Yankees meet the Blue Jays, north of the border

The Yankees and the Blue Jays are scheduled for their first meeting of the season this weekend up at Rogers Centre, and – not counting their Spring Training battles – the three-game showdown will offer the reassembled Yanks lineup their first up-close look at the Toronto squad, a club that was picked by many to run away with the American League East after leading the division in winter noise.

“We know they’re a team in our division and they’ve been a club that before their additions were tough to me,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “They have a lot of guys that hit the ball out of the ballpark, they added some speed and some defense, and they’ve added to their rotation. And the additions to the rotation is experienced guys; it’s not a bunch of young kids. I am curious to see what they look like.”

Here are the probable starters for the weekend series, with the corresponding links to previews and lineup information when available:

  • Friday 4/19: LHP Andy Pettitte (2-0, 1.20) vs. RHP Brandon Morrow (0-1, 4.60) — 7:07 p.m. ET, YES
  • Saturday 4/20: RHP Hiroki Kuroda (2-1, 2.87) vs. LHP Mark Buehrle (1-0, 7.31) — 1:07 p.m. ET, YES
  • Sunday 4/21: RHP Ivan Nova (1-1, 5.59) vs. RHP Josh Johnson (0-1, 6.91) — 1:07 p.m. ET, YES

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friggin bull pen. This is not good enough. Got to get better out of our bull pen than we have so far this season. Someone has to figure it out and fix it. We were worried about our starting rotation not our bull pen and now it looks like we’re getting strong starts and the bull pen is falling apart.

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What the hell is wrong with our bull pen so far this year? The starters have been getting the job done in most games. it’s our bull pen that has been letting us down. Girardi sends in Phelps again after he gave up 4 runs in extra innings to the Diamondbacks and lost the game. We only have 1 left handed pitcher in the bull pen which is not enough to get us through the season. Up 4-2 after Nova leaves and now we’re trailing 6-4. Not good enough. Sure we won the first two games of the series but only won yesterday on a bad play by the Jays in extra. In so many games this year the bull pen has screwed up a good pitching performance by the starter. The bull pen coach or someone on the coaching staff better figure this out quick.

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robert G. thanks for the onsite report. Watched it online and could see from what they were posting in K-Zone that Robertson was wild. I’ll put this performance for being rusty BUT he Robertson is like Joba, he pitches from behind. When you have confidence with your stuff and ability you THROW STRIKES. Nothing drives me crazier then when a reliever comes into the game with a lead and doesn’t throw strikes. Pitching from behind makes a .200 hitter into a HOFamer.

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Reblogged this on age10fanatics.

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Seeknay, I was at the game today. Kuroda pitched a great game up until Girardi removed him in the 8th. Score 3-0 for the Yankees. And they bring in Robertson who I don’t think has pitched much this year in later innings or any innings. He was awful. He couldn’t find the strike zone. He was behind on the hitters. he threw stuff that the Jays could hit. And before you know it all the good work Kuroda did for 8 innings goes out the window and we’re into late innings. We were fortunate to win this because of a bad throw by the Jays pitcher which allowed 2 runs. We pulled it out but no thanks to Robertson. Does he need more work to get better? He’s not the shut down guy Rivera is. I’d rather have Soriano in as closer. He keeps pretty calm and pitches smart. Trouble is he’s gone now and probably in his final year or two. But a pitcher with more experience I think would be a better option than Robertson. Hopefully he’ll get better as the year wears on. He just rears back and throws and he throws hard but not really smart. Anyway, we’ll take the win and move on.

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The caption reads that the bullpen couldn’t hold the 3-0 lead. NO David Robertson didn’t hold the 3-0 lead. Frankly I am NOT convinced this guy takes Mo’s place as a closer next year. Just does NOT have the closer mentality, in my opinion.

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Best part of this team: NO DRAMA!!!! They go out and play the game hard without DRAMA. Fact is, if I am Girardi, I’d be picking and choosing when Tex & Granderson play. I like this team, they are fun to watch.

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andy is the ace starter on this yankee team so far this season. A real confident and calming effect in the bull pen. Pitching not as fast maybe as he did but very smart. The old wily veteran. Reminds me of Mussina in his final years. And the retreads we picked up, the old experienced veterans are getting it done, the Hafner, the Wells, the Overbays. So far great pick ups and fill ins for the regulars and yet what will the regulars be able to contribute after coming back from serious injuries and being older. Maybe we’ll want to stay with Wells and Overbay and Youkillis and Hafner when it’s all over. And maybe Nunez will get it done at ss although I’d feel better with an experienced ss. Cervelli is getting it done so far with all the question marks around the catching this year.

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