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Postgame notes: “He’s human after all”

Posted by: Josh Thomson - Posted in Notes on May 29, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

New York Yankees v New York Mets

Mariano Rivera made his 1,072nd appearance tonight, passing Dennis Eckersley for the fourth-most ever. Remarkably, this was the first time in all those games, on all those nights pitching where the cushion was nothing or close to it, that Rivera had blown a save without recording an out.

Said Hiroki Kuroda: “He’s human after all.”

Rivera blows so few saves you can practically remember them all. Tonight marked his third blown save against the Mets, joining the Matt Franco game and Ronny Paulino game. Add Lucas Duda to the list. Duda drove in David Wright with the winning run after Daniel Murphy doubled to open the ninth.

Hiroki Kuroda“What can I say?” Rivera said. “It was a great game until I got into the game.”

Rivera was typically stoic afterward, saying this — or something like it — again and again: “It’s part of the game, man. I have to come back tomorrow strong.”

There’s no reason to believe he won’t. The 43-year old entered the night 18 for 18 in save opportunities this season. Neither the Wright nor Duda hits were hit hard, although Rivera did fail to back up on Brett Gardner’s throw home on Wright’s game-tying single.

“There’s no excuses,” said Rivera, taking the blame.

Joe Girardi pinned it on catcher Chris Stewart, who has suffered through a few defensive lapses the last two nights and went 0 for 3 against Matt Harvey with three strikeouts.

“It got under might glove, but I think it might have hit the bat or something and kicked a little further,” Stewart said. “But it got under me to begin with and I have to put my glove down and stop the ball and keep it in front. Bad play.”

“That ball’s got to be stopped,” Girardi said. “That’s the bottom line.”

• Girardi also disagreed with the suggestion of walking Wright — a heart-of-the-order of one — with first base open.

“You’re not going to put the winning run on,” he said. “We have a Hall of Fame closer on the mound, so no.”

• Rivera’s other two blown saves against the Mets: July 10, 1999 on Matt Franco’s RBI single; July 3, 2011 when Ronny Paulino’s RBI single sent the game to extra innings.

Rivera now has a 3.53 ERA against the Mets (14 ER in 35.2 IP). The only team to fare better is the Angels (3.65 ERA against).

• The ninth inning marred another brilliant night from Kuroda, who pitched seven scoreless and allowed just four singles, didn’t issue a walk and struck out seven. He struck out five of the last eight men he faced to drop his ERA to 2.39.

Kuroda tied Cleveland’s Justin Masterson and L.A.’s Clayton Kershaw by tossing his fourth scoreless outing of seven innings or more — the most in baseball. He has 10 such starts since joining the Yankees — again, the most in baseball.

Kuroda’s finest moment came in the sixth after Brett Gardner robbed Murphy of a game-tying extra-base hit. He threw a splitter to strikeout Wright and then picked Ruben Tejada off second.

“Same,” Girardi said of the dependable Kuroda. “Good split, good slider, good command of his fastball. He just really knows how to pitch.”

Surprisingly, Kuroda had been 0-4 with an 8.20 ERA in four career starts in Queens (one at Shea, three at Citi Field).

New York Yankees v New York Mets• Kuroda was up for his duel with Harvey, who finished the night allowing six singles and no walks and having struck out 10 in eight strong. The Mets have now scored 11 runs for their young ace in his last seven starts.

“He was impressive. He had command of four pitches, but our guys threw a pretty good game, too,” Girardi said. “It’s unfortunate we didn’t hold on to win.”

• Here’s more from Girardi:

• The Mets swept the Yankees for just the third time in Subway Series history. They also swept at Shea in 2004 and at Yankee Stadium in 2008.

The Yankees also lost three straight for the first time all season in their 51st game. It is the deepest into a year for them without a three-game skid since 1955 (58 games).

• Lyle Overbay now has nine go-ahead RBI this season. He’s tied with Travis Hafner for the team lead.

• Gardner is now 12 for his last 35 (.343). He had four strong at-bats (and two hits) against Harvey and drove deep outs to center and left in the first and eighth, respectively.

As for his larceny of Murphy…

“I don’t think he’s too happy with me right now,” Gardner said.

• More from Gardner:

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228 Responses to “Postgame notes: “He’s human after all””

  1. fantasygame101 May 29th, 2013 at 1:27 am

    did girardi mentioned stewart? My guess romine will catch tomorrow then. Stewart body is breaking down, he is not used to playing a lot of games.

  2. Nick in SF May 29th, 2013 at 1:30 am

    More Romine, please.

  3. Doreen May 29th, 2013 at 1:34 am

    Lighten up, guys. I don’t really think throwing out the first pitch made him blow the save.

    goodness gracious. :)

  4. Nick in SF May 29th, 2013 at 1:37 am

    I agree with you, Doreen, but it’s hard to lighten up, my celebratory meal was supposed to be Japanese ramen to honor Kuroda’s win and instead… no ramen for me! :mad:

  5. Jerkface May 29th, 2013 at 1:38 am

    Did you finish your defeat Gruel?

  6. Nick in SF May 29th, 2013 at 1:40 am

    Yeah, and they gave me major attitude when I asked for more.

  7. Doreen May 29th, 2013 at 1:40 am

    Unknown,

    The offense has done just enough. They are winning on the strength of pitching, but they’ve mostly managed to squeeze out enough runs.

    I also posted that they could surely use reinforcements.

    This is a Rough spot because they’ve been having more trouble than usual scoring runs. They can win with the lesser offense, threw just no margin for error.

    They are not putrid. They he been adequate.

  8. Doreen May 29th, 2013 at 1:42 am

    Nick in SF,

    :(

  9. Doreen May 29th, 2013 at 1:43 am

    Nick in SF,

    And, LOL.

  10. Jerkface May 29th, 2013 at 1:45 am

    They are not putrid. They he been adequate.

    I dont think adequate. Even with a relatively ‘hot’ april they are near last in most offensive categories in the AL. Their pitching has been elite. And I dont think you can depend on the pitching to stay elite the whole year. And if it is simply ‘good’ then they will be struggling to win games. The pitching has been otherworldly in May and they are winning less than they did in April when the pitching and hitting was simply ‘average’.

  11. 4TrainNorth May 29th, 2013 at 1:51 am

    This one stings. Only way to dull the pain will be for us to absolutely thump the Mets next game. Can the offense muster something like that for a brotha? Just once?

  12. Nick in SF May 29th, 2013 at 1:53 am

    Hafner has to destroy Hefner.

    He haf to do it!! :mad:

  13. 4TrainNorth May 29th, 2013 at 2:06 am

    Yep, need big game by The Haf.

  14. Doreen May 29th, 2013 at 2:06 am

    Jerk face even elite pitching needs enough run to win, evidence poor Kuroda tonight. So the offense has been adequate enough to support the elite pitching so far.

    No one thought they’d be where they are even with the elite pitching.

    I’m not going to stomp on a portion of the tem that was only expected to hang in there and not lose the season in the first two months. And the tem has done that.

    I am not one of the people who are dreading the return of the regulars. But I am expecting an adjustment period for each as they come back. Could be a tough few weeks coming up. Or not. :) they’ve been surprising thus far.

  15. UnKnown May 29th, 2013 at 2:32 am

    Doreen – Good posts. I can go along with that. I guess what I can’t go along with is people who say that the offense is fine and their is nothing to worry about. Has it been just good enough with elite pitching. Sure I can give on that. I see your point.

    JF – I tend to side with you more on this and that is because I don’t think the Yankees will have the “elite” pitching it will take to support an offense that struggles to give you 3 runs on a particular night. The Yankees pitching going forward I believe will be very good but not “elite”.

    Thus my summation is that the offense needs to pull it’s collective heads out of their rear ends and start to hit. Whether that be the guys coming back off the D.L. or the current group we have in place. But the current group doesn’t seem to be able to hit their way out of a wet paper bag, so I guess I’m counting on the D.L. guys.

    At any rate whoever can’t see that some sort of offensive adjustment needs to come to the surface is either A) Lying to themselves or B) Not very educated. My suggestion would be to choose A. and stop lying to yourself.

    *I am sure they will put up 15 runs tomorrow night (which honestly against the pitching they are facing the next two games they should score at least 6 or 7 each night) and everyone will ignore the white elephant in the room again, but this is a serious situation right now.

  16. theREALkevin May 29th, 2013 at 4:02 am

    Man Kuroda has had the worst luck with run support since joining the yanks. It was bad last season and it’s continued into this yr. a measly one run tonight, actually almost held up… But more tough luck costs Kuroda another win. It’s too bad, he really has been fantastic since day 1 pretty much

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  18. Ghostwriter May 29th, 2013 at 5:43 am

    Jerkface May 29th, 2013 at 1:45 am

    They are not putrid. They he been adequate.

    I dont think adequate. Even with a relatively ‘hot’ april they are near last in most offensive categories in the AL. Their pitching has been elite. And I dont think you can depend on the pitching to stay elite the whole year. And if it is simply ‘good’ then they will be struggling to win games. The pitching has been otherworldly in May and they are winning less than they did in April when the pitching and hitting was simply ‘average’.
    —–

    The offense had been more than enough until the last wave of injuries cost them Youkilis, Cervelli, and Nunez. Toss in the fact that Wells has been slumping over the past couple weeks, and there you have it. With any luck, Youk and Tex come back with a bit of a hot streak, and Wells comes out of his funk.

  19. Ghostwriter May 29th, 2013 at 5:49 am

    Oh, and let’s not forget that Hfner and Cano haven’t been very good in May either…

  20. joeman May 29th, 2013 at 6:12 am

    Cano has seen his BA drop 35 pts in the month of May

  21. Doreen May 29th, 2013 at 6:26 am

    Ghostwriter,

    That is a huge thing, Cano not hitting like an elite hitter. Hafner at least had some small injury he nursed. Dont know what’s up with Robbie. He could probably use a half day, but that’s not happening for a couple of weeks I’d say.

    I don’t think anyone is lying to themselves. If anything, maybe it’s a “don’t look a gift horse in the mouth” thing. Be happy where things are and because we have no control over any of it, just continue to hope for the best. There really is no harm in that. :)

  22. Ghostwriter May 29th, 2013 at 6:49 am

    The Yanks have a fairly pivotal stretch coming up over the next week, or so. If they can come out of their doldrums, take the next two from the Mets, and take the next series from the Sox, the Yanks will pull through their cold spell no worse than a share of the AL East lead, heading into June. And if their funk continues, they can find themselves four or five games back in a hurry.

    Their pitching gives them a chance to weather the storm. It’s a huge advantage, but the Yanks can’t keep wasting strong starts. Joe needs to find a way to plate four runs a night. When the Yanks score fewer than four runs, they tend to lose, but four is usually enough with their pitching.

  23. Ghostwriter May 29th, 2013 at 6:58 am

    Doreen May 29th, 2013 at 6:26 am

    Ghostwriter,

    That is a huge thing, Cano not hitting like an elite hitter. Hafner at least had some small injury he nursed. Dont know what’s up with Robbie. He could probably use a half day, but that’s not happening for a couple of weeks I’d say.

    I don’t think anyone is lying to themselves. If anything, maybe it’s a “don’t look a gift horse in the mouth” thing. Be happy where things are and because we have no control over any of it, just continue to hope for the best. There really is no harm in that. :)
    ==

    Lost in all the gloom and doom of the last couple days is the fact that this is the Yanks’ first 3-game losing streak of the season, which is pretty remarkable considering that we’re nearly a third of the way through the season.

  24. blake May 29th, 2013 at 6:59 am

    Harvey was excellent and would have shut most teams down last night so not talking about that game…..but the offense is an issue just like many of have been saying for a year.

    They have been scrappy and hung in there and scored enough to win games but they need more as some of these guys are likely gonna regress or turn into pumpkins…..it’s already starting .

  25. Doreen May 29th, 2013 at 7:00 am

    Ghostwriter, that’s the frustrating thing – the past two games they’ve gotten the starting pitching to win. And really, it’s hard to rake Robertson and Rivera over the coals – they’ve been steady as can be, and probably were due for a bump in the road.

    There have been a handful of games (I can think of one for each of the starting pitchers) where the starters were awful and gave this team no chance – even if the team were an offensive juggernaut.

    But really, we have to keep things in perspective. Baseball is a very long season and there are several stories told along the way, and stretches of greatness, stretches of stickiness, and stretches where you just mosey along at a one for me, one for you pace. The Indians, for instance, were playing like a house on fire for almost the entire month of May. They’ve now lost 5 in a row. The Angels started out looking like they’d never win a game, and they’re heating up.

    Then, look at the Nationals. Who thought they’d be having the problems they’re having?

    The Dodgers. No comment.

    So, I’d say aside from the excellent pitching the Yankees have gotten, I’d also say that they are a team that does not get down on itself and seems to be able to weather some storms. It’s a strong TEAM, where, I think, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, at least right now.

    Still, winning the next two games, and at least 2 of 3 from Boston at home would be really, really nice, and a calming tonic for this fan base!

  26. Doreen May 29th, 2013 at 7:01 am

    BTW, I’m heading to Trenton this morning. I get a two for one, apparently – with both Tex and Youk doing their rehab. Somehow I don’t think there will be the frenzy for tickets that there was when Jeter rehabbed. More like when Hughes had his rehab, same 10:30 game situation. A nice morning “crowd.” LOL

  27. Doreen May 29th, 2013 at 7:03 am

    **stickiness should be “stinkiness.”

    Autocorrect even on the Mac. :(

  28. Doreen May 29th, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Ghostwriter -

    Very remarkable!

    blake -

    Yep. Last night’s game doesn’t count against the offense. LOL Harvey is some pitcher.

    The Mets always seem able to find one of those type pitchers every few years, don’t they? He does’t look like a rookie out there. I’m a little envious…I want one of those. :)

  29. Ghostwriter May 29th, 2013 at 7:15 am

    blake May 29th, 2013 at 6:59 am

    Harvey was excellent and would have shut most teams down last night so not talking about that game…..but the offense is an issue just like many of have been saying for a year.

    They have been scrappy and hung in there and scored enough to win games but they need more as some of these guys are likely gonna regress or turn into pumpkins…..it’s already starting .
    ===

    I think that I’m on pretty safe ground expecting Hafner, Wells, and Cano to hit better than .190, .233, and .241 like they have over the last month. Their next round of mean reversion is likely to be an upswing. :)

  30. blake May 29th, 2013 at 7:24 am

    I think that I’m on pretty safe ground expecting Hafner, Wells, and Cano to hit better than .190, .233, and .241 like they have over the last month. Their next round of mean reversion is likely to be an upswing. ”

    Sure but they haven really scored a lot of runs all year….they were in first place almost solely because of the rotation and because the bullpen was near flawless.

    They have done a nice job scoring enough…..but Im not sure it’s realistic to put that much pressure on the pitching all year and end up with a positive result.

    I’ve always said that their pitching should keep them in it but if they really wanted a shot at a title then they’d need to add offense at the deadline…..and that’s in addition to getting guys back from injury.

    I still feel that way

  31. blake May 29th, 2013 at 7:25 am

    Harvey would be my perfect player if he didnt play on the wrong side of town…..grew up a Yankee fan…..went to UNC….is awesome etc

  32. blake May 29th, 2013 at 7:27 am

    I’m gonna go ahead and say…..please come back next year Hiro. He’s been so incredible the last 2 years……they would have been sunk without him

  33. Doreen May 29th, 2013 at 7:29 am

    blake,

    I have to be honest, I was worried Kuroda wouldn’t be as good this year as he was last. Well, he’s not. He’s BETTER! I hope they can talk him into coming back, too. I hope the money is there for it. There’s still time for the Yankees to stink enough so that Hal recalibrates his budget plans, right?? LOL (j/k, sort of)

  34. blake May 29th, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Doreen,
    If Kuroda wants to come back (Andy too) and Hal says there isn’t enough money then he’s asking for a full on revolt.

    I wouldn’t mind bringing Andy and Kuroda back…..then you have several options to round out the rotation. Pineda, Hughes, Phelps etc.

  35. austinmac May 29th, 2013 at 7:46 am

    The offense has to score more to continue winning. That is obvious.

    I agree if Kuroda is let go for money reasons that will tell us all where this train is heading. He is the best pitcher and maybe best player on the team.

  36. 86w183 May 29th, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Kuroda should be welcomed back, but pardon my sacrilege NOT Pettitte.

    You guys may or may not have noticed that Andy is one of my all-time favorites for all the obvious performance reasons, plus he’s a lefty and we share a birthday! (Mine is a significantly (+14) higher number than his).

    But I think he’s mostly done. He only made a dozen starts last year and has already missed three turns this season. Does anyone think he’s going to come back in a week or so and make another 18 or so starts without a blip? I don’t.

    CC, Kuroda, Pineda/Nova, Phelps and Nuno would be fine by me. Nova and Warren could be excellent trade assets…. but gotta figure out the closer.

  37. sunny615 May 29th, 2013 at 8:17 am

    holy suckitude… two losses and two runs total against the Mets… these guys should be embarrassed…

  38. Doreen May 29th, 2013 at 8:18 am

    86w183 -

    I don’t think it’s sacrilege. I love Andy Pettitte. And largely the issues he’s having are not with his arm, and last year, well, nothing you can do about the come backer. But the back issues limit him. His body is older and crankier and takes longer to get right. It’s just how it gets.

    But, I think he is such an asset in the intangible things, as is Mo, as is Jeter. So, if he’ll come back on the cheap, as a #5 starter, I wouldn’t say no.

  39. 86w183 May 29th, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Doreen —

    I was basing my assessment on guys’ current salaries.

    Pettitte @ $ 5 M or less, why not? @ $ 12 M not for me

  40. blake May 29th, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Andy can’t throw 200 innings but generally the quality of the innings he can throw is still very good. I’d welcome him back but I think going in you have to know he’s gonna miss some starts and try to build depth to account for that. The main thing is having him healthy and ready to pitch a playoff game…….

  41. blake May 29th, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Mike Ashmore ?@mashmore98 7m
    Youkilis hitting third and playing third, Teixeira hitting fourth and playing first.

  42. NYYROC May 29th, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Hughes also has 6 starts this year of at least 6IP and 2 or fewer runs allowed. Of those 6 starts he has one win to show for it. Gotta find a way to score some runs. Running game (part of the plan coming out of ST) has not materialized.

  43. 86w183 May 29th, 2013 at 8:44 am

    NYYROC —-

    Yanks don’t have nearly enough speed for the running game to be effective with the exception of Gardner.

    Offense will not get much better until the Yanks get healthier and I don’t think there’s much that can be done in that regard.

    Looking forward to this lineup versus LHP

    Gardner CF, Adams 3B, Cano 2B, Tex 1B, Wells LF, Youk DH, Ichiro RF, Romine C, Nunez SS

    That’s a HUGE improvement over what they’ve been running out there.

  44. MTU May 29th, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Good morning.

    I agree with evrything that has been said about Kuroda.

    He’s been just unbeliveable. The DeFacto ace of the staff.

    The Yankees definitely need to find a way to score more runs.

    Hopefully, the return of several regulars will help. At least gainst lefties.

    Harvey is very impressive.

  45. Tackelberry May 29th, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Gardner has been swinging the bat pretty wel lately. Had 2 hard hits off Harvery and I thought he had another on that shot to left in his last at bat. Good play by Duda there. Also thought that shot to right by Overbay was gonna be in the corner, but it hung up just enough for Byrd to get there in the 8th. Would have been 2 huge insurance runs. But, Mariano is human. Sooner or later he’s gonna blow one. Rather it be against the Mets though then the Red Sox this weekend. Yanks need to take their 2 at home just like the Mets did and get a split.

  46. NYYROC May 29th, 2013 at 8:55 am

    86w. You are correct, as the team stands now. But out of ST it was expected Gardy, Nunez and Ichiro could/ would run. Nunez hasn’t hit & on DL. Ichiro hasn’t hit. Even Gardy, until recently, hasn’t hit and when he’s on he’s not running.
    The pitching has been really good. It’s a shame to waste it. Gotta find some O somewhere.

  47. MTU May 29th, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Matt Harvey is 6′ 4″. He looks even taller.

  48. blake May 29th, 2013 at 9:01 am

    “Gardner has been swinging the bat pretty wel lately. ”

    Gardy has been playin some ball…..

  49. blake May 29th, 2013 at 9:02 am

    MTU,

    Harvey is a stud…..he’s fun to watch (against other teams ;)

  50. blake May 29th, 2013 at 9:04 am

    .278 .343 .467 .810

    That’s what Gardner is hitting in May….not bad considering the caliber of defense he plays.

  51. MTU May 29th, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Blake-

    All of his stuff is plus except for his curve which I kind of thought was more of a show me pitch.

    The rest is all plus to plus plus. Electric FB. Easy gas. He’s an imposing presence out there.

    If Pineda was healthy and had his CU working he might be in that class.

  52. blake May 29th, 2013 at 9:07 am

    future Yankee Brian Mccann had 2 homers yesterday

  53. blake May 29th, 2013 at 9:08 am

    MTU,

    you and I both like watching great pitching…..I love offense but to me there is nothing better than watching a truly special pitcher work…..of course only if it’s not against the Yankees.

  54. MTU May 29th, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Blake-

    If GGBG can finish the season with that line I’d be very happy.

    Not so much if he’s a .260 hitter.

  55. blake May 29th, 2013 at 9:09 am

    MTU,

    if Gardy hits .260 with an OBP around .350 though then he’ll be very useful given his defense. I think he was a little rusty in CF to start the year…..he’s kicked the rust now and is really really playing well out there.

  56. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 29th, 2013 at 9:09 am

    It’s good to know that slumps can happen to all teams in baseball except the Yankees. When it’s the Yankees, we know the situation is dire and it has to mean the replacement offense has had it, just as some predicted would happen.

    It’s also good to know that since slumps can’t happen to the Yankees, when they are playing teams that aren’t having very good seasons and they don’t score more than two runs in two nights (forget that the second night they faced one of the hottest pitchers in the game), it’s time to push that panic button so hard that your fingers are almost bleeding.

    Just for once I’d like to be a fan of a team that does have slumps the way all teams except the Yankees are allowed to have, because then those fans know that slumps are part of every season and wouldn’t be puking purple when it happened but would rather understand that their team would come out of the slump the way it does every single season after its been in one.

    And oh yeah, the good news about being a fan of one of those teams is that those fans understand that nobody rings a bell to tell you a slump is over, just as nobody rings a bell to tell you they’ve begun. Not that slumps aren’t frustrating, as I’m sure fans of teams that are allowed to have them will tell you. Just not tailspin material.

  57. MTU May 29th, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Blake-

    I always have been a pitching first kind of guy. that’s true.

    And I do enjoy watching a masterfully pitched game.

    I would like to see the Yankees w a more potent O though.

    Shame Kuroda came out on the wrong side of that one. He outpitched Harvey. He’s a great competitior.

  58. 86w183 May 29th, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Yanks are 12th in the AL in OBP, 10th in Runs. That’s awful.

    But that’s life when half of your lineup is guys who ought to be part-time players.

  59. Yankee Trader May 29th, 2013 at 9:14 am

    It figures. Today I get my USA Today Sports Weekly and who’s on the cover………………
    Yes, Mariano Rivera.

    Bad MOJO?

    From the article:

    “He’s on pace to get 70 games, which is not totally unusual,” manager Joe Girardi says.

    Rivera hasn’t pitched in that many games since 2005, when he had his career-low ERA of 1.38.

  60. MTU May 29th, 2013 at 9:14 am

    The Mop is nipping my heels.

    later.

  61. MTU May 29th, 2013 at 9:17 am

    86-

    They definitely need to improve the O.

    We know that. They know that.

    Amazing that they have been able to do this well w the band-aide brigade.

    The reinforcements are coming.

  62. Yankee Trader May 29th, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Blake-

    Still unsure if you want to build a young team around pitcher Matt Harvey, to go along with guys like Harper, Trout, and Stanton?

  63. longtimefan May 29th, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Lets hope the “Stewie” experiment is over and stop running him out their, show some confidence in Romine or trade the bloated Joba for a decent catcher, the bubble is about to burst with all the bargain basement over the hill guys

  64. blake May 29th, 2013 at 9:23 am

    “It’s good to know that slumps can happen to all teams in baseball except the Yankees. When it’s the Yankees, we know the situation is dire and it has to mean the replacement offense has had it, just as some predicted would happen.”

    every team slumps….and I wouldn’t even call this a slump really as they just took 2 of 3 from Tampa at the Trop….however there are underlying issues with this team that could become problems throughout the year. They don’t score a lot….they have scored enough to win a lot of the time but they are putting lots of pressure on the bullpen and rotation. The pen has been flawless nearly all year…..they weren’t in these 2 games against the Mets and they lost both games. If you don’t score many runs then you just are limiting your ways to win games……

  65. blake May 29th, 2013 at 9:24 am

    “Still unsure if you want to build a young team around pitcher Matt Harvey, to go along with guys like Harper, Trout, and Stanton?”

    Well yea I’d love to….but in the context of picking 5 guys to start a team with I’d still pick Kershaw as he’s been doing it for years and not just half a season and is roughly the same age.

  66. blake May 29th, 2013 at 9:25 am

    the 5 players I’d still pick to start a club with (considering age) are. Trout, Harper, Kershaw, Posey, and Machado.

  67. blake May 29th, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Jerry Crasnick ?@jcrasnick 8m
    Heads up, #yankees fans. Help is on the way. pic.twitter.com/a5eo450suh

  68. Yankee Trader May 29th, 2013 at 9:26 am

    They need a righty bat that can consistently hit to the opposite field.

    Youkilis dead pull hitter.
    Wells hasn’t proven that he can take the ball the other way, despite apparently working on it in ST.

    When Tex comes back, most of his at bats will be from the left side, and the shift will gobble up most everything except a homerun. Same with Grandy as these two can’t handle inside offspeed pitches.

    Yankees could really use the 2012 version of Jeter.

    I’m therefore, not sure the bats coming back will be any better than what the Yankees already have at those positions?

    Thoughts?

  69. blake May 29th, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Sanchez homered last night….9th on the year already. Also picked a guy of 1B.

    Austin is starting to heat up a little bit….he’s still got some wonky home/road splits. .911 OPS on the road and .508 at home. He’s hitting .409 over the last week though overall….

  70. blake May 29th, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Jerry Crasnick ?@jcrasnick 4m
    Youkilis and Teixeira are batting 3-4 for Trenton this morning, right between Slade Heathcott and Tyler Austin. pic.twitter.com/fe0IghB1jO

  71. Bo knows May 29th, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Ahem

    That should read outside offspeed pitches. They hit the inside pitches just fine, they’re pull hitters.

  72. blake May 29th, 2013 at 9:38 am

    “They need a righty bat that can consistently hit to the opposite field.”

    they just need a bat of any kind that can hit period consistently really.

  73. cogen777 May 29th, 2013 at 9:38 am

    blake May 29th, 2013 at 9:25 am

    the 5 players I’d still pick to start a club with (considering age) are. Trout, Harper, Kershaw, Posey, and Machado.

    You’re a genius no one would have thought of those 5 guys.

  74. blake May 29th, 2013 at 9:40 am

    “You’re a genius no one would have thought of those 5 guys.”

    thank you

  75. cogen777 May 29th, 2013 at 9:41 am

    fantasygame101 May 29th, 2013 at 1:27 am

    did girardi mentioned stewart? My guess romine will catch tomorrow then. Stewart body is breaking down, he is not used to playing a lot of games.

    Neither is Nix. He has never been a full time player. Overbay hasn’t played full time since 2010. I don’t think Hafner has played full time since 2007.

  76. cogen777 May 29th, 2013 at 9:42 am

    trisha – true pinstriped blue May 29th, 2013 at 9:09 am

    It’s good to know that slumps can happen to all teams in baseball except the Yankees. When it’s the Yankees, we know the situation is dire and it has to mean the replacement offense has had it, just as some predicted would happen.

    It’s also good to know that since slumps can’t happen to the Yankees, when they are playing teams that aren’t having very good seasons and they don’t score more than two runs in two nights (forget that the second night they faced one of the hottest pitchers in the game), it’s time to push that panic button so hard that your fingers are almost bleeding.

    Just for once I’d like to be a fan of a team that does have slumps the way all teams except the Yankees are allowed to have, because then those fans know that slumps are part of every season and wouldn’t be puking purple when it happened but would rather understand that their team would come out of the slump the way it does every single season after its been in one.

    And oh yeah, the good news about being a fan of one of those teams is that those fans understand that nobody rings a bell to tell you a slump is over, just as nobody rings a bell to tell you they’ve begun. Not that slumps aren’t frustrating, as I’m sure fans of teams that are allowed to have them will tell you. Just not tailspin material.

    Did you overdo your meds again?

  77. Yankee Trader May 29th, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Bo-

    Maybe I’m looking at the attached “hot Zone” for Mark Teixeira vs righties incorrectly?

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/.....k-teixeira

  78. Hassey May 29th, 2013 at 9:48 am

    need more athleticism on the bases and less patheticism

  79. Yankee Trader May 29th, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Have to go.

    Have a great day everyone.

  80. 86w183 May 29th, 2013 at 9:53 am

    There’s no question that Tex will be a huge upgrade over Overbay (versus LHP) and Youkilis is a huge upgrade over anyone else DH-ing versus LHP.

    That should make Hafner and Overbay more effective by playing them less often.

    Short term I’d play Adams @ 3B versus LHP and Youk against RHP. Youk is the DH against LHP.

    Earlier I posted a lineup against LHP that I think will be far superior to anything they’ve had out there this season:

    Gardner CF, Adams 3B, Cano 2B, Tex 1B, Wells LF, Youk DH, Ichiro RF, Romine C, Nunez SS… obviously Nix at SS til Nunez returns.

  81. bruceb May 29th, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Struggling to find something positive to say this morning after last night’s disaster, but here’s my best effort. At least Hafner can play tonight…and Hefner and Gee should be easier to score runs off than Niese and Harvey.

    On the minus side, so should Phelps and Nuno.

  82. Mike in Harrisburg May 29th, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Hope management recogbizoes

  83. Mike in Harrisburg May 29th, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Ahem. I hope management recognizes platooning, at minimum, Adams and Youk at third will improve both quality and longevity. If they run Youk back out full time he’s just going to get ground down and hit the DL again.

  84. blake May 29th, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Youk can’t play 3B very well anymore….Adams is a better defender there. I’d still play youk there some just to get his bat in the lineup but Adams needs to remain the primary 3B IMO…..both because he’s better there and also because they need to evaluate what he is and if he can be a long term option there.

  85. fantasygame101 May 29th, 2013 at 10:20 am

    After a hit from brignac, hoping for another start. Still hoping consistent production from the ss and catcher position. with 2 40 man roster spot open and 1 after tex, why not try neal in the of if they are not giving boesch a try anyway. It either neal call up to platoon with ichiro or boesch to platoon with a slowing down wells.

  86. Bo knows May 29th, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Maybe I’m looking at the attached “hot Zone” for Mark Teixeira vs righties incorrectly?

    ———————–
    I don’t spend a lot of time on those.

    A pull hitter wants a ball inside, at the worst he’ll foul it. Outside, it’s the classic rollover or pop up or the phrase in vogue – hook it. Go look at Teix at bats or Granderson’s for that matter. All the SOs down and away. Cano is doing the same thing this year, cheating for power, rolling over dribblers to 2B.

  87. Doreen May 29th, 2013 at 10:22 am

    So my daughter and I are here. Behind home plate about 20 rows up. Very crowded. Apparently it was almost a sell out BEFORE they knew about the rehab. It shot and humid and I forgot sunscreen.

    SawYouk signing autographs.

  88. 86w183 May 29th, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Blake —

    I tend to agree, but unless Tex sits versus RHP Youkilis will need to be the 3B with Hafner as the DH.

    Adams will play 3B against LHP and come off the bench against RHP…. at least that’s what I’d do and what I expect.

    I’d also like to see Boesch against RHP because Wells and Ichiro are struggling and probably could use some rest.

  89. Bo knows May 29th, 2013 at 10:26 am

    SawYouk signing autographs
    ——–
    I’m glad that you remained your esteemed self.

  90. blake May 29th, 2013 at 10:27 am

    “I tend to agree, but unless Tex sits versus RHP Youkilis will need to be the 3B with Hafner as the DH.”

    They aren’t gonna platoon Tex…..what I would do is DH Youk vs LHP, play Adams every day at 3B and let Youk play 3B about once a week and 1B about once a week.

    That would give Youk 3 or 4 games a week most likely which IMO is about all his body can handle anyway. It would give Tex a day off here and there…..allow Adams to keep playing every day and would keep everyone rested. The tricky part is going to Overbay in there somehow…..it’s hard for me to see where his PT is gonna come from.

  91. blake May 29th, 2013 at 10:29 am

    wonder if Adams can play RF……

  92. Bo knows May 29th, 2013 at 10:29 am

    I’d park Long in Brignac’s back pocket for a month, see if can simplify his swing. The guy plays some quality SS D.

  93. Doreen May 29th, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Zach Nuding pitching. Youk batting 3rd and Tex cleanup playing 3rd and 1st respectively

    Shame JR is catching.

    Gonna try to take pi. But it won’t be easy.

    A lot of energy here especially for 10:30 in the morning.
    They are playing Yankee theme song right now

  94. Shame Spencer May 29th, 2013 at 10:36 am

    My Main Man Murphy!! Thanks for the update Doreen!

  95. blake May 29th, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Wonder if Erie has been working on their defensive shifts?

  96. Shame Spencer May 29th, 2013 at 10:37 am

    blake May 29th, 2013 at 10:29 am

    wonder if Adams can play RF……

    ———————-

    They might go that route with Granderson down.. I was thinking about trying to trade Youk. Not sure how likely that is.

  97. blake May 29th, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Manny Machado is leading the AL in WAR

  98. 86w183 May 29th, 2013 at 10:39 am

    I bet Adams can be at least passable in LF or RF

    Overbay should start versus RHP 1X/2X a week. He’s done too well — .289 / .333 / .545 —to park him.

    Especially in the context of what Tex has been versus RHP in the last three years — his average slash line versus RHP is not pretty — .236 / .333 / .449

  99. Doreen May 29th, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Lots of Teixeira’s tshirts BTW

  100. Shame Spencer May 29th, 2013 at 10:45 am

    @DannyKnoblerCBS

    Last night was Mariano Rivera’s 730th career save opportunity — and the first in which he didn’t get an out. http://cbsprt.co/11o5cux

    That’s effing crazy.

  101. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 29th, 2013 at 10:45 am

    blake – I absolutely hear what you’re saying. I guess I’m just not ready to push panic buttons yet. It just doesn’t seem that it was that long ago when everyone was totally agog over what the lineup was doing. And it wasn’t that long ago that there was nothing but confidence when the Yanks were losing into the late innings, confidence that they could come from behind and win. In fact I heard a stat that other night and I wish I could remember it exactly – but it was something like this: the other night was the first time that the Yankees were losing in the 6th inning and didn’t come back to win. Again, I don’t know if it was that exactly – but it might have been.

    Is it possible that the team is indeed flattening out? Sure I guess it is. Is it possible that they’ve just gone a little cold and will warm up again? That’s possible too.

    The reality is exactly what you said – the team cannot rely on the pitching and bullpen all the way through the season and expect to be there in the end, because deficit spending does catch up with you. But we are certainly far from the point of having that be the case or knowing it will be the case. I know you agree with that too.

    If the team is in a slump, then they are. And if they are, they’ll come out of it.

    I agree that it will be good to have Youk’s bat back in the lineup and have Hafner’s AL bat there too.

  102. Doreen May 29th, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Youkjust headshot taken away from him. Rex will lead off the 2 nd

  103. Russell Munson May 29th, 2013 at 10:52 am

    “They need a righty bat that can consistently hit to the opposite field.”

    Why? Don’t they just need better righty bats? I’m not sure why hitting to the opposite field is important.

  104. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 29th, 2013 at 10:52 am

    “Struggling to find something positive to say this morning after last night’s disaster,”

    Yeah, the real bummer is that if Mo didn’t blow the save and lose the game, we’d probably be feeling pretty good knowing that we beat their star (Harvey) and that we were getting their abysmal pitchers the next two games. We’d probably be saying things like – “We definitely should be able to get to these guys!”

    But instead all it does it dredges up the recent past and forces the focus to be on the “What the heck is happening with this team!!!”

    Nothing a few good games can’t fix though.

    ;)

  105. Bo knows May 29th, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Lots of Teixeira’s tshirts BTW.
    ————–
    Someone was working OT. I’m surprised there is no juicer stall.

  106. blake May 29th, 2013 at 10:56 am

    . “It just doesn’t seem that it was that long ago when everyone was totally agog over what the lineup was doing. ”

    I really haven’t been thrilled with the offense all year…..they are scrappy and have gotten some timely hits but the reason they are 30-21 is almost entirely because of the pitching and how great it’s been. The offense up until now has been good enough…..it’s never been all that great.

  107. Bo knows May 29th, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Just remember people – you were here when Gardy took off on his stellar path.

    This series is probably the highlight of his career.

    Those weren’t excuse me flares from him last night. He’s transitioning to a different hitter before our eyes.

  108. blake May 29th, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Mike Ashmore ?@mashmore98 32s
    Teixeira weakly pops out to the shortstop.

    hey he went opo!

  109. 86w183 May 29th, 2013 at 10:58 am

    have a day sports fans…… here’s hoping Youk and Tex go yard and don’t get hurt

    those players @ Trenton are gonna eat good this afternoon/evening

  110. pat May 29th, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Hugger IQ test! Name the Yankee prospects.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=575882672443346&set=pb.255853114446305.-2207520000.1369839247.&type=3&theater

  111. Doreen May 29th, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Tex popped up.

  112. Russell Munson May 29th, 2013 at 10:59 am

    “Those weren’t excuse me flares from him last night. He’s transitioning to a different hitter before our eyes.”

    Does this make him a third outfielder?

  113. blake May 29th, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Gardner can be very productive when he swings with authority like he did last night…..it’s when he gets that little helicopter slap move when he gets into trouble…..it’s like a bad habit that creeps in on him at times. Last night he was short and barrel to the ball and fired his hips…..

  114. Bo knows May 29th, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Baltimore is very close. Top five is hitting 300 with power. If Bundy and Gaussman make it, the AL East is in trouble.

  115. blake May 29th, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Josh Norris ?@jnorris427 1m
    The shift was on for Tex

  116. Doreen May 29th, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Tex popped up

  117. Jerkface May 29th, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Gardner once hit .322 .402 .422 .823 for 3 months, I’m not sure this series is any big turning point. He is just a streaky hitter.

  118. blake May 29th, 2013 at 11:02 am

    The Orioles lineup is legit…..Machado is a star already and the rest of their lineup is pretty good too (especially when Chris Davis is hitting like Joey Votto). Their issue is of course their pitching…..which isn’t all that great…..but yea….Bundy and Gaussman could change that at some point.

  119. blake May 29th, 2013 at 11:02 am

    “Tex popped up”

    mid season form…..ok that was mean.

  120. Captain Clutch May 29th, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Yanks have to change the way they are pitching to Murphy and Wright, It’s like they are Manny and Ortiz from back in the day and you can’t get them out. To Wright it looks like they are throwing him way too many fastballs and not changing speeds and changing things up. You can’t let the only 2 mlb hitters in the lineup beat you.

  121. Bo knows May 29th, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Gardner can be very productive when he swings with authority like he did last night…..it’s when he gets that little helicopter slap move when he gets into trouble…..it’s like a bad habit that creeps in on him at times. Last night he was short and barrel to the ball and fired his hips….
    ———-
    I’ve been following him all season. He no longer hits flat footed. You can see that he’s transitioning with lapses to his former self. Last night was probably his best series of at bats this year. It;s taking awhile but them’s the paths when you change your setup

    I know – talk about focus on minutiae.

  122. blake May 29th, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Wright is a good hitter…..I wish he was a Yankee.

  123. Shame Spencer May 29th, 2013 at 11:06 am

    JF has posted the offensive numbers all year. No one is panicking. We’re all waiting until October to do that.

  124. blake May 29th, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Those 2 plays Gardner made in CF were premier…..top 5% type plays. The HR rob may be the highest degree of difficulty you’ll see on one of those all year because he had no time to time his leap…..

  125. Bo knows May 29th, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Gardner once hit .322 .402 .422 .823 for 3 months, I’m not sure this series is any big turning point. He is just a streaky hitter.
    —–
    That’s simplistic.

    His setup is different. He’s incorporated his lower body into his swing.

  126. Shame Spencer May 29th, 2013 at 11:10 am

    blake – Don’t forget Adam Jones!

  127. Bo knows May 29th, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Those 2 plays Gardner made in CF were premier…..top 5% type plays. The HR rob may be the highest degree of difficulty you’ll see on one of those all year because he had no time to time his leap…..
    ———–
    Actually both but – Oh Yeah!

  128. pat May 29th, 2013 at 11:12 am

    M_Marakovits
    Yankees GM Brian Cashman in the house to watch Teixeira and Youkilis in first rehab appearance #Yankees

  129. blake May 29th, 2013 at 11:14 am

    yea Jones is a good player too….they have a good position player core….I just don’t like their pitching much.

  130. Bo knows May 29th, 2013 at 11:14 am

    “Tex popped up”

    mid season form…..ok that was mean.
    ———-
    Damn. Doreen is snickering, pitching straight lines and Blake is right on them.

    Curses, foiled again!

  131. Wave Your Hat May 29th, 2013 at 11:16 am

    The Yanks have played astoundingly well to be 9 games over .500 at this point, given the team they are putting on the field. I expected them to be about 9 games under by the time the regulars got back, so I am ecstatic about the season so far even though they aren’t scoring and have lost a few recently.

    That said, Tex and Youk and ARod and Jeter and (sigh!) Granderson can’t get back soon enough. I feel like the magic is beginning to depart. The kids have played their part, but the Yanks are going to need the grownups.

  132. Shame Spencer May 29th, 2013 at 11:16 am

    blake May 29th, 2013 at 11:14 am

    yea Jones is a good player too….they have a good position player core….I just don’t like their pitching much.

    —————-

    Yeah I agree. I just like saying ‘Adam Jones’ as much as possible. I hope Jack Z. can hear me.

  133. Captain Clutch May 29th, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Blake,

    Do you think it’s possible to have Tex, Youk, Overbay and Adams all on the roster? Or does Adams have to go to AAA on Friday? I would hate to lose Adams and especially this defense at 3rd.

  134. Bo knows May 29th, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Does this make him a third outfielder?
    ———
    The jury is still out on that. It would now take a smaller package to get a reliever.

  135. Doreen May 29th, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Where is Cashman????

  136. Doreen May 29th, 2013 at 11:18 am

    No juice stands that I have seen. ;)

  137. comnsnse May 29th, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Caspar, you believe the offense has been adequate until a recent wave of injuries?

    Then go on to say they were good in April?

    But soon it will be June and they have been dreadful offensively.

    Are you getting enough sleep with those posting hours? ;)

  138. Doreen May 29th, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Nuding seems to be pitching well. I am melting though

  139. MTU May 29th, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Blake-

    Bundy and Gausmann might be real difference makers for the O’s at some point.

    Especially Bundy. That kid is the real deal. Another stud.

  140. pat May 29th, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Doreen

    Maybe near Meredith? Do you see her? A tall blonde might be easier than a short GM.

  141. Bo knows May 29th, 2013 at 11:23 am

    No juice stands that I have seen.
    ———
    You’re in fine form. As expected. Aah, the marvels of communication.

    I was once a Radio Operator in the High Arctic, bouncing radio waves off the ionosphere, fighting sunspots.

  142. comnsnse May 29th, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Captain, Adams is not known for his D. If he doesn’t hit he sits!

    The 12mm. man resumes his duties at third.

    Overbay may make the next cut but as soon as Tex shows he is ready from both sides, Lyle walks the last mile!

  143. Doreen May 29th, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Is Meredith here? I am right in front of the press box.

  144. pat May 29th, 2013 at 11:24 am

    OOPS……A tall blonde might be easier TO SPOT than a short GM.

    I don’t know Meredith well enough to call her easy.

  145. Bo knows May 29th, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Maybe near Meredith? Do you see her? A tall blonde might be easier than a short GM.
    ———
    A sensible observation. A lot of apt today.

  146. blake May 29th, 2013 at 11:25 am

    “Do you think it’s possible to have Tex, Youk, Overbay and Adams all on the roster? Or does Adams have to go to AAA on Friday? I would hate to lose Adams and especially this defense at 3rd.”

    I don’t see how they can send Adams down given that he’s one of the best hitters they have vs LHP…..and I don’t see how they can let Overbay go until they see what happens with Tex’s wrist….so yea I think they should keep all those guys

  147. pat May 29th, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Twitter say she is…

    @YESNetwork
    Follow @M_Marakovits on Twitter this morning for LIVE updates on @teixeiramark25 & Kevin Youkilis’s rehab games at @TrentonThunder.

  148. Bo knows May 29th, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Now there’s a blonde that looks like she could bench press Teix, if he pops out again.

  149. comnsnse May 29th, 2013 at 11:27 am

    O’s and Sox have better offenses than Yanks but health will at some point factor into the outcome of the season.

    O’s have a solid core of younger players and as noted only pitching is holding them back.

    They are in the hunt for a starter and could go for Garza.

    BTW, what was the purpose of the Huff coming and going. Is this just a Cashman ploy to distract fans and the media and indicate he’s actually doing something?

  150. Doreen May 29th, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Heathcott HR

  151. Doreen May 29th, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Tex walked.

  152. Bo knows May 29th, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Is this just a Cashman ploy to distract fans and the media and indicate he’s actually doing something?
    —-
    He’s been doing the one armed paper hanger routine all season. Now that calls for disingenuous remark.

  153. Shame Spencer May 29th, 2013 at 11:31 am

    I think Adams ends up sent down just because he has options.. there won’t be a restriction on when they could recall him at that point.

    It’s a shame but that’s probably what they’ll do.

  154. DONNYBROOK May 29th, 2013 at 11:32 am

    - OBSERVATIONS FROM GAME 2 -

    (1) Brignac should start at SS FULL TIME. Brignac’s defense Far outweighs Nix’s broken bat.

    (2) Based on MO’s reaction to the game tying base hit, he thought Brignac was positioned closer to 2B. MO seemed shocked that the ball went cleanly into Left CF.

    (3) Gardner had No Business throwing Home on the game tying hit. There was No play to be had at Home. The throw should have gone straight into 2B, keeping the batter\runner at 1B.

    (4) NO WAY Stewart should be batting 8th, followed by the pitcher 9th. That’s just 2 consistently easy outs back-to-back, and a consistently ready “escape hatch” for any Chucker. This is Exactly why batting order construction is crucial.

  155. Bo knows May 29th, 2013 at 11:36 am

    I just checked – Heathcott with oppo field power. HR to left field.

  156. I Am Winning May 29th, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Jerkface May 29th, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Gardner once hit .322 .402 .422 .823 for 3 months, I’m not sure this series is any big turning point. He is just a streaky hitter.
    —-

    That’s absolutely right.

    In all of Gardner’s years, what he has shown us is that he is a streaky hitter. I find it hard to believe that this current hot streak of .342 will continue for the rest of the year. I would be happy if it continued just halfway through June.

  157. Cashmoney May 29th, 2013 at 11:42 am

    “The true problem areas are catcher, shortstop, and right field. Here, look at this mess (stats don’t include last night’s game, which don’t make it any better anyway):
    Catcher: .239/.300/.380 (92 OPS+) in 183 plate appearances
    Shortstop: .213/.289/.290 (69 OPS+) in 196 plate appearances
    Right Field: .225/.277/.342 (66 OPS+) in 204 plate appearances
    That’s three below-average to well-below-average spots in the lineup on any given night, not counting the black hole Vernon Wells has become. The lack of offense at those spots isn’t a “surprise, injury!” thing either. ”

    Axisa of RAB

  158. Doreen May 29th, 2013 at 11:43 am

    It is a zoo here today. Too many school kids

  159. blake May 29th, 2013 at 11:44 am

    “I just checked – Heathcott with oppo field power. HR to left field.”

    impressive…..he can get a little bad Gardner with his swing too….he has a lot more pop that Bret though and if he refines his swing I could see him hitting 15-20

  160. Warning Track Power May 29th, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Raise your hand is you had a sneaky feeling that Mo was going to blow a save last night?
    I did!
    Just a feeling I had when he entered the game.
    A couple weak hits later, Mo blew the save and lost the game.
    S.O.B.

  161. tucker May 29th, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Would be nice if Heathcott gets going … Either he or Austin seem like they are the closest among upper-level prospects. They need to shake off their uneven starts.

  162. tomingeorgia May 29th, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Doreen,
    Anybody we’ve ever heard of pitching for Erie? Left-handed or right?

  163. Warning Track Power May 29th, 2013 at 11:50 am

    After watching how well Kuroda pitched last night, I have to agree with the ESPN announcers that were broadcasting the game last night. Kuroda is the ACE of the Yankees staff in 2013.
    C.C. can not compete with Kuroda’s stats at this point.

    Also, how about Gardner last night? Even in the loss, you can certainly be happy for Gardner.
    His defense once again earned him a web gem on ESPN and he hit the ball very hard against
    Harvey. All 4 at bats Gardner was not fooled one bit.

  164. blake May 29th, 2013 at 11:52 am

    “Raise your hand is you had a sneaky feeling that Mo was going to blow a save last night?”

    I did yea….I don’t know why…..I just didn’t feel good about it for some reason.

  165. bruceb May 29th, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Is it possible that the team is indeed flattening out? Sure I guess it is. Is it possible that they’ve just gone a little cold and will warm up again? That’s possible too.

    You guys know baseball well enough to realize that with our current offense, winning games at over .600 was unsustainable. You’re not going to keep winning one-run games at a 2-1 ratio (unless you’re last year’s Baltimore Orioles).

    In my opinion, the Yanks have the best starting and relief pitching in the AL East – and the worst offense. The Jays lineup is far more menacing than ours…and they’re in last place by 9.5 games.

    There’s only so long you can win using smoke and mirrors. We need two or three of our “big guns” back. In the meantime, this current bunch needs to do better than score one run a night. With Wells in a slump, we need Cano to step up to the plate. Trouble is immensely talented player that he is, he is no leader. He’s either hot or he’s not.

  166. tucker May 29th, 2013 at 11:55 am

    I Am Winning May 29th, 2013 at 11:41 am
    Jerkface May 29th, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Gardner once hit .322 .402 .422 .823 for 3 months, I’m not sure this series is any big turning point. He is just a streaky hitter.
    —-

    That’s absolutely right.

    In all of Gardner’s years, what he has shown us is that he is a streaky hitter. I find it hard to believe that this current hot streak of .342 will continue for the rest of the year. I would be happy if it continued just halfway through June.

    Xxxxxx

    The Yankees have a 1.5-cylinder offense right now that consists of Gardner and the occasional timely hit from Overnay. If Gardner was not hitting, the team would be in serious trouble …. Adams seems to be cooling down a bit.

  167. Doreen May 29th, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Nuding might be starting to melt…

  168. Warning Track Power May 29th, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    blake May 29th, 2013 at 11:52 am
    “Raise your hand is you had a sneaky feeling that Mo was going to blow a save last night?”

    I did yea….I don’t know why…..I just didn’t feel good about it for some reason.
    ————————————————————————————————————————-
    Exactly.
    Something in the air last night left you and I with an uneasy feeling about Mo securing
    the save last night.
    Hey, I’ll take 18/19 saves all season long.

    As for Adams-Of course the kid is cooling down. The scouting report has been somewhat written about him & he knows that Youk is returning to the team in a couple days.
    I’m sure Adams does not feel as comfortable as he felt about 2 weeks ago. Goes with the territory. Not surprised at all but his defense is still just fine.

  169. Doreen May 29th, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    I just noticed youk’s name is not on today’s player roster that they give you with the scorecard.

  170. Cashmoney May 29th, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    The Yankees have a 1.5-cylinder offense right now that consists of Gardner and the occasional timely hit from Overbay.
    ——
    Youk and Tex will definitely help, but unfortunately they don’t play SS, C or RF. One would think the lineup vs Lefties would become considerable better at the cost of possible Adams and Overbay abs. the offense will still struggle imo.

    The bright side is the Yanks have exceed expectation.

    when I look at this team with or without all the veterans , I still see a very flaw and overpaid offensive unit that won’t pass the test in Oct unless pitching is absolutely on.

  171. Cashmoney May 29th, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    *exceeded expectations.

  172. Doreen May 29th, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Youk walk. Tex up. Tex is today’s free ice cream RBI guy today BTW

  173. Doreen May 29th, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Tex K

  174. UnKnown May 29th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    “Be happy where things are and because we have no control over any of it, just continue to hope for the best.”

    Oh I am trust me. I am ecstatic where the Yankees are right now as they have far exceeded my expectations. I would have settled for being 5 out right now. But that still doesn’t change the fact that the offense is brutal. It just is. I am not going to blindly say or feel otherwise.

    I believe getting some guys healthy will help a lot. It really can’t come soon enough. Anyone with a speck of IQ can see that the offense has and is struggling. Some don’t have a speck of IQ and they have bigger problems than what is happening in Yankee Land. In fear of being wrong as usual they are going to dig their heels in the ground and not budge. Their view is meaningless.

    Again I will hope for the best, I still think this team can win the W.S. or at least I hope it can. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t voice that fact that the offense has stunk. And yes I know that even me voicing that won’t change anything, but I didn’t get my latest shipment of gruel so here I am stating the obvious which is the offense has truly been offensive.

  175. Doreen May 29th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Tex K means. No free ice cream yetaustin 2 run HR!!!!

  176. Cashmoney May 29th, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    btw, I hate losing to the Mets.

  177. Warning Track Power May 29th, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Cashmoney May 29th, 2013 at 12:11 pm
    btw, I hate losing to the Mets.
    —————————————————————-
    Add me to that list. Their fans behaved as if they won the WS last night.
    Just goes to show the Mets fans have very, very low expectations.

  178. tucker May 29th, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Thought going into this year that the team would compete and likely get at least a wild card spot because the pitching is strong. The offense has been flawed, uneven, aging and deteriorating with no real investment of younger core players.

    When you look at likely playoff opponents such as the Tigers and Rangers, the Yanks really don’t compare. So if the Yanks make the playoffs, don’t think the team is strong enough (barring a major acquisition) to go far.

    But so far, the team has been fun to watch.

  179. astrocityfan May 29th, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    How bout we call up tex, youk, austin and murphy? or just austin and murphy:)

  180. blake May 29th, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Josh Norris ?@jnorris427 6m
    Tyler Austin. Bomb. First right-handed HR here all year for the Thunder.

    he’s heating up

  181. Cashmoney May 29th, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    But so far, the team has been fun to watch.
    —–
    that I agree, hard to swallow losing to the Mets in the fashion of last couple nights. I am impressed by Murphy though, he is pretty streaky observing from far. but Murphy, Wright, Harvey, Niese and Parnell are basically your 13 Mets.

  182. Doreen May 29th, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    They are done for today.

  183. bruceb May 29th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    But so far, the team has been fun to watch.

    I’m not a subscriber. Blowing a one-run lead to the Mets two nights’ running ain’t my idea of fun. I guess I’m too concerned with winning as all my friends (the ones who supports the Mets, that is) keep telling me what great games they were. I’ll have a lot more fun tonight if we’re 7-1 up going into the 9th.

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