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Postgame notes: “Just hit the damn ball”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 26, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

No need to complicate things. This Yankees offense isn’t at its best when it’s delivering clutch hits with runners in scoring position. This lineup is at its best when it’s hitting balls out of the ballpark like it did tonight.

“Forget about all the technique of it and go out and concentrate on the baseball,” Nick Swisher said. “Like my grandma always said, ‘Just hit the damn ball.’”

That’s what the Yankees did tonight. Five of their six runs came on homers, and their two hits with runners in scoring position were home runs. Robinson Cano hit the 150th of his career. Swisher hit his first since May 6. Mark Teixeira hit his second since May 4.

“You’re going to go through stretches where you’re not going to get hits with runners in scoring position,” Teixeira said. “You’re going to hit balls at people, that’s the name of the game sometimes. But home runs don’t get caught, and we’re at team that’s used to hitting a lot of them. We’d like to hit a little bit more.”

No team can live and die entirely by the home run, but this lineup is built to hit them, and the Yankees are 24-11 when hitting at least one ball out of the park. Driving the ball is the surest way to see results, and the Yankees saw plenty of results tonight. It wasn’t only the home runs, they also had four doubles by four different hitters, and they had five guys had two hits in the game. Derek Jeter was their only starter who failed to reach base. It’s only the second time since April 23 that the Yankees have scored at least six runs in back-to-back games.

“You want them to get on a roll and feel good about themselves,” Joe Girardi said. “It can lead to big things. … These guys are too good for this (slump) to go on. All clubs go though it at times, and it’s no fun to go through it, and it seems like ‘when’s it gonna end’ at times, but we’re starting to swing the bats better.”

• Another solid start from Ivan Nova, who was much happier with his location this time. When he’s struggled, it’s been fastball location that left Nova most disappointed. “His location is something at times he can improve on, and I thought he was better tonight,” Girardi said.

• One concern is that Nova’s already allowed 12 home runs this season, one fewer than he gave up all last season. He gave up two of them tonight, both solo shots. “There’s no reason to give too many homers,” Nova said. “I’m making mistakes, leaving the ball up, and it’s on me. I have to try to do better every time I go out there. I like the way I threw the ball today. I was more down, especially early in the game.”

• Nova is 9-0 with a 3.35 ERA in his past 12 road starts. His road winning streak is one away from tying Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte for the longest by a Yankees pitcher since 1995. Nova is 3-0 with a 4.26 ERA on the road this season, but 2-2 with a 6.46 at home.

• Nova’s hamstring injury has been something of a mystery, but he said it happened after his workout and bullpen on Tuesday. It got tight and left him a little worried initially, but it didn’t really bother him tonight. “I’m not going to say my hamstring was 100 percent, but I feel really good,” Nova said. “The only thing (that matters) is my arm feels good, and the injury that I have is not so serious.”

• Five of Teixeira’s six home runs this season have come on the road.

• Jeter struck out three times tonight, his first three-strikeout game since May 17 of last year. He had a total of three strikeouts in his past eight games.

• Eric Chavez was on the disabled list when the Yankees came to Oakland last season, so this was his first time playing in his old home ballpark. He was booed in his first at-bat, which surprised me, but didn’t surprise Chavez. “When Jason (Giambi) left, they asked me, ‘What do you expect the fans to do?’” Chavez said. “I said, ‘Well, he’s playing for the Yankees. They should boo him.’ I would expect the same thing. I wrote the manual.”

• Although he was thrown out trying to stretch for a triple, there was one encouraging sign when Teixeira was thrown out at third base during the fifth inning. He wasn’t coughing. “I’m feeling a lot better,” he said. “The days off have helped. Yesterday was very nice. I’m just trying to make a little bit of progress every day.” Teixeira said he wouldn’t have been close to third base 10 days ago.

• By the way, what was he thinking in that situation, with no outs? “Man, I always think I’m faster than I am,” Teixeira said. “We’re up 4-1, whenever it’s a close game or you’re down, you don’t want to make the first out at third. I just wanted to push the envelope a little bit. Give the left fielder credit, he turned around and made a nice throw.

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51 Responses to “Postgame notes: “Just hit the damn ball””

  1. Wang IS Taiwan May 26th, 2012 at 2:45 am

    • By the way, what was he thinking in that situation, with no outs? “Man, I always think I’m faster than I am,” Teixeira said.

    That made me laugh out loud. Don’t we all? Faster, smarter, better-looking, you name it.

  2. Pat M. May 26th, 2012 at 4:00 am

    Two more good outing and the Yanks will have had a very good spin through the rotation starting back with Hughes outing over KC…….Offense is putting up some runs and the pitchers are making it count……All the makings of a very nice run…..By the time they arrive at Disneyland on Monday, both clubs will be making their moves to get into good shape by the time the All Star break hits …..Once the Memorial Day marker is passed, the next 6 weeks leading up to KC for the break is a crucial stretch of games……Yanks by 3

  3. Bret The Hitman May 26th, 2012 at 4:03 am

    Melky leads MLB in hits

    Melky Cabrera is hitting .421 in May and leads the majors with 67 hits. Through translator Emmanuel Burriss, he said his hot start is the result of consistent preparation and credited his teammates repeatedly.

    “It feels good to have a group of guys that gets on base and gets hits in groups,” Cabrera said. “With our pitching staff, that’s all we need.”

    It’s about that time when you start thinking about All-Stars. At anything close to this pace, Cabrera is an absolute lock. And oh how sweet it is that the All-Star Game is in Kansas City, where he played before being traded to the Giants.

    “Melky is unbelievable,” Ryan Vogelsong said. “He’s done nothing but impress everybody in this locker room since he got here.”

    http://www.mercurynews.com/bre.....-vogelsong

    :cry:

  4. tomingeorgia May 26th, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Morning, Anybody!

    Missed the whole game last night, but it’s encouraging reading the reports. Lots of good signs out there, so let’s get a sweep in Oakland, then move on to Anaheim on a roll.

    If the two pitchers for this afternoon, if they both managed to get into a subcompact car, it would exceed the GMVW for the poor thing. I’m still a fan of Colon, and hope the score ends up with a 3-2 Yankee win.

    In a much better state of mind about these guys going forward. There are plenty of nits to pick but the trend is up.

  5. RadioKev May 26th, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Melky has 27 TB in the last week O_O

  6. RadioKev May 26th, 2012 at 7:36 am

    And I’m not for signing Melky in the off season. Outfield is still a deep market; I’m not sure if Melky would continue this type of production throughout the course of a contract.

  7. MTU May 26th, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Good morning Mister Tom.

    I missed the game too.

    :(

  8. tomingeorgia May 26th, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Mr MTU,

    I’ll be on hand this afternoon, though, looking for the best.

    If you haven’t done it yet, go out and get a Memorial Day poppy. I got mine from a guy in the local VFW. I think at least part of the proceeds go to the Wounded Warriors and the DAV. Cost a buck, for a good cause, and just the act of wearing one reminds one of the sacrifices made for us and our country, in the past and up to today.

  9. RadioKev May 26th, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Morning y’all,

    I missed it too. I went to sleep at 8pm.

  10. MTU May 26th, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Tom-

    Just made a donation to the DAV the other day.

    :)

  11. MTU May 26th, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Greetings Kev.

  12. tomingeorgia May 26th, 2012 at 8:04 am

    kev, MTU,

    We early-to-bed types get screwed when the Yankees go west.

  13. MTU May 26th, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Tom-

    I have MLB tv so I can always watch the archived version if I want to.

    Not quite the same when you already know the outcome.

  14. RadioKev May 26th, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Morning MTU,

    So what do we think on Jeter slowing down: story or not?

  15. MTU May 26th, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Kev-

    I think not.

    Was bound to happen. He was on a torrid pace early on.

    I’m satisfied if he winds up anywhere close to .300

  16. tomingeorgia May 26th, 2012 at 8:12 am

    MTU,
    I have MLB tv, too ( that’s the only way to watch any game out in East Nowhere, GA. Can’t get charged up for the replays, though, unless something truly exceptional happened.

  17. MTU May 26th, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Same here Tom.

    An exceptional outcome and I want to see it. Otherwise not.

    Got another round of company coming in tonight so my viewing and posting time are both gonna be rather limited for the next week or so.

    I feel like I’m running a B and B.

    :)

  18. BIG AL May 26th, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Good morning all. Nice to see the early crowd.

  19. BIG AL May 26th, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Tom,

    DIRECTV has all the MLB games, and most cable co. have the package. The nice thing with DTV is you can live in the middle of nowhere and get great reception. I love my DTV.

  20. BIG AL May 26th, 2012 at 8:22 am

    MTU -

    Stop crying about the company, afterall you invite everyone to talk to.

  21. tomingeorgia May 26th, 2012 at 8:22 am

    MTU,
    Sounds like you’re running a free hostel out there. I know the feeling, and sometimes it gets a little tiresome, even though I’m getting paid for it.

  22. Rich in NJ May 26th, 2012 at 8:24 am

    I am leaning toward signing Melky because age-wise, he may make more sense than extending Granderson.

  23. BIG AL May 26th, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Rich -

    I don’t see Melky coming back, the Yankees seem to think he’s not good to have aroung Cano, and he was thought of a bit of a trouble maker. As he got older, he may have matured into a better team mate.

  24. tomingeorgia May 26th, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Big Al,
    For some reason, DIRECT TV costs an arm and a leg out here. The other problem is that I have to connect 10 HDTVs. Dish doesn’t carry YES at all, under any circumstances. Even so, Dish network plus MLB TV costs less than half of the money of DIRECT’ fees.

  25. MTU May 26th, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Mornin’ Al-

    Hope you’re feeling better.

  26. RadioKev May 26th, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Rich in NJ May 26th, 2012 at 8:24 am
    I am leaning toward signing Melky because age-wise, he may make more sense than extending Granderson.
    ————-

    Extending Granderson would be a real tightrope to walk. You really wouldn’t want to overpay for him; what happens when his bat speed slows? His swing could erode in a hurry.

    Melky is a fine age, I just question if he can keep this production up. It’s not flukey, but will he have the drive to do it?

    If our young OFs continue to look promising, maybe we can continue to run some stop gap guys out there.

  27. BIG AL May 26th, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Tom,

    I pay $136/month for DTV, and that includes MLB and the movie channels, and 8 TV’s connected. On a basic installation they can connect up to 16 TV’s to 1 DTV dish. DISH network is terrible, DTV customer service is the best of any company I’ve ever dealt with.

  28. MTU May 26th, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Morning Rich.

    I tend to agree with AL that the Yankees may not want to reunite Melky and Cano.

    He may be more mature now so that should be factored in as was said.

  29. BIG AL May 26th, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Good morning Mike. I’m going day to day, and not worrying about things I have no control of. Are you running a hiking business out of your home these days? LOL :)

  30. Rich in NJ May 26th, 2012 at 8:35 am

    AL

    With the prospect of payroll cost-control on the horizon, they have to consider different ways of thinking. Both Melky and Cano have probably matured, and Alex and Jeter will be around for years, so they should be able to police any issues in the unlikely event they arise. And since the Yankees have no choice but to get younger, the maturity issues will probably arise with some if them. So they will have to figure out a way to deal with it.

  31. MTU May 26th, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Al-

    Just about. I was a real gas having Jim out this way.

    Can’t wait to see his photos.

    Other things in the works.

    Good philosophy that. Control what you can control and don’t worry bout the rest.

    Used to say, “don’t sweat the small stuff, and 90% of everything is small stuff.”

    ;)

  32. austinmac May 26th, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Melky seems to like it in San Francisco, the team likes him and has money. The Yankees are cutting payroll. I don’t think their is much a chance for a reunion.

  33. MTU May 26th, 2012 at 8:38 am

    edit: “It was”. Oops.

    :)

  34. BIG AL May 26th, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Rich -

    I agree with the thought of bringing Melky back, I ‘m just not sure Cashman would do it. He seems to make up his mind about a player, and regardless of changes that may occur, his mind remains closed, ie: Joba as a possible SP is just one example.

  35. Rich in NJ May 26th, 2012 at 8:39 am

    MTU

    GM

    As I point out above, it is an issue they will be likely to face one way or another given the payroll issues. The Yankees will need to shed old ways of thinking or face the chance of having fewer good options.

  36. Rich in NJ May 26th, 2012 at 8:40 am

    AL

    It’s early, so I wil spare people my current views on Cashman. ;)

  37. MTU May 26th, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Rich-

    You might be right. Signing extensions is another example.

    But will they change ?

    Will circumstances necessitate it ?

    Who knows.

    ;)

  38. BIG AL May 26th, 2012 at 8:41 am

    MTU -

    The small sample of pictures you sent were great shots. The Mrs. keeps telling me your trips and pictures are like the rainbows of life.

  39. BIG AL May 26th, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Rich -

    I agree, too early to start up that conversation. Besides, I don’t like beating a dead horse day after day.

  40. BIG AL May 26th, 2012 at 8:46 am

    It seems Pujols is getting hot, just as the Yankees are heading into town. A fine example of how a good hitter will not come around and produce, just as the Yankees middle of the order will come around, and be very productive.

  41. BIG AL May 26th, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Will come around >

  42. MTU May 26th, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Al-

    I’m on a quest. It’s fun seein’ where it leads, and sharing the journey.

    If I could not share it all would be meaningless.

    Therein lies the true pleasure.

    What I do and what I see is a gift I MUST share.

    Say hi to Mrs. Al for me. I’m glad to bring happiness to the both of you.

    Time to walk the pupperazzi. They want to shoot some photos of cute
    female dogs in the neighborhood.

    :)

  43. Rich in NJ May 26th, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Anyway, Melky has made an exemplary turnaround. His career was in jeopardy after his first season ex-Yankees, and he is becoming one of the better OF in MLB, living up to what his AA manager, Bill Massey, said he could become.

  44. BIG AL May 26th, 2012 at 8:48 am

    MTU -

    Have a great day!

  45. BIG AL May 26th, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Montero signing an extension with the D-Backs, so one more player off the wish list.

  46. tomingeorgia May 26th, 2012 at 8:53 am

    repost from earlier:

    f you haven’t done it yet, go out and get a Memorial Day poppy. I got mine from a guy in the local VFW. I think at least part of the proceeds go to the Wounded Warriors and the DAV. Cost a buck, for a good cause, and just the act of wearing one reminds one of the sacrifices made for us and our country, in the past and up to today.

  47. Rich in NJ May 26th, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Via Pete Caldera

    Since his .293, 6 HR, 19 RBI of April 2011; Martin is hitting .211, 16 HR, 56 RBI (including postseason).
    -

    This is unacceptable for a team with the offensive issues the Yankees could have over the next few years. They have created an unnecessary problem for themselves and it may not be easy to fix.

  48. BIG AL May 26th, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Tom -

    I agree, do it every year. Also, we send contributions so the troops can get more cell time to call home. Sent over 2 used laptops with SKYPE loaded, that way they can call home and see the family. I oldest son was a Seal, so I know first hand what it means to the guys out there doing what is necessary to keep us all safe. My wish is folks thing of our troops every day, and not just on this holiday.

  49. Rich in NJ May 26th, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Will do, tom

    Later.

  50. BIG AL May 26th, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Later folks, Y’all have a great day.

  51. blake May 26th, 2012 at 9:10 am

    “Montero signing an extension with the D-Backs, so one more player off the wish list.”

    Eh …..We wouldnt have signed him anyway…..Martin is the future……good deal by Towers….

    Nice win last night….Nova is going to be a solid pitcher for the Yanks ….they just have to give him thr time to work out the kinks and refine his game at the big league level.

    Nice to see Tex hit a homer….thats what he needs to do….drive the ball over the shift if he cant beat it.


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