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Postgame notes: Swish’s long ride to nowhere

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Aug 23, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

With the Yankees languishing offensively, Nick Swisher breathed life into the club with his home run in the eighth inning. With the Yankees on the verge of an unlikely victory, he wanted to finish what he started. But no such luck.

Swisher’s fly ball with the bases loaded in the ninth inning went 390 feet but stayed in the park for the last out of a 6-5 defeat to the Oakland A’s.

“You always want to be the guy in that spot, at least I do,” Swisher said. “You always want to be the hero. And for a while I thought I was.”

Off the bat he was thinking grand slam. It was only when CF Coco Crisp settled under it with his back nearly touching the wall that he knew it was not to be.

Swisher’s three-run homer with two outs in the eighth had started the rally. Before that the Yanks had been listless against A’s righthander Brandon McCarthy. McCarthy was locating well and never looked worried until the home run, which sent him to the showers.

Jorge Posada went yard to make it 6-4 in the ninth. The Yanks eventually loaded the bases for Mark Teixiera, who fouled out.

“I’d love to come through there,” he said.

Robinson Cano walked on a close 3-2 pitch to force in the fifth run.

• Jeter went 3 for 3 with a walk, raising his batting average to .295. It’s the second-best mark on the team behind Cano.

His third hit was the 3,053rd of his career, tying Rod Carew for 22nd on the all-time list. Carew was 39 when he got his last hit, two years older than Jeter is now.

Despite the big night Girardi opted to bunt him with two on and no outs in the ninth. He said his decision was based on factors. For one, Granderson and Teixiera were coming up next. For another, he wanted to stay out of the double play.

• Alex Rodriguez received X-rays during the game, which came back negative. He has a sprain of the left thumb and is considered day-to-day.

“We’ll just go day by day,” Girardi said. “Hopefully he’ll be better tomorrow.”

• Bartolo Colon denied that he is getting tired from being a full-time starter. Colon hasn’t started a full season since 2007. He’s already thrown more innings this year than he did in the three previous years combined.

His performance has slipped since the all-star break. He’s surrendered nine runs over his last two starts.

“I feel really healthy, very strong,” he said through an interpreter. “All I have to do is keep working hard and see what happens.”

He was fine with today’s outing, saying, “I think I pitched good.”

He admitted to going away from his two-seam fastball because he’d been taken deep on that pitch twice in his last start. He used only four seamers today, except for two occasions.

• See if you can figure this one out: the Yanks are 21-21 in series openers and 56-28 in all other games. Is it a sample size thing or does it mean something? Why would they slack off in the first game of every series?

• Cano extended his hitting streak to 14 games, longest by a Yankee this season.

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85 Responses to “Postgame notes: Swish’s long ride to nowhere”

  1. West Coast Yankee Fan August 23rd, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    He was fine with today’s outing, saying, “I think I pitched good.”

    ***********

    Joba speak.

  2. West Coast Yankee Fan August 23rd, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    California Quake Humor:

    New Yorker: “We will rebuild”

  3. BJK August 24th, 2011 at 12:05 am

    West Coast Yankee Fan August 23rd, 2011 at 11:51 pm
    He was fine with today’s outing, saying, “I think I pitched good.”

    ***********

    Joba speak.

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    He did pitch good. He just didn’t pitch great.

  4. Bo knows August 24th, 2011 at 12:06 am

    People complain that the sac bunt is giving up an out. What the hell do you think Teix does, everytime he swings at that breaking ball down and away

  5. West Coast Yankee Fan August 24th, 2011 at 12:07 am

    BJK. Do you really think that giving up 8 hits and 5 runs in 6 innings is good?

  6. Carlo August 24th, 2011 at 12:12 am

    Edit: 5 runs and 8 hits TO THE OAKLAND A’s

  7. BJK August 24th, 2011 at 12:12 am

    West Coast Yankee Fan August 24th, 2011 at 12:07 am
    BJK. Do you really think that giving up 8 hits and 5 runs in 6 innings is good?

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    He didn’t pitch 6 innings. He pitched into the 7th inning. And that’s the issue.

    His first 6 innings were good. 6 hits, no walks, 4Ks, 3 ER. That there would have been a quality start, and on most nights is good enough to win.

    The problem came in the 7th inning with 1 out when Girardi, unsurprisingly, left him in one batter too long as he crossed the 100 pitch mark. He should have been pulled after the bloop single.

    Then the bullpen didn’t pick Colon up.

    If the Yankees score 3 runs earlier, Colon doesn’t start the 7th. Soriano does.

    If Logan does his job, Colon’s line is a lot cleaner.

    But these things didn’t happen, so his final line makes his start seem worse than what it could and should have been.

  8. jacksquat August 24th, 2011 at 12:29 am

    What BJK said.

    And Colon should go back to his 2-seamer, it’s a very good pitch for him. No wonder his pitches weren’t moving as much.

  9. West Coast Yankee Fan August 24th, 2011 at 12:29 am

    Can’t play the if game those runners were his responsibility. He has not pitched well lately.

  10. BJK August 24th, 2011 at 12:34 am

    West Coast Yankee Fan August 24th, 2011 at 12:29 am
    Can’t play the if game those runners were his responsibility. He has not pitched well lately.

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    Sure you can. That’s the point. It’s not that he hasn’t pitched well. It’s that he hasn’t pitched GREAT.

    He wasn’t signed to be an ace. We were spoiled in the first half. I’ll take a starter that goes 6 innings and gives up 3ERs on 6 hits (1.0 WHIP) any day. That should be good enough for this team to win on a nightly basis.

    Then it’s up to the manager to pull him at the right time, especially with a fully rested bullpen.

  11. Vineyard Yankee August 24th, 2011 at 12:37 am

    Extra strength kool aid.

  12. pft2 August 24th, 2011 at 12:38 am

    If Jeter was not such a DP machine I would 2nd guess Girardi bunting there. Granderson never got a pitch to hit with 1B open, terrible AB by Tex, and Swish came close.

    I did 2nd guess Girardi leaving Colon in. How many bullets does he think Colon has till October I wonder. Colon in uncharted territory and has not had a very good August (nor has CC and AJ).

    That Allen opened my eyes though, maybe he got lucky but Oakland might have got themselves a prize with that one.

    Also have to 2nd guess not having A-Rod just DH for a week or so before playing the field. His knee is obviously not 100% and bad things happen when you play the field less than 100%. A-Rod is missed for his bat, they need to get that going first, and it”s hard to hit with a sprained thumb. Hitting 200 for a month is not going to help anyone, might as well send him back to the DL.

  13. Vineyard Yankee August 24th, 2011 at 12:44 am

    There must be a reason why Colon abandoned his 2 seamer, he can’t locate it, he has lost confidence in it.

    Someone mentioned him getting a rest, now is probably as good a time as any with the 6 man rotation.

  14. RS August 24th, 2011 at 1:04 am

    Imagine if Tex was just hitting .280 in his last 30 games, what kind of damage the Yankees offense could be doing with Jeter, Grandy, Tex, Cano, and Swisher all lined up in a row? Tex right now is a black hole in the middle of four hot hitters

  15. TD213 August 24th, 2011 at 1:06 am

    If we take away Colon’s inherited runs, let’s do the same with AJ.

    So now that AJ only gave up 4 runs rather than 7 in 1.2 innings, it might be good enough to be considered pedestrian!

  16. BJK August 24th, 2011 at 1:09 am

    TD213 August 24th, 2011 at 1:06 am
    If we take away Colon’s inherited runs, let’s do the same with AJ.

    So now that AJ only gave up 4 runs rather than 7 in 1.2 innings, it might be good enough to be considered pedestrian!

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    LOL.

  17. Dill Pickler August 24th, 2011 at 2:02 am

    Bunting Jeter in that situation is just blindingly stupid. Beyond stupid. down one run, yes. maybe. Last year Jeter, yes. First half of this season Jeter, yes. But Jeter now, for the past month and a half, when he’s been the hottest hitter on the team, if not the whole league? And 3 for 3 in tonight’s game? Tied with Rod Freaking Carew for 23rd place on the all-time hits list, hitting over .400 in the last — what — month? And you bunt him? How can you be a manager at the major league level and be that stupid? Down two runs and you give up an out — with your hottest hitter?????? Seriously, how does Girardi keep his damn job?

  18. stuart a August 24th, 2011 at 2:11 am

    after reading river avenue blues, i changed my mind the bunt is a bad idea. they needed 2 runs not 1. giving up 33% of your outs in that situation is a bad idea. Girardi loves that play.

    tex not doing much when it counts from the stats I saw tonight…

    late and close he stinks……

    girarid likes to use the big 3 out of the pen when they have a lead or tied only, therefore soriano is not getting a lot of action. using wade when down by 3 late if he has not pitched much may be a option. girardi always worries about tommorrow, today….

  19. Wang IS Taiwan August 24th, 2011 at 2:19 am

    Girardi’s in-game decisions continue to baffle…the two highest on my list:

    1. Always leaving in the starter just one batter too long, or worse — until the win is out of sight. WHY? Because he’s a donkey (stubborn refusal to learn).

    2. Bunting no matter what. Why? Because bunting is beautiful. Guy’s swinging a hot bat? Who cares? We bunt.

  20. Wang IS Taiwan August 24th, 2011 at 2:22 am

    stuart — always playing for tomorrow is why Girardi’s managed to lose so many winnable games…

    You gotta grab the win in front of you. You never know what the next day’s pitcher will have… We’ve seen this over and over again with him.

  21. Wang IS Taiwan August 24th, 2011 at 2:25 am

    pft2,

    MTU also suggested having Arod DH first. Way too logical a decision, I guess. Or perhaps The Magical Binder recommended doing otherwise.

  22. QuickHookJoe August 24th, 2011 at 6:26 am

    AJ flipping off Joe in Minnesota

    http://i.imgur.com/vbNLb.jpg

  23. pat August 24th, 2011 at 7:04 am

    “It’s kind of set up in a way that I’m the attack guy, and Joe’s got their backs in the clubhouse,” Cashman said. “I’m the one who comes after people publicly if it’s needed.”

    “If a player is giving max effort and doing everything possible for us to succeed,” the GM said, “then we’ll have his back. But if a player puts himself ahead of the Yankees, then we don’t have his back. I don’t think A.J. put himself ahead of the team.”

    http://espn.go.com/new-york/ml.....ctive-ways

    O’Connor advocating a “damn the players save yourself” approach as the one Girardi should be taking? A mutiny in the clubhouse is good for job security?

  24. Villa Nova-Ya August 24th, 2011 at 7:17 am

    pat -

    It sounds like a good approach to me (Cashman/Girardi). Can’t imagine the manager taking an aggressive tack in the media is the best way to earn the trust of your players.

    Also, I like the public pronouncement that the work ethic of a player counts.

    Poor results don’t always mean the player isn’t doing everything in his power to get better results.

  25. RadioKev August 24th, 2011 at 7:21 am

    That ESPN article is garbage. It’s just not Joe’s style, and there’s something to be said for his style of management. I think berating a player publically for poor performance is ridiculous. Look at yourself and say “what can I or should I be doing to change this or improve the situation.”

    Publically ripping your own guys doesn’t change anything. Sure, that could fire some guys up, but I don’t think anyone here believes that type of negative energy will help AJ at all.

    People will long for the Steinbrenner years, but there are also effective and less ruthless ways to manage.

  26. pat August 24th, 2011 at 7:29 am

    At least he didn’t use his hand so he can write them a check………

    “Trenton Thunder reliever Kei Igawa, charged with two runs, kicked a hole in the visiting clubhouse wall…”

  27. upstate kate August 24th, 2011 at 7:31 am

    Yeah, I agree Kev. Publicly humiliating your players may satisfy the fans and media, but doesn’t do much for player morale. We have no idea what actually happens in the club house.

  28. blake August 24th, 2011 at 7:33 am

    My biggest issue with last nights game wasn’t the bunt in the 9th……it was 1)sticking too long with Colon and 2) not going to Robertson when he did pull him.

    I know Logan is the Lefty but the game was probably decided in that moment and I want D. Rob pitching in those spots. Soriano being back should allow Robertson to be able to put out fires like that……but alas….he’s the EIG so he can only pitch the 8th inning with a lead.

  29. blake August 24th, 2011 at 7:35 am

    Players and managers back their own….its the way it is and reporters get upset sometimes when they don’t get a juicy quote to fit their narratives.

  30. NYY fan in NH August 24th, 2011 at 7:38 am

    In the end, Yanks are now tied for first with the Sox. They need to take care of games against these sub .500 teams. No excuses at all. Giving up HR’s to a bunch of nobody’s in the A’s lineup is inexcusable for Colon. He is now a weak link along with AJ. I hope he finds his groove again, but he is in unchartered territory.

  31. pat August 24th, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Joke Headline on Yankee news feed……… at least I think it’s a joke :wink:

    MLB Eyes A-Rod Role in Earthquake

  32. JCPD August 24th, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Since it seems most people here want to hear Cash or Joe rip AJ, then they would have no problem being ripped by their own boss in front of the rest of their co-workers, right? I’ve had it done. It sucks, it’s embarrassing and ultimately, the boss loses all respect from the res of the crew. But I guess, to each his own.

  33. JCPD August 24th, 2011 at 7:46 am

    NYY fan in NH August 24th, 2011 at 7:38 am
    In the end, Yanks are now tied for first with the Sox. They need to take care of games against these sub .500 teams. No excuses at all. Giving up HR’s to a bunch of nobody’s in the A’s lineup is inexcusable for Colon. He is now a weak link along with AJ. I hope he finds his groove again, but he is in unchartered territory.

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    So I’m assuming you were expecting about a 130 and 32 season since loses like this are unacceptable? I may not like it, but I accept it as REALITY.

  34. blake August 24th, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Colon has to use his 2 seamer to be effective……I thought that he was throwing them last but they just weren’t moving much……turns out he wasn’t throwing them at all. That pitch is what made him so effective early in the season…..if he’s lost faith in it because he’s afraid it’ll be hit then that’s an issue.

  35. NYY fan in NH August 24th, 2011 at 7:55 am

    No JCPD I am not expecting a 13-32 season, but when you’re 2-9 against your biggest rival, then they need to win these games against scrub teams like the A’s.

  36. Mell August 24th, 2011 at 8:00 am

    In the end, Yanks are now tied for first with the Sox. They need to take care of games against these sub .500 teams.

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    Yankees have the best record in the American League against sub .500 teams.

  37. Villa Nova-Ya August 24th, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Last I looked, the Yankees have the same exact record as their biggest rival, which suggests to me that in spite of having a poor record against them, they are doing just fine against the rest of the league and they are beating “scrub” teams.

  38. Vineyard Yankee August 24th, 2011 at 8:01 am

    NYY fan in NH August 24th, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Speaking ones opinion and being on the other side of the fence are taboo here. :wink:

  39. Mell August 24th, 2011 at 8:04 am

    1. Always leaving in the starter just one batter too long, or worse — until the win is out of sight.

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

    If Melvin doesn’t so the same thing, the win was probably out of sight anyway.

  40. Mell August 24th, 2011 at 8:06 am

    After last night, the Yankees moved to 35-16 against sub .500 teams. That’s a shade under .700 and the best in the AL. Failure to beat cupcakes has NOT been one of their problems this year.

  41. Mell August 24th, 2011 at 8:06 am

    If Melvin doesn’t DO…….

  42. YES August 24th, 2011 at 8:09 am

    I’ve been saying all season, Tex puts up empty numbers. He rarely gets a hit in a key spot. Most of his HR’s are when the game is decided one way or the other.

    I still want him on my team for his defense, team play, & power bat; but not in the #3 hole.

    The #3 hitter should be your best overall hitter. One that can hit for power & average. On this team that should be Cano.

    When Alex gets back full time, the lineup should be:

    Gardner – Jeter – Cano – Alex – Granderson – Tex – Swisher – DH – Martin

  43. butterball August 24th, 2011 at 8:11 am

    On those series opener stats….anyone know how it breaks down for games in which they traveled the night before vs those where they didn’t?

  44. Betsy August 24th, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Close, but no cigar – just not a good night for the Yankees, who did nothing for most of the game. Hopefully today will be a different story.

  45. disco stu August 24th, 2011 at 8:12 am

    I remember a game back in ’09 against Texas (I believe) where the Yankees made a furious 9th inning comeback at Yankee Stadium, had the tying runs on base with 0 outs, and Girardi opted for the bunt to move the runners into scoring position … I think he had Swisher bunt in that spot and he popped out.

    I remember being so furious at the time because the Rangers closer was walking the ballpark and it felt as though we just handed him an out and gave him a chance to catch his breath and provided him a better chance to get out of the jam … which is what ultimately happened.

    This is one area of Girardi’s managing style that I have always hated … he goes by rote instead of by feel way too much. I hate to draw comparisons, but I think Torre would have had Jeter swing a way and despite the outcome, he would have said afterwards that he had a “hunch” that it something “big” was going to happen.

    I just don’t like the idea of giving away outs in the 9th inning when you are behind by at least 1 run … especially when you have the pitcher on the ropes. If the pitcher has not yet shown that he can make quality pitches to get anybody out yet, why give him an out and a chance to wiggle out of the mess he created?

    But that is just me.

  46. Betsy August 24th, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Wow – seriously? Asking if the Yankees would slack off in series’ openers? That’s ridiculous.

    As to Colon, I don’t like that he’s become gun shy about his best pitch just because he struggled with it in KC. That happens to every pitcher – and more than once. It makes no sense to abandon his 2 seamer – and it’s troublesome if he’s lost confidence in it.

  47. Betsy August 24th, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Radiokev, agreed. That sounds like a garbage article that, if it were in a newspaper, I’d rip up and use as bird cage lining.

    So I wonder what it would take for Cashman to think that a player is putting himself ahead of the team. I don’t recall – did he get on Kevin Brown publicly for punching that wall?

  48. Benny Blanco August 24th, 2011 at 8:19 am

    GM Besty!

    Question: How the heck does Texiera continue to fly under the radar in clutch situations?

    When Alex struggled it seemed as though everytime he had a AB with RISP it was broacasted and announced on every single TV station.

    Yet, not one reporter or journalist has even mentioned to giradi how bad this guy has been with RISP this year. He’s been atrocious to say the least. I’m not recommending that we bash tex but at least hold his feel to the fire a tad. Your thoughts?

  49. upstate kate August 24th, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Betsy
    I am LOL at your bird cage comment

  50. 108 stitches August 24th, 2011 at 8:20 am

    The bottom line is Brandon McCarthy brought his best stuff and Yankee bats couldn’t bring runners across. Can’t find any legitimate fault with Colon. He did well enough but never thought Girardi needed to have him throw 106 pitches with a completely rested bullpen. What’s certain is Burnett would have done worse.
    C.C. will right the ship tonight along with better hitting.

  51. Betsy August 24th, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Wait, so now Colon is on a short leash? He has to be treated like AJ just because he’s had a few iffy starts?

  52. Betsy August 24th, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Benny, I have no idea……..Tex is not as good as advertised by any means; what bugs me is that Alex has been torched in the media for struggling with an even smaller sample size than Tex has.

    Kate, the media’s thin blue line treatment of Girardi ticks me off. EVERY ONE of them, without an exception, got their hackles raised because they feel Joe attacked Curry in his defense of AJ. They have zero clue. It was so obvious that Joe was ticked off at AJ – but he was not going to change his philosophy and start trashing his players. Krapisch, instead of writing that awful piece of fiction and stating that the players don’t like or respect Joe, should try his hand at the truth sometime: players actually APPRECIATE it when their manager doesn’t publicly humiliate them.

  53. Mell August 24th, 2011 at 8:26 am

    On those series opener stats….anyone know how it breaks down for games in which they traveled the night before vs those where they didn’t?

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

    By my count, there have been 17 occasions where the Yankees played consecutive nights at 2 different venues. One of those was playing in Yankee Stadium one night and Citifield the next, so I’m leaving that one out. In the other 16, they are 9-7.

  54. Mell August 24th, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Wait, so now Colon is on a short leash? He has to be treated like AJ just because he’s had a few iffy starts?

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    Colon hasn’t been very good over his last 9 starts.

  55. Benny Blanco August 24th, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Betsy,

    Whats really funny is that Alex had two MVP years with the yankees and was still getting torched for it…SMH!

  56. Erin August 24th, 2011 at 8:32 am

    I don’t know what to say at that O’Connor article, so I’ll just go with: :roll:

  57. Erin August 24th, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Happy Birthday Gardner!! :)

  58. Villa Nova-Ya August 24th, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Who asked if the Yankees’ slack off in series openers? I seriously doubt that. Sometimes things just work out a certain way and after a time it looks like a pattern, but it’s not really.

  59. Betsy August 24th, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Mell, it’s been a mixed bag, but not as bad as you think. I’m not going to post the stats from ESPN because it doesn’t translate well here, but in his last 10 starts, his two worst were that Toronto game, the Tampa (first start after the Mets start) and the last 2. For the most part, he’s given up either 2 or 3 runs. In any case, he’s not AJ and he’s still a good pitcher, so you have to give him a chance to get out of trouble. Now if he’s abandoning his best pitch so quickly, that is a problem.

  60. Betsy August 24th, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Chad asked it in the blog thread ……or is it the replacement blogger, Jake, using Chad’s name?

  61. Villa Nova-Ya August 24th, 2011 at 8:39 am

    On the radio the other day, there was a discussion about Girardi. It was MLB radio. Anyway, the consensus there was that it was obvious Girardi was not ganging up on Curry. That his words were phrased in such a way as to be general and not personal. I had to agree with that assessment. They also talked about Girardi sticking up for his players and how they thought it was a great trait for him to have as a manager.

    The NY media wanted its pound of AJ flesh and it was denied them.

  62. Villa Nova-Ya August 24th, 2011 at 8:41 am

    I have to go back and reread. Sometimes I skim.

  63. Erin August 24th, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Chad didn’t cover the game last night did he?

  64. Villa Nova-Ya August 24th, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Perhaps poor phrasing by Chad? He’s not usually one to be incendiary.

    It may mean nothing; it could have to do with the travel schedule – the Yankees don’t get the early get-away games that many teams do. As long as they continue to mostly win series, I can’t get too upset about that. Of course, it does cut their work out for themselves if they start 0-1. For that reason alone, I can’t imagine that they’d be slacking off in openers.

  65. Yankee Trader August 24th, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Good morning everyone. I didn’t see the last 2 innings. Is that picture of Swisher above his 9th inning swing from the heels try at a homerun? A single would have likely won the game in walk-off fashion.

    Ninth inning:

    Jorge Posada : Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Posada homered to right.
    Russell Martin : Martin doubled to deep left center.
    Brett Gardner : Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Gardner safe at first on 3rd baseman Sizemore fielding error.
    Derek Jeter : Strike (missed bunt), Jeter sacrificed to pitcher, Martin to third, Gardner to second.
    Curtis Granderson : Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Granderson walked.
    Mark Teixeira : Strike looking, Teixeira popped out to third.
    Robinson Cano : Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Cano walked, Martin scored, Gardner to third, Granderson to second.
    Nick Swisher : Ball, Ball, Swisher flied out to deep center.

    With regards to Colon he pitched ok for 6 innings. The 7th caught up with him and Logan promptly gave up a single to charge him with the last two runs.

    Comments? Thoughts?

  66. Howard August 24th, 2011 at 8:49 am

    There is probably a shorter leash with Bartolo because everyone in the world is waiting for the other shoe to drop.
    He’s above innings that he’s pitched since the early 2000′s, and he’s clearly lost some of the stuff he had earlier in the year.
    Some rest is probably needed when they can afford it, but you can be sure the Yankees are waiting for this little magic carpet ride he’s on to come crashing to the ground just like everyone else is…they’re just going to try to delay it.
    Either way, if last night’s Bartolo were to show up against Texas or Boston, the results wouldn’t have taken into the seventh.

  67. Erin August 24th, 2011 at 8:50 am

    From the lineup post yesterday:

    Jake Thomases here, filling in for Chad for the next two days.

  68. pat August 24th, 2011 at 8:54 am

    “Jake Thomases here, filling in for Chad for the next two days.”

    That would explain no post 3 seconds after final out last night.

    I thought Chad was slacking. :wink:

  69. Mell August 24th, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Is that picture of Swisher above his 9th inning swing from the heels try at a homerun?

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

    No. Swisher was batting lefty in the 9th. It was a 2-0 pitch that looked like it caught the outer third of the plate. He had a good swing. If the pitch was another inch or two inside, Swisher probably wins the game. That said, he never should have had the opportunity as Cano should have been called out on strikes.

  70. Howard August 24th, 2011 at 8:59 am

    That said, he never should have had the opportunity as Cano should have been called out on strikes.
    ____________________________

    That was a horrible call.

  71. ac1 August 24th, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Yes, but the first strike to Cano was also a horrible call (very high). So it all balanced out. That being said, If tex could have come through just once, we wouldnt be having this discussion.

    He needs to spend the winter working on his lefty swing, maybe figure out what he does from the right side and do that….

  72. MTU August 24th, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Yt-

    Morning.

    What you are talking about is called “situational hitting”.

    Matsui comes to mind.

    Adjusting your approach to the situation at hand.

    Not sure how I feel about Bartolo at this moment.

    I would like to hear from him on why he is not using that 2-seamer as much.

    Earlier in the season it was a deadly weapon.

    Curious.

  73. Howard August 24th, 2011 at 9:04 am

    He needs to spend the winter working on his lefty swing, maybe figure out what he does from the right side and do that?.

    ________________________

    Isn’t that what he says he worked on every winter? That and going the other way..
    Tex is what he is, and I’m fine with that. Now, if he could just improve on his .213 average in the playoffs, I’d be a lot happier.

  74. Shame Spencer August 24th, 2011 at 9:04 am

    “Is that picture of Swisher above his 9th inning swing from the heels try at a homerun? A single would have likely won the game in walk-off fashion.”

    Swisher finds it impossible to not swing like a little leaguer trying to impress his girlfriend..

  75. Mell August 24th, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Yes, but the first strike to Cano was also a horrible call (very high).

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    Pitch FX had it as a borderline strike. Cano swung at two pitches higher than that one.

  76. Howard August 24th, 2011 at 9:06 am

    I would like to hear from him on why he is not using that 2-seamer as much.
    ———–

    My guess is that he’s lost some velo on it, so it’s less effective. That’s only a guess.

    I didn’t see the HR that kid hit last night, but holy cow, that was a shot. How many times have guys gone up there this year? I’d say not many. I’ve seen Ortiz go up there, and Tex, but that’s about it I think.

  77. MTU August 24th, 2011 at 9:07 am

    You know I really hate it when Chad takes a day off w/o checking with me first.

    :)

  78. MTU August 24th, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Howard-

    IMO the movement is even more important than the velo.

    That pitch had wicked movement.

  79. MTU August 24th, 2011 at 9:09 am

    New thread ==>

  80. 86w183 August 24th, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Swish hit the hell out of the ball just hit it to the wrong place. The “trying to impress” line was childish. “Shame” on your, Spencer.

    That photo is not from last night…. all three Oakland pitchers were RH, thus Swish hit LH every time. Also, it’s obviously daytime — the game ended around 10:15

    Colon has not been throwing the 2-seamer for strikes lately so I assume he’s lost confidence in it a little bit. He has to get it back, because his slider isn’t all that effective so he’s become rather predictable.

    Tex drops his left shoulder from the left side, making his upper cut swing even more pronounced. He does not have that problem righty for some reason.

  81. J. Alfred Prufrock August 24th, 2011 at 9:16 am

    YT, the inning, for me, comes down to Tex just not being able to make decent enough contact to get the man in. It’s not even the result, it’s sensing that the result was imminent, because no one’s going to feed him anything he can get ahold of, & it’s just become far too easy to defuse his bat

    It’s the first thing that popped into my head when Jeter bunted. I was already worried about Tex’s AB.

    I was seriously hoping like hell that he’d come up & work a BB. I just had about as much hope he’d get enough on the ball to get that runner in as I do when it’s Gardner against a tough pitcher.

    I wonder what the hitting coach has to say about Teixeira, the left-handed hitter. Is there any dialogue between them about this? He had made some adjustment early in the season where his swing was more level, but he eventually reverted. I guess he’d have to accept a dramatic realignment in the offseason for any permanent improvement to occur. Right now, he’s a painless out much of the time, and a situational disaster.

  82. No23 August 24th, 2011 at 9:42 am

    “That said, he never should have had the opportunity as Cano should have been called out on strikes.”

    If you watched last night’s game, the ump had not called a low strike all night. Perhaps it was a horrible call, but it was consistent with the way he had called the entire game. If he had rung him up, Girardi would have been justified in having a fit.

    I know it’s tough to fault Swisher’s at bat, since he’s the one who put them back in the game in the eight, but he has to take a 2-0 pitch with the tying run a walk away. The reliever was all over the place and he’s just as likely to get a cookie to hit at 2-1 as he was at 2.0. If they are down by two or more, go for the homer. But with the tying run a walk away, he needs to work the count better.

  83. raymagnetic August 24th, 2011 at 10:47 am

    “1 batter too long”

    Does your crystal ball tell you exactly when he reaches that 1 batter?

  84. Bayareanyy August 24th, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    5 comments:

    1. I would agree that Jeter bunting last night didn’t feel right. Girardi may have been sensitive to the GIDP. However, it feels like Girardi was afraid of failure.

    2. The Yankees need confidence in winning close and late. Little evidence of that this season. I believe they are 15-18 in 1 run games. Only Texas has a worse % in 1 run games among division leaders in all of MLB.

    3. Tampa Bay is playing really well now and 9 behind in the loss column. Let’s hope the large number of games with TB and BOS will not provide any opportunity for TB.

    4. Baseball is a game of failure. Even if Swisher could bat .500 with the bases loaded it is a 1 out of 2 chance he gets a hit last night.

    On to the next game. It’s in the rearview mirror.

    Go Yankees!!

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