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Pregame notes: “I believe he’s going to contribute”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Oct 13, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Hard to know how much of this lineup is truly based on a gut feeling, how much is based on mending a relationship, and how much is simply one last chance for a player whose career numbers suggest he’s earned that much.

“This is a guy that we really need to get going,” Joe Girardi said. “This is a guy that, 2009, you think about what he did throughout the playoffs. I just believe in my heart that he’s ready to go. I believe he’s going to contribute. We’re going to put him back in there.”

Yes, Alex Rodriguez is back in the lineup against a right-hander. He sat yesterday, he’s playing today, and whether he’ll play tomorrow remains undecided. Rodriguez is 1-for-5 in his regular-season career against Tigers starter Doug Fister, plus 0-for-4 with a walk in last year’s division series. Eric Chavez is 3-for-11 against Fister.

“I make my lineup every morning in my head, really, when I watch the tapes and I watch the films and the at-bats against guys,” Girardi said. “As far as worrying about tomorrow’s lineup, I’m not worried about tomorrow’s lineup. Let’s just be productive today.”

Could Chavez start again this postseason?

“I think it’s possible you see him, sure,” Girardi said.

Rodriguez’s career numbers speak for themselves, and he’s signed for five more years, so it’s hard to blame Girardi for not wanting to destroy that relationship by keeping him on the bench the rest of his postseason. That said, Girardi’s shown that he’s willing to make the move. He’s willing to sit Rodriguez in a big spot, willing to pinch hit for him in the late innings.

Before today’s game, Girardi talked to Rodriguez to let him know the situation, but I can’t help wondering whether the tone of those conversations might change if Rodriguez’s numbers don’t.

“I told him where I was going to hit him and it went good,” Girardi said. “He’s raring to go. Raring to go.”

• The Yankees will go with Hiroki Kuroda on short rest in Game 2, Phil Hughes in Game 3 and CC Sabathia in Game 4. “Someone was possibly going to be off his normal rest,” Girardi said. “This way, it’s only one guy.”

• Kuroda said he was told yesterday that he could start on short rest Sunday. “This is probably the shortest rest that I have ever had in my baseball career,” he said. “But at this point of the season, we can’t really be talking about anything but to win, so I’m just going to prepare myself to win this game, like I always have throughout the season.”

• Whether it was Game 3 on short rest or Game 7 on short rest, Sabathia was only going to be able to start two games this series no matter what. The Yankees decided to keep him properly rested for his first start and keep Hughes on turn. “We thought about (Sabathia in Game 3),” Girardi said. “But you think about how hard he’s worked these two starts. I would rather have him Game 4 fully prepared than maybe short rest in Game 3.”

• Girardi said the Yankees talked about having David Phelps start Game 2 instead of Kuroda. The did not, however, entertain the idea of using Ivan Nova. Says quite a bit about how those two finished the season.

• With no left-handed starters in the Tigers rotation, the Yankees didn’t need Eduardo Nunez to DH this series. That was part of the reason for taking him off the roster and adding Cody Eppley. “With Kuroda coming back on short rest, and some pitchers coming back maybe on short rest, and them not having a left-handed starter, we just felt we’d add a pitcher and take Nuney off,” Girardi said.

• With all right-handers in the Tigers rotation, Girardi said he expects Raul Ibanez to be the everyday DH this series. It’s possible he could use Ibanez in the outfield if the current outfielders continue to struggle, but that doesn’t sound likely. “I’m not completely against it,” Girardi said. “But we signed him to be a DH.”

• Girardi said he’s still not sure Joba Chamberlain will be available today, but he said Chamberlain is “pretty good” and will play catch to determine his status.

• Girardi has moved Nick Swisher down in the order, but it sounds like he has no intention of pulling him from the lineup. “I told him yesterday, I said, ‘Do me a favor, look at all the empty grass out there,’” Girardi said. “‘There’s a lot of green out there. Stop hitting it at people.’ He laughed. I think you have to remind guys. People sometimes get caught up in the numbers instead of the at-bat itself. You have to remind them their swings are good. He just missed hitting a home run, he lined out deep to left field; he’s putting the barrel of the bat to the ball. That’s what you want.”

TIGERS
Austin Jackson CF
Omar Infante 2B
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Delmon Young DH
Jhonny Peralta SS
Andy Dirks LF
Avisail Garcia RF
Gerald Laird C

Associated Press photos

 
 

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123 Responses to “Pregame notes: “I believe he’s going to contribute””

  1. Frozen Rope II October 13th, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    I hope that guy who was heckling Girardi in Chicago enjoys watching the Yankee and the Tigers in the ALCS.

  2. Frozen Rope II October 13th, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Kuroda in Game 2 is gutsy but I still like him at home . Too bad Nova pitching himself out of consideration.

  3. PacoDooley October 13th, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    don’t like kuroda on short rest. these situations rarely work out well. most guys cannot be effective on short rest, and that has to be worse when the player has never done it before and has looked tired lately.

  4. tomingeorgia October 13th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    I don’t make out the lineups, I don’t hire the players, I don’t hit a 95 mph fastball, and can’t throw one either. I just watch. Let”s go, Yankees!

  5. blake October 13th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    don’t like kuroda on short rest. these situations rarely work out well. most guys cannot be effective on short rest, and that has to be worse when the player has never done it before and has looked tired lately.”

    Worked out ok in 09…..

  6. tucker October 13th, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    At my favorite Chinese restaurant now, and I am hoping my fortune cookie prediction describes the Yanks offense: “Good timber does not grow with ease. The stronger the wind, the stronger the trees.”

  7. jacksquat October 13th, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Pitchers on short rest:
    (data from 2011)

    Since 2005, 21 pitchers have headed for the mound on short rest in the postseason. Here’s how that’s gone:

    • Their combined ERA in those starts is 5.83.

    • Their won-loss record is 5-8.

    • Their teams have won only eight of those games.

    Girardi is taking a big risk and ignoring history. Keep in mind that data above is playoff caliber pitchers and usually it’s the best of those they are trying to squeeze more out of. I don’t know why he was so adamant about not starting CC in game 4 of the ALDS if they were down 2-1 (don’t say it wasn’t an elimination game because game 2 of the ALCS is not either), but is willing to go with an older pitcher on short rest who has never done it, who also looked like he was tiring in September.

    Don’t blame Kuroda if he doesn’t pitch well in game 2. Hopefully this is one of the small percentage of times this works.

  8. raymagnetic October 13th, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    “Worked out ok in 09…..”

    AJ Burnett had a 27.00 ERA pitching on 3 days rest in 09. :shock:

    Pettitte was better. 4.76 ERA

    Only Sabathia pitched well on 3 days rest in 09. Had a 1.12 ERA in the LCS and a 4.05 ERA in the WS.

    So while the Yankees did win I wouldn’t put that in the pitched well category.

  9. MTU October 13th, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Perhaps Phelps will caddy Kuroda ?

    First sign of fatigue or weakness and Mission Impossible Man replaces him.

  10. LGY October 13th, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    If Girardi had so little faith in Alex to pinch hit for him twice and bench him in the last few days why is he still hitting in the middle-ish of the lineup?

    I understand getting Alex back in there tonight. I don’t understand Girardi’s inconsistent logic which makes me think the treatment of ARod recently has been about more than just baseball.

  11. YES October 13th, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Kuroda himself is saying this is the shortest rest he’s ever gotten. Doesn’t sound too confident to me. On top of that he is 38 years old and coming off the most innings he has ever pitched.

    Why not go with a young arm like Phelps who has pitched well this season. Ask him for 5-6 innings and have the bullpen ready to finish it for him. Starting Kuroda seems like a desperate move that does not have to be made.

  12. CountryClub October 13th, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    @PeteAbe: NL scout a few minutes ago: “Wow, the Red Sox are a mess, huh?” Um, well, yes.

  13. Against All Odds October 13th, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    LGY October 13th, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    If Girardi had so little faith in Alex to pinch hit for him twice and bench him in the last few days why is he still hitting in the middle-ish of the lineup?

    I understand getting Alex back in there tonight. I don’t understand Girardi’s inconsistent logic which makes me think the treatment of ARod recently has been about more than just baseball.

    ———————————————–

    What could it be though?? He’s shown faith in Alex all season long despite fans wanting him to be glued to the bench.

  14. CountryClub October 13th, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    I don’t like Kuroda on 3 days because he’s never done it before. The ALCS isn’t really the place to be experimenting. But I’ll hope for the best. 24 hours from now we’ll know if it was a good move or not.

  15. blake October 13th, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    “So while the Yankees did win I wouldn’t put that in the pitched well category.”

    Again they aren’t really doing this by choice….MLB screwed them with the scheduling and it was either this or starting a rookie with very little big league experience at all….. So they chose to risk it with Kuroda rather than the other options…..

    I think Kuroda could do ok and it’s a game where hopefully the Yanks will score some runs off Sanchez

  16. Nick in SF October 13th, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    “I don’t understand Girardi’s inconsistent logic which makes me think the treatment of ARod recently has been about more than just baseball.”

    You were peddling that yesterday with the “scapegoat” stuff; maybe you’re trying to shoehorn events into your own narrative?

  17. blake October 13th, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    “The ALCS isn’t really the place to be experimenting”

    It’s no more risky to me than starting phelps who hasn’t even worked consistently lately….

  18. LGY October 13th, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    You were peddling that yesterday with the “scapegoat” stuff; maybe you’re trying to shoehorn events into your own narrative?

    ——–

    How does it make sense from a purely baseball perspective to bench ARod last night while keeping Grandy and Swish in the lineup and the next night bat ARod ahead of them?

  19. raymagnetic October 13th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    “Again they aren’t really doing this by choice….MLB screwed them with the scheduling and it was either this or starting a rookie with very little big league experience at all….. So they chose to risk it with Kuroda rather than the other options…..

    I think Kuroda could do ok and it’s a game where hopefully the Yanks will score some runs off Sanchez”

    This is a completely different argument than your “worked out ok in 09″ thoughts.

    I hope it works out well this year, but doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to go with Kurodo on 3 days rest.

  20. blake October 13th, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    LGY.

    I dot think there is anything more to it than Joe just was doing way he thought was best to win those games…..now that’s over and it’s a new series and he’s trying to get Alex going because they need him if they are going to go all the way……joe has always supported Alex so I think this time it’s what it seems on the surface and nothing more…..JMO

  21. Cashmoney October 13th, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    don’t like kuroda on 3 days… The Yankees does have options, that option could be Phelps or Lowe, Phelps for me personally. then again, I think Detroit in 6 I hope I am wrong.

  22. blake October 13th, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    “This is a completely different argument than your “worked out ok in 09? thoughts.”

    No….the comment was that these things rarely work out and I was just pointing out that they can….Andy hasn’t ever really pitched on 3 days rest before either that I can recall prior to that series and he did ok….. Basically saying its not impossible for this to work out……

  23. Nick in SF October 13th, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    “How does it make sense from a purely baseball perspective to bench ARod last night while keeping Grandy and Swish in the lineup and the next night bat ARod ahead of them?”

    Managing and motivating human beings is part of the purely baseball perspective that Girardi has to work with. Last night was an elimination game and Girardi did what he thought would give the team the best chance to win. Tonight Girardi is doing what he thinks is right to win four of the next seven games and then a few more beyond that. Start with that premise and then go forward.

  24. blake October 13th, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    “How does it make sense from a purely baseball perspective to bench ARod last night while keeping Grandy and Swish in the lineup and the next night bat ARod ahead of them?”

    RHP and both Grandy and Swish can hit left handed….and I think today it’s about breaking up the lefties (even though Wirh Detroit that doesn matter much) and just Alex’ s status……it would be a possible even bigger distraction if joe played Alex then hit him 9 th or something

  25. Cashmoney October 13th, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    If Arod is healthy which i have some doubts… it’s scary to think the narrative in game one of ALCS is “I believe he’s going to contribute”. stay tune for the next five years.

  26. Uncle Ellsworth October 13th, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Alex is not done. it would not surprise me if he did some damage tonight

  27. m October 13th, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Benching arod for the rest of the postseason is ridiculous, so I dont think this is a ” last chance” for Arod.

    He had just gone through a ridiculously bad streak. Was given time to clear his head. Doesn’t mean that he’ll revert to the Arod we knew (and need). But you can’t just kick him to the curb.

    He just needs to put together done quality at-bats. Make some contact and extend his at-bats. Some of those Orioles were fouling off ridiculous balls low in the zone.

  28. blake October 13th, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Basically I think Joe managed yesterday for the moment and to win that game……now he’s resetting and is going with the big sample from the season that got them to the playoffs…..

    He managed the ALDS with more short term urgency than probably he ever has…..and that’s something most everyone has wanted him to do more of ….. Now he has to get the Mai guys going again if they want to win it all and that starts with Alex

  29. LGY October 13th, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    With his back against the wall I think Girardi allowed himself to be influenced by the media and because of how people view Alex he’s an easy target. I don’t think Joe is immune from CYA mode like how so many other professional sports people operate.

    Like I said, this is what I think. None of us can know for sure, but this all doesn’t sit right with me.

  30. blake October 13th, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    @YankeeSource: My take on #HIROK starting Game 2. Probably a short leash anyway and also his sinker might work better with more fatigue in the arm.

  31. Nick in SF October 13th, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    “He just needs to put together done quality at-bats.”

    Freudian slip. Arod done. Now I’m worried.

  32. Nilsson October 13th, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    jacksquat October 13th, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Pitchers on short rest:
    (data from 2011)

    Since 2005, 21 pitchers have headed for the mound on short rest in the postseason. Here’s how that’s gone:

    • Their combined ERA in those starts is 5.83.

    • Their won-loss record is 5-8.

    • Their teams have won only eight of those games.

    Girardi is taking a big risk and ignoring history. Keep in mind that data above is playoff caliber pitchers and usually it’s the best of those they are trying to squeeze more out of. I don’t know why he was so adamant about not starting CC in game 4 of the ALDS if they were down 2-1 (don’t say it wasn’t an elimination game because game 2 of the ALCS is not either), but is willing to go with an older pitcher on short rest who has never done it, who also looked like he was tiring in September.

    Don’t blame Kuroda if he doesn’t pitch well in game 2. Hopefully this is one of the small percentage of times this works.

    ———————————————————————————————————–

    jack, there’s a problem with using that data, i.e the way it’s presented. There’s lots of uncertainty in making this prediction for Kuroda. You’re not capturing the confidence or credible interval for Kuroda’s success on 3 days rest. In Layman’s term, we still don’t know how likely it is that Kuroda will do on short rest.

    The bottom line is we’ll just have to see how he performs when he takes the mound in Game 2.

  33. johnfish October 13th, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Alex is not done. it would not surprise me if he did some damage tonight
    ———————————————————————-

    Based on what? Of course it would be a surprise if you look at what he’s done in the post season, whether throughout his Yankee career, or in the last week.

  34. Cashmoney October 13th, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    I think Cashman’s nephew is tweeting again… he forgot if might also makes his slider flat and fb lose velocity.

  35. LGY October 13th, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    It took a few more years for most Yankee fans to turn on Torre. I lost what respect I had for Torre after he batted Alex 8th.

    Maybe I’m just ahead of the curve :D

  36. m October 13th, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Haha. That should be “some”. Obviously.

  37. blake October 13th, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    I think Granderson would have certainly say last night against a lefty….if a lefty had been on the mound Alex would have played…..as it was joe felt Chavez had a better chance against Hammel than Alex…..to me that’s really as deep as it goes.

  38. Nick in SF October 13th, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    The demons in the back of your mind are not always obvious.

  39. RMS October 13th, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Hopefully, Alex can hit Fister, who doesn’t throw that hard.
    Verlander is another matter. Alex won’t catch up to his heater.

  40. mick October 13th, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    We have to take care of Delmon Young, he kills Andy and us in general.

  41. mick October 13th, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Verlander is another matter. Alex won’t catch up to his heater.
    ==================
    Doubt we see him that game, hope I am wrong, but only if he is producing.

  42. deleonj October 13th, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    this is ridiculous sometimes. I just cannot understand why A-Rod is an easy bench while other guys are just as bad and do not even get a slap on the wrist (Cano, SWISHER, Granderson, Chavez, Ichiro, Martin). All these guys have had horrible numbers and yet they don’t get benched. Why is it such a big deal that Alex has had a bad series when the other guys are repeat offenders. Of that list, at least A-Choke, as some here call him, did something for the franchise in ’09. The others, not so much.

  43. deleonj October 13th, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Verlander is another matter. Alex won’t catch up to his heater.
    ==================
    Doubt we see him that game, hope I am wrong, but only if he is producing.
    —- -
    —–
    AROD vs. Justin Verlander 24 8 1 0 3 7 4 3 .333 .448 .750 1.198

  44. blake October 13th, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Alex was pretty much still in his prime when Torre did that though……that would have been like Joe batting Cano 8th now

  45. m October 13th, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Chavez had a better chance period. That’s why he started. Clean slate for everyone. ‘cept for granderson.

    I want to see Yankee balls fly this series. This past division series between the Orioles and Yankees must be a record low for any series as far as homeruns are concerned.

  46. Cashmoney October 13th, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    mick, alex was missing on 90 mph fb… fister can locate just as well as Pettite. anywho, we find out in 90 mins.

  47. mick October 13th, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Don’t underestimate this Tiger staff.
    Fitzer and Scherzer are better than what Balt. offered.
    Their pen is a different story.
    High pitch counts would be appreciated.

  48. m October 13th, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Meant that I’d like for Granderson to feed off that insurance homerun.

  49. blake October 13th, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Detroit doesn’t have Joe Saunders though….

  50. mick October 13th, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Those #’s against Verlander or anybody for that manner were in a different lifetime.

  51. Cashmoney October 13th, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Chavez had a better chance period. That’s why he started.
    —-
    and Fister is worse than Hamel who Alex had murdered in the past? If Joe want to start Alex’s engine that’s fine. but Chavez is the obvious choice tonight as well for me.

  52. mick October 13th, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    agree on saunders.
    he is death on the yanks.
    soft tossing lefty in the stadium…

  53. johnfish October 13th, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    this is ridiculous sometimes. I just cannot understand why A-Rod is an easy bench while other guys are just as bad and do not even get a slap on the wrist (Cano, SWISHER, Granderson, Chavez, Ichiro, Martin). All these guys have had horrible numbers and yet they don’t get benched. Why is it such a big deal that Alex has had a bad series when the other guys are repeat offenders. Of that list, at least A-Choke, as some here call him, did something for the franchise in ’09. The others, not so much.
    ——————————————————————————–

    Only Swisher belongs in the same category as A-Rod as repeat offenders. And yes, a good case could be made to pjay Ibanez in right at the Stadium, with A-Rod & Chavez switching at 3b & dh.

    And you pretty much have to stick with Granderson for multiple reasons. One, he’s a defense plus, unlike A-Rod(vs Chavez). Second, as he showed last night, Granderson, no matter how bad he looks is capable of driving the ball out of the park; the same can’t be said of A-Rod, as his record in September and the ALDS indicates.

  54. m October 13th, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Hopefully we’ll only see Papa Grande getting his work in during garbage time.

  55. mick October 13th, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Chavez is the obvious choice tonight as well for me.
    ====================
    never too late to DH Chavez and move Ibanez to RF.

  56. blake October 13th, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    The Yanks let Fister get away with so many mistakes last year in that Game 5…..tonight is their chance for pay back and to wash away the stink of that series

  57. Cashmoney October 13th, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    anyway, i hope everyone enjoy the game. like i said, despite all the b*tching, i am grateful we get to watch baseball in Oct every year. win or lose, perks of being a Yankee fan.

  58. blake October 13th, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Cashmoney says:
    October 13, 2012 at 6:47 pm
    anyway, i hope everyone enjoy the game. like i said, despite all the b*tching, i am grateful we get to watch baseball in Oct every year. win or lose, perks of being a Yankee fan.

    +1

  59. blake October 13th, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Who are the announcers tonight? Not more Ernie I hope…..

  60. johnfish October 13th, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    never too late to DH Chavez and move Ibanez to RF.
    ——————————————————————–
    If Swisher has another one of his games, that’s likely, although it’d may be Chavez at 3rd & A-Rod the dh. But there’s no answer if both A-Rod & Swisher continue to stink out the place. At least, if Dickerson was on the roster, rather that Gardner, you could toy with the idea of starting Dickerson against a right-hander, Chavez at 3rd & Ibanez at dh. Gardner, rather than Dickerson on the roster makes no sense.

  61. jmills October 13th, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Go, Pettitte !

  62. Ys Guy October 13th, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    I HATE 8 o’clock games! Let’s Go Already!

  63. blake October 13th, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Wasn’t talked about much but Tex quietly had a very good ALDS….I hope he’s exercised some of his postseason demons and keeps it up

  64. Madrugador October 13th, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Maybe Girardi figures Phelps’ stuff plays better out of the pen and hopes he can get 5 innings out of Kuroda? Who knows? I hope it works out for the Yanks.

    No let down tonight. Keep up the pressure. Maul the Tigers.
    GO YANKS!

    Catch you later.

  65. jmills October 13th, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    YS, agreed. I’m going to fall asleep if this stupid thing doesn’t get going. :)

  66. Ys Guy October 13th, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    so what’s the complaint about girardi now? he’s supposed to leave alex nailed to the bench for the rest of the offseason? or bat him 9th?

    deftly tiptoeing through the arod morass in the division series and coming out a winner wasn’t enough for joe to catch any break at all in writing a lineup?

  67. jacksquat October 13th, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Joe just said they got Ibanez to DH (i.e. not play the field.

    He also has commented on Gardner having only 3 at bats.

    That’s why Arod gets subbed for and Swisher/Granderson do not.

    It’s not a conspiracy.

  68. m October 13th, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    So, um, reading that Kate Upton is dating Verlander? Why?!

  69. jmills October 13th, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Girardi, did a great job.

  70. blake October 13th, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    @BNightengale: #Tigers manager Jim Leyland,when asked how many homers Miguel Cabrera would hit if he played his home games at Yankee Stadium: “Sixty.”

  71. jmills October 13th, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Blake, Leyland can say that stuff,…but, who knows?!

    Give me,….George Bell!!!! :)

  72. RMS October 13th, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Who are the announcers tonight? Not more Ernie I hope…

    ——————————————————————–
    Ernie, Ripken and Smoltz. 3 of the worst, seemed like they were rooting for the Orioles.
    Hope all 3 are not doing this series.

  73. Ys Guy October 13th, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    i agree that cabrera might hit 60 homers at nys but i doubt he’d hit .330 doing it. seems like everyone becomes homer happy there.

  74. blake October 13th, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Ys Guy says:
    October 13, 2012 at 7:03 pm
    i agree that cabrera might hit 60 homers at nys but i doubt he’d hit .330 doing it. seems like everyone becomes homer happy there.

    Yea but its harder to get into bad habits when you’re going opo like he would be there…..lefty hitters that start trying to pull everything to the short porch are the ones that get into trouble

  75. UnKnown October 13th, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    So Pumped.

    ALCS BABY!!

    Let’s Get It.

  76. Ys Guy October 13th, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    i had no problem with cal and smoltz. i thought smoltz pitching analysis was excellent. cal doesnt add too much but he’s not annoying and his familiarity with the O’s added to the broadcasts.

    the problem with that crew was ernie johnson who was terrible and seemed like he’d never called a game before although i know he’s been a decent play-by-play guy in the past.

  77. Uncle Ellsworth October 13th, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Jonfish. based on optiimism and a couple or hard hit balls. mostly hope. wouldnt be surprised if he stunk up the joint either.

  78. m October 13th, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Cal out broadcasted Smoltz last night. Spot on analysis, and a lot of it was pitching related. Rare feat because usually Smoltz is the smarty of the bunch. .

  79. blake October 13th, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Cal knows as much about baseball as anybody….he’s great and I didn’t think he showed too much favoritism being that he’s obviously Mr. oriole….Smoltzy is great too at just pointing out stuff from the pitching side…..but Ernie is just dreadful and brings the other two down

  80. Uncle Ellsworth October 13th, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Swish needs to take a deep bteath and chill

  81. Frozen Rope II October 13th, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    why weren’t the Yankees ever in on Fister? Instead we traded Montero for a player who had 1 decent half and ended up as damaged goods

  82. Ys Guy October 13th, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    how does anyone know if the yankees were or weren’t in on fister?

  83. UnKnown October 13th, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Joe definitely made the right decision on pitching CC game 4.

    Kuroda going tomorrow over Phelps is debatable, but if you don’t throw Kuroda tomorrow and hold him until Game 3 then Hughes doesn’t go till Game 6.

    I like both decisions Joe made.

  84. Uncle Ellsworth October 13th, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Hershiser and his pard on espn radio were boring and obsessed with the ys crowd

  85. 4time October 13th, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    It’s not rocket science – Girardi wants to give A-Rod a clean slate, hoping he can just relax now and get into a groove. He didn’t feel he was able to give the team much in a do or die game based on his ABs and wanted to shake things up a little. Now, it’s a fresh start for everyone.

  86. Ys Guy October 13th, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    is that dan shulman doing espn radio? he’s a really good play-by-play man if you can get past that weird “ennah” thing he does when pronouncing n’s.

  87. Eroc October 13th, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    The YS crowd is embarrassing though. They can’t even get 30K for a decisive game 5 on a Friday and they had 10K tickets available as of this afternoon for tonight

    Yankees fans are a disgrace

  88. Uncle Ellsworth October 13th, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Yes shulman. Arod is set up for redemption and who dose not like that. but the arod saga is tiresome

  89. LGY October 13th, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    It’s not a conspiracy

    ———

    Well of course the conspirator is going to try to cover up the conspiracy!!

    Pretty tough to say Ibanez is just a DH after him and Cash said many times Ibanez’ ability to play the OF is a big plus.

  90. Ys Guy October 13th, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    is it the yankees fans who are the problem or the team trying to milk every customer for every last dime in thier bank account that’s the problem?

    the casual fan can’t just decide at the drop of a hat to go to the game if the tickets cost $150 each and parking is another $30-$40 and a round of cokes, hot dogs and a beer or two goes for another c note. take your family to the game and it’s gonna run close to a grand.

  91. raymagnetic October 13th, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    :So, um, reading that Kate Upton is dating Verlander? Why?!:

    :$:

  92. Tar October 13th, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    “the casual fan can’t just decide at the drop of a hat to go to the game if the tickets cost $150 each and parking is another $30-$40 and a round of cokes, hot dogs and a beer or two goes for another c note. take your family to the game and it’s gonna run close to a grand.”

    I remember the good ole days of finding parking in the street ( I wouldn’t have done it if I had a nice car though), rolling up a five and handing it to the ticket taker and doing the same for the usher. $10 bucks and I would have great seats.

  93. LGY October 13th, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    You can thank me later Yankee fans. Trying out a new pizza place because my regular spot failed us in the ALDS last year

  94. tomingeorgia October 13th, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Ys and Jmills,
    I”ll be asleep before the 6th. Nature of my job, so boot them home. We win this game!

  95. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 13th, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Chart update.

    ALCS predictions due by first pitch tonight.

    NLCS predictions due by first pitch tonight.

    ALCS

  96. Bronx Jeers October 13th, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    I need to get to know the courier assigned to deliver Cabrera’s samples.

  97. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 13th, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    NLCS chart:

    NLCS

  98. jmills October 13th, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Tom, as my daughter says,….yep! :)

  99. Uncle Ellsworth October 13th, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Lgy what kind of pizza? Whats your area. had new haven pizza this summer ot was freakin good. And im a jersey ny pizza snob

  100. UnKnown October 13th, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    How our Offense does will determine if we move on to the W.S. or not.

    The pitchers (starting and relief) will both be very good.

    Scoring 1 or 2 runs a game isn’t going to get it done.

    Offense or bust.

  101. tomingeorgia October 13th, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Tar,
    I used to park in Manhattan and walk across the 155th Street bridge. Didn’t cost a thing but a ten minute walk.

  102. willwill October 13th, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    As much as i hate arod for being so bad now… I must say with all the trash talked about him non stop by either passan on yahoo sports, or whomever..I’d love for him to go 5 for 5 and hit like 3 doubles and 2 homers.Not just because it’s good for us..BUT because of the crap he’s getting

  103. Uncle Ellsworth October 13th, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Macoombs dam bridge

  104. willwill October 13th, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    One of Rodriguez’s teammates smirked at the idea of reconciliation, noting how many times the Yankees and A-Rod seemed on the outs. Jeter may be the lifeblood of this team, and Sabathia may be its most important piece, but the one who best personifies what the Yankees are, as opposed to what they want to be, is still wearing their uniform, still itching to forget about this miserable week and become what so soon ago they relished.

    A-Rod.

    Always A-Rod.

    —-passan is such a douche bag… arod does not personify who the yankees are.

  105. Duh Innings II October 13th, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Kuroda needs to pipe down. ‘Dude comes off like he’s worried more about how this could affect his chances of getting another one-year deal than how this could help the team in Game 2 of the ALCS on 10/14/12.

    Yeah, you started on no rest, one day of rest, or two days of rest? Really? ‘Doubt it. Shut up and start. You’ve received well more than enough starts on extra rest that you can start on short rest once.

    Pettitte/Kuroda/Sabathia in Games 1-3 means they pitch in this series twice and Hughes starts only once (Game 4.)

    If they win it in less than 7 games, they could start Sabathia in Games 1, 4, and 7 of the World Series, no Hughes needed save to be an emergency starter / mopup man for Sabathia if he gets bombed.

  106. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 13th, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Despite the odds being stacked against us pitching-wise and every other way, I still believe we’re going to take the ALCS. This whole trip just feels like destiny. I still don’t believe we’ve been given justice for the Kenny Rogers pine tar escapade.

    This has to be it.

  107. UnKnown October 13th, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Erik Boland ?@eboland11
    No Yankees lineup yet…but I can tell you the umpires: Kellogg hp, Drake 1b, Holbrook 2b, Nelson 3b, Cedarstrom lf, Winters rf

    ——–

    There you guys go. Now you can prepare for what umps are going to screw the Yanks this series. I know this place is big on that.

    Hopefully we can win in spite of the men in blue… LOL

  108. Rich K. October 13th, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Hit a homer Arod!!!! Lets go Yankees!!!!

  109. Tar October 13th, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Tom

    Yeah if I remeber right I used to take that bridge to avoid the toll. 59th st, up the FDR then cross over. South Bronx around the stadium wasn’t a very pleasant neighborhood back in my time there, so I wouldn’t want to walk to far. Rolling up the dollars worked like a charm, saw many games that way. Not sure I’m too proud of it now, but everybody ushers included had an angle an needed to make a buck.

  110. yankeefeminista October 13th, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    New “Oh Andy” by Joey Salvia, I am pumped out of my mind! Pruf, this ones for you!

  111. m October 13th, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Well, since the Yankees are struggling at the plate and looking absolutely clueless at times, then, yes, Alex personifies what the Yankees are.

    Seriously, that’s quite a statement for Passan to make. A dumb statement!

  112. yankeefeminista October 13th, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    http://soundcloud.com/joeysalvia/oh-andy-1013

  113. Frozen Rope II October 13th, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    UnKnown October 13th, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    There you guys go. Now you can prepare for what umps are going to screw the Yanks this series. I know this place is big on that.

    Hopefully we can win in spite of the men in blue… LOL

    ================

    they really weren’t an issue last series outside of the normal ball/strike issues. not like last year where Sabathia was ridiculously squeezed in game 3.

  114. yankeefeminista October 13th, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    *one’s

  115. Uncle Ellsworth October 13th, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    El Capitan 2 hits away from 200 post season hits. i think hes due for a jack

  116. tomingeorgia October 13th, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Tar,
    Used to go to the NFL Giants that way, too.

    Let’s go Yankees!

  117. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 13th, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Ron Darling part of the broadcast team. That’s a good thing!

  118. Tar October 13th, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    YF

    :D

  119. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 13th, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    YF you didn’t get your predictions in. Or if you did I didn’t see them.

  120. yankeefeminista October 13th, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Oops, Trish, sorry, been working all day till now. Bouncing off the walls. Yanks in 7. C!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  121. yankeefeminista October 13th, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Tar, :) I have too much energy from not being at NYS. Woo hoo!

  122. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 13th, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    :)

    Got it YF. You can figure out the other series tomorrow.

  123. blake October 14th, 2012 at 12:37 am

    This scares me


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