Posts Tagged ‘Brett Gardner’

Brett “Babe Ruth” Gardner to No Avail

Monday, May 12th, 2014


It’s not every day that Gardy hits a grand slam, but he did tonight in the Subway Series opener at the Stadium – in a losing effort. It was an ugly loss too, thanks to the pitching.

Both sides slugged their way onto the scoreboard, but the Mets got their hits against a parade of Kuroda, Aceves, Thornton and Claiborne – the same Mets that had low batting averages and little success before they arrived in the Bronx. I know Joe couldn’t use Warren and Bettances and Kelley is still hurting, but are we really hitching our wagon to Aceves? I find that scary. And Claiborne hasn’t been effective since his first few months on the team last year.

Of greater concern is Beltran, who apparently has joined the ranks of the wounded with a hyper-extended elbow and is headed for the Carl Pavano MRI tube. Not good. And he got the injury swinging the bat in the cage? Sheesh. They’re all made of glass, I’m telling you. Watching Teixeira trying to leg out that pinch-hit single was painful.

So we turn our lonely eyes to Vidal Nuno tomorrow. Maybe he’ll throw a no-hitter.



Friday, April 25th, 2014

Tonight’s game at the Stadium against the Angels actually made me laugh. It was yet another lopsided score, this time with the Yanks being on the losing end of the reverse Janer. Nothing went right, and it wasn’t worth watching. At all. I felt sorry for the kid they brought in after Kuroda’s early departure. He took one for the team, but oh my.

“We didn’t pitch well,” Brett Gardner said. “We didn’t hit well.”

That about sums it up, Gardy. Better luck tomorrow.



Friday, August 23rd, 2013


So much for gearing up for the big game tonight. Kuroda’s timing for a dead arm (or whatever was wrong with him) couldn’t have been worse. The Yankees needed him to be his ace-like Kuroda self and he was anything but. All those homers. Jeez. He had nothing. I really hope it was just one bad outing and not a sign of things to come for him.

And then there was the offense. The Rays’ pitcher seems to have the Yankees’ number, given how well he’s shut them down. Sure, they might have been flat after yesterday’s long rain delay, but these are must-win games. No rest for the weary.

I do have a memo to opposing pitchers: Stop Hitting Our Batters! When Gardner got hit on the hand, I thought…Here we go again. He stayed in the game but said afterwards the hand is swollen and he’s getting an MRI tomorrow. Great. Meanwhile, that botched lead off first base in the ninth where he was picked off was not appreciated.

For a lighter way to end this post, here’s a pic someone took of WFAN’s Yankees beat writer Sweeny Murti with Vernon Wells photo bombing him in the background. Cute.

Sweeny Vernon


Welcome Back, Jose Veras

Sunday, August 11th, 2013


After Mo coughed up the two homers in the ninth for his third-in-a-row blown save (!!!!!!!), I perked up when I saw it was our old buddy Veras coming in for the bottom of the inning after being traded to the Tigers from the Astros. He may be my new favorite person, having served up Gardner’s walk off homer and rescuing the Yankees from another disappointing loss. Gardner’s been quite clutch this season. Good for him.

But was this game ever a see-saw battle. A-Rod actually hit a homer (!!!!!!) as did Soriano, and I thought, OK, boys, you have a nice lead so hold onto it for a change.

Wrong. No lead is safe when the pitching turns sour. Not only was Pettitte unable to go deep into the game but Robertson was ineffective. And then there was Mo. John and Suzyn kept reassuring listeners that he always goes through his little patch of badness and it’s true. But it’s not fun when it happens. In fact, it feels as if the world is coming to an end. Maybe he should skip a few farewell ceremonies and meet-and-greets for awhile and rest up. Or maybe it doesn’t matter in the larger scheme of things given this team’s way-back position in the standings.

Still, it was nice to beat the Tigers since they’re bona fide contenders for a ring once again.


A Happy Ending, At Least

Friday, August 9th, 2013
Photo: REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine

Photo: REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine

No, there was no pie tonight, but Gardner did put the Yankees out of their 10th inning misery with his walk off single against the Tigers. He also bailed out Mo, who blew his second save in a row. I missed most of the game, but I didn’t miss Mo’s meltdown and I wish I did. Is he giving us a taste of what life will be like without him or simply showing his human fallibility?

I was surprised when I tuned in that we had three actual runs and were ahead in the game. Aren’t the Tigers supposed to be invincible? Guess not. Nova turned in yet another deserved-to-win performance, even though he navigated out of trouble almost every inning. That’s good news. But the offense was mostly its usual anemic self. A-Rod and Soriano were probably a combined 0-for-100, or so it must have seemed.

What to make of the cheers for A-Rod? My assumption is that fans were reacting to all the media reports that there would be booing and felt a backlash, even wanted to be protective or supportive of Alex, as if he’s been a victim of the big bad baseball commissioner. Whatever. If he continues to strike out in important situations, those cheers will turn to boos soon enough – PEDs or no PEDs.



“We’re Not Playing for Giggles”

Friday, July 19th, 2013


I’d hate to be Girardi right now. Another game, another loss, another offensive fade and another injury. In his post game interview after tonight’s loss to the Red Sox, he was asked about Gardner’s ejection. He didn’t agree with it and served up the “giggles” comment. Seems to me that players aren’t supposed to throw their helmets when they get what they think is a bad call.

The real problem is that Girardi doesn’t have guys with pop in their bats on a consistent basis, except Cano. Pettitte hasn’t been great, especially in the early innings, but tonight he pitched well enough to win – if only his team would score some runs.

Zoilo now joins the list of the wounded. Bye bye.

We need help, Cashman. By all means, bring up more kids from the minors but go out and make a trade for a bat. Or else the season is over. It’s that simple.



When He’s Your Best Hitter….

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Photo: Getty Images

And Chris Stewart is your second best hitter….your offense is in trouble.

The Yankees staged a valiant comeback in the ninth (against Balfour, no less) having trailed 6-0 in the eighth,  but they couldn’t make it all the way back. There’s just not enough fire power on this team right now. They had the bases loaded in the first inning against Bartolo Colon, not exactly a spring chicken, and yet nothing.

That said, it was CC who put them in the hole in the first place. Where did our buddy the ace go? He wasn’t very ace-like in tonight’s series opener against the A’s, not from the first inning when he gave up a homer to Coco Crisp. Ugh. I wish I knew what the problem is. I’m sure he wishes he knew too. All I know is that I used to assume a “W” whenever he was our starter. Now? Not so much.





And They’re Streaking

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

(I love that this guy is on the phone while he’s getting tackled.)

The Yankees won the series today by eeking out another close game against the Mariners. It was especially satisfying because it was Phelps versus King Felix and Phelps turned out to be the more kingly of the two. He’s been great his last couple of times out there.

Brett Gardner, always a streaky hitter, is on a hot streak at the moment. And Chris Stewart, after I badmouthed him in a previous post, earned his keep with a big RBI single. Dave Robertson is wearing me out with his Houdini act. Yes, he ended up pitching scoreless baseball, but must he always put men on and then get out of trouble? At least when Mo does it – and he did allow baserunners today – it’s a fluke.

Bottom line: the Yankees are playing to win right now. The Mariners aren’t exactly a powerhouse offensively, but in order to be there in October you have to beat the teams you’re supposed to beat and the Yanks did that in this series. Well done.




Really, Yankees?

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Photo: Anthony J. Causi

Tonight’s game was supposed to take my mind off the fact that Santa Barbara County has a wildfire burning tonight – 500 acres with a high-wind warning. It’s not near us, but it’s scary to look out the window and see a sky that’s gray because of smoke, not clouds. I was hoping the opener of Yankees-Mets would be a diversion.

Instead, it was an exercise in frustration. Hughes was good (either that or the Mets’ offense isn’t), but I kept thinking of how he’s prone to the home run ball, and sure enough David Wright was evidence. From then on, you would have thought the Yankees were facing Cliff Lee in his prime. They were punch-less. Gardner made two terrific catches, but other than that? Bleh.

What’s worse, tomorrow night they have to face the Mets’ phenom, Matt Harvey. More bleh.


Snatched From The Jaws Of Defeat!

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

That was fun. I tuned in with the score at 1-1 in the 7th, just as Nuno, who must have pitched a hell of a game, departed. Too bad he didn’t get the win, but how about that comeback victory for the Yankees.

With two down in the 9th and Rodney, the Rays’ iffy closer on the mound, I had hopes that the Yanks would miraculously score a couple of runs and tie the score, but I let out a scream when they actually did it. (Thank you, Brett Gardner, Lyle Overbay and Brennan Boesch.)

I groaned when Nova got into trouble, loading the bases, but – another miracle – he pitched out of it. And then it was Overbay’s turn to be a hero again. What a pickup he’s been, despite the error earlier in the game. And special mention must go to Ichiro for that spectacular, run-saving catch in right.

Mo notching another save was icing on the cake, talk about miracles. He’s having his best season yet.

Great baseball Memorial Day Weekend so far!