Jul
07

Game 88: Seven To Go

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I feel like the Yankees are just trying to survive until the All-Star break. The pitching staff is a wreck, especially the bullpen, and there are a few position players banged up as well. Brian McCann‘s foot has been bothering him, Mark Teixeira‘s knee gave him trouble not too long away, Carlos Beltran‘s elbow is still a thing, so on and so on. They could use four straight days off in the worst way.

The Yankees play the first of the final seven games of the unofficial first half tonight in Cleveland. Shane Greene has been called up from Triple-A Scranton to make the spot start, which was necessitated by the Brandon McCarthy/Vidal Nuno trade. (Nuno was scheduled to start tonight.) If Greene pitches well, he could very easily stick around for more than just the one spot start. Hopefully he gives the Yankees a reason to keep him. Here is the Indians 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 Brian McCann
  6. 2B Brian Roberts
  7. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  8. 3B Kelly Johnson
  9. C Frankie Cervelli
    RHP Shane Greene

It is overcast and very humid in Cleveland, and there are supposed to be on and off light showers pretty much all night. Nothing heavy that will delay the game, but the conditions won’t be perfect. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10pm ET and you’ll be able to watch on YES locally and ESPN Nationally. Enjoy the game.

Injury Update: Carlos Beltran is day-to-day with swelling in his right knee. The team is hopeful it’s nothing serious, but Beltran had surgery on the knee in 2010 and missed most of the season.

Roster Move: As expected, the Yankees have called up Greene to make the spot start. There is no need for a corresponding move because technically McCarthy has not yet reported the team. They will need to drop someone from the roster when McCarthy is added tomorrow.

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267 Comments»

  1. Deep Thoughts says:

    Hm…(sniffs)…smells like midge weather.

  2. RetroRob says:

    Hmmm, the Yankees have two players in the line-up that can generate power, and one of them–McCann–has been off most of the year. I mean, Brian Roberts is batting sixth, and it doesn’t even seem ridiculous. Not because he’s a sixth place hitter, but because there’s no clear better hitter behind him.

    Not sure what the point of this note is.

    Play ball.

  3. RetroRob says:

    This is pretty funny…and sad.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/.....33996.html

  4. Cheddard Whitley says:

    Masterson dominates the Yanks and there’s no reason to think that this lineup can do anything tonight. Greene may pitch well but he’d have to throw a shutout to win.

  5. forensic says:

    I figured McCarthy would report today and they’d have to make a move for Greene. Good news that they didn’t. Keep a little depth.

    Come on Greene, make it really difficult for them to keep letting Whitley start!

  6. I’m very tired due to the heat and my busy day yesterday, so no umpire report for this series, but will provide who we have:

    HP – 25 – Fieldin Culbreth (CC)
    1B – 79 – Manny Gonzalez
    2B – 75 – Tom Woodring – rookie
    3B – 91 – Brian Knight

  7. trr says:

    Hard to imagine this lineup scoring a lot 2 games in a row, so Greene will have to be very sharp against a pretty good offensive club. I’m not likin’ our chances, but that ‘s why they play the games…

  8. steved fl says:

    Beltran swelling in right knee? shocking! what else?

  9. Ken says:

    Michael Kay is off again tonight. He’s had multiple days off despite criticizing Jacoby Ellsbury for taking a single night off.

    • captain obvious says:

      Don’t blame him, Cleveland (the mistake by the Lake) not fun.
      It’s Ok for Kay to take off, he does not affect game. 30 year old Ellsbury more valuable to Yanks on a daily basis.
      Cano never took a day off

  10. The Other Matt says:

    Sounds like there are quite a few Yankees fans in Cleveland.

  11. WhittakerWalt says:

    Uggggh.

  12. Robert says:

    What a crap lineup.

  13. mustang says:

    It would truly be funny with everything that has happen and all that has been said if the Yankees can run a streak and end up in 1st place in the AL East before the All-Star Game.

  14. The Other Matt says:

    Anybody want to venture a guess as to what number Brandon McCarthy will wear?

    • If it were 12, I’d be surprised. Guess it totally depends what is available ultimately. 40 or 53 is quite possible since they have been pitcher’s numbers in the past.

      If Miller is DFA’d, then definitely, 53.

      • The Other Matt says:

        I love always trying to figure out what number a player will wear when he comes to the Yankees and his original number is either taken or likely retired. I’m with you, I doubt it will be 12. Some numbers have been given out despite some menial players on the 40-man having worn them. Whitley was given 39 despite the fact Greene wore it when he first came up against Boston. The same with 45 this year and last. I know Dean Anna wore it to begin the season, then Almonte, now Wheeler. I’m waiting for someone to where Joba’s old 62. But what I really want to see is someone wear 99. Did Steve Nebraksa wear that in ‘The Scout’? I guess McCarthy can do like Betances and go with his height on his back and wear 67.

        • We have had a 99, Brian Bruney.

          62 was given in Spring Training to Robert Coello, who was a nice disaster.

          • The Other Matt says:

            Yeah I remember Coello in ST. He pitched well though in Scranton but then opted out last week I believe. And wow, I didn’t remember Bruney wearing 99. I do remember him with 38, though.

  15. Mykey says:

    Frankie with plenty of time.

  16. Cheddard Whitley says:

    Nobody runs on Frankie. Out by 2 steps. Now finish the inning unscathed.

  17. mustang says:

    One ?

    Who is this guy and what happen to Brian Roberts?

  18. WhittakerWalt says:

    First mention of Cervelli’s “energy.” Do a shot.

  19. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Free outs.
    Get your free outs here.

  20. The Other Matt says:

    Thigh or knee?

  21. WhittakerWalt says:

    Huh?

  22. Cheddard Whitley says:

    Rob Thomson did it again. HOLD THE RUNNER! Roberts had no chance to score there and at the last minute Thomson holds him up and Roberts falls down. Ichiro has to get in the run down to protect Roberts and there goes the big inning.

  23. CashmanNinja says:

    Why the fuck did they stop him? There’s a point of no return where you just don’t stop because a guy can get hurt or simply get out. That play was the kind where you just go for it. Either that or put the stop sign up a bit quicker…not after Roberts fucking rounds 3rd already.

    • RetroRob says:

      Considering where the ball was hit, meaning right to the OFer, I was surprised he was initially waving him in.

      BTW While Ichiro was then caught, I really thought they could have nailed Roberts at third after he fell down. The catcher had the ball in his hand as Roberts was popping up and there was distance to still cover to get back to the bag.

  24. Tom says:

    I think part of the problem – look at how far down the line Thomsson is on these plays.

    I get all 3rd base coaches get down the line to get a view on the play… but he’s probably 2/3 of the way home where he’s giving the sign and it can’t be easy for a runner to pick up that sign right away.

  25. ropeadope says:

    Cervelli can’t catch a break.

  26. Cheddard Whitley says:

    OH MY GOD NO. Not Frankie again. This kid just can’t catch a break.

  27. WhittakerWalt says:

    Cervelli’s energy caused that HBP!

  28. WhittakerWalt says:

    DON’T GIDP
    DON’T GIDP
    DON’T GIDP

  29. Alkaline says:

    Yuck

  30. Yankeefan91 says:

    Cervelli 60 day dl and Murphy called up tomorrow right ?

  31. Tom says:

    Yikes – what a gift strike call.

  32. Mick taylor says:

    Thompson is worst 3rd base coach in American league. How he keeps his job is mystery. Where is Larry bowa

  33. Cheddard Whitley says:

    And that kept Cleveland in it. Had a chance to break it open there until the DP and it wasn’t Jeter that hit it.

  34. RetroRob says:

    That inning could have been huge if not for the gift out and that great play. Masterson had nothing there.

  35. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Not a strike.

  36. Cuso says:

    My ears are ringing

  37. mustang says:

    Cheddard Whitley says:
    July 7, 2014 at 11:53 am
    Greene is in big trouble tonight. The Yankees never hit Masterson, especially in Cleveland, and tonight will be no different.

    One thing is right Yankees never hit Masterson because he can’t throw a strike or busy hit them!

  38. Tom says:

    Masterson got one batter out that inning.

    Would be nice if a veteran team could learn how to not make the first out of the inning on the bases so often. And if the 3rd base coach can figure out a way to give the runners a signal before it’s too late for them to react.

  39. Cheddard Whitley says:

    We’ve found our 5th starter. He’s already better than Whitley. I’d put him in the rotation and announce that Chase will be moving to the pen tomorrow.

  40. Mick taylor says:

    Casey McGhee is having a monster year at the plate . He is hitting way better than any yank. Too bad hecould not do that for yanks

  41. The Other Matt says:

    Nice slight by the YES production staff to show Swisher’s sub-par postseason numbers, below his solid, career regular season numbers with the Yanks.

    • RetroRob says:

      Was he injured this year? Or is showing signs of age? Haven’t followed the Indians all that closely.

      • He was injured for a time, yeah.

      • The Other Matt says:

        I think he missed some time earlier this year, though I’m not sure if it was a DL stint or not. But overall, he’s been generally ineffective this year. As has their whole lineup for the most part, sans Chisenhall and Brantley. Though Santana is starting to come around a bit. I was watching MLB Network when they showed Swish hit a walk-off homerun live last month and thought it might get him going. But I don’t believe he has really done much since.

    • Cheddard Whitley says:

      Good. Swisher is a bufoon. In his last season he was doing barrel rolls out in RF and not catching balls just so he could show off for the Bleacher Creatures. Creatures turned on him and Swisher took offense but that’s what playing in NY is all about.

      • The Other Matt says:

        We can all pick at the faults of any player, but overall Swisher was definitely one of the more enjoyable players to root for on the Yankees in recent memory. Granted things didn’t end all that well, but rarely, if ever, do they.

        • Lukasz says:

          Swisher was a very likeable plaayer when he was here, he was doing fine until the whole ‘Jayson Werth money’ thing that spoiled his exit

          • Mandy Stankiewicz says:

            Totally. He was celebrated on in/around 203 with salute t shirts. Tangent, it was awesome/nostalgic to see Damon drop to a knee during roll call at old timers day.

  42. Tom says:

    Nice way to start a 4 game set.

    Now hopefully the Yankees don’t go into grip it and rip it mode against the middle relief and they really wear the pen out.

  43. Alex says:

    Hey guys is it just me or does McCann’s stance look different? His knees seem to be more bent.

  44. Cheddard Whitley says:

    And Masterson is gone. They need to push these 2 runs across and give Greene some breathing room.

    • mustang says:

      Cheddard Whitley says:
      July 7, 2014 at 11:53 am
      Greene is in big trouble tonight. The Yankees never hit Masterson, especially in Cleveland, and tonight will be no different.

      Cheddard Whitley says:
      July 7, 2014 at 11:53 am
      Greene is in big trouble tonight. The Yankees never hit Masterson, especially in Cleveland, and tonight will be no different.

      Cheddard Whitley says:
      July 7, 2014 at 11:53 am
      Greene is in big trouble tonight. The Yankees never hit Masterson, especially in Cleveland, and tonight will be no different.

      • W.B. Mason Williams says:

        I know man, I know.

        But using logic to fight Eddard is like using a hammer to drain a lake.

        • mustang says:

          I know, but its sad when the game threads are down to him, a bunch of people bitching about the Yankees when they are winning and a handful of logical people.

  45. Yankee$ says:

    Cervelli Slam…

  46. mustang says:

    Masterson change numbers that not allowed

  47. W.B. Mason Williams says:

    A yes, the balk. For when your pitching performance doesn’t feel terrible enough already.

  48. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Nice of the Cleveland defense to aid the cause this inning.

  49. mustang says:

    WEEEEEEEEEEE

    I love the AL Central

  50. Tom says:

    You’d think Bob Davidson is behind the plate?

    Didn’t really look like much there on the balk – maybe he should focus on getting balls and strikes right.

  51. Tom says:

    Cue the Benny Hill music…

    (good to see the opposing team doing it for a change)

  52. RetroRob says:

    Cleveland switched Pitcher Bad with Pitcher Worse.

  53. The Other Matt says:

    Shane Greene has a Cole Hamels look to him, facially. Not pitching wise.

  54. Cheddard Whitley says:

    5 runs should be enough for Greene but I just know Girardi will panic and find a way to use Delin, Warren and Robertson.

  55. RetroRob says:

    Jesus. Don’t kill Tex.

  56. Darren says:

    There’s nothing more annoying than when the sideline reporter keeps talking during a good play. Shut the F up for a second, goddamn. Horrible, horrible directing/announcing.

  57. Tom says:

    Man it’s frustrating to watch Cervelli keep his throwing hand exposed while he’s catching.

    I get with a man on, some catchers feel they can get a quicker release (though I think that’s debatable) – but I don’t understand why he keeps his throwing had exposed like that with noone on base. Especially after having it broken once for that very reason.

  58. RetroRob says:

    Greene looks about 19.

  59. CMed21 says:

    I would like to see Greene as a reliever like what they did with Warren. He’s throwing 95-97 MPH (might be adrenaline pumping) as a starter while his offspeed are meh. We need another reliever and he might thrive better as one than a starter.

    • RkyMtnYank says:

      Early to tell but I think his stuff seems to play as starter. An easy 95+, his two seamer seems to have a lot of movement and it’s a pretty good slider plus the change-up he just broke out last innings. If he can put it together and eat innings then the hell with another bp arm.

    • RetroRob says:

      He can throw at velocity as a starter than Warren can only do as a reliever. His issue is command. Leave him as a starter.

    • The Other Matt says:

      I would have to respectfully disagree with you here. While I see your premise, this team is in more of a desperate need for a starter than they are a reliever, though they need both. Even with the addition of McCarthy. The organization has shown the ability to develop and produce bullpen arms, and they’re a lot more easier to come by in general. But if you have a guy that has potential as a starter, particularly one that is an actual starter, you play your cards with him as a starter. Especially, with the state of the rotation now. Starting pitching is at such a premium in the game today, you have to see what Greene provides as a starter before relegating him as a reliever, in my opinion. If it doesn’t work out for him as a starter, then I wouldn’t mind him being looked at as a possible bullpen arm amongst a few of the other guys we have.

      • forensic says:

        Completely agree.

      • RetroRob says:

        He also seemed to turn the corner last year, improving his command. The Yankees won’t hesitate to turn him into a reliever if they think that’s his fate. With Greene, they are pointing the opposite direction. They seem him as a starter. Give him a chance to fail before we turn him into another bullpen arm.

        I haven’t seen enough of Greene to have a very strong opinion, beyond seeing the obvious. The ability to hit 96 with ease as a starter, and a heavy sinker. Don’t want him banished to the pen yet.

  60. The Other Matt says:

    I loved how Whitley looked when he was on, and I still think he can be a viable option in the rotation in the coming years, should he continue to stretch out innings wise, but Greene looks pretty damn good when he is under control. His stuff is legit. The movement he possesses, combine with the ability to run it into the mid-90s he can be something moving forward. Not here to crown him as anything, but you could see why people within the organization would be excited about him. And his story about how and what he had to do to get drafted makes him someone you want to root for.

    • CMed21 says:

      The advantage that Whitley has is that his offspeed is a lot better Greene, and he’s able to locate his pitcher better. Greene isn’t really much better than Phelps or Warren as starters, maybe Greene can be a reliever ala Warren.

      • The Other Matt says:

        I think Whitley’s off-speed stuff is better, no doubt. His change and slider look to be at least average offerings, and sometimes better than that. But with that being said, he almost has to rely in his off-speed stuff and movement, because he doesn’t have the velocity to run it past guys like Greene. Greene has natural movement with velocity to boot. He can make guys swing and miss with the stuff that he has. I like the potential both guys possess. Admittedly wishful thinking on my part, I would hope that they both could be factors in the rotation in the coming years.

      • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod says:

        And Whitley is much better than Phelps or Warren?

        Look I like both kids and hope they both do well, but Greene definitely has better raw stuff and a higher ceiling. Let’s keep in mind Greene now has one whole big league start under his belt (and a pretty decent one at that); let’s give him a damn bit of a chance to succeed in the rotation before we relegate him to the bullpen, OK?

  61. mustang says:

    If only Washington could help out.

    2-0 Os

  62. forensic says:

    If only the Yankees could somehow get transferred to the AL Central. They’d have some trouble with the Tigers but it’d be totally worth it to get 18 or 19 games against the rest of these teams.

  63. forensic says:

    So happy to see Greene pitching well. If he doesn’t implode in the next couple of innings he absolutely has to stay in the rotation with Whitley likely going back to AAA (mostly just to keep a modicum of depth and not having to DFA both Miller and Billings yet).

    • mustang says:

      Logic

      Tear running down my face.

    • RetroRob says:

      It will be interesting to see where Whitley goes if Greene sticks for another start or more. I thought Nuno should go down to AAA once/if CC and Pineda returned so they’d have one arm stretched out for depth. With Nuno gone, and CC down for the season, they’ll need that, so Whitley could fill that role. Unfortunately, he’s never been a starter and will hit a wall, if he hasn’t already. He might be a better fit as a reliever.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

        I still hold out hope for Whitley as a starter, but I do like what he could offer in the pen as well. I really don’t need to preserve too much depth there if that depth looks like Jim Miller and Bruce Billings, who might even clear waivers anyway.

        • forensic says:

          I don’t see much of a future for him as a starter, personally. And don’t get me wrong, Miller and Billings suck, but they’re getting pretty short on options in AAA to come up, even of the fungible veteran to run into the ground variety. I wouldn’t mind see Daley get another chance, but beyond that there isn’t much (I wonder if there’s any more word on Jose Ramirez’ possible injury since last night).

          • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

            While they might reject the assignment, either of those guys are clearing waivers pretty easily.

        • The Other Matt says:

          I’m with you on Whitley. I hold out hope that it can work out for him as a back-end of the rotation starter as he continues to stretch out in innings moving forward. I think his upside in the pen is Preston Clairborne-esque at best. Which isn’t a problem, but I’d rather have a decent 4/5 starter than another semi-useful bullpen arm. It seems we have a million of those.

  64. Can we please remember to hit Carlos Carrasco? We have a chance for a laugher here.

  65. RetroRob says:

    Just keep pulling the ball, Brian.

  66. Jorge Steinbrenner says:

    That poor Crockett kid. I swear I didn’t want him to do too badly out there only because I don’t want Jacob Lindgren looking as fucking lost as he did when he’s the college reliever in the majors a year after being drafted next season.

  67. Cheddard Whitley says:

    McCann should DH more often. It seems to be helping him and it gets Frankie’s energy in the game to boot.

  68. Looser trader droids FotDā„¢ says:

    I never post in game threads because game threads.

    However, I simply had to drop in to say what a pleasure it is watching this kid pitch (at least the first 4 innings). Efficient, attacks the zone, works quickly.

    Like.

    • Chip Rodriguez says:

      love the velo too.

      And his changeup’s pretty nice.

    • mustang says:

      “I never post in game threads because game threads.”

      Run dude run.

      Actually its a lot safer now that Yankees are winning and doing well.

  69. Jorge Steinbrenner says:

    Fuckity fuck fuck!! How come the Yankees are the only team always stymied by unheralded rookies they’ve never seen before?!?!?!

    #nottryingtojinxit

  70. mustang says:

    Jorge Steinbrenner, Chip Rodriguez, forensic

    See people dreams can come true.

    Bye BYE dark side game thread.

    I love you guys.

  71. forensic says:

    Hopefully this is finally the real McCann showing up and not another tease. They got rid of his toe tap and it really seems to be making a difference. It’s nice seeing him hit the ball with some authority.

    • RetroRob says:

      Right. I still believe he’s been trying to beat the shift and hitting soft balls up the middle and to left, which occasionally fall in, but more times in not find a glove. I’d rather he just pull the ball as he always has. If he’s going to hit .230, it should be with power.

  72. roberto kelly johnson says:

    its been awhile since mccann has been over .230

  73. This is becoming RISPfail, because we should have like 12 runs up.

  74. forensic says:

    Damn. Couldn’t someone have told him it was the postseason? Then he’d be a guaranteed out…

  75. Cuso says:

    My ears are ringing again

  76. RetroRob says:

    I was just about to say, Swisher will take the 3-0 pitch, but he’ll swing at the 3-1 pitch if it’s near the strike zone, and he will probably murder it.

  77. Cheddard Whitley says:

    Look at Swisher showboat like he just won the game. Congratulations, you just got your 1st hit in the 5th inning against a rookie pitcher.

  78. forensic says:

    Nice slider there!

  79. CS Yankee says:

    Watching updates on The Score as I sit in the hospital keeping my sister company.

    Seems like I’m missing a “don’t mention it” game by the rook, how good does he look?

  80. roberto kelly johnson says:

    nice pitch

  81. Jorge Steinbrenner says:

    Cuso’s fault.

  82. Lukasz says:

    Well fuck

  83. No 2013 again says:

    too bad it had to be the corpse of Swisher to break the no-hitter

  84. RkyMtnYank says:

    Fuck, well go figure that!

  85. WhittakerWalt says:

    Has Eddard started calling him “BGSG” yet?

  86. Jorge Steinbrenner says:

    “Romeo Santos, King of Bachata” is there, begging to be taken as a screen name. Really, folks.

  87. forensic says:

    Despite that longer inning he’s still in good shape with his pitch count. It’s really nice having someone up that they don’t have to stretch out since he’s approached 100 pitches numerous times already this season (FWIW, he also won’t have a big innings issue through the rest of the season, if he lasts that long).

  88. forensic says:

    What the hell? Santana is supposed to suck in the field. Put him back at third base already.

  89. forensic says:

    Damn, this delay sucks (assuming they are going to have one). Even when the pitcher has a low pitch count they can’t avoid having to get a bunch of innings from the bullpen.

  90. Wolfgang's Fault says:

    That really was an awkward slide. Hope Ellsbury’s ok. Cue Rain delay.

  91. Wolfgang's Fault says:

    No rain delay, and nice backhanded play by Kelly Johnson.

  92. mustang says:

    Boooooo! rain

    YEEESSS Washington !

    2-2

  93. roberto kelly johnson says:

    jesus how is that not a strike

  94. forensic says:

    Nice replay there, YES.

  95. The Other Matt says:

    Was that a first pitch curveball that Greene broke out on Cabrera?

    • forensic says:

      I think it was another slider. Looked pretty similar to his other ones.

      • The Other Matt says:

        True. I wasn’t sure. It looked to me it had more downward movement on it than some of his other sliders, and he took a bit more off of it as well.

  96. Alkaline says:

    That’s okay kid. Good pitch, bloop hit. You’re doing fine.

  97. Tom says:

    Somehow this is only a 3 run game?

    Feels like the Yankees should be up 6 or 7 runs.

    • forensic says:

      They should be. Too many outs on the bases and poor times to have their slow runners as the lead baserunners.

  98. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Need to make that play, Tex.

  99. forensic says:

    Whew, great job Greene!

    Gotta send him back out there in 5 days and see what happens.

    • Tom says:

      Yup. He’s shown enough to start Saturday.

      If he pitches well then, keep in the rotation, if not, they can always bring whitley back after the all star break.

      I just hope if they do that, they send Whitley down and keep him stretched out as opposed to just shoving him in the pen and have him pitch sporadically.

      • forensic says:

        He’s got serious innings concerns though. They may have to put him in the bullpen and have someone else on call as the emergency guy.

  100. Wolfgang's Fault says:

    E-3.

  101. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Now would be an ideal time for a 10-hour, game-ending deluge.

  102. Cuso says:

    Yikes. This seems to be happening too fast, or something.

    Dangerous at-bat with Santana here

  103. Romeo Santos, King of Bachata says:

    Why is this game close? This game should not be close

  104. Cuso says:

    What the %#% was that, Ichiro?

  105. Cheddard Whitley says:

    Greene gets out of it. Kid did a real nice job tonight. Now Girardi can burn through all three of Warren, Delin and Robertson to close it out.

  106. The Other Matt says:

    Has anyone just seen the throw Ryan Zimmerman made against the O’s? They really have to take him off of third completely. For his sake, and theirs.

  107. No 2013 again says:

    the offense needs to tack on some runs..

  108. RkyMtnYank says:

    Awesome outing by Greene, kids got great stuff and I really look forward to seeing him again!

  109. CMed21 says:

    Ugh stupid wind kept that one in… Guessing Huff is coming in?

  110. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Huff has actually looked pretty useful lately.
    8-9-1 coming up next inning. 3 run lead (or hopefully more).
    I’d leave him in (but with a short leash)

  111. Tom says:

    Damn…Zelous hit that pretty well. Looked good off the bat

    The dregs of the Cleveland bullpen: 5IP, 5 hits, 0BB, 5K’s, 0ER, 70 pitches

  112. forensic says:

    Nice inning there, Huff.

  113. Tom says:

    So who’s the closer tonight?

    Is it Betances?

  114. roberto kelly johnson says:

    wow great throw

  115. No 2013 again says:

    they can’t make it easy

  116. Cheddard Whitley says:

    I’d just leave Huff in there to close it out and give Warren, Delin and Drob a night off but I’m sure Joe will end up using one of them since it’s a save situation. If Huff gets in trouble bring in Delin.

  117. Cheddard Whitley says:

    Now you’ve gotta use Delin to close this one out. I don’t think Robertson is available.

  118. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    IF defense strikes again. And again. And again.

  119. Go Zealous. That was a hell of a DP.

  120. Dan says:

    Anyone else get flashbacks to Charlie Hayes catching the final out of the 1996 WS with Wheeler and that popup?

  121. Cheddard Whitley says:

    What an idiot! I guess we’re not the only team with dumb base runners.

  122. The Other Matt says:

    I’m becoming increasingly worried about the Yankees chances of winning this game.

  123. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    So does Dellin pitch the 9th as well?

  124. RISPfail early is becoming more blatant.

  125. forensic says:

    Ugh, the infield strikes again. This game is way closer than it should be.

    Nice play, Wheeler. Really needed that one!

  126. The Other Matt says:

    It’s about time this team catches a break.

  127. Tom says:

    The magic of Zelous…

  128. WhittakerWalt says:

    Fucking defense.

  129. No 2013 again says:

    oh man.. bad feeling about this game

  130. Cheval Anonyme says:

    Something magical happened in Trenton tonight:

    Pete O’Brien walked!!!!!!!!!!!!

    (He also hit two home runs; yawn).

  131. Wolfgang's Fault says:

    Don’t be hanging any sliders here.

  132. No 2013 again says:

    thank god! nice win!! keep it going boys!

  133. ropeadope says:

    ….. and EXHALE.

  134. RkyMtnYank says:

    Yep, gotta split that game ball in half tonight, gladly!!

  135. The Other Matt says:

    Not going to lie, off the crack of the bat I was nervous as sh*t.

    Good win.

  136. Tom says:

    Damn – 2 innings on 15 pitches. (granted one of the outs was gifted)

    He’s just amazing from an efficiency perspective.

  137. Wolfgang's Fault says:

    Both Chisenhal’s & Swisher’s outs on FB’s gave me heart arrhythmia, but rather that than lose on a poorly placed hanging breaking ball. Nice job, good game.

  138. Chase Shitley says:

    I like what I saw from Greene tonight, his stuff is a lot more electric than Whitley’s. I think he would be a nice pitcher to have for Yankee Stadium because of his heavy sinker. Definitely have Greene replace Whitley and send Whitley to the pen or back to AAA.

  139. Get Phelps Up says:

    Stupid Nationals.

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