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Swisher: “We’ll be ready next time”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 25, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Since I’m sure his name will come up quite a bit in today’s chat, here’s what the Yankees were saying about Yu Darvish last night. If you have the chance, remember to stop by the blog at noon for today’s chat. Also, don’t forget it’s another 8:05 p.m. start while we’re here in the central time zone.

Derek Jeter
“He threw well. He’s got a lot of different pitches. We didn’t really know what to expect. It’s a challenge any time you face someone the first time, but he had a fastball, two-seamer, cutter, four-seamer, curveball, slider, change, split. He’s got pretty much everything, and he pitched ahead in the count most of the game. … He mixes it up. I think that’s what made him successful is he throws all of his pitches. He throws them at any time, throws them for strikes, and he did a little bit of everything today.”

Mark Teixeira
“We had a game plan to make him throw strikes. He definitely did that. If you tried to be patient, you’re down 0-1, 0-2. If you tried to be aggressive, every pitch seemed like it started around the zone and moved out of the zone. He pitched great tonight.”

Robinson Cano
“I see a lot of fastballs and then, I think it was my last at-bat, he threw my a curveball and a split. And you could see from how the other guys were swinging and missing. It was the first time that we see him, so there was nothing you can say. … He was throwing a cutter, a split, curveball, changeup. I mean he was throwing everything right where he wanted it. He didn’t miss any pitch over the plate. Especially when he got out of that jam in the second inning or third.”

Raul Ibanez
“We saw the videos. He commamded the strike zone very well. He kept the ball down, and he kept the ball out of the middle of the plate. He threw me in my third at-bat a very, very good running fastball. Ran a lot. It started in the middle of the plate and wound up in the other batter’s box. That was a really nasty pitch. … He kept the ball out of the middle of the plate. Throughout the course of my at-bats, I probably had one pitch that I could have hit pretty well and I fouled it off. Missed it. It was in my first at-bat.”

Nick Swisher
“Just in general, good command of his fastball. More than anything he stayed down in the zone, which makes for a tough day when pitchers are down there. Good command of his breaking ball. From being in the box and seeing him the first time, he really short-arms everything. It kind of comes out of his shoulder. First time around, we really couldn’t get much going off of him tonight. We’ll be ready for him next time.”

Russell Martin
“The main thing that surprised me was just how well he just commanded the bottom part of the zone. In my at-bats, I may have gotten a couple pitches I could have hit, but 90 percent of them were either down and away or not even near the middle of the plate.”

Hiroki Kuroda
“Overall he was very consistent. He kept everything low, and every pitch he pitched, I think it was a really high level of pitch. … With the pitches that he has, and everything was working for him, I knew it was going to be a close game. I was hoping that tenacity was going to pay off, but it just didn’t work that way.”

Joe Girardi
“When you have a number of pitches you can go to, it’s tough. That’s the key to pitching, when you have one pitch or two pitches you can nail a guy down. He had different ways of getting our guys out the second and third times through.”

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