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Postgame notes: “Today was a big day for me”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 05, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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Look past the fact they lost the game, and today was an overwhelming positive for the Yankees. Because if Michael Pineda is going to pitch this way all year, the Yankees rotation could be a real force.

“I think it could mean a lot for our team,” manager Joe Girardi said. “And I’m sure it means a lot to him to be able to go out and do what he loves, and compete at the highest level. I’m sure it means a lot because he’s put a lot of work in over the last two years. He spent entirely too much time in that Florida sunshine.”

One day after Masahiro Tanaka’s encouraging debut, Pineda was terrific in his first big league start since 2011. He fastball regularly reached 94-95 mph, he didn’t walk a single batter, and the only run he allowed came on a bloop single to left. He retired 13 of the last 14 batters he faced, and only three of those hitters got the ball out of the infield.

“Not nervous,” Pineda said. “I (was) excited because I’m pitching a game in the major leagues. I’m very excited today. Today was big day for me. … I’m very happy about everything, because everything is doing good and that’s what I’m looking for. I’ve been working hard for the last two years (to) be here, and I’m happy with it.”

Not much to be unhappy about, really. The Blue Jays did make hard contact a few times, especially in the early innings, but the overall performance was a little bit like Tanaka’s debut in that the middle-inning positives seemed to far outweigh the early negatives. Those two didn’t look like No. 4 and 5 starters.

“I cannot ask for anything else,” Francisco Cervelli said. “(Pineda) was great. I couldn’t wait to see him back on the mound in the big leagues.”

For a guy who had shoulder surgery two years ago, Pineda’s arm strength seemed to be a real positive. He was still throwing 95 mph in his final inning, and he might have pitched longer if this were later in the season. Getting through six innings required just 83 pitches, 58 of them strikes. Yes, the offense is a mess right now, but Pineda looked terrific; probably better than could have been expected.

“I can’t tell you I believed (his velocity) was going to be 95,” Girardi said. “I didn’t know where he would be when we got him this spring. I said since Day 1, I thought the ball was coming out pretty good. Now, we don’t have guns on them when they throw bullpens, but it just looked different.”

Looked different in spring. Looked like a difference maker today.

Erik Kratz, Alfonso Soriano· Now, if you’re going to come away with a net negative about today, it’s surely connected to the offense. This is only the fifth time since 1923 that the Yankees have started a season by going five games without a home run. “I believe we’re going to hit one, I do,” Girardi said.

· Twice Jacoby Ellsbury and Derek Jeter started an inning with a hit and a walk to put two on with no outs for the heart of the order. When it happened in the sixth inning, Carlos Beltran hit into a double play and Brian McCann lined out. When it happened in the eighth, Beltran struck out, McCann grounded out weakly and Alfonso Soriano took a horrible hack for strike three. The Yankees were 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position. “Maybe the game is a little different if we cash in,” Girardi said.

· Soriano is 0-for-16 this season. “I know who I am, and when I get my first hit, I’ll be OK,” Soriano said.

· What’s the issue for Soriano? He said it’s basically nothing, just a matter of time. “I just see the ball good and feel comfortable at the home plate,” Soriano said. “That’s the most important. When I get my first hit, I’m going to be fine and more relaxed.”

· Was Pineda surprised to learn he was pitching at 95 mph? “Well, somebody tell me,” Pineda said. “That’s a good velocity. I’m happy with that. You know, I (don’t) really worry about my velocity. I’m a little more focused on making a good pitch in the game and getting an out.”

· Not such a good game for David Phelps, who got three outs to strand a runner in the seventh inning, but then struggled with his command in the eighth inning. He allowed three hits that inning, each on a different type of pitch that was left up. Melky Cabrera and Jose Bautista each took him deep. “He left some balls up in the zone,” Girardi said. “You look at the ball that Melky hit was up; a fastball was up out over the plate. You look at the ball that Bautista hit, it was a high slider. Curveball he didn’t get down to Rasmus the way he wanted to. The inning before he was really sharp, and that inning he just left the ball up.”

Derek Jeter, Jacoby Ellsbury· By the way, Phelps has now allowed three home runs in two outings. He and the Yankees lineup should swap home run stats.

· Won’t write much more about the blocking-the-plate issue, but Cervelli did make it clear that he believes he was safe regardless. “I think I put my left foot (ahead of the tag),” he said. “But I got to check the video. I haven’t seen it. I think the big picture here is I didn’t have room. At the beginning I have something, and then I got confused. We’ll do it better the next time.”

· Cervelli said he has not been told that he might get some time at first base, but he takes ground balls regularly anyway. He’s previously played both second and third in the big leagues. “I catch ground balls everywhere,” Cervelli said. “Because I’m like the 26th man (who goes in the game) if everybody got hurt. We don’t want that, but I got to do it. If he asks me to play there, I’ll play. I don’t care.”

· Yangervis Solarte was hit in the right knee by a pitch in the seventh inning. It looked pretty rough — caught the inside of his back leg — but Solarte stayed in the game and had a hit in his next at-bat. The guy went 2-for-3 today and reached base three times. He’s batting .538 and has a hit in all three of his starts in his first big league season.

· Jacoby Ellsbury is also really hot right now. He has reached safely in eight of his past 10 plate appearances with six hits and two walks.

· Last time Pineda allowed just one earned run in a start was July 30, 2011. Up next: the Red Sox on Thursday. We’ll give him the final word. “Well, my next start is in Yankee Stadium,” Pineda said. “And I’m waiting for two years to pitch in Yankee Stadium and be comfortable. I feel more comfortable on the team.”

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249 Responses to “Postgame notes: “Today was a big day for me””

  1. Jerkface April 5th, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Such a great game for Pineda. Huge boon for the rotation if he holds this velocity.

  2. bruceb April 5th, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Despite all the negativity surrounding the Mets this week, the Grandyman has more home runs than the entire Yankees roster combined so far this season. So much for the Bronx Bombers! We need to find some offense from somewhere tomorrow and CC to be, well, the old CC.

  3. yankinvegas April 5th, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Maybe now with Pineda and Nova here and more coming, idiot writers will stop ripping Cashman about pitching.
    Pretty soon Sori will get hot.
    You win with pitching and our whole staff is quality. Phelps’ role needs to be minimized for now but there are certainly enough options out there to use until he straightens out.
    Changing the subject, I see the rag Daily News is recommending its attacks on Alex. The subject is boring already.
    And I just love listening to the reporters, like Madden, mumble inanities about how their coverage is unbiased. Totally unfair and unprofessional, in my opinion.

  4. chicken_stanley April 5th, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    JF – didn’t get to see Pineda pitch (only caught the last couple of innings) but I agree with you – If he can maintain 93-95, it will be huge for the Yankees

  5. Solarte April 5th, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    “Why else would Yankee fans defend Derek Jeter so adamantly?”

    The reason why Yankees fans, rightfully so, defend Derek Jeter’s defense is because we Yankees fans should have his back, so to speak, against any detractors. This reason is amplified because the media likes to point out his defensive weakness.

    Would you ever hear the media criticize Larry Bird or Bobby Orr for any reason? No.

    Would UNC fans ever criticize Michael Jordan? No.

    That’s why we shouldn’t rip Jeter’s defense, even though his defense has always been shoddy. We should point to his gold gloves and laugh at other people, the way the media and other fans alike would do for players they champion.

  6. Jerkface April 5th, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    I also wish that teams would put pitchFX in their spring parks. It would be really fun to look at the difference in the pitchfx data for say Pineda in ST vs Pineda now, and CC in ST vs CC now. One guy looks like a completely different pitcher. The other guy doesn’t.

  7. Hankflorida April 5th, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Do not judge the Yankees going against Dickey as my dream team during the era of DiMaggio would face the knuckleballer pitcher, Dutch Leonard, and look like a minor league team. I questioned the Yankees going from long ball to small ball, and at this point, the outcome is still in doubt as we have to give it time before the results are in. Keeping the line moving is a much more difficult task in scoring as we learned from last year then the one swish of the bat that was the mark of the 2012 team.

  8. Solarte April 5th, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    We can’t do long ball and we can’t do small ball either. In order to do small ball, you need to hit with RISP. For years, this team hasn’t been able to. It’s not going to change now. It’s an organizational philosophy with Kevin Long responsible.

  9. pete2 April 5th, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    I had a bit of of a concern about PIneda over his early starts in ST due to his low velocity and command, but both have improved with each successive start. Too bad we lost 2 years of this. For this year I guess he only makes 20-22 starts and then the “depth” takes over”.

    Now CC can show us that he can pitch at 89 and that his first game was just his typical opening day stink, and the rotation will be perfect.

  10. Solarte April 5th, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    It’s absurd to limit his starts. If they want to limit his innings, fine. But if we make it to the playoffs, and provided Pineda is one of our top 3 or 4 healthy starters, he should be used. The way the Nationals handled Strasburg the other year was asinine. They may never have another chance to win anything in the remainder of SS’s career, and they blew the golden opportunity that they did have.

  11. The Fifth Core Foursman April 5th, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    First turn through the rotation and they put up 4 really good starts. Wish they had another win to show for it but you gotta feel good about those 5 guys.

  12. Solarte April 5th, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    By limiting innings, I mean, work it so that he can still pitch in the postseason if we make it there. Skip him a few times through the rotation. Get Phelps down to AAA, have him stretched out, use Phelps in his spot.

  13. Benny Blanco April 5th, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Jerkface, kudos to you about Tanaka. You said he could pitch from day 1 and you never waivered. Pineda is only going to get stronger and I believe he will touch 96 at some point this season

  14. Jerkface April 5th, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    and I believe he will touch 96 at some point this season

    He already did that this game, which is why its both remarkable and inexplicable.

  15. chicken_stanley April 5th, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Hanks comment about small ball made me think about probabilities of scoring with singles, doubles, HRs, etc…. I took out a pad and pencil and started doing some ciphering… I’m no mathematician, but it quickly occurred to me that there are so many possible variables that its an effort in futility :)

  16. 4TrainNorth April 5th, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    1) Every single batter should be swinging for the fence tomorrow. This streak is embarrassing.

    2) Instant replay and all the new rules flat-out suck.

  17. RhapsodyInBlue April 5th, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    I think we should put this game behind us and look forward to Michael Pineda’s next turn in the rotation.

  18. Hankflorida April 5th, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Solarte April 5th, 2014 at 7:10 pm
    We can’t do long ball and we can’t do small ball either. In order to do small ball, you need to hit with RISP. For years, this team hasn’t been able to. It’s not going to change now. It’s an organizational philosophy with Kevin Long responsible.

    I gave the name of the Bronx Banjo’s to the Yanks based on last year when they decided to play Ichiro and Gardner together and then this year by bringing in Ellsbury to play with Gardner. I was always in favor of the home run hitting Bronx Bombers since I was conditioned to that type of baseball since the 1930′s, but let us give this new look a chance; if doesn’t work, we can always go back to the proven offensive formula and with better arms starting and in the bullpen. As I said before, we have to adopt Chad’s attitude of I’m from Missouri, so show me!

  19. PhiltheThrill April 5th, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Gio Gallegos is struggling in his low A debut.

  20. Benny Blanco April 5th, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    JF, he hit 96? Wow!

  21. chicken_stanley April 5th, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Watching the UConn Florida game (sort of) and the announcers just called one of the Gator players “a part of Florida’s Core Four”…

  22. Jeremy April 5th, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    I’m watching the Sox/Brewers game and Clay Buchholz looks like crap. All of his pitches look flat.
    And ESPN continues to say that this guy can win a Cy young, but he can’t even stay healthy for a full year.

  23. PhiltheThrill April 5th, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Mason Williams had a walk off base hit for the Thunder today.

  24. Chambliss April 5th, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Buchholz with sabathiaesque performance

  25. pete2 April 5th, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    ” Chambliss April 5th, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Buchholz with sabathiaesque performance”

    Pretty sure his issues last year were more than bursitis. Probably labrum or rotator cuff issues.

  26. Solarte April 5th, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    What’s Bucky’s velocity at?

  27. pkyankfan69 April 5th, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    How about Uconn!!!

    Thought Florida was going to eventually take over this game… Uconn’s defense has been tremendous

  28. Jeremy April 5th, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    His fastball velocity is around 87-89. Topping off at 90 mph, but everything including his curve looks really flat.

  29. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Brewers playing like a bunch of amateurs.

    :(

  30. pete2 April 5th, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Brewers IF makes the Yankees look like a bunch of GG’ers. Cost Peralta 4 runs

  31. Jeremy April 5th, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Do any of the Brewers infielders know how to field a routine ground ball ?

  32. Solarte April 5th, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    I said earlier this week that UCONN would meet UK in the finals. It was a matter of which I wanted to not happen more. Billy Donovan reaching 3 titles (within 1 of Coach K) or UCONN tying Duke in titles with 4. I didn’t want UCONN getting their 4th, so this was the result. At least I made some money on it.

  33. Solarte April 5th, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Good news on Bucky. Thanks Jeremy.

  34. Solarte April 5th, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Like I said yesterday, the Red Sox are never out of a game, especially at home. They go down 3-0, they storm back with 2. They go down 6-2, they storm back with 3. Their offense can do it all, meanwhile our offense can’t do squat.

  35. pete2 April 5th, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    “Solarte April 5th, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Like I said yesterday, the Red Sox are never out of a game, especially at home. ”

    They have mastered the 3-4 run HR. Big part of their game last year and in this game.

  36. pete2 April 5th, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Also, their lineup is without Ortiz, Victorino and Middlebrooks. They have depth.

  37. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Someone want to tell me why Buttholz wets his hair on a freezing cold night in Beantown ?

    :)

  38. Solarte April 5th, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Before last season, Farrell said they were going to be a contact team. They were going to cut down on strikeouts, put more balls in play. When you have players that do that and also work counts and are willing to draw walks, it makes for a very successful offense.

  39. pete2 April 5th, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    “MTU April 5th, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Someone want to tell me why Buttholz wets his hair on a freezing cold night in Beantown ?”

    Good catch. That gunk is not helping him tonight though.

  40. Solarte April 5th, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Not to defend Buchholz because he’s a cheat and a thief, but isn’t it possible that he has hyperhidrosis and sweats profusely?

  41. pete2 April 5th, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    ” Solarte April 5th, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Not to defend Buchholz because he’s a cheat and a thief, but isn’t it possible that he has hyperhidrosis and sweats profusely?
    =============

    I have seen him pre-game pouring some liquid over his head and rubbing it into his hair. Maybe its just water but he touches his hair a lot, and maybe he needs some wetness for the gunk he puts on his arms.

  42. Ed Whitson April 5th, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Why would Jeter ever expect to bat 2nd in this lineup. He should have shifted to 3rd for Arod and he should be batting 8 or 9th now.

  43. blake April 5th, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Bucholtz looked bad in the spring when I saw him…..his stuff was severely diminished from what it normally is

  44. pete2 April 5th, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Umps giving the Red Sox another break, ball 4 is strike 3 so instead of bases loaded nobody out its still 1st and 3rd and 1 out

  45. Hankflorida April 5th, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    pete2 April 5th, 2014 at 8:40 pm
    “Solarte April 5th, 2014 at 8:31 pm
    Like I said yesterday, the Red Sox are never out of a game, especially at home. ”
    They have mastered the 3-4 run HR. Big part of their game last year and in this game.

    The Yankees gave up going for the 3 run homer because it only got them to the dance floor and not the ring, and it is cheaper from going from seven down to four power players especially when the two of the acquired players were in their late thirties. If this experiment works with pitching, speed and defense, Ellsbury will be the most expensive player even though he is a table setter while he will be surrounded by other Punch and Judy hitters who may be paid less then Gardener.
    When injuries happen, there are replacement pieces without missing a beat. Just like the goalie in hockey is the catalyst for championships, the pitcher in Yankee land will take center stage, and an outfield that may have Ichiro, Gardener and Ellsbury will have to manufacture just enough runs to put wins on the board.

  46. Solarte April 5th, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    That’s the way it always works for the red sox.

  47. sim April 5th, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Mariner fan from Seattle here. If the jury was still out, the verdict was reached today. You guys officially win the trade. Montero has totally sucked and got busted for PEDs. He followed that up by coming to camp 25 lbs overweight. We DFA’d Noesi tomorrow (you can have him back if you want). It doesn’t matter whether Campos ever sees AA ball.

    We are pleased so far with Abe Almonte though. He’s leading off and absolutely crushed a HR today. Anyway, I hope Pineda has a great year. He’s worked hard to get back.

  48. sim April 5th, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    *DFA’d Noesi yesterday, not tomorrow (thank God)

  49. pete2 April 5th, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    I have to disagree Hank., the reason the Yankees did not get a ring in 2010-2012 was pitching. They did not have an ace. CC stunk. Period. The Tigers beat them twice because they had better SP’ing. Injuries to Tex in 2010 and Jeter in 2012 also hurt.

    The Yankees fiscal strategy, and arbitrary budget, not to mention the failure of the farm system to develop any hitters has forced this “experiment” on them.

    I think this team has enough HR power, but we have not seen it yet, and based on how Tex has hit and his latest injury, I am no longer all that optimistic he will contribute as much as I hoped.

  50. mick April 5th, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Mariner fan from Seattle here. If the jury was still out, the verdict was reached today. You guys officially win the trade.
    ==============
    War Is Over.

  51. pete2 April 5th, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    I expect the Red Sox give these umps massages in the umps room and lay out a tremendous after -game spread for them to get their favors. Unbelievable. Fortunately no harm done as Kintzler struck him out anyways

  52. pete2 April 5th, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Montero had a good ST and is raking in AAA. Maybe he hits better fat, like CC pitches better. Don’t count the kid out yet

  53. pete2 April 5th, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Brewers hitters are helpless against Uehara. I don’t get it, just sit on the FB and hit it. He throws it 50% of the time and its only 88 mph

  54. Solarte April 5th, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    The Red Sox first walk off win of the season in their 2nd home game.

  55. jmills April 5th, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    ” Damaged ” – Juliette Binoche

  56. jmills April 5th, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pYxsXY-YrXc#

    Betty Blue!

  57. sim April 5th, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Montero raking in AAA? Do you mean the 3 for 7 with a 2b this year, or last year when he hit .250 with 3 HRs in AAA? Seriously, if this guy was still a Yankee you guys would be ALL OVER him.

  58. sim April 5th, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Oh yeah, don’t get me started on defense.

  59. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 5th, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    How do I know I’m loved?

    I just walk in and get to see the Sux go down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the 9th and get to see the king hit for Bradley Jr., the crowd go wild, and the king ground out.

    :)

  60. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 5th, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Unfortunately, I also got to see Uehara do his thing. Uehara is the one acquisition for the Sux that bothered me.

  61. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 5th, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Now I’ll check the box score to see how laptops did…

  62. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 5th, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    6 ER in 4.1 innings! GREAT JOB CHUCKY!!!!!

    :)

  63. NYY fan in NH April 5th, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    I see Laptop gave up 6 runs and 13 hits in 4.1 innings tonight.. What a joke he is!

  64. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 5th, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    “The Red Sox first walk off win of the season in their 2nd home game.”

    Are you being serious or is this a reverse jinx?

  65. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 5th, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    ‘I see Laptop gave up 6 runs and 13 hits in 4.1 innings tonight.. What a joke he is!”

    And good for us! I guess he can’t goo up his arm anymore and get away with it since he probably knows he’s being watched. What a difference some goo makes.

    :)

  66. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 5th, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    He did not break his wrists. Nice job ump.

  67. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 5th, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    sim – I’ll say this. We definitely are flying high now that Pineda is back. I did not know how Montero was going to fare and was sorry to lose him, but I was definitely excited to get Pineda. So the way things have shaken out, I would have to say right now the Yankees have gotten the best of the deal, no question.

    On the other hand, you got a jewel in Robby Cano. I don’t know that the jewel won’t tarnish within 10 years, but for the immediate future, I think you’re going to be quite pleased.

  68. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 5th, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    No matter how it ends up, you gotta say this was a fun inning!

    :D

  69. pete2 April 5th, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    How many fans still at Fenway. 1000?

    7-6 Brewers, nice

  70. bbb51 April 5th, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    blake April 5th, 2014 at 5:27 pm
    according to brooks baseball. Pineda averaged 94.4 mph today on his fastball and topped out at 96.1. That’s basically back to where he was with Seattle…..the average anyway……crazy

    Looks like he was holding back a little in spring training, or he needed a real game to really get his adrenaline up. Or he just needed time.

  71. chicken_stanley April 5th, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    squat – whatever it was, it took me completely by surprise. If he can maintain, he could do some damage this year

  72. pete2 April 5th, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Sizemore does not cover much ground in CF anymore. If the Red Sox combined his bat with Bradley Jr’s gove they would have Jacoby Ellsbury. I wonder if they can disguise Bradley and send him out to play CF in Sizemores place

  73. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 5th, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    “Looks like he was holding back a little in spring training, or he needed a real game to really get his adrenaline up. Or he just needed time.”

    bbb51, not to sound like a broken record, but that’s why posters should refrain from making knee-jerk negative pronouncements. Those who said he would never pitch back up to 94-95 were wrong.

  74. Solarte April 5th, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Now, I’m pretty sure UCONN will win on Monday. If it was my choice, it would have been Wisconsin to win it all. of the 4 remaining.

    But I can live with UK winning and extending it’s lead in championships over Duke, because the Yankees oft win in years that UK wins the title.

    So that ultimately means that UCONN will be crowned champs.

  75. bbb51 April 5th, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Pineda was hitting 94-95 last year in the minors so I’m not entirely shocked he is back there.

    94.4 average is pretty nice though, definitely an excellent recovery. I think it helped that he was so young when he had the surgery.

  76. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 5th, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Awww gee, guess we’ll have to wait – ONCE AGAIN – for the Sux walk off.

    :D

    Night all!

  77. Hankflorida April 5th, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    I think this team has enough HR power, but we have not seen it yet, and based on how Tex has hit and his latest injury, I am no longer all that optimistic he will contribute as much as I hoped.

    Pete, I agree with you that pitching was the culprit in 2010 to 12, but I do not think this team has the fire power even with Text. You have McCaan and Beltran learning a new league, Text is a question mark with his wrist and Soriano seems frustrated by the shift. Gardener and Ellsbury may not reach half the homers that Granderson hit in 2012. We must forget about the long bomb and think clutch hitting with RISP, good pitching and good defense. I keep quoting, “you have to dance with who you brung,” and like it not, this is the new look Yankees. A not perfect throw and some small ball baseball when the Yankees had two men on base with no outs and a lead off double could have altered this game, and Kelly and Robertson could have closed out a 4 to 1 win. My mantra is now pitching, pitching, pitching!

  78. chicken_stanley April 5th, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    now I have no one to root for in the NCAA finals…. I’ve never been a big fan of UConn and also not a fan of coach Cal and his program of one year rental players. Oh well. Now I can focus exclusively on the Yankees :)

  79. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 5th, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    I picked UConn just because they’re a local team. I will continue to pick them and hope they win.

    I don’t believe in the kinds of connections that some others do.

  80. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 5th, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    Hank, JMO but there will be games when the other team’s pitching shuts us down, just as there will be games in which our pitching shuts the other side down. It doesn’t necessarily mean that either team has a bad or weak offense, it could merely mean that one side or the other’s pitching was superior. Like today. With the Jays and their pitching.

    Good night now for real.

    :)

  81. chicken_stanley April 5th, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    night Trisha

  82. pete2 April 5th, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Hank, consider that since 1996 no AL team has won the pennant with less than 162 HR except 1 team (Angels) that hit 152 HR in a tough park for HR.

    That’s all I ask for. They don’t need to hit 244 like in 2012, but last years 144 (which included 14 by Soriano in the last 2 months) is not acceptable and won’t allow them to get to the dance. While the SP has looked good (CC excluded) , the bullpen looks a bit iffy, and they pitch about 1/2 a teams innings

  83. Solarte April 5th, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    19 hits for the Brewers and only 7 runs. Thats what usually happens against the Red Sox. Teams don’t maximize their opps, meanwhile the Red Sox do maximize their opportunities because they take walks. 6 runs on 7 hits.

  84. chicken_stanley April 5th, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    Pete2 – what are realistic HR projections for this team? I’m probably overly optimistic on several players but 175 could be in reach. You think?

    Ells – 15
    Jeter – 10
    Beltran – 25
    McCann – 25
    Soriano – 25
    Tex – ? – 20?
    Johnson – 15
    Roberts – 10
    Gardner – 10
    Solarte – 10
    Ryan – 5
    Anna – 5

  85. bbb51 April 5th, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    Ells – 15 possible, could be more
    Jeter – 10 doubt it
    Beltran – 25 about right
    McCann – 25 about right
    Soriano – 25 he can hit 30+
    Tex – ? – 20? who knows?
    Johnson – 15 20+ if near full time
    Roberts – 10 probably
    Gardner – 10 probably
    Solarte – 10 unknown
    Ryan – 5 lol
    Anna – 5 ?

  86. chicken_stanley April 5th, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    Even if I am overly optimistic on some players, I forgot to include Ichiro and Cervy. So 175 may realistically be in reach

  87. chicken_stanley April 5th, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    bbb51 – 5 for Ryan may be a stretch :) I’m in a giving mood tonight

  88. Solarte April 6th, 2014 at 12:15 am

    Cut Beltran to 15, McCann to 20, Johnson to 12, Roberts to 6, Ryan to 0, Anna to 0, Jeter to 6.

    Move Ellsbury to 20.

  89. backbench April 6th, 2014 at 12:42 am

    Hope the Yanks get an early lead so that not only can CC relax a bit, but Girardi can have him ‘tag’ one of the BJs in retaliation for Cervelli and Solarte today. This s___ has got to stop.

  90. NYY_Girl_Penny April 6th, 2014 at 12:59 am

    Soriano really should be our Reuben Sierra, he’s working himself into that role. Beltran has .186 is bad but he’s been hitting the ball hard and good, they’ll start dropping. Jeter, well he’s got no reason batting 2nd.. none whatsover right now. Girardi has no clue how to make a batting order, we are getting hits yet his batting order is not your best hitters hitting top it’s once upon a time he was a good hitter and this religious LRLRLRL BS.

    Gardner
    Ellsbury
    Solarte
    Beltran
    Cervelli – DH
    McCaan – C
    Jeter
    Roberts
    Johnson

    or

    Ellsbury
    Gardner
    Beltran
    Solarte
    Ichiro DH
    Cervelli/McCaan – C
    Jeter
    Johnson
    Roberts

    Another big problem is the majority of our bats swing at everything and get themselves out we have the lowest walks in the league. If K. Long is such a good hitting coach, why was he never a good MLB hitter? You can get sent to prison for 8 years and read/studio heart surgery non stop and know everything about it.. but until you cut someone open a few times, you don’t have the knowledge/experience to be a heart surgeon.

    Girardi really has to quit catering to Jeter and make a good batting order by who deserves it! He has been doing this left right BS for how many years? How well has it worked? Stop catering to “once upon a time I belonged in the X spot” and create the dang batting order with who’s actually have quality AB’s and getting on base and maybe we’ll actually score some frikkin runs ! Time to completely change the order and try something different for F’N sake!!!!!

  91. pete2 April 6th, 2014 at 1:20 am

    “chicken_stanley April 5th, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    Pete2 – what are realistic HR projections for this team? I’m probably overly optimistic on several players but 175 could be in reach. You think?”

    At one time I thought 170-180 was possible. Not sure what I think now, these past 5 games have clouded my thinking. But I do think they have some HR power, they just don’t have the 40 HR guy, not that many teams do anymore.

    I think the scoring problems are partly due to the lack of HR’s. Maybe a return to YS3 will help.

  92. NYY_Girl_Penny April 6th, 2014 at 1:31 am

    i have ham.

  93. Hankflorida April 6th, 2014 at 1:39 am

    pete2 April 5th, 2014 at 11:41 pm
    Hank, consider that since 1996 no AL team has won the pennant with less than 162 HR except 1 team (Angels) that hit 152 HR in a tough park for HR.

    That’s all I ask for. They don’t need to hit 244 like in 2012, but last years 144 (which included 14 by Soriano in the last 2 months) is not acceptable and won’t allow them to get to the dance. While the SP has looked good (CC excluded) , the bullpen looks a bit iffy, and they pitch about 1/2 a teams innings.

    You get rid of Swisher, Ibanez, and you know A-Rod is out, and you start last season with Ichiro and Gardener. What does that tell you about the new direction of the team. You lose Cano and sign Ellsbury to play with Gardener instead of him playing with two power outfielders. Why would you not accept that this team is not predicated on the long ball anymore. The new age has changed the way baseball is played with the shift, type of pitch and location computed to the nth degree. The new motto is if you have the arms, they will come because you are winning. My game is power, but I may represent the past as my grandfather did when the Babe came and buryed the
    dead ball era that he knew. Maybe Cashman is going “Back to the Future” and he is looking for the Ty Cobbs and Willie Keelers in order to trump computer baseball. I was against this transformation from the beginning, but now, I am wiilling to reserve judgement and not count homers but wins.

  94. bbb51 April 6th, 2014 at 1:44 am

    If we had Cano… we’d still have 0 home runs.

  95. Jerkface April 6th, 2014 at 1:50 am

    If we had Cano… we’d still have 0 home runs.

    If we transplanted his performance that occurred in LAA & OAK. Though maybe he’d have hit 1 if he was hitting in HOU & TOR. Would be nice to have a ~.900 OPS type guy in the middle rather than relying on a more distributed approach. Hell distribute guys around him too!

  96. pete2 April 6th, 2014 at 2:10 am

    Hank, we may be saying the same thing, or not, I don’t know. I think the team offensively is a bit more balanced with more speed guys, which will offset fewer HR. They will still hit enough HR though, even if its not the main focus.

    I am not sure there was some plan to get guys who hit fewer HR’s since there are few HR guys available on the free agent market at positions they had holes for, and they have little to trade with (unlike Giambi-FA, Arod-trade, Granderson-trade, Tex- FA). Sometimes you have to build a team with the materials that are available, which may not be what you want, but you have no choice.

    Jerkface-if the Yankees had Melky, Swisher and Granderson they would have 4, not that I want them.

  97. pete2 April 6th, 2014 at 2:12 am

    Meant bbb51 and not Jerkface, sorry

  98. Doreen April 6th, 2014 at 7:00 am

    You can’t transpose things that happen for a player while on a different team to what they would have done as Yankees during the same time period. Different pitchers are faced in different ballparks with different lineups under different circumstances. You cannot say if the Yankees had those three players they’d have 4 HRs.

  99. blake April 6th, 2014 at 7:11 am

    The braves just own the expos

  100. MTU April 6th, 2014 at 7:12 am

    Morning Breakfast Club.

  101. blake April 6th, 2014 at 7:12 am

    Josh Hamilton is hitting .500 this year and mashed late last season as well……seems rumors of his demise may have been exaggerated

  102. blake April 6th, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Morning MTU.

    Looking for a good start from CC today and a win to get to .500

  103. blake April 6th, 2014 at 7:17 am

    If that’s the buttholtz the sox are getting this year then he Yanks rotation could be significantly better than theirs……anybody can have a rough outing but it’s his he looks doing it……I said when I saw him in the spring that his stuff looked seriously diminished and it’s really not progressed so far.

  104. MTU April 6th, 2014 at 7:21 am

    Blake-

    Let’s hope what we saw after the first few innings carries over today.

    ;)

  105. MTU April 6th, 2014 at 7:24 am

    Blake-

    The Yankees rotation will be better even if the Mortician is good.

    No way Lackey is going to repeat last yr., and Dubrunt and Peavey suck.

    We are way better 1-5. Not even close.

  106. MTU April 6th, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Only Team that roll w us pitching wise are the Rays.

    And if CC is decent we have them on the back end.

  107. MTU April 6th, 2014 at 7:26 am

    What you saw from Kuroda, Tanaka, Nova, and Pineda is just the beginning.

    They will all be even better.

    CC is the only question marl at this point.

  108. MTU April 6th, 2014 at 7:27 am

    sp: mark

  109. blake April 6th, 2014 at 7:28 am

    One thing I noticed yesterday was that Pineda’s fastball didn’t really have that cut action he has a lot in ST……it was true and even had a little 2 seam action at time. To me that cut action really zapped his velocity and suggests he wasn’t really behind the ball……

    He had a K looking yesterday that almost looked like a little come back 2 seamer…. I forget who was hitting but they were left handed (maybe Rasmus) but the velocity was 90 and he started it inside and it ran back over the inside corner for strike 3

  110. blake April 6th, 2014 at 7:30 am

    MTU,
    Agreed…..I think the East is gonna be serious slugfest this year. There are 4 above average teams in the division……the Rays could be tough

  111. MTU April 6th, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Blake-

    I wouldn’t worry about Pineda the way he looks.

    Free and easy out there.

    It looks to me like they might have cleaned him up a bit.

    His delivery isn’t nearly as violent.

    He’ll just get stronger and even better.

    Staying healthy is his only issue.

    I loved the command.

    When he is like that his stuff is pretty unhittable.

    What a staff we have.

  112. MTU April 6th, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Blake-

    I believe the Rays represent our biggest challenge.

    But no one will be easy.

    We have the Pitching.

    Just need enough O.

  113. MTU April 6th, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Interesting question.

    Who of Nova, Tanaka, or Pineda will be the most dominant this season ?

    They are all excellent.

  114. blake April 6th, 2014 at 7:35 am

    I believe the Rays represent our biggest challenge.”

    Agreed…..it’s really important that the Yanks offense be better than theirs…..because even if the Yanks rotation is great it’s gonna be hard to beat theirs…..they are super deep as well and probably better at the top.

  115. blake April 6th, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Price , Cobb, Moore, and Archer is quite the gauntlet to go through

  116. MTU April 6th, 2014 at 7:40 am

    So Is Kuroda, Nova, Tanaka, and Pineda.

    And hopefully CC.

    And we are deep too.

    Doesn’t matter what knife you use to cut the cake as long as it’s a sharp one.

    I think our O can be better than theirs.

    We’ll see.

    ;)

  117. blake April 6th, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Who of Nova, Tanaka, or Pineda will be the most dominant this season ?”

    I think Tanaka will be consistently the best……Pineda might have some days though were he can’t be hit if he continues to look like yesterday though.

    I do think Pineda will have some games where he doesn’t have it though so we need to be prepared for that…..the results are almost a bonus with him for me……I just want him to stay healthy all year first and foremost.

  118. MTU April 6th, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Against a Team like the Rays we need to use our speed game.

    Use Ellsbury and GGBG to max. advantage.

    Those two are enough to drive any Team crazy.

  119. blake April 6th, 2014 at 7:42 am

    MTU
    Yea I just mean the Yankees really need to seepage themselves offensively from Tampa to win the division …..it’s gonna be hard to outpitch them

  120. MTU April 6th, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Blake-

    I love all three.

    Not sure it will be Tanaka.

    Nova actually has the best overall stuff IMO.

    It should be fun.

  121. MTU April 6th, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Blake-

    Gotcha.

    By the way, how are the little Blake’s doing ?

  122. blake April 6th, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Nova actually has the best overall stuff IMO.”

    I think he can at times…..he just doesn’t do it all the time. That said I’m close to be really comfortable when Nova takes the mound…..I think he’s starting to figure out the hardest thing for a pitcher to figure out……which is how you win when you pitch bad…..

  123. MTU April 6th, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Blake-

    He basically got a W using just one effective pitch the other day.

    So I agree.

    That was very impressive.

    Not many guys could have done that.

    He may have finally crossed the Rubicon.

    Let’s hope so.

    I wouldn’t want to face those 3 in a row.

  124. blake April 6th, 2014 at 7:50 am

    MTU,
    Doin great…..first tball game was yesterday. Hit it good…..played in the dirt a lot….good day

  125. MTU April 6th, 2014 at 7:53 am

    Nova- Terrific curve
    Tanaka- Mr. Splitty
    Pineda- Wipeout slider

    All 3 with different dominant out pitches.

    Got to love that.

  126. austinmac April 6th, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Blake,

    I think the running 90 mph pitch was his CU.

  127. MTU April 6th, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Mac-

    I think you are right.

    Not much separation.

  128. MTU April 6th, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Hitters facing our guys must feel like the went to the land of Giants.

    :)

  129. MTU April 6th, 2014 at 7:59 am

    sp: they went

  130. blake April 6th, 2014 at 8:04 am

    austinmac says:
    April 6, 2014 at 7:54 am
    Blake,

    I think the running 90 mph pitch was his CU.

    I thought that too! Crazy…..needs a little more desperation on that thing…..that was basically a 2 seamer

  131. blake April 6th, 2014 at 8:06 am

    “He basically got a W using just one effective pitch the other day”

    Yup…..he literally pitched terrible and won the game…..that’s what the good ones do. They can slice their drive into the woods and still make par

  132. MTU April 6th, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Blake-

    I’ve seen Pineda’s grip on the change and he uses the circle change.

    Unless he’s using a new pitch.

  133. Yankee Trader April 6th, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Good morning.
    Can I make it a threesome?

  134. Yankee Trader April 6th, 2014 at 8:36 am

    The Yankees, I agree, do need to use their speed more often, until their woeful offense, to date, gets on track.

    First and third, one out. has anyone seen the guy on first try and steal second vs a righty?

  135. jmills April 6th, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Will be interesting to see what CC wil be today. Pineda must shine some reserve for you guys.

  136. jmills April 6th, 2014 at 8:39 am

    With a Yankee runner on first in the ninth, I was surprised they didn’t take the default stolen base to immediately stay out of the DP.

  137. blake April 6th, 2014 at 8:45 am

    separation…..not desperation :)

    MTU,

    I don’t know but it may be that Pineda’s hands are so big he can’t choke a CU down enough to throw it right……

  138. jmills April 6th, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Sometimes the best trades are the ones you don’t make. Santos was all but dealt but physicals blocked it on the other end. Casey Jansen was able to pitch through pain last year, but his year may be different and Santos might have to prove able, he was a bit of nervous fun yesterday.I like Cecil and I think he can be a bit more than a Dan Plesac specialist. Loup has been great. But as it goes, I think so much goes with Morrow. If he’s not able then it could be a long frustrating year. Melky has been strong right through the spring.

  139. blake April 6th, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Hey Trader, of course as long as you mean talking about baseball :)

  140. Yankee Trader April 6th, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Q & A with Brett Gardner

    http://nypost.com/2014/04/06/s.....t-gardner/

    Q: Jacoby Ellsbury.
    A: Man, it’s good to have him on our side! He’s been beating up on us for a while, and I really look forward to playing beside him and learning some things from him, and really continue to push each other to get better and to help the team win and get back to the playoffs.

  141. blake April 6th, 2014 at 8:49 am

    jmills says:
    April 6, 2014 at 8:37 am
    Will be interesting to see what CC wil be today. Pineda must shine some reserve for you guys.

    CC against Bautista and Encarnarcion scares me right now……it CC has to stay out of the middle of the plate against those two or I guarantee at least one of them is going yard…..maybe both

  142. jmills April 6th, 2014 at 8:50 am

    blake, I’m sure trader only meant it in a mental fashion, but I see your mind is going down alleys :)

  143. yankee21 April 6th, 2014 at 8:50 am

    I don’t agree that Ellsbury and Gardner drive teams crazy with their speed, I don’t think you can lump these two together.

    Ellsbury does indeed drive teams crazy with his speed and willingness to steal in any count.
    He has the dare attitude that all great SB threats have. He is willing to fail and most of the times he does not.

    OTOH, for Gardner every duck has to be perfectly lined up in a row for him to even attempt to steal- he is just so timid and I don’t know if that will ever change. In all my years watching this team, I’ve never seen a guy with his speed get so little out of it.

  144. blake April 6th, 2014 at 8:53 am

    I’ve talked a lot about Ellsburys contract and I still don’t like it…..but in no way does that stop me from hoping he keeps doing this.

    I’ve always added that when he’s 100% he’s really good…..and he is…..he’s been all over the field the last few games…..hits , steals, good defense. He really is a game changer when he’s right.

    I don’t know how much of the 7 years he’s will “be right”…….but I hope it’s a lot more than I think…..and if so he’s going to help the Yankees a lot.

    Now they have to get Beltran hitting…..Jeter hasn’t really hitting yet but he’s got a .438 OBP so far…..somebody has to start knocking he and Ellsbury in

  145. yankee21 April 6th, 2014 at 8:54 am

    CC does not have an out pitch right now, if his command and control isn’t locked in he will really struggle and good hitting teams will pummel him.

    If I’m facing him I’d don’t have to guess I can just hit like Jeter normally does because CC doesn’t really have one pitch that I’m worried about and I can react to his 89 mph FB.

  146. jmills April 6th, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Yeesterday’s game was a tense little affair for the fan, getting us used to the water. At the best of times I don’t do much sitting, but I was extra pacing yesterday. Sometimes I wonder what I’m even doing wrapped up in baseball worlds. I’ve been ruined, made jaded by my hockey team.

  147. Yankee Trader April 6th, 2014 at 8:55 am

    blake April 6th, 2014 at 8:47 am
    Hey Trader, of course as long as you mean talking about baseball
    ———

    Now what else could I possibly be talking about?

    Exciting finish to the Kentucky Wisconsin game last night.

    Now back to baseball. Have a bad feeling about Tex this year. Either he wasn’t in shape, or he has been working heavily on the weights and not enough on stretching. They need a potential 30 homer, 100 RBI guy batting fifth. So far Soriano looks like he whiffing at air on every off speed pitch thrown.

  148. yankee21 April 6th, 2014 at 8:56 am

    One guy I’ll take from TOR if they’d be willing to deal would be Brett Lawrie, I really like his game and his level of intensity.

    He is a rising star and needs to play on a winner.

  149. blake April 6th, 2014 at 8:57 am

    I think Ellsbury is just a lot better and quicker at reading pitchers to get jumps……it’s instinctive and I’m not sure you can teach Gardner that…….Ellsbury gets a read in like one pitch and he’s gone and if he gets a good jump you’re not throwing him out……

  150. jmills April 6th, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Get ready for Buehrle’s 82 mph FB.

  151. yankee21 April 6th, 2014 at 8:57 am

    jmills; aside from Joey Bats, who is the favorite player on the Blue Jays among TOR fans?

  152. blake April 6th, 2014 at 8:58 am

    “One guy I’ll take from TOR if they’d be willing to deal would be Brett Lawrie, I really like his game and his level of intensity.”

    Agreed but they won’t trade with us

  153. yankee21 April 6th, 2014 at 8:59 am

    I think Ellsbury is just a lot better and quicker at reading pitchers to get jumps……it’s instinctive and I’m not sure you can teach Gardner that…….Ellsbury gets a read in like one pitch and he’s gone and if he gets a good jump you’re not throwing him out……..

    I agree Blake but I also think it is more than that, you can’t really teach aggressiveness either, and Gardner doesn’t have it, he is a perfectionist- not want I want in a base stealer with his speed.

  154. MTU April 6th, 2014 at 8:59 am

    I’d like to see a quality start out of CC today.

  155. jmills April 6th, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Lawrie seems to have matured some. I couldn’t stand his antics, but he seems to get the team thing now and is taking pride I think in his glove as a separate game from his bat.

  156. blake April 6th, 2014 at 9:00 am

    “Now back to baseball. Have a bad feeling about Tex this year. Either he wasn’t in shape, or he has been working heavily on the weights and not enough on stretching. They need a potential 30 homer, 100 RBI guy batting fifth. So far Soriano looks like he whiffing at air on every off speed pitch thrown.”

    Kendry Morales please….ideally Sorano needs to mostly play vs LHP. He will hit his 25-30 homers if he plays every day but what we saw in the 2nd half last year from him just isn’t the real Soriano……what he was with the Cubs is more like it and that’s a low average, low OBP guy with power

  157. jmills April 6th, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Trying to think of the last Jays Yanks trade of meaning.

  158. bbb51 April 6th, 2014 at 9:01 am

    I like

    Gardner
    Jeter
    Ellsbury
    Beltran
    McCann

    as the top 5. (given that Jeter has to stay up there)

  159. blake April 6th, 2014 at 9:01 am

    “I agree Blake but I also think it is more than that, you can’t really teach aggressiveness either, and Gardner doesn’t have it, he is a perfectionist- not want I want in a base stealer with his speed.”

    Agreed….he could still steal 30-40 though and they could swipe 100 between them this season which would be awesome

  160. Yankee Trader April 6th, 2014 at 9:03 am

    CC vs Toronto Hitters:

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/.....c-sabathia

  161. blake April 6th, 2014 at 9:05 am

    BBb,
    Agree and I’ve been saying that for awhile…..really think they should get Gardner leading off with Ellsbury 3rd vs RHP. That puts maybe your 3 best on base guys in the top 3 and it gets both Gardner and Ellsbury to the top of the lineup…….heck Ellsbury is their best hitter right now too so he should hit 3rd

  162. blake April 6th, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Really don’t like the CC vs Toronto matchup but hope I’m wrong……he makes mistakes to the middle of this lineup and they will do damage

  163. jmills April 6th, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Weird weather. Heavy, relentless Friday rain, followed by winter yesterday, and now warming up today. No motivation for yard work, I think I’ll pretend winter is in full swing. Having a retractable roof and dome is great I think. Hurry up with the grass!

  164. Yankee Trader April 6th, 2014 at 9:06 am

    How bad is Morales really, playing first?

    His 3 year splits:

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/.....ys-morales

  165. yankee21 April 6th, 2014 at 9:08 am

    By the way the best hitter on TOR isn’t Joey Bats, it is Encarnacion.
    Does he have a weakness?

    If I’m the pitcher he gets nothing to hit except crap in the dirt. As much as Adam Lind is a professional hitter I’ll take my chances with him vs. Encarnacion.

  166. jmills April 6th, 2014 at 9:09 am

    I think Dale Murray was dealt for Dave Collins. Was that the last significant Jays-Yanks trade? Clemens for Wells was a forced ordeal, Roger wanted the heck out and he had that option.

  167. Yankee Trader April 6th, 2014 at 9:09 am

    jmills:
    Raul Mondesi for Scott Wiggins in 2002

  168. MTU April 6th, 2014 at 9:10 am

    “Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira has been placed on the 15-day DL with a hamstring injury, the club announced today. Needless to say, that is not the start to the year that he or the team had hoped for as the 33-year-old works back from wrist surgery. The injury has revealed some roster issues in New York.”

    “Has revealed”.

    Really ?

    I thought that was obvious from the get go.

    Only a blind person would not have seen the potential problem.

    ;)

  169. yankee21 April 6th, 2014 at 9:11 am

    I don’t want Ellsbury batting third because he will start thinking he has to generate power from that slot and it could mess with his swing. Especially if Kevin Long puts a bug in his ear that he can hit 25 in YS.

    I want Ellsbury leading off and reaking havoc. And if/when Beltran starts to hit like he is capable of, problem solved.

  170. jmills April 6th, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Encarnacion is stubbig right, you’ve caught him at a good time until now. Lind can be dangerous, but man did his career ever tank, and as a result, I’ll always be reserved about the guy.

  171. Yankee Trader April 6th, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Edwin Encarnacion for then 34 yo Scott Rolen, Josh Roenicke and a minor leaguer, Zach Stewart.- 2009

    wish the Yankees could have gotten Encarnacion

  172. jmills April 6th, 2014 at 9:14 am

    YT, thanks, I can’t even remember that trade. Some kind of a black hole in the mind going on here.

  173. blake April 6th, 2014 at 9:15 am

    “I don’t want Ellsbury batting third because he will start thinking he has to generate power from that slot and it could mess with his swing. Especially if Kevin Long puts a bug in his ear that he can hit 25 in YS.”

    I don’t think so…..he’s really smart with great baseball Iq…..I think he’d just contiue to play his game 2 spots later in the lineup. JMO

  174. bbb51 April 6th, 2014 at 9:15 am

    I don’t see Ellsbury succumbing to any pressure to be a homerun hitter.

    The problem with hitting him leadoff is it ends up forcing Gardner to the bottom third of the order.

  175. jmills April 6th, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Don’t forget, Encarnacion was released here and picked up by the A’s only to be released again, finding his way back to Tor.

  176. blake April 6th, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Gardner LF
    Jeter SS
    Ellsbury CF
    Beltran RF
    McCann C
    Morales 1B
    Soriano DH
    Solarte/Johnson 3B
    Roberts 2B

    This is what they should do

  177. austinmac April 6th, 2014 at 9:17 am

    The sad thing is most of us have considered Yankee issues more deeply than some of the writers, Chad certainly excluded. It was obvious the team was screwed with no back up 1B if Tex got hurt. It was also obvious he was a candidate to get hurt.

    Either add Morales or Drew or suffer through the shortage all summer.

    With respect to Pineda’s CU, it does need more separation, but it had good movement.

  178. jmills April 6th, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Ells has been sending shivers through me. Back in the day, Rickie Henderson was downright terrifying.

  179. blake April 6th, 2014 at 9:19 am

    With respect to Pineda’s CU, it does need more separation, but it had good movement.”

    True…..I mean if he keeps his fastball at 95 and throws the CU at 89/90 with good movement then it’ll be ok…..but it’d be better if he could choke a couple more mph off it

  180. mick April 6th, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Ells up 3rd would cut his steals in half.
    Ells-Gardy is a no brainer.
    Takes the pressure off Gardy to steal bags which he would do vicariously thru Ells.
    The guy goes 3-2 every AB so Ells could steal 100.

  181. pat April 6th, 2014 at 9:21 am

    DanBarbarisi
    Great stat from NYY Game Notes: With multi-hit games in his first 3 starts, the Yangy Clipper becomes first Yank to do that since… Joe D!

    #newyankeemtrushmore

  182. jmills April 6th, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Regarding yesterday’s game, I know it was frustrating you you from the offense experience, but I do agree with trisha that there was the play of strong pitching doing the batters in. Dickey was on, not his best, but smart enough to get the game deep avoiding the likes of Esmil Rogers and Jeffrees.

  183. jmills April 6th, 2014 at 9:23 am

    * for you * geez, I’m off today

  184. Yankee Trader April 6th, 2014 at 9:23 am

    When I last looked up the spray charts for Ellsbury, he was Jeter, only from the left side, hitting to the opposite field. I agree with Yankee 21. Id rather see him lead off. If Jeter is continuing to bat second, I think Ellsbury rather than Gardner gives the Yankees a better chance of stealing second to stay out of a potential inning ending or rally killing DP.

  185. blake April 6th, 2014 at 9:24 am

    “Ells up 3rd would cut his steals in half.
    Ells-Gardy is a no brainer.
    Takes the pressure off Gardy to steal bags which he would do vicariously thru Ells.
    The guy goes 3-2 every AB so Ells could steal 100.”

    Why would hitting 3rd cut his steals?

  186. mick April 6th, 2014 at 9:24 am

    You saw Ells standing on 1st all day with the bat in Jeters hands.
    Same would happen if he were in the middle of the order.
    I don’t see a problem with Jeter up 3rd, best hitter theory be damned.

  187. bbb51 April 6th, 2014 at 9:25 am

    jmills, it’s not so much just yesterday. The knuckleball can be very hard to hit. But the Yankees haven’t had much offense for 5 games so it starts to look bad.

  188. mick April 6th, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Ells was frozen at 1st all day.
    Against a knuckler no less.
    Why was that?

  189. jmills April 6th, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Its stating the obvious, I need Reyes back bad. Goins or Diaz, but living with both just won’t do long term.

  190. mick April 6th, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Solarte seems to thrive on pressure, I’d bat him 4th.
    Beltran 5th
    McCann 6
    Soriano 7

  191. mick April 6th, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Soriano never gets hurt so Almonte will never get called up.

  192. jmills April 6th, 2014 at 9:31 am

    I need a break out day too, a drag, knock it out affair, a dirty win.

  193. mick April 6th, 2014 at 9:32 am

    The only thing keeping Gardy out of the 2 spot is Jeter.

  194. Yankee Trader April 6th, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Mick

    Good point. The Yankees, who were leading the league, I believe, in stolen bases, didn’t steal even one base against the knuckler yesterday.

  195. jmills April 6th, 2014 at 9:33 am

    I was thinking about going today, but making the grocery store is going to be enough. Lazy slob self.

  196. mick April 6th, 2014 at 9:33 am

    YT

    It seems so obvious to me.
    Yet, on a baseball blog, no pushback?

  197. mick April 6th, 2014 at 9:34 am

    mills you are a bum, go to the game, run on the field…

  198. jmills April 6th, 2014 at 9:35 am

    How do you people feel about Jeter?

  199. jmills April 6th, 2014 at 9:38 am

    mick, wouldn’t that give you a time in your living room. I’d paint my name in blue for your easy I.D. ” jmills actually did it! “

  200. mick April 6th, 2014 at 9:39 am

    theyd never show it..

  201. Yankee Trader April 6th, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Yankees might have their hands full with Drew Hutchinson on the mound today.

    Check this out:

    http://www.draysbay.com/2014/4.....-hutchison

  202. jmills April 6th, 2014 at 9:42 am

    This blackberry is one possessed entity, and at times is weirdly flipping while I try to conduct myself here. I did try the laptop but didn’t like the lack of mobility, I like taking you people to all places in my small mansion.

  203. Yankee Trader April 6th, 2014 at 9:42 am

    *Hutchison*

  204. jmills April 6th, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Crap, I forgot Drew was #2, I’ve been locked in on Buehrle which still scares me to spell.

  205. jmills April 6th, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Hutchison should be interesting for you guys to see. He’s touted for his maturity.

  206. Yankee Trader April 6th, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Blake-

    Is Solarte the real deal, or is it just too early to tell? I haven’t seen enough of him batting from either side to know if he has any weak spots.

  207. blake April 6th, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Yankee Trader says:
    April 6, 2014 at 9:45 am
    Blake-

    Is Solarte the real deal, or is it just too early to tell? I haven’t seen enough of him batting from either side to know if he has any weak spots.

    Too early to tell…..is ride the wave as long as possible though

  208. pat April 6th, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Lack of power = new hot button

    YankeesWFAN
    I realize it’s early. And SWB has barely played due to weather. But Tampa’s Pete O’Brien has the only HR in the entire Yankee org. Crazy.

    AndrewMarchand
    Btw, A-Rod won the pool among my Twitter as 1st Yankee to hit a HR.

  209. jmills April 6th, 2014 at 9:57 am

    At least your pitching seems deep. There is no ace here.

  210. austinmac April 6th, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Solarte likely did not re-learn how to play at 26. We can hope for solid contributions from him.

  211. GregD April 6th, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Solarte has been a real treat to watch!

  212. jmills April 6th, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Hey GregD, hope you enjoyed Tanaka. Warmer day today, they could have the dome open which is always such a different experience especially at night with the CN Tower lit up.

  213. GregD April 6th, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Tanaka was fun to watch too…….I will be watching the game today from NYC, hope we hit some. :)

  214. GregD April 6th, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Good morning Jmillls ????????????????????

  215. GregD April 6th, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Jmillls – that was supposed to be smiley faces

  216. jmills April 6th, 2014 at 10:27 am

    I like the dome. After taking the hour plus to get down there, its great to have baseball assurity. I just wish they’d cut the music out and the videos. Different age, I know. I liked the meditative experience of old Exhibitio Stadium. Like mick, I’m slow to want to get into the drift of present day things.

  217. jmills April 6th, 2014 at 10:29 am

    GregD, no worries, although with my irrelevance here many times, wearing qustion marks multiple times over is arguably appropriate attire :D

  218. jmills April 6th, 2014 at 10:33 am

    I know many don’t care for game threads, but I thought yesterday’s was alright. I’d leave if it got too spooky.

  219. Solarte April 6th, 2014 at 10:46 am

    “You can’t transpose things that happen for a player while on a different team to what they would have done as Yankees during the same time period. Different pitchers are faced in different ballparks with different lineups under different circumstances. You cannot say if the Yankees had those three players they’d have 4 HRs.”

    Wow, you’re a genius. Nobody ever would have guessed that.

  220. jmills April 6th, 2014 at 10:48 am

    I have no idea what my hockey team did last night, they don’t deserve to be anywhere near the playoffs, bad bad bad…

  221. ac1 April 6th, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Ellsbury is hitting 3rd today.
    Someone called it earlier, but I think it’s a one day thing to give Beltran a day off since he has done nothing so far.

  222. pkyankfan69 April 6th, 2014 at 11:15 am

    It’s a smart line up by Giardi… Mixing it up with Gardner on top and Ells in the 3 hole… Get Beltran who hasn’t started hitting yet anyway off the turf.

  223. jmills April 6th, 2014 at 11:18 am

    As bad as the turf is, what a nightmare it must have been 30 years ago. Lloyd Moseby was done in his early thirties and Barfield didn’t have much left when he got to you guys.

  224. UnKnown April 6th, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Ells at 3 is sweet. I am totally big on Ells right now. I understand he isn’t going to be this hot all year but man can he take over a game. Someone else needs to help him out though, he can’t do it alone.

    I predict a inside the park home run today for our first HR of the year.

  225. jmills April 6th, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Apparently the hurdle to grass at the dome is proper ventilation and not lack of sun. They also have to get their cfl team out which will happen when the soccer stadium is expanded. I can’t stand soccer, as bad as watching golf. There’s a movment to help host the Word Cup here which I hope doesn’t happen due to what would be another tax drain.

  226. Yanksfanmc76 April 6th, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Chad taking the day off?

  227. bigdan22 April 6th, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Some thoughts about Solarte. If he’s the real deal, and we’re probably at least 6 weeks away from concluding that, he needs to see some time at SS for obvious reasons. Just to see if he is passable on a major league level. It’s not like the Yanks have set that bar really high for fielding the last several years. If his bat is even half of what he’s shown so far, his value as an offensive SS would be incredibly high and change the entire course of next year’s off season.

    Besides his aggressive swing, which as I’ve pointed out from the very start, is not they type one associates with middle infielders, it seems like he’s comfortable taking walks. He’s also had a number of hits with two strikes. A couple games ago, one double came on a hanging slider and the second on 96 mph fastball.

    If you are looking for long term positives, Solarte and Pineda are easily the biggest so far in this sluggish start to 2014.

  228. bigdan22 April 6th, 2014 at 11:38 am

    There have been some head scratching fixations on the is board for weeks (infield defense, Drew), and I hope we are not adding Morales to that list. Can someone explain to me how he fits into the Yanks roster? I’m assuming Tex will be back within a month, so then where does he play? Don’t the Yanks already have a DH. Or two?

  229. pkyankfan69 April 6th, 2014 at 11:45 am

    I wouldn’t sign Morales at this moment (unless they know Tex’s hamstring is much worse than it appeared) but I would have him on my radar. Maybe reach out to him and let his camp know the Yanks might be interested in him depending on Tex’s status.

    What will probably happen… Tex returns… Morales signs with someone else 2 days later… 4 days later a mouse farts on Tex’s leg and he’s out for the season leaving the Yanks caught with their pants down at 1B.

  230. blake April 6th, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Been calling for this top 3 for awhile….I like it

  231. hardwired7 April 6th, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Time to play SGTLU (second-guess the lineup):

    Soriano still batting 5th?

  232. UnKnown April 6th, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Yup Blake nailed it as he usually does.

  233. mick April 6th, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    you don’t bat a speed burner in the middle of the order.

  234. Mike R April 6th, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    How bad can this offense get? I think maybe historically bad. I may have to look up their lowest HR total for a season since 1920 and then subtract 20.

  235. mick April 6th, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    so let’s play fiddle with the lineup.
    everybody but the Capt is subject to change.
    something wrong with this team concept picture..

  236. mick April 6th, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Been calling for this top 3 for awhile….I like it
    =======================
    it makes no sense.

  237. mick April 6th, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    the only reason he did this was because he sat beltran.
    it was his chance to try jeter in the 3 hole, he blew it.
    we saw what ellsbury and gardner did at the top the other day, it wasn’t good enough?

  238. mick April 6th, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    no opinions here on this matter?
    this place is lame…

  239. Mike R April 6th, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Not sure the lineup matters,really.

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