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Yankee bats breakout

Posted by: vmercogliano - Posted in Misc on Apr 15, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Fittingly, with the majority of the pregame talk focused on the Yankees inability to hit with runners in scoring position, literally everyone in the lineup contributed in an 11-5 win over the Angels in the series finale on Sunday. Derek Jeter (2 for 5 with a double, two runs scored and a three-run homer) and Raul Ibanez (2 for 4 with a two-run upper deck shot) had the biggest games, but everyone in the Yankees lineup either scored or drove in a run. The middle of the order — A-Rod, Robby Cano and Mark Teixeira — combined to go 5 for 12 with two doubles, two RBI, three walks and four runs scored. Ivan Nova gave the Yankees another solid outing to earn his second win in as many starts, allowing four runs on eight hits while striking out eight in six innings.

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80 Responses to “Yankee bats breakout”

  1. blake April 15th, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    good win. good series….good night.

  2. Against All Odds April 15th, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    igotid88 April 15th, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Against All Odds April 15th, 2012 at 11:32 pm
    yankeefeminista April 15th, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Against All Odds April 15th, 2012 at 11:24 pm
    igotid88 April 15th, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Against All Odds April 15th, 2012 at 11:17 pm
    igotid88 April 15th, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Hughes should not be moved to the pen

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    at all or at the moment?
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    At all.

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    I don’t agree with that especially since we know he can pitch in relief.
    ____
    I’d rather we trade him than make him a 7th inning guy. That would be a waste.
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    Only way the Yankees would trade him is in he was pitching well and they wanted to bring in a young bat.
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    And this I don’t understand. We never have enough pitching. But if Hughes does well let’s trade him.

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    Just saying what they would do. They would probably sell high on him especially since he’s not going to be cost controlled for very long.

  3. Bo knows April 15th, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Below average pitching – predicatable result.

  4. Rich in NJ April 15th, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    If Jeter keeps this up, bat him 3rd, especially v. LHP.

    Good job by Vince all weekend too. Thank you for that.

  5. Rich in NJ April 15th, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    It’s impossible to sell high on Hughes now.

  6. Yank 97 April 15th, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    lol @ asking 2 Tebow questions to Girardi

  7. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Against All Odds April 15th, 2012 at 11:43 pm
    GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Have no desire to see francona managing NY. He couldn’t even control the players in Boston.

    ———————–

    He won two rings in Boston and the ish didn’t hit the fan until the last few seasons.

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    I don’t care what he won. The two toughest jobs he had to do was make out the line-up card and control the clubhouse. He failed that one.

  8. MTU April 15th, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    Seconded.

    Thank you for an excellent job of filling in Vincent.

  9. Ghostwriter April 15th, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    Nova is off to an early start this year as the staff stopper–2-0, following Yankee losses.

  10. Betsy April 15th, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    So either they get nothing for him when he leaves as a FA or they just try and get something for him. The only way to do that is to put him in the pen………specifically as a late inning reliever. I don’t think that would happen, though; he’s not going to replace Soriano.

  11. Ghostwriter April 15th, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    It would be a waste to put Hughes in the already crowded ‘pen. He’s either a starter or he’s trade bait.

  12. MTU April 15th, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Nova had 8K’s I think and only 2BB’s.

    He got a little careless when they handed him the lead but overall he did very well.

    Really love the kid.

    I’m thinking he’s gonna do nothing but get better and better.

    I’m really glad we have him.

    :)

  13. Yank 97 April 15th, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Nova’s ability to K guys so well so far this year is very encouraging. He’s not walking many either

    Previously, he used to have 4 walk/3 strikeout games or 4 walk/5 strikeout games or 3 walks/3 K games, etc…. now he has 8 Ks, 2 walk type performances so far, very good.

  14. Rich in NJ April 15th, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    No, if Hughes doesn’t turn it around in his next few starts (he might), they would get the most out of him by putting in the mL.

    As someone pointed out earlier, Cliff Lee was in the mL when he was older than Hughes.

  15. MTU April 15th, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    CC
    Kuroda
    Andy
    Nova
    Pick one (garcia, pineda, hughes, phelps)

    We will have a very strong staff.

  16. Betsy April 15th, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    It’s not a waste, Ghost. The only way they can get anything for him is to put him in the pen…..although it’s hardly a given that he dominates. People forget that he really struggled at the end of 2009 and in the playoffs. He still will need to put hitters away.

  17. Rich in NJ April 15th, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Nova’s velo was impressive:

    Avg: 92.96
    Max: 95.1

  18. MTU April 15th, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Rich-

    I’m your pitching coach and I say he can do even better.

    ;)

  19. Betsy April 15th, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    Cliff Lee is Cliff Lee, though. Phil doesn’t have great stuff or pinpoint control or any secondary pitches. I’m all for leaving him in the rotation until Andy is ready and I really hope he turns it around, but the first 2 starts this year are discouraging. I was expecting better.

  20. Rich in NJ April 15th, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    “The only way they can get anything for him is to put him in the pen…”

    What are you going to get for a 6th inning reliever? Nothing they need.

  21. 4time April 15th, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Novaa’s secondary stuff has become impressive… he is striking out most of his guys on off-speed stuff. Even guys like Pujols were flailing away at his curve. Just needs to work on his command of it, but stuff has come a LONG way since last year first half

  22. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Nova now has 14 straight wins going back to last year. Still 10 away from tying the record.

  23. Rich in NJ April 15th, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    “Cliff Lee is Cliff Lee, though.”

    Are you serous, Betsy? If he was Cliff Lee then he wouldn’t have gone to the mL.

    His ML ERA+ at 27 was 102. At 28, it was 72. Like Phil, he had an up and down career prior to that.

    He learned to command his pitches at an advanced baseball age.

    Hughes can be exactly like that.

  24. Betsy April 16th, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Rich, they’ll get zippo for him when they don’t re-sign him. He’s a non-asset basically anyway you look at it. What’s his potential as a starter even if he reaches it now – a backend? Is there any point to spending 2 more years trying to develop that?

  25. Rich in NJ April 16th, 2012 at 12:00 am

    MTU

    Then it will be so….

  26. Against All Odds April 16th, 2012 at 12:00 am

    GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Against All Odds April 15th, 2012 at 11:43 pm
    GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Have no desire to see francona managing NY. He couldn’t even control the players in Boston.

    ———————–

    He won two rings in Boston and the ish didn’t hit the fan until the last few seasons.

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    I don’t care what he won. The two toughest jobs he had to do was make out the line-up card and control the clubhouse. He failed that one.

    ————————-

    And somehow he was one of the best managers they had. Does anyone honestly think that was the only team he had that drank beer and ate chicken?? Didn’t the idiots drink beer before the games in the 04 PS.

  27. 4time April 16th, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I think counting on this regime to do the prudent thing for the long term development of a player is giving them way too much credit

    Yankees have proven they will do the most convenient thing, not the best thing for the development.

  28. MTU April 16th, 2012 at 12:01 am

    GB-

    He’s a frickin’ win magnet.

    I wish we had few more just like him.

    :)

  29. J. Alfred Prufrock April 16th, 2012 at 12:02 am

    MTU April 15th, 2012 at 11:55 pm
    CC
    Kuroda
    Andy
    Nova
    Pick one (garcia, pineda, hughes, phelps)

    We will have a very strong staff.
    ///

    I’ll say. Nova, Kuroda, Pettitte looking awfully like 3 No. 2s. C, I don’t worry about.

  30. yankeefeminista April 16th, 2012 at 12:03 am

    Rich, if he doesn’t start, I agree that they should send Hughes to the minors.

  31. GreenBeret7 April 16th, 2012 at 12:03 am

    Not the best news from tonight. Apparently, both Nova and Cano were sick. The last thing they need is to have a virus hit the clubhouse this week.

  32. MTU April 16th, 2012 at 12:03 am

    JAP-

    Why I’ve said all along our Pitching is going to take us very, very far.

    Maybe all the way.

  33. Rich in NJ April 16th, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Betsy

    They have at least a year to find out. Why preempt that?

    He’s 26 and can throw up to 94 mph and he’s a non-asset? I don’t think so.

    He’s can easily be an example of patient capital. Invest in him by giving him time to finish his development in the mL (again, assuming that two games this season mean anything) and forget about it for now.

    Then re-visit the situation in a few months.

  34. Benny Blanco April 16th, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Nova 2-0 I likey a lot.

  35. Against All Odds April 16th, 2012 at 12:04 am

    As someone pointed out earlier, Cliff Lee was in the mL when he was older than Hughes.

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    True but there are guys who go down, come back, and still struggle. That’s the other side.

  36. MTU April 16th, 2012 at 12:05 am

    GB-

    Yup.

    After the Twinkies it gets nothin’ but hard.

    Sux, Rangers, and Tigers one after another.

    :(

  37. austinmac April 16th, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Vincent, great job this weekend. Skillfully done. We appreciated it.

  38. Rich in NJ April 16th, 2012 at 12:07 am

    “True but there are guys who go down, come back, and still struggle. That’s the other side.”

    Sure, AAO, but if that happens, what have they lost? IMO, a very, very marginal prospect or veteran in return. They don’t need that.

    He was rushed. So there is a reasonable basis to believe that more time in the mL could be (again, let’s not jump the gun just yet) exactly what he needs.

    If not, they move on.

  39. MTU April 16th, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Imagine having one of Pineda, Hughes, Garcia, or Phelps as your numero cinco.

    ;)

    :)

  40. Tar April 16th, 2012 at 12:08 am

    “Apparently, both Nova and Cano were sick.”

    Robbie looked out of sorts. With two BB’s I should have known he was sick. : Wink: Actually it was that 3-0 pitch that he was not interested in swinging at, that made me wonder what was up.

  41. MTU April 16th, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Did you see what the Angels put out there tonight for their # 5 ?

    :)

  42. Betsy April 16th, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Rich, I’ll give you credit- you have unshakeable faith in Phil. Mine has been shaken after these 2 starts, but I still will be rooting hard for him. He’s no Cliff Lee, though.

  43. Against All Odds April 16th, 2012 at 12:10 am

    He was rushed. So there is a reasonable basis to believe that more time in the mL could be (again, let’s not jump the gun just yet) exactly what he needs.

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    They don’t lose anything if he goes down but we know what will happen if he goes to the minors.

  44. MTU April 16th, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Have a great night.

    Tomorrow we beat the Twins and pound the American Idle into the ground.

    At least I hope so. Just for sentimental reasons.

    ;)

  45. MTU April 16th, 2012 at 12:12 am

    Time for our whole pitching staff to Man up.

    We have a very tough stretch comin’ up soon.

    :)

  46. Rich in NJ April 16th, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Betsy

    I have an unshakable belief that you do everything you can to cultivate talent. Somewhere along the way, Phil has lost his command and the sharp break on his curve, but for the reasons I have mentioned, there is no reason to cut bait now.

    AAO

    I’m not sure?

  47. 4time April 16th, 2012 at 12:13 am

    I wonder how the Yankees view Hughes, from a developmental standpoint. Do they see him as a guy who should learn up here how to pitch and don’t see a point in him dominating the minors after he has proven he can get big leaguers out? Do they view him as more or less a finished product who just needs to fine tune a few things?

    Or do they seem him as a guy who didn’t fully develop because of injuries, the pen, etc. and that he still can hone his craft and sharpen his secondary stuff in non-pressure situations so that he can fulfill his promise at the ML level?

    From Hughes’ standpoint, he is going to be pitching for results, not his long term future. So even if he goes to the minors, whose to say he works on his secondary stuff?

  48. GreenBeret7 April 16th, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Tar April 16th, 2012 at 12:08 am
    “Apparently, both Nova and Cano were sick.”

    Robbie looked out of sorts. With two BB’s I should have known he was sick. : Wink: Actually it was that 3-0 pitch that he was not interested in swinging at, that made me wonder what was up.

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    You think that he was too weak to swing the bat?

  49. yankeefeminista April 16th, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Pruf, I wonder how soon we get Pettitte in Trenton.

  50. AZ88 April 16th, 2012 at 12:15 am

    AndrewMarchand
    Pineda is going to throw in a minor league game, probably by next weekend.

  51. Against All Odds April 16th, 2012 at 12:15 am

    AAO

    I’m not sure?

    ————

    He’s going to dominate the minors like he always has. It will be a man against boys.

  52. yankeefeminista April 16th, 2012 at 12:15 am

    GB, sick with the flu?

  53. yankeefeminista April 16th, 2012 at 12:16 am

    Odds, it’s premature–two starts, but if they don’t let him start up here, Phil can work on the change, which looked pretty good in his first start, and on tightening up the curveball. No reason to put him in the pen.

  54. yankeefeminista April 16th, 2012 at 12:17 am

    Hmm, maybe we will get Pineda in Trenton? :)

  55. AZ88 April 16th, 2012 at 12:18 am

    BryanHoch
    Ivan Nova said he has been sick for a few days now and lost a lot of his power in his last couple of innings tonight.

  56. GreenBeret7 April 16th, 2012 at 12:18 am

    yankeefeminista April 16th, 2012 at 12:14 am
    Pruf, I wonder how soon we get Pettitte in Trenton.

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    Girardi, Newman and Pettitte thinks by the end of this coming week. 4 starts/3 weeks until NY re-debut is their guess.

  57. Against All Odds April 16th, 2012 at 12:19 am

    yankeefeminista April 16th, 2012 at 12:16 am

    Odds, it’s premature–two starts, but if they don’t let him start up here, Phil can work on the change, which looked pretty good in his first start, and on tightening up the curveball. No reason to put him in the pen.

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    I’m not saying he should go to the pen now just like I thought replacing him with Phelps is too early to do as well.

  58. yankeefeminista April 16th, 2012 at 12:19 am

    danny burawa ? @dannyburawa
    I get to play catch for the first time in six weeks tomorrow, pretty excited about that
    Retweeted by Josh Norris

  59. Betsy April 16th, 2012 at 12:21 am

    Rich, but he really doesn’t throw 94 MPH consistently. In any case, he’d have to be rebuilt in the minors and that means sending him to A ball. I think your idea is a good one and I’d be fine with it, but I don’t think it’s realistic.

  60. GreenBeret7 April 16th, 2012 at 12:21 am

    YankeeFem, they didn’t say what the illness was, but, I assume it would be the flu. Unless MUWarrior (Marquette University Warrior) and his little buddy Hammer from Milwaukee tried to poison them.

  61. J. Alfred Prufrock April 16th, 2012 at 12:23 am

    YF, sign me up for Pettitte and Pineda.

  62. Rich in NJ April 16th, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Andrew Marchand ? @AndrewMarchand
    A year ago, Jeter lookd very old. The way he is going he may decline option after next season becuz Yanks will have to pay him more

  63. GreenBeret7 April 16th, 2012 at 12:23 am

    yankeefeminista April 16th, 2012 at 12:19 am
    danny burawa ? @dannyburawa
    I get to play catch for the first time in six weeks tomorrow, pretty excited about that
    Retweeted by Josh Norris

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    That’s good news. That will really help the Trenton bullpen. Later this year, that Scranton bullpen will be their version of the Big Teams bullpen. Whelan, Claiborne and Burawa.

  64. yankeefeminista April 16th, 2012 at 12:24 am

    Odds, agree and still expect him to do well. However, if he gets bumped, I hope they will send him down to work on his secondary pitches vs. go to the pen but I have my doubts that they would do that.

  65. AZ88 April 16th, 2012 at 12:24 am

    Ibanez looks like Yoda

  66. Rich in NJ April 16th, 2012 at 12:24 am

    Betsy

    If it’s not realistic, then something is terribly wrong here.

  67. Against All Odds April 16th, 2012 at 12:27 am

    yankeefeminista April 16th, 2012 at 12:24 am

    Odds, agree and still expect him to do well. However, if he gets bumped, I hope they will send him down to work on his secondary pitches vs. go to the pen but I have my doubts that they would do that.

    ——————–

    I don’t think they will do it either especially if So is struggling. I can see them saying “this shortens the game even more and we’re able to be more flexible”

  68. yankeefeminista April 16th, 2012 at 12:27 am

    J. Alfred Prufrock April 16th, 2012 at 12:23 am
    YF, sign me up for Pettitte and Pineda.
    _____
    I have to work on Friday, Saturday, but if it is this weekend, I will try to adjust my sched. No way I will miss Pineda. I saw Pettitte’s rehab in Trenton two years ago, but will try to make at least one of those. We also may see Christian Garcia b/c the Thunder are playing Harrisburg. Too bad Wang isn’t on his rehab assignment yet.

  69. GreenBeret7 April 16th, 2012 at 12:29 am

    I don’t care what Ibanez looks like if he dials it back to about 6 years ago.

  70. Betsy April 16th, 2012 at 12:30 am

    Rich, the fact that I wouldn’t trust their development team even if they DID do that says that something is wrong already.

  71. yankeefeminista April 16th, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Rich in NJ April 16th, 2012 at 12:24 am
    Betsy

    If it’s not realistic, then something is terribly wrong here.
    _____
    +1

  72. yankeefeminista April 16th, 2012 at 12:31 am

    GB, yeah, that Trenton bullpen will be fun to watch.

  73. CompassRosy April 16th, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Congrats on the nice series win, Yank fans!

    I think there’s a new record over at AngelsWin today…
    (at last check)

    Game Day thread = 153 posts
    Vent thread = 996 posts

    :-)

  74. JobaTipsHisCap April 16th, 2012 at 12:44 am

    Ibanz will continue to give us big hits. His avg won’t be that good.

  75. theREALkevin April 16th, 2012 at 12:46 am

    If Soriano keeps sucking the way he did tonight I wouldn’t mind Hughes taking the 7th inning job from him. Although with all the $$ they’re paying Soriano if he wasn’t even the 7th inning guy it’d be kind of a joke. I just don’t have faith in the guy though. I don’t think he gets psyched up for the 7th like he did when he was a closer. Just wish he was more reliable. Hope he proves me wrong.

    And Hughes, if he gets use out of the pen and looks good, could still convince someone to trade for him. Someone else could stretch him out & use him as a starter. We’ll see though. I just don’t see a place for Hughes in the rotation once Pineda and Pettitte come back. And I think Garcia is better suited to be a long reliever than Hughes.

  76. Wang IS Taiwan April 16th, 2012 at 1:00 am

    carlos m silva ?

    jeter, in 72 full games since he reached 3000 hits: .330/.383/.438 40 RBI 45 Runs in 329 PAs. don’t look old to me !!

  77. igotid88 April 16th, 2012 at 1:05 am

    Against All Odds April 15th, 2012 at 11:39 pm
    igotid88 April 15th, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Against All Odds April 15th, 2012 at 11:24 pm
    igotid88 April 15th, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Against All Odds April 15th, 2012 at 11:17 pm
    igotid88 April 15th, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Hughes should not be moved to the pen

    ——————

    at all or at the moment?
    ———————————

    At all.

    —————–

    I don’t agree with that especially since we know he can pitch in relief.
    ——————————————————

    I don’t agree since we know he can pitch as a starter.
    Especially when we have 2 old pitchers on 1 year contracts. When our younger guys probably won’t come up next year or possibly traded away. Nova has been squeaking by so far even though he has pitched well for the most part

    ———————–’

    To be fair he has been up and down as a starter and who knows Andy and Kuroda could be back next yr based on how well they pitch this season.
    ————————–

    Yea up and down like any other pitcher starting out. Especially when he starting here and not starting. Like I said he needs to be given full seasons.

  78. GreenBeret7 April 16th, 2012 at 1:08 am

    Pineda is going to throw in a minor league game, probably by next weekend.

  79. igotid88 April 16th, 2012 at 1:29 am

    DRob didn’t have a K. I’m concerned

  80. randy l. April 16th, 2012 at 7:41 am

    “Pineda is going to throw in a minor league game, probably by next weekend.”

    gb7

    there goes stuckey for two months. the bet starts on the first pitch pineda throws in a minor league game.

    actually i’ll give him a reprieve if he’ll take nurse karloff off my hands

    wow interesting triple play by the dodgers

    ball hits bat as hitter tries to get out of the way,starts off foul behind the plate with so much enlish on it that it eventually dribbles out a few inches in front of the plate.

    the catcher alertly picks up up and throws to third to begin the triple play.


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