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Postgame notes: Bullpen lives up to expectation

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Mar 31, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

When the Yankees decided shifted their offseason focus to the bullpen, it was with games like this in mind. Tied after seven innings, the Yankees were able to role out Joba Chamberlain, Rafael Soriano and Mariano Rivera through the seventh, eighth and ninth. Not one of them allowed a base runner.

“I know my job,” Soriano said. “I know what I have to do.”

The Yankees have seen Chamberlain and Rivera in the past, and although both are always popular topics of discussion, the day was especially significant for Soriano who faced the heart of the Tigers order in an impressive Yankees debut.

Soriano said afterward that he sought out a meeting with Brian Cashman this spring. Friends back home had told Soriano that Cashman didn’t want him on the team, obviously reacting to Cashman’s comments that he wanted the Yankees to focus their spending elsewhere. They met in Cashman’s office, and Soriano said he left that meeting with a better understanding of the situation, confident that the general manager believed in him.

Today he earned that confidence by retiring Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and Ryan Raburn.

“It was different (pitching the eighth),” Soriano said. “But when I signed I knew it would be different.”

• One last Soriano note: He said he usually went to the bullpen in the sixth inning last year. This year, he’s been picking Rivera’s brain, and when Rivera said he was heading to the bullpen in the fifth, Soriano went with him. There was no way Soriano was going to leave later than Mo.

• Speaking of Rivera: Why did he go with the high socks? “I just wanted to do it like that,” he said. Fair enough, Mo. Fair enough.

• Curtis Granderson said he wasn’t sure he would be allowed to play today until he talked to Cashman at around 4 p.m. yesterday. Less than 24 hours later he was in center field.

• As for his home run against a left-hander, Granderson said that’s connected to the changes he made last season. “When I got (the moving parts) all aligned, it didn’t matter if it was a lefty or a righty,” he said. “It was just always a little issue of getting everything in the right spot. What Kevin Long and myself decided to do was, hey, lets eliminate some of those things. This is where we want to be, let’s go ahead and get you right there.”

• Russell Martin on Granderson’s catch in the ninth: “That’s an incredible read off the bat,” Martin said. “He might be the only guy who can catch that ball.”

• Speaking of Martin, he joked that he’s on pace for 162 stolen bases this season. Truth is, when he’s been healthy, Martin has run quite a bit for a catcher. He stole 21 bases in 2007, and 18 in 2008. “I like to pick my times,” Martin said. “We’ll see, if my legs stay healthy, I’ll try to get as many as I can.”

• For Brett Gardner, there’s really no such thing as a straight sacrifice bunt. Today he laid down two sac bunts, and although I’m usually on board with the idea that most bunts are a bad idea, I think it’s a little different when the guy bunting has a chance to turn every good bunt into a single. “He’s bunting for base hits there,” Joe Girardi said.

• Why Joba Chamberlain in the seventh inning and not Dave Robertson? “My gut told me to go to Joba,” Girardi said.

• Martin said the cold and wind had an impact on CC Sabathia’s offspeed stuff, but as Girardi said, the Yankees will take six innings, two earned runs every time. “He said he didn’t have any problem (with the weather),” Martin said. “But my hand was freezing.”

• Building on his strong spring training, Alex Rodriguez had a sharp double and two walks. Off the bat, I was positive — positive! — the double was a home run.

• The Yankees are now 63-45-1 all time on Opening Day. They are 35-14-1 at home and 28-31 on the road.

• According to Elias, the Yankees have started the exact same infield and outfield on consecutive Opening Days for the first time since 1926-27 (1B Gehrig, 2B Lazzeri, SS Koenig, 3B Dugan, LF Meusel, CF Combs and RF Ruth).

• Today was the Yankees first ever home game in March. “I’ve been petitioning the league to start in March for years now,” Mark Teixeira said. “Finally they let us start in March because everyone knows about my Aprils.”

Associated Press photos of Rivera, Rodriguez and Mike Mussina

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124 Responses to “Postgame notes: Bullpen lives up to expectation”

  1. blake March 31st, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    “Why Joba Chamberlain in the seventh inning and not Dave Robertson? “My gut told me to go to Joba,” Girardi said.”

    is the binder MIA?

  2. Irreverent Discourse March 31st, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    blake – the binder is actually full of blank pages, it’s just for show.

  3. blake March 31st, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    ID,

    To get brownie points with the saber crowd?

  4. MTU March 31st, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Wait a minute.

    Stop the presses.

    ? “My gut told me to go to Joba,” Girardi said.

    :)

  5. Irreverent Discourse March 31st, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    blake – he had to do something so he wasn’t just sitting there like torre :)

  6. blake March 31st, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Joba has looked good this spring. I hope he takes that 7th inning role, views it as another set up inning, and runs with it…..if he does then it truly take an already good bullpen to another level.

  7. David in Cal March 31st, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    I think Joe’s “gut” comment was a way to avoid saying somthing negative about Robertson. That is, Joe didn’t want to give an answer amounting to , “I don’t trust Robertson as much as Joba.”

  8. MTU March 31st, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Blake-

    I think the 7th inning role will be handled by a combo of Joba, D-Rob,
    and Logan.

    They’re all good.

    Would to see some of that 2007/08 Joba again though.

  9. blake March 31st, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    I like Robertson a lot but he’s not as talented as Joba is…..that isn’t everything of course but Joba has the potential to truly give the Yankees 3 high end closer arms in a row out there.

  10. blake March 31st, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    MTU,

    I agree with you…but my hope is that Joba makes that his role with his performance. Today was a good start.

  11. Betsy March 31st, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Because he felt like it, lol. Mo was not very good as a starter and I can only remember that one game against the White Sox. I don’t think he would have become an ace and I’m not sure he would have been “very good”. However, he surely is as CB said – one of the most unique athletes ever. The sport will be the poorer for it when he retires. I wish he’d stay on with the Yankees as some kind of minor league instructor because he’s so wise and has so much wisdom and knowledge to pass on

  12. mick March 31st, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Joba has the bigger gut.

  13. Betsy March 31st, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    I was very annoyed with Cashman for saying what he said – esp. at Soriano’s presser – so I don’t blame Soriano for seeking Cashman out for clarification.

  14. Irreverent Discourse March 31st, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Joba looks big in a good way (clemans not wells). Hopefully when he loosens upthe velocity will all come back. He was hitting 91-92 today. Not bad this early. Should settle in nicely in the 96-97 range mid summer.

    I love Soriano chasing around Mo like a puppy… if I was him I would not pass up playing a few years with the pinnacle of my craft.

  15. mick March 31st, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Pleasure to see the game in person.
    It’s a holiday.

  16. Betsy March 31st, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Mo’s brain must regenerate as otherwise I wonder how there would be anything left, it’s been picked so often. Good move by Soriano to sit at the feet of the baseball Buddha

  17. mick March 31st, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    From where I sat Soriano looked filthy.

  18. blake March 31st, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    It’s all mechanical with Joba…when his delivery is right and he stays closed, compact, and on top then the 97 is still there.

  19. Fran the original March 31st, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Like what Chad said that Soriano went to the bullpen with Mariano and he has been picking Mo’s brain. He is learning from the best.

  20. MTU March 31st, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Blake-

    He does but he’s gonna have to earn the trust.

    I still think he may be inconsistent at times.

    I wouldn’t underrate D-Rob.

    I think he is very talented.

    He doesn’t have Joba’s arsenal but his FB and curve are excellent.

    More than enough for a RP.

    Logan has that big FB and slider.

    Joe should ride the hot hand IMO.

    Sometimes that’s Joba. Sometimes D-Rob. Sometimes Logan.

  21. Irreverent Discourse March 31st, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    The Reds last 7 wins all came on their last at bat. Thank you ESPN.

  22. Fran the original March 31st, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    mick,

    You brought the Yankees good luck. Where were your seats?

  23. Betsy March 31st, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Robertson is good, but he’s inconsistent…….

  24. blake March 31st, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    MTU,

    Yea I agree, Robertson is good and he hides the ball really well. He throws more 91 MPH fast balls by people than anybody I can think of….he needs to throw more strikes though and needs to stay ahead of hitters more often. I agree that Joba has to earn their trust and that role….I’m just hoping he does.

  25. MTU March 31st, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Betsy-

    So is Joba.

    ;)

  26. Betsy March 31st, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    MTU, I know, believe me I know, lol

  27. Irreverent Discourse March 31st, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    They are all inconsistent, that’s why they are relievers.

  28. MTU March 31st, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Blake-

    I’m hoping all 3 will be good. More tools to work with.

    :)

  29. Benny Blanco March 31st, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    “Joba has looked good this spring. I hope he takes that 7th inning role, views it as another set up inning, and runs with it…..if he does then it truly take an already good bullpen to another level.”

    Blake,

    As far as I’m concern, Mo and Sori get the save today and Joba gets the hold. LOL

  30. Betsy March 31st, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Except Mo………he’s not inconsistent :)

  31. blake March 31st, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Jobber had a 2.88 ERA and 1.078 WHIP in the 2nd half last year….also K/BB ratio of nearly 5

  32. MTU March 31st, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Blake-

    Maybe we get “the octopus” for the pen later in the season.

    :)

  33. mick March 31st, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Fran

    3rd row LF 2nd section off foul pole fair territory.
    Last minute fell in my lap.

  34. tyanksfan36 March 31st, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    I like Robertson better. but thats just me.

  35. blake March 31st, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    “As far as I’m concern, Mo and Sori get the save today and Joba gets the hold. LOL”

    Joba got the win !

  36. BoJo March 31st, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    I love the high socks look. Just wish they would add the old stirrups and wear them like they did in the 60s.

    http://www.baseballtoddsdugout.....nfield.jpg

  37. mick March 31st, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    What a catch by Grandy in the 9th!
    The 1st wasn’t bad either.
    Tex is on a mission.

  38. pat March 31st, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    russell_martin First game as @Yankees …. Pure Awsomeness!!!

  39. BoJo March 31st, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    So far, Joba is still leading the majors in victories.

  40. Fran the original March 31st, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    mick,

    That’s nice. Was it really cold out there? Seemed more like the weather for a Jet game than a Yankee game.

  41. Irreverent Discourse March 31st, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    I think Bobby V is drunk…

  42. BJK March 31st, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Soriano-Mo will be fun to watch, but they obviously won’t both be available every game.

    I wonder if there will be some sort of plan in place to make sure Soriano is ready to go on days Mariano can’t go?

  43. Fran the original March 31st, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    russell_martin First game as @Yankees …. Pure Awsomeness!!!
    ***************
    Pat,

    I think a lot of us fans thought the same thing :)

  44. mick March 31st, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Fran

    Nah. I had 3 layers of everything on if you know what I mean.
    Been at colder games. Was at the snow game back in 96, the opener Andy pitched.
    In fact, the last game I went to in September was colder.
    Kinda nice actually.
    Like the day games, going next Thursday.

  45. blake March 31st, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Lincecum/Kershaw not a bad opening day finale.

  46. Irreverent Discourse March 31st, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    BJK – that’s the best part, if used properly one of them should be available every game. No more wasting Mo early in tie games either…

  47. tyanksfan36 March 31st, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Fran the original March 31st, 2011 at 7:51 pm
    russell_martin First game as @Yankees …. Pure Awsomeness!!!
    ***************
    Pat,

    I think a lot of us fans thought the same thing
    ___

    The first thing i thought was that he spelled Awesomeness wrong. I really like Martin, I think he will be good this year.

  48. Irreverent Discourse March 31st, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    you don’t add the e to awesomeness until you’ve been in NY a few years :)

  49. Doreen March 31st, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    This is the same Soriano is so sour, right? ;) It was a good move by him to clarify the GM’s stance on his acquisition.

    Anyways, great way to start the season.

    Fran –

    I don’t know how I got all those points. I’m trying to figure it out now. I was sure you had me beat!

    that Pujols is a bum, but at least it was GDP, which doesn’t cost me anything, and not K’s!!! Oh, now I see the attraction of Fantasy BB!

  50. MTU March 31st, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Blake-

    Is that game on TV ?

  51. mick March 31st, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Martin stealing 3rd was a shocker!
    Wondered why Jeter didn’t follow him from 1st?
    Smart move though as if they threw Jeter out for the 2nd out, Martin couldn’t score on a fly ball or fielder’s choice.

  52. tyanksfan36 March 31st, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Doreen

    That darn Alex Avila cost me 3 points! thankfully Jason Heyward hit a home run for me.

  53. vinny-b March 31st, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    “Just wish they would add the old stirrups and wear them like they did in the 60s”
    —————————

    agree. Prefer the long pants and stirups/sanitary socks (circa early 1980′s) myself. If were a MLB player, i would bring back that trend

  54. blake March 31st, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    MTU.

    Yea ESPN.

  55. MTU March 31st, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Blake-

    Thanks. I think I’ll tune in.

    2 great young arms.

  56. blake March 31st, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    MTU,

    yup…I think Kershaw breaks out big time this year.

  57. Fran the original March 31st, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    mick,

    hope you get to see another win next week :)

    *******************
    Doreen,

    It was pitching. Knew we’d hook you :)

    *****************
    tyanks,

    The teacher in you coming out

  58. mick March 31st, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Loved Grandy taking Coke deep.
    Bad trade huh?

  59. yankeefeminista March 31st, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    I just got home from the game. Among other things, breathtaking catch by Granderson in the ninth, but I figured he would get to it. He just gets a great jump. Brrrr. I am going in search of hot tea and then will read the game thread while I watch Timmy vs. Kershaw. Baseball is back!!! :)

  60. MTU March 31st, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Off Topic:

    Ray VT.

    Looks like the Japanese are going with the Chernobyl solution.

    I was expecting it. Encase those freakin’ things in a concrete tomb.

    They should have done it sooner IMO.

  61. blake March 31st, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    MTU,

    That seems like the smart thing to do to me…better to be safe.

  62. MTU March 31st, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Have a great evening folks.

    :)

  63. BD (Boston Dave) March 31st, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    2 of SI.com’s 12 “experts” have Carl Crawford winning AL MVP. 5 have Adrian Gonzalez.

    11 of 12 have the Sox winning the AL East and 9 have them as WS Champs.

    Almost as bad as ESPN.

  64. Irreverent Discourse March 31st, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Seriously… i think Bobby V is drunk.

  65. blake March 31st, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Interested to see Belt play tonight.

  66. blake March 31st, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    fangraphs ranks the Yanks #1 in their 2011 organizational rankings.

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs.....-new-york/

  67. BJK March 31st, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Irreverent Discourse March 31st, 2011 at 7:53 pm
    BJK – that’s the best part, if used properly one of them should be available every game. No more wasting Mo early in tie games either…

    ———————————————————————-

    Exactly. Will Mo or Soriano be available 3 days in a row? Probably more likely Soriano will be then Mo.

    In that case you’d have

    Game 1: Mo and So
    Game 2: Mo and So
    Game 3: So
    Game 4: Mo
    Game 5: Mo and So
    Game 6: So
    Game 7: Mo and So
    Game 8: Mo
    Game 9: So
    Game 10: Mo and So

    Etc.

    Of course, that’s not considering losses or blowout wins, and days off will mix it up a bit, but that’s the general idea.

  68. Nick in SF March 31st, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    “This is the same Soriano is so sour, right?”

    Now Cashman is the sour one; he thought Soriano called the meeting to opt out of his contract.

  69. Betsy March 31st, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Crawford winning the AL MVP? When has he ever been THAT kind of player?

    BD, I heard that SI has the Sox beating the Yanks by 8 games in the standings. I’m sorry, they’re very good – but 8 games better than anyone else? SI is a joke anyway…………

  70. Irreverent Discourse March 31st, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Moso Jobason?

    You heard it here first.

  71. BoJo March 31st, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    I wish Gardy could review some old tapes of Rod Carew, Mickey Mantle, Brett Butler, or Richie Ashburn bunting. He is losing a step the way he bunts, and probably could have had 2 base hits. They were almost almost running by the time they bunted, but he waits back until contact and then takes off.

  72. Irreverent Discourse March 31st, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    betsy – never underestimate the power of their hype machine. if they can get pedroia an MVP, anyone us realistically in play.

  73. Betsy March 31st, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Funny, Baseball Prospectus ripped the Yanks to shreds. I checked out their 2011 book and they did a hatchet job, lol

  74. Betsy March 31st, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Well I don’t recall who was Pedroia’s main competition that year – it’s not something that particularly upsets me.

    I don’t care about “experts” picking the Sox, but they must be the reincarnation of the 1927 Yankees apparently.

    Ken Davidoff, who I used to think was quite good, had a doozy of an article this morning. First he says that the Yankees are not underdogs in any way and then he shredded their pitching. That makes no sense; if he hates their pitching, then yes – they’re underdogs.

  75. BD (Boston Dave) March 31st, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Betsy, that’s the best part (Crawford winning MVP) – it’s way out there and there’s zero chance he gets any MVP picks from the experts if he’s on any other team. It’s sad, really.

    Gonzalez is a fair pick, even if I disagree. Picking Crawford is sheer bias. Heck, Youkilis could still be the most valuable hitter on that team but since he’s not a new guy, he’s forgotten.

  76. Irreverent Discourse March 31st, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    At least A-Gon can put up the numbers to actually earn an MVP, Crawford really has no chance of doing that. He’s the third “most valuable” player on his team, maybe 4th behind Lester.

  77. Betsy March 31st, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    BD, it’s hard for me to disagree on most picks because they are usually the best players- Gonzalez can win and I’m sure he’ll be great. However, Crawford may be very valuable to the Sox – I’m sure he will be. MVP great? Maybe the park suits him – maybe he’ll hit more HRs, who knows. That’s an off-the-wall pick, though.

    I wonder if these experts all loved the Yankees this much after they signed CC, AJ and Tex………….

  78. BD (Boston Dave) March 31st, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    What’s more likely than Crawford winning the MVP???

    Nova winning AL ROY.

    Yet, out of tons of “expert” picks, not one picked Nova. I can’t argue with Hellickson, but you’d think one person would pick Nova – certainly before taking Crawford to win MVP.

  79. Doreen March 31st, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Irreverent Discourse -

    Very clever. :)

  80. Irreverent Discourse March 31st, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....xpertpicks

    4/21 had the yankees win the division
    6/21 had teixeira for MVP
    6/21 had CC for cy young

  81. Betsy March 31st, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    I’m not going to blame anyone for not picking Nova-

  82. pat March 31st, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    cgrand14 I’d better clear this up now – I did NOT choose “Friday” as the at-bat song first AB. Not sure who did… Let the pranks begin!

  83. Irreverent Discourse March 31st, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    10/21 ESPN “experts” had the yankees missing the playoffs in 2009, after spending $500 million.

  84. Betsy March 31st, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Ah, so the Sox did the same thing, but now they are the best team of all time?

  85. Benny Blanco March 31st, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Question:

    I’m interested in buying a golfcaddie gps, anyone have any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance!

  86. tampayank March 31st, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    wouldn’t mind being at Dodgers stadium right now

  87. m March 31st, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Lol. Grandy’s is NOT a Rebecca Black fan. I told you guys she was awful.

    Chad, great Opening Day stuff! So many positives.

    As for Robertson, he’s got ice in the veins.

    I kind if thought Girardi went with Joba because it was a tie game. But who knows? Joba might be earning Girardi’s trust.

    On the radio, I had to listen how Paps feels the best he ever has. Something about throwing the slider when he didn’t throw it at all in the first half of last season.

    So then I was wondering how the back of the two pens compare. Joba-son/Soriano/Rivera vs. Jenks/Bard/Papelbon. I’m not seeing any comparison.

  88. Tar March 31st, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Just watched the game :D

    A couple of things stood out:

    Alex’s AB in the 6th! if that is an indication of what we have to look forward to, WOW.

    I don’t know who positioned Gardner in the 7th against Rhymes, but that was an excellent job of scouting.

    Did anybody else call Grandys home run? After the 88mph first pitch I knew Coke was in trouble.

    Soriano looked incredible.

    Did Martin take the walk to second with Mo, a la Posada?

    I have had an awful week, but beating Verlander to start the year is a nice way to turn things around. Great job Yankees.

  89. m March 31st, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    I’m hoping that the good clubhouse vibe rubs off on Soriano and that he warms up a bit.

    Is there a language barrier at all? Sometimes that can make people look aloof.

  90. Irreverent Discourse March 31st, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Dave Cameron totally phoned in the write-up for the Yankee’s at the #1 rank in their “Organizational Health” series.

    So disappointing :/

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs.....1-new-york

  91. Bronx Jeers March 31st, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Soriano does speak English. I’ve seen interviews. And his demeanor doesn’t change much when he gives interviews in Spanish. He speaks a bit quicker and that’s about it.

    He’s got “sad” eyes.

    Hopefully he’ll smile when they’re spraying champagne on him later this year.

  92. tampayank March 31st, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    “m March 31st, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Lol. Grandy’s is NOT a Rebecca Black fan. I told you guys she was awful. ”

    wonder which player will use Rebecca Black as their batting music

  93. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 31st, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Just got in and playing catch up on the posts.

    Will take credit for sticking with Grandy when many others were either trading him by the end of the season, DFAing him, or just plain calling him a failure. :) :) :)

    Will also take credit for bringing Soriano to the Yanks. Well, not really, but how I wanted him to be a Yankee. I lusted after him all last season but never thought we had a shot. When I saw he was with the Rays, I definitely said he would be a difference maker. And he certainly was. I called getting Sori by far the Yankees best move of the off season and said he would be the difference maker for the Yankees. Wait and watch.

    Soriano reminds me of Jose Contreras, personality wise. Who cares if he’s not a joy boy. He’s not excitable, he’s not flappable, he does his job without any fanfare and quietly walks off the mound. Get off him. He doesn’t owe us anything but great pitching! And dammit, we will get it in spades.

    :)

    **********

    Because the forum was down this morning I said I would extend our prediction chart to the end of the night. I think the number of posters who have already participated is somehow a tribute to Chad and the way he has run this forum. This is the closest to cohension on a forum that I have witnessed. Sure there are spats here and there, but nothing like the on-going acrimony that was here before Chad took over.

    If you want to give me a prediction, feel free. If you have already predicted, please double check my stats to see that I got your number right. And NO CHANGING NUMBERS based on today’s win, if you’re already up there.

    :D

    http://members.cox.net/lsdorga.....0CHART.pdf

  94. m March 31st, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    tampayank,

    Did you see pat’s 8:24 post? Someone pranked Grandy.

  95. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 31st, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Jeers, my lusting after Soriano when he was with the Rays was probably a bit of perspicacity, wouldn’t you say? I bet Doreen would agree.

    :)

  96. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 31st, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    In fact, I think I will give people all of tomorrow to join up if they want to. Prediction chart is open until the end of the day tomorrow.

    Now I must go and shovel snow.

    j/k. I’ll wait til morning…

    ;)

  97. m March 31st, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Trisha,
    I was mulling whether or not to play. I always think I’m going to jinx them.

    But if I can still throw my name in the hat, I’ll say 100.

  98. tampayank March 31st, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    ha ha m just saw it

    “# pat March 31st, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    cgrand14 I’d better clear this up now – I did NOT choose “Friday” as the at-bat song first AB. Not sure who did… Let the pranks begin!

    I’m sure Swish was responsible

  99. Doreen March 31st, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    trisha -

    Perspicacious as usual, trisha! :)

  100. Asd March 31st, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    What about an alternate GTLU game called “guess the bullpen” where you have to guess what pitchers from the bullpen will pitch in the game before the game starts (half points for guessing someone who warms up but doesn’t come in)

  101. blake March 31st, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    kershaw and lincecum living up to the billing tonight.

  102. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 31st, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    About Girardi going with Joba – he said more in his post game press conference. He said he was impressed with the way Joba pitched in ST and that was part of the reason he went with him. It wasn’t just a “gut feeling.”

  103. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 31st, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Doreen – I’m so happy you were here to catch that!

    :lol:

  104. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 31st, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    mel, you could NEVER jinx them. Heck, you are a definite positive in the Yankee universe! You are absolutely going on the chart.

    :)

  105. Fran the original March 31st, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Joba did have a good spring training before he got hurt.

  106. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 31st, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Is Lincecum coming unglued?

  107. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 31st, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Yeow

  108. blake March 31st, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    not Posey’s best night behind the dish.

  109. Fran the original March 31st, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Sloppy inning by the Giants.

    Would like to see the Dodgers win this game for Donnie.

  110. blake March 31st, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Panda wasn’t paying attention though

  111. blake March 31st, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    maybe he was….bad throw

  112. blake March 31st, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Kershaw has been dominant tonight….he may take that next step this year.

  113. Carlo March 31st, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Have to think that if we win 161 more we will get a share of the division regular season title with Boston. All 45 espn experts will still be half right though.

  114. m March 31st, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Wishing a good season for Joba. Because he deserves it. But I’d love to hear about how he’s contributing to a championship run instead of how the Yankees ruined him.

  115. Ys Guy March 31st, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    lincicum’s pitching a gem but with one on, tejada throws a dp ball into RF. then after a pitch in the dirt, posey scoops it up and whips it down to third, regardless of the fact that the runner’s foot is actually ON the bag and he throws it into LF.

    dodgers 1-giants 0.

    the freak looked pissed!

  116. m March 31st, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    With the exception of the error(s), it seems like it was a classic Yankee win.

  117. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 31st, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    And mel, if ever there was a day (weather-wise) to overlook errors, I would say today was it. The Yanks were real pretty out there!

    :)

  118. Fran the original March 31st, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    mel,

    Just the way you would draw it up. Quality start by the starter and then turn it over to the bullpen.

    New post :arrow:

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