Game Thread (and Soriano news) | Game 47 | Yankees vs. Blue Jays | Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Late this afternoon, word came that Rafael Soriano was shut down with more elbow soreness (h/t RAB via Jerome Preisler) with no timetable for a return. Best. Signing. Ever.

Here’s tonight’s lineup against Ricky Romero, c/o LoHud:

Derek Jeter DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Russell Martin C
Nick Swisher RF
Brett Gardner LF
Eduardo Nunez SS

And on the hill, the Big Stoppa, CC Sabathia.

84 thoughts on “Game Thread (and Soriano news) | Game 47 | Yankees vs. Blue Jays | Tuesday, May 24, 2011

  1. Gotta love Russell Martin, he may turn out to be one of the best signing in the whole off-season. Obviously he has to remain healthy all year, and that’s a big IF, but he is on pace for a 20 HR-10 SB season. With production like that he would be guaranteed to come back next year, the only question would then be if he is more valuable to the team playing, or being a trade chip.

  2. Does anyone else find themselves being more critical of CC’s starts this year? I guess with the looming 2-3 year extension it’s almost a feeling of needing to be even better to deserve it. Which I guess on one hand isn’t fair to him, but I guess you can’t be too unfair to a guy about to throw away a 90 million dollar contract for a 140-160 million dollar deal.

  3. Romero really has the look of a young CC out there, obviously he isn’t as physically big, but the stuff is very similar. He seems to have a better understanding of the changeup at this age than CC did however, and CC threw a little bit harder when he first came up.

  4. Tying run on base. At least when they get the tying run on base, there are interesting at bats.

  5. I really don’t understand Jeter DHing. He’s 8th out of 11 qualified SS in OPS. They don’t have anybody who can provide more offense from DH than him (and Posada)?

  6. If Cano gets on here, they’ll have the tying run on base again.

  7. He got a hit! Another interesting at bat coming up. And there are two outs, so no one can hit into a double play.

  8. If they can get through the top of the ninth without giving up any runs, all the at bats in the bottom of the 9th will be interesting.

  9. This team doesn’t score in the late innings, especially the 9th.

    Maybe Gardner can work a walk to start it off.

  10. I probably would have, since Toronto wouldn’t bring in a lefty.

  11. Oh my God! Just hearing the words “Posada’s going for two” almost brought on a heart attack.

    OK, two shots to get a single. (Piunch runner, I assume.)

  12. A run! A run! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa-hoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

  13. I recall a lot of us being called ‘sabergeeks’ when we tried to explain about babip and sample size.

    The BP got a much needed day off. great Job CC

  14. I think Granderson has a real shot at an MVP if he can continue to rake. Being the best, and most consistent player on the team throughout all these hard times should come up big in the voting.

  15. What a game… Plenty of peaks and valleys, but lets not forget Martin’s HR early that let us get to this point!

  16. 2001- regular season-180 innings/ 6 playoff innings
    2002- regular season-210 innings/ no playoffs
    2003- regular season-197 innings/ no playoffs
    2004- regular season-188 innings/ no playoffs
    2005- regular season-196 innings/ no playoffs
    2006- regular season-193 innings/ no playoffs
    2007- regular season-241/ 15.1 playoff innings
    2008- regular season-253/ 3.2 playoff innings
    2009- regular season-230/ 36.1 playoff innings
    2010- regular season-238/ 16 playoff innings

    That is a total of 2,203 total big league innings in 10 years, plus the 75 innings he has pitched this season. That is an average of 244 innings per year.

  17. Great game, and good conversation in this thread as well, well done. A satisfying comeback to be sure. It’s hard to imagine Swisher’s option not getting picked up unless he is this bad for the rest of the season, but that seems unlikely to me.