good morning....well it''s the day before Friday so, that's a consolation...we actually had a frost last night in the low lying, valley areas...hmm?...I will not comment on last night's game...I can only assume they got it all out of their system (kinda like when you're finally compleletly relieved of a bout of constipation); and they are now ready to resume playing baseball...one of the ugliest games I've seen in a long time...I'm so depressed...even the Melitta's not helping much...oh well, maybe the work day will be full of stimulation and excitment...speaking of which...when I don't sign in tomorrow morning don't be concerned (HAH!)...I have some continuing education to attend in Rochester, NY...Marriott Rochester....lunch included!...should be interesting...definitely some fun anyway...always nice to get away from the grind and learn something new...
Sweetheart ... check the schedule ... it's not just the day before Friday ... it's Ascension Thursday ... a Holy Day of Obligation!
The Feast of the Ascension, also known as Ascension Thursday, or Ascension Day,commemorates the bodily Ascension of Jesus into heaven. It is one of the ecumenical feasts (i.e., universally celebrated) of Christian churches, ranking with the feasts of the Passion, of Easter, and Pentecost. In the Roman Catholic church it is also known as the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. Ascension Day is traditionally celebrated on a Thursday, the fortieth day of Easter, although some Roman Catholic provinces have moved the observance to the following Sunday.
thank you for reminding me "Mo"m...just now leaving the office...Pam and I are going to 7pm at St. Bernadette's...I'll say one you...take care sweetheart..enjoy the game...
I'm so happy for you and Pam ... I hope you enjoyed the Mass.
May 18, 1897 - William Joyce (New York Giants) set a record when he hit four triples in one game. May 18, 1933 - The first major league All-Star Game was announced. It was to be played on July 6 at Comiskey Park as part of the Chicago World's Fair. May 18, 1934 - Jimmie Foxx hit the first home run in Comiskey Park. Born this day 1048 - Omar Khayyám, Persian mathematician, poet and philosopher (d. 1131) such a cool name, so much better than Peter Moss 1798 - Ethan Allen Hitchcock, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 18701817 - James William Denver, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 18921868 - Nicholas II Aleksandrovitsj, last tsar of Russia (1894-1917)1869 - Ruprecht, crown prince of Bavaria/general-fieldmarshall1872 - Bertrand Russell, England, mathematician/philosopher (Nobel 1950)1882 - Babe Adams, American baseball player (d. 1968)1897 - Frank Capra, Ital, director (It’s a Wonderful Life, Arsenic & Old Lace) a legend in his field 1902 - [Robert] Meredith Willson, Mason City Iowa, composer (Music Man)1904 - Jacob K Javits, (Sen-R-NY) was he named after the convention center? 1911 - Joe Turner, KC, blues singer (Corrine Corrina, Shake Rattle & Roll)1912 - Perry Como, [Pierino], Canonsburg Pa, singer/TV (Perry Como Show) King of the Cardigana 1912 - Richard Brooks, Phila, director (Blackboard Jungle, In Cold Blood)1920 - John Paul II, [Karol Wojtyla], Wadowice, Poland, 264th Roman Catholic Pope another one for Mo 1922 - Bill Macy, Revere Mass, actor (Walter-Maude, Oh! Calcutta) Maude was a very funnshow and way before its time 1928 - Pernell Roberts, Waycross Ga, actor (Adam-Bonanza, Trapper John MD) the other Cartwright brother 1931 - Robert Morse, Newton Mass, actor (That's Life, Jack Frost)1934 - Dwayne Hickman, LA, actor (Dobie Gillis, How to Stuff a Wild Bikini)1937 - Brooks Robinson, Baltimore Oriole 3rd baseman (1955-77) almost as good a 3B as Eduardo Nunez 1946 - Reggie Jackson, "Mr October" baseball rightfielder (Yankees, A's) asked the doctor who delivered him, to call him the straw that stirs the nursery. 1949 - Rick Wakeman, rock keyboardist (Yes-Fish Out of Water)1949 - William Wallace, rocker (Guess Who) tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take... OUR FREEDOM! 1951 - Denny Dillon, comedian (SNL, Dream On) 1951 - James Stephens, Mount Kisko NY, actor (Paper Chase, Devil's Island)1951 - Jim Sundberg, American baseball player1952 - George Strait, Pearsall Tx, country singer (All My Exes Live in Texas)1953 - [Feliciano] Butch Tavares, rocker (Tavares)1960 - Jari Kurri, Helsinki Fin, NHL left wing (NY Rangers, LA Kings, Colo)1960 - Yannick Noah, France, tennis player (French 1983) needs to tell his son to do something about the hair 1963 - Marty McSorley, Hamilton, NHL defenseman (LA Kings, NY Rangers)1964 - Will Wolford, NFL tackle (Indianapolis Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers)1965 - Erik Hanson, Kinnelon NJ, pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays)1970 - Tina Fey, American writer/actress or was Sarah Palin born today this date? 1973 - Donyell Marshall, NBA forward (Golden State Warriors)1973 - Dario Franchitti, Scottish racecar driver Scottish?!?!?! REALLY?!?!?! with a name like this? 1982 - Eric West, American singer and actor1984 - Joakim Soria, Mexican baseball player1992 - Spencer Breslin, American actor
John 3:16 * Ephesians 2:8-9 * Romans 10:9-10 * John 14:3-6 * Romans 5:8
When the Yankees scored tonight, they did it on a Robinson Cano double that scored Curtis Granderson from first base. Their next two at-bats were their first opportunities with a runner in scoring position.
Mark Teixeira struck out and Raul Ibanez grounded to second.
That’s how it began; another night of the same old story. The Yankees went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position, and they’ve gone 3-for-41 in their past five games. No surprise that four of them have been losses.
“I just think it’s going to happen,” Joe Girardi said. “I think, ‘This is the time it’s going to happen. This is the one hit we’re going to get.’”
That hit never came tonight, and when the Yankees didn’t get a runner on base in any of the final three innings, their scoring opportunities had come and gone.
Three of those RISP at-bats belonged to Teixeira, who for the first time sounded like he might see some sense in taking a day off to try to get over this cough that had him hacking on the field tonight. He flied out to leave runners at first and second in the third inning, then he flied to shallow left to do the same thing in the fifth.
“If you could guarantee me that (taking a day off) would make me feel better, I’d love that guarantee,” Teixeira said. “I just don’t know if it’s going to help, so we’ll see. I’ll probably talk to Joe a little bit and we’ll see if maybe it makes sense. I want to be out there for my team. I’ve been swinging the bat good the last few days, which is good. You never want get out of the lineup if you’re swinging it good, and defensively, I can always contribute. You never know if it’s going to help or not.”
It’s been hard to notice, but despite the cough, Teixeira came into this game hitting .348/.400/.565 in his past six games. He’s been taking a lot of the heat for the Yankees struggles, but he’s actually been hitting pretty well during this slide.
“Tex seems to be the focus today,” Girardi said. “We have a lot of guys who are hitting around .200 with guys in scoring position, just not Tex. As a team, we’re not collectively getting it done, and we need to get better.”
• Phil Hughes had only one pitch really working today. It was his fastball, and that’s why he threw so many of them, especially early in the game. He still went 5.1 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits while continuously pitching out of jams. “Sometimes you can learn more about a guy when he doesn’t have his good stuff than when he does,” Girardi said. “How he can still go out there and compete, and that’s what he did today.”
• In the third inning, Hughes fell behind 3-0 to Jose Bautista, then drew the count even. He’d thrown Bautista a ton of fastballs — six in the first inning, and four of his past five pitches in this at-bat — so he decided to throw a cutter. That’s the pitch Bautista hit for a two-run homer. “I felt like he had seen a lot of fastballs, and that would be a good pitch,” Hughes said. “But it was spinning over the plate, wasn’t down and away where I would have liked to have it. Looking back, that was the costly mistake. … I threw a 3-2 curveball his third at-bat that I got a strikeout on, so maybe that would have been the better sequence. Hindsight.”
• Hughes has pitched into the sixth inning in four straight starts, something he did only once in his first four starts. This month he’s cut his ERA from 7.88 to 5.23. His ERA in four May starts 3.55.
• Girardi on the idea of giving Teixeira a day off: “We’ve talked about it, and I’ll continue to discuss it with him and we’ll see what happens.”
• Brett Gardner is supposed to start swinging this weekend. He would bring a different kind of look to this offense that is right now almost entirely built around power hitters with no speed.
• Derek Jeter is now tied with Michael Bourn for the Major League lead in hits with 57. Jeter had a single today.
• The Yankees have lost eight of their past 12 games in Toronto dating back to 2010.
• Francisco Cervelli apparently told a Venezuelan reporter that he’s heard two teams are interested in trading for him but the Yankees don’t want to lose him. Makes sense considering the Yankees went out of their way this spring specifically to build catching depth with Cervelli, Chris Stewart and Craig Tatum.
• Jeter: “I’m pretty sure if you go back to most years, I’m pretty sure we’ve had this conversation before. Sometimes success is contagious, sometimes failure is contagious. To where a lot of guys get hot at one point, or a lot of guys struggle. I wish I had an answer to it, if I did I would never struggle myself. I’d tell a few people, and they’d never struggle. It’s just the game.”
• Teixeira: “We expect to score six or seven runs every game; that’s just the way our team is. The one thing about our team is we never give up. We’ve been through tough stretches before and we always fight. We always battle, always try to put together good at-bats and good games. These last few games, it just hasn’t happened for us.”
• Girardi: “Sometimes it’s a break that you get that kind of leads to the flood gates opening up. We just haven’t done it. As you said, 3-for-41 in the last five days. Offenses are going to go through that, every offense is going to go through that, but I gotta tell you, it’s no fun when you’re going through it. The guys don’t look like they’re having a lot of fun, but they’re doing their work, and they’re preparing and it’ll change.”
Phil Hughes got in and out of trouble most of the night, but it hardly mattered when the Yankees again failed to capitalize on scoring opportunities. A 4-1 loss to the Blue Jays was the Yankees third straight and their fourth loss in the past five games. In keeping with the trend, the Yankees went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position, meaning they’ve now gone 3-for-60 with runners in scoring position in their past nine losses. Hughes allowed two runs through 5.1 innings, with both runs coming on a two-run homer by Jose Bautista. J.P. Arencibia added another two-run homer in the seventh inning to help the Blue Jays secure a two-game series sweep.
It’s easy to second guess a manager. With the benefit of hindsight and the comfort of distance, it’s easy to point out mistakes and offer alternatives. When the Yankees aren’t hitting, it’s easy to say that Joe Girardi should shuffle the batting order or play someone off the bench or send a player to Triple-A.
But the Yankees haven’t lost four out of five because of their manager.
With this group of hitters, Girardi is pretty much along for the ride. He should be able to put these hitters in any sort of order and expect better than 3-for-41 with runners in scoring position. The Yankees are top five in baseball in on-base percentage and slugging percentage, and that’s usually a productive combination, but these hitters have not hit in big situations. That’s the problem.
“The players are here, and they’re very good players,” Girardi said. “It’s just playing to your ability.”
But when things aren’t working, people demand change.
Just yesterday the Blue Jays sent Adam Lind to Triple-A, and the Padres released Orlando Hudson. A few days before that, the Twins optioned Danny Valencia. It’s not unheard of for a team to get rid of somewhat established, everyday players. But the Yankees? With this roster? The Yankees aren’t mix-and-match. They weren’t designed to play the hot hand. This team was put together so that a group of proven players could perform, and the ones who were well past the point of everyday production were assigned specific roles to maximize their remaining value.
The big decisions were made long ago. Success or failure depends entirely on the players doing the job.
Russell Martin has been bad at the plate. But who is there to replace him? Robinson Cano is hitting .176 with runners in scoring position. But is there a player the Yankees can trade for who they’d rather have in a big spot? Steve Pearce has an impressive Triple-A slash line. But on a day-to-day basis, is he really a smarter option than Mark Teixeira and his .228 batting average?
The Yankees lineup is not made up of Lind, Hudson and Valencia.
If Brett Gardner were struggling, he might not have the track record to deserve continued playing time. If Raul Ibanez had been stone cold all year, it might be time to move on. When Eduardo Nunez couldn’t make plays, the Yankees demoted him. When aging Jorge Posada kept struggling last season, he was dumped to a part-time role. When Randy Winn couldn’t hit two years ago, the Yankees released him.
“There’s always a point where you do it,” Girardi said.
But that point is not 38 games into the season. Not with a group of players like this.
“I think you have to be careful because this is not a game you play once a week,” Girardi said. “This is a game that you play every day. Hitters are going to go through peaks and valleys, and if you start trying to time it, it’s probably like trying to time the market. It can be dangerous. As I always talk about, you’re always managing personalities and egos, too. These guys have done it for us. Every year we look up and Tex has 30 (home runs) and 100-plus (RBI). Would I like every one of my guys to hit .350 and have an on-base of .425 with 35 homers? Hell yeah I would. But that’s not going to happen. It’s not. So you have to be patient.”
Patience isn’t exciting, but when it’s up to the players to turn things around, the best thing a manager can do is get out of the way and wait for it to happen. If it doesn’t happen, the failed decisions will be the ones made long before Girardi made out the lineup card.
The buzz has died down a little, and that might be a good thing for Andy Pettitte as he makes his second start of the season in tonight’s series opener against the Reds.
“Whenever you come back to a place where you’re so well received, it’s somewhat of an event, and there’s a lot of anticipation,” Joe Girardi said. “We got through that, and I think it’ll be easier for him.”
Here are the pitching matchups for the series.
Tonight LHP Andy Pettitte (0-1, 5.68) vs. RHP Bronson Arroyo (2-1, 3.25) 7:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
Saturday RHP Ivan Nova (4-1, 5.44) vs. RHP Homer Bailey (1-3, 4.35) 1:05 p.m., YES Network
Sunday LHP CC Sabathia (5-1, 3.77) vs. RHP Johnny Cueto (4-1, 1.89) 1:05 p.m., YES Network
1958 New York Yankees take 2 from the Washington Senators
May 18,1958- The New York Yankees sweep the Washington Senators in a doubleheader at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C, winning by scores of 5-2 and 3-0 before 27,704 fans. This doubleheader sweep brings the Yankees record to a 19-5 for 1958 American League season. In the opener, former National League veteran starter Sal “The Barber” Maglie goes 8 innings for the Yankees, allowing only 8 hits and 2 runs. In the 9th inning, Yankees bullpen ace Ryne Duren closes out the game for his 6th save of the 1958 AL season. Sal Maglie hits a 2-run HR shot off of Senators starter Pedro Ramos in the 4th inning. Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle had hit a solo HR in the 3rd inning. In the nightcap, “Bullet Bob” Turley throws a 3-0 shutout, allowing only 5 hits, while striking out 6 Senator batters. Yankees Tony Kubek and Mickey Mantle provided the Yankees offense driving in 3 runs. Yankees rookie 1B Marv Throneberry gets a rare start at 1st base, going 1 for 2 in the game.
Yankees Pitchers Sal "The Barber" Maglieand"Bullet Bob" Turley
Andy Pettitte’s brilliance on Friday night spared the Yankees offense from being blamed for yet another loss due to their inability to hit with runners in scoring position. In just his second start with the team since coming back from retirement, the 39-year-old left-hander was as sharp as he’s ever been, holding the Cincinnati Reds scoreless through eight innings while striking out nine en route to a 4-0 win.
The Yankees once again failed to register a hit with runners in scoring position, but a solo home run from Robinson Cano and a two-run shot from Raul Ibanez in the bottom of the eighth gave the Yankees a little cushion.
1960 New York Yankees trade 3B Andy Carey to the Kansas City A's for Veteran Outfielder Bob Cerv
May 19, 1960- The New York Yankees re-obtained veteran OF Bob Cerv from the Kansas City A’s for veteran 3B Andy Carey. Andy had lost his Yankees 3B starting job to Clete Boyer. Bob Cerv will provide power off the bench and outfield defense for the Yankees for the rest of 1960 American League season, before being lost to the LA Angels in the American League player expansion team draft in December of 1960. Bob will play in 87 games for 1960 Yankees, hitting .250. In 1960 World Series against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Bob will hit .357 in four games, missing the final 7th game with a leg injury. He would be re-obtained by the Yankees from the Angels in May of 1961 in the Ryne Duren trade.
Rest was the final option. Mark Teixeira had seen multiple doctors and been prescribed several remedies. When nothing solved his lingering couch, Joe Girardi met with him last night to suggest taking three days off. Teixeira sat out last night, he’ll sit out today and Girardi said he “might” give Teixeira tomorrow as well.
“Originally he told me no last night,” Girardi said. “It’s difficult. He wants to be out there. Tex is a ballplayer and wants to play every day, but I just said, ‘You know what Tex, watching what you’re going through, I just don’t think a day is enough. Let’s try something else.’ And if we can’t get rid of it with two or three days off, we’ll know that the rest isn’t necessarily going to help it and we’ll have to find some other way.”
Teixeira got sick at the Welcome Home dinner last night, and although doctors say the virus is gone, his airways are inflamed, making breathing difficult. He’s had coughing fits during games, he’s occasionally skipped batting practice and his energy level has been affected.
Through it all, Teixeira has insisted he’s healthy enough to play, and he’s actually hit .296/.345/.481 in his past seven games. His overall production, though, has been far worse than the Yankees hoped and expected.
“We’ve tried everything,” Teixeira said. “That’s why rest is like the last effort here. I’ve taken more medicine than I’d like to. I think we’re done with that option. Rest is kind of the final straw here for us. … I’ve seen specialists that say it may just be a matter of time. Unfortunately you want it to be better right away, but nothing to be worried about because all the tests are OK. It is what it is.”
• What if rest doesn’t do the trick for Teixeira? “Then you just adapt,” he said. “I think that’s the issue. I’ve been fighting through it for over a month so I’ll be able to do it again.”
• Dave Robertson still felt discomfort in his oblique on Thursday (he could feel it when he coughed). That’s not a huge surprise because he was supposed to wait 10 days before really testing it, and that’s still the plan. He last pitched last Friday. “We’ll wait until day 10 and then we’ll make a decision if he’s ready,” Girardi said.
• Brett Gardner will be evaluated today to determine whether his elbow is ready to begin swinging a bat again.
• Girardi said he’ll monitor Ivan Nova during warmups and through the early innings to make sure he’s not favoring that sprained ankle. The Yankees don’t expect it to be an issue.
• Both David Phelps and Freddy Garcia are available in case Nova’s ankle doesn’t let him pitch.
• Nick Swisher has started at first in back-to-back games because of Teixeira’s absence. Girardi said he might use Eric Chavez at first base tomorrow and put Swisher back in right field (personally, I can’t help wondering if Dewayne Wise might start in center field tomorrow so that Curtis Granderson can get his first DH day of the year, but that’s strictly a guess).
• Why not just send Teixeira home to rest rather than have him sit around in the dugout? “You could do that,” Girardi said. “But you do have emergencies when you might need him. And sometimes – put this in a nice way – when you have young kids, you get more rest at the ballpark.”