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Romine in Trenton’s lineup

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 20, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

It seemed like an extreme longshot anyway, but it looks like you can rule out Austin Romine as a catcher call-up. Romine is in today’s Trenton lineup against New Hampshire.

Donnie Collins has chimed in with his thoughts on potential call-ups, and he mentioned the possibility of Chad Huffman getting a chance in the Yankees outfield. Huffman is a right-handed corner outfielder with power and a .387 batting average in his past 10 games.

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125 Responses to “Romine in Trenton’s lineup”

  1. z May 20th, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    The section that covers this situation in Joe’s binder is one page, and it consists of one giant question mark.

  2. ac1 May 20th, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Well try anything, just get some people up who can actually help the team instead of taking 3 bench players and 2 that cannot even play.

  3. Jerkface May 20th, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Why can’t a person love both????????????????????????

    You may love whomever you want, but a power gay duet will outshine everything

  4. mick May 20th, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    will pena start in RF tonight?

  5. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 20th, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Donnie Collins has chimed in with his thoughts on potential call-ups, and he mentioned the possibility of Chad Huffman getting a chance in the Yankees outfield. Huffman is a right-handed corner outfielder with power and a .387 batting average in his past 10 games.
    **************

    I would give him a try if it meant putting Thames on the DL

  6. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 20th, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Why should Thames go on the DL at this point? If anyone should go on the DL, it’s Swisher…………

  7. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 20th, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Jerkface May 20th, 2010 at 12:15 pm
    Why can’t a person love both????????????????????????

    ?

    You may love whomever you want, but a power gay duet will outshine everything

    ************************

    Where were you during the game thread last night when I was telling NYY626 to watch the Glee (immediately) for this very duet. Pay some attention! Ugh :roll:

  8. Erin May 20th, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Erica – always OPPC – Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 20th, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    I would give him a try if it meant putting Thames on the DL

    ***************************
    You want Thames off the team whatever way possible, don’t you??? ;)

  9. Sara May 20th, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    This is my first post today, so I’m sure everybody already tackled this…but Moeller?? Come one! He’s a washed up 35 year old who’s a placeholder in AAA. He can’t hit! He can’t come off the bench. He’ll be catching the day after a night game, and useless the rest of the time! We need some bats (obviously!) And is Golson coming back up today? We need an OF.

  10. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 20th, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Betsy – Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 20th, 2010 at 12:16 pm
    Why should Thames go on the DL at this point? If anyone should go on the DL, it?s Swisher????

    *************

    Cause they swear Swisher will be good any day now (okay, we have heard that before).

    And Thames doesn’t contribute a whole lot anyway. Putting him on the DL is not an epic loss if you want to give someone else an audition

  11. Dallas Braden May 20th, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    I’d love to swap Huffman for Winn, Please god, Please god let swish be ok and let Huffman jump in for Winn

  12. Andrew May 20th, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Betsy why are you obsessed with Swisher being put on the DL? If he plays on Friday will you still want him put on the DL? It is ridiculous you post the same thing over and over again, and there has been no indication it is happening. He has been reporting feeling better consistently yet what, he is just lying and it’s impossible he is actually getting better and he should actually be removed from participating in a game from now until May 31st? It doesn’t make any sense. Unless there is new information or the severity of his injury has increased why would he go on the DL?

  13. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 20th, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Erin May 20th, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    You want Thames off the team whatever way possible, don?t you???

    **************

    Basically. But I am way too much of a lady (and Yankee fan) to say how I really feel

    I don’t think I have despised someone in a Yankee uniform this much since Betemit

  14. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 20th, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Thames has done a fine job, IMO (well, not in the OF though). They keep saying Swisher’s improving, but he’s still feeling something. I say DL him and figure it out – we just can’t keep playing with this short roster.

  15. mick May 20th, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Why would you hate Thames?

  16. GeorgeInJax May 20th, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Montero & Romine are better served where they are now.
    Better to call them up when they don’t have the pressure to have to produce immediately.

    I think it was a very good move by Cashman to sign Moeller to a minor league deal.
    You might be critical of Moeller, but who else were you going to get for a minor league deal? He’ll work out well in the short term.

  17. Jerkface May 20th, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Where were you during the game thread last night when I was telling NYY626 to watch the Glee (immediately) for this very duet. Pay some attention! Ugh

    Was focusing all my energy on sending bad juju waves to the Rays. It might have misfired and caused Thames to roll his ankle

  18. Erin May 20th, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Erica – always OPPC – Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 20th, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Basically. But I am way too much of a lady (and Yankee fan) to say how I really feel

    I don?t think I have despised someone in a Yankee uniform this much since Betemit

    ***********************
    I know exactly what you mean.

    I felt the same way about Betemit. I was at work when the Swish trade happened, and one of the guys who’s a big CWS fan came up and asked me what Betemit was like as a player. I had a very hard time keeping a straight face. lol

  19. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 20th, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    mick May 20th, 2010 at 12:22 pm
    Why would you hate Thames?
    **********

    I think its the defense that burns me

    And lets face it, I would hate any outfielder the Yankees signed this offseason that didn’t have a certain name….

  20. GeorgeInJax May 20th, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Thames has done well in the role he was brought in to do, which is hit lefties.

    He’s not a great everyday player, but that was never intended to be his role.

  21. Jerkface May 20th, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Why would you hate Thames?

    He only brings 1 thing to the table, power. He is a low contact, low average, low on base slugger who is slow and can’t field.

    He looks like he literally does not know how his own hands work while fielding. He is fine for an occasional DH vs lefties and pinch hitting, but the dude isnt a full time player on a team like the yankees.

    Unfortunately due to injuries he is.

  22. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 20th, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Erin May 20th, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    I know exactly what you mean.

    I felt the same way about Betemit. I was at work when the Swish trade happened, and one of the guys who?s a big CWS fan came up and asked me what Betemit was like as a player. I had a very hard time keeping a straight face. lol
    **************

    Hahaha. After a few weeks in the CWS organization one of their scouts declared him “the worst baseball player he has ever seen”

  23. BigGuy May 20th, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    I can’t see why there’s even any thought that Romine or Montero would be called up. They aren’t going to start their arbitration clocks. They view both as serious players down the line. If they felt they were backup types that would be a different story. They signed Moeller for this exact reason, to be a backup in NY if one of the 2 top catchers went down with an injury. They have an open spot on the 40 man roster since they let Christian Garcia go too. I’ve been watching Chad Huffman and he’s been hitting well the last couple weeks. He’d be my choice as the outfielder.

  24. mick May 20th, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Don’t hate. Thames is a good man.

  25. hardwired May 20th, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Olney on Papelbon:

    A talent evaluator on Jonathan Papelbon: “He doesn’t have the same mechanics he used to. He flies open in his delivery, and he really is only commanding on the arm side [of the plate].”

    For a right-hander like Papelbon, that means he can throw strikes inside to right-handed hitters, but he is struggling to get the ball to the outside corner against right-handed batters, and inside to left-handed hitters. “He just can’t get his fastball the way that he used to,” said the talent evaluator.

    These numbers, from Albert Larcada of ESPN Stats & Information, seem to support that observation — this is the percentage of all RHB at-bats resolved with the pitch outside in the strike zone versus RHB at-bats resolved with the pitch in the strike zone.

    2007: 44.8%
    2008: 44.0%
    2009: 57.7%
    2010: 38.5%

    The combined numbers:

    2007-09: 48.9%
    2010: 38.5%

    cavaet emptor when/if he hits the free agent market after next year.

    I’ll bet the Sox move him.

  26. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 20th, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Thames is a terrific guy and he’s a good story, whatwith his mother being almost completely paralyzed for 28 years and still raising her children by herself.

  27. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 20th, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Jerkface May 20th, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Was focusing all my energy on sending bad juju waves to the Rays. It might have misfired and caused Thames to roll his ankle
    *****************

    :-(

  28. Patrick May 20th, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    something tells me

    ‘Everyone sucks except SJ and CB’

    ‘Smarter Than You’

    &

    ‘Patrick’

    have very similar i.p. addresses.

    I have no idea who any of those people are. I only post under this name although around trade deadline time I sometimes add “the Prospect Hugger” to the end of my name.

  29. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 20th, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Jerkface, those are reasons not to be happy with a player (if you’re inclined to do so, which I am not), but to hate him?

  30. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 20th, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Betsy – Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 20th, 2010 at 12:25 pm
    Thames is a terrific guy and he?s a good story, whatwith his mother being almost completely paralyzed for 28 years and still raising her children by herself.

    ***************

    Thats sad, but that doesn’t mean he is a great basball player.
    By those definitions, Joba’s a good story too. Doesn’t stop people from hating on him and doesn’t mean that he is effective right now

  31. Joe from Long Island May 20th, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Erica – I really think you are selling Thames short. He is a much better player than Betemit, in my opinion.

    And Chad Moeller is solely a stopgap, backup for a couple of weeks, tops. He is reported as fairly decent in working with a pitcher, which is all the Yanks want from that spot right now. Of course, it would be great if he were a better hitter. But better hitting catchers aren’t exactly falling from trees; and why give up a trade chip for someone you’ll only need for a relatively small number of games? That’s not a good value, in my opinion.

    Since Romine is playing at Trenton today, it won’t be him, I guess the consensus from the Yanks is that it wouldn’t be best to use him to fill this role, what with the limited playing time he would see, working as Cervelli’s backup.

  32. ac1 May 20th, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    we get the argument against romine and montero but the arb clock is not the reason. we arent the rays, nats or anyone else. we dont worry about arb clocks.

  33. The Question Is Moot May 20th, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Patrick:

    http://www.vidlit.com/mybad/mybad_cover.jpg

  34. Wave Your Hat May 20th, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Swisher can’t be DL’d, we are going to need him this weekend vs the two LHP’s, remember Winn can’t hit them.

  35. ac1 May 20th, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    yankees seem to be real quiet though today and havent announced the changes and i think there can be up to 3.

    i am hoping they send logan down and get golson back up here. Golson, Huffna and Moeller ( :( )

  36. Jerkface May 20th, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Jerkface, those are reasons not to be happy with a player (if you’re inclined to do so, which I am not), but to hate him?

    Sports are divisive. What do you want? I feel the same way I felt whenever Jeff Karstens would start, or that time Redding made a start. Or when we signed Bellhorn for like 10 games.

    I mean if I’m not happy with the player what feeling should I be feeling? Sad for him?

    Thames is a guy brought in, who might have got his start with the yankees ,but played no part with the yankees in the past 6 years, doesn’t have a great personality, doesn’t do any wacky things that make him a fan favorite.

    He just has no redeeming qualities except that walk off HR

  37. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 20th, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    I wouldn’t expect any news on the moves till about 4 o’clock.

  38. Erin May 20th, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Wave Your Hat May 20th, 2010 at 12:29 pm
    Swisher can?t be DL?d,

    **************************
    I really don’t think he will be. Maybe I’m being totally naive, because we have been hearing he’ll be back any day for a while now, but I do think he’ll be back any day. LOL

  39. ac1 May 20th, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Thames has been better at the plate than expected. Winn is the disappointment. He was brought for fielding but even that has been sub-par.

  40. Wave Your Hat May 20th, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    13 pitchers is now an unaffordable luxury. Actually, with Thames hurt but not DL’d, Swisher hurt but not DL’d, Winn only good against RHP, Pena the only back-up and heading into an NL park, I’d drop down to 11 pitchers.

  41. mick May 20th, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    what day was Posada retroactive to on DL???

  42. sevrox May 20th, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Average age for Tampa Bay Ray = 27.5
    Average age for New York Yankee = 28.4

    Next argument?

  43. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 20th, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Erica, I didn’t say he was a great player….oh well. Different strokes for different folks…..

  44. Joe from Long Island May 20th, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Absolutely, Marcus Thames is being called on to be more than he is. He was signed to be a DH/PH against lefties, and to play the OF in a pinch. He was not brought in to be a regular, but because of the injuries to Curtis and Swish he has been forced into that role.

    In time, Curtis and Swish will return, and Thames will go back to what he does best. Just have to make the best of a sub-optimal situation till then. Winners always find a way to get it done.

  45. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 20th, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Joe from Long Island May 20th, 2010 at 12:28 pm
    Erica ? I really think you are selling Thames short. He is a much better player than Betemit, in my opinion.
    *************

    Well, I think anyone would be better than Betemit.

    I am trying to remember, that Thames was only supposed to bat in certain situations. But that doesn’t excuse him from his ghastly fielding.

    And I am sorry, but it really burns me that people were so against Johnny Damon because of his “deteriorating defense” and this clown is out there dropping fly balls

  46. Chip May 20th, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Doreen -

    Agreed.

    The Yankees will wait and see how Thames and Swisher feel when they report to the park this afternoon.

    If one or both of those guys is good to go, they can hold off on calling up another OF. If they’re both still too nicked up to play then I think either Huffman, Winfree or Golson will be up here.

    Scranton’s in Indy today and I’m sure the Yankees will have a charter on the runway that can get them to NY in plenty of time.

  47. champ809 May 20th, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    GTLU
    SS- Jeter
    CF- Gardy
    1B- Tex
    3B- ARod
    2b- Robbie’s heating up again
    RF- Swish
    C- Velli
    DH- Miranda
    LF- Winn

    SP & WP Andy”Ace”Pettite rights the ship with 7 strong 2runs/0walks/6 Ks and 6-0…..

  48. mick May 20th, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Miranda doesn’t appear to be the answer at DH.

  49. Jerkface May 20th, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Miranda is hitting: .176 .300 .412 .712 in a limited sample.

  50. Andrew May 20th, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    mick Posada was retroactive to Sunday, that’s his last game action. Earliest he could return is the 30th of May, seems more likely that the earliest would be during the week of June 6-12, but that’s assuming that he actually heals faster and is ahead of schedule. More likely that 3rd week of June return.

  51. mick May 20th, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Rotating DH aside, it’s nice to have a real one.
    NJ will be missed as is Matsui.

  52. Jerkface May 20th, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    That is better than Jeter, Pena, Winn, Texiera from the left side

  53. GeorgeInJax May 20th, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    We need another outfielder.
    Russo, Huffman, or Winfree
    It’s sad, but I’d feel more comfortable with any of these kids than Winn.

    Hopefully Swisher doesn’t hurt himself any worse than he is.

    We could send Miranda back down & have Thames DH for a bit to pen another roster spot.

  54. mick May 20th, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Thanks, Andrew.

  55. champ809 May 20th, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    “And I am sorry, but it really burns me that people were so against Johnny Damon because of his “deteriorating defense” and this clown is out there dropping fly balls”
    **********************************************************************

    the big difference is this clown’s atrocious D only costs us 900k….Damon wanted 3yr/36mil for his atrocious D…

  56. mick May 20th, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Doesn’t Weber play the OF?
    That guy can hit.

  57. z May 20th, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Hard to have any bad feelings towards Thames after reading that article that was posted the other day.

    http://www.myyesnetwork.com/16.....ppy_return

    He’s a family.

    His mom has been through hell.

    I’d like to see him succeed (realistically, though, he’s a one-trick pony).

  58. Patrick May 20th, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    As bad as Damon is in the field, he’s not nearly as bad as Thames

  59. Joe from Long Island May 20th, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    I know, Erica, but, again, Thames was thrown into a situation. It would be like Johnny being asked to play CF again. He can’t do it, and there would be the risk of botched plays. Just like Thames. The solution is to put him back into the job that he is more capable of doing – the DH/PH thing. You can be an emergency OF for a game or two. He’s been asked to do it on a regular basis, that’s the real problem. But, remember, it will be short term.

  60. champ809 May 20th, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Miranda’s a better hitter than Thames George why the hell would we do that?

    Besides which without Miranda and Swish unavailable we hav no backup 1B should something happen to Tex.

  61. m May 20th, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Aint no way Thames plays today. I wouldn’t be surprised if his ankle is swollen today.

    Who are the pitchers on the roster?

    CC
    AJ
    Andy
    Javy
    Phil
    Rivera
    Chamberlain
    Park
    melancon
    Logan
    Damaso
    Sergio
    ?

    Logan needs to be sent down. He’s not a bad kid, just pitches badly. Let him air it out in AAA for a bit.

    Need to take off Posada and add an OF & a catcher.

    Logan/Posada for Moeller/Golson. And if they can find a way to swap Winn with Russo, that works, too. :)

  62. Bob Michaels May 20th, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    You mean Girardi doesn`t want add another pitcher for the Bull pen?

  63. Andrew May 20th, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    I think Weber has stunk up the joint in Scranton so far this year and I don’t know if he’s on the 40-man. Chad Huffman is the next in line for a call-up if they don’t tab Golson, he’s been hot and is good defensively although I don’t know if he can play CF (but it shouldn’t matter since Winn and Gardner can).

  64. mick May 20th, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    I’m sorry, losing both Damon and Matsui was too much.
    They are character guys as well as great hitters.
    You don’t replace them so easily.
    Still don’t get it.

  65. m May 20th, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    mick,

    I disagree, the way that NJ was playing, his production won’t be missed much. Disclaimer, I’m not a huge NJ fan, but I’d rather see Miranda than NJ.

  66. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 20th, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    I think GTLU should be cancelled today due to the fact no one knows who can actually play the outfield

  67. Andrew May 20th, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Also unfortunately I think Logan survives yet AGAIN, because Melancon took one for the team last night and threw something like 40 largely ineffective pitches. If he puts up zeroes following Logan’s predictable turdburger then Logan gets optioned, probably. But not the case.

  68. Bob Michaels May 20th, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Girardi should Catch if needed. He`s a MGR of all seasons. Put him on the roster.

  69. champ809 May 20th, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Patrick

    Damon’s not as bad a glove as Thames but’s also not 9 times better as his salary would suggest

  70. z May 20th, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Tony Pena to the rescue.

    half-kidding. wouldn’t surprise me if he could still play.

  71. m May 20th, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Andrew,

    I saw some, but not all of Melancon’s appearance.

    What happened? People always bring up stuff like “not enough use”, “too much use”, any number of things.

    Why has he been so hittable in the majors?

  72. mick May 20th, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    M, his obp was near 400. Still walked a lot.

  73. GeorgeInJax May 20th, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    RE
    champ809 May 20th, 2010 at 12:39 pm
    Miranda’s a better hitter than Thames George why the hell would we do that?

    Besides which without Miranda and Swish unavailable we hav no backup 1B should something happen to Tex.
    —————————————————–
    I like Miranda & think he is good hitter, I think he’d do great in anyone else’s lineup since we have 1B locked up.
    We are thin in the outfield now is what it is. It was just a thought for opening a active roster spot.

  74. Patrick from CT May 20th, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Golson got a couple of hits the last time he was up and he can run.
    Get him up to play OF tonight with Gardy and Winn; what ever. At least they will catch the ball. I keep Swish out until they face a lefty and I think the Mets are throwing two. The guy we need back is Granderson and his LH power bat. Playing 2 backups in the OF is not going to work for much longer.
    As for catcher, Moeller is going to play once per week so who cares.

  75. charlestonchew May 20th, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Swisher should be put retroactively on the DL. We have outfielders who can play somewhat in AAA and there’s no reason they can’t get a few hits off ML pitching for a few days. There aren’t exactly readily available scouting reports on all of them.

    Let’s DL Swisher and send down Melancon. DL Posada.
    Call up Moeller, Golson/Huffman, and Nunez.

    Then we have an actual bench again.

  76. m May 20th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Well, the walks I miss. If Jeter would stop swinging at pitches 5 feet out of the zone, it’d make up for some of those walks.

  77. Andrew May 20th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    I was at the game m, he was behind every hitter and then once he got into a bad count he basically was grooving pitches and getting rocked. He seemed hesitant in terms of attacking the zone. Didn’t help that he came in with a man on 2nd and a run already in via Mr. Boo LeftyCan’tGetLeftiesOut Logan, but he also didn’t seem to be able to locate at all. Plus his fastball is not effective when it’s predictable and he can’t locate his breaking pitches, which he didn’t seem able to do. He also mentally (armchair psychologist time) realized he was probably in there to log innings and save the bullpen, i.e. knew he was going to get sent down again immediately in order to bring in a fresh usable player again, and that may have had an effect on his aggressiveness. But again, that’s just armchair psychologizing on my part.

  78. champ809 May 20th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Miranda 2 days ago hit a 420 ft bomb and drove in 2runs going 2 for 5…two days before that he hit a double of the 407ft in dead center….

    He takes an 0-4 yesterday and he’s apparently not the answer?

    Where do you people come from?

  79. mick May 20th, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    ok miranda is the answer

  80. Fran (the original) May 20th, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Erica,

    It does seem like a Joe Girardi kind of day for GTLU,

  81. GeorgeInJax May 20th, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    The Sanchez kid is still looking good:

    Romulo Sanchez struck out seven and allowed one hit over six innings for his second win as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Indianapolis, 7-5, on Wednesday.

  82. Andrew May 20th, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    The Jeter at-bat with the bases loaded infuriated me to no end last night. He did a great job working Cormier to 3-0, and took the courtesy get-one-over strike. But he got over-aggressive 3-1 and hits a weak roller to SS? Honestly Jeter used to not worry about hitting with 2 strikes, and his swing should make it not a big deal to hit with 2 strikes since he can fight off pitches by waiting longer to start his swing. But instead he is jumping at a non-optimal 3-1 pitch and not squaring the ball up in a situation where a hit totally changes the dynamic of the game. That really annoyed me–it’s obvious he is just slumping across the board but that AB was a bad manifestation of it.

  83. five iron from fenway May 20th, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    I think Miranda has actually looked good.
    He’s got the homerun. Hit a couple of balls really hard – including the line drive to right that was caught.
    Even the double play against the Sox was a hard hit ball up the middle. With the runner on first going, if Papelbon doesn’t get to the ball it is probably only one out (at first) with the tying run scoring from third.
    He also made a really nice scoop at first on the Arod throw yesterday.
    He does not look over-marched at all. I think he deserves more PT while Johnson is on the DL.

  84. Billy D May 20th, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    “Average age for Tampa Bay Ray = 27.5
    Average age for New York Yankee = 28.4″

    Can be pretty reasonably argued that the Yankees reliance on mid 30-somethings, such as Mo, Pettitte, Burnett, Arod, Posada, and Jeter dwarfs that of the Rays, who rely on nobody in that age bracket.

  85. Patrick May 20th, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Damon’s not as bad a glove as Thames but’s also not 9 times better as his salary would suggest

    Yeah true, but the contract isn’t just based on fielding. Damon is much more valuable than Thames although you’re probably right, having Thames is getting more bang for your buck.

    Still, I don’t think you could successfully argue that you’d rather have Thames over Damon this year. I gotta be honest, I really wish we had JD right about now.

    Obviously if Johnson and Granderson don’t go down I wouldn’t feel this way.

  86. five iron from fenway May 20th, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    or “over-matched”

  87. mick May 20th, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Andrew, what about leading off with Gardy?

  88. m May 20th, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Andrew,

    That’s unfortunate. Sounds like more of the same from Melancon. A lot of people were banking on him figuring it out.

  89. Billy D May 20th, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    “Romulo Sanchez struck out seven and allowed one hit over six innings for his second win as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Indianapolis, 7-5, on Wednesday”

    Effectively wild. He threw about 50% strikes and walked six.

  90. m May 20th, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    miranda also had a pretty nice pick on the 3 bouncer from Alex yesterday.

  91. Billy D May 20th, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Andrew:

    That Jeter AB was the arguably the most important of the night. That was their opportunity to truly get back in it. Very disappointing.

  92. rconn23 May 20th, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    It’s ridiculous to have animosity toward Marcus Thames, for crying out loud. He was a guy who was signed to minor league deal, and was basically going to be a fifth outfielder and backup DH.

    He’s hit very well for the team, and he’s strung together good at bats – showing patience and getting on base -even though he’s not getting hits. Injuries have forced him into a larger role, and it’s not his fault.

    The guy was basically in tears after the game where he dropped the pop up. He’s not a good fielder and everyone knew this going into the season. Again, injuries have forced the team’s hand.

    Saying he has no “redeeming qualities” is just absurd.

  93. Jerkface May 20th, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Melancon had a better 2nd inning. His first inning he was brought in undesirable conditions.

  94. raymagnetic (Who's Your Pap-py?!?!) May 20th, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    “mick says:
    May 20, 2010 at 12:35 pm
    Miranda doesn’t appear to be the answer at DH.”

    based on about 15 at bats :???:

  95. champ809 May 20th, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    About Melancon

    “Why has he been so hittable in the majors?….”

    If you check out his game logs you will see that he has not been as hittable as perceived….

    Again this is a young player trying to get established in the bigs which has been his dream since he was a kid and he hasn’t been afforded regular use. It’s tough.

    Although if you look at his performance last year in his second callup to close the season he was much more consistent as he got more regular use. he just needs to pitch and will settle in and be fine. imo

  96. Andrew May 20th, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    mick it wouldn’t surprise me if Girardi tried it but I don’t know how much good it will do. Jeter still needs to swing at better pitches regardless of if it’s the 1 or 2 spot he’s in. His pitch recognition is definitely not where it usually is. I honestly don’t buy that he’s slumping because of a pinky injury just because he has hit some balls hard this month, but his problem is more chasing bad pitches and not consistently squaring the ball up when it’s in the zone

  97. mick May 20th, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    And to be fair that Thames drop was on a rainy , windy night.

  98. Jerkface May 20th, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Saying he has no “redeeming qualities” is just absurd.

    Ok his 1 redeeming quality is crying in baseball. Bucking the trend of THERE’S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL!!

  99. Joe from Long Island May 20th, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Agree – Miranda is doing his part. I’d play him some more. Let him get his bearings before declaring him a failure. Heck, the Yankees need to decide on his future, with NJ out might as well find out now.

  100. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 20th, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Fran (the original) May 20th, 2010 at 12:49 pm
    Erica,

    It does seem like a Joe Girardi kind of day for GTLU,

    **************

    It could be anything.
    I would even take a guess that someone is on a train from Scranton who could be in the line up

  101. Michelle May 20th, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Thames should be the one on the DL so we don’t have to see him in the outfield at Citifield. That is going to be brutal.

  102. Hey Kelvin says May 20th, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    I don’t think swisher will be DL’ed, that is why they haven’t done so already. Resting him is better then 15 day DL.

    Huffman or Winfree will most likely be the OF called up.

    As for the new C on the bench well everything indicates it to be Moeller, but I cross my fingers for somebody else.

  103. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 20th, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    ARGH :mad:

  104. mick May 20th, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Jete doesn’t look himself, even at short, he seems to be nursing it over to 1st, his head doesn’t seem to be in the game at the plate either

  105. Patrick from CT May 20th, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Miranda should stay with this team until Nick Johnson is 100%. He has hit the ball and played just fine at 1B last night. Don’t know why anyone would suggest sending him back down unless you haven’t been watching the guy play…
    Thames won’t play in the field for a while and that is just fine. Hopefully he can pinch hit this weekend. I wouldn’t let Swish hit LH for another few days so he’s out tonight and I bet Joe is going to agree. Bring up an OF to play tonight; Hoffman or Golson makes no difference to me…

  106. ac1 May 20th, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Miranda is fine. Winn is a problem.

  107. Uncle Ellsworth May 20th, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Mo, cried, Jeter cried, Sado cried

  108. mick May 20th, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    cries for help…

  109. z May 20th, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Houston, we have a problem.

  110. m May 20th, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Isn’t irregular work the nature of being a relief pitcher? Anyway we need Joba and Robertson to figure it out. Robertson’s the one I forgot on my pitching roster! It’s been so long since I’ve seen him pitch.

    You know what I really miss? A fireman on the team. Who was the last one we had that wasn’t named Rivera?

    Maybe Bruney (pre-arsonist days)?

  111. m May 20th, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Did anyone e-mail Chad yet? I’m not going to if it’s been done.

  112. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 20th, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    new thread :arrow:

    Crazy stays here

  113. Billy D May 20th, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    “Melancon had a better 2nd inning. His first inning he was brought in undesirable conditions.”

    Kind of what relief pitchers do, no?

  114. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 20th, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    m-

    I did. Twice.

  115. YankWatcher May 20th, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    I would have liked to see Romine given a chance to be backup here for the next few weeks. He is hitting over .300 in AA.

    All you Montero worshippers — have you checked this season’s stats? The “beast” is currently hitting .230 in AAA with only 3 homers in over 120 at bats. Seems he is not such a beast when up against some better pitching…at least not yet.

    Seems like Cervelli just will not get any respect from some on this forum no matter how great a job he does (ie. the guy who wants to put “one of the young studs” in as a starter with Cisco as backup). Gimme a break!

  116. Brandon's Awesome (B/c my AWESOMENESS believes in tasing fans that jump fences) May 20th, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    ‘based on about 15 at bats’

    you gotta love band wagon fans :? he also missed a GW hit by that much, and hit a HR in 15 ABs and a couple of doubles.

  117. charlestonchew May 20th, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Jeter has been hard to watch the past few days. At the plate, he’s swinging at everything and in the field, his reaction time is miniscule. It’s as if he can’t get to any hard hit balls unless they’re right at him.

    Watch some of the replay of the game and you’ll see what I mean.

    He needs to be rested for a few days. You know he’s hurt, it’s just hard to know what’s getting at him. I know he was hit by a few pitches and I believe, correct me if I’m wrong, that one of them had something to do with his hand.

    He just looks awful out there and his AVG is spiraling down. We need to get Nunez up here so that he can spell Jeter for some time at SS.

    I don’t see why we want to take a chance with Swisher instead of just DLing him. Granderson is close to coming back and I’d rather miss Swisher for 6-7 more days than for 60-70 more days.

  118. steveoh May 20th, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Yeah, good article by Collins, just read it, posted link in last thread, lol.

    We’ll just have to live with Moeller.

  119. vblade May 20th, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    The Yankees just have to go .500 somehow while their entire team is on the sick ward and in about 2 weeks they have both Granderson and Thames back, which is a big help.

    Meanwhile, the onus is on the middle of the lineup 3-4-5 and the starters to come through big.

  120. Hey Kelvin says May 20th, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Yankwatcher,

    It would’ve been nice to see Montero even for just two weeks, but it won’t happen. Cervelli is the starting C now until Posada is back

  121. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 20th, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    new thread :arrow:

  122. champ809 May 20th, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    The point is this some of the greatest hitters in the history of the game really struggled when they first came up….

    Mantle went 0 fer 20 something and called his Dad and said he was going to quit…

    Mays was like 0 fer 23 or something and cried because he thought he was going to get demoted….

    We all know about Cano’s first couple of weeks….

    The determination you make is if these guys have the talent and ability to succeed and if they are prepared to embark on the journey…if they pass that initial test then you run them out there and let them succeed of fail as they will.

    But to put undue pressure to perform in 1 or 2 innings or appearances or 4 or 5 ABs is unrealistic and counterproductive to what we are trying to accomplish here…

  123. Peepee Hands May 20th, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    We need Jermaine Dye. Outfield & DH, perfect fit.

  124. Carin Mitschke August 23rd, 2014 at 12:35 am

    Robert, they vary. It’s up to your authors. Many on the letters coming up are handwritten, or hand-notated, it’s about half and half. Though most on the first letters were typed. The fourth letter was a comic.

  125. Loris Sullivant September 1st, 2014 at 3:14 am

    The irony is that to go hear Attorney General Holder communicate about how racist it is to require government issued photograph ID, you might have to show governing administration issued image ID.

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