Let’s Go: Yanks-Rays Gamer I

The season begins for the Bombers today, who face James Shields at the Trop. C.C. is on the mound for New York. It’s a 3pm start. Gee, it is too bad I feel a cough coming on and might just have to get home early today to tend it.

Lineups follow, comment away.



Sorry about the lack of a post yesterday for you Sox fans. It was crunch time at work, and more importantly, it was also opening day for little gerbil at his first tee ball practice. Gehrig’s number. *sniff sniff*.

NY Yankees
D. Jeter ss .000
C. Granderson cf .000
R. Cano 2b .000
A. Rodriguez 3b .000
M. Teixeira 1b .000
N. Swisher rf .000
R. Ibanez dh .000
R. Martin c .000
B. Gardner lf .000
 
C. Sabathia NA
 
Tampa Bay
D. Jennings cf .000
B. Zobrist rf .000
E. Longoria 3b .000
J. Keppinger dh .000
S. Rodriguez ss .000
C. Pena 1b .000
E. Johnson 2b .000
J. Molina c .000
M. Joyce lf .000
 
J. Shields NA

138 comments… add one

  • Baseball!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So pleased :)

    IronHorse (YF) April 6, 2012, 12:33 pm
  • And great shot of the Iron Pony gerb :)

    IronHorse (YF) April 6, 2012, 12:34 pm
  • Thanks, IH. It felt pretty good clicking the “gamers/post mortems” checkbox again for the first time in so many months.

    attackgerbil April 6, 2012, 1:05 pm
  • BOYS!!!! WE’RE BAAAAAAAAAACK!!!!!
    LET’S GO YANKEES!!!!
    Worked out, detailed and waxed my truck and now I am READY FOR SOME BASEBALL!!!!

    krueg April 6, 2012, 1:17 pm
  • Great picture AG…

    krueg April 6, 2012, 1:18 pm
  • 30 minutes until the pre game show on YES…although I will miss Kim Jones greatly, the new girl looks very hot, I mean professional.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 1:29 pm
  • I will be streaming the game on the iPad today. Interested to see how that goes.

    attackgerbil April 6, 2012, 1:31 pm
  • Not to beat last year’s dead horse, but I still really would like to see Brett Gardner leading off. His OBP is comparable to Jeter’s (last year Gardner’s OBP was .345 and Jeter’s was .355) and he is substantially more disruptive on the basepads.
    Plus, he works counts. Last year Gardner was 10th in all of baseball in terms of most pitches seen per AB (4.19) while Jeter was 63rd (3.85) and that can only help the guys hitting behind him. Plus Jeter hits so often to the right side that with Gardner on base and Jeter hitting second you’d have a great shot at Gardner getting to 3rd on singles or opening up a big hole right where Jeter likes to hit it on hit and run plays.
    Would someone who knows baseball better than me please explain why this is a bad idea? I know it only really matters in the 1st inning, but a Gardner, Jeter, Granderson, Cano, A-Rod (I have no problem bumping A-Rod to 5th and keeping Cano in the cleanup spot at this stage in their careers) seems to me the best top half of the lineup for this team.

    IronHorse (YF) April 6, 2012, 1:35 pm
  • Egos. Right?
    I would like to se Gardner swing at a few first pitches this year. He gives up strike one FAR too easily and often times finds himself in bad counts. Take some hacks Brett!
    For me, I want to see ARod and Swisher step up this year. If we have Cano, Curtis and Tex going and one of the two I mentioned has a big year, we’re going to be very dangerous. We had too many holes in the lineup last year. Too few “clutch” hits and it showed big time in the playoffs.
    I expect our pitching to be SICK this year. Like, all-time Yankee great maybe. I think CC is going to be a beast this year. He didn’t have a “CC” like year at all in ’11. He looks a little slimmer (hey, give the guy a break, he’s krueg-size!) I just have that feeling.
    Maybe Hughes has a good year? He looked much better in the Spring. I don’t really trust him though. CSN will be fine, as will Pineda. Kuroda is a crafty veteran, so I’m not worried about him. Pettitte is a God so there’s that in a month…
    The bullpen should be dominant. Like, really, really good. Next.
    Our only kryptonite is injuries obviously. Can the elder Yankees hold up? I think Joe will really rest them this year. More than they’d like. Because the end of the season is going to be a dog fight. There are a lot of good teams in the AL. Angels, Rangers, Tigres, Rays, Sox, BLUE JAYS…have to stay healthy to stay on top of those teams.
    I expect a great season. I am stoked. I am happy. I am ready.
    LET’S GO YANKEES!!!!!

    krueg April 6, 2012, 1:48 pm
  • Looks like Jeter’s not too bad at the job of being 1st.
    2011, leading off in the first inning
    Jeter 96 PA .352/.406/.443
    Gardner 57 PA .167/.298/.229
    2011, leading off any inning
    Jeter 194 PA .330/.381/.430
    Gardner 178 PA .278/.360/.380
    Over his career, Jeter leading off in the first:
    Jeter .350/.402/.510

    attackgerbil April 6, 2012, 2:16 pm
  • Won’t be watching the game today, but WOW at Jeter’s slugging leading off in first…it does feel to me like he hits a lot of first-AB home runs, but that might be, you know, selective bad memories.

    Devine April 6, 2012, 2:39 pm
  • Starting lineups!!!!
    No “Imperial March”???
    Lame.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 2:48 pm
  • Here we go boys…

    krueg April 6, 2012, 3:03 pm
  • “If you don’t get goosebumps on opening day, you don’t belong in baseball, Michael.”
    Wow… Sweet Lou is talking at me.

    attackgerbil April 6, 2012, 3:05 pm
  • Okay, at first blush, mlb.tv on the iPad TOTALLY KICKS ASS.

    attackgerbil April 6, 2012, 3:06 pm
  • We are underway! Underweigh! Underweight!
    Whatever… Jeter takes ball one!

    attackgerbil April 6, 2012, 3:12 pm
  • Leadoff single for the Captain!!!!!!

    krueg April 6, 2012, 3:13 pm
  • Jeter singles up the middle on a full count. Clap.. clap.. clap-clap-clap.
    YES.

    attackgerbil April 6, 2012, 3:14 pm
  • Curtis is staying alive, staying alive.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 3:16 pm
  • Granderson is fighting off pitches after falling behind. Hopefully it’s not ticking off Joe “game’s too slow” West.

    attackgerbil April 6, 2012, 3:17 pm
  • Curtis drilled that one…right into the shift.
    GIDP.
    Let’s not do this all season again please.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 3:18 pm
  • Looks like Pena pulled his foot on the throw to first on that 6-3 DP.

    attackgerbil April 6, 2012, 3:19 pm
  • 1-2-3 first inning of the season.
    First GIDP of the season.
    20 pitches for Shields though.
    CC time.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 3:20 pm
  • Cano’s weak chopper 4-3 ends the first.

    attackgerbil April 6, 2012, 3:21 pm
  • Lou’s assessment of Jennings: “Good athlete.”
    How many “bad athletes” play at a Major-League level?

    attackgerbil April 6, 2012, 3:24 pm
  • Leadoff walk for CC.
    Not cool.
    Had him 0-2.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 3:24 pm
  • Steve Balboni and Sal Fasano were questionable “athletes”…
    Granderson made a nice running catch for the first out.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 3:25 pm
  • Longoria singles…
    Come on CC.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 3:26 pm
  • Yankees suck chant! Sweet.

    attackgerbil April 6, 2012, 3:28 pm
  • Nice play by Jeter to range to his right…make the long throw.
    2 outs.
    2nd and 3rd though…come on CC!

    krueg April 6, 2012, 3:29 pm
  • Hey now, Steve Balboni stole a base once.

    attackgerbil April 6, 2012, 3:29 pm
  • IBB in the first inning????
    WTF Joe?

    krueg April 6, 2012, 3:29 pm
  • Load the bases for Pena.
    Awesome.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 3:30 pm
  • And Sal Fasano’s mustache alone benched 285.

    attackgerbil April 6, 2012, 3:31 pm
  • CC can’t throw strikes…

    krueg April 6, 2012, 3:31 pm
  • I don’t like the IBB either.

    attackgerbil April 6, 2012, 3:31 pm
  • 3-1 count…bases loaded…

    krueg April 6, 2012, 3:32 pm
  • Did he forget to stop intentionally walking after four pitches? Nope.. there’s a pitch Pena should have killed.

    attackgerbil April 6, 2012, 3:32 pm
  • 3-2

    krueg April 6, 2012, 3:32 pm
  • Grand slam.
    You have got to be kidding me.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 3:33 pm
  • Wonderful way to start the season CC. Thanks.

    IronHorse (YF) April 6, 2012, 3:35 pm
  • Crunchy.

    attackgerbil April 6, 2012, 3:35 pm
  • Worst first inning ever?
    leadoff hit followed by a fucking GIDP.
    Then CC gets rocked for 4 runs.
    0-4.
    Fuck.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 3:35 pm
  • Arod looked slick there.

    attackgerbil April 6, 2012, 3:36 pm
  • Kinda hard to blame CC there. He gave up a few singles and then was forced to walk a poor hitter to pitch to one of the better homerun hitters in the game with the bases loaded.
    That one’s ALL on Girardi. What an unadulteratedly stupid move.

    AndrewYF April 6, 2012, 3:36 pm
  • The mlbtv app looks great.. but it seems like it is about 30 seconds behind the feed you’re watching, krueg.

    attackgerbil April 6, 2012, 3:37 pm
  • > What an unadulteratedly stupid move
    Andrew, impossible as it sounds, you are understating things.

    attackgerbil April 6, 2012, 3:38 pm
  • ARod’s on with a double.

    attackgerbil April 6, 2012, 3:38 pm
  • Oh, and thanks gerb for the leadoff stats…
    I hate the IBB in the 1st too Andrew, but Joe didn’t put the previous two guys on nor did he give up a freaking grand slam.

    IronHorse (YF) April 6, 2012, 3:39 pm
  • Leadoff double by AROD!!!
    There we go.
    Then Tex gets nailed?
    1st and 2nd, no outs…COME ON YANKEES!!!!

    krueg April 6, 2012, 3:39 pm
  • Teixeira is ball MAGNET.

    attackgerbil April 6, 2012, 3:39 pm
  • I couldn’t find the words. That’s Jeff Weaver in Game 4 stupid.

    AndrewYF April 6, 2012, 3:40 pm
  • Productive out Swish. Moved the runners!
    1 out, 2nd and 3rd.
    Ibanez. Make an impression.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 3:41 pm
  • RAUL! RBI groundout and Tex to 3rd…
    1-4.
    Come on Muscle!!!!

    krueg April 6, 2012, 3:42 pm
  • There we go, boys.

    attackgerbil April 6, 2012, 3:42 pm
  • WILD PITCH WALK LET’S TEX SCORE!!!!
    2-4
    Come on Gardner!!!!

    krueg April 6, 2012, 3:44 pm
  • Gardner singles…
    1st and 2nd, 2 outs for Jeter!!!!
    COME ON JETER!!!!

    krueg April 6, 2012, 3:45 pm
  • IH: here’s a direct link to Jeter’s career 1st/any leadoff stats. The numbers are really, really good.

    attackgerbil April 6, 2012, 3:47 pm
  • Walked the bases loaded.
    Curtis.
    Bring it.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 3:48 pm
  • whoops… linkaged.

    attackgerbil April 6, 2012, 3:48 pm
  • Horrible looking three-pitch K for Curtis.
    That was really ugly.
    2-4.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 3:49 pm
  • Lou’s commentary is charming about as long as Wilford Brimley’s would be. 15 seconds or so.

    attackgerbil April 6, 2012, 3:49 pm
  • Granderson looked lost against Shields.

    attackgerbil April 6, 2012, 3:50 pm
  • Did I mention ARod looks slick?

    attackgerbil April 6, 2012, 3:54 pm
  • His knee, built by tireless German safety engineers who crash test over one thousand knees a year, is paying immediate dividends.

    attackgerbil April 6, 2012, 3:56 pm
  • Nice bounce back 1-2-3 inning for CC…with a K.
    More runs now please.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 3:58 pm
  • Thanks for link. I gotta get back to work but happy to see the Yanks hit right back. Now, can CC find the zone…

    IronHorse (YF) April 6, 2012, 3:59 pm
  • Lou is the reason I am a Yankee fan. My mother was in love with him and was therefore a Yankee fan. I watched Yankee games with her.
    Thanks Lou!

    krueg April 6, 2012, 3:59 pm
  • Sabathia with a nice reaction to deal with a come-backer. That’s always simply amazing to me.

    attackgerbil April 6, 2012, 3:59 pm
  • Cano makes it look so so easy.

    attackgerbil April 6, 2012, 4:01 pm
  • Leadoff single by Cano…
    Then ARod follows up with another single…
    1st and 3rd with no outs.
    COME ON TEX!!!!

    krueg April 6, 2012, 4:01 pm
  • Did I mention ARod…

    attackgerbil April 6, 2012, 4:02 pm
  • Tex popped up to the infield.
    Sigh.
    Swish?

    krueg April 6, 2012, 4:03 pm
  • CANO SLIDES HOME SAAAAAAAFE!!!!!
    3-4.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 4:06 pm
  • RAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUULLLLLLL GOES DEEP!!!!!!!!
    6-4!!!!!!!!!!!!
    That was awesome!!!!!!

    krueg April 6, 2012, 4:08 pm
  • That run was borne purely of Cano’s aggressiveness on the basepaths.
    But it doesn’t matter! Rauuuuuuul!

    AndrewYF April 6, 2012, 4:09 pm
  • All good things Andrew, all good things…

    krueg April 6, 2012, 4:10 pm
  • Another single for Gardner! Of the 2-out variety…

    krueg April 6, 2012, 4:11 pm
  • That was a fun inning.
    6-4 after 3.
    Time to lock it down CC!

    krueg April 6, 2012, 4:13 pm
  • lunch is over.. back to work. Enjoy the game, folks.

    attackgerbil April 6, 2012, 4:14 pm
  • That sucked.
    6-5.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 4:18 pm
  • Man CC is struggling…

    krueg April 6, 2012, 4:20 pm
  • Limited the damage.
    6-5 after 4.
    More runs. Again. Please.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 4:24 pm
  • Granderson. Nothing.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 4:27 pm
  • Another hit for Cano…

    krueg April 6, 2012, 4:27 pm
  • ARod walks…
    1st and 2nd with 1 out for Tex.
    Come on Tex. Keep it going dude.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 4:30 pm
  • Tex’s bat looks slow.
    He just missed a meaty fastball. Fouled it off.
    Come on Tex.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 4:31 pm
  • Tex down looking.
    Man. We need you this year Tex. You are better than .240.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 4:33 pm
  • Swinging bunt by Swish…bases loaded.
    2 outs.
    Raul. Again please?

    krueg April 6, 2012, 4:33 pm
  • Ground out.
    Nothing.
    3 LOB.
    Can CC get anyone out?

    krueg April 6, 2012, 4:36 pm
  • LEADOFF WALK.
    Time to go to the bullpen soon.
    I don’t think CC could pitch worse than this on Opening Day.
    Vomit.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 4:40 pm
  • K.
    That was big.
    Need a DP here.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 4:41 pm
  • GREAT sliding catch by Swish…almost doubled the dude off first.
    2 outs.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 4:42 pm
  • HUGE K!
    No runs that inning.
    6-5 after 4 innings.
    We need more runs. Now.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 4:46 pm
  • Muscle K’s.
    1 out.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 4:49 pm
  • Gardner lines out.
    That’s 2.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 4:52 pm
  • 1-2-3 5th.
    Not good.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 4:53 pm
  • CC is getting worked again…
    2nd and 3rd with 1 out…
    Pena up.
    Really need a K.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 5:00 pm
  • K.
    2 outs.
    1 more CC. COME ON CC!!!!!

    krueg April 6, 2012, 5:03 pm
  • AROD SNAGS A LINER!!!!! 3 outs.
    Whew.
    6-5 after 5. CC held the lead through 5. Somehow.
    Now we need a couple more runs and a solid bullpen debut.
    LET’S GO YANKEES!!!!

    krueg April 6, 2012, 5:05 pm
  • Weak liner by Curtis.
    Not a good day for him.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 5:08 pm
  • 2 quick, easy outs.
    ARod?

    krueg April 6, 2012, 5:09 pm
  • 3 outs.
    Doughnut.
    CC or bullpen?

    krueg April 6, 2012, 5:12 pm
  • HUGE PLAY BY GARDNER!!! Guns down Jennings trying to stretch a double…3 outs. No damage for CC.
    MORE RUNS NOW!!!!
    6-5 after 6.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 5:19 pm
  • Come on Tex!

    krueg April 6, 2012, 5:21 pm
  • Looked like a bad call on the last play. Dude was safe at second. It was close but he was safe.
    OH WELL. We’ll take it.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 5:21 pm
  • Tex walks.
    Bring it Swish!!!

    krueg April 6, 2012, 5:22 pm
  • Thanks for the commentary krueg – I’m not watching but am enjoying following here. Rough one for CC today and seems like the defense has come up pretty big. I’ll take a battle of the bullpens with any team this year as long as Soriano, Robertson, and Mo are healthy. Boone Logan? Not so much…

    IronHorse (YF) April 6, 2012, 5:23 pm
  • Swish lined out to left.
    1 out.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 5:26 pm
  • Anytime IH. Anything for you big guy.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 5:26 pm
  • Raul lined out.
    2 outs.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 5:28 pm
  • Another pitching change for the Rays…some other dude I’ve need heard of.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 5:30 pm
  • Muscle singles through Eva Longoria!!!
    1st and 2nd, 2 outs for Gardner…
    COME ON BRETT!!!!

    krueg April 6, 2012, 5:31 pm
  • UGH…another pitching change…

    krueg April 6, 2012, 5:31 pm
  • Gardner walks.
    Bases loaded.
    2 outs.
    Jeter.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 5:36 pm
  • That’s twice we got NOTHING from the bases loaded.
    Not good.
    Not good at all.
    Bullpen time. 1 run lead.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 5:40 pm
  • Soriano time.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 5:41 pm
  • K.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 5:45 pm
  • Longoria.
    Walk him.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 5:45 pm
  • Give him nothing.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 5:45 pm
  • Walked him.
    Better than a HR.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 5:46 pm
  • Luke Scott is pinch hitting.
    The ignorant redneck that he is.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 5:47 pm
  • SWEET double played turned on the snag by Tex!!!!
    Nice work Soriano!!!
    6-5 after 7!

    krueg April 6, 2012, 5:50 pm
  • Horrible day for Granderson.
    0-5.
    Vomit.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 5:54 pm
  • 2 quick outs.
    Cano pops out on the first pitch.
    Vomit.
    Pitching change.
    Vomit.
    ARod up.
    Please? Hit the ball?

    krueg April 6, 2012, 5:55 pm
  • ARod walks.
    Tex?

    krueg April 6, 2012, 6:00 pm
  • Tex JUST misses a HR foul…FUCK!!!

    krueg April 6, 2012, 6:07 pm
  • Walked him. NICE.
    COME ON SWISH!!!!!! SINGLE BABY!!!!!

    krueg April 6, 2012, 6:08 pm
  • Nothing. K.
    Robertson.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 6:13 pm
  • HUGE K.
    1st and 3rd with 1 out still.
    Need a DP. Bad.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 6:24 pm
  • K on the foul bunt…
    2 outs.
    They were trying to squeeze. Weird. Molina can’t bunt.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 6:28 pm
  • Robertson pitches in and out of trouble like always…
    2 straight K’s.
    Going to the 9th.
    6-5

    krueg April 6, 2012, 6:31 pm
  • Raul grounds out.
    1 out.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 6:36 pm
  • Muscle fails to run out an infield single.
    2 outs.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 6:38 pm
  • Enter.
    Sandman.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 6:41 pm
  • depression.

    attackgerbil April 6, 2012, 7:50 pm
  • CC gives up a slam, Yanks strand a village on the basepads, and Mo blows the save. We can only go up from here, right?

    IronHorse (YF) April 6, 2012, 9:41 pm
  • Looked just like last year. Left an army on base. Zero clutch hits.
    Sigh.

    krueg April 6, 2012, 11:19 pm

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