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Yankees postgame: Overcoming injuries and a warm June

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The Yankees haven’t been fazed by this long run of bad injury luck this season. This 4-0 win over Chicago stopped their two-game mini-slide and marked their 16th victory in the last 21 games.

I asked Joe Girardi after the game about what their mindset has been in the face of all these injuries.

“Just to keep going,” Girardi said. “Just go a day at a time. I think people realize that there’s still a lot of talent in that room, that no one’s going to feel sorry for us, can’t feel sorry for yourself. People have got to step up. Every team is usually going to go through injuries. The teams a lot of times that overcome those injuries are the teams that play in the playoffs.”

During the first inning, I also asked a guy who knows a thing or two about leading a team past injuries and about winning Super Bowls for his view on the Yankees’ situation. Giants coach Tom Coughlin, who was here to throw out the first pitch, says he keeps an eye on what’s happening here.

“Adversity does make you stronger,” Coughlin said. “They’ve had a couple of setbacks. But I think they’re prepared for this kind of thing, and I think they’ll come through this very strong.”

They were strong overall in June, going 20-7, the first time the Yankees have been at least 20-game winners in a calendar month since August 2009 and only the second time since 2004. The warm month has coincided with Robinson Cano heating up.

“I think he’s a really big part of it,” Girardi said. “He’s had some really big hits for us this month. He’s been a real force in the middle of our lineup. … He’s really started to swing the bat and it changes us for sure.”

He finished June with 11 homers in the month, although Cano insists he has been nothing different.

“That’s quite a pace,” Girardi said. “If he can do that every month, he can end up with a lot of homers.”

Cano hit his 19th overall, a solo shot that gave him at least one RBI against the White Sox in 10 straight games. No Yankee had done that since Babe Ruth in 1931.

Curtis Granderson sees room for improvement elsewhere.

“Hopefully if we all get on the same page, we can have an even better month in July than we did in June,” Granderson said. “It was definitely a good month.”

It doesn’t seem like Hiroki Kuroda can get much better. He was just outstanding again, matching his career high with 11 Ks and allowing three singles over seven, two of them coming in the first.

“I think the whole game, he was in control,” Chicago manager Robin Ventura said. “Moving it in and out … working the slider. He just never really gave anybody a good pitch to hit in a hitter’s count.”

Kuroda said through his interpreter that all the strikeouts kind of surprised him since he isn’t a power pitcher. He’s 5-1 with a 1.65 ERA over his last seven starts. Girardi thinks his arm strength has improved.

“I think I’ve been really aggressive lately,” Kuroda said.

Dewayne Wise has been getting a chance to play lately and he keeps showing up in the picture, be it flying into the stands for the catch that wasn’t really a catch, or pitching Friday night and retiring both batters he faced, or delivering a career-high-tying three hits as the starting left fielder in this game, including a solo drive to the second deck in right and an RBI double.

“It’s been crazy,” Wise said. “It’s been a lot of fun.”

Wise is 7 for 11 with five RBI on the homestand. He had four hits and no RBI in his 30 at-bats before this stretch.

“Just some opportunity and he’s taken advantage of it is what he’s doing,” Girardi said. “He’s swinging the bat real well.”

Sunday is Old-Timers’ Day. The ceremonies are scheduled to start at 11:15, and the Old-Timers’ game will follow. The series finale is scheduled for 2:05 with Phil Hughes and Gavin Floyd the pitching matchup. YES will televise the whole slate.

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233 Responses to “Yankees postgame: Overcoming injuries and a warm June”

  1. UnKnown June 30th, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Kuroda = BOSS

  2. We Want Mo Mo June 30th, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Tarheel, No I didnt see the 60 minutes with Djoker, but I will google it. I knew of Borg’s antics, but I never saw that documentary either. I dont remember which, I think it was after this year’s Aussie Open, but his speech after one of his slams about his love and admiration for Serbia was really touching.

    jpmatrix, youre an idiot. These same loser bostonian artists/actors take shots at the Yankees all the time. And as I previously said, no Boston Broadcaster would utter the name of a Yankees fan artist in any other fashion than to insult that artist.

  3. ron June 30th, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    “I think the whole game, he was in control,” Chicago manager Robin Ventura said. “Moving it in and out … working the slider. He just never really gave anybody a good pitch to hit in a hitter’s count.”

    Kuroda said through his interpreter that all the strikeouts kind of surprised him since he isn’t a power pitcher. He’s 5-1 with a 1.65 ERA over his last seven starts. Girardi thinks his arm strength has improved.

  4. Jerkface June 30th, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Orioles acquire Jim Thome from the Phillies

  5. mick June 30th, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Cano has to be in the lead for MVP with his and the Yanks hot June.

  6. mick June 30th, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    shook hands with Thome, he nearly broke it. such a nice guy..

    met him in fla when he was with cleve.
    he was alone in the park hitting em out of the park from the plate off a tee.

  7. blake June 30th, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Hiro was in fact a hero today.

  8. austinmac June 30th, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    I hoped for a Kuroda signing simply because he has stuff. He has a fastball than translates in any language or league. Plus, he strikes me as mentally strong.

    Next they need Hughes to pitch well. He is very important at this point.

  9. mick June 30th, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    met him in winter haven when they had belle, hershiser, baerga, justice, manny, others…
    orel was riding a bike down the driveway we pulled in on.

  10. mick June 30th, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    I hoped for a Kuroda signing simply because he has stuff. He has a fastball than translates in any language or league. Plus, he strikes me as mentally strong.
    =====================================
    he’s got a lot of matsui in him..

  11. 4 NYY June 30th, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    mick June 30th, 2012 at 6:48 pm
    Cano has to be in the lead for MVP with his and the Yanks hot June.

    ——————————-

    Hamilton & Cabrera might have the lead. If Cano had hit better with RISP he would for sure. IMO

  12. mick June 30th, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Kuroda pitched like an Ace today.

  13. ron June 30th, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Only a matter of time before the mariners trade king felix.
    They aren’t going anywhere for a while,and it will take time for their minor league prospects to develop,they have a lot of pitching,and king felix is going to get very expensive.

  14. Pat M. June 30th, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    ron……..The LA Dodgers are big time players to beef up their staff……They are going to make a huge push for Cole Hamel this winter…..And much like CJ Wilson signed a coming home contract with The Angels, it’s been long speculated that Cole want to pitch for The Dodgers……..Not certain if they’d be players for King Felix, however they want Matt Garza for a run this season, and their not opposed to taking Soriano off the Cubbies hands if the cash considerations can be worked out…….Dodgers are going to be not just a playoff contender, but a World Series contender for awhile…….The new big player on the block…..

  15. mick June 30th, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    would like to see more of wise in LF…

  16. CompassRosy June 30th, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    “Only a matter of time before the mariners trade king felix.”

    ~

    my response to a recent poll re: trading Felix in the M’s forum I frequent…

    http://tinyurl.com/7s3kmdy

  17. Pat M. June 30th, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    CompassRosy……I could see King Felix being moved for the right offer, however what organization has enough blue Chippers to make it happen ???? It’ll be a huge haul of young talent…….He could change a club from being a mere playoff contender to a club with a chance to win it all…….

  18. blake June 30th, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Felix wont bring what he used to…..hed still bring a lot but his salary discludes a lot of teams that have the best prospects…..they should trade him…..but they may have missed the boat on the hershal walker package they could have got for him.

    Yanks need to ride the Wise wave until he stops hitting

  19. blake June 30th, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    ” what organization has enough blue Chippers to make it happen ???? I”

    The quesrion really is what organization will trade those prospects plus taking on 20 million a year in salary? Thats a tough call for a pitcher that could get hurt

  20. ron June 30th, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    A lester,ellbury,maybe more package.

    If i am seattle i go for 3 players,2 being on the verge of breaking out,and major league players,like lawrie,and kipnis,and a top pitching prospect,that is close,or a young ml pitcher with a ton of upside.

    Not sure if seattle can pull it off but their time is running out to pull it off.

  21. tomingeorgia June 30th, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Seattle is stuck with Felix until his contract runs out. Who wants a late model Corvette with 240,000 miles at a new Vette price?

  22. Pat M. June 30th, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    ron / blake…..LA Dodgers !!!!

  23. blake June 30th, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Dodgers dont have the prospects I woudlnt think ….

    Trading Lester and Ellsbury for Felix makes Boston worse..

  24. ron June 30th, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    I would not be shocked if he wen’t to the dodgers at all.
    Kershaw,king felix together,and if they somehow can add hamels,wooooooooooow.

  25. blake June 30th, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Whata prospects do the Dodgers have? Their farm system isnt very good. If I were Seattle Id go to Texas and say…..gimmi Profar, Olt, and Martin Perez and the King is yours.

  26. Pat M. June 30th, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    blake…….You’ve put together a very attractive package, however Texas might have to swallow hard several times when you figure in Felix’s contract…….They have some serious financial issues to deal with moving forward……Dodgers are loaded with money once again now that McCourt isn’t skimming 30 % off the top

  27. Melkmanisinhotlanta June 30th, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Dewayne is amazing! Did he have dinner with Aaron Small recently?

  28. tomingeorgia June 30th, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Melkman,
    No, Hank Aaron.

  29. blake June 30th, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Pat M,

    yea the Dodgers def have the $ to take on Felix…..question is would they have the players to deal for him?

  30. blake June 30th, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    The chances of the Phillies trading Shane Victorino may be greater than the chances of them trading Cole Hamels. The Dodgers, Reds, and possibly the Yankees could be fits for the outfielder, who originally asked Philadelphia for a five-year extension. They’re unwilling to give him a contract that long.

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com

  31. blake June 30th, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    6 shutout inning for Betances is certainly nice to see.

  32. jacksquat June 30th, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    blake June 30th, 2012 at 10:13 pm
    6 shutout inning for Betances is certainly nice to see.

    3 walks in 6 innings, better…

  33. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 30th, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    melkman – I’ll have you know that getting Dewayne was my recommendation in April!

    :)

  34. Bret The Hitman June 30th, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Austin Jackson is tearing out my heart.

  35. BX33 June 30th, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    “Austin Jackson is tearing out my heart.”

    Could have been looking at a 2014 OF of Melky-Jackson-MWill all under 30

    Meanwhile, we have to pay Granderson $100+ million as a 33 yr old.

  36. There Will Never Be Another Mo June 30th, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    “LHP Manny Banuelos and RHP Jose Campos are both still in Tampa rehabbing their respective elbow injuries according to Mike Ashmore. Doesn’t sound like either is close to a return.” RAB

    Just have the inevitable surgeries already. At least then they can start the rehab clock to returning to baseball in 2014.

  37. jacksquat June 30th, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    There’s no use crying over spilt melk.

  38. yankeefeminista June 30th, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Great job by Dellin and Ashmore re: video of all Betances’ pitches: http://thunderbaseball.wordpre…..on-demand/

  39. yankeefeminista June 30th, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Good story on Heathcott. He should be back in CF in a couple to 3 weeks: http://www.milb.com/news/artic…..=news_milb

    With Abe on the DL, Yanks should move Flores up to Trenton. He’s killing it. And another nice outing by Turley in that game.

    Ravel finally starting to hit: 3-5.

  40. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 30th, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    I think the Sux are crazy to have DFAd McDonald. Having said that, I’m happy they did. The guy could play!

  41. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 30th, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Of course, if you buy into the fiction that a player would be doing in the Bronx exactly what he is doing somewhere else, I guess you could really be eaten up on a daily basis.

  42. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 30th, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    I liked it much better when Cody Ross was DLd. I find him highly annoying! When I first started playing fantasy baseball and had no clue how to set up my roster in terms of the ESPN point system, I remember asking The Answer Guys to take a look and suggest to me where I needed to shore up. They told me I needed some power-hitting utility players and told me to try to get someone like either Jack Cust or Cody Ross.

  43. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 30th, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    GO MARINERS!

  44. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 30th, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Buying into the “I wish we had” fiction can also cause one to overvalue the coveted player and undervalue what you have right in front of you. In fact I would posit that is probably the case more often than not.

    The other man’s grass is always greener

    The sun shines brighter on the other side

    The other man’s grass is always greener

    Some are lucky, some are not

    Just be thankful for what you’ve got

  45. Jerkface June 30th, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Could have been looking at a 2014 OF of Melky-Jackson-MWill all under 30

    Meanwhile, we have to pay Granderson $100+ million as a 33 yr old.

    Melky would be a FA regardless of what team he is on, so no we wouldn’t have been looking at that OF. If we can’t sign Melky now, we wouldn’t be able to sign him were he on our team to begin with.

  46. Melkmanisinhotlanta June 30th, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    “melkman – I’ll have you know that getting Dewayne was my recommendation in April!”

    He seems like a good clubhouse guy and certainly steps out of his comfort zone. A very nice addition. Your perspicacity is quite delicious! :)

    Ajax is only going to get better…it hurts to see him in Detroit. We will be saying the same thing about Montero :(

  47. LGY June 30th, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    LMAO. Dwight Howard wants the NBPA to file a blackmail complaint against the Magic and get his opt-in rescinded.

  48. rm June 30th, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    I find it strange that some people here are upset hat Granderson is playing so well that we will have to pay him more in the future.

  49. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 30th, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    :lol:

    melkman, just when I thought I couldn’t love you any more, I find that I do! You referencing my perspicacity just put you at the top of the heap. You are officially the bomb!!!

    :)

    **********

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    Even though she looks like Wayne Newton, kd lang absolutely blows me away. Wish I could sing like she does.

    Great site for music! http://www.getalyric.com/mp3/l.....jah-73132/

  50. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 30th, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    rm – it is kind of out there. First of all, it’s the Yankees money, not “ours”. Secondly, if he’s playing the way we need him to, why begrudge him more money?

    Sometimes it seems that the thinking here gets really distorted and people are distracted by things that absolutely shouldn’t concern them, literally and figuratively!

  51. Against All Odds June 30th, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    LGY June 30th, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    LMAO. Dwight Howard wants the NBPA to file a blackmail complaint against the Magic and get his opt-in rescinded.

    —————————-

    I saw that earlier.

    It can’t be true can it lol

  52. jmills June 30th, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Trish,……..my Jays,……rock :)

  53. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 30th, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    I know this is going to sound strange because I know that my baseball perspective is really atypical. But when I see Yankee prospects going to teams and doing well it really makes me happy for them and also proud that they came from the Yankee organization.

    I love that Tyer Clippard is shining for the Nats. And I love that Ajax is tearing it up for the Tigers. I guess I kind of feel that they’re somehow still our guys (even though of course I know they’re not.)

    I do draw the line with the Sux. For whatever reason all of that ardor automatically disappears on the rare occassions that the Sux luck into one of our players.

    Meanwhile, there’s a great game going on in Seattle. This is the second game in three nights that the Sux and Mariners are scoreless, tonight into the 6th. The other night was a total heartbreaker, with the Mariners thrilling their fans with a walkoff in the bottom of the 9th, the score ending up 1-0, Mariners.

    You can imagine how broken my heart was !

    :D

  54. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 30th, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    j mills – your Jays rock big time!!!! May they continue to rock!

    :)

  55. jmills June 30th, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Trish,…….rock on!

  56. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 30th, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    jmills, if you have Extra Innings and detest the Sux as much as I do, you might want to tune into the Mariners game. M’s have runners on 1st and 2nd, nobody out. Here’s hoping hayseed Beckett coughs up a furball!

  57. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Is ANYBODY else watching this game? If so, :D !

  58. jmills July 1st, 2012 at 12:00 am

    O.K.- I want the sux to lose lopsided too!

  59. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 12:02 am

    2-run double, Mariners 2-0!

    And the AL East continues to give! John Jaso won the game in the 9th the other night, and just hit a long double to plate 2 runs!

    :)

  60. jmills July 1st, 2012 at 12:03 am

    God Bless America ! And my Jays are,……still in it :)

  61. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 12:05 am

    You betcha they are! Remember that the faith of a mustard seed can move mountains. That and knowing that the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic and the 100th anniversary of fenway are both happening this year – and there is great significance to that!

    :)

  62. jmills July 1st, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Trish – 100 years Titanic – in year about 1917, a munitions ship was hit off Halifax and killed 6000 plus – horible.

  63. jmills July 1st, 2012 at 12:09 am

    Sorry, ……horrible.

  64. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 12:09 am

    What I find so beautifully impressive is that your Jays are still in it, despite the injuries to the most important part of your team- the rotation. It just goes to show the resilience, strength, and determination of your team.

    By the way, I took a lot of heat for rooting for the Jays earlier. But it has nothing to do with the Jays per se, it’s that it’s an AL East team. And I totally understand why posters would feel that way. I do. However, it’s the way I’m wired. So that’s that.

    :)

  65. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 12:12 am

    “Trish – 100 years Titanic – in year about 1917, a munitions ship was hit off Halifax and killed 6000 plus – horible.”

    Horrible indeed. As an aside, I’m also haunted by the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

    :(

  66. rm July 1st, 2012 at 12:18 am

    I thought Seattle might have pinch hit Jesus for Olivio with the bases loaded to give this board something to talk about but they didn’t

  67. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 12:19 am

    League in in the 7th. I’ll have to ask Rosy when he lost the closer role. Damn. This isn’t the way to start an inning after scoring two.

    COME ON BRANDON!

  68. jmills July 1st, 2012 at 12:20 am

    Yes, Trish,…….wreck of Edmund.

  69. rm July 1st, 2012 at 12:21 am

    All we need to do is sweep the final 7 games before the ASB and we are guaranteed at least a 9 game lead over both Boston and TB

  70. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 12:23 am

    rm – :lol:

  71. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Good sign for the Mariners. Melancon is up.

  72. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 12:24 am

    Oh my aching back.

    Well, all I can say is that it will hurt even more when the Sux end up losing.

  73. rm July 1st, 2012 at 12:25 am

    Remember when we used to root for Melancon? Oh well he’s the enemy now

  74. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Hurt the Sux, not me!

  75. rm July 1st, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Time for bed. Goodnight.

  76. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 12:30 am

    Yeah, I guess I shouldn’t be so flippant about Melancon. After all , he didn’t ask to be traded, nor did he ask to be brought up by the Yanks when he was.

    I know that at the beginning of the season he really was terrible for the Suxers. So that’s what I was thinking about. If he’s back up, maybe that means he worked out the kinks in AAA.

    I have to root for him to fail, but I have to admit that I have some soft feelings for him. He hasn’t been with the team from hell long enough for me to feel he’s one of them – if you know what I mean.

  77. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 12:30 am

    Night rm.

    :)

  78. jmills July 1st, 2012 at 12:32 am

    Tom Seaver,………..rules!

  79. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Is Seaver doing thhe broadcast for the Mariners? I have the Sux broadcast.

  80. jmills July 1st, 2012 at 12:47 am

    Trish, I don’t know – just always loved Seaver :)

  81. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 12:48 am

    Unless you meant Kyle Seager, and I missed something.

    :)

    Well jmills, I think I will power down and just enjoy the Mariners win bedside.

    I will talk to you tomorrow!

  82. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 12:49 am

    Just saw your post. You’re funny, jmills!

    Well, GO MARINERS! and have a good night.

    :)

  83. CompassRosy July 1st, 2012 at 12:54 am

    trisha – true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 12:19 am
    League in in the 7th. I’ll have to ask Rosy when he lost the closer role. Damn. This isn’t the way to start an inning after scoring two.

    ~

    Hey ECS!

    Brandon lost his job ’round the end of May.
    Wilhelmsen (the Bartender) has been closing ever since…
    He’s 2-0 with 6 saves (and NO earned runs) since taking over in the 9th

    ~

    Nice, Figgy!

  84. Melkmanisinhotlanta July 1st, 2012 at 1:01 am

    Trisha, Oh but I do remember your early posts displaying the breadth and depth of your insight and NYY knowledge. The level of perspicacity was intoxicating. You are the fuse to da bomb! :)

  85. UnKnown July 1st, 2012 at 1:15 am

    “Trisha, Oh but I do remember your early posts displaying the breadth and depth of your insight and NYY knowledge. The level of perspicacity was intoxicating. You are the fuse to da bomb! :)”

    —–

    Sock Puppet and or Pathetic??

  86. CompassRosy July 1st, 2012 at 2:02 am

    And Figgy wins it!
    whodathunk it!?!

    I’m sure SoSH is a basket of roses right now :)

    I wonder how different this game would have been had Erasmo had not gotten injured…

  87. jmills July 1st, 2012 at 2:18 am

    Hi Trish ! – told my daughter I like writing to you guys. She concurs!!!

  88. We Want Mo Mo July 1st, 2012 at 2:24 am

    Thank God Dwight opted in, or he’d be headed to the Celtics right about now.

    Yeah, yeah, I know he “wants the Nets” but if he was a UFA, nobody can be stupid enough to not know the Celtics wouldve beaten down his door and he’d have gladly joined them, then become the greatest center of all time, the best scorer of all time, and never have gotten called for another defensive foul for the rest of eternity. Also, he’d mature in a heartbeat, after he swapped spit w Kevin Garnett, and never whine about anything again, except refereeing, which is the norm for every boston athlete.

  89. jmills July 1st, 2012 at 2:32 am

    Sir Trisha! – thanks for the support, girl! Take care of yourself!!!

  90. igotid88 July 1st, 2012 at 3:37 am

    austinmac June 30th, 2012 at 7:04 pm
    I hoped for a Kuroda signing simply because he has stuff. He has a fastball than translates in any language or league. Plus, he strikes me as mentally strong.

    Next they need Hughes to pitch well. He is very important at this point.
    ———————

    He has been pitching well for the last 2 months.

  91. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 6:54 am

    WCS – saw it and couldn’t stop smiling. It was a great way to go off to sleep!

    Make today the trifecta!

    :)

  92. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 7:54 am

    “Sock Puppet and or Pathetic??”

    Under the “he who smelt it, dealt it” theory, I’d say we would need to ask the same of the questioner, “Unknown”. Sock puppet and or pathetic??

  93. yankeefeminista July 1st, 2012 at 8:00 am

    igotid88 July 1st, 2012 at 3:37 am
    austinmac June 30th, 2012 at 7:04 pm
    I hoped for a Kuroda signing simply because he has stuff. He has a fastball than translates in any language or league. Plus, he strikes me as mentally strong.

    Next they need Hughes to pitch well. He is very important at this point.
    ———————

    He has been pitching well for the last 2 months five years.

    Fixed. :mrgreen:

  94. yankeefeminista July 1st, 2012 at 8:03 am

    That was re: Kuroda. Huuuuuughes too will continue to thrive.

  95. yankeefeminista July 1st, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Article on Betances: http://www.milb.com/news/artic.....=news_milb

  96. GregD July 1st, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Kuroda Nova and Hughes……who would have thought our big three a month ago?

  97. GregD July 1st, 2012 at 8:21 am

    yankeefeminista July 1st, 2012 at 8:08 am
    Article on Betances: http://www.milb.com/news/artic…..=news_milb
    ————-
    Thanks!

  98. randy l. July 1st, 2012 at 8:28 am

    “Kuroda Nova and Hughes……who would have thought our big three a month ago?”

    it’s safe to say that would not have been trisha’s guess.

    however in her defense, their success now brings tears to her eyes :)

  99. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Ah yes, randy, it does. And I’m sure you’ll be hopping with delight when Pineda stars for the Yanks, despite all of your public misgivings and protestations.

    Won’t ya.

    :D

  100. Yankee Trader July 1st, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Good morning.

    Trisha -don’t you ever sleep?

  101. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 8:35 am

    And for someone who continues to say he didn’t really care about Kuroda one way or the other, you somehow seem to feel the need to act as if you gave birth to him! Whyso?

  102. mick July 1st, 2012 at 8:37 am

    ah, the good old days….

  103. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 8:39 am

    YT – actually I’m not usually up as early as I was today. But since I go to mass on Sunday, once I woke up I figured I’d just go to a earlier one than usual, so I stayed up.

  104. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 8:42 am

    “ah, the good old days….”

    Yes, the good old days. With randy always needing to keep me close at heart!

    :lol:

    I cannot lie. It’s unrequited, since the only time he comes to mind is when I see my name in one of his posts!

  105. Yankee Trader July 1st, 2012 at 8:46 am

    YF-

    Thanks for the article updating Betances.

    Still feel the Yankees need another bullpen arm, now. Both Phelps and Garcia will have limits on their pitch counts in their next outings and then there is that DH next weekend in Fenway. How long will the sidearming duo of Rapada and Eppley, fool the other teams batters? Wade needs his CU back. Robertson working on regaining his velocity. Soriano reminds me of the days John Wetteland would come in for a save-hold your breath and pray for a 1-2-3 inning.
    Logan has been solid.

    Aardsma has some elbow discomfort, which I just hope is related to breakdown of some adhesions, which would keep him on track for a return, but probably now after the trading deadline.

    Find me another reliable bullpen arm! :)

  106. randy l. July 1st, 2012 at 8:46 am

    “And I’m sure you’ll be hopping with delight when Pineda stars for the Yanks, despite all of your public misgivings and protestations”.

    …and don’t forget prognostications :)

    actually i see pineda having the potential to be a very good end of the game reliever, maybe better than soriano.

    his delivery screams injury as a starter. closing or 8th inning would be much easier on his arm with that off balance delivery.

  107. Villa Nova-Ya July 1st, 2012 at 8:50 am

    yankeefeminista – -

    Thanks for the article. I had seen the stats on the game. But it’s nice to get his perspective, too. I am really rooting for Dellin, because he’s seemed lost. Sometimes we all need a “reset.”

  108. randy l. July 1st, 2012 at 8:52 am

    “And for someone who continues to say he didn’t really care about Kuroda one way or the other, you somehow seem to feel the need to act as if you gave birth to him! Whyso?”

    it’s just really fun seeing you be so wrong :)

    no, i never cared one way or the other about him until you expressed so much disdain for him.

    then i noticed he was second on the team in ERA when you wanted him removed to the bullpen.

    but that’s water over the dam because we’re both very happy he’s doing so well being the yankees best starter so far.

  109. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 8:59 am

    What’s even more fun for me is that it doesn’t phase me in the least that I was “so wrong” since my being wrong is actually the best thing in the world for my purposes – having the Yanks win, win, win!

    So I guess you could say that my being “so wrong” just hurts so good!

    :D

    Pitching, pitching, pitching, pitching, and more pitching. I just can’t get enough!

  110. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 9:04 am

    “it’s just really fun seeing you be so wrong :)

    I wish I could say that you mattered as much to me, but, you really don’t! When you’re wrong, I chuckle to myself and move on. Of course, when others trumpet it, as they frequently do, I do get a good laugh. But do you mean enough for me to bother with it myself? Nah. You just don’t there, sluggo!

  111. Yankee Trader July 1st, 2012 at 9:05 am

    The true “1st half Ace” of the staff has been Hiroki Kuroda, who could easily have 2-3 more wins if the hitters would back him up with runs like they do the others. He gets less than 3.5 runs support a game.

    Not counting Pettitte because he hasn’t been here the entire 1st half. Therefore Kuroda leads the starters in ERA-3.17, WHIP-1.22, QS-10.

    Now his fastball has come back. He’s a smart pitcher and has always been good, and I’m glad and confident when he’s the Yankees starting pitcher.

  112. Yankee Trader July 1st, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Randy and Trisha can you give it a rest?

  113. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 9:06 am

    mick and YT – great site for any song you want to find!

    http://www.getalyric.com/

  114. randy l. July 1st, 2012 at 9:08 am

    “Pitching, pitching, pitching, pitching, and more pitching. I just can’t get enough!”

    you’d think you’d learn more about it being so interested in it .

    of course , you’ve got me to help you when you get it so wrong.

    … and you know you can count on me to help you from getting too far off course :)

  115. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 9:09 am

    YT – note who started it. Note who ALWAYS starts it.

    You don’t care? Well, I do.

    Once you heroes start getting on randy for always stirring the pot, I’ll listen to what you have to say. But if you’re only going to jump in when I decide to poke him back, well then it will fall on deaf ears.

    BTW, there have been people who have asked him to stick a sock in it. Alas, his memory is short.

  116. Yankee Trader July 1st, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Kuroda pitched with such precision, mixing his offspeed stuff with a 93-mph sinking fastball, that he racked up 11 strikeouts, tying his career-high, and got 10 of them swinging.

    Afterward, he said he thinks he talked himself into his early-season troubles, at least to some degree, because he was aware of the potential difficulty in changing leagues.

    “Early in the season,” he said through his interpreter, “I was facing batters I hadn’t faced before, and I was trying to be really careful with my pitches, and I was falling behind in the count, making it more difficult on myself.

    “But since then I’ve been more aggressive and pitching my game.”

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....z1zNO5yjdh

  117. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Can’t trust ya randy. Too many times you’ve been caught “misinterpreting” either intentionally or unintentionally. Or as someone so beautifully pointed out one night in reference to something you misinterpreted either intentionally or unintentionally, “somewhere an angel is crying into his pocket protector”.

    :D

    But thanks for playing!

    Have a good day now, ya hear? Hopefully you’ll have lots of business that will keep you far far away.

    :)

  118. LGY July 1st, 2012 at 9:15 am

    So…Joe Paterno wasn’t such a great guy after all, huh?

  119. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 9:16 am

    LGY – remember all the heat some of us took for questioning Joe Paterno?

    Paterno was a scumbag.

  120. Villa Nova-Ya July 1st, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Looking at the league leader stats in the paper this morning. One thing that strikes me as remarkable is that Curtis Granderson doesn’t have the triples he had last season.

  121. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 9:18 am

    All you have to do is ask this question: If McCready (sp?) saw Sandusky doing (whatever he told Paterno) to Paterno’s grandchild, would Paterno’s course of action been exactly the same?

    If the answer is “no” then he’s a scumbag.

  122. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Villa, how are his other stats compared to last year? Is he on the same course in terms of homers?

  123. Yankee Trader July 1st, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Went to the Michael Jackson Immortals Tour last night. If you have a chance to go, it’s terrific.

    Attached a 2 minute video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5kPTl4jEFo

  124. blake July 1st, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Kuroda stepped up yesterday….that was a big time start….not only because they won the game but because another short outing by the starter could have led to lasting effects on the bullpen…..he went out and dominated and hopefully swung some momentum back in the Yankees favor….he was a stopper and provided exactly what they needed……a huge get by Cashman so far.

    Howany guys come to the Yankees and actually EXCEED expectations?

  125. Yankee Trader July 1st, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Granderson leads team in homers and RBI’s.

    I believe his SB’s are down. 6 so far in 9 tries.

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/team/st.....rk-yankees

  126. blake July 1st, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Granderson hits too many over the fence to get a lot of triples anymkre….and YS is a bad triples park…..luckily homers are better than triples

  127. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 9:28 am

    YT – that looks phenomenal! I’m going to have to look at their schedule!!!

    ***************

    “Howany guys come to the Yankees and actually EXCEED expectations?”

    Off hand, can you think of anyone else? Because I can’t!

  128. Yankee Trader July 1st, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Howany guys come to the Yankees and actually EXCEED expectations?
    ——————————

    Blake-
    Good morning and good question.

    Quite a few in the last two to three years.

    Colon
    Garcia
    Eppley
    Logan
    Rapada
    Wade
    to name a few pitchers and

    hitters:
    Swisher
    I would put Granderson there
    Ibanez for sure

  129. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 9:30 am

    “Granderson hits too many over the fence to get a lot of triples anymkre….and YS is a bad triples park…..luckily homers are better than triples”

    :)

    That’s why I wondered about his HR rate at this same time last year. It’s probably exactly that, blake, that his triples have turned into homers.

  130. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 9:33 am

    YT, I guess that question has to be extremely subjective, right? Because Colon and Garcia certainly didn’t exceed my expectations.

    So then I guess we get into the territory of, whose expectations are they, anyway?!

    ;)

  131. Yankee Trader July 1st, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Blake-

    Find me another reliable bullpen arm before tomorrow.
    Why?
    Both Garcia and Phelps will have limits placed on their pitch counts and there is a DH in Fenway next weekend.

    Anyone potentially available thru trade?

  132. Villa Nova-Ya July 1st, 2012 at 9:43 am

    So I looked it up.

    Last year Granderson had 10 triples and 41 homeruns.

    He had 3 Tr/20 HR at home and 7 Tr/21 HR away.

  133. Yankee Trader July 1st, 2012 at 9:43 am

    OH, let me add the “Wise man.” He definitely exceeded my expectations.

    Trisha-No way you knew Colon would be successful after he had stem cell and platelet-rich plasma therapy on his right arm :)

  134. Villa Nova-Ya July 1st, 2012 at 9:45 am

    He had 7 Tr /25 HRs in the first half
    He had 3 Tr/ 16 HRs in the second half.

  135. yankee21 July 1st, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Granderson has exceeded expectations in the power department. Other parts of his offensive game it could be argued he has regressed. Defensively he is pretty solid but he does tend to have trouble picking up line drives at him.

    Ibanez, he has met expectations. .230 hitter with some power. No great shakes, but I think the problem with him is not him its the amount of playing time in LF that he is getting is wearing him out. If he is used strictly as a DH or PH against RHP, he is proving adequate.

  136. yankee21 July 1st, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Dewayne Wise is an excellent #5 OF. Used any more than that he will quickly become exposed. He just does not have the bat. That said he’s played good ball over the last week or so.

  137. mick July 1st, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Phelps will go in TB on Wed. and could be sent down for the Boston series to be replaced by Mr. TBD.

  138. Yankee Trader July 1st, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Peavy peeved:

    He said the Bombers’ lefthanded hitters were focused on one thing when they step into the box, and that’s getting the ball over the short porch in right field.

    “Every guy is standing right on the plate,” Peavy said. “How many balls get hit to the left side of the field? None. They have no interest in hitting the ball that way.

    “Except Robinson Cano,” Peavy added. “That’s why he’s hitting .300, because he will use the whole field. Those guys are great hitters, so why wouldn’t you? They hit the ball in the air and it’s a home run.”

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....z1zNX9KAF5

  139. mick July 1st, 2012 at 9:51 am

    We will be set for Boston with Kuroda, Hughes, Freddy and Nova. The pen will be ok.

  140. yankee21 July 1st, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Peavy is right. I wasn’t able to watch the game but that is the Yankees M.O. for the most part.

  141. randy l. July 1st, 2012 at 9:52 am

    “.he was a stopper and provided exactly what they needed……a huge get by Cashman so far.

    Howany guys come to the Yankees and actually EXCEED expectations?”

    blake-

    despite me teasing trisha about being so wrong about kuroda i’ve always been aware that the flip side of teasing trisha is that it was a cashman move.

    kuroda was definitely one of his better ones. i’ve always thought he’s good at signing players.
    developing is another story, but his free agent record is pretty good. where would the yankees be without sabathia ?

    cashman is good at scrambling. look at chavez/small or colon/garcia
    cashman is just not god at getting things right the first time. he has to do a lot of trial and error.
    i do hope the yankees slide him sideways soon now that development is being more and more important.

    have cashman there as part of the management team for the big signings, but let someone else make the decisions with young players.

  142. mick July 1st, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Wise should start everyday in LF vs rightys…until he stops hitting , right now he’s on fire.

  143. Villa Nova-Ya July 1st, 2012 at 9:53 am

    This year he has 0 Tr/14 HRs at home, 1 Tr/9 HRs away.

    There have been 40 homes games so far, and 37 away games.

  144. Villa Nova-Ya July 1st, 2012 at 9:55 am

    I just want to be very clear that I am not criticizing Granderson, nor do I have any agenda at all. I was simply remarking that I hadn’t realized until I looked at the leader stats that he wasn’t there in triples.

  145. randy l. July 1st, 2012 at 9:56 am

    * ” just not good at getting things right the first time”

  146. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Villa, is there a way that you know of to get to stats at a particular point in time? In other words, is there a way to find player stats as of July 1, 2011?

  147. mick July 1st, 2012 at 9:58 am

    When I think back on the Wise non-catch, it seems that DiMuro might have been sleeping but then again Wise has a great rep as an OF, perfect game catch and all.

    No need to show him the ball…

  148. austinmac July 1st, 2012 at 9:58 am

    I didn’t see any cheap homers yesterday. Sorry Peavey, but when a guy pulls one 400 feet, it is a homer.

    I don’t see how Wade can pitch in a competitive game. He looks like one of many relievers who have short lived success. They are now short in the pen.

  149. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 9:58 am

    YT – I didn’t even know he had that plasma treatment at the time!

    :)

    I think I typically have high expectations, especially for veteran players like Colon and Garcia, both off whom had had great success in the past.

  150. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Peavy was peaved! (sp, I know.) :D

    Does he really have the right to even make comment on how the Yanks choose to hit? If he didn’t serve up the pitch, they couldn’t it it!

  151. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 10:00 am

    couldn’t hit it

  152. Yankee Trader July 1st, 2012 at 10:01 am

    The comments by Peavy bring up an interesting thought. If you are a FA right handed starter and when you talk to Peavy at the ASG in a few weeks and ask him what it’s like to pitch in YS, are you going to have second thoughts about signing with them in the ofseason? Doc Halladay had the same concerns.

    Kuroda is pitching great in YS. He has given up 12 homers, but 5 in 59.2 innings pitched at home, and 7 homers in 42.2 innings pitched away.

    Will the lure of wearing pinstripes overcome that fear, plus the budget limits going forward?

  153. yankee21 July 1st, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Wise should start everyday in LF vs rightys…until he stops hitting , right now he’s on fire…..

    I agree.

  154. mick July 1st, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Why was Peavy peeved?
    He was just stating factually what he saw.
    Their approach to hitting = slugging.
    House That Ruth Built, ya know?

  155. 86w183 July 1st, 2012 at 10:04 am

    What a whiner! All three HR went into the second deck.

    It’s not even debatable what playing a lot of OF has done to Ibanez:

    As a DH .310 / .356 / .690

    As an OF .217 / .276 / .395

  156. yankee21 July 1st, 2012 at 10:04 am

    By the way Jake Peavy, did he not come back from the dead, or what? What a comeback by this guy.

    Same can be said for Dunn and Rios, although with these guys it wasn’t injury related. Questions need to be asked by Chad what’s in the water on the SS of Chicago these days?
    Maybe NYY needs to get some of that water…

  157. mick July 1st, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Will the lure of wearing pinstripes overcome that fear, plus the budget limits going forward?
    ========================================
    The Yanks philosophy going forward is to get players that want to play here.
    If, for less money, I’m sure all the better to Hal.
    Kuroda welcomed playing here.
    We want players/gamers who feel their best shot at a title is here in NY.

  158. Villa Nova-Ya July 1st, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Last year for Granderson:

    Triples through June:

    2 in April (1 in Toronto, 1 at Home)
    3 in May (1 at Home, 1 in Baltimore, 1 in Seattle)
    2 in June (1 at Wrigley Field; 1 at Home)

    He had 11 HRs and 7 Triples through June of 2011.

    Baseball-reference.com, 2011 splits.

  159. Villa Nova-Ya July 1st, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Poor Peavy. ;)

  160. austinmac July 1st, 2012 at 10:07 am

    I agree Wise should play today against Floyd. Highest is a fly ball pitcher and Wise can run them down. Ibanez at DH.

    This week they face Moore, Shields and Price, get a day off and then play 4 in 3 days in Fenway. I’d love to see then go 4-3.

  161. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 10:07 am

    yankee21 – I was thinking about that the other day, how Ozzie Guillen left town and how the ChiSox are in 1st place and how the Marlins are in 4th place. And Guillen certaainly wasn’t given chopped liver for a team in Florida.

    Makes me wonder.

  162. mick July 1st, 2012 at 10:08 am

    One thing Cash is good at is finding guys off the scrap heap. Hungry players who raise their sights once they come to NY.
    The bullpen and SP is his specialty but pickups like Wise, Ibanez, Nix, Chavez and even Jones and Stewart present a formidable bench.

  163. austinmac July 1st, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Hughes– dontcha love spell check

  164. Villa Nova-Ya July 1st, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Maybe being Ozzie free has helped?

  165. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Very interesting, Villa, if I’ve stated the stats correctly.

    11 HR and 7 Triples through June of 2011.

    23 HR and 1 Triple through June of 2012.

  166. yankee21 July 1st, 2012 at 10:14 am

    One thing Cash is good at is finding guys off the scrap heap. Hungry players who raise their sights once they come to NY….

    It can be argued most GMs are good at finding guys off the scrap heap too. You just don’t hear about it as much as a follower of the NYY as that is the narrative in play by the media regarding Cashman.

    I think Cashman is a lousy GM and I can’t wait to be rid of him.

  167. Yankee Trader July 1st, 2012 at 10:15 am

    I’m glad you got a laugh from Peavy’s peeving.

    Mick-

    I agree that the Yankees should focus on starting pitchers who want to be Yankees, who feel that it’s their best shot at a title. Then again there are the budget concerns in 2014. Do you take less money and/or years to get that chance next year if you are Greinke or Hamels? Are you and your agent concerned that the Yankees might not resign Granderson, or Swisher, or even Cano because of those constraints?

    Does money trump the lure of pinstripes, now?

  168. mick July 1st, 2012 at 10:16 am

    So Cash gets credit for nothing?
    He can only do wrong.
    Who cares about the media?
    You can see with your own eyes what these guys have done.

  169. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Villa, I definitely think there’s something to the Ozzie-free part of it. And it makes sense. What player wants to be berated and thrown under the bus? And anyone think that the “average” player would play better being trashed by his manager? Cripes, that’s their one safe place, or it should be.

    As much as fans may criticize Girardi for never “telling it like it is” when his players aren’t doing well, he’s one hell of a support system for his players. And you know what? They reward him well.

  170. 86w183 July 1st, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Gotta upgrade your research skills kids:

    Last year Granderson had 21 HR thru June….. 7 in April, 10 in May, 4 in June

  171. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Hey, I was just quoting what I saw on this page!

    :)

  172. blake July 1st, 2012 at 10:19 am

    “Anyone potentially available thru trade?”

    I don’t think I’d go after relief pitching via trade right now…..I think they can make due and it’ll be cheaper as the deadline nears if they need it.

    “Every guy is standing right on the plate,” Peavy said. “How many balls get hit to the left side of the field? None. They have no interest in hitting the ball that way.

    wow….lets call the wha’mbalance for Jake Peavy….none of those homers were cheap and would have went out anywhere….make better pitches to lefties man

  173. 86w183 July 1st, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Didn’t know who started it so I didn’t name names… no worries

  174. Villa Nova-Ya July 1st, 2012 at 10:20 am

    No, trisha.

    He had 21 HRs through June 30th, 2011.

  175. mick July 1st, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Do you take less money and/or years to get that chance next year if you are Greinke or Hamels?
    ==========================================
    They prolly do not as most wouldn’t but this theory applies more to role players.
    Superstars will go for the dough. Great starters , as well.
    But we have plenty of those at the moment with our HOF IF + Granderson, who they will resign.

  176. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Guys – we all know that my math skills are less than admirable!

    I guess I just proved it once again.

    Hmmm.

    How did I come up with whatever I did! It’s not even close!

  177. 86w183 July 1st, 2012 at 10:22 am

    I wouldn’t make a move til after the ASB and I know what CC’s status is going forward. Phelps gets one start, Freddie two.

    I bet most would take 4-4 right now.

  178. mick July 1st, 2012 at 10:22 am

    “Every guy is standing right on the plate,” Peavy said. “How many balls get hit to the left side of the field? None. They have no interest in hitting the ball that way.

    wow….lets call the wha’mbalance for Jake Peavy….none of those homers were cheap and would have went out anywhere….make better pitches to lefties man
    ============================
    How is this a grievance by Peavy?
    Did he use the word , “cheap.”
    He seems to be giving credit where it’s due.

  179. Villa Nova-Ya July 1st, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Trisha -

    I left out a month of HRs! My eyes got crossed I think.

  180. blake July 1st, 2012 at 10:23 am

    “have cashman there as part of the management team for the big signings, but let someone else make the decisions with young players.”

    can’t argue….I do think with Cashman though we need to look at the bottomline with what he’s done…..how many other GM’s teams have made the playoffs every year except 1 since 1995? The Yankees do have the highest payroll….but there are other high payroll teams that have missed the playoffs many many times during that time span…..I think Cashman is good at certain things…..I just wish they would consider acquiring an execute with experience with lower payrolls and someone who has a good track record at developing pitching……wish they could have kept Towers on somehow

  181. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 10:23 am

    “He had 11 HRs and 7 Triples through June of 2011.”

    Does that not say 11 HR through June of 2011? What am I missing here?

  182. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Villa, phew! I thought I was losing my mind.

    Thanks!

    :)

  183. randy l. July 1st, 2012 at 10:24 am

    “Every guy is standing right on the plate,” Peavy said. “How many balls get hit to the left side of the field? None. They have no interest in hitting the ball that way.”

    well gee jake, you’d think your catcher could use that to your advantage and jam the hell out of the hitters.

    of course maybe he knows you can’t consistently hit spots.

  184. Villa Nova-Ya July 1st, 2012 at 10:25 am

    It’s a pain because they separate the months, but don’t give a monthly sub-total on the page I was on. Perhaps they do so, but I haven’t found it yet. So I went line by line. Also, have kids sitting here with me.

  185. blake July 1st, 2012 at 10:25 am

    I like Peavy but it looked like he was just in whine mode yesterday….looked like he showed up De Aza one time as well on the first ball Wise hit in the gap….like wondering why he was shaded the way he was…..he made some mistakes to the Yankees left handed hitters and they made him pay…..

  186. mick July 1st, 2012 at 10:25 am

    we should go 5-3 this week with a win today, 2 of 3 in TB and at least a split in Boston.

  187. Villa Nova-Ya July 1st, 2012 at 10:26 am

    (And I was more focusing on the Triples and where they were hit.) I should know better than to do this on the fly!!!

  188. mick July 1st, 2012 at 10:28 am

    . They have no interest in hitting the ball that way.”
    ==============================
    Tex gave up on that a long time ago.
    Why play into the other teams hands by going for a weakness.
    Pull it over the shift. Pull it into the short porch.
    Seems like smart baseball to me.

  189. Villa Nova-Ya July 1st, 2012 at 10:28 am

    I can’t blame Peavy for being a little “pissy.” He’s been pitching pretty well and getting no support from his powerhouse team (that scored 14 runs the night before). I’m not certain, but I think he also has been going up against some pitchers just having slightly better games than he. I bet it gets pretty frustrating. Just ask Kuroda!! Who was finally on the plus end of it.

  190. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Villa, believe me I’m not criticizing you. I was just confused and figured I had screwed up since I am wont to do that when it comes to real intricate math skills, like adding and subtracting!

    :shock:

  191. Yankee Trader July 1st, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Mick-

    I hope they do resign Granderson and at the same time field a very competitive team.

    What about Swisher. He’s tied with Granderson in most RBI’s at 46. He’s 3rd amongst regulars in slugging% after Granderson and Cano. He wants to be a Yankee. Where do you get his production? What if he’s willing to resign at the same dollars-10M/year 3 year contract?

  192. Villa Nova-Ya July 1st, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Ha!!!

    I just found out how to do it!!! There’s a little key at the bottom of the page that tells you how to get totals for a particular period.

    Definitely 7 triples and 21 HRs through June 29th. There was no game on June 30 last year (or he didn’t play in it).

  193. Villa Nova-Ya July 1st, 2012 at 10:32 am

    I didn’t think you were criticizing, but I had to double check to see what I did wrong. :)

  194. mick July 1st, 2012 at 10:33 am

    blake-
    remember we were thinking 21-10 to the ASB would be a great stretch back when they began with TB on 6/5.
    They are 18-6 since with 8 left, look s like we were right on the money.

  195. mick July 1st, 2012 at 10:35 am

    What if he’s willing to resign at the same dollars-10M/year 3 year contract?
    ===============================================
    Swisher will go where the money is.

  196. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 10:38 am

    “Swisher will go where the money is.”

    Hmmm. Not so sure about that.

  197. mick July 1st, 2012 at 10:39 am

    how much less would swisher take to stay a Yankee?

  198. Yankee Trader July 1st, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Another article to stir debate. Do you have the same concerns? If Rivera comes back, do you hope he opts out so the Yankees can use the money elsewhere?

    “Soriano: 1.84 ERA, 17 saves — hopefully he untucks and opts out.”

    http://nomaas.org/2012/07/sori.....-opts-out/

  199. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Dunno, mick. But if he loves being a Yankee, maybe he would take less. Others have offered to do it, like Beltran and Pedro (I think Pedro offered a home-town discount). I guess it depends on just how much being a Yankee means to him, as opposed to potentially making several mil more per year. It’s such an individual thing, pretty impossible to gauge.

  200. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Great ambivalence on the Sori opt out. A lot more questions than answers.

    If he doesn’t opt out, what is his role on the team? EIG? Sharing the eighth? There’s no way you share the closer role with Mo, and there’s no way anybody should.

    If he opted out, I would hope it would be just until Mo leaves, and then he could be brought back. But how plausible is that? Does DRob want to be an EIG the rest of his career? Would he automatically be groomed for that role if Sori left?

  201. Villa Nova-Ya July 1st, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Frankly, I hope Soriano stays.

    I hope Mariano makes a full recovery and comes back as he was, but there’s no way to know that will happen.

  202. 86w183 July 1st, 2012 at 10:47 am

    The 2013 payroll isn’t the big concern, 2014 is. Still hard to see them paying Mo $ 15 M and Soriano $ 14 M.

    Of course I keep predicting Mariano will not return — it’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

    I could see the Yanks making that kind of offer to Swish. I wouldn’t rule out him accepting it. No one on this team has a better understanding of the value of being happy with where he is and who he’s playing with.

  203. mick July 1st, 2012 at 10:48 am

    If Mo , who might not be back til mid season, comes back and Aardsma and Joba return, DRob could close for awhile, if Sori opts out.

    Who will pay him more than 14m?

  204. Yankee Trader July 1st, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Mick-

    Swisher is making 10.25M in his walk year. If the Yankees offered him 3/30 with incentives, would he stay? Would he sign a 2/25M contract, with the Yankees hoping then that one of the kids at Charleston could be ready to match his prodution?

  205. blake July 1st, 2012 at 10:49 am

    “They are 18-6 since with 8 left, look s like we were right on the money.”

    hopefully it stays that way

  206. mick July 1st, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Swish might be offered a 1 year deal at a slight raise…

  207. blake July 1st, 2012 at 10:51 am

    unless the Yankees will use Soriano’s 14 million to do something else useful then it makes the team worse for him to opt out at this point…..as mentioned the 2013 payroll isn’t as big an issue as the 2014 payroll and Soriano will be off before 2014 either way…..

  208. DONNYBROOK July 1st, 2012 at 10:52 am

    - YANKEES BULLPEN REPORT -

    (1) BOONE LOGAN – Has appeared in 4 of previous 8 games. 2012 Total = 39 of 77 games.

    (20 RAFAEL SORIANO – Has appeared in 4 of previous 8 games. 2012 Total = 32 of 77 games.

  209. blake July 1st, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Swisher is going to get one shot at a big contract…..he’s never really had one so this winter is his chance….he’ll take the money if somebody offers him a big deal

  210. blake July 1st, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Cafardo On Yankees, Ichiro, Greinke, Orioles
    By Zach Links [July 1 at 9:16am CST]

    In today’s column, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe wonders why other clubs weren’t more aggressive in their pursuit of third baseman Kevin Youkilis. The veteran, he argues, would have been a perfect fit in Cleveland where Travis Hafner was sidelined for a time. The Pirates and Dodgers also could have used a boost at first base, but ultimately backed away when the talks got serious. At the end of the day, White Sox GM Ken Williams got his man at the deadline and Cafardo praises him for it. Here’s more from today’s column..

    Yankees GM Brian Cashman wants to find starters in place of CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte from within, but if that’s not possible, he’ll look outside. One National League GM said that while the Astros’ Wandy Rodriguez would be a good fit, he doesn’t believe he is of particular interest to them. Cashman is more likely to gravitate toward Matt Garza, Ryan Dempster, and even Zack Greinke.

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com

  211. Yankee Trader July 1st, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Who will pay him more than 14m?
    ————————-
    No-one will pay Soriano 14M next year if he opts out, BUT Boras might get him a guaranteed 3/30M with or without incentives. If he gets that and wants to still pitch at age 33[12/79 b-day], might the security of 3 years convince him to opt out?

    Just my opinion, but Rivera will be healthy enough by ST to pitch again if he wants to. Don’t think he’ll want or demand, or get a 15M one year contract.

  212. austinmac July 1st, 2012 at 11:01 am

    I don’t see a Soriano opt out as agreat thing. Mo is a question until he comes back. He had a very significant injury.

    I still like Greinke.

  213. MG July 1st, 2012 at 11:02 am

    I don’t know where these rumor sites get their information-CC is going to miss one more start, why should they trade for a pitcher based on that?

    As for Andy, Garcia will most likely do a good job now that he’s throwing the ball better than early in the season plus they have another option in Phelps.

    This is absolutely the wrong time to make a trade for a pitcher and with Wise on a hot streak the best move is to just keep riding him until something changes-that could be a game, a week or a month but right now he is just raking.

  214. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 11:05 am

    austinmac – I am over the moon about Sori.

    But I have some pragmatic questions. Play this out with me. Should Mo come back and Sori not exercise his opt-out, what is Sori’s role?

  215. blake July 1st, 2012 at 11:06 am

    yea they really should keep playing Wise against RHP until he stops hitting….he makes their defense better and he’s killing the ball right now……that part will probably fade at some point…..but ride the wave while you can.

  216. blake July 1st, 2012 at 11:08 am

    I like Greinke as well…..he is the type starter that could put the Yankees over the top in a playoff series…..but the price is going to be high…..not sure I’d pay what it will be.

  217. jacksquat July 1st, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Peavy peeved:

    He said the Bombers’ lefthanded hitters were focused on one thing when they step into the box, and that’s getting the ball over the short porch in right field.

    “Every guy is standing right on the plate,” Peavy said. “How many balls get hit to the left side of the field? None. They have no interest in hitting the ball that way.

    “Except Robinson Cano,” Peavy added. “That’s why he’s hitting .300, because he will use the whole field. Those guys are great hitters, so why wouldn’t you? They hit the ball in the air and it’s a home run.”

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/spo…..z1zNX9KAF5

    ————–

    WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  218. JM July 1st, 2012 at 11:11 am

    jacksquat July 1st, 2012 at 11:09 am
    Peavy peeved:

    He said the Bombers’ lefthanded hitters were focused on one thing when they step into the box, and that’s getting the ball over the short porch in right field.

    “Every guy is standing right on the plate,” Peavy said. “How many balls get hit to the left side of the field? None. They have no interest in hitting the ball that way.

    “Except Robinson Cano,” Peavy added. “That’s why he’s hitting .300, because he will use the whole field. Those guys are great hitters, so why wouldn’t you? They hit the ball in the air and it’s a home run.”

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/spo…..z1zNX9KAF5

    ————–

    WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

    Did I miss something? Aren’t the field dimensions the same for both teams?? LOL

  219. UnKnown July 1st, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Trixie I thought you said awhile ago that you were no longer going to respond to any of my posts. LMAO

    Glad that your back posting, although it was pretty awesome when every other post wasn’t yours on this blog, but I really enjoy Randy and many many others calling you out on your b.s. all day long. Like Tony the Tiger says, “It’s Greeeaaat!!

  220. Yankee Trader July 1st, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Blake-

    Wandy Rodriguez-Don’t believe the Yankees have any interest, feeling he can’t pitch in AL East, and then there is the money he’s owed, but he is a lefty.

    Dempster- still on DL but soon to throw off a mound. FA, and the Cubs are willing to pay a good portion of his remaining contract for a better prospect/prospects.

    Greinke-Pure rental. Signs for close to Cain money [112.5M]

    Garza-Theo will ask for 4 players from the minors, feeling that’s the going rate for a quality pitcher. One will be the Yankees top pitching prospect?

  221. yankeefeminista July 1st, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Bern baby Bern!

  222. jacksquat July 1st, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Big splits for Floyd. I’d sit Arod and have Chavez 3B, Ibanez DH and Wise LF.

  223. blake July 1st, 2012 at 11:16 am

    “Wandy Rodriguez-Don’t believe the Yankees have any interest, feeling he can’t pitch in AL East, and then there is the money he’s owed, but he is a lefty.

    Dempster- still on DL but soon to throw off a mound. FA, and the Cubs are willing to pay a good portion of his remaining contract for a better prospect/prospects.

    Greinke-Pure rental. Signs for close to Cain money [112.5M]

    Garza-Theo will ask for 4 players from the minors, feeling that’s the going rate for a quality pitcher. One will be the Yankees top pitching prospect?”

    yea I’d have no interest in Wandy….I’m not sure Demptster is an upgrade when they get everyone back…..Theo is asking way to much for Garza trying to sell him as an ace with only a year and a half control left.

    Greinke is the most interesting to me unless Hamels is made available because those 2 are the real difference making type starters….and they’d be rentals so the price while high shouldn’t wipe out the system…..just depends on price and how much the Yanks would want to go for it this year. .

  224. blake July 1st, 2012 at 11:18 am

    I’d have interest in Garza if Theo would get real…..for the last 6 months he’s been leaking that the price is basically the same as Gio Gonzalez…..Garza has less upside and years less control than Gio…..so unless Theo drops his price he may not be able to trade him at all…..teams aren’t wiping out their systems for a guy with a 4 era in the NL central…..

  225. GreenBeret7 July 1st, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Can’t see why Peavy would be pissing and moaning about the Yankees approach. They didn’t ask him to hang three pitches over the middle of the plate. It only looked like they did. Does Peavy ask why Dunn looks to yank every pitch out of the park or Viciedo or Ramirez does it from the right side? Does he complain abot his home park where the ball jumps out on a daily basis?

  226. Yankee Trader July 1st, 2012 at 11:22 am

    As for Andy, Garcia will most likely do a good job now that he’s throwing the ball better than early in the season plus they have another option in Phelps.
    ————————
    MG- I respect your opinion, but I’m not so sure Garcia can give the Yankees enough quality starts, that Pettitte was giving them.

    It would be nice to have another lefty in the rotation with CC. Pettitte, according to Cashman, is not expected back until September 1st.

  227. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Randy and others? And the others would be???? YOU????????????????

    :D

    That, my friend, is taking candy from a baby.

    Speaking of baby, I will continue to say that I don’t know what exactly happened in your life for you to go from good guy to horror show, but I do know that I wasn’t involved.

    However, if you need a female punching bag to make you feel good about yourself or your life, have at! I’ll let you know when I feel the first blow.

    And now I will tell you what is pathetic. The fact that it rattles you when someone else compliments me. You really should get a grip. There are so many important things in life. I’m certainly not one. So that frees you to pay attention to what matters. The Yankees for instance.

    (Or are you hating them and therefore hating me for loving them?)

    Oh, who knows.

    But carry on my friend!

    :)

  228. Yankee Trader July 1st, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Big splits for Floyd. I’d sit Arod and have Chavez 3B, Ibanez DH and Wise LF
    ————————————————-

    New Post—————->

    Will post Floyds numbers vs the Yankees next thread.

  229. raymagnetic July 1st, 2012 at 11:32 am

    That Peavy quote is hysterical.

    Is that why the coward decided to hit Jeter?

    Cause those stupid left handed hitters only want to hit HR’s?

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