Posts Tagged ‘Mark Teixeira’

Highs and Lows So Far

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

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The weekend’s not over, but I had to weigh in after Friday and Saturday’s games.

The highs? Clearly Tanaka and Pineda. When Melky (grrr, Melky) hit that hot shot off Tanaka right away I had one thought: Igawa redux. But I absolutely loved his demeanor on the mound. He said afterwards that he was nervous, but even so he was able to settle down and pitch really well. I love the kid already. As for Pineda, what a lovely surprise. He hadn’t been on the mound in a long time and yet he was great. I only wish he’d stayed in the game. On the offensive side, I’m happy with what I’m seeing from Ellsbury. He’s giving us hits as well as speed. Not the strongest arm I’ve ever seen in the outfield, but I’ll take the rest of him.

Now the lows. Obviously, I begin with Teixeira. Sheesh. Seriously, Mark? We get you back for five minutes and you’re gone again? We’ll know more about the hamstring strain after his MRI, but we don’t have an adequate replacement. I miss Eric Chavez at times like this and he wasn’t even a first baseman. I hope Cashman’s working the phones, because Kelly Johnson and Dean Anna aren’t making my heart sing. I’d also like some offense from the rest of the lineup. Hello, Beltran. Hello, Soriano. Hello, McCann. You guys are supposed to be our heavy hitters so do your thing. I like the speed this team has but I like home runs even more.

It’s early, but having two starters like Tanaka and Pineda is very, very positive.

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Joba Joba Joba

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

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Raise your hand if you thought he’d hold the Rangers in check and let the Yankees come back in this one. It just seemed inevitable that he’d cough up the runs the Yanks had managed to score to make it a ballgame. Apparently, he acknowledged afterwards, “I suck right now.” Indeed.

Strange game. That collision between Pettitte and Nix was weird and I was worried that Andy was hurt.

Ichiro gave me hope that there was a comeback in the works, but it wasn’t to be. The bottom of the ninth was a one-two-three bummer.

In the background, of course, was the news about Tex. Again, raise your hand if you thought he wouldn’t end up having surgery. His injury was too Bautista-like and we know what happened in that case. We’re lucky we have Overbay, very lucky.

As for the continuing A-Rod saga, as I predicted, Cashman apologized for his language and disputed an ESPN report that the Yankees are somehow delaying Alex’s return to the team. What a mess. But the media is more interested in the story than the players, who really just want to win games.

I’m flying east tomorrow and won’t be posting over the weekend, but feel free to leave a comment if the spirit moves. I’ll respond when I can and will resume the blog next week. See you from the other time zone!

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Tex Is Texting Again

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

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Two homers in two days. I like it. Is Teixeira back for good? Sure looks like it.

The other nice bounceback in tonight’s win over the Indians was Phelps. After that last outing, I was worried that he might not be able to put his awfulness behind him, but that’s exactly what he did. We need him, so a big Whew.

I did hope the Yankees would score in the late innings to give the relievers some breathing room, but they seem to have run out of gas offensively, especially Cano, who was up in an important spot and couldn’t deliver. I wonder if he was distracted by the Biogenesis stuff, but more on that in a sec.

I couldn’t believe what jinxes Michael Kay and Al Leiter were. They were going on and on about how great Joba looked and then – bam – three-run homer. Maybe they should button it next time.

OK. Biogenesis. The ESPN report. A-Rod. Cervelli. Etc. Yes, it’s explosive stuff. And yes, even Cano was ensnared in the whole business for awhile today until sources told the Yankees he was off the hook. And yes, the suspensions would be the most punitive in sports. But here’s the thing: A-Rod denies involvement with the clinic so the whole case could come down to a he-said/he-said situation pitting him against Bosch. Which sounds all too familiar (Clemens/McNamee). Ugliness for baseball all around.

 

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Historic Anemia

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

It’s one thing to lose a few games in a row over the course of the season. It’s quite another to be the loser in a four-game sweep by the Mets for the first time ever. The indignity.

As I wrote in the last post, it seems our merry band of castoffs have been playing over their heads and they’ve petered out offensively. Wells and Ichiro, while good defenders, have reverted back to the players they were before they put on the pinstripes, and nobody else has picked up the slack. Not consistently.

It’s a shame too, because aside from Phelps last night, the pitching has been great. But what good is pitching if you can’t score and that’s what ails this team right now.

Can Tex and Youk make a difference? They’re coming off injuries and rust. I wouldn’t count on them to be our saviors. Not yet. But their presence in the lineup could be a confidence boost for the others.

We’ll see. I wish I could write something cheery, but I miss Jeter and Granderson and Cervelli. I even miss the A-Rod who didn’t go to anti-aging clinics. I miss winning. It hasn’t been that long since the Yanks posted a “W,” but it sure feels that way right now.

 

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Nagging

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Have you ever noticed how it’s always women who nag? I never hear about nagging men, so does that mean they never do it?

But I digress. The “nagging” I’m interested in right now applies to injuries, specifically injuries to the Yankees.

Tex’s wrist is a potential nagging injury that, even after he’s “healed,” will plague him throughout the season.

A-Rod’s hip is a potential nagging injury that, even after….Well, who knows about him.

Which brings me to Jeter, of course. The ankle. It was healed, now it isn’t. Depending on which expert or beat writer you listen to, his setback is normal – just some swelling and stiffness that comes with use after a layoff – or it’s an unsettling sign that The Captain will be hobbled for awhile.

At the risk of being a jinx, Mo seems to have recovered completely from his knee injury and surgery. He’s pitching as well as ever and setting batters down in order. Is he superhuman or do some injuries heal better than others or both?

It’s been reported that Jeter will start the season on the DL and that Nunez will be at short – for the foreseeable future. I’ve been a nag about E. Scissorhands – I admit it – but supposedly he’s worked hard to fix his defensive shortcomings and Girardi sees improvement. I’m rooting for him, I really am. What choice do I have?

On a happier note, the season’s almost here, people. For real!

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Dropping Like Flies

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Well, now this is serious, people. And this is where you Cashman fans will want to watch closely to see how he pulls the Yankees out of the situation in which they find themselves.

With Tex out for 8-10 weeks with his wrist injury (personally, I think it’ll be longer and may require season-ending surgery – sorry to be so pessimistic), on top of Grandy’s injury, on top of A-Rod’s surgery, on top of Jeter not being at full power until he is, on top of comebacks from injuries/surgeries to CC, Pettitte and Mo, on top of recent, less serious injuries to Hughes, Logan and Robertson, I’d say we’re in kind of a pickle.

Cashman said today that he’ll address the first base situation (too bad we don’t have Swisher is all I can say) not by switching Youkilis over to first but by waiting for discards by other teams and picking up someone from the dumpster. Is that really what we want? We need a good defensive guy in Tex’s place but we also need a guy who’ll knock in the RBIs we’ll be losing.

On the bright side, this is the Yankees we’re talking about. I’ll always believe they’ll find a way.

 

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A Message From The Animated Me

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Since most of you don’t follow my other blog, Mainly Jane, I thought I’d take a break from Storm Talk and Yankee Talk and show you the video trailer for my new book. If there’s a caregiver in your life (or you are one), this is for you!

P.S. Congrats to Cano and Tex for their Gold Glove Awards!!!!! I feel like a proud mother!!!!

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Power Surge!

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Was that second inning a blast or what? Small ball, schmall ball. There’s nothing like a barrage of homers to make me smile, especially in such an important game. I never wanted the inning to end, even though I worried that CC might take a nap and come back groggy.

I needn’t have worried. After those nine runs, our ace returned to the mound and pitched us closer to a division title. There was griping in many corners that Girardi should have taken him out after the fifth, to keep him fresh for a possible playoff game on Friday. I suppose a case could be made that using Garcia for three innings or so wouldn’t have been a bad idea. But I’m also in the camp that you play to win the game you’re playing, not project into the future, so I was okay with the decision. We may need arms for tomorrow when Phelps gets the start, so why not save a few.

Back to the offense, how great was it to see Tex bash one in his first appearance since the injury? And Gardner batted. And Melky Mesa got his first ML hit. Maybe the Yanks can break out these T-shirts again.

It was all good in Yankeeville – an evening made even better with the news that the Rays had beaten the O’s.

So here we are, with a chance to clinch tomorrow night. No telling what will go on at the Trop, but let’s just hope our boys saved some of that firepower for Lester so they can take care of business in the Bronx.

 

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The Clock Is Ticking

Monday, September 10th, 2012

With the news that Tex will miss at least a couple of weeks with his re-aggravated calf strain, the Yankees are heading down the stretch without a potent bat as well as the best first baseman to wear pinstripes since Mattingly. All those throws from A-Rod, Jeter and Cano that Tex stretched for, picked out of the dirt, leaped up in the air to catch? Not happening now.

I wish we could hit rewind and un-injure him, Mo, Pettitte and Pineda, among others, but we can’t. We have the team we have. Will it be enough to not only win the division but be competitive in the playoffs? Who knows at this point. The good news is that other teams have their own problems and nobody’s running away with anything.

With that bright little nugget in mind, I thought I’d post this Tex Highlights reel from last season. The music is a little much, and there’s an ad first but it’s worth it. Get well soon, Texy.

 

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A Picture’s Worth 1,000 Words

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

This was the “final out” of the game tonight, according to first base umpire Jerry Meals. But as the YES camera clearly showed, Tex’s hand was on the bag and the ball wasn’t even close to Reynolds’ glove. Blown calls happen a lot, as we know, but when they happen in a crucial situation in a pennant race, it’s an abomination.

Also maddening? Girardi didn’t argue. “What can I do?” he said. “The game was over.” Plus, Meals will be tomorrow’s home plate ump. But if he’d argued, he would have been supporting his player. And he might have coaxed the umps to caucus and make a different ruling.

Lost in the ruckus was the poor outing by CC – poor by his standards. Clearly, his velocity’s down and I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s playing hurt. Is surgery in his off-season future? Maybe. And Tex? He couldn’t run out that ball so he dove into first base, aggravating the hamstring all over again.

The Yankees blew their own chances in the game (could Curtis Granderson be any colder right now?), but it really did look like they might make a valiant comeback. Speaking of which, A-Rod seems rejuvenated. Not a bad thing.

I did feel sorry for Markakis, who now has a broken thumb thanks to CC’s inside pitch, but that’s baseball and there’s no crying, as the saying goes.

 

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