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Off day notes: First pitch, tough trip, TBA starters

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

As originally planned, tomorrow’s Game 3 will start at 7:37 p.m.

The first pitch was going to be pushed back if both the Reds and Tigers finished off a series sweep, but the Giants just beat the Reds to keep that series going.

Just a few notes and links from today’s off day.

• First a reminder, if you’re planning to attend tomorrow’s game, you need tickets labeled Home Game 1. The gates will open at 5:30 p.m.

• I mentioned it earlier today, but here’s Joe Girardi describing the Yankees travel trouble last night: “I would say we got to the train station around 1-ish, maybe 1:10, 1:15,” he said. “… We probably left at five after 2 or so, and then about 2:30, 2:35, you noticed that we started having some electrical issues again, and you noticed that the train was slowing down. It just seemed like we were coasting, and we kind of coasted into Aberdeen, I guess. And then about — I’m going to guess about 3:15 — we were fortunate that our buses were headed back to New York, and they were going parallel. I would say about 3:15, 3:30, we got back on the buses and we got to New York City about 6:00 in the morning.”

• Buck Showalter today said he’s still not sure whether Chris Tillman or Joe Saunders will start Game 4. He’s considering both of them available out of the bullpen tomorrow night.

• Orioles Game 3 starter Miguel Gonzalez on his success against the Yankees this season (2-0, 2.63 ERA in two starts): “The adrenaline, the confidence, just having Wieters back there makes it a lot easier for us to pitch. I like pitching in big games. That’s what I’ve been doing. I’ve been doing it for the last eight years, here and in México especially. I had a little bit of experience in playoffs in Mexico, not here in the States, but I think I’m just going to stay within myself and make good pitches and get guys out and try to get them as fast as possible.”

• Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said today that Texas is going to let Josh Hamilton hit the free agent market. The Rangers will not make an early contract offer in an attempt to sign him before he hits the open market.

• A little closer to home, the Red Sox are reportedly ready to begin serious contract talks with David Ortiz.

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96 Responses to “Off day notes: First pitch, tough trip, TBA starters”

  1. tucker October 9th, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Cue three months worth of stories about Big Papi feeling disrespected.

  2. MG October 9th, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    I read the comments from Buster Olney from scouts about Arod’s inability to hit the fastball in the last thread.

    You don’t have to be a professional to see that, it is glaringly obvious.

    What’s worse is that it doesn’t seem to matter whether the fastball is inside or out, up or down, Arod can’t hit any of them nor is he punishing off speed pitches either-his AB against O’Day last night was all of this in a microcosm.

    I watched the Mick decline in his last years, particularly from the left side when he couldn’t hit a high fastball with a tennis racket but he could at least hit fastball mistakes.

    Arod can’t even hit mistakes at this point in time, batting him 3rd because of stubbornness or the hope that he will magically snap out of it is just ridiculous.

    As for Arod being ‘humiliated’ by moving down in the order, give me a break-there are 8 other guys in the lineup, all of whom (except for Jeter and Cano) have been moved around all season, why should Arod not be treated the same way if it gives his team a better chance to win? And why should he care either if he isn’t doing the job?

    If Arod is as ‘baseball smart’ as some of you think he is then he should be the one going to Girardi and telling him he isn’t carrying his weight and he has had plenty of time to do it so move him anywhere that fits-he can always be moved back if he starts hitting, right?

  3. Pat M. October 9th, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    MG…….I remember watching the Mick as well in his later years and his struggles from the left side was because there was nothing left in his right knee…….And in many ways what I see from Alex and his inability to drive pitches that are on the outer portion of the plate looks to me as though his right hip and his right knee are just not right…..Both proceedures would be fine for the average male, however for a 37 year old proffessional baseball player of Alex’s physical stature it very well is not going to get any better………The power outage I firmly say is a result of the broken hand which in time will get better and stronger……It’s his torque and the transfer of power through his underpins that’s a huge concern…….It’s actully kind of remarkable that he’s even playing at the level he was prior to getting hammered by Felix back in Seattle in July……..

  4. UnKnown October 9th, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Why is it a shock to some people that a day after the Yankees lose a postseason game the comments on here might be on the down side? I don’t know about you all but this team and following them is a big part of my day. I want the ultimate satisfaction and that is to enjoy another Championship.

    I for one I’m not going to come on here and say “Oh well, get’em next time.” Or some other cheesy line. It means a whole lot more to me than that.

    I don’t think I read to many people declaring the season over, in fact I don’t think I read one. I could be wrong.

    There is discussion on what people think the team should do to win going further. Nobody is saying that Swish and Arod absolutely can’t come up with a big hit. I think we all hope they do, but the numbers do suggest otherwise and even the people where the sun shines all day in their lives CAN’T deny that the numbers are u-g-l-y. We need Swish and Alex so I hope they both have 3 homer games tomorrow. Swish is probably my 2nd favorite player behind Jeter. But people are just being realistic. Which is fine IMO.

    Anyways next game the Yankees lose, it probably isn’t going to be all that positive on here so if you don’t want to read it then you know what you should probably do. Simple stuff.

    Win the next 2 like I think we will and this place will have a whole different tone as always.

    Great game going on in Oakland right now. Tomorrow’s a big game, get some rest and come ready to cheer your tails off.

  5. deleonj October 9th, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Last year there were people asking for jeter’s head….”he should hit 9th” they said. “he looks old” they commented. This year, Jeter is a force one more time. I think A-Rod still has the ability to do the same.

  6. jacksquat October 9th, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    The numbers actually say to platoon Arod and Chavez at 3B, platoon Nunez and Ibanez at DH.

  7. jacksquat October 9th, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    This isn’t about the future (for me), it’s about right now.

  8. deleonj October 9th, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    So many ‘loyal’ fans here would throw anyone under the bus if they were the ones running the team.

  9. JobaTipsHisCap October 9th, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    To be fair, lots of Yankee batters don’t hit now, not just arod.
    But dropping him in order is another story.

  10. Pat M. October 9th, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    jacksquat….You make a good point, are the Brother Steinbrenners ready to pay 30 million large for a part time player……..I do think it could be called for if Alex isn’t right physically……I still think he’ll pop out of this after one good ab………I realy think he could be DH’ing alot more next season and beyond

  11. Tar October 9th, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    “If Arod is as ‘baseball smart’ as some of you think he is then he should be the one going to Girardi and telling him he isn’t carrying his weight and he has had plenty of time to do it so move him anywhere that fits-he can always be moved back if he starts hitting, right?”

    Alex does have a very high “Baseball IQ”. But I don’t think a ball player exists that doesn’t think he’s on more AB from breaking out of his slump. Alex is no different.

    And really you know whats going to happen if and when he gets moved down right…. A big situation is going to find him, It never fails. You just can’t hide him. The Yankees need Alex need to hit the freaking ball. It was evident when he was out with his injury.

  12. m October 9th, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Who know why Jeter bounced back. But we know his approach to hitting is perfect for him and he’s able to make adjustments. Alex might have to change his approach. There are many here who know about hitting, and we love it when Alex parks ‘em in the seats…but his approach needs to be looked at. Shortening his swing and going to the see ball, hit ball approach might help the team. I’ll bet Akex works his swing over the winter.

  13. jacksquat October 9th, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    I mean platoon right now, in the playoffs. Next year go back to arod being mostly a full time player.

  14. m October 9th, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    As long as Martin and Ibanez are in the lineup, Akex won’t bat in the bottom 3rd. Nothing wrong with moving him down. Just tell him before posting the lineup.

  15. Pat M. October 9th, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    m….Hi, are you ready for The Lakers ?????? High expectations this season, even higher than usual……

  16. m October 9th, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Yes, Pat! It could be 5 Luke Waltons starting, and there’d still be high expectations!

  17. Duh Innings II October 9th, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    How much did the Os pay Amtrak?

    I hope the Tigers win tonight so the Yanks know who their ALCS opponent is before they even play tomorrow night.

    I also hope the Giants and Cards lose their series so the Yanks have to travel to just Detroit then either Cincy or DC, ideally DC (although I wouldn’t mind if they avenged their ’76 World Series loss.)

  18. LGY October 9th, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    People on here are talking like ARod can’t hit anymore. His down year, by rate statistics, is basically Jeter’s resurgent season.

    When he’s healthy and playing he’s still a productive hitter.

  19. Pat M. October 9th, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    I’m hoping the A’s / Tiger series goes the distance……..

  20. Barry October 9th, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    LGY,
    Only correct in terms of the home run.

  21. LGY October 9th, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    ARod hit RHP significantly better than LHP in 2010 and 2011.

    I don’t think his splits mean he is a player that should be platooned. He has always been a very balanced hitter that handles RHP equally as well as LHP.

    His weird splits the past few years are probably just the result of inconsistent playing time, injuries, and sample size issues.

  22. UnKnown October 9th, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    “And really you know whats going to happen if and when he gets moved down right…. A big situation is going to find him, It never fails. You just can’t hide him. ”

    ———-

    So so this right here. I was thinking this thing all day but for some reason always got sidetracked and never posted this exact same thought.

    It’s like what would happen if Nunez ever played a defensive inning in the playoffs, without a doubt the ball would find him on the first at bat by the opponent. Some things never fail.

  23. LGY October 9th, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Barry October 9th, 2012 at 11:02 pm
    LGY,
    Only correct in terms of the home run.

    ——-

    HR total is not a rate statistic.

  24. Barry October 9th, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Possibly not, but what other than that number does he come out ahead of Jeter…?

  25. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 9th, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Hey Pat M! I absolutely understand your frustration. You know they also have a game chat going on. I’ve looked in on it and have seen the host say things like “they why bother watching the game?” and “nobody’s keeping you here.” So I think there’s a more positive attitude over there. I can’t be sure that’s the take throughout because I haven’t read the entire chat thread.

    I have to laugh when people counsel that they should be able to express frustration and disappointment but then some of those same people turn around and call people “pollyannas” because they weren’t ready to gun down the neighborhood when the Yankees split as opposed to winning both games. There was total negative judgment on anyone who was okay with a split. I didn’t see any of that visited in reverse on people who were extremely unhappy with it. I guess if you’re miserable by nature, you’re never going to be able to see any side other than your own.

    So much for “let fans root in their own way”.

    For the record I never once said hitting doesn’t count. I have said that I believe that if you have stellar starting pitching, your offense doesn’t have to be blazing to win games. That’s just common sense. But I never said a team didn’t need any hitting. I don’t believe anyone else here ever said a team doesn’t need any hitting.

    So maybe now Triple can stop with his ridiculous constant and antagonistic statements about that.

    I never respond to his antagoism but I feel like punching him in the face. If posters want in-fighting to stop – a very desirable thing – maybe they need to recognize that everyone needs to pull in the same direction, and that includes posters desisting with juvenile little taunts like that. I mean what’s the purpose?

    I’ve totally stopped reading a certain poster’s posts because I find his juvenile behavior a waste of my time. If everyone who protests so much about disliking someone else’s posts did the same thing, well there’d be nothing to in-fight about, would there?

    Charity begins at home. Let’s see if the real perps start filtering themselves.

    Or let’s make real sure we practice what we preach. If you’re going to set up rules but then refuse to follow them yourself, don’t be surprised when you’re called out on it.

  26. LGY October 9th, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    What do you mean possibly not?

  27. Boss Tony N October 9th, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    After reading Joe Girardi’s explanation of why he didnt use Gardner to pinch run for Teixeira, who can only run at 1/4 speed…

    Im convinced that Girardi has brain damage.

  28. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 9th, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    “People on here are talking like ARod can’t hit anymore. His down year, by rate statistics, is basically Jeter’s resurgent season.

    When he’s healthy and playing he’s still a productive hitter.”

    Totally agree. He’s unfortunately the biggest target because he’s the highest paid. So any good he does is totally forgotten by his next AB.

  29. austinmac October 9th, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    When I watch Alex swing, I see little torso action so it looks like mostly arms to my eyes. It is the core that provides most of the power. Something is not healthy for him to drive the ball more.

    If his hand is pain free, I don’t see why that would affect his power. The outer part of the hands is not a power producer. Some guys have it off the bat.

  30. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 9th, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Boss Tony, how confident are you feeling that the Yanks will end up taking the series?

    And how much oweness for last night’s defeat do you put on Hernandez? I notice some posters were very direct in their assessments of Hernandez making bad calls in at least two critical spots, and spots that could have turned the game around. When you lose by one run, you really have to look at that stuff seriously. But it seems easier to turn it all on the Yankees offense. I can’t really assess where one ended and the other began last night, but to me thoughtful and serious posters at least take a look at the Hernandez situation and make some kind of assessment. If the assessment is that the Yankees should have won in spite of Hernandez, then fine. But at least it’s an assessment. I didn’t see much of that at all last night.

    You can’t deny that Hernandez made some terrible calls and a few at critical moments in the game.

  31. UnKnown October 9th, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    If the A’s could at least make this thing go five games then the Tigers would have to use Verlander that would be nice.

  32. Barry October 9th, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    LGY–

    What are you talking about…?

  33. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 9th, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    austin, before he went down with that injury, he was really starting to swing a hot bat. When he came back, he really started to show signs of hitting and then it seemed to tail off for a while. Maybe he wasnt fully healed? In any event, I have no idea whether Alex is done for good or will make a resurgence. I don’t think any of us do. So as you say, it’s pointless for anyone to talk in absolutes. We can all guess. Nobody can know for sure.

    *************

    Will update the charts and post updates once both of tonight’s games are settled.

  34. Pat M. October 9th, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Tricia…….It’s been a very uneasy environment here over the past few eyars and growing more negative monthly…….Oddly, I noticed this shift right after The Bombers won in 09 and the following offseason was brutal strating with the Granderson tradeand the Hughes / Joba duel in Tampa that March……I’m done with and after reading Luis and Blake’s post today I realized thatI’m getting sucked into the stentch myself……..I’m going to try to fly under the radar on this stuff….I’m still with you as in 09, OPPC revsited in 2012……

  35. UnKnown October 9th, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    “I’ve totally stopped reading a certain poster’s posts because I find his juvenile behavior a waste of my time.”

    Oh man I hope to God this is referring to me. Please please let it be so. A nasty person not read what I write, Whatever will I do? Sigh…

  36. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 9th, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Want to hear something sick? Cincy’s postseason ERA so far is .96, and their WHIP is .79.

  37. Tar October 9th, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Hi Trish

    I will say this about Hernandez— the worst thing about his game calling last night was lack of consistency. There was no consistency and that really screws everything up. You can take someone calling a low outside pitch a strike, as long as it stays a strike. Last night strikes one inning were balls the next and thats just stupid.

    An example was early on MG correctly noticed his wide zone, and made the observation that Andy being the smart veteran would take advantage of it. Well the next inning the zone shrunk and Andy was not getting the calls. That just takes away from my enjoyment of the game. Be consistent!

    Having said all that, bottom line is the Yankees lost because they didn’t get timely hits.

    Good night Yankee fans

  38. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 9th, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Pat M – check your email.

  39. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 9th, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Tar, thanks for that. I should have known that you would have looked at all sides before you came to some determination.

    Did Chen’s pitching have anything to do with that, or was it all on the Yanks?

  40. Boss Tony N October 9th, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Trisha,

    Im more confident this year than other years, because we have the 3 home games now.

    However, I’ve seen this script all too often. Win Game 1, and die the rest of the series. In addition, people always spout pitching wins championships, but the main culprit of the Yankees playoff exits is the Operation Shutdown Mode of the offense.

    Game 3 becomes very very important, almost a must-win game, with Home Run Hughes pitching Game 4 against a HR hitting team in a HR ballpark.

    As for last night, Hernandez certainly cheated us. He gave a better strike zone to a rookie loser like Chen than to a borderline Hall of Fame Andy Pettitte. Extremely sad if a baseball fan that didnt hate the Yankees took that into perspective.

    Sometimes though, I believe in fate and destiny. And I saw Bruce Springsteen at MetLife on the 19, 21, and 22 of September, and I fell in love with the guy. And now he’s the MLB on TBS music. And I believe #28 is the Yankees destiny in 2012. And tomorrow night, Hiro will be my hero.

  41. Boss Tony N October 9th, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    To add on to the Hernandez thing, I dont blame the entire thing on him though. At some point, I have to start putting the blame on the Yankees offense.

    3 people in particular. Teixeira cant run and has cost us 3 times already in 2 games. Joe Girardi didnt pinch run for Teixeira in the 8th inning because his brain is smaller in size than a peanut. And Swisher, this guy is a disgrace to the Yankees pinstripes. He really is a miserable failure, and I hope one day his actress wife Joanna Garcia recognizes this fact, divorces his ass and takes all his money.

  42. Triple Short of a Cycle October 9th, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Oh man I hope to God this is referring to me. Please please let it be so. A nasty person not read what I write, Whatever will I do? Sigh…

    —————————————

    Damn and I thought the same thing about myself

  43. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 9th, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    “Sometimes though, I believe in fate and destiny…And I believe #28 is the Yankees destiny in 2012. And tomorrow night, Hiro will be my hero.”

    :)

    About Swisher, I don’t have a dog in that hunt. But I do know he hit the night before so I just think it’s unfair to people to want him out on a rail because he didn’t hit last night. JMO.

    THE A’S WON 2-0!!!! I wonder if Tiger fans are trashing their entire offense because they didn’t get any runs.

    :D

  44. Pat M. October 9th, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    It just astounds me that so many cynical Yankee fans feel more comfortable to error on being negative than to shot high and fall short being positive…….Perfection is a most alluding factor not only in sports but in life as well……..Tricia, I’ll check my aol ……

  45. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 9th, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Triple, I read your posts because I don’t consider you a total a-hole. If I did, I wouldn’t bother reading what you wrote. However, you look silly continuing with your “some people don’t think hitting matters” when nobody has said that. I mean, what’s the point?

  46. Boss Tony N October 9th, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Swisher had a good Game 1. A couple walks and a hit, but the bottom line with him is, when the going gets tough, when the moment really matters, Swisher tries to play hero ball and actually plays zero ball.

    Just watch, tomorrow night, the Yankees will be leading by 5 runs, and Swisher will come up with RISP and get a hit. And being the clownish piece of crap that he is, he’ll be all smiles and giggles when he reaches 1B, raise his hands and point to the sky, and he’ll think he did something meaningful… when in actuality, he didnt.

  47. Tar October 9th, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Trish

    I thought Chen was very hittable. He did settle in and got better as the game went on but….. Another way to look at it is I don’t think he pitched better than Andy. Yet he got the win and Andy got the loss not Andy’s fault. Again bottom line thats a game the Yankees should win.

    Good night for real this time.

  48. Triple Short of a Cycle October 9th, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    You have said many times that you value pitching more then hitting and feel that if the Yanks pitch well they will win.

    Well last year against Detroit they pitched well and lost because they didn’t hit.

    This year so far they have pitched well again and have a split to show for it.

    Even when the offense is terrible like last night you put the blame on the home plate ump instead of the hitters themselves.

  49. Boss Tony N October 9th, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Triple, there’s blame to go around. The offense is very flawed, but that doesnt mean the HP umpire didnt cheat Pettitte and give favorable calls to a rookie loser.

  50. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 9th, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    Triple, I absolutely value pitching more than hitting, but I have never said that hitting doesn’t count at all.

    I am not putting the blame so much on the home plate ump as much as I am wondering how much a part he may have played in their demise. I wonder the same thing about Chen’s pitching. And I put those things out there more as questions for others to answer rather than as things I am married to. I always try to factor in whatever has to be factored in and not fall into a trap of believing that other factors may not impact a game.

    That said, if those factors don’t end up meaning much, then so be it. But I am at least interested in how people read the other factors.

  51. Boss Tony N October 9th, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    I think that’ll be my next name on here… to adequately describe Swisher.

    hero ball is zero ball.

  52. jacksquat October 10th, 2012 at 12:01 am

    LGY October 9th, 2012 at 11:06 pm
    ARod hit RHP significantly better than LHP in 2010 and 2011.

    I don’t think his splits mean he is a player that should be platooned. He has always been a very balanced hitter that handles RHP equally as well as LHP.

    His weird splits the past few years are probably just the result of inconsistent playing time, injuries, and sample size issues.

    We’re in the playoffs now and patience is not an option for someone who has been underperforming for a while. You want to talk long term and still having some faith in Arod, that’s fine, I hold out a little hope that he will bounce back as well, more than many others here from reading the posts.

    However, Arod hit .256 .326 .391 vs rhp this year, Chavez hit .298 .365 .543. Huge difference. Sept 15 – Oct 3 Arod hit .189 .250 .208 vs rhp. He is toast at this time vs rhp. Ibanez’ numbers vs rhp were also better. That’s why I said right now he should platoon. I think the chances of Chavez and Ibanez hitting better is higher than Arod miraculously turning his season around vs rhp starting right now.

  53. UnKnown October 10th, 2012 at 12:02 am

    Winner Winner Chicken Dinner. Thank You God. Now about the Yankees winning the next two games what do you say? LOL

    AMEN!

    That game in Oakland was awesome. Those fans absolutely lose their minds. What a great atmosphere. I hope the Bronx is rocking like that tomorrow night.

  54. Bronx Jeers October 10th, 2012 at 12:03 am

    I’m sure Big Papi and the Sox are headed down the aisle to be wed one last time. As for Hamilton and the Rangers, that break-up seemed like a foretold conclusion.

    Will the Yanks dump Curtis and make a play for the once boy wonder?

    Before you answer, there’s drugs and booze everywhere in this great nation.

  55. Triple Short of a Cycle October 10th, 2012 at 12:03 am

    I also don’t buy the fact of the playoffs being a total crap shoot like others on here allude to. Torre tried to have it both ways for years mentioning the crap shoot yet at the same time bringing up his resume in the playoffs.

    If it is a crap shoot don’t you think a team that is in the playoffs every single year sans 1 would make it past the first round just a tad more then they do.

    Do you honestly think if another team made the playoffs as often as the Yanks do they would consistently lose in the first round as often as the Yanks do.

    Texas came out today and said they are going to let Hamilton test the waters of free agency which imo is the total right move.

    Would we have ever of done that with any of our main guys who were looking for a massive pay day. No way. and Instead of paying market value we wind up bidding against ourselves and over paying.

    With all the advantages the Yanks have there is just no way we should be such an easy out in the playoffs that we have been the last few years.

  56. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 10th, 2012 at 12:06 am

    “Do you honestly think if another team made the playoffs as often as the Yanks do they would consistently lose in the first round as often as the Yanks do.”

    No.

  57. Boss Tony N October 10th, 2012 at 12:07 am

    The Yankees lose as often in the 1st round as they do because the offense goes into Operation Shutdown Mode, of course along with the HP umpires.

  58. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 10th, 2012 at 12:25 am

    Chart updates:

    O’S V YANKS

  59. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 10th, 2012 at 12:26 am

    REDS V GIANTS

  60. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 10th, 2012 at 12:27 am

    A’S V TIGERS

  61. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 10th, 2012 at 12:27 am

    NATS V CARDS

  62. UnKnown October 10th, 2012 at 12:42 am

    I can’t wait for Kuroda to dominate tomorrow night so all of the idiots who thought he can’t pitch or crazier yet not even start in the postseason can go pound sand.

    Maybe even Randy will come back, if just for only one post to rejoice as well. Tomorrow’s game is going to be sweet.

  63. Madrugador October 10th, 2012 at 1:04 am

    We are an easy out in the playoffs this year because we have trouble hitting with runner in scoring position. We saw that all season and we saw it in game 2. The Yankees beat up bad pitchers but struggle against the good ones and the ones they haven’t seen. They only see good pitchers in the post season. They have a couple of reasons they go out in the first round. None of them are new.
    If Kuroda pitches shut down ball they’ll win tonight otherwise it’s all hands on deck for game four.

    BTW It may not be unreasonable to project that the only big inning the Yankees will have in this series was the 9th in the first game.

  64. Pat M. October 10th, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Yanks in four…….Next

  65. Madrugador October 10th, 2012 at 2:37 am

    From your mouth to His ears.

  66. CompassRosy October 10th, 2012 at 2:37 am

    Jason A. Churchill ?@ProspectInsider
    Source tells me M’s working pretty hard on an extension for King Felix. May have something done right before or right after World Series.

    ~

    maybe he’s in Vegas for a pre-celebration ;-)

    RealKingFelix Felix Hernandez 4 Oct
    Vegas pic.twitter.com/NnI7RuNs

  67. Duh Innings II October 10th, 2012 at 5:42 am

    Why on Earth would Felix Hernandez want to stay with the Mariners longer?

  68. Benny Blanco October 10th, 2012 at 7:33 am

    What in the world is up with this crappy weather?

  69. MaineYankee October 10th, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Benny Blanco October 10th, 2012 at 7:33 am
    What in the world is up with this crappy weather?

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    It’s ARods fault.

  70. MTU October 10th, 2012 at 8:08 am

    When the San Andreas gives it will be A-Rod’s fault.

    Mark my words.

    :)

  71. RadioKev October 10th, 2012 at 8:12 am

    If it is a crap shoot don’t you think a team that is in the playoffs every single year sans 1 would make it past the first round just a tad more then they do.

    Do you honestly think if another team made the playoffs as often as the Yanks do they would consistently lose in the first round as often as the Yanks do.
    —————

    How is that an argument against the playoffs being a crapshoot? Where’s the logic between those two statements?

    The Yankees consistently construct a great team for the 162 game season.

    No other organization is out their consistently constructing this magical “playoff” team, except maybe, you know, the team that has won the most championships.

  72. blake October 10th, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Like I said yesterday…. Baseball is a funny game….another 2 inches or so and that ball Alex hit in the 1st inning gets by Andino and maybe the Yanks score another run and have 1st and 3rd with 0 outs in the 1st…..they probably win the game and the Arod narrative is totally different today…….

    not saying they shouldn’t drop him down vs RHP because they probably should….but there were a lot of reasons besides him they lost that game….

    Good to see you Maine

  73. Yankee Trader October 10th, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Good morning-

    The Yankees can do this.

    However the Orioles have to feel pretty good:
    won 2 of 3 in each of 3 series at YS
    Best road record in AL 46-35
    Gonzalez last pitched in YS 8/31-a 7 inning shutout
    Then there’s the quiet YS crowd, in the vast openess of Yankee stadium.

    Win the next two, no prisoners, and set up the rotation for Tigers/A’s

  74. Yankee Trader October 10th, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Blake-

    Andino’s only chance at making that play was because Showalter used the shift vs Alex.

    Yankees need to beat the shift and advance.

  75. blake October 10th, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Trader,

    Yea I think he was just playing double play depth and Alex goes up the middle a lot more than between 1st and 2nd….he hit a bullet and Andino made a great play.

    If that gets through then Jeter score…..and you probably have 1st and 3rd with no outs in the 1st with Cano up and we have no idea how that changes the game….

    I get the talk about Alex lookin bad….. But the piling on him is a little unfair IMO…..

  76. MG October 10th, 2012 at 8:31 am

    I posted early in this thread that Arod can no longer hit the fastball but in no way was I saying he lost the game for the Yankees.

    It’s a team sport, they had plenty of chances.

    My point is that it is up to the manager to put players in the best spots to help the team win and batting Arod in the 3 hole, against lefties or righties, is the wrong place for him.

    Cano should bat in the 3 hole against all pitching, figure out who is hot and bat them behind him on a game by game basis.

    If Girardi continues to put Arod in the 3 hole tonight then he is even more stubborn than I have believed (which is already way up on the stubborn chart).

  77. Yankee Trader October 10th, 2012 at 8:33 am

    I haven’t been to the new YS. I’m attaching an article about the atmosphere inside. Is this true for the most part?

    ” What kind of playoff atmosphere will there be at the new stadium, AKA The House that Fortune 500 Built?”

    http://nomaas.org/2012/10/will.....advantage/

  78. MTU October 10th, 2012 at 8:35 am

    I would not mind seeing A-Rod moved down in the order for now.

    Look where Grandy is hitting these days.

    ;)

  79. blake October 10th, 2012 at 8:35 am

    @Joelsherman1: Column http://t.co/i8ETUBHn If #Yankees don’t sign Martin, #Mets should. Also why loss tonite would mess up Yanks rotation even if make ALCS

    Sherman suggesting that if they lose tonight they could throw CC on short rest in game 4 and then Andy on short rest in game 5.

    I wouldn’t do that…..hopefully we will win tonight and wont have to worry about it…..but id still go with Hughes tomorrow and take your chances…..CC and Andy on short rest aren’t sure things either and doin that would really screw things up for the ALCS if they made it there

    I’d just throw Hughes as Planned vs probably Saunders and hope to win that one knowing your have a full rest Sabathia for a game 5.

    But anyway let’s win tonight and go for the kill tomorrow…..

  80. Yankee Trader October 10th, 2012 at 8:39 am

    My point is that it is up to the manager to put players in the best spots to help the team win.
    ————————————
    MG-

    Exactly. Girardi only needs to look to the Atlanta Braves from 1991 thru 2005. 14 straight division titles, only one WS win managed by HOF bound Bobby Cox who was too loyal to his players and wouldn’t put them in spots or change the lineup to maximize the Braves chances for success.

    Blake-You agree?

  81. Shame Spencer October 10th, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Are we gonna play any games without a rain delay in this series?

  82. blake October 10th, 2012 at 8:41 am

    MG,

    I think Alex has to get his foot down sooner and get started quicker…..he’s just off….he’s like a guy that’s eyes are bigger than his stomach at a buffet table but in this case his eyes think he’s quicker than his bat does.

    He’s struggling to make that adjustment…. He’s trying to wait late to read pitches and he’s not getting to fastballs. You gotta cover the fastball first so IMO he’s goin to have to just cheat a bit and make sure he’s getting the barrel to the heat…..sure that’ll give him trouble with breaking pitches but he will have to rely on his eye and also look for Offspeed in certain counts to counteract that

    You can’t hit if you’re getting dominated by fastballs….so he needs to make the adjustment to get to that and then worry about the Offspeed later I think. Alex could still find it…..he looks like he’s seeing the ball ok to me…. He’s just not synced up between his eyes and hands right now

  83. Yankee Trader October 10th, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Nice article on Kuroda-

    ” According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Kuroda’s 16–11 this season marks the first time in seven years that a pitcher won as many as 16 games for an AL East team one year after pitching in the NL West. The last was Randy Johnson, who went 17–8 for the Yankees in 2005, after coming over from the Diamondbacks.”

    http://www.nj.com/yankees/inde.....mbled.html

  84. MG October 10th, 2012 at 8:46 am

    blake, everything you say about Arod is true-the problem is that he’s had a month to figure it out and hasn’t.

    Girardi shouldn’t keep him in the 3 hole waiting for it to happen, you can move him down until he figures it out (if he does) and then move him back up.

    Anyone who has played the game has been moved around in the batting order, I don’t understand the logic in thinking that certain players will be damaged if it’s done to them.

  85. Shame Spencer October 10th, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Trader – Personally, I think a lot of the stuff about the noise level at the NYS is overstated. It gets plenty loud in the new place.. they just set the top rows back farther so the echo will never be the same, but the heart and soul of the stadium is always there as long as the real fans are.. and we definitely are still there. (Just not right behind home plate.)

  86. blake October 10th, 2012 at 8:54 am

    MG says:
    October 10, 2012 at 8:46 am
    blake, everything you say about Arod is true-the problem is that he’s had a month to figure it out and hasn’t.

    Girardi shouldn’t keep him in the 3 hole waiting for it to happen, you can move him down until he figures it out (if he does) and then move him back up.

    Anyone who has played the game has been moved around in the batting order, I don’t understand the logic in thinking that certain players will be damaged if it’s done to them.”

    Totally agree….I’d drop him down to 6th or so against RHP and Id keep him in the middle vs lefties

  87. Yankee Trader October 10th, 2012 at 8:56 am

    “I feel fine at the plate,” Rodriguez said after the loss. “I’ve just got to finish at-bats. I’m getting good swings.”

    Is he-getting good swings?

  88. blake October 10th, 2012 at 8:56 am

    So ideally…..the Yanks would win tonight to take a 2-1 lead and the As would win to force a game 5 in that series.

    Don’t really care so much in the NL….guess Ill pull for the Giants just to make a series of it….and I kinda hope the Nats lose because of how dumb they were about Strasburg

  89. Yankee Trader October 10th, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Shame-

    Thanks for the info. I think the weather is supposed to be rain free by 3PM today?

  90. blake October 10th, 2012 at 8:58 am

    “I feel fine at the plate,” Rodriguez said after the loss. “I’ve just got to finish at-bats. I’m getting good swings.”

    Is he-getting good swings?”

    Yea….I think so….they are just late

  91. Yankee Trader October 10th, 2012 at 9:02 am

    New Post———>

    Addressing fans. Waving towels? Clappers? :)

  92. Shame Spencer October 10th, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Yankee Trader October 10th, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Shame-

    Thanks for the info. I think the weather is supposed to be rain free by 3PM today?

    ————-

    Trader – There are plenty of people that will disagree, but I’ve been going to games a long time and IMO the crowds have always been pretty similar.

    I hope you’re right about the weather! I checked yesterday and I thought I’d be okay but this morning has been brutal.

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