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Today in The Journal News

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Today in the Journal News on May 25, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Good morning from the familiar Delta terminal at LaGuardia. This is one of those mornings when I’m hoping some coffee and a nap on the plane will have a huge impact on my day. Last night didn’t include nearly enough sleep.

The Yankees are hoping this is one of those days that makes them forget the previous week. As Rick Carpiniello wrote in today’s paper, the team is struggling up and down the roster. “You don’t want to see your players go through it,” Joe Girardi said. “But you know that they are, and every one of them is going to go through it. But sometimes it’s hard to watch them go through it because you remember what it felt like to go through those periods.”

Also from today’s paper: Yogi Berra is getting his own statue.

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52 Responses to “Today in The Journal News”

  1. Billy D May 25th, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Chad:

    Nice job with the “Right and Wrong” series. Timely, because we’re at the quarterpost and a great way to keep the blog moving on an off day.

  2. GreenBeret7 May 25th, 2010 at 8:38 am

    It’s great to see that Yogi has somebody to carry on for him when it comes to turning a phrase. a perfect “Yogism” from his 5 year old granddaughter.

    “Carmen Berra, Yogi’s wife of 61 years, said that she visited the museum on a class trip about a week ago with her granddaughter, Alexandra. The 5-year-old wanted to know what the circle was outside the museum.

    When told ‘that’s where they are putting Grandpa,’ the child reacted quickly.

    “You mean we have to come here to see Grandpa,” Carmen Berra recalled Alexandra saying.”

  3. Mike Ri May 25th, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Its a new day Yanks !! . . lets get back to winning series ! . .

  4. Chris May 25th, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Let’s see good AJ tonight.

    I miss that guy!

  5. pat May 25th, 2010 at 9:10 am

    No one is immune to slumps…..

    “Over the last 10 games, he’s without an RBI, and he has only five in the last 20 games. Through Pujols’ last 11 games, he is batting .222 (eight for 36) with only six runs scored, and two extra-base hits (one double, one homer) and two RBIs.

    Even more alarming is his last 22 games this month, with a .256 average, one homer and 10 RBIs.”

  6. JohnC May 25th, 2010 at 9:11 am

    What is the Yanks record in their first ever game in a new ballpark? Not too good if I recall correctly.

  7. Mixinitup May 25th, 2010 at 9:25 am

    The trouble lately is that just about everyone is in a slump. When that happens the team looks really poor. This will change.

    It seems to me that all the players are well aware of their lack of hitting, that leads to pressing, trying to make something happen and doing more with the pitches than is possible.

    It is frustrating to see, but this too shall pass.

    Good on Yogi for getting a statue made for him. I look forward to visiting there and seeing it once its done.

  8. ac1 May 25th, 2010 at 9:27 am

    SI_JonHeyman very impressed by #redsox right now. beat up halladay, then rays. cant do any better than that. #watchoutyanks

    ___

    WOW he is right. I bet no other team in history ever beat Halladay and the Rays in the same season.

  9. Andrew May 25th, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Heyman is a buffoon, at this point it looks like he has auto-programmed his Twitter to either a) slurp the Rays, b) rip the Mets and Yankees, c) hype a Boras client or d) talk about David Ortiz. The baseball expert with the least expertise imaginable.

  10. ac1 May 25th, 2010 at 9:36 am

    there was that game three days ago where cole hamels completely shut the sox offense down. they didnt look too impressive there.

  11. YankeeRay May 25th, 2010 at 9:39 am

    GTLU
    Jeter
    Swisher
    Arod
    Cano
    Tex
    Miranda
    Cervelli
    Winn
    Gardner

    Drop Tex and put your best hitter in the 3 hole. Cano will protect him for now. I would rather see Russo but Winn against the RHP makes more sense today.

  12. pat May 25th, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Joelsherman1 Column http://bit.ly/buYEE5 Pettitte says pal Oswalt only wants a World Series contender, and for now that counts #Mets out

  13. anon May 25th, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Hurry back, Grandy and Jorge.

    Signed,

    The Lineup

  14. Y's Guy May 25th, 2010 at 9:45 am

    the yankees should buy that berra statue and put it outside the stadium

  15. Fran (the original) and OPPC member May 25th, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Pat,

    Not that the Yankees would pursue Oswalt, but there was an article about that in todays NY Post and it said that Oswalt would consider the Yankees because of his friendship with Andy.

  16. ac1 May 25th, 2010 at 9:47 am

    We all underestimate the loss that POsada means to this lineup AND the pitching staff (even though people here think posada is done and bad behind the plate).

    In 08′ when he went down, the yankees struggled. Last year, Cervelli looked good, but the offense still struggles without Posada there.

    I feel like the success of this team is based on him and when he returns, watch the yankees run back to the top. Dont worry that we are 2 losses from 4th place.

  17. randy l. May 25th, 2010 at 9:48 am

    the yankees need to get better in a lot of areas.

    for example there is only one team in major league baseball that has a worse throwing out runner’s percentage than the yankees.

    that would be the pirates.

    so with all the resources the yankees have compared to everyone else they are almost dead last and 1% better than the team that spends the least in all of baseball.

    does cashman , girardi, and the coaching staff pay attention to detail or do they just send out the all stars to put up big numbers.

    being almost last shows a lack of will. no one tried.

    from holding on runners to having catchers work on their throwing, the only way for the yankees to be almost last is they didn’t work on it enough.

    that’s inexcusable for a team with this kind of talent.

  18. ac1 May 25th, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Oswalt is good, but the one thing the team does not need is starting pitching. We need Aceves back in the pen, and we need teams to fall out so we can strengthen the bench.

  19. upstare kate May 25th, 2010 at 9:51 am

    I agree Y’s guy, Yankee Stadium would be a great place for the Yogi statue.

    I like your line up Yankee Ray. When GGBG batted 9th, it was like having 2 lead off hitters.

  20. gfd May 25th, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Halladay before that game was 14-14 against the sox, it could’ve gone either way. I do hope that Halladay loses some of his EDGE pitching in the NL.

  21. Fran (the original) and OPPC member May 25th, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Curtis coming back on Friday would really be a big boost. The outfield defense would be strong and it would put Winn and Thames back into the role of part time players.

  22. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 25th, 2010 at 9:54 am

    pat May 25th, 2010 at 9:42 am
    Joelsherman1 Column http://bit.ly/buYEE5 Pettitte says pal Oswalt only wants a World Series contender, and for now that counts #Mets out
    ***********

    Comments like this annoy me (no, not you Pat).

    Do people really expect Oswalt to say “Yeah, I am getting out of Houston cause I just don’t like it there. I’d like to go to another team thats equally stinky”

  23. upstate kate May 25th, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Winn and Thames as PT players would be a good thing :) It will be nice to have all the starting OF back.

  24. What? May 25th, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Accuscore predicts a Yankees lost tonight?

  25. Y's Guy May 25th, 2010 at 9:56 am

    i think granderson coming back will mean the release of wynn. with the short bench, they need russo and thames is the big bat on the bench, winn really hasnt shown much at the plate or in the field, so i see him leaving when grandy comes back

  26. Billy D May 25th, 2010 at 9:57 am

    “for example there is only one team in major league baseball that has a worse throwing out runner’s percentage than the yankees.”

    In fairness Randy, while the percentage is exceedingly bad, they are probably doing something right insomuch as only four teams in the AL have had fewer attempted steals against them. In years past, they had constantly been among the top 2-3 teams in attempted steals against. Maybe they are doing a better job holding runners on than these numbers lead us to believe.

  27. Andrew May 25th, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Randy the Yankees have allowed 31 stolen bases this year so far, 12 of them by Burnett and 6 in his last start against the Rays. Burnett is terrible at holding runners, he has a slow delivery and base runners can easily identify that he’s going to the plate and take off on his first move. He gives catchers little to no chance throwing guys out and I truly think that stat about them being worst at throwing guys out is skewed by a hole in AJ’s game. I’m not trying to attack him, either, but it’s an important thing to consider when looking at SB/CS numbers.

  28. Billy D May 25th, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Andrew:

    They’re still only getting 18% on the non AJ attempted steals, but you are right about citing him as probably the biggest culprit in the low percentage issue.

  29. SJ44 May 25th, 2010 at 10:04 am

    How is it Brian Cashman’s fault if AJ Burnett can’t hold runners on base?

    I get people losing their minds over a bad 10 days of play.

    However, let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater.

    The Yankees don’t need to revamp their entire team to go forward. They simply need to play better and get healthy.

    Both much easier to accomplish than deciding to revamp the entire team in a panic fit because they have played poorly for 10 days.

  30. Keeping it real May 25th, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Unfortunately Cerevelli’s stats get dinged up too when AJ allows runners to steal!

  31. Billy D May 25th, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Been more like 15 days SJ, but your point remains.

  32. Andrew May 25th, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Billy D they definitely need to improve the percentage overall, I agree. I just wanted to point out an aspect of the numbers being potentially skewed by AJ. The key for him is just, don’t let anyone (if not anyone, then just a few people here and there at least) get on base, which he is ultimately capable of every time out.

  33. 86w183 May 25th, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Oswalt is certainly better than Vazquez so I guess you could start a trade offer with that swap. Houston gets financial relief and the Yanks get the better pitcher. They’d want some prospects to go with it, but who knows if Hal will take on the additional financial commitment?

  34. SJ44 May 25th, 2010 at 10:10 am

    The SB % has had little to do with their slide.

    They aren’t hitting in the clutch.

    Their #3 hitter is barely hitting .200.

    Their bullpen has been awful and the last 2 turns by the starters haven’t been good.

    Despite ALL of that, they have been in almost every game in the last week. A couple of timely hits, and nobody is complaining about anything.

    The bottom line is, when a third of your lineup is out, and another 2-3 guys in it are in deep slumps, you aren’t winning a lot of games.

    Until that changes, you can have a 100% rate of throwing runners out on the bases, you are still going to struggle to win games.

  35. Billy D May 25th, 2010 at 10:11 am

    “Unfortunately Cerevelli’s stats get dinged up too when AJ allows runners to steal!”

    Not this year. Cisco is 1 for 7 on attempted steals against Burnett and 1 for 9 on attempted steals against other Yankees pitchers

  36. SJ44 May 25th, 2010 at 10:11 am

    The Yankees don’t need Roy Oswalt. The Yankees need Mark Teixeira to hit like Mark Teixeira and get Granderson, Aceves and Posada back ASAP.

    If the Astros deal Oswalt, they want at least 3 young, cost controlled players in return.

    Absent that, they aren’t dealing him.

  37. Jerkface May 25th, 2010 at 10:14 am

    12 off Aj and 7 off of relievers. Not terribly worried about that.

  38. randy l. May 25th, 2010 at 10:14 am

    so sj, the yankees should just accept being almost dead last in throwing out runners?

    they shouldn’t work on the little things?

    how far would tony have got if he took that attitude?

    you can’t possible believe that the baseball is just the big flashy numbers and stats.

    everything , no matter how small matters too.

    this is a team that just waits for things to happen in the sense of being complacent.

    what you are suggesting is that they wait some more.

    that’s one school of thought.

    i’m more of a billy martin kind of guy. i would get in some people’s faces and challenge people more.

    i don’t care what burnett thinks about working extra to hold runners on better.
    do it or else.

  39. Andrew May 25th, 2010 at 10:15 am

    SJ you have to feel a little better about the bullpen after this week (save for Park & Logan), no? Robertson looks much better, Joba had good outing on Friday and hopefully gets back to consistent Good Joba, Mo is getting his annual location slump out of the way and hopefully will soon get back on the type of roll he was on to start the season. If they can get Aceves back I think the pen is looking a lot more stable then it did during the 2 Boston games a week ago.

  40. SMK May 25th, 2010 at 10:17 am

    It’s getting old watching these floating strike zones or strikes called on pitches that are 6″ outside. It’s easy to see how it affects not only that specific AB, but later ABs in the game as well.

    I’m not here to gripe about the Yanks getting hosed disproportionately, but to offer one fan’s solution:

    utilizing a system similar to the Cyclops in tennis, the moment a pitch crosses the plate a buzzer carried by the home plate ump will signal if the pitch is x # of inches outside (somewhere between 4-6″, let’s say).

    Any pitch under the prescribed distance is left entirely to his discretion.

    Only the HP ump & MLB will know that the buzzer has gone off.

    If these bad calls are due to inability to discern a strike from a ball, then the system offers clarification for the ump.

    Missed calls that are due to any other reason would now be more difficult for the ump to justify.

    At some point, MLB has to end these egregiously bad calls. The game should be impacted solely by the play on the field, not on the whims of a few umpires.

  41. SJ44 May 25th, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Or else what? You going waive him?

    The guy has pitched that way his entire career. His leg kick was the same way when he was winning playoff games last year.

    Changing him in mid-season makes no sense.

    Randy,

    Screaming at players accomplishes little or nothing. They just tune you out and you make the problem worse.

    If the players see Girardi panic now, they will panic. How is that wise?

    You are taking one stat and trying to extrapolate it into a bigger issue.

    The fact is, they can drill until the cows come home on stolen bases.

    If Jeter and Tex don’t hit, the rest of the lineup scuffles, the bullpen continues to leak, and the starters keep putting them in mulit-run holes early in games, how the catchers are doing throwing out runners isn’t going to matter all that much.

    They aren’t waiting for things to happen. The entire team is in a slump.

    Its not the first time its happened and it won’t be the last.

  42. SJ44 May 25th, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Andrew,

    A relief pitcher having one good outing doesn’t tell us much. String together 3 or 4 in a row and then you have something.

    The runs allowed by the bullpen in the late innings of the last 3 series have cost them a chance to win games.

    When they can go 5 straight games without giving up runs in innings 7-9, we can look at it as them “getting it back”.

    Until then, the bullpen remains a big problem on this team. Next to Tex, its the biggest problem on the team at the present time.

  43. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 25th, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Sj44-

    Do you feel a team meeting would have any benefit in the case of such a slump?

    Last year, everything seemed to turn around when Cashman showed up in Atlanta

  44. Haiku-man May 25th, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Court papers reveal that the Tangers still owe Alex 25MM. How many years has he been here, for them to still owe him money?

    Looks like the Cardinals are about to sell their future to keep Pujols. The talk in sports circles in STL, believe Pujols is older than he’s stated, and that they’ve already gotten his best 10 yrs. The next contract will include his decline. But they want him and will pay through the nose (bleed) to keep him , speculation is he’ll get 27-30MM, from a another small market. STL market is 20th, Pujols will impact their club’s financial future. The problem with this is a meme. that STL believes he’s the best player in baseball, and he should be paid Alex money OR BETTER, crazy talk!!

  45. Jerkface May 25th, 2010 at 10:24 am

    AJ will always allow steals, all they have to do is go on the right pitch (curve) and it gives the catcher no chance. BUrnett got 12 CS last year but still allowed 23 SB. I’m sure its something he is working on. He does have 3 pick offs which aren’t including in the CS%.

  46. Jerkface May 25th, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Consider this: There have been 100!!! opportunities for runners to steal 2nd against AJ and 3 have been picked off, 2 CS, and 12 successful.

  47. Haiku-man May 25th, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Edit Tangers = Rangers

  48. Billy D May 25th, 2010 at 10:28 am

    “Court papers reveal that the Tangers still owe Alex 25MM.”

    If he didn’t opt out, this number would be close to $45M. Deferred money.

  49. Haiku-man May 25th, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Billy D

    See what happens when small markets clubs allow Boras to hoodwink them on a player they can’t afford?

  50. randy l. May 25th, 2010 at 11:11 am

    “Screaming at players accomplishes little or nothing. They just tune you out and you make the problem worse.

    If the players see Girardi panic now, they will panic. How is that wise?”

    sj-

    there’s a balance between being too complacent and panicking .

    the yankees for the very reason they are so good tend to be complacent about small things. they do not have to do the small things that a team like the twins does.

    when cano was lost in space that year they cracked down on him eventually and it helped.

    i’m just saying do it a little sooner rather than later.

    i also don’t believe that girardi should all of a sudden go billy matin on any individual or the team as a whole, but he is erring on the side of patience. girardi is not a creative guy. it’s not his strength. his strengths are in going by the book which usually works on a loaded team. this team is no longer loaded.

    when things go bad he’s very slow to react. the whole coaching staff is that way now. no bowa types to add some fire. i’m not saying yell for nothing. i’m saying there was no reason for burnett to give up 6 stolen bases with a guy who can throw like cervelli who by the way needs some work himself since it seems like he’s bouncing about half his throws into second base.

    patience is good at the right time and having tough consistent standards is also good. i really dislike how the yankees have to go really bad before they respond.

    there is no reason for example to continue putting teixeira in the third spot lefty when he’s doing his best imitation of a bad ortiz. the red sox didn’t just leave ortiz alone either . it was pretty clear he needed to start producing or else.

    teixeira is obviously a different case because he really is a cornerstone of this team, but he can’t get this far into the season and be this bad without some change being made even if it’s just sitting him occasionally against tough lefties or dropping him in the order.

    how much managerial skill does it take to just leave him there? that’s just lazy managing to me and not the kind of patience you are talking about.

    granderson is not likely to hit the ground running because few players do when they’re out that long. this is going to be a tough road for the yankees for the next month. the same old same old isnt going to get the job done.

    creativity and tough love during bad times to me works better than going by the book and being patient and just waiting for things to turn around.

    i do agree if the yankee coaching staff does nothing but be patient that eventually the team will be running on all cylinders again.

    the question is will that be too late or not. i’d like to steal some games in the meantime by doing some things differently.

  51. roger May 25th, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Roger can.

  52. 57' Yank May 25th, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    When Posada gets back, DUMP WINN PLEASE !!!

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