Just a few things that ran through my head during the game last night…
This is what we’re up against… John Sterling had a line that really got to me last night. After Jorge Posada had his second hit off of Jon Lester–which I assume was essentially an infield single since Marco Scutaro knocked it down and Jorge beat it out–Sterling referenced Posada’s 0 for 2011 vs. lefties, quickly mentioned Jorge’s two hits and said they were proof that stats are “worthless.” He could’ve been joking a bit, but it’s not like we haven’t heard this sort of sentiment from Sterling before. I do know what he’s getting at and all but it’s just so annoying to hear. Meh, whatever; it’s not that important.
–Should Brett Gardner be a platoon player? I’m a bit torn on this. 2011 has seen him produce a 95 wRC+ which isn’t great but in both 2009 and 2010, he had wRC+ marks of greater than 100 (108 and 103 respectively). He may not tear the cover off the ball against lefties, but he’s not embarrassing himself against them (career .353 OBP vs. LHP). Considering the value he can add defensively, I think he should be playing every day with Andruw Jones getting the platoon DH spot.
–It seems like the Yankees put weak swings on every 2-0/3-1 count I saw them in last night. This is complete confirmation bias, I know, so I went to B-R to check the split out. The league has a .930 OPS after a 2-0 count. The Yankees? .986. After a 3-1 count: the AL? 1.061. NYY? 1.093. We just notice the failures in 2-0/3-1 counts since they, obviously, go against what we want to happen and what normally does happen.
–The three outs the Yankees made in the ninth inning were horribly frustrating. Derek Jeter swung at ball four in a 3-1 count after Papelbon had just walked Brett Gardner (why weren’t you running when Jeets was up, dude?). It’s easier said than done, but Jeter has to know not to swing in that spot, even if it’s 3-1. Curtis Granderson striking out wasn’t all that bad, but he was way late on the fastball that struck him out. Then, Jorge Posada had a nice little poke to plate Gardner and bring the tying run to the plate. Alex Rodriguez, the tying run, started the AB out by missing his pitch by juuuust that much. On 0-1, he took a very hittable fastball. He had a great take on a tough splitter, then ended the game on a ridiculously weak/indecisive hack on a pitch that was borderline at best. Those Jeter and A-Rod ABs were disappointing to say the least.
–Is it time to get Hector Noesi a start? He did a great job out of the bullpen last night and I think the Yankees ought to give him a look in a spot start some time soon.
–This was a tough loss since the Yankees brought the tying run to the plate, but it’s hard to win when the starter gives up three runs before his batters can come to the plate. Oh well. Go get ‘em tonight, A.J.
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