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Postgame notes: “I’ll take them both”

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

Sometimes it’s hard to choose just one. Nick Swisher had the big home run in the second inning, then he had the big throw to the plate in the sixth. Surely one of those meat more than the other, but on this night, there was no reason to pick just one.

“I’ll take them both,” Swisher said.

The outfield assist was Swisher’s fifth of the season. The home run was his fifth in the past 13 games (since the day Derek Jeter went on the disabled list).

This is the new Swisher, same as the old Swisher we saw last season. He’s been productive on the field and laughing it up in the clubhouse, even laughing at himself after Russell Martin gave him the baseball that he threw to the plate, telling him he should keep it because he doesn’t make a throw like that very often.

“I took the ball, I really did,” Swisher said.

For whatever reason, there seemed to be a lot of talk tonight about the people Swisher’s been talking to. It started with Swisher telling the story of his conversation with Martin, and that led to the story of his conversations with Dave Robertson and Boone Logan, who have worked with him on improving his throws from right field. Joe Girardi said Swisher’s at his best when he short-arms the ball, throwing more like a catcher without creating a long, loopy arm motion. Swisher said he’s at his best because Robertson and Logan have told him to get out in front a little more and not be so wild with his mechanics.

“I’m trying to take a little more pride in the defensive end of things,” he said. “I’ve always just kind of played defense so I can hit, but now I’m trying to take pride in all aspects of the game.”

Eventually, Mark Teixeira was talking about his conversations with Swisher. If anyone on this team knows what it’s like to be a switch hitter off to a slow start, it’s Teixeira, and he tried to talk Swisher through those early season struggles. Swisher is now is hitting .320 with eight homers since May 27.

“Me and him talked a lot because of my bad starts,” Teixeira said. “And I just said, ‘Hey man, you’ve done it for a long time. Just keep doing what you doing.’ As long as you’re physically alright, just ride it out because it’s going to turn, and it did… Power hitters go through a lot of slumps, and then having to do it from both sides of the plate to start a season, when you’ve been sitting around for six months, it’s just not easy to do so we can get in some bad slumps as switch hitters.”

Here’s Swisher. Talking.

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• Freddy Garcia was cruising along tonight, getting in and out of some trouble to pitch another good game for the Yankees. He’d thrown only 76 pitches, but because the Yankees four-run sixth took so long, he wasn’t sent back out for the seventh inning. “I was throwing strikes,” Garcia said. “I gave up like eight hits, but they’re aggressive. They don’t let you pitch, but I was able to make a good pitch.”

• Garcia is 7-6 with a 3.28 ERA. This from a guy who didn’t even have a guaranteed job in spring training. “I was glad to get the chance to start the games,” he said. “I got a shot in spring training to be one of the starters and that’s my job to go and try and do the best that I can do when I’m pitching. And I was able to do that so far.”

• Zack Greinke has a 6.45 ERA in 11 games against the Yankees. He hit the first batter, then the Brewers made a defensive mistake, and the Yankees pounced. By the time Swisher homered in the second inning, it was a 7-0 lead and Greinke’s night was finished before the third. “If he gets on a roll, who knows?” Teixeira said. “Good pitchers, it’s nice to get them early because you don’t know if you’re going to have any more opportunities.”

• The Yankees actually hadn’t seen Greinke since 2008.

• Each Yankees starter reached base tonight and all but Brett Gardner — who reached twice — had a hit. They stole four bases tonight, their fifth game with at least four steals this season. They had three such games all of last year.

• Weird stat of the night: Elias says this is the first time since 1951 that the Yankees won a game by at least 10 runs while also being out-hit.

• Curtis Granderson had his team-leading seventh triple, matching his total for last season (though it was really a mistake by Nyjer Morgan).

• Granderson had his right calf lightly wrapped after the game. He fouled a ball off that leg, but said it’s not a big deal and shouldn’t bother him tomorrow.

• Teixeira has homered in three-straight games and now has a team-high 24 for the season. This is the fourth time this season that he’s homered in four straight games. He now has 299 career homers.

• Jorge Posada has a hit in 12 of his past 13 starts, dating back to June 5. He’s hitting .388 in games he’s starting during that stretch.

• Dave Robertson didn’t pitch tonight, but his name somehow came up in Girardi’s postgame press conference: “To me he’s an all-star,” Girardi said. “There’s no doubt about it.”

• Girardi will greet fans entering Yankee Stadium through the Great Hall tomorrow at 5 p.m.

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83 Responses to “Postgame notes: “I’ll take them both””

  1. m June 29th, 2011 at 12:31 am

    Whoo Hoo! I love these guys.

  2. G. Love June 29th, 2011 at 12:32 am

    Swisher’s defense tonight was excellent. He was taking great routes to the balls and putting some mustard on his throws. I’ve been critical of his defense this year, but I liked the game he played defensively (and offensively obviously) tonight.

  3. Mike_Boston June 29th, 2011 at 12:33 am

    Willy Mo Pena hits a walk off against the tribe, MLB tv showed a replay and in slow mo it shows he spits into his batting helmet then put it on. I can see the urine on the hands, but this is taking it too far.

  4. Jerkface June 29th, 2011 at 12:37 am

    D-rob should go to the all-star game, but I fear he may prefer to go fishing.

  5. G. Love June 29th, 2011 at 1:00 am

    Jerkface,

    Peter Gammons will personally carry & campaign for Bard to the all star game over Robertsen. That’s why it won’t happen. There would be outrage if either one went over the other. I doubt they both go, but who knows.

  6. Nick in SF June 29th, 2011 at 1:03 am

    “He was taking great routes to the balls…”

    It took him a few months to figure out the best camera angles?

  7. Chase June 29th, 2011 at 2:30 am

    Teixeira should easily be able to accomplish getting his 500th career HR in pinstripes.

    That’s pretty cool.

  8. CompassRosy June 29th, 2011 at 2:50 am

    Wanted: catcher
    ~must be capable of catching Felix
    ~must be available in the next 10 hours or so (M’s first pitch tomorrow at 12:35pm pacific time)

    M’s lost BOTH their catchers in tonight’s game…
    Olivo left with leg cramps in the 4th inning leaving Gimenez to come in and play 5 innings with a strained oblique (sustained in batting practice prior to the game). Miggy likely to return tomorrow but Gimenez likely headed to the DL.

  9. montyque June 29th, 2011 at 4:20 am

    “Me and him talked a lot because of my bad starts,” Teixeira said.

    Wow, Maryland public schools… Georgia Tech English department… you got some ‘splainin’ to do…

  10. GreenBeret7 June 29th, 2011 at 5:50 am

    ***you got***? some ‘splainin’ to do

    Where did you go to school? Romper Room School?

  11. AldotheApache June 29th, 2011 at 6:19 am

    Rosy’s post made me wonder … who’d be the Yankees’ emergency 3rd catcher?

  12. AldotheApache June 29th, 2011 at 6:19 am

    Never mind, what am I thinking? Gotta be Po.

  13. Vineyard Yankee June 29th, 2011 at 7:09 am

    Molina would most likely get the call up from SWB.

  14. AldotheApache June 29th, 2011 at 7:10 am

    John Harper of the NYDN thinks the Yankees should sign Prince Fielder as their $25 Million a year DH, mentioning only as a passing afterthought CC’s pending opt out clause.

    Fielder’s a great hitter and would probably put up monster numbers playing in HR-happy YS. But I just don’t see it. ARod is doing fine at 3rd, but DH is definitely in his future.

    It’ll be interesting if the RS get involved, though.

  15. GreenBeret7 June 29th, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Can’t see Boston coughing up another $22-25 Mil a year contract, regardless of what’s “coming off the books”.

  16. blake June 29th, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Swisher showed last night and the last couple of weeks why you stick with guys with track records. Chris Dickerson couldn’t do what Swisher is doing now…..it’s why you have to give good players an extended chance to turn things around.

  17. blake June 29th, 2011 at 7:48 am

    The Red Sox have said that they can’t add anymore payroll this year and they have to actually pay Gonzalez what he’s worth next season. They might jump in the Fielder waters to drive up the price but I can’t see either the Yanks or Sox gettig seriously involved there. The Yanks are going to need a long term spot for Alex at DH in a couple of years (though he’s having a really solid year on both sides of the ball) and I don’t think the Sox.will spend the money. Reyes would be a better target for the Yanks if they want to spend big money this winter.

    GB,

    Didn’t get a chance to listen to the game…..but Manny’s line looked pretty good……did you?

  18. 108 stitches June 29th, 2011 at 7:49 am

    The next FA free agent class does little to help Boston with their issues. They’ll need at least 2 starting pitchers with Matsuzaka out for next year and Wakefield even older. They need a RH bat and young SS Iglesies can field but carries a weak bat. Catching is suspect.
    Papelbon will go elsewhere.

  19. austinmac June 29th, 2011 at 7:51 am

    GB,

    I obviously don’t know what thenRed Sox think, but it doesn’t seem inconceivable they would look at Fielder with Ortiz and Drew no longer indoor contract. I wonder if Fielder would want to be a DH at 27-28.

  20. austinmac June 29th, 2011 at 7:52 am

    –no longer under contract–

  21. upstate kate June 29th, 2011 at 7:55 am

    I know we are not supposed to care about Clif Lee any more, but seeing how he has pitched lately and seeing what he did to the sox last night does make me wish a little bit that the Yankees could have gotten him.

  22. blake June 29th, 2011 at 7:56 am

    The Sox are going to have to either re -sign Drew, Ortiz, and Papelbon or find replacements for them. Drew and Papelbon will probably be gone. Bard can close but they still will need a DH, a RF, bullpen help, and probably a starter as well…….they have a lot coming off but they need a lot as well. Yanks are in better shape long term

  23. Yankee Trader June 29th, 2011 at 7:57 am

    I enjoyed Harper’s use of the word flick as a verb with regards to Fielder.

    Up in the press box, a major league scout was watching Prince Fielder flick line drives into the right field seats during batting practice Tuesday, the Brewers’ star first baseman making home runs look practically effortless.

    Chad-I remember someone posted this question last night. Thanks for answering.
    • Weird stat of the night: Elias says this is the first time since 1951 that the Yankees won a game by at least 10 runs while also being out-hit.

    Compass Rosy-

    I think it would be better for the Mariners to just trade Felix to the Yankees now that they don’t have a catcher capable of catching him. :)

  24. blake June 29th, 2011 at 7:59 am

    Kate,

    That’s why they wanted him….he would have helped the Yanks a lot short term…..long term Im glad they aren’t saddled with what it would have cost to bring him in. Garcia and Colon have given them similar production at a fraction of the price……where Lee would have been nice was the playoffs.

  25. Yankee Trader June 29th, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Austinmac-

    From Harper’s article:
    Fielder smiled at the mention of the short right-field porch here, but he wouldn’t go near any talk of potential landing spots for next season, though he did leave open the possibility that he could be happy as just a DH.

    “I’m not ruling anything out,” he said, “but as for right now, I like playing first base.”

  26. blake June 29th, 2011 at 8:06 am

    If they coukd sign Fielder to a 2 year deal aid be all for it. He would hit 50 homers at YS

  27. AldotheApache June 29th, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Blake, Boras will get more years than that from someone.

  28. Yankee Trader June 29th, 2011 at 8:12 am

    If they coukd sign Fielder to a 2 year deal aid be all for it. He would hit 50 homers at YS
    —————————————————

    Blake- Good morning. People were saying the same thing about Adam Dunn. He’s made a poor transition to the AL. Personally I don’t think the Yankees need a full time DH next season, but if they do, I’d be happy to get Ortiz away from the Red Sox. Now I’ll probably be hung up to dry!! :(

  29. AldotheApache June 29th, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Swisher showed last night and the last couple of weeks why you stick with guys with track records. Chris Dickerson couldn’t do what Swisher is doing now…..it’s why you have to give good players an extended chance to turn things around.

    ———

    Totally agree. And it’s what I was thinking as I read all those posts early on clamoring for him to be relegated to platoon or 4th outfielder status.

  30. Betsy June 29th, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Lee clearly isn’t a NY person and after his comments, I’m glad he went back to Philly……

  31. AldotheApache June 29th, 2011 at 8:17 am

    I have to believe that at age 27, Boras will be looking for 6-7 years.

  32. GreenBeret7 June 29th, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Thank God there are still clowns in the world…clowns like Matthews will make the world smile. Of course, The LoHud Black Cloud will agree with him.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/new-.....id=6714408

  33. Betsy June 29th, 2011 at 8:18 am

    It’s stuff like this that makes me glad I no longer visit the NY Post or NY Daily News on-line or, for that matter listen to Francesca on a regular basis.

  34. Vineyard Yankee June 29th, 2011 at 8:20 am

    blake June 29th, 2011 at 7:56 am

    But…….but……..but what about that great fully stocked Red Sux Farm System ? ? ?

  35. GreenBeret7 June 29th, 2011 at 8:20 am

    I just don’t see the Red Sox putting in excess of $70 mill a year in three hitters and not deal with their pitching issues. There isn’t a lot of help on the farm in the pitching department.

  36. Yankee Trader June 29th, 2011 at 8:23 am

    As of June 19th Swisher had a BA from left side of .187. It’s now .211 and hopefully climbing. I really liked his play in RF last night.

    Attached his current split stats:
    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/7435/splits

  37. blake June 29th, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Also,

    Oh yea I know he will…..I was just sayin Id only be interest short term.

    Trader,

    I think Ortiz will sign back with Boston…..they may have some disagreements over the terms though.

    Vineyard,

    They don’t have much close to the big leagues other than Iglesias…..especially on the pitching front. Peter G. Will give it his all to hype them up though

  38. blake June 29th, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Yanks are in a great spot with their outfield right now…..they have Gardner and Granderson and they have a reasonable option on Swisher for 2012. They can pick up Swisher’s option and let him play out his contract……..then let him walk as he’s exiting his prime and put a full out assault on Matt Kemp in the winter of 2012.

  39. MTU June 29th, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Rosy-

    We’d be glad to give you Cervelli for Bedard.

    ;)

    Blake-

    “El prodigio” had another solid game. Only 1 walk.

    I would like to see both him and Betances go deeper into games though.

    To be honest he has struggled a bit more at AA than I thought he would but he’s starting to get it together.

    Hoping for a real strong 2nd half from him.

  40. upstate kate June 29th, 2011 at 8:30 am

    GB
    I should have known better than to open that link. Why is a NY writer so in love w/ the red sox?

  41. blake June 29th, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Was listening to the radio this morning and some Red Sox fan called in and said that Lee didn’t have to face Ortiz or Crawford so last night wasn’t a true gauge of anything ……then went on to say he hated interleague play because it wasn’t fair that the Sox had to play the Phillies……I guess he forgot about the Padres and Pirates series that they lost…….the delusions and excuse making has begun.

  42. MTU June 29th, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Blake-

    Kemp or JU after next season.

    :)

  43. MaineYankee June 29th, 2011 at 8:32 am

    blake

    I can see the Ortiz situation being similar to what Damon’s was with the Yankees.

    I think Ortiz is making 13 mill. and I doubt the RS want to shell out that much on a DH.

    I also think they could have trouble agreeing on the length.

    I suspect Ortiz will want more years than the RS are willing to go.

    They may also need to keep the DH open for Youk.

    He seems to have slowed this year unless he’s hurt and we haven’t heard about it.

  44. Yankee Trader June 29th, 2011 at 8:32 am

    GB-

    I read the Matthews article. Current stats don’t bear out that the Red Sox are a better team than the Yankees-certainly not in the pitching department. While the Yankees do have flaws, so do the other contenders for the playoffs. Wait till the Yankees start firing on all 8 cyinders instead of 4.

  45. Vineyard Yankee June 29th, 2011 at 8:34 am

    blake June 29th, 2011 at 8:23 am

    I was being sarcastic. Meaning that their most likely means to restock is through FA.

  46. blake June 29th, 2011 at 8:34 am

    MTU,

    I think he had 93 pitches through 5…..so he probably coukd have gone another inning but still not really economical. For a lot of guys that final stage of development is learning how to get outs faster and how to conserve pitches…..I think that’s what both guys are going through right now. When you start seeing them go 6 and 7 innings and more consistently and getting that pitch count count then they’ll be getting close to ready for the Bronx.

  47. MTU June 29th, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Can’t see the Sux letting a guy who is producing the way Ortiz is go.

    He is having a monster season.

  48. MaineYankee June 29th, 2011 at 8:36 am

    GreenBeret7 June 29th, 2011 at 8:20 am
    I just don’t see the Red Sox putting in excess of $70 mill a year in three hitters and not deal with their pitching issues. There isn’t a lot of help on the farm in the pitching department
    ————————————————————————

    Morning GB

    You pulling an all-nighter? :lol:

    The great Tazawa has started his come back for the RS.

    He did get shelled and didn’t get out of the first inning but not to worry.

  49. Erin June 29th, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Yankee Trader June 29th, 2011 at 8:12 am
    . Personally I don?t think the Yankees need a full time DH next season, but if they do, I?d be happy to get Ortiz away from the Red Sox.

    ***************************
    I certainly hope they don’t go after Ortiz. I’d hate to have to root for that idiot.

  50. MTU June 29th, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Blake-

    Sounds about right.

    Banuelos calling card has always been his command.

    I’m ready to see it return.

    He has made great progress with his 3rd pitch- the curve.

    It is now another deadly weapon.

  51. blake June 29th, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Vineyard,

    Yea I know…..I was just reinforcing your sarcasm.

    Maine,

    Yea that’s possible…..but who are the Sox going to replace him with. I agree that Youk might need to DH soon since 1b is tied up but then who plays 3rd? I think Ortiz will ask for 3 years and they will offer 1……and he’ll probably re-sign for 2 or one with an option or something. I coukd be wrong.

  52. blake June 29th, 2011 at 8:40 am

    MTU,

    Hopefully both he and Betances will dial it in in the 2nd half. It sounds like Betances just isn’t getting touched when the throws strikes.

  53. Vineyard Yankee June 29th, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Blake, OK I guess they could make a trade too but you have to give to get and they don’t have much to give that is ML ready which leaves FA and more big bucks..

  54. Yankee Trader June 29th, 2011 at 8:41 am

    The Yankees need another solid reliever, even if Soriano comes back with no recurrence of elbow pain. Let Theo get Heath Bell from his his lackey Hoyer.Personally I’ll take his teamate to pitch in pinstripes. Look at these stats.
    Agree?

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/pl.....ypVQ2FCLcF

  55. Triple Short of a Cycle June 29th, 2011 at 8:42 am

    As much as I hate the Red Sox I agree with the fact that interleague play is unfair when everyone doesn’t face the same teams and the AL teams lose the DH in National League parks especially when they have a DH that can’t play the field

  56. Joe from Long Island June 29th, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Matthews has achieved what he set out to do by writing that article. He got fans to click on it.

  57. MaineYankee June 29th, 2011 at 8:43 am

    blake

    I think Ortiz is going to play hardball based on things I’ve heard.

    He feels like he got disrespected the last couple of yrs and seems like he thinks he deserves another big contract.

    Based on the RS past track record and how Ortiz seems to think of his ability I think they might part ways.

  58. Vineyard Yankee June 29th, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Triple:

    I’m for the more balanced schedule. See more Teams like the Brewers, Rockies etc. Less of the Red Sux which would make the games we do have with them more exciting instead of all the time.

  59. Yankee Trader June 29th, 2011 at 8:49 am

    This is the salary ceiling of a pure DH coming off a great year in a limited market.
    Vlad Guerreo-

    1 year/$8M (2011)

    signed by Baltimore as a free agent 2/4/11
    $3M of salary deferred without interest, paid 2016-17
    performance bonuses

  60. GreenBeret7 June 29th, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Kate, only two other writers in NY are more in love with his own type than Matthews. It’s a close race, though.

  61. upstate kate June 29th, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Triple
    As Girardi was saying, it isn’t fair to have to play consecutive series in NL parks. In the Yankees situation, Po was getting hot, and then he sits and PHs…lucky he played 1st that one game. For the sox, Ortiz has been one of their best hitters, and it has to hurt having him sit. Should be interesting w/ him playing 1st and A-gon playing RF.

  62. Triple Short of a Cycle June 29th, 2011 at 8:51 am

    MaineYankee,

    “He feels like he got disrespected the last couple of yrs and seems like he thinks he deserves another big contract”

    He signed it. Nobody put a gun to his head

  63. Yankee Trader June 29th, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Matthews has achieved what he set out to do by writing that article. He got fans to click on it.
    ———————————–

    Actually Joe, GB got me to click on it. Thanks GB. LOL

  64. Shame Spencer June 29th, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Wait a second, wait a second… I just woke up this morning to a complete shock. Are you guys telling me the sports publications that predicted the Red Sox would win the World Series and simultaneously cure cancer were wrong?!

  65. MTU June 29th, 2011 at 8:54 am

    There was an awful lot of talk last night about the rotation once Bartolo and Hughes return and who should be in and who should be out.

    It gets down to between Garcia, Nova, and Hughes for 2 spots.

    Someone is gonna have to be the odd man out meaning they go to the pen.

    G. Love has some very interesting things to say and got me thinking.

    His take was that you don’t try to fix what is not broken emaning the rotation is good the way it is.

    That means Hughes either goes to the pen or is sent to AAA.

    It’s an interesting POV but I do not think the Yankees would choose to go that way with Phil.

    I believe he’ll get a shot to show what he has therefore it will either be Freddy or Nova to the pen, or a 6 man.

    I don’t see a six man. Not the Yankees style.

    Of the two, Freddy or Nova who should remain in the rotation ?

    That is the 64 thousand dollar question.

    Good arguments can be made on either side and were presented.

    That’s a tough one to resolve.

    Who would you want to see stay and why ?

    Apologies for the length of the post.

  66. GreenBeret7 June 29th, 2011 at 8:55 am

    blake, neither Betances nor Banuelos have a half a season of AA ball. I’m not concerned about either one. They weren’t going to be ready this year anyway. For one, they lack pro experience. There’s time for their big splash next season around July, if needed. Right now, it’s Phelps, Warren and Mitchell that need the fine tuning to be ready for the Big Push.

  67. GreenBeret7 June 29th, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Yankee Trader June 29th, 2011 at 8:53 am
    Matthews has achieved what he set out to do by writing that article. He got fans to click on it.
    ———————————–

    Actually Joe, GB got me to click on it. Thanks GB. LOL

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

    I do what I can to help out, guys.

  68. blake June 29th, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Maine,

    Its possible….I kinda hope it gets ugly.

    Triple,

    I general I agree but the Sox can’t complain about their interleague schedule this year…..they got the Padres and Pirates and.lost both series.

  69. MTU June 29th, 2011 at 8:58 am

    GB-

    Just curious.

    Of the three who do you has the most potential ?

    To put it another way, if you had to tarde 2 of the 3 which one would you keep and why ?

  70. Triple Short of a Cycle June 29th, 2011 at 8:58 am

    upstate kate,

    I also think it is really irresponsible for Francona to put Agon in the OF just to get Ortiz into a meaningless interleague game.

  71. blake June 29th, 2011 at 8:59 am

    GB,

    I agree. Both guys have a little development left it seems. They both have the pitches developed now…..now they just have to learn hoe to use them.

  72. MTU June 29th, 2011 at 8:59 am

    sp: trade. sorry.

  73. MTU June 29th, 2011 at 8:59 am

    new thread ==>

  74. Erin June 29th, 2011 at 9:00 am

    New Post: Girardi: “Some guys have seized an opportunity”

    :arrow:

  75. GreenBeret7 June 29th, 2011 at 9:02 am

    For those interested, Hughes’ game starts at 12:05 PM today and on a free feed on http://www.MiLB.com radio

  76. MaineYankee June 29th, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Triple Short of a Cycle June 29th, 2011 at 8:58 am
    upstate kate,

    I also think it is really irresponsible for Francona to put Agon in the OF just to get Ortiz into a meaningless interleague game.

    ——————————————————————————

    It sounds like the decision was made above Francona.

  77. GreenBeret7 June 29th, 2011 at 9:03 am

    blake June 29th, 2011 at 8:59 am
    GB,

    I agree. Both guys have a little development left it seems. They both have the pitches developed now…..now they just have to learn hoe to use them.

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

    Who are you calling a “hoe”. I ain’t no farmer.

  78. MaineYankee June 29th, 2011 at 9:06 am

    GB7

    Who are you calling a “hoe”. I ain’t no farmer.

    —————————————————————

    You should be so lucky. :lol:

  79. MTU June 29th, 2011 at 9:07 am

    GB-

    YF will be at the game and in sight of a radar gun.

    Will be curious to hear her 1st hand impressions.

    :)

  80. GreenBeret7 June 29th, 2011 at 9:08 am

    MTU June 29th, 2011 at 8:58 am
    GB-

    Just curious.

    Of the three who do you has the most potential ?

    To put it another way, if you had to tarde 2 of the 3 which one would you keep and why ?

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

    MTU, I like Phelps the most, but, Warren is a lot like a young Mussina and probably has the most potential of the three, but, Mitchell and Phelps are no dogs. besides, Phelps is from st. Louis and a Notre Dame grad. With the St. Louis connection, Chad could use it to get some good inside clubhouse dirt.

  81. Yankee Trader June 29th, 2011 at 9:11 am

    MTU-

    I’m not proposing this, but Colon has the best fastball on the team and would make an excellent set-up man. However currently he’s our #2 and is pitching like an ace.

    Hughes was the 2nd best set-up reliever in 2009, 2nd to Matt Thornton who I’d love to have in pinstripes. Again I’m not proposing Hughes go to the bullpen, but he’s going to have to corral his pitches, show sustained velocity and be able to pitch quality games of at a minimum 6 innings.

    Garcia has an out/strike out pitch in the split finger and offers the opposing teams a different look when sandwiched between CC and Colon. I’d keep him in the rotation until, and if he tires.

    AJ does a good job of beating up his catchers, but will not go to the bullpen with his 16.5M salary nor should he.

    That leaves Nova, the Yankees best ground ball pitcher who while deserving to stay in the rotation, might be a good option not only in long relief, but to come in with runners on, needing the DP.

    Now there’s my lengthy take on your question, and I’m sticking to it!!!

  82. MTU June 29th, 2011 at 9:12 am

    GB-

    Thanks.

    Good point. We could always use a little extra spice around here.

    I agree on Warren. Just wanted your take.

  83. MTU June 29th, 2011 at 9:16 am

    YT-

    The Yankees will evaluate things with Hughes from start to start.

    He has to be competitve and offer the team a chance to win.

    That said, he gets a certain amount of rope because of his track record.

    I’m hopeful he will deliver as a starter. If he cannot he migh be able to dial it up a notch out the pen.

    I think either Freddy or Nova could pitch out of the pen.

    It’s gonna be intersting to see how it pans out.

    Thanks for the response. I would love to have thornton.

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