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Yankees postgame: Bats go cold in the heat

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Jul 23, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Less than 24 hours after putting up 17 runs and 17 hits, the Yankees posted three runs and nine hits. They went just 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position and stranded 11, including the potential tying run at third with two outs in the ninth. Rich Harden had his good changeup and held them to two runs and five hits over 5 1-3. And the A’s won 4-3 on a day when the heat index again hit 100.

“You hold this lineup down to a couple of runs, you’re doing something,” Nick Swisher said. “So you’ve got to give credit where credit is due.”

Still, Swisher and Mark Teixeira agree this lineup misses Alex Rodriguez, expected to be out for about another month after knee surgery. The Yankees are 7-5 since Rodriguez went down. They are 5-5 since the All-Star break, alternating wins and losses in the last six games. And they are 9-9 in their last 18.

“He’s Alex Rodriguez,” Teixeira said. “I mean, this is one of the greatest players of all time. His presence, the fact that he has great at-bats, he makes the pitcher work, and then he’s going to drive in 100 runs, hit home runs and do everything he does.  So obviously we miss him.”

Brandon Laird played the part of A-Rod in this game, making his first major-league start, at third. But the 23-year-old rookie went 0 for 3 and struck out with two outs and the bases packed in the fourth.

“It was my first time coming up with the bases loaded,” Laird said. “I felt pretty good. I was excited. But it just didn’t go my way. … 

“It would’ve been nice to get a win. But I got my first start, got it under my belt, got it out of the way. Hopefully I have some more coming in the future.”

*A.J. Burnett is now winless in his last four starts, but he pitched well enough to win in this one, charged with three runs, six hits, three walks and two hit batters while fanning six in 5 2/3. In 21 starts, he has given up three runs or less 13 times and four runs five times.

“I thought he threw the ball extremely well,” Joe Girardi said.

*Rafael Soriano’s rehab assignment will now shift after two outings with High-A Tampa. The reliever is scheduled to pitch today against Syracuse at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

*David Robertson struck out his ninth consecutive batter with the bases loaded. After a scoreless ninth, he has allowed just two earned runs in his last 26 outings.

*Hideki Matsui’s decisive homer off Boone Logan in the seventh snapped a 16 2-3-scoreless innings streak for the bullpen. Matsui has homered in four of his last five games here, all in a visiting uniform.

*Derek Jeter went 3 for 4 with a walk and is batting .333 (21 for 63) in July after batting a combined .260 the first three months.

*In today’s series finale, Bartolo Colon and lefty Gio Gonzalez will be the starters.

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150 Responses to “Yankees postgame: Bats go cold in the heat”

  1. fantasygame101 July 23rd, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Call up Montero to DH. At least there is hope there.

  2. RhapsodyInBlue July 23rd, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Jeter might be hot but I don’t think Granderson has a hit since the move to #3.

  3. stuart a July 23rd, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    jeter a jorge both 190 or less with RISP…

    not exactly helping the cause.

    call up montero, send down 1 of the 2 extra outfielders. DH is killing them.

    b

  4. fantasygame101 July 23rd, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    I think the proper alignment should be cano 3 and granderson 5. Ks are killing this team with the 3 and 4 striking out too often to be effective.

  5. Jerkface July 23rd, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Betances apparently injured in not good start today

  6. Dill Pickler July 23rd, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    since when is pitching 5 2/3 innings “well enough to win,” especially for a guy who is supposedly our #2 starter?

    Man, standards have fallen off a cliff.

  7. Betsy July 23rd, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Crossing my fingers that it’s not serious…..

  8. Yogi Mantle July 23rd, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Holding down “this lineup” hasn’t exactly been that tough this season. While they do score runs, they also go for streaks of poor hitting.

    AJ is just a strange pitcher. If the Yankees get a lead he seems determined to give it up again. Happens why too often.

  9. NYY fan in NH July 23rd, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    If I remember correctly, last year the Yankees were a .500 team after the ASB. For the first time, and i’ve been a fan for 35 years, I think the team has major holes offensively and feels alot older. You got Granderson, Gardner, Cano as the younger core of the team. Gardner is inconsistent, but he’s uselful. Posada needs to go. Jeter shows signs of coming out it lately. There’s alot of underachievers this year. The low team batting average says it all. .259

  10. Varena July 23rd, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    What happened to Chad Jennings ? :(

  11. RhapsodyInBlue July 23rd, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Betances’ final line tonight: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO.

  12. NYY fan in NH July 23rd, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    what’s happen to our top pitching prospects lately?

  13. AldotheApache July 23rd, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    New Hampshire is the new California.

  14. luis July 23rd, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Rhapsody,

    Any news on what kind of injury?

  15. Yank1 July 23rd, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    “AJ is just a strange pitcher. If the Yankees get a lead he seems determined to give it up again. Happens why too often.”

    Ideally, he won’t start a playoff game.

    I prefer the 09 Burnett who had his fair share of dominant games and clunkers to go along with his otherwise mediocre/solid starts. This Burnett for the most part is mediocre every time out. Like a more expensive, more frustrating version of Nova with the tendency to give back runs.

  16. JWeav July 23rd, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Its time for Posada to step aside. Love the guy but he needs to start the farewell tour.

  17. RhapsodyInBlue July 23rd, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    No news on Betances, I’m listening to the game.

    http://64.34.190.77/MiLB/GameA.....on_thunder

  18. NYY fan in NH July 23rd, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    New Hampshire is the new California
    ———————————————-

    and why is that?

  19. Against All Odds July 23rd, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    NYY fan in NH July 23rd, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    what’s happen to our top pitching prospects lately?

    ——————————

    Yankee management

    I keed I keed

  20. NYY fan in NH July 23rd, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Just seems they are struggling a bit now.. Manny and Betances. Growing pains maybe..

  21. Bronx Jeers July 23rd, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    This could be the year King Henrik brings home the Vezina?

    http://bleacherreport.com/arti.....ina-trophy

  22. RhapsodyInBlue July 23rd, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    No news on why Betances was taken out but it sounds like it could have been heat related.

    96 degrees at game time.

  23. sunny615 July 23rd, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Heal fast Arod. This offense is sputtering without ya.

  24. bruceb July 23rd, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Red Sox rally past Mariners. What a surprise.

  25. Abe Peteraham July 23rd, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Maybe we see our next pitcher in rotation tomorrow, pretty boy gio?

  26. Abe Peteraham July 23rd, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    I remember when we used to covet AJ starting against us… He can be good, just can’t close a game..

  27. Tyler July 23rd, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Bronx Jeers July 23rd, 2011 at 9:55 pm
    This could be the year King Henrik brings home the Vezina?

    http://bleacherreport.com/arti…..ina-trophy
    ——————————–

    Nope, because it is Jaro Halak’s turn this year :)

  28. yankeefeminista July 23rd, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    mashmore98 Mike Ashmore
    RT @Hank1st: Sounds like Dellin left due to the heat. There still was a 100+ heat index in the 4th and he’d thrown 30+ pitches in the frame.

  29. pft2 July 23rd, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    “charged with three runs, six hits, three walks and two hit batters while fanning six in 5 2/3. ”

    Which stinks against a weak A’s lineup. Yankees have 1 ace and a collection of #4-#5 starters that make up the next 4 spots. And CC has struggled against the Red Sox and Rangers.

    As constructed, this team may end up with the WC but will not go very far in the playoffs. Cashman may be content with just making the playoffs, but I doubt the fans will be.

  30. GreenBeret7 July 23rd, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Chavez is DHing tonight. 1-2 with a walk, a strikeout and a 2 run homer to left field

  31. fantasygame101 July 23rd, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    why not take a chance on montero? as if this team will go far without another impact bat. Maybe those evaluators are wrong again just like with the likes of kennedy, clippard and even karsten.

  32. West Coast Yankee Fan July 23rd, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    You want a laugh? Go back to April and read the posts of the “experts” here like Trish who laughed and pronounced the Sux dead and buried, while the rest of us knowledgeable Yankee fans knew otherwise..

    They now have a three game lead on us, and probably the best hitting team in baseball. What do you think Cashman? Going to hold on to your prospects and give the year away?

  33. Abe Peteraham July 23rd, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Chavez coming up and hitting definitely will help, let him cut his rehab hits here please

  34. J. Alfred Prufrock July 23rd, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Desmond Jennings had himself a great night for the Rays, doubling, tripling, 2 BB, RBI, SB and 2 runs scored. Had a fielding error, too. Played left, BJ was back in CF. Good news is Rays lost, though. Elliott Johnson played short. That I could not have forseen.

    ///

    Yankfem, sounds like Dellin will be fine, assuming Ashmore’s right.

  35. J. Alfred Prufrock July 23rd, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    They now have a three game lead on us, and probably the best hitting team in baseball. What do you think Cashman? Going to hold on to your prospects and give the year away?
    ///

    Marry them.

  36. West Coast Yankee Fan July 23rd, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Sheer brilliance Douchefrock.

  37. LockDown July 23rd, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Chavez and A-rod could be a boost for this team.

    But it doesn’t change the fact that Teix is struggling. The addition of A-gon has made the redsox offense explosive. He makes everyone around him better.

    I wish Teix would try and work his swing to go the other way. I know this is beating a dead horse, but it’s frustrating :(

    And our DH is struggling too. Maybe when Chavez & A-Rod come back it will give Girardi a reason to take some ABs away from Posada.

  38. GreenBeret7 July 23rd, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Oh, no. A whole three games out of first and only 64 games left to stage a ralley. How will they ever pull this off and show their faces again.

    Idiot.

  39. GreenBeret7 July 23rd, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    ***a rally***

  40. Jerkface July 23rd, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Why should the Yankees worry about the Red Sox? The Yankees have a lower team ERA!

  41. West Coast Yankee Fan July 23rd, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Ah, we have a quorum of idiotas!

  42. J. Alfred Prufrock July 23rd, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    C’mon, you’re the most disingenuous commenter here, surely everyone else sees this, too. How can anyone even respond to your comments, you don’t have any concept of honest debate, or interest in it. What’s more, you seem to live for conflict with strangers who have no stake in anything you say or do. & your self-regard in applauding your own opinions really inspires pity.

    Weird.

  43. yankeefeminista July 23rd, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    I too hope Ashmore is right.

    We sorely miss Alex.

  44. AldotheApache July 23rd, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    JAP, you’re wrong about westy. You’d have to promote him 3 levels UP on the stupidity scale for him to be disingenuous.

  45. J. Alfred Prufrock July 23rd, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    Well, maybe I’m stupid, but I just can’t fathom what the goal is, fighting with everyone in here.

  46. West Coast Yankee Fan July 23rd, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    You missed that by a country mile Douchefrock. You’re getting a rep.

  47. J. Alfred Prufrock July 23rd, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    Give everyone here a break and see a shrink. The way you talk, you can afford it.

  48. AldotheApache July 23rd, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan says:
    July 23, 2011 at 11:26 pm
    You missed that by a country mile Douchefrock. You’re getting a rep.

    ———-

    Pot … kettle … black.

  49. West Coast Yankee Fan July 23rd, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Goodnight frockster.

  50. BoJo July 24th, 2011 at 1:01 am

    yanks4ever July 23rd, 2011 at 6:27 pm
    luis is C R 9.

    Hey remember how you told everyone how you liked to stalk your prey ? See how you like being the prey now “luis”. The chase is on. Now you’re the Fugitive. Only the Fugitive was innocent. You’re guilty as sin.

    Start running “luis”. See how it feels to be on the other end.

    LOL.
    ____
    Wish you had not posted this. I was really enjoying Michael’s amateurish attempts to stalk and befriend me. I had gone to lengths to get him angry enough to stalk me. I had a lot of pranks, traps, and jokes lined up.

    But I guess the joke is up. We have collected the following data:
    Name
    Address
    Home phone
    Place of work phone
    Name of company you work at and management there
    Phone at place of work
    Name of wife
    Name of brother and place of work
    Name of mother
    Vehicle and license number’
    Driver license info

    I used to work with both Equifax, Choicepoint, and Krolls…and know a thing or two about data mining. And also about how to counter cyber bullies.

    I don’t intend to post this info, but will provide it to people you harass by posting their info. They can decide what they wish to do with it. I’ll also instruct them how to set up accounts to send you and your employers spam mail of their choosing.

    Oh well…I’m sure you’ll behave going forward. You actually sound like an intelligent Yankee fan if you would care to just focus on that and it was good to hear your points of view. Of course, your fake spanish approach always got us to crack up too.

  51. Bronx Jeers July 24th, 2011 at 1:14 am

    Why do I feel like I’m always the last guy in on the joke around here when it comes to this freak? And I’m sitting here wondering why all these great people are staying away.

    I didn’t know and I nearly slipped up. I’m pretty sure there are others who aren’t aware as well.

  52. Bronx Jeers July 24th, 2011 at 1:24 am

    “I must compliment you on the improvement in your English! When you first came here, you had a lot of difficulty putting together sentences and being understood, but now you are very fluent. Did you take a course like Rosetta Stone or something. Very impressive!”

    This is what I’m talking about!

    I originally thought this was corny. Now it’s hysterical. I missed out on a very good laugh! :wink:

  53. BoJo July 24th, 2011 at 1:33 am

    Bronx Jeers July 24th, 2011 at 1:24 am
    ___
    Sorry–couldn’t tell many what I was doing….I have been playing him for a while…but you won’t see the jokes unless you knew more about him.

  54. BoJo July 24th, 2011 at 1:34 am

    Like Tiki, Teddy, and whatever third cat name I was posting are the names of his dogs.

  55. BoJo July 24th, 2011 at 1:35 am

    He has also been stalking another person here and seems very obvious to me…but I want to see if the person ever figures it out. My bet would be no.

  56. Bronx Jeers July 24th, 2011 at 1:41 am

    Bojo,

    I don’t even know who yanks4ever is and how he knew. I’m in here all the time and am apparently clueless. And whoever he was telling didn’t believe him and even accused him of being CR.

    Then I kind of looked back and realized he could be right.

  57. Bronx Jeers July 24th, 2011 at 1:46 am

    Oh there are definitely former victims conversing with him. There’s a lot of good people conversing with him.

    It’s not blatantly obvious because perhaps this incarnation is somewhat “lucid”.

  58. Bronx Jeers July 24th, 2011 at 1:49 am

    Wait there’s really no “Tiki” the good-luck cat? :lol:

  59. BoJo July 24th, 2011 at 1:52 am

    No—she goes by another name…but I kind of like that name and will use it with my next cat….

    Yanks4ever is real. You can tell Tommie when you see him.

    I am not hanging around as much since I have grown tired of reading the whining and rants of people needing professional anger management help. If they want psychiatrists, either pay us or go get it elsewhere.

  60. BoJo July 24th, 2011 at 1:54 am

    Yeah–I actually enjoyed talking baseball with him, and hopes he stays in that character…just drop the stupid pretense.

  61. Vineyard Yankee July 24th, 2011 at 1:55 am

    Wow, this is unreal. The same crap you pulled on WCYF over at TDN.

  62. BoJo July 24th, 2011 at 1:55 am

    Funny story–I was listening to game today and “Tiki” jumped up to start the ninth…but my wife opened some tuna after Gardner scored…coincidence? Or ONE STEP BEYOND???

  63. BoJo July 24th, 2011 at 1:56 am

    Speaking of trolls and morons showing up….as if on queue….

    I’m off to bed anyway…Good night Bronx Jeers.

  64. Vineyard Yankee July 24th, 2011 at 2:01 am

    Blojo as always, stuff it, you are and always will be a clown. The ‘Stalker Clown’ sounds pretty good actually.

  65. Bronx Jeers July 24th, 2011 at 2:03 am

    I’m freakin talkin to the guy in Spanish!

    IMO he’s done way too much damage to this place to be welcomed back. Once a snake always a snake.

    Anyway thanks for confirming all this. And I hope you don’t stay because of that other nut. He’s another guy that’s done a lot of damage here. In the old days he’d be long gone.

    Thanks again and good night.

  66. Jerkface July 24th, 2011 at 2:10 am

    It must have been so difficult tracking down the guys who post their own phone number.

  67. Vineyard Yankee July 24th, 2011 at 2:26 am

    Yeah right, grow up child. I intend to waste no time with you. Have fun talking to yourself.

  68. West Coast Yankee Fan July 24th, 2011 at 2:55 am

    LoHud – You can see above that everything I have said about Blojo is true and in a moment of extreme narcissism and arrogance he was stupid enough to admit it. He is a stalker and has made a living out of mining personal information about bloggers, just as he admitted above, and providing it to others so they can be harassed. I hope you take the action necessary to rid this blog of him; he is a cancer.

  69. West Coast Yankee Fan July 24th, 2011 at 3:31 am

    BoJo July 24th, 2011 at 1:01 am

    Here is Blojo admitting he has dug up personal information on someone for the expressed purpose of harassing them:

    We have collected the following data:

    Name
    Address
    Home phone
    Place of work phone
    Name of company you work at and management there
    Phone at place of work
    Name of wife
    Name of brother and place of work
    Name of mother
    Vehicle and license number’
    Driver license info

    I used to work with both Equifax, Choicepoint, and Krolls…and know a thing or two about data mining. And also about how to counter cyber bullies.

    I don’t intend to post this info, but will provide it to people you harass by posting their info. They can decide what they wish to do with it. I’ll also instruct them how to set up accounts to send you and your employers spam mail of their choosing.

    Oh well…I’m sure you’ll behave going forward. You actually sound like an intelligent Yankee fan if you would care to just focus on that and it was good to hear your points of view. Of course, your fake spanish approach always got us to crack up too.

  70. Jerkface July 24th, 2011 at 3:48 am

    lmao you morons white knighting c r 9

  71. igotid88 July 24th, 2011 at 5:16 am

    Doc Iac July 23rd, 2011 at 10:54 am
    igotid88

    you make me laugh, cause hughes was yankee high rated prospect u give him all these excuses,

    and burnett gets drilled with critisim after his start against the rays, which he did bad, but comin off extended break kept the team in it,

    bottom line, both guys are unrealble at the moment, but makin excuses for hughes is ridiculas, dont give me that 10 yr vet vs young pitcher BS, how many other young pitchers in the league are better than hughes right now

    that said, im glad hughes didnt blame the conditions, and i LIKE hughes, I want him to succed, but i wont make excuses for him
    ———————————————————————-

    it’s no cause he was rated high. I’ve seen what he can do up here. he’s having a regression year which i remember last year we all said was possible. especially him throwing that many innings last year for the first time. And with Burnett he supposedly has better stuff and gets drilled many times

  72. blake July 24th, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Morning everyone. Tough loss yesterday……

    Arod being out drastically affecta the lineup both in actual production and just the feel of it. That’s a game they should win yesterday but you can’t win them all….Girardi made the right call in pulling AJ and actually probably waited a hitter too long……

    Don’t look now but the Captain is hitting .333 over the last 30 days and is playing a really nice SS as well……he’s got some gas in the tank yet…..should have been 4-4 yesterday.

    Need Colon go step up today…..can’t lose a series at home to the As

  73. MTU July 24th, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Morning Blake-

    What’s goin’ on Bigtime ?

    :)

  74. blake July 24th, 2011 at 8:49 am

    MTU,

    Not much bud…..how are you. Hostile enviorment around here yesterday Id imagine…….have you decided to trade for Beltran yet? How about Kershaw or Kemp?

  75. MTU July 24th, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Blake-

    I’d take Beltran. Sure. Just wouldn’t give up more than a B prospect for him.

    Looks like he might want to stay in NL.

    Kemp if Swish departs the scene.

    Until the Dodgers get straightened out special K isn’t going anywhere.

  76. blake July 24th, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Did Girardi forget in two short years how Hideki -son mashes lefties…..if he just wanted Logan to throw that inning then fine but if he wanted to specifically get Matsui out then he should have went to Robertson who is their best non-Rivera reliever against everyone. That’s the sort of latitude I think getting Soriano back will give him though…..he can use Robertson to get the best hitters out

  77. MTU July 24th, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Blake-

    Here’s a few photos from the latest hiking adventure in the high country.

    https://picasaweb.google.com/cybermrb03/TeAhTrail?authkey=Gv1sRgCNGW-IyWmNj5ngE#

    May as well start your Sun. off right.

    Enjoy.

    :)

  78. MaineYankee July 24th, 2011 at 8:55 am

    blake

    You notice when the current whipping boy turns it around and starts doing well people don’t admit that maybe they were wrong?

    They just turn to the next player in a slump and attack them.

    It’s sad what a certain bad element has done to this blog.

    It has driven alot of the good posters away and if it continues to go unchecked it will kill this place.

  79. 108 stitches July 24th, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Sitting back and waiting for Alex to return is not the answer. Need bat(s) to bring some run production. Start with Montero and Chavez. Eliminate the dead wood. Cashman could get Jimenez and King Felix on the cheap and it wouldn’t matter. They would just join other pitchers that don’t get run support which is the single biggest problem on the team.

  80. MaineYankee July 24th, 2011 at 8:57 am

    blake

    MTU is waiting to hear the Yankees traded for some guy named Jimmy or something like that. :lol:

  81. MTU July 24th, 2011 at 8:58 am

    MY-

    Don’t hold you breath waiting for the cavalry.

    People have called out before.

    Falls on deaf ears and nothing but excuses made.

    Maybe when it hits the pocketbook. That’s the language.

    Might be too late by then.

    ;)

  82. MTU July 24th, 2011 at 8:59 am

    MY-

    Jimmy Dean ? Good sausage.

    :)

  83. blake July 24th, 2011 at 8:59 am

    MTU,

    Very nice….thanks for those!

    Maine,

    I never have thought Jeter was finished…..I think its likely he’s done being the best SS in the league but he’s going to find a way to be productive IMO…..he’s just been trying to work out how to use his new skill set.

    I think he’s changed his approach recently…..seems like he’s guessing more and starting earlier and trying to be more selective. Now that’ll result in some ugly ABs when he guesses wrong…….but it’ll also allow him to walk more and damage more pitches when he guesses right.

  84. Bret The Hitman July 24th, 2011 at 9:00 am

    What about Matt Kemp? He’s 2 years away from free agency but there’s no guarantee he reaches the Yankees. Maybe Cashman should be proactive and aggressive. Bring in Kemp early? Start him in RF and DH Swisher?

    Where would you bat Kemp? 3rd?

  85. MTU July 24th, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Blake-

    As always, my pleasure.

  86. blake July 24th, 2011 at 9:02 am

    108,

    I agree. They should address the offense even if its internally.

  87. MaineYankee July 24th, 2011 at 9:03 am

    MTU

    The late night here has turned into the forum of multiple personalites.

    All talking to themselves.

  88. blake July 24th, 2011 at 9:03 am

    I said yesterday Id at least call about Kemp. The problem is that MLB may not allow them to do anything that would lower the value of their assets.

  89. MTU July 24th, 2011 at 9:08 am

    MY-

    That’s too bad for some of the night owls like Pat. M, m, and others.

    :(

  90. Shame Spencer July 24th, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Wow.. just catching up on the past couple threads.. sheesh..

    Can you guys promise me something? If you ever think I’m being stalked and I’m unaware of it, let me know? :D

  91. blake July 24th, 2011 at 9:09 am

    I think Jeter is pulling the ball more because he’s starting earlier ……that’s why he’s been looking rough on offspeed stuff when he’s looking fastball. That’s fine though if it allows him to drive the ball again…..its just a different way to hit…..and one that a lot of guys have to go to as they age

  92. BoJo July 24th, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Here is my request list for a hitter to acquire:
    1. Beltran–been calling for him since Hot Stove league
    2. Melky
    and the new addition
    3. Matsui–he still would be a great LH bat to DH for us…Rises to the occasion and plays big in play-offs. I think he might be had cheaply too relative to others.

  93. BoJo July 24th, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Any one of those three would be fine by me.

  94. blake July 24th, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Bojo,

    I like options 1 and 3 best. I wouldn’t mind bringing Melky back but I think the Royals would ask for more than he’s worth.

  95. BoJo July 24th, 2011 at 9:21 am

    And I go back to ST to pull this line-up out of the dust…now that ARod is still on DL, I would like to see Girardi try this once

    Gardner
    Granderson
    Jeter
    Cano
    Tex
    Swisher
    DH (Posada/Chavez/Laird/Jones/Monero?/Acquisition?)
    Martin
    Nunez

    Gardner and Grandy are the two hotest hitters, and DJ might be tougher to move down the line-up…but don’l let him take away at bats from the terrific twosome.

  96. austinmac July 24th, 2011 at 9:21 am

    I didn’t see yesterday’s game. How did Harden look and is he a possible acquisition?

  97. BoJo July 24th, 2011 at 9:22 am

    blake July 24th, 2011 at 9:21 am
    Bojo,

    I like options 1 and 3 best. I wouldn’t mind bringing Melky back but I think the Royals would ask for more than he’s worth.
    ___
    Could be…#1 might be too expensive too. But seeing Matsui back at the stadium made me realize he still has gas in the tank and would be a big help. IMO.

  98. MTU July 24th, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Austin-

    You home yet ?

    How was the new hike ?

    Posted pics above. Think you’d like ‘em.

  99. BoJo July 24th, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Had to get up to feed cats…going back for more sleep. Later gents.

  100. MTU July 24th, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Bojo-

    He still has an apt. in NY.

    ;)

  101. MaineYankee July 24th, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Bojo

    1. Maybe. Not sure how I feel about the domino effect it would have.

    2. No thank you.

    3. The Yankees let him go at the right time. Not enough left in the tank.

  102. blake July 24th, 2011 at 9:29 am

    If I 100% knew Harden would stay healthy then sure he might be someone to look at……but he never can and all things considered I don’t think he’s any better of an option than what they already have.

  103. austinmac July 24th, 2011 at 9:30 am

    MTU,

    We don’t head home until Friday. What a relief from the heat. Wild Basin was beautiful. Off again today. Thanks for your usual amazing photos.

  104. Yankee Trader July 24th, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Good morning. Ever notice how much calmer things are around here in the morning?

    Bojo-Like your lineup. Wonder however if Swisher should now hit before Tex to maximize run production. ” Swisher and Mark Teixeira agree this lineup misses Alex Rodriguez.” Tex you haven’t been hitting for average in June before A-Rod left the line-up.

    Attached article from John Harper and NY Daily news-Yankees need #2. Page 2 makes good points about AJ and how he got caught up in the umps calls and walked the #8 and #9 hitters yesterday, leading Girardi to remove him for Wade who gave up a run.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....arter.html

  105. MTU July 24th, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Austin-

    My pleasure.

    I’ll look forward to seeing some of yours.

    :)

  106. MTU July 24th, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Good Morning YT.

  107. blake July 24th, 2011 at 9:36 am

    With #1 the main Domino that would fall would be Jorge going to the bench……if he wants to stay in the NL to keep his value the highest then he can make that happen…..you’d have to basically tell him that he’s the RFer to get him to come most likely…..which is fine ….move Swish to DH

  108. Yankee Trader July 24th, 2011 at 9:37 am

    It was rumored by Ken Rosenthal yesterday that the White Sox might look to trade both Edwin Jackson[no surprise there] and Carlos Quentin[bit of surprise there]. They’re still in the chase for the central, and play the Red Sox the last 3 days of this month. Will the Red Sox trade for them July 31st if the White Sox become sellers?

    Any interest in either of them or both?

    Is there another possible package deal out there for both a bat and a starter?

  109. MTU July 24th, 2011 at 9:39 am

    YT-

    Sure. Kemp and Kershaw.

    :)

  110. blake July 24th, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Not much interest in Jackson or Quentin from me…..

  111. Yankee Trader July 24th, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Blake-

    With all the interest from the contending NL teams, Beltran would probably do better financially in a new Boras contract, by staying in the NL where he’s familiar with the pitchers, and is probably being told this by Boras. Guess now-with all the verbal interest by some of the Braves that he might be an Atlanta Brave sometime next week.

  112. MTU July 24th, 2011 at 9:42 am

    “Not much interest in Jackson or Quentin from me…..”

    Now Danks. That’s another matter.

    ;)

  113. 108 stitches July 24th, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Feelings need to be put aside. The fact is, Jorge is no longer a productive bat. The Yankees won’t just cut him but it is what it is. Sit him down and when games are out of hand either way, use him for pinch hitting appearances. Unless another bat is acquired this week, use Montero and Chavez as the primary DH’s. When Alex returns he’ll be getting at bats as a DH anyway. That’s when Montero can spell Martin behind the plate.
    A serious jolt is needed on this team to jump start the offense.

  114. MTU July 24th, 2011 at 9:43 am

    YT-

    That’s what I think too. Tomahawk chop soon.

    Or maybe Amaroland.

  115. blake July 24th, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Trader,

    I agree….the Braves have the chips……if they want to give up Minor then Beltran will be a Brave. The question is though, where would he play when Chipper gets back?

  116. Yankee Trader July 24th, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Didn’t see the 9th inning yesterday but saw a replay of Cano’s ab. He motioned for time out, didn’t get it or face the ump, and swung at a high outside pitch for a weak groundout to end the game with Jeter on 3rd.

  117. yankeefeminista July 24th, 2011 at 9:48 am

    mashmore98 Mike Ashmore

    Shaeffer Hall on the mound for Trenton in Bowie tonight…hoping to get definitive word on Dellin Betances status today as well.
    56 minutes ago

    mashmore98 Mike Ashmore

    @cristinann07 Brackman was supposed to start vs. Wang as of a few days ago.
    25 minutes ago

    Still upset I can’t go see Wang pitch tomorrow live and check in on Montero. Anyone in SWB region going to that game?

    Nice to see Jeter go opposite and drive the ball, but not unexpected considering his AB’s post DL.

    Nice pics, MTU.

  118. Yankee Trader July 24th, 2011 at 9:50 am

    The question is though, where would he play when Chipper gets back?
    ——————————————
    The weakest offensive position is CF but Prado has never played there. Could he?
    Heyward? Rotate the 3 there with Beltran? Right now Jones is still not ready to return.

  119. MTU July 24th, 2011 at 9:51 am

    YF-

    My pleasure.

    Always glad to share ‘em.

    :)

  120. blake July 24th, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Trader,

    It’d be easy until Chipper gets back…..Beltran would play LF and Prado 3rd. I don’t think Prado coukd play CF well…..maybe they’d try to let either him or Beltran fake it out there though…..

  121. GreenBeret7 July 24th, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Yankee Trader July 24th, 2011 at 9:31 am
    Good morning. Ever notice how much calmer things are around here in the morning?

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

    It is, but in about 2 hours, that nutcase will show up and start the whole thing all over again.

  122. Yankee Trader July 24th, 2011 at 9:53 am

    MTU-

    Reed Johnson and Matt Garza do it for you. Slightly more likely than Kemp and Kershaw!!!!!!!!!! :)

  123. Bronx Jeers July 24th, 2011 at 9:53 am

    The Yanks are averaging 7 runs per game over the last 3. So what’s the problem? :wink:

  124. J. Alfred Prufrock July 24th, 2011 at 9:55 am

    YT, decent Harper piece. For a change, he has an even tone instead of the alarmist crap he usually grinds out. He’s a big Met fan, supposedly, so he may have that Lupica complex when it comes to the Yanks. But he made some good, if not obvious, points.

    AJ did look like he was going to pop a blood vessel when Joe came & got him. It’s too bad he can’t better channel that anger, ala Roger Clemens, to get people out. On the Willingham HR, he waved his hand in disgust. He gets down on himself too quickly. Instead of just being pissed off & going back to work with more purpose, he kind of beats himself up. I don’t know what Rothschild can do about that.

    I still think AJ has pitched pretty well & that with a short leash, once Soriano comes back to provide a deeper bullpen, he can be effective while we have him on rescue alert. Colon looked in last outing like he’s not troubled by the hammy going forward. Hughes may or may not be able to return to his full power, but Nova hopefully gets healthy soon to back up that situation. Freddy I prefer in long relief, though he’s pitched really well. It’s not ideal but I’d rather go this way than lose any of Betances, Banuelos or Montero for Jimenez.

    I think Colon is a real x-factor. He’s just got dynamite stuff & if he can stay healthy….if, if, if, but even thinking your dotting all i’s and crossing all t’s, you’re still in “if” mode…not worth the price.

    Montero could help solve a lot of problems, ARod return also. & if Marte could just make it back…there’s that word again, “if”….

  125. Yankee Trader July 24th, 2011 at 9:56 am

    GB-

    LMAO. You wouldn’t be referring to the “little” one, or others-how “little” do I know!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  126. MTU July 24th, 2011 at 9:56 am

    YT-

    Told ya’. Always liked Johnson. A gamer. Has had trouble staying healthy. I’d be for that.

    Not sure how I feel about Garza.

    Probably would depend on what it took to get him.

    He’s an excitable lad.

  127. GreenBeret7 July 24th, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Can’t see Boston forking over the extra money for one, much less two players, nor do they have the talent to make it happen.

  128. Vineyard Yankee July 24th, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Seems like the Red Sux are rumored to be in on everybody. Cashman must be in deep, deep stealth mode, miles under the ocean in his ‘boomer’ making calls, laying low. I sure hope so.

  129. blake July 24th, 2011 at 9:59 am

    AJ has earned his short leesh fair and square……if he wants a longer one then he should wiggle out of a few 6th inning jams. We’ve all seen the wheels wobble then come off AJ very quickly too many times…..he’s been a lot better this year but still its best to take him out too early than too late.

  130. 86w183 July 24th, 2011 at 10:00 am

    I don’t think the league he plays in has anything at all to do with Beltran’s value as a F.A. How he performs for a team in a pennant race/post-season is much more significant.

    He can reject any deal, and I doubt he would choose to go to Atlanta where they might hurt his value by asking him to play CF and/or LF.

    I’m completely on board with Jorge as a pinch hitter from here on in. His 7-47 with 2 RBI this month is killing the offense.

    Starting to wonder if the Yanks have held on to prospects too long once again and will end up with fewer trade chips than we thought two weeks ago. Nova, Warren and Betances all left games early. Banuelos can’t command his fast ball and Montero and Romine are not exactly tearing the cover off the ball.

  131. yankee21 July 24th, 2011 at 10:00 am

    A couple observations related to yesterday’s game;

    1. J. Weeks looks like quite a ballplayer, reminds me somewhat of Elvis Andrus only as a 2B.
    2. AJ really looked like he was seething at Joe G for taking him at. Joe made the right call AJ was starting to lose it and AJ has demonstrated over and over again that if you leave him in and expect him to work himself out of jams, he will break your heart.
    3. Grandy looks tired and beat up, he needs a day.
    4. Jeter hit the ball hard several times yesterday, good to see.

  132. MaineYankee July 24th, 2011 at 10:01 am

    GreenBeret7 July 24th, 2011 at 9:53 am
    Yankee Trader July 24th, 2011 at 9:31 am
    Good morning. Ever notice how much calmer things are around here in the morning?

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

    It is, but in about 2 hours, that nutcase will show up and start the whole thing all over again.

    ——————————————————————-

    Who could you possibly be talking about :?:

  133. austinmac July 24th, 2011 at 10:02 am

    GB,

    I disagree about the Sox not having any chips. Have you seen the stats of their AAA catcher?

    All teams have chips. The question is whether they want to expend them.

  134. Yankee Trader July 24th, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Prufrock/T.S.-

    Good points.

    Don’t believe Jimenez will be moved at all, and frankly I saw his last 2 innings the other night and his heater was at 91-92 the last inning, though he had reached 120 pitches before being taken out in a blowout of the Braves. If the Rockies were looking to trade him I don’t think they would have left him in so long in a blowout.

  135. Bronx Jeers July 24th, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Was AJ angry with Girardi? He sort of ignored him but I’m not sure if he was just upset about loading the bases or upset that he wasn’t getting the opp. to get out of it.

    He certainly looked frazzled before getting pulled.

  136. Vineyard Yankee July 24th, 2011 at 10:08 am

    “It was a disaster. We failed.”

    Interesting article about Kei Igawa from RAB.

    http://riveraveblues.com/2011/.....led-52942/

  137. blake July 24th, 2011 at 10:08 am

    The Sox don’t have the chips if the Braves or Phillies got serious about aquiring him….both of those teams need him more as do the Giants

  138. Yankee Trader July 24th, 2011 at 10:11 am

    From NY Daily News posted earlier:

    “He gave up a mistake-pitch home run early to Josh Willingham, but even trailing 2-1, Burnett was cruising with two outs and nobody on in the sixth inning, when everything changed. After Ryan Sweeney singled to left, Burnett became agitated by home plate umpire Bill Welke’s calls and made the killer mistake of walking the No. 8 and 9 hitters to load the bases.”

    “Afterward, Girardi blamed it on heat and fatigue, but Burnett said he was getting stronger as the game went on. More likely he let the calls affect him, reacting angrily to one call by catching Russell Martin’s return throw to the mound with his bare hand.”

    “Girardi surely sensed an implosion coming and pulled Burnett for Cory Wade, who gave up an RBI single before escaping the inning. Burnett wouldn’t even look at Girardi when he was yanked, and maybe he could have gotten out of the inning himself, but the manager has seen him blow up too many times in such situations to be second-guessed there.”

    “The thing is, Burnett mostly has pitched well this season. But he has come unglued in big games against the Red Sox and Rays, and overall he is just 8-8 with a 4.21 ERA largely because of sequences like that one in the sixth inning.”

  139. Tar July 24th, 2011 at 10:12 am

    “Good morning. Ever notice how much calmer things are around here in the morning?”

    Thanks for bringing a sense of normalcy around here everybody. Last night was crazyville.

    But a lot of things make more sense now. :D

  140. austinmac July 24th, 2011 at 10:12 am

    I think Garza would be great addition, but their are no signs the Yankees would give up what it would take. I believe we will see a loogy, perhaps, and a bench piece. My expectations as a fan have been successfully lowered by Cashman.

  141. Vineyard Yankee July 24th, 2011 at 10:13 am

    ‘AJ has earned his short leesh fair and square……if he wants a longer one then he should wiggle out of a few 6th inning jams. We’ve all seen the wheels wobble then come off AJ very quickly too many times…..he’s been a lot better this year but still its best to take him out too early than too late’.

    ===========

    Seems like more often than not when the going gets tough he folds his tent and gets going. Him buckling down and getting the outs he needs at the crucial time just doesn’t happen very often.

  142. Yankee Trader July 24th, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Blake-

    The Red Sox could trade an OF’er-Josh Reddick and/or one of two SS’s-Jed Lowrie or Drew Sutton for Beltran.

  143. austinmac July 24th, 2011 at 10:15 am

    I did note Cashman making fun of Igawa’s fastball. Wasn’t it the same fastball they paid $46M for? Their scouts should be embarrassed, if not replaced on that one.

  144. Madrugador July 24th, 2011 at 10:16 am

    I’d be shocked if the Yankees trade for a starting pitcher. They have too many options at AAA to give up anything for that. Nova tweaked his ankle and came out of the game early, Warren was only going to pitch an inning because they have him slated to start on Monday and Betances got pulled because he just didn’t have it last night so I don’t think any of these guys are moving unless Warren is going to get a spot start in NY.

    There is a lot of dead wood on the Yankee bench and this is where Cashman will focus his efforts. Andruw Jones has got to go and Posada has got to see a lot less playing time. Better yet he needs to refuse to play one day. That seemed to help him last time.

  145. Vineyard Yankee July 24th, 2011 at 10:16 am

    …………….”and overall he is just 8-8 with a 4.21 ERA largely because of sequences like that one in the sixth inning.”

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

    Exactly right, a .500 pitcher his whole career. CC should mentor him on how to pitch when he gets in a jam.

  146. Yankee Trader July 24th, 2011 at 10:16 am

    New Post—->

  147. GreenBeret7 July 24th, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Mac, I’ve seen Lavarnway’s numbers and have seen him play defense. Brutal. 44 passed balls in less than 180 games as a catcher. White Sox don’t need a catcher and that’s the only one that Boston has in the pipeline. I just don’t see them as having anybody that close and I don’t see them trading Lowerie or Reddick. Henry and Epstein are so afraid of going over the tax limit, they can’t see straight. The only ones trumpeting their farm system are Law and the Boston media, to include Peter Gumball.

  148. West Coast Yankee Fan July 24th, 2011 at 10:19 am

    We’ll see what Cashman does or doesn’t do. It might be that he and the owners just aren’t driven to win as badly as GS was and that one championship in ten years is acceptable. Prospects cost a lot less than proven major league ballplayers do. They’re all as rich as can be what do they care. The unwillingness to lose is a mindset not everyone has.

  149. Madrugador July 24th, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Free agency is not what is used to be. Used to be you could pick up a top player in their prime and have a real impact on your lineup or rotation. Nowadays, good young players are signed to long term deals early in their careers and don’t reach free agency until they are either at or just past their peaks.
    Developing your own talent is the “new” game. Cashman knows this and that is why the only players you’ll see move out of the Yankee system are players they’ve already given up on. Brachman?

  150. J. Alfred Prufrock July 24th, 2011 at 10:46 am

    austinmac July 24th, 2011 at 10:02 am
    GB,

    I disagree about the Sox not having any chips. Have you seen the stats of their AAA catcher?

    All teams have chips. The question is whether they want to expend them.
    ///

    The Red Sox have no catching though, so they likely wouldn’t trade him if they believe in his recent hot streak, since that’s a real weak spot in their organization right now. They really don’t have any arms that are near ready.

    There’s been a calculated sort of damage control offensive initiated by Theo through the media that the Red Sox farm is actually really healthy. A matter of protesting too much, I would say. THey know it’s come to light that their system’s triumphs have been greatly exaggerated by ESPN & Gammons, not to mention Keith Law until he had to back off his stance or risk his reputation (whatever that is).

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