Early Stress: Jays-Yanks Gamer I

AJ gave up a dinger to Bautista in the first, the Yanks came back with two in the top of the second, and now AJ is making life "interesting" again in the bottom half.  Comment away.

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  • AJ is making life difficult in the sixth..

    DustyDrB - YF April 19, 2011, 9:25 pm
  • Robertson gets Escobar swinging. Two away. Wow.. Martin just saved a run. Or maybe Patterson did; Patterson is so fast.. surprised he didn’t try it.

    attackgerbil April 19, 2011, 9:33 pm
  • Hell of a hold by Robertson there. Comes in with the bases loaded and strikes out the #1 and #2 hitters.

    Atheose - SF April 19, 2011, 9:34 pm
  • Now Snyder goes down swinging, and his bat pays a price.

    attackgerbil April 19, 2011, 9:34 pm
  • Yeah Atheose – Robertson just flashed the cajones-of-steel. That was a relaly impressive show of spin-rates and all that…

    IronHorse (YF) April 19, 2011, 9:37 pm
  • Yeah Atheose – Robertson just flashed the cajones-of-steel. That was a really impressive show of spin-rates and all that…

    IronHorse (YF) April 19, 2011, 9:37 pm
  • sorry for dble-post…

    IronHorse (YF) April 19, 2011, 9:37 pm
  • Has Jeter looked bad at the plate, or has he just been unlucky? I haven’t seen enough video to decide yet.

    Atheose - SF April 19, 2011, 9:40 pm
  • To clarify: I mean so far this season, not just tonight.

    Atheose - SF April 19, 2011, 9:40 pm
  • Granderson is hitting with serious power. Saw something today noting that going back to the date late last season (Aug 18 I think) when Kevin Long retooled his swing, he has hit more HR’s than any other outfielder in the majors other than two (Tulowitzki and I forget who else). As in the other thread, yeah it’s a small sample, but it’s nice and surprising that he is at the top of that particular list.

    IronHorse (YF) April 19, 2011, 9:41 pm
  • So:
    Granderson > All of Baseball? :)

    James YF April 19, 2011, 9:44 pm
  • Something, though Tulo is not an OFer..

    Lar April 19, 2011, 9:45 pm
  • I’m really digging Grandy in the 2-hole. He gives Jeter a bit more protection and he’ll see alot of fastballs.
    I notice how no one is talking about Austin Jackson this year. Ian Kennedy is looking like milquetoast too. The only guy they miss is Coke.

    James YF April 19, 2011, 9:49 pm
  • “Has Jeter looked bad at the plate, or has he just been unlucky? I haven’t seen enough video to decide yet.”
    He has had some bad luck with line drives right at guys, like tonight. This is reflected in his 2011 BABIP, which is .260 compared to a career of .355.
    At the same time, he doesn’t seem to be driving the ball as much as I’m used to seeing and he still seems sort of in between his career-swing with the stride and his no-stride swing. I may be imagining it. Regardless, the results have not been that great so far in this early season. A very cursory look at his splits (I only looked at ground/fly/linedrive splits and not at where the balls went (infield/outfield, etc.), but based on what I just reviewed, of the 25 balls he has hit in play before tonight, 56% were grounders, 24% flies, and only 16% liners (remaining 4% bunts). This compares to career numbers of 43% grounders, 27% flies, and 26% liners (3% bunts).
    So yeah, take the 10% fewer liners he is used ot hitting and turn those into groundballs and it ain’t great. I still have faith though. He may not hit .315 anymore, but I’m thinking/hoping he will improve over last year and be close to .300.

    IronHorse (YF) April 19, 2011, 10:00 pm
  • Could this be the season Granderson hits 40 HR like everyone expected him to do? ;)
    Coke, eh. We’ll see how he does with only two usable pitches over the course of an entire season (see: Alexi Ogando). There’s a reason he was made into a reliever – he was garbage as a starter even the minor leagues.

    AndrewYF April 19, 2011, 10:00 pm
  • Don’t add more than one run Yanks…Mo needs another save :)

    IronHorse (YF) April 19, 2011, 10:01 pm
  • I misspoke Lar – it wasn’t outfielders but all major leaguers. Seriously. He was tied with Pujols and only behind Tulo and one other dude…

    IronHorse (YF) April 19, 2011, 10:02 pm
  • Posada = feast or famine.
    Mainly famine.

    IronHorse (YF) April 19, 2011, 10:03 pm
  • Curious to see which Soriano shows up tonight…

    IronHorse (YF) April 19, 2011, 10:06 pm
  • Now, if you want to talk about a true homer-or-nothing team, it’s Toronto. No reason to believe they’ve changed.
    Every reason to believe the Yankees will post a team OBP around .350 again. And if they get a few extra homers to go along with that OBP? All the better.

    AndrewYF April 19, 2011, 10:07 pm
  • So I got a $50 ticket for having an out-datred registration sticker on my windshield today. Where was the updated one? In the glove-compartment. Why? Because I’m an idiot. And now I’m an idiot with 50 fewer dollars in my pocket.

    IronHorse (YF) April 19, 2011, 10:10 pm
  • That is insane. Let’s hope Grandy keeps it up, obviously. Insane HR rate the Yanks have been having in general..

    Lar April 19, 2011, 10:20 pm
  • Yeah, Coke should be a reliever. The Yanks miss him as that.

    James YF April 19, 2011, 10:22 pm
  • Jeter looks finished to me. Would he ever retire this year if July rolls around and he’s still sitting at a .240 AVG and .590 OPS?
    It’s a crazy thought but with how he looks it’s entering my mind more frequently.

    James YF April 19, 2011, 10:25 pm
  • So I just looked it up – from 8/17/10 through tonight, Granderson has hit 20 HRs. Pujols has hit 19. Tulowitzki has 26. Don’t know now who the other ahead of Granderson is…

    IronHorse (YF) April 19, 2011, 10:30 pm
  • I was thinking the same thing James, but he’ll never retire. He’s one of those guys who you have to pull the uniform off of him. The Yankees would release him and no other major league team sign him and he still wouldn’t retire. He’d play in some independent league.
    I do think that if he’s still batting .240 at the all-star break, you move him to the bottom of the lineup until he can prove he can hit again. Cashman might have to intervene, but seeing how he has no fear of any PR faux pas, this shouldn’t be seen as an impossibility.

    AndrewYF April 19, 2011, 10:31 pm
  • Mo?

    Lar April 19, 2011, 10:32 pm
  • The Russian is cut!

    James YF April 19, 2011, 10:33 pm
  • Jeter is turning out to have quite the ego, isn’t he? Will he ever own up to the changes Long was trying to make? Will his pride ever take a backseat to his performance?

    James YF April 19, 2011, 10:34 pm
  • Mo’s back against the wall…

    IronHorse (YF) April 19, 2011, 10:37 pm
  • Bah.

    Lar April 19, 2011, 10:37 pm
  • First blown save of the year. Ouch.

    IronHorse (YF) April 19, 2011, 10:38 pm
  • I don’t see how the Yankees win this one now, save for a 3 or 4 run barrage in the 10th. Their best reliever now is – who? Logan? Sigh. Had to happen sometime I suppose. Better now than in September! ;P

    AndrewYF April 19, 2011, 10:39 pm
  • I still love the fact that when Mo blows one my response is “Eh, watcha gonna do?”.

    James YF April 19, 2011, 10:40 pm
  • wheels almost entirely off now…

    IronHorse (YF) April 19, 2011, 10:41 pm
  • Well I guess it was only a matter of time before he blew one.

    Atheose - SF April 19, 2011, 10:41 pm
  • Noe-si! Noe-si! Noe-si!

    James YF April 19, 2011, 10:41 pm
  • 0-2 on everybody too, except for the walk.

    Lar April 19, 2011, 10:42 pm
  • Good DP, but obviously we get free baseball..

    Lar April 19, 2011, 10:43 pm
  • Same here James, but it’s still a little saddening.
    But hey, they’ve still got a chance (yeah right)!

    AndrewYF April 19, 2011, 10:43 pm
  • Wow. Somehow escaped that.

    IronHorse (YF) April 19, 2011, 10:44 pm
  • Anyway, speaking of Coke, he just managed one of the worst starts of a game you can think of:
    Walk
    Walk
    Reached on pitcher error
    Walked in a run
    Yikes. Good luck with that, Tigers.

    AndrewYF April 19, 2011, 10:47 pm
  • Wih dead-arm Phil and Nova slotting into a relief position tonight, the Yankee starting rotation is a roller-coaster. I see Kevin Millwood making his first start for the Yanks real soon. Which isn’t to say I’m looking forward to it.

    IronHorse (YF) April 19, 2011, 10:59 pm
  • lead-off single. This game is so over. I’m going to go so something else for 10 minutes…

    IronHorse (YF) April 19, 2011, 11:00 pm
  • OK, I couldn’t peel myself away. Nova has given up two massive fly balls that somehow stayed in the park and were trackedd down by Swish and Grandy. Encarnacion still stuck on 1st…Snider up

    IronHorse (YF) April 19, 2011, 11:07 pm
  • ball game. good night.

    IronHorse (YF) April 19, 2011, 11:08 pm
  • Got lucky twice..

    Lar April 19, 2011, 11:08 pm
  • Why save Noesi?

    James YF April 19, 2011, 11:11 pm
  • Because you can’t put a pitcher who’s never pitched in the majors before into a tied game on the road without exhausting all your other options. It’s not exactly fair to the guy.

    AndrewYF April 20, 2011, 12:49 am
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