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Pregame notes: “I put myself in this spot”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes, Podcast on May 14, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

It’s been exactly 12 years since Jorge Posada started a game as the Yankees No. 9 hitter. In a you-can’t-make-this-up coincidence, Posada hit ninth on May 14, 1999 against the White Sox and had not been at the bottom of a starting lineup since.

“I put myself in this spot,” he said. “It’s not like I want to hit ninth, and it’s not like I want to hit .100-and-whatever I’m hitting. It’s just a matter of really coming out of it.”

Joe Girardi said he’d been thinking about making this sort of move for a couple of days. Most of the Yankees regulars have been inconsistent, with stretches of good and bad. Posada and Nick Swisher have been cold pretty much the whole way. Girardi said it was the emergence of Gardner that finally prompted him to make the change, moving two guys up and moving two guys down.

“When Gardy was struggling we dropped him down and it worked,” Girardi said. “We’re doing the same thing.”

Fair enough, but moving Posada into the ninth spot is obviously going to generate a lot more attention than Gardner. Posada’s a borderline Hall of Famer, who throughout his career has been a middle-of-the-order run producer. Girardi acknowledged that it’s harder to make this sort of decision with that sort of player.

The even harder decision comes if Posada is still not producing a few weeks from now. How much longer can Girardi stick with this sort of production from his designated hitter?

“Our hope is that he gets going and we don’t have to cross that bridge,” Girardi said. “That’s my thought process. You don’t necessarily think that a guy’s not going to be able to do it who’s done it for so long in his career. He’s struggled more right-handed than left-handed. His at-bats left-handed have been better, but we just felt it was time to make that change.”

Said Posada: “I’ve felt a lot better since Detroit. I don’t feel like I’m in a slump. I feel like I’m feeling a lot better at the plate. My average is not what it’s supposed to be, and I understand that, but I think my at-bats are a lot better and I feel a lot better at the plate. The only way I’m coming out of hitting ninth is just producing.”

Here’s Posada’s pregame interview.

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And here’s Girardi’s.

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• Phil Hughes played catch again today, this time from 75 feet. He threw from 50 feet yesterday.

• Girardi said he would have to check with Rafael Soriano after batting practice to make sure he was available tonight. Batting practice is going on now. I doubt we’ll know whether Soriano’s available until we either see him or don’t see him in a setup situation.

• Swisher’s lack of production has stayed a little bit below the radar, constantly overshadowed by either Posada, Derek Jeter or Alex Rodriguez, but he’s really struggled this year as well. “He did hit a double the other way (last night), and when Swish is going well he sprays the ball all over the outfield,” Girardi said. “Maybe that’s the hit that gets him going.”

• No roster move today. Amauri Sanit and Hector Noesi are both still here.

• Carlos Silva is scheduled to throw 80-85 pitches for Trenton tonight.

• Speaking of Trenton, head over to Mike Ashmore’s blog to check out the Slade Heathcott brawl. Yowza!

• Is that how you spell yowza? Is it even a word?

• I had some questions this morning about why Jesus Montero was pulled after just one at-bat last night. It doesn’t seem to be in preparation for any sort of call-up. He was ejected for arguing balls and strikes.

RED SOX
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
David Ortiz DH
Jed Lowrie SS
Mike Cameron RF
Carl Crawford LF
Jason Varitek C

Associated Press photos

 
 

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26 Responses to “Pregame notes: “I put myself in this spot””

  1. TheStraw May 14th, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Unless he retires on his own, I think they will give him that time frame. Because he is a DH, benching him does no good as it is a waste of a spot on the 25 man. Unless they allow him to catch again and get rid of Cervelli. i just don’t think they will pull the plug on Jorge until the last possible minute.

  2. kd May 14th, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    posada seems to understand the situation, that he’s playing for a job. let’s hope he can turn it around. it would really be a shame to see him released.

  3. blake May 14th, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    I think maybe Joe is doing something similar with Gardner as Francona is with Crawford….which is to keep them down in the order to take the pressure off and then when they really get going to move them back up…..Gardner has been hitting for awhile now so if it continues then it wont be lkng before they have to move him back up against RHP….if so then hopefully he will just get up there and hit and not try to be the “lead off man”.

  4. Rich in NJ May 14th, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    There are some other players on the team who need to be as self-effacing.

  5. jacksquat May 14th, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Moving Gardner down and him starting to hit may have just been a coincidence.

  6. YankeeRay May 14th, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Gardner
    Jeter
    Granderson
    Arod
    Cano
    Tex
    Swisher
    Martin
    Posada

  7. GreenBeret7 May 14th, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    I still think that Heathcott’s ass whuppin’ to the catcher had very little to do with getting hit by the pitch. He’s been hit often enough without going after somebody. This was personal.

  8. Pat M. May 14th, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    GB……Heathcott has filled out since being drafted…..Wow

  9. vinny-b May 14th, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    “There are some other players on the team who need to be as self-effacing.”
    ————————————-

    you have that right, Rich.

  10. GreenBeret7 May 14th, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Pat, he was always rawboned, but, he’s built like a linebacker now. He’s got some outstanding talents, probably the best physical tools the Yankees have had in 30 years. As long as he continues to develop, he’s going to rule the Yankee outfield for years.

    I see that the Yanks have been working another Charleston big bat in left field, as well as third base…Rob Segedin. And Murphy is another bat that looks great right now, especially for a 19-20 year old.

    I’m still looking for videos of Sanche’z blast in Greenville last night. About 450 feet away and onto the roof of a 70 foot high building.

  11. JobaTipsHisCap May 14th, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    if they still cannot win after all the ‘shakes’, what will they do?
    nothing but pray

  12. Erin May 14th, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Holy Lineup Change, Batman!!

    • Is that how you spell yowza? Is it even a word?–

    Chad, sadly, I use “yowza” probably a lot more than I should. That is how I spell it. :oops:

  13. blake May 14th, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Gb,

    Which went farther….Sanchez’s or Montero’s?

  14. yankee21 May 14th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    In the game I saw in Greenville last night, Segedin really stood out. Unquestionably
    a solid stick and he handled everything his way at 3B. He looks like a future Major leaguer.

    Sosa, who tookover for Slade in CF, made a couple of nice plays and also swiped a bag, he has got some tools.

    The other guy that impressed me was Felix, he plays a good 2B and seems like he has some good instincts.

  15. GreenBeret7 May 14th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Bert and Erin Yowza. A great couple.

  16. Erin May 14th, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    GreenBeret7 May 14th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Bert and Erin Yowza. A great couple.

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

    :lol:

    Love it.

  17. GreenBeret7 May 14th, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Blake, it might be close, but, just judging from the height and location of that building, I’ll go with Sanchez. Still just a pop fly compared to two bombs that Montero hit in Savannah one night. Both over the left center field fence and through the pine trees and into the street . The old fella I was talking to that night said he’s only seen one player clear those trees. Back in ’57, he said that Mantle cleared the 40 foot pine trees and the street in an exhibition game.

  18. Erin May 14th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    OK, that’ll do it for me. Enjoy watching all who get to watch. It never started raining hard enough here for a Cubs rainout. :x

    But, at least I have John and Suzyn. ;)

  19. GreenBeret7 May 14th, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    All of the complaining about the Yankees and their lack of winning. It just goes to show you that what Jaquin Andujar once said. “You can describe baseball in two words ‘You never know’”.

    Colorado blew a 7-1 lead in the 7th, 8th and 9thi innings to lose to San Diego.

  20. Laura - I Bleed Blue May 14th, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    The Yankees have an $10M option on Swisher next year. If he doesn’t get it together, I doubt they pick it up.

  21. 4 NYY May 14th, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Hey, Milton Bradley is out there ! He’s pretty much a “game” all by himself ! J/K

  22. Ace May 14th, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Posada has til June 1. Can’t carry a DH hitting under 200

  23. Jerkface May 14th, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    The Yankees have an $10M option on Swisher next year. If he doesn’t get it together, I doubt they pick it up.

    They are definitely picking it up. Worst case scenario they simply trade him, but if you look at the FA OFers there is no one that is any good available.

  24. 4 NYY May 14th, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    # Laura – I Bleed Blue May 14th, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    The Yankees have an $10M option on Swisher next year. If he doesn’t get it together, I doubt they pick it up.
    ========================

    Agreed, they won’t deal with that, especially if they wind up with a bad year, which means several guys prolly had bad years.

  25. Tom in N.J. May 14th, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Posada out of the lineup———–>

  26. blake May 14th, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Gb,

    Thanks…..must have been some shot


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