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Tuesday notes: Jeter leading off against lefties, TBD vs. righties

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Mar 29, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Joe Girardi has settled on one lineup decision: Derek Jeter will bat leadoff against left-handed starters. ”You can bank on that,” Girardi said.

Who bats leadoff against right-handers remains up in the air.

Jack Curry reported today that the Yankees will open the season with Brett Gardner in the leadoff spot. I’m sure Curry’s right, but Girardi said he hasn’t settled on a lineup against right-handed pitchers.

“It’s something we’ll talk about on the plane,” Girardi said.

The Yankees face Justin Verlander on Thursday, and won’t face a lefty through the entire opening series against Detroit. The fact Girardi stuck with Gardner in the leadoff spot through the final two weeks or so of spring training seems to be a pretty good sign that he’s leaning that way for the regular season, but he’s said he won’t set anything in stone until Thursday.

“We’ll find out in a couple of day,” Gardner said. “I’m not worried about it.”

Gardner hit .260 this spring. His nine walks were tied with Jorge Posada for the team lead. Jeter hit .304 and struck out only three times. In the final weeks, he seemed to be driving the ball more often, and Girardi said that’s what stood out to him about his shortstop.

“Some of the balls that he’s pulled with authority,” Girardi said. “I’ve noticed that he seems to get to that better now, and I think it’s something that pitchers are going to have to think about. Everything he used to try to shoot the other way, and he would pull some breaking balls. I’ve seen him pull some heaters with authority. People are going to have to decide whether the risk is worth it now.”

• Pedro Feliciano might be out longer than two weeks. Girardi said Feliciano has been shut down for 10 days and is likely to be out at least three weeks. “He’s going to have to play catch and long toss and flat ground then get off a mound and then throw to hitters,” Girardi said. “I think you’re looking at at least three weeks.”

• Feliciano, Damaso Marte and Colin Curtis are all traveling with the Yankees to New York. They’ll all be checked out in the City, but they won’t necessarily stay with the team for their rehab work.

• Girardi made it clear that if Curtis Granderson isn’t able to open the season, Chris Dickerson is the next in line to take that roster spot. If Granderson does open the season, though, the Dickerson will open in the minors.

• Every healthy Yankees reliever pitched today. Mariano Rivera, Boone Logan, Joba Chamberlain and Dave Robertson pitched in a simulated game at the minor league complex. Rafael Soriano and Bartolo Colon combined for a hitless inning and a third in the big league game. Even 12th reliever candidates Luis Ayala and Steve Garrison pitched today.

• In his final spring start, Freddy Garcia went 4.2 innings, allowing one run on four hits and two walks. He struck out three. The one run came on a home run by Brennan Boesch.

• Meaningless spring information: Colon started the spring opener, and he threw the final pitch in today’s finale.

• Garrison faced four hitters today. He retired the two right-handers — including a strikeout of Jhonny Peralta — but both lefties singled. Ayala faced three hitters. Magglio Ordonez doubled, Miguel Cabrera grounded out and Victor Martinez flied out.

• Phil Hughes allowed one run through five innings at the minor league complex today. Granderson and Dickerson faced Hector Noesi and some other minor leaguers in their sim game. Thank you to Donnie Collins for the information.

• Austin Romine hit his second spring home run. The two homers came in back-to-back games. The Yankees only other extra-base hit was a double by Andruw Jones, but the Romine homer push the Yankees to a 2-1 win.

• Girardi was asked today if he might be more willing to pinch hit for his catcher this season because he has Jorge Posada as an emergency option. “It’s probably something I would be somewhat reluctant to do,” Girardi said.

• Francisco Cervelli is no longer wearing his protective boot. “I don’t think it’s out of the question to have him May 1,” Girardi said.

• Speaking of Cervelli: “He asked me if I wanted (the boot),” Girardi said. “I said no, I don’t.” Only Cervelli would ask if someone else would like to keep his protective boot.

Associated Press photos of Jeter, Garcia and Rodriguez

 
 

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146 Responses to “Tuesday notes: Jeter leading off against lefties, TBD vs. righties”

  1. Jerkface March 29th, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    May 1??? May 1st as an optimistic date?? Doh. wish we had someone better than Molina for 6-8 weeks :x

  2. Jerkface March 29th, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Can’t wait for the opening series. Very good matchup, I like the Yankees against the Tigers because of all the righties and I just like this yankee team period.

    Time to start winning series.

  3. Guru Man March 29th, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Looks like ARod got buzzed

  4. I Like Inge March 29th, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Who’s after Verlander, Scherzer?

  5. Wave Your Hat March 29th, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    JF-

    I don’t like our starting pitching, but I certainly hope they change my mind.

    I too am really looking forward to the season. I thought it was a disappointing off-season in many, many ways but winning will wash all that away.

  6. Jerkface March 29th, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Verlander, Penny, Scherzer

    Licking chops

  7. Crawdaddy March 29th, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Why is May 1st optimistic, it’s 4.5 weeks from today. He already appeared in some spring training games so it’s not like he’s starting from scratch.

  8. jacksquat March 29th, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Girardi was asked today if he might be more willing to pinch hit for his catcher this season because he has Jorge Posada as an emergency option. “It’s probably something I would be somewhat reluctant to do,” Girardi said.

    So no Chavez for Martin. Great…

  9. Jerkface March 29th, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    I don’t like our starting pitching, but I certainly hope they change my mind.

    I like the 1-4, and Garcia should be ok. I’m very excited to see Nova as the 4.

  10. Jerkface March 29th, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Why is May 1st optimistic

    Because Girardi said it wouldn’t be out of the question for him to be there May 1, which isn’t a ringing endorsement. Its not expecting him to be ready May 1. Its just a possibility. And with foot injuries I don’t think optimism wins out.

  11. Pat M. March 29th, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Nick in SF……I’m taking a flyier on the Cavs tonight ( + 14 & 2000.00 on the $ line )…I’m going to play each @ 25.00…..It’s worth a roll of the dice

  12. blake March 29th, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    I bet Garcia has a better season than Dice K.

  13. Crawdaddy March 29th, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Well, I’m optimistic until I see a reason in his rehab not to be.

  14. joeman March 29th, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    # joeman March 29th, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    can’t a 6-7-8 place hitter lead off a inning more than a first place hitter ?

    just wondering

  15. stuckey99 March 29th, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    And about a week ago Joe Girardi’s non-conclusive comments were broken down to be code for Granderson probably wouldn’t play opening day.

    Smart money is on keeping an open mind about May 1st.

  16. J. Alfred Prufrock March 29th, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Chad,

    Can you clarify something. I was under the impression by way of a Klapisch story that Posada’s health would be threatened by even one more blow to the head because of the multiple concussions and knocks he’s absorbed.

    Yet that story’s implications never seem to be in play when media guys ask the occasional will Posada see time behind the plate question. Either the concussions are or aren’t prohibitive to him ever playing back there again. Did Klapisch just run off like a horse out of barn on this? Did he overstate a minor truth? Girardi seems to almost somberly dismiss the option of having Posada back there under any circumstances.

    What am I missing? Thanks.

  17. Wave Your Hat March 29th, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    “I like the 1-4, and Garcia should be ok. I’m very excited to see Nova as the 4.”

    I like the 1, am looking forward to the 2, don’t like the 3 but hope he pitches well, like the 4 because kids deserve a chance but don’t really expect big things from him, and don’t really like the 5.

    However, I hope the 3 and 5 prove me wrong, the 4 is the rookie of the year, the 2 makes a strong move to the upside and the 1 wins the Cy Young.

  18. Betsy March 29th, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    I wonder if Phil used that new cutter/slider…..

    Just heard on 1050 that MLB is instituting an automatic 7 day DL for players who suffer concussions. That’s fantastic news- I think they should keep the 7 day DL, period. It really hurts a team to keep a player on the roster when he can’t play, but it makes no sense to DL him when he’s not going to miss 2 weeks.

  19. BeholdArNo March 29th, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Jeter looks as beautiful as ever. :drooling:

    I wonder when Feliciano will be ready. If we could get him and Marte in the bullpen healthy, we’d have a deep pen!

  20. LGY March 29th, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Stuckey

    What was the comment from GirArdi on Grandy?

  21. RadioKev March 29th, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    I’m disappointed Gardener won’t be the dedicated lead off man.

  22. joeman March 29th, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    # BeholdArNo March 29th, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Jeter looks as beautiful as ever. :drooling:

    I wonder when Feliciano will be ready. If we could get him and Marte in the bullpen healthy, we’d have a deep pen!
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    that would neutralize all the RS LHH

  23. Betsy March 29th, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Gammons was on with Mike today and he brought up something many have said here – Beckett and Burnett (they are good friends and AJ just went to Josh’s wedding) are basically the same kind of pitcher now. He said this in response to a Mike’s question about Lackey and Beckett. While Pete thinks Lackey will be fine, he’s clearly unsure about Beckett. He said his change is very good, but he’s having issues swith his FB control – and also, apparently, there’s not much life to the FB at this point. I guess the point being that while Beckett has this rep, he’s just not that much different from AJ. Gammons thinks that these 2 pitchers could prove to be the difference between the teams

  24. joeman March 29th, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    # RadioKev March 29th, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    I’m disappointed Gardener won’t be the dedicated lead off man.
    ———————
    does it really matter….there’s a chance he could lead off only once a game

  25. J. Alfred Prufrock March 29th, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    joeman, it’s the principle of the thing.

  26. Jerkface March 29th, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Smart money is on keeping an open mind about May 1st.

    Even May 1st is 4 weeks away, that sucks :(

  27. RMS March 29th, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    All those relief appearances with the Mets didn’t help Feliciano’s arm. Hope he will be good to go soon.

    Girardi still hasn’t made a decision about who will bat 1st against righties? Please.

  28. joeman March 29th, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    # J. Alfred Prufrock March 29th, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    joeman, it’s the principle of the thing.
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    OK ?

  29. stuckey99 March 29th, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    LGY,

    Girardi remarking that Granderson “had a chance” to play opening day was interpreted as meaning it was more likely he wouldn’t.

  30. stuckey99 March 29th, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    “Even May 1st is 4 weeks away, that sucks :(

    Can’t argue that.

  31. J. Alfred Prufrock March 29th, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Just a little late afternoon humor.

  32. ZMAN March 29th, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    If they say May 1st, think more like May 8th.

    Molina for almost 6 weeks

    :>o

  33. joeman March 29th, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    ZMAN March 29th, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    If they say May 1st, think more like May 8th.

    Molina for almost 6 weeks
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    if he’s going to be a backup catcher for 6 weeks he’s going to play a bunch

  34. blake March 29th, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    If we have a Molina for 6 weeks then hopefully it’ll be Bengie

  35. joeman March 29th, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    I’m saying 3 times in the first 8 games..the schedule calls for it

  36. stuckey99 March 29th, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Anyone want to wager even money with me Gustavo Molina will not register an official PA with the NY Yankees in 2011?

  37. jacksquat March 29th, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Molina should have to play only about 4-6 games, right? The rest of lineup looks really good, so if they hit like they can, Molina shouldn’t matter. The main concern on this team is definitely the starting pitching after CC. That’s what will determine how the season goes.

  38. MG March 29th, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Interesting comments about Jorge by Girardi, basically the Yankees are not going to put him back behind the plate.

    They must have some very specific information about the concussions he suffered the past few years and are unwilling to take any additional risk.

  39. Nick in SF March 29th, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    stuckey, are you taking the side that he will NOT or that he WILL?

  40. RMS March 29th, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    “They must have some very specific information about the concussions he suffered the past few years and are unwilling to take any additional risk.”

    I agree.
    If there was no concern about Posada, he certainly would be able to catch some games behind the plate.

  41. stuckey99 March 29th, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Will not.

  42. MTU March 29th, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Stuckey-

    I tend to agree with you except they may not be able to locate a suitable alternative immediately.

    I’d bet they have been working on it.

    I was kidding this AM about them bringing Romine North.

    I can’t imagine the Yankees putting up with a near automatic out for 4-6 weeks.

    I’m not even sure his D is all that great.

  43. West Coast Yankee Fan March 29th, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    I think there’s a combination of reasons as to why Jorge won’t catch again. Concussions, he’s poor defensively, getting older there’s too much wear and tear catching, it’s time to make the transition and move on to younger guys and not look back.

  44. stuckey99 March 29th, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    “I was kidding this AM about them bringing Romine North.”

    MTU, believe me, I’d be on board.. :-)

  45. Pat M. March 29th, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Betsy…..Josh has back issues is what is being whispered about……

  46. Irreverent Discourse March 29th, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    The 4 games that Molina catches between now and Cervelli’s return are going to end the season. #theskyisfallingandmonteroisnotheretocatchit

  47. austinmac March 29th, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Chad,

    Thank you for all your great work. This site is now the primary source of Yankee information. Naturally, conversation will follow. Give yourself a pat on the back. You have become an authoritative name in the industry.

  48. Nick in SF March 29th, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    I would happy to plunk down $15 that Gustavo Molina, also known as “The Imposter”, WILL get at least one official at-bat as a New York Yankee in 2011.

    Win-win?

  49. joeman March 29th, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    # MTU March 29th, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Stuckey-

    I tend to agree with you except they may not be able to locate a suitable alternative immediately.

    I’d bet they have been working on it.

    I was kidding this AM about them bringing Romine North.

    I can’t imagine the Yankees putting up with a near automatic out for 4-6 weeks.

    I’m not even sure his D is all that great.
    ——————————————–
    the kid stinks…there’s a reason why he has 41 AB’s in his Career

  50. Irreverent Discourse March 29th, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    I think people have no idea how a normal BUC is used because the Yankees have had so many injuries at the position the last 5 years.

    BUC’s do not catch more than once a week when your starter is healthy.

    Molina is not even going to catch that much.

  51. JCPD March 29th, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    I can’t imagine the Yankees putting up with a near automatic out for 4-6 weeks.
    ———————————————————–

    Heck, let’s trade for Mauer to be our back up catcher and then we can trade for King Felix and Josh Johnson……….. that should do it I think. ;-)

  52. Irreverent Discourse March 29th, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    JCPD – Come on now, how are you going to trade Joba to 3 different teams at the same time?

  53. stuckey99 March 29th, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    “I would happy to plunk down $15 that Gustavo Molina, also known as “The Imposter”, WILL get at least one official at-bat as a New York Yankee in 2011.”

    $15 is a little soft for my tastes, but done nevertheless.

  54. yanks 27 March 29th, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    “Anyone want to wager even money with me Gustavo Molina will not register an official PA with the NY Yankees in 2011?”

    Hard to see Martin playing in 30ish consecutive games (even with off-days) to start the season, coming off knee surgery with the awful weather that April brings.

    They also play 9 consecutive games from Saturday on, including 2 day after night games. Then from the 22nd on, they play 17 straight games, 4 of them being day after night.

    Wouldn’t bet on it.

  55. joeman March 29th, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    willing to bet he catches 9 -10 games before FC returns if it’s May 1st

  56. joeman March 29th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    They aren’t going to push Martin this early in the season

  57. Irreverent Discourse March 29th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    joeman – 10 games in a month? more than 1/3 of the games… you’re crazy. i’ll take any bet you are willing to put down on that one.

  58. JCPD March 29th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    ID…. give me time, I’ll figure out how to get him back in trades and retrade him.

  59. Chad Jennings March 29th, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    J. Alfred-

    The concussions are certainly a factor. Girardi’s made it clear that’s a big part of the reason he doesn’t want to use Posada back there, or even put himself in a position where he might have to use him back there. Given the current situations — with a backup catcher who’s never shown an ability to hit at all — Girardi will naturally be asked about the possibility of using Posada in that role, but it sounds very unlikely.

  60. Betsy March 29th, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Pat M, ouch -back issues are never minor even if it’s classified as minor. I don’t wish for anyone, even Beckett, to get hurt.

  61. Nick in SF March 29th, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    We can make it $25 if you’d like, that’s been my standard amount with Lohud bets.

    I don’t like to bet higher amounts with such sharp strangers, at least the first time.

  62. austinmac March 29th, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    JCPD,

    I agree let’s trade for them all, but hold Montero, Sanchez and the Killer Bs. Come on Cashman. :)

  63. jacksquat March 29th, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    They could always bring up Montero… :mrgreen:

  64. JCPD March 29th, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    austin, fire Cash if he can’t get it done :-)

  65. joeman March 29th, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    # Irreverent Discourse March 29th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    joeman – 10 games in a month? more than 1/3 of the games… you’re crazy. i’ll take any bet you are willing to put down on that one.
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    not crazy again they won’t push Martin

  66. Pat M. March 29th, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Betsy….SJ mentioned that he also heard that rumor this spring as well as possibly some shoulder concerns…….Sox Front Office has to be seething now about that extension they doled out last spring……Of course we’ll not hear that for awhile I suspect

  67. MTU March 29th, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    “Wouldn’t bet on it.”

    I don’t think he should be pushed that hard this soon even if he is capable of it.

    Can’t afford to loose him too.

  68. Nick in SF March 29th, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Also, I notice that your original challenge said “plate appearance” while my reply said “at-bat”.

    The former is more beneficial to me, the latter to you. So I’d prefer the terms be “plate appearance” as you first proposed.

  69. BX33 March 29th, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    They won’t push Martin early- bad weather, cold, coming off knee surgery. Molina will play once every 4-5 days or so.

  70. JCPD March 29th, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    with a backup catcher who’s never shown an ability to hit at all

    ————————————————————–
    Let’s rewind a little bit to when Cervelli originally came up. Wasn’t he below the Mendoza line at AA and everyone was probably saying the same thing? While Francisco may not be a star, he certainly has gotten several timely hits. How about we let it play out before we all crucify Molina.

  71. J. Alfred Prufrock March 29th, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Chad Jennings March 29th, 2011 at 6:04 pm
    J. Alfred-

    The concussions are certainly a factor. Girardi’s made it clear that’s a big part of the reason he doesn’t want to use Posada back there, or even put himself in a position where he might have to use him back there. Given the current situations — with a backup catcher who’s never shown an ability to hit at all — Girardi will naturally be asked about the possibility of using Posada in that role, but it sounds very unlikely.

    ///
    Thank you, Chad. The article I read seemed pretty cut and dry. Thus my bewilderment at the question being asked any more.

  72. Jerkface March 29th, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Let’s rewind a little bit to when Cervelli originally came up. Wasn’t he below the Mendoza line at AA and everyone was probably saying the same thing

    Cervelli was hitting poorly *at the time* but in his career has shown offensive skills. Patience and contact hitting among them. He just happens to have a gross lack of power.

  73. Crawdaddy March 29th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    The backup catcher is starting 9-10 times in April with four off days.

  74. MTU March 29th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    JCPD-

    Sure. But don’t count on much.

    Does this guy even have great D ?

    Not looking for an AS at every position just not an auto out.

    Hope you’re right but there’s scant evidence.

  75. Irreverent Discourse March 29th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    joeman – If they were anticipating sitting Martin 2-3 times a week why would Molina (who is awful, we all know this) be the back-up? Do you think they are doing this for kicks?

  76. Betsy March 29th, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Pat M, the Yanks took an awful lot of grief for the AJ contract, but the Sox didn’t get any grief for the Lackey (think he’ll be better, but he’s not going to be an ace ) OR Beckett contracts. Of course, the Yankees are Wal-Mart and the Sox are the mom and pop store next door.

  77. stuckey99 March 29th, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    ‘The former is more beneficial to me, the latter to you. So I’d prefer the terms be “plate appearance” as you first proposed.”

    I made the offer, my wording is obviously what was intended and terms offered.

    $25 it is then. Gustavo Molina steps into a batter’s box as a Yankees in the 2011 regular season, you win.

  78. Chad Jennings March 29th, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Did I crucify Molina?

    I’m just saying that, with a backup catcher who hasn’t shown an ability to hit, it’s worth asking Girardi whether the availability of Posada leaves him more willing to pinch hit. That’s all. Of course Molina will be given some at-bats, but in a key spot, I think it would make sense to have Jones of Chavez at the plate instead. That’s not ripping Molina, it’s just asking sensible questions and considering potential outcomes.

  79. joeman March 29th, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    JG will have him catching 3 times before 4/9 is over with

  80. Erin March 29th, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Speaking of Cervelli: “He asked me if I wanted (the boot),” Girardi said. “I said no, I don’t.” Only Cervelli would ask if someone else would like to keep his protective boot.

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

    :lol:

    That’s adorable.

  81. Doreen March 29th, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Pat M -

    I would guess we will never hear about it officially unless it becomes so obvious that the Red Sox have no choice but to make it known officially.

    The media that loves to aggrandize all things Red Sox will also not want to put themselves in the position of having missed something so large here. I mean,l when the Red Sox signed Beckett to his extension, the press was pretty much tripping over themselves to congratulate the Red Sox on their genius move.

  82. BX33 March 29th, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Beckett will always have a glorified image because of his postseasons. Burnett had 1 good game in the postseason. Beckett had 2 unbelieveable postseasons start to finish. 3 complete game shutouts, one in YS to clinch a WS.

    You can understand why he gets more praise than Burnett, even despite similar mediocre regular season numbers.

  83. Jerkface March 29th, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    With Posada, a guy who obviously needed more time, only rested 6 times last april. 7 times the April before (but then got injured :x )

    5-10, I think 10 might be a bit much. 6-8 games for the backup I think.

  84. JCPD March 29th, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    MTU, I’m not expecting much…… but if the Yanks are losing games because of Molina and his hitting, then the rest off the lineup better get their heads out of their…….

  85. Crawdaddy March 29th, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    joeman,

    You’re nuts!

  86. Erin March 29th, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Once again, forgive me if this is old news. Just got home and have a lot of tweets to catch up on. ;)

    YankeesPR check out @DavidLetterman tonight for annual Yankees spring training segment; @CC_Sabathia on the show tomorrow night (3/30)

    BloggingBombers Yankees announce that Thursday’s ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by Mike Mussina. Always good to see Moose.

  87. DocTodd March 29th, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Cervelli is like an Amish home……no power……

  88. JCPD March 29th, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Chad, no I didn’t mean you crucifying Molina……. I meant the general tone on the blog towards him

  89. Irreverent Discourse March 29th, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Lidge out 3-6 weeks. Shoulder

  90. Nick in SF March 29th, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Excellent.

    It will be a pleasure to either win another LoHud $25 or to not have to see Gustavo Molina bat as a Yankee.

    If he bats and does well? Double bonus.

  91. Crawdaddy March 29th, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    If Molina starts more than five games in April, I’ll be shocked.

  92. LGY March 29th, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    “Let’s rewind a little bit to when Cervelli originally came up. Wasn’t he below the Mendoza line at AA and everyone was probably saying the same thing? While Francisco may not be a star, he certainly has gotten several timely hits. How about we let it play out before we all crucify Molina.”

    ——————

    Cervelli was 23 when he was called up and had shown the ability/tools to hit a bit in the past.

    Molina is 29, never has shown the ability to hit, and has the talent level of a AAA lifer.

    There is nothing wrong with what Chad said. It is the truth.

  93. Erica in NY March 29th, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Nick in SF-

    Please don’t forget who your first Lohud loss was to… :grin:

  94. joeman March 29th, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    # Crawdaddy March 29th, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    joeman,

    You’re nuts!
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    no nuts or crazy…..easy on me it’s not about Molina it’s about how much Martin will catch early on …although I have said that already

  95. joeman March 29th, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    not nuts or crazy…

  96. MTU March 29th, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    JCPD-

    I don’t like auto outs. You get that from most Pitchers not position players. Maybe if he was an incredible defender(doubt he is).

    Maybe he can he sac bunt a lot. Or maybe he has a good eye and can walk.

    I hope he surprises. I’d love to see it.

  97. randy l. March 29th, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    why is this blog is obsessed with the back up catcher situation when they have an infield that may end up with three hall of famers and another one close ?

    if you people were around when ruth and gehrig were leading the ’27 yankees , you’d be obsessing over Benny Bengough being behind Johnny Grabowski as the back up catcher.

    who gives a crap.

    i’m gonna enjoy watching a hall of fame infield that comes along once in a blue moon.

  98. Nick in SF March 29th, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    You never forget your first…. that was also my only LoHud loss.

    Poor Chien-ming Wang. :cry:

  99. austinmac March 29th, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    It is fair criticism to say Molina has not shown he can hit. He has not and will not. Will it cost a game or two? It could. What I know for sure is how I will cringe when he comes to bat in an important situation.

  100. LGY March 29th, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    How much Imposter Molina catches will depend on how willing Girardi is to play Martin 4 days in a row.

    If Girardi is fine playing Martin 4 in a row, IM should only catch 4 times in April.

  101. LGY March 29th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    “i’m gonna enjoy watching a hall of fame infield that comes along once in a blue moon.”

    —————

    Of course discussing the backup situation precludes us from enjoying the HOF infield.

    Nick should have a field day with this :D

  102. JCPD March 29th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    MTU, I don’t like auto outs either…. I guess I just don’t get worked up about it when you have the other 8 we have in the lineup.

  103. Jerkface March 29th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    if you people were around when ruth and gehrig were leading the ’27 yankees

    Who are the 2 yankee hitters that are going to put up 220 OPS+ this year ? Also I guess you’re assuming the 2011 Yankees will have a 122 team ERA+? :)

  104. Joe from Long Island March 29th, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Gammons on Francesa – says that the Red Sox and Yanks have questions. Nothing new here….

    However, he also says that he thinks Lackey will do better than Beckett, and get 13 wins.

    “13 wins”? For how much $$$? Wow.

    Also, talking about the Dodgers’ mess. Sounds horrible. Even worse than Mets, if that’s possible.

  105. blake March 29th, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    .”SJ mentioned that he also heard that rumor this spring as well as possibly some shoulder concerns…”

    makes sense considering that he was dropping it to take the pressure off last year.

  106. BD (Boston Dave) March 29th, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    “I’ll make a prediction. Fans in the Bronx won’t take kindly to the lackadaisical play of Andruw Jones. His goofy grin after a strikeout won’t cut it.

    By no later than June, Cashman will turn to Dickerson or Golson who will play with fire for less money.”

    ———-

    hard to argue that, unfortunately.

  107. Nick in SF March 29th, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    LGY, I’m too busy having a snuggie shipped to Scranton for Jesus Montero to worry about randy’s silliness.

  108. MTU March 29th, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    JCPD-

    You ought to know me by now. I rarely get worked up over anything.

    And I’m not now.

    Taking things too seriously is not something I generally do.

    ;)

  109. Irreverent Discourse March 29th, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    122 team ERA+ is not out of the question with this bullpen… A-Rod and Teixeira/Cano going over 200 OPS+ would be… fantastic?

  110. Nick in SF March 29th, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    (although if anyone else wants to have fun with randy’s silliness they could start with his comments… today… about… one of the backup catcher candidates…)

  111. Doreen March 29th, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    randy l -

    You must be having a great vacation!!! :)

  112. Jerkface March 29th, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    If Molina is as good at hitting as Randy is at crafting analogies which have no bearing on the discussion, we’ll be fine.

  113. Crawdaddy March 29th, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Take a look at the Yankee GM during his college playing days.

    http://www.cuatower.com/news/g.....-1.2127311

  114. blake March 29th, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    I don’t have any idea if Molina’s presence will cost the Yankees any games this April…hopefully it won’t. What I do know is that 1 or 2 games could decide the division….

  115. Jerkface March 29th, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    122 team ERA+ is not out of the question with this bullpen… A-Rod and Teixeira/Cano going over 200 OPS+ would be… fantastic?

    No team came close to a 122 ERA+ last year, Oakland was at 116 ERA+. If A-rod and Cano/Tex had a 200 OPS+ either the rest of the league fell apart or they just OPS’d 1.200 each.

  116. blake March 29th, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Craw,

    that’s awesome…Cash looks kinda a ballplayer a little bit in that pic.

  117. michaels07 March 29th, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Jeter should leadoff, in the number 2 hole he`s on auto dp.

  118. MTU March 29th, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Blake-

    Bingo !

    :)

  119. joeman March 29th, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    # Joe from Long Island March 29th, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Gammons on Francesa – says that the Red Sox and Yanks have questions. Nothing new here….

    However, he also says that he thinks Lackey will do better than Beckett, and get 13 wins.

    “13 wins”? For how much $$$? Wow.

    Also, talking about the Dodgers’ mess. Sounds horrible. Even worse than Mets, if that’s possible.
    ———————

    joe ..you saying he won’t get 13

  120. Jerkface March 29th, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Jeter should leadoff, in the number 2 hole he`s on auto dp.

    After the first time the 9 hitter is now hitting infront of the 1 hitter. Also he had 20 DP in the 2 hole and the 1 hole. It doesn’t matter. He will GIDP.

  121. BD (Boston Dave) March 29th, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    “back issues are never minor even if it’s classified as minor. I don’t wish for anyone, even Beckett, to get hurt.”

    ———–

    I do. I’ve met the guy – and he’s a real jerk.

  122. Jerkface March 29th, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Sean Casey: Referring to Burnetts fastball as a sinker, and his curveball as a slider. Randy is turning in his grave.

  123. Joe from Long Island March 29th, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    randy as a voice of reason…..

    wow.

  124. Crawdaddy March 29th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Yeah, that is a wow!

  125. Jerkface March 29th, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    MLB Network: Leiter picks the Yanks, says we are gonna trade for a starter. Mitch Williams and Sean Casey pick the red sox. Casey and williams talking about depth of bullpen and all they added (forgetting what they lost also red sox BP depth?)

  126. MTU March 29th, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Randy is just baiting you.

    Don’t fall for it.

    It’s just an illusion.

    :)

  127. blake March 29th, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Leiter took the Yanks
    Mitch took the Red Sox (by a landslide)
    Casey took the Red Sox (in a dog fight)

  128. blake March 29th, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Williams also was talking about the great depth of the Red Sox rotation…..right……

  129. MTU March 29th, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Blake-

    Gee. What objectivity.

  130. Pat M. March 29th, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Nick in SF…….You’re not alone, Erica nailed me as well…..

  131. Jerkface March 29th, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Everyone likes Nova at least.

  132. joeman March 29th, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Phil is having a tough early season….Utley, D Brown & now Lidge

  133. MTU March 29th, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Hope they don’t find Manuel hangin’ from the rafters.

    Note left behind.

    :)

  134. Doreen March 29th, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Crawdaddy -

    Great find!

    Thanks.

  135. joeman March 29th, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Jose Contreras…the closer

  136. Doreen March 29th, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    A landslide?

    Was he paying attention?

    I know ST is ST, but if the Yankees had a ST like the Red Sox did in these last 12 games, they’d be writing the obituary.

  137. MTU March 29th, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    JF-

    Let’s hope he doesn’t let us down.

    He’s a pointman for the new crop.

    ;)

  138. Jerkface March 29th, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    ROY Drabek & Arencibia by Leiter and Mitch Williams

    no love for Hellickson or Nova?

  139. blake March 29th, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    How I see it on March 29: (Yankees vs Red Sox)

    C- push until we see what Martin does
    1B – push
    2B- Yankees
    SS- Yankees
    3B- Yankees (Youk is good but has his own injury concerns…..if the Alex we saw this spring is back for real….no contest)
    LF- Sox
    CF- Yanks
    RF- Yanks
    DH- Sox (based on last year….but could go the other way)

    SP1- push ( CC/Lester)
    SP2- push (Hughes/ Bucholtz_
    SP3 push (AJ/Beckett)
    SP4 Sox (Lackey/ Nova)(I’ll give the nod to Lackey even though this could easily go the other way)
    SP5- Garcia/Dice K- push

    SP6-10 heavily favors the Yanks

    Bullpen: advantage Yanks.

  140. Erica in NY March 29th, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Pat M. March 29th, 2011 at 6:38 pm
    Nick in SF…….You’re not alone, Erica nailed me as well…..

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

    :lol:

    I am 3 for 4 in LoHud betting.
    (I also beat Irrevent Discourse and he had to hail my baseball genius)

  141. Erica in NY March 29th, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    blake March 29th, 2011 at 6:36 pm
    Leiter took the Yanks
    Mitch took the Red Sox (by a landslide)

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

    Will the landslide bring it down?

  142. Jerkface March 29th, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Longoria, A-Gon, Cabrera for MVP race by Casey.

    No Cano, A-rod, or Tex? short sighted.

  143. MTU March 29th, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    New thread =>

  144. Erica in NY March 29th, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    new thread :arrow:

  145. Joe from Long Island March 29th, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    joeman – my point was that if Gammons – a known Red Sox fan – thinks a good year for Lackey would be 13 Ws – I consider that mediocre. And he’s getting $16M or so. Not a good value, IMO.

    And if Lackey actually achieves less than 13 Ws? You put that together with Beckett’s issues, and Boston has some real worries. Real worries. If these guys don’t have good years, how – and where do the resources come from – do they replace them?

  146. joeman March 29th, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    just saying ….going back to 2009 Grandy had a good year but Ellsbury had a better year…if both healthy CF is close..


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