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Whitley: “I couldn’t command the ball at all”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 23, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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A quick reminder that we’re doing a chat tomorrow at noon. Now here’s the AP game story from tonight:

TORONTO (AP) — Matched up against the Blue Jays for the second time in a week, Chase Whitley had the worst start of his short career.

Adam Lind hit a three-run home run in his return to the starting lineup, Marcus Stroman won for the first time in three starts and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Whitley and New York 8-3 on Monday night, handing the Yankees their third straight loss.

Whitley (3-1) lost for the first time in eight big league starts and in six road outings, giving up season highs of eight runs and 11 hits in 3.1 innings, his shortest of the season. He walked three and struck out two.

“I couldn’t command the ball at all, like I have been in the past,” Whitley said. “I got away from the game plan.”

Whitley had won his three previous outings and hadn’t allowed more than three runs in any of his seven starts, but ran into trouble early as the Blue Jays led 7-0 after two innings.

“When he made a mistake, they hit it hard,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said, “and when he made a good pitch, they seemed to find a hole with it. It was the combination of that. It was a tough start for him.”

Melky Cabrera; Jose Reyes; Brian RobertsLind drove in four runs and Dioner Navarro had two RBIs for the AL East-leading Blue Jays, who scored as many runs in this game against New York as they managed over three games while being swept at Yankee Stadium last week.

Mark Teixeira homered off Stroman in the fourth for New York’s only run. The Yankees, who lost 8-0 to Baltimore Sunday, have scored just four runs during their three-game skid, two of them on solo homers by Teixeira. They did not put a runner in scoring position until the ninth inning against the Blue Jays.

Girardi said he hasn’t lost faith in his lineup despite the recent run of meager production.

“The last three days we’ve struggled a little bit but tomorrow’s a new day,” Girardi said.

New York averaged more than five runs per game in the five contests before this skid, and Girardi said more dependable production is a must.

“We have to become more consistent,” Girardi said. “That’s one thing that we have to do.”

Stroman (4-2) allowed one run and three hits in a career-high eight innings. He walked one and matched a career high with seven strikeouts.

“It was a fantastic job,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.

Lind started for the first time since June 14 at Baltimore, when he fouled a ball off his right foot and sustained a bone bruise. He had made three pinch hit appearances since.

Lind hit an RBI single in the first, then added the big blow in Toronto’s six-run, 10-batter second. Jose Reyes drove in a run with a bases-loaded fielder’s choice, Melky Cabrera hit an RBI single and Navarro capped the inning with a two-out RBI double.

“That gave us a little breathing room and guys could relax,” said Gibbons, whose team had lost 11 of its previous 15.

Teixeira’s two-out blast in the fourth cut it to 7-1, but the Blue Jays answered in the bottom half when Navarro ended Whitley’s outing with an RBI single.

New York’s Yangervis Solarte came on defensively in the eighth and snapped an 0 for 28 slump with an RBI single off Chad Jenkins in the ninth. Kelly Johnson added an RBI double before Aaron Loup came on and finished it by getting Brian Roberts to fly out.

NOTES: Teixeira started after leaving Sunday’s game when he was hit on the left foot by a pitch. … Toronto OF Jose Bautista (left hamstring) did not start. Bautista left Sunday’s loss at Cincinnati and had an MRI Monday. … The Blue Jays placed 3B Brett Lawrie (broken right index finger) on the 15-day DL, optioned C Erik Kratz to Triple-A Buffalo and recalled outfielders Anthony Gose and Kevin Pillar from Triple-A. Lawrie is expected to miss three to six weeks. … New York LH CC Sabathia (right knee) will throw a 35-pitch session at the team’s spring training facility in Tampa on Tuesday. … Yankees SS Derek Jeter got a scheduled day off. … New York RH David Phelps (3-4) faces Toronto LH Mark Buehrle (10-4) on Tuesday.

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45 Responses to “Whitley: “I couldn’t command the ball at all””

  1. bigdan22 June 23rd, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    A man like Wales lives by the feud.

  2. bigdan22 June 24th, 2014 at 12:00 am

    “Thing is, the Yankees are “presently” a 520 team in a division where 550 probably wins the division.”

    ——

    The Yanks are at .520 now only because they won 15 of their first 25 games. In their last 50 games they are 24-26, under .500. They are exactly .500 since I “capped” them at .520 a month ago. That’s their limit right now. They could get marginally better through trades and farm infusion but I put the odds of them finishing at .550 or better at 2-1 against.

  3. yankeefeminista June 24th, 2014 at 12:04 am

    “If you don’t like our discussing those facts along with other decisions we agree and disagree with, leave. This is the wrong place for you.

    If you want a vacuum of shiny happy people who just think the way you do, go make that place. This will never be it.”

    G. Love, this one’s for you. Skip Ad and enjoy! :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....feature=kp

  4. pete22 June 24th, 2014 at 12:20 am

    bigdan22. So you cherry pick a date to count, which happens to be at the end of a good stretch to come out with a pre-determined number more to your liking. Some would call this fallacious reasoning. :lol:

    I could point out that the Yankees are 20-17 in their last 37 games so must be a 540 team. In fact, if I add that to 15-10 start and exclude the bad stretch for some reason I can concoct they must be a 564 team.

    The fact of the matter is, you can’t exclude data without a good reason, so right now they are what their record says they are. However, the record they have now says nothing about what might come, and pulling odds from your nether parts does not change that.

    There are so many cases in MLB history of teams performing much better or worse over the remainder of the season than their record would indicate as of June 23.

    Predictions in baseball are a fools errand, but its fun and no harm is done.

    Yankees are in a race like it or not. They can win it with a couple of good moves and some luck. Fans are paying good money for this season, the team should try and win today and let the chips fall where they may tomorrow.

  5. Unnamed June 24th, 2014 at 12:26 am

    Quit whining, G. Love. It’s unbecoming, even for you.

    The Yankees are so well run. They have Whitley doing well as a starter, they have Betances set to be the future closer. They made the impressive signing of Tanaka, the best pitcher in baseball.

    Tomorrow is a new day!

    Onwards and upwards!

    :)

  6. sammiejohnson June 24th, 2014 at 12:31 am

    If anyone cares, it is Mariners 12 – Sux 2 at Safeco. Lackey chased in the 4th. King Felix on the mound. Cano 2/4, 2B & 1B, hitting over .330 again (sure glad we didn’t sign that guy. Our offense is great). LoMo is 4/4 with 2 Hrs. The Sux, well they suck.

  7. Pat M. June 24th, 2014 at 12:32 am

    Rather condensending approach G.Love ??? I mean I go back here with you and what I remember was that folks would banter back and forth on their different conceptions as to what the ills or strength of the club, but the context had merit, it had substances. Today we get most ragging during a game that they’re losing or a stretch of games when they’re winning there’s some civility. The point for me is the moaning is so shallow , it’s so self serving ( oh my favorite player is gone, or he’s being sent back down. Come on offer up some tangiable insights that moves us one way or another….. Thought provoking was the norm back in the ” so called glory days ” according to G Love. And that is clearly missing. The only shinny vacumn that are around here are those who see only their view points…..Start pointing at the guys who actually play the game, and then find out what they’re not doing to get the job done. rather than just rewrite what some chump wrote in the Daily News or something that was said on the WFAN. Think for yourself

  8. Unnamed June 24th, 2014 at 12:36 am

    Self serving is the right description.

    Mommy, Cano is gone. I hate the Yankees. Mommy, Montero is gone. I hate the Brian Cashman. Mommy, mommy. *Sniff sniff*

  9. bigdan22 June 24th, 2014 at 12:39 am

    No Pete22, 15-10 is a relevant reference point because that was basically the team’s high water mark. And for the 50 games since then they are basically a .500 team. And as I pointed out a month ago, they could perform marginally better than that but not by much because if you drill down a bit into the data, you’ll discover they are pretty fortunate to be a .500 team over the last 50 games.

    Of course the Yanks could perform better during the remainder of the season than they have to this point and I have allowed for that in my odds. The fact of the matter is, it is far more likely they will perform within .20 winning percentage of their last 50 games than beyond that plus or minus. That’s how baseball works. 50 games is good signature sample. So basically a .550 finishing winning percentage is very unlikely. The numbers are what they are.

    2014. Transition Year. Let the kids play.

  10. NYY_Girl_Penny June 24th, 2014 at 12:39 am

    god forbid you come to a baseball blog and talk about the truth! fact is since Hal took over, the yankees have been going downhill further every year!

    so lemme get this right , if we dont kiss the nyy tail and buy into the BS theyre selling, or claim to have “insider info” like Pat M and or post that everything is just pefect like Trisha with her new name, then we arent allowed to post. Comedy show.

    IT IS quite clear that this ownership group has no clue what they are doing. we have a bunny rabbit of a manager, our coaches get away with doing nothing other than make the team worse.. Im convinced the three stooges could do a better job!

    Perhaps everyone in the org should remember what it means to be a NYY!

  11. bbb51 June 24th, 2014 at 12:42 am

    I’m all for Jose starting over Nuno, but I’d be almost as surprised as if they converted Betances. It seems they decided Jose was not going to be able to stay healthy as a starter after his latest injury.

  12. NYY_Girl_Penny June 24th, 2014 at 12:45 am

    perhaps if the Yankees did not stink from every single angle possible and get worse every year people would have more. positive to talk about and discuss

    perhaps people are just fed up with the fact that this ownership group constantly makes the wrong decisions and that the Yankees legacy is absolutely in jeopardy because of ownership destroying it!

    The Steinbrenner’s don’t even go to any games they don’t even like baseball hal went to five games last year anybody know how many games he went to this year

  13. Pat M. June 24th, 2014 at 12:48 am

    Well Penny, that would gather great attention in a board room as you express why the Brooks Suits need to make radical changes…..The Bunny Rabbit Manager would go over well with the hump Randy Levine. I want to be there

  14. NYY_Girl_Penny June 24th, 2014 at 12:49 am

    and by the way the people that did come here with a little bit of insider information were ridiculed and belittled and then lost interest in coming here.

  15. Pat M. June 24th, 2014 at 12:49 am

    It’s been mentioned a few years back, The Steinbrenners will be out of the baseball business by decades end.

  16. NYY_Girl_Penny June 24th, 2014 at 12:52 am

    Pat M. says:
    June 24, 2014 at 12:48 am
    Well Penny, that would gather great attention in a board room as you express why the Brooks Suits need to make radical changes…..The Bunny Rabbit Manager would go over well with the hump Randy Levine. I want to be there.

    it has a passionate life time fan, that’s my responsibility how? are you saying that I have to create a keynote presentation just to express my frustration whether valid or not?

    sometimes you’ve a lot of good stuff to say Pat but I you really lost me on this

  17. Pat M. June 24th, 2014 at 12:53 am

    Penny SJ44 had real good contacts beyond ballplayers. But SJ would be taken to the gallows if not for his great resourcefulness here at The LoHud…..Today’s LoHud is all about misery equals some sort of happiness

  18. NYY_Girl_Penny June 24th, 2014 at 12:54 am

    I also miss Michael Jackson but I don’t talk about that here because this is a baseball blog I’m not AEG.

  19. NYY_Girl_Penny June 24th, 2014 at 12:55 am

    pat we are miserable for a reason it gets worse every year there’s nothing to chair about

  20. Pat M. June 24th, 2014 at 12:55 am

    Penny….It’s getting late here for me so just shake it off and we’ll redo it tomorrow…..Time for me to push the keyboard away…..Good night all and Good Morning to Doreen and her Breakfast club. Tail lights amigos

  21. pete22 June 24th, 2014 at 1:07 am

    G. Love June 23rd, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    When your favorite team is the team with the most money and they make ludicrous decisions like go north with Brian Roberts, Kelly Johnson and a plan to rely on Pineda who hasn’t pitched healthy since the first half of his rookie season in Seattle, it’s upsetting.
    =======================================

    This is something I keep going back to. Sure, they spent a lot of money this offseason, but most was earmarked for future years, they actually cut payroll (salary +tax) by 30 million and their payroll in nominal dollars (aslo inlcude tax) is the lowest its been in over a decade, despite a tax funded stadium that has been a cash cow and a huge YES deal with NewsCorp/Warner Bros thats lined their pockets big time.

    For some reason owners of these conglomerates get a pass, and the working stiff sides with them on price increases and salary cuts which line the fat cats pockets at their expense.

  22. Hankflorida June 24th, 2014 at 1:22 am

    I think what happened tonight is that umpire did not call some of Whitley’s sinkers strikes, and Toronto went with some of the pitches. Whitley cannot overpower hitters and his 92 mph fast ball and having to catch more of the plate did him in. Phelps has the same problem and needs a wide strike zone to be effective. Again, I want the team to be competitive and the dye is cast with this offense, and Whitley, Phelps, Nuno and CC when he returns need offense to give them a breather. Cashman saw this team as more dependent on pitching, and in order to get back to basics, we need another dominant pitcher as we cannot keep throwing the likes of Burnett, Vasquez, Garcia like we did when we had Murders Row and Cano. We need reliable pitching to give Robertson some saves.

  23. pete22 June 24th, 2014 at 1:38 am

    bigdan22 June 24th, 2014 at 12:39 am

    No Pete22, 15-10 is a relevant reference point because that was basically the team’s high water mark. And for the 50 games since then they are basically a .500 team. And as I pointed out a month ago, they could perform marginally better than that but not by much because if you drill down a bit into the data, you’ll discover they are pretty fortunate to be a .500 team over the last 50 games.

    Of course the Yanks could perform better during the remainder of the season than they have to this point and I have allowed for that in my odds. The fact of the matter is, it is far more likely they will perform within .20 winning percentage of their last 50 games than beyond that plus or minus. That’s how baseball works. 50 games is good signature sample. So basically a .550 finishing winning percentage is very unlikely. The numbers are what they are.

    ============================

    You are ruling out improvement via trade and positive regression.

    FWIW, in games Beltran has not been on the DL they have a 527 WP. In the last 18 games a 588 WP

    Also, according to this study a teams 1st month was more predictive of a teams final record than any other month, or equivalent to 42 games

    http://harvardsportsanalysis.w.....ood-april/

    I think weighting April and the next 49 games appropriately according to the study, you come up with 535 WP, or 87 wins. Just needs to find 2-3 more wins via trade or whatever. Definitely achievable.

  24. pete22 June 24th, 2014 at 2:00 am

    Looking back on those previous years where the Yankees finished with a SP +/- 30 points from their June 23 record

    2010 (-.039)
    2009 (+.093)
    2007 (+.080)
    2005 (+.072)

    So, 4 out of 9 years. Not so unlikely it can happen this year

  25. pete22 June 24th, 2014 at 2:01 am

    Meant WP +/-.030 points

  26. pete22 June 24th, 2014 at 2:41 am

    Rangers reportedly exploring the idea of trading core players like Beltre who is under contract through 2015 and probably 2016 if his option vests. If true and the Yankees are prepared to release Arod next year this could be worth exploring. Of course, Arods an asset so it probably wont happen. However, Beltre does not have a NTC so they could trade him after this year

  27. stevemoore June 24th, 2014 at 3:24 am

    I go back here too and remember G. Love as a dour twit without many friends. I remember you too Pat M. Seems that you and several others like Nick in SF really kept this place light. G. Love always had trouble with posters who were too cheery. He’s an odd duck. This place has the charm of Riverside Memorial. I always thought it was odd to duff people for cheering too hard. But I guess it gets in your crosshairs if misery is your best friend.

  28. SweetSpot June 24th, 2014 at 4:23 am

    I hear things aren’t going too well in Iraq these days. It’s Brian McCann’s fault I’m sure.

  29. SweetSpot June 24th, 2014 at 4:28 am

    “If you want a vacuum of shiny happy people who just think the way you do, go make that place. This will never be it.”

    There’s nothing wrong with being critical of things Yankee management does. But it’s the idiocy of comments like DFA Brian McCann that bring down the level of this blog.

  30. Yankee Trader June 24th, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Good morning

    Odrisamer Despaigne

    Last year he was pitching for the Cuban National Team
    Skips Cuba, goes to Spain
    Signs minor league deal with SD Padres last month
    Pitches 7 innings 4 hit shutout of the Giants last night in his debut, a 6-0 win.
    59 of 86 pitches thrown for strikes
    11 to 3; ground ball outs to fly outs

    The Yankees need to get involved with the Cuban free agents.

  31. jmills June 24th, 2014 at 7:26 am

    Lawrie is a substantial loss for his rotational fexibility between second and third alone. Having to face YS before a gang of family and friends probably helped relax Stroman a bit going forward.

  32. jmills June 24th, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Hi, YT, not much time, hitting the road, catch you later.

  33. Yankee Trader June 24th, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Have a great day jmills

  34. Yankee Trader June 24th, 2014 at 7:32 am

    No Lawrie or Bautista. Could have been a worse blowout!

  35. austinmac June 24th, 2014 at 7:32 am

    We only sign Cubans who could not make the national team. The other guys actually want more than league minimum. The Yankees already spent their money on Roberts and Johnson.

  36. austinmac June 24th, 2014 at 7:35 am

    We are an equal no opportunity team for Cubans. We won’t pay for pitchers or position players. That is where the downfall began. They had an old team with a weak farm system. Yet, they sat out and continue to sit out very talented Cuban players. My, how things have changed for the worse.

    Hal, sell the team please.

  37. Yankee Trader June 24th, 2014 at 7:55 am

    The Yankees are 17-18 at home.

    They signed players to take advantage of the short right porch, to join Tex-Beltran, McCann, Johnson, Ellsbury.

    Without the data to prove this, I bet the opposing teams have hit more homers to The RF short porch than the Yankees this season.

  38. austinmac June 24th, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Remember when people laughed at Cano for going to such a bad team. The Mariners are better now and going forward.

    I am getting to the part of the season where watching some prospects is more interesting than watching the Yankee games.
    They need to act now and stop with the “I believe we will hit” idea. Bring up some young guys. They won’t be worse and might be better.

  39. Yankee Trader June 24th, 2014 at 8:12 am

    To do that they have to trim some fat off the 40 man roster.

    If they want a potential 30 homer guy, a lefty 1st baseman, then Kyle Roller would help, since Tex is always talking like he might not be able to play because of various ailments.

    2nd base- add either Pirela, who is now the Railriders LF’er, or Refsnyder , drop Sizemore of off the 40 man, and live with their defensive liability.

    Wheeler might help.

    Do something.

  40. Yankee Trader June 24th, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Luis Severino or is it Savior?

    “Listed at 6-foot-0, 195 pounds, Severino presents as lean and athletic on the mound. A lack of muscle development through the shoulders and a loose, fluid delivery points to a pitcher with room to fill out and add strength without sacrificing agility. In terms of present size-versus-arm strength, Luis Severino is the most explosive South Atlantic League pitcher scouted since Julio Teheran a few years ago.

    Severino’s fastball explodes on hitters. His arm speed is electric, allowing the right-hander to play catch at 95 MPH. Throughout the game, he sat 92-95 MPH, touching 97 when in need of a strikeout. Present control of the fastball was a strength and Severino was able to throw strikes to both sides of the plate. Against Rome Braves hitters, Severino attacked with the fastball and forced lesser batters to make adjustments. They didn’t. If not for a brief lapse where Luis Severino threw too many off-speed pitches, he was close to unhittable.

    Even more impressive is the fact Severino fails to fully incorporate his lower half when delivering a pitch. As a short strider who lands on a stiff front leg, the right-hander generates velocity from his “whippy” arm action. Until Admittedly, this causes additional stress on the arm and screams reliever, but Luis Severino has agility and a strong feel for pitching. The mechanics will improve.”

  41. Yankee Trader June 24th, 2014 at 8:33 am

    That was from Pinstriped Bible.

    No Tanaka pitching in AS game?

    From NJ.com

    Joel Sherman:

    “Instead, citing the long season and seeing a chance to give extra rest to Tanaka and the rest of the rotation, the Yankees are going to stay in order and have Nuno start against the Red Sox, though he has the worst home ERA in the majors at 7.09 (minimum 35 innings) and has given up the most homers (13) at home — 11 to righty hitters. So, if you can get a future bet in on Mike Napoli hitting a homer Friday, go for it.”

    “It means Tanaka will start Saturday, then July 3 at Minnesota, July 8 at Cleveland and July 13 at Baltimore. And you know what July 13 is? The last day of the first half. Only twice in the last 20 years — Randy Johnson in 2000 and Brad Penny in 2006 — has a pitcher started the final Sunday of the first half and then also Tuesday’s All-Star Game.”

  42. Villa Nova-Ya June 24th, 2014 at 8:41 am

    It is ironic (or at least fitting in this strange season), that the Yankees’ only true All-Star can’t participate in the game. And for pitchers, if you can’t pitch, you don’t get named to the team, right?

  43. Villa Nova-Ya June 24th, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Not getting excited about any Yankees pitching prospects.

  44. Cashmoney June 24th, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Yankees having only Jeter on All Star game is a statement of positional players not having a good year but more so having little star appeal, I think manbam is the closest but that won’t happen til 15. The most exciting thing that is happening this year could be NYY’s splurge in IFA.

    Bet Mateo, and soon to sign, Dermis Garcia, hyu pak, Yankee may finally laid foundation for Jeter’s replacement in 2019…

  45. Cashmoney June 24th, 2014 at 9:01 am

    so far, this team in absence of Tanaka starts are boring as *hit to watch. Personally, i can’t wait for Jeter to retire sooner, he is but a shadow of himself. This 162 games farewell tour is just as boring as the Yankee offense.

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