re right.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Oh, I love being wrong.

  • TheRealGreg

    Jeter 7 for 11 in Seattle

  • Dalek Jeter

    DEREK FUCKING JETER

    • WhittakerWalt

      Papa John’s for everyone!

  • RetroRob

    Are Jeter’s parents following him the entire year?

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

      Do they still regularly attend games?
      I know they used to always show them during the games.

      • RetroRob

        They attend quite a few of his home games throughout his career. They just showed them in Seattle, which is why I asked.

        • Yankee Fan 1

          I know they were at the series in Wrigley. I’m guessing they’re traveling with him for some of the more enticing away games this year. They show his parents/sister in his suite a lot at home.

  • Paisa

    ahhhhhhhhhhahah Jeter!!!

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

    Been over 2 weeks since they have topped 4 runs.

  • Jacoby Eddardsbury

    Where are all those people who wanted Jeter moved down in the order? Crickets. Where are those who wanted him benched for Ryan? Radio silence. Some of us knew that the Captain would turn this ship around just like he did a couple years ago.

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

      hahaha.

    • roberto kelly johnson

      are there no mirrors in your house?

    • Not an ace

      3 good games brah. Still has a sub 80 wRC+

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

        Is funny because Eddard was leading the drop Jeter charge.

    • Dalek Jeter

      I…I..you know what? No. I’m not even gonna touch this one.

    • Travis Lincoln

      Can we agree that he isnt quite to that level yet?

    • Chip

      I want him further down the order against righties. I’m totally cool with him hitting second against lefties. I’m not taking a few singles through the infield as a sign of a breakout

  • Dalek Jeter

    Those reunions, though. They get me every time.

  • mt

    Finally!!
    More than four runs!
    Scoring runs in three separate innings of the game!
    I think it’s been two weeks since we have done either of those.

  • JGYank

    Jeter has a pulse!

  • Bench Jeter

    Bat him eighth. His ego. Blah blah blah.

    The captain shall live forever. Walk over there and try to knock him off SS yourself.

  • RetroRob

    Whitley seems to have one thing that neither Phelps or Nuno have. A legit swing-and-miss pitch.

    • Paisa

      He has that 3-pitch mix that you need to get through through the order the 3rd time.

    • The Other Matt

      Agreed. And seems to be able to paint the corners better than either of them.

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

        I think this is the big thing. His pitches don’t really seem that overwhelming. He is getting the ball right there on the corners much better than the others and this is how he is doing so good.

      • Chip

        He’s the strike thrower that the announcers think Phelps is

        • The Other Matt

          Absolutely. Under false pretenses.

  • Jacoby Eddardsbury

    I thought they had a good chance to sweep this series. Carlos has added length to the lineup. I knew it was just a matter of time before Jeter and Soriano started contributing more.

    And now they can go to Oakland and end the road trip at 6-3, just like I thought they would except I had them going 7-3. They would have won that rain out game in KC.

  • Chip

    I swear Whitley looks better in every start. I would have to think that he’s earned himself a spot even when guys start coming off the dl

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

      Yes. I think the biggest thing is if he can start to get through 6 innings or not. If he can then it’s his spot, if not they may send him down to AAA just to get his length up to par.

  • The Other Matt

    Chase be having ‘em chasin’.

  • Jacoby Eddardsbury

    Big Game Chase is in the rotation to stay. Right now he’s our #3. If Pineda and CC could come back he’d be a solid #5. The Yanks have found themselves a rotation mainstay for years to come. Might be the best starter to come out of the farm since Andy.

    • Chip

      Good to see you aren’t getting ahead of yourself

      • Chip

        Also, the Wanger would like to disagree with you

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

    And is nice. They finally got Whitley more than a 1 run lead, so they can now push him beyond 80 pitches comfortably.

  • Dalek Jeter

    I love Sori and have said even tonight that I don’t think he’s completely done…but why anybody throws him anything but off speed pitches down and away is beyond me.

    • WhittakerWalt

      It’s a mystery. ANY righthander would be well served by just throwing slop off the plate. He’ll fish.

    • Paisa

      law of diminishing returns

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

      ik. He punishes mistakes hard, and he will continue to. He just is so stupid at the plate that people don’t throw him fastball strikes.

  • JGYank

    Economical 4 innings for Whitley. Does he realize he’s supposed to be the 8th starter?

  • Daniel

    At least Soriano sees three pitches when he makes outs. Beltran just goes up there hacking like Adam Jones.

  • Daniel

    This is a must win situation. This weekend against Oakland will be a 1 of 3 situation probably, and then Toronto, Baltimore, and I think Toronto again? Going to be tough.

    • Paisa

      And they’re going to see Gray and Kazmir to boot.

  • JGYank

    This is why sori’s a platoon hitter. Good decision there.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Oh, yeah. There’s Soriano.

  • Jacoby Eddardsbury

    I think Joe is running Solarte right into the ground. This kid hasn’t played a full MLB schedule, give him a day off every now and then. Kelly Johnson is wasting away, give him a game at 3rd tomorrow.

    • Chip

      Agreed, he looks gassed

    • Dalek Jeter

      …I’m pretty sure minor leaguers still play just about every day and that their season is a bit longer than 64 games.

      • Chip

        It’s about a month shorter right? Also, they occasionally get a day off

        • Dalek Jeter

          Closer to 5 or six weeks, it usually starts the second week of April and runs through August, but if “The Show” is accurate with schedules (and it is with the major league schedules obviously) then they still play anywhere from 5-7 days a week during the season. Maybe a few more off days, sure, but I think using “playing too much” for a position player who played every day in the minors in early June is a weak excuse for a slump.

  • Chip

    You know, the lefty is gone and Ichiro is sitting around with nothing to do…

    • Dalek Jeter

      Same with Kelly Johnson.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Safeco does the dome right at least, even when it’s closed there’s still the feeling of “playing outside.”

  • Dalek Jeter

    JACOBY!

  • The Other Matt

    Whitley’s expression after Ellsbury made the catch was priceless.

  • Not an ace

    Haha suck it Cano

  • The Other Matt

    The Irony.

  • Jacoby Eddardsbury

    Robbie wasn’t hustling out of the box. If Jacoby drops that Cano only ends up on 2nd.

  • The Other Matt

    Murph heard that Cervelli is on his way back from the DL and he doesn’t want to go back to Scranton.

    • Daniel

      Cervelli can stay where he is. J.R. is our man.

    • Jacoby Eddardsbury

      JRM shouldn’t be going anywhere. Cut Kelly Johnson and make Frankie the backup 1B. Couldn’t do any worse and Kelly is just wasting away.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Jeter still has a scar on his upper cheek from diving into the stands like a decade ago.

  • Daniel

    Great AB. This is what we expect from the Captain.

  • Paisa
    • Paisa

      btw, is that really Dana Eveland pitching in the mets pen? Wow.

    • Daniel

      Can’t stand that guy, man. I’ll take Buckner or West any day. He and Diaz are harmful to the game.

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

    #2 for Soriano.

    • Daniel

      Sorry, watching on gameday and its really screwy sometimes. Either isntant updates or updates every 2 minutes. Very tiring.

    • Daniel

      hit or K?

  • Daniel

    Mike if you’re reading this, Altuve got hit in the 7th inning. X-Rays are negative by the way if you didn’t hear.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Seriously, Soriano? Thanks for the two-run double, but holy jeez. That was not even a major league at-bat.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Yankee centerfielders: NO HOMERS FOR YOU

  • TheRealGreg

    Gardner just deked everybody

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

    Ellsbury going to take a nap?

  • Paisa

    Hah the m’s broadcast had “HomeRun” on the board. Sorry.

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

      Yea. I was wondering that. I saw the catch and looked back, and like wtf??

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Boy, I hope this is just precautionary and Ells didn’t do something to his ankle when he robbed Cano.

  • Reverse apache master

    Ells Is probably a little banged up. I’m sure it’s nothing serious.
    If I recall, I was once GRILLED by someone on this site for suggesting that Whitley was better then nuno.

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

    78 pitches through 7. 2 days in a row bullpen might get off.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Solarte looks terrible.

    • TheRealGreg

      He needs a day off. Problem is that his backup can’t field a lick.

      • Daniel

        Do it anyway. I don’t want him to burn out this fast.

  • Mikhel

    I just saw a tv add with Beltran announcing a 5-Hour energy drink… isn’t that thing banned by MLB or MiLB? It doesn’t mean he uses that thing, but if its banned it wouldn’t be appropiate to announce it with the risk of young hispanic players who’d find it easy to just buy it off the shelf.

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

      “At least six teams only provide drinks that are certified by the National Sanitation Foundation, such as Red Bull. 5-Hour Energy is not NSF-certified and is “strongly discouraged” by the New York Yankees for their players, according to a team spokesman. The lack of the NSF certification, which is paid for by the drinks companies, doesn’t necessarily mean a drink contains MLB-banned substances.”

      • Mikhel

        oh ok, thanks, that clears it up quite a bit, I thought that those were banned due to not being certificated.

  • TheRealGreg

    Don’t like that move at all.

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

    Why not let him finish the inning?

  • MartinRanger

    I thought I hadn’t seen Thorton in a while, and I was right. His last outing was June 4th.

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

      Let’s get him in this. He can’t handle the close games.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Man, let the kid finish the 8th Joe!

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

      His pitch count isn’t over 90 is it? He started inning at 78. If he was giving up runs it’s right, but 4 run lead just let him finish his inning.

  • Mikhel

    Tonight the yanks have “stolen” more homeruns than the ones they’ve hit all month.

    /Joking

    /Not really.

    /Yeah ‘t was a joke.

  • Paisa

    what was with that smile?

    • Paisa

      Oh man, come on Joe!

      • MartinRanger

        In fairness Cano nearly took him out to center last time out.

        • Paisa

          Even better. Let’s see what the kid is made of.

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

          4 run lead though, with 4 outs left. I don’t think you need to overmanage that.

  • TheRealGreg

    That’s probably the only reason why Joe made that move. To give Thornton some pitches in a non pressure situation

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

      This does make sense. Thornton really hasn’t had it. I think he really should have finished the inning. He only 82 pitches.

  • Mikhel

    oooooow come on Joe!!! its Whitley’s game!!!! if Cano were to hit a HR it wouldnt tie the game!!

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

    So we take out a completely asskicking pitcher for someone to walk Cano? Why?

  • MartinRanger

    Well, it’s Cano. If he can’t get Seager out then Thornton’s in trouble.

    And damn that might have been a home run in YS.

  • Andy

    Thornton is baaaad

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

      Really didn’t want to have Logan back on that contract, but yea he isn’t good at all, especially vs his lefties.

      • MartinRanger

        The good news is that the three best relievers on the team can all get lefities out (admit I’m not sure about Warren’s split but Betances and Robertson are good)

        • TheRealGreg

          Warren’s splits are really opposite.

          .300 against RH (21-70)
          .180 against LH (11-61)

          • MartinRanger

            Okay that’s just weird. I’m going with SSS there.

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

    This team is starting to click just in time. After this they play A’s->Jays->O’s->Jays->RS->Rays.

  • TheRealGreg

    They just said tightness in the right hip for Ellsbury.

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

      Hasn’t he had that for a week?
      hope it wasn’t anything new.

  • MartinRanger

    Great, more Ichiro and Soriano.

    Couldn’t have picked back when you were scuffling Ells?

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

    Very well could be Ichiro’s last game in Seattle.

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

    Can we just start shipping out gold gloves?

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

    pitch 3 in the dirt. No way Sori doesn’t try that one.

  • MartinRanger

    Yay Kelley’s back to take the Claiborne role and be decent at it.

    • MartinRanger

      I spoke too soon. Whoops.

      • WhittakerWalt

        No, you were more correct than you know. That’s exactly what Claiborne does.

  • roberto kelly johnson

    its amazing how good the outfield defense is and how bad the infield d is.

  • Paisa

    Wow Ackley absolutely crushed that ball

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

    Starter goes 8.2 and they still need 3 relievers?

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      7.2

    • roberto kelly johnson

      7.2 the thorton move was overkill but i can see why joe went to kelley. perfect situation for him to get in a game that is close but not really.

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

      7.2. :) 8.2 would mean that he started the 9th.

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

    Joe G’s fantasy team needs saves, obviously.

    • Daniel

      Haha

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

    Alright get Kelley out of there.

  • MartinRanger

    SWEEP

    man that’s a sweet feeling

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    It’s sad that D-Rob even has to be in this game

    • TheRealGreg

      Blame Shawn Kelley for that.

  • Paisa
  • MartinRanger

    Whitley has been so impressive though. He’s learning how to pitch like a starter but his stuff is (surprisingly) good enough? And his command is a lot better than say Phelps, so he can get away with a subpar fastball.

    He looks like a solid back-end starter at least. They could really use that with the uncertainty surrounding Nova and Kuroda and Sabathia’s ages.

    • Paisa

      I wouldn’t even cal his fastball subpar. He’s comfortably at 90-92 all game with good 2-seam movement and, more importantly, he commands the shit out of it.

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

    There we go.

  • Paisa

    filthy 0-1 cutter.