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Postgame notes: “I’ve been struggling right now”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes, Podcast on Apr 26, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The numbers really tell the story of Rafael Soriano. There are the three years and $35 million the Yankees gave him this offseason, there are the 45 saves he had last season, and then there are the numbers he’s put up in his first month in pinstripes.

Tonight’s blown eighth inning gave Soriano his first blown save in a home game since 2007, ending a streak of 38 converted opportunities. He has allowed eight walks and nine earned runs through 11 appearances.

Last year he allowed 14 walks and 12 earned runs through 64 appearances.

“It’s not been easy for me,” Soriano said. “I’ve tried to figure out how to do the same that I did last year. I’ve been struggling right now, but I’ll take it, forget all that tonight, come back tomorrow and find out.”

The Yankees said all the things you would expect, and frankly, there’s not much else they can say.

Joe Girardi said he’s going to stick with Soriano in the eighth inning, which he has to do. It would be a complete knee-jerk reaction to dump him from that role less than a month into the season.

Alex Rodriguez said he still thinks Soriano is not a guy anyone wants to face in the late innings of a tight ball game, and it’s true that Soriano was throwing harder tonight than he has all season.

“I’ve faced Sori and that’s not a guy you really want to be facing with the game on the line,” Rodriguez said. “There’s an adjustment period. There’s a huge adjustment going from the ninth to the eighth. He’s working on his routine and I think he’s going to be just fine. We’re going to sit right by him and support him.”

Soriano brought up his slow start in 2007, when he had a 7.36 ERA through eight appearances and turned things around for a typically dominant season. It seems to be a fair comparison, but Soriano allowed a hit in only two of those first eight appearances in ’07. It just happened that he allowed three runs each time he allowed even one hit.

“I feel fine,” he said. “I feel comfortable with the team and everything. A bad day. I’ll come back tomorrow.”

Even with Soriano’s bungled eighth inning, the Yankees would have won this game if not for Brent Lillibridge making two terrific catches in the ninth. They were the last two outs of the game, one leaping catch at the wall to rob Alex Rodriguez of a double, and one diving catch on a low line drive to rob Robinson Cano of the game-winner.

“The kid was the difference in the game,” Girardi said.

With one out and two on, Rodriguez said he was thinking double when he drove the ball to right. With Eduardo Nunez pinch running at first, Rodriguez said he thought both runs might score. Instead, Lillibridge made the grab. Next up was Cano, and if Lillibridge had missed on his dive, the ball would have shot past him, letting the tying and winning runs score easily.

“You’ve got to be damn sure you make that play,” Nick Swisher said. “Because if not, the game’s over.”

Said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen: “When Alex hit the first one I said, here we go again. The last guy that I wanted to see in that situation was Cano. When you look at the lineup that’s going to be due up in the last inning, you know you have to bring your best bullets. The ball bounced our way tonight. That’s just the way the way the baseball is. Baseball is so crazy.”

Here’s Girardi’s postgame.

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• Girardi said after the game that there was nothing new to report on Phil Hughes. He’ll go for his second round of tests on Wednesday and we’ll do the same dance all over again.

• Nice start from Ivan Nova. With 10 days between starts — and one short relief appearance thrown in there — Nova was at his best, showing improved fastball command a pitching a career-high 6.1 innings. “I was focused and confident,” he said. “I was more aggressive.”

• The curveball was a big pitch for Nova, and he said he started leaning on that more than his slider. Mostly, he said it was the fact he was aggressive that made him most happy and made the biggest difference.

• Cano has homered in three of his last four games at Yankee Stadium. Brett Gardner has homered in two of his past four games overall.

• The Yankees have managed seven hits the past two nights. Both Phil Humber and Gavin Floyd seem to have kept them offbalance with offspeed pitches. Floyd has a terrific curveball, and it was working tonight.

• Girardi on the offense: “I would love to say that this offense was going to get 10 to 12 hits every night, but there’s not an offense in America that’s going to do that. There’s going to be times when you just don’t swing the bat as well as others. Sometimes it will make sense. Sometimes it won’t make sense. We ran into two guys that have thrown the ball extremely well and we haven’t necessarily swung the bats well, but I’ll take our chances with this offense on a daily basis.”

• Rodriguez failed to reach base for the first time this season.

• Speaking of the first time: This was the first time the Yankees had ever lost a game in which Brett Gardner hit a home run.

• After being rained out yesterday with Tampa, Francisco Cervelli made a rehab appearance for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre tonight. Girardi indicated pregame that the Yankees want him to catch back-to-back games before they consider activating him from the disabled list.

• From the Yankees PR department, the Yankees have scored 61.3 percent of their runs on home runs this season.

• The Yankees became the last team in MLB to lose back-to-back games this season.

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111 Responses to “Postgame notes: “I’ve been struggling right now””

  1. Niblick April 27th, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Girardi stinks. And he’s making the whole team smell bad.

  2. tyanksfan36 April 27th, 2011 at 12:12 am

    GB

    Yes, Sojo does make pitching changes. They said that he didnt stand out there 2 years ago either.

  3. LGY April 27th, 2011 at 12:13 am

    No one asked Girardi what he is doing bunting a guy with a .691 SLG?

  4. Rich in NJ April 27th, 2011 at 12:14 am

    My focus right now is on Hughes, and that they find something minor that explains his diminished stuff, because I’m not sure that finding nothing is the best possible news.

  5. Rich in NJ April 27th, 2011 at 12:15 am

    “No one asked Girardi what he is doing bunting a guy with a .691 SLG?”

    Most of these writers probably think it was a great move, because for some reason, there is a common misconception that smallball means playing the game the right way.

  6. Pat M. April 27th, 2011 at 12:19 am

    Rich in NJ…..Your Hughes comment in my opinion is the most profound statement of the evening…..

  7. LGY April 27th, 2011 at 12:22 am

    “Most of these writers probably think it was a great move, because for some reason, there is a common misconception that smallball means playing the game the right way.”

    ————-

    It’s pretty funny that making outs (sac bunts, sac flies, groundball to advance the baserunner) is the right way to play the game.

    I thought the object of hitting is to not make an out, but that’s just me.

  8. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Pat M. April 26th, 2011 at 11:52 pm
    GB…Now that things have quieted down, I just can’t comprehend how insanely fickle the thin skinned Yankee fans are here this season…..I’m not referring to the regular guys who were outspoken about their reservations or flat out against The Soriano signing….It’s the flopper’s that go from bandwagon to bandwagon from game to game……Good thing we didn’t have the blog back in 2000 when the Yanks limped to the finish line only to take out the Mets….Actually just go back to 09 and all the disenchantment with Alex….80 % here hated # 13…….They think Giradi has no clue, they should have been around for the Old Professor, Casey Stengel himself……

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

    How would they have treated the much loved Yogi Berra in ’64? That team was so banged up on the offense that they had so business getting into the 7th game of the ES. What really hurt that team in the WS was not having Pedro Ramos to close for them because he came to the team after Sept 1st, and when they wanted his to replace the injured Tony Kubek, they were refused and had to add the useless Mike Hegan. Hegan was good a few years later, but, not them. Would they have won with Kubek instead of Phil Linz? I don’t know, but, they would have won with Ramos instead of Pete Mikellson. He got that close using a rookie start in 3 games (Stottlemyer) who had 15 ML starts under his belt.

    As far as the idiots on here, I’ve tried to ignore most of the game threads lately. Hell, even when they win, they complain about Jeter or somebody. Just imagine if this were Gossage in ’78 or Nelson, Stanton and later the terrible David Weathers and Graeham Lloyd. These people actually believe they were good all of the time. Only when they got to the post season did something kick in.

    Imagine if Girardi lifted a right handed hitter after hitting 2 homers and 2 singles and putting in a left handed hitting pinch hitter against a left handed pitcher? Bauer replaced by Gene Woodling who could never hit the pitcher, who then hit a pinch hit homer to win the game. His reason? Because he felt that Bauer was due to make an out and Woodling was already made for not playing that day. It would be enough to make the book boys and magic numbers kiddies blow a gasket.

  9. Rich in NJ April 27th, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Pat

    Thanks.

  10. UnKnown April 27th, 2011 at 12:27 am

    The bunt was pretty ridiculous. It was logically a stretch with the whole move the guy in scoring position thing but you can’t give up an out there with Granderson up.

    Maybe if Gardner was the hitter, but if Gardner was the hitter he wouldn’t have gotten down the bunt. So then it would’ve been a really bad play.

  11. LGY April 27th, 2011 at 12:28 am

    GB,

    Do you have any other examples of a manager making a stupid decision and getting lucky? I think this example has run its course.

  12. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2011 at 12:28 am

    Funny that the same ones complaining about bunting are the same ones complaining about the Yanks hitting so many home runs. The really stupid ones that every hitter is trying to do nothing but hit homers. Their job is to hit the ball hard. It’s a team with a lot of players that can hit homers.

  13. LGY April 27th, 2011 at 12:31 am

    “Funny that the same ones complaining about bunting are the same ones complaining about the Yanks hitting so many home runs.”

    —————-

    You are so bad at this.

    Hint: Every time you think of one of these same ones lines, it is NEVER the same ones.

  14. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2011 at 12:32 am

    Stengel made those sort of changes all of the time. Bringing in a rekiever with a 5 ERA to close WS sames and in a 8th inning game with a 2 run lead watch them lead off with a double, and then hit 3 450 foot outs to win. He played according to the game…not to please the players, fans or media.

    Your idiocy certainly doesn’t seem to have run it’s course, though.

  15. LGY April 27th, 2011 at 12:35 am

    In the last 7 days including tonight (22 at bats), Granderson has a .409 AVG and 1.413 OPS.

    Including a .955 SLG!

    And Girardi has him bunt. smh.

  16. LGY April 27th, 2011 at 12:37 am

    Apparently the Granderson bunt decreased the Yankees win expectancy by 6%

  17. Pat M. April 27th, 2011 at 12:44 am

    GB….Every year right about now I bring up how Hall of Famer Jim Catfish Hunter started the season 0-5 after signing the biggest contract in sports history……But every season here it gets even more absurd that the week before…….Between the stalkers and the numbnuts it’s impossible to actually enjoy this place anymore

  18. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2011 at 12:47 am

    How do you know that Granderson didn’t bunt on his own? The pitcher is left handed and throws 97 MPH +. He was a career 2-15 off of thornton.

  19. Rich in NJ April 27th, 2011 at 12:49 am

    Here’s what I want to see: Robertson being the primary 8th inning reliever until he proves that he can’t do the job.

  20. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2011 at 12:50 am

    I know, Pat. Sadly, though, it’s better than any other site around. ESPN has more trolls and the others have more of the spawn of Bill James on them.

  21. LGY April 27th, 2011 at 12:50 am

    “How do you know that Granderson didn’t bunt on his own? The pitcher is left handed and throws 97 MPH +. He was a career 2-15 off of thornton.”

    ————-

    Girardi almost always bunts in that situation. There is no way Granderson went up to the plate and bunted on his own. Jeter is the only one who stupidly sac bunts on his own.

    Thornton has been terrible this season and could barely find the strike zone. Also, not sure what Granderson’s past numbers against Thornton mean, since Granderson is now a completely different hitter vs LHP.

  22. Pat M. April 27th, 2011 at 12:51 am

    GB….He gets that bunt down and moves the runners over Jeter scores on Alex’s drive…..I’ll get hammered for this but I had no problem getting the winning run to second…..

  23. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2011 at 12:53 am

    Of course you don’t know what it means….it’s not in your little book of formulas and idiocies.

  24. LGY April 27th, 2011 at 12:56 am

    “Of course you don’t know what it means….it’s not in your little book of formulas and idiocies.”

    ————

    Wouldn’t a hitters numbers vs a pitcher be the thing we find in a formula or binder or whatever?

    I am not sure why you are quoting past stats when you are supposed to manage with your gut.

    The gut does not store Granderson vs Thornton history.

  25. Pat M. April 27th, 2011 at 12:56 am

    Remember the glory days of get them on, get em over, get em in…….

  26. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2011 at 12:57 am

    It wasn’t the bunt that cost the Yankees that game. It was about a total of 18 inches of extra leather.

  27. Rich in NJ April 27th, 2011 at 12:59 am

    Soriano cost them the game.

  28. LGY April 27th, 2011 at 12:59 am

    “It wasn’t the bunt that cost the Yankees that game. It was about a total of 18 inches of extra leather.”

    ————-

    Granderson hits a HR and those plays don’t even matter.

    Or Granderson hits a 3B, Jeter scores, and then the Yankees win on an Alex sac fly.

    Or Granderson hits a 2B and Alex’s drive scores Jeter on a sac fly.

  29. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2011 at 1:01 am

    That’s the job, Pat. If you have runners you truxt, let’em steal…especially with a slow to the plate pitcher and a poor throwing catcher.

    speaking of that…what did you think of those two throws to 2nd base by Molina? Those were laser beams right on the runner’s feet.

  30. Rich in NJ April 27th, 2011 at 1:02 am

    In the postgame, Girardi said that Soriano will stay in the 8th inning role.

    I can’t understand that he stuck by Teix and Jeter when they struggled last year because they won for him in 2009.

    Soriano hasn’t earned that kind of deference.

  31. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Or, either of those hit balls go uncaught and they score. Hell, I can play that game of IF, too.

  32. Pat M. April 27th, 2011 at 1:04 am

    LGY…..You’re a solid baseball guy, but your last comments are a stretch…..

  33. LGY April 27th, 2011 at 1:04 am

    “Or, either of those hit balls go uncaught and they score. Hell, I can play that game of IF, too.”

    ————-

    But they were caught so there is no if to wonder about.

  34. LGY April 27th, 2011 at 1:05 am

    Pat,

    It is a stretch to give the Yankees hottest hitter and one of the hottest hitters in all of baseball right now a chance to actually hit?

  35. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2011 at 1:10 am

    Answer the queston. How do you know that Granderson wasn’t bunting on his own, knowing that Thornton gives him a lot of problems?

  36. LGY April 27th, 2011 at 1:12 am

    “Answer the queston. How do you know that Granderson wasn’t bunting on his own, knowing that Thornton gives him a lot of problems?”

    —————

    I already did.

    Girardi is not a tough guy to follow. He basically makes the same decisions in the same situations day in and day out, year after year.

    Also, Granderson is too smart for that ;)

  37. Rich in NJ April 27th, 2011 at 1:17 am

    So we can agree that bunting was suboptimal, but we disagree on whether it was Girardi or Granderson that made the mistake?

  38. Pat M. April 27th, 2011 at 1:19 am

    LGY….I still say it was the right move, you have to stay away from the deuce and you get Jeter into scoring position…..However the game down to 2 circus plays in right field…..Does anyone still use that term, Circus Catch ????

  39. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2011 at 1:21 am

    That was no answer. who on that team does he have bunt? He’s even given up on gardner trying to bunt. The only way he gets on base this year is if he’s hit by a pitch, because he sure as Hell can’t bunt. A player like gardner should be what Pierre is. If he doen’t fix it soon, he’ll try fixing it in Scranton by the end of May. Hell, I’d rather have a pitcher hitting instead of Gardner.

  40. LGY April 27th, 2011 at 1:25 am

    “That was no answer. who on that team does he have bunt?”

    Granderson, Jeter, Swisher, Martin, Gardner. Are you saying that Girardi does not usually bunt in that situation?

    “He’s even given up on gardner trying to bunt. The only way he gets on base this year is if he’s hit by a pitch, because he sure as Hell can’t bunt. A player like gardner should be what Pierre is. If he doen’t fix it soon, he’ll try fixing it in Scranton by the end of May. Hell, I’d rather have a pitcher hitting instead of Gardner.”

    What??? How did this turn into a Gardner rant?

  41. LGY April 27th, 2011 at 1:27 am

    Pat

    Despite Granderson GIDP earlier in the night, he has only 22 in his career.

    Granderson is one of the most difficult players in the game to double up. Given that information that double play was extremely unlikely.

  42. LGY April 27th, 2011 at 1:28 am

    If Grandy GIDP he would have done so more in one game than he did the entire 2009 season.

    He just doesn’t GIDPs.

  43. LGY April 27th, 2011 at 1:31 am

    Pierre hit .275 with a .657 OPS last year.

    Why would we want Gardner to be like Juan Pierre?

  44. stuart a April 27th, 2011 at 1:32 am

    speaking of derek. he hit the ball out of the infield tonight? what is el capitans slugging percentage over 300 yet?

    newsfalsh he is not looking good and if this continues thru may what do you do with derek? is that blasphemy to even mention? derek, gardner, and swisher are doing zilch for the team offensive.

    soriano has been horrible, he alone has lost 2 games for them Minny up by 4 and tonight. he so far sucks big time……………………………………..

    molina can field big time but man he may be the worst hitter I have ever seen in the big leagues.. cano catch the strike molina threw to him at 2nd at the sox have zippo runs going into the 8th…………..

    nice bunting grandy in the 9th, girardi is a clown…………

  45. Pat M. April 27th, 2011 at 1:35 am

    LGY….I’m very aware of Curtis Granderson’s abilities as I took my lumps when he was signed and I wanted him hitting in the 2 hole….I brought then about how difficult it was to double him up, but this is the 9th inning and you have to get Jeter into scoring position as he is the tying run……..It’s a no brainer in my mind……And although I’m not a by the book guy because the book is 100 years old in some respects…….But the last thing I want to see is Curtis drilling a one hopper to second and suddenly there’s 2 away……Hey, it’s a matter of one’s approach to that game situation…….This is where the samber guys and I go in different direction about giving away an out……

  46. LGY April 27th, 2011 at 1:37 am

    Pat,

    I’m just curious.

    Let’s say the inning started with Tex up instead of Jeter. Tex walks. Tex on 1B, not outs.

    Do you tell Alex Rodriguez to bunt?

  47. West Coast Yankee Fan April 27th, 2011 at 1:37 am

    Granderson bunting Jeter over was 100% the right thing to do and there is no manager in baseball IMO that would have done it differently. The tying run on second with one out and Tex and A-Rod coming up with Cano in the hole is a position I want to be in every time.

  48. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2011 at 1:39 am

    2 teams in baseball have fewer sac bunts this year. He couldn’t be bunting that much (3) and 2 of those were gardner trying to bunt for hits.

  49. LGY April 27th, 2011 at 1:40 am

    “2 teams in baseball have fewer sac bunts this year. He couldn’t be bunting that much (3) and 2 of those were gardner trying to bunt for hits.”

    ————–

    How many times this season have the Yankees been in that situation?

    The amount of times the Yankees bunt is not relevant. It is the % of times Girardi bunts when faced with the situation.

  50. LGY April 27th, 2011 at 1:41 am

    I’ll open up that question to everyone.

    Do you tell Alex to bunt if Tex gets on to start the inning?

  51. Pat M. April 27th, 2011 at 1:47 am

    LGY…..I’d consider pinch running for him though and hope for a ball in the dirt to get him over before having him steal second…,,,We do have 1 or 2 guys that are capable of swiping 2nd don’t we ????

  52. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2011 at 1:50 am

    That;s about as stupid as anything you’ve said in a while and that takes in a lot of stupid remarks. The numbers don’t matter…only the percentage?

    He’s in that situation every time that Gardner come to bat. He’s striking out 33% of the time. As far as somebody who isn’t supposed to hit into DPs? Gardner has twice. That “averages out to 20 times this coming year.

  53. LGY April 27th, 2011 at 1:51 am

    Pat,

    Nunez seems to be the Yanks pinch runner.

    So why not just do the same thing with Grandy at the plate as you would do with Alex?

  54. LGY April 27th, 2011 at 1:53 am

    Gardner bats in the 9th inning as the tying run every time? :shock:

    My eyes must be deceiving me.

  55. Pat M. April 27th, 2011 at 1:56 am

    LGY……Maybe Id mix a run and hit after Gardner reached a strike count……2-1 count would have been ideal to get Jeter in motion and the Mark to drive the pitch

  56. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2011 at 1:56 am

    Right now, until he fixes whatever he’s screwed up, I’d rather see Jones playing every day. Even when he gets on and should he decide that he wants to steal, he’s not even good at that right now. So much for speed not going into slumps.

  57. Pat M. April 27th, 2011 at 2:02 am

    GB….Brett is having a terrible start to the season……Here’s a guy who with some sound instruction how to bunt could be a major factor ….

  58. LGY April 27th, 2011 at 2:05 am

    Pat

    I have no problem with some type of motion whether a hit and run or a steal to get the runner on 1st to 2nd.

    The problem where I think the logic fails is that in the same situation but with Tex, Alex, or Cano no one is telling them to bunt.

    Granderson is playing at that level of those guys this season. And right now him and Alex are their two best hitters.

    Basically, if you don’t bunt with Alex, Tex, or Cano in that situation I don’t think you can justify bunting Granderson.

  59. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2011 at 2:13 am

    Pat M. April 27th, 2011 at 2:02 am
    GB….Brett is having a terrible start to the season……Here’s a guy who with some sound instruction how to bunt could be a major factor ….

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

    Pat, I’d be looking to bring in a player that was the same type of player that Gardner should be to work on his base stealing and bunting….someone like Mickey Rivers, Roy White or get Carew in to work with him. Bunting should be a part of his game, not necessarily the biggest part. Carew is a magician with working with Gardner’s type of player. Luis Sojo would be good too, if he werem’t crippled by the hip replacement.

  60. tyanksfan36 April 27th, 2011 at 2:17 am

    GB

    Apparently the Tampa Yankees are letting Scott Allen make a spot start on Saturday since the Tampa DL is loaded with starting pitchers. I wonder why they arent letting him start more often, I think he was a starter last season.
    I am going to a game in Port Charlotte so I will unfortunately miss it.
    also, do you know anything about Michael Solbach? He has been awesome this season so far. He pitched tonight and only allowed 2 hits in 5 innings with 6 strikeouts. I never heard of him before this season started.

  61. Pat M. April 27th, 2011 at 2:25 am

    Appears to be the time for ” Last Call”

  62. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2011 at 2:37 am

    TY, allen is really young (19, I think), but is supposed to be a pretty good pitcher. Should be interesting to watch. Solbach isn’t likely to be nore than a reliever or organization pitcher. Wasn’t that impressed last year. nice that he had a real good game, though. Sort of splits time starting and relieving. At 26, he’s getting a little old for High A ball.

  63. tyanksfan36 April 27th, 2011 at 2:50 am

    GB

    Thanks, I won’t be able to watch Allen’s start but ill check the score throughout the game. I talked to him quite a bit at the team meet and greet so I watch him a bit closer.
    I didn’t know all that about Solbach, he has done well all season in the relief and even starting role, he has been their long man I think. He always came out after Brett Marshall was done for the night and did a great job keeping them in the game or holding the lead.

    The TY finally won tonight after dropping 6 in a row. I would like to say it was all because Mitch Abeita was catching but that’s probably just me liking to see him in a game for once. Kyle starts all the time poor mitch gets stuck in bullpen duty.

  64. Bronx Jeers April 27th, 2011 at 6:13 am

    That’s a nice show of support for Sori by ARod there.

    Veteran leadership. Alex is going to be in that clubhouse for many years to come. I think he’s taking the initiative to be their voice.

    Me? I couldn’t think of anything nice to say about Sori last night so I said nothing. :wink:

  65. upstate kate April 27th, 2011 at 6:52 am

    I didn’t have the heart to look Jeers, but I am sure there was plenty said.

  66. Wang IS Taiwan April 27th, 2011 at 7:03 am

    Bronx Jeers April 27th, 2011 at 6:13 am
    That’s a nice show of support for Sori by ARod there.

    Veteran leadership. Alex is going to be in that clubhouse for many years to come. I think he’s taking the initiative to be their voice.

    Me? I couldn’t think of anything nice to say about Sori last night so I said nothing.
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    Your momma taught you well. :)

  67. Wang IS Taiwan April 27th, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Watching a replay of the game tonight (in Taiwan). Chavez has to be one of my favorites right now. He not only hits, he fields like a dream.

    I don’t know if I have to heart to watch the 8th, but for now, we’re ahead (it’s the 7th inning) and life is good…

  68. Gary April 27th, 2011 at 7:18 am

    I think it’s past the excuse point on a number of these players not hitting. These guys are amongst the best in baseball and it’s pretty obvious right now a number of them aren’t getting it done at the plate.

    We don’t have the greatest starting staff in the league and without run support the outcome is fairly cloudy. Joe said you can’t get 10-12 hits a game consistently. I’d probably settle for 8-9 though.

  69. upstate kate April 27th, 2011 at 7:19 am

    I expect to see the bats come alive tonight against Buerhle, a pitcher they know well

  70. Gary April 27th, 2011 at 7:24 am

    Hi Kate, I sure hope so. This 61% of runs coming from HR’s isn’t sustainable and isn’t a stat you want to continue to see going forward. Last night again we get 2 runs and they both come from solo shots. We let another one get away.

  71. Gary April 27th, 2011 at 7:27 am

    Kate, I also think that at some point Long has to up his performance also. He’s the hitting coach and he should be somewhat accountable. I didn’t watch the whole game, but beyond the 2 home runs and the very loud outs by A Rod and Cano in the 9th I didn’t see any other balls hit hard. Swisher appears to be totally lost right now.

  72. blake April 27th, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Swisher is really struggling right now. I do think last night was at least somewhat about how well Floyd pitched though…..he has a really good curveball and was locating it very well last night. He was tough and the Yanks should have won the game …..still can’t believe at least one of those balls in the 9th didn’t find grass.

    The Yanks are 12-8 and 4 of the losses are because one of the two best closers in the league from last year blew leads late……they would be 16-4. I have to believe the bullpen isn’t going to.continue to do that

  73. jonnycat April 27th, 2011 at 7:46 am

    can anyone pass along what’s happpened to SJ44? I must have missed something…but seems like he’s been away for about a week now. thanks

  74. Mell April 27th, 2011 at 7:55 am

    still can’t believe at least one of those balls in the 9th didn’t find grass

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

    I think most right fielders make the play on Rodriguez’s ball, and probably have make it look a little easier than Lillibridge did. The catch on Cano? Just ridiculous. I think it worked to the White Sox advantage that there was a guy with a mere 30 professional innings in right field out there. I think a lot of more seasoned RFs probably don’t gamble the way Lillibridge did and might have played Cano’s ball into a single and take their chances extras.

  75. Mell April 27th, 2011 at 7:59 am

    “Swisher is really struggling right now.”

    Maybe Buehrle will be the elixir. Swisher has handled him pretty well. .455 average and 1.071 OPS against him.

  76. Wang IS Taiwan April 27th, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Hmm…watching Soriano’s attitude toward the ump in the 8th didn’t help his case at all…you can’t show up the ump regardless of how bad the call is.

  77. 108 stitches April 27th, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Gone unnoticed is that the 2 games that Gustavo Molina has started were both well pitched by Freddy Garcia and Ivan Nova.
    Granderson might be the best bunter on the team. What did Gardner learn in ST with all the bunting drills he did ? Mickey Rivers wasn’t in ST this year and it might have made a difference.

  78. Mell April 27th, 2011 at 8:02 am

    *IN extras

  79. Cashmoney April 27th, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Benoit would have been a better EIG imo, but i think Sori will regress due to his track record. He is kind of sully though. Ima happy with the team record so far despite couple discouraging losses. I think BP will be fine. SP will be a work in progress with or without Hughes.

    Another thought… anyone thinks Cashman will be back after the season either by his own volition or by the steins decision.

  80. Cashmoney April 27th, 2011 at 8:17 am

    oh … ima sure this has been discussed on this forum many times over already… is Jeter done as the Jeter of ‘old’. Is he just average def SS who hits ground ball singles from this point forward for the length of his contract.

  81. Mell April 27th, 2011 at 8:18 am

    “Gone unnoticed is that the 2 games that Gustavo Molina has started were both well pitched by Freddy Garcia and Ivan Nova.”

    Yesterday may have been the last we see of him with Cervelli apparently close to being back. I don’t think too much stock can be put into who’s catching those two games. Garcia also enjoyed a successful start with Martin behind the dish and Nova was pitching on 9 or 10 days rest against a team that is struggling in a huge way offensively (26 runs in their last 12 games).

  82. Mell April 27th, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Another thought… anyone thinks Cashman will be back after the season either by his own volition or by the steins decision.

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

    Both

  83. upstate kate April 27th, 2011 at 8:21 am

    my opinion
    Cashman will be back, he has patched together a decent team.
    Jeter will be fine, better than any currently available alternative.
    Sori will be fine as well, and I don’t really care if he comes across as sullen, not everyone can be Swish, nor would we want them to be.

  84. Irreverent Discourse April 27th, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Of course you don’t know what it means….it’s not in your little book of formulas and idiocies.

    Old man needs to get off his horse, he’s swingins and hitting air today.

  85. Wang IS Taiwan April 27th, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Wow — who is this Littlebridge fellow? Those were fantastic catches in the 9th.

  86. blake April 27th, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Mell,

    Yea I agree….thing is though that what are the chances that both of those plays are made…..you’re right on Cano’s, game over if he doesn’t come up with that. Unfortunately he did. Yanks have hit Buerle well as you say so they need to get a win tonight to give CC a shot at the split tomorrow.

  87. Wang IS Taiwan April 27th, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Upstate Kate — there Is a happy medium between Sori and Swish… :)

    Cashmoney: I gotta say, Cashman has definitely been out of sorts this year. He’s always been honest, but his indescriminate comments have not been wise. Strange.

    Jete? Sadly, I’ve already come to accept this version. He’s still our captain — just an older model. We all get older, but it must be painful to have to do it in front of millions and have your talent/skill judged endlessly by those who really never had that much talent or skill to begin with…And don’t talk to me about how they’re making the big bucks. Money isn’t everything.

  88. Erin April 27th, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Love Alex’s comments supporting Soriano. I honestly think he’ll turn it around too.

    The bats suddenly going silent hasn’t helped anything either. Hopefully they can snap out of it soon.

  89. upstate kate April 27th, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Wand
    yeah, I know. I just think too much is made over his personality.

  90. upstate kate April 27th, 2011 at 8:34 am

    soory, that should be WANG, not wand

  91. blake April 27th, 2011 at 8:36 am

    The Yanks had 4 hits yesterday and Jeter had 2 of them and was on base 3 of 4 times. He’s looking better at the plate…..still hitting a lot of ground balls but he’s not striking out and he’s making better contact more consistently. I doubt we will ever see the 2009 Jeter again…..however I really do think that he can still be one of the better offensive SS’s in the league.

    He’s closing in on being the only Yankee to ever reach 3,000 hits…..I would love it if that could be appreciated and celebrated a little instead of holding a microscope over his every move all summer.

  92. Wang IS Taiwan April 27th, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Kate, I make so many typos, that I tend to not see them when others make them! I probably should read before hitting send, but what the heck…

  93. blake April 27th, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Soriano will be fine….his velocity is coming around and Id expect dominate outings from him starting soon……however when you coast through ST and stand and watch pop ups fall then you open yourself up to criticism when you don’t perform in April.

  94. LGY April 27th, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Jeter’s numbers were always going to get better from where they were the first couple weeks of the season without him having to make any changes.

    His groundballs were going for an unsustainable low number of hits.

  95. Wang IS Taiwan April 27th, 2011 at 8:42 am

    blake,

    Amen to your comments re Jete. His first hit last night was shown on the slow-cam. It was vintage Jeter and beautiful to see.

  96. LGY April 27th, 2011 at 8:43 am

    It’s nice that Gumby decided to save the worst month of his career for his first in a Yankee uni.

  97. Cashmoney April 27th, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Wang: I got no problem with the money Jeter is making nor is anyone on this team to a degree, i am not paying them. I think the majority concerns when it comes to salary comes into the framework of a finite budget and how resources are allocated. but then… all that stuff reminds of cubicles and work not green grass and watching carefree of good ole game on a lazy summer day… sry i deviated. anywho…any updates on Montero and his readiness for the big league?

  98. Mell April 27th, 2011 at 8:48 am

    “any updates on Montero and his readiness for the big league?”

    Think he’s taking a few days off due to a groin issue.

  99. Wang IS Taiwan April 27th, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Cashmoney: Hah! I think the cubicle is one of the worst inventions in history. It’s like sitting in your own mini prison. The cubicle itself makes my skin crawl.

  100. MTU April 27th, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Good Morning.

    I agree with Rich’s comment from last night about Hughes being the main focus.

    Going to visit the Granderson Canyon today.

    :)

  101. blake April 27th, 2011 at 8:53 am

    I really don’t think the Yankees are going to let Jeter’s salary stop them from making other moves. If that were an issue they never would have given him what they did.

  102. Cashmoney April 27th, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Agree… at least allow me to see any potential attractive coworkers across the aisle from me please :D But the… currently not situated in a cubicle so ima good on that. Seen any good movies, Wang?

  103. hman23 April 27th, 2011 at 9:01 am

    GoldGlove9486 April 26th, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Team should be 16-4. Two games lost by Soriano, one Mariano blown save turns into a loss, and maybe one Hughes implosion should have been a win.

    ————————

    This is ridiculous. There are no games any team “should have” won — unless you are talking about a situation with an obviously blown call that decides the outcome of the game. Do not think we have had one of those yet this year.

    You either win or you lose. There is rarely “should” and no entitlements to a win — even for the Yankees.

    By your logic, every time the Yankess come from behind against the opponent’s bullpen or its closer, it is a game they “should have lost.” Or if they shell a good starter that happens to throw a terrible game — a game they should have lost.

    Sure, the team could have been 16-4, but they also could have been 9-11 too.

  104. Erin April 27th, 2011 at 9:01 am

    New Post: All-star voting begins

    :arrow:

  105. jmay April 27th, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    It is so easy to second guess. The bottom line is Girardi put shis guys in at their spot and they need to deliver. You all can second guess bunting Granderson. But Arod hit a screaming line drive that was caught. Cano ripped what should have been a game winning double only to get robbed. Soriano could not do his job last night. He will get better. He has too much talent not to. If Granderson hit away and wither struck out or hit into a DP you guys would have wondered why Girardi did not bunt him. Fo rthe record I woudl have let him hit as well. But, I do not get paid the big bucks to make those decisions.

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