Brian Heyman here for the series finale. Should’ve brought a heavier jacket. It’s a little chilly.
But enough about me. The Yankees offense has often been home-run reliant, scoring 52.2 percent of their runs on long balls. Joe Girardi, however, stressed during the pregame press conference that he couldn’t care less about that:
“We talk about our offense every day. For me, I don’t care how we score runs. I really don’t. The bottom line is you either have more runs than the other team or you have less. It doesn’t matter if you hit nine home runs and score 18 runs or you have 42 hits and you score 18 runs. The bottom line is scoring runs. We happen to be built as a club that hits a lot of home runs. That’s how we score a lot of our runs. But I really don’t care how we score runs. I don’t. I don’t care if they kick the ball 10 times. I don’t. Just score runs.”
Ivan Nova starts today and there’s one pitch that could decide how he does, one pitch that has really helped him.
“It just seems he’s gotten his curveball going,” Girardi said. “That has been the biggest progression for him. When he’s struggled, he didn’t have it.”
Derek Jeter begins the game just 27 hits away from 3,000.
“I think from our standpoint everyone is excited for him, for what he’s about to accomplish,” Girardi said. “From his standpoint, I’m sure he’s trying to put it out of his mind. That’s what he does when it comes to major accomplishments. But I hope he really enjoys it because of what he’s done and what he’s meant to this organization. Three thousand hits, you don’t see it every day.
“And I hope when he gets around 2,998, he gets those two hits that day, so he doesn’t have to talk about it, so we don’t all have to talk about it. … We know Derek doesn’t want to talk about himself. We’ve known that since 1996.”
Nick Swisher, who’s down to .214, is sitting at the start. Chris Dickerson is in right.
Girardi said the Yankees miss the depth that Rafael Soriano provides to the bullpen. Girardi said Soriano is playing catch, and that his inflamed elbow is progressing. Girardi also sounded as if he might have more trust in rookie Hector Noesi for a more prominent bullpen role after his four scoreless extra innings last week in Baltimore.