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A fresh perspective, and a fresh bat

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 18, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

There was a fresh perspective in the Yankees clubhouse last night.

In a room full of players, coaches and media who watched the team’s losing streak day after day, Chris Dickerson settled into a corner locker with no preconceived notions. He said he didn’t even realize the team had lost six in a row until he got to the airport and saw a copy of the New York Post.

Could Dickerson tell this team was desperate for a win?

“Not at all,” he said. “Except for when we finally did win and Gardner and was just going crazy, ‘We won! We won!’ That’s the first I’ve seen of a team that’s lost six in a row. Everyone was just super positive as far as coming into the locker room, everybody couldn’t have been nicer as far as greeting and congratulating. It didn’t feel like a team that was on a little bit of a skid.”

Dickerson is an interesting addition. He’s one of those outfielders who does a lot of things well but not one thing extremely well. He’s reached double-digit home runs a few times in the minors, and he’s hit a few out in the big leagues, but he’s not a true power guy. He moves well enough to steal a bag, but he’s not a raw speed guy. He draws a lot of walks, but also strikes out quite a bit.

If there’s one thing that stands out about Dickerson it’s this: He hits right-handed pitcher. He’s a career .227 hitter with almost no power against lefties, but he’s a .273/.363/.420 hitter against right-handers at the big league level. With his ability to play defense and occasionally steal a bag, that’s more than enough to play a role here.

When the Yankees traded for him, the fact Dickerson hit left-handed was a bit of a strike against him, something the team didn’t need with two lefties and a switch hitter in the regular outfield. Nick Swisher, though, has hit just .163/.297/.265 against right-handers this year, and Dickerson could help balance things out with at-bats here and there until Swisher finds his own left-handed stroke.

Don’t forget that before the trade, Dickerson wasn’t fighting for a roster spot in Brewers camp, he was fighting for an everyday job. He’s been at this level before, and he can play.

“You get that (call-up) phone call and you still get a little bit of the goose bumps,” Dickerson said. “Better sooner than later. Just definitely teaches you not to take anything for granted. Being back, it’s a great feeling, and just looking forward to the opportunity to help out.”

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108 Responses to “A fresh perspective, and a fresh bat”

  1. Mell May 18th, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Be interesting to see whether Posada, off his 2 for 3 last night, is in the lineup tonight against a tough lefty.

  2. blake May 18th, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Good post….I like what he brings to the table but Im still hoping Swisher gets his act together because that’s what will make the Yanks better.

  3. Erin May 18th, 2011 at 9:00 am

    ?Except for when we finally did win and Gardner and was just going crazy, ?We won! We won!

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

    :)

  4. Yankee Trader May 18th, 2011 at 9:01 am

    The Rays always seem to put such an effectively extreme shift on for Tex…can’t he compensate for that?
    ———————————————————
    Mell-
    Either start hitting the other way, which he supposedly had worked overtime to do, or lay a bunt down the 3rd base line, like A-Gone did to the Yankee shift earlier in the season.

    GB7-

    I believe Robertson leads the relief staff in allowed inherited runs scoring, with Chamberlain a close second. It seems that Robertson has settled down when coming in to relieve with runners on.

  5. Erin May 18th, 2011 at 9:02 am

    blake May 18th, 2011 at 8:58 am
    Good post?.I like what he brings to the table but Im still hoping Swisher gets his act together because that?s what will make the Yanks better.

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    well, he did shave his head, so maybe that will break him out of his slump. ;)

  6. Yankee Trader May 18th, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Was this discussed already that A-Rod is going to have his right hip examined when they return to NY?

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....ease_.html

  7. blake May 18th, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Britton is good…..I might DH Jones tonight as his slider speed bat might run into a changeup or something.

  8. blake May 18th, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Erin,

    Hey you never know….in this game sometimes just thinking something will help actually does.

  9. Mell May 18th, 2011 at 9:08 am

    I believe Robertson leads the relief staff in allowed inherited runs scoring, with Chamberlain a close second. It seems that Robertson has settled down when coming in to relieve with runners on

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

    Some context is required here, YT. Robertson does indeed lead the team in allowing inherited runners to score, with 6. However, he’s been asked to inherit a lot more runners than any other reliever. He’s inherited 20. Nobody else has inherited more than 10. Robertson also lead the team in inherited runners stranded.

  10. Yankee Trader May 18th, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Erin-

    Samson had his head shaved and it didn’t help him any, according to legend!

    The Yankees appeared as if they got an infusion of “tiger blood” last night. LOL

  11. MTU May 18th, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Blake-

    Swisher put up 2 really good seasons for us.

    This year he is struggling so far.

    He works hard and is a positive clubhouse presence.

    Some people don’t like his fun-loving attitude. Not corporate enough to suit their taste.

    I like the guy. If he hits .260 or so with the usual 25 or so dingers I hope they keep him.

    If not an upgrade to JU would be just fine with me.

    :)

  12. JM May 18th, 2011 at 9:12 am

    I had been wondering ifor awhile if something physical was bothering Arod. I hope the hip is OK.

  13. Erin May 18th, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Yankee Trader May 18th, 2011 at 9:05 am
    Was this discussed already that A-Rod is going to have his right hip examined when they return to NY?

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo…..ease_.html

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    No, I hadn’t seen anything about that. Hopefully everything checks out OK for him.

  14. The Hand of Satan May 18th, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Well Jeter’s bat speed right now couldn’t break a bubble.

  15. Joe from Long Island May 18th, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Good morning –

    1. With Alex and the Yankees, there is always a layer of anxiety just lurking beneath the surface. He was cleared by the surgeon, Dr. Philipon, and with this guy’s reputation, I would have some faith in his judgment; though, of course, anything can happen. This may just be anxiety, as I don’t know how you go from an oblique injury to a hip issue. And why it suddenly went away last night. But, better safe than sorry. Nothing like a clear mind, and, maybe that worry was in the back of Alex’ head past few weeks.

    2. I agree, play Jones against the lefty. They’re going to have to make a decision about Jones sooner or later.

  16. pat May 18th, 2011 at 9:19 am

    I would hope Alex would have already been on a plane to CO if the Yankees had any serious concern of the hip being an issue. Hopefully just a peace of mind visit more than anything else.

  17. Robert May 18th, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Next two call ups on the anybody thats not a prospect tour will be Flores and Carlos Silva.

    I am gonna give Cashman his due and not call for any prospects untill I see what happens at the trade deadline.

  18. Erin May 18th, 2011 at 9:22 am

    pat-the impression I got from that article was that it’s just a piece of mind visit. Hopefully that’s the case.

  19. MTU May 18th, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Chad-

    When you get a chance could you please give us a detailed update on how Hughes is doing ?

    Thanks in advance.

  20. Erin May 18th, 2011 at 9:27 am

    edit: “peace”

  21. 86w183 May 18th, 2011 at 9:27 am

    I think the hip is sort of the crutch being blamed for screwing up his swing mechanics coming back too soon from the oblique strain.

  22. ac1 May 18th, 2011 at 9:30 am

    re: Alex
    it was clear last night he had a smaller leg kick.
    that seemed to be part of the issue.
    could be the hip, but it looked ok when he hammered two homeruns yesterday.

  23. PacoDooley May 18th, 2011 at 9:36 am

    I disagree with what people are saying about the A-Rod hip article. It certainly sounds to me like he can feel that there is a problem. He described the feeling as being similar to two years ago when the hip problem really messed up his swing. I would be very concerned, and again wonder why they didn’t go ahead and correct the underlying problem with the full surgery when they had a chance.

  24. GreenBeret7 May 18th, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Scranton has a 10:35 AM game today. Mark Prior is throwing in the outfield today.

  25. Abe Peteraham May 18th, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Funny how Leiter was speaking of how easily pitchers were busting ARod up and in mostly and he couldnt catch up to those pitches,,then he smashes two Abombs…no body knows why bat speed and timing comes/goes, weird stuff…

  26. Erin May 18th, 2011 at 9:44 am

    cgrand14 Happy 65th birthday to Reggie Jackson, hit 563 career home runs + 18 playoffs & 74th birthday to Brooks Robinson, 12x Gold Glove winner!

  27. blake May 18th, 2011 at 9:44 am

    MTU,

    I agree on Swisher….I like him and he’s a lot better than he’s been playing. Hopefully he’ll get it going soon. I think Upton will be a Yankee at some point….it just makes sense so Swisher is a good option until then.

    Im not mentioning any hip issue with Alex…..if there is a problem then hopefully not talking about it will make it go away.

  28. Tom in N.J. May 18th, 2011 at 9:45 am

    I don’t like the hearing ‘hip’ ‘Alex’ ‘Dr.’ ‘check-up’ in the same sentence.

  29. MTU May 18th, 2011 at 9:47 am

    GB-

    Thanks for the heads up.

    What’s your current thinking on Brewer ?

    Does he get a ML shot ?

    I know you like him.

    He’s hitting around .300 at Scranton.

  30. blake May 18th, 2011 at 9:48 am

    “I am gonna give Cashman his due and not call for any prospects untill I see what happens at the trade deadline.”

    It really shouldn’t factor into the equation but I think a part of the reason Montero has been kept down is just to hold his value and to not start his service time just in case Seattle changes their minds on Felix at the deadline. There are other factors as well of course and that’s likely not a major part of the decision but probably is in the back of their minds.

  31. MTU May 18th, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Blake-

    Dr P said A-rod’s hip was 100% to start this season. Good as new.

    Unless he somehow re-injured it he should be fine.

    It’s good to stay on top of those things and get it checked immediately if there is any concern at all.

    An ounce of prevention being worth a pound of cure.

  32. Erin May 18th, 2011 at 9:54 am

    PacoDooley May 18th, 2011 at 9:36 am
    I disagree with what people are saying about the A-Rod hip article. It certainly sounds to me like he can feel that there is a problem. He described the feeling as being similar to two years ago when the hip problem really messed up his swing.

    ************************
    but after the game he did say that he finally felt like he had his legs under him again and the delayed reaction wasn’t there.

    I’m not going to worry about it until there’s something to worry about.

  33. tyanksfan36 May 18th, 2011 at 9:57 am

    In regards to the shift on Teixeira, on Monday night in one of Grandersons later at-bats, they put the shift on him. I didn’t think of Granderson of that kind of pull hitter. It was wierd to see that. Did anyone else notice it?

  34. MTU May 18th, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Blake-

    If that’s the only issue then 6/1 should take care of it.

    I think there’s more to it though.

    Like making sure he plays enough. Gets enough at bats.

    Continues his development.

    If Posada were to be injured or continue to tank maybe then.

    The bat is ready IMO.

    Right now I can only see them using him 3x’s a week. That’s not enough.

    DH aginst lefties, BU 2x’s.

  35. Erin May 18th, 2011 at 10:00 am

    YankeesPR Graduation day today for NYU at Yankee Stadium. There’s a lot of purple in the stands…

  36. GreenBeret7 May 18th, 2011 at 10:07 am

    MTU, I like Brewer a lot. He can do a lot of things on the field. Very good fielder at the corners and can play a more than acceptable center field. He hits for a good average and has good liine/gap drive power and good speed as well as being a smart base runner. Depending on what NYYs do with Swisher and or Gardner, he could play a corner. Not a super star type, but solid. He has played the two infield corners a couple of times. He could be a 4th outfielder type or even start.

  37. Mell May 18th, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Dr P said A-rod’s hip was 100% to start this season. Good as new.

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

    Never really bought that. Surgically repaired hips are never as good as new. I believe it was good enough for him to continue enjoying success as a player just because he’s a freakish baseball talent, but good as new? No way.

  38. MTU May 18th, 2011 at 10:11 am

    mell-

    You’ll have to argue that one with Dr. P because he did say the hip was 100%.

    Maybe not good as new.

    GB-

    Thanks. That’s really positive. Hope he gets a chance to show what he can do.

  39. GreenBeret7 May 18th, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Report/interview on Banuelos’ night. 6 innings, 2 hiys (singles, 1 was infield) 0 runs, 3 walks 7 strikeouts. Alson had a pickoff and an error. 6 groundouts, 1 fly out.

    http://web.minorleaguebaseball.....=news_milb

  40. GreenBeret7 May 18th, 2011 at 10:18 am

    MTU, as always, that’s just my impressions of Brewer.

  41. Bronx Jeers May 18th, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Reggie’s a senior citizen ?

    No wonder I can’t remember what I had for dinner 2 nights ago.

  42. Chad Jennings May 18th, 2011 at 10:26 am

    MTU-

    Just got to Baltimore and I’m waiting for my room to be available (sleep would be helpful).

    There’s no real update on Hughes. I talked to him last night, but he said he can’t really tell anything based on what he’s doing now. He feels good, but he’s only throwing at 110 feet or so. There really are no other details to provide. He’s doing his regular weight room work, and he’s continuing the early part of the throwing program, but that’s about it for right now.

  43. MTU May 18th, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Chad-

    Thanks. At least things are are feeling good so far.

    Hope you get some rest.

  44. West Coast Yankee Fan May 18th, 2011 at 10:31 am

    A-Rod is 36. The number of injuries and the amount of time needed to recover from them are both likely to increase. He will never be the A-Rod of old IMO for any extended periods of time.

  45. blake May 18th, 2011 at 10:32 am

    MTU,

    I agree…likely not the main factor but something else to consider.

  46. blake May 18th, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Thanks for the update Chad….get some sleep.

    Thanks for the link GB…..sounds like Manny B is on his way. 4 pitch Lefty…..I like.

  47. Giuseppe Franco May 18th, 2011 at 10:37 am

    A-Rod was the A-Rod of old for three months, dating back to ST, before his recent funk.

    That’s an extended period of time for anyone but WCYF.

  48. MTU May 18th, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Blake-

    Let’s not forget about dealin’ Dellin.

    As people have pointed out he just needs to cut down on the walks.

    Microscopic ERA so far.

    Those are 2 great young arms.

  49. West Coast Yankee Fan May 18th, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Feel free to be delusional GF. You also are mistaken factually as A-Rods slump started mid April that’s less than one month into the season. Your counting spring training is absurd.

  50. blake May 18th, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Spring training results don’t matter but Alex looked like a monster this spring and carried it over to the season until the oblique issue. Who knows why he went into a funk but its easy to do in this game……the difference between being lock in and destroying everything and hitting .100 is split seconds in timing.

  51. West Coast Yankee Fan May 18th, 2011 at 10:46 am

    I’m sure it’s reasonable to expect a 36 year old ex- steroid user to stay healthy and productive and to recover quickly from injuries as they play on towards 40. Right. That little oblique thing was a breeze to get over wasn’t it?

    I hope he does beat the odds and if so we will have caught lightening in a bottle.

  52. Giuseppe Franco May 18th, 2011 at 10:47 am

    # West Coast Yankee Fan May 18th, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Feel free to be delusional GF. You also are mistaken factually as A-Rods slump started mid April that’s less than one month into the season. Your counting spring training is absurd.

    ———-

    A-Rod was locked in on Day 1 of ST and he carried it over to the regular season for the first few weeks.

    Of course ST counts, you twit.

    Not the numbers, but how he looked. He looked healthy, strong, more flexible, and was hitting everything in sight and hitting it HARD – like the A-Rod of old.

    ST counts because of how he looked. Not his numbers. Tell Bartolo Colon that his ST didn’t count.

  53. blake May 18th, 2011 at 10:47 am

    MTU,

    Yup….with some luck pitching reinforcements will start showing up over the next two years.

  54. randy l. May 18th, 2011 at 10:50 am

    i still would rework the 3-4 spot and get cano in there in one of them. cano from this point on is the better player between him and alex . the teixeira/alex combo are just way too streaky and disappear for long periods.

    yes ,at the end of the year they get their numbers, but they come in streaks.

    cano is much more consistent and he’s not going to be fading because of age . it would be good if he walked more, but at least you’re not going to see a string of 0 fers like texeira and alex often put up.

    also as rich in nj says, the line up should be determined by production and not reputation. girardi makes it too big a deal when he finally drops someone after too long a period of waitng to see if a hitter will hit.

    i think girardi should get the hitters used to the idea of moving around in the line up because then when say alex absolutely has to be moved down in the order at some point in the not too distant future it’s no big deal.

  55. blake May 18th, 2011 at 10:52 am

    WCYF,
    I think at this point Alex is like a high end sports car…..they require maintenance and you are constantly worried about getting a scratch or chipping the paint but you deal with all that to enjoy the times when they are running right……of course I don’t know first hand how owning a Ferrari or something feels but I’ve talked to MTU about it and he says its great.

  56. West Coast Yankee Fan May 18th, 2011 at 10:53 am

    It’s about number of injuries and the length of time it takes to recover. And no one knows if steroid use had any longstanding, deleterious physiological effects on him. He will have great stretches based on his talent – that’s not the question. Injuries like the hip and oblique and the accompanying precipitous drop in production is the salient point.

  57. Joe from Long Island May 18th, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Nothing like the glamorous life of being a sportswriter. Chad, you’re da man!

    Based solely on what I’ve seen and read, I think Alex just had his timing off. We’ll see how he plays today.

  58. randy l. May 18th, 2011 at 10:54 am

    cano has missed 8 games in four years. why not build around him in the three four spot ?

  59. West Coast Yankee Fan May 18th, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Blake I’d guess ARod has a couple – good analogy too!

  60. tyanksfan36 May 18th, 2011 at 10:56 am

    randy

    you know who makes is a huge deal when or if Girardi were to make a line up move like that? the NY media, they would talk about it for days and everytime Cano were to come to bat at the 3 spot then they would say something, after every game they would analyze whether it was the right move, they would probably bring it up at every game too.

    There is too much emphasis as someone said last night over where they bat in the lineup as if their spot in the batting order is out of respect. Other teams probably change their batting orders around and no one cares but in NY it would be huge and a topic of conversation for weeks.

    I personally dont think batting order matters but I agree that sometimes things should be reworked in the lineup so it doesnt become as big of an issue later.

  61. Laura - I Bleed Blue May 18th, 2011 at 11:00 am

    “YankeesPR Graduation day today for NYU at Yankee Stadium. There’s a lot of purple in the stands…”

    Why didn’t they do this when I graduated from NYU? We had our graduation in Washington Square Park.

  62. Joe from Long Island May 18th, 2011 at 11:02 am

    I wonder if Stan’s World will be hosting the new grads?

  63. Abe Peteraham May 18th, 2011 at 11:03 am

    How many years on Arods contract?
    He’s over 150 homeruns away from bloated bonds.
    He’d have to avg 30 for the next 5 to get there… I’m not seeing it…

  64. ZachA May 18th, 2011 at 11:03 am

    I feel bad for Jorge Vazquez. I would think he’s earned the right to have a shot at playing in the majors. Maybe the Yanks can trade him for something, just so he can play in the show.

    After two more homers last night, his season looks like this:
    .303 BA, 16 HR, 41RBI

    That’s just in 37 games. What else does he have to do?

  65. Mike_Boston May 18th, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Randy, I was beating the Cano drum last night. The numbers guys, like Face/LGY say he needs to get his walks back up, like last year. They also say that Tex walks too much to be a 5 hitter. I don’t focus enough on numbers to let that determine things, I know what I see and Cano is the best hitter on the team, with Arod a very close 2nd or you can swap when he gets hot like early April. You put your best hitters at 3 and 4. No offense to Tex but Cano hits the ball hard almost every time.
    I’m in the camp of thinking that his walks are down because he’s got nothing consistent hitting behind him so he’s trying too hard at times, moving him up in the order should address that.

  66. DocTodd May 18th, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Wow,Vasquez stats are nuts….you are right, what more does this guy have to do to get a shot??

  67. DocTodd May 18th, 2011 at 11:12 am

    When I graduated from NYU in 1983, it was also in the park…last year my son graduated from NYU, it was in the new Stadium….terrible weather and Alec Baldwin spoke…this year I think it’s Bill Clinton…I know the lights are purple and white on the Empire State Bldg in honor of the graduates…

  68. MG May 18th, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Cano was 3-8 in Tampa, those who criticize him for not seeing enough pitches have no clue about baseball-the one count against Shields that was deep wound up as a strikeout.

    Many pitchers like Shields are vulnerable early in the count and get really tough when they get ahead, you can’t just let them get strike 1 on you all the time, it’s an easy way to an 0-fer for the night.

    Hitting is multi-dimensional, there is no set way to approach the craft, something many on this blog just don’t understand-probably because all they’ve ever done is play video games.

  69. Tom in N.J. May 18th, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Changes to the lineup must start at the top. Jeter is the best shortstop on the team, but should he still be a top of the order hitter vs RHP?

  70. Joe from Long Island May 18th, 2011 at 11:16 am

    RE: – Jorge Vasquez – I think you start to get into how your roster is put together. Remember, Chavez is going to be back in a couple of weeks, hopefully.

    I could see replacing Jones on theb bench with Vasquez, who would then provide the RH bat, and use Dickerson as the spare OF. The catch then arises when Chavez is ready to come off the DL. You’d still need Dickerson for the OF, so Vasquez would be the one to get sent down.

    Longterm, at least for this year, I don’t know what role Vasquez plays if Chavez stays healthy.

  71. Tom in N.J. May 18th, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Kevin Long said had a “heart to heart” talk w Robinson Cano on Mon about Cano’s lack of selectivity.

    http://twitter.com/#!/JackCurr.....5535364096

  72. blake May 18th, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Tom,

    That’s debatable. He is still the best option vs LHP. I think they will give him until the break against RHP to get going and he doesn’t I think they’ll consider moving him down the order there.

  73. JoeyA May 18th, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Just so myself and everyone else is clear:

    We have 2 HUGE bats in AAA ready for the majors in an organization struggling offensively and prone to streaks, while we bat a >.200 DH who literally asked off the team after being batted 9th.

    I love the Yankees, but this is simply managing a roster around one man’s feelings.

  74. Erin May 18th, 2011 at 11:30 am

    YankeesPR Former President Bill Clinton takes the stage here at Yankee Stadium for NYU Graduation; will give commencement speech

    YankeesPR Former President Clinton getting ready to give NYU’s commencement speech http://twitpic.com/4zaoar

  75. G. Love May 18th, 2011 at 11:33 am

    At this point I think this team needs to have a RHP lineup and a LHP pitching lineup.

    Vs. RHP

    Gardner
    Granderson
    Cano
    Arod
    Tex
    Swisher
    Martin
    Posada
    Jeter

    vs. LHP

    Jeter
    Granderson
    Tex
    Arod
    Cano
    Swisher
    Martin
    Jones
    Gardner

    They should do this for a couple of weeks and see how it pans out. If Tex and Jeter can’t take the ego of being demoted vs. RHP only, they shouldn’t be on this team anymore. For the combined almost 40 million they make, they should just shut up and hit where the manager tells them to.

    I feel like the team is going to start to evolve this season as it needs to and I just hope they don’t walk on egg shells too much longer around some of these guys.

    I also love them calling up Dickerson before Swisher was scratched for illness. Dickerson’s career line vs. RHP at this level is a vast improvement over what Swisher is contributing right now. It’s a savvy move to bring up someone who will do more than the guy who is flailing at the plate night after night in search of something.

    I’m not saying Dickerson is better than Swisher, but he is probably better than this version of Swisher we’ve seen all season.

    If the pitching throws like last night (Nova and Robbie were fantastic) we’ll get back to 1st soon enough, but the lineup needs to be tweaked and improved and molded into something better.

    Every opposing manager says Cano is the guy not to let beat you. They’d probably say Arod was 2nd after Cano. That should be our 3-4 against RHP. End of story.

  76. Wave Your Hat May 18th, 2011 at 11:33 am

    “We have 2 HUGE bats in AAA ready for the majors in an organization struggling offensively and prone to streaks, while we bat a >.200 DH who literally asked off the team after being batted 9th.”

    I think if the Yanks thought Montero was ready, he’d be here. Vazquez is basically yet another DH given Teixeira’s presence. And Jorge is starting to hit. Jorge’s not the only reason the Yanks are in second place, and Montero/Vazquez isn’t a magic bullet.

    Patience.

  77. MG May 18th, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Posada is 6-16 in his last 5 starts and 11-40 in May plus 7 walks, you want to take that out of the lineup completely for a AAA player?

  78. GreenBeret7 May 18th, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Cano, since the 40 homer remark by Long, has completely changed his approach. He’s now trying to jerk everything out to right field. The strikeout numbers are not good.

    Rodriguez’ slump coincides with the oblique injury. The slump started after that game.

  79. GreenBeret7 May 18th, 2011 at 11:53 am

    ZachA May 18th, 2011 at 11:03 am
    I feel bad for Jorge Vazquez. I would think he’s earned the right to have a shot at playing in the majors. Maybe the Yanks can trade him for something, just so he can play in the show.

    After two more homers last night, his season looks like this:
    .303 BA, 16 HR, 41RBI

    That’s just in 37 games. What else does he have to do?

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

    Stop striking out and learn to play defense.

  80. G. Love May 18th, 2011 at 11:55 am

    I don’t buy into any of the Arod is old garbage. The guy hurt his oblique swinging like an MVP the first 2 weeks of the season. If last night was an indication that he’s feeling better I expect him to go nuts in the coming weeks…something we’re going to need on the West Coast trip.

    Cano, on the other hand, is trying to do too much and will be fine.

    Tex and Swisher I have no excuses for. Just poor at bat after poor at bat. I know they’ll break out of it because they are streaky players, but the team needs to marginalize their importance in the lineup if they can’t be slightly consistent hitters year round.

    Dickerson was a good callup.

    I wouldn’t even suggest benching Tex, but I do think moving him from 3 will help the team and maybe light a fire under his butt and wake him up offensively. Girardi gives him way too much leash.

  81. MG May 18th, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Jorge has always been streaky, last year he had a 3-24 streak in June and a 1-24 in September, it’s very possible that he’s just had one of those bad streaks early in the season already.

    There are obviously some issues with him from the right side, he will probably play against right handers for awhile and get some opportunities against lefties sporadically until he shows some improvement.

  82. J. Alfred Prufrock May 18th, 2011 at 11:59 am

    # MG May 18th, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Posada is 6-16 in his last 5 starts and 11-40 in May plus 7 walks, you want to take that out of the lineup completely for a AAA player?
    ////

    It’s no use, the party line is that Posada is “toast” even as he demonstrates he is still a dangerous hitter. Still, Montero isn’t a “AAA hitter” & should be called up immediately to replace not Posada, but the superfluous Cervelli. Is there a more irrelevant player on the team, in light of Montero’s readiness??

    I think Posada hit will soon be back to hitting RH as well if they haven’t pigeon-holed him as someone who now is strictly a platoon player. The SS against LHP is ridiculous for a guy with his career numbers vs. lefties.

    ///
    I don’t think Cano needs to “walk more”. He needs to get back to being a low K guy who isn’t chasing crap. Pitchers will have to go back to being honest against him and he’ll get back to doing what he does, aggressively looking for a pitch to do damage with.

    ///
    If Cashman is saving Montero in hopes that Felix springs lose he’s not really very in touch with his own team’s needs. The Harper piece on Arod’s “concern” about his hip has a subtext message to Brian: “Get Montero here, now.”

    Get rid of Cervelli. He’s the most irrelevant guy on the team.

  83. MG May 18th, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    JAP, I was thinking Vazquez, not Montero-I would have no problem having Montero as a platoon part of a DH situation with Posada while catching a game a week-I completely agree about Cervelli, he is just awful behind the plate.

  84. GreenBeret7 May 18th, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Warren had a bad 4 innings. 5 hits, 3 runs, 6 walks, 5 strikeouts, 1 HRA. 92 pitches with 48 strikes, 0 groundouts, 3 flyouts.

  85. J. Alfred Prufrock May 18th, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    JoeyA May 18th, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Just so myself and everyone else is clear:

    We have 2 HUGE bats in AAA ready for the majors in an organization struggling offensively and prone to streaks, while we bat a >.200 DH who literally asked off the team after being batted 9th.
    ///

    Defining Posada as a “.200 DH” makes me wonder if you’ve missed his whole career. Unbelievable. They play him, he’ll hit.

    Montero is one thing. Jorge Vazquez is not Jorge Posada. He doesn’t have his plate discipline & despite JV’s power, he’s not nearly as good a hitter.

  86. J. Alfred Prufrock May 18th, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    # MG May 18th, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    JAP, I was thinking Vazquez, not Montero-I would have no problem having Montero as a platoon part of a DH situation with Posada while catching a game a week-I completely agree about Cervelli, he is just awful behind the plate.
    ///

    Oh, sorry, my bad. Yea quite agree on Vazquez. Too flawed, despite the power. I think the Montero/Posada & Martin/Montero thing is where they need to go. As I keep harping, Montero’s a necessity, not a luxury in light of Arod’s apparently delicate health.

    We need Montero more than a SP, IMO. We have options later in the season to patch the rotation & give it a boost (Hughes’ return if all goes well, & a couple of kids in Trenton right now who will have some bullets left & who are just playing catch with the catcher down here. ).

  87. 108 stitches May 18th, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Chavez will be back soon which clears up a 3rd base or LHDH situation.
    Andruw Jones should be released outright. Either Dickerson, Maxwell, or Golson (when healthy) can suffice until the 7/31 trading deadline.
    Also, why not Andy Sisco as another LH in the bullpen ?

  88. Erin May 18th, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    YESNetwork Kevin Long explains to @JackCurryYES how he determined the cause of A-Rod’s struggles http://bit.ly/isNNeR

  89. blake May 18th, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    G love,

    I think if you replace jones with Montero then functionally those might be the best lineups they can put out there right now…..however there are other factors at play and the Yankees are always slow to make changes because they trust their veteran players.

    That said, I don’t think that will continue on forever if the performance isn’t there. I think they will the status quo for the most part until the break and if improvements aren’t made then we may see something similar to what you posted in the 2nd half.

  90. JoeyA May 18th, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    J. Alfred,

    No I haven’t missed most of Posada’s career, in which he was a great hitting C, though the contract he’s currently signed to was a result of two things.

    1. We had no other C options at the time that were better.

    2. He came off a .300+ season, an outlier in his career.

    Listen, I’m not one of these “Posada is done” people. I think he is still a ML hitter. But on this team, with his lack of roster flexibility (he is strictly a DH) and the fact he literally asked off the team, he’s changed my view of him.

    We have enough streaky hitters in our lineup that add to the team on defense. Yanks can’t afford to have a streaky offensive player who can’t hit LHP’s as your DH.

    His job is to HIT and he only does that during hot streaks against RHP. Very specific for a guy labeled strictly a hitter

  91. JoeyA May 18th, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    J. Alfred,

    To add, Posada’s career has been at C. His first season as a primary DH, he is a below .200 hitter.

    Many players, Posada included, will tell you it’s a lot different, and mostly more challenging, hitting as DH instead of a both-sides-of-the-ball player

  92. blake May 18th, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    108,

    I agree….I didn’t like the Jones signing much to begin with and I have to believe he’s near the end of his rope…..he has ran into a mistake pitch a couple of times this year but the rest of his game is dreadful and a shell of what it once was. Get some youth in that spot to add defense and some life to the bench.

  93. J. Alfred Prufrock May 18th, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    I wouldn’t even suggest benching Tex, but I do think moving him from 3 will help the team and maybe light a fire under his butt and wake him up offensively. Girardi gives him way too much leash.

    ///

    I may be off but I think Tex is about to come out of his malaise and go on a run (left-handed). He gets to bat righty tonight.

  94. Wave Your Hat May 18th, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    For all those who believe Montero sholuld be in the majors right now, why isn’t he?

  95. blake May 18th, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Tex will have hot stretches from the left side but its going to be more and more difficult to sustain them as he ages because his swing requires near perfect timing.

  96. J. Alfred Prufrock May 18th, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Listen, I’m not one of these “Posada is done” people. I think he is still a ML hitter. But on this team, with his lack of roster flexibility (he is strictly a DH) and the fact he literally asked off the team, he’s changed my view of him.

    We have enough streaky hitters in our lineup that add to the team on defense. Yanks can’t afford to have a streaky offensive player who can’t hit LHP’s as your DH.

    His job is to HIT and he only does that during hot streaks against RHP. Very specific for a guy labeled strictly a hitter
    ///

    You’re entitled to your emotional response to the recent events. I don’t really care that Posada told Girardi/Cashman to FO, in fact I think it was probably overdue & he probably needed to do some screaming. He had his say, they had theirs, & I think he’s gotten feeling undervalued off his chest & is ready to beast. He’s a tough SOB, don’t underestimate him.

    I don’t accept your verdict that he “can’t” his LHP. Will he get a chance to get past what is an anomaly & SSS against LHP, that is the question.

    At his best, he has barely any split, hits for average, walks & hits for power. If you think that’s easily replaced, well then, that’s what you think, I guess.

  97. blake May 18th, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Wave,

    If Jorge isn’t going to DH vs lefties then I have no clue.

  98. Erin May 18th, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    New Post: Pitching matchups in Baltimore

    :arrow:

  99. J. Alfred Prufrock May 18th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    # blake May 18th, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Tex will have hot stretches from the left side but its going to be more and more difficult to sustain them as he ages because his swing requires near perfect timing.
    ///

    Yea but he has been utterly impotent. This is not what we’ll get from him all yr from the left side. He has had a couple of less severe UC swings. He’s not goin to radically change his hitting technique & start shifting his weight forward, etc so we have to live with his approach for now. Would he be open to a reconstruction in the offseason? That’s asking a lot of him to take away what’s “worked” his whole career.

  100. LGY May 18th, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Cano has the third highest swing rate in all of baseball.

    Only Vladdy and Alfonso Soriano swing a higher % of the time.

    You can’t have a hitter with that little plate discipline in the 3 spot.

    And let’s be real, Cano’s numbers are not even that impressive. It’s not like he is hitting 320. He is hitting 285 with awful numbers with RISP.

    2010 Cano is an awesome 3 or 4 hitter. 2011 Cano is a 5 or 6 guy.

  101. blake May 18th, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    J alfred,

    I know it is and he’s been super successful so its tough to argue with that but his LH swing is not going to age well…..he should be proactive and retool it while he’s young enough to so IMO.

  102. J. Alfred Prufrock May 18th, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    # JoeyA May 18th, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    J. Alfred,

    To add, Posada’s career has been at C. His first season as a primary DH, he is a below .200 hitter.

    Many players, Posada included, will tell you it’s a lot different, and mostly more challenging, hitting as DH instead of a both-sides-of-the-ball player
    ////

    All the more reason to dismiss the early returns & look forward to him settling in to an unfamiliar role & once he achieves a level of comfort, assume he’ll be a refreshed hitter who is still dangerous & will hit for power left-handed in YS.

  103. J. Alfred Prufrock May 18th, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    # blake May 18th, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    J alfred,

    I know it is and he’s been super successful so its tough to argue with that but his LH swing is not going to age well…..he should be proactive and retool it while he’s young enough to so IMO.
    ///

    Agree. His weird static backleg armsy scoop power needs major renovation, lol. Didn’t he talk about tryin to go the OW more? If they could attack this in offseason he might be surprised with more power if he actually rotated his lower half forward. I bet with his upper body strength that would be a killer combination. Wonder if Chad could ask Longo about this.

  104. yankeefeminista May 18th, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Monster homerun to left-center for Laird; it hit the top of the PNC sign.

    GB7, this camera distance is frustrating.

    Prufrock, there is no reason Posada shouldn’t hit LHP. If he doesn’t, then we do something else.

    lol, about Betances and Banuelos playing catch. QFT!

    Free Montero!

  105. Bronx Jeers May 18th, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Jorge’s swing from the left side is OK and it’s shown some definite life over the last week. His OPS is like .780 and granted that has something to do with his early power but his OBP is close to .340. That’s not great but Jorge is the best option at LH-DH as of right now.

    His days facing lefties are probably over. That should be Jones job now. Obviously everyone wants Montero to fill that role but it’s highly doubtful he’ll be replacing Jones. He needs to either replace Cervelli or Posada which basically means he needs to replace Cervelli. Jorge’s not going anywhere.

    If you tell your boss “F-off, fire me” and you’re still around ? Well I’d say your job security is in good shape. :wink:

  106. J. Alfred Prufrock May 18th, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Bronx,

    If the Yanks are smart they’ll get past it & see that Posada is now poised to really start killin it. That’s my take, any way. The goal is to win, isn’t it? Not to have house boys saluting Randy Levine. Posada felt smacked around & he smacked back. Sure they want to phase him out but they owe him $13M & he can still hit & has a perfect Stadium LH swing. I can’t see the point of taking the bat out of his hands when they’re paying him to be a productive DH.

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