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Yankees postgame: Starved for runs

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Jul 09, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

CC SabathiaIt looks like that 29-run eruption in Minnesota was just a mirage, accomplished against bad pitching. The Yankees have just 11 runs to show for their last five games and only three in their three straight home losses. They became the final AL team to drop three in a row at home after this 3-1 loss to the Royals.

“We have not scored a ton of runs all year long,” Joe Girardi said. “As I said when we left spring training, we were going to have to win a lot of close games … That’s what we’re going through.”

The Yankees wasted a complete game from CC Sabathia, who allowed three runs and seven hits. The Yankees managed just six hits. Sabathia is looking forward to the injured hitters coming back. Derek Jeter is the closest right now.

“The guys in here that have been called up to step up have done a good job, but it’s hard to replace those guys,” Sabathia said.

Travis Hafner struck out three times and walked in his four plate appearances. He’s 13 for his last 58 and down to .217 overall.

“Getting some of the guys who have been hurt back will be a big help, but I think the guys that are here can swing the bat better — obviously myself,” Hafner said.

Sabathia obviously would’ve had to pitch a shutout to win. He rued the inside fastballs that David Lough and Billy Butler hit for solo homers.

“Two big mistakes,” Sabathia said.

There is practically no margin for error with this offense in the state it’s in right now.

Ivan Nova gets the ball Wednesday night. Wade Davis, who’s 4-7 with a 5.42 ERA, will start for Kansas City.

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71 Responses to “Yankees postgame: Starved for runs”

  1. igotid88 July 9th, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    The 189 is for 1 year right? They will spend again after next year. Who will be a free agent by then that’s good?

  2. igotid88 July 9th, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    the Royals passed the Yankees in runs scored yesterday

  3. austinmac July 9th, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    To get the maximum savings , the team has to be under the cap for two years as I understand it. I can’t wait for 2016.

  4. CompassRosy July 10th, 2013 at 12:00 am

    igotid88 July 9th, 2013 at 11:52 pm
    the Royals passed the Yankees in runs scored yesterday
    ~ ~ ~ ~

    things keep goin’ the way they’re goin’ at The Safe and the M’s may be next ;-)

  5. 4 NYY July 10th, 2013 at 12:08 am

    New team in 2-3 yrs. New offense.

  6. sunny615 July 10th, 2013 at 12:10 am

    this team sucks. congrats cashman. job well done. let’s all hope you lose yours.

  7. G. Love July 10th, 2013 at 12:10 am

    The logical thing to say is with all the injuries they’ve suffered, the Yankees can’t be expected to score more than this.

    But that doesn’t take into account the complete mismanagement that went on here during the off season.

    It wasn’t negative fans who made this happen. It was the gross incompetence of the front office and ownership going back to their ridiculous “1 at time” plan while other teams were signing players up.

    You want to defend the Yankees saying thing like no team could win with this many injuries I can’t argue with you.

    But this organization walked into a season with a 3b/cleanup hitter on his 2nd hip operation who was toast the end of last season and a SS/Leadoff hitter who broke his ankle deep in the post season.

    Think about that for a second. They were relying on HUGE question marks as 2 of the top 4 hitters in the order and the entire left side of the infield.

    Yes, they signed Youk, but him getting hurt was a foregone conclusion and all they proved with that move was how dumb they could spend 12 million.

    Every day that goes by that a real move isn’t made is another sign that the front office has punted as many of us believed they did.

    The only goal for this Yankees team is get under budget so Hal can make extra $ to offset all the empty seats.

    It really does feel at times that we’re rooting for investment bankers and economists and not the Yankees these days.

    Sad.

  8. Nick in SF July 10th, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Don’t forget the part about how we’re counting on the Red Sox to lose to keep from sliding further into the abyss.

  9. G. Love July 10th, 2013 at 12:17 am

    Nick,

    The Red Sox having a 2nd half swoon is about all we can root for with this offense.

    Unless Jeter plans on coming back and hitting .400, this isn’t getting better without a few additions.

  10. Barry July 10th, 2013 at 12:19 am

    G. Love

    While what your write appears to make sense, the Tex and Granderson factors are missing from your equation, and to a lesser degree, Nunez.

  11. G. Love July 10th, 2013 at 12:22 am

    Barry,

    Cashman told us all that Nunez was not an offensive player he through worthy of 500 at bats. Something a lot of us disagreed with.

    Grandy and Tex missing though has hurt the everyday numbers. I figure they’d both have at least 30 HR’s between the 2 of them by now and you have to figure some of those would’ve won these games.

    While they are not prime time bats who hit for average against RHP, they did more than what we’re getting from the replacements.

    Hafner is a major disappointment. Calling him a designated hitter is like calling a drunk a designated driver.

  12. Barry July 10th, 2013 at 12:26 am

    Hafner is a major disappointment and apparently a good guy. We hope his game improves. Nunez could get fewer than 500 at bats and still be of considerable value. Tex is a mystery but…Granderson could have ben most valuable. Between the two those five games we started behind Boston tonight might not have been there.

  13. Pat M. July 10th, 2013 at 12:26 am

    Many laughed at The BoSox last August when they made that trade with LA. I remember posting that Boston just pulled ahead of The Yanks because that’s kind of like the moves Cashman needs to do during the winter regardless of how October turns out. And they did zip other than to let Martin , Swisher, Soriano split. Martin left a huge void , however if the plan was to restructure and begin the rebuilding process well then so be it. But rather than going in that direction it was decided by the Suits to just re-spend that dough on expensive band-aids and hope to that the pitching and razor thin lineup keeps things churning….. Then Granderson and then Texeria and then there goes the 2013 season

  14. Nick in SF July 10th, 2013 at 12:27 am

    Do I have to explain everything to you people???

    Obviously the secret weapon this year was Musty. In Musty we trusty! However, he is on some extended secret mission to smuggle Cuban cigar seedlings out of Havana for Hal or something of that nature because there’s no way he could just disappear completely without a good explanation.

    But I digress. It was Musty to the rescue and there will be no rescue until there’s a Musty.

  15. Rich in NJ July 10th, 2013 at 12:27 am

    “While what your write appears to make sense, the Tex and Granderson factors are missing from your equation, and to a lesser degree, Nunez.”

    Overbay has produced more than Tex has from the left side (2/3 of the AB) since 2009:

    v. RHP:

    Overbay: ,273 .327 .492 .819

    Tex:

    2012: 239 .331 .438 .770
    2011: 224 .325 .453 .779
    2010: .244 .342 .457 .799

    So it’s less of a loss than one would have thought going into the season.

  16. Barry July 10th, 2013 at 12:28 am

    Pat M

    Seems so. But, not over as of this writing.

  17. Nick in SF July 10th, 2013 at 12:28 am

    (In case I wasn’t clear enough, the plan was Musty!)

  18. Rich in NJ July 10th, 2013 at 12:29 am

    “Cashman needs to do during the winter regardless of how October turns out.”

    No, someone else who Cashman has never hired.

  19. G. Love July 10th, 2013 at 12:37 am

    Rich,

    The offense you’d get from Tex vs LHP is sorely missed.

    He’s really a platoon player now even though the Yankees will never admit it. To be outhit by Overbay vs RHP is pretty embarrassing for a guy with his contract.

    I was thinking that if Tex/Grandy were both healthy they’d be around 30 HR’s by now and maybe 60 for the season.

    No one is really replacing those hits, runs. rbi’s although Overbay could hit 20 here this season which makes the fact Tex went down less important and the fact that the rest of offense stinks very important.

    They’ll point to Tex going down as this huge thing, but Overbay out hitting him vs RHP and possibly hitting 20HR’s blows a hole in that theory.

    This team’s a mess. We got propped up by the Twins and the Orioles should’ve taken 2 of 3 from us if Johnson didn’t have a melt down in game 1.

    As for all the talk of “selling”, everyone needs to get real. It ain’t happening here.

    While it makes sense, it makes sense to do a lot of things with this team that aren’t getting done.

    They’re mismanaged and all the chest puffing about Vernon Wells in April doesn’t camouflage the fact that this team is not built to win as presently constituted.

  20. Rich in NJ July 10th, 2013 at 12:45 am

    G. Love

    I agree about LHP, but who would have thought that Overbay would have outhit him v. the majority of pitchers? So my point is that his loss has been mitigated, unlike Martin, Swisher, Chavez, and yes, my personal whipping boy, Ibanez’s loss.

    That Cashman actually thought that $13M for Wells was a good idea summarizes a lot about the GM he has become, scrambling to paper over his failures in development.

  21. J. Alfred Prufrock July 10th, 2013 at 12:52 am

    Rich in NJ July 10th, 2013 at 12:29 am

    “Cashman needs to do during the winter regardless of how October turns out.”

    No, someone else who Cashman has never hired.
    ////

    That’s right, he’s been allowed to run this team into the ground long enough. Clowntime is over.

  22. Nick in SF July 10th, 2013 at 12:55 am

    Revenge and guilt.

  23. Rich in NJ July 10th, 2013 at 12:57 am

    Let’s keep his personal life out of it.

  24. Pat M. July 10th, 2013 at 12:57 am

    I was referring to this past winter , and I can only imagine how these twits will circle jerk themselves this off-season because the guys that had value have split and the Yanks get u-gotts, nada, zip.

  25. Rich in NJ July 10th, 2013 at 1:03 am

    Clean house; get rid of the jerkers. That would give Randy and Hal plausible deniability.

  26. yankeefeminista July 10th, 2013 at 1:07 am

    “Jim Callis reports that 2013 first-rounder Ian Clarkin twisted an ankle during conditioning and isn’t expected to miss much time while on the disabled list.” No one is immune to the injury bug this season.

    Cool that the future SS of the NY Yankees, Avelino, is finally playing games in GCL.

    I didn’t laugh when the Red Sox cleaned house; I envied them. This team have been aging for 3 years. Anyone who has watched this team can’t not have noticed the inevitable decline, injuries or not. Somehow the Yankees missed it or didn’t care. It is painful to watch this team because it didn’t have to be this way and it’s even painful to repeat again and again how inept this offense is. What more is there to say?

  27. yankeefeminista July 10th, 2013 at 1:08 am

    I wonder how many tickets Jeter sells when he comes back…

  28. Pat M. July 10th, 2013 at 1:11 am

    Rich in NJ…….If Hal really wanted to get the organization back on track, he’d hire a smart younger guy who knows how to run an upper tier club that has money yet comes from environment that rubs ten dollar bills together hoping to make 25. Billy Beene, Kevin Towers, even Epstien for the Cubs by way of Boston. I figure at least a season to clear house and another season before the new people in place start to make a difference . I always pointed towards 2015 as the season of respectability. But that process hasn’t started other than things are getting worse with no plan in place for repairations.

  29. Nick in SF July 10th, 2013 at 1:13 am

    And now the Sox are up by 2. Get out the long knives.

  30. Pat M. July 10th, 2013 at 1:22 am

    nICK IN sf…..And you played the Yanks at 86 on the over / unders ???? 86 is my magic number and I’ll be sweating that come Labor Day and it could be a done deal by the time I’m in NYC playing stickball on the 28th……

  31. Hans Davenport July 10th, 2013 at 1:23 am

    Sox are up by 4 and have scored 11. 4 home runs.

  32. Rich in NJ July 10th, 2013 at 1:35 am

    “I wonder how many tickets Jeter sells when he comes back…”

    Fewer than when the circus comes to town? ;) :(

    Pat

    Hal is lost, but rich and happy.

  33. Hankflorida July 10th, 2013 at 1:38 am

    It seems that Boesch and Musty are still on the DL, and Granderson has not progressed as expected. Jeter’s return is not going to alter this Punch and Judy lineup. If Hal was going to follow in his father’s footsteps and Yankee tradition, he would bring in some clout and would have to make some deals that would show that he is also building a foundation for next year without concern for his cap restrictions. My inclination is that he runs a tight ship, and next year will still be a rebuilding year.

  34. Nick in SF July 10th, 2013 at 1:39 am

    I took the over, Pat M. Not giving up on that one yet.

  35. NYY_Girl_Penny July 10th, 2013 at 1:41 am

    G.love you sir are an amazing voice for the true yankee fan! nothing short of presidential! Your words struck my heart in every way and its so obvious that the situation stems from ownership and mismanagement first and foremost!!! Why a single purpose still blindly gives these idiots destroying the legend of the NYY a single cent is beyond me. They havent made a handful of mistakes theyve made so many that you couldnt fit them all in yankee stadium seats… and the blind bats or Pollyanna’s here chug along thinking “if only we had Tex, Granderson..etc” those guys are part of the problem not solution.. any person with an ounce of rational thinking see’s the color blue for being the color blue”

    its a F’N disgrace what has happened over the padt few years.. billionaires pushing buttons without the slightest clue why or what will happen… DANGER WILL ROBINSON!

    your posts are a breath of fresh air, please continue to post and dont hold back.. enough is enough and with luxury tax savings Hal , not now in this teams state .. its frankly unacceptable! we should be hearing from them “money is no object to us, we are all about making this tesm the best in every way and nothing short of is acceptable for the most storied richest team in sport!” yet we have Mr. CPA counting pennies and a manager who honesty and integrity means absolutely zero… not to mention his mediocre manager abilities… oh but he he handles the media well and dies what we tell him says Cashman… all shenanigans… hey Brian, you need to STFU too!

  36. NYY_Girl_Penny July 10th, 2013 at 1:45 am

    Too many typos to correct I meant people instead of purpose

  37. disco stu July 10th, 2013 at 1:46 am

    I felt before the season started that the “worst case” scenario for this year would be for this team to win just enough to stay on the fringe of the playoffs, lose just enough to never make any of us fans seriously think it was a team that could mount a serious threat at another WS, and in the end, fall short of making the playoffs … and it appears this is what is happening.

    I dont believe this team will be in the post season, but I think they will continue to win just enough between now and when they are officially eliminated to convince themselves that they can … and that is why I see it as the worst case scenario.

    If the Yankees simply stunk all season long up until and were buried in the standings, they could have at least entertained the though of being “sellers” for at least one year and use a lost season as a chance to reshape the look and direction of the team by trading away many of the pieces who are gone after this year anyway – including possibly trading Cano, who I think is gone after this year because he will ask for too many years and the Yankees will balk at the idea of having another aging superstar declining in the 2nd half of a mega contract.

    They’ll win around 85-86 games, finish about 3 games out of the 2nd wild card and then what? Watch as one by one each disposable piece walks out the door in the off season with maybe a couple of 1st round draft picks as compensation. They are not going to reload like George used to do … I dont see it, not they way Hal operates. Maybe a few obligatory moves, but nothing that turns things around … the $189 mandate is the elephant in the room and even it wasnt a consideration, the core will continue crumble due to age and injuries and there is no new wave of young, high end talent ready to take over.

    I fear there be dark days ahead my friends … and new incarnations of the likes of Kevin Maas, Oscar Azocar, and Alvaro Espinoza all over again.

  38. blake July 10th, 2013 at 7:03 am

    The 6 game winning streak was a mirage and saved the yanks bacon momentarily…..the problem is that it may have delayed the yanks from making moves (if they are even going to).

    I think they should sell to be honest but since they won’t do that hen they need to get help for this offense like now…..if they wait til the end of the month then it may not matter

  39. Triple Short of a Cycle July 10th, 2013 at 7:16 am

    Does any other team in baseball lobby as much to have 1 of their pitchers start the All Star game. The Mets did it with Dickey last year and now they are doing it with Harvey. Also this whole Matt Harvey Day is so lame. Why can’t this team act professional.

    Also I love how the media has a firestorm when Arod took his shirt off in Central Park but Harvey can pose naked for a magazine and nobody gives a crap

  40. PacoDooley July 10th, 2013 at 7:20 am

    blake July 10th, 2013 at 7:03 am
    The 6 game winning streak was a mirage and saved the yanks bacon momentarily…..the problem is that it may have delayed the yanks from making moves (if they are even going to).

    I think they should sell to be honest but since they won’t do that hen they need to get help for this offense like now…..if they wait til the end of the month then it may not matter
    —————————————

    I mostly agree – but I think back to the start of the season where everyone seemed to be hoping that the team could stay close until the AS break and then get back Jeter, Grandy and A-Rod (no long Teixiera) and make a second half run. Obviously Grandy has been delayed again, A-Rod has looked horrible (and is likely to be suspended) and Teix is done for the year. But they will still get Grandy and Jeter back and could make a push for a wildcard spot. With their pitching you never know what sort of postseason run they can make.

    So I remain on the fence – not really sure I endorse going into sell mode. That said, the fact that I see a dim future makes me wish that they could leverage their current position into an improved outlook moving forward (look how great Boston did by shedding their past and looking forward).

  41. blake July 10th, 2013 at 7:26 am

    I mostly agree – but I think back to the start of the season where everyone seemed to be hoping that the team could stay close until the AS break and then get back Jeter, Grandy and A-Rod (no long Teixiera) and make a second half run”

    I don’t think that was ever a great plan because the guys coming back were always questions marks with their age and those of injuries.

    I do like their rotation ….but it’s not a staff that’s going to throw shutouts every game…..it’s a rotation that will give up 2-5 runs most nights and work win a lot with a good offense…just like last night …CC goes 9 and gives up 3 and loses because they can’t hit……it’s a good rotation but it’s not good enough to offset how bad the offense is.

  42. jacksquat July 10th, 2013 at 7:27 am

    The Red Sox got lucky when new ownership of the Dodgers badly wanted to out-Mexican their “local” competitor the “Los Angeles” Angels and took their garbage to do so.

  43. Tar July 10th, 2013 at 7:31 am

    They waited this long to see what was obvious.

    Now we are this close to getting back Jeter and hopefully Alex. They can wait a little longer.

    Yes they probably should be sellers, but just not yet….For Jeter’s and Mo’s and all the other veteran Yankees sake. Give them one shot to turn things around.

  44. Tar July 10th, 2013 at 7:34 am

    “t’s a good rotation but it’s not good enough to offset how bad the offense is.”

    No it’s not.

    But it is good enough to win a post-season series with a just decent offense. Maybe with Jete, Alex and Grandy they can be decent.

  45. blake July 10th, 2013 at 7:35 am

    “Yes they probably should be sellers, but just not yet….For Jeter’s and Mo’s and all the other veteran Yankees sake. Give them one shot to turn things around.”

    If they wanted to really give Jeter and Mo one more shot then they shouldn’t have half a$$ed the offseason and should have given them a real chance and not a hope that a big wad of duct tape would hold and be good enough …..

  46. Tar July 10th, 2013 at 7:36 am

    “If they wanted to really give Jeter and Mo one more shot then they shouldn’t have half a$$ed the offseason and should have given them a real chance and not a hope that a big wad of duct tape would hold and be good enough …..”

    No argument from me.

  47. hardwired7 July 10th, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Look at all these other teams with their fancy runs scored.

    What a bunch of show-offs.

  48. PacoDooley July 10th, 2013 at 7:41 am

    blake July 10th, 2013 at 7:26 am
    I do like their rotation ….but it’s not a staff that’s going to throw shutouts every game…..it’s a rotation that will give up 2-5 runs most nights and work win a lot with a good offense…just like last night …CC goes 9 and gives up 3 and loses because they can’t hit……it’s a good rotation but it’s not good enough to offset how bad the offense is.
    —————————

    CC has looked much better lately, Kuroda, despite injury concerns, continues to dominate, Hughes is back to looking decent most of the time, Nova just threw a complete game gem etc. The rotation is largely doing its part, but they are not scoring runs (look at the Nova win, where they squeaked one out, and the Kuroda and CC losses that were great pitching performances). Their offence will never be above average, but there is a possibility that it could get a major boost with Grandy and Jeter in there.

    Wells is also back to looking decent (just don’t understand him – he still has a great swing and excellent bat speed, but can look so lost for such long stretches), but obviously that is probably not sustainable.

  49. blake July 10th, 2013 at 7:42 am

    What’s most depressing is that if the yanks don’t rally and make the playoffs then they are going to blame it all on the injuries and will claim this winter that they’ll be getting an “all star 1B ” back next year and a healthy Jeter and Arod……then they’ll proceed to sign a new crop of old guys and attempt to con the fanbase into buying it.

  50. PacoDooley July 10th, 2013 at 7:43 am

    Tar July 10th, 2013 at 7:36 am
    “If they wanted to really give Jeter and Mo one more shot then they shouldn’t have half a$$ed the offseason and should have given them a real chance and not a hope that a big wad of duct tape would hold and be good enough …..”

    No argument from me.
    ————————–

    The worst past is that I think that their whole strategy will end up backfiring. They may get under the luxury tax threshold, but the savings will probably not be as large as they expected, and the damage that they do to the Yankees brand if they go through a down stretch will more than cancel out any savings. So it was just a poorly constructed plan.

  51. pkyankfan69 July 10th, 2013 at 7:46 am

    The Yanks should sell but they won’t… We’ll end up getting sandwich picks for Grandy and (probably) Hughes and sign Cano to a ridiculous long term contract. It’s the new Yankee way.

    Hal, please sell the team to Mark Cuban.

  52. blake July 10th, 2013 at 7:51 am

    “The worst past is that I think that their whole strategy will end up backfiring. They may get under the luxury tax threshold, but the savings will probably not be as large as they expected, and the damage that they do to the Yankees brand if they go through a down stretch will more than cancel out any savings. So it was just a poorly constructed plan.”

    yup….it’s a fine plan if they want to get under the cap eventually…..the problem is that they are nowhere close to being able to do it and win……the farm system isn’t ready and they have too much bad money on the books.

  53. blake July 10th, 2013 at 7:52 am

    “The Yanks should sell but they won’t… We’ll end up getting sandwich picks for Grandy and (probably) Hughes and sign Cano to a ridiculous long term contract. It’s the new Yankee way.”

    this is the most likely outcome…..they give Cano a horrible contract and do nothing the rest of the season…..

  54. blake July 10th, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Mike Greenberg ?@Espngreeny 21m
    In practically every way, the experience of watching a game on TV has surpassed attending in person. Do you disagree?
    #RepliesOnAir

    I think it depends

  55. PacoDooley July 10th, 2013 at 7:55 am

    blake July 10th, 2013 at 7:51 am

    yup….it’s a fine plan if they want to get under the cap eventually…..the problem is that they are nowhere close to being able to do it and win……the farm system isn’t ready and they have too much bad money on the books.

    ——————–

    Great point – the problem is managing the transition. It’s not entirely their fault – they didn’t have the lead time to know the changes were coming therefore and how to plan accordingly. However, with set backs in the minors (or lack of expected progress), a huge increase in spending on free agents and a dearth of talent actually hitting the FA market, they are left in a no-man’s land where they appear directionless (or at worst, confused).

  56. blake July 10th, 2013 at 7:57 am

    HardballTalk ?@HardballTalk 2m
    If Melky Cabrera’s phony website didn’t warrant a 100-game suspension, how can Ryan Braun get one? http://dlvr.it/3ddxsw #mlb #hbt

  57. PacoDooley July 10th, 2013 at 7:57 am

    blake July 10th, 2013 at 7:54 am
    Mike Greenberg ?@Espngreeny 21m
    In practically every way, the experience of watching a game on TV has surpassed attending in person. Do you disagree?
    #RepliesOnAir

    I think it depends
    ——————————

    The last game I went to was definitely better than a TV experience – brought the kids, sat at field level, and got to be part of the excitement when Mariano came in for a critical save situation (the end of Enter Sandman will be a huge loss to the experience of being at the ballpark!). I look at going to a game as a once or twice a season thing just to have an experience with the kids (though I am not in NY much nowadays, and they are on the road when I am there later this month!).

  58. blake July 10th, 2013 at 8:03 am

    I think going to a game still can be totally different and better experience than watching on TV…..you can’t replicate the atmosphere at a big college football game at home for example….and you can’t replicate the sounds and smells at the ballpark (and in some cases the food). Plus you don’t have to listen to announcers when you’re there.

  59. pkyankfan69 July 10th, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Rueben, I’m in a situation here, we have to leave now… This is serious, I just sharted… I tried to fart and a little sh*t came out. I just sharted, now lets go.

  60. austinmac July 10th, 2013 at 8:10 am

    There was a tweet last night raising the possibility Judge doesn’t get signed. More good news.

    I have heard the Pirate’s GM, the manager and a couple players on MLB radio all say Martin has been the key to their success. We let him go for money reasons only. More of the same will happen this winter. NYS will be empty while Hal fiddles.

    It would also be nice if we had one single minor league player having a standout year. Just one.

  61. blake July 10th, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Martin had his warts but them letting him go and going in to the season with no legit catcher was very strange…..I know Cervelli played well to start the year but there is no way they knew he’d do that. Martin even indicated he would have done a 1 year deal to come back to the Yankees……bone head move if so. He’s not perfect…..he’s a heck of a lot better than Chris Stewart.

  62. pkyankfan69 July 10th, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Pierzynski was the guy we should have signed… Could have had him on a 1 year – reasonable contract… AJP in a 3/2 quasi platoon with Stewie or Cisco would have been more than solid… I don’t care if the guy is a jerk, he can hit.

  63. austinmac July 10th, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Cervelli looks likely to be suspended. He should not appeal and serve it this year.

  64. PacoDooley July 10th, 2013 at 8:40 am

    blake July 10th, 2013 at 8:12 am
    Martin had his warts but them letting him go and going in to the season with no legit catcher was very strange…..I know Cervelli played well to start the year but there is no way they knew he’d do that. Martin even indicated he would have done a 1 year deal to come back to the Yankees……bone head move if so. He’s not perfect…..he’s a heck of a lot better than Chris Stewart.

    austinmac July 10th, 2013 at 8:22 am
    Cervelli looks likely to be suspended. He should not appeal and serve it this year.
    ————————

    I agree that Martin was perhaps the smart move. He got off to a horrendous start to the season, but has been decent since. He added a dimension that the team lacks. Cervelli looked good, but I suspected it was PED fueled, and that seems likely given his Biogenesis connection.

  65. NYYROC July 10th, 2013 at 8:40 am

    There are soccer teams that score more than the NYY.

  66. blake July 10th, 2013 at 8:44 am

    As I said back in the winter…..I’m not sure how you can say you’re trying to win a title with a straight face when you’re willing to start the year with no catcher.

  67. Yankee Trader July 10th, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Good morning

    Maybe MLB will offer Cervelli a “plea bargain” deal to rat out who told him to contact and get supplements from Bosch at Biogenesis! :)

  68. jacksquat July 10th, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Martin signed really quick in the offseason, way before the Yankees even knew if they would/could sign Kuroda and/or Pettitte. I certainly did not expect them to priortize fricken Russell Martin who most derided while he was a Yankee.

    Martin also ops’d .713 in 2012, and Cervelli’s career ops is .710. So yes, it certainly could be expected that Cervelli could approximate what Martin produced.

    The crying about Martin is ridiculous.

  69. mick July 10th, 2013 at 8:53 am

    It is painful to watch this team because it didn’t have to be this way and it’s even painful to repeat again and again how inept this offense is. What more is there to say?
    ===========================================
    That says it all. FTR, it’s why I can’t stand hearing it…

  70. Yankee Trader July 10th, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Cashman is getting a lot of heat on the blog, and probably, rightly, so. However lets look at a “what if” scenario if the FO had not given ARod that 275M, 10 year extension in December of 2007. Cashman supposedly was ready to let him walk.

    ARod finally admits to steroid use before the start of the 2009 season. The Yankees play poorly until they get a verbal tongue lashing at a meeting held with Cashman, after a loss to rookie Tommy Hanson.

    They go on to the WS and win in 6 games. ARod hits .250, leads the team with 8 strikeouts, and gets one homer on the 1st use of replay, on what was initially ruled a double.

    This is the “what if” game. If ARod walks in 2007, what moves “might have’ the Yankees made instead?

    Thoughts?

  71. Yankee Trader July 10th, 2013 at 9:00 am

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