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Postgame notes: “We play from behind because we’re not scoring runs early”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 20, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Robinson Cano

It struck me tonight that even the Yankees best moment was a disappointment. Hard to consider a three-run inning a letdown, but this one really was. It was three runs with only one hit in the inning. Three runs when the middle of the order had a chance to make it even bigger. Three runs when the Yankees needed four to tie the game.

“I don’t want to say it’s disappointing to get three in that inning,” Brett Gardner said. “But maybe it’s disappointing to not get something in other innings when we have opportunities. Every inning, every at-bat is an opportunity. … If we were able to scratch off one or two the first couple of innings, then that three ties it or gives us a lead. We just weren’t able to do that.”

And maybe that’s the larger truth. Every offensive disappointment is painted with this broader brush, judged in the context of just how bad this lineup has been lately.

Andy Pettitte wasn’t especially good today, and he knew it — “I feel like I’m just putting us in a hole every time out right now,” he said — but it just seems time for the offense to pick up the pitching staff a little bit, and that’s not happening.

“We play from behind because we’re not scoring runs early,” Gardner said. “It would be different if we went out and put a couple runs up in the first couple innings, but we haven’t been doing that. We were able to get those three runs in, I think it was the 6th inning, and then it got away from us again. It was just too much.”

The Yankees had just one extra-base hit tonight. Red-hot Gardner was the only Yankee to have more than one hit. When the bases were loaded for the middle of the order, the Yankees scratched out a few runs rather than making a decisive statement and taking control of the game.

“We’ve got guys that are working their butts off,” Joe Girardi said. “Unfortunately, we haven’t been scoring a lot of runs lately and it’s cost us some games. These guys are working and they’re doing everything we’re asking them to do. … I’m going to say it again; these are the guys that got us 12 games over. Right now we’re struggling, and we need to get on a roll. We need to play better.”

Andy Pettitte• Michael Pineda made a rehab start with High-A Tampa tonight. He went four innings, five hits, two runs, one earned, one walk and three strikeouts.

• Girardi wasn’t especially down on Pettitte’s start. Said he didn’t make a ton of mistakes, but every mistake was hit hard. Pettitte largely agreed. “My command in the zone needs to be good, and my fastball command is not real good,” Pettitte said. “Every ball I leave in the zone, I’m giving up base hits right now. Tonight, the first couple of hitters, I couldn’t get them out. And when you can’t get the guys at the top of the lineup, obviously the guys down there as you go down have power and can drive guys in and stuff like that. Just frustrated. Just another frustrating night.”

• Pettitte indicated he might go back to throwing two bullpens between starts now that his back is feeling better. He thinks that might improve his command.

• Both Girardi and Pettitte talked about the lack of a shutdown inning after the Yankees pulled within a run in the sixth. “(Girardi) gives me a chance there to get out of that inning,” Pettitte said. “Trusting me to get out of that inning with Rodriguez up and just can’t get him out. It’s just disappointing. We’re battling. Matt walked a few guys there, I think he might have walked the bases loaded to give us a chance to score, and we get three and then I give right back another one too them. So just another frustrating outing. I just need to be better.”

• How big of a hole did 5-3 feel? “It’s obviously tougher to come back because we know they have a good back end of the bullpen,” Girardi said. “They’ve got some guys that can really get it done down there. It’s tough after you get to 4-3 and you give up that run with two outs and nobody on; those shutdown innings are so important.”

Ichiro Suzuki• Why pinch hit Zoilo Almonte in the ninth? “Just giving the kid an at-bat, trying to get his first hit for him,” Girardi said. “He’s had some success left handed and I just chose to do it. I gave him an at-bat last bight and he didn’t get a hit. Tried to get it out of the way. Sometimes, if you get the first one out of the way, if you’re called upon to play, it’s a lot easier.”

• Was that pinch hit an indication that Vernon Wells struggles are about to cost him playing time? “I’ll make the decision on a daily basis like I do every day,” Girardi said.

• For the second time in about a week the Yankees made a mistake on a ground ball to the shortstop. Today it was Lyle Overbay who was thrown out trying to advance from second to third only to run into a 6-5 putout. “It’s a bad read, that’s all it is,” Girardi said. “I don’t know if he thought the ball was in the hole or Longoria vacated third base. It’s just a poor read.”

• That comebacker hit Boone Logan in the meaty part of his hand. “My guess is he’ll be OK, but we’ll see tomorrow,” Girardi said.

• This is the first time this season that the Yankees lost a game after being shutout the previous night. It’s also the first time they’ve lost back-to-back games against left-handed starters. … Pettitte is winless in his past five start at Yankee Stadium. He has a 7.46 ERA in those games. … Gardner has a hit in 22 of his past 26 game since May 24.

• Final word goes to Gardner: “We haven’t been doing a real good job as an offense of getting guys on base, situational hitting, scoring runs. We need to do better at that. It’s the same thing — after every loss we say the same thing. It’s not from lack of work. It’s not from lack of guys not trying or guys not caring, that’s for sure. So we’ll continue to put our work in, come back tomorrow, and try to get a win.”

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72 Responses to “Postgame notes: “We play from behind because we’re not scoring runs early””

  1. Nick in SF June 20th, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    “I’ll make the decision on a daily basis like I do every day,” Girardi said.

    Maybe he should try making decisions on a daily basis every other day. Mix things up.

  2. igotid88 June 21st, 2013 at 12:02 am

    King Felix melting down

  3. Rich in NJ June 21st, 2013 at 12:03 am

    If they made their decisions based on years rather than days, they would not have to decide whether or not to play Wells on a daily basis.

  4. CompassRosy June 21st, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Felix appears to be a bit distracted by the fact that his favorite basketball team just won the NBA finals :(

  5. Rich in NJ June 21st, 2013 at 12:07 am

    The “Big Three” aren’t going to be “Big” or “Three” much longer given age/decline.

    Since LeBron went to Miami to play with other superstars, I wonder if he wants to stay without any to play with.

    Of course, Riley is one of the smartest guys in sports (the day the Knicks opted for Checketts over him began their long decline), so he could possibly find another superstar to play with LeBron, even with cap constraints.

  6. Dill Pickler June 21st, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Girardi is a mental midget if he can’t figure out that April was a mirage. He is still batting Vernon Wells 4th and 5th in the lineup! How stupid can he be??? You’re looking at a guy who has been washed up for two years, he has 3 good weeks, and then has hit .100 (exactly, 9 for 90) since then, with ONE extra base hit and ONE walk. In 90 at bats! “These are the guys who got us 12 games over…” You had your miracle, Joe, you clueless foof. Dust off Almonte and let him play.

    And Cano — what can you say about a loafer who can’t even be bothered to remember how many outs there are while he’s having yet another hitless game? Including his sparkling, scintillating 3-for-40 performance in the playoffs last year, he is now hitting an even .250 since the end of last season. .250!!! This is the guy who everybody said was Rod Carew with power??? This is the as*clown who wants $200 million????? A .250 hitter who chokes regularly, loafs regularly, and forgets how many outs there are? What an embarrassment.

    Heck of a job, Cashy!

  7. igotid88 June 21st, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Josh Hamilton must have been on PEDs. Not doing so well

  8. Rich in NJ June 21st, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Why would he have stopped?

  9. igotid88 June 21st, 2013 at 12:11 am

    I thought for sure Wells would be 7th or 8th in the lineup if he was in the lineup

  10. Dill Pickler June 21st, 2013 at 12:11 am

    “I’ll make the decision on a daily basis like I do every day,” Girardi said.

    If we had an owner with some actual testicles, Girardi would be relieved of the chore of making decisions for this “team,” pronto. Anyone who continues to play Vernon Wells, let alone hit him 4th and 5th in the lineup, should be selling shoes for a living.

  11. igotid88 June 21st, 2013 at 12:13 am

    Maybe he thought he didn’t need them anymore

  12. sammiejohnson June 21st, 2013 at 12:14 am

    What is a “foof”?

  13. igotid88 June 21st, 2013 at 12:16 am

    A lot of pitchers this year had had really bad games. Even the great ones

  14. Rich in NJ June 21st, 2013 at 12:16 am

    I am hardly Girardi’s biggest fan, but he can’t make chicken salad out of chicken spit.

    Unless he choose the players on the roster and is the reason that they can’t develop top starting pitchers or position players (except Cano) for over a decade, the primary fault does not lie with him.

  15. Dill Pickler June 21st, 2013 at 12:18 am

    look it up in urban dictionary, sammie

  16. backbench June 21st, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Not sure if this was posted previuosly.

    “CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman was told by one person around the Yankees that Alex Rodriguez is making “fantastic” progress from hip surgery.

    Rodriguez faced live pitching Tuesday for the first time since his surgery and supposedly put on “a power display.” The Yankees have been reluctant to disclose a timetable publicly, but one source speculated to Heyman that A-Rod could begin a minor league rehab assignment right after the All-Star break. Either way, it appears that he is currently on track to beat Derek Jeter (ankle) back to the majors.”

    ‘Power display.’

  17. Dill Pickler June 21st, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Rich, agreed, but he does have Almonte, just called up, and for three straight games he started 1-90 Vernon Wells instead and let Almonte sit there on the bench.

    And Girardi does make the lineup. To continue to bat Wells 4th and 5th defies explanation. I don’t even see how any manager could continue to play the guy, let alone hit him cleanup or 5th…

  18. Dill Pickler June 21st, 2013 at 12:22 am

    Sorry, 9-90 Vernon Wells… didn’t mean to take away Vern’s eight other singles the past month…

  19. igotid88 June 21st, 2013 at 12:24 am

    have had

  20. Rich in NJ June 21st, 2013 at 12:25 am

    Dill

    Girardi is stubborn to a fault, but the GM can always DFA Wells. But that would be admitting that he made a big mistake, and that is something he doesn’t do.

  21. Dill Pickler June 21st, 2013 at 12:26 am

    As a manager you have to do something. You find ways to shake things up. Billy Martin used to pick the lineup out of a hat when things were really bad. It lets the players know that the status quo ain’t workin’. Girardi’s a robot. He writes the same lineup down every day with the same guys in it, and expects a different result. I’m sorry, but Reid Brignac is not going to suddenly turn into Honus Wagner. Vernon Wells is dead. He just doesn’t know it yet. And apparently Girardi doesn’t either.

  22. Dill Pickler June 21st, 2013 at 12:28 am

    Agree absolutely, Rich. Cash isn’t about to admit his mistake, so Girardi should man up and admit it for him. Sit Wells and play the kid.

    Everyone knows Wells is a disaster at this point. Eventually Cashman is going to have to admit it.

  23. Tyler June 21st, 2013 at 12:32 am

    Sometimes, if you get the first one out of the way, if you’re called upon to play, it’s a lot easier.”
    ———————————————————————————————-

    Girardi doesn’t have much to work with this year but I hate this quote. Just play the kid over 9-90 Vernon. After seeing Mattingly back at YS though, I wouldn’t be shocked to see Mattingly managing the Yanks next year and Girardi maybe on the Cubs. The Yanks are going to have to attract fans somehow. Mattingly seems like an easy solution for this front office.

  24. Rich in NJ June 21st, 2013 at 12:32 am

    Billy was a deeply trouble guy, but he was one of the few managers in the history of MLB (at least from my subjective perception) who could have a significant positive or negative impact.

  25. Tyler June 21st, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Girardi could very easily be getting instructions from the front office to keep playing Wells to get some life from him and salvage that deal. Hard to believe that Girardi really means some of the quotes he’s had on Vernon just being slightly off right now. Who knows though.

  26. Against All Odds June 21st, 2013 at 12:42 am

    Rich in NJ June 21st, 2013 at 12:07 am
    The “Big Three” aren’t going to be “Big” or “Three” much longer given age/decline.

    —————————–

    True they have some tough decisions coming up.

  27. jacksquat June 21st, 2013 at 12:51 am

    blake June 20th, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    But they are ok wasting millions on Youk , Wells, etc

    Like I said, I think the sons are like the father, they like the big names that they recognize. They don’t trust their scouting or other baseball people they hired to do these jobs. They meddle and much things up. I understand it’s their money, but that money would be better spent if they trusted the people they hired.

  28. jacksquat June 21st, 2013 at 12:51 am

    *muck* things up

  29. Jerkface June 21st, 2013 at 1:10 am

    JS,

    I think thats actually the first time I’ve liked a comparison to the old Steinbrenner. That does seem the case. Maybe Cashman really liked Darvish, Cespedes, Puig, etc, but without name brand recognition and major league success he can’t sell the cost to HAL because HAL only recognizes players he has seen on the TV in the background at the race track.

  30. 4 NYY June 21st, 2013 at 1:19 am

    At this time, we no longer have the horses for the derby.

  31. Wang IS Taiwan June 21st, 2013 at 1:28 am

    Nick in SF June 20th, 2013 at 11:59 pm
    “I’ll make the decision on a daily basis like I do every day,” Girardi said.

    Maybe he should try making decisions on a daily basis every other day. Mix things up.

    :)

  32. Nick in SF June 21st, 2013 at 1:29 am

    Can’t stay mad at those ragamuffins; their father died. :sad:

  33. Rich in NJ June 21st, 2013 at 1:44 am

    George acted if saw that other teams wanted a player. That is why he went after Contreras hard. If he missed out on Cespedes, he woukd not have been denied in pursuing Puig.

    Although as a former football coach, I suspect that the Cespedes video would have sold him.

    Darvish was a big name. He would have been all over him.

    He signed El Duque even though he wasn’t a huge name and didn’t get huge money.

    And btw, if your GM is selling you Wells and Youk in their current versions, he is failing you.

  34. sunny615 June 21st, 2013 at 1:48 am

    this team blows big hairy donkey thingees.

  35. sammiejohnson June 21st, 2013 at 1:57 am

    Jerkface,

    Since you are the blog resident expert on the CBA, I thought I would ask your opinion on this. Since last night, some on the blog have been advocating “Tear it all down”, “Trade everything of value”, “Trade Kuroda, Mo, Andy, CC, Tex, Jeter, Everyone”. I am not going to argue the pros or cons of such trades. First off the NYY do not trade icons for prospects. Most of these guys can not be traded without their permission anyway. They have either 10/5 rights or an NTC built into their contract.

    But thinking about it, my question is about Pettitte. Does he still have 10/5 rights? The CBA says 10 years total MLB service time and 5 years continuous service with the same MLB team. Since Andy “retired” for a year in 2011 does that interrupted 5 years void his 10/5 rights? Or, since he never played for another MLB team during that time, does it mean that he has continuous service time with the NYY since 2007, minus one year? My take on it is that it could be read either way.

    As I said above, it is a purely academic question, as Pettitte is going nowhere. I am just wondering what your opinion of it is, CBA-wise.

  36. jacksquat June 21st, 2013 at 2:25 am

    It’s possible George would have went after guys like Darvish and Cespedes/Puig. He did seem to have less reservation spending than his children do.

  37. jacksquat June 21st, 2013 at 2:44 am

    ARTICLE XIX—Assignment of Player Contracts
    A. Consent to Assignment
    (1) The contract of a Player with ten or more years of Major
    League service, the last five of which have been with one Club,
    shall not be assignable to another Major League Club without the
    Player’s written consent.

    That’s basically all the CBA says about 10 & 5. It doesn’t say anything about the past 5 years having to be contiguous, so it seems Pettitte has 10 & 5.

  38. sammiejohnson June 21st, 2013 at 2:50 am

    jack,

    “the last five of which have been with one club”

    Since Andy was gone for one year, his last five years were not with the NYY, that is why I ask.

    I just thought it was an interesting question, and wanted an opinion.

  39. jacksquat June 21st, 2013 at 3:49 am

    But his last 5 years playing were with the Yankees. I think that’s how it is meant.

  40. blake June 21st, 2013 at 6:51 am

    If you think about it though the league hasn’t been this balanced so to speak in yrs. I mean a team that hasn’t won a title in 6 yrs took the best player on the Earth to a game 7.”

    Does that tell us more about the Spurs or the Heat though

  41. Hassey June 21st, 2013 at 7:54 am

    I say we give Michael Jordan a shot in our outfield…is that a big enough name for everyone?

  42. Yankee Trader June 21st, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Looks like Sherman has been reading Chad’s blog. :)

    Selling low on Chamberlain, Hughes may need to be high priority
    By JOEL SHERMAN
    Last Updated: 5:08 AM, June 21

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

  43. blake June 21st, 2013 at 8:03 am

    The Yanks are still on the fringe of the playoffs race….currently they are 1.5 games back of the final WC spot. That said….they are getting dangerously close to what feels like a downward spiral.

    Their run differential is now -5. It was low already but it seems almost unfathomable for a Yankee team to actually have a negative run diff.

    The offense is dreadful…..they have scored 279 runs and are the only AL east team to have not reached 300 by now and only the Royals, White Sox, and Seattle have scored fewer in the AL. The Twins and Rays have scored more! and right now I think all three of the teams that have scored fewer might be better offensively that the Yankees are.

    Through it all though they have pitched really well up until a week or so ago and that’s kept them in the race……now the pitching is stumbling…..or at least not being as great as it was and it’s becoming totally obvious that they just cannot win unless they give up really about 3 runs or less on most nights……and that’s just not realistic.

    The Yanks are at a crossroads on the season now and really need to self evaluate well over the next month……I don’t want to punt the season but at the same time I want them to be realistic about their chances of actually making the playoffs and winning a title. If those chances aren’t good…..then act appropriately.

  44. Hassey June 21st, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Jete and arod to be rushed back so the yanks can see what they have long before the trade deadline

    Damn midges

  45. Yankee Trader June 21st, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Blake
    Good morning
    Also the Yankees team BA of .238, bests only the Mariners in the AL, .236.

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/t.....order/true

  46. Yankee Trader June 21st, 2013 at 8:15 am

    From the Sherman article:

    For now you would probably have to find a contender that needs a reliever, believes in Chamberlain’s stuff and has an expendable multi-positional player with a history of hitting lefties well such as Philadelphia (Kevin Frandsen), Arizona (Willie Bloomquist) or Texas (Jeff Baker).

    And then would the Yankees ever be OK giving up even a wilted Chamberlain for that level of player? Or do they try to hold on until the injured return? Or gather more info about which injured are not returning to better know what they need in the marketplace? Or wait for better righty hitters — maybe Seattle’s Mike Morse or Minnesota’s Trevor Plouffe — to come on the market when non-contenders go into full sell?

    But the danger with waiting could be the stock of Chamberlain, Hughes and the 2013 Yankees falling further.

  47. Hassey June 21st, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Kevin long just tweeted that Brignac’s swing is close and that Wells seems to have found something in yesterday’s backyard wiffle b all tournament

  48. Yankee Trader June 21st, 2013 at 8:18 am

    And then would the Yankees ever be OK giving up even a wilted Chamberlain for that level of player?
    ———–
    Wilted used as an adjective, because otherwise Joba appears to be anything but wilted.

  49. Hassey June 21st, 2013 at 8:19 am

    By the way, great headline for this post…great insight from Giro

    “We tend to lose a lot when the other team records the third out in the ninth and we have less runs than they do”

  50. Hassey June 21st, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Sorry giro, it was Gardy’s genius

  51. Yankee Trader June 21st, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Hassey-

    I don’t think, with the movement you can put on a whiffle ball, that Wells would have a chance to make contact. :)

  52. Hassey June 21st, 2013 at 8:22 am

    And it’s not just early
    It’s middle and late too

  53. Hassey June 21st, 2013 at 8:22 am

    And it’s not just runs
    It’s walks and hits and guys getting thrown out on the bases

  54. J. Alfred Prufrock June 21st, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Alex feeling good is very good news. Replace Wells with the Z-man (although he needs to play RF) get Alex back. Any version of Alex will be a dramatic improvement over what we’re currently wheeling out there, to say nothing of an Alex healthy and refreshed, Immediately bat him behind Robi.

  55. J. Alfred Prufrock June 21st, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Thanks for link YT. I actually felt some excitement. Alex will help the gate too. For sure.

  56. Hassey June 21st, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Yanks just announced dates for Joba and Hughes respective bobblehead doll games

    But the heads on these new versions don’t bounce – to make them seem more lifelike, these heads swivel around 180 degrees

    And they’ve been mass produced in all 30 unis because there’s no way to know which to give out on those days on august

  57. 86w183 June 21st, 2013 at 8:28 am

    I’m as fed up with Wells as anyone, but the options for Girardi are virtually non-existent.

    Yes, they should play Almonte, but do you want the kid hitting 5th? That’s no way to ease a rookie into MLB action.

    The Yanks best offense against a LHP right now is to hire Crash Davis and havng him create a rain out.

    If the reports on A-Rod are accurate there’s no reason it should be more than 7-10 days before he starts a Re-Hab assignment. another month makes no sense. Even if he can only DH he would make a huge impact on this dreadful lineup.

    Last two years, the worst of Alex’ career his OPS was a combined .801. On this current team only Cano (.846) has a higher OPS.

  58. Hassey June 21st, 2013 at 8:30 am

    86- I’m on 183 right now

  59. Yankee Trader June 21st, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Blake

    Trevor Plouffe’s split stats. BA trending upward. Trade or no trade?

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/.....or-plouffe

  60. Yankee Trader June 21st, 2013 at 8:43 am

    For now, give Almonte the RF job, move Ichiro to LF, and sit Wells.

    Have Murphy preparing to catch our starting staff and bring him up to replace Romine who is completely lost at the plate.

    Get Mustelier healthy and let him play 3rd with Nix to SS.

    Trade Joba, move Hughes to BP, and bring up Nova to start and Betances to the pen.

    Time to play the kids for a while.

  61. 86w183 June 21st, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Hassey —

    W 183 ?? Near University? I grew up right on the corner

  62. Tackelberry June 21st, 2013 at 8:47 am

    HOpe Zolio is in the lineup tonight. Platoon him and Wells for a while and see what happens. Nice to see Ichiro finally showing signs of life. Looks like the pressure of the contract is really gotten Cano. He just cannot get untracked. Maybe cause he has no protection in the lineup. FOr that reason along we should root for Arod to get back ASAP. Like I said yesterday, I would take a long look at Manny R. He certainly could do better than Wells. Finally, Royals have agreed with Sean Manaea on a 3.55 mil bonus, a record for a suppl. pick. WOW!

  63. blake June 21st, 2013 at 8:50 am

    “Alex feeling good is very good news.”

    I guess…..but Alex always is in the best shape of his life when coming back from something. Remember last spring when he did that Grant Hill workout or whatever to strengthen his big toe or something…….Lets just see what he is when he actually is back.

    Trader,

    Plouffe is better than what they have probably but I don’t really see trade matches with the Twins……

  64. Yankee Trader June 21st, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Choose your preferable player.

    Player A: .247/.356/.474, .357 wOBA, 1.7 fWAR

    Player B: .286/.352/.454, .350 wOBA, 2.6 fWAR

    Player A is a two time All Star, two time MVP candidate, and a silver slugger winner, all at the age of 25. A former 1st overall pick, this outfielder opened up the season as one of the top players in the National League.

    Player B has no rewards or accolades, not even a gold glove to his name. He’s earning four times less than Player A, despite owning a higher career fWAR with just 58% of the playing time.

    Can you guess before you read the link?

    http://itsaboutthemoney.net/ar.....-comeback/

  65. blake June 21st, 2013 at 8:51 am

    “The Yanks best offense against a LHP right now is to hire Crash Davis and havng him create a rain out.”

    he’s done with the Superman movie so he’s probably available…..btw….anybody seen Man of Steel yet? I’ve been wanting to but I can’t get any free time ever.

  66. 86w183 June 21st, 2013 at 8:51 am

    YT —-

    they should unquestionable give some younger guys a chance, but you can’t snap your fingers and make Mustelier healthy…… can you?

    Problem is there isn’t much in Scranton… calling up Thomas Neal hasn’t helped.

  67. blake June 21st, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Player B is Griter I think…..Player A is probably J Up……I’d still rather have J Up as he’s a lot younger and has much more upside still as he hasn’t even reached his prime age yet. That said…..Gardner is showing that when healthy he’s a really good player. I’d like to see the Yanks approach him about like a 3 year extension or something now and see if he’d bite. I think he’s got about 3 more years like this one left in him with good health …..maybe 4. He’s almost 30 though so it just depends on health and when the wheels start to leave him……some guys can run fast on up in to their 30′s.

  68. 86w183 June 21st, 2013 at 8:57 am

    YT —-

    I nailed Player B…. took a shot at Jay Bruce with Player -A

  69. Yankee Trader June 21st, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Blake

    I saw Man of Steel last weekend. Enjoyed it. It was a different take on the story. I didn’t see it in 3D, but if you enjoy 3D, the special effects will wow you.

  70. Yankee Trader June 21st, 2013 at 9:00 am

    New Post——–>

  71. tbone1570 June 21st, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Hassey June 21st, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Kevin long just tweeted that Brignac’s swing is close and that Wells seems to have found something in yesterday’s backyard wiffle b all tournament

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

    Did they let Almonte play? Or did Joe sit him because he hasn’t gotten that elusive :first wiffle ball hit”?

  72. longtimefan June 21st, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Team is old and it shows, comprised of aging vets on the backside of their careers, seems like truely a bunch of decent guys but age takes its toll. Hafner, Wells, Overbay, Pettitte, Irchiro, throw in a couple of not ready for prime time players, Romine, Adams, and other teams castoffs, Brignac, Boesch, subpar relievers, Joba, Logan and a manager that seems to be not flexible and that equals failure.

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