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A few ways short of a trade to improve the Yankees right now

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jun 22, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees are 4-8 in their last 12 games. While some fans would like to see major changes, that is unlikely to happen. The Yankees are saying they will not be able to add any payroll. We’ve heard that before, of course. But let’s assume for now that is actually true.

So what could they do short of a trade? Here are a few thoughts:

More Brett Gardner: The Little G is 15 of his last 43 and has his batting average up to .284 with a .358 OBP. Melky Cabrera is 12 of 62 since his shoulder injury in Texas. He is down to .282 with a .340 OBP. Melky has more power and should play his share. But Gardner could add the energy the Yankees have lacked lately and is a superior defender.

More Dave Robertson: He has 23 strikeouts in 14.2 innings (59 in 45 career innings) and deserves more late-game, high-leverage opportunities. Joe Girardi is in love with Phil Coke and that is going to come back to bite him someday soon.

Release Angel Berroa: Is this guy actually going to play once a week when A-Rod rests? Ramiro Pena is not much of an offensive player, but he can play defense and add a little small ball from the No. 9 spot.

Call up Shelley Duncan or John Rodriguez: Shelley is at .294/.369/.628 for Scranton. J-Rod is at .292/.377/.521. Wouldn’t they be more helpful than Berroa? How could they not be, especially in National League parks over the next six games?

Release Brett Tomko/Call up somebody else: Mark Melancon, Anthony Claggett, Zack Kroenke, there has to be somebody in Scranton who would be better. As Tomko himself said yesterday, everything he’s throwing is getting hit lately.

Move Swisher up: Yes, Nick Swisher is an adventure in the outfield, but his 132 OPS+ is second on the team to Mark Teixeira. It’s a waste to bat him seventh or eighth, which he has 20 times. Second or sixth would be better.

More Phil Hughes: If they’re going to use him in the bullpen, then use him in the bullpen. Let him pitch when it’s 2-1 in the eighth inning, not when they’re down by a few runs. If he is not going to be used in vital situations, he might as well be starting in Scranton.

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153 Responses to “A few ways short of a trade to improve the Yankees right now”

  1. Fan Interference June 22nd, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    More Shelly Duncan is always welcome! Especially for those forearm smashes!

  2. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint June 22nd, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Realizing how valuable Hughes has become to his bullpen, Girardi said he has ditched all plans to send Hughes back down to Triple-A, preferring success now to endurance later. Though the Yankees still envision Hughes as a starter in the long run, he may not be one again for a while.

    Cashman’s two-week window has come and gone, with Hughes compiling a 2.08 ERA in 8 2/3 innings out of the bullpen, striking out 12 and walking two. And because the Yankees are treading carefully with former setup man Brian Bruney, easing the previously injured reliever back into action, Hughes has become a valuable bridge to closer Mariano Rivera.

    “We haven’t talked about it lately,” Girardi said of sending Hughes back to Triple-A. “Our starters are all healthy and have been throwing the ball pretty well. Right now, we like having him down there, so we really haven’t talked about it lately.”

    http://tinyurl.com/l8rgoq

    Betsy, if you are out there-it’ll be okay. :)

  3. Jeff June 22nd, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    I agree with pretty much all of those. I have been pushing for Melky over Gardner all year but since the injury Melky has not been the same player and Gardner has been very good lately.

  4. 4 x 4 June 22nd, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    • But Yankees higher-ups weren’t too thrilled with the way the entire team played in losing a series to the Nationals at Yankee Stadium. “Going through the motions,” was one phrase that was heard.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....ers/1.html

  5. lswaha June 22nd, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Replace Joe Girardi and Dave Eiland. I think I can do better than both of them combined. I dont understand 90% of their asinine moves and thought processes.

  6. RR June 22nd, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Also move Joba back to the bullpen and start Hughes in his place.

  7. Brandon (Shelley Duncan is not the answer people !) June 22nd, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    What’s Fatcessa’s problem now, Al can’t go out in the night ?

  8. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint June 22nd, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Joe Girardi is in love with Phil Coke and that is going to come back to bite him someday soon.

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

    puppy love?

  9. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN June 22nd, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    I’m a Gardy guy. But he is not a superior defender. They’re about the same.

  10. Irabu's Son June 22nd, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    100% right-on about Shelley Duncan. He could pinch hit for Melky/Gardner late in games.

  11. boobie June 22nd, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Agree with most, I like Robertson but I’d also like to see him get his control down a little bit more before Joe uses him in large spots. 10 walks in 14.2 isn’t good but obviously the potential is there.

  12. Jeff June 22nd, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    And by the way I dont know the numbers but from watching pretty much every game this year, Swisher seems to be mashing in the 2hole

  13. Trevor June 22nd, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Shelly Duncan can’t hit a wrinkle. He’s not a solution imo. Yeah I rather see Melancon who’s looked better of late instead of Tomko.
    I think Berroa is gone once Nady gets back.

  14. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN June 22nd, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    Duncan is way more useful than Berroa.

    He COULD play infield you know. Not the best defender, but then since when was Berroa a good defender?

  15. Jerkface June 22nd, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    I can’t wait for Hughes to start again. He is going to be beastly when he harnesses his changeup. I thought the best changes he threw were in that no hit bid in texas to Mark Teixeira. I’d love to see that change again.

    Fastball(2seam,4seam,cut) @ 88 – 95, Curve (slow curve, tight curve), and change up = domination

    Hughes is really helping the staffs K:BB lately

  16. O*Line June 22nd, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    No way Hughes should go to Scranton. He is one of our best pitchers… he needs to say up here. I do agree he needs to pitch in more high leverage situations.

  17. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN June 22nd, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    BRING UP MELANCON!!! (And DFA Tomko).

  18. Irabu's Son June 22nd, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    I’d like to see Igawa get a shot. The dude is 6-1 in Scranton.

  19. Jeff June 22nd, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Can we actually admit that Hughes career numbers as a starter are not very good at all? Just look it up people.

  20. ANSKY June 22nd, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    I still think Carl Pavano should fund a free beer night. Even if the Yanks don’t win that evening’s season (or, single game in dog years) it’d sure be a good time for the fans.

  21. Jeff June 22nd, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    In the majors I mean.

  22. Brandon (Shelley Duncan is not the answer people !) June 22nd, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    “Duncan is way more useful than Berroa.”

    Berroa could hit the curve and slider can Shelley ?

    “He COULD play infield you know.”

    No he could not.

    “Not the best defender, but then since when was Berroa a good defender?”

    He’s better than Shelley in the infield. And I don’t like Berroa either.

  23. Fan Interference June 22nd, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Hughes is looking great right now, and he also has a very composed makeup.

  24. Jerkface June 22nd, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Jeff: Hughes numbers this year as a starter are excellent, and he is finally healthy. The orioles game notwithstanding he has a less than 4 ERA.

  25. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint June 22nd, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    How has Melancon been doing so far in AAA? I know he had a few struggles once he was sent back down. Things going better for him now?

  26. Potch June 22nd, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN
    June 22nd, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    I’m a Gardy guy. But he is not a superior defender. They’re about the same.
    ******************************

    Actually, I’d say Gardner is the better defender (takes better routes to the ball and is arguably one of the fastest guys in baseball), while Melky definitely has the better arm.

  27. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN June 22nd, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Brandon-He’s been doing good enough to deserve another shot as a bench guy. Certainly better than Angel Berroa.

    Berroa is an awful infielder. Shelley is about the same. Shelley has more power. So Shelley is > than Angel Berroa.

  28. ANSKY June 22nd, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Hughes has been doing a lot better since Johnny D & Joey G called him out on mental toughness.

  29. Brandon (Shelley Duncan is not the answer people !) June 22nd, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Gardenhoser has his ups and downs, he’s got alot of heart though.

    Melancon save us. PLEASE ! and YUSSSSSSE TO THE BP :lol:

  30. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN June 22nd, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Jerkface-The problem w/taking out one game to skew the stats is that I could also say, “His Texas start nowithstanding” or “His Detroit start nowithstanding”…

    The Orioles start DID happen. Hughes hs done all right as a starter, no better.

  31. m June 22nd, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Pete,

    Good thoughts.

    I find your thoughts on Brett Gardner interesting. Be prepared for the backlash. Lil G may not have a ton of talent, but he’s a baseball player. The real kind. I’d like to see him get more PT. Not necessarily at the expense of Melky, though. We’ve seen funky throws from all the guys, Damon, Melky, Swisher, and one or two from Gardner. But Melky & Gardner are your best OF defenders. They need more PT. But you’re right about Gardner. He has a way of making things happen. The Scranton manager was bugging the Phillies manager daily about Victorino’s game-changing plays. I think Gardner mirrors Victorino quite a bit with the exception of power.

    Just last night I was thinking about how one of the young big bats would do up here. They certainly would be more useful than Berroa.

    Speaking of Berroa. Why didn’t Girardi use him once a week when Alex needed his rest? Now we basically need to stick with him as Girardi will be forced to rest Alex.

    More Robertson. He’s so boring, but that’s good, right? No leadoff walks or wild pitches a la Veras.

    Tomko? No thoughts at all on him. Except he has an incredible propensity of getting hit hard.

    Philly? Oi, just read the mlb.com article. He’s here to stay…in the bullpen. Prefer him starting, but I think most of us feel confident now that he’ll get outs when he makes a relief appearance. We haven’t felt that in a long while. I hope the Yankees will be bold, and put Phil in the rotation next year, no matter what his IP count or results as a reliever are.

  32. TeeJay June 22nd, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Wang hasn’t been getting deep into games they are using Hughes as his caddy. So they cant use Hughes as a regular reliever until Wang starts pitching deeper into game.

  33. swc June 22nd, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    I still think Tony Pena will be interim manager by the time August 1st rolls around. All the points in this post are just more examples why Girardi is not suited for this gig.

  34. Jeff June 22nd, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Jerkface just look it up its very easy. You are dead wrong. Hughes ERA in the majors as a starter this year is 5.45. You cant just take a bad game out.

  35. SJ44 June 22nd, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    They aren’t going to fire Girardi so, go back to playing video games.

    Completely agree about Berroa. A complete waste of a roster spot. JRod or Shelley would be better.

    Completely disagree about Robertson. He has been used in high leverage spots and the same thing keeps happening. Too many walks at the wrong time, followed by a big hit and run given up. He did it in Cleveland and he did it again yesterday in two, high leverage spots.

    My $.02 theory is, you don’t win titles with rookies in the bullpen. Robertson is a kid you package to get a veteran arm for the pen. He just isn’t good in high leverage situations.

    I think if Mark Melancon was pitching up to capabilities, Tomko would already be gone. Fact is, they are short an arm with Marte out and the guys in Trenton not exactly tearing it up.

    I’d been be real tempted to call up Michael Dunn if you release Tomko. I know they are worried about how he handles pressure situations. However, perhaps they buy a few weeks leading up to the deadline before they look to get another arm for the pen.

    Completely agree about Hughes. He’s not a piece of fine china. He is pitching better than he ever has as a Yankee. Use him! He’s better than almost every other option not named Mariano in that bullpen.

    Swisher? Eh, not my cup of tea. I know everybody who loves stats gets excited about his walks. However, he’s a terrible OF, a worse baserunner, and as inconsistent a hitter as they have on the team.

    I’d actually play Melky more in right, play Gardner everyday in center (another good point, Pete), and divide the time between Swisher and Melky for a little while. At least until Nady gets back in the first week of July.

    The other thing I’d do is get Robbie Cano out of the 5 hole. He’s not as good a hitter when they move him up in the order. Keep Posada in the fifth spot in the order and move Cano to the 7th spot. A little more pop in the bottom of the order. Especially when you have the pitcher batting ninth for another 6 games.

    Jeter
    Damon
    Tex
    Arod
    Posada
    Swisher/Melky
    Cano
    Gardner
    Pitchers spot

    That would be my lineup for the next 3 days in Atlanta.

  36. Jose June 22nd, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    The Sr. Citizen is more valuable than Shelly or J-Rod.

    Sr. Citizen has experience, good defender, can handle the bat.

  37. Blog Poster June 22nd, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    I have to post this again. Not sure if anyone here “tweets”, but Henry’s have become enbarrassing.

    Henry’s “Tweet”: 3 back after $400 million offseason.

    ——————————————————–

    The sad part about John Henry’s Twitter is that he has LOST more than $400 million worth of his client’s money.

    Keep spending your valuable time tweeting you old geezer.

  38. Brandon (Shelley Duncan is not the answer people !) June 22nd, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    “Brandon-He’s been doing good enough to deserve another shot as a bench guy. Certainly better than Angel Berroa.”

    At best they should trade him while he still has any type of value, Shelley is a smash or strike out player, and he strikes out more often then he mashes.

  39. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN June 22nd, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Brandon, if they could package him for a trade, by all means.

  40. AD June 22nd, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    I think we can all at least agree with what Francesa just said (surprising to hear anything rational from him these days). If Yankees miss playoffs, Girardi and Cashman are gone.

    Kind of sick of seeing these inconsistent streaks Yankees have perfected. Few great weeks followed up by a few weeks where they look like garbage.

  41. DT MA 98 June 22nd, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Pete – You forgot the most important part. Getting rid of the manager.

    Nothing will be fixed until you get some new blood into the managing position. Getting rid of fringe players like Tomko/Berroa will not make this a better team.

  42. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN June 22nd, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    SJ,

    Good lineup.

  43. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN June 22nd, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Francessa is totally right. No playoffs, Girardi and Cashman are OUT.

  44. Torro June 22nd, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    “Swisher? Eh, not my cup of tea. I know everybody who loves stats gets excited about his walks. However, he’s a terrible OF, a worse baserunner, and as inconsistent a hitter as they have on the team.”

    Agree. Swisher is a novelty act. He has a cool haircut so people overrate him. His best role is off the bench. He may be one of the worst fundamentals players I have ever seen.

  45. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN June 22nd, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    DT MA 98-Getting rid of peope who actually impact the game directly will be less beneficial than getting rid of somebody who doesn’t even take the field?

    There we disagree.

  46. Fan Interference June 22nd, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    “I still think Tony Pena will be interim manager by the time August 1st rolls around. All the points in this post are just more examples why Girardi is not suited for this gig.”

    If Pena vouched for Berroa, from his KC days, that might not be the best idea.

  47. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN June 22nd, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Swish is not a bad player, but as soon as they get the chance they have to platoon him w/Nady.

  48. m June 22nd, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    The best way for the team to improve, is everyone pick up their individual level of play. And cut down on the freaking errors.

    Remember the webisodes, “Back on Topps” I used to rave about? I stopped watching, but picked it up again last night.

    Some Yankees make a cameo appearance in episode 15. Cashman’s line is definitely fodder material for Tweet Henry.

    http://www.hulu.com/watch/4511.....vepisode,1

  49. TeeJay June 22nd, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Cody Ransom is eligible to come off the DL this week. DO you think the yankees call him back up and send down Berroa. Ransom as a bench player was pretty good.

  50. Yankeepelotero June 22nd, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Not too shabby Pete but here are my suggestions:

    1. Fire Girardi
    2. Release Berroa, call up Duncan
    3. Have Cervelli catch more games and Posada DH
    4. Matsui should be a bat off the bench
    5. Joba to the pen
    6. Hughes to replace Joba (why they have the better starter in the Pen and a starter who is obviously a better reliever is BEYOND ME).

  51. Hank June 22nd, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Hal loves Cashman and leans on him for baseball decisions— he isn’t going anywhere, even if we collapse in the 2nd half.

    Girardi, however, has to make the playoffs to keep his job. Cashman is close with the owner so he has much more rope.

  52. Jerkface June 22nd, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    “Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN -The problem w/taking out one game to skew the stats is that I could also say, “His Texas start nowithstanding” or “His Detroit start nowithstanding”…

    The Orioles start DID happen. Hughes hs done all right as a starter, no better.”

    It did happen yes, but look at that start vs his other starts. He is more likely to give up 3-4 or less runs than he is to give up 8 runs in less than 2 innings of work. Its just the nature of variance. That baltimore game was a complete let down by every yankee. The defense did nothing to help him and he did not really do anything to help himself.

  53. ANSKY June 22nd, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Pena seems like a good INF talent, at least on the defensive side of the game. Not a monster at the plate but he could give Jeter or A-Rod a break and hold his own in the filed.

    Berroa? He just ‘holds his own’.

    I’d rather they’d tried to convert Giambi to SS/3B and re-signed him to back up Jeter & A-Rod. At least that would have been amusing.

  54. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN June 22nd, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    The better starter is not in the pen. Lookat their career stats, Joba has totally wiped the floor w/Hughes as a starter.

  55. Tinita June 22nd, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    let’s just finish last and draft bryce harper.

  56. Glen June 22nd, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    With Jeter hurting and A-Rod needing days off you need to keep 2 spare infielders for now. I think Berroa will be gone as soon as Cody Ransom is due to come off of the DL (within the next day or so). The only other option is to send Pena down to get playing time and keeping Berroa(I hope not)!!

  57. ANSKY June 22nd, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    “The best way for the team to improve, is everyone pick up their individual level of play. And cut down on the freaking errors.”

    M – I don’t think anyone could have put it better.

  58. Tommy June 22nd, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    “I still think Tony Pena will be interim manager by the time August 1st rolls around. All the points in this post are just more examples why Girardi is not suited for this gig.”

    Don’t disagree, and I think it will be the right move. Pena’s laid-back personality and experience could be a nice change from Girardi’s uptightness. The team might relax and be looser than they are now and play better.

  59. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN June 22nd, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Jerkface-Fair point, but I’m not going to give him a pass. The majority of his starts have been three or four runs in five innings. All right-but not brilliant.

  60. ANSKY June 22nd, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Tinita –

    Interesting strategy … how many positions can Harper play at one time?

    (I know you weren’t serious)

  61. Code X June 22nd, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Robertson has 10 walks in 14 innings.

    Why should he be trusted in high leverage situations? Just because he has a lot of strikeouts?

    Neither D-Rob or Coke are the answer. They are nice complimentary middle relievers who can pitch in mid-leverage situations.

  62. GreenBeret7 June 22nd, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN
    June 22nd, 2009 at 2:10 pm
    Duncan is way more useful than Berroa.

    He COULD play infield you know. Not the best defender, but then since when was Berroa a good defender?

    ————————————————————

    Forget Duncan. He can’t play the infield. He plays first base almost as well as Giambi did. He plays the outfield worse than Swisher and the next time he hits a breaking pitch in his career will be a first time. NYY already has a class clown. His name is Nick Swisher.

  63. SJ44 June 22nd, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    That’s a real, big piece of “information” from Francesa.

    Its only been common knowledge since FEBRUARY.

    And if they win the World Series, what happens then?

    I love those, “if they don’t make the playoffs”….rants.

    What if they do? Can’t we say the same thing? It does work both ways.

    In fact, if the season ended today, guess what? They would be IN the playoffs!

    There are 93 games remaining in this season. If you think the Yankees won’t play any better than they are right now, then the season is over for you. Bye, bye, no reason to be on this blog, see you next year.

    If you believe this is a slump and this team will play better and will be in the race all year, you gotta ride it out.

    NOBODY likes when they play badly. However, it happens to everybody over the course of a season.

    Francesa knows this. He’s not that stupid.

    He just needs phone calls today and he knows throwing dirt on the Yankees is the best way to get the crybaby class to fill up his phone lines this afternoon.

  64. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN June 22nd, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Coke did very well in an ultra high leverage situation in Boston.

    I like Robertson but I trust Ace and Hughes more in big spots than him.

  65. Jerkface June 22nd, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Hughes without the Orioles blunder

    41.2 IP, 34 H, 16 R, 15 ER, 15 BB, 43 SO, 11 G, 6 GS, 3.24 ERA

    The majority of his work suggests this is closer to the real Hughes than 1.2 IP 8 ER. He dominated the minors and now he is finally becoming a better major league starter. He should replace Andy Pettitte. Hughes has upside, Pettitte does not.

  66. Evan June 22nd, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Biggest change has to be in the coaching staff.

    I don’t know if changing the manager will help but it certainly won’t hurt. Girardi is the master of panic and will hurt us in a big game. I’m all for Tony Pena – the guys seem to respect him more anyway.

    The coach who needs to go ASAP is Dave Eiland. Pete has mentioned it several times how he cannot get through to Wang or Joba and the Yanks should give a call to Guidry. If that’s true than Eiland should not have a job. Not to mention the walk total it outrageous and the team ERA is putrid. (Yes Pete, we all understand the ERA was good the last week – but remember, they did play the Marlins and Nats).

  67. m June 22nd, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Hughes will be fine. His past is just that. In the past.

  68. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN June 22nd, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    GreenBeret7-Not a Swisher fan?

  69. Jeff June 22nd, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    I dont know Joba’s career stats as a starter but im sure they are better than hughes

  70. Evan June 22nd, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    “Hughes without the Orioles blunder

    41.2 IP, 34 H, 16 R, 15 ER, 15 BB, 43 SO, 11 G, 6 GS, 3.24 ERA

    The majority of his work suggests this is closer to the real Hughes than 1.2 IP 8 ER. He dominated the minors and now he is finally becoming a better major league starter. He should replace Andy Pettitte. Hughes has upside, Pettitte does not.”

    He should replace Wang – not Pettitte. Pettitte’s ERA on the road is great and he knows how to pitch.

    Even if Wang pitches decently down the stretch – do you really trust him in the playoffs??? Remember, even when he was good and winning 19 games a year he still stunk it up in the playoffs.

  71. Michael June 22nd, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Go out and trade for Magglio Ordonez. He’ll come cheap because he makes a lot of money.

    This team needs some punch in the worst way. Go out and add another power bat to play RF.

  72. Jerkface June 22nd, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Hughes in his 9K game vs the Orioles was only at 89 pitches when he exited after 5 Ip. Later in his career that game becomes 6 or 7 IP and 120 pitches thrown.

  73. Richie June 22nd, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    *Fire Girardi and Eiland*

  74. ANSKY June 22nd, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Hughes without the losses is undefeated.

  75. SJ44 June 22nd, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    They aren’t firing Girardi in season. Not going to happen.

    Not July, August or September. Go back and see when the last time the Yankees fired a manager during a season. It was before many of you whiners were even born.

    Its not going to happen.

    As M said, if everybody plays better, wins will follow.

  76. Brandon (Shelley Duncan is not the answer people !) June 22nd, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    “Forget Duncan. He can’t play the infield. He plays first base almost as well as Giambi did. He plays the outfield worse than Swisher and the next time he hits a breaking pitch in his career will be a first time. NYY already has a class clown. His name is Nick Swisher.”

    Thank You, common sense. :)

  77. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN June 22nd, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Jerkface-He SHOULD replace Pettite-next year.

    Pettite has done absolutely nothing at all to warrant losing his job to Hughes. His last start was totally brilliant. THAT is Pettite’s upside. I trust Pettite to do that more consistently than I trust Hughes to do that. Which says a lot, since I don’t think Pettite will do that particularly often.

  78. Hokiehill June 22nd, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    it’s not a coincidence that the Yankees were playing their best baseball of the year during the errorless streak. since that streak ended, the fielding has been less than stellar and has cost us some tough runs…maybe the whole team (or at least the guys with the most errors on the team) should take an ARod approach and show up early for a couple of days to work on some fielding…

  79. m June 22nd, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Boras is not happy with the Tigers for benching his client Magglio Ordonez. He’s a nice looking player, but his knees are worse than Matsui’s. Not really, but close.

  80. Jerkface June 22nd, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Also I in no way advocate Joba to the bullpen. Joba, even without his best stuff, keeps the team in the game and doesnt give up a lot of runs. Its both luck and a tip of the cap to his ability to pitch.

    This team will be much better down the stretch if Joba and Hughes can get innings in the majors in bunches.

  81. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN June 22nd, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Jerkface, you can sya he would have gone further..but then he also might have given up more runs.

    Girardi could have run him out for one more inning if he wanted to. He just didn’t want to.

  82. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN June 22nd, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    SJ has the most common sense here right now.

  83. SJ44 June 22nd, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Yeah, get Magglio. Makes sense. He can’t play anymore and makes 14 million this year. Let’s add him to the group.

    Its not fantasy baseball and Magglio isn’t the 2007 Magglio anymore.

    If he was, Leyland wouldn’t have benched him last week.

  84. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN June 22nd, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    New thread.

  85. Erica - newly OPPC June 22nd, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Swisher has hit very well in all of the games he played in the #2 hole. I think he belongs there

  86. Mike June 22nd, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    This team is built to win, they just need to get consistent. The only trade I see helping this year is trying to get Huston Street for the 8th inning. Other than that, don’t expect any big trades. Im sick of Wang’s tired act, its time to put him in the bullpen and give Hughes the spot in the rotation. Hopefully CC is OK, we can’t afford to lose him. Other than that maybe send Berroa down for Shelley. Im getting tired of watching them play like they are just collecting their paychecks. And now here come the Rays, they piss me off more than boston does now.

  87. Evan June 22nd, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    The Yankees will make the playoffs as a wild card simply because the rest of the AL is not very good.

    his team is under-achieving and you have to put that on the manager. While I agree he won’t be fired – it is safe to say at this point that he is in over his head and has not done a good job by any stretch of the imagination.

    I still believe Dave Eiland needs to be fired yesterday. He has done a brutal job with the staff.

  88. Brandon (Shelley Duncan is not the answer people !) June 22nd, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    “SJ has the most common sense here right now.”

    Right b/c Shelley Duncan is an improvement to the bench right ?

    Even he has his faults.

  89. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN June 22nd, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Brandon-And there we disagree.

  90. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN June 22nd, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    As in, Shelley should be on the bench.

  91. you gotta have faith (we need you wang!) June 22nd, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    2 weeks of baseball can change a lot, they are frustrating to watch right now but at least they put up a fight last night, our pitching has been better lately, hopefully our hitting comes around.

    Gardner should definatly get more starting time, he has been hiting more consistantly.

  92. Brandon (Shelley Duncan is not the answer people !) June 22nd, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    “Brandon-And there we disagree.”

    What is it w/ you and Shelley Duncan, the best he can be is Willy Mo Pena at his worst. This isn’t an answer to anything, defense ? NO, offense ? NO, baserunning ? NO….what is he an answer to ?

  93. Jerkface June 22nd, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Phil Hughes has a lower WHIP than A-pet, Joba, and AJ. Pettitte is giving up far too many hits to be counted on down the stretch. Like last season he might end up fading in the second half.

    I just can’t see his home road splits as being particularly significant because his road games were all bunched up at the beginning of the season and were very spread out afterwards. He gives up less than a hit per inning on the road but gives up almost 20 more hits than IP at home ??? The park isn’t doubling the amount of hits he gives up. He does have more HRs, but everything else is similiar. SO and Walk rates.

  94. Fan Interference June 22nd, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    A caller mentioned the Steinbrenners selling the team. I think they will, after George is gone.

  95. ADam June 22nd, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Agreed. This team needs to stop making excuses for why they make certain decision. B-Cash needs to step up and make some or all of these changes. There seems to be love affair of dead weight on this team, See Ramirez, Veras, Tomko, Berrora, Matsui.

    The yanks have sacrificed a lot of games this year by not using the right guys. Im sorry, CM Wang is not a Major League ready starter this year. Not yet anyway. I’m afraid to see what excuses are made when he goes to Atlanta and gets rocked again!

  96. SJ44 June 22nd, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Brandon,

    Shelley vs. Berroa? No contest, Shelly.

    Personally, I’d call up JRod over Shelly because I think JRod is a better all around player.

    Either guy though is an upgrade from Berroa on the roster right now.

  97. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN June 22nd, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    What is it w/me and Shelley Duncan? He solves several problems, the most obvious and important is pop off the bench. Give him another shot, who knows? Maybe he’s learned to hit a breaking ball, at least occasionally. 250 w/pop off the bench is more than Berroa gives us. Sorry, but he has done well enough to warrant another shot in my opinion.

  98. Brandon (Shelley Duncan is not the answer people !) June 22nd, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    And who can you PH Duncan for ? hmmm ?

    Arod ? Jetes ? Melky ? Robi ?, Swish ?, Damon ?…..the only thing I see is CF for Gardenhoser and even he is starting to hit…so who do you see Duncan subing for defensively or offensively ?

  99. Rayvt June 22nd, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    SJ

    I agree with most of your comments, but not too sure about Joe G not getting axed. Before the season started I felt like he wouldn’t last past AS Break and then I thought he would and now I’m back on his leaving. His hiring was a mistake. How long do you hold onto something like that?

    I personally would like the Yanks to bring up Duncan, but Eric not Shelly. I think Eric might be lightning in a bat for them. He has always had great potential and a few years ago he really did well in Spring Training. He can play 3B and OF. I think he is worth a shot over Berroa or Pena or even Ramson. A lot of players just need a break & I think Eric is that guy.

  100. Brandon (Shelley Duncan is not the answer people !) June 22nd, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Explain to me who does he pick up in this lineup.

  101. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN June 22nd, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Fan Interference, you think so? I wouldn’t care as long as nothing changed. Like the logo or the team name or anything.

    You say it’s impossible but they said the same about the Dodgers and Giants.

  102. Brandon (Shelley Duncan is not the answer people !) June 22nd, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Eric has actually been worse than Shelley LOL.

  103. Stultus Magnus June 22nd, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Hmmm, SJ posts his revised line-up but calls people whiners and idiots during game threads when they ask questions like “why the hell is Cano batting 5th”.

    Hypocrisy at its finest. Keep it coming.

  104. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN June 22nd, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Brandon-Melky. Gardy. And he can give players rests if they need them. (a big deal).

  105. Brandon (Shelley Duncan is not the answer people !) June 22nd, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Please Shelley can’t hit better than Melky right now. And his defense is nowhere near either one of them.

  106. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN June 22nd, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Brandon-More power than Melky, who is in a slump.

  107. Brandon (Shelley Duncan is not the answer people !) June 22nd, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    “Brandon-More power than Melky, who is in a slump.”

    Oh lord.

  108. SJ44 June 22nd, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Where did I call people whiners about Cano batting 5th?

    If you are going to stalk every post, at least be good at it.

    If you were paying attention, I call people whiners who cry about the same thing every day on here.

    You aren’t that stupid, you know who I’m talking about.

    They haven’t axed a manager during the season in almost 20 years. I don’t see that happening this year.

  109. Matt June 22nd, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    For everyone who continues to cite offensive statistics and blame everyone but the hitters, look at how these stats can become skewed to misrepresent what is actually going on.

    They scored 15 last Sunday against Santana, 5 on Tuesday, 2 on Wednesday, 0 on Thursday. So in that 4 game stretch they scored 22 runs in 4 games, or an average of 5.5 runs per game. However, in only 1 of those games did they actually equal or surpass their average over that span. So while their runs scored look really good on paper, in actuality they weren’t that great in at least 2 of those four games.

    This team has a knack for having good statistics, but I’d rather them spread out an average of 5.5 more like 7, 4, 8, 3 than 15, 5, 2, 0. If they hit more like the former case, they probably go either 3-1 or 4-0 in that stretch rather than 2-2. See how these statistics have to be taken with a grain of salt?

  110. Paul June 22nd, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    The problem the Yankees are having with Hughes is trying to balance his long-term and the team’s short-term needs. Hughes is the team’s best option to be a fill-in starter by far, and they still do not have much confidence in Wang. As long as Wang is on a start-by-start basis, they can not use Hughes as a set-up man. Long-term, however, he needs to be facing major league hitters. Given his numbers in Scranton over the last two years, its pretty obvious that he has figured out how to get AAA hitters out. He has all the physical tools to succeed in the majors, but he needs to work on his mental approach against major leaguers. Right now they are trying to get him enough work in the majors without shortening him up too much that he would not be available to start. I imagine you will see Hughes start to get more 7th-8th inning work if Wang is able to solidify his spot in the rotation (and the CC thing does not linger).

    As for the Dave Robertson point – don’t you know how hard it is to break an addiction to Coke? (sorry, couldn’t resist ;)

  111. Tinita June 22nd, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Bryce Harper is so fast he can throw a 96 MPH fastball, then get behind the plate and catch it. The Yanks could sign Holliday and Damon and play them both in the field while DHing Jorge. Bryce is the cure for whatever ailes you.

  112. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN June 22nd, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Brandon-”Oh Lord”? :-)

    I’m tired of this discussion, come on to the new thread.

  113. gayle June 22nd, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Looks like DOn Fehr is stepping down according to ESPN interesting

  114. Matt June 22nd, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    And for everyone who keeps citing “BUT SHELLEY DUNCAN CAN’T HIT A CURVE!!!!”

    Well guess what? Half these guys can’t touch a hard FASTBALL! (Cano, Jeter, A-Rod, Posada are all dominated by anyone that throws hard). And in case you all have short memories, Shelley Duncan is actually a much better hitter than you will give him credit for. Remember that 3-R game tying HR he hit off Bedard in 2007? That was on a nasty breaking ball. It’s not like he misses them every time.

  115. Rob June 22nd, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    you’re right on the money with this stuff Pete, only thing i would add to that – fire girardi immediately

  116. Matt June 22nd, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    *Jamie Walker actually. But it was still a breaking ball that was down and in, almost at his toes, and he hit a 3-R HR on it. He also had a HR off of Erik Bedard with Seattle in 2008. Of course he’s not going to be the best thing since sliced bread, but he’s a more than serviceable major league hitter who brings a great clubhouse presence.

    His energy and enthusiasm on the field is something that this clubhouse needs as well, even if he doesn’t hit more than .260 with a few HR.

  117. jackson melian big time bust June 22nd, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    Melancon or Albaladejo should be recalled immediately.

  118. valis2374 June 22nd, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Melky vs Gardner: At this point in the season, Gardner has played better ball. Based on any defensive metric (UZR, RngR, errors, my own eyes) Gardner has edged Melky in the field. Lest we forget his speed!

  119. E-gawa June 22nd, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    You forgot Joba to the pen.

    Maybe there is still time to fix him and his now 89mph fastball before all of that talent is wasted.

  120. Ace June 22nd, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Every single point you made is right on. Why the Yankees are not doing these things I want to know.

  121. ShaunC June 22nd, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    YESSS… More Dave Robertson Please

  122. Rose June 22nd, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Berroa should be sent down.

    Tomko=terrible. If you keep him up here, he should only be used in blowouts.

    They need a veteran in the bullpen. When Marte comes back, don’t know how good he can be.

    Nady should get the majority of work in RF. Hopefully he will be able to throw.

    Melky and Gardner should share time in CF.

    What exactly is the plan for Hughes? He has been great. Is he a 2/3 inning guy? A 1 inning late inning guy? An 8th inning guy when Bruney is unavailable?

  123. Yankee48 June 22nd, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    ANSKY
    June 22nd, 2009 at 2:12 pm
    I still think Carl Pavano should fund a free beer night. Even if the Yanks don’t win that evening’s season (or, single game in dog years) it’d sure be a good time for the fans.

    ——————————————
    Terrific idea…

    As far as Hughes, he’s effective in the bullpen – he’s gaining far more experience in the bullpen than he would in AAA – Chances are, Pettite won’t be around next season… this season it was tough getting him on – after this season, I don’t see it happening. Let Hughes get comfortable with the club and transition into starting for ’10.

    All I can say is, BRING BACK SHELLEY! Forget Berroa, he’s a washed up has been that had tremendous potential and ruined it because of lack of motivation. Rookie of the year… who would have thought that by looking at him now? Two different people.

  124. AsianShuutoHeat June 22nd, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    The whole logic or lack of logic behind Angel Berroa keeping the benches warm for the Yankees is a crazy mystery that needs to be investigated by paranormal experts.

    Why do we simply keep Berroa around? Pena despite not having as much power, but a big improvement in defense+hustle+speed. Besides, what use is power if you can’t even get good contact? Might as well have little Pena set a bunt down and jet for first base.

    Regarding the Brett Tomko issue, why are we using him in games that we have a shot at? It’s obvious his job is to go in there and take a beating in games that we can’t even hope to catch up. Better yet, why don’t we bring back Kei Igawa as a mop up? He has to earn his pay in the majors and not in the AAAs.

  125. TIME FOR #27 June 22nd, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    More Dave Robertson: He has 23 strikeouts in 14.2 innings (59 in 45 career innings) and deserves more late-game, high-leverage opportunities. Joe Girardi is in love with Phil Coke and that is going to come back to bite him someday soon.

    Robertson is only good when he starts a inning, we lost the game yesterday bec joe brought in coke for the 3′rd day in a row and he had nothing, then he brings in robertson who can’t clean up a mess.

  126. Don June 22nd, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    As I proved through stats 2 weeks ago, when Pete was once again harping on his Coke/Girardi obsession, Coke is nowhere near overworked/nor in comparison to previous managers Joe Torre cough cough.

    Berroa has to remain up because they are going to be resting A-Rod once a week until the all-star break. If anything happens, Berroa will go when Nady returns. Even so, Angel Berroa was the least of the team’s troubles this week. When your big money players don’t get big money hits – you lose – plain and simple.

    The Yanks had a rough week, but its a long season. They lost three 1-run games and brought the tying/winning run to the plate in all 4 of the losses. The law of averages went against them this week.

    Im very confident moving forward in the manager and this team. They just need to roll out of this mini slump.

  127. hornblower June 22nd, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Peter,
    Most of what you suggest is fine, however, Nick Swisher is Max Patkin. Seems like a nice guy but is an awful player.
    They have too many 30 plus players who can’t bring it everyday. No more greenies.
    Put Jackson in center and Melky in right full-time. Run Hughes and Joba out there as often as possible and build a team for now and the future. Start runners every time Jeter and Cano bat. GIDPs kill you.
    Don’t listen to Mike Francesa.

  128. Robbykid June 22nd, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Its going to be nice to get Nady back, but I am really worried abour AROD. I know the guy is hurt, but .213 with 9 Hrs and 28 rbi’s is not getting the job done (im starting to think we wasted another huge contract on a steriod linked player). Thoughts on AROD? Do you think “gulp” he is another Giambi (average way down, and inconsistent??)

  129. Jay Hirsch June 22nd, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Pete, you are just as much a bandwagoner aa the rest of us. If Berroa gets the key hit tomorrow you’ll be suggesting they play him more. Remeber last year when you wanted to dump Melky and Cano. It’s a long season, we just need to get A-Rod and Wang straightened out and we’re golden. If not, wait til next year!

  130. Andrew June 22nd, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    There’s another way to make them better that they didn’t mention on here.

    1) Get a new owner

    2) Get a good GM

    3) Get a good manager

    4) Develop their own damn players

    5) Stop spending insane amounts of money on washed up veterans

    Then maybe they’ll move up to second place…maybe

  131. joeman June 22nd, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    they should have signed A Jones in the early spring, he has a track record unlike Melky & Gardner

  132. Albert June 22nd, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over again and expecting different results.

    June 22, 2008: YANKEES (40-35)
    June 22, 2009: YANKEES (38-31)

  133. Rose June 22nd, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    “Put Jackson in center and Melky in right full time.”

    And what do you do with Gardner, Nady and Swisher?

  134. hornblower June 22nd, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Nady is injured, Swisher plays DH once in a while and Gardner plays for Damon when he is tired which is most of the time.
    The Yanks are going thru a transition. Get used to it.

  135. timo June 22nd, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Robertson lost the game yesterday by (a) walking Ramirez (because he was afraid to throw him a strike), (b) throwing a cookie to Cantu and (c) not corraling the throw from the outfield. He also has the walkoff loss to Cleveland on his ledger. When he was given a lead against the Mets (the Castillo game) he put Sheffield on with the tying run. His W against Texas was on one pitch that was fortunate to stay in the ballpark.

    Robertson has done very little positive in high leverage situations and his stuff is far from overpowering. Not a candidate for promotion, even on this staff.

  136. Rose June 22nd, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Yankees are going through a transition? When did you decide that? Austin Jackson is not playing CF unless there are injuries to outfielders. You will see him with the Sept. call ups.

  137. Uncle Tito June 22nd, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Team needs to get more athletic.

    1)Garner in CF, faster than Melky
    2)Melky in LF, better arm & better defensively than Damon
    3)DH Damon, defense a liability at this point in his career
    4)PH Matsui, good veteran with power off the bench. Yanks used to always have a touth vet. hitter on the bench.

    1)Gardner, CF
    2)Damon, DH
    3)Tex, 1B
    4)Arod, 3B
    5)Swish, RF
    6)Jeter, SS
    7)Posada, C
    8)Cano, 2B
    9)Melky, LF

  138. Rose June 22nd, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    timo

    I’d rather have Robertson on this staff than Tomko.

  139. 86w183 June 22nd, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    I’d rather have Minne PEarl on this staff than Tomko.

    Why not call up Dunn to replace him. Give them another lefty and it carries very little risk. I don’t agree with Robertson getting prime time opportunites. At this point eityher Bruney or Hughes should get the key innings to get the ball to Mariano.

    Berroa should have been gone weeks ago… at this point might as well wait for Nady, which shouldn’t be much longer.

    Would like to see Gardner and Cabrera in the lineup together more often to put a better defensive team out there. I’ve been writing since spring training that the OF/DH starts should be rotating and that none of the six guys in those roles needed to play every day. We’re seeing what happens when Damon doesn’t get regular rest.

  140. timo June 22nd, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Rose, yes, I’d keep Robertson over Tomko. But he needs to gain more confidence before a battlefield promotion to high leverage situations.

  141. KO June 22nd, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    If Tomko remains on this roster that is a complete joke. Melancon should be up over him. He’s way younger and actually has some potential, unlike over the hill (did he ever even get to the top?) Brett Tomko. What a waste of a roster spot. The dude doesn’t have good stuff. That’s why he’s bounced around with a ton of different teams. If he is even on the 25 man roster he should only see innings in a blowout game

  142. joe June 22nd, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    y not make a big trade? where is cashmans guts? y not trade joba and cano 4 matt cain(ace starter) jereby affelt (good lefty releiver)and bengie molina( good offensive and defensive catcher)

  143. Jones June 22nd, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Ramiro Pena has been very impressive. I wish we could see more of him.

  144. Jones June 22nd, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    “don’t you know how hard it is to break an addiction to Coke?”

    That was a good one, I must admit

  145. Greg R. June 22nd, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Peter: Yes to all these moves!! It is silly to have Berroa and Tomko on the team. They serve no purpose. I would certainly make all these moves at the very least. If they Yanks still continue to struggle, then it’s time to start putting together a new outfield. Maybe add a pitcher or two.

  146. Vinnie June 22nd, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Hughes without the losses is undefeated.

    thats the funniest thing ive ever read.

    This is what i want.

    1) switch Cano with Posada in the lineup. When Canos batting 5th hes hacking at the ball.

    2) Matsui’s gotta pinch hit. Someone said the yankees always had a veteran pinch hitter, and theyre right. Matsui as a pinch hitter is 8 for 18 with 8 strike outs. So it’s hit or miss.

    3) Cervelli gotta play. Sorry, i wish Posada could play the backstop still, but im doubting him. You need to play the meatball. Posadas got to DH. Now you got a problem… Damon. You have to play him in left because his arm isnt strong enough for right. Yeah he made a bad play last week, every one of our outfielders is an adventure getting to the ball. Deal with it. His bats too valuable

    4) I want someone other than Eiland. He hasnt helped Joba in the rotation, hasnt helped Wang, Kennedy was a bust, hasnt made Igawa transition from AAA to Pinstripes. What has he done that has benefitted the team? He was a bust as a pitcher, and if i were a pitcher i wouldnt take his advice either.

    5) You cant get street, he will cost more than Holliday. IMO. Why cant you trade Wang/ Hughes for Ryan Madson?

    6) As for Brett Gardner. TRUST ME hes the Yankee i enjoy watching the most. Hes clutch, fast, doesnt try to kill the ball. Plays the game the right way. Play him.

    7) if Ransoms healthy bring him up for Berroa.

    A big part of the season is going to be how Nady can much Nady can contribute. You gotta play Hughes more in tight situation games. Not when were trailing. I want to see if he can continue his dominance against a 500 team when we got the lead by a run or 2.

  147. Buck Nasty June 22nd, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Whoever suggested Maggs please leave now. Magglio is in the decline of his career, has just been indefinatly benched, even my friend who is a tigers fan wans nothing to do with magglio.

  148. vey June 22nd, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    *Do it* please!

  149. Joe June 23rd, 2009 at 12:33 am

    Wow Peter everything you said was correct. I’ve been saying since April that Shelly Duncan should not only be up here but he should also be getting a ton of AB’s. They are really starting to look like a joke with Berroa just sitting there and Duncan rotting away in the minors while leading triple A in HR, RBI, and OPS. I think Girardi has Bipolar disorder. He just makes the dumbest moves and tries to win tomorrow’s game before winning today’s. Or he tries to win the game before he ties it.

  150. Neil from Brooklyn June 23rd, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Better outfield

    LF – Melky
    CF – Gardner
    RF- Nady (when he comes back)
    DH, RF,1B-Swish
    DH,OF – Damon
    DH,PH-Matsui

  151. Paul Davis June 23rd, 2009 at 10:40 am

    If I where Brian Cashman I would trade Hideki Matsui and Melky Cabrea and Angel Berroa. Then I would bring up Shelly Duncan and Cody Ransom and Mark Melancon.This frees up the DH spot for Swisher and Posada and gives the “Older Vets” a half days rest once in awhile.Then I would put Brett Gardner in Centerfield and leave him alone and let him play.And last but not least change the batting order letting Jeter continue to lead off with Cano bstting 2nd, Tex and A-Rod 3 and 4 with Johnny Damon batting 5th, Xaviar Nady 6th, Swisher (DH) & 7th, Posada/Cervelli 8th and Gardner 9th.Now we have a better Defense more speed and good depth on the bench with Ransom,Pena,Duncan and Cervelli.Swisher,Damon or Nady could spell Gardner in Center once in awhile and if Gardner gets hurt then bring up Austin Jackson to play Center.

  152. saucY June 23rd, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    good post pete

    while i disagree tha Gardner is the superiour outfielder (and this can be debated), i do think his bat is actually hotter right now…

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