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Postgame notes: “Feels like we’ve played extra innings every day”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 26, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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Brett Gardner said he wasn’t sure whether Yadier Molina’s deep drive in the 11th inning would have gone over the fence, but it was awfully close.

“Let’s just say it was (going out), then, if we’re not sure,” Brendan Ryan said. “Game-saving catch!”

It certainly felt that way. Even if it weren’t out, a double off the top of the wall would have been a game-changer if not a game-winner. Gardner’s catch was huge, as was Ryan’s quick reaction play at first base to start a double play in the 10th inning. The Yankees have played well in extra innings this season, and today it was because their bullpen held serve and their defense came up with big plays. They held off the Cardinals just long enough for the offense to pounce.

“It feels like we’ve played extra innings every day,” Brian Roberts said. “It’s always good to win those. … It speaks to our bullpen and how well they’ve pitched. You need to hold the home team in order to let us score a run. That’s tough to do.”

So did Gardner’s catch save the game, or was it just one of those things that helped along the way?

“I’m not sure,” Gardner said. “I didn’t see the replay. Murphy was in the bullpen. He said it was pretty close. Either way I was glad I could catch it. I was still frustrated about the ball that Holliday hit earlier in the game that I didn’t catch and led to a couple of runs there in the middle of the game. It was a huge win for our team. A lot of guys stepped up, bullpen did a great job, and guys came through with big hits.”

Dellin Betances• Before that 12th-inning rally, it seemed the Yankees came might hinge on Joe Girardi’s decision not to use Dellin Betances with the bases loaded and no outs in the sixth. Girardi basically cited three reasons for going to Preston Claiborne (who ultimately allowed two runs). 1. “We’re trying not to kill Betances.” 2. “That spot was coming up, the fourth hitter that inning, and I knew I wanted some multiple innings out of Betances (because the bullpen was thin).” 3. “Not having (Adam) Warren in that situation, I knew I wanted Dellin to give us the seventh and the eighth.”

• So, putting it all together, the Yankees did not have Warren or Matt Daley available, so Girardi knew he might need distance and Betances can provide it. He also didn’t have his setup man, and Betances can do that too. And, if he could get out of it without using Betances at all, that would be ideal. Kind of weird that Girardi has loved using Betances in that fireman role for the past month or so but didn’t want to do it tonight. To me it seemed like the obvious time to use him, but we don’t always agree.

• One other thing from Girardi’s decision to use Claiborne that I suppose is perfectly true if he’s not going to completely burn out Warren and Betances: “Some of these guys are going to have to help us in tough situations.” Having Shawn Kelley healthy would help.

• Ryan has now played first base three times. He had not played it once before last Sunday. “Footwork isn’t enormous like it is at short and second as far as importance,” Ryan said. “It’s really just catch the ball. Catch the ball. After that, you’ve got plenty of time. It’s a reactionary spot, and I just try to react well. … (The throw angle is unusual) but then you look up and see a guy like Jeter, and all of a sudden you feel comfortable. Guarding the line so we don’t give up a run there. Make the catch, and it’s almost third person really. It just kind of happened, and then thought about it. Just glad it worked out.”

• Gardner on the difficulty of his game-saving catch: “Right over my head. It was a pretty easy play. The first one (when he missed against Matt Holliday), the wind really knocked it down and took it back toward center field. It should have been in the back left of our bullpen, but the wind just kept pushing it back. I got back far enough, I just didn’t get over far enough. You learn from it, and thank goodness we came out on top.”

Chase Whitley• The Cardinals ultimately loaded the bases, but it seems that Jacoby Ellsbury’s steal in the 12th might have changed that inning. Yadier Molina has thrown out more than 50 percent of base stealers this season. Busch Stadium gave him a standing ovation when he threw out Gardner earlier in the game. “I guess as a base stealer I look forward to stuff like that,” Ellsbury said. “In those situations, I’m going, want to give my team a chance to win that game. Get in scoring position, let Mac (try to get) a bloop or anything will score me from second.”

• Gardner on being caught stealing earlier in the game: “Average jump, just the guy back there is pretty good. He’s tough to run against, and the guy’s throwing pretty hard to the plate, and he made a perfect throw and got me.”

• Chase Whitley came out of the game with a rough first inning — three hits, limited the damage to one run — and he was surprised that it started that way. “Today was weird because I was pretty good in the bullpen,” Whitley said. “I thought going into it I was locked in, and made a couple of pitches early that were hit around. Before you know it, I’ve got a runner at second with one run in. I had to battle and that’s when I think mentally I got locked in, right after that.”

• The one pitch Whitley seemed to really regret was the hit by pitch on his final pitch of the game. He said Matt Adams fouled off a really good pitch the at-bat before, and of course Holliday’s ball was nearly caught. Whitley said he still felt strong after a career-high of total pitchers. “The way I look at this is, hopefully we can be in the ballgame whenever I’m out,” Whitley said. “And we were in the ballgame.”

• Ichiro Suzuki got his first intentional walk of the season. He’s third among active players in intentional walks behind Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera.

• Roberts is 3-for-6 in extra innings this season. “I think he’s able to relax in those situations,” Girardi said. “He doesn’t get away from what he knows, what he needs to do to be successful, and he doesn’t try to do too much.”

• Final word to Girardi: “They keep playing. They keep playing and they never give at-bats away. They keep making pitches, and defensive plays. It’s a team that expects to win when we go out there every day, and they just keep playing.”

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29 Responses to “Postgame notes: “Feels like we’ve played extra innings every day””

  1. Giuseppe Franco May 26th, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    SweetSpot May 26th, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    That’s not his batting averages as a pinch-hitter.

    —-

    Anyone can cherry pick irrelevant stats….you know like that he’s hitting .182 for the season w/ RISP.

    That doesn’t mean Roberts is good enough to be an everyday second baseman for a contender.

  2. Hankflorida May 26th, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    What have I been saying for two weeks now? If you are going to have such an anemic offense and starters who are five and fly, the bullpen becomes the most critical part of the team. The Yanks still need to add quality relievers if they want to stay competitive. Doesn’t look like this offense is ever going to improve.

    Bigdan, I agree with you that playing small ball needs good starting pitching that gives the team innings. When Pineda comes back with his limited pitch count put him in the bullpen. Either Whitley, Nuno or Phelps should be long relief to join Kelley and Robertson with a starting staff of Tanaka, Betances, Warren and Kuroda. Thorton is our lefty and maybe bring up some of our flame throwers from the minors to see how they do in replacing Betances and Warren. This team needs starting pitchers who can challenge hitters into the 7th or else they may fade like last year. There is no way that this offense can carry the fading foursome with only one Tanaka.

  3. UnKnown May 26th, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    What I want to know is what Known PED User Roberts numbers are from the 7th inning on in day games, with 55% cloud cover, temps in the 60′s, attendance numbers 30,000 or more, on grass, when it has rained the night before, and there has been more nachos in a helmet than pretzels sold by the vendors.

    That number I think will ultimately determine if JUICE Roberts is any good or not. :grin:

  4. Tar May 27th, 2014 at 12:13 am

    “That number I think will ultimately determine if JUICE Roberts is any good or not. ”

    UnKnown

    Now you know that doesn’t really matter, as long as the Yankees are in first place……..in mid April!! :lol:

  5. SweetSpot May 27th, 2014 at 12:27 am

    Giuseppe Franco May 26th, 2014 at 11:19 pm
    Anyone can cherry pick irrelevant stats….you know like that he’s hitting .182 for the season w/ RISP.
    That doesn’t mean Roberts is good enough to be an everyday second baseman for a contender.
    _____________

    I didn’t cherry pick anything. I pointed out an interesting stat that the YES team broadcast today which happens to be a fact. I think since the 8th inning on would be rightfully described as a meaningful time of the game, when many contests are won and lost, that someone who is hitting .353 has value.

    One does not need an All-Star at every position. Roberts is healthy so far and is doing a respectable job. Seattle has this guy named Cano playing second base and they aren’t going to come close to winning a thing. It’s a team game and pitching trumps all.

  6. Hankflorida May 27th, 2014 at 2:05 am

    . It’s a team game and pitching trumps all

    SweetSpot, your statement was her point in my discussion with Trisha about the more efficient hybrid team versus the one dimensional power hitting team. Pitching was her main cog on a balanced team that plays small ball, and unfortunately, injuries have devastated Cashman’s plan with the starting pitching. The need to have pitchers who can challenge hitters and go deep into ball games is a necessity or like last year this team may not go far with the fading foursome of Nuno, Phelps, Kuroda, Whitley or Pineda coming back on a pitch count. You cannot change small ball with the offense you have, but the Yankees have two dominant pitchers in relief, Betances and Warren, who instead of being overworked in that role may be more effective starting, and if they can go deep into games, October baseball for the Yanks waiting for the winner of the one game playoff may be in the cards. The only question is finding a replacement for them as a bridge to Kelley and Robertson. Last year tells us having three dominant pitchers on Trisha’s concept of a hybrid team is worth a shot.

  7. Tabbert May 27th, 2014 at 4:31 am

    Really good team win today. We really couldn’t have asked for much more from Whitley or any of our other starters as of late. The starting rotation still needs to be addressed, but right now the offense, and bullpen are pretty pressing needs. The return of kelly and Pineda will address two major needs, but I’m growing more and more worried about Beltran. Even if he returns, what can we really expect from him? With the news of Tex ( and before that) we have been in desperate need of another middle of the order bat. I realize that Morales presents a logjam, but with uncertainty of Tex’s wrist, and the overall health of Beltran, and the certainty of Soriano providing next to nothing, the switch hitting Morales has a lot to offer to our club. He can instantly be inserted into the lineup as our every day DH and also spell Tex multiple days of the week. Plus, having a 4,5,6 composed of all switch hitters, while dropping mccann into the 7th hole, just makes this lineup all that much better. It’s a no brainer in my opinion, but i’d be shocked to see us pick him up. Find a way to pick up a veteran starter that wont kill the farm, add a bullpen arm, and sign Morales, and I think we got a good shot this year.

    Gardner
    Jeter
    Ells
    Tex
    Beltran
    Morales
    Mccann
    Solarte
    Roberts

    That lineup will produce.

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  10. Yankee Trader May 27th, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Good morning

    Pat-thanks for the article.

    From last night:

    UnKnown May 26th, 2014 at 11:46 pm
    What I want to know is what Known PED User Roberts numbers are from the 7th inning on in day games, with 55% cloud cover, temps in the 60?s, attendance numbers 30,000 or more, on grass, when it has rained the night before, and there has been more nachos in a helmet than pretzels sold by the vendors.

    That number I think will ultimately determine if JUICE Roberts is any good or not.

    ————-
    Some stats: :)
    Day games- .182
    Grass- .258
    From 7th inning on: No Clue, but hitting .194 when #7 in batting order
    Attendance of 30,000 or more. Yankees at home average 42,203, on road, 36,073

    That’s the best I could do. :)

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  13. Yankee Trader May 27th, 2014 at 8:31 am

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  14. 86w183 May 27th, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Good morning all —–

    Looks like a typically slow morning after a three-day weekend.

    Nice win yesterday. Whitley has some moxie, but I’m not convinced of his stuff just yet.

    sorta expect a move to bring up a fresh arm. They’re a little worn out down in the bullpen. They threw 77 pitches on Monday. Robertson has pitched three of four games (49 pitches), Betances threw 29 Monday and Warren 36 Friday and 22 Sunday.

  15. 86w183 May 27th, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Morning YT —

    I don’t think the Yanks lose anything draft-wise if they sign Morales. Seattle would get a supplemental pick. I just wish there was a bat out there that could play somewhere other than 1B.

    It may be Phelps and Aceves today…. maybe a little Thornton.

  16. Yankee Trader May 27th, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Good morning 86.

    I was pleasantly surprised that the Yankees won. I thought, for sure, that they were going to ” frit” that game away, especially when Aceves was in the game.

    At the rate Betances is being used in games, and warming up in the bullpen, he should be stretched out enough in about a month, to step into the starting rotation! :)

  17. Yankee Trader May 27th, 2014 at 8:40 am

    I’m not sure Morales can adequately play first base.

  18. 86w183 May 27th, 2014 at 8:42 am

    There’s a new subject!

    Need updates on Kelly and Beltran to help plan strategy going forward. Nice that Phelps, Nuno and Whitley did good things last time out. we need that to continue.

    On pace for about 150 HR and 700 Runs…. would like to see that improve too.

  19. 86w183 May 27th, 2014 at 8:43 am

    He can play it as well as Kelly Johnson and Brendan Ryan! I know that’s a low bar, just sayin’

  20. Yankee Trader May 27th, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Yankees pitching on pace, if my math is correct, to give up 171.72 homers. ( 53 now in 50 games).

  21. 86w183 May 27th, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Who’s gonna give up that .72 HR?

    Yeah, they’ve been out-homered by six, out scored by four. they do have more SB, more walks and fewer strike outs which helps some.

  22. 86w183 May 27th, 2014 at 8:58 am

    gotta run out and get the eyes examined…. be back later

    have a day

  23. Yankee Trader May 27th, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Kelley supposedly reported more stiffness in his back, just playing catch.

  24. Yankee Trader May 27th, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Have a great day. I probably should go to, and have my head examined! :)

  25. Giuseppe Franco May 27th, 2014 at 9:04 am

    SweetSpot May 27th, 2014 at 12:27 am

    I didn’t cherry pick anything. I pointed out an interesting stat that the YES team broadcast today which happens to be a fact. I think since the 8th inning on would be rightfully described as a meaningful time of the game, when many contests are won and lost, that someone who is hitting .353 has value.

    One does not need an All-Star at every position.

    ——

    Continuing to repeat the same tired “all star at every position” BS doesn’t make it any more true. We are advocating no such thing. I’d be tickled pink with league average production.

    The same guy is hitting .182 w/ RISP for the season, which is more significant due to the much larger sample size.

  26. SweetSpot May 27th, 2014 at 9:34 am

    So keep complaining about Roberts. He’s healthy, has contributed and is doing a decent job. He’s had some big hits, including some home runs and Girardi and his teammates clearly have confidence in him. There was a news no alternative and sometimes you get the best player you can at that position given the circumstances. He’s the Yankees second baseman so what is the point of incessantly complaining about him and making absolutely absurd statements like he should be cut from the team?

  27. SweetSpot May 27th, 2014 at 9:39 am

    And Jeter should be dropped in the order, and Betances should be a starter, and Ichiro and Tex were done and the Yankees should’ve signed Cano and blah blah blah. How can so many be so wrong? So the Yankees are not the greatest team in the history of baseball this year, so what? I’m a fan and they are the Yankees and I’ll cheer for them no matter what the circumstances are. You read this blog sometimes and you would think the Yankees are in last place with the worst record in baseball as opposed to being a couple of games out of first place, in the wildcard picture and playing competitively. To each their own.

  28. Barry May 27th, 2014 at 10:53 am

    SweetSpot,

    Yes to all you have written. The blog has become a bore because some posters actually believe they know more about sport and baseball than the professionals — and are intent a bout getting off on their supposed knowledge. I can only assume we are dealing with unfulfilled lives — but it is easy to understand why that is so.

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