Some post-game quotes:
Said he was throwing strikes, but that several of them had too much of the plate and “weren’t good strikes. They were all over the place.”
Told that Joe Girardi thought he hadn’t pitched poorly, and asked if that was any consolation: “No. We need to win games. That’s what it comes down to. I could have pitched great, but if we lose we lose. I’ve got to pitch better, that’s the bottom line.”
“Those two bad innings seemed like mirror images of each other.”
On the botched fly ball: “I kind of checked how close I was getting to the line and when I looked up the ball wasn’t where I thought it was going to be and I missed it, plain and simple. It’s a play I should have made and I didn’t make it.”
On Teixeira: “I think sometimes the focus is (on him) because of where he is in the order. But we’ve had other guys this week who’ve struggled in those situations too. It’s not only him.”
On Hughes: “When you don’t make a pitch, you don’t make a pitch. That’s the same in any start. The ball gets a little bit too much of the plate. There’s a fine line between getting an out and giving up a base hit. … He threw the ball pretty well, but it just seemed with two outs in those two innings he wasn’t able to get the third out. That’s what hurt him. It wasn’t like he gave up a seven or eight-spot. He kept us in this game.”
Mark Teixeira, on a 1-for-23, repeated that he’s always live on his hot streaks, and had to live with his cold ones. But he is surprised that the last hot streak turned cold so quickly. Usually the hot ones last longer.
He said he might try taking fewer swings — in batting practice. He noted that switch-hitters naturally take twice as many swings as non-switch-hitters, and that he tends to work a lot, so he might be taking 100 or more swings a day. He thinks he needs to back off now.
But he sounded extremely confident that he’s been through this before, and he will get hot again, and soon.