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“Probably where we’re supposed to be”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 23, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

• On May 22 the Yankees had a .500 record and were a full five and a half games out of first place fewer than two months into the season.

• On June 12 the Yankees were halfway through a 10-game winning streak, 11 games above .500, having just grabbed a one-game lead in the division.

• On July 18 the Yankees were a whopping 23 games above .500, and their division lead had been pushed to a season-high 10 games.

It’s now August 23, and the Yankees were just swept by Chicago. They are 20 games above .500 and their division lead is down to three games, the lowest it’s been since June 25.

“It is?” Nick Swisher said. “I didn’t even pay attention to it. It’s not really my style. I don’t think it’s our style. I think we know we’re not playing as well as we can right now. We’ve got a pretty damn good team, man. You go through rough patches during the season, and it just seems like, you go through a real rough patch and all the red flags start popping up everywhere. For us, man, we’ve just got to get back to basics.”

After playing the past 20 days in a row, the Yankees are off today. They went 11-9 during this string of consecutive games, and in that span, their division lead was cut from six and a half games to three games. It’s a disappointment, clearly, but it might also be a dose of reality.

“We probably didn’t deserve to have a 10-game lead,” Mark Teixeira said. “No one ever thought we were going to run away with this thing. We always knew it was going to be a battle. This was probably where we’re supposed to be. It’s going to be a tough division and we know we’re going to have to keep fighting.”

As he usually does, Joe Girardi tried to put the current situation into historical perspective.

“I don’t think I’m going to go jump off a bridge or anything like that,” Girardi said. “It’s baseball. I’ve been through it before. I think in ’96 we were up 12 games on Baltimore on July 31. September 1, it was two and a half. I don’t know what we ended up winning by, but that’s what you go through. You’re going to go through your highs, you’re going to go through your lows. You’ve just got to manage both of them.”

Girardi was off a little bit on his dates — the 12-game lead was on July 28 and it was cut to 2.5 on September 10 — but his point remained the same: Even good teams go through massive ups and downs, and that 10-game winning streak in June didn’t define these Yankees any more or less than this three-game series sweep defines them.

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27 Responses to ““Probably where we’re supposed to be””

  1. waldo geraldo faldo August 23rd, 2012 at 9:02 am

    My point was, when ARod was healthy and Mark was healthy, and Jayson Nix was still seeing everyday action and prior to him, Nunez was.

    Cano and Granderson do not need days off. Hideki Matsui played in something like 400 consecutive games for us. Cano is 29. Granderson is 31. Enough with the days off.

    From this point forward until ARod returns, Ichiro should be in LF for every game, Swisher in RF, and the DH spot should be for either Chavez or Ibanez. Chavez should get the the DH when he’s not at 3B, because he cant play 3B everyday. And Jayson Nix or McGehee gets 3B when Chavez cant play.

    That simple. To have all 3 of McGehee, Jones and Nix in the lineup is a waste of 3 valuable outs.

  2. blake August 23rd, 2012 at 9:04 am

    The Yanks got swept by the ChiSox in August of 2009 also.

  3. blake August 23rd, 2012 at 9:06 am

    The Yanks are facing 2 guys in the Cleveland series with ERAs near 6 and Masterson who has been up and down this year…..2 of 3 is a must and a sweep should be the goal.

  4. Yankee Trader August 23rd, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Simple math:

    Win the series vs all the 22 remaining sub.500 teams-that’s 15-7
    and split the other games 8-8

    The Yankees finish with 95 wins.

    Will that be enough to win the AL East?

  5. Yankee Trader August 23rd, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Until later everyone.

  6. JM August 23rd, 2012 at 9:13 am

    The Indians have lost eight straight? Ugh. I always figure a team that has lost so many games in a row is due to win at least one…

  7. Villa Nova-Ya August 23rd, 2012 at 9:15 am

    blake -

    That’s a good sign, right? ;) (the 2009 reference)

  8. Villa Nova-Ya August 23rd, 2012 at 9:16 am

    JM -

    Yeah. that’s the way I look at it, too. :(

    But as long as it’s only one and it’s not the first one. Or the second.

  9. blake August 23rd, 2012 at 9:22 am

    The Yanks schedule is pretty favorable in September. 10 of their 13 guys are against bad teams.

  10. blake August 23rd, 2012 at 9:23 am

    10 of their final 13

  11. Cashmoney August 23rd, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Hanley: .948
    ——-
    btw, if you can slug 948, i will find you room. just saying… though none issue cuz we aint got the dough.

    on bat, both Snider and Jaso were avail.. Don’t know if Cash try or not, but those are moves Yanks need to make as they are getting more fiscal.

    I am not convince Cash is best engineer to put together a team which requires creativeness and keen eyes in identifying young talents.

    i think all the bench guys have been overexposed to a certain level. esp Nix.

    i don’t think anything u do in regular season has any correalation with PS. you have to get in then you look at a game to game and match ups. but, anywho, i have little confidence in this offense. I hope they surprise me.

  12. GoldGlove9486 August 23rd, 2012 at 9:27 am

    BLAKE

    The ’09 Yankees weren’t swept in Chicago, but they lost 3 out of 4. Ironically, in the final game, MELKY hit for the cycle!

  13. JM August 23rd, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Villa,

    As long as the Yanks take the first one, it’s all good. :)

    I remember that 2009 series. They lost the first three to the Pale Hose and then they were up against Buerhle, I think, who was having a great year, in the fourth game. But they won that one and went on a bit of a streak afterwards

  14. Ys Guy August 23rd, 2012 at 9:42 am

    it’s easy to sit at home and look at a schedule and say ‘win 2 out of 3′ or ‘go 18 of 24′. ballplayers get ready to play tonight. that’s it. one game at a time. just win tomorrow!

  15. Duh Innings II August 23rd, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Skip Bayless is a classless idiot for accusing Derek Jeter of using a PED.

    Jeter’s having a great year, let’s accuse him of taking something, right? Even though Jeter has passed every test for PED he’s been given.

    This Who’s On PEDs? witchhunt madness never ends and it has to stop.

    I’m saying it here: WHO CARES? Who cares when countless MLB fans cheat on their spouses and taxes and do things to gain unfair advantage?

    The fans are far worse cheaters than the players.

    Who’s worse? The fan who leaves his wife and three kids for a younger, prettier woman after cheating on his wife with this woman for three years, or Bartolo Colon? I say the fan cuz who is Colon really hurting here? No one. The game? Um, the game isn’t a person, and Colon is an overweight, desperate fool, which is what his being tested positive for PED use is testament of, nothing more or less. Meanwhile a wife who perhaps has little or no work skills and three children who depend on her are definitely hurt. But let’s bemoan a hasbeen fatso (Colon) trying to keep his near the end career alive with a drug.

    BTW if Clemens was a cheater (he wasn’t), then the Houston Astros are cool with it because they have sent scouts to check out Clemens pitch for the Sugar Land Skeeters. But no one comes after the Houston Astros or says they supply their players PEDs do they? No, they don’t. How hypocritical. Oh yeah Clemens is in the Hall Of Fame on winning the 1986, 1987, and 1991 AL Cy Young Awards alone and no way he took PEDs with the body he had back then. Name me one guy with three or more Cy Young Awards who is not in the HOF yet qualifies to be inducted into it.

  16. Duh Innings II August 23rd, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Why doesn’t Skip Brainless go after Chipper Jones, an older player than Jeter whose current slashline is .310/.388/.516, each stat above or around his career average, plus Jones is on pace to hit 26 HR in 574 AB. He’d be an idiot for doing that, too.

    For that Brainless is a racist as well as a classless idiot, racist because Jeter is half black.

    Remember, Brainless is employed by the same people who posted a racist remark about Jeremy Lin as late as this year (for which only the posted got fired when it should’ve been him and his direct supervisor) and have hosts bring in athletes for interviews only to treat them disrespectfully (see Jim Rome interviewing then getting choked out by Jim Everett.)

    F$%K ESPN!!!

  17. I Am Winning August 23rd, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Duh Innings,

    You are in another world right now. Sounds like you woke up on the wrong side of the bed.

    Yes, what he said was rediculous and insulting, but being a racist because he is half black? That’s just crazy.

    Also, not everyone that is on some sort of performace enhancing drugs are huge and ripped. That’s just not how it works.

  18. 86w183 August 23rd, 2012 at 10:36 am

    I heard the comments and he did not accuse Jeter of anything.

    He pointed out he “wonders” about nay player who has a resurgent season at an advanced age.

    It was inappropriate and unprofessional to tie his blanket suspicions to a particular individual who has always been above reproach, but never never said anything to imply he thinks Jeter is taking anything illegal.

    And I’m no fan of Baseless.

  19. JOE GIRARDI THE BRAIN GENIOUS August 23rd, 2012 at 10:53 am

    The Girardi heckling incident wasn’t as good as I expected after reading about it:

    http://www.sportsgrid.com/mlb/joe-girardi-heckler/

    Thought it would be much funnier, Sweeny’s face is probably the best part

  20. DONNYBROOK August 23rd, 2012 at 10:57 am

    - REASONS YANKS LOST LAST NIGHT -

    (1) Cano’s drive went off the Very top of the wall and bounced back onto the field. Rios’s ball off the Very top of the wall bounced into the stands.

    (2) Andrew Jones can Not situational hit, and continues to come up with runner(s) on base.

    (3) HP Ump was Inconsistent and Bad in general. Girardi shoulda climbed his tree by inning 5.

  21. Jerkface August 23rd, 2012 at 11:08 am

    (1) Cano’s drive went off the Very top of the wall and bounced back onto the field. Rios’s ball off the Very top of the wall bounced into the stands.

    Rios HR landed above the yellow line and on top of the wall. Cano’s landed below the line, which is why it bounced the way it did. Cano missed a HR by a foot, but there wasn’t any kind of ‘luck of the bounce’ involved.

  22. Doc Iac August 23rd, 2012 at 11:20 am

    arods eta?

  23. jacksquat August 23rd, 2012 at 11:24 am

    their division lead is down to three games, the lowest it’s been since June 25. “It is?” Nick Swisher said. “I didn’t even pay attention to it. It’s not really my style. I don’t think it’s our style.

    “We probably didn’t deserve to have a 10-game lead,” Mark Teixeira said.

    :roll:

  24. bruceb August 23rd, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Yanks just don’t hit good pitching. Yes, it’s a generalization but it’s usually the rule.

    When was the last time this team actually beat one of the AL’s elite pitchers (and please don’t include the 2012 Josh Beckett)?

    You could make a case that Matt Harrison is among the top 10-15 and we beat CJ Wilson on July 13. If you don’t regard them as upper echelon pitchers, you have to go back as far as June 5 when they scored seven runs off James Shields. In the last four weeks we have lost twice to King Felix and once to Verlander, Lester and Sales.

    These are the type of pitchers we are going to be facing in the playoffs or – perish the thought – the Wild Card game, which doesn’t exactly fill you with confidence.

  25. Duh Innings II August 23rd, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    I Am Winning August 23rd, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Duh Innings,

    You are in another world right now. Sounds like you woke up on the wrong side of the bed.

    Yes, what he said was rediculous and insulting, but being a racist because he is half black? That’s just crazy.

    Also, not everyone that is on some sort of performace enhancing drugs are huge and ripped. That’s just not how it works.

    ——————————-

    Chipper Jones, a white man, is having a very good year for a guy who’s hanging up the spokes after it. He is hitting better than (BA) or around (OPS) his career slashline. Skip Bayless hasn’t said sh it about him yet he says s@#t about a younger player who yes, is half black which makes him black to a degree (there, happy?)

    Jeter isn’t on PEDs until he’s busted, period, end of story, case closed. I am sick of this kangaroo court, people who talk sh it like Bayless, and Devil’s Advocates or Kinda Devil’s Advocates like you most definitely are with your last statement.

    PEDs make you bigger and bulkier – look at all the talk about Bonds’s body – so just stop with Jeter might be on them.

  26. Duh Innings II August 23rd, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    86w183 August 23rd, 2012 at 10:36 am

    I heard the comments and he did not accuse Jeter of anything.

    He pointed out he “wonders” about nay player who has a resurgent season at an advanced age.

    It was inappropriate and unprofessional to tie his blanket suspicions to a particular individual who has always been above reproach, but never never said anything to imply he thinks Jeter is taking anything illegal.

    And I’m no fan of Baseless.

    ————————-

    His “blanket suspicions” and implying that Jeter took PEDs are accusation enough.

    He mentioned Jeter by name in his wondering about players who have a resurgent season at such an advanced age.

    Baseless (good one lol) is a coward of the highest order: the one who doesn’t call someone something outright. Ef him.

  27. St. Pete Yankee August 23rd, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    That July 18 date when the slide started is the night that Michael Kay talked at length on air about the Yankees just needing .500 the rest of the way to win the division . And I was thinking that last year, during the last five weeks of the season, they were around or under .500, so don’t count your chickens, etc.

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