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Wrapping up from Target Field

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Oct 05, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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Reporters are doing two very different things on the day before a playoff series. The beat writers are asking very specific questions about roster decisions and lineup choices. We’re wondering about the current whereabouts of a guy like Ivan Nova, who some other reporters in the room have never even heard of.

The national writers and columnists are here to do bigger picture stories. Nick Swisher was asked again about his mechanical adjustments. CC Sabathia was asked about his playoff success last season. Joe Girardi was asked about filling the gaps left by Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui.

I’m going to assume most of you know that Swisher trusts Kevin Long and that Girardi loves Robinson Cano. For today’s blog, I’m going to focus more on the nuts and bolts, starting with the pitching staff.

“Our plans are to go with a three-man rotation,” Girardi said. “If we have to change that, with the roster that we have, it gives us the flexibility to do that. A.J. will pitch out of the bullpen, but if he needed to start a game, he will start a game for us unless he was used (out of the pen).”

As for the bullpen.

“We really liked the way (Mitre’s) sinker has been working lately and the way he has been throwing the ball. And we felt we needed another guy to give us distance in case the first scenario came up… If A.J. has to make a start, you don’t really have a guy that can give you distance if you get in an extra-inning game except for Moseley.”

ALDS Yankees Twins Baseball• Despite starting on Sunday, Moseley is available to pitch immediately. Girardi said he can pitch tomorrow if necessary.

• Girardi said he has a lineup in mind, but he wants to sleep on it. Asked if that looming decision centers on his outfield, Girardi said, “Yes.” I have to believe that means he’s deciding between Brett Gardner and Austin Kearns against the lefty Francisco Liriano.

• The Yankees wanted Ramiro Pena over Eduardo Nunez because of Pena’s experience at second and third. “We felt Pena was the more experienced guy if you get in those situations,” Girardi said.

• The Yankees wanted Greg Golson over Nunez because of Nick Swisher’s recent knee problems. “He’s not banged up now, he feels good,” Girardi said. “But we felt that it was probably in our best interests to carry a defensive outfielder in case something happens in this series. (Golson) is also a guy that can pinch-run for you if you wanted.”

• Close to carrying Royce Ring? “He was definitely in the discussion,” Girardi said.

• Ring, Nunez, Nova and Jonathan Albaladejo have been sent to Tampa to keep working out and stay sharp in case the Yankees need them.

• Girardi on Andy Pettitte in Game 2: “We felt with all the left-handed hitters, we would try to throw four lefties at them in five games.”

• If the Yankees get to the ALCS, Burnett seems to be the front runner to be the fourth starter. “I hope we have the discussion,” Girardi said.

• Sabathia in response to a question about the unpredictability of the rotation beyond him: “I don’t see what you guys are saying about uncertainty. Andy Pettitte is the best pitcher in the playoffs in the history of baseball, so I think our rotation starts up pretty good against anybody.”

Associated Press photos of Jeter and Sabathia

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246 Responses to “Wrapping up from Target Field”

  1. Noreaster October 5th, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Not Kearns, please! Let Brett show off his speed in the post season…

  2. sunny615 October 5th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    No offense to kearns but i hope he doesn’t see another pitch till 2011. Still holding my breath for this series.

  3. Carlo October 5th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    It surprises me that royce ring was in the discussion. He was in the discussion my corporate softball team was having about our roster and we too went a different direction.

  4. Cashmoney October 5th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    I’d like to see improvement in one particular area: bases loaded, less than two outs
    —————–
    NY, 48 percent of runner scored when calc with total PA in those situations. the league average is 50 percent, so Yes.
    The Yanks are at the bottom of that.

  5. Rich in NJ October 5th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Repost:

    “Statistics are very misleading. OBP% doesn’t communicate how many of those guys getting on base are doing so in a row.”

    The Yankees also lead MLB in runs scored, so one way or another, this is a very potent offense that gets a lot of runners on base and scores a lot of runs.

  6. Carlo October 5th, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Hopefully Joe G sleeps on the videos I sent him…..ie, the ones where kearns whiffs every single at bat with runners on and always breaks his bat on his back with every swing and miss.

  7. xcv October 5th, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    girardi cannot be serious in putting kearns in the lineup – liriano or no liriano – unless you want 3 k’s and a weak pop up. right now a monkey has more success hitting a baseball than that guy

  8. Wang IS Taiwan October 5th, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    The only reason Girardi would need to sleep on the outfielder decision is because he’s obsessed with his matchy-matchy routine.

    I was shocked to see Kearns’ stats. I didn’t think he had any hits recently. All he seems to do is strike out. And he flails at the balls to boot.

  9. Rich in NJ October 5th, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    “girardi cannot be serious in putting kearns in the lineup ”

    FWIW, Francesa, after interviewing Girardi today, said that reading between the lines, Kearns won’t start v. LHP.

  10. Jim October 5th, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Joe is going to go with Gardner. When it comes right down to it he knows that at his best Kearns can contribute a couple of uneventful hits but even if he’s not at his best Gardner can change a game with his glove, arm, bat and legs.

  11. RalphieD October 5th, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    in theory you would think the decision between gardy and kearnsie would be very challenging for girardi..

    gardy was always seen as “girardi’s guy”..the guy girardi wanted to play even though he wasnt mainstream…

    but girardi faces a conundrum…his guy vs. his love for matchups and splits personified in kearnsie…

    i hope he goes with gardy as even if he goes 0 for 4 with 3 k’s he can still contribute through defense…if kearns goes 0 for 4 with 3k’s (i know, it seems like he does that every other game these days) his defense is unspectacular at best.

  12. UnKnown October 5th, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Get Gardner in there to frustrate Frankie. He is a head case and can get rattled very quickly. If Gardner can get on he can rattle Frankie.

    Joe just make the moves that make sense Plllleeeeeasssse. I know you want to show everyone how smart you are, but can you just make the common sense moves and get out of your own players way.

  13. Bronx Jeers October 5th, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Girardi said he has a lineup in mind, but he wants to sleep on it. Asked if that looming decision centers on his outfield, Girardi said, “Yes.”

    ————————————————————————-

    “Inception” anyone?

    In his last 25 AB’s, Kearns struck out 14 times.

  14. m October 5th, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    I don’t see Gardner as one of his guys. He’s benched and platooned Gardner more than you can count.

    But you need Gardner’s legs in LF. No question.

  15. LGY October 5th, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    # West Coast Yankee Fan October 5th, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    How typical of some “internet fans”. They have never played the game and think stats mean more than they do. Makes you wonder why pro teams have so many scouts, you would think they would just gather the stats and make decisions that way.

    ———————————–

    It’s hilarious that the second someone on here calls you out for one of your ridiculous theories like Rich did in the last thread, you play the I saw it with my eyes so don’t tell me otherwise card.

    Just admit you were wrong and move on instead of making points that can’t be argued with or strawman arguments like you do here.

  16. spindoc October 5th, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Overall I think the team is in good shape. They should beat the Twins. I think they can also beat the Rays and Phillies but it will be very tough. This year’s team isn’t as good as last year’s.

    My three keys to the playoffs for the yanks are:

    1) Andy Pettitte. If he pitches like he did before he got injured I feel really good about this team’s chances.

    2) Derek Jeter. He has to hit like he did in 2009, especially because Girardi insists on batting him leadoff.

    3) A third big time hitter. Arod and Cano are good enough that they can carry the lineup but I think we need one of Berkman, Tex or Granderson to get hot and get some big hits. None of them had a great year but all of them have the ability to be a big impact in the playoffs.

  17. West Coast Yankee Fan October 5th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Rich in NJ
    October 5th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    “Statistics are very misleading. OBP% doesn’t communicate how many of those guys getting on base are doing so in a row.”

    The Yankees also lead MLB in runs scored, so one way or another, this is a very potent offense that gets a lot of runners on base and scores a lot of runs.

    ***********

    As I said Rich, stats are misleading. The Yankees lead MLB in runs scored but that is often skewed by 12-3 games. It’s stringing together hits when they count.

    If you don’t believe stats are misleading take a look at CC’s 21 wins versus Felix Hernandez. Want to bet who wins the Cy Young?

  18. Crash October 5th, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Gardner 3 for 9 (.333) against Liriano
    Kearns 2 for 5 (.400) against Liriano.

    Both have hit well against Liriano in a small sample size. I think it is a no brainer go with Gardner. He has been a regular this season. Its a big outfield you want his speed out there.

  19. umbrelladoc October 5th, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    In theory, using Burnett as a short reliever does have some merit. He’s a two pitch pitcher, and using him in relief might add a couple of mph to his fastball, which could make a difference. But in practice, I can’t ever see getting to use him. There are no situations for where you wouldn’t rather go with Wood, Robertson or Chamberlain from the right side in a later inning situation. I think the elimination of Gaudin from the post-season roster clarifies his use down the stretch. Girardi said at one point, that generally he could rest one of the three setup righties on any given night. So Gaudin was the “swing” pitcher, filling in for whomever had the night off. But in the postseason, the off-days will allow all three guys to available every night, and so Gaudin isn’t needed, and he’ll go with long men instead. Burnett is only there if an extra starter is needed. For instance if one of the first two games is rained out, they will lose one of the off days, and I can’t see Pettitte going on three days rest.

  20. Rich in NJ October 5th, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    m

    “I don’t see Gardner as one of his guys. He’s benched and platooned Gardner more than you can count.”

    I think the hand/wrist injury has affected Gardner, and that, in turn, has impacted how Girardi has played him.

  21. LGY October 5th, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    2 scenarios are playing out right now in regard to Gardner v. Kearns IMO.

    1. Girardi just doesn’t want to reveal his cards until he has to and the Yankee org is known for secrecy.

    2. Girardi was set to go with either Gardner or Kearns (I assume Gardner), because he said it was not a difficult decision earlier today, and one or more of his coaches are trying to convince him otherwise.

  22. Doreen October 5th, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    WCYF won’t be happy until he has ticked everyone off here.

    He finally got me to snap.

  23. Erica in NY October 5th, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    0 Days, 22 Hours, and 49 Minutes until Game 1 of the ALDS :grin:

  24. Jim October 5th, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    It’s possible he’s sleeping on it to light a fire under Gardner. Maybe he sees him as a bit of a head case who puts too much pressure on himself to be perfect and doesn’t want him spending the night thinking he has to get 3 hits and steal 5 bases – he’d rather have him hoping he just gets into the game.

  25. LGY October 5th, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    You know you are acting like a troll if you got Doreen to snap.

    She didn’t even get mad at Girardi in September :lol:

  26. West Coast Yankee Fan October 5th, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    LGY October 5th, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan October 5th, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    How typical of some “internet fans”. They have never played the game and think stats mean more than they do. Makes you wonder why pro teams have so many scouts, you would think they would just gather the stats and make decisions that way.

    ———————————–

    It’s hilarious that the second someone on here calls you out for one of your ridiculous theories like Rich did in the last thread, you play the I saw it with my eyes so don’t tell me otherwise card. Just admit you were wrong and move on instead of making points that can’t be argued with or strawman arguments like you do here.

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

    It’s not my theory it’s a fact. You can tell me about leading the league in hitting until hell freezes over and that does not mean jack squat if you don’t hit when it counts with RISP, and string together hits and walks consecutively. If you want to disagree go right ahead. I think your take is absurd.

  27. yanks 27 October 5th, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Golson has hit lefties well in his career too. I wouldn’t mind going with a Kearns-Golson-Swish OF. Obviously Thames at DH as well. That lineup kills lefties.

  28. West Coast Yankee Fan October 5th, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Doreen
    October 5th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    I gotta say – AJ’s quote is making me cry.

  29. Giuseppe Franco October 5th, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    I can read with my own eyes that WCYF doesn’t know what the hell he is talking about 95% of the time.

  30. Cashmoney October 5th, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Gardner or Kearns
    we find out in …. 0 Days, 22 Hours, and 49 Minutes until Game 1 of the ALDS !

  31. West Coast Yankee Fan October 5th, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    That’s what makes baseball such a great game Franco, everyone has an opinion. I’m honored you are here and that you are so right about everything. Thanks!

  32. LGY October 5th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    The Yankees led MLB in runs.

    The Yankees scored 57 more runs than the next closest playoff team.

    The Yankees led MLB in OBP.

    The Yankees OBP is 9 points higher than the next closest playoff team.

    But they didn’t string together hits and walks consecutively. They just managed to lead MLB in these things by stringing together their hits and walks non-consecutively.

    OK! :lol:

  33. Rich in NJ October 5th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    “As I said Rich, stats are misleading. The Yankees lead MLB in runs scored but that is often skewed by 12-3 games. It’s stringing together hits when they count.

    If you don’t believe stats are misleading take a look at CC’s 21 wins versus Felix Hernandez. Want to bet who wins the Cy Young?”

    Saying it doesn’t make it so.

    You are conflating two distinct metrics and then reaching an illogical conclusion.

    Pitching wins are a function of run support as well as good pitching (although I don’t think it would be a total injustice if CC won the CYA).

    Runs scored are a function of getting runners on base. The Yankees do that with regularity. They led MLB in both categories Post AS and were 2nd in runs scored and 1st in OBP Pre-AS. For the season, they are 3rd in MLB with runners on base, trailing TB, who is 2nd, by a mere .001.

    Stats are facts. Facts are subject to analysis. Unless you have data that supports your “12-3″ contention, it’s merely an opinion that is rebutted by the readily available facts.

  34. jonnycat October 5th, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    anyone has any informed guesses as to what time alcs games will start? I need to make plans for 10/22 and there is an alcs game scheduled but no time, getting nervous. Ideas?

  35. Bret The Hitman October 5th, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    I want Gardner in there for his defense and his PPA rate. Neither him nor Kearns will be getting many if any hits against playoff pitchers. Kearns absolutely positively sucks.

  36. Bronx Jeers October 5th, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    If you don’t believe stats are misleading take a look at CC’s 21 wins versus Felix Hernandez. Want to bet who wins the Cy Young?

    ————————————–

    ????

    Aren’t the writers making the decision basing it on “stats” ?

    I don’t think they’re just giving it to the guy with the most wins. See Grienke, Zack for verification.

  37. Doreen October 5th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Sorry it offends you that I see the game as played by actual people.

  38. Tom in N.J. October 5th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Rich, stop with this “facts” nonsense.

    I am armed with cliches, platitudes and hyperbole! I am right!

    I played the game and can see it with my own two eys!

  39. West Coast Yankee Fan October 5th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    I’m speaking about stats generically. Besides I am just giving my opinion based on my observations having watched 162 games this year. In my opinion, the Yankees fell short many times at crucial times in the game by waiting for someone to hit a home run, going 1-2-3 and out or getting a runner on and hitting into a double play or by not moving a runner, or stringing together 2 or 3 hits in a row when down a couple of runs. And of course not hitting with RISP in September.

    If you want to quote stats and disagree feel free. I’m not out to prove a scientific theorem.

  40. m October 5th, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Was that you?

    I think you coulda got away with blaming it on GB7′s dog or your husband hijacking your keyboard.

  41. West Coast Yankee Fan October 5th, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Doreen
    October 5th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Sorry it offends you that I see the game as played by actual people.

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

    And Doreen, I never said you didn’t have the right to your opinion did I? Nor did I tell you STFU as you did because you happen to not agree with my baseball opinion.

  42. Tom in N.J. October 5th, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    The Yankees had 54 games of scoring 3 or less runs.

    http://www.baseball-reference......eam_id=NYY

  43. Ruby Tuesday October 5th, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Twenty five and one half hours until being down one game to none to the Twins.

    :(

  44. SAS October 5th, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Erica,

    If you are online, do say goodnight. The Yankees haven’t done so well since you stopped.

  45. pat October 5th, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    YESKimJones For a while it seemed Girardi had gone to a Kearns-Gardner platoon in left. Told that Gardner gets the start tomorrow against Liriano.

  46. blake October 5th, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Twenty five and one half hours until the Red Sox get to watch on TV. :(

  47. Bronx Jeers October 5th, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    I can read with my own eyes that WCYF doesn’t know what the hell he is talking about 95% of the time.

    ————————————————–

    But as far as his comments go, he does “string them together” quite consistently. :wink:

  48. JobaTipsHisCap October 5th, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    “I gotta say – AJ’s quote is making me cry.”

    ????
    He failed miserably this season. He will get the chance for redemption next season though.

  49. JobaTipsHisCap October 5th, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    tomorrow night at this time we will lead 5-2.

  50. West Coast Yankee Fan October 5th, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    And Tom’s information relates to 1/3 of the games they played and shows, I think, that leading the league in runs scored didn’t mean much those games when they scored less than 3 runs. In any regard, my point was I hope the Yankees do a better job, “in my opinion” in the post season of putting together big innings and hitting in crucial situations. Seems like a very reasonable thing for a fan to wish for.

  51. Bx is Burning October 5th, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    48 hours for Rub-boob to come up with that beat crack.
    Better luck next time, sh*tw*t.
    :8

  52. Jim October 5th, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    The Yankees score 142 runs more than the Rays this year and still wound up a game short of them. If that doesn’t tell you that the Yankees scored a lot of insurance runs when it didn’t count then what does? The Yankees beat up on teams like Oakland, Baltimore and Cleveland and were pretty much .500 against the rest of the league. Out of all the playoff teams they have played this year they only have a winning record against Minny. That is a legitimate cause for concern.

  53. tyanksfan36 October 5th, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    I definitely think Girardi should play Gardner,not just cause I like him but because he gets the most pitches per plate appearance(when he isn’t just watching them float down broadway) and he has speed on the bases and in the outfield. Kearns is a 3 pitch out and he is dreadfully slow.

  54. Bx is Burning October 5th, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Snoozeday,

    who do you follow more on Twitter? Bundchen or Brady?

  55. Bronx Jeers October 5th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    The Yankees score 142 runs more than the Rays this year and still wound up a game short of them

    —————————————————–

    The Yanks scored 57 more runs than the Rays.

    And they gave up 44 more runs than the Rays.

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/standings

  56. blake October 5th, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Gardner is 2nd on the team in WAR after Cano this season….if you’re in to that sort of thing.
    Not bad for $452,000….

  57. Rich in NJ October 5th, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    “Twenty five and one half hours until being down one game to none to the Twins.”

    Long past the time that you got a life.

  58. Erica in NY October 5th, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    SAS October 5th, 2010 at 9:58 pm
    Erica,

    If you are online, do say goodnight. The Yankees haven’t done so well since you stopped.
    ***************

    ARGH!

    I will correct this oversight immediately!

  59. Jim October 5th, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    The Yanks scored 57 more runs than the Rays.

    And they gave up 44 more runs than the Rays.

    ———-

    That’s my bad, damn you Yahoo sports and your lousy formatting!

  60. Vineyard Yankee October 5th, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Ruby Tuesday
    October 5th, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Twenty five and one half hours until being down one game to none to the Twins

    ==============

    Sure thing, CC is going to eat the ‘Twinkies’ up, lock, stock and barrel. Hope to see you here tomorrow night when the ‘crow’ will be ripe for you.

  61. blake October 5th, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    AJ Burnett and Javy Vazquez gave up 31% of the runs that the Yankees allowed this season.

  62. Bronx Jeers October 5th, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    I wouldn’t say that the offense didn’t sputter at times and that happens every season and to every team.

    Some very big names had their career worst average.

    Jeter .270
    Arod .270
    Tex .256
    Jorge . 248

    But the reason they didn’t finish with the best record in MLB is because of the starting pitching and the collateral effect it had on the bullpen.

  63. Rich in NJ October 5th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    “Some very big names had their career worst average.”

    Fortunately, some of that was counterbalanced by the seasons that Cano, Swisher, and Gardner had.

  64. Doreen October 5th, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    WCYF -

    I apologize for that.

    It’s very difficult here sometimes. Navigating land mines, scrolling past stuff, trying to understand everyone’s point of view and not be argumentative, even when some of the stuff that’s said here makes me crazy. Walking on eggshells when I disagree with someone and trying to present my point of view respectfully. And then I say something simple like Vazquez worked hard and deserves to stay and you jump all over it. And I felt belittled.

    It was wrong of me to react as I did.

  65. Bronx Jeers October 5th, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    AJ Burnett and Javy Vazquez gave up 31% of the runs that the Yankees allowed this season.

    ————————————————————

    In 24% of the total innings pitched.

    In contrast CC and Andy gave up 20% of all earned runs allowed in 25% of the innings pitched.

  66. blake October 5th, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Looks like Randy Moss may be heading to Minnesota also.

  67. Wave Your Hat October 5th, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Hitting with RISP is random. It is a function of how well you hit overall, with a mix of random variation because it is a subset of total at bats (smaller sample size).

    Batters don’t choose to hit with RISP or not. They go to the plate with their skill set and that determines how often they get a hit with RISP.

    Lower than average success with RISP (normalized by overall hitting) is random. Higher than average success with RISP (again normalized by overall hitting) is random. I repeat, random.

    The Yanks don’t have, in general, high batting averages. They get on base and have power, but do not hit for a high batting average. That means they will score a lot of runs, but often disappoint with RISP.

    Forget hitting with RISP. That’s not what the Yanks do.

    Get on base, hit the long ball, bash the other team’s head in.

    We will win that way, or we’ll go home.

  68. LGY October 5th, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    The October 5th 2010 LoHud Gold Star goes to….

    Wave Your Hat for his performance in RISP is random!!!

  69. Cashmoney October 5th, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Earl Weaver waves his hat…

  70. Wave Your Hat October 5th, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Earl Weaver is my hero.

  71. Betsy October 5th, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    CC’s comment was fantastic……………I’m sure that reporter was just speaking for so many pundits who think our rotation is crap (while the other rotations are filled with aces).

  72. Cashmoney October 5th, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    Earl Weaver is my hero.
    =======
    I can read that ” Get on base, hit the long ball, bash the other team’s head in.”

  73. Wave Your Hat October 5th, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Betsy, to be fair, since the All-Star break out starters, as a group, have stunk,

    I expect that to turn around with Andy back.

  74. Bronx Jeers October 5th, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Arod OPS was 1.464 with bases loaded!!!

    and .425 with men on 2nd and 3rd. ???

    Don’t walk the bases loaded to get to Arod.

  75. Betsy October 5th, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    You can throw all those stats at me if you want, but all I know is I’ve seen the Yankees fail time and time again with RISP – I know I’m not the only one who has seen this. I don’t think their offense is all that great; I think the numbers are inflated by some big games against bad pitching. Do other teams have great offens? Probably not, but I’ll bet they get more timely hits. The Yankees are a HR dependent team and that does not bode well for them. I’m not predicting they’ll lose, but I’m not confident in them either. They were mediocre at best for 2 months – not a SSS

  76. Rich in NJ October 5th, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    “The Yanks don’t have, in general, high batting averages. They get on base and have power, but do not hit for a high batting average”

    They do rank 8th in MLB in AVG, but are only .001 from being ranked 5th.

  77. Cashmoney October 5th, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Arod’s UZR in the erogenous zone is + 150
    His average with RISP with the ladies are at a healthy 990 during night games. He only fails when he pause to look at his centaur portraits occasionally.

  78. LGY October 5th, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    “They were mediocre at best for 2 months – not a SSS”

    ————————–

    Because their pitching was beyond awful. 27th worst in MLB Post ASB. Their offense was not the issue.

  79. Betsy October 5th, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Wave, are Javy and AJ pitching?

    Tom Verducci (posted the link in the last thread) basically tried to say our pitching was crap and his final point was that Phil’s ERA over his last 8 starts was 5 something. Why did he choose 8 starts? That’s an odd number. I also posted a link that showed that Phil’s ERA over his last 5 starts was 3.45. I guess you could say that the guy from NY Baseball Digest was also being selective, but I don’t think so. People tend to break stats down into easy to digest segments (5, 10, 15, etc………..) – not 8.

    I know Phil struggled in the 2nd half, but for those saying he basically stinks, why don’t they mention his clutch performances against the Rays and Sox?

  80. Wave Your Hat October 5th, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    ROTFLMAO.

  81. Betsy October 5th, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    LGY, their offense was also very mediocre. The fact that their pitching wasn’t good doesn’t erase that fact.

  82. Rich in NJ October 5th, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    “You can throw all those stats at me if you want, but all I know is I’ve seen the Yankees fail time and time again with RISP – I know I’m not the only one who has seen this.”

    Betsy

    When success in baseball is failing 2 out of 3 times at bat, that’s not surprising.

  83. blake October 5th, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    “Hitting with RISP is random. ”

    This is opinion. I really don’t want to get in to this but you can’t prove or disprove how pressure affects individual players. It’s the same argument with “hitting in the clutch”…..people try to make the numbers tell them that’s a myth as well. All I know is that there are certain players that I’d rather have up in big spots than others….and they haven’t always been great players. Of course hitting with RISP is in general a function of how good a hitter you are, but it’s not totally random IMO when a guy shows a tendency to get big hits.

  84. jacksquat October 5th, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Gotta go with Gardner.

  85. Wave Your Hat October 5th, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    Betsy-

    You are right, Javy and CC, and Nova and Moseley, aren’t starting. CC is CC. Andy is back. Hughes is inconsistent, but can be good and anyway he only has one start in the ALDS.

    Get good pitching from CC and Andy, get on base, hit a HR, move on to the ALCS.

  86. LGY October 5th, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Betsy,

    They rank 1st in runs scored post ASB.

  87. Betsy October 5th, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Rich, I don’t get it. The game threads are chock full of people getting frustrated with this team’s inability to get a run in from 3rd with less than two outs and now all of a sudden that problem is not a problem anymore?

  88. Wave Your Hat October 5th, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    blake-

    You can believe what you like. I’ll never convince you otherwise, and please believe me I don’t even want to.

    But, do you really think a player can get to the majors if he can’t handle pressure? They learn to handle pressure when they are 8 years old.

  89. Betsy October 5th, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    Wave, I don’t think he’s any more inconsistent than any 24 year old in his first full season starting. That said, he’s only starting because AJ and Javy were so terrible; I’m sure the Yankees did not expect to have to count on Phil no matter how high they are on him. I don’t quite think he’s a given like so many fans do, but we’ll see. I hope he proves the pundits wrong.

  90. Rich in NJ October 5th, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Betsy

    I admit to ranting in game threads and making comments that I would never make with the benefit of detached reflection.

    Yes, in any given game the Yankees, like any team, can look awful and we, as fans, get frustrated. It’s an understandable reaction as long as we don’t go nuts.

    But it doesn’t mean that we’re right.

    That’s not to say it can’t be a problem in any given short series, but if they perform in accordance with their season norms, they will be fine.

  91. pat October 5th, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    “now all of a sudden that problem is not a problem anymore?”

    Maybe it was never a problem they players had but rather a problem the fans had with expectations.

  92. Betsy October 5th, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    LGY, that may be the case, but their games are littered with men left on base and if they don’t improve on that, they will be one and done.

  93. Jim October 5th, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Here’s the thing about RISP – no one can will themselves to hit the ball but in my experience the hitters who do the best in clutch situations are the ones who #1 don’t freeze up and try and do too much and #2 hit to the situation – that means trying to hit the right side with a runner on 3rd and infield back, not swinging at the first pitch with the bases loaded unless it’s right down the middle, working the count in your favor before trying to drive a fly ball to the outfield to score a run from third. No batter can control if they get a hit or not but certain players have a knack for putting a pitcher’s back to the wall so they panic and make mistakes. Jeter and Posada fail a lot more than they succeed but they always seem to have good ABs when the game is on the line and that’s all you can ask from any player. I used to get on Cano constantly for not hitting to the situation but this year he has made great strides and that’s why he’s in the running for MVP.

  94. West Coast Yankee Fan October 5th, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Doreen – Thanks. Appreciate that and I understand where you are coming from. We’re all passionate Yankee fans with an opinion who are probably just a little bit nervous. I respct your opinion very much!

  95. Wave Your Hat October 5th, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Betsy, Phil is inconsistent. He is less inconsistent than most 24 year old pitchers (most of whom aren’t even in the majors), but he is more inconsistent than others.

    But, he’s our number 3 starter and he has the ability to pitch a great game. We’ll see when the time comes.

    IMO, that’s why baseball is a great game.

  96. Betsy October 5th, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Rich, I rant too and it’s no big deal unless, I think, you trash a player personally – that I have a problem with. That said, I think their issues with getting the runs home from 3rd with less than two outs are real. They are a HR team, that’s how they do most of their damage. I don’t think I’m saying anything that isn’t true.

  97. blake October 5th, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Wave,

    Of course not, but couldn’t it be possible that even at the highest level of competition there are varying degrees of how well players can focus in certain situations.

  98. Betsy October 5th, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Wave, I admit I’m torn on how to evaluate Phil. I can’t figure out if I’m disappointed or if I’m satisfied with his year.

  99. Betsy October 5th, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    The last point is very true – Baseball is a great game – the best game every invented. I think it’s a beautiful game – unfortunately because I get so wound up and take it so seriously, I can’t really enjoy it as much as I’d like.

  100. Bronx Jeers October 5th, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    The Yanks hit 9 points lower with RISP than they did overall. .258 vs .267

    The Twins were the best team with RISP. They got 26 more hits than the Yanks in those situations.

    Roughly 1 extra hit per week with RISP.

    We see them all the time so we can say they failed all the time but in the context of the league as a whole, it’s not as bad as it seems.

  101. steve sax arm October 5th, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    betsy stalker chick. you are a baseball lnowledge wasteland. you spent most of the summer trashing hughes and now once again you are sopporting your stalk victim. now you are teaching us about hitting with runners in scoring position. you know zip about baseball and most of the dudes here are tired of your crazy crap. for a chick who is here 20 hours a day you should have learned a little about cricket by now. nutcase.

  102. blake October 5th, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    Betsy,

    You should be satisfied with Phil. He won 18 games as a 23 and 24 year old in the AL East in his first full year starting. More importantly than all that, he showed a willingness and ability to evolve and improve during the season. He is a different pitcher than he was at the start of the season. He’s gone from fighting for the #5 spot in ST to the #3 in the playoff rotation and you could make a case he was their 2nd best pitcher this year. Pretty successful season to me.

  103. MG October 5th, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    Doreen October 5th, 2010 at 9:10 pm
    WCYF -

    STFU.
    ————————-
    Doreen, don’t worry about snapping, you join a select group of people on several different blogs who figured out how pathetic this guy is. He’s already been banned from the Daily News blog for, among other things, posting comments over the course of 6 months that are anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian even though he claims to be Jewish.

  104. MG October 5th, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    Giuseppe Franco October 5th, 2010 at 9:46 pm
    I can read with my own eyes that WCYF doesn’t know what the hell he is talking about 95% of the time.
    ———————
    GF, that’s way too low, it’s more like 99%. He posted earlier this season that because Mo had given up some runs in a few games in April that he was losing it and cited an ERA based on 3 innings that was supposed to be significant. That’s is his effective use of statistics.

  105. Jerkface October 5th, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    If the yankees failed all the time and still managed to lead the league in runs, I feel sorry for all the other teams. What are THEY spending all their time doing??? Obviously not stringing together hits or whatever.

  106. LGY October 5th, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Get ready for tomorrow Yankee fans

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Nnm0KkMadU

  107. ZachA October 5th, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Only one Yankee batted over .290 this season. Wow. O_o

  108. steve sax arm October 5th, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    jerkface dude. you must have betsy stalker chick in mind. she has so much baseball smarts that would fill a thimble. thimble stalker betsy chick. she complains when they win and complains even more when they lose. one unhappy chick man.

  109. Betsy October 5th, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Blake, that’s very true -you’re right. I do need to just watch and evaluate Phil (or other players) myself instead of leaning so much on what pundits say. This is what happens when I have so much time on my hands, lol.

    I’m pretty excited about the change up; let’s see if he has the confidence to use it on Saturday.

  110. Betsy October 5th, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Jerkface, I already acknowledged that other teams don’t necessarily have great offenses. We’re not going to agree, so at this point I’m just going to hope for the best. As Girardi said today, it only matters what happens going forward. Their bad record lately means nothing and their good record coming into the last few weeks means nothing.

  111. MG October 5th, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    the Yankees have the following ranking in team batting statistics:

    Batting Average: 8th
    Slugging Percentage: 4th
    On Base Percentage: 1st
    Runs: 1st
    Home Runs: 4th
    OPS: 2nd
    Double Plays: 14th (Twins are 1st)

    Stats with Runners in Scoring Position:
    Batting Average: 14th
    Runs: 1st
    Home Runs: 6th
    RBIs: 1st
    OPS: 9th

    It would be nice to see them hit for a higher average with RISP but they still have scored more runs than any other team in those situations, that just means they are on base a lot more.

  112. UnKnown October 5th, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    Well I finally got my tickets for Game 1. C’MON CC!! Need a huge game from the big man so I can enjoy the game in Peace. The Twins fans will be rough on me if CC doesn’t get it done. I’m Pumped Baby!

  113. Erica in NY October 5th, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Good night Yankee people!!!

  114. West Coast Yankee Fan October 5th, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    Ahhh MG posting under one of his many names pretending to be someone else. Say hello to aldotheapache who more than twenty times ridiculed the mother of a blogger who passed away from cancer.

  115. SAS October 5th, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    Good night Erica

  116. tyanksfan36 October 5th, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    Unknown

    I hope that CC does well so that you don’t get heckled by Twins fans, I can’t wait til next summer when I go to NY to see a Yankee game cause I want to experience a game at the home stadium instead of at the Trop. Its never good to be losing when you aren’t at “home”

  117. MG October 5th, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan October 5th, 2010 at 11:39 pm
    Ahhh MG posting under one of his many names pretending to be someone else. Say hello to aldotheapache who more than twenty times ridiculed the mother of a blogger who passed away from cancer.
    ————————
    I’ve posted on this blog for about 18 months under this name only, doofus. You’ve successfully pissed off just about everyone regardless of who they are and what they think, for that you should feel very proud.

  118. YanksfaninPA October 5th, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    The quest for title # 28 begins in 21 hours!
    see ya tomorrow guys!

  119. Jerkface October 5th, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    I was referring to West Coast Yankee Fan, who claimed that he saw with his own eyes how often they failed, ignoring all the times they succeeded (which was more than every other team).

  120. Betsy October 5th, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    MG, good point. I’m excited to get this thing going; the team seems confident and that’s a good sign.

  121. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    Here is the updated chart. Please check to see that I’ve gotten your predictions down right!

    http://members.cox.net/lsdorga.....SERIES.pdf

    Here is how it works from here.

    If you want to give a prediction on the Texas series, you have to have your guess in no later than 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 6th.

    If you want to give a prediction on the Phils series, you have to have your guess in no later than 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 6th.

    If you want to give a prediction on the Yankees series, you have to have your guess in no later than 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 6th.

    If you want to give a prediction on the Braves series, you have to have your guess in no later than 8:30 p.m. Thursday, October 7th.

    Of course the safest way to do it is to get all of your predictions in by 12:30 p.m. Wednesday!

    If you give me any predictions past their individual times, I will only use those that are still timely.

    One hours before the start of the specific series is end time for predictions.

    Please put my name in the post if you are going to predict.

  122. West Coast Yankee Fan October 5th, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    You are a liar MG. Your name is aldotheapache and you post under many names here and elsewhere. You bragged about having sex with the deceased mother of a blogger who passed away from cancer after a long and painful illness.

  123. West Coast Yankee Fan October 5th, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    Now we are done.

  124. Betsy October 5th, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    Jerkface, sorry! I didn’t see those posts so I wasn’t aware there was an argument going on. I don’t want to be unfair – perhaps I’m just frustrated by the poor recent play. Well, it all starts over tomorrow night – finally.

  125. Wang IS Taiwan October 5th, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan is fine. There are many who appreciate his posts. There are many who don’t. So what?

    I’m not sure why folks have to launch into personal attacks. We’re not all going to think alike. That would be boring.

    I enjoy the passionate back and forth, give and take. Those lambasting WCYF are no better than what they’re accusing him of being.

  126. West Coast Yankee Fan October 5th, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    jerkface – I never said the Yankees failed all the time. I said that I’d like to see them do a better job building big innings by stringing together more singles and doubles. Not sure why you want to misrepresent what I said.

  127. West Coast Yankee Fan October 5th, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    Thanks Wang. I have my opinions on the Yankees as everyone does. They may be wrong or right or neither. Opinions are subjective more often than not and depend upon the perspective of the person giving their opinion. Case in point. There are Torre fans and Torre detractors. It’s a matter of opinion.

  128. MG October 5th, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan October 5th, 2010 at 11:45 pm
    You are a liar MG. Your name is aldotheapache and you post under many names here and elsewhere. You bragged about having sex with the deceased mother of a blogger who passed away from cancer after a long and painful illness.
    ——————————————–
    John aka Redfish aka WCYF, slander holds many civil penalties and you need to be careful. I post under a single name on this blog, have done so since early 2009, and am as far from aldo (whoever that is) as is humanly possible.

  129. Wang IS Taiwan October 5th, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    WCYF,

    I think you’ve made some good points in your posts.

  130. UnKnown October 5th, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue

    I want to play so here are my picks.

    Yanks in 4
    Rays in 5
    Phils in 3
    Giants in 4

  131. Wang IS Taiwan October 5th, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    Has anyone written to Chad about banning the creep who posts exclusively to Betsy?

  132. West Coast Yankee Fan October 5th, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    Bite me MG. Bring it on. How interesting that you pretend to know my name, which happens not to be true. You’re a joke. Keep it up.

  133. Jerkface October 5th, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Besides I am just giving my opinion based on my observations having watched 162 games this year. In my opinion, the Yankees fell short many times at crucial times in the game by waiting for someone to hit a home run, going 1-2-3 and out or getting a runner on and hitting into a double play or by not moving a runner, or stringing together 2 or 3 hits in a row when down a couple of runs. And of course not hitting with RISP in September.

    It’s not my theory it’s a fact. You can tell me about leading the league in hitting until hell freezes over and that does not mean jack squat if you don’t hit when it counts with RISP, and string together hits and walks consecutively. If you want to disagree go right ahead. I think your take is absurd.

    IMO, our biggest failing as a team at the plate is the inability to “keep the line moving”. We depend too much on the home run and getting the “big hit” with RISP. More singles, doubles, patience at the plate and walks leading to three and four run innings – without depending on one player to beat the odds with two men out.

    You said all of this. In my opinion, that is basically ignoring how good the yankees were overall on offense. No other team scored as many runs, so its not like other teams are stringing together hits.

  134. Eduardo October 5th, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    “slander holds many civil penalties and you need to be careful.” That is beyond laughable. Slander requires someone or something to be slandered. Nobody knows who MG is. MG could be initials. In that case, there are millions with the initials MG.

  135. West Coast Yankee Fan October 5th, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    Wang IS Taiwan
    October 5th, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    WCYF, I think you’ve made some good points in your posts.

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

    Thanks Wang. I appreciate that. I’m right sometimes and wrong other times and don’t claim to know anymore than anyone else. Just another Yankee fan with an opinion. It makes the blog interesting when not everyone agrees.

  136. Pat M. October 5th, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    On the eve that our NY Yankees begin their defense of their World Championship, there seems to be such a high level of hostility here……As for MG, over the last few seasons or so, he’s been one of the more solid and insightful posters in my view….As for the slanderous allegations that was brought upon his integrity, I can only cringe……..What has happened to this placew since last October ???? Has anyone heard from GB ???

  137. MG October 6th, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Pat M, thank you, I will limit my posts to baseball from here out (and stay away from the game threads).

  138. Betsy October 6th, 2010 at 12:02 am

    Wang, I just ignore the guy – he’s sick.

  139. West Coast Yankee Fan October 6th, 2010 at 12:03 am

    Jerkface
    October 5th, 2010 at 11:57 pm

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

    You said all of this. In my opinion, that is basically ignoring how good the yankees were overall on offense. No other team scored as many runs, so its not like other teams are stringing together hits.

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

    Jerkface – The Yankees were good on offense a lot this year. That was not my point. I said, again, that I thought they could do a better job specifically in the area I mentioned. I was not commenting if they were better or worse than other teams as you just said. It’s what I think would help them win. My opinion that’s all.

    I think they depend too much on the big hit and home run and many times they came up short in that arena. I’d like to see them be more consistent in moving runners and moving the line, getting hits, singles and doubles, etc.

    Just my take. If you don’t agree they need to do a better job of that – that’s cool! Fine! No problem. You can feel differently.

  140. West Coast Yankee Fan October 6th, 2010 at 12:05 am

    Case in point. I happen to think Phil Hughes had a great year and I am a big fan. There are some here who are much less so. I respect their opinion and whatever stats they may present to back up their case. That’s just fine. Different takes.

  141. Betsy October 6th, 2010 at 12:06 am

    I don’t want to get involved, but there’s no way I believe MG capable of making those comments………

  142. Wang IS Taiwan October 6th, 2010 at 12:07 am

    Betsy,

    I know. Everyone does, but most of the real garbage gets tossed out by Chad. Why not that sicko?

    I’ll send Chad a follow-up note. I’m sure others must have written.

    I totally screwed up the schedule in my mind and thought I’d see a Yankees game this morning (your evening). Major disappointment when I realized your Wed was my Thursday and tomorrow, there’s no staying home for me in the morning. I’ll get to see an hour or so and then have to leave. I wish that life could go on hold during the playoffs. It’s the best baseball has to offer, and I thoroughly enjoy the regular season.

  143. Betsy October 6th, 2010 at 12:07 am

    Per Kim, Phil’s reaction to finding out he was starting: Ok…………….that was it, lol.

  144. MG October 6th, 2010 at 12:10 am

    Betsy, just as Pat M believes Grandy and Berkman will be key producers for the Yankees in the postseason I believe Phil will come up big in his starts. He’s already done it against the Rays and Sox down the stretch and will continue to do so against the Twinkies and whoever else they play after the ALDS. I don’t know if they win the WS this year (the Phillies, with Doc and Oswalt are going to be really tough if they win the NL) but I’m pretty sure they win the AL and positive they beat the Twinkies in the ALDS.

  145. Cashmoney October 6th, 2010 at 12:13 am

    Hey Wang, you were correct. WS2 was a big disappointment ! I feel like I was watching a bad version of ‘Meet the parents’ with Gekko in it. There is ZERO drama in this redux ! Oliver Stone has lost me on this one.

  146. Betsy October 6th, 2010 at 12:13 am

    Wang, thanks!

    Oh, sorry you won’t be able to catch most of the game. I guess it used to be that parents would let their kids skip school to go to WS games, but that’s not the case anymore. I actually have 12 days off coming to me, so if there were day games, I’d think of taking off………….but there aren’t.

  147. LGY October 6th, 2010 at 12:13 am

    Trisha,

    My Predictions:

    Yankees in 3
    Rangers in 3
    SAS’s Reds in 4
    Blake’s Braves in 4

  148. Wang IS Taiwan October 6th, 2010 at 12:15 am

    I think Phil is going to surprise you, Betsy.

    I see great things ahead for Phil in the playoffs. I like his make-up. No one can accuse of him of being overly dramatic, can they? :)

    I think he’s had a very good year. I expect him to continue improving next season, as well.

  149. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2010 at 12:15 am

    I can’t imagine Phil was stunned to find out he was starting. Unlike fans who are all over the board, players actually have a pretty good pulse on reality. Unfortunately there was nothing in what AJ offered in his last several start in terms of consistency. Phil on the other hand rocked. What’s there to decide? This is the postseason we’re talking.

    ***********

    I’m watching Liza Mannelli on Larry King Live. They showed a clip of her singing with her mother at the London Paladium. It’s amazing how much she now looks like her mother.

    Never understood “Liza with a Z”. What else would “Liza” have in it? An M?

  150. Betsy October 6th, 2010 at 12:16 am

    MG, I would love to see that happen, more than anything. He wants the ball and that is more than half the battle.

    As to the Phillies, all I will say is that if the Yankees make it to the WS, it means they’ve straightened out their problems and got hot. Therefore, the team in the WS would be a different team than we think we have now. That said, they are formidable.

  151. Wang IS Taiwan October 6th, 2010 at 12:18 am

    Cashmoney,

    Truly sorry to hear you didn’t like WS2, either. I hate seeing a movie I SO want to be great and then walking out feeling let down.

    Loved your comparison to “Meet the Parents”!

  152. Betsy October 6th, 2010 at 12:18 am

    Wang, don’t get me wrong – I have a good feeling about Phil. I’m fine with him starting at home, for one – and I certainly think he’s capable of pitching very well. He’s an ultra-competitive guy; remember when he refused to shake Joe’s hand after he was removed short of a complete game in Texas? He wants this chance ……..and I’m happy for him that he’ll get his shot.

  153. MG October 6th, 2010 at 12:19 am

    Betsy, I want to limit my comments to baseball but thank you for that remark of yours, you are correct…

  154. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2010 at 12:20 am

    Wish the AL had HFA in the WS. GRRR!!!! Oops. I was supposed to be over that. :)

    Pat M – if you haven’t yet done so and you intend to, please sign in to the other place…

  155. Pat M. October 6th, 2010 at 12:21 am

    What is WS2 ?

  156. Wang IS Taiwan October 6th, 2010 at 12:24 am

    Betsy,

    I’d forgotten about him not shaking Joe’s hand. Hilarious. Love that fire.

  157. Betsy October 6th, 2010 at 12:24 am

    MG, you’re welcome – and undoubtedly it’s a good idea to stick to baseball.

    Pat, I think it’s Wall Street 2

  158. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2010 at 12:25 am

    I haven’t been following the cat fighting here because I really don’t have the time to bother with it, and there is nothing on the forum in the days preceding the postseason that really interests me. It is what it is. There is nothing new I’m going to learn here, and I’m not interested in anyone’s angst. When the games start I’ll watch them. That’s where I’ll learn what I have to.

    THAT SAID I did see a few of the posts when I was looking for peoples’ predictions and I will say this about MG. As much of a jerk I find him to be at times when he feels the need to get his pique up about something I’ve posted, I seriously don’t believe he has posted elsewhere as anyone else. Hes been here the past few seasons and seems pretty straightforward, for better or worse. JMO

  159. Wang IS Taiwan October 6th, 2010 at 12:26 am

    Pat M,

    It’s Wall Street 2. Cashmoney and I hated it. I particularly disliked them casting Shia LeBoeuf (sp?) as lead in that. Little boy pretending to be a grown-up.

    UGH.

  160. Betsy October 6th, 2010 at 12:26 am

    Wang, if you read his quotes about being skipped, you know Phil was pretty annoyed (not at the Yankees, who he knows had his best interests at heart, but just at not being able to pitch). You don’t want a player who doesn’t care if he plays or not……..

  161. Wang IS Taiwan October 6th, 2010 at 12:27 am

    Betsy,

    Totally agree.

  162. BIG AL October 6th, 2010 at 12:30 am

    steve sax arm October 5th, 2010 at 11:06 pm
    betsy stalker chick. you are a baseball lnowledge wasteland. you spent most of the summer trashing hughes and now once again you are sopporting your stalk victim. now you are teaching us about hitting with runners in scoring position. you know zip about baseball and most of the dudes here are tired of your crazy crap. for a chick who is here 20 hours a day you should have learned a little about cricket by now. nutcase.

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

    The only nut case I see here is you, you little twit. You never offer any input to the baseball discussion, only uncalled for nasty comments.

    It’s OK to disagree with someone, as I have on occasion with Betsy, but offer a different opinion based on facts, and stop this nasty crap of attacking someone, unless you need to do it to prove you are a man. Your comments prove just the opposite.

  163. Betsy October 6th, 2010 at 12:30 am

    Ok, night all!

  164. Crash October 6th, 2010 at 12:31 am

    Yankees have a great offense. They lead the league in runs. What else do you want them to do? Sure they did at times struggle with RISP but they make that up by hitting a lot of home runs.

    And enough of yanks tact on runs against bad bullpens. All the other teams do that too.

  165. Betsy October 6th, 2010 at 12:32 am

    Oops, one more

    Big AL, the guy is clearly not playing with a full deck – just ignore him. He’s a little boy, that’s all he is.

  166. BIG AL October 6th, 2010 at 12:33 am

    Betsy -

    Good night, I just couldn’t let that go. Let’s all calm down and enjoy the game tonight.

    Bye folks.

  167. Cashmoney October 6th, 2010 at 12:35 am

    Yup , Shia is better suited to sell me Tylenol instead of a T bill . A total miscast IMO. I don’t know maybe it simply lost it’s juice because WS1 was more of period piece in the same vein as Brett Easton Ellis’ American Psycho pays homage to the 80s for it’s unique standing in American history?

  168. jacksquat October 6th, 2010 at 12:37 am

    trisha:

    Yankees in 4
    Rangers in 5
    Phillies in 3
    Giants in 4

  169. Wang IS Taiwan October 6th, 2010 at 12:40 am

    Cashmoney,

    To attempt a sequel so many years later is usually a recipe for disaster. Studios just trying to make a buck. By the way, no way I believe Shia is capable of doing the math needed for selling securities!

    Gotta really go to work now. ‘Til tomorrow everyone when the fun begins for real!

  170. Niblick October 6th, 2010 at 12:51 am

    If that moron Girardi starts “Kearnsie”, he deserves to be fired on the spot. And the Yankees deserve to lose the game. Sorry to feel that way, but there is no way on earth that “Kearnsie” should ever, ever get into a playoff game unless two other outfielders are hit by the same comet.

  171. m October 6th, 2010 at 12:55 am

    It’s already been established that Gardner is starting tomorrow.

    Take a pill, jeez.

  172. pat October 6th, 2010 at 12:56 am

    You just gotta laugh…

    NeilKeefe Curt Schilling is on Baseball Tonight talking about how you get Robinson Cano out. Cano vs. Schilling: 12-for-31 (.387), 4 HR, 4 RBIs.

  173. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2010 at 12:56 am

    I will say this about Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli. What absolutely phenomenal talents. Listening to them sing together is almost mind blowing. I think Liza Minnelli had to be about 20 years old at the time, certainly not much older. I just checked and the VHS as well as the CD are available. Definitely will be getting both.

    Also great actresses.

    ***********

    This is it as of now.

    http://members.cox.net/lsdorga.....update.pdf

    Will update as needed.

    Night all.

  174. Niblick October 6th, 2010 at 12:59 am

    How has it “been established” that Gardner is starting tomorrow?

  175. JobaTipsHisCap October 6th, 2010 at 1:00 am

    wow, all of sudden people have high hope on Yanks in ALDS.
    After they played .500 baseball for one month, they’d better turn on the switch, quickly.

  176. Jerkface October 6th, 2010 at 1:04 am

    After they played .500 baseball for one month, they’d better turn on the switch, quickly.

    September winning percentage did not correspond with playoff performance, a study found.

  177. m October 6th, 2010 at 1:06 am

    pat says:
    October 5, 2010 at 9:58 pm
    YESKimJones For a while it seemed Girardi had gone to a Kearns-Gardner platoon in left. Told that Gardner gets the start tomorrow against Liriano.

  178. G-C October 6th, 2010 at 1:09 am

    The point is, the Yankees have a better lineup, rotation, and bullpen than the Twins do.

    They are stronger in every facet of the game.

    There is absolutely no reason why they shouldn’t win this series. Ignore any “experts” who claim to provide rational basis for why the Yankees will lose this series. If they lose, it will be because they played poorly over a small sample size, not because they weren’t in every way capable.

    I’ve stopped looking at playoff predictions the last five years for a number of reasons. I’ve seen the 87 win Yankees roll through the playoffs to a World Series win and the 116 win Mariners look feeble and bow out in the ALCS.

    Anything can happen. But I’m going to always bet on the team I believe is most capable of winning when they play to their potential. That the a team won’t play to their potential over a small sample size is obviously plausible, but there’s often no reason other than bias to assume this will occur.

  179. indy42 October 6th, 2010 at 1:09 am

    Predictions:

    Yankees in 4
    Rays in 3
    Phillies in 3
    Giants in 5

  180. Niblick October 6th, 2010 at 1:16 am

    So Kim Jones knows more than Chad Jennings? What has this world come to?

  181. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2010 at 1:49 am

    http://members.cox.net/lsdorgan/update.pdf

    Dats it for now.

  182. Vineyard Yankee October 6th, 2010 at 1:52 am

    Trisha:

    Thanks for all your hard work in setting up the ‘Prediction Chart’ here. Good stuff for all us Yankee Fans here. Great job.

  183. Pat M. October 6th, 2010 at 2:28 am

    Tricia, did you ever establish the entry fee ( 20.00 ) would be perfect…..World Series winners gets 60 % loser 30 % & ” Trich the Dish ” takes a 10% cut for running the show………Entry fee could be .Adjusted of course……Once again, has there been a GB sighting ?????

  184. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2010 at 2:36 am

    Pat M, I did say that if anyone wanted to add to the pot they could, but I never said anyone had to do anything to qualify for the money. It would be fun of course if people contributed only because it would make the prize even bigger!

    I don’t understand how your split would work however. If the winner gets 60% are you saying that the person with the lowest score gets 30%? Why would you pay the person
    with the lowest score? Am I missing something?

    I’ll wait to see your response. I’m happy to do whatever the group wants.

    :)

    Time to sleep on the east coast!

  185. Pat M. October 6th, 2010 at 2:49 am

    Tricia, I’m going on the premise that if you miss on a series prediction you’ve been eliminated…….Those you survive the first round get to go again for the AL /NL CS……Those eliminated from the pennant winning round will only leave a few to chase the WS predictions and finally the enchilada……..

  186. m October 6th, 2010 at 2:53 am

    Pat M,

    How are you doing? Looks like the easties are getting some rest for tomorrow.

    Don’t remember this kind of excitement last season.

  187. Pat M. October 6th, 2010 at 3:08 am

    m….I’m doing fine thank you, however I find the actions & the banter here to be just a tad distasteful as of late…….That being said, time to turn in so I cab study in order to make some sound investments n tomorrow’s game…..I did very well in my over / under league….Yanks covered by a 1/2 game……..Catch you later, as it all starts for real in 12 hours or so…..

  188. sevrox October 6th, 2010 at 4:54 am

    YankeeTrish:

    I’m doing the whole enchilada due to lack of time to post…

    predictions/prognostications/guesses:

    Yanks in 4
    Rays in 4
    Phillies in 3
    Giants in 4

    Championship Series:

    Yanks over Rays in 7
    Phillies over Giants in 6

    World Series:

    Yanks over Phillies in 7

    And since I live outside Philly, it’ll be fun to watch the madness descend upon my fellows who are rabid Philly fans.

  189. Rich FL October 6th, 2010 at 5:09 am

    Trisha:

    Yankees 3-1
    Rangers 3-2
    Giants 3-2
    Phillies 3-0

  190. Fran the original October 6th, 2010 at 7:12 am

    Trisha,
    My predictions:

    Yankees in 5
    Rays in 5
    Phillies in 4
    Giants in 4

    Ready for Game 1 tonight.
    Let’s go Yankees!

  191. JEKIKASO October 6th, 2010 at 7:25 am

    HI TRISHA,

    YANKEES IN 4

    TEXAS IN 5

    PHILLIES IN 4

    BRAVES IN 5

    THAMK YOU

  192. upstate kate October 6th, 2010 at 7:31 am

    decisions decisions…work, or figure out my GTLU…ok priorities set…work on GTLU!!!

  193. Bronx Jeers October 6th, 2010 at 7:32 am

    Good news to start your day.

    Liriano is 0-3 with an 8.10 ERA in his last 3 starts.

  194. Doreen October 6th, 2010 at 7:39 am

    Good morning, trisha -

    Liza with a Z was a response to all the people who called her “Lisa,” hence the lyrics, “that’s Liza with a z, not Lisa with an s.” :)

    I think Liza not only has one of the best voices for that genre of music, but a true musical “soul,” in that you believe every song she sings is from the heart.

    ****

    I apologize to the blog for my inappropriate response last night. It game me two milliseconds of satisfaction and a ton of disappointment in myself, plus it added to precisely what I dislike about this blog at times.

    ****

    I hope they replay last night’s press conference this morning. I was on the phone at the time and didn’t hear a thing. I’d love to hear CC’s response to myself and hear what Alex was saying because I’ve never seen him look so calm, relaxed and content.

    ****

    Unknown -

    Have a wonderful time at the game tonight.

  195. upstate kate October 6th, 2010 at 7:44 am

    I have asked this question before and the consensus was you always start your ace against their ace…but isn’t it possible the Twins want to save Pavano, their winningest pitcher, for a better match up?

    I missed the presser too Doreen. I thought I was so smart to record the post season review, but the presser started at the very tail end. I am hoping it is in the pre game.

  196. SJ44 October 6th, 2010 at 7:48 am

    Doreen,

    You don’t owe anybody an apology.

    Some folks come on here specfically to cause problems.

    Only way to deal with them is head on and you did.

    No apologies are necessary.

  197. Doreen October 6th, 2010 at 8:01 am

    SJ44 -

    It may not have been necessary for anyone but me, but I can’t come here and say I want the blog to be one way and then contribute to the other way. But thanks. :)

    ****

    upstate kate -

    I purposely put off calling my mom until after the post-season preview show; then my daughter and my husband called while I was on the phone with her. Call waiting – a blessing and a curse!!

    I had no idea there was going to be a press conference then. Oh, well. I can’t imagine they won’t re-play it at some point today. I’m just hoping it’s as a whole, rather than sound bytes on Francesa’s show. :)

  198. upstate kate October 6th, 2010 at 8:05 am

    Doreen
    were you causing problems last night??? someone must have really pushed your buttons :)

  199. MTU October 6th, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Good morning.

    I really should be busy building an Ark instead of watching baseball.

    Our Monsoon rains were pratically non-existant this year until now.

    W really needed the water but ……

    We have had over two inches of rain in the last couple of days.

    Flash flood warnings are up.

    Doesn’t sound like much for you East coasters but keep in mind our
    annual totals average 8 inches per YEAR.

    If I’m not on here commenting you’ll at least know what happened to me. :)

  200. Betsy October 6th, 2010 at 8:14 am

    The weather is better in Minny than NY, go figure…………

  201. MTU October 6th, 2010 at 8:15 am

    edit: “practically”. sorry.

  202. MTU October 6th, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Betsy-

    Let’s hope that’s the only thing better about Minnesota than NY. ;)

  203. pat October 6th, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Doreen

    Press conferences from last night are up on YesNetwork.com

  204. blake October 6th, 2010 at 8:22 am

    To cushion the blow from the Red Sox not making the playoffs….ESPN made a movie about them….

    MTU, do you have your game face on?

  205. upstate kate October 6th, 2010 at 8:22 am

    MTU
    as we have had a cool and rainy fall I am having trouble being sympathetic…be careful those dust mops don’t get washed away :)

  206. MTU October 6th, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Blake-

    I’m locked and loaded.

    Tributes at the ready. :)

  207. Doreen October 6th, 2010 at 8:23 am

    There is a columnist at the Star Ledger whose work I despise. I doubt he closely follows any particular sport, and certainly not any particular team. My husband thinks he never played a sport in his life. We can certainly be wrong about this guy, but most of his stories just rub us the wrong way.

    Case in point: Today he’s jumping on the playoff bandwagon with this headline: “Without Support, Sabathia Stands Alone,” and includes this gem: “CC Sabathia…and hope they don’t laugh at ya.”

    I seriously wish I hadn’t looked at the page.

    Marc Carig: “Girardi Goes by his Book.” Do I read it?

    I really want to enjoy the series. No fan who has followed the Yankees this season is unaware of their flaws. But what these local papers always seem to gloss over is the fact that other teams also have their flaws.

    I think this a lot and I know I’ve posted it before, but it sure seems like in every other market, fans are allowed to delude themselves into thinking their teams are perfect, aided by the very glowing and positive stories written in their local papers about their teams. Here in the NY area, it is precisely the opposite. We are not allowed to have hope; we are not allowed to see only the positives – but even worse, they pretty much erase as many of the positives as they can get away with and focus on the negatives. No wonder there are so many nervous Yankees fans. If you take all these columns seriously, you’d have to wonder how they managed to win 95 games, how they managed to get into the playoffs at all. Oh, yeah, I forgot – they got there because the “Benjamins” played. :)

    One of the discussions here last night had to do with the Yankees ability or inability to hit with RISP. In the last 3 to 4 weeks of the season, that certainly was the case – or at least it was the case with the bases loaded. But prior to that, I KNOW I read and researched that they were first i the league in BA with RISP. They had a lousy last month of the season, which is why they are the wild card in the first place. But prior to Pettitte going on the DL, this team was playing very solid baseball. (I use Pettitte’s DL as my personal marker for the turning point in their season, because I sincerely believe that it was the the single event of the season that made everything that happened after almost inevitable.) And one thing about RISP. When you have a team that gets on base at the rate the Yankees do, you are almost always going to have a large number of runners left on base, in scoring position or otherwise, unless every inning you put men on ends up with a bases-clearing HR.

    My biggest complaint about the Yankees’ offense this season was their total befuddlement when facing pitchers who threw mostly “junk.” Many of those games they faced pitchers they’d never seen before, but it was the stuff they threw, not that they hadn’t been seen before, that was the problem.

  208. Betsy October 6th, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Actually, that’s part of their 30 for 30 series; I’ve ony seen one episode and it was fantastic. However, I think I’ll avoid this one (although I honestly don’t care about 2004 and it doesn’t bother me to think about it).

  209. MTU October 6th, 2010 at 8:24 am

    Kate-

    For sure but this isn’t supposed to be Seattle. It’s a desert. :)

  210. 108 stitches October 6th, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Kearns at best is an average outfielder. Several situations were seen with balls hit close to the left field line that Kearns never got to by several strides. Gardner would have easily tracked them with his speed. Gardner also had several critical assists with his arm from LF.
    A percentage move by Girardi of using Kearns against a LHP is a mistake. Gardner has the ability to bunt his way on base if necessary. Not the case with Kearns.

  211. Doreen October 6th, 2010 at 8:28 am

    I need to clarify – the columnist that drives us crazy at the Star Ledger is not Marc Carig. :)

    I did end up reading Carig’s article about Girardi and his book. It’s good. I’ll post the link.

  212. Betsy October 6th, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Doreen, I generally think Marc Carig is very good.

    That said, I don’t get the fact that apparently the Yankees have this god-awful rotation with a ton of weaknesses whereas everyone elses’ rotation is full of sure things. Ok, I get that Andy and his rustiness is a question mark and that Phil didn’t have the greatest 2nd half. However, it’s almost as if it’s a given that Andy won’t be good -like he’s garbage. As to Phil? We get it – he had a 5 ERA in the 2nd half. Tom Verducci had an agenda yesterday when he posted all the reasons why the rotation is weak – the last point was that Phil had a 5 something ERA in his last 8 starts. Hmm, why pick the #8? I posted a link also that showed he had a 3.45 ERA in his last 5 starts. Regardless, he came up huge against the Sox, so even if you want to focus on his 2nd half (which is fine), then at least mention his performances of lates. The fact is, he’s 24 – of course he’s a ?. CJ Wilson has had a GREAT year, but he’s never pitched in the playoffs. Who’s their 3rd starter? Hunter? Same thing. Rays? Garza is a good pitcher, but he’s not exactly been great and so none of the pitchers after Price are fantastic. I think the Twins probably have the most solid rotation, but again – Duensening only made 12 starts this year. Who knows if he’ll be good or not. Blackburn? I don’t think he’s very good, but I admit I don’t know the stats.

    Doree, I have studiously avoided all evaluations/predictions. I only run into them when I’m googling something.

  213. upstate kate October 6th, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Doreen
    I will admit to being an espn junkie, and I listen to xm in the car, but I get most of my info here…I don’t like the negative spin from the columnists. Many of them just repeat the same old cliches…actually that is true for the national broadcasters as well. ANd why isn’t Philly being accused of trying to buy a championship? They brought in Hallady and Oswalt..if the Yankees had done that there would be a media uproar.

    MTU
    yeah I know, I am just envious

  214. Fran the original October 6th, 2010 at 8:31 am

    MTU,
    Looking forward to the tributes.

  215. Betsy October 6th, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Also, if Carig really thinks Andy and Phil are laughable pitchers, then I may just never read him again because that’s absolutely insulting.

  216. Betsy October 6th, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Doreen, is it Steve Poliiti?

  217. MTU October 6th, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Blake-

    Seriously speaking (for the briefest of moments).

    If CC, AP, and Hughesy pitch up to their capabilities we have nothing to worry about.

    Extra special pleasure would be to see Pavano get his brains bashed in. :)

  218. blake October 6th, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Betsy,

    Yea I know…those are generally pretty good. I just just thought the release date of this one in particular was interesting.

  219. MTU October 6th, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Fran-

    Let’s just hope the Yankees do well enough to earn them. :)

  220. Betsy October 6th, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Yesterday on the Daily News show, neither Bill Madden (shock!), Joe Benigno or some other clown from the News thought the Yanks had sufficient pitching to advance deep in the playoffs. Too bad neither of the other AL rotations are great..and it’s pretty silly to think that way anyway because if they get past the ALDS, then Andy has probably shown himself to be healthy and Phil has probably pitched well.

  221. Doreen October 6th, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Betsy -

    About 2004 – a couple of years after it happened, we were on a plane and they were showing that movie with Jimmy Falon and Drew Barrymore. I like her, and I thought I was well over what happened, so I decided to watch the movie. At the end, and we all know the ending, I wanted to jump out of the plane. I realized that even though intellectually I am over it, somewhere deep, deep down, it will always be a tough memory. :)

    ****

    Here’s the link to Carig’s article:

    http://www.nj.com/yankees/inde....._love.html

  222. Rich in NJ October 6th, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Writers try to be provocative. Just sayin’.

  223. Betsy October 6th, 2010 at 8:37 am

    Yep, it’s Politti. I refuse to read that article …………….and he’s always negative anyway.

    Blake, I guess that will make Sox fans feel better – for all of 1 hour, lol. I don’t know how long the euphoria of a WS lasts, but for me it’s not all THAT long. If we lose in the ALDS, it would be hard for me to watch videos or think of 2009 with huge fondness knowing how we failed in 2010. If we lose in the ALCS in a hard fought series, then ok – I could deal with that.

  224. blake October 6th, 2010 at 8:37 am

    Have these columnists that keep talking about the Yankee rotation taken a second to look at the rest of the AL’s rotations after the first game.

    I got news for them…if David Price loses today the Rays are in trouble with a capital T….

  225. Doreen October 6th, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Betsy -

    Yes. Steve Politi.

  226. Fran the original October 6th, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Kate,

    When Cashman tried to make the trade for Cliff Lee a lot of the media was saying the Yankees were being greedy and didn’t need him. Seems there is a double standard for the Yanks.

  227. Erin October 6th, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Doreen October 6th, 2010 at 8:35 am
    At the end, and we all know the ending, I wanted to jump out of the plane. I realized that even though intellectually I am over it, somewhere deep, deep down, it will always be a tough memory

    *********************************
    Doreen-I made the mistake of seeing that movie in the theater. My brother was with me and he actually got up and walked out when they started showing that awful, awful footage. I don’t know why I didn’t join him-I should have. LOL

  228. SJ44 October 6th, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Doreen,

    The reality is, negative sells/gets more eyeballs than positive, or even balanced, stories get.

    That’s why they are so prevalent.

    There is no question this Yankee team has flaws.

    The kind of flaws that can get you beat in the post-season.

    However, it’s also accurate to say the other three teams also have the kind of flaws that can get you beat in the post-season.

    Unlike last year, all four teams in the post-season are more closely matched.

    That doesn’t make the Yankees a “bad” team.

    Personally, I don’t like the matchup with the Twins for the Yankees.

    Doesn’t mean they can’t win this series. They certainly can.

    To do so, they are going to have to buck the trend that has plagued them the second half of the year.

    Poor starting pitching, lack of clutch hitting on the road, and overmanaging were the three culprits for their poor finish.

    If those three areas are cleaned up, they can make a serious run in the post-season again.

  229. MTU October 6th, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Kate-

    That’s why you need to come out an visit again.

    You can see the river from the back of our home. Right now it looks like a miniaturized version of the Colorado. Quite nice actually. :)

  230. Betsy October 6th, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Rich, not in these cases; they just want to trash the Yankees. Reading them would just annoy me, so I avoid them.

    Doreen, thanks! I have to go to work soon, so I will read that later.

  231. Doreen October 6th, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Betsy -

    I read two paragraphs of Politi’s piece – because of the train-wreck type of attraction – and then tossed the paper aside.

    I’m sorry I mislead anyone nto thinking it was Marc Carig’s article. After I posted, I realized how it looked. That’s a disservice to Marc, who does a very good job of reporting on the Yankees. I’ve found him to be very fair and even funny.

  232. JCPD October 6th, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Well MTU, you said you wanted some of my water. So, I obliged. Now you’re whining? ;-)

  233. MTU October 6th, 2010 at 8:43 am

    JCPD-

    Glad to have it but did you have to send it all at once. :)

  234. The Genius Maker October 6th, 2010 at 8:44 am

    : ?We felt with all the left-handed hitters, we would try to throw four lefties at them in five games.?
    ***

    The above was Girardi’s quote, yet they didn’t feel having a 2nd lefty in the pen was important???? this is exactly the type of inconsistent BS that Girardi has been spewing…it makes no sense to have Moselely over Ring. Even if Ring is there to do nothing but face Thome.

  235. upstate kate October 6th, 2010 at 8:44 am

    I have been watching the 10th Inning show in bits and pieces…when ever they have a part about the sox I fast forward thru it. I was really happy watching the early Joe Torre years segment. And I still have some of the 2009 post season shows stored on my DVR, so I guess I do sometimes live in the past.

  236. Betsy October 6th, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Doreen, let me guess:

    Andy is old and hobbled. Phil is young and incapable.

    Got it . I never read this guy. You need to take an anti-depressant to do so.

  237. Betsy October 6th, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Later!

  238. The Genius Maker October 6th, 2010 at 8:45 am

    I did a write-up on the splits of the players…hope you enjoy

    http://www.stevewigdor.blogspot.com/

  239. Doreen October 6th, 2010 at 8:45 am

    SJ44 -

    I agree.

    Last season I would have been shocked if the Yankees did not get to and win the WS. This season, I will be disappointed but not shocked if they don’t advance beyond the ALDS. They are the best team when they click on all cylinders, and they are even a superior team if they are clicking on most cylinders. So we’ll have to see what happens. I’m thinking that this is a team that now has something to prove, that they will not be holding back (injuries be darned) and if they lose it won’t be from lack of effort.

  240. pat October 6th, 2010 at 8:48 am

    SJ is right that negative sells but also unlike Boston, St. Louis, Tampa, Milwaukee, etc…… NY has 2 baseball teams and many people who are fans of teams that are not located in the Bronx so Yankee negativity has an audience- Mets fans and Yankee haters.

  241. MTU October 6th, 2010 at 8:48 am

    SJ-

    You said it.

    We need to pitch.

    We need to hit.

    And Joe G needs to let his players play.

    If we do that we’ve got as good a chance anyone. Maybe better. :)

  242. pat October 6th, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Genius Maker

    Or maybe they thought Ring isn’t good enough to get Thome out and letting Robertson or Woods face him late in the game would provide a better result than a mediocre lefty.

  243. Erin October 6th, 2010 at 8:58 am

    New Post: Yankees once again turn to Sabathia in Game 1

    :arrow:

  244. Doreen October 6th, 2010 at 9:00 am

    pat -

    That’s a good point about who the audience includes.

  245. 108 stitches October 6th, 2010 at 9:00 am

    In too many cases stats can be thrown out the window. It’s been seen too many times that some players can rise to a level beyond their normal capabilities. The least likely can become huge contributors when the postseason arrives.
    A key base hit or fielding play or a superbly pitched, clutch inning can make a hero.
    This is Joe Girardi’s chance to push the right buttons or fall back to the overmanaging that’s been seen for most of the 2010 season.

  246. The Genius Maker October 6th, 2010 at 9:01 am

    SJ, talk about being Switzerland…you might as well have said, “if the Yanks score more runs than Minnesota in 3 of the games, they will win the series.”
    :)

    The Yankees are much better offensively than Minnesota and our defense is a little better as well. CC is a little better than Liriano and that could be 40% of the games. When those 2 are on the mound, we have an advantage…Does this mean we will win, well no, but the odds are the yanks will beat Minnesota. If we make the next round, that is when I may be more concerned. It is a 5 game series so anything can happen, but our better offense should be the difference because outside of Mauer their team is mediocre. I will say that D. Young is a solid hitter and Thome is a force against righties and their 3rd baseman is a force against lefties, but you know these things coming in. Now compare that to the Yanks where Cano takes out Mauer, Swisher is better than Young, Granderson and Gardner are both better than Span and Hudson, Arod is better than their 3rd baseman, Tex blows away Cuddyer, and Posada is a better hitter than Kubel and Jeter, even this year, is better than Hardy. that leaves DH, where Thome is their only advantage as he has been a monster against righties…thus me being upset that Ring is not on the roster.

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