After last night’s extra inning loss, the media asked Brian McCann to assess himself for the first 81 games of the season. His answer?
McCann wasn’t in the lineup today and the media spend most of the pregame press conference asking Joe Girardi about why he thinks McCann believes he’s performing terribly and Girardi just figured McCann was over-evaluating himself.
“I think everything involved — you talk about coming to a new town, a new contract, learning all these new pitchers — it can be difficult,” Girardi said. “His RBI total isn’t too bad. His home runs aren’t too bad. I think he’s done a really good job with our pitching staff.
“But when he looks at his average, I’m sure he’s frustrated and knows that he can do better. So I don’t want to just focus on one aspect of the game because he has driven in some big runs for us and he has done a great job with our staff.
“And he needs to remind himself of that, too.”
McCann has had his moments with the Yankees, but he surely can perform better than this. He didn’t sign a gigantic contract with the Yankees to under-achieve in some categories.
— Anyone can make a case that Dellin Betances belongs in the All Star Game, and Joe Girardi had to agree.
“If you want a big strikeout and you want a guy to come in in the middle of an inning and get people out, he’s pretty good at it,” Girardi said. “He’s done a tremendous job. He’s a reliever that can obviously give you multiple innings. Sometimes you get in an extra-inning game, that can be pretty important, too.”
Betances is slated to have a day or two off here, but when asked if he would like to be in Minnesota for the festivities, he said yes.
“You’re talking about guys that you grew up watching, unbelievable players,” Betances said. “I haven’t really thought too much about it, but I’d be honored.”
— The Yankees needed a fresh arm in the bullpen and because of that, Jim Miller was signed to a Major League contract and called up from Triple-A Scranton. Jose Ramirez was optioned to Triple-A Scranton as the corresponding move. Another move on the roster was the Yankees moving CC Sabathia to the 60-day-DL, but that was strictly a paper move. There has been no set-back with him and he’s slated to pitch tomorrow for the Trenton Thunder.