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Cashman: “We intend to win the American League East”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Sep 06, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Before last night’s win put the Yankees back into sole possession of first place in the American League East, general manager Brian Cashman provided a pretty blunt assessment of what the Yankees had been doing for the past seven weeks and what they planned on doing for the next month.

“We’re just not playing up to the best of our abilities, that’s all,” he said. “It’s a collection of stuff like that. You can talk about it all you want, but it’s not about where we were, it’s where we’re going to be. We intend to win the American League East.”

Tonight the Yankees begin a four-game series in Baltimore, where the Yankees could reestablish themselves as the division favorites or sink under the weight of further disappointment and missed opportunities.

“This stuff happens,” Cashman said. “It’s not easy when you’re going through it, but we’re better than the way we’re playing recently. We look forward to proving that out. I’m not embarrassed that we’re in a pennant race because there’s a lot of good teams here. We expected to be in one all year. I’m a little more surprised, to be honest, that we pulled 10 games up for a period of time.”

As you might expect, Cashman expressed his belief that the current roster is good enough to win — “I’m never not open to doing anything that could help us out, but actively looking I think would be an aggressive word,” he said — and Cashman dismissed the idea that the Yankees older players are running out of gas. In fact, he said the Yankees age is a benefit at a time like this.

“When you’re talking about age, age implies veterans,” Cashman said. “We’ve got a lot of veteran leadership here. These guys have been through a lot over the course of their careers. A lot of them have tasted a lot of success, and certainly at times, they’ve had to deal with failure. All that stuff will serve you well when you’re running into struggles.”

The Yankees began to right their ship last night, but a one-game lead is hardly comfortable heading into these four games against the surprising Orioles. That massive division lead is gone. All that’s left to do is build a new one.

“The security blanket is over,” Cashman said. “The only way to do anything about that is to try to separate yourself from the pack again. We’ve done it once. Why can’t we do it again?”

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63 Responses to “Cashman: “We intend to win the American League East””

  1. blake September 6th, 2012 at 9:06 am

    I dont think the Yanks should play “small ball ” per se in general but there are very few circumstances where they shouldnt be bunting with 1st and 2nd and no outs with this lineup.

    They dont get enough hits to not move those runners.

  2. Don Vito A. Bellamo September 6th, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Winning at least 3 of 4 against the pesky O’s will put us on track and that IS going to happen !

  3. blake September 6th, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Duh Cashman

  4. Yankee Trader September 6th, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Blake-

    On bunting.

    Now that it’s crunch time, with no outs I’d like to see some players lay down a bunt against the shift when leading off the inning, for a hit. It might spark a big inning.

    Or, 2 outs, man on 3rd, infield playing deep, lay down a bunt for a hit.

    Play a little NL ball and go against the book-what the other team is expecting this late in the season.

  5. Bo knows September 6th, 2012 at 9:29 am

    To paraphrase GB on bunting. “Some rinky dink stats boy decided that a bunt meant you were playing for one run”. So much bull, especially with the shift. I keep repeating this but Teix and Grandy injured their legs in at bats. They’ve become caricatures, bad examples of at bats.

    And to quote Billy Martin “If I score one, you have to score two to beat me”.

    The major problem with this team is as some posters have been saying is that the team has become one dimensional, their vaunted patience has disappeared because pitchers are focusing on throwing strikes.

  6. Bo knows September 6th, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Mind you, if you’re slower than dirt, as most of the Yankees are, bunting is contra indicated.

  7. J. Alfred Prufrock September 6th, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Well, they now have a little breathing room. Maybe certain people start relaxing at the plate more.

    Yeah, Roberto Clemente would have had Martin’s drive, but it was a drive nonetheless, and he’s actually had some good ABs. And he ‘s finally off the Interstate…better late than never.

    Jete being Jete is nothing new, but it never gets old. Good to see Alex so refreshed.

    Trenton has its work cut out for it in the EL playoffs after last night. The highlight though was Ramon Flores’ 2-run shot over the CF wall. The power’s really coming. Phillies’ C Tommy Joseph looks like a really good prospect. Hit an oppo blast off Marshall, who gave up 3 HRs to salt away the brief 2-0 lead. Joseph they got in the Pence deal. Disappointing was Tyler Austin being held out of last night’s game so they could play Segedin, a good RH hitter who is slumping, and who is atrocious in the OF and not much better when he plays the IF. He DH’d last night. Hopefully they come home to Trenton tied at one apiece. Adams struck out three times (and doubled), including two caught lookings that both looked liked sliders well off the outside of the plate to me. He did not like either call (third K he went down swinging). Hope to get my first look at Austin on Friday.

  8. blake September 6th, 2012 at 9:46 am

    “Mind you, if you’re slower than dirt, as most of the Yankees are, bunting is contra indicated.”

    Right….they dont have the personnel to play small ball in general…..but I dont see bunting with 1st and 2nd and no outs really as small ball.so.much as just good baseball.

    With this lineup they need to be doing that in almkst all situations save maybe when Cano is up.

    2nd and 3rd with one out gives you so many more opportunities to score than 1st and 2nd with 0 outs…..passed ball….sac fly….ground ball…..all scores af least one run and a base hit scores two.

    With this offense there is just too great a percentage of them either striking out and not moving the runners or hitting into a DP and killing the inning.

  9. J. Alfred Prufrock September 6th, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Hey Brian, good thing Jeter didn’t shop it elsewhere, eh? He may wind up saving your job, wiseguy.

  10. blake September 6th, 2012 at 9:48 am

    “Yeah, Roberto Clemente would have had Martin’s drive,”

    Eh…Joyce took a weird route….I think a lot of Rfers catch that ball…..but Ill take it!

  11. blake September 6th, 2012 at 9:49 am

    “Hey Brian, good thing Jeter didn’t shop it elsewhere, eh? He may wind up saving your job, wiseguy.”

    Boom

  12. J. Alfred Prufrock September 6th, 2012 at 9:51 am

    blake, you’re right, a lot of good OFs make the play. But Martin’s ABs have been a lot better of late.

  13. Doc Iac September 6th, 2012 at 9:58 am

    “Yeah, Roberto Clemente would have had Martin’s drive,”

    —-

    poor martin, even tho he helped us win a huge game last night he still catches hate, you would think he beat up some of these bloggers mom with the amount of hate he catches

  14. DONNYBROOK September 6th, 2012 at 9:59 am

    IF, a Mgr is gonna have a mind-set\Plan of using small-ball during the course of a game, he also must construct his batting order in such a fashion, so as to allow this approach to be employed. That means having player(s) capable of bunting and making contact\hitting and running, at KEY points in your batting order. Your leadoff hitter is usually your best OBP guy, which warrants having a hitter in the 2 Slot that can bunt, or at the very least, successfully make contact in order to utilize the hit-and-run. Swish and Grandy do Not qualify as 2 Slot hitters inna small-ball offensive approach. Girardi can talk all he wants about “doing the little things”, or using small-ball in general, but until he constructs his lineup to implement this approach, he’s babbling as usual. Ichiro, Jeet, Nix, Stewart, and Nunez have shown they possess the tools to be used as small-ballers inna lineup. Maybe Dickerson and Martin also. I have Not seen enough of them attempting this role to appraise.

  15. blake September 6th, 2012 at 9:59 am

    “blake, you’re right, a lot of good OFs make the play. But Martin’s ABs have been a lot better of late.”

    Yes…yes they have. I think Martin has the abiliry to hit better than he has….his approach hurts him….when he lets the balls travel and doesnt try to yank the ball out of the yard every swing he can hit a little.

    Its frustrating because youll see an AB where he waits late and drives the ball to RF……then the next AB hes swinging out of his shoes again.

  16. Bo knows September 6th, 2012 at 10:04 am

    To address one of my pet peeves – Why was Nix standing at the plate with the bat in his hands, telling the world “I’m bunting”. Penile references come to mind.

  17. Bo knows September 6th, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Its frustrating because youll see an AB where he waits late and drives the ball to RF……then the next AB hes swinging out of his shoes again.

    ——–
    Over and over and over.

    Long should post a sign “I will wait on an ouside pitch”.

  18. DONNYBROOK September 6th, 2012 at 10:16 am

    It’s tough laying down a good Sac bunt on that surface in Tampa. Nix’s Primary objective was just to get the bunt down. There was Nothing wrong with his pivoting early. He was Not attempting to lay one down and leg it out.

  19. Bo knows September 6th, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Hey, full marks for that bunt. It was a beauty.

    But bunting like everything else has a rhytm. When you’re standing there like the pope blessing the multitudes, you’re static.

  20. Wave Your Hat September 6th, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Just remember that if the Rays had executed in the seventh inning the small ball bunt would have turned a possible big inning into nothing.

  21. blake September 6th, 2012 at 10:56 am

    “Just remember that if the Rays had executed in the seventh inning the small ball bunt would have turned a possible big inning into nothing.”

    If Nix hadnt bunted then Jeter’s ground ball would have been a DP and you have a runner on 3rd with 2 outs…..so no different…..and they had a lot better chance to score doing what they did IMO because if puts pressure on the defense.

  22. blake September 6th, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Actually no thats wrong because Nix would have had to hit……so he could have hit into a DP himself or not advanced the runners and then Jeters’s ground ball.ends the inning. Sure he could have gotten a hit…..but the chances are better he makes an out and the Yanks dont score IMO.

  23. 86w183 September 6th, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Ahhh the law of predetermined outcomes.

    If Nix hadn’t bunted HE might have hit into a double play. HE might have hit a 3-run HR. He might have popped up. Who knows what he would have done.

    No way of knowing how Jeter would have performed if it was a completely different situation.

  24. blake September 6th, 2012 at 11:01 am

    If JF or LGY or somebody is around……is there any data on percentage of runs scored in a 2nd and 3rd 1 out situation vs a 1st and 2nd and no outs situation?

    With this offense and their low contact rates…..Id always take the 2nd and 3rd situation because you dont need a hit to score there.

  25. blake September 6th, 2012 at 11:02 am

    86,

    Yes…you cant assume Nix (your #9 hitter) does something positive either thougn.

  26. Wave Your Hat September 6th, 2012 at 11:06 am

    I would have bunted in that particular situation. I’m just saying bunting has its own down side. On the whole, it’s why I’m no small ball admirer.

  27. blake September 6th, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Wave,

    Im not either….but with this team there are very few situations where I would bunt with 1st and 2nd and 0 outs…….they just K too much…..

  28. raymagnetic September 6th, 2012 at 11:13 am

    http://tangotiger.net/retroshe.....years.html

    Enjoy!!

  29. Wave Your Hat September 6th, 2012 at 11:13 am

    blake-

    Check out these tables:

    http://baseballanalysts.com/ar.....naly_1.php

    Take a look at Tables 4 and 5, which show a slight increase in the probability of scoring one run by a bunt in that situation. The cost is a slight decrease in the total estimated runs scored as a result of the bunt, as shown in Tables 1 and 2.

    So I guess the question is, how comfortable do you feel that the Yank bullpen would hold a one run lead over three innings?

  30. Bo knows September 6th, 2012 at 11:17 am

    The problem I have with stats is that by definition, it’s one style fits all, broad strokes – to mix metaphors. Nobody mentions that with bunts there are variations because everyone is moving. Again this presupposes that the attempted bunt is done by someone with bat control.

  31. Bo knows September 6th, 2012 at 11:21 am

    So I guess the question is, how comfortable do you feel that the Yank bullpen would hold a one run lead over three innings?

    ———-
    In that scenario, the offense doesn’t have nine more at bats.

  32. MTU September 6th, 2012 at 11:23 am

    ““The security blanket is over,” Cashman said. “The only way to do anything about that is to try to separate yourself from the pack again. We’ve done it once. Why can’t we do it again?”

    Guess you haven’t watching Brian.

    Why ?

    because our Pitching and hitting has sucked.

    That’s why.

    Maybe it’ll change.

    It better.

    What a bunch of pablum.

    ;)

  33. blake September 6th, 2012 at 11:23 am

    The problem I have with stats is that by definition, it’s one style fits all, broad strokes – to mixer metaphors. Nobody mentions that with bunts there are variations because everyone is moving. Again this presupposes that the attempted bunt is done byline someone with bat control.”

    Right…..I think it greatly depends on your team and who is at the plate…..its tough to just generalize there.

    The dont have a lot of guys i trust to not K or hit into a DP or pop up there……

  34. MTU September 6th, 2012 at 11:24 am

    edit: haven’t been

  35. blake September 6th, 2012 at 11:24 am

    but I guess on the other hand they don’t have a lot of guys I trust to get a sac bunt down either…..so it just depends on who is up.

  36. bruceb September 6th, 2012 at 11:25 am

    “I intend to win the lottery” but it’s not likely to happen. Thanks for those encouraging words, Brian. Made all the difference.

  37. blake September 6th, 2012 at 11:27 am

    “So I guess the question is, how comfortable do you feel that the Yank bullpen would hold a one run lead over three innings?”

    I’d rather have a 1 run lead than not…..and to me there is a lot better chance they score 1 run with 2nd and 3rd and 1 out than there is they score multiple runs with 1st and 2nd and no outs.

    Again if the Yanks had a bunch of guys that get hits frequently then I’d have a different opinion….as it is they have a bunch of guys that K a lot and pop up a lot……

  38. blake September 6th, 2012 at 11:27 am

    BryanHoch Now on Yankees.com: In short, Jeter is an ageless wonder atmlb.com/RdKxtw

    yes….yes he is.

  39. MTU September 6th, 2012 at 11:30 am

    The Yankees better make significant changes in the OS.

  40. Hassey September 6th, 2012 at 11:31 am

    agree or disagree on the state of the team, these guys are funny:

    http://www.johnsterling.blogsp.....m-all.html

  41. randy l. September 6th, 2012 at 11:34 am

    i like small ball a lot , but it takes players who have the skills to play small ball.

    i think it’s a little late in the year to develop those skills.

    so i’m saying there isn’t much to work with on small ball with this team because the players don’t know how to bunt and they don’t know how to change their swing for the situation.

    i still say the yankees will win because they suck less than the orioles and the rays. the orioles are in no shape or form a good team. their run differential is about the same as the mariners.
    the rays have good pitching and a lousy offense.

    welcome to parity and mediocre teams. but the good news for this pennant run is the yankees are better overall than the other two teams.

    if showalter somehow beats the yankees and girardi it’s because he just plain out managed girardi and totally schooled him from the other dugout.

    girardi and cashman absolutely should be fired if the orioles beat them out this fall.

    the ten game lead if anything hurt because they did nothing to improve themselves because they thought they were in good shape.

    i’ve always said in business that the good times do you in more than the bad times because you get a false sense of security.

    this might have been what happened to the yankees and that ten game lead.

  42. MTU September 6th, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Randy-

    Every ML player show know how to bunt.

    Otherwise you write your name on the blackbaord until you can.

    It should be a required subject in the minors.

    Just like the 3 R’s were in school once upon a time.

    ;)

  43. MTU September 6th, 2012 at 11:39 am

    edit: should.

    sorry.

  44. bruceb September 6th, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Our two recent victories came gift-wrapped.

    Ain’t that a fact. We’ll see whether the crisis is really over in Baltimore. I, for one, won’t believe it until the Yanks go out and win a game convincingly or for that matter, win a road series against a decent team.

  45. MTU September 6th, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Bruce-

    exactly how I feel.

    I’m not getting suckered by a false dawn.

    I want to be shown.

    ;)

  46. MTU September 6th, 2012 at 11:44 am

    You know.

    When you walk into a McD’s or a Walmart you see the new Americana.

    What happened ?

    :(

  47. MTU September 6th, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Be back later.

  48. austinmac September 6th, 2012 at 11:48 am

    MTU,

    I certainly agree they need major offensive changes next year. They need to acquire guys with high averages, some speed and athleticism. I don’t wnat slap htters, but a good batting average guy with 15 home run power would make me happy.

    Hopefully, Cashman sees the need for change, but if I hear him say this is who we are one more time, I will be sick. This is who we are because he did nothing to change it.

  49. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 6th, 2012 at 11:49 am

    “Randy-

    Every ML player show know how to bunt.”

    Absolutely agree!

    “Our two recent victories came gift-wrapped.

    Ain’t that a fact. We’ll see whether the crisis is really over in Baltimore. I, for one, won’t believe it until the Yanks go out and win a game convincingly or for that matter, win a road series against a decent team.”

    bruceb – don’t blame you a bit.

    I tend to see things happen and believe that they are indicative of bigger things happening. I saw the Yankees finally hit against the team with the best ERA in the majors and the biggest K rate, and that makes me believe that the drought is over.

    I’ve always believed that the quality of the Yankees is such that they are capable of winning it all.

    We shall see!

  50. austinmac September 6th, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Randy,

    The worst philosophy one can have is we are good enough. No team is good enough, and certainly not the Yankes this year. That is a foolish way to proceed, but it is just what they thought and acted(or didn’t act)accordingly. The job of the GM is to improve the team.

  51. blake September 6th, 2012 at 11:54 am

    “The job of the GM is to improve the team.”

    It is? I thought it was to lower the payroll……

  52. blake September 6th, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Love that Bobby V told that guy he was gonna punch him in the nose….Bobby is about to lose it.

  53. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 6th, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    austinmac – you saw what the Yankees did last night. If they repeat that for the rest of the season (hits wise) and throughout the postseason, do you then change your mind about the Yankee team and their ability to hit?

    The craziness here – and it’s craziness that I understand – is that it’s tough to really define what this team is! Who are they at full speed? Who knows because we haven’t had the luxury of seeing that once this season. We started out deficit spending because we lost Mo and quickly lost Gardner. Those were two very important pieces. Everyone has injuries in the course of a season. Some injuries are more costly than others. Arod was a costly injury, especially because it appeared he had finally hit his stride. DRob was a costly injury. Tex has been a costly injury. Did the Yankees hurt Tex (and themselves) even more by running the guy out there for a month solid – at least a month if memory serves me correctly – when he had bronchitis? That certainly didn’t help the Yankees and Tex wasn’t extremely helpful during that period of time.

    Anyway, those questions are of course unanswerable at this point. All we have left is the players with the ability to get the job done. And they certainly have it.

    Thank the Lord for the call ups. And thank the Lord for what appears to be a turnaround.

    May it continue!

  54. austinmac September 6th, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Bobby V. has lost what little rationality he had. It is fun to check out the Boston papers to see his latest craziness.

  55. austinmac September 6th, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Trisha,

    They have not hit in the second half. Will they? I sure hope so. I think anyone but Jones at this point has a chance to hit.

    I have said many times that Martin has hit more line dirves that have been caught this year than anyone in some time.

    Mo and Gardner were lost long before the trade deadline. That is why it would have been nice to try to replace, in part, those lost pieces.

  56. Hassey September 6th, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Bobby V. would’ve hit him, too, if he had the chance…that Stamford is a tough town he grew up in…that’s why so many rappers come out of there

  57. randy l. September 6th, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    austinmac-

    the good thing in my way of thinking is that the yankees got the wake up call with almost a month still in the season.

    there is nothing stopping cashman from making a trade even now. i expect the yankee to kick into gear on all levels or else players and personnel know they’ll be losing jobs.

    the yankees don’t have to be great because the other teams are not great. the yankees just have to pick it up a notch or two.

    i would play cervelli and nunez simply to piss off everyday players. it would be done for effect.
    anger is not indifference. it helps. if i were girardi i’d also fight back against the gamesmanship that comes from showalter and maddon.

    they basically abuse him and he lets them mess with him. he should turn the tables and go after them. he needs to stop being predictable to them. they surprise him. he doesn’t surprise them.
    its not so much small ball as setting an example by messing with them.

    girardi needs to show some fight and let the team pick that up.

  58. Mordot11 September 6th, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    I know that Bobby V has had a rough season, but I still believe he’s a good baseball mind. I like that he’s fiery, too. I’m sure others disagree, but I find Girardi’s complacency to be awfully frustrating at times.

  59. Hassey September 6th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Plus, I applaud the fact that Bobby V. already has his next career all sorted out. Remember this?:

    http://newyork.cbslocal.com/20.....ffic-mess/

  60. mick September 6th, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    girardi needs to show some fight and let the team pick that up.
    ========================
    he must realize this. perhaps it’s why he gets himself thrown out of a few games a year.
    he also doesn’t like to be dictated to whether it’s from reporters with an agenda, gms, owners or mgrs. he won’t lower himself to resort to their “tactics” by imitating them or retaliating when thrown at. a billy martin, he is not.

  61. randy l. September 6th, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    “he also doesn’t like to be dictated to whether it’s from reporters with an agenda, gms, owners or mgrs. he won’t lower himself to resort to their “tactics” by imitating them or retaliating when thrown at. a billy martin, he is not.”

    he won’t lower himself to do whatever it takes to win ?

    then showalter and maddon will beat him unless girardi has superior players.

    i’m not talking about playing dirty. i’m saying don’t be who they expect you to be. you are a manager. change it up. don’t be predictable.

    if girardi can only be predictable, he needs to be fired immediately because the yankee no longer will have vastly superior player advantages over other teams.

    the yankee manager is going to have to be good and beat the opposing manager more often than not.

  62. mick September 6th, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    girardi has himself painted into a corner with the way this team is made up.
    granted if guys like nix are playing he has to bunt like he did last night but go thru that lineup and tell me who he can play small ball with. jeter will do it on his own, that;s about it.
    maddon plays that way because he doesn’t have the talent we have. we do have more talent which is why we built a 10 game lead. that was a glimpse of who we really are.
    he will have to hope that team is healthy and reappears in short order.

  63. Bo knows September 6th, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    they basically abuse him and he lets them mess with him. he should turn the tables and go after them. he needs to stop being predictable to them. they surprise him. he doesn’t surprise them.
    its not so much small ball as setting an example by messing with them.

    girardi needs to show some fight and let the team pick that up.

    —————
    More than just a pretty face. Well said

    It’s a game, let’s have some gamesmanship.

    The thing is, that so called small ball is fun. You’re messin with them.

    I’d be trying this with Granderson and Nunez, they have the quick hands and speed, but especially Grandy to let him have some fun with this game. Some drag bunts, some half swings oppo. Get him off that max swing.

    It’s late in the season but get him off the schnied.

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