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Postgame notes: “We haven’t played good enough baseball to win”

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As soon as Shane Victorino’s liner in the second inning appeared to graze Hiroki Kuroda’s pitching hand, you could just feel the life getting sucked out of a half-empty Yankee Stadium. Injuries have decimated the Yankees lineup, but suddenly they were faced with the prospect of losing one of their top pitchers.

“You’re always concerned when it hits his hand,” manager Joe Girardi said. “I saw him throw some warmup pitches after that and felt better about it, but obviously it started to bother him at the end, because we saw him really lose his command.”

Kuroda tried to stay in the game, but four batters later — two of which he uncharacteristically hit with pitches — it was clear that he couldn’t go any further. The injuries are piling up, but Girardi refused to accept any excuses after the Yankees dropped their second straight with a 7-4 loss against the rival Boston Red Sox.

“You can waste your time worrying, or you could just go out and play every day and see what you can do,” he said. “Obviously, we hope we’re going to get all of these guys back and they’re impactful players, but if you start focusing on holding the front, that’s a negative thought. Go out and win series and play the best that you can play.”

• The good news is that Kuroda’s injury doesn’t appear to be serious. It was announced during the game that he has a contusion in his right middle finger, but the X-rays came back negative. Kuroda said he couldn’t continue because he was having trouble gripping the ball on certain pitches, but he said there isn’t much swelling. His next start is up in the air, but he’s scheduled for a bullpen on Friday. That may be a bit optimistic. “I guess it happens, so I’ll try to regroup myself and prepare for that next start,” he said. “I wasn’t able to put my strength on the ball.”

• Kuroda was relieved by Cody Eppley, who got out of a bases loaded jam by inducing an inning ending double play. But when Eppley gave up two runs in the third and started getting knocked around, Girardi called on Adam Warren. The young right-hander did a great job of sparring the bullpen after it looked like the Yankees might have to empty it out. He gave up a two-run single to Jacoby Ellsbury when he entered the game, but those were base runners that he inherited from Eppley. Warren ended up giving the Yankees 5 1/3 much needed innings, allowing just one earned run on five hits and one walk while striking out four. “It’s definitely a game where I wouldn’t expect to come in that early with Kuroda, but I’ve been picking these guy’s brains and they’ve been telling me to just stay mentally ready,” Warren said.

• Girardi was very pleased with what he saw from Warren. “He did a tremendous job,” he said. “He saved our bullpen with the amount of innings that he was able to give us today. I thought he threw the ball extremely well and mixed his pitches. That’s a long man’s job, and that’s exactly what he did today.”

• Unfortunately for Warren, the Yankees weren’t able to do much off of Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz. After allowing two base runners in the first inning, Buchholz found his groove on his way to seven innings of one-run baseball. He allowed six hits and struck out four to earn the win. “He’s good, and he always has been,” Vernon Wells said. “He was throwing strikes, keeping the ball down, and when he does that, he’s very effective. Him and (Jon) Lester have obviously shown early on that they’re back to where they know they can be, and when those two are at the top of their rotation throwing the ball the way they have, they’re going to be a good team.”

• Buchholz’s one blemish came in the fourth inning when Travis Hafner parked one in the Yankees’ bullpen. If healthy, Hafner could have a big impact in this park with the short porch in right field. Overall, Girardi sounded pleased with the way that the Yankees’ at-bats. “I thought we swung the bats well tonight – even better than the four runs that we had,” he said. “I thought we squared some balls up and didn’t get much for it, so I felt pretty good about that.”

• Another newbie also had a nice night for the Yankees. Vernon Wells went 3 for 4, including a three-run homer in the eighth to make the final score respectable. “Fastball,” Wells said when asked which pitch he hit out. “He was trying to get ahead with fastballs and I’m not one to wait around too much, so I took my chances.”

• Wells had struggled with the Los Angeles Angels in recent seasons, but he’s parlayed a good spring into a solid first two games with his new club. “I think every game, every at-bat that you have, you want to be productive,” he said. “You want to go in, have your approach and stick to it. That’s something that from once the offseason started, my goal was just to get better. Get back to doing what I’m capable of doing – making solid contact. If I do that, then I’m capable of helping this team out from start to finish.”

• Along with homers from Wells and Hafner, the Yankees also got a multi-hit effort from Kevin Youkilis. The newcomers hitting 4-5-6 went a combined 6 for 12 with every Yankee RBI, but it’s the familiar faces at the top of order (Brett Gardner, Ichiro and Robinson Cano) who combined to go 0 for 11. The Yankees will need those guys to get going and set the table for this offense to get ignited. “I think it’s hard no matter what,” Wells said of losing the first two games of the season. “You never want to lose games. Obviously, they’re going to come, but we haven’t played good enough baseball to win. That’s the bottom line. We haven’t clicked in all three phases of the game. It’s just a matter of time before we do, but it would be nice if it happened sooner, rather than later.”

• Those of you who follow me on Twitter (or those who braved the cold and made it out to the game) know that it was frigid in here tonight. I had to make several trips inside to defrost my fingers so that I could keep typing, and it obviously has an impact on the players, as well. I would think it would be especially difficult for pitchers. “It’s not the greatest conditions in the world,” Girardi said. “I think the wind is probably a big factor for the people that have to throw the baseball. Sometimes the feeling in your hand isn’t what you’re accustomed to feeling, and there’s some balls that don’t quite carry as well. There might have been some more runs put up tonight on both sides if it’s a different type of night, but it’s something that you have to deal with. You have to find a way to get through it.”

• I’ll give the final word to Girardi, who was quick to remind any panicky fans that it’s very, very early to start getting too caught up in a couple of losses: “It’s not unusual to lose two games in a row,” he said. “I think it becomes somewhat glaring when it’s the first two games of the year. We didn’t start off too good last year, too, if I remember, and that turned out alright.” (The Yankees started 0-3 last season.)

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383 Responses to “Postgame notes: “We haven’t played good enough baseball to win””

  1. Jerkface April 4th, 2013 at 12:35 am

    Warren was good, I hope that convinces the Yankees to leave him in that role even when Hughes comes back and move the loser of the 5th spot to AAA to keep them ready.

  2. fantasygame101 April 4th, 2013 at 12:37 am

    if the pitchers keep on pitching like the first 2 games, it will be hard to win games with this lineup.

  3. fantasygame101 April 4th, 2013 at 12:52 am

    With so many pitches, warren will not be available for at least 2 days so logic dictates they call up a long reliever if not for tomorrow then on Friday.

  4. cs in la April 4th, 2013 at 1:11 am

    Tired of all of this, already. It would be one thing if we knew the team was great and they just lost two. But this awful feeling that this could be the way it is for the next five months is just such a huge bummer.

  5. LevinsonSF April 4th, 2013 at 1:22 am

    I feel much the same as cs in la…already this morning while waiting to pay for parking some Red Sux fan was bragging to the cashier how they were in first place and he said last year was a fluke that they have a power house this year. I wanted to barf.
    It’s tough to have so many starters go down and now to lose the first two…but hey it can’t get too much worse. So…Go Yanks!
    Let’s hope Andy can pitch a dandy tomorrow.

  6. Ed Whitson April 4th, 2013 at 2:39 am

    Today was the game to win. Sox lineup vs. LHP is much better. I fully expect us to be 0-3 this time tomorrow.

  7. blake April 4th, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Yes they started 0-3 last year but that team didnt have nearly this many underlying problems and deficiencies…..

    If the Yanks don’t pitch better than they have so far then they’ll be out of the race by the end of May…..they just don’t have the offense to win games with mediocre pitching….,

  8. PacoDooley April 4th, 2013 at 7:59 am

    I am officially starting the Russell Martin first hit of the season watch – I have a feeling that he is going to have an absolutely awful season and make the NYY look pretty smart for passing on an extension.

  9. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 7:59 am

    As down on the team as I am and have been, I am a little more upbeat than Axisa, who is usually more optimistic than I am:

    It’s only been two games, but the Yankees look about as flat and uninteresting as I can ever remember. It’s basically everything that was said about the team during the offseason and Spring Training come to life — the old players look washed up and the young guys aren’t really good enough. Two games into the season, the Yankees have scored six runs and surrendered 15.

  10. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Martin was on fire his first month in NY:

    .293 .376 .587 .963

    Since then (almost two seasons):

    .215 .309 .384 .693

    Martin’s most troubling legacy here will be that his presence may have played some factor in the decision to trade Montero.

    After all, they offered him three years before last season.

  11. blake April 4th, 2013 at 8:11 am

    I think passing on Martin may be ok if they’ll let Cervelli catch full time…. Stewie is a zero

  12. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 8:15 am

    This team cannot afford Stewart’s bat in the lineup at this point, not even once a week.

    If, as Martin said, he would have agreed to a one year deal, I don’t understand how they could say no.

  13. jmills April 4th, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Well guys, looks like we’re keeping company thus far. In times like this, best to dissolve oneself in work :(

  14. blake April 4th, 2013 at 8:20 am

    I think the yanks can hang in there and weather this storm if they pitch really really well…..like better than last year well….they haven’t so far and with Sabathias velo down…. Kuroda’s finger ….Hughes’s back etc it’s questionable whether or not they can do that…..

    You can’t win a division in April but you can go asking way towards losing one…..2 games is nothing but it’s not about the games….it’s about how they just look non competitive on a talent basis so far.

    Teams are gonna make a point to not let Cano beat them

  15. TheStraw April 4th, 2013 at 8:23 am

    I’m not ready to pass judgment on the season after a game in the 30 degree weather in which they were nickel and dimed to death by seeing eye singles after losing their starter to a stupid play.

  16. blake April 4th, 2013 at 8:24 am

    If this thing doesn’t improve by May then I think/hope the yanks have a conversation with Cano about trading him and then signing him this winter…..if Cano wants to stay in NY then you’d think he’d want the best team possible going forward and also a chance to win this year…..

    It’s not to that point yet….but if they are floundering closer to the deadline then that helps both sides….. Go to the Nats or Braves or Rangers or whoever might need that extra nudge to get them over the hump in 2013……the Nats and Braves are gonna be in a dog fight for that division…..Cano could swing the pendulum for either team……

    It’s just something they should think about if things go south this summer…..imagine adding Rendon or Teheran etc then signing Cano this winter…..could really help the future

  17. austinmac April 4th, 2013 at 8:25 am

    It is hard to envision this lineup scoring enough runs to be .500 this month. The news on Jeter seems to be less than optimistic. One of the papers quoted a team official as saying he is not back to where he was at the end of January. That’s not good.

    I listened to a boot of the Dodgers’ game last night. Vin Scully is such a pleasure. It is amazing what he brings to the game.

  18. PacoDooley April 4th, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Good analysis by Rich this morning. I agree that the Montero trade probably was tied into their belief in Martin when they wanted to lock him up. I think Stewart needs to be a full time backup until Cervelli proves that he cannot be the #1 in NY. He is a pathetic #1, but I think his upside is way better than Stewarts. Cervelli playing regularly has a decent chance to out WAR Martin this year.

    I also agree with the comment about Axisa – he nailed it, and it scares me. I feel like the NYY were too slow to recognize the current state of baseball and they will be locked into several very slow years of failure. The team cannot buy its way out of mediocrity if most decent FAs get locked up early. And they showed a frustrating lack of willingness to use their financial power to lock up high-risk, high-reward international FAs like Cespedes, Puig and Darvish.

  19. austinmac April 4th, 2013 at 8:25 am

    –a bit–

  20. Mike Ri April 4th, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Well on a brightside. …. .its nice to see Veron Wells playing well .

    We just a need a win to get this train moving .

  21. blake April 4th, 2013 at 8:27 am

    I know I’ve talked about the Braves a lot lately but that roster is just so much fun…..they are all kids aside from Hudson and Uggla and they are good and will be good for a long time….. braves/ Nats is gonna become quite the rivalry I think

  22. austinmac April 4th, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Blake,

    It is rare for a traded player to return. Not impossible but it changes the emotions of a deal. The player may like where he goes. He would, of course, be going from a non-contender under your scenario to a contender.

  23. austinmac April 4th, 2013 at 8:28 am

    And another J. Upton homer.

  24. blake April 4th, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Some of us here have been saying for 2-3 years that the landscape of baseball was changing and that you can’t buy good and young FA bats anymore because teams are locking them up …..apparently only the Yankees and Stoneburner didn’t take notice

  25. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Thanks, Paco.
    ___

    NoMaas:

    The excuse for Opening Day was that it was a “school night.”
    The excuse for the second game was that it was cold.
    _

    There is one thing that is making me fight my resignation: Met fans calling WFAN acting is if they should be printing WS tickets (not that Hahvey didn’t look good).

  26. blake April 4th, 2013 at 8:32 am

    “It is rare for a traded player to return. Not impossible but it changes the emotions of a deal”

    I think communication would be key….the Phillies clearly made Cliff lee aware of their intentions before they traded him and he came back to them. The Yanks woukd have to sit cano down and tell him that they want to build around him and that trading him will give them more pieces to do that if he’s willing to come back in the winter …..it’s risky yea….but so is letting him reach free agency anyway

  27. blake April 4th, 2013 at 8:35 am

    I still can’t believe they got Upton for a year of Prado and a bunch of guys they don’t even need…..it’s the type of trade that can shift an organization and make a GMs career

  28. blake April 4th, 2013 at 8:36 am

    And all those folks that thought Upton “was overrated ” or not really that good are gonna find out how talented he is over the next 3 years….he’s healthy and happy now and in that lineup he’s gonna mash

  29. Benny Blanco April 4th, 2013 at 8:38 am

    “I still can’t believe they got Upton for a year of Prado and a bunch of guys they don’t even need…..it’s the type of trade that can shift an organization and make a GMs career.”

    That type of trade will never happen with the yankees because opposing GM’s will always ask for more.

  30. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 8:39 am

    There are a group of players who have good but not great talent that are sometimes hard to project. With players with awesome talent, like Stanton, Upton, Darvish, Cespedes, etc. it’s much easier. If you can get them, you jump at it. If it’s just for money, and you have money to burn like the Yankee, you knock people over to do it.

  31. blake April 4th, 2013 at 8:39 am

    I wish YES woukd show the Trenton game today instead

  32. sunny615 April 4th, 2013 at 8:40 am

    They may have started o-3 last year but at least the lineup didn’t resemble the astros’ lineup and half the payroll on the DL.

    “to make the final score respectable” – I sure as hell hope we don’t get used to hearing that…

  33. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 8:40 am

    “That type of trade will never happen with the yankees because opposing GM’s will always ask for more.”

    The A-Rod trade was similar, and it did involve a lot of money, but they could a subsidy of the contract.

    Swisher was a steal, but he’s not the same level of talent.

    If the Yankees make the best offer, they can get deals done.

  34. jacksquat April 4th, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Cervelli is clearly better than Stewart now, but you also can’t run him out there every single game. Girardi is probably going to run them out there 50/50 for a little while and when he recognizes Cervelli is better he will probably get more and more playing time. But Stewart will still have to catch a little because catchers get beat up and worn down behind the plate and must have more rest.

  35. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 8:53 am

    The most PA Stew ever got in a season is 183. If he beats that as a Yankee, I’ll puke.

  36. blake April 4th, 2013 at 8:55 am

    I don’t think the Yanks will be able to trade for Giancarlo….I actually think he may get moved at the deadline and that the Rangers will trade Profar for him…..Tulo is the guy they should target if they’ll pay his contract….he’s prime age and he’s really good and they shouldn’t have to give as much prospect wise for him because of his contract and injury history

  37. pat April 4th, 2013 at 8:56 am

    I miss Marc Carig covering theYankees…….

    MarcCarig
    RT @andrewkeh: Early Morning Chop Shop Fire behind Citi Field. http://ow.ly/i/1OVwA / Or the Mets have elected a new starter for Sunday.

  38. Tackelberry April 4th, 2013 at 8:57 am

    In the meantime, how bout those “mighty” Blue Jays? Lost their 2nd straight at home to the Indians.

  39. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Or as Carig would say: Boom, Roasted

  40. Doreen April 4th, 2013 at 9:01 am

    pat -

    Me too.

  41. Shame Spencer April 4th, 2013 at 9:01 am

    I don’t think anyone is giving up on the season over two games.

    The frustrating part about yesterday is that I feel like the loss was on Girardi. The handling of Eppley/Warren was a bad move. We can’t afford to have Girardi losing games for us this year.

  42. Shame Spencer April 4th, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Stewart, our defensive back up catcher, gave up a run lol…. The guy belongs on the bench. In Scranton.

  43. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 9:07 am

    It’s early in the season, but Bucholz’s velo was down from where it once was:

    FB 90.73 93.8

  44. Tackelberry April 4th, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Eppley was the main culprit. DId a great job getting Pedroia to hit into the DP to get out of 1 inning, but then 3 straight 2 out hits in that 3rd inning was a killer! In fairness to Stewart, that ball he hit his 2nd time up might have been out on a warmer night. He hit that ball pretty well, and after working the count full.

  45. blake April 4th, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Warren was a bright spot…..I agree with JF and that they should just leave him in that role when/ if all the starters are healthy and send either Phelps or Nova to AAA

  46. Tackelberry April 4th, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Shame Spencer April 4th, 2013 at 9:05 am
    Stewart, our defensive back up catcher, gave up a run lol…. The guy belongs on the bench. In Scranton.

    _______________________________________

    Think you could have made that catch over the railing? LOL!!!!!!!!!

  47. blake April 4th, 2013 at 9:08 am

    When Eppley faces LH hitters he might as well put it on a tee for them and Joe let him face like 3 of them and it pretty much ended the game

  48. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Except if your a pitcher in that situation, with Stew up, you can lay the ball over the plate because the ball wasn’t carrying.

  49. blake April 4th, 2013 at 9:09 am

    @DanBarbarisi: Mark Teixeira is tired of getting hurt; now that he’s stuck on the DL, he has a plan to build an injury-proof body http://t.co/YSaxl5tbOJ

    Lol….

  50. blake April 4th, 2013 at 9:11 am

    http://acetj.channel961.com/pa.....zs.twitter

    If you guys want a good laugh…..

  51. Shame Spencer April 4th, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Think you could have made that catch over the railing? LOL!!!!!!!!!

    ————–

    If I could trade that ball falling the the dug out for a better performance behind the plate from Stewie, I would.

  52. blake April 4th, 2013 at 9:14 am

    At least the minor leagues get goin today

  53. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 9:14 am

    “If you guys want a good laugh…..”

    I suspect that woman has a questionable past. ;)

  54. Shame Spencer April 4th, 2013 at 9:15 am

    blake April 4th, 2013 at 9:11 am

    http://acetj.channel961.com/pa…..zs.twitter

    If you guys want a good laugh…..

    ————

    Heard about that story.. people go a little overboard on April Fools lol.

    What was Girardi’s explanation for keeping Eppley in against 3 lefties….? Where was the binder then?

  55. blake April 4th, 2013 at 9:16 am

    I went outside and they was law everywhere!

  56. blake April 4th, 2013 at 9:17 am

    “What was Girardi’s explanation for keeping Eppley in against 3 lefties….? Where was the binder then?”

    I think joe does better when he uses his binder ….

  57. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 9:20 am

    With Warren warming up in the 2nd while Eppley was in, I was “sure” that he would start the 3rd. I think Girardi got seduced by the DP.

  58. Tackelberry April 4th, 2013 at 9:20 am

    If I could trade that ball falling the the dug out for a better performance behind the plate from Stewie, I would.

    ____________________________________________________________

    That wasn’t the question. And yeah, he made an error (Shoot him!) but he also made a great play. 1-1

  59. Tackelberry April 4th, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 9:09 am
    Except if your a pitcher in that situation, with Stew up, you can lay the ball over the plate because the ball wasn’t carrying.

    _______________________________________

    How is Russell Martin hitting so far?

  60. Jerkface April 4th, 2013 at 9:24 am

    That wasn’t the question. And yeah, he made an error (Shoot him!) but he also made a great play. 1-1

    Catching the foul ball over the railing was nice, but he dropped a lot of pitches, failed to get a bunch of called strikes despite supposedly being a pitch framer, let a pitch get by him to the backstop because he tried to backhand it, and an ugly throw on a stolen base.

    He hasn’t been a good defensive catcher since he got here.

  61. blake April 4th, 2013 at 9:25 am

    “How is Russell Martin hitting so far?”

    Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols have zero hits combined….2 games is a meaningless sample….Stewie had a careers worth of awful hitting sample size

  62. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 9:25 am

    “How is Russell Martin hitting so far?”

    Like he would fit right in with this Yankee offense.

    Are you seriously comparing Martin’s offense to Stew’s?

    Martin is a very good hitter v. LHP.

    Stew doesn’t discriminate.

  63. Shame Spencer April 4th, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Tackelberry April 4th, 2013 at 9:20 am

    If I could trade that ball falling the the dug out for a better performance behind the plate from Stewie, I would.

    ____________________________________________________________

    That wasn’t the question. And yeah, he made an error (Shoot him!) but he also made a great play. 1-1

    —————–

    The error cost a run when the game was still close… the great play in the 7th was nice, but didn’t actually do anything to change the momentum or outcome. Your math is off. That’s not 1-1. Stewie didn’t drive in any runs to make up for the one he gave up and he didn’t save any out on the field.

  64. blake April 4th, 2013 at 9:26 am

    The fact that Cervelli should be catching 4 of 5 games is pretty clear to everyone except the a yankees

  65. Jerkface April 4th, 2013 at 9:26 am

    You should really think hard if Chris Stewart ~Defensive Catcher~ is the hill you wanna die on about defending all the yankees regardless of reality.

  66. Tackelberry April 4th, 2013 at 9:27 am

    The error cost a run when the game was still close… the great play in the 7th was nice, but didn’t actually do anything to change the momentum or outcome. Your math is off. That’s not 1-1. Stewie didn’t drive in any runs to make up for the one he gave up and he didn’t save any out on the field.

    ________________________________________

    What cost them runs was Eppley’s inability to get a 3rd out on 4 straight hitters!! Even without Stewart’s error, the Sox would have gotten those runs.

  67. blake April 4th, 2013 at 9:27 am

    @jnorris427: DePaula goes tomorrow for Charleston, btw. #yankees

    Yay!

  68. blake April 4th, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Trenton is like the best place for prospects to be because Norris is excellent …:. Now if they’d only televise the games

  69. Jerkface April 4th, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Can’t wait for the minor league games to begin today, get some guddamn good news out of this Yankees org.

  70. Tackelberry April 4th, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Jerkface April 4th, 2013 at 9:26 am
    You should really think hard if Chris Stewart ~Defensive Catcher~ is the hill you wanna die on about defending all the yankees regardless of reality.

    __________________________________________________

    Just trying to say that its not as much on him as you guys think. Try to be fair, and its 1 game.

  71. Tackelberry April 4th, 2013 at 9:30 am

    blake April 4th, 2013 at 9:28 am
    Trenton is like the best place for prospects to be because Norris is excellent …:. Now if they’d only televise the games

    _____________________________________________
    YES used to televise some minor league games a few years ago. WHy don’t they anymore?

  72. blake April 4th, 2013 at 9:30 am

    “Just trying to say that its not as much on him as you guys think. Try to be fair, and its 1 game.”

    It’s not one game…..Stewie is the guy he’s been his whole career and last year too….he’s a back up and he should catch one game a week max

  73. pkyankfan69 April 4th, 2013 at 9:30 am

    “We haven’t played good enough baseball to win”

    Forget that, they haven’t played good enough baseball to be competitive yet.

  74. blake April 4th, 2013 at 9:31 am

    _____________________________________________
    YES used to televise some minor league games a few years ago. WHy don’t they anymore?d

    Milb had most of the AAA games….I’m hoping they’ll add some AA ones

  75. Jerkface April 4th, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Just trying to say that its not as much on him as you guys think. Try to be fair, and its 1 game.

    Its more than 1 game with Stewart. He hasn’t been good defensively since he got here. And the Yankees are playing him over Romine and starting him 50/50 with Cervelli. That annoys me. He is an awful hitter and has not lived up to the defensive reputation. Now maybe he is truly a pitch framing maven but I’ve seen him drop a lot of strikes more than I’ve seen him steal them.

    This is going to be a tough season until the injured guys get back because the goobers on the roster are going to have their foibles magnified due to lack of coverage by better players.

  76. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 9:31 am

    http://allthingsd.com/20130404.....-coverage/

    Major League Baseball is announcing on Thursday that it is working with Qualcomm to help its effort to improve wireless coverage within the league’s ballparks.

    Over the next two years, an engineering team from the San Diego-based tech company will help the league go stadium-by-stadium and assess the state of Wi-Fi and cellular coverage and help plan improvements.

    “Collaborating with an industry leader such as Qualcomm is a critical step in understanding and executing on the engineering challenges to achieve scalable, reliable in-venue connectivity,” Major League Baseball Advanced Media CTO Joe Inzerillo said in a statement.

    Baseball is also working with T-Mobile to modernize, among other things, the phones that connect the bullpens to the dugouts.

  77. pkyankfan69 April 4th, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Tackelberry April 4th, 2013 at 9:30 am

    YES used to televise some minor league games a few years ago. WHy don’t they anymore?
    —————————–
    I guarantee it has something to do with either losing money or not making enough money televising those games. Making as much money as possible has obviously become mission #1 for Hal & Co.

  78. Shame Spencer April 4th, 2013 at 9:33 am

    No one is trying to put the loss solely on Stewart’s shoulders.. but the point is this team cannot afford to start it’s BUC 50% of the time. Especially not with so many guys injured. If Stewart was bringing stellar D and no bat, it’s a slightly different conversation. He’s bringing neither.

  79. sunny615 April 4th, 2013 at 9:33 am

    at the moment the whole team is awful. Offense and defense. no one is giving up the entire season based on two games, but there’s not a lot of positives to take away based on these two games. Half the payroll is on the DL or injured in some fashion. The offense is sputtering along. They’re being out hit and out scored like they were a minor league team. It’s hard to see the “light at the end of the tunnel” based on these two games and it looks like it’s going to go on for a long while.

  80. yankeefeminista April 4th, 2013 at 9:34 am

    blake, Trenton home games ARE televised (begins on April 11), and the good news is Charleston’s games this week in Greenville are “televised” on milb-tv (as Greenville always televises their home games), so we’ll see the DePaula game and the others in that series. Yay!

    I dedicate this MiLB Opening Day and season to GB7! We miss you!

  81. Tackelberry April 4th, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Romine missed almost all of last year and lost a whole year of development. Stewart is probably a stopgap until he is ready for the show. He needs some time in AAA first.

  82. austinmac April 4th, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Norris is great with his milb coverage. I hope they appreciate it at the newspaper.

    I do love pouring over the milb box scores. There is no doubt I would watch the Trenton game were it an option.

    Tackelberry, you’re right Stewie is great and all is well. Who needs any offense from the catcher and who needs wins. So overrated.

  83. Shame Spencer April 4th, 2013 at 9:35 am

    It’s also undercutting Cervelli… Cervelli is your starter for better or worse at this point unless the move to Romine mid year or something. Either way, you need to allow Cervelli to feel comfortable if he’s going to get a lot of playing time. Baseball, for a lot of players, is all about routine.

  84. Shame Spencer April 4th, 2013 at 9:36 am

    @Deadspin

    We think today’s Daily Screencap is pretty great. You should check it out: http://deadsp.in/oK8d0QM

    LOL, everyone check out this pic.

  85. yankeefeminista April 4th, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Rich, that is great news. It is very frustrating not to be able to pull in strong signals to watch mlb and milb games. milb-tv is now available on iphone/ipad, which really rocks.

  86. austinmac April 4th, 2013 at 9:36 am

    YF,

    Good call on the GB rememberance.

  87. blake April 4th, 2013 at 9:37 am

    blake, Trenton home games ARE televised (begins on April 11), and the good news is Charleston’s games this week in Greenville are “televised” on milb-tv (as Greenville always televises their home games), so we’ll see the DePaula game and the others in that series. Yay!”

    Sweet !

  88. yankeefeminista April 4th, 2013 at 9:38 am

    austin, pitch framing FTW, baby! #stewieforever

  89. yankeefeminista April 4th, 2013 at 9:38 am

    FTR, Trenton home games were also televised on milb-tv last season.

  90. Doreen April 4th, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Hope this works, and maybe it will catch on:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/.....hare_tweet

  91. Jerkface April 4th, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Doreen,

    Maybe Ichiro should let him borrow his stretching machines.

  92. blake April 4th, 2013 at 9:41 am

    I think they should just let Cervelli catch until Samcjez is ready unless they can get Mauer

  93. austinmac April 4th, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Good news on the availablity of milb on an ipad. It sure wasn’t last year.

  94. Jerkface April 4th, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Romine missed almost all of last year and lost a whole year of development. Stewart is probably a stopgap until he is ready for the show. He needs some time in AAA first.

    Yes, I know, but that doesn’t stop it from being annoying that Chris Stewart is both still on this team and seemingly going to SPLIT time with a superior player

  95. Shame Spencer April 4th, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Wish I could use MiLB TV. You folks will need to keep me updated. The nice thing is we’re getting a lot more videos posted from Norris.

  96. LGY April 4th, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Speaking of Stewart, one especially puke worthy exchange on the radio broadcast last night.

    John: Ya know Suzyn Stewart hit pretty well for a backup last season
    Suzyn: Yes John. He had some clutch hits.

  97. Shame Spencer April 4th, 2013 at 9:43 am

    @KenDavidoff

    Robinson Cano hates talking about his impending free agency, and the #Yankees want to keep him. So finish the deal. http://bit.ly/YUV0Nj

  98. Shame Spencer April 4th, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Davidoff says they should do 8/200 for Robbie and just get ‘er done.

    I just don’t know if that’s really the magic number, with Verlander getting $202.

  99. Doreen April 4th, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Not so much the DP, Rich, as the fact that he only threw 4 pitches.

    I still think it wasn’t a good decision to leave Eppley in; Warren is a starter, more accustomed to coming into clean innings. He was warm.

    The only thing I can say is that you never know until things already happen – I can see Girardi’s thinking. He really isn’t depending on Warren to give over 5 innings. You hope so, but you don’t know. So if he could squeeze one more out of Eppley, that’s maybe one fewer relief pitcher you have to burn. Had he known ahead of time, taken that crystal ball out of the closet, then, he probably does exactly what we thought he should have done anyway. Especially, it’s early in the season, he’s not sure what he’ll get out of Pettitte tonight in terms of length. In April, I think you kind of figure 6 innings is a good night for the starter, but could be only 5. If he goes through everyone last night, I don’t know. It messes up tonight a little I guess.

  100. Tackelberry April 4th, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Tackelberry, you’re right Stewie is great and all is well. Who needs any offense from the catcher and who needs wins. So overrated.

    As usual austinmac you miss my point. My point was Stewart was far from the main culprit last night. He had 2 atbats, and one he hit the ball pretty deep after working the count full. Is he the reason we couldn’t climb out of a 6-0 hole? Or was it more Eppley’s failure to get the 3rd out on 4 straight hitters and let the Sox blow the game open.

  101. blake April 4th, 2013 at 9:46 am

    @KenDavidoff: Robinson Cano hates talking about his impending free agency, and the #Yankees want to keep him. So finish the deal. http://t.co/RfBhuFFbV5

  102. Shame Spencer April 4th, 2013 at 9:47 am

    LGY April 4th, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Speaking of Stewart, one especially puke worthy exchange on the radio broadcast last night.

    John: Ya know Suzyn Stewart hit pretty well for a backup last season
    Suzyn: Yes John. He had some clutch hits.

    ——————–

    Reasons why Stewart shouldn’t be starting: Exhibit A.

  103. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Doreen

    Maybe, but at best, he’s kind of a ROOGY.

    As his role expands, so does the probability that bad things will happen. IOW, he’s not good.

  104. Doreen April 4th, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Jerkface -

    Maybe, but it seems like this is low-tech, no machines necessary. the learning curve to do the stuff is probably not too steep.

    Anyway, with now two Yankees concentrating on this type of conditioning, and Cavalea seemingly high on it, perhaps more players can be enticed into do it instead of the heavier weights as a steady diet.

    It must be awfully hard to get these guys to switch their workout routines. Why does it have to take multiple injuries over years? Or some catastrophe?

    And why hire conditioning coaches if they can’t mandate a new philosophy? I think what would need to happen is have that philosophy being practiced from the lower levels of the minors on through, so that as they reach the ML, the players already have this type of conditioning in their repertoire.

  105. Shame Spencer April 4th, 2013 at 9:51 am

    There’s really no way to slice Girardi’s decision with Eppley last night as anything but a mistake. He let him pitch to hitters that perform better against him historically… and by a WIDE margin.

    vs LHB – .386 .476 .500 .976
    vs RHB – .231 .285 .367 .652

    You don’t let this guy face multiple lefties. In fact, by Girardi’s standards, he shouldn’t even have faced one.

  106. yankeefeminista April 4th, 2013 at 9:52 am

    LGY, lol, and how about both Suzyn and John referring so intimately to Ortiz as Papi. Ugh.

    JF, they should all use Ichiro’s stretching machine. I am sure with not only strengthened but lengthened and more flexible muscles they would get much better blood flow, especially on cold nights. Muscle building contracts muscles.

    As for Warren, if you are going to consider him your long man, you have to trust him. Girardi does tend to try to get more out of ROOGY’s and LOOGY’s vs. opposite handed batters, and it usually comes back to bite him.

  107. Jerkface April 4th, 2013 at 9:53 am

    You don’t let this guy face multiple lefties. In fact, by Girardi’s standards, he shouldn’t even have faced one.

    last season he was platooned at a steady 2:1 ratio of righties to lefties. Last night that ratio was closer to 1:1. You maximize Eppley’s contributions by minimizing the amount of lefties he faces.

  108. blake April 4th, 2013 at 9:54 am

    In think Girardi tried to get lucky and squeeze one more inning out of Eppley than let Warren start clean the next….. Didnt happen and probably wasn’t the wisest decision if he wanted to stay in the game…..he sorta punted early which he does sometimes and that’s annoying……Girardi is good at managing a pen over a long season….but usually he has the talent to where the 162 game sample evens out and the Yanks end up on top…..I don’t think he has the luxury to punt games this year…..every win matters if they want to stay in this thing

  109. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 4th, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Good morning all. Hoping for a Yankee win tonight!

    I have to laugh at all of the talk last night about posters longing for Manny. Trust me, those same people who would have been screaming up a storm the first time Manny dogged it in the outfield, as he was wont to do often. Or maybe it would have been okay for Manny to tell Girardi he wasn’t going to play in certain games, the way he did with Tito? I’m sure people would have been fine with him pushing down old men if he didn’t get the tickets he wanted. Or best of all, we could have had a nice long-term contract and then found out that Manny was juicing and all stood around glum as his numbers plummeted!

    :roll:

    I never wanted Manny in pinstripes. So I’m happy it never came to pass.

    ***********

    Even though the thinking is that this is no longer a home-run hitting club, if we can have Vernon and Pronk connecting from time to time – and don’t forget that Youkilis can also hit them out – that just may be bromide we need. But obviously we need Gardner and Robby to hit. I’m hoping that the warmer weather is the answer. Robby was en fuego in the WC. But I don’t believe he hit any weather as cold as this.

    **********

    Obviously I have no idea how the rest of the season is going to play out for Vernon Wells, but I remain hopeful. Though we can’t unequiovcally say that a really good ST means a really good season, nor can we say that it doesn’t.

    Maybe it’s ridiculous to think that our new veterans can put in seasons like they used to – but then again, maybe it isn’t. Remember aura and mystique? I always have to vote for the moon and the stars because I’m a true believer – but I will be happy with just the stars if it happens that way!

    *********

    In the “good pitching trumps good hitting”school, speaking of having a good ST, maybe we weren’t going to get much off the chucky doll anyway – though there were balls squared off him.

    Guys are making contact. Hits definitely will come.

    :)

  110. Jerkface April 4th, 2013 at 9:56 am

    It must be awfully hard to get these guys to switch their workout routines. Why does it have to take multiple injuries over years? Or some catastrophe?

    And why hire conditioning coaches if they can’t mandate a new philosophy? I think what would need to happen is have that philosophy being practiced from the lower levels of the minors on through, so that as they reach the ML, the players already have this type of conditioning in their repertoire.

    Yea I agree 100%. Especially with the minors, but their facilities are often not anywhere near the major league ones. This is an area I’d like to see the Yankees become a field leader/innovator in. They have the money to do fer cryin’ out loud!

    Lets get all these yankees hugging anime body pillows!

  111. blake April 4th, 2013 at 9:56 am

    @ProfessorParks: Marathon prospect chat today starting at 11ET. Prepare your #want. http://t.co/tSROJzWEY9

    Parks is kinda an odd dude…..but I like his prospect takes

  112. Doreen April 4th, 2013 at 9:58 am

    I think he did trust Warren. Just wanted to get the extra mileage out of Eppley – trusted him TOO MUCH.

    I think at the very least, if he was going to let Eppley start the inning, he should have been out as soon as the first guy reached base.

  113. austinmac April 4th, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Tackleberry,

    No one has said Stewie is the reason they lost. They have said for a long time, he is not that good defensively and can’t hit a lick. Passed balls are part of his repetoire.

  114. Shame Spencer April 4th, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Just read through the whole article: “You wonder what Jay-Z told his buddy Cano he could deliver on the marketing front — while Cano does have a winning smile and is easygoing and popular, it’s impossible to envision him being anywhere as successful a pitchman as his teammate Derek Jeter.”

    Sometimes Davidoff really rubs me the wrong way. Why is it hard (or impossible) to envision him being a successful pitchman, exactly? He never goes on to say.

  115. Jerkface April 4th, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Yea, why would the easy going, good looking elite athlete with a winning smile not make a good pitchman I wonder, Davidoff? :x

  116. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 4th, 2013 at 10:02 am

    “I’m not ready to pass judgment on the season after a game in the 30 degree weather in which they were nickel and dimed to death by seeing eye singles after losing their starter to a stupid play.”

    ;)

  117. Doreen April 4th, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Jerkface -

    The facilities are definitely improving. I’ll see if I can find the link, but they made improvements to the AA field in Trenton, some cosmetic, but some involved a larger workout space, which is something, I think.

    And I would be curious about the new park in AAA – I’d be surprised if there weren’t better facilities planned there as well

    I think yankeefeminista made a good point yesterday about the added attention to the minor leagues bringing in money. And improving the facilities is a good use of that money.

  118. yankeefeminista April 4th, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Doreen, if he trusted Warren, Warren should have started the 3rd while the game was still in reach. If Phelps had been the long man, I have no doubt that Girardi would have gone to Phelps in the 3rd.

  119. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Jeter, is a high bar, Shame. More than he otherwise would receive is probably sufficient. There may be other lures, like entertainment production down the road, and who knows what else.

    It is odd to make the move now, if Boras is to be believed and Cano re-signed with him just a couple of weeks ago.

  120. mick April 4th, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Why don’t they just give the job to Cervelli?
    Or are they afraid he’s just not good enough…
    Platooning 2 righty catchers is unheard of.

  121. blake April 4th, 2013 at 10:05 am

    What’s the deal with Hensleys hip?

  122. yankeefeminista April 4th, 2013 at 10:06 am

    blake, he is out for @three months. Hope to see him in SI after rehab/XST.

  123. mick April 4th, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Eppley’s role last night was that of a 6th or 7th inning put out the fire and get out of there variety.

    YF is correct in saying it was time for the long man after he got the job done.

    What was Joe thinking?

  124. yankeefeminista April 4th, 2013 at 10:07 am

    BTW, SI home games are also on milb-tv (they added them last year).

  125. ron April 4th, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Defense in catchers is overated,unless there is a big difference,and cervelli,romine simply are not that much behind stewart defensively,if at all,and might be better defensively.
    You can’t justify losing offense from cervelli,and romine,by starting stewart.

    It is ugly that stewart might start 50% of the games,simply ugly.

    Outside of cano,and gardner,every yankee player might not even be a ml starter.

    Wells,ichiro,youk,nunez,haffner,overbay,nix,cervelli,stewart,and on,and on.

    Yes,granderson,tex,jeter are on the dl,but why not give romine a shot,and give us a reason to watch,a little bit more?
    We should of traded cano for 2,or 3 top prospects,granderson for another prospect,traded hughes with m williams,and sanchez for a stanton,or upton,and signed ajp,hamilton,and not signed ichiro,wells,or youk.
    If we got an olt,i’d start him at 3b,or another ml ready 3b prospect.

    Upton
    gardner
    hamilton
    olt
    jeter
    2b
    tex
    haffner
    ajp

    I’d look to get a 2b for granderson,or a ml ready 2b prospect.

    You can’t just keep marching out the same aging players every year while downgrading on every other position,while fewer players are consuming more money.
    I would of wen’t all out for upton.

    youk,wells,ichiro,granderson,cano,hughes make 60,or so million.
    Hamilton,upton,ajp make about 47 million,or so,and the 3b,and 2b prospects we got from trading cano,and granderson replace the loss of sanchez,and mason williams,and our outfield is set for years,maybe 3b,and 2b also.

  126. Doreen April 4th, 2013 at 10:08 am

    This post includes a description of some of the improvements at the park in Trenton. The moved the workout room to another space, which is bigger, among other things:

    http://thunderbaseball.wordpre.....media-day/

  127. Shame Spencer April 4th, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Rich – Sure, he’s a high bar… but I think Davidoff’s overall point sounds sorta like: what could the lure be to sign with JayZ when Cano isn’t really a marketable spokesman?

    If Davidoff is going to make the assertion, you need to provide some context and evidence. You can’t just say ‘it’s impossible to imagine him being a successful spokesman as Jeter (one of the most popular players to ever play the game)…’ and follow it up with nothing explaining why.

    Cano has an accent lol, that’s it! Reminds me of the David Wright vs Jose Reyes thing all over again.

  128. Shame Spencer April 4th, 2013 at 10:10 am

    mick April 4th, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Why don’t they just give the job to Cervelli?
    Or are they afraid he’s just not good enough…
    Platooning 2 righty catchers is unheard of.

    —————–

    No idea… I thought at first they wanted to keep Cervelli motivated by saying ‘well, we don’t know if he’ll be the starter.’ But I didn’t actually expect them to split time lol. We’ve been told they’ll split time for the first month so Joe can evaluate. Makes no sense. He’s seen Stewie over a full year and has also seen plenty of Cervelli before this year and in ST. And the first month of the season is going to be the toughest with all of these guys down.

    I’m hoping they just do the 50/50 thing for a week and realize it’s dumb.

  129. Jerkface April 4th, 2013 at 10:10 am

    I have faith that Cano can match Jeter’s edge.

  130. Doreen April 4th, 2013 at 10:11 am

    yankeefeminista, I’m not sure.

    I think it was a matter of not knowing how many innings he could count on from Warren, not necessarily trust. And as far as Eppley, Joe always, always talks about, “well, he only threw x number of pitches,” so he keeps them in. Happens all the time.

    My personal feeling is he should have started Warren in a clean inning, or in the alternative, once Eppely let one guy reach base. He pushed it too far waiting for that third out, hoping for that clean inning for Warren. Definitely bad judgment, but I don’t think it was a trust issue.

  131. mick April 4th, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Could it be that Cano decided he just didn’t want to go the Boras path?
    Simple as that.

  132. Doreen April 4th, 2013 at 10:14 am

    And by clean inning, I mean the very next one after the DP. Just to be clear.

  133. Shame Spencer April 4th, 2013 at 10:14 am

    To me, it sounds like Cano is getting/got cold feet. The Yankees should pounce right now, while he’s still sort of uncomfortable.

  134. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 10:15 am

    “Could it be that Cano decided he just didn’t want to go the Boras path?”

    Sure, but, again if Boras is to be believed, he didn’t know that on March 20th?

  135. mick April 4th, 2013 at 10:18 am

    No idea… I thought at first they wanted to keep Cervelli motivated by saying ‘well, we don’t know if he’ll be the starter.’
    ======================
    In the real world, one would think they are trying to make Cervelli rise to the occasion of winning the job, like they supposedly try to do in ST.
    Maybe they feel he didn’t raise his level enough and want more from him in this 1st month.
    Maybe they think they both just suck as their standards for catchers are high.
    Maybe they should make Pena the mgr.
    Maybe next year….

  136. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Darvish could have been huge here!

  137. mick April 4th, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Sure, but, again if Boras is to be believed, he didn’t know that on March 20th?
    =========================
    Why would anyone believe Boras?
    Didn’t Arod drop Boras after he got his dream deal.
    Wouldn’t be surprised if Arod told Cano, it’s not worth it.
    I’m sure Cano’s Dad had a major influence in the decision.
    He came out and said his son wants to remain a Yankee, didn’t he?

  138. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 4th, 2013 at 10:21 am

    “Could it be that Cano decided he just didn’t want to go the Boras path?
    Simple as that.”

    mick, I think that’s the most logical explanation. I’m sure Robby talked it over with his dad too, who seems to have very good judgment. And Robby is close to Arod. Boras has been known to bring divisiveness into just about every negotiation. My feeling is that Robby knows he wants to remain with the Yanks and doesn’t want to have an “us vs. them” feel to his negotiations. That’s what you get with Boras. Jay-Z is all Yankees. I see a nice neat package.

    ***********

    And did someone say the old players look washed up? First of all, who are the “old players” and look washed up, how?

    Yes it’s only two game, but Wells is hitting 429, Youkilis 375, and Hafner 333. If it’s about their play in the field, I didn’t get to see the beginning of last night’s game so were there errors? Is that what washed up means?

    Again it’s only two games, one played in 30 degrees. So I can’t shoot off cannons in either direction.

    You’re always going to need someone to lead the Hope Springs Eternal part of the parade. I’ll always be your go-to for that! Lord knows we have enough of the Funeral Directors Brigade!

    ;)

  139. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 4th, 2013 at 10:22 am

    mick – great minds thinking alike!

    :D

  140. mick April 4th, 2013 at 10:24 am

    To me, it sounds like Cano is getting/got cold feet. The Yankees should pounce right now, while he’s still sort of uncomfortable.
    ==========================
    Even though it’s against Yankee “policy,” you know Hal is salivating to get Cano wrapped up.
    The problem, most likely, is the amount of years.
    Now that Robbie has dropped Boras he will have to settle for less if he wants to stay here a la the hometown discount.
    Ownership does have the upper hand in these extension deals.

  141. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 4th, 2013 at 10:24 am

    And here’s my hope for the season – that if Girardi makes errors in judgement that lead to a bad end, he learns from them and does not repeat them.

    Have a great day y’all!

    :)

  142. Tar April 4th, 2013 at 10:29 am

    “I have to laugh at all of the talk last night about posters longing for Manny. Trust me, those same people who would have been screaming up a storm the first time Manny dogged it in the outfield, as he was wont to do often”

    You do realize that without Manny 2004 doesn’t happen right? Especially with the aid of hindsight, NOT claiming Manny was a colossal mistake that more than likely cost the Yankees a Championship and gave one to the Sox. Huge mistake even if they turned around and traded him.

  143. mick April 4th, 2013 at 10:30 am

    girardi, for all his stubbornness, knows he’s not going to win every game, and will experiment at times.
    for all his binder instincts, a move like last nights with eppley, goes against it.
    for all his common sense, deliberate approach way of doing things, sometimes he goes completely against the book, inexplicably…

    maybe he’s conflicted?

  144. jacksquat April 4th, 2013 at 10:31 am

    There was no reason to trust Warren, he was pummeled in spring training. And if you want to say ST doesn’t mean anything, don’t be talking about Mustelier.

  145. yankeefeminista April 4th, 2013 at 10:34 am

    JS, then why have Warren as your long man (a player you don’t trust)?

  146. mick April 4th, 2013 at 10:35 am

    JS, then why have Warren as your long man (a player you don’t trust)?
    =====================
    Who else is there?

  147. ron April 4th, 2013 at 10:37 am

    JF called it on darvish.
    When you have a nice fb,and good control/command over 2,or more breaking pitches,it was a gamble worth taking,if a gamble at all.

    The yankees dropped the ball several times this offseason.

  148. Jerkface April 4th, 2013 at 10:37 am

    There was no reason to trust Warren

    Its going to be very hard to bring up prospects with this attitude.

  149. yankeefeminista April 4th, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Randy, I forget that Britton is opening tonight against Turley in Portland. And lo and behold, RS’s prized prospect Barnes IS pitching on Sunday. You have to attend and report back. :)

  150. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 10:40 am

    “There was no reason to trust Warren, he was pummeled in spring training. And if you want to say ST doesn’t mean anything, don’t be talking about Mustelier.”

    As you you want to cite S, Eppley was in worse.

    Warren has better stuff, more upside, more versatile, and should be a bigger part of this team’s future.

  151. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 10:41 am

    “As you you want to cite S, Eppley was in worse.”

    The English translation: As long as you you want to cite ST, Eppley was even worse.

  152. mick April 4th, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Warren reminds me of Phelps last year.
    If nothing else he opened a few eyes last night which often is all that’s needed esp at the ML level.

  153. jacksquat April 4th, 2013 at 10:48 am

    There was no reason for *Girardi* to trust Warren (over Eppley – for one inning).

    Look, he already had Eppley in the game so he tried to get more than 4 pitches out of him, that’s it.

  154. mick April 4th, 2013 at 10:48 am

    maybe he’s conflicted?
    ===============
    ok i’ll answer my own question.

    i believe he feels one of the best ways to find about a player, even if it costs a game and is so obvious that even a blog player could see it, and i’m sure most pro mgrs believe that, is to throw him into situations and see what he’s got, as he did with eppley last night.

    it didn’t work but many times that’s how you learn…

  155. Jerkface April 4th, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Look, he already had Eppley in the game so he tried to get more than 4 pitches out of him, that’s it.

    Going directly against the binder and the construction of the team. It was a bad move.

  156. Jerkface April 4th, 2013 at 10:55 am

    He knew he was going to go to Adam Warren eventually, instead of putting him in a clean inning he let Eppley face 3 lefties, which is an obviously bad move to make!

  157. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 10:59 am

    That’s what was strange. He had Warren warming up in the 2nd while Eppley was in, seemingly to give him a clean inning.

  158. yankeefeminista April 4th, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Girardi chose to ignore Eppley’s 158 OPS+ vs. lefties…

  159. J. Alfred Prufrock April 4th, 2013 at 11:03 am

    yankeefeminista April 4th, 2013 at 10:38 am
    Randy, I forget that Britton is opening tonight against Turley in Portland. And lo and behold, RS’s prized prospect Barnes IS pitching on Sunday. You have to attend and report back.
    ///

    Randy’s going to see Barnes? +1 wanna hear all about it. Looking forward to when we get him in Trenton.

    ron, didn’t you see him pitch at Conn?

    I’m running out, but had to run in on that one. Sucks that he’s a Boston arm, but am excited to get a look at him. Randy, give us report (like you did on Archer).

    Good day, all

  160. Doreen April 4th, 2013 at 11:03 am

    It was not a good decision, I firmly believe it had nothing to do with “trust.”

    I think jacksquat brings up a good point, which goes along with what I said about not knowing what he would be able to get from Warren.

    He did not have a particularly good spring, FWIW.

    And Girardi is all about the number of pitches. He is all over that every single time. Every single time that I can remember from last year at least, when a relief pitcher was kept in and and it went south, Joe’s answer was ALWAYS, well, he had only thrown “x” pitches, so I decided to keep him in.

  161. yankeefeminista April 4th, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Not knowing what you would get means you don’t trust the pitcher to give you what you need. :?:

    Pruf, Archer and Taijuan are both pitching today (in separate games); both televised on milb-tv.

  162. DONNYBROOK April 4th, 2013 at 11:07 am

    I’m Still waiting on the supposed “Next Face Of The Franchise”, to demonstrate that he merits that handle and the $$$ that comes with it. Dating back to the ALCS vs Detroit, we have eyeballed “The Incredible Shrinking Man” instead of “Rambo”.

  163. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 11:07 am

    “Joe’s answer was ALWAYS, well, he had only thrown “x” pitches, so I decided to keep him in.”

    One size does not fit all, in anything. So if you’re right, that’s kind of scarily inflexible thinking.

  164. J. Alfred Prufrock April 4th, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Girardi gets a lot of credit for bullpen management, which has been a sometime strength, but he made some big-time blunders in 2009 WS run which thankfully, we survived.

    let’s not forget the all-time classic: pitching Ayala in ALDS down only 2 runs at home with well rested Robertson in bullpen….

    Never cared for their bewildering non-use of Melancon, where he went like 17 days without seeing daylight, and then got slapped around after they let him fust…

    later

  165. yankeefeminista April 4th, 2013 at 11:08 am

    But Joe is disregarding batting handedness results here, which he usually bets his life on.

    Heading out to service the car. Enjoy!

  166. J. Alfred Prufrock April 4th, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Pruf, Archer and Taijuan are both pitching today (in separate games); both televised on milb-tv.
    ///

    thanks fem, will catch up with how they did later :)

    Have a great day

  167. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 4th, 2013 at 11:11 am

    I have a question. When Joe sticks with the binder, he gets all kinds of criticism and barbs, and he’s Binder Joe.

    When Joe doesn’t stick with the binder, he gets all kinds of criticism and barbs.

    Is it two different groups of posters criticizing him, one that prefers binder decisions and one that does not? Or is there an overlap? If there’s an overlap, are you really being fair? Because if there is, he apparently can’t win.

    I really have no dog in the fight and tend to buzz past lots of the “questioning of Girardi’s moves” posts during games.

    But I am genuinely confused on whether people think he should play to the binder or away from it. It’s tough to have it both ways.

  168. Doreen April 4th, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Being uncertain what you would get in terms of how long a guy can pitch is different than not having trust in a guy. Wanting to get as much from each individual pitcher as you can when your starter is out before the end of the 2nd inning is not a crime, and to me is very understandable. Eppley got 2 outs. He needed one more. I think he waited too long to get the one more in an effort to give Warren the clean inning because he his normal role is not the guy who cleans up other people’s messes.

    Saying someone has a lack of trust has such a poor connotation and it makes assumptions that I don’t think are necessarily fair, given it is the second game of a season, and the pitcher in question, Warren, is relatively new to the scene.

  169. Jerkface April 4th, 2013 at 11:15 am

    When Joe doesn’t stick with the binder, he gets all kinds of criticism and barbs.

    Is it two different groups of posters criticizing him, one that prefers binder decisions and one that does not?

    Probably. To conflate the two groups is the classic LOHUD FALLACY.

  170. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 4th, 2013 at 11:15 am

    OT – I don’t scare easily but I have to say that Kim Jong Un is really scaring me. Truly. Seriously.

    :(

  171. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 4th, 2013 at 11:16 am

    I’m not conflating anything. I’m asking questions.

  172. Jerkface April 4th, 2013 at 11:17 am

    I don’t know what in Joe’s gut would have told him that Eppley should face 3 lefties, we know that he is bad vs them in his career and Joe went out of his way to platoon Eppley last year. I think its just as everyone has said, he wanted to squeeze some extra outs out of Eppley. I think he picked the wrong spot to do that. I don’t need Girardi to follow the binder, but if he is going to use the binder as an excuse for some of his perplexing moves then he should follow the binder when it says Eppley sucks against lefties.

    This wasn’t a ‘hot hand’ situation where people want the binder thrown away to leave a guy who is pitching well in the game or a hot hitter in.

  173. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 4th, 2013 at 11:21 am

    jerkface, do you personally prefer one way over the other – that he go with the binder? You don’t have to answer if you don’t want to. Again, I truly gloss over all of the discussion about Giardi’s in-game moves so I don’t know who likes what. But I did see discussion this morning and some seemed to be going toward using the binder. I just know that a lot of the Binder Joe comments are about posters hating his use of the binder.

    Again, there is no constant unanimity here, nor does there have to be, other than Yankee fans wanting the Yanks to win games. But imagine being the manager trying to please the fans! You just can’t do it.

  174. Doreen April 4th, 2013 at 11:22 am

    YF,

    I think # of pitches trumps handedness.

    At any rate, certainly after Victorino scores, Eppley should have been out of there.

  175. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 4th, 2013 at 11:23 am

    jerkface, I didn’t see your post when I was writing mine. I think I understand what you are saying.

    Again, I wasn’t here for the beginning of the game. I tuned in when the score was already 6-0 and Warren was pitching great innings. So I didn’t see the whole Eppley affair unfold.

  176. Jerkface April 4th, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Trisha,

    There are certain fans that hate the binder. I don’t hate it. I just wish the statistics and stuff would be used more appropriately, instead of as a crutch for some of the stranger moves (like playing a guy who is 1/3 off a pitcher instead of a hot batter, the former sample size is nothing).

    I would like it to be used in a more consistent manner, instead of as baby’s first sabremetrics book.

  177. Jerkface April 4th, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Again, I wasn’t here for the beginning of the game. I tuned in when the score was already 6-0 and Warren was pitching great innings. So I didn’t see the whole Eppley affair unfold.

    Girardi used eppley correctly to face a right handed batter with runners on (bases loaded I think?) to get a double play from pedroia. Then he left him in for the next inning and allowed him to face 3 lefties who all reached base (lefties hit .400 vs Eppley so this was unsurprising). At the time some had wondered why Warren wasn’t brought in to start the next inning clean.

  178. Shame Spencer April 4th, 2013 at 11:41 am

    I think it’s weird that in game 2 of the season that trust would be an issue.

    Consistent logic is what is important.. Girardi became a little more erratic last year when it came to employing guys based on splits and stats. If he takes one approach, consistently, at least you understand the logic being deployed. When he goes against his own approach and has very little to offer in terms of explanation, it’s… weird.

  179. Shame Spencer April 4th, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Could be a matter of simple over-thinking. The line up not being as fool proof might make Joe feel like he has to ‘out smart’ the competition. It could work some nights and blow up in his face just as often. If Joe is the type to shoulder a lot of pressure, this season is going to be a nightmare lol.

  180. Russell Munson April 4th, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Eppley really should be used as a batter to batter pitcher. Letting him start the next inning vs. Napoli was fine. Since he got Napoli out I didn’t have a problem with him pitching to Salty on the chance he got him out and could try to get through the third.

    As soon as Salty singled he should have been removed from the game.

  181. Shame Spencer April 4th, 2013 at 11:48 am

    @JonHeymanCBS

    based on a-rod, yanks have to hope cano isnt going hollywood w/ switch to jay-z. from @TylerKepner http://nyti.ms/XqGI8L

    Heyman is a hack.

  182. blake April 4th, 2013 at 11:50 am

    @NotHankStein: Enough w/the criticism! #Yankees still have a circular lineup. The offense is just like watching water circle around bowl when I flush! Ha!

  183. austinmac April 4th, 2013 at 11:50 am

    It is very interesting Boras acts as if he and Hal were about to start negotiating, but the Yankees know nothing of it. I believe Boras is quite concerned his reputation of taking his players to free agency is hurting him when so many are getting big money from their own teams. Good.

    I hope we can keep him, but at the worst we should know if we won’t so they can deal him in that circumstance.

  184. Russell Munson April 4th, 2013 at 11:54 am

    “Heyman is a hack.”

    To be fair, Cano has scorned Heyman’s puppet-master.

  185. blake April 4th, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Domenic (New York): After seeing Gumbs in person roughly a dozen times last season, I walked away as impressed with him as most anyone else on what was a fairly stacked Charleston team. I was mostly impressed with his quick trigger at the plate and ridiculous bat speed, and his #want in the field was obvious. Could he find himself in the same class as Mason Williams et al after this season? Or on the fringes of next year’s top 101?

    Jason Parks: I’ve always been higher on Gumbs than Williams, although I understand and appreciate that Williams is the more advanced prospect at present. Gumbs has legit bat speed, and he’s a plus athlete. I’m not sure he’s a great fit at 2B; I always wanted to see him put in CF. But he can swing the bat and make things happen with his legs. His approach is very aggressive, and he needs to command his game better to get the most out of his tools. At the end of the day, I think Gumbs develops into the better ML player, but that’s probably a minority opinion. I’m a bat speed junkie.

  186. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    I used to follow Heyman on Twitter, but so many of his tweets made me feel kind of creepy, so I decided I would prefer to get his breaking news second-hand.

  187. jacksquat April 4th, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Girardi knew he was going to Warren, but he didn’t know how long he would go. What if Warren got bombed and could only go 3 or 4 innings? Trying to use Eppley more lessened the chance that he may have to use some better relievers later in the game. Joe couldn’t know how it would go and Warren hadn’t shown much against major league hitters to inspire any confidence up to that point.

    Now stop this, I’m used to criticisizing Girardi, not excusing him.

  188. Jerkface April 4th, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Still was the wrong move, JS. Just look at the splits.

  189. Jerkface April 4th, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Girardi turned a 2-0 game into a 4-0 game with the move.

  190. blake April 4th, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Girardi is gonna have to punt less often this year ….they aren’t good enough to lose battles in the name of the bigger war

  191. jacksquat April 4th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Russell Munson April 4th, 2013 at 11:45 am
    Eppley really should be used as a batter to batter pitcher. Letting him start the next inning vs. Napoli was fine. Since he got Napoli out I didn’t have a problem with him pitching to Salty on the chance he got him out and could try to get through the third.

    As soon as Salty singled he should have been removed from the game.

    The next batter was Middlebrooks, another righthanded hitter, who struck out by the way. Despite all of JF’s hystrionics, 2 of the first 3 batters that inning were righthanded. The next was switch hitting Victorino who hit a whopping .229 vs rhp last year (was hitting 7th because of that). Then there was the rookie who hit a ground ball up the middle for his first hit ever. Then Iglesias (rhh). Hardly murderers row.

  192. blake April 4th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    What I mean is he’s gonna have to manage more for today than he’s used to ….because they simply aren’t good enough to assume that they’ll come out on top at seasons end ….win every game you can and see what happens

  193. blake April 4th, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    You don’t need murderers row to hit Eppley which is why he really shouldn’t even be on the team

  194. JobaTipsHisCap April 4th, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    0-3 is OK, 0-6 will be something.

  195. Jerkface April 4th, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    The next batter was Middlebrooks, another righthanded hitter, who struck out by the way. Despite all of JF’s hystrionics, 2 of the first 3 batters that inning were righthanded. The next was switch hitting Victorino who hit a whopping .229 vs rhp last year (was hitting 7th because of that). Then there was the rookie who hit a ground ball up the middle for his first hit ever. Then Iglesias (rhh). Hardly murderers row.

    Ah yes I’m the one who has the “hystrionics” when I am rationally explaining why it was a bad move. It doesn’t matter what Victorino hit last year when Eppley has all lefties hitting .400 off of him. So you have a guy who was weak vs RHP vs a person who is terrible vs LHP. I went back and looked at all the appearances Eppley made last year that were more of an inning.

    You want to know what the defining trait between all of them is? He lets almost every lefty he faces reach base in them! The ones in which he goes longest he does so because he faces mostly righties.

    Dudes a ROOGY, it was a bad move, you can admit it. Instead of continuing your own “hystrionics”.

  196. JobaTipsHisCap April 4th, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    I think it doens’t help to put blame on Girardi.
    their pitchers can’t make the pitch when it counts, batters couldn’t hit either.

  197. blake April 4th, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    I think Joe just tried to milk extra outs out of Eppley….I doubt he liked the matchups but he tried to get lucky and it didnt work……he’s gonna have to not do that as much this year

  198. Jerkface April 4th, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    .I doubt he liked the matchups but he tried to get lucky and it didnt work

    You can make your own luck by not matching pitchers up in situations that are disadvantageous to them :)

  199. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Girardi will be under the microscope all year. Yes, that’s not fair, but it’s the predicament of most ML managers who have (very) flawed teams. The margin for error for winning this season is tiny.

    Managing a ton of talent is easy. Just ask Joe Torre.

  200. blake April 4th, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    I like Girardis bullpen management usually because he always looks at the big picture and favors keepin guys rested over winning one game…..that works when you have a good team and usually it works out for the best over 162 games……however with a team full of holes I’m not sure it’s the best idea…..can’t give away wins because you may not he as many chances to win games

  201. blake April 4th, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    “You can make your own luck by not matching pitchers up in situations that are disadvantageous to them ”

    I think he was hoping Eppley woukd get lucky and get though that inning and then he could start Warren clean the next inning.

  202. blake April 4th, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Bottom line though when you’re starter goes out that early and you can’t hit then you’re in trouble

  203. blake April 4th, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    froston (Peterborough, ON): Hey Parks, who are some of your favourite non-top 101 potential risers? (Guys who weren’t on the 101 but very well could be, and maybe highly rated, by midseason)

    Jason Parks: Miguel Almonte, Alberto Tirado, Matt Wisler, Andrew Heaney, Rafael DePaula, Joey Gallo, Owens, Snell, Seager

  204. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    That’s why I like offense. Yes, great pitchers above and below a certain age are extremely valuable, but there are so few and they are very hard to get if you don’t/cant’t develop them, and pitchers are more fragile than position players.

    So give me offense first.

  205. Shame Spencer April 4th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    “I make my own luck.” – Billy Zane, Titanic.

  206. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    “I make my own luck.” – Billy Zane, Titanic.
    _

    “The ship be sinking.” – Micheal Ray Richardson

    (as a long ago Knick season slipped away)

  207. Jerkface April 4th, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    The Yankees need to be more like Billy Zane and less like Leonardo DiCaprio.

  208. jacksquat April 4th, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    JF, you only mentioned “3 out of 4 lefthanded hitters”, when in fact 2 of the first 3 hitters that inning were righthanded, and he got them out. Aside from Salty, there weren’t any more good, proven lefthanded hitters remaining until the lineup turned over.

    Bottom line, Eppley should have been able to handle that inning, and definitely shouldn’t be giving up doubles to guys like Iglesias. I’m putting it much more on Eppley than Joe.

  209. jacksquat April 4th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Now that Warren has shown Joe something, maybe next time in a similar situation he makes a different decision.

  210. Mike Ri April 4th, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Bottom line, Eppley should have been able to handle that inning, and definitely shouldn?t be giving up doubles to guys like Iglesias. I?m putting it much more on Eppley than Joe.

    —-
    I agree jacksquat

  211. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 4th, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    OT – just turned on national news to hear there’s a gunman on the URI campus.

    Has our world always been this twisted, and we’ve just been sheltered from it because we didn’t have access to things like the internet, where news is available almost instantaneously? Is it the economics woes in the world that are making things that much worse?

  212. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Eppley should have, if he was good, but he isn’t.

  213. Melkmanisinhotlanta April 4th, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    OT – I don’t scare easily but I have to say that Kim Jong Un is really scaring me. Truly. Seriously.

    just give back 5% of your salary and that takes care of everything lolololololol

  214. Jerkface April 4th, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    JF, you only mentioned “3 out of 4 lefthanded hitters”, when in fact 2 of the first 3 hitters that inning were righthanded, and he got them out. Aside from Salty, there weren’t any more good, proven lefthanded hitters remaining until the lineup turned over.

    Did he not face 3 lefties in a stretch of 4 batters? He did? I rest my case. Why is he facing more than 1 lefty at that point? It bit Girardi and it was OBVIOUS.

  215. jacksquat April 4th, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Night game at home tonight and a day game at Detroit tomorrow, who makes this schedule?

  216. bruceb April 4th, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    No need to panic…we’re only in danger of being swept by the one team tipped to finish below us in the AL East this year!

    Big game for “big game” Andy to pitch tonight because you don’t want to be going to Detroit 0-3 as (a) it’s cold there too and (b) they’re much better than us.

  217. blake April 4th, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Offense can cures lots of problems in the regular season….not being able to hit sucks

  218. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Nothing that happens this season could make me panic except a bad trade for a veteran involving top prospects. I’m just concerned about what level of performance this team can produce as presently constituted.

    It will play itself out and we’ll see.

  219. jacksquat April 4th, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Jerkface April 4th, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Did he not face 3 lefties in a stretch of 4 batters? He did? I rest my case. Why is he facing more than 1 lefty at that point? It bit Girardi and it was OBVIOUS.

    Yes, but you are arguing that Warren should have started the inning instead of Eppley, when 2 of the first 3 were rhh.

  220. Melkmanisinhotlanta April 4th, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    New line up order is needed:

    Suzuki
    Yuke
    Wells
    Cano
    Hafner
    Nunzy
    Overbay
    Nixy
    Gardener

  221. blake April 4th, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    As a fan the worst feeling is if the opposing team scores like 3 or 4 runs early and you feel like the game is over…..

  222. jacksquat April 4th, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    The lineup even as it is now doesn’t look too bad if the middle of the order continues to hit decently. Just need the top 3 to get going.

  223. jacksquat April 4th, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    too bad vs *rhp*

  224. Melkmanisinhotlanta April 4th, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Arod isn’t retiring? Seriously?

  225. blake April 4th, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Is Trenton on TV tonight?

  226. Jerkface April 4th, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Yes, but you are arguing that Warren should have started the inning instead of Eppley, when 2 of the first 3 were rhh.

    Yes, because then Warren starts clean. Or remove him once he got Middlebrooks out. Instead in a 4 batter stretch he let all 3 lefties reach base. Why leave him in to face that stretch?

  227. jacksquat April 4th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Melkmanisinhotlanta April 4th, 2013 at 12:43 pm
    New line up order is needed:

    Suzuki
    Yuke
    Wells
    Cano
    Hafner
    Nunzy
    Overbay
    Nixy
    Gardener

    Who is catching there, Nixy?

  228. Jerkface April 4th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Go look at how Eppley was used last year. He would face a couple of righties, have 2 outs in the inning, and Girardi would remove him for Clay Rapada.

  229. blake April 4th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    I need to see Hadner and Wells hit for longer before ill say what they are…..Wells’ s bat speed does look better though so im hopefully he’s for real

  230. Shame Spencer April 4th, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    blake April 4th, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    As a fan the worst feeling is if the opposing team scores like 3 or 4 runs early and you feel like the game is over…..

    —————–

    Yeah. There were Yankee clubs that would be down by 3-5 runs in the late innings and I’d still have a strong feeling we had a chance. This club can’t slip into that 0-58 record for come backs like they did last year. They need swagger.

  231. blake April 4th, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Jerkface says:
    April 4, 2013 at 12:46 pm
    Go look at how Eppley was used last year. He would face a couple of righties, have 2 outs in the inning, and Girardi would remove him for Clay Rapada.

    The ROOGY/ LOOGY connection doesn’t work as good when the LOOGY is released for Lyle Overbay

  232. Jerkface April 4th, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Because he is a ROOGY and should not be facing lefties! The game yesterday was close and Girardi let it slip away because he wanted to squeeze some juice out of a guy in a bad spot. He was already lucky Salty didn’t ding him for a HR.

  233. yankeefeminista April 4th, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Blake, no. Not on until they arrived home on the 11th.

    Warren has far superior splits to Eppley vs. LH batters. I’m out so cant check, but I think a. .700 OPS on past two years of the minors.

  234. jacksquat April 4th, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Yes, because then Warren starts clean. Or remove him once he got Middlebrooks out. Instead in a 4 batter stretch he let all 3 lefties reach base. Why leave him in to face that stretch?

    Because they aren’t very good? Victorino – Bradley – Iglesias? Victorino sucks vs rhp, Bradley had only walked up to that point, and Iglesias is Iglesias… Sorry, I just have to blame Eppley there.

  235. bruceb April 4th, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    As a fan the worst feeling is if the opposing team scores like 3 or 4 runs early and you feel like the game is over…..

    Wasn’t that the Mets’ line last year?

  236. Jerkface April 4th, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Because they aren’t very good? Victorino – Bradley – Iglesias? Victorino sucks vs rhp, Bradley had only walked up to that point, and Iglesias is Iglesias… Sorry, I just have to blame Eppley there.

    Eppley isn’t very good.

  237. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    “The ROOGY/ LOOGY connection doesn’t work as good when the LOOGY is released for Lyle Overbay”

    Still waiting on word about Barton.

  238. Jerkface April 4th, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    When a guy is giving up a .950 OPS vs opposing batters it probably doesn’t matter what you think of the batters, because major league hitters take out scrubs and Eppley vs LHB is a scrub.

  239. blake April 4th, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    I obviously can’t stand Boston but I give them props for what they’ve done really since the deadline of last season….Cheringtons first couple of moves as GM were terrible (Bailey and Lowries deals ) but after that he’s killed it…..only move I haven’t like since then is Victorino.

  240. blake April 4th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    I bet Boston trades Ellsbury this summer if they can get a decent return for him

  241. The Genius Maker April 4th, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    The ROOGY/ LOOGY connection doesn’t work as good when the LOOGY is released for Lyle Overbay
    ****

    I agree that Girardi felt that he was trying to get a few more outs from Eppley, but I thought I would have taken him out after getting the first righty for confidence reasons as much as game reasons. Eppley had a tough spring and he did a great job getting us out of the bases loaded situation and I would have liked to see him leave in a great moment. Of course this leads me into one of the main issues I had when we started our season (roster) and that is that it is absurd to not have two lefties in the bullpen…ABSURD. You make the opposing managers job so much easier. BTW, people are talking about the great job Warren did, but when he allowed the two out hit for 2 runs the game was over, so I was not that impressed. his stuff looked pretty average and it is pretty easy to pitch on a freezing night when the opposing team had the lead. If Girardi made a good move he brings in a lefty and forces the opposing manager to make moves which helps you later or you get good matchups…neither happened.

    BTW, who did we release for Overbay?

  242. Doreen April 4th, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Ugh.

    Up to Victorino, no problem. Victorino may have so so numbers, be he has been hitting teh ball well this series, and already a hit had been given up.

    The line of demarcation for taking Eppley out, if he was going to start the inning because he’d only thrown 4 pitches the inning before, was before Victorino got up to the plate.

  243. blake April 4th, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    “BTW, who did we release for Overbay?”

    Rapada

  244. The Genius Maker April 4th, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Eppley’s OPS against last year was .889 against lefties and .595 vs. righties…he should rarely never face a lefty PERIOD

  245. The Genius Maker April 4th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Thanks Blake; I knew Rapada was injured but I must have been working too many hours as I missed he was released. Did anyone pick him up?

  246. blake April 4th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    I don’t think Warren is a big league starter…. He just doesn’t have the stuff or movement or command …. He is pretty much maxed out at AAA though and could be a useful long man ….so id keep him in that role unless somebody wants him in a trade

  247. blake April 4th, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    The Genius Maker says:
    April 4, 2013 at 1:00 pm
    Thanks Blake; I knew Rapada was injured but I must have been working too many hours as I missed he was released. Did anyone pick him up?

    Not that I’ve heard yet….I’m hoping they can get him back somehow because he’s death on lefties if used correctly

  248. pat April 4th, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    PeteAbe
    Pettitte facing #RedSox for first time since 10-2-2010. Outside of Nava, not one player in lineup that night on roster tonight

  249. Melkmanisinhotlanta April 4th, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    I meant Cervy C instead of Nixy lol

  250. The Genius Maker April 4th, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    I guess the injury to Rapada was bad? But the Yanks need another lefty in the pen. I saw the quote form our pitching coach saying he would rather have the guy who can get outs…but honestly that is extremely ignorant. Sure, I would rather have Robertson in the pen then a mediocre lefty, but having a LOOGY is very valuable and much more valuable than your last righty in the pen (or 2).

  251. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Buster Olney ?@Buster_ESPN 45m
    Surprising that the Tigers have signed Jose Valverde, after veering away from him all winter. But circumstances change.

  252. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    mL deal

  253. longtimefan April 4th, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Bottom line is Epply should not even be on this team.

  254. Jerkface April 4th, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    I don’t think Warren is a big league starter…. He just doesn’t have the stuff or movement or command …. He is pretty much maxed out at AAA though and could be a useful long man ….so id keep him in that role unless somebody wants him in a trade

    The change he was featuring yesterday is making me re-evaluate my opinion on him but he is still behind Nova and Phelps. I’d like him to spend the entire season as the long man. Nova and Phelps will be the 5th guy/AAA #6

  255. joecembrale April 4th, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    blake April 4th, 2013 at 1:01 pm
    I don’t think Warren is a big league starter…. He just doesn’t have the stuff or movement or command …. He is pretty much maxed out at AAA though and could be a useful long man ….so id keep him in that role unless somebody wants him in a trade

    ********************************************
    Absolutely correct. Limit his exposure and hope we can use him in a deal.

  256. Warning Track Power April 4th, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Good morning!
    So how many of you have panicked and are considering
    standing on a ledge and jump?

  257. blake April 4th, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    “The change he was featuring yesterday is making me re-evaluate my opinion on him but he is still behind Nova and Phelps. I’d like him to spend the entire season as the long man. Nova and Phelps will be the 5th guy/AAA #6″

    His CU can be decent and if he’s commanding the ball he can get outs…..he just doesn’t have a ton of room for error

  258. austinmac April 4th, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    WTP,

    Sorry, I couldn’t hear you on my way down. :)

  259. joecembrale April 4th, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    I thought Warren pitched well yesterday as well, but how many times around the league are you able to feature that change?

  260. Warning Track Power April 4th, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Austin-Don’t do it. Only 2 games in. The season is far from over.

  261. joecembrale April 4th, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Far from over.

  262. 4TrainNorth April 4th, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Since this team was so cobbled together, it’s going to take a couple of emotional wins before there’s any real chemistry. We need some pie-in-the-face-worthy victories here.

  263. blake April 4th, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Steve (IL): How far away from the big leagues in Gary Sanchez? Does he have a chance to stick at catcher for the Yanks?

    Jason Parks: He does have a chance to stick. With his bat, even a 4 defensive profile makes him a monster. He will need a few more years in the minors, I think, but could be ready to push for something at the highest level in 2015.

  264. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    I hope Hal can wait until 2015. I have my doubts if this team falters badly in the next two seasons.

  265. blake April 4th, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Rich,

    Problem is though that if the team tanks Hal may not be able to wait until 2015 because nobody will go to the games…..it’ll be a ghost town at the stadium if they suck and do nothing about it

  266. blake April 4th, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    @BenBadler: The MLB draft is almost here. Baseball America’s updated Top 50 draft board: http://t.co/RfslWGCKy2

  267. 4TrainNorth April 4th, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Personally, I’d love to go through a period (a very short one) of rooting for lovable losers. Problem with this team right now is it’s just not lovable. It’ll weed out some iffy fans, help reset the Yanks-Sox rivalry, and stem some of the “The Yankees buy championships”-type comments. Hell, the Cubs suck huge almost every year, and they still fill the seats reasonably well.

  268. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    blake

    That’s what I am thinking. So we could see some ’80s type of trades of prospects for veterans (not the Stanton level) for a quick fix. That’s my fear. I want to be wrong, Quick fixes usually lead to bad results, very bad.

    Hal should look across town. The Mets have some good young players coming along. He has some of us own, and should want to keep them.

  269. Jerkface April 4th, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs.....-to-first/

    some basic analysis of batters running to first. Brett Gardner is the fastest lefty down the line so far this season.

  270. blake April 4th, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    “Hell, the Cubs suck huge almost every year, and they still fill the seats reasonably well.”

    Wrigley, beer, and tanning chicks will do that

  271. 4TrainNorth April 4th, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    What, the B&T babes don’t do it for ya? Ha.

  272. joecembrale April 4th, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 2:00 pm
    blake

    That’s what I am thinking. So we could see some ’80s type of trades of prospects for veterans (not the Stanton level) for a quick fix. That’s my fear. I want to be wrong, Quick fixes usually lead to bad results, very bad.

    Hal should look across town. The Mets have some good young players coming along. He has some of us own, and should want to keep them.
    ******************************************************
    Where is Gene Michael when you need him?

  273. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    “Where is Gene Michael when you need him?”

    I think he animates Dave Dombrowski. The guy makes some Stick-great trades.

  274. joecembrale April 4th, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Sure does

  275. Shame Spencer April 4th, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Is Murphy ahead of Sanchez development wise..? Would it be impossible to have him be involved in the conversation for 2014?

    Romine is going to be an interesting case to watch. The most recent reports on him didn’t reflect very well on his future with the org, but I hope they were wrong.

  276. Tackelberry April 4th, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Good post up on RAB on this year’s early draft peek. With those 3 high picks this year, and teams continuing trend to lock up their star players before FA, Oppenheimer and Co, can ill afford to screw this up.

  277. Tackelberry April 4th, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Murphy might jump ahead of Romine this year.

  278. tucker April 4th, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Only two games into the season and I’m questioning whether I need to set my DVR to record a Yanks-Sox game (I’m on the west coast so can’t watch the game live due to work) I know, blasphemy … Just hard to justify spending my time watching Stewie hit 200-foot fly balls to left field …

  279. JobaTipsHisCap April 4th, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    even if all guys come back, the offense still won’t be bright
    Let’s face it, Arod can’t do a thing now; Jeter is close to retire; Tex might be good; Granderson is hit or miss guy.
    I don’t trust Cano by any means, and we shall see.

  280. Bronx Jeers April 4th, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Only two games into the season and I’m questioning whether I need to set my DVR to record a Yanks-Sox gam

    ———

    Andy Pettitte tonight. And… most likely Stewart will be sitting so it’ll be their “A” lineup ! :lol:

    Rivera’s first save of 2013. Book it!!

  281. blake April 4th, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    “Good post up on RAB on this year’s early draft peek. With those 3 high picks this year, and teams continuing trend to lock up their star players before FA, Oppenheimer and Co, can ill afford to screw this up.”

    Yes it’s important that those 3 picks are solid ….it’s always a gamble in the draft but they need to hit on at least one if not two of them

  282. Bronx Jeers April 4th, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    I’ve been scanning the secondary market and, at least for this series, the Yank ticket exchange has better prices than stubhub.

  283. blake April 4th, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Trout just made a double out of a line drive just to the left of CF….no he’s not fat and yes he can still fly

  284. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Really young guys can put on muscle weight and often not lose speed. When you get over 28 or 30…

  285. blake April 4th, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    James (New Jersey): Thoughts on Mason Williams ? Will he actually be a product if the Yankees farm system and contribute eventually or just another trade chip?

    Jason Parks: I think he ends up roaming CF for the Yankees. They need a new #Bernie and Mason Williams might end up being #Bernie-lite.

  286. Warning Track Power April 4th, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    tucker April 4th, 2013 at 2:23 pm
    Only two games into the season and I’m questioning whether I need to set my DVR to record a Yanks-Sox game (I’m on the west coast so can’t watch the game live due to work) I know, blasphemy … Just hard to justify spending my time watching Stewie hit 200-foot fly balls to left field …
    ——————————————————————————————————————–
    Keep the faith. I am also on the west coast and usually have to record the games to my DVR.
    Granted, the first 2 games have not been fun to watch and I did fast forward through the majority of each game.
    Tonight should be a different story.
    I read online MLB Network is televising the game in HD.
    MLB Extra Innings also has the game, but in SD. So the choice is pretty easy for me. I have to watch in HD

  287. Shame Spencer April 4th, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    That stuff about Gumbs was really, really encouraging. If you retain Robbie, do you turn Gumbs into an OFer as suggested or do you try him at 3B or SS where there is a need?

  288. Jerkface April 4th, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    I’m not sold on Jason Parks yet as a prospect guy.

  289. blake April 4th, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Shame Spencer says:
    April 4, 2013 at 2:52 pm
    That stuff about Gumbs was really, really encouraging. If you retain Robbie, do you turn Gumbs into an OFer as suggested or do you try him at 3B or SS where there is a need?

    Wish he could play SS or 3B …but not sure he can

  290. Patrick April 4th, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    I’m not sold on Jason Parks yet as a prospect guy.

    He shows some upside though

  291. blake April 4th, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Jerkface says:
    April 4, 2013 at 3:00 pm
    I’m not sold on Jason Parks yet as a prospect guy.

    I’m sold on him as someone who can make a sexual reference about anything…..I have no idea about his actual background in baseball though ….I just like to read different opinions on players but I take everything I read online with salt…..for example I learned more about Tyler Austin in two ABs from watching him myself than I did from a whole year of reading about him

  292. blake April 4th, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Kyle (Utah): Single greatest display of #want you’ve ever witnessed?

    Jason Parks: Probably Daniel in the Karate Kid part two when he was fighting for honor and to the death

    I do agree here….no tournament Daniel son….this real

  293. blake April 4th, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Mike Trout looks like he could destroy a quarterback

  294. comnsnse April 4th, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    The real question is not “who are these guys in pinstripes”.

    The medium and long term question is when will our minor league organization, scouts and alleged brain trust including Cashman actually produce actual major league talent?

    Players from the system since Cashman assumed total control in 05 have been inconsistent at best. Hughes, Chamberlain and particularly Gardner.

    The best prospects now at the major league level with other organizations are Jackson and Kennedy.

    Brackman a bust, Banuelos , Betances, Romine an annual prospects. IMO Robertson is the best of what has been a meager lot.

    Cashman should be on the hot seat not for this years roster but for mthe failure to do something about the system overall.

  295. blake April 4th, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Apparently Baric cleared waivers cause he was optioned to AAA

  296. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Overbay over Barton, what?

  297. luis April 4th, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Good afternoon guys,

    Rich,

    Of course…. Overbay is one of the phantoms of Christmas past

  298. blake April 4th, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Craig (NJ)

    Eduardo Nunez a league average regular?
    Klaw (2:05 PM)

    I don’t see this at all, not at any position.

  299. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    luis

    They’re both reclamation projects (or hold the fort guys) but one is 26, the other is 36.

    HS, I didn’t realize it was 10 years.

    I don’t get it.

  300. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    I wonder if there are any comments on the record of Law’s opinion of Nunez when BA said he had the best infield arm in the system in ’10.

  301. luis April 4th, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    sense,

    That has been discussed at nauseum in this blog… Agreed on much of what you say..

    Two things though,

    1) The Yankees never drafted high enough to get to pick the sure fire talent. I think Oppenheimer has done a very good job considering this. The problem is not the talent, but how they coach that talent and here is where I think the organization has failed.

    2) Also, their trade track record is very poor.

  302. blake April 4th, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    I think Nunez could be league average SS if he could play SS…..

  303. Jerkface April 4th, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    I wonder if there are any comments on the record of Law’s opinion of Nunez when BA said he had the best infield arm in the system in ’10.

    Not sure what this means. A strong arm doesn’t make one a big league regular.

  304. luis April 4th, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Rich,

    Of course again! ;) This is the NY Yankees nursing home for vets soon to be retired… I agree, Barton was a much better option… But I think they thought that he was too young to fit, heck 36 is already quite young. :D

  305. Jerkface April 4th, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    ?@JonHeymanCBS 3m

    cautiously, #yankees are saying no timetable on jeter, but behind scenes there’s hope for may 1. http://cbsprt.co/12kngwc

    Wow from april 4th to may 1st. Makes sense since he hasn’t done anything yet, but yea… this Yankees team.

  306. Warning Track Power April 4th, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    I didn’t see the error last night by Nunez
    Can someone who did see the play describe it for me?
    Was it a legit error or could the official scorer gone either way?

  307. blake April 4th, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    I didn’t see the error last night by Nunez
    Can someone who did see the play describe it for me?”

    Let the ball play him, laid back and got a tweener hop and it ate him up ….I saw if like out of the corner of my eye but that’s what I saw

  308. Jerkface April 4th, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Can someone who did see the play describe it for me?
    Was it a legit error or could the official scorer gone either way?

    Probably should be a ruled a hit. Hard hit ball that took a wicked hop and shot up off Nunez’s arm.

  309. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    “Not sure what this means. A strong arm doesn’t make one a big league regular.”

    This means that at least one part of his defense was highly rated at one time, and there does seem to be a degree of group think at times in prospect assessment.

    He does have range, so the issue then is hands (which he shows flashes of), assuming the assessment of a strong arm included accuracy, since being strong without it isn’t worth mentioning.

  310. blake April 4th, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Trout is so good…. Here is hoping both he and Harper avoid extensionitis

  311. blake April 4th, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    I didn’t see the whole play…just a close up of him booting it so it could have been a bad hop

  312. blake April 4th, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Hamilton is in defense mode against Chap

  313. Jerkface April 4th, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    This means that at least one part of his defense was highly rated at one time, and there does seem to be a degree of group think at times in prospect assessment.

    He does have range, so the issue then is hands (which he shows flashes of), assuming the assessment of a strong arm included accuracy, since being strong without it isn’t worth mentioning.

    Arm there is just the strength. Like Jesus Montero has a strong arm, doesn’t mean he is going to throw out lots of dudes.

    Here is what Law said about Nunez in 2010 so I’m sure his comment was the same.

    TJ (NYC)

    Who is Eduardo Nunez?
    Klaw
    (2:25 PM)

    Exactly.

  314. blake April 4th, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    I think Hamilyon could have had 10 strikes and wouldn’t have put it in play there

  315. Jerkface April 4th, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    @keithlaw

    Eduardo Nunez is a bench player, tops

    Tweets from 2010. Law is a pretty consistent guy, I don’t think he needs to be weirdly disparaged based on a strange thing like the BA’s infield arm award.

  316. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    OK, cool, at least he’s consistent.

    I think he’s wrong, btw.

  317. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    “Arm there is just the strength. Like Jesus Montero has a strong arm, doesn’t mean he is going to throw out lots of dudes.”

    But with catchers, it’s also about the release, getting out of a crouch…

  318. Jerkface April 4th, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    BA has always been higher on Nunez than other prospect guys. Keith Law has never seen Nunez as a real prospect.

  319. charlestonchew April 4th, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    blake April 4th, 2013 at 3:25 pm
    I didn’t see the error last night by Nunez
    Can someone who did see the play describe it for me?”

    It was a very, very, very, very sharply hit linedrive that Jeter would have most definitely booted had he been at the position. The hop was MUCH higher than Nunez (or anyone, for that matter) expected and so it ate him up. The ball must have gone 40+ feet into the air off Nunez’s body, so it really was quite a rocket. IMO not an error at all. Jeter’s made far worse plays (like letting a few balls through his legs each year). Nothing to be worried about.

  320. pat April 4th, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    AndrewMarchand
    Girardi shaking it up, batting Cano second

  321. Shame Spencer April 4th, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Fudge.

  322. Warning Track Power April 4th, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Thanks to everybody who described the play to me.
    I’m just glad the error was not a throwing error to a base.

  323. blake April 4th, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    I think Nunez has a lot of tools that don’t really fit together all that well…..like he’s got some bat speed but no plate discipline….he’s got speed and a good arm but can’t really play defense anywhere etc …..at some point tools have to combine to make a baseball player and to me he’s kinda like a bunch of parts that don’t fit each other

  324. blake April 4th, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Jeter has much surer hands and better footwork than Nunez….if he can get to a ball he usually makes the play

  325. Russell Munson April 4th, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    One thing about Law is he isn’t the type to change his original assessment. If he ever thought Nunez was marginal, he’ll likely never be convinced otherwise.

  326. jacksquat April 4th, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    That Nunez play should not have been ruled an error. The ball was scalded, bounced way up to his chest and then way into the outfield. The guys on tv said he should have moved back to get a bigger hop or forward for the short hop; that’s stupid because there was no time to do that. Nunez only made one slight misplay when he rushed that ball hit by Napoli and didn’t get a good enough grip for the throw.

  327. J. Alfred Prufrock April 4th, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Law and Goldstein both seem a bit like poseur scouts to me. I’ll read it, but if I haven’t seen a player they’re talking about I don’t base any assumptions about that player on anything those guys say.

    Guys like Ashmore, Norris, and Teale, I’ll rely on for what Newman said or what Patterson said, and what’s happening with some of the kids, since they cover the institutional side of the farm system, but I am not particularly enamored with their own evals either. Good reporters though, all three are, and Ashmore was dedicated to getting answers quickly for his readers to an heroic degree.

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