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Postgame notes: “I can smile about it now”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 20, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

This is the media reality of a middle reliever: With few exceptions, their turn in the spotlight comes only when they blow a lead and their team loses. Dave Robertson was happy to be an exception today.

“This is one of the good days I get to talk to you guys, because we didn’t end up with a loss,” Robertson said. “I can smile about it now, but I was pretty angry with myself earlier. … I was pretty low there coming out of that game. Hiro threw a gem today and I came in and wasn’t able to pick him up. It’s tough when you do that as a reliever. It happened so quick, then next thing you know it could potentially turn into a loss for us.”

It really was a drastic turn of events. Hiroki Kuroda was throwing a three-hit gem, then Robertson walked a guy and gave up back-to-back, two-out hits to tie the game. Instead of leaning on Kuroda’s pitching, or Vernon Wells’ early home run, the Yankees had to win it on a bad play by a Blue Jays reliever who tried to do too much.

“I think that’s a sign of a good team when you can take advantage of mistakes,” Wells said. “Even though we have been hitting home runs, it’s not something we’re going to rely on. We have to continue to take advantage of things like that. For it to happen late, that’s huge for us.”

Robertson is a terrific reliever, but he’s going to blow a few. The Yankees lead the American League in home runs, but most agree that pace will be hard to maintain given the current injuries. Occasionally, a team on a hot streak will have to win ugly. And honestly, this one wasn’t all that ugly. Kuroda and the non-Robertson relievers were terrific. The lineup had 11 hits, including the back-to-back singles that put on the pressure in the 11th.

This could have been a Kuroda masterpiece. It could have been a Robertson punch to the gut. It wound up being a weird finish and the Yankees 10th win of the season.

“There are guys who are seizing opportunities, and you have to do that in the game of baseball,” Joe Girardi said. “You’re going to win games, you’re going to have to do that. Because your pitchers aren’t always going to be perfect, so you’ve got to take opportunities.”

Or, as Robertson said: “Thank goodness we came back and won.”

• Kuroda pitched a shutout last time out, and he left the game after 7.1 shutout innings today. He was ultimately charged with a run — snapping a streak of 20.1 scoreless innings — but the basic idea of a brilliant start remained intact. “I thought his slider was really good today,” Girardi said. “I thought he used it really effectively against the right handers. Some early curveballs, and he really mixed his pitches. He gave us a great outing , again. … We’ve got to keep that going. That’s how you put streaks together and you win series, when your starters get you into the seventh, eighth inning.”

• Kuroda was actually in early trouble with that one-out double in the first inning, but he retired 14 of the next 15 before allowing his next hit, which was also stranded. “You will allow runners once in a while,” Kuroda said. “So to get that next guy out is obviously crucial.”

• Having thrown at least 100 pitches in three of four starts this season, Kuroda was pulled after a one-out single in the eighth. “We’ve got to remember that he’s not 25 anymore either,” Girardi said. “It’s a long season. I think he went 114 the time before, but I knew he had an extra day — an extra dfay leading up to that and an extra day after. We’re on five days for a while, and I don’t want to kill these guys early.”

• Not surprisingly, Kuroda said he could have kept pitching. “I’m going to pitch until the manager tells me not to,” he said. “I have all the confidence in Robertson.”

• You know who else looked good? Joba Chamberlain. Here’s Girardi on the decision to pull Chamberlain after just two hitters. “(Colby) Rasmus has had his struggles against Boonie, and obviously at times he sits against lefties,” Girardi said. “There’s a big split there, so I figured I was going to let Boonie go a few hitters anyway — let him face the next two for sure anyway — so why not do it then?”

• As further proof that relievers get little attention when they do their job: I don’t think a single reporter talked to Chamberlain, Logan, Shawn Kelley or even Mariano Rivera. Considering all that happened — the Youkilis injury, the botched play in the 11th, the Kuroda start, the Robertson letdown — it’s just hard to focus much time on the guys who pitch an inning or less. But those guys were awfully good today.

• Another home run and more negative reaction from the crowd for Wells. “They keep calling me by my old nickname, boo,” Wells said. The Yankees have now homered in each of their first seven road games, their longest such stretch since 2002 when they homered in their first eight.

• Kevin Youkilis, explaining the line drive that Brett Lawrie missed for a two-run single (which seemed like breathing room at the time and turned out to be crucial). “(Lawrie) said it knuckled or something,” Youkilis said. “I don’t know. I was ready to run to the dugout and break my helmet if they caught another ball like that. It’s not easy sometimes, especially with the crowd in the background on line drives. I had one yesterday that almost took my head off.”

• Robertson, on what gave him trouble today: “Control. I didn’t have much control today, and when I did make a good pitch it seemed like it got hit. That’s just a problem I had in the game. A couple walks, couple hits, couple strikeouts; you have to be more comfortable out there and make better pitches.”

• Robinson Cano singled in the fourth inning, walked in the fifth and has reached base safely in 14 of the Yankees first 16 games.

• Rivera pitched in his 1,057th game, one shy of Mike Timlin for seventh on baseball’s all-time games pitched list. He got his fifth save of the season and the 613th of his career.

• The Yankees are 9-0 when leading after six innings, they’re 1-1 in extra innings, 6-0 when scoring first and 9-0 when holding an opponent to four runs or less.

• Final word goes to Wells: “Our pitching, honestly, has been our back bone. Starting pitching. It’s been fun to play behind those guys. You’re not going to get outs all the time, but I guarantee you, when those guys come in the game they’re going to get the job done more times than not. And we have to be able to pick them up from an offensive standpoint. To be a good ballclub, you have to be able to pick each other up.”

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156 Responses to “Postgame notes: “I can smile about it now””

  1. MTU April 20th, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Glad it turned out the way it did.

    Letting Kuroda down like that would have sucked.

    He had a ton of bad luck last season.

    Now if Nova can just get it together.

  2. fantasygame101 April 20th, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Walk to lind was the bat that Robertson should be thinking, even if he hit it out of the earth, the Yankees will still be ahead. Then loup made a huge mistake, he should have taken the sure out and with the batters coming up, there is a huge chance the Yankees do not score a run. The statistics era really makes pitchers specially relievers to not think of situations but their era.

  3. ac1 April 20th, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    That looked like 07 joba. Starting he wouldnt have the 98 mph fastball. If he was truly back i would consider resigning him and letting him and rob battle for closer in 2014. Joba looked unreal today…,

  4. comnsnse April 20th, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    fantasy, absolutely correct, the walk was the turning point of the inning as it always seems to be. Good call!

  5. MTU April 20th, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    I don’t think Chamberlain would ever be consistent enough to be a great closer.

  6. jmills April 20th, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    I’m really pissed at Lawrie. Catch the ball like you’re told. Enough.

  7. jmills April 20th, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Sorry, MTU, I really like your deserved pics.

  8. Benny Blanco April 20th, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    MTU, when joba came on the scene his command was insane. He was saving the black on home plate.

  9. Benny Blanco April 20th, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    *shaving

  10. MTU April 20th, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    benny-

    It isn’t anymore, and hasn’t been for quite some time.

  11. tomingeorgia April 20th, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    MTU,
    .380 bersa, sound good to you?

  12. mick April 20th, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    big papi tells it like it is:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoTnGa-Dckw

    inspirational.

  13. MTU April 20th, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Tom-

    Compact but a very small caliber otherwise fine.

  14. I Am Winning April 20th, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Does anyone know the Yankees current 25 man roster payroll? With Jeter, ARod, Tex, Granderson, etc. all out?

  15. MTU April 20th, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Mills-

    Thank you.

    They are for sale if you are interested.

  16. MTU April 20th, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    It’s enjoyable watching a multi-dimensional O in action.

    :)

  17. tomingeorgia April 20th, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Mister MYU,
    I ain’t hunting bear, plus I’m old, plus a 9 or a 40 is too much for the frau. In reserve, there’s a 357, or maybe that’s the front line for me, anyway. Thanks, it does two inches at ten yards. Discouraging to bad things.

  18. MTU April 20th, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Tom-

    Does not matter all that much if you shoot that well.

    And I certainly understand about the Misses.

    :)

  19. tomingeorgia April 20th, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    MTU,
    With a long one, she can beat me every time. With a 3.5 barrel, I win.

  20. itsgonnabealongseason April 20th, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Ortiz showed a complete lack of class dropping the F bomb in front of all the little kids at the game today. It just shows how debased the culture is that his uttering the most vulgar of swear words was championed on sports talk radio today. They were saying how “emotional” it was. Why wouldn’t it have been just as emotional without the vulgarity?

  21. blake April 20th, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    blake says:
    April 20, 2013 at 6:42 pm
    Missed the game today as I am at Hades (aka Walt Disney World). Sounds like a big boy pants win today…..Joba up to 98? That’s awesome

  22. MTU April 20th, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Tom-

    Don’t piss her off !

    :)

  23. tomingeorgia April 20th, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    MTU,
    Would not do it if she were within 400 yards with the 30 ought 6!

  24. MTU April 20th, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Tom-

    Must be cold there if you need heat. Wierd weather this season.

    Cooler than normal around here too.

  25. tomingeorgia April 20th, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    MTU,
    Drove down from Chattanooga yesterday, though the cold front and rain. Temperature dropped 30 degrees after it passed. Looking for high 30s tonight. Genuinely sucks.

  26. RespectTheGame April 20th, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    itsgonnabealongseason

    Totally agree with you on Ortiz.

    In Boston, the tail has wagged the dog for years with that ownership group.

    They’re the same clueless bunch that let ‘Manny be Manny’.

  27. MTU April 20th, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Tom-

    Yup. I don’t particularly like cold weather either.

    And I especially do not like climates with many overcast days.

    Got to get that vitamin D.

    ;)

  28. tomingeorgia April 20th, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    MYU,
    No doubt about it, but I just had a something or other Noma on my thigh removed from that beautiful sunshine.

  29. MTU April 20th, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Tom-

    We get around 300 days of sunny weather per year out this way.

    I make sure to use sunscreen as a precaution.

    Been lucky so far.

  30. MTU April 20th, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    It’s that, and all the clean living I do.

    ;)

  31. tomingeorgia April 20th, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    MTU,
    Good night, friend. A win today, another tomorrow. It’s fine to be a Yankees fan!

  32. MTU April 20th, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Take care Tom.

    They are indeed playing surprisingly well so far.

  33. yankeefeminista April 20th, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Yankeesource ?@YankeeSource 18m
    Austin Romine is back in the lineup and behind the plate. Was hit by a foul tip a few days ago.
    ___
    Good to see Romine back. Nice line by Chien Ming. Good day overall.

  34. comet April 20th, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Where do you hail from Tom?

    Good evening MTU. Hope all is well with you.

    Have been very pleasantly surprised by Overbay and Wells so far. The next two days the young arms need to carry us.

  35. MTU April 20th, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Comet-

    Greetings. All quiet on the Western Front at the moment.

    Thanks for asking.

    Yourself ?

  36. jmills April 20th, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Comet, how r u? Keep cheering for those Jays!

  37. comet April 20th, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    things are good MTU. Thanks for asking.

    J Mills I’m cheering for a couple of former Jays. Would be great if if Kevin Long could help wells and Overbay resurrect their careers!

    Wild weather here. 75 on Thursday, below freezing tonight.

  38. J. Alfred Prufrock April 20th, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Jason,

    I agree that Corban is a legit bat and that the power is real too. Utley? I’m not going to go so far, but Joseph can hit. I also agree that his arm is the main issue at 3B, but I have to differ on his range at 2B – he just doesn’t have enough to be remotely viable and he is just not athletic enough, to boot. Could he be a utility stick off the bench whom you could occasionally sneak on and off the field at 2B to give Robi a blow? A resounding yes to that. I have seen Joseph a ton at Trenton and he has killed the pitching staff with his inability to move well or quickly enough to his left. But I’d take him as a great bench weapon, all the same. Interesting comparison with Walker. What I’ve seen of him, which isn’t all that much, Walker is still more athletic than Cojo.

    Stick around: we need more informed prospect talk in here! :D

  39. J. Alfred Prufrock April 20th, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Hello Comet, I very much appreciated your post last night regarding the terrible events in Boston. I posted as much, but Chad rolled the blog ahead so my post was left in limbo and I did not want to belabor that discussion, so I did not bring it into the next thread. Nevertheless, I respected your take.

  40. J. Alfred Prufrock April 20th, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    jmills, I won’t presume but I believe Comet is a Yankee fan ;).

    Hey – we may wind up playing each other in the first round of the NHL playoffs if things fall that way. I think your speed gives us trouble, especially with Sir Sid, Malkin and Neal all feeling fragile these days. (If they were all themselves, I don’t think I’d worry about any one out there).

  41. comet April 20th, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Thanks JaP. Hope you are well. Glad that the chase is over and that we can get back to normal here.

  42. Duh Innings II April 20th, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Girardi was an ass for taking Kuroda out of the game.

    It is ridiculous how married to his binder and clicker he is. He almost cost the Yanks the game with his cutesy-cute managing.

    Hey stupid when your starter is throwing 7 1/3 scoreless innings you let him get out of the eighth.

    Was it reasonable to think Robertson could’ve got out of the eighth without giving up the tying run? Of course, but this is just another case of Girardi being cute.

    He doesn’t want to burn out guys early, please. He sure didn’t have a problem bringing in Kuroda for the eighth inning in a game where Toronto didn’t have a clue against him. Why have an old guy go into the eighth up by three when you have Logan to get out a lefty, D-Rob, and Mo? The guy talks from both sides of his mouth.

  43. J. Alfred Prufrock April 20th, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Yes, Comet, it’s a great relief. Heartbreak remains for those with shattered lives and lost loved ones, most unfortunately.

  44. J. Alfred Prufrock April 20th, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    jmills, Lawrie looks awkward, like he can’t land right on his feet. Was his injury an ankle or a hamstring? He really struggled today.

  45. J. Alfred Prufrock April 20th, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    I am encouraged to see the fake Melky hitting .300, but I have not seen his ABs and it’s way too few for me to assume there has been any real illumination there. Of course, I hope something has clicked that will stay with him; he’s still young and young players can always improve.

  46. comet April 20th, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    JaP Melky looked good in every at bat today!

  47. J. Alfred Prufrock April 20th, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Comet, he did look fine today. What’s troubled him in this young season is his right-handed swing. But it’ll come around, I expect. Switch hitters rarely have rhythm from both sides this early, even SH like the Melkman who don’t have much of a split. Wish he was still in the stripes.

  48. J. Alfred Prufrock April 20th, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Comet, FYI, the “fake Melky” is Melky Mesa, not Melky Cabrera, in case I confused anyone. Mesa is at AAA with the Yankees. :D

  49. comet April 20th, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    I’d like him to be our RF as well.

  50. J. Alfred Prufrock April 20th, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Comet, shoulda coulda :(

  51. comet April 20th, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Sorry I thought you were talking about the real one.

  52. J. Alfred Prufrock April 20th, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    I thought so, based on your comment. Sorry about that :D.

    The other one has an even better arm, more power, and more range, better speed, but nowhere near the contact ability/hit tool/plate coverage-pitch recognition. If he had those things, he’d be a star and he’d be in CF already. But, he likely will never make enough contact to be a regular ML player.

  53. theREALkevin April 20th, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Swisher is 4-4 with 3 2B’s through the first 4 innings at Houston. Wonder if that’s ever been done?

  54. luis April 20th, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Good evening guys,

    Comet…. Melky doesn’t fit the profile… He is not over thirty, he is not a hairy mosnter ( although he has a beard ), he is not an all or nothing hero swinging batter and he has make up issues.

    Just kidding… But I don’t think he will ever wear pinstripes ever again.

    FTR: I am thrilled to see professional at bats from this group we have… As G Love, I am dreading Tex’s return and to a lesser degree Granderson’s

  55. J. Alfred Prufrock April 20th, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Having said that, Melky Cabrera is an excellent all-around player who can run, go and get it, play all 3 OF positions, hit for average and some power, hit from both sides, has an excellent arm, is a very good situational guy, doesn’t panic but welcomes the big spot (hit .298 in 2009 with/RISP for us) and is only 28 years old.

    But I forget myself: of course he could not be re-signed, for he is ‘tainted’ and would have continued to life-long mission to bring Cano to a corrupt and debauched end. :roll: :D

  56. J. Alfred Prufrock April 20th, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    *his life-long mission :D

  57. J. Alfred Prufrock April 20th, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    I think the Yanks have a night-and-day better approach with these guys over last year’s but I can’t get too jacked about this team of reclamation players, not without them having added at least one or two younger guys, which they easily could have done. Youkilis and Hafner, fine. Youkilis, Hafner, Wells and Ichiro, plus having Overbay and Nix and Francisco is just a travesty.

  58. Against All Odds April 20th, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    blake April 20th, 2013 at 8:04 pm
    blake says:
    April 20, 2013 at 6:42 pm
    Missed the game today as I am at Hades (aka Walt Disney World). Sounds like a big boy pants win today…..Joba up to 98? That’s awesome

    ————————

    Hopefully he has a great yr. It’s always fun watching him blow hitters away

  59. J. Alfred Prufrock April 20th, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    So, I’m not the least bit “thrilled.” Had they signed Cespedes and/or Cabrera, given Adams a shot at 3B with Alex down, or actually have allowed Mustelier’s strong camp to influence their thinking…. I would have been very encouraged. Then, I would consider these older player additions shrewd. But as complementary pieces, not as the main guys. I envy teams like Baltimore who have the balls to let their young guys play. Oh, I know…they can “afford” to lose with youngsters…yada yada yada… Whoever said here first that Trout would still be in AA if we’d had had the sense to draft him so nailed what’s wrong with these guys…

  60. yankeefeminista April 20th, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Joba looks great. Too bad he is a 7th inning specialist.

  61. comet April 20th, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    I don’t think contact is teachable is it?

  62. comet April 20th, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Hey Luis!

  63. J. Alfred Prufrock April 20th, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Odds,

    How about our boy today? :D
    ///

    And yes, we must re-sign Kuroda. I’m sure he’s very comfortable here now and happy with the Japanese sub-culture NYC has to offer.

  64. J. Alfred Prufrock April 20th, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    comet April 20th, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    I don’t think contact is teachable is it?
    ///

    I would guess probably not in Mesa’s case. It’s too bad, because he’s got fantastic bat speed and when he does make contact, the ball takes off.

  65. blake April 20th, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Joba just needs to have a good season as a reliever and get to consistently getting guys out…..if he does that and he wants to start next year then somebody will probably give him the chance on a 1 year deal knowing that worst case they have a good reliever if nothing else……

  66. luis April 20th, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Hey Comet! Good to see you around.

    Primo,

    I agree with your post ( Having some young blood mixed in with this older guys )… But i rather have this group than the one we had last season… Something you are spot on is that this is shortsighted… They can’t keep up getting scrap heap players without facing the long term issues that this team will face ( rebuilding of the core )… The longer they refuse to face it, the longer the downward period will be.

    I sure want to see some youth in this team, but between last season’s team and this… I take this one, no questions asked

  67. J. Alfred Prufrock April 20th, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    If Joba can stay healthy, someone has themselves a starter next year….
    ///

    primo, you watching this?

  68. luis April 20th, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Where are they saying that?

  69. yankeefeminista April 20th, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    An arm is a terrible thing to waste…

  70. luis April 20th, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock April 20th, 2013 at 9:51 pm
    If Joba can stay healthy, someone has themselves a starter next year….
    ///

    primo, you watching this?

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

    I don’t know where they are saying it. But it is spot on… A four pitch pitcher in the pen is a waste of talent, especially one that has at least three plus pitches ( FB, SL, CB )

  71. Against All Odds April 20th, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    yankeefeminista April 20th, 2013 at 9:38 pm
    Joba looks great. Too bad he is a 7th inning specialist.

    —————————–

    Yep too bad

    http://24.media.tumblr.com/tum.....o1_500.gif

  72. Against All Odds April 20th, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock April 20th, 2013 at 9:40 pm
    Odds,

    How about our boy today?
    ///

    ——————-

    Looked like a kid that’s saying to himself let me stop playing around here is the elite stuff

  73. J. Alfred Prufrock April 20th, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    But i rather have this group than the one we had last season… Something you are spot on is that this is shortsighted… They can’t keep up getting scrap heap players without facing the long term issues that this team will face ( rebuilding of the core )…
    ///

    By default, of course I agree, I’d rather have guys who know how to move runners over and who don’t swing from their heels, can take the ball the other way…. I’m just not driving over two hours any more nor paying $35/parking and over $100/ticket – to watch Youkilis and Wells and Nix. Gonna have to make a bigger commitment to the team’s future to get me to come back to the Bronx. (I’ll go and see Mo and the pitching and Robi alone will get me out there once in a while, but I used to live there :D )

  74. yankeefeminista April 20th, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    luis, I think we all take this lineup; the previous one that was handpicked was full of hero swingers. The thing is these guys are fill-ins, and not the starters. So, big and hairy is not a thing of the past… As for youth, a some point we will have no choice but to get young. Let’s just hope the oldies but goodies hold up until then. We are still too early in this young season to know how the current players with or without reinforcements will hold up. And yeah Pruf, agree on all counts.

    You’d think by now someone would have reported on Wang’s velo and what pitches he threw. Loved the 9-2 GO-AO; sinker must have been sinking (but at what velo?).

    Excited to see Vato keep the SP vibe going. Kuroda is such a treat to watch. I missed some parts of games b/c had to work, but look forward to watching the archive. Love this pitching staff.

  75. J. Alfred Prufrock April 20th, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Looked like a kid that’s saying to himself let me stop playing around here is the elite stuff
    ////

    crap, he was awesome. Love it when he trusts his stuff and goes after it.

  76. blake April 20th, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    @MinorLeagueBlog: #Nats Anthony Rendon headed to the big leagues

  77. J. Alfred Prufrock April 20th, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    luis April 20th, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Where are they saying that?
    ///

    sorry primo, i meant you watching Sea-Tex game. :D

  78. yankeefeminista April 20th, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    blake, until it is one of ours, I don’t want to hear about it. :mad:

  79. yankeefeminista April 20th, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Odds, that about sums it up.

  80. Against All Odds April 20th, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock April 20th, 2013 at 10:00 pm
    Looked like a kid that’s saying to himself let me stop playing around here is the elite stuff
    ////

    crap, he was awesome. Love it when he trusts his stuff and goes after it.

    ——————————-

    That’s when he is at his best. I think Joba is a guy that lives off his stuff. When the fast baseball is there then the confidence follows.

  81. luis April 20th, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Primo :D

    I understand… At the start of the season I was having a hard time tunning in to watch the team play… It took Pettitte’s great start to get me really interested for a change.. As i said many times, I rather see a bunch of young kids learning their craft than a group of past their prime players living out of their past, a past that they no longer can re-create…

    I love watching Nunez, Hughes, Joba, Cervelli, Phelps, Vato and of course Mo and Pettitte.

    But would I pay to go watch Ichiro? No

  82. Against All Odds April 20th, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    yankeefeminista April 20th, 2013 at 10:03 pm
    blake, until it is one of ours, I don’t want to hear about it.

    —————–

    I can’t wait to see Tyler Austin headed to the Bronx

  83. blake April 20th, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    “I can’t wait to see Tyler Austin headed to the Bronx”

    Me neither ….

  84. luis April 20th, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Ahh!! No.. But I just tunned it in

  85. yankeefeminista April 20th, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Odds, Tyler or Heathcott or Flores or…

    Luis, I am always locked in when it comes to this SP. So much ability and such wiles. We just have to get Nova going/consistent.

  86. luis April 20th, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    YF,

    That’s why I dread Tex’s and Granderson’s return…. About youth, I am a prospect hugger, there is nothing I like more than watching a bunch of young kids making it to the Bigs… So i hope that this happens sooner rather than later

  87. Against All Odds April 20th, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Yea anyone one of them would be great. I mentioned Tyler because of how he just hits and hits ans hits. It wouldn’t be crazy to see him in September.

  88. fantasygame101 April 20th, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Before the youth movement, I want to see someone who can really help replace ben Francisco.

  89. luis April 20th, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Odds,

    Have you seen Flores?… I think he is the one that could be up there sooner… He is a keeper, at least until the rest of the gang pans out

  90. luis April 20th, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Anyone could replace Francisco

  91. blake April 20th, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    How about Vern? I can’t believe how well he’s playing

  92. luis April 20th, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Blake,

    His very last at bat tells you all you need to know…. Compact, very good situational approach and most importantly no Hero swings!

  93. blake April 20th, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Montgomery struck out the side in his inning tonight….bout time to get him up

  94. blake April 20th, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    “His very last at bat tells you all you need to know…. Compact, very good situational approach and most importantly no Hero swings!”

    Yea they are having good ABs as a team so far

  95. blake April 20th, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    I want Bryce Harper

  96. J. Alfred Prufrock April 20th, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    primo, give me one big upside young guy to root for. That’s what I’m talking about.
    ///

    Odds I think that’s true that he’s an adrenaline guy but I also do think Joba does know how to pitch… we saw it in 2008.

  97. yankeefeminista April 20th, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Odds, Austin is picking it up after starting slow. Looked out of rhythm in first game when I saw him in Trenton, not getting good wood on the ball, but is having really good AB’s now. Let’s see how much they pitch to him going forward vs. pitch around him to get to Roller.

  98. J. Alfred Prufrock April 20th, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Harper smacked the Metsies today. LOL

  99. yankeefeminista April 20th, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Or JR when he is playing. Don’t exactly want to pitch to him either though with his evolving pop.

  100. yankeefeminista April 20th, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    blake, so many good young players out there. So close yet so far.

  101. yankeefeminista April 20th, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    luis, Flores is a professional hitter RIGHT NOW.

  102. J. Alfred Prufrock April 20th, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Alright I’m looking forward to Vato tomorrow.

    ‘night folks.

  103. yankeefeminista April 20th, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Montgomery isn’t on the 40 man.

  104. luis April 20th, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    YF,

    I am glad that we are in agreement on Flores ;) I wonder why he didn’t got a longer look in ST… As you say his bat is ready and more importantly, he is not afraid of walls ;)

  105. luis April 20th, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    I am calling it a day too guys…

    Have a very good night

  106. yankeefeminista April 20th, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    You too. Good night!

  107. willwill April 20th, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    What is up with Gardner? This is 2 games i’ve seen him miss play fly balls to center… For all the talk about how great he is, i’ve been unimpressed with him

  108. Chip April 20th, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    CM Wang looking good in his first triple a start. I asked Donnie Collins about Mustelier – he’s rehabbing in Tampa and will play when he’s pain free:

    http://riveraveblues.com/2013/.....art-85357/

  109. austinmac April 20th, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Harper is the one I want. He grew up a Yankee fan. Someone needs to whisper to him the Yankees would make him the highest paid player in four years.

  110. Nick in SF April 20th, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Maybe that someone can be a new agent. Isn’t there some guy in Brooklyn who’s taking on new clients?

  111. fantasygame101 April 20th, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    Wang is almost on the same schedule as nova. So nova better get it together.

  112. Nick in SF April 20th, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Would love to see Wang make it back up, but I like Nova too, so it’ll all just have to work itself out.

  113. Nilsson April 20th, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Nick in SF April 20th, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Maybe that someone can be a new agent. Isn’t there some guy in Brooklyn who’s taking on new clients?

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

    That’s a clown question, bro.

  114. Nick in SF April 20th, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    That act would play so well in the Bronx. Would that it were so.

  115. Nilsson April 20th, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    I’m actually planning on attending the All-Star game at Citi Field. Harper better be selected for the HR derby. It would be even better if he used his 47-ounce training bat for the competition.

  116. Against All Odds April 20th, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    luis April 20th, 2013 at 10:22 pm
    Odds,

    Have you seen Flores?… I think he is the one that could be up there sooner… He is a keeper, at least until the rest of the gang pans out

    ———————

    Sorry for the late reply no I have not seen Flores but you as well as others have spoke highly of him.

    Take care luis

  117. Against All Odds April 20th, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    yankeefeminista April 20th, 2013 at 10:29 pm
    Odds, Austin is picking it up after starting slow. Looked out of rhythm in first game when I saw him in Trenton, not getting good wood on the ball, but is having really good AB’s now. Let’s see how much they pitch to him going forward vs. pitch around him to get to Roller.

    ————————

    Thanks for the breakdown YF. I like the fact he seems to adjust to every level after he faces some adversity.

  118. Against All Odds April 20th, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock April 20th, 2013 at 10:28 pm
    primo, give me one big upside young guy to root for. That’s what I’m talking about.
    ///

    Odds I think that’s true that he’s an adrenaline guy but I also do think Joba does know how to pitch… we saw it in 2008.

    ——————–

    In 08 he did seem to have a plan when it came to setting up hitters.

  119. Nick in SF April 20th, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    And then he got hurt and it all seemed to go off the rails.

  120. Against All Odds April 21st, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Yea the injury derailed things. I also think when the implemented the rules after his 3 very good starts it got him off track.

  121. joeman April 21st, 2013 at 12:11 am

    blake April 20th, 2013 at 10:28 pm
    I want Bryce Harper

    ——————————-
    say last year would you have traded Cano for him

  122. joeman April 21st, 2013 at 12:13 am

    ask that question last summer here and of those that responded about 80% said no

  123. RYUKINGDOM April 21st, 2013 at 12:29 am

    Next time pitching coach no more tips to Robinson on the next batter. Robinson doesn’t need any more garbage in this head to think about. Just go ahead and do your normal routine.

  124. jacksquat April 21st, 2013 at 2:03 am

    I see Flores plays CF once in a while (less than LF), is he really a CF? To make it to the team on a corner they may be looking for more power than he has shown so far. Although being only 21 that could still develop. Plus there is Heathcott and Williams…

  125. Rabbinoah April 21st, 2013 at 3:09 am

    Does anybody else think the strange strike zone really threw of Drob last night? I think this really shows the difference between a young kid like drob and mo. His first pitch was a perfect cutter down and on the outside corner. (the TV’s zone graphic showed it as a perfect strike.) It was called a ball. The next pitch was lined for a double.

    Mo is Mo. So he ignored it and retired the next three guys.

    but this is a problem that a robot ump would solve. Why not?

  126. mick April 21st, 2013 at 8:29 am

    “This is our EFFIN CITY!!!” Big Papi

    He told it like it is….

  127. pat April 21st, 2013 at 8:32 am

    I figured the sports media would celebrate David Ortiz’s lack of creativity in the use of adjectives yesterday because they think everything he does is great but the head of the FCC supporting it is just bizarre given the fines he has been known to hand down.

  128. mick April 21st, 2013 at 8:48 am

    On a gut level Papi spoke from his heart and said what everybody feels about what happened there and keeps happening in our country.

    Other than the little kiddies being exposed, FCC took the high road only because of the unpopularity it would have faced.

  129. 86w183 April 21st, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Morning all —-

    I’m glad Ortiz said that. If the FCC reacted he could always pull a Sammy Sosa and claim not to speak English very well!

    Excited for Wang to pitch well in Scranton. He could add significant value to the team as a replacement, insurance policy and/or trade chip/trade backup (if Nova or Hughes was dealt).

    Robertson was awful, but you can’t blame the ump. Laz Diaz has always been a high ball umpire and relievers need to know that and figure out how to work effectively up in the zone.

  130. jmills April 21st, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Good morning, breakfast club, I trust everybody is hanging in. I’m not about to give the Jays free advice, they can pay me for it :D

  131. mick April 21st, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Randy liked what Papi had to say:

    http://randyreport.blogspot.co.....s-our.html

  132. Benny Blanco April 21st, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Just watched Harper’s clips last night. His bat speed is insane.

  133. MTU April 21st, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Good morning.

    Fate took a hand and the Yankees now sport a a multi-dimensional, situational-hitting lineup.

    Much more than just the big-hairy approach although they still can hit for power.

    Something to think about for the future construction of the Team.

    Now if can just integrate a little more youth into the lineup we’ll be all set.

    :)

  134. jmills April 21st, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Papi should not have used that word. Its water off a duck’s back to me, but there’s families to think about and others who might be hurt. A big reason I don’t go to games ( beyond the inherent cost ) has to do with the profane. A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine wore his Yankees cap and went to the dome. Idiots were spewing filth on him. Good thing I wasn’t there or those A holes and me would have got into it. If u guys come up here, u are a treasured guest win or lose with my Jays. At least auto racers tend to care about one another.

  135. jmills April 21st, 2013 at 9:12 am

    P.S., even though John Farrell ticks me, I’d give any Sox fan a chance.

  136. mick April 21st, 2013 at 9:15 am

    The Sox won that game in storybook fashion and what Papi had to say was heartfelt and refreshing. Most of the kids didn’t catch it as I had to replay it 5 times to make sure of what he said.
    Even Pedroia said “what did he say” in one of the replays.

    Boston deserves a break today and what Papi did was innocent.

  137. MTU April 21st, 2013 at 9:21 am

    I don’t care for the “Mortician” but I see he is 4-0 w. a microscopic ERA.

    Few prognosticators would have predicted the both the Yankees and Sux would be where they are at the moment.

    Show’s ya’ what they know.

    ;)

  138. MTU April 21st, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Catch you all later.

    Time to walk the Mopheads.

  139. jmills April 21st, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Mick, granted, it was innocent, but you can’t use that word at work. I can’t.

  140. jmills April 21st, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Mick, I think big Papi’s heart was in the right place, but still, he had time to think it through. You don’t want to push that word out any more than it has to, as it ends up being thrown around like a frisbee.

  141. jmills April 21st, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Anyways, Mick, ” Little Murders ” was great. Have you seen, ” Harold and Maude “, or at the very least, ” Betty Blue 37.2 degrees “?, as I highly recommend them alongside, ” Mulholland Dr. “.

  142. jmills April 21st, 2013 at 9:37 am

    First mosquito in the ear, welcome summer!

  143. Madrugador April 21st, 2013 at 9:49 am

    The FCC didn’t fine Papi for using that word because “it was from the heart”. While I don’t know where the word came from it I do think it was properly directed.
    Words are powerful, check T. Jefferson. This has certainly been a passionate time and passionate words fit that time. Papi’s word may not have been elegant but it may have been appropriate.

    Yankees: agree with MTU
    This is a much more multi-dimensional, situational hitting team. Bring on the youth!

  144. 86w183 April 21st, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Today could be tricky for Girardi in terms of the bullpen.

    Robertson threw 31 pitches (mostly bad ones) and probably needs the day off. Kelly threw 28 on Saturday and 3 yesterday and Phelps may need more time after 48 on Thursday.

    Guess they’ll have to dust off Adam Warren, especially if Nova struggles early. Joba, Boone and Mo should be good for the late innings.

  145. dayglo April 21st, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Spoke to friend who lives in Boston….. Everyone there was really touched that the Yankess played “Sweet Caroline” and were amazed that some people in the Yankee stadium crowd wore Red Sox Hats and Jerseys. They all know deep down (but usually don’t want to admit) that the Yankee organization and fans are a class act.

    Will be interesting to see the reaction next time the Yanks are in Fenway

  146. RadioKev April 21st, 2013 at 10:00 am

    dayglo April 21st, 2013 at 9:54 am
    Spoke to friend who lives in Boston….. Everyone there was really touched that the Yankess played “Sweet Caroline” and were amazed that some people in the Yankee stadium crowd wore Red Sox Hats and Jerseys. They all know deep down (but usually don’t want to admit) that the Yankee organization and fans are a class act.

    Will be interesting to see the reaction next time the Yanks are in Fenway
    ——–

    Maybe one round of applause, but then hopefully back to the boos ;)

  147. Tar April 21st, 2013 at 10:04 am

    I think if Papi could choose his words over, he would not say the word that he did.

    I understand why, and don’t blame him one bit for blurting it out. There is a lot of anger and passion out there over what transpired, so I get it

    But even if the “words from the heart” were appropriate, the setting was certainly not.

    I’m with Pat over the FCC’s response, kind of bizarre.

  148. jmills April 21st, 2013 at 10:05 am

    If the wind would go away, it would be a beautiful day.

  149. pat April 21st, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Hired Goons: How the Yankees Keep the Home Fans Quiet
    http://www.sporttonetwork.com/.....ans-quiet/

  150. Madrugador April 21st, 2013 at 10:12 am

    The FCC’s response was inconsistent with established FCC policy but I think the political headwinds were strong enough to keep the FCC from following established policy.

    As for the Sox, I want the Yanks to beat them every time and it does my heart good to see them struggle when they do. Having said that, I do have tremendous respect for them as a team and for their fans who have been with them as long as I have been with my Yankees.

  151. DONNYBROOK April 21st, 2013 at 10:17 am

    - SUNDAY AM MUSINGS -

    (1) Jeet addresses a crowd and drops an “F BOMB”, and you would Never hear the end of it.

    (2) Until Toronto does something about their entire team defense, they will continue to be road kill.

    (3) Lawrey is his own worst enemy. Needs to consult Pauly on channeling his anger into a positive.

    (4) Flys to CF carrying strangely. Both Gardner and Rasmus having adventures consistently.

    (5) Girardi shoulda used Logan vs the 2 lefties, instead of Robertson. Ended up using Logan later.

  152. Tar April 21st, 2013 at 10:20 am

    “The FCC’s response was inconsistent with established FCC policy but I think the political headwinds were strong enough to keep the FCC from following established policy.”

    For me it’s not so much that they did not follow “established policy”( actually I’m glad they didn’t) but its more that that they came out in direct support of what he said. I think that is bizarre.

  153. Yankee Trader April 21st, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Madrugador and MTU-

    Is this more of a multi -dimensional team, situational team?

    Attaching all team stats:

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/t.....order/true

    Lead AL in slugging average and homers. Last in stolen bases-3, caught 3 times.
    How do they compare with RISP with one or two out?

    They also have been helped by two of the worst fielding teams so far statistically-Indians and Toronto.

  154. 86w183 April 21st, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Ortiz is not a professional broadcaster and would NEVER be held to the same standard as station management/employees.

    There’s no way the FCC could prove he knowingly cursed “on the air”. I’m in the profession and have dealt with this issue my entire life. There is NOTHING inconsistent with the FCC ignoring this word. Now if he were to use it repeatedly in obvious live interview setting then there MIGHT be a reaction, but even then the broadcast entity, not Ortiz would be the target of the FCC’s ire.

  155. 86w183 April 21st, 2013 at 10:37 am

    For example if a caller to a radio show goes on a profanity-laced tirade that goes over the air the radio station/network would be subject to a fine…. the caller would not be pursued.

  156. Yankee Trader April 21st, 2013 at 10:38 am

    New Post———>

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