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Postgame notes: “When I’m right, I can get anybody”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes, Podcast on Aug 06, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

It’s easy to see the trend developing between CC Sabathia and the Red Sox. The numbers paint a pretty convincing picture, and it’s not a good one for the Yankees ace: He’s 16-2 with a 2.11 ERA against the rest of baseball, but 0-4 with a 7.20 ERA against Boston. He’d allowed a total of seven runs in his previous eight starts, but allowed seven runs in six innings today.

“I can see (being worried) if I hadn’t beat them in the last three years,” Sabathia said. “But I have. So that gives me confidence to know that I can go out and pitch well against this team.”

The Yankees are quick to point out that Sabathia allowed just one run in one of those Boston losses, and it was one bad inning that cost him in another. Instead of looking for broad story lines, they focused on the specifics of this start. Again, the evidence was convincing.

Sabathia: “Fastball command wasn’t there. Everybody knows I throw everything off my fastball. It was just cutting and up-and-out and just all over the place. It was a tough day today.”

Francisco Cervelli: “Early in the game we had no fastball control, so it was tough with the Red Sox lineup. It’s tough, man. If you get behind, if you make mistakes, you’re going to pay because they’re really good.”

Larry Rothschild: “I think you need all your pitches in a game like today. I think he got into a little bit of a pattern of throwing fastballs when he didn’t have to in some situations, and he didn’t command it as good as he has been. He was up a lot. Even the strikes were up and away. They weren’t located as well as he usually locates them. It was one of those days for him.”

Fastball command was the issue today. Sabathia said it was fastball command that got him into hitters’ counts, and it was fastball command that left hitable pitches over the plate. If there was an adjustment to be made, it didn’t happen quickly enough.

“When I’m right, I can get anybody,” Sabathia said. “It’s just one of those things.”

Here’s Sabathia. It’s kind of hard to hear parts of it, but he did his interview out in the concourse so bad audio is unavoidable.

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Three comments about pitch selection, and whether Sabathia should have adjusted without his fastball command:

Sabathia: “It’s just me not recognizing it early enough and going to other pitches. Maybe use my changeup a little more, maybe use my cutter a little more. In some of those hitters counts, I was just trying to make a pitch with a fastball and it just wasn’t working out for me.”

Rothschild: “They’re going to have prolonged at-bats and they’re going to make adjustments. You have to be able to make adjustments, and the only way to do that is to have command of more than one pitch.”

Cervelli: “Maybe if the fastball is in a good location and they get jammed, it’s another opinion. I’ve got my plans. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s wrong.”

• The pitching matchup seemed lopsided in the Yankees favor, but John Lackey was able to limit the damage. The Yankees were 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position, and they left nine men on base. The leadoff man reached base in the sixth, seventh and ninth without the Yankees scoring a run.

• The best chance to get back in the game came when the first three batters reached in the fifth. The Yankees got only one run out of it because Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira struck out, and Robinson Cano grounded to third. “Boston had already done what they needed to do,” Granderson said. “We had to play catch-up and we weren’t able to go ahead and get even.”

• On the other side, the decisive blow was certainly Jacoby Ellsbury’s two-out, three-run homer in the fourth. Ellsbury doubled his previous career-high with six RBI. “It’s another missed location,” Sabathia said of the home run pitch. “Two fastballs down and away, and then I give one up and out over the plate like he likes it. He just put a good swing on it.”

• Against Sabathia: David Ortiz was hitless, Adrian Gonzalez had one hit, Carl Crawford went 3-for-3 and Ellsbury was 1-for-2 with the home run and a sac fly. Lefties are hitting .200 against Sabathia this season, but Crawford and Ellsbury were especially damaging against him today.

• Seven runs was a season-high for Sabathia. The five-run fourth was his second-worst inning of the season.

• One positive note on Sabathia: He struck out six, giving him nine straight starts with at least that many strikeouts. That’s a career-long streak, and last Yankees pitchers to have that many consecutive six-strikeout games was Roger Clemens in 2001.

• Girardi said he believes Hector Noesi will be fine after being hit by a line drive in the ninth. The ball hit his chest and bounced up to hit his face. “I think he’s fine, but he’s probably a little sore,” Girardi said.

• Speaking of the bullpen, Girardi said he believes the bullpen will be fine for tomorrow, but he will have Phil Hughes just in case. “If I need him, depending on what kind of game it is,” Girardi said.

• Cervelli went 3-for-4, improving to 6-for-10 against the Red Sox this season and 18-for-42 in 13 career games against Boston. He’s a .478 hitter in seven career games at Fenway.

• Robinson Cano has gone hitless in back-to-back games at Fenway for the first time in his career.

• Mark Teixeira’s team-leading 32nd home run was his four career homer off Daniel Bard. No other major leaguer has more than one home run against Bard.

• Granderson stole his 100th career base in the fourth inning. He also scored his Major League-leading 100th run of the season.

• Girardi on Alex Rodriguez: “He took BP, took some ground balls and moved a little bit. Basically the same stuff he’s been doing, a little bit more, though.”

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130 Responses to “Postgame notes: “When I’m right, I can get anybody””

  1. yankeefeminista August 6th, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Like I said no FB control. Been saying it all day. Damn, are people really doubting CC? For shame.

  2. yankeefeminista August 6th, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    *command*

  3. J. Alfred Prufrock August 6th, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Yankfem, as if…:D

  4. yankeefeminista August 6th, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Another jack for Sanchez btw. (Little Jesus?)

  5. Ed Whitson August 6th, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Glad CC is so confident about facing the sox. Problem is they are even more confident about facing him. The Sox are CC’s daddy.

  6. DaveD August 6th, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    “When I’m right, I can get anybody”

    —————

    So why are you only not right when you face Boston (or other AL contenders)?

    Why aren’t you not “right” when facing the Orioles?

  7. West Coast Yankee Fan August 6th, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock August 6th, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan August 6th, 2011 at 7:53 pm
    I think those that revel in us being tied for first place miss the point and the big picture analysis.

    We do not have the starting pitching to match up with Boston or Philly in a playoff series.
    ///

    BIG PICTURE??? You are as inconstant as the weather, you have no clue what a big picture is regarding the Yankees. Boston has better pitching? So, is that your conclusion from TODAY’S game?? Which it must be, since you were coming all over the team after yesterday’s win with your fake Yankee bluster.

    You conclusion comes from today, which means you think Lackey’s legit, and CC’s a fraud. You are unspeakably dull witted. Not to mention, dull.

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

    It’s hardly worth my effort to have a dialogue with someone like you who is not intellectually capable enough to hold my jockstrap.

    My conclusion comes from months ago, I have been saying we needed a legitimate number two to compete in the post season for a long time now. So your “conclusion comes from today” troll is a lie.

    The problem is exacerbated (look it up dummy) by Sabathia’s obvious problem beating the Sux this season as 0-4 with a 7.20 ERA is hardly a small sample size or irrelevant. If Sabathia is here for a reason it is to win games like today or at least keep us in the game.

    So yes, in the post season, Boston with Lester and Beckett probably beats Sabathia and whoever.

    Dismissed.

  8. Yankee Trader August 6th, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    I never got to see the game. Fox broadcast the Giants-Phillies. Turned off the radio during the bottom of the 4th-couldn’t stand listenening to the pro Red Sox announcers on Fox.

    Looks like the RS had runners on every inning after the 2nd. Noesi-what happened there-location?

    Hopefully tomorrow we can do the unexpected and beat Beckett.

  9. tomingeorgia August 6th, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    The procession continues. Play tomorrow, win tomorrow.

  10. Bret The Hitman August 6th, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Yeah, Gary Sanchez has been tearing it up lately.

  11. J. Alfred Prufrock August 6th, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    So yes, in the post season, Boston with Lester and Beckett probably beats Sabathia and whoever.
    /////

    Marry them.

  12. WyoYankee August 6th, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Is Noesi ok?

  13. Mell August 6th, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Jared Weaver dropped the appeal of his 6 game suspension. He now misses the Yankees series.

  14. Triple Short of a Cycle August 6th, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock,

    A bit sophomoric don’t you think?

  15. West Coast Yankee Fan August 6th, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Doesn’t mean I like it. It means I am realistic in assessing strengths and weaknesses based on performance. We are a very good club but we match up poorly against Boston. In every department.

    That makes me a better fan than you. Good fans do not bury their head in the sand and ignore what is before you.

  16. yankeefeminista August 6th, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Ugh, can people not see that CC didn’t have FB command right from the start of the game? It happens. If you want to prescribe it to CC having a fear of the Red Sox or some Yankee fan paranoia, go for it. However, those conclusions totally belie the facts. No. FB. Command.

  17. J. Alfred Prufrock August 6th, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Triple,

    I think it’s hilarious.

  18. tomingeorgia August 6th, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    We’re lousy, shouldn’t be considered for the post season. Sabathia sucks. Cano sucks. Swisher sucks. Posada should be DFAed. AJ (nor anyone else, but who’d want to) can hold WCYF’s jock. Everything about the Yankees sucks. Everything sucks. Problem is, we’re tied for first place.

  19. Mell August 6th, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    That makes me a better fan than you.

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

    Seriously? How exactly is something like this measured? Do guidelines exist?

  20. Giuseppe Franco August 6th, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Gee, I wonder which one of you got beat up in school everyday.

  21. J. Alfred Prufrock August 6th, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Yankfem, they must have their storylines.

    They run them into the ground while they’ve got them up in the air. When they fall, no one remembers anything of the kind. Remember when we couldn’t beat the Angels? They were going to run all over us & Posada in 2009?

    Dumb people are dumb, and that’s all there is to it.

  22. Yankee Trader August 6th, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Jared Weaver dropped the appeal of his 6 game suspension. He now misses the Yankees series.
    ———————————–
    I guess that’s a bit of good news, not facing the challenger to Verlander for CY.

    Noesi. Was it a line drive off Ellsbury’s bat that hit him? Didn’t see the game. From this sequence it looks like he was having trouble with location? Any comments?

    - Red Sox eighth.
    - Noesi pitching.
    - Reddick walked on a full count.
    - C.Crawford singled to right, Reddick to third.
    - C.Crawford stole second.
    - Saltalamacchia walked on a full count.
    - Scutaro popped out to second baseman Cano.
    - Ellsbury singled to center, Reddick scored, C.Crawford scored, Saltalamacchia to third.
    - Pedroia hit a sacrifice fly to center fielder Granderson, Saltalamacchia scored.
    - Ad.Gonzalez grounded out, pitcher Noesi to first baseman Teixeira.

  23. J. Alfred Prufrock August 6th, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Everything about the Yankees sucks. Everything sucks. Problem is, we’re tied for first place.
    ///

    tomingeorgia, a minor inconvenience ;).

  24. yankeefeminista August 6th, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    tomingeorgia,JAP

    How much will the “we suck” narrative take a hit if Garcia beats Beckett tomorrow?

  25. tomingeorgia August 6th, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    JAP,
    It is isn’t it?

  26. yankeefeminista August 6th, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Mason Williams: .370/.410/.505 Move this boy up to Charleston!

  27. tomingeorgia August 6th, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Yankfem,
    They’ll just shut up until we lose another game, which we probably do, but if we win tomorrow, we’ll get a respite.

  28. West Coast Yankee Fan August 6th, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    I think the Yankees are a very good/great team, they don’t suck at all and I never said anything close to that. But if lying makes you feel better when losing a discussion knock your socks off.

  29. J. Alfred Prufrock August 6th, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    yankfem, I’m still wondering what happened to Jeter batting ninth IMMEDIATELY after getting his 3,000th….?

    It’s just CC’s turn ;).

  30. yankeefeminista August 6th, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    WC, not sure who you are addressing, but I cannot identify any “lying” in any of the above posts.

  31. tomingeorgia August 6th, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    WCYF,
    My post wasn’t directed at you. Who lied?

  32. Yankee Trader August 6th, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Yankeefem-

    So I see it now. Gary Sanchez and his 15 homers, moves up to Trenton soon, Romine’s back is better and he is advanced to SWB, and by golly the Yankees bring up Monstero for the upcoming home stand!!!!

  33. J. Alfred Prufrock August 6th, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    yankeefeminista August 6th, 2011 at 10:22 pm
    Mason Williams: .370/.410/.505 Move this boy up to Charleston!
    //

    NOT YET! Bad enough we lost Manny, Dellin may follow. They’d better gives us Brett Marshall, when Dealin’ leaves. Mason isn’t ready yet!!! :/hidesunderchair

  34. Nilsson August 6th, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    The level of competition in Sally and NY Penn league are actually similar. A stint in Tampa would be more suitable for Williams.

  35. West Coast Yankee Fan August 6th, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    tomingeorgia August 6th, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    WCYF,
    My post wasn’t directed at you. Who lied?

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

    tomingeorgia August 6th, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    We’re lousy, shouldn’t be considered for the post season. Sabathia sucks. Cano sucks. Swisher sucks. Posada should be DFAed. AJ (nor anyone else, but who’d want to) can hold WCYF’s jock. Everything about the Yankees sucks. Everything sucks. Problem is, we’re tied for first place.

  36. BoJo August 6th, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock August 6th, 2011 at 8:31 pm
    mainesoxfan August 6th, 2011 at 8:09 pm
    Greetings Folks,

    No idea why Boston is CC’s kryptonite, but I’ll take it while it lasts…Which probably won’t last long. Enjoy the big lefty – Not many pitchers in MLB of his caliber.
    ///

    Yeah the magnanimous Red Sox fan thing doesn’t play with me. Kryptonite? Dream on. You don’t need to tell me how good C is. Take a walk back into your Son of Sam Horn world. No one cares what you have to say.
    ———–
    JAP–Brian is a great guy who contributes a lot to a baseball conversation. He is not a Red Sox fan who comes to stir up trouble. He is respectful, and knowledgeable. Give him a chance…he definitely adds to the conversation.

  37. J. Alfred Prufrock August 6th, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    YankeeTrader,

    “Yankees bring up Monstero for the upcoming home stand!!!!”

    /Didi’d, Gogo’d :(

  38. tomingeorgia August 6th, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    WCYF,
    Read the threads, then read the last sentence of my post.

  39. J. Alfred Prufrock August 6th, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Bojo, no worries. I can’t be held accountable for Lohud history, though. I have to respond at face value, & I did. But I will consider what you’ve said.

  40. pkyankfan69 August 6th, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    If the Yanks do face Boston in the ALCS I would have to give them a slight edge.
    Offense is a wash
    Bullpenn is a wash (I probably give the Yanks a slight edge here)
    Dominant frontline SP is where the Sox do seem to have the advantage and unfortunately that is what wins in the postseason.

    Is it possible that Nova and/or Hughes step up big time and fill the void @ the #2 spot in the rotation? Of course it is

    Can the Yanks beat the Sox in the ALCS? Bet your @$$ they can beat them but at the present moment (and a ton can change) I would have to give the Sox the edge in the series.

  41. yankeefeminista August 6th, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    YT, I like the way you think. :) BUT I am guessing they go slow with Sanchez to have him continue to work on his catching and his ability to hit breaking balls. Then again with Romine out, Trenton can sure use a catcher with some pop.

  42. Triple Short of a Cycle August 6th, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    While CC deserved to be highlighted by Chad how about a feature on Tex and his anemic performances against the Sox. Batting 111 against them this year and 230 last season

  43. J. Alfred Prufrock August 6th, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Yankfem – Big Boy’s on the hill tomorrow & no video, no reporters. All we have is audio & that minor league, inning by inning scoring summary.

  44. J. Alfred Prufrock August 6th, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Forget it, YF. If Sanchez makes that kind of a jump, I’ll be living at Waterfront.

  45. West Coast Yankee Fan August 6th, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    My point is this, we are one of the top three teams in baseball this year in my opinion, along with Philly and Boston. I have my doubts if all things are equal health wise, that our rotation can stand up to the other two teams in the post-season.

    I have my reasons for believing this. Lester and Beckett IMO are better than Sabathia and anyone else we have. And Philly is better by a long shot with three number ones.

    Of course, the caveat on any given day applies. That’s why they play the games.

  46. Triple Short of a Cycle August 6th, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    pkyankfan69,

    How exactly is the offense a wash?

  47. J. Alfred Prufrock August 6th, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Offense is not a wash with ARod back being ARod. & if the FO ever wakes up to the Glory of Jesus, we’ll be even deadlier with a stick.

  48. Yankee Trader August 6th, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    David Ortiz:

    “David is (too) proud and respectful to say how he feels in public, but the guy feels hurt, upset by the way that he is being ignored by the Red Sox…After all he’s done here and having a good season, he was at least hoping to be approached by the team to talk about his future,” the source said.

    Just call Nomar Garciaparra and you’ll get an idea how Boston management will deal with you!

  49. BoJo August 6th, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    I think you’ll like him…good sense of humor…and humble…he likes to talk about other things as well such as fishing and camping with his kids…a nice guy.

  50. yankeefeminista August 6th, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    The Sox so-called ace Lester lost to our maligned #2, why am I conceding the pitching to Boston. Who is their #3 again?

  51. yankeefeminista August 6th, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Pruf, QFT. Jesus will eat the Green Monstero for breakfast.

  52. BoJo August 6th, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    yankeefeminista August 6th, 2011 at 10:43 pm
    The Sox so-called ace Lester lost to our maligned #2, why am I conceding the pitching to Boston. Who is their #3 again?
    ___
    Erik Bedard

    Beckett and Lester–and 3 days to fester

  53. J. Alfred Prufrock August 6th, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    yankeefeminista August 6th, 2011 at 10:44 pm
    Pruf, QFT. Jesus will eat the Green Monstero for breakfast.
    ////

    Yes, so why don’t our fearless leaders bring him up?

  54. blake August 6th, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    I hold FOX solely responsible for todays loss.

  55. Yankee Trader August 6th, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    The Sox so-called ace Lester lost to our maligned #2, why am I conceding the pitching to Boston. Who is their #3 again?
    —————————————
    Good point! However Lester officially lost to non other than Boone Logan!! LOL

  56. pkyankfan69 August 6th, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Triple Short of a Cycle August 6th, 2011 at 10:40 pm
    pkyankfan69,

    How exactly is the offense a wash?
    —————————————

    Oh I dunno, I guess considering the teams are a measly 13 total runs scored apart for the season. Maybe the Sox have been a bit more consistent offensively. In a ALCS series offense would be a coin flip between the Sox and Yanks as would BP. SP is the key.

  57. yankeefeminista August 6th, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Yankee Trader August 6th, 2011 at 10:45 pm
    The Sox so-called ace Lester lost to our maligned #2, why am I conceding the pitching to Boston. Who is their #3 again?
    —————————————
    Good point! However Lester officially lost to non other than Boone Logan!! LOL

    _________________
    YT, don’t go and get all technical on me. You get my drift. ;)

  58. West Coast Yankee Fan August 6th, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    yankeefeminista August 6th, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    The Sox so-called ace Lester lost to our maligned #2, why am I conceding the pitching to Boston. Who is their #3 again?

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

    You don’t have to concede anything. It’s all a matter of opinion, on paper, they have to play the games as we both are aware.

    I see Lester and Sabathia as a wash and Beckett superior to anyone we have. And Lackey is pitching better as we all saw today. He is 5-1 in his last six games.

  59. Yankee Trader August 6th, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    I hold FOX solely responsible for todays loss
    ——————————-
    Blake-
    Did you get TV feed for the game. I was only able to get radio and the FOX announcers were HORRIBLE!

  60. LGY August 6th, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    It’s kind of crazy how so many on here talk about a Yankee-Red Sox ALCS and the Phils in the WS like it is a guarantee.

    How about we worry about those match ups of they actually happen.

    If you want to look forward to the playoffs how they stack up against the Tigers, Rangers, or Angels is of prime importance.

  61. yankeefeminista August 6th, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock August 6th, 2011 at 10:45 pm
    yankeefeminista August 6th, 2011 at 10:44 pm
    Pruf, QFT. Jesus will eat the Green Monstero for breakfast.
    ////

    Yes, so why don’t our fearless leaders bring him up?
    _______
    1. Maybe they are fearful leaders.
    2. Maybe they are afraid of too much obscene offense.
    3. Maybe they are atheists
    4. All of the above. :D

  62. blake August 6th, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Trader,

    Yea I got it…..but getting it is worse.than not getting it…..

  63. BoJo August 6th, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    I wonder if Marte will make it back in time for play-offs. He could be a difference maker against Boston or Texas. Certainly against Philly.

  64. Triple Short of a Cycle August 6th, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    pkyankfan69,

    Consistency is a big key though. Tex is as close to an automatic out when these teams play. Look at their top 5. 4 out of 5 hitters over 300. Lester and Beckett are capable and have shut our offense down this year. What pitcher of ours has shut the Sox down this year?

  65. West Coast Yankee Fan August 6th, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Ellsbury, Pedroia and A-Gon are arguably a better top three than Gardner (or Jeter), Granderson and Tex.

  66. BoJo August 6th, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    LGY August 6th, 2011 at 10:48 pm
    It’s kind of crazy how so many on here talk about a Yankee-Red Sox ALCS and the Phils in the WS like it is a guarantee.

    How about we worry about those match ups of they actually happen.

    If you want to look forward to the playoffs how they stack up against the Tigers, Rangers, or Angels is of prime importance.
    ___
    Agreed, I said during game not to count our chicks before they hatch.

  67. Triple Short of a Cycle August 6th, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan,

    Look at Lester’s stats against us the last 2 years and CC’s against them the last 2 years. Lester has the advantage. Not big but an advantage.

  68. blake August 6th, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    CC is the least of my worries…..he didn’t have it today. We move on to another Yankees/Red Sox showdown tomorrow that doesn’t mean nearly as much as it might seem. Yanks are guaranteed to leave within a game of 1st place…….you love to.win the series but that’s really all they needed. Everyone starts new in October …….

  69. Triple Short of a Cycle August 6th, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    Ellsbury, Pedroia and A-Gon are arguably a better top three than Gardner (or Jeter), Granderson and Tex.

    Agreed. They have 2 of the 3 best players out of the group

  70. Yankee Trader August 6th, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Donald Sutherland as “Oddball” in Kelly’s Heroes:

    Oddball: “Why don’t you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don’t you dig how beautiful it is out here? Why don’t you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?”

    No more negative waves!!!!

  71. BoJo August 6th, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Triple Short of a Cycle August 6th, 2011 at 10:52 pm
    Ellsbury, Pedroia and A-Gon are arguably a better top three than Gardner (or Jeter), Granderson and Tex.

    Agreed. They have 2 of the 3 best players out of the group
    ________
    Darn! WE’re in BIG trouble if they decide to determine the standing with a three on three game!

  72. yankeefeminista August 6th, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    WC, Lackey has faced Balt, TB, Seattle, KC before facing us and Cleve so not overly impressed with that and if you are into ERA, which you seem to be, his is 5.03 in that time span. We shall see what happens, but Boston’s SP just isn’t that impressive to me; we have more depth, more lively arms and our pen is better than theirs.

  73. Triple Short of a Cycle August 6th, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    If our starters are better then Boston how come in 11 games we don’t have 1 quality start?

  74. West Coast Yankee Fan August 6th, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    yankeefeminista August 6th, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    WC, Lackey has faced Balt, TB, Seattle, KC before facing us and Cleve so not overly impressed with that and if you are into ERA, which you seem to be, his is 5.03 in that time span. We shall see what happens, but Boston’s SP just isn’t that impressive to me; we have more depth, more lively arms and our pen is better than theirs.

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

    The Sux have rotation issues too. I’m not a huge Lackey fan but I think with their lineup he is a good number three, especially if what I saw today with me eyes is any indication as to how he has been pitching lately.

  75. bruceb August 6th, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Let’s see whether Garcia can turn the tables on Beckett tomorrow in the Sox “banker” game. But somehow I don’t think it’s going to happen.

  76. austinmac August 6th, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Yankee Trader,

    I have a pretty good memory. I remember the movie and the character pretty well. But, quote a line? What’s your secret? How did yore

  77. NYY fan in NH August 6th, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Todays loss and CC falling apart really takes the wind out of the Yankees sails after such a nice win last night. The matchup tomorrow doesn’t look good, but Garcia has proved me wrong before.

  78. austinmac August 6th, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    “you know that?”

  79. tomingeorgia August 6th, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    A baseball season lasts 162 games, then the playoffs, then, if you’re lucky, the WS. It’s like a kabuki drama, seems to go on forever. We lost today, win tomorrow.

  80. BoJo August 6th, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    TommieG!! Pulling out the obscure “kabuki drama” reference! You go dude!

  81. Yankee Trader August 6th, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    austinmac-

    I remembered Sutherland as Oddball the tank commander always had it with the negativity. My memory had nothing to do with quoting the exact line, unless you count staying in a Holiday Inn Express.

    Attached is the secret. Good website for all movia trivia:

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065938/quotes

  82. J. Alfred Prufrock August 6th, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    yankeefeminista August 6th, 2011 at 10:49 pm
    J. Alfred Prufrock August 6th, 2011 at 10:45 pm
    yankeefeminista August 6th, 2011 at 10:44 pm
    Pruf, QFT. Jesus will eat the Green Monstero for breakfast.
    ////

    Yes, so why don’t our fearless leaders bring him up?
    _______
    1. Maybe they are fearful leaders.
    2. Maybe they are afraid of too much obscene offense.
    3. Maybe they are atheists
    4. All of the above.
    ////

    LOL. They must be converted. I do think he’ll be up soon, FWIW. How much longer can they drag their feet?

  83. LGY August 6th, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Posada in August: .167/.167/.222

    He was on fire for one month but was terrible before and terrible since. Montero getting a shot at DH is long overdue.

  84. DaveD August 6th, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    “If our starters are better then Boston how come in 11 games we don’t have 1 quality start?”

    They just matchup much better with us than we do with them. Mainly because their offense kills our pitching while we don’t do much against their starters.

  85. J. Alfred Prufrock August 6th, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    tomingeorgia, it was really a kabuki drama when that Matsui fellow was hitting shots into the rightfield’s upper deck-i ;).

  86. sunny615 August 6th, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Is it too late to trade Cervelli for a pack of gum?

  87. tomingeorgia August 6th, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Bojo,
    Ever have to sit through one of those things? It’s like reading this blog.

  88. Against All Odds August 6th, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    # sunny615 August 6th, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Is it too late to trade Cervelli for a pack of gum?

    —————————–

    he was this close to being a pirate

  89. BoJo August 6th, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    TG–No…never have…never will

  90. Yankee Trader August 6th, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Maybe this will be the Yankees lineup in Game 1 of the ACLS against Beckett:

    Gardner LF
    Jeter SS
    Granderson CF
    A-Rod DH/3B
    Cano 2B
    Teixeira 1B
    Swisher RF
    Montero C
    Chavez 3B/DH

  91. austinmac August 6th, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    YT,

    Thanks for your secret. Enjoyed the quote.

  92. BoJo August 6th, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    Well—to pull out the old line—

    Good night folks…tomorrow is another day, another game, and another win. Enjoy the rest of the night!

  93. tomingeorgia August 6th, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Bojo,
    You’re a lucky man.

    JAP.
    Yes, but it didn’t take four hours to do it.

  94. J. Alfred Prufrock August 6th, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    I’m cutting out for the night.

    This was probably the worst baseball IQ showing I’ve ever witnessed in here. John Lackey is now an ace. Will wonders never cease.

    I think I’ll save myself the trouble of stopping in the IGT tomorrow night. To the good guys like YT, Odds, tomingeorgia, Bojo, Yankfem & the rest of you reasonable brethren, enjoy the rubber match tomorrow night.

    GO FREDDY! GO YANKS!

    FREE JESUS!

    ‘night.

  95. J. Alfred Prufrock August 6th, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    tomingeorgia, it just felt that way to the Phillies ;).

    Have a good one, all.

  96. Yankee Trader August 6th, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    Good night all. Beckett due for a stinker.

  97. m August 6th, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    It was such an ugly game, I only want to think of positive things.

    The sun will come out tomorrow. :)

    Is that right? Granderson only has 100 stolen bases in his career? That sounds low.

  98. m August 6th, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Yesterday, Coney dropped that little tidbit about Gardner and Granderson being atop the leaderboard for (the Great Bill James’) Speed Score.

    It’s kind of funny and goofy when he speaks sabermetrics because he sounds like a second language for him. Like he’s not really comfortable and speaks with an accent.

    Anyway, I looked up the stat on fangraphs, and lo and behold, there were Gardner and Grandy atop the AL, separated by a 1/10th 8.2 and 8.1 I think.

    Nice little nugget from Coney there.

  99. Daniel in Toronto August 6th, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    I have said so many terrible, unthinkable things during Jorge Posada’s at bats this year. I am not, on the whole, a bad person. But I cannot stand watching him play anymore. It is so infuriating that I can’t control myself from absolutely losing my sanity whenever I see him.

    Is there anyone that actually believes he should still be playing? How is he still playing?

  100. fantasygame101 August 6th, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    first inning runs tomorrow would really help garcia.

  101. Daniel in Toronto August 6th, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    So would Jorge Posada not playing.

  102. Tyler August 6th, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    I don’t see where people think the Boston pen is that great. McCarver and Buck wouldn’t shut up about it and I’ve heard alot of people praise it. Aceves is good, Bard is a good setup man. That’s all they have. Papelbon is not an elite closer anymore. Their leftys are Franklin Morales and Randy Williams. Matt Albers and Dan Wheeler are batting practice… how is that a great bullpen?

  103. joeman August 7th, 2011 at 12:25 am

    # yankeefeminista August 6th, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Pruf, QFT. Jesus will eat the Green Monstero for breakfast.
    ———————————————————

    you won’t see Montero eating before 9/1….

  104. theREALkevin August 7th, 2011 at 12:41 am

    matt albers, while his career ERA is awful, has a 2.15 ERA this season and a strikeout per inning. so this year, at least, he is not batting BP. overall the red sox have a good bullpen, but the Yankees’ pen is better. if they meet in the postseason, it’ll come down to whether the Yanks’ SP can find a way to hold down boston’s offense. not optimistic about that, but you never know.

  105. JobaTipsHisCap August 7th, 2011 at 1:34 am

    if you wanna have a weekend. then watch Yanks – Sux weekend series.

  106. Ed Whitson August 7th, 2011 at 2:04 am

    Matt Albers is batting practice ? Do you even know what you are talking about ? Look it up.

  107. NYYanksFan August 7th, 2011 at 2:33 am

    Yankees starter CC Sabathia, who might be the frontrunner for the Cy Young award, had this to say Friday night: “You know whose baseball IQ is off the charts is A-Rod (Alex Rodriguez). The way he watches the game is a lot different than anybody I’ve ever met or talked to.”

  108. West Coast Yankee Fan August 7th, 2011 at 2:56 am

    NYYanksFan August 7th, 2011 at 2:33 am

    “Yankees starter CC Sabathia, who might be the frontrunner for the Cy Young award…”

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

    Verlander has one less loss, a .51 lower ERA, a .27 lower WHIP and 18 more K’s.

    Verlander: 16-5 – 2.30ERA – 0.87WHIP – 186 K’S

    Sabathia – 16-6 – 2.81ERA – 1.14WHIP – 168 K’S

  109. baxterny August 7th, 2011 at 5:13 am

    heres the bottom line. they may have the same record,but when you are 2-9 against the team who you very well could be facing to go the world series,it has to be a little bit troubling. Especially when your ace is not so good they outscore you at almost two to one.

  110. Bronx Jeers August 7th, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Family obligations forced me to miss yesterday’s game.

    That’s almost like killing two birds with one stone. :wink:

  111. blake August 7th, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Manny makes his 2nd AAA start today at 1:00.

    Let’s turn the tables on the Sox tonight an win a pitching matchup that’s in their favor……

  112. J. Alfred Prufrock August 7th, 2011 at 8:40 am

    NYYanksFan August 7th, 2011 at 2:33 am
    Yankees starter CC Sabathia, who might be the frontrunner for the Cy Young award, had this to say Friday night: “You know whose baseball IQ is off the charts is A-Rod (Alex Rodriguez). The way he watches the game is a lot different than anybody I’ve ever met or talked to.”
    ////

    Yup. Alex has insights that coaches rely on. Mattingly used to laugh & say the yanks got their scouting reports on opposing pitchers primarily from “talking to Alex.”

    He’s also a pretty good cleanup hitter, one we’ve been missing for too long. Yanks should have listened to Alex when he begged the Yanks to re-sign the Melkman, who’s hitting .300 from both sides of the plate. Alex knows hittin’.

    Jesus got rained out last night. Or perhaps he caused the rain so he would be really fresh for tonight’s 8 p.m. tilt at Fenway.

    Brian Cashman, accept Jesus into your life. Only then will you be admitted into the Kingdom..

  113. J. Alfred Prufrock August 7th, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Betances goes at 6 in Altoona. Take the training wheels off, Yanks, & let the kid pitch through trouble.

  114. J. Alfred Prufrock August 7th, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Swisher, Tex’s timing has been better lately. Time to go back to treating Big Josh like the BP pitcher we’ve been so fond of over the years.

  115. yankeefeminista August 7th, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Good morning, morning people! A new day, a new game. Go Freddy!

    Alex should make a rehab appearance by the end of the week. Good news!

    Dellin’s game will be another radio only affair. ManBan pitches at 1PM today, but I am working right smack in the middle of it.

  116. J. Alfred Prufrock August 7th, 2011 at 8:49 am

    baxterny August 7th, 2011 at 5:13 am
    heres the bottom line. they may have the same record,but when you are 2-9 against the team who you very well could be facing to go the world series,it has to be a little bit troubling. Especially when your ace is not so good they outscore you at almost two to one.
    ///

    Nope, I disavow this panicky post. Nothing troubling going on at all. C was off, wasn’t like he broke at a certain point or succumbed. He was flat from Go. We don’t have Alex, and that’s going to hurt in these generally obscenely extended innings up there. Take AGon away from them & see if they go 18-8. Lost a clunker, nothing troubling or carry over about it. We have enormous depth & the ability to really improve the lineup once Alex returns & Jesus is summoned.

  117. yankeefeminista August 7th, 2011 at 8:51 am

    My bad, Manny game at 12:05 according to milb-tv.

  118. Yankee Trader August 7th, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Good morning all-

    From NY Post, which is not my bible BTW:

    Hughes is scheduled to throw a regular bullpen session today to prepare for Tuesday, but with the way Freddy Garcia, tonight’s starter, has struggled against the Red Sox this season, Hughes might be needed in relief. Garcia is 0-2 with a 10.29 ERA in two starts against Boston this year. For his career, he is 8-4 with a 4.82 ERA in 19 games (18 starts) against the Red Sox.

    If Hughes pitches tonight, Ivan Nova would be inserted into Hughes’ spot Tuesday (the Yankees are off tomorrow) and add more confusion to Girardi’s six-man rotation. Girardi hasn’t named a starter beyond A.J. Burnett on Wednesday.

    Hopefully Garcia gets the run support he’s gotten in the past to have an 8-4 record with an ERA of 4.82. Beckett is due for a stinker!!

    Why is AJ the only one guaranteed a day to start next week? Is his psyche that fragile that letting him fret about his status will cause irreperable harm?

  119. J. Alfred Prufrock August 7th, 2011 at 8:52 am

    yankeefeminista August 7th, 2011 at 8:48 am
    Good morning, morning people! A new day, a new game. Go Freddy!

    Alex should make a rehab appearance by the end of the week. Good news!

    Dellin’s game will be another radio only affair. ManBan pitches at 1PM today, but I am working right smack in the middle of it.
    ///

    Yankfem, I’ll be watching Manny. Hope the Lord is catching or on a flight to Logan airport (prefer latter, but I don’t hold out much hope). I’ll be listening to Dellin start, although those guys don’t give you much. ARod can’t get back soon enough. Hope he brings his HR swing with him.

  120. yankeefeminista August 7th, 2011 at 8:53 am

    As for the panicky post, one of many. However, I have said all I am going to say about CC and lack of FB command. It was blatantly obvious from the get-go. You’d be hard-pressed to beat even a lesser light with that FB no where around the plate.

  121. blake August 7th, 2011 at 8:53 am

    CC will be fine…..he didn’t have it right from the beginning yesterday and the Sox swung the bats well. CC has thrown a ton of innings already this year so they need to keep an eye in him.and make sure he is rested enough to go full strength in the playoffs. He’s the least of my worries.

  122. Yankee Trader August 7th, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Take AGon away from them & see if they go 18-8.
    ——————————–
    Prufrock-

    The person I’d like to take away from their lineup is Jacoby Ellsbury, in the running for MVP.

  123. J. Alfred Prufrock August 7th, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Trader, good morning to you.

    AJ didn’t snap from not getting action in last year’s ALDS, & they left him out of that affair, so they have it in them to pass him over. They probably are determined to get something out of him & yea, looking for him to persuade them he can handle it. Tell you what, Hughes throws another gem & Nova stays on track…

  124. yankeefeminista August 7th, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Ah, I see. SWB is playing a DH b/c of a makeup game. Thus, the earlier 12:05 start. I assume Manny pitches the earlier game, but better check for sure. And looks like the opposition starter is none other than Volquez. Also, wonder what the weather is supposed to be like. Rained all night here and expected thunderstorms today.

  125. MTU August 7th, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Morning.

    What’s up people ?

    :)

  126. Yankee Trader August 7th, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Trivia Question:

    After going 1-for-5 with an RBI yesterday, Derek Jeter has 3,001 hits while playing shortstop.

    He is the first player since ___________ finished with 3,184 hits as a __________ to have 3,000 hits at one position.

    Insert the player and the position he played.

  127. MTU August 7th, 2011 at 9:01 am

    New thread ==>

  128. yankeefeminista August 7th, 2011 at 9:01 am

    blake, always a sane voice among the panicky and unhinged. A few starters could use some rest. Think they reevaluate and go with a six-man rotation for a short stretch here, while some of the fatigued recharge? Hoping that Hughes makes that a short term option by pitching well. I really don’t want to see Philip pitching tonight though.

  129. J. Alfred Prufrock August 7th, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Trader, Ellsbury might be comeback player of the year, at the rate he’s going.

    Ha, wasn’t Boston trying to intimidate the guy by questioning his mettle, placing strategic whispers in circulation that he won’t play through soreness, etc? They’re such a venal group running that show…they played the Manny being Manny card for so long & then used it against the guy, without whom they win absolutely nothing…

  130. baxterny August 7th, 2011 at 9:09 am

    I didnt leave the last post as panicky, just a statement of fact. I think the runs scored difference is about 80-43 this year. You cant overlook the fact that when your biggest rival beats you in such a convincing manner that it can mean anything good going forward. Things may change but sometimes past results can indicate future performance

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