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Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Sep 30, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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This is the last day of September, and the Yankees are off today. That means their worst full month of the season is over.

“I’ve been on teams that have scuffled in the last week of the season and won, and I’ve been on teams that have been hot in the last week of the season (and didn’t),” Derek Jeter said. “I think it’s just a matter of, you’re hot when the playoffs start. It doesn’t always work with how you played the last week of the season. But you want to be playing well.”

The Yankees went 12-15 in September. The last time they had a losing record in the final full month of a season was 2000. That year they won the World Series. From 2001 and 2008, they had double-digit losses in September only once, but they never won a championship in those eight years.

There are three games left, all of them in October. For peace of mind, I’m sure the Yankees would like to play well and build some confidence heading into the division series. Whether they need to play well, I have no idea. The October games that matter start on Wednesday.

“I don’t really think you can explain things sometimes,” Jeter said. “Just get there and see what happens.”

Associated Press photo of Alex Rodriguez

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57 Responses to “Get there and see what happens”

  1. AeroFANatic September 30th, 2010 at 9:10 am

    I truly believe the Yanks *WANT* to play the Twins, therefore not really trying to win the division. This way, they can throw a lefty in 4 out of the 5 games, to help neutralize the Twins’ lineup.

    Tell me where I am wrong?

  2. Erin September 30th, 2010 at 9:10 am

    This is the last day of September, and the Yankees are off today. That means their worst full month of the season is over.

    ******************************
    It also means this is the last day of Robinson Cano month. :cry:

    Tomorrow officially begins Brian Bruney month. :?

  3. upstate kate September 30th, 2010 at 9:14 am

    oh Erin, just leave Robbie up ther and skip right over Bruney :)

    From listening to the players comments, and seeing most of the regulars out there yesterday, I truly believe the Yankees want to win the division. I think they know better than to wish for a particular opponent, that has not always worked well in the past.

  4. Doreen September 30th, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Erin -

    Brian Bruney????? Sheesh. :lol:

  5. Erin September 30th, 2010 at 9:17 am

    kate-I’m seriously considering it.

    Doreen-I know. This is who they came up with for October??? LOL

  6. Tom in N.J. September 30th, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Maybe it was a Halloween joke because Brian Bruney pitching for the Yankees in October scares me to death….

  7. Bronx Jeers September 30th, 2010 at 9:20 am

    October is Bruney month?

    That’s not a good sign.

    And I wonder who made that decision? Why does he even get a month? :lol:

  8. Shame Spencer September 30th, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Disappointed we couldnt capitalize last night, but with Tampa not appearing to be playing much better down the stretch maybe we still have a shot.

    Lets not forget that most of the people on this board were predicting Tampa to sweep every series from now until the end of the year..

  9. NYY626 - Andy in 2011 September 30th, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Erin – I checked out the new 2011 calendar, i dont remember seeing any crazy player choices on that one. But brian bruney month was the main reason i opted for the jeter calendar over the yankee one…lol

    I missed the game last night, I’m guessing Javy wasnt very good :/

  10. sunny615 September 30th, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Basically jeter said nothing. He’d make a great politician.

  11. Erin September 30th, 2010 at 9:24 am

    NYY626 – Andy in 2011 September 30th, 2010 at 9:21 am
    Erin ? I checked out the new 2011 calendar, i dont remember seeing any crazy player choices on that one. But brian bruney month was the main reason i opted for the jeter calendar over the yankee one?lol

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    NYY626-this is good news. I haven’t seen the new one yet.

    Can’t say I blame you for going for the Jeter calendar. LOL

  12. LGY September 30th, 2010 at 9:25 am

    On November 4th 2009, Andy Pettitte took the hill on 3 days rest and won Game 6, the deciding game of the 2009 World Series.

  13. upstate kate September 30th, 2010 at 9:33 am

    thanks LGY for that cheery thought :)

  14. Erica in NY September 30th, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Hmmm.. Brian Bruney month?!?!

    I may go back and revisit September 2009 (Johnny Damon month)

  15. Erica in NY September 30th, 2010 at 9:33 am

    I have the Jeter calendar on my fridge at home.

    Sadly, I could not fit it in my cube so I had no choice but to get the mini-Yankee wall calendar

  16. ConcernedCitizen September 30th, 2010 at 9:34 am

    I’m so so so happy this month is over. Lets put it behind us.

  17. LGY September 30th, 2010 at 9:40 am

    On November 2nd 2009, AJ Burnett took the hill on 3 days rest and gave up 6 runs in 2 innings, forcing a Game 6 in the 2009 World Series.

    Go with the NAA (Non AJ Advantage) Joe!

  18. LGY September 30th, 2010 at 9:47 am

    On November 3rd 2010, Phillip J Hughes will take the hill on 3 days rest and win Game 6, the deciding game of the 2010 World Series.

  19. JM September 30th, 2010 at 9:47 am

    And the Yankees almost came back to win Game 5 in spite of AJ’s implosion….

    AJ should not pitch in the ALDS.

  20. NYY626 - Andy in 2011 September 30th, 2010 at 9:52 am

    LGY September 30th, 2010 at 9:40 am
    On November 2nd 2009, AJ Burnett took the hill on 3 days rest and gave up 6 runs in 2 innings, forcing a Game 6 in the 2009 World Series.
    __________________________________________________________________
    I’d be lying if i said i wanted to win game 5. So happy we won at home :P

  21. upstate kate September 30th, 2010 at 9:52 am

    LGY
    while you are predicting…will we see the return of Ninja Robbie?

  22. Niblick September 30th, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Let’s face it, when it comes down to it, Joe is going to start AJ – probably in game 3. He’s gonna give the same old song and dance about how he’s done it (pitched in big games) before. And then AJ will go out and lay another egg. And after the game, Joe will say how AJ’s important to the team, and they’ll go to work the next day fixing AJ.

  23. Erin September 30th, 2010 at 9:56 am

    upstate kate September 30th, 2010 at 9:52 am
    LGY
    while you are predicting?will we see the return of Ninja Robbie?

    *****************************
    :D

    We had better.

  24. Shame Spencer September 30th, 2010 at 9:56 am

    I still think for the most part Joe is going to do what he’s done most of the season which is say they are constantly reassessing the pitching situation.

    If we get to a 7 game series, he’ll let CC and Andy do their thing in the first two games and see how we fair before making a decision on number 3 and 4. If we’re up, maybe AJ gets the ball but if its split or we’re behind I can’t imagine a scenario where Phil doesn’t get the ball.

  25. Wave Your Hat September 30th, 2010 at 9:57 am

    People need to lose this notion that the Twinkies are particularly vulnerable to lefties. They aren’t. There winning percentage is about the same vs LHP and RHP. Most of their LH hitters don’t have big platoon splits, Jason Kubel being the exception.

  26. Fran the original September 30th, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Good morning everyone.

    Brian Bruney month? For real?

    Niblick, while I hope not to see AJ anywhere near the pitching mound in the ALDS, I have a feeling that you are right about Joe using AJ in Game 3 based “on the fact that he’s done it before”.

  27. LGY September 30th, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Ninja Robbie will return in Game 6 of the World Series and will have an historic Matsui like performance.

    He will then accept his WS MVP in full ninja gear

  28. Georgia_in_MS September 30th, 2010 at 10:00 am

    I think everything about AJ is pulling the team’s “mojo” down. The fear and doubt every time he takes the mound has got to be pulling them down. The other pitchers are probably not as sharp. The batters are not as pumped as they should be – why should they when the pitcher is going to give the game away? I don’t mean that’s anyone’s conscious thought, but something hanging in their subconscious.

    AJ has never settled in with the Yankees to be a solid pitcher. Not like CC has. He is not a good “fit” for the Yankees. I know we still owe him millions. I think we should cut our losses and send him to the minors or home. Highest unemployment check in history, but if the Yankees want to win – they need to get him off the roster.

    Oh yea…. AJ’s agent has a bridge he’ll sell you.

  29. upstate kate September 30th, 2010 at 10:00 am

    very nice LGY

  30. Erin September 30th, 2010 at 10:02 am

    LGY September 30th, 2010 at 9:58 am
    Ninja Robbie will return in Game 6 of the World Series and will have an historic Matsui like performance.

    He will then accept his WS MVP in full ninja gear

    ****************************
    Best post of the day. :D

  31. pat September 30th, 2010 at 10:03 am

    AJs participation or lack of it will be decided at a rank higher than Girardi. If AJ is on the mound, Hal and Cashman will both have signed off on it.

    Andy was shut down from any activity for a long time when he was on the DL. If the back pain he is experiencing is muscular, weakened core strength is likely the culprit.

  32. NYY626 - Andy in 2011 September 30th, 2010 at 10:05 am

    october wishlist

    cano – mvp
    CC- CY
    Andy – ALCS mvp
    Jetes – WS MVP ( 1st player to win WS mvp 10 years apart from one another ? )

  33. Erica in NY September 30th, 2010 at 10:08 am

    NYY626-

    Its best if we spell out the thing you left out…

    New York Yankees- World Series Champions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. CountryClub September 30th, 2010 at 10:09 am

    sigh…..

    “We want him to pitch well. We need him,” Girardi said of Burnett, who is 10-15 with an obese ERA of 5.33. “A.J. was a big part of our success last year. Saturday, I am looking forward to a really good start.”

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....z111Pm7NKR

  35. SJ44 September 30th, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Pat,

    Exactly. Rosters for the post-season are determined by Cashman, Eppler, Stick, the coaching staff, and Girardi, with ownership (Hal) signing off on the final decisions.

    Its a collaborative process.

    I think CC, Pettitte, and Hughes are set for the first three games.

    If they are down 2-1, my guess is, CC pitches on short rest in Game 4.

    If they are up 2-1? 50-50 on whether AJ pitches Game 4, with CC on full rest for Game 5.

    Best case scenario would be to beat the Twins in 3 games but, that’s unlikely to happen this year.

    This Twins team is better than past Twins teams and they have made Target Field a great home advantage for them.

  36. NYY626 - Andy in 2011 September 30th, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Erica – how could jetes win WS MVP if we dont win #28? That part was implied… lol

  37. Erica in NY September 30th, 2010 at 10:15 am

    NYY626 – Andy in 2011 September 30th, 2010 at 10:12 am
    Erica ? how could jetes win WS MVP if we dont win #28? That part was implied? lol
    ****************

    In 1960, Bobby Richardson won the MVP even though the Yankees lost the Series.

    It could happen

  38. Doreen September 30th, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Country Club -

    Unfortunately, that’s what Girardi is left with – a wish and a prayer for AJ. What else can he do?

  39. NYY626 - Andy in 2011 September 30th, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Erica in NY September 30th, 2010 at 10:15 am
    NYY626 – Andy in 2011 September 30th, 2010 at 10:12 am
    Erica ? how could jetes win WS MVP if we dont win #28? That part was implied? lol
    ****************

    In 1960, Bobby Richardson won the MVP even though the Yankees lost the Series.

    It could happen
    ________________________________________________________
    I think I knew that lol, but that’s silly! Ok i will add “win 28″ to the top of my list :)

  40. playing hurt September 30th, 2010 at 10:21 am

    An Ode to Thy Noontide

    trisha – true pinstriped blue September 29th, 2010 at 9:46 pm
    “trisha, I don’t usually repeat the same things over and over

    Well one of my deficiencies on the forum is not being able to keep up with all of the game posts. Too many go by when I am posting so I don’t get to catch up from where I was. I didn’t see you post anything 6 times. That isn’t to say that you didnt.
    —————————————————–
    Bravo ! Do we not see the utter humility and restrain that has been demonstrated against such a vile and belittling response? The reservoir of better humanity that fortifies against our more base nature is on full display against the howling beasts of incivilities.

    Against my better judgment to even temper with such sublime earnestness , I am simply smitten and awed by thy response which beckons the recognitions of your sound prospectives and utter diffidence.

    How many these haunting nights can one simply stood unyielding against the tide of rash judges , intemperate obscurantists ,and yet,to withhold your righteous wrath against those who spew venoms at every turns to firm their banal faithlessness.

    The divine grace that is you simply amaze this humble soul to better itself in hope of a pale imitation of the sheer pillars of strength , mortification and wisdoms that you so possess without ever a simple need of validation.

    It is with fullest hope and yet utter terror that I plead my case that you will continue navigate these dark waters of lohud with your infallible inner moral compass to guide us in these uncertain time of agitate.

    Carry on , the one , Carry on…

    Thus this concludes this simple soul’s plain homage to a person whose conducts are that of overwhelmingly incontrovertible in truthfulness and of earnest nature that this one believe any further words of adorations and veneration may so be redundant and needless in expressing the undeniable self evident nature of itself.

    To that, I shall simply fade into black to thus observe in silence as you undoubtedly will cut through the quagmire of fatalism with the scythe of your wit and wisdom.

    May the noontide of your courage spread across these treacherous provinces of Lohud!

  41. blake September 30th, 2010 at 10:22 am

    AJ had a 5+ ERA last post season and gave up 6 earned in two of his 5 starts…..they are placing way too much value on that Game 2 start in the WS….he hasn’t been that pitcher in months.

  42. CountryClub September 30th, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Doreen,

    SJ’s take on the rotation above is probably accurate. But if it were me, I would just go with the 3 man rotation regardless of who’s up 2-1. I don’t see any reason why AJ should get a start in the ALDS when they can go without him. Sadly, he’ll be scheduled in for game 4.

  43. blake September 30th, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Even if the Yanks were up 2-1 then its still too much of a risk to throw AJ in that game…if he blows up and loses that game then even if CC wins Game 5 he can’t start Game 1 of the ALCS….by pitching CC in game 4 you are both maximizing your chances of winning that series and the next.

  44. upstate kate September 30th, 2010 at 10:27 am

    you could have AJ start w/ a short leash, but the problem is he gets in so deep so fast it is hard to recover from.

  45. Erica in NY September 30th, 2010 at 10:27 am

    NYY626 – Andy in 2011 September 30th, 2010 at 10:21 am

    I think I knew that lol, but that?fs silly! Ok i will add ?gwin 28?? to the top of my list

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

    Thank you. I take no chances with such important matters!

  46. Cashman needs to go September 30th, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Would anyone really be surprised if BOTH AJ and Vazquez are on the postseason roster? Really?

    Remember in spring training when the 5th spot in the rotation was between gaudin, hughes, chamberlain, mitre and some other scrubs? Do you really think there was an actual competition?

    Same scenario here, do you really think Cashman is going to leave Vazquez off the roster and admit he f’d up with this trade…after saying only CC had guaranteed a spot in the rotation what he really meant is unles AJ and Javy drop dead they will be playing in november no matter how well nova and the rest of the scrubs pitch..

  47. Erica in NY September 30th, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Meanwhile- I carelessly scheduled a get together for 15 people in my apartment for Friday October 8th. Then I realized that I didn’t check the postseason calendar to ensure there was no game that night.

    Fortunately, there isn’t… whew

  48. pat September 30th, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Did anyone notice that a Yankee “tushie” supposedly made its TV debut on the YES postgame Tuesday night?

  49. Erica in NY September 30th, 2010 at 10:29 am

    :arrow:
    new thread- I dare not repeat the title

  50. PRDENTIST September 30th, 2010 at 10:31 am

    In 2000, the yankees were so far ahead that they played some inexperienced players to see what they had for the future and that is why their record was bad for september that year. Different story this year.

  51. SAS September 30th, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Good morning all,

    We need Ninja Robbie to come up big in October. Then the regulars: Jeter, Teixera, Arod, Pettitte, CC, Mo to be the at the top of their game, with a couple of nice surprises thrown in, like Hughes to be their best, then I think the WS is within reach for us.

    October has been the month of champions like the guys mentioned above. It is within our reach to win the whole thing, but the Yankees will have to earn it, but that’s the point of the whole thing anyway.

    I am getting excited about post season baseball…let the Yankees get their Mojo together.

  52. Niblick September 30th, 2010 at 10:39 am

    I agree with Cashman Needs to Go.

    There is no way that either Javy or AJ will be left off the playoff roster. That would be admitting mistakes. For the same reason, both Berkman and Kearns will be on the roster (and Kearns will be platooning at the expense of the much better Gardner) even though they both have Yankee OPS of less than .700.

  53. West Coast Yankee Fan September 30th, 2010 at 10:41 am

    “I don’t really think you can explain things sometimes,” Jeter said.

    And then again dear Captain, sometimes you can explain things. Starting 2010 with Hal sticking Cashman with a budget all of a sudden, you remember why, fear of a $500 million death tax hit should dad pass. That got us Randy Winn and the $2.9 million bench. And then some more bargain hunting, Nick Johnson, Chan Ho Park, etc. and off we went.

    And then there was the manager. The stubborn, schizophrenic manager. Over analyzing anything, creating tension in the clubhouse rather than calm, snapping at reporters doing their job, micro-managing, relying too heavily on a book of statistics, bunting when you should hit away, not bunting when you should, playing bullpen mix and match so much you run out of pitchers, having a love affair with hacks like Gaudin and Mitre, bringing in a lefty for one hitter when your opponent had five more on the bench, leaving starters in too long, resting players in July and August when you are playing your main competitor and lying to the fans and media saying you want to win the division when your actions say otherwise.

    And yet we made the post-season wars. Thanks to studs like Sabathia, Pettitte and Hughes – Jeter, Cano, A-Rod, Tex, Grandy and others. And so we will compete hard for number 28 hoping that the manager doesn’t screw things up. Let them play Joe. Don’t try so hard to figure it out or predict who is not going to hit who. Just put the best team and starter on the field and let them play. We all know who they are. Let them play.

  54. Niblick September 30th, 2010 at 10:51 am

    WCYF – the phrase you are looking for to describe Joe: “Too clever by half.”

  55. West Coast Yankee Fan September 30th, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Niblick – that’s very good. I think that’s why he gets snippy when questioned by reporters. Look, he’s far from the worst manager in baseball. I think he’s middle of the pack, but, some of his decisions are just beyond comprehension.

    Good article by NYDN Yankees beat reporter Mark Feinsand on Girardi yesterday.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo....._flop.html

  56. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes September 30th, 2010 at 11:55 am

    I’d just like to see patient ABs when we have RISPs. Swisher swung at what, the first pitch, with bases loaded and one out in the 7th or 8th inning? That’s terrible. Make the pitcher throw you YOUR pitch. That game wasn’t over by any means. We could have piled on some runs and come out of yesterday up a 1/2 game on TB.

    At this point, I’d see where TB is at after tonight’s game. If they win and go up one full game, I’d just start resting guys in preparation for the playoffs. Get Andy some innings, give Hughes and CC some extra rest, put Javier Vasquez before a firing squad, get Swish, Jetes, Tex some time off.

    At this point, does it really matter if we get Texas or Minny? I’d prefer Minny because their rotation, IMO, is slightly inferior to that of Texas.

    I’d just like to see the Yankees rested and ready come Wednesday. I mean, I know they’ll be ready, but the rest could be crucial as they’ve all looked half-dead the past three weeks.

  57. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes September 30th, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Some of you may think I’m nuts, but I’d go with Hughes in Game 2.

    CC
    Hughes
    Pettitte
    AJ

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