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Postgame notes: “I plan on being in there tomorrow”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 13, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Jacoby Ellsbury

Jacoby Ellsbury was pulled from tonight’s game because of tightness in his right hip, but he said he still expects to be in the lineup tomorrow night in Oakland.

“It tightened up, I think, right after I hit the wall (making a catch in the fifth),” Ellsbury said. “And continued through that at-bat (in the sixth). I’m not concerned with it. … I got some ice on it, did everything we could, and I plan on being in there tomorrow.”

Joe Girardi had the same sort of minimal concern.

“It just tightened up a little bit,” Girardi said. “I thought he may have done it when he ran into the wall, but it was when he got out of the way of a pitch that up and in — what was it — the sixth inning or the seventh inning? So we just took him out. We think he’s a player for us tomorrow, but we’ll see.”

Ellsbury had some trouble with his hip in Kansas City and was supposed to sit out Monday’s game before it rained out — he hurt himself rounding first base — but he’s been playing extremely well lately. Tonight he hit a two-run homer in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 16 games dating back to May 26. He’s hitting .381 with 12 RBI during the streak.

It’s the longest active hitting streak in baseball and the longest by a Yankees player since Derek Jeter hit in 19 straight back in 2012.

Chase Whitley• No surprised after what Girardi said pregame, but it now seems all but certain that Francisco Cervelli will not join the Yankees until next week. Girardi said he doesn’t expect to have Cervelli tomorrow, and it likely won’t be until Tuesday at the earliest.

• Another really good start by Chase Whitley, who’s now won two in a row and pitched at least seven innings each time. This time he went 7.2, and Dellin Betances was laughing with Whitley in the clubhouse about going that deep in the game. He hasn’t walked a batter in his past four starts. Today he had no walks and six strikeouts. He got that deep in the game on just 82 pitches. “As a competitor you never want to be taken out,” Whitley said. “But at the same time, he made the right call. I’m not complaining.”

• Girardi said he went to Matt Thornton for the final out in the eighth for two reasons: 1. Robinson Cano had hit the ball hard against Whitley, and 2. Thornton hadn’t pitched in a while and the Yankees wanted to get him in a game.

• Whitley finally allowed a home run when Logan Morrison hit a solo shot in the second inning. Whitley started his big league career with 27.2 innings without a home run. He also did not allow a home run in 26.1 innings in Triple-A this season.

Derek Jeter• Whitley’s biggest out seemed to be the strikeout of Kyle Seager to leave runners at the corners in the third inning. The Yankees had scored two runs in the top of that inning, and Whitley said he felt it was vital to keep the momentum from shifting. “Huge because that was a shutdown inning,” Whitley said. “My goal is always to make sure that we shut down innings. To be able to do that, especially in that situation, first and third, to get through that, that was big.”

• Derek Jeter had three hits and a walk. He had seven hits with two stolen bases, two walks and no strikeouts this series. “I told you guys, I feel good,” Jeter said. “All you can do is keep battling. This game at times is really, really difficult. Most times, all the time, it’s difficult. You go through stretches where you have to make adjustments. I don’t care if it’s your first year or your 20th year. You have to make adjustments. Sometimes adjustments take a little while, but you have to keep at it, and hopefully the results will come.”

• Alfonso Soriano had just one hit, but it was a big two-run double. He hasn’t played much lately, but he’s one of the few right-handed power bats on the roster. “He’s had some RBI base hits for us,” Girardi said. “And we need him to do that. As I’ve said all along, his struggles have been mostly against right handers. He’s been pretty good against left handers, and he did it again tonight.”

• Three awfully good catches tonight. Ellsbury made a key catch in center, Gardner robbed at least a double in the seventh, and Ichiro Suzuki made a nice catch in right after entering as a defensive replacement. When those three are in there together, the Yankees have an outfield that can cover a lot of ground and make some huge plays.

Brian Roberts• Gardner really played it casual after making his catch. Whitley said he thought Gardner had caught it, then he saw Gardner’s reaction and assumed the ball was gone. Eventually, Gardner showed the ball. Everyone in the ballpark seemed to think the ball had gone out. “Yeah?” Gardner said. “I wasn’t trying to (trick them). I didn’t think that — you assume everyone sees it go in the glove. I guess being right at the top of the wall, everyone thought by my reaction that it was out, maybe. … I made them wait for it for a couple of seconds. Keep Whitley on his toes.”

• This was the Yankees third series sweep of the season, which remarkably matches their series sweep total from last season. Their previous series sweeps this season, though, were two-game sets. This was their first three-game series sweep.

• Another road series full of standing ovations for Jeter. He gets much more positive attention on the road than at home these days. After he nearly beat out an infield single in the ninth, Jeter waved briefly to the crowd as he walked off the field. They were going nuts for his final at-bat. “I was upset I didn’t beat it out at first,” Jeter said. “So most of the way back I was upset at myself. I’m aware of (the ovation). I’m aware of it because they’ve given me a nice ovation at all times. … It’s awkward when you’re in the middle of a game and the game’s not over, but the fans have been great all three games here.”

• Final word goes to Gardner: “Wins haven’t been easy to come by. Three in a row (is tough), and the Mariners have been playing pretty well. We faced some good pitching. We needed this. We’re feeling pretty good about ourselves and guys have been throwing the ball well. Our pitching has been great all year. It’s going to be a tough weekend in Oakland; those guys have got a real good team and we’re going to go in there and try to win the first game tomorrow night.”

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73 Responses to “Postgame notes: “I plan on being in there tomorrow””

  1. bigdan22 June 13th, 2014 at 2:40 am

    Re-post:

    Talk about a strange game.

    The Yanks win 6-3. Two runs knocked in be Soriano who can’t even see the ball anymore. Two runs knocked in by Jeter, he of .630 OPS. And three, count them THREE, just missed Mariner home runs. Haha.

    I guess we’ll take it.

    Whitley had a pretty nice slider and CU tonight tho. Beltran can’t hit left-handed.

    On to Oakland!

  2. pete22 June 13th, 2014 at 3:38 am

    In series where Jeter has received a a farewell ceremony, he is batting 321 (did not include KC since he did not get his ceremony). In other games, he is batting 243. This perhaps explains his poor home numbers. Yankees need to provide Jeter with a farewell ceremony each series at home. :lol:

    Seriously, a good series by Jeter shows the importance of production at the 2nd spot. I thought the first 2 games was a bit of BABIP luck except for the smash on a 83 mph hanger to LF, and one of the SB he got an assist from Ellsbury blocking the C. However, looking at the replay of todays game he really stung the ball, and had some good AB against pitchers with some heat.

  3. pete22 June 13th, 2014 at 3:39 am

    He also made some good defensive plays this series

  4. blake June 13th, 2014 at 6:47 am

    The offense is a lot better when Jeter hits …..

    Season ended today the yanks would be tied for the 2nd WC somehow

  5. blake June 13th, 2014 at 7:08 am

    So we gotta talk about Whitley…..he’s not doing this with smoke and mirrors…..I mean it looks sustainable. He doesn’t walk ANYBoDY and he has a good slider and CU…..what a story he is so far

  6. GregD June 13th, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Blake…..Whitley is a pleasant development in a season of struggles……..he can be a strong part of the rotation for years to come…….and I think he will continue to develop………he has been a starter for less than a year……

  7. austinmac June 13th, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Whitley’s change was a swing and miss pitch. Who knew?

    It is amazing how the Jays aren’t scoring. Most felt their offense would be their strong point.

    I hope Ellsbury is okay. To say he is critical is probably an understatement.

  8. Tar June 13th, 2014 at 7:40 am

    It’s ok to say Jeter had a great game or series without adding all the qualifiers. It really is ok.

    Some seem to want him to fail in some dumb quest to be the “most correct” poster on the blog.

  9. austinmac June 13th, 2014 at 7:46 am

    It is good to see Jeter swinging better. You know he wants to go out playing well.

    Yes, too often folks care more about being right than Yankee wins.

  10. Cashmoney June 13th, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Morning all.

    a blast from the past!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ib_eW9VSUwM

  11. blake June 13th, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Greg,
    we can hope…I mean this doesn’t seem like an Aaron Small situation where a guy is doing well and you can’t understand why……they need to get him stretched on out to 100 pitches….but he really throws strikes and he has 2 pretty good secondary pitches. He might be the real deal…….the Yanks have gotten 2 answers literally out of nowhere this season in Solarte and Whitley.

  12. blake June 13th, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Maybe Jete is finally making the adjustments he needs to make to have success……we’ll see…..if he can physically figure it out though I believe he will

  13. blake June 13th, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Certainly hope Ellsbury is ok…..the last thing they need is for him to miss time and cool off.

  14. Cashmoney June 13th, 2014 at 8:11 am

    but he really throws strikes and he has 2 pretty good secondary pitches.

    did not watch the game last night, Whitley surprises me with his command and control. most of time i see him setup hitter with his fb and kept em off balance with his change up and slider. Again, I have not seen leave too many down the middle, he has been able to hit the corners with fb so far. I think his stuff is average, probably not sustainable to the tune of 2ish era but pleasant surprise nonetheless. his biggest asset, his command.

  15. blake June 13th, 2014 at 8:13 am

    “I think his stuff is average, probably not sustainable to the tune of 2ish era but pleasant surprise nonetheless. his biggest asset, his command.”

    well no…..but who cares….if he can just be a good and reliable 4th starter that’s a big bonus.

  16. Cashmoney June 13th, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Jeter had 3 singles including 2 laced singles to RF off some decent heat, it’s about time.

  17. Cashmoney June 13th, 2014 at 8:21 am

    .if he can just be a good and reliable 4th starter that’s a big bonus.
    ======
    he is pitching like what yanks imaging Nova or CC would have… I take it. at least he establishing some values and keep the yanks in game at the minimum.

  18. pkyankfan69 June 13th, 2014 at 8:23 am

    The Tankee/Wankees: 16 – 3
    The Yankees: 18 – 28

  19. Cashmoney June 13th, 2014 at 8:25 am

    it gives me great pleasures to give it to the Ms… mmm..HBP, I hope Whitley plunk Cano good, once a comrade now the enemy!

  20. 86w183 June 13th, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Good morning all —-

    Nice to see Whitley doing so well and I agree it looks legit. Lotsa movement on the fastball and cood command of the slider and change.

    No one should want Jeter to continue to struggle. Great series in Seattle, and winning the series in Oakland would be another significant step.

  21. 86w183 June 13th, 2014 at 8:28 am

    It only took one World Cup game for me to lose interest.

    A blatant flop in essence decided the game. I support chemical castration for soccer floppers.

  22. Cashmoney June 13th, 2014 at 8:39 am

    By Michael Axisa
    C Gary Sanchez, who was benched yesterday for disciplinary reasons, had a closed door meeting with the coaching staff according to Nick Peruffo. “Gary is out of there for a couple of days until we decide he deserves to play again, plain and simple,” said someone on the staff. This isn’t the first time they’ve had to discipline him — Sanchez was demoted to Extended Spring Training a few years ago because he refused to catch a bullpen session, among other things.

  23. pat June 13th, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Why would Yankee fans want Derek to struggle? That being said, acknowledging it when he does is not heresy.

    From all we’ve heard about Derek’s family in the past 20 years, I think they may protect him less than some here. :wink:

  24. Cashmoney June 13th, 2014 at 8:42 am

    random thoughts on the farm… William is finally picking up offensively in AA, Judge continues to hit, intrigue by Miguel Anduja, though still a distant dream to the Bronx. Pirela, Z and Roller keeps on hitting in AAA.

  25. Yankee Trader June 13th, 2014 at 8:44 am

    More on Sanchez from NJ.com

    The Yankees appear to be having big problems with their big prospect. Sanchez had a closed-door meeting with Double-A Trenton manager Tony Franklin after his second straight benching for disciplinary reasons, according to a report from Trentonian’s Nick Peruffo. Franklin said Sanchez benched for “violating team guidelines,” though he wouldn’t say what they were, the report said. T

    Sanchez had a closed-door meeting with Double-A Trenton manager Tony Franklin after his second straight benching for disciplinary reasons, according to a report from Trentonian’s Nick Peruffo.

    Franklin said Sanchez benched for “violating team guidelines,” though he wouldn’t say what they were, the report said. The 21-year-old catcher might not see the field for a little while, either.

    “Gary is out of there for a couple of days until we decide he deserves to play again, plain and simple,” Franklin was quoted saying.

    Sanchez is widely regarded to be the team’s best hitting prospect, though his path to the majors appears blocked by the Yankees’ glut of catching talent. Starter Brian McCann just signed a five-year, $85-million deal, and Francisco Cervelli, John Ryan Murphy and Austin Romine are all higher than Sanchez on the organizational depth chart.

    Sanchez is hitting just .229 with seven homers this season. It’s his second at Double-A.

  26. austinmac June 13th, 2014 at 8:45 am

    I expect Sanchez to be gone in a few weeks. This is not helping his value.

  27. mick June 13th, 2014 at 8:47 am

    That sounds so much like Montero.

  28. Cashmoney June 13th, 2014 at 8:47 am

    I don’t know that we have a glut of catching talent, if we do, can we turn it into glut of something else?no sure if Sanchez is the best hitting prospect Yanks have, he might be the best hitting catching prospect they have.

  29. mick June 13th, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Cano reminds me of when Griffey’s smile turned upside down.

  30. Yankee Trader June 13th, 2014 at 8:49 am

    I didn’t see the game either, but watched the highlights. Can’t remember the last time I saw all three outfielders make three nice catches at the wall, that were headed for extra bases, or more!

  31. Cashmoney June 13th, 2014 at 8:53 am

    I think Murphy will be sent down once Cervelli comes off the DL which makes sense in terms getting Murphy consistent at bats and playing time. I hope Lord Helmet stay healthy for more than 20 games this time.

  32. Missing Cano June 13th, 2014 at 8:55 am

    is there anyone else the Yanks have that can pull a whitley or is it wait and see for Sabathia/Pineda and the trade deadline???

  33. Cashmoney June 13th, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Mac, you see a trade involving Sanchez?

  34. 86w183 June 13th, 2014 at 8:57 am

    I hope they keep Murphy on the big team and let Frankie stay in Scranton for as long as they can. Murphy has been terrific and sending him down would be a typically stupid personnel decision in which they send down a younger player simply because he’s younger and has options.

    The dude is hitting .310 and has the fourth best OPS on the active roster. If Cervelli has to be activated trade him.

  35. Missing Cano June 13th, 2014 at 8:58 am

    simply because he’s younger and has options.

    gosh this is so sad and so true

  36. Missing Cano June 13th, 2014 at 8:58 am

    although I do applaud that they kept Jose Ramirez up and sent down Daley that was a rare inspirational moment

  37. Yankee Trader June 13th, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Is minor-league slugger Peter O’Brien the answer to the Yankees’ power problem?

    The lack of power has the Yankees ranked 22nd in the league in home runs (52) and 22nd in run scored (256). And with a team batting average of just .242, the Yankees are showing they can’t consistently manufacture runs with timely hitting.

    If the anemic offense continues, general manager Brian Cashman will have two choices: Go shopping for a bat, or find one in his back yard. The Yankees could consider calling up Trenton Thunder’s Peter O’Brien, a power-hitting right-handed bat who has been tearing it up in the minors.

    O’Brien — 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds — has a combined 22 homers between High-A Tampa and the Double-A Thunder this season. He also has 48 RBIs and is batting .278/.313/.630 with an OPS of .943. Those 22 home runs put him at the top of the minor leagues this

    http://www.nj.com/yankees/inde.....mself.html

  38. austinmac June 13th, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Cash,

    Recognizing I have no knowledge at all, I get the sense the Yankees are about done with him, and they will move him if they can still get a good return. He is in his second year ay AA, and still young, but I don’t see much progression.

    He could be, I hope, a good chip for a starter or offensive help. I would sure look into it.

  39. MTU June 13th, 2014 at 9:03 am

    YT-

    Where they gonna play him even if they would consider it ?

  40. Yankee Trader June 13th, 2014 at 9:04 am

    New Post——->

  41. Cashmoney June 13th, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Is minor-league slugger Peter O’Brien the answer to the Yankees’ power problem?
    ====
    I think he definitely needs more time YT. his average and obp would translate into Rob Deer on ML level or worse. It is going to be a huge hurdle imo, his strike zone judgment.

  42. austinmac June 13th, 2014 at 9:05 am

    YT,

    It all depends on whether O’Brien can develop some plate discipline. He has light tower power with routine swings. He needs to swing at strikes. If he does, he has power possessed only by a few.

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