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Postgame notes: “I’m definitely not going to pitch like I did tonight”

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I fully expected CC Sabathia to destroy himself during tonight’s postgame interview. It’s what we saw a lot last year: Sabathia would routinely pitch poorly and then rip himself for about 10 minutes.

As you’ll see in the video above, tonight was different.

“It got out of hand early,” Sabathia said. “I’ve got 34, hopefully, more starts left. I’m definitely not going to pitch like I did tonight in the first two innings. I know I can pitch, and I know I can get guys out. I feel great. I’m not going to beat myself up about this.”

Yankees Astros BaseballThis was kind of two starts in one. In the first two innings, Sabathia was crushed. Granted, the Yankees defense was shaky behind him, but Sabathia was getting knocked around. Two home runs. A few hard-hit doubles. He allowed six runs before he got six outs, and he’d definitely earned those runs.

“We talked about his stuff wasn’t cutting in spring training,” Joe Girardi said. “It did the first couple of innings tonight. Whether that’s just being a little bit too hyped up or whatever it is, then he seemed to settle down after that. He seemed to figure it out.”

That’s true. After that brutal beginning, Sabathia pitched the next four innings without allowing another run. He retired 12 of the last 15 batters he faced, with one of the guys who reached getting on with a chopped infield single. Five of Sabathia’s six strikeouts came in the last four innings. He was better. He started throwing his cutter. His pitches did more of what he wanted. So what went wrong in those first two innings?

The guy who’s made 11 Opening Day starts said he couldn’t keep himself under control out there, and it’s not the first time. After this letdown, Sabathia now has a 6.12 career ERA on Opening Day.

“That’s been the toughest thing for me,” he said. “I do get so excited. I feel like I’m a kid again. I would sleep in my uniform if I could the night before Opening Day. I think it’s just the nervousness, the jitters, wanting to start the season off good so bad, I end up pitching bad.”

If that’s what happened tonight — if it was just a Sabathia-on-Opening-Day problem — then maybe it’s easy to move forward and move on to better things. But for a guy who’s already fending off questions about whether he’s still a true No. 1, this was no way to get started.

“I saw a couple of pitches on the (video monitor) and saw that they were cutting, and that’s not what we saw during spring training,” Girardi said. “He’ll iron that out. I’m not worried.”

Derek Jeter· Derek Jeter is fine after being hit by a pitch in the first inning. Jeter said the ball got him on the left forearm, not the wrist or hand. “To be honest with you, I was nervous (before the game),” Jeter said. “Probably a little more nervous this year because I hadn’t played in a while. So when I got hit, I wasn’t nervous anymore. So it probably helped me out.”

· Brian McCann took a foul tip to the knuckle, but he was also fine. He was checked on the field but stayed in. Jeter also played the whole game. No tests for either of them.

· Jeter said he didn’t put much thought into this being his final Opening Day. “I really didn’t think about it like that,” he said. “I was nervous and anxious like I said, but I think it was more so because I just hadn’t been in an Opening Day in a long time, pretty much all of last year. I think it was more so that as opposed to it being the last one.”

· Jacoby Ellsbury said his calf was a non-issue and had nothing to do with Dexter Folwer’s leadoff double getting over his head in the first inning. “I didn’t even think about it, to be honest,” Ellsbury said. “He hit it pretty well, I thought I had a good bead on it, turned and ran, but kept him to a double. Sometimes those things go for triples.”

· Sabathia explained the mechanics of why his pitches were cutting in the early innings. “I wanted to try to back off and not overthrow,” he said. “When I do that, I tend to cut myself short and that’s when the balls cut. My changeup cuts, my fastball was cutting. It’s just me not really getting extended and letting the ball go out in front. It’s just cutting it off and that’s what makes it cut.”

· Sabathia said he didn’t really start throwing his new cutter until mid-game. “From the fourth inning on,” he said. “Fourth, fifth and sixth I started throwing the cutter and it was really good. Something me and Brian talked about: it’s horrible when I throw it in the bullpen, but regardless of what it is in the bullpen, when I get into the game it’s a pretty good pitch. We got some ground balls with it, got some swings and foul balls, got some early strikes. I think it will be in the mix a lot more going forward.”

Mark Teixeira· Looking for a positive from tonight, look at Mark Teixeira’s at-bats. He was batting left-handed all night and hit a lot of balls on the screws, including a deep fly ball to right field and a single to the left side of the infield. He went the other way! “I thought (his at-bats) were good,” Girardi said. “I thought he was patient. Thought he worked the count. Had good swings tonight. They were good.”

· More positive impressions from Dellin Betances and Vidal Nuno, each of whom pitched a scoreless innings. Betances struck out two and Nuno struck out three. Nuno allowed one hit that I thought should have been called an error on Kelly Johnson (looked like he tipped a ball away so that neither he nor Jeter could make a play). “Really positive,” Girardi said. “I liked what I saw. They threw strikes. They worked quickly. Got strikeouts, both of them, so I was really pleased with what I saw.”

· I remember asking Eduardo Nunez once who were his closest friends in baseball. He said Robinson Cano and Jeter. “I just heard about (Nunez being DFA) probably 30 minutes before the game started,” Jeter said. “I’m not sure how all that works, but Nunie, I’ve had fun with Nunie throughout the years. He’s a great guy to have on the team, because he kept everyone loose. He’s always laughing.”

· Sabathia actually reached 1,000 Yankees strikeouts tonight, becoming the 12th Yankees pitcher to reach the milestone. He struck out six tonight and has 1,002 in his Yankees career. Next pitcher he’ll pass will be Roger Clemens, who had 1,014 strikeouts with the Yankees, then Al Downing at 1,028.

· Final word goes to Girardi: “You’re going to have these games during the course of the season. Obviously you don’t want it to be on your Opening Day, but we had it and it’s over with and we move on.”

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78 Responses to “Postgame notes: “I’m definitely not going to pitch like I did tonight””

  1. Barry April 1st, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    We have to get Nunie back.

  2. UnKnown April 2nd, 2014 at 12:06 am

    Best teams are going to lose 54 games and worst teams are going to win 54 games, it’s what you do with the other 54 games that determines what you are doing in October.

    That first inning was Bahama Fright Night like I’ve never seen before. Great thing about baseball and not playing yesterday is we play right away again tomorrow. Go Bombers!

  3. pete2 April 2nd, 2014 at 12:14 am

    ““He hit it pretty well, I thought I had a good bead on it, turned and ran, but kept him to a double. Sometimes those things go for triples.”

    Give a little credit to that hill Ells.

  4. Tar April 2nd, 2014 at 12:14 am

    Sabathia explained the mechanics of why his pitches were cutting in the early innings. “I wanted to try to back off and not overthrow,” he said. “When I do that, I tend to cut myself short and that’s when the balls cut. My changeup cuts, my fastball was cutting. It’s just me not really getting extended and letting the ball go out in front. It’s just cutting it off and that’s what makes it cut.”

    it was obvious to me a layperson what his issue was early on. But why didn’t the pitching coach pick up on that?

  5. warriors1965 April 2nd, 2014 at 12:15 am

    It’s laughable how Chad can talk about how Sabathia settled down after those first few innings. That’s the same crap that was said in start after start from CC in 2013. This is who he is, folks! He’s going to get pounded but last into the 6th or 7th inning.

  6. 28in14 April 2nd, 2014 at 12:22 am

    “I can’t blame CC for losing weight…probably a health issue we know nothing about….like high blood pressure or pre-diabetes or some such thing. The guy has a right to want to be healthy for his family. But it is too bad the result is a different pitcher than what the Yankees signed up for.”

    I don’t disagree.

  7. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 2nd, 2014 at 12:25 am

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    “It got out of hand early,” Sabathia said. “I’ve got 34, hopefully, more starts left. I’m definitely not going to pitch like I did tonight in the first two innings. I know I can pitch, and I know I can get guys out. I feel great. I’m not going to beat myself up about this.”

    Right on, CC!!!

    Let me see. CC. Lohud posters who disagree. CC. Lohud posters who disagree.

    CC.

    :)

  8. pete2 April 2nd, 2014 at 12:31 am

    CC is better than he showed tonight, even with the reduced velocity. I have no doubt of that. However, is he any better than the CC who pitched last year. That CC is the 5th man on this rotation and not even league average. The jury is still out on that, you simply just can’t judge a player based on 1 start, but the burden of proof is on CC. He used up his credit last year.

  9. PhiltheThrill April 2nd, 2014 at 12:31 am

    We’ll win the next one. Little bumpy early, then it settled down.

  10. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 2nd, 2014 at 12:31 am

    “That’s the same crap that was said in start after start from CC in 2013. This is who he is, folks! He’s going to get pounded but last into the 6th or 7th inning.”

    I’m thinking that it’s not either scientific or proven that you look at the previous year’s results in order to know how a player is going to function in the present year. If that were the case, every year would be the same! Since we know that isn’t a truism, it’s hard to accept that because something happened with CC in 2013, we should accept that the same thing will happen this year. As they say, that’s why the games are played.

    JMO of course.

  11. sammiejohnson April 2nd, 2014 at 12:36 am

    28in14 April 1st, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Thanks for opting out and stealing more money CC.

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    warriors1965 April 2nd, 2014 at 12:15 am

    It’s laughable how Chad can talk about how Sabathia settled down after those first few innings. That’s the same crap that was said in start after start from CC in 2013. This is who he is, folks! He’s going to get pounded but last into the 6th or 7th inning.

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  12. pete2 April 2nd, 2014 at 12:37 am

    “Tar April 2nd, 2014 at 12:14 am

    Sabathia explained the mechanics of why his pitches were cutting in the early innings. “I wanted to try to back off and not overthrow,” he said. “When I do that, I tend to cut myself short and that’s when the balls cut.”
    ================

    I used to pitch a bit, nothing professional, but when my shoulder was bothering me I did the same thing CC describes, and the ball would cut. I wonder if the weight is not the main culprit regarding his velocity drop.

  13. BoJo April 2nd, 2014 at 12:41 am

    “I’m definitely not going to pitch like I did tonight”
    ====
    I hope he means he will pitch better, not that this was the highlight of his year. :-)

  14. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 2nd, 2014 at 12:44 am

    Look, it’s easy to understand why any poster would be feeling less than satisfied with CC right now, and it’s also easy to understand why some posters would look at last year, look at tonight, and decide we’re doomed when it comes to CC.

    CC’s comments are more than enough to satisfy me, especially because he’s not at all noted for puffery. The guy knows his body, he knows how he needs it to react in order for him to pitch well, and he knows where he went off the tracks tonight. Most of all, he feels good and feels confident.

    “I think it’s just the nervousness, the jitters, wanting to start the season off good so bad, I end up pitching bad.”

    I offered the equivalent of the above as a possible explanation for his not pitching well. As we all saw, he settled down.

    trisha – true pinstriped blue April 1st, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    More evidence of opening day jitters, perhaps, again coming on the heels of such a disappointing 2013.

    _________________________

    No I don’t want a cookie or a pat on the head. I’m just trying to illustrate that if you take the time to at least consider reasonable alternative possibilities, you put yourself in a more neutral place and as a result, stay away from hasty conclusions.

  15. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 2nd, 2014 at 12:45 am

    “I personally love spring. It is my favorite season. The trees are blooming, the birds are singing, the trolls are out….”

    That made me laugh out loud!

    :)

  16. pete2 April 2nd, 2014 at 12:46 am

    “trisha – true pinstriped blue April 2nd, 2014 at 12:31 am

    “I’m thinking that it’s not either scientific or proven that you look at the previous year’s results in order to know how a player is going to function in the present year.”
    ======================

    Most scientific projections do look at the last year and the recent years, with more weight being attached to last year, and they regress it against what the true talent level is estimated to be and a players expected age related decline.

    Most projections have him down for a high 3 ERA (3.74-4.03), which is about league average today. Joe probably inflates his ERA by leaving him in too long. But his average FB was 91 last year, not 89. Of course, its possible his velocity creeps up as the year progresses as most pitchers do.

  17. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 2nd, 2014 at 12:48 am

    “Sabathia explained the mechanics of why his pitches were cutting in the early innings. “I wanted to try to back off and not overthrow,” he said. “When I do that, I tend to cut myself short and that’s when the balls cut. My changeup cuts, my fastball was cutting. It’s just me not really getting extended and letting the ball go out in front. It’s just cutting it off and that’s what makes it cut.”

    it was obvious to me a layperson what his issue was early on. But why didn’t the pitching coach pick up on that?”

    Tar, that was a seriously awesome catch. Not only did the pitching coach not pick up on it, nobody else on the forum picked up on it, even after you pointed it out. Rather some continued to talk about why CC was done and there was no way he was going to be able to save himself.

    Yours is truly the kind of reasoned approach that helps me maintain equilibrium, when so many others are tapping out mayday.

    SMH truly, because some of them really know better.

  18. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 2nd, 2014 at 12:51 am

    “Most scientific projections do look at the last year and the recent years, with more weight being attached to last year, and they regress it against what the true talent level is estimated to be and a players expected age related decline.”

    We’re talking apples and oranges. I said that the years do not automatically DUPLICATE themselves, or every year would be the same. Read it again and you’ll see that your take was miles away from what I said. And meant.

    If a bad year can predict the next year as equally bad (preposterous, thank you), then I guess there are no players who have had a bad year and ever had a good one again.

    :roll:

  19. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 2nd, 2014 at 12:54 am

    And finally, good luck Nunie! You have so many people rooting for you. I hope you get picked up and get to play every day. You deserve that chance. You’ve been a great soldier.

    :(

    Night all.

  20. BoJo April 2nd, 2014 at 12:55 am

    It’s pretty obvious to the trained eye that CC problems stem from him not breathing through his eyeballs.

  21. BIG AL April 2nd, 2014 at 1:09 am

    CC had a rough couple of innings, then got on track, he’ll be fine, CC is a pro.

    Anyone that’s worried, just didn’t see the good that came from his first start.

    Night all.

  22. yankinvegas April 2nd, 2014 at 1:12 am

    For some reason, unlike last year, I’m not worried about CC. I think he will straighten out. I also think that we have at least 2 guys better than him in Nova and Tanaka. Since CC doesn’t get paid out of my pocket, if he goes 15 and 12 and we win, I’m very happy. I’ll let the idiot NY columnists and talk show hosts scream about the sky falling in. I am looking forward to Sunday for CC and to winning a few games in between.
    I have always hated playing teams like Houston very early in the season. They are playing hard because they don’t fully realize how lousy they are yet. Of course Boston plays them later when they will understand just how bad they are.

  23. BoJo April 2nd, 2014 at 1:18 am

    FakeHankSteinbrenner ?@NotHankStein 8h
    That little nerd Cashman just told us he’s dumping Eduardo Nunez. Shocked. I never knew those two were dating. #Yankees #YankeesOpeningDay

  24. J. Alfred Prufrock April 2nd, 2014 at 1:29 am

    FakeHankSteinbrenner ?@NotHankStein 8h
    That little nerd Cashman just told us he’s dumping Eduardo Nunez. Shocked. I never knew those two were dating. #Yankees #YankeesOpeningDay
    ///

    Hank, an upgrade from Louise Meanwell.

  25. bbb51 April 2nd, 2014 at 1:30 am

    Just watched Betances’ inning. Nice. Last pitch 99 mph.

    Give some outings to knock the green off, but he should move up pretty quick. There was some young reliever in 96 who did pretty well…

  26. pete2 April 2nd, 2014 at 1:41 am

    ” yankinvegas April 2nd, 2014 at 1:12 am

    “Of course Boston plays them later when they will understand just how bad they are.”

    Those cheating schedule makers. Giving Boston the Orioles to start the season and having us play the Astros . Grrrrrr.

  27. pete2 April 2nd, 2014 at 1:47 am

    Baseball will humble you. Who would expect the Mariners would outscore the Angels 18-6 in their first 2 games and that Cano would not have a single RBI (although batting 429)

  28. Hankflorida April 2nd, 2014 at 2:09 am

    bigdan22 says:
    April 1, 2014 at 10:40 pm
    I think what needs to happen is you need to develop two distinct type of hitters. True power hitters with 30+ pop or average hitters who spray the ball. If you are not a true power hitter, you are going to have to learn to bust the shift. Otherwise, you’ll end up hitting .220.

    It looks like Text and McCaan will have to join the Bronx Banjo hitters of Ellsbury, Gardner and Ichiro in the outfield with Beltran at DH and Jeter, Roberts and Johnson all spraying the ball around. If this is the plan to beat the shift. then enough runs will be scored and make us forget the Bronx Bombers. If this doesn’t work, we can trade Gardner next year and go back to the three run homer team of 2012 with better arms that we had
    that year. It would be cheaper manufacturing runs as the player are more interchangeable as the Dodgers proved when they left Ebbets Field and went from power to speed, defense and pitching. Will it work in the Stadium? We have this year to find out.

  29. CompassRosy April 2nd, 2014 at 2:58 am

    pete2 April 2nd, 2014 at 1:47 am
    Baseball will humble you. Who would expect the Mariners would outscore the Angels 18-6 in their first 2 games and that Cano would not have a single RBI (although batting 429)

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    As a Mariners fan, this likely borders on sacrilege but, best smile since Junior . . .

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  30. Poetkiosk April 2nd, 2014 at 5:29 am

    I am really glad that CC is optimistic, however as my grandmother used to say the proof is in the pudding.

    CC is being paid like an Ace, but pitches like a #5.

  31. Poetkiosk April 2nd, 2014 at 5:36 am

    And as predicted the back pages are not kind to the Yankees today. My favorite so far is George King

    “Yankees look like amateurs in opening loss to awful Astros”

    http://nypost.com/2014/04/01/y.....ul-astros/

  32. have a cigar April 2nd, 2014 at 6:48 am

    What CC could have said: “The other four guys in the rotation better be on every night, because every fifth day I’m going to be serving up more meatballs than an Italian restaurant.”

  33. MTU April 2nd, 2014 at 6:58 am

    Good morning.

    It was one game.

    There were positives if you wanted to see them.

    Tex looked good and actually lined a ball the opposite way.

    Jeter w his usual line drive single gong the opposite way.

    Johnson w at least 1 nice pick at 3b.

    Roberts hitting the ball hard.

    Betances sporting closer-like stuff.

    Nuno making guys look silly.

    etc.

    We can still win this series.

  34. Tackelberry April 2nd, 2014 at 6:59 am

    How bout Tex beating the shift and going the opposite field? what a shocker that was . Other than Cc, Soriano was our other killer. twice coming up with 2 men on and a chance to get Yanks back in the game, and failing.

  35. Tackelberry April 2nd, 2014 at 7:01 am

    Kurosawa will get us back on track tonight.

  36. Tackelberry April 2nd, 2014 at 7:01 am

    Sorry, Kuroda.

  37. Poetkiosk April 2nd, 2014 at 7:25 am

    There were positives, but you had to look kind of hard for them AND the bungling of balls by Els, McCann, Tex with Jeter totally missing the ball a couple of times, kind of reconfirmed everyone’s fears not just about CC, but our infield, and the amount we paid to Ellsbury and McCann. I certain’y didn’t expect McCann to look like a rookie out of his depths. And I expected more from Ellsbury.

    Hopefully Kuroda rights the ship, but we also need guys to hit, not make errors, and for our infield to look a lot better.

  38. blake April 2nd, 2014 at 7:36 am

    The biggest positives for me from Yestersay……

    Tex for sure: it’s one game but it was a really good start for him. He’s lowered to hands a little to me in the box so perhaps that’ll give him a simpler path to the bal. gotta keep it up but good start.

    Jeter: he really is moving well and it was great to see him let a ball travel and shoot it to RF…..that’s what he’s been searching for all spring

    Betances: he looks like a monster as a reliever

    Nuno: so everyone knows this guy is a starter and it stinks that he’s been stuck in the bullpen …..having said that …he might be dang good as a reliever

  39. Yankee Trader April 2nd, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Good morning

    Just finished watching from the 7th inning on, and MTU, Tackelberry and Poetkiosk, you all said much of what I was planning to say.

    Very impressed with “Dealing” Betances
    Surprised, the Yankees were only charged with Beltran’s error.
    Soriano took them out of a possible big inning.
    Nuno hit 92 on radar gun. however the Yankees had the shift on, for the first batter, a lefty, he faced. He was constantly throwing to the outside corner. Had the batter been able to make contact, he would have driven the ball thru the gap on the left side. I don’t think that’s how the Rays teach their pitchers to pitch,to the outside corner, with the shift on.

  40. Yankee Trader April 2nd, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Good morning Blake.

  41. Ys Guy April 2nd, 2014 at 7:41 am

    i thought no playing for 3 days before the opener was wierd, and they look like they had a week off.

    im worried about cc but otherwise i can just shake this one off and forget it.

    go get em tonight boys!

  42. MTU April 2nd, 2014 at 7:43 am

    YT-

    For all we know the “shift” may be another passing fancy in the long History baseball.

    Makes little sense to me get an effective pitcher to change the way they approach hitters because of it.

    I could care less which side of the plate Nuno chose to work.

    The results were as good you can get.

    I wouldn’t alter that one bit.

  43. blake April 2nd, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Morning trader and everyone

  44. Poetkiosk April 2nd, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Kind of bummed the game is at 8pm tonight. My kids take over the living room by then. Thank god for radio.

    I also couldn’t help but wonder if this is the last time CC would be the pitcher on an opening day. At some point, they have to just accept that he is not the ace anymore and be real about his abilities. I just don’t see him being the “man” anymore for the pitching staff and I would expect next year for it to be Nova or Tanaka (assuming Kurodoa retires)

  45. MTU April 2nd, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Y’s-

    That’s a good point.

    Those few extra days sucked.

  46. Cashmoney April 2nd, 2014 at 7:46 am

    CC looks bad… you can’t throw 89 mph FB up in the zone and sliders with little bite right in the middle of plate without suffering the consequences.

  47. MTU April 2nd, 2014 at 7:48 am

    The Yankees staff has the potential to be so good that who turns out to be the #1 is an open question.

    We are blessed w many #1/2 types.

    Even IF CC falters some we can handle it because of our talent level.

    I don’t believe CC will fall down all that far though.

  48. Poetkiosk April 2nd, 2014 at 7:49 am

    The thing about CC that many have said is that he just has zero margin for error at this point. He isn’t the wily kind of pitcher Pettite was and now he doesn’t have velocity. If his pitches cut back over the plate, he’s done.

    He also doesn’t adjust very quickly. Granted he did by the 4th inning, but it’s got to be quicker than that when he has an off day. He used to be such a warrior. Kind of sad to see him reduced to being a nibbler.

  49. MTU April 2nd, 2014 at 7:50 am

    CC looked like 2 different guys out there last night.

    Once he got his mechanics together he was mowing them down just like in ST.

  50. austinmac April 2nd, 2014 at 7:53 am

    They even looked bad on the radio yesterday. Betances throwing 99 was fun. Today’s another day, but I hate the newspapers Fter a loss.

  51. Yankee Trader April 2nd, 2014 at 7:53 am

    So that was CC’s 6th straight Yankee opening day start, a record, and I believe he has only one win to go with the. 6.12 ERA.

    Wonder how he did on opening day, the other 5 times, playing for other teams?

    MTU

    I don’t believe the shift is a passing fancy. The Rays, and O’s, and now the Red Sox are using it a lot, meaning the Yankee lefties will be facing it just about every time they play against an AL East team. Gone is Granderson, who couldn’t buy a ground ball single hit to the right side of the infield, with the shift on.

  52. MTU April 2nd, 2014 at 7:53 am

    Don’t let your disappointment from last night blind you to the possibility that CC will adjust.

    He said it himself.

    He had a case of nerves in the early going.

    Next time he should have that out of the way.

    Maybe he needs to warm up more before games ?

  53. Yankee Trader April 2nd, 2014 at 7:54 am

    austinmac April 2nd, 2014 at 7:53 am
    They even looked bad on the radio yesterday.

    :) a Classic!

  54. MTU April 2nd, 2014 at 7:55 am

    YT-

    I do.

    Because it is relatively easy to defeat.

    For me it is one of those “Rube Goldberg” type of things.

    It looks good at first but then it’s weaknesses are exposed.

  55. Cashmoney April 2nd, 2014 at 7:55 am

    The next guy i want to see pitch is Pineda. in particular, how and what he attacks lefties without his high octane velo.

  56. MTU April 2nd, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Too much pessimism around here after just 1 game IMO.

  57. blake April 2nd, 2014 at 8:00 am

    It’ll be interesting to see how this Grady Sizemore experiment in Boston goes……if he actually stays healthy and aproximates Ellsbury’s production then we will never hear the end of it.

  58. Yankee Trader April 2nd, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Passing Fancy +Because it is relatively easy to defeat. ( The Shift)

    MTU

    If I agreed with that (you) we’d both be wrong! :)

  59. Yankee Trader April 2nd, 2014 at 8:03 am

    I had hoped the Yankees would have signed Sizemore, Grady, not Scott.

  60. MTU April 2nd, 2014 at 8:04 am

    YT-

    All it takes is more bunting and a little bat control.

    Those are fundamental skills.

  61. Yankee Trader April 2nd, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Some tidbits this morning from NJ.com:

    JETER FAREWELL No, the rushed, rain-soaked farewell ceremony the Yankees gave Derek Jeter at George M. Steinbrenner Field doesn’t count. Today’s the first real one. It will feature Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte and — wait for it, wait for it — Mike Stanton, a former Yankees reliever from Texas. There will also be a video montage dedicated to the shortstop who’s retiring after this season. But the Astros said they have another surprise ready for him. What could it be?

    JETER MEMORIES Cool moment. Yankees players each signed Tuesday’s lineup card, knowing that it would be Derek Jeter’s last Opening Day. Wonder where that ends up. Maybe on a wall in St. Jetersburg?

    ICHIRO Didn’t play a single out in Tuesday’s loss. Think about the last time Ichiro didn’t play in an Opening Day? Wait. I’ll tell you. It was in 2009, and it was because he was on the disabled list for a few games. But when he’s been healthy? Never. I spoke with one Japanese reporter who told me Ichiro said that during the game he went into the trainer’s room, stretched and warmed up in case he was needed in late innings. Sounds like he’s already got his regular routine down. Got to be rough, though, for a future Hall of Famer.

    NUMBER GAME Dean Anna is wearing No. 45. Yangervis Solarte’s got 26. Dellin Betances is wearing No. 68. Here’s why on all three of them: Anna’s from Illinois and he’s paying respect to Michael Jordan, who wore No. 45 when he came out of retirement. (Anna wanted No. 3, but that was Babe Ruth’s and it’s kind of retired.) Solarte’s number comes from the day of the month his daughter was born. And Betances, well, they gave him No. 68 in spring training and he’s sticking with it. Plus, Betances said, he’s 6-foot-8, so it kind of works. But, really, he’d wear No. 23 if he could, also out of respect to Jordan. But that was Don Mattingly’s and it, too, is retired.

  62. austinmac April 2nd, 2014 at 8:07 am

    I’m glad Sizemore has returned for his sake, but did it really have to be on the Red Sox? If we had signed him, he would have limped into the sunset by now.

    It is just one game, but CC sitting at 88-89 is a big problem. Pettitte had years to figure it out. Last year he was at 91-92. Has he really lost another couple mph?

  63. blake April 2nd, 2014 at 8:12 am

    The biggest thing I notice when I watch CC is that when he makes a mistake it’s just getting crushed…..when he makes his pitches he does ok but he just cannot afford to miss his spots over the plate.

    CC is used to being able to get away with missing over the plate…..I think he is going to have to learn to try for the outside corner and miss away rather than miss in the middle now…..He has to stay out of the middle of the plate…..

  64. blake April 2nd, 2014 at 8:14 am

    If you watch Cliff Lee pitch……his command is just excellent but he always misses off the plate when he misses. If you trying for the inside corner and he misses it generally will be inside…..if he’s trying for the outside corner and he misses it’ll be away. The good pitchers that don’t have top shelf stuff know that a ball is better than a homer or double…..so they try to nail their spot but they want to err on the side of out of the zone…….CC has to learn this.

  65. Yankee Trader April 2nd, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Tonight:

    Jarred Cosart made 10 starts as a rookie last year and was 1-1 with a 1.95 ERA.

    In his career against Houston, Kuroda is 4-0 with a 1.39 ERA in eight starts, seven of which came with Los Angeles.

  66. Cashmoney April 2nd, 2014 at 8:17 am

    blake, if CC doesn’t adapt and he has always been just more than a thrower you will see guys punishing his mistakes no more or less than any other pitchers. in short, he has no margin for errors and if he can’t morph into a guy with impeccable command, ace days are gone.

    in dealing with reality as I see it.

  67. Yankee Trader April 2nd, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Nunez

    What’s your best guess?

    Passes thru waivers and gets reassigned to AAA?
    Gets picked up after the waiting period?
    Is traded for a prospect?
    Is included in a bigger deal?

  68. MTU April 2nd, 2014 at 8:30 am

    YT-

    Either C or D.

    C is the most likely FWIS.

  69. blake April 2nd, 2014 at 8:33 am

    “blake, if CC doesn’t adapt and he has always been just more than a thrower you will see guys punishing his mistakes no more or less than any other pitchers. in short, he has no margin for errors and if he can’t morph into a guy with impeccable command, ace days are gone.”

    well the ace days are gone anyway most likely…..I’m talking about just surviving and being a decent pitcher. The Yankees don’t need him to be what he was….it’d be nice if he could be but realistically they just need him to be solid and give them innings.

    CC gave up the most runs in the league last year….that’s what they can’t afford from him…..he has to be at least a solid mid rotation guy and then hopefully the rest of the staff can form around that.

  70. Cashmoney April 2nd, 2014 at 8:33 am

    YT, my guess is he gets traded for … not much.

  71. blake April 2nd, 2014 at 8:37 am

    I think they find a trade for Nunez probably in the next 10 days…..he’s not that good but some team might be willing to trade something for him. Nunez is better than Alex Gonzalez for Detroit and he’s probably better than Tejada for the Mets…..he’s no worse than either for sure.

  72. blake April 2nd, 2014 at 8:40 am

    I may have to fly to NY to see Rocky on Broadway

  73. blake April 2nd, 2014 at 8:44 am

    I tell ya though even though the Yanks lost it’s so nice to have baseball back…..it’s like my favorite show that comes on every night. I feel like my routine is so screwed up from November to March.

  74. MTU April 2nd, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Blake-

    You still owe me some of your extra fine brisket.

    I’ll bring the beer.

    :)

  75. MTU April 2nd, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Over here amigos ——–>

  76. blake April 2nd, 2014 at 8:52 am

    MTU,
    I’m decent at brisket now…..I’m still way better at pig! but whatever you want my man!

  77. GregD April 2nd, 2014 at 8:53 am

    CC was especially bad last night…..I wasn’t expecting that at all…….I wasn’t expecting a shut out either because he looked good in Spring Training…….hopefully he can settle down now and be more reliable….I agree he won’t be an ace again but he has to be better ……….

  78. cigator April 2nd, 2014 at 10:15 am

    What is this crap with CC velocity. The guy is 33 years old. He shouldn’t have such a drop in velocity. Most pitchers that historically throw low to mid 90′s don’t drop off like CC has at 33. If there is one thing the Yankee organization is good at it is making excuses and rationalizing. What I see is a pitcher that is just average, he is now a #3 or #4 starter, why they kid themselves that he is their ace is just plain stubborn.

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