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Postgame notes: “We didn’t find a way to support them”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 30, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Brian Cashman confirmed in a text message that the plan remains the same: Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis are on their way and will be here tomorrow.

“It could be a great boost for us,” Joe Girardi said. “I don’t want to put too much pressure on the guys coming back, but it depends what kind of starts they get off to.”

The Yankees offense is awfully bad right now. In this four-game series sweep against the Mets, the Yankees were held to just one run three times. Tonight, Robinson Cano hit a home run in the third inning, and the Yankees didn’t have another base runner after that. That’s 20 batters without a single one reaching base.

“It’s frustrating,” Brett Gardner said. “We’re all out there battling, trying to succeed, trying to get in a position to win a ballgame. We had good pitching again today, and we didn’t find a way to support them.”

Some of this may be a return to normal for a team that seemed to be playing over its head for much of these past two months. Vernon Wells’ resurgence has hit a wall. Ichiro Suzuki’s has hit an abyss.

“I don’t know if they were playing over their heads,” Girardi said. “I think they were playing well. Whenever you’re playing well and you go through bad streak, you’re always a little bit surprised because you don’t know what necessarily triggers it. Then you start playing well again and sometimes you don’t know what triggers that. When you play 162 games, you’re going to go through these things.”

But five straight losses? Four in a row against the Mets? With the Red Sox coming to town. The Yankees are getting reinforcements, and they need them to be more than simply big names. The Yankees need a legitimate boost.

“I’m sure there will be a buzz in the air and there will be excitement again tomorrow,” Girardi said. “Tomorrow is as good a day to get back to our winning ways as any.”

Austin Romine, Terry Collins, John Buck• According to Elias, this was only the second time the Yankees had ever been swept by any team in a season series of at least four games. The only other time it happened was in 1990 when the Yankees lost all 12 games against the A’s. Similarly, it was the first time the Mets had ever swept a four-game season series against any team.

• Just a few days ago the Yankees were the only team in baseball that hadn’t lose more than two in a row this season. They’ve now lost five straight and seven of nine.

• This was the third straight game in which the Yankees didn’t draw a walk. They struck out a season-high 14 times, their most since September 5, 2012 at Tampa Bay when they struck out 15 times.

• Mets starter Dillon Gee had a career-high 12 strikeouts. “He didn’t leave many balls over the middle of the plate, it didn’t seem like to me,” Gardner said. “I can’t speak for other guys’ at bats, I didn’t see much on TV or video. He didn’t leave a whole lot of balls over the middle of the plate. Robbie and I took advantage of some pitches to hit in the first inning, we didn’t get anything out of it, and from there, he had his way with us.”

• Another terrific spot start by Vidal Nuno, who allowed two runs through six innings. He did not allow a hit after Anthony Recker’s second-inning double. “I couldn’t get in a rhythm (early),” Nuno said. “I don’t know what happened, but I just found it. A light switch came on the third inning and I got in a nice little rhythm.”

• Nuno became the first Yankees rookie to lose a game in which he pitched at least six innings and allowed three runs or fewer since Sam Militello in 1992.

• Is Nuno heading back to Triple-A tomorrow? “We haven’t talked about that,” Girardi said. Is Nuno thinking about the possibility? “No, it’s just day by day,” Nuno said. “I’ve got that mentality just day by day, and if it happens, it happens.”

• Cano went 2-for-4 with his 14th home run of the season. It came in his 53rd game. Last season, Cano did not hit his 14th homer until his 68th game. That was on June 20.

• Gardner has a seven-game hitting streak.

• Mike Ashmore has video of Teixeira and Youkilis during their postgame press conference.

• Final word goes to Girardi: “You know there’s a competitive edge in all those guys in that room. It’s hard when you lose to your crosstown rivals; you don’t want to be part of a team that gets swept by your crosstown rivals. Over time it’s going to happen, but you don’t want to be the team that it happens to.”

Associated Press photo (some sort of technical problem is keeping me from uploading new pictures tonight, so we’ll just go with the one I uploaded earlier)

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76 Responses to “Postgame notes: “We didn’t find a way to support them””

  1. Rich in NJ May 30th, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Maybe Cashman is starting to see that pitching does not hold the keys to the kingdom in the absence of hitting???

  2. Nick in SF May 30th, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    It’s too late at night to get worked up over slogans.

  3. Nick in SF May 30th, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    I did like how you appended “in the absence of hitting” to that, however. ;)

  4. Jerkface May 31st, 2013 at 12:00 am

    The yankees offense early in the season was coasting on low expectations. They were OK, around average. Now they are significantly below average.

    Youk was hitting .089 in the 8 games prior to his DL stint. Tex always starts slow. I’m not sure they are going to be INSTANT OFFENSE.

    However both guys see a lot of pitches and take their walks which is SORELY needed right now. This lineup lets pitchers roll them over because 2 of the 3 best hitters (cano,wells) are hackers and Hafner is in a deep slump maybe caused by his injury.

    They need 1 bat at the trade deadline minimum I think.

  5. Nick in SF May 31st, 2013 at 12:05 am

    At least they’ll push Vernon further down in the order, which means Rakeville.

  6. Nick in SF May 31st, 2013 at 12:06 am

    “They need 1 bat at the trade deadline minimum I think.”

    Girardi will say getting Jeter and/or Arod back is like making a big trade and then he’ll do his nerd laugh.

  7. Jesus Bustero May 31st, 2013 at 12:08 am

    The only places to upgrade are OF and 3B

    So Adams + pitching for a 3B

    or

    Gardner + pitching for an OF

    or

    Granderson + pitching for an OF

  8. Jesus Bustero May 31st, 2013 at 12:19 am

    That’s exactly what Cashman will do.

  9. Rich in NJ May 31st, 2013 at 12:44 am

    I don’t think Cashman will trade Gardner. That has nothing to do with my thoughts on him, as I would trade him in the right deal, but I think he wants the final cost-controlled year of him.

  10. theREALkevin May 31st, 2013 at 12:47 am

    Maybe you can list like ten more scenarios and then say Cashman will do one of them

  11. Jesus Bustero May 31st, 2013 at 1:16 am

    You guys need to breathe. My 12:19 comment was intended for Nick’s 12:06 comment

  12. Rich in NJ May 31st, 2013 at 1:33 am

    From RAB, to amplify Chad’s point above:

    The last time the Bombers went three straight games without a walk was way back in 1991, which, coincidentally, is the last time they had an offense as anemic as this

  13. sammiejohnson May 31st, 2013 at 1:39 am

    With Tex and Youk coming back tomorrow, the Yankees will need two 25 man roster spots PLUS one 40 man roster spot because Tex was on the 60-Day DL. Two players who have options could be sent down to make room on the 25 man, but they still have to somehow open a 40 man spot for Tex. Not sure who gets DFAed.

  14. sammiejohnson May 31st, 2013 at 1:49 am

    And never mind because I just checked the 40 man roster and there are currently only 38 on it. Will still be interesting to see what moves they make on the 25 man though.

  15. jacksquat May 31st, 2013 at 1:59 am

    Jeter and Arod would not possibly be improvements?

  16. jacksquat May 31st, 2013 at 2:01 am

    The offense is sputtering, but Robertson and Rivera both had bad games and that’s not going to happen too often, so I’m not incredibly worried. It’s not like they got blown away. Youk and Tex should help at least vs LHP.

    Too bad Granderson got hurt because he would have helped vs RHP over Ichiro. Love Ichiro but he is not getting anything going…

  17. Pat M. May 31st, 2013 at 2:44 am

    Losing the first two games ( 2-1 respectively ) really hurts. Rather than just coming out of this 4 gamer with a split the club is on a 5 game bender with the 1st place BoSox looking right in their eyes looking to bury the Yanks with the hopes of putting them to bed for the season…….We’re at the 1/3 marker and this is a big series…….Still think the AL East club that does well vs. the NL West wins the Division or sets them selves up to do so……Bombers have sprung a leak and are taking on water…..Losing Granderson is a major loss to the bucket brigade

  18. UnKnown May 31st, 2013 at 2:48 am

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....nt=Yankees
    ———-

    Good article on the eve before a few key returns.

  19. Doreen May 31st, 2013 at 6:02 am

    Unknown, and that article was written probably th very day Granderson got hurt again. :)

    The starting pitching was good enough to win 3 of the games. That’s the really sad thing.

    After that, what else can anyone say? Baseball is a funny game and anything can happen but I have zero optimism for the next few games against Lester, Doubront and Buchholz. I am glad Tex and Youk will be back, but I expect nothing from them the first few games.

  20. joeman May 31st, 2013 at 6:17 am

    Youkilis is a accident waiting to happen…..you’ll all find out what a stiff this guy is in a short period of time…..this is a team full of players nobody wanted,in some cases they had no choice but they are what they are

  21. Doreen May 31st, 2013 at 6:42 am

    I don’t care if Youk is an accident waiting to happen, as long as while we’re waiting he’s productive, and just fingers crossed we wait for quite awhile for that accident.

  22. LGY May 31st, 2013 at 7:19 am

    Everyone miss Swisher yet?

  23. MTU May 31st, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Good morning.

    Here’s hoping that having to compete w Boston brings out the best in Youkilis and Texeira.

    And in the rest of the Team as well.

    The O needs to wake from it’s slumber and now would be an excellent time.

    ;)

  24. blake May 31st, 2013 at 7:37 am

    LGY says:
    May 31, 2013 at 7:19 am
    Everyone miss Swisher yet?

    There is a good chance he would have at least drawn walk in the last 3 games …..it’s hard to believe a Yankee team could go 3 games without a walk

  25. blake May 31st, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Yanks upcoming schedule is just brutal for icing on the cake

  26. MTU May 31st, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Blake-

    Then they better pick it up, huh ?

    ;)

  27. blake May 31st, 2013 at 7:44 am

    MTU,

    Yea their offense is about as miserable as this sinus infection I have

  28. MTU May 31st, 2013 at 7:45 am

    It seems like every season we have a few real low points.

    And then we overcome.

    This is one of this Season’s.

    Remember.

    “The clouds always seem darkest just before the dawn.”

    ;)

  29. MTU May 31st, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Blake-

    I hope you feel better.

    U taking anything for it ?

  30. blake May 31st, 2013 at 7:52 am

    “U taking anything for it ?”

    I’ve been trying not to….this happens to me every spring….allergies turn into sinus infection. I’m probably in a have to get something

  31. blake May 31st, 2013 at 7:52 am

    I love where I live but it’s rough on the allergic…..

  32. 86w183 May 31st, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Morning guys —-

    I, too am a member of the allergy/sinus infection club! Just awful.

    This has been a miserable stretch. They swung at EVERYTHING last night. Just brutal AB after AB. Hard to understand, they’re not 13.

  33. 86w183 May 31st, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Open to any OTC suggestions for this malady. Used to be able to call my Dr.. and get a prescription… now its a $ 125 office visit to confirm what this gunk is.

  34. blake May 31st, 2013 at 8:00 am

    “Open to any OTC suggestions for this malady. Used to be able to call my Dr.. and get a prescription… now its a $ 125 office visit to confirm what this gunk is.”

    zyrtec D really helps me was allergy symptoms and it’ll open up your nose (sinuses as well). Honestly netti pots really work……it’ll clear that gunk out of there. Just make sure you use distilled water and not from the tap.

  35. pkyankfan69 May 31st, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Do we know what moves are being made to make room for Tex and Youk?

  36. MTU May 31st, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Hope both you guys feel better.

  37. blake May 31st, 2013 at 8:11 am

    “Do we know what moves are being made to make room for Tex and Youk?”

    nope….be interesting to see what they do

  38. pkyankfan69 May 31st, 2013 at 8:17 am

    They can send Nuno down to open up one spot but that only helps until Monday when they need to reactivate AP.

    Maybe Claiborne to AAA and Brigniac DFA?

    Could Adams play SS in an absolute emergency?

  39. blake May 31st, 2013 at 8:18 am

    “Could Adams play SS in an absolute emergency?”

    I think he could probably about as good as Nix can….Nix isn’t great at SS either….he’s much better at 3B and 2B.

  40. jacksquat May 31st, 2013 at 8:19 am

    pkyankfan69 May 31st, 2013 at 8:04 am
    Do we know what moves are being made to make room for Tex and Youk?

    Nuno will be one.

  41. pat May 31st, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Josh_Romanski
    I am now officially a member of the chicago white sox. Thoroughly enjoyed my time with yankees and thank everyone in the organization for the opportunity and support for the last 4 seasons. And good luck to my boys in trenton. Such a great group of guys. Gonna miss that bunch.

  42. pkyankfan69 May 31st, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Claiborne doesn’t deserve to be sent down but with Joba back we have plenty of righty relievers who are pitching well…. I think he will def be one that gets sent down.

    Despite the WP, Joba looked pretty good last night.

  43. blake May 31st, 2013 at 8:20 am

    it’s almost June so the trade market should start forming up a little after the draft….teams are focused on the draft now and are still gauging what their big league club is. Over the next month we’ll start to get some clarity on who might be available etc……Yanks are going to need offensive at the deadline this year if they want to win a title…..they might can make the playoffs as is but even when they get healthy I’m not sure the offense is good enough and have been saying that for a year.

  44. Doreen May 31st, 2013 at 8:20 am

    pat -

    Nice touch by Josh Romanski.

  45. Ys Guy May 31st, 2013 at 8:21 am

    remember all that noise about who’s fault it was that the yankees played youkilis that one day after resting his back because they couldn’t dl him retroactively?

    much ado about nothing.

    i think they are making a mistake rushing these 2 guys back, i think they looked at the calendar a week or so ago and got all hung up on getting them back in the lineup to face lester.

    i dont think tex is ready and i think he’s gonna slump and i think it raises the already high risk of aggravating or re-injuring his wrist.

    i hope it all works out, in the end they need these guy back and healthy.

  46. Rich in NJ May 31st, 2013 at 8:21 am

    You know what I miss moe than Swisher? A farm system with several high-end ML ready options.

  47. MTU May 31st, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Blake-

    Should be an interesting draft for us with the extra picks.

    I’m thinking your are correct and they will need more O at the TD.

  48. Rich in NJ May 31st, 2013 at 8:23 am

    remember all that noise about who’s fault it was that the yankees played youkilis that one day after resting his back because they couldn’t dl him retroactively?

    much ado about nothing.
    -

    Cashman was upset about it. That gave it credibility.

  49. 86w183 May 31st, 2013 at 8:26 am

    I wonder if they are trying to move a RH reliever or two rather than sending someone/anyone out.

    I’d rather they keep Brignac than Nix to be honest with you. He’s a much better SS and hitting LH adds some versatility since Nix/Adams are interchangeable and Adams is better and younger.

  50. MTU May 31st, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Y’s-

    In Yankeeland a lot of what gets done is for expediency.

    It’s all part of the “win now” mentality.

    It’s what Newman calls the “all hands on deck mentality”.

    There are times when it is counterproductive and short-sighted.

  51. MTU May 31st, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Brignac has shown almost nothing w the bat.

  52. 86w183 May 31st, 2013 at 8:29 am

    On a side note I’m really interested in Thursday night’s draft. The Yanks have picks # 26, # 32 and # 33. I don’t think that has EVER happened before.

    I hope they focus on high ceiling, athletic position players who are not catchers.

  53. Ys Guy May 31st, 2013 at 8:30 am

    i’ve noticed that ‘old friend’ ramiro pena is playing alot for atlanta. he’s been in 32 games, had 2 HR (who knew?) and he’s hitting .319!

  54. jacksquat May 31st, 2013 at 8:32 am

    They can’t drop Nix or Brignac unless they think Adams can backup SS.

  55. MTU May 31st, 2013 at 8:32 am

    I’m thinking that maybe young Stein has drawn the wrong conclusion(s) from watching the early season good fortune of the current Yankees O.

    That he thinks they are actually better than they are and can win with it just as it stands.

    He may need to re-evaluate.

    ;)

  56. 86w183 May 31st, 2013 at 8:34 am

    MTU —-

    True, but Nix hasn’t done much better. their career stats are similar. the only significant difference is Brignac is a MUCH better SS and to me that’s more valuable than the little extra pop you get from Nix.

    Plus Nix, Adams, Nunez are all somewhat similar. And Brignac is 3 1/2 years younger.

  57. MTU May 31st, 2013 at 8:34 am

    86-

    I think the Yankee philosophy is to take the best available regardless of position.

    I agree that it would be nice if they would target areas of need.

    Just don’t think they’ll do it.

    Guess we’ll see.

  58. MTU May 31st, 2013 at 8:37 am

    86-

    But Nix is also more versatile.

    I know where you’re goin’ w the Brignac thing and as a general priciple I agree with it.

    Just not sure the Yankees do.

  59. 86w183 May 31st, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Adams can certainly play SS as well/poorly as Nix does.

    That’s a move that makes more sense to me than sending Boech down. He has some potential. Nix and Brignac are what they are.

    I don’t think Hal or anyone else in the organization thought the team of the first two months could make the playoffs. I believe that they think it’s good enough to hang in there until the reinforcements come.

    That process begins tonight.

  60. MTU May 31st, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Hike day today.

    Time to get ready.

    Have a great day.

    :)

  61. pkyankfan69 May 31st, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Yanks could keep Adams, Nix, and Brignac and send Boesch down since Nix and Brignac can both also play in the OF if anything happens to Gardner/Ichiro/Wells.

  62. blake May 31st, 2013 at 8:38 am

    there have been several mock drafts come out…..probably the most interesting name to be linked to the Yanks is Sean Manaea. LHP from Indiana State who could have been a top 5 pick but injuries bugged him last year. If he falls to the Yanks it wouldn’t be the worst thing to take an upside flyer on him given that they have 3 picks in the first round……he’s a big talent….big risk but when you have 3 picks it doesn’t hurt as much to gamble on one of them.

  63. jacksquat May 31st, 2013 at 8:40 am

    I don’t know if Adams can play SS because he has never played there, but I did propose taking a look at least in practice after he was called up and I saw that his arm was not bad.

  64. blake May 31st, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Adams couldn’t play SS routinely….he doesn’t have the arm strength or range….however I think he could play there in a pinch as a back up to the position…..again….Nix isn’t great at SS either…..he’s serviceable

  65. tbone1570 May 31st, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Brignac with the Yanks: 17 AB’s with 9 K’s. Small sample size, but he needs to start putting the ball in play.

  66. Rich in NJ May 31st, 2013 at 8:44 am

    They may have to sacrifice defense for offensive until they rediscover their offense.

  67. blake May 31st, 2013 at 8:47 am

    where is Shame? There is a boy band buffet on the today show

  68. blake May 31st, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Brignac can’t hit….it’s just about as simple as that…..he never could hit.

  69. jacksquat May 31st, 2013 at 8:48 am

    pkyankfan69 May 31st, 2013 at 8:38 am
    Yanks could keep Adams, Nix, and Brignac and send Boesch down since Nix and Brignac can both also play in the OF if anything happens to Gardner/Ichiro/Wells.

    I very much doubt it. They immediately called up Boesch when Granderson went down. They don’t want to run Ichiro/Wells/Gardner out there every day, especially Ichiro.

  70. blake May 31st, 2013 at 8:49 am

    I hate to say it but I don’t like this matchup tonight at all for the Yanks…..hopefully this means they will knock Lester around and CC will throw a shut out.

  71. joecembrale May 31st, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Feeling mighty low………………………………………………………………..

  72. pkyankfan69 May 31st, 2013 at 8:56 am

    JS,

    Yea, I don’t think they will do that either.

    On a side note, I had the choice to going to the Yankee game either this Thurs or Sat… Thankfully I went with Sat and missed the Phelps debacle. Hughes better pitch a decent game on Sat night.

  73. joecembrale May 31st, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Have tix for Sunday night vs Bucholtz… not looking forward to going.

  74. 86w183 May 31st, 2013 at 9:09 am

    I LOVE the idea of going after Manea. Also will be interesting to see what happens with Karsten Whitson who was a # 1 pick three years ago but missed the entire season with undisclosed arm issues at Florida.

    FWIW — Nix’s career OPS is .651, Brignac is .580 — Lousy and Lousier

  75. willwill May 31st, 2013 at 9:13 am

    getting swept this weekend will put the nail in the coffin. Better hope

  76. 86w183 May 31st, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Right… season ends June 2nd if the Yanks are five back

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