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Let’s play two

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

Mariano RiveraNothing about today’s situation is ideal. The Yankees will add an extra player for the day, but they’re also in the middle of playing 16 days in a row. A day off would be nice. Instead, they’re getting the very opposite, a doubleheader in Cleveland that will test the depth of a roster that’s depth has been tested plenty this season.

“That’s where (not having) an off day really hurts,” Joe Girardi said. “You don’t like seeing rain outs, but it’s a part of the game, and we’ll figure it out.”

For the most part, the Yankees bullpen is fairly rested, but there are two exceptions. Mariano Rivera and Dave Robertson have each pitched four of the past five days. The Yankees have done a nice job winning tight games, but all of those tight games have forced Girardi to lean on his go-to, late-inning relievers.

“It is a little bit (of a concern),” Girardi said. “But when they need a day off, I give them a day off. … The thing is, as a manager, you have to worry about tomorrow, tomorrow. Now I’ll worry about how to get it done. (Yesterday) you have to win. If you have a chance to win a game, you win a game.”

A few things about today’s doubleheader…

MANAGING 18 INNINGS
Girardi specifically said yesterday that Robinson Cano will not play second base both games. He also said Vernon Wells will not play the outfield both games. And neither catcher is going to catch both games. With Alberto Gonzalez with the team, there’s a good chance you’ll see him at shortstop at least once today, maybe twice. Both Cleveland starters are right-handed, which means a good chance for Brennan Boesch to play, but maybe not much use for Ben Francisco.

THE 26th MAN
The Yankees can add a 26th player for the day. They will pick one player to call-up and designate as their 26th man for both games. That player cannot change between games. The Yankees can, however, make a player move between games if necessary. They could option a player or put someone on the disabled list between Games 1 and 2. All indications are that RHP Brett Marshall and 2B Corban Joseph will be in town, it’s a matter of which player is the 26th man and which is the just-in-case player. It’s probably worth noting that, with Joba Chamberlain seemingly close to coming off the disabled list, the Yankees could option one of their short relievers to add an extra long man between games.

PITCHING MATCHUPS
The second game will be the first big league start for Vidal Nuno.

Game 1
RHP David Phelps (1-1, 5.02)
vs.
RHP Justin Masterson (3-3, 2.63)
12:05 p.m., YES Network

Game 2
LHP Vidal Nuno (0-0, 0.00)
vs.
RHP Trevor Bauer (1-1, 2.70)
Starts approximately 20 minutes after Game 1, YES Network

BLOG UPDATES
Means nothing to the Yankees, but it might matter for those who are used to following this blog. It wasn’t possible to fly from Kansas City to Cleveland last night, so I’m flying into town this morning on an early flight packed with beat writers. The chances of me getting to the stadium while the clubhouse is still open are slim to none, so keep an eye on Twitter for pregame updates and I’ll update the blog as soon as possible.

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66 Responses to “Let’s play two”

  1. GregD May 13th, 2013 at 8:20 am

    If they win both games today…………… ????

  2. GregD May 13th, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Give the Yanks all the criticism you want but the job Cashman and Girardi have done is nothing short of pulling a rabbit out of a hat

  3. MaineYankee May 13th, 2013 at 8:26 am

    GregD May 13th, 2013 at 8:20 am
    If they win both games today…………… ????

    —————————————————–

    It’ll be Cashmans fault.

  4. MaineYankee May 13th, 2013 at 8:28 am

    pulling a rabbit out of a hat

    —————————————————

    If GB was here he’d find a way to make a reference to Bullwinkle from that line. :D:

  5. 86w183 May 13th, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Good morning gang —-

    Great day to be a Yankees fan, but 18 innings makes for a long one for the guys who don the uniform.

    Always thought the key to a doubleheader is your game one starter. I guess Logan or Kelly would be asked to close today. D-Rob only threw 14 pitches in the last two games, while Mo has thrown 27 so Robertson should be saved for game two and Mariano should get today off completely.

  6. m1kew May 13th, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Just a thought but why not start Nuno in the first game and then send him down after it is over? They could replace Nuno with Marshall and then the Yankees could have Marshall and Joseph active for the second game. I like Nuno but he has not been used much while here and will be not usable for 5 days after this start.

  7. comnsnse May 13th, 2013 at 8:48 am

    While true that the manager can only punch the personnel pads on his keyboard, does he not deserve kudos for doing so?

    And might his efforts be rewarded particularly on this blog with a degree of deafening silence about his perceived missteps for awhile by our blog “analysts”?

  8. Mike Ri May 13th, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Gotta give Cashman and Girardi props !! …. no question. Lets play two today baby !!

  9. Doreen May 13th, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Blake posted a link to a really good article in he WSJ that talked about the Yankees pro scouting staff. It was a good read, and while some of the production from the dumpster diving can be attributed to luck, the Yankees have out themselves in the position of boosting the odds in their favor that they get lucky more often than not.

    It also works because they have a manager who does a pretty good job of rotating his players.

    Not perfect, mind you. They could take some of what is going right in this area and apply it to other areas (and for all we know, they could be).

  10. yanks61 May 13th, 2013 at 8:54 am

    MG May 13th, 2013 at 8:10 am
    I do have one thing to add, it has to do with where baseball fits in my life.

    Baseball is a means of enjoyment to me, it is not life and death.

    I compete every day to make my business the best it can be, the $189M cap and the development of prospects is not central to achieving my long term business goals.

    I try every day to be a good friend and uncle, the $189M cap and development of prospects is not central to being that either.

    For those of you who choose to fully integrate Yankees issues into your lives, that is your choice.

    I may still bust your chops occasionally about it, most of us are New Yorkers by birth or residence, it’s part of the our heritage.

    And I always wonder how those of you who are so dissatisfied with the way the Yankees run their team get any enjoyment out of watching the game and being a fan, that kind of mystifies me.

    —————————————————————–

    MG, I agree with your previous post about Doreen’s comments being the post of the season, but your comments above are easily the best I’ve ever read here in regard to what being a fan is all about in relation to “real life.”

    If being a Yankee fan is such an out and out agony that one needs to become bitter and hateful toward management or individual players, then I can’t see why one continues to follow the team, never mind post repeatedly about how much one hates this person or that one. I always thought a pretty good philosophy of life is “don’t have negative thoughts over things you can’t control.”

    Now, this would be a pretty dull place if people weren’t making reasonable criticisms. And there are many good critics who are thoughtful and calm in their comments. However, what totally eludes me is why a small core of grievance minded individuals takes management’s moves or lack moves personally, as if a direct insult to them and/or their favored players.

    So thanks, MG, for putting into words what I’ve felt for a very long time.

  11. ac1 May 13th, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Who is going to be the 26th man? Guessing a long man since Nuno can likely go 3-4 innings and Phelps generally goes 5-6. I assume Warren will see action. Brett Marshall? Betances?
    I thought maybe Joe would maybe move CC up a day because of the short game Thursday and to preserve the pen.

  12. Doreen May 13th, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Traditional doubleheaders are even more exhausting than he day/night variety I would think. But I wonder if they aren’t better in the sense that there is no mental let down after the first game?

  13. ac1 May 13th, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Time for us to bring Cleveland back to earth the way we did KC and Colorado.

  14. 86w183 May 13th, 2013 at 8:57 am

    I think they want to keep Nuno on the MLB roster to have a second lefty so Marshall will be on hand to be activated in place of Claiborne if he has to go extended innings in game one. If Phelps goes seven and Kelly two that’ll take care of game one, but it’s not something I would be willing to place a wager on.

  15. GregD May 13th, 2013 at 8:59 am

    I love doubleheaders ……. I miss them

  16. 86w183 May 13th, 2013 at 8:59 am

    I think Corbin Joseph is the 26th man.

  17. GregD May 13th, 2013 at 9:00 am

    I bet Nuno surprises us today……..it’s just a hunch but he is a gamer

  18. Doreen May 13th, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Scheduled doubleheaders were great. I’m not sure players except for Ernie Banks would agree. :)

  19. 86w183 May 13th, 2013 at 9:01 am

    My last true doubleheader was in 1968 when the Yanks hosted the Washington Senators on Memorial Day. The Mick went 5-for-5 with two HR and two 2B. It was great.

    Then they announce the lineup for game two and he’s not in it.

    I cried

    I was 10

  20. GregD May 13th, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Doreen…… Ernie Banks…… A great great one!

  21. Doreen May 13th, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Went to a banner day DH at Shea a long long time ago. The first game lasted 18 innings. People with banners had left the seating area before the ninth inning of that game. Waited an entire game to parade their banners. And then the second game. We took the bus from Staten Island to that game, s we couldn’t leave. I was about 14 or 15 at he time. My dad had to pick us up at the bus stop about 2 am.

  22. Mike Ri May 13th, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Excited to see Nuno pitch.

  23. GregD May 13th, 2013 at 9:04 am

    86w183—-I saw the Mick hit a walk off hr in 1966…… It was an awesome game….I will never forget it

  24. Ghost of Steinbrenner May 13th, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Any guesses on Nuno’s pitch count today? I feel a split would be OK considering what the Yankees are playing with.

  25. GregD May 13th, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Mike Ri May 13th, 2013 at 9:04 am
    Excited to see Nuno pitch.
    ———
    Me too

  26. GregD May 13th, 2013 at 9:07 am

    I would also love to see Phelps break out today

  27. GregD May 13th, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Ghost of Steinbrenner May 13th, 2013 at 9:05 am
    Any guesses on Nuno’s pitch count today? I feel a split would be OK considering what the Yankees are playing with.
    ———-
    80?

  28. 86w183 May 13th, 2013 at 9:16 am

    I was about to suggest 70-80 for Nuno.

    Really need Phelps to go six-plus. Mariano should not pitch and all and it would be best if Robertson didn’t either.

  29. Tackelberry May 13th, 2013 at 9:16 am

    I miss the traditional doubleheaders. Always liked them. I remember on holidays like Memorial Day and July 4 the Yanks used to almost always play a doubleheader. Then there were the Friday twi-night DHs. First game would start at 5:05. THose were the days!

  30. ac1 May 13th, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Really need Phelps to go six-plus. Mariano should not pitch and all and it would be best if Robertson didn’t either.
    ___

    This is why I was thinking we would get Brett Marshall up here. Someone other than Warren to be the long man. My guess is Nuno is headed back to AAA after this start since we will likely need fresh arms in the pen and he won’t be available for 4-5 days…..

  31. Tackelberry May 13th, 2013 at 9:19 am

    If Granderson returns tommorrow, he’d be making his season debut against King Felix, not exactly the guy you’d like to take your first swings against. Can see an 0-4 with 3 Ks.

  32. ac1 May 13th, 2013 at 9:27 am

    If Granderson returns tommorrow, he’d be making his season debut against King Felix, not exactly the guy you’d like to take your first swings against. Can see an 0-4 with 3 Ks.
    ___

    Could be activated tomorrow and maybe sit on the bench as a late inning PH.
    I agree he should NOT have his first start vs Felix.

  33. 86w183 May 13th, 2013 at 9:29 am

    I think Marshall is in town and if they don’t make a move between games they will make one after game two.

    For example, if Claiborne has to pitch 2-3 innings he might be sent out instead of Nuno.

    Since they activated Gonzalez (and D-Rob and Mo are limited today) I thought the 26th man would be an extra pitcher rather than an extra infielder…. but Girardi wants to DH Cano one of the game so Corbin Joseph probably gets that start @ 3B.

  34. ac1 May 13th, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Since they activated Gonzalez (and D-Rob and Mo are limited today) I thought the 26th man would be an extra pitcher rather than an extra infielder…. but Girardi wants to DH Cano one of the game so Corbin Joseph probably gets that start @ 3B.
    ___

    Or he will get a start at 2B.

  35. Abe Peterham May 13th, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Is this a “real double header” where fans can stay??
    Hard to believe?!

  36. Jesus Bustero May 13th, 2013 at 9:37 am

    I miss Grandy man. The 4 OF rotation should be interesting. I want Wells and Granderson to get the bulk of the AB’s.

    And I would love to pick at the Angel’s carcass and use Nunez + Joba + something more for Erick Aybar. He’s not too different from Elvis Andrus.

  37. Jesus Bustero May 13th, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Today we’re going to see a couple spring training lineups.

  38. GregD May 13th, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Great day for baseball

  39. J. Alfred Prufrock May 13th, 2013 at 9:42 am

    G. Love May 13th, 2013 at 12:39 am

    It’s so sad coming in here watching all the trolls and “I told you so’s” frothing at the mouth because the team is winning.

    If most of you took the time to read about what many of us were upset about, it wasn’t that we were anti-Yankee fans.

    In my case, I had grown tired of the Swisher/Tex/Grandy/Martin/Arod show. Watching that group fall to pieces at the sight of post season pitching was demoralizing. Watching them score 12 in a game, pad their stats and then score nothing for a weak swinging for the fences in every at bat was depressing. It wasn’t a fun team to watch.

    Couple that with an owner who had designs on saving money, not signing players more than a year and not lowering ticket prices and you had a recipe for disaster.

    The fact that this team is good, to me, has as much to do with the addition by subtraction we’ve had. Tex would not be hitting anywhere near what Lyle Overbay is vs RHP. Wells has replaced Grandy and possibly improved upon him. The Arod we saw benched in the playoffs is no one we are missing at the moment.

    I don’t know if it’s true, but I believe if Tex, Grandy and Arod started the season with this team we would be nowhere near this record.

    The criticism was warranted and still is because it’s a blog where you talk about baseball. When it turns into a bastion of blown kisses at all things Pinstripes it’s insufferable.

    I’m thrilled with this team. I like watching them play, pitch and figure out ways to win.

    But any of you “I told you so’s” who could’ve predicted that Vernon Wells and Lyle Overbay would be doing this are probably lying. Anyone predicting that Chris Stewart would find ways to contribute offensively are lying.

    A lot if going right for this team and I hope it maintains. It reminds me of what happened in 94-95 here before the young dynasty core truly arrived. We had hard playing vets who came together to win.

    Predicting this current group of cast offs would do that is somewhat disingenuous to me with the exception of a few people on here who only see rainbows and unicorns when they look at the Yankees on the field.

    I like this team and I’m proud of them. But I think the GM is classless toad and I think the owner wanted to see how far he could push the fans before they broke with lowering spending while keeping costs the same.

    With the attendance lower and the ratings on YES very low, I’m pretty sure the plan to slash this team below the cap next year is almost out the window.

    The problem with people on this blog is they are so invested in being right and twisting the knife into other people’s backs, they bring down the level of conversation again and again and again.

    If you predicted the cast offs would do this and this would be the Yankee record you should put your money where your mouth is, move to Vegas and become a billionaire.
    ///

    Now that’s a money post.

    GLove, if you want to see Jose Ramirez, you might want to plan to make it down here soon, for I can’t see how he’s going to hang in Trenton too much longer if he continues not to break a sweat in his starts.

    9 Ks yesterday and 0BB, and even the 2H and 2ER were bogus, because the stellar Trenton defense struck again (this time, it was RF Shane Brown). The only true hit was the HR to center (the two guys rather erroneously on base made it look gaudier).

    26-4 K/BB rate in 19 IP in AA pretty much tells you he’s spinning his wheels. The slider, his evolution pitch, was nasty at times and the ones that didn’t cut enough and got flyouts instead of swinging strikes or sailed off the plate, but a good Fisher Cats lineup just was over-matched by a kid that’s been in the Eastern League for five minutes. He was hitting 96, 97 on the gun and maybe got a little tired there getting under his fastball, but none of these minor issues are caused by competition. Staying healthy will be his biggest challenge.

  40. Jesus Bustero May 13th, 2013 at 9:44 am

    I hope we get to see Betances in the pen in one of the games today. He could be a beast in there.

  41. Tackelberry May 13th, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Poor Austin Romine. What a waste is was bringing him up if he was hardly ever gonna play. If Girardi’s plan was to play Stewart 95% of the time they would have been better off leaving Romine at AAA to play every day and keep improving and just brought up Bobby Wilson. I mean, I’m sure Romine will play one of the games of the DH today, but he should have been playing alot more than this.

  42. GregD May 13th, 2013 at 9:49 am

    I would see JoRam move to SWB!

  43. Jesus Bustero May 13th, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Stewart has kind of earned some trust though. He hasn’t exactly flopped. I can’t wait to get back Cervelli though.

  44. GregD May 13th, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Love to see…..

  45. Ys Guy May 13th, 2013 at 9:52 am

    “classless toad”?
    you post a whole freakin book explaining how you’ve always been right with all your hatred of the FO, GM and manager (while they are doing GREAT) and you have to throw in “classless toad”

    “It’s so sad coming in here watching all the trolls and “I told you so’s” frothing at the mouth”

    you’ve spent more than a year ‘i told you so’ing’ about your favorite seattle bench jockey and we put up with it. now your ‘sad’ because just about all the crying and ‘i told you so’s’ you’ve posted are turning out wrong.

    i think it’s fun watching you, Dr. Doom and the naysayers try to explain just how right they were about everything when it is so clear you were all so wrong.

    but keep it up, it’s amusing at least.

    Let’s Go Yankees!

  46. Jesus Bustero May 13th, 2013 at 9:54 am

    In the Javy Vazquez negotiations the Braves were presented with this choice after Melky

    Arodys Vizcaino/Jose Ramirez

    One day that may look like the Rangers choice of Arias over Cano.

  47. J. Alfred Prufrock May 13th, 2013 at 9:54 am

    GregD,

    If he continues to just blow through AA lineups – and there were some good hitters, especially LHH, he was facing yesterday – he’ll have to take his developing slider into Pennsylvania to be worked out. That FB/change is going to carry him, any way.

  48. Tackelberry May 13th, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Where is Vizcaino now?

  49. Jesus Bustero May 13th, 2013 at 9:57 am

    I think he may be injured but not sure.

  50. ac1 May 13th, 2013 at 10:02 am

    CoJo getting the start at 1st.
    Nice.

  51. GregD May 13th, 2013 at 10:03 am

    J. Alfred Prufrock May 13th, 2013 at 9:54 am
    GregD,

    If he continues to just blow through AA lineups – and there were some good hitters, especially LHH, he was facing yesterday – he’ll have to take his developing slider into Pennsylvania to be worked out. That FB/change is going to carry him, any way.
    ————
    It would be amazing if he made it to the show this year

  52. jacksquat May 13th, 2013 at 10:03 am

    If most of you took the time to read about what many of us were upset about, it wasn’t that we were anti-Yankee fans.

    No one said that. Well, except for maybe Randy, who wants them to lose so Cashman gets fired, etc.

    The problem was the insufferable deluge of posts by some about how Cashman was making almost all the wrong moves, the limited contracts, etc. (and throw in some Montero of course) and how the team would be probably not make the playoffs and may even finish in 4th/5th. This was when Youkilis was healthy, Cervelli was healthy, it looked like Jeter would be back at or near the beginning of the season, even back when Granderson and Tex were healthy. Even then they said the team sucked. So yeah, so far they were all wrong. And some of them will never admit it.

  53. Jesus Bustero May 13th, 2013 at 10:03 am

    My 2013 obsession list:

    Chase Headley
    Michael Young
    Erick Aybar (Nunez package)

  54. J. Alfred Prufrock May 13th, 2013 at 10:05 am

    GregD,

    It would be fun but I think they need to be careful and let him build up his arm. He threw about 79 pitches yesterday.

    It’s not like the Yankees need pitching.

  55. Bo knows May 13th, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Re Post

    Good post Doreen.

    Totally agree

    To me the game is all about the challenges during – the quality at bats, the pitching sequence, how they play the game. A hard fought loss is better than a blow out win, less entertainment value. Wins are good because that’s why they keep score.

    And then I watch Overbay and as Cone said “He’s had a grin on his face since he got to the Yankees”. I appreciate that.

  56. Bo knows May 13th, 2013 at 10:06 am

    What – no Dejesus?

  57. GregD May 13th, 2013 at 10:09 am

    JAP—— you’re absolutely right but I can’t help my enthusiasm…….he looked awesome in spring training and unfortunately the only way he gets the big club this year is a bunch more injuries and I’m not wishing for that……

  58. Jesus Bustero May 13th, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Ok, fine

    Chase Headley
    Michael Young
    Erick Aybar
    David DeJesus (in place of Gardner)

  59. GregD May 13th, 2013 at 10:11 am

    JAP- at the very least we might see him start the year with us next year with Andy perhaps retiring

  60. Jesus Bustero May 13th, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Or just because.

  61. J. Alfred Prufrock May 13th, 2013 at 10:13 am

    GregD,

    Just needs some mil callouses and he’ll be good to go. :D

  62. J. Alfred Prufrock May 13th, 2013 at 10:15 am

    GregD, the Yankees are loaded with pitching. Kuroda could be back, the guy’s pitching like a No. 1.

    What we lack is a Machado and a Wieters.

  63. GregD May 13th, 2013 at 10:15 am

    I wish Gardner would hit more but he does worry the heck out of opposing pitchers when he’s on base…….that is something every team should have

  64. yankeehotelfoxtrot May 13th, 2013 at 10:16 am

    yanks61, great thoughts about MG’s post; the one about Doreen’s comments. All good stuff. I often remind myself (usually after a bad game, stretch, play or move/decision) that it’s “just a game.” Imo, taking it TOO seriously can/will/does ruin its enjoyment. Being informed and having a high Yankees/baseball IQ is important and in a lot of ways, baseball mirrors life. It’s fascinating to see how people go about it. Again, just my opinion :)

    Looking forward to keeping this streak going today! Great opportunity for some young bucks to prove themselves. Really excited toew young Nuño fairs in his first big league start.

  65. GregD May 13th, 2013 at 10:17 am

    JAP—–you’re right, hopefully Sanchez can be Wieters….I don’t see a Machado anywhere ……

  66. GregD May 13th, 2013 at 10:18 am

    JAP—- but you can never have enough pitching :)

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