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Postgame notes: “There wasn’t anything I didn’t like” (with video)

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It’s most convenient to look back at the demotion — at that moment exactly three months ago when Ivan Nova was shipped to the minor leagues — and assign that as the moment his season turned around. But Nova says you have to go back farther, to the triceps injury that sent him to the disabled list with a 6.48 ERA at the end of April.

“I wasn’t throwing for a couple of days and getting my treatment,” Nova said. “You’ve just got to focus on mentally (being sharp), because I know that part really affected me last year. At the beginning of the year, I was putting pressure on myself to do a good job every time, and sometimes you kind of go away from what you want to do. … I went to Tampa and took that time over there to really think about what I want to do and what I want to be at the end of the season. I forget about the past, get healthy first, and do what I have to do.”

Nova returned at the end of May and was shipped to Triple-A after just two relief appearances. It came as little surprise considering his second half of last season and the way he’d been pitching before the injury. Little did the Yankees know, Nova was already a different pitcher.

“It just seems like his mound presence is a little better when he’s throwing like this,” Derek Jeter said.

Ivan NovaThree months after sending Nova to the minors, Joe Girardi sent Nova to finish off a big win against the Orioles. Even with the heart of the Orioles order coming to the plate, even when the leadoff man reached on an infield single, and even with Mariano Rivera available in the bullpen, Girardi stuck with Nova through the final out.

“We have Mo in the bullpen waiting,” Nova said. “But that made me feel really good because he has confidence in me.”

Said Girardi: “There wasn’t anything I didn’t like. Everything I kept seeing was positive, positive, positive.”

Two things that are easy to notice about Nova’s resurgence:

1. His fastball. “He doesn’t really have to pinpoint location,” Chris Stewart said. “He’s just throwing it to an area and letting it move, let it do what it’s going to do.”

2. His curveball. “When he has that good curveball working, where it’s got the real sharp bite down action, you know he’s going to be successful,” Stewart said.

But the change is deeper than that. It’s a confidence that Nova showed late in 2011; a confidence that showed up again tonight when Nova labeled his past two months as “unbelievable.”

“Part of this game is having success and part of it is struggling,” Girardi said. “When you’re struggling, it’s figuring how to get out of those struggles. In each game, you’re probably going to have a little bit of a struggle, but if you can get out of a monumental struggle, those struggles seem less and you can self-correct yourself when you’re on the mound because pitchers are going to lose it in the course of a game for maybe a hitter or two. To me, he figured out what I have to do to be successful; how I have to keep my fastball down better, and how I have to use my curveball. To me, the struggles will probably help him in the long run.”

Robinson Cano• Giradi on the Rodriguez illness: “He’s got what I got. I finally turned the corner today. I feel better than I did yesterday. He wanted to play. He was sick last night; he was really sick last night, and he played. I texted him this morning and he said he wanted to try. He did some work in the cage, and then we saw him, and he just didn’t look good. He was pale. Hopefully tomorrow he’s a lot better.”

• Good looking out by the Japanese reporters — or one in particular, but I’m sure they all knew — who noticed that Hiroki Kuroda didn’t throw his scheduled bullpen today. Girardi dismissed it as a non-issue, but it’s curious considering Kuroda’s recent struggles. “Sometimes guys just skip their bullpens,” Girardi said. That’s actually true, but it usually has something to do with fatigue or some other issue.

• Eduardo Nunez said he felt fine today and is fully ready to play. “I’m good,” he said.

• Both of Nova’s complete games this season have come against the Orioles. He’s pitched two of the Yankees five complete games this season. CC Sabathia also has two and Hiroki Kuroda has one.

• Nova is 11-2 in 17 career starts in the month of August. He went 4-0 this August and 5-0 in August of 2011. He’s currently undefeated in six straight starts with a 2.08 ERA in those games. He’s pitched into the seventh inning in each of his past 10 starts overall, spanning from his previous complete game to this one.

• Jeter wasn’t fooled by Ichiro’s play on that Chris Davis fly ball in the ninth: “I thought Ichi was deking him, I really did,” Jeter said. “He hit it well, but he hit it high. I didn’t think it would go.”

• Nova said, despite Ichiro’s reaction, he never thought the Davis ball was a home run. That said, it’s Davis hitting a ball hard. “Any time that guy gets the ball in the air, you always hold your breath,” Stewart said.

Derek Jeter• The Yankees had Mariano Rivera warming in the ninth, but Girardi said he was never too tempted to give him the ball. Not even after the leadoff man reached. “To me, if (Nova) walks him, it might be a little bit different,” Girardi said. “But he got a ground ball. And he’d gotten a ton of ground balls, and in that situation you’re looking for a double play, and he’d been getting a lot of ground balls all day so I decided to leave him in.”

• Jeter made a nice play to help turn a double play in the eighth. That was a huge play after Nova’s only walk of the game. How’s Jeter’s defense? “Just good enough to make that play and turn a double play,” Jeter said. “I feel fine. You get more comfortable the more games you play.”

• Remember how good Robinson Cano was down the stretch last year? He’s getting pretty hot again right now, including both RBI today. “Probably in the long run, those couple of days off (after the HBP) will probably help him,” Girardi said.

• Today’s home run moved Cano into a tie with Bill Dickey for the 15th-most homers in Yankees history with 202.

• Subbing into the lineup after Rodriguez was scratched, Lyle Overbay responded with a 2-for-3 that snapped an 0-for-15.

• The Yankees have won a season-high six straight home games, their longest winning streak at Yankee Stadium since seven straight in September of last year. They are no 32-0 in home games in which they have held a lead of at least two runs, according to Elias.

• Final word goes to Girardi: “It’s going to take a real team effort to get to play in October, but you get starts like this, and you score runs like yesterday, you’ve got a shot.”

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132 Responses to “Postgame notes: “There wasn’t anything I didn’t like” (with video)”

  1. long_atbat August 31st, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Great win, need more starters pitching like Nova for the last four weeks if we’re going to make a playoff run.

  2. mick August 31st, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Youse guys should thank your lucky stars for the looseness that is Ichiro.
    He will not wilt in the clutch like Swisher.

  3. MTU August 31st, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Broom the O’s then do the same to the White Sox.

    Tampa has a very tough schedule for the remainder of the season.

    We face them at home for 3 games right near the end.

    ;)

  4. tomingeorgia August 31st, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Mr. Mick,
    I don’t think, after all these years, that Ichiro knows what pressure is. He plays baseball, every day, to win. He may be old and declining, but that hardly matters in his approach. He’s a baseball player’s player.

  5. Wang IS Taiwan August 31st, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Youse guys should thank your lucky stars for the looseness that is Ichiro.
    He will not wilt in the clutch like Swisher.

    ~~~~~~~~

    Agree.

  6. mick August 31st, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    In fact, Ichi like Matsui will embrace it.
    That is where the professional fun lies.

  7. tomingeorgia August 31st, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    mick,
    When I played, I relished the “clutch” spots. That’s why I played. Some guys don’t, I guess.

  8. mick August 31st, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    When I played, I relished the “clutch” spots. That’s why I played. Some guys don’t, I guess.
    ========================
    have to think that’s why Winfield and Alex got bad raps here.
    expectations were high, results weren’t always.

  9. tomingeorgia August 31st, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    I didn’t always come through, obviously. No one does, but the adrenaline, the focus, the “high” the situation produced made me want to be in it.

  10. MTU August 31st, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Mister Tom-

    You Ole’ adrenalin junkie you.

    :)

  11. tomingeorgia August 31st, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Mister MTU,
    GB7 would understand the clarity I’m talking about. I’d rather have it in a baseball game, but it’s useful in other situations, too, and if you survive, the high is wonderful.

  12. mick August 31st, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Why did fans take to Jeter, who seemed to always come through
    and not to Arod who seemed to never?

    Coincidence?

    Why do they love Big Papi?

  13. Wang IS Taiwan August 31st, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Performing is like that, Tom. You suddenly are in a “zone” and everything slows down. it’s magic.

  14. MTU August 31st, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Mister Tom-

    You have more courage in your left pinky than I have in my whole body.

    I’m sure GB would be able to relate though.

    When you guys see each other again you can swap stories.

  15. MTU August 31st, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Wang-

    Yes. What you did was amazing too.

    :)

  16. mick August 31st, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Loading up with rightys the next 4 games against all lefthanders?

    should be seeing something like this tmw:
    \
    gardner, jeter, cano, soriano, alex DH, reynolds, wells, nunez 3B?, romine

  17. tomingeorgia August 31st, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Wang,
    You get it. Time almost stops, vision is acute and in bad Technicolor, your next move makes itself, and you live or die as a result

    Mister MTU,
    Courage has little to do with it, it’s training, instinct and the situation that bring it on.

  18. MTU August 31st, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Not sure A-Rod will be well enough to play ?

  19. MTU August 31st, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Wang-

    You sing like an Angel.

    It brought tears to my eyes.

  20. tomingeorgia August 31st, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Does anyone watch ladies golf but me? There’s a young lady on today named (aptly) Sandra Gal. She’s my new favorite. She should be in a ZZTop video, and she’s a hell of a golfer, too.

  21. MTU August 31st, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    I’m surprised there aren’t more people here to celebrate today’s great victory.

    Doesn’t Labor day traditionally mark the unofficial end of Summer ?

  22. yankeefeminista August 31st, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    MTU, brief hello to celebrate; just got back from the Bronx. Now watching the YES replay to watch Nova’s masterpiece once again.

    Congrats to the Trenton Thunder for making the playoffs and ousting Portland (Red Sox AA) today. Btw, JR and Brett Marshall were both scratched in the SWB game, so I assume they are Bronx-bound.

  23. MTU August 31st, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    You all have a great rest of your evening.

    See ya’ round.

    :)

  24. MTU August 31st, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Greetings YF-

    Seemed like most folks were otherwise occupied this evening so I was just about to take my leave and turn on the boob tube.

    It was a gem. No doubt

    Enjoy.

    Glad I got to say hi.

    :)

  25. yankeefeminista August 31st, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    MTU, likewise. Enjoy your show! :)

  26. Giuseppe Franco August 31st, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    mick August 31st, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Youse guys should thank your lucky stars for the looseness that is Ichiro.
    He will not wilt in the clutch like Swisher.

    ——-

    Please. Swisher was the far more productive player last season and it wasn’t even close.

  27. Wang IS Taiwan August 31st, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Thanks, MTU. You are too kind, but that’s why we all love having you around. ;)

    Tom, I’ll bet MTU would be just the kind of person you’d want in your foxhole, right?

    Gotta run myself. Enjoy your evening, everyone.

  28. Jesus Bustero August 31st, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    mick August 31st, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Youse guys should thank your lucky stars for the looseness that is Ichiro.
    He will not wilt in the clutch like Swisher.

    __________

    I hope Ichiro has a chance to play in the playoffs in NYS. I have no doubt in my mind he would be the far more productive player than Swisher was for the Yankees and it won’t even be close.

  29. RhapsodyInBlue August 31st, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    During the season when Swisher saw a pitch he could pull he was very productive it was in the post season where he got a steady diet of good pitching that denied him a ball to pull is where Swisher sucked.

    Besides Swisher couldn’t carry Ichiro’s glove. Ichiro’s errors come on balls that Swisher would be nowhere near.

  30. randy l. August 31st, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    “Please. Swisher was the far more productive player last season and it wasn’t even close.”

    yup

  31. RhapsodyInBlue August 31st, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Swisher’s .169 post season career BA was one of the reasons the Yankees haven’t advanced in recent years.

    Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

  32. Wang IS Taiwan August 31st, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Last year’s postseason stats:

    1 Jeter, D NYY SS 6 27 4 9 1 1 0 2 2 10 0 0 .333 .379 .444 .824
    2 Ibanez, R NYY LF 8 22 3 7 1 0 3 5 4 6 0 1 .318 .423 .773 1.196
    3 Teixeira, M NYY 1B 9 32 2 9 1 0 0 1 8 3 1 0 .281 .425 .313 .738
    4 Suzuki, I NYY RF 9 40 3 11 2 0 1 5 2 5 1 1 .275 .310 .400 .710
    5 Nunez, E NYY SS 5 11 4 3 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 .273 .273 .818 1.091
    6 Nix, J NYY 3B 6 8 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .250 .333 .375 .708
    7 Swisher, N NYY RF 8 30 0 5 2 0 0 2 3 10 0 0 .167 .235 .233 .469
    8 Martin, R NYY C 9 31 3 5 1 0 1 1 3 5 0 0 .161 .235 .290 .526
    9 Rodriguez, A NYY 3B 7 25 1 3 0 0 0 0 2 12 0 0 .120 .185 .120 .305
    10 Granderson, C NYY CF 9 30 1 3 0 0 1 1 3 16 2 0 .100 .182 .200 .382
    11 Cano, R NYY 2B 9 40 1 3 2 0 0 4 1 6 0 0 .075 .098 .125 .223
    12 Chavez, E NYY 3B 6 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
    12 Gardner, B NYY CF 5 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
    14 Stewart, C NYY C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – - – .000

  33. Jesus Bustero August 31st, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    RhapsodyInBlue August 31st, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Swisher’s .169 post season career BA was one of the reasons the Yankees haven’t advanced in recent years.

    ___________

    I knew there was a reason I hate his face.

  34. RhapsodyInBlue August 31st, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Jesus Bustero August 31st, 2013 at 8:36 pm
    RhapsodyInBlue August 31st, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Swisher’s .169 post season career BA was one of the reasons the Yankees haven’t advanced in recent years.

    ___________

    I knew there was a reason I hate his face.
    ——————————————————————————-

    Chucky.

  35. Jesus Bustero August 31st, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Yeah, really wish we paid Swish Cheez 70 M for 5 years to OPS below .750 with shoddy defense.

    :roll:

  36. Jesus Bustero August 31st, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    If you’re going to miss somebody who got ran out of town, maybe try the ace of the Pirates.

  37. Giuseppe Franco August 31st, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    RhapsodyInBlue August 31st, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Swisher’s .169 post season career BA was one of the reasons the Yankees haven’t advanced in recent years.

    Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

    —–

    Swisher helped get this team to the postseason and his production was very under-appreciated.

    I don’t recall any Yankee tearing the cover off the ball in the postseason.

  38. randy l. August 31st, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    micktomingeorgiajesubusterorhapsodyinblue-

    swisher in four years had an .850 OPS

    he was a very good yankee player.

    funny how you laundry guys turn on players when they leave.

  39. CountryClub August 31st, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    MTU August 31st, 2013 at 5:57 pm
    The great irony of Ivan Nova is that we lost him in the rule 5 draft to the Padres who returned him to us.

    He was left unprotected.

    ———-

    This is true. But there was a reason that he was left unprotected…..he wasn’t ready. Teams take calculated gambles all the time. It worked out for NY because SD couldn’t justify keeping him on the roster.

  40. tomingeorgia August 31st, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    randy,
    Don’t include me on that list. I wanted to keep him. Still wish we had.

  41. luis August 31st, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Yet, they protect other prospects that burn out… Or worse, they offered Cano in trades… We were lucky that Nova didn’t stick in SD or that other teams didn’t want Cano… There is something wrong on how the evaluate talent

  42. Giuseppe Franco August 31st, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Jesus Bustero August 31st, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Yeah, really wish we paid Swish Cheez 70 M for 5 years to OPS below .750 with shoddy defense.

    Jesus Bustero August 31st, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    If you’re going to miss somebody who got ran out of town, maybe try the ace of the Pirates.

    —–

    As usual, you are talking out of your ass.

    Never said the Yanks should have signed Swisher long term. The problem is they elected not to replace his production, which was stupid and predictably came back to bite them this season.

    And my point was merely that mick was taking a shot at the guy who was the far more productive player.

    Ichiro isn’t exactly the same player he was several years ago.

  43. RhapsodyInBlue August 31st, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Giuseppe Franco August 31st, 2013 at 8:49 pm
    RhapsodyInBlue August 31st, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Swisher’s .169 post season career BA was one of the reasons the Yankees haven’t advanced in recent years.

    Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

    —–

    Swisher helped get this team to the postseason and his production was very under-appreciated.

    I don’t recall any Yankee tearing the cover off the ball in the postseason.
    —————————————————————————————–

    2009 WS Swisher hit .133. Somebody hit.

  44. luis August 31st, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    I was glad that Swisher went away… But GF has a point in not replacing the production… Not to mention that Ichiro will cost some millions next season when the cap takes centerstage and we have a gazillion holes to fill, including what we do with Cano going forward

  45. RhapsodyInBlue August 31st, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    randy l. August 31st, 2013 at 8:49 pm
    micktomingeorgiajesubusterorhapsodyinblue-

    swisher in four years had an .850 OPS

    he was a very good yankee player.

    funny how you laundry guys turn on players when they leave.
    ——————————————————————————–

    I know you’re not referring to me because I’ve never been a Swisher fan.

    The homeruns were nice but if you can’t perform in the post season what good are they?

  46. randy l. August 31st, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    micktomingeorgiajesubusterorhapsodyinblue-

    it’s just easier lumping you all together factoring the occasionally divergent opinion :)

  47. pkyankfan69 August 31st, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Great win… Nova is really turning himself into a big time piece for the future… I didn’t see any of the game, new puppy takes up most of my time these days… Let’s get the sweep tomorrow!

  48. Jesus Bustero August 31st, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    There is no opinion. There is only fact.

    Swisher is now one of the most overpaid players in the game.

    5 years, 70 M, sub .750 OPS, shoddy defense.

    Goodbye.

    Let’s talk about AJ Burnett and you might have something there.

  49. Giuseppe Franco August 31st, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    All I know is this team played in the postseason all 4 years Swisher was in pinstripes but they won’t this season.

    So what would you rather have?

    A team that gets to the postseason but doesn’t win or a team that can’t hit during the regular season and doesn’t even get to the postseason?

    I guess we’ll find out in the next few weeks.

  50. pat August 31st, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Red Sox acquire IF John McDonald from Phillies

  51. tomingeorgia August 31st, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    randy,
    Don’t know how much they would have had to pay to keep Swisher, but we would have had a switch-hitting OF who played a capable 1st base, hit for some power, knocked in runs, walked a lot, scored runs. If you want to be included in a group, I could think of some to lump you into.

  52. Jesus Bustero August 31st, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Granderson, Gardner, Ichiro, Soriano cost less than Granderson, Gardner, Swisher.

    I’ll take Granderson, Gardner, Ichiro, Soriano, thanks.

  53. Giuseppe Franco August 31st, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Good grief. Bret doesn’t understand plain English.

    I was fine with them not re-signing Swisher. But I didn’t like that the front office thought they could let his production walk without replacing it.

    You also can’t compare what he’s doing in CLE right now and assume that’s what he would be doing in pinstripes right now. As Randy said, he had an .850 OPS during his 4 years in pinstripes.

    Different team. Different stadium. Different atmosphere.

    Different everything. Apples and oranges.

  54. RhapsodyInBlue August 31st, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Giuseppe Franco August 31st, 2013 at 9:08 pm
    All I know is this team played in the postseason all 4 years Swisher was in pinstripes but they won’t this season.

    So what would you rather have?

    A team that gets to the postseason but doesn’t win or a team that can’t hit during the regular season and doesn’t even get to the postseason?

    I guess we’ll find out in the next few weeks.
    ———————————————————————————————–

    First of all I can’t recall any of those teams with the amount of injuries that this team has had.

    Not even close.

  55. randy l. August 31st, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    micktomingeorgiajesubusterorhapsodyinblue-

    2009 world series

    swisher only behind matsui, alex,jeter, and damon in OPS

    cano OPS for that series
    .267

  56. Jesus Bustero August 31st, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Actually I scored in the 93rd percentile on my GRE writing and 81st percentile on the verbal.

  57. Giuseppe Franco August 31st, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Jesus Bustero August 31st, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Granderson, Gardner, Ichiro, Soriano cost less than Granderson, Gardner, Swisher.

    I’ll take Granderson, Gardner, Ichiro, Soriano, thanks.

    —-
    Um, duh.

    Soriano has only been a Yankee for a month and they were desperate to get him because they hadn’t hit for 4 months – in part because they elected not to replace Swisher’s production.

    Maybe if they had acquired Soriano in the offseason to replace Swisher’s production would have been a better plan than waiting 4 months?

  58. Jesus Bustero August 31st, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Ichiro + Soriano > Swisher

  59. RhapsodyInBlue August 31st, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    randy l. August 31st, 2013 at 9:18 pm
    micktomingeorgiajesubusterorhapsodyinblue-

    2009 world series

    swisher only behind matsui, alex,jeter, and damon in OPS

    cano OPS for that series
    .267
    ———————————————————————————————-

    For him he did well 2 hits in 5 games a homerun and a double, 1 RBI.

  60. Jesus Bustero August 31st, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    The production they missed was Jeter + Granderson + Teixeira to name a few. The difference between Swisher and Ichiro is not why they are where they are.

  61. randy l. August 31st, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    ” If you want to be included in a group, I could think of some to lump you into.”

    good luck with that one.

    they’ll take it as an insult :)

  62. Duh Innings II August 31st, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Lemme get this straight:

    The Pirates just acquired Justin Morneau by giving up Alex Presleyand a player to be named later.

    The Yanks couldn’t have offered Minnesota Mark Reynolds and Eduardo Nunez as a player to be named later?

    How is Alex Presley and APTBNM a better bounty than Reynolds and Nunez? Presley, 28, has just 16 homeruns and a .299 OBP in 3+ seasons while Reynolds, 30, has 17 homeruns this year alone, 198 homeruns total, and a career .330 OBP.

    I’m sure I’ll be told Reynolds can play all the bases while Morneau can play just firstbase. Well guess what? Morneau is a better player than Reynolds. He is an ALMVP, an ALMVP runnerup, a two-time Silver Slugger 1B, a three-time Top 20 ALMVP voting player as he finished 20th in the ALMVP voting in 2007, and a four-time All-Star. He will turn only 33 next May 15. He’s a lefthanded power hitter whose career could easily be ressurected by the Yankee Stadium rightfield porch and the homerun friendly confines of Fenway Park, Camden Yards, and Tropicana Field. He’d be playing up to two-thirds of his games at those ballparks (9 games a ballpark x 3 ballparks = 27 games) and Yankee Stadium (81 games.)

    You call up someone to back up at 2B, 3B, and SS.

    Acquiring Morneau would’ve given them their 1B, DH, or player who shares both positions with Teixiera next year.

    It’s no given the Yanks will be able to re-sign Reynolds or Morneau, but the nice thing about Morneau is the Yanks could offer him the qualfying offer and if he rejects it, they get a draft pick. The same can’t be said if they lost Reynolds who they will not offer the qualfying offer to.

    The Twins would’ve aquired a signable starting 1B, 3B, or DH who can play a little 2B (Reynolds) and a guy under control who can start at 3B and SS and play a little 2B, too (Nunez.) That beats Presley, a 28-year old who started his MLB career at age 24 and can’t hit for average or power, get on base, or steal bases.

  63. Jesus Bustero August 31st, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Where would they be if they replaced, let’s say Phil Hughes with AJ Burnett?

  64. Jesus Bustero August 31st, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    That to me is a sexier question than Swisher vs. Ichiro plus 2 months of Soriano.

  65. RhapsodyInBlue August 31st, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Swisher was the biggest hotdog who ever played RF for the Yankees and that includes Reggie.

    I tired of watching his stubby legs run up the fence.

    Hit during the season not during the post season.

    Pro and cons I’m glad he’s gone, certainly not worth the contract Cleveland gave him.

  66. Jesus Bustero August 31st, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Plus Soriano for 5 M through 2014 instead of Swisher for 5 years 70 M

  67. exiledintampa August 31st, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Duh. you can’t use the QO for a draft pick on Morneau. Don’t get one for player acquired in trade.

  68. Giuseppe Franco August 31st, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    So now you want AJ Burnett back?

    He did not pitch well in NY for whatever reason. Maybe he needed a different environment to figure things out.

    No evidence to suggest he would have ever figured it out in NY and the Pirates certainly aren’t letting him go anywhere now that he was figured it out.

  69. Jesus Bustero August 31st, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    I never said I want AJ Burnett back. Are you suffering from paranoid delusions again? I said Phil Hughes vs. AJ Burnett is a sexier question than Swisher at 70 M over 5 years vs. Ichiro + 2 months of Soriano + Soriano for only 5 M through 2014.

  70. Jesus Bustero August 31st, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Swish Cheez wanted to do Red Bull Commercials but he definitely profiles more as Oscar Meyer Weiner.

  71. Giuseppe Franco August 31st, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    RhapsodyInBlue August 31st, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Swisher was the biggest hotdog who ever played RF for the Yankees and that includes Reggie.

    I tired of watching his stubby legs run up the fence.

    Hit during the season not during the post season.

    Pro and cons I’m glad he’s gone, certainly not worth the contract Cleveland gave him.

    —–

    Et tu, RIB?

    Just like I said earlier, I never said they should have re-signed him. Their blunder was that they let him walk without replacing his production.

    Sure, Soriano’s production does that now. But it would have been nice to have it in April instead of waiting until the end of July.

  72. bruceb August 31st, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Where would they be if they replaced, let’s say Phil Hughes with AJ Burnett?

    Two games better off, to be exact.

    Throw in Martin and Melancon though and we’d be a lot closer to a playoff position I would venture.

  73. yankeefeminista August 31st, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Chris Cotillo@ChrisCotillo 18m
    Surprising one: #Yankees calling up Cesar Cabral on Sunday.
    Retweeted by Mike Axisa

  74. Jesus Bustero August 31st, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Bruce,

    Does that factor in how Hughes taxes a bullpen?

  75. mick August 31st, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Hughes will have a short rope on Monday.
    Both Warren and Huff are ready.
    This could be Hughes last chance.

  76. Jesus Bustero August 31st, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    I would be really impressed with Girardi if he pulled the plug on Hughes. Next year it will be nice to have Nuno, Phelps, Pineda and Warren in the mix for a couple spots and Hughes pitching in the Grand Canyon. Maybe the Hopi will sign him.

  77. bruceb August 31st, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    No, or ERA either. I’m being a bit flippant, I know. AJ is a far better pitcher than Hughes will ever be but there’s no telling how he would have fared had he stayed in New York. I think Pittsburgh is a good fit for him; he’s out of the spotlight.

  78. mick August 31st, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Randy wants to group some together.
    Btw…where is your group?
    Feeling lonely?

  79. RhapsodyInBlue August 31st, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Giuseppe Franco August 31st, 2013 at 9:35 pm
    RhapsodyInBlue August 31st, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Swisher was the biggest hotdog who ever played RF for the Yankees and that includes Reggie.

    I tired of watching his stubby legs run up the fence.

    Hit during the season not during the post season.

    Pro and cons I’m glad he’s gone, certainly not worth the contract Cleveland gave him.

    —–

    Et tu, RIB?

    Just like I said earlier, I never said they should have re-signed him. Their blunder was that they let him walk without replacing his production.

    Sure, Soriano’s production does that now. But it would have been nice to have it in April instead of waiting until the end of July.
    —————————————————————————————————-

    But you can’t ignore all of the injuries this season.

    Particularly Tex and Granderson.

    Besides all things considered I don’t know if Swisher’s 15 homerun total for 2013 would have made any difference at this point and I’m happy to have real defense in RF..

  80. mick August 31st, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Let’s see…well GF is here….what about the rest?
    Maybe they’ve gone underground.
    Oh, right, the Yanks are winning…nothing to complain about.

  81. Jesus Bustero August 31st, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Swisher has 15 HR

    Soriano has 12 HR with the Yankees

    Toss in Ichiro’s 7 HR

    Victory.

  82. mick August 31st, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    They have 2 hours to trade Joba. He will see next to nothing with Claiborne and other call-ups on the way.
    Not too late for Hughes either…

  83. Jesus Bustero August 31st, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Bruce,

    No matter. 2 wins is still a wider gap than the difference between Ichiro + 2 months of Soriano and Swisher, that is if there is a gap at all for WAR between Swish and Ichiro in the first place. Thus, the difference between Burnett and Hughes is more sexy. Neither can pitch in NY.

  84. RhapsodyInBlue August 31st, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    So Swisher currently at 15 maybe he hits 20 in 2013?

    15 homeruns for 14 mil is a bargain in Cleveland and great “D” in the outfield to boot.

  85. mick August 31st, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Enjoy monopolizing the board BusterRIB….it’s all yours.

  86. RhapsodyInBlue August 31st, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    mick August 31st, 2013 at 9:46 pm
    They have 2 hours to trade Joba. He will see next to nothing with Claiborne and other call-ups on the way.
    Not too late for Hughes either…
    —————————————————————————————————-

    What will I do with my number 62 “Chamberlain” Yankee tee?

    Into the drawer of no return.

  87. RhapsodyInBlue August 31st, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Mick

    I’m done. Sorry if I over bloviated.

    Night folks need some rest for broom day tomorrow.

  88. Jesus Bustero August 31st, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    RIB-Buster fits better.

  89. tomingeorgia August 31st, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Turned on the As Rays game. Who am I supposed to be rooting for?

  90. Jesus Bustero August 31st, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    If the A’s win, we go to 3.5 behind TB with a 3 game set vs. Tampa Bay before we finish the year with 3 against the Astros.

  91. exiledintampa August 31st, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Mr Tom– The bulldogs

  92. UnKnown August 31st, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Nova has really been doing a great job of getting out of jams when he gets into them. That I guess is a mark of a really good pitcher but also why he has been so successful. The 2nd inning today for example the game could’ve gotten away from him and the Yanks. But no, he pitched out of it. He has been doing that a lot on this run he is on.

  93. ac1 August 31st, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    So yanks calling up marshall, murphy and cabral?
    So they need two 40 man spots…
    Hafner to 60 day and?

  94. ac1 August 31st, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Guess melky mesa can go to the 60 also.
    Or nuno…..
    Or cojo?

  95. tomingeorgia August 31st, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    exiled,
    Dawgs are struggling, all freshmen D backs, O line not looking good either. The Old Ball Coach is licking his lips for next week. They mentioned on TV that 9 of last year’s players are in the pros now. Mrs. tom remarked, “about the same number are in the slammer”,

  96. randy l. August 31st, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    “Oh, right, the Yanks are winning…nothing to complain about.”

    our yanks are winning not yours.

    yours were 1 game over .500 for four months

    ours are 8 games over for a month

  97. pat August 31st, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Michael Young to LAD.

  98. Can of Corn August 31st, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    ICHIRO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  99. yankinvegas September 1st, 2013 at 12:05 am

    One out in the 9th.
    Go A’s.
    Rays may have a rough trip Angels are playing better and the Mariners can be tough.
    This may get real interesting.
    I can taste beating Boston up the next two weekends and making them realize that at this point we are better than them.

  100. rm September 1st, 2013 at 12:05 am

    ac1 August 31st, 2013 at 10:37 pm
    So yanks calling up marshall, murphy and cabral?
    So they need two 40 man spots…
    Hafner to 60 day and?

    —————–
    Nix or Almonte could go to the 60 day

  101. yankinvegas September 1st, 2013 at 12:13 am

    2-1. Rays have 1st and 2d, 2 out. Kelly Johnson is up

  102. yankinvegas September 1st, 2013 at 12:13 am

    A’s win 2-1!!

  103. Can of Corn September 1st, 2013 at 1:19 am

    Kelly Johnson ? LOL !

    Maybe the Yanks can make a deal for him.

  104. yanks61 September 1st, 2013 at 6:40 am

    Good (early) Sunday morning

    What a terrific performance by Super Nova! Now we have to hope CC and Kuroda can re-discover their once domineering ways. The Yanks seem to once again have the O, they now need to get the arms back!

    I love the HRs and O as much as anyone, but a great pitched game is a sustained joy to watch. I grew up watching the Bronx Bombers of the 50′s, so I’m very happy to see them begin to recover that appellation.

    However, as great as that O was, people tend to forget what positively outstanding pitching they had. To take just one brief example – the period 49 – 52. Here’s a look at their starting staff for those years:

    1949 -

    Vic Raschi 21-1 3.34 ERA
    Eddie Lopat 15-10 3.26
    Allie Reynolds 17-6 4.00
    Tommy Byrne 15-7 3.72

    1950 -

    Raschi 21-8 4.00
    Reynolds 16-2 3.74
    Lopat 18-8 3.47
    Ford 9-1 2.81

    1951 -

    Raschi 21-10 – 3.27
    Lopat 21-9 2.91
    Reynolds 17-8 3.05
    Morgan 9-3 3.68

    1952

    Reynolds 20-8 2.06
    Raschi 16-6 2.78
    Lopat 10-5 2.53
    Morgan 5-4 3.07
    Sain 11-6 3.46 (Sain started 16 games and pitched in 19 more in relief, 15 as the closer, 7 saves.)

    And Reynolds and Raschi often came into finish games in relief too.

    Because the Yankees were always powerhouse teams, that marvelous pitching is now often overlooked.

    Today, with the O restored, we need the Yankees starters to step it up, if they hope to go all the way.

  105. MG September 1st, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Thank you, A’s….

    A big game for the Yankees today with Andy on the mound.

    Another win possibly puts them within 3 of the Rays and in control of their own destiny down the stretch.

    The Rays have 8 more games on the West Coast-if they continue to stumble, the Yankees could be within 1-2 games of the wild card by next Sunday.

    They have to keep winning, however, and that starts today.

  106. MG September 1st, 2013 at 7:57 am

    The Rays record is a little deceptive as they’ve played 6 more games at home than on the road.

    They are 18 over at the Trop and 2 under .500 on the road.

    Give them 4 out of the next 8 to finish up the road trip-if the Yankees go 5-3 or 6-2 it puts them within the 3 game window where they have a chance to sweep the Rays at home in late September and at least tie them.

    A win today against the O’s is huge, biggest game of the year so far for a variety of reasons…

  107. MTU September 1st, 2013 at 8:06 am

    “biggest game of the year so far for a variety of reasons…”

    And who better to start it than “Big game” Andy Pettitte.

    ;)

  108. MTU September 1st, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Let’s say by some miracle the Yankees make it as the 2nd WC.

    As things stand now who would the Yankees have to play in the 1 game playoff ?

    I always seem to forget how this works.

    Would it be the Yankees at Oakland ?

    Thanks in advance

  109. MG September 1st, 2013 at 8:17 am

    MTU September 1st, 2013 at 8:06 am
    “biggest game of the year so far for a variety of reasons…”

    And who better to start it than “Big game” Andy Pettitte.
    ——————
    MTU, as we both know, the answer to the above is ‘no one’

    They would play the other wild card team-right now it is the A’s

  110. MG September 1st, 2013 at 8:18 am

    if they finish as the 2nd wild card team they play on the road so it would be in Oakland (assuming Oakland doesn’t catch the Rangers or the Yankees don’t sneak past them).

  111. MTU September 1st, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Thanks MG.

    :)

  112. Jesus Bustero September 1st, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Good morning. I hope you don’t mind if I pull up a seat for breakfast. Im having fresh pastured eggs from a local farm scrambled in organic butter with sauteed organic onions and strips of bacon from certified humane hogs.

    3.5 games out of the WC on September 1st definitely makes Yankees baseball worth watching this final month. The pressure is mounting on a young Rays team. Today they start a reliever in their game against A.J. Griffin and the A’s while the Yankees throw Andy Pettitte against an O’s team whose number they seem to have.

    It could be 2.5 games back after today and 3 in the loss column.

    If we could just hold that number and match the Rays through the month we face them 3 times. After that series, we have 3 against the Astros to finish the year.

    So really right now we are in a position where we can match the Rays all month and still be in it until that final series with them.

    But of course I want more. I want to go into that series with them tied. So if we win it, we go up by 1 game with our final 3 against the Astros. The Rays finish at Toronto.

  113. Yankee Trader September 1st, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Good morning.
    The Yankees best chance to make the playoffs, is to overtake the Rays, because the A’s only have 7 games left vs. teams with records above .500.

  114. MG September 1st, 2013 at 8:23 am

    I’ve been looking at the record by the week (Sunday-Saturday) and the Yankees are 5-2 and 4-2 in the past two weeks.

    That’s the pace they need to continue (or slightly better) to make the playoffs, the Rays have really done them a favor by losing 5 out of their last 6

  115. MTU September 1st, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Buster-

    It would be nice not to have to sweep the Rays even if we were home because for sure we’d face Price, Archer, and Cobb again.

    Not easy to beat all three of them.

    Don’t want it to have to depend on the final 3 days and have it out of our control.

    But anyway we first have to get that point.

    ;)

  116. MG September 1st, 2013 at 8:25 am

    I think the blog would be 100% on the issue of who the Yankees have the best chance of catching, it’s the Rays for a variety of reasons, including the series at Yankee Stadium in late September.

  117. MTU September 1st, 2013 at 8:26 am

    The Rays Achilles heel is that they are not a good road Team.

  118. Yankee Trader September 1st, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Indians also have a very easy schedule. Their last 17 games are against the White Sox, Astros, Twins and three of those are against the Royals.

  119. Jesus Bustero September 1st, 2013 at 8:27 am

    The Rays were getting a ton of offense from Wil Meyers who is still young and has yet to endure a full season of wear and tear. He was leading their offense. Here’s him over the past 28 days.

    .197 .295 .276 .572

    Perhaps teams and their advanced scouts are building a book on him just in the nick of time.

  120. MG September 1st, 2013 at 8:27 am

    The Rays pitch Carmona-Hernandez today, he’s been in the rotation most of the season so can’t be considered a ‘reliever’.

    He also hasn’t pitched particularly well recently so the A’s have a pretty good chance of bringing out the brooms, it’s an important game for them also.

  121. MTU September 1st, 2013 at 8:27 am

    I wish they were playing the Dodgers instead of the Halos.

    Can we request a change since they are in the same vicinity ?

    :)

  122. MG September 1st, 2013 at 8:29 am

    MTU September 1st, 2013 at 8:27 am
    I wish they were playing the Dodgers instead of the Halos.

    Can we request a change since they are in the same vicinity ?
    —————————-
    the Angels have been playing well recently and just took 2 out of 3 from the Rays at the Trop, I doubt the Rays do better than a split at the Big A…

  123. Jesus Bustero September 1st, 2013 at 8:30 am

    MG,

    ESPN lists Jamey Wright as the starter against A.J. Griffin. Maybe that has been changed. I didn’t even know the Rays have Fausto Carmona.

  124. MTU September 1st, 2013 at 8:32 am

    MG-

    4 game set so a split is the typical result. You’re right.

    Still, I wish it were the Dodgers.

  125. Yankee Trader September 1st, 2013 at 8:33 am

    For those who wouldn’t mind seeing McCann in pinstripes, this was in the Atlanta papers.

    “The Braves have Gattis and strong-armed catching prospect Christian Bethancourt, 21, who has made strides as a hitter this season, batting .280 with 20 doubles, 12 homers and a .748 OPS in his second season at Double-A Mississippi, up from .243 with two homers and a .566 OPS in an injury-shortened 2012 season. And they have Laird under contract through 2014 to serve as a backup.”

    ” McCann? His three-run homer Thursday powered the Braves to a 3-1 win against the Indians. One more homer will give him his sixth consecutive 20-homer season and his seventh in eight full seasons in the majors. Since the beginning of the 2006 season, his first full year in the big leagues, he leads major league catchers in home runs (170), RBIs (631), two-out RBIs (265) and game-winning RBIs (79).”

    http://www.ajc.com/weblogs/atl.....-keep-him/

  126. MTU September 1st, 2013 at 8:34 am

    YT-

    Where have you been.

    More Family visiting ?

  127. MG September 1st, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Jesus Bustero September 1st, 2013 at 8:30 am
    MG,

    ESPN lists Jamey Wright as the starter against A.J. Griffin. Maybe that has been changed. I didn’t even know the Rays have Fausto Carmona.
    ——————-
    I had seen Carmona-Hernandez listed as the starter, maybe you are right about that.

    Hernandez had pitched under an assumed name (Carmona) for a long time, he was outed and now goes by his real name (Roberto Hernandez)-I still think of him as Carmona but either way he isn’t very good…

  128. Jesus Bustero September 1st, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Some reading material.

    Ivan Nova is the Yankees ace now

    https://twitter.com/AndrewMarchand/status/374145304565530625

    Keep in mind this is the same Ivan Nova who was good enough through a full season to win the #2 start in the playoffs in 2011. So it’s not like he will turn into a pumpkin. Stuff is good. We just need the veterans to find it – CC, Kuroda, Pettitte. Really our playoff hopes hinge on those 3 guys.

  129. MTU September 1st, 2013 at 8:36 am

    The bottom line is the Yankee just have to win as many games as they can and hope it’s enough.

  130. MTU September 1st, 2013 at 8:38 am

    ———–>

  131. MG September 1st, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Bret you are correct, Wright and the ‘pen go today for the Rays, they didn’t like Carmona-Hernandez against the A’s:

    http://www.tampabay.com/sports.....ns/2139464

    The Rays go shutout for 6+ last night by Sonny Gray (whoever he is), it seems to me that shirtcollars are starting to tighten in the Rays locker room.

  132. Yankee Trader September 1st, 2013 at 8:39 am

    MTU

    Sorry, I haven’t been around – literally busy. Will be off soon to meet family for breakfast. Will touch base with you later.


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