The Curse of Jerry Hairston, Jr./Eric Hinske:

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Yankees (78-66) @ Rays (72-74), Wednesday, 9/13/2017, 07:10p ET

Yankees: Jaime Garcia (L): (24.2 IP, 5.11 ERA, 1.4 RA-9 WAR) vs. Rays: Chris Archer (R): (182.1 IP, 4.00 ERA, 2.7 RA-9 WAR)

1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .258/.347/.424, 3.1 fWAR
2. Chase Headley (S) 1B .278/.358/.426, 2.2 fWAR
3. Gary Sanchez (R) DH .280/.349/.536, 4.0 fWAR
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .293/.327/.482, 3.6 fWAR
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .298/.334/.459, 1.3 fWAR
6. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .256/.339/.392, 1.0 fWAR
7. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .213/.353/.400, 2.4 fWAR
8. Clint Frazier (R) RF .239/.269/.469, -0.2 fWAR
9. Austin Romine (R) C .229/.283/.305, -0.4 fWAR
Team Total: 17.0 fWAR

1. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF .277/.338/.450, 2.4 fWAR
2. Lucas Duda (L) DH .198/.313/.532, 1.6 fWAR
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B .264/.318/.430, 2.4 fWAR
4. Logan Morrison (L) 1B .246/.352/.525, 3.2 fWAR
5. Steven Souza Jr. (R) RF .245/.351/.475, 3.4 fWAR
6. Adeiny Hechavarria (R) SS .247/.278/.395, 0.9 fWAR
7. Peter Bourjos (R) LF .228/.282/.389, 0.1 fWAR
8. Jesus Sucre (R) C .258/.295/.390, 0.7 fWAR
9. Danny Espinosa (S) 2B .313/.389/.313, -1.0 fWAR
Team Total: 13.7 fWAR

Jaime Garcia = do not need to watch.

--Posted at 10:10 am by SG / 96 Comments | - (0)


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Remember when this lineup was the tyger and not the lamb?

Otani is coming next year.

2 Is that good or bad for the Yankees? Could see either outcome.

Girardi wins the “Build the Worst Possible Lineup” challenge.  Kudos!

[3] No idea. The price tag is so low every club can afford him. The yanks have slightly more bonus money after some of the trades, but just as much as the Red Sox. It’s a seller’s market. Otani will be able to pick his spot. Hopefully the Yanks can leverage their relationships with guys like Matsui and Tanaka for the sales pitch, but who the hell knows how big a factor that would be.

4 With Judge a non factor, Bird hurt, Castro chasing more than ever and Gardy slumping he doesn’t have much to work with.

5 Getting him could be a bonanza or a disaster.

[5] Apparently he loves Darvish so people feel whoever lands Darvish can land Otani. Why Texas waited so long to trade Darvish, they were contemplating keeping him to become the Otani favorite.

Maybe the Yankees should move to Citi Field permanently?

If he goes to the NL he can only hit once every 5 or 6 days.  If he comes to the AL what if they want him to hit or pitch, not both? And in any case they probably wouldn’t want him DHing the day after or before a start.

Seen this movie. Will we score again?

Suzie “great at bat for Gary Sanchez,” he struck out. How great could that be?

[10] I mean, that is probably all part of the negotiating process, what he’ll be allowed to do on each side of the ball. It seems like teams willing to be creative and flexible would have a leg up. There was speculation at one point he could request to play the OF on days he isn’t pitching.

So the Yankees picked the 2nd inning today to score their run(s). At least they got more than one, but the chances of a 3-run lead holding up with Garcia on the mound don’t look good.

Tell Green to start warming up.

They can negotiate whatever they want but what happens when reality gets in the way?

Clint 0/2, 2Ks, 5 LOB could’ve done some damage there.

Why Clint is in back-to-back games is a Girardo mystery. Heck, 10-K’s on rehab in AA. Yet Tyler Austin, who is killing LHP’s, was on the bench last night.

Kiermaier is suddenly freaking Willie Mays.

Serling was just saying what a great 3b Todd is, he’s decent certainly not great.

Yankees very bad at finishing.

Girardo with the challenge, call reversed at first.

19 I wouldn’t mind them playing Clint in LF AND Austin at 1b last night, Snell very tough on LHBs.

They’re really done scoring for the day, aren’t they.

Good job Yankees. Is the Rays pen that much better than ours or are the Yankees just bad at hitting especially with RISP in a close game!

LOL They’ve got RISP Fail down to a science.

It’s Jaime Garcia, so he certainly isn’t owed shit, but it still seemed a bit harsh to take him out one out shy of qualifying for a possible win.

Last night and today so far SIX DIFFERENT Rays relievers, 6 innings, no hits, no runs.

Wait, the game is now?

Indians win again.

I remember years ago the Twins reeling off 15 wins in a row and people talking about it as an amazing streak.  I think that was the year they also won the WS.

The A’s won 20 straight 2002. They didn’t win the WS.

Green = Awesome

[29] Rays with the greatest bullpen in the history of bullpens. Not as if this is a constant with the Yankees offense. Wait ...

Seven IP, 6 different relievers, no runs, 1 hit, no walks. Truly pathetic. Only Clint even hit the ball hard.

Already Centerpiece has allowed more hits than 6 Rays.

And Friday 3 Texas relievers, all bad, 3 1/3 innings no hits.

Am I wrong or does Todd have limited range going to his right? Especially for a great defensive 3B.

Sac fly or a walk please Clint. Should’ve PH Holliday there or if not here. Clint 8 LOB.

I don’t mind Frazier getting the chance, but yeah, with Kratz (or multiple pinch-hitters if you want to just lose the DH), I wouldn’t have let Romine hit.

They’re really good at finding ways not to score.

I would’ve hit for Clint but with Judge, Holliday and Bird on the bench and Kratz to catch not hitting for Romine is inexcusable, total malpractice, beyond comprehension.

Clint with 10-K’s against AA pitching on rehab, so naturally Girardo starts him two straight games.

Beyond comprehension! Binder, not hitting for over anxious Clint who hates to walk is barely arguable but not hitting for Romine is as bad as it gets.

45 That and will not take a walk are reasons to hit for him. Romine is terrible is the reason to hit for him.

(17) He did hit that one ball hard to right. Might have been a HR at YS.

People think I’m wrong that Girardo needs to go?

[49] But they aren’t playing at YS. Maybe Girardo thinks they are? Hmmm.

Not good, Chappy. Now Yankee killing Hechavaria is up.

People think I’m wrong that Girardo needs to go?

Most importantly, the Yankees think that you’re wrong.

So sick of Chapman, good thing he’s gone soon.

I expected a far worse outcome after seeing “In play, run(s)”

Other than Green and DRob every Rays reliever is better than every Yankee reliever. Better than the best pen in history.

[53] So? And they have yet to offer him a new deal, hopefully ten was enough.

Had Torre done one-fourth of the dumb we get from Girardo this place would be on fire with Torre-hate. Some RHP’s usage (Scott Proctor), a RHP that was a dime a dozen, sent people off for years.

Win or lose this game is an embarrassment

Not a big fan of Girardi, BUT… how about Chapman and Betances simply pitch to their career numbers? This is not some random matchup fail that Girardi stumbled into. I liked that he pulled Betances after two outs. Because I would have gone nuts if he left him in and Betances blew it when he clearly has no command. Girardi didn’t exactly bring in Caleb Smith. He brought in his closer to get one out in the 8th. But the guy nearly shat the bed. If the argument is that Betances and Chapman should just be the 5th and 6th inning relievers, than I think this bullpen has more problems than Joe Girardi’s usage. Chapman isn’t going anywhere, so there’s no discussion needed. But is Betances going to bounce back in 2018? I’ve already given up on seeing an effective Betances for the rest of the season.

Most of the Torre-hate came from a number of unquestionably dumb decisions in the playoffs after ALCS 2003. Girardi hasn’t come close to doing anything as damaging or stupid as using Jeff Weaver in relief, for instance. This year hasn’t been Girardi’s best, but let’s not whitewash the stupidity that was post-dynasty Torre.

Had Torre done one-fourth of the dumb we get from Girardo this place would be on fire with Torre-hate.


Most of the Torre-hate came from a number of unquestionably dumb decisions in the playoffs after ALCS 2003. Girardi hasn’t come close to doing anything as damaging or stupid as using Jeff Weaver in relief, for instance. This year hasn’t been Girardi’s best, but let’s not whitewash the stupidity that was post-dynasty Torre.


The Weaver meme strikes again.

And the Scott Proctor use was a fire on RLYW.

Bringing in Weaver was 10x more dumb than leaving in Pedro. Don’t even talk to me about not bunting vs Schilling in 2004.

First and third, no outs - how will they manage to not score here?

Eh tu Gary?

I also think Girardo must go. Not saying someone is better. Just my own personal unproven theory that after 5-8 years its over. I wonder if Angel fans agree.

And more RISP Fail.

Were either of those strikes?

I would be fine with Girardi leaving, especially if he hooks back up with Jeter and Miami. But only so long as it’s Tony Pena replacing him. Dude deserves a managerial job.

I’ve said that (that Pena really needs another gig), but someone made the argument that it IS fair to note that he just abruptly quit the Royals in the middle of the season for no good reason. That’s gotta be a major strike against giving a guy another managing gig. “Are you going to quit if we lose some games?”

They even got a flyball, but not deep enough.

No team could be this bad, this is a near team wide choke.

[69] Not sure about Pena, but why not. Managers are hired to be fired.

Impressive work from the 3-4-5 hitters.

Sanchez and Didi two of our best hitters totally choking and Castro swinging at ball 4 and ball five. Didi and Castro both talented but far too willing to help out the opposing pitcher and maybe they shouldn’t be batting back to back for that reason. Meanwhile today TRO or Gardy are the two players I must want up with RISP and less than 2 outs.

Why wouldn’t opposing teams just walk the bases loaded and watch this team flail at home plate like some blind folded two-year old with zero muscle coordination for nine innings? It would be a guarantee shutout. I challenge the remaining teams on the schedule to adopt this innovative approach at run prevention.

Final score: 4-3 Rays. No way they win a 1-run game.

Final score: 4-3 Rays. No way they win a 1-run game.

You say that as if there’s even a smidge of doubt on all Yankees fans’ minds.

Walking a career 197 hitter, more choking.

Is it a situation where Chapman can only succeed if no one thinks he will do well?

Kevin “Willie Mays” Kiermaier up now.

Is the sky falling yet?

Like, “Oh, Chapman’s in. He’s been pitching well…oh crap.”

So it has to be, “Oh no, Chapman’s in. This is going to suck” and then he might do well.

And when was the last time Chapman or Betances induced a weak ground or GIDP? Seems like all they do is throw fastballs that either the hitters lay off on or simply hit it back up in the air.

He just needed that lack of faith to power him through. That’s why he walked the leadoff batter.

92 MPH slider, 102 MPH fastball - how is Chapman not one of the best relievers in the world?!

Most unimpressive win ever.

Two-of-three with pathetic hitting. Thanks, Rays.

But they have a fantastic pen.

Not hitting for Romine (or Clint)  ” because the guys in the game have a feel for the game and the other hitters Holliday, Judge, Bird or Austin are not used to pinch hitting.” How lame is that explanation?

If Binder goes I want a younger manager not wed to conventional wisdom and conversant in Sabre.

“Feel for the game”.  LOL Lame. Is Girardo the only guy that can get away with so much lame?

92 By that logic other than the pitcher nobody should EVER get pinch hit for.

This is an example of why I want him replaced. Once guys have years with a team they think they are smarter than everyone else. Arrogant may be the word. Time for him to go.

Since he HAS pinch-hit for Romine in other situations, I suspect it is more a case of them leading and him preferring not to bring Sanchez in to catch the sometimes wild Betances and Chapman coming up if he could avoid it. Then he came up with some nonsensical answer so he didn’t have to say that he didn’t want to go to Sanchez there.

He has another option at catcher.

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