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Postworkout notes: “They’ll find ways to deal with it”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Oct 12, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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The Rays and Rangers are going to play an actual baseball game tonight. Nine innings — more if Brian Cashman gets his way — with real umpires, real game decisions and real consequences.

The Yankees went through a few simulated innings this afternoon, and will do the same tomorrow.

This is the trade off. The Yankees get to rest. They get to lineup their rotation, make sure their regulars are healthy and do nothing but prepare for five days. The Rays and Rangers get to stay sharp. They get to see a few more live pitches, throw a few more live pitches and keep the must-win feeling alive and well.

“It’s a little bit of a concern, but I would rather be able to setup your rotation,” Joe Girardi said.

Dustin Moseley felt like he was throwing at 100 percent effort, “but you’re probably not,” he said. “The lights aren’t on and people aren’t in the stands. I went out there and went after it.”

That’s all the Yankees could do this afternoon. It’s all they can do Wednesday and Thursday. The time off has its good and its bad. There’s no way to change it, and the Yankees certainly wouldn’t trade places. It’s much better to be playing a simulated game today than playing a do-or-die game tonight.

“You get the guys mentally prepared,” Girardi said. “You don’t beat them up in these practices. You go through the situation (as if) you would have a two-game layoff. To me you treat it a little bit the same except you have the simulated games. That’s the biggest thing that we’re doing. Some people would say, do you think all of your hitters should be involved in a simulated game? You’d feel really terrible if you lost one of your starters because he got hit in the hand. That’s what you have to weigh. Our guys have had to deal with this before. They’re experienced. They’ll find ways to deal with it.”

ALCS Yankees Wait Baseball• Dave Eiland said the Yankees have an idea of who will start Game 2 and who will start Game 3, but they’re not ready to announce it officially. The fact the Game 3 starter would also line up for Game 7, he said, does not factor into the decision. “We feel like whoever pitching 2 and whoever pitches 3 can pitch Game 7,” Eiland said. “Our first three guys — CC, Andy and Phil — we would have no problem running any of those three out there in Games 1 through 7, so that does not factor into it.”

• On Francisco Cervelli’s role in the ALCS: “To say a certain guy is going to catch A.J., we can’t say that,” Eiland said. “That decision has not been made yet.”

• It sounds like a three-man rotation was never a serious consideration for the ALCS because it would require too many games started on three-days rest. “Hughesy has never done it,” Girardi said. “Andy is coming off an injury. There’s some concern there. Then if you go Game 7, you’re asking CC to do it twice in one series, and that is a concern for us.”

• Any chance it’s not a four-man rotation? “I don’t see one,” Girardi said. “But I don’t want to lock ourselves into a box. Our preliminary discussions have been a four-man rotation.”

• Any consideration to anyone other than A.J. Burnett as the fourth starter? “I think we all felt that A.J. was the guy for the job,” Girardi said.

• Of all the guys who pitched today, most of the questions — surprise! — centered on Joba Chamberlain, who didn’t pitch at all in the ALDS. “That was the purpose of today to get the guys back out there and sharp,” Girardi said. “Obviously we know that he’s well rested and physically strong. My hope is that by pitching today and facing hitters and using all his pitches that he will be sharp when called upon.”

• As he always does, Ramiro Pena started laughing when I asked him about Kerry Wood breaking his bat during a sim game. “He got me,” Pena said. “He got me with a cutter.”

• Moseley and Cervelli had a fairly intense at-bat in Moseley’s second inning. It ended with a flare to right field. Cervelli claimed it was a hit. Moseley said it was a routine out. “I struck him out the pitch before and they didn’t call it on him,” Moseley said. “I told him I had the boys playing in.”

• A lot of times in spring training, coaches will tell pitchers to imagine certain scenarios (runner at first with one out, runner at third with two outs, etc.) but Moseley said there were no scenarios today. It was all about staying sharp. Just face a hitter, and try to get him out. The hitters were just trying to make good contact and stay sharp. “The competitiveness always comes out,” Moseley said.

• Preference in tonight’s game? “I think they’re pretty similar clubs actually,” Girardi said. “Their starting pitching has been good. Their bullpens have been good. They have speed. They have power. We’ve seen Tampa a lot more than we’ve seen Texas this year. To get to where they are, they’re both very good clubs. Whoever we face it’s going to be a big challenge.”

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29 Responses to “Postworkout notes: “They’ll find ways to deal with it””

  1. Doreen October 12th, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    I’d volunteer to be in the stands for a sim game!


  2. MTU October 12th, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    C’mon Joe, be honest, you know you want Texas. ;)

  3. Jerkface October 12th, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Just face a hitter, and try to get him out.

    A monumental task facing the likes of Ramiro Pena, Cervelli, and Kearns.

  4. Nick in SF October 12th, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Nice simulated lineup complaint, Jerkface.

  5. Dj October 12th, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    I hope they tell us the starting rotation soon so I can plan my menu (I think I’m making cheesecake brownies instead of just cheesecake).

  6. Doreen October 12th, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Nick in SF -

    Congratulations on your mom’s wedding. :)

  7. Erica in NY October 12th, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    3 Days, 0 Hours, and 29 Minutes until Game 1 of the ALCS :grin:

    (Note: I am dropping the disclaimer because I am tired of typing it)

  8. Erica in NY October 12th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Btw- this 4pm game on Saturday is pretty much my worst nightmare.

    I could have easily worked with a 1pm start or an 8pm start, but a 4pm start makes the whole day difficult… grrrr :evil:

  9. Tom in N.J. October 12th, 2010 at 7:35 pm


  10. 108 stitches October 12th, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    I would have preferred that the 1st game started on Thursday but as always, TV rules. Girardi has to make adjustments accordingly.

  11. Betsy October 12th, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    LGY, I’d rather be the better team over the course of a 162 game season.

  12. Betsy October 12th, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    If the Yankees are down 2-1, I still think it will be CC; I can not see going with AJ to try and save our season.

    I’m a little concerned about the team losing it’s edge……..I think it’s a significant trade off. I agree about being able to set the pitching, but it does have it’s disadvantages.

  13. Betsy October 12th, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    I don’t mind day games because these 8:30 starts are killer, but it sucks if I’m working, lol.

  14. Doreen October 12th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    There is nothing the Yankees could have done about it. First, they don’t set the schedule. Second, would you rather they lost a couple of games on purpose? I mean, it is what it is.

    Frankly, I can see the opposite being said here if the opposite situation presented itself: Oh my, the Yankees are going to be all worn out from playing all five games and they can’t set up their rotation, and oh! Hughes or AJ has to pitch game one, oh, no! And the other team is so rested, and they can set up their rotation, oh no!

    Que sera, sera, guys.

    The worst thing about the layoff is talking about the layoff! :)

  15. Betsy October 12th, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    I’m so happy, lol. I just discovered this morning that the 1960′s tv show, Batman , is going to air on the Hub Channel (used to be Discovery Kids). This is great news because this show will never be on DVD thanks to Fox and Warner both owning the rights.

  16. Betsy October 12th, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Doreen, wow – I guess I really deserved that retort. Not.

  17. sevrox October 12th, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Caption for the picture associated with this thread with what appears to be a baseball headed straight for A.J.:

    ‘CC takes matters into his own hands and ensures A.J. doesn’t get a postseason start…’


    ‘Captain Jeter puts A.J. out of his misery.’

  18. West Coast Yankee Fan October 12th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Damn Girardi – he just blew it today. I have never seen such pathetic managing! Letting Kerry Wood face Peña? Bringing in Moseley to pitch to Cevelli? We are so doomed!

  19. Nick in SF October 12th, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Thanks, Doreen!

  20. the gay yankee fan October 12th, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Hopefully the Yankees saw what Andrus did and will watch out for that.

  21. Georgia_in_MS October 12th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    servox – That was a good one!!! HaHa.

    I’ve been thinking the Yanks did so well in the first round cause AJ was not involved. I think AJ is zapping the team’s mojo.

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