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Postgame notes: “Everybody order your Raul Ibanez jerseys”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Oct 03, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Imagine this: Nick Swisher was smiling and laughing and screaming.

“Everybody order your Raul Ibanez jerseys!”

Started the game on the bench. Pinch-hit, game-tying home run in the ninth. Game-winning, two-out single in the 12th (off a lefty no less).

“He’s my favorite player for a lot of reasons right now,” Mark Teixeira said. “He’s such a professional. He’s one of the nicest guys in baseball, one of the best teammates in baseball, so when you get a chance to see him come up big like this — he’s done it a couple times this year — it makes everyone so happy.”

Ibanez now has 19 home runs as a part-time player. He’s hit .247/.317/.494 against right-handers, giving the Yankees exactly the power they were expecting. He had a game a lot like this one during the previous home stand, and now has four homers in his past 10 games down the stretch.

“You know you’re going to be in these situations when you come to play here,” Ibanez said. “I feel really blessed to be a part of it, to be a part of this great tradition and legacy that is the Yankees. To get an opportunity like that and to be able to help the team win, it’s definitely special. At the same time, the moment is behind us now and tomorrow is a new day.”

• Amazing that the 12th-inning rally started with Francisco Cervelli’s first plate appearance of the season. He drew a two-out walk, Curtis Granderson did the same, then Ibanez came up with his game winner. “When you wake up, you need to have a little expectation to do something in the game,” Cervelli said. “You cannot come here naked and just be surprised and tell somebody an excuse. You’ve got to come here, because unfortunately people get hurt sometimes, people don’t feel well that day, so you’ve got to come ready. You never know what’s going to happen.”

• Cervelli was the same as you remember him after the game, thrilled to be a part of it and to have played some role after what had to be a frustrating year in Triple-A. “This makes my season,” he said. “Because it’s just one game left, and to have that chance, I can just go home really happy today.”

• Robinson Cano had his eighth straight multi-hit game, matching the longest such streak of his career. He has 20 hits in 35 at-bats over that stretch. The last Yankee with a longer such streak was Bernie Williams who had 10 straight in 2002.

• Joe Girardi on the decision to bat Teixeira fourth instead of Cano. “Texy has been one of our better hitters against left-handers all year,” Girardi said. “We brought him back a couple weeks ago and he had a big hit off a left-hander. It didn’t work tonight, but I still believe in Texy and his at-bats against left-handers.”

• Teixeira vs. LHP this season: .269/.335/.531. Cano vs. LHP this season. .239/.306/.337. Girardi has a fair point about the numbers vs. lefties, but still, a guy in his second game back from an injury over a guy who’s as hot as anyone in baseball? Questionable choice at best especially considering this…

• Teixeira went 0-for-6 and drove in none of the nine runners one base when he came to the plate. “Very frustrating,” he said. “But I’m the happiest guy on the team right now. I guarantee you I’m the happiest guy on the team because it could not have gone worse for me personally, but we won. I told Raul ‘thank you’ about 100 times. The frustrating thing is I don’t think I swung at a ball all night. I was so off. I was early or way late, and that’s the frustrating part, that I was actually seeing it OK, it just wasn’t connecting with my swing.”

• Really, really good start from David Phelps. He gave up the two runs on two hits in the first inning, but allowed just one hit the rest of the way. “It’s a little frustrating knowing that we had a runner on and we were still down (when Girardi went to the bullpen),” Phelps said. “But I was satisfied because I gave us a chance to win. I just went out there and kind of pitched my game and proved to myself that I could pitch in a big game. I had two starts against Baltimore that didn’t go great, but I came out and proved to myself that I was able to go out there and kind of stay calm in the moment.”

• Phelps said he felt in control all night, even in that two-run first. “Even in the first inning I was throwing strikes,” he said. “I was getting ahead of guys. It’s frustrating to get out there and put us in a hole like that, but you can’t say enough about how they fought the whole game. They ended up bailing me out.”

• This was the first time since 2010 that Rafael Soriano pitched two full innings in a game. He threw 43 pitches. He’s thrown more pitches in relief just twice (both 44-pitch outings in 2003 and 2005). “He hasn’t worked a lot lately,” Girardi said. “We ask our guys, ‘Are you OK? Are you sure you’re OK?’ He said he was OK. … Hopefully he feels OK tomorrow if I need him. I’ve said it all along and I’m going to say it again: We’re trying to win the division.”

• Another strong outing for Derek Lowe, who might be pitching himself onto the postseason roster. “He’s got such a good sinker and he’s got a slider for the right-handers, too,” Girardi said. “He can get a lot of groundballs, and when you get in those tight games, those ground balls are important. He gets the big double play. Keeping the ball in the ballpark, that’s something that he’s able to do because of his sinker.”

• Boone Logan made his 80th appearance, the most ever for a Yankees left-handed reliever in a single season. He, Paul Quantrill, Scott Proctor and Tom Gordon are the only Yankees pitchers to ever appear in so many games in a season.

• Teixeira said his calf felt fine, but he wasn’t able to run all out tonight, and it showed on those two double plays in his first two at-bats. “The first one I would’ve beat out,” he said. “I didn’t hit that ball hard at all, and with a normal leg, I beat it out. It comes into your mind that if you take that one extra step, I can beat it out, but I thought I was running well tonight. With normal legs, I might have beat out two of those.”

• Weird Ibanez historic fact: He’s the first Yankee with an RBI to tie to go ahead in the ninth inning AND an RBI to tie or go ahead in extra innings since Bernie Williams on September 23, 2001 at Baltimore. Ten of Ibanez’s 19 home runs have eight tied a game or put the Yankees in the lead, and 11 of his homers have come in the sixth inning or later.

• This was the Yankees fifth walk-off win of the season and their third in their past five home games.

• If the Yankees win tomorrow, they’ll finish with the best record in the American League and home-field advantage through the ALCS. Amazing all things considered.

• Final word, obviously, goes to Ibanez: “I think it’s the character that’s in here. It’s a bunch of resilient guys, guys who can fight and battle every time they compete. Everybody on this team gets in the box and on the field and competes during times like these. Everyone is cheering for each other and pulling for each other, and every day there’s a lot of different moments that different people are doing different things. It’s great to be a part of it.”

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101 Responses to “Postgame notes: “Everybody order your Raul Ibanez jerseys””

  1. umbrelladoc October 3rd, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Back to business. Let’s sat the Rangers, O’s and Yankees lose tomorrow. Do the A’s hold the tiebreaker, so the Yankees are the 2 seed and go to Detroit?
    Secondly, this would still be exciting under the old format. If the O’s lose tomorrow they would play the loser of the A’s-Rangers in a one game tie breaker for the single wildcard – just like they would this year.

  2. Jerkface October 3rd, 2012 at 1:15 am

    Tomorrow will be crazy and I’ll be flying around the world missing it :(

  3. CompassRosy October 3rd, 2012 at 1:21 am

    FTR ~

    Casper Wells hit two balls deep on the warning track in left center at The Safe tonight that both would have been home runs based on the 2013 dimensions.

    ===

    In keeping with the Asian theme tonight…
    How ’bout Iwakuma?!?
    He pitched 6 scoreless innings and struck out 7 Halos (including Pujols 3x and Trout once).
    His 2.65 ERA in 16 starts is the best mark for a Mariners rookie pitcher with 10+ starts since Felix in 2005 (2.67 ERA in 12 starts)

    He’s a FA this winter…

  4. Cashmoney October 3rd, 2012 at 1:27 am

    saw the video, seems innocuous to me. or mayhaps it’s some deep seeded racism that came out in a freudian slip. anywho, I am not offended by it. but if some Asian are offended, then Cone can address it. good win by the Yanks though.

  5. Tabbert October 3rd, 2012 at 1:27 am

    Why do people keep saying that the 1 seed is not all that great because you play the first two games on the road. Mitch williams was hinting that its not that great for the yankees.

    Well…. I would much rather know i am IN the alds, rather than have to win a one game elimination game to just earn the first two home games in the alds. Obviously the 3 seed is the best seed to have. But… Home field is huge because not only is the team your facing already had to use their best pitcher on friday, but you also would get home field in the ALCS if you advance.

  6. Tabbert October 3rd, 2012 at 1:29 am

    Ellis tried to stretch a double into a triple earlier and was thrown out by a million feet. Victorino then hit a triple right after that. That hurts if your a dodgers fan.

  7. Tabbert October 3rd, 2012 at 1:30 am

    Any chance the cardinals are still watching this game in the clubhouse? Their game ended hours ago… lol.

  8. Jerkface October 3rd, 2012 at 1:31 am

    I originally thought the 1-seed was the only team that started on the road, but the other ALDS team also plays their games on the road to open the series. So who cares? The tigers get games 1 & 2 at home then go on the road for 3 games.

    The only uncertainty in best record is that you could be facing 1 of 2 teams, big deal. Mitch Williams is dumb.

  9. Tabbert October 3rd, 2012 at 1:33 am

    Jerkface-

    I honestly would enjoy watching the orioles vs rangers in a elmination game on friday. I hate both teams. LOL

  10. Tabbert October 3rd, 2012 at 1:33 am

    Also… Did the orioles ever get to celebrate their playoff birth? They clinched while their plane was catching fire, and now they could be eliminated from the division tomorrow without a proper poppin bottles celebration.

  11. Niki October 3rd, 2012 at 1:39 am

    I love the Cervelli quotes…thanks Chad!

    I’m so glad Frankie got to play an important part in this win. He had a great AB…drawing the walk. Love that kid.

  12. Tabbert October 3rd, 2012 at 1:40 am

    Cards are in!

  13. Nick in SF October 3rd, 2012 at 1:43 am

    Suck on that, Dodgers!

    Jerkface, are you going to visit some of the thousands of great ramen houses? I have some links, if you’re interested, but I’m sure you have it all scoped out already.

  14. umbrelladoc October 3rd, 2012 at 1:44 am

    So the worst case scenario for the Yankees would be to lose tomorrow, and the O’s win,then then go to Camden Yards for the division playoff on Thursday w/ Pettitte, lose that and have CC on short rest at home against Texas or the A’s on Friday.
    Win that game, and host game 1 of the ALDS against Texas or the A’s.
    If the O’s win the division they are the #2 seed.

  15. jacksquat October 3rd, 2012 at 1:46 am

    If the Yankees don’t pound Dice-K they deserve what they get.

  16. Cashmoney October 3rd, 2012 at 1:47 am

    It gives me small pleasure to see the LA dodgers miss the playoff, even though, this year at least they have operated like the NYY of the west. If I have to pick a NL team to root for it would be the S.F. Giants.

  17. pat October 3rd, 2012 at 1:47 am

    Yankees

    If #Yankees win Wednesday, they clinch East AND AL’s No. 1 seed. Would open ALDS at #WildCard winner Sunday. http://atmlb.com/QHd5KZ

  18. Cashmoney October 3rd, 2012 at 1:50 am

    small wonders… would G call Bumgarner a ‘bummy’ or ‘Bgardy’ since we already have a gardner.

  19. Jerkface October 3rd, 2012 at 1:53 am

    I’m sure I’ll get to a ramen house eventually but I prefer the vastly superior yakiniku.

  20. Nick in SF October 3rd, 2012 at 1:54 am

    Now I forget who has the tiebreaker between Oakland and Baltimore. If they both lose tomorrow, they have the same record, so it goes to tiebreakers to determine which team hosts the WC game. Yikes.

    Oakland plays a day game tomorrow, 3.5 hours before the Yanks and O’s begin. Everyone’s pal Ryan Dempster on the mound for Texas, A.J. Griffin for the A’s.

  21. Nick in SF October 3rd, 2012 at 1:56 am

    http://travel.nytimes.com/2010......html?_r=0

  22. Nick in SF October 3rd, 2012 at 1:57 am

    http://www.ramenadventures.com/

  23. Cashmoney October 3rd, 2012 at 1:59 am

    I think a side note to the As and Tex game is that if Josh don’t go big fly, MCab will have a great chance of wining the triple crown, that, would be something of an achievement. I can’t argue Trout has had a phenomenal season. but i am really rooting for MCab to win the award.

  24. umbrelladoc October 3rd, 2012 at 2:02 am

    Both Texas and Oakland have the tie breaker over the O’s.

  25. Nick in SF October 3rd, 2012 at 2:03 am

    Thanks, doc. I’m a little torn, but I’m still kind of hoping that Oakland will host the Wild Card game (I have tickets) and then host the Yanks for the ALDS (I have tickets).

  26. Jeff in Canada October 3rd, 2012 at 2:16 am

    Cashmoney – I say G would go with Garny.

    “Texy” doesn’t even make sense. That’s like saying my wife looks “Seshy” in her Yankees thong.

    Just win the Divy Joe. The farking Divy.

  27. 7 October 3rd, 2012 at 5:29 am

    The “Yawkey Way”….

    http://www.boston.com/sports/b.....story.html

  28. Madrugador October 3rd, 2012 at 5:55 am

    Watching the Ibanez replays doesn’t get old.

    JF- Sorry you’ll be flying around the world missing the game tonight. I missed the Bucky Dent home run in the day when replays were hard to come by.

  29. MG October 3rd, 2012 at 7:23 am

    “Texy has been one of our better hitters against left-handers all year,” Girardi said. “We brought him back a couple weeks ago and he had a big hit off a left-hander. It didn’t work tonight, but I still believe in Texy and his at-bats against left-handers.”

    ‘I still believe in Texy and his at-bats against left-handers’?

    What kind of crap is that?

    Does that mean he doesn’t believe in ‘Texy’s ABs against right-handers?

    Does that mean that one bad game means the guy can’t play?

    Does that actually mean anything at all?

    The Yankees have a binder-reading Bot as a manager who has no clue.

    I root for every Yankees player in every game but can’t stomach Binder Boy, the only negative about them being in the playoffs this year is that he will be back for more bad decision making and lying through his teeth to the media.

  30. Benny Blanco October 3rd, 2012 at 7:26 am

    Dodgers, Angels and Marlins all going fishing!! Unreal.

  31. RC October 3rd, 2012 at 7:27 am

    Tabbert says:
    October 3, 2012 at 1:33 am
    Also… Did the orioles ever get to celebrate their playoff birth? They clinched while their plane was catching fire, and now they could be eliminated from the division tomorrow without a proper poppin bottles celebration.

    ————

    Nope. And of they travel for the 1 game playoff an lose they won’t have any home playoff games.

  32. RC October 3rd, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Nick in SF says:
    October 3, 2012 at 2:03 am
    Thanks, doc. I’m a little torn, but I’m still kind of hoping that Oakland will host the Wild Card game (I have tickets) and then host the Yanks for the ALDS (I have tickets).

    ——————-

    I live in Baltimore and have tickets to the tie breaker division game if there is one and every O’s home playoff game. I’ve lived in Baltimore for awhile and as a Yankees fan I hope they go down in flames for the treatment I’ve been getting this year. However, I think it would be cool to go to a playoff game at Camden Yards. Great Stadium, obnoxious fans.

  33. Yankee Trader October 3rd, 2012 at 7:40 am

    In case you are confused as to all the possible playoff scenarios involving the Yankees, O’s, A’s, and Rangers after games 162 today as I was, here’s the link from Replacement Level Yankees that describes them all:

    http://www.rlyw.net/index.php/.....the_season

    Yankees just need to win tonight! :)

  34. austinmac October 3rd, 2012 at 7:44 am

    They need to win and go into the playoffs playing well. Last year they coasted , lost too many at the end of the year and entered the playoffs playing poorly.

  35. Yankee Trader October 3rd, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Good morning-

    Mrs. Ibanez is scheduled for a C-Section Monday in Philadelphia. Looks like the Obstetrician might have to reschedule it on an off day!

  36. blake October 3rd, 2012 at 7:48 am

    So much to talk about.

    Wake up with the best record in the AL and a chance to clinch the division and #1 seed tonight

    Phelps was really good after the shaky start (and that was more about two good hitters getting hits). The Yanks have really found something in this kid.

    Ibanez is a total pro….ive said several times that if hed come back in a bench role next year Id do it as hes great for the clubhouse and hes shown an ability to succeed pinch hitting and in limited PT and thats not really something everybody can do….hes been huge…

    Derek Lowe…amazing but I can think of at least 3 games they may not have won without him.

    2 decisions Girardi got killed for last night that I kinda was ok with. Soriano stretching 2 innings and Tex hitting 4th.

    Tex has been the Yankees best or 2nd best hitter vs LHP since he signed with them and Cano has really striggled vs them this year…..I know Cano has been hot and that Tex was coming off injury but still I think it was a reasonable lineup…..people just freak out because Tex had a bad night

    Also….IMO Joe did the right thing by going all in to try to win last night and letting Sori throw that 2nd inning. You worry about tomorrow tomorrow in these situations and it may be that they dont even need him tomorrow …..with the win last night they at least assured themselves a tie breaker game with baltimore …..so I was cool with Joe going for it ….now poind Dice K and everything is perfect.

  37. rl1856 October 3rd, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Is Joba back? You decide. Stats since 9/2:

    13ip / 10h / 17k / 2bb / 3er // 2.08 ERA / .92 WHIP

    per Fx FB 94-97 SL 86-88

    He has not been used in many high leverage situations. Girardi has tended to use him in middle inning-bridge situations.

    Stats suggest he could see more aggressive use in the PS.

    Go Yankees !

  38. blake October 3rd, 2012 at 7:51 am

    “‘I still believe in Texy and his at-bats against left-handers’?

    What kind of crap is that?”

    I think what hes saying is that he still believes Tex is their 2nd best hitter vs lefties because he probably is.

  39. MTU October 3rd, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Ibanez, Chavez, and Ichiro have all done a terrific job for the Yankees.

    Hope they get rings.

    As somepne above said, if they can’t pound Dice-BB tonight they get what they deserve.

    I hope Kuroda is up for this. One of the most important games of the season.

    Nice job by the Mission Impossible Man yesterday.

    Kid seems like a keeper.

  40. Yankee Trader October 3rd, 2012 at 7:55 am

    They need to win and go into the playoffs playing well. Last year they coasted , lost too many at the end of the year and entered the playoffs playing poorly.
    ———————————————
    Austinmac-

    Good morning. If you are looking for consistency, the last 9 games vs the Twins, Jays, and now the Red Sox, haven’t shown the team to be that.

    If Kuroda pitches really well tonight, I’m feeling better about our chances with at least 3 starters pitching well their final regular season outings-CC, Pettitte and Kuroda.

    The Bullpen, especially our closer, has me concerned-like a box of chocolates!

    If there is one must win this season it’s tonight. Lose with an O’s win, then our rotation setup for the ALDS is one big mess.

  41. Cashmoney October 3rd, 2012 at 7:55 am

    btw, incidentally, George Kontos whom stewy was traded for has quietly having a very respectful year out of Frisco. Meanwhile, we have D specialist catcher whom I picture of having almost zero utility in the playoff. It’s a small example of Yanks utilizing their resources poorly imo.

    I did not watch the game last night, but I see 8 hits and zero earn run from Lester hence deduce there were some RISP fail again and against a Lefty to boot. The good thing is Os, Rangers doesn’t have dominant pitching. Albeit Oakland staff possess one of the more stellar era, their starter are mostly finesse guys that lives and die on their commands. I believe the tigers presents most threat to the NY Yankees. Of course, I could wrong about all of it. But that’s my take on the playoff. I will look at the NL if we are lucky enough to get there.

  42. blake October 3rd, 2012 at 7:56 am

    I dont know if Joba is “back” ….but hes looked a lot better and looks like he can help now.

  43. blake October 3rd, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Also very happy for Cervelli…cant forget that he worked that walk.

  44. Bobby Murcer October 3rd, 2012 at 7:57 am

    I live in Baltimore and have tickets to the tie breaker division game if there is one and every O’s home playoff game. I’ve lived in Baltimore for awhile and as a Yankees fan I hope they go down in flames for the treatment I’ve been getting this year. However, I think it would be cool to go to a playoff game at Camden Yards. Great Stadium, obnoxious fans.

    ———————————————————-

    RC, I went to grad school at the University of Maryland in the early 80′s. I used to
    drive to Memorial Stadium when the Yankees came in. Could only afford seats in the
    upper deck where that idiot, Wild Bill Hagy, and his cohorts used to hang out. If you
    actively rooted for the Yankees, you risked a fistfight. They’ve always been obnoxious
    and I hate the Orioles and their fans far more than the Red Sox.

  45. Yankee Trader October 3rd, 2012 at 8:04 am

    It’s difficult to look at Joba’s stats because in about 50% of the times he has come on with runners on base, they score, and are charged to the other pitcher.

  46. MTU October 3rd, 2012 at 8:07 am

    I think Joba can help but I generally still do not trust him in high-leverage situations.

    He seems to do better when he starts the inning fresh.

  47. MTU October 3rd, 2012 at 8:08 am

    I like Nunez’s bat and speed.

    Also don’t understand why Dickerson hasn’t been used a bit more.

  48. Yankee Trader October 3rd, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Let me rephrase that. Approximately 50% inherited runners score, the others are stranded, when Joba comes in to relieve with runners on base.

    I have very little confidence after seeing him blow the last game when Pettitte left a runner on and Joba promptly gave up a first pitch double and the runner scored.

  49. MTU October 3rd, 2012 at 8:10 am

    The O’s are on a magic carpet ride.

    They have done things this season that they are absolutely unlikely to repeat again anytime soon.

    Like winning so many close and extra inning games.

    I’m expecting them to fall back to earth next year.

  50. blake October 3rd, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Nunez may have bought himself a ticket to being the LHP DH in the postseason……unless of course Joe decides he just cant do that to Jonesy…..but the fact that Ibanez was allowed to hit vs the lefty last night suggests that Girardi may have finally let Andrew go

  51. MTU October 3rd, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Blake-

    Jones should be sucking on baloons in the dugout.

    He’s a goner next season after they get that fork out of his back.

  52. Yankee Trader October 3rd, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Is Rapada going to make the roster for the ALDS, or is Girardi just going with one lefty-Boone Logan. A few more outings, or at least warmups in the pen without coming in, and that arm might be toast next season

  53. MTU October 3rd, 2012 at 8:14 am

    YT-

    That might be one area to address in the OS.

    By the way, sad news on young Manny.

    :(

  54. blake October 3rd, 2012 at 8:14 am

    MTU,

    I agree….the Os have had the ball bounce in their favor a whole lot this year…..will be interesting to see if they can sustain it….my guess is theyll have to do without as much good fortune in 2013.

  55. blake October 3rd, 2012 at 8:15 am

    I think Rapada had to make the roster as hes actually their best LOOGY

  56. Yankee Trader October 3rd, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Blake-

    Jones will be on the bench during the ALDS- as a bystander! Aren’t teams allowed to bring along a few players that are not on the roster?

  57. MTU October 3rd, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Blake-

    They put up a great showing.

    As Randy pointed out the combo of Buck, Duquette, and Peterson has been very dynamic.

    Still have to have the talent. Not sure they have the Full Monty yet.

    Bundy is going to be a monster IMO. They have nice young arms, and a real winner in Machado.

    They are not going to be the dogs of the AL East anymore.

  58. Cashmoney October 3rd, 2012 at 8:18 am

    MTU, the truly sad news is that the Yankees waited for 4 months to decide he needs surgery. the question now is what’s up with Campos? Do we rest him til he breaks down in first two months of next year to decide if surgery is needed. Is Cashman try to hold off ire of Yankee fans by keeping it status quo? call me cynical…

  59. Cashmoney October 3rd, 2012 at 8:22 am

    They are not going to be the dogs of the AL East anymore.
    —–
    don’t think so. look at the talents on the field. They have a core of legit offensive players. me think their pitching will be short. I can’t help to think Jim Thome is gonna have a big hit or two in the playoff btw.

  60. jacksquat October 3rd, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Root for the Rangers today.

    Yanks lose, O’s lose, Rangers win = Yankees top seed, play WC winner on Sunday

    Yanks lose, O’s lose, A’s win = Yankees go to Detroit on Saturday

  61. MTU October 3rd, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Cash-

    I was saddened to hear the news on Manuelito but he is still very young for his level.

    The arm should be stronger because of the TJ. The loss of time just sucks because I was looking forward to his entry into the bigs fairly soon.

    That now pushes him back at least another coupla years.

    Not sure what’s gonna happen with Campos, or Pineda for that matter.

    Thankfully we have a ton of arms.

    The Killer B’s have turned into the Killer flops so far.

    Shows the fragility and difficulty of raising young Pitchers.

    The good news is we lucked out on Phelps and Nova.

    :)

  62. blake October 3rd, 2012 at 8:25 am

    “As Randy pointed out the combo of Buck, Duquette, and Peterson has been very dynamic.”

    Yea thats a good team …..a lot of teams missed out black balling Duquette for so long IMO.

  63. Yankee Trader October 3rd, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Blake-

    Lefties vs:

    Rapada .188
    Logan .231
    Pettitte .202
    Hughes .211

    Rapada hasn’t pitched in over a week.

  64. MTU October 3rd, 2012 at 8:27 am

    I don’t really care who does what as long we do what we have to.

    We should be ready to roll up anyone we play.

    If we aren’t then we’re simply not good enough.

    This is a really, really good team when it is playing to it’s potential.

    Question is, will they ?

    ;)

  65. blake October 3rd, 2012 at 8:28 am

    I dont think the Os are going to be the dogs anymore…..but fact is they got a lot of guys playing over their heads this year….Mark Reynolds, Nate Mclouth….jason Hammel…..guys that have played better than their track records…..will they so it again next year? They do have a nice core….Jones, Wieters, Machado, etc…..but I still dontt think they are as good as their record …..theyll have to do it again next year before Ill believe it

  66. Cashmoney October 3rd, 2012 at 8:28 am

    I was reading Hank’s comments on state of the Yankees the other day, I am paraphrasing it, but he said something about the surviving bees as the stuff for 2014. I am gonna assume he knew about Bam. I have full faith that Manban will be back from TJ, cuz almost all of them do nowadays. I can’t say the same thing about Pineda. Time… will tell.

  67. MTU October 3rd, 2012 at 8:28 am

    YT-

    I’m ready.

    :)

  68. Yankee Trader October 3rd, 2012 at 8:29 am

    MTU-

    Does that make Nik Turley the top lefty prospect in the system?

    Whatever happens in the offseason, hopefully the Yankees will have two lefties in their starting rotation, come the regular season.

  69. blake October 3rd, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Trader,

    Its tough to figure…..Rapada gets lefties out better than Logan does and the numbers are pretty clear……

    I think Joe chooses to use Logan a lot because of situations where a Righty follows a lefty and he can use Logan for both…..Rapada is a better pure LOOGY but he cant get out righties at all…..Logan is better at pitching say a full inning most of the time.

  70. Bret The Hitman October 3rd, 2012 at 8:31 am

    This lineup should POUND DiceK tonight. And Kuroda should keep the Red Sox in check. The matchup clearly favors NYY.

  71. Yankee Trader October 3rd, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Blake-

    Don’t forget Chris Davis and especially my AL MVP pick- 51 saves leader Jim Johnson.

    Can you do a calculation of WAR based on saves? :)

  72. MTU October 3rd, 2012 at 8:32 am

    YT-

    Don’t know much about Turley.

    Not even sure what level he’s at.

    I wonder if a guy like Bleich could help outta the Pen ?

    I want at least 2 myself.

    CJ is going under the knife for bone spurs but expects to be ready for ST.

    I though that was an interesting tidbit as well.

    I’ll be glad when this 189 crap is over for a while and the Yankees can flex their financial muscle again for a time.

    :)

  73. blake October 3rd, 2012 at 8:33 am

    “This lineup should POUND DiceK tonight. And Kuroda should keep the Red Sox in check. The matchup clearly favors NYY.”

    Should….but still gotta go do it….offense cant fall asleep for 8 innings

  74. Cashmoney October 3rd, 2012 at 8:33 am

    blake, i don’t think M. Reynold is playing over his head at all this season. he is your 220 hitter with some big flies in that bang box. you can make a case for Chris Davis. but they have jones and Markakis who OPS over 800 in the outfield. A young mechado to go with a serviceable ss in Hardy. If they get their oft injured 2b back. this is a very versatile and sound offense with Wieter behind the dish. I think their bp will do them in next year and along with starting pitching.

  75. MTU October 3rd, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Bret-

    You’re right but the proof is in the pudding.

    The Yankees need to play like thier lives depended on it.

    Because it just might.

    ;)

  76. blake October 3rd, 2012 at 8:34 am

    MtU, Oh I forgot about the terrible Chris Davis thats all the sudden good too….

  77. blake October 3rd, 2012 at 8:35 am

    “blake, i don’t think M. Reynold is playing over his head at all this season. ”

    He did when he went like 2 weeks of single handedly winning them games every night

  78. MTU October 3rd, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Blake-

    I hope the O’s will be like the David Bowie song next year.

    “The team that fell to Earth”.

    But who knows.

    The Sux will be able to spend like drunken sailors (how apropos) in the OS.

    They’ll be a lot stronger because of that.

  79. MTU October 3rd, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Bottom line.

    The AL East is never gonna be easy.

    ;)

  80. Yankee Trader October 3rd, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Unfortunately, have to go.

    I posted this earlier about all the playoff permutations.

    In case you are confused as to all the possible playoff scenarios involving the Yankees, O’s, A’s, and Rangers after games 162 today as I was, here’s the link from Replacement Level Yankees that describes them all:

    http://www.rlyw.net/index.php/.....the_season

    Yankees just need to win tonight!

    Until later.

  81. blake October 3rd, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Chris Davis had a .708 OPS last year and .704 in 2010.
    Nate Mclouth was at .677 in 2011.
    Jason Hammel has been a mediocre- bad NL starter until this year.

  82. MTU October 3rd, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Who’s going for Tampa tonight ?

  83. jacksquat October 3rd, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Nice to say just win, and they should, but I like a contingency plan, and if that doesn’t involve The Verlanders or playing the Rangers in a one game WC playoff with Yu lined up perfectly, all the better.

  84. 86w183 October 3rd, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Hellickson

  85. MTU October 3rd, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Got to go walk the Mopsters.

    Want to say this before I head out.

    Next year I wish to see the Yankee’s O filled with a few more Ichiro’s to help balance it out.

    Ichiro, Jeter, GGBG add another dimension to a homer-heavy team.

    It will smooth out some of the bumps.

    Let’s find one.

    :)

  86. MTU October 3rd, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Thanks 86.

  87. 86w183 October 3rd, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Morning folks….

    That was a pretty late night, but worth it. Winning tonight is a must.

    I am still amazed that Girardi never tries to get more outs from Joba and manages games as if they can’t possibly go extra innings.

    It’s pretty clear that Lowe will make the post-season roster… Garcia and Nova won’t and Eppley probably gets left out too. No need to carry 11 pitchers.

    CC, Pettitte, Hughes, Kuroda…. Lowe, Joba, Rapada, Logan, Robertson, Soriano

  88. Cashmoney October 3rd, 2012 at 8:48 am

    CC, Pettitte, Hughes, Kuroda…. Lowe, Joba, Rapada, Logan, Robertson, Soriano
    ——–
    you don’t want phelps in the pen?

  89. blake October 3rd, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Lets say we do win tonight and lock this thing up…..do we pull for Texas or the As tonight?

    Would you rather face the winner of Rangers/Os or As/Os?

    If the Rangers had to pitch Darvish in the WC game then Id rather go ahead and play them weakened in the ALDS I think…….

    I will probably pull for the As simply cause I hate the Rangers.

  90. MTU October 3rd, 2012 at 8:48 am

    86-

    Phelps needs to be on too.

    ;)

  91. MTU October 3rd, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Blake-

    Much rather go with A’s/O’s anytime, and twice on Sunday.

    Later.

  92. 86w183 October 3rd, 2012 at 8:54 am

    MAJOR oversight on my part… absolutely keep Phelps… Lowe only makes it IF they go with eleven…

    Need more caffeine before posting!

  93. 86w183 October 3rd, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Rangers are still a lot more talented than Baltimore or Oakland.

    Old team needs shorter trips so I root for the Orioles

  94. Shame Spencer October 3rd, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Baseball… I will never speak well of this team again until they do something good. My encouragement didn’t do diddly last night.

    Phelps delivered. Makes next year very interesting.

    We are in game 162 and it’s a must win….. really didn’t think this series would mean a thing.

    Interesting discussion last night.. fwiw, I JF has the better argument. Comments that reinforce stereotypes, though they may not be delivered in a hateful fashion, should still be something we are conscious of, which really seemed to be all anyone was asking. Not that he be punished.

  95. Shame Spencer October 3rd, 2012 at 9:03 am

    blake October 3rd, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Lets say we do win tonight and lock this thing up…..do we pull for Texas or the As tonight?

    —————

    I’m afraid to root for anyone at this point!!

  96. disco stu October 3rd, 2012 at 9:18 am

    “Rangers are still a lot more talented than Baltimore or Oakland.

    Old team needs shorter trips so I root for the Orioles”

    As long as we win tonight and secure HFA I really don’t care what the matchup is … I mean, we have been down this road before, right? Didn’t we all think that the the stars aligned in 2006 when we drew a Detroit Tigers team that was DOA going into the playoffs?

    If there is going to be post season glory in the Yankees future this year, it will not come easy. This team is nowhere near as good as it was in 2009 (let alone the Dynasty years … lets get real!!!) and the competition this year might be the toughest it has ever been … Tigers, A’s, O’s, and Rangers are all capable of going to the WS … there is no whipping boy like in past years when we would pound the Twins.

    Just win tonight and play whoever … let the A’s/Rangers AL West winner worry about getting past the Tigers in the ALDS … I want no part of the Verlander, Cabrera, Fielder triumvirate in a best of 5 that starts in Detroit … deal with that headache in the ALCS if we are lucky enough to get to the 2nd round this year.

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