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Postgame notes: “You want to be a part of it”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 14, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Mark Teixeira

As reporters began to gather around David Phelps’ locker tonight, all the lockers around him had emptied except the one right next door. That’s where Chase Whitley — a tall guy in a small space — was still tying his shoes, blocking the clearest path to the night’s starting pitcher.

“Chase!” Phelps said. “Get out of here!”

Whitley laughed. Phelps laughed. Reporters laughed. Amazing how four wins can really change the mood in the clubhouse. It goes without saying, and it’s said all the time, but the atmosphere really does feel different. This was a really good win against a really good team, and the Yankees left this ballpark feeling … happy.

“It’s definitely one of the best starts of my career, probably,” Phelps said. “Come in here against a team that’s first in its division with one of the best records in baseball, my biggest thing is going out and trying to give us a chance to win every time out. Our offense gave me a chance to be successful out there, so I tip my cap to them because they did a great job for me, giving me a cushion early on. They made some great plays behind me on the defensive side too.”

Phelps allowed just two hits. Six different Yankees drove in a run. Mark Teixeira started a key double play in the sixth. Jacoby Ellsbury kept his hitting streak going. Derek Jeter had his fourth straight multi-hit game. Dellin Betances and Jose Ramirez pitched well out of the bullpen. Even Brendan Ryan was laughing postgame after being hit in the funny bone and thinking, for a moment, that he might have been seriously hurt.

“When a team’s clicking offensively, it just builds confidence within the team,” Ellsbury said. “You want to be a part of it. The last few games, guys having been swinging the bats great. … We have very good hitters one through nine, and it’s fun when guys are swinging the bats well, putting good at-bats together. I think that was the key tonight, just getting some big hits with runners in scoring position.”

The Yankees are now 5-2 on this road trip, meaning they’ve guaranteed themselves a winning record on the trip and they have a chance to have a really good trip if they can win one of these next two. A 7-0 win against the team with the best record in the American League. This was an awfully good win, and the Yankees were feeling awfully good afterward.

“Right now, every win is a big win for us,” Teixeira said. “We don’t have a huge margin for error. This is definitely a big win, yeah.”

Brian Roberts, Kevin Long• Ryan said he’s fine after going down in a bit of a heap when he was hit in the elbow by a ninth-inning curveball. I thought he was seriously hurt at first. He certainly reacted as if it were a major injury. “Oh, my gosh, right on the funny bone,” Ryan said. “I mean, I know what it looks like. I’m embarrassed. I know I’m going to be subject to a lot of flak from the guys, I’m sure. Deservedly so. I don’t know what it hit, but it felt like it hit the thing, it hit the funny bone. My fingers curled up. I couldn’t move my fingers. And the whole thing was like on fire. It’s just embarrassing it was on a curveball, you know? I don’t think I’ve ever reacted like that to a breaking ball.”

• That moment of embarrassment came after Ryan was booed when announced as a pinch hitter for Jeter. Fans want to see Jeter; not much Ryan. He gets it. “I thought it was funny,” Ryan said. “I was like, finally, some boos. I was fully expecting them anytime I stepped on the field, so, I expect it. If I’m one of the fans I’m probably doing the same thing. So I thought it was, yeah, appropriate. … You know what, it means they’re paying attention, that’s all. I don’t blame them one bit.”

• Nothing wrong with Jeter. Just came out of the game to get some early rest and let Ryan get an at-bat.

• Dellin Betances struck out Coco Crisp on a breaking ball that either hit Crisp or nearly hit him. Either way, Crisp tried to get out of the way, but the umpires ruled he also swung. “If you swing and it hits you, you’re out,” Girardi said. “It’s pretty frustrating for a hitter, to do that, but he’s got that type of breaking ball where you’re going to see that from time to time.”

• Ellsbury’s 17-game hitting streak was kept going by a single in his first at-bat. He later walked. He’s hitting .373 with 13 RBI during the streak. It’s the longest Yankees streak since Jeter hit in 19 straight in 2012, meaning Ellsbury could match that mark if he gets a hit these next two games.

David Phelps• Jeter on this road trip: 10-for-24 (.417) with six runs, one double, two RBI, two walks and two stolen bases.

• Also quietly having a good road trip is Ichiro Suzuki who went 2-for-4 tonight and is hitting .364 on the trip.

• Biggest key for Phelps in getting back on track after two particularly bad starts? “I was attacking guys,” Phelps said. “Last couple of starts I was trying to be a little bit too fine, trying to be maybe perfect with pitches because I was digging myself into a hole and knowing I had to keep it there. Tonight they did a great job scoring early for me. That let me kind of settle in so that I Could be a little bit more aggressive in the zone.”

• On big at-bat in particular was the John Jaso double play in the sixth. Phelps had walked the leadoff batter. “It was huge,” Phelps said. “It was a 3-2 count and nobody out. If you look back just one start ago, if I walk him there I’m probably out of the game. That’s just the way things escalate. Mac called sinker down and away, and I was able to get it there.”

• The Yankees had lost seven in a row at O.co Coliseum, their second-longest road losing streak against the A’s franchise since 1914 (they lost 10 straight in Oakland from 1989 to 1991). The Yankees had won nine straight at the Coliseum before the most recent losing streak.

• Final word goes to Girardi: “I think we’ve pitched and I think we’ve had timely hitting, and we’ve scored a few more runs each night. I think we won 3-2, 4-2, 6-2, and now 7-nothing. We’re swinging the bats better and we’re pitching extremely well.” Actually, that third win was 6-3, but you get the idea.

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69 Responses to “Postgame notes: “You want to be a part of it””

  1. Patrick June 14th, 2014 at 3:29 am

    Awesome win against a really good team. Hopefully the Yankees keep it rolling tomorrow and win the series.

  2. blake June 14th, 2014 at 5:48 am

    Can’t figure baseball Suzyn …..Phelps against one of the best pitchers in the league and yanks win 7-0. That’s why we love the game.

    Yanks showing some really positive signs…..lets keep it rolling

  3. Madrugador June 14th, 2014 at 5:58 am

    There is no way with that match up you pick the Yanks to win that game but they did. Go figure.

  4. Cashmoney June 14th, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Phelps is good 4 candidate on a contending team barring health issues; felt that way a long time,

    Sonny Gray is a cool name. Yanks clearly beat the odds nice, keep on going.

  5. 86w183 June 14th, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Good morning all —-

    That was a terrific game… was watching the Yankees and the Rangers almost simultaneously.

    That was also the kind of productivity the Yanks were expecting from Brian Roberts and Kelly Johnson at the bottom of the lineup. If those guys can produce and Brian McCann and/or Soriano wake up this looks like a really good ball club.

    Down on the farm — Aaron Judge HR, 4RBI…. now at .330 9 HR, 45 RBI, .427/.530 he should not be in Charleston another day.

  6. austinmac June 14th, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Good win. Phelps pitched well and even some hits with RISP.

  7. blake June 14th, 2014 at 8:02 am

    I always feel pretty good that phelps will at least give the yanks a chance to win…..sometimes they lose because of him but most of the time he gives them a chance and that’s all you can ask of your back end guys…..last night he was better than that and the yanks actually hit against a good pitcher.

    Id call it the best overall game of the season so far

  8. jmills June 14th, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Way to go Hutchison, where’d ya’ get that Jimmy Key outfit?

  9. jmills June 14th, 2014 at 8:05 am

    I’m just not a Kelly Johnson daydream believer.

  10. EliasInNH June 14th, 2014 at 8:12 am

    I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a little surprised at how successful this trip has been so far. I would have never guessed a winning road trip. It’s guaranteed to be 5-4, and could be even better. And that includes a terrible loss to Kansas City earlier when we couldn’t gets hit to save our lives.

    I’m pleasantly surprised. When things go bad, they really are bad. When things are great, they are great. Things can turn with one game. I think that’s why I love baseball. Guess John Sterling is on to something when he says that you can’t predict baseball. :)

  11. jmills June 14th, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Next week’s going to be fun.

  12. Cashmoney June 14th, 2014 at 8:14 am

    I think Phelps is finally fully stretched out and getting into a bit of rhythm as a starter, obviously a game doesth not season make… but what you see from Phelps is a guy with a wide repertoire and good command to go with it. His stuff will never wow you. but look across dugout, As have a few candidates just like phelps as starters

  13. Cashmoney June 14th, 2014 at 8:22 am

    like to see Judge get promoted soon, my guess it will be around minor league allstars break…

  14. austinmac June 14th, 2014 at 8:22 am

    I will be glad for west coast games to end. But, we do play better on the road. Next week, Toronto and Baltimore at home. We need Beltran to hit to compete.

    Soriano again today. He is another source of power that needs to either show up or be replaced.

  15. Cashmoney June 14th, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Mac, i believe Yanks were on the verge of feeling Cashman’s wrath, had this trip turn out to disastrous (as we have seen plenty of west coast slaughter in the past) some of veterans bought themselves time with this 4 game winning streak.

  16. ac1 June 14th, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Looks like the blue jays have come back to reality now.
    Feel like they have been shut out several times recently…

  17. jmills June 14th, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Aarom Sanchez promoted to Buffalo, and maybe further this year, which would seem rather precocious, but I don’t know much. And then there’s the forgotten Brandon Morrow from whom anything would be a pleasant surprise.

  18. ac1 June 14th, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Re: judge.

    We need rf power.

    Let’s get this kid moving through the system.

  19. jmills June 14th, 2014 at 8:32 am

    ac1, the Jays lost games recently they deserved to lose. Always feels better going down that way rather than some stupid kick yourself before trying to go asleep affairs.

  20. austinmac June 14th, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Cash,

    I agree. This road trip was going to decide some fates. I still wonder how much rope Soriano has. If he strikes out three more times today, I hope someone is paying attention.

    It is pretty amazing that the substitute pitchers, while sometimes not giving length, have out pitched their expectations. They have been the unsung heroes in staying over .500.

  21. blake June 14th, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Not sure why Jusge is still at Charleston…..they just have some reason. I don’t know that Id want to leave Charleston of I was there though…..I’m gonna move there one day

  22. 86w183 June 14th, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Just gives us an idea what this team might be like if the sleeping giants awaken.

    Phelps’ sinker was really good last night. when that pitch works he’s gonna have a quality start.

    thru all the issues the Yanks are the second wild card as of this morning. Now if they would only learn to play at home (13-16 vs 22-15 on the road).

  23. blake June 14th, 2014 at 8:37 am

    I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the offense runs a lot better when Jeter hits…..he’s very important really…..when he hits it just seems to run better. When he’s getting on base and Ellsbury is hot to drive he and Gardy in then the offense can create some runs……

    Beltran is hurt….he looks diminished big time at the plate and if he’s not going to be himself he needs to just have the surgery and get ready for the stretch run……

    McCann really needs to step up…..he’s better than this

  24. 86w183 June 14th, 2014 at 8:38 am

    there should be a rule —-

    If a guy has an OPS over .900 for at least 50 games he gets moved up, period.

    Judge is sitting at .957….. hello, Tampa….. hell I might skip him to Trenton.

    Zoilo Amonte also hit a HR last night.

  25. bigdan22 June 14th, 2014 at 8:38 am

    “I always feel pretty good that phelps will at least give the yanks a chance to win . . .”

    —–

    Actually that is true of every single starter in the current Yankee rotation. In the four games against the best team in the American League, each Yankee starter left the game with a lead. With better bullpen performance, the Yanks would be 4-0 against the A’s. With a little better bullpen performance, the Yanks would be in first place right now, even with a below average offense. That’s how good their rotation has been.

    I think Pete22 pointed this out over a week ago that the current Yankee starters are even above average in terms of innings per start. That’s because nobody’s is getting knocked out in the second inning. I think the team is on some kind of run of having starters pitch at least into the fifth.

    You have to think that all of the starters in this rotation, especially the replacement guys, have out-performed what CC has done the last couple of years. So once again I say:

    Let the kids play!

  26. jmills June 14th, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Wow 86, we could both make the playoffs. This is no 1985 reality.

  27. blake June 14th, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Phelps and Whitley have saved the season to some degree…..especially Whitley…..if those two were awful every 5th day like some 6th and 7th starters then the yanks would be in bad trouble …..they have helped allow them to hang around

  28. blake June 14th, 2014 at 8:41 am

    The pitching hasn’t been really the all year…..they have lost a few games because of their pitching but te majority of their losses have been on the offense

  29. bigdan22 June 14th, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Two truths about the Yankee lineup right now:

    —Beltran can’t hit left-handed

    —Soriano can’t hit right-handed

  30. Moschitto June 14th, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Thank goodness the two month long sign Stephen Drew battle cry has predictably been placed in the dumpster in the back alley with the rest of the meat scraps from the all you can eat steak house.
    Stephen Drew 0f the 2011, 86 games played and the 2012, 79 games played because of injury is now out again with a strained oblique. After garnering one hit this year.
    Stephen Drew — who would have been the worst 14 Million Dollar signing in Yankee History–
    now spends his time where he is most comfortable. Getting treatment and rehabbing for a return.
    Thank goodness the LoHud BBQ expert has now decided to move on to new and exciting points of view and recommendations for the Yankees.

  31. jmills June 14th, 2014 at 8:44 am

    I still don’t like wild cards, but the second addition at least gave value to winning a division. I also don’t mind the winner of the all star game getting home advantage ( that game needs some good hatred ), but with the rule changes, no possible Rose on Fosse.

  32. austinmac June 14th, 2014 at 8:47 am

    O’Brien 0-4 three three Ks and a broken bat over his knee.

  33. blake June 14th, 2014 at 8:50 am

    “Thank goodness the LoHud BBQ expert has now decided to move on to new and exciting points of view and recommendations for the Yankees.”

    Nothing has changed….they still should have signed him because he’s way better than Brian Roberts……but troll on….do trolls eat meat or are they vegans these days?

  34. bigdan22 June 14th, 2014 at 8:50 am

    “O’Brien 0-4 three three Ks and a broken bat over his knee”

    —–

    Trenton. The place where Yankee hitting prospects go to die.

    Makes you appreciate what Refsynder has done this year. And what Taylor Dugas is doing right now (OPS .860). And what Zoilo did there a couple years ago.

  35. Cashmoney June 14th, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Mac, they need a big bat.

    Josh Hamilton is the only guy i can think of as a semi realistic target if you are willing to assume enormous risks.

  36. Moschitto June 14th, 2014 at 8:54 am

    That’s the best part about pseudo experts who have been proven wrong–they never give up.
    Regardless of the facts. Drew would have been a worse signing than Youkilis. That’s not a trolling point of view–it’s an accurate assessment.
    Sign him because he’s better than Roberts? That’s more brilliance. It’s also completely irrelevant.

  37. 86w183 June 14th, 2014 at 8:55 am

    jmills —–

    disagree on both my friend. Letting the All-Star Game determine World Series home field advantage would be like the NBA granting home court to the Conference Champ of the player who won the slam dunk contest. Allowing an exhibition to determine arguably the most important championship series issue is asinine.

    Wild Cards are a great way of making sure the best teams get into the post-season. MLB has the most exclusive post-season in sports, but without the wild card the second best team in the league might miss the playoffs and that should never happen.

  38. blake June 14th, 2014 at 8:56 am

    The Angels are a playoff team if the season ended today….I don’t think they’d trade Hamilton right now….he’s been very good when he’s been able to play

  39. jmills June 14th, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Rangers lose 3 games in OT. I watched a ” legends of the game ” doc last night on, Ed Giacomin. When he returned to New York as a Red Wing, the Ranger faithful cheered him on against their own. Quite the mutual love affair.

  40. Moschitto June 14th, 2014 at 8:58 am

    It’s irrelevant because Drew can’t stay on the field. When you look for a car to replace the one that can’t get you where you need to go, you don’t buy one that has been broken just as much

  41. austinmac June 14th, 2014 at 8:58 am

    One good game from Johnson and Roberts and the offense is well? They will hit .240 as usual. Beltran looks like he is swinging a tree trunk. Soriano is swinging with his eyes closed. They still need a bat or two. Almonte would be better than Beltran. Add him and a bat from elsewhere.

  42. blake June 14th, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Drew had a .777 ops and was nearly a 4 war player last year…..Roberts has been worth negative wins this season. If you want to base your opinion on the fact that he sat out half the season then got hurt then ok…….stop being a jerk either way ….

  43. austinmac June 14th, 2014 at 9:03 am

    No, I don’t think the Angels trade Hamilton. They are playing well. Utley is available of he would wave his no trade. Headley, if he can find his swing? There are few options as most of the bad teams can’t hit.

    I can see a Sanchez for Headley. It sure seems to me they better do something with Sanchez while he retains some value. Benchings don’t help.

  44. Moschitto June 14th, 2014 at 9:03 am

    I am not being a jerk–I am merely illustrating that in spite of your stubbornness, you don’t know what you’re talking about. Drew is not a healthy baseball player and hasn’t been for quite some time. To demand on a daily basis–many times I might add, speaks to your baseball acumen—a half season of OPS notwithstanding.

  45. austinmac June 14th, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Moschitto,

    We welcome your input and opinions. Doing them in an insulting way says more about you than anything else.

  46. austinmac June 14th, 2014 at 9:06 am

    –waive–

  47. blake June 14th, 2014 at 9:07 am

    “I am not being a jerk–I am merely illustrating that in spite of your stubbornness, you don’t know what you’re talking about. ”

    Believe what you wish….

  48. Cashmoney June 14th, 2014 at 9:08 am

    maybe more of OS possibility on Hamilton. barring a Cuban exodus and if you are in the belief that this lineup could use an intimidating force in the middle, I don’t see too many game changing bats available. Hanley would most likely to be given the next mega bad deal. Yanks will have to settle with marginal upgrades if none can’t be found.

  49. austinmac June 14th, 2014 at 9:09 am

    About 25 teams are at or near .500. It seems unlikely they will trade at this point so the options are few. A few more teams will sink over the next month, but I see more buyers than sellers. If we are to do anything it must involve taking on money since we can’t compete in prospects.

  50. blake June 14th, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Hamilton looked like The Josh Hamilon again before he got hurt and he’s been good since coming back……with only 3 years on his deal left after this season it’s not a terrible contract if he’s indeed back and he could stay somewhat healthy…..that’s always a big if with him though

  51. Cashmoney June 14th, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Utley would help.

  52. jmills June 14th, 2014 at 9:12 am

    austin, if you haven’t fixed your tube amp radio, go out and treat yourself. Don’t know what they cost now, but back in the nineties I was scooping perfectly fine vintage ones for $50 to $60. I have an audiophile friend who claims the best time to listen is late at night when the hydro pulse is more predictable. I’m not that discerning.

  53. Moschitto June 14th, 2014 at 9:12 am

    austinmac–and of course, when you speak of insults, you have noticed here who called who a jerk. Right?

  54. austinmac June 14th, 2014 at 9:13 am

    The Philadelphia Inquirer sure believes Utley could be made available. He is 35, but still can play. I doubt it will happen as I agree upgrades will be marginal and likely cheap.

  55. austinmac June 14th, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Moschitto,

    I saw that, but you must read your post that preceded it. Disagree with Blake. Suits me. Just tell him he’s wrong without the ending paragraph. It actually leads to discussions. I supported signing Drew too, and I’m not feeling too smart about it at the moment.

  56. Cashmoney June 14th, 2014 at 9:16 am

    I like offense. I think it’s difficult to quantify what a middle of order intimating presence can do for a lineup and to a pitcher.

  57. austinmac June 14th, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Mills,

    I never found a repair place. Too bad. Where would I find a vintage radio?

  58. Madrugador June 14th, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Don’t like Utley, bad knees and bad attitude. Last thing i want tio see is more age and injury on this team. Take Pirela over Utley every day.

  59. blake June 14th, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Moschitto says:
    June 14, 2014 at 9:12 am
    austinmac–and of course, when you speak of insults, you have noticed here who called who a jerk. Right?

    If you don’t think you were being rude then you have no self awareness at all…..you attacked me out of nowhere for like the 3rd or 4th time now……don’t do that if you don’t want a response

  60. Cashmoney June 14th, 2014 at 9:19 am

    how bad is Pirela defensively?

  61. jmills June 14th, 2014 at 9:19 am

    austin, there must be some shop you can source, or maybe someone has one posted on line that is close enough to drive to.

  62. austinmac June 14th, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Madrugador,

    I get the bad knees, but don’t know about attitude. What is that based on?

  63. austinmac June 14th, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Cash,

    He is not good from what I hear. That is why they are now using him as a utility man I suspect. He does hit for a middle infielder.

  64. Moschitto June 14th, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Austin–You know, you guys here often get incredibly threatened with an opposing point of view. I was called a troll and a jerk—Blake is on here daily with his latest conquest of a hind quarter of beef as he promotes the Ancient Roman lifestyle. Stuff your face until you either pass out or throw up. I also find that disgusting and know it is not something to be proud of. Although he appears to be.

  65. Cashmoney June 14th, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Haha, we have a lot of guys who can hit but can’t field. can’t hit but can field. I read Ref is not much of a defender either but may hit his way onto this roster sooner than later.

  66. Madrugador June 14th, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Utley sat out months while his knees hurt. There was nothing surgically wrong with his knees so in my opinion all he needed was motrin before the game and ice afterwards. For the money he was paid he needed to suck it up snd play.

  67. Cashmoney June 14th, 2014 at 9:28 am

    random thought, Pits have a nice outfield.

  68. Cashmoney June 14th, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Kris Bryant is going to a big star.

  69. jmills June 14th, 2014 at 9:29 am

    I do eat a lot of chick pea salads, but I sure enjoyed those Friday night sausages.

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