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Postgame notes: “There’s no doubt it’s getting late”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 31, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Andy Pettitte

Andy Pettitte has been better his past two starts, but it hasn’t mattered. Seven innings, two runs, and a no decision in another loss that dropped the Yankees farther from first place.

“There’s no doubt it’s getting late; we need to win,” Pettitte said. “All you can do now is look to tomorrow. We lost again tonight and all you can do is be positive and try to build on things. We got Derek back in the lineup, we got Sori back in the lineup. Obviously I feel a little better about the way that I’m throwing the ball. Our bullpen has been awesome all year, and it’s going to be awesome. We just have to stay positive and keep trying to get something rolling. Hopefully it starts tomorrow. Hiro’s obviously going to give us a good start, we feel like. Hopefully tomorrow is the day. We haven’t clicked it all together in a long time, but hopefully we can get on a good run here shortly because it’s definitely getting late.”

Right now, it’s games like this that define these Yankees. They can pitch well enough, but if a reliever who’s been awfully good for the past three months allows a soft single to left field in the ninth inning, that might be too much damage to withstand.

“I understand that we’re going to have to win games like this,” Joe Girardi said. “It’s not a surprise for me. I understand what we have. I think guys are trying to give good at bats, so I don’t get frustrated with it. I know we’re going to have to win close games.”

That’s been the company line for a while now, and Girardi has stuck with “have to win close games” as his way of acknowledging the offensive struggles. But the Yankees have now lost nine of their past 13, and they’re still a fourth-place team heading into the last day of July.

“Hopefully we can just will this thing, will it into the playoffs,” Pettitte said. “I know I expect to go, and I’m sure and I hope everyone else in this room feels the same way. I think the power of belief is awfully big and awfully important. And I believe in this club. I believe we got the guys in this room to do it, and we’re going to continue to try to push each other and get it done. … I wouldn’t have come back if I wasn’t ready to go through the grind and try to help push this team and push guys, and like I said, hopefully we can get it done.”

Derek Jeter• Derek Jeter said he feels good, and it’s clear that the Yankees desire to have him run lightly out of the box is driving him crazy. I’m not sure he would have beat out any of his ground balls tonight, and he might have had a chance on the ball that Hanley Ramirez had to dive for, but the Yankees have told Jeter to be smart about it. “It’s not a good one for me,” Jeter said. “I’m not very smart. It’s tough. You try to make a conscious effort to not do anything stupid, but it’s difficult to do, which I guess in a way is a good thing.”

• Jeter said he doesn’t expect to hold back for long. He also doesn’t expect the Yankees to tell him when he has the green light to run hard. “I’ll just do it,” he said. “I won’t tell them, I’ll probably just do it. … I try to look at the big picture. I’m trying to do what I’m told. I don’t want to do anything stupid, but it’s very difficult when your natural reaction is to run as hard as you can, and you can’t. It’s difficult, but that won’t last long.”

• Girardi on Jeter jogging out of the box: “We’ve talked to him about it. You’ve got to have a governor. That’s the bottom line. You’ve got to be smart about it. It’s not what we’re used to seeing, but we’ve got to protect his legs.”

• Girardi said he still expects to have Jeter back at shortstop tomorrow.

• After the Ichiro Suzuki double in the seventh, Girardi said he had no thoughts of pinch hitting for Jayson Nix. “This is a guy who’s been playing pretty decent for us all year long, so no, I did not,” Girardi said.

• Lyle Overbay provided the bulk of the Yankees offense tonight. Alfonso Soriano doubled and scored, but it was Overbay who had both RBI, one of them on a home run. He has four RBI in three games against the Dodgers this season.

Lyle Overbay, Ichiro Suzuki• Pettitte allowed both of his runs in the first two innings. That’s been a theme in his recent starts. “I felt pretty good after the first inning,” Pettitte said. “The first inning, my ball was cutting again, the two-seamers I was trying to throw. It would be nice to get through a first inning without giving up a run. … Mechanically, I know exactly what I’m doing. I’m just fighting myself to find it early. I’m going to get there. I’m going to fix it.”

• Shawn Kelley said, once he got to 3-1 against Mark Ellis, he’d decided to stick with his best pitch the rest of the way. He went with three straight sliders, and Ellis got just enough of the third one for the game-winner. “That pitch, that’s what I wanted to throw,” Kelley said. “I wanted a slider, and I wanted it down in the zone, Attack him with my best pitch, and I did, and it got him out in front a bit, but he got enough of it to get it in the outfield and that’s what he needed to do.”

• Had Robinson Cano not dropped the ball trying to make the quick tag, it looked like Chris Stewart’s throw — though it wasn’t very good — might have gotten Andre Ethier out at second on the stole base attempt earlier in the ninth. “It’s hard to say,” Girardi said. “I watched the ball and I didn’t watch anything else. I thought the ball beat him there, but I’m watching the ball.”

The Red Sox managed to improve their rotation tonight, giving up Jose Iglesias to acquire White Sox starter Jake Peavy. Iglesias will end up in Detroit as part of a three-team deal.

• The Yankees were reportedly looking into Angels third baseman Alberto Callaspo, but he was traded to Oakland.

• Final word goes to Girardi: “We’ve talked about it all year long, that we’re going to have to win close games. It’s how we’re going to have to win games. We’re not a team that’s going to score a ton of runs. For us, first couple months we were winning all these games, and now we’ve lost some, and they’re difficult losses, but the effort is still there.”

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42 Responses to “Postgame notes: “There’s no doubt it’s getting late””

  1. Ed Whitson July 31st, 2013 at 2:21 am

    Ca$hman twiddles his thumbs while Rome burns.

  2. sammiejohnson July 31st, 2013 at 2:33 am

    Since “The Great Montero Debate” seemed to rage again earlier today, I thought I would post this link to a Mariners’ website. This gives you an idea of how M’s fans feel about the trade, and how they feel about Montero in general.

    For those of you still not taking sides, feel free not to click the link.

    http://www.ussmariner.com/2013.....checklist/

  3. jacksquat July 31st, 2013 at 2:38 am

    After the Ichiro Suzuki double in the seventh, Girardi said he had no thoughts of pinch hitting for Jayson Nix. “This is a guy who’s been playing pretty decent for us all year long, so no, I did not,” Girardi said.

    Nix .218/.306/.307 vs rhp this year.

    Dumbass.

  4. beedogs July 31st, 2013 at 3:15 am

    Does anyone still think this godawful team has a shot at the playoffs? (Please, stop kidding yourselves.)

    We should be hoping for a last-place finish and some great draft picks they can trade away in a few years for aging washed-up talent.

  5. Tidrow July 31st, 2013 at 5:44 am

    Pinch hit for Nixy? No way! Guy is a Girardi favorite. Just don’t understand managers infatuation with him. Sometimes it seems Girardi lets his personal feelings for players get in the way of what’s best for the team. Nix seems like a good man, stand up guy but is not a very good player. How could you not pinch hit for him knowing how this team struggles for runs? Could be manager doesn’t have confidence in his bench which in Girardis’ defense isn’t much to write home about. This team needs offensive help and needs it fast.

  6. GregD July 31st, 2013 at 6:34 am

    another loss and a late night……… ugh……

  7. cigator July 31st, 2013 at 7:00 am

    When the organization doesn’t seem to care, neither will the fans. When ticket sales, merchandise sales fall, maybe they will get the message. I feel like a little kid again watching Jerry Kenny, Horace Clarke, and the Stick. It will be years before this team is fixed, hopefully with new owner, GM and manager.

  8. blake July 31st, 2013 at 7:02 am

    8.5 games back and Boston just got Peavy….the division race is essentially over.

    The question now is is being 3.5 out in the WC enough to continue to push to go for it? Or should they sell assets and try to get better overall for the future……..not much time left to decide

  9. blake July 31st, 2013 at 7:10 am

    Given that Cruz is gonna be suspended the Yanks should see if they will over pay for Granderson

  10. joeman July 31st, 2013 at 7:17 am

    it’s always about 1 pitch 1 error 1 bad move……

  11. Chip July 31st, 2013 at 7:19 am

    Pinch hit for Nix with who? Their best hitter on the bench was Vernon Wells.

    I had a nightmare last night that the Yankees traded JR Murphy to the Dodgers for Juan Uribe.

  12. joeman July 31st, 2013 at 7:19 am

    RS went out and made the move they had to make to cover CB and his injury

  13. Chip July 31st, 2013 at 7:23 am

    joeman July 31st, 2013 at 7:19 am
    RS went out and made the move they had to make to cover CB and his injury
    ————————–

    I’m not sure I would want to be paying Jake Peavy ace money next year (he’s basically a #3) but they didn’t have to give up Bogarts, traded Iglasias at the peak of his value and improved themselves. The White Sox did very well. Tigers paid a hefty sum because of Peralta’s impending suspension.

  14. blake July 31st, 2013 at 7:24 am

    “Pinch hit for Nix with who? Their best hitter on the bench was Vernon Wells.”

    Exactly….Girardi has no options. Honestly they were lucky they only lost by 1……the dodgers are way better than them

  15. blake July 31st, 2013 at 7:25 am

    I think Boston did great and the white sox did great in the deal…..Detroit made this deal to fill a need because of Biogenesis

  16. Chip July 31st, 2013 at 7:45 am

    blake July 31st, 2013 at 7:25 am
    I think Boston did great and the white sox did great in the deal…..Detroit made this deal to fill a need because of Biogenesis
    ——————–

    Yeah – like I said Peavy’s way overpaid for what he is, but Boston’s not hurting for money. Detroit was between a rock and a hard place – I don’t think Jose keeps hitting this way through his career and Garcia’s power is the real deal.

  17. blake July 31st, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Boston sold way high on Iglesias and I guess Detroit felt like they could spare some offense to get a SS and go for it this year……Iglesias can’t hit but he is a really good defender with a lot of range so he’s not a terrible fit on that club. He can help Miggy out at 3B and the way they can pitch and with the rest of their lineup they won’t need him to hit a ton to win.

  18. Yankee Trader July 31st, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Good morning-

    If the Yankees want to try and keep up with the pack in the East, they need another catcher, a right handed first baseman, and a 3rd baseman, as well as a LOOGY. They need CC to pitch like an Ace.

    IMHO, there are too many question marks before todays deadline to fill all their needs thru trades, and other than trying JR Murphy, there is nothing down on the farm that can realistically make a difference now. Not even Musty! :(

  19. blake July 31st, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Peavy isn’ t shut down guy anymore but he’s pretty good and this makes their rotation a lot deeper…..if laptop gets healthy then you have a pretty darn good front 4 for playoff time.

  20. blake July 31st, 2013 at 7:49 am

    “If the Yankees want to try and keep up with the pack in the East, they need another catcher, a right handed first baseman, and a 3rd baseman, as well as a LOOGY. They need CC to pitch like an Ace.”

    is that all? No wonder I thought they should sell……

  21. austinmac July 31st, 2013 at 7:50 am

    We are fans and love our team, but no one, absolutely no one, but a fan believes this team has any chance to go anywhere this year. Meanwhile, free agent clocks tick away, and the team moves further in the wrong direction for the years ahead.

  22. blake July 31st, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Texas needed a bat before the Cruz situation…..the yanks should see what they’d offer for Granderson.

  23. Chip July 31st, 2013 at 7:52 am

    If Cashman can get even a low level minor leaguer for Joba he should do it and then promote Betances to replace him. I would be curious if ownership would let him trade a player with a strong marketing history “Joba Rules.”

  24. Chip July 31st, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Blake -

    I think Texas is more interested in getting players who are healthy than ones that are on the DL.

  25. blake July 31st, 2013 at 7:54 am

    “I think Texas is more interested in getting players who are healthy than ones that are on the DL.”

    he’s playing games though and it was a broken pinky……it wasn’t an injury that doesn’t heal.

  26. blake July 31st, 2013 at 7:55 am

    “If Cashman can get even a low level minor leaguer for Joba he should do it and then promote Betances to replace him. I would be curious if ownership would let him trade a player with a strong marketing history “Joba Rules.”

    If Cashman can get a jelly of the month card for Joba he should trade him and promte Betances.

  27. austinmac July 31st, 2013 at 7:55 am

    I haven’t heard from Hal lately. Did anyone tell him how the team is doing? Perhaps, he is too busy with the numbers he so loves. He will love next year’s numbers in the stands and in front of their TVs.

    What is the plan for next year? They do know they will have no choice but to actually have players sign contracts for 2014, I assume. How many old and released players can we acquire. I can’t wait.

  28. Chip July 31st, 2013 at 7:57 am

    blake July 31st, 2013 at 7:54 am
    “I think Texas is more interested in getting players who are healthy than ones that are on the DL.”

    he’s playing games though and it was a broken pinky……it wasn’t an injury that doesn’t heal.
    —————————

    Yeah but even getting your legs back under you in the minors there’s going to be rust when you come back to the majors. I’m not saying it would be an automatic no, but I think they’ll want to look at healthy players before putting their toe in the Granderson waters….

    Nelson Cruz is a FA this winter – want the Yankees to sign him?

  29. blake July 31st, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Hal is patiently awaiting the Arod decision so he knows if he can buy that new mansion or not.

  30. blake July 31st, 2013 at 7:58 am

    “Yeah but even getting your legs back under you in the minors there’s going to be rust when you come back to the majors. I’m not saying it would be an automatic no, but I think they’ll want to look at healthy players before putting their toe in the Granderson waters…”

    like who though? There aren’t exactly a ton of potential impact bats out there.

  31. Yankee Trader July 31st, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Blake, Chip and Austinmac-

    As mentioned, Texas does need a corner OF’er as Cruz will not appeal his 50 game suspension, handed out tomorrow, and will be avaiable for the playoffs, and help his chances for a decent FA contract this offseason.

    The Yankees are currently set in the OF for 2014, with Gardner, Ichiro, Wells, Soriano, Almonte, etc.

    There is no need to bring back Granderson next season. Work out a deal with Texas for Andrus? Would of course prefer Profar, but………………..no chance there.

    Then the Yankees are not being true sellers. They fill a position of need-play Andrus at third till Jeter retires.

  32. blake July 31st, 2013 at 8:02 am

    “Work out a deal with Texas for Andrus? Would of course prefer Profar, but………………..no chance there.”

    Granderson and a prospect for Andrus with the Yankees taking all of his salary? They can move Profar directly to SS and Granderson to the outfield……it would make Texas better short term……I kinda doubt they’d sell low on Elvis like that though.

  33. MTU July 31st, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Good morning.

    Had one of the most pleasantly weird experiences of my life yesterday.

    The results of my stress test indicated a problem w my ticker.

    I was then immediately scheduled for a coronary angiogram which I had yesterday.

    During the angiogram they found out that I actually had no problems at all.

    In fact the attending Dr. later told me that he wished he had arteries like mine when he gets to be my age.

    In the end it turned out that the earlier test had given a “false positive”.

    Now ain’t that a kick in the head.

    ;)

  34. Yankee Trader July 31st, 2013 at 8:07 am

    MTU-

    That’s great news.

  35. blake July 31st, 2013 at 8:08 am

    MTU,

    false positives do happen….I’m glad it happened to you bud…..well I wish it had been negativve to start with but I’m glad nothing was wrong ;)

  36. Yankee Trader July 31st, 2013 at 8:08 am

    New Post————–>

  37. Against All Odds July 31st, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Good to hear that MTU :)

  38. comnsnse July 31st, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Too many holes to fill with too few resources.

    Repeat, sign Cano move him to third, resign Granderson short term,see if Murphy can function at the MLB level, and definitely look for starting pitching.

    They can find an adequate middle IF to replace Cano at 2B and have a good pen, although they could use another LH.

    Finally if dollars are freed up find that RF who bats RH and can field the position. Rios would have been a good fit.

    The wild card nonsense is actually detrimental to what the organization must do, and it will take courage to not respond to the illusion and move forward long term.

  39. MTU July 31st, 2013 at 8:12 am

    YT-

    Well at least it had a happy ending anyway.

    Bye the way, as a little side bonus, the Physician told me that one of my coronary arteries is
    about twice the size of normal.

    I asked if it was a problem or anything ?

    He said no and it was genetic, and that I was getting twice the normal blood flow from that one. That I was actually very lucky in that regard.

    He told me that there is absolutely no chance I’d ever get coronary artery disease.

    :)

  40. J. Alfred Prufrock July 31st, 2013 at 8:13 am

    MTU -very glad to hear your good news :)

  41. MTU July 31st, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Thanks guys.

    Definitely better than the alternative.

    My dizziness and nausea at high altitude must just be a tendency towards “altitude sickness”.

  42. MTU July 31st, 2013 at 8:16 am

    JAP-

    thanks. We sure needed some around here.

    The Mop continues to improve as well.

    maybe the worm has finally begun to turn.

    :)

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