Posts Tagged ‘CC Sabathia’

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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Close But No Cigar

Saturday, August 24th, 2013
Photo: AP

Photo: AP

(I love that pic. Just saying.)

I missed the last couple of innings of tonight’s game, but it didn’t matter. The damage was done when the Rays broke the 2-2 tied and the Yankees never answered back. CC was good except for one bad patch, but the offense had nothing much. David Price is an ace for sure, but they always looked on the verge of scoring more runs – and didn’t. Opportunities lost. Series lost. Mostly likely season lost.

I went out for a great dinner with friends and life went on, but this one hurt because so much was riding on it.

 

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An Actual Janer!

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

LaughingWomanAre the Angels the new Twins? All I know is I wish the Yankees could face their pitching every day of the week, because the offense exploded tonight and it doesn’t happen very often. It was especially satisfying to see Soriano give us the homers he was brought to the team to deliver. Nunez, too, had a good night at the plate, although his error-plagued defense continued. CC finally got a win, but what was up with all the walks? At least he wasn’t pounded, I guess. And poor Bettances didn’t make much of a first impression, having to be bailed out by Joba, the mop up guy.

Anyhow, it was fun to have the Yanks scoring all those runs, not to mention win their third game in a row. Is this what is known as a second half streak? I hope so.

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Poor CC

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

MLB: New York Yankees at San Diego Padres

I had just flown back to CA and was unpacking while the game was on in the background. Every time CC gave up a hit to the weak-hitting Padres I cringed. I think Michael Kay said he’d never lost to the Padres during his short career in the NL, so last night was a first in a season of so many disappointments for the big guy. What’s there left to say about him? He’s had ample time to figure out what’s wrong, but maybe it’s just the loss of velocity and wear and tear and an inability to locate where he wants to. If his problem is that he misses Cervelli as his valet catcher, he’s out of luck there; sounds like Cisco is about to be suspended.

It was nice to see Granderson again. That was something positive. But Joba’s painful to watch, truly. And sad to say the A-Rod situation does hover. This “any day now” saga that MLB has put everybody through is ridiculous. Just issue the suspensions and let the players who want to appeal do their thing, and let’s get on with it already.

 

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Welcome Back, Sori

Saturday, July 27th, 2013
Photo/Kathy Kmonicek/AP

Photo/Kathy Kmonicek/AP

I’d forgotten what a great smile he has and it was great to see the warm reception for him last night. If only he’d delivered on everybody’s optimism in the Yankees’ dreadful loss to the Rays. I actually predicted he’d go 0-for-6, given the pressure to produce and the fact that he was switching leagues and didn’t know the pitchers. But I was pretty close at 0-for-5. The killer was when he came up with the bases loaded and had chances to be the hero. Ugh.

CC was the real culprit though, and it’s becoming tiresome to sing the same song about him. He’s just bad. Every pitch looked like batting practice for awhile – long enough for the Rays to jump out to a 6-0 lead.

The Yanks staged an exciting comeback, and I kept watching till the bitter end. But it was to no avail.

I’ll probably miss the rest of the games this weekend and maybe it’s for the best. Hopefully they’ll play better without my verbal abuse.

 

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I Really Didn’t Want To Write About That Game

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

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Why would I? It was a heartbreaker. As I wrote in the previous post, it’s easier to go into the rest of the season with low expectations because you don’t get your hopes up, but last night the Yankees got my hopes up – and then dashed them. So I woke up this morning with writer’s block. Still, certain things must be said.

I’ll start with CC. He should sue his surgeon. He says he’s healthy. He says he feels fine. He says it’s just a problem with his “arm slot.” But here’s the truth: he hasn’t pitched well since he had the surgery during the off-season. So it’s either that something went wrong in what is usually a “minor procedure” or he’s just not good anymore. Either way, it’s not pleasant to contemplate.

And then there’s the offense. No, it wasn’t that we didn’t score any runs this time. We scored plenty to win – maybe not at Fenway but at most ballparks. What we can’t seem to do this season, aside from those heady, early days when Travis Hafner and Vernon Wells had their moments in the sun, is hit homers. Which is the height of irony. In the past everybody was bemoaning all the homers – “homer happy,” the Yankees were accused of being. Right. I’d take some of those long balls right now. They’re how you win a lot of ballgames.

And then we come to Adam Warren. There’s a reason he’s not used a lot. He’s not one of Joe’s go-to guys. He and Joba have sort of been persona non grata, and last night was a good reason why. I don’t have any stats on this, but Napoli has hit homers against us – including walk-offs – with every team he’s been on. No surprise that he went deep to win the game last night.

I’d like to end on a cheerful note, but then there’s the matter of A-Rod and his quad. Jeter strained his running the bases. A-Rod strained his running the bases. Tex re-injured himself after coming back. Granderson re-injured himself after coming back. Youkilis re-injured himself after coming back. If there’s such a thing as a team being “snake bit,” the 2013 Yankees are that team.

It’s a shame. The players are trying as hard as they can to fight the odds and – despite how many times Girardi has said “Nobody’s gonna feel sorry for us” – I feel sorry for them.

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Sloppy Joes

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

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I had guests and didn’t see the game today, only the highlights – or should say low lights? Sounds like it was one of those days when nothing goes right. The Nunez error I get; I did call him Eduardo Scissorhands after all. But Overbay? He’s been terrific. As for CC, I guess it wasn’t his day either.

Not a great way to go into the A-S break, but maybe the Yanks will be fresher after the time off? They couldn’t be much worse. In the past they’ve been a better second-half team, so I hope that holds true this year. The problem is that the players are who they are – i.e. the non-stars are not going to suddenly morph into superstars. But maybe Cashman has something up his sleeve that doesn’t involve somebody who’s been DFA-ed.

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