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Postgame notes: “Just a sad way to end the game”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on May 10, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Dave Robertson and David Phelps have lockers side-by-side in the front of the Yankees clubhouse. They’re as far away from the showers and the player-only dining room as they can get.

Tonight, Robertson told Phelps to take his time . Robertson would walk out first to face the music.

“Eventually, I’m not going to be able to get all of my messes that I create,” Robertson said. “It was really tough. Just a sad way to end the game. … It’s going to happen. You’re going to lose games. It’s the worst feeling in the world. Mo does it, he comes back the next day and he’s the same guy. He goes right back out there and does his thing. I’m going to have to do that tomorrow.”

It goes without saying, but Robertson and Mariano Rivera are very different pitchers. Rivera is a model of calm efficiency. Robertson is a thrill ride. He’s cut down on the walks this year — he was basically pitching around Ben Zobrist when he walked him tonight — but he’s notorious for putting runners on base. He’s also built his Houdini reputation by getting out of those jams. He did it last night. He didn’t do it tonight.

“I think we might be over-evaluating pretty early here,” Joe Girardi said. “This is a strikeout guy. He can just as easily get a strikeout as he can give up a base hit. I don’t want to over-evaluate one situation here. This guy has been tremendous for us, a guy that we’ve counted on heavily. I have a ton of confidence he’s going to do a good job for us.”

Robertson was surprised that the Rays were so aggressive tonight. His first six pitches were a first-pitch single, a first-pitch single and a four-pitch walk with first base open. A strikeout put him a double play away from getting out of the jam, but the sac fly tied it, and after four straight curveballs, Robertson tried to get a fastball past Matt Joyce.

“I’m sure I’m going to think about it tonight,” Robertson said. “Turn on any channel and you’ll see it. Tomorrow can’t come fast enough. I can’t wait to get another chance, that’s for sure.”

Another chance will almost certainly come. It’s worth noting that Rivera blew three of his first six saves when became the Yankees closer in 1997.

“I think we can over-evaluate this on two save opportunities,” Girardi said. “We could talk about this ad nauseam if we wanted to. Let’s give the kid a chance. Let’s give the kid a chance before we’re all ready to predict who he was.

• David Phelps pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning, Boone Logan left the bases loaded in the fifth and Rafael Soriano left runners at the corners in the eighth. When Robertson struck out Carlos Pena, it gave him a chance to continue the string of great escapes. “I thought I might be able to, I honestly did,” Roberston said. “B.J. just battled in there and got enough of one to lift it to right field. I knew when he did that, that was going to tie the ball game.”

• Great throw from Swisher, but it wasn’t quite enough to keep the tying run from scoring. “I don’t know man, Rodriguez is pretty fast,” Swisher said. “But in a situation like that, you just give it all you’ve got.”

• Pretty impressive start by Phelps. That 28-pitch first inning came back to haunt him and kept him limited to four and two-thirds, but those were 4.2 scoreless innings that lowered his ERA to 3.08. “These first two games out of the gate I haven’t been as in the attack mode as I should have,” Phelps said. “That’s what I’m really kicking myself for. It leads to a big pitch count in the first inning and that’s two starts in a row I’ve done that. It’s really frustrating. Having a 10-12 pitch first inning makes it a lot easier.”

• Phelps said the two-out fifth inning double kind of threw him off his game. He’d retired 12 of the past 13 batters he’d faced, but after the double, Phelps decided not to give Pena anything to hit. Nibbling in that at-bat changed Phelps approach, and he followed with the walk that loaded the bases and chased him from the game. “It wasn’t so much fatigue,” he said. “But I might have been a little frustrated with the 0-2 pitch (that led to the double) and it carried over.”

• With Phil Hughes pitching much better lately, there’s a solid chance this was Phelps last start for a while. With Andy Pettitte coming back on Sunday, he could be moved back to the bullpen. “I’m not really worried about that,” Phelps said. “Hopefully, it will just take care of itself, and whatever role I’m in I’m just going to try to help the team win as much as I can.”

• Four runs charged to Robertson was his highest single-game total since July 2, 2010. He had allowed just one other home run since August 31, 2010, a stretch of 99 games.

• Cory Wade has stranded all nine of his inherited runners this season.

• Derek Jeter became the first Yankee to ever reach 50 hits within the team’s first 30 games.

• Curtis Granderson snapped a streak of 28 straight games reaching base by walk or hit. It was the longest such streak of his career.

• Brett Gardner went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and a triple in tonight’s Triple-A rehab game. His night was overshadowed by Dellin Betances who allowed one run on two hits through eight innings. He struck out seven and walked two.

• Little surprise, but Girardi said he doesn’t expect to use Robertson tomorrow night. He doesn’t like to use guys three days in a row. Yankees would like to get some distance out of CC Sabathia and not have to worry about a tight game in the late innings.

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91 Responses to “Postgame notes: “Just a sad way to end the game””

  1. Rich in NJ May 10th, 2012 at 12:32 am

    I’m not worried about Robertson or the pitching. I am worried about the offense. It’s way too one-dimensional.

  2. theREALkevin May 10th, 2012 at 12:34 am

    mick,

    I mean I’ve been around for a while here. I’ve seen it I guess. I just think egos get in the way too much, don’t get me wrong I’ve fallen victim to it also. It’s just that you & others aren’t going anywhere, and Trisha isn’t going anywhere, so what’s the point of it continuing day in day out? I understand that I am not a part of it and it’s not up to me, just my opinion.

    Big Out,

    Yeah I hear you. Unless some trades happen or some guys move very quickly through the system, the offense will be even more a problem next year. We just have to hope some guys can return to their old forms. If the pitching performs up to its capabilities, our offense won’t have to be spectacular. But they have to find more ways to score runs- when Gardner comes back, I’d like to see more bunts, hit and runs, steals… and the lineup has a whole has to focus on doing the little things better and grinding out ABs.

  3. theREALkevin May 10th, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Also, what’s up with absolutely no mention of the offense in this post game write up? No quotes from Tex or anyone? Offense was miserable overall. Let’s not be apologists here and just omit key deficiencies.

  4. Barry May 10th, 2012 at 12:42 am

    The other guy pitched well. Their offense was non-existent until the ninth. Hitting may be a problem, but not to be judged on this game.

  5. Rich in NJ May 10th, 2012 at 12:43 am

    I’m not judging it on this game. It goes back to their sub .800 OPS last season v. RHP.

  6. G. Love May 10th, 2012 at 12:44 am

    Rich,

    Do you think if we get into June with the OPS being that low against RHP they ignore it or do they try to do something?

  7. CompassRosy May 10th, 2012 at 12:46 am

    “I really think Ichiro is going to be the bat that people pursue at the deadline.”

    ~

    G. Love ~

    I suppose stranger things have happened but, I highly doubt Ichiro will be available (not to say there aren’t a contingent of M’s fans who would be happy to see him go).
    #1 – I’d see him playing out the twilight of his baseball career in Japan before I could see him playing for another MLB team.
    #2 – I don’t think he would bring enough value back to make it worth trading him

    League is the one I see as being available, and possibly in demand, at the deadline.

  8. theREALkevin May 10th, 2012 at 12:46 am

    I am also not just judging it on this game.

    Chad is a nice guy. I like him. But in general I think he goes way too easy on the Yankees. He doesn’t ask the tough questions. Obviously writers are there to cover the team and report, he does a very fine job with that. And questions can only do so much- but they CAN put more heat on. That is a good thing. I’d like to see Chad get in there with some tougher questions and overall be a little more critical. Just my opinion.

  9. Rich in NJ May 10th, 2012 at 12:49 am

    G. Love

    I’m not sure what they can do. They can’t supplant A-Rod or Tex. Ibanez is limited, but hasn’t been bad. Catcher is the obvious place for an offensive upgrade, but it’s hard to imagine them doing that in-season.

  10. G. Love May 10th, 2012 at 12:50 am

    CompassRosy –

    I definitely defer to you as you would have a better handle of whether they would look to flip Ichiro for some more prospects and if he’d want to be on a sure thing contender.

    Seems like an obvious move for a club that’s building fast with youth, but he’s such a part of Seattle I can see it never happening.

  11. Barry May 10th, 2012 at 12:55 am

    Fair enough about the ops problems. Your facts seem right, not at all sure about the analysis.

  12. Bret The Hitman May 10th, 2012 at 12:56 am

    Hopefully Melky Cabrera becomes available at the deadline. The Giants need a shortstop and some young hitters so maybe Eduardo Nunez does the trick. They’re losing Melky to free agency. Hopefully they fall far out of it and reload with some young players. They can probably cash in Zito as well.

  13. Rich in NJ May 10th, 2012 at 12:59 am

    Nunez plus stuff would be a no brainer in and of itself, but they as much they DH A-Rod and Jeter, they won’t trade Nunez without a SS/3B replacement, and Gardner and Swisher have been bright spots.

  14. theREALkevin May 10th, 2012 at 1:01 am

    I like Melky as a player but where does he play? Are you pushing Gardner out of left field? Certainly Melky would not be the everyday DH as they were clearly dead set against having an everyday DH this year. If you want Melky for the Yanks, it seems like they might be better off just signing him as a free agent and letting Swisher walk.

  15. Bret The Hitman May 10th, 2012 at 1:03 am

    Maybe they can pick up Figgins on a salary dump for a bench role.

  16. Bret The Hitman May 10th, 2012 at 1:05 am

    Melky would play LF, CF and RF with most games in RF and LF with Swisher DH’ng more and playing more 1b with Tex DH’ng and Figgins playing 3b and shortstop when Jeter/arod need to DH and Melky moves to LF over Gardner.

  17. Rich in NJ May 10th, 2012 at 1:10 am

    I don’t think the Giants trade him unless they are out of it.

    Figgins makes $8m next year. They won’t take that commitment.

  18. CompassRosy May 10th, 2012 at 1:12 am

    “Maybe they can pick up Figgins on a salary dump for a bench role.”

    ~

    Now THERE’s an idea I can get behind ;)

  19. darbodla May 10th, 2012 at 1:14 am

    TheBigOut May 10th, 2012 at 12:19 am
    Trisha like i said yesterday.. She thrives off the attention. It make not wanna come here either when she constantly is picking fights with everyone and purposefully disagreeing just to get a rise.. Actually that i can deal with but her constant attempts at belittling people are just too much at times.

    Its quite clear to me now why the people GLove said dont come here anymore. Can some one notify the blog admin and stop her from responding to each and every post just to inflame ?

    Thats actually what a troll is by definition, though she calls others trolls. Pathetic!

    B I N G O !

  20. GreenBeret7 May 10th, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Why in the Hell would the Yankees or any team pay $9.5 mil next year plus $5 mil this year for a .185 non- hitter that doesn’t steal bases or play that good of defense?

  21. waka flocka May 10th, 2012 at 1:26 am

    Outside of a cool name spelling, Figgins has nothing else going for him. He’s one of the worst players in baseball. Please stop discussing him. Thank you.

  22. Pat M. May 10th, 2012 at 2:56 am

    Come the All Star break, The NY Yankees will be enjoying a 3 game lead in the AL East even with the loss of Rivera & Pineda……

  23. Mike Ri May 10th, 2012 at 6:42 am

    Don’t get discouraged Robertson……. it happens !… Get’em next time .

  24. Benny Blanco May 10th, 2012 at 7:15 am

    isn’t may suppose to be Tex’s breakout month? I guess so because he’s batting 183 in 8 games in May.

  25. sunny615 May 10th, 2012 at 7:30 am

    This team is truly bipolar. They either score a ton of runs or none at all. (Maybe 1). It’s discouraging because they can’t seem to push across runs anymore whenever they need to. (Unlike 2009). Hopefully Gardner’s return will help with that but I doubt it will solve it. Their situational hitting (moving runners, hitting with RISP) has been all or nothing this year. Can’t live off the homer.

  26. joeman May 10th, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Robertson allows to many base runners, always has and that won’t change…Sori to me won’t get the job done in a tough spot…this will be a crap shoot in every game they need someone to close out games.

  27. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 10th, 2012 at 7:38 am

    sunny, do you agree that there are going to be games where they just don’t score runs, for one reason or another, and it doesn’t have to mean that the offense sucks? It happens to all teams.

    Maybe some of their bipolarism has to do with the effectiveness of the other team’s pitching. Not all the time, no, but it happens. And it also happens that teams slump – what the Yankees had been going through.

  28. joeman May 10th, 2012 at 7:40 am

    problem with this team won’t be the offense, it will be the overall pitching staff this year

  29. blake May 10th, 2012 at 7:40 am

    Im really not worried about Robertson…..last night was the first game he gave up a RH hitter in what 26 innings?…..he’s really good….just chalk it up to the giant horseshoe up Joe Madden’s butt and move on……Rivera himself blew 3 if his first 6 save opportunities in 1997.

    As others have mentioned though…..the offense is a real and chronic issue…..now relative to other teams its not a bad offense…..its even a good offense on paper…..but the way the Yanks are currently constructed its not good enough or consistent enough for them to reach their goals. Tex is a real problem moving forward if he can’t provide more offensively ……and they are getting zero from the catcher position….

    Cano is starting to heat up…..Alex is showing signs of life…..and getting Swished back helps…..but they can’t keep relying on 3 Jeter hits and the a Granderson homer to score…..

  30. blake May 10th, 2012 at 7:43 am

    “problem with this team won’t be the offense, it will be the overall pitching staff this year”

    Its both……but I think the rotation will end up being good enough to win with what the offense is SUPPOSED to be…..

  31. blake May 10th, 2012 at 7:44 am

    *run…..not RH hitter *

  32. joeman May 10th, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Robertson = Houdini …don’t know if thats a good thing

  33. rl1856 May 10th, 2012 at 7:50 am

    I am a fan of DRob, but he is not MO. When DRob is on the mound there will be doubt in the back of many minds and the opposition will be more confident than if MO were pitching. One of the subtleties that make this game interesting.

  34. blake May 10th, 2012 at 7:52 am

    “• Derek Jeter became the first Yankee to ever reach 50 hits within the team’s first 30 games.”

    Pretty amazing.

  35. blake May 10th, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Robertson mows through a lot of innings too with no Houdini act…..just nobody notices those…..

  36. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 10th, 2012 at 7:56 am

    joeman, the experiment is far too young to be making any definitive statements about it. If you end up being right, then yes, they may need to look to another closer. But we really aren’t going to know that for a while to come. I have a feeling that we might end up looking at a tandem of both Soriano and DRob.

    Someone said last night that he walks too many people. I’m wondering if there is a desirable for K/BB and BB:IP for closers differs from that for regular pitchers, or if it is the same.

  37. blake May 10th, 2012 at 8:02 am

    I dont know if anyone mentioned this during the gane…..but in the 2nd inning yesterday the Yanks had 1st and 2nd with 0 outs and Martin at the plate and instead of bunting there….the usually bunt happy Joe lets Martin hit and he almost hits into a double play…..doesnt advance the runners……they score zero runs……there is a place for bunting….and first and second no outs with a guy hitting .188 is probably it.

  38. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 10th, 2012 at 8:02 am

    “Robertson mows through a lot of innings too with no Houdini act…..just nobody notices those…..”

    Which is why I asked the question about desirable K/BB and BB:IP. There was some mention of DRob giving up too many walks, but when I looked at his stats, as you pointed out, he went through many games without giving up any.

    That’s always my frustration without-of-hand responses both in games and after losses. Many times the pronouncements are out of synch with reality but people tend to exaggerate what they’ve just seen and make it a general statement or trend rather than isolating it to what has just happened.

  39. blake May 10th, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Robertson wasnt havibg an issue wirh walks until the last two nights……hes going to be fine…..because hes really good……long term……the issue wont be the 9th without Mo IMO……itll be the 6th , 7th, 8th without Mo.

  40. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 10th, 2012 at 8:07 am

    “Robertson wasnt havibg an issue wirh walks until the last two nights……hes going to be fine…..because hes really good……long term……the issue wont be the 9th without Mo IMO……itll be the 6th , 7th, 8th without Mo.”

    blake, I agree.

    Grrr!

  41. blake May 10th, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Yanks still have a chance to take the series tonight wifh CC on the hill….and the Yanks have a chance to prove that they are actually a better offense than Tampa without Longoria.

    Win tonight and the Yanks will be 2-4 against the Rays…..and should be 4-2 because they had leads in the 9th in two of the losses.

  42. blake May 10th, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Apparently all the Royals needed to win at home was for the two AL east powers to come to town…..

  43. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 10th, 2012 at 8:12 am

    blake, have you ever felt that DRob throws too many pitches? That was another criticism last night. Again, if there’s no Houdini act, there probably aren’t too many pitches thrown.

  44. Betsy May 10th, 2012 at 8:15 am

    The offense has been one dimensional for years; this is nothing new

  45. blake May 10th, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Trisha,

    Hea i mean itd be great if he was more efficient …..but he threw a lot of pitches last hear too when he was the best set up guy in baseball…..the problem is that they are a shorter pen without Mo so he needs to be more efficient just so he can be availabke more often….and that just mainly means cutting the walks….again i think DRob will be fine and Im chalking last night up to Capn Horseshoe Joe Madden……they need to make a statement and win tonigjt.

  46. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 10th, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Interesting, until the Rays lost to the Yanks, 4 of 5 teams in the AL East had winning records both at home and on the road. Very unusual to see that. It shows just how much balance there is in the AL East, at least at this point in time.

  47. Yankee Trader May 10th, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Good morning. Can’t stay long and watched parts of the game last night. Last nights loss was as much a fault of leaving men on base as it was of the late inning high wire act of our new co-closers..

    DRob failed in the high leverage situation but I have all the confidence in him that he can get the job done. If the starting pitching doesn’t start pitching deeper into games, this bullpen will not be as dependable. Rather than putting Hughes in the bullpen to help, and waiting until Aardsma and Joba come back, if they come back this year at all, I wonder if it would help to try and get another experienced arm by trade.

  48. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 10th, 2012 at 8:19 am

    “again i think DRob will be fine and Im chalking last night up to Capn Horseshoe Joe Madden”

    :)

    I too believe he will be fine. And if Joe needs to experiment with Sori as closer, then he needs to do that too. You don’t know until you try.

    But again with the walks – he didn’t have that many until his last two games. And I chalk that up to nerves.

  49. blake May 10th, 2012 at 8:20 am

    “The offense has been one dimensional for years; this is nothing new”

    No but its like a chronic condition thats slowly getting worse and more noticeable. The offense this year has been Jeter and Granderson and Swisher sometimes and when they dont do it its not getting done……I like how Alex is swinging the bat….and I think Cano is heating up…..but Im not real optimistic about Tex…..and I dont know what they can do with Martin …..they need to get Swisher in the 5 hole…..

  50. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 10th, 2012 at 8:21 am

    When Gardner comes back, the offense should get a shot in the arm. I heard it could be as early as today.

  51. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 10th, 2012 at 8:22 am

    “If the starting pitching doesn’t start pitching deeper into games, this bullpen will not be as dependable.”

    That’s why some of us were focusing on the need for CONSISTENCY

  52. sunny615 May 10th, 2012 at 8:26 am

    The point of the comment wasn’t that they Yankees are slumping – more that they’re streaky. They either score a ton of runs (6+) or one or none. They don’t have the capacity right now to push runs across. How many lead off singles and doubles have been left stranded? How many times have the following hitters not been able to make a productive out at the least? (Moving the runner over or scoring as a sac fly)? They’re hitting (I believe) near or below .200 with RISP…

  53. blake May 10th, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Gardner should be back today….of course who knows if Girardi would play him against Price anyway.

  54. Against All Odds May 10th, 2012 at 8:27 am

    ..and I dont know what they can do with Martin

    ————————-

    Nothing because they don’t care if he hits

  55. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 10th, 2012 at 8:27 am

    That’s why some of us were focusing on the need for CONSISTENCY in all of our starters, not just CC and Nova.

    If Andy pitches the way we have known him to pitch, I’m believing that we will have three starters who can be work horses.

    The rest is unknown until it is known, in spite of anyone trying to assure us that all is well. All is not well until we have consistency and see that our other starters are going deep enough into games.

    You have to be able to win some of your games 1-0, 2-1, 3-1, etc.. That’s just the way it is, especially if you’re facing tough pitching. So people can scream about run support all they want, but a starter’s job is to go out there and hold the other team down. If you get fantastic run support in the process, well bully for you. But you if you don’t, you still need to find ways to win your games!

  56. blake May 10th, 2012 at 8:29 am

    “Nothing because they don’t care if he hits”

    True…..then I dont know what to do with the Yankees then….

  57. Betsy May 10th, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Blake, I’m saying that as a bad thing…….I’ve never been all that impressed by the offense as it goes into deep freezes in the playoffs.

  58. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 10th, 2012 at 8:33 am

    “They’re hitting (I believe) near or below .200 with RISP…”

    .241

    FWIW, the Sux are third in the majors with RISP and last in the AL East. Go figure.

  59. Yankee Trader May 10th, 2012 at 8:34 am

    It’s not just Martin. It’s Tex, and A-Rod, and Cano who have the worst production in the league with RISP according to the broadcast last night.

  60. sunny615 May 10th, 2012 at 8:35 am

    As a team, they’re averaging .241 with RISP as a team.

    The 3, 4, and 5 hitters are hitting:
    Cano: .133
    Arod: .200
    Tex: .226
    with RISP (30 AB sample). Not pretty.

  61. Bronx Jeers May 10th, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Jeff Niemann is their # 5 starter.

  62. blake May 10th, 2012 at 8:36 am

    “Blake, I’m saying that as a bad thing…….I’ve never been all that impressed by the offense as it goes into deep freezes in the playoffs.”

    Its a goos offense relative to most…..the issue is that the Yanks have higher standards than mkst teams and the Yankees need their offense to be great in order to win the way they are currently constructed.

  63. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 10th, 2012 at 8:38 am

    “Nothing because they don’t care if he hits”

    Against, I don’t think it’s that they don’t care if he hits. I’m sure they’d love him to hit. Girardi made the mistake of using definite hyperbole in his statement about catchers and people have really run with it. I think it’s that they look for defense in their catchers over offense. I think they want all of their players to hit.

    But wanting it and having it happen are two very different things. With the Yankee focus they’re not going to bench their catcher if he isn’t hitting. At least I don’t think they are. (Unfortunately they don’t ordinarily bench their veterans at all, so even if their catcher was starting to blow up defensively, I don’t think you’d see him benched unless it was so constant that they felt something was wrong.)

  64. sunny615 May 10th, 2012 at 8:38 am

    The only two players hitting above .250 with RISP on the team (min 24 AB) are Jeter (.360) and Ibanez (.292)

    Grandy is hitting .250 with RISP and Swish .242

    Gardner and Nunez have too small a sample size to mention (less than 8 AB).

  65. Betsy May 10th, 2012 at 8:39 am

    http://espn.go.com/blog/new-yo.....-on-hughes

    Hughes has yet to have a night as good as Phelps had on Wednesday. Hughes’ best outing of the year was probably his last one against the Royals. Hughes went 6 2/3 innings and allowed three runs (all earned). Hughes finished the game off throwing an intriguing 95.

    When you compare Hughes and Phelps, it feels like you are looking at a veteran vs. a rookie and, in a way, you are given Hughes’ experience. However, they are almost the same age. Hughes turns 26 on June 24. Phelps turns 26 on October 9th. So there is a little more than a three-month difference.

    Phelps has that mini-Mike Mussina look to him with his four-pitch arsenal and his ability to throw all of them for strikes. His extra time in the minors may have allowed him to become finer with his secondary stuff. Hughes’ biggest problem has been an inability to complement his fastball with a tight curve and a league-average change.

    For Hughes to be more than reliever, he must be able to have hitters guessing. Without effective secondary stuff, that can’t happen. He is going to have to keep earning his spot, because Phelps has shown some signs he might deserve being more than long man.

    ***************
    If the Yankees think this way, then Phil is going to the pen.

  66. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 10th, 2012 at 8:40 am

    YT – Cano is starting to come around. Someone mentioned that he starts off slow. I don’t know whether or not that’s the case for him historically.

    And Robby did very well last season with RISP. So I’m thinking that he’s going to be fine once he really gets going. The signs are there anyway.

  67. Yankee Trader May 10th, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Thanks Sunny for that update on the heart of the order with RISP. I believe they are last in the league.

  68. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 10th, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Sunny, it looks like Robby is starting to heat up. I’d look for his numbers to escalate.

  69. blake May 10th, 2012 at 8:44 am

    “Phelps has that mini-Mike Mussina look to him with his four-pitch arsenal and his ability to throw all of them for strikes”

    Love Phelps…..he will have his chance….keep grinding young man…..

  70. sunny615 May 10th, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Collectively as a team, the Yanks have a .739 OPS with RISP.

    Cano: .495 OPS
    Arod: .800 OPS
    Tex: .729 OPS

  71. sunny615 May 10th, 2012 at 8:46 am

    I hope so… and Cano has a LOT of heating to do to pick it up.

    Welcome. :)

  72. The Genius Maker May 10th, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Blake, you are spot on and I wrote this in my blog last night http://stevewigdor.blogspot.com/
    The Yanks are struggling for runs and Girardi screwed up by not having martin bunt with 1st and 2nd and nobody out. Big mistake! Martin actually had a 2-0 count on him and if he wasn;t bunting there he should have had a take sign on to not swing as Neiman was struggling with command…instead he swung at ball 3. Huge pitch there.

    Robertson will be fine. if Swisher didn’t bring rain with his throw to 3rd I think the game goes into extra innings.

  73. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 10th, 2012 at 8:47 am

    YT – who’s last in the league? The heart of the order or the Yankees? The Yankees are nowhere near last in the league with RISP.

  74. Yankee Trader May 10th, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Trisha-

    I[m not worried about Cano. Teixeira has done nothing, bronchitis and all this year, and for the last two years to hope that he’ll improve from the left side. He’s been an easy out and is with the team thru 2016. A-Rod .242 BA vs lefties.
    The team is looking old, except for Jeter, who has found the Fountain of Youth in his backyard at Saint Jetersburg.

  75. The Genius Maker May 10th, 2012 at 8:49 am

    ARod is a line drive hitter now; a different player. Tex doesn’t look good and refuses to bunt when given the opportunity. the yanks need to show TB that they are willing to bunt and challenge them. Force their hand for the future; but it seems like we are stubborn. Tex and Swish should swap spots in the lineup.

  76. Against All Odds May 10th, 2012 at 8:49 am

    If the Yankees think this way, then Phil is going to the pen.

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    They probably don’t think that way.

  77. Yankee Trader May 10th, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Trisha -the heart of the order which Sunny posted-ARod, Cano and Tex.

  78. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 10th, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Betsy, at this point I don’t care who goes to the pen, if it give us the best chance of winning games. I’m sure you feel the same way.

    Starting rotation has to be consistent and go deep into games. Period. If things work out in our favor, we’ll get that with Andy and will likely then have it with 3 of our starters. While that’s good, it’s not good enough. We need at least 4 of our 5 to be solid. You’d like 5 of 5 to be, but if you have 4 really pumping it, your 5th can afford to have some off nights.

  79. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 10th, 2012 at 8:52 am

    “Trisha -the heart of the order which Sunny posted-ARod, Cano and Tex.”

    Okay.

  80. Yankee Trader May 10th, 2012 at 8:53 am

    ARod is a line drive hitter now; a different player. Tex doesn’t look good and refuses to bunt when given the opportunity. the yanks need to show TB that they are willing to bunt and challenge them. Force their hand for the future; but it seems like we are stubborn. Tex and Swish should swap spots in the lineup.
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    Pure Genius!! I couldn’t agree more! :)

  81. Yankee Trader May 10th, 2012 at 8:55 am

    I have to go. Hopefully the Yankees will return to the dominance they had last year when facing lefties and win tonight,

  82. MTU May 10th, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Good morning.

    Still love Phelps. Kid is good.

    The D-Rob thing was bound to happen sooner or later.

    It’s out of the way now.

    That was a sorry way to lose though.

    Hope CC brings his A+ game tonight.

    I want a series win.

    Another hike day today.

    Gotta get in shape for JCPD. Don’t want him wearing me out.

    :)

  83. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 10th, 2012 at 8:59 am

    YT, to be fair, the team has looked effective with Jeter, Grandy, Swisher, Gardy, and yes, Ibanez. Cano looks to be coming around. So call that 6 of 9.

    That leaves Arod, Tex, and Martin.

    But check this out. In the last 7 games, we have Jones hitting 444, Jeter hitting 400, Ibanez hitting 375, Robby and Arod hitting 333.

    In the last 30 games we have Jeter hitting 384, Gardner hitting 316, Ibanez hitting 209, Arod hitting 289, Swisher at 288, Grandy at 287, and Robby at 276.

    Does that even make any sense?

  84. 86w183 May 10th, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Girardi should give Tex an ultimatum:

    1. Go the other way against the shift
    2. Bat RH against RH pitching
    3. Become a platoon player

    His AB last night were infuriating as he hit the ball hard three times trying to blast one through an over shift. I was a lousy hitter, but I could hit a ground ball to the opposite field any time I wanted to. This selfishness — yes its selfishness — has to end.

  85. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 10th, 2012 at 9:01 am

    That should have been Ibanez hitting 290.

  86. RMS May 10th, 2012 at 9:02 am

    The 3,4,5 guys have to drive in runs. Period.

  87. NYYanksFan May 10th, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Alex has a .200 BA w/ RISP but a .400 OBP/RISP.

  88. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 10th, 2012 at 9:12 am

    “Alex has a .200 BA w/ RISP but a .400 OBP/RISP.”

    Gotcha.

  89. blake May 10th, 2012 at 9:21 am

    GM,

    Im not a big proponent of bunting in general ….but if ever there is a time to bubt then that was it…..nice blog post

  90. J. Alfred Prufrock May 10th, 2012 at 10:10 am

    blake May 10th, 2012 at 8:02 am
    I dont know if anyone mentioned this during the gane…..but in the 2nd inning yesterday the Yanks had 1st and 2nd with 0 outs and Martin at the plate and instead of bunting there….the usually bunt happy Joe lets Martin hit and he almost hits into a double play…..doesnt advance the runners……they score zero runs
    ///

    I’ll take a shot: they really believe he is Thurman Munson, in which case, of course you’d want him to swing away.

  91. jmills May 18th, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Relax,…….enjoy Jesse Barfield – throw out Bobby Murcer at the plate – the guy who said ,……..Thurman was an awesome human being! Yes .


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