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Postgame notes: “This guy’s been unbelievable”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes, Podcast on May 24, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Obviously the pie goes to the guy who drove in the game-winning run, and Mark Teixeira earned his postgame smash in the face by A.J. Burnett. This was a wild night, and Teixeira capped it. But make no mistake, this win belonged to Curtis Granderson.

“He’s been big the whole year for us,” Jorge Posada said. “For him to tie it, it was fitting.”

Forty percent of Granderson’s RBI this season (14 of 35) have either tied a game or given the Yankees the lead. He had four hits tonight, none of them bigger than his ninth-inning single that scored Chris Dickerson and pulled the Yankees even.

“Try to get something I can handle, but also understand what’s going to happen in the at-bat,” Granderson said. “It was one of those things that, I may or may not get something that’s my pitch. I may have to be disciplined enough and lay off his pitch, and it’s a battle. Can you trust yourself enough to do that? Can you trust that the one pitch you’re going to hit, especially with a guy that possibly throws 95 at you, that you’re going to be ready for it? A little mental battle, but at the same time, just go ahead and try and put the ball in play hard somewhere.”

When he got to first, Granderson had a different challenge. Teixeira said his first thought when he got to the plate was that he had to give Granderson time to steal second base. Teixeira said the Yankees knew Frank Francisco was slow to the plate, and Granderson had a chance to get himself into scoring position.

“It is (worth the risk),” Granderson said. “You’ve got to understand the situation, too. I know Arencibia throws well behind the plate, and I know they had shifted, so the guys are definitely in position to be able to cover the base, but it was one of those gambles. Hey, if I get there, hopefully any ball that Teixeira puts in play I could possibly score on.”

That’s exactly how it played out. Teixeira got a game-winning single off Juan Rivera’s glove (Teixeira’s fourth walk-off RBI with the Yankees). CC Sabathia got his 24th complete-game victory (Sabathia’s third with the Yankees). Posada, Russell Martin and Robinson Cano also played their part in the comeback, but the night belonged to Granderson.

“This guy’s been unbelievable,” Joe Girardi said.

Here’s the early part of Granderson’s postgame interview.

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And here’s part of Posada.

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• One pitch, one swing and one sprint from first to second. That was Posada’s contribution to tonight’s win, and it was pivotal. His pinch-hit double set the stage for the final rally. Girardi had told Posada, when the inning started, to be ready just in case. “You want to hit a strike and be aggressive,” Posada said. “It’s just a matter of getting a good pitch to hit – and I did.”

• Posada on his decision to go for second: “As soon as he falls down, there’s that doubt of, ‘Can I get to second base?’ The ball rolled away from him enough to get to second.”

• Posada said he was only going to pinch hit if Brett Gardner made an out. If Gardner reached base, Eduardo Nunez was scheduled to bunt him over.

• Granderson had the game-tying single, but he also had the leadoff double that started the Yankees two-run eighth. Cano drove Granderson home with a two-out double. Cano’s past four RBI have been Granderson.

• Martin was 2-for-4 with the second-inning home run that gave the Yankees an early one-run lead, and with the two-out, eighth-inning single that pulled them within a run. Martin is three home runs shy of his combined home run total for the past two years.

• According to Elias, Sabathia’s was the first nine-inning, complete-game win by a Yankees starter since Sabathia himself did it on May 8, 2009 in Baltimore. The Yankees went 341 games without a nine-inning, complete-game win by a starter, the longest such stretch in American League history.

• Sabathia allowed four runs on seven hits — six of them singles — in the third and fourth innings. Otherwise, he pitched seven scoreless, allowing just one base runner. “They didn’t hit the ball hard, but they’ll look like line drives in the box score,” Sabathia said. “You need to continue to make pitches and try to get outs.”

• I liked this Sabathia quote about Posada: “Sado’s had so many big moments in this organization and been here a long time. Everybody is making a big deal out of everything he does now, but we expect it out of him.”

• Give credit where it’s due, Ricky Romero pitched a nice game tonight. “Our guys talk about his fastball moves all over the place and his changeup is like a split,” Girardi said. “Seemed like we got a hit every inning but we weren’t able to put a couple together, that’s how good his stuff was. Our guys just kept chipping away and putting some pretty good at-bats, and it’s a big win.”

• Girardi had nothing new to add about Rafael Soriano. “I’ll wait to see what Andrews says,” he said. “I didn’t anticipate, when he had the setback yesterday, that we’d have him for a while anyway.”

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69 Responses to “Postgame notes: “This guy’s been unbelievable””

  1. Ghostwriter May 24th, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Ghostwriter May 24th, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    I missed tonight’s game, but it looks like I missed the best win of the season. CC deserves a ton of credit for hanging tough and going the distance for the Yanks: He’s an ace in my book, I don’t care what anyone else has to say about it. And Joe G. deserves all the well-earned congratulations that he’ll get for this ballgame. It was a gutsy call to go with Posada in that spot. I hope that this is a harbinger of a Posada going on a tear. If Posada heats up, this team is going to be very tough to beat.

    I really love to see the clutch hitting that we got tonight; it seems to have been lacking for the Yanks for far too long. Maybe the Yanks winning this game the way they did, will take the edge off for them, and make them a little more confident in their ability to come back.

    How did Swisher look tonight? I know that he wen 0for 4, but did he hit the ball hard? Did it look like the day off helped him any?

  2. BD (Boston Dave) May 24th, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    Wow

    Pineda, King Felix, Vargas, Trevor Cahill!, Anderson, Gonzalez, Weaver, Haren, Santana…. coming right up.

    that is pretty sick.

    hope the bats are ready!

  3. Ghostwriter May 24th, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    BD (Boston Dave) May 24th, 2011 at 11:37 pm
    ==========================

    We’ll need pitching more than anything else in that series.

  4. GreenBeret7 May 24th, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    Let’s not forget that that inning never happens without Posada’s double in the gap with 1 out and the bases empty..

  5. GreenBeret7 May 24th, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Yanks have had less trouble with the quakity arms than they have had with the back of the rotation pitchers and fill-ins.

  6. Rich in NJ May 24th, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    So maybe Posada can become the leadoff hitter?

  7. GreenBeret7 May 24th, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    ***quality***

  8. stuart a May 24th, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    hits with RISP = wins what a concept…

    jeter has never gotten a pie at the new stadium….

  9. yankeefeminista May 24th, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    Sanchez put on Charleston 7 day DL; Could be a paper move. Sally writer reporting Sanchez has been sent to EST. No confirmation.

  10. Carlo May 24th, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    BD – hopefully we get a rainout or one of those teams gets one and throws off that pitching slate. That could be a terrible road trip against 3 inferior teams.

  11. yankeefeminista May 25th, 2011 at 12:02 am

    # GreenBeret7 May 24th, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Yanks have had less trouble with the quakity arms than they have had with the back of the rotation pitchers and fill-ins.
    _____
    QFT

  12. lounge lizard May 25th, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Two plus years since the last CG win. Billy Martin is shakng his head somewhere. That May ’09 game in Baltimore was a notable one: Alex with the first pitch HR on his return; Cervell’s debut.

    Tonight, had to like Curtis staying on that curve in the ninth. He’s usually deadly on dead red. And level swings from Cano. If he loses the uppercut, should get back to .300 .

  13. Niblick May 25th, 2011 at 12:12 am

    Maybe now the Jorge haters will leave us alone for a day or two.

  14. yankeefeminista May 25th, 2011 at 12:12 am

    # Niblick May 25th, 2011 at 12:12 am

    Maybe now the Jorge haters will leave us alone for a day or two.
    ___________
    Here’s hoping.

  15. tyanksfan36 May 25th, 2011 at 12:16 am

    GB/yankeefem

    I never would have guessed Kelvin Castro would be the first promoted from Charletson to Tampa. I wonder who will make it up to Trenton first from Tampa. Right now there isn’t anyone good enough it seems.

  16. J. Alfred Prufrock May 25th, 2011 at 12:21 am

    tyanks, maybe you just needed a warm body for SS? He’s nothing to write home about.

  17. yankeefeminista May 25th, 2011 at 12:22 am

    # tyanksfan36 May 25th, 2011 at 12:16 am

    GB/yankeefem

    I never would have guessed Kelvin Castro would be the first promoted from Charletson to Tampa. I wonder who will make it up to Trenton first from Tampa. Right now there isn’t anyone good enough it seems.
    _______
    Agree.

    I finally got your email, btw.

  18. yankeefeminista May 25th, 2011 at 12:23 am

    It’ll be interesting to see how things shake down once short season starts.

  19. tyanksfan36 May 25th, 2011 at 12:32 am

    Prufrock

    you are right, as a fielder Castro leaves much to be desired but as an offensive player he has been outstanding in 11 games he has played in. I know its a small sample size but check out his numbers for May, or his time so far here in Tampa:

    AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS OBP SLG OPS
    .400 11 35 11 14 1 5 0 9 5 4 1 1 .475 .714 1.189

    I know he will come down to earth but he has been pretty exciting at the plate. We were joking last night that he only has 1 double because he always goes for that 3rd base, doesnt know when to just stop running, he needs a rope so they can just hold him back sometimes.

  20. BoJo May 25th, 2011 at 12:33 am

    Having trouble sleeping tonight, so I thought I’d blog for a bit.

    Let me be the first to suggest this. If I were Cashman, I’d sign Pedro Martinez and get him to Bartolo Colon’s doctor for those treatments. I think Pedro is probably a very good candidate for it.

  21. tyanksfan36 May 25th, 2011 at 12:34 am

    yankeefem

    I think its because I changed my email on here and was emailing Chad from my old email. Send me an email and I will send you one back from the one I actually use.

  22. J. Alfred Prufrock May 25th, 2011 at 12:42 am

    tyanksfan36 May 25th, 2011 at 12:32 am
    Prufrock

    you are right, as a fielder Castro leaves much to be desired but as an offensive player he has been outstanding in 11 games he has played in.

    ///
    Yea glad to hear he’s having some success. Problem for him & every other SS I’ve seen except Nunez from lower levels is they can’t really play the position. I’m probably more keen on seeing Culver than anyone at this point because of his glove. At some point, we’re going to need to find Jete a successor.

  23. yankeefeminista May 25th, 2011 at 12:47 am

    # J. Alfred Prufrock May 25th, 2011 at 12:42 am

    tyanksfan36 May 25th, 2011 at 12:32 am
    Prufrock

    you are right, as a fielder Castro leaves much to be desired but as an offensive player he has been outstanding in 11 games he has played in.

    ///
    Yea glad to hear he’s having some success. Problem for him & every other SS I’ve seen except Nunez from lower levels is they can’t really play the position. I’m probably more keen on seeing Culver than anyone at this point because of his glove. At some point, we’re going to need to find Jete a successor.
    __________
    RE: Cito, SI games can’t come soon enough. Also don’t forget about Custodio’s D. However, we metro NY’ers won’t get to see Custodio for at least a year b/c he’ll be playing at GCL.

  24. Rich in NJ May 25th, 2011 at 12:51 am

    Nunez is going to get more PT. The only question is at whose expense.

  25. tyanksfan36 May 25th, 2011 at 12:55 am

    Prufrock

    I have been impressed with Walter Ibarra, he had a 2 error night tonight though I think one was unfair as it was a tough ball to get to in the first place. He fields SS well and had a very strong and accurate arm. He threw at least 2 runners out tonight from the edge of the infield dirt and outfield grass. I do have to say though, I have seen way too many infield errors this early in the season.

  26. J. Alfred Prufrock May 25th, 2011 at 12:57 am

    RE: Cito, SI games can’t come soon enough. Also don’t forget about Custodio’s D. However, we metro NY’ers won’t get to see Custodio for at least a year b/c he’ll be playing at GCL.
    ///

    Yea Claudio, forgot about him. About to watch Po’s double again. LOL. Those fateful words: “Posada’s going for two!…” These guys. So hard to replace…

  27. J. Alfred Prufrock May 25th, 2011 at 1:00 am

    yanksfan36 May 25th, 2011 at 12:55 am
    Prufrock

    I have been impressed with Walter Ibarra, he had a 2 error night tonight though I think one was unfair as it was a tough ball to get to in the first place. He fields SS well and had a very strong and accurate arm. He threw at least 2 runners out tonight from the edge of the infield dirt and outfield grass. I do have to say though, I have seen way too many infield errors this early in the season.
    ///

    tyanks, I know very little about him. It would be good to have some depth at the position in the system. I was disappointed when they said Gumbs was moving to 2B for good.

  28. J. Alfred Prufrock May 25th, 2011 at 1:07 am

    A glancing blow? lol, O’Neill.

  29. yankeefeminista May 25th, 2011 at 1:07 am

    # tyanksfan36 May 25th, 2011 at 12:55 am

    Prufrock

    I have been impressed with Walter Ibarra, he had a 2 error night tonight though I think one was unfair as it was a tough ball to get to in the first place. He fields SS well and had a very strong and accurate arm. He threw at least 2 runners out tonight from the edge of the infield dirt and outfield grass. I do have to say though, I have seen way too many infield errors this early in the season.
    _____
    He is very good defensively, but his “O” has to be consistently better. How does he look at the plate? His OBP and BB rates righty aren’t too impressive. Plus he is 23, so, not sure how they project him. However, he’s got great range. As for the errors, I wouldn’t be too concerned, errors are sometimes a result of a player with great range who therefore gets to balls mere mortals wouldn’t.

    Just saw the end of game again. Sweet. AJ is out of practice and needs to work on his pie-ing technique and game face.

  30. yankeefeminista May 25th, 2011 at 1:08 am

    # J. Alfred Prufrock May 25th, 2011 at 1:07 am

    A glancing blow? lol, O’Neill.
    ____
    Who knew that Paul had a way with words? :)

  31. J. Alfred Prufrock May 25th, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Posada and Granderson skipping arm in arm hails from another time…

  32. Wang IS Taiwan May 25th, 2011 at 1:11 am

    We’ve had a pie drought this season. FEELS GREAT!

    Go Grandy and Tex!

  33. J. Alfred Prufrock May 25th, 2011 at 1:11 am

    yankeefeminista May 25th, 2011 at 1:08 am
    # J. Alfred Prufrock May 25th, 2011 at 1:07 am

    A glancing blow? lol, O’Neill.
    ____
    Who knew that Paul had a way with words?
    ///

    what would be cliche from a poet becomes poetry from the mouth of a ballplayer :) .

    I’m going to tomorrow’s PMer. We’re taking my mother in law, who doesn’t miss a game. Have a good night, Yankfem (& all). Good win.

  34. yankeefeminista May 25th, 2011 at 1:12 am

    # Rich in NJ May 25th, 2011 at 12:51 am

    Nunez is going to get more PT. The only question is at whose expense.
    _____
    If they SUI him, it will be for everyone’s benefit vs. someone’s expense. Plus, he might yet get an occasional RF appearance. You definitely want to keep Nunez’s bat in there, contributing.

  35. Carlo May 25th, 2011 at 1:12 am

    Anyone know the deal with Feliciano or is it the usual. Two year deal, year one we spend monkeying around not getting surgery and messing with rinky dink throwing programs that don’t work. He makes 0 appearances. Year two, we do more of the same, then he gets surgery in June and never throws an inning. We basically handed out $14 mm in annual contracts to two relievers who its very possible will not throw another, or one total, pitch for us until 2013.

  36. yankeefeminista May 25th, 2011 at 1:14 am

    ‘Night, Prufrock. I will also be at tomorrow’s game. Reyes is going for the major league record for most winless starts (28).

  37. The Other Phil May 25th, 2011 at 1:14 am

    Nice win tonight. What did we learn?
    Even when CC struggles, he battles and gives the team a chance to win. Horse AND stud!
    This team really does know how to score besides the HR.
    Granderson is awesome.

    And bridge jumper posters like rr212, sunny615, JobaTipsHisCap, RS, matt1766, mykyl1 and their king IdiotsNMore are all morons.

    But we knew that last bit already… :)

  38. Wang IS Taiwan May 25th, 2011 at 1:15 am

    According to Elias, Sabathia’s was the first nine-inning, complete-game win by a Yankees starter since Sabathia himself did it on May 8, 2009 in Baltimore. The Yankees went 341 games without a nine-inning, complete-game win by a starter, the longest such stretch in American League history.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    You can attribute this to Girardi.

    Colon most certainly could have finished his game the other night.

  39. yankeefeminista May 25th, 2011 at 1:19 am

    # Carlo May 25th, 2011 at 1:12 am

    Anyone know the deal with Feliciano or is it the usual. Two year deal, year one we spend monkeying around not getting surgery and messing with rinky dink throwing programs that don’t work. He makes 0 appearances. Year two, we do more of the same, then he gets surgery in June and never throws an inning. We basically handed out $14 mm in annual contracts to two relievers who its very possible will not throw another, or one total, pitch for us until 2013.
    _________
    Starting a throwing program June 1st and hopes to avoid surgery. I wouldn’t hold my breath. Considering all the innings Feliciano had logged, a very questionable signing and one year too many.

  40. Carlo May 25th, 2011 at 1:22 am

    I get the feeling, if soriano has serious damage, that the yankees will make noise about this. He barely threw in ST and complained of injuries back in april. Smells like they again failed to do their medical homework. I sometimes think the yankees version of a free agent physical is a finger in the rear and cough.

  41. Rich in NJ May 25th, 2011 at 1:23 am

    Cashman doesn’t think Feliciano is coming back.

    4th OF and LH relievers are Cash’s white whales.

    You can prosper without a LOOGY, but Swish’s awful season could make the need for an OF become a priority.

  42. Carlo May 25th, 2011 at 1:23 am

    Thx Fem – yeah, I have no doubt we will never see feliciano throw a meaningful pitch in a yankee uniform.

  43. Rich in NJ May 25th, 2011 at 1:24 am

    Carlo

    The suits had money to spend and nowhere to spend it. It’s that simple.

  44. Wang IS Taiwan May 25th, 2011 at 1:24 am

    You guys know I don’t like Girardi, got to give him credit for that gutsy move. Would anyone on this board have put him in to PH there? (I missed the end of the game working so I didn’t see the game comments.)

    Good for Posada for coming through in a tense situation.

  45. Wang IS Taiwan May 25th, 2011 at 1:26 am

    yankeefeminista,

    My mind is drawing a blank. What is SUI?

  46. Carlo May 25th, 2011 at 1:26 am

    Rich – I applaud them for not going south with the cash and reinvesting in the team, but somehow in a span of 6 weeks soriano went from a guy I don’t care about to a guy I despise.

  47. yankeefeminista May 25th, 2011 at 1:29 am

    I would have put Posada in there without blinker. To me, PH’ing him there is a no-brainer, but I am in the minority.

  48. Wang IS Taiwan May 25th, 2011 at 1:29 am

    • I liked this Sabathia quote about Posada: “Sado’s had so many big moments in this organization and been here a long time. Everybody is making a big deal out of everything he does now, but we expect it out of him.”

    There’s the leader on that team.

  49. yankeefeminista May 25th, 2011 at 1:29 am

    *blinking*

  50. yankeefeminista May 25th, 2011 at 1:30 am

    Super Utility infielder

  51. Wang IS Taiwan May 25th, 2011 at 1:30 am

    Nice post-game wrap-up, Chad. Thanks.

  52. Wang IS Taiwan May 25th, 2011 at 1:31 am

    Thanks, yankfem!

  53. Rich in NJ May 25th, 2011 at 1:34 am

    Posada can still hit RHP.

  54. yankeefeminista May 25th, 2011 at 1:41 am

    #

    # Rich in NJ May 25th, 2011 at 1:23 am

    Cashman doesn’t think Feliciano is coming back.

    4th OF and LH relievers are Cash’s white whales.

    You can prosper without a LOOGY, but Swish’s awful season could make the need for an OF become a priority.
    _____
    Loogy’s are overrated. Plus as we know DRob can get lefties out. Aceves also had nice splits vs. L in 2009. Too bad we didn’t re-sign him. However, I am not overly concerned about our pen.

    I am hoping Swish bounces back. He can’t continue to hit righties this badly. Can he?

    I really don’t think Posada is done hitting lefties. The sample size is pathetic and he hasn’t had enough AB’s. However, I am starting to have my doubts as to whether he will get the chance to prove otherwise.

  55. Rich in NJ May 25th, 2011 at 1:51 am

    yankeefeminista

    The pen is a strength. A lights out Soriano and/or Feliciano would have been awesome, but they are fine as presently constructed, especially with kids like Noesi contributing.

    I think the “Yankees rely too much on HR” stuff is nonsense. By and large, their hitters just want to hit the ball hard somewhere, but as I have mentioned before, Swish seems to be the one hitter on the team that consistently over-swings.

    As with all the struggling players (Swisher, Jones, Posada, Jeter, for a while, Gardner), the overall offensive underperformance has shortened the patience that they are likely to be shown.

    Jeter plays SS, so he can contribute something even when he doesn’t hit. The same really can’t be said about the others, at least to the same degree.

  56. Wang IS Taiwan May 25th, 2011 at 2:06 am

    Swish seems to be the one hitter on the team that consistently over-swings.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I think since Swisher has never had a great BA, his one payoff has been his HRs. Unfortunately, he has neither this year, and he is so desperate to make some kind of impact, that we’re seeing that HR swing when he bats.

    He was awfully still at the plate today and even batting RH which has been better for him this year (.170 vs. .333), but it made no difference.

  57. yankeefeminista May 25th, 2011 at 2:09 am

    Rich,

    I agree about the pen, plus we have reinforcements in the minors, depending on the evolution of pitchers there.

    Swish does overswing. I haven’t been crazy about his swing since Day 1 and it is particularly counterproductive in the playoffs. On the other hand, for a batter who overswings he usually has a pretty decent OBP. If we are stuck with him, I am hoping KLong corrects him at least to an acceptable level. Not sure we get the splits of last year though. And the homerun swing has got to go.

    Yes, too many players have been scuffling at once, esp. in the middle of the lineup coinciding with injuries: Alex’s hip, Cano’s hand, Tex’s mechanical issues hitting lefty, etc. So, the result is Posada gets a shorter leash. Hopefully, Alex goes on a tear and shows some pop going forward. His ebbs and flows are disconcerting.

    Agree about Jeter. He is a SS who doesn’t need to hit like a COF, as long as the middle of the lineup is contributing. Plus Nunez should spell him and our IF generally. Nunez has both the range and the bat to be a big contributer.

    G’ Night.

  58. UnKnown May 25th, 2011 at 3:40 am

    Great game. Glad also that a lot of the negatives on the board got an education again about it being a long game and a long season etc. However, first sign of trouble and they will be out again tomorrow. Sad that they live life like that, oh well that’s their problem.

    God Bless and Go Bombers.

  59. Ghostwriter May 25th, 2011 at 6:19 am

    There was a lot of talk on tonight’s game thread about third place teams and what records mean at this stage of the season. I thought that it might be interesting to compare this year’s club with 2009 club as of May 25.

    2009:
    2nd place AL EAST; 26 19; .578; 254 RS; 243 RA; EXP WIN PCT .522

    2011:
    1st place AL East; 26 21; .553; 243 RS; 196 RA; EXP WIN PCT .606

    The good:
    -The 2011 club is in first place, compared with the 2009 club.
    -The run prevention for the 2011 club is significantly better than the 2009 club, allowing 47 fewer runs than the ’09 squad.
    -The run production totals are are comparable , although the 2011 club is somewhat below the 2009 pace.

    The bad:
    -The 2011 club is 1 game behind the ’09 club.
    -The 2011 club is under-performing its expected win totals, while the 2009 significantly exceeded their expected winning percentage.

    The bottom line: These top line stats suggest that the 2011 club is quite comparable to the 2009 club. However, while the 2011 club has clearly superior pitching compared with the 2009 club in terms of run prevention, they haven’t been able to translate that pitching advantage into wins. With similar run totals for both clubs, the stronger winning percentage for the 2009 club, despite surrendering more runs, suggests that the timing of when the runs were scored was a key factor. In short, the 2009 club was able to do more with significantly less in terms of pitching, probably as a result of the timely clutch hitting that was a hallmark (as well as comeback wins) of the 2009 Yankees. If the 2011 Yanks can improve their run production in clutch situations, and the pitching holds up, then they have a chance to be a better team than the ’09 Yanks. And if the hitting with men on base doesn’t improve, it is going to be a long, hard slog to the AL East crown. All else equal, I’d rather be in the Yanks’ shoes than the Sox or Rays.

  60. Mike Ri May 25th, 2011 at 6:39 am

    Great Win last night ! . . . way to show some fight guys !!!

  61. upstate kate May 25th, 2011 at 7:26 am

    great game on so many levels:
    CC hanging in there and pitching a CG
    another HR by Martin
    an exciting walk off
    Po coming thru w/ a double
    GRANDY!!!!!

    I liked seeing Nunez kiss his bat, maybe more of the team needs to do that.
    AJ needs to work on his pie throwing skills, he was way off :)

  62. BoJo May 25th, 2011 at 7:35 am

    upstate kate May 25th, 2011 at 7:26 am

    I liked seeing Nunez kiss his bat, maybe more of the team needs to do that.
    __________
    Perhaps Swish should have married his bat.

  63. upstate kate May 25th, 2011 at 7:36 am

    Oneill talked about sleeping w/ his bat, perhaps Swish could try that.

  64. BoJo May 25th, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Wang IS Taiwan May 25th, 2011 at 1:24 am
    You guys know I don’t like Girardi, got to give him credit for that gutsy move. Would anyone on this board have put him in to PH there? (I missed the end of the game working so I didn’t see the game comments.)
    ___________
    I commented that Girardi was taking a real chance againt the book as Posada was 1 for 11 off the pitcher. It showed guts that people never give him credit for.

    Other than that, there were no real comments one way or another.

  65. BoJo May 25th, 2011 at 7:39 am

    upstate kate May 25th, 2011 at 7:36 am
    Oneill talked about sleeping w/ his bat, perhaps Swish could try that.
    __________
    Better put a ring on it.

  66. 108 stitches May 25th, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Bullpen rested. Freddy Garcia needs to throw another quality start before the west coast swing.

  67. Rich in NJ May 25th, 2011 at 8:08 am

    I’d like to see some consistency from the offense. The pitching has carried them for too long.

  68. The Mick536 May 25th, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Al Rod go on a tear? Don’t hold your breath. This falloff didn’t just happen. My arthritic hips tell me different. Cannot hit a tennis ball any more, because I cannot get my legs under it. Wife used to mimic my swing. Didn’t understand until I saw the x-rays. And why did he pass up the exam. Used to do the same thing. Didn’t want to know.

    Who bats between Cano and Granderson? How many LOB do Al Rod have recently?

  69. blake May 25th, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Almost through this 2nd stretch of 16 straight games…..off day tomorrow and then starting a big west coaster where they will face some tough pitching. Need to take this series today.

    Don’t look now but the unstopabble Rays are 3-7 in their last 10……and are back in 3rd place where they will end up.


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