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Postgame notes: “I feel like I can still throw a lot of pitches”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Sep 29, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees saw the Baltimore score. They knew it was an Orioles blowout, and that mean the Yankees had to win to maintain a division lead. This was a win they needed, and they got it done.

“They put (the Orioles score) on the board,” Russell Martin said. “Everybody saw it I think. It really doesn’t affect how you go about your business. Obviously we want them to lose as much as possible, but they don’t really seem like they want to give in.”

Eleven runs. Alert defensive plays. Clutch hits with two outs. Here and now, this was a good night for the Yankees. But it’s hard to ignore two things: Robinson Cano is going for an X-ray — the Yankees expect it to be negative, but still, it’s Cano — and Hiroki Kuroda has really struggled lately. If not for the Blue Jays horrible baserunning, Kuroda might not have gotten out of here with just two runs through 5.1 innings.

“I’m not 100 percent,” Kuroda said. “… I don’t think it was fatigue. It was something mechanical. I don’t know if it’s tied to physical, but what I can do is prepare for the next start. That’s what I’m going to do.”

Kuroda skipped his between-starts bullpen this week, and tonight he matched his single-season high in innings pitched, matching his 2005 total from Japan. His velocity has been good — pretty much what the Yankees have seen all season — but Kuroda said he’s not getting the usual movement on his two-seamer and his offspeed pitches.

“I’m not (worried),” Joe Girardi said. “Pitchers go through that. I thought he did a really good job and I expect his next outing to be really crisp. … I’ve just seen him bounce back, I’ve seen him bounce back from a start when he hasn’t been as sharp, and I think he will.”

Despite the workload and the rocky results these past five starts, Kuroda said he feels fine. He has one more start this season to try to get things straightened out before the playoffs, when the Yankees are going to need him.

“I feel fine,” Kuroda said. “I feel like I can still throw a lot of pitches.”

• The Yankees scored nine runs with two outs tonight, beginning with Swisher’s two-out, two-run double in the first to give them an early lead. The home runs by Martin and Eric Chavez each came with two outs, as did the RBI singles by Cano and Ichiro Suzuki. “Two-out hits are huge,” Girardi said. “It seems to give your club momentum and take a little bit out of the other club. And I think a lot of times, I always feel too that when you get in situation and you should score runs and don’t score runs, it gives the other club a lift too.”

• Last night was a bad night for the offense, this one was completely different. “Sometimes you kind of come out flat,” Swisher said. “I feel like yesterday we didn’t have a lot of energy. Today we definitely came to the ballpark ready to go. That’s the team I like to see play every day.”

• Swisher’s not-quite-expert opinion on the Cano injury: “I feel like I look at Robbie and that dude’s made of steel. Seems like he plays all the time. Anytime you’re talking about hands, you get a little concerned. But after I saw him staying in the game, I felt a little better.”

• Girardi’s explanation for using Rafael Soriano and Dave Robertson: “You don’t want to give these guys too many days off, that’s the bottom line. Sori hadn’t pitched in a week. Robby, we went through the order and I want to give him a little bit of wiggle room. These are the games you have to make sure you win.”

• Martin’s strong September continues. Tonight he reached 20 home runs for the first time in his career. “It’s nice to get a career high at home in front of my family and friends, absolutely,” Martin said. “It feels good.

• Martin’s snap pickoff throw to third base was all about communication with Alex Rodriguez. “Al just kind of flashed he’s getting a big lead over there,” Martin said. “We haven’t used it much this year, so I guess they don’t really anticipate it. Just a good play. Good tag by Al and a good throw by me.”

• Also a really nice play by Swisher to get Brett Lawrie too far off second base in the first inning. “Rasmus hit a rocket right at me,” Swisher said. “I think Lawrie’s first instinct was just to go to third. Jeet made a great backdoor pick right there, I kinda hit him in stride. Especially in the first inning, a leadoff double, to be able to get him out at second, next thing you know we’re sitting there, runner on first, one out. Situation like that, kind of an instinctive play. Me and Jeet just read each other and made the play.”

• Of Swisher’s 92 RBI this season, 71 have come left-handed. … Chavez’s home run was his 15th of the year. … Kuroda’s 10 runs allowed tied his season-high.

• Last word goes to Swisher: “I think hitting is contagious. It’s like once one guy does it, here it comes. We’ve been on a roll the last couple weeks, playing good baseball. If we just keep going out there and playing our game like we did today – moving runners, or at least having the thought of moving runners, runners on second, we had a couple guys try to drag bunt. We did the little things today, and it’s a lot of fun right now.”

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42 Responses to “Postgame notes: “I feel like I can still throw a lot of pitches””

  1. jmills September 29th, 2012 at 1:42 am

    Omar Visquel can leave town along with, Yunel who is too low to offer more for his over the top indescretion – get out!!!

  2. jmills September 29th, 2012 at 1:57 am

    Igotid88 – sorry to rant upon you as you don’t deserve it!

    My best friend is gay and would help you no matter what. He has helped me thru many a time.

    Please, people, hold to what us yours! :)

    Yunel gets paid a lot 4.8 mill not to to be a bigot.

  3. jmills September 29th, 2012 at 1:59 am

    Damn, ‘ what is yours “

  4. jmills September 29th, 2012 at 2:04 am

    Is it bigot, or biggot? :)

  5. CountryClub September 29th, 2012 at 7:08 am

    A lot of people on this board have been worried about Tampa in the playoffs. Their loss last night is a killer for them. They’re 3 out with 5 to go. The angels are a gm in front of them too. So they need to pass 2 teams in the next 5 days. They’re basically done.

  6. CountryClub September 29th, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Kind of strange how the Yankees are playing the only 1pm game today.

  7. MTU September 29th, 2012 at 7:27 am

    CC-

    Nice when the Sux, Halos, and Rays all find themselves on the outside looking in.

    That’s a trifecta.

    :)

  8. MTU September 29th, 2012 at 7:34 am

    The Indians fired Acta.

    Heard on Baseball tonight that Tito Francona was interviewed for the job.

    I hope he gets the gig. He’s a good Manager and a standup guy.

  9. MTU September 29th, 2012 at 7:46 am

    I wouldn’t start Nova again before the season ends.

    Looks like he’ll be in the pen.

    Hope he can get himself straightened out again next season.

    I wonder if the Yankees would entertain offers for him ?

  10. blake September 29th, 2012 at 8:06 am

    The only thing I care about the Rays is that they beat the Os a couple of times next week.

  11. blake September 29th, 2012 at 8:08 am

    “I wonder if the Yankees would entertain offers for him ?”

    I would shop him…..but probably wouldnt trade him unless a team was willing to pay for his potential….woukdnt sell low on him…no need to……return would have to be good.

  12. MTU September 29th, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Blake-

    I doubt the Yankees would move Nova.

    Just wondering.

    He’ll probably be fine again next season.

  13. blake September 29th, 2012 at 8:18 am

    It would be cool if the Red Sox.showed some pride and tried to knock the Os out of the playoffs for doing the same to them last year…….but theyll lay down this weekend ans then play all out agaijst the Yanks next series.

  14. MTU September 29th, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Blake-

    We should have the advantage those final 3 games of the season.

    I’d like to take the next 2 first though.

    ;)

  15. MTU September 29th, 2012 at 8:22 am

    What would Nova, Nunez, and Austin/Williams get you ?

    Something pretty damn good I would think.

  16. blake September 29th, 2012 at 8:23 am

    MTU,

    If we win the next two then we in good shape …..I agree….start there.

  17. blake September 29th, 2012 at 8:24 am

    “What would Nova, Nunez, and Austin/Williams get you ?”

    Depends on who youre asking and what they need i guess

  18. MTU September 29th, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Team Greedy wants to make some trades this OS.

    :)

  19. MTU September 29th, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Blake-

    Most teams need young pitching, a potentailly good SS, and a high-end OF prospect.

    How bout the Royals for example ?

  20. Chads Dog September 29th, 2012 at 8:40 am

    *Roof Roof*… I heard Chad say he thinks the Yankees stink and they are going to lose in the first round WC game. That sucks! *Roof Roof*

  21. Yankee Trader September 29th, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Good morning Blake and MTU-

    Give me the lowdown on last night’s game. Went to see the play War Horse and could only follow the score.

  22. Yankee Trader September 29th, 2012 at 8:42 am

    It always seems this year that the Yankees follow a stinker with a well played game or visa versa.

    Maybe the problem with Kuroda is he didn’t know how to pitch with all that run support? :)

  23. MTU September 29th, 2012 at 8:45 am

    YT-

    I didn’t get to see the game either.

    :(

  24. Yogi Mantle September 29th, 2012 at 8:47 am

    The Red Sox might have in mind going after as low a pick in the draft as they can get. Laying down for the rest of the season will help them in getting a lower pick.

    Of course they can’t make it look too obvious, but losing more games than the Blue Jays gets them an earlier pick in the draft. When your team is out of it, it’s hard not to look for a benefit for the future.

  25. MTU September 29th, 2012 at 8:48 am

    YT-

    By the way, be sure to check your mail.

    ;)

  26. MTU September 29th, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Yogi-

    The Sux are gonna have a boatload of money to spend next season.

  27. MTU September 29th, 2012 at 8:50 am

    new thread —->

  28. MG September 29th, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Yankee Trader September 29th, 2012 at 8:42 am
    It always seems this year that the Yankees follow a stinker with a well played game or visa versa.

    Maybe the problem with Kuroda is he didn’t know how to pitch with all that run support?
    ——————–
    YT, Kuroda struggled from the 1st pitch last night, he needed the runs plus a couple of big baserunning mistakes by the Jays to get a win.

    His command was off, stuff was OK.

    Swisher had a big hit in the 1st inning, a 2 run, 2 out double in the gap.

    Martin had a 3 run blast right after the Jays scored a run in the 5th to give them a 5 run lead, until then it was close and Kuroda was pitching out of trouble every inning.

    Phelps pitched 1 2/3 in relief, gave up a 2 run blast to Lind. It was greeted with silence by the blog since the Yankees had a comfortable lead and he is the new darling of LoHud.

    Anything else you would like to know?

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