Game 40: Yankees vs. Reds

May 19, 2012, 1:05 p.m. ET, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, N.Y.
TV / Radio: YES, WCBS 880 AM

It’s a gorgeous Saturday afternoon in the Bronx, not a cloud in the sky and temperatures in the 70s, as the Yankees and Reds meet for the second game of this three-game series. Ivan Nova and Homer Bailey comprise the pitching matchup for this one, as Nova comes back from a sprained right ankle. Freddy Garcia and David Phelps are on standby just in case there are any problems, but the Yankees are expecting that Nova will get through just fine.

Here are today’s lineups:

REDS (19-19)
Chris Heisey LF
Drew Stubbs CF
Joey Votto 1B
Brandon Phillips 2B
Jay Bruce RF
Todd Frazier 3B
Mike Constanzo DH
Devin Mesoraco C
Wilson Valdez SS

Pitching: Homer Bailey RHP (1-3, 4.35)

YANKEES (21-18)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano DH
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Raul Ibanez RF
Nick Swisher 1B
Russell Martin C
Dewayne Wise LF
Jayson Nix 2B

Pitching: Ivan Nova RHP (4-1, 5.44)


Yet another bad start by a starter. This rotation is terrible Nova has been terrible this season, Hughes reverted back to his usual shaky self in his last outing, he was lucky he wasn’t blasted, Kuroda has been OK but gotta wonder how long he can keep it up, the same for Pettitte. CC is the only pitcher on this staff who comes closest to a guaranteed victory. These putrid starts have become way too common and right now I don’t see this staff being anywhere good enough to getting this team close to the playoffs when there are too many good teams in the AL East. If this team expects to make the playoffs its going to have to find a way to pull a trade of for at least two pitchers, especially if Nova can’t turn things around by the All Star break.


It’s the rotation that’s the main reason why Yankees rank only 21st in majors in pitching, they’ve also given up the second most HR’s in the AL.


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