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Postgame notes: “He’s not afraid to be here”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes, Podcast on Sep 10, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Jered Weaver was positively dominant tonight. The Yankees scattered two singles and a handful of walks and never got a runner past first base.

Except Jesus Montero.

On a night when the Yankees failed to pickup a game in the standings, it was still hard to ignore the impact of the Yankees young designated hitter. Against one of the best pitchers in the game, Montero went deep for his third home run in as many days. It was his first time starting a big league game against a right-handed starter, and in his first at-bat he lifted a ball over both bullpens.

“He’s not afraid to be here,” Mark Teixeira said. “He’s not afraid to let it fly and if he’s going to be as good as everyone thinks he is, he’s going to have to face a lot of these guys. And he’s showing right away that he’s not afraid of them.”

The pitch was a 1-2 fastball inside, and Montero was looking for it.

“At the beginning of the at-bat, I was looking fastball,” Montero said. “He threw me two good curveballs and then I was thinking in, because I’m a catcher, too. I was thinking fastball in at that moment, and I got the right pitch.”

Joe Girardi said before the game that he wants to see more and more of the Yankees top hitting prospect, and tonight did little to change that opinion. “You continue to look at him,” is the way Girardi phrased it after the game. Bottom line, Montero’s going to keep getting at-bats. He’s going to have a real chance to earn a spot in the postseason.

“I just put that away and try to do my job whenever they give me the opportunity,” Montero said. “Keep doing my routine every single day. When I’m playing, when I’m DHing, I’m in the cage with Kevin Long. That’s been helping me, keeping my routine every single day… It’s been good, thank God. Tomorrow, I might play again and strike out four times, but it’s been good.”

Here’s Montero.

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• Montero and Bartolo Colon were the bright spots, but ultimately the game was decided by this fact: The Yankees bullpen was terribly thin. Rafael Soriano, Cory Wade and Boone Logan were unavailable, Dave Robertson had been used in the eighth and Mariano Rivera was being saved for a save. That meant Aaron Laffey and Luis Ayala got the call in a tied ninth inning. “Playing all these days in a row and all these tight ballgames, you get into this,” Girardi said.

• Girardi said he’s actually planning to give Logan another full day off tomorrow. Logan said he’s not hurt, just going through a “little case of dead arm” and a couple days of rest might help. “My body is great and everything is fine,” he said. “But a couple days off, flushing out the body and letting it rest, it will give me a chance to get my velocity back.”

• Nick Swisher went for an MRI. The results won’t be available until tomorrow.

• Turns out, Bartolo Colon gave the Yankees seven strong innings on an upset stomach. He said he wasn’t feeling well all day, but he still delivered a performance reminiscent of his first half. “What I did today is the location of my sinker was really, really good,” Colon said. “Every time I command that way, I will pitch the same way I was pitching the first half.”

• The only Angels run off Colon came after Derek Jeter’s throwing error in the fifth. “He wasn’t in trouble the entire day until I put him in trouble,” Jeter said. “… It’s a play that has to be made. It’s not a difficult play.”

• Girardi said the Angels simply guessed right on Eduardo Nunez’s stolen base attempt in the top of the ninth. Nunez was brought in to steal the bag, and the Angels pitched out at the right time. “That’s going to happen,” Girardi said. “He was pretty close to being safe, too.”

• Girardi on using Ramiro Pena instead of Nunez to play third base in the bottom of the ninth: “I was probably going to hit Chavy the next inning and put Chavy at third, so that’s what I decided to do. Nino’s played a little more third than Nuney over his career, so I just decided to do it that way.”

• To be clear, Alex Rodriguez is not hurt. He came out strictly to have Nunez run.

• Russell Martin seemed to have a runner picked off at first base in the ninth, but he didn’t throw. “I didn’t get a good grip on the ball,” he said. “If I get a better grip I’ll make an attempt, but a couple of times this year I’ve tried to throw with a mediocre grip and I’ve thrown the ball into right field. In that situation, you don’t want that to happen.”

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52 Responses to “Postgame notes: “He’s not afraid to be here””

  1. Yankees_Fan September 10th, 2011 at 2:43 am

    My bad! I thought Kontos, Brackman, Noesi and Betances were pitchers, but I find out they are just figurines to make the clubhouse look crowded.

    Gimme a break! Thin bullpen? Its freaking September! As many rightfully said, if you are pitching terrible Laffey and Ayala in a tied game in the 9th, might as well start with the B lineup and rest everybody.

    Terrible excuse!

  2. AndyFTM September 10th, 2011 at 2:51 am

    The 2 moves I’ll never be able to understand:

    1) Pinch running for A-Rod in a tie game with the major league leader in extra base hits at the dish. If Cano runs into one it doesn’t matter where the runner is on the basepaths. And you lose your cleanup hitter.

    2) Pitching Robertson in the 8th but then Laffey in the 9th…what??? If you’re actually trying to go all out and win the game you go down with your best guys. And if you aren’t that bothered then you don’t waste Robertson and you pitch one of the young callups in the 8th and 9th.

  3. UnKnown September 10th, 2011 at 3:07 am

    Is Nunez the fastest guy to PR there in the 9th. I mean if you are not going to use him defensively anyways how about using Golson to run.

    I don’t know maybe Nunez is the best base runner off the bench to use in that spot? But I wouldn’t think he is faster than Golson.

    Really hoping for a good report on Swish’s MRI tomorrow or I guess later today.

  4. stuart a September 10th, 2011 at 4:45 am

    guessed right on nunez after about 4 strikes. girardi should have had him running early in the count.

    why use kontos or the others??laffey and ayala are real fixtures wit hthe organization and will be contributing big time for years!!!!

    what a bunch of bs.. girardi does not use call ups unless someone puts a gun to his head. after all laffey and ayala are real prospects!!!!!!!!!!not….

    girardi is a damn fool. kontos dominated AAA out of the pen…….

  5. AldotheApache September 10th, 2011 at 6:21 am

    I see all the geniuses after-the-fact were out in full force last night, right along with the west coast wCko and his multiple personalities, reveling in the Yankees’ loss.

    Nothing ever shuts those guys up quicker than a Yankees’ victory. What does that tell you?

  6. sunny615 September 10th, 2011 at 6:45 am

    Another tough loss. Against weaver I can understand. But in the postseason they have to be able to beat these kinds of pitchers. Verlander, Beckett, halladay, Lee. It’s not going to get any easier. At least Colon hung tight and gave them a chance they couldn’t take advantage of.

  7. BIG AL September 10th, 2011 at 7:11 am

    Got to understand, teams go through spells like this. The good thing is the RS are keeping pace in the losses. Bad news is the Rays are creeping up, and have enough games left with both the Yankees and RS to be a huge factor.

  8. BIG AL September 10th, 2011 at 7:13 am

    Aldo -

    Those are not Yankees fans, just idiots that love to complain, and think they have more baseball knowledge then the pros.

  9. AldotheApache September 10th, 2011 at 7:25 am

    Al –

    Oh, I know.

    I get a kick out of the game threads, when the Yankees score some runs and they take the lead, at that point how they all just ‘magically’ … (poof!) … disappear.

    Every single time, the same ones.

  10. AldotheApache September 10th, 2011 at 7:26 am

    After-the-fact geniuses … as if they knew all along what the right move was going to be.

  11. 108 stitches September 10th, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Too many quiet bats at the same time. Need to push across runs with timely hits. Three late game failures and the Yankees are fortunate that the Sux are sliding fast.

  12. blake September 10th, 2011 at 7:46 am

    The Yanks lost the game because they could only muster one run……but its time to try something else with the pen….now I understand not throwing Betances because it was his first game with the team…..but the kid throws mid-high 90s and has stuff that screams that he could dominate in short relief……Brackman was also throwing the ball very well for SWB towards the end of the year……heck try Warren or Phelps or Mitchell………instead of trying to scrape by with a thin pen…..see if it can be made into a strength.

  13. BIG AL September 10th, 2011 at 7:50 am

    It’s been a tough schedule, and the team is very tired. I think today will be better, more use to the time change, and CC on the mound will give them length.

    Colon looked like he did early in the season, and pitched well enough for the team to win.

    I’m worried about Cano starting to swing at too many bad pitches, and A-Rod not looking strong at the plate yet, hope he comes back, the team needs him.

  14. BIG AL September 10th, 2011 at 7:52 am

    blake -

    I agree, but, I don’t think Girardi felt comfortable throwing a AAA pitcher in that situation, he’s first time pitching in the ML, in such a tight spot, IMO.

  15. blake September 10th, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Offensively I think they are just tired and in a collective funk (except Montero)……

  16. BIG AL September 10th, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Back in a bit ………….

  17. blake September 10th, 2011 at 7:56 am

    AL,

    Yea I agree there……but they need to start using the guys who have actual talent and see if they can do better IMO.

  18. Purenyyankee September 10th, 2011 at 8:00 am

    If we lose the AL East, just look back at the last 3 pathetic games.

  19. blake September 10th, 2011 at 8:05 am

    The bigger thing than losing the game may have been how Colon pitched…….his location was better two seamer were the best they’ve been maybe since he came off the DL…..that’s huge…..so while it sucked to lose…..that was important

  20. BIG AL September 10th, 2011 at 8:08 am

    blake -

    You’re right. I don’t understand the love affair with Laffey, IMO he’s not ML material, no less Yankees BP quality.

    Let’s hope we get a big lead today, and Joe can give these AAA guys some experience at this level, in a low leverage situation.

  21. JimK September 10th, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Ayala has pitched well out of the BP so I had no problem with Girardi bringing him in but why did Laffey start the inning. Additionally, the Yankees have brought up some of their best prospects from the minors so why not use them in the 9th instead of Laffey, it’s not like Laffey has demonstrated that he is any more capable than the untested prospects.
    However, the bottom line is that a team that scores only one run is not going to win too many of those games, it’s just a shame that the Angels 1st run was unearned.

  22. blake September 10th, 2011 at 8:17 am

    They miss Joba pretty bad right now

  23. jacksquat September 10th, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Girardi said the Angels simply guessed right on Eduardo Nunez’s stolen base attempt in the top of the ninth. Nunez was brought in to steal the bag, and the Angels pitched out at the right time. “That’s going to happen,” Girardi said. “He was pretty close to being safe, too.”

    Yeah, a pitchout on an 0-2 count, shocker. :roll:

    Girardi on using Ramiro Pena instead of Nunez to play third base in the bottom of the ninth: “I was probably going to hit Chavy the next inning and put Chavy at third, so that’s what I decided to do. Nino’s played a little more third than Nuney over his career, so I just decided to do it that way.”

    And “Nino” has played for more games than Chavez? Nonsense. The statement doesn’t make sense and the only way the move makes sense is if something is wrong with Chavez.

  24. BIG AL September 10th, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Rays 5 back of RS in loss column, could it be the RS finish 3rd. :)

  25. AldotheApache September 10th, 2011 at 8:29 am

    JimK September 10th, 2011 at 8:13 am

    However, the bottom line is that a team that scores only one run is not going to win too many of those games

    ————————————————

    That IS the bottom line to last night’s game, PERIOD.

    None of the other stuff really matters.

    Also, I’m starting to wonder if ARod is 100%, or if he’s coming back for a September run ‘as is.’

  26. Villa Nova-Ya September 10th, 2011 at 8:31 am

    If they lose the AL East title, and you want to look at these 3 games, then you need to look at them in perspective – in context.

    They won a game played in disgusting conditions that didn’t start until after 10 pm. and ended somewhere around 2:30 am. The next day, the regulars were not available, and they lost a game in extra innings while playing mostly a “B” team. The third game was a makeup game played on what was supposed to be an off day, again extra innings.

    Last night, their third loss in a row, came after a cross-country flight played after those games, and against a pitcher having a CY worthy year.

    They’ve been not talking regular BP. Their bullpen has been pushed to the limits and is showing the strain (any team’s BP would be).

    I fully expect the Yankees will get back to speed. I really did not expect them to win last night, though of course it sure would have been nice.

    Apparently the Baseball gods are looking out for them, since Boston hasn’t been able to take advantage of the Yankees’ losses. Kind of like treading water. (And yes, of course, it would have been great to have won at least one of these games to take advantage of the Boston losses, but I’m looking at it as, if they’re going to have some tough games, at least they’re not having to “pay” for them.)

  27. CountryClub September 10th, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Montero hit the ball hard all night….it wasn’t just the HR. Good to see.

  28. blake September 10th, 2011 at 8:32 am

    I think they said that Alex’s thumb would likely still have some pain for awhile…..he hasn’t gotten his timing yet…..fortunately he still has 3 weeks to find it

  29. blake September 10th, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Villa,

    Yea…..tough 3 game stretch with the conditions and travel…..they could have won all 3. Hopefully they can get back on schedule and start swinging the bats better….

  30. Villa Nova-Ya September 10th, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Country Club -

    I didn’t get to stay up for the whole game. Saw the HR, but not his next at-bat. What did he do in the other at-bats?

  31. JimK September 10th, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Rays 5 back of RS in loss column, could it be the RS finish 3rd.

    If the RS keep playing the way they have played over the past 11 games it’s a strong possibility. This is a big weekend for the Rays and the RS. If the Rays sweep and continue to play well the Yankees last 11 games could be very interesting; 7 against the Rays and 3 against the RS.

  32. Ghostwriter September 10th, 2011 at 8:37 am

    The offense on this team runs hot and cold. It seems like they either score runs in bunches for a period of time, or they fall into these funks in which every single run comes at such a premium. The big weakness on this club remains the timely hitting. It costs them time and again when they find themselves in close games.

    The direction of the rest of this season seems pretty clear to me. If the offense gets hot come October, then the Yanks will roll to a World Series championship, and if it doesn’t they are going down. In 2009, the Yanks’ chances for success hinged on them playing their game not on a having hot streak.

    Still, I have to agree with Blake that Colon’s performance is the most important thing coming coming out of last night’s game and a real bright spot at that.

  33. blake September 10th, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Montero lined out to RF…..a ball that looked like a double off the bat but it was right at Hunter in his 2nd AB…..and then hit a rocket down the 3B line and was robbed in his 3rd AB. He hit it on the nose all 3 times and coukd easily have had 2 doubles to gonalibg with the homer.

  34. blake September 10th, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Sox are sending Weiland out there against Helickson today …..

  35. Ghostwriter September 10th, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Villa Nova-Ya September 10th, 2011 at 8:31 am

    If they lose the AL East title, and you want to look at these 3 games, then you need to look at them in perspective – in context.
    ================

    There is no question that you have a point in talking about the conditions of the last couple games. And they’ve also had to contend with an arduous schedule. However, the Yankee offense has been running hot and cold are year long.

  36. Ghostwriter September 10th, 2011 at 8:44 am

    blake September 10th, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Montero lined out to RF…..a ball that looked like a double off the bat but it was right at Hunter in his 2nd AB…..and then hit a rocket down the 3B line and was robbed in his 3rd AB. He hit it on the nose all 3 times and coukd easily have had 2 doubles to gonalibg with the homer.
    ===================

    Montero certainly could be an important piece of the puzzle in getting the offense right. I would have batted him sixth.

  37. 86w183 September 10th, 2011 at 8:45 am

    I said at the time I thought the Yanks should have played the tired regulars Wednesday and sent them straight to Los Angeles. Let the “b” squad play the road game and deal with multiple trips. You could even make the point that the oldest guys — Colon, Rivera, Garcia, ARod, Jeter and Posada could have skipped Wednesday too, but none should have made two trips in two days.

    That said, I see no cause for concern about the recent play. Cold bats happen. It’ll pass.

  38. AldotheApache September 10th, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Villa Nova-Ya September 10th, 2011 at 8:31 am
    If they lose the AL East title, and you want to look at these 3 games, then you need to look at them in perspective – in context.

    ——————————

    Excellent post!

    Truth and logic … how refreshing!

  39. JimK September 10th, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Aldo the Apache

    Agree on the one run, I just think Girardi should have used one of the pitching prospects instead of Laffey. Laffey’s stats with the Yankees in 5 games; 4 IP 6 hits, 3 runs, and 2 BB.

  40. Yankee Trader September 10th, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Good morning everyone.

    Am still out or town and was only able to follow most of the game on espn gamecast.

    Logan with a tired arm and the Yankees with tired bats, except Montero. No hit the last 6 innings of the Baltimore game and 2 hits off Weaver. Defense, bullpen need to step up. The Yankees have the chance to put distance between the RS and I agree-give Betances a chance to pitch. Laffey is awful and Ayala has not pitched well the last month-very rare for him to have a clean inning.

  41. AldotheApache September 10th, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Blake …

    “gonalibg”?

    I know, I know … typo.

    But gotta love the sound of that one. It SHOULD be a word, I think.

  42. blake September 10th, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Aldo,

    Gb invented that word awhile back…….don’t know what it means but I thought id work it into a sentence anyway ;)

  43. CountryClub September 10th, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Villa,

    Blake’s recap above is correct.

  44. Yankee Trader September 10th, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Sox are sending Weiland out there against Helickson today.
    —————————————-
    And they get to face Shields tomorrow. Probably too late for Tampa to close the gap?

  45. blake September 10th, 2011 at 8:53 am

    CC gets #20 tonight and the Yanks vet back on track…….getting to the point where Montero has to play most every day I think ……so Joe has to figure out a way to get Jorge some ABs and also to rest Alex and others at DH down the stretch……..hey maybe if they let Montero catch some……

  46. Villa Nova-Ya September 10th, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Wow – too bad none of those resulted in a hit!! Thanks for the fill-in, guys. Well, we certainly know he can hit – no hype there!

    ***

    Ghostwriter -

    I won’t disagree that the Yankees seem to go through streakiness with the bats. They’ve been fortunate that for the most part the pitching picked them up. They need one of those smash-up affairs to rest the bp, but I don’t see where that happens, looking at the opposing pitchers coming up.

    However, I do think most teams, if you follow them closely, have similar ups and downs. I think the Yankees’ “ups” last longer, and the bp and been solid up to these last few games, so that’s helped.

    Do they have one more off day before the end of the season?

    Anyway, as far as the playoffs go, what will be will be. In 2009, they got the timely hit or hits from a handful of guys. That’s all that’s needed.

    I sure hope Swisher’s injury is not a season-ending one…

  47. pkyankfan69 September 10th, 2011 at 8:57 am

    If the Yankees are fortnate to beat either Texas or Detroit in the ALDS would you rather face the Red Sox limping into the playoffs of a piping hot Tampa Bay team that made a big time just to get there?

    I’d love to see the Sox blow it and miss the playoffs but TB would be on fire if they were to make this comeback.

    Nice to see Bartolo with a strong outing.
    Man is Montero an absolute monster. After his 2 homers the other way I figured pitchers would be pounding him in. Now they are just scratching their colective heads trying to figure out what to do. Great to see a young homegrown kid thrive given the opportunity in the bigs. So much fun to watch.

  48. MTU September 10th, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Good Morning.

    The tough schedule has screwed with the Yankees.

    Colon and Montero were the bright spots.

    If our normal BP had been available I think we win this game.

    We’re lucky the Sux went into a nosedive for now.

  49. MaineYankee September 10th, 2011 at 9:02 am

    YT

    Are you still in Maine?

    Has been some nice weather the last couple of days.

  50. MTU September 10th, 2011 at 9:03 am

    New thread ==>

  51. JimK September 10th, 2011 at 9:03 am

    While last night’s game can be explained by the fact that the Yankees played 3 games in 42 hours, didn’t Baltimore play under the same conditions?

  52. Yazman September 10th, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Do you think Joe is thinking about the 130 AB Rookie of the Year max? Do you think he should?

    Obviously not a big deal, but it would be nice to have a ROY candidate next year, especially if some of the last games don’t matter this year.


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