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“There were a lot of good things that happened on this road trip”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 29, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Derek Jeter

How are the Yankees feeling on this much-need off day after a long and often grueling road trip? Happy that they kept their heads above water, sounds about right.

“It’s big when you’re not playing your best baseball, to salvage games like we did on this trip,” Brian McCann said. “We won games where we fought back. There were a lot of good things that happened on this road trip.”

It was a good trip because the Yankees won five of nine on the road, including two of three against one of the better teams in the National League.

It was good because of the three extra-inning wins.

It was good because Masahiro Tanaka bounced back from his first loss, good because Dave Robertson bounced back from his first blown save, and good because — away from the team — Carlos Beltran, Michael Pineda and Shawn Kelley took positive steps in the right direction.

But today, it’s good simply because it’s over. For the Yankees, this was a road trip of survival as much as anything. The rotation hasn’t gotten anyone back yet, the bullpen is without a key late-inning reliever, and the lineup really hasn’t been particularly good. But the Yankees have continued to survive.

“We’re definitely looking forward to the off-day,” Robertson said. “We’ll take it. Guys could use it. I don’t think we get another one for 17 days after that because of the make-up game with Seattle.”

Up next is seven in a row at home, then four in Kansas City, three in Seattle and three in Oakland.

It seems that every good team goes through a stretch when it simply has to survive, and the Yankees have handled that part. At some point, though, they’re surely going to have to do more than simply keep their heads above water. Maybe that requires getting some guys off the disabled list, or maybe it’s simply getting more production from underperforming veterans.

Once again, the Yankees have survived, but I still think it’s hard to know what to make of them.

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100 Responses to ““There were a lot of good things that happened on this road trip””

  1. Yankee Trader May 29th, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Chad

    Good morning.

    Future Yankee Stud hitting grand slam last night- Peter O’Brien

    http://www.baseballamerica.com.....-run-lead/

  2. 86w183 May 29th, 2014 at 9:11 am

    It was a GRAND night in the Yankees system —

    Peter O’Brien, Zelous Wheeler and Eduardo de Oleo all connected.

    O’Brien now has 19 HR in 185 AB between Tampa and Trenton with a combined .995 OPS.

    Wheeler really should be a consideration for the big club. He has pretty good power from the right side, has an overall OPS of .823 and can play 1B, 3B and LF.

    He’s been in the minors a long time (like Solarte) but his OPS has never been below .750.

    Could he be the Yankees second career minor league “revelation”???

  3. Tackelberry May 29th, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Even better, O’Brien walked twice last night!. Refsnyder continues to hit as well. Wonder if he could possibly be our starting 2nb next year

  4. JimK May 29th, 2014 at 9:13 am

    One of the Y’s biggest problems is the perception by the fans, and perhaps the FO, as well is that they believe there is no real separation between the teams in the AL East, and as long as they keep trading water they will contend for the remainder of the season.
    If this is a FO perception, it has one key fault, and that is the success of the RS last year, a year in which they went from worst to first, and there is no indication that the Jays cannot achieve the same success this year as the RS did last year.
    If the Jays continue play well and steadily build their team record 20 games over .500 in the near future, they may begin running away with the division. I realize at this point the WC is still in play, but I doubt Texas, or LA will remain around the .500 mark for very long.

  5. Yankee Trader May 29th, 2014 at 9:16 am

    “. At some point, though, they’re surely going to have to do more than simply keep their heads above water. Maybe that requires getting some guys off the disabled list, or maybe it’s simply getting more production from underperforming veterans.”

    Many, if not most, of the concerns, the Yankees and us LoHud fans had, after the end of last season, are still concerns of major importance:

    Sabathia- velocity and now degenerating right knee
    Kuroda- hasn’t recovered from being CY Young candidate at one point to inconsistently effectiveness now.
    Pineda- more injury concerns
    Teixeira- chronic concerns about right wrist and general health
    Beltran – now it’s the elbow, not the knee,that is acting up.

    The holes are still there. Age and Health concerns are still present.

  6. Doreen May 29th, 2014 at 9:21 am

    I think Chad is right on point. It’s still difficult to make out exactly what this team is.

    Is what we see now what we get? Or is there still capacity to improve and go on a run at some point? It’s difficult to tell. We all hope that once Pineda gets back the starting pitching will stabilize, and once Kelly gets back you have that more reliable piece added to the bullpen. But there are more unknown quantities that have nothing to do with injuries, and everything to do with wishing you had a crystal ball to know if McCann is going to come around, if Soriano is going to have a couple of hot stretches where he hits the heck out of the baseball, if Tex is going to be able to manage the wrist and be productive (find the right balance between rest and playing time). Will they ever “click” for enough time to put together a couple of hot stretches as a team. A nice winning streak like the Blue Jays are doing right now?

    Or are we going to get a team that always looks like it could be more — or it could be less?

    And how long do they hang onto the hope that it could be more as is or realize they need to try something else? The state of their division clouds the issue, no doubt. But maybe the Blue Jays having this little streak will serve as a nudge?

  7. Yankee Trader May 29th, 2014 at 9:22 am

    1B Kyle Roller 2-4, 2 K, HBP – batting .311 since promotion to Triple-A

    Baby Bomber Recap from Pinstripe Alley

    http://www.pinstripealley.com/.....-refsnyder

  8. Yankee Trader May 29th, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Doreen

    As Forrest Gump might have said about the NYY:

    “The Yankees are like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

  9. Tackelberry May 29th, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Doreen

    As Forrest Gump might have said about the NYY:

    “The Yankees are like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

    Stupid is as Stupid does!

  10. Chip May 29th, 2014 at 9:31 am

    A few thoughts and musings

    Pete O’Brien is tied with Nelson Cruz for the most HR in professional baseball.

    With Tex’s wrist barking a little, Beltran hurt, the Yankees desperate for power and the team going back to the AL park – call up Kyle Roller. Is he ready? Probably not, he’s only been at AAA for about five minutes. But he’s been crushing the ball all season and is a LH power hitter who would probably be no worse an option than Alfonso Soriano.

    Call up Jose Pirela. Outside of Spring Training I’ve never seen him play, and yes Brian Roberts had a good game yesterday, but all Pirela has done the last three years is hit while playing 2b. Lets see what he can do at this level to determine if the team needs to look outside the organization for a 2b. This will also allow the Yankees to promote Refsnyder to AAA.

    They would need to open up two spots on the 40 (DFA Romine, 60 Day DL Sabathia) and two spots on the 25 (send back down Almonte and Daley)

    Lineup:

    Gardner – LF
    Jeter – SS
    Ellsbury – CF
    Tex – 1b
    McCann – C
    Solarte – 3b
    Soriano/Ichiro – RF
    Roller – DH
    Pirela – 2b

  11. Cashmoney May 29th, 2014 at 9:33 am

    maybe i am one of the few who expect more clarity and certainties with a 220 mil payroll,

  12. Shame Spencer May 29th, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Guys I fell asleep crazy early last night (we had a comfortable lead) because I’ve had some fierce illness thingy happening… I was soooo glad we got that win. Really, really big.

    Every day that passes is another day I fall harder and harder for John Ryan Murphy.

    I know he’s one of the few trade chips we have, but I want to keep him. I’m hugging hard.

  13. Shame Spencer May 29th, 2014 at 9:37 am

    How many headline writers would kill to have Zelous Wheeler make the team at some point..?

  14. Cashmoney May 29th, 2014 at 9:42 am

    no doubt shame, Betances, Murphy and Solarte does bring some hopes. since I don’t trust cashman, i hope he doesn’t do jack this year.

    let’s it roll baby.

  15. Cashmoney May 29th, 2014 at 9:42 am

    *let it

  16. 86w183 May 29th, 2014 at 9:43 am

    If you started from zero payroll and went to $ 220 M you would probably have plenty of certainty and clarity.

    When you start with several large contracts that are far beyond the players’ current value it’s much more problematic.

    It’s why Blake and I, among others have pined for the Yanks to commit to a complete re-build or an all-in talent acquisition effort rather than a little of each.

    I don’t see the benefit in dumping Roberts and eating his salary to promote Pirela… especially if it means they DFA Austin Romine.

  17. bigdan22 May 29th, 2014 at 9:43 am

    “It’s big when you’re not playing your best baseball, to salvage games like we did on this trip,” Brian McCann said . . .

    ——–

    There is quite clear flaw in this assessment. How do you know you are NOT playing your best baseball right now?

    The Yanks were five games over .500 right around the end of April. So basically the team has played about .500 for a month, not a particularly short sample size. I said about 10 days ago that I thought this team, as presently constructed, had a natural limit of about a .520 winning percentage, and that’s if everything goes right. That’s the product of consistently mediocre offense, Five and Fly starters and a short bullpen. I don’t think the Yanks could sustain a 6 or 7 game win streak now even if the offense could produce enough leads to achieve that. The bullpen doesn’t have enough depth to close out those wins. Look how many pitchers were needed last night to protect a 7-0 lead for the alleged team’s No. 2 starter. It just won’t work.

    And now that about a third of the season is over, it becomes highly probable that poor starts by McCann and Soriano and Ellsbury will be more than just poor starts. While maybe one of those three may hit well enough the rest of the way to have an average season, surely all three will not.

    So back to the original point. A 5-4 road trip is a success. Because most likely that’s as good as it gets.

  18. yankeefeminista May 29th, 2014 at 9:45 am

    The O’Brien HRs have been fun to watch; guy kills the ball. But I also like the two walks last night and am looking forward to seeing O’Brien be more disciplined in Trenton as pitchers stop giving him balls to hit. In Tampa toward the end he wasn’t seeing great pitches and was learning to lay off and instead of being overly aggressive. Also looking forward to OB’s defensive improvements, which he is going to need to make the show. Also good to see Sanchez, the other big bat in Trenton, showing some loft, two doubles and two HR in his last 5 GP. So, hopefully the hand is feeling 100% or close. He’s now batting .294/.358/.459 on the road. ManBan pitches this morning in cool and windy Reading. Fingers crossed.

    And yeah, JR is one of the few must AB for me. Even when I am listening on the radio, I will run down a few flights of staris to the TV set just to see his AB. Just a solid true blue Yankee, talented, gutsy and homegrown. That stuff really matters to some of us.

  19. Cashmoney May 29th, 2014 at 9:45 am

    It’s why Blake and I, among others have pined for the Yanks to commit to a complete re-build or an all-in talent acquisition effort rather than a little of each.
    ====
    86, that is my preference as well.

  20. Cashmoney May 29th, 2014 at 9:46 am

    I am interested to know, 86, if you think Cashman is the man for job?

  21. yankeefeminista May 29th, 2014 at 9:46 am

    flights of *stairs

  22. Yankee Trader May 29th, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Chip

    This team needs some healthy energy. Since a trade now seems unlikely,give Roller a chance, since Tex is obviously not 100%.

    Have to go.

    Everyone have a great day.

    Until later.

  23. austinmac May 29th, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Cash,

    I think the payroll is around $200M, far less than last year due to AROD.

  24. Cashmoney May 29th, 2014 at 9:49 am

    thanks mac, so if they don’t go all in like some of us wanted… then they should fold instead holding onto middle pair with a big kicker and hoping for showdown value.

  25. Shame Spencer May 29th, 2014 at 9:50 am

    It’s why Blake and I, among others have pined for the Yanks to commit to a complete re-build or an all-in talent acquisition effort rather than a little of each.

    ——————

    Probably a few of us that felt that way but this last off season pretty much blew any chance of that happening. They just added more questionable deals.

  26. DONNYBROOK May 29th, 2014 at 9:50 am

    - THURDAYS MORNING MUSINGS -

    (1) Already lost amidst the confetti throwing after this 5-4 road trip, is the Samardzja game that the Cubs absolutely handed the Yankees. “After Further Review” the road trip = 4-5.

    (2) Roberts continues to turn 2nd base into a Demolition Zone. Last night a bothched DP.

    (3) Saying “It’s hard to know what to make” of these Yankees, is stating the obvious. 3 SP’s on the shelf, and 2 heart of the order sticks not being there, makes what we are looking at a “temporary bandage”.

    (4) Robertson continues to walk the tightrope.

    (5) Running Adams out there in the 9th was Reckless. Just another team that come hell or high water will do Anything to beat the Yankees.

  27. bigdan22 May 29th, 2014 at 9:51 am

    “It’s why Blake and I, among others have pined for the Yanks to commit to a complete re-build or an all-in talent acquisition effort rather than a little of each”

    —–

    This has always been a false choice. First a complete rebuild is never an option for the franchise. You only have to be a fan for about six months to understand that. History controls. Second, even if you double your payroll it’s unlikely there is enough of the right talent out there to make you a winner on a consistent basis. Signing multiple duplicative players of dubious value to long contracts creates problems, doesn’t solve them.

    No, you need a fully integrated roster construction, system management and budget conscious plan to achieve both short-term and long term success. Believing this task can be completed in one or even two off seasons is a misconception.

  28. Ys Guy May 29th, 2014 at 9:55 am

    The Orioles (4th in the AL) outscored the Yankees by 95 runs last year, then the added Cruz who leads the majors in HRs. But the Yankees (8th in the AL) have outscored the O’s (9th) to this point.

  29. Cashmoney May 29th, 2014 at 9:56 am

    This has always been a false choice. First a complete rebuild is never an option for the franchise.
    ======
    really? what about after 64 or when steiner got banned?

  30. 86w183 May 29th, 2014 at 10:03 am

    I am interested to know, 86, if you think Cashman is the man for job?

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

    Hard to say without knowing how much autonomy he really has. We know a few things — such as he wanted Beltran not Randy Johnson and he was right. He wanted to let Alex walk and, despite 2009 I believe he was right. He also wanted Pavano and Igawa and wanted to re-acquire Javier Vasquez.

    bigdan22 — your bloviating aside, a complete rebuild was and is doable and can be sold to the fan base. The last two off-seasons provided that opportunity…. they instead chose to patch the tires. Next realistic chance is now three years away… so start spending bigger $$$ on short term deals could be the strategy

  31. bigdan22 May 29th, 2014 at 10:03 am

    “Even better, O’Brien walked twice last night!. Refsnyder continues to hit as well. Wonder if he could possibly be our starting 2nb next year”

    —-

    I’m glad people are starting to recognize the potential value of Refsynder. He’s one of those plodders I talk about so much. Like Flores and John Ryan, it’s unlikely you will see him on any top prospect lists. Those lists are made for the Mason Williams of the world.

    I said at the beginning of Spring Training that I felt Refsynder and Sanchez were probably the Yanks two most important prospects going into this season. Sanchez because he’s the consensus top prospect thereby making him their best minor league trade chip. And Refsynder because he’s actually shown some minor league success at a position for which there is a big major league need. Second base. And he seemed to have a hit tool, rare for Yankee prospects (Williams?).

    Refs got off to a pretty poor first couple of weeks. Striking out a ton. But he’s been awesome in the month of May. He’s over .300 now. Last night in the top of the ninth with no outs, he’d tied the game with an RBI triple. And then was left on base as the potential winning run by Austin, Sanchez and O’Brien. A game Trenton would lose in extras.

    O’Brien is a great story on many levels and he’s definitely forcing himself into the consciousness of the entire organization. But watch the plodders too. Like plodders Mattingly and Boggs before, sometimes good things do come in small packages.

  32. Yankee Fan 1 May 29th, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Shame – I am with you on Murphy. Love the guy. If they send him down in order to keep Mr. I get hurt every other day Cervelli, I’m going to be pissed.

  33. Shame Spencer May 29th, 2014 at 10:09 am

    They wouldn’t have needed to completely rebuild.. but they could have decided against adding more long term dollars to players over 30. They might still have had to overpay for certain talent, but assume you let Cano walk, extend Gardner, sign Infante, Salty, Cruz and Tanaka..?

    I mean we’re dealing with all supposition here, but it’s not like the suggestion 86 is making would be to just tie the purse strings shut and keep them that way until 2017 when all the money falls off the books.

  34. Cashmoney May 29th, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Shame, this off season massive financial commitment makes rebuilding is even less likely of a scenario.

  35. Cashmoney May 29th, 2014 at 10:10 am

    all in or fold is what i am saying.

  36. bigdan22 May 29th, 2014 at 10:12 am

    “they instead chose to patch the tires.”

    —–

    I wouldn’t call $85MM to McCann or $150MM to Ellsbury “patching the tires.”

    Next question.

  37. Ys Guy May 29th, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Old Homey week starts Sunday with the return of Phil Yews, (hardhats required) and continues on Monday with the Cano return.

    Might there be a Jesus sighting? He’s ‘smoaking’ the M’s 1B group with 8HR/ 35RBI in Tacoma while Smoak/Hart/LoMo are terrible.

  38. yankeefeminista May 29th, 2014 at 10:17 am

    The Yankees are in patch mode position-wise because they always get rid of their mlb ready position players. They don’t even slightly comprehend the meaning of homegrown youth/in prime players. Hopefully, at some point they will. Even now you have McCann blocking JR and Beltran and Sori blocking Zoilo. The Yankees in spite of other teams extending their own still do business the FA way. Hopefully we actually one day will add some kids to the mix who are regulars, not backups and bench players.

  39. yankeefeminista May 29th, 2014 at 10:17 am

    and Ichiro*…

  40. MTU May 29th, 2014 at 10:18 am

    IMO this Team has not hit it’s stride yet.

    Still time to do so.

    Also for mid-course correction(s).

    The fact that we have hung in there in spite of the continuing adversity is encouraging to those w an optimistic perspective.

    ;)

  41. Shame Spencer May 29th, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Signing players reminds me of buying things from the William Sonoma catalog.

    William Sonoma sells biscuits for $72. Now I absolutely love biscuits. They are buttery, carb goodness. Who doesn’t love biscuits??

    HOWEVER.

    There are many fast food restaurants that provide you with free biscuits (Red Lobster, of the cheddar bay variety). And while I’m sure the William Sonoma biscuits are delicious, do we believe they are $72 more delicious than free biscuits? The Yankees bought a few $72 biscuits this winter is what I’m saying.

    I…. don’t really remember what my point was. I’d really like to have some biscuits right now.

  42. MTU May 29th, 2014 at 10:21 am

    And because things need to remain as stable as possible in this World.

    It’s time to go and walk the Mops.

    See you when I can.

  43. yankeefeminista May 29th, 2014 at 10:21 am

    I’m always optimistic, but I have wholly disagreed with the way we have constructed our team, going back to 2010. Thank God Tanaka was posted and that we had the money to pay him is all I am going to say… Keep covering those boo boos with dinero, please.

  44. Ys Guy May 29th, 2014 at 10:22 am

    i forgot about Nunie’s return!

  45. blake May 29th, 2014 at 10:22 am

    It’s why Blake and I, among others have pined for the Yanks to commit to a complete re-build or an all-in talent acquisition effort rather than a little of each.”

    It’s best in life to always either be all in or all out……a half a$$ commitment is the worst kind

  46. yankeefeminista May 29th, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Unless the Williams Sonoma biscuits are made with better ingredients and therefore you save in terms of good health and medical bills. But $72 is a bit much; I vote for homemade biscuits. Go find a man who can cook! ;)

  47. yankeefeminista May 29th, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Or I should say *bake*!

  48. Shame Spencer May 29th, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Cashmoney May 29th, 2014 at 10:09 am
    Shame, this off season massive financial commitment makes rebuilding is even less likely of a scenario.

    ——————-

    There could have been more effective ways to spread around the money spent this off season, that wouldn’t have cost them the longer term commitments. Beltran was a mistake for those dollars and years at his age. Ellsbury and McCann are good players that got elite money. The extension of Gardner on top of Ellsbury’s deal was always a ‘huh?’ sort of move.

    I don’t even think each move in a vacuum was incorrect – gotta be clear about that before I start getting yelled at – but as a combination I don’t think it was the best way to utilize resources. I thought they were building a ‘win-now’ club for 2014, but they don’t even really have that. As each guy gets older, the likelihood of them getting better is…. not so good.

  49. Ys Guy May 29th, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Those free biscuits are almost worth the price you pay for them. Baked weeks ago in Oshkosh and filled with fake buttery goodness!

  50. bruceb May 29th, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Dont’ fall in love with John Ryan Murphy…it will only end in heartbreak. The fact that the Yanks are where they are now is almost entirely down to three players…Tanaka, Robbo and Betances. Possibly four if you overlook Ellsbury’s recent slump.

    If they’re going to stay in the race, they’re going to need to strengthen…and unless I’m missing something, the only trade chip of value they have is JR.

    Sooner or later, someone’s first choice catcher is going to suffer a season-ending injury. You’re not going to get much back for Cervelli…but you might for Murphy. Kid looks a keeper to me…but if he could help you get another SP, then surely you have to seriously consider it?

    Add Samardzija to either the Jays or Orioles right now and we’re probably playing for the second wild card.

  51. Ys Guy May 29th, 2014 at 10:25 am

    and btw, I’m the best biscuit baker any of you have never met. Bagels, too!

  52. austinmac May 29th, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Shame.

    Yes, the Red Lobster biscuits are yummy.

  53. blake May 29th, 2014 at 10:25 am

    The one thing that you can say about the Yankees is that they never quit …..the only time I can remember them laying down in the last 2 decades is the 2012 ALCS and that was because they had their heart ripped out in thirst game when Jeter crumpled to the turf.

    They always overachieve…….and when they have the players they win…..they need to get the players

  54. Ys Guy May 29th, 2014 at 10:27 am

    its the micro-hearth that makes those red lobster near-biscuits so good!

  55. Cashmoney May 29th, 2014 at 10:28 am

    i have never been to a Red Lobster!

  56. Cashmoney May 29th, 2014 at 10:28 am

    fem, Tanaka is good fit both short and long term, yanks need to gain similar prospective on positional talents with similar potentials/risks and gamble on it. granted, T comes with heftier price tag because of the modest risks.

    cuz, errr… we don’t have any as of now.

  57. Ys Guy May 29th, 2014 at 10:30 am

    … or maybe it’s the ‘buttery blend’ they spread on them…

  58. Shame Spencer May 29th, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Ys Guy May 29th, 2014 at 10:22 am
    i forgot about Nunie’s return!

    ———–

    LOL, so did I! I was too focused on Hughes.

    fem – In this world some things cost more because they are a significantly better product (IKEA furniture vs. like every other furniture). That being said, there has to be a threshold by which the taste of a biscuit cannot be improved upon. Does that threshold amount to $72…? This is probably one of those cases where things that cost more just cost more for no reason (Beats by Dre headphones vs. like every other set of headphones).

  59. Ys Guy May 29th, 2014 at 10:32 am

    drizzle a little of thier imitation maple syrup on those miked-fresh out-of-the-freezer near biscuits and you really have something.

    …something… :)

  60. Cashmoney May 29th, 2014 at 10:32 am

    it looked at this way, McCann, Beltran and Ells, which part of that equation/money i can allocated for less certainty but maybe in return, massive haul in talents and youth.

    spread that around like Hahn of WS did this off season.

  61. Shame Spencer May 29th, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Cashmoney May 29th, 2014 at 10:28 am
    i have never been to a Red Lobster!

    —————

    Don’t go until the unlimited shrimp starts.

    Unlimited shrimp is, without a doubt, the best kind of shrimp.

    You can get ANY KIND you want, one after the other, different varieties of shrimp.

    I clean house.

  62. Cashmoney May 29th, 2014 at 10:33 am

    *I looked at it

  63. 86w183 May 29th, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Just because the tire patches are really expensive doesn’t change what they are.

    It’s all the indecision and mis-direction associated with the quest to get the payroll down to $189 M. Once the rule changed and the incentives to do so increased Hal made it a clear goal, rather than a mandate…. thus the balancing act which is sooooooo much more difficult.

    Don’t get me wrong. I don’t want them to go all-in on a total rebuild while phasing out the huge contracts, but a year (or two) of that would be more tolerable with a long range plan than what they’ve done the past two off-seasons.

  64. Cashmoney May 29th, 2014 at 10:36 am

    I think there is one in white plain, red lobby that is, I try to avoid Time Sq, but might go check it out.

  65. yankeefeminista May 29th, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Cashmoney, you are preaching to the choir.

    Shame, I hear ya!

    bruceb May 29th, 2014 at 10:25 am
    Dont’ fall in love with John Ryan Murphy…it will only end in heartbreak.

    ___
    I have been following that kid since 2010. But I am made of heartbreak when it comes to the kids, and continue to somehow survive and maintain my diehard rooting. Humans are resilient. Yankee fans even more so; we have our legacy after all.

  66. 86w183 May 29th, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Hey guys lets do easy on the second wild card crap. Toronto has exactly TWO fewer losses than the Yanks. They’ve had a great two weeks, but other than that they haven’t been anything special at all.

  67. bigdan22 May 29th, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Let’s not forget the three replacement pitchers have lower starting ERAs than the three pitchers they replaced. And when and if Beltran comes back, which Beltran will the Yanks get? The one they thought they signed, or the one who was on the road to a down season just like Soriano, Ellsbury and McCann.

    Anyway you slice it it’s hard to believe there’s a better Yankee team hiding out there trying to come out.

    Let’s talk about everyone’s favorite topic, the Yanks’ infield defense a bit. With the current crop, will it get better or worse as the season progresses? The way I see it is, Tex will probably improve. Maybe Solarte too who really hasn’t been that bad. Maybe even Johnson will get somewhat better if he plays more. But Jeter and Roberts? Not happening. In fact, I think there’s a better than even chance both will get worse.

    Now we all know nothing can be done about Jeter. It would be nice if Ryan could play a bit more. I can’t believe his two errors so far is who he is. But Roberts? The guy can’t throw or catch. I like him. He’s a real nice guy. And he’s not a disaster at the plate. He was really their hitting star in this last series. But as seemingly immaterial as I’ve proven bad infield defense to be so far this season regarding game results, I don’t think it’s immaterial at all. There are collateral effects. And Jeter playing late in games and Roberts playing all together will cost the Yanks at some point this year. I firmly believe that.

  68. yankeefeminista May 29th, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Cashmoney May 29th, 2014 at 10:28 am
    i have never been to a Red Lobster!
    __
    I may have once in Providence, RI. I don’t remember it at all, so… I must not have liked it.

  69. blake May 29th, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Ys Guy says:
    May 29, 2014 at 10:25 am
    and btw, I’m the best biscuit baker any of you have never met. Bagels, too!

    I can’t bake anything worth a damn…..batter is my kryptonite

  70. Ys Guy May 29th, 2014 at 10:38 am

    I have two Alabamians and a Mississippian who are regulars who say my biscuits and country gravy are the best they’ve ever had.

    and the biscuits are a buck and a half apiece.

  71. Shame Spencer May 29th, 2014 at 10:39 am

    bruce – If I felt like they’d really get someone worth while, I’d be at least understanding of trading Murphy. But they’ll trade him for like Shields or something and I’ll cry.

  72. Doreen May 29th, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Ys Guy -

    ONe of these days I’m going to plan my trip up to White Plains better so that I can stop by your place and grab a biscuit and a cup of soup!!!

    Scratch-made, with the best ingredients, done by careful and talented cooks/bakers, is always the best!!!

    So, I still hope the someone in the Yankee front office prevails upon the powers that be to make the investment in the scouting (shopping for ingredients) and development (preparation by talented coaches) areas of the team.

    One of my favorite things to listen for in player interviews is when players from the system talk about each other. I think this is one of the things that builds a team – having shared experiences.

    I am under no delusions about having another Core Four the likes of Jeter, Mo, Posada & Pettite. That was a gift from the baseball gods. But when John Ryan and Betances and Phelps and Warren and Whitley talk about one another, it’s fun for me. And it would be really nice to have another position player or two in that mix. What’s missing? An outfielder and an infielder.

  73. Ys Guy May 29th, 2014 at 10:39 am

    blake, you know what’s funny, I’ve been a cook/baker my whole life and I can’t cook rice. It’s a disaster every time. I have to get the prep cook to do rice for me!

  74. blake May 29th, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Ys Guy says:
    May 29, 2014 at 10:38 am
    I have two Alabamians and a Mississippian who are regulars who say my biscuits and country gravy are the best they’ve ever had.

    Quite possibly the worlds perfect food

  75. bigdan22 May 29th, 2014 at 10:41 am

    “Just because the tire patches are really expensive doesn’t change what they are”

    —–

    Yea it does. Vernon Wells was a tire patch. McCann is a new car. Now the car may be a lemon, but that’s a whole other issue.

    Sometime tire patches are preferable :)

  76. blake May 29th, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Ys Guy says:
    May 29, 2014 at 10:39 am
    blake, you know what’s funny, I’ve been a cook/baker my whole life and I can’t cook rice. It’s a disaster every time. I have to get the prep cook to do rice for me!

    I guess everybody has something…..I can make decent cornbread but pretty much anything else is a mess. Luckily my wife can bake

  77. Ys Guy May 29th, 2014 at 10:43 am

    If you like cornbread, you have to try my “Crackbread” sometime. (honeyed blue cornbread) we’re about to start packaging and distributing it.

  78. Moschitto May 29th, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Didn’t know I logged on to the Food Network.

  79. yankeefeminista May 29th, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Ys Guy, sounds tasty. Do you have more than one restaurant? I thought you were located in SO?

  80. blake May 29th, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Ys Guy says:
    May 29, 2014 at 10:43 am
    If you like cornbread, you have to try my “Crackbread” sometime. (honeyed blue cornbread) we’re about to start packaging and distributing it.

    I’ll order some

  81. Ys Guy May 29th, 2014 at 10:50 am

    I think the McCann signing is going to become a pretty popular one as time goes on. You have to give a catcher a little break when they start with a new team because handling a new pitching staff is quite a job and has to be the job 1 for the new catcher.

    When Martin came he had a good two weeks in April then sucked badly at bat til the ASG. People on here were lighting him up by mid summer, but he got better as time went on and alot of people wanted them to bring him back by the end.

    I know the dollars are not the same, but I believe McCann will come around with the bat and people here will come around on McCann.

  82. bigdan22 May 29th, 2014 at 10:51 am

    So there’s Pirela, Wheeler and Adonis. All right-handed. Some versatility there but gloves aren’t their calling card. We all saw them get some ABs during ST. They all seem like they can hit some. None are prospects but there is the Solarte factor. Problem is, none are on the 40 and I believe Sizemore and Anna still are. So basically, to add any one of these guys you may lose Sizemore or Anna. Is it worth it?

    I think they should bring up Roller. They need a back up at 1b because Tex clearly shouldn’t be playing every day. They need left-handed power. I can’t remember their last home run. I’m very against rushing prospects but Roller is no prospect. This is a lighting in a bottle move. And it makes sense because Almonte is a complete waste of a roster spot. Send Almone down, and bring up Roller. For him I’d risk losing Sizemore or Anna.

  83. blake May 29th, 2014 at 10:54 am

    I know the dollars are not the same, but I believe McCann will come around with the bat and people here will come around on McCann.”

    agreed….he’s gonna be fine. He’s shown signs of comin around

  84. Shame Spencer May 29th, 2014 at 10:54 am

    I need to have Ys cook for me as well, so let me know when you plan to pig out Doreen. I’d love to show off my eating skills. My family doesn’t appreciate them enough anymore. something about using a trough at dinner is apparently considered unbecoming…

  85. Chip May 29th, 2014 at 10:59 am

    I wouldn’t call what the Yankees did this winter half-a$$ed. I think it’s silly to believe that a team with as many holes as the Yankees had coming into the winter were going to be able to address them all in one off-season.

    They prioritized some areas:
    Catcher
    Diversification of offense
    Team speed/defense
    Rotation

    And they solidified those areas with the pickups they made.

    The problem that the Yankees have is that the last two years, rather than addressing problems they have been patching waiting for prospects who never came and so now they are stuck with more holes than can be filled in a one year turn around.

    Next year they’ll have to prioritize new areas – specifically middle infield and rotation – and build there.

    If you go into the 2015 season with a roster of:

    Ellsbury – CF
    Gardner – LF
    Beltran – DH
    Tex – 1b
    McCann – C
    Alex – 3b
    Cabrera – SS
    Solarte – 2b
    Flores – RF

    and a rotation of: Tanaka, Lester, Pineda, CC, Phelps/Banuelos

    All of a sudden the team is looking rebuilt with a core of players in their primes (Lester, Tanaka, Pineda, Ellsbury, McCann, Gardner and Cabrera) a solid bullpen and some young players sprinkled in.

  86. bruceb May 29th, 2014 at 11:00 am

    I too love to see the kids coming through too…unlike Fem and many more of you, I never get the chance to watch the ML teams play so they’re all “virgins” to me!

    Catcher seems to be the only position we have an abundance of talent at right now.

  87. Yankee Fan 1 May 29th, 2014 at 11:01 am

    blake May 29th, 2014 at 10:25 am
    The one thing that you can say about the Yankees is that they never quit …..the only time I can remember them laying down in the last 2 decades is the 2012 ALCS and that was because they had their heart ripped out in thirst game when Jeter crumpled to the turf.
    ___________________________________________________________
    I’ve never seen a team just lay down and die like that like they did in the ALCS. Once Jeter went down the whole team was acting like they were playing through a funeral or something.

  88. Ys Guy May 29th, 2014 at 11:05 am

    One restaurant here in South Orange, close by Seton Hall. We are looking to move to a larger place that better facilitates our catering.

  89. yankeefeminista May 29th, 2014 at 11:07 am

    I have said it from the beginning; McCann has had generally good AB and has had some bad luck. I had no issue with signing him until we lost Cano; IF we are going to really try to win then the signing makes sense. However, if not, I would have preferred to use the money elsewhere and go with our young catcher instead. We have bulked up catching and the OF and virtually ignored the infield. It is pretty comical. But if we could Stewie the C position last year, I guess we can Stewie the IF this season… Just hope they have a plan (I know, make it up as you go along and pray for FA signings) At least they moved Refsnyder to 2B from OF last year, so that’s a start… Pirela is AAAA filler in spite of his ability to hit and I won’t hold my breath on Gumbs being advanced to Trenton any time soon… And poor Anderson Feliz is now an OF and hurt again. Sigh.

  90. bigdan22 May 29th, 2014 at 11:11 am

    “. . .Next year they’ll have to prioritize new areas – specifically middle infield and rotation – and build there.

    If you go into the 2015 season with a roster of:

    Ellsbury – CF
    Gardner – LF
    Beltran – DH
    Tex – 1b
    McCann – C
    Alex – 3b
    Cabrera – SS
    Solarte – 2b
    Flores – RF

    and a rotation of: Tanaka, Lester, Pineda, CC, Phelps/Banuelos”

    —–

    This is how I’ve been thinking. It’s basically a two year plan to fix the 189 and farm system mess. But here’s the problem. That will require a big budgetary increase. Somewhere around $230MM which outside of Hal’s heretofore range. Will he do it?

    The killer was CC. Talked about that yesterday. His fall has created a need for a front end starter. That alone takes the budget from 210 to 230.

    Maybe Hal goes cheap on SS next year to keep the budget at status quo. Right now, I would say a pitcher like Lester is more of a need than a new expensive SS.

  91. Ys Guy May 29th, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Unconfirmed rumors are swirling that Slade Heathcott broke his arm turning off his alarm clock this morning then broke his leg gettting out of bed…..

  92. yankeefeminista May 29th, 2014 at 11:16 am

    “The problem that the Yankees have is that the last two years, rather than addressing problems they have been patching waiting for prospects who never came and so now they are stuck with more holes than can be filled in a one year turn around.”

    Like whom? They signed a FA CF when they already had Gardner and could have had the future CF in Austin Jackson that they dealt away. They won’t play Zoilo and dealt away Melky, so they’ve instead signed 3 older outfielders in Beltran, Sori, Ichi. They had a potential catcher in JR but chose not to go with youth, so they filled in at catcher and yes, McCann isn’t a bad signing. They let Cano go for nada nothing zilch. So, who created the holes? The Yankees are waiting around because of poor planning and poor team construction again going back to 2010 when it became clear that they needed a bat as Alex was no longer that middle of the order hitter. They chose instead to deal for pitching and that pitching has given us 4 starts in two years. Poor planning I am afraid. They need to get better at constructing a team.

  93. yankeefeminista May 29th, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Speaking of Trenton, Austin’s getting a rare start at 3B today, probably because of both the extra innings game last night (tough loss and that bullpen is going to be hurting, especially will Manny only going a couple of innings today) and Segedin being hurt.

  94. yankeefeminista May 29th, 2014 at 11:22 am

    “One restaurant here in South Orange, close by Seton Hall. We are looking to move to a larger place that better facilitates our catering.”

    I will show up on your doorstep one day. You said you are closed M and T, right?

  95. Patrick May 29th, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Ys Guy your posts are making me hungry… maybe I’ll show up one day

  96. Cashmoney May 29th, 2014 at 11:45 am

    back, was looking at Red Lob review at Time Sq, reads decent.

    this cheddar bay biscuit must be what shame was talking about earlier… i am inclined with the steak /shrimp combo.

    Shamey, how is their clam chowder?

  97. Chip May 29th, 2014 at 11:45 am

    If Hal had his druthers the Yankee farm system would have produced enough talent to make the team competitive last season in spite of all the injuries, there would have been buzz around the team and he could have let Cano walk, watched Alex get suspended and reset the tax clock by being under $189.

    Clearly that didn’t happen. Last year was a disaster which destroyed what he had been trying to do for the last two years – field a quality team in New York without spending a ton of money.

    Credit him with at least recognizing that he couldn’t do that again this season. It wasn’t altruistic – he realized he was losing more money by going cheap and missing the playoffs than by spending money and paying the tax.

    That said, the Yankees need to continue on the path they are on – which is to build with young, talented veterans, while they rebuild their development department which has produced hot garbage in terms of top level talent since Cano.

  98. Patrick May 29th, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Red Lobster is horrible except for those cheddar biscuits. All of their food is frozen that they just heat up. Its a good place if you are a poor college student that wants something other than dining hall food. Otherwise, stay away (in my opinion)

  99. Cashmoney May 29th, 2014 at 11:52 am

    to me and this is obviously on base on individuals, I am looking forward some positive farm developments in 14 as well as the upcoming IFA drafts.

    big league wise, it is what it is, keeping my expectation modest and will watch this team almost every night.

  100. austinmac May 29th, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    The biscuits are the best thing at Red Lobster. It was a good place to take my son for an Admiral’s feast that wasn’t and arm and a leg.

    I fully expect McCann and Ellsbury to produce as they normally do. Beltran probably will not. I doubt he can effectively play through the bone chips. We need a bat and we neeed it badly. Scoring 3.6 runs a game doesn’t work over the long haul.

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