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*.
|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|
|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|
138 replies on “Let’s Go: Yanks-Rays Gamer I”
Baseball!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So pleased :)
And great shot of the Iron Pony gerb :)
Thanks, IH. It felt pretty good clicking the “gamers/post mortems” checkbox again for the first time in so many months.
BOYS!!!! WE’RE BAAAAAAAAAACK!!!!!
LET’S GO YANKEES!!!!
Worked out, detailed and waxed my truck and now I am READY FOR SOME BASEBALL!!!!
Great picture AG…
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.
I will be streaming the game on the iPad today. Interested to see how that goes.
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.
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!!!!!
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:
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.
No “Imperial March”???
Here we go boys…
“If you don’t get goosebumps on opening day, you don’t belong in baseball, Michael.”
Wow… Sweet Lou is talking at me.
Okay, at first blush, mlb.tv on the iPad TOTALLY KICKS ASS.
We are underway! Underweigh! Underweight!
Whatever… Jeter takes ball one!
Leadoff single for the Captain!!!!!!
Jeter singles up the middle on a full count. Clap.. clap.. clap-clap-clap.
Curtis is staying alive, staying alive.
Granderson is fighting off pitches after falling behind. Hopefully it’s not ticking off Joe “game’s too slow” West.
Curtis drilled that one…right into the shift.
Let’s not do this all season again please.
Looks like Pena pulled his foot on the throw to first on that 6-3 DP.
1-2-3 first inning of the season.
First GIDP of the season.
20 pitches for Shields though.
Cano’s weak chopper 4-3 ends the first.
Lou’s assessment of Jennings: “Good athlete.”
How many “bad athletes” play at a Major-League level?
Leadoff walk for CC.
Had him 0-2.
Steve Balboni and Sal Fasano were questionable “athletes”…
Granderson made a nice running catch for the first out.
Come on CC.
Yankees suck chant! Sweet.
Nice play by Jeter to range to his right…make the long throw.
2nd and 3rd though…come on CC!
Hey now, Steve Balboni stole a base once.
IBB in the first inning????
Load the bases for Pena.
And Sal Fasano’s mustache alone benched 285.
CC can’t throw strikes…
I don’t like the IBB either.
3-1 count…bases loaded…
Did he forget to stop intentionally walking after four pitches? Nope.. there’s a pitch Pena should have killed.
You have got to be kidding me.
Wonderful way to start the season CC. Thanks.
Worst first inning ever?
leadoff hit followed by a fucking GIDP.
Then CC gets rocked for 4 runs.
Arod looked slick there.
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.
The mlbtv app looks great.. but it seems like it is about 30 seconds behind the feed you’re watching, krueg.
> What an unadulteratedly stupid move
Andrew, impossible as it sounds, you are understating things.
ARod’s on with a double.
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.
Leadoff double by AROD!!!
There we go.
Then Tex gets nailed?
1st and 2nd, no outs…COME ON YANKEES!!!!
Teixeira is ball MAGNET.
I couldn’t find the words. That’s Jeff Weaver in Game 4 stupid.
Productive out Swish. Moved the runners!
1 out, 2nd and 3rd.
Ibanez. Make an impression.
RAUL! RBI groundout and Tex to 3rd…
Come on Muscle!!!!
There we go, boys.
WILD PITCH WALK LET’S TEX SCORE!!!!
Come on Gardner!!!!
1st and 2nd, 2 outs for Jeter!!!!
COME ON JETER!!!!
IH: here’s a direct link to Jeter’s career 1st/any leadoff stats. The numbers are really, really good.
Walked the bases loaded.
Horrible looking three-pitch K for Curtis.
That was really ugly.
Lou’s commentary is charming about as long as Wilford Brimley’s would be. 15 seconds or so.
Granderson looked lost against Shields.
Did I mention ARod looks slick?
His knee, built by tireless German safety engineers who crash test over one thousand knees a year, is paying immediate dividends.
Nice bounce back 1-2-3 inning for CC…with a K.
More runs now please.
Thanks for link. I gotta get back to work but happy to see the Yanks hit right back. Now, can CC find the zone…
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.
Sabathia with a nice reaction to deal with a come-backer. That’s always simply amazing to me.
Cano makes it look so so easy.
Leadoff single by Cano…
Then ARod follows up with another single…
1st and 3rd with no outs.
COME ON TEX!!!!
Did I mention ARod…
Tex popped up to the infield.
CANO SLIDES HOME SAAAAAAAFE!!!!!
RAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUULLLLLLL GOES DEEP!!!!!!!!
That was awesome!!!!!!
That run was borne purely of Cano’s aggressiveness on the basepaths.
But it doesn’t matter! Rauuuuuuul!
All good things Andrew, all good things…
Another single for Gardner! Of the 2-out variety…
That was a fun inning.
6-4 after 3.
Time to lock it down CC!
lunch is over.. back to work. Enjoy the game, folks.
Man CC is struggling…
Limited the damage.
6-5 after 4.
More runs. Again. Please.
Another hit for Cano…
1st and 2nd with 1 out for Tex.
Come on Tex. Keep it going dude.
Tex’s bat looks slow.
He just missed a meaty fastball. Fouled it off.
Come on Tex.
Tex down looking.
Man. We need you this year Tex. You are better than .240.
Swinging bunt by Swish…bases loaded.
Raul. Again please?
Can CC get anyone out?
Time to go to the bullpen soon.
I don’t think CC could pitch worse than this on Opening Day.
That was big.
Need a DP here.
GREAT sliding catch by Swish…almost doubled the dude off first.
No runs that inning.
6-5 after 4 innings.
We need more runs. Now.
Gardner lines out.
CC is getting worked again…
2nd and 3rd with 1 out…
Really need a K.
1 more CC. COME ON CC!!!!!
AROD SNAGS A LINER!!!!! 3 outs.
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!!!!
Weak liner by Curtis.
Not a good day for him.
2 quick, easy outs.
CC or bullpen?
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.
Come on Tex!
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.
Bring it Swish!!!
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…
Swish lined out to left.
Anytime IH. Anything for you big guy.
Raul lined out.
Another pitching change for the Rays…some other dude I’ve need heard of.
Muscle singles through Eva Longoria!!!
1st and 2nd, 2 outs for Gardner…
COME ON BRETT!!!!
UGH…another pitching change…
That’s twice we got NOTHING from the bases loaded.
Not good at all.
Bullpen time. 1 run lead.
Give him nothing.
Better than a HR.
Luke Scott is pinch hitting.
The ignorant redneck that he is.
SWEET double played turned on the snag by Tex!!!!
Nice work Soriano!!!
6-5 after 7!
Horrible day for Granderson.
2 quick outs.
Cano pops out on the first pitch.
Please? Hit the ball?
Tex JUST misses a HR foul…FUCK!!!
Walked him. NICE.
COME ON SWISH!!!!!! SINGLE BABY!!!!!
1st and 3rd with 1 out still.
Need a DP. Bad.
K on the foul bunt…
They were trying to squeeze. Weird. Molina can’t bunt.
Robertson pitches in and out of trouble like always…
2 straight K’s.
Going to the 9th.
Raul grounds out.
Muscle fails to run out an infield single.
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?
Looked just like last year. Left an army on base. Zero clutch hits.