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Girardi: “It’s an extremely tough loss”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 24, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Jose Reyes, Yangervis Solarte

Well, that was brutal. Here’s the AP with the gamer:

TORONTO (AP) — Blue Jays manager John Gibbons watched his team give away a six-run lead, then recover for a key victory.

It’s the type of resilience Gibbons didn’t see enough of during a last-place finish in 2013.

Jose Reyes atoned for a pair of misplays by hitting a leadoff double in the ninth inning and scoring when Yankees third baseman Yangervis Solarte threw away a bunt, lifting AL East-leading Toronto over New York 7-6 Tuesday night.

“That’s big to win that game,” Gibbons said. “We don’t win that one last year, I know that.”

The Yankees trailed 6-0 before tying it, then lost their fourth in a row.

“It’s an extremely tough loss because we put ourselves in a bad position early on,” New York manager Joe Girardi said.

Toronto made three errors while the Yankees had one, as well as several mental miscues.

Derek Jeter, Mark Buehrle“It was sloppy on both sides,” New York first baseman Mark Teixeira said. “That was an ugly game to watch. If you’re a fan, you should get your money back.”

Reyes doubled off Adam Warren (1-4) into the right-field corner. Melky Cabrera followed with a sacrifice bunt, and Warren and Solarte seemed to hesitate over who would field it.

Solarte picked up the ball and threw it past second baseman Brian Roberts covering at first. The ball sailed into foul territory down the right-field line and Reyes trotted home.

Casey Janssen (2-0) worked one inning for the victory.

Mark Buehrle came in 1-11 with a 5.84 ERA in 17 career starts against the Yankees, and 0-9 with a 7.07 ERA in 13 games against New York since getting that lone victory while pitching for the Chicago White Sox on April 10, 2004.

The left-hander looked to be in line to end his streak as the Blue Jays built a six-run lead through five innings. Derek Jeter homered in the sixth and New York tied it with a five-run, 10-batter seventh.

Reyes made two errors, including a wild throw that let the Yankees make it 6-all.

With runners at second and third and two outs in the seventh, Mark Teixeira hit a grounder to Reyes, who was shifted to the second base side. The shortstop bounced his throw past first baseman Edwin Encarnacion.

“He had more time than he thought,” Gibbons said. “He’s on an unusual side of the bag. He’s made that throw a number of times, but it’s still a little bit awkward.”

Teixeira’s elbow struck the back of Encarnacion’s head in a collision at the bag. Encarnacion went down and stayed there for a moment while a trainer tended to him. Encarnacion remained in the game.

“There was really nothing I could do,” Teixeira said. “Hopefully he’s OK.”

Dioner Navarro put the Blue Jays in front with a three-run homer into the second deck in the fourth, and Toronto capitalized on a pair of defensive lapses by Jeter to double its lead in the fifth.

Munenori Kawasaki and Reyes both singled to begin the inning and two outs later, Encarnacion was safe on a fielder’s choice when Jeter triple-clutched, looking at both second and third before throwing late to first.

“(Encarnacion) is out if (Jeter) just goes to first,” Girardi said, while Jeter acknowledged making “the wrong decision.”

Colby Rasmus followed with a two-run double off the wall in right, and Encarnacion came home while Jeter vainly chased Rasmus back to first in a botched rundown.

Jeter led off the sixth with his second home run and first since May 7.

Roberts made it 6-3 with a two-run homer in the seventh, and Buehrle left two batters later after a bloop double by Brett Gardner.

Buehrle allowed four runs and eight hits in 6.2 innings. He walked none and struck out three.

New York’s David Phelps allowed six runs and eight hits in five innings.

NOTES: Yankees LH CC Sabathia (right knee) threw 34 pitches in a two-inning simulated game at New York’s spring facility in Tampa. Sabathia will throw 45 pitches in a start at Class A on Saturday. … Blue Jays RHP Brandon Morrow (right index finger) played catch on the field before the game. He said there’s no timeline for his return from a torn tendon sheath in his finger that has sidelined him since May 2. … New York RHP Hiroki Kuroda (4-5) faces Blue Jays RHP Drew Hutchison (5-5) in Wednesday night’s series finale.

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55 Responses to “Girardi: “It’s an extremely tough loss””

  1. Uncle_Game June 25th, 2014 at 12:07 am

    THat Sucked We need to trade for David price. STAT.

  2. yankinvegas June 25th, 2014 at 12:19 am

    A thousand times no to Cliff Lee. No more guys making huge money till age 40!
    Just get some guy who can eat some innings so that Warren and Betances can get enough rest. John Danks or Ian Kennedy would be fine.
    And get a 3b. We don’t have one. Zobrist or Prado works for me.

  3. UnKnown June 25th, 2014 at 12:19 am

    Nice of Roberts to alligator arm that throw over to first. Way to play hard you steroid user!

  4. pete22 June 25th, 2014 at 12:26 am

    yankinvegas June 25th, 2014 at 12:19 am

    A thousand times no to Cliff Lee. No more guys making huge money till age 40!

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

    35 now. Only under contract to 36 . 37 if the option vests. But the elbow makes him too uncertain. Yankees have had a lot of pitchers pitch well into their late 30′s early 40′s. If not for the elbow I would be all over him.

  5. pete22 June 25th, 2014 at 12:27 am

    Beltre is the man for 3B, depends on the cost and availability though

  6. yankinvegas June 25th, 2014 at 12:33 am

    My bad on Lee’s age. But still no. With our luck on pitchers, he will come here, win 3 in a row and then tear the ligament and need TJ.

  7. Hankflorida June 25th, 2014 at 12:36 am

    Phelps or Whitley should never be in the top three of the rotation as they should be at the end. Tanaka needs another dominant starter in order for this team to win. The offense is what it is and will not give us 850 runs like our power teams. Without that one two punch in the starting pitching, this team will not go far. CC coming back will not help. I was not for Betances starting until I saw Nova, Pineda and CC go down and realized the Yankees had to pull a Don Larsen in order to compete. If I thought the offense could it’s opponents, I could see Betances playing Rivera’s role to, but I see an uncertain starting pitching staff ready to implode like last year with no back up. Learn from last year and do not destroy the pen because the starting pitching.

  8. ScottinSJ June 25th, 2014 at 12:37 am

    I think everybody needs to acknowledge that Phelps and Whitley are mediocre entities — not to mention the fact that Nuno is one of the poorest starters in baseball. Kuroda himself is pretty mediocre.

    With an atrocious offense, we would need at least three very good pitchers to be legitimate.

    Tomorrow’s game has now become very important.

    Ironically, NYY vs. BOS is now about as interesting as any series in any town in this league. Two very unimpressive teams.

  9. Cashmoney June 25th, 2014 at 12:37 am

    It’s difficult to understand why Joe is being rather harsh after his team mounted an almost improbable comeback against one of the elite team of AL East and against a sure Cy Young candidate in Burhle. Though in defeat, the winds of momentum can surely be gathered after such valiant effort from our boys. The average fans can’t possibly fathom the herculean efforts it takes or really sufficiently appreciate the sheer tenacity and fortitude it takes to rally back against such improbable odds. The grueling contest against AL East is half over and the NYY are still standing tall and over 500! Joe really need to gain some perspectives and understand very nature of ebbs and flows of 162 games contest in which even the lady fortuna may just from frown upon the blessed and mighty from time to time. Tis little hiccup… Yanks being humble by an inferior talented teams from time to time are bound to happen. With an unshackled cashman who is undoubtedly working feverish to fortified an already talent laden team that even independent of any aids will surely regressing back to it’s all star forms; there really exist little room in doubt that this team will make hay in a league when parity reigns supreme.

    In reality, this is as an utter WIN as embers of success are kindles by this victory in defeat.

  10. ScottinSJ June 25th, 2014 at 12:39 am

    Hank — 850 runs?? C’mon. They won’t even reach 700 this year.

  11. Hankflorida June 25th, 2014 at 12:39 am

    Correction: if I thought the offense could outslug it’s opponents, I could see Betances playing Rivera’s role to Wettland.

  12. NYY_Girl_Penny June 25th, 2014 at 12:44 am

    Tabbert June 24th, 2014 at 11:36 pm
    I really thought after the Mccann rbi and then the Game winning homer by Beltran, that everything was going to start turning around. The two new guys came up with huge hits, and it just seemed that everything was about to start clicking.

    —-

    wait a sec..

    I just can’t fathom how you could logically or intelligently or even have the inclination that 1 hit means “everything is going to start turning around” and “everything is about to start clicking” .. just baffling!

    I’m curious, if 299 people out of 300 tell you that you are porky pig, do you believe them, or do you believe the 1 person that says you look like a slice of ham?

    really not trying to be mean.

  13. NYY_Girl_Penny June 25th, 2014 at 12:48 am

    “It was sloppy on both sides,” New York first baseman Mark Teixeira said. “That was an ugly game to watch. If you’re a fan, you should get your money back.”

    WHAT an idiotic thing to say.

    When Tex was first signed the yankees media machine kept saying he was so smart, and very “business-man” like..

    This guy is an idiot to say that. Frankly Mark, almost every game should be refunded with the way the team has been playing this year.

    When he grabbed the honey to give to the ump to make a trail of honey for the bee’s to follow, that just showed me the type of intellect this guy has.. lol.

  14. NYY_Girl_Penny June 25th, 2014 at 12:56 am

    I still can’t believe that the Yankees Org gave McCann 17mil for 5 years..

    his stats even without shoulder surgery, even at their highest, arguably don’t even warrant a contract like that.. but with the shoulder surgery, the obvious decline since 2011, WHAT were they thinking ?

    When Cashman screamed not to resign Arod, they go and sign him to 30mil/10 years.. everybody was shocked.. those are just 2 examples of HUGELY shining stupidity, yet people still give them the benefit of doubt!

    When are people going to wake up and realize that they really know next to NOTHING about running a ball club.. and without Cashman or a viable replacement (not a yes boy like Girardi who lacks manager skills) we are in for a lot more of these morons and their stupidity!

  15. ScottinSJ June 25th, 2014 at 12:57 am

    It all wouldn’t be so sad if the next couple of years looked brighter. However, with absurd payments still to be made for multiple years to A-Rod, CC, Tex, Beltran, and McCann — roughly $100M next year and 2016 too — the pain isn’t going away.

    I think many of us could mentally write off another season if the future seemed promising. It’s bad this year, but it very well could get worse in coming years.

  16. GhettoBlaster June 25th, 2014 at 1:01 am

    This team’s present and future is awful. This past off season has been a total disaster.

    Jeter being carried off the field in the 2012 ALCS was the real end to the run.

    Cashman’s disaster of an offseason. Zero young position players.

    Think about it. They signed Ellsbury to such a horrible contract. McCann, Beltran have been terrible. They have the A-rod circus coming back. Johnson, Roberts and Thorton have been brutal.

    This team is a joke.

  17. NYY_Girl_Penny June 25th, 2014 at 1:02 am

    I honestly didn’t know anything about Brian McCann when we signed him. When I heard all the ruckus about how he is a masher, a bomber and I even heard “he is a hitting machine” .. and this is before opening day, when I looked at his stats and read he had shoulder surgery, i said to myself, “WTH?? maybe they know something we don’t” because surely his stats were nothing special at all.. and now of course, it is blatantly obvious the guy isn’t worth 3Mil p/y let alone 17MIL.. 17MIL for this guy!! I am convinced they just buy players for all the wrong reasons.. OH he was an all-star a few years, pre-2011..

    I just don’t get what they saw in this guy and given the fact that we had 3 catchers at the time, and nearly every position player not in the OF had injuries or below avg fill in’s.. WTF would they go after a guy like this… whoever sold Hal on McCann (and I don’t believe it was Cashman) really needs to be sent to a deserted island with no chance of ever returning.

  18. GhettoBlaster June 25th, 2014 at 1:02 am

    How do you expect the Yankees to get players like Beltre or Price? The farm system is a joke.

  19. Hankflorida June 25th, 2014 at 1:06 am

    ScottinSJ June 25th, 2014 at 12:39 am
    Hank — 850 runs?? C’mon. They won’t even reach 700 this year.

    I agree and 700 may be a stretch, so if this team could score like our 1996 team, I could see Betances playing Rivera’s role. Since they can’t, gamble with Betances starting and with Tanaka we can hope to get to October. The starting staff could look like Tanaka, Betances, Kuroda, CC and Phelps or Whitley. Remember that we still have the 2nd Wildcard. If we get to the dance floor, anything can happen if Betances and Tanaka can dominate. “Spahn and Sain and two days of rain” will not work today with all the playoff games but at least it give us a shot for the ring.

  20. ScottinSJ June 25th, 2014 at 1:07 am

    They have the A-rod circus coming back.

    Yep, a very expensive circus to be sure. I’ve said this before: We’re better off if they win 70 as opposed to ~80 this year. In the former scenario, some heads may roll at least (one can hope). If they tread water around the .500 mark, I doubt anything meaningful happens.

  21. NYY_Girl_Penny June 25th, 2014 at 1:08 am

    GhettoBlaster June 25th, 2014 at 1:01 am
    This team’s present and future is awful. This past off season has been a total disaster.

    Jeter being carried off the field in the 2012 ALCS was the real end to the run.

    Cashman’s disaster of an offseason. Zero young position players.

    Think about it. They signed Ellsbury to such a horrible contract. McCann, Beltran have been terrible. They have the A-rod circus coming back. Johnson, Roberts and Thorton have been brutal.

    This team is a joke.

    ———

    How is it “Cashman’s disaster of an off-season” when it was public knowledge that Cashman was not in control and could not make any moves? It bothers me that people don’t put the blame where it belongs.. Cashman isn’t perfect, but he hasn’t had control of this team since 2010 when Hal preached budget.. Cashman’s last signing was Tex, after that he has been pretty much rendered powerless.

    It’s been stated by every media outlet many times (and still google’able) that Cashman’s power was stripped and Hal and crew are in control.

    ..

  22. ScottinSJ June 25th, 2014 at 1:10 am

    Hank — I think they might as well try to convert Warren to a starter. He’s faltering in the bullpen, which is down to two really reliable arms. This won’t do very much in the grand scheme of things, but it allows us to miss seeing Nuno every 5 days.

  23. NYY_Girl_Penny June 25th, 2014 at 1:11 am

    ScottinSJ June 25th, 2014 at 12:57 am
    It all wouldn’t be so sad if the next couple of years looked brighter. However, with absurd payments still to be made for multiple years to A-Rod, CC, Tex, Beltran, and McCann — roughly $100M next year and 2016 too — the pain isn’t going away.

    I think many of us could mentally write off another season if the future seemed promising. It’s bad this year, but it very well could get worse in coming years.

    —–

    That’s where so much of my frustration is, that and the fact that they kept stagnant for years focused on budget and passing on player after player, so much so that they backed themselves in a corner only to have overpay on high-risk mediocre talent this off-season… but that’s not what really irk’s me.. what really boils my blood is that they are so inept, THEY DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING!

  24. NYY_Girl_Penny June 25th, 2014 at 1:14 am

    ScottinSJ June 25th, 2014 at 1:07 am
    They have the A-rod circus coming back.

    —-

    I’m pretty sure there is a lot of posturing going on here. I highly doubt Arod is going to come back and play.. in fact, I’d bet that he is done, he’s just trying to figure out how to retired and collect the most money he can.

  25. ScottinSJ June 25th, 2014 at 1:15 am

    I hate to admit it, but BOS has been smart about their signings and contracts. While we will be burdened for at least the next 3 years, they’ll have a lot of flexibility to go out and sign talent. Not fun being a Yankee fan, but all things must pass.

  26. ScottinSJ June 25th, 2014 at 1:18 am

    I’m pretty sure there is a lot of posturing going on here. I highly doubt Arod is going to come back and play.. in fact, I’d bet that he is done, he’s just trying to figure out how to retired and collect the most money he can.

    We’ll see, but he will get paid, and so will CC (5+ ERA, was finished in early 2013), Tex (made of glass), Beltran (completely shot) and McCann (no comment needed).

  27. NYY_Girl_Penny June 25th, 2014 at 1:22 am

    How is it possible (regardless who and how many are to blame) for the best team in sports, the most well known around the world, legendary franchise.. worth more billions than any other team, get run into the ground like this..

    I mean it really takes a bunch of idiots to do what they’ve accomplished!

  28. NYY_Girl_Penny June 25th, 2014 at 1:26 am

    just as you want to be upset about a players BA being low, as if that isn’t bad enough.. you have even worse to look at.. the same approach never changing, no help from the hitting coach, in fact all signs point to hitting coach making it worse… but what irks me is seeing the same players with the same bad habits time after time, and nobody correcting them.. it’s been going on for years and it’s obvious and plain as day that they keep doing the same thing with the same approach, that steams me as well..

    but that is idiosyncratic, i dont think many people look at it and analyze it in that much detail. It’s clearly amazing!

    There is like a dozen major things wrong with this club/owner group, but hundreds of minor issues as well…

    I am goin got chalk it up to, Daddy died. He left us spoiled kids a billion-dollar baseball club and we don’t even like baseball.. this is fun to play with. Oops we broke it.

  29. NYY_Girl_Penny June 25th, 2014 at 1:27 am

    LOL at that.. gonna hang on to this quote!

    “I am goin got chalk it up to, Daddy died. He left us spoiled kids a billion-dollar baseball club and we don’t even like baseball.. this is fun to play with. Oops we broke it.”

  30. NYY_Girl_Penny June 25th, 2014 at 1:30 am

    Solarte sigh..

    last 10 days .069 BA
    last 30 days .197 BA

    it was fun while it lasted, he’ll be DFA’d soon.

  31. NYY_Girl_Penny June 25th, 2014 at 1:32 am

    I didn’t realize that McCann has such major splits!

    vs Left .294
    vs Right .196

    wow!

  32. arsenelupin3 June 25th, 2014 at 1:35 am

    So Jeter has proven that he shouldn’t be hitting number two this year. I know he had a hot few days to start the month, but those weren’t exactly quality hits and it’s sad to say that he’s really probably going to be one of the four or five worst-hitting middle infielders in the game.

    And he’s proven for the past decade that he really shouldn’t be at short, but at least he had his head in the game. But now that’s gone, which leads me to the simple question.

    What value is he providing the team other than filling the seats at this point?

  33. pete22 June 25th, 2014 at 1:36 am

    ScottinSJ June 25th, 2014 at 1:15 am

    I hate to admit it, but BOS has been smart about their signings and contracts.
    ======================

    Come on. BOS was bailed out by LAD, whose ownership group was beholden to Selig for stealing the team from McCourt, and I would not be surprised if Bud engineered the bail out of the Red Sox since he also handed his buddies the team despite a lower bid than McCourt. Now he looks the other way as they pay Dempster under the table so BOS can stay under 189.

    Not smart, crony capitalism at work.

  34. pete22 June 25th, 2014 at 1:40 am

    ScottinSJ June 25th, 2014 at 12:57 am

    I think many of us could mentally write off another season if the future seemed promising. It’s bad this year, but it very well could get worse in coming years.
    ==========================

    That’s why its critical they do whatever it takes to win this year. The next 3 years are gong to be awful, and then Tanaka opts out at the same tme Arod, CC, Beltran and Tex salaries are off the books as Ellsbury and McCann enter their declining years.

  35. pete22 June 25th, 2014 at 1:44 am

    Jeter and Roberts have actually exceeded my low expectations coming into the season. If Beltran, McCann and Soriano produced we probably would not be talking about them.

  36. moctezuma June 25th, 2014 at 2:43 am

    arsenelupin3 says:
    June 25, 2014 at 1:35 am
    So Jeter has proven that he shouldn’t be hitting number two this year. I know he had a hot few days to start the month, but those weren’t exactly quality hits and it’s sad to say that he’s really probably going to be one of the four or five worst-hitting middle infielders in the game.

    And he’s proven for the past decade that he really shouldn’t be at short, but at least he had his head in the game. But now that’s gone, which leads me to the simple question.

    What value is he providing the team other than filling the seats at this point?

    ————-

    I hate to agree with this post cause I like Jeter as much as a teenage girl did in the 90s but he has been weak mentally this year. It’s weird. Miscues on the bases, forgetting how many outs, triple clutching the baseball. Maybe this farewell tour is overly distracting. Or maybe after the All-Star Break he will be fully back from injury. Anyway right now something is up.

    Still, today they scored 6 runs to nearly steal the game. That’s great for this team and this offense. If this team gets to the playoffs they will be scary with tanaka and betances (who is a massive momentum changer and, weirdly, and offense ignite switch) and veteran players. Hope they can eke out a playoff spot.

  37. Tar June 25th, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Morning :D it’s a brand new day for all us shiney happy people.

    Lol at cashmoney at 12:37 ….. epic

  38. austinmac June 25th, 2014 at 7:40 am

    I do not see this team being at .500 very long. Factually, they have one of the worst offenses in the league, terrible infield defense, two starters and a bullpen that is in the road to fatigue and collapse.

    Despite this, the reporters all say they expect Cashman back! Truly, what has he done that justifies a return-shrewd trades, good free agent acquisitions or developing the minor league system? Uh, no.

  39. NYY fan in NH June 25th, 2014 at 7:49 am

    I thought I just woke up to a nightmare that the Yankees lost a game due to defense.. Oh wait, that’s exactly what happened..Ugh!!

  40. austinmac June 25th, 2014 at 8:01 am

    I have been saying nice mid-April to wait on Solarte before anointing him as a player since nothing about his minor league career says major league hitter. Reality is hard. He will be gone soon, I expect. Career minor leaguers are such for a reason.

  41. blake June 25th, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Good thing infield D doesn’t matter right! Anyway…..zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  42. Yankee Trader June 25th, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Good morning

    Turned it off when it was 3-0 Jays.
    Checked back and saw it was 6-6 with Betances struggling, but getting out of a jam.
    9th and Gardner opens up with a single, gets to second, now two outs, and Tex who had told his teammates before the game to step it up, strikes out.
    As soon as Warren came in, I knew it was going to go downhill, because he has struggled lately.
    The Solarte error cost them the game, however, given the Yankees current mediocrity, they would have probably been looking at 1st and 3rd, no outs anyway after a successful bunt.

    Yankees:
    Full of veterans who can’t bunt, make mental errors, can’t beat the shift, and now the starters, second time facing these teams, are being picked apart. On top of that the bullpen is leaking.

    This, I’m afraid, if there are no changes, is going to get ugly.

  43. austinmac June 25th, 2014 at 8:08 am

    YT,

    Your game watching was the same as mine. Ratings, attendance and wins are all going to decline absent some effort to change the team. Poor management is doing the same things every day and expecting a different result.

    The guys in the pen can’t pitch this much. Warren is tiring. Betances will too. Just like last year, the utter absence of offense and starters will kill the pen, the only bright spot besides Tanaka.

  44. Yankee Trader June 25th, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Catch this!

    Yankees’ Alfonso Soriano still believes he’s an everyday player

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

    Maybe the Cubs will take you back, so you can play everyday!

  45. Villa Nova-Ya June 25th, 2014 at 8:11 am

    They literally gave this game away. They tried to take it back, but then they gave it away again. Can the All-Star break come fast enough?

    It would have been a cool comeback. It also hurt that they got their lead off hitter on in the top of the ninth and couldn’t get him home, which wouldvhavevmeant DRob coming in for a save.

  46. austinmac June 25th, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Blake,

    Goo defense doesn’t matter. Giving the other team thirty outs is always a good plan. Maybe “my boy” Solarte can explain that to a poster or two.

  47. austinmac June 25th, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Soriano is an everyday player on an Indy league team.

  48. Yankee Trader June 25th, 2014 at 8:21 am

    This is what we have to look forward to:

    Beltran as your DH only, because that right elbow still hurts. At some point, maybe if the Yankees are out of it by September, he’ll get the bone spur removed.

    Sabathia coming back, trying to pitch with his right knee still regenerating new tissue, while being subject to a 260 lb plus man landing on that right leg, that IMO, will see him have a recurrence of pain, and he too will be shut down.

    Pineda. It doesn’t seem to be in the cards for him. Right now it doesn’t look like he’ll be blessed with health and have a chance at pitching again like the few pitchers, Carpenter and a few other pitchers, ( around 30%) who make it back after a labrum repair on their pitching shoulder.

  49. Yankee Trader June 25th, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Goo defense doesn’t matter.

    Mac-

    No need to correct, because the defense is goo!

  50. rocketfish June 25th, 2014 at 8:29 am

    It is really simple. They need pitching. Period. Go to the Cubs and pay WHATEVER they are asking. Otherwise this season is lost. And PLEASE PLEASE fire Kevin Long.

  51. Yankee Trader June 25th, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Now what will the Yankees do?

    Send Solarte down and probably bring up another veteran-Sizemore?

    They won’t promote Refsnyder, or Pirela, who is now playing LF, but who we have learned are not major league ready defensively. Ditto for lefty slugger Roller, who is apparently not able to hit the curveball and strikes out too much.

    Wheeler over Sizemore? Doubt they do that, and cut Sizemore.

    Pitching. Who comes up to replace Nuno? Whitley? Does Warren need a rest?

  52. Yankee Trader June 25th, 2014 at 8:39 am

    From the above article:

    Alfonso Soriano is hitting just .208 with a .567 on-base-plus-slugging percentage, 38 strikeouts and just three walks in 138 plate appearances versus righties. The last time he started against a right-hander, on June 2, he encountered Mariners ace Felix Hernandez and went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

    The left-handed-hitting Suzuki, on the other hand, is batting .298 with a .341 on-base percentage opposite righties, though his output in limited action against southpaws — .379 batting average and .455 OBP in 33 plate appearances — is even better.

    Sticking strictly with the platoon Tuesday, a 7-6 Yankees loss, Girardi started Soriano over Suzuki against Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle despite Suzuki’s resounding success (.421/.424/.474 in 59 career plate appearances) off Buehrle.

    If you want to have your best chance of winning, isn’t it best to put the players in situations where they have the best chance to succeed, which also includes where they bat in the lineup?

  53. Yankee Trader June 25th, 2014 at 8:40 am

    OK, I’ll stop talking.

  54. Shame Spencer June 25th, 2014 at 8:52 am

    It seems like a while since that walk-off win, doesn’t it?

    We beat up on the Jays at home and were able to feel a lot better about the club.. now they’re returning the favor.

  55. mark11d June 25th, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Hi, first time commenter, so please be gentle! North of the border, long time Yankee fan (Mickey and Roger/the Horace Clarke era/Billy and Reggie/the lost years of the 80s/the Torre years). Have been reading this blog for about the last six/seven years but only started reading the comments this year. Clearly there are some pretty passionate fans!
    I was at the game last night and usually attend at least one game whenever the Yanks hit Toronto. Some thoughts:
    - David Phelps is a serviceable fifth guy and may be a great piece for long work out of the bullpen. Or possibly even the seventh inning, as he was being used before the starters got hurt earlier this season. I’ve seen him in his last two starts against Toronto get beat on a changeup/curveball that isn’t fooling anyone. Perhaps a chat with the pitching coach to maybe shelve that pitch
    - To the previous point, with the main cogs on offense slumping, they will not survive with Phelps/Whitley and Nuno starting. Those guys may have a place on this team, but they are not sustainable starter solutions. How great was the early season this year when they wheeled out their 5 starters, even with a below par Kuroda and Sabathia? To me, pitching is the key for any team’s success. The Yanks have the makings of a shutdown bullpen but I fear the second half is going to see the bloom come off the rose for Warren and possibly Betances, with their continued use.
    - The infield defence is a major problem. To see those plays live last night was remarkable. While I do see a decline in Jeter’s skills, he may be the least of their problems. I can understand Cashman’s rationale for Roberts but I don’t understand how they thought they would get away with Kelly Johnson at 3rd for a full season. And, it’s becoming clear why Solarte was a career minor leaguer. They need a proven solution at third, with Johnson a bench solution everywhere but SS.
    - Regarding the offence, my feeling is that McCann and Beltran will come around. I think Ellsbury is ill placed in the order, but I can understand why he’s there. My preference would be to have Soriano out there every day, as I get frustrated watching Suzuki flick at pitches. They have too many guys hitting singles, lack power bats, but I am hoping for the resurrection of McCann and Beltran. I can’t stand the Jays but I would gladly take Encarnacion and Bautista off their hands (I know, as if).
    - To me, the biggest organizational concern should be the lack of high end replacement parts for the offence and starting pitching. Perhaps that’s a function of having poor draft location due to their seasonal success but there should be a better pool of talent available to the major league team. Especially given the financial resources of the organization.
    And that is my key point. Given their financial resources, this organization should be winning, possibly dominating, every year. It is so frustrating to look at a Tampa or Oakland, especially the latter with their spare part approach, and see their consistent success. I don’t think they should be shelling out on free agents every year, but with their revenues, the money should be plowed back into scouting and development. How great would it be to have another “Core 4 or 5″, augmented by tactical free agent acquisitions? I miss those days.

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