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Guzman added, Burnett in Game 2 (and a live chat tonight!)

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 15, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Still in the interview room where Joe Girardi just announced that Freddy Guzman has been added to the roster in place of Eric Hinske.

Also, A.J. Burnett is starting Game 2. Andy Pettitte in Game 3. Game 4 is TBA.

UPDATE, 1:10 p.m.: Josh here. I have added audio from Joe Girardi’s chat with the media. The highlights: Guzman for Hinske; Burnett in Game 2, Pettitte in Game 3, TBD for Game 4; lots of talk about the weather, Sabathia, and how it had been to manage in his first postseason.

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I will have Derek Jeter audio and hope to have CC Sabathia audio posted in a bit.

UPDATE, 1:12 p.m.: Josh again. If there is a rainout, the ticket policy is exactly what Sam had speculated yesterday. Friday’s game is home game 1. Saturday’s game is home game 2. Ticket holders for Friday will attend the first home game played (no matter the date), and ticket holders for Saturday will attend the second home game played. Therefore, if Game 1 is rained out tomorrow and not played, for example, until Sunday, those ticket holders will attend the game Sunday. If Game 2 isn’t played until Tuesday, Saturday ticket holders will attend the game on Tuesday.

Obviously, that’s an extreme example, but hopefully you understand how it would work.

UPDATE, 1:37 p.m.: If you don’t feel like listening to the Girardi audio, here’s his take on adding Guzman to the roster: “We thought we could use another speed guy in this round. We’ve had some success doing those types of things late in the game, and in a seven-game series stuff could come up late in the game. We saw the games against Minnesota were very close and sometimes you can use a couple of pinch runners. If Gardy gets a start, then you don’t have a pinch runner (without Guzman). It just frees us up to do some more things.”

I must say, when Guzman was added to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre roster in September, I never imagined he would be on the major league roster for the ALCS. I really thought the Yankees were simply giving the Triple-A team an outfielder after taking Shelley Duncan to New York. That said, there were people in the clubhouse who thought from the moment Guzman arrived that he was ticketed for the big league postseason roster. Sometimes you see it coming, sometimes you don’t. I didn’t see it this time.

UPDATE, 2:58 p.m.: Dave Eiland talked about Phil Hughes’ performance in the first round. “He was getting a little quick, jumping toward the plate, and that was affecting his command,” Eiland said. “He was throwing to a left-hander against Minnesota, I don’t remember who it was, but he was trying to come inside. He got too quick and the ball ran back over the plate. It’s just a minor adjustment, and he knows. We did some work the last couple of days and we feel like it’s corrected. It’s a simple adjustment, but it’s something small that will make a big difference.”

UPDATE, 3:10 p.m.: Josh here. After a trip to the Angels clubhouse, I finally have the audio of CC Sabathia, who talked about how the rain will impact him (it won’t), how he prepares in the final hours of a start (hint: RBI Baseball) and what he must do to stop the instigators in red (pitch well).

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I will post audio from Mike Scioscia, John Lackey and one or two others at some point in the 4 o’clock hour.

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Don’t forget that Sam and I will be doing a live chat tonight to talk about the roster decisions, the rotation and everything else as the Yankees get set for Game 1 of the ALCS tomorrow. The wait is almost over! Come join us here and feel free to stop by early and submit questions ahead of time.

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295 Responses to “Guzman added, Burnett in Game 2 (and a live chat tonight!)”

  1. m October 15th, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Poor Hinske, talk about short end of the stick. Well, he hadn’t been used in months.

  2. jennifer October 15th, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    How is Marte still on? He is awful!

  3. m October 15th, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Yeah, jennifer.

    At the very least swap him for Bruney. Yes, that’s how bad Marte was.

  4. Bill from NJ October 15th, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    I like this move. Just gives the Yanks more speed, and another lefty in case Coke decides to implode during the series.

  5. Laura October 15th, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    If the Yankees were to go all of the way and win, does Hinske get a ring even if he doesn’t play in the ALCS or WS? In other words, does everyone who is on the 40 man roster get a ring?

  6. jennifer October 15th, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    bill did you miss Marte imploding?

  7. 100 pitches of fun... October 15th, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Girardi will probably start Gardner in one of these games. Yesterday he said they would talk about their outfield and if he wasn’t thinking about doing that there wouldn’t be a reason to make the switch. It’s not like Melky looks good at the plate anyway.

  8. jennifer October 15th, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Laura- I’m sure he’ll get a ring. Nomar got a ring, even though he wasn’t on the team.

  9. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes October 15th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Where, oh where, is Christina25?

    This is for her:

    Sox Farm System Not At Level Best

    http://www.prosportsdaily.com/.....84907.html

  10. Corey October 15th, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    I think they should keep Hinske around, hes a good luck charm….last year with Tampa they go to the World Series, year before that Boston they win the world series. Gets moved to the Yankees this year and they’re on their way so far….coincidence or good luck charm?

  11. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes October 15th, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    I am all for adding extra speed and late innings defensive upgrade.

    My concern: Hope Joe doesn’t sub for regulars too early, thus losing their bats if the event of extras. As long as he can restrain himself, I like the Guzman addition.

    But again, OPS trumps speed for its own sake – let’s not compromise our advantage.

  12. NYYROC October 15th, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Hinske will be more useful come WS time, when he can be used to PH for pitchers in the NL park. No real need for him in the ALCS. Fast Freddy could PR late (for Posada, Matsui) if BG starts a game.

  13. Kevin October 15th, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    I’m pretty sure anyone that played for the Yanks during the 2010 season gets a ring. From the Jeter & Mo to Anthony Clagett & Angel Berroa.

    Canseco got one in 2000 and he didn’t do a thing to help the Yanks win that year.

    Outside of the players I also think the front office staff as well as the announcers (John & Susan and the YES crew) get rings.

  14. CountryClub October 15th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Adding Guzman is all about being able to start Gardner and still having a speed guy on the bench. If Damon and Melky continue to struggle, one of them will get a seat.

  15. Bronx Jeers October 15th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Everybody who spent some time on the big club gets a ring.

    It may not have as many diamonds as Jeter’s…but they get a ring.

  16. betsy October 15th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    That makes NO sense…..why drop Hinske instead of Marte? Dumb.

  17. betsy October 15th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    Guzman stinks……nice roster managment, Yankees

  18. 100 pitches of fun... October 15th, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    The Guzman move also makes a lot of sense with the weather the way it is. If the ground is very wet and the Yanks have a lead you want to be able to get Damon out of the game.

  19. vin October 15th, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Awesome quote from here:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/ne.....;type=lgns

    “The defining moment of ’98 came in Game 4 of the ALCS against the Indians. The Yankees trailed in the series, 2 games to 1, the Knoblauch gaffe having come in a Game 2 loss, and the ball was going to Orlando Hernandez in his first postseason start. Bob Klapisch, a columnist for the Bergen (N.J.) Record, walked into the hotel dining room and encountered El Duque having breakfast with a group of family and friends. El Duque invited Klapisch to join them.

    When the waiter was slow in bringing their orders, Hernandez went into the kitchen to help the cooks, then emerged through the doors, carrying plates of food.

    “There was no sense at all that he had this huge, heavy load on his shoulders,” Klapisch said. “He was totally relaxed.”

    That night, El Duque held the powerful Indians scoreless on three hits over seven innings. The Yankees won that game, then the next two, and swept the Padres in the World Series.

    I miss El Duque.

  20. Erin October 15th, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    I have no problem with this move but I wish they would have swapped Marte for Bruney. Watching Marte was just scary.

  21. jennifer October 15th, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Chad are the Yankees doing a Anti-Rain dance to keep it away from Yankee Stadium?

  22. S.A.--Now the real fun begins October 15th, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Watching Marte pitching is scarier than some horror movies.

  23. Frank from Chatham, NJ October 15th, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Just a thought.

    A sloppy turf will not stop but certainly will hinder a running game.

  24. Rich in NJ October 15th, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Bruney > Marte

  25. vin October 15th, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    NYYROC said it best…

    Hinske’s value will come in the WS (Mo willing).

    Who needs to get pinch hit for? The only guy who would get pinch hit for is Molina, and that will be done by Posada. And Jorge can get PR for by Gardner/Guzman. After that Cervelli won’t be PH for.

    The only other candidate to maybe get PH for is Melky. But I’m not really convinced that Hinske would be a much better option than a lefty hitting Melky.

    It’s the right move for this series. Hopefully we haven’t seen the last of the Kevin James look-alike (but with WAYYY more talent).

  26. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who trusts Joe Girardi October 15th, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Hey vin, you started this whole thing. I am waiting for your CLS picks.

    Bod, I definitely have missed you! I am going to have something special for you by the end of the day – and it should have been here a lot sooner but circumstances within my control…

    ;)

  27. gayle October 15th, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Corey-

    No need to worry Hinske was left of the Rays ALCS roster last year as well no karma issues then.

    http://www.tampabay.com/sports.....846123.ece

  28. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes October 15th, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    I would be very surprised if Gardner replaced Melky, who is .318/.383 in 107 career ABs against the Angels. His numbers this season are also very good – and he has excellent numbers vs. Lackey.

    He also has an arm that gives Angels base runners pause.

  29. CountryClub October 15th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    This move has nothing to do with Marte. It was always Hinske/Guzman and Marte/Bruney.

    Betsy, Hinske is useless on this team. He’s never goin to play. You might as well put someone on the roster that might get a shot because of his legs. Hinske will be back on the roster if the Yanks make the WS. They’ll need him to pinch hit because of the pitcher.

  30. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who trusts Joe Girardi October 15th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    I haven’t been around for a while and haven’t been keeping up with the blog so I don’t know what has and hasn’t been discussed. I am making a very big assumption that Molina will catch AJ, based both on the results of AJ’s game in the DS and the fact that the Angels love to run the bases.

  31. Andrew GTLU Bronze Medalist October 15th, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Hey, Abreu is 0-for-3 with a GIDP, sacrifice fly and a walk in his career against Marte. I guess that’s why he is still on the roster for the ALCS?

  32. Roster Rooster October 15th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    I fully expect joe to turn around Morales and Figgins from time to time. They are both worse from the right side.

  33. Erin October 15th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    trisha – OPPC lifetime member who trusts Joe Girardi
    October 15th, 2009 at 1:11 pm
    I haven’t been around for a while and haven’t been keeping up with the blog so I don’t know what has and hasn’t been discussed. I am making a very big assumption that Molina will catch AJ, based both on the results of AJ’s game in the DS and the fact that the Angels love to run the bases.

    *************
    Trisha, there hasn’t been an official announcement, but I think that’s the assumption.

  34. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who trusts Joe Girardi October 15th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Thanks Erin.

    :)

  35. vin October 15th, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Sorry Trisha,

    Yanks in 5
    Dodgers in 5

    I’m sticking with my pre-season predictions of NYY vs LAD in the World Series.

    Keep up the good work!

    Borden is going down!!!

  36. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes October 15th, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    trisha – OPPC lifetime member who trusts Joe Girardi
    October 15th, 2009 at 1:08 pm
    Hey vin, you started this whole thing. I am waiting for your CLS picks.
    Bod, I definitely have missed you! I am going to have something special for you by the end of the day – and it should have been here a lot sooner but circumstances within my control…
    ======

    THERE’S MY GIRL!!!

    I’ve missed you too! (I have been intermittently in and out of here, on four different forums, each which give me something different), looking all the while for your light.

    Looking forward to the treat – might it involve an unhappy little elf and his petulance re a certain grounds crew? ;).

    And what a lovely ending to that particular ALDS….

  37. MikeBoston October 15th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Hinske is of no use in this series. The key pen arms for the Angels are Fuentes and Oliver, both lefties. You’re not bringing in Hinske to face those guys late in a game, that is a fact.

    I also agree that this is a move in case Melky and/or Damon stay ice cold at the plate, you want to use Gardner as a possible spark to start a game, then Guzman takes his role off bench. Makes perfect sense to me.

  38. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who trusts Joe Girardi October 15th, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Oh Bod, the ending of that series was to die for. If I wasn’t in my car I believe I might have riverdanced in the street!!!

    About your surprise, you’ll just have to wait and see!

    :)

    I am picking the Yanks in 4 and the Phils in 5. Obviously I am very optimistic.

  39. Uncle Tito October 15th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Guzman is a good move.

    Hinske would only be used as a pinch hitter. But, who do you pinch hit him for? He is not a good defensive player & has no speed. He would be better suited for the WS when you would have to hit for the pitchers in the NL park

    Having Guzman allows Joe to start Gardy & still have speed on the bench. If Damon doesn’t start hitting he is worthless, cause he can’t throw & is a poor defensive OF.

    Bruney is horrible. If Marte is on, you can match him up against a LH hitter in a key spot. Teams at this level need two leftys in the BP. Bruney would serve no purpose.

    You already have Ace, Hughes, Joba, Mo, Robertson, Gaudin all RH pitchers. Who is Brueny going to replace?

  40. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who trusts Jose Molina and Chad Gaudin October 15th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Time for a tagline change!

    Later y’all.

  41. mick October 15th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    marte is here for Abreu.

    guzman for gardner if he plays.

    what I wonder about is if games 1 & 2 are pushed back to sat. & sun, will mon. now be a day off?

    if so, CC can pitch game 4 on wed.

  42. BBFan October 15th, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Adding Guzman is a good move.
    When I mentioned it a couple of days back, many thought it would not happen.

    I think Girardi will be less loyal to the veterans in this series just like Torre was. Do you remember Torre benching Tino?

    I think Gardner will start some games, replacing either Melky or Damon. In such a case a fast pich runner is required and that would be Guzman.

    I like the move.

  43. bru October 15th, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    hinske would get a ring

  44. Erica - always OPPC October 15th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Andrew GTLU Bronze Medalist
    October 15th, 2009 at 1:13 pm
    Hey, Abreu is 0-for-3 with a GIDP, sacrifice fly and a walk in his career against Marte. I guess that’s why he is still on the roster for the ALCS?

    *****

    By the definitions of some people here he should definitely be benched

  45. vin October 15th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    “Do you remember Torre benching Tino”

    He benched Tino because he had Cecil Fielder (who was more of a veteran). Or am I forgetting something?

  46. m October 15th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    espnews is also running Girardi’s presser.

    2 things:

    1. Girardi said that Guzman is there to give an extra pinch runner late in games. Also there to have a pinch runner in the event that Gardner gets a start. Sounds like Girardi plans to run, run, run.

    2. Girardi played the EIG question correctly. Said it depends on the situation, but Hughes is the eighth inning guy. Can’t predict matchups, but he said very good things about Hughes. At least he won’t kill us with the walks. (marte :mad: )

    And Girardi sounds like he’s having a tough time with the orthodontic appliance. Is it retainer now?

  47. Crawdaddy October 15th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    I like this move despite Marte’s problems in the last series.

  48. A-Rod = no longer mental in the playoffs October 15th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    There is absolutely no reason for Damaso Marte to be on this roster. He is a complete waste of a spot and can one of you blog writers PLEASE grill girardi about this. Marte has not been reliable AT ANY POINT since we traded for him. In the ALDS, two lefties to get out, he doesn’t retire either. For Christ’s sake, he gave up TWO HITS IN ONE AT BAT to Mauer. The Angels have ONE pure lefty. ONE. Why is Marte still on this roster??? Absolute guarantee that if he sees action he will put people on base via a hit or walk. It’s like clockwork. Terrible move keeping this guy around

  49. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes October 15th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    BBFan
    October 15th, 2009 at 1:25 pm
    Adding Guzman is a good move.
    When I mentioned it a couple of days back, many thought it would not happen.
    I think Girardi will be less loyal to the veterans in this series just like Torre was. Do you remember Torre benching Tino?
    I think Gardner will start some games, replacing either Melky or Damon. In such a case a fast pich runner is required and that would be Guzman.
    I like the move.
    ====

    Gardner may get a start at some point, but the irony is, you risk losing his late-innings base running ability, because we have to rely on his bat to put him on base. As a pinch runner, he’s standing on first.

  50. JasonR October 15th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    “He benched Tino because he had Cecil Fielder (who was more of a veteran). Or am I forgetting something?”

    Torre benched Martinez and O’Neill in Game 2 of the 2001 World Series and started Randy Velarde and Shane Spencer.

    Of course, they got shut out in that game, so maybe it’s not the best example.

  51. A-Rod = no longer mental in the playoffs October 15th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Why would u plan around one guy Abreu?? When you already have a lefty in the pen. One that is much more reliable than Marte. Abreu is not intimidating. You don’t need to keep adding extraneous lefties just to deal with Abreu

  52. BBFan October 15th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    “He benched Tino because he had Cecil Fielder (who was more of a veteran). Or am I forgetting something?”

    I was talking about not caring about loyalties.
    Tino was upset, just like Posada was the other day, but Torre chose to do that in the interest of winning the series.

    Similarly I would not be surprised if Girardi benches Damon if he continues to struggle. Also, Melky, Gardner and Nick will be a much better outfield defensively. We will see that combinaiton in the winning games in the late innings even if Damon starts.

  53. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes October 15th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Damon is not getting benched. He would only not start if he’s hurt.

  54. BBFan October 15th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    “Gardner may get a start at some point, but the irony is, you risk losing his late-innings base running ability, because we have to rely on his bat to put him on base. As a pinch runner, he’s standing on first.:

    That is why Guzman is added. He will fill that role as he is as fast as Gardner.

  55. mick October 15th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    marte might come in handy in extra innings.

  56. JasonR October 15th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    “Damon is not getting benched. He would only not start if he’s hurt.”

    If he continues to look like a black hole at the plate, they won’t have a choice but to bench him.

    BBFan has the right idea. Torre didn’t play favorites or kept guys in for sentimental reasons. It’s all about winning at this point.

  57. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes October 15th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    BBFan
    October 15th, 2009 at 1:35 pm
    “Gardner may get a start at some point, but the irony is, you risk losing his late-innings base running ability, because we have to rely on his bat to put him on base. As a pinch runner, he’s standing on first.:
    That is why Guzman is added. He will fill that role as he is as fast as Gardner.
    ===

    Why not have them both on the bench for late inning defense and pinch running?

  58. bru October 15th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    lefties are batting .120 against marte & .195 against coke

  59. m October 15th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Johnny could go 0-for-12 in the first 3 games and still not be benched. He could be pinch hit for to avoid the golden sombrero, but he won’t be benched.

  60. vin October 15th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    “Torre benched Martinez and O’Neill in Game 2 of the 2001 World Series and started Randy Velarde and Shane Spencer.”

    Yikes! Glad I blocked that out. IIRC O’Neill was hurting that year. Which is why it was Spencer who made the throw from RF during the Jeter “flip” game in Oakland.

  61. We don't forget October 15th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Isn’t Trisha the person who pretends to be some one else to try to make herself look good? Didn’t she pick fights with people, change her name and then put the people down she was fighting with?

  62. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes October 15th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    JasonR
    October 15th, 2009 at 1:36 pm
    “Damon is not getting benched. He would only not start if he’s hurt.”
    If he continues to look like a black hole at the plate, they won’t have a choice but to bench him.
    BBFan has the right idea. Torre didn’t play favorites or kept guys in for sentimental reasons. It’s all about winning at this point.
    =====

    His final AB vs. Twins saw him getting better swings.

    Sorry, but I find this statement amusing “If he continues ot look like a black hole at the plate…” – since you’re suggesting Brett Gardner as his replacement – he of the non-power, upper-cut swing. If he could consistently offer a level swing, thereby giving his astonishing legs a chance – I’d STILL want Damon, lol – you’d have a better case.

  63. mick October 15th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    We don’t forget October 15th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Isn’t Trisha the person who pretends to be some one else to try to make herself look good? Didn’t she pick fights with people, change her name and then put the people down she was fighting

    ————————————————————-

    Trisha?

  64. Abdababdaserser October 15th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    In the last Angels series the Yankees pulled some running plays on them, and it flustered the pitchers. I recall some here remarking how it was good to see the tables turned on the Angels.

    The series that Hinske would be valuable as a power threat is during the WS when at the NL park. I don’t see many starters coming out of these games unless its for tightening up defense late in the game and the Yankees are ahead.

  65. bru October 15th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    the problem with bruney is he wont pitch

    no innings limit now for anyone for the most part & no way bruney is more valuable against lefties

    lefties are batting .214 against him

    not bad but.

  66. Shame Spencer October 15th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    This is just sort of an aside, but does anyone else think the one person that will really win or lose this series for us will be Girardi? He’s really the guy that matters most. If he presses the right buttons and puts the right guys in the right situations, that, to me, is what will ultimately decide the series with the Angels more than any other. With the Twins, it was on the players to show they were simply better. But in this case, I think it will come down to the managers and who makes the right calls at the right moments.

  67. JasonR October 15th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    “Sorry, but I find this statement amusing “If he continues ot look like a black hole at the plate…” – since you’re suggesting Brett Gardner as his replacement – he of the non-power, upper-cut swing.”

    I didn’t suggest Gardner as his replacement at all. All I said was they’d have to bench him if he continues to look lost at the plate. But I think Gardner would be a serviceable replacement, as would Jerry Hairston Jr.

    All that said, I think Johnny bounces back and has a solid series.

  68. bru October 15th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    i like this move

    the only problem i have is if guman or gardner pinch run for matsui & has to stay in we dont have hinske off the bench

  69. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes October 15th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Sorry JasonR, my bad.

    My assumption was based on your aligning with BBF “having the right idea” – and he was promoting a Gardner-Melky-Swisher OF.

    In any case, there are no legs for the idea that Damon will wind up on the bench.

    Not going to happen.

  70. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes October 15th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    bru
    October 15th, 2009 at 1:49 pm
    i like this move
    the only problem i have is if guman or gardner pinch run for matsui & has to stay in we dont have hinske off the bench
    ====

    Yup. Especially at home.

  71. XLJ October 15th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Damon is not going to be benched dont why some people even want him to be bench he is a great clutch hitter. If Gardner gets a start it will be in center for Melky not for Damon.

    Guzman career in the majors he has 9 stolen bases and been caught 4 times. That is not a very good percentage for a base stealer. Even though it is a small sample size.

  72. Scared of the Wall October 15th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Bruney had absolutely horrific numbers against the Angels this year. 11.57 ERA, 2 home runs in 2 appearances, all at Angels Stadium. I don’t think Bruney was even a consideration for a series against the Angels.

    That being said, I’m not pleased that Marte is still on the roster. I don’t trust him in a big spot.

  73. bru October 15th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    i see gardner maybe getting a start in cf but we will see if we are winning melky move to lf & gardner in cf late in games

    i just hope jg doesnt have molina,melky & gardner in at the same time

    go with what got us here

    jeter
    damon
    tex
    arod
    matsui
    posada
    cano
    swisher
    melky/gardner

    & late in the game if we are winning move melky to lf & gardner to cf

  74. Erica - always OPPC October 15th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    29 hours and 57 minutes until Game 1!!!!!!!!!

  75. m October 15th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Girardi’s not going to win or lose this series for us. He’s not pitching, not hitting with RISP.

    Even with his moves. If Gardner replaces Hideki and gets thrown out, that was the correct managerial move, just poor execution. If Hughes or mo blow a game, that’s the correct managerial move, just poor execution.

    It takes a lot of things to go right to win a game. Takes a lot of things to go wrong to lose a game.

    You can’t blame a singular person, whether it be the manager or an individual player for a loss. Because there were other loss opportunities as well.

  76. m October 15th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    *lost opportunities

    Anyone else miss wall to wall baseball every day? This one game a day thing isn’t enough.

  77. Erica - always OPPC October 15th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    I thought Girardi did a great job in the ALDS.

    Even with all of the preliminary secondguessing, once the games got underway every move Girardi made seemed to work out well.

    Jeter was running at all of the right times and avaoided some double plays. The guys he went to in the bullpen (minus Marte, but double thrums up for Robertson) got their men out.

    For a manager with no postseason experience, I thought Girardi did great,

  78. Erica - always OPPC October 15th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    m
    October 15th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Anyone else miss wall to wall baseball every day? This one game a day thing isn’t enough.

    *****

    Me! Me!

    Without the Yankees on, I actually had to stop and think about when the best time to shower is

  79. stouffoer October 15th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    I cannot understand why MLB would allow things like NFL football disrupt the most part of their season. Fox and TBS and ESPN should realize that rainouts are part of the deal
    I know everything revolves around TV but if ESPN FOX and TBS cannot accomdate changes because of rain then send the games back to the local networks that cover them all season

  80. Hokiehill October 15th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    “Everybody who spent some time on the big club gets a ring.

    It may not have as many diamonds as Jeter’s…but they get a ring.”

    I remember meeting these two tools sporting Red Sox rings after their first WS a few years ago. for some reason they happened to be in a college bar in Blacksburg (maybe in town to see BC v VT or something). They were flashing those things all over the place. I think they were accountants for the Red Sox or something. If those losers had rings on, you can bet Hinske gets one if the Yankees win.

  81. BBFan October 15th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    If Damon continues to struggle, he will sit a game or so.
    Why is that not a possibility?
    Same applies to Matsui as well.
    You can not keep sending the slumping players and lose the series.

  82. Matt October 15th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    If there is a rainout Friday or Saturday and they need to play on Sunday, what time will the game be? Fox has the giants at 1 and they would not disrupt that game. Would the game be played Sunday night?

  83. bru October 15th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    what time is the video chat ?????

  84. Marshbx22 October 15th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    The chat is tonight at 7pm.

  85. sevrox October 15th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Aceves 10-1, 3+ ERA
    Gaudin 6-10 (yes, 2-0 as Yank – but I’m sure he’s more liable to revert to form under pressure than be a ‘savior’), 5+ ERA

    Doesn’t seem to make much sense not to start Aceves, whether or not he’s ‘stretched out’ enough – he’s working out just as much as anyone else – with Chamberlain back in the bullpen, Aceves should start the 4th game if necessary.

    So it shall be saith, so it shall be doneth.

  86. Wave Your Hat October 15th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    I understand Hinske would be unlikely to play, but I would have liked him on the roster.

    He could pinch hit for Melky or Gardner of course, but to me his real value is insurance in case one of the corner infielders or corner outfielders has to come out of the game early (heaven forbid, of course).

    Carrying eleven pitchers is understandable, given the likely weather conditions and uncertainty as to whether there will be three or four starters.

    Guzman is a good move. Carrying the third catcher is what eliminates Hinske’s spot. That’s one more reason in my mind why not starting Molina would be the correct decision (no third catcher needed, then), but I admit that’s water over the dam at this point.

  87. XLJ October 15th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Losing Hinskie is no big deal. He is pretty much useless until the worldseries when they need to hit for the pitchers. There really is nobody Hinskie is going to pinch hit for. Molina needs to be pinch hit for if he is starting game 2 but that will be done by Posada. If Gardner is in the game for a defensive replacement and his spot came up in the lineup he did hit 270 with close to a 350 obp he is fine and so is Cervelli who showed he can handle a bat too.

  88. Mike R October 15th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    “Why is Marte still on this roster??? Absolute guarantee that if he sees action he will put people on base via a hit or walk. It’s like clockwork. Terrible move keeping this guy around”

    It’s a guarantee?? Really??

    Can you check your crystal ball for me and let me know the final score of game 1?

  89. Yankee Trader October 15th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    “Marte is here for Abreu”

    That certainly makes me feel better, considering lefties are batting a meager 1000 against him in the playoffs.

  90. Erica - always OPPC October 15th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Mike R
    October 15th, 2009 at 2:22 pm
    “Why is Marte still on this roster??? Absolute guarantee that if he sees action he will put people on base via a hit or walk. It’s like clockwork. Terrible move keeping this guy around”

    It’s a guarantee?? Really??

    Can you check your crystal ball for me and let me know the final score of game 1?

    ***

    Forget that. Give me tomorrow’s mega millions numbers

  91. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes October 15th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    BBFan
    October 15th, 2009 at 2:09 pm
    If Damon continues to struggle, he will sit a game or so.
    Why is that not a possibility?
    Same applies to Matsui as well.
    You can not keep sending the slumping players and lose the series.
    =======

    Because their upside and history is much greater than anyone we could sub for them.

  92. Erica - always OPPC October 15th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Yankee Trader
    October 15th, 2009 at 2:23 pm
    “Marte is here for Abreu”

    That certainly makes me feel better, considering lefties are batting a meager 1000 against him in the playoffs.

    ****

    Look at it this way- that number can go nowhere but down :-)

  93. Frank from Chatham, NJ October 15th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    (We don’t forget) and (Mick):

    _____________________________

    There is no need for your comments and it’s simply more than bad manners.

    My comment, to the both of you, may not be timely but it’s sorely needed. Let’s stay on topic without the garbage.

  94. youngtimer October 15th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Tomorrow is Aaron Boone Day.

  95. m October 15th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Is this promo new? Jeter and Rollins were cuties.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.....id=7224150

  96. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes October 15th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Frank in Chatham,

    Well said.

    I have zero regard for posters who seek out conflict they can be spectator to, and throw conspiratorial remarks around, hoping others take the bait.

  97. MaineYankee October 15th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    One thing that has been missed in the discussion about the games between these two teams is that the BP cost the Yankees during that series before the ASB.

    They had to use Aceves to start one of those games and taking him out of the BP cost them through out that series.

    With Aceves in the BP they could have taken at least two of those games.

  98. SJ44 October 15th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    He’s not benching Damon or Matsui in this series.

    Managers, unlike fans, don’t panic over small sample sizes.

  99. Erica - always OPPC October 15th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    MaineYankee
    October 15th, 2009 at 2:32 pm
    One thing that has been missed in the discussion about the games between these two teams is that the BP cost the Yankees during that series before the ASB.

    They had to use Aceves to start one of those games and taking him out of the BP cost them through out that series.

    With Aceves in the BP they could have taken at least two of those games.

    ****

    100% correct. If my memory serves, I believe the Yanks had leads in at least two of those games until very late in the game.

    I was very against Aceves making that start because he had been so good out of the bullpen until that point. He was only able to go about 4 innings in that start and the bullpen was not the same again until after the ASB

  100. SJ44 October 15th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Too much time between series.

    That’s what leads to all of the wacky ideas that have filled the blog the past few days.

    If any of these games get rained out, we will have posters arguing that putting the entire Scranton roster on the field is the only way the Yankees can win the series.

    One thing about a sizeable portion of our fan base. It doesn’t take much for them to go into full panic mode.

  101. BBFan October 15th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    “Because their upside and history is much greater than anyone we could sub for them.”

    Bod,

    You can not live on the history in a short series if the player is struggling a lot. If Joe feels it makes a difference, he will sit Damon or Matsui.

    If Damon starts first game (rain may be a hindrance)and hits well, all this discussion is irrelevant any way. I do hope that Damon finds his stroke in the first game.

  102. Blackaccord October 15th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Marte has decent numbers against the Angels.. Figgins is 0-6, abreu is 0-3 and Hunter is 2-12 against him and gary mathews jr. is 0-4… All others have very just 1 or 2 abs against him…

  103. Erica - always OPPC October 15th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    SJ44
    October 15th, 2009 at 2:36 pm
    Too much time between series.

    *****

    This is all the fault of those no-good, lousy Yankees.

    They beat the Twins too quickly :cry:

  104. MikeBoston October 15th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    AJ did 3 days rest 3x last year for the jays, went 3-0 1.86 with .183 ba against. Why not give that a shot if rain negates an off day? I’m sure Joe knows this info BTW…

  105. Frank from Chatham, NJ October 15th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    The Star Ledger has a nice group of pics of the Yanks working out at the Stadium today.

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

  106. betsy October 15th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    I can’t believe people want to bench Damon for Gardner. Gardner is not a good hitter- he can’t hit – he’s not a threat to do anything. Damon always needs to be respected by the pitchers – he’s clutch.

    SJ, what do you think about the roster moves?

  107. SJ44 October 15th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Who are you benching Damon and Matsui for? Guzman and/or Gardner?

    What if Arod goes 0-4 in Game 1? Does Hairston play Game 2?

    Nobody is getting benched in this series.

    This team has won 106 games this year. They have done it despite half the posters on here in sheer panic mode every time Girardi filled out a lineup card.

    Baseball isn’t football. You dance with the guys who brought you to the party.

    They aren’t taking Damon or Matsui out of the lineup for fringe major league players.

    If they don’t hit, they will have to find other ways to win.

    Didn’t anybody learn anything from 2006 with all the lineup shuffling in the Tigers series? It doesn’t work.

  108. SJ44 October 15th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    I like Guzman on the roster because you can run on this team.

    Overall though, the 25th guy on the roster, a great source of discussion for blogs, will not determine the winner.

    Its about the core guys in big series. Always has been. Always will be.

  109. Yankee Trader October 15th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Biggest concern for our path to the WS will be the weather.

    1982 Braves-Cardinals NLCS, Phil Niekro in game 1 pitching a shutout which gets called just before it becomes official due to the rain, wasting his opportunity, leading to the Braves being swept.

    If the game is played tomorrow in the rain to completion, is there a benefit to either team?

  110. betsy October 15th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    I don’t like AJ on 3 days rest – the first time all year and you’d do it in the playoffs?

    I’m really trying not to be bummed about the weather and what it means for our rotation, but it unquestionably is to the advantage of the Angels.

  111. Chambliss October 15th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    The thing about Damon is that he can go 0-30 and then get hot instantly. He won’t sit, particularly at the stadium.

    I hate to bring it up because it is an ugly memory, but Damon had a horrible ALCS in 2004 prior to hitting the grand slam in game 7 off of home run Javy.

    I like the Guzman move, and I hope it is a sign that the Yankees are going to do a lot of running. The Angels catchers are not very good defensively. Lackey gets flustered easily too.

  112. Bret the Hitman October 15th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Marte is a worthless hunk of junk. Both he and Hinske (obviously) won’t be used this series. I guess Joe is thinking, with Marte at least he can burn him in a game where the Yankees are being blown out 15-0 whereas it’s pointless to pinch hit Hinske when down by 15 runs.

    But now is the right time for me to say, assuming the Yankees don’t ever have to face a 15 run deficit, between the 2 players most likely not to see any action, I hate Marte far more than anyone on this roster right now, therefore, by default, I’d like to see Hinske get credit for being on the ALCS team.

    Marte is a lefty specialist parasite of Mike Myers proportions.

  113. betsy October 15th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    SJ, were you surprised about Marte/Bruney?

    Also, if the rain situation holds, aren’t the Yankees in an untenable position? If the game is played tomorrow, but there is a long delay, CC won’t come out and Aceves would come in. However, I don’t think he could pitch more than a couple of innings because he hasn’t pitched that much lately and hasn’t had longer outings. The pen would be killed…Then Saturday with AJ, if there is a delay and he has to come out, then our only option would be Gaudin – who would pitch game 4? It won’t be CC……

  114. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who trusts Jose Molina and Chad Gaudin October 15th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Here’s the chart thus far. Be sure to double check me on your predictions. I have been known to make mistakes!

    :)

    http://members.cox.net/lsdorgan/CLS.pdf

    (If you want to be added, please put my name in the post so I can be sure to find it later. Thanks.)

  115. XLJ October 15th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Chambliss
    October 15th, 2009 at 2:46 pm
    The thing about Damon is that he can go 0-30 and then get hot instantly. He won’t sit, particularly at the stadium.

    I hate to bring it up because it is an ugly memory, but Damon had a horrible ALCS in 2004 prior to hitting the grand slam in game 7 off of home run Javy.

    I like the Guzman move, and I hope it is a sign that the Yankees are going to do a lot of running. The Angels catchers are not very good defensively. Lackey gets flustered easily too.

    ————————–

    The player that needs to start hitting in the alcs is Melky. You could easily put Gardner in the 9 hole if not. There is no way Girardi is sitting Damon.

    I agree about the angels catchers. The media is always talking about running on Posada. The angels catchers are not that great at throwing out runners. Whenever a yankee steals third against the angels the ball goes into the outfield.

  116. Rootin' Tootin' October 15th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    She’s back?

    So much for the state of nirvana

  117. AM October 15th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    THANK YOUUUUU. I called Hinske out and Guzman in in another blog post and on other yankee websites, and I was called an idiot. This makes too much sense. Hinske is so useless in both the ALDS and ALCS, you aren’t pinch hitting for any of the starters besides possibly CF, but it still isn’t worth it. Now Guzman can pinch run in late innings for Posada, Matsui, and whoever.

    Hinske should be back on the WS roster if we make it that far, because it will be important to pinch hit for the pitcher, so he best be getting his cuts in down in Tampa while we play the Angels.

  118. Frank from Chatham, NJ October 15th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Trisha:

    alcs: Yanks in 6
    nlcs: Torre in 7

    Thanks.

  119. Fran (the original) and OPPC member October 15th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Frank,

    Thanks for the link to the pictures. The players look just a little cold-especially Derek.

  120. S.A.--Now the real fun begins October 15th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Prayers for the little boy in the balloon. My god

  121. upstate kate October 15th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    thanks Trisha-
    looks like most of us are thinking Phillies (and all of us, of course, are thinking Yankees)

  122. MikeBoston October 15th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Betsy, with your reasoning about not pitching on 3 days rest because AJ hasn’t done it all year then what about CC (neither has he in 09)?
    I’m not advocating AJ going 3 and CC 2, just saying if there is a chance to go AJ on short rest vs. Gaudin you have to look at AJ’s numbers from the year before as CC’s great numbers were also from the year before (same regular season 3 game sample size). I have faith in Gaudin but have more faith in AJ on short rest just from those numbers alone.

  123. Sal October 15th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    i hope gardner is practicing his bunting. we will need small ball as well as big ball to spank the rally monkey.

  124. ... October 15th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Will the McCourts’ separation have similar effects on the Dodgers like the Moores’ had on the Padres?

  125. upstate kate October 15th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    If the games are played in the rain (no delays/cancellations which would affect the starting pitchers) I would think the advantage would go to the Yankees. They have been playing in the rain all season, and it would curtail the running game.

  126. Rishi October 15th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    thanks for all the updates…

  127. BBFan October 15th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    “Overall though, the 25th guy on the roster, a great source of discussion for blogs, will not determine the winner.”

    SJ,

    So you are saying that Roberts did not make a difference in the 2004 ALCS between Boston and Yankees.

    You know, you are entitled to your opinion, but sometimes you come across so arrogant when you disagree with someone’s point of view.

    The bottomline is Girardi himself said that he may make some changes in the outfield whatever that means.

    Also, you call every thing panic. At least in this thread, I did not see panic. People are having healthy discussion whether one agrees with the other or not.

  128. iiicollies October 15th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Were most of the successful running teams of the past based in temperate, low rain cities? I’m thinking for example the Dodgers of the early 60s. Can you think of more cases – or recent exceptions to this hypothesis?

  129. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who trusts Jose Molina and Chad Gaudin October 15th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Kate, my pleasure. I cannot lie – I want the Phils to win because I DON’T want the Dodgers to win. I also think they have the better team though, so that doesn’t hurt.

    :)

  130. Brandon Awesome (BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!) October 15th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    So there is a little 6 yr. old boy in a hot air balloon in Denver, higher than 10,000 ft, they don’t know how to rescue him yet.

  131. dan October 15th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    guzman allows giradi to use gardner in center and melky in right. I bet they will want to have a stronger arm in rigt field to combat the angels from going first to third.

  132. iiicollies October 15th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Not even sure if he’s still on it

    ‘Margie Martinez of the Weld County Sheriff’s Office said a sibling saw the boy climb into the basket before the balloon took off. Since the door on the balloon was unlocked, Martinez said it’s possible the boy had fallen out.’

  133. iiicollies October 15th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    And it’s an helium balloon, not hot air.

  134. Bronx Jeers October 15th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Has anyone been outside recently here in NY?

    Wet, windy and very cold.

    Rain for tomorrow night? Probably some but maybe not enough to cancel the game. But it’s going to be very cold. Upper 30′s- low 40′s.

    Saturday looks worse.

  135. Erica - always OPPC October 15th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Brandon Awesome (BECAUSE I’M AWESOME!)
    October 15th, 2009 at 3:15 pm
    So there is a little 6 yr. old boy in a hot air balloon in Denver, higher than 10,000 ft, they don’t know how to rescue him yet.

    ****

    That is HORRIBLE

  136. randy l. October 15th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    “Too much time between series.
    That’s what leads to all of the wacky ideas that have filled the blog the past few days.”

    sj44-

    in my mind the season went on hold once the yankees beat the twins. there’s wasn’t and hasn’t been a whole lot to think about. when they play again , i’ll hit the start button and get geared up again.

    this should be really good series though. the angels and yankees are both very good teams.

    one thing i am starting to wonder about is the weather. it is really cold down here on cape cod.

  137. S.A.--Now the real fun begins October 15th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Brandon Awesome (BECAUSE I’M AWESOME!) October 15th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    So there is a little 6 yr. old boy in a hot air balloon in Denver, higher than 10,000 ft, they don’t know how to rescue him yet.

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

    CNN was saying he MIGHT have fallen out. Horrible

  138. Brandon Awesome (BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!) October 15th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    I want to smack this reporter in the face

    “What we don’t know if is this little boy knows how to navigate a hot air balloon, *snicker*”

    Mothaf….. he’s 6 yrs. old! this kid ain’t exactly Doogie Houser. :x

  139. Erica - always OPPC October 15th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Bronx Jeers
    October 15th, 2009 at 3:19 pm
    Has anyone been outside recently here in NY?

    Wet, windy and very cold.

    Rain for tomorrow night? Probably some but maybe not enough to cancel the game. But it’s going to be very cold. Upper 30’s- low 40’s.

    Saturday looks worse.

    *****

    Please. I am in such denial about this weather I am refusing to wear any time of outerwear heavier than a hoodie or a sweater.

    I have yet to locate a warm jacket in my closets. LOL

  140. Erin October 15th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Brandon Awesome (BECAUSE I’M AWESOME!)
    October 15th, 2009 at 3:15 pm
    So there is a little 6 yr. old boy in a hot air balloon in Denver, higher than 10,000 ft, they don’t know how to rescue him yet.

    ***********
    That is awful.

  141. Number23 October 15th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    “I can’t believe people want to bench Damon for Gardner. Gardner is not a good hitter- he can’t hit – he’s not a threat to do anything. Damon always needs to be respected by the pitchers – he’s clutch.”

    That’s a bit harsh. Gardner hit as well as Melky and nearly as well as Damon, especially over the last half of the season. When he was being used regularly, he was pushing .300.

    Plus, I think he could have filled in for Damon during game 3 of the ALDS. Even if he fanned four times he would have made a difference in that game, as he would have caught the triple that Damon couldn’t get to in time.

    It doesn’t show up in the stats but the two hits that Melky managed against Minnesota were infield hits. I don’t think he got the ball out of the infield the entire series.

    The Yankees have the most productive infield in baseball and one of the least productive outfields. If they don’t get past the Angels it will be because the outfield doesn’t hit. Girardi’s got to do something to get some more production from those guys — they are just too streaky. If Damon, Swisher and Melky are still in their no-hit phase of their streaks in the ALCS, there’s no way we can win.

  142. Hokiehill October 15th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    is there a minimum temperature for playing a baseball game regardless of rain/sleet/snow? Like if it’s 35 degrees tomorrow without rain, will they still play?

  143. Erica - always OPPC October 15th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Hokiehill
    October 15th, 2009 at 3:27 pm
    is there a minimum temperature for playing a baseball game regardless of rain/sleet/snow? Like if it’s 35 degrees tomorrow without rain, will they still play?

    ****

    Sure they will. Remember the infamous 1996 home opener in the snow?

  144. Fran (the original) and OPPC member October 15th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    The game in Colorado earlier this week had temperatures in the 30′s.

  145. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who trusts Jose Molina and Chad Gaudin October 15th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    CNN has it on live. They’ve gotten the ballon weighted and it is on its way down…

  146. Erica - always OPPC October 15th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    28 hours and 27 minutes until Game 1!!!!!

  147. SJ44 October 15th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Dave Roberts impacted ONE game.

    The Yankees had a 3-1 lead and couldn’t close the deal.

    So no, Dave Roberts didn’t decide the 2004 ALCS.

    Wonderful urban legend, not rooted in fact.

  148. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who trusts Jose Molina and Chad Gaudin October 15th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    They are saying that the way the ballon is listing is good news because it may indicate the boy isn’t in the balloon. How could that be good news?

  149. XLJ October 15th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    dan
    October 15th, 2009 at 3:16 pm
    guzman allows giradi to use gardner in center and melky in right. I bet they will want to have a stronger arm in rigt field to combat the angels from going first to third.

    ———————————–

    I was thinking that could be a good possibility against Lackey. Swish has horrible numbers against Lackey. He is hitting 116 in 43 at bats with 17 strikeouts. Melky destroys Lackey he is hitting 360 off him in 25 at bats. Gardner is 1-4 against Lackey (too small of a sample size). That would be the game to use Melky arm in right and Gardner in center based off the pitching matchup.

  150. SJ44 October 15th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    As far as the weather, it will impact both teams and there is nothing anybody can do about it.

    So, worrying about it solves nothing.

    The deeper bullpen usually has the advantage in bad weather.

    The Yankees have the deeper bullpen.

    If the field is compromised, that limits the running game. Again, advantage Yankees.

    Since about half the game at the stadium this year have been impacted by rotten weather, while the Angels usually play in perfect weather, the Yankees are the better “mud team”.

    Like Randy said, its going to be a good, close series.

    Still think the Yankees are the team to beat though. They have just enough to win 4 games in this series.

  151. RS October 15th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    This hot air balloon thing is crazy!

  152. m October 15th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    They need to stop airing this live.

  153. S.A.--Now the real fun begins October 15th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    The Balloon has landed. I hope that little boy is in there.

  154. iiicollies October 15th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    At 11 a.m. Mountain time, Falcon Heene, the 6-year-old son of Richard Heene accidentally lifted off in his father’s helium balloon. After flying for more than two hours over the Colorado plains, the aircraft landed in an empty field.

  155. SJ44 October 15th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Brett Gardner isn’t as good a player as Johnny Damon.

    Guzman isn’t as good a player as Swisher or Matsui.

    Joe Girardi isn’t benching guys for fringe major league player.

    There is no universe, except in video games or for folks who have no idea how to interpret stats, that has Brett Gardner being “as good” a hitter as Johnny Damon.

    Thank God Joe Girardi, and not some of the children on here, is managing this team.

    The Yankees don’t have to make changes in their lineup.

    Its the playoffs. You don’t change your lineup, the lineup that produced the best record in baseball, for the playoffs.

    Especially when you are sitting proven major league players for fringe players.

    Its not a disussion piece. It makes no sense and that’s why Girardi won’t do it.

  156. Erica - always OPPC October 15th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Johnny Damon is hitting .333/.286/.273 against Lackey, Saunders, and Weaver respectively

    That will be my random fact of the day

  157. RS October 15th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    What if the boy’s not in there?

  158. m October 15th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Worse possible news. No one in the balloon. Thoughts go out to the family.

  159. rconn23 October 15th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Apparently some people don’t know the meaning the term “small sample size.”

  160. Erin October 15th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    m
    October 15th, 2009 at 3:40 pm
    Worse possible news. No one in the balloon. Thoughts go out to the family.

    *********
    That’s terrible. I feel horrible for the family.

  161. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who trusts Jose Molina and Chad Gaudin October 15th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Oh my God.

    :(

  162. Erica - always OPPC October 15th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    rconn23
    October 15th, 2009 at 3:41 pm
    Apparently some people don’t know the meaning the term “small sample size.”

    ****
    You are not referring to me are you??

  163. bg90027 October 15th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Taking Hinske off the roster for this series is not a big loss. There’s no need for a LH PH until the WS. I can see the value in giving Gardner a start or two in CF over Melky when Lackey or Weaver are starting, and then having Guzman as a late inning pinch runner. What I worry about though is the potential of using both Gardner and Guzman as PRs in games Gardner doesn’t start. The Angels have a good offense too and are capable of late inning comebacks. I’d hate to lose two big bats in a close game and be battling in extra innings with both Gardner and Guzman coming up in key spots. As long as Giradi doesn’t put them in that spot, its a good roster move.

  164. mick October 15th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Andrew GTLU Bronze Medalist October 15th, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Hey, Abreu is 0-for-3 with a GIDP, sacrifice fly and a walk in his career against Marte. I guess that’s why he is still on the roster for the ALCS?Yankee Trader October 15th, 2009 at 2:23 pm
    YANKEE TRADER
    “Marte is here for Abreu”

    That certainly makes me feel better, considering lefties are batting a meager 1000 against him in the playoffs.

    ———————————————————-
    Does that make you feel better?

  165. Get Yer Damn hands Off Of her! October 15th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    :(

  166. RS October 15th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    What’s a “weather chaser”?

  167. pat October 15th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    I’d like an explanation of this picture.

    http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/.....410151629/

  168. iiicollies October 15th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Cathy Davis of the Larimer County Sheriff’s Department told reporters the balloon was owned by the boy’s parents and tethered behind the family’s home. She said two sons were playing outside when the older boy saw the younger one go into a compartment at the bottom of the balloon and fly away.Cathy Davis of the Larimer County Sheriff’s Department told reporters the balloon was owned by the boy’s parents and tethered behind the family’s home. She said two sons were playing outside when the older boy saw the younger one go into a compartment at the bottom of the balloon and fly away.

    I hope the oldest son was fibbing and his brother never got on

  169. iiicollies October 15th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    a ‘weather chaser’ chases storms, typically tornadoes

  170. Erica - always OPPC October 15th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    pat
    October 15th, 2009 at 3:48 pm
    I’d like an explanation of this picture.

    http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/…..410151629/

    ****

    Looks like they were following the yellow brick road to me

  171. 108 stitches October 15th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Different strategies for each series. Girardi and the coaching staff must feel that Hinske would be more valuable off the bench against the NL in the World Series without the DH.
    If Mike Scoscia uses speed then Girardi wants to match it if the late innings call for it. Brett Gardner will still be the primary speed factor for the Yankees.

  172. Hokiehill October 15th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    would any of you go see a AA baseball team play if it was named “The Flying Squirrels” ??

    Yeah, I won’t either. Thanks Richmond!

  173. S.A.--Now the real fun begins October 15th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    I hope the oldest son was fibbing and his brother never got on

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

    I’m hoping this is the case

  174. Erin October 15th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Erica – always OPPC
    October 15th, 2009 at 3:49 pm
    pat
    October 15th, 2009 at 3:48 pm
    I’d like an explanation of this picture.

    http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/…..410151629/

    ****

    Looks like they were following the yellow brick road to me

    **************
    Good one!

  175. rconn23 October 15th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    “You are not referring to me are you??”

    Erica,

    I’m not referring to anyone in particular. But people get crazy over the results of 20 at bats, or the results of a handful of games.

    There is no reason to bench Johnny Damon, regardless of how he hit in the ALDS.

    Brett Gardner is simply not as good of a hitter.

  176. iiicollies October 15th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    The Angels A team here in Cedar Rapids are called the Kernels

  177. Brandon Awesome (BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!) October 15th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Worst Case Scenerio: The boy fell out

    Best Case Scenerio: He’s hiding b/c the he doesn’t want his parents to find him after messing around w/ the balloon

    My hope is that they find this little boy hiding under a bed or a closet, or something. Then whoop his a..

  178. Hokiehill October 15th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    The worst part is the AA team is associated with the SF Giants…and will be located in Richmond (VA)…how does that even make sense?

    To make matters worse, the Richmond Braves left because our decision makers were too stupid to figure out how to build a new ballpark…now we have a new team coming in and have already scrapped 3 different plans for a new park, so they’ll have to play in the old one until these idiots can figure it out…I don’t see this ending well for the Flying Squirrels…

  179. Erica - always OPPC October 15th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    rconn23
    October 15th, 2009 at 3:52 pm
    “You are not referring to me are you??”

    Erica,

    I’m not referring to anyone in particular. But people get crazy over the results of 20 at bats, or the results of a handful of games.

    There is no reason to bench Johnny Damon, regardless of how he hit in the ALDS.

    ****

    LOL. You are preaching to the choir now. I am the girl who considers Johnny Damon her pretend boyfriend and pouts when he is not in the line up.

    I merely posted his lifetime average against the first 3 Angels starters to prove the point that he has decent numbers against them and benching him would be a very bad idea. (and btw he has 16 PA against Saunders, 22 against Weaver and 51 against Lackey. So that is not a small sample size)..

    Johnny has been taking extra batting practice all week. I have enough trust in him and Kevin Long that he will come out smashing in Game 1 :-)

  180. iiicollies October 15th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    So the Giant Flying Squirrels. Sounds prehistoric

  181. RS October 15th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    “a ‘weather chaser’ chases storms, typically tornadoes”

    Isn’t that kind of asking for trouble?

  182. mick October 15th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    We might see Gardner in CF and Melky in LF vs Lackey as Swisher can’t hit him, another reason why Guzman is here.

    Also I asked this before and nobody had an answer:

    If a game is rained out this weekend, would they still play on Monday in LA? With a late night Sunday game, I doubt they would play the afternoon game 3 as scheduled.

    If they move it to Tuesday then CC can still go on 3 days rest.

  183. Erica - always OPPC October 15th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    RS
    October 15th, 2009 at 3:56 pm
    “a ‘weather chaser’ chases storms, typically tornadoes”

    Isn’t that kind of asking for trouble?

    ****

    Someone here has never seen the movie “Twister”

    Weather Chasers typically do what they do to try to gather as much information about the formation of storms (particularly tornadoes) so that the people in its path get as much warning as possible

  184. mick October 15th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Melky in RF, my bad.

  185. iiicollies October 15th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    It’s looking better

    Falcon Heene was not found in the balloon, and now officials believe that there is a possibility that Falcon could be hiding in the Fort Collins neighborhood, in fear of recriminations.

    “That’s good news and that’s bad news,” said Erik Nilsson, the Larimer County Emergency manager said in a telephone interview.

    “He was no longer in danger from a balloon crash. The bad news is we don’t know where he is.”
    Mr. Nilsson said that “dozens” of law enforcement officers were searching for the 6-year-old boy in his neighborhood. “I am hoping the scenario is that he is scared of punishment and does not want to be found.”

  186. bru October 15th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    i can see gardner starting over melky for a game or putting melky in lf or rf late in the game if we are winning

    no way jg benches damon or swish

  187. RS October 15th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    “Weather Chasers typically do what they do to try to gather as much information about the formation of storms (particularly tornadoes) so that the people in its path get as much warning as possible”

    But is it normal to take kids with you? I guess that’s what my comment was geared at.

  188. Get Yer Damn hands Off Of her! October 15th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Either way, I hope the kid is safe and the family has to pay for all the officials who went out looking for him.

    There goes your “Wife Swap” money.

  189. Erica - always OPPC October 15th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    RS
    October 15th, 2009 at 4:06 pm
    “Weather Chasers typically do what they do to try to gather as much information about the formation of storms (particularly tornadoes) so that the people in its path get as much warning as possible”

    But is it normal to take kids with you? I guess that’s what my comment was geared at.

    ****

    Oh. No, that is not normal. LOL

    However, I just learned from people.com that this was a couple who appeared on the reality show “Wife Swap” so i am guessing they are not the most normal to begin with

  190. bru October 15th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    i also think girrardi waits til after game 1 to make a decision about a 3 man or 4 man rotation

  191. Erica - always OPPC October 15th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Pictures of the family
    http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20313073,00.html

  192. Erin October 15th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    I hope they can get the game in tomorrow. I’m going through withdrawl! LOL

  193. Erica - always OPPC October 15th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    27 hours and 46 minutes until Game 1!!!!

  194. Brandon Awesome (BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!) October 15th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    All I’m gonna say is if/when this little boy is found hug him tonight, whip his a– red tomorrow.

  195. MikeBoston October 15th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    “a ‘weather chaser’ chases storms, typically tornadoes”

    Isn’t that kind of asking for trouble?

    ****

    Someone here has never seen the movie “Twister”

    ****

    Or the Omni/Imax film called Storm Chasers. I worked at the Museum of Science when this film was released. Yes it is a dangerous job but the research they do is critical in many facets of both the current storm (mostly hurricanes, but), in terms of storm path, strength, as well ways to predict storms and their paths/strengths in the future.
    If you really want a better education in this check out that movie, not the silly, horrendously acted “Twister” where they only deal with tornadoes.

  196. Erica - always OPPC October 15th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Brandon Awesome (BECAUSE I’M AWESOME!)
    October 15th, 2009 at 4:11 pm
    All I’m gonna say is if/when this little boy is found hug him tonight, whip his a– red tomorrow.

    ****

    My grandma used to always love telling the story of when my dad was 3. There had been a rash of kidnappings in the neighborhood and all of the parents were really freaked out.

    One day my grandma took my dad, 3 and my uncle, 7 to a department store. She turned away for a minute to see something and told my dad to stay with my uncle. When she turned around my dad was gone.

    My grandma panicked and called the police and my grandfather at work, and a search went underway for my father

    Two and a half hours later my father appeared. He had gotten tired and crawled into a dresser drawer to take a nap. All of the noise woke him up.

    And yeah, he got it big time :-)

  197. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes October 15th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Why would Girardi take Melky’s arm and bat out of the lineup?

    Girardi is a numbers guy, and as such, he’s not going to discount Melky’s .393/.485 and OPS of .949 vs. the Angels this season.

    If 28 ABs is too small a sample size for ya, he’s .318/.383 in 107 career ABs against the Angels.

    He also has an OPS plus of 165 in Anaheim this year.

    And he is a switch hitter with some pop from both sides of the plate at home.

    He also is hitting .360 against Lackey.

  198. iiicollies October 15th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Funny, I did the same thing in Brooklyn department store (maybe A&S) when I was 2 – thought it would be fun to play ‘Hide & Seek’

  199. Erica - always OPPC October 15th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    iiicollies
    October 15th, 2009 at 4:19 pm
    Funny, I did the same thing in Brooklyn department store (maybe A&S) when I was 2 – thought it would be fun to play ‘Hide & Seek’

    ****

    I am guessing it wasn’t a very fun game

  200. mick October 15th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Swisher has a good chance to sit tomorrow.

    He cannot hit Lackey and needs a serious wake-up call.

    Play Gardy in CF and Melky in RF where his arm can keep them from going 1st to 3rd.

  201. upstate kate October 15th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    why does Swish need a wake up call? He wasn’t the only one not hitting and he made some great defensive plays.

  202. bru October 15th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    bodhisattva – Destiny Wears Pinstripes
    October 15th, 2009 at 4:16 pm
    Why would Girardi take Melky’s arm and bat out of the lineup?

    Girardi is a numbers guy, and as such, he’s not going to discount Melky’s .393/.485 and OPS of .949 vs. the Angels this season.

    If 28 ABs is too small a sample size for ya, he’s .318/.383 in 107 career ABs against the Angels.

    He also has an OPS plus of 165 in Anaheim this year.

    And he is a switch hitter with some pop from both sides of the plate at home.

    He also is hitting .360 against Lackey.

    ———————————————————

    we know melky is starting game 1 at home against lackey

    that puts that to rest

  203. William Buckner October 15th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    “Two and a half hours later my father appeared. He had gotten tired and crawled into a dresser drawer to take a nap. All of the noise woke him up.”

    Did the same thing in a department store as a child. Hid in a clothes rack.

    I still have the welts to prove it.

  204. mick October 15th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Have you checked out Swishers #’s against Lackey?

    Why do you think Guzman was added?

    I would start Gardner game 1 and let the Angels worry about OUR running game. How about that?

  205. mick October 15th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Swisher and Damon both need wake-up calls.

  206. Carl October 15th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    mick

    Might as well sit Rod while you’re at it.

  207. Erica - always OPPC October 15th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    mick
    October 15th, 2009 at 4:27 pm
    Swisher and Damon both need wake-up calls.

    ****

    Do you think Damon is unaware of his batting situation in the ALDS???? This is well covered territory. He knows he had a crummy series offensively. He took extra batting practice this week. Have some faith that him and Kevin Long worked hard and will have a much better result tomorrow

  208. Doreen October 15th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Hey, all. I’ve had a busy few days, so I’ve just been popping in and out.

    SJ44 -

    I love the idea that the Yankees are “mudders!”

    Not much to say or to add. Until they start to play, it’s all academic, right? I’m glad I’ve had a few things to take care of that kept me away. Because it just gives me a dizzy headache, you know??? :lol:

    Erica -

    I’m loving the countdowns!!!!

    AND –

    I just picked up my DVR and it’ll be in by tomorrow before game time. Yay!!!

  209. mick October 15th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    as far as swishs great defensive plays…his throw to force the runner at 2nd was right in front of him, was he supposed to lob it in?

    the one that got gomez rounding the bag also was alert but not a great play. if anything jeter deked him into thinking there was no throw.

  210. 100 pitches of fun... October 15th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    I would keep Melky in CF for the next 2 games or so and hope that he starts hitting. With the Angels running you want Melky’s arm in the outfield over Gardner. Melky’s arm hasn’t been accurate this season. But at least they would respect his arm, Gardner they will just run like crazy. But if the rest of the lineup starts hitting especially Swish and Cano at the bottom the CFer doesn’t matter.

  211. iiicollies October 15th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    I asked this question earlier

    Were most of the successful running teams of the past based in temperate, low rain cities? I’m thinking for example the Dodgers of the early 60s. Can you think of more cases – or recent exceptions to this hypothesis?

    Any thoughts?

  212. mick October 15th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    carl

    that is a ridiculous statement.

    are you equating aROD TO swisher?

    not I, my friend.

  213. Erica - always OPPC October 15th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Awesome Doreen!! Thanks

    Just make sure you do the DVR installation WAY before the start of the game. Do not wait for the last minute. It took mine about 30 minutes to boot up the first time when I did it and I missed the first 15 minutes of the Greys Anatomy season premiere.

    Please let me know you love it!

  214. Erica - always OPPC October 15th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    new thread
    :arrow:

  215. mick October 15th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Really don’t think starting Gardner over Swisher in game 1 is so outrageous.

  216. Number23 October 15th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    “There is no reason to bench Johnny Damon, regardless of how he hit in the ALDS.”

    No one is really suggesting replacing Damon with Gardner, though that Damon feels the need for extra BP is more cause for worry than hope that he’ll pull out of his slump anytime soon.

    I was just defending Gardner by pointing out that the Yankees wouldn’t have done any worse if he had played instead of Damon in the ALDS. You have to give Damon the benefit of the doubt that he’ll start to hit.

    The obvious scenario to get Gardner in the game is to replace Melky, which as someone arrogantly pointed out, is not a case of Girardi doing something differently for the playoffs. For much of the season, Gardner was getting steady playing time, mostly against righties.

    I’m a fan of Gardner’s mostly because I’m not a fan of Melky’s. I think he’s marginal at best and he’ll never be the solid centerfielder that the Yankees have always had during their championship runs. He had one month early this year in which he hit well, since then he’s been the same inconsistent hitter that he always has been. I wish I had a dollar for every time he tapped back to the pitcher. On the days when Melky and Molina are at the bottom of the order, you’re handing the other team two near-automatic outs.

  217. champ809 October 15th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    a couple of things;

    with the configuration of the Angels lineup it makes all the sense in the worldto have Marte in the pen. You guys are exagerating how “awful” he was in the ALDS i mean for christ’s sake he gave up 2 ground ball singles to two of the best hitters the Twins have in Mauer and Kubel….relax!

    as far as the Angels only having 1 “true” lefty bat in Abreu their switch hitters are all better from the left side and i think late in the game particularly at the House that George built you’ll want to turn Morales,Figgins,Aybar around with the short porch in rf….Marte could come back and in the few oppurtunities that he’s given pitch great for the next week and that could very well be the “x-factor” that gets us back to the dance

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