Apr
06

It’s only one game

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Cesar Izturis’ eighth inning home run pretty much summed up the Yankees’ Opening Day 10-5 loss. Izturis signed a two-year, $5 million contract with the Orioles this off-season for his glove. After he has a career OPS+ of 67 and blasted just two home runs over this last three seasons.

So of course, with the Yanks knocking at the Orioles’ door in the 8th inning, he turns on a Phil Coke offering and deposits it just out of the reach of Johnny Damon in the left field seats. I wouldn’t be surprised if Izturis’ blast is the only one he hits all season.

For the Yankees, Opening Day was an entire game of “just out of reach.” For CC Sabathia, the $23 Million Man, the strike out zone was just out of reach. He lasted just 4.1 innings, giving up 6 earned runs on 8 hits and an alarming 5 walks. He recorded no strike outs in a start — a feat he has accomplished four times in his career — for the first time since July 25, 2005.

One at-bat, in particular, sticks out for me. With the bases loaded in the fifth inning, Luke Scott was up. Sabathia got ahead 0-2 on two sliders Scott fouled away. Instead of attacking Scott with a fastball, Sabathia threw four more sliders. None of them got the plate, and Scott didn’t bite.

After the game, Sabathia said he just didn’t have it. He couldn’t locate his fastball, and as any pitcher at any level knows, a pitcher who cannot locate his fastball is pitching at a disadvantage. (The heating pack, by the way, was for CC to stay warm and loose. In the post game show, Sabathia and Girardi both said nothing was physically wrong with the lefty. He just “never got in the groove,” as Posada said.)

Offensively, the Yanks were always just out of reach of the Orioles. Down 6-5 in the 8th, Nick Swisher led off the inning with a double. Joe Girardi used the speedy Ramiro Peña to pinch hit, but then he gave away an out as Brett Gardner bunted. I understand the theory behind moving the runner to third. Peña could potentially score on an out. With three contact hitters in Gardner, Derek Jeter and Johnny Damon due up next though, why not let Gardner put the ball in play? As he showed in the third, good things happen when he does that.

Anyway, Derek Jeter tapped out to third, and after a Johnny Damon walk, Mark Teixeira left two runners. His 0-for-4 with 5 LOB left the Yankees just out of reach.

By the time Phil Coke and Brian Bruney combined for four earned runs in two innings, the Yanks had lost their chances. They had left 11 runners on base and couldn’t deliver that blow. The game was just out of reach.

While Sabathia wasn’t great, while the Yankees’ five runs and 11 hits weren’t quite enough, it is also important to keep it all in perspective. Game one is a loss, and what can you do? Jorge Posada showed some signs of power. Hideki blasted a homer. Damon and Jeter combined for five hits, and Robinson Cano walked twice. Anyway, we’ve still 161 more of these to go.

Categories : Game Stories

195 Comments»

  1. rsam says:

    C.C DID NOT HAVE IT TODAY IT IS JUST A matter of time before the haters come on this blog.the yankees will win the world series this year.

    • billy13 says:

      This is a sign of things to come for this overated team. Lousy baserunning, poor defense, holes in the lineup. Is this team going to beat Boston or tampa? I doubt it. This looks like another third place team to me. Scary bad.

  2. Rich says:

    There will several positives and/or hopeful signs, and a couple of less positive performances that probably indicate, when viewed in context, that a few players don’t deserve their roles.

    • Cough cough Cody Ransom cough cough.

      • BigBlueAL says:

        Cough cough Xavier Nady cough cough. (at least with a RHP starting)

        • andrew says:

          Nady had an RBI double… he looked fine to me.

          • Flynn says:

            terrible base running blunder and a killer gidp didn’t look so hot to me

            • andrew says:

              I’m pretty sure everyone saw that the 3rd base coach waved him home. He shouldn’t have been looking at the ball if he were running properly, and he wasn’t. That’s not his fault at all.

              • Drew says:

                It’s ultimately up to the runner. But if you want to blame Thompson, why didn’t Nady just run it out as Thompson instructed? At least there would’ve been a play at the plate.

      • radnom says:

        I don’t think one game indicates that for anyone. The weakest players are often scapegoats when an entire team doesn’t play well.

        So…unrelated to tonight’s results…what is Grudzielanek doing these days? Wasn’t speculation that he probably wouldn’t sign with the Yankees because he wanted a starting job somewhere? I think you can rule that out considering he is still unemployed.
        Although I guess its pointless now that we added Pena to the roster…would’ve made a lot more sense 3 days ago.

        • Rich says:

          It’s not about one game, it’s about a body of work that was carried over into yet another game.

          • radnom says:

            And yet no one was saying yesterday that Ransom would be a disaster filling at 3rd for a few weeks.

            • Rich says:

              I have repeatedly posted that he has been a replacement level player over the course of his career for a reason.

              • radnom says:

                Ok well it is your expectations are off then. Its not some big revaluation that Ransom is a RLVL bat..thats all we need for a few weeks while Arod is gone..someone to fill in and field solidly. His body of work has shown he can handle this for a couple weeks. It is the first day, everyone was a little sloppy.

                • Rich says:

                  How are my expectations off? I merely responded to your (false) claim that “no one was saying yesterday that Ransom would be a disaster filling at 3rd for a few weeks.”

                  Replacement level players can’t necessarily be counted on to be able to “fill in and field solidly.”

                  So it is your expectations that are off.

                  Mine won’t be unless he succeeds.

                • random says:

                  What are you going on about?

                  Replacement level players can be counted on to hit at replacement level and field solidly. That is all we were counting on Ransom for, what makes you think he can’t do that?
                  You seem to think that if he does that its a disaster where as every rational person, including the Yankees, is expecting exactly that until Arod comes back and is fine with it.

                • Rich says:

                  For some reason, I’m going on about wasting my time with your nonsensical claims.

                  You have no idea what you’re talking about. The performance of a replacement player has inherent unpredictability. That is, they may or may not perform at a level that justifies keeping them in the MLs at any given time. That’s why they are replacement players.

                  As Keith Woolner has said about replacement players:

                  A commodity which is easily available to all teams at no or low cost confers no competitive advantage, and therefore is of minimal value.

                  [snip]

                  Individual replacements can perform above or below the expected level, but that does not change what the expectation was at the time of the decision.

                  Get it? They can’t necessarily be counted on, but because their fungible, they can be replaced relatively easily.

                  I never said anything about a disaster.

                  Stop distorting my posts and go away.

      • Chris C. says:

        Oh, give me a break. The guy hit two solid shots his first two at-bats, and the rightfielder made a great play or that’s a double. His other was a line-out to third.

        If I were him, I’d be nervous too, when my own team’s fans aren’t even standing behind me.

        AROD won’t be back for a few weeks, and the Yankees have given the job to Ransom until then. Deal with it, and root for the guy.

  3. Phil in LA says:

    Cano had all good ab’s and 2 walks. If he keeps up that approach he can be a great player.

    • anonymous says:

      He really looked good today. If Kevin Long pulled this off sign him to a 70 year contract.

      • Chris C. says:

        After his first two AB’s, I thought it was the same old BS……..two outs on 5 pitches. But he did become selective in his next two AB’s.

  4. Moshe Mandel says:

    The speed with which people here are judging Nady is about the same as the reaction that mainstream media members will have regarding CC. It was one game, and the guy did have a RBI double. I think Swish should be starting, but I do not think it was a ridiculous decision to give the job to Nady. To just pan the move as a failure after one game is hasty.

    • A.D. says:

      I think its a lot of people, at least those that are on this blog, wanted/feel Swish should be the starter, so if there is an opportunity to get on Nady they’ll take that chance.

      • I’m not going to get on Nady right away. I think last year was a fluke, but I’m willing to go along with playing him for now. I think Swisher is a better idea, but I can certainly see why others wouldn’t.

        I do think that Cody Ransom at third isn’t going to cut it, even for a few weeks. For instance butchered a double play ball in the 4th that was a scored a hit and basically led to CC’s removal. I realize this is just day one, but there’s a reason why he’s 33 with 166 big league games under his belt. I’d be happy to be wrong here, but A-Rod can’t come back soon enough.

        • A.D. says:

          Hopefully Ransom had some opening day jitters. That said I had hoped the Yanks would sign McPherson to play 3rd and potentially platoon with Ransom

        • Moshe Mandel says:

          I still dont get why they didnt go for Lamb or McPherson.

          • Drew says:

            I wanted us to go after him too. It was a no lose situation. It would’ve cost us a roster spot, true. But would anyone have been outraged if Ramiro and Angel both got sent down to make room for Dallas?

            • Chris C. says:

              “But would anyone have been outraged if Ramiro and Angel both got sent down to make room for Dallas?”

              What the hell would be the point of that? Ramiro had a terrific spring, and is a defensive whiz. And Berroa hit about .370.

              McPherson is a low .200 hitter, doesn’t reach base alot, and is a strikeout machine.

              Can you give one reason why McPherson even deserves to have room made for him on a major league roster??

        • Drew says:

          From what we saw last year, I think Ransom is a better fielder than he showed today. He usually gets them when he can get a glove on the ball. If he couldn’t make those plays, he wouldn’t be our super utility (turned starter) guy.

        • Count Zero says:

          Amen.

          The good thing is, he probably went a long way towards derailing the “we’re better without A-Rod” train as soon as it left the station.

        • Chris C. says:

          “I do think that Cody Ransom at third isn’t going to cut it, even for a few weeks. For instance butchered a double play ball in the 4th that was a scored a hit and basically led to CC’s removal.”

          Oh, yeah. THAT’S what led to CC’s removal! Nevermind that he couldn’t throw the damn ball over the plate, and when he did, it was as fat as his wasteline!

          Ransom flashed some pretty good glovework last year for the Yankees, committing only 3 errors in over 150 innings on defense. And they were extremely impressed with him at 3rd this spring. Don’t base your shit on one game.

          There are certainly plenty of players they could have at 3rd who they’d be worse off with than Cody Ransom. It’s only for about a month, so stop sounding like some spoiled brat Yankee fan.

    • Drew says:

      The judgement that I pass on Nady is in fact not on one game. It’s his 69th regular season game in a Yankee uniform. Still thats not much but there is nothing wrong with people rooting for Swisher to get the job. Even still, I don’t think anyone is rooting against him, we would be nuts not to “hope” for a .300 100 100 year from him in the bottom half of our lineup.

      • Moshe Mandel says:

        He’s the starter, so rooting for Swish to get the job means wanting Nady to do poorly. He is not going to lose the job while playing well. In regard to today, all he did was hit into a DP, and he was sent home on the baserunning play. He also had a RBI double.

        • Drew says:

          Well I was rooting for Swish to get the job all Spring. At no point during the process did I say, I hope Nady does poorly. It’s just a matter of me being a fan of the guy since his Oakland days.

          • Moshe Mandel says:

            Oh, that I get, I was rooting for the same. But that ends now that Nady is the starter,bc the only way Swish can get the job is if Nady struggles or gets hurt.

            • jsbrendog says:

              not true. swisher can get the job if he plays out of this world when he does play and nady is good, but swisher is better. that is what i am hoping for. I am hoping for swisher to mash every chance he get to play while nady continues to be solid but not melkian

            • Chris C. says:

              Why does everyone like Swisher more than Nady? Cool hair and gold chains?

              Nady is a heck of a guy, y’know. Worth rooting for even!

              • Why does everyone like Swisher more than Nady? Cool hair and gold chains?

                Nope. He’s just probably a better player, that’s all.

                Nady is a heck of a guy, y’know. Worth rooting for even!

                Nobody is rooting against him. We’re just advocating for Swisher.

                Saying that I can’t wait for ARod to come back at take over at 3B does not mean I’m rooting against Cody Ransom.

                • Chris C. says:

                  “Why does everyone like Swisher more than Nady? Cool hair and gold chains?

                  Nope. He’s just probably a better player, that’s all.”

                  Well, he apparently hasn’t proven it since 2007. I’m not saying that Swisher isn’t the better overall ballplayer. But right now, Nady deserves to be the Yankees starting rightfielder.

                  If Girardi told these guys that they were competing for the position, then Nady kicks his tail in spring training, how does he then hand the job to Swisher? He’d lose respect from Nady, and probably a few of his players too for being disingenuous.

                  NAdy earned it. He could lose it, but he earned it for now. Let Swisher come off the bench. It worked yesterday.

      • Chris C. says:

        “The judgement that I pass on Nady is in fact not on one game. It’s his 69th regular season game in a Yankee uniform. Still thats not much but there is nothing wrong with people rooting for Swisher to get the job.”

        …….and Swisher’s last 69 games culminated in a batting average of .212. And this past spring, Nady outhit him by over 100 points, and outslugged him by over 200 points.

        If you hit .212 in a season, it’s probably not a good idea to show up with your new team and hit .222 in spring training games.

        I mean geez, the guy hit an “excuse me” double down the line yesterday, and some people are acting like there’s some major injustice going on here.

  5. A.D. says:

    Positives:

    Posada & Matsui driving the ball
    Gritster showing what he can do when he gets on base and playing pretty well in the field

  6. BigBlueAL says:

    Definitely nice seeing Posada back (although we literally saw too much of his back chasing 3 wild pitches) and seeing Matsui going yard along with Cano’s new (hopefully permanent) approach at the plate.

    My only concern is the bullpen. Now dont get me wrong, I DONT WANT Joba in the pen. But remember bullpens are very volatile year to year (see Tampa Rays 2007-2008) and so for as good as the guys in the pen were last season, they dont have much of a track record (expect for Marte and of course Mo) so who knows how good they will actually be this year. Granted as long as the starters presumably go a strong 6 to 7 innings every game it wont matter much but I do think its something that could be a concern as the season progresses.

    • Many bullpens struggle in April…remember, most reliever spend the entire game sitting, and in April it gets COLD in many cities. I wouldn’t worry too much about the bullpen just yet, although more games like today and it will be an issue.

    • Chris says:

      The key for the Yankees bullpen is the depth. There are a number of quality arms in the minors that could step in if the bullpen struggles. As the season goes on, they’ll just pull the 5 best arms up to the majors (to go along with Marte and Mo). I don’t know that the relievers currently on the roster are the answer, but I am confident that there are enough good arms to form a really good bullpen this year.

      • El Generalissimo says:

        Even if our bullpen is highly volatile and Marte/Bruney just suck. That still leave Coke Alby, and not far off melancon, who will be the 8th inning guy at the end of the year.

        • + Veras, Edwar, Robertson, Humberto, Claggett, Cox, Whelan, Garcia, SteJax…

        • Chris C. says:

          You’re also forgetting Tomko.

          I honestly don’t know why the guy didn’t make the team. I know he’s hopped around the league and all, but he posted a 1.18 era in spring training, and that was with a good amount of work.

          Why even give the guy a camp invite if whatever he does on the mound is irrelevant?

          • Why even give the guy a camp invite if whatever he does on the mound is irrelevant?

            Good, god, man, STOP WITH THE RIDICULOUS HISTRIONICS.

            He didn’t make the team because:

            A) there were seven relievers who were better than him (Mo, Marte, Bruney, Veras, Edwar, Coke, Albie)
            B) He was an NRI who would have required a 40-man DFA, and with ARod’s injury meaning Pena needed to be added, that means adding both Pena and Tomko required two DFA’s and we only had one man on the 40-man worthy of being DFA’d in Giese

            What Tomko did on the mound isn’t “irrelevant”. He’s pitched his way into our plans, and he’ll be called upon if the need and opportunity arises. Calm the hell down.

            • Chris C. says:

              “Good, god, man, STOP WITH THE RIDICULOUS HISTRIONICS.”

              You’re the one all hyped up, jackass! All I did was ask a question.
              The Yankees need a good long reliever, and Tomko would have been perfect. He was lights out this spring, and I believe he’d be a better fit with this team than either Bruney or Edwar Ramirez, whom for some reason the Yankees love, but I’m not all that impressed with.
              It’s hit or miss with Bruney. He’ll either strike out the side, or throw a series of straight meatballs. And the league seemed to catch on to Ramirez’s changeup toward the end of last season.

              “that means adding both Pena and Tomko required two DFA’s and we only had one man on the 40-man worthy of being DFA’d in Giese”

              Even Giese would have been better for the Yankees than Ramirez or Bruney.

              The underling problem here is that the Yankees don’t think they need a long reliever, and I think they’re wrong……especially in April. And they had some great candidates, but passed on all of them.

              “What Tomko did on the mound isn’t “irrelevant”. He’s pitched his way into our plans, and he’ll be called upon if the need and opportunity arises.”

              Thanks Mr. Cashman.

            • Chris C. says:

              “A) there were seven relievers who were better than him (Mo, Marte, Bruney, Veras, Edwar, Coke, Albie)”

              When were these seven relievers better than him? Not this spring.

              “He was an NRI who would have required a 40-man DFA, and with ARod’s injury meaning Pena needed to be added, that means adding both Pena and Tomko required two DFA’s and we only had one man on the 40-man worthy of being DFA’d in Giese”

              The problem I have with this, is A) it’s bullshit…..the Yankees clearly stated they had a change of heart on needing a longman, and it had nothing to do with who’d have to be optioned where, or any of that crap. They could have easily sent one of their relievers to Scranton, instead of Tomko. And B), the Yankees knew this situation long ago, and still informed Tomko when he entered camp that there’d be a spot on the roster for him if he earned it in spring training. So I don’t blame him for being upset after the way he pitched and where he ended up.

              He’d have been the pefect guy to put in the game yesterday after Sabathia for a few innings, and they wouldn’t have had to plow through relievers and burn 4 bulpen arms to lose the game anyway.

              Yeah, I know……it’s one game. But in April, it is not uncommon for your starters to not have their top stuff yet. You cannot burn through the bullpen like they did yesterday, when you play baseball games just about every day.

  7. Before you freak out, the Opening Day hero for the Yankees in 2008 was Melky Cabrera.

    We know how that turned out.

    The one thing I notices was the pure heart that having Matsui and Posada in the line up seems to give the Yankees. And I grow daily more impressed with Gardner.

  8. josh says:

    girardi trying to get so many outs with coke reminded me of his use of marte last season. i feel like he leaves bullpen guys in just long enough to screw up a good outing.
    i really like giradi and hope he does very well but a slow start might not get him through may this year.
    not overreacting though, yanks will win it all this year. i feel it

    • steve (different one) says:

      except Coke has been a starter his whole career and can certainly handle some longer outings.

      he has absolutely nothing to do with Marte besides throwing with his left hand.

      • Chris C. says:

        “except Coke has been a starter his whole career and can certainly handle some longer outings.”

        Uhh, yeah, you’re right about that, Steve. But he’s like the only guy in their pen who can, without faltering. Just didn’t work out yesterday. Also, it didn’t help that the Orioles had seen a lefty all day to begin with.

    • Chris C. says:

      Girardi kept Sabathia in way too long. It was clear early on the guy just didn’t have it yesterday, so that should not have been a 100 pitch day for him.

      Good thing they decided to pass on the long reliever. It’s not like he’d come in handy early in the season.

      • Sabathia is the ace. Girardi left him in to show confidence in him being the ace and working though his struggles. I have no problem with Girardi leaving Sabathia in for as long has he did.

        Like Curt Schilling said regarding aces, your #1 job is to pitch deep into games and accumulate innings.

        • Chris C. says:

          “good thing we’re not jumping to conclusions based on ONE game.”

          Not jumping to conclusions. I think the Yankee staff should have had a long man on it…….especially early in the season, when you don’t want your starters tossing lots of pitches yet anyway. I said it before the season, and I’m saying it now.

          “give me a break, the long man is NOT there for CC Sabathia.”

          In April, the long man should be there for everyone. Sabathia illustrated that last April too.

        • Chris C. says:

          I’d have taken him out earlier, but I definitely see your point……and Girardi’s too.

      • steve (different one) says:

        Good thing they decided to pass on the long reliever. It’s not like he’d come in handy early in the season.

        good thing we’re not jumping to conclusions based on ONE game.

        oh, and there is an off-day tomorrow.

        give me a break, the long man is NOT there for CC Sabathia.

    • Chris C. says:

      “girardi trying to get so many outs with coke reminded me of his use of marte last season. i feel like he leaves bullpen guys in just long enough to screw up a good outing.”

      That’s what happens when your pen is filled with guys who only toss one inning before they become ineffective. And when that happens, it just takes one reliever who doesn’t have his good stuff to cost you a game.

      So when your starter doesn’t have it and you need to remove him in the 5th, you now need to go to about 3 or 4 guys to get you through the game. So now that’s 5 pitching arms you had to get loose for an April ballgame.

      Giese, Tomko, or Aceves should be in that bullpen, to provide long relief. The Yankees will find that out soon enough. Trust me, they will.

  9. B.George says:

    thank you for pointing out the 6 straight breaking pitches to luke scott cause it drove me crazy….i feel with swisher in the lineup it brings a lot more energy seeing him hit the double it looked like he brought more life to the game….nady seems like he doesnt give two shts what he does and is it just me or is he extremly slow in right field?

    • Nady is slow in the field. Swisher’s a far superior fielder. That’s one of the reasons why so many around here would prefer to see Nick starting in right.

      • Drew says:

        Correct me if I’m wrong, Swisher also has an arm that can reach passed the cutoff man.

      • B.George says:

        i think in a couple of weeks swisher will be getting more and more atbats and taking the job from nady

        • Chris C. says:

          Based on one ballgame.

          Here’s another idea……..Put Swisher at 1st base.

          Teixeira went 0 for 4. I’ve seen enough of his act!

          • He’s not basing it on one ballgame and you know it.

            Many of us Swisher advocates have been basing our preference for him over Nady on numerous factors that have been evident all spring long, and all career long for both players. Not coincidentally, many of those factors (Swish’s superior count-wirking skills, better batting eye, and Nady’s struggles in the field) all happened to be on display last night.

            We’re not basing that call on the results on one ballgame last night. But that ballgame last night did happen to be a good microcosm of our argument.

            • Chris C. says:

              “We’re not basing that call on the results on one ballgame last night. But that ballgame last night did happen to be a good microcosm of our argument.”

              Fair enough. So why do you think the Yankees are going with Nady? I can’t claim to have watched every spring training game, but there must be a reason they favor him over Swisher.

              • Jack says:

                I don’t know but here’s my guess:

                They were both solid in the spring, but neither really seperated themselves. In that case, tie goes to the incumbant.

                • steve (different one) says:

                  They were both solid in the spring, but neither really seperated themselves. In that case, tie goes to the incumbant.

                  sorry to keep harping on this, but i think in fairness to Girardi it HAS to be mentioned that Nady kicked the crap out of Swisher in Spring Training:

                  Nady: .328/.368/.516
                  Swisher: .222/.362/.352

                  there is no “tie” there.

                  again, i don’t put a lot of stock in ST, but if Girardi were holding a competition, Nady won it outright.

                • That’s probably 90% of it. Tie, or even a slight Swisher victory (which I think is what happened in the spring) goes to the established vet. Swisher needed to beat Nady by heads and shoulders to win the job outright; he only beat him by a little.

                  The rest is probably 5% an organizational desire to showcase Nady for trade or for Type A status. There’s less of a “need” to play the incrementally better Swisher over Nady in 2009 because Swish is under contract beyond this season; we have a longer timeframe with which to get our ROI on him. Nady is probably gone soon; smoke ‘em while you got ‘em.

                  And the last 5% is the probably misguided notion that Swish is more versatile, both defensively and via being a switch hitter, and hence Girardi likes being able to use him in an array of off-the-bench situations more than he figures he could use Nady. (Dumb, but probably a factor.)

                  JMHO.

                • Chris C. says:

                  “That’s probably 90% of it. Tie, or even a slight Swisher victory (which I think is what happened in the spring) goes to the established vet. Swisher needed to beat Nady by heads and shoulders to win the job outright; he only beat him by a little.”

                  Am I missing something here? How did Swisher beat Nady by “a little” this spring, when Nady outhit him by over 100 points, and severly outslugged him?

                • Chris C. says:

                  There’s less of a “need” to play the incrementally better Swisher over Nady in 2009 because Swish is under contract beyond this season; we have a longer timeframe with which to get our ROI on him. Nady is probably gone soon; smoke ‘em while you got ‘em.

                  Wow……you’re just not going to give Nady any credit at all, are you?
                  He had a terrific season last year, and a nice spring (better than I thought, actually). Can’t that account for why he’s playing rightfield for the NY Yankees?

              • Drew says:

                I think Girardi likes him. And he wants to give a chance to succeed or hand the job over. I mean he did hit .330 for the first half f the year last year. Even though he hit 268 for us that chunk of 330 is hard to ignore.

  10. Manimal says:

    So why do we have a day off tomorrow? Its like the season started!!!! Just kidding. You have to wait two more days.

  11. BigBlueAL says:

    Hey Ben sorry to ask, but do you have a link to YESnetwork.com on this page??? Dont see one, just curious since I like just going to RAB as my main Yankees info page and just clicking on some of the links you guys have on your page and was wandering since you guys are in partnership with YES now if you will have a link to their site so I could view whatever video of interviews they put up after the games.

    No big deal obviously just curious if you have a link to them (and if you do so sorry for not noticing it!!).

    • andrew says:

      you could just put yesnetwork.com in your favorites, just as easy as clicking a link from RAB

    • Reggie C. says:

      Heh … that reminds me. The Yesnetwork game chat set up through their message board was down and out today, which disappointed the heck out of me. Its a pretty cool way to follow the game from work as a couple of the chatroom users take it upon themselves to do a pitch by pitch play-by-play. All in all, realizing that the chat room was down for game 1 only setup the later disappointment of the actual game.

  12. Reggie C. says:

    All i gotta say after game 1 ….. When does AJ pitch?

  13. Mike Axisa says:

    Heh, I remember a few years ago Aaron Harang got absolutely tattooed on Opening Day, and it totally pissed me off because he was on my fantasy team. So I dropped him.

    He ended up leading the league in wins and strikeouts. ‘Tis just one game.

  14. Drew says:

    If Tex thinks what he got today was bad. Wait until we get up to Boston!! I can’t wait for that series.

    • anonymous says:

      Wait till he gets to NY. Better get a few hits before the 16 there handsome.

      • Drew says:

        Even if a few jackasses boo him at home, which won’t happen because he will be doing just fine, the jeers will be no match for our stint in Boston and even the current series in B-more.

  15. Thomas A. Anderson says:

    The fact that some of us need to be talked down from the ledge after Game 1 of 162 doesn’t speak too well of the entire fanbase.

    Juuussssssttt sayin’.

  16. Reggie C. says:

    Tigers implosion watch ALERT: Verlander got bombed for 8 runs in just 3 2/3 innings. Six of the eight hits given up by Verlander went for extra bases. Tigers lost 12-5 to the Jays. Verlander faces the Rangers next.

    Start lining teams for Miggy and Maggs!

    • Drew says:

      If Boston gets Miggy in a couple months I’ll cry.

      • dkidd says:

        i’m rooting for detroit to start fast for exactly that reason

      • What do they do with Youkilis, Lowell and Lars?

        • Sweet Dick Willie says:

          Well, the Tigers could get a lot for Miggy, so Lars could conceivably be in the package. Then they move Youks to 3rd and bench Lowell’s ass.

          Still not sure Theo wants that contract though.

          • El Generalissimo says:

            Short term Youk to 3rd, Miggy to 1st… After this season Miggy taking over for Ortiz as DH, youk to 3rd Lars at 1st.

            • Or,

              Short term Youk to 3rd, Miggy to 1st, Ortiz and Lowell split the DH. When JD Drew sits (which will be often), Lowell plays 3B and Youk moves out to LF/RF.

              Long term both Lowell and Ortiz disappear, Youk stays at 3B and Miggy stays at 1B. The DH hole is filled externally.

              I left Lars out of all this juggling because he’d most definitely be included in the deal for Miggy himself.

              • andrew says:

                i don’t have anything to back this up, but I can’t imagine Youk playing in the outfield. Just due to his body type, I don’t see how he could handle it. Adam Dunn at best

                • Well, he did play 134 innings in LF in 2006. It was to a -16.6 UZR/150, so they were pretty craptacular, but if his bat continues to be stellar, it’s workable. Had they signed Tex and Lowell returned to health, I think their plan included heavy doses of Youk in LF.

                  He’s not Dunn bad, he’s probably not even Abreu bad. Probably more like Vlad bad. But yeah, he’s not exactly Adam Jones out there.

                • andrew says:

                  Yea, thanks for pulling up the numbers, I was a little too lazy this morning.

        • Drew says:

          Pukeulis is their first baseman who can play third. Ortiz is old, Lowell can be traded or benched. You think the Redsox will hold on to a 35+ yr old 3rd baseman off surgery rather than get a 26 year old power righty that plays first or dh(or 3rd if you’re feeling lucky)? Get real broski.

  17. Brooklyn Ed says:

    remember when CC got rocked last season’s opening day when he was in Cleveland? ..and what happened after that? oh that’s right, he was his “CY Young” form.

    :D just my 2 cents.

    • andrew says:

      I also remember him not getting his ERA under 4.00 until the end of June, and was then traded to the NL, further helping his cause. I wish i could agree with you here, but CC started VERY slow last year. He didn’t regain that Cy Young for until he went over to the NL.

      • That is completely untrue.

        Sabathia had four very bad games to start the season. After that, here’s his line prior to getting traded to the NL:

        14 starts, 104.1 innings, 85 hits, 20 BB, 109 K, 2.16 ERA.

        His overall NL numbers were off the charts, but those 14 starts are a fairly substantial indication that he can pitch an an elite level in the AL.

        • Drew says:

          Those fourteen innings and also the year before last in which he won the Cy in the AL.

        • andrew says:

          Fair enough, but I’d love to see what happens if he opens up this season with the Yankees like he did last year.

          • What will happen?

            Talk radio will be talking “bust, bust, bust,” and the rest of us will just wait for him to put it together. I think everyone’s being a bit premature with the doom-and-gloom talk. It’s Opening Day.

            • andrew says:

              I know, I’m personally not concerned with CC. I have faith he’ll be an ace, I was just trying to say that I hope people dont start to pounce on him if he starts off like he did last year.

      • Drew says:

        This is not true my fellow Drew. From April 27th to the day he got traded he had 13 starts. 11 of which he went 7 or more innings. The two times he failed to pitch at least 7 he pitched 6 and 6.1 innings. From April 27th to the day he got traded he lowered his ERA from 10.12 to 3.83, amassing 98 k’s in that time period.

  18. Tom Zig says:

    I personally am not freaking out, I just aggravated with the trolls that come out of the woodwork whenever the Yankees do bad. As Ben said, it is only one game.

    I unfortunately was in class when the game was on, but Ben’s last paragraph of the post is cause for immense optimism.

    You take the good with the bad.

  19. Drew says:

    I think the best outcome of today was the performance of Hideki. Today, coupled with the Spring has shown that the Dekster has his power bat out. Along with his power comes his good eye and clutch AB’s. If today’s hr is the first of say, 25, I’d say we’re in for a good offensive showing.. all of this comes as expected though I suppose. Also, I’m hoping that Cano’s two walks aren’t a fluke.

  20. Darth Stein says:

    My favorite part of watching the game on ESPN today was not so much what was happening on the field as much as the expert analysis from Joe “The Brain” Morgan. My favorite piece of analysis was when The Brain explained to the national audience that the Yankees could not afford to sit Melky because he just had too much talent. Just when I was wondering if the Yankees had another Melky, ESPN cut to a shot of the one and only Melk Man sitting in the dugout to drive home The Brain’s point.

    That made opening day special for me.

  21. AndrewYF says:

    Gardner is not a contact hitter. One of his biggest flaws is his *lack* of contact. He strikes out way too much for a speedy, no-power type guy. The bunt wasn’t a mistake.

    • steve (different one) says:

      exactly.

      also, it just happened that it wasn’t a good bunt. it was a pure sacrifice, but we all how that he can beat out even a mediocre bunt. he just happened to put this one right in front of the plate.

      amazing how Girardi gets criticized for bunting with BRETT F’ING GARDNER, the #9 hitter.

      that’s what he does. he bunts.

      • Yeah, but it shouldn’t really matter whether he’s bunting with the #4 hitter or the #9 hitter, it’s still not really a good play. 9 times out of 10, bunting is stupid. This was one of those times. I’d rather see Gardner swinging away.

        • AndrewYF says:

          And if he had struck out, or popped up (a lot more likely than a hit), and Jeter had come through with a fly ball, then not bunting would have been the wrong move. He’s Brett Gardner. Would you have liked to see Miguel Cairo swinging away in that situation?

          • He’s Brett Gardner. Would you have liked to see Miguel Cairo swinging away in that situation?

            Quite frankly, at the plate, I have way more confidence in Brett Gardner than I ever had in Miguel Cairo. So, no, I wouldn’t have wanted Cairo swinging away, but yes, I’m willing to give Gardner the chance.

          • Chris C. says:

            “He’s Brett Gardner.”

            The “he’s Brett Gardner” bullshit is getting a bit old. The guy was a third round draft pick, had a stellar minor league career, hit close to .400 in preseason last year, got his feet wet then hit around .290 when he re-emerged last season, then hit .375 this past preseason. Yeah, I know it’s preseason, but he still illustrated an ability to swing the bat.

            If the Yankees didn’t believe he could hit, they’d have gone out and gotten another centerfielder, or handed the job to Cabrera or Swisher.

            So with that in mind, let the guy swing away.
            They kept Sabathia in for a while to instill confidence in him, so why not show confidence in Gardner? You’ll need him every day!

            • steve (different one) says:

              So with that in mind, let the guy swing away.

              right, but part of the reason he hit .375 in ST was because he BUNTED FOR SOME HITS.

              all of that goes into the soup that is Brett Gardner’s game.

              the Yankees like him b/c his speed allows him to do shit like that.

              • Chris C. says:

                Okay, I see your point there. So I guess it could have gone either way, although I’d have had him swinging.

                I think the real issue here is, wtf is Mr. Fundamentals doing with a 1-0 count, swinging at an inside fastball that could only be grounded to short??
                Terrible AB by Jeter.

        • steve (different one) says:

          Yeah, but it shouldn’t really matter whether he’s bunting with the #4 hitter or the #9 hitter, it’s still not really a good play. 9 times out of 10, bunting is stupid.

          i agree.

          except that was the 1 in 10 times it was defensible.

          #9 hitter who K’s a ton. down by 1 run. 8th inning.

          just as saying “you should always bunt” is stupid, so is saying you should never bunt.

          that was a perfectly defensible time to bunt.

          • Chris C. says:

            “#9 hitter who K’s a ton. down by 1 run. 8th inning.”

            I don’t necessarily agree that Gardner “K’s a ton”.
            Perhaps more than he should, but he’s not exactly Rob Deer. He struck out alot when he first came up last year, but when he re-emerged later in the season, he made pretty decent contact.

            If Gardner strikes out, you still have a guy in scoring position. If he reaches base, you could have a big inning……which probably turns into 2nd and 3rd, no outs if he reaches. I’d have taken that chance, over just hoping to get one run.

            • steve (different one) says:

              he has always struck out a ton throughout the minors.

              also, you guys are dismissing Gardner’s ability to turn MANY bunts into base hits.

              i’m not trying to argue baseball strategy (or i wasn’t in my original post before i got off on a tangent) b/c i don’t really disagree with you guys.

              i am saying that SPECIFICALLY with Brett Gardner, bunting is not necessarily a bad play.

              if Gardner bunts the ball a few feet up the line, he’s going to be safe. but in this situation, he happened to just deaden the ball right in front of the plate. it was a bad bunt.

              i think for Gardner, the calculations change a little b/c it’s not a straight sacrifice.

              • Chris C. says:

                “also, you guys are dismissing Gardner’s ability to turn MANY bunts into base hits.”

                The funny thing about this statement is that while I do agree with it, I can’t recall Gardner actually bunting for alot of hits.

                His two buts yesterday weren’t actually very good ones at all.

                • steve (different one) says:

                  no, they weren’t. i agree. that’s the problem.

                  but he has been doing it during the spring and getting better at bunting for hits.

                  he made the Cubs look silly.

              • Chris C. says:

                “i am saying that SPECIFICALLY with Brett Gardner, bunting is not necessarily a bad play.

                if Gardner bunts the ball a few feet up the line, he’s going to be safe.”

                Not really. Mora was about even with the pitcher by the time he got the bunt down. Everyone knew it was coming. In fact, it was such a bad bunt, they actually had a shot of nailing Pena at third if they took that chance, because the SS had rotated there.

          • that was a perfectly defensible time to bunt.

            It was. It was also a perfectly defensible time to NOT bunt.

            Gardner already had a solid single under his belt at the time, and he’s had a hot spring. Pena’s a good runner and can probably score on a single, and Gardner/Jeter/Damon are three good singles hitters behind him. I see the value of giving up an out for a baserunner there, but I also see the value in preserving your outs and just letting your hitters hit. Since it’s a push, IMO, I err on the side of caution and choose not to give away the out.

            • steve (different one) says:

              fair enough.

              my point was simply that with Gardner there is a large chance you aren’t “giving up an out” at all.

              • Chris C. says:

                But Steve, in that situation you ARE giving up an out because the third baseman was up. Gardner was not gonna bunt for a hit there, unless he dragged a beauty down the first base line. But that’s not what you do in a sacrifice situation, becasue you may pop it up.

    • Chris C. says:

      Yes it is.
      We just watched the entire 2008 season which featured the Yankees continually failing to score men from third with less than two outs. I hate when they give outs away.

      They were playing for a tie?

    • Chris C. says:

      How many times did Gardner strike out this past spring training, because I had read that he cut the k’s down alot.

  22. Mike R. - Retire 21 says:

    +:

    -Matsui & Posada showing some power.
    -Posada’s throw to 2nd.
    -Swisher’s energy after his double.
    -Grit Gardner.

    -:
    -Nady’s overrun of 3rd.
    -Ransom’s defense.
    -CC’s complete lack of control.
    And most importantly…
    -The droves of B-jobbers that will point to the 8th inning as evidence.

  23. [...] of people have been worried by this image. However, while I did not see the post game show, Ben over at RAB informs us that, according to Girardi and CC, the heating pack was simply a method for the big lefty [...]

  24. jason says:

    Yes it is only one game, but its disappointing to say the very least. This is not just based off of today but the spring, we need to send bruney down to get some work and have Tomko as the longman. Coke was great for an inning and a third, but he got sent out for the 8th and didnt have it. If Tomko was up we send him out to mop up 1.1 or 2.1 innings and then bring in the power arms fresh to put it away.
    Also Nady looked slow both with the bat and in the field, Swisher is the better option. Hes high energy, better defender, and will keep the whole team loose if hes out there.

    • Chris C. says:

      “If Tomko was up we send him out to mop up 1.1 or 2.1 innings and then bring in the power arms fresh to put it away.”

      BINGO!
      The Yankees, in my opinion, made the wrong move here by not bringing up Tomko or Aceves.
      Instead, from the 5th inning on, we wathed Girardi search for the pitcher who was gonna cost them the game.
      That’s bound to happen when you have a staff of 5 starters, then a bunch of one-inning guys.

    • Chris C. says:

      “Also Nady looked slow both with the bat and in the field, Swisher is the better option.”

      Nady outhit Swisher by over 100 points last season, and by over 100 points this pre-season…..and out-slugged the shit out of him too. Slow bat, my ass! Swisher looped one opposite field down the leftfield line yesterday that was barely fair, so let’s not go overboard!

      “Hes high energy, better defender, and will keep the whole team loose if hes out there.”

      What could he possibly have up his sleeve in rightfield that will “keep the whole team loose”? Is he gonna put on a juggling act between pitches?
      You may like Swisher better defensively, but it’s not going to do anything for the rest of the team.

  25. rsam says:

    did you see report that canseco said manny is on the list of 104 players who took steroids in 2003.he said he is almost sure .where is selena roberts ?if this was a yankee player it would be heaDLINES ON ALL PAPERS IN THE COUNTRY. RED SOX TITLES ARE TAINTED JUST LIKE THE PATS

    • yankeefan91 arod fan (sign Manny Now) says:

      yep i read that last night.

    • First of all, Canseco’s opinion was pure speculation based on Manny’s free agent negotiations, he didn’t claim to have ANY knowledge of Manny being connected with PEDs in any way. Not even “I heard from a friend of a friend.” Nothing. That’s certainly a different situation than when Canseco has outed players in the past of whom he had personal knowledge, either through direct contact (i.e. using PEDs together) or conversation (i.e. the Clemens and A-Rod allegations).

      Second… Ugh, please stop with the pathetic victimhood. It’s so embarrassing. Yankees fans who act like that sound like Sox fans circa 1999.

      • steve (different one) says:

        exactly, Canseco is just talking out of his ass.

        • Steve B-BALL says:

          Canseco , is an ass

        • Chris C. says:

          Unfortunately, his ass has pumped out alot of statements that tuned out to be true.

          He claimed LAST YEAR that AROD was doing roids, but that was just dismissed as Jose “talking out of his ass” again.

          Not acusing Ramirez of anything…….but I wouldn’t be surprised.

          • steve (different one) says:

            this is a little different though.

            this is his “evidence” that Manny is on the list: that no one wanted to give him a long term contract this offseason.

            at least with other guys, he is claiming some sort of first or second hand knowledge.

            • Chris C. says:

              Maybe he’s saving the real Manny evidence he has for his new book.

              Look, I’ve always suspected Ramirez, because he got real big soonafter signing his big deal with Boston. Just check out his Cleveland baseball card. But no, don’t have any proof.

      • cult of basebaal says:

        exactly, Congressman.

  26. Steve B-BALL says:

    Lets tell it like it is guys, the Yanks were pure crap yesterday
    Yes it a long season,but they were awful , CC ,Tex Coke and that stiff Marte lets hope for a new for a new start on Wed!!
    Go Yanks

  27. astern says:

    WOW…ONLY 161 more losses to GO…..BAD BOYZ!!

  28. Kilgore Trout says:

    I only had a chance to follow the game on gamecast.
    Should Gardner have made a play on Roberts’ double?

  29. Phrancis says:

    Only positive was the Brian Roberts pick-off. He’s so annoying. Giambi would have thrown it away to center field.

    Only concern about CC is his velocity, 92mph.

  30. Dave M says:

    Because my stupid cable company doesn’t carry YES, and I can’t see the games on Extra Innings, ESPN or mlb.tv, I ended up watching MLB Network. They did a great job of showing every highlight (and lowlight). They only pissed me off when they started talking about how stupid the Yanks are for spending so much on their rotation and having a bullpen full of no-names. What a bunch of a-holes.

  31. Bryan says:

    Yep it was pretty much a bad game all around. I had to watch the game in Taiwanese because it was blacked out in my area. But I got to learn so really interesting things, did you know there is Taiwanese word for “double play”? Neither did I.

    • Are you surprised that languages other than English have words for “double” and “play” or that non-English speaking countries have baseball words? Either way, that’s rather insular of you.

      • KW says:

        Actually, asian languages in general do not always have unique equivalent words for several well known English phrases, so it’s not surprising at all. Words like Coca Cola, shopping mall, McDonald’s, etc (not just brand names) are usually just phonetically translated. So, even though he had a typo in his comment, it is NOT insular to suggest that non-English speaking countries have baseball words, because some of them don’t.

    • Bryan says:

      Great, two spelling mistakes, so was supposed to be some, and there is no Taiwanese, not is.

      • Ah, so you mean to say

        “But I got to learn some really interesting things, did you know there is no Taiwanese word for ‘double play’? Neither did I.”

        Yes, that is interesting…

        … but wait, there’s no English word for “double play”. That’s why we use two fairly common, regular words together to describe the concept of the double play. We didn’t makeup some word, like a “flubnar”, and start calling double plays “flubnars”.

        Doesn’t the Taiwanese language to exactly what we do, namely, take the word for a play happening and the word indicating something happened twice and combine those two into a multi-word phrase “double play”?

        • Bryan says:

          There probably are two words that can be used to make double play (I would assume there is, just use the word for double or two, then play), but the announcers weren’t using it. It was basically them speaking Taiwanese, then saying “double play” in English then right back to Taiwanese.

  32. Eric says:

    Why didn’t they review the Izturis home run? Isn’t that why replay was instituted. I couldn’t really see clearly from where I was sitting if there was fan interferences or not, but it seemed close enough to at least take a look.

  33. Chris Pott says:

    So much for going 162-0. :)

  34. Axl says:

    Are we ever going to sign a free agent who actually has a backbone and doesn’t let “pressure” or “nerves” get in his way of performing to his abilities??? Because they get paid boatloads of money and are on the Yankees they have to be nervous all the time in the playoffs or opening day or whatever it is. Meanwhile, Cesar Izturis on the Orioles for the first time clobbers a home run and that outfielder for the Braves hits a bomb in his first at bat. I don’t get it. The ratio between backboned and backbonedless players we’ve signed over the past decade is ridiculous. The good news is…the backbonedless players will statistically hit very well during the middle of the season. The bad news is that statistically they’ll get nervous and not be able to hit later in the season when we need it most.

    • Matt says:

      Tex’s career line in Sept/Oct: .309/.392/.605/.997
      A-Rod’s career line in Sept/Oct: .284/.378/.541/.919
      CC’s career line in Sept/Oct: 2.77 ERA (best monthly split), 1.084 WHIP (his best split of any month as well), 7.9 K/9 (2nd best split) and 3.15 K/BB (also his best split)
      Burnett’s line in Sept/Oct: 3.78 ERA, 8.8 K/9 (2nd best of any month), 1.247 WHIP (best) 2.41 K/BB (3rd best of any month)

      Yeah, dudes all suck in the later months.

      Also, does a win count double later in the year? No, it doesn’t. The games on April 6th are just as important as the games on September 6th.

      • Matt says:

        And may I also add: yesterday WAS THE FIRST GAME. If you’re judging the “fortitude” or whatever, of these guys after one game, that’s beyond ridiculous.

        • Axl says:

          All of those statistics would be nice if I was only talking about this offseason. I’m not getting technical with much…just recalling Randy Johnson against the Tigers, Tom Gordon puking in the bullpen during the 2004 ALCS, Kevin Brown and Vasquez in 04, Arod as well as the rest of the team in recent memory during the playoffs, the sudden decline in average with RISP and needing to hit home runs constantly to score, David Wells in WS in 2003, etc. Regardless of how they did on other teams in the playoffs…seems like they get nervous when they join the Yankees…that’s all.

          • steve (different one) says:

            really, David Wells?

            • Axl says:

              Yeah, back spasms and pulls himself out of the game? Where was Converse to create a magic shoe like they did for Schilling to fix his posture perfectly so his injuries would miraculously just go away! lol

    • steve (different one) says:

      all of this is batshit insane.

      • Heh. I didn’t even scroll down first to see what anybody else posted, I just made it halfway through Axl’s post and I was thinking to myself: “You know what this is? This is…”

        • Chris C. says:

          There is some validity, however, to players pressing when they arrive here for big money. It’s a pretty tough organization in a pretty tough market. But I cetainly wouldn’t accuse them of lacking backbone. They’re human beings.

          If the guy sitting on his couch was suddenly put in pinstripes, given 20 mill and told to live up to it, while the media is writing about his family and every move he makes, he’d shit his pants.

          • Jack says:

            The guy just sitting on the couch also hasn’t been playing baseball at a professional level his whole life.

            • Chris C. says:

              Okay then, doing whatever he does for a living, but this time in a high pressure situation under heavy scrutiny at the slightest mis-step.

              Not as easy as doing things in a relaxed environment.

    • Chris C. says:

      “Are we ever going to sign a free agent who actually has a backbone and doesn’t let “pressure” or “nerves” get in his way of performing to his abilities???”

      Nope. Not when the dopey owner makes statements like, “anything less than a WS championship is a failure”.
      Back in the early 90′s, when nobody, including the media, expected anything from the team, is when they were able to develope a backbone and a swagger.
      The front office and media puts these players under such a microscope now it’s ridiculous. There’s a reason players come here and don’t perform as well as they did at their last stop, and it’s not because they’re a bunch of pussies. Each and every player that makes it to the majors has plenty or fortitude.

      “Meanwhile, Cesar Izturis on the Orioles for the first time clobbers a home run and that outfielder for the Braves hits a bomb in his first at bat. I don’t get it.”

      Yeah, huh? Give Izturis a 5 year, 60 million dollar contract and put him in pinstripes. Then watch him look like Tony Womack. You don’t get it, dude, because you can’t relate.

      “The ratio between backboned and backbonedless players we’ve signed over the past decade is ridiculous.”

      Never seen the ratio…..what is it? And what doctor do they use to detect these backbones?

      The good news is…the backbonedless players will statistically hit very well during the middle of the season. The bad news is that statistically they’ll get nervous and not be able to hit later in the season when we need it most.

      And do you think the organization and media goes out of their way to create a comfortable atmosphere? Look how some of these guys are getting sliced up after opening day, for God’s sake!
      Game one is ow in the books, and you’re already challenging people’s guts. Get a hold of youself, champ!

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