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Yankees postgame/pregame: Ichiro heating up

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Jun 19, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Lyle Overbay, Ichiro SuzukiIchiro Suzuki kept showing up in the picture in the 6-4 win over the Dodgers in Game 1. Three hits, a solo homer, three RBI, an outstanding catch.

“He’s been playing extremely well for us,” Joe Girardi said after Suzuki lifted his average to .274, having gone 10 for 22 over his last four games. “He has the ability to get really, really hot.”

Suzuki served a soft two-run single into left in the seventh, the decisive hit since it gave the Yankees a 6-2 lead.

“He puts it in the perfect spot,” Lyle Overbay said. “It’s an art.”

So is this the start of an extended hot streak for Suzuki?

“I have no idea,” Suzuki said through his interpreter. “Maybe you can ask a fortune teller or somebody in New York can tell you.”

Hiroki Kuroda allowed two runs and eight hits over 6 2/3 to snap a three-game losing streak, doing it against his old team. He said through his interpreter that he enjoyed catching up with Clayton Kershaw yesterday.

“Once the game started, I didn’t really focus too much on who I was facing,” Kuroda said. “I was trying … to contribute for the win.”

The Yankees got their first look at what all the fuss is about, Yasiel Puig. The L.A. rookie got thrown out trying to stretch one single into a double, but did make it the next time he tried. Mariano Rivera got him looking to end the game.

“He’s an aggressive player,” Girardi said. “He has tools.”

Phil Hughes and Chris Capuano will be the pitching matchup in the second game. Girardi said before the first game that Zoilo Almonte would probably get to start in the night game, but Suzuki is starting in left and Thomas Neal is in right. Vernon Wells is the DH. He went 0 for 4 in the opener, leaving him in a 9-for-84 slide.

“He’ll figure it out,” Girardi said.

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39 Responses to “Yankees postgame/pregame: Ichiro heating up”

  1. Rich in NJ June 19th, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Wells will not figure out what he has been unable to figure out for what is now 5 of the last 7 seasons. Stop the madness.

  2. blake June 19th, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Ichiro crushing lefties is really unexplanable…… But the sample size is big enough now that you have to consider that it’s real. He’s actually got a small reverse split for his career…..who cares why…..just hope it lasts

  3. Warning Track Power June 19th, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    blake June 19th, 2013 at 5:59 pm
    Wells or Francisco
    —————————–
    Wells but not my much.
    Francisco is closing the gap without even getting a plate appearance

  4. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 19th, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    GO YANKS!!! GO PHIL (I think it’s Phil)!!! GO OFFENSE!!!

    Preemptory strike since I won’t be here to say it at first pitch.

    :)

  5. ac1 June 19th, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    I guess wells’s awesome game 1 changed Joe’s mind to play almonte. Wells looking at his possible second 0-8 day in one week…

  6. Giuseppe Franco June 19th, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    This is way off topic but I have to give the NFL credit because they do the best job among the 4 major sports in selling their brand and keeping people interested in the sport even during the offseason.

    This whole “vote on your team’s Mount Rushmore” thing is just the latest example.

    Who are the Giants’ Mt Rushmore?

    LT is a given but who are the others?

    Big Tuna is probably another.

  7. Warning Track Power June 19th, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Let’s Go Yankees!!!
    Let’s Go Yankees!!!
    Let’s Go Yankees!!!

    Memo to Phil:
    Learn from what Kuroda did in game 1.
    Get all 4 pitches going and keep the batter’s off balance.

  8. Rich in NJ June 19th, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    GF is right. The NFL is light years ahead of other sports in marketing.

  9. Giuseppe Franco June 19th, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Let’s thank our lucky stars that Francisco is now off the available board – signing with the Padres today.

    Although it probably won’t be long before he’s available again.

  10. Jerkface June 19th, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Ichiro crushing lefties is really unexplanable

    I dont think its unexplainable. I posted his spray charts before. Left handed he is going the other way/up the middle way more. Like 10 x as much as against right handed pitchers. Something about the way they pitch him makes him easier to go the other way and he is having success doing that.

  11. ac1 June 19th, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    It helps the nfl to only have 16 games. Hard to compare that to trying to fill 50k seats 81 times a year.

  12. blake June 19th, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    “I dont think its unexplainable. I posted his spray charts before. Left handed he is going the other way/up the middle way more. Like 10 x as much as against right handed pitchers. Something about the way they pitch him makes him easier to go the other way and he is having success doing that.”

    Still kinda weird that he’d have that big a split I think…..

  13. fantasygame101 June 19th, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Our cleanup hitter is someone that all teams probably would have DFA now.

  14. blake June 19th, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    It also helps the NFL that they for care about PEDS and don’t overshadow their sport with them

  15. ac1 June 19th, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    I’m pretty sure Zoilo is up to hit against rhp in place of Wells.
    ____________

    Because Wells is carving up LHP?

  16. ac1 June 19th, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Like i said, Wells is looking at his second 0-8 day of baseball in a week.

  17. fantasygame101 June 19th, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Hope wells just take the outside pitch. Free his mind to hit middle and inside pitch. If you have diminishing skills, you should reduce areas you need to cover. So what if he strikes out 10 times? he would probably still strikeout 10 times and at the same time look so bad.

  18. ac1 June 19th, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Cano is going to see ZERO hittable pitches tonight.

  19. mick June 19th, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    ______________________________________________________________
    Based on the replay, Neal appeared to be hustling as soon as he hit the ball.
    =========================
    Why wasn’t he hustling, mentally, when the ball went past the catcher to the backstop?

  20. Warning Track Power June 19th, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Mick
    I don’t think Neal knew the ball got away from Gonzalez.
    Once he was aware, it was too late for him to attempt taking 2nd.

  21. mick June 19th, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Girardi is going with his principles.
    This lineup was good enough against the lefty in the 1st game.
    Why not use it again in the 2nd?
    This isn’t Little League where everybody has to get their chance.
    I don’t agree with it, would he sit Hafner in the playoffs against a lefty?
    It’s not an audition for Almonte tho…he’s looking to get Wells off, at least till Grandy gets back.

  22. comnsnse June 19th, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Oh Blake, “it also helps that the NFL that they for care about peds and don’t overshadow their sport with them”?

    Are you serious, the NFL has been home to experimental “enhancers” for 50 year starting with greenies. Do you know any current or NFL coaches who might dissuade you of that naivete’?

    I do! What the NFL has done is keep it quiet by having a superb marketing dept. and PR machine.

    It also helps that the modern fan base has a level of ethics which can only be found by scraping the soles of their shoes!

  23. mick June 19th, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    I don’t think Neal knew the ball got away from Gonzalez.
    ==============
    Exactly.
    Maybe he should have.
    I’m sure Girardi mentioned it to him.
    Funny, these are major league baseball players.
    I had the same discussions with my little leaguers.

  24. Against All Odds June 19th, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    That’s a bunch of baloney. They haven’t shown the patience to develop the young guys.

    —————————————

    True they haven’t. For a young player you have to burst through like Cano or Wang did.

  25. fantasygame101 June 19th, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    I can not believe wells is so durable. He should be breaking by now, his body was used to sitting in games the last couple of yrs.

  26. mick June 19th, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    wells is durable because he doesn’t hustle or go all out for anything.
    He looks like a 50 year old out there.

  27. mick June 19th, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    i hate these junk ball leftys like capuano, tall and deceptive.

  28. jacksquat June 19th, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    ac1 June 19th, 2013 at 6:22 pm
    I’m pretty sure Zoilo is up to hit against rhp in place of Wells.
    ____________

    Because Wells is carving up LHP?

    .301 .344 .446 .790

  29. fantasygame101 June 19th, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    But still, swinging and missing a lot is hard to the body. Many players hurt themselves like that. But my guess is that his body is already to use to swinging and missing so it is normal.

  30. jacksquat June 19th, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    I’d be fine with them putting Zoilo in against the lhp, just saying that Wells still has good splits vs lhp, although it’s probably not as good recently.

  31. Against All Odds June 19th, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Giuseppe Franco June 19th, 2013 at 6:15 pm
    This is way off topic but I have to give the NFL credit because they do the best job among the 4 major sports in selling their brand and keeping people interested in the sport even during the offseason.

    ———————-

    They do a great job at that. I think the NBA is starting to trend that way as well. I think the league has seen an uptick in interest since the 2010 LA/BOS final to present.

  32. Giuseppe Franco June 19th, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    ac1 June 19th, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    It helps the nfl to only have 16 games. Hard to compare that to trying to fill 50k seats 81 times a year.
    ——–

    There’s a lot more to it than that. Its not just about tv ratings (which we can all agree that the NFL is king) but merchandise sales and marketing.

    They keep people interested in the sport during the offseason and have successfully turned the NFL Draft into a huge media event.

    MLB didn’t do so well in their attempt to do the same with their draft.

  33. mick June 19th, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    its all about the betting in the nfl..

  34. ac1 June 19th, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Because Wells is carving up LHP?

    .301 .344 .446 .790
    ____

    How much of that was April and how much was May/June?

  35. ac1 June 19th, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Giuseppe I agree.
    I just mean it does help that they only have to fill the stadium 8 times a season vs. 81.
    But yes, NFL is much better at keeping people interested all year round.

  36. Giuseppe Franco June 19th, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Against All Odds June 19th, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    They do a great job at that. I think the NBA is starting to trend that way as well. I think the league has seen an uptick in interest since the 2010 LA/BOS final to present.

    ——–

    You may be right about that.

    I may sound like an old fogey but the NBA to me isn’t anywhere near as interesting as it was in the 80s and early 90s with Jordan, Magic, Bird, etc, etc, and all of the other characters and rivalries in those days.

  37. Doreen June 19th, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Because no matter how you hype it, no player taken in the baseball draft is going to have an immediate impact.

    Baseball is a like a long narrative (or a soap opera). You can check in from time to,time and see what’s gong on, but it’s not until the end that it gets really interesting. Some peopl like the character studies along the way, some just want the ending.

    Football is so different. And yeah, the betting and the pools every week add to the interest even by the casual fan.

  38. comnsnse June 19th, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Site admin., about this “Slanty I’ business.

    Does our crystal ball tell us, he might have meant Italians, Indians etc.? A humorous Optician? Perhaps a graphic artist? Maybe he’s an old timer giving the blog the infamous “Fish Eye”?

    Does Slainte I disparage the Irish?

    How about the “Slanted Door ” in San Fran , sounds a little “bent” to me! ;)

    Now to be serious for a nanosecond, why not simply wait to see if the poster uses the screen name to make obvious offensive comments about our fellow inhabitants on the third planet?

  39. ac1 June 19th, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    there goes the perfect game.


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