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Postgame notes: “We have what it takes to play better”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 03, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Brian Roberts

I went looking for a good picture of the Yankees offense looking bad, and unfortunately a shot of Brian Roberts is the best I found. He’s one of the few guys who actually hit really well today.

“We’re going to be fine, man,” Carlos Beltran said. “We haven’t been able to put anything together, but offensively I think we have what it takes to play better and win ballgames. So we don’t worry about it.”

Two games into the season, though, the Yankees are being thoroughly outhit by the Astros. The Astros! Two games hardly mean a thing in the course of a baseball season, but two games against a team that lost 111 games last season? It’s deflating, especially coming out of a spring that actually felt fairly encouraging for this team.

Maybe it means nothing in grand scheme of things — how often do you really remember the first two games of any season? — but for now, it’s just an ugly way to get started. Tonight the Yankees were 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position, and things got particularly ugly in the eighth when Beltran led off with a double only to watch Brian McCann, Mark Teixeira and Alfonso Soriano strike out swinging. Any one of those three would likely be the Astros cleanup hitter, but they left Beltran stranded. Maybe not a particularly meaningful sequence when it’s all said and done, but to define these past two games, that inning paints a pretty accurate picture.

“I’m being too aggressive,” Soriano said. “So I’ve got to calm down a little bit more and see better pitches. … It’s only two games. It’s nothing, 160 games left, so we’ve got to keep working hard to get better.”

Derek Jeter, Mark O'Meara· During a pregame ceremony, the Astros presented Derek Jeter with a pair of cowboy boots, a Stetson cowboy hat and a set of golf clubs. Former Yankees pitchers Andy Pettitte, Roger Clemens and Mike Stanton – all Texas natives – were on the field for the ceremony along with several golfers from a local PGA event and Hall of Fame announcer Milo Hamilton. “The guys were trying to get me to wear the boots and the hat,” Jeter said. “I’ll wear the boots and the hat when I golf. I can combine all of them. I thought it was nice. I don’t have too many pairs of boots.”

· Jeter was also given golf lessons by noted golf coach Butch Harmon. “I need lessons from a lot of people when it comes to golf,” Jeter said. “If they have lessons and want to give them, I’m more than happy to accept them.”

· Last night, with the Yankees down 6-0 in the seventh, Joe Girardi elected to leave Kelly Johnson in to hit against the only Astros left-handed reliever. Johnson didn’t hit the ball past the mound. Tonight, with the Yankees down by two in the seventh, Yangervis Solarte pinch hit with runners at the corners and no outs. “It’s a two-run game at that point, (and) I just thought that he had a chance to tie it up,” Girardi explained. “We needed a lot of runs (Tuesday night).” Basically, last night Girardi was playing for the home run with Johnson. Tonight he played for the base hit with Solarte.

· Actually, Solarte didn’t have a bad at-bat. The result was brutal, but the swing wasn’t. “Solarte hits the ball really hard and it ends up being a double play,” Girardi said.

Hiroki Kuroda, Brian McCann· Matt Thronton and Shawn Kelley each got a big out in the eighth to keep the game within reach. It was Thornton’s Yankees debut.

· Good start for Hiroki Kuroda, who threw a lot of pitches in the first two innings but settled down to go six innings with two runs on three hits. He struck out five and walked one. “Early innings, after I would get ahead in the count, I tried to do too much with my pitches,” Kuroda said. “I threw a lot of pitches. After that, I was able to make an adjustment and get outs. … I think I was trying to do too much, trying to pitch to both corners of the plate. I tried to do too much and that led me to bad counts.”

· Kuroda has gone at least five innings in his last 23 starts, tied for the eighth-longest active streak in the American League. He has lasted at least five innings in 103 of his 108 career big league starts.

· Roberts had his first Yankees hit, then he got two more of them. He went 3-for-4 today, his first three-hit game since September of last year when he had three hits against the Yankees while playing for Baltimore.

· Astros right-hander Jarred Cosart made his first career start against the Yankees. The kid’s 23, pitched well last season — even with more walks than strikeouts — and looked awfully good tonight. “His location was tremendous with his two pitches, his fastball and his curveball,” Girardi said. “When you have that type of velocity and that type of curveball and you’re locating it, you can be pretty tough.”

· So far Soriano is 0-for-8 with four strikeouts this season. “He’s just not quite on track,” Girardi said. “We talk about when it’s early in the season, sometimes it’s glaring. It happens, you’ve got 200 at-bats under your belt, you don’t say much about it. He’s a very good hitter and he’ll be productive.”

· Final word goes to Jeter, who was asked if he’d rather have a win or a ceremony. “It’d be nice to have both,” Jeter said. “I told you yesterday, a lot of times getting the first of anything is tough. They played well. They pitched well today. We couldn’t find a way to score a couple more runs.”

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131 Responses to “Postgame notes: “We have what it takes to play better””

  1. Cashmoney April 3rd, 2014 at 1:00 am

    He’s a very good hitter and he’ll be productive.”
    =========
    I don’t expect a manager to say anything less about his player after 2 games. Soriano will be productive, he still is power hitter that can produce. He is also streaky, but he is not a ‘good’ hitter as you have seen he has plenty holes in his swing to be describe as such.

  2. Jerkface April 3rd, 2014 at 1:04 am

    Tony Sanchez with the pinch hit 16th inning walk off in Pittsburg.

  3. Jerkface April 3rd, 2014 at 1:06 am

    He is also streaky, but he is not a ‘good’ hitter as you have seen he has plenty holes in his swing to be describe as such.

    Yup, Soriano has a .308 OBP going back 5 years. He isn’t a good hitter. He will make more outs than the average, but he will hit for more power than the average. You wanna bat him 6th or 7th where he can run into some with the middle order guys on base, but he isn’t the kind of guy you want to depend on night in night out.

  4. pete2 April 3rd, 2014 at 1:24 am

    Soriano is more like a 290 OBP guy against RHP’ers, and who knows how well he adjusts to being a full time DH.

    That’s the thing, unless Tex goes back to being a 35-40 HR guy the Yankees don’t really have a middle of the order guy that puts fear into the heart of managers and pitchers. Not saying that’s essential if you have good balance and depth from top to bottom in the order, but its always nice to have.

  5. Hankflorida April 3rd, 2014 at 1:41 am

    pete2 April 3rd, 2014 at 1:24 am
    Soriano is more like a 290 OBP guy against RHP’ers, and who knows how well he adjusts to being a full time DH.

    That’s the thing, unless Tex goes back to being a 35-40 HR guy the Yankees don’t really have a middle of the order guy that puts fear into the heart of managers and pitchers. Not saying that’s essential if you have good balance and depth from top to bottom in the order, but its always nice to have.

    This team is supposed to be more of a team that gets clutch hits, and you can see it in Ellsbury two at bats when he put the ball in play with runners on 2nd but two outs. Contrast that with one out and a runner on third and Text strikes out or Beltran on 2nd and McCaan, Text and Soriano strike out. The Bronx banjo’s look better then the Bronx Bombers especially Roberts and Gardner. I am looking for the balance and Kelly Johnson, a Lefthanded batter, having a .219 BA against righties is not my cup of tea

  6. SweetSpot April 3rd, 2014 at 2:08 am

    Soriano is a good hitter, he has hit 66 home runs and has 209 RBI’s in the last two seasons I don’t care what he did 3 to 5 years ago. He is just off to a rough start, it happens.

  7. pete2 April 3rd, 2014 at 2:10 am

    Hank. The problem is the Bronx Bombers you mention are nothing more than Bronx Banjos w/o a Banjo against RHP’ers.

    With Tex wrist affecting him from the left side, and Soriano being an out-maker against RHP’ers (although he can still connect every 20 AB or so), they don’t really have any Bombers when a RHP’er is on the mound.

    I would not classify McCann as a bomber, not with a 426 SLG the last 2 years, especially away from YS3 which will play more to his bat more than parks on the road.

    Looking at some of the clutch scores on B-Ref, outside of Ellsbury and Jeter, I don’t see anyone who has been known as clutch in recent years, and Jeter is probably not very clutch anymore, especially against RHP’ers.

    I do think the team is going to score runs and hit more HR than we have seen to start the season and in ST, but I don’t see a team that’s going to live on OBP and clutch hitting. They will need XBH, HR and many SB from Ellsbury and Gardner.

    I also think this team might be quite a bit better against LHP’ers since Tex, Jeter, and Soriano will be much better hitters. Tomorrow will be an interesting test of that theory.

  8. SweetSpot April 3rd, 2014 at 2:21 am

    “the Yankees don’t really have a middle of the order guy that puts fear into the heart of managers and pitchers.”
    —————
    Neither did the Cardinals or Dodgers in 2013.

  9. yankinvegas April 3rd, 2014 at 2:57 am

    Patience is a virtue.
    I think for maximum production, eventually Joe will lead off Gardner, bat Roberts second, Ellsbury third followed by Beltran, McCann, Soriano, Tex, Jeter and Johnson.
    A bat will be acquired for 3b. Joe will have to frame it to Jeter that it is the circle of life – you hit 8 or 9 the first part of 96 so you are going out the way you came in.
    Also, how ridiculous is that Harper in that rag is saying after 2 games that we have no bench and we miss Alex. It was his POS paper that ran a witch hunt to suspend Al!

  10. Poetkiosk April 3rd, 2014 at 5:35 am

    I know everyone says teams look flat when they are losing, but boy do they look flat. The young kids on the Astros are playing with a joy of the sport and the Yankees look like they are at work, and not a job they particularly like.

  11. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 6:33 am

    Good morning.

    I agree w Beltran.

    This is a good Team and they going to get it together.

    Just a stinko start is all.

  12. jmills April 3rd, 2014 at 6:39 am

    Good morning, MTU. The Jays might win a series in Tampa for the first time since ’07. We were teenagers!

  13. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 6:45 am

    Mills-

    Your Jays have nowhere to go but up.

    Thanks for kicking the Maddon’s butts for us.

    Always like to see Pruneface unhappy.

    :)

  14. jmills April 3rd, 2014 at 6:57 am

    Looking forward to Morrow and McGowan.

  15. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 7:00 am

    Tough break w Reyes.

    Better get those succulents ready for Spring.

    ;)

  16. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 7:03 am

    Next 3 days for us should be FUN.

    3 studs in a row.

    :)

  17. jmills April 3rd, 2014 at 7:03 am

    Succulents screaming at the door. One 7 foot guy in the bedroom too big to move anywhere – permanent fixture weighed down with bricks.

  18. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 7:06 am

    Mills-

    We have dwarf fruit trees.

    An orange and a lemon.

    Mrs. MTU had me put them on wheeled platforms.

    When Winter comes we just wheel them inside.

    Works great.

    ;)

  19. jmills April 3rd, 2014 at 7:11 am

    I have 12 foot benjis. Very flexible. Put them domn and drag them by the containers through the kitchen, just have to move the odd collectible and clean up a few vapor trails.

  20. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 7:12 am

    Where is everybody ?

    Drowning in their sorrows.

    Off licking their wounds.

    :)

  21. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 7:13 am

    By my count we have 160 more games left.

    ;)

  22. jmills April 3rd, 2014 at 7:14 am

    MTU, you make force feeding this porridge a tad better.

  23. Mottsx April 3rd, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Soriano has put on the same numbers are Granderson so far. Guess they both had the flu.

  24. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 7:16 am

    Mills-

    Knowing the future is still ours makes me feel good.

    The way I look at it is another day another chance to get it right.

    I try my best not to dwell on the past.

    ;)

  25. Poetkiosk April 3rd, 2014 at 7:17 am

    I agree that it’s early, but Soriano seems like he should be further down the order or something, cause he is just flailing.

    On the plus side, beautiful day here in Manhattan.

  26. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Soriano is extremely streaky…..Yankee fans saw a lot of Hot Soriano last year……they missed the cold one that was around a lot with the Cubs

  27. JCPD April 3rd, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Mike, Never drowning in my sorrows, that’s so 90′s for me. ;-) Anxiously awaiting Friday’s game. BTW CT scan came back OK.

  28. jmills April 3rd, 2014 at 7:20 am

    Who isn’t still trying to get it right? Nice morning through the trees here too.

  29. Poetkiosk April 3rd, 2014 at 7:21 am

    Blake but doesn’t it seem like Giarardi is planning on the Hot Soriano?

  30. Mike Ri April 3rd, 2014 at 7:23 am

    New Year .. New Team . . .still can’t hit with runners in scoring postion ! . . ughhhh

  31. Mottsx April 3rd, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Wonder if ichiro gets a start this week in place of soriano with Beltran at dh.

  32. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Jim-

    Great news.

    Wallowing is a things pigs and hippos like.

    No time for that in this fast moving Life of ours.

    It’s over in the blink of an eye.

    ;)

  33. jmills April 3rd, 2014 at 7:23 am

    JCPD, enjoy Friday. You driving to the dome?

  34. RadioKev April 3rd, 2014 at 7:24 am

    Soriano is extremely streaky…..Yankee fans saw a lot of Hot Soriano last year……they missed the cold one that was around a lot with the Cubs
    ———–

    Yep. That was boiling hot Soriano. We might not see that guy this year.

  35. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Here’s a little lady I had a chance to capture yesterday.

    So I thought I’d share :

    https://picasaweb.google.com/109721757058432487394/WandaWoodpecker?authkey=Gv1sRgCKSmxKW8lpDI4QE#

    Enjoy.

    P.S. Please excuse the poor quality as I did not have my best gear w me.

    :)

  36. Poetkiosk April 3rd, 2014 at 7:25 am

    I’m ready to see Ichirio instead of Soriano. At least he has a shot at a bloop single.

  37. JCPD April 3rd, 2014 at 7:26 am

    jmills, yes, I’ll work until about noon and then drive up. About a two hour drive.

  38. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Jim-

    Enjoy. Wish I could go w you.

    I expect a full scouting report w photos attached.

    ;)

  39. jmills April 3rd, 2014 at 7:33 am

    MTU, you and your cardinal streak! Kidding, what is he? I see the odd cardinal vs the snow – stunning. They say if your going to start feeding birds, be committed as they become patterned over you.

    JCPD, nice you’re not rushed, you can sit in the car with the post game show.

  40. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 7:35 am

    One of my favorite verses:

    “The world is too much with us; late and soon,
    Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;
    Little we see in Nature that is ours;
    We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!”

    William Wordsworth

    ;)

    ;)

  41. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Mills-

    She is a Woodpecker.

    I call her Wanda.

    She calls every morning for Woody.

    Time to mate.

    :)

  42. Poetkiosk April 3rd, 2014 at 7:39 am

    http://sports.cbsimg.net/image.....r41142.gif

    This pretty much sums it up so far :)

  43. Tar April 3rd, 2014 at 7:39 am

    “Soriano is extremely streaky…..Yankee fans saw a lot of Hot Soriano last year……they missed the cold one that was around a lot with the Cubs”

    He was extremely motivated when he came over. Maybe haveing Ichiro take some of his AB’s will motivate him this year.

    I know I advocated trading him this off-season….. cold start, hot start it wouldn’t matter I still feel the same way. I like him the person, I hate his AB’s. The way he pulls his head ( and probably closes his eyes too) grates on me. Sori rant over

    Have a nice day everyone

  44. jmills April 3rd, 2014 at 7:40 am

    MTU, now dontcha’ be filming that, mind you, a job might await in L.A.!

  45. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 7:42 am

    Poetkiosk says:
    April 3, 2014 at 7:21 am
    Blake but doesn’t it seem like Giarardi is planning on the Hot Soriano?

    Maybe the Yankees did? Meanwhile Cano is hitting .455 and his impact is visually obvious on that team up and down the lineup……he gave then a real hitter to look for for support and guidance

  46. Ys Guy April 3rd, 2014 at 7:42 am

    those yankees cowboy boots are hideous.

    there is zero chance jeter will wear the boots or the cowboy hat.

    idk if jeter golfs but i’m sure if he does he’s got a set he likes.

  47. jmills April 3rd, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Poet, you’re going to see my human vacuums, Diaz and Goins, Friday, have to find a way to make vacuums hit.

    See ya’ Tar, have to boogie here as well. Good one, everybody!

  48. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 7:46 am

    The Rocket looked like he’d been eating too much BBQ.

    :)

  49. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Still think this offense will hit….Jeter actually had some good ABs despite the 0-3…..he looks like his timing is getting there….he’s letting the ball get deeper and looks more balanced…..2 of the outs were hard hit balls right at Altuve……just bad luck there.

    Tex I don’t know…..as others have said I think he’s going to see tons off Offspeed stuff until he proves he can control his bat speed.

    Ellsbury will hit if he stays healthy and Beltran and McCann will hit

    I think they need to lead Gardner off and hit Ellsbury 3rd.

    Also….Roberts looks great and I think he will continue to be pretty good until he breaks.

  50. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 7:47 am

    MTU says:
    April 3, 2014 at 7:46 am
    The Rocket looked like he’d been eating too much BBQ.

    Texans get their fastballs from that brisket butt

  51. tomingeorgia April 3rd, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Every AL team that has a long way to go for their next series, are playing day games today, or an off day tomorrow, except, of course, the Yankees.

  52. Poetkiosk April 3rd, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Roberts has been a pleasant surprise.

    Ellsbury does not look good, just kind of bleh everything.

  53. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Cosart was dealing last night.

    If he continues to throw strikes, and develops a 3rd pitch he could be deadly.

  54. Poetkiosk April 3rd, 2014 at 7:52 am

    MTU Cosarte did look great, somehow tho these guys always just shine against us, then go back to being mediocre.

  55. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 7:52 am

    The O should not be a problem.

    Some engines turn over quicker than others.

    ;)

  56. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Poet-

    That kid has the goods.

    His stuff was filthy early on.

  57. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Kuroda looked like Kuroda…..steady Eddie….ball moving all over the place

  58. austinmac April 3rd, 2014 at 7:57 am

    All the others we be faced appear to be dealing. Alas, poor Yankees the fault lies not in the pitchers but within yourselves.

    The radio broadcasters were saying the team hit in spring training. Actually, the non-rosters guys hit and most of the regular did not.

  59. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Cosart looked good but if he loses any velo he’s gonna get hammered…..he can get away with a super straight heater and an inconsistent breaking ball at 97……prob not so much at 93…..of course Id still like to have him

  60. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 7:59 am

    It’s super early.

    And too early to be saying, “It’s getting late early.”

    ;)

  61. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Blake-

    Why would he “lose” velo when his arm strength is increasing ?

    If anything his velo should increase for a while.

    ;)

  62. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Nova will shut them down

  63. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 8:01 am

    If you don’t want him can I have him ?

    :)

  64. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Why would he “lose” velo when his arm strength is increasing ?”

    There very few starters that can continue to throw upper 90s year after year….most guys come up throwing the hardest they ever will…..

  65. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Blake-

    Good Nova makes mincemeat out of this LU.

    Hiroki did his job last night.

    The O let him down.

  66. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Doesn’t the O always let Kuroda down

  67. austinmac April 3rd, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Yes, it’s still early, but getting beaten and shut down by the Astros is not what I have waited six months for. These are the games teams must win to be competitive.

  68. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Blake-

    Yeah.

    Don’t remind me.

    I’m hoping that changes.

    :(

  69. Madrugador April 3rd, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Yes, Blake, Nova will shut them down but Kuroda essentially did the same last night. You should be able to win most of the games when you only give up three runs.
    A-mac is right- it was the non roster guys who hit in ST and if you want to be in it, you have to beat teams like the Astros. These games count especially when it comes to the end of the season and one or two games can be the difference between making or missing the playoffs,

    I think the offense will come around but this is still disappointing.

  70. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Mac-

    I can understand your disappointment.

    They have the pitching to get on a sustained roll.

    The O will catch fire soon.

    Too much talent not to.

  71. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Calling a spade a spade….the lineup misses Cano

  72. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Just for the record.

    Kuroda only gave up 2 earned runs.

    ;)

  73. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Blake-

    Of course it does.

    What lineup wouldn’t miss a hitter like Cano.

    But this lineup is plenty good enough w the level of pitching we are likely to have.

    Only concern at this point is the IF D.

    We have discussed that.

    ;)

  74. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 8:21 am

    I do think the layoff between the end of spring hurt them a little…..It felt like they never got totally ready for opening day to me

  75. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Blake-

    I agree.

    That did them no favors.

  76. Doreen April 3rd, 2014 at 8:27 am

    I cannot remember the last time the Yankees got off to a really good start on Arpril, and that includes all those years they ended up winning the division (and more). Seriously, when was the last April that didnt include panic?

    Not thrilled to say the least about the fact that the offense looks blah, but I expect it to be better than this. The question is how mch better?

    Soriano got off to a slow start last year. I had him on my FBB tem, and dropped him. Then, of course, he took off. He did the same thing with the striking out. Of course I wish I’d kept him.

    If Cano is so good at making the guys around him better, why do people here say tat when he wasn’t as productive at timesclastbyear it was because he got no support? If he’s giving support in Seattle, why did he need support to hit here? I think just as its important not to rush to judgment on our own team two games into the season, it’s important not to rush to judgment about any other team or player two/three games into the season.

    By the way the Dodgers looked like crap fr the beginning of last season. Of course you want to win as much as you can, but with 160 games left, there’s still “a little” time to get on track.

    All that being said, I find it hard to engage with this team so far. They are strangers, in a sense. And the first two games have done very little, if anything at all, to advance a “friendship.”

  77. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Next 3 games should be very interesting.

    Nova, Tanaka, Pineda.

    The future of the Yankees pitching staff ?

  78. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 8:29 am

    “I cannot remember the last time the Yankees got off to a really good start on Arpril, and that includes all those years they ended up winning the division (and more). Seriously, when was the last April that didnt include panic?”

    Vernon wells carried them to victory last April!

  79. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Lets hope MTU

  80. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 8:30 am

    And maybe we see Y-Sol against the lefty.

    :)

  81. Doreen April 3rd, 2014 at 8:31 am

    And not to be a downer, but if the offense can’t get it together, it wont matter how good the pitching is. And toward the end of the season, the pitching will wear down as it did last year from always having to pitch in high stress situations.

  82. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 8:32 am

    “And not to be a downer, but if the offense can’t get it together, it wont matter how good the pitching is. And toward the end of the season, the pitching will wear down as it did last year from always having to pitch in high stress situations.”

    Yup

  83. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Blake-

    I am very confident about it.

    I won’t be judging based on 1 or even a couple of turns thru.

    But I am certainly not against them laying down the law early.

    ;)

  84. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 8:33 am

    This O is waaaaay too talented not to get it together.

    Fear not.

    :)

  85. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 8:36 am

    I agree on the O MTU……health is the key though….

  86. 28in14 April 3rd, 2014 at 8:36 am

    And not to be a downer, but if the offense can’t get it together, it wont matter how good the pitching is. And toward the end of the season, the pitching will wear down as it did last year from always having to pitch in high stress situations.

    Agreed.

  87. Doreen April 3rd, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Blake,

    Seriously? :)

  88. Yankee Trader April 3rd, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Good morning

    I didn’t see the entire game last night- was having trouble with freezing on MLB.TV

    From what I did see the last two days, it seems the Astros did a good job in scouting the Yankee hitters. Off speed stuff to Soriano had him swinging at air. They weren’t afraid to pitch inside to all of the hitters. I thought Tex looked pretty good the first night, but seemed clearly overmatched last night, especially the one at bat where he tried to check his swing twice, only to strike out.

    Preseason, I thought this offense would be a better OBP outfit. But then it’s only two games and I’m looking forward to the three yon-guns (pitchers) the next three games.

  89. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Blake-

    Absolutely.

    Health is paramount on a number of fronts.

  90. pat April 3rd, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Daily News makes Tex the new scapegoat.

    I’ve been vocal about him not taking responsibility for himself but he doesn’t deserve the blame for everyone.

  91. 28in14 April 3rd, 2014 at 8:44 am

    If the Yankees were smart, they would go with a 6 man rotation with Phelps or Nuno in the rotation to try and keep guys fresh.

    Other than pitchers routines of pitching every 5th day, there’s no reason not to. We have quality throughout our staff, not including CC.

  92. 28in14 April 3rd, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Tex was the primary reason they lost last night. Offensively and defensively.

  93. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Tex is a complimentary player …..the offense is gonna depend mostly on what Beltran, Gardber, Jeter, Ellsbury , and McCann do IMO

  94. Yankee Trader April 3rd, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Ivan Nova, RHP

    Nova’s .673 career winning percentage as a starter is the third-highest for any big league pitcher with at least 50 starts, trailing only Kris Medlen and Lance Lynn. His 0.56 homers/nine innings ratio in 2013 was the second-lowest among AL starters.

    Brett Oberholtzer, LHP

    Lefty landed in the Major Leagues last season and made 13 appearances, and was especially tough as a starter, going 4-5 with a 2.24 ERA in 10 starts. He showed great control by allowing only 1.82 walks per nine innings.

  95. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 8:46 am

    I have no expectations for Tex anymore ….if he simply better than Lyle Overbay I’ll consider that a win

  96. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 8:48 am

    YT-

    We need to see a healthy dose of “Novatude” along w a some big hairy run production.

    :)

  97. 28in14 April 3rd, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Then he shouldn’t be placed in the 5th spot of the order, getting more ABs than someone like Gardner, or even Roberts or Almonte. Stick Almonte at 1B. It’s the easiest position on the field to learn.

  98. Yankee Trader April 3rd, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Tex is a complimentary player …..the offense is gonna depend mostly on what Beltran, Gardner, Jeter, Ellsbury , and McCann do IMO

    ———–
    Blake-

    If that’s going to be the case, then the Yankees can’t afford to bat him fifth, killing the team with runners in scoring position.

  99. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 8:49 am

    I’m expecting Vesuvius to go off at any time.

    ;)

  100. Yankee Trader April 3rd, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Looks like 28 and I both don’t want to see Tex, and his proclaimed still not 100% wrist, batting fifth.

  101. austinmac April 3rd, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Didn’t the Astros have the same amount of time off?

  102. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Mac-

    What affects one Team might not affect another.

    ;)

  103. Doreen April 3rd, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Austinmac,

    Don’t know, but even if they did, it takes old bones longer to get going after sitting for a bit. ;)

  104. Shame Spencer April 3rd, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Some guys will get more rope than others.. Tex isn’t one of them, unfortunately. He’ll take the heat for a while unless Ellsbury keeps slumping.

  105. Yankee Trader April 3rd, 2014 at 8:55 am

    From SB Nation

    News from the farm this afternoon is that prospect Addison Maruszak is no longer with the team. Maruszak was versatile, in that he could basically be slotted in almost anywhere, but he played no position that well. With the release of Maruszak and Eduardo Nunez being designated for assignment, the crop of players who can play shortstop at the upper levels of the system are dwindling a bit. With Derek Jeter, Dean Anna, and Brendan Ryan (when he returns from injury) already combining to man the position at the big league level, hopefully nothing happens that would make the team need to tap into some of their mostly non-existent depth.

  106. austinmac April 3rd, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Excuses. Hit the dang ball. I do wonder when we wake up to Tex saying his wrist is hurting.

  107. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 8:57 am

    If that’s going to be the case, then the Yankees can’t afford to bat him fifth, killing the team with runners in scoring position.”

    He should hit 7th vs RHP and probably 4th vs LHP

  108. Shame Spencer April 3rd, 2014 at 8:57 am

    It isn’t Tex’s fault they’re going to keep using him where he won’t be as effective.. I think they’ll have to shuffle around the 3-4-5 slots with whoever is hot.

  109. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 8:57 am

    austinmac says:
    April 3, 2014 at 8:56 am
    Excuses. Hit the dang ball. I do wonder when we wake up to Tex saying his wrist is hurting.

    Hopefully soon enough that morales is still available

  110. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 8:58 am

    The guys I think will hit

    Ellsbury
    Jeter
    McCann
    Beltran
    Gardner
    Roberts (until he breaks)

    The rest I don’t know

  111. Yankee Trader April 3rd, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Is this the lineup tonight vs the lefty?

    Ellsbury
    Jeter
    Beltran
    Tex
    Soriano
    McCann
    Roberts
    Solarte
    Gardner

  112. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Girardi will tweak the LU as needed.

    He isn’t going to make wholesale changes this early.

    Do what the Eagles said, “Take it easy”.

    :)

  113. austinmac April 3rd, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Morales? Blake, you are a budget buster. We have Canzler. Hal smiles.

  114. Yankee Trader April 3rd, 2014 at 9:03 am

    He should hit 7th vs RHP and probably 4th vs LHP

    Blake
    We discussed this last season. Maybe he should swallow his pride and just hit from the right side, where his good hand, the left one, will be able to get more power. But then he won’t be staring at the short porch 82 games a year!

  115. bbb51 April 3rd, 2014 at 9:03 am

    MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 8:30 am
    And maybe we see Y-Sol against the lefty.

    The offense stinks, bring in the Y-Sol.

  116. Yankee Trader April 3rd, 2014 at 9:05 am

    He isn’t going to make wholesale changes this early.

    Do what the Eagles said, “Take it easy”.

    I think the Eagles had a losing season! :)

    New Post—->

  117. cigator April 3rd, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Two games into the season and this team is as painful to watch as last season. Tex is the new Arod.

  118. yankinvegas April 3rd, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Win tonight. Get 2 in Toronto. Come home and things will look better.
    The Yankees almost never play getaway day games on the road. Next week we are returning the favor to the Orioles

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