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Postgame notes: “You move up pretty quick this time of year”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Sep 09, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

When it was a two-run game and Freddy Garcia was letting it slip away. At that point, Joe Girardi was planning backwards, starting with the end of the game. He thought he could get nine outs from Rafael Soriano and Dave Robertson, and he thought Boone Logan could get the Yankees through the sixth inning. What he needed was a bridge, someone to get the Yankees from Garcia’s rapidly disentigrating start to the most reliable arms in the bullpen.

“I like the way (Joba Chamberlain) had thrown the ball the last two times,” Girardi said. “We don’t have a lot of time, so if you’re going to move up the food chain, you move up pretty quick this time of year.”

Girardi has wanted to use Chamberlain in low-leverage situations, but things finally seem to be coming together for him, and today Chamberlain delivered easily his best outing of the season. He struck out four — tying his career-high for strikeouts in a relief appearance — and gave the Yankees an inning and two-thirds of hitless relief when things could have gone the other way.

“There’s no low-leverage from this point out,” Chamberlain said. “You play this game to be in tight situations. You play this game to be the best, and understand what you have to do. Especially with this lineup, the way they’re swinging the bat, they can change the game with one swing. That’s good for me to know that they’ve seen me a lot, and to be able to make the adjustments that I’ve made thus far.”

The most recent adjustment? Chamberlain moved his hands up a little bit. Nothing big, but one of the small things that sometimes make a big difference for a pitcher that’s been struggling with command and consistency.

“All along, you would see good pitches out of both (his fastball and his slider),” Girardi said. “But the consistency wasn’t there. He would make a mistake. Now I see more consistency.”

Is this an indication that Chamberlain might become more helpful down the stretch? Obviously it could be. This Orioles lineup has proven it can be dangerous, and Chamberlain shut it down in a game that pushed the Yankees back into sole possession of first place.

“I think it all just came together,” Chamberlain said. “Being able to get my delivery down. Getting the mentality of, ‘Get the ball, here it goes, hit it.’ It’s not necessarily that I had been second-guessing myself, but I’d been gone for so long. … You guys put expectations on me, but I put bigger expectations on myself. That was frustrating. I knew the velocity was there, I knew the work I put in, and I wasn’t getting results. But you can’t get frustrated. If I would have rolled over and been done, I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing for this team.”

• In the previous month, since August 9, Curtis Granderson was hitting .163. No wonder, then, that Girardi kept him out of the lineup today and yesterday. Off the bench, though, Granderson went 3-for-3 this afternoon with a home run, a double and five RBI. “Don’t know exactly what it is (that’s caused the struggles),” Granderson said. “Physically everything felt fine. Mechanically everything looked right, whether it be from video or from Kevin Long’s perspective. It just felt like, for whatever reason, balls that I was going ahead and attacking, which were strikes, (the swings were) just a tick off for whatever reason.”

• After the game, Mark Teixeira said that he’s not sure how badly his calf is injured right now, but it doesn’t feel as bad as it did when he first strained it two weeks ago. He said he’s not particularly worried about missing the rest of the season — “That would be worst, worst-case scenario,” he said — but he obviously has to make sure it’s better than yesterday.

• Here’s Teixeira: “I thought I could play on it at 80 percent or whatever it was. I couldn’t, so when I come back next time — whether it’s two days or a week, whatever it’s going to be, I don’t know how long it’s going to be — I’ll just make sure that it’s better than 80 percent. Again, it’s not going to be 100 percent, we know that. We just know that I have to make sure I can do a little more.”

• Girardi said that the Yankees are still on rotation for the Boston series, suggesting David Phelps is still the scheduled starter for Wednesday. “That’s something I’ve got plenty of tine to think about over the next 48 hours or so,” Girardi said.

• Speaking of starters, Freddy Garcia seemed to be rolling along before things got out of control in that fourth inning. Could the long top of the fourth have anything to do with it? “Could have been,” Girardi said. “He walked the first guy, then he gets ahead of Hardy 0-2 and hit him with a split. That kind of led to their inning. Betemit hits an 0-2 pitch, so the 0-2 pitches got him in trouble today. That’s not usually something that happens with Freddy.”

• It goes overlooked because the game became a blowout and Chamberlain was so good, but Cory Wade was excellent today. Two hitless innings, no walks, three strikeouts. Haven’t seen him like that in a long, long time.

• Granderson’s home run was his 100th as a Yankee.

• Here’s Granderson talking about his three at-bats, starting with the homer: “Just trying to hit it. No mindset. Not trying to drive it one way or the other. The second at-bat I actually got beat. That was a fastball in that just got up on me and I was able to fist to the other way. The last at-bat was another fastball in, but I was able to pull that to the other side of the field.”

• Alex Rodriguez has a 13-game hitting streak, his longest since 2007. Since coming off the disabled list he’s hitting .308 with seven runs and six RBI in seven games. … Ichiro Suzuki went 8-for-14 with four RBI this series. … Derek Jeter went 9-for-19 with a home run, four RBI and four runs this series.

• Nick Swisher is hitless in his past 28 at-bats.

• The Orioles and Yankees split their season series with nine wins apiece. Each team went 3-6 at its home stadium.

• Might as well give the final word to Jeter: “You always have to try to find some sort of positives, even when you lose. We lost a couple tough games, but we did battle back, we never gave up. We’ve come to expect that. We’d like to have won them (all), but we didn’t. Today was a big one for us. We have a much-needed day off tomorrow, we go to Boston ready to play. I liked the way we played.”

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75 Responses to “Postgame notes: “You move up pretty quick this time of year””

  1. Chambliss September 9th, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    If the Yankees and O’s finish the regular season in a tie, I would assume that head to head play is the first tiebreaker. Since they split the season series 9-9, what is the next tiebreaker? Could it be play in the A.L. East? Or perhaps Bud Selig will resolve the tie with something like team with the most home runs in the home run derby at the All Star game.

  2. Bret The Hitman September 9th, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Ichiro is hitting .299 as a Yankee. I still don’t think he’s washed up.

    Between Jeter, Cano and Ichiro the Yankees have 3 contact hitters. Alex Rodriguez hitting .300 the rest of the way would really add some consistency to this lineup. Chavez needs to get AB’s as well.

  3. b_widmer2 September 9th, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    If they finish the year tied, they would play a one game playoff since there’s such a big difference between winning the division vs winning the WC.

  4. Mordot11 September 9th, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    The tiebreak is record within the division.

  5. blake September 9th, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Ichiro has definitely shown signs of life lately and thats really good news…..I like it helps him to get a day off here and there against left handers but when hes hitting he sure is nice in front of Jeter.

    Alex is swinging thr bat really well and thats huge….he makes the lineup just night and day better when he hits.

    And Jeter…..who could make a serious run at the batting title now just keeps on hitting.

    If today gets Grandy going then all they need is for Swisher to snap out of his funk…..he could get red hot just as fast as he went cold.

  6. blake September 9th, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    There are all kinds of crazy tie breaks…..I think the first is head to head….then in division….then in AL….then like record since the all star break…..et …..

  7. Bret The Hitman September 9th, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    True Blake, Alex helps the lineup big time, Ichiro was a nice addition. Jeter is a contender for batting title and Cano is the best 2b in baseball.

    Bullpen could be good with Soriano, Robertson, Joba and Phelps.

    Rotation could get a boost from Andy. Kuroda is great but CC needs to step up. Once again the Yankees hopes of advancing deep rest heavily on CC. They have to hit and score consistently but if CC bombs they’re in big trouble. He must at least keep them in games and give them length in the postseason (if they make it).

  8. yankee21 September 9th, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    I missed most of the game today. Kudos to the Yankees for battling back. One thing this team does have is it doesn’t quit.

    Good job by Grandy, Martin and Ichiro. Also standout job by the BP today. Glad to see Joba is starting to hit his stride.

    One other thing Jeter is really 28 right? I think 38 is just a myth.

  9. blake September 9th, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    If they can get Joba and Wade straightened out for real then I’ll feel a lot better about the pen.

    I had been saying all along that they needed to keep throwing Joba out there because even though he was struggling he has the stuff to make a difference and they don’t really have another guy like that aside from Robertson and Soriano……they need to find out if Joba can be that bridge…..he’s starting to look more like a guy that could be.

  10. jmv September 9th, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Hi Blake, how are you?

    Missed big parts of the game, but I’m very glad about Joba. As you know, I’ve also been a fan of throwing him out there and be patient. Hope it’s paying off. Glad about Wade too, but not so confident on him. Hopefully am wrong

  11. Nick in SF September 9th, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    The final tiebreaker is which manager can squeeze a lump of coal into a diamond while sitting on the bench. No hands allowed. I’m afraid that one would go to Buck, but Girardi is gaining.

  12. jmv September 9th, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Thanks for clarifying it, Nick. Always thought the tiebreak was all about the most hit points for banging other team’s batters. Buck would be in sole possesion

  13. Bret The Hitman September 9th, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Derek is on pace to finish 2012 with 3,307 hits or possibly a few more if he sustains his recent surge atop the Yankees lineup. Next year he would only need 193 hits to reach 3,500. When he opts out to renegotiate a multiyear deal, he might have the leverage of saying that he is a recent batting champion (2012).

    Derek Jeter could very well be looking at 3,500 hits after 2013 and 3 more years on his next deal.

    4,000 hits would be amazing for the Derek Jeter and the Yankees.

  14. jmills September 9th, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=L1_W0LCHwK4

    Something funny for you very good people!

  15. blake September 9th, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    “Hi Blake, how are you?”

    good….how are you. Yea with Wade we’ll just have to see…..good step today though.

  16. Bret The Hitman September 9th, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    They need to load him with B vitamins to ratchet up his energy metabolism and keep his energy level high deep into the season. B complex. B-12 as methylcobalamin. B-6 as pyridoxal-5-phosphate. Probiotics. B-rich foods like ground beef from pastured local cows, chicken, fish, seafood, bananas.

  17. Madrugador September 9th, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Saw Joba up close today. He had swing and miss stuff. It usually takes two years after TJ surgery for a pitcher to recover their form. Joba was good today. Time will tell if he can repeat this.

  18. Bret The Hitman September 9th, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    B-12 shots aren’t against MLB rules I don’t think. They should administer a dose weekly to Derek Jeter over the long seasons ahead.

  19. blake September 9th, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    I think Derek might go year to year after his current deal is up….I think he could get to 4,000 if he wants to and even make a run at Pete Rose if he wanted to …..I’m just not sure he’ll want to hang around that long. We’ll see how it goes…..right now it doesn’t look at all like he’s slowing down…..

  20. jmv September 9th, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Bret,

    The 4000 chase would be great. I really hope 180 per year. If he can keep at least at .280 he could stay in the game (thinking about Vizquel’s longevity) for at least 3 more year, don’t you think?

    About this year, I think he is a valid candidate for MVP. To me it’s not only about HR and RBI, but how important are you to your team. He’s been the go-to guy the whole year

  21. Nilsson September 9th, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Remember when Jeter was routinely trashed on this forum day in and day out. Where are those people now? Likely amnesia.

    Anyway, interesting question raised by Chambliss. I also thought there’d be layers of tiebreakers. But at least according to Wikipedia, the rules have changed beginning this year. If there’s a 2-way tie for the division, even if both qualify for postseason, there is now a tie breaking game. The losing team being a WC.

  22. blake September 9th, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    I don’t think the issue with Jeter is so much how long he can keep hitting as it is how long he can play SS…..I think he could rack up hits another 4 or 5 years if he stays healthy…..but will he want to continue playing if it’s not at SS? I don’t know…..I kinda doubt it….

  23. jmv September 9th, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    B-12 shots are too painful!!!
    LOL

  24. jmv September 9th, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Jeter seems too proud to resign at SS, but even Cal did it. I guess we’ll wait and see

  25. Bret The Hitman September 9th, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    JMV,

    I think we will see 4000. I would be thrilled if that’s the extent of it for Jeter. He could easily get there as he looks like someone who pushes forward through tough times and doesn’t let go or give up. He also has an overinflated ego, so I think he would keep playing even if he had an off-year or 2 off-years back to back in the coming seasons.

    The excitement of 4000 could really reinvigorate him if he’s slowing down. The buzz will be crazy and Rose will be in sight – just 256 hits away. Milestones do matter to Jeter as evidenced by his stage fright around 3000 hits. I think people underestimate his competitive drive as an individual which shapes his makeup just as much as his leadership qualities and concern for team play and winning. The guy thrives on being better than the competition – and Pete Rose is competition.

  26. yankee21 September 9th, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Remember when Jeter was routinely trashed on this forum day in and day out. Where are those people now? Likely amnesia….

    Nilsson, from mid-2010 through mid-2011 Jeter looked very much his age. I don’t recall people trashing Jeter it was more about criticizing how badly he was hitting, especially against RHP, and whether it would be worth re-signing him to a huge 3-4 year deal. I think that was a reasonable concern.

    Jeter turned things around dramatically near the AS break last year and except for a month 6 weeks in May and June this year, he really has been an offensive standout since.

    Jeter has made alot of people eat crow, myself included. Glad he did.

  27. Cashmoney September 9th, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Rose record doesn’t do much for me personally as a Yankee fan. If Jeter can play decent D and hit 320 with modest power, that would. But i think it’s big if. The safe way is giving Jeter year to year contract. But I am not the Yankee, or else, Nunez would be playing for the future. Carry on…

  28. blake September 9th, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    If Jeter got close to Rose’s record it would be celebrated like nothing we’ve seen in baseball in a long time…….probably not as much as the 1998 homer chase because of the drama and time sensitive nature of that….but it would be a huge huge deal…..if he even got to 4,000 it would be a really big deal.

  29. Nilsson September 9th, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Ah yes, “concerned”. The new metaphor. Anyway, look back at the archives. Lots of nasty drivel aimed at Jeter at the time.

  30. Bret The Hitman September 9th, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    4000 hits would require at least a 20 year career where the hitter averages 200 hits per year. It’s an incredible feat.

  31. jmills September 9th, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    I have no problem with Jeter passing Rose.

    In my books,…Pete is in the little Hall.

  32. Bret The Hitman September 9th, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    How much would the ball be worth if he hit number 4000 as a HR? I wouldn’t be gifting it back to Jeter for a bunch of tickets. That’s for sure.

  33. djsunyc September 9th, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    btw, as a redskins fan, all i can say is

    R
    G
    3

    whoooooooooooo…

  34. djsunyc September 9th, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    so in my lifetime, i’ve seen this:

    barry bonds – the best hitter ever on steroids
    mariano rivera – the greatest closer in history

    and possibly derek jeter breaking pete rose’s all time hits record??!?!?

    not bad…

  35. Nick in SF September 9th, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Oakland has a brutal schedule the rest of the way. Starting tomorrow:

    4 @ Anaheim
    3 vs. Orioles
    off day
    3 @ Detroit
    3 @ Yankees
    4 @ Texas
    3 vs. Mariners

    If they make the post-season, they will have really earned it.

  36. jmills September 9th, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    If Paul Molitar wasn’t so hurt he would be first!

  37. Cashmoney September 9th, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Bond was unreal on Roids… he was on dif playing level than the rest. I still remember Kelly’s comments on Mo on a chance day where he mowed down the Twins . “That guy, he should be in a higher league,” said Kelly. “Ban him from baseball. He should be illegal.”

  38. Cashmoney September 9th, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    I think in the mid 90s, Steiner made overture to both Bond and Maddux as FA… The Giants wowed Bond with was then a record contract… Maddux choose NL and ATL over NY… the rest is history.

  39. jmv September 9th, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Well, was a nice chat, but gotta call it.

    Nite all!

  40. Ghostwriter September 9th, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    This was a huge series for the Yanks. They went into Baltimore, scuffling, but they left with their lead in the AL East intact. The Yanks appear to be poised to break out of their 8-week funk. Now, that they’ve weathered the storm, the Yanks should be tough to beat down the stretch, getting back key players like ARod, Pettitte, Nova, and Chamberlain at just the right time to make the final push. I really think that the key for this team is Granderson–he’s the catalyst, when Grandy hits, the team seems to win.

    I also think that Swisher is due to break out of his slump very soon: If Swish gets hot in time for the playoffs, he could provide a very big spark.

  41. Nick in SF September 9th, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Actually, there’s still enough time for Swisher to get hot and then go into another slump. :neutral:

  42. Ghostwriter September 9th, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    I’ve been pretty critical of Swisher in the past, but I don’t think that he’s the same guy. I think that he is much more of a run producer than he had been in years past. I think that he’s going to surprise a lot of folks in October.

  43. Locke September 9th, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    I still think the Yankees will hold on to the division, and have a chance to go deep into the postseason. While other teams may be “more complete” the Yankees still have what it takes to beat any of them in a 5/7 game series.

  44. Barry September 9th, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Nilsson–

    I like your comment and tone re “concern”…people on this blog and other places were brutal. Very much the way some people on this blog were relative to the whole team, Jeter excluded, yesterday. Either we have a lot of childish and self absorbed people, or we have a crowd that doesn’t distinguish between baseball and football. The Yankees, not we or us, play everyday for six months. Then if successfull, another six weeks or so. Not once a week for three months. It’s baseball, man. A lifestyle.

  45. tomingeorgia September 10th, 2012 at 7:01 am

    Morning, anyody,
    Wonder what is was that lit Granderson’s fuse yesterday? What ever it was, I hope they have more of it on hand. Give some to Swish, too.

  46. MaineYankee September 10th, 2012 at 7:28 am

    tomingeorgia September 10th, 2012 at 7:01 am
    Morning, anyody,
    Wonder what is was that lit Granderson’s fuse yesterday? What ever it was, I hope they have more of it on hand. Give some to Swish, too.

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    Morning Tom.

    I know you know enough about Maine to know that even though randy was born here the Mass influence has colored his vision :D :

    I think this line-up will hit differently with the big bats of Arod and Tex(if he returns) for pitchers to deal with. It’s alot more dangerous for pitchers to navigate through with those two in the middle.

  47. tomingeorgia September 10th, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Maine,
    Good morning! I knew this is an off-day for the Yanks, but it was looking like an off-day for the blog, too.

    Had a frost yet out there near Fryeburg? I bet there’s snow on Washington, a pretty sight on a fall day.

    Dwelling in Massachusetts has been definitively shown to negatively affect perception. This disease, once acquired, has the unfortunate tendency to spread beyond borders.

  48. raymagnetic September 10th, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Wow!! Looks like it would have been better to err on the side of caution with Tex.

    Girardi was hammered for not playing Tex when Tex wanted to play. Now who knows how long he’ll be out?

  49. MaineYankee September 10th, 2012 at 7:42 am

    tomingeorgia

    Don’t rush it!!!

    It’s getting cool in the am but not that cool. In the40′s in the am. Supposed to be in the 70′s during the day.

    The disease has definitely spread up here. We need to put a fence on the border to keep out the undesireables. :lol:

  50. MaineYankee September 10th, 2012 at 7:45 am

    tomingeorgia

    I bet there’s snow on Washington, a pretty sight on a fall day

    ——————————————————————————–

    It may be a pretty sight for a southerner but to us it fortells what is to come. As I get older that sight gets less pretty.

  51. tomingeorgia September 10th, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Maine,
    All the harbingers mount up. When’s the Fryeburg Fair? Liked that fair.

  52. Yankee Trader September 10th, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Good morning-

    Maine-
    What have you been up to? Haven’t seen you here in quite some time.

  53. blake September 10th, 2012 at 8:00 am

    “Girardi was hammered for not playing Tex when Tex wanted to play. Now who knows how long he’ll be out?”

    No….the question was…….either he was healthy or he wasnt…..one day isnt going to make any difference and he got hurt again anyway after giving him one more day……so what was the point? They were apparently risking it either way because he said it never was 100%

  54. blake September 10th, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Yanks just have to take care of their business now….they havd two more series against winning clubs (the As and Rays) and the rest vs sub .500 teams.

    They have 6 more against Boston and they need to be very careful to.not let these be trap games……those 6 games will be Boston’s WS as they have nothing else to play for…..need to win those games.

  55. MaineYankee September 10th, 2012 at 8:07 am

    tomingeorgia September 10th, 2012 at 7:52 am
    Maine,
    All the harbingers mount up. When’s the Fryeburg Fair? Liked that fair.

    ——————————————————————

    The fair is Oct. 29th. One of the best fairs in the northeast. If you ever come up to the fair I’d like to meet up if possible.

    Trader

    Can’t take the insanity here. I either stay away and enjoy baseball or come here and be miserable like the rest here.

  56. Yankee Trader September 10th, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Pitching matchups in Boston:

    Kuroda vs. Lester- Lester, in his last 3 outings has given up 11 earned runs in 21 innings.

    Phelps vs. Cook- Cook 0-4 with 6.12 ERA last 5 outings.

    Hughes vs. Doubront- Doubront 0-2 with 9.49 ERA last 3 outings.

    It’s time for the Yankees offense to start performing lke they did on Sunday.

    Given that the Yankees are facing 2 lefties, it looks like Jones will be playing-trying to duplicate his last outing in Fenway, where he destroyed the green monster.

  57. Yankee Trader September 10th, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Maine-

    Things are better here in the morning where more intelligent/factual conversation/information takes place. :)

    Game threads are often where people see who can be “Troll for a Day”

  58. MaineYankee September 10th, 2012 at 8:14 am

    tom

    Gotta run. Catch up with you later.

  59. Yankee Trader September 10th, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Blake-

    Those series vs the Rays and A’s are at home which will help. I don’t expect Boston[6] or the Blue Jays[7] to roll over-just hope their depleted rosters are no match and that the Yankees do what they need to do, to win the division.

    This week:
    A’s vs the Angels
    O’s vs the Rays

    Time to see who are the pretenders!

  60. blake September 10th, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Trader,

    I still wouldnt play Jonesy…..hes cooked….like extra crispy style.

    One encouraging thing is that the Yanks beat 3 pretty darn good lefties in these past two series (Moore, Chen, and Britton)

    Hopefully 2012 Lester shows up tomorrow night.

  61. MG September 10th, 2012 at 8:23 am

    it’s great that Chamberlain got some critical outs yesterday.

    Before anyone says he’s all the way back you need to look at some of the pitches that got those outs-the last pitch to Hardy was a terrible slider that didn’t break and hung right in Hardy’s eye-he just missed it. The way the O’s have been going he could have just as well hit it out and tied the game, this time it went the Yankees way.

    He also got away with a bad slider to Reynolds, who seems like he may be reverting back to his normal swing and miss mode, before K’ing him with a good fastball.

    He’s still a work in process and is throwing hard, even though I’ve given up on him for the long term I want him to help the team now.

  62. tomingeorgia September 10th, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Maine,
    Love to meet you at the fair, but it looks like 2013 before I’ll get there.Come around more often!

  63. Yankee Trader September 10th, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Last 7 games for the Rays: 4 in Chicago vs WS, 3 home vs the O’s
    Last 6 for O’s: 3 home vs Boston, 3 away vs Rays
    Last 7 White Sox: 4 home vs Rays, 3 away vs Indians
    Last 6 Tigers: 3 away vs Twins, 3 away vs KC
    Last 6 Angels: 3 away Texas, 3 away Seattle
    Last 6 A’s: 3 at home Seattle, 3 at home Texas
    Last 7 Yankees: 4 away Toronto, 3 home vs Boston
    Last 10 Rangers: 4 at home vs A’s, 3 at home vs Angels, 3 away vs A’s

    Who will play whom in the playoffs?

  64. blake September 10th, 2012 at 8:30 am

    “Before anyone says he’s all the way back you need to look at some of the pitches that got those outs-the last pitch to Hardy was a terrible slider that didn’t break and hung right in Hardy’s eye-he just missed it.”

    True….kinda a back up slider that Hardy probably thought would break but didnt……still though he threw some good ones and the velo is there for the most part.

    Thing is…..unless they are going to bring up Montgomery and try him they just dont have anybody else that can really fill that void pre-Drob in the pen…..Wade could I guess if he can get his 2011 form back but they need another guy they dont have to match up with…..maybe Phelps can help there too.

  65. blake September 10th, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Trader,

    AL East: Yanks
    AL central: ChiSox
    AL West: Rangers

    Wild Cards: Rays and Angels.

  66. blake September 10th, 2012 at 8:33 am

    ALDS:

    Yanks/ White Sox
    Rangers/Angels

  67. Yankee Trader September 10th, 2012 at 8:38 am

    MG-

    Didn’t see Cory Wade pitch.His results were good-but how did his CU look?

    Blake-

    Jones is now batting .202 with .698 OPS. He has done absolutely nothing to contribute to a Yankees win since the last time the Yankees played at Fenway-wasn’t that just after July 4th? I agree with you-Jones is toast, but Joe will still play him vs Lester and Duobront.

  68. blake September 10th, 2012 at 8:44 am

    “but Joe will still play him vs Lester and Duobront.”

    Of course…..maybe he will pop one out of Fenway…..but I wouldnt play him anymore.

  69. Yankee Trader September 10th, 2012 at 8:50 am

    My predictions for ALDS:

    Yankees #2 seed will open up in Detroit[easier schedule]

    Rangers #1 seed will open up in Baltimore

    Wild card O’s vs Rays[Angels and A's have a very tough schedule]

    After next Sunday my predictions will probably change. :)

  70. Yankee Trader September 10th, 2012 at 8:55 am

    I know this question has come up-What if there is a tie at the end of the regular season. Found this:

    If there is a tie for any of the divisions or the wild card, there is a one-game playoff the day after the season to determine the team that advances.

    If there is a tie for a division and the losing team is assured of winning a wild card, there is no one-game playoff and the team that won the season series between the teams is named the division champion. If the teams split their season series equally, the team with the better record within the division wins the title. And if they’re still tied, the team with the better record in the final 81 games is declared the winner. If they’re still tied, that scenario is extended back to 82 games, 83 games, 84 games, etc.

  71. MG September 10th, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Yankee Trader September 10th, 2012 at 8:38 am
    MG-

    Didn’t see Cory Wade pitch.His results were good-but how did his CU look?
    —————————–
    I didn’t really see him pitch-I was visiting family over the weekend and after the Yankees scored all of the runs wasn’t paying attention.

    I would think the O’s are a good team for him to face because they are free swinging and most likely have problems hitting the change-he was so bad before they sent him down I’m not expecting him to be a contributor and was surprised Girardi was ready to put him in with the score 6-3.

  72. Yankee Trader September 10th, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Source for the 2012 playoff format:

    http://baseball.about.com/od/s.....format.htm

  73. Yankee Trader September 10th, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Granderson had a nice day, but unless he can totally reverse what has been his norm this year-homers vs strikeouts and few stolen bases-I wonder if the Yankees now will even pick up his option for 15M or take the buyout[2M] and look to cheaper FA options that might fill the void until some of the Baby Bombers are ready.

    Swisher is gone, unless he bites on the 13M qualifying offer, which based on his offense lately, it is not even a certainty that the Yankees will offer him that.

    Could the Yankees have an entirely new OF next season?

    Look over some of the FA OFer’s.

    Switch hitters Shane Victorino, Angel Pagan?
    Cody Ross, Torii Hunter on 2 year deals?
    Other cheaper options?

  74. Yankee Trader September 10th, 2012 at 9:08 am

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  75. Frankg September 10th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Granderson and Swisher sure have some glaring flaws, but I’m not sure they can find near term replacements that are as productive. Other teams will be leary of both, so the Yankees will have a chance to resign one of them.Your options, Yank Trader seem viable. Let’s see how both do down the stretch. Seems like the Yankees can only win with all stars at each position. Doesn’t pitching matter most? That’s an area that is first priority.


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