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Sunday notes: Garcia stumbles in third start

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Mar 13, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

For the first time this spring, one of the starters fighting for a spot in the Yankees rotation truly struggled. Bartolo Colon had his rocky inning, but he bounced back immediately. Ivan Nova was only so-so last time out, but he still allowed just two runs and got through three innings.

Today, Freddy Garcia was pretty bad. He couldn’t locate his fastball — especially inside — and didn’t make it out of the third inning. He pitched 2.2 innings allowing four runs on six hits, two walks and a hit batter.

“I couldn’t make a pitch,” Garcia said. “I had a couple guys 0-2 or 1-2, but I’d walk a guy or hit a guy. I wasn’t executing a pitch when I needed it… I didn’t pitch the way I wanted to pitch. There’s nothing I can do. I know I have to pitch good to try to win a spot, but it was one of those days. I have to forget about it, come back tomorrow and try to do my job in my next start.”

Joe Girardi said Garcia “wasn’t quite as sharp as he’s been,” and was pretty obvious from the beginning. His fastball was bad, so he was leaning on his secondary pitches, and those were only marginally effective.

“It’s way too early,” Girardi said. “He’s got more starts to go. We don’t expect any of our starters to be perfect. We know there are going to be bumps in the road in spring training. You have to deal with it and you have to develop arm strength. There are a lot of things you have to get going, but you’re trying to get to the last half of it where you start throwing better the last half.”

Girardi said he didn’t feel the need to talk to Garcia about the outing. Veteran pitchers understand what’s going on, and Girardi said at this point he’s just interested in seeing how Garcia bounces back.

“I have to move on,” Garcia said. “What can I do about pitching bad today? I have to take it out of my mind, try to focus on my next game.”

Here’s Garcia.

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• It’s easy to overlook given what Mariano Rivera did in the very next inning, but Rafael Soriano had another impressive inning today, allowing one stranded hit in the fifth. Soriano has allowed two hits and no walks through three innings. “I like his style,” Russell Martin said. “He’s aggressive. He goes right after hitters. He doesn’t fool around, throws his best stuff at you and makes you swing the bat. It’s good.”

• Rivera was asked whether Soriano has the stuff to thrive in New York. “He has the abilities,” Rivera said. “He has everything to succeed here. I don’t see why not.”

• By the way, Rivera said we might see more of the high socks this season.

• Dave Robertson bounced back from his previous outing when faced one batter and allowed a triple. This time, Robertson pitched a hitless seventh inning, striking out one and walking none. Martin said he was happy that he got to catch a bunch of relievers today. He’s trying to get familiar with everyone.

• Andrew Brackman was noticeably upset with himself after his inning and two-thirds. He walked two, gave up two hits and allowed one unearned run. “He got behind in some counts,” Girardi said. “He had a chance to get out of that inning. We dropped a fly ball. We didn’t turn a double play. He fought his way through it, but he’s not as sharp as he’s going to be, and he understands that. But I think it’s still frustrating for him.”

• Alex Rodriguez hit his second spring homer, continuing his strong month of March. Mark Teixeira’s double was the only other Yankees hit. Kevin Russo’s sacrifice fly drove in their only other run.

• Another hit for both Derek Jeter and Eric Chavez. Robinson Cano also singled.

• Jeter dropped a popup that should have ended the fourth inning without a Twins run. The error led to four unearned runs when Eric Wordekemper followed with a hanging slider that Brian Dinkelman hit for a home run. “Once I started backpedaling, I was in trouble,” Jeter said. “To be honest with you, I wouldn’t have thought about it again unless you guys brought it up.”

• Both Rule 5 picks are out of Yankees camp. Although Robert Fish showed some flashes of good stuff, he and Daniel Turpen combined for 8.1 IP, 12 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 7 BB and 7 K. They never had a realistic shot of making the roster, but neither showed enough to stick around any longer.

• Of the position players cut today, Daniel Brewer made the best impression. He hit .364/.364/.455. Austin Krum and Bradley Suttle each batted .154 with no extra-base hits.

• Martin had not caught Rivera this spring, not even in the bullpen. He went to the mound at the beginning of Rivera’s inning, and Martin said the conversation was short and sweet. “I just asked him, what’s the cutter (sign), and what’s the sinker?” Martin said. “(Rivera said) this is cutter, this is sinker, and that’s it. He’s like, ‘Go behind there.’ I was like, all right, see you later.”

Associated Press photos of Garcia, Rivera and Francisco Cervelli





68 Responses to “Sunday notes: Garcia stumbles in third start”

  1. Betsy March 13th, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Nova struggled Friday…………and this is no big deal. It’s not like he’d be perfect in the regular season anyway.

  2. Doreen March 13th, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Ah, so that was Brackman. Mixed bag today, but I was impressed with some of it. (I was only watching on and off.)

  3. 461toCenter March 13th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Had to laugh about Martin’s comments on his mound meeting with Rivera. And Rivera has a sinker? Never heard it called that before.

  4. BeholdArNo March 13th, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    You’re right about Nova. The kid’s growing, no big deal. Same with big deal that is.

  5. SAS March 13th, 2011 at 7:44 pm


    I noticed last night that your daughter is going to the Olympic for her basketball prowess…very nice. :smile:

  6. GreenBeret7 March 13th, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Doreen, all of the Yankee have had more good than bad outings (not counting the rule 5s and Wordekemper) I’ve been really impressed with them. Most of them did their best work against the better big league hitters. People forget that most of them only had a handful of games above High A ball. Much to like this spring and that they’ve gotten a lot of exposure to the best players and suceeded can only help them.

  7. 108 stitches March 13th, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Good to see Russell Martin anxious to blend in with the entire pitching staff.

  8. Irreverent Discourse March 13th, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Rivera doesnt throw a true sinker… but compared to his cutter, the 2-seamer might as well be a bowling ball.

  9. blake March 13th, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    What’s the broken bat sign, the caught looking sign, and the dribbler to 2b sign……

  10. GreenBeret7 March 13th, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    all of the Yankee ***kids*** have had more good

  11. GreenBeret7 March 13th, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    blake March 13th, 2011 at 7:58 pm
    What’s the broken bat sign, the caught looking sign, and the dribbler to 2b sign……

  12. GreenBeret7 March 13th, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    blake March 13th, 2011 at 7:58 pm
    What’s the broken bat sign, the caught looking sign, and the dribbler to 2b sign……


    Slashing finger across the throat

  13. tyanksfan36 March 13th, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    I really like Russell Martin. His defense behind the plate has been awesome. He blocks and catches stray balls like nothing. As much as I like Posada, its nice to have a good defender back there. I’ve been excited about him since his signing.

  14. BoJo March 13th, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    I’ve seen some people talk about BRackman going to the bullpen eventually and not being a starter. I think that is very premature.

    This kid is a very tough competitor, on the mound or on the court. He is a great athlete who will have power and stamina, plus a 98mph fastball and knee buckling curve. Once he masters a change and repeating mechanics, he can be an ace…just as much as Betances or Banuelos. And while injuries can always play a part, I do think he makes the rotation late this year or early next.

  15. Jerkface March 13th, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Don’t let Randy know that Martin called Mariano’s 2-seamer a sinker.

  16. Jerkface March 13th, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Apparently Red Snapper can’t be fished recreationally in Florida for 32 years starting last year. I didn’t know that, caught a bunch and had to throw them back. I did catch 2 Trigger Fish big enough to keep that I am currently cooking on the grill.

    I just watched Mariano’s outing, ridiculous.

  17. BoJo March 13th, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    JF–how big were the fish?

  18. SAS March 13th, 2011 at 8:10 pm


    I love red snapper. I don’t have to worry about eating it again unless it can be caught commercially.

  19. Jerkface March 13th, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Two 4 LB trigger fish.

  20. Pat M. March 13th, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    GB….I turned a duece with Horace one March afternoon

  21. Doreen March 13th, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    SAS -

    No, no. She was playing basketball in Special Olympics. Still, she’s really, really good! She’s got a lot of her dad in her. :)

  22. SAS March 13th, 2011 at 8:23 pm


    I was j/king about the O’s, but it is nice that she is such a good player.

  23. Ys Guy March 13th, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    mo tells martin ‘go behind there’…classic :)

  24. comet March 13th, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    GB I remember Roger Repoz well. Also Ron Blomberg or Bloomberg, Steve Talbot, Thad Tillison, Jake Gibb, Joe Verbanic.

    Kate I really enjoy the movie – The Natural- as well.

  25. SAS March 13th, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Hi Comet,

    How have you been? Did you make it out to AZ this winter?

  26. BIG AL March 13th, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Jerkface -

    Which variety of Trigger fish did you catch. Some varities are deadly to eat.

  27. Doreen March 13th, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    SAS -

    Ooops! :oops: It’s so hard to tell here sometimes. :)

  28. upstate kate March 13th, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    ah, I was wondering if Jerkface made it back

    Hi Comet! Are you going to ST?

  29. blake March 13th, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Bummer…..that’s some good eatin you had to throw back..!


    One of the things I find funny is listening to announcers continue to talk about Rivera and his “one pitch” when he really hasn’t done that in quite some time. Sure they are all variations of a fastball but the scissor action he creates with the cutter and two seamer has more than made up for his loss of velocity….combine that with pinpoint location of both and you get what he still is…..the best.

  30. GreenBeret7 March 13th, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    comet March 13th, 2011 at 8:25 pm
    GB I remember Roger Repoz well. Also Ron Blomberg or Bloomberg, Steve Talbot, Thad Tillison, Jake Gibb, Joe Verbanic.


    Evening, Comet. Hope all is well in your little igloo.

    A couple of those names are best forgotten. I think about a lot of really good players that just faded when they came to the Yanks, like Steve Barber, Jim Hardin, Bill Monboquette, Felipe and Matty Alou,

  31. comet March 13th, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Hey SAS no AZ this winter unfortunately. I think it will be another year before we decide to buy. A place we looked at – a condo in a 55+ gated community – Fountain of the Sun- has dropped from $89k to $74k and we think prices have further to go.

    How has your winter been? How is your son?


  32. BIG AL March 13th, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Jerkface -

    If you caught gray trigger fish, they are good eating, nice white meat, if not, I’d check what you caught before eating.

    Got to go, have a good night folks.

  33. GreenBeret7 March 13th, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Who can forget the Legendary Dooley Womack.

  34. comet March 13th, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    GB if I remember correctly Jesus Alou spent some time with the Yankees as well. You add Sudden Sam McDowell to that list as well. And of the Rocky Colovito. There were a lot of other as well. Bill Hall from the Twins.

  35. comet March 13th, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Or Lindy McDaniel and Danny Cater.

  36. comet March 13th, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Hey GB how is everything with you? Hope your health is great!

  37. Jerkface March 13th, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    If by poisonous you mean delicious, then yes.


  38. GreenBeret7 March 13th, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Comet, don’t remember about Jay Alou because I was gone a lot in the late 60s early 70s, but remember him with SF, Houston and Oakland. Sudden Sam was some kind of pitchr back in the early days. Getting Danny Cater for 1 good year and trading him for Sparky Lyle. Getting a couple of good closing years from Jack Aker

  39. SAS March 13th, 2011 at 8:53 pm


    We have had a good, if cool, winter. It is just gorgeous now. That is a great deal on the 55+ community. You don’t pay school taxes here in 55+ communities here. I am not sure I agree with that principle, but that’s neither here nor there, it’s a really good deal. You well may get something for less than that by next year. I don’t think the market is on the way back up yet.

    We are becoming AZ residents to save taxes. They are lower than NY, but then everything is less than NY.

  40. GreenBeret7 March 13th, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Remember a game that McDaniel came in to pitch in relief, and pitched about 8 innings, gave up a lead run in about the 12th inning and then hit the game winning homer. He was 36 or 37 years old then.

  41. Jerkface March 13th, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Brak attack’s fastball looks super heavy, seems like it has nice sink on it. Singleton remarked that it looked like a slider on the broadcast. Hope he can keep his delivery under control.

  42. Joe from Long Island March 13th, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    GB7 – now, you’re bringing back old – and not so good – memories…….

  43. SAS March 13th, 2011 at 8:57 pm


    Danny “on a dime” Cater was the worst. My husband and brothers-in-law called him that. Another of my less than favorites is Butch Wynagar. I hope he is a better coach than catcher.

  44. GreenBeret7 March 13th, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    SAS, wynegar was a good catcher before he got hurt and Roy Smalley was good. Just that the Yanks got the aging version. Cater was never a glove wizard…had no range, but could hit. He was good enough to sucker the Red Sox into coughing up Sparky Lyle.

  45. GreenBeret7 March 13th, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Joe, those are the best of the worst. I don’t want to make people cry with some of these names.

  46. comet March 13th, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Yankees 1968 Roster:;t=NYA

    I don’t remember John Cumberland.

  47. SAS March 13th, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    I never said anything bad about Roy Smalley. As I recall, I liked him. I guess I was spoiled by the terrific catchers we had had. As you said, there were some bad teams and names in those days.

  48. BoJo March 13th, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    My point in the last thread about bringing up players like Whitaker and Robinson, etc…was that they certainly had a challenge replacing Mantle, Maris, and Ford, but ht eyoung fans embraced them and loved them anyway. It will be the same with the players who replace ARod and Jeter and Mo–except that the fans will probably already know of the players…For example, Joba or Brackman or Betances may replace Mo…Nunez or some superstar we sign will probably replace Jeter, and we’ll probably acquire a player like Longoria for 3B, and the fans will still root for the uniform.

    BTW, I remember a game we attended in 1967 (/) where Joe Verbanic was pitching to Bill Freehan. We were sitting 6 rows back to the home plate side of the Yankee dugout…and Freehan checked his swing on a slider. Foul ball came back on a line drive and hit my oldest brother in the mouth. My middle brother quickly picked it up and waved to cameras…several of the Yankees came out of the dugout to see if we were okay.

    My brother still has the ball.

  49. BoJo March 13th, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Andy Kosko…

    My oldest brother’s hero…go figure.

  50. Against All Odds March 13th, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Not sure if this was brought up or not but did Joba pitch today?

  51. SAS March 13th, 2011 at 9:21 pm


    The big difference is that the Yankees were owned by CBS who spent no money on the them. As long as the Steinbrenners own the Yankees, they will find a way to replace these players. They may not be as sensational as the players you mention, but they will be competitive. Those CBS years were dark years for the Yankees.

  52. GreenBeret7 March 13th, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    SAS, I added Smalley in there because of his Twins/Wynegar connections. Smalley was the last Yankee shortstop before Jeter to hit 20 homers. In fact, they might be the only Yankee shortstops to do that.

  53. BoJo March 13th, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    I remember Phil and Jerry Coleman (I think) talking about what a great bullpen the Yankees had with the Chief Jack Aker, Lindy McDaniel, Steve Hamilton, and I think Fred Talbot. Starrting staff was Mel, Fritz, Downing, Bahnsen and Burbach….

  54. BoJo March 13th, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Didn’t Tom Tresh hit 20 in 62?

  55. pat March 13th, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Poor Cervelli booted and crutched.

  56. GreenBeret7 March 13th, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Not all of them were as a shortstop. when Kubek returned from service, Tresh moved to left field.

  57. GreenBeret7 March 13th, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    People always talked about the KC A’s being a Yankee farm team, but, the Yankees also traded them good young players, like Jerry Lumpe and Norm Siebern who went on to become All-Stars.

  58. BoJo March 13th, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    You’re right–he hit 5 as LFer…just looked it up…

    I remember reading about Rookies fo the Year as one of my first baseball books, and reading about his year in 62.

  59. BoJo March 13th, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Roger Repoz went to KC too IIRC….

  60. SAS March 13th, 2011 at 9:37 pm


    How serious is Cervelli’s injury?

  61. BoJo March 13th, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Just looking at Tresh’s homers list…he hit 3 of Jim Kaat in that rookie year! And then NEVER hit another one off him.

  62. GreenBeret7 March 13th, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Add Deron Johnson, Woodie Held and Bob Cerv Yankee trades to KC that became future All-Star.

  63. Ys Guy March 13th, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    i got the tom tresh model at bat day in 68!

  64. Ys Guy March 13th, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    back then you got a real ash little league sized bat.

  65. pat March 13th, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    I think they said 4 weeks.

  66. SAS March 13th, 2011 at 9:50 pm


    I didn’t realize it was that serious.

  67. SAS March 13th, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    New post :arrow:

  68. BeholdArNo March 13th, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    new post

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