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Pregame notes: “When he gets behind, he gets hurt”

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

Consistency has become a real buzz word with these Yankees. I suppose that’s the case every year, but it seems especially true with this group. For the past two weeks, it’s been used to talk about the lineup, but the Yankees are still searching for it in the rotation as well.

Ivan Nova is no exception.

For a while there, Nova looked like the same guy the Yankees remember from last season, and even his last time out, Nova was able to use his big slider to finish with a career-high 12 strikeouts. Those strikeouts, though, came with five runs through six innings, and Nova has allowed at least five runs in four of his past five starts. There was one gem in the middle, but Nova’s been erratic.

“It’s location with him,” Joe Girardi said. “He gets up in the zone, he gets behind in the count, and then his fastball gets hit when it’s up in the zone. He had an awesome slider the other day and used it extremely well, but when he gets behind, he gets hurt.”

Nova hasn’t been in the league long enough to have much of a track record against anyone, but he’s never faced that Athletics, and today’s Oakland lineup has a total of five career at-bats against him (two by Josh Reddick, three by Seth Smith). The Yankees meanwhile, have won their past six games at the Coliseum and 10 of their past 11.

“I just think we’ve played well when we’ve played them,” Girardi said. “We’ve played pretty well out here as well. We’ve got to have that continue because you want to get on a roll, and that’s one thing that’s been hard for us to do this year.”

• Dave Robertson played catch yesterday and felt alright today. The Yankees plan to have him play catch again on Monday. “I think there’s some stiffness there,” Girardi said. “He’s had inactivity and hasn’t used that area in probably about 15 days. We have to be a little bit cautious in the beginning to make sure nothing’s there.”

• The Yankees still plan to have Brett Gardner begin swinging a bat on Monday.

• Girardi said it’s not likely either Robertson or Gardner will be back with the team before they get home a week from Monday. Robertson has said he’d like to be back by next weekend’s series in Detroit, but Girardi said he’s “not sure that’s going to happen.”

• Nova’s hamstring was a little tight after his last start, but Girardi said it didn’t affect any of the work he did between starts. Girardi considers it a complete non-issue. Nova came to the Coliseum yesterday to play catch.

• Good news on Manny Banuelos. Girardi said test on Banuelos’ sore left elbow showed no ligament damage — just like tests on Jose Campos’ elbow — so it doesn’t look like this is a Tommy John issue, just a sore elbow. Hard to know much more than that.

• Oakland carries four left-handed relievers, and Girardi said that’s why Mark Teixiera was moved back into the No. 5 spot in the lineup. That leaves the Yankees with a right-handed or switch hitter between each of their left-handed hitters. “Clubs that have four left-handers, you really have to be careful how you construct your lineup,” Girardi said. “Could I change it? Yeah, but right now it’s what we’re going to do.”

• Obviously Girardi could put Nick Swisher fifth instead of Teixeira and have the same split-the-lefties result, but Swisher is hitting just .211/.295/.342 after left-handers this season. Teixeira is hitting .220/.259/.400 against them. Neither one has been a particularly good option this season. Ibanez, by the way, is hitting .200/.250/.267 against lefties.

• Yesterday’s off day gave Teixeira yet another day to rest, but he doesn’t seem much different than he was a week ago. “I still hear him cough every once in a while,” Girardi said. “It’s not all the way gone. I wish it was, but it’s not.”

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17 Responses to “Pregame notes: “When he gets behind, he gets hurt””

  1. Nick in SF May 25th, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    I’m changing trains in west Oakland and I can hear Tex coughing.

    Bad sign. :oops:

  2. Triple Short of a Cycle May 25th, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    So Tex is back to 5th? What a joke

  3. theREALkevin May 25th, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Who cares how many left handed relievers they have? Their SP is righty. So is their best reliever so far this year, Ryan Cook, who meanwhile has some crazy stats this season. 22.2 innings, 4 hits.

  4. hardwired7 May 25th, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Juice press = impossible to kick cough?

    No thanks, I’ll pass.

  5. Pat M. May 25th, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Nick in SF……..# 25 is going Downtown just for you Nicky Boy !!!!

  6. Wang IS Taiwan May 25th, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Wang pitching his first game this season. 4-3 Washington right now in the 5th.

    His hair looks horrendous. Must be Harper’s influence…

  7. Wang IS Taiwan May 25th, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    theREALkevin May 25th, 2012 at 9:25 pm
    Who cares how many left handed relievers they have? Their SP is righty. So is their best reliever so far this year, Ryan Cook, who meanwhile has some crazy stats this season. 22.2 innings, 4 hits.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Stop it! You’re making too much sense.

  8. Against All Odds May 25th, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    jmills May 25th, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    I can’t even watch my team :(
    Against All Odds May 25th, 2012 at 9:35 pm

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  9. Wang IS Taiwan May 25th, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    “Serious Chin-age there” — yes, the announcer just said that as Wang got the hitter to hit into DP to end the inning.

    At least he’s able to see where the ball is on the field…if only Sterling had that ability.

  10. yankeefeminista May 25th, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Thanks for the heads up on Wang, Wang.

    Good news on ManBan and Campos.

    Melky triples – el, en fuego.

  11. luis May 25th, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    It’s about game time. I was thinking about the lefties in the A’s BP, we hit much better lefties than rightys. I would group the lefties, so we get to them more often than not.

  12. UnKnown May 25th, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Maddon is crazy man. He had Pena bat lead off tonight. That dude I think just pulls names out of a hat to set his line ups

  13. yankeefeminista May 25th, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Nice job by Chien-Ming.

  14. yankeefeminista May 25th, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Maybe Maddon likes Pena’s .986 OPS vs. Lester.

  15. Wang IS Taiwan May 25th, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    ?????!

  16. Wang IS Taiwan May 25th, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Well, you can’t post Chinese on this site. :)

  17. Nick in SF May 25th, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Someone just screamed “Teixeira sucks!!!”

    Not sure if it was a Yankee fan or an A’s fan.

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