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Postgame notes: “They’re going to find a way to win this year”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 07, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

This is what Joe Girardi saw when CC Sabathia struck out Austin Jackson and came roaring off the mound at the end of the seventh inning.

“I think CC really has a lot of pride in what he does and understands the ace role and that we needed to win a game today,” Girardi said. “I think he probably took a lot of satisfaction out of it, and the team picked up on it.”

This is what Sabathia was really feeling in that moment.

“I was really upset with myself,” Sabathia said. “It’s the seventh inning, we have a 3-0 lead, and I went 3-2 with every hitter. I was just upset with myself for not making better pitches and maybe being able to go back out for the eighth. I know the bullpen has been taxed, and we haven’t had an off day for a while, so I was trying to pitch as deep as possible in the game. I was just a little frustrated with myself.”

If you’re wondering whether the Yankees expectations have changed this year, Sabathia seemed to answer them with that one familiar gesture. It’s a bravado that he saves for his very best, when he’s holding himself to high standards and producing results like this one. Against a dangerous Tigers lineup, Sabathia didn’t allow an extra-base hit, let only one base runner as far as second base, and pitched around three walks. He was better than Justin Verlander, which is basically all you need to know.

“I don’t care who they got missing, that’s the Yankees,” Verlander told The Associated Press. “They have a winning mentality about them, and they’re going to find a way to win this year. You don’t ever take anything for granted. As you saw, it was the bottom of the lineup that did the damage.”

This was a more-complete effort than the Andy Pettitte game. This was a 13-hit day for the lineup, a strong start from the ace, and two scoreless innings from the go-to arms in the bullpen. The bottom of the order delivered the early blows with Francisco Cervelli’s RBI double and Jayson Nix’s two-run homer, and Kevin Youkilis delivered the final blow late with a two-run single in the ninth.

The Yankees have not played very well this season, but they played awfully well today.

“CC came back and gave us seven strong innings, real good, and we did the rest,” Rivera said. “We needed to win today.”

• Nix went 3-for-4, including that big two-run homer off Verlander. Before that second-inning at-bat, Nix was 1-for-11 with a single and five strikeouts in his career against Verlander. “He is who he is, you know?” Nix said. “But every time you play, you always have a plan and a way you think you can have some success, and we were able to do that today.”

• The home run came on a 2-1 changeup after Nix had already seen a slider, fastball and curveball in the at-bat. “He’s hard to predict anyway,” Nix said. “He doesn’t really get into patterns. … I just saw it, was able to get into position where I was able to see it, and I think my approach helped stay on that pitch and be able to barrel it.”

• Rivera made his final stop at Comerica Park having converted his past 23 save opportunities against the Tigers dating back to 1999. In his career, he’s pitching 29.1 regular-season innings in Detroit and allowed four earned runs on 18 hits, 3 walks (two intentional) and 29 strikeouts. “I’m just trying to do my job and help my team win,” Rivera said. “The rest just fall into place.”

• Girardi joked — I think he was joking — that he expected Rivera to get a Bengal tiger as his gift from the Tigers. “I told Mo, once it got to a certain size he’d have to get rid of it,” Girardi said.

• Girardi on Sabathia: “I even think it’ll get better, I do. You don’t see him walk too many guys very often. I think it will continue to get better as he builds arm strength through the month of April. That’s what he does. But I’m pleased. And the emotion that he showed, he understood what it meant. This is a very good team we beat today.”

• Cervelli on Sabathia: “The difference was fastball command. Able to hit the corners, especially make hitters uncomfortable inside, outside corner. He was really good with the fastball. Like I say all the time, that’s the key for him.”

• Sabathia on Sabathia: “Fastball command was a lot better. The changeup worked early. I was able to get some miss-hits and some swings early in the count, was able to pitch deeper in the game. … That’s an unbelievable lineup. We definitely worked harder than the final number indicates. I’m sure if I face them again they’re going to be tough. That’s a good lineup.”

• Two hits for Youkilis, Hafner and Cervelli. A double and two walks from Wells. The two-run homer from Nix. Lyle Overbay was the only Yankees starter without a hit, and it’s little surprise this was the first time the Yankees scored more than four runs this season.

• Still not cleared to hit or field, Eduardo Nunez did get into the game as a pinch runner.

• Fear not, everyone. The best news of today — and for the superstitious among you, the reason for today — is that Joba Chamberlain shaved his mustache. “It wasn’t doing us any good,” he explained, and he’s right. It wasn’t doing any of us, Yankees and non-Yankees alike, any good. Not any good at all.

• Let’s give the final word to Nix: “Obviously you want to get off to a good start, and we’re not off to the best of starts, but I think we all don’t get caught up into it too much. Every day’s a big game, an important game, and facing Verlander, with C on the mound, this is a game we want to win. We don’t really get caught up in it too much, but we do want to win, get on a streak, get a good thing going. So that was important to do today, and it was good.”

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76 Responses to “Postgame notes: “They’re going to find a way to win this year””

  1. Doreen April 7th, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    You don’t want to make sweeping assumptions, but sometimes all you need is a game where things come together, and you can say “LOOK, we did it!”

  2. Rich in NJ April 7th, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    I really think it’s about finding some consistency. They haven’t gotten that yet. Plus, obviously, they will need a big year from Cano. Some of the older/declining guys, however, have had encouraging starts. And Cervelli is making a statement to glue Stew to the bench.

  3. Tar April 7th, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    “Along the way, we want to do a little bit more with the people that work, the people that no one sees,” Rivera said. “Those are the people that I want to reach. The fans will be there, but these are people that you never see but they keep the place clean and do their job. Those are the ones that I want to say, thank you.”

    How lucky are we Yankee fans.

  4. mick April 7th, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    We used to win 2 of 3 now we win 1 of 3. Not much of a difference…

    3 of 4 in Cleve would get us to .500….I take that.

  5. Nick in SF April 7th, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Glued to the bench? To the glue factory, better still.

  6. blake April 7th, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    “I don’t care who they got missing, that’s the Yankees,” Verlander told The Associated Press. “They have a winning mentality about them, and they’re going to find a way to win this year. You don’t ever take anything for granted. As you saw, it was the bottom of the lineup that did the damage.”

    You need talent but there is something intangible in their culture that helps them IMO….allows them to many time maximize what they have

  7. mick April 7th, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    • Rivera made his final stop at Comerica Park having converted his past 23 save opportunities against the Tigers dating back to 1999.
    ============================
    Chad, don’t be so sure…

  8. jmills April 7th, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    I’m fine with losing,….as long as Boston’s in the same das boat! :D

  9. J. Alfred Prufrock April 7th, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Rivera goes straight to the Hall and straight to Heaven :)
    ///

    We watched the game while having brunch at a hotel in town. Very enjoyable.

    If C isn’t an ace, then I don’t understand the definition. With reduced velocity, puts the team on his back and battles against what may very well be the game’s best lineup.

    Youkilis looks great at the plate, and has since ST, dicey at 3B. Would like to see him move to 1B and eventually see Adams finally get a chance at third (or Mustelier, if he’s recovered). Overbay has been productive, but I’ll gladly swap him for one of Adams/Mustelier. At some point, you’ve got to integrate some young blood, especially over the long haul.

    Looking forward to watching Kuroda-san give us enough length to avoid Logan & Co. tomorrow against Tribe.

  10. Poetkiosk April 7th, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    According to Murti on twitter – Joba has shaved his mustache.

  11. J. Alfred Prufrock April 7th, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Great as Verlander is, he takes breathers when going through a lineup and to Yanks’ credit they’ve made him pay for that.

    He said the right things, there, of course.

  12. jmills April 7th, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Alfred,…my guy blew up today :(

  13. J. Alfred Prufrock April 7th, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    The mustache was um not in his best interest, but he can dress in drag if he wants to for all I care, he needs to pitch better. He’ll come around.

  14. J. Alfred Prufrock April 7th, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    I think my mother in law, who loves slugfests, is starting to get the difference between CC and ordinary pitchers.

    She surprised me when she turned to me as C exited the game and said, punching the air with her fork for emphasis “I’ll take FIVE of him!”

  15. jmills April 7th, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Alfred, gotcha’, thanks.

  16. J. Alfred Prufrock April 7th, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    jmills, Dickey maybe needs to get his bearings, but there’s something to be said for the idea that the NL has a lot of power pitchers working in pitcher’s parks.

  17. GregD April 7th, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock April 7th, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    —————
    Is Mustelier still hurt?

  18. Rich in NJ April 7th, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    I don’t care how good Dickey has been, given his age, I think trading a top prospect for him was really dumb.

  19. jmills April 7th, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Alfred, it will be interesting to see how all this stuff unfolds.

  20. J. Alfred Prufrock April 7th, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    GregD, I believe he’s rehabbing in Tampa after getting hurt in ST. Someone said it was a bone bruise.

  21. J. Alfred Prufrock April 7th, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Rich, I agree. And I do think Dickey’s different look is even more played up in the NL. It’s early though.

  22. jmills April 7th, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Need be, with/without Dickey, I still plan on coming first :)

  23. J. Alfred Prufrock April 7th, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    jmills, bautista back?

  24. Rich in NJ April 7th, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Pruf

    Whether it’s Anderson for Bagwell, or Smoltz for Alexander, or Drabek for Rhoden (or Buhern for Phelps ;) ), I would rather lose than have the team I root for sacrifice so much youth to win now. Actually I hate it with a passion, formed in the ’80s when George did it repeatedly.

    That’s why the ’90s teams were stunningly (at least at first) so much fun to watch. The Yankees finally kept their own young guys and built around them, and it has just about endured to this day.

  25. jmills April 7th, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Alfred, Bautista will be fine after I put that tape on his mouth.

  26. tucker April 7th, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Well put … “and he’s right. It wasn’t doing any of us, Yankees and non-Yankees alike, any good. Not any good at all.”

  27. J. Alfred Prufrock April 7th, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Rich, they gave up d’Arnaud and Syndegaard, that’s steep. Syndegaard may be an ass and a bigot, but he’s a high upside arm.

  28. jmills April 7th, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Hey baseball fans, believe it or not, Dustin McGowan is still out there, to the point Anthopolous let it slip that Dustin apparently has the best stuff of anybody in Blue Jay land. Go Dustin!, saw you pitch in relief vs the Yanks in about ’05. You sure do have a live wire.

  29. J. Alfred Prufrock April 7th, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    jmills, I find Bautista entertaining, but then again, his mouth doesn’t get taken out on my team, so…:D

  30. J. Alfred Prufrock April 7th, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Rich, maybe we’ll get a young core that hits on all cylinders a couple-three years down the road.

    We’ll not see the likes again of Jete-Jorge-Bernie-Andy-Mo though.

  31. jmills April 7th, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Alfred, Jose should have a bar of soap in his orifice, count to ten,….contemplate.

  32. jacksquat April 7th, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Can’t blame Bautista for saying that some umpires suck, some do. Maybe not the brightest thing to do…

  33. Doreen April 7th, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Yeah, you really cannot say that out loud…

  34. J. Alfred Prufrock April 7th, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    jmills, I’d take Bautista with all his faults, however. :D

  35. J. Alfred Prufrock April 7th, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Hey, Flores in center today. Wonder how that went. He’s a hittin’ fool :)

  36. j9d April 7th, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Good to hear from Nick in SF. That and the win makes things feel a little more stable in a crazy sort of way.

  37. blake April 7th, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Yu not real perfect tonight so far

  38. randy l. April 7th, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    “JR is killing the ball. Randy, let me know what you think of him.”

    yankeefeminista-

    her’s what i think of him. it was mid 30′s out with wind chill factor, and me and the 12 year old showed up at 11:30 to watch BP close up. frank the usher tells us there’s no BP on sunday. plus it’s too cold for players to take the field. so we do what anyone would do. we ate four hot dogs in the front row of an empty ballpark.

    after about an hour, a group of about ten thunder players came down the third base line near the bullpen where we were sitting. still hardly anyone in stands. i saw a catcher in the group ,and saw from program that it was jr murphy. i yelled to him asking him if he wanted to turn a red sox kid into a yankee fan. right on cue, the kid held up his magic marker and program to sign. murphy came over laughing and signed it for him saying “go yankees”.

    murphy then proceeded to go into the bullpen and work on catching drills. balls in the dirt right and left. receiving and getting in throwing position. glove to throwing hand transfer. no one else was doing much . just stretching on the field. the work ethic struck me right away. most of the players looked like they wanted to be somewhere else because of how cold it was. murphy was working hard in the bullpen.

    he’s not a totally polished catcher. but i think his work ethic and enthusiasm for the game is going to carry him into the majors. he throws well. threw out a runner who had a good jump. as far as swinging the bat, he hit a shot off the top of the fake fenway wall right down the line that missed a homer by about three feet. he hit another ball to left center over the outfielder’s head that could have been called a double because of the tricky wind , but the score called it an error. hard hit ball. he looks good at bat. aggressive , but under control.

    he runs pretty well on the bases. he was hit by pitch and came around bases and scored from first on a double by segedin( who had 3hits). i’m giving murphy a thumbs up because of all the above.

    a player i hadn’t heard of played a nice left field and had a couple of hits including double, neil medchill. nice looking lefty swing.
    heathcott looked good and bad , 2 hits and three k’s. he hit a double off wall to left down the line. nice hitting there.

    over all, a good baseball day.
    in the last inning,a yankee back up catcher picked up a line drive that flew into the yankee bullpen and walked it straight over to the 12 year old and handed it to him.
    good finish to the day.

  39. tomingeorgia April 7th, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Nice story, Randy. Good for the kids on the field, and the one with you.

  40. RadioKev April 7th, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    I’m a Hamilton Hater, but it’s just total classless for these Ranger fans to be booing him. Idiots.

  41. randy l. April 7th, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    tomingeorgia-

    i think baseball is as much about the stories as it is the stats. we were out there sitting next to the bullpen for about four hours because i wanted the kid to see the velocity up close. the way the bullpen was situated on the left field foul line, we were on the front row on the field, but only a few feet from the catcher’s backs in the bullpen. at one point in the game the kid was over standing against the bullpen fence watching a yankee reliever warming up to go in the game throwing low 90′s and really popping the catcher’s mitt . that’s what i was hoping he’d see, on his own, being interested. mission accomplished.

    yeah it was a good day. he also punched the red sox mascot in the face (on my urging) when the mascot sat down in the seat next to him. and he got to run the bases after the game. they do that on sunday for kids. he totally wiped out in the middle of a herd of kids going around second and skinned up both knees and a hand, but popped back up scored standing up.

    i don’t know if he’ll be a yankee fan, but he’s definitely now officially hooked on the game.

  42. tomingeorgia April 7th, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    randy,
    The stories are what keeps baseball alive, through ups and downs. Fans of every team can tell them to their kids and grandkids. The lowest teams for the past ten years, like KC and Pittsburgh, or the Mets, or the Indians, or the Mariners, and even the Marlins, there are stories to tell. Keep hope alive, we did it back when, we can do it again. That’s what stories do.

  43. Bronx Jeers April 7th, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    I’m a Hamilton Hater, but it’s just total classless for these Ranger fans to be booing him. Idiots.

    ———-

    Meh. That happens everywhere. Plus I think he had some comments that added more fuel to the fire.

    ARod still gets booed at Safeco for bolting to Dallas and a quarter billion buck payday and that was nearly 15 years ago.

  44. charlestonchew April 7th, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    So i went back and looked at the Yanks record in the first six games of the past 5 seasons:

    2013: 2-4
    2012: 3-3
    2011: 3-3
    2010: 4-2
    2009: 3-3

    I had this feeling that we have had worse starts than this one in the first six games, but when I looked back that was not the case. It’s a small difference and it’s early. It means little. What’s bugging Yankees fans so badly right now is the fear that our injured guys won’t come back and be productive and that we’ll have to endure seasons of bad baseball and, of course, every fan in the rest of baseball berating us and rejoicing in our frustration and disappointment.

    I’m expecting every injured player to return and play a major role in the Yankees resurgence in the second half. And I’m talking A-Rod, too. I just have this feeling about him coming back this year.

  45. RadioKev April 7th, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Bronx Jeers April 7th, 2013 at 9:46 pm
    I’m a Hamilton Hater, but it’s just total classless for these Ranger fans to be booing him. Idiots.

    ———-

    Meh. That happens everywhere. Plus I think he had some comments that added more fuel to the fire.

    ARod still gets booed at Safeco for bolting to Dallas and a quarter billion buck payday and that was nearly 15 years ago.
    ——-

    People are classless everywhere, sadly.

  46. jmills April 7th, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Nice story, Randy, maybe you’ll get to catch, David Clyde! :)

  47. Rich in NJ April 7th, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    “Rich, maybe we’ll get a young core that hits on all cylinders a couple-three years down the road.

    We’ll not see the likes again of Jete-Jorge-Bernie-Andy-Mo though.”

    No, that’s true, but if the team you root for has the right process, it’s easier to live with the mistakes.

  48. Bronx Jeers April 7th, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    People are classless everywhere, sadly.

    ——————-

    Yeah but it’s just baseball. Pro baseball that is. I heard JohnFarrell really heard it this weekend and that’s from Canadiens mind you.

    Personally I feel it more when the scrubs get booed. That’s gotta hurt.

  49. jmills April 7th, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Farrell deserved the boos, no doubt, Gwen.

  50. blake April 7th, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Something is wrong with Weaver..,he doesn’t throw 95 but he’s usually 90-92 ….he was like 85-87 tonight

  51. jmills April 7th, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Didn’t know about Jared, blake. Hope the guy’s ok.

  52. antisocial scrooge April 7th, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    weaver’s been sitting at 87ish since last year. weird to see such a dip in velocity.
    http://www.fangraphs.com/pitch.....8;pitch=FA

  53. Rich in NJ April 7th, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    I found this:

    http://articles.latimes.com/20.....s-20130402

    For the first six years of his career, Weaver’s fastball held steady at 89-90 mph, according to Fangraphs. His average fastball velocity dropped to 87.8 mph last season, and Monday he touched 89 mph only three times on the ballpark radar gun.

    Off the record, the Angels weren’t buying the radar readings. A couple of ticks slow, they scoffed. Aroldis Chapman, the Cincinnati Reds’ missile-throwing closer, didn’t even hit 100 mph on the ballpark gun Monday.

    On the record, the Angels strongly supported Weaver, dismissing concerns about how effectively he might pitch with diminished velocity by pointing out that he already did it, and quite well at that.

    “I’ve kind of figured out high velocity is not there too much any more,” Weaver said.

    This is what was there last season: his name atop the league leaderboard, and all over it — fewest hits per nine innings, fewest hits and walks combined per nine innings, lowest opponent batting average, best winning percentage.

    This, too, is what was there last season: a pitcher with the slowest fastball of his career throwing more fastballs than ever. Weaver threw a fastball a career-high 62% of the time, according to Fangraphs.

    Less velocity, more smarts, the way Weaver figures it. If batters figure slower fastballs mean fewer of them, he is more than happy to fire away.

    “I try to out-think my opponent,” Weaver said. “I take a lot of pride in that.”

  54. Rich in NJ April 7th, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Buster Olney ?@Buster_ESPN 17m
    Strained LEFT (non-pitching) elbow for Jered Weave

  55. Against All Odds April 7th, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    Thanks for the link Rich

  56. Run it Out April 7th, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    Joba can always find a way to keep himself in the news. Just pitch.

  57. Bronx Jeers April 8th, 2013 at 12:32 am

    Farrell deserved the boos, no doubt, Gwen.

    ———————-

    And what about Lee, Lifeson and Peart? Will they receive the same boos after accepting induction into the AMERICAN Rock-N-Roll hall of fame?

    :lol:

  58. Madrugador April 8th, 2013 at 12:40 am

    Nice game for CC. Tough luck for Verlander. Beat by a back up catcher and a utility infielder. For now it looks like Detroit’s bull pen is there achilles heel.
    I am happy for Cervi. He deserves to be in the big leagues so spending last year in AAA was undeserved. He looks as though he did work on his skills and is a little better than a year ago.
    Gardener can be a streaky hitter, I’d like to see him get going or at least make better decisions on the base paths. I expect at least 30 steals from him this year.

  59. Nick in SF April 8th, 2013 at 12:52 am

    The Mark Twain Hall of Fame certainly won’t have them. :mad:

  60. Bronx Jeers April 8th, 2013 at 2:01 am

    Yeah but there’s modern day Tom Sawyers everywhere. They just dont know it. :wink:

  61. Mike Ri April 8th, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Liked the win last night …. But this upcoming series . .I’d like to see Gardner and espcailly Cano step up and get moving …. Assuming he signs .. . This is going to be Robbies team for the next 7 to 10 years …

  62. 86w183 April 8th, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Morning folks!

    Robinson Cano might be the best player on the Yankees for the next few years, but I don’t think it will ever be “his team”. I don’t think he has the personality for it.

    That said, I don’t know who if anyone will emerge as that guy in the years ahead. Jeter is the Captain, but Jorge Posada was the more vocal leader when someone got out of line.

    In case anyone cares…. Cervelli is hitting .308 with a HR and 5 RBI. Russell Martin is 0-for-14.

  63. Rich in NJ April 8th, 2013 at 8:04 am

    I would hope that they develop the young stars to share the role of being the key player(s) on the team, within 3 or 4 years.

    But yeah, Cano needs to be a force this season for them to be in the mix.

    It’s still really early.

  64. Rich in NJ April 8th, 2013 at 8:08 am

    RIP Iron Lady

  65. MaineYankee April 8th, 2013 at 8:09 am

    R.I.P Margaret Thacther

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

    Cervelli isn’t gonna hit 21 homers but I feel pretty good when he’s at the plate….he battles and he puts the bat on the ball. I was never really concerned that he’d hit enough….my concerns were his defense and if the improvements there are real I think he can be league average ….which is pretty much what Martin is only a lot cheaper…,,

    I don’t know if the Yankees knew Cervy would play this well….but if they did and passed on Martin because of it then kudos to them

  67. J. Alfred Prufrock April 8th, 2013 at 8:19 am

    This Cano leadership business is a load of columnist with nothing to write about variety logic. He needs to hit which he eventually will do. There’s never going to be a Jeter approximate so no player needs to try to live up to that. What I’d like to see from Robi is his usual GG defense and a little more selectivity at the plate. In the future I’d like to see him help mentor guys like Gumbs and Feliz the way he has Cerbelli and Nuney. I’ll leave the purple prose to others :)

  68. MTU April 8th, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Morning Gang.

    Cervelli, Nunez, and Mustelier might all provide a youthful spark.

    Throw GGBG into the mix and ya’ just might have something.

    ;)

  69. J. Alfred Prufrock April 8th, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Cervy’s see ball hit ball works for me. He’s not going to hit .300 but his stroke and approach is productive with guys on and the defense moving around.

  70. 86w183 April 8th, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Gardner continues to frustrate the hell out of me with his “hit the ball in the air” approach plus high strike out totals. He’s whiffed 6 times in 6 games and is without a SB.

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

    gardy missed damn near all of the seaon last year. cut him a break.

  72. J. Alfred Prufrock April 8th, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Gardner is frustrating. Needs to use legs and drive ball like he did in ST if he wants to be a lead off guy he’s getting under everything again like he does in bad stretches and that won’t give him any chance to outrun the ball

  73. Bronx Jeers April 8th, 2013 at 8:44 am

    I’m not sure how much longer they can keep Gardner in the leadoff spot if he continues to do squat there. Is there such a thing as a designated centerfielder?

  74. Madrugador April 8th, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Cervelli brings an enthuiasm for the game that sparks the team. He should hit OK with maybe the rare long ball and hopefully the defense he showed in ST will carry over. Definitely a keeper/place holder until one of the minor league catchers develops.

    Definitely agree about Gardner. You’d think a little baseball intelligence from the coaching staff would set him straight. Gardner has the skills just needs to learn how to use them.

  75. Tackelberry April 8th, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Cervy will make you all forget the great Russell Martin

  76. Mike Ri April 8th, 2013 at 8:58 am

    New Post –>


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