Jul
06

Game 87: Win The Series

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The Yankees took the first two games of this four-game weekend series in Target Field before dropping yesterday’s game on a walk-off error. I can’t even get mad about that game. You could see the loss coming a mile away. The Bombers have a chance to take three of four and win the series against the Twins this afternoon though, and that’s the most important thing. I’ll take three wins out of every four games from now until the end of time. Here is the Twins 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 McCannhis sore foot made it through batting practice fine
  6. DH Carlos Beltran
  7. 2B Brian Roberts
  8. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  9. 3B Kelly Johnson
    RHP Hiroki Kuroda

The weather report makes it sound like an uncomfortable day in Minneapolis — temperatures around 90 with a bunch of humidity. There is also some rain in the forecast later this afternoon. Scattered thunderstorms, hopefully nothing that delays the game. First pitch is scheduled for 2:10pm ET and you can watch on YES locally and TBS nationally. Enjoy the game.

Roster Moves: In case you missed it earlier, the Yankees designated Alfonso Soriano for assignment and called up Bruce Billings to help the overworked bullpen. They also traded Vidal Nuno to the Diamondbacks for Brandon McCarthy (and cash!).

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242 Comments»

  1. forensic says:

    What a nice way to return from vacation (in New York, ironically enough). Soriano (finally) and Nuno gone. Now we hope that they make nice corresponding moves to fill out the roster after the next day or two.

    • JGYank says:

      It’s great until you realize they still need another SP, RF, infielder and could use another RP.

      • forensic says:

        IF and RP have nothing to do with those moves. This, at least, is a start and a chance to look at something that might be usable rather than sticking with crap that you know will suck.

        Almonte should handle the OF platoon with Ichiro for now and I’d bring up Greene to stay in the rotation, not just start tomorrow, in Whitley’s spot.

        • JGYank says:

          I like the moves, it’s just that they won’t help much. Maybe Almonte could platoon with Ichiro but we still need more offense than that.

          • forensic says:

            Of course, but trying something is better than sitting around and watching Soriano and Nuno stink up the joint. I’d rather see guys who have the potential to improve and might be part of something for more than just this year (Almonte more than McCarthy, in this case obviously) rather than just sticking with shit because they are older and more expensive.

  2. Mike HC says:

    Nice to see some moves being made today. Not sure how much they will actually help, but we had to do something.

  3. Mikhel says:

    Goodbye Soriano & Nuño.

  4. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Tex ran through the stop sign.
    Dumbass.

    • forensic says:

      Thomson had the go sign going too long for Jeter and didn’t give Tex time to stop. I put that on him.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

        Slightly long, but Tex was pretty much still at third when he put on the stop sign.

        • forensic says:

          He had taken 3 steps past third and was almost through the cutout. I think that’s too late for Thomson to finally give him the signal, especially when there’s no need to Jeter the sign like that for so long on a play like that.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

            He has to wait for Jeter to pass or Jeter may think the sign was for him. Seemed like Tex had over 80 feet to stop.

            • forensic says:

              And then get thrown out back at 3rd. Both are Thomson’s fault, IMO. And he can just move a touch back up the line and/or point to Tex to indicate the sign is for him and not for Jeter. Either way, by that point, Jeter is past him and not watching his sign anyway.

              • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

                I agree it was a bit late. But I also think Tex had enough time to stop and get back.

                I’d say they share responsibility for the screw up.

  5. ALZ says:

    Look at that.

    You get rid of Soriano and instantly the offense can do things.

  6. forensic says:

    Screw you, Fuld.

  7. TheRealGreg says:

    Now people know that this offense might not do anything else so Kuroda needs to be on point.

  8. forensic says:

    I don’t understand why guys like Kay and Singleton try to say that Soriano just lost it overnight. Other that that fluky historical run last season, he’s been showing big signs of falling off the table like this for years. Several of us figured he’d be pretty damn terrible this year (maybe not quite to this level, but somewhat close for sure).

    • RetroRob says:

      Career 112 OPS+. Last four seasons: 114, 118, 104 and 114. I didn’t see a 61 OPS+ coming, beyond the natural fear of age. Four year average of 113. wRC+ tells a similar story. He actually has been a very consistent player throughout his career, and that consistency includes a low walk rate and fits of hot and cold streaks, spectacular on the high and low ends.

      • forensic says:

        Those are up there because he had a little uptick in power (homers one year and doubles another year) for a year or so. 4 of the last 6 years he’s been .303 OBP or lower. And we know about his plate discipline. The power isn’t worth anything if you can’t make contact. And in general, the hot streaks have been much shorter than the cold streaks.

        I didn’t quite see the sub-.250 OBP, sub-.370 SLG coming, but a horrible year was certainly expected.

  9. forensic says:

    Nice McCann! But, geez, Thomson loves getting guys thrown out at home with less than 2 outs.

    • TheRealGreg says:

      That was on Tex. He ran through a stop sign

    • Deep Thoughts says:

      I don’t understand why, when you’re talking out of your ass and subsequently proven wrong, you continue to argue and confront and make a further ass of yourself. This is why your handle should be “polemic” rather than “forensic” because you never use evidence to prove anything–you just argue for the sake of argument and confrontation.

  10. MP says:

    Ugh, Teix really? We’re freakin mashing against Nolasco.

  11. Hiroki Kureddarda says:

    Now why the hell would Rob Thomson send Teixera there. They are crushing Nolasco. There was only 1 out. Keep crushing him and get another run. Jesus Christ.

  12. Chris says:

    Good inning, but it could have been a monster without that catch and relay. I still don’t understand the “Posey” rule. I thought the catcher couldn’t block the plate without the ball? Seems like he was in the line.

  13. MP says:

    Feels like it could’ve been a 6-run inning there. I’ll take the early lead though.

  14. TheRealGreg says:

    By the way, yesterday had the worst Eddardism ever.

    “Plouffe slowly ran to first to induce a wild throw from Cervelli”

  15. Hiroki Kureddarda says:

    Should have had at least 3 runs there with how they crushed Nolasco. Thomson cost them another run sending his slowest runner to home with only 1 out.

  16. TheRealGreg says:

    Playing fallacy a bit but I don’t know if Tex scores from third on a sac fly anyway unless it’s real deep. Certanly not on a ground ball out.

  17. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Yankees are leading the AL in outs at home.

    Good to see the Yankees leading the league in at least one offensive category.

  18. forensic says:

    “He’s changed baseball immensely”

    Huh???

  19. MP says:

    Holy cow is Nolasco terrible.

  20. forensic says:

    Finish Him!

  21. TheRealGreg says:

    That was ball 4.

  22. Hiroki Kureddarda says:

    They’re all crushing that 1st pitch. Good scouting for once. Keep swinging.

  23. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Please get more than 1 run out of this.

  24. Hiroki Kureddarda says:

    ELLSBURY! THAT’S THE FATAL BLOW FINALLY. Hiroki will do the rest from here.

  25. forensic says:

    Yeah Ellsbury!

  26. TheRealGreg says:

    Dammit Brett and Ump

  27. forensic says:

    I have this irrational fear that Nolasco, and his contract, will inevitably be a Yankee because Girardi liked what he saw from him and ‘how he competes’ from his time with the Marlins.

  28. Stratocaster says:

    Wow. Six runs gets everybody 50% off on bad pizza tomorrow! Enjoy everyone.

  29. MP says:

    Ells!! It’s unbelievable how awful Nolasco is.

  30. Mikhel says:

    Jaaaa! the guy with the “yankees suck” shirt seemed pretty happy to have caught that bomb by Ellsbury

  31. RetroRob says:

    So who do you think Soriano signs with? He’ll be picked up by some team. Ibanez was worse, and the Royals picked him up.

    I say the Red Sox, and he hit 17 HRs, carrying the Red Sox to the Wile Card.

    Just kidding. I don’t think they have room for him.

  32. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Now let’s see if Kuroda can figure out how to pitch with good run support.

    Not sure he’s had to do that before.

  33. forensic says:

    Ok, the Yanks jumped out to a big lead. Now, hopefully they slowly pull away and Kuroda just rolls on through the rest of the game.

  34. vicki says:

    big wheel woulda had it.

    • forensic says:

      I haven’t been here much since they made that move. Has Rollin’ Wheels surpassed Solar Power already?

      I’m actually a little surprised they didn’t just go to Sizemore instead of him, but it’s probably not that big a deal overall.

  35. Cuso says:

    TBS continues it’s coverage of calling games from the perspective of Yankees opponents.

    It’s not about the Yankees scoring runs, it’s about how terrible Nolasco is pitching.

    Darling’s depression at today’s events are palpable.

    No excitement from the booth on the scoring of runs, it’s a downcast demeanor with each run.

    Status quo. I’m not saying they’re as terrible as Fox or ESPN, but the commentary is always from the perspective of the Yankee opponents, never vice versa.

    • Cuso says:

      “Is” palpable

    • RetroRob says:

      I never listen to them when the Yankees are playing since I’m in market.

      Is it possible they just sound depressed because the game right now is a blowout?

      • Cuso says:

        Meh. Not really. This is an ongoing thing. It’s still a blowout but the Twins have pulled within 9-4 and there’s excitement in the booth.

        It first came to my attention in the 2012 ALCS. It’s not a pitcher-hitter thing, either. The commentary is about what the Twins batters need to do to work the count and when the Yankees are hitting, where to pitch the Yankee batters to get them out. It’s always the opponent’s perspective is my point. It was awful with the Tigers in 2012. And I’ve noticed on the rare Sundays that TBS carries the Yankees.

  36. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Getting close to time to pull the plug on KJ, too.

  37. yankeepankee says:

    Folks,
    Be well.
    Okay, now the internet (Heyman, etc.) says Yanks are heavily scouting Headley.
    If he’s healthy, get the Padres to add Ian Kennedy (still young enough to be in the rotation for a few years) to the package.
    Then try and pick up a righty bat (Winningham? etc.) and roll the dice for a payoff spot.

  38. TheRealGreg says:

    By the way, I was looking at Roberts’ stats and he is doing almost exactly what he did in Baltimore last year. Coming into today

    2013 Baltimore: 77 games, .249/.312/.392
    2014 Yankees : 75 games, .247/.316/.380

  39. TheRealGreg says:

    Doesn’t it seem that Kuroda doesn’t pitch as well when he gets run support as opposed to when he doesn’t? It seems that way to me.

  40. Get Phelps Up says:

    Nobody who has David Ortiz as a teammate can accuse people of brushing aside PED involvements.

    • vicki says:

      buck, regulatin’.

    • RetroRob says:

      Does it surprise anyone that Lackey is just whiney little kid? (Apologies to little kids everywhere comparing them to Lackey).

      • Preston says:

        I just don’t understand why the reaction to steroids is still like this. A dozen NFL players get suspended every year. They serve their four games and nobody says anything about it. Baseball has as good of a testing system and tougher penalties than anybody. The guy used, he got caught, move on.

    • forensic says:

      That’s not true, he’s still looking for the real juicers.

  41. Deep Thoughts says:

    ESPN “Analytics Edition” article on McCarthy from 2012:

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_.....n-magazine

    “On paper, he has no business understanding sabermetrics, much less using them to resurrect his career. As we all know, though, the game is not played on paper.”

    • vicki says:

      he’s pretty fucking cool. and with mcNasty, he brings his 80 nickname tool.

      • RetroRob says:

        He’s definitely one of the smarter players in the game. I suspect he’ll have a post career in the front office if that’s what he wants. Hopefully he still has enough, though, on the field.

  42. Preston says:

    Derek Jeter and Jacoby Ellsbury are just your typical middle of the order run producers. Racking up the RBIs.

  43. forensic says:

    We know Jeter’s playing around out there, but I think he’s gotta be more careful than doing something like that slide. You get some dumbass ump who wants to make the game about him and he suddenly calls that interference and gives the out at 1st too.

  44. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Why oh why can’t they play the Twins more often?

    I blame Cashman.

  45. Tony Lazzeri's Plaque says:

    Apparently Jeter’s not quite dead yet. Who knew?

    • TheRealGreg says:

      He’s been around the .260s and the .270s the whole season.

      • Rolling Doughnut says:

        Right. His away slash is even better: .281/.355/.359/.714

        • TheRealGreg says:

          Ozzie Smith hit .199 at the age of 40. So while Jeter isn’t close to what he was, he is definitely not the offensive detriment that he has been made out to be this year

          • forensic says:

            Smith only played 44 games that year and that helped his team finish with just 62 wins (shortened season) that year. That’s not exactly what you should be looking for from Jeter.

            Also, not that it affects the offensive outlook/contributions, Smith still graded out as a positive defender at that point, as far as I can tell.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

            He’s been around an 80 wRC+ and .650 OPS all year. That’s quite unproductive.

            • Preston says:

              He’s a slightly below average offensive SS, and he’s been slightly below average on defense as well. But he’s still a solid starter. He’s not Pete Kozma.

              • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

                I’d use average as the benchmark for a solid starter, but no, he’s not Pete Kozma.
                It could certainly be worse.

                • Preston says:

                  It’s best to have a team of all above average players. But as a rule around 15 starters at every position have to be below average. The problem is we’re below average at SS, 2b, 3b, DH and RF. But I’ll give Jeter a pass because I still enjoy watching him and of those positions SS is generally the hardest position to find an available upgrade.

            • vicki says:

              do yourself a favor; don’t look at his leverage splits, though they’ve gotten better over the last month.

              • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

                Couldn’t resist.

                Just brutal.

              • RetroRob says:

                Jeter is not his former peak self, but in a year when the league BA is it’s lowest since the early 70s, and he’s a SS, I haven’t been overly concerned with him.

                I’m enjoying his last go-around, even in his reduced state. Players like Beltran, McCann, and the overall rotation cause me greater concern.

  46. nsalem says:

    Kenny knows very well why the National League won most of the AS games in that era but is not saying directly why.

    • RetroRob says:

      Because they had better players? : -)

      The overall record against the AL during the period was also a bit lucky. The best team in MLB could play the worst team in MLB, and they wouldn’t have that record over that many games, but the NL was definitely the stronger league then.

  47. forensic says:

    Well, this is less than ideal.

  48. TheRealGreg says:

    Kuroda very lucky that Arcia got thrown out at second.

  49. Preston says:

    You know who makes a lot of fricking sense as a trade target. Josh Willingham. We could hide his defense fairly well in RF in YS (certainly better than they can at Target Field). Pairing him with Tex in the middle would give us a legimate 3-4 combo. Probably wouldn’t cost that much either.

  50. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Dammit Hirok.

    Never easy with this team.

  51. TheRealGreg says:

    See what I meant before?

  52. Cuso says:

    Notice the difference with the TBS crew in terms of enthusiasm?

    Evidence for the naysayers from my earlier point…

  53. Hiroki Kureddarda says:

    What the hell is Hiroki doing? I guarantee you Girardi will use up all 3 of Betances, Warren and Robertson now. He’s going to run them into the ground.

  54. TheRealGreg says:

    If Betances, Warren, or Robertson have to be used today, it it an absolute failure for Kuroda and company

  55. WhittakerWalt says:

    George King thinks the Soriano DFA is going to come back to bite the Yankees. Man, he’s a moron.

  56. RetroRob says:

    Nunie loses his helmet running! Has that ever happened?

  57. RetroRob says:

    Romeo Santos????

  58. Brandon McCarthy is an upgrade to Vidal Nuno like shitting yourself is better then lighting your hair on fire

  59. WhittakerWalt says:

    I’m never not going to be annoyed when Jeter GIDP. I don’t care the score, Gardner can’t be sticking around at first.

    • forensic says:

      I still think it’s pretty unrealistic to think Gardner needs to be trying to steal on just about the first pitch and/or every single time he reaches base. Nobody does or can do that.

      • WhittakerWalt says:

        Maybe not straight stealing, but something. Hit and run, some kind of play. We know what Jeter does.

        • forensic says:

          You can’t hit and run every play though and run Gardner into the ground. You have to let Jeter attempt to have real AB’s and not have to swing at everything (though he always swings a lot anyway). Sometimes, less then optimal things are going to happen due to employing less than optimal lineups (IMO).

          We know the real way to fix it, but we also know that’s just not going to happen.

  60. Deep Thoughts says:

    With that, his 280th career GIDP, Jeter pulls out of a tie with Paul Konerko for 15th all-time. Of course Jete’s in his 20th season and Konerko his 18th.

    Up next Albert Pujols (283 GIDPs in 14 seasons) and Joe Torre (284 in 18 seasons).

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      One thing common to just about everyone on that list is that they’re good hitters.

      • Deep Thoughts says:

        Absolutely. They got the chance because they were contact hitters who got it done for amazingly long periods of time.

        I’m just teasing the Captain. Nothing but love.

        Rank / Player (yrs, age) / GIDPs / Bats

        + = Hall of Famer

        1. Cal Ripken+ (21) 350 R
        2. Ivan Rodriguez (21) 337 R
        3. Hank Aaron+ (23) 328 R
        4. Carl Yastrzemski+ (23) 323 L
        5. Dave Winfield+ (22) 319 R
        6. Eddie Murray+ (21) 315 B
        Jim Rice+ (16) 315 R
        8. Julio Franco (23) 312 R
        9. Harold Baines (22) 298 L
        10. Brooks Robinson+ (23) 297 R
        Rusty Staub (23) 297 L
        12. Ted Simmons (21) 287 B
        13. Joe Torre+ (18) 284 R
        14. Albert Pujols (14, 34) 283 R
        15. Derek Jeter (20, 40) 281 R

    • forensic says:

      Guess he’ll probably finish the season in about 13th (if Pujols stays ahead of him and if he passes both Torre and Simmons). It’ll be a little while until someone else catches him though. Maybe A-Rod, depending on how much or if he plays out his contract. Then, Beltre and Miggy would likely be next.

      If nothing else, you have to be pretty damn good and play a pretty long time to be among those names.

      • WhittakerWalt says:

        Pretty much it means you hit the ball hard and there’s a lot of men on base for you. Ripken and Henry Aaron were two of the all-time greats, and they GIDP like it was going out of style.

    • vicki says:

      i assume you mean to illustrate that a lot of great players appear on that leaderboard.

  61. TheRealGreg says:

    Thanks a lot Kuroda.

  62. TheRealGreg says:

    Boy that was huge

  63. forensic says:

    Not horrible, but still a pretty disappointing performance, especially the last half of it, by Kuroda considering the circumstances.

    • TheRealGreg says:

      But with those stats we brought up above, not surprising.

    • RetroRob says:

      When he tossed that DP ball at around 100 pitches, I thought there was hope he might get them through seven innings. A nine run lead at one point with a weakened bullpen, I think seven innings would have been good.

      • forensic says:

        Seven innings would’ve been great in his diminished state. But, he didn’t even finish six innings.

  64. Deep Thoughts says:

    Come on, producers. After Kenny makes the “Why the long face?” joke, the next shot is on Teixeira. Obviously.

  65. TheRealGreg says:

    But still FAILURE for Kuroda

  66. You guys are ready to give Cashman an award for getting Brandon Mccarthy while the Yanks just carry on in mediocracy . . just cuz hes an upgrade over a guy who was pitching in Independent ball 2 years ago is nothing to celebrate. . I’m embarrassed a team that brings in so much money has the balls to even make that deal considering how much help they need . . Cashman has brought all your expectations down to the point where you get excited about Brandon McCarthy . . Cashman doesn’t have the balls to make a big deal

  67. steved fl says:

    cant even get trough 5 inn. with a 9 run lead against the Twins

  68. steved fl says:

    through

  69. steved fl says:

    oops

  70. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    This really just shows they need another solid, reliable reliever.
    They really shouldn’t need to use Warren in a 5-run lead, 2outs, 1 on situation.

    If you can’t use the 5th/6th reliever in a situation like this, you need better 5th/6th relievers.

    • roberto kelly johnson says:

      +! hopefully kelley can get it back

    • TheRealGreg says:

      It didn’t help that they used all of those guys yesterday.

      But your point is very valid.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

        That hurt too. Maybe Kelley would have been used here if he wasn’t used for 2 innings yesterday.

        But Miller/Billings are pretty much an empty roster spot.

    • forensic says:

      Girardi loves doing stuff like that. Hopefully, though Warren will likely also pitch the 7th, they’ll still have the lead in the 8th and 9th and he’ll use at least one of them to eat up those innings. It’s pointless to go through this game, assuming the lead isn’t disappearing, without using at least one of them since one will likely be gone tomorrow for Greene.

  71. TheRealGreg says:

    I thought Ellsbury should have tried that. That ball was hit slowly to first.

  72. Hiroki Kureddarda says:

    I knew we shoulda kept that Nuney kid. Great little ballplayer. Cautionary Joe has no choice but to burn through Warren, Betances and Robertson now.

  73. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Strikes please

  74. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    What a dumb throw by Ichiro

  75. TheRealGreg says:

    All of this goes back to the failure of Hiroki Kuroda

  76. Tom says:

    Why the hell is Ichiro throwing to 3rd?

    Too many damn hero plays on this team – you keep the double play in order with a 5 run lead.

  77. Rolling Doughnut says:

    The throw is to second, duh. WTF.

  78. forensic says:

    Well, I think that puts the kibosh on the idea of seeing Miller/Billings today.

  79. No 2013 again says:

    What am I missing about this trade? Did we really get a useful pitcher and cash for Nuno? That’s like, really good job by Cashman!

  80. vicki says:

    i got greedy. really wanted that nine run margin, to cut into the shameful run differential.

  81. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    It’s Miller Time.

  82. forensic says:

    Hey, it’s Miller. I’m pleasantly surprised. Hopefully he can take these two innings and then he’s the one sent down for Greene.

  83. Hiroki Kureddarda says:

    Get Delin and Robertson up, Cautionary Joe. Gotta burn through all of them before this one is out.

  84. TheRealGreg says:

    Well Jim Miller is going to pitch

  85. Alkaline says:

    Oh Jesus christ. Here we go.

  86. TheRealGreg says:

    We now Robertson is in play

    • roberto kelly johnson says:

      robertson pitching wouldnt be the worst thing in the world since he hasnt pitched that much…just no betances

  87. TheRealGreg says:

    The good news is that Betances will be avoided and he didn’t seem to warming with earnest.

  88. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Hope Joe doesn’t wait till they tie it.

  89. forensic says:

    Breaking News: Tim Lincecum has 2 no-hit innings against the Padres!!!

  90. roberto kelly johnson says:

    huge

  91. forensic says:

    Solid play, Wheeler.

  92. Deep Thoughts says:

    Only fair: All-time Hits Leaders:

    1. Pete Rose (24) 4256 B
    2. Ty Cobb+ (24) 4189 L
    3. Hank Aaron+ (23) 3771 R
    4. Stan Musial+ (22) 3630 L
    5. Tris Speaker+ (22) 3514 L
    6. Cap Anson+ (27) 3435 R
    7. Honus Wagner+ (21) 3420 R
    8. Carl Yastrzemski+ (23) 3419 L
    9. Derek Jeter (20, 40) 3400 R

    • forensic says:

      Personally, I like the MLB.com lists better for most of these since BR.com gives credit for other leagues, meaning Cap Anson’s time in the National Association (there are also the rare stat differences by 1 or 2 and the MLB list would theoretically be the official one).

      Over 100 years of difference makes a comparison tough, but it seems like if he’s getting credit for that then someone like Ichiro should get credit for his years in Japan and be on their list too.

      • WhittakerWalt says:

        I think Ichiro sort of does get credit for his years in Japan, just not in a technical counting stats kind of way. I believe a lot of people subliminally add the other career to his MLB one, to add to his reputation. I don’t think Ichiro would be getting quite so much “he’s a first ballot Hall of Famer” talk if it wasn’t for his preexisting Japanese ball career. I do think he is a Hall of Famer, but his MLB stats aren’t THAT mindblowing (other than getting 200 hits every year). 55 lifetime WAR for a rightfielder is not that impressive.

  93. TheRealGreg says:

    That is a good piece of info about Robertson. Has only appeared in 29 games and has thrown 29.2 innings this year. So he is not overworked like the other 2.

    • Alkaline says:

      Got Kuroda and Robertson on fantasy. Would enjoy a W and S here.

    • forensic says:

      Well, he also had the DL stint, so that skews the numbers a little bit. His GP number would be closer to Warren/Betances without that (though his innings would still be lower since he’s basically married to the closer inning).

  94. Alkaline says:

    Shit.

  95. forensic says:

    Dominated Willingham that time.

  96. Alkaline says:

    Ugh. Come on high socks.

  97. TheRealGreg says:

    Oh shit I forgot about that

  98. forensic says:

    Whew…

  99. TheRealGreg says:

    Almost a carbon copy of Friday’s game

  100. roberto kelly johnson says:

    robertsons strikeout rate is unbelievable

  101. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Never easy.

  102. Hiroki Kureddarda says:

    The Curse of the Great Eduardo could strike again here. Twins are one swing of the bat away from a walk off 3 run HR.

  103. forensic says:

    Wow, Suzuki was trying to hit that 500 feet. Good thing that takes him totally out of his normal swing and he wasn’t even close to it.

  104. Hiroki Kureddarda says:

    They hung on for a series W. That was nearly the biggest choke job in the history of baseball. I thought they’d take 3/4 since they play better on the road and always beat up on the Twins. They need to do the same in Cleveland. Could pick up a game on the Os and Jays.

  105. Mandy Stankiewicz says:

    “Start spreading the news…”

  106. No 2013 again says:

    Not easy, but a win is a win. Great sunday!

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