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Postgame notes: Not quite good enough

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes, Podcast on Aug 15, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Yankees Royals BaseballThere were no answers, only frustration in the Yankees clubhouse this afternoon. It was one of the few times you could hear the aggravation in Joe Girardi’s voice.

“That’s a game that we need to win,” he said. ““It’s not what we wanted, and we need to play better. We need to go home and play well. Start winning series. Tying series is not good enough. We need to start winning series.”

The Yankees managed to waste a terrific start from A.J. Burnett, who has inexplicably lost each of his past four complete games. He lost this one because the Yankees couldn’t score against Bryan Bullington, a first-round bust who had never won a major league game until today.

“It’s frustrating because usually guys that come in and dominate us are left-handed pitchers,” Alex Rodriguez said. “Usually we’re able to fare a lot better against a guy like today who throws hard and challenges. He really challenged us all game, and we had nothing for him.”

Rodriguez, Derek Jeter and Lance Berkman talked about how often Bullington got ahead in the count, but Bullington threw a first-pitch strike to only nine hitters. Rodriguez guessed Bullington threw 80 to 90 percent fastballs, but good friend Mark Feinsand did the math through Gameday and said the number was closer to 65 percent.

“It’s just one of those days,” Berkman said. “He threw a lot of strikes. He didn’t get into bad counts. He was aggressive in the strike zone. Everything we hit good we hit up in the air, and you weren’t going to hit a ball out of here today with a cannon.”

Bottom line, the Yankees lost and took a split on this road trip. Winning one out of two seemed acceptable in Texas. But two out of four in Kansas City, when Zack Greinke never touched the mound?

“Today would have been nice to put that one in the win column,” Rodriguez said. “Going home 3-3 (on the road trip) is not quite good enough.”

Here’s Girardi.

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Yankees Royals Baseball• Burnett was terrific. After allowing those two runs in the first inning, he allowed two hits the rest of the way. The few times he got into trouble — whether because of walks or errors — he seemed to get better, not lose his composure. “I really felt in control,” he siad. “I felt like I could pretty much throw it where I wanted to. It got away from me a couple of times, but I knew I could get back. I had in the back of my mind that I could throw my hook at any time. When you have that confidence, it’s a lot easier.”

• Jeter said players kept coming to the bench saying one thing: “Get him next inning,” Jeter said. “We ran out of innings.”

• Blame it on the Yankees tendency to struggle against pitchers they’ve never seen, but Rodriguez said that wasn’t the problem today. “Transparent” is the word he used to describe Bullington. “There was no guessing game,” Rodriguez said. “It was 80 to 90 percent fastballs. Just right through the strike zone. There were no secrets. Today he was better than us.”

• Rodriguez and Girardi both said they were sure A-Rod’s second-inning drive to center field was leaving the park. It died at the warning track. “I thought it was gone no matter what when he hit it,” Girardi said.

• Girardi was clearly frustrated by the double error play in the sixth inning, when both Robinson Cano and Francisco Cervelli threw the ball away. “The second error probably shouldn’t happen,” Girardi said. “He’s got to pounce on it, then (the base runner) probably doesn’t go.”

• Damaso Marte came through his half-mound bullpen just fine and will try to throw another on Tuesday.

• Brett Gardner — who had faced Bullington twice in the minors — had one of the two Yankees hits. Cano had the other. Gardner was 6-for-18 on this road trip.

• Two hits tied a season low for the Yankees. They were held scoreless for the sixth time.

• CC Sabathia also lost a complete game this season. He did it in Oakland in April.

Associated Press photos of Burnett and Jeter

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102 Responses to “Postgame notes: Not quite good enough”

  1. Betsy August 15th, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Enough with the talking already – just go out there and play better.

  2. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 15th, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Sorry SJ. I don’t get worked up the way you do. For someone who counsels patience you don’t practice it. I’m not trying to assess the game. I’m just not thrown by bumps in the road.

    And guess you’re wrong about their pitcher, and I absolutely don’t believe that nobody tipped their cap to him from the Yanks organization.

    You say silly stuff sometimes.

    :)

    I’ll read the player comments later. Wait, let me save you the trouble. “Well what did you expect them to say?”

    :lol:

    I know, just like the media made up a rift between Posada and AJ – until AJ said it was real.

    Enjoy your night SJ.

  3. pat August 15th, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    I’ll just imagine what todays posts sounded like without looking and think about AJ pitching a 9 inning 1 run game instead of dwelling on the offense not getting the desired results.

    Yankee postgame comments read less of the hat tipping variety and more of the we should have kicked his butt but didn’t kind.

  4. SJ44 August 15th, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    You mean Girardi was unhappy and not singing Kumbaya?

    Not according to some folks in here. Girardi couldn’t have been mad. lol

    The guy was as mad as I’ve seen him in two years.

    They are 6-8 in August and 16-13 since the ASB.

    That’s not good.

    Hopefully, this weekend jumps starts them and they start to play better.

    They played horribly today and Girardi knows it.

    Its good they didn’t sugarcoat it.

  5. Betsy August 15th, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    I still don’t see how getting upset is going make these guys hit better after most of the season is gone; it’s not.

  6. mick August 15th, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Cervelli is becoming a problem.

  7. SJ44 August 15th, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Do you really want to play this game Trisha? I mean, really?

    1. I don’t get worked up. If you want to cheerlead over games you didn’t watch, fine by me.

    Just don’t make comments about things you don’t know anything about.

    As in, “You find it hard to believe Girardi was upset today”. You see now that wasn’t the case.

    2. Their starting pitcher has a career 0-7 record in the majors with an ERA over 7.

    He’s not a good pitcher Trisha. He’s a journeyman guy who got most of the Pirates front office fired for wasting a first round pick on him in 2002. Wrong again.

    3. The players didn’t go out of their way to praise the KC pitcher today. Even Derek Jeter held back a “tip of your cap” reference.

    I know you have a hard time handling the truth sometimes. However, believe it or not, professional athletes do get ticked off when they play poorly, as do their manager.

    Today was one of those days.

    The fact is, this team hasn’t played well in August and has to play better.

    Even a cheerleader can see that.

    Unless of course you think a 6-8 record in August is cause for celebration.

  8. mick August 15th, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Dropping popups, not hustling after balls, then throwing them away.
    How much longer do they go with this guy?

  9. TheStraw August 15th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    July was great, August not so much. They do need to get out of this mini funk. If a kick in the pants accomplishes it, so be it. It seems to me that these one run games are making them swing for the fences and not be patient. When they get a two or three run lead, they seem to get more patient and tack on runs resulting in blowouts. They need to adopt that mentality even in the close games.

  10. Melk Man August 15th, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    They are also 14-13 in their last 27 home games dating back to early June. That is an area they have to improve on. Teams shouldn’t come into our building and be able to beat us like they have the past 2.5 months.

  11. SJ44 August 15th, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Trisha,

    Its funny how you don’t want to tell us all how Cervelli is the catcher of the future and should be playing everyday anymore.

    Just to refresh your memory….

    He’s hitting .188 since May 31 and now has more errors than any catcher in the AL this year.

    Funny how that escapes your “analysis” yet, you still want to take shots at Posada.

    Stick to cheerleading and looking for Baghdad Bob press releases before believing anything that goes on with the Yankees.

    The rest of us will talk baseball and everything will go well.

  12. MTU August 15th, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Nothing wrong with trying to light a little flame under the team’s azz.

    A Manager has to know when to be patient and when to apply some tough love I would think.

    That is what he gets paid to do. To Manage.

    Maybe he should get himself thrown out of a game. That always seems to provide a spark. ;)

  13. EA August 15th, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Compare the postgame quotes today to the ones after other losses. The team sounded ticked off today. Rather than the “tip our cap” nonsense, they actually said it was not good to split the trip. They are not delusional, they know they need to play better and it isin’t just an off-day, they need to improve their play.

  14. Betsy August 15th, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    No, again – I’m fine with Joe doing that, but I just don’t see how that’s going to make the team have better at bats (unless you think that they have been phoning in their effort).

  15. clownthrowindown August 15th, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Millions of dollars in the bank and more on the way, hot actress girlfriends, apartments in the city, houses in Westchester, reservations tonight at the best spots in town, adoring fans and an ex-scrub catcher who no one takes seriously…hey, why get break a sweat on a Sunday afternoon in Kansas City?

  16. SJ44 August 15th, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Over the course of 162 games, every so often, you have to air out the guys and get them back in focus.

    Today was that day.

    Nobody is saying the “season is over” or anything like that.

    However, the FACT is, from the manager on down, they weren’t a happy bunch today.

    Nor should they be.

    A team this good shouldn’t get dominated by a guy like this. He’s not that good.

    That’s why they weren’t acting as if he was Cy Young today.

    It happens and you turn the page.

    However, its not being a “bad solider” to recognize the fact the team is not playing well in August and has to pick it up.

  17. TheStraw August 15th, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    You think the Yanks feel bad? How would you like to be Dustin Johnson right now?

  18. MTU August 15th, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Good thing I went hiking today.

    Seemed to have picked the right day to miss a game.

  19. Betsy August 15th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Again, I’m fine with Joe doing it……. but it doesn’t speak very well of the team that they need to be motivated. That’s disappointing. I don’t see how Joe getting pissed off or the players getting pissed is going to make them hit ……….

  20. Betsy August 15th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Looks like I picked the wrong day to quit sniffing glue…………

  21. mick August 15th, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Maybe they needed this game as a wakeup call.
    Maybe they are complacent, thinking that they are playing like crap yet still have the best record in baseball.
    Maybe this is just what they needed to push themselves thru the next month and a half.

  22. SJ44 August 15th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Betsy,

    EVERY team needs to be motivated once in awhile. That’s not a big deal.

    162 games over 180 days. You have that kind of grind, you are going to have days you need to be motivated.

    Getting re-focused will make them hit. Sometimes, to get re-focused, you get aired out by the manager.

    It goes on with every team in baseball. The Yankees are no different.

  23. TheStraw August 15th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Clownthrowindown-

    Comments like that are what rile some of us so much. Keep your criticisms to baseball.

  24. MTU August 15th, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Sounds like some people think there was a lack of effort out there today.

    Was there ? I missed the game.

  25. mick August 15th, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    be motivated. That’s disappointing. I don’t see how Joe getting pissed off or the players getting pissed is going to make them hit ……….
    =================
    If they aren’t focused , they won’t hit.
    They haven’t been whole all season. Time to settle down and get serious, we all have our mental lapses.

  26. SJ44 August 15th, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    mick,

    That’s the way I see it.

    They know they haven’t played up to their capabilities for awhile.

    Remember the Marlins series in Florida last year, followed by a horrible effort the first night in Atlanta?

    That was when Cashman went down the next day and reamed the entire team out before BP.

    After that, they played much better.

    I have a feeling they will play much better after this roadtrip.

    I’m looking for a better homestand from these guys this week.

  27. Betsy August 15th, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    SJ, I can see the motivation part when a team is tired and I’m sure the Yankees are. I honestly don’t believe they don’t care or are phoning things in……….However, the offense has been inconsistent all year, when they presumably didn’t need to be motivated. I don’t expect to see much difference, honestly. Jeter is not all of a sudden going to revert to last year’s version. Cervelli is awful – he’s not going to transform into a good player. Jorge is not going to suddenly get healthy and start hitting, etc………

  28. mick August 15th, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Was there ? I missed the game.
    ======================
    Too many “fans” miss games in here, I don’t get that.

  29. Betsy August 15th, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Mick, if they haven’t been focused all season, that tells everything I DON’T want to know about the team. I don’t buy it – I don’t buy that they are having bad years because they aren’t focused; they’re having bad years because ……..who knows? Jeter getting old? Maybe. Jorge not being healthy/getting hold? I think so. Alex not healthy? Probably so.

  30. mick August 15th, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    That was when Cashman went down the next day and reamed the entire team out before BP.
    ================================
    If they don’t turn it around soon, we should see Cash get down again.
    This might be enough though.

  31. Eduardo August 15th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    There are “fans” in here that quit baseball because of a mistake call by a good umpire Jim Joyce, in a game that had nothing to with the Yankees.

    The same “fans” insult Jorge Posada without cause.

    The same “fans” are happy when a scrub pitcher beats the Yankees.

    The same “fans” cheer on division opponents like the Orioles. The Orioles, with an owner that despised George Steinbrenner and would not give the Yankees ice in winter.

  32. mick August 15th, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Mick, if they haven’t been focused all season,
    ==============================
    Did I say all season?
    It is a long season.
    As Trisha says, they are men.
    It’s a temporary lapse, I don’t think we need to get our panties in a twist just yet.
    Other than 1998, when does a team steamroll through an ENTIRE season?

  33. TheStraw August 15th, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    The problem is that guys like Cano and Swish have slipped into some bad habits the last few weeks. Maybe the ream out is focused on them more than the older guys, although they all need to pick it up.

  34. clownthrowindown August 15th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    My comments do reflect baseball. Its a criticism of the atmosphere that Girardi has created with his “kumbaya” management style.
    And whoever said that managers don’t matter hasn’t been paying attention to Baltimore. Managers in baseball and business set a tone for their organization. They set standards and expectations. Obviously the very same players who couldn’t win in Baltimore are now winning with a manager who they perceive to have high expectations. Do the Yankees respond to Girardi like that? Is the fact that nearly every position player is having an off year a reflection of that?
    I believe Girardi is out of place and in over his head with a clubhouse full of superstars who are no longer self-motivated to win their first rings.

  35. mick August 15th, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    And for those who think it’s easy, we just went through a horrendous part of the schedule with Boston, even though they are banged up, have great pitching and it’s always intense and 6 days of playing in a furnace such is Texas and KC.

    We need to lighten up here.

  36. Laura - I Bleed Blue August 15th, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    “Whether we’d seen him once or 100 times,” Jeter said, “the way he threw today, he was going to beat us.”

    Sorry, but the guy wasn’t that good. It’s not like it was Halladay out there. Typical Jeter giving all of the credit to the other guy.

  37. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 15th, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    SJ, dry your tears and try for accuracy and not stridence. I haven’t mentioned Posada at all!

    Now the reason you don’t see me talking about anyone is that I’m not as “smart” as you are and don’t think I know more than the Yankees, so I don’t feel the need to pull out my microscope and put Yankee players under it after each game! And I actually trust players to right the ship. So I don’t make comments about who “has no right to be pitching in the majors” – nor should you dear.

    I just don’t get worked up, no matter what.

    I enjoy the season, come what may. But feel free to continue to spin out when you don’t like the way things are going.

    YAWNY DAWNSY.

    By the way, Arod said that the pitcher was just better than they were. You can read it up above.

    Take your blood pressure pills and you’ll last longer.

  38. Laura - I Bleed Blue August 15th, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    “I believe Girardi is out of place and in over his head with a clubhouse full of superstars who are no longer self-motivated to win their first rings.”

    And I believe that you are wrong. Jeter wants a ring each and every year. Alex, after having his first taste of World Series champagne, most certainly wants to get there again. These guys want to win. They just aren’t getting it done here lately. I don’t know what the problem is. Team makeup. Guys getting old. Chemistry. We can pick any culprit. It doesn’t matter. They need to start playing better. Splitting a 4 game series with the likes of KC is embarrassing.

  39. mick August 15th, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    And I forgot those 6 games against TB and Toronto, that’s 16 games where they pretty much broke even, so I think the worst part of the season is over.

  40. blake August 15th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    “You think the Yanks feel bad? How would you like to be Dustin Johnson right now?”

    What a bunch of BS. No way he could have known that was a bunker. If it was a bunker then the crowd was in it with him…..I feel really bad for that kid after what happened to him at the US Open and now this.

  41. TheStraw August 15th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Clown-

    A better critique, right until the last sentence. Going for a second ring never failed to motivate Jeter, Jorge, Mo or Andy, and they are still the leaders of this team. I don’t necessarily agree, I think Joe’s in game decisions are more questionable than his player handling.

  42. Laura - I Bleed Blue August 15th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    “By the way, Arod said that the pitcher was just better than they were. You can read it up above. ”

    And can Alex explain how these guys who pitch like bums against everyone else turn into Cy Young when they face the Yankees? Funny how that happens.

  43. Eduardo August 15th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    blake,
    What happened to him at the U.S. Open?

  44. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 15th, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    I’m with you mick. It’s a long season. We’ll be fine.

    :)

    Try helping to keep the doubters under control. I know you can do it! See you later.

  45. Betsy August 15th, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    I don’t care what Jeter says; I never have to worry about HIS effort and focus.

  46. mick August 15th, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Girardi is doing a fine job. He always says the right things.
    Some of you would love to see him crap his pants like you do when things go awry.

  47. blake August 15th, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    “What happened to him at the U.S. Open?”

    he was leading the tournament then shot an 82 on Sunday.

  48. jackamir August 15th, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    I miss the Boss, He would blast the effort given today. Steinbrenner would catch the Media & publicly lambast the team, manager, coaches & the batboys.

  49. 108 stitches August 15th, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    All teams run into “flat periods” during the course of a 162-game season. This seems to be that time for the Yankees.
    With 45 games remaining, certain players need to re-focus their talents and collectively become run producers with the idea of losing no series to any team for the rest of the schedule as a goal.

  50. MTU August 15th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Blake-

    That’s because he missed his weekly golf lesson with you. ;)

  51. Cashmoney August 15th, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Monday matchup
    Scherzer Vs Vazquez

    just did a cursory look, Scherzer coming in sporting a 4.01 ERA and in his last 10 starts he has given up to me astounding (only 14 ) runs.

    and we have Javy Vazquez toeing the rubber .

    I say advantage Tigers tomorrow.

  52. mick August 15th, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Some of you live in such fear, I don’t know how you get through a day.
    You also don’t think you have the best team in baseball, which I do.
    If you think it will always be smooth, then there is another life lesson you need to learn.
    Get over your fear of the big bad RedSox, first of all.
    And this inferiority complex you have with Tampa, get over it.
    Imagine if “your” team felt like you did after EVERY loss?
    I doubt you could root for a team with such a lack of heart and belief.

  53. Cashmoney August 15th, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    addendum

    actually at this point of the season , any time when Javy toes the rubber , i would say advantage to the other team. OCB javy hater.

  54. blake August 15th, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    MTU,

    Only golf lesson I could provide is a detailed demonstration of what not to do.

    About the game, I wouldn’t call it a lack of effort….more like a lack of focus maybe. Probably the most frustrating game I’ve watched this year….but its over now. A good home stand would wipe it away nicely.

  55. mick August 15th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    A frustrating game is where you leave a ton of baserunners.
    We had 2 hits. 2 hits.
    There is just going to be bad games like that.

  56. Erica in NY August 15th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    I listened to the game on the radio today.

    It was absolutely painful to listen to

    If I go $1 each time John or Suzy said “You can’t predict baseball” today, I could retire tomorrow

    Sadly, you cannot predict baseball but you can predict an announcers words :mad:

  57. Cashmoney August 15th, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    # mick August 15th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    A frustrating game is where you leave a ton of baserunners.
    We had 2 hits. 2 hits.
    There is just going to be bad games like that.
    ————————————————————
    Scherzer has been a helluva pitcher lately, it won’t be easy tomorrow Mick.
    Get ready for Capt Jeter to tip his hat.

  58. MTU August 15th, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Blake-

    Sorry AJ pitched such a fine game and still lost.

    If it is not a lack of effort then why are so many calling the Team out ?

    It sounds like some believe that.

  59. mick August 15th, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    negative pessimistic post never said anything was easy…

  60. pat August 15th, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    The team may be in need of a “re-focusing” but it sounds like the internal dialog of the players quoted after the game is already saying what Girardi is going to be saying to them.

    Getting shutout by someone you think they should crush isn’t fun but that’s why you play the games.

    The Rays got no hit by Braden and they picked up the pieces and kept playing so I’m guessing the Yankees will too. :wink:

  61. Cashmoney August 15th, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    # mick August 15th, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    negative pessimistic post never said anything was easy…
    ——————————————————————
    realistic

  62. mick August 15th, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    like some of you would know what a lack of effort was…was arod’s shot in the 2nd inning a lack of effort or did the wind knock it down?
    i’ve had enough of this, grow up…

  63. EA August 15th, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    “The problem is that guys like Cano and Swish have slipped into some bad habits the last few weeks. Maybe the ream out is focused on them more than the older guys, although they all need to pick it up.”

    The slumping of those guys, along with Gardner, has contributed to our offensive futility as of late. And aside from A-Rod, the other guys haven’t picked it up either. So basically, it is the same offense we’ve seen all year, minus production from Gardner and Cano. That’s not going to score many runs.

  64. mick August 15th, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    how realistic is it if you go into a game thinking youre going to lose?

  65. theREALkevin August 15th, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Hey dumbasses, life isn’t easy and neither is a 162 game grind. Its a long run game. Like life. By the way, utter joke that so many ppl can complain about a team w the best record in baseball… Get a clue and grow up

  66. Cashmoney August 15th, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    # mick August 15th, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    how realistic is it if you go into a game thinking youre going to lose?
    ————————————————–
    a great baseball wins 2/3 of it’s game, mmm.. Yankees prolly won’t play 666 ball here on out.
    so I replace my realism slight above 33 percent.

    In other word, maybe 1/3 game i expect them to lose, Mick.

  67. Yank1 August 15th, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Yanks have scored 54 runs in 13 August games.

    That ranks 23rd in MLB. 18th in batting average. 23rd in OBP.

  68. blake August 15th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    MTU,

    AJ did throw well. Early on it looked like the wheels were loose and may come off but he settled down and threw a really good game. That’s two pretty solid starts in a row which is really good to see. He could be the difference in October…he pitches well and the staff moves to another level. Hope he can keep it up.

    I always think its dangerous to question a team’s effort…I think you can question how focused a team is though on a given day. Today they faced a pitcher who was probably pitching the biggest game in his life. You know he was as prepared and focused as he possibly could be for this start. The yanks were just playing an afternoon getaway game……

  69. mick August 15th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Hey Kevin you got it right but these must be kids who have a lot to learn in life, at least it sounds that way

  70. Yank1 August 15th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    *54 runs in 14 August games

  71. MTU August 15th, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Blake-

    Me too. :)

  72. Yank1 August 15th, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Cashmoney – until Vazquez proves his dead arm is alive again, he doesn’t have the advantage over any pitcher, let alone a guy like Scherzer

  73. Purenyyankee August 15th, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Absolutely UNACCEPTABLE to split with KC. They mailed this one in today. The game took 2 hours and 7 minutes. That’s a joke. This team is playing with no urgency. Time to WAKE UP, or they will be in 2nd place real soon.

  74. Cashmoney August 15th, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    # Yank1 August 15th, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Cashmoney – until Vazquez proves his dead arm is alive again, he doesn’t have the advantage over any pitcher, let alone a guy like Scherzer
    ———————————————————————-
    on paper that match up looks plain terrible, we will see how it works out in real life tomorrow.
    Tigers has some it’s offensive part back minus Odonez. So we will see how Javy navigate through that lineup.
    On the other hand, Scherze is power fb and slider guy with some control problem, the question will be if the Yankees hitter can catch up to his fb and are willing work the count and tire him out.

    I definitely would favor the Tigers in this match up.

  75. Cashmoney August 15th, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    actually when i think about it, facing Scherzer is kinda like facing Garza, so there you go.

  76. ZMAN August 15th, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Tigers have some good power arms. Porcello and Bonderman threw 2 excellent games against us in Detroit. Verlander is a stud.

    We face King Felix and Vagas this weekend… Seattle sucks, but we’re facing their 2 best pitchers.

    Then a tough road trip to Toronto and Chicago. They need to get it together during this homestand. Unacceptable to split with the Royals minus Greinke. Also unacceptable that we’re only .500 at home dating back to early June….

  77. lil m August 15th, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    “Girardi is doing a fine job. He always says the right things.”

    Yes he does:

    “That’s a game that we need to win,” he said. ““It’s not what we wanted, and we need to play better. We need to go home and play well. Start winning series. Tying series is not good enough. We need to start winning series.”

    Thanks, SJ, for your posts – as always, informative and reliable. Too bad not everyone is able and/or willing to benefit from the extraordinary access and unique insight you and others such as CB and randy bring to this blog. But unfortunately, fact-based realism is not always as valued as it should be.

  78. Doreen August 15th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    I only saw the game through the 6th or 7th inning because we had to leave for the Trenton Thunder game. I was sure the Yankees would get 2 measly runs. A split is not good, and I’m glad that they’re upset about it. It also is a darn shame to waste a great performance by AJ. And it stinks that Tampa went and won today. Guess Showalter’s Orioles are not infallible, after all. ;)

    Anyway, the Trenton game was terrific. Hector Noesi pitched a gem. 7 2-hit innings with 9 strikeouts and no walks. He worked fast and was smooth. I love his demeanor on the mound and his build – on the slender side.

    J.B. Cox came in to relieve him in the 8th and while he gave up no runs, he was so disconcerting to watch. It almost looked as if he wanted to be anywhere but on a pitching mound, adjusting a zillion things in between each and every pitch.

    Ryan Pope got a save, but gave up 2 runs in the top of the ninth. He wasn’t as bad as that sounds, but he’s no closer of he future, for sure.

    The offense was okay – they wasted a couple of opportunities but Rene Rivera, who was catching, and Marcos Vecchionaccio came up big.

    We stayed to the very end of the game. The weather cooperated and we had great seats – 2nd row on the first base side between home plate and the dugout!!

  79. SJ44 August 15th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    My blood pressure isn’t up at all Trisha.

    Someone offering advice about game action in a game they didn’t see is like taking driving lessons from Stevie Wonder.

    It’s not exactly the smart way to go.

    Since I was at every game on this roadtrip, talked to players and the manager, and saw how they were after the game, I’ll take my observations over your pom pom waving.

    Nobody cares if you want to wave pom poms everyday Trisha.

    However, if you are going to comment on a game, at least watch it.

    That will you make observations that actually make sense as opposed to telling us how a career journeyman with a career MLB record is a “good” pitcher.

  80. SJ44 August 15th, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    “A career MLB record of 0-7 is a good pitcher”.

    Sorry for the typo.

  81. kd August 15th, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    sj,
    you posted yesterday that you learned a lot by talking to your scout friends. anything you care to share?

  82. Betsy August 15th, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Well, regardless of who’s on the mound, the Yankees have to play better – they just have to, period. I’m glad Joe laid into them – but I have no reason to think that they are going to start hitting after they have struggled with consistency all season.

  83. Bronx Jeers August 15th, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    The silver lining of this game is that they did not leave one single runner in scoring position.

  84. m August 15th, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Doreen, nice recap. :)

    AJ did a nice job today. Some posters were already getting on him in the second inning about burning up the bullpen. Huh!

    I don’t want to hear anything about bully getting ahead in the count. There is no ahead in the count on first pitch swinging. Bullinger didn’t labor at all. Really hard to get behind in the count when many of the at-bats were 3 pitches or less.

    I’m not angry at the team. But it’s obvious from their approach and BS comments afterwards that their already back home.

  85. Doreen August 15th, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    m -

    What I saw of today’s game, the offensive was abysmal. It happens. I hope they move not just on from it, but up from it.

  86. Bronx Jeers August 15th, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Even if they gave out half-points for reaching 2nd base…. They still would have lost 1-0!

    Did they even touch 2nd base? I didn’t see the double play but I think Gardner was totally blocked. Maybe he got his right hand in there…I don’t recall.

  87. Pat M. August 15th, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Yanks have been treading water since the break, does anybody know how many 1 run games they’ve lost during this time frame…..Welcome back Doreen…..Did the Yanks even see 100 pitches today ????

  88. m August 15th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Doreen,

    I think youbsaw the best part. :(

    9 pitches after 1. 17 after 2. They were determined to beat the wind early on.

  89. Tom in N.J. August 15th, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    I was at a AAA game last weekend. I ended up sitting next to the traveling secratery of the Twins AAA team. Ironically, they were playing the Nats AAA team and Wilson Ramos was catching against them. I asked him why the Twins traded him. I was expecting the old “he was being blocked by the best catcher in the game” response. Instead he told me that Ramos was a real immature kid who had a sense of entitlement and that the Twins wanted him out of their organzation before he poisoned the AAA locker room. It’s amazing what people will tell strangers at a ball game over beers.

  90. Bronx Jeers August 15th, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Bullington threw 96 pitches and Soria threw 11.

  91. Doreen August 15th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Hi Pat M – thanks.

    Treading water is exactly what they’ve been doing since August 1st. Win a couple, lose a couple, win one, lose one. Not building any momentum, not totally stinking, but not really good either, or good pitching, but not good hitting, or vice versa. Wishy-washy. :(

    m -

    Even if they were tired of the heat, tired of the road – that’s what they get paid the big bucks to do – and you know I’m not one of those who thinks the play is defined by the payroll.

    I hate 2 and 4 game series on the road. The Yankees are good enough to win those, but they are killers. I almost always expect a split. At home, they do much better, taking 2 game series or 3 out of 4. But on the road? Not so much. I don’t care if it’s Kansas City or the Rays. 4 games series on the road – just hope not to lose them.

  92. ET August 15th, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    “Yanks have been treading water since the break, does anybody know how many 1 run games they’ve lost during this time frame…..Welcome back Doreen…..Did the Yanks even see 100 pitches today ????”

    They’ve lost 5 1-run games since the break

    16-13 overall since the break, 6-8 in August.

  93. murphydog August 15th, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    “kumbaya” management style? Girardi has a kumbaya management style? Not at all. Not even a little. This is the guy who took the candy and ice cream out of the locker room, remember? He wears the number he does to remind him of the only acceptable outcome of this season: winning the World Series. He’s compulsive and detail oriented. Just because he is relatively good and glib with the media doesn’t mean that’s how he is in the locker room. He’s with the program, he’s not a camp counselor. It’s time to kick these guys in the pants and he’s ready.

    Remember something else: no more players’ coffee as we head into the dog days this year and it’s been extra hot and its got to be having an effect. Jete and ARod ain’t getting younger and neither is Posada. Even a kid like Cervelli has carried quite a load this year filling in for Posada and he may be plain old tired.

    Time to find that second or third wind and bear down. The veterans need to step up and lead.

  94. bruceb August 15th, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    For all those fans who are trotting out the familiar New York Yankees PR statement, namely “Don’t worry, we’ll be fine,” well I’m not so sure. We better hope the pitching holds up because the inconsistency of the offense is really concerning me. Jeter and Posada have been pretty poor all year and, if anything, seem to be getting worse. I’m not buying that Kevin Long has “fixed” Curtis Granderson after one HR; I won’t believe that until he starts getting on base consistently. Brett Gardner is in uncharted water now in terms of a 162-game season and seems to have hit a brick wall. We’re now seeing why Francisco Cervelli was a below average hitter in the minor leagues. Basically, he has been exposed for what he is. That basically puts the onus on A-Rod, Tex, Cano and Swisher to drive in the bulk of the runs. It only takes one or two of those guys to go into a slump, which Cano and Swisher are in right now, and you can see why there’s a major blockage in the production line. If two defeats in four games against a team with as limited talent, both in pitching and hitting, as the Royals doesn’t worry you then I suggest you get a reality check.

  95. Doreen August 15th, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Actually, don’t the Royals have some hitting talent?

    The way I see this series: The first game was lost on a cheapie homerun and then it just turned weird with a second extended rain delay. Not good, and disappointing, when you only need to runs to win the game, but it was a weird game.

    Today? Today there is nothing good to say except AJ did a great job.

    But, worried? I think ultimately, they will find a spark, but it’s not going to be a cakewalk because Tampa is basically playing the same way as the Yankees.

  96. Cashmoney August 15th, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    off topic
    a bit of levity

    I was looking for random soundtracks on youtube and came across this.

    The following is clip of Quentin Torantino explain what he thinks of movie ‘Top Gun’ is all about…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyN8VN4BSzM

    language advisory

  97. GreenBeret7 August 15th, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    The Yankees are 3-5 in 1 run games since the break and 13-11 in 1 runs games on the year.

  98. GreenBeret7 August 15th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    This stale period is the same thing every other team has gone through this year and not as long as most. NYYs are also the only team to NOT lose more than 3 games in a row. They’ve had four such streaks. They’ve had one 7 game winning streak. I’d say that they’ve been pretty consistant all season.

  99. Pat M. August 15th, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    GB, How are you feeling ???? I haven’t been around too much as of late, so I hope the reports were good from your last visit with Nurse Youkilis

  100. GreenBeret7 August 15th, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    ?evening Pat. Things went great. I’m clean as of now. Thanks for asking. Hope all is well with you and Mrs. M. I assumed that you were either taking everybody’s money on the golf course or just didn’t want to deal with the Three Stooges Convention that this place becomes during and after the games.

  101. Pat M. August 15th, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    GB, no golf for me yet, as I have another surgerical proceedure coming up…..This time around it’ll be to re-route a pinched nerve behind the groin muscle……..Minor stuff compared to all the other dice and slice jobs…..Still hoping for March in Tampa….Has Tin Cup been around ??

  102. GreenBeret7 August 15th, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Pat M. August 15th, 2010 at 10:50 pm
    GB, no golf for me yet, as I have another surgerical proceedure coming up…..This time around it’ll be to re-route a pinched nerve behind the groin muscle……..Minor stuff compared to all the other dice and slice jobs…..Still hoping for March in Tampa….Has Tin Cup been around ??

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

    Hope you get the nerve problem fixed well and rob the other golfers, Pat. Yeah, Randy popped in this afternoon. God, he’s perfect for ragging on. Funny guy. Besides that, he’s as sick as I am. Glad that I’m not the only demented one on here. He, you, MTU, Maine, etc. make this place fun until the idiots show up.

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