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Postgame notes: “It’s different now”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on May 09, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Every nine days, Yankees manager Joe Girardi fills out a new card that lists each of his relievers and their recent workload. He’ll update the workload daily, but he builds a new card every week and a half or so.

Today he created his first bullpen card that didn’t have Mariano Rivera listed at the very top.

“Not to write Mo’s name at the top – because I do it in a certain order – was really strange for me,” Girardi said. “That was kind of like, OK, he’s not coming out of the bullpen. I can look on my card as much as I want, and he’s not there. I think writing out that card probably made me realize that it’s different now.”

It was different. As Peter Botte brilliantly wrote on Twitter, it wasn’t Enter Sandman, it was Enter Strand-man. Dave Robertson loaded the bases on two walks and a single, but he struck out Carlos Pena for his first save of the post-Rivera Era.

“I was thinking, ‘Jeez, you better not blow your first one,’” Robertson said. “‘You better not blow your first opportunity or Mo might come in here and smack you around.’”

It was an adventure, but Girardi has often joked — as he did tonight — that Robertson is never comfortable unless the bases are loaded. Robertson had three walks all season before he walked two tonight, but the end result was the same.

“There’s a lot of innings he also goes 1, 2, 3,” Girardi said. “It seems that a lot of the bases-loaded jams are ones that I’ve brought him into, not necessarily ones that he’s created himself. I think as time goes on he’ll get more and more comfortable. Obviously the first one at home, people are used to seeing Mo come out, but I’m sure there were some nerves. He didn’t show it, but I’m sure he’ll get more comfortable as time goes on.”

Robertson joked — at least a think he was joking — that he was more nervous thinking about the crowd of reporters gathered around his locker than thinking about closing out a game without a Rivera safety net. This is the new reality of the Yankees. Without Rivera, the ninth inning falls to Robertson, and pretty or not, he got the job done.

“What I think is Mo probably would have thrown 12 pitches, broke a bat and we would have been gone 20 minutes ago,” Robertson said.

• Ivan Nova was brilliant for a while and shaky for a while, but striking out Jose Molina with two on and two out in the seventh made this a terrific start. He finished with seven innings, two runs, eight strikeouts and his fourth win of the season. A hit by Molina might have put Nova in line for the loss. Instead he remained undefeated in his career against the Rays (3-0 with a 3.26 ERA vs. Tampa Bay).

• Girardi on the decision to leave Nova in to finish the seventh: “It was his game. He had a great rhythm going until the fifth inning. Then he got a little out of rhythm, but I still liked the way he was throwing the baseball and I felt he was going to get an out. I liked the way he was throwing the baseball and I just felt like he was going to get an out. I liked his stuff and I felt like he was going to get it done.”

• Nova on the home run pitch to Molina an inning earlier: “I was trying to be perfect with that pitch. I knew he was going to swing; he’s a free swinger. What I have to do in that situation is bounce it. If you don’t swing, it don’t matter, it’s just one ball. The slider stayed in the middle.”

• Although the Molina homer came on the slider, Nova loved his slider today. “I felt really comfortable with it,” he said. “It’s a pitch I had after the second half last year.”

• Robertson has done a better job limiting his walks this season, and his control wasn’t far off tonight. He threw a first-pitch strike to every hitter, but he missed with pitches after getting ahead. “It didn’t really feel any different (pitching the ninth),” he said. “I was trying to do the same thing I’ve been doing, which is to pound the strike zone, get strike one and go from there. I kept getting strike one but couldn’t make a pitch after it. That’s why I ended up getting walks and gave up a hit to Rodriguez, because I didn’t really make a good pitch. I left a ball down the middle. I’m going to have to focus in and make better pitches next time.”

• Raul Ibanez had hit 15th career multi-homer game. He has two career hits against both James Shields and Burke Badenhop. All four of those hits are home runs. “I just tried not to do too much,” he said. “Just tried to put an easy swing on the ball, fortunately I caught them pretty good and they went out of the park.”

• Brett Gardner went 2-for-3 in his rehab game with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre today. He started in left field and hit leadoff in the first game of a doubleheader. Manny Banuelos started that game and allowed one run in five innings. Perhaps most importantly, he walked none while striking out three.

• Curtis Granderson hit his team-leading 10th home run of the season. He has 51 homers in the past two years, tied with Matt Kemp for the most in the Majors over that stretch. He was hitless in his previous 18 at-bats against Shields before going deep in a 10-pitch at-bat.

• Today was Girardi’s 400th win as the manager of the Yankees. “To me it’s more important that we won the game,” Girardi said. “It’s one of the teams that we’re chasing right now, and I know there’s a long ways to go, but the way we played in Tampa, we weren’t real pleased and it’s a good win.”

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77 Responses to “Postgame notes: “It’s different now””

  1. Nick in SF May 9th, 2012 at 12:18 am

    First they banned iPads and I laughed because I had no iPad.

  2. yankeefeminista May 9th, 2012 at 12:23 am

    blake, as per your question regarding Sanchez leaving the RiverDogs game. He took a foul ball off the hand while catching. Williams left after diving for a ball in CF. Hopefully, they are both OK.

  3. Rich in NJ May 9th, 2012 at 12:24 am

    “Hopefully, they are both OK.”

    They better be.

  4. BD (Boston Dave) May 9th, 2012 at 12:40 am

    when Pru said there wasn’t even a shred of doubt that Montero was the next Pujols,

    this isn’t exactly what I had in mind….

  5. Duh Innings May 9th, 2012 at 12:53 am

    Robertson has to cut down on the 20+ pitch performances. ‘Cool he got the save but he won’t be able to pitch tomorrow which means Soriano is the closer and Tampa Bay knows it.

  6. Nick in SF May 9th, 2012 at 12:55 am

    Are the Rays going to do their best to be trailing after 8 so they can take on Soriano in the 9th?

  7. Nick in SF May 9th, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Inge!

    Yanks gained ground on the rest of the AL East tonight. That’s good news for everybody.

  8. b_widmer2 May 9th, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Montero coming to bat vs Valverde w/ bases loaded. M’s down 2

  9. We Want Mo Mo May 9th, 2012 at 1:15 am

    I really cant stand Galinari. What a loser he is. His queer facial hair and his body movements when he has the ball. What a sicko freak loser he is. Glad we’re rid of that Eurotrash turd.

  10. b_widmer2 May 9th, 2012 at 1:18 am

    And Kelly goes into the stands to catch Jesus’s popup. Game over.

  11. We Want Mo Mo May 9th, 2012 at 1:26 am

    Ugh, that crap stain Danilo.

  12. UnKnown May 9th, 2012 at 1:30 am

    I think D Rob will be available tomorrow. He threw 25 pitches tonight, but has not worked since last Friday before that. He should be fine.

    Regularly he would throw up to 25 pitches in the 7th or 8th innings of games in the past and still be available the next day.

  13. Dionysius Thelxinoe May 9th, 2012 at 6:25 am

    Duh Innings says:
    May 9, 2012 at 12:53 am
    Robertson has to cut down on the 20+ pitch performances. ‘Cool he got the save but he won’t be able to pitch tomorrow which means Soriano is the closer and Tampa Bay knows it.

    Nick in SF says:
    May 9, 2012 at 12:55 am
    Are the Rays going to do their best to be trailing after 8 so they can take on Soriano in the 9th?

    ———

    Hilarious.

  14. tomingeorgia May 9th, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Anybody to home?

    Was Hamilton 14 total bases last night a record?

  15. austinmac May 9th, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Tom,

    He had 18 RBIs which is an AL record. Sean Green had 19 once.

    In the category of less likely than even Hamels, can you imagine him playing half his game in the Stadium? Sigh.

  16. tomingeorgia May 9th, 2012 at 7:35 am

    make that 18 total bases for Hamilton.

  17. tomingeorgia May 9th, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Thanks, austin, early morning multiplication problems, more coffee needed.

    Hamilton in NYS? We’re not getting him, so it’s a scary thought.

  18. austinmac May 9th, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Tom,

    I figured you had already put your shoes on when you were doing your math. :)

    No, they are not going to be in on Hamilton, but he sure has Mantle power and almost his speed.

  19. MTU May 9th, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Buenos dias amigos.

    Nova was great last night.

    Just needs to work on the command a little more.

    2ndary stuff is just plain nasty.

    Has the moxie to work out of jams and usually makes the big pitches when he needs too.

    Congrats to D-Rob on the save.

    2 of 3 against TB is the minimum.

    ;)

  20. tomingeorgia May 9th, 2012 at 7:45 am

    austin,
    If he keeps his demons under control, he could be one of the all-time greats.

  21. tomingeorgia May 9th, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Morning, MTU!

  22. MTU May 9th, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Hey Tom-

    How’s the Wedding buisness going ?

    :)

  23. blake May 9th, 2012 at 7:49 am

    “In the category of less likely than even Hamels, can you imagine him playing half his game in the Stadium? Sigh.”

    I was listening to mlb radio this morning and they were talking about Hamilton and how if Texas doesn’t lock him up then the Dodgers and Yankees would be all in……I started to call in and laugh and them……the media still doesn’t realize that Hal not George Steinbrenner is the owner and the either Nunez or some platoon crud will probably be in RF next year for the Yanks.

    Nova was awesome….excited to see Phelps pitch tonight.

  24. tomingeorgia May 9th, 2012 at 7:51 am

    MTU,
    Could use a few more of them. Easy money. Made my “Ordination” money back with one hitching!

  25. MTU May 9th, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Blake-

    Mr. Phelps needs to accept his Impossible Mission and shutdown the Rays.

    What do they do with him ?

    Put him in the pen or send him to AAA ?

    My bet. They stick him in the pen.

    :(

  26. RadioKev May 9th, 2012 at 7:53 am

    I still wouldn’t go long term with Hamilton. History just doesn’t support it.

  27. blake May 9th, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Hamilton is better than Kemp when he’s 100%…..he’s just not 100% as often as Kemp is….and he’s older.

  28. Dionysius Thelxinoe May 9th, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Hamilton in NY?

    Guy that needs a babysitter probably should not come here.

  29. MTU May 9th, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Tom-

    Pray for me.

    I need help.

    :)

  30. blake May 9th, 2012 at 7:55 am

    “I still wouldn’t go long term with Hamilton. History just doesn’t support it.”

    I wouldn’t either…..but id go big money for 4 years though…..they wont….

    MTU,
    He does have moxie…..

  31. Yankee Trader May 9th, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Good morning-

    Last night it wasn’t enter Sandman, it was enter Sweet Home Alabama-man.

    Had the Yankees gotten Nova more of a cushion, he would have been able to pitch a complete game with the nasty stuff he was throwing last night.

  32. austinmac May 9th, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Blake,

    The media doesn’t get the Yankees new austerity. They were favorites for Darvish, Wilson and on and on. I have learned to ignore it these days.

  33. tomingeorgia May 9th, 2012 at 7:57 am

    MYU,
    There’s an envelope next to the hymnal in the pew. Don’t forget the postage. The we’ll talk.

  34. blake May 9th, 2012 at 7:58 am

    “Guy that needs a babysitter probably should not come here.”

    Veteran clubhouse…..strong leadership…..he’d be fine……the injury issues would be much more concerning for me.

  35. tomingeorgia May 9th, 2012 at 7:58 am

    “Then”we’ll talk

  36. Yankee Trader May 9th, 2012 at 7:58 am

    History of Four Homer games and whose on that list:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/b.....1;mlb.html

  37. MTU May 9th, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Tom-

    You’re actin’ like Jimmy Swaggert.

    Linin’ your pockets already.

    You’ve got that part of preachin’ down already.

    ;)

  38. Yankee Trader May 9th, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Pray for me.

    I need help.
    —————————————

    MTU-
    Your prayers would be answered long before ours. You live as close to heaven as one can get! :)

  39. MTU May 9th, 2012 at 8:02 am

    YT-

    It’s all my clean livin’ is all.

    :)

  40. Dionysius Thelxinoe May 9th, 2012 at 8:04 am

    blake says:
    May 9, 2012 at 7:58 am
    “Guy that needs a babysitter probably should not come here.”

    Veteran clubhouse…..strong leadership…..he’d be fine……the injury issues would be much more concerning for me.

    ——-

    I see your point. But the guy was homeless at one point, that’s how bad it got for him.

    Why risk it? For more money? Supersedes everything IMO.

  41. Yankee Trader May 9th, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Rangers Continue Working To Extend Hamilton
    By Ben Nicholson-Smith [May 8 at 4:50pm CST]
    The Rangers continue working to sign Josh Hamilton to a long-term contract, GM Jon Daniels told Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network Radio (Twitter link). Daniels didn’t reveal details, but confirmed that talks regarding the Moye Sports Associates client continue.
    ——————————————-
    We will have to wish upon another STAR for our Outfield!

  42. tomingeorgia May 9th, 2012 at 8:05 am

    YT,
    MTU-
    Your prayers would be answered long before ours. You live as close to heaven as one can get!
    ——–
    Not sure about that. It might just let the Lord get a better look at him.

  43. Yankee Trader May 9th, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Position Analysis For The 2013 Free Agent Class
    By Tim Dierkes [January 9, 2012 at 8:58am CST]

    From MLBTRs:

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....ee-agents/

    Think smaller if the Yankees don’t resign Swisher and Hamilton is back in Texas.

  44. Yankee Trader May 9th, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Tom-

    Hadn’t thought about that. The GPS signal from heaven would certainly have a clear wide open path!

    Too funny. :)

  45. blake May 9th, 2012 at 8:12 am

    “Why risk it?”

    Cause he’s really good at baseball…..but they aren’t signing Hamilton…..heck they won’t even sign Swisher.

  46. Yankee Trader May 9th, 2012 at 8:16 am

    I wouldn’t be surprised that the Yankees let current RBI team leader, Swisher, go in his walk year, and look to fill the spot by trading for a corner OFer who will hit FA after one year with the team.

    Anybody decent/good fit that bill?

  47. MTU May 9th, 2012 at 8:20 am

    YT-

    At this point I’d ditch Martin and keep Swisher.

    Would love to dump Soriano too.

    ;)

  48. Yankee Trader May 9th, 2012 at 8:21 am

    This is a list of OF’ers who will be FA’s in 2014. Maybe some of them will be available this July, that the Yankees should/could trade for to fill the corner OF spot when they don’t resign Swisher to a long term lucrative contract.

    Left fielders

    Jason Bay (35) – $17MM vesting option with a $3MM buyout
    Jason Kubel (32) – $7.5MM club option with a $1MM buyout
    Fred Lewis (33)
    Mike Morse (32)
    David Murphy (32)
    Laynce Nix (33)
    Martin Prado (30)
    Ryan Raburn (33)

    Center fielders

    Coco Crisp (34) – $7.5MM club option with a $1MM buyout
    Rajai Davis (33)
    Jacoby Ellsbury (30)
    Carlos Gomez (28)
    Franklin Gutierrez (31) – $7.5MM club option with a $500K buyout
    Tony Gwynn Jr. (31)
    Adam Jones (28)
    Andres Torres (36)
    Chris Young (30) – $11MM club option with a $1.5MM buyout

    Right fielders

    Carlos Beltran (37)
    Shin-Soo Choo (31)
    Nelson Cruz (33)
    David DeJesus (34) – $6.5MM club option with a $1.5MM buyout
    Chris Denorfia (33)
    Ben Francisco (32)
    Jeff Francoeur (30)
    Corey Hart (32)
    Hunter Pence (31)
    Jason Repko (33)
    Ryan Sweeney (29)

  49. MTU May 9th, 2012 at 8:23 am

    YT-

    Cargo.

    :)

  50. MTU May 9th, 2012 at 8:26 am

    YT-

    But we all know that Mason will be in CF and Austin Powers in right.

    :)

  51. Yankee Trader May 9th, 2012 at 8:27 am

    MTU-

    Look at that list, keeping in mind, that a trade would probably be made with a team that feels it’s out of a possible playoff spot this July, for a one year stopgap.

    Someone like a Jeff Francouer from KC, or a Corey Hart if the Brewers are out of it??

  52. Yankee Trader May 9th, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Entire 2014 MLB FA list:

    Is there a catcher that might be a good fill in for one year?

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....gents.html

  53. MTU May 9th, 2012 at 8:29 am

    YT-

    Don’t like Frenchy. maybe Hart.

    GB likes Hart.

  54. blake May 9th, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Anybody decent/good fit that bill?”

    Choo. They coukd have also signed Beltran like I said then he coukd play RF next year…..he’s only got 10 homers and a .985 OPS so far this year…..Nah that wouldn’t be helpful at all….

  55. MTU May 9th, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Money is out.

    Development is in.

    ;)

  56. Yankee Trader May 9th, 2012 at 8:35 am

    I think Tyler Austin Powers was a converted 3rd baseman. Any info on his RF defense? Of course Bryce Harper was a converted catcher.

    I wish there was a way the Yankees would fast track Austin and see if he can be our next super stud young power hitter, without trading him for a young pitcher!

  57. MTU May 9th, 2012 at 8:38 am

    YT-

    Ask GB for his take on Austin’s fielding.

    He would probably know.

  58. austinmac May 9th, 2012 at 8:40 am

    YT,

    Austin has been slumping some of late. Let him succeed for half a season and then move him up.

    I am glad to see Sanchez homer. He is striking out a lot but hitting for a great average. I hope the foul tip didn’t fracture anything.

  59. Yankee Trader May 9th, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Blake-
    I like Choo. But I’m thinking of a team out of the playoffs by the end of July, and a player that would be a 2013 stopgap until hopefully a minor leaguer can step in 2014.

  60. randy l. May 9th, 2012 at 8:42 am

    ‘Money is out.

    Development is in.”

    we’re screwed.

  61. austinmac May 9th, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Blake,

    I was about to comment on Beltran as well. He was aguy that made so much sense this off season. Again, it was a money issue. The guy can play. He would have changed the lineup significantly while being able to play both corners in the outfield.

  62. blake May 9th, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Mac,

    And the reports we’re that he wanted to play for the Yankees…..with him…..they could have let he and Swisher share the DH…..let Beltran play LF some…..etc….they should have signed him if they thought they we’re trading Montero…..then they would have been better in 2012…..ans would have had leverage against Swisher this winter……oh well…..the Cards got a steal.

  63. blake May 9th, 2012 at 8:49 am

    “I like Choo. But I’m thinking of a team out of the playoffs by the end of July, and a player that would be a 2013 stopgap until hopefully a minor leaguer can step in 2014.”

    The Indians will be out of the playoffs by July….and Choo is only signed through 2013…..only other guy like that I can think of on a non contender is Ellsbury :)

  64. Against All Odds May 9th, 2012 at 8:50 am

    And that’s the 2nd time he wanted to be a Yankee.

  65. blake May 9th, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Cashman should be looking for guys like Trader is talking about…..but he should also be looking for potential long term options via trade…..Will Myers….Brandon Belt….etc….if Hal isn’t goin to let hin spend money then he can’t wait around until December and say oh crap……we don’t have a Rfer and Hal wont let me sign anybody……

  66. Yankee Trader May 9th, 2012 at 8:52 am

    If Beltran had been signed, who would not have been signed, to keep the Yankees within their payroll “guidelines”?
    Jones, Ibanez, and Kuroda?

    If they had traded Swisher for young minor league talent after signing Beltran would the team likely be any better in the standings right now?

  67. blake May 9th, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Why did the White Sox move Chris Sale back to the bullpen?

  68. blake May 9th, 2012 at 8:54 am

    “If Beltran had been signed, who would not have been signed, to keep the Yankees within their payroll “guidelines”?”

    Probably Kuroda…..but screw the guidelines ….they should have signed then both short term.

  69. blake May 9th, 2012 at 8:55 am

    “If they had traded Swisher for young minor league talent after signing Beltran would the team likely be any better in the standings right now?”

    Depends on who they traded hin for….but possibily…..I wanted both Swisher and Beltran for 2012…..

  70. Yankee Trader May 9th, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Of course I shouldn’t use all those IFS, but here’s one:

    If the Yankees had signed lefty Aroldis Chapman for the 30M it cost the Reds and put him in the starting rotation, would we likely have had our dominant 2nd Ace and no need to trade away Jesus?

  71. Yankee Trader May 9th, 2012 at 9:00 am

    The Chicago White Sox have moved SP Chris Sale (elbow) back to the bullpen. Sale has been experiencing tenderness in his elbow recently. Sale will immediately assume the closer’s role as a result. SP Dylan Axelrod will move into the starting rotation beginning Sunday, May 6, against the Detroit Tigers. Sale will be available to close starting Monday, May 7.

  72. Yankee Trader May 9th, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Sale blew the save last night, but the WS still won in the 9th.

  73. luis May 9th, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Good morning guys!,

    I got to sleep on my own bed for the first time in two weeks!!….I am with Blake, Beltran would have been a hell of a signing, he always wanted to be a Yankee as well.

    MTU,

    Hello my friend!…Let’s hope they don’t trade them (Williams, Bichette, Austin and Sanchez) for another potential ace.

  74. MTU May 9th, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Gotta run guys.

    Off to Zion.

    Catch you later.

    :)

  75. luis May 9th, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Trader,

    Good morning!. About Chapman, no i don’t think we would have our 2nd ace. I haven’t seen him much, but from what i have seen he has control and command problems, a very violent motion (potential injury) and very raw secondary stuff.

  76. Yankee Trader May 9th, 2012 at 9:08 am

    MTU-
    Go then and take a hike!!

    Luis-
    Why aren’t you sleeping in?

    New Post———->

  77. RMS May 9th, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Veteran clubhouse…..strong leadership…..he’d be fine……the injury issues would be much more concerning for me.

    ———————————————————————————-
    You would worry about Hamilton when he is not at the ballpark. NY is a 24/7 party town.
    But, not to worry, Yanks won’t sign him.

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