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Yankees postgame: They win, finally; Pettitte and Rivera, together again

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The Yankees were a bit relieved to get out of town without getting swept by the Red Sox in this opening series.

“I thought it was pretty important or I probably wouldn’t have said it in the pregame,” Joe Girardi said after the 4-2 win. “You don’t hear me say that very often. We’re going to Detroit and Cleveland. We have a seven-day road trip, seven games. Detroit is a good team and Cleveland is much improved. You don’t want to leave your home park going 0-3. That’s for sure.”

This was like old times, Andy Pettitte starting and Mariano Rivera saving it for him. It was the 69th time in the regular season, extending the record for the tandem, but the first time since July 8, 2010, thanks to Pettitte’s one-season retirement in 2011 and Rivera’s knee injury in 2012. It was win No. 246 for Pettitte and save No. 609 for Rivera.

“These two have been doing it a long time together,” Girardi said. “As a fan, I appreciate what these two have done together, the amount of saves that Mo has for Andy’s wins, the amount of wins that Andy has, his postseason wins.”

Rivera was a bit shaky in his first real game in almost a year. He started his final season by allowing a leadoff walk, a one-out double and a run-scoring groundout, but he ultimately protected the lead.

“That’s a lot of emotions there, but at the same time, you have to control that,” Rivera said of his return. “I have to be able to do that because we still have to finish the game. But … it was wonderful.”

Rivera broke a tie with Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra for most seasons playing with the Yankees. This is season No. 19 for Rivera. The closer also tied John Franco’s major-league record for most consecutive seasons with at least one save. This is season No. 18 for that.

“There were times where because of the therapy and the pain and all that stuff, I was thinking if it would be worth it come back,” Rivera said. “But at the same time, the love and the drive you have for the game motivated me to keep going.”

 
 

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134 Responses to “Yankees postgame: They win, finally; Pettitte and Rivera, together again”

  1. luis April 4th, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    luis April 4th, 2013 at 11:52 pm
    Primo,

    I did write a couple of earlier posts your way ;)

    Of course I have! He is coming in to his own, but not with us :(

    Good point about the trades… Not only Montero’s, but what about the Granderson trade?… Did you see how well Kennedy is pitching? Nasty CU and his FB sitting 93-94!or how Ajax played us in the ALCS?… They don’t only mishandle the ones they keep, but they trade the best ones too.

    YF was right… We would have the core already in place ( Cano, Melky, Montero, Gardner and Ajax,), without a rebuilding process or endure three or four lousy seasons, like we will. I never liked the Granderson trade, mainly because they never seem to stick with their own.

    +++++++++++++++

    Yankeefem,

    I hope that you are right… My gut tells me that they will reverse course at some point and they will be traded away for the next ” Unicorn “

  2. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Classic Mo. Never afraid to show genuine emotion.

  3. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2013 at 12:03 am

    Primo, I saw the one but I guess I missed the allusion ;) .

    Haven’t had a chance to see IPK pitch yet, but always happy to hear he’s giving a good account of himself. I’ll check his next start. Funny how his pitching coach in Arizona found something mechanically that he was doing and tweaked him for the better. Don’t know the details on that, but why couldn’t our Dave Eiland have made a similar discovery? Maybe he’s not “an NL pitcher” as Cashman so pejoratively charged – maybe he doesn’t have second-rate people advising him anymore??

    Agree on Eduardo. I thought would improve with more consistent playing time – he didn’t have such yips at Trenton when he was playing SS everyday, just the occasional overcharging the ball or not setting himself and therefore skewing a throw.

  4. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2013 at 12:05 am

    Luis, but the next Unicorn could be right here under our eyes if we would just look for him/show patience. Plus Andy can pitch forever, so that should take some pressure off. Big games for Nova tomorrow, hoping he can stay consistent with the new short arm delivery.

    Rich, I agree. Cano is not Teix.

    Pruf, yes, it would be nice to actual speak to the issues we have addressed and not dumbed down versions, which just waste everyone’s time.

  5. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2013 at 12:07 am

    *actually speak

  6. G. Love April 5th, 2013 at 12:08 am

    I took a break from this forum because I couldn’t stand reading the same ridiculous interference/nonsense in here while those of us who actually discuss baseball, the Yankees, their history, etc. are shouted down by passive agressives.

    There’s an episode of the West Wing where Josh (Bradley Whitford’s character) starts interacting with people on a blog about him and the way he describes that experience, describes the lunacy that goes on here to a tee.

    How you guys can still put up with the knife twisting because you dare discuss this team with a critical eye qualifies you for sainthood. Seriously. That’s how horrid that particular presence is here and why I am finding it very difficult to be a part of this community after enjoying it for many years. If you can stay out of here and away from the passive aggressive ridiculata, you’ll enjoy watching the team a lot more without the insipid “I told you so’s” every time the team we’re all rooting for do something good.

    In any event, what makes me come back are nights like tonight when Andy goes out there and is the goods and Mo turns back the clock and the Yankees show up and play like the Yankees. Showing up and playing like the Yankees doesn’t mean you win every game – it means they play to their potential instead playing like just another ball club collecting a check.

    I don’t feel great about this lineup, but I’d be lying to you if seeing Overbay take a pitch to LF to plate 2 runs didn’t make me misty knowing Tex wouldn’t have come through there unless it was one of the 20-30 times he HR’s a season now.

    The lineup is a hodge podge and it’s going to struggle and if I truly believed in the reinforcements making all the difference once they got healthy I would say just be patient and wait for Winston Wolf to show up…but Winston Wolf isn’t coming….although maybe Jeter can be the Wolf if his ankle is sound.

    In any event, it’s going to be an interesting season. I wanted to see new faces in the lineup. I just didn’t think Vernon Wells and Lyle Overbay would ever be those faces for the life of me.

    I’d rather see Vlad Guererro there hacking for us than for the Long Island Ducks if we’re going to play time machine with older vets still hanging on.

    The good news is this team always goes as Andy goes. When Andy is healthy, the pitching staff sorts itself out and they get competitive. He is the leader of this staff. You can look at stats when he’s healthy the past few years and see how the rest of the rotation steps up when Andy is on.

    Keep Andy healthy and we’ll be in the mix in the end. I really do believe he’s one of the main lynch pins for this team.

  7. Tabbert April 5th, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Mason williams will be better than ajax, sanchez will be better than montero, pineda is a beast, and melky would still have gotten suspended and possibly could have led robbie down a bad path. Get over it and support the current team. Those players aren’t ever coming back. Oh well.

  8. Pat M. April 5th, 2013 at 12:17 am

    G.Love…..I took The Tribe ( 77.5 ) on the overs for 100. and thank’s for the tip

  9. luis April 5th, 2013 at 12:18 am

    YF,

    That’s the problem…. How many Unicorns have they already traded?… What makes you think that now they will see that they have their unicorns right under their noses?…. We lucked out on Cano, Nova flew under the radar and even he was lost at some point when he wasn’t protected… When they start to see their corporate boxes empty and that the prices on advertising on YES go down, they may make a panic move to bring the money back in.

    And this is what it is mind boggling… They own every penny to Stick Michaels’s vision… Yet, they don’t apply the same successful formula and they fold back to the here and now policy and they commit themselves and the organization to that flawed motto…

    Again, I hope I am wrong and circumstances force their hand, because I do want to see those kids wearing the pinstripes one day… I want to see another run at a Dynasty.. I love my Yankees and I want them to do well… But with this FO? Let’s say that I am not holding my breath.

  10. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2013 at 12:19 am

    Tabbert, who are you addressing? Who isn’t supporting the team? Name names.

  11. Tyler April 5th, 2013 at 12:19 am

    Nice win tonight. Pitching is the key… this lineup won’t score a ton of runs. Also loving Cervelli right now. Give me him over Martin any day of the week.

  12. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2013 at 12:19 am

    G Love. Welcome back! We missed you! Andy and Mo have a way of making us all feel a whole lot better. As for sainthood, sainthood is easy compared to this.

  13. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Tyler, agree about Cervy over Martin, but then I was never a Russell Martin fan.

  14. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2013 at 12:21 am

    passive aggressive ridiculata has to be up there with Lohud Fallacy (yes, JF, I know that’s your coinage ;) , and good one it is).

    Right, the Andy-Mo connection and the way the young guys played (Nunez, Gardner, Cervelli on both sides of the ball), plus contributions from the relics – almost felt Yankee like.

    I don’t honestly know how much of that we can bank on this season, but it was enjoyable, and a relief. As convinced as I am about Boston not being worth any worry, getting swept by them to open the season would have been unendurable.

    Beating Detroit tomorrow would be nice – I am thoroughly sick of the Tigers.

  15. Tyler April 5th, 2013 at 12:23 am

    Fem-

    I was always kind of neutral on Martin but I turned on him during the ALDS. It was in extra inning against the O’s (forget if it was game 3 or 4) with a runner on 2nd and 1 out. All they needed was a base hit and Martin was up there swinging for the fences. Hated his offensive approach. Cervelli won’t hit 20 homers like Martin but I don’t think they need that from the catcher position. Give me a guy who can hit with RISP.

  16. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2013 at 12:23 am

    Luis, they have no choice. They have to create a core. They can’t keep trading off youth. Btw, speaking of young upside pitchers, DePaula pitches on milb-tv on Saturday (Dellin tomorrow). Are you still unable to get the feeds because of slow internet?

  17. luis April 5th, 2013 at 12:25 am

    J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2013 at 12:03 am
    Primo, I saw the one but I guess I missed the allusion ;) .

    Haven’t had a chance to see IPK pitch yet, but always happy to hear he’s giving a good account of himself. I’ll check his next start. Funny how his pitching coach in Arizona found something mechanically that he was doing and tweaked him for the better. Don’t know the details on that, but why couldn’t our Dave Eiland have made a similar discovery? Maybe he’s not “an NL pitcher” as Cashman so pejoratively charged – maybe he doesn’t have second-rate people advising him anymore??

    Agree on Eduardo. I thought would improve with more consistent playing time – he didn’t have such yips at Trenton when he was playing SS everyday, just the occasional overcharging the ball or not setting himself and therefore skewing a throw.

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

    NL Pitcher my A….. I saw him pitch the other night, and it was amazing to see how good he is… Even though his Fb lacks the movement, his velo has increased, but his money pitch is a circular CU that fools everyone… At one point he k’d four guys in a row.

  18. Tabbert April 5th, 2013 at 12:27 am

    People act like we traded away montero and don’t have Gary sanchez. People get mad over Ajax but fail to realize williams projects to be faster, hit for more power, and be a potential all star in the bigs. Sanchez AND pineda >>>>>>> only montero.

  19. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2013 at 12:27 am

    Tyler, I’ve never liked Martin’s hitting approach; especially excruciating to watch in person. And always thought he was mainly a mistake hitter. I prefer Cervy’s savvy AB’s even without the pop. I think he will prove to be a much better situational hitter.

  20. Tyler April 5th, 2013 at 12:28 am

    Beating Detroit tomorrow would be nice – I am thoroughly sick of the Tigers.
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    Tough pitching matchups on paper. I think they have a good shot tomorrow since I really like Nova. Scherzer (my boy) against Phelps and CC against Verlander will be tough. Going to need to grind out at bats those 2 games.

  21. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2013 at 12:29 am

    Luis, loved IPK. Oppenheimer said he would never be given the chance to develop here. It is what it is. I will try to go to see him pitch when he comes in to the Stadium.

  22. Tyler April 5th, 2013 at 12:30 am

    Finally getting around to checking the minor league box scores…. Sanchez seems to swipe quite a few bases for a pretty big catcher.

  23. Jerkface April 5th, 2013 at 12:30 am

    People act like we traded away montero and don’t have Gary sanchez. People get mad over Ajax but fail to realize williams projects to be faster, hit for more power, and be a potential all star in the bigs. Sanchez AND pineda >>>>>>> only montero.

    We could have had montero and sanchez and ajax and williams. These dont have to be either or propositions. First of all, Ajax is a pretty good hitter and elite defender in the majors. Mason is in A ball. Sanchez is also in A ball, and he hasnt hit anywhere close to Montero in the minors. His saving grace is the likelihood that he sticks at catcher and even the Mariners seem content to run Montero out there every day.

  24. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2013 at 12:31 am

    Tabbert April 5th, 2013 at 12:27 am
    People act like we traded away montero and don’t have Gary sanchez. People get mad over Ajax but fail to realize williams projects to be faster, hit for more power, and be a potential all star in the bigs.
    ///

    Try to follow the bouncing ball:

    Montero and AJax could be playing RIGHT NOW for the Yankees.

    Williams and Sanchez – both of whom I’ve gone to a reasonable amount of trouble to actually go and see play live, so I don’t need your hyperbole on them, thank you – are probably about THREE YEARS AWAY.

    Do you understand a little better, now?

    Good.

  25. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2013 at 12:31 am

    Tabbert as someone who follows the minors I know who we have and how talented those players are. I also know what we don’t have. If you want to assume players in A ball and a pitcher who is coming back from an arm injury are already successful core Yankees, and better than mlb players we decided to trade, have at it. But you are taking quite a leap.

  26. luis April 5th, 2013 at 12:33 am

    Tabbert,

    If they don’t trade them…. if they have kept them, then you would have had more talent to pick… Mason might be better than Ajax,but I don’t think sanchez will be as good as Montero will be… Pineda is still an unknown, when I see him pitch with a mid 90′s FB, a killer sliderand more importantly a good CU, then I will say that he is a beast… Until then, he is lost to me.

    But the most important point that you seem to miss is that instead of enduring three mediocre seasons in a rebuilding process that the FO seems so reluctant to act, we could have rebuild and at the same time compete… That’s impossible now… And this my main beef with it.

  27. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2013 at 12:34 am

    We could have had montero and sanchez and ajax and williams.
    ///

    This is also a good point: not like it would be Yankee like or anything to have a loaded lineup: remember those days?

  28. Rich in NJ April 5th, 2013 at 12:34 am

    G. Love

    What kind of person takes a break from this forum? ;)

    I hear you, but the way I look at it, the passive-aggressives aren’t really talking about baseball. It is about something deeper, and that is kind of funny.

  29. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Tyler, interesting to see how Nova will pitch. He is still not entirely comfortable with the new delivery. We need him to be very good. Kid has so much talent.

  30. Tyler April 5th, 2013 at 12:34 am

    I didn’t mind the Granderson trade when it happened so I can’t criticize it now. They were the defending World Champs and I thought it helped them best defend their title. I also thought that if they fixed Granderson against leftys, he could go back to being that 20 everything guy he was in Detroit. I didn’t think he’d become an all or nothing pull hitter. Looking back, I’d obviously want to keep AJax and even Coke to replace Logan.

  31. Tabbert April 5th, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Yea, we could have montero and ajax, you’re right. The red sox could have never let babe ruth go. Hindsight is 20/20. Pretty easy for people to bash the moves years after they happen and point out the flaws of the trade. Its a done deal. Get over it.

  32. UnKnown April 5th, 2013 at 12:36 am

    G. to the Love -
    Nice take man. Stick around. Don’t let the resident instigator(s) deter you from posting once in awhile. Can’t afford to lose another great baseball mind because of it.
    ————-

    I really can’t believe how fired up the Sux fans are over JBJ being punched out at the end of the game. Really heated over that call. I sure am glad people on here don’t use the umps as a constant excuse. :wink:

  33. Tyler April 5th, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Fem-

    All of the Yanks pitchers are going to have a lot of pressure at least early on with the injuries. This lineup isn’t going to have many 6 + run outbursts especially against a guy like Scherzer who has killed many good Yankee lineups.

    I really like Nova too. He’s electric when on… think he just hit a rough patch 2nd half last year. He’s still young and I think he’s got a bright future. I’m just tired of Yanks pitchers busting… I still remember being so excited about a 20 year old Phil Hughes 1st start against Toronto. I thought he’d be winning Cy Youngs by now :(

  34. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2013 at 12:37 am

    Also I love Mason, but don’t underrate AJax.

  35. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2013 at 12:38 am

    Tyler April 5th, 2013 at 12:28 am
    Beating Detroit tomorrow would be nice – I am thoroughly sick of the Tigers.
    —————————————————————————

    Tough pitching matchups on paper. I think they have a good shot tomorrow since I really like Nova. Scherzer (my boy) against Phelps and CC against Verlander will be tough. Going to need to grind out at bats those 2 games.
    ///

    Nova needs to step up, and I think GLove is right on about Andy hypnosis on the staff. I sure hope so. For whatever reason, we occasionally are able to get Verlander out of the game reasonably early. Scherzer we have trouble with since we like to swing outside the zone.

    I can’t believe we’ve 0-3 in postseason since that 2006 series against these guys. I am also sick of Verlainder’s commercials :mad:

  36. G. Love April 5th, 2013 at 12:38 am

    Pat M.,

    I was hoping you took the Tribe over and that you didn’t get locked into the Yankees over 89.5 or something. I think you’re safe on the Yankees bet since the number dropped.

    I just really do believe that Francona will have that Torre effect on the Tribe. When Torre walked into the Dodgers locker room that first year, they played like it counted. I think everyone on the Tribe will do that plus there’s a lot of things to like about that club.

  37. Rich in NJ April 5th, 2013 at 12:39 am

    With regard to trading prospects, the idea is to trade when you have positional redundancy. Before that happens, you can never know if that will occur. So to make trades before that is determined is being short-sighted. That is what the Yankees have become, so they have to roll the dice with aging/declining players.

  38. Tyler April 5th, 2013 at 12:40 am

    JAP-

    Yeah I hear you. I hope that Nova can step up. Yanks seem to have problems with Fister’s breaking stuff too. They do seem to knock Verlander out early but those were some patient, more classic Yankee lineups. That’s why they play the games though! 2 out of 3 to even up the season record at 3-3 would be great!

  39. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2013 at 12:41 am

    Tyler April 5th, 2013 at 12:34 am
    I didn’t mind the Granderson trade when it happened so I can’t criticize it now. They were the defending World Champs and I thought it helped them best defend their title. I also thought that if they fixed Granderson against leftys, he could go back to being that 20 everything guy he was in Detroit. I didn’t think he’d become an all or nothing pull hitter. Looking back, I’d obviously want to keep AJax and even Coke to replace Logan.
    ///

    Tyler, I think this is fair, but did not want to give up Jackson. I also did not like Melky being traded, because I knew that bat was going to make noise sooner or later. He was still just 25 when they dealt him. Too much messing around with a WS team.

  40. luis April 5th, 2013 at 12:41 am

    yankeefeminista April 5th, 2013 at 12:23 am
    Luis, they have no choice. They have to create a core. They can’t keep trading off youth. Btw, speaking of young upside pitchers, DePaula pitches on milb-tv on Saturday (Dellin tomorrow). Are you still unable to get the feeds because of slow internet?

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

    Haven’t tried yet… But I will give it a try… Unfortunately, things here go for the worse and not the better :( But I will try ;)

    About IPK…. Then again my question…. How do you expect this guys to have the patience with this kids?… In the 80′s, apart from Donnie, they traded away every player they could for the established name… Sure different times, but when their income decreases they might make panic or impatient moves like George… We need a new FO and probably a new owner

  41. Tyler April 5th, 2013 at 12:42 am

    Rich in NJ April 5th, 2013 at 12:39 am
    With regard to trading prospects, the idea is to trade when you have positional redundancy. Before that happens, you can never know if that will occur. So to make trades before that is determined is being short-sighted. That is what the Yankees have become, so they have to roll the dice with aging/declining players.
    —————————————————————

    This was the part that I didn’t like about trading Jackson. He was by far the only outfield prospect even close to the majors (maybe in the whole system since this was even before Williams, Tyler Austin , etc.). I thought at the time that 5 years of a prime Granderson could help ease that loss but they haven’t exactly received 5 years of a prime Granderson…

  42. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2013 at 12:42 am

    Tyler, they were infuriating in 2011 ALDS against Fister! We should have been able to hit him.

  43. Jerkface April 5th, 2013 at 12:42 am

    Hindsight is 20/20. Pretty easy for people to bash the moves years after they happen and point out the flaws of the trade. Its a done deal.

    Hindsight is 20/20 is another LOHUD issue, since many of us take issue with these moves at the time.

  44. Pat M. April 5th, 2013 at 12:43 am

    G.Love…..Francona, besides being a very good skipper will establish a winning and positive culture in the clubhouse.. The landscape in the MLB is very unique this season and will be for the next few seasons as well. Ole Bud has managed to spread the wealth and there’s no super team right now. Although The Senators / Nationals and The LA Dodgers ( before the Hanley injury ) could be 100 win clubs this season

  45. G. Love April 5th, 2013 at 12:43 am

    J.AP,

    Look at Nova’s June ERA and pitching stats last year when Andy was leading this rotation.

    Then when Andy got injured, look at Nova’s stats. I don’t know why it had an effect on him, but I truly believe from watching the team up close it did.

    I think he instills confidence in the pitchers and also the team that the manager does not. Girardi is not a leader. He’s a middle management type.

    Devoid of that, the team will always look for leaders within. Jeter is in a different way than Andy is or Jorge was. I think Andy helps this team tremendously but only when he’s healthy. When he gets hurt, he beats up on himself for it and the magic is gone.

    I think him stepping up tonight is going to breed some good pitching this weekend. Everyone can take a breath and ESPN can’t run 24 hour stories about the “winless Yankees”.

  46. Jerkface April 5th, 2013 at 12:44 am

    Nats are going to cruise to 100 wins in my estimation, you’ll hit the jackpot on that over. How many of the premium ones do you need to cover to make your hay?

  47. Pat M. April 5th, 2013 at 12:44 am

    Ian Kennedy was hated here at the LoHud

  48. Tyler April 5th, 2013 at 12:45 am

    Tyler, I think this is fair, but did not want to give up Jackson. I also did not like Melky being traded, because I knew that bat was going to make noise sooner or later. He was still just 25 when they dealt him. Too much messing around with a WS team.
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    I agree on Melky even more so because I hated that it brought back Vazquez. New York was a place of horrors for Javy no matter how he looked the year before in Atlanta. They could have used a good 3rd/4th starter that year so I understand the thought but it was definitely not Javy.

    I didn’t like giving up Jackson but I thought that at best Jackson would likely be Granderson in his prime. Money wasn’t that much of an issue then for the Yanks. I was wrong.

  49. Tabbert April 5th, 2013 at 12:47 am

    Mason williams being in A ball has nothing to do with where he projects to be. The kid could end up sky rocketing up the system this year. Most scouts all agree that williams will be a guy with elite speed, .potential for 15-20 homers, hit near .300, get on base, swipe a good amount of bases, and be a potential all star. His ceiling is very high. We can still win with our current roster WHEN healthy.

  50. Pat M. April 5th, 2013 at 12:47 am

    I played 300 on Washington, Dodgers, Giants, Angels & Baltimore

  51. Pat M. April 5th, 2013 at 12:48 am

    Sorry, 2500.00 total investment on all 30 teams

  52. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2013 at 12:48 am

    I hear you, but the way I look at it, the passive-aggressives aren’t really talking about baseball. It is about something deeper, and that is kind of funny.
    ///

    I agree but it’s getting less and less amusing. One can just ignore it, but the disingenuousness sometimes just needs to be taken down.

  53. luis April 5th, 2013 at 12:49 am

    Tabbert,

    Again, missing the point….We were against those trades, at least I was…. Instant gratification when they could have the luxury to actually introduce this kids in to the show, while the old core still could take the brunt of the responsibility? No, more established names to the Circus… Shortsighted… Again this is my main beef… How can I trust a management that has willingly or unwillingly run this team to the ground?… Worse, they haven’t even realized how screwed they are

  54. Tyler April 5th, 2013 at 12:50 am

    Pat M. April 5th, 2013 at 12:47 am
    I played 300 on Washington, Dodgers, Giants, Angels & Baltimore
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    Do you go through a Vegas sports book?

  55. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2013 at 12:50 am

    Tyler, I have followed Hughes all over to watch his games since he was a young’un; he was phenomenal and was the Great Hope. However, being a Cy Young caliber pitcher isn’t an easy feat. I understand the frustration, but I wouldn’t call Hughes a bust; many pitching prospects don’t even pitch the number of games Hughes has. He’s a pretty darn good pitcher. Let’s just hope he is healthy this season. I think he will have a very good year.

  56. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Pat M., why? Because they thought IPK’s post game comments were arrogant because he thought he pitched better than they did? Or because he didn’t have the power arm Hughes and Joba did and they didn’t want to wait for his command to be as precise as it would become? I am sincerely asking. I didn’t read Lohud in those days.

  57. G. Love April 5th, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Ian Kennedy had one of the worst all time post game YES interviews in Anaheim and then YES and the media played that thing like it was a lost Beatles song.

    I know fans are supposed to not get manipulated by the media, but it’s tough sometimes. Especially when you see a kid with the world at his feet seem indifferent. When Kennedy claimed he had nothing else to learn at AAA that was the final straw because that was not a very Yankee thing to say.

    That said, maybe if our minor league/major league coaches and front office staff were a little more savvy they could’ve handled him better and kept him from talking to the media until he was ready.

    That’s why I tell everyone to be patient with Nova when he his post game pressers come off defensive. You have to remember, he’s not speaking in his native language and add that to people ganging up on you asking you what went wrong and you see how things can be misconstrued.

  58. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2013 at 12:52 am

    Tabbert April 5th, 2013 at 12:47 am
    Mason williams being in A ball has nothing to do with where he projects to be. The kid could end up sky rocketing up the system this year. Most scouts all agree that williams will be a guy with elite speed, .potential for 15-20 homers, hit near .300, get on base, swipe a good amount of bases, and be a potential all star. His ceiling is very high. We can still win with our current roster WHEN healthy.
    ///

    Mason Williams being in A-ball has everything to do with the fact that he CAN’T HELP THE YANKEES NOW OR EVEN NEXT YEAR. Nothing to do with what he projects to be.

    Do you not understand this?? What are they doing for players – good, young, high upside players – between now and that future time when those guys are merely cutting their teeth?

    There’s a GAP here that’s the problem, and there was an aging but still viable core group in place that guys like Melky, Montero and Ajax could complement and we would now have a lineup that would be worthy of our pitching RIGHT NOW.

  59. luis April 5th, 2013 at 12:52 am

    Pat M,

    I wasn’t at Lohud at that time… But believe me, I did like the kid

  60. Jerkface April 5th, 2013 at 12:52 am

    When talking about people on LOHUD hating Ian Kennedy, you have to ask: “Does this include the subset of people I’m currently conversing with”. On LOHUD I find its rarely the case. Thus a classic lohud fallacy.

  61. Tyler April 5th, 2013 at 12:53 am

    Fem-

    I totally agree with everything you said. I just think what made it worse was that he was the first legitimate prospect the Yanks had produced in so long. I remember holding onto hope over Drew Henson, Eric Duncan, and Navarro. All of a sudden the Yanks had the best pitching prospect in baseball. He’s far from a bust and I still really like him. I just had high hopes he’d be where a guy like Kershaw is today. Totally unreasonable to him and I still like the guy a ton. Just tough to take. Stupid hamstring against Texas :(

  62. luis April 5th, 2013 at 12:54 am

    Well said G Love

  63. G. Love April 5th, 2013 at 12:54 am

    Rich & J.AP,

    I wish I could just ignore it. I’d pay cash for an ignore button here. I think we should start a Kickstarter campaign to get Lohud to do it. Chad just has to tell us what the number is that would get it implemented.

    It really got to a point that it just ruins the enjoyment I get out of interacting with other intelligent fans who I’ve learned things from in here over the years.

  64. luis April 5th, 2013 at 12:56 am

    Primo,

    QFT You should write a book… You explain things very succinctly and to the point.

  65. Pat M. April 5th, 2013 at 12:58 am

    Ian is going to win 200 games as a big league pitcher unless he runs into some misfortune luck injury wise……I’ve been pumping this up for several years . Same goes for Hughes

  66. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2013 at 12:59 am

    GLove,

    Girardi is the epitome of “middle management” material.

    I was saying the other day here that we have been gifted with great leaders and Cashman has taken away most of the proteges.

    Good thing we have some young pitching that can take advantage of Andy’s and Mo’s wisdom.

    By the time our position players get here, the really good ones, Jeter’ll be gone. It’s a shame.

  67. luis April 5th, 2013 at 12:59 am

    JAP,

    I would only add that maybe we find a diamond in the rough in those players… Look at Cano, he was never highly regarded, but he has turned out to be a superstar and probably the best 2nd baseman in Yankee history.

  68. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2013 at 12:59 am

    G Love, this place is definitely some kind of self-monitoring social experiment. Kind of like a Lord of the Flies. I don’t think this type of blog can implement an ignore button unfortunately.

  69. Tyler April 5th, 2013 at 1:00 am

    I’d still like to see Hughes become better at finishing off hitters. If he could do that, he’d really be great. Always wastes quite a few pitches after 0-2, 1-2 counts. I hope the Yanks would re-sign him but if they don’t, he could be a legit ace in the NL. I think he’d tear it up much like IPK.

  70. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2013 at 1:01 am

    Luis, I don’t know how anyone who watched Cano hit didn’t regard him highly and realize that bat would play. Really just a total fail on the evaluators’ parts.

  71. Tyler April 5th, 2013 at 1:02 am

    LoHud drama still blows my mind. There are days that I’ve logged on here and this place has just been a war zone… some of it was pretty serious stuff. Amazing for a blog where I don’t think many of us would know each other if we were sitting in the same row of an airplane.

  72. luis April 5th, 2013 at 1:03 am

    Pat M. April 5th, 2013 at 12:58 am
    Ian is going to win 200 games as a big league pitcher unless he runs into some misfortune luck injury wise……I’ve been pumping this up for several years . Same goes for Hughes

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

    On this we agree 100 per cent

  73. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2013 at 1:03 am

    It really got to a point that it just ruins the enjoyment I get out of interacting with other intelligent fans who I’ve learned things from in here over the years.
    ///

    It has become some insidious life form, this corrective fan thing here. I try to stay away from conflict, which is what these folks seem to crave, but when it’s every other post, it’s either leave (I assiduously avoid game threads) or engage in some sort of confrontation. It’s too bad some can’t just be courteous and just speak to the argument.

  74. G. Love April 5th, 2013 at 1:04 am

    J.AP,

    By the time our younger position players get here I hope & pray Donnie is in the dugout where he belongs.

  75. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2013 at 1:06 am

    Tyler, he’s never had the same leg drive since that injury. But I also he will improve as his changeup and slider do. He wasted a lot of time using that cutter. I just wonder about their development of him; why did they take so long to have him put away that dreadful cutter. Also I am not sure why they didn’t have him throw the changeup more in the minors. I know Rothschild is a big changeup guy. Just weird.

  76. luis April 5th, 2013 at 1:06 am

    yankeefeminista April 5th, 2013 at 1:01 am
    Luis, I don’t know how anyone who watched Cano hit didn’t regard him highly and realize that bat would play. Really just a total fail on the evaluators’ parts.

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

    The moment I saw him play with the club, I thought that he could be especial… But up to that point, he wasn’t highlyregarded, even on PP. Which is mind boggling

  77. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2013 at 1:06 am

    Tyler, some people thrive on conflict. Rich is right – it isn’t about the Yankees, on some level. I don’t know what you do about that; if someone’s determined to chew up the scenery in here, what’s to be done about it.

  78. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2013 at 1:07 am

    I am hoping Hughes faces IPK at the Stadium. A must see game.

  79. Pat M. April 5th, 2013 at 1:08 am

    Tyler…..I heard whispers about Towers keeping tabs on Young Master Hughes this season with the hopes of re-untiing him and his USC pal once again

  80. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2013 at 1:08 am

    By the time our younger position players get here I hope & pray Donnie is in the dugout where he belongs.
    ///

    Crap! WHy did I ever think Girardi was the better choice?? I must have been out of my mind. You can bet this wouldn’t be the lineup, if he were in the dugout.

  81. luis April 5th, 2013 at 1:09 am

    Well I am going to bed guys… Have a good night all.

    FTR I thoroughly enjoyed tonight’s conversations, either if I agreed or not.

  82. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2013 at 1:09 am

    Thing is Lohud drama is so unnecessary. It is a colossal waste of time and energy.

  83. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2013 at 1:10 am

    Sweet dreams, Luis. Another game in less than 12 hours! Go Vato! ;)

  84. luis April 5th, 2013 at 1:10 am

    And guys… Let’s keep it on baseball

  85. Tyler April 5th, 2013 at 1:10 am

    The D-Backs would have a really nice rotation with Hughes, IPK, and Trevor Cahill. Don’t get why they traded Trevor Bauer but there must have been some type of internal conflict there. Bauer isn’t the easiest guy to develop and coach.

  86. luis April 5th, 2013 at 1:11 am

    yankeefeminista April 5th, 2013 at 1:10 am
    Sweet dreams, Luis. Another game in less than 12 hours! Go Vato! ;)

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

    Lo mismo YF! Go Vato!!!

  87. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2013 at 1:11 am

    luis, good idea. Let’s make a vow.

  88. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2013 at 1:11 am

    The moment I saw him play with the club, I thought that he could be especial… But up to that point, he wasn’t highlyregarded, even on PP. Which is mind boggling
    ///

    primo, I saw one swing and said, ‘where have they been hiding this one?’ And his hands in the field, the arm, hell, I don’t think there’s a player that’s come up that didn’t telegraph more resoundingly that he was loaded.

  89. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2013 at 1:12 am

    luis April 5th, 2013 at 1:11 am
    yankeefeminista April 5th, 2013 at 1:10 am
    Sweet dreams, Luis. Another game in less than 12 hours! Go Vato!

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

    Lo mismo YF! Go Vato!!!
    ///

    Si Si! :D

  90. G. Love April 5th, 2013 at 1:13 am

    I remember wanting Donnie 1st, Pena 2nd and Girardi was way behind. I still think Tony Pena would be a heck of a manager here despite the nonsense that went on in KC that makes him borderline not hirable as a MLB manager.

    I think Pena, given the chance, would be a leader whereas Girardi is more safety monitor/resident advisor.

    If Donnie wins with the Dodgers though, he’ll get a 3 year contract and that’ll be that.

    Though I’d be lying to you if I didn’t think watching Jorge in the dugout during the spring games on TV had me thinking he wants that job someday.

    What I’d give to see Jorge come charging out of the dugout to argue a call with an umpire as Yankee manager. The new stadium might sound like that old stadium if that ever happened.

  91. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2013 at 1:13 am

    luis April 5th, 2013 at 1:10 am
    And guys… Let’s keep it on baseball
    ///

    primo, great to have you here all night. Have a great one, bro. :D

  92. G. Love April 5th, 2013 at 1:15 am

    Pat M.,

    I honestly think the Yankees have a snowballs chance of keeping Hughes. I think he’ll bolt this place for the West Coast and the NL the second he is able to.

    While we hope he has some loyalty to the Yankees, you can’t tell me that he’s been pleased with the shuttling between bullpen and rotation and a lot of the other nonsense that went on here during his tenure.

    If the money’s even, I think he’s gone.

  93. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2013 at 1:18 am

    G. Love April 5th, 2013 at 1:13 am
    I remember wanting Donnie 1st, Pena 2nd and Girardi was way behind. I still think Tony Pena would be a heck of a manager here despite the nonsense that went on in KC that makes him borderline not hirable as a MLB manager.
    ///

    Damn, you were on that. They should have hired him. I wanted Joe because I thought he’d be good with the young arms we’d been collecting. I also had this idea he was going to be innovative, but he is not really creative at all: he’s a middle manager :D .

    It occurred to me, in 2011, that he would end up getting our most important young bat traded. If it were Donnie, Montero would be hitting sixth in the lineup right now.

    I was hoping Girardi would get gassed and that Pena would get the job: he’s a combination of old school and also a guy who will connect well, I’d imagine, with all these high-end latino players, especially Sanchez. They speak the same language.

  94. G. Love April 5th, 2013 at 1:22 am

    It was good catching up & checking in with everyone. I expect good things from Nova & Phelps this weekend & Robbie is due to get hot.

  95. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2013 at 1:26 am

    I can’t see Hughes staying a Yankee either. Especially with more pitcher friendly parks to pitch in and family/home turf on the West coast. I will hate to see him go; I will have to retire my Hughes jersey if that happens.

    I expected Girardi to be really innovative. More like a Maddon type…

    GLove, yep, here’s hoping the young arms thrive this weekend. Another prospect you need to start hugging is DePaula. He’s pitching on Saturday for Charleston (on milb-tv.) JRam also should be pitching soon. We’ll make you a prospect hugger yet.

  96. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2013 at 1:27 am

    I’m out. Have a good night! And breakfast with the Yankees! :)

  97. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2013 at 1:27 am

    I agree on Melky even more so because I hated that it brought back Vazquez. New York was a place of horrors for Javy no matter how he looked the year before in Atlanta. They could have used a good 3rd/4th starter that year so I understand the thought but it was definitely not Javy.

    I didn’t like giving up Jackson but I thought that at best Jackson would likely be Granderson in his prime. Money wasn’t that much of an issue then for the Yanks. I was wrong.
    ///

    Tyler, I still don’t think Melky should have been the bait to achieve that end. He was 25, was starting to also hit from the right, had all those walkoffs and hit .390 in that ALCS….they talked to Mattingly (when he got busted) and they asked him if he was surprised that Cabrera’s hitting had come round in the last two years. He said, “No, I always thought he would hit.” How come the Yankees regarded him so lightly? To me, he was going to eventually hit. They were going to get rid of Cano, too, a much better hitter. They just don’t get hit tool, or they just don’t value it. And it’s the thing we have lacked the last couple of years.

  98. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2013 at 1:29 am

    Yes, Robi doesn’t like the cold much, I expect.

    Good to see you in here, GLove.

  99. Tyler April 5th, 2013 at 1:30 am

    JAP-

    Totally agree. Always thought Melky had a lot of potential and he did play pretty well in the Bronx. Outside of that horrid year in Atlanta, he’s been a pretty nice player at the least. We’ll see how he does this year.

    Alright, I’m off to continue my binge watching of House of Cards. Have to get my fill of vengeance for the night. See ya!

  100. Against All Odds April 5th, 2013 at 1:31 am

    The kid could end up sky rocketing up the system this year.

    —————————

    Extremely unlikely he does that

  101. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2013 at 1:34 am

    Goodnight, Tyler, goodnight fem.

    Hope our old dudes can adjust to the quick turnover tomorrow. :D

  102. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2013 at 1:36 am

    Odds,

    The kid is good, but look at him – he’s not even a man yet. Actually, he reminds me of AJax when he first got to AA.

    We’d heard about him, and there’s this scrawny boy down there and I’m like, why, he’s just a young kid. You wanted to offer him a meal. Mason’s going to be a good one, but he needs to fill out and to put in his time. He’s nowhere near being able to help out.

  103. Against All Odds April 5th, 2013 at 1:39 am

    I agree he still has a ways to get before he can be counted on to help to big league team. He is still a kid

  104. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2013 at 1:40 am

    The good news is Trenton fairly beasted today, and Austin, JR, Roller and Flores all were part of the hit parade. Can’t remember if Heathcott had one.

    We may get one of Flores or Austin before long, maybe Heathcott, although I’d want him to stay down there for a whole year.

  105. Against All Odds April 5th, 2013 at 1:42 am

    ways to go*

    Austin looks like the real deal

    I’m going to call it a night. Take care JAP and everyone else

  106. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2013 at 1:43 am

    Odds, did you see Joba was hitting 96, 97 the other day no prob. Had a curve and slider going. The irony is, he’s just not that good of a reliever. He’s one guy who is just going to be better pitching more innings at a time.

  107. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2013 at 1:43 am

    YOu bet, Odds.

    Have a good night, pal.

  108. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2013 at 1:45 am

    Night, all. Free Joba!

  109. Tabbert April 5th, 2013 at 3:19 am

    Luis- I am not saying if the trades were good or bad. Its just annoying that every time I come on this site someone has to say ” aw man we would be SOOO good had we not traded… fill in the blank”. Seriously… the past is the past. Get over it. Its donekies. No matter how much anyone talks about it, it cant be undone. We still have a lot of REALLY good young players. My point is, get over the blunders from the front office, and be GRATEFUL that we still have so many promising players. Mason Williams might be years off, but he will most likely have a better career than Ajax. Not defending trading Jackson, just pointing out that we will END up with a better CF long term. I just don’t see the point in harping on the past. Those guys are GONE. people need to except that and just move on.

  110. theREALkevin April 5th, 2013 at 3:35 am

    I never had a problem with the Kennedy trade. I don’t think he ever would have had this type of success with the Yankees.

  111. bigdan22 April 5th, 2013 at 4:05 am

    Even though the season is just a few days old, the Yankee roster is starting to crystalize in terms of strengths and weaknesses. Right now, it seems to me, that of the big 4 (Jeter, Granderson, Tex and Arod) the one who’s return would have the most favorable impact on the team (providing he returns with reasonable health) is Tex. Because Tex’s return effectively removes Nix and Overbay from the lineup–killing two birds with one stone. Nix should not be starting period, and, unlike Wells, Overbay (notwithstanding last night’s key bloop single) does not seem to have any juice left in his swing.

    For a second, think about Jeter’s return. Would that really improve this roster? Even if Jeter plays well, I don’t t think giving fewer at bats to Nunez is a positive development. Nunez looks (I mean just looks) like he might just be the most productive newcomer to this roster. Granderson is a bit trickier. Taking Gardner out of CF would not be a good thing for sure. Taking at bats from Francisco would be a great thing. (He needs to be cut as soon as possible). But removing Wells at bats is debatable. If Wells is hitting .250-260 this it would probably be alright. But if he has really re-discovered some old magic than Granderson’s return may not help the Yanks at all. Still too early to conceive of Arod’s return.

    So I guess it’s simple then. In the short term, we need Tex back. And healthy. Stranger things have happened.

  112. Tackelberry April 5th, 2013 at 6:05 am

    Nice debut for Bryan Mitchell in Tampa, though he still has control issues. (3 BBs). if he can master his command he has the stuff to be a future ace.

  113. raymagnetic April 5th, 2013 at 6:49 am

    “Granderson’s return may not help the Yanks at all”

    Yeah because 43 Hrs and 106 RBI can’t possibly help.

  114. Mike Ri April 5th, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Love watching Cervelli play .

  115. Rich in NJ April 5th, 2013 at 7:20 am

    Watching Cervelli, Gardner, and Nunez was great last night. Now, it was all made possible because of Pettitte was pitching, but watching younger players makes the game so much more fun (at least to me). None of these guys have high-ceilings, but they give you hope that the team can be exciting at times, especially if they can improve and be consistent contributors all season (and maybe beyond).

  116. Doreen April 5th, 2013 at 7:20 am

    I really hope Cervelli at least gets the 60/40 of games and that the 50/50 is just be ause Girardi is not sure what he’ll get from either one right now. He’s expecting Stewart to be able to get enough hits, whatever that means. But since Cervelli started with the Yankees, he’s had a knack for situational hitting. Which was not expected from him at the time.

    Cervelli has to keep it up and truly distinguish himself. Because “on paper” these two are both supposed to be backup catchers and not in he A-team. I think Cervelli can do it. I’ll take maybe 5 to 10 HRs if it’s combined with good situational hitting and some key RBI.

    The only caveat is Cervelli’s concussion history.

    Was a good game last night and a good way to set off on the road trip, which is likely to be a tough one. What’s not to love about the Andy and Mo show? Hopefully they’ve reset the tone, the team can take a deep breath and go forward from this point. Andy made a good point in his post game about the guys needing to become a team. A lot of new faces, this can’t be easy, establishing new relationships, getting comfortable with one another. Getting a solid old-fashioned win under their belts has to help.

    I’m glad there’s not so long a wait for another game, but what will I watch tonight????

  117. Rich in NJ April 5th, 2013 at 7:25 am

    Doreen

    I would say Cervelli needs to play 80% of the games.

    If Stew plays 40%, he would basically double the most PA he has ever had in his career, and this is his age 32 season .

    This offense cannot afford a 60 something OPS+ from a guy like that.

  118. Doreen April 5th, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Nunez looked good in the field, didn’t he? I will always root for a guy who works hard. And he has been.

    All I want from Overbay is good defense. Hafner does nothing for me, but I will cheer him like crazy if he can do what he was hired to do.

    But, I have to say that Vernon Wells was such a good player that it would excite me if he can have a good season. I wouldn’t have gone out to get him, but since he’s here, he is a good “follow” and I’m cheering for him. He’s the only newcomer that truly intrigues me.

  119. Doreen April 5th, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Rich, that would be ideal, but I don’t hold my breath for that. 60/40 seems like something Girardi might actually do…

  120. Rich in NJ April 5th, 2013 at 7:29 am

    As Seinfeld said: “We root for cloth.”

    If you where a Yankee uniform (and you’re not a wife beater or something) I will root for you while you do.

  121. Doreen April 5th, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Amen to that. If I could root for Randy Johnson, I can root for anyone.

  122. Against All Odds April 5th, 2013 at 7:44 am

    J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2013 at 1:43 am
    Odds, did you see Joba was hitting 96, 97 the other day no prob. Had a curve and slider going. The irony is, he’s just not that good of a reliever. He’s one guy who is just going to be better pitching more innings at a time.

    ——————————-

    I think Joba just needs to be in an environment where he doesn’t feel the need to be perfect. He still nibbles from time to time in certain situations or games.

  123. Ghostwriter April 5th, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Doreen April 5th, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Rich, that would be ideal, but I don’t hold my breath for that. 60/40 seems like something Girardi might actually do…
    ——————-

    It seems to me that Cervy is winning the job. Unless Girardi has some countervailing concern, I think Cervy will wind up getting the vast majority of the work.

  124. MG April 5th, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Andy continues to turn back time, he was very good last night and it’s always fun watching him work like a surgeon through any lineup.

    The funny thing is that he can be better than that-he wasn’t painting the outside corner with his fastball very often last night (his fastball was running a little and pretty lively) and didn’t have his best cutter either.

    The Yankees need to play good defense behind their starting pitchers and scratch out some runs until all the regulars get back, if they can do that they should be competitive and one of the benefits of having a bunch of older guys on the team is that they know how to win.

  125. Ghostwriter April 5th, 2013 at 7:52 am

    MG April 5th, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Andy continues to turn back time, he was very good last night and it’s always fun watching him work like a surgeon through any lineup.

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

    Andy has become such a great pitcher–in the truest sense of the word. His evolution as a pitcher has been truly remarkable. I think that he is a much pitcher now, than he was at 25. I’m really glad that he decided to come back, and give it another go.

  126. Doreen April 5th, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Ghostwriter I hope so.

  127. Ghostwriter April 5th, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Doreen April 5th, 2013 at 7:26 am

    …But, I have to say that Vernon Wells was such a good player that it would excite me if he can have a good season. I wouldn’t have gone out to get him, but since he’s here, he is a good “follow” and I’m cheering for him. He’s the only newcomer that truly intrigues me.

    ===========

    I’m also quite intrigued by Wells. He could wind up being a tremendous bench presence for us, much like Strawberry and Raines were back in the lat nineties. I’m also intrigued by Youk’s addition to the lineup. I think that if the Yanks can keep it close in the first half of the season, they are going to be very tough once the regulars start coming back.

  128. Yankee Trader April 5th, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Good morning

    Attached the SWB Railriders box score from their opening game:

    http://www.milb.com/milb/stats.....8;did=milb

    Hopefully Mustelier will return soon, play well at 3rd and be promoted to the Yankees, with Youkilis shifting to 1st.

  129. MG April 5th, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Ghostwriter April 5th, 2013 at 7:52 am
    MG April 5th, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Andy continues to turn back time, he was very good last night and it’s always fun watching him work like a surgeon through any lineup.

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

    Andy has become such a great pitcher–in the truest sense of the word. His evolution as a pitcher has been truly remarkable. I think that he is a much pitcher now, than he was at 25. I’m really glad that he decided to come back, and give it another go.
    ————————
    Ghost, there is no bigger Andy Pettitte fan than myself, he’s both a great pitcher and a great guy and his growth as a pitcher over the years has been incredible-the last Yankees pitcher I had this much fun watching was Whitey Ford.

  130. Ghostwriter April 5th, 2013 at 7:56 am

    edit: I think that he is a much better pitcher now, than he was at 25.

  131. Cashmoney April 5th, 2013 at 8:03 am

    It’s only been 3 games Doreen, but Nunez is getting comfortable at plate and in the field, I hope he keeps it up. I thought he can be adequate defensive if given an environment of consistent playing time.

    On Stewart, I think he is a solid glove man and better caller of pitches than Martin. The problem is he can’t hit. At best he is BUC, Joey G was a better hitter than Stweart, but I can see his affinity for good defensive catcher.

  132. Yankee Trader April 5th, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Personally I would have been more intrigued if the Yankees would have been able to swing a deal for Michael Morse in the offseason.

    The Red Sox, with the extreme shift on Cano, did a good job of negating him. He’s will need to adjust,in a hurry.

  133. Yankee Trader April 5th, 2013 at 8:06 am

    MG-

    The other great Yankee lefty that I enjoyed watching, was Ron Guidry.

  134. Yankee Trader April 5th, 2013 at 8:06 am

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