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Postgame notes: “Go out there and do my job”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes, Podcast on Jul 26, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The trade deadline is less than a week away. There’s plenty of speculation and conversation about whether the Yankees need to, have to, or even want to add a starting pitcher. A lot of that trade talk centers on whether Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon will remain reliable through the postseason.

That was the big-picture backdrop of tonight’s game, and Garcia delivered his longest outing of the season. As usual, he wasn’t perfect, but he walked just one batter and did his usual off-balance act of mixing speeds and pitches.

“(It tells me) that he knows how to concentrate,” Joe Girardi said. “He knows how not to get caught up in what’s going on around him. It also tells you he knows how to pitch. This guy has been real effective for us.”

Garcia was as understated as ever, both during the game and after. He joked about not wanting to be the pitcher who finally lost to the Mariners. He said the nearly-two-hour rain delay was a non-issue. He said a standing ovation always makes him feel good, “especially here.”

“(The trade deadline) is not in my hands,” Garcia said. “I’m a player. That’s all the front office. I have to worry about when I’m pitching. Whatever they have to do, they’re doing it. That’s not my business. I always try to go out there and do my job.”

He’s done that all season, with the same underwhelming stuff and the same been-there, done-that demeanor. This was the Yankees 100th game, so it’s clearly too late in the season to consider this a strange fluke. But is Garcia the kind of pitcher who can keep doing this beyond the regular season?

“Pitching is pitching, to me, whether it’s in the postseason or during the course of the season,” Girardi said. “There have been a lot of guys that have won a lot of games in the postseason that haven’t lit up the radar gun. The bottom line is if you make your pitches, you’re going to be successful.”

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It was kind of a late decision to get Steve Garrison into this game. Garrison didn’t start warming up until Boone Logan was almost ready to face the leadoff man in the ninth inning, but Garrison said there was so much adrenalin running through his body that he felt ready after one toss in the bullpen.

“It was definitely a cool feeling,” he said. “It’s something I’ll gladly do again if they want me to… After I got out there and threw my first pitch I felt much more comfortable. It’s where I want to be. I want to be on the mound. It’s where I feel most comfortable.”

Girardi said he felt comfortable bringing Garrison into the middle of an inning because he’d done it in spring training, and Girardi liked the idea because Garrison might have to pitch in those situation if he develops a role later in the season.

By the way, Garrison’s mother took the hour train ride up from Trenton for the past three games. Of course she decided to skip this game.

Here’s Garrison.

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• Rafael Soriano pitched a scoreless inning tonight for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He said afterward that he felt good and was leaving immediately for New York. “I’m not sure where he would go if he’s not coming to see us,” Girardi said.

• Because he’s thrown on back-to-back days, the earliest the Yankees would activate Soriano would be Wednesday. Girardi said they’ll wait until then to make a decision on him. They might give him two full days off — three, actually, with the off day — after throwing back-to-back.

• Girardi said everything went well with Eric Chavez’s test this afternoon. Girardi wouldn’t say for certain that he’ll be activated tomorrow, but he certainly indicated that the Yankees are planning to activate Chavez tomorrow.

• This was Garcia’s longest start since September 20, 2009 with the White Sox against the Royals. He pitched eight innings that day… Garcia’s now gone 53.2 innings without allowing a home run, which is his career-long streak… He’s won four of his past five starts at Yankee Stadium.

• Derek Jeter homered for the first time since career hit No. 3,000. He also tripled later in the game, driving both extra-base hits to right field. He’s hitting .324 with nine extra-base hits since coming off the DL. “We have seen that (Jeter driving the ball that way),” Girardi said. “I thought it started in Texas, but since he’s come back, we’ve even seen it more… He’s hitting like the Derek we’re used to seeing.”

• For whatever it’s worth, Jeter said it’s not so much driving the ball to right field that tells him he’s hitting better lately, it’s more the pitches that he’s choosing to take and the pitches he’s choosing to attack. “I can tell if I’m staying back, taking pitches and swinging at good pitches,” he said. “I feel as though I’ve been doing that for the last few weeks so I’m happy with where I am right now.”

• This was the fifth time Jeter had ever homered and tripled in the same game. He last did it April 30 of last season against the White Sox.

• Mark Teixeira leads the Majors with 12 games with at least three RBI this season. He’s back in a tie for the team lead with 27 home runs.

Donnie Collins reports that Ivan Nova came through a simulated game with no problems today. He seems to be in line to start Saturday’s double header.

• For the first time this season, the Yankees have improved to 20 games over .500. “It kept escaping us, trying to get to 20,” Girardi said. “Go back to the Saturday after we played the Mets, we were 19 games over. It’s been a while since we could get to 20. We’ve had some tough losses in there and our guys have responded pretty well.”

Associated Press photo of Garcia and a Scranton Times-Tribune photo of Soriano. For whatever reason, the AP service I use still hasn’t moved any pictures of tonight’s game, so that’s a shot of Garcia in Tampa.

 
 

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94 Responses to “Postgame notes: “Go out there and do my job””

  1. Nick in SF July 26th, 2011 at 1:13 am

    The last thread got kind of creepy with the Fallujah Martyr chiming in.

    I can’t believe I talked about Radiohead with that guy. :shock:

  2. luis July 26th, 2011 at 1:13 am

    luis July 26th, 2011 at 1:12 am
    G. Love July 26th, 2011 at 1:08 am

    Point taken, you are right.

  3. G. Love July 26th, 2011 at 1:14 am

    Jeter’s been going to RF with authority again. I honestly never thought I’d see that based on how he was playing most of this season. If he figured something out and can start depositing the ball down the RF line again, it makes this a very different offense.

    As for Freddy Garcia, he was excellent tonight. To go that many innings w/o giving up a HR pitching in the AL East and this park is pretty darn good.

    I know he’ll never get Exec of the year, but Cashman coming up big with Garcia and Colon who all the other teams didn’t want to touch is pretty amazing. That’s 2/5ths of the rotation. Amazing.

    And I’ll say it again, if we can’t acquire a top end starter, I hope the Yankees find a new DH and a LOOGY.

    With Soriano returning and Chavez possibly being of help at DH, the team has some interesting options coming back.

  4. G. Love July 26th, 2011 at 1:17 am

    Nick,

    I’m still not sure what a Fallujah Martyr is and how it pertained at the time to my disgust with how Cano was playing in 2008. I’ve asked some very learned people and no one quite knew the answer to that.

    So what are you listening to these days, Nick? I’m into a funk band named Lettuce, and post rock bands Explosions in the Sky & Mogwai of late.

  5. Nick in SF July 26th, 2011 at 1:22 am

    Ugh, the Royals are trying to gift this game to the Socks, again. :mad:

    But maybe the Socks will decline, again. :grin:

    I’ve been listening to some early New Pornographers lately, though I have mixed feelings about it. Mostly I just put my iPod on shuffle, there’s almost 6,000 songs on there.

  6. G. Love July 26th, 2011 at 1:25 am

    Nick,

    I got one of those google cloud music invites and it uploaded something like 21,000 songs from my hard drive. I didn’t even realize I had that many.

    I like the New Pornogrpahers, but don’t love them. If they pop up on shuffle they always pleasantly surprise but I never feel compelled to listen to them.

  7. DFox July 26th, 2011 at 1:27 am

    Damn, how does KC have all these sub-2 era relievers in their bullpen?? It’s crazy, if only they could put another run up on the board… But that seems unlikely.

  8. G. Love July 26th, 2011 at 1:29 am

    Oh and if you can imagine if Queen and the Beatles had a musical child in the early 90′s and no one listened to them, try to check out a band called Jellyfish and their CD Spilt Milk. That CD will blow your mind.

  9. Nick in SF July 26th, 2011 at 1:29 am

    The lyrics, while sometimes clever, seem to be mostly devoid of emotional content. Hard to connect to it. But lots of catchy tunes.

  10. I Am Winning July 26th, 2011 at 1:44 am

    “Mark Teixeira leads the Majors with 12 games with at least three RBI this season.”

    Let’s here the haters find a hole in this stat. He’s also tied for second in the Majors with 27 home-runs, by the way.

  11. Nick in SF July 26th, 2011 at 1:47 am

    Here the haters, there the haters, everywhere the haters. :twisted:

    The Socks have refused to accept this game over and over, and now they’re trying to hand it to the Royals.

    I fear an emotional ambush.

  12. Bronx Jeers July 26th, 2011 at 1:54 am

    What’s gotten into Luis? He doesn’t sound like himself.

  13. Pat M. July 26th, 2011 at 1:56 am

    Does anyone else think that the SF Giants could afford CC Sabathia if he does opt-out ??? When I spoke with SJ last week he thought that besides the need for a # 2 type pitcher for this season, SJ thought this could be an important tool in keeping CC in Pinstripes for the remainder of his career…….He’s right about that because it seems as though every time Sabathia takes the hill it’s almost a must win start…….He needs help

  14. Pat M. July 26th, 2011 at 1:58 am

    Jeers….It seems as though Luis seems to try too hard to convince us of these accusations

  15. West Coast Yankee Fan July 26th, 2011 at 2:01 am

    I disagree with that. Sabathia seems to enjoy the responsibility of being the big guy and he loves playing and living in New York — and New York will pay him. He’s not going anywhere.

  16. Nick in SF July 26th, 2011 at 2:03 am

    Woo hooooo, Yanks-Royals pays off at +550. I wouldn’t believe it if I didn’t see it.

    I think Barry Zito will be soaking up any potential CC money in San Francisco, but I think CC will be extended before he hits the open market anyway.

  17. Pat M. July 26th, 2011 at 2:07 am

    Nick in SF….When does the Yoga-Man come off the books ??? I wasn’t saying CC is leaving NYC, just a thought…..Nice hit tonight Nick in SF….Later

  18. Bronx Jeers July 26th, 2011 at 2:08 am

    Does anyone else think that the SF Giants could afford CC Sabathia if he does opt-out ???

    ————————————

    The champs mu$t be doing very well for themselves these days.

    I used to think Mussina was the best FA pitcher the yanks ever signed. Not anymore.

    At the very least he should command Cliff Lee’s mist recent price tag. Somewhere in the $125MM/ 5 year range.

    Gnight.

  19. Jerkface July 26th, 2011 at 2:08 am

    Bojo didn’t get any information on Luis, if Luis is telling the truth, he got information on a known cyber stalker that has been a huge problem on this board. So the threat of any information leaking out only applies if you ARE that cyber stalker.

  20. P July 26th, 2011 at 2:15 am

    Nice to see bats are starting to heat up, it’s about time.. but better late than never

    Stats aren’t everything either.. Tex has really been a mess at the plate.. he has come thru with some big hits that you can’t deny.. but he’s also been a rally killer more than clutch. He needs to start hitting for average and being down 60 points this year and over 30 points on his batting average really isn’t something to be all that happy about. In fact, it’s for sure a concern.. that’s quite a big drop if you ask me.

    Just saying.. but there’s more to be happy about lately with seeing Jete go the other way finally, Swisher hitting for average.. Gardner too.. in fact, half the team has been hitting +.300 in the last 10 games and that’s exactly what we’ve been lacking !

  21. P July 26th, 2011 at 2:19 am

    being down 60 points this year and over 30 points LAST YEAR, is what I meant.

    You can’t have another 20 mil + player that great defense, but offensively hitting .240 and hits HR’s or not much else. We’ve been down this road with Giambi. and althought Tex is gazillion times better than Giambi defensively, their offense is starting to look remarkably similar.. in fact, tex might even be worse offensively aside from GIambi’s last 2 years when he was hitting what .250? So Tex and his .240 is worse.

    So let the haters hate right? How about let the fanboys kiss butt.

  22. m July 26th, 2011 at 2:22 am

    Nice to see Garcia get the win. He and Colon have pitched well, but both have been hovering around the .500 mark.

    No one could have imagined Colon and Garcia would be giving us what they have. I love pleasant surprises.

    Nice to pick up a game on the Sox.

    This is from the live feed from the espn gamecast:

    “@PeteAbe Attention Dunkin Donuts: Crawford’s “I’m always a threat to steal” line was funny for 1 second in April. Not any more.”

    Not sure what Pete said about Crawford’s signing, but looks like the Crawford bandwagon is a few hundred pounds lighter. ;)

  23. sammiejohnson July 26th, 2011 at 2:40 am

    Big question. Mariners charter flight scheduled to head west on wed. Is King Felix on it? Or does he stay in NY as CC’s newest partner? Cash and Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik have to be talking. The Mariners have to consider themselves big time sellers at this point. Jack Zduriencik has said repeatedly that King Felix is “not available”. Everyone has their price. The Yankees might have to empty the farm to get him. But it would be the one “big” trade I would empty the farm for.

    Ubaldo who?

  24. pft2 July 26th, 2011 at 3:48 am

    Hopefully Cashman is not making decisions based on the staffs performance against weak hitting teams like the Rays, A’s and Mariners. These performances do not translate into effectiveness against teams like the Rangers and Red Sox.

    “m”. Carl Crawford will soon obtain protected status like JD Drew did to protect Theos reputation as a “genius”. Any Red Sox fan who posts anything negative about CC gets labelled as a hater and called stupid. Right now the mantra is that he has hit well over 30 games since May 23 and his 2 – 4 hit games in consecutive 14-X blow outs. Tonights 0-6 with 4 K’s will be whitewashed as another goat will be found to cover his performance.

    CC is playing the wall as bad as any LF’er the Red Sox have ever had and has yet to record a single assist in the assist haven that made Manny look like he had a rocket arm. He has all of 11 SB with 5 CS. He misses Varitek, Martinez, and Posada to run on.

  25. Vineyard Yankee July 26th, 2011 at 5:21 am

    Jerkface July 26th, 2011 at 2:08 am

    The defender of truth, justice and the American way……..NOT. Sucks for you not to have a job huh ? You are a no nothing buttinski. Shut your mouth and stick to your stats.

    Luis is the 2nd guy Blojo has accused with 86w183 being the first, wonder who’s next.

  26. Mike Ri July 26th, 2011 at 6:55 am

    Morning Everyone !

    Hopefully Cashman is not making decisions based on the staffs performance against weak hitting teams like the Rays, A?s and Mariners. These performances do not translate into effectiveness against teams like the Rangers and Red Sox.

    —–

    I agree .

  27. 108 stitches July 26th, 2011 at 7:21 am

    Freddy Garcia is all about quality starts. Knows the strike zone and how to use it. Wish the Yankees had him in his earlier years. If Burnett and Hughes could change speeds like Freddy they would be in better shape.

  28. 86w183 July 26th, 2011 at 7:29 am

    What was I accused of?

    Thrilled with what Garcia and Colon have given the Yanks…. especially since I lobbied for Freddie long before the Yanks signed him.

    One way the Yanks might get the Mariners talking about King Felix might be to float the notion of taking on Chone Figgins in the deal. The two of them will combine to make $ 55 M over the next two seasons and Seattle can use that cash to get better in a hurry. They have young pitching… it’s bats they need and that cash will let them get some.

  29. blake July 26th, 2011 at 7:42 am

    The Mariners should trade Felix if they can gut the top of a teams farm system……they just aren’t going to be good with the offense they are running out there……Ackley is the only guy in that lineup with a clue right now.

    As mentioned last night that triple pushed Derek’s OPS over .700 for the first time this season…..he’s hitting .324 over the last month and .329 overall vs LHP. He’s swinging at better pitches, taking more walks, and driving the ball again. I think he might be starting to adapt a little to his new bat speed. The Yankee offense is always much better when he hits and gets on base consistently.

  30. MTU July 26th, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Blake-

    Too bad we don’t get to face guys like Vargas all the time.

    :)

  31. OldYanksFan July 26th, 2011 at 7:44 am

    It’s nice to see Freddie have another good game, but we should keep in mind….
    Seattle’s Offense in 30th in OPS (out of 30 MLB teams).
    They have a .623 Team OPS. That’s like pitching to a team of 6 Cervellis and 3 Posadas.
    But can Freedie post a 4 ERA against Texas? The Red Sox? Philadelphia?

    Right now, we are a WC team that might go 1 round deep in the PS.
    While we still have a top notch offense, it is not a behemoth. We will not bludgeon the good pitching teams that will be in the PS.

    Bartolo is real… IF…. he can continue his present course. So CC and Bartolo are a reasonable #1/#2. But unless there is a radical turnaround, AJ/Phil/Freddie/Ivan won’t cut the mustard as the remaining 2.

    Maybe Cashman can pull off a stunner, but I don’t see a major upgrade to our rotation coming. Maybe a LOOGY or another BP arm, but that is really a minor upgrade.

    In order to make it through the PS:
    … ARod, Teix and Cano (.852, .834 and .849 OPS) are going have to up their game.
    … ‘Good AJ’ or ‘Old Phil’ is going to have to come out and play.
    … Soriano will need to be an excellent BP option.

    Mind you, we still have a VERY good team…. but not a great team.
    Not unless our 3 big bats can have a great 2nd half, and AJ and Soriano give us what we have paid for.

  32. blake July 26th, 2011 at 7:46 am

    MTU,

    Yea…..you could see.pretty early on that they were going to pound him……they hit lefties well anyway but he’s just very mediocre stuff wise.

  33. MTU July 26th, 2011 at 7:50 am

    Blake-

    I agree with those who say we have enough to get to the playoffs.

    I also think our Playoff rotation is light.

    But I’m content with whatever the Yankees decide to do.

    Be that refusing to get fleeced in a trade, or conversely, deciding to part with some talent for a clear upgrade to the staff.

    What I hope I do not see is wasting talent for obtaining mediocrity.

    ;)

  34. 86w183 July 26th, 2011 at 7:53 am

    The Yanks bullpen will be so strong in the post-season that great starting pitching wont be needed, just solid.

    They don’t have to make any changes or additions, but I’m sure they’ll continue to keep their eye out for a RH bat, upgraded back up catcher and a top starter if one becomes available.

    The recent at bats from Jeter and Andruw Jones have even made a RH bat less of an issue.

  35. blake July 26th, 2011 at 7:54 am

    MTU,

    OldYanksfan’s assessment is pretty accurate. They’ll make the playoffs and once there anything can happen……but they will need some guys to.step up and perform better than thy have if Cash can’t pull something off here at the deadline……..as.you and I have both said though…..I would rather take my chances with what they have than to force a bad trade if nothing is there..

  36. 86w183 July 26th, 2011 at 7:55 am

    MTU

    Totally agree. That’s why I don’t have any interest in Kuroda who might be an upgrade, but not a significant one. If they do something it needs to be bold like Felix or, to a lesser degree Ubaldo.

    It will be interesting to see what happens if Phil is good Wednesday and Nova is good Saturday.

  37. blake July 26th, 2011 at 7:57 am

    86,

    I agree…….if a move is made it should be one that will significantly increase their odds of winning the WS…..if it doesn’t do that then its unnecessary

  38. RayVT July 26th, 2011 at 7:59 am

    I wonder if LH SP Bumgarner (SF) is available? SF needs hitters & perhaps a 3-way trade could pry him away.

  39. upstate kate July 26th, 2011 at 7:59 am

    good morning to some of my favorite remaining posters :)

    86
    is Nova pitching for the Yankees on Sat or in AAA?

  40. MTU July 26th, 2011 at 7:59 am

    Blake-

    No trade is better than a bad trade.

    No more fleecing or Yankee tax.

    I hope those days are over for good.

    Our well-stocked farm should guarantee us that.

    We no longer need to act in a desperate manner IMO.

    We’re in the driver’s seat for the future if we play it smart.

    That said, we do have plenty fo trade chips to work with.

    ;)

  41. MTU July 26th, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Kate-

    Welcome back.

    I missed you. Been asking after your whereabouts.

    Haven’t seen you around. Vacation ?

    86-

    I hope Hughes bounces back again but to me he drew the short straw
    battling Felix.

    Maybe he somehow shines ?

    He has a doberman nipping at his heels in Nova.

    I want the best for both young Men.

  42. Mell July 26th, 2011 at 8:08 am

    I wonder if LH SP Bumgarner (SF) is available? SF needs hitters & perhaps a 3-way trade could pry him away

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

    Probably not likely. Giants have another 4 years of control over Bumgarner after this one. They can land a decent bat w/o having to give up a young guy like that.

  43. MTU July 26th, 2011 at 8:10 am

    More likely to want to move Sanchez than Bumgarner IMO.

    Even more likely than that to want to move Zito.

    :)

  44. Mell July 26th, 2011 at 8:10 am

    I hope Hughes bounces back again but to me he drew the short straw
    battling Felix.

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

    He’s not battling Hernandez. He’s battling the piss poor Mariner lineup. It’s a good opportunity for him to right the ship after that tough outing against the Athletics.

  45. upstate kate July 26th, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Hi MTU
    We had back to back family reunions (both on my husband’s side of the family), and quite frankly it has been so nasty when I have checked in here that I needed to take a break.

  46. Betsy July 26th, 2011 at 8:11 am

    It’s nice to say that we need a frontline starter, but they aren’t available………

  47. Betsy July 26th, 2011 at 8:13 am

    If Hughes struggles again, the Yankees need to seriously think about sending him back to the minors – especially if is stuff is so poor. It would be one thing if his stuff were normal and he was struggling, but in 2/3 starts his stuff has been bad and I wonder about how healthy his arm really is.

  48. MTU July 26th, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Mell-

    I just meant he’s more likely to be outpitched.

    Yeah. It’s another opportunity in the sense you mention.

    He really needs to show something this time.

    I’m hoping that the heat was the issue last time out.

    I’m not making excuses just that I though that affected everyone.

    I wonder if the injury to his arm was more serious than than reported ?

  49. MaineYankee July 26th, 2011 at 8:14 am

    blake July 26th, 2011 at 7:54 am
    MTU,

    OldYanksfan’s assessment is pretty accurate. They’ll make the playoffs and once there anything can happen……but they will need some guys to.step up and perform better than thy have if Cash can’t pull something off here at the deadline……..as.you and I have both said though…..I would rather take my chances with what they have than to force a bad trade if nothing is there..

    ———————————————————————————————-

    blake

    Getting the main rbi guy back in the 4 spot will be a big upgrade to this offense.

    Not many teams could lose a player like ARod and still stay this close to the top.

  50. upstate kate July 26th, 2011 at 8:14 am

    We attended the Friday night game at YS. What a great game, you can’t beat a slug fest to watch in person. Despite complaints here:
    Jeter/ and Po got the loudest cheers, Matsui got loud cheers as well.
    The stadium was LOUD, and despite the heat (100) and the lopsided score, people didn’t even start to leave until the 7th, and many, including us, stayed until the end.
    Laird got loudly cheered for his 1st AB and the place went crazy for his 1st hit.

  51. MTU July 26th, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Kate-

    Mornings are usually a refuge. A sanctuary from the other crap.

    Good to see you around.

    :)

  52. Yankee Trader July 26th, 2011 at 8:16 am

    good morning to some of my favorite remaining posters
    ——————————————-
    upstate kate-

    Good morning. Hope I’m on that list :)

    Looks like Nova will pitch one of the day-night DH on Saturday.

  53. MTU July 26th, 2011 at 8:18 am

    YT-

    You’re on one of my lists.

    :)

  54. Mell July 26th, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Betsy:

    With the Yankees ever increasing lead over the wild card pack, they probably have the luxury of being patient as Hughes seeks to find his way back. Doesn’t mean they won’t be looking to upgrade the rotation somehow leading up to the deadline, but I think they’re going to keep sending him out there until such time as he is hurting himself and/or the team.

  55. MaineYankee July 26th, 2011 at 8:19 am

    kate
    Nice to see you back.

    I understand the need to take a break.

    I’ve done so myself in the past.

    How could the fans justify cheering for those over the hill players.

  56. upstate kate July 26th, 2011 at 8:19 am

    of course YT :)

  57. MTU July 26th, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Kate-

    Big Al was at a SWB game recently where he said he got to witness a
    Montero monster shot. Along with a bomb by Jorge Vasquez.

  58. blake July 26th, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Maine,

    Absolutely.

    Mell,

    Correct….its Hughes vs a AAA lineup and Felix vs the Yankees.

  59. Mell July 26th, 2011 at 8:21 am

    I wonder if the injury to his arm was more serious than than reported ?

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

    Did they ever get to the point of actually identifying that injury? Always seemed like a lot of ambiguity surrounding that, as I suppose is always the case when “tired/dead arm” is cited.

  60. Betsy July 26th, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Mell, if his arm isn’t healthy, I wouldn’t send him out there…….and frankly, if he’s struggling badly enough, I wouldn’t send him out there. It’s just about who the better pitcher is…..I think Nova is being overrated, but I think at this point he’s a better bet to give a solid performance. I had been all for giving Hughes a lot of rope, but I didn’t think his stuff would be so poor.

  61. MTU July 26th, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Blake-

    You know I support Hughes but he did regress and looked like crap last time out.

    As I said, I hope it was just the extreme heat.

    And like I said to another poster, I am beginning to wonder if Phil’s injury was more significant than I thought it was ?

    Gonna find out.

  62. Yankee Trader July 26th, 2011 at 8:25 am

    blake July 26th, 2011 at 7:42 am
    The Mariners should trade Felix if they can gut the top of a teams farm system……they just aren’t going to be good with the offense they are running out there……Ackley is the only guy in that lineup with a clue right now.
    ———————————————-
    Not only can’t they hit, but defensively, even though they’re in the middle of the pack in AL errors, they don’t field well either!

    Blake-With the above and our wish to trade fot King Felix, what 2-3 offensive players do the Yankees have that would be packaged in a deal.

    The Mariner’s pitching is one notch below Oakland, so other than replacing Hernandez there is not much need there.

    Start with Montero+ 2 more offensive players from AAA +pitcher??

  63. Erin July 26th, 2011 at 8:27 am

    upstate kate July 26th, 2011 at 8:10 am
    Hi MTU
    We had back to back family reunions (both on my husband?s side of the family), and quite frankly it has been so nasty when I have checked in here that I needed to take a break.

    ************************

    Nasty? LoHud? Surely, you jest. ;)

  64. MTU July 26th, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Mell-

    I think they ultimately called it inflammation for want of a better term.

    Maybe there was more ?

    Don’t know. It’s resembling a mini-version of what happened to Joba
    that day in Texas to me.

    We’ll see if the life on his FB comes around.

    I hope it does but I’m beginning to wonder.

  65. Yankee Trader July 26th, 2011 at 8:29 am

    MTU July 26th, 2011 at 8:20 am
    Kate-

    Big Al was at a SWB game recently where he said he got to witness a
    Montero monster shot. Along with a bomb by Jorge Vasquez.

    ———————————
    That was yesterday’s game.

  66. Erin July 26th, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Gossip Break: our favorite patient. :)

    http://tiny.cc/ne30x

  67. MTU July 26th, 2011 at 8:30 am

    YT-

    He was there. He e-mailed and said to share that info.

  68. Mell July 26th, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Not only can’t they hit, but defensively, even though they’re in the middle of the pack in AL errors, they don’t field well either!

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

    Last night you could tell the losing streak is now in their heads. Probably as much mental as it is physical for them at this point.

  69. MaineYankee July 26th, 2011 at 8:33 am

    MTU

    MTU July 26th, 2011 at 8:28 am
    Mell-

    I think they ultimately called it inflammation for want of a better term
    ——————————————————————————————————

    How could you forget that a “respected ” reporter said he had a cyst removed.

  70. Yankee Trader July 26th, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Hughes had a pretty good curveball last time out. Location, velocity, and movement of the fastball aren’t there. If he doesn’t have a good outing tonight against the “offensively starved” Mariners then Cashman has to hope Nova shines on Saturday, one day before the deadline, or he finds another starter now and sends Hughes back to the minors.

  71. 86w183 July 26th, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Hey gang —

    Looks like Nova, who threw a simulated game yesterday is set to start one of the games on Saturday with Freddie in the other. Will be quite a challenge for Cashman and company to position guys if both Hughes and Nova excel.

    I think the Mariners are foolish not to at least entertain offers for King Felix.

  72. Benny Blanco July 26th, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Betsy,

    why do you feel that Nova is being overrated? before he was sent down he was 6-2 in his last past 10 starts with a 3.4 or 3.5 era?

  73. MTU July 26th, 2011 at 8:36 am

    MY-

    I sent Gomez a letter asking him to respond to the contradiction.

    That was a while ago. He never did.

  74. Bronx Jeers July 26th, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Girardi on Garcia:

    “(It tells me) that he knows how to concentrate,” Joe Girardi said. “He knows how not to get caught up in what’s going on around him…”

    Unlike somebody else. Freddy’s been a real treat to watch and it almost reminds me of Andy the way he darts in & out of trouble. He knows when he has to execute that out pitch and just focuses on getting the job done.

    I wasn’t crazy about his signing but I thought T the very least he’d eat up a bunch of innings and keep them in the game. He’ exceeded that by far. He and Bartolo have been so much fun to watch.

  75. Betsy July 26th, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Benny, because he’s been good, but people were making it sound like he was a lock to keep it up. Anyway, he was good, and if Phil can’t get it done, then let Nova come on down

  76. Yankee Trader July 26th, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Berkman might be out due to slight strain right rotator cuff. He throws left handed. He claims he’ll be back in a day or two.If it lingers do the Cardinals dare trade Rasmus, unless they get an OF’er in return. Cardinals were hoping to get pitching if they trade Rasmus.

  77. 86w183 July 26th, 2011 at 8:45 am

    I always thought they’d hold on to Rasmus because at Berkman’s age you have to wonder how he’ll hold up in the dog days.

    Rasmus might get them a decent arm, but he might be more valuable right now than what they can get for him.

    Wouldn’t mind if Cashman decided to see if Warren and Adams is enough to rent Beltran. Beltran to RF, Swisher to DH and Posada pinch hitting is a nice upgrade in three areas with one move.

  78. blake July 26th, 2011 at 8:45 am

    MTU,

    You and I are on the same page regarding Phil…..believe still in the long term but are unsure what he will provide this year. He just looks uncertain of himself out there…..like he doesn’t trust what he’s doing.

    Trader,

    It would have to start with Montero and Nunez likely……then probably include at least one of the Betances/Banuelos (maybe both) , Probably Nova and one of the upiside bat from the lower levels. It would hurt a ton and Im not sure it’d be worth it even if Seattle would do it. If you could work a deal to keep either Montero or Banuelos (preferably Banuelos) out of the package then I say you do it……if they want both plus everytkng else then I don’t know……gotta have a reasonable limit.

  79. Yankee Trader July 26th, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Per Chad- “Garcia’s now gone 53.2 innings without allowing a home run, which is his career-long streak.”

    That’s what’s amazing. It tells me he’s doing a terrific job of keeping the hitters off balance. With CC following him in the rotation, opposing teams are now faced with trying to adjust to pitches thrown7-8 mph harder.

  80. blake July 26th, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Beltran said yesterday that he didn’t know.where the NL only stuff came from…..Cashman should lay in the weeds and be ready to pounce on him if the price drops to a comfortable level for a rental.

  81. blake July 26th, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Even if the Yanks don’t end up putting Garcia in the postseason rotation I think you have to consider bringing him back next year if he keeps this up……he’s a regular season machine and

  82. MTU July 26th, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Blake-

    You and I both know that everything works off of the FB with Hughes.

    That has been his bread and butter.

    He needs it to be his main weapon if he is going to succeed.

    How would you like to try and fill teeth without your drill ?

    ;)

  83. MaineYankee July 26th, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Melky was trying to show he could steal bases like Bret.

    He was 0-2.

  84. randy l. July 26th, 2011 at 8:53 am

    gee what a surprise a couple of old veterans like garcia and coloncan pitch well if they stay healthy.

    the trick is having enough of them when the inevitable injuries happen. or young guys waiting in the wings like nova to pick them up while they rehab.

    cashman has finally come around to my way of thinking that wily veterans are better than untested rookies.

    i guess he learned from his hughes, kennedy, joba fiasco in 2008.

    of course if he would have listened to me and got livan way back then , the yankees would have developed their young pitchers much better than they have.

    the new batch of young pitchers are being developed the right way- slowly.
    and old guys like colon and garcia give them time.

  85. MTU July 26th, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Randy-

    How’s bidness ?

    Haven’t you around these parts in a dog’s age.

    :)

  86. Yankee Trader July 26th, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Blake-

    Hernandez was rocked by the Red Sox last Friday and has a higher WHIP than all of the rest of the starters except Vargas. I haven’t seen him pitch lately, so I don’t know if his poor outing was due to anything.

    I’m confident that we’ll make the playoffs, but as you and others said the goal is to win the WS. Will the Yankees get the King version of Felix Hernandez, that would mow down the talented offensive teams like the Red Sox, Rangers, and Tigers[3 teams in the top tier in offense] to get thru the AL playoffs to go play the winner of NL pennant???

  87. BD (Boston Dave) July 26th, 2011 at 8:57 am

    looking WAY ahead, the difference in the AL playoffs could be not having to play Texas in the 1st round.

  88. MTU July 26th, 2011 at 9:00 am

    edit: seen. sorry randy. It’s the alzheimer’s.

  89. Triple Short of a Cycle July 26th, 2011 at 9:00 am

    BD,

    I’d rather play Texas in the first round then Detroit and have to face Verlander twice. If its Cle then I agree with you

  90. MTU July 26th, 2011 at 9:01 am

    New one ==>

  91. Erin July 26th, 2011 at 9:01 am

    New Post- Garcia: “Hopefully they’re playing better after they leave”

    :arrow:

  92. Yankee Trader July 26th, 2011 at 9:02 am

    How would you like to try and fill teeth without your drill ?

    ——————————-

    MTU-

    Blake could use a chisel, lots of Novocaine and Nitrous!!! A sledgehammer might be of use too.

  93. austinmac July 26th, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Did anyone figure out why Romine didn’t play again? It sure created a trade stir, but players only sit if a trade is imminent. He may be hurt or sick.

  94. J. Alfred Prufrock July 26th, 2011 at 9:08 am

    MaineYankee July 26th, 2011 at 8:53 am
    Melky was trying to show he could steal bases like Bret.

    He was 0-2.
    ///

    I’m sure that’s just what he was thinking about, instead of trying to help his team win. With 25 2B and 12 HRs, he really doesn’t have to steal too many bases. His slugging this season has taken care of that.

    He did alright as it turns out last night, 4 for 6 and scored the game tying run and now hitting .300 on the year, including .307 against LHP, .297 against righties. He’s got 57 RBIs as well.

    IOW, having a great year, not to mention a career year.


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