Game 41: Yankees vs. Reds

May 20, 2012, 1:05 p.m. ET, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, N.Y.
TV / Radio: YES, WCBS 880 AM

The Yankees will go for the series victory this afternoon behind CC Sabathia on what is another lovely day in the Bronx, temperatures in the 70s and mostly clear skies. There’s a breeze whipping the flags from left field to right field, but otherwise it’s quite pleasant here.

Sabathia is trying to bounce back from a rough outing last time out in Baltimore when he allowed a season-high eight hits and took the loss in a 5-2 decision against the Orioles, the first time in five starts he hadn’t completed eight innings. Sabathia walked a season-high four in that start as well, so he and “not” personal catcher Chris Stewart will try to get that back on track today.

The Reds give the ball to right-hander Johnny Cueto, who is making his third career start against the Yankees. The 26-year-old beat the Bombers last June 22 in Cincinnati, pitching the second game of a doubleheader that was created by a phantom rainout (I remember looking out the window at 8 p.m. on the rainout day and seeing perfectly clear skies). Cueto lasted just four innings in his last start on May 15 at Atlanta, permitting eight hits and six runs (five earned).

Here are today’s lineups:

REDS (20-19)
Chris Heisey LF
Drew Stubbs CF
Joey Votto 1B
Brandon Phillips 2B
Jay Bruce RF
Ryan Ludwick DH
Todd Frazier 3B
Ryan Hanigan C
Zack Cozart SS

Pitching: Johnny Cueto RHP (4-1, 1.89)

YANKEES (21-19)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Raul Ibanez DH
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 1B
Dewayne Wise LF
Chris Stewart C

Pitching: CC Sabathia LHP (5-1, 3.77)


With you Yankmeister. Is anyone listening? Does anyone in Yankee management ever read these comments? Do they care to read them? Or is it just the fans venting with no one listening? How bad does this have to get before something drastic is done? Old George if he were still alive would not be silent at this point. He’d have blown his stack by now.


A lot of this team’s problems falls on Crashmans’s shoulders. He didn’t feel this team needed to be upgraded and pretty, much left the team as is from last season, the very same team that failed miserably to get past the first round of the playoffs. The only thing I would ask Crashmans’s is “How’s that idea working out for you? ” Especially with the likes of Garcia flaming out so badly and Hughes looking as bad as he did last season.

Other teams in the AL East have better talent than the Yanks and they don’t do anything to improve themselves? Sheeeeesh!!!How insane is that? Don’t look for help the Yankee farm system either in terms of pitching or hitting, but look for trades by this team to be made.


The Yankees are consistent. They are consistently awful and consistently don’t get risp to the plate. That kind of consistency we don’t need or want.


|What is the definition of Yankee insanity? Putting basically the same players on the field day after day and expecting a different result. It ain’t going to happen. Sure there have been a few injuries but not nearly as many as some teams who are still winning in spite of injuries. Injuries are a part of the game. Other guys have to step up. That’s not happening with the Yankees this year. Would Gardner in the lineup make a big difference? I don’t think so. Nunez in the lineup? We’ve tried that. Are there no players in the system ready to come to the major league team and make a difference? If not, it says something about our minor league system and what we are producing, or rather not producing. We pay these guys big dollars and we are forced to play them every day simply because they’ve signed the big contracts even if they aren’t producing. With all the brains in the Yankee system can nobody find a solution to this free fall the Yankees are in? Girardi says, “Well at least we aren’t 10 games behind the first place team!” Yeh, keep losing to teams like the Reds and it won’t be long before you are 10 games behind and more.


I think all the Yankee fans are disgusted and angry over what this team is not doing. The hitting is terrible especially with risp. Too many games under 3 runs. If they don’t score 4 or more they are in real trouble, but how many games this year have they scored 4 or more. Very few obviously. Do they need to bring a few prospects up from the minors to jump start the team and give some of the veterans a kick in the @ss? The team lacks creativity and energy and confidence. They talk about having confidence still but it sure doesn’t show it on the field. This team will be buried in the AL east pretty soon and too far back to get into the playoffs. They won’t even be a wild card with teams like the Orioles and the Rays and the Jays and eventhe Red Sox who are putting a string of wins together. Are the players getting the messsage from the fans? Is the manager? He talks big and proud and calm but is he delusional? This team is no good, hitting or starting pitching. Even CC can’t win games any more. He is the ace. The only one now on top of his game is Andy Petitte at 39. Tex & Arod are way past their prime and we signed a long term deal with both of these guys for a pile of money. Someone in managerment has to find a way to light a fire under this team and soon1


Allow me please to vent. I am utterly disgusted with this unipired, boring baseball. Yankees cannot hit when they need to, cannot pitch when they need to and cannot field when they need to. To lose yesterday’s game without a full comeback, and then CC allowing a BASES-LOADED-FREAKING walk for the go ahead run – in the VERY INNING after they scored two runs – is unfreakingacceptible. I am trying to remember the last time the Yankees put a string of wins together with some BIG hits, and I cannot.

Since 2009, Arod has done very little, Tex is declinging, Swisher is average, and without Cano and Granderson, we would be a last place team.

What the hell is going on?

Yes, I know that the Yanks tend to fall like this in May. But, in essence, because they rely on the HR, and very little else, they lose games which they should most definiely be winning. How many times has Sterling had to say about the Yankee having “no kick” coming to them if they lose the game with multiple opportunities. Remember, Yanks lost in the post season because of lack of HITTING.

Am I the only one here? We are in the bottom of the ninth against Chapmen. Does anyone believe the Yankees could score a couple to win, and now three to tie? I don’t.


Let’s face it folks this season ended on the warning track in Kansas City a few weeks ago. This team is BAD and I do NOT care if Casey were managing it they are a one dimensional team (hit HR’s) with a fundamentally BAD starting rotation, except CC. There are some players who are WAY overpaid and producing NOTHING. Injuries are part of the game and when you put a starting team out there with VERY little offense the results are perdictable. It is going to be a long season for Yankee fans.


The Yankee pitching and hitting staff is so mismanaged they will be lucky to be a .500 team at the end of the year. Pitchers who are left in to long and hitters that wouldnt make a local little league team. I think before it is to late the who coaching and managing staff must be fired. We do have some good players but they are being misused.

I dont want to hear the bullcrap that so many are out with injuries. We have more then enough good players that are mishandled.


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