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Pregame notes: Planning for the next four

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Sep 19, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Yankees Orioles BaseballJoe Girardi created today’s lineup with an eye toward next week. The Yankees come home to a four-game series against the Rays, and then a three-game set against the Red Sox. Girardi did not want to play Alex Rodriguez 13 days in a row, and he wanted to give Mark Teixeira as much of a break as possible. Today, he said, seemed like the best day to give them a break, even though it meant losing two big bats at once.

“You have to be able to separate each guy,” Girardi said. “If you get caught up in not being able to separate each guy, that’s how you can get into trouble. You look at each case individually. Sometimes you have to do it. It’s hard, but as I said all along, you have to be smart about this and make sure these guys are healthy.”

Teixeira has been hurt for a long time now, and Girardi said it’s actually the bruised hand more than the broken toe that worries him.

“I’m hoping to not have to miss any more,” Teixeira said. “I think that’s why we’re giving it today.”

Rodriguez came off the disabled list exactly two weeks ago. You could argue that Rodriguez is hitting really well, which means Girardi is being too cautious. Or you could argue Rodriguez is hitting really well, which means Girardi’s plan is working.

“My thought process is we need him to be healthy, so we have to be smart about it,” Girardi said. “It’s hard to sit him because you want to see him out there every day, but right now that’s not something we can do, and we understand that. The big thing is that we keep him productive when he’s in there, and healthy.”

• Nick Swisher has another game at DH. “We’ll shoot for getting him in the outfield some time this week,” Girardi said.

• Andy Pettitte is scheduled for 80 to 85 pitches. “If we can get six innings out of him I would be thrilled,” Girardi said.

• With Pettitte back, the Yankees seem to have their five-man rotation for the rest of the year. “We’ll let the season dictate what we’re going to do,” Girardi said.

• As of right now there are “no plans” to have Phil Hughes skip another start.

• Although he’s been able to mix-and-match at the back of the bullpen, Girardi acknowledged what was becoming fairly obvious: He has a new setup man. “They’ve kind of settled in a little bit,” Girardi said. “We’ve been using Woody mostly in the eighth. The other guys are kind of interchangeable in the sixth and seventh, including Boone in there.” Girardi said he Kerry Wood as his eighth inning guy will “probably” continue from here on out.

Associated Press photo of Rodriguez

 
 

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39 Responses to “Pregame notes: Planning for the next four”

  1. Laura - I Bleed Blue September 19th, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    You are in a dogfight for 1st and you sit your best bat. Sounds dumb to me.

  2. BBFan September 19th, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Repost:

    CB, pearls of wisdom as always.
    Thanks

  3. Bret The Hitman September 19th, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    The best use of “incoherent rambling” in a movie:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

  4. Rishi September 19th, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    I cannot believe the season is winding down! feels like it’s only just begun!!

  5. PacoDooley September 19th, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    I’ll just reiterate the comments I made at the end of the last thread:

    I will say what I tell my daughter when her brother is irritating her – just ignore her and she’ll stop annoying you – so I suggest we drop this focus on someone here that is acting silly and annoying everyone and just move on – don’t respond to posts, don’t say anything directed towards the annoying people and perhaps they will stop and just join the actual dialogue.

  6. Cashmoney September 19th, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Cashmoney September 19th, 2010 at 12:58 pm
    Considering Tampa’s relatively easy schedule and MN’s surge, It looks to me more and more like we will be facing MN in the playoff , W/without HFA. To that note, I would like to see Yankees carry 2 lefty in the bullpen going into it. I would like to see if Ring can get out a marginal lefty to make that proposition worthwhile.

  7. Rishi September 19th, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    I would rather they all be reasonably healthy for the post season than kill themselves trying to get first place…that might just be me, but they need to win just enough right now – the “must wins” will come soon enough

  8. West Coast Yankee Fan September 19th, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Repost:

    Good in depth interview before game with Andy Pettitte and Kim Jones. Andy is such a great pro. Paraphrasing, this is what he said.

    1. I can’t wait to get out there. I’m paid to pitch, I’m a man, when I don’t I feel worthless.

    2. I love competing.

    3. I miss being out there with my teammates, I’ve played with these guys so long. I want to contribute.

    4. 80 pitches sounds about right. I threw 65 last start.

  9. West Coast Yankee Fan September 19th, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    What’s football?

  10. Cashmoney September 19th, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    I am very encouraged by Hughes last outing against Tampa. The rotation could be as good as any contenders with Pettite heading back to the mound. I think at this point I am concern with our offense ability to generate hits vs control pitchers (Pavano, Lee, Liriano) as anything else.
    Here is hoping Jete recover somewhat from his season long subpar performances and Tex finding his stroke back.

  11. Chase September 19th, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    I love Kerry Wood.

  12. LGY September 19th, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    With the way Tex has been hitting the bat they are losing doesn’t look so big :)

  13. Cashmoney September 19th, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Andy is in the same mode as Mo, Bernie, and Jeter, There is a fierce competitor inside of everyone of them. But they do it with class ! That’s why those late 90s team were so endearing. I also miss Oneil throwing craps in the dugout as well :)

  14. Bret The Hitman September 19th, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Is Phil more hittable as his pitch count nears 100? I’d like to see a chart analyzing his BAA as his pitch count progresses. It seems they start to tee up on him around 80 pitches or so. Perhaps Girardi will give him a short hook in the post season.

  15. BBFan September 19th, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Repost:

    My view is other than HFA, Yanks will have thier hands full with either Twins or Rangers.
    Still, if we have a healthy team, we will come out on top.
    Twins should still have that element of doubt if they can win agsint yanks until they do so.
    Also, I am not as concerned about facing Lee two/three times. We will counter that with Sabathia who is very good too.
    It will come down to how our offense does and that is why resting them now and get them fully ready for playoffs is of paramount importance.
    That is one of the reasons why I never undertsood the constant criticism of Girardi. I also felt some of the decisions of Girardi were not right, but he knows what is going in with everyone of the players and hence he gets the benefit of doubt.

  16. LGY September 19th, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    That doesn’t sound like a guy hanging up his spikes at the end of the season

  17. West Coast Yankee Fan September 19th, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    LGY – I thought the exact same thing as I was watching. He looked like a kid that just won a shopping spree in a candy store. He loves this.

  18. Occasional Poster September 19th, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Informative post, Chad. One of the reasons i come to LoHud.

    And thoughtful analysis (last thread) CB. Thanks to you and several other posters, again, for your well-reasoned comments.

  19. Cashmoney September 19th, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    My view is other than HFA, Yanks will have thier hands full with either Twins or Rangers.
    ———————–
    I agree, and whatever minute difference there in competition, I rather play MN.
    1. possible psychological edge
    2. I rather face Liriano than Lee, not base on pure statistics alone in this case but rather Lee’s credentials in the playoff.
    3. TX hits much better in Arlington, in the case of WC, that might matter.

    That said, I think MN is a better team than TX. It’s a bit of crap shoot either way. But I think MN power lefties can be neutralize by Pettite and CC as well.

  20. Rich in NJ September 19th, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    I wouldn’t play Teix until his hand is completely pain-free.

  21. BBFan September 19th, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Cash, good points.

  22. Cashmoney September 19th, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Rich , I think it’s gonna hurt all year from what I read. I think it’s matter whether it’s tolerable at this point.

  23. jpb173 September 19th, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    You are in a dogfight for 1st and you sit your best bat. Sounds dumb to me.

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

    Save them for the playoffs. What happens over the last 14 games of the season won’t really matter once the playoffs arrive.

  24. Cashmoney September 19th, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    BB, meh , just stuff of the top of head, I don’t know if all points are valid. But more or less, it’s a crap shoot this year. And I do still think the Yankees have the most talent baring injuries.

  25. BBFan September 19th, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Cash,

    That is true with toe.
    Rest should help with hand problem and that is important for his hitting.
    Even with bad toe, his defense was still great.

  26. sunny615 September 19th, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    I hope the -Scranton WilkesBarre- NY Yankees can overcome the loss of two very big bats. With TB only a half game back, every game is important.

  27. Kelvin September 19th, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Yankees inviting Don mattingly and Torre back for tomorrow’s event, pretty nice.

  28. Ruby Tuesday September 19th, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Let’s go Wild Card Yankees !

  29. MG September 19th, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    I’ll never understand the use of the word ‘trust’ when it comes to baseball fans not ‘trusting’ pitchers.

    As fans, we have nothing to do with the outcome of the game.

    Every major league starting pitcher is capable of pitching an excellent game.

    The best ones, like CC, pitch well about 80-85% of the time.

    The next tier, like Andy, pitch well 75-80% of the time.

    Pitchers like Hughes, AJ, and Javy pitch well probaly 50-70% of the time depending on what time of the year it is and how well they are pitching overall.

    So this ‘trust’ issue is based on 2 or 3 starts out of 10 where a lesser starter isn’t doing the job as opposed to a stud like CC.

    Baseball is always a crapshoot, it’s based on the law of large numbers and you can’t use individual games or at bats to decide whether a player is doing their job.

    I’ve been a Yankees fan since 1953 and each time a starting pitcher takes the mound I believe he has a chance to pitch a good game. I wait until the game starts and see how he’s throwing to form an opinion about the game. But I’ve never (and will never) decide that a pitcher can’t win the game because I don’t ‘trust’ him, that’s a ridiculous concept.

  30. MG September 19th, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    I’ve been critical of Girardi’s management decision recently but have no issue with resting Arod today so he can play the next 7 games.

  31. Bret The Hitman September 19th, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Wow. Miguel Cabrera’s numbers aren’t too far ahead of Robinson Cano’s. If you factor in a gold glove for Cano at a middle infield position and also contrast the Cano’s Yankees success this year versus the Tigers failure, Cano should win MVP.

    Is Hamilton the frontrunner?

  32. Shame Spencer September 19th, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    “I wait until the game starts and see how he’s throwing to form an opinion about the game. ”

    MG – you’re last of a dying breed. Just read the blog every now and then and that becomes painfully obvious..

  33. SAS September 19th, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Good afternoon everyone,

    Let’s go Yankees!!!!

    Go Andy….we have all missed you!!!

  34. Rishi September 19th, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    JeffPassan Troy Tulowitzki has as many home runs in September as the entire #Yankees team — and more than 13 other teams.
    8 minutes ago via

  35. BBFan September 19th, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    ” I wait until the game starts and see how he’s throwing to form an opinion about the game. But I’ve never (and will never) decide that a pitcher can’t win the game because I don’t ‘trust’ him, that’s a ridiculous concept”

    Another pearl of wisdom today.
    Good to know there are so many good posters here, but it is unfortunate thier posts get swamped by the negative posts.

  36. SAS September 19th, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    :arrow: game thread

  37. Yank 97 September 19th, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    # CB September 19th, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Girardi has had a rough stretch. He’s made some glaring mistakes and the main reason why is that the team has been trying to balance two competing priorities – winning the division while preparing an older team for the playoffs in terms of health.

    What’s complicated the capacity to rest the older players is that, unfortunately, it’s the core of younger players who have sustained injuries – Tex, Swisher, and Gardner.

    This has made handling those two competing priorities very, very difficult.

    But the most important thing for the team to have is a coherent strategy and stick to it rather than playing it half way as they were during that tough stretch.

    Saying that Alex and getting in a tizzy about it is not only incoherent rambling it’s not acknowledging the complexity of what they are trying to balance and prioritize.

    They still have 14 regular season games. Is Alex just supposed to play all of them? Because he definitely has to play in all of the post season games. So that would mean he’s potentially playing 30-33 games in a row. That’s ludicrous. Yes they get days off in the post season but fewer than in the past now and it’s cold as well.

    It’s not only complaining. It’s incoherent rambling that doesn’t even bother to think through different aspects to the situation.

    Not all opinions are equally valid, especially when they’re written in over heated hyperbole.

    —————

    Great post. The incoherent rambling gets tiresome after a while. Every game a regular gets off is the end of the world.

  38. MG September 19th, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Shame,

    Last of a dying breed or not, I’ve seen (and played) too much baseball to be interested in thinking anything else. Most of the negative posters here have never played the game at any level, I’m sure, it’s very obvious from their comments.

  39. Dill Pickler September 19th, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    This is BASEBALL, a game in which many star players play 150+ games, and Girardi doesn’t want ARod to play 13 games in a row? The babying of this team is getting to the ridiculous stage. How idiotic can you be? Your hottest (and best hitter) who just had a day off two days ago …. and you sit him? I’m sorry, but this is just stupid. These games count! We are 1/2 game ahead, and we all know how terrible this team has been on the road lately.


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