Daily Archives: July 15, 2011
Well, this wasn’t what the Yankees were expecting when they interviewed Russell Martin last night. Russell Martin claimed that the Blue Jays were stealing signs in an ugly 16-7 loss last night. Martin believed it all started in the first inning when Eric Thames was standing on second and Jose Bautista was at the plate.
“You move your head one way, it’s a fastball. You move your head the other way, it’s a slider.” Martin commented. “It was pretty blatant.”
The issue with the sign changes was that Martin didn’t realize that the Blue Jays were stealing the signs until the 4th inning when Jose Bautista was standing at second base. He then went to Hector Noesi and changed the signs, but it was too late.
Memo To Martin: It took you three innings to figure out that the Blue Jays knew your signs before you decided to change them? You took too long to change them.
Here are some instances that the Blue Jays were cheating according to Martin:
1. When Eric Thames was standing at second in the first inning while Jose Bautista was batting, he gave the sign saying “Don’t swing at that pitch, it’s not a strike.” and Bautista took it. Bautista later walked in the at-bat.
2. Adam Lind was stuck in a 3-2 count while Jose Bautista was at second. During the at-bat Bautista didn’t give any signs until the 6th pitch where Lind lined a base hit up the middle.
3. With the bases loaded for the Blue Jays, Eric Thames (the Blue Jays batted around in the inning) was the hitter. Rajai Davis who was standing at second was having trouble picking up the signs from Martin, but when he did pick it up, he signaled for Thames to not swing cause it was a ball. Thames took the pitch and a couple of pitches later he hit a ground-rule double.
Hopefully Russell Martin can learn from this experience and next time when a runner is at second, change your signs. If you don’t change your signs then there will be consequences, and a big consequence there was getting pounded 16-7.
Kieth Law Espn’s guru of the baseball prospects has re-ranked his top 50. Here is where the Yankees fell.
Analysis: He struggled with his command early after looking so good in the fall and spring. He has four walks against 24 strikeouts in his past four outings (19 2/3 IP), and that’s a positive sign. Preseason Ranking: 12
Analysis: His bat still hasn’t really come around, although I have to believe the power and patience are all still in there. For a guy who projects as a first baseman or DH, though, .289/.346/.418 isn’t an inspiring offensive performance given his history. Preseason Ranking: 4
Analysis: Betances is a physical monster who doesn’t repeat his delivery well because he’s not that athletic but is missing bats this year on raw stuff. Preseason Ranking: 73
|Jones, An, DH||3||2||2||4||0||0||0||.211|
|Nunez, E, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.270|
Game Review from MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez:
TORONTO — The second half of the Yankees’ season has begun, and two important questions have been raised:
• Can Bartolo Colon continue to be effective?
• Will the Yankees stay in prime position for a playoff spot with Eduardo Nunez manning third base?
Those issues came to the forefront during a long, adventurous and frustrating first inning that essentially decided Thursday’s game against the Blue Jays; one that saw the Yankees lose, 16-7, at Rogers Centre.