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Yankees lose another one

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

For just a moment, there was a real sense of late optimism in Yankee Stadium. A triple and a wild pitch had pulled the Yankees within two, and a gutsy double steal had moved the tying run into scoring position, but when Jorge Posada grounded to second base to end the eighth inning, the place fell silent. A 5-4 loss to the Red Sox was just the latest in a string of disappointments while the Yankees continue to search for offensive consistency. Bartolo Colon walked off the mound with a standing ovation and a 2-2 tie in the seventh, but Joba Chamberlain allowed a go-ahead sac fly and game-changing two-run homer.  The Yankees chances to rally were cut short by Nick Swisher’s strikeout and Posada’s grounder in the eighth, then by Mark Teixeira’s game-ending popup in the ninth.

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130 Responses to “Yankees lose another one”

  1. rr212 May 13th, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    I hope the game gets rained out tomorrow so I don’t have to watch this team in person.

  2. West Coast Yankee Fan May 13th, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Thanks Joba great job.

    One inning pitched – 3 hits – 2 runs – a homer and an ERA of 4.00

  3. jacksquat May 13th, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    This team needs to get it’s sh!t together.

  4. Yank1 May 13th, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    When did Tex become Giambi?

    From an all-round hitter, he has turned into Swisher at the plate.

  5. Against All Odds May 13th, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    # P May 13th, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    DID I NOT JUST TELL YOU HE WOULD SWING AT THE FIRST PITCH????

    FECK TEX.. HE IS A DISGRACE.. HATE HIM!

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    Hate is a strong word

  6. West Coast Yankee Fan May 13th, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Curry who dressed you the easter rabbit?

  7. BD (Boston Dave) May 13th, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    It’s early, of course.

    but it’s a little disheartening that the Sox 2-10 start is beginning to feel so long ago.

    Most of us knew the Sox would be back, but I truthfully didn’t think it would be this quickly.

    The Yanks had an opportunity to really build a lead in the division (Tampa also started like crap.)

  8. yanks 27 May 13th, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Thank god for Lackey and Dice-K or we’ll be in 3rd place. Now, with the way we’re playing, we’ll probably be there by the end of the Mets series, but Boston is scary good aside from their 2 bad starters.

  9. TheStraw May 13th, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    This game tonight is on Joba…but the missed opportunities didn’t help.

  10. Captain Clutch May 13th, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    I wonder if Martin called those fastballs to Gonzalez and You or the bench did. Those were 2 awful calls. Both hitters took some ugly swings at Joba’s slider so of course instead of throwing it again they help them out. It especially made no sense to Youk. That loser has had trouble with off speed pitches all year.

  11. LGY May 13th, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    Joba is not built to be a reliever.

    His natural role has always been starting where he would pitch every 5th day instead of multiple times a week.

    His stuff isn’t consistent enough to pitch that often.

  12. Triple Short of a Cycle May 13th, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    BD (Boston Dave),

    and 1 and 3 against the Sox.

    Of course hitters go through slumps both individually and team wide but I have never seen a team go into a collective slump for almost a month at a time. Especially one that is looked at as a top 3 offense in baseball

  13. BD (Boston Dave) May 13th, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    if the Yanks pummel Beckett tomorrow, tonight will fade away quickly.

  14. Eroc May 13th, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Will YES tear into the team for their play, or will they ignore the loss and focus on Colon’s good outing and Gardner’s .400 average the last 2 weeks?

    Will Jones ask any tough questions or ask Girardi about Granderson’s good game?

  15. Eroc May 13th, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    “Most of us knew the Sox would be back, but I truthfully didn’t think it would be this quickly.”

    More about what we haven’t done compared to what they did do IMO.

    Sox had that great WC trip where they went 8-2… since then, they are a mere 8-9 with most of those coming at home.

    We’ve gone ice cold and they have been warm enough to make up a lot of ground,.

  16. RSM May 13th, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    I hate to sound reactionary, but this team really looks bad right now.
    Outside of 1 position player, Granderson, and 1 pitcher, Mo, is anyone earning their paycheck?

    No.

  17. Captain Clutch May 13th, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Tex’s act is really old already. The guy gets paid $180m but he does absolutely nothing for the first 2 months of the season…every year. Paying someone that much money to hit from June-September is a rip off. It’s so frustrating to watch him try to get under high fastballs in every at bat and hit a pop up in the infield.

  18. Wang IS Taiwan May 13th, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    How much does Joba weigh now? 300 lbs?? He looks huge.

  19. YankeesNmore May 13th, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    I know the Yankees organization doesn’t negotiate contracts until they expire, but they CLEARLY have to make an exception with Brian Cashman.

    How ANYBODY could assemble an absolute MACHINE like this, and with only $200 million to spend, is beyond belief.

    In fact, it doesn’t even need to be a “negotiation.” Just give Cashman a blank check and let him fill it in for whatever he wants.

    New York baseball will never be this great again without him.

    #onlypositivecomments

  20. TheStraw May 13th, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Did anyone really think this season would be anything different than the Yankees, TB and Boston all coming down to the wire for the division and possibly the WC? They will all contend until the end, and the two teams that make the best adjustments and stay the healhiest of the course of the season will make the playoffs.

    That is the closest I will cpme to making any sort of a prediction. It’s a long season, and there is too much to still happen to make any sort of an informed forecast.

  21. luis May 13th, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Straw,

    I think cano’s misscues where the one’s that really hurt, the homerun was a bonus. Saltalamachia’s hit was playable then he doesn’t turn the doubleplay everything fell apart after that. Also the dark hole in the lineup of swish and po isn’t helping either. Nobody is going to throw anything to Cano with those guys protecting him. When they were at the plate and arod and cano where on 2nd and 3rd i was praying for a wildpitch!! because i thought that was the only way to score. Same feeling i had when grandy was at the plate if he couldn’t get a homerun the game was over because i knew tex would pop out

  22. Against All Odds May 13th, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    # LGY May 13th, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    Joba is not built to be a reliever.

    His natural role has always been starting where he would pitch every 5th day instead of multiple times a week.

    His stuff isn’t consistent enough to pitch that often.

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    That’s a debate for another day

  23. Wang IS Taiwan May 13th, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    I miss Pez? who would post the YES post-game audio for those of us that live abroad or elsewhere.

  24. ChokeXOnXFailure May 13th, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    “Yankees Lose Another One”.

    What else can really be said at this point? Boston started 2-10? Right now, the Yankees are 3-7 in their last 10 games, and dangerously close to matching that stretch. There honestly isn’t any sign of this team getting better. No one’s making baby steps towards improvement.

    Night in, night out, it’s guys keeping the status quo. I’m not saying they aren’t trying, but they aren’t making adjustments in-game. They’re just coming out and sleep walking through games, hoping to run in to a bad pitch to start a big inning.

    Tex’s AB in the 9th was proof positive of that. Instead of taking pitches, and working out an AB, he went up with the intent of hitting a home run, and swung at a pitch he mistook to be dead red, thinking he could drive it. Of course, he WAS mistaken, and it ended up being a harmless pop-up to end the game. That’s an average Teixeira AB at this point, and he’s been doing it for far too long. I’m sure he’s trying to change it, but there comes a point where you can’t just TRY. It has to translate in to the game.

    There’s really no honest, serious way to defend this team at this point. If you want to be “positive” and try to find something good in their play, go right ahead. The starting pitching has been very good. But baseball is two sided, and you can’t win games if you don’t score. Right now, this team is waiting for mistake pitches, and hoping to hit home runs, instead of turning pitches in to hits. That only works for so long until it just doesn’t anymore. Guess what? It stopped working 2 weeks ago, and save for the one game in Texas, this team has played terrible, terrible baseball.

    “Yankees Lose Another One”. Until something changes, they’re gonna keep coming.

  25. TD213 May 13th, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Is there a more quiet ‘superstar’ than Tex?

    You look at the year end stats – 30/100 and wonder how the hell it happened. No big hits, no big moments. Invisible until the weather gets warm and goes back into hiding when the weather cools. Doesn’t hit unless others around him are.

    We’re paying him like an anchor of our lineup and he is performing like a blend in player.
    Cano has to snap out of it as well.

    All these guys are still leaning on a 36 yr old A-Rod with diminished bat speed to protect them. They both need to step into the light. Cano did last year, but the great ones do it year after year. Cano needs to get back on track and replicate last year.

  26. Wang IS Taiwan May 13th, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    LGY — Joba wasn’t consistent as a starter either. I hated watching him pitch as a starter. Pacing around the mound, shaking off pitch after pitch after pitch…

    I’d say he just isn’t consistent. Period.

  27. Jerkface May 13th, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Nine three ball counts for the Yankees tonight. Seven outs.

    From Mike Axisa , also in their 4 3-0 counts 4 outs

  28. ebyanks2011 May 13th, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Not a happy camper on the train back to New Haven tonight. This offense needs to wake up!

  29. Wang IS Taiwan May 13th, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Well, Tex certainly isn’t the guy I want at the plate when it matters.

  30. 4 NYY May 13th, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Maybe ownership could buy the Marlins and ship this team there ?

  31. Jerkface May 13th, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    You look at the year end stats – 30/100 and wonder how the hell it happened. No big hits, no big moments. Invisible until the weather gets warm and goes back into hiding when the weather cools. Doesn’t hit unless others around him are.

    He hit .467 for the Angels in the playoffs, walked off in the ALDS game 2 09, huge HR last year in Min, had 122 RBI in 09 108 last year, there is no way they were all unclutch.

  32. Wang IS Taiwan May 13th, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    It’s not that the Sox are playing especially GREAT, it’s that the Yanks are AWFUL right now.

  33. Against All Odds May 13th, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Wang IS Taiwan May 13th, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    LGY — Joba wasn’t consistent as a starter either. I hated watching him pitch as a starter.

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    The sample size of him as a starter to is too small IMO. If he was inconsistent as a starter what is Mike Pelfrey?

  34. 4time May 13th, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    “Did anyone really think this season would be anything different than the Yankees, TB and Boston all coming down to the wire for the division and possibly the WC? ”

    Not when one team starts 2-11 and the other 1-8 and the Yanks have a favorable early schedule loaded with home games and are probably getting the best pitching they will get all year and have a wicked 2nd half schedule.

    Everyone talked in ST about the importance of a fast start. We were spotted 6-7 games, had a favorable schedule, and got superhuman efforts from the ‘underbelly’ of our rotation for a month.

    It’s not the 3-team race, it is how the 3-team race was arrived at. It took BOS/TB less than a month to make their early struggles irrelevant.

  35. Jerkface May 13th, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Joba was very consistent as a starter in 08. Though I must say most starters are inconsistent. You have 10 good starts 10 bad starts and 10 starts in between, Coney always says that.

  36. TheStraw May 13th, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    4time-

    Fine. And now the tables have turned. And they will turn again at least two or three more times before the end of the season.

  37. Against All Odds May 13th, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    as a starter is too small to judge IMO*

  38. Jerkface May 13th, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    And what young… early 20s starters ARE consistent???? In their first full seasons no less? Coming off an injry?

  39. Captain Clutch May 13th, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    I hate to say it but it stinks that Pujols..the best player in baseball is a free agent after this year and the Yanks can’t go after him because of Tex. Tex gets paid to be an all star and has to stop playing like a Swisher or a blend in player. He gets paid to be able to carry a team instead of blending in and wanting everyone else to carry him.

  40. Wang IS Taiwan May 13th, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Mike Pelfrey…alas….so very sad.

    Against All Odds: Truthfully, I’m not a Joba fan. Jumped off the bandwagon long ago. I don’t think he has the self-discipline to ever rise to the level of his natural talent. He’s awfully enamored with his own “fame” and position on the Yankees for my taste.

    I think he might do better if he were to play on a team located in a less glamorous city, but who knows? Perhaps he’s just doing the best he can.

  41. 38HotDogs May 13th, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Boston and TB had their struggles early on now it’s the Yanks turn, hopefully they can snap out of it like the other 2 and go on a nice hot streak

  42. Against All Odds May 13th, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    # Jerkface May 13th, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    And what young… early 20s starters ARE consistent???? In their first full seasons no less? Coming off an injry?

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    What is 0 lol. I swear when it comes to him starting things that you mentioned don’t even get considered.

  43. Against All Odds May 13th, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    # Wang IS Taiwan May 13th, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Mike Pelfrey…alas….so very sad.

    Against All Odds: Truthfully, I’m not a Joba fan. Jumped off the bandwagon long ago. I don’t think he has the self-discipline to ever rise to the level of his natural talent. He’s awfully enamored with his own “fame” and position on the Yankees for my taste.

    I think he might do better if he were to play on a team located in a less glamorous city, but who knows? Perhaps he’s just doing the best he can.

    ——————————————————

    He could flourish somewhere else. It wouldn’t surprise me if he did.

  44. Captain Clutch May 13th, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    From Scranton’s beat writer:

    conorfoley: Some quick insight on Montero’s low-ish OBP: he has the Cano thing going for him. He can reach/drive too many pitches.

  45. LGY May 13th, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    Cano also has to turn that DP with Joba on the mound.

    I just saw the replay. That was not a tough play.

  46. REZ12 May 13th, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    “I hate to say it but it stinks that Pujols..the best player in baseball is a free agent after this year and the Yanks can’t go after him because of Tex. Tex gets paid to be an all star and has to stop playing like a Swisher or a blend in player. He gets paid to be able to carry a team instead of blending in and wanting everyone else to carry him.”

    Hindsight… and he did help us win a title. And he hasn’t been the same player the last 2 years. Before joining the Yanks, he had a .259 career April BA, which was by far his worst month of the year. Last year, he batted .259 for the season. He isin’t using the whole field like he was supposed to.

    But they probably should have thought harder about locking up 1B for 7 years. They could have used it for Posada, then eventually Montero. And had the option of pursuing Fielder/Gonzo/Pujols, all 3 better hitters than Tex to fill the void if needed.

    Guy plays good D and switch hits, but is too damn streaky and doesn’t have the impact on the game that a guy with his numbers should. A quiet hitter, as they call it.

  47. Mell May 13th, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Cano also has to turn that DP with Joba on the mound.

    I just saw the replay. That was not a tough play

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

    Looked like a tailor made 6-4-3 off the bat. Ball was pretty well struck. Very surprised to see that play not made.

  48. jacksquat May 13th, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    I wish the old George Steinbrenner were around to go down in the clubhouse after the game and tell them how much they are sucking and some people better turn it around quick or they’ll be a) riding the pine or b) playing for another team.

    George was good for that.

  49. Jerkface May 13th, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    You don’t not sign a guy now because in 2 years a better guy MIGHT be available, you can’t punt 2 seasons.

  50. 38HotDogs May 13th, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    That missed DP really was the turning point in the game – it could not have been setup any better (perhaps a slower runner) but that play HAS to be made. Cano’s defense has really been suspect for the entire year so far – I hope ARod sits down with him and gets Cano’s head into the defensive game – he’s too good not to make that play in a big game

  51. LGY May 13th, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    Who do people want hitting 3rd?

    The only change that you can really make right now is swapping Montero for Posada.

    Other than that you are basically just rearranging a bunch of guys not hitting.

  52. Carlo May 13th, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    The problem with tex is not the body of work and the end of season numbers, the issue is the ups and downs. Without splits at my disposal, the eyetest tells me he is either red hot for short burts or very pedestrian for weeks at a time. There isn’t that level of consistency.

  53. Carlo May 13th, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Sooner or later this entire board will come to the conclusion that a lineup filled with 250 power hitters will fail more often than not. Swisher is a textbook example of the offense. Doesn’t hit at all with risp because he’s a poor average hitter who puts up impressive numbers on occassion with power and a decent eye. Lotta swing flaws though and good pitchers take advantage of them.

  54. Carlo May 13th, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    The organization of the lineup is not the issue. When the entire roster doesn’t produce with risp and a pitchers is never more than two hitters away from a sub 250 BA guy, lineup structure won’t matter much.

  55. LGY May 13th, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    “Sooner or later this entire board will come to the conclusion that a lineup filled with 250 power hitters will fail more often than not.”

    ———————

    If Swisher, Posada, and Jeter could hit .250 with power it would be a godsend to this lineup.

  56. RS May 13th, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    Montero by all means is a Cano-clone with opposite field power to boot. We need to get his bat here as soon as possible.

  57. Jerkface May 13th, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    Swisher’s ISO is the lowest in his career. You give me 9 2010 or 2009 swishers and it leads the league in hitting.

  58. G. Love May 13th, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    Without Matsui and Damon in this lineup this is what we’re going to get. I’m not saying go back and get them-they’re too old and not the players they were in 09 now-what I’m saying is we never replaced that kind of ability in this lineup.

    We’ve praised Swisher for having a good season last year but he’s useless as a piece to depend on. He only hits when everyone hits.

    As for Tex, not much to add. I’ve been down on him since last season when his average plummeted and he looked like Giambi did just mashing into the shift with no bat control or idea where to hit the ball to his advantage.

    This team is free falling right now and who is going to stop it?

    And they are free falling. They could have buried Boston and been up several games in the division but the everyday players are shells of what they were.

    The key to me is replacing Jorge and Swisher. Those are the 2 players that don’t have long term deals and we can get upgrades on.

    Expecting Swisher to repeat a career year is foolish.

    And I hope the Yankees get Tex out of the 3 spot this season. He’s not the hitter the front office bought and paid for and “stole” from the Red Sox. He’s Jason Giambi the sequel with better defense and then a couple times a year he is Pujols which make the numbers look better than they really are.

    This team is not fun to watch. My confidence level in the usual suspects is at an all time low.

  59. LGY May 13th, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    The most annoying rule in baseball is that you can run to first on a dropped 3rd strike.

    I hate it.

    Colon strikes out Youk, but the guy gets to run to 1B because the ball gets away from Martin. I really wish that rule did not exist.

  60. Carlo May 13th, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    LGY – u still need to be able to hit with risp and this team really struggles to do so. This team needs more contact hitters and less 30+ homerun hitters. A circular lineup is not one where every guy bats 250 and hits 30 homers. Sure, u’ll score plenty of runs and really clobber bad pitching, making the numbers look impressive, but it won’t get it done versus upper end staffs.

  61. blake May 13th, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Yanks are in desperate need of an Oneil water cooler bashing.

  62. G. Love May 13th, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Carlo,

    I feel like if this team had 9 guys hit 30 HR’s they’d hit them all in the same game and struggle the rest of the season.

    Winning has to do with timing, not just compiling impressive numbers.

  63. LGY May 13th, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Trade for Ichiro?

  64. blake May 13th, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    I can’t see Ichiro bashing a water cooler.

  65. G. Love May 13th, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    LGY,

    If we could add Ichiro tomorrow I’d take him. I know he’s old, but he is a real hitter. Not some pumped up goon like Swisher who approaches his at bats like he’s at Wrestlemania.

  66. LGY May 13th, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    Hitting with RISP is really flukey.

    Even the 2009 offense that everyone loves didn’t hit that well with RISP. They hit .283 on the season but only .272 with RISP. And .246 with RISP and 2 out.

  67. NW Yankees Fan May 13th, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Cano played so hard last year after dogging it at times in previous years. He is not playing hard this year. My opinion is that he feels he is the best hitter on the team. Best hitters hit third. He is getting no protection in the fifth hole, none. He swings at everything. Put him third, he will see some better pitches. Joe is scared to bat Tex fifth because his production would go way down. Tex should not hit third, not with the way he tries to pull everything. Another peeve is that Martin still hits eigth, with Posada in front of him, a joke. Oh, then there is the .315 OB shortstop batting leadoff. A real manager would not worry about offending prima donnas, he would put the best lineup in there every day. One other comment; Posada please show some dignity and retire, now!

  68. GreenBeret7 May 13th, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    The home run that Gary Sanchez hit tonight in Greenville hit on the roof of the insurance building behind the left field wall. The wall is the same height as Fenway. There is a parking lot in front of the buildingwhich is 70-80 feet high. It’s been done 3 times…Jason Place did it, Brandon Laird did it and now Sanchez. That’s quite a shot for anyone, much less an 18 year old.

    The picyure is the third one down on the left, next to the neighborhood resourses drop downs. just place the cursor over the 3rd photo for a closer look.

    http://www.neighborhoodpreview.....nville-SC/

  69. Jerkface May 13th, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    2010 swisher hit .287 .382 .457 .839 with risp

  70. Eroc May 13th, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    “We’ve praised Swisher for having a good season last year but he’s useless as a piece to depend on. He only hits when everyone hits. ”

    Seems to be the case for everyone else in the lineup as well. Swish and Tex epitomize it though.

  71. G. Love May 13th, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    LGY,

    While the 2009′s offensive numbers weren’t all time great, they hit when it count and won a title.

    This team hasn’t hit when it counted most of this season. Too many times we come up to the plate with a chance to tie or win and they fail this year.

    Like I said, winning has to do with timing, not just stats.

  72. Carlo May 13th, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    Say what u want about swishers numbers but as a fan who watches 150+ games a year I can honestly say that he is a hollow stat guy. He’s the last guy on this team I want up in a big spot, especially at home. He was the one guy on the roster I didn’t want up with the tying run on 2nd and one out. He proved why and he does so every single time.

  73. Jerkface May 13th, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    Yankees hit .219 .302 .331 .633 in losses last year, .300 .382 .509 .891 in wins, its safe to say that everyone hits when everyone hits

  74. Eroc May 13th, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    We need more players like Ichiro who put the ball in play and don’t try and hit HRs on every pitch. Abreu in his prime was perfect here.

  75. Jerkface May 13th, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    Say what u want about swishers numbers but as a fan who watches 150+ games a year I can honestly say that he is a hollow stat guy. He’s the last guy on this team I want up in a big spot, especially at home.

    But did you want him up at the plate on the road, where he beasted out of control? You have a confirmation bias, and selective remembrance. You obviously didnt remember Swisher’s RISP last year or his men on stats, or his walk off HRs. You realize he does have those right? Swisher is struggling this year, but its not some shakey castle that has come crumbling down exposing the ‘true swisher’, he is simply just not getting it done *right now*

  76. Bring in the Goose May 13th, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    2011 – bridge year for NYY Yankees.

  77. Carlo May 13th, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Anyone care to post the following:

    Swisher stats with risp, close and late, at home.

  78. Against All Odds May 13th, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    # Bring in the Goose May 13th, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    2011 – bridge year for NYY Yankees.

    ——————————————–

    you said the B word…you’re in trouble

  79. G. Love May 13th, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    Jerkface,

    Great stat. This team doesn’t possess the ability to have a different hero every night. Granderson seems to have stepped up this year, but he can’t do it alone.

    Tex feels invisible. It’s baffling. When I see how many HR’s he has I sit there and can’t remember him hitting any of them.

  80. Carlo May 13th, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    Jerkface – we’ll never confirm it, but I’ll bet u swisher is hitting under 100 at home when the crowd is on its feet. Ultimate balloon popper.

  81. Jerkface May 13th, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    Carlo,

    You find a website that does double splits and let me know.

    2009 Swisher hit poorly with RISP(but had a great on base) but check out Late and Close

    .333 .461 .653 1.113

    holy moly

  82. Jerkface May 13th, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    2010 Swisher was great with RISP (.287 .382 .457 .839) and RISP 2 outs ( .293 .388 .534 .923) but only mediocre late and close ( .250 .329 .456 .785)

  83. ZMAN May 13th, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    People give Swisher a pass because he has a cool haircut and talks to the fans.

    He is a boom or bust hitter that is a liability in big spots and is too jumpy to be effective in tense situations. Guy needs to calm down and shorten his swing yet every swing is a grand slam swing.

    Tex isn’t the same hitter here that he was in TX/ATL/LA.

  84. Jerkface May 14th, 2011 at 12:00 am

    2010 swisher was pretty equal home and away, but 2009 swisher was a road dog. Gotta win games on the road too (the yankees won a lot of games on the road that year)

  85. Carlo May 14th, 2011 at 12:02 am

    As much as I would love to discuss with all of you, I’m aggravated tonight and likely can’t bring much rational thought to the board so I’m gonna call it a night.

    Before leaving, I ask all of you to ponder the following. Which is more likely to happen: 1) the starting pitching to return to their baseball card numbers or 2) the offense to return to theirs?

  86. Jerkface May 14th, 2011 at 12:02 am

    I’m sorry that you guys can’t remember Swisher’s big hits. Especially last year, Swisher was an incredibly balanced player last year.

    http://www.baseball-reference......0&t=b

  87. Rich in NJ May 14th, 2011 at 12:02 am

    They’re finding new ways to lose, which is typical of slumping teams.

  88. G. Love May 14th, 2011 at 12:02 am

    Tex, like Giambi, got a glimpse of the RF wall and said “that’s where I’m swinging”. The opposing team should just shift the LF’er to RF when he’s up against RHP. I haven’t see him go the opposite way since he put on a Yankee uniform.

  89. Jerkface May 14th, 2011 at 12:03 am

    Tex never really goes opposite way. Not in Texas or anywhere.

  90. GreenBeret7 May 14th, 2011 at 12:04 am

    No way that the Yankees can rebound from a 2 game deficit with only 130 games left to play.

  91. ZMAN May 14th, 2011 at 12:05 am

    “They’re finding new ways to lose, which is typical of slumping teams.”

    Seemed like a typical Yankee loss over the last 2 weeks, no?

    Starter pitches well. Offense has a chance to tie/take the lead and squanders opportunities with bad ABs. Bullpen is shaky

  92. blake May 14th, 2011 at 12:06 am

    He can go opo righty pretty well….just not lefty

  93. Captain Clutch May 14th, 2011 at 12:06 am

    I really think the Yanks should have Cano tested for A.D.D. Girardi and the organization have to be very frustrated with his non focus/lazy play. Last year he played outstanding at 2nd base and his year he looks to be back to his old ways. I thought that he was past that. Last night and tonight his non plays lost them the game. He has to play heard on every play and running hard to 1st base wouldn’t hurt either.

  94. NW Yankees Fan May 14th, 2011 at 12:06 am

    G. Love

    I agree with each and every statement that you made about Tex. I am so disappointed he chose the pull the ball at all costs approach. It makes no sense to me.

  95. UnKnown May 14th, 2011 at 12:06 am

    What was up with Slade starting a fight tonight?

  96. Rich in NJ May 14th, 2011 at 12:08 am

    “Starter pitches well. Offense has a chance to tie/take the lead and squanders opportunities with bad ABs. Bullpen is shaky”

    The offense actually showed a few signs of coming to life.

  97. UnKnown May 14th, 2011 at 12:11 am

    Nice to see he is at least brawling with the right minor league affiliate.

  98. NW Yankees Fan May 14th, 2011 at 12:12 am

    Bat Cano third, he will see more strikes and have a monster year. He is one of the best hitters in baseball and he sits in the fifth hole while we waste the three hole on Tex.

    You may want to test him for ADD or whatever. I tell you one thing though, the guy they should test is Joba. I will bet my bottom dollar that he is a raging alcoholic.

  99. Captain Clutch May 14th, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Coco Crisp just tried to steal home plate and was out lol

  100. Rich in NJ May 14th, 2011 at 12:14 am

    I do agree that the idea that the certain players own lineup spots is nuts, and that includes everyone.

  101. Jerkface May 14th, 2011 at 12:14 am

    He can go opo righty pretty well….just not lefty

    He can, because of how his swing works righty, but in practice thats not the case. Its like 10% of his PA end in an opposite field ball in play as a righty. Which is around the same amount he does so lefty..

  102. Vineyard Yankee May 14th, 2011 at 12:15 am

    NW Yankees Fan May 13th, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Well put.

  103. Jackson May 14th, 2011 at 12:16 am

    Here’s video of the brawl, can’t really see too much or the beginning

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMAyaxN-kDE

  104. LGY May 14th, 2011 at 12:17 am

    “Bat Cano third, he will see more strikes and have a monster year. He is one of the best hitters in baseball and he sits in the fifth hole while we waste the three hole on Tex.”

    —————-

    Tex has seen 42% of pitches in the zone.

    Cano has seen 41%.

  105. Vineyard Yankee May 14th, 2011 at 12:19 am

    NW Yankees Fan May 14th, 2011 at 12:12 am

    I see that you are in rare form tonight. LMAO !

  106. GreenBeret7 May 14th, 2011 at 12:19 am

    It makes very little difference where Cano bats. He’ll see the same amount of strikes as he is now. He’ll also take just as many strikes.

  107. NW Yankees Fan May 14th, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Hey Vin, how goes it.

  108. Howard Cosell May 14th, 2011 at 12:20 am

    I’m sorry when did Dave Winfield start playing 1st Base for the Yankees?

    When was the last time Tex had a clutch hit? Seriously……..this guy inspires zero confidence with the game on the line. ZERO…….

  109. LGY May 14th, 2011 at 12:21 am

    I really want Cano to be hitting well enough to warrant him hitting 3rd, but he is just not.

    His BA is pretty good but not great and his plate discipline is non existent.

    He is hitting for power and that’s about it.

  110. NW Yankees Fan May 14th, 2011 at 12:22 am

    I just do not get the same amount of strikes theory. Honestly, I’m not trying to be a wise guy, I just cannot grasp it.

  111. Jerkface May 14th, 2011 at 12:23 am

    Tex is getting on base the most out of anyone, but by all means move him down.

    How about Granderson Tex Cano A-rod Martin Gardner Swisher Posada Jeter

  112. Jerkface May 14th, 2011 at 12:24 am

    ‘Protection’ is overrated and pitchers arent going to start throwing strikes to Cano when he already swings at balls.

  113. Rich in NJ May 14th, 2011 at 12:24 am

    “Granderson Tex Cano A-rod Martin Gardner Swisher Posada Jeter”

    I’m down.

  114. Vineyard Yankee May 14th, 2011 at 12:24 am

    NW Yankees Fan May 14th, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Not too good on a fine Friday evening. There is nothing worse than losing to the Sux and watching Papelbum’s fist pump on the last out.

    How about yourself ? Did your week end on as good note ?

  115. Jerkface May 14th, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Or how about this

    Gardner Granderson Tex Cano A-rod Martin Posada Jeter swisher

  116. Captain Clutch May 14th, 2011 at 12:25 am

    It seems hard to believe that an all star or anyone for that matter batting infront of Swish and Posada would ever get pitches to hit. What’s the point?

  117. LGY May 14th, 2011 at 12:26 am

    If you squint your eyes when watching Cano this year you could swear it’s 2003 and Alfonso Soriano is the Yankee 2B.

  118. NW Yankees Fan May 14th, 2011 at 12:27 am

    Vin,

    About the same, good work week but tonight’s game very frustrating.

  119. NW Yankees Fan May 14th, 2011 at 12:29 am

    LGY,

    The Soriano comment is unfortunately too true. What kills me is that I thought Cano turned the corner last year as far as discipline and effort. I thought this year follow suit. Very baffling.

  120. NW Yankees Fan May 14th, 2011 at 12:31 am

    Crap, the wife wants me to watch Flashpoint with her, I gotta go. See you guys, have a good one.

  121. Rich in NJ May 14th, 2011 at 12:33 am

    “Gardner Granderson Tex Cano A-rod Martin Posada Jeter swisher”

    That’s fine too.

  122. Captain Clutch May 14th, 2011 at 12:36 am

    “Gardner Granderson Tex Cano A-rod Martin Posada Jeter swisher”
    ———-

    That will never happen. The binder says you can’t bat 2 lefties back to back.

  123. blake May 14th, 2011 at 12:36 am

    “If you squint your eyes when watching Cano this year you could swear it’s 2003 and Alfonso Soriano is the Yankee 2B.”

    You’d have to squint really hard……

  124. GreenBeret7 May 14th, 2011 at 12:44 am

    Blake, did you look at the photo of the insurance bruilding that Sanchez hit tonight. It’s a far piece. The building is about 450 feet away…and the homer it on the roof. Somewhere by tomorrow, there will be clips of this thing. They’ve removed him as the primary catcher. I assume his defense was being carried to his at bats. 11 wild pitches and 3 errors in 15games as a catcher.

  125. LGY May 14th, 2011 at 12:44 am

    Gardner Granderson Tex Cano A-rod Martin Posada Jeter swisher

    —————-

    Where’s Montero?

  126. stuart a May 14th, 2011 at 12:46 am

    cano 1 pitch AB cano.

    how about clutch swisher. how about posada… how about tex. leading the team with RISP at 300. Jeter slugging % of a pitcher.

    bad fielding. un productive outs.

    how about there baserunning.. gardner takes multi pitches to steal and ellsbury is gone on pitch 1.

    pen has lost minimum 5 games on the year; sorian at least 2, robertson 1, joba tonight. lucky they saved the pen from the kc series so ther studs would be ready to dominate tonight.

    this team cannot score more then 2 runs without hitting homeruns…………….

  127. Captain Clutch May 14th, 2011 at 12:46 am

    Joe Girardi hinted that he might make changes to the Yankees’ anemic lineup in the wake of their 5-4 loss to Boston.

    Girardi’s club finished 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left eight runners on base on Friday night.

    “We are talking about things all the time that we can do [to improve],” Girardi said.

    He added that he and the coaching staff will “continue to discuss” different lineup options.

    The offense has been a big problem lately. Yankees starter have posted a combined 3.07 ERA over the last 24 games but the club has gone just 13-11 in that span.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/new-yo.....um=twitter

  128. UnKnown May 14th, 2011 at 12:48 am

    Man I just watched the game back on DVR as I was working.

    Much Props to Colon again, but the play that really changed the game was Cano not turning that DP. I am sure that was beaten to death on here but he has to turn that.

    With that said I am fine with Joba giving up one but he can’t give that bomb up to Youk. Also I see Posada still isnt hitting at all much less in huge spots.

    Oh well almost something magical in the 9th but no dice.

    CC has a huge and I mean huge start tomorrow. People complain that he isnt in that upper tier of “Aces” and he can sure do something about that tomorrrow by tossing a dare I say Shutout.

  129. Vineyard Yankee May 14th, 2011 at 12:55 am

    NW:

    Tomorrow same time, same channel. Good Evening to you.

  130. grazlaw May 14th, 2011 at 1:16 am

    lets stop wondering why they are not scoring runs. approximately 25% of the season is over and the dh is hitting a robust 160. the dh is suppose to be one of the teams better hitters. instead the yankees refuse to face the reality that posada is finished. for the fans who want to root for him and watch him play, i suggest that they buy a ticket for oldtimers day. they have a shortstop with limited range, who hardly hits anything but ground ball singles and a dh who can not hit anymore. the yankees have to stop living in the past.


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