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Yankees postgame: Homer-happy team; bullpen throws strikes

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The Yankees may not be overwhelming with runners in scoring position, but Joe Girardi has to like his power potential. The majors’ leading home-run-hitting team scored all its runs on homers in the 4-3 win over the Mets. The Yankees are up to 42-28 overall and 41-15 when they launch at least one homer.

“When you think about our club, they’re in scoring position when they walk to the plate,” Girardi said. “That’s the kind of club we have. They hit the ball out of the ballpark and we win games.”

Terry Collins said:  “They can get you in a minute. There’s not a guy in the lineup who can’t hit the ball out of the ballpark.”

Still, the Yankees were getting nowhere with Chris Young, who owned a two-hitter after six.

“He was using his fastball, sneaky fastball,” Raul Ibanez said. “You look up and think it says 84, 85 and it seems a lot harder than that.”

But Ibanez erased the 3-0 lead with one swing against Young before Eric Chavez delivered the go-ahead shot off Jon Rauch. Ibanez now has 11 homers and 35 RBI.

“He’s just a guy who gives you a solid at-bat every time he goes out there,” Girardi said.

Ibanez said: “I was just trying to get a guy in. … I think it was a big lift for us.”

The bullpen provided another big lift, going 3 1/3, allowing no runs and two hits, and picking up eight of the 10 outs via strikeouts.

“Outstanding again,” Girardi said after using five guys to navigate through.

Boone Logan certainly did his job against two lefties with the potential tying run at third in the seventh. The lefty fanned Lucas Duda and Dan Murphy to end the inning.

“I think the consistency of his slider has been much better,” Girardi said. “And he has grown as a pitcher.”

David Robertson walked two and fanned three in the eighth.

“I’m at the point where I might be able to use him two games in a row,” Girardi said.

Russell Martin left in the ninth with stiffness in his back. Girardi said he will be a reserve tonight.

The Mets were the ones who struggled with runners in scoring position, going 1 for 14.

Collins was shorthanded because Ike Davis had to be scratched with food poisoning and Frank Francisco was unavailable due to a sore left oblique.

This game drew the largest crowd in Citi Field history, 42,122.

Tonight’s Subway Series finale on ESPN has the marquee matchup, CC Sabathia vs. R.A. Dickey.

 

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51 Responses to “Yankees postgame: Homer-happy team; bullpen throws strikes”

  1. Rich in NJ June 24th, 2012 at 12:19 am

    I viewed this game as the most important of the series. A very good win.

  2. jackamir June 24th, 2012 at 12:37 am

    In basketball a lot of teams live and die on the jumpshot. In Baseball, especially Yankee baseball, you live or die with the Longball. Its not good or bad, its the way this team is constructed. Their batting averages are going to be in the middle of the pack but their run differential will always be impressive…..

  3. Against All Odds June 24th, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Its not good or bad

    ———————

    It is bad because in the post season they will be facing top pitchers and need to manufacture runs. They can’t rely on the HR.

  4. Rich in NJ June 24th, 2012 at 12:43 am

    Who’s the last team to win the NBA championship without an inside game?

  5. jackamir June 24th, 2012 at 12:47 am

    Nobody has an inside game anymore. There is a true lack of centers who are dominant scorers.

  6. Rich in NJ June 24th, 2012 at 12:51 am

    Right, there are power forwards instead. LeBron/Bosh. Dirk/Chander. Duncan. Bynum/Gasol. Garnett.

    You don’t win NBA championships without an inside game.

  7. jackamir June 24th, 2012 at 12:55 am

    Basketball has become a two or three player game on offense. Pick & Roll you to death.

  8. Rich in NJ June 24th, 2012 at 12:58 am

    You’re point was that NBA teams live and die with the jump shot. The teams that win championships have players that can take the ball to the hole.

    In fact, it’s far more possible that the Yankees can win a WS with this all or nothing offense than it is that an NBA can win one by just relying on outside shots.

  9. GreenBeret7 June 24th, 2012 at 1:00 am

    Against All Odds June 24th, 2012 at 12:39 am
    Its not good or bad

    ———————

    It is bad because in the post season they will be facing top pitchers and need to manufacture runs. They can’t rely on the HR.

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    These weren’t exactly dog meat pitching staffs NYYs have been facing over the last month and a half, and they were tagging them for homers by the bushel full.

  10. raymagnetic June 24th, 2012 at 1:03 am

    There aren’t any stats to backup your manufacture runs theory.

    The facts are that power and patience, good pitching and good defense win you championships.

  11. Against All Odds June 24th, 2012 at 1:21 am

    GreenBeret7 June 24th, 2012 at 1:00 am

    Against All Odds June 24th, 2012 at 12:39 am
    Its not good or bad

    ———————

    It is bad because in the post season they will be facing top pitchers and need to manufacture runs. They can’t rely on the HR.

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    These weren’t exactly dog meat pitching staffs NYYs have been facing over the last month and a half, and they were tagging them for homers by the bushel full.

    —————————————————————————————————-

    True they were not dog meat but we all know in October you can’t live off the HR. It reminds of the PHX Subs yrs ago. Ppl would rave about their fast pace offense but they loss every yr in the PS.

  12. Rich in NJ June 24th, 2012 at 1:28 am

    There’s no facts to back up that pitching wins, and if defense is so important, the Yankees need to worry.

  13. CompassRosy June 24th, 2012 at 1:40 am

    Speaking of homers, here’s a FUN FACT…

    with Saunders’ homer at PetCo tonight, the M’s now have 51 home runs on the road, second only to the Yanks who have 52. Granted, the M’s have played a few more road games than most teams but, considering they hit only 52 road homers ALL of last season, it’s safe to say the improvement is significant.

    Just don’t make me talk about how they are fairing at home.

    But, I’m counting on a lot of good, pin-striped vibes headed in a westerly direction next weekend.

    ;)

  14. RS June 24th, 2012 at 2:04 am

    I have come to believe that there is no specific way to win in the postseason. Frankly, the Yankees in ’09 were one of the most HR happy teams in baseball history, and they pretty much lived by the HR throughout the playoffs.

  15. theREALkevin June 24th, 2012 at 2:22 am

    It’s not that it sucks to hit a lot of home runs. Its just not good to be over reliant on one method of scoring runs. Because if that one method slumps in a short series, you’re done. It could be that your team thrives on small ball. If that abandons you in a short series, you don’t have the power to bail u out. If you hit nothing but homers, but go into a power drought in a playoff series, you’re done.

    You want to be diverse in the way that you can score runs and win games, and this years version of the Yankees don’t have that. Doesnt mean they aren’t a good team. It’s just not necessarily ideal.

  16. m June 24th, 2012 at 2:25 am

    Ike Davis with a case of salmonella?

    Let’s win the series so the chicken poop can fade away. The Mets are treating it like a turning point or something. Acting downright juvenile protecting their new “mascot”.

  17. MTU June 24th, 2012 at 7:04 am

    Good morning.

    Couple of things :

    Can’t believe I still hear people not appreciating how good Ivan Nova is.

    I’d still like to see the Yankees diversify their attack.

  18. blake June 24th, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Morning MTU. Agree on both counts.

    From last night…..Quentin is interesting ….just not sure who id give for him…..

  19. Bronx Jeers June 24th, 2012 at 7:56 am

    I’d still like to see the Yankees diversify their attack.

    —————————————————

    They did. 3 run homer then a solo shot. :wink:

  20. MTU June 24th, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Blake-

    Good morning.

    I’m interested in an Abreu-type.

    By the way, did you see he is hitting around .290 again w the Dodgers.

    A guy like Reed Johnson might be a nice fill in.

    Don’t think he’d cost much. Not sure if he is available.

    Looks like Youkilis will be gone soon.

  21. MTU June 24th, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Jeers-

    And tell me again how well the Yankees do when they don’t the bomb ?

    ;)

  22. MTU June 24th, 2012 at 7:59 am

    edit: “hit the bomb”.

    Sorry Jeers.

  23. blake June 24th, 2012 at 8:06 am

    MTU,

    I thibk how badly they need an outfielder and what level player they need greatly depends on Gardner….

  24. MTU June 24th, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Blake-

    I agree with that.

    Can we count on him to stay healthy though ?

    YT has made the point that w his type of injury he may be at risk for
    further issues.

    And also that we may not be able to fully determine his status before the TD passes.

    With or without him it might be smart to take out some cheap extra insurance.

    ;)

  25. blake June 24th, 2012 at 8:11 am

    If Gardner can come back I think they can manage….it would reduce the urgency to do something if he can go back to LF and then Ibanez and Jones could platoon the DH. I think in an ideal world they would add somebody anyway to upgrade the DH spot….but if Gardner can play thats more of a luxury deal that you make of something comes along that really makes sense…..

    If Gardner cant get back however then they need to make a move for an outfielder before the deadline…..

  26. MTU June 24th, 2012 at 8:13 am

    How about replacing Jones w Johnson ?

    Or deleting Wise.

  27. blake June 24th, 2012 at 8:14 am

    MTU,

    Yea its a concern…..Ive stated many times that I thouht Cashman’s top lriority right now should be finding a controllable outfiekder to take Swishers’s place next year and also to give then depth this year……this player may not be out there though….hard to say.

  28. MTU June 24th, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Blake-

    Quentin was good once upon a time.

    Not anymore.

    More of a power than gap-type guy.

  29. Yankee Trader June 24th, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Good morning MTU and Blake and anyone else who comes on while I’m slowly typing. Have an interesting article on Yankees woes wirh RISP but first

    Gardners return will depend on how well he responds to the PRP treatment, and since it’s not a cure all, if he can play thru some discomfort, and help the team. Will he be instructed to not slide head first?

    Now to the article:

    “The Yankees’ inability to come through in the clutch has not been lost on Joe Girardi or the hitters he pencils into the lineup each night. However, despite being asked about the problem after just about every game, no one seems to have any answers, at least none better than Russell Martin’s. “It just sucks,” the catcher recently replied when asked about the team’s malaise with men in scoring position.”

    The team’s .218 batting average with runners in scoring position ranks as the second worst franchise mark since 1952, only two points better than the 1967 club, which lost 90 games

    http://www.captainsblog.info/2.....lem/16156/

  30. yanks61 June 24th, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Rich in NJ June 24th, 2012 at 1:28 am
    There’s no facts to back up that pitching wins, and if defense is so important, the Yankees need to worry.

    —————————————————————————

    Really?

    Good morning Blake, BC and MTU – the Sunday early birds.

    So if there are no facts, then what is this?:

    *Pitching – almost always – wins.*

    From the Hardball Times last year:

    http://www.hardballtimes.com/m.....pionships/

    Since the first World Series (excerpt):

    “• Only 22 of 106 winners had better hitting than pitching (20.75 percent)
    • Only eight of 40 winners had better hitting than pitching in the divisional era (20 percent)
    • Only two of 16 winners had better hitting than pitching in the dead-ball era (12.50 percent)
    • Since the offensive-centric Reds of the 1970s, aka The Big Red Machine, only five of 33 have had better hitting than pitching (15.15 percent)
    • The average World Series winner had an OPS+ of 103.47 and a median of 104
    • The average World Series winner had an ERA+ of 113.84 and a median of 113
    • Thus, on average, the winner has an ERA+ of 10.37 more than its OPS+”

    —————————————————————————————–

    The above is an excellent, in depth analysis for those who are interested enough to read it. But while I have always supported the “facts” presented in this overview, I have an open mind. I’d be happy to see facts that support the opposite view – that hitting almost always wins. Obviously a good balance of both is best, but pitching is clearly predominant in so far as the facts I’ve so far seen are concerned.

    Now to further that point with current stats, as of today, the top ten pitching teams in MLB are:

    Washington, LA Dodgers, Pittsburgh, LA Angels, Tampa Bay, San Francisco, Cinncinati, Texas, Oakland, Baltimore.

    Of these top ten, WASH, LAD, PITT, CINN and BALT are all at the top or near top of their divisions.

    The top ten hitting teams are:

    Texas, St.Louis, Boston, Colorado, Philadelphia, Arizona, Detroit, San Francisco, LA Dodgers.

    Of these top ten, only Texas and San Francisco are at the top or near top of their divisions. And both those teams are also top ten pitching teams! Otherwise of those top ten hitting teams, STL, BOS, COL, PHIL, ARI and DET are all under .500 or barely above.

    Oakland is in top ten pitching but dead last in hitting. WASH is THE top pitching team and in first place even though they are among the bottom 5 hitting teams. PITT and TAMPA are both near the bottom in hitting, yet still very competitive.

    The conclusion is once again obvious: PITCHING WINS (almost always!)

    The Yankees are 11th in pitching and 10th in hitting, in the top third of both categories. A pretty balanced act at the moment. I think that their superior bullpen has also helped to keep them where they are. If I had my druthers, I would of course hope they get BOTH more hitting and pitching. However, with decent hitting, pitching will, much more than not, keep you at the top.

  31. MTU June 24th, 2012 at 8:36 am

    “However, despite being asked about the problem after just about every game, [Girardi encourages his players to just keep swinging for the fences.] ”

    See I fixed that for ya’.

    No need to thank me.

    ;)

  32. choochoo June 24th, 2012 at 8:37 am

    When people clamor over and over again for Gardner, perhaps they need to take a closer look to the numbers he put up in 2011. Including his stats against left handed pitching, his overall stats in August and September, and his genrally miserable season.
    People forget that he came into 2012, slotted as a platoon player. Never in the history of baseball has a player gotten so much better merely by being on the disabled list for two months.

  33. Yankee Trader June 24th, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Blake-

    By controllable OF’er do you want someone that becomes a FA at the end of the 2013 season, a player playing in their walk year. Would a player then be availble to take his place from the minors? Abe Almonte? Maybe even one of the Charleston OF’ers, if the Yankees would take a chance and promote one or two of them[Austin, Williams] at least to Tampa now.

    That player could be someone like Jeff Francouer at around $6M next year, although I’m only a fan of his defense. The pickings aren’t so hot for players that become FA’s at the end of 2013.

  34. MTU June 24th, 2012 at 8:41 am

    How would you rate the chances of the Yankees keeping Swisher ?

    99%

    70-30

    50-50

    30-70

    Almost 0

  35. MTU June 24th, 2012 at 8:42 am

    YT-

    You have only 2 choices :

    Reed Johnson

    or

    Justin Upton

  36. choochoo June 24th, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Curtis Granderson-
    3 for his last 26. (3 singles)
    9 strikeouts in his last 6 games
    .248 Batting Average for the year
    Precipitous drop in offensive production from April to May to June
    Poor defensive rating in centerfield
    A .266 career hitter

    Everyone should cast those 25 daily votes to get this stikeout king on the starting All Star Team so that the 15 Million Dollar Salary incentive can kick in for next year
    What a joke

  37. Yankee Trader June 24th, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Yanks61-

    Good morning to one of my favorite posters from my favorite Yankee year!!

    Those Yankee stats look like pitching 11th, based on ERA, and 10th hitting, based on BA.

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/t.....order/true

  38. blake June 24th, 2012 at 8:45 am

    MTU,

    Quentin has like a 1.1 OPS this year.

  39. MTU June 24th, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Blake-

    Maybe I should have checked first.

    :(

    I’ll go walk the mops as punishment.

  40. blake June 24th, 2012 at 8:53 am

    “When people clamor over and over again for Gardner, perhaps they need to take a closer look to the numbers he put up in 2011.”

    Gardner is streaky as a hitter…..but when hes hitting hes dynamic and gives the Yanks a layer to their offense that they dont have now……and also hes a true difference maker defensively ….saves tons of runs.

    Trader,

    Id love to add a guy with long term control….but that may be impossible…..a guy who is a FA after 2013 would be fine as well. Cash should be considering all options……call about buy low candidates like Dom Brown and Snider and LoMo…..call about guys like Choo, Willingham, Cuddyer etc who are signed through next year……then call about thr rental like Quentin and see if anything fits.

    The Yanks may believe a guy like Austin could be ready by 2014…..and in that case they just need stop gaps…..but thats unknown at this point and if they want that then they need to move Austin up soon…

  41. johnfish June 24th, 2012 at 8:54 am

    When people clamor over and over again for Gardner, perhaps they need to take a closer look to the numbers he put up in 2011. Including his stats against left handed pitching, his overall stats in August and September, and his genrally miserable season.
    People forget that he came into 2012, slotted as a platoon player. Never in the history of baseball has a player gotten so much better merely by being on the disabled list for two months.
    ======================================
    Amen

  42. yanks61 June 24th, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Yankee Trader

    You are correct, I reversed them. Thanks for catching that – and thanks for the compliment. I’m happy to return the compliment by saying that you are certainly amongst my favorite posters – aways rational and interesting – and you post a WHOLE lot more than me.

    I was 16 and totally blown away by that year’s team. The only time I ever kept daily clippings. Heavens knows where they are now! Anyway, nice to know that we 61ers still remember our favorite year!

  43. Yankee Trader June 24th, 2012 at 8:54 am

    YT-

    You have only 2 choices :

    Reed Johnson

    or

    Justin Upton
    ———————————

    Well let’s see. Justin Upton is having an off year, but is a talent worthy of Towers demanding no less than two of the top minor leaguers in the system, plus more, no matter that Cashman gave him a job.

    Reed Johnson is a pure 4th OF’er, a FA, .290 hitter vs lefties and righties, who can fill in anywhere in the OF and would cost, I would think, a minor prospect. He could even be resigned as a 4th OF’er next year.

    Swisher would be resigned only if some team friendly contract for no more than 2 years with a 3rd year option can be worked out. Little chance of that.

  44. NYYanksFan June 24th, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Chick(en)s dig the long ball!

  45. blake June 24th, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Quentin only has 68 ABs though so its a small sample…..hes not a 1 OPS player……so it would depend on askig price with him being a rental.

  46. austinmac June 24th, 2012 at 9:00 am

    One thing I like about Quentin is his strike out rate is low. He has never has 100 Ks in a season. He has some pop. Does anyone know if he has the arm to play right?

  47. Yankee Trader June 24th, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Blake-

    LoMo? Is that Logan Morrison, the current LF/1B for the Marlins?

    I agree with you. I believe the Yankees need another OF’er now. Gardner, IMO, will not be ready to play before the TD, and even if he is, I believe his head first basestealing, if not curtailed, will risk reinjuring his right elbow. Since it’s his biggest asset as well as his defense, if he is not 100%, he offers no more than being a 4th OF’er.

  48. Tidrow June 24th, 2012 at 9:05 am

    How about Alex Gordon as an option for the outfield. He’s a guy with unfulfilled potential who might thrive here in New York surrounded by the big name hitters in this lineup. I know his numbers haven’t been great but Paul Oneills’ weren’t either before he came to NY and blossomed.

  49. blake June 24th, 2012 at 9:05 am

    “LoMo? Is that Logan Morrison, the current LF/1B for the Marlins?”

    yea….down year….Miami is close to falling out of the race….and he’s never really saw eye to eye with management down there…..he can hit….knee is a concern though.

  50. Yankee Trader June 24th, 2012 at 9:05 am

    New Post, while I look up the last time Carlos Quentin played RF——->

  51. blake June 24th, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Gordon just signed a pretty big contract for the Royals so I’m assuming they see him as a long term piece…..also the way he’s playing this year that contract seems like a lot.

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