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Postgame notes: Swisher trying to catch Gardner

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Apr 29, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

There seemed to be an agreement between the manager and the right fielder that Nick Swisher began really pressing in the last week or so. Joe Girardi said the weekend games in Baltimore triggered some frustration because Swisher had hit the ball well but had nothing to show for it. Swisher pointed to the Baltimore series as well, but for a different reason.

“I think they really started eating at me, especially when Gardy started going deep,” Swisher said.

Swisher and Brett Gardner have one of those friendships. They’re constantly joking with one another, and when they can, they give one another a hard time. Even with Swisher frustrated by his numbers, Gardner wasn’t going to miss an opportunity to gain the upper hand. Gardner went deep once this weekend in Baltimore. Then he hit another home run at home. He hit his third home run of the season tonight, jump starting that six-run fifth inning.

“Nothing in particular,” Gardner said. “Just maybe a little thing like asking him how many home runs he has this year… By no means is me giving him a hard time going to put him down in the dumps, you guys know him well enough to know that.”

Tonight, Swisher told Gardner that he’s starting to catch up.

Said Swisher: “I think that home run’s always in the back of my mind. Tonight, just to get a couple of knocks, that little 16-hopper through the left side, that definitely makes me smile a little bit. Just trying to get something to keep rolling, and hopefully it just keeps rolling through the rest of the season.”

Said Gardner: “(Home runs are) not really my game, so I’m not really worrying about it too much. If that happens, then I’m happy. For me, my swing, I’m much more comfortable with the ball I hit in the seventh inning, the double to left-center. That’s my game and that’s where I need to stay.”

Here’s Swisher.

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And here’s Gardner.

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• CC Sabathia became the fifth straight Yankees starter to allow one earned run or less. He pitched seven innings without an earned run. All three White Sox runs came after an error in the seventh. After going winless in four starts, Sabathia has now won his past two.

• With some help from Alex Rodriguez — who made a nice throw to the plate — Sabathia stranded four runners in the first two inning. “You can look at that and possibly say that’s the difference in the ballgame,” Joe Girardi said. “Those first two innings, he strands a lot of runners, they have second and third with nobody out and the heart of their order coming up. I think he’s able to do that because he doesn’t think about what happened in the past. He’s able to focus on what he needs to do to the next hitter; he’s able to relax on the mound. He doesn’t get flustered and just makes pitches.”

• The bottom of the fifth took 32 minutes. “I was just pretty much down in the cage,” Sabathia said. “I got a little bit of extra heat put on my shoulder and elbow. Just make sure I keep a sweat. Whether that’s throwing balls in the cage or hoping on the bike, whatever you’ve got to do to just keep sweating.”

• The first nine Yankees reached base without making an out in the fifth inning. It was the first time the Yankees did that since 2002, according to Elias.

• Gardner and Swisher combined for five hits, six runs and two walks. “It’s just great to be making contact,” Gardner said. “For a little while I wasn’t even really making contact. I felt good at the plate today. That’s the best I’ve felt maybe even since the start of spring training. It’s all about maintaining consistency.”

• The Yankees actually had a 2-0 lead before they had a hit. Edwin Jackson walked four straight batters and allowed a sacrifice fly in the third inning to put the Yankees in front. “They just put some good at-bats on Jackson,” Girardi said. “Made him work and saw a lot of pitches.”

• Alex Rodriguez had his 859th RBI as a Yankee, passing Paul O’Neill for sole possession of 13th place on the franchise list.

• Two more hits for Robinson Cano. He has a hit in 16 of his past 17 game and 19 of 22 this season.

• In what might have been his final rehab start, Francisco Cervelli played all of tonight’s Triple-A game at catcher. He went 0-for-4 with a walk. On a related note, Gustavo Molina had his first hit as a Yankee.

• Eduardo Nunez had his first two hits of the season. He also made two errors, which could have a lot to do with a lot of time on the bench this first month. “I have confidence in myself,” Nunez said. “And I have to work on my defense.”

• Not a good minor league start for Kevin Millwood, who allowed six runs through two innings. He can opt out of his minor league contract on Sunday.

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75 Responses to “Postgame notes: Swisher trying to catch Gardner”

  1. LGY April 29th, 2011 at 12:48 am

    Said Gardner: “(Home runs are) not really my game, so I’m not really worrying about it too much. If that happens, then I’m happy. For me, my swing, I’m much more comfortable with the ball I hit in the seventh inning, the double to left-center. That’s my game and that’s where I need to stay.”

    —————

    Really encouraging comments from Gardy.

  2. Rich in NJ April 29th, 2011 at 1:00 am

    Not that it’s any great insight, but I suspect that Millwood will agree to reset the date for an opt out, perhaps until May 15th or later.

  3. LGY April 29th, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Yankee starters have a 1.44 ERA and are averaging over 7 innings in the last 7 games.

  4. jacksquat April 29th, 2011 at 1:55 am

    Jeter has not hit a home run in his past 245 plate appearances.

    So which comes first, Jeter’s next home run, or Jeter’s 3000th hit?

  5. LGY April 29th, 2011 at 2:07 am

    “Jeter has not hit a home run in his past 245 plate appearances.”

    ——–

    Only one in his past 542 PAs.

  6. Jerkface April 29th, 2011 at 2:08 am

    I’d hope they’d come at the same time (well obviously prefer the HR before then) but imagine if his 3000th hit is an infield dribbler. It either needs to be a big fly or a jeterian liner to RF.

  7. West Coast Yankee Fan April 29th, 2011 at 2:11 am

    Said Gardner, “Home runs are not really my game.”

    Really?

  8. LGY April 29th, 2011 at 2:16 am

    Really?

    ——–

    :mad:

    He’s on pace for 22 dingers

  9. West Coast Yankee Fan April 29th, 2011 at 2:28 am

    Then give pace a chance. :mad:

  10. Patrick April 29th, 2011 at 2:42 am

    Lgy I agree, those comments by gardner are very encouraging.

  11. Bronx Jeers April 29th, 2011 at 6:26 am

    Late night LoHud: It ain’t what it used to be.

  12. upstate kate April 29th, 2011 at 6:47 am

    good morning Jeers :)
    early morning lohud ain’t what it used to be either

  13. Ys Guy April 29th, 2011 at 6:56 am

    hi kate! its a beautiful morning in NJ!

  14. austinmac April 29th, 2011 at 6:58 am

    Good morning Kate. I didn’t want you to be lonely.

    One nice thing about the older additions to the rotation is they throw strikes. Nothing drives me crazier than walks. Garcia may get hit tonight, but he will make the other team beat him.

    I do wonder about Posada. The Yankees won’t want to just rotate the DH spot. I think they will add a stick at the TD unless we see vast improvement.

  15. Ys Guy April 29th, 2011 at 6:59 am

    i added gardner on 2 of my fbb teams last night. i think we’re gonna see the real bg from here on.

  16. upstate kate April 29th, 2011 at 7:01 am

    thanks austinmac!

    YsGuy
    I hope you are right about GGBG. I couldn’t believe he hit another HR! I love the way he teases Swish about it.

  17. rr212 April 29th, 2011 at 7:03 am

    Hopefully Freddy is Ready. :)

  18. blake April 29th, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Getting Gardner turned around would be huge because he helps add a different dimension to the offense…..not to mention he catches everything in LF so Id rather him play every day if he starts hitting.

  19. Ys Guy April 29th, 2011 at 7:21 am

    jeter’s been getting on more, if garder starts to get on the offense is gonna start putting up a lot of crooked #’s. at least until someone starts some kid they just pulled out of AA anyway.

  20. blake April 29th, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Ys,

    I agree..

  21. MaineYankee April 29th, 2011 at 7:25 am

    Without reading the game thread, I suppose the focus was on Bretts strike out.

    People are so busy micro analyzing the players they miss the fact that the Yankees are in 1st place and if not for a few BP goofs they could have the best recod in the AL.

    You can always find players that under perform but it’s the overall performance that counts.

  22. blake April 29th, 2011 at 7:27 am

    Maine,

    Nah…..it was about how Nunez is better than Jeter ;)

  23. blake April 29th, 2011 at 7:32 am

    You guys hear where the announcer for the Astros blasted Berkman for not getting into shape when he was still with them

  24. upstate kate April 29th, 2011 at 7:35 am

    haha Blake…how sad is it that when Nunez made that error the first thing I thought of was “what do you have to say now jerkface?”

  25. blake April 29th, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Kate,

    I think he said Jeter wouldn’t have got to it or something ;)

  26. MTU April 29th, 2011 at 7:41 am

    In all fairness to Nunez the guy has barely played.

    Not surprised his D is a bit rusty.

    ;)

  27. upstate kate April 29th, 2011 at 7:44 am

    MTU
    It was not so much a slam to Nunez as to Jerkface, whose posts I usually enjoy, except when he continually criticizes Jeter.

  28. MTU April 29th, 2011 at 7:51 am

    Kate-

    Undertstand.

    All I was trying to say really is that Girardi needs to get Nunez more playing time if he wants him to stay sharp.

    And as far as JF goes. He lives and dies by his #’s in his mathematical world.

    If they told him an Elephant could fit thru a keyhole that’s what he’d believe. Forget observing just trust the #’s.

    It’s just the way it is with him. A frustrated Mathematician.

    He comes in handy when you need to catalogue something though.

    ;)

  29. MTU April 29th, 2011 at 7:57 am

    The thing that pleases me the most of late is the SP.

    I was never worried about the O. Always expected this team to score a ton of runs.

    If the SP pulls it together it’s nighty night for the rest of baseball.

    ;)

  30. The Genius Maker April 29th, 2011 at 7:59 am

    I wrote this at length in my blog (The Genius Maker on the right column of this blog) but ARod was positioned horribly on the throw from Gardner in the 1st inning. The throw beat the runner and a normal/good tag gets the runner without question.

  31. upstate kate April 29th, 2011 at 8:01 am

    ah MTU now you are being too harsh on JF!

    The new guys have been a most pleasant surprise..Cliff who?

  32. MTU April 29th, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Kate-

    If you say so about JF.

    Colon has been a revelation but I don’t expect his back to hold up for an entire season.

    Freddy has been great too. Puts on a clinic sometimes on HOW to pitch.

    Not sure about his durability either.

    Kind of think we’re lucky to have these guys as placeholders to get us to the point where we have Phil-A-Mignon back, or until we upgrade at the TD, or both.

    I’d love to be surprised though.

    :)

  33. Ys Guy April 29th, 2011 at 8:06 am

    arod has always been a little off technically as a 3bman. i guess it comes from all those years of being a ss going back to little league. he does the main part of the job so well, picking balls and throwing with that awesome arm, that you dont worry about things like footwork on base plays or his crazy popup thing. also he has jeter who might be the best popup guy around, to bail him out on balls behind him. its a minor thing that rarely comes up and he does everything else so well that its just a minor annoyance.

    remember when he was that weird guy who just always said the wrong thing, who seemed to put everyone on edge just by entering the room? no sign of that anymore, he’s become a guy that fits in so well that you barely notice hiim till he picks up the bat. its really nice to see

  34. blake April 29th, 2011 at 8:06 am

    “I wrote this at length in my blog (The Genius Maker on the right column of this blog) but ARod was positioned horribly on the throw from Gardner in the 1st inning”

    true but I’d say he made up for it with the great decision and throw to the plate.

  35. blake April 29th, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Alex has turned himself into a pretty good 3B…the position still isn’t natural for him though as SS was.

  36. MTU April 29th, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Blake-

    It’s a sports blog so I guess it isn’t surprising that people sometimes get caught up in the minutae of the game.

    Whn A-rod sends one of his bombs into the night I don’t think too much about how he might have been a little out of position at 3rd.

    but hey, that’s just me.

    I hope litttle Joseph’s positioning will be better.

    ;)

  37. tyanksfan36 April 29th, 2011 at 8:10 am

    I don’t get the craziness about Jeter not hitting a home run in so long. I think Elvis Andrus just hit his first home run since 2009. I read through the game thread. That Laura – I bleed blue is a total debbie downer, don’t ever remember her being like that.

  38. MTU April 29th, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Ty-

    Just focus on ways to torment Maddon.

    :)

  39. MTU April 29th, 2011 at 8:15 am

    This will put almost anyone in a good mood.

    How funny is that the Sux with their gazillion dollar spending spree, and their world class rotation are in last place ?

    Answer: It’s a laugh riot.

    :)

  40. tyanksfan36 April 29th, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Ys Guy

    I still can’t believe I witnessed Jeter drop that popup in Spring Training. Steinbrenner field let out a collective gasp. I just laughed.

  41. Shame Spencer April 29th, 2011 at 8:24 am

    I have a hard time believing anyone was a debbie downer last night.. this blog makes you shake your head at even the best of times I guess.

    Meanwhile, someone wake me up when the attractive prince gets married.

  42. MaineYankee April 29th, 2011 at 8:26 am

    tyanksfan36

    Tell Doreen she is missed.

    I don’t blame her for being cautious but her passion for the game is missed.

  43. yanks61 April 29th, 2011 at 8:27 am

    “If they told him an Elephant could fit thru a keyhole that’s what he’d believe. Forget observing just trust the #’s.”

    MTU – Yes, but sometimes the numbers tell the story before things become truly observable – see Einstein, Theory of General Relativity. Only later was Einstein’s predictions by numbers (his equations) confirmed by observations. JF “sees” things through the lens of his speadsheets that most of us only notice later on the field of play!

    By the way, MTU, in case you hadn’t noticed, all is forgiven by my wife. I know that you were concerned and hope you didn’t lose any sleep over it!

    Have a good one and thanks for being around. The blog is always made better by your comments.

  44. MTU April 29th, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Maine-

    How’s tricks ?

    :)

  45. MaineYankee April 29th, 2011 at 8:29 am

    MTU April 29th, 2011 at 8:10 am
    Blake-

    It’s a sports blog so I guess it isn’t surprising that people sometimes get caught up in the minutae of the game.

    ————————————————————————————-

    With all the blogs and sports talk shows baseball is getting spoiled by the microscope it ids put under.

  46. MTU April 29th, 2011 at 8:30 am

    61-

    I hope your are not comparing JF with Einstein ?

    And tell your lovely wife I said Hi.

    :)

  47. MTU April 29th, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Maine-

    You’re just a Dinosaur. You’re sabremetrically challenged.

    Get with the program !

    ;)

  48. tyanksfan36 April 29th, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Shame

    She was just making random posts about how bad Jeter and Posada are hitting. Comparing them to other people who are doing better. Saying she smelled a dp coming. Just random negative things in the middle of that rally.

  49. Erin April 29th, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Love the Gardner/Swisher stuff.

    In totally unrelated news, I just barely made it into work this morning after dragging myself away from watching the Royal Wedding. Seriously can’t wait to go home and watch what I missed. Stupid work. ;)

  50. MTU April 29th, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Oh and 61 since your wife is French I will assume she loves Art.

    Show her this:

    https://picasaweb.google.com/cybermrb03/WhitePocket?authkey=Gv1sRgCOOT4fqbnYL2jgE#

    It’s my gift to her. Tell her a crazy man took the photos.

    :)

  51. Ys Guy April 29th, 2011 at 8:37 am

    it hard to accept when a player is not the guy he used to be. but the thing is to realize he still has great value to the team. watching nunez have trouble at ss last night should have reminded everyone just how steady jeter is at ss. when he flubs a play, you remember it for a really really long time because he pretty much never does that. he doesnt make that many WOW plays anymore, but he’s still as steady as they come and ill take that over the guy who makes the stunning play occasionally but regularly boots the one hit right to him.

    as for his offense, he just needs to get on base, thats all. if we’re looking for home runs from jeter we’ve got much biggger problems. jeter’s hitting .290 the past 2 week, so he’s doing what we need now. i dont care if he doesnt hit another home run this year just get on in front of tex/arod/cano and all will be well.

  52. yanks61 April 29th, 2011 at 8:38 am

    61-

    I hope your are not comparing JF with Einstein ?

    MTU – You never heard of reincarnation?

    Thanks, we’ll have a look!

  53. MTU April 29th, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Erin-

    It’s good to know you have your priorities straight.

    What about Robbie’s wedding. No interest in that I bet ?

    :)

  54. Mell April 29th, 2011 at 8:42 am

    I thought I read earlier in the week that Betances was going to pitch for Trenton last night. Apparently that didn’t happen. Anyone know what’s up there?

    Also noticed Montero was playing again. Forgettable night (0-5, 4 K’s), but what’s important is that he’s playing.

  55. MaineYankee April 29th, 2011 at 8:43 am

    MTU

    Through mud season.

    Now on to black flie season. :lol:

    Doing okay.

    My Dad isn’t doing well so that has kept me occupied.

    He’s 86 and worn out.

  56. Ys Guy April 29th, 2011 at 8:44 am

    im hoping manny b is pitching tonight, i think i can finish up work and sneak away to go see it.

  57. Erin April 29th, 2011 at 8:45 am

    MTU-oh, I’ll have interest, but let’s just say it would help if I was his bride-to-be. ;)

  58. MTU April 29th, 2011 at 8:46 am

    61-

    Next you’ll be telling me he’s Newton, and that he wrote “Principia Matematica”.

    By the way, I love French women. The proof is that I sometimes go hiking with an an 80 something yr. old lady who was born in Marseille.

    She is really amazing. We are good friends.

    :)

  59. MTU April 29th, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Maine-

    Sorry to hear about your Father. I hope he bounces back.

  60. MG April 29th, 2011 at 8:49 am

    the game threads have reached the point of being completely unreadable, the only thing that could help at this point in time is an Ignore function.

    I find it almost funny that you can now invent or find a statistic that will support virtually any opinion about baseball. That’s what happens when you have people who could never play the game and resent their lack of skill decide they know more than the ones who have played and understand the game the way it’s played on the field.

  61. MTU April 29th, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Erin-

    Yes. I do understand that.

    :(

  62. Ys Guy April 29th, 2011 at 8:54 am

    im looking at the trenton stats, looks like romine is doing well, leading the team in hr/ba and ops.
    manny’s got 11 k’s in his 12 IP and stonebrunner’s doing well 1.16 era and 1.19 whip.

    there was some talk about bringing up steve garrison a couple of weeks ago but he’s got a 7.11 era and took the loss his last 2 outings.

    and some kid named igawa has a 0 era and a save in 9 innings, im sure he’ll be arriving int he bronx soon! :)

  63. The Genius Maker April 29th, 2011 at 8:54 am

    I appreciate the responses regarding ARod’s poor positioning on the tag in the 1st inning. First, I am not being a “debbie downer” as one of you said and the “minutia” that another said are the things that win ball games. Just because the game ended up being a blow out does not mean the play wasn’t a bad one. If they would have lost by one run that would change your opinion? The idea is that there are little things that need to happen every game in order to win. For example, let’s assume that Quentin was still in RF for the 9th inning the other night and the WS still won. Nobody would have said anything because it didn’t matter. the idea is that you never know when it will matter so you need to put yourself and the team in the best position to win the game.

    Finally, someone mentioned that ARod made up for it with the throw home; no he made a normal to good play in that spot and the fact we had one less out should have hurt us (keep in mind the runner on 2nd screwed up as he should have been on 3rd base if they were going on all grounders). The throw did not make up for it as the Yanks would have still been in a much better position with 2 outs and a runner on 2nd rather than still having 1st and 2nd with one out.

  64. Shame Spencer April 29th, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Any statistician will tell you – statistics is not math. As a matter of fact, its one of the few ‘sciences’ where 5 different people can come up with 6 different answers.. and still be considered correct.

  65. The Genius Maker April 29th, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Y’s Guy, I would say that Jeter’s throws have been bouncing a lot of late also. His glove is there when he gets to it, but with limited range, being slow on turns and the throws that bounce more than before (probably about average now) he is not a good defender; but he isn’t horrible either

  66. yanks61 April 29th, 2011 at 8:57 am

    MTU – Those are some very beautiful photos. You’ve got quite a talent, sir.

    Though most of those photos were not shot in sunny conditions early in the AM or late evening, as most such scenes are shot, you still managed, with the help of some nice cloud cover, to get some very fine effects.

    May I ask why you use 80 ISO? I used to shoot film at 100 ISO and continue to use a 100 ISO setting on my Canon 50D. Do you find a significant difference with the somewhat lower ISO setting? I only ever once or twice shot Velvia. I enjoy the heck out of my digital camera and, for convenience alone I’ll never go back to film. But I still don’t think the colors are as vivid as with slide film. What’s your opinion?

  67. Ys Guy April 29th, 2011 at 8:58 am

    i met alot of really nice french folks in marseille! not so much in paris, though! quite the stuck-up bunch there…

  68. blake April 29th, 2011 at 9:01 am

    “If they would have lost by one run that would change your opinion? ”

    they didn’t score that innings because Alex made a great play to save that run that was on 3rd. He was in a bad position….but as I said he made up for it.

    “no he made a normal to good play in that spot and the fact we had one less out should have hurt us (keep in mind the runner on 2nd screwed up as he should have been on 3rd base if they were going on all grounders). ”

    that’s not a routine play….it took fielding it clean and a good throw…it that throw is offline the guy is safe. It’s not an incrediblely difficult play but one that has to be made very clean under pressure and he did that.

  69. Erin April 29th, 2011 at 9:05 am

    New Post- Robertson: “I couldn’t recognize anything”

    :arrow:

  70. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 29th, 2011 at 9:06 am

    blake, what do you think they should do with Posada?….My thought is to put him down in the 8 spot and if he can’t start actually doing what a DH is supposed to, which is HIT, then he sits down for spell….your thoughts ?

  71. blake April 29th, 2011 at 9:11 am

    don,

    it’s a dicey situation. They’ll give him a lot of rope likely as they should be the thing with Jorge is that they do have options to replace him if he doesn’t start hitting and he’s in the last year of his deal. I’d hit him 7th or 8th and hope he comes around for now….if by June or July he’s still struggling then I think you have to consider a change….especially if Montero is still tearing it up at SWB.

  72. MTU April 29th, 2011 at 9:11 am

    61-

    Thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed them.

    Digital is the way to go.

    My camera is a 14 MP which is equal to or better than film quality.

    Try viewing the photos on a HD screen. Really brings out the added detail and color.

    In that light I might have been better to bump it up to 100, or even a bit higher but I have the capability to alter some things after the fact so sometimes I opt for that.

  73. Paul April 29th, 2011 at 10:23 am

    How interesting. I do photography for work (5D mark II), shoot with a Leica M6 in my spare time and have French wife of my own. Who’d a thunk I’d have something in common with a buncha fellow loudmouthed Yankee fans. I read this blog daily, and here I am shocked.

    Oh and the Yanks offense could end up being incredible this year…

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