Jun
15

Game 68: End of the Road Trip

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The Yankees have won five of the first eight games on this road trip (with one rainout), so this afternoon’s series finale with the Athletics is the difference between an awesome 6-3 trip or a pretty good 5-4 trip. Grab a win, fly home feeling good, enjoy the off-day tomorrow. Sounds like a plan. Here is the Athletics lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

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

It’s cloudy and cool in the Bay Area, but there is no rain in the forecast, so they won’t have any trouble getting this afternoon’s game in. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05pm ET. You can watch the game on YES. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads
  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    This one would be a really nice one to win. I think they can do it. That’s actually a really nice lineup, when Beltran is your 6th hitter.

    5-4 isn’t great, especially for a contender. This team should be beating up on Seattle/KC. Win vs the A’s, make it 6-3, and then this team could well be on it’s way.

  • ropeadope

    Win this one for all the Dad’s out there, and a Happy Father’s Day to all concerned in RAB territory.

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

    ** That’s Solarte, not Roberts **

  • YankeeDJW

    Not related to this game, but check out Puig’s latest bat flip:
    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....y=news_mlb

  • The Other Matt

    Such a scintillating start to the game …

  • Jacoby Eddardsbury

    Vidal Nuney is going to pitch a gem today. They should leave him out here to pitch in these big ballparks because that’s where he thrives. Problem is even if they get a 6-3 road trip, which I predicted they would, they have to go back home and these pitchers will regress.

    • Yanksinfirst

      RRRIIIGGGHHHTTT

  • forensic

    Well, this isn’t starting too well.

  • The Other Matt

    I don’t know why, but Norris’ swing on that home run reminded me of Jack Parkman from Major League.

  • forensic

    I hate umps like this with their terrible delayed calls. They should all be forced to at least somewhat consistent with each on things like that.

    • The Other Matt

      Yeah this ump behind the plate drawn out strike call, even on strike one, is quite annoying.

  • King George

    I just love how Vidal Nuno is pitching for the Yankees still. It’s such a joke. A pitcher with a 5.40 ERA shouldn’t be the #5 for the Yankees. I know the options aren’t great, but surely someone on a scrap heap is better than this bullshit.

  • forensic

    Wow, Donaldson was really busting it down the line there. Guess someone’s a little cranky about being 0-30 or so and being dropped in the lineup.

  • Paisa

    Welp…shit

  • YankeeDJW

    Well, that sucks.

  • Jacoby Eddardsbury

    And that’s the ballgame. No chance of even getting 3 runs, let alone 4. The Yankees just don’t hit 3 run HR’s like that.

    • Paisa

      Eddard says:
      October 17, 2012 at 2:38 pm
      I agree. That’s why Nunez, Ichiro and Gardner should be starting the rest of the playoffs. They wreck havoc on the bases. Ichiro should be re-signed instead of Nick Swisher, who I think is done as a NYY. Just imagine the lineup next year with Jete, Gardner, Ichiro and Nunez. They need a new philosophy offensively because this boom or bust, swing for a HR or strikeout, just isn’t working.

  • forensic

    Apparently, Norris hit two 3-run homers on Mother’s day, and now he’s added another on Father’s day. That’s kind of crazy.

    • The Other Matt

      Now that is what I call in-depth reporting.

  • Andy

    These swings are awful, he must be really sharp

  • Paisa

    Ok, Solarte. Get into something.

  • YankeeDJW

    These infield singles are killing us.

  • The Other Matt

    Wade LeBlanc rejects outright assignment to AAA, and becomes free agent.
    Brian Gordon granted released from AAA Scranton-Wilkes Barre.
    Jeremy Bleich promoted from AA to AAA.

    • forensic

      Uh oh, they’re running out of washed up veterans. I say again, Sergio Mitre is sitting by his phone.

      • The Other Matt

        Might as well, for a minor-league deal.

  • Paisa

    Solarte since May 15: .206/.260/.309 good enough for a 56(!) wRC+

    • forensic

      Yup, I said it yesterday too. Too many people are only remembering the 2 or 3 little 2-game ‘hot streaks’.

      • WhittakerWalt

        He’s been smoke and mirrors since almost the beginning of the year. I used to think he’d be DFA before the year was through, but the truth is he still looks pretty good compared to the rest of our shit lineup.

        • forensic

          I don’t think he’ll be DFA’d, and they probably don’t have a better option to do the utility job in the org anyway. But, I would like to see KJ given a shot to play everyday (for either Solarte or Roberts) for more than 2 games to see if he can find a little bit of his power stroke.

  • forensic

    The relievers might want to start stretching early today.

    • forensic

      Ok, now they might want to start throwing early today, not that it really matters at this point.

      Just please don’t let Chavez throw a CG or SHO, for the sake of my fantasy team.

  • Jacoby Eddardsbury

    What a joke. Get this POS out of the rotation and get Warren stretched out.

  • Ron

    With Kelly and Ramirez in the pen can we stretch out warren. Niño is god awful he kills the pen and gives us no chance to win.

  • The Other Matt

    It would take two games to overcome this deficit. Maybe three.

  • Paisa

    Typical Coco Crisp hits a fucking wall scraper. Ugh.

    • forensic

      Unfortunately, the Yankees wish they could hit a wall scraper at this point.

      • WhittakerWalt

        It’ll be a minor miracle if they even get an XBH today.

  • Paisa

    Looks like Jose Ramirez is now performing the role that all of us didn’t want him to have to do.

    • Paisa

      at least they have an off day tomorrow.

  • WhittakerWalt

    I’m starting to think Nuño might not be very good.
    No problem, though. All we have to do is score 7 runs.

  • King George

    Lol. Vidal Nuno is in the rotation still. Holy fuck, when will someone wake up in the FO? Every day he pitches is like giving away a win.

    • WhittakerWalt

      What does waking up in the FO even mean? I’m sure they didn’t want 3/5 of their starting rotation being on the DL.

      • King George

        My point is that there are multiple options the front office can go. Why not trade for an Arrietta or a Hammel now? There are reports that the Cubs have already shopped their guys early. If you disagree and feel you may be paying a higher cost earlier, then why not stretch out Warren now that Kelley, Betances, Ramirez, and Robertson are in the pen? My point is that it’s unconscionable to have a team fighting for a playoff spot and then trot out a shit pitcher with a 5.40 ERA who you just know is giving away a game every time he pitches. Sorry for my rant, it’s just really frustrating. We’ve all seen this movie.

        • forensic

          It would take nearly a month to stretch Warren out at this point. People really need to just give up on that for this season.

          • King George

            Like I said, that was one of about 3 options.

  • The Other Matt

    Quitely, I’ve been a Nuno optimist, as a starter, due to a couple of the decent starts he had when he first came up last season. But now he just isn’t cutting the cheese. And I don’t believe he is worth wasting a bullpen spot on either. He was lucky they played in Seattle last game and had some tremendous defense behind him, otherwise that start could’ve looked a lot like this one. And as for this one …… yeah. Get back Wade LeBlanc and see if he could be a little less terrible.

  • forensic

    Atta boy, KJ. Let this man play consistently for a little bit, PLEASE!

  • WhittakerWalt

    Baserunning!

    • forensic

      Johnson did what he was supposed to do. He’s tagged easily if he doesn’t stop there.

  • Jacoby Eddardsbury

    Nuno is just awful. I don’t know what he’s even still doing in this rotation. Adam Warren is just sitting down there wasting away, pitching one inning every four days. Get him stretched out and send Nuno to free agency with Matt Leblanc.

    • Paisa

      Going to take more than 5 days to get Warren stretched out.

  • Paisa

    1 run at a time…

  • The Other Matt

    Johnson should’ve just went to 2nd and forced the throw there. At least then Gardner would’ve likely been safe at first.

    • forensic

      He would’ve been tagged easily if he didn’t stop. He played that right.

    • Paisa

      ??? He would have run straight into Punto’s tag

      • The Other Matt

        I thought he would’ve tried and been able to avoid the tag. But in that case, you would be right.

  • Paisa

    Good job, Nuno. Get us through 5

    • YankeeDJW

      Leave him out there until his arm falls off. He’s useless to this team now.

      • Paisa

        Harsh but yeah.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      5? More like 7. Let him take one for the team.

  • The Other Matt

    Sorry Officer McCann, that was a strike.

    • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

      That was an amusing audible “dammit” though.

    • forensic

      Yup, looked good to me to. Clearly his terrible offense is starting to get to him up there. It’s crazy how little he’s done in anything: power, patience, multi-hit games, nothing…

      • The Other Matt

        Agreed. Probably built-up frustration at this point.

      • forensic

        *too

  • forensic

    If they put Tex on the DL now, will he come back and start hitting again like he did last time?

  • eddard stark

    wtf is the reason this nuno is still in the rotation. i could pitch better and i dont even have a head.

  • forensic

    Now I understand why Nuno is still out there, they just want us all to feel like it’s actually an improvement when CC comes back…

    • Paisa

      Well he is better..

  • The Other Matt

    Think later on in this game it might be an opportunity to let Ichiro fulfill his dream and allow him pitch an inning.

    • forensic

      Ichiro to the rotation!!!

  • forensic

    Guess the Yankees were playing too well for 4 straight games. It looks like they’re trying to make up for lost time with how they’ve looked the last 2 games.

  • forensic

    Yikes…

  • WhittakerWalt

    Keystone Kops.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    The A’s may drop 20 on us today

  • Rolling Doughnut

    On a more cheery note, Swish just went yard off Tazawa in the 11th to break a tie up in Bahstin.

  • Jacoby Eddardsbury

    They just need to blow this whole thing up and start to rebuild the farm. See what you can get on the market for Kuroda, Teixera, Ichiro, McCann if anything. I doubt anyone would take those guys. Bring in a good GM and start fresh.

    • King George

      You really say some dumb stuff. I know it’s Eddard, but man…troll hazard.

      • Troll

        What’s so dumb about blowing up the team and starting over? This team, as currently constructed, is never going to win the World Series.

        • Chris

          I think what he is referring to is that they are not going to get much for Tex, McCann just signed and no one is giving up anything for a 4th OF who is a free agent to be. Kuroda probably would fetch something decent, but last I checked the Yankees are a little thin on starting pitching.

  • forensic

    Nice hit Jeter. Come on guys, at least get that run in here.

    • forensic

      There we go. No do a little something here, please, McCann.

      • forensic

        *Now…

        ‘No’ doing something with McCann is a bit of a Freudian slip.

  • Yankee Fan 1

    Remember that time they came back from a 9-0 defecit at Fenway? That was fun.

    • forensic

      I only remember/saw part of it. Thanks FOX!

      • Yankee Fan 1

        Fox kept interrupting the comeback because Humber was pitching a perfect game. It was very annoying lol

  • ropeadope

    Tex! The long comeback begins.

  • forensic

    Ok, seriously McCann. What the fuck are you looking for???

    • Lukasz

      He’s looking for a taxi so he can take a trip to the bank and cash his weekly paycheck

      • ropeadope

        May as well get it done on the West Coast. The way McCann is playing, he’d have a tougher time catching a cab in Manhattan than Danny Glover.

      • Paisa

        What a pathetic statement.

  • PunkPitch

    Woodshed – See “Yankstros”

  • forensic

    At least there are signs of life today from Beltran. Hopefully that’s a good sign for the future.

    • Mikhel

      ” forensic says:
      June 15, 2014 at 6:12 pm
      At least there are signs of life today from Beltran. Hopefully that’s a good sign for the future.”

      After reciving hitting advise from Reggie yesterday and early today, maybe Jackson found something missing in Carlos swing and could help… which would speak TONS about Long’s advise as a hitting instructor/coach (i think he is the main reason personal hitting coaches are prohibited in the Yankees after he complained about ARod’s instructor, or something like that).

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

    A hit right there was kind of needed. THey need this inning.

  • forensic

    At least it was in the air for a run. Certainly better than what I was expecting it to end up being.

    • ropeadope

      lol, don’t be so pessimistic.

  • fred robbins

    I forgot to throw in– and to chase after Kuroda, who was done at the end of August last year, and for 15 million dollars on top of it all, while at the same time ignoring the two pitchers I just mentioned, also goes to the point that this front office is just dumb.

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

      Just have him stand at shortstop.

  • fred robbins

    The front office is surely not at fault for 3 guys being on the DL at the same time– even though CC is nothing more than a .500 pitcher before the year even started and one with a high 4 or low 5 era on top of it– so to leave the front office blameless is being clueless.

    No one can predict injuries, especially to pitchers, who young or old seem to drop like flies- but someone sure can held to at least answer- where the F were they with pitchers like Tim Hudson and Kazmir– both just waiting to be signed and both doing an incredible job for their teams. This front office is more concerned with signing the Beltrans of the wolrd 3 years after they would have been helpful.
    To think they could not find a way to keep Kedrys Morales in the lineup enough to make him happy is also a really bad joke on all Yankee fans.

    • forensic

      To think they could not find a way to keep Kedrys Morales in the lineup enough to make him happy is also a really bad joke on all Yankee fans.

      I forget, how many DH’s are they allowed to have each game?

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

        Just have him stand at shortstop.

      • fred robbins

        I know– it’s a funny comment and very true. I guess if they could have 4-5 Dh’s a game it would be different.

  • Paisa

    Alright, McCann, put together a good AB and go from there…..please

  • forensic

    Get your head in the game Beltran, geez…

  • Paisa

    Flat out embarrassing, Beltran. Absolutely inexcusable

  • Mikhel

    I have reason to believe that Morales, even as bad fielding as he is, is an improvement over Johnson and McCann at first base, and a serious improvement over Soriano, KJ, Ichiro, McCann at DH.

  • Mikhel

    WoW!! i loved Girardi’s fiery exchange with the umpires after that Beltran call at first!! wooooow not even Billy Martin yelled as much as Joe!! woooow!!

    >.>

    • Paisa

      Uhm, there was nothing to argue. If anything he should be getting in Beltran’s face.

      • Mikhel

        Rule says you are out iif you abandon the field, Beltran crossed the coaches box, did a stupid thing but still, you go out and yell to show even a bit of support to your pplayers.

        • Paisa

          Why would you show support to a player who clearly would rather be on the plane back to ny?

        • forensic

          Oh please, his player was the dumbass there. If anything, Girardi is arguably too blindly supportive and too much of a player’s manager for my taste.

  • forensic

    Right in the dirt, Ryan must be getting throwing lessons from Jeter.

    • Paisa

      Even though I’ve been less than impressed with Ryan’s defense, considering all the hype, that wasn’t that bad of a throw. He had to get rid of it quickly because of Gentry and any competent 1b makes that play.

      • forensic

        There were already signs of his declining defense last year, when his numbers took a big drop. The question was if it was a one year fluke kind of thing or a sign of the future. Sadly, it appears that it was a sign of the future, which makes the 3(!) year deal they gave him even more ludicrous.

        • Paisa

          They gave him a 3 year deal?

          • Michahiro Pinaka

            2014-15, club/player options for ’16.

            • forensic

              The player option for a player of his caliber may as well be considered guaranteed.

  • forensic

    It’s too bad Jim Johnson isn’t still in the AL East.

  • forensic

    It’s an out, but another well-hit ball from KJ. It’ll sure be annoying when he’s glued back to the bench starting on Tuesday again.

  • TheRealGreg

    Well the offense showed up today, but by the time they did, the pitching was completely destroyed.

    • forensic

      The offense showed up because the A’s used their bottom of the barrel pitchers.

      • TheRealGreg

        I don’t think Ryan Cook would count as a bottom of the barrel pitcher. Johnson certainly qualifies.

        • forensic

          Cook has walked 14 guys in 15 innings this year. That’s bottom of the barrel kind of stuff.

          • TheRealGreg

            Yeah but his general resume suggests a solid reliever.
            All Star two years ago, had a good year last year.

            • forensic

              All of those things apply to Jim Johnson too. You can’t just look at history for relievers considering the volatility that comes with the position.

              • TheRealGreg

                Except Jim Johnson has had 2 straight bad years. Ryan Cook has not shown a history of struggling. So I will give him the benefit of the doubt.

                • forensic

                  Jim Johnson’s WHIP last year was still better than Cook’s.

  • miron

    Darn, if only Nuno hadn’t given up 8 runs…

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    This team kinda feels like it stinks

  • nycsportzfan

    Yeah, I was saying Nuno stinks before last start but was told how good he was on the road, and to my surprise, he was. But as this A’s game shows us, Nuno is just bad, period. His ERA was in the 5’s with his good pitching on the rd. Now hes given up 8runs in 1start on the road. Time to try and find another Whitley. Nuno is not good enough to be in a ML rotation.

  • trr

    I’m not trying to pile on, but Nuno’s inconsistencies make him a mop up type only. Yeah, every now and then he’s capable of a quality start, or…giving up 8 runs. I shudder to think what Toronto would do to this guy.