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Wrapping it up from Oakland

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Aug 20, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Yankees Athletics BaseballChad Gaudin didn’t get a win tonight, falling two outs short. But he did prove himself worthy of another spot start for the Yankees and that’s important.

With only 41 games left to play and the Yankees holding a seven-game lead, the smart play is to give a day or two of extra rest to the starters when it makes sense.

Joe Girardi isn’t going to a six-man rotation, but he will use Gaudin, Sergio Mitre and the four days off the team has in September to make sure his primary starters are as fresh as they can be for the postseason. The goal is to win the World Series, not to win the division by as many games as possible.

Because they have a potent offense (although not tonight) and an effective bullpen, the Yankees can get away with using fringy pitchers like Gaudin and Mitre. The long-term benefit is worth any short-term pain.

“It’s huge,” Andy Pettitte said before the game today. “If you can give myself and CC and A.J. a few extra days between now and the end of the season, it’s going to pay off.”

Mark Teixeira made it work by driving in three runs then making a nice scoop to complete an important double play in the eighth inning. Tex now has 31 home runs and 89 RBI. He is tied with Carlos Pena for the league lead and is second in RBI behind Justin Morneau.

“All the credit goes to my teammates,” Teixeira said. “If guys aren’t getting on in front of me, I’m not getting the RBIs. If guys aren’t hitting behind me, I’m not getting pitches to hit home runs. I love being part of this lineup.

“You can try and swing at your pitch. Anyone that can have the protection that I have is going to get some pitches to hit and it’s a great feeling.”

A few other notes:

• Phil Hughes was alone on an island there in the eighth inning. “Go get ‘em young man,” Joe Girardi said later. “He did the job.” Hughes has a 1.31 ERA in relief. All these high-leverage situations will help make him a better starter in 2010. You can see him gaining confidence and learning what he needs to do every day.

• Derek Jeter is 13 of 20, 16 of 29 and 22 of 40. He gets two hits a day like he’s punching a clock at a factory. OK, so it’s a factory that pays him $20 million. Work with me on the analogy.

• A-Rod is scuffling. He is 5 of 25 with one RBI in his last eight games. Both he and Girardi say his swings have been better, but we’re not seeing the results lately. Along with lining up the pitching staff, the other priority before the postseason is to get him going again.

• Nick Swisher has reached safely in 28 straight games. Swish was packing a fuzzy pink bathrobe into his travel bag tonight and I had to ask. “Gift for a lady friend,” he said. “I’m a sensitive guy.”

• CC gave out 425 backpacks to kids at his old elementary school today. They were stuffed with school supplies. Every kids also got an autographed photo. CC spoke to two assemblies when at the school, too. Good man, that CC.

Flying back to NYC tomorrow morning but there will be some blog updates set up. Thanks to everybody who stayed up reading during all these 10 p.m. starts.

Thanks especially to all the Bay Area blog readers who said hello or invited me out. East Coast deadlines prohibited that but I appreciate the offers. Our little community of readers is active everywhere and that’s a cool thing.

 
 

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48 Responses to “Wrapping it up from Oakland”

  1. Carl August 20th, 2009 at 2:42 am

    Good work Yankees! On to Boston Friday!

  2. RalphieD (OPPC) August 20th, 2009 at 2:43 am

    gonna be a nice day off…even nicer if the sox lose!

  3. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus August 20th, 2009 at 2:47 am

    ““All the credit goes to my teammates,” Teixeira said. “If guys aren’t getting on in front of me, I’m not getting the RBIs. If guys aren’t hitting behind me, I’m not getting pitches to hit home runs. I love being part of this lineup.”

    Everyone should read that quote.

    Again and again and again.

    Teixeira understands baseball–and thus increases his value x 1000.

  4. Giuseppe Franco August 20th, 2009 at 2:56 am

    Swisher just didn’t want you to know that the fuzzy pink bathrobe was actually his.

  5. Tunnel Man August 20th, 2009 at 3:01 am

    If the goal is to win it all, then it would help to have home field advantage.

    I mean, who wants to start the first two games of the ALCS in Anaheim?

    Right now the Yanks are tied with the Halos in the loss column.

    Yanks need to keep this in mind.

  6. Giuseppe Franco August 20th, 2009 at 3:09 am

    Both the Yanks and Angels would have to win their ALDS series before that scenario would even play out.

    The Yanks need to worry about themselves first and not worry about what everyone else is doing.

  7. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus August 20th, 2009 at 3:16 am

    The Yankees are 31 over .500 and people are complaining because Anaheim also has a good baseball team.

    Geez.

  8. Richie August 20th, 2009 at 3:19 am

    They can’t get away with Girardi overworking Aceves into the ground.

  9. Evan D. August 20th, 2009 at 3:48 am

    Tex is the AL MVP. He seems to make a big defensive play almost every game, he’s been clutch, his numbers are outstanding and he is the best player on the best team at this time.

    For those people that rip Cashman for the lack of moves at the deadline or elsewhere – getting Texeira was an excellent job. Yes the Yanks offered more money but gotta give Cash a ton of credit for making it happen.

  10. Tex for MVP August 20th, 2009 at 5:06 am

    Another good grind out win tonight. This team just keeps winning series, which is the goal. uh btw Alex and Joe, you can cut the act, A-Rod’s not seeing the ball too well right now. How can you claim you’re having good swings when you’re getting blown away by 91 MPH fastballs up in the zone by Craig Breslow? Ouch. Gotta get A-Rod going again before the playoffs. Whether he is on his game or not come playoff time, could obviously be very important for the Yanks’ success.

  11. Tunnel Man August 20th, 2009 at 5:10 am

    Tex for MVP-

    you’ve got a good point. ARod should have his eyes checked, perhaps he needs contact lenses.

  12. TLVP August 20th, 2009 at 5:37 am

    I agree with Joe Posnanski and Rob Neyer – Mauer is the MVP unless you require the MVP to come from a post season team. In that case Jeter is the MVP, not Tex who’s number aren’t that different from Cabrera’s, Youkilis, Mourneau’s on 1st base. He might be the best in AL but not by that big a margin (lowest OBP of those 4… and ever lower OBP than Jeter)

  13. TLVP August 20th, 2009 at 5:38 am

    Obviously whose, not who’s…

    Still I guess mu English is better than your Swedish

  14. vinny-b (thankful to have Girardi in charge) August 20th, 2009 at 7:18 am

    Pete:

    thank you very much, for all your coverage.

    in the post-dynasty years, NYY didn’t win games like this. What a game. What a win. This team looks destined.

  15. vinny-b (thankful to have Girardi in charge) August 20th, 2009 at 7:20 am

    “Swisher just didn’t want you to know that the fuzzy pink bathrobe was actually his”

    hence, “i’m a sentsitive guy”

  16. 86w183 August 20th, 2009 at 7:27 am

    I have always been of the mind that if you are not on a legit contender your numbers have to be overwhelmingly better than anyone else’s to warrant MVP consideration. Mauer and Morneau are tremendous, but their numbers are not all that “valuable” as far as I’m concerned.

  17. Josh in DC August 20th, 2009 at 7:35 am

    Thank god they’re back on the east coast! I hate going to bed not knowing the outcome of games.

  18. Quikksand August 20th, 2009 at 7:50 am

    Yankees just keep kicking ass! I love it.

    GO YANKEES!!!!!!!!!

  19. Fran (the original) and OPPC member August 20th, 2009 at 7:57 am

    Good job by the Yankees on the West Coast. Onto Boston!

  20. JetRod August 20th, 2009 at 8:04 am

    What are everyone’s thoughts on picking up Billy Wagner from the Mets? I know he is coming off the DL and the Mets are going to waive him. Could he be the 8th inning guy next year?

  21. Betsy August 20th, 2009 at 8:12 am

    aww, I love that quote from Tex………..and Swish’s lady friend is pretty lucky. I’m picturing that fuzzy pink robe hanging in his locker -imgaine everyones reaction as they pass by it? LOL

    Phil was rusty and got into a jam by his lonesome, but I love how he was able to extricate himself from that. It showed guts – and confidence. I really can’t wait to see him as a starter again, though, because he’s going to be a stud. The Yankees are going to have a hard time replacing his innings next year…..

    I hope this is just a slump from Alex, but I don’t know – I hope it’s not related to his elbow.

  22. Damon August 20th, 2009 at 8:13 am

    Josh in DC~ Go to bed without knowing the outcome,what?

    How could you sleep?

  23. Betsy August 20th, 2009 at 8:13 am

    The Yankees have won at a ridiculous pace since the ASB – they really can’t do anymore. If the Angels get home field, they get home field. A good team will win on the road……no excuses.

  24. Doreen August 20th, 2009 at 8:21 am

    The Angels and the Yankees have the best road records in the league. It would be kind of an even matchup, except, of course, the fact the Yankees seem to forget who they are in Anaheim! :)

  25. vtyankeefan-the original!! August 20th, 2009 at 8:35 am

    I’m looking forward to the series vs. the Sox. Sweep potential as the top three starters are going. I will also get to watch the games because the games are on NESN and Sat/Sun games on Fox/ESPN. Bring it on!!

  26. Betsy August 20th, 2009 at 8:35 am

    I don’t get how the Yankees wouldn’t face the Angels in the first round, though – they very well could. If the Sox win the WC like I expect them to, they will have to face either the Angels or Tigers. In any case, any of these teams are dangerous…..the Yankees can lose, any team can lose. The Tigers are a good team with very good pitching – they should not be underrated by any means.

  27. jennifer August 20th, 2009 at 8:36 am

    Giuseppe Franco August 20th, 2009 at 2:56 am

    Swisher just didn’t want you to know that the fuzzy pink bathrobe was actually his.
    ******

    I agree, when they land in the next city at 9am in the morning he is forgiven for wearing a pink bathrobe. LOL

  28. RMEL August 20th, 2009 at 8:38 am

    Pete, I love the fact you very time you write about Hughes you have to thrown in something about him being a starter next year…Left see how the next 2 months shape up and if he is in some tight playoff games and the Yankees win the WS how peoples opinion could change….Would have loved to have this blog around in 1996 and what you guys would have said about Mo…Remember he was not throwing the cutter in ’96…He was a 3 pitch. pitcher…Also remember this past off season and how their was no chance in getting Tex….right…The Yankees are not going to tell anybody their plans for 2010…why should they…they may have something up their selves…just like TEX

  29. Steve August 20th, 2009 at 8:38 am

    Jeter’s name should be added to the MVP chatter.

    Melancon should transition into Hughes role rather seamlessly
    .
    NY might kick the tires on Rafael Soriano during this off season although his shoulder has been bothering him of late.

  30. Luds August 20th, 2009 at 8:39 am

    Tex keeps making his case for MVP!

  31. jpb1973 August 20th, 2009 at 8:40 am

    What are everyone’s thoughts on picking up Billy Wagner from the Mets? I know he is coming off the DL and the Mets are going to waive him.

    ———————————————–

    We already have a rehabbing lefthand reliever who can’t get anyone out…Damaso Marte. Why do we need another?

  32. Steve August 20th, 2009 at 8:42 am

    Hmmm Mariano was not throwing a cutter in 1996 ? News to me .

  33. Betsy August 20th, 2009 at 8:43 am

    RMEL, there is no chance that Phil is in the pen next year or the year after that..lol, Pete is not breaking any new ground.

  34. Steve August 20th, 2009 at 8:48 am

    jpb

    We don’t need Wagner.
    NY will call up bullpen help from Scranton after the AAA playoffs-early Sept.
    Melancon
    Kroenke(LH)
    Albaladejo

    Word from Trenton is Humberto Sanchez has been pitching great of late.

  35. Dr. Cox August 20th, 2009 at 8:50 am

    “Tex keeps making his case for MVP!”

    So does Jeter, but he’ll never win it.

  36. Rishi August 20th, 2009 at 8:52 am

    3 UP: MVP VOTING, PEDRO AND SMOLTZ

    1. I learned yesterday that I have been put on the committee that will vote for the AL MVP award. I recognize that simply writing that sentence will cause me a bunch of annoyances now. There is already a lot of debate (nastiness) in the air about this award as people see that Joe Mauer is en route to an historic campaign, but very likely will be spending September toiling for a team out of contention.

    I know that the annoyances are coming for two reasons: 1) I am sure I will be lobbied now by people pushing their favorites. 2) I already was bombarded by e-mails the other day when I wrote about the potential MVP showdown between Mauer and Mark Teixeira. In that blog item I never championed one player over the other, but because I questioned the validity of relying solely on statistics many e-mailers with interesting vocabularies projected what they wanted to project on my commentary.

    I will state again that there are roughly six weeks remaining and that six weeks are a long time to change perceptions. Just remember that Mauer did not play the entire month of April and Teixeira was a dud for most of April, and yet we see both now as top contenders for this award. For those challenged by the calendar, September is as long as April, and we have not yet reached September.

    Say Kevin Youkilis or Carl Crawford or Michael Young has a gigantic September to put his team into the playoffs while Mauer, Teixeira and Derek Jeter collapse. In other words, there are a bunch of scenarios that can still play out in games that should be loaded with meaning. We can play that fun game of who is the MVP now. But the note I received said my vote is due immediately after the regular season, not on Aug. 20.

    http://blogs.nypost.com/sports.....oting.html

  37. Damon August 20th, 2009 at 8:55 am

    Toronto is 19.5 games out of first,no wonder Halladay didn’t have anything to lose in a meaningless win.

    Maybe he’s on strike? He should be,considering the way his GM got his hopes up,about going to a team where games count.

  38. 86w183 August 20th, 2009 at 8:56 am

    If Wagner clears waivers and only costs about $ 90 K why not work him out and see how his arm is? If he’s a better option than Marte maybe he can help in a few games down the stretch even if he’s not on the post-season roster. I wouldn’t rule it out, but I also don’t see why the Mets would just cut him at this point.

    It’s always tough for a non power guy to win the MVP. For Jeter to have a chance he needs to get to 20+ HR and get to the top of the batting leaders and that’ll be tough to do.

    Anyone who makes the playoffs in the AL is going to be a difficult team to beat. I don’t spend a single moment concerned about matching up with anyone six weeks from now.

  39. RMEL August 20th, 2009 at 9:08 am

    RMEL, there is no chance that Phil is in the pen next year or the year after that..lol, Pete is not breaking any new ground.

    Betsy all due respect but lets see how the next 2 mounts work out and lets see how he handles himself this post season…but like i said a million times on here before who is your set up man next year….People are saying we are winning games because of our starters…which is on half true…The bullpen since Hughes has step into the 8th inning roles has been excellent…so next year we want our starters to throw 8 innings every time out..So once again if Mr Hughes helps this team deep in the Playoffs and his a starter next year who is your set up man that you feel as confident as yo feel in Hughes right now…Other thing we have a ton of Prospect…I feel confident that this off season if Cash see some premium starters become available he will make a move for the player (I.E. Doc, King Felix, Cain, Josh Johnson) players who have 2 or less remaining years on their contract…Then ask yourself this you want the Sox to get one of those guys…Everyone would complain but hey Hughes would a starter again…

  40. Steve August 20th, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Rmel

    Hughes will be a SP in 2010.

    Cashman isn’t going to play with house money on a blockbuster deal as you seem to suggest.

    NY has options within the org. and of course a FA signing for a reliever such as Rafael Soriano is always a possibility…

  41. Joe D (old York) August 20th, 2009 at 9:40 am

    i remember when no one wanted to face the angels..then the midges stuck in cleveland..be careful what you ask for!

  42. RMEL August 20th, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Steve Do you really want Soriano over Hughes plus read this

    “Soriano admitted on Saturday that he’s dealing with muscular discomfort behind his right shoulder, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports.”

    Shall we say other Steve Karsy

  43. Cash is King August 20th, 2009 at 9:43 am

    I predict that Cashman will not sign another team’s type “A” free agent this upcoming offseason. He will probably sign Damon and Pettitte, but that’s it.

  44. Damon August 20th, 2009 at 9:50 am

    I just read the funniest thing on the Blue Jays mlb blog,in the comments section.

    A commenter wondered, why the offense always leaves Doc,when they play the Yankees.

    This year has been great against the DOC,but what games are they looking at,before this year?

    Also they lament,That the luxury tax does nothing to stop the Yankees or the RS.

  45. Steve August 20th, 2009 at 10:06 am

    RMEL

    I’m aware of Soriano’s tender shoulder.I was using him more as an example.He is having a very good season.You’re right his health is suspect.
    NY can now in this upcoming offseason trade some minor league talent to plug relieving holes.NY does have a wealth of relief prospects.
    My vote is for Melancon to replace Hughes.

  46. RMEL August 20th, 2009 at 10:13 am

    I’m aware of Soriano’s tender shoulder.I was using him more as an example.He is having a very good season.You’re right his health is suspect.
    NY can now in this upcoming offseason trade some minor league talent to plug relieving holes.NY does have a wealth of relief prospects.
    My vote is for Melancon to replace Hughes.

    Steve, i understand and respect your point…I just think if the Yankees go far in the playoffs because of Hughes pitching big in close games its going to be hard to remove him from that spot….look over the year Since Nelson and Stanton how many relievers we have throw out there and failed because they could not handle the pressure…Hughes so far has handled it well…lets talk about this once we finish this season…we still have a long road ahead of us

  47. Steve August 20th, 2009 at 10:43 am

    For NY starting pitching has been more of a concern in the playoffs than relief pitching.
    If you go back and check the 04,05,06,07 playoffs NY lost for the simple reason they did not get any length from their SP.
    Sabathia and Burnett signings was to specifically address this problem for the playoffs as well as for the regular season.

  48. JeterJobaFanForever - but I will notbadmouthPhil August 20th, 2009 at 11:33 am

    Interesting if Pettitte chooses to pitch another year and Wang miracleously recovers then the rotation will be similar to that at the beginning of the 2009 season. Who gets bumped?


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