Sweep! Yankees mash three dingers, rally from behind for 6-2 win over Angels

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Make it six straight wins for the streakin’ Yankees. They rallied from behind on Sunday afternoon to take the series finale 6-2 from the Angels. The Bronx Bombers have now swept two straight series and three of their last four. They’ve also won ten of their last 13 games. I enjoy this. This is fun.

(Jim McIsaac/Getty)
(Jim McIsaac/Getty)

A Bad Start
Three batters into the game, the Angels had a 2-0 lead. CC Sabathia struck out Erick Aybar before serving up back-to-back solo homers to Mike Trout and Albert Pujols in the first inning. The pitch Trout hit wasn’t awful — it was middle of the plate but down at the knees, he just golfed it — but the pitch to Pujols was a total hanger. Cement mixer slider right in Albert’s wheelhouse. The quick two-run deficit was kind of a letdown.

Thankfully, the bad start was nothing more than that. A bad start. David Freese followed the back-to-back homers with a double, then Sabathia settled down and retired 16 of the next 19 batters he faced. The three base-runners were two infield singles (Aybar and Pujols) and a walk (Freese). The Angels didn’t square Sabathia up after the first. The infield single by Pujols and the walk to Freese put two on with one out in the sixth, though CC snuffed out the rally by coaxing a double play ball from Kole Calhoun.

The ground ball was Sabathia’s 87th and final pitch of the afternoon. After getting the out, Sabathia started barking at home plate umpire Dan Bellino because he didn’t agree with a ball/strike call earlier in the inning. Bellino was calling the low strike all afternoon, but he didn’t give one to Sabathia in a big spot that inning, and Sabathia didn’t like it. Sabathia got tossed, Joe Girardi ran out of the dugout to protect his pitcher, and he got tossed too. CC was really fired up. He was right up in Bellino’s face. I would not want to be confronted by an angry CC Sabathia, that’s for sure.

Anyway, Sabathia’s afternoon ended after six innings of two-run ball. No damage after the back-to-back home runs in the first inning. Five hits, one walk, seven strikeouts. That’s not the Sabathia of old but that’s a winnable start. I’d take it from the big guy every fifth day no questions asked. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a pitcher get ejected after an inning-ending double play ball though.

Power hitting left fielder. (Jim McIsaac/Getty)
Power hitting outfielder. (Jim McIsaac/Getty)

Come From Behind
The early two-run deficit stunk but was hardly insurmountable. The Yankees started the comeback in the third inning thanks to Jose Pirela‘s leadoff double. It was a rocket off the wall in left that bounced right to Matt Joyce, so Pirela had to hustle into second. Pirela aggressively tagged up on John Ryan Murphy‘s fly ball to center and then scored on Didi Gregorius‘ ground ball to second base. Good ol’ small ball, aside from the leadoff rocket off the wall.

The comeback continued in the fifth inning with another leadoff extra base hit, this one a solo homer by the slumping Chris Young. Young came into the game with six hits in his last 55 at-bats (.109) dating back to May 23rd. Yikes. April was fun though. The homer was his first since May 2nd against the Red Sox, which I don’t even remember. Either way, the homer tied the game and gave the Yankees new life.

Now here’s a fun fact: Brett Gardner has pulled six fly balls to right field this season. Six! Most of his balls in play to right are ground balls (69.4%) or soft line drives (20.4%). And yet, four of those six fly balls have left the yard for home runs. The fourth of those four homers came a few batters after Young’s homer in the fifth inning, when Gardner unloaded on a 2-0 pitch from C.J. Wilson — I’m not even sure it was a strike, might have been off the plate inside — and yanked it just inside the foul pole for a three-run go-ahead homer. Murphy and Gregorius set the rally up with one-out singles. The Yankees went from down 2-1 to up 5-2 that inning.

(Presswire)
(Presswire)

Leftovers
The Yankees caught a big break in the third inning after Gregorius and Chase Headley threw balls away. The Angels had runners on the corners with one out, Freese lifted a would-be sac fly to deep right field, but Carlos Beltran made a great throw to get Trout trying to tag up and advance to second. (Didi deserves props for a great tag.) Trout was tagged out for the third out before Aybar touched the plate, so the run didn’t score. Underrated big play in the game.

The bullpen didn’t make things interesting for the second straight day. Justin Wilson did walk the first batter he faced in the seventh, but erased the runner with a double play ball before getting the third out. Dellin Betances struck out two in a perfect eighth and Andrew Miller struck out the side in a perfect ninth. The Angels didn’t have a hit to the outfield after Freese’s double in the first.

Pirela had a big day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with the double off the wall and his first career homer in the seventh. The solo shot into the visitor’s bullpen gave the Yankees an always-appreciated insurance run to make it 6-2. I can’t ever remember seeing a player that happy after hitting his first homer. The smile still hasn’t come off Pirela’s face. Neat moment.

The Yankees scored six runs even though Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, and Beltran (the 3-4-5 hitters) went a combined 0-for-9 with a walk and three strikeouts. Gardner had the three-run homer and the 6-7-8-9 hitters (Young, Pirela, Murphy, Gregorius) went a combined 5-for-12 (.417) with a double and two dingers. The bottom of the order has been contributing of late. Nice to see.

And finally, Sabathia’s sixth strikeout of the day (Johnny Giavotella in the fifth) was the 2,500th punchout of his career. He’s the 31st pitcher in history to reach that round number milestone and only the ninth left-hander, so congrats to the big man.

Box Score, WPA Graph & Standings
Here are the box score, video highlights, and updated standings. We also have Bullpen Workload and Announcer Standings pages you should check out. Here’s the win probability graph:


Source: FanGraphs

Up Next
The Yankees have an off-day Monday, so we can all focus on Day One of the 2015 Draft instead. The Nationals are coming to town for a two-game series starting Tuesday night, and holy smokes are we in for a great pitching matchup in the opener: Masahiro Tanaka vs. Max Scherzer. Hell yeah.

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  • Frittoman626

    I hope that the Yankees can get revenge on the Nats like the they did against the Royals.

  • YankeeB

    Good win, bad umpiring. Another rabbit eared incompetent masquerading as a Major League umpire. Didn’t look like CC made contact, so he probably won’t be suspended. He did a fine job today. If he can do that consistently, he and the Yanks will be just fine.

    • cxz

      I’ve watched the video a good 3-4 times now, I don’t see any contact. CC is big, and he really got in the guy’s face, and the ump took a step back when that happened, but I don’t see any contact. He should be fine.

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    That first win helped to banish that pesky LAA curse they always bring to our series. Now it’s time to match up with the offseason champs.

  • Jeff Santora

    Pirela gets rewarded most likely with a trip to Scranton and the weakest hitter in baseball gets called up in Brendan Ryan

    • Austinmac

      The “win a trip to Scranton” was never popular on the game shows. Even less so with major leaguers.

      So, if I understand the logic, Ryan will provide the right handed bat for the middle infield. That is a really silly concept.

      • Preston

        Pirela has a very high probability of being a better hitter than Ryan at this point, but I’m not sure he’s a “good” hitter. And right now he’s sporting a -46 UZR/150 at 2b. And that kind of matches my eye test so far.

        • calripyankee

          SSS only works for washed up rejects, I guess??

          • Preston

            Scouts said he had a terrible glove, he looks like he has a terrible glove, stats say he has a terrible glove. A -20 would be unplayable. So even if his true talent level were a -15, that’s freaking awful.

          • Some Asshole

            Check his minors stats as well. Oof.

        • Austinmac

          Compared to Ryan he is Cano. I never want to see Ryan bat again. I have no illusions about Pirela, but he just might get a hit when needed. What a concept.

          • Preston

            The real problem is and always has been Drew. Utility infielders aren’t usually going to hit, especially getting sporadic ABs. The idea of having a good glove no bat utility infielder is only bothersome because the starting 2b hits like a utility infielder already.

          • Some Asshole

            Cano could also play defense, but I see your point.

    • cxz

      Maybe if we’re lucky, when/if we can trade Carpenter for something before the 10 days is up, we can throw Ryan in to a team needing a UTL and RP help. Wishful thinking i’m sure, but that would be great.

  • cxz

    Damn! CC hasn’t been tossed since 2006. The team did a good job making sure CC made no contact through that. That umpire needs to be DFA’d.

    • Bertin Lefkovic

      To hell with the contact rules. Umps should get knocked on their asses just like the refs in pro wrestling.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Only watched up until it was 2-1. Did get to see Beltran gun down Trout at second, and the run not scoring, bailing out both CC and left side of the infield there. What a great play that was.

    There’s a Cuban saying which I’ll leave up to you all to translate, but it goes, “El diablo sabe mas por ser viejo que por ser diablo.” Immediately came to mind there.

    The streakin’ Yanks streak again and, really, what this division needs is one or two nice, long streaks, and less valleys.

    • Austinmac

      It was downright fun when Beltran threw him out.

    • Aaron Juez

      Ahh…love those refranes. Seems to be one for every situation.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Dime con quien andas, y te dire quien eres.

        • Aaron Juez

          Heard that one more than I can count. My mom never trusted our friends. “No dejes para mañana lo que puedas hacer hoy.” That is another one of her favorites.

    • WT2

      “El diablo sabe mas por ser viejo que por ser diablo.” Immediately came to mind there
      It means “the Devil knows more because of age, not because he is the Devil”
      It is a very old “refran” or sayings we have in the latin culture.
      About the play, it was an outstanding play. I thought it was a game changing play at the time. Of course, it can only be game changing if the Yanks came back which they did, thanks God.

    • Bertin Lefkovic

      Is that anything like “the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t”?

  • Austinmac

    Great bounce back by CC, and probably a timely ejection.

    I will be sorry to see Pirela go. It seems to me we have our fill of infielders who don’t hit much.

    I have never looked at it before, but gameday has a feed which shows distances and speed of batted balls. Pirela’s was 104 mph and 425 ft. Gardner’s was 107 mph and 381 ft.

  • Jacob Lindgreddarden

    I thought it was the best win of the season, Mike. This team has a good formula for success. 1-2 punch in the rotation, 1-2 punch in the bullpen. Ellsbury will be back soon to give us a 1-2 punch at the top of the lineup. Offense is firing on all cylinders even without him. I think Pirela is here to stay. Ryan couldn’t get 2 XBH’s in 100 games and Pirela got 2 today. I’d fire Esmil tomorrow and bring up Martin.

    • Sir Didihiro Nakamura

      fuck off eddard, you’re like an 8 year old little girl who watches a movie and says it’s her favorite no matter what after every single movie she watches.

      • twenty1miles

        Aww be nice, Eddard might be a troll, but he’s our troll.

      • Some Asshole

        lol at the eddard upvote

      • Some Asshole

        I’m also quite ready to stop having everyone sing that Let It Go song.

        • Adam

          Oh just let it go already. The song never bothered me anyway.

      • r.l

        you’re like an 8 year old little girl who keeps telling another 8 year old little girl to shut up

        • Sir Didihiro Nakamura

          I’m 9.

    • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

      Today’s win is always the best win of the season and the team that wins the last game of the season wins it all, so that’s the best win too.

  • Austinmac

    It is nice that this year a 2-0 deficit doesn’t feel so monumental. I embrace the home run.

    • Preston

      Everybody should embrace the home run. Except for Michael Kay. Because the fact that “Kay hates it, he hates it” makes every home run more enjoyable.

  • Sir Didihiro Nakamura

    Didi gregarious low baseball IQ almost lost this won for the new york baseball yankees. he hit fly ball that just missed homerun, swinging for fences, bad job didi. he also had single but he still could got out instead but didn’t, low basall IQ if you ask myself. He also made a couples threws to first baseman markus teixeria and they were perfect but he had a chance to throws them badly. low basebell IQ Didi greg.

    • Tony Wilson

      He has those mental lapses often doesn’t he? Lol

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Icwudt

  • frogbogg
  • nycsportzfan

    For me with all the great pitching performances we’ve seen from pretty much everyone at some point, it’s CC being on I enjoy the most. It’s a lot of fun watching him out “pitch” opposing offenses.

    • Sir Didihiro Nakamura

      I’ll take Ma-kun

  • nycsportzfan

    Congrats Pirela. First ML hr gotta be exhilarating

    • Y’s Guy

      He was off-the-chats happy with Suzyn on the radio right after the game! Good for him!

      • cxz

        He was so happy even during the game about it, was awesome to see.

  • Y’s Guy

    I was crazy busy all morning and one of my crew told me the Yankees were losing 2-0 3 hitters into the game and I rolled my eyes at CC. But I didnt even have time to complain about him and didn’t tune into the game until just before the dp that ended the 6th inning. So my work kept me from making a fool of myself with a first-inning CC rant.
    Great job CC and congrats to Pirela! Despite that ninth inning Friday night, this was a very good series! Well done Yankees!

  • GPU

    The HIGHEST batting average of Tampa Bay’s last 6-9 hitters today is .156! One Fifty Six!!

  • Pkyankfan69

    Today was definitely a nice win… The odds were not in our favor after CC’s lousy 1st inning and a lefty who has been tough on us in the past on the mound for the Halos. I’m just a little disappointed the Gas Can didn’t get into the game. Missing me some Esmil :(

  • Frittoman626

    Stupid A’s. That’s what happens when you have bases loaded, nobody out and you score 0 runs!!!! Still can’t believe the Yankees lost to that garbage team smfh…

    • Preston

      We’ve won 6 in a row
      Time to let it go.

      • Frittoman626

        Im over the Yankees losing to them, but the fact that they let the Sux sweep them really pisses me off. Especially in a game they had won. Fuck the A’s and fuck the Sux.

        • cxz

          At least they’re still not in immediate striking distance of us, the Rays are the team we want losing more than anything right now.

        • Preston

          They’re about to win 3 in a row to bring them to 4 games under .500. We’re six weeks away from another Sox yard sale. Napoli, Victorino, Ortiz, Buchholz, Uehara could all be dealt en route to another 90+ loss season (and I’m not saying it will happen, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we hear Pedroia rumors).

          • cxz

            I’d be flabbergasted if they dealt Ortiz, but other than that, I don’t disagree. (I’m also thrilled I got to use the word flabbergasted)

            • Preston

              You would have thought the same thing about Manny, and they traded Lester when they planned on re-signing him. They’ll trade anyone. He’s 39 and struggling, but not so bad that a contending team wouldn’t roll the dice on a bounce back. He’s a cheaper alternative to Howard, and Cherington is more reasonable than RAJr.

              • cxz

                I wonder what the public reception of that trade would look like.

                • Sir Didihiro Nakamura

                  They’d murder the FO

                  • Preston

                    Nah, the media in Boston is just a PR wing for them. They’ll spin it, like they’ve done before. He’s old, he’s declining, he’s always been about the money, he clogs up the DH spot so they can’t rest Hanley/Panda, and all of a sudden they’ll care about that positive steroid test.

                    • Sir Didihiro Nakamura

                      Of course they would. And of course on the steroid thing.

          • HoopDreams

            Assuming of course they don’t turn a corner. But with their rotation and inconsistent offense I can’t see them making a big run.

          • argenys

            I think you’re wrong. Have to believe their worst baseball is behind them. Pitching doing better, rookie pitcher looks legit(damn O’s) some bats are coming around. It does matter that the A’s just rolled over when they played their tail off against us. Fuck em

      • Sir Didihiro Nakamura

        It’s funny. I looked at the scores after the game, A’s leading 4-0 in the top of the 8th a Astros 6-4 in the 8th and now I check and both the Jays & Red Sox won.

      • argenys

        I feel the same sting because they’re keeping the red sux alive when we could’ve been burying them with this recent win streak.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          No one gets buried in June.

          • GPU

            Except the Yankees, if they go through a rough patch.

          • argenys

            I didn’t say they’d be buried I’m saying we could’ve been burying them. After the epic Mets collapses of 07 and 08 I know anything under 10 games late in the season might not be enough. My point is them staying alive isn’t good, they almost can’t play worse and are within 5 with more than half the season to go. A far cry from them almost giving up on the season like Preston was claiming they’re aren’t too far away from.

    • nycsportzfan

      What?lol who cares, the Yanks are in 1st and have Ells on the horizon, as well as 3 picks within first 57 of draft which starts tomorrow. Life is great as a Yankee fan right now

  • bernbabybern

    I hope Pirela’s reward for today’s game isn’t being sent down for Brendan Ryan.

    • Jeff Santora

      I said the same thing lol…nobody is looking forward to Ryan

    • cxz

      I’d be happy to just give Ryan to some team at this point. It’s bad when your team doesn’t want you to return from the DL

    • Jacob Lindgreddarden

      Yeah, Pirela deserves to stay just like Lindgren deserved to stay. Pirela is a better platoon partner with Drew. You don’t really need a utility IF like Ryan when Didi and Drew are already good defenders. Drew can always come in late in games for Pirela defensively.

      • MTU

        Ryan should go the way of the DoDo bird.

      • Bertin Lefkovic

        I would like to give Ryan a little bit of time to see what he can do. DFA Rogers. Send Lindgren down. Bring Chris Martin back. When Nova returns send down Pirela or DFA Ryan.

  • bernbabybern

    I’m glad at least the ump knows when to pull CC.

  • Tony Wilson

    The guys are rolling, good game by CC and think he still has something left in the tank contrary to popular belief. AL East champions folks!!!!

    • MTU

      That depends.

      • Tony Wilson

        In my opinion the only thing that will keep it from happening is injuries.

        • MTU

          Exactly !

        • Robinson Tilapia

          The team that wins the division will be the team in first place at the end of the regular season.

          • Tony Wilson

            Thanks, always insightful. Lol

          • r.l

            Not necessarily, if more than one team is in first place.

          • r.l

            Not necessarily, if more than one team is in first place.

            • JimK

              Then the season is not over for those teams; oh fuck you knew this anyway, nevermind.

    • cxz

      So far, they’re the only team with a clear path to win the division, they’ve shown the ability to win enough to do so. We need the fortune of health and to continue to win series like this, but it’s a heck of a start all things considered.

      • Tony Wilson

        Yep, everything is in place and injuries are what could keep them from winning the division I feel.

  • ruralbob

    They suck! They’re great! They suck! They’re great! I’m not sure if I can take this all season.

    • MTU

      Ebb and flow. Ebb and flow.

    • Preston

      32 wins, is 32 wins, doesn’t matter how we got there.

      • Tony Wilson

        Exactly!

  • MTU

    More reinforcements coming.
    Ells and Nova.

    • Tony Wilson

      That’s the thing, they are rolling without those 2 and they just got Tanaka back. They have been inconsistent but I think their best baseball is ahead.

      • MTU

        2nd half schedule is easier too.

        • Y’s Guy

          First off that “easier part’ never really materializes, and on top of that, the Yankees have played their worst baseball against weak teams.

          • MTU

            If they stay healthy it will this time.
            Imagine the playoffs w Pineda/Tanaka at the front of the line.
            Hysterical in a 5 game set.

  • MTU

    Martin might help the pen, and if not him, guys like Rumbelow might.

    • yanksgoyanks

      anybody but Rogers.

      • MTU

        His days are numbered.

      • cxz

        Esmil is the best! Esmil is a bullpen ace!

    • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

      Rumbelow is a good horse’s name.

      • Cool Yankees Dude

        Speaking of Horse names, if I ever had a racing horse I was thinking of naming him Buster Trample. I don’t know why.

  • MTU

    Liked CC and Girardi showing some fire today.

  • Some Asshole

    And nobody talked about that damned world’s greatest hero horse!

    • MTU

      Secretariat was the World’s greatest hero horse.
      He would have wiped the floor w Pharoah.

      • Y’s Guy

        Go Big Red!

        • MTU

          And he was better lookin’ too.

      • MG2015

        Both Secretrariat and Seattle Slew would have wiped the floor with Pharoah,,,

  • Dan A.

    I like Pirela; slow start, but he mashes against lefties. I hope they keep him over Ryan.

    • MTU

      Anybody should be kept over Ryan.

  • MTU

    Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’.
    Keep those beatdowns goin’.
    Rawhide.

  • MTU

    Looks like GGBG likes our Peski pole. :)

    • Y’s Guy

      I wonder how many times the Babe hit that RF pole in the old ballpark…

      • Y’s Guy

        …so I googled babe ruth and foul pole and found this, which I had never read before:

        “Until 1931 in the AL, balls that hit the foul pole… were considered ground-rule doubles… and balls that went over the wall in fair territory but hooked foul were ruled foul.”

        • MTU

          Glad they changed that.

        • argenys

          Thanks for the info. That’s reckless.

    • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

      His HR hit the pole?

    • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

      That ball was no where near the pole.

  • Sir Didihiro Nakamura

    On Monday we were 26-25, feeling shitty, and about to face Felix. Even with Pineda on the mound it did not look good for us just because of Felix. Well…

    -Crush Felix
    -Get Tanaka back & better than ever
    -Sweep the Mariners
    -Sweep the Angels
    -6-0 week
    -32-25

    Beisbol!

    • MTU

      A Beisbol season.

      • BigDavey88

        It’s like good things and bad things happen. CRAZY.

    • Bertin Lefkovic

      Even with all of the inconsistency and question marks, I have enjoyed watching this team. I don’t even have a big problem with Didi and Drew.

    • MoneyFloatsMyBoat

      And also get a win and a chance to skip a mig mike start, more positives

  • YankeeFan™

    I’m beyond excited to have enjoyed this great game and the weather was absolutely perfect.

    • MTU

      You brought us luck.

  • mike carter

    My yankees are playing great right now

    • MTU

      How are my Yankees doin’ ?

      • Carl Fisher

        Our Yankees and they are playing great!

  • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick
  • Cool Yankees Dude

    Is Pirela starting to play his way into the everyday 2B role?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Possibly.

      • Bertin Lefkovic

        Unlikely. Especially after his recent 2 HR game. Better to dump Rogers and go with 4 middle infielders until it is time for Nova to come back.

    • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

      He’ll be gone on Tues for Ryan.

      • Cool Yankees Dude

        I would be furious, Drew has been below the Mendoza line forever, he ought to go

      • MTU

        That Sir would be a mistake.

        • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

          It’s not my decision but Ryan is coming up.

          • MTU

            I would DFA him.
            Posthaste.

          • Cool Yankees Dude

            Again, Drew has been well below the Mendoza line for a while now. I’d be willing to gamble on Ryan doing better than .168

            • Y’s Guy

              I wouldn’t

            • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

              I’d like to see them keep Pirela but who else could they send down?

              • Cool Yankees Dude

                DREW

                • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

                  They love Drew’s glove.

                  • Cool Yankees Dude

                    Isn’t Brendan Ryan a glove first guy, though? Again, .168 can really mitigate a guy’s positive traits

              • MTU

                Lindgren.

              • Bertin Lefkovic

                DFA Rogers.

            • RetroRob

              Pirela’s only had 41 ABs and his use has been sporadic. Not the easiest of situations to not only have the short end of the platoon for a rookie, but I don’t even think he’s faced every lefty starter. He’s had so few ABs that one or two good games and he’s no longer below Mendoza as he’s up to .268 now, 5-11 with a HR and a double last few games.

              I’ve not the biggest Pirela supporter, but I would rather have him up than Ryan, simply because I find him redundant with Drew. I’m comfortable Pirela can outhit Ryan. He can’t outfield him and he’s not as versatile position wise. It comes down to where the Yankees place the most value.

            • Bertin Lefkovic

              Ryan is not going to have a better OPS than Drew.

  • MTU

    Raise your hand if you love sending Scioscia home in a bad mood.

    • Cool Yankees Dude

      I love it

    • calripyankee

      He’s almost as whiney as Buck..

      • MTU

        But the absolute King is pruneface.
        Nobody I like giving a beating more than him.

      • Y’s Guy

        I heard him on the radio this morning, he was already in a bad mood.

    • Beauee

      Angels fans are turning on him. It’s a great site to behold.

      • MTU

        He’s outlived his welcome ?

  • mike carter

    Yankees are hitting great right now home runs today by garner pirela young

  • Cool Yankees Dude

    Oh damn, Tanaka vs. Scherzer
    Who’s ready for angry Nationals fans and impotent offense?

    • Tony Wilson

      Tanaka vs. Harper!!!!!!!!

      • Cool Yankees Dude

        World War II comes to mind

        • Tony Wilson

          Lol

      • MTU

        Mano a Mano.
        Hope MT has all his weapons that night.

        • Tony Wilson

          Hope so.

          • MTU

            If he does my money is on him.

            • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

              you have money?

            • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

              you have money?

              • MTU

                I have cash which is almost like money.

        • Cool Yankees Dude

          The Yankees should be able to provide enough backup to bail out Tanaka in case damage is done

        • MG2015

          and the following week is Tanaka vs Stanton, both games will be interesting…

          • MTU

            Wow. You are merciless.

            • MG2015

              I only mentioned it because I will be at the Marlins game in Miami…

              • MTU

                Enjoy.

                • MG2015

                  Thanks, I will try :)

          • RetroRob

            Al from Miami will have a big moment in that series.

            …although not sure how he’ll play. No DH.

    • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

      We’ve faced Max, they haven’t faced Tank.

    • MTU

      They’re home games.

  • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

    Yogi need like 30,000 votes by tomorrow to get a Presidential Medal of Honor.
    You’re not a true Yankee fan if you don’t go to the link and sign your name.
    DO IT!

    • Y’s Guy

      do I get my card valadated here?

    • Preston
    • RetroRob

      I’ve voted, maybe even more than once. : -)

      Surprising with the Yankees’ huge universe of fans, and just baseball fans in general, that as of now it looks like this is going to fail.

      Vote.

      • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

        Can you vote more than once, I guess you can.
        Why isn’t he getting the votes?

        • RetroRob

          It’s a government petition to President Obama. Since he has Chicago connections, I’m following the Mayor Richard Daley approach of vote early, vote often.

          Seriously, I believe if you have a second email address you can vote again. I didn’t try registering with the same email.

          As to why, most people either don’t want to take the 15 seconds to do it, or just assume he’ll get it and haven’t bothered. Unfortunately, if that’s the case, they assumed wrong. The petition has been active for a month, launched around his 90th birthday, and they’re still 30K short.

          • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

            He can prolly waive the sig req and give him a pres. pardon or something.

          • Game 3

            Maybe we should keep Yogi off Obama’s radar, unless we want him killed by a drone.

  • Beauee

    Next two days are going to be awesome baseball days: Draft and then Tanaka vs. Scherzer. I’m pumped.

    • MTU

      Oh yeah !

  • pat

    I fucking love Girardi.

    • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

      shhhhh

    • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

      nice edit.

      • pat

        I didn’t edit anything….

        • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

          I thought you reversed the 2nd and 3rd words.

          • pat

            HAHAHAHAH I didn’t, but that would have been awesome.

  • pat

    Also, it’s nice to see Soscia managed teams make huge mental mistakes in big spots, i.e. Pujols trying to get Didi at 2nd yesterday and Trout getting caught tagging at 2nd before Aybar could score. Love it.

  • Bertin Lefkovic

    Capuano, Carpenter, Rogers, and Ryan to the Mets for Gee and Niese.

    • Cosmos Giannakakis

      I’d do that in a heartbeat.

    • Robert Lucarelli

      Why would the mets do that ?

      • Y’s Guy

        If I were the Mets I wouldn’t give you either one for that package.

        • Robert Lucarelli

          If cash called sandy alderson with that offer the Mets would laugh and hang up the phone

    • Robert Lucarelli

      This has to be be the worst trade offer I’ve ever read anywhere … Just lol

    • calripyankee

      I give you credit, for trying to take out the “trash”..

  • Robert Lucarelli

    The fourth outfielder with a home run off of a lefty today ……

    Remember when everyone thought melky was better…hilarious