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Yankees postgame: More RISP problems, more chicken stuff

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Same story for the Yankees, different day. Their RISP work is a problem again.

They live and die with the homer. Two solo homers and one two-run shot weren’t enough. They showed up an AL-least .218 with runners in scoring position and then went 0 for 4 in that category in the 6-4 loss to the Mets, blowing two-out opportunities in the first and second against Jon Niese and then a first-and-second, one-out opportunity against Frank Francisco in the ninth.

“You keep putting them on, eventually it’s going to change,” Joe Girardi said. “That’s all I can tell you. We are who we are. There are basketball clubs that are built around 3-point shooting and when they don’t make their 3s, they don’t win. We’re a home-run hitting club. If we hit two- and three-run homers, we usually win games.”

It didn’t help that Andy Pettitte dropped the Yankees into a 5-0 hole in the first, the most runs he had allowed in that inning since 2001.

“He didn’t have his slider in the first inning and he didn’t have great command of his fastball,” Girardi said.
Francisco was a little more contrite following the game after calling the Yankees “chickens” in the paper earlier in the day, feeling they complain about calls too much.
“I didn’t mean to hurt anyone’s feelings,” Francisco said. “I made a simple comment and a lot of guys take it the wrong way. … I’ve got a lot of respect for those guys, especially Jeter. He’s a winner. A lot of those are professionals. I didn’t mean to call them chicken. Just a simple comment.”
Mark Teixeira popped out against him to end the game, then said: “It wasn’t a big deal on our side. I wish we would’ve won the game. It doesn’t matter who’s out there pitching. We’ve been through enough around here the last however many years that something like that was kind of funny.”
Clay Rapada has his streak of consecutive hitless batters against him stopped at 21 thanks to a Justin Turner double after the lefty got the first out in the eighth.
The Yankees will try to snap their three-game losing streak tonight behind Ivan Nova, who pitched a strong game in the series opener at Citi Field last July 1, then heard here that he was getting sent down to Triple-A two days later.
“I wasn’t thinking it was going it was going to be me, but at the end of the day, I was the one to get sent down,” Nova said. “Since that day, I don’t like the Mets. I don’t like this stadium.”
He was smiling and kidding. Nova will try for his AL-leading 10th win. Chris Young will start for the Mets.

 

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115 Responses to “Yankees postgame: More RISP problems, more chicken stuff”

  1. yankeefeminista June 23rd, 2012 at 1:06 am

    lol, love the quotes from Nova. Is Francisco for real?

  2. EA June 23rd, 2012 at 1:09 am

    “You keep putting them on, eventually it’s going to change,” Joe Girardi said. “That’s all I can tell you. We are who we are. There are basketball clubs that are built around 3-point shooting and when they don’t make their 3s, they don’t win. We’re a home-run hitting club. If we hit two- and three-run homers, we usually win games.”

    ———–

    yikes

  3. J. Alfred Prufrock June 23rd, 2012 at 1:09 am

    Nova is lovable. Heart of a lion, too.

  4. J. Alfred Prufrock June 23rd, 2012 at 1:10 am

    EA,

    He’s basically saying, we will live and die this way. I don’t think there’s much else he can say. He’s basically admitting they don’t have much range as hitters…

  5. yankeefeminista June 23rd, 2012 at 1:15 am

    Thanks, luis. I will follow up once I have a beat on things. ;)

  6. luis June 23rd, 2012 at 1:15 am

    Nova is the best there is…Pure heart!!…

    YF,

    I already sent the skype address, sorry for the hour.

    JAP,

    Read your post about Cano…Yes, you guys are on to something here…You either have an immediate impact or you are toast, you could add Nova to that list…He was performing and he was sent down, in ST he was the odd man out if Pineda didn’t get hurt…We dodge another one here when we lost him in the rule 5…I would say that the only prospect that has had a longer leash is Hughes.

  7. yankeefeminista June 23rd, 2012 at 1:17 am

    To say you will live or die by the HR is kind of scary. It basically means you are sanctioning a specific batting approach even if it may at times be counterproductive to success.

  8. luis June 23rd, 2012 at 1:18 am

    Well i am turning in…Good night to everyone…Especially to my fellow fanboys ;)

  9. yankeefeminista June 23rd, 2012 at 1:19 am

    Buenas noche, Luis. Y tu tambien! Mas manana!

  10. luis June 23rd, 2012 at 1:20 am

    yankeefeminista June 23rd, 2012 at 1:17 am

    To say you will live or die by the HR is kind of scary. It basically means you are sanctioning a specific batting approach even if it may at times be counterproductive to success.

    =========================

    I think JAP is right…He just doesn’t have the hitters to have a different offensive approach. I he is recognizing that fact.

  11. luis June 23rd, 2012 at 1:21 am

    Hasta manana YF!!

  12. muwarriorsfan June 23rd, 2012 at 1:21 am

    “You keep putting them on, eventually it’s going to change,” Joe Girardi said. “That’s all I can tell you. We are who we are. There are basketball clubs that are built around 3-point shooting and when they don’t make their 3s, they don’t win. We’re a home-run hitting club. If we hit two- and three-run homers, we usually win games.”

    Just wow.

    At least Girardi is being honest.

    When was the last time a HR or bust team won the WS?

  13. J. Alfred Prufrock June 23rd, 2012 at 1:22 am

    primo, buona notte, fellow fanboy! Looking forward to waxing poetics with you tomorrow!

  14. luis June 23rd, 2012 at 1:24 am

    Likewise Primo!! hasta manana!

  15. yankeefeminista June 23rd, 2012 at 1:24 am

    Luis, I agree to a certain extent, for instance with Teix batting lefty, but… I also think that that mentality might be detrimental depending on the game situation, batter, etc. Think, Swish or Martin, for instance.

  16. Jerkface June 23rd, 2012 at 1:25 am

    There is no reason the club has to be so dismal with RISP. Its not about them being a HR hitting club. Its not like because they hit so many HRs they should have a weakness somewhere else.

    I hope Joe knows that, he may just have no way to really address it.

  17. yankeefeminista June 23rd, 2012 at 1:29 am

    It is not that because they hit so many HR’s that they have a weakness somewhere else. It is that if they approach AB’s with the intention of hitting HR’s, that their weaknesses will be exposed.

  18. luis June 23rd, 2012 at 1:34 am

    yankeefeminista June 23rd, 2012 at 1:24 am

    Luis, I agree to a certain extent, for instance with Teix batting lefty, but… I also think that that mentality might be detrimental depending on the game situation, batter, etc. Think, Swish or Martin, for instance.

    =========================

    Good point…The issue here is can Girardi make those players take better at bats? I must say that Swisher has surprised me, but will he maintain the solid approach when it counts? or will he regress to his hero swings??…Unfortunately, natural tendencies take over in pressure moments. Only constant practice can revert those tendencies almost permanently….Almost.

  19. Jerkface June 23rd, 2012 at 1:34 am

    I agree, I’m just saying Joe’s statement doesn’t really make a ton of sense.

  20. luis June 23rd, 2012 at 1:35 am

    yankeefeminista June 23rd, 2012 at 1:29 am

    It is not that because they hit so many HR’s that they have a weakness somewhere else. It is that if they approach AB’s with the intention of hitting HR’s, that their weaknesses will be exposed.

    ========================

    QFT good night for real, i am spent

  21. J. Alfred Prufrock June 23rd, 2012 at 1:39 am

    yankeefeminista June 23rd, 2012 at 12:22 am
    J. Alfred Prufrock June 23rd, 2012 at 12:14 am
    luis, not sure if he’s hurting or they just want him to take a break, but the Son is off again tonight (which I’m sure you’re already aware of). Couldn’t find any reasoning on the blogs. Any idea what’s going on? Just resting a kid so he can take a breath and a step back?
    _____________
    Pruf, they just wanted to give him a blow; he played two games behind the plate in interleague (no DH) and Wedge figured it was a good time to rest him both mentally and physically. Says he’ll be back in catching tomorrow.
    ///

    Thanks, Yankeefem. I don’t know how I missed this. That’s reassuring. I don’t want him to be down or stifled. Giving him a break may be good for him.

  22. J. Alfred Prufrock June 23rd, 2012 at 1:44 am

    I am also exhausted, signing off. Good to see Cano be Cano tonight. The Vato conquers tomorrow.

    Goodnight, folks.

  23. yankeefeminista June 23rd, 2012 at 1:48 am

    Mike Ashmore@mashmore98
    Tony Franklin didn’t paint the greatest picture with Cody’s hammy injury…”the injury that’s going to derail his season.” Yikes.
    ______
    From the Trenton perspective, this truly sucks for them.

    JF, OK, just making sure. ;)

    I am out of here as well; I have to now force myself to watch the last three innings of Yanks game again. Ugh. Nova with good fastball command tomorrow, please. ‘Night.

  24. Jerkface June 23rd, 2012 at 1:50 am

    Joe’s analogy really doesn’t work, because a 3 pt shooting team is shooting 3 pters because they are very good at them. And they don’t wait for the 3 because they are bad a free throw shooting (the only RISP equivalent I can think of). In fact, 3 pt shooters should, in general, be good at other types of shooting.

  25. jmills June 23rd, 2012 at 1:56 am

    Yankee fans!,………let’s get some rest; and then,…..bury the mutha’ f#@9’2(s – j

  26. raymagnetic June 23rd, 2012 at 2:30 am

    Actually the best RISP basketball analogy would be fast break points.

    The Yankees are a team that at this point in time are missing easy layups while making more difficult 3 point shots.

  27. jacksquat June 23rd, 2012 at 2:47 am

    I don’t appreciate Joe’s attitude about the hitting.

    We are what we are and there is no sense trying to improve?

    So it’s a beer league softball team.

  28. jmills June 23rd, 2012 at 2:57 am

    Yankee fans! U have a better team than me ? :)

  29. CompassRosy June 23rd, 2012 at 3:26 am

    luis June 23rd, 2012 at 12:22 am
    J. Alfred Prufrock June 23rd, 2012 at 12:14 am

    luis, not sure if he’s hurting or they just want him to take a break, but the Son is off again tonight (which I’m sure you’re already aware of). Couldn’t find any reasoning on the blogs. Any idea what’s going on? Just resting a kid so he can take a breath and a step back?

    ==========================

    Yes, I did know. I think they are giving him a breather, he didn’t looked so well the last time i saw him (4 k’s in 5 chances). Another theory is what Rosy posted the other day (that he is not taking the game seriously), which I think it would be dumb and showing a lack of understanding latino players.

    ~~~~~

    Luis and J Al ~

    Just a clarification re: “not taking the game seriously”…
    the comments and quotes I posted from Wedge and Drayer (M’s reporter) were mostly regarding Noesi and what seemed to be a lack of focus prior to and during games. It was also mentioned that after one of their best games together, Jesus and Hector were giddy about the progress they’d made (good!) but basically ignored the fact that the M’s lost the game (bad). Can you imagine, say, Jeter beaming about his personal success after a loss? It’s about being able to recognize success and progress but having reverence for your teammates and their current state of mind as well. They are young and learning – that’s all.

    As for the M’s not understanding Latino players…
    considering one of THE most revered players in M’s history was Latino and their rotation includes one of the best pitchers in baseball, who also happens to be Latino AND their current roster is nearly one third Latino – I think Edgar and Felix, et al, would disagree.

    ;)

  30. Pat M. June 23rd, 2012 at 3:32 am

    Montero is sitting because there’s no DH as the Mariners are play the Padres……

  31. CompassRosy June 23rd, 2012 at 3:58 am

    http://tinyurl.com/84rjmyd

    ::::: Rookie catcher Jesus Montero wasn’t in the lineup on Friday as he got a third day off in a row, but manager Eric Wedge said he’ll be back Saturday against the Padres.

    With no designated hitter in the Interleague road games, Montero has only been used at catcher this week. He caught the first two games in Arizona, then had Wednesday off. Combined with Thursday’s off-day, Wedge had the opportunity to give the 22-year-old his longest break of the season.

    “I wanted to do that,” Wedge said. “I think it’s a good time for him to have a couple days where mentally and physically he can get away from it a little bit. And we’ll get him back in there tomorrow.” ::::::

  32. Jerkface June 23rd, 2012 at 4:03 am

    Montero is sitting because there’s no DH as the Mariners are play the Padres……

    He isn’t the full time catcher, he is a half-time catcher, which is fine for a young kid. Haters gonna hate.

  33. RadioKev June 23rd, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Good morning, morning people.

    Couldn’t stay up to catch the whole game. Crashed after A-Rod’s HR. Disappointing start from Andy last night. Maybe the rain threw him off. His stuff didn’t look bad, he just wasn’t sharp at all.

  34. Yankee Trader June 23rd, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Good morning Kev-
    Pettitte had nothing that 1st inning, 6 hits and walked 2 of the first four hitters, then settles down and pitches a one hitter the other 5 innings.

    I missed a lot of the latter innings but saw the last inning. Martin hit a long drive to center with Torres making a good grab that could have been a triple. Ibanez walks, Jeter singles-1st and 2nd. Francisco is wild. Granderson takes strike 3 down the middle, and Tex trying for the 3 run homer pops out. Wright was not protecting the 3rd base line, knowing Teixeira couldn’t hit it down the line..

    End of game.

  35. Villa Nova-Ya June 23rd, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Good morning.

    My take on Joe G is that he is not going to be apologetic about being a team that hits a lot of HRs. I would imagine it gets tiring answering the same question every day.

    I do think there are times when it looks like guys are trying to hit a HR when a well-placed single or line drive would get the job done. But not all the time. What bothers me is the strikeouts, though, with guys on base – especially the strike outs looking. Because they look clueless there.

    I agree with Joe G that it will change, because these guys are better hitters than they’re showing. And I think his explanation last night was just simplistic, and I don’t think it’s even worth parsing.

    The three-run HR in the first was the killer. The Turner single didn’t help either…

  36. Villa Nova-Ya June 23rd, 2012 at 7:51 am

    Yankee Trader,

    In that situation I don’t mind Tex trying to put the Yankees ahead. He just missed the pitch. What I minded was Granderson’s at-bat. :(

  37. Yankee Trader June 23rd, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Hi Villa-

    “The key to winning baseball games is pitching, fundamentals, and three run homers.”

    The Yankee players must read Earl Weaver’s quotes.

    Didn’t help that Wade gave up the 6th run, or the Yankees might have taken a different approach in the 9th and brought in Wade as a pinch runner for Ibanez. Steal there, and he scores on the Jeter single-tie score.

  38. blake June 23rd, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Yea Grandy cant be guessing splitter or whatever he was doing there…….bottom line though is that they have pitched on this little 3 game skid….thats the biggest difference between the two streaks.

  39. RadioKev June 23rd, 2012 at 7:58 am

    At the same time, I’m not sure if we can say these guys “try to hit home runs.” I think it’s reasonable to say they try to hit the ball “hard.” It might just be that most of these guys don’t have pure strokes…like Granderson.

  40. Yankee Trader June 23rd, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Granderson just did what he does “worst”-strikeout. :(

  41. Yankee Trader June 23rd, 2012 at 8:02 am

    The Yankees really miss Gardner-his speed and ability to work pitchers counts. Ibanez has done a commendable job in left, but his BA has plummeted the last 4-5 weeks. Jones finally got a hit vs a lefty.

  42. blake June 23rd, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Alex had a couple of good ABs yesterday …..liked that….maybe he will get going…..as I said last night its nice to know he still has that sort of power in there…..that was a classic Alex blast….a dead CF backspin bomb.

  43. Villa Nova-Ya June 23rd, 2012 at 8:06 am

    RadioKev -

    Generally, I agree with you that they don’t necessarily try to hit HRs, but try to drive the ball. But there are times when it sure looks that way.

    It just stinks to lose. No matter how. ;)

    (I think Andy was being the ultimate team player – showing Phil that these little blips happen to everyone ;) )

    And BTW, it was a My9 game – ugh! And I was told this morning that none of the games this weekend are on YES. Bummer.

  44. Wang IS Taiwan June 23rd, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Luis,

    Saw a question you asked about MLB.com audio and the post-game. I’ve only had the stream shut down early twice in about 7 years. MLB usually lets it run until the WCBS starts in with “real news”. Granted, I don’t always listen to the post-game because I try to avoid listening to Girardi as much as possible, but Suzyn’s clubhouse report is good.

    Good luck.

  45. jmills June 23rd, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Hi Blake et all – ” be true to your school ,” even tho’ I prefer the Doors :) Yankees are still #1 so enjoy it! My Jays are going to need Mickey , Harmon and anyone else who can put up 12 per. Should be a fun ride the rest of the way !

  46. Wang IS Taiwan June 23rd, 2012 at 8:12 am

    At what point in the season do we stop saying, “things will change” with regards to hitting with RISP? Just curious. We are no longer looking at a small sample size.

    This just may be what the team is.

    That’s why I agree with MTU when he says the team is one-dimensional and needs to be a little more well-rounded — as far as scoring goes. It doesn’t help that our speed is gone and may not be coming back for a long time…

  47. blake June 23rd, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Jmills,

    Good morning….Keep an eye on the Norris kid in rookie ball in your system….

  48. Yankee Trader June 23rd, 2012 at 8:15 am

    I need to remember to leave the blog when the opponent scores 5 runs in the 1st. The trolling was fast and furious. There was more talk about hockey than baseball.

  49. Keith--PA....no longer FL June 23rd, 2012 at 8:17 am

    The RISP problem has been existent since 2005 in varying degrees (AROD carried us in 2009 or we don;t win)……its the kind of hitters we have in the middle of the line-up…power hitters like Cano (last 2 years especially), AROD, Granderson, Swisher, Tex, etc…all hit the HR but do not hit for high average…..when you dont have a 3-4-5 hitter hitting .315, .330 overall then when their are RISP alot of times they won’t hit…..I mean we lost to Detoit last year b/c we couldnt get one run across with the bases loaded in consecutive innings….it’s the type of hitters we have which is why we really miss Gardner and why we need a #2, or 3 hitter who has a stat line like this…. .325, 14 HR, 125 RBI…..Paul Oneill, Bernie Williams, Melky Cabrera would suffice…..

  50. jmills June 23rd, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Hi Blake – know about him, but trying to keep it low key until things pan out. I remember everyone getting excited regarding Todd Stottlemyer ( at least he scuffed his chin at third vs the Phillies – the W.S. Game of the massive comeback in the city of freedom .)

  51. blake June 23rd, 2012 at 8:18 am

    They need Gardner back and to add a corner outfielder that can push Swisher to DH this year and take over for him in RF next year…..hopefully the first part of that is coming soon….the 2nd I have no idea.

  52. blake June 23rd, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Jmills, yea of course……hes a long ways away but really talented…..I really wanted the Yabks to pick him but you guys took him like a pick or two ahead of them…..yall have a really good GM and are on your way up…..not much you can do this year though when three starters go down…..thats tough.

  53. RadioKev June 23rd, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Wang,

    Good question, but why might this just be the team? What’s the logic, the reason, that they’d struggle so much more with runners on second and third? I doubt the pitchers are just getting better. Take a look at the numbers.

    http://www.baseball-reference......2012#bases::none

    I don’t know what the reason is. As far as I know, the best explanaition is that the team presses or changes their approach in these situations. And can’t that be adjusted?

    Maybe there’s a better baseball reason under the numbers that I can’t get at. The fact that the team hits a lot of home runs has nothing to do with it though, I know that much. That’s totally incongrous logic.

  54. jmills June 23rd, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Its sucks, but at least we didn’t make some temporary trade before that week went down! I am enjoying the season, and hell, if my Jays don’t make it, I get to cheer for you guys :) Today, I’m going to look for my Munson cards and maybe a Guidry or two.

  55. RadioKev June 23rd, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Keith,

    No. The team’s batting average drops way too much when RISP. They hit OK overall, hit great with runners on 1B, and then the AVG plummets. What’s the explanation? Is there something simple that I’m missing?

  56. Yankee Trader June 23rd, 2012 at 8:29 am

    With Gardner out, how do you improve the team now?
    If Dickerson is brought up, Wise is released, and does Dickerson offer much more than Wise? If Grandy needs a rest is Dickerson the answer?
    Mustelier is a 2nd baseman, playing LF.
    Push Abe Almonte up to AAA and rush him up into pinstripes?

    The Yankees have Branyan mashing at AAA, but he’s one dimensional.

    Is there a realistic trade out there? The Royals need a starter but do you really want Jeff Francouer in pinstripes next year too at $6M?

    Inquiring mind needs to know! :)

  57. RadioKev June 23rd, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Yankee Trader,

    I say call up Dickerson. His bat is a little better than Wise’s, and he still has a decent glove/speed. Mustelier is interesting but I’d take the known quantity for now.

  58. Yankee Trader June 23rd, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Blake-

    You want to trade for a corner OF’er, and push Swisher to DH, and take over for hm in RF next year. Are you keeping Ibanez/Jones in left until and if Gardner can return?

    How abot Cuddyer and his $10M/year thru 2014 or Willingham and his $7M/year thru 2014. Their teams are going nowhere this year. What would you be willing to give up to acquire a bat now, based also on what the trading partner needs?

  59. MTU June 23rd, 2012 at 8:42 am

    good morning folks.

    The Pitching got the us the win streak and the lack of pitching is getting us this little skid.

    Our starters are going thru a little rough patch.

    When they get back on track e’ll roll again.

    They could use GGBG to stretch the O a bit.

    The Yanks need to be better situational hitters, or acquire someone who already is.

    Their performance w RISP is dismal.

  60. choochoo June 23rd, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Make sure all you blind Curtis Granderson lovers exercise your daily ability to cast 25 votes for him and get him on this year’s All Star starting team. The .250 hitting, 83 strikeout king, and solo homerun slugger, who plays a miserable center field, deserves everyone’s votes.

  61. blake June 23rd, 2012 at 8:44 am

    “Are you keeping Ibanez/Jones in left until and if Gardner can return?”

    Not if they get Gardner back and trade for a bat…..those guys go to the bench. Willingham would be good but far as I know the Twins say hes unavailable and they hard hard to deal with as well.

  62. MTU June 23rd, 2012 at 8:45 am

    YT-

    My guess is that the Yankees believe they’ll get a fully-functional GGBG back before the TD.

    If not, they’ll bust a move.

    Hike day today.

  63. Wang IS Taiwan June 23rd, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Keith,

    Oh, for a Paul O’Neill!

    You know, Arod and Tex were both signed as high-average hitters with power. Arod’s average over his career is .301. That’s a great average. We all know what’s happened with Tex, and Arod’s just a different hitter now. Where have all the doubles gone?

    We miss Mr. Clutch — the old Matsui. He always seemed to get the hit when we needed to get someone home. He deserved that World Series MVP in spades.

    The Yanks have never had such a horrible average with RISP and I don’t believe it’s a product of hitting HRs. They’ve always been the Bronx Bombers.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~

    Kev,

    I agree with you that hitting the HRs isn’t causing the RISP problem. I’d shake up the lineup for the heck of it and see what happens. But you know Girardi’s not going to do it.

  64. Yankee Trader June 23rd, 2012 at 8:47 am

    MTU-
    Good morning. Are the fires south of Salt Lake affecting you?

  65. MTU June 23rd, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Wang-

    Good morning.

    Abreu and Damon really added to the 2009 magic as well.

    Matsui was the King though.

  66. Wang IS Taiwan June 23rd, 2012 at 8:48 am

    MTU — if Gardner isn’t back soon, they’ll need to do something. Ibanez is already tired and it’s only the end of June. I sure don’t want to keep seeing Ibanez and Jones in the field. That was certainly never the plan. They be OLD men. ;)

  67. Wang IS Taiwan June 23rd, 2012 at 8:50 am

    MTU,

    All of those guys could HIT!

  68. RadioKev June 23rd, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Take a look at the team’s BABIP:

    .299
    .228 w/ RISP
    .315 1–
    .287 -2-
    .226 –3
    .231 12-
    .188 1-3
    .184 -23
    .145 123

  69. MTU June 23rd, 2012 at 8:50 am

    YT-

    No. This place is a tinderbox though.

    I think it’s gonna be like ’07 around here.

    The whole city was ringed by small brush fires most of the Summer.

    I’m escaping to the Mountains today.

  70. blake June 23rd, 2012 at 8:51 am

    MTU,

    Have fun bud….

  71. Yankee Trader June 23rd, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Wang-

    I don’t know what each players average is with RISP, but if you juggle the lineup, or pick it out of a hat, I don’t think you’ll find a 3-4-5 that would do any better than the current lineup with RISP. I suppose they wouldn’t be any worse either!

  72. MTU June 23rd, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Wang-

    GGBG s the simplest and chepest solution.

    Question is, Will he be able to stay healthy ?

    I like YT’s idea of going for Reed Johnson as a stopgap.

  73. blake June 23rd, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Batting average doesnt matter! Useless stat ;)

  74. Wang IS Taiwan June 23rd, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Kev,

    WOW. So we’re not just imagining it! Crazy stats.

  75. MTU June 23rd, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Blake-

    Will do.

    I’d love to playin’ in those Crabtree waterfalls right about now.

    ;)

  76. jmills June 23rd, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Reed Johnson will run thru R or L field walls whichever your pleasure :)

  77. Wang IS Taiwan June 23rd, 2012 at 8:55 am

    YT,

    But who knows unless you try? I’d try something because waiting around for the world to change has not been productive. It’s because of our stellar pitching that we went on a tear — not stellar hitting.

    Shake it up, I say!

  78. blake June 23rd, 2012 at 8:56 am

    MTU,

    Its a little cooler up there for sure…..summer has definitely arrived.

  79. Wang IS Taiwan June 23rd, 2012 at 8:58 am

    MTU,

    I hate to even type this, but I have a bad feeling about Gardner and that elbow of his. I so want him to succeed, but he seems fragile at this point (was it his wrist before this?). Maybe there was too much “GG” in Gardner and now he’s paying the piper. HOPE NOT!

    Have a great hike!

  80. blake June 23rd, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Theo will ask for Banuelos for Reed Johnson.

  81. Yankee Trader June 23rd, 2012 at 9:00 am

    I’ve posted this before. If the Yankees are counting on getting Gardner back 100% doing what he does best-to create havoc on the bases-I believe they are counting incorrectly on a miracle cure from a single platelet-rich plama injection. With his arm in a restrictive brace for a few more weeks, it’s unlikely they will know enough before the trading deadline if he can make it back, and if he can play at less than 100%

  82. Yankee Trader June 23rd, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Blake-

    The Cubs won’t get Banuelos for FA Reed Johnson. Expand the deal for Matt Garza and they’ll ask for him.

    Jair Jurrgens surprised me last night. Maybe the Braves are asking the Yankees for Swisher, willing to unload chronic knee problem Jurrjens?

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