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Postgame notes: Sabathia once again works deep

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes, Podcast on Apr 29, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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CC Sabathia has five starts this season. He’s pitched into the eighth inning in three of them. The only games when he pitched fewer than seven innings were Opening Day and the rain-shortened game against Texas when he pitched all six innings that were played.

“I was getting behind a lot early in the year last year,” Sabathia said. “So you just try to focus on being aggressive in the strike zone.”

Through his first five starts last season, Sabathia was 1-2 with a 4.73 ERA. This year he’s 3-1 with a 3.12. His command wasn’t especially sharp tonight, and he allowed 11 hits, but Sabathia walked only two batters, he stranded seven and the Orioles went 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

“Even though he was struggling with his command, he was still finding a way to throw strikes and getting them to put the ball in play and not walking people,” Joe Girardi said. “To me, that’s why he won the game.”

Here’s Sabathia talking about his outing.

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And here’s Posada talking about his banged up knee.

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• Derek Jeter said he didn’t know his first-inning double tied him with Don Mattingly for the third most doubles in Yankees history. “Nobody told me that,” he said. “I had no idea.”

• Girardi on the possibility of adding a catcher from the minor leagues. “I’ll talk to Cash after the game and talk to him tomorrow and see if we have to do something.”

• Robinson Cano hit his sixth homer of the season and raised his average to .390.

• Nick Markakis hit a home run in the seventh. It was the first home run of the season for Markakis, and it was the first home run Sabathia had allowed in eight starts at Camden Yards.

• Nick Swisher has tied a career high with two triples this season.

• The bottom of the Yankees lineup — spots 6 through 9 — combined for nine hits, four runs and three RBI. All four had at least two hits, with Swisher getting three.

• Let Jeter have the final word: “We had some good at-bats and we scored some runs and CC was on the mound,” Jeter said. “So it was a good day for us.”

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120 Responses to “Postgame notes: Sabathia once again works deep”

  1. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 29th, 2010 at 12:17 am

    LOL I love that picture..

  2. CR9 April 29th, 2010 at 12:18 am

    I love that picture too! Another 3 hot guys!! :D

  3. m April 29th, 2010 at 12:20 am

    Look at those healthy calves on #11!

    If an Oriole’s going to have a good day, then Nick Markakis is as good a choice as any. Guthrie needs to be banished until he learns some control.

    Hopefully, AJ can getter done so we can head home with a winning record for the road trip.

  4. m April 29th, 2010 at 12:26 am

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....ng9/100428

    pitchers > DH?

  5. CR9 April 29th, 2010 at 12:27 am

    Those calves look tasty!!

    Guthrie’s not a bad guy. Just has some control issues versus us, probably because he’s concerned he has to pitch perfectly to navigate through our deep lineup.

  6. Rich in NJ April 29th, 2010 at 12:36 am

    Curiously or not, the picture does nothing for me, but I’m pleased with the way our starters battle when they don’t have their best stuff.

  7. Jerkface April 29th, 2010 at 12:37 am

    CR9, Are you trolling the women after their swoon fest the other day? What has broken in your brain to turn you into this?

  8. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 29th, 2010 at 12:41 am

    Rich, I just like the picture; I don’t see anything drool-worthy about it, lol. What I find drool-worthy is what you just said – the SP battling without their best stuff.

  9. m April 29th, 2010 at 12:42 am

    Hey, you know the hoodie thing? I didn’t realize it, but baseball reversed its ruling a few days after telling Maddon he couldn’t wear it.

    Anyway, Belichick sent a personalized Patriots hoodie to Maddon who plans to reciprocate.

    RAB’s wrapup had an interesting factoid. They were highlighting Cano’s stats so far this season. He’d have to go 0-24 to fall below .300. (knock on wood he doesn’t)

  10. RalphieD (OPPC) April 29th, 2010 at 12:46 am

    i’ll admit im a little freaked out over some comments about that picture lol…..

    but today was a nice win and i look forward to seeing AJ go up against Mr. Matusz (hope i spelt his name right)….tons of positives today..hard pressed to find a negative.

  11. SAS April 29th, 2010 at 12:47 am

    Hi all, just back from dinner on the penultimate night before we leave for our road trip home.

    GB,

    Talk about names from the past, Andy Etchabaren (sp?). It has been a very long time since I heard that name. He caught for the O’s didn’t he?

  12. Rich in NJ April 29th, 2010 at 12:48 am

    Betsy,

    The other positive tonight was Granderson.

    As for Cano, you know you’re hot when people start posting “what it would take to fall below” stats.

  13. m April 29th, 2010 at 12:54 am

    Okay, to be fair, my comment about Brett the Jett’s calves were a dig at Johnny “How U Like my SeXy Calves?” Damon. Thank goodness a certain Yankee person is tucked in her bed. She’d be all over me for that one.

  14. GreenBeret7 April 29th, 2010 at 1:03 am

    Yeah, SAS, he was. Not much of a hitter, but, pretty decent defensive caycher. His nickname was “Little Yogi”. Not much in common with the original Yogi except they only had one eyebrow each.

  15. SAS April 29th, 2010 at 1:23 am

    Learn something new every day from you all. Our Yogi was awesome

  16. kevin April 29th, 2010 at 1:50 am

    maybe cr9 is drunk. i mean she must be- look at who she’s calling hot now. i’m not one to usually judge unless the subjects are of the female persuasion… but swisher, granderson, and gardner??? not settin the world on fire w/ their looks

    i just want them to hit the baseball though

    and have gardner steal a ton of bases

  17. Giuseppe Franco April 29th, 2010 at 1:56 am

    I hate the tabloid stuff but Swisher seems to be doing okay in the hot girlfriend department.

    P.S.: I never knew CR9 was a chick. If so, that fact sure as hell doesn’t make her less annoying.

  18. Giuseppe Franco April 29th, 2010 at 1:57 am

    No, CR9 can’t be a chick. His old moniker was Jim Pir-one.

  19. m April 29th, 2010 at 2:02 am

    lol, kevin. CR9 is a guy.

  20. Nick in SF April 29th, 2010 at 2:04 am

    Defining blog mysteries down?

  21. m April 29th, 2010 at 2:07 am

    CR9 claims to not know who the heck Jim P. is. I don’t know what to believe. If they’re one & the same, it could be one of the best LoHud hoaxes. Nothing else is much of a mystery here.

    We’re all pretty transparent. :P

  22. Nick in SF April 29th, 2010 at 2:11 am

    α Some are more transparent than others. ω

  23. Giuseppe Franco April 29th, 2010 at 2:28 am

    It’s the same person. How could two people be that ridiculously insane regarding the Red Sox/umpires/media conspiracies.

    It’s the same person.

    I worked in psych for several years before I got sick and I can tell you from experience that I’ve seen quite a few patients/clients get put on anti-psychotics for a lot less than what CR9 spews on regular basis here.

  24. Crawdaddy April 29th, 2010 at 5:15 am

    You’re right it’s the same person.

  25. blake April 29th, 2010 at 7:20 am

    Gardner still has his limitations and I have no idea where he fits into the long term plans of the team, but thus far he has performed just about as well as anyone could have expected.

    If he can keep this up for an entire season he may make the Yankees offseason decisions a bit more difficult. He has a history of proving people wrong and surprising people…at the very least he could significantly raise his trade value.

  26. upstate kate April 29th, 2010 at 7:43 am

    I am very happy w/ GGBG thus far, but I am absolutely thrilled w/ Robbie. It was so sweet last night at the end of the game when Jeter was hugging him and tapping him on the head.

  27. Doreen - GTLU Standings & Rules April 29th, 2010 at 7:46 am

    blake -

    I have to agree with you about Gardner.

    It is kind of puzzling how a guy with so much speed is so clearly, to me anyway, uncomfortable about the best way to use it.

  28. Doreen - GTLU Standings & Rules April 29th, 2010 at 7:47 am

    upstate kate -

    I saw Jeter do that, too. It was great to see. Makes me smile to picture it right now. :)

  29. blake April 29th, 2010 at 7:55 am

    I think Gardner utilizes his speed well in some areas. He’s clearly focused on keeping the ball on the left side of the field which he should. Anytime he makes a SS go to his right its going to be a tough play to get him.

    He needs to improve his bunting and needs more experience reading pitchers moves to first on the bases. I think he’s just a little too selective sometimes when deciding when to steal…that should improve with more PT.

  30. Doreen - GTLU Standings & Rules April 29th, 2010 at 8:19 am

    blake

    I hope so. Two plays last night that I questioned – that he didn’t try to steal with Jeter up; and when he stayed at second after hitting what looked like it should have been a double.

    The caveat is that we never get to see the entire field on the tv, so we don’t see what he saw – there may have been a good reason for stopping at first. I don’t know.

  31. MTU (aka GBURL) April 29th, 2010 at 8:21 am

    Blake-

    I have been like a broken record when it comes to GGBG bunting more.

    It’s a mystery to me why he doesn’t do so more often.

    It would yield him even more hits and make him more effective.

    He should be practiced at the art of drag bunting as well.

    His game is bat control and speed.

    Finally, I will say i agree with your remarks on GGBG and stealing.

    He should try as frequently as possible.

    Long term who knows about GGBG but the Yanks are going to have to be convinced GGBG is for real if they are to pass on cc.

  32. Mark in Tampa April 29th, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Maybe it is just me, but I had a feeling Guthrie was going to hit or come up and in on Posada. It was the first pitch after he started his motion and no-pitched. For some reason, he looked upset to me after Jorge went back through his whole routine to get back in the batter’s box. It doesn’t make any sense to do it, but I was not surprised in the least.

  33. Bring Back Pluto! April 29th, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Would Girardi puh-leez drop Tex in the batting order and put Cano third?

    I know Tex historically has a bad April but damn man…this is brutal to watch.

    Plus, Cano historically has bad April’s and he’s flat out raking…so the notion that Tex can’t overcome his habit of bad April’s is hogwash.

  34. MTU (aka GBURL) April 29th, 2010 at 8:23 am

    With this team and the way CC is rolling early I can see him winning
    20 + easily this year. :)

  35. blake April 29th, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Doreen ,

    Yea I sometimes wonder too why he doesn’t go in some situations. With two outs and Jeter up you want Gardner to run there to try and get in scoring position..if he gets thrown out, so what Jeter leads off the next inning. I think some of that is just inexperience and being too picky about choosing a pitch to run on. Jeter doesn’t typically take a lot of pitches so Brett needs to know that and run early in the count…he will learn.

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  37. SJ44 April 29th, 2010 at 8:27 am

    You can’t bunt and steal in every AB.

    Just because he’s fast, it doesn’t mean he has to bunt and steal all the time.

    As far as bunting, if the corners are pinched in, which they usually are when he bats, he has the ability to shoot the ball through on the left side with his swing, which he is doing very well.

    If he continues to do that well, third basemen will have to pinch less on him and that opens up the possibility of the bunt more than it does right now.

    As far as stealing bases, he’s still in the learning process of reading moves. Sometimes, he has problems getting jumps because he’s not yet perfected the art of reading pitchers.

    In the Jeter AB, going on the first pitch wouldn’t have made sense. Jeter ended up swinging at the third pitch to make the third out of the inning.

    Its a long season and there will be times he will be more aggressive on the basepaths than he was last night.

    His only baserunning flaw last night was not turning his single into a double which, he would have done easily since the ball wasn’t played well off the carom.

    I think he lost sight of the ball when he rounded first and played it safe.

  38. blake April 29th, 2010 at 8:28 am

    MTU,
    Agree with your entire post re: GGBG

    How’s the Jean therapy research coming? Are you ready for clinical trials yet?

  39. Doreen - GTLU Standings & Rules April 29th, 2010 at 8:29 am

    blake -

    I think Gardner wants to be too sure; doesn’t like the prospect of being called out. With his speed, more times than not he’s going to be safe, even if it wasn’t the perfect pitch to go on. I don’t know if he believes this yet.

    Bring Back Pluto -

    Why would you mess with switching Cano in the batting order? He’s where he belongs right now and seems to be comfortable being there.

    Tex will be fine.

  40. SJ44 April 29th, 2010 at 8:30 am

    You don’t drop Tex in the batting order and move Cano up. Its not a video game.

    You ride out slumps.

    Why move Cano when he swinging the bat so well.

    Less emotion and more thought before posting nonsense.

  41. gfd April 29th, 2010 at 8:30 am

    The offeason work Kevin Long did with Cano and Swisher has really paid off. Cano is so disciplined at the plate compared to seasons past.

    The season is still very young , but if Phil and CC contain their hits and runs, on days they say they were struggling like the last two days, Yankees will do good this season.

  42. MaineYankee April 29th, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Kate & Doreen

    I saw that between Jeter and Cano and share your thoughts. It’s nice to see how well they work together.

    When I see CR9 I keep on going. It helps keep my sanity.

    I think that Gardner has things he need to improve but it would be nice to see him get credit for what he is doing well seeing many felt he would’nt even do as well as he is so far. With what he is doing he’s an asset to this team.

  43. MTU (aka GBURL) April 29th, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Blake-

    “How’s the Jean therapy research coming? Are you ready for clinical trials yet?”

    I’ve had to take a break from the lab lately.

    But finding a cure for the loser jean is of the uttmost importance long term.

    The work continues ……..

  44. Mark in Tampa April 29th, 2010 at 8:32 am

    I think Gardner not running was b/c of a couple of things. One, was being up by as much as they were at the time(6-1). Secondly, of all the great things DJ is, one of them he is not, is hitting behind speed. Jeter hit the second pitch of that AB. The next time he was up with Gardner on first, Derek swung at all 3 pitches thrown to him, until he put it in play. So, in two times on base, there was 1 pitch he could have stolen second.

    Jeter has always been aggressive, but he seems to be swinging at the first pitch an abnormal amount this year.

    Doreen, the play you were talking about with Gardner not getting a double, was, I believe, in the 6th. I thought the same thing at the time, but he had a runner in front of him, Swisher. He may have had doubts that Swisher would be going to third, and by the time he was sure, it was too late. That being said, if he had the kind of instincts on the bases that Jeter has, he wouldn’t have had that doubt.

  45. Doreen - GTLU Standings & Rules April 29th, 2010 at 8:34 am

    SJ44 -

    Don’t want him to bunt and steal in every AB. I understand that it’s not always the right play. But I think he does err on the side of being a little too tentative, as if he doesn’t trust himself to be safe. I think he’s fast enough that he’s almost aways going to need a really good throw to get him out.

    He does seem to be slapping the ball to left a lot better.

    The more he plays, hopefully the more comfortable he gets. I remember he was getting on a roll last summer when he got hurt.

  46. Erin April 29th, 2010 at 8:34 am

    upstate kate April 29th, 2010 at 7:43 am
    I am very happy w/ GGBG thus far, but I am absolutely thrilled w/ Robbie
    ****************************
    You and me both ;)

    And that hug between Robbie and Jeter was so cute!

  47. MaineYankee April 29th, 2010 at 8:36 am

    I think Gardner has been reading this blog and based on the comments he’s confused .

    He knows no matter what he does it will be wrong. :lol:

  48. What? April 29th, 2010 at 8:36 am

    SJ-the know it all,

    Francoa moved Ortiz down to 6th, he seen the flaw in that rationale, OF YOURS, if he’s hurting the team MOVE HIM. Guess what the team start winning games, he even sat him a few games too!

  49. SJ44 April 29th, 2010 at 8:38 am

    There is no doubt he is tentative in some areas. I think that’s more wanting to do the right thing than anything else.

    I think people believe bunting should be second nature to him. Its not, as we have seen on this roadtrip.

    Players today don’t bunt a lot. Its like that throughout all levels of baseball.

    I prefer to see him do what he’s comfortable doing because that will raise his confidence enough to try other things.

  50. Doreen - GTLU Standings & Rules April 29th, 2010 at 8:39 am

    I feel like I’m nitpicking Brett Gardner right now, and I don’t mean to be. He is doing a fine job.

  51. MTU (aka GBURL) April 29th, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Maine-

    No one is trying to take anything away from GGBG’s success so far.

    He definitely deserves credit for exceeding expectations, and proving his doubters wrong thus far.

    That said, some of us are merely pointing out ways that they think that GGBG can be even more successful than he already is.

    I hope the guy makes it long term.

    Nothing better than another homegrown @ a great price. :)

  52. blake April 29th, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Tex is starting to have better AB’s and is starting to make better contact. When he and Alex get going the middle of the Yankee lineup is going to be extremely difficult to work through.

  53. SJ44 April 29th, 2010 at 8:42 am

    David Ortiz is a shot player. Mark Teixeira is not.

    If you can’t figure that out, post on a Red Sox blog.

    Tex isn’t hurting the team and the Yankees are winning.

    Children who know nothing about baseball hurt this blog more than Tex not hitting in April hurts the Yankees.

  54. MTU (aka GBURL) April 29th, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Here is a diagram of the Yankees lineup :

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  55. Mike WV April 29th, 2010 at 8:47 am

    re: Gardner

    Pre-season: Can’t hit, below average fielder and no instincts.

    So far, he has been successful and an asset to the team.

    So now the complaints are which pitch to run on and he didn’t take an extra base.

    If he had stolen a base and gone to second, we would than complain about what, he wears his pants too high.

    Geez, just watch him, enjoy him and give him a chance. Girardi is and is being rewarded.

  56. Mark in Tampa April 29th, 2010 at 8:47 am

    I heard a player, can’t remember who, talking about slumps. He said, when you are a good player, in your prime, a slump is just a slump. But, when you are a rookie, they say ‘he can’t play in this league’. And, when you get past 35, they say, ‘he can’t get it done anymore’.

  57. MaineYankee April 29th, 2010 at 8:47 am

    MTU

    My point is most said Gardner would fail and wanted anyone but him in LF. Now that he’s exceeded what was expected to some it’s not enough. I’m not saying he can’t do better.

  58. Phil Columbus April 29th, 2010 at 8:48 am

    Doreen
    I don’t think your nitpicking Brett. You are just like allot of Yankee fans wanting to see how much more he can do. He is doing a fine job and it is going to be fun to see him grow and get better. He is unique to the Yankees line up and I think Joe is getting use to what Brett brings to the team also.

  59. Bring Back Pluto! April 29th, 2010 at 8:53 am

    The definition of nonsense is attributing Cano batting so well with where he is in the order. If batting order position were the biggest factor in batting performance, there would be no such thing as slumps. You dismantled your own argument with the logic you used to make the argument in the first place. Quite a sight to behold!

    It has everything to do with his offseason work.

    But I digress. Tex is not in a slump. If this “slump” happens every year for the entire month of April, then it’s not a slump. It’s a pattern. And patterns can be broken. See Cano.

  60. Mark in Tampa April 29th, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Of the 3 basic areas, Gardner is as good as anybody in 2 of them.

    Gardner is an above average defender.
    He is a top tier basestealer, and a way above average baserunner.
    At the plate, he will never be Manny Ramirez, but if he can be @Brett Butler, he will be a ML outfielder for a long time.

  61. RayVT April 29th, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Mike WV April 29th, 2010 at 8:47 am
    Good Points Mike! I am not a Gardnerite, but I give him credit for greatly exceeding my expectations for him so far!

  62. Doreen - GTLU Standings & Rules April 29th, 2010 at 8:55 am

    What stinks is feeling that you can’t make an observation without being labeled as a complainer or a hater. Why would anyone not root for Gardner to do well? What would that prove? He may or may not be my favorite player, but that’s irrelevant.

    I’m not really thinking beyond this season. No one knows what can happen to impact the off-season.

    So far in most of the games Gardner has played, he’s had at least some impact because of his speed. That’s a good thing.

  63. Haiku-man April 29th, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Fri: Pettitte 3-0, 1.29 ERA vs Danks 3-0, 1.55 lefty matchup.
    Sun: Hughes 2-0, 2.00 ERA vs Buehrle 2-3, 4.68 ERA

    Mets are leading the NL East. This weekend will be a good watch too.

    Sat: Pelfrey 4-0 ,0.69ERA vs Halladay 4-1, 1.80 ERA a pitchers duel,
    Pelfrey pitched in the 20 inning marathon with STL Cardinals, He had already pitched the Thurs before that Sat game.

    Sun: Johan Santana 3-1, 2.08 ERA vs (Old man,47) Jamie Moyer 2-2, 5.25 a lefty duel

  64. GreenBeret7 April 29th, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Right now, the three most pleasant surprises on the team have been Gardner’s ability to get on base at a higher rate than I expected, so far this year, along with being able to produce runs. Cervelli continues to pleasantly shock me with his bat (defense wasn’t ever a question). It’s not just the hits, but, when he gets them. Hughes has come on fast as a starter and seems to learn something new every start and put it into pracrice. Mostly, it’s his ability to adjust during the game when something isn’t working.

    The only surprise concerning Cano is not the hitting. He’s always had that. it’s his new approach and how fast he was able to change. The walks are just a product of that approach.

  65. What? April 29th, 2010 at 9:02 am

    You don’t own this blog BLOWHARD!

  66. RayVT April 29th, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Tex being in a slump now reminds me of when I use to bench players on my fantasy team after a prolonged period of little results. The week I benched them, great things seemed to always happen for them. (4-4 with an HR) I quickly, or perhaps not so quickly, learned that most players play to their norms and if they slump they will break out in a compensating way soon.

    Last year the Yankees seemed to all hit great in the same games and accordingly not hit much in the same games as well. To see the Yankees doing this well with below average hitting from the first 4 guys in the lineup excites me. I know they will carry this team soon when they heat up.

  67. MTU (aka GBURL) April 29th, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Doreen-

    I agree with you.

    There’s a big difference between offering an opinion in what one believe’s is a constructive way, and being a disloyal or a hater.

    No one should have to tow a party line to be heard or treated fairly.

    Just reasonable and sincere.

  68. upstate kate April 29th, 2010 at 9:03 am

    Doreen
    you are the last person anyone could call a complainer or a hater

  69. MaineYankee April 29th, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Doreen

    If that was aimed at me that was not my intent. You tend to bring good balance.

  70. Doreen - GTLU Standings & Rules April 29th, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Bring Back Pluto -

    Well, aren’t you the bees knees this morning.

    For the record, I do NOT attribute Cano’s success this April to where he is in the batting order. And I really don’t believe I said that.

    What I said was, why would you mess with it?

    Tex is not going to do any better hitting lower in the order. This is who he is. I didn’t say he was in a slump; I said he was going to be fine.

    I don’t think that there’s a lot to be gained by juggling the order trying to fix what’s not broken in the first place.

    The Yankees are scoring runs and have a winning record. Why mess with that?

    We hear all the time about how players like to know their roles.

    In addition, Robi has embraced his new role and the importance of it. I think in addition to the hard work he has put it, it can’t be understated that this was a role that was assigned to him – it is not an experiment as in recent years (hmm, he’s hitting well 7th, let’s move him up and see what he does). This was a profession by management that they believe he is capable of being a big producer in the heart of the batting order. You can’t tell me that in addition to the work that having the confidence of your manager and teammates doesn’t help.

    And also for the record, I have always been a fan of Robi Cano. I am not one to go on and on about my favorites.

  71. RayVT April 29th, 2010 at 9:05 am

    What? April 29th, 2010 at 9:02 am
    Is that what you are recommending? Blow harder!

  72. MTU (aka GBURL) April 29th, 2010 at 9:05 am

    GB-

    I agree with all 3 of your surprises mentioned above.

    Very pleasant ones I might add. :)

  73. RER - 98 April 29th, 2010 at 9:08 am

    It can be felt that Teixeira is coming out of the April swoon. He’s getting good at bats and continues to anchor 1st base with his glove.
    Cano and Swisher are doing key things and expect Granderson, A-Rod, and NJ to join them.
    Gardner is playing above expections.
    Mariano needs work and will get some tonight. The bullpen will be a strength as the tempo picks up.

  74. Doreen - GTLU Standings & Rules April 29th, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Maine Yankee -

    No, not aimed at you, nor anyone else in particular. Just a general statement. If I want to speak to someone directly, I’ll put their name at the top of my comment. :)

    It’s so not worth getting into fights over the internet ! But sometimes I just have to air a little bit of my frustration. :lol:

  75. GreenBeret7 April 29th, 2010 at 9:09 am

    MTU, Gardner’s been a huge reason for Jeter’s high RBI total out of the leadoff spot. 14 RBI in 19 games with just 3 homers for a leadoff hitter is ipressive. What I’m surprised at is his lack of walks. just 3.

  76. SJ44 April 29th, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Doreen,

    You aren’t a hater. Far from it.

    What the emotional children on here fail to understand is that baseball is as much a mental challenge as physical challenge.

    Robbie Cano has responded thus far to a PROMOTION to the fifth spot in the order.

    If you DEMOTE Tex, you are playing with his head needlessly and that deepens slumps. It doesn’t lessen them.

    Moving him also doesn’t guarantee he will hit. Its just an emotional reaction to watching a slumping player.

  77. GreenBeret7 April 29th, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Long needs to activate Johnson’s agression gene….quick.

  78. CountryClub April 29th, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Boy, what more do some of you want out of Gardner? If he matches what he’s done so far through the rest of the yr, the Yankees will be VERY happy.

    And Tex is ready to break out. He’s had much better AB’s the last few games and really, he’s just run into some bad luck. He’s hitting the ball hard now and they’ve just happened to find some gloves. That will change any game now.

  79. NYY626 April 29th, 2010 at 9:13 am

    upstate kate April 29th, 2010 at 7:43 am
    I am very happy w/ GGBG thus far, but I am absolutely thrilled w/ Robbie. It was so sweet last night at the end of the game when Jeter was hugging him and tapping him on the head.

    ______________________________________________________________________
    I just about melted last night when Jeter hugged Robbie. Sometimes im such a girl lol.

    Has anyone found the new SI yet? I went to Borders, duane reade and target, and none of those places had the new issue!

  80. GreenBeret7 April 29th, 2010 at 9:13 am

    activate Johnson’s aggression gene

  81. MaineYankee April 29th, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Doreen & MTU

    I may have overreacted to your comments about Gardner because the level of criticism towards him was a bit extreme early on. Now that he’s exceeded the expectations some haven’t given him the credit.

  82. MTU (aka GBURL) April 29th, 2010 at 9:15 am

    GB-

    I didn’t think about the impact on Jeter but that’s a great point.

    The lineup is nearly circular. Once everyone hits their stride (no pun)
    it will be devasting to opposing pitchers.

    It’s almost like every player on the yanks is a cog in a finely tuned machine.

    A deadly machine.

    Right now I absolutely love what Cervelli has been able to bring.
    You gotta love him. :)

  83. blake April 29th, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Tex isn’t getting moved in the lineup..he’s one of the best hitters in baseball…the winter of 2009 hasn’t changed that. He is showing good signs at the plate, when he breaks out its usually in a big way.

  84. Patrick from CT April 29th, 2010 at 9:15 am

    The Yankees played, well, like the Yankees last night. The game was so low stress I fell asleep on the coach and had to stay up for the posts game when I otherwise would not.
    I look for much the same tonight from AJ and company. Let’s hope Georgie is OK and they don’t have to call up a catcher. I wonder who is the emergency catcher?

  85. Erin April 29th, 2010 at 9:16 am

    NYY626 April 29th, 2010 at 9:13 am

    I just about melted last night when Jeter hugged Robbie. Sometimes im such a girl lol.

    *******************
    Me too! That totally made my night! :)

  86. LGY April 29th, 2010 at 9:17 am

    I think Gardner will try to bunt more when he gets into a little slump.

    He is doing so well right now, why mess with success?

  87. Erin April 29th, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Patrick from CT April 29th, 2010 at 9:15 am
    I wonder who is the emergency catcher?

    ***********************
    Ramiro Pena

  88. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 29th, 2010 at 9:18 am

    m April 29th, 2010 at 12:54 am
    Okay, to be fair, my comment about Brett the Jett?s calves were a dig at Johnny ?How U Like my SeXy Calves?? Damon. Thank goodness a certain Yankee person is tucked in her bed. She?d be all over me for that one.

    ***************

    Poor M-

    She failed to take into account that certain Yankee people wake up in the morning and read the previous nights comments!!!!

  89. upstate kate April 29th, 2010 at 9:18 am

    NYY626
    I rewound that part and made my husband watch it :)

  90. MaineYankee April 29th, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Doreen

    I understand your frustration at times with how things get here. It’s not always easy to avoid the fray at times. :lol:

  91. MTU (aka GBURL) April 29th, 2010 at 9:18 am

    If Jorge needs a few days then

    Chad Moeller come on down ! :)

  92. Patrick from CT April 29th, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Robbie is going to have a good run at the MVP this year. I see 320 30 115 come the end of the season…

  93. GreenBeret7 April 29th, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Other than Gardner needing to pick an at bat to drag or drop down a bunt for a hit, the only thing that I’ve seen worthy of any kind of criticism has been his somewhat tentative play in left field, especially on plays along the left field line and in the corner. Perhaps it’s a lack of experience there. all that said, I prefer him in left over center field. It hides his issues of going back on deep flies better than in center.

  94. MaineYankee April 29th, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Erica

    The Damon radar is always working. :lol:

  95. upstate kate April 29th, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Chad Moeller is stashed away in AAA…I read/heard somewhere that he might make the trip to NY just in case he is needed

    you are brave Erica, I am usually too scared to read the previous comments, especially after a loss

  96. MTU (aka GBURL) April 29th, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Maine-

    I enjoy your posts.

    You weren’t in the least bit out of line as far as I was concerned but thanks for considering the possibility that you might have been.

    Classy. ;)

  97. tex's friend April 29th, 2010 at 9:22 am

    yankees will call one of their backups from AAA (not Montero) and probably send down boone logan, until they are sure posada can play.

  98. randy l. April 29th, 2010 at 9:23 am

    as long as gardner has a gift few others have, namely his speed, he’s going to get the opportunity to develop the rest of his game.

    he’s not a natural hitter but he’s getting all kinds of playing time because of his speed to learn how to hit.

    same with bunting and ironically stealing.

    he’s not a natural base stealer either despite the speed.

    but because of his natural ability to run fast for 90 feet he’s going to get all the chances he’ll need to become a good player.

  99. Patrick from CT April 29th, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Erin April 29th, 2010 at 9:17 am
    Patrick from CT April 29th, 2010 at 9:15 am
    I wonder who is the emergency catcher?

    ***********************
    Ramiro Pena

    =====================================
    Well, given that option, I think Georgie would get back there bad leg or not.

  100. Doreen - GTLU Standings & Rules April 29th, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Patrick from CT -

    I was starting to think “Triple Crown” this morning until my husband talked me down! :lol:

    Chances are he’s not going to lead the league in HRs. But AVG and RBI are a possibility.

    And I know it’s only April and I’m getting waaaaaaaay ahead of myself here. :lol:

  101. MTU (aka GBURL) April 29th, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Most people would be surprised at how effective icing a bruise can be.

    Wouldn’t surprise me if most if all of Jorge’s swelling is already gone.

  102. Jerkface April 29th, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Gardner attempts steals at a normal rate for base stealers (ellsbury/crawford/figgins) so unless you want him to be over aggressive I think he is fine.

    Its not possible to steal on every pitch, every time at first.

  103. Doreen - GTLU Standings & Rules April 29th, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Maine Yankees -

    What MTU said!

    :)

  104. MaineYankee April 29th, 2010 at 9:27 am

    GB7

    Has Killer come dragging home yet? That southern drawl really got him in trouble up here. :lol:

  105. GreenBeret7 April 29th, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Cano will have a tough time picking up ground on Miguel Cabrera, especially hitting behind two of the best RBI bats in baseball. That said, he’ll get his share of RBI.

  106. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 29th, 2010 at 9:28 am

    upstate kate April 29th, 2010 at 9:22 am
    Chad Moeller is stashed away in AAA?I read/heard somewhere that he might make the trip to NY just in case he is needed

    you are brave Erica, I am usually too scared to read the previous comments, especially after a loss

    *****************

    Losses I don’t go backwards. Wins are a different story. Last night was a pretty win!

  107. Patrick from CT April 29th, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Gardy has played great and so has his plattoon partner Thames.
    GTLU will be fun today; who will bat 9th? Cervi or Grandy?

  108. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 29th, 2010 at 9:29 am

    MaineYankee April 29th, 2010 at 9:21 am
    Erica

    The Damon radar is always working.

    ******************

    If my system was working properly I should have been alerted in my sleep!

    But I had so much drama in my apartment last night that when I finally hit my pillow I was instantly down for the count

  109. GreenBeret7 April 29th, 2010 at 9:31 am

    MaineYankee April 29th, 2010 at 9:27 am
    GB7

    Has Killer come dragging home yet? That southern drawl really got him in trouble up here.

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    Are you kidding? That’s part of his charm, barking with a southern drawl. It melts the ladies hearts and scares the males. They look at those steely eyes and know this ain’t a normal redneck dog. He’s got attitude. I just hope that not too many paternity suits show up in the mail.

  110. Patrick from CT April 29th, 2010 at 9:34 am

    You are probably right Doreen. Robbie’s going to have the best shot at leading the league in hitting. RBIs are going to be tougher to come by when Tex and Arod heat up with the long ball…

  111. randy l. April 29th, 2010 at 9:35 am

    “Right now I absolutely love what Cervelli has been able to bring.
    You gotta love him.”

    mtu-

    i’m going to have to go counter to everyone else on this one.

    ever since the time i saw cervelli do a fake dive to catch a foul ball where after he landed on his belly and the ball arrived a second later meaning he didn’t have to dive, i thought his over enthusiasm was a bit much.

    i prefer quiet catchers defensively who are more classic in their set up. i think cervelli is fine as a back up catcher, but i’d hate to see him be the yankee starting catcher simply because i don’t think he’s good enough offensively.

    that said , he does seem to have the ability to raise his game when he puts on the pinstripes,so it is within the realm of possibility he could be that rare player who as a yankee is better than he really is.

    think scott brosius.

  112. tex's friend April 29th, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Gardy has played great and so has his plattoon partner Thames.
    GTLU will be fun today; who will bat 9th? Cervi or Grandy?

    ___

    With matusz starting, thames will DH. I dont see them taking gardner out anymore for thames, but johnson is still struggling.

    early lineup projection

    jeter ss
    gardner lf
    tex 1b
    alex 3b
    cano 2b
    nick ‘triples’ swisher rf
    thames dh
    granderson cf
    cervelli c

  113. tex's friend April 29th, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Gardy has played great and so has his plattoon partner Thames.
    GTLU will be fun today; who will bat 9th? Cervi or Grandy?

    ___

    With matusz starting, thames will DH. I dont see them taking gardner out anymore for thames, but johnson is still struggling.

    early lineup projection

    jeter ss
    gardner lf
    tex 1b
    alex 3b
    cano 2b
    nick ‘triples’ swisher rf
    thames dh
    granderson cf
    cervelli c

  114. tex's friend April 29th, 2010 at 9:36 am

    no idea why that posted twice.

  115. Erin April 29th, 2010 at 9:37 am

    New Post: Today in The Journal News

  116. MTU (aka GBURL) April 29th, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Randy-

    I, of course, have to defer to you on Cervelli’s catching ability but I agree that he might be an overachiever in the mold of Brosius.

  117. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 29th, 2010 at 9:47 am

    :arrow:

  118. RayVT April 29th, 2010 at 10:05 am

    GreenBeret7 April 29th, 2010 at 9:21 am
    I agree GB! Still he is playing with house money right now! I wonder how his supporters will take his slumps?

  119. the gay Yankee fan April 29th, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Here’s my GTLU:

    Jeter SS
    Swisher RF
    Texeira 1B
    ARod 3B
    Cano 2B
    Thames DH
    Cervelli C
    Granderson CF
    Gardner LF

  120. YankWatcher April 29th, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Cervelli just can’t win with some of you guys. If he does well (which he certainly has), you say the sample size is too small and we really can’t tell. If he went into a slump (which he hasn’t), you’d be the first to scream “See, he can’t hit, I told you so.”

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