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Yankees fall flat on Opening Day

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 01, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

This was the concern, right? The offense looked flat, the pitching couldn’t pick up the slack, and the Yankees lost 8-2 on Opening Day. The Red Sox weren’t exactly rolling out a juggernaut lineup, but they more than doubled the Yankees hit total. Sabathia let Boston’s bottom four hitters reach base in the second inning, setting the stage for four runs that built a big, early lead. Sabathia was able to get out of trouble in the fourth and fifth innings, but the damage was done, and his pitch count didn’t let him come out for the sixth. Sabathia has a 7.42 ERA in his five Opening Day starts with the Yankees. Francisco Cervelli drove in the Yankees only runs with a two-out, two-run single in the fourth. Down three in the seventh, the Yankees got the tying run to the plate with no outs, but Eduardo Nunez, Robinson Cano and Kevin Youkilis each struck out. The Red Sox added three insurance runs off Joba Chamberlain in the ninth.

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103 Responses to “Yankees fall flat on Opening Day”

  1. ac1 April 1st, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    yankees only runs were from cervy, thats it, what a trash team.. amazing that the wealthiest team in sport can field a team like this.. it’s almost as bad as pittsburg pirates/miami marlins.
    __

    Doesnt help to have 85M on the DL

  2. blake April 1st, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Sigh…..if they don’t pitch really well then there are gonna be a lot of games like this early on

  3. Captain Clutch April 1st, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    The at bats were really dreadful today. They were swinging early in the count at anything in sight and didn’t show any patience. CC wasn’t good but to be honest I don’t expect much when he faces the Sox. They always seem to battle him and score 5-6 runs.

  4. Patrick April 1st, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Ah well it’s just one game. You can never figure Baseball, Suzyn. One day a team will look completely lost and the next day they will look like world champions.

    Today was a rough one but the Yanks will bounce back…

  5. Rich in NJ April 1st, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    They just have to tread water until some bats get healthy.

  6. blake April 1st, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Bradley hasn’t played an inning above AA but he’s was better than what they had and the Sox played him….hope the yanks were watching and are more aggressive when some of these kids are ready and better than what they have……

  7. charlestonchew April 1st, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Our hitters need to forget about homeruns and remember that they’re supposed to be getting singles and doubles, not swinging out of their shoes. And then Nunez and Nix need to remember that the bat is useless if it just stays on their shoulders as they watch perfectly hittable pitches go by. But alas, it may not be possible to do that. We’ll see what kind of lineup shakeups we see in the next few games. Boesch will probably find himself in the lineup on Wednesday. Let’s see if he can’t drill a couple balls over that RF wall.

  8. Rich in NJ April 1st, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    I agree. The Yankees have to trust talented kids more. Relying on Francisco can’t last very long.

  9. Tyler April 1st, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Hopefully Kuroda has a good start on Wednesday. Probably feel most comfortable with him at this point. Need good pitching because that lineup definitely has some holes.

  10. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 1st, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    “The result is indicative of the team we are fielding. Its really not more complicated than that.”

    Right Carlo, until the Yankees turn things around, get firmly entrenched in first place, and then you’ll be nowhere in sight to discuss how you could have guessed so badly.

    Right?

    **************

    “Ah well it’s just one game. You can never figure Baseball, Suzyn. One day a team will look completely lost and the next day they will look like world champions.
    Today was a rough one but the Yanks will bounce back…”

    Thanks for putting intelligence over motion, Patrick.

    Good call.

  11. blake April 1st, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Rich in NJ says:
    April 1, 2013 at 4:50 pm
    They just have to tread water until some bats get healthy.

    My fear is they’ll have to pitch better than they are capable to do this

  12. Jerkface April 1st, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    The pitching match ups are favorable for the next 2 games. Just gotta win series. And also stop walking JBJ.

  13. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 1st, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Remember too that you’re looking like a lineup that hasn’t had a lot of time playing with each other. Give them a little time to gel as a team.

  14. Shame Spencer April 1st, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Why is there a day off tomorrow again..? Gross.

  15. Niblick April 1st, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Remember, it’s only 1 of 162.

  16. Rich in NJ April 1st, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    NYY_Girl_Penny April 1st, 2013 at 4:51 pm
    Rich in NJ April 1st, 2013 at 4:49 pm
    uhh, yeah okay. guy doesn’t go to any games, hardly likes baseball and all he’s done since signing Tex is … ??? even if you credit him with 2009 WS the guy is an idiot.
    __

    George has been dead for lees than three years.

    point ? he was barely functional for years before his passing.
    _

    So when do you set the beginning of Hal’s tenure?

  17. blake April 1st, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Jerkface says:
    April 1, 2013 at 4:54 pm
    The pitching match ups are favorable for the next 2 games. Just gotta win series. And also stop walking JBJ.

    Kuroda will challenge him ….the pitching matchups are better for sure…..but this offense…man…..

  18. Patrick April 1st, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    The pitching match ups are favorable for the next 2 games. Just gotta win series. And also stop walking JBJ.

    It appears like the Red Sox hype machine has actually turned JBJ into a good player. The Red Sox coaches/management/players hype him up and the Boston beat writers drool all over him to the point where opposing pitchers actually think he can hit and simply pitch around him. That’s one way to develop a player ….

    (I’m joking, I know he’s actually a legit talent)

  19. Benny Blanco April 1st, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    “Bradley hasn’t played an inning above AA but he’s was better than what they had and the Sox played him….hope the yanks were watching and are more aggressive when some of these kids are ready and better than what they have……”

    Bingo!!!!! Its all about taking risks

  20. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 1st, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    “first place ? JAJAJAJJAJAJAJAJJAJA come on trisha, I know you are a glass is half full kinda girl, but .. never-the-mind.”

    I take it you don’t believe they will make first place. Is that correct?

  21. Captain Clutch April 1st, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    I think Girardi has to just leave the lefties at the top of the lineup and see what happens. I don’t like Nunez batting 2nd and Nix should be on the bench. I wish they would give Musty a chance at 3rd but we know that would never happen.

  22. bruceb April 1st, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Yanks ruined the Sox 100th anniversary party at Fenway last year so I guess this was payback.

    The question is whether this was a one-off or a sign of the times to come? I hope for the former but fear the latter.

  23. Shame Spencer April 1st, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Kuroda will challenge him ….the pitching matchups are better for sure…..but this offense…man…..

    ———-

    The bottom of the order is going to be a bit ugly.. I wish it was just the bottom and not the whole bottom half but you need to hope guys like Wells, Nix, Cervelli, Francisco can catch lightening in a bottle or something.

  24. Jerkface April 1st, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Remember too that you’re looking like a lineup that hasn’t had a lot of time playing with each other. Give them a little time to gel as a team.

    Not sure this applies to offense. Offense isn’t a team sport. You’re individual batters vs pitchers.

  25. Rich in NJ April 1st, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    I don’t like Girardi’s answer to the Phelps question. It’s circular reasoning.

  26. blake April 1st, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    We wouldn’t have given up so many runs with Stewies pitch framing in there!

  27. Shame Spencer April 1st, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Captain Clutch April 1st, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    I think Girardi has to just leave the lefties at the top of the lineup and see what happens.

    ————

    Girardi really does need to cut the strategery to a minimum until we’re in better health. It won’t help him right now.

    Kuroda’s the man though.. I fully expect him to give us a great performance tomorrow.

  28. RMS April 1st, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Why is there a day off tomorrow again..? Gross.

    ===========================================================
    In case today’s game got rained out.

  29. YankeesFanMan April 1st, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Well I’m ready to overreact. Anyone else?

  30. Rich in NJ April 1st, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    This offense would suck worse with Stew. He literally should never play except in late innings with the game already decided.

  31. Shame Spencer April 1st, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Maybe Wednesday we see Overbay at 1B, Youk at 3B and Nix….. somewhere not on the field?

    I guess that’s a upgrade of sorts.

  32. blake April 1st, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Rich in NJ says:
    April 1, 2013 at 5:02 pm
    I don’t like Girardi’s answer to the Phelps question. It’s circular reasoning.

    Phelps will start Saturday but like I’ve been saying…..you guys better get ready for him to be in the pen when Hughes is ready

  33. Triple Short of a Cycle April 1st, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Remember too that you’re looking like a lineup that hasn’t had a lot of time playing with each other. Give them a little time to gel as a team.

    ———————————————–

    Baseball is the least team oriented sport. Hitters don’t need to “gel” together

  34. Shame Spencer April 1st, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    RMS – Ahhhh, so wise! Thank you!! I will not call the schedule maker a dumb dumb anymore.

  35. blake April 1st, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Rich in NJ says:
    April 1, 2013 at 5:03 pm
    This offense would suck worse with Stew. He literally should never play except in late innings with the game already decided.

    Cervelli is one of the few guys that I feel like might get a hit when they are up

  36. bobshantz April 1st, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    I’m afraid it’s just the beginning. I predict the Yanks live in the cellar all year. Tough way for Mo to go out.

  37. mick April 1st, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    This offense would suck worse with Stew. He literally should never play except in late innings with the game already decided.
    ===================
    get ready to see him catching CC and Andy from here on out.

  38. itsgonnabealongseason April 1st, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Usually, when a team looks anemic on paper, they play no differently.

  39. blake April 1st, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    You look at this roster and wonder…,,how does this cost 232 million dollars

  40. Patrick April 1st, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Phelps will start Saturday but like I’ve been saying…..you guys better get ready for him to be in the pen when Hughes is ready

    Is it a bad thing that Phelps will be in the pen? I don’t see him as more than a 5 starter long term …

  41. itsgonnabealongseason April 1st, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Poor Brewers. Had a ton of games blown by the closer last year, and many with two outs. Today, more of the same. Axford gives up a two out HR to let the Rockies tie the game.

  42. Patrick April 1st, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    You look at this roster and wonder…,,how does this cost 232 million dollars

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    $87.65 million of it is on the DL

  43. mick April 1st, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    ,,how does this cost 232 million dollars
    =========================
    did you count jete, tex, arod and grandy?

  44. sunny615 April 1st, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Barf

  45. blake April 1st, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    It’s one game….it doesn’t mean anything…..but you can take a couple of things from it.
    1) Lester looked really good until he kinda lost his command there….but for awhile there he looked like Lester
    2) the offense is what we thought it was….no good
    3) CCs velo is concerning but it’s true he usually doesn’t hit his stride until May.
    4) Bradley does look like a big leaguer and good player….he’s no Mike Trout but he’s a good player and he’s ready so kudos to the Sox for playin him

  46. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 1st, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    “Not sure this applies to offense. Offense isn’t a team sport. You’re individual batters vs pitchers.”

    I hear what you’re saying. But hitters are going to get used to seeing how batters in front of them are pitched to, how they take pitches, what to expect from a pitcher when they are up as a result. There are lots of things they wil be learning from playing together that will help their offense as a team. No question.

  47. Jerkface April 1st, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Is it a bad thing that Phelps will be in the pen? I don’t see him as more than a 5 starter long term …

    Yes. Phelps has shown starter ability. The Yankees keep wasting guys in the pen. You can’t keep taking guys that have success starting and put them in the pen. At that point, if that IS your strategy, you need to start trading them for actual useful pieces.

    Relief is the worst. Starting is the best. Let the guys who are good start. Phelps has been good.

  48. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 1st, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    “$87.65 million of it is on the DL”

    Patrick, you are a thinking person’s person. I really like that about you.

    :)

  49. blake April 1st, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    @Is it a bad thing that Phelps will be in the pen? I don’t see him as more than a 5 starter long term …”

    Sure….he’s a starter and he needs innings….they wasted him last year more or less

  50. Jerkface April 1st, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    They’re going to need to find 4 starters next offseason. Having Phelps not be ready to pitch 200 innings is a flawed strategy.

  51. Rich in NJ April 1st, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    “Is it a bad thing that Phelps will be in the pen? I don’t see him as more than a 5 starter long term …”

    Even if that’s true, how is he ever going to be stretched out to be a 5th starter, which could be needed next season given Pettitte and Kuroda’s respective age.

    Plus, Hughes will probably be gone, and Nova has proved very little.

    So it makes sense to ensure that Phelps remains a viable option for the rotation.

  52. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 1st, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    “2) the offense is what we thought it was….no good”

    I think you’re safer saying “I” than “we”, even though you do have company here.

  53. blake April 1st, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    If they keep Phelps in the bullpen then that tells me they aren’t considering him for the 2014 rotation and will either trade him or just make him a swing man which is a waste

  54. Rich in NJ April 1st, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    “$87.65 million of it is on the DL”

    Another probelm is that most of what is on the DL isn’t worth their contracts.

  55. Patrick April 1st, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Yes. Phelps has shown starter ability. The Yankees keep wasting guys in the pen. You can’t keep taking guys that have success starting and put them in the pen. At that point, if that IS your strategy, you need to start trading them for actual useful pieces.

    Relief is the worst. Starting is the best. Let the guys who are good start. Phelps has been good.

    Yes Phelps has been good but I’m not convinced he’s better than Nova or Hughes. Let’s not forget that Phelps has only 100 innings in the big leagues, Hughes and Nova have had stretches as long as that where they have been as good or better …

    So assuming the Yankees go with the 5 best starters that leaves Phelps as the sixth best. Thus the only logical move is to go with a 6 man rotation or to trade Phelps. 6 man rotation is not optimal and isn’t going to happen even if it was optimal. And the trade market is dead right now. I wanted the Yankees to trade one of Hughes/Nova/Phelps during this offseason but Cashman didn’t do it. At this point you have to maximize value, and even though putting Phelps in the bullpen isn’t optimal, it is the only way the Yankees can use him when Hughes returns.

  56. blake April 1st, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    “I think you’re safer saying “I” than “we”, even though you do have company here.”

    It’s not good right now….the hope is that it’ll be good enough for them to win well pitched games….but it’s not a good offense right now ….hard to make an argument otherwise

  57. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 1st, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    “did you count jete, tex, arod and grandy?”

    You also mick. The more questions asked, the better the information.

  58. blake April 1st, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    I don’t think Phelps is better than a healthy Hughes…..I think he very well might be better than Nova though

  59. Patrick April 1st, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Another probelm is that most of what is on the DL isn’t worth their contracts.

    Yeah that’s true.

  60. Jerkface April 1st, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    So assuming the Yankees go with the 5 best starters that leaves Phelps as the sixth best. Thus the only logical move is to go with a 6 man rotation or to trade Phelps.

    Phelps has options, so does Nova. Option the guy who is pitching bad to AAA. There is no ‘lack of options’ roster crunch here.

  61. Captain Clutch April 1st, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Meredith Marakovits ?

    Teixeira:wrist progressing Only has to wear brace while working out. Will be reevaluated in about 10 days.Not yet cleared to swing

  62. Jerkface April 1st, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    If you’re constantly filling your bullpen with ‘the best pitchers (starting or relieving)’ and are scared to let guys stay stretched out in the minors, then you’re never going to develop quality starting pitching.

  63. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 1st, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    I also believe Phelps should be in the rotation. I hope the Yankees utilize him in such a way that it doesn’t hinder that opportunity.

  64. blake April 1st, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    The issue is that the Yanks could use Phelps in the bullpen too….. He’s a pretty good and versatile reliever and I think that’s pulling on them

  65. Patrick April 1st, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Phelps has options, so does Nova. Option the guy who is pitching bad to AAA. There is no ‘lack of options’ roster crunch here.

    I don’t think the Yankees have the luxury of sending one of their top 12 pitchers to the minors when the lineup is so crappy. I’d like to keep Phelps as a starter as well but they really can’t afford to put him in the minors when he could conceivably pitch 100 or more innings for us in the majors this year.

  66. Duh Innings II April 1st, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    The offense was not the reason the Yanks lost today, the pitching save Logan and Eppley was and it would’ve been 9-2 if Phelps had allowed the leadoff triple he gave up to score. If the Yanks had scored 7 runs today – say five runs in the ninth – they still would’ve lost 8-7., and I’ll take 7 runs from the Yanks any day of the week. Sabathia pitched four good innings out of five but the four-spot he gave up negated that.

    Anyone who expected the offense to pick up the slack down 5-2 then 8-2 with Boston actually pitching good for a change was/is being unreasonable.

    The positives were the Yanks drove Lester out of the game after only five innings, sliced the lead in half and brought the tying run to the plate at one point, and played defense.

    This game is a classic example of how if you don’t pitch, you don’t win and tell me the Yanks win-loss record in games they gave up 8 or more runs since Torre became manager. If it’s actually good, well that’s an anomaly cuz more often than not it isn’t.

    But I’m sure all the contemptous idiots who write for the New York Post and Daily News will blame the hitting to fulfill their doom-and-gloom prophecy for the 2013 Yankees and why not since all of them hate the Yankees anyway?

  67. Jerkface April 1st, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    The issue is that the Yanks could use Phelps in the bullpen too….. He’s a pretty good and versatile reliever and I think that’s pulling on them

    He is the 6th inning guy, or whatever. They don’t need that. Or rather they don’t need to destroy a starting pitching prospect to get it.

    Let Adam Warren try his hand at it, he hasn’t shown nearly the same ability as David Phelps so you’re not really losing a potential starter. And alteast for 2013 he has pitched 150 innings each of the past 2 years, so you’re gettinga 1 year dip instead of a 2 year consecutive dip with phelps.

  68. Jerkface April 1st, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    I don’t think the Yankees have the luxury of sending one of their top 12 pitchers to the minors when the lineup is so crappy. I’d like to keep Phelps as a starter as well but they really can’t afford to put him in the minors when he could conceivably pitch 100 or more innings for us in the majors this year.

    They have to think long term. This year looks like a disaster, but not having enough starters for next year is WORSE because you have less money to spend. 6th inning guy isn’t making or breaking this team. They don’t need to spend Phelps in that spot.

  69. Patrick April 1st, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Phelps has pitched over 150 IP in a season before, according to the Yankees pitching prospect development rules he should be capable of going 180 IP in 2014 if necessary. I don’t think you need much more than that from a 5th starter.

  70. joeman April 1st, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    even though the starters are good, this team isn’t going to score a lot of runs & I can see them going on a lot of 5 game or more losing streaks

  71. blake April 1st, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Re: Joba
    - his stuff looked great….he gets in bad counts and he did get squeezed a bit (but doesn’t it seem like we have always said that). He nibbles too much….he throws 96 with a great slider…..go after people Joba!
    - also… That stache is hideous

  72. Jerkface April 1st, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Phelps has pitched over 150 IP in a season before, according to the Yankees pitching prospect development rules he should be capable of going 180 IP in 2014 if necessary. I don’t think you need much more than that from a 5th starter.

    The Yankees pitching prospect development rules have been pretty crappy. They do use historical number and it has not worked out. And they have even demonstrated their unease with it after Hughes had the dead arm when Cashman said Noesi wasn’t a realistic choice for the roster in 2012 because he didn’t get enough innings in 2011.

  73. blake April 1st, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    “He is the 6th inning guy, or whatever. They don’t need that. Or rather they don’t need to destroy a starting pitching prospect to get it.”

    I totally agree but I think that’s their thinking …..you saw who was in the game today even though he’s starting Sarurday……joe didn’t trust anybody else to bridge to the back end when CC had to come in…..

  74. cs in la April 1st, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    We’re going to play over 1,500 innings this year. Hopefully more. And most of you are freaking out over the first nine.

  75. joeman April 1st, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    blake April 1st, 2013 at 5:24 pm
    Re: Joba
    - his stuff looked great….he gets in bad counts and he did get squeezed a bit (but doesn’t it seem like we have always said that). He nibbles too much….he throws 96 with a great slider…..go after people Joba!
    - also… That stache is hideous

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    he looks like a porn star that put on about 20 lbs of muscle

  76. blake April 1st, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    I dont think the Yanks see phelps as a long term answer in their rotation to be honest…..if they did then they’d make room for him now.

  77. joeman April 1st, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    cs in la April 1st, 2013 at 5:26 pm
    We’re going to play over 1,500 innings this year. Hopefully more. And most of you are freaking out over the first nine.

    —————————
    ok the NYY are going to win the WS..that better

  78. Jerkface April 1st, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Also right now Phelps is the 2nd or 3rd starter for 2014.

  79. blake April 1st, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Nobody is calling the season over…..just discussing the real issues they have and have had since ST started

  80. Patrick April 1st, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    The Yankees pitching prospect development rules have been pretty crappy. They do use historical number and it has not worked out. And they have even demonstrated their unease with it after Hughes had the dead arm when Cashman said Noesi wasn’t a realistic choice for the roster in 2012 because he didn’t get enough innings in 2011.

    —-

    This is all true. But I also like how they used Phelps last year, 100 IP is more than just a 6th inning guy. He had 11 starts, pitched in pretty much any situation. I wouldn’t be too bothered if they used him in the same (but perhaps slightly expanded?) role this season.

    I also think the Yankees are pretty much screwed next year regardless of what happens with Phelps so…

  81. Jerkface April 1st, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    100 IP is more than just a 6th inning guy. He had 11 starts, pitched in pretty much any situation. I wouldn’t be too bothered if they used him in the same (but perhaps slightly expanded?) role this season.

    he only had the 100 IP because of the 11 starts! Because starting is how you get lots of innings! And he should have had more starts than Garcia or Ivan Nova. He should be getting 20-30 starts. And 160-180 innings.

  82. J. Alfred Prufrock April 1st, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    I see the comments regarding Phelps and I agree that the bullpen isn’t really the best place for him, but I must say, I feel much more strongly about how badly Joba Chamberlain is being wasted by the Yankees, and I know this is an ancient quarrel by now, but man…

    I thought Joba looked pretty good today, despite the unfortunate results… What I wonder about is why he doesn’t elevate the fastball in these situations. He was throwing 96 easily, and he laid in a really nice curve for a looking strike, and the slider had pretty good bite to it. Chamberlain I believe has been stultified by an assignment that is frankly beneath his abilities, and I finally have come around to the view that trading him or letting him walk will cause me less grief than having to watch the Yankees so abjectly misuse a resource they claim to – even to an idiotic, unthinking degree – worship even at the expense of balance and baseball logic.

    The game is one loss, but as anyone who has clarity already understands, one can’t really expect any kind of consistent contribution from a lineup featuring a Nix and a Francisco in it. It looks like a National League lineup, and a compromised one, at that, especially with the injuries making something already challenged into something fairly woeful.

    C I am not worried about; he’ll get his mojo working.

    Lester is but one pitcher in a shaky rotation and I do think, the Yanks will at least be able to trump Boston this year. I don’t see the Red Sox as some kind of player in the AL East.

  83. Jerkface April 1st, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    The Yankees have been a dysfunctional organization when it comes to starting pitching. Acquiring it, developing it, whatever. I’d like them to stop shooting themselves in the foot. Let Adam Warren throw junk innings.

  84. joeman April 1st, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    160 ip this year for Phelps would be a great foundation

  85. Jerkface April 1st, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Even as a reliever phelps was being deployed in low pressure situations. Basically corey wade level situations.

  86. tomingeorgia April 1st, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    trisha,
    Keep flying the flag. I’ll play the fife, and Patrick can be the drummer. Let’s go Yanks!

  87. Captain Clutch April 1st, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    The Yanks have to hope that Overbay can hit a little bit. Otherwise Girardi is going to start playing around with Nix and different lineups and it won’t be fun. Whenever Girardi doesn’t have a set lineup or bullpen he goes into overmanging mode. Granderson and Tex probably won’t be back for another 6 weeks and that seems like a really long time to watch this current lineup.

  88. mick April 1st, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    of course we will see Tex soon……its the only way to know if he’s strong enough to avoid surgery.

  89. Patrick April 1st, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    he only had the 100 IP because of the 11 starts! Because starting is how you get lots of innings! And he should have had more starts than Garcia or Ivan Nova. He should be getting 20-30 starts. And 160-180 innings.

    I understand that he got a lot of innings because of starts … and he’s starting on Saturday. The Yankees kept him stretched out throughout most of the season, I suspect they will do the same thing again. And it’s not like the starting 5 will stay healthy throughout, Phelps will get his share of starts. Yes he will go back to the pen after Hughes gets back but he’s not going to stay there forever. I could definitely see him getting 100 IP or more again and that’s just fine in my opinion. The Yankees are still competing for a playoff spot and keeping Phelps in the pen helps their chances.

    Like I originally said, I don’t think Phelps’ ceiling is much more than the role he’s in now. That being said, yes he’s shown the potential that he can start and I don’t think what the Yankees are doing with him will stop him from getting starts in the future. If he is the #2 or #3 starter next year I don’t think the Yankees have much of a chance of winning many games so it won’t really matter that their #2 or #3 starter can only pitch 150 innings.

    Alright I’m out, I’ll respond more later

  90. Poetkiosk April 1st, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Youks interview was pretty much on the money. Its one game. One or two big hits and the Yankees could have won. Turn the page.

  91. Rich in NJ April 1st, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    I see the comments regarding Phelps and I agree that the bullpen isn’t really the best place for him, but I must say, I feel much more strongly about how badly Joba Chamberlain is being wasted by the Yankees, and I know this is an ancient quarrel by now, but man…
    _

    Of course, he had ace stuff.

  92. Jerkface April 1st, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Just a stupid way for an organization to operate, I disagree completely. They have to take a long view on player development if they want to succeed in the new free agent-less MLB.

  93. Jerkface April 1st, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    If Phelps gets 100 IP this year with a smattering of starts and low leverage BP work (because he ISN’T ONE OF THE TOP 4 RELIEVERS IN THE PEN!) then thats 2 consecutive years of limited innings, so then if they want him to start they’re risking injury, or under performance, because they have not DEVELOPED him.

    Pitching development! Its a thing.

  94. blake April 1st, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Joba has great stuff but he’s still frustrating to watch sometimes because he won’t trust it…..he’s always done this….he messed around way too much

  95. randy l. April 1st, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    i was rooting for the yankees to lose because the sooner they do, the sooner they will make management changes that will result in real yankee players taking the field rather than mediocre aging dumpster reclamation projects.

    this is not a real yankee team. this is just hal acting out some personal whim. he’s going to get his head handed to him by real yankee fans as the losses mount up.

    jackie bradley gives red sox fans something the yankees don’t have. how can the cashman plan be in his 7th pr 8th year and the yankees do not have the equivalent young player or players?

  96. Chip April 1st, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Jerkface April 1st, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Just a stupid way for an organization to operate, I disagree completely. They have to take a long view on player development if they want to succeed in the new free agent-less MLB.
    —————

    Completely agree.

    I’m not saying “call up Tyler Austin now” but they’re going to have to start becoming not only better at evaluating and developing their prospects but more aggressive in using them as well.

  97. mick April 1st, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    we saw the lineup against a lefty today, it should look a lot better against rightys, which we see 75-80% of the time.

    it might take some time but barring any new injuries and bouncebacks from the already injured we should be fine.

    only diehards and novices would think differently…

  98. Chip April 1st, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    I’m not going to get too bent out of shape over one game but I will admit to some concern about CC.

    He was hurt last year and today he looked very hittable – if this is the start of a downward slide for a guy who has a lot of innings on that left arm then we could be faced with three albatross contracts.

  99. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 1st, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    “trisha,
    Keep flying the flag. I’ll play the fife, and Patrick can be the drummer. Let’s go Yanks!”

    :)

    You know they’re not going to let us down!

  100. Cujo April 1st, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Revenge on the Sux comes on Wednesday.

  101. mick April 1st, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Is this the new improved look we were waiting for with Players Twitters enlarged on the side page?
    Why is Rapada now a tweeter then?
    Gross.

  102. joeman April 1st, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    I said it over and over and I heard it many times if I’m a manager of the other team I will not let Cano beat me & Cano won’t take walks so just don’t throw him strikes

  103. blake April 1st, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Kershaw is gonna get PAID

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