Game 22: Keep the Ball on the Ground

Given the Yankees luck with injuries thus far, many were left incredulous at the sight of Nick Swisher being helped off the field yesterday – particularly those of us who remembered the groin woes that sidelined Swisher for a portion of Spring Training. Thankfully, the jovial slugger isn’t likely to miss more than a week or so, per Girardi – though Swisher is eying a Thursday return date, perhaps with the hopes that a strong performance will result in a buffet of succulent Kansas City barbecue.

On tonight’s pessimistic agenda, however, we see the corner outfield positions manned by Eduardo Nunez – he of 18.1 professional innings in the outfield – and Raul Ibanez (whose mere presence in the outfield may well be a violation of Hiroki Kuroda’s human rights). The pragmatist in me suggests that Nunez’s speed and strong arm will be an asset in the outfield, and I do think that some folks in the know must have a fair bit of confidence in his abilities to toss him to the wolves like this. Moreover, even the most casual viewer has noticed that Nunez tends to rush his mechanics in the infield, perhaps at the sight of the runner tearing down the line … the ability to “relax,” comparatively speaking, and be involved in fewer plays may be a boon for all parties. Here’s hoping.

Baltimore Orioles New York Yankees
Nolan Reimold, LF Derek Jeter, SS
J.J. Hardy, SS Curtis Granderson, CF
Nick Markakis, RF Alex Rodriguez, DH
Adam Jones, CF Robinson Cano, 2B
Matt Wieters, C Mark Teixeira, 1B
Chris Davis, 1B Raul Ibanez, RF
Wilson Betemit, 3B Eric Chavez, 3B
Mark Reynolds, DH Russell Martin, C
Robert Andino, 2B Eduardo Nunez, LF
Jason Hammel, SP Hiroki Kuroda, SP


The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM on YES – let’s go Yankees!

Domenic is a staff writer for It's About the Money, and the host of the It's About the Yankees Stupid podcast. By day, he is a mild-mannered real estate attorney on Long Island.

73 thoughts on “Game 22: Keep the Ball on the Ground

  1. Professor Longnose

    Cha me some vez!

    • smurfy

      Raul thinks, Man, shucks, I hit it that hard. Gotta get a little elevation next time.

      • Professor Longnose

        He should be thinking, “How much could I get for this glove on eBay?”

        • smurfy

          ML outfielders glove. Perfect condition. Sure it works perfect.

  2. Phil C

    He may be fast, but he can’t run to home on a SF.

    • Professor Longnose

      Can’t be worse than Damon.

  3. Professor Longnose

    Oh, fer Pete’s sake. Jones! Jones!

    • smurfy

      well, that was one run (and a bit of fun). Wyll Raul’s lefty bat count for more than such?

      • Professor Longnose

        Over the course of a season, his bat will not produce a run a game. But his defense might give up a run a game.

        • smurfy

          Yeah, but Joe says, we take it one day at a time.

  4. Phil C

    I’m having too follow on Gameday. However, Direct TV is running some free stations so I get to watch the Caps vs Rangers. Weird watching a hockey game when it’s mid-80s. I’ll check in from time-to-time and read your comments.

    • Professor Longnose

      It’s mid-80s? Where are you? We broke 60 today, and it was beautiful for a few hours, but cold in the morning.

      • smurfy

        that’s what I was thinking: weird enough to be in the mid-80′s.

        • Phil C

          I’m in Houston. Hate the weather here.

          • smurfy

            lemme guess: oily accounting

  5. Professor Longnose

    Outs: 1. Style points: 0.

    • smurfy

      oh, man! that was beautiful, inan unconventional, dontknowwhatinthehell you’re doing kinda way.

      • Professor Longnose

        Oh, yeah. I take outs over style points any day.

  6. smurfy

    Kuroda looks good, giving me a warm feeling about this game. (Hijinks included.)

    • Professor Longnose

      Three innings, one run, gotta take it.

  7. So, Cano should’ve crushed that pitch that ended the third, no?

    • smurfy

      he got screwed up in his swing, kinda. Powerful swing, but he twisted inside too much, I guess just to adapt to a slider.

    • Professor Longnose

      Missed it.

      When do you figure Cano will start getting hot?

  8. Professor Longnose

    Nunez’s problems have mostly been throwing, no? So maybe can play the outfield.

  9. smurfy

    that’s an awful ugly name for such a pretty bird. Sounds like a spider mutant.

    • Professor Longnose

      Yeah, it does!

      • smurfy

        says proud, but mean, poppa.

  10. smurfy

    Oh, the ballet we have! Raul almost, almost, not yet, made a beauty. Nuney pretty well did.

  11. smurfy

    Chinese fire drill. Robbie had to scatter when Jete no flip, he take.

  12. 2-1 Yanks so far so good.

    • smurfy

      Hammels has loosened up, and is flying right.

      • Professor Longnose

        Lot of pitches, though.

    • Professor Longnose

      Kuroda looking good.

  13. smurfy

    Ataboy, Tex, that gets us going in a positive direction.

    • Professor Longnose

      That line drive had promise. But it lied.

      • smurfy

        that one will do. Maybe lefties is a great idea.

  14. smurfy

    Tex! That’s some handsome flaggin’!

    Then Nuney wants to catch it sitting down.

  15. smurfy

    ooop – Somebody stepped on the rally.

    • Professor Longnose

      I don’t see what Ibanez is contributing. He’s a butcher in the outfield, his OBP is .302–against right-handed pitching overwhelmingly–and he’s slugging .450-ish. There’s gotta be somebody better.

      • smurfy

        was a weird choice to me. They gotta be counting on him getting his swing tuned for the short porch. Joe decided, probably, that Hammels is harder on righties. Shame he is fielding-impaired.

  16. smurfy

    boy, that was some dicey good luck. Kuroda should have been outa there.

    • Professor Longnose

      He wasn’t getting pounded.

      • smurfy

        I saw something in the 6th. (Foul homer; Lineout to short; long drive to dead center.). I didn’t want him to come out for the 7th.

  17. smurfy

    Nice catch ‘n’ tag, Captain NervesofSteel.

    • Professor Longnose

      Gunned down the Icterid.

  18. smurfy

    Hammel stole Ivan’s tight slider that drops in on lefties.

  19. smurfy

    Kuroda twice tickled the outside corner on Reynolds, and he took. The ump each time slowly, gingerly raised a finger.

    • Professor Longnose

      Let’s get rid of the umpires and let all disputed calls be settled by rock-paper-scissors.

  20. David Robertson is awesome.

    • Professor Longnose

      Totally.

      • smurfy

        er, I thirds the motion.

  21. smurfy

    whew! glad to see Reimold sit down. He looked dangerous.

  22. smurfy

    I haven’t seen the radar gun. What speed is Hiroki-san getting on his fastball?

    • Professor Longnose

      I wasn’t looking. Have to wait until he gets back out there.

  23. smurfy

    Time for the rally! Good on, Robbie! Come on, Tex.

    • Professor Longnose

      Well, OK, if you insist.

  24. Professor Longnose

    Thank you, Betemit!

  25. smurfy

    Thanks, Mr. Benemit. The gift that keeps on giving.

  26. Professor Longnose

    That pitch from Kiroda was 91 mph.

  27. smurfy

    Time for that call to the bullpen.

  28. Professor Longnose

    Nice K!

  29. smurfy

    Tex’s stretch again saves the day, or Russell’s throw meant 2 runs.

    • Professor Longnose

      Yeah. Not a great throw.

  30. Professor Longnose

    OUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUT!

    • smurfy

      nice call!

  31. Professor Longnose

    I liked the backhand flip by Martin.

  32. smurfy

    Glad that Dave didn’t fool aroung so much with Andino. When he got 2 strikes on Reynolds, he wasted a couple pretty rediculous worm burners.

  33. smurfy

    pop one, Curtis!

    ah, about 301 and a half feet short.

    • Professor Longnose

      Missed it by that much.

  34. smurfy

    Mo can break ‘em in, or off the end.

  35. smurfy

    Nice dp, boys! Robbie’s overhand throw was a brave, good one, and Jeter’s snag was elixir, game-winning variety.

  36. smurfy

    If you’re jumping off for slumberland, see you later, Professor.

    • Professor Longnose

      Good night. A nice pitching duel.

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