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Predicting the roster, Version 2

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 23, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

We tried this for the first time on March 5, so it’s time for another shot.

OPENING DAY ROSTER
Lineup
Damon LF
Jeter SS
Teixeira 1B
Matsui DH
Posada C
Cano 2B
Nady RF
Ransom 3B
Gardner CF

Bench
Swisher 1B-RF-LF
Molina C
Cabrera OF
Berroa 2B-SS-3B

Rotation
Sabathia
Wang
Burnett
Pettitte
Chamberlain

Bullpen
Rivera
Bruney
Marte
Veras
Ramirez
Coke
Tomko

Changes from the last time: Tomko is now ahead of Aceves and Geise for the long-man spot. … Looks like Edwar Ramirez has made it back from his injury. Joe Girardi seems to love him, but I’d rather have Dave Robertson.

Strengths: The rotation is clearly imposing. I mean, Joba Chamberlain is the No. 5. … The bullpen will be strong and will get stronger once they mix in another power arm. … The lineup will do just fine even without A-Rod for a while.

Weaknesses: The bench isn’t much beyond Swisher. I personally don’t see the need to keep Cabrera around if he can’t beat out Gardner. I’d rather have an extra infielder or an extra catcher so Posada can DH once a week without any concerns. … Berroa is just a place holder until A-Rod gets back although Ramiro Pena might be a better choice. … Matsui remains a health concern but Posada seems to have bounced back well.

Possible moves: Ransom looks like a safe bet to start the season at third base. But it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Brian Cashman goes out and gets somebody. … What looks like wishful thinking in Angels camp has the Yankees being interested in Gary Matthews Jr. But Anaheim would have to eat a huge chunk of the $33 million he has left on his foolish contract.

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132 Responses to “Predicting the roster, Version 2”

  1. teddy March 23rd, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    i love to see ny get mark teahan and trade melky. i love the starting staff. lineup will be very good. molina a beast. i don’t think the yanks should announce a 8th inning guy, i pefer going on matchups

  2. teddy March 23rd, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    i wonder if det would trade brandon inge

  3. yankeenate March 23rd, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Inge has quite a bit left on his contract although he has done some catching and could serve as catching/infielder combo. No?

  4. Phil March 23rd, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Ramiro Pena will probably beat out Berroa for UT till ARod gets back.

  5. teddy March 23rd, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    yep he plays 3rd and the outfielder. i don’t think he like being a backup

  6. Trevor March 23rd, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    I rather have Dave Robertson too. He’s better then Ramirez.
    Cabrera has no options and when you have 2 CF battle it in ST and see who wins the CF spot and the one who does have options wins the job well not much you can do about it.

    If that’s the pen then I’m not liking it. My pen would be:

    Rivera
    Marte
    Coke
    Bruney
    Robertson
    Aceves
    Melancon

    With Bruney Ramirez Veras that’s too many guys that have good stuff but are prone to BB.

  7. Pel (LoHud: Sanctimonious) (Derek Jeter: Calls his shots. He points to short.) March 23rd, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    ================
    RELIEF PITCHER A (2008)
    ================

    68.3 IP, 54 H, 21 R, 17 ER, 4 HR, 34 BB, 77 SO

    10.14 K/9, 4.48 BB/9, 2.26 K/BB, 0.53 HR/9, .219 AVG
    1.29 WHIP, .302 BABIP, 81.8% LOB%, 3.22 FIP

    1.12 GB/FB, 19.8% LD%, 42.4% GB, 37.8% FB, 9.2% IFFB%
    6.2% HR/FB%, 4.1% IFH, 33.3% BUH%

    ================
    RELIEF PITCHER B (2008)
    ================

    55.3 IP, 44 H, 25 R, 24 ER, 7 HR, 24 BB, 63 SO

    10.25 K/9, 3.90 BB/9, 2.63 K/BB, 1.14 HR/9, .220 AVG
    1.23 WHIP, .285 BABIP, 75.2% LOB%, 3.96 FIP

    0.73 GB/FB, 21.8% LD%, 33.1% GB%, 45.1% FB%, 10.9% IFFB%
    10.9% HR/FB%, 10.6% IFH%, 0.0% BUH%

    ================

    Both played in the AL.
    Relief pitcher “A” pitched 2008 in a pitcher’s park.
    Relief pitcher “B” pitched 2008 in a hitter’s park.

    Statistically, I found them to be none too dissimilar.

  8. GBOOF March 23rd, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    i dont know what everyone else thinks of this but i believe igawa should be given the chance to be the long man with his great spring showing, but thats me.

  9. JoeyA March 23rd, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Amen to Pena Pete!

    Let the kid have a few weeks in the bigs. See what it’s all about.

    Brandon Inge would be a great pickup, since he basically plays every infield position except SP.

    Matsui better kiss his bat every night before he goes to sleep, since it’s the only thing keeping him on this team.

    JMO, but his lack of versatility is really killing this team. We would be much better served not having a DH type, and using the DH spot to give some of our banged up guys (Alex, Posada, Damon, who will need rest) a rest now and again. Not to mention, it would give Swisher a ton more AB’s.

    I know I’ll be crucified, but I’m not high on Matsui. He adds the threat of power in the middle of the lineup, but, if he doesn’t deliver on that threat, he is literally useless.

  10. teddy March 23rd, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    the first one kfraud and edwar

  11. m March 23rd, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Looks like it’s rounding out rather nicely. I can see your point in not keeping Melky around, but I can’t see them designating him.

    I like Inge, but can we snooker another AL-Central team? If we’re going to trade for a guy, trade for an ultra-utility guy like Inge or Figgins.

  12. yankees March 23rd, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    pete my states pridction are

    Damon .300 17 65
    Jeter 300 13 75
    Tex 310 35 125
    A-rod when he comes back 325 30 100
    matsui 295 23 90
    posada 280 18 86
    cano big season 320 14 78
    nady 290 23 95
    garder 285 7 55
    melkey 275 12 50

    Rotation
    sabathia 18-4 2.50 220 K’s
    Wang 19-5 3.60 110 K’s
    Burnett 18-8 4.03 230 K’s
    Pettitte 14-13 4.28 200 K’s
    Joba 12-3 2.10 180 K’s

    Yankees win prediction 99-63

  13. GBOOF March 23rd, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    hmm im not familiar with the states cano, jeter, damon, rodriguez…lol
    and cc with a sub 3era?? your dreaming kid

  14. yankees March 23rd, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    spellig xheak stats predictions

  15. pat March 23rd, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Wouldn’t a peak at Rob Cuccuzza’s locker assignment chart help in determining who’s heading to NYC and who’s getting dropped off along the way?

  16. Rick James March 23rd, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    LA would probably take Kei Igawa for Matthews Jr. if the Yanks would agree to pay 1 penny of his deal!

  17. teddy March 23rd, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    gardner not hitting 7 homers

  18. Felix March 23rd, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    WHere’s Pete

    He comes out to the comment section to put another nail in the spring coffin of A-fool… Then disappears….. He has complained numerous times about A-Rod coverage but tweaks some lame comment (no offense intended to the post person) about an upcoming interview or past. Why?… Why does he feel the need… It seems a little bit weird or queer to me… just saying,
    A-Rod is basically who he is and has lots of worts

  19. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) March 23rd, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    “i dont know what everyone else thinks of this but i believe igawa should be given the chance to be the long man with his great spring showing, but thats me”

    only if it is to showcase him. Or if the Yankees are playing most of their games in hybrid ballparks with extreme gravitational force.

  20. GBOOF March 23rd, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    “spellig xheak stats predictions”

    another minor on lohud attempting the english language.
    love it.

  21. Pel (LoHud: Sanctimonious) (Derek Jeter: Calls his shots. He points to short.) March 23rd, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    bingo, teddy.

  22. feefoo March 23rd, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    AROD 80 homeruns, 300 rbis, 80 stolen bases
    first 80/80

  23. m March 23rd, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Yah. Agreed. CC won’t be a sporting sub-3 ERA. This is the AL East, not the NL Central.

  24. GBOOF March 23rd, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    “only if it is to showcase him. Or if the Yankees are playing most of their games in hybrid ballparks with extreme gravitational force.”

    why? honestly what has he done this spring to merit the long mans job going to tomko, besides some yankees fans hating him for a few bad years, yes very bad ill give you, but hes still on the team and as the long man hed only be pitching in blowouts or ones wed already be down in.

  25. teddy March 23rd, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    i knew on kfraud, total guess on edwar to be honest

  26. GBOOF March 23rd, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    also to what you said, it would be showcasing him because hes never going to get a chance to crack the rotation.

  27. E-gawa March 23rd, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    The problem with trading Melky is that nobody wants him. They’ve been exploring that possibility for a few years now.

  28. GBOOF March 23rd, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    “The problem with trading Melky is that nobody wants him. They’ve been exploring that possibility for a few years now.”

    you mean the opportunity to sell those idiotic Got Melk? shirts isn’t appealing to other teams??
    blasphemy.

  29. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) March 23rd, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    “why? honestly what has he done this spring to merit the long mans job going to tomko, besides some yankees fans hating him for a few bad years, yes very bad ill give you, but hes still on the team and as the long man hed only be pitching in blowouts or ones wed already be down in”

    to paraphrase the Japanese reporters: “Umm, he’s not very good”

  30. GBOOF March 23rd, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    im not saying hes good, it’s just that isnt so hot either, and that was in the nl west.

  31. GBOOF March 23rd, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    **sorry
    brett isnt so hott either…

  32. Rivers March 23rd, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    I agree— Dan Giese was a hottie. Tomko, not so much.

  33. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) March 23rd, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    GBOOF: have you been drinking?

  34. Shred Em March 23rd, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Damon: .282/.365 13 HR 67 RBI
    Jeter: .311/.376 12 HR 74 RBI
    Teixeira: .308/.400 38 HR 123 RBI
    Rodriguez: .305/.400 37 HR 115 RBI (135 games)
    Matsui: .287/.355 19 HR 89 RBI
    Posada: .280/.370 18 HR 83 RBI
    Nady (if he’s a regular): .275/.335 22 HR 90 RBI
    Swisher (if he’s a regular): .258/.370 27 HR 92 RBI
    Cano: .307/.345 24 HR 92 RBI
    Gardner: .273/.360 5 HR 57 RBI 44 SB

  35. Rosa March 23rd, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Igawa will not make this team unless there is a ton of injuries to the pitching staff. Signing Igawa was a terrible move. A reaction to the Red Sox signing of Matsuzaka.

  36. Jeter in LF March 23rd, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Wasn’t Matthews thought to be a ‘roider? I don’t think the Yankees need more clouds of suspicion.

  37. sevrox March 23rd, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Matsui – the New Giambi Roster Clog

  38. Rick March 23rd, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    I have a feeling Swish will demand a trade.

    He is clearly a starter and believes he is one. He sounded to upset to be going to the bench.

    Reading some more quotes from him from the other papers, he answers a lot of questions with “We’ll see”, not exactly confident if things will work out or if he will get his ABs.

    It’s an unfortunate situation. Hope it doesn’t affect the chemestry of the team, which Swisher was a big part of. Not everyone who doesn’t start feels like they are apart of the team.

  39. Shred Em March 23rd, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    CC: 19-6 3.45 235 IPs 210 Ks
    Wang: 18-7 3.85 225 IPs 120 Ks
    Burnett: 18-9 3.90 210 IPs 210 Ks
    Pettitte: 16-10 4.20 200IPs 140 Ks
    Joba: 15-7 3.65 165 IPs 180 Ks

    Team Record: 101-61

    I’m much more optimistic about the team than I have been in recent years.

  40. Countdown March 23rd, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Tomko over Geise?

  41. GBOOF March 23rd, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    “GBOOF: have you been drinking?”

    If drinking makes you actually look up stats and see that Brett Tomko has had many more horrible years spending the majority of them in the weaker national league. he has posted an era better than league average twice in his 12 year career.
    so again i say if drinking actually makes you look up stats to support an argument rather than just state a uneducated opinion then yes; im hammered.

  42. Betsy March 23rd, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    How does Ken Davidoff have a job?

    http://blogs.trb.com/sports/baseball/blog/

    It’s possible that Brian Cashman’s biggest mistake ever was allowing Schilling to go to the Red Sox. And yet it’s worth remembering that, at the time, virtually everyone, including Theo Epstein, ranked Javier Vazquez over Schilling on his want list. The “Schilling vs. Vazquez” debate scores one for the old school. Vazquez had youth in his favor, and it was very easy to wonder how Schilling, who turned 37 in November 2003, would do switching from Arizona to the tougher American League.

    **Is this guy kidding? The Diamondbacks didn’t WANT to trade Curt to the Yankees – that’s why they demanded a ridiculous package of Nick Johnson and Alfonso Soriano (and then took a bag of balls from the Sox). Davidoff is hardly a fan of Cashman, but to get something like this wrong is asinine and just tells me that the guy has his head up his behind.

  43. GBOOF March 23rd, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    jesus where are you people getting these predictions??? lol simming a season on mlb2k9 haha

  44. Paddy R March 23rd, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    boooooooooooo nady starting in right field.

  45. Dazz March 23rd, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    CC – 15-11, 3.88 ERA. 207 innings, 173 Ks
    Wang – 16-9, 4.03 ERA, 204 innings, 101 Ks
    AJ – 14-7, 3.78 ERA, 171 innings, 157 Ks
    Andy – 13-11, 4.25 ERA, 204 innings, 148 Ks
    Joba – 10-7, 4.39 ERA, 138 innings, 119 Ks

    Hughes – 2-3, 3.97 ERA, 32 innings, 24 Ks
    Aceves – 0-1, 5.56 ERA, 10 innings, 3 Ks
    Kennedy – 1-0, 5.11 ERA, 11 innings, 7 Ks

  46. Betsy March 23rd, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    I have to be fair, though – Davidoff did give us this gem. He’s one of the few sportswriters/basball experts who “get it” about Joba:

    Anywho, here are the five baseball questions that have tested my patience lately:

    1. Joba Chamberlain – starter or reliever? Here’s something that’s somehow overlooked time and again in this overplayed discussion: There never would’ve been Joba The Setup Man, back in 2007, if it hadn’t been preceded by Joba The Potential Ace Starter. The Yankees drafted him as a starter. They groomed him as a starter. They switched him to the bullpen only to fill a specific, temporary need.

    Yes, last week, we discussed whether Joba’s health and efficiency issues might eventually have to force him into the bullpen. Perhaps. But we’re a long way away from that point.

    The great Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports quoted a scout who observed Chamberlain pitch in spring training this year. Said the scout: “It’s hard for a guy who is used to going in fourth gear to pace himself. It’s like telling a sprinter, ‘Now you’re going to run a marathon.’”

    But again, we’re talking about a guy who made his name as a marathoner, not a sprinter. Who put up a 2.76 ERA last year in 65 1/3 innings as a starter last year.

    So let’s table this issue for now. If Joba goes back on the disabled list prior to the All-Star break, then let’s talk.

  47. tampayank March 23rd, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Jeter probably read this board the last few days and he wants to get back on the field ASAP. He’ll then hit a HR at his first at bat and all will be good in Yankeeland…ha :)

    Does anyone know if there are several scalpers unloading tickets outside of the Big Stein during most of their Spring Training games? I might give it a shot tomorrow even though I currently don’t have tickets

  48. n00b March 23rd, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    how about puts Kei Igawa in the Bullpen?

  49. Dazz March 23rd, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    “I’ve been thinking all day about what I wanted to say,” Swisher told us after the game, an 8-3 loss to the Phillies. “I’m the type of guy, I want to play every day, there’s no doubt about that. I guess we’re just going to see how it plays out.

    “I love this team. I love the coaches, players, I love it all. I think it’s a great spot. But that’s the biggest thing: we’re going to have to wait and see how it plays out.”

    http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/

    Man poor Swish, I feel for him. He’s clearly confused about whats next

  50. GBOOF March 23rd, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Im still waiting for a real answer to why anyone thinks Brett Tomko will be any more successful than Igawa as the long man, its april what do we have to lose? If he does well other mlb teams will notice and maybe we can finally be rid of his contract bc thats still way too much money to pay a long man. and if he sucks were back in this spot. any semi-educated person care to take a crack at this? im attracting all the retards.

  51. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) March 23rd, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Swisher will get his chance.

  52. Betsy March 23rd, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    http://weblogs.newsday.com/sports/ba…/yankees/blog/

    Here’s a quote from Joe, sort of:

    Girardi said he likes what Nady did for the Yankees last year, thinks he can do even better now that he has adjusted to the league, and looks forward to his production.

    *So, yes (a) preferential treatment for X and (b) Joe thinks that X’s problems can be corrected by adjustment to the AL? Huh? He’s going to walk more all of a sudden? That makes zero sense.

  53. Cano 42 March 23rd, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    You just can’t tell a starting position player to go to the bench and expect him to be happy about it.

    I too, am kind of surprised about Swisher’s reaction (he tried to be classy and honest at the same time, but he should have given the PC “I’ll do whatever to win blah blah” quote). I hope he doesn’t go into a shell. Atleast when we got Teix, he knew he had a shot to start in the OF. Now he knows he is a bench player.

    Hard to drum up enthusiasm off the bench, regardless of how good the team you’re on is playing.

  54. GreenBeret7 March 23rd, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Phil
    March 23rd, 2009 at 7:14 pm
    Ramiro Pena will probably beat out Berroa for UT till ARod gets back

    ————————————————————

    Pena hasn’t proven he can hit AA pitching above a .250 clip (and, he’s been in AA for all of 2 years and parts of 2 others), let alone field. His defense isn’t any better than Berroa’s.

  55. DT March 23rd, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    I don’t get it. Why name a RF starter now?

    There are almost two weeks to go in ST. Neither guy has lit it up.

    Did Girardi name his CF, long man, and bullpen already too?

  56. Zodiac March 23rd, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Where did Joe say he wanted X to walk more?

    He probably expects his BA to be better than it was last year in his Yankee stint. Remember, he has spent his entire career in the NL.

    I don’t think Nady is as bad as people are making him out to be. Neither Nady or Swish will make or break the team.

  57. Doreen March 23rd, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    You know what, tough potatoes! You can’t put 25 men on the field at the same time. There are starters and there are role players. RIGHT NOW Girardi thinks Swisher works best for the TEAM as a role player. Right now. And no championship team gets where they get without players willing to do whatever it takes, whether that means starting every day or giving 100% WHENEVER you’re asked to off the bench.

    He’s a grown up. He’ll deal with it.

    If Nady stinks, Swisher will get the nod.

    It seems people complain about how ESPN puts the Yankees down continually, but ESPN has nothing on the Yankees own fanbase.

  58. jack March 23rd, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    DT,

    Girardi said ‘if the season started today’.

  59. Yankees Ben March 23rd, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    “), let alone field. His defense isn’t any better than Berroa’s.”

    ok this is just talking with no clue, which games are you watching this spring??

  60. Mad Mike March 23rd, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Doreen,

    Agree. It really is hysterical how people are freaking out over Xavier Nady and Nick Swisher.

    We have the best rotation we’ve had in years, a dominant young bullpen, a brand new Gold glove 1st baseman…. and what are people complaining about? The right field platoon.

    Who cares? Both will get their ABs and their play on the field will dictate who gets most of those ABs.

  61. Uncle Ellsworth March 23rd, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Thanks Doreen!

    And I don’t see him asking for a trade – that would be silly.

  62. Betsy March 23rd, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Here are more quotes from Nick:

    http://www.nj.com/yankees/inde.....ing_w.html

    “If you’re playing this game, and you don’t want to be out there every day, then I don’t think you’re playing the right game,” said Swisher, who admitted that hearing the news was difficult.

    It’s been a tough haul for Swisher, an every day player throughout his career. The Yankees traded for him thinking he was going to be a first baseman before signing Mark Teixeira. That pushed Swisher into a duel for right field with Nady, who was coming off a career season. But he seemed optimistic after a meeting with Girardi on Monday morning. He said he believes that he’ll have opportunities for at-bats this season, and maintains faith that he will still play a part.

    Said Swisher: “I’m not going to let any of this try to stir things up in any way because that’s just not our style.”

    ***He’s right about being in the wrong sport if you don’t want to be a starter – I would be somewhat puzzled (and not thrilled) if Swish didn’t express some disappointment. I appreciate the fact that he’s showing some humanity instead of giving us the usual blah answer of “I’ll do whatever coach asks, anything for the team, etc…….”. I mean, I think Nick will do whatever he is asked, but acting as if being relegated to bench duty is no big deal would have been silly….and disingenuous.

  63. DT March 23rd, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    “Girardi said ‘if the season started today’.”

    Thanks Jack.

    That makes more sense. Nady is the incumbent. Swisher is the newbie.

    But the season doesn’t start today does it?

    I don’t see what Swish is bumming about. Kick it up Swish. If you want to start, make the decision harder. Go on a tear.

  64. Betsy March 23rd, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    f Kepner is right about Swisher basically being a bench guy because Joe likes a set lineup, they’d better just try and trade the guy. He’s not going to be happy and I don’t blame him. It seems awfully foolish to me – now we won’t even see an OF rotation – Nick had better get used to riding the pine

  65. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) March 23rd, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    “Agree. It really is hysterical how people are freaking out over Xavier Nady and Nick Swisher.
    We have the best rotation we’ve had in years, a dominant young bullpen, a brand new Gold glove 1st baseman…. and what are people complaining about? The right field platoon.
    Who cares? Both will get their ABs and their play on the field will dictate who gets most of those ABs”

    + 1000 points

  66. DT March 23rd, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    I missed the RF news. I guess I need to read the mini-updates more closely!

    UPDATE, 10:00 a.m.: Girardi said this morning that *if the season started tomorrow*, Xavier Nady would be his right fielder based on what he did last season.

  67. Betsy March 23rd, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Maybe people are upset because they think the Yankees made the wrong decision?

  68. Doreen March 23rd, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Joe likes a set lineup?

    The number one complaint on this blog last year, or the number one joke, depending on how you view it, was the changing lineup. Holy cow, was Kepner even watching last year? Girardi rotated players almost to a fault (the Damon debacle).

  69. Dale Gribble March 23rd, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    I blame the media blamers!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  70. GreenBeret7 March 23rd, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Yankees Ben
    March 23rd, 2009 at 8:06 pm
    ”), let alone field. His defense isn’t any better than Berroa’s.”

    ok this is just talking with no clue, which games are you watching this spring??

    ————————————————————

    He’s also a career .960 fielder in the minors and a whopping .943 this spring. And going on RFg, it’s no different than Jeter’s and not as good as Berroa’s.

  71. Jeter in LF March 23rd, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    **Is this guy kidding? The Diamondbacks didn’t WANT to trade Curt to the Yankees – that’s why they demanded a ridiculous package of Nick Johnson and Alfonso Soriano (and then took a bag of balls from the Sox). Davidoff is hardly a fan of Cashman, but to get something like this wrong is asinine and just tells me that the guy has his head up his behind.
    ___

    This is false. The D’Backs final offer was for either one. Cash opted for Vazquez over Schilling. It was understandable, but it was a mistake.

  72. Betsy March 23rd, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Ok, forgetting Nick for a moment – I hope Coke is going to be ok. He didn’t make the trip to Clearwater and per the Yes blogs, Joe wasn’t even sure if he could throw in the pen today. He must have one whopper of a bruise on his thigh – he’s losing some pretty valuable pitching time here.

  73. DT March 23rd, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    “Maybe people are upset because they think the Yankees made the wrong decision?”

    A final decision hasn’t been made.
    (unless Bud changed the MLB schedule)

    Nady leads. Swisher is behind.

    If Girardi said Nady is my everyday RF. Period. End of discussion. Write it down.

    I’d start passing out the kleenex to the Swish lovers.

  74. Betsy March 23rd, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Jeter in LF, it was not one or the other – it was for both Johnson and Soriano.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11.....price.html

  75. raymagnetic March 23rd, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    “Looks like Edwar Ramirez has made it back from his injury. Joe Girardi seems to love him, but I’d rather have Dave Robertson.”

    Why would you rather have Robertson? What has Robertson done in the majors to this point to make you rather have him than Edwar?

    Edwar had a better WHIP, pitched more innings, better BAA, better everything than Robertson but you’d rather have Robertson?

    Logically Pete that makes no sense. I don’t know why you think Edwar is a bad pitcher, but he’s a very useful guy to have in the bullpen IMO.

  76. Betsy March 23rd, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Doreen, I think that was a quote from Joe:

    Girardi will use Swisher to give players an occasional break, but he said he prefers a set lineup, one that does not leave room for a regularly rotating role player.

    *Ok, not a quote, but Kepner is reporting what Joe said……The point is, Nick will have to bite the bullet and become a bench player. Not everyone is suited for that and especially not a player who has been productive as a starter.

  77. Jeter in LF March 23rd, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Betsy,

    Whether or not you choose to believe it, Schilling posted on NYYFans that he was absolutely positive that it was one or the other, and he said it in defense of Cashman, stating that if he was in Cashman’s shoes, he would have opted for Vazquez over himself as a result of the age disparity.

  78. Andrew March 23rd, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Robertson is not going to be kept down for long if he’s healthy and performing in Scranton, ditto for Melancon and potentially Giese/Aceves. Them not going north with the team just delays the inevitable–the guys in the ‘pen that start the season on the Opening Day roster aren’t all going to remain intact in the majors from April to September. Injuries, poor performance, trades, whatever will most likely change the dynamic at some point after April.

  79. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) March 23rd, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    “This is false. The D’Backs final offer was for either one. Cash opted for Vazquez over Schilling. It was understandable, but it was a mistake”

    is this true, or are you talking out your ***

    like others on this board, i followed NYY intently back then. And it was always reported as: Nick Johnson *and* Soriano (for Schilling)

  80. Jeter in LF March 23rd, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5)

    I quoted my source. If you don’t want to believe it, that’s up to you. But only I speak out of my mouth.

  81. Dazz March 23rd, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Exactly.

    The #1 complaint last year was that Joe used to juggle the lineup too much and used to make foolish decisions when a lefty started against us. He also benched players who were swinging the bat well.

    Mow people want him to juggle the OF rotation often just to get Swisher ABs even if it is inconvenient? Damon already proved he doesn’t react kindly to taking many days off. Matsui is one of our best hitters.

    Kepner is right— Joe needs to make a lineup and stick with it. He can’t force Swisher into the lineup. If Nady is slumping or Damon needs a breather, sure. Thats about it though

  82. Tom March 23rd, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Thats why it was foolish for people to think this Nady/Swisher platoon would work.

    Neither of these guys are bench players. Both are productive starters. Nady drove in almost 100 runs last year. Swisher hit 35 HRs in 06 and had a .390 OBP in 07.

    Why would either of these guys be happy on the bench? Cashman should have traded one of them over the winter. Depth is nice, but only if you have guys who are gracefully willing to be bench players.

  83. Rick James March 23rd, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Ramiro Pena is probably not ready to be in the big leagues yet because of his bat..

    But to say that Berroa plays better defense than Ramiro Pena is probably the stupidest thing i’ve ever heard!!!

  84. carl March 23rd, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Tom I agree

  85. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) March 23rd, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    “Why would either of these guys be happy on the bench? Cashman should have traded one of them over the winter. Depth is nice, but only if you have guys who are gracefully willing to be bench players”

    negative.

    past performance says they’re both bench players. They are both under contract. As The Rock would say: know your role, and shut up.

  86. Betsy March 23rd, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Jeter, I didn’t see what Schilling had to say on NYYFans (and I post there all the time) – he may not be remembering correctly. I did provide the link that shows what the D-Backs were demanding, though. In any case, I’ll see if I can find Curt’s posts on NYYFans and see if he mentions this…..

  87. 2009 Yankees March 23rd, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    The Yankees would have to be CRAZY to get Matthews.
    I think Melky would be a good late inning sub for Damon when the sitation dictates. And Swisher will get his ABs. Matsui isn’t going to play everyday. Somebody will get hurt along the way too. he won’t get 500 ABs but I think he’ll still get 400

  88. AZ Four March 23rd, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    99% of these players would rather be starters on losing teams than bench players on winning teams.

    Taking away playing time is the one thing these players despise the most.

  89. bg90027 March 23rd, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    I’ve been advocating the acquisition of Inge to be insurance at C, CF and INF for the past two years. I think it makes a lot of sense if the cost isn’t too much (which it very well could be).

    Absent any deals, its hard to argue to much with Pete’s predictions. I think Edwar is likely to stick, although I might personally prefer Robertson or Albaladejo over him and that’s more an indication of the yankees’ bp depth than a knock on Edwar. Tomko seems to have earned a shot at long relief/spot starter over Aceves and Giese. I’d imagine that he might have a short leash in the regular season.

    My biggest question about these predictions though is whether everyone is correct in assuming a 7 man bullpen. I could easily argue with the huge rotation upgrades and 3 workhorses at the top that seven relievers is overkill. Would the team be better served with an extra bench guy and making Coke a long man and not keeping Tomko or keeping Tomko as long man but not Edwar/Robertson/Albaladejo? You might want to pinch run for Matsui or Posada/Molina late in a game or pinch hit for Gardner/Cabrera/Ransom. Wouldn’t it be better to strengthen the bench and have less relievers? Has Cashman or Girardi indicated that there will be a 7 man bullpen or is everyone assuming so just because there was last year when the rotation was awful?

  90. Betsy March 23rd, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Tom, I agree – neither are bench players and now Swish is stuck in a role where he is not going to get a decent # of at bats. When Joe says he has to find at-bats for Nick, that tells me that he’ll be used mostly as a guy to give someone a day off – Swish has been a productive player and I do not think for one moment that he will be happy riding the pine for most of the year. I did think for awhile that Nick would get sufficient at bats, but now I don’t think he will. Telling him to suck it up is ridiculous – this is his career.

  91. truantbuick March 23rd, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    I don’t really understand why Robertson is the popular choice among fans over Edwar.

    The popular name for Edwar is “one-trick pony”. Yeah, except his slider is actually not a bad pitch, and his fastball appears faster because of one of the best changeups in baseball. Robertson only has a slightly higher velocity fastball (89.7 vs 90.8). Robertson’s best (and only) secondary pitch, his curveball, is no match for Edwar’s changeup.

    Edwar has better control, better K rate, and much better track record. At every level, he has outperformed Robertson.

    I don’t particularly dislike Robertson, but Edwar is an easy choice over him.

  92. Rick James March 23rd, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    2009 = Xavier Nady’s contract year!…he’s a Boras client by the way.

    PLAY HIM!!!

  93. Tom March 23rd, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Vin,

    I agree, but thats not the way these players see it.

    Look at how upset Swisher was today. I didn’t think Swisher could ever get this down about anything in life, let alone not starting for the Yankees. He was very subdued and answered most questions in a serious fashion with “We’ll see”. Much, much different than the Swisher we have come to know lately.

    These guys don’t take kindly to benching. I doubt Swish maintains his high-energy persona while being a reserve.

  94. miggs March 23rd, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Couple of things.

    First of all, Girardi used different lineups pretty much EVERY DAY last year until the team basically said “please Joe pick a lineup and stick with it”. He sat hot hitters and benched guys at what seemed like all the wrong times, at least to me.

    I remember this clearly. So maybe Girardi said that he prefers a set lineup, but it would be a new philosophy for him. Maybe that’s part of the “new” Girardi.

    Also, Swisher is going to get plenty of time. If any of the following (Nady, Tiexiera, Damon, or Matsui) goes on the DL, Swisher is immediately playing 6 days a week. Even if those guys stay healthy Swisher will play a considerable amount.

    He’ll spell Nady and Damon, probably once each a week. Plus maybe 2 days off a month for Tex. Matsui won’t DH every day. There should be plenty of opportunities for him. He’s probably going to get a lot more at bats than he thinks.

    Also, he controls his own destiny to a certain extent. If he comes out and lights it up, he’ll play more. Its kind of difficult for him to complain when he’s had an atrocious spring. Although I admit Nady hasn’t been much better.

  95. GreenBeret7 March 23rd, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Rick James
    March 23rd, 2009 at 8:43 pm
    Ramiro Pena is probably not ready to be in the big leagues yet because of his bat..

    But to say that Berroa plays better defense than Ramiro Pena is probably the stupidest thing i’ve ever heard!!!

    ————————————————————

    And you’ve seen him play in what? 1, 2 games? Yeah…that’s what I thought.

  96. Zodiac March 23rd, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Similarly, telling Nady that he has to ride the pine in his contract year, coming off a .305/25/97 year (with Boras as his agent) is unfair too— even if Swisher is the better player.

    You’re doing both of these players a disservice by keeping them both on the roster. One should go so he can start.

  97. Betsy March 23rd, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    One more knock against Joe:

    I’m not sure I like him speaking to the media about this before he spoke to Nick. In fact, I hate it – he did the same thing to Damon in MN last year. It sucks.

  98. Drain003 March 23rd, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    “Also, he controls his own destiny to a certain extent. If he comes out and lights it up, he’ll play more. Its kind of difficult for him to complain when he’s had an atrocious spring. Although I admit Nady hasn’t been much better”

    That’s what is boils to. Swish needs to make the most of his first few ABs that he gets. He can’t complain about being a bench player.

  99. bg90027 March 23rd, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    People are crazy if they think Matsui and Damon are going to stay healthy all year. I’d also wager that early in the season, he also gets a lot of late game pinch hitting opportunities for Gardner/Cabrera when they need more than a single as well as spot starts at OF/DH/1B. I’d be really surprised if Swisher doesn’t get 350-400 AB’s assuming he stays healthy.

  100. Al March 23rd, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Betsy – It looks like he went to Nick immediately after talking to the media. It’s not like he made the declaration– a reporter asked him about the RF job and he said it would be Nady.

    Then he sought out Nick before the media could talk to him. That was the problem last year– Girardi never spoke to Damon, period. He found out through the media.

  101. miggs March 23rd, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Actually Swisher hasn’t been nearly as bad as I thought. I could have sworn he was hitting under.200 when I checked a week or 2 ago, but I see he’s up to .265 and his other numbers are decent.

    My point is that he’s going to play. To say he’s going to “ride the pine” is a little over the top. He’s going to get opportunities. He’ll probably play 2-3 times a week. He’s not a “regular” but he’s not going to rot away on the bench either.

  102. Rick James March 23rd, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    GreenBeret7
    March 23rd, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    “And you’ve seen him play in what? 1, 2 games? Yeah…that’s what I thought.”

    I live in Columbus, NJ…and i try to go to all the Thunder games i can…SO…i’ve seen Ramiro Pena play enough that i can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that Pena plays a better defense than a aging by the second Angel Berroa does!! THANK YOU

  103. STX 99 March 23rd, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    The only way Swisher will get a good number of ABs is if someone goes on the DL.

    Damon HATES being rested. Girardi isin’t going to over-do it with him. He’ll get a day here and there.

    Matsui will get some time off, but you don’t want to take his bat out of the lineup often, especially when A-Rod is out. He is one of our best hitters.

    You can’t put Swisher in CF

  104. Al March 23rd, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Cashman should have explained to Swisher that we brought him here for the long term and we think he can be a special part of what we’re building here.

    Explain to him how we have 3 OFs coming off the books and he’s guaranteed a spot next year.

    See if that will cheer him up.

  105. Betsy March 23rd, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Al, good point about the difference between how Joe handled the Damon/Swish situation…….

    Miggs, I hope you’re right. I won’t comment negatively about this situation anymore because it’s been decided. Nick’s a good guy – he’s disappointed, like anyone would be, but he does have the chance to force Joe’s hand by simply going out and doing the job.

  106. GreenBeret7 March 23rd, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Rick James
    March 23rd, 2009 at 9:07 pm
    GreenBeret7
    March 23rd, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    “And you’ve seen him play in what? 1, 2 games? Yeah…that’s what I thought.”

    I live in Columbus, NJ…and i try to go to all the Thunder games i can…SO…i’ve seen Ramiro Pena play enough that i can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that Pena plays a better defense than a aging by the second Angel Berroa does!! THANK YOU

    ————————————————————

    Then explain why his defensive numbers are so below average.

  107. steve March 23rd, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    If Nick requests a trade (or pouts for a while instead of being upbeat and energetic), then get rid of him

    If he’d rather get ABs on a bad team than be a bench player on a good team, why would we want him anyway?

  108. miggs March 23rd, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    I think its natural for him to be upset today, he was just informed.

    Just give him a few days and I’m sure he’ll be in better spirits. And when the season starts and he sees that he’s actually going to play a decent amount he should feel even better.

    Another thing I forgot. Swisher will spell Tex, Nady, Matsui, and Damon. But he will also get a lot of pinch hitting opportunites, especially with A Rod out of the lineup and Jorge being slowly integrated. If our lineup includes Molina, Ransom, and Melky/Gardner on a particular day, odds are Swisher will pinch hit for one of those guys.

  109. carl March 23rd, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Steve regardless they should trade him. If hes not gonna get a shot to start trade him. He’s not a bench player.

    He came over thinking he was gonna be the first basemen and they sign Tex. They said he was gonna have a shot to win the RF job and they give it to Nady based on what he did last year.

    Why not tell him this 2 months ago? He could have been settled in with another team by now and we wouldn’t even be having this discussion.

  110. miggs March 23rd, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Carl why trade him? Why?

    He’s going to play a lot, they need him. And next year he happens to be the only proven OF under contract.

    Trade him?

    Come on guy. These oplayers are professionals and get paid a ton of money. His job is to help the Yankees win. That’s what they pay him for.

  111. Doreen March 23rd, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    carl,

    Frankly, Swisher hasn’t distinguished himself enough this spring to out and out win the starting job in RF thus far. He and Nady have been pretty neck and neck.

    He seems like a great guy and a great addition to the team. But he was told he would compete for a job. So far, he’s been given that opportunity.

  112. pat March 23rd, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    I understand that Swisher is disappointed but he didn’t come to NY as a free agent who was promised something. A little of that good attitude we’ve been hearing about from him could be useful after the initial sting wears off.

  113. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) March 23rd, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    anyone know, which player Miller/Morgan mentioned had surpassed Ichiro, as a hitter in Japan ???

    I missed it… ?

  114. DT March 23rd, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Something is amiss here.

    Either T.Kepner got an exclusive, or it’s shoddy journalism on his part.

    Three beat writers reported (Pete included) that Girardi said- “*if the season started today*, Joe Girardi said that Xavier Nady would be his starting right fielder.”

    Kepner’s blog is titled –
    *Nady Wins Job, and Swisher is Subdued*

    “That’s why it was interesting today to see a subdued Swisher, one who tried very hard to mask his disappointment at learning from Manager Joe Girardi that Xavier Nady would be the regular right fielder.”

    Amazing. From the paper that once gave us the great Serena Roberts.

  115. Kevin March 23rd, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    If Brett Tomko makes this team it is a complete joke.

    I understand he’s pitching well in Spring Training. But let’s be honest – Jaret Wright had a 0.86 ERA in 2005 ST. And we all know how that season turned out. Spring Training stats carry over into the regular season sometimes for sure, but you’ve got to look at the bigger picture here. Tomko is a terrible pitcher. In 12 seasons the man has posted an ERA+ of 100 or more just twice, once being his rookie season. He sported a stellar 6.30 ERA last season. This is not a man we want on our team.

  116. Jeter in LF March 23rd, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Betsy,

    He posted it in around 2005 under the name Gehrig38. It was in the main Yankee forum.

  117. m March 23rd, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    First of all, let me preface this by saying I love Swish. I was jazzed about the trade when it happened, even though it probably meant no Tex at 1B which would’ve put me over the top (and it did!).

    But Swish is in no position to be put out or anything. It’s fine to be disappointed, but let it go as far as your comments go. He’s already said too much. He had a crappy ’08 and had a crappy attitude (don’t blame him) in Chicago. There’s no room for either with the Yankees. Tex made him totally dispensable, so he should be lucky he’s still with the Yankees. There was a lot of interest, but Cash held on to him knowing that he’s a relatively inexpensive player that can help us beyond this year.

    Baseball’s a business and nothing is etched in stone. Stuff happens all the time and players need to spend their time being prepared to step up when called, rather than dwelling on stuff.

  118. Mel March 23rd, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    anyone know, which player Miller/Morgan mentioned had surpassed Ichiro, as a hitter in Japan ???

    Aoki. I’m not watching the game. But it was mentioned on tv last night.

  119. Scooter10 March 23rd, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    If Berroa and Tomko make the team, they both needed to be added to the 40 man roster. Other than Giese, who else is a candidate to be removed? Or can Arod be on the 60-day retroactive to whenever he stopped playing ST.

  120. DT March 23rd, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Beat writers drive me nuts sometimes. (no offense Pete)

    Kat O’Brien in Newsday states –
    “Nick Swisher was glum for the first time this spring. He was not thrilled to lose the starting nod to Xavier Nady.”

    This coincides with Kepner’s version.

    Hoch’s blog states – “Nady leading right field battle” – which is basically what Pete is telling us.

    If Girardi said – “if the season starts today, Nady would start” – how do you make the leap to *Nady wins RF job*?

    That would be like CNN talking to McCain last October and having him concede “looking at the polls, if the election were today, Obama would win”

    Would the headline (in October!) be – “Obama wins election”?

  121. Phil March 23rd, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Swisher’s better than Nady and until they fix it, it’s really stupid and will cost about 2 games over the course of a season.

  122. Bob March 23rd, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    I still don’t see the Yanks cutting two people from the 40-man to make room for a journeyman pitcher and a washed up infielder. I’ll go with Pena and Robertson, with Giese getting a DFA.

  123. Shred Em March 23rd, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    Without any major injuries, Swisher could spell Damon for 20 games, Nady for 15 games, Matsui for 20 games, Matsui for 20 games, Gardner/Melky for 10 games, and Tex for 5 games, there is 90 starts right there. How sure are we that Hideki and Damon will stay healthy, and that either Brett or Melky would hit? One would figure there’s some ABs for Swisher somewhere…

  124. randyhater March 24th, 2009 at 12:08 am

    If Nady and Swisher perform they’ll both get plenty of playing time. Plenty. Guys will get hurt, guys will be ineffective, it happens every single year.

    If anything, with Matsui and Damon both showing their age, and Gardner and Melky both being marginal major leaguers, my guess is our number one target at the deadline will be a corner outfielder/dh.

  125. NHYankee62 March 24th, 2009 at 12:51 am

    Posted by Carl:
    “regardless they should trade him. If hes not gonna get a shot to start trade him. He’s not a bench player.
    He came over thinking he was gonna be the first basemen and they sign Tex. They said he was gonna have a shot to win the RF job and they give it to Nady based on what he did last year.
    Why not tell him this 2 months ago? He could have been settled in with another team by now and we wouldn’t even be having this discussion.”

    Hey Carl, I’m sorry but shouldn’t we be worried as Yankee fans what’s in the best interest of the YANKEES, not what’s best for Swisher?

    Having a weak bench may be the only real weakness the team has. Having Swisher makes the Yankees a better team.

    Plus both Swisher and Nady have all the incentive in the world to bust their a$$es in competing against eachother for at bats.

    It’s called COMPETITION.

    Having both players makes the Yankees a better team. I could care less if Swisher cries himself to sleep every night other it. Grow up and be a professional.

  126. Brian M March 24th, 2009 at 4:57 am

    Even if the Angels paid for Matthews Jr’s entire contract wouldn’t we still be paying $33M in luxury tax? They’d have to buy him out for us to add him without penalty and as bad as he is, they wont be doing that.

  127. Rick March 24th, 2009 at 6:21 am

    The Yankee problem is not Nady and Swisher. They will all get playing time. Swisher will have plenty of at bats. The Yankee problem is the hole they have with Ransom at third. It is a hole that will be there untill the middle of May. Ransom is not hitting a lick now and he is predicted to hit .215. The players that are here will all have to step up or they should get a good reserve player because Ransom is not the answer for six weeks or more.

  128. Whatever March 24th, 2009 at 9:05 am

    The bullpen is an obvious weakness apart from Mariano, but Pete is afraid to say it because he can’t stand talking about Joba anymore. How about we move from that tired discussion to why management has done nothing to strengthen the pen in the off-season and what we can get for Swisher in a deal?

  129. Brandon W March 24th, 2009 at 9:16 am

    On the Ramirez vs. Robertson debate:
    I like Robertson, I really do. He has a great curve, and I think he could find some success, and maybe be better than Ramirez. I don’t think it is at that point right now. Last year I was very impressed by how Ramirez got more aggressive with his fastball. His change-up is obviously his prototypical out pitch, with his fastball to set it up. Last year, however, there were a few times where batters would foul off the change-up and Ramirez came back to strike them out with a fastball. I loved seeing that, and I see more potential with him than Robertson.

    On Swisher vs. Nady:
    Personally, I like Swisher. Not simply because of his personality or team chemistry, but because of his on-base ability. The one major issue I have noticed is that he hasn’t hit with a whole lot of power this spring compared to his career numbers (I realize it is still ST). His OBP is much higher than Nady’s, but without the power numbers to back it up, he will likely see fewer walks, and won’t be able to match Nady’s OPS. I do think, however, that in addition to being a backup, I could see Swisher being instrumental in helping manufacture runs in late innings. With his OBP he could easily pinch hit for our CF and either finish the game in CF or else be subbed for our benched one (assuming we carry both Melky and Gardner).

    Scenario: 8th inning, nobody on, one out, tied game or down by a run. Say Melky is playing the field and is coming up to bat in the 9 hole. Pinch hit Swisher, he is much more likely to get on base. Pinch run Gardner for the SB with Damon and Jeter coming up after him. The Yankees haven’t been able to do this for a few years now, and while I don’t see it happening every day, it has the potential to win them a couple close games.

    Unfortunately, as much as I prefer Gardner to Melky, I have to reluctantly admit that Gardner offers more off the bench than Melky does. Carrying Melky on the bench leaves him mainly as a defensive sub (and possibly pinch runner, though he hasn’t shown great judgment in stealing bases). Carrying Gardner on the bench leaves him as a pinch run threat at any point. Just a thought, even though I still would prefer to see Gardner start.

  130. ALB3 March 24th, 2009 at 9:32 am

    The predictions that we have seen have been far too optimistic, imo.

    These are mine, though nobody really cares, it’s still fun.

    Damon: .279 14 66
    Jeter: .307 13 78
    Teix: .306 33 119
    A-rod: .314 32 109
    matsui: .282 17 87
    posada: .280 17 80
    cano: .302 19 78
    nady: 290 21 92

    CF, depending on starter.
    garder: .270 8 51
    melkey: .277 12 50

    Rotation
    sabathia: 19-9 3.39 207 K’s
    Wang: 20-5 3.54 120 K’s
    Burnett 16-8 4.23 200 K’s
    Pettitte 15-12 4.57 140 K’s
    Joba 12-5 3.60 150 K’s

  131. dan l March 24th, 2009 at 11:01 am

    Since Damon hits for little power against left handed pitching over the last 2 seasons why not platoon him against lefties? Last 2 years .705 and .710 ops against them where as both Swisher and Nady are much better.

  132. AD March 24th, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Bullpen

    MO
    Bruney
    Coke
    Marte
    Tomko
    Alby
    D-ROB
    (Veras and Ramirez just don’t seem gritty enough IMO in the pen)

    Bench (After Arod Arrives)
    Ransom
    Cash
    Molina
    Swish

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