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Yankees trying to get out of Houston with one win

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

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Here’s a weird question to ask on April 3: How important is it that the Yankees win tonight?

My guess is that it’s not very important at all. I’m sure plenty of teams have lost the first three games and gone on to have perfectly good seasons (the 2009 Yankees lost their first two games against a pretty bad Orioles team). But to lose these games against the Astros? Against a team that should be one of the worst in baseball? Against a team who’s second baseman might literally be the only position player to crack the Yankees everyday lineup?

“It’s an important game because you obviously want to get on that side of the column and you want to start putting some wins together,” Joe Girardi said.

Let’s not get crazy here, tonight is certainly not a must-win situation. It would be nice to win, but all hope will not be lost if the Yankees are swept in Houston and head to Toronto as a last-place team in the American League East. But I’m guessing plenty of folks would feel a little bit better if the Yankees offense were to make a little noise on the last day down here.

“I know it’s important to win, that every win counts, but at the same time, we have had good pitching from them,” Carlos Beltran said. “You’ve got to give credit to what they’re doing. (Last night) their pitcher did a good job, outside corner, locating his pitches well, he was keeping us off balance all night. … Offensively I think we have what it takes to play better and win ballgames. So we don’t worry about it.”

For tonight’s starter, the Yankees turn to Ivan Nova, who pitched well enough at the end of last season to suggest he could be — if he manages to stay consistent and carry that success into this season — a true force in this rotation.

“Nothing has changed,” Nova said. “I just want to go out there, have a good game and win the game. It’s only the second game of the year, so there’s nothing to be worried about. … It would be nice if we win the first one (tonight), but there’s no extra pressure. If this was the end of September and we were two games behind, I may think about it. There’s no reason to think that way right now.”

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163 Responses to “Yankees trying to get out of Houston with one win”

  1. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 3rd, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    repost for austin:

    “The pundits also said the Yankees would not be good last year. All things considered, I wold rather people think my team is good. ”

    Is 1/3 of ESPN, of all “experts”, okay?

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/preview.....all-season

    They all think your team is good!

  2. Howler April 3rd, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Well, now that the world is ending, do we contact Arod ask him to be his agent for his nephew and come in and save our season?

  3. Tackelberry April 3rd, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Amzing how many are on the ledge already after just 2 games

  4. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 3rd, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    They’re mentioned again – and by Verducci as one of them.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....and-picks/

  5. Howler April 3rd, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    I pretty much expect it when there are a few loses. It’s one of those things when you face a team like the Astros to open a season, you’re expected to blow them out. If you don’t people are going to start to look at all the reasons the team is going to be a failure. More than likely in 2 weeks this will be a footnote.

  6. Russell Munson April 3rd, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    I think the problem is who they’ve lost too. You expect to lose games in baseball. You just don’t expect to lose them to a team that’s gone an average of 54-108 over the last 3 years.

  7. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 3rd, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    And hello, we actually have pundits picking the Yanks to take the AL East! And certainly wild cards if not!

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....y=news_mlb

    **************

    So the point is that if you are premising your ability to feel good about the team based on what the pundits think, I believe you have reason to feel relief from worry.

    But as a caveat, stop to think about how wrong they’ve been so often and then try to filter that in.

    Me, I pay NO attention to them.

    I have faith in the team the Yankees have assembled. I’m a little more sturdy than to have two losses push me in another direction.

    ;)

  8. Howler April 3rd, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    I’ll start worrying about any team after the All Star break and they’re not close enough to make a run. Until then I’ll keep my panties firmly unknotted. I suggest some others do the same.

  9. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 3rd, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    “I think the problem is who they’ve lost too. You expect to lose games in baseball. You just don’t expect to lose them to a team that’s gone an average of 54-108 over the last 3 years”

    May I AGAIN repeat that in 2009 the Yankees lost a series to the last-place Nationals.

  10. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 3rd, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    “I’ll start worrying about any team after the All Star break and they’re not close enough to make a run. Until then I’ll keep my panties firmly unknotted. I suggest some others do the same.”

    Good God, Howler, if only.

    It’s like irrationality run wild, every single season!

  11. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 3rd, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Okay, now I’m out.

    Later.

    :)

  12. Howler April 3rd, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Every team loses to crappy teams throughout the year, it’s just going to happen.

  13. Hankflorida April 3rd, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Kelly Johnson hit .219 against righthanded pitching, and he batted .235 with 16 home runs and 52 RBI’s last year. He hit better against lefties. It must be the home runs that enticed the Yankees, but the RBI’s are not those of a clutch hitter which this team needs.

  14. Howler April 3rd, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    So how long before those cowboy boots Jeter got get’s donated to someone, or ends up with one of Andy’s kids.

  15. Russell Munson April 3rd, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    “May I AGAIN repeat that in 2009 the Yankees lost a series to the last-place Nationals.”

    The 2009 Yankees were a far better team than the 2014 Yankees are.

  16. austinmac April 3rd, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Chip,

    No, I don’t think Nunez has much trade value. I think he has more value at SWB if Jeter or Roberts go down.

  17. Russell Munson April 3rd, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    “He hit better against lefties.”

    He hit for more power against righties in 2013, and hit righties better than lefties in 2011 and 2012. You probably need to look at more than one season when looking at something like platoon differences.

  18. mick April 3rd, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Hank-
    Look who they got in the off season.
    Basically all leftys.
    That tells me they are still thinking Sort Porch House That Ruth Built.
    Beltran, Ellsbury, McCann, Johnson, even Roberts…some switchers, but they will face mostly rightys so that’s that…
    Situational hitting be damned.

  19. Ys Guy April 3rd, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    “Howler April 3rd, 2014 at 12:33 pm
    Every team loses to crappy teams throughout the year, it’s just going to happen.”
    ========================================
    fyi, last year’s AL playoff teams vs. astros:

    bos 5-1
    tampa 5-2
    det 5-1
    cle 6-1
    oak 15-4

    while it’s true that all teams lose to bad teams, this is an extrordinarly bad team and the winners beat up on them badly year.

  20. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    No, I don’t think Nunez has much trade value. I think he has more value at SWB if Jeter or Roberts go down.”

    I don’t think that’s an option though….if they can’t trade him they have to place him on waivers and he probably doesn’t make it through to send back to AAA……basically if they can get a ham sandwich for him they need to do it otherwise he’s gone for nothing

  21. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    When Ellsbury gets going the offense will start to click…..I’ve hated in Jacoby a lot this winter cause I hate his contract and I would have rather spent that money on Cano…..but he will be an ignighter when he starts to hit

  22. Howler April 3rd, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    We’ll just have to wait and see how extraordinarily bad the Astros are this year.

  23. mick April 3rd, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Nunez has no value to the Yanks as he came here as heir to Jeter and that was a failure.
    They have plans for a major league SS next year whether it be HanRam, Hardy etc…
    They didn’t hire Nunez to be a utilityman, esp if he can’t field.

  24. austinmac April 3rd, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    I think Nunez has an option, but the team wanted him off the 40 man.

  25. austinmac April 3rd, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    I doubt they have a SS plan. Hanley will re-sign andJJ may too. Sign Drew for two years.

  26. Ys Guy April 3rd, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    i still don’t get why i can’t just look up the # of options a player has on yankees.com or mlb.com. why is this a mystery?

  27. Ys Guy April 3rd, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    hanram wants to stay in LA. if they don’t come through for him, he’s gonna have an attitude problem about it. i dont think i’d even want hanram is he’s ‘rejected’ by the team he wants to play for since he’s such a head case.

    in any case, i dont think he’s going to be available.

  28. bbb51 April 3rd, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Hankflorida April 3rd, 2014 at 12:15 pm
    Johnson hit .219 against right handed pitching last year and ended up with a .230 BA which tells me that he hit better against Lefthanded pitching.

    He hit all of his homeruns vs rhp.

  29. mick April 3rd, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Asdrubal Cabrera will be out there and he is a switcher.
    Yanks have been known to go the poormans route.

  30. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 3rd, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    “The 2009 Yankees were a far better team than the 2014 Yankees are.”

    And you know this how? Hindsight is 20-20.

  31. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Drew is better than Asdrubal and will be allot cheaper

  32. mick April 3rd, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Nobody wants Drew at his price.

  33. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 3rd, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    And what does that have to do with anything? If makes your point even more shaky, if you’re correct.

    You said:

    “I think the problem is who they’ve lost too. You expect to lose games in baseball. You just don’t expect to lose them to a team that’s gone an average of 54-108 over the last 3 years.”

    If the 2009 Yankees were a far better team and they lost that series to the last-place Nats, what in hell does that say about the 2009 Yankees?

  34. UnKnown April 3rd, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    If it was such a positive to lose games to the Astros and lose your first two games of the season in general, everyone would be trying to do it. You all can try and shoot as many rainbows and unicorns out of you behind as possible and the FACT remains that losing these last two games is not a positive

    Disclaimer because it seems necessary around here: NO the season is not over.

  35. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 3rd, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    And by the way, those 2009 Yankees that you just knew were such a good team? They were in last place after 2 games, with an 0-2 record.

    I rest my cast.

    ;)

  36. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West April 3rd, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    For Blake:

    this waffle sandwich is awesome…..if you feel like making it. I put some shake and bake chicken in it instead of bacon.

    http://spoonful.com/recipes/ba.....e-sandwich

  37. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 3rd, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    I rest my case also!

    :)

  38. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 3rd, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Nobody is presenting it as a positive, obviously.

    :roll:

    Some of us are presenting it accurately, and that is last place teams win games too. It’s not fatal when it happens.

  39. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 3rd, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    “We’ll just have to wait and see how extraordinarily bad the Astros are this year.”

    Um, yeah, because the extraordinarily bad Rays ended up on top of the heap at some point…

  40. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Michelle,
    Oh my….I gotta try that. Thanks

  41. Russell Munson April 3rd, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    “If the 2009 Yankees were a far better team and they lost that series to the last-place Nats, what in hell does that say about the 2009 Yankees?”

    That they should have won 104 games instead of 103.

  42. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    1 series in baseball doesn’t say anything about any team…..especially the first season of the season

  43. Russell Munson April 3rd, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    “And by the way, those 2009 Yankees that you just knew were such a good team? They were in last place after 2 games, with an 0-2 record.”

    Do I really need to explain to you how much more talented the 2009 Yankees were than the 2014 Yankees are? You don’t have to look at the records after two games, you look at who they had at every position and in the rotation and bullpen and compare them. Would you rather have the 2009 versions of Sabathia, Texeira and Jeter or the 2014 versions? Would you rather have Cano, Damon, Swisher and Melky or Johnson, Roberts, Beltran and Ellsbury?

    This year’s team could have a better rotation than the 2009 team. But that’s really the only place I could see them being better.

  44. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West April 3rd, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Blake – NP – I also used a cinnamon swirl bread. It was fantastic. It’s not something id make every weekend, or i’d need my cardiologist on speed dial.

  45. Chip April 3rd, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    austinmac April 3rd, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Chip,

    No, I don’t think Nunez has much trade value. I think he has more value at SWB if Jeter or Roberts go down.
    ————————

    But he actually doesn’t. The Yankees have decided that if Jeter or Roberts go down they would rather have Dean Anna or Yangervis Solarte playing than Nunez. Essentially, what the Yankees are telling us about Eduardo Nunez is that he’s on par with the Chris Nelson/Reid Brignac/Luis Cruz pu pu platter that the team rolled through last year.

    If you look at it in terms of a depth chart:

    2b: Roberts, Anna, Solarte, Ryan, Sizemore, possibly Pirela and then Nunez
    SS: Jeter, Ryan, Anna, Sizemore? Nunez
    3b: Johnson, Solarte, Sizemore, Anna, Wheeler? Nunez

  46. mick April 3rd, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    They play 81 games at home.
    Assuming they split their 81 road games they need to win 49 of 81 home games to get to 90.
    Assuming they are going to lose at least 60 and win 60 it’s what they do in those other 42 games that will determine their season, so that’s that..

  47. Chip April 3rd, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    blake April 3rd, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Drew is better than Asdrubal and will be allot cheaper
    ———————

    I’m starting to wonder if Drew worships Satan and kills kittens for sport.

    There has to be a reason that this guy is so toxic right now other than the draft pick.

    Is it possible that teams are worried that he’s too injury prone and that the offensive numbers were inflated playing in Fenway?

  48. pete2 April 3rd, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Losses count as much in April as they do in September, especially against a team your rivals will most likely spank. Not the end of the world to lose 2, but disappointing.

    I think they put up a bunch of runs tonight. Facing a LHP’er will be good for Tex, Jeter and Soriano. Would not be surprised to see Solarte at 3B tonight

  49. mick April 3rd, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    did you break a leg trish?

  50. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    I’m starting to wonder if Drew worships Satan and kills kittens for sport.”

    All I can figure is that Boras is just stamping his feet and being extremely stubborn……I can’t believe the Tigers haven’t signed him

  51. mick April 3rd, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Drew isnt worth what he’s asking and they are waiting for the draft pick to fall off.

  52. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West says:
    April 3, 2014 at 1:16 pm
    Blake – NP – I also used a cinnamon swirl bread. It was fantastic. It’s not something id make every weekend, or i’d need my cardiologist on speed dial.

    Lol

  53. mick April 3rd, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Drew is not the savior for the Yankees this year or ever.
    There are still too many better options on the board for next year.

  54. Russell Munson April 3rd, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Waiting until the draft and for teams to become desparate is probably best for Drew at this point. I wonder how he will stay in baseball shape though.

  55. bbb51 April 3rd, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    pete2 April 3rd, 2014 at 1:19 pm
    Losses count as much in April as they do in September

    Yes, everyone knows this. What people are saying is you can’t predict anything about the offense after 2 games. I’m sure Roberts will not hit .429 and Ellsbury will not hit .000, etc.

  56. pete2 April 3rd, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    The 2009 Yankees did not open the season against the Nats but the Orioles, who were also a last place team. They also were missing Arod in the lineup, and he was still good then, while the 2014 team is healthy.

    Not that the comparison is all that meaningful.

  57. mick April 3rd, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Fans are always looking at trends.
    What they have seen is more of the same from this team with no situational hitting and the lack of a superstar 2B on top of that to bail them out.
    Beltran & McCann have had nobody to drive in if Ells and Jeter aren’t on base.
    They will loosen up in Toronto and then come home.

  58. pete2 April 3rd, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    ” Russell Munson April 3rd, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Waiting until the draft and for teams to become desparate is probably best for Drew at this point. I wonder how he will stay in baseball shape though.
    =====================

    Boras has a baseball camp. He probably has better facilities than most teams in ST. Not sure where Boras gets the pitching Drew and Morales need to see to stay sharp though

  59. Russell Munson April 3rd, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Nova and Tanaka should get them back on track.

  60. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    The 2009 Yankees were better at

    3b, SS, 2B, 1B, and DH. This teams outfield should be better and their rotation might be as good overall……but the 09 team had a better pen and the difference in the infield was just a ton…..good Arod, good Jeter, good Tex and Cano is a LOT better than this bunch

  61. mick April 3rd, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Our 3-4 & 5 are better than most teams.
    They need to settle in with 3-5 and take off from there..

  62. Revenge of Stoneburner April 3rd, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Damaging and devastating

    •While fans may worry that their teams will be hamstrung in the future by massive contracts, Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci notes that the financial costs aren’t as great as they seem given how much revenue Major League Baseball is generating and passing down to all 30 teams. These big deals also tend to create extra revenue for teams — Verducci cites how the Mariners’ huge deal with Robinson Cano helped “a brand that needed polishing,” and Cano’s presence will help ticket sales and TV ratings.

  63. pat April 3rd, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    The 2009 team has no relevance to the 2014 team.

  64. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 3rd, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    I love my West Coast Sister Rosie but I did not need to see a picture of Robby in a Mariner’s uniform with a huge smile on his face. I don’t think anyone wanted to be treated to that.

    :(

  65. mick April 3rd, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Whose team is this anyway?
    It might not be Jeter’s anymore, tho his presence in the lineup is crucial, so it still is his team.
    They might be a lot looser next year with him gone..

  66. Russell Munson April 3rd, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    I think this year’s rotation 1-5 can be better than 2009′s which was really only 3 deep, maybe 3.5 if you give Joba half of a decent season.

  67. mick April 3rd, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    ellsbury must produce
    jeter is old
    beltran is old
    mccann-is he really a cleanup hitter?
    tex is a ?
    soriano is old
    roberts and johnson are stop gap
    gardner must steal more bases

  68. bbb51 April 3rd, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    blake April 3rd, 2014 at 1:33 pm
    The 2009 Yankees were better at

    3b, SS, 2B, 1B, and DH. This teams outfield should be better and their rotation might be as good overall……but the 09 team had a better pen and the difference in the infield was just a ton…..good Arod, good Jeter, good Tex and Cano is a LOT better than this bunch

    Catcher too.

    But I think this years rotation could be much better.

    2009

    CC 3.37
    Burnett 4.04
    Pettitte 4.16
    Joba 4.75

    Then Hughes, Mitre, Wang, Gaudin…

  69. Tackelberry April 3rd, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    mick April 3rd, 2014 at 1:41 pm
    ellsbury must produce
    jeter is old
    beltran is old
    mccann-is he really a cleanup hitter?
    tex is a ?
    soriano is old
    roberts and johnson are stop gap
    gardner must steal more bases

    _______________

    And in the words of the immortal Bob Dylan:

    “Everbody must get stoned”

  70. mick April 3rd, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Trying to sum up a team in 2 days does seem ridiculous but how far off were fans last year when the season started poorly?
    Barring injuries they looked like the same non-situational hitting team as before till the injuries came.
    Then they seemed to wakeup. A team of journeymen who were hungry and overproduced.
    Fans are just afraid that this team will be more of the same , not panicking, but impatient to say the least.

  71. pete2 April 3rd, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    ” blake April 3rd, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    I’m starting to wonder if Drew worships Satan and kills kittens for sport.”

    All I can figure is that Boras is just stamping his feet and being extremely stubborn……I can’t believe the Tigers haven’t signed him”
    =====================

    Drew was willing to take 1/14 to play SS for the Tigers. Tigers may have go lucky with Alex Gonzalez who may have juiced this offseason to keep his career going. He played very well in ST to start the season this far, and winning the first 2 games has kept the pressure off the Tigers to do a deal.

    Additional teams should be able to enter the market come June, but unless Drew has multiple teams interested he is unlikely to get much of a deal. If there are 2-3 teams after him w/o the pick he should do nicely.

  72. mick April 3rd, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    “Everbody must get stoned”
    ==================
    It sure ain’t Forever Young.

  73. Tackelberry April 3rd, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    mick April 3rd, 2014 at 1:48 pm
    “Everbody must get stoned”
    ==================
    It sure ain’t Forever Young.

    _________________________

    How bout “How Does It Feel?”

  74. pat April 3rd, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    RailRidersTT
    Syracuse announced Bernie Williams will throw out the first pitch at a game June 15 at NBT Bank Stadium. Cool thing for Yanks fans here.

  75. pete2 April 3rd, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    “Revenge of Stoneburner April 3rd, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Damaging and devastating

    •While fans may worry that their teams will be hamstrung in the future by massive contracts, Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci notes that the financial costs aren’t as great as they seem given how much revenue Major League Baseball is generating and passing down to all 30 teams
    =====================

    Payroll as a percentage of revenue has dropped about 10% (low 50′s to low 40′s)
    over the last decade.

  76. exiledintampa April 3rd, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Confidence. In 2009 I was confident when the season started. After last year, I lost confidence especially in the hitting. While 2 losses means little, it does nothing for my confidence in this team. In 2009 you just knew the team would get to the other teams bullpen and come back. After last year, being behind early is a confidence killer. We need some big come from behind wins to get that kind of swagger back.

  77. Tackelberry April 3rd, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Anyone listening to Francessa? He basically ripped the Mets Daniel Murphy for missing more than 1 game for the birth of his child. Terry Collins fired back at Francessa, defending Murphy. Just wondering what Francessa’s reaction was. He always has to have the last word.

  78. Hankflorida April 3rd, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    My point about Kelly Johnson is his RBI’s for a 3rd basemen is not up to snuff especially when you have two table setters in the outfield. Look at the Cardinals last year when they lost their ultimate power guy and yet hit .300 as a team with runners in scoring position. The Yanks have to do the same thing with the loss of Cano.

  79. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Catcher too”

    Eh Id call it a push…but I think 2014 McCann can be better than 2009 Jorge. Jorge really couldn’t catch much anymore in 09 and I also think McCann can approximate his offense from that season

  80. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Francessa is crazy…..

  81. Jerkface April 3rd, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    If you want to read an article about what a monster Chad Curtis is, have at it: http://www.sportsonearth.com/a.....misconduct

  82. Chip April 3rd, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Remember when Chad Curtis said Derek Jeter was a bad guy for not fighting in a brawl the team had with the Mariners. Yeah, Curtis was an idiot then and a disgusting human being now: http://hardballtalk.nbcsports......ad-curtis/

  83. Jerkface April 3rd, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Jorge hit .285 .363 .522 .885 in 09. I don’t see McCann equaling that. But with his defense he can make up for it. I am also not sure if our OF this year could even best the Damon/Swisher/Melky/Gardner OF from 09. With the bat anyways. Defensively this is one of the best outfields the Yankees have ever fielded.

  84. Russell Munson April 3rd, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Posada only played in 111 games though. He went to the DL at one point that year.

  85. Jerkface April 3rd, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Posada only played in 111 games though

    True, but McCann played less than that last year, so its not like he is definitely a lock for 130 games.

  86. Chip April 3rd, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Francesa said that his son was born at 9:00 am and he was back on the air later that day.

    Two things:

    1. Francesa’s son was born in the same state that he was working in – Murphy’s was not
    2. Just because Francesa doesn’t feel the need to be there for his wife and kid doesn’t mean every other husband/father needs to be that big a jackwagon

    Even if I had wanted to go to work the day my son was born, my wife would have slaughtered me for leaving her there alone.

  87. Shame Spencer April 3rd, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Mottsx April 3rd, 2014 at 11:58 am
    Very busy at work today but I wanted to share this link I found… Chicken and Waffles at the stadium… image within…

    http://greatideas.people.com/2…..on-snacks/

    ———————

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  88. John in Ohio April 3rd, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    The 1998 Yankees started out 1 – 4. By the time they lost four more games, they were 26 – 8.

    So, I’m not freaking out just yet, but I must admit it has been difficult to watch all the weak ground balls. Ugh.

  89. Chip April 3rd, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Offensively I think this team is completely different than the 2009 Yankees.

    That team was more power oriented where as this team has more of a combination approach of power and speed.

  90. Jerkface April 3rd, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Offensively I think this team is completely different than the 2009 Yankees.

    That team was more power oriented where as this team has more of a combination approach of power and speed.

    You’re right that this team is completely different. Its worse in every way. The 09 yankees were about high batting averages, high on base percentages, high slugging percentages, and distributed speed that led to 100+ SBs on the season. Almost every player in the lineup could do more than 1 thing well.

    The 2014 team is a minor league team compared to them offensively to be honest.

  91. Chip April 3rd, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Jerkface April 3rd, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Offensively I think this team is completely different than the 2009 Yankees.

    That team was more power oriented where as this team has more of a combination approach of power and speed.

    You’re right that this team is completely different. Its worse in every way. The 09 yankees were about high batting averages, high on base percentages, high slugging percentages, and distributed speed that led to 100+ SBs on the season. Almost every player in the lineup could do more than 1 thing well.

    The 2014 team is a minor league team compared to them offensively to be honest.
    ——————–

    I agree that in many ways this team isn’t as good offensively, but if you look at it objectively, the only thing the Yankees could have (possibly) avoided is the detraction at 2b.

    Jeter is five years older
    Tex has aged poorly as a hitter
    Alex had an MVP year and has since…well we know that story

    The offense in the outfield may not be any better now than it was, but I wouldn’t want Damon, Melky or Swisher over any of the guys the team currently has and McCann for Posada was about a wash as you pointed out.

    We can nitpick Soriano vs. Matsui

  92. mick April 3rd, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Matsui is better than Soriano no doubt.
    You don’t win with streak hitters.
    Soriano won’t see many FB’s this year.
    This is why they soured on him in the first place.

  93. Jerkface April 3rd, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    We can nitpick Soriano vs. Matsui

    Not really, Matsui crushes Soriano as a hitter. We can’t talk about the 09 hitters and how they would hit in this season, because of course we don’t want the 09 team but just 5 years older.

    Just saying that the way you presented the statement about the 2 teams, I think you missed the mark. 09 was just as much a combination of speed and power as this team, only better at it in every way. 09 was a complete offense. The current team has a lot of deficiencies.

    They will really have to make up for it with timelier hitting. There won’t be as many guys on base, so they have to make the most of the situations they get.

  94. Russell Munson April 3rd, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    8 of the 9 Yankee starters that year had an OPS+ of 118 or better. Only Melky was below it and he was at 93 which isn’t that bad. I am not sure I would bet on a single Yankee player this year cracking a 118 OPS+.

  95. Jerkface April 3rd, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Phil Hughes has given up his first HR, thus ushering in 6 more months of baseball season.

  96. mick April 3rd, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    They will really have to make up for it with timelier hitting.
    ================
    This where the fan fear comes into play.
    It is hard to situationally hit.
    Much easier to have a few hairy monsters around to hit 3 run HR’s.
    National league ball is no doubt where Girardi is at so he will look to create the team in his own image.
    There is a conflict here. It’s not exactly Earl Weaver waiting for the 3 run HR.

  97. pete2 April 3rd, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    The main potential problem with the 2014 team is the IF. That’s been discussed all offseason. How big a problem depends on how Tex and Jeter do, if Roberts can stay healthy, and if Johnson can field his position. But even best case, they are simply a league average IF IMO.

    The 2009 IF may have been one of the greatest of all-time. That’s the main difference between the 2 teams.

  98. bruceb April 3rd, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Tonight is a must-win for me.

    We started last season 1-4 and look what happened?

    If we lose, what are the odds that come September we’ll be saying…if only we took just one off the Astros?

  99. Giuseppe Franco April 3rd, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    I don’t know why people continue to compare this 2014 team to the 2009 and 1998 teams.

    The lineups are nothing alike in any way, shape, or form.

    Those teams didn’t have the gaping holes in the infield that this team does.

  100. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Jerkface says:
    April 3, 2014 at 2:46 pm
    Phil Hughes has given up his first HR, thus ushering in 6 more months of baseball season.

    Lol

  101. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Matsui >>>>> Soriano…..gets on base a lot more….lot better contact skills….hits good pitching

  102. austinmac April 3rd, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    JF,

    Funny.

  103. Russell Munson April 3rd, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    “I don’t know why people continue to compare this 2014 team to the 2009 and 1998 teams.”

    So they can talk about how losing 2 games to the Astros means they’re going to win the 100 games and the World Series?

  104. tbone1570 April 3rd, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Jerkface April 3rd, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Phil Hughes has given up his first HR, thus ushering in 6 more months of baseball season.

    ********************************
    Does this mean Hughes throws a groundhog ball and not a gopher ball?

  105. Chip April 3rd, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    You’re probably right – 09 was more well rounded than I give it credit for being as an offensive club.

    Can we agree that this club is better than the 2010, 11, 12 or 13 squads?

  106. Shame Spencer April 3rd, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Ah.. it’s Phil’s first start? Gonna be interesting to track him and other ex-Yanks this season.

  107. BoJo April 3rd, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Jerkface April 3rd, 2014 at 2:46 pm
    Phil Hughes has given up his first HR, thus ushering in 6 more months of baseball season.
    =======
    Great line.

  108. Yankee Trader April 3rd, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Ichiro’s chance to play with rules change! NJ.com

    Ichiro said he hasn’t let the talk get to him. Instead, he said, he prepares in pre-game as if he’s a starter. Then he heads to the bench, watches the first frame, and then goes to the trainers room and the batting cages to loosen up in case Girardi needs him. Ichiro even jokingly said he lets his mind wander a bit.

    “I know the rules in baseball aren’t going to change,” he said, “but maybe they can play four outfielders? I haven’t thought about that before. But now I do.”

    But before he gets carried away, Ichiro comes to another realization.

    “As human beings, there are things we have to adjust to,” he said. “And that’s what I’m going through right now. You just never know. You don’t know. I don’t know if I should assume if this is going to be what’s going to be happening in the future. You just don’t know what’s going to happen. All I can do is what I’m doing now and just adjust accordingly.”

  109. bigdan22 April 3rd, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Russell Munson April 3rd, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    “8 of the 9 Yankee starters that year had an OPS+ of 118 or better. Only Melky was below it and he was at 93 which isn’t that bad. I am not sure I would bet on a single Yankee player this year cracking a 118 OPS+.”

    ——

    Remember, you are not going to need the same numbers in 2014 to hit 118 OPS+ as in 2009. Offense is actually down quite a bit since then. But still, other than Beltran and Ells, I’m not sure anyone else on this team can get there.

    As I’ve said before, this team will only go as far as its starting pitching (assuming bullpen doesn’t screw up) will take them. This needs to be probably a top 3 unit. The 2009 team really only had three quality starters. That team was built pretty well for the post season.

    And the thing you really have to remember is that the Yanks will have to be a pitching-centric team for the foreseeable future. They are pretty much locked into this roster offensively for a few years. They might get some help from Arod next year but you really can’t count on that. That’s why I believe the Yanks going large next year on SS is key. They need a big (relatively) offensive player there to replace Jeet. I think that acquisition will be as important to 2015 as Tanaka was (will be) to this team. I hope Hal is listening. I think he is.

  110. Shame Spencer April 3rd, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Can we agree that this club is better than the 2010, 11, 12 or 13 squads?

    ———————-

    Besides Javier Vazquez, the 2010 team wasn’t bad at all.

  111. Shame Spencer April 3rd, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Or maybe I’m giving them too much credit..? I dunno, I thought we had a good chance to keep winning after 2009.

  112. 28in14 April 3rd, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Let’s not insult Chad Curtis, please. Those 2 bombs against the Braves in WS Gm 3 were things of beauty!

  113. bigdan22 April 3rd, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    To really be the Yanks again the 2014 farm needs to have a great season and then they need to make the Rockies an offer they can’t refuse. Something like the Ricky deal.

  114. Chip April 3rd, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Shame Spencer April 3rd, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Can we agree that this club is better than the 2010, 11, 12 or 13 squads?

    ———————-

    Besides Javier Vazquez, the 2010 team wasn’t bad at all.
    ———————–

    AJ was a hot mess too.

    So was the bullpen.

    Jorge couldn’t hit outside of Yankee stadium

    5 of 9 regulars with over 100 K (Jorge had 99)

  115. 28in14 April 3rd, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Poor Chad, he was innocent and will now spend years in prison, for helping the Yankees to win World Series. :(

  116. mick April 3rd, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    They will go as large as they can and if it’s Hardy and Masterson or HanRam and Scherzer, it’s still a crapshoot.

  117. Giuseppe Franco April 3rd, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Maybe one day CR will join Chad Curtis. Maybe they’ll become buddies and play cards together everyday.

  118. Giuseppe Franco April 3rd, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Not only did the 2009 team only have 3 quality starters, but one of them was Burnett and he was always hit or miss when he took the mound.

  119. Russell Munson April 3rd, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Burnett was great in Game 2 of the World Series though.

  120. 28in14 April 3rd, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Why would CR join Chad? CR would never harm a (non-bostoner) child.

  121. mick April 3rd, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    I cannot listen to Kay’s shrill voice and look at his angry face much longer.
    Please make him stop…

  122. Russell Munson April 3rd, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    There’s an easy fix to not hearing Kay’s voice or looking at his face.

  123. mick April 3rd, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Francesa hasn’t been on in a few days, some soccer tourney is on.
    The Mets are on but too boring.

  124. NOLAyankee April 3rd, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Winning a game? Who cares about that? The Astros gave Jeter a standing ovation! They gave him cowboy boots! Let’s care about what’s important here.

  125. Giuseppe Franco April 3rd, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Russell Munson April 3rd, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Burnett was great in Game 2 of the World Series though.

    Yes he was and they needed it.

    I seem to recall that game and the long extra inning game against the RS (when A-Rod hit the walk off) as his best outings all season.

  126. 28in14 April 3rd, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    15 innings. Alexander Emmanuel off Junichi Tazawa!

  127. Giuseppe Franco April 3rd, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    I’m not sure how anyone can stand listening to Kay or Francesa. They both suck.

  128. 28in14 April 3rd, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    http://m.mlb.com/video/v200795.....koff-homer

  129. yankinvegas April 3rd, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    I try to always stay positive. I think that Houston is better than this year than the last few years. That being said, good teams frequently lose series to bad teams, particularly on the road.
    A win tonight will ease the anxiety.
    Eventually Cashman has to acquire a power bat to play 3b.
    Our pitching is fine.
    Repeat after me, we will be good this year.

  130. Chip April 3rd, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Giuseppe Franco April 3rd, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    I’m not sure how anyone can stand listening to Kay or Francesa. They both suck.
    ——————-

    Kay is just a train wreck hosting his own show. He was at his best working with Sterling.

  131. bruceb April 3rd, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Quote of the day from an angry Mets fan on the Francesa show:

    “They shouldn’t have brought Murphy back…at least until his kid had got through college.”

    Love it!

  132. Tackelberry April 3rd, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    I like Kay. Can’t stand Francessa. At least with Kay, whn you disagree with him, he lets the caller make his point. Fancessa just shouts the caller down and then cuts him off

  133. NOLAyankee April 3rd, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Murphy taking paternity leave during a HOME SERIES TO OPEN THE SEASON is the softest thing I’ve ever heard in my life. Dude should be ashamed. Not even worthy of being called a “dude”.

  134. igotid88 April 3rd, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    So so start for Hughes today. He usually dominates the White Sox. But he usually starts the season slow. I like the 7Ks

  135. Russell Munson April 3rd, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Hughes is a *trader like Cano.

    *http://www.nj.com/yankees/index.ssf/2014/04/look_red_sox_fan_calls_jacoby_ellsbury_a_trader_in_misspelled_sign.html

  136. bigdan22 April 3rd, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Watching Hughes against Quintana for a bit. Amazing how similar Nuno is to Quintana. I think Nuno mixes his pitches more and has a better CU. Both have the same FB.

    Hughes still Hughes. All fly balls. Two out of the park.

  137. Hassey April 3rd, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    The sun rises in the East, taxwes are due on April 15, and Phil Hughes needs 100 pitches for 5 innings and 2 bombs

  138. igotid88 April 3rd, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Russell Munson April 3rd, 2014 at 4:17 pm
    Hughes is a *trader like Cano
    ——————

    I could be wrong. But I don’t think the Yankees made an offer. 8 million is pretty cheap for what other pitchers with his stats get.

  139. The Fifth Core Foursman April 3rd, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    If you want to read an article about what a monster Chad Curtis is, have at it: http://www.sportsonearth.com/a…..misconduct

    ————————–

    Something about that guy always rubbed me the wrong way. He had a jerk face.

  140. Hassey April 3rd, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    I don’t blame Murphy one bit – you don’t miss your kids’ birth for anything, let alone opening day on a meaningless, lifeless, luckless, hopeless team like the Mets…anyone who thinks otherwise has never had kids, or doesn’t like the ones they have

  141. Ys Guy April 3rd, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    murphy’s wife was scheduled for a c section on an off day next week but went into labor early and she was not in new york, so murphy had to fly home.

    and he got back last night too late to start but was ready to pinch hit if needed late in the game.

  142. The Fifth Core Foursman April 3rd, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    So so start for Hughes today. He usually dominates the White Sox. But he usually starts the season slow

    —————

    He also ends the season slow. There’s also usually a couple of points in the mid-season where he gets slow again. Has Joba pitched yet?

  143. Ys Guy April 3rd, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    joba has not pitched yet and had a 1.8 whip in ST.

  144. austinmac April 3rd, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    As the father of three, anyone critical of a father taking off for the birth of his baby is a jerk. Priorities please.

  145. igotid88 April 3rd, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    The Fifth Core Foursman April 3rd, 2014 at 4:24 pm
    So so start for Hughes today. He usually dominates the White Sox. But he usually starts the season slow

    —————

    He also ends the season slow. There’s also usually a couple of points in the mid-season where he gets slow again. Has Joba pitched yet?
    ——————-

    Could probably be that for 3 of those years he came off low innings pitched the previous year. And maybe tired.

  146. Ys Guy April 3rd, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    i dont even have any kids and i’m fine with a new dad taking whatever time is needed.
    he gets 3 days in his contract, so to me, he can take 3 days.

  147. igotid88 April 3rd, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Is Joba starting??

  148. austinmac April 3rd, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Abreu is really going to hit for the White Sox. He comparatively cheap. Sigh.

  149. Hassey April 3rd, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Plus, Murphy has probably already made more money than most other new dads – he could just give the Mets his middle finger and go shovel coal for a career and still be OK

  150. bruceb April 3rd, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Everything gets magnified when you’re losing. Imagine what his show will be like tomorrow afternoon if the unthinkable happens and the Yanks get swept out of Houston?

  151. bigdan22 April 3rd, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Looks like another big time Cuban bat.

    This is the problem I have with the Yanks winter OF lock out. They’ve got no room now for the next “big thing” to come down the pike. No room for a big trade or big FA acquisition bat or breakout minor league season. It’s bad enough they got stuck with their corner infielders. Now they are stuck with these OFs.

    This guy in Chicago would have been pretty nice in pinstripes.

  152. igotid88 April 3rd, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Hughes can’t escape a bullpen letdown

  153. tomingeorgia April 3rd, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    My hope is that the Yanks score four or five in the first inning, and then pull away, just to make this blog readable.

  154. bigdan22 April 3rd, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    “i dont even have any kids and i’m fine with a new dad taking whatever time is needed.
    he gets 3 days in his contract, so to me, he can take 3 days.”

    Yea but what if the baby is born during the World Series and the dad is a clean-up hitter? I’m pretty sure new borns don’t take October off.

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    Bryan Mitchell starts Trenton’s opener tonight.
    Manny Banuelos goes tonight for Tampa, and Rookie Davis opens up Charleston’s season tonight

  156. Tackelberry April 3rd, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Montgomery works a 1-2-3 8th, and according to @RailRidersTT, had some life on his fastball. Good sign.

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