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Postgame notes: “He takes it upon himself”

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


The biggest out was the one pictured above. It came on a bases-loaded cutter to Ichiro Suzuki, a guy with outstanding career numbers against the Yankees ace. CC Sabathia attacked him, and got a comebacker. He threw home, started a 1-2-3 double play, and walked of the mound with a fist pump. The yankees were already leading by seven, but it was only the fifth inning, and Sabathia seemed to know he’s just halted the biggest threat of the day.

“He just knows how to pitch,” Joe Girardi said. “When he has to give us distance, he knows what he has to do. He takes it upon himself that, ‘I’m going to go out and do it for you.’ If CC gets in a little jam, there’s no panic to him.”

Maybe it’s no coincidence that the Yankees seem to play their best baseball behind their best pitcher. Sure, they’ve had some stinkers behind Sabathia, but in his past eight starts, the Yankees have averaged more than eight runs. Their four highest-scoring games of the season have been Sabathia starts.

“I’ve got no complaints,” Sabathia said. “I don’t think anybody’s realized it yet, but I know.”

This was a good win. It doesn’t make up for Friday and Saturday, but it eases some of the bitterness. The lineup had a game it could be proud of, and the bullpen got a rest after being overworked the past two nights. Sabathia was two outs away from matching the two-day innings total for A.J. Burnett and Ivan Nova.

“We’ve got our big boy on the mound,” Nick Swisher said. “You get one or two runs, you feel like you’re going to win the ballgame.”

Here’s Sabathia.

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• There was certainly not a sense of satisfaction in the Yankees clubhouse tonight, but it was certainly more lively than it had been the previous 48 hours or so. “I think these past couple of games have been really hard on us,” Swisher said. “Definitely not the way we would have liked them, but I just think that just goes to show the tenacity of this team to be able to come back today, especially after a late game last night, come in here today, no batting practice, everyone’s in the cage early, getting their swings in. Just that mental focus we had today, and really just did a tremendous job out there.”

• The big hit of the night belonged to Andruw Jones, who had his second double of the season with a two-out, three-run base hit that broke the game open in the third inning. “I thought that was the real turning point in the game,” Girardi said. “For him to get that (double) with the bases loaded and two outs, 5-0 is sure a lot better than 2-0. We wanted to ride CC a long time today because of our bullpen, so I thought that was huge.”

• Sabathia leads the Major Leagues in wins since his debut in 2001. He’s now won 163 games since then, breaking a tie with Roy Halladay who’s won 164. In his past three starts, Sabathia has pitched 25 innings with a 1.80 ERA. He’s won all three of those starts.

• The Yankees hit a home run within the first two innings of every game this series (Teixeira on Friday, Cano on Saturday and Swisher tonight). Of course, this was the first time an early lead actually lasted to the end.

• Swisher hit his third home run of the season, all of which have come against left-handed pitchers. He hadn’t homered since May 7.

• Swisher talked a little bit about his home run, but he also talked about falling behind and eventually drawing a walk against right-handed reliever Jeff Gray. “It was just a nice step in the right direction,” he said.

• Mark Teixeira has a six-game hitting streak and a five-game RBI streak. In his past 10 games, Teixeira is hitting .262 with six home runs and 13 RBI.

• Another scoreless inning for Lance Pendleton, meaning every Yankees reliever got into this three-game series. Pendleton still hasn’t been charged with a run.

• Curtis Granderson went 3-for-5. He’s hitting .455 in his past five game.

• Eduardo Nunez had an RBI triple (which ended with a not-so-graceful slide into third). He also managed to play an entire game without making a bad throw. After not having an RBI in April, he has seven RBI in May.

• Every Yankees starter had a hit, but only Granderson had more than one.

• The Yankees have not been swept by the Mariners since May 3-5, 2002 in old Yankee Stadium. They haven’t been swept in Seattle since 1996.

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138 Responses to “Postgame notes: “He takes it upon himself””

  1. Hexagenia May 29th, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Great to turn around and get a solid win. Way to go CC.

    Sincere thanks to our Vets and current troops. We owe it all to you. Thank you.

  2. Chip May 29th, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    With Swisher struggling and Jeter posting a .300 OBP out of the leadoff spot could Ichiro be a target for the Yankees this June/July?

    The Mariners could do a lot with his $17 mil off the books.

    Yankees could offer Swisher, Romine and a pitcher (Phelps maybe) for Ichiro. He’s a fa at the end of the 2012 season.

  3. Jerkface May 29th, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Ichiro is 37 and hitting .277 .332 .319 .651 , I wouldn’t offer much for Ichiro were the chance to arise. I wanted him in 07 but not now for a big price.

  4. GreenBeret7 May 29th, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Enough with the calls for no contact with the runner and catcher. Nobody sats a word about no contact with the infielders. Nobody would have said a word about this if the catcher was a back-up catcher like Cevelli. It’s being whined about because it’s Posey.

  5. Jerkface May 29th, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    I’d rather get Beltran, but if the Mariners salary dumped Ichiro I’d take him for cheap and make swisher the 4th OFer

  6. Carlo May 29th, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Good win today. Felt like we needed it despite it being so early. Carry the momentum into oakland, take 2 of 3 and have a good shot at a winning roadtrip in anaheim.

  7. Carlo May 29th, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Chip – I mentioned that earlier this week and I’m a firm believer that ichiro fills some holes for us. Solid avg hitter. Good contact guy. Good speed. Great arm in right. Makes the lineup a little more flexible and adds more of an element we currently lack.

  8. Tar May 29th, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    GB

    I agree. Plays at the plate are part of the game, leave it alone.

    Carlo

    How’s the family? Congrats again!

  9. RS May 29th, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Verlander has thrown 5 innings, given up just 2 hits and no walks, and has only 1 strikeout. But he has thrown 83 pitches. how is that possible?

  10. Jerkface May 29th, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    3 8 pitch at bats, a 7 pitch at bat, and 11 pitch at bat – all ended in outs

  11. Rich in NJ May 29th, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    The Yankees need fewer old players, not more. Trading for Ichiro makes < 0 sense.

  12. tyanksfan36 May 29th, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Carlo

    Ichiro is a singles hitter, Jeter has turned into a singles hitter and people on here are wanting him to go. I dont think most people would be happy with another singles hitting player on this team.

  13. Rich in NJ May 29th, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    If we can trade Posada even up for Ichiro, maybe, but trading Romine is goofy.

  14. LGY May 29th, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Yankees could offer Swisher, Romine and a pitcher (Phelps maybe) for Ichiro. He’s a fa at the end of the 2012 season

    ——

    That would be highway robbery for the Mariners.

    Swish for Ichiro straight up would be a huge steal for them.

  15. Melk Man May 29th, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Ichiro would be a welcome addition – someone who doesn’t swing for the fences, tries to get infield hits, knows how to bunt, and can actually steal consistently unlike Brett. High average hitter, doesn’t K at all, and will get a ton of RBIs in this lineup with how often he puts the ball in play.

    We need a guy like him, rather than someone like Swisher who swings for the moon on every pitch. Would be a massive upgrade over Jorge as well.

  16. Joe from Long Island May 29th, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Chip – I’d make Ichiro the 4th OF. In 2011, Swish has the bigger potential to deliver.

    GB – darn right, it’s because it’s Posey. I really feel badly for the kid, but it didn’t look like he played that well.

  17. LGY May 29th, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Ichiro is nice in theory. Ichiro in his prime are what people want.

    In reality though he is a slightly better version of Jeter at this point.

  18. Rich in NJ May 29th, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Reading some of these posts, I think the time stamp of this blog is off by a few years.

  19. CompassRosy May 29th, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Congrats on the win today, Yankee fans … CC was great.

    While I was disappointed that I wasn’t able to get out my broom, I was happy with the series win. I was especially heartened to see the M’s scrap and scrape in the games that they won – picking up their starters when they were down.

    I told you May is just not Felix’s month ;) and I’m sure that Michael will learn from the first bit of adversity in his young career. I’m also pleased as punch to see the bullpen keep rolling along, including today, when the ‘lessor’ arms got a bit of work, and faired pretty well.

    And now, much as it pains me, I’m forced to root for the Yanks for the next 2 series ;)

    Go Yanks!
    Beat the A’s of Oaktown and Halos of LaLaLand!

  20. ZMAN May 29th, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Montero hitting .214 with a .600 OPS over his past 10 games.

    Help needs to come from outside for the offense.

  21. Rich in NJ May 29th, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Yeah, because 10 games is so meaningful.

  22. DocTodd May 29th, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Not expecting them to pick up Swisher’s option for 2012…

  23. joeman May 29th, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    # ZMAN May 29th, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Montero hitting .214 with a .600 OPS over his past 10 games.

    Help needs to come from outside for the offense.
    ———————————-
    Montero isn’t tearing it up in the minors don’t know why a lot of people here think he’s going to hit major league pitching

  24. Nilsson May 29th, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Justin Upton is exactly the type of position player the Yanks should be targeting. I’d be interested to hear what his trade status is this summer. Imagine bringing him to the same division where his brother plays. Talk about lighting fires.

    There was talk about his availability during past off-season. So it may happen again. And if there’s a man who likes to do business with Cashman, it’s Towers.

  25. Rich in NJ May 29th, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    “Montero isn’t tearing it up in the minors don’t know why a lot of people here think he’s going to hit major league pitching”

    Why do some players have lousy spring trainings and then hot starts to the regular season?

    It’s not like Montero hasn’t crushed mL pitching over long periods of time.

  26. Jerkface May 29th, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Not expecting them to pick up Swisher’s option for 2012…

    You’re going to be disappointed. There are no other options in free agency and the option is cheap. They will pick it up even if they trade him. They won’t let him walk. 2 good years outweigh 2 bad months

  27. Carlo May 29th, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Tar – thanks. Everyone is doing well. A bit anxious to head home.

    I see the counterpoint to wanting ichiro. I tend to think he has a season and a half left in him.

  28. AldotheApache May 29th, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Hexagenia says:
    May 29, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Sincere thanks to our Vets and current troops. We owe it all to you. Thank you.

    —————-

    GB,

    I just read the game thread and saw where the blog idiot used the word coward in responding to you, on this particular weekend of all weekends.

    Just so you know, he once also likened American troops to Nazis, for his own personal political pov.

    I know that I’m not alone when I say we have courageous people like you to thank for the freedoms we all enjoy at home, even the fools like him who hides behind those same freedoms as he criticizes the very people who protect it.

    A special thank you to you and all the troops and veterans for their selfless service to our country.

  29. joeman May 29th, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    # Rich in NJ May 29th, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    “Montero isn’t tearing it up in the minors don’t know why a lot of people here think he’s going to hit major league pitching”

    Why do some players have lousy spring trainings and then hot starts to the regular season?

    It’s not like Montero hasn’t crushed mL pitching over long periods of time.
    —————————————–
    problem he didn’t show he could hit major league pitching in ST

  30. Rich in NJ May 29th, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    “problem he didn’t show he could hit major league pitching in ST”

    Why is that a problem?

    I’ll bet $100 to your favorite charity that he will outhit Cervelli, and outhit Posada v. LHP.

    If he does that, he’s an upgrade.

  31. Melk Man May 29th, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Do we get draft picks for Swisher?

  32. Jerkface May 29th, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    problem he didn’t show he could hit major league pitching in ST

    .375 .444 .625 1.069
    .667 .727 1.111 1.838

    Hit .388 his last 10 games against major league pitching

  33. Jerkface May 29th, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Do we get draft picks for Swisher?

    They wouldn’t offer him arbitration if they decline his option.

  34. joeman May 29th, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    # Rich in NJ May 29th, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    “problem he didn’t show he could hit major league pitching in ST”

    Why is that a problem?

    I’ll bet $100 to your favorite charity that he will outhit Cervelli, and outhit Posada v. LHP.

    If he does that, he’s an upgrade.
    ————————————
    WOW!!!!! he’s the 2nd coming he ought to out hit those two

  35. Rich in NJ May 29th, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    “WOW!!!!! he’s the 2nd coming he ought to out hit those two”

    Then there’s no reason not to call him up, right?

    I mean we have people here that are so intent on winning now they want to give up top prospects for yet another declining player in his late 30s who is owed close to $30m.

    Montero only costs a phone call and a 40 man roster spot.

  36. AldotheApache May 29th, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Compass Rosy, you are the coolest non-Yankee fan on this blog.

    Always enjoy reading your posts.

  37. joeman May 29th, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    I’m thinking they really don’t know what they are going to do with Montero..that’s why he’s going to sit in the minors…if they bring him up and he doesn’t hit he loses value. They were looking to trade him twice already

  38. blake May 29th, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Great win today. The big man came up huge once again and gave the Yanks what they needed and the offense did the rest. They had to win this game today as much as you have to win a game in May.

    Nice to see Swisher pop one….getting him going could be a big lift.

    Granderson continues to be a dominant player…..that trade is looking mighty fine right now as he’s currently one of the best players in the AL.

    Jeter has had good ABs the last couple of days…..seeing more pitches, drawing some walks….hopefully something to build on.

    Tex is on a hot streak….hope it lasts awhile

    Gotta get Cano and Alex up to speed…..Cano is getting there.

    Great job by Andrew today. I knew all along he could do it ;) (seriously….I don’t know where that swing or.approach came from on the big RBI hit…..he hasn’t done that in years
    …maybe Long has helped him a bit).

    On to Oakland……

  39. Rich in NJ May 29th, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    If they trade Montero for almost anyone*, it’s an admission that they are clueless, money-hungry fools.

    *there are less than a handful of exceptions

  40. GreenBeret7 May 29th, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Aldo, I thank you for the kind words and thoughts. It’s much appreciated. As for that clown, I just ignore it. He’s not all that bright anyway.

    Not to turn this into a commercial, but, the folks overseas could use a word of thanks and anytime of the year is a great time for a little care package from home. Doesn’t have to be a lot…hard candy (no chocolate, it melts), a good book, crossword puzzles, new sheets/pillow cases, packed in food popcorn, music cd or a cheap movie dvd are always welcome. Add a hand written note or a card of thanks and a yankee cap. Gotta recruit from everywhere.

    You can get addresses from churches, USO centers, NG armories, American Legion or VFW. Unless you know them, make things generic…men or women, young or older. They’ll appreciate it more than you know. Not everyone there has families.

    Thanks, guys.

  41. AldotheApache May 29th, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    joeman says:
    May 29, 2011 at 10:37 pm
    I’m thinking they really don’t know what they are going to do with Montero..that’s why he’s going to sit in the minors…if they bring him up and he doesn’t hit he loses value. They were looking to trade him twice already

    ——–

    Can’t it be that they’re just giving him time to develop?

    BTW, I know he was offered for Lee … What other deal was he mentioned?

  42. joeman May 29th, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    # Rich in NJ May 29th, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    If they trade Montero for almost anyone*, it’s an admission that they are clueless, money-hungry fools.

    *there are less than a handful of exceptions
    ———————————–
    your right but they will look into it (trading him)

  43. Jerkface May 29th, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    BTW, I know he was offered for Lee … What other deal was he mentioned?

    Straight up for Roy Halladay

  44. CompassRosy May 29th, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    aw shucks – thanks, Aldo.

  45. Jerkface May 29th, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Straight up for Roy Halladay and as the only big piece in a deal for Cliff Lee, not exactly ‘TRADE HIM FOR ANYTHING!’

  46. Rich in NJ May 29th, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    This team needs young offensive stars more than they need pitching. The pitching will come from within the system (or at least should).

  47. Jerkface May 29th, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    The kind of pitching the yankees need won’t come in a trade. Who is trading it?

  48. joeman May 29th, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    # AldotheApache May 29th, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    joeman says:
    May 29, 2011 at 10:37 pm
    I’m thinking they really don’t know what they are going to do with Montero..that’s why he’s going to sit in the minors…if they bring him up and he doesn’t hit he loses value. They were looking to trade him twice already

    ——–

    Can’t it be that they’re just giving him time to develop?Doc

    BTW, I know he was offered for Lee … What other deal was he mentioned?
    ————————————————————–
    The Yankees were always enamored by the idea of bringing in Roy Halladay to their staff. They toyed with the idea of trading young prospects for him last summer before the trade deadline. It just came to attention that they made one last push to try to acquire Halladay this winter.

    Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star has reported the Yankees offered their top rated prospect, Jesus Montero, for Roy Halladay straight up.

  49. joeman May 29th, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    you have to think they will offer Montero in a trade again this year…

  50. randy l. May 29th, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    “Enough with the calls for no contact with the runner and catcher. Nobody sats a word about no contact with the infielders. Nobody would have said a word about this if the catcher was a back-up catcher like Cevelli. It’s being whined about because it’s Posey.”

    ok fine.

    but here’s the deal. if everyone is allowed run over the catcher, i think it’s only fair that the rules should be changed so that catchers can return the favor and be the only ones allowed to run over anyone at any base . :)

  51. joeman May 29th, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    # Jerkface May 29th, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    The kind of pitching the yankees need won’t come in a trade. Who is trading it?
    ——————————————————————
    let it play out, something will come up

  52. Against All Odds May 29th, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    ST games are we serious

  53. Yankee Trader May 29th, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Jerkface-

    Jason Kubel, having a good year, is a FA, although good Swisher is better than good Kubel.

  54. Rich in NJ May 29th, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Well, if you think that it was Levine and the owners that were behind trading Montero for two months of Lee, as I do, and that these same people signed Soriano, then yes, extreme stupidity is possible.

    OTOH, I think even these people see that Posada and Jeter are in decline, that Alex may have ongoing hip issues, that AJ is extremely inconsistent no matter how much they pay him, and that mortgaging the future makes less and less sense.

    So the smart play is to be patient and let their best young prospects develop and become part of the ML teeam.

  55. joeman May 29th, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    with the White Sox problems so far this year..would like to see the Yankees trade for Konerko

  56. blake May 29th, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    They probably have already offered Montero for Hernandez…..doesn’t mean anything.

  57. Yankee Trader May 29th, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    John Danks, a lefty, whom many here including myself, wanted as another lefty starter is now 0-8 and got blasted today. The little I saw of replays-he has no movemnt on his fastball. I’m scratching him off my lefty want list!!

  58. GreenBeret7 May 29th, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    sorry, Randy, but the only rule ever changed to protect the infielders was eliminating the rolling blocks. a lot more middle infielders and third basemen get hurt at those positions than catchers.

  59. Rich in NJ May 29th, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Konerko

    11:$12M, 12:$12M, 13:$13.5M

    Why?

  60. Jerkface May 29th, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    And kubel hit .249 .323 .427 .750 last year and can’t play defense. A trade for Kubel to DH this year might be alright (if he were a righty) but I don’t see the Yankees laying out a multi-year deal for jason kubel.

    Swisher at his average represents a guy who you can put in RF and expect to make the easy plays and some of the hard ones, a guy who will get on base and hit for power with no platoon split.

    I don’t see the Yankees bailing on Swisher so easily.

  61. joeman May 29th, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    # Rich in NJ May 29th, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Konerko

    11:$12M, 12:$12M, 13:$13.5M

    Why?
    ———————————–
    why not…..look at the $ they are paying out to players that can’ hit anymore

  62. Rich in NJ May 29th, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    “why not…..look at the $ they are paying out to players that can’ hit anymore”

    He’s 36. Why do you want to keep mortgaging the future for what will almost certainly be diminishing returns from aging players?

  63. blake May 29th, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Unless Danks is hurt….. I’d buy low if they would sell low. I don’t think they would though.

  64. randy l. May 29th, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    “…but the only rule ever changed to protect the infielders was eliminating the rolling blocks.”

    when did they do that?

    no wonder i kept getting called out :)

  65. blake May 29th, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    No thanks on Konerko…..too long left on his deal.

  66. joeman May 29th, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    # Rich in NJ May 29th, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    “why not…..look at the $ they are paying out to players that can’ hit anymore”

    He’s 36. Why do you want to keep mortgaging the future for what will almost certainly be diminishing returns from aging players?
    ——————————–
    never done that before….why stop now

  67. joeman May 29th, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    knock off a year on Konerko he’s 35

  68. Yankee Trader May 29th, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    How soon can Hughes actually come off the 60 day DL?

    Will Carlos Silva be brought up or allowed to opt out?

  69. joeman May 29th, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    the guy can hit and he’s as steady as they come every year

  70. Rich in NJ May 29th, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    “never done that before….why stop now”

    We have just witnessed an era built around a homegrown core of players who have spent their entire career with the Yankees. With that as the foundation, there was a case to be made to trade other prospects to supplement that core so that they had the best chance of winning of a large number of years.

    Of that core, only Rivera can still perform at the same level.

    Now is the time to build a new core.

  71. Rich in NJ May 29th, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    35 – 36, big deal.

  72. GreenBeret7 May 29th, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    randy l. May 29th, 2011 at 11:00 pm
    “…but the only rule ever changed to protect the infielders was eliminating the rolling blocks.”

    when did they do that?

    no wonder i kept getting called out

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

    I think somewhere in the early 80s, because George brett and Hal McCrae kept steam rolling the infielders and knocking them into left field.

  73. joeman May 29th, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    # Rich in NJ May 29th, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    35 – 36, big deal.
    ——————————–
    LOL….wish I was a year younger than I am

  74. Against All Odds May 29th, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Now is the time to build a new core.

    ————————————————–

    some of the pieces hopefully they can fill in the next over the past couple of seasons.

  75. blake May 29th, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    I for one hope that Cashman either makes a move for a difference maker type player ( pitcher or hitter) or just does the usual fill needs thing at the deadline.

    Basically I don’t want them to trade prospects for guys that are marginally better or equivalent to what they have.

    Shop around and see what’s out there…..if something that really can upgrade either the rotation or lineup is out there then great…..if not then stand pat and continue to wait.

  76. Carlo May 29th, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Jerkface said “the type of pitchers we need won’t be available”. If I assume he means front end lose game 1 of alds and say “no worries xxxxx will win game 2″, then I tend to agree with a caveat. Said guys would be available, but nearly everyone here would vomit, myself included, at the asking price.

  77. GreenBeret7 May 29th, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    hughes was retroactive and should be eligible around mid- june and be back by the end of June or ASB.

  78. Yankee Trader May 29th, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Konerko is a solid player who would have to mainly DH the next 2 1/2 years of his contract if the Yankees got him. The DH position will be needed to rest various players. The Yankees would be better off getting a righty bat that can play the outfield.

  79. blake May 29th, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    If elite pitchers aren’t available then hang onto your assets and go with what you have…..forcing something that isn’t there only compounds and lengthens the problem.

  80. Carlo May 29th, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Konerko is another lumbering slugger. We’ve got plenty of them.

  81. blake May 29th, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Cash and Towers talk about J Upton frequently I’m guessing…..

  82. Yankee Trader May 29th, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Cash and Towers talk about J Upton frequently I’m guessing…..
    ——————————————–

    Wishing? :)

  83. randy l. May 29th, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    “I think somewhere in the early 80s, because George brett and Hal McCrae kept steam rolling the infielders and knocking them into left field.”

    gb7-

    all kidding aside, i knew the rule, but even in the late eighties playing in semi pro leagues i would forget in the heat of the battle and wipe out the guy turning the double play. it drove my manager crazy because it was an automatic double play.

  84. blake May 29th, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Yanks tied for first in the LC again after dominant outing from Verlander

  85. Rich in NJ May 29th, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    When Verlander is on, no one is better.

  86. blake May 29th, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Trader,

    Eh…I don’t think it’ll happen now or probably not even soon….but I wouldn’t be surprised for it to at some point down the road.

  87. Yankee Trader May 29th, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Verlander would look good in pinstripes!

  88. blake May 29th, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Verlander just has an incredible arm…he is very very tough at his best.

  89. BD (Boston Dave) May 29th, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    “Chapman’s FB being straight, as GB reports, is bad news.”

    ————–

    How many pitchers have 4-seamers that have lots of movement?

    It’s not as much about a 4-seam fastball being straight as it is being located well, no? Arm angle and release point affects this, but for the majority of pitchers, I’d still think a 4-seam fastball with traditional mechanics and release point is going to yield a fairly straight fastball (on a standard downward plane.)

    I hear this “his fastball is straight” all the time – I’m curious how valid that is as a critique. “Late life” is one thing but that isn’t necessarily an indication that the fastball wasn’t “straight.”

    thoughts?

  90. blake May 29th, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Yankee Trader May 29th, 2011 at 11:16 pm
    Verlander would look good in pinstripes!

    Man would he ever….I like him too…seems like a nice dude.

  91. tyanksfan36 May 29th, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    GB

    Did you get the link? I just put up some more.

  92. Jerkface May 29th, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    Said guys would be available, but nearly everyone here would vomit, myself included, at the asking price.

    Carlo, this is what I mean, realistically anyone can be had in baseball but I’m talking realistic prices. I don’t see Cashman trading Montero AND one of the B’s AND more. I don’t see him trading 2 of the B’s in one deal. I don’t see him doing a 4 for 1 including a major league player AND good prospects of consequence.

  93. GreenBeret7 May 29th, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    randy l. May 29th, 2011 at 11:13 pm
    “I think somewhere in the early 80s, because George brett and Hal McCrae kept steam rolling the infielders and knocking them into left field.”

    gb7-

    all kidding aside, i knew the rule, but even in the late eighties playing in semi pro leagues i would forget in the heat of the battle and wipe out the guy turning the double play. it drove my manager crazy because it was an automatic double play.

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

    Wasn’t sure. I only knew that you could hardly remember back to the early 1890s, much less the 1880s.

    Seriously, though. if this hadn’t been Posey or Mauer, not a word would be said. Look what wasn’t said after Cervelli got mangled in a ST game a couple of years ago.

    Actually, Posey put himself into that position to get hurt, and to make it worse, he had dropped the ball and still tried to block the plate and make the tag. He was way off balance and he fell back on his own leg. It was sad to see him or any player get hurt, but, it happens.

    Maybe they should eliminate blocking and tackling in football. There are more vicious hits, blocks and elbows in basketball than in baseball.

  94. Jerkface May 29th, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    And there isn’t really anyone badass enough that isn’t either on a contending team or is locked up on a team that wants to contend. Not many loser teams have studs for trade.

  95. blake May 29th, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Jerkface May 29th, 2011 at 11:26 pm
    And there isn’t really anyone badass enough that isn’t either on a contending team or is locked up on a team that wants to contend. Not many loser teams have studs for trade.

    Well the Mariners would have fit the description but they are hanging around in the west for now….

  96. Jerkface May 29th, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Well the Mariners would have fit the description but they are hanging around in the west for now….

    Their ownership has proven that they will foolhardedly push for contention every year regardless of outlook. Ichiro was close to being a yankee before signing his extension and Felix shouldn’t have been on that team past now.

  97. GreenBeret7 May 29th, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Yes I did, TY. thank you very much.

  98. blake May 29th, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    JF,

    That’s true….but as long as they stunk there was always the chance that they might change their minds and go in a different direction.

  99. Melk Man May 29th, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Quietly, the D’Backs are in 1st place in the NL West – won 14 out of 15.

    Didn’t even realize that until ESPN flashed on the scroll.

  100. blake May 29th, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    And quietly the dodgers are 6 back in the LC……gonna be interesting to see how that unfolds

  101. Jerkface May 29th, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    And quietly the dodgers are 6 back in the LC……gonna be interesting to see how that unfolds

    Kuroda or Billingsly I’d take either

  102. Yankee Trader May 29th, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Jerkface-

    I don’t recall that Ichiro was almost a Yankee. I thought he didn’t want to be on the same team vying for Japanese support, with Matsui.

  103. blake May 29th, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    “Kuroda or Billingsly I’d take either”

    Yup

  104. Jerkface May 29th, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    I don’t recall that Ichiro was almost a Yankee. I thought he didn’t want to be on the same team vying for Japanese support, with Matsui.

    At the time the Mariners were floundering, their GM was a doofus, and they were looking to fade into obscurity. It was reported that the Mariners wanted to get an extension for Ichiro but Ichiro wanted them to prove they would actually put a contender on the table. It was said that Ichiro would only play for 2 teams, either sign an extension with the mariners or go to New York to try and win a ring. But then his dog barked and he said that in dog language his dog was telling him to stay in seattle.

  105. Yankee Trader May 29th, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    More likely rhe Dodgers would want to unload Lilly or Furcal who have longer contracts!

    Was it a Japanese dog that barked and told him you’re a fixture in Seattle and a shorter trip back to your homeland?

  106. Jerkface May 29th, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Three weeks ago, the Seattle Mariners signed Ichiro Suzuki to a five-year, $90 milion contract extension. It didn’t take long for the 33-year-old outfielder to give the Mariners reason to believe that they might have made a bad decision. When Ichiro held a press conference earlier this month to discuss the deal, he divulged that a key advisory role in deciding to remain in Seattle was played by his dog Ikky. “He said, ‘Woof, woof, woof,’ which meant, ‘Stay, stay, stay,’ ” Suzuki told reporters in Japanese. “Of course, I listened.”

  107. EA May 29th, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    Chi Sox and Dodgers are 2 of the most viable trade partners by far. Lots of useful assets on both teams. KW likes to shake things up and make deals. Dodgers are obviously in trouble financially. Combination of short-term or expiring deals (Buerhlee, Kuroda, Jackson) combined with some good, not stud young starters that probably could be pryed away and are not unrealistic (Billingsly, Danks, Floyd). Lots to choose from if those guys are available and want to deal.

  108. Yankee Trader May 29th, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    My bad-Furcal has a 12M club option next year. Of course it becomes guaranteed with 600 plate appearances this year-a figure he won’t reach.

  109. Yankee Trader May 29th, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    Jerkface-

    I thought you were kidding at first about Ichiro’s dog, but you’re not!! LMAO

  110. Jerkface May 29th, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Ichiro is a unique soul and I wish he were on the yankees 3 years ago

  111. Rich in NJ May 30th, 2011 at 12:02 am

    I wish they signed him out of Japan.

  112. Jerkface May 30th, 2011 at 12:03 am

    I wish they signed him out of Japan.

    The yankees aren’t THAT adventurous

  113. tyanksfan36 May 30th, 2011 at 12:04 am

    I have the same type of dog as Ichiro. They’re very smart but oddly they are not the kind of dog to stay, stay, stay. They actually like to run away.

  114. Rich in NJ May 30th, 2011 at 12:08 am

    “The yankees aren’t THAT adventurous”

    I think I can recall reading a quote from Cash that their scouting report underestimated how good he projected to be.

  115. Jerkface May 30th, 2011 at 12:09 am

    I think I can recall reading a quote from Cash that their scouting report underestimated how good he projected to be.

    Qualitatively he was so dominant in Japan that I can’t believe they underestimated it, and given his price, they must have REALLY underestimated. Sad.

  116. Rich in NJ May 30th, 2011 at 12:23 am

    I think they thought he would be like Damon, not that that would have been bad.

  117. Wang IS Taiwan May 30th, 2011 at 12:26 am

    CC’s the guy I want in my foxhole. I’d take him any day over Cliff Lee.

  118. Wang IS Taiwan May 30th, 2011 at 12:28 am

    Anyone think we’ll see Pendleton earlier now?

  119. GreenBeret7 May 30th, 2011 at 12:38 am

    Why is there a surprise. His attitude is the same as Mantle’s was. 0-4 game in a win and he’s a lot happier than a 4-4 in a loss.

    _________________________________________________________________________

    RT @BryanHoch: Asked Jeter today if the franchise hits record is his most meaningful. He answered: “Most wins.”

    BryanHochBryan Hoch

    Almost forgot this, but he didn’t. Jeter has 1,405 reg. season wins as a Yankee, more than any other player. Mantle is 2nd with 1,376.

  120. Rich in NJ May 30th, 2011 at 12:40 am

    Hoch could be Jeter’s PR person.

  121. 4 NYY May 30th, 2011 at 3:45 am

    Beltran is an injury waiting to happen.

  122. Gary May 30th, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Great win for them yesterday. I thought they needed one and would have a good game. CC and the team had alot to play for. Jones with the key 2 out hit for a change.

    Detriot gets the split as Verlander shuts down the Sox and Becket. Got to question though the wisdom of letting your SP throw 132 pitches. Seems like alot of risk.

  123. Wang IS Taiwan May 30th, 2011 at 7:21 am

    Yeah, I was surprised when I read 132 pitches, but Leyland said they had an extra day of rest between his starts, still…

    I think Valverde lost the previous game, so they weren’t messing around this time. Valverde is definitely “hit and miss” — as many closers are.

  124. upstate kate May 30th, 2011 at 7:23 am

    good morning all
    a nice win yesterday
    please take a moment to remember our fallen soldiers today

  125. Wang IS Taiwan May 30th, 2011 at 7:59 am

    Thanks for the reminder, Kate. There is no memorial day overseas, but I very much appreciate the sacrifices of our military men and women.

  126. austinmac May 30th, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Thank you to those who fought and died so we can lead the life we lead. May their families find comfort and peace.

  127. Rich in NJ May 30th, 2011 at 8:20 am

    That reminds me. When I was a kid during Vietnam, my town used to have a board with the names of those who served outside the borough hall; the names of the dead were starred.

  128. AldotheApache May 30th, 2011 at 8:29 am

    austinmac says:
    May 30, 2011 at 8:05 am
    Thank you to those who fought and died so we can lead the life we lead. May their families find comfort and peace.

    ———–

    Very well put.

  129. blake May 30th, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Happy memorial day!

    Id like to echo the sentiments thanking those in the military now and those who have fought and paid the ultimate price for our freedom and way of life. Thank you all!

    Let summer begin! :)

  130. Bret The Hitman May 30th, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Um…no chance the Yankees blow 10 million bux on Nick Swisher. They will decline his option with brute force.

  131. Bret The Hitman May 30th, 2011 at 8:53 am

    13 Posada
    9 Nick Swisher
    4 Marte

    **********

    26 million coming off the books and no starting pitcher’s worthy of big money this off season.

    Who is the best hitter out there?

    Jose Reyes

  132. Joe from Long Island May 30th, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Happy Memorial Day- let’s all take a moment to reflect.

  133. blake May 30th, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Bret,

    I think they’ll pick it up even if its to trade him. He’s not nearly as bad as he’s played this season and an outfielder on a one year deal has value…..unless he just bombs the rest of the season and his value hits rock bottom I think they’ll pick it up.

  134. Tar May 30th, 2011 at 8:58 am

    It can not be said enough times.

    A heartfelt thank you– to all who have served and sacrificed for this great country.

    GB
    I cant do it in person, but consider this me shaking your hand. Thanks buddy

  135. Bret The Hitman May 30th, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Blake,

    Swisher is too inconsistent for that kind of investment. DeJesus plays RF and could be signed for half of that in the off season. The Yankees are not stuck with Swish.

  136. blake May 30th, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Could Dejesus be signed for 1 year? Swisher is has been better than Dejesus for 2 years as a Yankee and he’s in his prime age wise…..he’s struggled this year but has shown signs of life lately. Let’s see where he’s at at the end of the season.

  137. randy l. May 30th, 2011 at 9:14 am

    “Actually, Posey put himself into that position to get hurt, and to make it worse, he had dropped the ball and still tried to block the plate and make the tag. He was way off balance and he fell back on his own leg. It was sad to see him or any player get hurt, but, it happens.

    Maybe they should eliminate blocking and tackling in football. There are more vicious hits, blocks and elbows in basketball than in baseball.”

    gb7-

    i’ve said i have no problem if they change the rules on catcher collisions because the way the rule is now even if the catcher is standing a few feet in front of the plate to do a swipe tag, the runner can still go after him. it’s a free legal shot for a bush league player.

    however on the other side of things i agree with you that posey had really bad instincts on how he got his body into that play. he had zero leverage which meant he should have backed off.

    the football analogy is an apt one because catchers if they haven’t played football don’t really get to practice collisions . i was the world’s smallest linebacker( 165 lbs)in high school, but we had a defensive coach who had just finished being a drill instructor in the marines and he taught us to always hit harder than we were going to be hit. i didn’t get hurt in football and i was never hurt seriously in a lot of collisions at home plate over the years. the trick is to get low on the runner just like tackling and hit hard.

    thousands of one on one practice tackles in football is probably the best way to prepare for catching collisions, but how many catchers actually do that?

    if a catcher does it right, they probably should limit the collisions to protect the runner :)

  138. AldotheApache May 30th, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Blake, I agree with you. Swisher can be maddening at times, but he has given the Yankees two solid seasons at a more than decent price, I think he’s earned more of an opportunity to break out of his doldrums. I mean, it IS still May, hardly the time to worry about his option, I think.


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