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Postgame notes: “Can’t remember the last time I was as bad as that”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 13, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Hard to come up with a better assessment of Phil Hughes’ outing than this one…

“I can’t remember the last time I was as bad as that,” Hughes said. “Just not being able to locate the fastball, or any offspeed pitch for that matter. Any time I did have to come in for a strike, it was out over the middle of the plate and just got hammered somewhere.”

Unless of course, a better assessment is this one…

“The fastball command wasn’t there,” Francisco Cervelli said. “We get behind all the time, and especially when you can’t throw strike one, that’s a problem. … When we miss location, this is the big leagues, you pay. Sometimes they hit a base hit, sometimes a homer. Today was three bombs.”

No sense debating what happened today. It was clear Hughes couldn’t locate his fastball, and when he tried to go to other pitches, those were knocked around too. He got nine outs, allowed nine hits, and gave up five runs with three home runs. It was ugly.

The question better question is, why, and it’s a question that leads to a lot of familiar questions about Hughes’ ability to stay healthy, stay consistent and stay in the ballpark.

Is Hughes physically ready to pitch?
His spring training as a weird one. He showed up pitching extremely well, then he had that back injury and things got off track. The Yankees rushed him away from a rehab start to make his season debut last Saturday, then they rushed him again — Hughes was supposed to pitch Tuesday after being rained out Thursday — to fill in for Andy Pettitte’s own back issues. So, seriously, is Hughes healthy enough and has he had enough tune ups to pitch in the big leagues?

“I felt like I was ready,” Hughes said. “I didn’t feel like my first start in Detroit was awful. The fifth inning got away from me, but I felt like I was locating my pitches pretty well and everything like that. Today was just kind of a complete 180. Obviously the results in Detroit weren’t great, but I felt like I threw the ball a lot better than I did today. … I guess the one good thing was my velocity was about what it always is. One hundred percent healthy. No ill effects from the back. It’s just a matter of executing pitches is what it comes down to.”

As for having a week between starts: “I always feel like I’m a little more fresh with extra rest. That has nothing to do with it.”

Why does Hughes do this in April?
For Hughes, expectations have been sky high ever since he was drafted in the first round and people started comparing him to Roger Clemens. He’s had some very real success in the big leagues — all-star game in 2010 stands out — but he’s also gone through some really low points. In his career, Hughes has a 7.03 ERA in the month of April (and that’s before this start). For the most part, the other months have historically been solid, but this season’s slow start is nothing new.

“I’ve gone through early struggles in the season before,” Hughes said. “I know I can turn the page and get through this early, bad start. It is what it is. I have to find a way. There’s no excuses. Just figure out a way to get outs and know that it’s going to turn eventually. … I wish I did (know why it happens). If I did I probably wouldn’t let it happen. At least I know I can turn the page.”

Can a fly ball pitcher keep the ball in the park?
Girardi said pregame that it’s a given Hughes is going to allow some home runs. He’s a natural fly ball pitcher who has always leaned heavily on his four-seam fastball. He works up in the zone a lot, and home runs are going to happen. The Yankees know that, and Hughes knows that. It’s part of what you’re getting into. But this was a three-homer game in which all of the long balls were solo shots. Imagine how bad it might have gotten if they weren’t.

“I never like to accept (giving up home runs),” Hughes said. “But I’m not a guy that works down in the zone, a sinkerball guy. I know I rely on a fastball that rides up in the zone sometimes, and I just have to make sure I locate it. When I don’t locate it, the ball goes in the air instead of on the ground based on the fact it’s stride and four-seam and rides a little bit. I’m always coming to the realization I’m always going to be a fly ball pitcher, I just have to be able to harness that. When I’m on, I get a lot of popups and fly balls, which is great, but when I’m not, the ball seems to leave the ballpark.”

• Alex Rodriguez showed up today. Girardi said pregame that he wasn’t expecting Rodriguez, but there he was, sitting in the dugout. “I haven’t seen him since last home stand,” Girardi said. “He said that he’s doing more and more each day. Although it was slow, he actually got on a treadmill the other day and he was pretty fired up about that.”

• Speaking of infielders, Girardi said there was no hesitation whatsoever about pinch hitting Brennan Boesch and using Robinson Cano at shortstop. Boesch was the go-ahead run, the tying run was on base, and Girardi had told Boesch at the beginning of the eighth inning that he would hit for Nix if that spot got to the plate.

• Cervelli actually took batting practice ground balls at second base with Cano just yesterday, and Cano routinely takes ground balls with Derek Jeter and Eduardo Nunez during spring training. Both Cervelli and Cano said they were fully aware that they might have to play unusual positions today. “I think we were going to do that in Detroit the other day when Nuney got hit,” Cano said. “We’re in the same situation now, but whatever it takes to help the team, I will do it.”

• Cano played shortstop in the minors back in 2002, but he had never played anywhere but second base in the majors. Cervelli had played second base once before, and he’s played third base once. Could Cervelli turn a double play? “Oh yeah, I can do it,” Cervelli said. “I take ground balls all the time. You’ve got to take it easy and try to do everything slow. When you rush is when you do bad things.”

• Describe the conversation with Girardi: “He just said, you go to shortstop,” Cano said. Well that’s not very exciting.

• One bright spot for the Yankees: Four scoreless innings from David Phelps. He allowed one hit — a single and thrown out trying to stretch a double — while walking none and striking out six. He looked terrific, but Girardi said it’s far too early to think about making a change to the rotation. “Phil had a pretty good year for us (last year),” Girardi said. “He’s had a couple of pretty good years as a starter for us. As far as Nova, he’s had one start and I don’t think it’s really fair to do that. No, I’m not really thinking of making any changes.”

• The Yankees seemed incredibly encouraged by Hughes when spring training opened. What’s different now? “I thought he was down in the zone more and I thought his command was really good early on in spring training,” Girardi said. “Then he went through the injury and I think it kind of set him back a little bit. We’ll just have to get that going again, what we saw.”

• Asked if Hughes needs to change his approach, Cervelli said it’s a change of execution that’s in order. “We’ve got to work on his fastball command,” Cervelli said. “That’s it. That’s his life. That’s his first pitch.”

Clay Rapada threw a sim game today.

• The Yankees have lost eight of their past 13 regular season games against the Orioles. They’ve also lost seven of their past 10 regular season home games against the Orioles.

• The Yankees actually reached base in each inning from the second through the eighth but stranded a runner (or two) each time. They were 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

• The Ryan Flaherty home run in the second was the first by a Yankees opponent at Yankee Stadium this year. “I was trying to bury a slider on his back foot and was up and kind of in that left-handed hitter’s sweet spot,” Hughes said.

• Travis Hafner has three home runs in 10 games. That’s his fewest games to three home runs since 2009 when he hit three in the first five games. … Vernon Wells also has three homers, but I don’t have an obscure stat to add about him.

• This was Cano’s fourth straight multi-hit game. He’s gone 11-for-19 with eight RBI in the past four games. … On the flip side, Kevin Youkilis failed to get a hit for the first time this season. He had a nine-game hitting streak this year and an 11-game hitting streak dating back to last season.

• We’ll end with Hughes on being booed off the mound: “I’m used to it, unfortunately. It’s something you deal with when you’re not playing well. I got booed my rookie year, so I’ve kind of learned to deal with it.”

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107 Responses to “Postgame notes: “Can’t remember the last time I was as bad as that””

  1. jmills April 13th, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Hi Yankee fans, Casey Jansen is on!

  2. jmills April 13th, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Dickey, did great tonight – get off his back!

  3. blake April 13th, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Sanchez hitting .351 with a 1.006 OPS with the 2 homers tonight

  4. jmills April 13th, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Base hit – Alex Gordon.

  5. Melkmanisinhotlanta April 13th, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Hughsie is going to be traded imo if the season falls apart. He had his shot. Perhaps a stint in the NL will help him in a big ballpark that works for fly ball pitchers.

  6. blake April 13th, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Chad,

    Will you ask Joe if he could get Cano in at SS 4 more times ….then he’d qualify to play there in my fantasy league!

  7. jmills April 13th, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Hi blake, my Jays r struggling.

  8. Rich in NJ April 13th, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    I was just about to post that, blake.

    He is/should be the one untouchable, unless the offer for a young superstar who isn’t a pitcher is so ridiculously one-sided in the Yankees’ favor, but taht won’t happen.

  9. Melkmanisinhotlanta April 13th, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Phelpsie needs to be stretched out so he can be the #5 starter.

  10. jmills April 13th, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    According to Jack Morris, ” that ball had eyes. “

  11. J. Alfred Prufrock April 13th, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    They are pathologically against rookies.
    ///

    Primo!

    You ain’t nevah lied :D

  12. jmills April 13th, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Ball game!!!!!!!!!!!!! Shoe me.

  13. J. Alfred Prufrock April 13th, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Sanchez is my untouchable. I have never, will never, make him available in hypothetical trades.

  14. J. Alfred Prufrock April 13th, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    jmills, are your guys winning?

  15. jmills April 13th, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    I’m really glad I have Jack Morris on my side.

  16. jmills April 13th, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Alfred, …win!!!!

  17. Rich in NJ April 13th, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Sanchez for Stanton even up (again, not happening now) is something I would do…

  18. blake April 13th, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Hopefully Sanchez can get to Trenton this year and have an outside shot to get the the Bronx in late 2014 it 2015

  19. J. Alfred Prufrock April 13th, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    jmills, Good for you, my friend. Edwin and Joey Bats need to take up the slack now, I’d imagine with Reyes out.

  20. jacksquat April 13th, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Kudos to Hughes for not making excuses!

    I’d like to see him get down in the zone more as well, he doesn’t have to throw a two seamer to pitch down, I don’t know why he thinks that.

  21. blake April 13th, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Campos velo still no all the way back….sounds like he pitched ok but they only let him go 3 innings?

  22. J. Alfred Prufrock April 13th, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    jmills,

    My mother in law is pissed the Yanks did not win on her 90th birthday, but a little Mario Lanza-Kathryn Grayson has proved soothing :)

  23. Sir Harden Thick April 13th, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Russell Martin 0.67

  24. jmills April 13th, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Bautista – forget about it.

  25. blake April 13th, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Jmills,

    They have to pitch better….they always had some risk but their rotation has to be better for them to play better

  26. J. Alfred Prufrock April 13th, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Not me. Sanchez is in a bubble :D

    Of course, Cashman will trade him for an arm.

    jmills et al, have a good evening.

  27. theREALkevin April 13th, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Were any balls hit to Cano or Cervelli in the 9th?

  28. jmills April 13th, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Blake, Dickey proved himself well, mon ami.

  29. blake April 13th, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    I think dickey will be ok…. He was never likely to repeat 2012 but he’s a good pitcher still ….they guys that have to get going are Johnskn and Morrow

  30. jacksquat April 13th, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    theREALkevin April 13th, 2013 at 9:49 pm
    Were any balls hit to Cano or Cervelli in the 9th?

    No. I was hoping to see one or both.

  31. theREALkevin April 13th, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Nvm, looks like there weren’t any. Shoot

  32. jacksquat April 13th, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    A pop fly was hit over Cervelli’s head that he ran back on but Gardner fielded it easily.

  33. theREALkevin April 13th, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Thanks for confirming JS. Yeah that would have been cool. We all know Cano has the arm for SS. And Cervelli at 2nd, woulda been fun to see him field out there

  34. Rich in NJ April 13th, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    “Campos velo still no all the way back….sounds like he pitched ok but they only let him go 3 innings?”

    Axisa had this note from 4/8 that I posted earlier in the week:

    RHP Jose Campos: 3 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HB, 2/3 GB/FB — lots of short starts by legitimate prospects early this year, I wonder if that’s a Gil Patterson thing … I don’t remember starts ever being cut short this early in the season.

  35. jacksquat April 13th, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Yeah, I always wanted to see Cano make some throws from SS.

  36. jmills April 13th, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    I don’t care if Reyes is out, Morrow commands, as does, Josh. Rickie has to work on his stuff, granted.

  37. blake April 13th, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Angels losing to the Astros again

  38. jacksquat April 13th, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    It’s not just about innings, or shouldn’t be. It’s also pitches, pitches per inning, how hard they have worked in general. And they are probably taking it easy on Campos due to the problems last year. I just hope they are delaying the inevitable.

  39. jacksquat April 13th, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    *aren’t* delaying the inevitable

  40. jmills April 13th, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Leafs, win! ( Don’t u dislike olde Montreale ? )

  41. jmills April 13th, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Angels require,…. Nolan Ryan.

  42. blake April 13th, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Cano has the Arm strength for SS but I think he’d really struggle with the footwork….he doesn’t field balls like a SS routinely…fields a lot of balls laying back on them rather than working through them because he has more time at 2b……he could probably play there ….I just doubt he’d be anywhere close to as good there as he is at 2B

  43. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 13th, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    “When you finally decide that trying to sink your fangs into other Yankee fans here (to speak of vampires) is no longer the only way you can truly enjoy any Yankee success, and you see it for the empty exercise in narcissism that it is, then I will have nothing but praise for you.”

    1. Your praise means nothing to me. Truly.

    2. I am starting to believe you are bipolar. I never know “which” Prufrock is going to show up.

    3. You obviously see spies behind bushes – or are so upset when the Yankees succeed in a way that is not your idea, any talk of it pushes you over the edge.

    4. You will NOT take away the joy I feel when I see the Yankees succeed.

    5. I don’t need the admiration of the crowd or wild approbation to hold to an opinion.

    You will NOT bring me down. From now on I will ignore your tirades. You can be as meanspirited and nasty as you want to be. And then you can bounce it back off yourself. I will not indulge horrific behavior from you or anybody else. If someone decides they are going to be anything short of civil with me, they can discuss it with themselves because I will no longer respond.

    Since I know you love to escalate once someone responds to your withering glare, I fully expect double barrel Prufrock in return. Have a ball.

    I’m sure Unknown thanks you mightily for your comments. She’ll sleep better tonight knowing that you have attempted to take me to the woodshed.

    I still have no idea what you’re talking about by the way, not that it makes any difference. You’re sure you’re onto something, so there’s nothing to discuss.

  44. jmills April 13th, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Blake,…give me Cano for heaven’s sake! :)

  45. Rich in NJ April 13th, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Does Cano play 3B at some point?

  46. blake April 13th, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Rich in NJ says:
    April 13, 2013 at 10:14 pm
    Does Cano play 3B at some point?

    Nah….Arod is there 4ever

  47. Rich in NJ April 13th, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    I put that on a tee…

  48. jmills April 13th, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Leafs and Jays win – good nite.

  49. jacksquat April 13th, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    If they sign him to a long enough contract.

  50. blake April 13th, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    @mikeaxisa: The Angels are the team everyone thought the Yankees would be. Complete disaster.

  51. blake April 13th, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Rich in NJ says:
    April 13, 2013 at 10:24 pm
    I put that on a tee…

    I sliced it into a pond

  52. jacksquat April 13th, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Wells for Trout. :twisted:

  53. jmills April 13th, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    I hate Montreal, don’t get me wrong, ( even if I cheered for ‘em between ’76 and ’80 ). I remember the war of, 1812. What a waste of time! :)

  54. jmills April 13th, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Blake, don’t slice it!

  55. UnKnown April 13th, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Mikey S. is going to be looking for a new job really soon if the big A in Anaheim doesn’t start to light up after some victories.

  56. Rich in NJ April 13th, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Pineda for Trout

  57. Jerkface April 13th, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Mikey S. is going to be looking for a new job really soon if the big A in Anaheim doesn’t start to light up after some victories.

    I hope so, Scoscia is by far the most overrated manager outside of Ron Gardenhire in the big leagues.

  58. mick April 13th, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    JF-
    Are there any stats for Mgrs like WAR or BAPIP you know , really…

  59. mick April 13th, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    blake-
    Do you get to sneak onto the course at night and hit a few balls?

  60. mick April 13th, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    JF-
    I’m serious. If there are none, maybe there should be.

  61. Jerkface April 13th, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    No manager stats, maybe someone could combine one that praises effective bullpen switches, pinch hits, and bunts, and punishes bad ones.

  62. Rich in NJ April 13th, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    And one that subtracts for overplaying favorite players even though they basically suck.

  63. Rich in NJ April 13th, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    They can call that the Zeile factor.

  64. yankeefeminista April 13th, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    2nd homer by Sanchez was oppo according to TYanks.

  65. yankeefeminista April 13th, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Rich in NJ April 13th, 2013 at 11:18 pm
    And one that subtracts for overplaying favorite players even though they basically suck.
    ____
    And relying on small sample sizes.

  66. Rich in NJ April 13th, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    yf

    You prefer relying on one’s gut???

    Actually, what I really prefer in any manager or head coach is flexibility.

    No matter what your personal preference is, exploit the talents of the players you have, and don’t let your existing biases cause you to overvalue any given skillset.

  67. Bronx Jeers April 13th, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    What about managers that have zero imagination when it comes to nicknames so they just add a Y to a players name even though the practice of this jumped the shark eons ago and it just drives those that are forced to listen to it absolutely batty?

  68. yankeefeminista April 14th, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Rich, a larger sample size than 3 AB’s would be nice.

  69. yankeefeminista April 14th, 2013 at 12:02 am

    “don’t let your existing biases cause you to overvalue any given skillset.”

    That would be nice, but I am not holding my breath. I’ve heard the words pitch framing and hairy monsters enough for a lifetime, but at least we are more of a contact team in the interim until the hero swingers return…

  70. yankeefeminista April 14th, 2013 at 12:03 am

    contact *hitting

  71. yankeefeminista April 14th, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Jeers, couldn’t you choose another word than batty? Just sayin’.

  72. Rich in NJ April 14th, 2013 at 12:09 am

    yf

    Cashman really used the words “hairy monster”?

  73. yankeefeminista April 14th, 2013 at 12:22 am

    Rich, where have you been? That is one of Cash’s favorite phrases. Technically he calls his A list type of hitter a “big, hairy monster…”

  74. yankeefeminista April 14th, 2013 at 12:25 am

    “Raul Ibanez didn’t hit in last year’s postseason for Philadelphia; he hit in this postseason for us in a massive way,” Cashman said. “Why did we gravitate to him? He’s left-handed, he’s got power, he’s selective — big, hairy monster.”

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/201.....ng-enough/

    He called Youk, among others, one also.

  75. yankeefeminista April 14th, 2013 at 12:27 am

    More hairy stuff: “We are still executing the Gene Michael playbook, which is predominantly left-handed hitters that take walks,” he said. “They are selective. They’re typically big, hairy monsters, as I describe them.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/19/sp…ostseason.html

  76. Rich in NJ April 14th, 2013 at 12:29 am

    yf

    He has been so full of it in recent years that I guess I just don’t pay attention to what he says anymore.

  77. Bo knows April 14th, 2013 at 12:30 am

    Can we at least give a shout out to Cervelli and how well he started this season? Doing an awful lot of good things.

  78. Rich in NJ April 14th, 2013 at 12:33 am

    btw, You asked about Tofu House’s kimchi pancakes. We don’t think there is meat, but we once bought kimchi in a jar at Whole Foods and we noticed that there was beef broth listed on the label. So we guess that it’s possible that any place that doesn’t specifically say that they don’t use it, may actually use it.

    I’m not a purist about meat. I don’t like it (never did, but ate it various times for various reasons), so if there is, for example, beef broth in it, I can deal.

  79. Rich in NJ April 14th, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Who doesn’t like what Cervelli is doing? I am glad that he is finally getting some PT, and hope that he is the full-time catcher very soon.

  80. NYY_Girl_Penny April 14th, 2013 at 12:43 am

    The Arod story is such a sad and pathetic story.. he needs to realize that it’s best if he just goes away. He seems so desperate .. and he always seem to be playing or wanting to be playing for all the wrong reasons. Now, he once to comeback and show everybody he can play at a high level, instead of just going out and playing ball.. there’s always background noise that you can hear coming out of his head — imagine how loud they are -in- his head — I know he has a very strong desire to come and quell the naysayers, but even if he comes back and plays to the best of his ability today, it’s not going to come close to being the player he was especially on PEDs and that is his own fault. As much as I enjoyed watching Arod play in his prime, and he was sure fun to watch for a few years.. I’ve just had enough. I’ve had enough of all the drama, the attention, the money, the tabloids, the backpage and frontpage everything about Arod screams nothing to do about baseball and if I thought he could some how come back and play the game like these guys are lately (just showing up and having fun playing hard) I may have a different opinion but that’s never going to happen. He can workout all he wants, he has few fans left and the vast majority want him gone already.. will he wake up and see it ? The boo’s are gonna be so loud if he struggles that the guy might crack.. I honestly think he is that fragile, again his own fault. As a fellow human being it’s sad to see someone fall apart or be so desperate, but when I think of his cheating for a huge payday when he had the talent to be great without cheating I don’t feel sorry for him at all. I feel tired of him off and on the field. I can only imagine how the Yankees feel.

  81. NYY_Girl_Penny April 14th, 2013 at 12:45 am

    Rich in NJ April 14th, 2013 at 12:34 am
    Who doesn’t like what Cervelli is doing? I am glad that he is finally getting some PT, and hope that he is the full-time catcher very soon.

    ——

    thought you were all for choosing Martin of FrankieCervi ? I’m not saying that snarky, I’ve changed my opinion quite a bit from how I felt only a few weeks ago.. sure if fun watching FrankieCervi have success though isn’t it ?

  82. NYY_Girl_Penny April 14th, 2013 at 12:51 am

    what’s a very funny worthless fact for the day is, “yesterday was the date Marty Mcfly arives when he travels to the future in Back To The Future movie” it was set from current date of oct 26 1985 to future date 4/12/13 – Hysterical.

  83. yankeefeminista April 14th, 2013 at 12:53 am

    Rich, one of Cash’s more colorful phrases…

    Thanks re: Tofu House. I will call them before I go, and see what I can find out.

    Frankie’s always been a decent situational hitter; always liked him in Trenton. May his better D continue, and may Stewie’s days behind the plate be numbered. No more of Nick’s Cervelli “sleeping in the car” jokes, I’m sorry to say.

    GN.

  84. Jeff in Canada April 14th, 2013 at 1:22 am

    NGPenny – what you said about ARod is precisely how I’ve felt about him since last year. It has been difficult for me to put those feelings into words, but I think you did perfectly. Well said.

    What might be saddest about the whole thing though is that he won’t go away. What looks like an approaching end might actually be just the beginning.

  85. Rich in NJ April 14th, 2013 at 1:30 am

    “thought you were all for choosing Martin of FrankieCervi ”

    No, only that for a veteran, win-now team that doesn’t trust young players to the point where they overpay declining veterans rather than giving kids a shot, it was kind of strange that the player the GM compared to Thurman Munson wasn’t brought back, especially since the manager thinks that the catching position is paramount.

    (or sign AJP or Ross… breaking in Cervelli with any good veteran makes more sense than giving any PT to Stewart)

    Although in view of Sherman’s column this week, there was disagreement in the FO about signing Ichiro instead of Martin (Levine v. Cashman?)

    Personally, I would put kids almost everywhere and reload.

    Cervelli as a placeholder for Sanchez/Murphy is cool with me. If it overperforms his projections, then they can reassess.

  86. Duh Innings II April 14th, 2013 at 1:51 am

    jmills

    Sure you “don’t care that Reyes is out”.

    Your team barely improved their offense in the offseason now that Reyes is out until late July.

    All they got was Melky a PED cheat.

    WHOOPEE! Dickey got a win. History shows he isn’t repeating or bettering his 2012.

    Your team’s bullpen, bench, and offense after Bautista, Encarnacion, and Cabrera sucks.

  87. beedogs April 14th, 2013 at 2:07 am

    Can we just outright release Phil Hughes? He’s never going to be a major-league-capable pitcher.

  88. luis April 14th, 2013 at 2:11 am

    Just got home from a dinner party….

    JAP,

    I try.. But truth is very relative to the beholder my friend ;) But in this case, it is beyond any reasonable doubt. FTR: I do appreciate the contributions of this new wave of vets, it’s been a while since I’ve seen such a professional approach in their at bats. That’s a welcomed change. I am actually enjoying watching them play again. But in all honesty, I rather see rookies getting the break. Including their growing pains.

    Rich,

    I agree with your post… Don’t forget about Romine though, if his back holds he could be an option even this season.

  89. NYY_Girl_Penny April 14th, 2013 at 2:34 am

    Rich in NJ, I def agree with putting kids wherever now. I am just glad that Martin isn’t on this team personally. Way to frustrating to watch hit. Then again last year there was only a few players who weren’t. I think what really annoyed me was the arrogance Martin had in passing up the 3yr offer.. you think he regrets that now? Martin really thinks he is a Posada equivalent.. high hopes I guess.

  90. Jerkface April 14th, 2013 at 3:23 am

    http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play......3&v=3

    This is just an insane play by Leury Garcia. What a glove.

  91. theREALkevin April 14th, 2013 at 4:32 am

    Hughes and Nova are holding this rotation back. Trade or replace them with Phelps. It won’t change. Nova or Hughes could succeed more with another team or in the NL. Phelps should start

  92. jmills April 14th, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Hi Duh;

    I hear ya’! I do think the Jays are better and can get by without Reyes,…for a while :) hats off to Dickey last night, the guy hung in there. Casey is a strong closer, and I can get end with/without Santos. It used to be short was for defensive wizzards only, right Mark Belanger?
    Hey!, its going to be a fun season, and if my team completely falters, you can come over here and kick me around; I haven’t had a champion since Molitar ( he was pretty good ) in ’93 and Windfield ( u remember him ) prior in ’92. You should be glad Key ( I never wanted to lose him ) went your way for ’96.
    You see, the only attitude for me to take,….Reyes doesn’t matter right now :D

  93. jmills April 14th, 2013 at 7:05 am

    ” I can get end ” – that’s what a good closer does.

    Duh, as for drugs, get off Melky’s back. In a ” nice ” world, nobody has to take anything,….but they do! I love Tim Raines, but the guy slid into second, stomach first’ with a vile of coke in his back pocket. Still, he is a HOFer in my books, and an estimated half ( maybe more ) of players were ( and probably still are ) snow queens. If people stop eating twinkies and the other crap they buy at their local variety store,…then maybe they can bring out their reserved judgement.

  94. jmills April 14th, 2013 at 7:24 am

    I’m so happy I had Molitar, and Phiily had Dykstra!

  95. RhapsodyInBlue April 14th, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Another season of As the World Turns starring Phil Hughes.

  96. blake April 14th, 2013 at 8:16 am

    How about Jose Fernandez dominating after jumping straight to the bigs from A ball

  97. jmills April 14th, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Funny, I always thought Molitor was spilt as , ” Molitar ” – stupid moi! :D

  98. jmills April 14th, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Blake, sometimes it happens, you just never know; that’s why we love and are frustrated by,….baseball!

  99. jmills April 14th, 2013 at 8:39 am

    I’ve got 2 jerseys to get ( when the price drops ) – 19 Molitor, 37 Stieb

  100. Doreen April 14th, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Good morning all.

    Anyone going to Trenton today? We’re considering it.

    Still can’t believe I don’t feel badly about yesterday’s loss, overall.

  101. jmills April 14th, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Nice day out there! Let’s get our shovels and rakes and do some work!!! :D

  102. jmills April 14th, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Hi Doreen, hope you had a nice time in my home town and that the locals treated you special. On the whole, I wouldn’t recommend Toronto as a destination spot save for , Allan Gardens and a few other precious things.

  103. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 14th, 2013 at 9:01 am

    jmills, teams seem to find a way to close ranks and become a strong unit when one of their key players go down – sometimes even stronger! I definitely expect your Jays to do the same thing. And I hope Reyes comes back soon – and healthy.

    :)

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

    Doreen – well we know one thing for sure. Losses are going to happen in the course of a season! When they come on the heels of some strong games, and you see strong pitching and some consistent hitting otherwise, the loss doesn’t feel as bad. We’ve also been seeing the team refuse to roll over so I think at this point we’re pretty hopeful.

    I think also at work is the thought that Phil just isn’t at full health or full strength, so there are posters believing that he will get stronger as the season goes on.

    Best of all IMO was that Girardi showed he’s willing to have a quicker hook than perhaps in the past and didn’t let the game get out of reach. And we sure have some good back-up in the pen.

    So far so good!

  104. jmills April 14th, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Trish, you’re up early :D

    I totally concur!

  105. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 14th, 2013 at 9:13 am

    jmills – got a full day with a confirmation mass I have to go to, plus my 6-year-old niece is spending a few days here on school vacation and insists we need a tent to sleep in – indoors. Being a dutiful aunty, I have to go and buy a tent. So I needed to get up early to fulfill all of my obligations! That way I can just be in game mode by game time!

    :)

  106. jmills April 14th, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Tent indoors, by golly, don’t we all need one!

  107. yankeefeminista April 14th, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Hi Doreen, I was originally going to Trenton today until Turley got moved to tomorrow b/c of the postponed game in Portland. Probably I’ll also go to the Wednesday “brunch” game depending on which Yanks-DBacks game I attend. Good to see Austin swinging the bat a little better. Heathcott says he isn’t concerned about the stiff neck, but I wonder if it occurred when he slid headfirst into 2nd base at the OD game I attended on Thursday. I’ve been loving Flores’s AB’s. I wonder if they’ll just keep him in CF until Heathcott returns.


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