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Postgame notes: “Everything happened too fast”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 22, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

There was a strikeout. Then an 0-2 count. Then the Rays first home run of the night.

Another strikeout. First pitch ball, then a single. First pitch ball, then a triple. Then a first-pitch homer.

Just like that — swiftly, stunningly, effectively — the game was out of hand in an instant. The Rays had a 4-0 lead, and CC Sabathia had put the Yankees in a hole that they had no chance of escaping against Matt Moore.

“It was fast,” Francisco Cervelli said. “Longoria, I wasn’t expecting he would hit the 1-0 changeup. He hit it so well. And then Sean Rodriguez came, curveball (for a ball) and the next pitch is supposed to be (a fastball) down and away. That ball stayed middle. He had a triple there. And then Escobar’s first pitch, boom, again, with the same pitch. … Everything happened too fast, a couple pitches (then a) home run. But I’ve just got to be ready in that situation. Be ready. Make the hitters uncomfortable.”

That’s what Sabathia noticed. He didn’t seem frustrated by the quickness with which the Rays took that lead, it was the way he let them do it. His fastball velocity was the best it had been all season — climbing up to 93, averaging a little over 91 mph — but he wasn’t attacking early.

“I was just telling myself to be nice and easy, and I think that took some of my aggressiveness away in coming after guys and letting the ball go,” Sabathia said. “I’m usually aggressive. It’s just one of those things tonight where I don’t know what I was thinking. I felt like I had better stuff than I’ve had (in previous starts). It was just a bad day.”

Sabathia’s improved velocity, the fact he let just one of his final 18 hitters as far as second base, and the fact this was his fourth straight start of at least seven innings — all of it was relatively meaningless after that first inning.

“That’s the truth, he wasn’t aggressive,” Cervelli said. “I think they don’t give us the time to go in. When you fall behind in the count, like ball one, it’s hard to go in. When he started mixing pitches and showing pitches in, he was better. But the first inning, everything was flat.”

• Of course, it’s worth noting that Matt Moore was going to be awfully tough to beat tonight. The Yankees lineup is especially depleted against lefties, and Moore is quickly emerging as one of the better lefties in the game. He’s 4-0 this season, and after allowing one run through eight innings, his ERA actually rose from 1.00 to 1.04. “He gave you opportunities to hit a pitch,” Vernon Wells said. “And if you missed it, you were going to be walking back to the dugout. He’s got great stuff. A quality arm, can overpower you, can beat you with his offspeed stuff. He’s good.”

• Moore is the first starter in Rays history to win his first four starts of a season. Yankees right-handed hitters went 0-for-15 against him. Both Yankees hits were from Robinson Cano.

• Speaking of right-handed hitters… “(Kevin Youkilis) might be a couple of more days,” Joe Girardi said. “We’ll see how he feels tomorrow. He felt good, then he went through BP and (his back) tightened up a little bit. It is what it is and we’ll get through it.”

• In his past 12 games, Cano is hitting .423 with 11 runs, six doubles, six homers and 14 RBI. This was his eighth multi-hit game.

• The Yankees have now homered in their first nine road games, their longest such streak since 2000 when they also homered in their first nine road games.

• Sabathia allowed three home runs — two by Ryan Roberts — for the ninth time in 388 career starts. The Rays are the only team to have hit three or more homers against him more than once, and they’ve done it three times. Sabathia has struggled in this park. “It’s a different lineup every time,” Sabathia said. “It’s just one of those things where I haven’t pitched really good against them.”

• Vernon Wells said he’s fine after his diving, sliding catch in left field. But he does have a pretty long cut on the back of his leg. “Somehow I ended up spiking myself, but I haven’t figured that one out yet,” Wells said. “I have to watch the replay and see how I ended up spiking my thigh.”

• On the popup that hit the catwalk and was declared foul after Cervelli caught it: “The ball was over the speakers,” Cervelli said. “And it came back, but I don’t know the rules that much. I saw where it was, it stayed there for a couple seconds and came back.” Girardi said the umpire told him it hit the catwalk in foul territory, which made the ball foul.

• Final word to Wells, looking at the positive and the negative: “I think the big thing is, CC settled in after that (first inning). That’s what the good ones do. You’re not going to dominate every inning, but you give runs early, it’s a matter of keeping your team there. And he did that. We just weren’t able to do anything against Moore tonight.”

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51 Responses to “Postgame notes: “Everything happened too fast””

  1. Rich in NJ April 22nd, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    To be fair, Stick didn’t have to deal with George ( he was banned )… or had the authoritas to resist him and get his way…. I don’t think Cashman has the character nor the conviction Stick had…. The 2008 season is very telling about it
    _

    luis

    This isn’t accurate.

    George was reinstated in 1993. Stick has said that when George told him to trade Bernie, he had to lie to him and tell him that no teams were interested.

    George also tried to trade Mo and Posada for Wells in 1995, and was talked out of it.

    So it was about courage, not authority.

    If anything, George was more of a forced during Stick’s tenure than Cashman’s.

  2. MTU April 22nd, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    I’m out.

    Have great night everyone.

    :)

  3. fantasygame101 April 22nd, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    Catcher and pitching coach’s job to slow things down for the pitcher. Hitting coach job is to guide hitters like ben Francisco, nunez, nix. And general manager’s job to find better players than what you have now.

  4. luis April 22nd, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Rich,

    Perhaps I used the wrong term… But in any case he resisted the owners… Something I don’t think Cashman does for either lack of character or simply not enough conviction… As I always say, he talks the talk, but he doesn’t walk the walk.

  5. luis April 22nd, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    GN MTU

  6. Captain Clutch April 22nd, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    Too bad the organization couldn’t hold on to Kevin Towers when he was here. The Yanks should have made him the GM and moved Cashman into the front office. Cashman is too spoiled and is used to just spending money to get what he wants. It doesn’t seem like he knows anything about building a team with players that aren’t all stars. They definitely need a new voice as the gm and to start doing things a different way.

  7. luis April 22nd, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    Are you able to see the previous game thread? It says to me page not found

  8. igotid88 April 22nd, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    So Montero is 7 for his last 19.

  9. luis April 22nd, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    igotid88 April 22nd, 2013 at 11:34 pm
    So Montero is 7 for his last 19.

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

    Tone it down please…. He is a bust ;)

  10. J. Alfred Prufrock April 22nd, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    George was reinstated in 1993. Stick has said that when George told him to trade Bernie, he had to lie to him and tell him that no teams were interested.
    ///

    That’s one of the more hilarious stories.

  11. Rich in NJ April 22nd, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    luis

    Somehow, Cashman transformed from being a humble, reasonable guy who seemed to say all the right things about development and building a team.

    I don’t know what happened. Maybe it was his failure to execute his plan, or maybe it was something personal, but when you look at the Rays and what they are able to achieve by spending a fraction of what the Yankees spend, and for example, drafting and developing Matt Moore, an 8th round pick, it makes me wonder what a top GM could do with the Yankees’ resources.

  12. J. Alfred Prufrock April 22nd, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    primo, I can’t get into that thread, either.

  13. luis April 22nd, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    Primo I did see it

  14. J. Alfred Prufrock April 22nd, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    :D

    He’s not playing all that much, but he was struggling and I think they felt they pushed him earlier on. Maybe the couple days’ off did him good. He seems to be Felix’s personal catcher, which is cool. He’s going to turn things around.

  15. luis April 22nd, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Rich,

    I think there were two moments that changed him forever… First when he threaten to leave or stay and get more control ( He became arrogant for this )… Second, the 2008 season when “his plan” didn’t work ( he became insecure and I think after tha,t he developed a fear to try youngsters ). That’s why I say that he doesn’t have character and conviction that what he was doing was the right thing to do… He ended up saying empty words that he didn’t believed in.

  16. luis April 22nd, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock April 22nd, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    He’s not playing all that much, but he was struggling and I think they felt they pushed him earlier on. Maybe the couple days’ off did him good. He seems to be Felix’s personal catcher, which is cool. He’s going to turn things around.

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

    He is not an easy pitcher to catch by the way… I mean he is no Gregg Maddux with impecable control… The other day, he blocked at least 7 pitches with a very good technique… But The media is not helping his cause.

  17. J. Alfred Prufrock April 22nd, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Too bad he had no real convictions, because he was actually initially right and Eppler wrong on Chamberlain. But then he just caved.

    Hughes will pitch well tomorrow I think.

    Well guys, have a good one. Be nice to get this thing square tomorrow and then turn it over to Andy.

    ‘night, all.

  18. Rich in NJ April 22nd, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    luis

    I definitely agree that the 2008 “give a young rotation month to boom or bust” debacle was transformative, and not in a good, yet the AJs and Vazquezes of the world get multiple chances to royally suck.

  19. luis April 22nd, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    Rich,

    And we are watching the results now… Band aid rosters and past their prime players

  20. luis April 22nd, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    GN Primo have a good one

  21. J. Alfred Prufrock April 22nd, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    luis,

    He has handled Felix very well, including the change, and Felix has said as much. The media are knee jerks. He’s going to need to hit to stay back there but I have no concerns that he’s not going to. He’s done a yeoman job for the most part behind the plate. That’s all he needs to do. And hit! :D

  22. luis April 22nd, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    I agree… He needs to identify the slider… Once he does, he is going to rake

  23. CompassRosy April 23rd, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Very nice that the Venezuelan battery was finally able to mark Felix’s milestone victory . . .
    100th career win (believe me, with THIS team, it seemed it would never come)

  24. luis April 23rd, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Rich in NJ April 22nd, 2013 at 11:51 pm
    luis

    I definitely agree that the 2008 “give a young rotation month to boom or bust” debacle was transformative, and not in a good, yet the AJs and Vazquezes of the world get multiple chances to royally suck.

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

    In the case of Javy and AJ, he could excuse himself by saying that he was relying on the back of their baseball cards…. A youngster is his whole responsability… He was terrified of that after 2008, not undertsanding that kids need time to develop… Not everyone is Trout or Posey… Again, I bring Randy Johnson, he was thirty when he finally figure it out… Not saying that we should wait 8 seasons, but some patience is needed.

  25. luis April 23rd, 2013 at 12:07 am

    It took Bernie at least three seasons to become the player we enjoyed during the dynasty years

  26. luis April 23rd, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Rossy,

    Thanks for the good news!!

  27. luis April 23rd, 2013 at 12:08 am

    GN everyone

  28. Rich in NJ April 23rd, 2013 at 12:14 am

    “In the case of Javy and AJ, he could excuse himself by saying that he was relying on the back of their baseball cards…. ”

    Except that as with most FA pitchers, you are paying for past performance and then likely overpaying for the probable decline years. We may be seeing it now with CC as well.

    Here’s an example of how much my perception, and in fact, the reality, has changed in just a few years.

    When CC signed, I was posting on Ken Davidoff’s Newsday blog, and Ken was saying that the three year opt-out would be a problem for the Yankees.

    My response was that by then, the mL pipeline that Cashman promised would be in full gear. and they could afford to let CC go.

    No, really I actually thought that!!!!

    “…. A youngster is his whole responsability… He was terrified of that after 2008, not undertsanding that kids need time to develop…”

    So yeah. He hasn’t been able to execute. but he still has his apologists in the media and in the fanbase.

    Why? Because of the of the great eraser: the payroll advantage.

  29. Nick in SF April 23rd, 2013 at 1:34 am

    Cranky time in Yankee town.

  30. 4 NYY April 23rd, 2013 at 3:04 am

    No need to be cranky, we ARE what we ARE !

  31. Doreen April 23rd, 2013 at 6:22 am

    The Rays have become a very good team, no quarrel there. And they have either developed their pitchers well and/or are very adept at identifying pitchers who fit their profile (for lack of a better word), in addition to really making sure they benefitted from having high draft picks for years, and some luck (everyone needs that).

    But what have they accomplished that the Yankees have not in the last 18 years? If we measure the Yankees by whether or not they’ve won the World Series, then isn’t it fair to measure the Rays by the same stick?

  32. Mike Ri April 23rd, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Gotta tip your cap to Moore …. he pitched a great game ….no need to go crazy

    CC didn’t have it . .Moore did .

  33. Doreen April 23rd, 2013 at 7:10 am

    I was glad to read this morning that CC got better as the game went along (I fell asleep rather early last night).

    Not so glad to read that they were effectively no hit. Thank heavens for Canó!

  34. Madrugador April 23rd, 2013 at 7:43 am

    Ugh!
    Even your ace will have a night like that. He won’t win all his games. I am disappointed to learn that everything happened “so fast”. I mean the umpire said play ball, right? What did they think was supposed to happen?

    I still want to see Gardner steal another base.
    Cervelli is not a #5 hitter.

  35. MTU April 23rd, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Morning.

    Glad to see CC’s velo beginning to rise.

    :)

  36. MTU April 23rd, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Moore came from the high school in the neighboring town where I lived for several years.

    It really is out in the middle of nowhere.

    Got to give that scout some real credit for finding him.

    ;)

  37. MTU April 23rd, 2013 at 8:12 am

    No one should be overly surprised that some members of the Bandaid Brigade are wearing down.

    For me the concern was not so much their ability to hit as it was their ability to stay off the DL.

  38. MTU April 23rd, 2013 at 8:15 am

    I’d like to write a new mystery/drama novel.

    Let’s call it “the life and times of Vidal Nuno”.

    The Man who came out of nowhere. A soft-tossing lefty who just knows how to pitch.

    :)

  39. sunny615 April 23rd, 2013 at 8:18 am

    If CC continues this trend – they’re in BIG trouble.

  40. MTU April 23rd, 2013 at 8:21 am

    And for those who did not see that the Yankees should have gone all out to get Upton(Maybe they did ?).

    Take a look at this year’s stats.

    BA- .299

    OPS- well over 1

    Dingers- 9

    Then remind yourself that he is only 25, and is plus as a fielder and runner.

    Think any of our young guys are going to reach that level by 25 ? or even ever ?

    ;)

  41. 86w183 April 23rd, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Morning all !

    Not sure how one bad inning qualifies as a “trend”. CC was very good the previous three starts — 23 Innings, 4 ER (1.57 ERA).

    My biggest concern is that this team is virtually impotent against LHP…. .562 OPS is pathetic. they have got to find an upgrade from Ben Francisco ASAP.

    One positive about last night. We can take Adam Warren’s face off milk cartons. SeeYa in two or three weeks, kid.

  42. MTU April 23rd, 2013 at 8:46 am

    86-

    Either Ronnier or Adams are likely to be that IMO.

    We’re waiting.

    ;)

  43. jacksquat April 23rd, 2013 at 8:53 am

    MTU April 23rd, 2013 at 8:12 am
    No one should be overly surprised that some members of the Bandaid Brigade are wearing down.

    For me the concern was not so much their ability to hit as it was their ability to stay off the DL.

    Most people’s comments about Youk and Wells were about their ability to still hit, especially Wells.

    Of course, now since they have hit I see several people saying they were really concerned about their ability to stay healthy (trying to get to the “I told you so”; not necessarily you MTU).

  44. Madrugador April 23rd, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Not sure why they went with Francisco over Musty(hurt) or Adams. They couldn’t have been worse, could they?

  45. MTU April 23rd, 2013 at 8:57 am

    squat-

    I have to confess that I am pleasantly surprised by just how well Wells is hitting. Same for Youkilis.

  46. MTU April 23rd, 2013 at 9:00 am

    The injuries to Tex, A-Rod, and Jeter sent the Yankees scrambling for replacements.

    The Tex injury was unexpected the other two were more predictable.

  47. MTU April 23rd, 2013 at 9:01 am

    New one —–>

  48. 86w183 April 23rd, 2013 at 9:01 am

    MTU —- I’m not surprised…. but if they don’t get them regular rest it wont last. I’m sure Wells is aching after four straight on a rug. He’ll start tonight, but they should DH him

  49. randy l. April 23rd, 2013 at 9:12 am

    “No one should be overly surprised that some members of the Bandaid Brigade are wearing down.”

    mtu-

    the problem with a “senior league” team is that the high mileage guys are in the repair shop more a lot.
    when they’re out they can play.

    youkillis, hafner, and wells are not going to be able to play every day and make it through a season.

    jeter, alex, kuroda even, add to the problem.

    if rosters were expanded maybe this strategy of old good players might just work. as it is i don’t think they have enough players to make it through the season.

  50. comnsnse April 23rd, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Minors notes; Flores tearing it up so far while Thomas neal whom I believe is a RH bat and did well in spring training is also cranking.

    Melky Mesa despite a drop off is still around .270

    No real pitching news….good that is!

  51. RadioKev April 23rd, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Struck him out, but that’s a loss. Way too many pitches already.


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