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Game 37: Yankees at Indians

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 13, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (23-13)
Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Robinson Cano 2B
Travis Hafner DH
Brennan Boesch RF
Chris Nelson 3B
Corban Joseph 1B
Chris Stewart C
Alberto Gonzalez SS

RHP David Phelps (1-1, 5.02)
Phelps vs. Royals

INDIANS (20-15)
Michael Bourn CF
Jason Kipnis 2B
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Nick Swisher 1B
Jason Giambi DH
Carlos Santana C
Mark Reynolds 3B
Michael Brantley LF
Drew Stubbs RF

RHP Justin Masterson (3-3, 2.63)
Masterson vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 12:05 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: It’s cold. Colder than it was in Denver. Actually, I’m not sure whether that’s true, but it certainly feels like it. Wind blowing left to right.

UMPIRES: HP Mark Carlson, 1B Jerry Meals, 2B Brian Knight, 3B Dan Iassogna

PLAY TWO, THE QUICK WAY: This is a traditional, single-admission doubleheader, making up a pair of rainouts from April 10 and 11 at Progressive Field. This concludes the Yankees three-city, eight-game road trip, which started with a series win in Colorado (2-1) and three-game sweep in Kansas City. After today’s games, the Yankees return home for a six-game home stand.

CANO CAN HIT: Robinson Cano has hit safely in each of his last 13 games against the Indians, dating back to June 12, 2011. He’s hit in his past 11 games at Progressive Field.

THREE FOR THE WIN: The Yankees have won each of their last three games in which they’ve scored three runs or less. They have five such wins this season, had a total of 12 last year.

UPDATE, 12:25 p.m.: Yankees got the call on the caught stealing, and it saved them a run when Kipnis went deep. It’s 1-0 Indians after one.

UPDATE, 12:32 p.m.: Doesn’t get the out, but that play by Cabrera just saved a run (at least for the moment). Yankees need a hit from Gonzalez here with two outs and the bases loaded.

UPDATE, 12:34 p.m.: Gonzalez fouled off a few, but ultimately went down swinging. What do you expect from a fourth-string shortstop?

UPDATE, 12:53 p.m.: Masterson has been awfully good this year. Looks awfully good today.

UPDATE, 1:48 p.m.: Six inning, three hits for Phelps. He’s doing his job, but it’s a 1-0 Indians lead because of that first-inning home run, and because the Yankees can’t get anything going against Masterson. He’s at only 77 pitches, too.

UPDATE, 2:05 p.m.: Phelps is muttering to himself as he walks off the mound after a two-out walk to Bourn. Awfully good start from him, though. Obviously he wanted to finish off this inning, and the Yankees gave him plenty of rope to do it, but still…

 
 

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224 Responses to “Game 37: Yankees at Indians”

  1. mick May 13th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    why wouldn’t gonzalez play both games at SS?
    after all, he is a slick fielding SS which Nix is not.

  2. Jerkface May 13th, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    why wouldn’t gonzalez play both games at SS?
    after all, he is a slick fielding SS which Nix is not.

    You can’t take a guy hitting .242 .311 .305 .617 out of the lineup

  3. Jerkface May 13th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    oh man what an insane play. So shocked ichiro didnt beat that out once it got by masterson

  4. Nick in SF May 13th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    So if Larry has a ticket in Section 101 Row 5 Seat 15 for the first game and Curly has a ticket for the same seat in the second game, how does that work? And where does Moe sit?

  5. UnKnown May 13th, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    That’s what I can’t figure out Nick. I am not sure how they are doing the seating for this traditional dip.

  6. Colorado Pinstripes May 13th, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    That was quick; 11 pitches, 8 strikes.

  7. G. Love May 13th, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Nick,

    Moe’s in the dugout. He’s our manager. Problem solved!

  8. Nick in SF May 13th, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    “Moe is their leader.”

    – Homer Simpson

  9. G. Love May 13th, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    “Welcome to Moe’s”

    - every employee at Moe’s Burrito Chain upon customer entering

  10. Colorado Pinstripes May 13th, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Yankees get a break on that out call.

  11. Niblick May 13th, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Not a good start.

  12. Nick in SF May 13th, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    That was a nice reverse-Sterling fake out. Instead of the usual excitement about a dying quail fly out, Sterling said “Cut on…” and let his voice trail off like he was trying to figure out if it was a K or a foul tip. Oh, no, it’s 10a rows deep!

  13. Tackelberry May 13th, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    who hit that home run?

  14. Nick in SF May 13th, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Also, let us now praise the original prototype of the hipster female rock drummer, Moe Tucker of the Velvet Underground.

  15. G. Love May 13th, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Kipnis off of Phelps.

  16. Bo knows May 13th, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Oh no, throw Swish a CU in a FB count. Swoosh.

  17. tbone1570 May 13th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Has anyone actually seen Romine lately? Any truth to the rumor that he missed the plane out of Denver? :)

  18. astrocityfan May 13th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    dont forget NPR’s resident hipster – Mo Rocca

  19. yankeehotelfoxtrot May 13th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Tough game with this lineup facing young Masterson. Phelpsie looked good throwing that 3-2 change to Swish. Daaaang! Masterson is dealing; Phelpsie needs to match him!

  20. Captain Clutch May 13th, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    When Masterson is on he is really, really tough. Good thing the Sox traded him.

  21. yankeefeminista May 13th, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Go Corban!

  22. yankeehotelfoxtrot May 13th, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    A 4-pitch walk for young Joseph? Touché, Corban.

    Nick, how were Yo laTengo at the Fillmore?

  23. Captain Clutch May 13th, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Damn that saved a run

  24. UnKnown May 13th, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Hey a Stewie special has the boys set up here in the 2nd.

    Let’s cash in here.

  25. UnKnown May 13th, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    A.G. has a chance to really endear himself here.

  26. pkyankfan69 May 13th, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Damn, the way that inning was going I thought Alberto was going to get a hit.

  27. yankeehotelfoxtrot May 13th, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Speaking of hipsters, young Gonzalez was flat out overmatched! I just had a thought that if I was him I’d just close my eyes and swing :)

  28. Colorado Pinstripes May 13th, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    UnKnown May 13th, 2013 at 12:34 pm
    A.G. has a chance to really endear himself here
    ____________________________________________________________________________

    “Oh, Dear” vs. “endear” unfortunately

  29. yankeefeminista May 13th, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Atta boy, CoJo.

  30. Nick in SF May 13th, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    AG seamlessly fit into the Nix slot there. :sad:

    Yo La Tengo was great at the Fillmore, two nights, mostly different songs. But last night was the best, a tiny club in Sacramento. It felt like the 90′s. They tore it up, and then they closed the show with my request, their cover of Times New Viking’s “Move to California”. Well worth the drive.

    I also had a great dinner at a “contemporary” Japanese restaurant which now replaces a Blimpie as my favorite restaurant in Sacramento.

  31. MG May 13th, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Phelps has nothing today-if he can grit his way through 5 or 6 innings without giving up more than 3-4 runs he will show me something…

  32. Captain Clutch May 13th, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Phelps has to locate better against the lefties otherwise he will get tattooed.

  33. yankeefeminista May 13th, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Atta boy, Phelps.

  34. MG May 13th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Nick in SF May 13th, 2013 at 12:40 pm
    I also had a great dinner at a “contemporary” Japanese restaurant which now replaces a Blimpie as my favorite restaurant in Sacramento.
    ————-
    I would have thought it was the In ‘N Out off I-80 in Davis…

  35. Captain Clutch May 13th, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Gardner is a very hard hitter to figure out. He needs to get more aggressive one the 1st and 2nd pitch fastballs right down the middle. It’s almost like before the at bat even starts he made up his mind that he won’t swing no matter what,

  36. joecembrale May 13th, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Agreed Captain. There times like on that 3-2 pitch, he looks every bit the fourth outfielder.

  37. UnKnown May 13th, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Masterson looks to have it all working today.

  38. Nick in SF May 13th, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    It’s true that I’ve eaten at the Davis In-N-Out more than anyplace else in Davis, so that’s still my Davis favorite. Del Taco would be #2. Redrum Burger, which used to be called Murder Burger, gets an honorable mention. Mostly I just drive through Davis except when Elvis Costello plays the Mondavi Center.

  39. yankeehotelfoxtrot May 13th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Neat, Nick :)

    I really hate being a “hater” but Gardy looks like crap lately, particularly during that last at bat. He chased one way out of the zone instead of walking and setting the table for the inning. He doesn’t even have Robbie hitting behind him to use as an excuse for not stealing, lol. A walk would have distracted JM, who instead carved us up 1, 2, 3.

    Da’aang! That was definitely NOT strike 3 on Canó. Oy!!

  40. MG May 13th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Nick in SF May 13th, 2013 at 12:54 pm
    It’s true that I’ve eaten at the Davis In-N-Out more than anyplace else in Davis, so that’s still my Davis favorite. Del Taco would be #2. Redrum Burger, which used to be called Murder Burger, gets an honorable mention. Mostly I just drive through Davis except when Elvis Costello plays the Mondavi Center.
    ————————–
    Just wanted to make sure you hadn’t given up your allegiance to In ‘N Out, Nick :)

    Is the other burger place in the same area as In ‘N Out? I used to own a testing lab (briefly) right off that exist and believe I ate at Monster Burger 1X in the mid-90′s.

  41. Jerkface May 13th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Gardner is a very hard hitter to figure out. He needs to get more aggressive one the 1st and 2nd pitch fastballs right down the middle. It’s almost like before the at bat even starts he made up his mind that he won’t swing no matter what,

    K Long and Gardner altered his approach where he is being more aggressive early and swinging more often in general. He normally swings 31-34% of the time which is around the least in the league/close to it. Now he is at 41% which is near league average.

    I don’t really like the new approach so far, but they are still adjusting to it (and of course gardner is coming off an elbow injury where he didnt play all last year, I expect him to go on one of his hot streaks soon where he can be a force for a month+).

    And again, with the exact opposite approach Ichiro is hitting worse than Gardner.

  42. Jerkface May 13th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Gardner in May: .278 .333 .417 .750
    Ichiro in May: .250 .289 .444 .734

  43. Chad Jennings May 13th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Not to cause unnecessary concern, but based on Girardi saying none of the regulars will play both games in the field, is this the Game 2 lineup?

    Brett Gardner CF
    Robinson Cano DH
    Vernon Wells LF
    Lyle Overbay 1B
    Jayson Nix 3B
    Corban Joseph 2B
    Ben Francisco RF
    Austin Romine C
    Alberto Gonzalez SS

    Whoa.

  44. Captain Clutch May 13th, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Swish isn’t swinging at crap in the dirt. What a surprise.

  45. ac1 May 13th, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Phelps not giving the yankees the length they needed.

  46. UnKnown May 13th, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    I like that possible lineup. If their was ever a time to try something it is right now when it seems like the Yankees can do no wrong.

    Keep riding this wave.

  47. Captain Clutch May 13th, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Gardner altered his approach where he is being more aggressive early
    ————-

    I just wish he would swing at the 1st pitch more. Pitchers throw him 1st pitch meatballs since they know that he isn’t swinging. He has to keep them on their toes and change it up so pitchers get in in their heads that it’s possible. It seems like he is always waiting for the perfect pitch to hit.

  48. Nick in SF May 13th, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    MG, yes, Murder/Redrum Burger is off the same exit as In-N-Out on the north side of the freeway.

  49. luis May 13th, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Doreen,

    Excellent post this morning.

    MG,

    We may complain because we deeply care… It doesn’t mean it is the center of our lives… At least not mine… That’s why i don’t get those that go overboard on this blog… It is only a game

  50. joecembrale May 13th, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Jerkface May 13th, 2013 at 1:01 pm
    Gardner in May: .278 .333 .417 .750
    Ichiro in May: .250 .289 .444 .734

    By this reasoning Nix leads the yankees in hitting in May and should be a starter. gardiner is good in small doses. He also can’t steal bases which is a problem once he gets on.

  51. yankeehotelfoxtrot May 13th, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Whoa is right!

  52. Captain Clutch May 13th, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Phelps is pitching himself into trouble

  53. luis May 13th, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    The stretch control issues

  54. UnKnown May 13th, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Phelps is really trying to dance his way through this game. Keep avoiding those land mines DP.

  55. ac1 May 13th, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    We aren’t going to get 5 innings out of Phelps today.
    Guess Warren will see game 1.
    Going to have to empty it for game 2 as Nuno isn’t going more than 3-4 innings.

  56. Jerkface May 13th, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    By this reasoning Nix leads the yankees in hitting in May and should be a starter. gardiner is good in small doses. He also can’t steal bases which is a problem once he gets on.

    No, that is not ‘the reasoning’ being used. This is purely in response to everyone dumping on Gardner after every AB and saying he is a 4th OFer. If that is the case Ichiro is a 5th OFer, and the reason is not just their may stat lines. That was just to address how Gardner has been hitting lately (perfectly fine, thank you).

    If you then look at his career slash lines, and his slash lines for 2009-2010-2011 you can then see that Gardner is a very productive hitter who profiles best in centerfield and is clearly a major league starter. Meanwhile Ichiro has been very bad for 2 seasons but every hotstreak he gets on cements him as an amazing pickup while Gardner is poopoo’d for not getting on base in every AB despite his quality production.

    A very similar player production wise just got 48 million dollars this offseason if you were not paying attention.

  57. Captain Clutch May 13th, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    It looks like he is nibbling but it’s probably just his mechanics

  58. joecembrale May 13th, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    I sont dump on Gardiner, he is just a fourth outfielder. Ichiro is still a better player in every aspect of the game.

  59. joecembrale May 13th, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Phelps is struggling but getting it done.

  60. Jerkface May 13th, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    he is just a fourth outfielder. Ichiro is still a better player in every aspect of the game.

    Not backed up in any way by facts. Ichiro is a worse defender, makes more outs, doesn’t steal as often as Gardner.

  61. luis May 13th, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Atta boy Phelpsy.

    Good post JF on Gardner

  62. UnKnown May 13th, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Dance David Dance. I like it.

  63. Jerkface May 13th, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Some of you have no idea what a 4th outfielder even is, apparently.

  64. ac1 May 13th, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    I like he is getting out of the jams, but we needed distance today and we won’t get it.

  65. igotid88 May 13th, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Phelps gets away with walking a lot of batters. At one point it will catch up

  66. Jerkface May 13th, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Phelps gets away with walking a lot of batters. At one point it will catch up

    His BB Rate is only 3.1 per/9. And it was much lower in the minors. Its just about getting established as a major league starter. Even right now where it seems like he walks too many batters, he is really only walking them at a league average rate.

  67. Colorado Pinstripes May 13th, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Really made Masterson work that inning – not.

  68. luis May 13th, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    He doesn’t walk that many hitters… Mostly comes from the stretch… He will be fine

  69. ac1 May 13th, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    wow i went to grab a bottle of water between innings and when i came back cleveland was up again.

  70. Jerkface May 13th, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    He doesn’t walk that many hitters… Mostly comes from the stretch… He will be fine

    He has actually walked more with the bases empty. 6 in 63 PA empty, 4 in 60 PA men on.

  71. blake May 13th, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Phelpsy has found his groove….

  72. ac1 May 13th, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Phelps is pitching well all things considered. Yankees need to get on the board somehow.

  73. igotid88 May 13th, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Jerkface May 13th, 2013 at 1:26 pm
    Phelps gets away with walking a lot of batters. At one point it will catch up

    His BB Rate is only 3.1 per/9. And it was much lower in the minors. Its just about getting established as a major league starter. Even right now where it seems like he walks too many batters, he is really only walking them at a league average rate.
    ————-

    3.795 for now

  74. Tackelberry May 13th, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Colorado Pinstripes May 13th, 2013 at 1:29 pm
    Really made Masterson work that inning – not.

    _____________________________

    Really made Phelps work that inning – not!!

  75. Nick in SF May 13th, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    “There are other people on this team who don’t pitch who don’t add anything.”

    – paraphrase of Suzyn’s brutal hint.

  76. Shame Spencer May 13th, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    This is why those rain outs sucked (especially the first one where they could have played at like 8:30-9pm… we were WRECKING their pitching.

  77. blake May 13th, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    The primary difference between Phelps and nova right now for me is that Phelps just had a lot more ways to get outs and therefore has more options to go to if something isn’t working…..phelps needs to stay in the rotation for now and start every 5th day both because he’s one if their 5 best starters and also because they need to see what he is and can be for next year

  78. luis May 13th, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Oops! the fourth OFer that can’t bunt, just laid down a beauty

  79. yankeehotelfoxtrot May 13th, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    There ya go, Gardy!!

  80. Colorado Pinstripes May 13th, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Tackelberry May 13th, 2013 at 1:35 pm
    Colorado Pinstripes May 13th, 2013 at 1:29 pm
    Really made Masterson work that inning – not.
    Really made Phelps work that inning – not!!
    ____________________________________________________________________________
    Yes, liked that bottom 1/2 of the inning….these quick innings making it tough to follow at the office with all these little work distractions.

  81. blake May 13th, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    If Gardner could become proficient at that he’d have at least a hit a game doing it….that’s pretty much impossible to defend

  82. joecembrale May 13th, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Luis, i’ll alert Cooperstown so they can fetch the bat.

  83. ac1 May 13th, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Masterson is getting a lot of ground balls back to the mound.

  84. luis May 13th, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    And Ichiro swings at the first pitch

  85. Tyler May 13th, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Gardner’s not a problem though I would like to see him be a little more proficient at stealing bases. No reason that guy shouldn’t be among the league leaders in steals with a decent on base percentage.

  86. pkyankfan69 May 13th, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Reynolds looked Arod bad on that Cano foul pop

  87. UnKnown May 13th, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Well Phelps made it past 5.

  88. yankeehotelfoxtrot May 13th, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Totally agree Blake. Seems as if Nova may be on the shelf for a bit anyway.

  89. ac1 May 13th, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    you NEED to give Gardner at least a pitch to think about stealing there….

  90. Nick in SF May 13th, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    “I didn’t see the ball.”

    – John Sterling

  91. luis May 13th, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Joe,

    Don’t blow it out of proportions… But I’ll take Gardner over last three years of Ichiro 8 days a week… More plate discipline, much better OBP, faster and better fielder

  92. joecembrale May 13th, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Respectively agree to disagree. Now on to the next inning.

  93. Tyler May 13th, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    A hit by Hafner would have been huge. Today’s lineup REALLY drops off after him. Tough to rely on the bottom of the order to produce.

  94. ac1 May 13th, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    this season feels different because of the great pitching, but this lineup still seems to depend on the homerun as much as last years team did.

  95. yankeehotelfoxtrot May 13th, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    blake, totally agree about the bunt comment too. It generally annoys me when people say things like “it isn’t rocket science” but it isn’t rocket science!! Dude really needs to improve his OBP.

  96. Rich in NJ May 13th, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    What a scoop!

  97. igotid88 May 13th, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    They can probably give Phelps the 7th

  98. blake May 13th, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Sweet pick CoJo!

  99. UnKnown May 13th, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    CoJo!

    Must be a weird feeling for Robbie throwing that ball around the horn, CoJo, A.G., and Nelson riding with him in the infield today.

    Not exactly who he has been used to seeing in his Yankee career with him.

  100. Rich in NJ May 13th, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Nice outing.

    RUNS…

  101. UnKnown May 13th, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Phelps has in the end now turned in a really nice game.

  102. ac1 May 13th, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Phelps really came back here…
    I wonder if they let him pitch the 7th over 100 pitches.
    I think he has solidified a spot in the rotation and Nova can sit in AAA and work on things.

  103. yankeehotelfoxtrot May 13th, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Nick, are Suzyn and Sterling sauced yet or are they waiting for the second game, when they’ll surely need to tip a few? :D

  104. MG May 13th, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Very nice job by Phelps today.

    He had no fastball early and had to pitch backwards for a few innings until he was able to locate his fastball, then cruised for the next 3 innings.

    He’s earned a spot in the rotation, even if Nova didn’t get hurt during his rehab assignment it still should be Phelps’ spot.

  105. jackamir May 13th, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Cujo is a “picking machine.”

  106. blake May 13th, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Send phelps back out….he’s found a groove now and with the double header if let him at least start the 7th…..

  107. Rich in NJ May 13th, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Good point, blake, With the DH, they need length from Phelps.

  108. blake May 13th, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    “He had no fastball early and had to pitch backwards for a few innings until he was able to locate his fastball, then cruised for the next 3 innings.”

    Yea that’s what i like about him….he’s got a lot of ways he can get outs….

  109. Nick in SF May 13th, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    When I listen to John and Suzyn, it makes me feel sauced, so it’s hard to tell.

  110. UnKnown May 13th, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    The bad news is Masterson can CG this thing if we don’t get to him.

    Sort of negates the fact that the Tribe had to really use their BP up yesterday.

  111. MG May 13th, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    blake May 13th, 2013 at 1:50 pm
    Send phelps back out….he’s found a groove now and with the double header if let him at least start the 7th…..
    ———————————–
    I’d give him another 15-20 pitches, it’s the old Al Leiter line about the stress of the pitches rather than the number and he’s been stress-free for the past few innings…

  112. luis May 13th, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    He earned a spot since last season

  113. blake May 13th, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Nick in SF says:
    May 13, 2013 at 1:51 pm
    When I listen to John and Suzyn, it makes me feel sauced, so it’s hard to tell.

    Ball is hit……out…..Segway to promo

  114. blake May 13th, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    “I’d give him another 15-20 pitches, it’s the old Al Leiter line about the stress of the pitches rather than the number and he’s been stress-free for the past few innings…”

    Right…he pitching better now than he has all game…..obviously you watch him close but you gotta let him go awhile longer

  115. Jerkface May 13th, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    The Yankees only have 43% of their runs from HRs this year, which I think has to be down from last season. They are hitting more solo shots this year than last year though.

    (I just checked and it was 48% last year)

  116. comnsnse May 13th, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Reality check? Let’s be honest the Yanks have been extremely lucky given their anemic offense thus far.

    I suppose if the pitching holds up they will remain in games but based on past performance from most of these pick ups it’s doubtful the winning continues.

    It looks like Tex is out until late June at least which is another setback for the offense.

  117. blake May 13th, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    The yanks kinda have been winning in spite of their offense…..their pitching has been insane over the last 5 or 6 games

  118. Jerkface May 13th, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I’d pitch phelps because its important for development to let a starter stretch and go into that 120 range.

    Everyone likes to talk about how CC can look awful and then still pitch 7 innings. Part of the reason he can do that is that he isn’t taken out of the game at 100 pitches. Its easier to average 6+ innings per start when you have 120 pitches to work with. Guys like Hughes and Joba have to do that in under 100 pitches which is much harder to do even for ace guys.

  119. MG May 13th, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    I’ve said this before but Nelson looks like a pretty good 3rd baseman to me.

    He’s still pretty young, it would be too bad if the Yankees didn’t find room for him somewhere in the organization and work on the bat a little more-he has a tough time with breaking balls but maybe that could be fixed…

  120. Jerkface May 13th, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Even with their 11 run outburst the Yankees are a below league average run scoring team. Their bullpen has been amazing this road trip and Mariano not blowing any saves at all so far has given them a deceptively good record. Mariano is usually a 90% closer so they should have 1 or 2 losses but he has been perfect. That is amazing!

    And even though I think their record is deceptive, what isn’t deceptive is the huge boon it is to have scrapped out so many wins early. It means they dont have to win as much on the back end when presumably it will be easier for them to do so (when the injured players come back/trades are made)

  121. comnsnse May 13th, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Has Hafner hit the wall, he’s late on a lot of pitches?

  122. luis May 13th, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    This should be Phelps last batter

  123. blake May 13th, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Nasty 3-1 CU….that takes guts

  124. MG May 13th, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    I would have doubled up on the change there…

  125. luis May 13th, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    That was close…. Good job Phelps

  126. MG May 13th, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    he didn’t give in and throw a fastball to Bourn, that was good pitching even if he walked him…

  127. joecembrale May 13th, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Great job by Phelps. He went out there today with les that decent stuff but figured things out and used what worked. A real step forward no matter what the outcome of the game.

  128. luis May 13th, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Well…Got to go, enjoy the rest of the game

  129. blake May 13th, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Dang ring him up! Great outing D Phelps…..he was great

  130. yankeehotelfoxtrot May 13th, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Heck of a job by Phelpsie!! His final pitch “should” have been a called strike three…missed by 1/4″. C’mon Boonie.

  131. Rich in NJ May 13th, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Phelps giving his serial killer look.

  132. luis May 13th, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Booooo! is Boooooone Logan!!! :D j/k

  133. Rich in NJ May 13th, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    You could probably call 90% batters out on a check swing third strike.

    Come on, Boone.

  134. luis May 13th, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    That’s a bad a break…

  135. yankeehotelfoxtrot May 13th, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    It’s a good look, Rich. Dude’s a gamer!!

  136. joecembrale May 13th, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Logan comes in and an inherited runner DOESNT score. We gotta win this one.

  137. Rich in NJ May 13th, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Nice job.

  138. Colorado Pinstripes May 13th, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Good job, Phelps-y & Boone-y…….Bloop and Blast Time!

  139. Rich in NJ May 13th, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    “It’s a good look, Rich. Dude’s a gamer!!”

    It beats his choir boy alter ego, not that’s anything wrong with choir boys when they aren’t on the field. ;)

  140. UnKnown May 13th, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    I absolutely love how Phelps is so engaged in the game. Guy looks like he is having so much fun. The way he cheers on the team is a blast to watch.

  141. Bad Scooter May 13th, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    ” Jerkface May 13th, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Its easier to average 6+ innings per start when you have 120 pitches to work with. Guys like Hughes and Joba have to do that in under 100 pitches which is much harder to do even for ace guys.”

    I think Hughes has moved on to the 110+ range now, except when he pitches like he did last game and still got to 100.

  142. Bad Scooter May 13th, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Phelps over Nova moving forward

  143. MG May 13th, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    if Stewart can get on we’ll probably see Wells pinch hitting here…

  144. ac1 May 13th, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Agreed!
    He earned it in Spring Training and he is earning it now…

  145. Hassey May 13th, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    who thought we’d be so powerless without Churnin’ Vernon

  146. Rich in NJ May 13th, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Phelps shows why young starters need to start, and shifting then to the pen negatively impacts their development.

  147. blake May 13th, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Phelps lost him but i loved the confidence Joe showed in Phelps by letting him stay in there after the double at that pitch count…..Joe likes Phelps you can tell…

  148. Captain Clutch May 13th, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    It would be nice to win this game considering Nuno is pitching the 2nd game and he hasn’t pitched in a century. Lefties always kill Masterson but not today. The lineup seems like they are sleeping.

  149. blake May 13th, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Well that was totally non competitive

  150. Rich in NJ May 13th, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    A BB would be sweet.

  151. MG May 13th, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I forgot about Overbay, looks like Cano will get another inning at SS…

  152. Captain Clutch May 13th, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Joe likes Phelps you can tell…
    —————

    I think he likes that Phelps always battles out there. He doesn’t give up or get tattooed out there like Nova when things aren’t going well.

  153. Rich in NJ May 13th, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    First pitch after a walk? Really?

  154. jackamir May 13th, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Gardner stinks on ice!!!!!

  155. MG May 13th, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    I’m 0-2 this inning, anyone want the winning Powerball numbers for this coming Wednesday?

  156. Hassey May 13th, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Oh, Brett

  157. MG May 13th, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Ichiro going yard?

  158. Captain Clutch May 13th, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    They are having some awful swings today

  159. blake May 13th, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    This game will come down to this AB by Cano most likely

  160. Mike Ri May 13th, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Come on Gardner …. you know better buddy

  161. joecembrale May 13th, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    MG May 13th, 2013 at 2:20 pm
    Ichiro going yard?

    He certainly tried, but Masterson doesnt give up many of those. Still have one more ab

  162. Rich in NJ May 13th, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Ich….

  163. Shame Spencer May 13th, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Ugh.

    Was hoping this game would last longer so I could actually catch some live action tonight (comments to yourselves!).

  164. UnKnown May 13th, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Nixy will just play SS I assume. No need to move Cano there.

  165. blake May 13th, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    MG says:
    May 13, 2013 at 2:17 pm
    I forgot about Overbay, looks like Cano will get another inning at SS…

    If so then only 3 more games until he qualifies in my fantasy league!

  166. luis May 13th, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    No MG…. Not in the cards… That pitch was clearly a ball and yet, he still swung at it

  167. Colorado Pinstripes May 13th, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Ichi looked bad on that swing; 3-4-5 due up with Wells available in the 9th.

  168. Warning Track Power May 13th, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Not surprised Yankees are not hitting in game 1. Team to be tired. Today would have been a very nice day off for the club, if not for the 2 rains out last month.
    Hopefully the line-up can score some runs in game 2 and get out of Cleveland with at least
    1 win and healthy.

  169. Hassey May 13th, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Boone to put the game out of reach, or keep it within reach?

  170. MG May 13th, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    joecembrale May 13th, 2013 at 2:21 pm
    MG May 13th, 2013 at 2:20 pm
    Ichiro going yard?

    He certainly tried, but Masterson doesnt give up many of those. Still have one more ab
    ————-
    0-3 in predictions last inning, I’m done lol

    Masterson has been really, really good today-he reminds me of Scherzer who also gives them fits…

  171. Captain Clutch May 13th, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    I really like Claiborne. I hope he stays on the team when Joba comes back. Just send Nuno back to the minors.

  172. Rich in NJ May 13th, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Claiborne should wear an ascot with the uniform.

  173. luis May 13th, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    A split would be nice considering how tough this DH is

  174. comnsnse May 13th, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    What trades, who do they want who do they offer?

    This is not the time to start trading prospects and other than Cano positionally who else does anyone want?

    Ask yourself if there is any position player currently that might bring much needed offense and is not old!

  175. Hassey May 13th, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    in reach?
    or out of reach?
    In or out?
    In?
    Out?
    In?
    Out?

  176. luis May 13th, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Claiborne is so good that he even covers first correctly

  177. jackamir May 13th, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Cojo has game.

  178. ac1 May 13th, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Good inning from Niles Longfellow the 11th.

  179. joecembrale May 13th, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Cojo is already a better defensive 1b than giambo the clown ever was. How apropos that giambo hit that ball and got to see how a 3-6-1 dp is turned.

  180. Hassey May 13th, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    IN!!!!!!!

  181. Mike Ri May 13th, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Come on Robbie !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  182. MG May 13th, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    maybe Joseph found a position he can play, he’s looked 100X better at 1st than he did playing 3rd the time I saw him in spring training…

  183. joecembrale May 13th, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Clairbourne certainly lets you entertain ideas of moving Joba.

  184. luis May 13th, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    cmnsense,

    You make too much sense

  185. Nick in SF May 13th, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    “I don’t care how great of a Yankee fan you are… look, you can’t be a greater one than Suzyn and I…”

    – John Sterling

  186. yankeehotelfoxtrot May 13th, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Gotta give it up to Masterson, who’s dealin’, but the offense has been putrid and has helped him out a bit by chasing some pitches. C’mon Robbie…Phelpsie doesn’t deserve to lose this one!!

  187. blake May 13th, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    CoJo slick! Hit a homer Cano

  188. joecembrale May 13th, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    ac1 May 13th, 2013 at 2:26 pm
    Good inning from Niles Longfellow the 11th.

    Great pne.

  189. Rich in NJ May 13th, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    “Cojo is already a better defensive 1b than giambo the clown ever was.”

    So? Giambi was an elite offensive 1B.

  190. comnsnse May 13th, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Apropos of Ichiro, when you watch that front foot heading towards first base even as the pitch is released from LH or RH pitchers, do you ever wonder how he has amassed 2500 hits in MLB?

    Would you ever use an instructional video of his hitting approach for young players?

  191. joecembrale May 13th, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    MG May 13th, 2013 at 2:27 pm
    maybe Joseph found a position he can play, he’s looked 100X better at 1st than he did playing 3rd the time I saw him in spring training…

    I saw him play 3b in spring training also and he reminded me of Mike Richter.

  192. luis May 13th, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    This is the at bat of th game

  193. Rich in NJ May 13th, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Time to shut them up, Haf!

  194. luis May 13th, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Masterson usually pitches well against us

  195. joecembrale May 13th, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Rich in NJ May 13th, 2013 at 2:28 pm
    “Cojo is already a better defensive 1b than giambo the clown ever was.”

    So? Giambi was an elite offensive 1B.

    For a while. Once he became pull happy, his average dropped through the floor which doesnt really make you elite anymore.

  196. delvec19 May 13th, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Wow what a short game. Thank god I didn’t have to watch this.

  197. MG May 13th, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    joecembrale May 13th, 2013 at 2:29 pm
    MG May 13th, 2013 at 2:27 pm
    maybe Joseph found a position he can play, he’s looked 100X better at 1st than he did playing 3rd the time I saw him in spring training…

    I saw him play 3b in spring training also and he reminded me of Mike Richter.
    —————
    except Sam wasn’t yelling, ‘kick save and a beauty’ after each ground ball :)

  198. Rich in NJ May 13th, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Nice AB.

  199. igotid88 May 13th, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    they’re playing like they have a day off

  200. joecembrale May 13th, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    luis May 13th, 2013 at 2:30 pm
    Masterson usually pitches well against us

    True and the king is going to be no picnic tomorrow.

  201. Rich in NJ May 13th, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    “For a while. Once he became pull happy, his average dropped through the floor which doesnt really make you elite anymore.”

    I only wish Tex was as good offensively as Giambi was here.

  202. luis May 13th, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Is it Vern time?

  203. UnKnown May 13th, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Nick in SF May 13th, 2013 at 2:27 pm
    “I don’t care how great of a Yankee fan you are… look, you can’t be a greater one than Suzyn and I…”

    – John Sterling

    ——–

    He didn’t really say that did he? That’s hilarious

  204. joecembrale May 13th, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Rich in NJ May 13th, 2013 at 2:31 pm
    “For a while. Once he became pull happy, his average dropped through the floor which doesnt really make you elite anymore.”

    I only wish Tex was as good offensively as Giambi was here.

    Agree with you there.

  205. luis May 13th, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Forget it…

  206. joecembrale May 13th, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Tough one, lets get the nightcap.

  207. Warning Track Power May 13th, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    MLB Gameday is so lame. No “live look-in” in the top of the 9th.
    There is no other game being played. They can’t be bothered to offer a live look in
    at a crucial point of the game?
    Thanks Bud!

  208. UnKnown May 13th, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Does anyone know if Masterson was scheduled to pitch on of the rain-outs against us?

  209. luis May 13th, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Well.. Hopefully we take the next one

  210. igotid88 May 13th, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    tough loss for Phelps

  211. Hassey May 13th, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    oh well.

    Still banking a ton of early seaosn wins. Good thing, too, because we’re also banking a bunch of early seaosn strikeouts. If we had any hitting at all, we’d be running away with the AL

  212. Mike R May 13th, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    I think someone posted this in another thread,but isn’t it amazing we get Felix EVERY time we play Seattle…plus Iwakuma who’s been great too is pitching Wednesday…and Masterson today..seems we can NEVER escape the other team’s ace…

  213. Hassey May 13th, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Sorry, not Strikeouts, but shutouts

  214. yankeehotelfoxtrot May 13th, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    As cold as the bats were, Masterson was dominant, as he’s capable of being. He’s their ace and got the job done. Tough loss for young Phelpsie. Hopefully we can pick up a win the rubber game, for Trevor Bauer is no future ace, like Nuno is :)

  215. bruceb May 13th, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    As I feared, we wasted Phelps against their ace. Let’s hope the bats come to life in the matinée.

  216. Mike R May 13th, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    I would have preferred Nuno in the first game as a ‘sacrifice’. Better odds of a split.

  217. delvec19 May 13th, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    335 start next game?

  218. Mike R May 13th, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    No I think it’s only 20 mins. between games. Just like the old days.

  219. Colorado Pinstripes May 13th, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    I think someone posted this in another thread,but isn’t it amazing we get Felix EVERY time we play Seattle…plus Iwakuma who’s been great too is pitching Wednesday…and Masterson today..seems we can NEVER escape the other team’s ace…
    ____________________________________________________________________________

    So true…..seems to happen all teh time…..and I remember a couple of years ago when Leyland juggled his rotation so his ace could face the Yankees instead of the BoSox.

    Game #1 positives: At least no injuries; Phelpsie pitched well with no taxing of the bullpen; and, Cojo looked good in the field.

  220. comnsnse May 13th, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    What a pathetic performance by the Yankee LH bats.

    Hafner late on 80mph. high slider, Gardner like Cano continues to swing at inside pitches that are balls. Cano swinging like it’s a contract year at too many bad pitches! Has Gardner attempted one bunt lately, one run game get on base,steal a base, it’s called small ball!

    And is possible our vaunted batting coach has observed that Boesch’s swing is too long and slow? A batting coach can’t help hitters with no real talent!

    The only positive thus far is the continued very good pitching throughout the staff to date.

    Watching this offense is like a dental visit!

  221. comnsnse May 13th, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Yankeefoxtrot,

    Nuno has a better chance of being an ace than Bauer?

    Did you forget the smiley face?

  222. comnsnse May 13th, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    YFT, my bad, just saw the face which I guess could be applied to the offense and that’s no joke! ;)

  223. UnKnown May 13th, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    I think Gardy got on today once with a bunt.

  224. yankeehotelfoxtrot May 13th, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    ;)


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