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Teixeira returns to Anaheim showing positive signs

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

Mark Teixeira

Last time the Yankees were at Angel Stadium, Mark Teixeira made it two games into a three-game series. In the fourth inning of Game 2, the Yankees took the field for defense, and Teixiera was nowhere to be found.

Pulled from first base and sent for an MRI, it was the last game Teixiera would play all year.

“He just came to us after the at-bat and said there’s not a lot of strength there,” manager Joe Girardi said that day. “It’s the first time he’s came to use really and said (anything). I think he just doesn’t feel that he has the whip that he normal has hitting left handed. We’ll see what it is. … I’ve always said that wrist is tricky.”

Mark TeixeiraTonight the Yankees return to Anaheim with Teixeira expected to be back at first base and back in the middle of the order. For the last two weeks or so, he’s certainly been back to driving the ball, including four home runs in his past six games, and five home runs in his past nine. Hit tracker lists one of those home runs — the one at Fenway — as a “just enough” home run. After last year’s surgery to repair a torn tendon sheath in his right wrist, Teixeira seems to have the strength and “whip” that he so clearly lacked last season.

“It’s a very good sign,” Teixeira said. “I really didn’t know what to expect in the beginning of the season. End of spring training, I didn’t necessarily feel great, so to get some results now, it’s a good sign.”

As we’ve said many times, Teixeira doesn’t have to be the MVP-type all-around hitter that he was five years ago to be a productive force in the middle of the lineup. He does, however, have to hit for power. It’s not enough for him to be simply a patient hitter. The Yankees need Teixeira to be a power hitter. Teixeira hurt himself last spring, sat out basically two months, and returned to played just 15 games. At one point he hit three home runs in four days, but that was it. In his final eight games, Teixeira had one extra-base hit and a .097 average.

“I think there was a huge difference even though he thought he would maybe get through it,” Girardi said. “I don’t think it was ever completely healthy, even though it felt good. It probably was never at full strength.”

Even now, Teixeira says he doesn’t feel 100 percent the way he did before surgery — “Not yet, but it’s getting there,” he said — but the Yankees seem to have a different player than the one who couldn’t make it through a weekend series here in Anaheim a year ago. Even if he’s not all the way back, Teixeira seems to have regained some of that strength that he so clearly needs.

“I never doubted him,” Girardi said. “I said all along I thought he was a guy could be 30 (home runs), 100 (RBI) for us. Part for Tex was getting through spring training and knowing in his mind, and also physically, that he could let it go. When I saw him let it go the last week left handed, it made me feel a lot more comfortable about what type of hitter he would be when he came back for us.”

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152 Responses to “Teixeira returns to Anaheim showing positive signs”

  1. 86w183 May 5th, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    So far, so good where Tex is concerned. Keeping fingers crossed.

    Talking about the explosion of defensive shifts — I wonder if MLB might consider legislating against it because offense is so far down.

    there is precedent. you cannot have a fielder other than the catcher in foul territory for example. So you could pass a rule that there much be two infielders on either side of 2B.

  2. Shame Spencer May 5th, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Good pitching will still beat Tex a lot… but his start has been encouraging. At least he’s where you’d hope he’d be.

  3. GregD May 5th, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Good pitching will beat most hitters a lot………. :)

  4. 86w183 May 5th, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Good pitching beats everyone a lot. That’s why most career .300 hitters go to Cooperstown.

  5. Shame Spencer May 5th, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    I should have been more specific: almost any pitcher with a breaking pitch that’s done his homework will beat LHH Tex. If they can’t throw their breaking stuff for strikes they may walk him in the best case scenario.

  6. 86w183 May 5th, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    One of his HR vs Tampa Bay came on a decent (not great) breaking ball.

    Sure, he’ll struggle with A-list breaking pitches…. but so does everone else not named Miggy.

    Gotta run… good luck staying up late!!

  7. Shame Spencer May 5th, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    I just realized this entire game will take place during….

    LOHUD (After Dark)!

    Dun dun dunnnnnn!

  8. Shame Spencer May 5th, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Everyone bring your dirty jokes, all of the kids will be in bed!!

  9. BoJo May 5th, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    You mean people here tell dirty jokes?

  10. Shame Spencer May 5th, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Yeah, this entire time ‘dolphin’ has been a metaphor….

  11. BoJo May 5th, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Or do you mean CC’s pitching yesterday was a dirty joke?

  12. BoJo May 5th, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Oh! Now I get what you meant by “lasers!”

  13. BoJo May 5th, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Actually, I have no idea. it just sounds dirty.

  14. Shame Spencer May 5th, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Haha, oh man tonight is gonna be a good time. A rowdy crew, I bet.

  15. mick May 5th, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    what time does Dark Lohud begin again?

  16. Locke May 5th, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    mick May 5th, 2014 at 3:54 pm
    what time does Dark Lohud begin again?

    10:05 EST

  17. mick May 5th, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    okey doke

  18. Shame Spencer May 5th, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Generally, I’d say 9pm. Those are the rules for tv, so it’s a good baseline for Lohud (After Dark).

  19. Against All Odds May 5th, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Talking about the explosion of defensive shifts — I wonder if MLB might consider legislating against it because offense is so far down.

    —————

    It could happen. Leagues always push for more offense since that’s what the fans want to see.

  20. mick May 5th, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    That’s gonna happen after they legailize steroids.

  21. mick May 5th, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    why are they trying to reinvent the game.
    Maybe b/c it’s Bud’s last year and he needs the credits?

  22. austinmac May 5th, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Mick,

    It begins the same time as Hefner’s Playboy after Dark began. Shame will be in her bunny outfit. I will be in my smoking jacket.

  23. sammiejohnson May 5th, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    I haven’t seen anyone mention it yet, but Ellsbury hit the wall hard yesterday (twice). I wonder if he is in the lineup tonight? Or do we find out here in a while that he is “sore” and “day to day”? The way the offense has been lately, we absolutely need Ellsbury in the lineup to have a chance.

  24. Cashmoney May 5th, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Mac, thanks for the VIP ticket, i be there at 9pm est. this shame person better not disappoint…

  25. Cashmoney May 5th, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    we absolutely need Ellsbury in the lineup to have a chance.

    has it really come down to ells or we lose? to be fair, he is probably the only ‘elite’ hitter left in this lineup.

  26. mick May 5th, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Do bunnies still exist?
    Does Hef?

  27. sammiejohnson May 5th, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    “has it really come down to ells or we lose?”

    Let’s just say we seem to have a lot better chance with him then without him.

  28. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 5th, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    I have nothing to offer because I openly I admit that I am (for the first time maybe ever) totally uncertain about where this team is going to end up – they could win the WS for all I know – and it doesn’t mean that I’m giving up on them. I just have too many of my own questions about potential ramifications of league-wide PEDs drop off that I know I just don’t know about any of them.

    That said I have a potential fun exercise to offer. I’ve seen some posters say that they would have guessed different #s of wins if they had known certain things, etc. etc. Well, I am willing to take new guesses from any of the participants in the prediction chart. HOWEVER – anyone who changes her or his prediction also loses one candy bar in the process. I’ll give posters the opportunity to do this several times during the season, and of course predictions can be changed up or down. So if you want to change your prediction, just let me know.

    :)

    2014 NEW YORK YANKEE PREDICTION CHART

    1/23 Cashmoney 163 :(
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  29. mick May 5th, 2014 at 4:15 pm

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  30. yankeefeminista May 5th, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Shame Spencer May 5th, 2014 at 3:38 pm
    Everyone bring your dirty jokes, all of the kids will be in bed!!
    ____
    I’ll just take some dirty Yankee pitching. ;)

  31. yankeefeminista May 5th, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    As for predictions, I’ll stick with mine, as Dylan says, what’s the sense of changing horses in midstream. or is that Cash’s line? ;)

  32. Jerkface May 5th, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    The thing that gives me hope with Tex is that he actually, finally made a change left handed. Thats all a lot of -people wanted, but he never made any changes.

    In fact, I think Tex finally being willing to make changes is the biggest positive answer to the pre-season questions so far. It remains to be seen if it pans out, but considering he is locked up for a couple more years still they really do need him to stop the bleeding at the very least and hopefully improve.

    Even if he just becomes an .825 OPS hitter left handed that would be a huge improvement.

  33. yankeefeminista May 5th, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Teix too has been reading Lohud. See, we do have an influence. ;)

  34. Jerkface May 5th, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    The only bigger positive answer to a pre season question would have been CC actually being good because he has a longer contract and they need starters.

  35. G. Love May 5th, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    It’s the Juice Press flax chips guys. Tex and I have come to an understanding. It’s all good.

    Now Bret Gardner and I need to work on our relationship. I’m ready to trade him to the hated Red Sox for the immortal guaranteed hall of fame 2b Mookie Betts.

    If he wants me back on the train he’s going to have to stop being the caboose.

  36. yankeefeminista May 5th, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Nicholas Flammia ?@TYRadioGuy 4m
    LHP Conner Kendrick to make his @TampaYankees debut tonight. 9th round pick in 2013 out of Auburn. #Yankees.
    ___
    A future new fight song to add to the list? :)

    G. Love, keep eating ‘em. The more the better.

  37. Shame Spencer May 5th, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    I just have too many of my own questions about potential ramifications of league-wide PEDs drop off that I know I just don’t know about any of them.

    ——————-

    Doesn’t this put everyone on the same playing field?

  38. Shame Spencer May 5th, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    There’s definitely less of an uppercut to Tex’s LH swing, which is a pretty big deal. The real success will come when he’s struggling a bit and he doesn’t end up reverting back to bad habits.

    Guys, I expect a rowdy crowd tonight. Bring your A game.

    Also – Any news on Pat M….??

  39. G. Love May 5th, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    I think I may have just posted my favorite Fake Pete tweet ever. It might be time to retire.

  40. yankeefeminista May 5th, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Speaking of hugging, did anyone see where Newman told Norris that JRam, Bird, and Heathcott are soon to return? I looked, but didn’t see any tweet/link, but another source confirmed their returns, so I assume it is true.

    As per Teix, may be true but he has also been seeing a boatload of FBs. I want to see stay back and not upper cut vs. CBs and CUs.

    “Doesn’t this put everyone on the same playing field?”
    Didn’t it always?

  41. Madrugador May 5th, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Had I known then what I know now I would have been someone else. It is not healthy to second guess yourself. I will stick with my prediction.

  42. Shame Spencer May 5th, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    I saw that, G. Love. You got a retweet from the Cespedes Family BBQ account lmao!!!

  43. yankeefeminista May 5th, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    “Guys, I expect a rowdy crowd tonight. Bring your A game.”

    Fake Pete invited?

  44. Shame Spencer May 5th, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    “Doesn’t this put everyone on the same playing field?”

    Didn’t it always?

    —————–

    Yeah, basically.

    Seems like everyone is in the same boat, so I dunno why the team outcome would be tied to a PED crackdown. Unless you’re of the opinion that a lot more of our guys were on PEDs than other clubs.

  45. WT2 May 5th, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    More importantly..they don´t pitch inside to improve the chances of a ball hit in to the shift…They constantly pitch outside in the hopes of a pull happy hitter..The problem lies when the batter adjusts, as it has been happening..They are hitting oppo to beat the shift
    ————————–

    I know I sound like a broken record, but to me, this is the main reason the Yankees make the Rays hitters look like HOF. They simply do not pitch inside. They pitch them to the outside quadrant of the plate over and over. They never go inside.

    Go back and check how Aceves pitched them, especially Longo and Myers, he went inside several times.

    I don’t want to sound like I am patting myself in the back, but during the game, I said Aceves would shut down the Rays easily the rest of the game because he would pitch them inside… That is exactly what he did, he pitched them inside; hence they couldn’t lean tot he outside corner to hit the ball the other way. As a result, they look just like the terrible offense they really are with the exception of when they play the Yankees.

    It all comes down to scouting and pitching game plan. The Yankees gameplan against the Rays is always the same, outside, outside and more outside. You can do that to MLB hitters, especially with high 80 fastball pitches from CC…

  46. tomingeorgia May 5th, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Shame,
    Being on my A-game after 10 doesn’t compute, but I’ll read all the comments around 5 AM. Goa get’em!

  47. WT2 May 5th, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Sorry, meant to say “You cannot do that to MLB hitters”*

  48. Shame Spencer May 5th, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    I’m hoping we get a Fake Centaur Arod soon… in fact.. I might need to do that myself.

    Though I did miss a grand opportunity to debut him during the Kentucky Derby.

  49. Mottsx May 5th, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    It took Beltran 6.07 seconds to react on that ball and then another 5-6 to get to it. Steve Balboni could have ran the bases in 12 seconds.

  50. WT2 May 5th, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    My only hope is that the Yankees scouting see this and fix this issue for the next 10+ games they have left against the Rays.. because being forced to listen to the Rays broadcast gloat and joke about their great offense against the Yankees (in FL Direct TV blocks the broadcast of every team playing the Rays) can be really frustrating.

    The rest of the league pitches the Rays inside and they hit for .200, why can’t the Yankees?

    Every time they got Longo and Myers out was because they pitched them inside.

    I think I am just not smart enough and the Yankees knows something that the rest of the league doesn’t know about the Rays… Then again, the Rays hitters look like HOFs hitters when they play the Yankees and scrubs when they play the rest of the league and have to depend on only their pitching.

  51. Shame Spencer May 5th, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    WT2 – That’s a managerial/coaching staff issue. They should have scouts all over this stuff, right?

  52. WT2 May 5th, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Shame Spencer May 5th, 2014 at 4:48 pm
    WT2 – That’s a managerial/coaching staff issue. They should have scouts all over this stuff, right?
    ———————–

    Agreed. That is what makes it SO frustrating to me. It is not just the pitching, it is the gameplan. And it’s being more than 2-3 years with the same obsolete gameplan.

    You would think the Yankees scouts would adopt a different gameplan against them.

    But every year is the same… It’s not like they have to make a new gameplan. Just copy what the rest of the league is doing to them… I never thought it was so hard.

  53. yankeefeminista May 5th, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Right, and back to the question of why are offenses down (assuming they are): If it is a decrease in PEDS then why are all the pitchers able to keep using without detection while position players have stopped? Or are we assuming pitchers don’t use PEDS. “O” being down could be due to so many factors from tight strike zone to D shifts to more K pitchers/power arms to more run savers who have less O production in current MLB lineups, etc etc… And I am not convinced that PED use is down; how do we know anything about prevalence of PED use or lack there of and effectiveness of testing/detection as a deterrent to using?

    WT2, I unfortunately missed the game/Aceves (as I was at the Manny Banuelos game) and still haven’t watched the archive. But when have we ever consistently pitched inside in recent memory? We’ve tended to make most batters too comfortable. Or are you specifically talking about the Rays?

    Shame, there is alway Pimlico…

    G. Love, don’t you dare ever retire Fake Pete.

  54. Shame Spencer May 5th, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Girardi specifically said they were shifting more because of what ‘their people’ told them. I need ‘their people’ to analyze the pitching data.

  55. WT2 May 5th, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    One thing about this team. I never expected them to get hot from the start. I am sure no one did, because the Yankees wanted to change the culture of the team.

    So just like Mick said, they are trying to gel and find their identity. Sadly we have to wait until the end of May/early June before we can make some sound conclusions about it.

    Most people in the site predicted/highlighter their weaknesses/shortcomings. Loosing Nova and Pineda just made it more obvious. CC/Koruda pitching the way they simply makes it almost impossible for them to go on any streak.

  56. yankeefeminista May 5th, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    As I mentioned a few months ago, when I was linking to defensive shift articles, last year at one point we were third in shifts usage (think it was through end of July), but had 0 runs saved.

  57. G. Love May 5th, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    yanksfem,

    It’s just an idle threat. Don’t worry. I’ll try to come back for the night shift tonight.

  58. Hankflorida May 5th, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    I have nothing to offer because I openly I admit that I am (for the first time maybe ever) totally uncertain about where this team is going to end up

    Trisha, join the club as I am in the boat as have no idea where this club will end up, and as you know the first game that I attended was 75 years ago. Through the DiMaggio, Mantle and Jeter era, I expected winners, and through the Horace Clarke era and even the Mattingly era, my expectations was pretty close to the outcome. This team has an outstanding bullpen, starting pitching is a work in progress and the hitting from a home run hitting team to a contact team is a real enigma. If contact means seeing eye grounders with RISP, this team can get to the bullpen ahead of their opponent and put wins on the board, but if contact means pop up’s with runners stranded, we are in for a long season of gloom and doom.

  59. WT2 May 5th, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    yankeefeminista,

    WT2, I unfortunately missed the game/Aceves (as I was at the Manny Banuelos game) and still haven’t watched the archive. But when have we ever consistently pitched inside in recent memory? We’ve tended to make most batters too comfortable. Or are you specifically talking about the Rays?
    ———————————–

    I am sure you enjoyed Manny. Can’t wait to see him in the big show one day.

    About their pitching gameplan. They have adapted to some of the RS players, with the exception of Ortiz and Pedroia for some reason. That is why the FO/management reves about him “calling the game” or having a “great gameplan” out there.

    I have seen them going more inside to the Orioles too, including Nelson Cruz. But when it comes to the Rays, they don’t go inside to any player. I think I saw CC going inside only against the Rays catcher… I think he stroke him that way. But they never go inside against the rest of them, even Shawn Rodriguez who owns them.

    Aceves knows how to pitch, he pitches his own game. And he goes inside, a lot. He goes inside/outside. He also throw inside with a purpose to move their feet and their body out of the plate. Which seems to be common sense to me.

    If you look at the 2 times (if I recall correctly) they got Longo out yesterday, they were only 2 times they went in. They got Long out because he was “leaning” to hit the outside pitch and hit the pitches with the inside of the bat. Longo wasn’t expecting it because they never pitch to him outside.

    As silly as it sounds, that has to do with scouting, not only the pitcher. Having CC throwing BP out there, doesn’t help of course…

  60. WT2 May 5th, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    That is why the FO/management reves about him “calling the game” or having a “great gameplan” out there
    ………………….
    I meant McCann*

  61. WT2 May 5th, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Shame Spencer May 5th, 2014 at 4:58 pm
    Girardi specifically said they were shifting more because of what ‘their people’ told them. I need ‘their people’ to analyze the pitching data.
    —————————————–

    It feels really weird when Girardi says it like that. Don’t the Yankees have a real data analysis team?

    JF has been saying this for years. You expect the Yankees, to have the best scouting and data analysis team in the league.

    It’s not like “their people” told them the shift works. The Rays, the Orioles, the Pirates (last year) showed the results of the shift. You don’t need anyone to “tell you” that. Teams are demonstrating it to them.

    Seeing Tex numbers go from .280-.300 hitter to .230-.240 hitter year after year with the shift should be proof enough to them.

    I really want the Yankees to have the best scouts/baseball data analysis team out there. Maybe they do and we don’t know it. But when you see how long it takes them to adapt (years in the case vs the Rays hitters) makes it seems like they are lacking in that regard.

  62. Doreen May 5th, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Hola Good Folks at the Lohud.

    Add me to the list of the befuddled. :)

    I do believe, though, that this team DOES in fact need time to gel a bit. And it will be more difficult because of all the different lineups Joe has to use in order to give his geezers a rest now and then. ;)

    Just look at the Dodgers last year. They had incredible talent, and yet they had a really crummy first half of last season (more or less, give or take). If guys with that much talent can take that long to come together as a T-E-A-M (Yaaaaaaayy Team!), it stands to reason the Yankees, with so many new MOVING parts, is going to take a bit.

    So far, they’ve been beneficiaries of slow starts by the other teams in their division.

    But they have to pick it up soon.

    I have my worries and concerns (you CAN’T lose at home!!), and I’m not thrilled with the team right now, but I’m waiting for the New York Yankees 2014 Story to play out. We’ve only gotten through the first chapter (maybe 2).

  63. yankeefeminista May 5th, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    WT2, thanks for the detail on what you saw. If I get around to watching the archive, which I had hoped to do to see why C was so bad and how Aceves looked, I’ll take note. But in the past it has seemed like both Longo and Myers are too comfortable at the plate. That is definitely on scouting and the catching contingent. You’d think with Joe and Pena as two of our coaches and McCann’s savvy they would have a good gameplan.

    I did enjoy Manny; he didn’t have his best control/command but got better as game went on. Think it was 11 S, 10 BB after first inning, but 24-13 thereafter. His curve finally starting breaking right, and velo was there. I am hoping he goes more than 58 pitches his next outing.

    G.Love, sounds like a plan; hope to see you during the game!

    I am heading out to get some fresh air before sports as usual rules my evening. Catch you all later.

  64. Doreen May 5th, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    WT2 -

    The other night, they kept pitching Longoria inside, moved him off the plate twice in a row in one at bat, and then he punched a hit the other way.

    :(

  65. yankeefeminista May 5th, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    http://wapc.mlb.com/cutfour/20.....5_23298104

  66. alabamayankee May 5th, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    If we get out of CA with one win it will be a major miracle.

  67. bbb51 May 5th, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Chip, I think you’re just wrong about Betances and your arguments aren’t good.

    1. His control has come from pitching from the stretch (which he can do as a starter). He’s not going to forget how to pitch in 5 days with a throw day in between starts. That idea is just ridiculous.

    2. It will not take him 2 months to “stretch out”, that’s crazy. He has already thrown 40 pitches in a game twice this year and that was with 2 and 3 days rest. He was a starter for a long time. He could immediately do 60 and then you could bump him up quickly from there. He’s no less ready than Phelps.

    3. A good starter is always more valuable than a good reliever.

  68. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 5th, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    YF and Madrugador, I’m with you. I’m thinking that most if not all posters will stay with their original picks, and I don’t think it necessarily has to do with potential loss of a candy bar. Maybe if it were late in the season and things were bleak without apparent potential to turn around, posters would be inclined to consider changing. But IMO it’s far too early for that. I think it’s a hopeful sign that we haven’t had wholesale prediction changes, certainly hopeful in terms of what lurks in the hearts and minds of the predictors!

    :)

    I’m wondering if allowing change with no prize ramification would have made a difference. I’m thinking not, though I can’t be sure of course.

  69. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 5th, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Off to a wake. I’ve often wondered what they call them wakes. Never thought to google it though. Wake just seems like an odd name for permanent sleep.

    Later y’all.

  70. pete22 May 5th, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Tex has not really blasted any of his HR except one LD to RF that went 359 ft.

    His HR distance

    *344 (fenway)
    383
    353
    *359
    382

    avg HR distance = 364 ft, MLB avg HR distance is 397 ft

    * Outs in most parks

    Some good signs with Tex no doubt, but he still does not have his power complete back

  71. Locke May 5th, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Trisha: The Yankees are on pace to 86/87 games which is pretty close to a lot of the bets. I was optimistic with my 91 wins, and I still think this team is better than they have been playing. Pineda will come back and with better than Nuno and the Yankees will add players during the summer. I’ll stick with my 91. Thanks for keeping the tally.

  72. austinmac May 5th, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Good question on the term “wake”. Mmm.

  73. pete22 May 5th, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    86w183 May 5th, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    So far, so good where Tex is concerned. Keeping fingers crossed.

    Talking about the explosion of defensive shifts — I wonder if MLB might consider legislating against it because offense is so far down.
    =======================

    Is offense down due to the shift? BABIP has not really changed much the last few years, so I think not. Yankees shift more than any almost any other team but opponents BABIP is very high (which could be the defense too)

    The more obvious explanation for the reduction in offense, unless you are one of the believers in the PED test program cleaning up the game (and how come it does not hurt pitchers who also used), is the strike zone and higher K rates. K rates are at an all time high and have increased 25% the last few years. The pitch f/x gurus have confirmed the expanding strike zone, which suggests it is sanctioned by MLB since they grade umpires based on pitch f/x.

    With more K/s, you have fewer balls being put in play, which means fewer hits and HR’s.

  74. tomingeorgia May 5th, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    austin,
    A wake was originally a vigil over the body before it was buried, but the last one I attended turned into a celebration of the deceased person’s life. Lots of stories, humor, mixed withe the grief.

  75. pete22 May 5th, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    I always thought a wake was named as it is because people wanted to give the person they thought dead a chance to wake up before he/she was buried. Back in the day, it was not unheard of for a person who was pronounced dead to wake up later. Medical science was not always very precise (not that it i s today, but they usually get the deal alive thing right). I could be wrong on that though.

  76. austinmac May 5th, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Tom,

    Wake originally meant to watch or guard so you are correct. Thanks you World Wide Web.

  77. pete22 May 5th, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    I predicted 93 when I was pete2. At the time I thought they would sign Drew and another reliever. This was right after landing Tanaka. They did neither so I was probably 4 games over but did not bother to change it since I thought 93 was possible if they had a lot of luck.

    Some of the things that had to go right for the team to win 93 as it was constructed was

    CC had to pitch well
    Kuroda had to bounce back
    Nova had to pitch as well as he did in the 2nd half last year
    Tanaka had to prove he could pitch in MLB
    Pineda had to give then 20 decent starts
    Robertson had to close effectively
    The bullpen had to get it done
    Tex had to regain his power
    Jeter had to be more like he was in 2012 than 2013
    IF defense did not have to be good, just not awful
    Beltran, Ellsbury and McCann had to earn their salary
    They had to stay relatively healthy

    Some of the question marks have been answered, others are inconclusive, and a couple are negative.

    .

    I still think 93 is possible,

  78. austinmac May 5th, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Pete,

    The Wikipedia expert say that isn’t true. I think it is a guy named Ernie.

  79. tomingeorgia May 5th, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Austin,
    My grandmother was a Presbyterian, and she was a piece of work. It was really a celebration rasher than mourning, but it was a good time in her memory.

  80. Hankflorida May 5th, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Cashman decides to change the makeup of the Yankees from a swing for the fences to a contact team. He adds Ellsbury, Roberts and Johnson to Jeter, Gardner and Ichiro. What they all have in common is that they all pretty much drive in 50 runs a season if playing on a regular basis; that means that there is a probality that these positions will give us 250 runs batted in leaving us four other position at maybe 100 runs apiece. The total RBI’s may total 650 which mirrors last year’s total. So far, this team is not producing with RISP, and should have Cashman understood that this could happen based on the stats of these players?

  81. pete22 May 5th, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    austinmac May 5th, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Pete,

    The Wikipedia expert say that isn’t true. I think it is a guy named Ernie.
    ===============

    Who am I to argue with a guy named Ernie

  82. pete22 May 5th, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Wakes can be somewhat jovial affairs when the deceased is older or has been suffering for awhile. Kind of a release for everyone and lots of stories and even some laughing. When it is a younger person, they can be pretty rough.

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