Gardner & Garcia help close out homestand with a win

Mitchell & Marshall roughed up in losses
Fan Confidence Poll: August 1st, 2011

I’m going to be perfectly honest: I really didn’t watch very much of this game. I was too busy following all the trade deadline happenings, so I didn’t do much more than take a quick glance at the television every few minutes. I did listen though, which isn’t always the wisest of decisions when Michael Kay and Paul O’Neill are in the booth. Anyway, let’s quickly recap…

  • The big blow of the game: Brett Gardner‘s bases loaded triple in the fourth. All three runners came around to score, turning a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 lead. Having the speedy Eduardo Nunez on first helped, a guy with even average speed wasn’t scoring ahead of the relay throws. Gardner’s not going to hit many grand slams (he does have one in his career), but triples are almost as good. He crossed the plate on Curtis Granderson‘s groundout two batters later.
  • Those four runs are all the Yankees would need, thought they had chances to score more. Nick Swisher left the bases loaded twice in the first three innings, once with a regular ground ball for out number three, once with a comebacker that Jake Arrieta turned into a 1-6-3 double play. They also left men at second and third in the sixth and men at the corners in the seventh.
  • Freddy Garcia chugged through six innings, giving up two runs on five hits (all singles) and two walks. He struck out six and generated 14 swings and misses, his third highest total this year and more than he got in any game last season. The trio of Hector Noesi (two outs), David Robertson (four outs), and Mariano Rivera (three outs) closed the game out. Noesi allowed a single and struck out a batter, D-Rob struck out the side in the eighth.
  • Derek Jeter left the game with a bruised right middle finger (he’s day-to-day), forcing some defensive shenanigans since Robinson Cano started at DH. Frankie Cervelli pinch-hit for Jeter in the fourth inning, then took over at second base while Nunez slid over to short. Cervelli had never played second before, not in the minors or majors. He had to make just two plays in the field, the first covering second on a steal attempt (runner was safe), and on the second he had to range to his left to snag a ground ball. He turned around and got the force out at second, which was pretty impressive. Cano came into the game for defense seventh. Nice job filling in, Frankie.
  • Curtis Granderson had a single, both Nunez and Mark Teixeira had two singles and a walk, Swisher had a single, Eric Chavez a walk, and Russell Martin a walk. That sums up the offense outside of Gardner’s big triple.
  • The Yankees wrapped up their ten-game homestand with a 7-3 record, losing one game each to the Athletics, Mariners, and Orioles. That’s a big success. Here’s the box score, here’s the advanced stats, and here’s the standings.

Now the Yankees hit the road for seven games against various forms of Sox. The first of four against the White Sox will be played Monday night, when CC Sabathia gets the ball against Jake Peavy. If you’re in the Windy City, RAB Tickets can get you into the game for cheap.

Mitchell & Marshall roughed up in losses
Fan Confidence Poll: August 1st, 2011
  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Robertson didn’t just strike out the side in the 8th, he was downright unhittable.

    Yeah, I think he can keep the 8th inning.

    • jsbrendog

      while i agree, unfortunately, i doubt the binder does.

    • Joel

      Exactly. He’s fast becoming the next Mr. Automatic. As far as I’m concerned, hes’ earned the right to be the 8th inning setup man. I wouldn’t be surprised when the time comes when Mo retires, that Robertson would be a front runner to step up to be the closer.

  • Dela G

    what a great game to watch. Although, it felt that the lead was much bigger than 2 for the end of the game.

    And I am also pretty happy the yanks held onto montero. He’ll prolly be called up in a couple of weeks

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      Why bother waiting?

      • Dela G

        Maybe they want him to have his first game at YSIII? Hell if I know

        • Dela G

          I wasn’t trying to be rude, by the way. My apologies if it came off as such

        • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

          I kinda want him to debut at Fenway and hit a few bombs, but that’s just me :)

          • Brooklyn Ed

            US Celluar Field is a bandbox too!! :)

    • Zach

      Montero as additional lefty killer/PH
      Vs. LHP
      2010: .284/.373/.530
      2011: .307/.361/.557
      Vs. RHP
      2010: .288/.345/.513
      2011: .274/.335/.382

      • Alfredo

        i want to see Montero get called up already i can not wait! i love that they called up Banuelos to AAA.

  • Will (the other one)

    That’ll teach you guys to badmouth Cervelli!

    …so, yeah, and stuff!

    • Joel

      Love Cervelli as a catcher, but he really needs to work on his offensive skills with the bat. Then again, Martin isn’t exactly setting the world on fire with his bat either.

  • Erica

    I attended today’s game. Gardy’s triple was wonderful, and D-Rob was great as usual. But boy, did it deflate the Stadium when Swisher was out with bases loaded in the 3rd.

    Cervelli at 2nd? Awesome. Certainly something you don’t see every day!

  • Justin

    Mike do you not like O’Neill commentating at all, or just with Kay in the booth? Because in general he and Singleton are my 2 favorite broadcasters.

    • Mike Axisa

      I don’t like it when he and Kay are together because it seems like they spend the entire game trying to make fun of each other. O’Neill’s fine otherwise.

      • Slurve

        At least it wasn’t John and Suzyn.

        • Andrew518

          Remember when those terrible innings that Trautwig and Suzyn would announce together, I’d turn off the sound

          • Yank The Frank

            By far the worse announcing team of Yankee games was Seaver and Rizzuto.

      • John B

        Seriously I can’t stand Michael Kay and he makes O’Neill bad too. Nobody wants to hear these two talk about their inside jokes, and fav foods, and texting eachother back and forth. It’s very annoying. Listening to Kenny and O’Neill in the nightcap was so much better. O’Neill was enjoyable and Singleton is my favorite as always.

    • Joel

      Singleton & Kay are the two best at the present. Kay & O’Neil seem to talk and laugh about everything non-baseball related. I could care less about how O’Neil gets everyone to bring him food.

      I use to really like Kay & Sterling. They just seemed to me to bring the right mix to the booth.

      I have MLB audio, and often have the game on while I working at home, as I live way out in Suffolk county, and AM reception is spotty at best. Nearly 50% of the time I have the opposing teams announcers on, as I can’t stand Suzyn’s add on comments. It’s just tough for me hearing her comments on hitting and pitching. Just seems like she’s trying to add something to the conversation but doesn’t have much to say.

  • forensic

    A minor quibble, but I wouldn’t call 7-3 against those 3 teams a big success. It’s about least a team that considers itself a playoff/championship contender should do against those teams, at home no less. If they wanted to impress, go 9-1.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      The Red Sox split against the royals at home. they also got swept by the White Sox at home. the padres took 2/3 from them at home. Good teams lost to bad teams many times. winning series is the goal.

      • forensic

        Right, and those are failed series. I didn’t call this a failure, it’s just sort of what you should do. The Yanks have had several of those failure series too, so I don’t care about what the Red Sox have done.

        And I don’t always agree with just trying to win series. Sometimes you’re bound to lose series against good teams, so when you play terrible teams, sometimes you have to sweep series to make up for that.

        • Jim S

          Doing what you should do = a success.

          Mike didn’t say it was the best 10 game stretch in the history of 10 game stretches. He just called it a success, which it was.

          You yourself said you don’t call it a failure; thus, a success.

          Also fyi: If you “just win series” the entire season that’s minimum a .666 winning percentage. Yeah, I’d take that.

          • forensic

            It’s amazing how upset people here get if you don’t salute any win the Yankees have had. He didn’t call it a success, he called it a ‘big’ success, which against those three terrible teams it’s not. It’s basically treading water.

            And just because something isn’t a failure doesn’t automatically make it a success.

            I’m still waiting for the first team to ‘just win series’ the entire season to make it not matter what happens otherwise…

            • Jim S

              So what’s your definition of success? .800? 1.000?

        • jsbrendog

          some people just aren’t happy with anything these days

    • Ana

      You’re kidding, right? .700 ball over a 10-game stretch isn’t a big success?

      *bangs head against wall*

    • Joel

      I look at it this way, they only lost 1 game to each of them. Sweeping is really tough, but they consistently won the rubber game.

      As of this morning they’re still 2 games behind the Bosox, but are 6.5 games ahead of the LAA in the wild card, and that’s the important stat to me right now.

  • Andrew518

    Holy Crap!!!

    Despite not making any moves at the deadline the Yankees found a way to win…the season *might* not be over yet.

    • Charles

      Its August 1st, if anyone is saying that the Yanks are done because they didn’t make a move,they are delusional…

      • Cris Pengiuci

        But the MSM said the had to make a move!

  • LarryM.,Fl.

    As I watched the games over the weekend and saw the trades unfold. I was not unhappy. I’m one of a few who want to see the Yanks improve from within especially based on the talent available by the deadline. To trade for Ubaldo our farm system would have been fleeced of its soon to be ready major league talent.

    Ubaldo went to the Indians for a very good package of unproven talent. But this is the talent that the Indians were basing their timetable of contention on next year. They are about two games out of the division lead about 10 games from the WC. This is their chance. The Indians had to sell the farm.

    The Yankees with a little luck can go all the way if Hughes and AJ improve and Girardi can give some innings breaks to Colon and Garcia but Nova could be the trump card. We have the hitting with decent defense. Our bullpen is solid. World Series winners are more about being healthy and playing great baseball at the right time. This can be done. Its up to Girardi to use our 6 starters and pick the best 5 of them for the playoffs. We may loss one of the Colon and Garcia tag team to injury down the road so its imperative to keep all six guys sharp.

    Truthfully, how many guys would have like Bedard after the Yanks walked away from Ubaldo. We saved the farm and the Yanks will get significantly younger with Montero, Nova, warren and Phelps in 2012.

    • Zach

      Often, a team only needs 4 SP in the playoffs, but still not sure who I would take. They’ve got about 8-10 starts each left to improve.

      • LarryM.,Fl.

        The Fifth guy would be needed insurance on a quick hook. Noesi good for 2 or 3 but a true starter could go 5 or 6. How about a suspended game or continued game after prolonged delays. Starter not available to return. You know the drill.

        Hopefully they all improve.

    • toad

      Ubaldo went to the Indians for a very good package of unproven talent. But this is the talent that the Indians were basing their timetable of contention on next year. They are about two games out of the division lead about 10 games from the WC. This is their chance. The Indians had to sell the farm.

      Good point. If the objective is to grab the opportunity to win when it comes up, then selling the farm to improve this year’s chances makes sense. If you want to win every year you just can’t do that, especially when teams are locking up good young players for longer periods.

  • mt

    Hopefully Hughes will improve – he is to some extent going through a second spring training. Burnett improving? I’ll believe it when I see it.

    I still think they should have gotten a non-Jimenez starting pitcher -the prospect cost was not as high on these (limited) deals.

    Will be interesting to see how they handle Colon and Garcia workload going from here – Colon of course is a huge increase from last year and Garcia is on course at current pace to pitch over 157 innings for first time since 2006.

  • Hester Prynne

    Things we can do immediately to improve the club are call up Montero for Cervelli and insert Nova into the rotation and subtract either Hughes or Burnett. Don’t really need to trade for a starter and certainly don’t need to take on all that money for Wandy Rodriguez.

    • Sayid J.

      There is no way Burnett should be removed from the rotation. He has a 4.2 ERA and the lowest WHIP he has had since 2007. He’s obviously not setting the world on fire here, but if you expected much better production than what you’re currently getting from Burnett, then you were a bit off with your expectations to begin with. If anyone should be removed from the rotation, it should be Hughes, although I am content with giving him another shot.

      • Hester Prynne

        I agree. AL offenses don’t get much weaker than Oakland, Seattle, and Chicago so Phil needs to show something tomorrow or he’s gone. If he can’t shut down Chicago he’s going to get destroyed by Boston.

    • David, Jr.

      I agree with this. I am fine with no deals. The reason that there were no deals was a great reason, namely that the Yankees viewed their own prospects very highly. In the cases of Nova and Montero, it is time to follow through on that logic and reason for not trading them, and now use them. I don’t know what more they need to see from Nova, and Montero has proven that he is ready to help.

      • Hester Prynne

        People will say Montero hasn’t done well this year but if you look at his overall numbers don’t they suggest that he could help the MLB club at backup C and DH more than Cervelli and Posada currently are?

  • Hester Prynne

    Buchholz likely done for the year with stress fracture. Stay healthy Bartolo and Garcia. Boston now must cling to hope that Bedard stays healthy or they’ll have to go into an ALCS series with Lackey and Wakefield as their 3 and 4 starters.

  • http://none Favrest

    Burnett is a 4.00 ERA pitcher. That’s what he’s always been. Expecting him to get better when he came here was nieve.

  • Joel

    Burnett is a 4.00 pitcher doing exactly that. I’m sick of hearing that he has nasty stuff. Nasty stuff alone doesn’t win games. Garcia is making him look like a chump if you get my drift. I have more confidence in Garcia day in and day out, then with Burnett. One just never knows which Burnett will be pitching on any given day.

    As for Hughes, he just seems to be in never never land. One more bad outing, and it’s either to the Bull Pen, or down to AAA which isn’t really a option at this point. Nova has proven time and time again he belongs in the rotation, and should be there.