• July 10th @ The Mariners

    Posted by on July 11th, 2010 · Comments (9)

    This was a tough loss.

    When did we resign Jose Veras? Seriously, it’s time to either call somebody up from AAA or heck, why not call up a guy like Evan Meek from AAAA? Anything is better than what we have to trot out there at this point. When you’re beating King Felix 1-0 going into the 8th, I believe that that’s a game you should win.

    It wasn’t all bad as Javier Vazquez tossed another gem. I can’t say it enough times, bullpen aside, we can win with the team we have. Yankee fans are so eager to trade away Vazquez when the guy has been the best starter we have since May 12. You can’t claim this guy folds under pressure, either. He came back to NY where he’s vilified. He started extremely poorly out of the gate and everyone questioned whether he was good enough to even pitch in NY. Yet despite all that pressure placed on him to perform each outing, he persevered. I think he can handle the heat.

    Comments on July 10th @ The Mariners

    1. ken
      July 11th, 2010 | 12:19 pm

      Two pitches that mattered:

      1- First pitch from Joba. Low, outside, sinking fastball. 97 mph. Light-hitting batter strokes a single to center field. As Flaherty said, it was a good pitch that does not normally get hit. I think Joba got unnerved from this and then lost his composure after seeing that he couldn’t locate the slider.

      2- Last pitch of the game. Gardner gets called strike 3 on a nice breaking pitch. You just can’t allow called strike 3 to end the game like that. A better hitter finds a way to foul it off. Or at least tries to do so. I have not been on the Gardner bandwagon this year. I don’t care about his BA. That was a very bad at bat for someone who is as good as some people like to believe.

    2. Evan3457
      July 11th, 2010 | 1:15 pm

      ken: If it’s Felix Hernandez, and you see it as the high FB on the release, and the pitch is up where it seems to be, and you swing, you’ve swung under the high fastball by, oh, about a foot to end the game.

      Nobody looks for high curveballs anymore, because pitchers stopped throwing them, because, if you’re looking for it, it’s a homerun.

      I remember David Ortiz, back when he was still Big Papi, taking such a curve on 1-2 in the 8th inning of a close game to get called out on strikes vs. Kyle Farnsworth with the bases loaded in a tight game in Boston. Why? Because he thought it was a 97 mph FB up THERE, and he wasn’t going to be so stupid as to try to get on top of it, when it was obviously a ball high. (Here’s the box score: http://tinyurl.com/2bjsshp)

    3. Evan3457
      July 11th, 2010 | 1:17 pm

      2 outs, bases loaded in the 8th, with Mariano waiting to close it out in the 9th.

    4. Raf
      July 11th, 2010 | 1:20 pm

      ken wrote:

      That was a very bad at bat for someone who is as good as some people like to believe.

      And that one at bat doesn’t negate all the others he has had to this point.

      Hernandez made a good pitch. It certainly was a better call than the k’s to Posada, Curtis and Cano.

    5. GDH
      July 11th, 2010 | 2:25 pm

      Joba is basically old news to everyone in the league and he has not adjusted. He’s a two pitch guy and does not locate either pitch. Guys are sitting FB on him every time because he does not throw the slider for a strike. He’s not fooling anyone and that’s why he’s getting lit up. The difference between seeing Vazquez out there in the 7th, after 100 pitches, still locating, still keeping guys off balance, and then Joba was stark. There was a puddle of saliva in the on-deck circle. Joba is not a pitcher you hand a one run lead to right now – period.

    6. MJ Recanati
      July 12th, 2010 | 8:44 am

      GDH wrote:

      Joba is basically old news to everyone in the league and he has not adjusted. He’s a two pitch guy and does not locate either pitch. Guys are sitting FB on him every time because he does not throw the slider for a strike. He’s not fooling anyone and that’s why he’s getting lit up. The difference between seeing Vazquez out there in the 7th, after 100 pitches, still locating, still keeping guys off balance, and then Joba was stark. There was a puddle of saliva in the on-deck circle. Joba is not a pitcher you hand a one run lead to right now – period.

      That is 100% correct in my opinion.

      #62 belongs in the minor leagues right now. He never, ever should’ve made this team out of spring training. I so desperately wish the Yanks had the balls to send him down, the way the Red Sox sent Buchholz down last year. Buchholz is better for the experience.

    7. nwyank
      July 12th, 2010 | 10:51 am

      Went to the game. Big difference be/tw Vasquez (can pitch) and Joba (can’t pitch). Should have scored more runs against Felix.
      Happened to run into Alex walking the streets of downtown, surrounded by autograph hounds. He was wearing a long sleeve shirt w/ sweater even though it was about 90 degrees.

    8. clintfsu813
      July 12th, 2010 | 11:28 am

      Everybody see that Montero homered the day after not being traded…that’ll make a statement, lol.

    9. MJ Recanati
      July 12th, 2010 | 11:34 am

      clintfsu813 wrote:

      Everybody see that Montero homered the day after not being traded…that’ll make a statement, lol.

      Know what else would’ve made a statement? CC Sabathia, Cliff Lee and Andy Pettitte vs. the Rays to start off the 2nd half!

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