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Postgame notes: The good and the bad

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes, Podcast on Apr 15, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Let’s start with the positive. This was a nice win for the Yankees. It was a terrific night for the bullpen, a strong showing for the lineup and there were even brief glimmers of hope for Phil Hughes. They disappeared quickly, but they were there.

If this were September, or even the middle of a long summer, this would feel like a huge, momentum-building win. This early in the year, it’s a nice win.

“That’s how good teams play,” Russell Martin said.

Jorge Posada’s game-tying home run had to be the biggest hit of the night, but he passed the credit to the guy who pitched three scoreless innings of long relief. “Bartolo’s the key there,” Posada said.

Bartolo Colon’s three scoreless innings gave the Yankees a chance. The Orioles had been feasting on Hughes diminished fastball for 4.1 inings, and Colon shut them down with well placed four-seamers and two-seamers. His sinker — as Martin keeps reminding us — has become a very real weapon against left-handers.

“He threw the ball extremely well again for us,” Girardi said. “We thought he could do a good job in that role because he’s a guy that throws so many strikes in that situation and gives your club a chance to come back.”

That’s exactly what Colon did tonight. Joba Chamberlain followed with some terrific bullpen work of his own — including a run-saving play at the plate — and Mariano Rivera did what he does. The bullpen kept the Orioles from building on their five-run lead while the Yankees offense kept chipping away leading to Posada’s game-tying home run and Nick Swisher’s game-winning sacrifice fly.

Now the negative. Hughes wasn’t much better than in his first two starts. Martin said he was noticeably better in the bullpen before the game, he threw more strikes, and he showed a little bit of improved velocity in his first two innings. Then it went away.

“We actually saw some 91s and some 92s today,” Girardi said. “But he’s still not right. And it’s our job to get him right.”

Hughes said he could feel it when his velocity dipped in the second inning. It hadn’t been all the way back to last year, but it was a little better, and Hughes thought it would be enough to get through the night. “It just disappeared,” he said.

“Same old story I guess,” Hughes said. “I don’t really even know what to say at this point. It is what it is. I’m hoping it will turn. I’m fairly confident it will turn. It’s just a matter of building my arm up and hopefully it turns around soon.”

Hughes said he felt different in the later innings, but it wasn’t pain or anything like that. It was “just the feeling of not really having much behind it.” That showed as the Orioles went to work, and only leaping catches by Swisher and Curtis Granderson kept things from getting further out of hand. Martin said it was “definitely a step forward,” but Hughes seemed just as frustrated as ever.

With two off days next week, the Yankees could skip Hughes in an attempt to give him some extra rest, but Girardi said no decisions have been made.

“He’s got to pitch to get things right,” Girardi said. “You can’t just go on a sabbatical or something. We have off days coming up. We have a lot of things that we need to discuss, but we need to get this kid right.”

Here’s Hughes.

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• It gets lost a little bit in the shadow of Colon’s three innings, but Chamberlain was terrific and he made the biggest play of the night when he blocked the plate after a pitch that got past Martin. Replays showed that Felix Pie never touched the plate. Chamberlain blocked him perfectly. “I kind of peeked and saw his foot coming,” Chamberlain said. “I was going to do everything I could to try to get that out and save that lead.”

• Martin’s hilarious take on the play at the plate: “That was a 180-pounder against a 250-pounder or whatever Joba is. Joba’s going to win that every time.”

• Speaking of Martin, here’s his take on Hughes: “His bullpen was better coming out of the gate today, and then it looked like he might have gotten a little fatigued or something was off, but early on it looked like he was back. And then he just kind of lost a little of his velocity, but I thought he pitched better. He made more pitches today. He had better command of his stuff, a little bit. It was definitely a step forward for him, I think.”

• Posada tied the game on Kevin Gregg’s first pitch of the night, a leadoff homer in the ninth inning. “It’s a good pitch to hit,” Posada said. “It was right down the middle.”

• This was the Yankees third come-from-behind win of the season and their largest comeback since August 11 of last year. According to the team, it was their largest comeback at home since May 1, 2009 against the Angels.

• The sac fly was Swisher’s sixth career walk-off. He has four with the Yankees, two of them against Baltimore.

• Derek Jeter passed Barry Bonds for sole possession of 32nd place on baseball’s all-time hits list. He has 2,936.

• Mariano Rivera got the win after his scoreless 10th inning. He’s now won or saved every one of the Yankees home victories this season.

• Here’s Brian Cashman’s pregame comment about the possibility of trading for a new left-handed reliever: “Historically, you can’t get anything done until after the draft, anything of quality. Somebody’s headache might become your good fortune because it can turn around when you change scenery. Somebody’s bad contract can play up in a new environment. Some of those things might be available right now, but those are things you don’t want to run to either. Yeah, I’ll look, but I’m not going to find too easily.”

• Here’s what Cashman said about the possibility of calling up Andy Sisco: “We saw him in winter ball and he was throwing up to 95. With spring training for us he was at 89. He’s up to 91 now, so it’s going in the right direction… His lines are better than what he’s throwing. Even though he’s throwing better, we still want to give him more time to get to where he needs to get to. He might become a choice at some point for us, but he’s not right now.”

• The Yankees are now in sole possession of first place. Not that it matters much on April 14, but it’s better than the alternative.

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119 Responses to “Postgame notes: The good and the bad”

  1. mick April 15th, 2011 at 12:03 am

    Just got home from game, terrific comeback!

  2. Tarheel In NYC April 15th, 2011 at 12:05 am

    You picked a great game to attend, Mick! I met two people on the subway tonight who left the game early while Baltimore was up 5-3. Schmucks.

  3. Betsy April 15th, 2011 at 12:05 am

    It was really a great win…………thrilled with Colon for sure and Alex is set for a monstrous season. Martin’s fantastic……….

  4. SAS April 15th, 2011 at 12:06 am

    Mick,

    Were you there?

  5. Betsy April 15th, 2011 at 12:08 am

    I feel sorry for the people he sat next to

  6. SAS April 15th, 2011 at 12:08 am

    What a dope…I didn’t finish your comment Mick. You must have loved this one.

  7. Rich in NJ April 15th, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Colon appears to almost be an artist out there, changing speeds, hitting spots.

  8. Chase April 15th, 2011 at 12:09 am

    “The Yankees are now in sole possession of first place. Not that it matters much on April 14, but it’s better than the alternative.”

    The alternative being the Red Sox. Hahaha!

  9. mick April 15th, 2011 at 12:11 am

    # Tarheel In NYC April 15th, 2011 at 12:05 am

    You picked a great game to attend, Mick! I met two people on the subway tonight who left the game early while Baltimore was up 5-3. Schmucks.
    =========================
    I knew they were coming back in the 5th, Arrietta couldn’t keep standing them on their heads, Colon was key.

  10. Chase April 15th, 2011 at 12:11 am

    This team is loaded, other than our SP after CC and Burnett. Putting Colon in rotation is the best way to improve this team, imo.

    Having CC, AJ, Colon, Nova in our rotation would give us a good chance to win 4/5 games. Hughes needs to go to AAA until he’s figured out. Just throwing him back out there and hoping isn’t the way to treat major league ballgames that count.

  11. mick April 15th, 2011 at 12:12 am

    3-0 this year all Thursday games, going again tmw…

  12. mick April 15th, 2011 at 12:13 am

    # Betsy April 15th, 2011 at 12:08 am

    I feel sorry for the people he sat next to
    ===========================
    I get along fine with friends and strangers.

  13. Rich in NJ April 15th, 2011 at 12:15 am

    Oh, and I really hope they don’t trade for a LH reliever.

  14. Pat M. April 15th, 2011 at 12:16 am

    Mick….Once the Yanks got untracked was there a feeling in the Stadium that they would come ????/

  15. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2011 at 12:18 am

    tyanksfan36 April 15th, 2011 at 12:04 am
    In other news, the TY won tonight in Dunedin 1-0. Romanski with his 2nd win of the season. Speaking of lefties, he is the only lefty pitcher that the TY has, for someone who loves lefties a lot, it saddens me that our only lefty is a starter and I missed him pitch tonight.

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    You like that view, huh?

  16. mick April 15th, 2011 at 12:18 am

    Pat M

    Yes indeed! I called it when they got that 1st run, was hoping for another but they chipped away, just a matter of time. Posada’s HR was a chiller and a thriller!

  17. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2011 at 12:19 am

    Pat M. April 14th, 2011 at 11:48 pm
    GB…..Thurman was a tough sob, but all the collisions at the plate cost him his knees and of course his right shoulder took away much of his power……However when there was a clutch hit needed he somehow delivered……He was one of the best hitters when there was a duck on the pond….At some point The Twins have to start yanking Mauer from behind the plate and start dh’ing him…..Especially if they want a return on that contract

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    The one play involving Munson behind the playe was in his 2nd year. His only error that year was when Etcherberran came home standing up and Munson had the ball waiting for him and Etcherberran threw an elbow and knocked Munson out cold. he dropped the ball and gave him an error.

    Munson lost so much power, but, always seemed to find it when they needed it. That monsterous playoff blast against KC to the back of the bullpen in left at YS.

  18. mick April 15th, 2011 at 12:19 am

    Going for 4-0 tmw with Nova.
    Be there!

  19. tyanksfan36 April 15th, 2011 at 12:21 am

    That picture of Phil makes me sad, like the one of Robertson from last year. If anyone besides me remembers it.

  20. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2011 at 12:21 am

    Randy, I saw your post on the 9 stroke golfer. I also saw your snark. Pretty weak, geezer. You’re just jealous because I was sent on a all expenses paid world tour to display my golfing skills and you weren’t.

  21. mick April 15th, 2011 at 12:21 am

    Geez…get your Beauty rest already good nite all….

  22. Captain Clutch April 15th, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Phil’s next start would be against the Jays and there is absolutely no way they can let him pitch against them. They own him even when he is pitching good. I would think they will skip his next 2 starts.

  23. Betsy April 15th, 2011 at 12:23 am

    Why don’t you concentrate on yourself instead of telling me what to do?

  24. Betsy April 15th, 2011 at 12:24 am

    You’ve got issues, unfortunately, that can not be cured overnight………

  25. Pat M. April 15th, 2011 at 12:24 am

    GB….I was wondering how long it’d be before the double snowman ( 16 ) would get a rise from you……

  26. mick April 15th, 2011 at 12:25 am

    I don’t need to go for beauty work cause I am beautiful…

  27. mick April 15th, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Pat M…..What do you think of the new concept called Blog Clog?

  28. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2011 at 12:26 am

    Pat, I’m just warming up for that old man.

  29. mick April 15th, 2011 at 12:27 am

    my issues are being bored by monotonous droning on and on and on endlessly…..
    can we change the topic?

  30. Betsy April 15th, 2011 at 12:28 am

    Sure, Mick the _______ – I’m the only one talking about Phil tonight. You wouldn’t know hypocrisy if it came up and bit you on the fanny. How do you get by in life being as rude and insulting as you are? I’m guessing you can count your friends on one hand.

  31. JobaTipsHisCap April 15th, 2011 at 12:30 am

    I will take 2-1 in weekend series

    :)

  32. mick April 15th, 2011 at 12:30 am

    Why don’t you ease up and you will see I will too…just trying to be honest, like you, sometimes that leads to rudeness, but if you don’t take it personally, you can actually have fun with it.

  33. G. Love April 15th, 2011 at 12:31 am

    Colon deserves a spot in this rotation, but Girardi is going to get stubborn and say he’s perfect in his role.

    I’m sorry, but Hughes should not start for this team again despite what rah rah nonsense Girardi tries to spin. He does not have major league stuff and sending him out every 5th day to rediscover it is among some of the dumbest managing I’ve ever seen.

    The team won tonight and that is a great thing — they need to come back from these kind of deficits and take the W.

    That said, Hughes’ starts are becoming like Wang’s and Javy’s bad one’s where you walk into the game with an expectation that the wheels are coming off before the first pitch is thrown.

    I get it that Hughes is a nice kid, but April wins count and giving them up to play “I believe in you kid” is ridiculous.

    The team has a much better option. Colon.

    I hope the front office steps on Girardi’s pom pom’s and makes him put the best pitcher they have at the moment on the mound to win these games instead starting them looking uphill.

    And Joba’s play at the plate? Amazing. He was breathing fire tonight. Love it.

  34. Pat M. April 15th, 2011 at 12:32 am

    mick…..I just wonder who someone doesn’t get arc sick from driving around the same block over and over….It’s Hughes on one corner, then Joba on the next, then how the Yanks mess up young pitchers on the next, and Giradi or whatever on the next….It’s the same repetitive recycled crap over and over….An original thought would be welcomed at some point……There was a time when it was a learning process but now it’s all the nonsense she reads elsewhere and brings it here as Gospel, and then gets all po’d when called out for it….

  35. tyanksfan36 April 15th, 2011 at 12:33 am

    GB

    haha, good one. Tino Martinez was always my favorite, I think the Yankees have a lot more lefty batters than they used to because he was the only one I remember.

  36. mick April 15th, 2011 at 12:33 am

    Pat M….I am in your corner bro…Amen.
    Many suffer but we shall overcome.

  37. mick April 15th, 2011 at 12:36 am

    How apropo that on a day where I hit a walkoff HR to win a softball game,
    my Yankees return the favor with a walkoff of their own…
    What will we do for an encore tomorrow?

  38. yankeefeminista April 15th, 2011 at 12:37 am

    repost

    yankeefeminista April 15th, 2011 at 12:23 am
    tyanksfan36 April 15th, 2011 at 12:09 am
    Yankeefem

    that is no bueno, I am sure that it will work out that you will eventually get to see them both pitch. I am wanting to go see Morrow pitch on Sunday but its not looking good.
    _____
    I have seen Betances multiple times, and Manny once plus Futures; however, I have never seen Stoneburner… I’ve wanted to but had to choose between seeing him and Jose Ramirez last year, and chose the latter. Of course the game I missed was the Stoneburner 7IP, 2 hit, 11 K game. But Ramirez was sublime in his start, topping out at 97 and totally befuddling batters with his changeup.

    Too bad about Morrow. I would love to see him pitch in a minor league ballpark.

    ___
    As per your remark about midsummer call ups. You might have Heathcott in the fold by then.

  39. tyanksfan36 April 15th, 2011 at 12:38 am

    yankeefeminista April 15th, 2011 at 12:23 am
    tyanksfan36 April 15th, 2011 at 12:09 am
    Yankeefem

    that is no bueno, I am sure that it will work out that you will eventually get to see them both pitch. I am wanting to go see Morrow pitch on Sunday but its not looking good.
    _____
    I have seen Betances multiple times, and Manny once plus Futures; however, I have never seen Stoneburner… I’ve wanted to but had to choose between seeing him and Jose Ramirez last year, and chose the latter. Of course the game I missed was the Stoneburner 7IP, 2 hit, 11 K game. But Ramirez was sublime in his start, topping out at 97 and totally befuddling batters with his changeup.

    Too bad about Morrow. I would love to see him pitch in a minor league ballpark.

    _____

    I still havent decided if Im going or not, probably depends on how much homework I get done by 12 on sunday, and if he is indeed pitching. I saw 1 Stoneburner game I think, maybe 2 of course it was the first ever game I went to so I didnt pay attention. That is why I cant bring people with me, they all get bored and I end up having to entertain them rather than pay 100% attention to the game.

  40. mick April 15th, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Pat M….I am in your corner bro…Amen.
    ============================
    Hey ! Is that where Amen Corner came from?

  41. tyanksfan36 April 15th, 2011 at 12:40 am

    Yankeefem

    that would be cool to have Heathcott and then maybe they move Abe Almonte up to Trenton. What do you know about Kevin Mahoney? is he just your standard utility infielder? he finally got into his first game this season. Got a hit and a walk I think.

  42. yankeefeminista April 15th, 2011 at 12:43 am

    tyanksfan36 April 15th, 2011 at 12:38 am

    I still havent decided if Im going or not, probably depends on how much homework I get done by 12 on sunday, and if he is indeed pitching. I saw 1 Stoneburner game I think, maybe 2 of course it was the first ever game I went to so I didnt pay attention. That is why I cant bring people with me, they all get bored and I end up having to entertain them rather than pay 100% attention to the game.
    ______
    Lol, I am dead-serious at both minor league and Yankee games. I won’t even go with anyone who wants to converse about anything other than the game.

  43. West Coast Yankee Fan April 15th, 2011 at 12:45 am

    Mick if you are still here – I envy you being at the game. Where did you sit?

  44. Pat M. April 15th, 2011 at 12:50 am

    mick….amen corner is a watery grave site for many a broken golfer’s soul…..Nice walk offs today……Going yard to win the game is a seldom reached thrill

  45. yankeefeminista April 15th, 2011 at 12:50 am

    tyanksfan36 April 15th, 2011 at 12:40 am
    Yankeefem

    that would be cool to have Heathcott and then maybe they move Abe Almonte up to Trenton. What do you know about Kevin Mahoney? is he just your standard utility infielder? he finally got into his first game this season. Got a hit and a walk I think.
    _____
    Not a lot. Just what I have read. Late rounder 2009, was being groomed more as UT guy but could be a sleeper. Good defense, some power, walks a lot. I know he is already 23 though, so he had better make his move. I have never seen him and don’t know his last year stats off the top of my head.

  46. kd April 15th, 2011 at 12:52 am

    so it seems posada still has some gas in the tank.

  47. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2011 at 12:54 am

    OUCH!!! Victor Martinez just got his cup dented.

  48. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2011 at 12:56 am

    Posada’s not going to hit .300 anymore, but, he’s going to get his homers and RBI. That’s what matters most.

  49. yankeefeminista April 15th, 2011 at 12:58 am

    GB7, your boy Heyer is Trenton’s spot starter on Saturday.

  50. SAS April 15th, 2011 at 12:59 am

    Posada has had many a timely hit.

  51. yankeefeminista April 15th, 2011 at 1:02 am

    Jorge is the Lohud whipping boy, but he still doesn’t miss too many fastballs.

  52. SAS April 15th, 2011 at 1:06 am

    Yankfem,

    One of a number of whipping boys. It’s nauseating.

  53. West Coast Yankee Fan April 15th, 2011 at 1:06 am

    Not that anyone is surprised or likes it. But as baseball fans you just have to go wow looking at the last two games.

    – Roy Halladay brilliant in a complete game win.

    – Cliff Lee 12-strikeout, three-hit shutout in a 4-0 victory over the Nationals on Thursday.

  54. SAS April 15th, 2011 at 1:08 am

    good night

  55. SAS April 15th, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Halladay is on my fantasy team.

  56. yankeefeminista April 15th, 2011 at 1:10 am

    SAS April 15th, 2011 at 1:06 am
    Yankfem,

    One of a number of whipping boys. It’s nauseating.
    ________
    I couldn’t agree more.

  57. yankeefeminista April 15th, 2011 at 1:10 am

    SAS April 15th, 2011 at 1:09 am
    Halladay is on my fantasy team.
    ______
    At what number did you draft?

  58. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2011 at 1:23 am

    YankeeFem. Thanks for the info. He’ll do what he aways does. Not impress anyone but get outs.

    Was really happy with Romanski tonight. very much the stylish lefty, especially considering that he was signed as an outfielder and released after being one of their top draft picks about 3 years ago. he didn’t start pitching until last year other than some in high school and college.

  59. Jerkface April 15th, 2011 at 1:57 am

    Posada’s slash line is great:

    .189 .231 .595 .825

  60. jacksquat April 15th, 2011 at 2:36 am

    “We thought he could do a good job in that role because he’s a guy that throws so many strikes in that situation and gives your club a chance to come back.”

    Just think what he could do if he started the game, Joe. Maybe you wouldn’t have to come back.

  61. Carl April 15th, 2011 at 3:47 am

    The bullpen

    http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play......d=13799017

    Joba looked great. As did Colon.

    Mo is God.

  62. YsGuy April 15th, 2011 at 6:17 am

    chase who?

    phillies 9-3, 2nd in run differential in mlb.

    rumors of thier demise have been greatly exaggerated (on this board)

  63. Gary April 15th, 2011 at 7:03 am

    Lets face one reality, get Gardner out of there and play Jones. No pitching for him in the 9th made no sense.

  64. Gary April 15th, 2011 at 7:04 am

    Pinch hitting

  65. MaineYankee April 15th, 2011 at 7:13 am

    Gary

    So when Jones doesn’t hit like you think he should after 10 games who do you put in?

    Is Gardner the only one that needs to be sat down?

  66. blake April 15th, 2011 at 7:18 am

    The Phillies offense is playing way over their heads right now…..they aren’t going to hit like this all year and they still are going to struggle to score long term without Utley.

  67. Fran the original April 15th, 2011 at 7:18 am

    Good morning.

    Ys,

    I picked Atlanta to win the NL East because of the Philly bullpen issues and loss of Utley and Werth. But I must say the Phillies have looked pretty good so far.

    Impressive job by the Yankees bullpen last night, especially Colon to keep the Yankees in the game.

  68. 108 stitches April 15th, 2011 at 7:19 am

    The uncoming schedule is the oppotunity to deal with the Hughes matter. Sometime today, there needs to be a pow-wow between Girardi, Rothschild, and Cashman to put a plan forward to get the pitcher on track. Either Colon or Noesi should take the next start of Hughes to take the pressure off him.

  69. Gary April 15th, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Maine Yankee

    No there are other ones that aren’t hitting right now either. Gardner hasn’t hit for 10 games either, but Jones when he has gotten to bat has.

  70. blake April 15th, 2011 at 7:23 am

    I think you stick with Gardner for now. He is struggling but its still early…..his swing looks long and his timing is off. He’s gotta shorten up and be more aggressive with pitches he can hit…..pitching are making a point to.make him.swing the bat, he needs to prove to them that he can.

  71. Gary April 15th, 2011 at 7:24 am

    108 stitches April 15th, 2011 at 7:19 am
    The uncoming schedule is the oppotunity to deal with the Hughes matter. Sometime today, there needs to be a pow-wow between Girardi, Rothschild, and Cashman to put a plan forward to get the pitcher on track. Either Colon or Noesi should take the next start of Hughes to take the pressure off him.

    ________________________________________________________________________

    I think the pow wows have been ongoing. I see Phil as having at least the rest of the month to try to work this out. I guess right now I don’t see them holding him back a start unless there is some physical reason for the loss of ball velocity. It can’t be fatigue already I would hope.

  72. Fran the original April 15th, 2011 at 7:25 am

    Hi Blake,

    How is the baby?

  73. MaineYankee April 15th, 2011 at 7:28 am

    Gary

    There’s a reason Jones signed as a bench player.

    His days as a starter are behind him.

    I don’t understand why people single out one or two players as the problem when the whole team isn’t doing well.

    I think the concept of team gets lost on people.

    They all can’t do well at the same time.

  74. Tar April 15th, 2011 at 7:29 am

    Good morning all :D

    Gary

    I was not a fan of Gardner starting the year at the lead-off position. I thought it would be better to let him, hit his way into that spot. I guess I still consider him a kid and thought less pressure would be better. Especially after struggling in the second half last year.

    Having said that, now is not the time to change course. Way to early. You have to give him time to work it out.

  75. Gary April 15th, 2011 at 7:31 am

    Blake, your right the pitchers have his number. His primary asset is his speed and as was said on the telecast last night your not going to steal bases if your not on base.

    Jones is hitting .400 but he’s gotten only 5 AB’s. Let him have a chance for a few games

  76. blake April 15th, 2011 at 7:32 am

    Fran,

    He’s doing great…..actually sleeping pretty well also :)

  77. blake April 15th, 2011 at 7:35 am

    Gary,

    I see the temptation to do that but I still think Gardner is a better every day player at this point…..think you have to give him more than 2 weeks to straighten it out. He needs to forget about working the count and just strikes….if he does that then the working the count will take care of itself.

  78. Fran the original April 15th, 2011 at 7:35 am

    Blake,

    Great. Is he walking yet ;)

    ****************
    The Yankees have 2 off days next week. They can probably skip Phil’s start if that’s the route they choose to take. He seemed ok for the 1st inning or 2 and then lost speed and location.

  79. blake April 15th, 2011 at 7:36 am

    Just swing at strikes *

  80. blake April 15th, 2011 at 7:39 am

    Fran,

    He’s doing pretty good righty but were still working on his Lefty swing ;)

  81. Gary April 15th, 2011 at 7:39 am

    Blake, if the rest of team were hitting I agree you have that luxury. Right now there are too many auto outs out there. I agree to disagree on giving him more time, but when the game is on the line like it wasd in the 9th PH for the guy, thats partially what the bench players are there for.

  82. Gary April 15th, 2011 at 7:40 am

    I saw Lee was lights out last night, 12K’s and three hits.

  83. 108 stitches April 15th, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Kevin Long’s main pupil right now should be Gardner. His getting on base as an igniter counts for a lot. Things generally happen when he’s on base.

  84. BIG AL April 15th, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Good morning all.

    Why is everyone jumping on Gradner? If we sat down every player hitting in the low .200′s and below, the majority of this team would be on the bench. It’s early in the season, give it time to come together. As the temps rise, the Yankees get hot as well, chill and enjoy the ride.

  85. blake April 15th, 2011 at 7:49 am

    I kinda agree they should have pinch hit for him last night….but I do think he’ll come around. He’s getting used to that new swing and it seems like he’s having a tough time knowing when to start it….it’s making him late on everything. He’s also getting behind in way too many counts because he’s putting more emphasis on seeing a lot of pitches than hitting….at least that’s what it looks like.

  86. YsGuy April 15th, 2011 at 7:53 am

    wow, i’m reading the comments and i’m really upset at how bad our hitting is, how we need to make changes, how phil needs to be sent down to a minus ball, etc etc etc and im thinking, if only we could get out of last place….

    oh, wait, i was looking at the standings upside down! apparently we are doing well despite the complete collapse of both our offense and our pitching!

    …still, heads MUST roll!

  87. YsGuy April 15th, 2011 at 7:55 am

    same crap about how the phillies cant score and are overrated as i heard all ST from the same people. they lost utley and rollins for huge portions of last year and finished with the 2nd best run diff in the league…

    …exactly where they are now…

  88. BIG AL April 15th, 2011 at 8:00 am

    blake -

    Keep in mind, Martin, Gardner and Jeter all failed to deliver in the 8th inning.

    If you thought you might have to go into extra innings, you can’t afford to give up Gardner’s D in LF, it could cost you the game.

    If we replaced every player under .200, then we sit Gardner, Granderson and Posada.

    If you sit players hitting under .235, you add Jeter and Swisher.

    Everyone will come around, way too early to be concerned, IMO.

  89. blake April 15th, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Ys,

    We’ll see, I think they’ll probably still make the playoffs this year because their starting pitching is so good but….just look at some of the averages on that team, it’s not sustainable the way they are hitting with the guys they are running out there.

  90. BIG AL April 15th, 2011 at 8:01 am

    And just who gives a S**t about what the Phillies are or are not doing!

  91. MaineYankee April 15th, 2011 at 8:03 am

    blake

    Gardner saw a lot of pitches last year as well.

    I think he is starting his swing a bit late.

    I would like to see him pull the ball more because he has the ability to turn some hits into doubles and triples.

  92. yanks61 April 15th, 2011 at 8:04 am

    Funny how all the Trolls rolled on off after the Yankess win last night – went on home to Trollhattan, Sweden…to SAAB (Sucking Always As Boston.)

  93. blake April 15th, 2011 at 8:05 am

    AL,

    That’s what they signed Jones for though…he’s not nearly as good a defender as Gardner at this point but he could play LF well enough that you make that move there IMO. They won the game though so….it worked.

  94. JM April 15th, 2011 at 8:05 am

    I saw Utley was running yesterday…Not sure what that means for his return but I wonder if he will ever be the same….

  95. blake April 15th, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Maine,

    I agree…he is starting late. I think he’s still trying to figure out when to start things with the new way he’s swinging, could also just be an early season timing issue. Too early to make much of it now.

  96. MaineYankee April 15th, 2011 at 8:07 am

    # blake April 15th, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Ys,

    We’ll see, I think they’ll probably still make the playoffs this year because their starting pitching is so good but….just look at some of the averages on that team, it’s not sustainable the way they are hitting with the guys they are running out there.
    ———————————————————————————————————-

    If you look at batting averages in general they seem to be low right now.

    When it warms up that will change.

  97. BIG AL April 15th, 2011 at 8:08 am

    blake -

    Then should they have PH for Jeter as well, have Chavez hit for Jeter in that same situation?

  98. BIG AL April 15th, 2011 at 8:11 am

    If teams over reacted as fans seem to do at times, Pujols would be on the bench, and not playing. It appears quite a few players are off to really slow starts this year, who knows why, but, it will all turn around, watch and see.

  99. BIG AL April 15th, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Got to run, catch you later.

  100. Betsy April 15th, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Pat M, cut the passive aggressive crap – you got a problem with me, talk to me. You don’t want to talk to me? That’s good for me, lol……but you sound ridiculous. I have absolutely NO clue WTH your problem is, but don’t take your problems out on ME. You don’t want to talk about Phil because it upsets you? Then don’t read the posts – or else get off MY back and onto everyone else’s. If you can’t get why I or anyone else is worried, then your completely clueless..

  101. Betsy April 15th, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Oh, and the fact that you and Mick are practically huddling together to talk about how obsessed I am with Phil tells me all I need to know about the kind of person YOU are. But then again, birds of a feather flock together.

  102. Shame Spencer April 15th, 2011 at 8:17 am

    No one on this board, that I remember anyway, ever predicted the Phils missing the playoffs.

    Their competition just doesn’t match up. But as Big Al pointed out – who cares?! We don’t need to worry about beating the Phils till October. In the immortal words of McCartney, let it be.

  103. Tom in N.J. April 15th, 2011 at 8:28 am

    I’m kind of loving the Bartolo Colon Experience right now.

  104. DYD INDA WUL April 15th, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Early morning bickering is good for a chuckle.

    Come on now guys, aren’t you happy that the Yankees are doing well (in the balance)?

    Lighten up!

  105. Laura - I Bleed Blue April 15th, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Alex and Cano can carry these guys until they start hitting. Love Coco’s hair, BTW. Oscar Gamble would be proud.

  106. Against All Odds April 15th, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Response to a previous post

    # Betsy April 14th, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    Odds, yep – teams just have to suck it up as no one is going to feel sorry for them. Cervelli will be fine – but Pedro’s injury is really serious and who knows about Phil?

    ——————————————————

    Yea Pedro’s injury was a punch to the guy and Phil is a big concern although last night wasn’t as bad as his 1st 2 starts.

  107. Laura - I Bleed Blue April 15th, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Cliff Lee is a coward who was afraid to pitch in the AL and in the Bronx. I’ve got no respect for him.

  108. Against All Odds April 15th, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Response to a previous post

    # 4 NYY April 15th, 2011 at 12:23 am

    # Against All Odds April 14th, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    # Betsy April 14th, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Obliques, appendectomies……….they are the new hamstrings.

    —————————–

    remember 2 or 3 yrs ago there was a hip epidemic

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

    Wonder why that is ? Hmmm……. Hip surgeries, obliques were never heard of 30 years ago. Hmmm…

    Lot of ped’s been floatin’ around, Hmmm…….

    —————————————

    Could be PED related since multiple players are having the same injury

  109. MaineYankee April 15th, 2011 at 8:53 am

    # DYD INDA WUL April 15th, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Early morning bickering is good for a chuckle.

    Come on now guys, aren’t you happy that the Yankees are doing well (in the balance)?

    Lighten up!
    ——————————————————————————————

    For some that isn’t possible.

  110. DYD INDA WUL April 15th, 2011 at 8:53 am

    We’ll being waiting for Lee round the bend.

  111. Tom in N.J. April 15th, 2011 at 8:55 am

    This place once had great Morning people. Now we have people who mourn greatly.

  112. DYD INDA WUL April 15th, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Maine

    If enough people yell at the wind, they might just change its direction. Or not.

    Oh well.

  113. pat April 15th, 2011 at 8:58 am

    BREAKING NEWS?……Gonzalez/Sox agree on 7/$154

    craigcalcaterra The Adrian Gonzalez contract has been done so long that they just released news of it on ditto paper.

    Sniffing ditto paper…….good times.

  114. DYD INDA WUL April 15th, 2011 at 8:58 am

    New Joisie

    Very Kennedyesque!

  115. YsGuy April 15th, 2011 at 8:58 am

    even the best hitting teams pretty much never all hit at the same time. now its gardner and jeter, next week it will be tex and martin. the trick is always to have enough guys hitting to carry the ones who aren’t. our boys are doing a pretty damn good job of it right now.

    with all the issues, i am very happy about the current situation. i’d move phil back to the 26th so he has some space to work on arm strength and i’d probably give gardy a day off then keep him in the #9 spot till he comes around. other than that, things are good, no reason for panic moves.

  116. BoJo April 15th, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Shame Spencer April 15th, 2011 at 8:17 am
    No one on this board, that I remember anyway, ever predicted the Phils missing the playoffs.
    ____________
    I did, and still stand by that. I am counting on Cliff Lee bad karma to knock them out.

  117. DYD INDA WUL April 15th, 2011 at 9:03 am

    YsGuy-Moving Hughes to 26th may be a good short term fix.

    But if you listen between the lines, it sounds like they’re going to keep trotting him out there some more to work through it.

  118. YsGuy April 15th, 2011 at 9:03 am

    glad to hear about the gonzalez contract, im confident that keeps albert off the socks. i know it was a done deal but you know how things can go…

    gotta hurt pujols that the yankees and socks will not be in at top dollar for pu. (might try to swoop in at a bargain price if the cubs/cards/angels dont come through with really really big bucks, but i dont see either team as a factor.

  119. YsGuy April 15th, 2011 at 9:04 am

    actually bojo was not alone in picking the phils to miss the playoffs. when i picked the phils, alot of people on here picked them to miss the playoffs.

    not with that pitching, imo.

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