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Postgame notes: “Guys have got to find a way”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on May 17, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees have lost eight games this month. In those eight loses, they are 3-for-52 with runners in scoring position.

Yes, Hiroki Kuroda made some costly mistakes tonight, and Kyle Drabek was awfully good with his sinker, and a couple of questionable calls and bad plays certainly hurt. But the Yankees went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position, and it was impossible to ignore the growing trend that’s been hurting this team for more than two weeks.

“That’s what’s killing us,” Joe Girardi said. “Guys have got to find a way. You’ve got to find a way to get a hit in that situation and see if it can become contagious. You put some more pressure on them. But we just have not hit with runners in scoring position on a consistent basis. We have not.”

Drabek was so good that Mark Teixeira compared him to Roy Halladay, but as Alex Rodriguez said in Kansas City, the Yankees can only tip their cap for so long. And that period expired a long time ago. Obviously this team can hit — they have one of the highest scoring offenses in baseball with some of the best hitters in the game — but situational hitting is often the difference in winning and losing.

Teixeira said he hasn’t sensed anyone pressing, but Russell Martin conceded that “it seemed like every hitter was trying to hit a three-run homer with nobody on.” It’s hard to pinpoint a reason for the Yankees inconsistency with runners in scoring position, and it’s hard to find a fool proof way to break out of it. There’s skill involved, but there’s also some luck and random fluctuations that play a role.

“I think it’s a little bit of both,” Girardi said. “I think the skill is being able to relax and get your pitch. I think the fluctuation is you’re going to hit balls hard and make outs sometimes, or they’re just going to make really good pitches pitch after pitch.”

If you’re looking for solutions, the clubhouse offered none tonight, only this hard-to-argue reality: “Guys have got to do it, that’s the bottom line,” Girardi said. “We’ve got to get it done.”

• Don’t forget I’m hosting a chat tomorrow at noon. Stop by, if only to vent.

• Hiroki Kuroda allowed a season-high seven runs through five innings. He was coming off a strong start, but he’s battling his own inconsistencies in his first season in the American League. “I can’t make that as an excuse,” he said. “I’ve been studying a lot of these hitters on video and talking a lot with the coaches. I can’t really make that an excuse, but hopefully I’ll start winning.”

• Girardi felt that Kuroda’s problem came down to a few pitches. He left a 3-2 slider up and J.P. Arencibia hit a two-run homer. He walked Jose Bautista on a close pitch, and Edwin Encarnacion followed with a three-run shot. “At times he threw the ball really well,” Girardi said. “But when he got a ball up, they didn’t miss it.”

• Martin has been catching Kuroda since their days in Los Angeles. “It’s not typical of Hiro to have this type of outing,” Martin said. “But it can happen to anyone. It’s a tough league, but he’s a quality pitcher. … I think today we just had an off day. He’s got the ability, and he’s got the arsenal, to get outs anywhere. I truly believe that.”

• Kuroda gave up three of the Blue Jays four homers tonight. He was asked whether playing in more hitter friendly parks has hurt him since leaving Los Angeles. “The home runs that I gave up, I think they would be home runs in any park, American League or National League,” he said.

• Drabek got 13 groundball outs. “That sinker was really working,” Teixeira said. “You don’t want to say Halladay, because Halladay is a special pitcher, but getting the ground balls, it felt like Halladay was out there tonight. He just wasn’t getting the ball up in the zone at all.”

• Robinson Cano dropped the ball trying to turn a double play in the second inning. It didn’t go down as an error — the Yankees got one out on the play — but it probably hurt Kuroda, because it looked like Cano was going to get two. Kuroda struck out the next batter before allowing Arencibia’s two-run homer.

• This was the interaction with Girardi about the Jayson Nix being called out at second base in the seventh inning: What did they tell you about that play at second? “Said he was out.” Have you seen it? “Oh yeah.” He wasn’t. “I realize that.”

• Cano hit his 300th career double, tying Roy White for 15th on the Yankees all-time list.

• Teixeira’s single was the 1,500th hit of his career.

• By the way, Teixeira’s voice sounded terrible after the game. Worst I’ve heard him sound since this coughing thing started about a month ago. He was glad they closed the roof after batting practice. “Maybe they heard me hacking out there and they closed it for me,” he said.

• Even glass-half-full Girardi called this an “ugly” game. Some of the writers were discussing whether this might have been the Yankees ugliest loss of the year. They didn’t hit, didn’t pitch and didn’t play good defense. Just a bad night and a bad game.

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66 Responses to “Postgame notes: “Guys have got to find a way””

  1. luis May 17th, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Obviously this team can hit — they have one of the highest scoring offenses in baseball with some of the best hitters in the game — but situational hitting is often the difference in winning and losing.

    Chad,

    SPOT ON!!!!

  2. Against All Odds May 17th, 2012 at 12:28 am

    For now it looks like a loss but it’s only a permanent loss if you think Pineda’s career is over. I feel it is just beginning. I think he can come back in a big way in a year or two.

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    So we traded for a guy that we might not be able to count on.

  3. Nick in SF May 17th, 2012 at 12:29 am

    In the end, what can you really count on?

  4. Against All Odds May 17th, 2012 at 12:31 am

    CC :)

  5. Against All Odds May 17th, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Although there are ppl that consider him a fake ace not just this board either

  6. Rich in NJ May 17th, 2012 at 12:32 am

    I think the issue is what are you more likely to be able to count on.

  7. Tabbert May 17th, 2012 at 12:32 am

    I understand the Yankees want to cut payroll, but I don’t see how they can make that decision while Arod is still on this team. They made a massive investment in him to bring titles to this team. So, they have two choices, keep building around him and cano, or simply try to cut cost at ever corner and still roll out the team with the highest payroll in baseball that doesn’t have a chance to win a world series.

    By the time the the yankees get all of these luxuary tax breaks, and have the ability to go out and spend like crazy, this team will be in shambles. Arod will be very old, jeter will most likely be gone, mo will be gone, soriano will be gone, Tex will be 3 years older and even worse, grandy will be out of his prime, cano will be 3 years older. Gardy will have lost speed, CC will be older, who knows what to expect from pineda.

    Scary thing is, i can see us resigning swisher, and martin, and keeping this exact team intact for quite some time. The smart move, would be to sign melky and montero. But, the front office has shown they are willing to pass on free agents the last few years.

  8. MikeK May 17th, 2012 at 12:33 am

    I guess Girardi can’t spin things any longer, RE: the offense. Martin’s comments were interesting.

  9. Nick in SF May 17th, 2012 at 12:33 am

    CC is like a force of nature.

    Very glad that Cashman targeted him and ownership opened up the vault to sign him and extend him.

  10. jacksquat May 17th, 2012 at 12:34 am

    CC is the most reliable player left standing on this team.

  11. Against All Odds May 17th, 2012 at 12:35 am

    Nick in SF May 17th, 2012 at 12:33 am

    CC is like a force of nature.

    Very glad that Cashman targeted him and ownership opened up the vault to sign him and extend him.

    ———————–

    I’m glad he was open to come here according to Cash he had some concerns about the clubhouse.

  12. Bo knows May 17th, 2012 at 12:35 am

    I think I was a teenager when I was told that you went the other way with a sinkerballer. These are top of the line (and paid that, professionals). Teix and co are into the excuse mode. It’s bloody embarassing.

    If there was one quality at bat, I missed it. Well, maybe the Ibanez hit qualified. They plain and simple quit. What was it? Eight of the last sixteen games – two or less runs scored.

  13. RSM May 17th, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Why do we keep calling this offense inconsistent?
    They are consistent, consistently bad.

  14. Rich in NJ May 17th, 2012 at 12:40 am

    “Martin’s comments were interesting.”

    Unlike his ABs.

  15. theREALkevin May 17th, 2012 at 12:40 am

    Kyle Drabek was like facing Roy Halladay? Are you serious Mark?

    If they get shut down tomorrow night, Tex will compare Drew Hutchison to Tom Seaver.

  16. jacksquat May 17th, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Nah, they’ll say Hutchison was like Kyle Drabek.

  17. Against All Odds May 17th, 2012 at 12:43 am

    • Drabek got 13 groundball outs. “That sinker was really working,” Teixeira said. “You don’t want to say Halladay, because Halladay is a special pitcher, but getting the ground balls, it felt like Halladay was out there tonight

    ——————–

    Wow lol

  18. UnKnown May 17th, 2012 at 12:43 am

    AndrewMarchand Tex: Drabek was like Halladay

    —–

    Wow that must be some darn good cough medicine Tex is taking. Whatever it is I want some.

    Talk about cuckoo cuckoo

  19. Against All Odds May 17th, 2012 at 12:47 am

    theREALkevin May 17th, 2012 at 12:40 am

    Kyle Drabek was like facing Roy Halladay? Are you serious Mark?

    If they get shut down tomorrow night, Tex will compare Drew Hutchison to Tom Seaver.

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    Tex: Cy Young(Hutchinson) was out there tonight….want a discount on a juice press?

    http://www.wellandgoodnyc.com/.....084862.jpg

  20. Pat M. May 17th, 2012 at 12:48 am

    Yanks will have a 2-3 game lead in the AL East by the break……..”Turn off your mind, relax and float down stream”…….In other words have faith and just go with the flow, maybe you’ll enjoy the game of baseball once again..

  21. Against All Odds May 17th, 2012 at 12:52 am

    Rich in NJ May 17th, 2012 at 12:40 am

    “Martin’s comments were interesting.”

    Unlike his ABs.

    ———————

    lol

    They can spit that crap about offense from catcher being secondary but no way in hell they aren’t scratching their head over Martin’s production

  22. MikeK May 17th, 2012 at 12:54 am

    I highly doubt the Yankees will have a lead by the break. In fact, if things keep going the way they are, they ought to be sellers. This team isn’t doing anything special, even if they make the postseason.

  23. yankee 221 May 17th, 2012 at 12:56 am

    The team doesn’t have the SP to sustain a long winning streak, the offense is too streaky to win 5-6 tames in a row scoring 6+ runs, and we can’t expect the patchwork pen to be perfect either.

    Just have to keep our heads above water.

  24. Pat M. May 17th, 2012 at 12:56 am

    MikeK…..We go through this every season and things will work out as they always do……..Maybe you’re new to this blog, but I’ll bet that they win the AL East !!!!!

  25. G. Love May 17th, 2012 at 1:02 am

    Pat M.,

    While I agree with you that the team plays the season on auto-pilot and will be there when it comes to securing a post season berth, I still think there is a lot to be concerned about with this group of hitters.

    They haven’t shown up for 2 years in the post season and they go into these deep funks more and more often.

    Part of the fun of watching the game is seeing the guys you root for play their best, not just outlast the competition year in year out.

    The past 2 nights have been some of the worst baseball I’ve watched in a long time. I realize they’ll snap out of it, but the line keeps moving a little bit more to the left each season with this group and one of these days they may find themselves on the wrong side of that line come season’s end.

  26. Pat M. May 17th, 2012 at 1:10 am

    G. Love…….Low tide does stink……And yes the window is closing on the Jeter Era indeed……

  27. Nick in SF May 17th, 2012 at 1:11 am

    Pat M, I hope the +8 covered the money line bet…. ouch.

  28. Nick in SF May 17th, 2012 at 1:14 am

    I should add that my wagering evening was almost a complete wipeout… my only winner was Kuroda over 4.5 K’s…. everything else was a loser… Yankees, Rangers, both parlayed with the Universidad de Chile futbol club…. ugh. :cry:

  29. Rich in NJ May 17th, 2012 at 1:15 am

    The Yankees do have an even chance to win the division, and the odds go up depending on health, Hughes’ potential emergence, and Teixeira waking up from his nap, but sports is also entertainment, and from that perspective they have too many players that have horribly boring AB.

  30. UnKnown May 17th, 2012 at 1:20 am

    I guess Kyle Drabek came to Toronto because of the Halladay trade with Philly. So I can see why Tex might’ve gotten the two confused… lol

  31. Pat M. May 17th, 2012 at 1:22 am

    nICK IN sf…..Lakers had a 7 point lead with 2 minutes left and let the game slip away along with some of my bank…..The 8 points covered the expenses and left me with a few coins………I expect the Yanks to go on a 20-10 streak real soon…….

  32. Rich in NJ May 17th, 2012 at 1:26 am

    I expect the Yankees to trade for a bat by the AS break.

  33. jacksquat May 17th, 2012 at 2:18 am

    A bat for which position?

    I think they’d be more inclined to trade for a starting pitcher, especially if these guys don’t improve overall.

  34. Rich in NJ May 17th, 2012 at 2:46 am

    Cashman trading for yet another starting pitcher? Apart from the painful reality that he has repeatedly failed at that, they have Phelps, Mitchell, Warren, etc. in waiting.

    How bad do Martin and whatever infielder shares time with A-Rod and Jeter have to be before they fix the most glaring weakness on the team except for Teixeira, who they are stuck with.

    Pitchers may or may not love Martin, but they love run support muuuuuuuch more.

  35. jacksquat May 17th, 2012 at 3:07 am

    The minor league guys aren’t clear upgrades, and we all know Girardi thinks Martin is fine.

  36. Gary May 17th, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Teixeira said he hasn’t sensed anyone pressing, but Russell Martin conceded that “it seemed like every hitter was trying to hit a three-run homer with nobody on.” It’s hard to pinpoint a reason for the Yankees inconsistency with runners in scoring position, and it’s hard to find a fool proof way to break out of it. There’s skill involved, but there’s also some luck and random fluctuations that play a role.

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    It’s not hard to pinpoint what’s wrong they having been doing it for quite some time. The guys that need to come through in the clutch don’t and other than Jeter you don’t have many guys on as baserunners. Yanks score on HR’s not small ball. Given the way things have gone and are going this could be a long year. Kuroda and CC beaten in not close games back to back. Catch you again tomm morning, it’s about the only time that idiot Trisha isn’t around.

  37. Gary May 17th, 2012 at 6:29 am

    Rich in NJ May 17th, 2012 at 1:26 am

    I expect the Yankees to trade for a bat by the AS break.

    __________________________________________________________________________

    Why? both Girardi and Cashman said they had no concerns about the offense and it was fine. Absent Gardner not out there it’s the guys we had when they made the comments. Who they going to sit? They already have Chavez, Jones, Ibanez, and Nunez to plug in.

  38. Tar May 17th, 2012 at 7:21 am

    “Girardi felt that Kuroda’s problem came down to a few pitches. ”

    I agree with this. Kind of like Andy’s outing, not terrible, but a few really bad pitches ruined their day.

  39. sunny615 May 17th, 2012 at 7:37 am

    This was definitely one of their ugliest losses of the year and there’s not anyone can do but wipe it clean and hope to heaven above that these guys find a clue and start producing. I honestly see an offense that’s similar to the ones that had Giambi/Sheffield/Matsui/et al just trying to mash the ball all day long and not trying to play the game as it’s given to them. Moving the runners over. Squeezing a run here and there. Sac fly’s, or bunts. It’s like all or nothing with them with nothing coming up far more often than all. Not that I’m pinning this all on one player, but this team REALLY misses Gardner…

  40. Yankee Trader May 17th, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Thank goodness I didn’t watch the game last night. I believe the Yankees are on pace for an 87 win season if they keep going on like this.

    Chad wrapped up the entire “fruitless” night quite well. I believe Kuroda, who now has given up 9 homers[6 solo], gave up 3 last night, all after 2 were out.

    With the easier schedule this month, most of us were hoping the Yankees would put some distance from the rest of the East.

    Like Pat M said, he sees this team still winning the East. In 2009 it wasn’t until after an embarrasing loss June 23rd in Atlanta to rookie pitcher Tommy Hanson, that the Yankees finally got on a roll toward winning the East and taking the entire enchilada in the postseason.

    This team might get on a roll, but with a team/players now three years older, no Rivera to rely on, the Yankees, in order to advance in the postseason, will need[jut an opinion] to reshuffle the deck and make some changes, whether by lineup changes, trades, hitting philosophy to sustain rallies, better preparation against opposing teams, manufacturing runs with a more NL-like approach in certain instances, or all of the above.

    Thoughts?

  41. Yankee Trader May 17th, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Good morning Tar and Sunny-

    As I said I didn’t watch the game last night, but looked over the box score and then read the LoHud threads, which were a sea of useless information, and just terrible bickering and in some cases repugnant,

    I’ve learned not to argue with an idiot, because they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.

    How do you two feel about the game time posts?

  42. YES May 17th, 2012 at 7:54 am

    2 off-season moves I disagreed with:

    1) Signing Kuroda, why? The guy was an under .500 pitcher in the weakest division in MLB last year, the NL West. What makes anyone think he would be a winning pitcher in the toughest division in baseball, the AL East.

    2)Trading away Montero. Montero has been ok so far in Seattle, but he is hitting in a pitcher friendly park with not much support around him in the lineup. Can you imagine how much better he would be hitting at hitter friendly Yankee Stadium with a stronger lineup protecting him? In Seattle he is the cleanup hitter, with the Yankees he would be hitting 7th or 8th. The team needs that type of young, impact bat right now to energize it. He also projects to be an impact bat for years to come who can play a premium position at catcher. What a shame Cashman gave him up for a young pitcher who had not proven anything at the MLB level & was a risk from the get-go. You only give up a prospect like Montero for an established major league pitcher.

    This team needs a dynamic young player to come in and energize the lineup. It also needs a manager who can manage a game more by his instincts than by stats on a binder. To be honest, this years Yankee team is boring and unappealing to watch. I hope ownership makes some exciting changes, but I doubt it.

  43. Yankee Trader May 17th, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Attaching the boxscore from June 23rd game vs the Braves.- the lowpoint of the 2009 season:

    http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/.....=290623115

    0 for 8 with RISP
    One player got the golden sombrero
    Tex was hitting .282, which currently is his career average
    A-Rod was hitting .207
    Soriano was the closer-for the Braves

  44. Purenyyankee May 17th, 2012 at 7:59 am

    When a team doesn’t hit, you have to get creative as a manager. Stump Girardi doesn’t know how to do that. We never play small ball. Read a stat that since 2004, the Yankees squeezed ONE time. Wake up and do something. Hit and run, bunt, tell these clowns to hit behind the runner. This is the most inconsistent team in baseball.

  45. hardwired7 May 17th, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Maybe instead of hosting a chat, we can all just assemble at the Tappan Zee Bridge?

  46. Yankee Trader May 17th, 2012 at 8:09 am

    I believe both the Montero trade[announced first] and the Kuroda signing were done the same evening. I had no problems with the Kuroda signing for one year. His record away from Dodger stadium, many in hitters parks was quite good, plus I saw video of him, one time vs the Angels, where he was hitting 94 on the radar gun and also had a very nasty splitter.

    In retrospect, I was shocked by the Montero trade, but over time I foolishly rationalized “well, if Pineda turns out to be the mirror image of CC from the right side-a young horse, this trade might be a coup.”

    Now, I never hope to see the Yankees trade a young stud power hitting prospect traded for a young stud power pitcher, again.

  47. sunny615 May 17th, 2012 at 8:09 am

    YT – probably a lot more personal that usual. I didn’t get into it as much but most of it seemed to be around Trisha but for the most part it was the usual happy fans v the grumpy fans. But I took notice to steer clear of the personal arguments and back and forthing going on last night. The Yankees play probably exacerbated the situation even moreso but it’s been brewing for a while it seems. Just boiled over last night… now I wonder if it’ll carry over and for how long…

  48. sunny615 May 17th, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Young players are always a risk. When you look at the history of “top prospects” very few live up to that mark. The trade now (obviously) steers well into the M’s camp. But what if Pineda does turn in to a RH version of CC? For the next 8 years Pineda becomes a great, hard throwing pitcher. Even if Montero turns into a Miguel Cabrera type – isn’t that worth it? Too soon to judge in my opinion. Of course I despise the fact that he got hurt right after he got traded… but injuries are the nature of this business and honestly, would Montero be doing well being the RH DH playing part time for the Yanks? Can’t say…

  49. Yankee Trader May 17th, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Sunny-

    Thanks for the feedback. There is nothing wrong with an argument, but most times it’s pointless to argue just for argument’s sake. Pick you battles, IMO.

  50. Tar May 17th, 2012 at 8:19 am

    YT

    Thanks for the advice, you’re right. Sorry not able to give a better response right now, have to run. Have a good day everybody.

  51. Yankee Trader May 17th, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Looking at the young very good pitchers that were traded this offseason[ Latos and Gonzalez], most required the acquiring team to not only trade a top major league ready prospect but 2-3 other good prospects.

    True, it’s too early to know how this trade will be looked at years from now. In fact Campos might turn out to be the better pitcher. However, I was really looking forward with excitement, to “Monstero” playing in pinstripes. :(

  52. sunny615 May 17th, 2012 at 8:26 am

    YT – true – but in this case, things got personal – probably way more so than usual. Most of it seemed to center around Trisha and Randyl. With the Trisha-supporters and the “annoyed by Trisha” folks jumping in the fray now and again. The battles were testy to say the least. When the Yanks play horribly, I grumble too, but poking it at someone and calling people out seemed a little much. So a bad night for the Yankees and their fans I guess.

  53. Yankee Trader May 17th, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Sunny-

    Just two old farts bumping heads! :)

  54. sunny615 May 17th, 2012 at 8:33 am

    I can’t argue with that – Montero would’ve (i thought) been awesome. But given the makeup of this roster and how Girardi likes to play according to his notes, Montero would’ve just supplanted Andruw Jones on the roster with Arod and Tex and the rest of the aging players taking turns at DH along with Ibanez taking his swings vs RHP as I seriously don’t believe he would have supplanted Martin even tho Montero’s offense is better than Martin’s but Martin’s defense is better than Montero’s. His playing time here would’ve been severely limited. I honestly don’t believe they would’ve taught him first or third base… so even if they kept him, there was no where to play him.

  55. sunny615 May 17th, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Just two old farts bumping heads! :)


    can’t argue with that either!!

  56. Yankee Trader May 17th, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Girardi has told Teixeira that if he needs a day off to let him know. Joe-Not only does Tex, hitting .218 in May, need a day or more off, he needs to drop in the batting order, until he is better and can start to hit in key situations.

  57. Yankee Trader May 17th, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Sunny-

    You’re right. Too bad Montero couldn’t be groomed to play RF. Mark Trumbo, Angels runner up in ROY, is now playing 3rd base, with no prior training. He’s listed as 6’4″ and 225 lbs.

  58. yanks61 May 17th, 2012 at 8:44 am

    sunny615 May 17th, 2012 at 8:26 am
    YT – true – but in this case, things got personal – probably way more so than usual.

    ———————————————————————————-

    I’ve been on this blog, mostly as a lurker, for quite a few years now and, frankly, nothing’s really changed. The arguments, the game threads screams of despair and desperation, the outcries against Cashman, the pitching coach, the hitting coach, individual players who are betraying the hopes of the multitudes, the investiture of Messiah-hood on young prospects, etc. etc.

    Santayana said it best when he wrote that those who forget history are condemned to relive. Yet here the Lohud resident geniuses continue to repeat themselves, ad nauseum. I have to say, though, that it can be entertaining at times; sort of like looking again and again at a favorite old comedy.

    And I never considered what a great public service the blog provides. Without it available for some folks to carry on venting, think how much more overburdened our mental institutions would be (and I’m not making light of mental problems. I think some of thes people serious need help – “psychocashman,” anybody?)

  59. Triple Short of a Cycle May 17th, 2012 at 8:50 am

    the outcries against Cashman

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    Cash was pretty much universally liked on here until the Montero deal

  60. Mark in Tampa May 17th, 2012 at 8:54 am

    I wish somebody could get through to Tex to remind him that if he hits some of those groundballs that he is complaining about to the left side, they are all hits.

    He has become the easiest hitter to pitch to that I can remember seeing. Pitchers are taught to pitch to their defense, but they don’t even have to do that with Tex. They are throwing him outside pitches, some of them also tailing away, and he is still trying to pull them. So he is pulling a pitch that he can’t possibly hit hard, into a shift, and complaining about the defense.

    If he would start hitting those pitches to left, that are perfectly thrown for him to do that; it may not change teams from shifting, but it may start getting him more middle-in pitches that he can actually have a chance of hitting hard to the right side, instead of the dribblers and choppers he is hitting now.

    He obviously doesn’t want to give up at-bat chances to hit HRs, but with the pitches he is being thrown, and not forcing the pitcher to do any different, he has no chance anyway.

  61. Yankee Trader May 17th, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Yanks61-

    Good morning.

    Had to look this up, but George Santayana also said this:

    George Santayana, Dialogues in Limbo (1925) ch. 3
    Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment.

    George Santayana, Life of Reason (1905) vol. 1, ch. 10
    Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.

    Have a great day everyone. Until later.

  62. Yankee Trader May 17th, 2012 at 9:01 am

    New Post—————–>

  63. randy l. May 17th, 2012 at 9:03 am

    anyone seen mtu around lately ?

    he usually holds court in the early morning.

    hopefully all’s well and he’s just on a long hike

  64. yanks61 May 17th, 2012 at 9:04 am

    I’d add that I always thought of baseball as entertainment, an escape from the everyday, mundane world. Yet an awful lot of folks that come on here seem to treat it like life and death rather than something to be enjoyed for its own sake.

    By the same token, I have to wonder how satisfied some of these people are with their professional lives that they feel it’s necessary to come on here to demonstrate to a lot of strangers what great genuises they are. A certain group of them even hangs out together in a kind of mutual admiration society – or maybe support group would be a better term – to reinforce and reinsure them in their beliefs.

    Tricia, what ever one might think of her stances, at least refrains from getting “clubby’ and sees both sides of most issues rather than becoming a “party” member of a particular ideology.

    Finally, Mick is an invaluable poster, along with Nick in SF, because he’s one of the very few who pokes fun (in an interesting and well informed way) at the egoistic pretensions of that certain crowd.

    Sorry, of course, if I’ve offended anybody.

  65. Tackelberry May 17th, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Bottom line witht this offense is that everyone looks like the’y;re swinging for the fences all the time. We have no situational hitters. None. Singleton and Leiter said it last night. They really miss Gardner in the lineup. He provides a little spark. One good thing. This is making the Yanks’s decisions that much easier to let go of guys like Swisher and Martin after this season. Glad Kuroda is only here on a 1 year deal too

  66. BIG AL May 17th, 2012 at 9:06 am

    YT -

    Trumbo is a disaster at 3B.

    The Yankees seem to have good numbers on “O”, but remember, most of those numbers are put up against weaker SP, and middle relief P, not against top SP, for the most part. If the players are going to sleep walk through this season, it will be a long, non post season ending.

    I agree Tex needs to be hitting lower, perhaps #7, and right now, I’d give him 3 days off to help him get his health back.

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