Game 51-Sweepless in Seattle

Yanks have the big guy going this afternoon, trying to salvage a game against the suddenly hot Mariners, who are winners of 9 of their past 10 games. After playing two close games in what looked like pitching mismatches against the Yanks on paper, the Yanks are the one with the mismatch in their favor today. The Mariners are throwing journeyman lefty Jason Vargas, who’s having a nice year but is tailor made for the Yankee bats. Soft tossing, back of the rotation type starter whose mistakes should get crushed.  Doesn’t miss many bats (career 5.71 k/9) and gives up his share of long balls (career 1.08 HR/9 IP). Though as Nick Swisher will be the first to tell you, this ballpark and defensive outfield will take a few long balls away from you as well. CC has a career record of 9-4 with a 2.58 ERA facing the Mariners, and is 7-1 with a 2.20 ERA in Safeco Field. No excuses today.

Here’s your lineup, as usual courtesy of the fine folks over at LoHud:

Derek Jeter DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones LF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Francisco Cervelli C

With a soft tossing Lefty on the mound, you’re going to get Cervelli behind the dish. Here’s why, so get used to it. The last thing we need is Martin running out of gas by September.

0 thoughts on “Game 51-Sweepless in Seattle

  1. Why are we on a stretch of such good pitching out west? Pineda, Hernandez, Cahill, Gio Gonzlaez, can’t we get a few Javier Vazquez’s.

  2. Great block. Damn him! Thems the breaks though, even not hitting Chone can still field.

  3. I don’t remember Robbie ever being so active on the base paths before.

  4. 82 pitches for Vargas through 3. Were going to see a lot of the underbelly of the Seattle bullpen today, and its already 6-0.

  5. Is smoking really so bad in New York that there needs to be a commercial for it during every break?

  6. I’m just not getting into this game. Maybe it’s not enough to get the bad taste of the last two games out of my mouth. Or maybe I just need a nap after staying up until 2:30 this morning watching yesterday’s game.

  7. A few years ago, you would have NEVER doubled up Ichiro on a 1-2-3 DP. He’s definitely slowing down.

  8. Terrible base running… I thought it was gone too, but you can’t give away outs like that on the bags.

  9. I can’t believe people actually suggest firing Kevin Long, and half of the people who suggest it want it done to “send a message” to either the players or Girardi. The amount of what have you done for me lately with this team makes you wonder why anyone would want to play for the Yankees, if money is equal somewhere else.

  10. Cone says Jack Morris knew how to pitch to the score! That invalidates his mention of FIP!

  11. That’s an impressive AB by Smoak. Pitch was low and in, and he powered it out of the ballpark. That’s not easy to do. You see that much more from lefty batters than righties. They say he loves that pitch, but as a pitcher you have to feel like you made a good pitch and give him credit.

  12. Singy-“the Oakland A’s have a league leading TEAM ERA of 2.82”

    Damn. Its only 2 months into the season, but that’s still impressive.

  13. Another walk for Swish, I like it. When he’s going well, he takes plenty of BBs

  14. Great spike of the ball off home plate by Pena in the update replay!

  15. Ha! Love the mustache analysis.

    Singleton and Cone is my #1 and #2 in the same broadcast. That’s as good as it gets for me.

  16. June 10th is “Jorge Posada Figurine night”. They better hope they don’t get a rain out that night, he might not be around come August or September.

  17. SI_JonHeyman: At carpaccio in bal harbour, fla. Free drink to anyone who stops by. #poorhildebrand

    Oh my. Jon really has to stop this kind of stuff. Its embarrassing.