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Postgame notes: “It’s a stumbling block”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Jul 22, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees clubhouse is never loud after a loss, but it’s rarely as quiet as it’s been these past two nights. This series has been a stunning, unexpected blow to a team that seemed to be rolling when it flew out of New York four days ago.

“You don’t expect to lose a series, even, the way we’ve been playing,” Mark Teixeira said. “We feel like we’ve been playing some really good baseball. It’s just disappointing to lose four in a row.”

Four losses by a total of four runs. Two walk-offs. One game-winning homer in the eighth. The A’s are 8-1 since the All-Star break, 14-2 in the month of July, and today’s win gave them baseball’s best record since June 2 (a half game better than the Yankees).

“They’re dangerous right now,” Alex Rodriguez said. “They’re in a situation where they feel that they’re in a game, that they can win every game, and we know the feeling. For us, it’s a stumbling block. Just have to go back to Seattle and get back on a winning streak.”

The Yankees pitched well this series, but the offense never scored more than four runs. Today they had a 4-0 lead, then went eight straight innings without scoring. Those eight innings including three innings in which the Yankees left a runner at second base. In the 12th, Josh Reddick lost a fly ball in the sun, putting a runner at second base with no outs and the heart of the order coming to the plate. That runner went no where.

“Those are the opportunities that, when we’re playing really good baseball, that’s almost an automatic run for us,” Rodriguez said.

For the Yankees, this weekend felt a long way from really good baseball.

• Rafael Soriano hadn’t allowed a home run this season before Seth Smith went deep to center field in the ninth inning. It was only Soriano’s second blown save of the season. “I don’t have an excuse for that,” Soriano said. “It’s one pitch. The guy, I don’t think he hit it that good. He hit a home run. Right now, all four games, the team is struggling, but we’ll come back to Seattle and try to play better. … Everybody has bad days. Today was the second time I had a tie game in the ninth. So what? Come back tomorrow and try to go 1-2-3.”

• What’s with the Yankees pitchers thinking homers are popups out here? Phil Hughes did it yesterday. Soriano did it tonight (on a ball that went out to dead center). “I thought it was a popup,” Soriano said. “When I saw Granderson go back and hit (the wall), I said, ‘All right.’ I tried to come back and make the other two guys out, see the team come back.”

• The A’s 12th inning started with a sharp groundball that got past Derek Jeter at shortstop. “It just kicked up,” Jeter said. “It hugged the ground pretty much the whole way and bounced up at the last second.”

• The ball past Jeter came six innings after Jayson Nix — playing shortstop at the time — couldn’t get the ball out of his glove to start what should have been an inning-ending double play. “When you don’t make a play that should be made, it’s frustrating,” Nix said. “The way the game ends doesn’t change it at all. Whether we won by a lot, it doesn’t change it. … I just didn’t transfer it cleanly.”

• By the way, Nix isn’t hurt or anything. Jeter was in at the end of the game for defense.

• It was Teixeira who reached on that 12th-inning error. If the Yankees were going to win this game, it needed to happen there, but Jerry Blevins got through a second scoreless inning for his third win of the year. “You feel like you had a chance to steal a run there,” Teixeira said. “But give their guy credit, he made some really good pitches. He’s a funky pitcher, a lefty who’s long, he throws his arms and legs at you, and it’s just tough to see his pitches.”

• Four-run lead after four innings with CC Sabathia on the mound. That’s gotta be a win, right? “We felt pretty good about it,” Rodriguez said. “We have the big fella on the mound, who threw the ball great again for two consecutive games. For us it’s important – especially against a team that hot – to keep adding those runs on. Today we just couldn’t get it done.”

• Speaking of Sabathia, he was pretty good again today, and he was especially happy with his changeup. “Felt pretty good,” Sabathia said. “I was throwing everything for strikes, threw the ball in well. I think that opened everything up and the change up was better again, two starts in a row. … I backed it a couple times, got some pop ups, some early ground balls. Go out and just keep working on it and hopefully it gets better.”

• Kurt Suzuki snapped a 78-game homerless stretch with his solo shot off Sabathia. It was Suzuki’s fourth career homer off Sabathia. “I just think every time I make a mistake he’s right on it,” Sabathia said. “Hopefully the next time I see him I won’t make that same mistake.”

• We’ll give the final word to Jeter: “It’s tough. It’s tough to lose four games regardless of how it looks. You know, we were playing pretty good coming in here. Those guys have been playing good. They beat us four games, that’s all you can say. They’ve been playing well, they continue to play well, and they’re playing with a lot of confidence.”

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124 Responses to “Postgame notes: “It’s a stumbling block””

  1. austinmac July 22nd, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    I am not going to rely on 22 at bats at SWB to tell me Fukodome can hit. Wise it there too. The real question is why the Yankees are left to choose between players let go by a number of teams.

  2. Jerkface July 22nd, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    I am not going to rely on 22 at bats at SWB to tell me Fukodome can hit. Wise it there too. The real question is why the Yankees are left to choose between players let go by a number of teams.

    He has skills that can still be used. He was also very unlucky in chicago. First half of last season he had a .370 OBP vs righties. This year he increased his line drive% but his babip was only .200. He also had a near 1:1 K:BB ratio.

  3. blake July 22nd, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Buster Olney ?@Buster_ESPN

    I asked a bunch of players/execs to guess what Hamels’s will do. 50-50 reax; something think he can’t walk from $,others say he’ll test FA.

  4. mick July 22nd, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    they need fresh legs and arms in the OF, at this point does it matter who they are as long as they aren’t ibanez/jones?

  5. mick July 22nd, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    the more you play ibanez /jones and wise in the OF, the less they will hit.
    if you throw a combo of ankiel/fukudome/wise, all of who can field it will be better than that.

  6. Jerkface July 22nd, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Of course I’d prefer they got a real solution and a guy that can replace Swisher going forward

  7. mick July 22nd, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    you cannot play ibanez everyday vs rightys unless you strictly DH him.
    you will lose his bat if you do that, someone has to play LF fulltime, get victorino at a fair price, he will prolly come back next year for a multi year contract as we are on austerity.

  8. austinmac July 22nd, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Why is Fukodome in the Minors at his age if he is considered by the 30 major league teams not to be MLB worthy? That is the reality. The Yankees should be able to do better.

  9. blake July 22nd, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    “Why is Fukodome in the Minors at his age if he is considered by the 30 major league teams not to be MLB worthy? That is the reality. The Yankees should be able to do better.”

    well….Rick Ankiel is available you know…..

  10. OldSchoolYankeeFan July 22nd, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Like a lame horse, Cashman needs to put down Jones. Large strike zone plus slower bat speed=easy out. It was so painful watching (in person) getting Swisher (on Friday before he got injured) and others on base and then strand them with strikeouts and lame fly outs. I hate it that the A’s are above .500 mostly because we can’t get hits with runners in scoring position.

  11. NYY fan in NH July 22nd, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Jones seems to be playing alot lately. Getting exposed. Swinging for the fences every time. I wish there was another Gardner type player to inject into this lineup. I’m not set on this current roster in some aspects.

  12. JobaTipsHisCap July 22nd, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Cc is pretty good again today?
    Am I missing anything?

    He gave up 3 runs to an AAA lineup.

  13. Yankee Trader July 22nd, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    JF, Blake, Mike, Austinmac-

    SWB Yankees beat a very bad AAA Braves team last night, scoring 8 runs in the 1st. Fukudome was 0 for 5 and struck out 3 times. He looked terrible. That AAA team has no-one better than the current option of Nix/Wise.

    The Yankees need to look outside of the AAA team for another outfielder.

  14. blake July 22nd, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    “The Yankees need to look outside of the AAA team for another outfielder.”

    tell Cashman ;)

  15. Yankee Trader July 22nd, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Box score from 7/21 game vs AAA Braves

  16. Jerkface July 22nd, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Any baseball player can look bad in single game. He has been walking and getting his hits in other games. So the AAA BRaves are terrible, does that mean he is OPSing over .900 against better teams?

  17. sunny615 July 22nd, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    I guess this team likes tipping their caps.

  18. Yankee Trader July 22nd, 2012 at 10:52 pm


    I agree any player can look bad in a single game, but he looked really bad against a pitcher who couldn’t throw strikes and when he did throw a strike every hitter in the lineup-double-triple-triple-walk-grand slam, etc in the first. Maybe he just hadnt enough sleep the night before.

  19. austinmac July 22nd, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Wise had a .979 OPS in a larger sample size in AAA. I can’t really believe anyone argues for Fukodome. Ask a fan of any of the teams for whom he has played.

  20. comet July 22nd, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    YT don’t see anyone there who can be of help. JF likes Fukudome. He’d be worth a try.

    Did anyone else notice how Girardi used his BP today? The starters pitched basically the same number of innings. Yet we used 5 relief pitchers to the three that Oakland used. Why did we have Epply in when we could have had Phelps stay in? The same old match a lefty with a lefty then switch back to a righty. One of these days Girardi is going to run out of pitchers in tie game and look very foolish.

  21. Yankee Trader July 22nd, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    In fact the AAA team has Dickerson, Garner, Fukudome, McDonald with Curtis, Kruml and Mustelier on the DL.

    Cashman-If you’re reading this please don’t waste your time with Fukudome-Get us a pair of fresh legs! ;)

  22. Bret The Hitman July 22nd, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    I don’t know if it’s been mentioned. Carlos Quentin is off the board. The Padres signed him to 3 years 27 million.

    Melky Cabrera is going to get paid.

  23. NYY fan in NH July 22nd, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Dickerson is mashing in Scranton. I can’t understand why he hasn’t been given a chance.

  24. Yankee Trader July 22nd, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Comet-Dickerson is better than Fukudome, but not by much. Maybe he just had some bad Barbeque, but 0 for 5 3 strikeouts, slow bat was not very impressive.

  25. Yankee Trader July 22nd, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Dickerson is 6’4″ and 240 lbs. He has one homer. Cust is mashing. Dickerson is not.

  26. Melkmanisinhotlanta July 22nd, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    If only Melky were back on the team. His kind of clutch, situational hitting is needed. Instead, we have nothing. Of course, I was correct in my analyses of keeping the Melkman vs. Mr. Elbow. Melky needs to be re-signed in 2013.

  27. Yankee Trader July 22nd, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Sorry Dickerson is 230 lbs.

    SWB individual stats:;sid=t531

  28. Bret The Hitman July 22nd, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Imagine Melky in RF Austin Jackson in CF and Matt Holliday in LF

  29. Bret The Hitman July 22nd, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Whether or not they invest in Melky will tell us alot about how Hal and Cashman care about championships.

  30. Yankee Trader July 22nd, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Good night everyone. Sorry to be so negative about Fukudome, as I’m hoping the Yankees find an outfield bat that can infuse some life into the offense.

    Cash-You have 9 more days.

  31. comet July 22nd, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Dickerson has been here before. He can’t consistently hit major league pitching. Because we have drafted pitchers and catchers for so many years, we have no outfielders to come up and provide a lift. Best thing to do IMO is to try and showcase Phelps and make a trade for an outfielder. Oh I guess it is too late for that. Trade deadline is just over a week away. Glad I’m not Cashman.

  32. Jerkface July 22nd, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Wise has never been good in the majors before though. Fukudome has showed some above average skills in the majors.

  33. Pat M. July 22nd, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    face…. we get it that you have an affection for asian ballplayers but fukudome is toast

  34. 98NYY July 22nd, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    If Nix is on the team because of defence why is Jeter coming in the late innings for…defence? Doesn’t make sense why Nix is on the team. Bring Adams up.

  35. G. Love July 23rd, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Dead bat society was in effect for the weekend. What should make Cashman nervous is that great starting pitching and a solid bullpen devours this lineup just like what you expect to see night in/night out in the post season.

    I know he won’t make a big move. Frankly, he doesn’t have it in him after Pineda.

    We’ll maybe get an Austin Kearns type of deal at best.

    On the plus side, at least our starting pitching wasn’t rapped around this weekend.

  36. Pat M. July 23rd, 2012 at 12:17 am

    g. love…….in somewhat of a defense for the club, the oakland pitching was outstanding. they are on a hot streak and are a serious playoff contender.

  37. Jerkface July 23rd, 2012 at 12:23 am

    He might be toast, he might not be toast. He has skills that are still prominent in the majors. He walked 15% of the time this year with the white sox, doing the same in AAA. Lefty bat, plays solid D at all positions, worth a look.

  38. igotid88 July 23rd, 2012 at 12:40 am

    Didn’t thaat pitcher who gave the game winning hr to the guy from the A’s for hiis first homerun also point up as if it were a pop up?

  39. G. Love July 23rd, 2012 at 12:56 am

    Pat M.,

    Oakland pitching was outstanding. That’s what worries me. You face pitching that good in a short series and it’s goodnight Irene.

    Really liked Millone. To do what he did without overpowering stuff impressed me a lot.

    I always worry about this offense & w/o Gardner, I think we need an OF’er more than a spare part. But I think we’ll only end up with a spare part at best if they make a deal.

  40. Pat M. July 23rd, 2012 at 12:59 am

    hbo has a new series titled ” newsroom ” i suggest you check it out as it might be the best thing to hit tv in a decade.

  41. DaSaint007 July 23rd, 2012 at 1:10 am

    My targets, in no particular order, would be Allen Craig, Torii Hunter, Martin Prado, Melky Cabrera, Angel Pagan, Austin Kearns, Victorino, and Eric Young.

  42. DaSaint007 July 23rd, 2012 at 1:12 am

    My fab shows: True Blood and Newsroom

  43. G. Love July 23rd, 2012 at 1:31 am

    Pat M.,

    Newsroom is great. Just be careful. There’s a strong group of political types that hate on the show like it’s their job. The funny part is, they hate it so much they watch it every week without fail. It’s doing well in the ratings and was already picked up for a 2nd season.

    My favorite show is Breaking Bad. True Blood is pretty awful these days.

  44. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 23rd, 2012 at 1:49 am

    I’ve been at the beach with limited computer access and even less access to any television other than Barney videos and others of a similar ilk. (am with family with very young children.) It took until now for me to get the computer to work and to get the score of today’s game. Of course I feel bad for the Yanks because they were all tight games and it’s no fun getting swept by any team. The A’s are superhot right now and have been on an incredible roll. Add to it the best pitching in the AL, well the Yanks ran into a bit of a buzzsaw.

    Teams ebb and flow in the course of every season. I see this more as “no fun” and less as something to worry about. Heck the Nats swept the Yanks at the Stadium one season. It happens. I didn’t get to watch the last two games but judging from the scores it isn’t like the A’s massacred the Yanks. It seems they outpitched them. Kind of reminds me of A’s teams from the past where they had really good pitching and always put on a head of steam in the second half.

    If there’s any good news it’s that the Sux also got swept and it appears that the Rays also lost a few.

    I heard that John Sterling pointed out that the 1998 Yanks went something like 12-16 during some period in their August.

    Anyway, I can understand if there are frustrated or disappointed fans. I hope that there are also understanding fans who realize that getting swept isn’t fatal and that teams have hot and cold periods and the Yanks are still a top-notch baseball team and still lead the majors. I hope to be back home for the Seattle series.

  45. Pat M. July 23rd, 2012 at 1:50 am

    Political Animals as well ……Well until Mad Men and Dancing with the stars…….Love Cheryl Burke and Kym Johnson,,,,Wow

  46. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Good morning.

    Time to take the series from the M’s so we can head home on a positive note.

    The A’s series illustrates why the playoffs are a crapshoot.

    The hottest team is the one that wins not necessarily the best.

  47. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 7:51 am

    And David Phelps continues to look really, really good.

    He is pitching w great confidence.

  48. austinmac July 23rd, 2012 at 7:54 am


    We’re the Yankees simply lucky when they won their Series? I think the crapshoot concept is an idea th losing team uses. Good pitching and clutch hitting wins. That’s scary with this team.

  49. blake July 23rd, 2012 at 7:55 am

    The As pitchers exposed a weakness the Yankees have and have had for a couple of years now……they only walked 4 Yankee hitters the entire series and the Yanks had difficulty hitting their way on base frequently enough……its how Cliff Lee beat them so many times….he didnt walk them.

    Its why Ive talked about the value of batting average…..and how it does matter. The Yanks have become too dependent on walks and homers and if you challenge them with good stuff and dont walk them then it really takes them out of their game plan…..they still may hit homers…..but often theyll be solo jobs and its another reason why they cant get hits with RISP.

  50. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 7:57 am

    No Mac. Not lucky.

    But definitely hot. At least Matsui was.

    Hope you are enjoying the splendor of RMNP once again. I wish I was there with you.

  51. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 8:02 am


    We talked about the Yankees being a one-dimesional type of offense.

    Guys like GGBG change the equation w. their speed.

    Their performance w. RISP is just dismal.

    Thing is good Pitching stops good hitting.

    As Trisha said in her post last night the Yankees ran into a bit of buzzsaw.

    They could just as easily been the sweeper as the sweepee.

    We move on and try to take it out on the M’s so we can go home happy.

  52. austinmac July 23rd, 2012 at 8:07 am


    Off on another hike soon. Wish you here to show me how it’s done.

    The Yankees will get “luckier” if they hit more more of an average. A walk doesn’t drive in a run from second. I have been talking about their low BA for awhile.

    This team, as constituted, needs a bat. I very much doubt they will get one.

  53. Yankee Trader July 23rd, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Well good morning. Are we over Fukudome as the best internal option for LF.

    Looks like the A’s paid attention during their video sessions on how to beat the Yankees. Now does anyone have concerns about the bullpen-cost the Yankees 2 games this week?

  54. blake July 23rd, 2012 at 8:10 am

    The Yankees need a high BA guy particularly one vs RHP…..they really just need another prime age well rounded hitter. They can win wirh what they have…..but theyll need Cano to basically be awesome and theyll need some timely homers…..

    I really like the way they are pitching the ball.and think Joba coukd really help the pen when he gets back…..but they do need another bat IMO and hope Cash can address it at the deadline.

  55. Yankee Trader July 23rd, 2012 at 8:10 am

    While the lack of draft-compensation picks upended any plans for the market to flesh itself out prior to nitty-gritty time, here come teams like the Oakland Athletics and the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Baltimore Orioles not just surviving deep into July but flourishing. Alongside Cinderella are the usual beauty queens, and suddenly there are damn near 20 teams that can make a mildly reasonable case to buy, and MLB’s parity parody of the NFL is actually happening, and all of this for a freaking one-game playoff play-in, and: Ahhhhhhh! No wonder Theo Epstein wants your first-born, plus a few frogs, a swarm of locusts and no more darkness over Chicago, for a two-month Ryan Dempster rental.

  56. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 8:12 am


    I doubt I could show you much of anything. You seem to be doing just fine.

    After all, you’re the one who is smart enough to be where you are, right ?

    I’m all for getting another OF’er but I agree that it’s unlikely they’ll get a good one.

    I’d love to be wrong on that.

    The Yankees found several ways to lose last night’s game.

    It wasn’t just one thing.

    Enjoy yourself. Forget the Yankees and everything else for a while.

    Take in all the splendor around through every pore.

    They’ll be plenty of time to fret when you get home.

    Good hiking.


  57. yankee21 July 23rd, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Good morning

    At some point in the last couple of years NYY officials started using the word “crapshoot” when it came to success in the PS. Interesting.

    Before it was championship or bust. Now the goal is to get in the PS and basically hope that lady lucks turns your way.

    Loser talk and loser approach from an owner that has a passion of a pea.
    I guess NY 27 championships were just lucky. Jeter and Mo’s rings were borne of luck? Wow?

  58. blake July 23rd, 2012 at 8:13 am

    ” Now does anyone have concerns about the bullpen-cost the Yankees 2 games this week?”

    Not as.much for me……I feel like the offense lost all 4 games to be honest. Soriano has been so good you cant knock him for a solo homer and Eppley you just cant rely on… some degree Girardi just needs more help out there……they need Joba back and it wouldnt hurt to add another quality arm on top of that.

  59. austinmac July 23rd, 2012 at 8:15 am


    I am one who thinks if Fukodome is the Yankees answer this July, it is a very bad question. He can’t hit.

    Meanwhile, Cashman waits any waiver wire developments. When no one else wants l(for good reason), Cashman will swoop in with another washed up player.

  60. austinmac July 23rd, 2012 at 8:16 am

    No one else wants Ankiel

  61. Yankee Trader July 23rd, 2012 at 8:16 am


    Towers has indicated that he and Cashman talk every week. If not Upton Gerardo Parra, maybe? Lefty bat, speed, very good defense some power, hits righties, but not lefties.

    Omar Infante-righty, in the past played all infield and outfield positions, good bat vs lefties and righties, some speed and some power. Signed thru next year. Better option than Nix?

  62. austinmac July 23rd, 2012 at 8:22 am


    Infante is certainly better. Parra is a better solution than they currently have. Neither is great, but you are thinking this morning. I hope they at least try some kind of upgrade.

    Joba has sure turned into a must succeed guy. The pen looks weak. Have you noticed how many teams have guys coming out of the pen throwing 95 plus. We need some of that.

  63. Yankee Trader July 23rd, 2012 at 8:23 am


    I’m in agreement with you. We had that Fukudome with JF supporting him vs the rest of us last night! The Yankees have no-one iin AAA who offers anymore than Wise. Dickerson has 1 homer. Garner has more. McDonald bides his time. Curtis and Kruml are on DL and so is Mustelier.

    I actually think the Yankees will get a bat-an outfielder, closer to the deadline.

  64. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 8:30 am


    “I actually think the Yankees will get a bat-an outfielder, closer to the deadline.”

    They could if prices drop. If not, I don’t think so.

    Cashman isn’t going to overpay IMO.

  65. Yankee Trader July 23rd, 2012 at 8:31 am


    I’ve been concerned about the pen ever since Pettitte and CC went down the same day. They were the two you could count on to give you innings and not tire and foremost, expose the pen.

    How many games were lost due to the pen since they went down. How many times has the pen let the starters “inherited” runners score.

    Eppley has been a real find…………until lately. Are we looking at another Wade.

    Why didn’t Girardi just leave Phelps in the game yesterday.

    Frankly, how confident in Soriano are you, confident enough to turn off the TV knowing the other team is history. Remember John Wetteland and how he made things interesting, but most of the time got the job done.

  66. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Dog walk time.


  67. blake July 23rd, 2012 at 8:36 am


    Towers owes Cash something at least ;)

  68. Yankee Trader July 23rd, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Towers owes Cash something at least.

    Yeah. He’ll probably give Cashman JJ Putz and pay his salary. :)

  69. Gary July 23rd, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Morning, just been hanging out, the Yanks have been playing great ball and I think this was just a stumble.

    I did think this comment by A Rod was a bit of a stretch though after the lost fly ball.

    “Those are the opportunities that, when we’re playing really good baseball, that’s almost an automatic run for us,” Rodriguez said.

    RISP regardless of the situation have hardly been automatic for the Yanks over the last couple of years.

  70. Yankee Trader July 23rd, 2012 at 8:46 am

    The A’s have a much better offensive team than the stats show. With their pitching they could cause a headache for many teams.

    Who here wouldn’t trade the current entire Yankee outfield for theirs, not considering the salary ramifications or impending FA?

    Seth Smith/Crisp in LF, Cespedes in CF, Reddick in RF. vs.

    Ibanez/Jones, Granderson and Swisher.

  71. Yankee Trader July 23rd, 2012 at 8:54 am

    It was Teixeira who reached on that 12th-inning error. If the Yankees were going to win this game, it needed to happen there, but Jerry Blevins got through a second scoreless inning for his third win of the year. “You feel like you had a chance to steal a run there,” Teixeira said.
    “Steal a run.” That’s the crux of the Yankees problem. They cannot manufacture a run in a close game late in the game. They are always looking for the homerun to bail them out late in the game. Tex-you can’t steal a run unless you can steal 2nd, disrupt the pitcher, get over to 3rd and come home on a short flyball to center or right.

  72. Yankee Trader July 23rd, 2012 at 9:03 am

    It’s better that the A’s exposed the Yankees flaws now, while there is still time to address them, rather than in September.

    Until later. Have a great day everyone.

  73. blake July 23rd, 2012 at 9:04 am

    “Seth Smith/Crisp in LF, Cespedes in CF, Reddick in RF. vs.

    Ibanez/Jones, Granderson and Swisher.”

    Fair point. I do think they should see what they can get for Granderson this winter…..Im not sure how his approach is going to age….of course he will probably still hit homer for a long time but hes a groove swing hitter who isnt makig a ton of contact again. Thats ok if you have other guys in the lineup who do…..but right now the Yanks have a lot of guess hitters who are up there to either walk or hit a mistake out of the park… works well if pitchers make mistakes…..not so much if they dont as we saw this weekend.

  74. blake July 23rd, 2012 at 9:07 am

    ‘It’s better that the A’s exposed the Yankees flaws now, while there is still time to address them, rather than in September.”

    Im not sure the Yankees see them as flaws though …..they seem to think of it as a strategy ……get guys who walk and hit homers. Well thats all well and good if the pitchers throw 4 balls enough and make enough mistakes to rack up some 3 run homers……but what happens when the pitchers come right at your lineup with good stuff and dont make many mistakes? Sure thats hard for any lineup to hit…….but the way the Yanks are currently constructed it makes it really hard on them.

  75. Shame Spencer July 23rd, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Yankee Trader July 23rd, 2012 at 9:03 am

    It’s better that the A’s exposed the Yankees flaws now, while there is still time to address them, rather than in September.

    Agreed. I do hope people are paying attention to the context of what people are saying.. no one has ever ‘had a problem’ with this team. We just aren’t sure the approach they have to a 162 game season will be as effective in a 5 game series.

    Girardi has a couple of relievers that are about to turn back into pumpkins and as much as I’ll defend him, nothing makes me more nervous than when he’s left to manage a one run game in the late innings.

  76. Tackelberry July 23rd, 2012 at 9:13 am

    I still don’t know why Andrew Jones ins on this team. I’ve maintained all along he is dead wood. All he does is strike out and hit an occasional home run. Wish we could have kept Justin Maxwell. Jones on that game winning single looked like he didn’t even hustle after that ball for a possible play at the plate. Look like he gave up before it even started and then intentionally bobbled it to cover his arse. Please get him off this team

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  78. Shame Spencer July 23rd, 2012 at 9:16 am

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    I still don’t know why Andrew Jones ins on this team. I’ve maintained all along he is dead wood. All he does is strike out and hit an occasional home run.

    This could describe a few of our hitters. Then again, I wonder if this isn’t a perception bias.. it just seems like we have a lot of guys with high K rates.

    I’m all for moving Jones though. I’ve been yelling about he and Ibanez since we signed him. One or the other makes sense.. having both is a roster suck.

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    blake July 23rd, 2012 at 9:07 am

    ‘It’s better that the A’s exposed the Yankees flaws now, while there is still time to address them, rather than in September.”

    Im not sure the Yankees see them as flaws though …..they seem to think of it as a strategy

    I really hope not blake.. it seems crazy that a team that our team would be okay with this as a plan. We know a lot of them are guess hitters… don’t they?

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