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Pregame notes: “It’s nice to have him on the mound”

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

Needing a win to avoid a four-game series sweep, the Yankees turn to their ace this afternoon in Oakland.

“Especially after we’ve lost three tough games in a row, it’s nice to have him on the mound for us,” Joe Girardi said. “We’ll try to come out with a win today. Extremely pleased with how he pitched the last time, and hopefully it carries over.”

CC Sabathia grew up not far from here, but the Coliseum hasn’t exactly been a second home during his professional career. He has a 5.13 ERA in this stadium, easily his worst ERA at any stadium where he’s made at least 10 starts.

That said, this will be Sabathia’s second start back from the disabled list, and last time out he delivered six scoreless innings.

“The location of his fastball down and away to right-handers is really important,” Girardi said. “And I think his changeup can become really important too.”

• Nick Swisher’s strained hip flexor is feeling better today, but it now seems the Yankees are going to stay away from him through the rest of this road trip. “He said he wasn’t as stiff today as he was yesterday,” Girardi said. “He’s still day-to-day. My guess is we won’t have him in Seattle and hope to get him after that. We’ll just have to see. Let’s see how he feels.”

• Why wait until after the Seattle series? “With the off-day (Thursday) it buys you an extra day,” Girardi said. “And Tuesday night, Wednesday’s a quick turnaround. It’s not something we talk about where you want it to become a lot more than it is just because you’re rushing back. See how he’s feeling.”

• Joba Chamberlain will make his next rehab appearance on Tuesday, but Girardi said he’s not sure whether Chamberlain will also pitch on Wednesday. “At some point we’ll have plans for him to go back-to-back,” Girardi said. “You got to see how he feels that second day, though. Similar what you do with someone in spring training.”

• Routine day off for Derek Jeter, even with the team riding a three-game losing streak. “I think you have to be able to rule out the circumstances and make sure your guys stay healthy,” Girardi said. “It was hot playing at home. We had a hot week. We came out here, we had a long flight. He’s played three days in a row out here. I’ve only DHed him once in a long time, and he played in the All-Star Game. I just thought, if we’re going to give him a day, today was probably the day.”

• Girardi said, if the need presents itself, he’s more than willing to pitch around Yoenis Cespedes today. “CC’s been able to watch him the past three games, so he knows he’s swinging the bat well,” Girardi said.

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23 Responses to “Pregame notes: “It’s nice to have him on the mound””

  1. jacksquat July 22nd, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Who takes Nova’s place, Phelps? I like Phelps and think he should start instead of Garcia, but he doesn’t have anywhere near the upside of Nova. You are downgrading the rotation for several years to add a questionable bat?

  2. jacksquat July 22nd, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    TheDA53 Dear @RonAdamczyk @DougG21789 , Your both idiots!!! #thinkbeforeyoutweet


  3. tucker July 22nd, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    I don’t think Justin Upton is a questionable bat, but I would not consider trading Ivan Nova for him. I would include PhilHughes in a trade because he has less than 1.5 years until he reaches FA. Also would be willing to trade Betances if Kevin Towers still believes in thew kid’s potential.

  4. raymagnetic July 22nd, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    David Aardsma ?@TheDA53

    I really just got two hate messages for saying PSU SHOULD take down the statue of JoePa and he should have done more. #utterlyconfused

  5. Jerkface July 22nd, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    yanks should have just signed the cuban outfielders , right jerkface ?

    Yup I said they should all offseason. You may be confusing me pointing out your logical holes as you argued AGAINST Darvish but seemed to be really into signing 2 other bigger mysteries to large deals.

    They should have signed Darvish and atleast 1 of Soler/Cespedes.

  6. jacksquat July 22nd, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Upton currently has only a .769 OPS (.744 vs rhp) so I’d say he’s questionable.

  7. jacksquat July 22nd, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    TheDA53 should learn grammar before he tweets.

  8. jacksquat July 22nd, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Upton has had two excellent years and two so-so years (including this year) so he’s not a slam dunk is what I’m saying.

  9. raymagnetic July 22nd, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    People post half sentences and made up words on twitter all the time. So grammar really is secondary when it comes to places like Twitter and Facebook.

  10. jacksquat July 22nd, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Not when it comes to “your” and “you’re”.

  11. raymagnetic July 22nd, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Oh his bad. He should have posted ur or u r.

  12. jacksquat July 22nd, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    That would have been better actually.

  13. raymagnetic July 22nd, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    “That would have been better actually.”


  14. ZMAN July 22nd, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    I actually forgot what it feels like to write with a pen. Can’t remember the last time I did ,actually, except filling out forms and stuff.

  15. jacksquat July 22nd, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    “ur” and “u r” are commonly used and accepted shorthand for texts/tweets. Using “your” instead of “you’re” is a blatant mistake.

    Sorry you just seem to want to troll me and can’t or won’t see the difference.

  16. tucker July 22nd, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    MTU July 22nd, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    No one is “bagging” on him.

    That piece of info. is very important. I’m sure Sherman knows the significance.

    If he’s putting that out there then he should at least be fact checking it first.

    JF seems to think he is wrong. Do you think he’s right ?

    Cause if he isn’t then maybe he is just a Parrot and deserves the scorn.


    MTU, I don’t know what is correct. In reading thew CBA passage posted in the last thread, it could be interpreted as the acquiring club is responsible for paying the balance of the player’s contract. That passage may have nothing to do with the AAV calculation.

    Let’s take an example (albeit on not grounded in reality). Player X signs a 4-year deal. The first two years pay $10 million per year. The last two years pay 20 million pear year. Such a contract would have an AAV of 15 million per year. But if the player was traded after two years, the four year contract would count as $70 million over the four years against the new CBA-imposed soft cap (30 million for the first two years, and 40 million for the final tw years after he is traded).

    Maybe that is the case. I don’t know. That seems like a curious way of calculating AAV. What I think we all know is that Sherman talks to Cash and other GMs on a regular basis. We benefit frm this insight because if we had t rely in official team press releases we would know little about what was really going on in that organization and what the FO pis thinking.

    Could he be wrong? Maybe. Could he be correct? Quite possibly.

  17. MTU July 22nd, 2012 at 3:45 pm


    I’d actually like for him to be right.

    Gotta run.


  18. austinmac July 22nd, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Cespedes was more of a risk than Darvish because we have a better assessment of Japanese baseball, but how the Yankees didn’t go after Cespedes with his remarkable tools is distressing.

    I have said, as have others, Igawa is creating fear of taking risks. I suggest Hal is telling Cashman he better not be wrong.

  19. Pat M. July 22nd, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    austinmac…..the scouts were going crazy over cespedes skills and workouts. the comparison to bo jackson was mentioned and met with snickers and barbs. 36 million for an everyday ballplayer is much different than 115 million for a pitcher. right jearkface ?

  20. Nick in SF July 22nd, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    CC looks good. We got this.

  21. luis July 22nd, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Good afternoon everyone,

    Hopefully we take this one

  22. Pat M. July 22nd, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    my point was and i think i failed to make it was this, there was far less risk with cespedes than with yu varvish and of course there was the huge cash differnece. darvish is a talent but was he worth 3 time sthe dough for an everyday player who many thought was going to be real good .

  23. luis July 22nd, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    We should handle Colon well

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