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Small role for now: Montero showing his potential

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 06, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Because of the Tigers right-handed rotation, the Yankees decided that rookie Jesus Montero would be limited to a bench role in this division, but they still wanted him available. They wanted his bat, and Tuesday night he delivered two hits in his first two postseason at-bats.

“That was a thought in our mind when he came up (in September),” Joe Girardi said. “We could use him off left-handers, and he could provide some big offense. But we had to watch him play. We had to see how he handled the situation. I thought he handled it pretty good.

“I go back to his first start in Boston against Jon Lester, his first AB, bases loaded. That’s a tough situation. I’m not sure what the standings were at that time. That’s a pretty tough situation. His first swing was kind of wild. He swung at a pitch over his head. Then he seemed to really bear down. That game told me something, even though I don’t think he got a base hit that day. But that game told me something about him, that he was able to relax in the moment.”

If the Yankees win tonight, Montero’s role could increase in an ALCS matchup against the Rangers. For now, it’s hard to complain about the guy that’s been getting the DH starts for the Yankees. Jorge Posada has been a productive and reliable hitter, once again showing his value in a season that’s been a struggle.

“We looked at what he had done against right-handers during the course of the season,” Girardi said. “We looked at Jorge’s experience in these type of situations and how he’s been productive. I’m sure it means a lot to him. I know it means a lot to all of us. I’m sure it means a lot to him what he’s done these first four games. We all want it to continue.”

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258 Responses to “Small role for now: Montero showing his potential”

  1. m October 6th, 2011 at 11:58 am

    The Yankees have absolutely handled Montero right at every turn.

    Treating him like a thoroughbred, by holding him back so that when you let him go there’s no stopping him.

    I think he’s learned a lot in the last month +. People can say he was born with it, but seeing what we saw in the spring he was capable of letting the nerves get to him. He went away from his game.

    But he worked at it, waiting his time. Acclimated to the big leagues.

    Jorge started all the games, and he’s obviously not ready to give the reins to Montero yet. But the kid waited patiently with no pressures or expectations heaped upon him. When they called up his number in Game 4, he was ready. But the ground work had been laid by Girardi and Cashman. Great job. Oh, good job by Montero, too. ;)

  2. djsunyc October 6th, 2011 at 11:58 am

    montero’s lightning quick bat will be fun to watch over the years. hopefully it’s with us.

    hopefully we advance so we can see him more vs. texas…

  3. blake October 6th, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Go Montero
    Go Jorge

  4. m October 6th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    And people need to understand that this past season is as much about Jorge as it is about Montero. And that’s why a lot of unpopular decisions have been made. Montero’s time is coming–very soon.

  5. mick October 6th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    texas and their 3 leftys and more in the pen will be the matchup most wanted in the ALDS but the ALCS even better…

  6. djsunyc October 6th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    And people need to understand that this past season is as much about Jorge as it is about Montero. And that’s why a lot of unpopular decisions have been made. Montero’s time is coming–very soon.

    —-

    could be as soon as saturday ;)

  7. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    mel – couldn’t agree with your more. And nobody can say that Jorge hasn’t been toting the water!

  8. 108 stitches October 6th, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Montero has shown his worth in September and October. In 2012 he gets a full year.

  9. blake October 6th, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Nova just has to pitch his game tonight….he’s got good enough stuff that he can have success doing what he does no.matter what the Tigers do and the adjustments they make.

    Fister will have to get his secondary stuff over early in counts and stay ahead…….if he can’t use offspeed stuff to get ahead the Yanks will pound him.

  10. Chip October 6th, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Folks – I love your confidence in the Yankees (and frankly I’m hoping for good things from Nova) but I’m reading a lot of people penning Nova at the top of the rotation for years and saying “we don’t need more pitching next year, we have Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon.”

    Now look – I was an advocate of signing Garcia (for which I was mocked) and I’m glad it has worked out – but he’s not a guy you invest in long term anymore – he’s a guy who you sign to a minor league deal or a deal with a low base contract and hope you can catch lightning in a bottle with – same thing with Colon.

    The Yankees still require a top of the rotation pitcher to compliment CC. Nova might someday be that guy, but it’s a lot to hand a kid in his second season. And just because Nova had a fantastic year doesn’t automatically mean that Warren or Phelps are ready to make that jump themselves or that they will experience the same results.

    Young pitchers should, in my opinion, be worked into the back of a rotation, not thrust into major roles immediately. If the Yankees open up next season with a rotation of CC, Nova, Hughes, AJ and Warren/Phelps I think it’s probably a mistake. That’s not to say I want them to give a 5 year deal to CJ Wilson – but if they could get a Mark Buehrle on a 2 year deal – absolutely.

  11. yankeefeminista October 6th, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    re-posts

    yankeefeminista October 6th, 2011 at 12:00 pm
    trisha, you *must* come down for a game. The energy at the Stadium is so palpable that you will easily be able to send it to Lohud in spades with energy to spare. Nothing like it.

    yankeefeminista October 6th, 2011 at 12:01 pm
    Trisha, FYI, I will be at *all* the games at Stadium

    _____
    Free Jesus!

  12. mick October 6th, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Don’t forget Jamie Moyer will be available.

  13. m October 6th, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Good things come to those who wait. So, I will not count my chickens. Will not think about Saturday. And will think about 2012 at the end of the season.

    Go, Yankees!

  14. Warning Track Power October 6th, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2011 at 11:55 am
    “How is everybody feeling today?”

    I had a flu shot yesterday and my arm is aching. My fall allergies have kick in and are kicking my butt! I have an allergy headache that won’t quit. Let me see is there anything else?

    I’m real cool with tonight’s game. I’m actually looking forward to watching the Cards hopefully TKO those invincible Phils!!!
    ****************************************************************
    Good luck with that sore arm. Just change your story and tell people you have pitched out of the pen 3 times in the last 4 days. Makes for a cool story!!!

  15. bruceb October 6th, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    How is everybody feeling today?

    Supremely confident, which is worrying for me as I’m the world’s biggest pessimist.

  16. Erin October 6th, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2011 at 11:55 am
    ?How is everybody feeling today??

    I had a flu shot yesterday and my arm is aching.

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

    ugh…that reminds me I have to schedule my flu shot. :?

    Thanks Trisha. LOL

  17. mick October 6th, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Supremely confident, which is worrying for me as I’m the world’s biggest pessimist.
    ===================
    bruce, have you met Betsy?

  18. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    YF, dammit I am going to consider it then! Hey I think I’ve earned the right to treat myself to a postseason game. Is there a much bigger sycophant than I??? (ha ha ha, “credit” to West Coast Sux Fan for that observation. And you know the “Pollyanna” in me would be with the Yanks to the very last pitch!!!

    :D

    For now, though, I think I’ll just try to take something to get rid of this headache and enjoy my last baseball-free moments for a while because I know that starting tonight, it’s going to be nonstop and full speed ahead.

    GO YANKS!!

    GO IVAN!!

    GO CARDS!!

    GO BREWERS!!

    Keep the faith, companeros, or whatever it is that Sterling calls Suzyn!

  19. yankeefeminista October 6th, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Chip, the slider when it is on makes Nova a legit SO pitcher, and you have to love that he throws 5 different pitches.

    I am not a big fan of Phelps… and don’t see either him or Warren as our #5 next year. Noesi or DJ Mitchell are better possibilities in my estimate, but we probably will re-sign Garcia, I would think. Hughes is the wild card…

  20. bruceb October 6th, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    mick October 6th, 2011 at 12:06 pm
    Supremely confident, which is worrying for me as I’m the world’s biggest pessimist.
    ===================
    bruce, have you met Betsy?

    Yes. I follow her on Twitter.

  21. Yankee Trader October 6th, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Yankeefem, Trisha, Erin and everyone else who can stay positive about tonights game-

    I posted this earlier.

    NY weather prediction: Clear skies 59 degrees at gametime, No precipitation.
    NYY game prediction: Fans witness a SuperNova and send a game winning Tex -message home

  22. blake October 6th, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Chip,

    The Yanks could use another quality starting pitcher…..most teams could. The problem is that they don’t grow on trees and they are very expensive either I dollars and more importantly in players to aquire.

    The Yanks will continue to look for starting pitching but I think they’ve made it clear that they aren’t going to over pay for it unless the guy is a #1…..and there just aren’t many of those out there.

  23. mick October 6th, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Is there anything better for the ego than twitter?

  24. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    mel, I am happy to render today to today. I certainly don’t give 2012 a second thought. My 2011 chickens, though, are safely in the barn.

    ;)

    Warning track -LMAO!!!

    Erin, check this out. I went to Target yesterday to buy my allergy pills (much better prices than the drug stores) and they were advertising walk-in flu shots at the pharmacy. That’s how that happened. But our supermarkets (those that have pharmacies) and drug stores do the same thing. You just walk in and get it on the spot.

  25. yankeefeminista October 6th, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    YT, yes, weather is looking perfect for once. I like the predicted only 5mph winds. It was very windy in the last two. That wind is what makes the Stadium frigid. The half hour earlier start cannot hurt either. Go Yanks! :)

  26. Warning Track Power October 6th, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    bruceb October 6th, 2011 at 12:04 pm
    How is everybody feeling today?

    Supremely confident, which is worrying for me as I’m the world’s biggest pessimist.
    ***************************************************************
    Add me to the list. I have so many ridiculous “superstitions” that I engage in during the game. I’m sure some of you practice a similar habit.

  27. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    bruceb – that’s nothing but good! Hang onto that feeling. The more postive vibrations we all send out to the universe, the better the atmosphere in which our Yanks will win tonight! Nothing wrong with that.

  28. yankeefeminista October 6th, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    trisha, try the supplement Quercetin for allergies.

  29. Erin October 6th, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Trisha-that’s cool. I’m trying to decide if I want to get one through work, or just do a walk in. I’m thinking walk in. Getting a shot at work just sounds like the makings of a horrible day. ;)

  30. J. Alfred Prufrock October 6th, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Just have to object that a “No. 1″ justifies dealing Montero. We need Montero more than we need some A1 pitcher behind C. We have pitching enough to win another division and go deep next season – we have SP options more next season than this year, if Hughes is healthy, they reconsider Joba, and we have Nova with a year of starting under his belt, and actually LESS reliable in the lineup as Alex and Jete add another year to their career calendars.

    I am not giving up Montero, nor either of Manny/Dellin, or Gary Sanchez, for some high mileage arm, even if the guy is nails. We cannot make that sacrifice, especially because we don’t have to.

  31. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    YF, I’ll do it. I’m willing to try anything because these suck.

  32. yankeefeminista October 6th, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Warning Track, lol, you don’t want to even know all my rituals and superstitions. Especially in the playoffs. Maybe we can all share after we win the WS. ;)

  33. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Erin, go walk in. You can do it at your leisure and then have the rest of the day/night to chill and let it do its thing. Why add more misery to what by its very nature is relatively miserable – work!

  34. yankeefeminista October 6th, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    trisha, you just have to keep taking the Quercetin. It works over time and really helps bolster the immune system to fight off allergies.

  35. Yankee Trader October 6th, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Warning Track-

    Tuesday’s game. I couldn’t watch Burnett on TV. Watched his innings on ESPN gamecast and switched to TV when Yankees came to bat!

    That worked pretty well.

    Signed,
    Ashamed to admit it! :)

  36. Warning Track Power October 6th, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    yankeefeminista October 6th, 2011 at 12:17 pm
    Warning Track, lol, you don’t want to even know all my rituals and superstitions. Especially in the playoffs. Maybe we can all share after we win the WS.
    *****************************************************************
    I’m all in! Consider it done.
    The things we do as Yankee fans huh? Unreal! Forget about it.

  37. blake October 6th, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    JAP,

    I posted yesterday that the list for guys I would trade Montero for is shrinking all the time……its becoming more and more obviously that the Yanks need a good young hitter to pair with Cano maybe even more than they need another dominant starter…..it would have to be a young stud under 27

  38. bruceb October 6th, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Warning Track Power October 6th, 2011 at 12:13 pm
    bruceb October 6th, 2011 at 12:04 pm
    How is everybody feeling today?

    Supremely confident, which is worrying for me as I’m the world’s biggest pessimist.
    ***************************************************************
    Add me to the list. I have so many ridiculous “superstitions” that I engage in during the game. I’m sure some of you practice a similar habit.

    My ritual is not turning the television on and waiting for my friends to text me some good news. How sad is that?

  39. Warning Track Power October 6th, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Yankee Trader October 6th, 2011 at 12:19 pm
    Warning Track-

    Tuesday’s game. I couldn’t watch Burnett on TV. Watched his innings on ESPN gamecast and switched to TV when Yankees came to bat!

    That worked pretty well.

    Signed,
    Ashamed to admit it!
    *************************************************************
    You know what, I’m glad you did that because if you had not, then the Yankees probably would have lost the game and I would have to personally blame you, J/K!!!
    Seriously, that right there is a fine example of the kind of rituals we practice during the games.

  40. J. Alfred Prufrock October 6th, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2011 at 12:13 pm
    bruceb – that’s nothing but good! Hang onto that feeling. The more postive vibrations we all send out to the universe, the better the atmosphere in which our Yanks will win tonight! Nothing wrong with that.
    ///

    Many scoff at this, but it is actually scientifically factual. See quantom physics and electron behavior. :D

  41. yankeefeminista October 6th, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Montero is an untouchable. We can develop our own pitchers. Not worth trading that young and lethal righty bat for a pitcher. We have nothing like it to replace our aging stars, and perfect to protect Cano.

  42. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Warning Track and YF, I asked the question yesterday if anyone had superstitions or believed in omens and there weren’t any takers, so I didn’t say anymore. Happy to hear others have them too. And yes, after the WS win, we should share.

    I will say this though, because it’s in the past. I got a new Stadium keychain when I attended the very first game at the new stadium. When I would go walking, I would hold my keys in my hand because I don’t have pockets on my sweat stuff. Well in 2010, I was walking in the Woods (it’s Lincoln Woods, shortened to the Woods) and the rubber medallion that has the new stadium on it disconnected from the keychain and fell on the ground. I nearly puked. For someone like me who believes in omens, it was inwardly devastating. I think Fran is the only person I shared it with because she, like, I, believes in omens. I also didn’t want to give it any more life by telling anyone else.

    But that was then, and this is now. Nothing but sunshine, lollipops and roses.

    ;)

  43. RadioKev October 6th, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    I’m excited for Hughes next season. I think we’ll really see what we have in him.

  44. jpb173 October 6th, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Ivan Nova only needs to go pitch 4 innings tonight. After that it will be CC Sabathia for the 5th inning, Phil Hughes for the 6th inning, Rafael Soriano for the 7th inning, Dave Robertson for the 8th inning and Mariano Rivera for the 9th inning. What that means is that Nova probably only needs to go through the Tigers’ lineup 1-1/2 times.

  45. Yankee Trader October 6th, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Here’s a true story. 1992 game 7 for the NLCS Braves vs Pirates at Turner Field.

    I had found a penny in the locker room where I work. It was in my pocket, at the game. I clutched it in my right hand when Francisco Cabrera came to bat. Next thing I know this happened:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3WtSKEMUio

  46. Irreverent Discourse October 6th, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Good chances of seeing 2 innings each from DRob and Mo

  47. Melk Man October 6th, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Was he not fabulous the first half?

    ————–

    It was really only a good 6 starts.

    Normally, I don’t like to omit starts or break them into splits, but in his case, they are so stark that it likely not indicative of his true ability to do that consistently. It wasn’t spaced out over a period of time, it was literally his first 6 starts followed by a lot of inconsistency in which he never approached those kind of numbers in any start after that.

    Nova, OTOH, got stronger as the season went on. 9-0 since coming back from AAA with an ERA in the low 3s (3.06 including the postseason start if my math is correct). Started developing the key secondary pitch to go along with his curve. Started becoming more economical and pitching deep into games. He improved on his weaknesses and went on a linear development path. He also had the luxury of no expectations – most fans saw him as a stop gap anyway, not a crown jewel who was supposed to anchor the rotation for years like Hughes/Joba were. So the fans reaction to those guys compared to Nova is not surprising.

    The Wang comparison is a good one. I wish Wang threw his slider more too. It had a lot of potential as a swing and miss pitch.

  48. J. Alfred Prufrock October 6th, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    blake October 6th, 2011 at 12:19 pm
    JAP,

    I posted yesterday that the list for guys I would trade Montero for is shrinking all the time……its becoming more and more obviously that the Yanks need a good young hitter to pair with Cano maybe even more than they need another dominant starter…..it would have to be a young stud under 27
    ///

    We’ve been down this road before, and we agree in principle, but I’d venture to say that the 27 stud still wouldn’t cajole Montero from me, because I think we have that guy in the making….we have him potentially in Joba Revisited, have him in potentially in a healthy Hughes, and we’ve got him ascending in Betances and Banuelos. I just don’t see why we would give up Montero rather than keep him and just like the odds that ONE of those guys will be that guy..maybe more….we are pitching rich, just need a little patience and creative thinking with what’s here… what we lack are position players who are a’knockin’ yet…

  49. Chip October 6th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Unrelated but I think it’s extremely likely that we hear about the Yankees actively shopping Phil Hughes this winter.

  50. yankeefeminista October 6th, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Warning Track, we must do what we must do to ensure the victory. Yes, I will share *afterwards* :)

  51. BTX October 6th, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    MO is 40 years old. He should not be pitching 2 innings in the first round of the playoffs, especially with Game 1 of the ALCS less than 48 hours after that.

    Elimination game in the ALCS and the WS maybe, not the ALDS

  52. Irreverent Discourse October 6th, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    No sense selling Hughes at the lowest point of his value.

  53. J. Alfred Prufrock October 6th, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    ….more to the point, the Jesus Bat can’t be replaced…I’m still laughing over that swing on the single in his 2nd AB on Tuesday night….how we gonna find that? Why would we give that away? It just doesn’t make ANY sense…I had to turn off the radio the other day…Francesa was saying “A few more Montero hits and King Felix becomes more and more real…”

    Hey Mike, STFU. Montero is where he belongs.

  54. Warning Track Power October 6th, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Irreverent Discourse October 6th, 2011 at 12:28 pm
    Good chances of seeing 2 innings each from DRob and Mo
    *****************************************************
    My answer to that is, “if necessary”. If Nova can pitch into or through the 7th,
    we might only need 1 inning each from those two.

  55. Irreverent Discourse October 6th, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    BTX – There is no ALCS if they are eliminated in the 8th inning tonight. It’s just 2 innings, his age is not a factor.

  56. Bring in the Goose October 6th, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Did not realize Nova was second in all of baseball with nearly 9 runs of support, PER GAME.

  57. blake October 6th, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    JAP,

    I agree. My hope would be that they coukd aquire a guy like Danks for next year without parting with any of their top guys…..with their 2nd tier depth. Don’t know if that’s possible……but if Im Cash that’s what Im trying this winter.

  58. Irreverent Discourse October 6th, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    WTP – Certainly, I’m not saying to gameplan around it, but if it’s a one run game in the 7th with men on i’d expect to see DRob and no one else but him and Mo until the game is over or tied.

  59. blake October 6th, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    I wouldn’t trade Montero for Felix anymore.

  60. J. Alfred Prufrock October 6th, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    yankeefeminista October 6th, 2011 at 12:24 pm
    Montero is an untouchable. We can develop our own pitchers. Not worth trading that young and lethal righty bat for a pitcher. We have nothing like it to replace our aging stars, and perfect to protect Cano.
    ///

    Hell yes

  61. jpb173 October 6th, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Irreverent Discourse October 6th, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Good chances of seeing 2 innings each from DRob and Mo

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

    Probably not a second inning from Mo. As Rivera has gotten older he has become increasingly unreliable in the second inning that he pitches.

  62. yankeefeminista October 6th, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    ID, agree. No way we deal Hughes at his current low value.

    I would also hope that we give some of our young pitchers the opportunity to evolve. Although, with others knocking and our mandate to win now, next year will be Hughes’ make or break year with us.

  63. Yankee Trader October 6th, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    For everyone feeling positive about tonight’s game.

    From Kelly’s Heroes and Donald Sutherland:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuStsFW4EmQ

    No Negative waves!!!!

  64. yankeefeminista October 6th, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    I can see 4 or even 5 outs for Mo, if necessary. But doubt the plan right now is to give him two innings. We shall see.

  65. Villa Nova-Ya October 6th, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    I don’t like to talk about next year when we’re still in this year, but I do want to agree about Montero. The Yankees find themselves in need of a bat and lo and behold, they have one right under their noses – and cheap, to boot!!

    They will work out the catching/DH details, because those are only details.

    I think the attention that has been paid to stocking the minors with pitchers will pay off. I don’t believe there is a pitcher out there who may be made available for trade that the yankees would even want, for one reason or another.

    I’ve said before, when they brought Montero up in September, and he HIT, they let the genie out of the bottle. Now, it’s not just the minor league aficionados who know about Jesus – it’s the Entire Yankees Empire. And two hits in his first post-season appearance have made him a
    “must keep.”

  66. Warning Track Power October 6th, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Hughes being traded? Once again, Cash will have to be “blown away/overwhelmed” by an offer from another team in order for that to happen.
    Hughes does have a role on this team, especially if C.C. or any other starter currently on this roster leaves/is traded, etc….

  67. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Trader, I definitely have a thing with coins and omens. You know the old saying face down, leave in on the ground.

    This is going to sound very messed up but it’s also a true story. The day my dad died was devastating. It was unexpected and of course we were emotionally raw. One of my brothers came over with his children ( boy and girl, probably 10 and 6 at the time) and they were very upset, so I took them for a walk outside. We were in the plat where my dad lives and I looked down on the ground and there were 17 pennies there on the ground. Very strange. 11 were face up and 6 were face down. I said to them “This is a sign from grandpa to tell us he is okay and he’s happy and wants us to be happy. This means that the Yankees are going to go 11-6 in their next 17 games.” Of course they looked at me like I was crazy.

    The Yankees went 11-6.

    There are reasons I pay attention to my inner voice.

  68. Yankee Trader October 6th, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Did not realize Nova was second in all of baseball with nearly 9 runs of support, PER GAME.
    ——————————————————
    Not sure where that info came from. USA Sports Weekly stats have Nova @ 6 runs/game run support.

  69. Chip October 6th, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    remember when the Rox wanted Nova and Montero and more for Ubaldo – yeah…glad that didn’t happen.

  70. Yankee Trader October 6th, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Trisha-

    Keep it up! Positive vibes.

    Gotta go. Again predicting Yankee fans everywhere witness a SuperNova tonight and end up sending a game winning Tex-message home to family and friends. :)

  71. J. Alfred Prufrock October 6th, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    blake October 6th, 2011 at 12:33 pm
    JAP,

    I agree. My hope would be that they coukd aquire a guy like Danks for next year without parting with any of their top guys…..with their 2nd tier depth. Don’t know if that’s possible……but if Im Cash that’s what Im trying this winter.
    ///

    yea it would depend for me who would be outbound. Still smarting over Vizcaino…. If it’s gonna hurt, I can’t do it. Hurt, as in, say, big upside, lower level. …for instance, Jose Ramirez I have seen live. Crazy change up, beautiful fb location the start I saw, but now, his slider has come around they say and he topped out in triple digits… that guy is the one they said allowed them to deal Viz. That guy I want to keep… The Braves agreed to Viz because of his upside, and the promise that he would move fast. …the Yanks were concerned about his health and they had Ramirez as insurance… they can send them Phelps, Corban Joseph (very good hitter, very good, but he can’t play anywhere but 2B), that ilk (but no JRs, Feliz’s, Ramirez’s, Marshalls, Williamses)…….Losing Kennedy hurt, but we got Curtis back for him…

  72. tomingeorgia October 6th, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    trisha, JAP,
    I think our positive vibes worked for AJ and Granderson the other night. I’ll be broadcasting Yankee positiveness to the cosmos tonight!

  73. CountryClub October 6th, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Mo has pitched to 1 batter in 9 days. he can easily go more than 1 today. Especially since he’ll gte the off day tomorrow. That said, I don’t think they’ll want to use him unless they have to. I think Robertson will be the guy they want to go 2 innings and Mo will come in during the 8th if Robertson gets in trouble.

    I also dont think you’ll see CC tonight unless its an extra inning game. Detroit only has 1 lefty of importance and he’s in a horrible slump. Plus, CC wont be able to warm up quickly enough to face Ayala in the middle of an inning if the situtation presented itself.

  74. J. Alfred Prufrock October 6th, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Boy Hughes looked sharp on Tuesday…

  75. blake October 6th, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    JAP,

    Yea I was talking more upper levels depth……

  76. Bring in the Goose October 6th, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Yankee Trader October 6th, 2011 at 12:41 pm
    Did not realize Nova was second in all of baseball with nearly 9 runs of support, PER GAME.
    ——————————————————
    Not sure where that info came from. USA Sports Weekly stats have Nova @ 6 runs/game run support.

    ————————–

    Trader:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/ne.....iew_100511

    “Fortunately for the Yankees, they survived the Freddy Garcia(notes)/Burnett portion of their rotation spread over three tense days, which sandwiched a mediocre performance by ace CC Sabathia(notes). From that, however, they emerged with a chance to finish the Tigers with Nova, whose 16 wins led all rookies, and whose near-nine runs of support per game was second in all of baseball.”

  77. LGY October 6th, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    To get ready for tonight in case you haven’t heard this song enough yet :D

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgFyi74DVjc

  78. yankeefeminista October 6th, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    YT, have a good one and I will keep envisioning a Tex-message throughout the game. From your lips to RF! :)

  79. J. Alfred Prufrock October 6th, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    tomingeorgia October 6th, 2011 at 12:48 pm
    trisha, JAP,
    I think our positive vibes worked for AJ and Granderson the other night. I’ll be broadcasting Yankee positiveness to the cosmos tonight!
    ///

    tom, are you in the GT? Between you, trisha and luis (don’t know if Tar comes around in those) the energy should be high. Also, Straw I notice shouts down the pessimists… my problem in IGTs is I get postal when people say degrading things about the players when all the chips are on the line…can’t hang with people who do that…you’re either in or you’re not…

  80. yankeefeminista October 6th, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Pruf, hope to see DePaula in that mix in 2012 after all the great scouting reports. :)

  81. J. Alfred Prufrock October 6th, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    blake October 6th, 2011 at 12:49 pm
    JAP,

    Yea I was talking more upper levels depth……
    ///

    Well, they can have some of those guys :). We have some very serviceable ML ready talent that can do the job.

  82. Bronx Jeers October 6th, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Good chances of seeing 2 innings each from DRob and Mo

    ——————-

    I’d rather not. Leave them in their comfort zone. Hughes and even Sori looked pretty good on Tues.

  83. J. Alfred Prufrock October 6th, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    yankeefem,

    Didn’t Sam Beckett write a play about him??

  84. upstate kate October 6th, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    I try to avoid having too many game rituals, b/c I don’t want to feel responsible for any losses if I can’t perform them

    However, I have spent this season looking for “28″s whenever possible, even getting up at 4:28 on my work days :)

  85. tomingeorgia October 6th, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    JAP,
    I have trouble with the game threads, too, and don’t post much in them. They get kind of fun, though, when we take a big lead and the trolls leave. I’ll keep an eye on tonight’s thread, though, and pitch in if needed.

  86. CountryClub October 6th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    I don’t think Depaula has gotten his Visa yet.

  87. Bronx Jeers October 6th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    However, I have spent this season looking for “28?s whenever possible, even getting up at 4:28 on my work days

    ——————–

    4:28 ? Holy “time to make the donuts” !!

    Seriously, how do you manage these night games?

  88. yankeefeminista October 6th, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    CC, he hasn’t. Thus Pruf’s Waiting for Godot reference. But I think DePaula will be here next year.

  89. yankeefeminista October 6th, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    kate :)

  90. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Kate, that made me laugh.

    :)

    “my problem in IGTs is I get postal when people say degrading things about the players when all the chips are on the line…can’t hang with people who do that…you’re either in or you’re not…”

    J Al – OH MY GOD YES! That drives me nuts!!!

    And about positive energy, nevative energy, and potential results? Far too many examples to deny that positive enery has been shown to be able to affect matter! There are people who can actually see auras around things and other people, meaning that some kind of vibrations are already outside of them! Remember the character in Peanuts who always walked around with a raincloud over his head?

  91. Betsy October 6th, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    It’s so exciting to watch a potential stud developing in front of us…reminds me of when the core four came up

  92. yankeefeminista October 6th, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Pruf, Tar said he would be in the game thread tonight.

  93. Chip October 6th, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    LGY October 6th, 2011 at 12:51 pm
    To get ready for tonight in case you haven’t heard this song enough yet

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgFyi74DVjc

    ———-

    I loathe you.

  94. Chip October 6th, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    LGY -

    Just for that – I hope Jim Thome never plays for the Yankees.

  95. Betsy October 6th, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Chip, he has zero trade value.

    Bruce ..don’t drag me into your problems and don’t lie …I dont tweet. Got it?

  96. Chip October 6th, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Now this is a good song:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....38;ob=av2e

  97. yankeefeminista October 6th, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    trisha, mystique and aura are the Yankee middle names. :)

  98. yankeefeminista October 6th, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    lol, I am listening to all the songs as I get ready to blow out of here and getting more and more jacked.

    To keep with tradition, however, you have to add the current (and 2009) Stadium song and Nova’s other sometimes entrance music to the soundtrack:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSD4vsh1zDA

  99. Bronx Jeers October 6th, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Pump yourself up with the Yankees 5 minutes before first pitch with…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

  100. J. Alfred Prufrock October 6th, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    trisha, Peanuts great example.

    You’ve got it right about matter. Very advanced thinking of you. Will someday soon be a commonplace.

    tom, that wave while we’re winning is very enjoyable, agreed.

  101. mick October 6th, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    I expect to win this game tonite, does that make me entitled?

  102. yankeefeminista October 6th, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Great choice, Jeers. I am already being transported me to the Stadium. Goose bumps. :)

  103. yankeefeminista October 6th, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    delete “me”

  104. J. Alfred Prufrock October 6th, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Great links, guys! Feel like I’m already in the Bronx.

    Jeers, you’ll be there?

    I’m getting up to NYC early to save myself the aggravation of traffic.

    God bless Ivan Nova
    GO NOVA
    GO ALEX
    GO TEX
    GO YANKS!!!

    Deliver us to Saturday!!!

  105. J. Alfred Prufrock October 6th, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    FWIW, I keep seeing Tex hitting one out… I’m not trying to think of it, it’s just my awareness keeps drifting and there he is….OMEN??

    LEt it be.

  106. tomingeorgia October 6th, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    JAP,
    Pigpen’s cloud was made of dust, if I remember rightly. Li’l Abner had a character named Joe Bfltsk, or something like that, whose cloud was a thunderstorm.

  107. Bronx Jeers October 6th, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Jeers, you’ll be there?

    ——-

    Not tonight but Saturday yes.

    I’m very jealous of you and yankeefeminista. Ive never seen a clincher. Enjoy you guys. It’s going to be awesome.

  108. J. Alfred Prufrock October 6th, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    yankeefeminista October 6th, 2011 at 1:04 pm
    Pruf, Tar said he would be in the game thread tonight.
    ////

    Atta boy.

    I got a feeling….tonight’s gonna be a good night.
    Tonight’s gonna be a good, good night…

    See you there!

    GOOOOOOOO YAAAAAAAAANKS!

  109. qiantom October 6th, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    I think throwing up a zero in the first inning will be key for Nova and the Yanks tonight.

  110. yankeefeminista October 6th, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Jeers, never seen one or never gone to one?

  111. yankeefeminista October 6th, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    See you there, Pruf. Go Yanks!

  112. LGY October 6th, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Written in the stars!!

  113. LGY October 6th, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Seasons come and go!!

  114. J. Alfred Prufrock October 6th, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    tomingeorgia October 6th, 2011 at 1:19 pm
    JAP,
    Pigpen’s cloud was made of dust, if I remember rightly. Li’l Abner had a character named Joe Bfltsk, or something like that, whose cloud was a thunderstorm.
    ///

    tom, expecting the right kind of thunder from those Yankee bats tonight!

    I’ll take a little lightning in that right arm of one young Ivan Nova, too.

    Keep the home fires burning bright, guys.

    Nova to DRob to Mo to C :D.

  115. Yanksgal07 October 6th, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I’ll be at the game tonight too….soooooooo excited. Here’s to Nova pitching a gem and the boys hitting gems…into the seats, over the diamond…anywhere a Tiger isn’t… :). Think happy thoughts everyone….

    GOOOOOOOOO Yankees 2011 !!!

  116. Chip October 6th, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    and here’s a song about the Red Sox: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtMy5IBmX7E

  117. Chip October 6th, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    LGY October 6th, 2011 at 1:22 pm
    Seasons come and go!!

    ———–

    Now pitching for the Yankees, CJ Wilson

  118. J. Alfred Prufrock October 6th, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    ——-

    Not tonight but Saturday yes.

    I’m very jealous of you and yankeefeminista. Ive never seen a clincher. Enjoy you guys. It’s going to be awesome.
    ////

    Thanks.

    They’ll get us to Saturday. It’s destiny.

  119. Joe from Long Island October 6th, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    To all going to the game tonight – Enjoy the clinching. I’ve never been to a clincher, and am envious. Going Sunday night, though. I’m thinking it will likely be Garcia starting.

  120. jpb173 October 6th, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    I’m curious to see if some subset of the Occupy Wallstreet protesters shows up at Yankee Stadium tonight to disprupt the game and get some publicity for their cause. A big game such as tonight’s might be the right venue (in their minds) for them to aor their manifesto.

  121. jpb173 October 6th, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    aor = air

  122. Bronx Jeers October 6th, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Never gone to one.

    We’re only allowed two tix per series so we try to get a “guaranteed game”

  123. UnKnown October 6th, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    This is what the Place should sound like tonight.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G76U3Lrkbi4

    Make new YS shake in its first ever elimination game for both teams.

  124. bruceb October 6th, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Betsy October 6th, 2011 at 1:05 pm
    Chip, he has zero trade value.

    Bruce ..don’t drag me into your problems and don’t lie …I dont tweet. Got it?

    You should start. You’d have a bigger following than Jack Curry:)

  125. Betsy October 6th, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Chip, I hope not

  126. mick October 6th, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    We are starting to peak again, game 4 was the beginning.
    Arod looks back and we look to be moving on all cylinders.
    I fully expect to win this game at home in front of the tv.
    Was at game 1, both days, and that was a rush.
    Purposely stayed home for this one as I expect to win but it is only the beginning.

  127. LGY October 6th, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Now pitching for the Yankees, CJ Wilson

    ——-

    Gross.

    Hopefully during CJ’s time here the SEASONS COME AND GO real quick.

  128. LGY October 6th, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Hopefully it’s not WRITTEN IN THE STARS that CJ Wilson will be a Yankee.

  129. Chip October 6th, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    LGY October 6th, 2011 at 1:45 pm
    Now pitching for the Yankees, CJ Wilson

    ——-

    Gross.

    Hopefully during CJ’s time here the SEASONS COME AND GO real quick.

    ———-

    Yeah that’s right…and they’re also going to sign David DeJesus!

  130. Yanksgal07 October 6th, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Bronx….

    I have a partial plan which only allows two tix per series which enabled me to get tickets to the first game of both series. I went on the public sale and fortunately was able to get tickets to games 5 & 7 of each series (although I was hoping I wouldn’t have to use them with the Yankees taking it before the final games). I’ve gone to quite a few playoff games but this will be my first clinching game for the Yankees…I’m confident in a win … ;). Unfortunately in 2007 when the Yanks lost to the Indians I was there for a non-Yankee clinch…that was a bummer. It will be different tonight .. :)

    Go Yankees 2011 !!

  131. yankeefeminista October 6th, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Unknown, unfortunately, NYS is shake-proof. Not like Oakland Game 5 2001 when the vibrations in the upper deck were joyfully cataclysmic. But I will take the same result with Mo coming in for the save. :)

  132. yankeefeminista October 6th, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    No to CJ.

  133. Irreverent Discourse October 6th, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    i can hear Chip and LGy singing “I will never change” in harmony…

  134. LGY October 6th, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    I’m getting pumped up by eating bacon and listening to Written in the Stars on constant loop.

    I had pizza for dinner before the first two Yankee wins of this series so I guess I’m obligated to do that again tonight.

  135. yankeefeminista October 6th, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Jeers, your time will come. Maybe in 2011 ALCS. ;)

  136. P October 6th, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Just some thinking, up for mature debate/discussion …

    - Montero needs to PH for Martin tonight if we need his bat.
    - Gardner leads off and Jeter 9th. would it make the lineup better ? (obviously won’t happen)
    - Think we’ll see Hughes tonight ?
    - AJ AJ AJ still can’t get over how huge he was for us.
    - Arod looks like he is heating up just in time !
    - Tex choking, needs to do something about his postseason line: .167, .222, .136, .000, .133 With the exception of last year’s ALDS against the Twins (where he batted .308 with three RBI)
    - Nova on a small leash ? Who do you go to first in the BP if he struggles ?

    Can we have a civil discussion about any of the above ?

  137. Irreverent Discourse October 6th, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    http://www.newsday.com/sports/.....-1.3225780

    Awww… people actually like A.J.

  138. UnKnown October 6th, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Girardi has to have a similar mindset tonight as in Game 4. I expect Nova to be nails, but he can’t let this game get to far away from us by giving Nova too long of a leash.

    If Nova struggles he has to get him out of there. I think our Offense will be fine, but I don’t want to have to battle all night trying to comeback from an early hole.

  139. Bronx Jeers October 6th, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Yanksgal07

    I went to game 3 in 2007 which I think was Clemens last stand. I didn’t even try for tix in the regular sale but I found a nice deal on stubhub for the game last sunday.

    Not sure if I’m going to go the route of season tix next season.

  140. Captain Clutch October 6th, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    The key to tonight besides not letting Cabrera beat you is to get into the Tiger bullpen asap. Leyland only has 2 relievers that he trusts in Benoit and the clown. So if Fister doesn’t pitch 6 innings it could get dicey for them. I am sure Scherzer can give them an inning or 2 but he isn’t a sure thing either. The Yankees bullpen is a lot deeper. So the offense has to do their jobs and get them a lead.

  141. UnKnown October 6th, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    If anyone could be told the exact outcome of tonight’s game, would you take it?

    The anticipation is killing me, but no way would I want to know the outcome without living and dying with every pitch. Nothing like it. I love it.

  142. Shame Spencer October 6th, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Yanksfem – I can’t confirm for a game cause I usually sit in the bleachers but I have seen a couple concerts from the upper deck and I can assure you NYS is most definitely not shake proof lol. Then again, I was at the JayZ show so maybe it was just all the smoke from the objective pipe hanging around up there….

  143. yankeefeminista October 6th, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    ID, :) AJ IS likable, especially when he has FB command and his nasty hook. ;)

  144. Bronx Jeers October 6th, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    yankeefeminista October 6th, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    ————————-

    Cheers to that.

  145. yankeefeminista October 6th, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Shame, maybe then the Yankee fans at NYS aren’t doing their job. ;) Only time I have ever felt it shake is from thunder, and I was at the WS clincher in 2009. The countdown and postgame was bedlam, but alas no shaking (one of the best feelings in the world at OYS).

  146. yankeefeminista October 6th, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    *were* bedlam

  147. yankeefeminista October 6th, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Jeers, what games do you have in second round?

  148. Captain Clutch October 6th, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Girardi isn’t going to pinch hit for Martin because he doesn’t trust Montero behind the plate in a game 5. If Martin comes up in a big spot you just have to hope he doesn’t swing out of his shoes and actually looks for a pitch to hit. If Swisher continues to look lost it wouldn’t surprise me to see Montero or Jones pinch hit for him if he comes up in a big spot late in the game. Those 2 killed them against Valverde in game 4.

  149. Shame Spencer October 6th, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    The sound system probably helped but it was definitely rocking up there..admittedly not as wobbly as the old place but it shook one of my out of town friends up a bit lol.

  150. P October 6th, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Phillies are a much better team then the Cardinals, but you never know what’s going to happen in these short 5 game series. I’d sure be something if the Cards knock the Phillies out.

    Texas is stuck in the ‘too many days off zone, weren’t we there last year ?

    I’m not sure that is to the teams benefit when they idle for so many days off. Sure you are well rested but could take the momentum right out of the team.

    a bit off subject, but man, is Lance Berkman on fire or what ?

  151. Triple Short of a Cycle October 6th, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    So now Girardi is saying Montero was always going to be platooned when he came up?

  152. Yanksgal07 October 6th, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Bronx…

    I have two partials …Sunday and Weekday. I’m in the MVP Grandstand…love my seats. I think I managed to get games 5 & 7 on the public sale because everyone wanted the sure bets first …games 1 & 2…which I already had tickets through the pre-sale. Of course …as I stated…I’d have rather them won already but now I can look forward to a very exciting finish to this series.

    I had thought about getting the 40 game plan but I don’t want to be locked into every other game. I buy tickets I want as I go along if I don’t have them in my partials.

    Go Yankees 2011 !!!

  153. yankeefeminista October 6th, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Enjoy the game, Yanksgal!

  154. upstate kate October 6th, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Yanksgal
    nice to see you back around

    hmmmm I just don’t know how to respond to a LGY/Chip duet :)

    I would love for the Cards to knock the Phillies out…so much for the best pitching staff evah :)

  155. whoisthedogg October 6th, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Captain Clutch October 6th, 2011 at 2:14 pm
    Girardi isn’t going to pinch hit for Martin because he doesn’t trust Montero behind the plate in a game 5. If Martin comes up in a big spot you just have to hope he doesn’t swing out of his shoes and actually looks for a pitch to hit. If Swisher continues to look lost it wouldn’t surprise me to see Montero or Jones pinch hit for him if he comes up in a big spot late in the game. Those 2 killed them against Valverde in game 4.

    ———————–

    Swisher hit a HR off Valverde in the 9th in game two… and Russ was on second bas….

    It was Jeter who killed us in that game and game 3

  156. Giuseppe Franco October 6th, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    I think momentum is vastly overrated. Momentum is as good as your next game’s starting pitcher.

    The Rays were riding high coming into the postseason and walloped Texas in Game 1 as well. Then they jumped out to a lead in Game 2 and people on this board were claiming Texas was toast.

    Obviously, that didn’t happen because the Rays have been dispatched.

    Momentum means very little in baseball.

  157. mick October 6th, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    yankeefeminista October 6th, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Unknown, unfortunately, NYS is shake-proof.
    =============================
    Untrue. It shook for Cano in game 1. Upper deck up top.

  158. Yanksgal07 October 6th, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Unknown …I’m with you …I’d rather not know. The excitement is watching it unfold like you stated …living and dying with every pitch. It would be like getting your Christmas presents at Thanksgiving then putting them back under the tree till Christmas after knowing what was inside the box(es).

    It’s almost 2:30 …time is going sooooooooo slow today… :(

    Go Yankees 2011 !!!

  159. upstate kate October 6th, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    GF
    next thing you will be telling us all our rituals and superstitions don’t help the Yankees win ;)

  160. Joe from Long Island October 6th, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    I will be in Philly tomorrow and Saturday, for wife’s family wedding and birthday affairs. It would be something else to talk to in-laws about the best pitching staff ever being bounced, and the Dream Team Eagles being 1-3…….

    Almost as good as talking to fans of the Greatest Team Since 1927 Yankees……

  161. rb from LI October 6th, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Don’t know if this NYT article was posted. :D

    http://tinyurl.com/3psgvnp

  162. Yanksgal07 October 6th, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Yanksgal nice to see you back around – Thanks Kate …although I’m always around….just don’t post much.

    Enjoy the game, Yanksgal! – Thanks Yanksfem …hopefully we all will …:)

    Go Yankees 2011 !!!

  163. mick October 6th, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Everybody wants to “be” at tonite’s game and that turns me off…

  164. yankeefeminista October 6th, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    I am heading to the Bronx. Enjoy, all!

    Go SuperNova! Go Yanks! Deliver us to Game #1 ALCS!

  165. Captain Clutch October 6th, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Swisher hit a HR off Valverde in the 9th in game two… and Russ was on second bas….
    ——————-

    Sorry I was talking about game 3 when Swish and Martin killed them. Swish swung 2-0 at a bad pitch and Martin swung at the 1st pitch. Posada was very patient and worked out a walk and even Jeter worked him until he struck out. Those two have to be more patient aand stop swinging like crazy men.

  166. Yanksgal07 October 6th, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Go SuperNova! Go Yanks! Deliver us to Game #1 ALCS!

    AMEN !!!!!

    Go Yankees 2011 !!

  167. rb from LI October 6th, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    You know who Nova reminds me of? El Duque. Not because of the way he pitches, of course – but the way he carries himself, his self-confidence & poise. I never got the feeling that Duque was fazed be anything, and that’s how Nova strikes me.

  168. rb from LI October 6th, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    fazed *by* anything

  169. blake October 6th, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    “Phillies are a much better team then the Cardinals, but you never know what’s going to happen in these short 5 game series. I’d sure be something if the Cards knock the Phillies out.”

    Not really IMO…..they are a better rotation. I tend to think the Cards have a better lineup and bullpen . Tonight is Carpenter vs Halladay though and Carp could certainly match him for one game…..we shall see.

  170. Yank 97 October 6th, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Buster_ESPN
    Ivan Nova since being recalled in late July — 9-0 with a 3.15 ERA, and he’s allowed only four homers in 80 innings.

  171. Don Vito A. Bellamo October 6th, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    anyone who can simply notice the K zone, knows that the umps did their best to get this to a game 5….now that “skew” is out of play, the Yankees easily make it to the ALCS. MLB may want a game 5, but Texas/Detroit in the ALCS? What kind of national audience do you get for that?

  172. Captain Clutch October 6th, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Hopefully the strike zone tonight with 2 righties on the mound is fair. That is the last thing that we need is a blind ump being a big factor in this. CC’s game would have been totally different if he was given a fair zone.

  173. Don Vito A. Bellamo October 6th, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    you could easily tell that the home plate ump was biased towards Detroit until they got their 2nd win. Now that it is tied, MLB has no vested interest in seeing Detroit play Texas so the zone will be fair. We will crush the Tigers tonight again and advance. Bring on Texas. Our path to title #28 is clear !

  174. JobaTipsHisCap October 6th, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Nova is the key of course.
    But offense needs to show up. If they are cold tonight, you just don’t know.

  175. rb from LI October 6th, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    The zone was definitely a problem for CC, but MKay said on his radio show that it wasn’t really a surprise to the team. The Yankees have “scouting reports” for umpires and they knew that that HP ump doesn’t call strikes on the outside of the plate because of the way he sets up for left-handers. :-?

  176. JobaTipsHisCap October 6th, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    btw, Montero is awesome

  177. REZ12 October 6th, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Would like to see a crew of Angel Hernandez, Bob Davidson, Phil Cuzzi, Joe West, and Marty Foster.

  178. Nilsson October 6th, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Had Gerry Davis given Sabathia the same strike zone from April 28 of this season, CC pitches a totally different game against the Tigers.

    Check out the k-zone from the April 28th game vs White Sox. It’s actually a very fair zone. Davis called strikes on outer half of zone on CC’s arm side.

    If this was the NFL, they would investigate it. But unfortunately, Selig is running the show.

  179. blackaccord October 6th, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    More yankee hate… This joker Tim brown thinks that yanks are not so better off than boston if they lose today.. Last I know, Bosox had an epic collapse.. had their manager fired and GM is on the verge of leaving… Their players have been drinking during games.. Their two big signings in the last two seasons have failed miserably… Yanks are playing a game 5 in october.. They finished 3 sellouts in yankee stadium and this idiot thinks that losing in the ALDS is the same as an epic collapse..

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  180. luis October 6th, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Yankeefem, JAP, and every other yankee fan that is going to YS….Good luck, we will behind you every step of the way!!

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    I read that post, and i am very superstitious, that`s why i didn`t even answer, because i don`t want ot jinx it!! ;)…I even have a especial shirt i ware and a especial chair to sit and watch!! LOL

  181. rb from LI October 6th, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Did anybody hear the idiocy that Francesa was spouting yesterday?

    “But noted sports talk radio caricature Mike Francesa decides that someone’s having a laugh at his expense, that there couldn’t be a pitcher named Alburquerque (despite the subtle spelling difference), and that “Al-Alburquerque” is clearly the work of “children.” Click.”

    “Our heart goes out to the poor intern who had to inform Francesa during the next commercial break that he was wrong. So Francesa launched into a bizarre apology/explanation that requires our willingness to believe that he simply didn’t realize that Alberto José Alburquerque and Al Alburquerque are the same person.”

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    Kay just took a subtle shot at Mikey. He referred to Alburquerque using his entire first name. haha

  182. upstate kate October 6th, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    So does that mean the losers of the NL playoffs are no better than Boston either?
    Or is this just applicable to the Yankees?

  183. CountryClub October 6th, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    This definitely rules out Verlander:

    Buster_ESPN Buster Olney
    Verlander is out on the Yankee Stadium field, and looks like he is starting a regular bullpen session. Long-tossing, for starters.

  184. LGY October 6th, 2011 at 3:23 pm

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  185. BJK October 6th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    CountryClub October 6th, 2011 at 3:18 pm
    This definitely rules out Verlander:

    Buster_ESPN Buster Olney
    Verlander is out on the Yankee Stadium field, and looks like he is starting a regular bullpen session. Long-tossing, for starters.

    ———————————————————————————-

    I’ll still believe it when I see it.

  186. JM October 6th, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Just checking in to say, Go Yanks!

    Go Nova!

    I am always cautious but I do feel pretty confident about tonight.

    And yes, I have several rituals before and during important games but I do not want to disclose yet….the baseball gods might be displeased…..

  187. luis October 6th, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    JM,

    Don`t we all? :D)

  188. JM October 6th, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    luis,

    i think most diehard baseball fans do!

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