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Postgame notes: “We just haven’t gotten it done”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 13, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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The heart of the Yankees order — Nos. 2 through 5 — combined to hit 1-for-17 tonight. They had a sacrifice fly, a walk and four strikeouts.

“You hate to say it again, but we don’t have home runs right now,” Mark Teixeira said. “It’s tough to string together a whole lot of hits against good pitching – we faced some pretty good pitching the last two nights. Bartolo was really good last night, and their guy pitched really well tonight. Sometimes you need to pop a couple home runs off those guys, and we haven’t been able to do that. … We just haven’t gotten it done.”

This isn’t a one-night phenomenon. Robinson Cano’s batting average is down to .277 following a bad two-week stretch. The rest of the Yankees supposed-to-be run producers are hitting .237 or below, and the team has gone five games without a home run, matching their longest homerless streak since 2000.

With little need for an introduction, here’s hitting coach Kevin Long talking about…

Robinson Cano: “I think Robbie is all right. We’re going to do some more left-handed stuff with him. If you look at his numbers against righties, he’s killing them. I think where his production goes down is facing lefties, and we’re going to move him to my group in batting practice (Long pitches left-handed) and see if that helps out a little bit. That’s one of the solutions we have come up with.”

Mark Teixeira: “Yesterday he swung the bat good. Today I thought he hit some balls good. He’s come up with some big hits at some big times. He’s just getting accustomed to Major League pitching, and it’s going to take him a little bit of time. The sooner the better, but you’ve got to be somewhat patient with him.”

Travis Hafner: “Haf got into some bad habits when his shoulder was hurt. We felt pretty good about his swing as of late. We didn’t get the results today. Yesterday he smashed two balls; we didn’t get anything for that. Again, we’ll just stay at it, stay the course and I think at the end of the day these guys will come through.”

Vernon Wells: “Vernon is coming around a few balls here and there. He’s had a couple of good games and then kind of (not so good). Not really expanding too much. Getting some pitches to the outer part of the plate where maybe in the beginning of the year he was going the other way a little bit more.”

Kevin Youkilis: “Youkilis is starting to come around. You can see it. You can see the life in his body, his bat is starting to come through the zone. Certainly if (Youkilis and Teixeira) can get going and get on track, that’ll help us out a great deal.”

Phil Hughes• Phil Hughes has lacked consistency in almost every way this season, but until tonight he had not walked a ton of guys. He had five walks tonight, having never walked more than two in a game this season. “Every time I really need to make a big pitch, I couldn’t execute it,” he said. “It was tough. I just felt like every single time I wanted to make a good pitch it wasn’t there. That’s what five walks looks like; consistently not being able to find it.”

• After the two-run homer, Hughes retired three straight, pitched around back-to-back walks, then struck out two in a 1-2-3 fourth. But his pitch count was extremely high, and there were two more walks in the fifth. Eventually the trouble just caught up to him. “I felt like my body language was terrible tonight,” he said. “I was trying to control myself, but after the fourth walk, I was almost trying to take a deep breath, see if I could slow myself down, find a way to battle through it. It was just one of those nights when every time I wanted to make a pitch, it just wasn’t there.”

• On the two-run homer by Brandon Moss: “Just a first-pitch changeup that was out over the plate,” Hughes said. “We talked about changeups being a good option to him, but he didn’t see my fastball at all tonight up to that point, so it was just a mistake over the plate.”

• Joe Girardi on Hughes: “I thought he struggled with some of his offspeed today. I thought he was able to throw some early curveballs for strikes but some of his other pitches he struggled a little bit. He got in some long counts. I thought he was trying to mix his pitches, but he just wasn’t able to throw strikes. … And I think (five walks) is a product that he wasn’t able to throw his offspeed for strikes tonight, in a sense. He tried to mix, and he never really got it going.”

• Despite Hughes and the offense, the Yankees trialed just 3-0 after five innings and cut the lead to 3-2 before Joba Chamberlain gave up two more runs in the eighth. “We had a chance,” Girardi said. “We got it to 3-2 and we had a runner on second with two outs and you hope you can tie the score up. Joba does a good job I think it was the bottom of the seventh getting two big strikeouts (actually one and a ground ball). But in the eighth, things got away from him a little bit.”

Ichoro Suzuki, Brett Gardner• Girardi explaining the move in the seventh to initially pinch hit Lyle Overbay and then Chris Stewart: “Well, once we got Nixy to second (on a stolen base), I’m going to make the move. I know he’s going to bring in Doolittle for Overbay, so at that point, unless Nixy gets to second, I’m not going to make the move. Once he gets to second, I thought Stew had a pretty good at-bat against Doolittle last night. He swung the bat pretty good and I made the move. It was either Romine against Straily or Stew against Doolittle, and I was going to take that.”

• Long on whether guys are pressing: “No. I think the clubhouse is loose. We just won three out of four in Seattle. We lost two games to a team that I believe is in first place and playing good baseball. My job is to make sure that we continue to get our work in, continue to work at having good at-bats, quality at-bats. At the end of the day, if there’s something that we need to address, we do that.”

• According to Josh Norris, catching prospect J.R. Murphy has been promoted from Trenton to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Yankees have been happy with his defensive improvement this season. They’ve always liked the bat.

• Girardi actually indicated he might do something different with the lineup tomorrow, using the quick turnaround as an easy excuse to make a change. Asked whether he might shake things up, Girardi said: “Tomorrow’s a day game after a night game. We’ll see what we do.”

• Final word goes to Teixeira: “Yeah, we fought back. We’d like to not have to fight back every game. Getting the lead is nice for our pitchers. I think you saw, with our nice little streak against Cleveland and Seattle, we were ahead a lot of those games. It gives our pitcher a chance to settle down and pitch his game.”

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57 Responses to “Postgame notes: “We just haven’t gotten it done””

  1. UnKnown June 13th, 2013 at 2:55 am

    Oh and seriously someone please, PLEASE come again right now with the offense is “fine” B.S. When the game is over continually if the other team scores 4 runs or more. Continue to allow yourselves to be tricked into a comfort zone when winning games 2-1 and 3-1 most of the time. As if that is sustainable!! Makes me want to vomit.

    You see that pic of Gardner up there? That is what the whole dugout was looking like during the last of the 8th and 9th innings tonight. The last thing that everything is right now is “FINE”

    And yeah I know that as a fan there is not a freaking thing I can do about it. Thanks. And no the season is not over and yes the offense could, Oh I don’t know actually show a pulse, sometime between and now and the end of September rendering everything to be “fine” again. And no I am not panicking and my fingers aren’t bleeding, thanks again. *Rant Over

    Take it away morning crew.

  2. pkyankfan69 June 13th, 2013 at 3:49 am

    Kevin Longs comments are hilarious… Everyone is basically, “Oh, he’s coming around, we like where he’s at, blah blah blah…..” Who is going to believe that? We have old, broken down players on offense, this is a young mans game, what did they expect?

    Maybe Cash will finally realize that while pitching might be the ‘keys to the kingdom’ that car isn’t moving with out the offense which is the motor. Until we get some young position players in here the results on offense will continue to be piss poor.

  3. comnsnse June 13th, 2013 at 5:28 am

    This entire interview is a sham and nothing but excuses.

    The pitching was not terrible but the inconsistencies of both Hughes and Joba continue to surface.

    However at the end of the day this is the worst offensive roster I’ve seen in many years in the organization.

    Do not envy Girardi who has too conjure up excuses on a daily basis but it does get old.

    I’d prefer a simple declarative statement of, “we stink”!

  4. cigator June 13th, 2013 at 6:35 am

    Hughes and Jaba the Hut were once considered the future of the team. They both stink and thankfully will be gone soon. Kevin Long’s comments sound moronic to anyone that actually watches the games. The Yanks should immediately release Wells and Youk, and bring up the best prospects they have to replace them. Not much to get excited about this season, I’m waiting it out until college football.

  5. blake June 13th, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Well last night I wondered if they could score 2 runs….they sure proved me wrong. Nice work Offense

  6. blake June 13th, 2013 at 6:53 am

    “You hate to say it again, but we don’t have home runs right now,” Mark Teixeira said. “It’s tough to string together a whole lot of hits against good pitching – we faced some pretty good pitching the last two nights. Bartolo was really good last night, and their guy pitched really well tonight. Sometimes you need to pop a couple home runs off those guys, and we haven’t been able to do that. … We just haven’t gotten it done.””

    This made me laugh

  7. blake June 13th, 2013 at 7:15 am

    Last night was the worst I’ve seen Hughes this year stuff wise….he’s gotten hit other games because of bad locations or because of getting too fastball happy etc but last night he has nothing from the jump….no fastball life….breaking pitches just rolling and no command or control of them. He was actually fortunate to only give up 3.

    Joba is probably the 6th or 7th reliever for me right now…..I have more confidence in Claiborne and Kelly both than him

  8. NYY fan in NH June 13th, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Joba sucks…..

  9. RadioKev June 13th, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Does JR Murphy leap frog Austin Romine?

  10. 86w183 June 13th, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Good morning good people

    Hard to remember a time when Hughes looked less comfortable or capable out there. His maddening inconsistency is going to end up costing him a lot of money I would think.

    Kevin Long and Baghdad Bob would have gotten along great.

    “There are no bad hitters here. Everyone is coming around. The offense is fine.”

  11. Tar June 13th, 2013 at 7:55 am

    “This made me laugh”

    Yeah pretty funny. The GLove rant is definetly going to be a must read. Go get him GLove. :D

  12. 86w183 June 13th, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Does JR Murphy leap frog Austin Romine?

    ********************************

    He does if he hits.

  13. austinmac June 13th, 2013 at 7:58 am

    The pitching can’t and won’t be good every night. Sometimes you have to win 6-5. When was the last time that happened?

    Is there anyone who now thinks the offense is okay? Now, Long says we should be optimistic because so and so hit a hard ground ball.

    This is perhaps the worst outfield in baseball.

  14. blake June 13th, 2013 at 8:00 am

    I swear I think Tex is trolling G Love sometimes with his comments.

    If Murphy hits at AAA they should call him up…..it’s rushing him but it’s desperation time with the offense. When you’re playing Overbay in RF because the offense is so bad then it’s an all hands on deck situation

  15. Niblick June 13th, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Long’s quotes sound as delusional as one of the posters here. He us either clueless or lying through his teeth.

  16. RadioKev June 13th, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Long’s just being positive. He didn’t sign the guys, he just tries to make them the best they can be.

  17. Yankee Trader June 13th, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Good morning.

    Robinson Cano: “I think Robbie is all right. We’re going to do some more left-handed stuff with him. If you look at his numbers against righties, he’s killing them. I think where his production goes down is facing lefties, and we’re going to move him to my group in batting practice (Long pitches left-handed) and see if that helps out a little bit. That’s one of the solutions we have come up with.”

    Why did you wait so long, Long?

  18. blake June 13th, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Remember when we thought Youk was revived? Lol

    His numbers are almost identical to what he did in Boston last year

  19. Yankee Trader June 13th, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Is Adams still with this team?

  20. blake June 13th, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Yankee Trader says:
    June 13, 2013 at 8:09 am
    Is Adams still with this team?

    Picking splinters….it was just as I feared….he struggled a bit and Youk came back and they essentially pulled the plug…..never gave him time to adjust because they had to play some old dude they are paying 12 million

  21. austinmac June 13th, 2013 at 8:12 am

    As many of us said when these guys were signed, they show clear signs of decline due to aging. Youkilis, Hafner, Wells and Ichiro are clearly not regular players anymore. Why is it that was obvious to us but not the team?

    Further, why was it obvious the offense of the team needed youthful additions over the past couple of years but Cashman always said the offense is fine?

    I would rather not score with the younger guys brought up and playing. At least there is a chance they may improve.

  22. Niblick June 13th, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Is Long kidding?

  23. austinmac June 13th, 2013 at 8:13 am

    I guessed I missed Wells’ good games. Are we talking April?

  24. Yankee Trader June 13th, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Blake

    And while Wells continues to swing at pitches so far out if the strike zone for the 18M the Yankees are paying him, Neal And Mustelier languish in AAA!

  25. blake June 13th, 2013 at 8:17 am

    I would rather not score with the younger guys brought up and playing. At least there is a chance they may improve.”

    This….nothing worse than watching old guys struggle

  26. blake June 13th, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Call up Jagielo!

  27. yankeefeminista June 13th, 2013 at 8:19 am

    This is too funny; did I really have to wake up to this? I couldn’t have “parodied” Teix better if I tried. Home runs or bust? Maybe he is trying to piss the fans off like Cash did by keeping Francisco?? ;) Just win, baby.

    JR is a better hitter than Romine right now, and probably could put together better AB’s vs these A’s pitchers than what we already have up here.

    Kuroda-San to the rescue? We can’t afford to have the pitching slump with this O.

    Sent from my iPhone

  28. RadioKev June 13th, 2013 at 8:20 am

    blake June 13th, 2013 at 8:17 am
    I would rather not score with the younger guys brought up and playing. At least there is a chance they may improve.”

    This….nothing worse than watching old guys struggle
    ———-

    I think this is generally a misnomer. I’m not sure how much fun Royals fans are having this season relative to Yankee fans. Obviously having a good young team is positive, but having a bad young team is no better than a bad old team.

  29. Yankee Trader June 13th, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Then there is Joba Who is so out of shape, he can barely catch his breath on the mound.

  30. Yankee Trader June 13th, 2013 at 8:22 am

    When is the last time the Yankees won a game in Oakland Coliseum?

  31. blake June 13th, 2013 at 8:23 am

    I think the As just really know how to attack Yankee hitters….. I remember last year going out there and them sweeping the 4 game set and they didnt walk a Yankee hitter the entire series.

  32. austinmac June 13th, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Kev,

    There is a chance Neal, Mustelier or Almonte could be relatively productive. The Yankee old guys will still be old and declining. Neither option is great, but the current one is hard to watch.

    I would trade starting lineups with the Royals any time.

  33. Yankee Trader June 13th, 2013 at 8:29 am

    “I think the A’s just really know how to attack Yankee hitters.”

    They must have gotten their information from all the other pitching staffs that have faced the Yankees so far this season. :)

  34. blake June 13th, 2013 at 8:33 am

    “I think this is generally a misnomer. I’m not sure how much fun Royals fans are having this season relative to Yankee fans”

    The Royals have been at this for years though and they won’t spend any money and have no pitching.

    I don’t want a team full of prospects like that….but Id rather watch a 23 year old that might get better play than a 39 year old that has nowhere to go but down.

    The Yanks need a mixture…..they tried this hodge podge of retreads this year to avoid spending any long term money and it worked for awhile……it looks an awful lot like the clock striking midnight now though and it’s still just June

  35. blake June 13th, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I think Wells and Youk might be ok if played appropriately against LHP. Ichiro is a 4th outfielder ….they need bats ( plural)

  36. blake June 13th, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Yankee Trader says:
    June 13, 2013 at 8:20 am
    Then there is Joba Who is so out of shape, he can barely catch his breath on the mound.

    I usually don’t comment on this stuff but it looks like Joba did his rehab at 5 guys

  37. Yankee Trader June 13th, 2013 at 8:35 am

    From Replace Level Yankees this morning:

    “But once again, the loss can be credited in large part to the aforementioned punchless lineup. Getting back Kevin Youkilis (.176/.263/.265 in 38 PA since his return from the DL) and Mark Teixiera (.182/.245/.409 in 49 PA since his return) hasn’t helped much, has it? Nor has Robinson Cano’s .189/.333/.297 line in June. Did I mention Vernon Wells who has .212/.242/.318 in his last 178 PA and .118/.143/.118 in June? Perhaps the “Vernon Wells is bad at baseball” crowd were on to something after all…”

  38. astrocityfan June 13th, 2013 at 8:37 am

    dont they have an open 40 man slot? if so i just cannot understand why they wont add Neal or Musty. Send Adams down and let him play then stick one or the other of musty or neal in right. It just makes no sense.

    The only good news is Murphy to AAA. Looking forward to seeing how his bat plays there.

  39. blake June 13th, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Hughes and Joba weren’t good last night but you just aren’t going to win many games if you can’t score….the Yankee offense isn’t bailing out their pitching staff ever and at some point the pitching can’t give up 1 run every night

  40. blake June 13th, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Sanchez should be at Trenton soon

  41. austinmac June 13th, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Hughes and Joba had another night of killing their trade value. I do no see any possibility of a trade for a good bat. Who on the Yankee roster has trade value to bring one back? I see no one.

    The time to upgrade has passed. Now, the only option is to see if any of the guys in the minors are better than the old gang. Frankly, they may not be, but to bet on resurgence of guys who are old, hurt and declining is fruitless.

  42. blake June 13th, 2013 at 8:42 am

    I think Phelps has a good bit of trade value and I think Nova and Hughes both have some too. Gardner may have the most on the roster besides Cano but they can’t trade him at this point

  43. austinmac June 13th, 2013 at 8:43 am

    I’m glad I don’t have to stay up late to watch tonight. I think that makes me more irritated.

  44. blake June 13th, 2013 at 8:44 am

    I still don’t see Hughes as a problem…. He’s their 4th starter and he’s going to be up and down but he will give them a good start on most nights and have a few poor outings mixed in. Now he could be expendable if Pineda comes back…..but he’s not the problem….the offense is the sole problem

  45. Yankee Trader June 13th, 2013 at 8:45 am

    “They need bats.” In order to get bats they will need to move pitching in the next few weeks. With Wang gone, Nuno on the DL, Nova not impressive in AAA,FA’s Joba and Hughes so inconsistent, Pineda not ready, and the possibility that one of their current starters could suffer an injury, the pitching is a little thin right now.

  46. austinmac June 13th, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Yes, I think all those pitchers have some trade value but not enough to bring a productive non-old hitter either individually or collectively. Gardner would but that solves nothing.

  47. NYYROC June 13th, 2013 at 8:48 am

    If Cashman is going to make a move, he can’t wait until TD. By then it will be too late. He needs to make a move soon. I’m not sure PH & Joba have much value; 2 guys who are not pitching well and both are rentals. Will be interesting to see what happens. I’ve been a NYY fan since early 60s and it has been a long time since I’ve seen such a poor NYY offense.

  48. NYYROC June 13th, 2013 at 8:51 am

    I think PH has about 30 days left in the NYY rotation..if that. Nova could be brought up..maybe PH will be traded away. But once Pineda is ready he will be in rotation. Phelps is outpitching PH. Phil is the odd man out. He is pitching himself out of a job.

  49. 86w183 June 13th, 2013 at 8:56 am

    YT —-

    A little bit of Debbie Downer this morning. I don’t think you can say Nova is not impressive in AAA… he made one outstanding start and one mediocre one. I’ll take a 2.45 ERA and 13 K in 11 innings. He’s better than the #4 or # 5 starter on most teams. Pitching isn’t think…. just not as thick as it was a week ago.

    Do I need any more evidence to prove I’m right about sending Warren down to start in Scranton? If he’s not going to come in when the starter can’t go five innings why in hell is he still on the MLB roster? Especially now that Wang is gone and Nuno is hurtin’. He has not pitched in nine games and only twice (5 innings combined) in 19 games.

  50. 86w183 June 13th, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Here’s what I would do right now:

    1. Nova back in rotation
    2. Hughes to bullpen
    3. Trade Joba for three pizzas and a six pack of Sam Adams
    4. Warren to Scranton to start
    5. Mustelier to MLB roster and let him play

  51. Shame Spencer June 13th, 2013 at 9:02 am

    blake June 13th, 2013 at 6:53 am

    “You hate to say it again, but we don’t have home runs right now,” Mark Teixeira said. “It’s tough to string together a whole lot of hits against good pitching – we faced some pretty good pitching the last two nights. Bartolo was really good last night, and their guy pitched really well tonight. Sometimes you need to pop a couple home runs off those guys, and we haven’t been able to do that. … We just haven’t gotten it done.””

    This made me laugh

    ———————-

    This made me cry.

  52. Hassey June 13th, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Wow – pitchign Hughes and Jba in the same game is like combining the Y2K crisis with the Mayan 2012 doomsday

  53. Shame Spencer June 13th, 2013 at 9:03 am

    blake June 13th, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I think Wells and Youk might be ok if played appropriately against LHP. Ichiro is a 4th outfielder ….they need bats ( plural)

    ————————

    The players they were pulling in were all good acquisitions if used sparingly or in platoon roles…but at least a couple were brought in to be full time players. Mistake.

  54. austinmac June 13th, 2013 at 9:04 am

    86,

    I endorse your moves.

  55. austinmac June 13th, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Ichiro will get nowhere near 3,000 hits in the next two years. Nice move Levine. His pursuit of 2,800 hits will sure bring in the revenue.

  56. Hankflorida June 13th, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    The Yankees have been basically a home run hitting team over the years and have not been a team that were known to manufacture runs. This year is no different as when Welles, Hafner and Overbay were hitting home runs at the same pace as Granderson, Swisher and Teixara did the previous years, the Yankees were scoring runs. The Bronx Bombers have now become the hitless wonders winning with their pitching, but as the pitching falters, the Yankees must get back to the three run homer even if it means having someone like Boesch play against right-handers even when Granderson returns.

  57. longtimefan June 13th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    More of the same, canned responses from manager, gm, hitting coach to the same old soft ball questions from the media, fact of the matter is this is an old, poorly put together team and most of the fans know that and are tired of the same old excuses. Blame falls on ownership, George was all about winning, H & H are all about bottom line but also look at all the empty seats at home games even in the sub-way series, team will be for sale shortly–sad.

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