Posts Tagged ‘CC Sabathia’

Welcome Back, Nova!

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
(courtesy: Russ and Daughters)

(courtesy: Russ and Daughters)

It seemed fitting to bring back the pic of the nova, bagels and cream cheese with the return today of Ivan Nova after his TJ surgery and rehab. What a shot in the arm for the Yankees, speaking of arms. He pitched great, as opposed to Tanaka and CC, who were awful against the Phillies, and if he can keep it up, the rotation will have a terrific “new” starter.

I really don’t know what to write about CC at this point except that he keeps saying after losses that his stuff was good, that he felt good, that he’s learning how to pitch without the big velocity, that he’s…..Well, it goes on and on. What he doesn’t say is that he’s not fooling hitters, and it’s hurting the team. Does he deserve to stay in the rotation? Of course. He’s earned his place. But someone needs to work with him on his mechanics. Someone needs to help him make adjustments. Someone needs to show him how to be a different pitcher. Maybe Andy Pettitte should sign up for a stint as CC’s personal pitching mentor.

On to the surprising Houston Astros. Who would ever have picked them for a first place team? Not me. I hope we can rise to the occasion.

 

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The Big Guy Isn’t Pitching Big

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

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He wasn’t bad last night in the finale against Toronto and the offense didn’t help much, but he hasn’t won a game yet in 2015 and he’s just not dominating hitters the way he used to. He knows he has to “pitch” more than throw heat now that he’s got a bum knee and isn’t a young stud anymore, but it hasn’t come together for him yet. The question is will it? The Yankees can’t afford to lose every time he’s out there. He needs a confidence booster – one of those games where the offense goes on a tear (a Janer would work) – and then maybe he’ll get on track.

Meanwhile, the Yankees lost the series with Toronto and last night was particularly irritating because we always beat Mark Buerhle, who must have been overjoyed that we didn’t hand him another “L.”

Next up is four games at home against Baltimore – never an easy task. I wish Pineda could pitch every game at this point, but mostly I wish we could bring the 2009 CC back. Sigh.

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Praying Didn’t Work, Yankees

Sunday, May 4th, 2014
Howard Simmons/New York Daily News

Howard Simmons/New York Daily News

I was really hoping the Yankees would have a good series against the Rays since it was my birthday weekend, but except for Tanaka’s game it was a disappointment.

CC…..What’s up with him?

Kuroda….Is he burned out?

Robertson….Blown save?

Jeter….Yes, he feels good, but he needs to hit the ball.

The hitters will hit, I’m sure, but the starting pitching? It’s a huge concern right now, which proves you can never have enough. I went into the season thinking we were solid, but suddenly there was no Nova, no Pineda and mediocre outings from CC and Kuroda. So we’re left with Phelps, Nuno and (gulp) Aceves, along with Tanaka, our new ace. Sure wish we had another arm to count on because right now this team is limping along.

 

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The Return of Cano

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

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The day started off great after I watched last night’s clip of Cano on the “Tonight Show.” So funny.

But tonight’s game? Not so funny. The conditions looked dreadful – I can’t imagine sitting there in the cold and rain, ugh – and the booing for Cano was embarrassing. At least to me. I get that the fans are mad at him for taking Seattle’s money and spurning the Yankees’ offer, but come on. He was a terrific player when he was in New York and deserved some thanks for that.

Meanwhile, the game was as awful as the weather. CC started out strong, but unraveled in the fifth inning. Isn’t our ace supposed to avoid big innings and bear down when the going gets tough? I wasn’t happy.

As for the offense, it was heartening to see Tex with the home run swing again, but I missed Ellsbury in the lineup and hope his hand is OK. (Pineda’s latest injury is just plain depressing.) Also, am I the only one who’s wondering where the power hitting McCann is? Maybe he’s pressing, trying to focus on his catching, but we could use a little more pop from him at the plate.

The Yankees did mount a comeback attempt in the ninth against Rodney, but ultimately they fell short (Beltran’s called third strike was painful). As Bob Costas said on MLBN, the end was “merciful.”

 

 

 

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I Was Hoping for 100 Runs

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

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But I’ll gladly take the 14 the Yankees scored tonight. What a weird, sloppy game by the Sox. Not that the Yanks didn’t commit their share of blunders. Shane Greene, for example, made an inauspicious major league debut out of the bullpen.

Photo: Elsa/Getty Images North America

Photo: Elsa/Getty Images North America

The hit parade was fun though and it diminished the aftertaste of last night’s pine tar issue and Lackay’s shutdown of the offense. So did CC’s stellar outing and Mike Carp’s, um, good sportsmanship. Oh, and hearing David Cone, Al Leiter and Michael Kay discuss the story lines and characters of “General Hospital” was priceless.

The downside was the interminable length of the game. Baseball should not last four hours unless there are extra innings involved. I found myself muttering, “Just let this be over already.”

 

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A Janer!

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

LaughingWomanYup, the laughing lady is back thanks to the Yankees’ thrashing of David Price and the Rays tonight. Talk about an offensive blitz. Ellsbury had another spectacular game. Roberts got back in the action in a big way. And Solarte hit his first homer (sweet).

CC held the Rays totally in check, and he and his defense pulled off a stunning triple play. Lots of web gems in this one, including poor Beltran’s tumble over the cockamamee wall at Tropicana Field.

I was amazed that he didn’t get hurt, although I’d be surprised if he doesn’t sit out tomorrow night’s game. I mean he’s got to be sore. I’m sore just from watching him.

I have to say I enjoy being in first place even if it’s only April.

 

 

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Well, That Went Well – Not

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
Photo: nytimes.com

Photo: nytimes.com

The last thing I wanted to see in tonight’s first inning was Jeter getting drilled. Not that it won’t happen periodically throughout the season. He does lean in and pitchers pitch in, so it’s not unusual for his hand/wrist/arm to be vulnerable. I just figured it wouldn’t be in the season opener in Houston. But there were other reasons to hide my eyes.

CC’s early innings were ugly. The defense went awry behind him. Nobody looked good at the plate, except (surprisingly) Teixeira. By contrast, Houston – this was the Astros we were playing, right? – looked like World Series champions and it was a little like David kicking Goliath around. But that’s baseball. Anybody can beat anybody on any given day. I kept thinking….maybe this game is an April Fool’s joke or maybe the Yankees are still in spring training mode. And then I reminded myself it’s a loooong season and they won’t win every game.

Earlier in the day came the news that the Yanks had DFA-ed Nunez. Startling, considering how much they’d relied on him the past couple of years. It was shocking enough that he didn’t make the cut for opening day, but to literally cut him loose? I didn’t see that one coming and I’m sure he didn’t either. But they did give him chances to claim the shortstop job and he never did. I hope he makes it elsewhere.

On to the next….and the next. Let’s go Yankees.

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Another Man Down

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

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When I read before today’s game that Soriano had been scratched from the lineup with a sprained thumb, I laughed. I couldn’t believe it. What in the world is going on with the Yankees this year? It’s nuts.

Obviously, I didn’t have high hopes for our chances with Sori out, and my fears were realized in yet another loss to the Sox. CC just isn’t CC and hasn’t been all year. Phelps is back from the DL but he’s not exactly Whitey Ford so I’m not jumping for joy.

The best the Yanks can hope for regarding the Wild Card is, assuming they’ll lose again tomorrow, that they’ll win every other game from now until the very last day.

Not realistic, I know, but that’s about the size of it.

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Don’t Kill Me But I’m About To Rant About Him

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013
Photo: Brad Penner/US Presswire

Photo: Brad Penner/US Presswire

I know, I know. Dave Robertson has been great. He’s a great guy and a great humanitarian and a great husband. I get it. But do I want him to be the Yankees’ closer? No. Does he drive me nuts when he comes in for the eighth inning and turns games like tonight’s into a needlessly scary event? Yes.

Again. I know he’s normally reliable – in his way. And by that I mean he does have strike-out capability, but he also puts men on base and throws too many pitches to pitch on consecutive days.

Personally, I would have left CC in tonight. I feared a repeat of Sunday when Joe pulled Pettitte for the bullpen and we lost that one. Thank God for Mo. I wanted him fresh for the long Red Sox series, but we got the win.

I loved the way the offense took advantage of the White Sox’s rookie starter. I was worried that it would be one of those situations where the Yanks are flummoxed by a pitcher they’ve never seen, but it was just the opposite. Cano, especially, was fun to watch. When he’s hot, he’s hot.

So….a sweep. And now the Sox of the other color come to town. I’m ner-voussssssssss.

 

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A Fun Game At The Stadium

Friday, August 30th, 2013

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I wasn’t there, obviously, but judging by the crowd’s reactions on TV it was a good time tonight. While CC couldn’t hold the lead and continued his puzzling and worrisome slide, the Yankees’ offense came up big when it needed to – against a very tough opponent and contender – and Joe wasn’t taking any chances with the bullpen using Robertson in both the 7th and 8th.

At first I thought it would be a home run derby and last for hours, like our games against the O’s often do. But the Yanks scored in other ways too. I was thrilled to see Cano back in the lineup and hitting well. And Mark Reynolds’ little adjustment in his batting stance (he got rid of the toe tap) is paying dividends.

Loved the shots of the she-fans in the crowd taking cell phone pics of Mo in the 9th. One woman was shaking with excitement as she tried to hold her phone still to capture the moment.

Subtracting CC’s performance, this was a very entertaining way to open the weekend series, regardless of what happens the rest of the way.

 

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