Usually when you talk to pitchers who have struggled, their post-game quotes have more to do with “not making pitches” or “not having command” or “leaving the ball up in the zone.” In other words, most of the time the quotes have to do with execution.
Tonight, CC Sabathia was more frustrated by his decision-making. Jason Bay touched him for two home runs, a feat made even more surprising by the fact that Sabathia had done well against Bay in the past – coming into the game Bay was just 1-for-9 off him.
So what happened? Among other things, Sabathia said he “just didn’t follow the game plan” against Bay in the Mets four-run second inning, throwing a soft change-up to Bay on a 2-and-1 count which the outfielder hit for just his second home run of the season. Sabathia said he should have gone with something harder in that situation.
Take a listen to CC’s audio, if you can. It’s pretty interesting and not the typical pitcher-speak you often hear after a game like this one.
• Alex Rodriguez thought he had a one or two pitches to hit against Francisco Rodriguez in the last at-bat of the game. If you look back at the sequence, A-Rod fouled off two pitches nearly straight back, and he bemoaned not doing more with them. “I’d like to have them back,” he said.
Asked about the general struggles of the offense lately, Rodriguez admitted it was tough to take. “Absolutely it’s frustrating,” he said, “because we’re capable of so much more.”
Here’s his audio:
• Don’t look for too many changes to the Yankees lineup anytime soon. There may be some tweaks, but Joe Girardi – while frustrated with his team’s hitting – said there isn’t much the Yankees can do other than wait for people to start producing. “Right now, we’re struggling a bit,” he said. The Yankees had touched up Johan Santana the last time they saw him, but struggled tonight because Santana’s change-up “was outstanding,” Girardi said. He wasn’t kidding – several Yankees took swings that made them look silly.
Girardi, not surprisingly, didn’t look very happy in his postgame. He described this week as “not what we wanted” and said he thought today’s off-day was coming at a particularly good time. The Yankees will regroup and fly to Minneapolis tomorrow, where they’ll open a series at Target Field on Tuesday.
Here’s Girardi’s audio:
That’s it from the Citi. Thanks to everyone for reading and commenting this weekend. I know it’s late but hopefully you guys can get a listen to the audio — if you do, you’ll hear that the players are right there with you, emotionally. As for tomorrow, we’ll have a few posts and then Chad will be back with the team when they return to action in Minny on Tuesday. Thanks again.