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Right and wrong: The outfield

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 24, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

For a while there, it was hard to remember what the real Yankees outfield looked like. Curtis Granderson was on the disabled list, Nick Swisher was fighting through a sore biceps and Ramiro Pena was learning to play right field on the fly. Today, the outfield is coming back together. Granderson is rehabbing in Triple-A, Swisher is back in the lineup and the Yankees have added Kevin Russo, a utility man who actually has more than seven games of outfield experience.

Yankees Red Sox BaseballWhat’s gone right?

Speed and power
Granderson was supposed to add a little of both to the Yankees lineup: He was supposed to run the bases, hit home runs and give the Yankees a dependable center fielder for the next few years. He had that huge home run against Boston, then slowed down and limped onto the disabled list.

Instead, the speed and power have come from Brett Gardner and Swisher. Gardner has been one of the team’s more pleasant surprises, and Swisher has the second highest slugging percentage among healthy regulars (behind Robinson Cano).

Other bright spots: Marcus Thames’ offense; Two home runs from Gardner; Swisher’s improved approach at the plate; Good call giving Russo regular time in the Triple-A outfield this season.

What’s gone wrong?

Hurry back Curtis
Through 80 at-bats, Granderson’s overall numbers aren’t great. He’s hitting just .225 without a ton of power and only seven RBI. But with him on the disabled list, the Yankees have been faced with the choice of Thames’ diminished defense or Randy Winn’s diminished offense. There’s no perfect answer there.

After missing most of the month, Granderson seems close to a return, and the Yankees need him to come back better than he was when he left (three hits in his previous 10 games).

Other problem areas: Thames’ defense; Winn’s offense (except for two or three huge hits); Swisher’s seemed-like-it-would-never-go-away biceps injury; Gardner’s .315 OBP as the No. 2 hitter; Colin Curtis and his high ankle sprain in Triple-A.

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99 Responses to “Right and wrong: The outfield”

  1. Carl May 24th, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    My man Curtis will be a better player coming off the DL.

  2. Abe Peterham May 24th, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    What we have grandy signed for , 2 yrs?

  3. Abe Peterham May 24th, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Who’s colin Curtis?

  4. Rick May 24th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Colin Curtis was on a fast track to being an extra OF and was one of the last cuts out of ST. The high ankle sprain threw a wrench into his progress.

  5. sevrox May 24th, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    As a Yank fan, wouldn’t it be better to root…gulp…for the Red Sox since Tampa is ahead of ‘us’ in the standings?

    Yank lineup for tomorrow eve (Girardi wakes up enough to realize he needs Grandy back and batting 2nd): Jeter SS, Granderson DH, Tex 1B, Arod 3B, Cano 2B, Swisher RF, Russo LF, Cervelli C, Gardner CF

  6. Abe Peterham May 24th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Thnx Rick

  7. Yankees N More May 24th, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Has anybody else noticed the complete lack of quotes from Derek Jeter in Yankees-related stories the last few days?

    He’s the Yankees captain, he’s as responsible as any for the offensive woes, his defense has been an obvious issue of late, and there is the whole angle of his being in a contract year at an advanced age and playing poorly.

    I have attempted to contact virtually every beat writer for this team I can think of, via Tweet or email, over the last day or so and have heard absolutely nothing back. These are people that are usually quite responsive… Yet on this issue, they are universally silent.

    What in the hell is going on? Has Jeter stopped talking to the media for some reason? Is there an off-field issue involved? Who knows.

  8. ron May 24th, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Colin curtis would of been nice but russo is ok for now.Maybe when curtis gets better he can replace russo if it is the better option.

    Granderson will be back this week if no setbacks,imo miranda should play every day til he loses the job.I think he can be a pleasant suprise & give us more power/rbi than nj,maybe not the OBP, I like his swing.
    We need posada & ace back more than anyone so if we can get them back in 2 weeks maybe the team can take off but we are going to have to beat the rays up head to head to cut into their lead.
    This lineup is so dependant upon each other.

  9. z May 24th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Can you blame the beat writers? Writing or saying something speculative about Jeter is probably the quickest way to become persona non grata in the Yankee clubhouse.

    Whatever he’s dealing with, he’ll play through it and eventually start driving the ball again. The bigger question, I think, has to be his D. The range he seemed to show last year is gone, gone, gone.

    This year it seems that every defensive miscue or ball that a fielder didn’t get has led directly to runs.

    Not a good time for Jeter’s D to seriously regress.

  10. Cokey May 24th, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    You dont’ mess with the team leader if your the media

    See what it did to the Seattle media when they wrote about Griffey sleeping?

  11. ron May 24th, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    ynm

    I think jeter probably does not wan’t to answer questions about his contract especially since he & the team are struggling.

    There is nothing to say when only negative questions can come his way.

  12. Yankees N More May 24th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    I understand everything you guys are saying… But there are NO quotes… NONE… Not even positive ones like, “It’s baseball, I’ve been through this before, I’m the same player, etc, etc…”

    I’m not suggesting trashing the guy. I’m saying he’s a major part of the story, and if the compete lack of quotes are any judge, NOBODY is talking to him or asking him ANY questions at all.

    Something is not right. Even when he’s been injured in the past (ie. got hit on the wrist and stopped driving the ball for a while), there were ALWAYS quotes from him… Now there are NONE.

  13. ?? May 24th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    ???????????????????????

  14. S.o.S. May 24th, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    I feel like im in an episode of LOST. Flash sideways. Where the hell did all the regulars go?

    Nick if you ever read this. The finale was a cop out. They wanted to please everyone by having the bar b que at the end. Im not sure whats worse, Sapranos ending with a blank screen or this?

  15. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 24th, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    I hardly watched Lost for 3 years, but I tuned in for the last 10 minutes and I loved it……..

    Curtis, come back to us!

  16. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 24th, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    But Derek never SAYS anything? What’s the point of interviewing him? you can’t trip him up, he’s too good at the media game. He’s never going to give a juicy quote or say anything that can in any way be misconstrued. Why bother?

    Seriously, not getting quotes from the captain is meaningless.

  17. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 24th, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Anyone know if Cubs v. Giants in SF is a hot ticket???? How fast should I move on buying tickets for August 9th game??

  18. mick May 24th, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    I like Jeter interviews. I find him honest and blunt, esp when he gets idiotic questions.

  19. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 24th, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Per a report on Pinstripes Plus, David Adams is out for at least 2-3 weeks with an ankle injury

  20. S.o.S. May 24th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Betsy,
    Alternate endings.
    a. They all wake up on the plane and its going down.
    b. They end up all coming back to the island after leaving it.
    c. The side flashes are their actual life and it was all dei ja vu from a previous life.

  21. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 24th, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    I also see a report on Pinstripes Plus that Jeremy Bleich is having labrum surgery……….

    Boy the Yankees have the worst luck both up here and on the farm. The Bleich injury is pretty devastating.

  22. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 24th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen it, SOS, but let’s just say that I bawled like a baby, lol

  23. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 24th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Doreen, you might as well buy it now. I doubt it’s a HOT ticket because it’s not like the teams are rivals, but I’m PacBell always sells out……..

  24. mick May 24th, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    betsy, who do you like in the Idol tmw?

  25. pat May 24th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    “I like Jeter interviews. I find him honest and blunt”

    Honest and blunt are not 2 words that come to mind when I think Jeter and interview.

    He usually sounds circumspect to me.

  26. Kev May 24th, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    We yanks is the worst team in MLB period

  27. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 24th, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    I don’t watch American Idol – never have, never will, lol

  28. mick May 24th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Jeter can be rude which is refreshing in these politically correct times.

  29. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 24th, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Neat story about the origin of John Fogerty’s “Centerfield”:

    http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/.....f=baseball

    I went to Opening Day last year and Fogerty played the song standing in, you guessed it, CF. Of course I could barely see him – I had to watch it on the big screen – but it was a thrilling moment. I love that song.

  30. S.o.S. May 24th, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Betsy,
    Had to admit. I had a knot in my throat. But then i remembered i am man.

    Have a good night fellas.

  31. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 24th, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    I just got tickets. They didn’t e-mail them, which is odd. I can usually get that option. They’re going to mail them. I hate that.

  32. mick May 24th, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    where are your seats?

  33. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 24th, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Doreen, that does stink. When I reserved my tickets for the tours in Chicago, I paid extra to have them e-mail it; I didn’t want to have to deal with going to a “will call” window.

    Good for you -I hope you have a great time!

  34. mick May 24th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    you get a better ticket thru the mail, more of a keepsake for your scrapbook.

  35. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 24th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Betsy -

    I went on the site about 2 days ago, and I had some choices. Today, those seats were gone. I could undestand if I looked a month ago, or if the game was next month. But it’s an August game. However, the tickets prices are fairly reasonable. I’m looking forward to going. We’ll be sitting on the McCovey Cove side.

  36. mick May 24th, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Doreen
    Make sure you go to Alcatraz and go into a jail cell.

  37. NYY626 May 24th, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    I saw an interview with jeter recently when he said something along the lines of “i dont call it slumping but yeah i have to do a better job on getting on base”.

    Also, no one is asking him about his contract because he held a long press conference in spring training and said he wasnt discussing it for the rest of year….

  38. mick May 24th, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Jeter was asked how it felt getting hit and he told the reporter to stand in the corner and he would show him.

  39. mick May 24th, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    does anyone have a recipe for brownies or a favorite muppet to talk about?

  40. mick May 24th, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    it’s not slumping if you are hitting line drives at people.

  41. Carlo May 24th, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Nice at bat Brignac. Must be auditioning for the Yankees.

  42. mick May 24th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    I’ll have some cognac with my brignac.

  43. Yanksaman May 24th, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Hey does it matter one bit if Jeter says anything. They can ask questions til they are blue in the face it has no bearing on his performance!!! If they say hey Jeet why arn’t you hitting is he going out the next night go 5 for 5 and drive in six runs? Uh NO!!! Leave him alone

  44. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 24th, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    mick -

    The seats are in right field behind the field level – I think they all it club level. Not great, not terrible. :)

  45. Carl May 24th, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    # mick May 24th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    I’ll have some cognac with my brignac.

    Cognac brownies.

  46. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 24th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    mick -

    that’s what my husband said about the tickets. He said, “Good, real tickets.” I always get tickets e-mailed for convenience and to KNOW I have them. He used to collect all his tickets when he was younger (he’s still got his old concert tickets from Roosevelt Field in Jersey City), so he’s a “ticket guy.” I don’t care. :)

  47. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 24th, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    mick -

    Alcatraz is on the list right now. :)

  48. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 24th, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Next, up, securing tickets for a Dodgers game (they’re playing the Padres). :)

  49. pat May 24th, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Doreen

    9 pm flight is the answer to the discussion from this morning.

  50. mick May 24th, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    doreen
    maybe bonds will hit one out there. nevermind.

  51. mick May 24th, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Cognac brownies.
    =============
    sounds good ever tried one?

  52. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 24th, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Thanks, pat. :)

    mick -

    Ha ha!!

  53. tom tresh 15 May 24th, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Watching the SUX and Rays. Seems that V Mart may have suffered the same injury as Jorge taking a foul off the foot

  54. mick May 24th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    jeter has no time for BS, now damon on the other hand, you couldn’t tear the mic away from.

  55. benfica356 May 24th, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Vmart i believe got injured cause varitek is in the game right now.

  56. mick May 24th, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    doreen
    bring a paddle in case you jump in the water for a HR.

  57. SAS May 24th, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    The place I want to go is Yankee Stadium. but unless there is parking immediately next to the Stadium I can’t walk. I will have enough problem just getting to seats, and I do feel cheated and sorry for myself about that.

  58. mick May 24th, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    sas
    take the subway, drops you off right in front

  59. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 24th, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    I’ve put kahlua in brownies.

  60. mick May 24th, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    evr had alice b toklas brownies?

  61. mick May 24th, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    now joba talks a lot and says nothing

  62. mick May 24th, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    heat that song yet doreen?

  63. mick May 24th, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    hear, hear

  64. SAS May 24th, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    I live in Westchester for one thing, and I can’t walk like that. I can no longer walk a North/South NYC street which 1/20th of a mile.

  65. NYY626 May 24th, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Doreen – GTLU Stuff & Photos May 24th, 2010 at 8:16 pm
    I’ve put kahlua in brownies.

    _____________________________
    That pretty much sounds like the most delicious thing ever Doreen :)

  66. mick May 24th, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    doesnt the metro come in from w’chster?

  67. SAS May 24th, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    mick

    There are trains to and from NYC, but they don’t go to Yankee Stadium

  68. mick May 24th, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    i thought there were plans to have the metro drop off at the stadium

  69. Carl May 24th, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    We might have a wild summer on lohud.

  70. mick May 24th, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    a wild card summer

  71. SAS May 24th, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    It hasn’t happened yet. Maybe some day it will. I went to the really old YS before they renovated and of course, to the last YS.

  72. Billy D May 24th, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    If the Rays don’t have stereo equipment hanging from the roof, they get out of that inning clean.

  73. mick May 24th, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    you’ll just have to get a cab, or limo to the park

  74. SAS May 24th, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Out in AZ during spring training, they make it very easy for people who have mobility problems. I have been to 3 parks out there, and the volunteers are fabulous, and they have wonderful handicapped parking facilities.

  75. mick May 24th, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    their park is a disgrace

  76. SAS May 24th, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    I may do that one of these days when I feel rich.

  77. pat May 24th, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    SAS

    The Yankees have a Disabled Services office. Give them a call and see how they might be able to accomodate you.

    Disabled Services: (718) 579-4510

  78. SAS May 24th, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    I am talking about different spring training parks.

  79. Damon enjoy 27....think 28 May 24th, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Wade Davis had a horrific 3rd inning, with 36 pitch , 3 runs, he’s after 3 innings at 83 pitches, wow!

  80. mick May 24th, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    I may do that one of these days when I feel rich.
    ======================Put it on your credit card

  81. mick May 24th, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    tampa is a paper lion, sox will sweep

  82. SAS May 24th, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Pat

    Thank you very, very much.

  83. mick May 24th, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    wait til the dog days when our injuries are out of the way and theirs are just starting.

    our old guys and cc like the warm weather

  84. pat May 24th, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    SAS

    My pleasure. :smile:

  85. Ogre May 24th, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    I’m actually happy the Sox are back in the race and are surging.

    Good for baseball and good for the rivalry. Just not the same if it was Yanks-Tampa.

    Of course, if they overtake us next week, I might change my tune. But right now, good for them. Good for baseball if both teams are good and it will make it sweeter when we beat them,

  86. Tom in N.J. May 24th, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    “Dorothy Kamenshek, a star player in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League who helped inspire the lead character in the movie “A League of Their Own,” has died. She was 84. ”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05.....nshek.html

  87. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 24th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Doreen, try to take a tour of Pac Bell – I love stadium tours; I won’t be able to do one of Wrigley, though :(

  88. Joe May 24th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Boston up 4-0

    Wade Davis getting rocked. Buchholz with a nice outing so far – 3 IP, 5 Ks

  89. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 24th, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    mick -

    Yes, I listened on Youtube.

    It’s a long song. If Lee sang it, he’d have to cut it big time, but would need to include the end part.

  90. Damon enjoy 27....think 28 May 24th, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    bosox killing Rays 6-0 , Davis pulled after 3.2 innings.

  91. Joe from Long Island May 24th, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    You mean Tampa can lose a game? I would never have thought it…. ;)

    I saw that about Dorothy Kamenshek. A real pioneer.

  92. Yankees N More May 24th, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Re: Doreen – “But Jeter never says anything… no quotes from Jeter is meaningless.”

    Doreen, I agree with you that Jeter is far too sharp to say something he doesn’t mean to say. That has never once stopped the media from getting and publishing quotes from Derek Jeter… NEVER.

    With all due respect, it’s the sudden CHANGE here that is meaningful.

    Unless you’re suggesting that after 15 years and five months the entire media, as one, suddenly decided there’s no point in talking to and/or quoting the captain of the Yankees, this is meaningful.

  93. kenny ct May 24th, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    youk is on fire…. 10 HRs so far

    papi hit his 9th today too

  94. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 24th, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Yankees N More -

    The thing is I remember them interviewing Jeter after one of the recent losses this past week. I don’t think it’s a big deal.

    What is it that you want him to say? What is it, more importantly, that you think they should be asking him, and that he would give a definitive answer to? If you want to know if he’s hurt, you know what he’s going to say: It’s baseball, we all play through aches and pains. Does he feel he’s missing a step? No. And so what if he is avoiding the press? Maybe he’s getting treatment for a sore pinky finger.

    The thing is, it’s really not all that important, to me anyway.

  95. pat May 24th, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Newsday-

    “Before Francisco Rodriguez’s showdown with Alex Rodriguez Sunday night, he nearly had a throwdown with Mets bullpen coach Randy Niemann, according to eyewitnesses.

    The Mets led 6-2 at the time and K-Rod apparently got upset that Jerry Manuel had called to get him up the day after he threw 28 pitches in a five-out save in the previous night’s 5-3 victory over the Yankees.”

  96. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 24th, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Also, Yanks N More – Jeter was not quoted much last year either. The media tend to go to players who are going to talk.

  97. Joe May 24th, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    New Post

  98. Damon enjoy 27....think 28 May 24th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Martinez left game because of an injured foot, sound familiar?

  99. Yankees N More May 24th, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Re: “Also, Yanks N More – Jeter was not quoted much last year either. The media tend to go to players who are going to talk.”

    Doreen, I believe your memory is faulty. With the possible exception of Alex Rodriguez, I would bet there have been more quotes from Derek Jeter in any given year over the last 10 than any other individual Yankee.

    I would also suggest that were any other Yankee to go out and play the way Jeter has in the last two games, there would be quotes from that player in every major story on both games.

    And it’s not a matter of “what do I want him to say.”

    It’s a matter of he’s always interviewed, he’s always quoted, and suddenly he’s nowhere to be found. The CHANGE here (and there is a change) is what has me puzzled/intrigued.

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