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Game 68: Yankees at Athletics

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 15, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Derek JeterYANKEES (35-32)
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Carlos Beltran DH
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Yangervis Solarte 2B
Kelly Johnson 3B

LHP Vidal Nuno (1-2, 4.97)
Nuno vs. Athletics

ATHLETICS (41-27)
Coco Crisp CF
Craig Gentry LF
Yoenis Cespedes DH
Derek Norris C
Jed Lowrie SS
Josh Donaldson 3B
Brandon Moss RF
Kyle Blanks 1B
Nick Punto 2B

RHP Jesse Chavez (5-4, 3.04)
Chavez vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 4:05 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: Sunny with blue skies. No need for lights so far.

UMPIRES: HP Dale Scott, 1B Dan Iassogna, 2B C.B. Bucknor, 3B Hal Gibson

REMEMBER POWER HITTERS? A’s right fielder Brandon Moss has gone five consecutive games without a home run, which is his longest homerless drought since a season-high tying seven-game streak from April 27 to May 4.

GIVE THIS ONE MORE SHOT: Manager Joe Girardi has 599 wins as Yankees manager and needs one win to reach the 600-win milestone with the club. He?would become the sixth Yankees manager in franchise history to reach the plateau, joining Joe McCarthy (1,460), Joe Torre (1,173), Casey Stengel (1,149), Miller Huggins (1,067) and Ralph Houk (944).

DAY OWLS: The Yankees are 15-7 (.682) in day games this season, marking the second-best such winning percentage in the Majors (the Giants are 19-7). The Yankees are are 20-25 (.444) in night games in 2014.

UPDATE, 4:08 p.m.: Yankees announced that Wade LeBlanc actually turned down the outright assignment, so he’s a free agent now.

UPDATE, 4:21 p.m.: Well that didn’t take long. Three-run homer by Norris in the first inning.

UPDATE, 4:41 p.m.: And now Crisp has a three-run homer in the second. Brutal start by Nuno. It’s 6-0 before the A’s have made their fifth out.

UPDATE, 4:45 p.m.: Girardi — not Rothschild — goes to the mound to talk with Nuno and McCann. Ramirez getting loose in the bullpen.

UPDATE, 5:14 p.m.: Single and walk against the Nos. 8 and 9 hitters to start the fourth inning. Going to be Ramirez on the mound soon.

UPDATE, 5:15 p.m.: And here’s the hook. Ramirez coming in. Nuno didn’t get a single out in the fourth inning and leaves with a 6-0 deficit.

UPDATE, 5:22 p.m.: Ramirez has walked a guy and hit a guy in the head. That’s enough for a run, bases are still loaded, still no outs, and here’s Cespedes.

UPDATE, 5:34 p.m.: Ramirez gets pretty lucky with a line drive double play. It’s 10-0 already. The Yankees could have felt good about themselves with a win today. Instead, they have this.

UPDATE, 6:00 p.m.: RBI double by Teixeira. So that’s nice.

UPDATE, 6:09 p.m.: There’s a solo home run by Carlos Beltran. Maybe a good sign. Comes on a bad day, though.

UPDATE, 6:24 p.m.: McCann moves to first, Gardner moves to center, Murphy in to catch, Soriano in to play left, and Ryan in to play short.

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154 Responses to “Game 68: Yankees at Athletics”

  1. ScottinSJ June 15th, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    The offense picks up right where it left off.

  2. Chad Jennings June 15th, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Cashmoney June 15th, 2014 at 3:27 pm e

    you gotta be kidding Chad, Oakland has a 82 mil payroll and Yanks has a 210 mil payroll!I guess coming from a none yankees fan I understand your consolatory view.

    Be interesting to see what Beane could have done with Yankees payroll.

    Someone’s going to have to explain this one to me. What did I write that is a consolatory view? Is it really consolatory to say that 6-3 would be a good road trip? A good trip doesn’t mean the Yankees are a great team or that they’re better run/managed than Oakland, only that it would be a good and successful set of games on the road (and I used the word surprisingly because it started pretty rough and hasn’t always felt like a good one).

  3. Pat M. June 15th, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Cashmoney…I remember talking to an evaluator who saw Cespedes work-out. His comment was Bo Jackson, and with better baseball skills. The question was how fast could he make it to The Big Leagues and that was part of what Billy Boy could offer him in Oakland. ScottinSJ, man you’re a sky is fallin type guy. Bad juju man, go hang at the end of the dugout.

  4. ScottinSJ June 15th, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Whatever you say, Pat. Some folks don’t sugarcoat everything.

  5. exiledintampa June 15th, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    The Yankees are are 20-25 (.444) in night games in 2014.

    Old guys need to be in bed earlier.

  6. ScottinSJ June 15th, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Ballgame. You can take over, Pat.

  7. Cashmoney June 15th, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    but a win tonight and they’re five away from the best record in the league. It’s not great, but it certainly could be worse.
    —-
    I meant this Chad, what left unsaid is that as a Yankee fan i have much higher expectations than being 3 games over 500. This, is pretty much the worst scenario to me, stuck being slightly above average and really not a playoff team.

  8. Missing Cano June 15th, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    this one was over early today

  9. GordoMillones June 15th, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Blahhh come on this is the first inning and we are already loosing :(

  10. austinmac June 15th, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    I do miss hitting homers. Overcoming leads like this sure are hard without two bloops and a blast.

  11. jmills June 15th, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    This might come across as heartless, but I’m not concerned if Dickey goes on the DL. He hasn’t been all that great beyond being an innings eater. Maybe we’ll see Aaron Sanchez sooner than later, and of course, there’s alway Brandon Morrow…

  12. exiledintampa June 15th, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    two bloops and a blast.

    That discribes most of my mornings.

  13. austinmac June 15th, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Cash,

    The thing is I have seen far worse scenarios. I’m far from happy, but this team looks like the 27 Yankees compared to the mid and late 60s. They were out of contention in February.

  14. NYY fan in NH June 15th, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Can they just end the Vidal Nuno experiment already. Does a 5.34 era tell me otherwise?? Already down by 3 when the team can’t score runs is bad enough, but there has to be someone down in AAA who isn’t bipolar on the mound!!

  15. Cashmoney June 15th, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Mac, a middling team with a bloated payroll and little financial wiggle room to improve is MLB ultimate dream. This is the worst case scenario I see them in. I don’t mean record/qualitative assessment. In this case, Yanks are stuck in neutral. There is no real pressure for FO to change their ways.

  16. Petefromnoha June 15th, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    probably game over

  17. Pat M. June 15th, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Nuno is a guy that you slot in the 8th position on the depth chart as you wait for a few more arms to develop to call up and replace him. He’s serviceable at best and for a short time only. I’ve seen him twice now and he has moments when he can be tough but he’s also a I that is only a matter of time away from getting shelled

  18. NYY fan in NH June 15th, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Just when you think the team is going on a little run, the offense and AAA pitchers can brings things back to reality quite quickly. Plugging holes with scotch tape can only hold so long.

  19. Mordot11 June 15th, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Good game.

  20. Madrugador June 15th, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    not too much of a point of listening to this game any more.

  21. bruceb June 15th, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    This is why last night’s game was so important to the Yanks. Losing three in a row with your No. 2 starter on the mound puts way too much pressure on the back end of the rotation.

    Whitley has been outstanding and Phelps was brilliant on his last start yet still it’s a struggle just to stay above .500. Question is do we have anyone in the Minors capable of throwing a better game than Nuno?

    Oakland may be miles behind the Yanks in terms of payroll…but they’re light years ahead in terms of all-round talent right now.

  22. egk June 15th, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Thanks, Nuno. Now I can devote the rest of the day to something more worthy. Lawn needs mowin.

  23. bruceb June 15th, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    This is way too painful to watch; thank heavens the golf is on.

  24. I Am Winning June 15th, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Only the Yankees management will allow their players to produce such piss poor results and still keep them on the roster. Nuno has shown me nothing this year. Perhaps, his bullpen sessions are great so it gives them confidence? Start Warren, bring up a minor leaguer, start Robertson or Betances if you wanted, but take Nuno out of this roster. Just as Tanaka is nearly a guaranteed win, Nuno is an absolute guaranteed loss every time he pitches.

  25. Cashmoney June 15th, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Pat M. wish Cespedes was ours. Bo Jackson is phenomenal physical specimen, tall praise indeed.

    He has star quality.

  26. pete22 June 15th, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Imagine, Tanaka could be pitching this game.

    At the start of the trip I suggested they could have a winning record, Scott was not buying it. 5-4 is not bad. Took sweeping the Mariners w/o running into King Felix to happen, but thats fine.

  27. Hankflorida June 15th, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    The Bronx Banjos need starting pitching to
    keep the games close, but Cashman’s plan went up in smoke when Pineda and Nova made their exits, and their stand ins are but “poor players who should leave the stage and be heard from no more.”

  28. Patrick June 15th, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    It’s rare that we get such a bad start from one of our starters. The problem is, when we do, it’s a guaranteed loss because there is close to 0% chance that the Yankees can score 7 runs. The pitching needs to be close to perfect for the Yankees to win and when it’s not they will almost always lose. Tough way to win games…

  29. pete22 June 15th, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    If Johnson could get some regular playing time at 2B he could be as useful as he was las year for the Rays, might hit a few HR too

  30. pete22 June 15th, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Last I checked the current Yankee starters have only failed to pitch into the 5th twice, and that’s in almost 50 games. Thats pretty good.

  31. Tar June 15th, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Good thing we have Betances to shorten the game…….

    We have nothing to lose this year, this SP staff is not good enough as constructed.

  32. bruceb June 15th, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    5-4 road trip is better than I thought they would do…but hardly something to do cartwheels over when you consider they have the worst home record in the entire American League.

  33. bbb51 June 15th, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Roberts is the accomplished veteran so Girardi will start him over Johnson at 2B.

  34. tomingeorgia June 15th, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Two nice plays at 3rd for Johnson. Nice arm.

  35. bbb51 June 15th, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Too much to ask for both Phelps and Nuno to beat Oakland, they needed to win yesterday if they wanted to take the series.

  36. Cashmoney June 15th, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Yanks losing 2 out 3 to the As is not a problem. the problem is they can’t score.

  37. comet June 15th, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Hey Tom are you a travelling man yet?

  38. comet June 15th, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    According to John and his side kick there is nothing in Triple A or Double A to help the rotation. NOTHING. They are what they are. Complaining all the time isn’t constructive.

  39. tomingeorgia June 15th, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Hey, comet,
    Nah, I still have a seven-acre anchor. Some interest, though, finally!

  40. Pat M. June 15th, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    pete22….I was all over Kellie Johnson being down for at least 20 dingers ( 25 was my hopes ) and things changed, Solarte / Roberts . But regardless the club needs some pop and he could at least provide this at some capacity,. More DH at The Stadium maybe as a DH option….

  41. comet June 15th, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Good fortune Tom! Hope is sells quickly.

  42. tomingeorgia June 15th, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Fools for leaving Gentry in. The game is in hand.

  43. bbb51 June 15th, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Throw in the towel, Joe.

  44. JimK June 15th, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Sometimes I wish BB had a “Mercy” rule; trailing by 10 after 5, game over. And as I am writing this it is possible the Y’s will only trail by 9 after 5.

  45. bbb51 June 15th, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    comet June 15th, 2014 at 5:08 pm
    According to John and his side kick there is nothing in Triple A or Double A to help the rotation.

    Yep, the help is in the bullpen.

  46. JimK June 15th, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    There is #10.

  47. tomingeorgia June 15th, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Mercy rule time.

  48. Tyler June 15th, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Why bring in Ramirez to do this over Huff? Lets kill the confidence of someone with actual potential over a complete scrub

  49. jmills June 15th, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    tom, we’ll have to exchange e-mails one time. I plan on blowing the ’91 Prelude out your way :D

  50. JimK June 15th, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Hey Tom, the current score has removed any reason for me to use watching the Y’s as a reason to procrastinate.

  51. pete22 June 15th, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Huff pitched 2 IP last night. JRam should be able to get 3 outs and prove himself like Betances did in similar situations. Not a good game for him

  52. jmills June 15th, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Tyler, being a Blues fan, you know the Plager brothers were a nasty bunch. I was a big Gary Unger fan.

  53. Tyler June 15th, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    pete-

    Didn’t realize Huff pitched last night. Still don’t like using Ramirez in these situations just like I didn’t like using Betances then.

  54. tomingeorgia June 15th, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    jmills,
    If you’re coming to Georgia, the best idea is to wait until September. I’ve got 96 degrees from the shaded therometer. But if you come anyway, I’d be glad to meet you!

  55. yankeefeminista June 15th, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Tyler, exactly. Don’t pitch him and then throw the kid in an untenable situation when he’s likely not to be sharp.

  56. pete22 June 15th, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Solarte slump, 0-18

  57. jmills June 15th, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Doug Gilmour took a circuitous route to Toronto. I know there were initial charges on behalf of a babysitter that never came to full fruition. If Doug did anything wrong, hed have me to face.

  58. Hankflorida June 15th, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Pat M. says:
    June 15, 2014 at 5:10 pm
    pete22….I was all over Kellie Johnson being down for at least 20 dingers ( 25 was my hopes ) and things changed, Solarte / Roberts . But regardless the club needs some pop and he could at least provide this at some capacity,. More DH at The Stadium maybe as a DH option….

    No choice as going back to the stadium, we have to play five player with more then warning track power and hope Ellsbury gets his 2011 clout back. Again, the Yanks do not have the pitching for low scoring games.

  59. JimK June 15th, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Tyler, this is exactly the type of game the MGR should bring in a rookie pitcher.

  60. Tyler June 15th, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    jmills-

    Blues could use a bit of that nastiness on defense now. Rumors are that they are going after Spezza and he wants to go to St. Louis. I’d take both him and Stastsny.

  61. Tyler June 15th, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Jim-

    I’d rather they use a guy with his stuff in the later innings and only for 1 inning. Don’t have a problem if its 10-3 and he pitches the 9th. But don’t use him like this. He’s a guy who could be a huge part of the back end of the pen. This is treating him like a long man which he’s so much better than.

  62. jmills June 15th, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    tom, thanks for the heat heads up, I’ll keep you posted and let Chad know when the time comes.

  63. Jerkface June 15th, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    @BryanHoch 3m

    Now there’s a great idea! … RT @vincentmondry: do you think Girardi has Ichiro pitch today?

    There are 2 things I’ve wanted to see Ichiro do since he came to MLB

    1. Pitch
    2. HR Derby

    I fear we missed the boat on #2 but #1 could happen today!

  64. yankeefeminista June 15th, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    That rookie pitcher though has barely had any innings because he’s coming off the injury… So …

  65. JimK June 15th, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Good spot for Kelly too; gets to work on his command and feel for pitching.

  66. MTU June 15th, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Unfortunately for me I had planned my day around this game.

    Bad idea.

    :(

  67. tomingeorgia June 15th, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    JimK,
    There should be rookies all over the field by now, but we have but a few.

  68. yankeefeminista June 15th, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    MTU for once I didn’t. I figured Nuno’s start was the one to miss. Sadly, it was a good call. :(

  69. yankeefeminista June 15th, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    JimK, agree with that

  70. MTU June 15th, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    YF-

    Yes. A great call.

    I think it’s time we think about an alternative to him.

    Maybe we need to get someone else stretched out ?

    Can’t wait for CC either.

  71. Doreen June 15th, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    WTF?????

    We are out having arrest Fathets Day. Checked the score. OMG.

  72. Doreen June 15th, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Having a great. Father’s Day, that is.

  73. MTU June 15th, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Damn shame that Banuelos has not progressed as we hoped.

    His recovery from TJS has kind of been on the slow side.

    I thought for sure he would be logging innings at AAA by now.

    And therefore a possible later season fill-in at the ML level.

  74. tomingeorgia June 15th, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Doreen,
    What did he do?

  75. MTU June 15th, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Nuno needs to be re-assigned to the Pen or the minors.

    Maybe Warren should be stretched out ?

    Sure would be nice to have at least one lefty though.

  76. bbb51 June 15th, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Only 9 more to go!

  77. JimK June 15th, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    YF, I really do not see the difference between bring in Ramirez in the 5th or the 9th, after all he did only pitch one inning.
    Using the fact that he is coming off an injury does not hold up, because it can be then used for any rationale to limit his appearances to very specific instances, in which case he should not be on the ML roster.

  78. MTU June 15th, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Can’t expect any pitching staff to throw out a continuous stream of quality starts form top to bottom.

    When ours doesn’t our O generally cannot pick ‘em up.

    That has to change.

    ;)

  79. MTU June 15th, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    We all want J-Ram to succeed but today he flopped big time.

    If he wants to stay w the Parent club he’d better find a way not to let that happen very often.

    If I’m him I’m thinking I’d better reel off a serious string of zeroes starting next time out.

  80. tomingeorgia June 15th, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    That looked like Carlos Beltran.

  81. MTU June 15th, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Tanaka vs. Strohman (A rookie)

    Whitley vs. Buerhle

    Phelps vs. Hutchinson

  82. bbb51 June 15th, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Usually my mlb.tv says “Commercial in progress”, last break it said “Whoopin’ in progress”. :mad:

  83. NYY fan in NH June 15th, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Nuno can’t be run out there every 5 days. Today was ungodly terrible for him and JRam. What a bad way to end a series. Figures Beltran and Tex produce when there is no way of winning.. Figures!!

  84. Pat M. June 15th, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    If anything this is the BEST situation for J-Ram to pitch in, there’s no pressure on him other than proving he can pitch in the MLB, and in a blow-out game there’s nothing to lose. My goodness guys besides he’s no 20 year old kid making his MLB debut …..

  85. bbb51 June 15th, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Brendan Ryan reminds me of Vanilla Ice.

  86. NYY fan in NH June 15th, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Offense went right back into a funk and the pitching has failed the last couple of games. Cashman can’t sit back and say this team will “weather” the storm.

  87. MTU June 15th, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    I hope Solarte is not turning into a pumpkin.

    He has been a joy to watch thus far and I am really pulling for him to succeed.

    He’s getting into serious slump territory right now.

    I’m concerned.

  88. J2L June 15th, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    No DP please !.!

  89. MTU June 15th, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    David Price is 5-6 w a 3.93 ERA.

    :shock:

  90. yankeefeminista June 15th, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    I’m going to Tanaka-Stroman.

    Jimk, I meant that he needs reps to get/keep sharp. If they’re going to use him so erratically he will never have his typical good control. He’s also a guy who has barely pitched in AAA. I’d put him in situations in which he can be successful. I get the earn it theory but I just think they’re screwing around with his arm by not using him and also they’re delaying his usefulness to us in games that matter. He’s not a garbage arm.

  91. MTU June 15th, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    YF-

    If they want J-Ram to get a lot of repetition then the place is AAA.

    He is not likely to get it as a kind of Multi-inning mop up Man in the Majors.

    He did not help his cause today.

  92. MTU June 15th, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Blue Jays will be the 1st Team to get a 2nd look at MT.

    Should be interesting to see what they may have learned, and what in turn MT has learned about them.

    Game of adjustments. Cat-and-mouse.

    ;)

  93. pete22 June 15th, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    MTU June 15th, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    I hope Solarte is not turning into a pumpkin.

    He has been a joy to watch thus far and I am really pulling for him to succeed.

    He’s getting into serious slump territory right now.

    I’m concerned.
    ================

    Since his hot first week he has a 710 OPS and 252 BA. I like his plate discipline and contact skills, but he may be more of a league average hitter than the All Star he appeared based on his early stats.

    I think he is a streaky hitter. He has also hit better at home where they are returning, so he will bump that up a bit against the Blue Jays and Orioles pitching.

  94. bigdan22 June 15th, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    The thing to remember about auditions, not everyone passes.

    So far. Whitley, passed. Phelps, incomplete. Nuno, failed.

    If the Yanks can get one good pitcher from these three, that would be good. Two would be outstanding.

    So far, Betances, passed big time. Warren, passed. Robertson, passed. Ramirez, incomplete.

    Remember. 2014. Transition Year. Let the kids play!

  95. mick June 15th, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Sulk-a-lot-a.

  96. MTU June 15th, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Pete-

    I kind of fear that.

    He has been such a great story.

  97. Tyler June 15th, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Daniel Bard has a 175.50 ERA in Single A. 13 walks in 2/3 of an inning. The bright side is he hasn’t allowed a hit yet.

  98. J. Alfred Prufrock June 15th, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    The Yankees would be stupid of they made some
    kind of definitive decision about Jo-Ram based on this outing. I doubt that’s what’s in play.

  99. pete22 June 15th, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    JRam has pitched 5 1/3 IP in 12 days. That’s plenty of work for a RP’er coming off an injury who had limited work in AAA. He has good stuff, but not Betances stuff, and has to command to get good batters out. Command was off today and that will improve with more work. With an offday tomorrow I am glad Joe used him today where it did not hurt much

  100. MTU June 15th, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Dan-

    Unfortunately, w the way our offense is right now we need all 3 to succeed or we sink like a stone.

    We depend on a fairly steady stream of quality starts.

    Sinking like a stone is not a transition.

    It’s a disaster.

    We really do not have that much of a margin of error the way things stand.

    And I really hope our offense is improved as quickly as is humanly possible.

  101. pete22 June 15th, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    NYY fan in NH June 15th, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Offense went right back into a funk and the pitching has failed the last couple of games.
    ===================================

    AL East pitching coming up to cure the offense. :lol:

  102. yankeefeminista June 15th, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    That’s the point though, give him the work or let him get it in AAA and then bring him back up.

  103. pete22 June 15th, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Well thats embarassing

  104. pete22 June 15th, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Brendan Ryans defensive skills have declined

  105. tomingeorgia June 15th, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    I can’t watch any more of this, and that’s a rare thing. Tuesday will be better, I hope.

  106. MTU June 15th, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    YF-

    When a young guy gets to the bigs w the Yankees it’s kind of a Catch-22 situation.

    I think his best bet might be AAA right now.

    I just don’t think they are going to use him enough.

  107. austinmac June 15th, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    This would be a good road trip if we weren’t better on the road than home.

  108. Pat M. June 15th, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    MTU….Tanaka faced the Cubs twice, they split the two games

  109. JimK June 15th, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Looking like the 3 catcher roster is losing its luster

  110. MTU June 15th, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Thanks for the correction Pat.

    My mistake.

    I guess I should have said first repeat within the AL East.

    ;)

  111. pete22 June 15th, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    Calling that clutch hitting made me laugh. Garbage time runs. I do wonder at Gardners power potential though. Could he be a 20-25 HR guy with the right approach ?

  112. Pat M. June 15th, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    MTU, I had a feeling that was what you meant. It will of interest as to how both he and The Jays adjust to each other. As long as he has good splitter action he can keep them honest with the occasional fastball at the lower thigh area. His issues will be guys starting to feed on his upstair’s mistakes….His splitter looked so good in Seattle that even if he only comes out of the pen with a decent ( for Tanaka that is ) splitter he has a good chance of having a nice outing and keeping the club in the game….

  113. pete22 June 15th, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Jim Johnson might be looking at a DFA soon

  114. MTU June 15th, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Pat M.-

    I have not seen him make very many mistakes w Mr. Splitty.

    If the Jays are aggressive early I hope Tanaka uses that against them by going off speed.

    Pitching backwards in essence.

    It’s pretty clear you don’t want to get to 2 strikes w him.

    Simple solution is to try and swing early.

    That may or may not work.

    Once he gets into a groove look out.

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