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Swisher at DH for Yankees

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Lineup on Aug 18, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Still no Alex Rodriguez in the lineup. Austin Kearns starting in right field.

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher DH
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Austin Kearns RF
Ramiro Pena 3B

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  1. CountryClub August 18th, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    a repost for those that didn’t see it at the end of the last thread:

    •On Andy Pettitte’s injury, Cashman said that he has no target date of when the Yankees are going to get him back. Pettitte will continue throwing on flat ground for about a week before he gets back on the mound, and the Yankees don’t want to take any chances with his recovery that would make this even longer. Cashman said that Pettitte will “be in meaningful games at some point. We just have to wait on it.”
    •Dustin Moseley “has done a real nice job filling in” for Pettitte, but the Yankees are also keeping an eye on Ivan Nova at Triple-A just in case they need to dip down. Cashman said that it is “nice to have guys like Moseley and Nova to turn to.”
    •Alex Rodriguez’s calf strain is not as significant as the one that sidelined Jorge Posada, so that “probably” means he’ll be out less than six days. The silver lining is that they can use this as a breather for A-Rod to keep him fresher.
    •Pettitte’s injury has no affect on Phil Hughes, who still has an innings limit that will be handled, though Cashman wouldn’t give any specifics. They may taper him off later in the year, as we all expect, but Cashman said that Hughes “absolutely” could be used as a postseason starter — “If we’re able to accomplish our goal, which is to get to the playoffs, first and foremost, then it’s all hands on deck.”
    •Fans shouldn’t be keeping an eye on the waiver wire, Cashman said — “Don’t anticipate any more moves. I think this is the team we’ve got and we’re looking forward to playing the string out and seeing where it takes us.”
    •Gene Michael was in Trenton watching Alfredo Aceves last night. Aceves is going to come back to New York today and they’ll figure out where he’s heading to pitch next. This is basically Spring Training for Aceves so he needs the time to build up and get sharper.

    http://bombersbeat.mlblogs.com….._with.html

  2. Doreen August 18th, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    No on guessed correctly in today’s GTLU.

  3. pat August 18th, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Ledger_Yankees Berkman says he can PH today if needed; let’s see if Girardi agrees

  4. Erin August 18th, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Ledger_Yankees Berkman says he can PH today if needed; let’s see if Girardi agrees

  5. Cashmoney August 18th, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    with Vaz’s dead arm and Pettite’s not so imminent return, I don’t think Aceves will be activated til sept 1. Yanks will prolly want to keep Gaudin and Mitre in case of starting pitching implosion.

  6. Erin August 18th, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Ledger_Yankees Pettitte: “Maybe I pushed it too hard.”

  7. Cashmoney August 18th, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Is the ROD available off the bench, Pena is really the only hitter you absolutely need to pinch hit in a big spot anyway, I don’t relish to see Thames at third again.

  8. pat August 18th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Arod could be available to pinch hit tonight depending on how treatment goes today #Yankees
    half a minute ago

  9. Bronx Jeers August 18th, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    # pat August 18th, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Ledger_Yankees Berkman says he can PH today if needed; let’s see if Girardi agrees

    # Erin August 18th, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Ledger_Yankees Berkman says he can PH today if needed; let’s see if Girardi agrees

    —————————————————————————————————————

    Erica’s having a bad day so pat is pinch hitting?

  10. Pat M. August 18th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Doreen, how was your trip to the Left Coast ???

  11. m August 18th, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Pat M.,

    haha.

    Yes, the Lakers made some good moves. Not thrilled about ShamWow. But, he might thrive in Farmar’s absence. Also nice to see Odom getting some play at World’s. He’s backing up at center! Should help him come into his own.

  12. pat August 18th, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Botte gives the extended quotes which is more fun…..

    PeterBotte Berkman: “I can pinch-hit if they need me to, Kirk Gibson style.” #Yankees

    PeterBotte Pettitte: “I felt like a weenie, like I should be able to push through it…Maybe I pushed it too hard.”

  13. Tom in N.J. August 18th, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Weenie?

  14. 108 stitches August 18th, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Even with Pettitte out, pitching issues are not the foremost concern. Run production and RISP are. Any pitcher loves a cushion to work with.

  15. Warning Track Power August 18th, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    i like this line-up.

    our defense is probably slightly improved with Kearns in RF/Swisher as the DH

    i assume if Berkman was ready to play, he would be in the line-up as our DH.

  16. Pat M. August 18th, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    m, if they had a weakness last season it was their benches inconsistent play….It’s much deeper and improved……Matt Barnes is going to be a beast……..SJ throwing high heat today

  17. Cashmoney August 18th, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    pat August 18th, 2010 at 4:15 pm
    Botte gives the extended quotes which is more fun…..

    PeterBotte Berkman: “I can pinch-hit if they need me to, Kirk Gibson style.” #Yankees

    PeterBotte Pettitte: “I felt like a weenie, like I should be able to push through it…Maybe I pushed it too hard.”
    ————————————————–
    this situation reminds me of a few days ago , while at Daisy Mays BBQ i persevere and help myself with another helping of their mash potatoes despite being stuffed.

    I came through ‘CC style’ !

  18. Doreen August 18th, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    pat -

    Definitely like the full quotes better! :lol:

    Pat M -

    Left Coast trip was a success. Thanks for asking. :) We had a great time.

  19. m August 18th, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Pat M.

    I haven’t looked at the final roster, but I do know that AmMo isn’t on it. So that’s improvement.

    SJ throwing high heat, and I’m going with the low blows.

    I feel bad, but like I said. I’m tired of it.

  20. Patrick from CT August 18th, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Berkman stinks; bring back Colin Curtis.

    As for Ace and Andy, take it slow and don’t bring them back until September 1st.
    Mosley will do fine.
    Javy and his dead arm should be on the DL and replaced with Nova.

  21. Erin August 18th, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Ledger_Yankees Girardi: Best case, ARod can pinch hit. Berkman also available.

  22. Erin August 18th, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Those extended quotes are hilarious. :)

  23. rodg12 August 18th, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Pat M/m-

    I’m very excited about the Lakers squad. The bench should be light years better than last year.

    PG – Fish/Blake
    SG – Kobe/Brown/Sasha
    SF – Artest/Barnes/Ebanks
    PF – Gasol/Odom/Caracter
    C – Bynum/Ratliff

    That team is STACKED!!

  24. Tom in N.J. August 18th, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Go Nets!

  25. Cashmoney August 18th, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Go ‘gulp’ knicks ! I heard Anthony Mason is still available, go bricklayer!

  26. MaineYankee August 18th, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Pat M

    I think the green are gunning for the blue and gold.

    m

    Odom must like playing with a point guard. :lol:

  27. theREALkevin August 18th, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    aaaand disgusting people would root for a rapist

    i hope the heat crush the Lakers in the finals

    **** the lakers and their most overrated coach in the history of the NBA

    also pao gasol is a racist, artest is psychotic, and derek fisher is a smug jackass

    theres prob more but thats enough

  28. Pat M. August 18th, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Maineyankee……..The only team that I have concerns about in the West is Oaklahoma City, they’re only going to get better……I’m surprised they pick up someone like Boozer…….Yanks need to get Aceves back as soon as possible

  29. MaineYankee August 18th, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Sounds like the RS and Ellsbury aren’t on the best terms.

    http://www.boston.com/sports/b....._from.html

  30. MaineYankee August 18th, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Pat M

    They do seem to be on the rise.

    Durant looks like he’s going to develop into something special.

  31. Pat M. August 18th, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    theRealkevin……Such hostility….The Heat have enough problems with The Magic and the Celtics before they can even worry about playing in June…….

  32. Tom in N.J. August 18th, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    I havn’t been following the Sox and Ellsbury saga, What’s his beef?

  33. MaineYankee August 18th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Pat m

    If Perkins can come back and be productive I like the Celtics chances in the east.

    It would only be fitting to have a rematch in the finals.

  34. m August 18th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    As trisha would say, “yawn!”

  35. CBean August 18th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Such strong language from Andy! :)

  36. m August 18th, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Tom,

    Beef? If there was any beef on dem ribs, he would still be playing!

  37. MaineYankee August 18th, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    m

    Is that meant for me?

  38. Phil in Columbus August 18th, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Getting ready to head downtown to see SWB/Columbus. Should will be a good match up with Nova against Huff. Hopefully will get to see Montero catch and not DH. He had a rough game last night. Full report later. :)

  39. Cashmoney August 18th, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    i thought Ellsbury was going to be the next Damon with more D, I guess time is on his time.

  40. sab August 18th, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Patrick from CT August 18th, 2010 at 4:24 pm
    Berkman stinks; bring back Colin Curtis.

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

    Or go get Manny ;-)

  41. Erica in NY August 18th, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Cashmoney-

    I will be at the House of Ballys again in 8 more days :-)

  42. Erica in NY August 18th, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Thanks to all who tried to cheer me up today…

    I didn’t get the problems I needed resolved. I think I am going for some retail therapy now after work!

  43. m August 18th, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    MY,

    Of course not!

  44. Cashmoney August 18th, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Erica in NY August 18th, 2010 at 4:47 pm
    Cashmoney-

    I will be at the House of Ballys again in 8 more days
    ————————————————
    i am leaving for AC in 10 days , i will down there for 3 months. give or take a few days :)
    and I hope you have a good time ! go check Harrah and Borgata while you are down there. :)

  45. Bret The Hitman August 18th, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Where does Carmelo Anthony end up?

    Same place as Chris Paul?

  46. Joe from Long Island August 18th, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Just catching up while I was busy this PM –

    1. Looks like Betsy took a beating. I think Phil has done a wonderful job in his first full year as a starting pitcher. I think he’ll continue to develop. Having CC around will make that development a lot easier, he won’t have to be The Man, although he will very shortly make it clear he’s more than capable of assuming that role. Pat M was underestimating him. And he’s going to get better….

    2. I think Curtis Granderson has the rest of the season to make a case that the Yanks should not go after Carl Crawford. At the beginning of the year it was Gardner who had to make that case, but at this point in time, it’s Granderson. Personally, I’m rooting for him to make it. If he does, the Yanks will pass on Crawford, IMO.

    3. If the business end of things can be worked out, I’d love Kerry Wood on the team next year.

    4. Moseley wins over Bonderman tonight, book it, and they take the 3rd of the series tomorrow. The hitting crisis will be ending.

  47. Erica in NY August 18th, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Cashmoney August 18th, 2010 at 4:50 pm
    Erica in NY August 18th, 2010 at 4:47 pm
    Cashmoney-

    I will be at the House of Ballys again in 8 more days
    ????????????????
    i am leaving for AC in 10 days , i will down there for 3 months. give or take a few days
    and I hope you have a good time ! go check Harrah and Borgata while you are down there.
    ************

    I don’t have time to hit Harrah’s and Borgata in this trip. There is no time to throw in any extra activities than the ones I have planned-

    But I definitely have Harrahs in the itinerary for my October trip

  48. m August 18th, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Ooh. I hear the radio people say Melo ends up signing (mainly because that’ll be the money play). But “sources” say they’re going to part ways.

    One of Paul/Anthony ends up on NY.

  49. Asd August 18th, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    I’m interested to see if Swish hits a home run:

    Reasons could:
    1. He’s due, it’s been awhile.
    2. Cano hit one yesterday, they always hit them in pairs for some strange reason.

    Reasons could not:
    1. Elbow extension fears could cause hesitation to swing
    2. It’s difficult for non-regular DH players to DH well, as they don’t have the distraction of playing in the field and can’t keep warmed up during the game.

  50. Joe from Long Island August 18th, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Sounds like Ellsbury and the Red Sox will be parting ways this winter. He’s not drinking the Kool Aid, and that will not be tolerated.

  51. EA August 18th, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Sox handled the Ellsbury thing terribly.

    Also looks like Cameron is done for the year

  52. Erin August 18th, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Asd August 18th, 2010 at 5:01 pm
    I?m interested to see if Swish hits a home run:

    2. Cano hit one yesterday, they always hit them in pairs for some strange reason.

    *************************
    They’re best buddies, that’s why. ;)

  53. sab August 18th, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Speaking of basketball..

    Cav’s owner Dan Gilbert swore after he lost out on Lebron that the Cavs were going to win a championship before lebron’s heat….and he spoke with all the passion and fire of 1000 suns (not phoenix) in how he will leave no stone unturned to make his team better.

    So he goes and and pulls an Arte Moreno (it is a baseball blog afterall) and the only major change this year is upgrading….wait for it…..the uniforms!?!?

    I guess he’s betting that the Heat won’t be winning a championship in the next 7 – 10 years since at the rate he’s moving thats when the Cavs will be relevant again (After getting the top picks in the draft the next 5 or 6 years).

    Just makes you appreciate being a yankee fan and having George Steinbrenner as the owner who actually put his money where his mouth was and went out and DID something to make the team competitive year after year.

  54. Yank 97 August 18th, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Pete Abe chimes in

    Back at the trade deadline, the Yankees went out and obtained Lance Berkman, Austin Kearns and Kerry Wood. Brian Cashman was hailed as a genius.

    The Red Sox did a lot of small things. They DFA’d Jeremy Hermida, called up Ryan Kalish, dumped Ramon Ramirez on San Francisco and picked up Jarrod Saltalamacchia from Texas.

    The comments on this blog — and elsewhere — were very critical of Theo Epstein. The general consensus was that the Yankees were trade deadline “winners” and the Sox were “losers.”

    Nearly three weeks later, not so much.

    Kalish (.300/.333/.440 with two homers and 8 RBIs in 50 at-bats) has outperformed Berkman and Kearns (.238/.324/.365 with one homer and five RBIs in 63 at-bats).

    Saltalamacchia (2 for 6 with two walks in three games) appears to be helpful and Ramirez has a slightly worse WHIP in San Francisco (1.304) than he did in Boston (1.299). He was no great loss.

    Wood has been a solid set-up reliever for the Yankees, allowing six hits and six walks over 8.1 innings while striking out 11. He has given up one run. The Red Sox could use him, certainly.

    But given that the additional $2 million in salary would have been taxed at 22.5 percent based on the Sox being over the threshold, it’s hard to fault them for passing. Using Felix Doubront and Michael Bowden makes more sense for the Sox given where they are in the standings.

    Doubront has allowed three runs in 4.2 innings in relief. But he has a 1.285 WHIP and seven strikeouts against one walk. There’s something there.

    The Red Sox are 9-7 since the trade deadline, the Yankees 7-9.

    Granted, these are all small sample sizes and I’m not trying to tell you Ryan Kalish and Felix Doubront are better than Lance Berkman and Kerry Wood. They’re not.

    But for the 2010 Red Sox, they’re what makes sense.

    http://www.boston.com/sports/b.....g_the.html

  55. m August 18th, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Oh, my goodness. He makes no mention of Kearns? No mention of Delgado?

  56. Asd August 18th, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Okay, completely off topic here but DAMN!!! That’s awesome! (even if it is fake, which I doubt): http://tennis.fanhouse.com/201.....?icid=main|main|dl7|link3|http%3A%2F%2Ftennis.fanhouse.com%2F2010%2F08%2F18%2Fvideo-roger-federer-serves-a-bottle-off-mans-head%2F

  57. m August 18th, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Oops, he did mention Kearns.

    But on his own, when not lumped in with Berkman, Kearns has been decent to solid.

  58. Joe from Long Island August 18th, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    You know, looking at this lineup – I think most teams in the baseball would kill for a lineup like this.

    I know the Red Sox, for one, would. Gardner, Granderson, and Kearns (subbing for Swisher, an All Star). Who’s the Red Sox got, now that Ellsbury and Cameron are on the DL – career minor leaguers, Bill Hall, and Nancy Drew? Tampa does have Crawford, but they also have an underachieving BJ Upton.

    For all the moaning about the Yankees’ lineup, it’s better than most. Including contenders.

  59. Rich on the 6 train August 18th, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Are there any updates or thoughts on Berkman’s condition. If it is going to be awhile maybe the DL is not a bad idea. They can bring up a bat.

    Also, it appears that Javy is really struggling aren’t they concerned that it could leads to bigger problems (injury).

  60. blake August 18th, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Ok Pete…if you admit that its a small sample and that that doesn’t mean those players are better then why take the time to write about it?…I guess anything to make Boston feel better…pretty short sided to judge a trade deadline after 3 weeks.

  61. Joe from Long Island August 18th, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Pete is right – for the 2010 Red Sox, those move do make sense. Why spend money, when there’s so much more wrong, that the money would be wasted?

  62. jacksquat August 18th, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Keep reaching, Pete.

  63. Pat M. August 18th, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Joe from Long Island…….My good Doctor, when I posted those projections for Phil, many here thought I was nuts and being overly bias…….

  64. Irreverent Discourse August 18th, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    calling a 22% tax on $2mil “prohibitive” is a joke, right?

  65. m August 18th, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    ID,

    Not in a “bridge” year. :lol:

  66. blake August 18th, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Joe,
    I agree with you on Granderson and I am also pulling for him.

  67. upstate kate August 18th, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    sox must be planning to get rid of Ellsbury…they have been trash talking him since his last time on the DL

  68. GreenBeret7 August 18th, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Pat M. August 18th, 2010 at 5:16 pm
    Joe from Long Island…….My good Doctor, when I posted those projections for Phil, many here thought I was nuts and being overly bias…….

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    That’s not why I thought you were nuts. Being friendly to Randy did it. He’s such a dog.

  69. Rich FL August 18th, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Brad Hawpe cleared waivers so he is likely gone….will the Rays or Red Sox make a play???

  70. UnKnown August 18th, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    The Rangers did not throw out a good enough lineup this past series to beat the Rays. With Cruz out Young not playoing and Andrus out today, they are a shell of themselves. After Monday’s game slipped awayy they were not going to help NY out. Have to win your own games right now and get to that 98 win territory. That should still get the AL East crown. 98 at most 99 wins will win it. Pick start again for the newcomer to the rotation tonight.

  71. UnKnown August 18th, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Wow major typos in that last post. Sorry

  72. upstate kate August 18th, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    oh can I be the first…OMG the Rays won today…this is a MUST WIN game tonight!!!

    hey, that was kinda fun

  73. tk August 18th, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    “sox must be planning to get rid of Ellsbury?they have been trash talking him since his last time on the DL”

    That’s just been a weird situation. I don’t really understand the reaction by the team or the local media. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him traded this offseason. I imagine the Sox will be looking to make several changes. I’m interested to see how much competition they get for Beltre/Martinez.

  74. Irreverent Discourse August 18th, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    upstate kate – you just took on a lot of responsibility to whine and cry throughout the game today…

  75. m August 18th, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Wow. Remember when Ellsbury was their Jeter?

  76. Joe from Long Island August 18th, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Pat M – one thing I’ve learned here, you are not nuts. You’re one of the reasons I have faith that Granderson will continue to turn it around.

    I’ve got to start planning dinner, and get the grill and wine ready….Forgive me, guys, if I’m not responding timely.

  77. Irreverent Discourse August 18th, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    http://joeposnanski.si.com/201.....xid=si_mlb

    enjoy the game ladies.

  78. clownthrowindown August 18th, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Wow. Remember when Ellsbury was their Jeter?

    Now Jeter is their Scutaro.

  79. Giuseppe Franco August 18th, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Always seems like Joe from LI is grilling something.

    I can’t cook, especially anything that requires effort, so dinner once a week a Joe’s sounds good to me. LOL.

  80. GreenBeret7 August 18th, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Giuseppe Franco August 18th, 2010 at 5:45 pm
    Always seems like Joe from LI is grilling something.

    I can’t cook, especially anything that requires effort, so dinner once a week a Joe’s sounds good to me. LOL.

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    Grilling and guzzling wine, but he never thinks to invite us, his best friends, over to help him enjoy it.

  81. Giuseppe Franco August 18th, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    No kidding, GB. Shame on Joe.

  82. Betsy August 18th, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    GB (and Pat M, if you are there), I want you to know that despite our disagreement on #65, I still respect you guys enormously………….I had to say that because CB basically implied that I no longer do and that’s the furthest thing from the truth.

  83. G. Love August 18th, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Granderson’s gotten me to shut up. It’s not because he hit recently.

    It’s because he went to Long for real help. There are players who have been here before that were loathe to do such a thing.

    Granderson gets tremendous credit and a little more patience from me for taking this step.

  84. G. Love August 18th, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    I think the Sox will attempt to get rid of Ellsbury. When the media turns on the player like this there is usually no turning back.

    I think the front office has definitely lost faith in him as a player and have no interest in dealing with Boras come arbitration time in the future.

    Haven’t seen Gammons attempt to prop him up in quite some time. That tells you right there he’s on the way out.

  85. GreenBeret7 August 18th, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Betsy August 18th, 2010 at 5:51 pm
    GB (and Pat M, if you are there), I want you to know that despite our disagreement on #65, I still respect you guys enormously………….I had to say that because CB basically implied that I no longer do and that’s the furthest thing from the truth.

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    No issues with you, Betsy. Just trying to explain why I think your views on Hughes were wrong. This year, he’s one of the top 25-30 starters in baseball, if not higher. Not bad for a 24 year old in his first full years as a starter. He could be in the top 20 by the end of the year, and as long as he’s healthy next year, in the top 15. That’s as good as you can hope for.

    His season is as good as what Billingsley and Lincecum has put up this season and more consistant. His run support is a bit of a fallacy. alot of those runs come late or after he’s out of the game. It could also be that when he pitches, the offense may relax and know that it won’t take a career game by everyone for him to win.

  86. kd August 18th, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    g love,

    you’re totally right. ellsbury is probably on his way out of boston.

    the problem is that the sox will likely pursue beltre, another boras client. that might make for odd phone calls, especially after the boston/texiera issues.

    and gammons should be propping him up, they won’t be able to get much for him now. if hte gammons publicity train starts, they’ll ask texas for hamilton!

  87. Betsy August 18th, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    GB, I appreciate it……..and one thing I agree with is your point about the late run support. Especially early in the season (like against the A’s, the Tigers and the White Sox)……

  88. 108 stitches August 18th, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Aceves seems ready ………………………

    http://thunderbaseball.wordpress.com/

  89. G. Love August 18th, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    kd,

    It is odd that the Boston press isn’t hailing Ellsbury a “warrior” for trying to play this season.

    If they did that, I would say they were trying to help Theo gain leverage in trade talks.

    Instead, there is a general consensus that the guy dogged it, isn’t tough enough, etc.

    Perhaps the intent is to put him down so much because they are keeping him and want him to come back next season with fire in his eyes.

    Still, the dude has broken ribs. I don’t know of too many players who play through broken ribs. It’s downright bizarre they have questioned his heart like this.

    That’s why I think they are preparing the Boston fans for his departure. In Boston they tear the player down to get rid of them so the fanbase is relieved when the demonized player is sent packing and it’s viewed as a victory by the front office.

    I don’t know if Ellsbury is going to be a star in the league, but whatever went on behind the scenes this season caused the team to change it’s tune on him drastically.

    In Boston, the press parrots the front office’s real feelings about the players.

    The negativity is not just a media creation.

  90. ET August 18th, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    “In Boston they tear the player down to get rid of them so the fanbase is relieved when the demonized player is sent packing and it’s viewed as a victory by the front office.

    They tried that with Lowell when he looked like he was about to be traded, and they ended up stuck with him haha

  91. Don August 18th, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    I am not a pessimist but the problems with Andy and Javy of the pitching staff and Posada’s increased gimpiness and defensive ineptitude (when was the last time he threw out a runner trying to steal) have me worried.

  92. mick August 18th, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    ET August 18th, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    “In Boston they tear the player down to get rid of them so the fanbase is relieved when the demonized player is sent packing and it’s viewed as a victory by the front office.
    =====================================
    These are the NY wannabes we’re talking about.
    They will never overcome their culture of losing.
    Yet they give big hands to Manny, who tanked it.
    In NY he would be booed.
    Overrated sports town, too many yuppie college kids.

  93. kd August 18th, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    broken ribs are a tough injury. let’s face it, the kid’s had bad luck.

    there’s a really significant behind the scenes story here that isn’t being publicized. ellsbury was once hte jewel of that vaunted system, and now they think of him as garbage.

    the bottom line is that the red sox have blatantly mistreated a loyal guy (lowell) this year and are doing weird things with one of their own.

    they keep doing this and free agents might not want to play there

  94. Giuseppe Franco August 18th, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    To be fair, Cervelli’s defensive prowess over Posada this season has taken a severe nose dive.

    He’s having one of the worst seasons of any catcher in the bigs defensively and one could argue that his offense has been even worse.

    I understood the youth movement and cost cutting move, but I was one who favored bringing back Molina this season (although I didn’t expect it to happen).

    I believe GB was one as well.

    Molina can’t hit either but he would have provided a defensive upgrade (and he frames pitches as well as anyone) over Cervelli and saved him from getting exposed as much as he has this season.

    This isn’t hindsight 20/20. I had hoped Cashman would resign Molina before the 2009 season was over.

  95. mick August 18th, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Molina was one of the best defensive catchers around, didn’t get the move either.

    NEW POST===============>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  96. 57ryank August 18th, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Yanks are too smart to EVER bring Manny to Stadium ! What a disaster that would be!

    Wouldn’t want him, if it was written in stone that he would hit 15 HR’s in Sept !!!

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