Yankees return home to face division rivals

Coming off a 5-4 road trip, this kicks off an important stretch for the Yankees, who welcome the Blue Jays to town for a three-game series, immediately followed by a showdown with the Orioles.

After that, they’ll see the Jays in Toronto, welcome the Red Sox to town and then go head-to-head with the Rays. The Yankees won’t see a non-AL East opponent until July 3, when they visit the Twins.

“You don’t want to make too much of it, but it’s obviously an important period when you’re going to see the teams that we’re going to see,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “It’s a huge stretch against East Coast teams and we have a chance to make up ground and build distance between other teams and ourselves, which I think is really important.”

The Blue Jays might have dropped off some radars after they were winter darlings a year ago and failed to live up to the hype, but Girardi said that the Yankees never overlooked their neighbors to the north, who sit atop the American League East.

“You knew how dangerous they were offensively. They went through some injuries last year just like everybody else,” Girardi said. “Sometimes it’s hard to overcome those. They’ve had a pretty consistent rotation, for the most part, this year. They’ve had to some make changes, they’ve had some guys that have gotten out to great starts. But we knew that they were very talented.”

Here are the pitching matchups for the Toronto series:

Tues., 6/17 vs. Toronto
RHP Masahiro Tanaka (10-1, 2.02) vs. RHP Marcus Stroman (3-1, 5.18) 7:05 p.m. My9

Wed., 6/18 vs. Toronto
RHP Chase Whitley (2-0, 2.41) vs. LHP Mark Buehrle (10-3, 2.28) 7:05 p.m. YES

Thurs., 6/19 vs. Toronto
RHP David Phelps (2-4, 4.32) vs. RHP Drew Hutchison (5-4, 3.62) 7:05 p.m. YES

 

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Johnson can’t even bunt without hurting his hand. Ball off his fingers trying to bunt. The only way Johnson gets on base is just standing there at the plate and hope for a walk. I still can’t believe the Yankees haven’t traded him away yet or sent him down. They keep putting him out there and he’s hopeless at the plate. Has been all year. No other team wants him probably.

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Kelu hit and leaves game. Sizemore coming back up?

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The lineup needs to go back to featuring Gardner and Ellsbury (9-1 or 1-2) back to back. Enough of Jeter in between.

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As bad as this team is. We are right in the race for this division.

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Phelps being Phelps gives up home run and ties the game. He shouldn’t be a starter but who else have we got besides Warren? Yankees fault for not getting more runs in the 2nd. They should have come out of the second at least 4 runs up rather than 2. If you don’t take advantage of a pitcher when you get the chance it will come back to bite you later.

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bases loaded twice in the 2nd and only 1 run? Jeter looked bad at the three out of the strike zone pitches he swung at for a strike out with bases loaded. He isn’t Mr. Clutch any more. He usually doesn’t free swing at just anything but he did there.He isn’t the guy you want at the plate any more in clutch situations.

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With a win tonight, we’re all tight with Toronto in loss column.

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HEAD-Lee are both CRAPPY options, but jerseyjoe always has the option of marrying them.

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Bruce Billings could be called up to relieve Nuno.

We still have catching depth with Chez, Romine and Murphy in the minors. Any might be used in a Cliff Lee trade.

Bailey and Health Bell seem to be options for the bullpen at some point. Neither is that exciting.

This is how the Yankees rotation could look soon
Tanak
Lee
Whitley
Pineda
Kuroda

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Looks likeMr. Mediocrity is at it again. Billings is nothing but a scrub with an ERA near 5.00 right now. Absolutely no way are we going to see him any time soon, maybe September at the earliest. Bell has been horrible with an ERA near 5.00 as well. not likely we’ll be seeing him any time soon either with any luck.

Bailey? Really? He is still recovering from injury. Not expected to start pitching until September. What’s wrong with you? Try and keep up. Oh, that’s right you’re a Red Sox troll hoping to see this team fail.

This team’s starting rotation is most likely to look more like Sabathia, Tanaka, a FA pitcher (not named Lee), Kuroda, and Pineda, in no particular order, once this rotation returns to what passes as full health. At best Whitley will be in the bullpen or shipped back to the minors to get more experience as a starter, he has failed to go deep in games in all but two of his starts.

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People are quick to blame Cashman and compare him to GMs in Oakland and Tampa but what have those 2 teams won? Absolutely nothing and I doubt they make anywhere near the money the Yankees make each year either.

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People are quick to blame Crashman because he just SUCKS as a GM. No one compares Beane to Crashman, simply because Beane has been a much better GM than Crashman hands down. Beane has turned the A’s into a legit powerhouse with a deep pitching rotation that goes at least 7 pitchers deep. They could lose their staff ace and this team still hasn’t lost its stride. Beane has made clever, shrewd moves to get the talent he has and it’s paid off. The A’s are a threat to go deep in the playoffs every year,built on cheaper, lesser known players and a good minor league system.

Crashman on the other hand has turned vthe Yankees into a serious mess as he continues to load the roster with mediocre talent who are old and past their better days, and injury prone as well, talent that can’t be relied on to lead. The team into the playoffs Year after year he fails to identify good FA talent leaving the team full of holes.people will mistakenly give Crashman credit for WS titles in the 90’s and early 2000’s. Those weren’t teams he had put together, they we’re put together by someone else, so no props here!!! This team does have one title that can be directly attributed to him, but big deal, he has more years of failure than success. He’s failed with more than any other Gzm in baseball. Absolutely inexcusable

The minor league system has been a disaster for years turning out nothing but flop after flop for years. As a result this team currently has nothing to rely on out of its own system making it less self-reliant and turning to expensive FA’s.

If Crashman were in a small market like Oakland or Tampa, it’s highly unlikely he would have had a job for more than 3 years thanks Crashman for turning this once proud organization into the mess it currently is.

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Asia, I’ll be glad when Tanak wins tomorrow and you leave this board forever.
Tampa will never win anything but an occasional division. Oakland hasn’t made it to the WS in amost 30 years. Your argument are flawed so badly that they are completely worthless. Billy Beane and the Devil Rays get credit for fielding a good team without a payroll, trading away player once they can’t afford them. They don’t win. Your low budget teams are a detriment to the league and in the words of Hank Steinbrenner they need to be contracted.

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If John Clayton is right, Cash will thrive in Seattle.

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Beane SUCKS Asia

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HA!!!! I knew Latina couldn’t answer such a simple question.

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Go Yankees. F Oakland

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fortunately Tanaka doesn’t need much run support to win but pitchers like Whitley and Phelps and Kuroda certainly Nuno are going to need more than 2 or 3 runs to win. There is no real power on this year’s yankee team. We thought it would come from Beltran and Soriano and McCann and it hasn’t happened. Getting some from Tex when he’s healthy but these other guys need to step up and contribute for all the money they are being paid. Problem is that expectations were too high and these guys are either not able to make adjustments to the AL parks and pitching or they are injured in some way or their bodies worn down with age and not able to hit the long ball like they did a few years ago. We gambled on some of these guys still being able to do what they did in the past and gave them longer term contracts and big money and now we’re saddled with contracts beyond performance. And we haven’t done a good job in developing young players in the system or traded them away and the supply cupboard is bare. Our prospects are not ready for the bigs. Hopefully we can get another win tonight but we’re up against Beurhle and he is 10-3 and is having a great year for an old veteran. Not pitching with power but good location and pitch selection.

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Do you take Beltran for 3, Choo for 7 or Melky Mesa for 1?

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Tanak now 11-1 gives up another HR. Averaging about 1HR per game. Not sure if that is good but could bit us later if he has no run support.

Whitley seems firmly entrenched in the rotation as Nuno is likely out and even though Phelps had a good performance last time out, I imagine we’d like an upgrade there also.

Hitter continue to be subpar.

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