Jul
10

Game 91: Before Baltimore

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The Yankees have a chance to win their second straight four-game series tonight, and I can’t imagine that happens very often. Especially not in back-to-back series. With Masahiro Tanaka‘s final diagnosis looming and a huge three-game series in Baltimore upcoming this weekend, it would be wonderful if the Yankees could bag an easy, bullpen-saving win tonight against the Indians. It’s been a while since we’ve seen one of those. 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. C Frankie Cervelli
  7. RF Zelous Wheeler
  8. 3B Yangervis Solarte
  9. 2B Brendan Ryan
    RHP David Phelps

It’s nice and sunny in Cleveland and there is no rain in the forecast. The series finale is scheduled to begin at 7:05pm ET and you’ll be able to watch on YES. Enjoy the game.

Injury Updates: Tanaka will see team doctor Dr. Ahmad tonight in Seattle and the Yankees could announce a final diagnosis within 24 hours. Dr. Neal ElAttrache is at the same conference as Ahmad and could also examine Tanaka. He did his pre-signing physical over the winter, so there is some familiarity there … in case you missed it earlier, Carlos Beltran was placed on the 7-day concussion DL and Solarte was called up.

Categories : Game Threads
  • 28 this year

    It will be even crazier to win a four game series where Tanaka was the pitcher for the loss.

  • TWTR

    We may need a few “Ells burys it” because that is a hideous lineup

    • ropeadope

      I actually like the look of tonight’s lineup. I likely would have Ichiro in RF, using Wheels or Solarte as the DH, with the other playing 3B. Give McCann the night off. Bat Ichiro 8th in front of Ryan and move everyone else (Cervelli, Wheels, Solarte) up a spot. But that’s just me.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Solarte should provide some much needed stability to this lineup. I love what Joe has done tonight. He gets Frankie in for energy, protected by Zelous and Soley. Ryan in for defense to give Roberts a blow. BGDP has a good team behind him tonight.

    • vicki

      this is why they pay you the big money, e.

      • dkidd

        i admire his stamina

        the act is kaufman-esque in scope

        • Farewell Mo

          No one could keep up an act this long

          I’m betting on some kind of brain injury or psychiatric disorder

          • Troll

            That diagnosis is better suited for another poster, whose name I cannot remember. He’s insanely annoying, posts all the time, and . . . irrationally emotional? What’s his name? Remember I cannot!

            • Troll

              TheRealXXXXX?

              Greg?

              GREG!

              Yeah . . .

        • vicki

          in scope, in fashion, and in payoff. i made the same observation a few months ago.

    • King George

      Zelous Wheeler, a guy who spent almost the entire 9 years of his minor league career as an infielder, is playing RF. That’s all you need to know.

      • Mikhel

        At the same time, he has played OF in his career away from MiLB in thougher leagues than AAA, leagues where overhyped prospects fail regularly because they do not have what it takes to thrive in harder leagues.

  • Arjun

    dont understand the reason to sit roberts. hes been hitting well on the road trip and made a couple nice plays at second last night. also ryan k’d 4 straight times last night, and besides one incredible play at short, was absolutely dreadful.

    • Tom

      Phelps is a flyball pitcher so you want the defense at 2nd, also why you play Wheeler in the OF over Ichiro who doesn’t hit lefties well at all.

  • Mikhel

    2013-2104 Yankee teams are like baseball’s version of the “Final Destination” movie.

  • Get Phelps Up

    I wish Singleton and Cone could do every game.

  • No 2013 again

    what a pathetic AB with the bases loaded..

  • No 2013 again

    what a joke of an ump.. misses the pitch in the middle of the plate but calls a strike on a pitch outside

  • ropeadope

    Struck him out twice.

  • MattinglyMustache

    Anyone care to comment on the possibility of the Yanks acquiring Crawford from the Dodgers?

    Seems like the Dodgers would have to move him to a team that could absorb his salary, and they might be better off with a few bullpen arms, and a few prospects than with an unhappy (and reputedly surly) Carl Crawford riding the pine.

    I think an defensive outfield of Gardner, Crawford and Ellsbury, with Ichiro backing up would be among the best in baseball, defensively (assuming Gardner could move to right).

    I know little about the machinery of trading players, and less about the nature of existing player contracts, but I bet some of you have some insight.

    Thanks!

    • http://google NYcornerstone

      NEVER BE A YANKEE

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      No thanks.

    • vicki

      crawford is basically the same player as gardner and ells. i’d rather have ethier. unless they move joc for someone like price they’ll probably eventually move both veterans.

      i’m acting under the assumption that beltran’s days in the field are essentially over. not sure the yankees are thinking the same.

    • Tom

      Oh good lord, please no.

      Three lefty non power hitting OF’s, all with weak arms and on relatively big contracts?

  • Troll

    Steve Pearce, ladies and gentlemen, Steve Pearce. One of these days, Mike, you should make a list of players that the Yankee Organization has given up, whether through trade, DFA, or laziness, and illustrate how well they may or may not have done with other teams. Then, add to that, which of them became or remained Yankee Killers.

    • Arjun

      chris dickerson has also killed us this series.

    • Old Man Time

      The same Steve Pearce that Baltimore themselves DFA’d twice?

  • Tyrone Sharpton

    I’ll just wait for the highlights in the morning. Mike, I actually look forward more to your DoTFs than the results of the actual MLB games.

  • http://google NYcornerstone

    Its in Crawfords contract he can be Yankee

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      *can’t

      • vicki

        just thank the gods for lower-case letters.

  • mustang (watchability scale card member)

    I’m here to conduct watchability scale survey.

    1 to 10 please with 1 being unwatchable and 10 orgasimic what would you rate this game ?

    • BigBlueAL

      The lineups they put out last night and tonight make this barely a 2 which is slightly better than the 5 that the normal lineup rates lol.

      But man lets face it, as much as we complain about the team and especially the lineup we are all die-hard Yankee fans and will watch regardless of how bad the lineup is.

    • Tar

      I like watching Phelps pitch, and there is the Jeter countdown.

      On the negative side I am very anti-Cervelli. And think every game an implosion, concussion, or broken finger is just a pitch away. I also think he calls a dumb game.. so there is that frustration. Ryan batting is at least .5 deduction.

      If Dellin pitches however that will boost it a full point.

      I give it a 5 right now.

      • Arjun

        cervelli can be very valuable on some nights. thanks to the PED’s he now has at least average power for a catcher

  • No 2013 again

    another 0-2 to a walk.. Phelps needs to get his shit together..

    • vicki

      that 0-2 ended more happily.

      • ropeadope

        In baseball terminology, isn’t that referred to as a happy ending?

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Hellacious hook there. Santana’s going for the sombrero.

    • Tom

      I believe it is called “The Ryan”

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    BGDP single handedly giving us a chance in this ballgame. Big bats coming up next inning so hopefully they can put some runs on the board.

  • No 2013 again

    outfield D ftw!

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Frankie’s on. Here come Zelous and Soley to back him up. Put a run or two on the board and BGDP will do the rest.

  • vicki

    hell on wheels!

  • Tar

    Nice to see a mistake pitch hammered….that hasn’t happened a lot this year. Good job Wheeler.

  • Old Man Time

    Wheeler! You just pissed off mick taylor!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Zelous!!!!!

  • No 2013 again

    Wheeler!!!

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    YES! ZELOUS!!!!!!!!! 2-0 LEAD!!!!!!!!!!

  • The Other Matt

    Who needs Beltran when you have Zelous? Dare I say Beltran should be jealous of Zelous? Ok, I’m done.

  • BigBlueAL

    Mini Cecil Fielder comes thru!!

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    ENERGY AND ENTHUSIASM, FRANKIE AND ZELOUS. AND NOW SOLARTE GETS A HIT!!!!!!

  • Tom

    Zelous just bought himself another month or two.

  • RkyMtnYank

    Wait, what happened, why wasn’t Zelous bunting?

  • http://google NYcornerstone

    Kirby Wheeler ?

    • The Other Matt

      Out of all the players I’ve seen him compared to and names given to him on here, I think I like this one the most.

      • http://google NYcornerstone

        Jeter says ghost show up in Yankee stadium,

  • PoopChute

    9 Base runners in the first 4 innings and again only 2 runs… We’ve seen this story before… Please let the offense not to sleep, gotta get more than 2 tonight

  • No 2013 again

    7 LOB is not ideal but I’ll take the 2 run lead..

  • The Other Matt

    Is this day for torn thumb ligaments? Fist Yadi, now Brandon Phillips. Yikes. And as an aside, to think so many people wanted to trade Brett Gardner for BP. Out of all the moves the front office made this past off-season that is one I’m glad they didn’t make.

    • Tom

      Noone wanted that trade… it was a media creation because the Yankees had “too many OF’s” so the writers started speculating it.

      • The Other Matt

        I wouldn’t say “nobody” wanted the trade. I think it was about 50/50, maybe 55/45,60/40 more so in favor for making the trade. It was reasonable to think though especially after Ellsbury signed and Cano was obviously no longer an option. We just had signed a low-power, speedy outfielder in Ellsbury and Gardner was entering the last year of his deal so many people thought this would be his last year. Add in the fact that there was an obvious void at 2B and it made sense at the time. Now whether or not you preferred for the team to keep Gardy or trade him was a matter of personal preference.

        I was kind of wanting the trade to be made, if not just to keep us away from signing Omar Infante. But after looking how Mike chronicled how BP had regressed in recent years and realizing he isn’t as young as he once was, or I thought he was, I was glad they didn’t make the deal. And I’m quite happy they signed Gardy to the extension they did.

    • Arjun

      i will admit that i was one of the gardy-for-BP advocates, but only because i thought gardy had peaked last year. thankfully, cashman didnt pull the trigger, and gardy has absolutely been our least dispensable position player this year. his power numbers are a pleasant surprise and hes quickly become one of my top 3 favorite yankees.

  • hornblower

    Pedro O’Brien hit his 29th homer tonight. I know he isn’t top 100 but nevertheless that is impressive.

    • Slap-Ass

      Peter

    • TC

      I’m trying really hard to keep my hopes for him low considering his obvious flaws, but if you are going to hang your hat on one skill, that power is a good one to have. At least there is hope that he can improve the contact rate and plate discipline enough to become a viable MLBer. That power is especially hard to find, and impossible to teach.

  • mustang (watchability scale card member)

    News break:

    Dr. Ahmad and Dr. Neal ElAttrache have been spotted doing body shots at a local Seattle bar after they both got special “massages”

    Please no tell Jorge Steinbrenner he will crushed.

    The watchability scale is at 7 please feel free to keep voting.

    • mustang (watchability scale card member)

      Please don’t tell….

  • Arjun

    who else thinks that phelps’ frontdoor fastball to leftys is deadly?

  • http://google NYcornerstone

    Do all umpires hate the Yankees ?

    • Yangeddard Solarte

      Phelps struck out that last batter on the 3rd pitch. AB was over and now it’s a walk and trouble.

    • Hey Blue

      No you just think they do. Everyone’s fans think the umps are against them. Guaranteed the Indians fans were crying Yankee umpire bias all night long. Just get over it.

  • http://google NYcornerstone

    Phelps is getting more comfortable starting,

  • Slap-Ass

    Wow. Cervelli is an injury magnet.

  • http://google NYcornerstone

    unbelievable ! all in 2 days

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    OH MY GOD NO. NOT FRANKIE. NOT AGAIN. THAT POOR KID

  • vicki

    who had top of the fifth in the frankie brains injury pool?

    • TC

      I had bottom 6th. Was positive a thumb ligament injury was coming when he would take a foul tip off the thumb of the exposed throwing hand.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    I’ll tell ya, this trio of Frankie, Zelous and Solarte is a force to be reckoned with. 4 hits tonight from that group, Soley at bat.

    • vicki

      how ’bout them trolley frogs, eddard?

      • mustang (watchability scale card member)

        Apparently Dr. Ahmad and Dr. Neal ElAttrache had a little company at that bar.

        LOL

  • Slap-Ass

    Love those 2 out RBIs when it’s for the good team.

  • The Other Matt

    I’m convinced somebody has a voodoo doll of Francisco Cervelli somewhere and has a field day with it whenever he is in the lineup.

  • http://google NYcornerstone

    Yangee the Yankee ,

  • GGBG Fan

    Brendan Ryan is a -4 on the watchability scale

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    SOLARTE IS BACK AND THE REST OF THE AL EAST IS IN TROUBLE!!!!!!! FRANKIE, ZELOUS, SOLARTE 5 HITS!!

  • Tom

    A RISP’y hit, and they cleared the pitcher’s spot in the lineup – a pretty good inning.

    I hope all the baserunners stranded doesn’t come back to bite them, but at least they are getting a ton of folks on base so far. Hopefully a matter of time before they string a few run scoring hits together?

    • The Other Matt

      Cleared the pitcher’s spot. Good one.

    • vicki

      they put a lot of those runners on with two outs, so i’m not wringing my hands.

  • mustang (watchability scale card member)

    Washington has gone from down 4-0 to 4-3.

    Come baby win one for the Yankees

    • mustang (watchability scale card member)

      The watchability scale is at 7 and at orgasimic for Eddard

  • The Other Matt

    Take that UZR, UZR/150, DRS.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    lol…Jeter hazing his replacement

  • TC

    Partially torn elbow ligament for Tanaka, Rehab recommended.

  • Tom

    Nice quick inning for Phelps – he needed that. Hopefully the pen (or at least a few guys in the pen) can get a bit of a breather tonight.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    1,000 multi hit games for Jete. Very impressive.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Partially torn ligament for Tanaka…rehab recommended.

    • TopChuckie

      Getting a PRP injection. Has anyone ever had a partially torn UCL and not wound up getting TJ?

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Cashman said yes, but I can’t think of anyone off the top of my head.

        • Tom

          Wainwright I believe was diagnosed very early in his career with it and pitched for years. He eventually had TJS, but I’m not sure if that was related to that old tear (it was many years later)

          Former Yankees prospect Arodys Vizcaino pitched for a while with a partially torn ligament (at least I think it was a tear – there were definitely concerns with the elbow from day 1), but he eventually succumbed to it. This was a shorter time span – and I think that was directly related to the old tear

          Seems like they are delaying the inevitable. If they do it now or soon they can hopefully get a few innings in at the end of next year and he’d be close to normal in 2016. Seeme like it takes pitchers a few months to get their command and secondary stuff back.

      • Alex

        Halladay I think.

      • Alex

        Roy Halladay I think.

    • Arjun

      source??

    • Kronk

      Is it just me or does rehabbing a partial tear just delay the inevitable? :-/

      • The Other Matt

        That’s essentially my thought process.

  • The Other Matt

    No Tanaka for at least six weeks … Which means six months in Yankee language. I’d be surprised if we see him at all again this season. Interesting that Cashman did mention other pitchers in the org have gone through the rehab process without undergoing surgery.

  • Leg-End

    Rehab never seems to work, just get the TJ over with.

  • Tom

    Colby Lewis… ouch

    2.1IP, 13H, 13R, 11ER

    Washington finally pulled him.

    • vicki

      first instinct was why let him hang out there so long. then i quickly remembered the rangers have had yankee-grade injury issues with their staff.

      • Tom

        Yeah… I was about to make a comment about Washington doing a line in the dugout for every run, but they don’t have many options and it’s hard to blame Washington for trying to get as many outs as possible.

        He also “only” threw 61 pitches, so it’s not like they were trashing his arm.

  • Ethan

    Fuckkkkkk tanaka

  • Ethan

    Pretty much how I feel: http://m.imgur.com/YY00eQz

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    I don’t know why people are so down about the Tanaka news. It’s a blow, but they’re doing just fine without him. They’re going to win this series in Cleveland and he’s the only one that lost. Cashman will need to swing a big trade but BGDP, Greene, McCarthy, Kuroda are a solid foursome.

  • The Other Matt

    Come August our rotation is going to look something like:

    Shane Greene
    Nik Turley or Alfredo Aceves (your choice)
    Bruce Billings
    Chase Whitley
    David Phelps

    Kurdoa is bound to get injured somewhere down the line, right? Every other pitcher in the Opening Day rotation has gone down so far so he is bound to bite the dust. And Brandon McCarthy misses time every year, and he hasn’t so far, so it’s only a matter of time.

    • The Other Matt

      *Kuroda

  • stuart a

    Phelps a few good outings in a row.. he has been pretty good.

    some of the home grown players are actually legit talent…NICe.

    Not sure what to do with the tanaka news… They need to stabilize RF

    McCann having some really nice AB’s tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!wow bad…

  • http://google NYcornerstone

    Phelps looking like an Ace

    • The Other Matt

      Good. With all the guys we have out, he probably is the “ace” of the staff now. Let that simmer for a minute.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Phelps stepped up big time. Maybe it’s time to take him out now.

    • Tom

      Yup.

      Thornton’s not an ideal solution, but Phelps was nearing the end and probably better to pull him one batter too early than too late

  • stuart a

    I spoke to soon. nothing easy with this team. not many laughers this year.

  • vicki

    thornton, with creative new ways to piss me off.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    A Tanaka like performance from BGDP tonight. Just what we needed. If the pen does their job they will have taken their 2nd four game series in a row. Not too bad for a lineup nobody except me had confidence in.

  • stuart a

    matt thornton big time clutch. phelps gave up a hit to the 8th and 9th batter in the lineup.

    pooof… gone. thornton only throws fastballs like jake McGee.

    • WAJohn

      I’d kill for Jake McGhee over thorton.

  • stuart a

    lucky the yanks left the bases loaded twice early on.

    good news is the yanks scored there quota 3 runs…

  • WAJohn

    Matt thorton, useless as a 2 dollar bill

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    And that’s the ballgame. Why Thorton was brought in I’ll never know. Where was Delin? Warren? Phelps’s effort is wasted and this combined with the Tanaka news means that the season is over.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Of course.

  • The Other Matt

    Predictable.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Well, that was easy.

  • Ron

    The most useless loony ever.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Dickerson killed us tonight so add another former Yankee to the list of Cashman screw ups. With Tanaka now gone it’s time to sell and build for the future.

  • stuart a

    boom gone in a flash.

    Dickerson and a rookie catcher..

    phelps highwire act…

  • Tom

    Thornton should NEVER be facing a righty with the game in the balance. Get a better righty pitcher and have Cabrera hit lefty.

    I’m guessing Joe saw the lefty on deck and started having his typical platoon convulsions and started thinking “if he can just get by this one guy hitting righty….”

    • vicki

      and, honestly, just about everybody in the pen is more effective v. left-handed hitters too.

  • stuart a

    thornton another great lefty reliever for the yanks. trying to solve that problem for a decade…

    thornton only throws fastballs and the redsux left him off the playoff roster so we give him a 2 year deal…

    jim miller now. great they won’t to win this game.

    ichiro is waiting on the bench to pinch hit, the guy is so clutch he will make a difference…

  • stuart a

    btw miller sucks and he is over 30. we love older guys shitty or not we value them more then younger guys who have a chance.

    love the experience….

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Whiniest Yankee non-fan ever?

      Yep. Whiniest Yankee non-fan ever.

      …….. throw him a parade

      • stuart a

        yep that is me… when you step in shit it looks like shit, smells like shit, you call it shit…

        the guys who are worth anything on the team by either ebing very good or giving the yanks about what could be expected are; solarte, gardner, ellsbury, warren, betances, tanaka, jeter because he is 40 and should be hitting 8th in a real lineup, and not much else. I mean phelps has been ok, tex not bad but seriously overpaid, McCann has been awful and beltran the same and we gave him a 3rd year..after all so many teams would have done the same!!!!

        blow it up, play the friggin young guys. no person can say with a straight face this is a 88 win team…..

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          Look, more whining….shocked….you should get a raise….

        • vicki

          what is it with you and young guys, stuie?

    • WhittakerWalt

      Where were you when the score was 3-0 Yankees?

  • stuart a

    the shitty lefty pitchers the yanks have rolled out there over the years is quite a crew….

    boone logan was the best and that is not saying much, to me he had a few nice runs of a month or 2 but besides that a lot of sizzle but limited results….

    now the astute announcer regretting no add on runs….

    what 1 hit with risp? zelous hr was with a guy on first..

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    It’s almost like a LOOGY facing a RHH (or switch-hitter in this case) in a big spot is not a good idea.

    • Tom

      Just made a similar comment – I bet it was all about the lefty on deck (Brantley) and Joe doing his typical stupidity of trying to steal an out with an unfavorable matchup.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        I’m sure that was why.

  • stuart a

    not a word from the astute announcers about letting the 8th and 9th place hitters to get on base to start the 7th inning..

    phelps is a 4 era guy. he will tease you on occasion but he is a 4th or 5th starter for a good team… phelps Achilles heel is the walks.. guys with his type of stuff cannot walk as many as he does…

  • n0exit

    And people on here thought Matt Thornton had some trade value. Lol.

    • stuart a

      I have been ranting about that sack of sh-t for months. 37, only throws a fastball. whitesox wanted him to be the closer for years but he could never handle the job and back then he threw about 97…

  • over and out

    That triple by Cabrera was the nail in the coffin for the season. Turn out the lights, this sad party is finally over.

  • TC

    Why the hell are you bitching about Phelps? He was the 7th starter option for this team. He left with a 3 run lead and 2 runners on. Not his fault.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      He did just fine.

  • Tom

    So were Warren and Betances unavailable tonight?

    Warren kind of threw a bunch of pitches yesterday (27), but had the previous 2 nights off.

    Betances only threw 10 pitches (and had the night before off)

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      I think Warren was warming up. Or at least I heard Singleton mention Miller and Warren both warming up.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Thornton was in there because of classic Girardi overthink. It’s maddening to watch this happen over and over again.

  • stuart a

    girardi fell in love with thorntons previous 12 no run outings..

    that is thornton in a flas, looks good but you know deep down when it counts he will gag.

  • stuart a

    the beat goes on. ichiro should get an extension he flipped a single into left field.

    the guy has 6 extra base seasons for the month….Joking for the season…again no complaints about his performance as if RF is not a total joke for the Yanks….

    RF and 3b big problems but RF even more of a problem then 3b…..

    • WhittakerWalt

      You goddamn cretin. Not ONE person on this board wants to give Ichiro an extension. Not one.

  • Tom

    He PH for Ryan… at least Joe’s not completely asleep at the wheel.

  • over and out

    Good job Gardner with that double play. Bunch of losers.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Gardner has been our best offensive player all year, you spoiled baby.

      • Rolling Doughnut

        Right. And in the AB, he hit it hard, but right at someone.

        • WhittakerWalt

          The problem is Ichiro never moving.

    • Old Man Time

      Let me guess…you had a different screen name in the 4th inning.

  • Tom

    Following online – I assume Ichiro wasn’t running on 3-1? Would it have made a difference?

    I ask because if Joe would have sent him 3-2 (which I think he would have) there is no reason not to send the runner on 3-1 (which is a concept Binder Joe can’t seem to grasp)

    • TC

      I don’t think it would have made a difference on that particular play. The ball was a rocket right at Cabrera with the middle infield in double play position.

      • TC

        I agree it would have been a good idea to start the runner though there. Anecdotally speaking, it feels like the hit and run is entirely underutilized with this team, especially considering the struggles of the offense.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Wasn’t running, but I doubt it makes a difference, the ball was smashed right at the SS.
      Though I suppose maybe Ichiro could have disrupted the relay if he were running.

    • WhittakerWalt

      I cannot fathom why Ichiro isn’t trying to steal in that spot.

      • Tom

        Thanks all.

        Sounds like it would have made no difference – I just can’t grasp how Joe sees a distinction between 3-1 and 3-2; you start the runner to stay out of a DP and you trust the runner at the plate not to swing at ball 4.

        • WhittakerWalt

          If you’re down one run all you can hope for is for a guy like Ichiro to get on to lead off the inning. This is exactly what you want. And then Ichiro just stood there.

  • Arjun

    The way this game turned was unbelievable. First Phelps throws strike 3 to perez which the ump, of course, calls a ball. Then he singles. Girardi brings in Thornton (huge mistake). First batter hits a ball that would have been a double play had Thornton not touched it, but of course he does, and the bases are loaded. The rest of the inning was completely on Girardi/Thornton. Then Ichiro slaps a single and Gardner hits a screaming ground ball that becomes a double play. Thanks a lot, Baseball Gods.

  • Daniel

    Well, with the injury news this week, the showing in Cleveland, and the fact they are facing Baltimore this weekend, I’d say the second half of this season is going to be an ugly one. There is very little hope for this club.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Has Joe ever heard of the concept of keeping the game close? Like, not using your worst pitcher when you’re only down one run?

  • Tom

    This is the other thing that pisses me off about Girardi… when did a 1 run deficit become give up time

    If he had Warren getting loose with a lead why isn’t he in to hold things at 1 run?

    • TC

      Its hard for me to fault him on that because he has to use the big 3 in damn near every single win. With those guys’ workload it’s hard to justify burning any innings when you only have 3 outs left offensively, and potentially not have them available to protect a precious lead.

      • Tom

        I’m talking mostly about last inning(bottom 7th).

        It sounded like he had Warren and Miller up at the same time… at that point they had 6 outs left. as soon as Thornton gives up the lead… give up time with 6 outs on offense?

        Miller didn’t give up a run in the bottom of the 7th, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good decision.

        • TC

          They were still losing at that point anyway. I’m not saying I like the fact that there’s no faith in the offense to comeback with 2 innings left, but it’s a reality they have to deal with.

  • vicki

    sigh.

  • stuart a

    for whatever reason girardi went to the loser bullpen tonight. any relievers besides betances, Robertson, warren, and Kelly are the loser pieces. that is why they have a negative 30 or so run differential.

    girardi has so little confidence in the offense rightfully so that once Cleveland tied it up he knew this was a L….

    I cannot believe that the Yankees do not have any solutions for RF or to replace junk pen members anywhere…

  • Daniel

    Since the season is over anyway I’d go on a DFA tear as soon as this ones over. Goodbye Thornton, Johnson, Miller, Huff, and maybe even Roberts.

    • stuart a

      Roberts while far from great is much better then the dreck you identified. Roberts is also significantly better then ichiro..

    • Ghost of Aaron Small

      Totally agree. There are guys in AAA that can play this badly. Or maybe they will be better and it will be a boost!

  • WhittakerWalt

    Fire everyone.

  • The Other Matt

    Ichiro is going to pitch!

    • The Other Matt

      Nvm. Now Miller wants to get an out. Jackass.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Thought Ichiro might drop that liner so he could pitch.

  • Tom

    Kind of hoping they score 1 or 2 runs to point out the stupidity of Girardi throwing in the towel down 1 run with 6 outs on offense to go.

    Of course with this massive lead it will be a now shitty pitcher so there will be no way of knowing if holding this to 1 run would have mattered.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    So who gets the callup when Miller is DFA’d after the game.
    Not much healthy and worthwhile.
    Matt Daley?

    • Tom

      phantom DL and Billings?

      I think mustang mentioned it another thread – surprised they didn’t use the Beltran injury to recall Billings (who has the 10 day rule issue) and then either ride out a short bench to the all star break or send down a reliever at some point to bring up Solo.

      I guess now it’s Daley time.

      Brett Marhsall was just DFA’d…

      • Tom

        Actually it was winter (I don’t know why I said mustang)

  • WhittakerWalt

    LOL

  • TheStraw

    Kuroda and Phelps and pray for helps.

    • stuart a

      2 guys with 4 era’s

      • TheStraw

        You are absolutely lacking a humorous bone in your body. Lighten up dude.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Phelps ERA is under 4….
        …….
        ………
        ……….

  • nycsportzfan

    Well, tonights game stunk. Either way, huge series coming up against Baltimore.

    Unebelievable night in the minors though. All sorts of goodies to get excited about.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Ending it with a Golden Sombrero seems so appropriate.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Screw it, against this lineup, Tito may as well bring in Swisher.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    I haven’t someone get legally murdered in front of a stadium full of people like that since I watched “Gladiator.”

    My condolences to Jim Miller’s family.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Well, I still was gonna keep my promise that if we made the playoffs, my Taco stand was giving away a free taco dinner to all the regulars here. Looks like I keep my tacos.

  • mt

    Each game has an impact on the other – Ynaks either don’t score or score and let the other team come back (the 9-7 victory agaisnt Minnesota for example) so Robertson, Betances, Warren,and Kelly are overused both in pitch count and stressful situations.

    Offense scores 3 runs in two separate innings and then shuts down. I would love to see what Yanks score as an offense in innings 6-9 versus rest of league – it must be near the bottom.

    The problem is that Miller has to be used in this close game because we almost never have a blow-out or semi-blow-out game where the crappy Jim Millers of the world can pitch with no impact on the final result. Instead we use our top relievers in almsost all the games.

  • stuart a

    Go Mets, the Other Matt is trolling again.

  • Axis of Mike

    I’m frustrated w Girardi. I’d like to give him credit for knowing better than me but I cannot fathom what he was thinking to leave a pitcher in for 5 runs scored.

    It doesn’t seem to matter as this putrid offense didn’t score again anyway.

    The unwatchability goes on and on.

  • Farewell Mo

    Jeez, how the hell do you take a 3-0 lead into the 7th and end up down 9-3 by the end of 8?

    I would imagine that’s not easy to do.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Two words:
      THIS
      TEAM

  • Axis of Mike

    Jim Miller’s ERA is 20.25!

  • Wow

    More of the same from this sorry team. Can’t see it getting better with the likes of Beltran, Tex and McCann literally rotting as each day goes by.

    All the money in the world and can’t buy a watchable team.

    Goes to show it’s more than just money.

  • Axis of Mike

    Tonight’s fan poll is..Which MLB player is the best looking with the cutest tightest butt??
    Prince Fielder
    Derek Jeter
    Chase Utley
    Miguel Cabrera.

    • Axis of Mike

      The actual Axis didn’t post this, FYI.

      • vicki

        that is some weird, weird trolling.

        • Rolling Doughnut

          Nah, head over to some college hoops blogs in March. Now there’s a real sewer.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Am I allowed to vote for Jose Canseco, or does it have to be a current player, the Glutes on him, mama mia.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Rolling Doughnut did not post this.

  • Ghost of Aaron Small

    For the love of God, can we please DFA Matt Thornton!!!

    • oldguy

      I would take Graeme Lloyd right now over Thornton.