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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  • Deep Thoughts

    Hm…(sniffs)…smells like midge weather.

  • RetroRob

    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.

  • RetroRob

    This is pretty funny…and sad.

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

    • Oy

      If the ultimate result of this will be never seeing/hearing Kruck’s commentary, this will be a huge win for baseball.

    • Alkaline

      You fall asleep in public..you’re going to have a bad time..mmmmkay?

  • Cheddard Whitley

    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.

    • Yankee$

      Your point being?

      • captain obvious

        He means form always holds up. No way Yanks stay in the game against Masterson. Greene just trying for innings

  • forensic

    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!

    • RetroRob

      Maybe they told him to report tomorrow so they can keep both arms for tonight’s game.

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

        Good point.

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

    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

    • RetroRob

      Come on. Pop a few greenies.

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

        If you ain’t cheatin, you ain’t tryin.

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

        Dude, I’ve felt like crap, it takes a lot of energy and an open mind to write those…

        • ropeadope

          Rest up. We’ll slog thru this series without the (comprehensive) umpire report. Point toward the Oriole series beginning Friday night. That’ll be a big series.

        • RetroRob

          Open mind? I want bias!

  • trr

    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…

  • steved fl

    Beltran swelling in right knee? shocking! what else?

  • Ken

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

    • captain obvious

      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

  • The Other Matt

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

  • WhittakerWalt

    Uggggh.

  • Robert

    What a crap lineup.

  • mustang

    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.

  • The Other Matt

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

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

      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

        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.

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

          We have had a 99, Brian Bruney.

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

          • The Other Matt

            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.

  • Mykey

    Frankie with plenty of time.

    • Tom

      Definitely a quick release by Cervelli, but Greene must also be reasonably quick to home plate as he was out by a mile. (either that or a really bad jump?)

      • Mykey

        Seemed like all 3.

  • Cheddard Whitley

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

  • mustang

    One ?

    Who is this guy and what happen to Brian Roberts?

  • WhittakerWalt

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

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Free outs.
    Get your free outs here.

  • The Other Matt

    Thigh or knee?

  • WhittakerWalt

    Huh?

  • Cheddard Whitley

    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.

  • CashmanNinja

    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

      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.

  • Tom

    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.

  • ropeadope

    Cervelli can’t catch a break.

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

      For those not watching, but using Gameday, where was Cervelli hit?

      • Tom

        Right above the knee, thigh area (outside of left front leg)

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

          If he’s still in the game, you’d expect he’s fine for now at least.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Side of the left leg, looked like just slightly above the knee (may have got a piece of the knee)

      • ropeadope

        Looked to be close to the knee, but not a direct hit. He’s taking a beating both behind, and at the plate.

  • Cheddard Whitley

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

  • WhittakerWalt

    Cervelli’s energy caused that HBP!

  • WhittakerWalt

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

  • Alkaline

    Yuck

  • Yankeefan91

    Cervelli 60 day dl and Murphy called up tomorrow right ?

  • Tom

    Yikes – what a gift strike call.

  • Mick taylor

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

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

      Philadelphia.

    • WhittakerWalt

      “Thompson is worst 3rd base coach in American league.”

      Mmmm-hmmm. I’m sure you’ve done exhaustive research.

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

        Exhaustive enough to spell his name right.

        • Now Batting

          Not sure I’ve seen anything to suggest he’s any good either.

          • WhittakerWalt

            Honestly? Who the hell knows what a good 3rd base coach even does? In this particular instance it’s not like he told Roberts to fall down.

            Anyway, we must always fight the tiresome bullshit of Mick Taylor.

            • mick taylor

              he is as dumb a 3rd base coach as you are about baseball

  • Cheddard Whitley

    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.

  • RetroRob

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

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Not a strike.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      The third pitch was closer to a strike than the one that was called a strike.

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

      Yeah really, not a strike period.

    • Cheddard Whitley

      Girardi said it, wasn’t even close, and the way Masterson was throwing you don’t give him the benefit of the doubt there. Masterson was awful that inning and the ump let him off the hook.

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

        Looking on Gameday, it was lower than one of the balls Fieldin Culbreth called.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    My ears are ringing

  • mustang

    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!

    • mustang

      or is busy hitting them

  • Tom

    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.

  • Cheddard Whitley

    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.

  • Mick taylor

    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

  • The Other Matt

    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

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

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

        He was injured for a time, yeah.

      • The Other Matt

        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

      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

        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

          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

            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.

  • Tom

    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.

  • Alex

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

  • Cheddard Whitley

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

    • mustang

      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

        I know man, I know.

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

        • mustang

          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.

  • Yankee$

    Cervelli Slam…

  • mustang

    Masterson change numbers that not allowed

  • W.B. Mason Williams

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

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

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

  • mustang

    WEEEEEEEEEEE

    I love the AL Central

  • Tom

    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.

  • Tom

    Cue the Benny Hill music…

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

  • RetroRob

    Cleveland switched Pitcher Bad with Pitcher Worse.

  • The Other Matt

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

  • Cheddard Whitley

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

  • RetroRob

    Jesus. Don’t kill Tex.

  • Darren

    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.

  • Tom

    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.

  • RetroRob

    Greene looks about 19.

  • CMed21

    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

      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

      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

      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

        Completely agree.

      • RetroRob

        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.

        • The Other Matt

          Exactly.

  • The Other Matt

    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

      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

        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

        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?

  • mustang

    If only Washington could help out.

    2-0 Os

  • forensic

    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.

    • mustang

      Forensic is here!!!

      I feel the force of the game thread moving away from the dark side.

    • mustang

      THIS!!!!

      Please!

  • forensic

    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

      Logic

      Tear running down my face.

    • RetroRob

      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

        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

          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

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

        • The Other Matt

          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.

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

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

    • forensic

      Hitting him would be cool, but you if they do they better be on the lookout to duck quickly too.

      In case anyone doesn’t remember from last year (and his prior history):

      http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_.....ight-games

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

        Carrasco is notoriously shitty.

  • RetroRob

    Just keep pulling the ball, Brian.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    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.

  • Cheddard Whitley

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

  • Looser trader droids FotD™

    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

      love the velo too.

      And his changeup’s pretty nice.

    • mustang

      “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.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

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

    #nottryingtojinxit

  • mustang

    Jorge Steinbrenner, Chip Rodriguez, forensic

    See people dreams can come true.

    Bye BYE dark side game thread.

    I love you guys.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Cashman failed.

    • Troll

      Hey schmucko, it’s an internet game thread; stop taking it so seriously. :)

      • roberto kelly johnson

        eh its annoying to watch the yankees lose and have to read stupidity, virtual or otherwise.

        • mustang

          THIS!!!!!!

      • mustang

        Has nothing to do with “stop taking it so seriously”. People can discuss the game in a fun logical way even when they are losing without coming off like their Mets fans on 660.

        • mustang

          Believe or not it was like that for years here before the stupid virus.

  • forensic

    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

      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.

  • roberto kelly johnson

    its been awhile since mccann has been over .230

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

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

  • forensic

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

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    My ears are ringing again

  • RetroRob

    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.

  • Cheddard Whitley

    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.

  • forensic

    Nice slider there!

  • CS Yankee

    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?

    • CS Yankee

      :::ducks head:::

      • CS Yankee

        Is he;
        Good…no Bob’s
        Lucky…only 2 k’s
        Great…1.69 ERA after 5 IP against a solid Tribe lineup

  • roberto kelly johnson

    nice pitch

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Cuso’s fault.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      I knew that was coming

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Shane Greene’s gunning for you after the game.

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

          I picked Swish in my Fanduel league tonight as a means of extending an olive branch

    • Old Man Time

      You beat me to it.

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

        I beat you both to it a couple comments above

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          THAT WAS NOT THERE BEFORE THAT IS THAT STRANGE RAB TIME SHIT NO WAY

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

            Haaaaaa!

            Hashtag vesting, or nesting or whatever the hell it’s called.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      At let’s flash the O-Hi-O while we’re down 5-1

  • Lukasz

    Well fuck

  • No 2013 again

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

  • RkyMtnYank

    Fuck, well go figure that!

  • WhittakerWalt

    Has Eddard started calling him “BGSG” yet?

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

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

    • forensic

      With all their over-the-top hype of that concert, I feel like I probably should’ve heard of him before now…

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        He wouldn’t be able to play a stadium anywhere else in the US, I’d wager.

        • Wolfgang’s Fault

          How about a reasonable sized theater?

    • Romeo Santos, King of Bachata

      Ironically enough, bachata is pretty much the only dance I know lol. That’s what I get for living in Washington Heights

  • forensic

    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).

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      True.

  • forensic

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

    • forensic

      Actually, put him back at catcher, that’s even better for the Yankees.

  • forensic

    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.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      It’d be great if the rain held off until the 7th, at least…

    • forensic

      Cool, maybe they’re just prepping and not delaying it yet.

  • Wolfgang’s Fault

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

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      You know, he did that in May too. Same play. He missed the next day but was back in after that.

  • Wolfgang’s Fault

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

  • mustang

    Boooooo! rain

    YEEESSS Washington !

    2-2

    • mustang

      Cleveland’s ground crew gets a hand.

      • forensic

        They scared the rain away. That’s a job well done.

  • roberto kelly johnson

    jesus how is that not a strike

  • forensic

    Nice replay there, YES.

  • The Other Matt

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

    • forensic

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

      • The Other Matt

        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.

  • Alkaline

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

  • Tom

    Somehow this is only a 3 run game?

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

    • forensic

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

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Need to make that play, Tex.

    • roberto kelly johnson

      yup

    • forensic

      Yup. All the groundballs are awesome, but eventually you know the IF defense would hurt them (even Tex, who is the least worrisome of the group).

  • forensic

    Whew, great job Greene!

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

    • Tom

      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

        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.

  • Wolfgang’s Fault

    E-3.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

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

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

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

    Dangerous at-bat with Santana here

    • Romeo Santos, King of Bachata

      Oh gosh Cuso no more predictions

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

        That looks like an R-Tils alias

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          It wasn’t. I left the thread at about the seventh inning.

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

        King of bukkaka

        • Romeo Santos, King of Bachata

          Romeo Santos just googled what bukkaka is. Romeo Santos does not like bukkaka, unless it involves Michelle Rodriguez.

  • Romeo Santos, King of Bachata

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

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    What the %#% was that, Ichiro?

    • Wolfgang’s Fault

      Windy, man; big storm blowing in.

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

        Ah. Good point. I was a little worried with the glance at Ellsbury but forgot to factor the wind

  • Cheddard Whitley

    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.

  • The Other Matt

    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.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Just watched it. Awful. Sad, too

      • The Other Matt

        It is sad. Honestly.

    • forensic

      Haven’t seen it, but the box score doesn’t show them with an error. Was it one of those dumb ‘can’t assume the double play’ type of things?

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

        Yep. Shoulda been a 5-5-3 DP. Instead he tagged 3rd base and only got the one out.

        • forensic

          I like the irony of how the only video Gameday has with him is a different play called ‘Zimmerman flashes the leather at third base’.

  • No 2013 again

    the offense needs to tack on some runs..

  • RkyMtnYank

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

  • CMed21

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

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    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)

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Maybe not a good idea.

      • Tom

        Looked good on paper…

  • Tom

    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

  • forensic

    Nice inning there, Huff.

  • Tom

    So who’s the closer tonight?

    Is it Betances?

  • roberto kelly johnson

    wow great throw

  • No 2013 again

    they can’t make it easy

  • Cheddard Whitley

    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.

  • Cheddard Whitley

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

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    IF defense strikes again. And again. And again.

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

    Go Zealous. That was a hell of a DP.

  • Dan

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

    • The Other Matt

      He definitely bears a resemblance of Charlie Hayes.

  • Cheddard Whitley

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

  • The Other Matt

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

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      That helps.

      But I still have a very uneasy feeling about this one.

      • The Other Matt

        Agreed.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    So does Dellin pitch the 9th as well?

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

    RISPfail early is becoming more blatant.

  • forensic

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

    Nice play, Wheeler. Really needed that one!

  • The Other Matt

    It’s about time this team catches a break.

  • Tom

    The magic of Zelous…

  • WhittakerWalt

    Fucking defense.

    • WhittakerWalt

      I don’t know why this posted down here.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Don’t worry.

        It fits anywhere.

        • roberto kelly johnson

          haha

      • Tom

        Might be a good night to stick with the heater. Have to wonder how his grip is in this weather on the curve.

        • Tom

          Hooray random comment placement!

    • RetroRob

      It’s a posting that can pretty much be posted at any time and have some meaning.

  • No 2013 again

    oh man.. bad feeling about this game

  • Cheval Anonyme

    Something magical happened in Trenton tonight:

    Pete O’Brien walked!!!!!!!!!!!!

    (He also hit two home runs; yawn).

    • Wolfgang’s Fault

      Wow, get rid of the bum while his value is high.

  • Wolfgang’s Fault

    Don’t be hanging any sliders here.

  • No 2013 again

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

  • ropeadope

    ….. and EXHALE.

  • RkyMtnYank

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

  • The Other Matt

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

    Good win.

  • Tom

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

    He’s just amazing from an efficiency perspective.

  • Wolfgang’s Fault

    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.

  • Chase Shitley

    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.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Stupid Nationals.

    • Evan3457

      Well, the Braves lost to the Mets, so the Nationals had to lose, too. It’s the law.