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Triage: Yanks-O’s Gamer II

Sabathia takes the mound at Camden, facing Baltimore and Wei-Yin Chen. The Yankees will be showing off their new unis today, made of bubble wrap and foam rubber. Comment away.

p.s., sorry about missing the early Sox gamer.

55 replies on “Triage: Yanks-O’s Gamer II”

Positive. All day, every day.
CC on the mound? Does it get more positive than that???
We will get through the injuries.
We will prevail.
Too many great players in Yankee grey.

Perfect bunt…
1st and 3rd…
Then CC brushes the dudes jersey…
Bases loaded.
No outs.
Positive?
I’m really struggling right now but I guess there have been no runs yet this inning?

I don’t think anyone turns 2 as easily as Cano…never that stupid “in the area” play with him. On the bag, turn it with a quickness.
Nice.
Very positive player.

Markakis grounds out.
Bases loaded with no outs…1 run.
VERY positive.
OK offense, let’s get it going with RISP.
Positive power.

Tex flies out to center…
This no-name rookie is making us his bitch so far…
Seen this movie too many times.
Positive?
5 more innings.

Granderson gets *just* enough of one going the other way to make it 4-2. A well-placed Yankee fan made sure Avery couldn’t make a leaping grab at the wall. GOOD FAN!

Robinson Cano, how, did you do that? That’s just gorgeous.
If you can look at the replay, check out Robi to get Wieters in the top of the seventh. Beautiful.

GIDP.
When your meat cannot hit with RISP. You lose.
It’s that simple.
We really look like an average team so far this year.
Very disappointing.

Positive?
There are trades to be made soon.
Because this team. as constructed, is seemingly not good enough to win it all. I mean, they are, but they have not played to their potential the past two plus years.
Disturbing trend.

ARod, Tex and Curtis in the 9th…
$60+ million worth of baseball players that are paid to hit the ball…
Down 3…
This would be a pretty sweet come from behind win.
The ’09 team won these games.
’10 and ’11 didn’t…

I really am trying to be positive but it’s so difficult…
This team is full of high-paid players that are just not doing their job and it is incredibly frustrating. Well, the last few seasons. They don’t even really go down swinging. No walk off wins. No big comebacks. It’s just hit a bunch of HR’s and win, or don’t and lose. The formula is flawed. Cashman’s moves have been bad. I have never thrown him under the bus but man, couldn’t I or AG do just as good a job with the resources he has? We always hear about these great young pitchers, but we haven’t seen it. Meanwhile, scrubs like whoever that was tonight lay down our $200 million dollar team like they are the fucking Royals?
I just don’t understand. But what I do know is that no one fears this team anymore. THAT is a problem. We have become just another team, no longer the Yankees.

At some point, these multi-million dollar, all-star, future HOF/borderline HOF players need to have some pride and stope being dominated by sub-par players on sub-par franchises.
Either that or Cashman needs to find some players that will.

“Girardi on the Yankees’ feast-or-famine offense: “It’s baseball. It’s been happening for a long time. Teams are going to score runs. Two or three days they’re going to score a lot and then they’re not going to score and you’re going to say, ‘Why?’ It’s just baseball. It’s what happens. Sometimes you hope that you can shut the other team down in a sense, or sometimes you get some gifts and we just didn’t take advantage of opportunities tonight.”
“Joe Girardi on the Yankees’ 1-for-9 night with RISP: “When you get the opportunities you’ve got to take advantage of them. We were able to win last night and weren’t real good in those situations, and we weren’t good again tonight. That’ll change.”
“Jeter was asked how Wei-Yin Chen was able to pitch so well without overpowering stuff. “It’s not like he’s throwing changeups like Moyer, you know what I’m saying? He gets it up there 91, 92. He hits his spots. He knows how to pitch. It’s a little unfair to say he’s not overpowering because he mixes in his offspeed stuff and his fastball gets up there pretty good. He knows what he’s doing.”
I’m really getting tired of the excuses.
(from Mark Feinstand on Twitter)

Good news that Nova’s injury seems minor and he will probably make his next start. The bullpen injuries have gotten rough. Still, we can live with Soriano closing for a while (you gotta admit that it’s a pretty extraordinary resource advantage that allows you to fill the best closer in history’s spot with the best reliever in baseball over the past year+ and then, when he goes down, to fill his spot with a guy who compiled 45 saves just two years ago playing in the ALEast). Anyway, as much as I don’t love Soriano, he can certainly play this role. It’s innings 7 + 8 that have gotten scary.
As for the offense, without Gardner’s speed on the basepads, this team’s “sit-around-and-wait-for-the-home-run” factor has shot up considerably. They can lose a slugging bat and easily fill it with Chavez/Ibanez/Jones, but their speedsters are only Gardner and Nunez, and the latter’s defense has gone from mediocre to terrifying. Jeter and Granderson can take a base from time to time and move 1st to 3rd and Martin is probably the best running catcher in the game (it would help if he got on base from time to time of course). But the only disruptive speed they have is Gardner. Then they’ve got shaky-glove Nunez off the bench. Otherwise there are a lot of slow sluggers on this team and when a good pitcher shuts them down, they are unable to manufacture much.
I’m very much looking forward to Gardner’s return. The team is just more fun to watch with him in the game and they manufacture more. And as long as they stay within striking distance by the time Robertson returns, and hopefully avoid any catastrophic injuries, I’m not worried.
But yeah, a station-to-station slugging team is frustrating to watch when a good starter is able to keep them in the ballpark because you just rack up the RISP-fails and guys start pressing to get the big hit.

Good starter is the point. Great starters, ie playoff starters is death.
Something has got to change.
I am trying very hard to stay positive.
A win tonight would make me feel better.
3rd place is unacceptable.

“The Yankees have some serious issues. They were 2-for-20 in the two-game series with runners in scoring position and are batting .243 with RISP. The Rangers are hitting .317 in that department.”
NY Post
I really need to stop reading the Post.

OK, I just checked the standings and we’re 2.5 games behind the Rays and O’s.
20-16 on May 16th and we haven’t played anything closely resembling good baseball to this point.
That’s the positive. That’s what I need to focus on.
2.5 games is nothing.
Right?

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