The LoHud Yankees Blog

A New York Yankees blog by Chad Jennings and the staff of The Journal News


Friday notes: Jeter showing signs of comfort

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Mar 11, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Derek Jeter had another base hit today, his eighth in the past seven games (seven half games is more like it). I wasn’t in Tampa to see it, but the past week or so, Jeter has stopped slapping everything into the ground and has started driving the ball a little bit. He hasn’t shown much power — his only extra-base hit has been a misplayed triple — but he’s making good, solid contact.

“I think you’re seeing it on how hard he hits the ball,” Joe Girardi said. “I think you see the comfort. You see that he comes back and talks to K-Long (after) every swing, that he felt this or felt that. When you can recognize what you’re feeling, that’s a good sign.”

We all know that spring training numbers mean very little, but Jeter is hitting .333, and at the very least, the Yankees can take that as a sign that Jeter is finding his timing with his adjusted mechanics.

“I think he just needs to get at bats and say golly, I could have waited more, and get to the feeling where it’s OK to wait more,” Girardi said. “It’s just readjusting when he necessarily needs to start something.”

To be fair, I’m not sure Jeter has ever said the word “golly” in his life, but Girardi’s point is well taken.

• Speaking of adjusted swings, Curtis Granderson hit his third spring home run this afternoon in Dunedin. “He showed it at the end of last year,” Giradi said. “He’s been a different hitter since he made that adjustment with K-Long, and we’re seeing it in the spring as well.”

• Phil Hughes wasn’t too happy with his outing today in Tampa, but apparently his changeup was good. He told reporters there that he got six of his seven outs with the changeup.

• Ivan Nova came to camp seeming to be a favorite, but now that all of the rotation candidates seem to be pitching well, it’s worth noting that Nova is the only one who can be sent to the minors. Mitre is out of options, Garcia and Colon can both opt out if the don’t make the big league club. “I don’t think (it matters),” Girardi said. “We’re going to take what we feel is the best, gives us the best chance to win.”

• Even with split-squad games, Robinson Cano and Russell Martin didn’t play today. Both had played two days in a row, and both are making tomorrow’s long trip to Viera.

• In his second spring appearance, Rafael Soriano struck out two through a hitless inning in Tampa. Joba Chamberlain followed with a scoreless inning of his own.

• The Yankees lost both games today — 10-3 in Dunedin, 6-2 in Tampa — and most of the damage was done against guys unlikely to make the big league club. Steve Garrison allowed four runs in one inning in the home game, and David Phelps allowed four runs through one inning in the road game. Phelps pitched part of a second inning but couldn’t get an out. That’s when one of his four runs scored.

• Is it just me, or does Phelps look a lot like Ian Kennedy in this picture on the left? He doesn’t really look like him in person, but I did a double take when I saw this picture from today’s game in Dunedin.

• Eduardo Nunez had a double and continues to hit this spring. He’s hitting .385 while Ramiro Pena is batting .174. Those two have been good friends since the very beginning of their careers, and they seem to be taking this as a friendly competition, but right now Nunez is thriving and Pena’s not doing much to hold him off.

• The Yankees have announced that they’ll be donating $100,000 to the relief efforts in Japan.

• Mark Newman told Marc Carig that Kei Igawa has not been able to get in touch with his family.

• Former Yankees Darrell Rasner and Jonathan Albaladejo are playing in Japan. Todd Linden, who was in Triple-A with the Yankees, might also still be playing over there. It’s probably going to be a while before we find out whether everyone is OK. The Yankees have a close working relationship with the Yomiuri Giants. “The players and people and families of Yomiuri are good (according to what the Yankees are hearing), but obviously it’s not true of the people in the country,” Brian Cashman said.

Associated Press photos

Comments

comments

 

Advertisement

77 Responses to “Friday notes: Jeter showing signs of comfort”

  1. Yankees Gameday March 11th, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Doesn’t it seem that Girardi, some people the media and a lot of the fan base look at this stacked middle part of the lineup and think they should be able to hit a home run every time they come to the plate? I think we’re getting way too reliant on the 3 run homer

    http://yankeesgameday.blogspot.....nt-on.html

  2. Benny Blanco March 11th, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Why do I have this gut feeling that granderson is going to tear the stitching off the ball this year? Our lineup is already scary good but could you imagine grandy going for a career year? OUCH!

  3. stuckey99 March 11th, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Earl Weaver just rolled over in his grave.

    re: Jeter.

    Someone tell me his batting average on May 15th.

    Until then, I don’t care.

  4. Benny Blanco March 11th, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Stuckey,

    If Jeter’s avg was .087 you would be killing him right now. Would you not? I’m just happy that’s he making the adjustments.

  5. stuckey99 March 11th, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    “Every player that played SS in 2010 compiled this line: .262/.319/.374 .693 OPS”

    LGY, can you filter it to every player that had over 300 AB’s as a SS, just for the fun of it?

  6. Ys Guy March 11th, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    i’ve got grandy way high on my draft board.

  7. mick March 11th, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Earl Weaver aint dead man.

  8. stuckey99 March 11th, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    No Benny, I would not be killing him.

    Yes Benny, if it was .087 on April 26th, I might suspect there was a problem afoot and action might have to be taken.

    This concludes the taking me too literally portion of our programming evening.

  9. mick March 11th, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    # mick March 11th, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    mick…38 greenbacks as in Geo Washington
    ——————————–
    nice tip for the pool girls…

  10. stuckey99 March 11th, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Ah, sorry, guess I was thinking Sparky Anderson.

  11. Benny Blanco March 11th, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Good one stuckey, but you just never know with people sometime…lol

  12. DaSaint007 March 11th, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    My prayers to all those with families and friends in Japan, as well as to the Japanese people themselves.

    I remember how horrified I was at the loss of life and destruction from the 2004 Thailand sunami, espcially since I was just there about 30 days prior. Shaken can’t describe how I felt looking at places that were just visited.

  13. LGY March 11th, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    stuckey

    Don’t know how to do that.

    Here are all the SS with 300 PAs though

    http://www.fangraphs.com/leade.....#038;ind=0

  14. Pat M. March 11th, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    LGY…I was liking the Brewers for the overs ( 84.5 wins ), so now that Grenkie is going to miss at least April how do you and the other Saber number guys think this will effect this ???? I hate Duke so much I’m taking Maryland plus the 9 points……

  15. Joe from Long Island March 11th, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Spot on, saint.

    I remember reading an interview with Darrell Rasner a few years ago, when he was on the team. He really seemed like a good person. The Japan contract was for more money than he could make here, as he tried to support his family.

    Things like this tragedy make you take a moment, and think about what’s important.

    And, then, you read about Miguel Cabrera, and his stupidity, throwing away what he’s got…..

  16. Benny Blanco March 11th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Could this be realistic stats for grandy this year 289. 35HR 85 RBI

  17. Betsy March 11th, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    If Granderson has 35 HRs, you really need to hope he has more than 85 RBIs..

  18. Pat M. March 11th, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Benny….I thought He was going to hit 35 last season….That explosion should take place this year

  19. E . R . California March 11th, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    For Granderson , in 2011 ,

    I predict

    BA : 0 . 233
    HR : 19
    RBI : 62

  20. LGY March 11th, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Pat M,

    How long is Greinke supposed to be out beyond April?

  21. Jerkface March 11th, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Granderson is cool.

  22. Pat M. March 11th, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    LGY…..Nobody really knows, however I have to guess at least 6 starts

  23. LGY March 11th, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Do you know who is supposed to replace Greinke in the rotation while he is out?

  24. Giuseppe Franco March 11th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Speaking of Earl Weaver, no manager will ever top the interview he gave on Manager’s Corner back in the day.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YKxf3OkpJc

    Warning: Adult Language

  25. Pat M. March 11th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    LGY….Mark Rogers is who they are hoping for, but the guy is nursing a sore wing…I haven’t seen him throw in a game yet…..I have to think Grenkie’s DL stint has to be worth at least 1 win if not closer to 2….

  26. E . R . California March 11th, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    ” 40 Minutes of Hell . ”

    L . o . l .

  27. LGY March 11th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Pat

    That’s a tough one. I would probably still take the over, but it really depends on his injury.

    How long do you have to submit picks? May want to delay that one as much as possible.

  28. stuckey99 March 11th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Thanks LGY,

    As I suspected, his year looks a little better once you starting filtering out some of the smaller sample sizes.

    There wee 36 SS’s with 300 or more AB’s last year (which sounds like a lot to me, but whatever), and he ranked 13th in OPS.

    Up it to 400 and he’s 11th of 29.

    Based on that, I suspect he was an above average SS last season.

    And just based on a cursory glance of the numbers, it seems the difference between him and his peers is less based on OPS (which is not SS’s strength, on average, and more based on SLG.

    This is really Jeter’s shortcoming as an elite offensive player. He doesn’t often hit to the gaps and down the line. And when he rarely does hit it over the outfielders head, it’s usually a homerun.

  29. DocTodd March 11th, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Hope everyone in Igawa’s family is fine..(I’m not being wise.). The Yankees should just let him stay in Japan, why make the guy spend another season in Scranton????

  30. Pat M. March 11th, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    LGY….I always wait untill the day before the season opens although I can submit my selections as I have to play every club…In fact as that date approaches, if you would tell me your top 5 picks….The lines that we play are set by Vegas Watch

  31. stuckey99 March 11th, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    GF,

    Was that legit? Because it’s pretty f—–n funny.

  32. LGY March 11th, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    stuckey,

    plate attempts, not at bats.

  33. stuckey99 March 11th, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Right..

  34. GreenBeret7 March 11th, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    What’s a “plate attempt”? Is that where a player tries to get to the plate but was tackled on his way out of the dugout?

    Could it be “plate appearances” that you meant?

  35. LGY March 11th, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    stuckey,

    Don’t know if that changes your thinking at all on it being a lot.

  36. BIG AL March 11th, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Pat M. -

    Duke will cover the spread.

  37. stuckey99 March 11th, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    A little.. I mean 6 teams with at least 300 PA from 2 different SS still seems like a high number at first flush, but that was just based on impression.

    I don’t doubt its accuracy.

    But I think we can both agree a little filtering is probably appropriate when comparing a player to the league average at this position.

  38. Pat M. March 11th, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Big AL….I certainly hope not, but I do understand that You’re a Dukie so we’ll see…..I despise those sob’s as you know

  39. BIG AL March 11th, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Pat M. -

    In BB I love Duke #1 & UNC #2, I know, it sounds strange, but that’s just how it is. I can’t wait for round 3 of Duke vs UNC, that should be a heck of a game.

    I don’t think a top #5 will win the championship, will come from a #6 – #12 team, IMO.

  40. BIG AL March 11th, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Duke by 9 at the half. Should be an interesting NCAA championship this year.

  41. LGY March 11th, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Pat,

    Just looking at Vegas Watch real quick, the first thing that I jumped out that I like is over 82.5 on Oakland.

  42. LGY March 11th, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    And under Royals at 70.

  43. LGY March 11th, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Over White Sox 84.5.

    Like that one a lot with the Big Donkey signing in the offseason.

  44. RadioKev March 11th, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Fantasy advice anyone?

    I’m in an 11 man league, with 3 keepers. Is there an advantage to not picking keepers or not using all of your keeper spots?

    I’m thinking it makes a whole lot of sense to hold onto Robinson Cano, Miguel Cabrera as they’d be in most everyone’s top 10 players (so that’s one better-projected player than I could draft). I’ve also got Tim Lincecum who would be in most folks top 20, which is also better than I could draft.

    Is there any strategic downside that I’m missing out on? Besides, obviously, those three not living up to their projected years?

  45. Pat M. March 11th, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    LGY….You’re the second person who has mentioned The A’s ( GB did as well )………I have to play every team with a minimum of $ 20.00 until I spread around 2 grand….Oakland is a club I’ve been watching and I’ve seen them play a few games already….However until St. Patrick’s Day rolls around we’ll still be getting diluted lineups and pitching…..

  46. Giuseppe Franco March 11th, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    # stuckey99 March 11th, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    GF,

    Was that legit? Because it’s pretty f—–n funny.

    ———-

    It was indeed legit.

    The Lee Elia tirade back in the early 80s was great too but not as good as the Weaver interview.

    Google that one too if you’re looking for a chuckle.

  47. BIG AL March 11th, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Have a good night folks.

  48. Pat M. March 11th, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    LGY….Chi-Sox ??? Even with Peavy still a concern ?? I have them as ??? That’s a close & tight division

  49. grouchonyy March 11th, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Radio Kev:
    Assuming it’s a trading league, keeping a saver slot open allows you to take a keeper in trade.

  50. blake March 11th, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    I think the ChiSox clear 84.5 pretty easy….I think they are the favorites in that division……

  51. Jerkface March 11th, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    I’m not happy with Jeter being 14th out of SS’s with 300 PA. Considering the guys under him probably play better defense.

  52. Jerkface March 11th, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    It’d be cool if Jeter could add 30 points of ISO to match his 2009 season. It doesn’t mean he has to hit .330 but hitting a brett gardner like .270 isn’t cool from the Captain.

  53. Jerkface March 11th, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    If K Long’s work helps him to hit more LD and more FB, he’ll raise his power up.

  54. GreenBeret7 March 11th, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Pat, can you link the site that you use that provides you with the over/unders (like last year)?

  55. LGY March 11th, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Pat M,

    They won 88 last year and Peavy only started 17 games and pitched mediocre in those games. And they added Dunn to their offense.

    Twins probably won’t win 94 again and both Royals and Indians are awful

  56. Pat M. March 11th, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Face, I’m glad that you’re here as I want to solicit your opinion as well….Although I don’t always see eye to eye with you but you know baseball…..If you would in the next 2 weeks or so pass along your best 5 over / under picks….Vegas Watch has the lines

  57. RadioKev March 11th, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    grouchonyy March 11th, 2011 at 8:22 pm
    Radio Kev:
    Assuming it’s a trading league, keeping a saver slot open allows you to take a keeper in trade.
    ————

    Hmm..that’s an interesting point. I find these folks hard to trade with, but I’ll think about it.

  58. Pat M. March 11th, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    LGY…..My strategy is to find the closest 5-7 teams that look like lock picks, play the minimum on the filed and play the rest on those 5-7 clubs…..I did that last year and I made some nice coin as I hit all 5 big plays…..So far I like Boston, Philly under, Yanks, Oakland, Angels over….I want an odd number of teams on the heavy plays…..I’m doing some research and I will continue to do so on The Southsiders

  59. Jerkface March 11th, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    5 best? Hm

    Boston- 96 – UNDER
    Chicago W- 84.5 – OVER
    Kansas City- 70 – UNDER
    NY Yankees- 91 – OVER
    Philadelphia- 97 – UNDER

    Others i think may be good gets

    Baltimore- 74.5 – under
    Seattle- 70 – under
    Tampa Bay- 86 – over
    Texas- 88.5 – under

  60. Tom in N.J. March 11th, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    St. Louis at 87.5?

  61. Pat M. March 11th, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Tom in NJ….I have to think that line is going to drop before the season opens…..

  62. Tom in N.J. March 11th, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    GB,

    http://vegaswatch.net/2011/02/.....nders.html

  63. Tom in N.J. March 11th, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    That’s true Pat M, I don’t see the Cards winning that many games.

  64. BoJo March 11th, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    DocTodd March 11th, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Hope everyone in Igawa’s family is fine..(I’m not being wise.). The Yankees should just let him stay in Japan, why make the guy spend another season in Scranton????
    ______________________
    IIRC, Igawa LOVES living in the US and wants to stay here after he retires.

    He’ll have over $10M in bank (estimated) and can get a little piece of land near Scranton cheaply. Probably open a camp and teach the fine art of getting big contracts with little ability.

  65. BoJo March 11th, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Is it my imagination or do the catastrophes seem to be coming more frequently and more often in the last few years?

  66. Pat M. March 11th, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Face….Thanks as I’m compiling these selections for considerations as it’s so hard to play every club with any great sense of certainty…..I’d like to play 7 teams heavy this year

  67. Pat M. March 11th, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    How can these refs miss that goaltending call ???

  68. GreenBeret7 March 11th, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Thanks, tom

  69. BoJo March 11th, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Just in the last 11 years…

    New Orleans flood…2010 Haiti earthquake…..2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami…2004 and 2007 Boston Red Sox championships….Japanese earthquake…Kei Igawa signing….Carl Pavano….

    This got my interest for a moment and I looked up on Wiki to see if there was any other period in time with so many natural disasters so close together….

    It turns out that between 1920 to 1948, 4 of the 10 deadliest natural disasters in history occured, including:

    1. 1931 China floods–1,000,000–2,500,000 dead
    5. 1920 Haiyuan earthquake–234,000 dead
    7. 1923 Great Kanto earthquake (Japan)–142,000 dead
    10. 1948 Ashgabat earthquake–120,000 dead

    The 1923 quake had a magnitude of 7.9 on the Richter scale,[1] with its focus deep beneath Izu ?shima Island in Sagami Bay. Pales in comparison to the 8.9 quake of today.

  70. Jackson March 11th, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Pat, do you have money on Cuse?

  71. blake March 11th, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Seattle may not score 70 runs this year let alone win 70 games

  72. Pat M. March 11th, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Jackson….Didn’t play that game…….I do have The Irish coming up next…..I hate Duke

  73. Jackson March 11th, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Hate Duke myself…ND seems like a lock. Only thing to worry about is Siva

  74. Jackson March 11th, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    I was going to say though, I wouldn’t bet against Kemba now.

  75. Jerkface March 11th, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Seattle may not score 70 runs this year let alone win 70 games

    But they have Justin Smoak now!

  76. stuckey99 March 11th, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    “I’m not happy with Jeter being 14th out of SS’s with 300 PA. Considering the guys under him probably play better defense.”

    Understood, but I take a practical approach to such matters. I don’t resent players for not performing up to certain standards and at the end of the day, you really have to ask yourself, what’s the alternative?

    Is Eduardo Nunez going to step in and be an above average league SS?

    Or which of #1-5 (assuming that’s your comfort level) are the Yankees going to pry away from another team? Drew?

    Ain’t gonna be cheap.

  77. GreenBeret7 March 11th, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Pat M. March 11th, 2011 at 9:08 pm
    Jackson….Didn’t play that game…….I do have The Irish coming up next…..I hate Duke

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

    Any chance of bringing Kelly Tripucka, Adrian Dantley, austin Carr and John Sumate to ND to play this game?

Leave a comment below


Sponsored by:
 

Search

    Advertisement

    Follow

    Mobile

    Read The LoHud Yankees Blog on the go by navigating to the blog on your smartphone or mobile device's browser. No apps or downloads are required.

Advertisement

Place an ad

Call (914) 694-3581