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Yankees postgame: Pettitte finds outing tough to digest

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Apr 29, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Andy Pettitte turned in his worst start of the season, charged with seven runs and 10 hits in 4 1/3. It was 5-0 after four and the Yankees were on their way to a 9-1 loss to the AL’s worst team, the Astros.

“It’s frustrating,” Pettitte said. “We’ve been playing well. And to come out here and give up those five runs that early in the game and feel like we don’t have a chance to get back in it and not give us a chance to win, it makes me sick to my stomach.”

Pettitte and rookie catcher Austin Romine had trouble getting on the same page, especially since the 40-year-old lefty’s signature cutter had abandoned him.

“I’ve got to get into his head and figure out what he wants to do,” Romine said. (I’ll have more on Romine in my morning post.)

Joe Girardi couldn’t remember ever seeing Pettitte without that cutter working.

“He had a tough start,” Girardi said. “It happens.”

On the other hand, the Yankees had trouble with righty sinkerballer Lucas Harrell. They managed eight hits off in 6 1/3, but just the one run in the sixth. They grounded into four double plays overall, three against Harrell.

“He was able to continue to pound the sinker down in the zone,” Girardi said, “and we kept hitting it into the ground.”

The news that came out of his postgame press conference was that Kevin Youkilis’ MRI came back negative. He’s supposed to have an epidural injection Tuesday. The Yankees were supposed to make a decision late Monday night about whether to put him on the DL. So we’ll know Tuesday.

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73 Responses to “Yankees postgame: Pettitte finds outing tough to digest”

  1. cs in la April 29th, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    So, was Romine responsible for Pettite’s bad outing?

  2. Nick in SF April 29th, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    In a word, no.

  3. Rich in NJ April 29th, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    I’ll say no.

  4. luis April 29th, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    luis April 29th, 2013 at 11:55 pm
    Rich in NJ April 29th, 2013 at 11:45 pm
    luis

    This team has some real vulnerabilities. Wells’ surprising (at least to me) start has mitigated some of them, but back end of the lineup can be scary (as in scary bad).

    So it really is on the pitching, for better or worse.

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

    Be careful, I have been tagged as a ” Doom and Gloom” poster

    But to be fair, Not only Wells… Hafner has been a good addition, so has Youk when he is able to play ( this is the problem )… I have had a lot of fun watching this team in comparison to both 2011 and 2012 and to a certain degree 2010… But all in all, It will be the pitching for better or for worse

  5. J. Alfred Prufrock April 29th, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    Andy said that he couldn’t get into a rhythm because he and Romine weren’t in sync (they asked him about shaking him off), but if, whenever you look up, it’s 2nd and 3rd, the catcher’s not your core problem. Said his cutter just wasn’t there for him.

    Romine said he and Andy were going to work to get on the same page.

  6. Rich in NJ April 30th, 2013 at 12:00 am

    luis

    “Be careful, I have been tagged as a ” Doom and Gloom” poster”

    Yeah, those people are kind of funny in a bizarre sort of way.

    I expected Hafner to be good, and given the price, it always makes sense to sign someone like that.

    I also expected Youk to be good, if healthy. It’s just that I doubted that he could stay that way.

  7. UnKnown April 30th, 2013 at 12:03 am

    JAP – Lookout man you’re cruising for a lecture from the resident Lohud Looney. The likes that G Love got last night. Man was that a pathetic cry for attention. Just an embarrassing post…
    Fortunately G Love has way to much class to respond to that trash.

    It must have been all those great “instincts” that wanted to throw all of our best starters in the pen. To treat Phelps so rudely last year like he stole someone’s first born. It’s DA INSTINCTS I tell ya. Now of course the pom poms are a waving for Phelps, go figure. :lol:

    Oh BTW I am referring to you Trixie, I wouldn’t want to be accused of not being direct enough for ya. Now go ahead and correct some grammar, bold and all caps a 500 word post about how miserable I am and then yell NEXT!!! That should about cover it. :wink:

  8. luis April 30th, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Just watched his last at bat… Even though the second strike was low, he should have stepped forward toward CF/RF if he wanted to hit that ball the other way as he should…The way he is doing it, it’s impossible for him to do so… i don’t know who the hitting coach is, but this is obvious

  9. luis April 30th, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Sorry, but what did G Love said to Trisha?

  10. J. Alfred Prufrock April 30th, 2013 at 12:15 am

    Unknown, it is a baseball blog, isn’t it? ;) Or, at least, once upon a time, it was…

    GLove? You mean the guy who actually goes to the games? While some others sit on their fat you-know-whats and chew up the scenery in here, telling everyone how to root? Or that they’re secretly not rooting for their own team??

  11. Nick in SF April 30th, 2013 at 12:18 am

    Not to mention the guy who’s openly not rooting for his own team.

    (I kid, I kid, I know you’re talking about a different demographic)

  12. luis April 30th, 2013 at 12:19 am

    Guys I am going to call it a night, I have a long day ahead of me

    But I’ll say this…. Getting in to this back and forth is fruitless… It’s better to say nothing at all… Or be as elegant as YF is… For me she is on a class of her own.

    Good night everybody

  13. J. Alfred Prufrock April 30th, 2013 at 12:23 am

    luis, they fired Chambliss and hired Dave Hansen, a guy who had decent OBP a few years I think. Montero said he liked the new hitting coach, actually, but I like the kid’s approach right now about as much as you do.

    Well, I am tired so I’ll bid you a good night, primo, et al. :D

  14. Cashmoney April 30th, 2013 at 12:24 am

    Nix batting 6th says it all. Andy got bombed and Yankees did not score. I was ready G. ie&y man telling me the other day that Nix is just baseball player. I get that, but he is also is poor hitter. 6-9 looking scary yet they still haven’t waiver Ben Francisco, wtf? is it that difficult to bring up one your own in Adams and find the man a roster spot? anywho, GN all. Every year Yankees finds a few replacement players that Cashman gets off the heap and bestow virtues they never had!.

  15. J. Alfred Prufrock April 30th, 2013 at 12:24 am

    She is, primo. And she’s very good at irony, too! :D

    Have a great night.

  16. Cashmoney April 30th, 2013 at 12:25 am

    *reading.

  17. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 30th, 2013 at 12:26 am

    “JAP – Lookout man you’re cruising for a lecture from the resident Lohud Looney. The likes that G Love got last night. Man was that a pathetic cry for attention. Just an embarrassing post…
    Fortunately G Love has way to much class to respond to that trash.

    It must have been all those great “instincts” that wanted to throw all of our best starters in the pen. To treat Phelps so rudely last year like he stole someone’s first born. It’s DA INSTINCTS I tell ya. Now of course the pom poms are a waving for Phelps, go figure. :lol:

    Oh BTW I am referring to you Trixie, I wouldn’t want to be accused of not being direct enough for ya. Now go ahead and correct some grammar, bold and all caps a 500 word post about how miserable I am and then yell NEXT!!! That should about cover it. :wink:

    Actually I am trying to practice what my religion preaches. Hate the sin but love he sinner. While it isn’t easy, it’s more important to me to try to strive for that than to give in to the feelings that would cause me to respond to your post in-kind.

    And nasty sniping really isn’t what floats my boat anyway. Say what you want. Others here will make their own decisions on whether you are misrepresenting the truth or presenting things accurately.

  18. Rich in NJ April 30th, 2013 at 12:32 am

    “Every year Yankees finds a few replacement players that Cashman gets off the heap and bestow virtues they never had!.”

    Based on that last two seasons (WAR: .2, .4), that’s basically Wells this year to this point (1.2).

    I would prefer a well-executed plan relying on young players, but…

  19. J. Alfred Prufrock April 30th, 2013 at 12:38 am

    Nick in SF April 30th, 2013 at 12:18 am

    Not to mention the guy who’s openly not rooting for his own team.
    ///

    He gave very cogent reasons for doing that. He cares about the team’s future while some here are more like the folks who take those “Yankee Universe” bus trips up and down the coast and don’t really care who they pluck out of the system and gift-wrap to another team.

    I disagree that the bottom falling out would kick-start a healing crisis, I think the GM will just start cleaning out the young talent and get middling MLers for them so they can, y’know “win now,”… , although I have sympathy philosophically, and I understand that rooting against your own team’s FO is a legitimate, if radical, option for a fan – not unheard of or unprecedented at all.

    His idea is that they get no heat if they hover around the 90-plus win range and get befuddled by good pitching in the postseason again, and that nothing will change.

    I’d rather deal with the mercenaries if it means they can tread water enough so they don’t block real Yankee players in the future, who might otherwise be sacrificed by a GM who has trouble identifying his own needs and in his talent evaluations. I don’t want him to be making any kind of deals at all. Of course, there’s no guarantee that these old guys will still be hitting in June, so he might end up making stupid moves any way.

  20. Cashmoney April 30th, 2013 at 12:39 am

    I would prefer a well-executed plan relying on young players, but…
    —-
    what that is is debatable. However, never mind well executed plan, Yanks normally live and die by in the now. it’s pretty amazing to me that Francisco is on 40 man roster and Adams is not at this point.

  21. UnKnown April 30th, 2013 at 12:39 am

    TRUTH THIS-
    There were 3 or 4 posts in the postgame thread last night from Trixie ripping through G. Love and wishing him ill will and all sorts for disgusting things. Typical stuff that the big bad bully here always pulls to try and intimidate people. And then some wonder why the comments are so down and continue to trend in a downward spiral. Can’t blame people for not wanting to come here and put up with her constant B.S. Quoting what people say and constantly trying to pick a fight with them about it. Get a life!

    Sadly the bully wants to seek and destroy the blog. Well I’m not intimidated one damn bit. And I will call her out whenever it is needed. I don’t care if I am the only one who will ever step up to do so. I calls em as I sees em.
    ———-

    Now that I took care of that *slams the garbage can lid* I really like what this Yankee team is doing. So much of it though depends on the pitching. I wonder over the course of the season if that will start to take it’s toll. If the starting rotation can stay healthy that will probably be the determining factor. Healthy starters = Postseason Berth

  22. Rich in NJ April 30th, 2013 at 12:44 am

    Cash

    Yeah, I hate the “now” because I think it’s counterproductive and limits their ceiling, e.g., Francisco is here because of the now and he sucks, but he is a known quantity, so…, proving that you are correct.

  23. Barry April 30th, 2013 at 12:50 am

    A Guess: They bring up an infield, do not dl Youkilis and Francisco goes.

  24. Barry April 30th, 2013 at 12:51 am

    …”an infielder…”

  25. Nick in SF April 30th, 2013 at 12:52 am

    Mr. Prufrock, those parentheses were meant for your eyes. ;)

  26. Cashmoney April 30th, 2013 at 12:54 am

    GN all.

  27. UnKnown April 30th, 2013 at 12:57 am

    Later C-Money.

    Nick I am digging your twitter feed. I want to see the same number of followers by season’s end as Yankee wins. :grin:

  28. Rich in NJ April 30th, 2013 at 12:59 am

    Joel Sherman ?@Joelsherman1 2h
    If Youkilis is DLed, I suspect #Yankees would call upon David Adams (.327 at AAA) over Gil Velasquez (.226). But would have clear (cont)

    Joel Sherman ?@Joelsherman1 2h
    40-man roster spot. Would think Ben Francisco or Eppley would be most vulnerable. Unless I’m missing someone who could be moved to 60-day DL
    _

    So maybe Youk gong on the DL would be a good thing.

  29. Nick in SF April 30th, 2013 at 1:03 am

    Glad you’re enjoying it, UnKnown, but are you talking about optimist-pace-win-total or… the pace that gets crabby if I mention its name?

  30. J. Alfred Prufrock April 30th, 2013 at 1:06 am

    That’s fine, Nick, but nothing wrong with re-clarifying my understanding of Randy’s legitimate fan take on what’s best for the Yankees, because I am in sympathy with what is ultimately best for the franchise, I just don’t agree that abject losing is going to get us there faster and may even hinder fulfillment.

  31. Duh Innings II April 30th, 2013 at 1:07 am

    Hey, 15-10 with two more games against the Astros means 15-12 (90-win pace), 16-11 (96-win pace), or 17-10 (102-win pace) guaranteed in the first sixth of the season.

    I’d like 17-10, a 102-win pace : )

    Good job by Warren and Nuno saving the bullpen, especially Nuno.

    The only positive of the night was only those two relievers were used, so the front five relievers will be fresh for tonight.

  32. Nick in SF April 30th, 2013 at 1:09 am

    It’s always good to clarify in case there are children reading.

  33. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 30th, 2013 at 1:11 am

    Unknown, I guess you missed G. Love’s post that started the whole thing. G. Love has made many many personally derisive posts about me on this forum. I’m sure that posters who read this forum have seen that.

    In any event, I know that your opinion of me is not universal and any who would share it don’t really know who I am. But think what you may. It really doesn’t matter. I’ve already told you that I will not play the tit for tat game with you. If going on the attack makes you feel good, then it does.

  34. J. Alfred Prufrock April 30th, 2013 at 1:11 am

    Rich in NJ April 30th, 2013 at 12:59 am

    Joel Sherman ?@Joelsherman1 2h
    If Youkilis is DLed, I suspect #Yankees would call upon David Adams (.327 at AAA) over Gil Velasquez (.226). But would have clear (cont)
    ///

    Velasquez is playing 2B at SWB. The SWB radio guys were raving about Adams’ ability to read the bunt today, and also were rhapsodizing about how his body language made the runner at 2B freeze before Adams attempted to throw out the batter (who had weakly grounded to him but who beat out the throw). The throw was a little offline, but apparently he had no chance to get the runner any way. Adams himself says he’s got a lot to learn at third, but I’d throw in with him right now, I think he can handle it.

  35. J. Alfred Prufrock April 30th, 2013 at 1:15 am

    Nick in SF April 30th, 2013 at 1:09 am

    It’s always good to clarify in case there are children reading.
    ///

    No, it’s good to clarify because this is a place of disingenuous reading.

  36. Jesus Bustero April 30th, 2013 at 1:16 am

    I’m becoming addicted to Howard Stern show lately on YouTube. I think it’s the familiar Yankee sense of humor. It’s probably the one thing I miss about home. The situations that they laugh at and the things they find humor in on that show are the same for me. Some nasty people and rude people where I’m from and some quite abrasive, obnoxious or even outright hostile but the humor is unmatched.

  37. Jesus Bustero April 30th, 2013 at 1:18 am

    Trisha you overreact to things. G. Love is a decent guy. You overreacted to Luis’ initial presence and you overreacted to G. Love scolding you for your overreaction. You need to just chill. Have a glass of wine. The world is not out to get you girl.

  38. Nick in SF April 30th, 2013 at 1:20 am

    But not everything you or I don’t like is disingenuous. That’s a conceit.

    Somebody could read your post about someone “secretly not rooting for their own team??” as a disingenuous blind smear. Is it? I have no idea, I don’t know who you’re talking about.

  39. J. Alfred Prufrock April 30th, 2013 at 1:28 am

    You reap what you sow, trisha.

    If you would cease telling people how to root for their team and refrain from dragging the blog down with juvenile charges that some here are actually rooting for their team to fail, you’d get cut some slack.

    It’s practically ALL you do, here, and no one’s going to reward you for that.

  40. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 30th, 2013 at 1:28 am

    Actually, MTU understood my “overreaction”. I’m sure many others who were here when all that stuff was happening also understood it. If you weren’t a part of it, I can understand why you would see it as an overreaction.

    I don’t think for a minute the world is out to get me. But I am very good at reading, and I have no difficulty reading posts that are direct shots at me.

    Decent people do not say personally abusive things about other people every chance they get. There are people on here who are nasty and meanspirited. They are in the vast minority.

    I overreacted to Luis’s initial presence, and I apologized to him for it publicly. That is well in the past and should have stayed there. G. Love decided it was a good time to take another shot at me by bringing it up last night.

    People who are personally abusive and continually feel the need to take shots probably realize that it isn’t against Hoyle to get responded to from time to time. And that’s what I did last night. More often than not I let it go.

    But as I already told Unknown, I refuse to get into a back and forth drama. I’m not going to do it. Or I am going to do my best to avoid it. Hopefully I’ll be successful.

    Welcome back by the way.

  41. Jesus Bustero April 30th, 2013 at 1:31 am

    I don’t care what MTU did. You overreact. It’s a pattern. You did it to Luis in the beginning. You did it to G. Love. I’m not absolving G. Love here. He could have chosen better words, but my God, it’s easy to set you off. You are intellectual and your brain is on hyperdrive, so you need to find peace.

  42. Nick in SF April 30th, 2013 at 1:31 am

    Mr. Prufrock, I just understood a nuance in your 12:15 am post that I completely missed earlier, so I apologize to you for the error.

  43. J. Alfred Prufrock April 30th, 2013 at 1:32 am

    Nick in SF April 30th, 2013 at 1:20 am

    But not everything you or I don’t like is disingenuous. That’s a conceit.
    ///

    The conceit is yours, because I did not say “everything” that I “don’t like” is disingenuous. There’s deliberate misreading here often. Any way, I’m not that interested in discussing the discussion, my point was that Randy has a legitimate fan response to the front office, and his “action” as a fan isn’t unheard of, and that his logic was laid out quite dispassionately.

  44. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 30th, 2013 at 1:33 am

    “with juvenile charges that some here are actually rooting for their team to fail”

    I don’t believe I have ever said that anyone here is actually rooting for the team to fail. I also don’t know that I am telling anyone how to root for their team.

    “It’s practically ALL you do, here,”

    I just don’t think that I am that out of touch with reality that I am doing that and just don’t recognize it.

  45. Nick in SF April 30th, 2013 at 1:34 am

    randy has a lot of issues. And an even bigger stack of back issues.

  46. Jesus Bustero April 30th, 2013 at 1:37 am

    Randy is rooting for the team to fail so that they may succeed. The question is, will 101 wins (the pace before tonight) be considered a better success than the success that results from failure?

    At some point he has to take the money on the table (101 wins) and consider it a success. But something tells me cognitive dissonance will come into play.

  47. J. Alfred Prufrock April 30th, 2013 at 1:37 am

    I think I know what you’re referring to. My grammar was lazy, so I see what was misunderstood.

    Any way, goodnight to you. I hope Joel Sherman is correct, and that we see David Adams sometime soon.

    I won’t hold my breath on that, however.

  48. Nick in SF April 30th, 2013 at 1:38 am

    Cespedes ties game with a hit off the wall with two outs in the bottom of the ninth! I love this guy.

  49. J. Alfred Prufrock April 30th, 2013 at 1:41 am

    OK trisha, you can decide for yourself if that’s really true or not.

    Good night, all.

  50. Jesus Bustero April 30th, 2013 at 1:41 am

    The theory of cognitive dissonance in social psychology proposes that people have a motivational drive to reduce dissonance by altering existing cognitions, adding new ones to create a consistent belief system, or alternatively by reducing the importance of any one of the dissonant elements.[1] It is the distressing mental state that people feel when they “find themselves doing things that don’t fit with what they know, or having opinions that do not fit with other opinions they hold.”[4] A key assumption is that people want their expectations to meet reality, creating a sense of equilibrium.[5] Likewise, another assumption is that a person will avoid situations or information sources that give rise to feelings of uneasiness, or dissonance.[1]

    Cognitive dissonance theory explains human behavior by positing that people have a bias to seek consonance between their expectations and reality….This bias sheds light on otherwise puzzling, irrational, and even destructive behavior.

  51. Pat M. April 30th, 2013 at 1:51 am

    should have signed the cuban outfielders . This Cespedes guy reminds me of Bo Jackson

  52. Nick in SF April 30th, 2013 at 1:54 am

    Cespedes is so good, I even tweeted about it. :mad: :cry: :mad:

  53. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 30th, 2013 at 1:55 am

    “I don’t care what MTU did. You overreact. It’s a pattern. You did it to Luis in the beginning. You did it to G. Love. I’m not absolving G. Love here. He could have chosen better words, but my God, it’s easy to set you off. You are intellectual and your brain is on hyperdrive, so you need to find peace.”

    If you can’t understand how someone who was stalked and had her personal information spread all over the internet by a person who continually changed screen names would be hypersensitive to someone showing up with a new screen name, then I don’t know what to tell you.

    I did NOTHING to G Love. Maybe you’ve been gone a while and haven’t seen it but G. Love decided at one point that I was his latest target and started his own little smear campaign. Most of the time I let it go. Last night I did not.

    People are different. Not everyone enjoys being used as a personal tennis ball and some people actually fight back. I don’t enjoy fighting, nor do I enjoy being anyone’s tennis ball.

    But anyway, there are more important things in life than going back and forth on the lohud conflicts. One is watching DVRd Dancing with the Stars, which I intend to do right now. that helps me find peace.

    Good night.

  54. Nick in SF April 30th, 2013 at 3:31 am

    So I guess I’m the only one watching the A’s vs Angels in the 16th inning? :neutral:

  55. sunny615 April 30th, 2013 at 7:03 am

    what a pathetic lineup

  56. Mike Ri April 30th, 2013 at 7:08 am

    Crappy game all around. Romine and Andy couldn’t get on the same page .. The offense ….. hit the ball hard . .. just couldn’t find a hole.

    it happens ..

  57. Doreen April 30th, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Good morning. Glad I didn’t see that game! :)

    Seriously, it s an interesting thing. Romine probably would have had no issues if Andy (or any pitcher) is on his game. I’d imagine that the unfamiliarity plays out in games like last night’s when a pitcher is off his game. So, not intuitively knowing where to go to get a pitcher on track is the issue. And I’m sure that Andy and Romine will work this out, and that Romine will redouble his efforts with all the pitchers on staff to get a better handle in what to do or how to handle when things are off.

    It’s raining here in DW this morning. :(

  58. MG April 30th, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Doreen April 30th, 2013 at 7:51 am
    Good morning. Glad I didn’t see that game!

    Seriously, it s an interesting thing. Romine probably would have had no issues if Andy (or any pitcher) is on his game. I’d imagine that the unfamiliarity plays out in games like last night’s when a pitcher is off his game. So, not intuitively knowing where to go to get a pitcher on track is the issue. And I’m sure that Andy and Romine will work this out, and that Romine will redouble his efforts with all the pitchers on staff to get a better handle in what to do or how to handle when things are off.

    It’s raining here in DW this morning.
    ———————————————
    Doreen, I agree about Andy and Romine working things out (whatever they may be).

    The rain is passing through Tampa, you will probably more of it this morning, it poured here in the middle of the night.

    Enjoy Disney, I’m going to be at Universal tomorrow with some family…

  59. Doreen April 30th, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Hi MG. have fun at Universal. We keep saying keep saying we’ll get over there, but we need more than four days to do that.

    Weather.com said there’d be some rain, but nothing like this. Heavy rain last night, and thunderstorms.

  60. austinmac April 30th, 2013 at 8:04 am

    The attendance numbers don’t seem to reflect game attendance. The team’s income is going to be significantly down. We don’t know in which direction they will respond to this.

    We all want some youth movement, but if you check the stats of the top prospects, they are not good. We can all say it is early, but how how some players playing well early? Austin has been mundane, Sanchez and Williams’ averages are dropping daily, Heathcott isn’t even playing regularly with his .170 average.

    Yes, Cespedes would look good about now.

  61. MG April 30th, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Doreen April 30th, 2013 at 8:03 am
    Hi MG. have fun at Universal. We keep saying keep saying we’ll get over there, but we need more than four days to do that.

    Weather.com said there’d be some rain, but nothing like this. Heavy rain last night, and thunderstorms.
    —————————
    Doreen, thanks, it really rained hard over here about 4AM and was moving west, you may have seen the worst of it by now.

    Disneyworld is still the happiest place on earth, even in the rain :)

    I like Universal and am meeting my niece and her daughter (who is a huge Harry Potter fan), they are visiting her dad in Boca and driving up for a couple of days

  62. randy l. April 30th, 2013 at 8:27 am

    austin mac-

    jr murphy is doing well.

    i’d like to see him get a taste of the majors this year so he knows what he’s working towards.

    a full year at triple a next year would be good, but coming up just to see where he’s at compared to the big guys would show him what to work on.

  63. austinmac April 30th, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Randy,

    Murphy is playing well. Will they use to to replace Romine at SWB? Doubt it.

  64. randy l. April 30th, 2013 at 8:39 am

    austinmac-

    at some point the yankees have to pick players who they think are winners and go with them.

    if anyone in the yankee hierarchy watches jr murphy and doesn’t decide he’s a keeper they should be fired immediately.

    there seems to be this disconnect with letting players develop by while hitting some speed bumps at the mlb level.

    the yankees ideally should be strong enough that they can bring up a young player at least every other year and let him make the transition to the majors whether he gets immediate success or not.

  65. blake April 30th, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Hamilton 0-8 last night…..I don’t know what’s wrong with him but since the 2nd half of last year he’s looked like he was hitting blind folded

  66. MTU April 30th, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Good morning.

    Read thru some of last night’s posts.

    I come to one conclusion.

    Things get entirely too personal in here at times.

    My solution: If you don’t like what someone has to say use your “ignore button”. Just scroll past.

    Anyway, it’s a new day and we have an opportunity to get back on track after last night’s clunker.

    We still can take this series and I hope we do.

  67. MTU April 30th, 2013 at 8:50 am

    And I think Romine learned a valuable lesson last night about game calling.

  68. MTU April 30th, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Randy-

    YF and JAP who go to a lot of MiLB games both have a high opinion of JR’s hitting ability.

    I think the knock on him early on was about his catching.

    From what I have been able to gleen reading here it seems that it has improved to the point where
    some think he can stick there.

    The Yankees like Romine for his D ability and hope he can hit enough.

    Murphy likely can hit well but they might doubt his D.

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