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Pitching matchups vs. Blue Jays

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

Tonight
RHP Freddy Garcia (1-0, 0.69)
vs.
LHP Ricky Romero (1-3, 3.00)
7:05 p.m., YES Network

Saturday
RHP A.J. Burnett (3-1, 3.52)
vs.
RHP Kyle Drabek (2-0, 3.30)
4:05 p.m., YES Network

Sunday
RHP Ivan Nova (1-2, 5.82)
vs.
RHP Jesse Litsch (2-1, 3.86)
1:05 p.m. YES Network / TBS

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168 Responses to “Pitching matchups vs. Blue Jays”

  1. Carlo April 29th, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    I’ll sign up for 2 of 3 today and not play the games if possible.

  2. Mell April 29th, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    I’ll sign up for 2 of 3 today and not play the games if possible

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

    Well, they’re going to make ‘em play the games, but I agree that 2 of 3 will be a good weekend.

  3. stuckey99 April 29th, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    So with Gardner putting a few good swings on the ball yesterday and Swish having a break-out day, do you maybe sit Granderson tonight and let Gardner try to build on last night?

    Or protect from from an 0-fer and sit him down, hope his night carries over to Sat?

    Will Cervelli be behind the plate for Burnett?

  4. Rich in NJ April 29th, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    OTOH, maybe Granderson should be the new leadoff hitter v. RHP.

  5. RadioKev April 29th, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    stuckey99 April 29th, 2011 at 12:20 pm
    So with Gardner putting a few good swings on the ball yesterday and Swish having a break-out day, do you maybe sit Granderson tonight and let Gardner try to build on last night?

    Or protect from from an 0-fer and sit him down, hope his night carries over to Sat?

    Will Cervelli be behind the plate for Burnett?
    ———-

    I don’t know, I don’t think Gardener should play over Grandy. Granderson has been pretty viable against lefties this season, no sense in sitting him to try to keep Gardener rolling.

  6. stuckey99 April 29th, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    FYI, if you can play .666 at home and .500 on the road, that’s 95 wins.

  7. Niblick April 29th, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Play Gardner.

  8. upstate kate April 29th, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Why would you sit either one when both are hitting, (finally for GGBG)? And yes I do know that they are facing a lefty.
    And why would you put Cervelli in w/ Burnett when he pitches so well when paired w/ Martin?

  9. Erin April 29th, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    stuckey99 April 29th, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Will Cervelli be behind the plate for Burnett?

    **********************
    Just a guess, but I have a feeling he’ll be behind the plate for Nova.

  10. Niblick April 29th, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    And Granderson.

  11. stuckey99 April 29th, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Kev,

    The caveat is, Granderson has played 6 games in a row and Yanks still have 10 more to go. Would be as good as time as any to give a starter a breather. Or are Cano/Granderson/Swish just guys you push through on an EVERY-every day basis?

  12. Tom in N.J. April 29th, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Play both Gardner and Granderson. Put Jones in for Posada…

  13. blake April 29th, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Cano, Granderson, and Swisher are all in their primes….so while 16 games in a row is a bit much for anybody, those are the guys that need to be in there most every day.

  14. stuckey99 April 29th, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    “Why would you sit either one when both are hitting, (finally for GGBG)? And yes I do know that they are facing a lefty.”

    That’s Jones’ role (which he’s filling at this point) and the last person you want to sit is Swish, who had the biggest breakout night of all.

    You can perhaps DH Jones…?

  15. Rich in NJ April 29th, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Plus Teix may sit out again, so you don’t want to remove another key offensive piece.

  16. stuckey99 April 29th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Kate, day game after a night game, though to be fair, it’s a 4pm start, so it’s kind of in-between.

  17. upstate kate April 29th, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    yeah, I wouldn’t sit Swish either…I guess I don’t see why Jones has to be in there

  18. blake April 29th, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    hopefully Tex will be back in there tonight.

  19. stuckey99 April 29th, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Maybe Cervelli can make a surprise return tonight, start ‘em vs a lefty?

  20. austinmac April 29th, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    You shouldn’t take out Granderson as he has hit lefties pretty well this year. Gardner has not. Play Jones. A tough lefty like Romero is not then way to keep Gardner going.

  21. upstate kate April 29th, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    AJ appears to be so comfortable w/ Martin. I wouldn’t change that. I am not blaming any of AJ’s battery mates for his pitching issues, but if he likes having Martin behind the plate, I would stick w/ that.

  22. Erin April 29th, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Rich in NJ April 29th, 2011 at 12:30 pm
    Plus Teix may sit out again, so you don?t want to remove another key offensive piece.

    ********************************
    I’m expecting Tex to sit again tonight. Didn’t Girardi hint at that yesterday?

  23. jeffc_76 April 29th, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Let’s get Cervelli up here and give Molina his walking papers.

  24. Tom in N.J. April 29th, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    “Maybe Cervelli can make a surprise return tonight, start ‘em vs a lefty?”

    “* Francisco Cervelli played what was likely his final rehab game on Thursday, starting for Scranton. Expect to see the backup catcher reinstated from the disabled list on Friday, replacing Gustavo Molina on the roster. ”

    http://www.nydailynews.com/blo.....es-blowout

  25. G. Love April 29th, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Tom in NJ has the right idea. Play Grandy and Gardner and DH Jones or Swisher today. It’s time to stop giving away at bats at DH.

  26. upstate kate April 29th, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    oh that is good news on Cervelli- thanks Tom

  27. Rich in NJ April 29th, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    I’m not sure, Erin.

  28. Erin April 29th, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Tom in N.J. April 29th, 2011 at 12:35 pm
    ?Maybe Cervelli can make a surprise return tonight, start ‘em vs a lefty??

    ?* Francisco Cervelli played what was likely his final rehab game on Thursday

    ***********************
    :)

  29. Erin April 29th, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Rich-from Chad’s pregame notes yesterday:

    Joe Girardi said he could, in theory, use Teixeira in the field, but he doesn?t plan to do so. In fact, he hinted that Teixeira might get more than one game off. “The best thing to me is to rest him a couple of days and try to get him healthy,” Girardi said.

  30. stuckey99 April 29th, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Changing topics for a sec, I think the last week to a degree validates the bullpen use of earlier in the month.

    Baseball is unpredictable and you play to the situation at the time, IMO. No one was outright abused and we’re going on 2 weeks now (with last week’s off-days) we’re no one has been extended to any great degree and some guys (Chamberlain) probably NEED work.

  31. 11 CF April 29th, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    DH Jones and play Posada at 1B

  32. 11 CF April 29th, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    or Swisher at 1B

  33. LGY April 29th, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    1B Posada
    LF Gardner
    CF Grandy
    DH Jones

  34. LGY April 29th, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    woops 11 CF beat me to it.

    Actually I like the Swish at 1B idea.

    1B Swisher
    RF Jones
    CF Grandy
    LF Gardy
    DH Posada

  35. LGY April 29th, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    “You shouldn’t take out Granderson as he has hit lefties pretty well this year. Gardner has not. Play Jones. A tough lefty like Romero is not then way to keep Gardner going.”

    ————-

    Gardner has a .286 AVG and .375 OBP vs lefties this year.

    Only 9 PAs though :)

  36. Rich in NJ April 29th, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Girardi’s best quality is that unlike Torre, he doesn’t abuse relievers.

    Thanks, Erin.

  37. upstate kate April 29th, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    interesting idea…think Girardi would do it?

  38. LGY April 29th, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    “No one was outright abused and we’re going on 2 weeks now (with last week’s off-days) we’re no one has been extended to any great degree and some guys (Chamberlain) probably NEED work.”

    —————

    Mariano is on pace to appear in 88 games and throw 82 innings.

  39. Rich in NJ April 29th, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    “Mariano is on pace to appear in 88 games and throw 82 innings.”

    I blame that every managers’ slavishness to the ridiculous save stat…and…Soriano.

  40. timmyb72 April 29th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    How come nobody, none of the YES commentators, Chad, nobody on these threads is talking about how horrific a start Posada is having to this season. He is an automatic out right now, was 0 for 4 last night, hitting .130 on the season. I would love to see Girardi/Cash bring up Montero and make him the DH, until then Chavez/A-Rod/Jones should be rotating in at DH imho.

  41. Niblick April 29th, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Rich: He is certainly abusing relievers this year. Even after this recent great stretch of starting pitching, starters have only pitched 64% of the total innings this year – there’s only been one year. (Compare, for example, 2003, where the starters pitched 73% of the total innings.) In the last 15 years, only in 2007 and 2008 did the starters pitch a smaller portion of the total innings than they’re pitching this year.

    The portion of innings pitched by starters is correlated with overall winning percentage.

    The overuse of the bullpen is going to bite Girardi in the you know where in a couple of months.

  42. blake April 29th, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Posada at 1b scares me.

  43. Rich in NJ April 29th, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Niblick

    Who do you think he’s abusing?

    I think he’s misused Soriano, but hasn’t abused him.

  44. blake April 29th, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Posada has been discussed some…..just not as much Jeter because LGY and Jerkface don’t have agendas against him ;)

  45. GreenBeret7 April 29th, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    So much for your numbers. That was spread out over 30 days. He’s not pitching in half of the games. nothing like picking the numbers that suit you, huh?

  46. 11 CF April 29th, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Maybe Posada with a glove on will help him out with the bat?

  47. Tom in N.J. April 29th, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Funny stuff from Kevin Towers and how, while GM of SD, the Padres’ screwed w/ Brad Penny when he would pitch at Petco:

    “We used to dial it down. I know for a fact that every time Brad Penny pitched for the Dodgers in San Diego it was probably the lowest velocities he ever had. He liked velocity. He’d stare at the board. He was throwing 95-96, but we’d have it at 91 and he’d get pissed off and throw harder and harder and start elevating.”

    http://www.azcentral.com/sport.....jinks.html

  48. Rich in NJ April 29th, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    More than one person has said that they think Posada will be waived. He is, without a doubt, the most underappreciated Yankee of the last 15 years (along with Cashman).

  49. 38HotDogs April 29th, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    I don’t get the excitement at Cervelli’s return, I’d rather have Gus back there at least he can play defense, they are a wash offensively IMO

  50. blake April 29th, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Rich,

    Totally agree. He’s a HOFer IMO.

  51. stuckey99 April 29th, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    He’s also appeared 3 times since 4/19 and hasn’t pitched 2 games in a row in that stretch.

    Relievers pace is about as uneven as thing there is in baseball. Even citing a closers pace in April seems … well I suppose it seems like exactly something you’d do.

    Last year his inning totals were 9, 7.1, 13 (in which he threw up a 0.00 ERA), 9.1 (the following month, 0.96 ERA), 9, and 11.

  52. DocTodd April 29th, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    38hotdogs…..agree, Cervelli is loaded with enthusiasm, but lacking in talent…..zero power….

  53. ac1 April 29th, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    “Mariano is on pace to appear in 88 games and throw 82 innings.”

    ___

    That pace won’t hold up.
    Yankees will have blowouts like last night, and occassionally we will see a compleete game.
    i bet mo sees 70 games max when it is all done.

  54. LGY April 29th, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    “well I suppose it seems like exactly something you’d do”

    ———–

    You’re fixation is showing.

  55. LGY April 29th, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    *Your* :mad:

  56. Mike_Boston April 29th, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    # timmyb72 April 29th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    How come nobody, none of the YES commentators, Chad, nobody on these threads is talking about how horrific a start Posada is having to this season. He is an automatic out right now, was 0 for 4 last night, hitting .130 on the season. I would love to see Girardi/Cash bring up Montero and make him the DH, until then Chavez/A-Rod/Jones should be rotating in at DH imho.
    ——————————————————–

    Have you seen his home run totals? He’s still hitting the ball hard. Look at the starts Ortiz has had over the last few years, they stuck with him. I think he didn’t have his first HR until May the season before. Jorgie is not done IMO. He hit the ball hard last night a few times.
    Transitioning from catcher to full time DH has got to be a major challenge, especially for someone like Jorgie who wears his heart on his sleeve. Give him more time before you bury the guy. If he had 1 or 2 HR’s I would be more concerned, 6 is not an accident.

  57. ac1 April 29th, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    38hotdogs…..agree, Cervelli is loaded with enthusiasm, but lacking in talent…..zero power….

    ___

    I actually believe it was Cervelli that turned the 2009 season around for us, when Girardi got thrown out of that game in Atlanta, and then Cervelli hit that homerun. Morale was at a low at that point, and that just changed everything….

    They went on to get straightened out and win the WS.

  58. LGY April 29th, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    That pace won’t hold up.

    —————

    It won’t.

    But Girardi used his 41 year old closer in some extremely unnecessary situations in just the first month of the season, largely because of the stupid save stat as Rich pointed out.

  59. justinxdance27 April 29th, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Ready to see Brackman vs. Peavy tonight here in Charlotte :)

  60. UnKnown April 29th, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    I don’t like the unbalanced road and home schedule this year, but I am not completely in terror that the Yankees have to finish the season mostly on the road.

    This team can play on the road and be successful.

  61. Nick in SF April 29th, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Not 81 and 81 this year?

  62. Jerkface April 29th, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Baseball Stats are data of things observed on the field of play. Has nothing to do with an elephant squeezing through a key hole. Had to address that particular bit of nonsense from this morning.

  63. UnKnown April 29th, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Nick I like that. Pretty funny.

    Tough Weekend series coming up. I am in completely agreement with the majority that I would gladly take 2 out of 3 and be completely pleased with that as an outcome.

  64. Tom in N.J. April 29th, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Love will draw an elephant through a key-hole.

    -Samuel Richardson

  65. Nick in SF April 29th, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    I’ll squeeze a drop of blood from a sugarcube.

    – Yo La Tengo

  66. Bronx Jeers April 29th, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    “I am,” I said
    To no one there
    An no one heard at all
    Not even the chair

    - Neil Diamond

  67. randy l. April 29th, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    “He may find a way to up his average and OBP, but 800 OPS Jeter is dead.”

    lgy-

    there is no doubt that jeter is in a hitting funk. jeter is trying stuff every game. he will eventually figure out a way that works . will he be the jeter of ten years ago. not likely, but he’ll still be better than the average shortstop .

    he’ll also be way better than the average shortstop when the post season comes because of the experience he has. and that is invaluable.

  68. stuckey99 April 29th, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    “But Girardi used his 41 year old closer in some extremely unnecessary situations in just the first month of the season, largely because of the stupid save stat as Rich pointed out.”

    Given Soriano’s April, how sure are we they were “extremely unnecessary”.

  69. upstate kate April 29th, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Jerkface, I hope you noticed I stuck up for you…well sort of anyway

  70. Jerkface April 29th, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    While reveling in Nunez’s failures, I’m on to you! :x

  71. Erin April 29th, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Flash17YES Back to work tonight and word on the street is that there could be a Paul O’neill sighting!!

    russellmartin55 Headed to the field … geared up and ready for tonight’s game. Time for some Yankee action.

  72. Rich in NJ April 29th, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    I guess Martin hasn’t gotten the memo that Cervelli’s presence could nail his butt to the bench tonight.

  73. upstate kate April 29th, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    No, it wasn’t really reveling in Nunez’s failures, it was more of a “Jeter would have caught that”

    I guess that means no Cisco tonight.

  74. BoJo April 29th, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    timmyb72 April 29th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    How come nobody, none of the YES commentators, Chad, nobody on these threads is talking about how horrific a start Posada is having to this season.
    _____________
    I don’t know about you, but Jorge has been paying us to keep mum on it.

  75. BoJo April 29th, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    “The chair is not my son…”

    Michael jackson (Billy Jean)

  76. Jerkface April 29th, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    No, it wasn’t really reveling in Nunez’s failures, it was more of a “Jeter would have caught that”

    You wouldn’t like it if I posted every time Jeter didn’t do something another baseball player could do nowadays :x

  77. West Coast Yankee Fan April 29th, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    An ‘over-reliance’ on statistics in baseball contributes to sucking the life blood and human majesty out of the game and relegates it to an arena best staffed by plug-in robots. What makes baseball grand is the perpetuation of the sport as an art form, with it’s imperfections, storytelling, and unpredictable human elements.

  78. upstate kate April 29th, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    What I don’t like that is that is exactly what you do…it diminishes the quality of your other posts. How do you make the mad face?

  79. Jerkface April 29th, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    What makes baseball grand is the perpetuation of the sport as an art form, with it’s imperfections, storytelling, and unpredictable human elements.

    Why do you think statistics affects the unpredictable human elements, storytellings, or imperfections of the sport? It doesn’t. Also the sport has always had statistics, since its incarnation as the american past time, and it has always had sabermetrics. The numbers are part of the beauty of the sport, because it is one of the few where an individual player striving to get better statistics ALWAYS helps the team, unlike say basketball or football(where each player taking a shot/running a play is an opportunity cost of the other players not doing that)

  80. GreenBeret7 April 29th, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Your idiotic numbers has all the aesthetic beauty of a paint by numbers painting.

  81. LGY April 29th, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Given Soriano’s April, how sure are we they were “extremely unnecessary”.

    ———–

    How does Soriano’s performance relate?

  82. Rich in NJ April 29th, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    “An ‘over-reliance’ on statistics in baseball contributes to sucking the life blood and human majesty out of the game and relegates it to an arena best staffed by plug-in robots. What makes baseball grand is the perpetuation of the sport as an art form, with it’s imperfections, storytelling, and unpredictable human elements.”

    Oh jeez, no one comes to your house, grabs you by the head, forces your eyeballs open in a “Clockwork Orange-esque” way and makes you integrate statistical analysis into your working brain, as it were.

    As with everything else in life, you focus on what you like and ignore the rest.

    Now excuse me, I’m wanted back on Planet Earth.

  83. LGY April 29th, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Baseball is not art. Jeez, you old guys are such sissies.

    Man up :mad:

  84. Jerkface April 29th, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Your idiotic numbers has all the aesthetic beauty of a paint by numbers painting.

    Does that make your sloppy, often times incorrect old timey baseball sense finger painting?

  85. Jerkface April 29th, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    The worst is when the Grand Dark Wizard of SABR rounded up all the baseball fans and made them burn their copies of Shoeless Joe

  86. Jerkface April 29th, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Anyone whining about “numbers” which have existed and will always exist in baseball (They didn’t vote for the Hall of Fame at its inception based on not numbers, thats for sure) is just mad that they can’t make things up or have their opinions formed from sketchy memory hold up in baseball arguments anymore. Though I suspect this simply has more to do with the internet granting wider access to the stats/numbers than simply the numbers suddenly popping into existence. I’m sure it was fun to BS at the bar in the 60′s and say things like,”I heard that Cervelli hit a HR last night in ATL to tie the game, guys clutcher than a butt, what a great player.” But now you do that on the internet and people are like what?

    Nothing is stopping you from going to the ball park/listening to the radio/watching the game and appreciating the art and beauty of the sport.

  87. West Coast Yankee Fan April 29th, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Rich in NJ – I might be amenable to giving some credence to your post if I thought for a second you were able to comprehend what I wrote. Unfortunately . . .

  88. West Coast Yankee Fan April 29th, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Jerkface – I purposely highlighted that I was talking about an ‘over-reliance’ on statistics. I am not against statistical analysis. I am against taking it to an extreme, which you do.

  89. Jerkface April 29th, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    The point remains, how is the over reliance on statistics affecting you in anyway? Other than cutting through your daily BS? Give me some examples of how it is ruining the majesty of the sport, or whatever trite phrase you’d like to conjure up about a problem that exists only in your head?

  90. stuckey99 April 29th, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    “How does Soriano’s performance relate?”

    Just because I actually ANSWER questions…

    I have to assume given your comments you’re referring to the April 13th when he came into the Baltimore game to protect a 3-run lead (despite not having pitched in 6 days), and the April 16th game vs. Texas when he also came in to save a 3-run lead.

    Both games used the 7-9 inning “formula” (Yankees had 3+ run leads after 6 in both). Burnett pitched into the 7th and Garcia went 6. If Girardi should have avoided using his 41-year old reliever, wouldn’t it have made sense to back the formula up an inning? Giving the so-far volatile Soriano the 9th?

    Or are you suggesting Girardi should have used the front-end of his bullpen to close out the 9th inning in those games?

    Or are you talking about one of the 6 games in which he was asked to protect 1 run leads?

  91. Jerkface April 29th, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    No nerd is following you to the ball park and knocking the cracker jacks out of your hand.

  92. Tom in N.J. April 29th, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    I find that when I understand the science and the meaning behind any type of art-a novel, a poem, a painting, and yes, baseball it gives me a deeper appreciation for just how hard it is to do those things.

  93. West Coast Yankee Fan April 29th, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    I gave my opinion, no one said you don’t have the right to be whatever kind of fan you want to be.

  94. Jerkface April 29th, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Right, but I am asking why you think over-reliance on stats affects your ability to be the fan you want to be? Don’t dodge the question.

  95. randy l. April 29th, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    “Your idiotic numbers has all the aesthetic beauty of a paint by numbers painting.”

    gb7-

    i agree totally, but i’m just wondering how many times it took you to spell” aesthetic ” .

  96. Erin April 29th, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Oh boy. Todays’ lineup can go up any time now!!! ;)

  97. stuckey99 April 29th, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Understand this is coming from someone who argued for weeks with GB and Randy supporting the legitimacy and relevance of advanced stats, I think there is a breed of fan that misunderstand or dismiss legitimate aspects of the game. I happen to believe chemistry in baseball exists, and games are not won and seasons are not fought solely as some product of numbers.

    I guess wanting to see the baseball world like Neo in his first big battle with Agent Smith has appeal for some.

    I also think the narrative aspect of what makes baseball unique is lost to those who simply want to regard and disregard players based on there measure of choice, but then these people probably don’t know what they’re missing, so who am I to deny them their bliss.

  98. GreenBeret7 April 29th, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    LMAO….4 times, Randy. I had to look back a Orville’s notes to the Commanding General of Fort Hood to make sure it was right. “Watching him take out a platoon of golfing hacks with shanked gol fballs is aestheically pleasing.”

  99. upstate kate April 29th, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    where is Erica w/ a muppet intervention when we need her?

  100. Rich in NJ April 29th, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    “Rich in NJ – I might be amenable to giving some credence to your post if I thought for a second you were able to comprehend what I wrote. Unfortunately . . .”

    Heh.

    LGY,

    Compared to you I’m an old guy!!!!

  101. Chase April 29th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    River Ave. Blues:

    Yanks have activated Francisco Cervelli from the DL. Gustavo Molina optioned to Scranton.

  102. West Coast Yankee Fan April 29th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    I am not dodging anything – I never do. I’m working a bit and expressed my opinion, it’s not written that one has to discuss something ad infinitum. The “over reliance” on statistics and metrics doesn’t affect my ability to do anything; it does colors and degrades the game of baseball in an unfortunate way as I see things.

    It’s a subjective perception either way. There are tens of thousands of people who believe that black velvet paintings of Elvis qualify as art. They have the right to their opinion. It doesn’t stop my individual ability to appreciate art as I see fit. But I also believe it degrades art.

  103. Jerkface April 29th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    I think there is a breed of fan that misunderstand or dismiss legitimate aspects of the game.

    Are any of these people in the blog *right now*?

  104. Erin April 29th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    RiverAveBlues Yanks have activated Francisco Cervelli from the DL. Gustavo Molina optioned to Scranton. *pumps fist all over the place*

    :D

  105. West Coast Yankee Fan April 29th, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    sp – it does color and degrade

  106. kd April 29th, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    cervelli back is a good thing. he can catch one to two games a week and keep martin fresh. also, in the beginning of the 2010 season he was excellent when fresh. he really broke down when he got tired.

    team got stronger today

  107. upstate kate April 29th, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    YAY for Cervelli!

    Geez the next thing you know someone will be saying the dogs playing poker picture I have hanging in my office isn’t fine art :)

  108. Jerkface April 29th, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    it does colors and degrades the game of baseball in an unfortunate way as I see things.

    How? Give me some examples. I am interested in discussing this with you.

  109. Pat M. April 29th, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    I see everyone is having a Jolly Good time here today……Might need to wear a bulletproof vest from now on

  110. Erin April 29th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    My last Royal Wedding reference today, I promise!!!!

    The cake:

    http://www.daylife.com/photo/0.....al+Wedding

  111. Jerkface April 29th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    If Cervelli plays hot like he did before he was playing every day, and the extra rest allows Martin to keep plugging along I don’t see why the Yankees won’t lead the league in catcher OPS. Intrigued to see if Cervelli’s defensive woes were a blip.

  112. West Coast Yankee Fan April 29th, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Keeping it polite Mr. Pat M. :)

  113. Rich in NJ April 29th, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Pat

    This discussion flowing from the comical assertion that the royal family in GB owns 80% of the world’s wealth was a lot more entertaining.

  114. LGY April 29th, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Compared to you I’m an old guy!!!!

    ——-

    We need an exception to prove the rule ;)

  115. West Coast Yankee Fan April 29th, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Jerkface – I would be happy to when time permits.

  116. West Coast Yankee Fan April 29th, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Braves PC Roger McDowell put on leave after slur towards fans. Ooops!

  117. Jerkface April 29th, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Apparently Peter Gammons is going to do color instead of Jerry Remy tonight for the red sox? Disgusting.

  118. Jerkface April 29th, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    It sucks that an over reliance on political correctness is sucking the color out of the language of the game.

  119. blake April 29th, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Erin,

    did you get up this morning? I asked my wife yesterday if she was going to get up and watch it and she laughed and said “yea right”……funny thing was that I woke up at 4:30 this morning and there she was watching it…..she said “I had to feed the baby”….conviently he got hungry right when it was starting :)

  120. LGY April 29th, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Stuckey

    Your fixation is really starting to creep me out.

    In any event Sori should not be used in those situations either. The save stat has dictated 3 and sometines 4 or 5 run games call for high leverage relievers. But they shouldn’t.

  121. BD (Boston Dave) April 29th, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Is Cervelli really getting criticized for having no power?

    An OPS of .750 probably makes you a top 10 hitting catcher. Cervelli, I believe, is at worst middle of the pack for backup catchers (someone else can check if they want.)

    A backup catchers power is probably the last thing to worry about unless it’s absolutely dreadful and Cervellis is not.

  122. randy l. April 29th, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    actually baseball did a big service for mankind by taking in all of these unemployed statistical analysts. you don’t think a good one would have time to mess around with baseball do you? only the really bad ones gravitated to our national pastime.

    if it wasn’t for baseball, these numbers challenged statistical analysts might have been working in the very banking industry that screwed up the whole country with it’s “sophisticated statistical analysis”.

    as bad as the financial collapse was , think how bad it would have been had jerkface and lgy doing credit default swaps for some powerful international bank ?

    just by keeping them busy here on lohud, we may have saved the economic world as we know it

  123. Erin April 29th, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan April 29th, 2011 at 3:23 pm
    Braves PC Roger McDowell put on leave after slur towards fans. Ooops!

    ************************
    Not surprising. He was the “second spitter” after all. ;)

  124. blake April 29th, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Cervelli is better than Saltalamachia

  125. GreenBeret7 April 29th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Maybe they should ban the idiot fans that believe they have the right to say anything they want to the players, regardless of whether there are women and kids around….who by the way are just as vile as the men. They start that crap and then whine when the players fire back.

  126. Erin April 29th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    blake-I saw the end of the ceremony and them being taken to Buckingham Palace in the carraige. I have it on my DVR-I can’t wait to get home and watch the beginning! LOL about your wife :)

  127. BD (Boston Dave) April 29th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    ” Intrigued to see if Cervelli’s defensive woes were a blip.”

    —–

    That is far more important than Cervelli hitting 4-6 HR to appease the critics.

  128. Rich in NJ April 29th, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Thank, LGY

    Tom summed up my feeling here.

    Integrating new information into an existing mindset is part of evolving in every aspect of life. I’m not sure why baseball should be any different, but to each their own.

  129. Erin April 29th, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    JackCurryYES Early b.p. at Stadium. First 2 players out to hit for the Yankees? Cano and A-Rod. Coincidence? Hardly.

  130. Jerkface April 29th, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Add world economies to the list of things Randy doesn’t know about :)

    Cervelli is a very valuable backup catcher, if he can hit above .280 and get on base around .340+, lack of power or not. Though his glaring deficiency in the power area means that he can be replaced if someone comes along that is better *cough* montero *cough*

  131. Jerkface April 29th, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Maybe they should ban the idiot fans that believe they have the right to say anything they want to the players, regardless of whether there are women and kids around….who by the way are just as vile as the men. They start that crap and then whine when the players fire back.

    Fans who say inappropriate things get tossed from stadiums all the time?

  132. LGY April 29th, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Two wrongs don’t make a right GB. Tsk tsk. :(

  133. stuckey99 April 29th, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    “Are any of these people in the blog *right now*?”

    I would assume so, though I’m not versed in the exact scope of individual blindspots.

    That said, I also think there are 2 kinds of fans – ones that appreciate success and those that dread the lack of it. Being temporarily relieved is not the same as genuinely appreciating something.

    I often find those who regard players based solely or mostly in their current statistical production tend to be the “relieved they didn’t lose” types.

    After all, aren’t the bridgejumpers and in-game whiners the first to cite stats to back up their whines?

    So yes, I think those who find temporary relief with Yankee wins are missing out on something.

  134. GreenBeret7 April 29th, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    No they don’t. They get moved to other parts of the stadiums….same as those that fall onto the field trying to pick u a foul ball on the field.

  135. Jerkface April 29th, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    After all, aren’t the bridgejumpers and in-game whiners the first to cite stats to back up their whines?

    So yes, I think those who find temporary relief with Yankee wins are missing out on something.

    You seem to be describing a very specific subset of fans on this blog, like Matt / Betsy / YankeesNMore, though I don’t think those fans show anymore a reliance on stats than people who think the yankees are awesome?

    Weird opinion at any rate.

  136. Erin April 29th, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    eboland11 Cervelli in the clubhouse

  137. Rich in NJ April 29th, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    “After all, aren’t the bridgejumpers and in-game whiners the first to cite stats to back up their whines?”

    My view is contra. Plus, not all stats are created equal, so merely invoking AVG or W-L records doesn’t indicate that one is a stat person. It actually reflects an ignorance of statistical analysis.

  138. GreenBeret7 April 29th, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Joey Belle may have been right after all. Just stick a baseball in their chest.

  139. Jerkface April 29th, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    No they don’t. They get moved to other parts of the stadiums….same as those that fall onto the field trying to pick u a foul ball on the field.

    Yes they do, not saying I’ve ever been tossed from a stadium, but I’ve seen fans get tossed as in escorted to the exit, for using homophobic slurs.

  140. Rich in NJ April 29th, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    “Joey Belle may have been right after all. Just stick a baseball in their chest.”

    I never knew that there was a pro-tort faction.

  141. Erin April 29th, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    New Post: Cervelli on the bench, Teixeira in the lineup

    :arrow:

  142. stuckey99 April 29th, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    “Your fixation is really starting to creep me out.”

    No it isn’t, you’re just running out of substantive rebuttals.

    “In any event Sori should not be used in those situations either.”

    Okay, going to keep asking questions even though you continue to avoid them.

    Who’s pitching the 7-9 innings in those whole 2 ballgames one can only assume you’re criticizing Girardi for?

  143. Wave Your Hat April 29th, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    “That said, I also think there are 2 kinds of fans – ones that appreciate success and those that dread the lack of it.”

    Is the “true” fan more of an optimist or a pessimist? I’ve always believed the latter.

  144. randy l. April 29th, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    “Add world economies to the list of things Randy doesn’t know about”

    one thing i know how to do is derail a jerkface sabermetric rant that makes no sense : )

  145. Jerkface April 29th, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    one thing i know how to do is derail a jerkface sabermetric rant that makes no sense : )

    Add Jerkface Sabermetric Rant to the things randy doesn’t know about! :x

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