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Pitching matchups in Baltimore

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

The Orioles were rained out last night. The Yankees said they were simply bumping their starters back a day, meaning the Yankees face Zach Britton tonight instead of seeing Brad Bergesen on Thursday. That’s a bad trade. Meanwhile, Baltimore first baseman Derrek Lee is day-to-day with an oblique strain.

Tonight
RHP Bartolo Colon (2-2, 3.74)
vs.
LHP Zach Britton (5-2, 2.42)
7:05 p.m., YES Network

Thursday
LHP CC Sabathia (3-3, 3.47)
vs.
RHP Jeremy Guthrie (1-6, 3.98)
7:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network

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142 Responses to “Pitching matchups in Baltimore”

  1. UnKnown May 18th, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Funny thing is that the Yankees have actually hit some good starters lately, in Lester and Price. It has been the relief and being able to score consistently throughout the entire game that has been the problem. Last night they did a good job of that and it led to a win.

    Go old school tonight and work the count have Britton chased by the 6th and then go to town on the middle relief.

  2. LGY May 18th, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    (Repost)

    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.

  3. blake May 18th, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    The Yankees are better against LHP mainly because Jeter, Tex, and Swisher are so much better vs LHPm

  4. Irreverent Discourse May 18th, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Talk about completely different approaches… while Cano nearly leads the league in swing rates, Brett Gardner leads the league in… swing rates… in the other direction. Only swinging at 35$ of pitches.

    Sadly, there is no direct correlation at all to swing rate and performance LGY. Teixeira and Posada are right there at the bottom of the list with Gardner.

    Cano needs to be more selective only because he has gotten so good that he’s not missing anything anymore. 95% contact rate inside the zone is ridiculous.

  5. michaels07 May 18th, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Must win Both Games.

  6. michaels07 May 18th, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Jeter won`t retire, he like the Money, the Girls and the mansions.

  7. Erin May 18th, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Cano will be fine. He’s about the last one I’m worried about.

    Speaking of Robbie, this is now sitting on my shelf: http://tiny.cc/5ccna

    :)

  8. yankeefeminista May 18th, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    repost

    # 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!

  9. LGY May 18th, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Sadly, there is no direct correlation at all to swing rate and performance LGY. Teixeira and Posada are right there at the bottom of the list with Gardner. Cano needs to be more selective only because he has gotten so good that he’s not missing anything anymore. 95% contact rate inside the zone is ridiculous

    ——-

    He is swinging at over 40% pitches outside the zone.

    He will not put up elite middle of the order numbers with that type of plate discipline.

  10. J. Alfred Prufrock May 18th, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    # michaels07 May 18th, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Jeter won`t retire, he like the Money, the Girls and the mansions.
    ///

    Well there you have it. The crux of this relentless hatred for Derek Jeter. Can you say, ENVY?? No one cares who this guy bangs, except perhaps you. If you looked like him & had his resume, you’d have the chicks climbin on you too. Instead of being a pathetic troll with no life.

  11. blake May 18th, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Can’t imagine why any guy would like money, girls, and mansions.

  12. Betsy May 18th, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Blake, if they call Montero up, I like the solution that you proposed earlier re: having him back up Martin and hit lefties.

    Those posts calling Alex done were ridiculous – where where they when he was smoking the ball? Obviously the injury got him out of synch, but IMO, he’s not just not done, but he’s going to have a great year. However, if his hip is bothering him, then that’s a new ballgame.

  13. Mike Ri May 18th, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Can’t imagine why any guy would like money, girls, and mansions.

    LOL :-)

  14. J. Alfred Prufrock May 18th, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    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!

    ///

    Yankfem – I am really becoming concerned about B&B. These kids need to be challenged & pushed. They’re not getting that with Trenton. I’m not sure they’ll get much of it in AAA either. They’re just so advanced in many ways but still need the innings & the trial run the minors are supposed to provide. But I am worried that they’re not getting any push-back from the hitters. I’m not sure what you do about that. The Yanks are ultra-conservative about their young arms these days & these two are the cream of the crop. You don’t want to have them stagnate yet you don’t want to push them too hard too fast. What to do??

    I’ll be there this weekend to see them both.

  15. Warning Track Power May 18th, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Believe it or not, I called A-Rod’s 2nd HR last night(while at home, LOL)

    Anyway, A-Rod loves to hit in baltimore. Looking forward to more big hits and HR’s over the next two games.

  16. J. Alfred Prufrock May 18th, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    # Erin May 18th, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Cano will be fine. He’s about the last one I’m worried about.

    Speaking of Robbie, this is now sitting on my shelf: http://tiny.cc/5ccna

    :)
    ///

    Agree, no long-term concerns about the best player in the game.

  17. Irreverent Discourse May 18th, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    His career rate is 30% of pitches outside the zone, so he’s obviously being more aggressive to this point in this season… maybe he got tired of watching those grooves fastballs go by for strike 1. Either way, plenty of batters have O-swing rates at or around 30%… Braun, Fielder, Howard, Kemp, Ethier, Beltre, Crawford, Miggy (just below).

    To say he can never be successful is unnecessary, it’s just unlikely… He would be hard pressed to keep the rate that high all year anyway.

  18. yankeefeminista May 18th, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    # J. Alfred Prufrock May 18th, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    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!

    ///

    Yankfem – I am really becoming concerned about B&B. These kids need to be challenged & pushed. They’re not getting that with Trenton. I’m not sure they’ll get much of it in AAA either. They’re just so advanced in many ways but still need the innings & the trial run the minors are supposed to provide. But I am worried that they’re not getting any push-back from the hitters. I’m not sure what you do about that. The Yanks are ultra-conservative about their young arms these days & these two are the cream of the crop. You don’t want to have them stagnate yet you don’t want to push them too hard too fast. What to do??

    I’ll be there this weekend to see them both.
    ______
    I agree that they will need to be better challenged soon; however, there is something to be said for their working on their command in the short term. I would like them to really get in a groove and be able to comfortably throw all their pitches. I think the sticking point in moving them higher up will be both pitch counts and our conservatism. However, I still think they may get some mlb spot starts or a bullpen stint late. Especially in Manny’s case.

    I will definitely attend Betances’ game; I may go see Nova pitch vs. Mets on Sunday, although I am not liking missing Banuelos’ start when they are off on a road trip after that.

  19. Erin May 18th, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    teixeiramark25 Looking forward to @deltadugout Friday, join me at Madison Square Park!

  20. LGY May 18th, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    His career rate is 30% of pitches outside the zone, so he’s obviously being more aggressive to this point in this season… maybe he got tired of watching those grooves fastballs go by for strike 1. Either way, plenty of batters have O-swing rates at or around 30%… Braun, Fielder, Howard, Kemp, Ethier, Beltre, Crawford, Miggy (just below). To say he can never be successful is unnecessary, it’s just unlikely… He would be hard pressed to keep the rate that high all year anyway.

    —–

    Yes that is what I am talking about.

    2010 Cano with his plate discipline is an elite hitter.

    2011 Cano with this plate discipline is a good hitter with a limited ceiling. He has gotten progressively more aggressive as the season has gone on.

    He needs to take Long’s advice and get back to what made him so great last year.

  21. J. Alfred Prufrock May 18th, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    I agree that they will need to be better challenged soon; however, there is something to be said for their working on their command in the short term. I would like them to really get in a groove and be able to comfortably throw all their pitches. I think the sticking point in moving them higher up will be both pitch counts and our conservatism. However, I still think they may get some mlb spot starts or a bullpen stint late. Especially in Manny’s case.

    I will definitely attend Betances’ game; I may go see Nova pitch vs. Mets on Sunday, although I am not liking missing Banuelos’ start when they are off on a road trip after that.
    ///

    It would be super to have ManBan as another LHP for the stretch. Still hoping somehow they get Andy to reconsider coming back for 2nd half. Maybe just wishful thinking OMP but adding TWO lefties would be golden, esp against Boston during the dog days. I think once B&B have more innings under the belt they’re just goin to be on cruise control at Trenton (meaning less BBs esp) & then I’m gonna lose ‘em to SWB :(.

    Time for some Small World :). CU later.

  22. vinny-b May 18th, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    can Arod have 2 good games in a row, before Kevin Long announces he’s fixed his swing?

  23. West Coast Yankee Fan May 18th, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    “When he’s right, our other guys just need to be average. He can carry us.”

    IMO, an unfortunate and incorrect statement by K. Long speaking about A-Rod. I suppose he should define what he means by carry and average, but clearly one player can’t compensate for the other eight guys on an everyday basis.

  24. Rich in NJ May 18th, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Francesa is a such a freakin’ moron.

  25. Yank 97 May 18th, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    “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.”

    Couldn’t agree more.

    The fact that he isn’t 2010 Cano is one of the disappointments of our lineup. We all knew Jeter/Posada/ARod are on the downside and the former are shells of their former selves. Tex/Swisher are extremely streaky players. Cano was counted on to be the force in the middle of the lineup like he was last year.

  26. blake May 18th, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Its mid May…..Cano might just turn things around ya know…..he’s got 3/4 of the season left……

  27. Rich in NJ May 18th, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Looking at the (limited) bright side, even v. 2011 Cano is the Yankees’ best or second best hitter.

  28. BX33 May 18th, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Gardner has more CS than he does SBs. Unbelieveable. He would have to go 42-3 to match last year’s efficiency. Guy has 0 instincts on the basepaths.

    Nunez has half his speed yet has much better instincts. He doesn’t try and read pitchers or anything, he runs as soon as he gets on and is successful.

  29. Rich in NJ May 18th, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    I think Gardner is sort of in stealing slump, but Nunez is a superior base runner and should get more PT somewhere.

  30. blake May 18th, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    I wouldn’t say Nunez has half Gardner’s speed…..he can fly himself.

  31. Rich in NJ May 18th, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    I missed that. Nunez may be equally as fast.

  32. I Like Inge May 18th, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Cano is on pace for 30 / 100. What’s the problem? What is he hitting .285 in may and has not had a real hot run yet. He’s on pace a for a big time season.

  33. Irreverent Discourse May 18th, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    bx33 – That’s some awesome logic you got there. Gardner is getting throwing out because he is not being patient like he was last year. “Just go” is a dumb, dumb plan for a basestealer.

  34. Rich in NJ May 18th, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    The “problem” is that he can be better than that, as he showed last season, and increased strike zone awareness would enable him to remain as an elite hitter longer, as his physical skills begin to erode.

  35. MG May 18th, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Cano had a great April and hasn’t been particularly good this month, I don’t know how anyone can turn this into a ‘disturbing trend’ out of 15 games but it’s LoHud, the home of ‘disturbing trends’ for every Yankee.

    Baseball is a game of streaks, players get locked in then they lose it for awhile, that’s why Ted Williams said it’s the toughest thing to do in any sport.

    He’ll be fine and go on another streak very shortly…

  36. NYYROC May 18th, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Nunez is fast. The other night he ran after a foul ball toward the NYY pen. He looked like a special teams player running downfield to cover a punt. He can fly!

  37. RC May 18th, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    I live about 400 feet from Camden yards and it’s currently raining :( Go Yankees!

  38. EA May 18th, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    “Cano is on pace for 30 / 100. What’s the problem? What is he hitting .285 in may and has not had a real hot run yet. He’s on pace a for a big time season.”

    Because, as he showed last year, he can perform at an elite level when he doesn’t swing at everything and implements last year’s K-zone awareness.

  39. Against All Odds May 18th, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    # Rich in NJ May 18th, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Francesa is a such a freakin’ moron.

    ————————————————————–

    I take it him saying “the biggest impact Montero can make to the Yankees is as a trade chip” didn’t sit well with you

  40. blake May 18th, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    I wouldn’t be shocked if Nunez could outrun Gardner in a 60

  41. matt1766 May 18th, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    My problem with Gardner is he is always 0-2 and he seems that he cant read any pitchers move to first. He does not get a great jump on a pitcher that is why he is getting thrown out. To his defense the guys that have thrown him out there are some of the best catchers throwing out runners.

  42. Rich in NJ May 18th, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Cano had 2 BB in April 2011. In April 2010 he had 6 BB.

    You have to look at more than the slash lines.

  43. Irreverent Discourse May 18th, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Batting before Jeter is not helping Gardner either, since Jeter is being fed a steady diet of fastballs he can’t catch up to.

  44. Rich in NJ May 18th, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    “I take it him saying “the biggest impact Montero can make to the Yankees is as a trade chip” didn’t sit well with you”

    UGH!

  45. Irreverent Discourse May 18th, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    EA – Last year Cano’s strikezone “awareness” was worse than any other year of his career. Yet, he still hit at an elite level.

  46. yankeefeminista May 18th, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    # Against All Odds May 18th, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    # Rich in NJ May 18th, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Francesa is a such a freakin’ moron.

    ————————————————————–

    I take it him saying “the biggest impact Montero can make to the Yankees is as a trade chip” didn’t sit well with you
    _____
    One of the reasons I no longer listen to Francesa. He has never progressed both in terms of watching/understanding the game or doing his research.

  47. Against All Odds May 18th, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    # Rich in NJ May 18th, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    “I take it him saying “the biggest impact Montero can make to the Yankees is as a trade chip” didn’t sit well with you”

    UGH!

    ——————————–

    We have a winner. He’s been on that theme for a couple of months now. You know how Mike is once he gets an idea stuck in his head.

    He’s not a startah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  48. Irreverent Discourse May 18th, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Anyone looking to Francesa for vaild analylsis or opinions is just fooling themselves. He runs a TALK RADIO show, which is solely focused on RATINGS. He has no interest what-so-ever in presenting logical well thought out opinions. If what he says doesn’t drum up controversy, it doesn’t attract callers or listeners to his show.

  49. J. Alfred Prufrock May 18th, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Cano had a great April and hasn’t been particularly good this month, I don’t know how anyone can turn this into a ‘disturbing trend’ out of 15 games but it’s LoHud, the home of ‘disturbing trends’ for every Yankee.
    ///

    Lohud, home of SSS Worship. (See “Posada is done.”).

  50. Rich in NJ May 18th, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    He talks about Sanchez being better. Even if that turns out to be true, he’s years away. By then, an established Montero would have massive trade value, and Montero will only be 27 when Teix’s contract is up, so he could switch to 1B. With as many aging bats as this team has, they need to stockpile impact bats.

  51. Rich in NJ May 18th, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    “Lohud, home of SSS Worship. (See “Posada is done.”).”

    This is false for one reason: 2010 was an outlier in terms of Cano’s plate discipline, so the SSS Worship would be a more apt term for those that think 2010 was indicative of what he truly is. We don’t know that yet. So it’s fair to point out the reversion in 2011.

    Just as we don’t know if Posada is done or not, particularly v. LHP, but the signs are troubling.

  52. LGY May 18th, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Cano had a great April and hasn’t been particularly good this month, I don’t know how anyone can turn this into a ‘disturbing trend’ out of 15 games but it’s LoHud, the home of ‘disturbing trends’ for every Yankee.

    ——

    Cano didn’t have a great April. There were problems behind his baseline performance.

    I have said since the beginning of the season that unless Cano stops hacking like Vlad Guerreo his numbers will be down.

    Like Rich said, you need to look beyond slash lines. Pitchers are increasingly taking advantage of Cano because they see his plate discipline is awful.

  53. J. Alfred Prufrock May 18th, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Difference between understanding the shock jock approach to radio & being someone who doesn’t even bother to have some dim semblance of a clue. Kay is also fairly clueless about baseball but he has some contacts. Both have no clue about what’s in the system.

  54. J. Alfred Prufrock May 18th, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Rich in NJ, I’m not going to debate whether Posada is done when clearly he isn’t. What remains to be seen is if the Yankees give him the chance to prove it.

  55. yankeefeminista May 18th, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    #

    # Irreverent Discourse May 18th, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Anyone looking to Francesa for vaild analylsis or opinions is just fooling themselves. He runs a TALK RADIO show, which is solely focused on RATINGS. He has no interest what-so-ever in presenting logical well thought out opinions. If what he says doesn’t drum up controversy, it doesn’t attract callers or listeners to his show.
    _____
    lol, as if someone would look to Mike for valid analysis. That isn’t the point; his total lack of credibility is, even as a sports talk radio host.

  56. Bronx Jeers May 18th, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    We have a winner. He’s been on that theme for a couple of months now. You know how Mike is once he gets an idea stuck in his head.

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

    Are you talking about inception ?

  57. LGY May 18th, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Its mid May…..Cano might just turn things around ya know…..he’s got 3/4 of the season left…

    ——-

    He definitely can and I expect him to. He needs to listen to Long’s advice.

    He just shouldn’t be moved up in the order until he does though.

    Like others have said, Cano’s performance is not a problem. It is just that he can be so much better.

  58. Warning Track Power May 18th, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Finally nice to see Gardner bunt for a hit last night.
    I have given the guy a lot of grief over his lack of attempts or his poor bunting.
    As soon as he bunted the ball, I knew the rays had no chance of getting him out at 1st.
    Maybe that bunt hit will give him the confidence to try that more frequently

  59. 108 stitches May 18th, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    As soon as Montero’s Super Two status is in effect, put him on the 25-man roster and send Cervelli down. Montero’s bat could impact right away and give the team itself a needed shot in the arm. Doing nothing gains nothing.
    The season is at the quarter pole now. Releasing Andruw Jones will cost about $1.5M or about what it cost the Yankees last year when Randy Winn was released. If another team happens to pick up Jones so much the better by about $400,000.

  60. LGY May 18th, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Well, I shouldn’t say Cano didn’t have a great April. That’s s poor choice of words. The numbers were obviously there, but his style of hitting wasn’t sustainable.

    So May is more than just a basic slump but likely pitchers adjusting to him.

  61. yankeefeminista May 18th, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    # Against All Odds May 18th, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    # Rich in NJ May 18th, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    “I take it him saying “the biggest impact Montero can make to the Yankees is as a trade chip” didn’t sit well with you”

    UGH!

    ——————————–

    We have a winner. He’s been on that theme for a couple of months now. You know how Mike is once he gets an idea stuck in his head.

    He’s not a startah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ______
    Over the course of a long season, he does get points for comic relief though. That line is a classic. :)

  62. Against All Odds May 18th, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    # Bronx Jeers May 18th, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    We have a winner. He’s been on that theme for a couple of months now. You know how Mike is once he gets an idea stuck in his head.

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

    Are you talking about inception ?

    ——————————————————-

    :D Yes and mike’s totem is diet coke.

  63. Bronx Jeers May 18th, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    I loved it when talking about Joba he would whine “He’s just a guy!”

  64. MG May 18th, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    LGY May 18th, 2011 at 2:01 pm
    Cano had a great April and hasn’t been particularly good this month, I don’t know how anyone can turn this into a ‘disturbing trend’ out of 15 games but it’s LoHud, the home of ‘disturbing trends’ for every Yankee.

    ——

    Cano didn’t have a great April. There were problems behind his baseline performance.

    I have said since the beginning of the season that unless Cano stops hacking like Vlad Guerreo his numbers will be down.

    Like Rich said, you need to look beyond slash lines. Pitchers are increasingly taking advantage of Cano because they see his plate discipline is awful.
    —————————————-
    ‘Problems behind his baseline performance’?

    You treat players like they are fully reporting public companies that put out Quarterly and Annual reports.

    It’s a sport, a game, there are major fluctuations in performance based on many, many factors that are completely outside of what you decide it important.

    I can’t believe you have any fun watching a baseball game when all you are looking for are statistics to reinforce what you have already decided.

  65. Against All Odds May 18th, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    # yankeefeminista May 18th, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    # Against All Odds May 18th, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    # Rich in NJ May 18th, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    “I take it him saying “the biggest impact Montero can make to the Yankees is as a trade chip” didn’t sit well with you”

    UGH!

    ——————————–

    We have a winner. He’s been on that theme for a couple of months now. You know how Mike is once he gets an idea stuck in his head.

    He’s not a startah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ______
    Over the course of a long season, he does get points for comic relief though. That line is a classic. :)

    ————————–

    Classic line that will live on forever. His rants have made him more “famous” than he realizes.

  66. Against All Odds May 18th, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    # Bronx Jeers May 18th, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    I loved it when talking about Joba he would whine “He’s just a guy!”

    —————————————————————–

    I remember that day he went out of his way to tear the kid down but yet he still thinks Joba will replace Mo when he retires.

  67. Erin May 18th, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    eboland11 Tarp is off at Camden Yards and, as of now, no rain. But forecast is for general crappiness. this could go either way #drama

  68. Irreverent Discourse May 18th, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Calling up Montero and sending down Cervelli solves nothing. Now you don’t have a BUC when montero is DH’ing and if martin gets hurt, you lose the DH.

    Montero is not coming, stop holding your breath. Better chance he plays in the majors for some other team this year.

  69. Rich in NJ May 18th, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    JAP

    If the Yankee start scoring runs, they can live with players like Posada struggling a little longer. If they don’t score and keep losing, they can’t, and changes have to be made. That may also include younger players like Swisher.

  70. J. Alfred Prufrock May 18th, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    He’s not a startah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ///
    lol. ‘Cept it’s clear he’s….

    not a re-liev-ah!

  71. yankeefeminista May 18th, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    #

    # Against All Odds May 18th, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    # yankeefeminista May 18th, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    # Against All Odds May 18th, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    # Rich in NJ May 18th, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    “I take it him saying “the biggest impact Montero can make to the Yankees is as a trade chip” didn’t sit well with you”

    UGH!

    ——————————–

    We have a winner. He’s been on that theme for a couple of months now. You know how Mike is once he gets an idea stuck in his head.

    He’s not a startah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ______
    Over the course of a long season, he does get points for comic relief though. That line is a classic. :)

    ————————–

    Classic line that will live on forever. His rants have made him more “famous” than he realizes.
    __
    Famous or infamous? ;)

  72. Erin May 18th, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    eboland11 Tarp back on field. That is all for now

  73. yankeefeminista May 18th, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    I am out until later. A rain delay would actually prevent my being subjected to Sterling in the early going while I travel home. Either way, go Yanks!

  74. J. Alfred Prufrock May 18th, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    # Rich in NJ May 18th, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    JAP

    If the Yankee start scoring runs, they can live with players like Posada struggling a little longer. If they don’t score and keep losing, they can’t, and changes have to be made. That may also include younger players like Swisher.
    ///

    In his last 32 PA his OBP is .406. Given his track record, it’s far more likely this is an indicator that he’s straightening out. The Posada thing is political with the Yankees. Will that get in the way of PAs? If that’s their will, then that’s their will. It would be dumb, though.

  75. Niblick May 18th, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    This stuff about pitchers “adjusting to” Cano is about the most nonsensical crap that has ever been written on this blog. You write as if he were a rookie and this was his second time around facing teams. He’s been a productive hitter for several years. You want to hate on Robby, the way folks did a couple of years ago when they said he couldn’t hit with runners on, go right ahead. It adds nothing of substance to the conversation, but it’s your prerogative. It also demonstrates your ignorance.

  76. joeman May 18th, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Irreverent Discourse May 18th, 2011 at 2:20 pm
    Calling up Montero and sending down Cervelli solves nothing. Now you don’t have a BUC when montero is DH’ing and if martin gets hurt, you lose the DH.

    Montero is not coming, stop holding your breath. Better chance he plays in the majors for some other team this year.

    ————————————-
    I have to agree

  77. Rich in NJ May 18th, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    “You want to hate on Robby”

    “It also demonstrates your ignorance.”

    Sad.

  78. J. Alfred Prufrock May 18th, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Niblick May 18th, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    This stuff about pitchers “adjusting to” Cano is about the most nonsensical crap that has ever been written on this blog.

    ////
    my eyes glaze over when I see what looks like alarmist posts on Cano, the player I am LEAST worried about, so I skip them. Pitchers adjusting to him though makes me chuckle. No offense to whomever said it, & I don’t know who did, but please….

    good one, all.

  79. Against All Odds May 18th, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    # J. Alfred Prufrock May 18th, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    He’s not a startah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ///
    lol. ‘Cept it’s clear he’s….

    not a re-liev-ah!

    ———————————-

    don’t tell that to mike or he’ll go ape sh*t.

  80. LGY May 18th, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Sad.

    ———————

    +1

    Robbie has been my favorite Yankee since he came up, but I guess anything other than Cano is super is “hate.”

  81. Rich in NJ May 18th, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    “In his last 32 PA his OBP is .406. Given his track record, it’s far more likely this is an indicator that he’s straightening out. The Posada thing is political with the Yankees. Will that get in the way of PAs? If that’s their will, then that’s their will. It would be dumb, though.”

    But his AVG has gone up what, .030, and that’s entirely due to batting LH? Are you arguing that he can still hit RH? So if you had a struggling offense and a team that was badly underachieving, where do you look to improve?

  82. LGY May 18th, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    my eyes glaze over when I see what looks like alarmist posts on Cano, the player I am LEAST worried about, so I skip them. Pitchers adjusting to him though makes me chuckle. No offense to whomever said it, & I don’t know who did, but please….

    ——————-

    So pitcher’s have not increasingly thrown the ball outside the strike zone to Robbie this season?

    If that is not adjusting, please tell me what is? Did Kevin Long have a talk with him for no reason?

  83. Against All Odds May 18th, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    # yankeefeminista May 18th, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    #

    # Against All Odds May 18th, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    # yankeefeminista May 18th, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    # Against All Odds May 18th, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    # Rich in NJ May 18th, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    “I take it him saying “the biggest impact Montero can make to the Yankees is as a trade chip” didn’t sit well with you”

    UGH!

    ——————————–

    We have a winner. He’s been on that theme for a couple of months now. You know how Mike is once he gets an idea stuck in his head.

    He’s not a startah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ______
    Over the course of a long season, he does get points for comic relief though. That line is a classic. :)

    ————————–

    Classic line that will live on forever. His rants have made him more “famous” than he realizes.
    __
    Famous or infamous? ;)

    ——————————–

    With Mike as long as the ratings are high he doesn’t care. :)

  84. austinmac May 18th, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Pitchers are pitching a bit differently to Cano. He has chased high fastballs with two strikes and they are trying to get him to continue chasing. Every at bat is studied by the next team down the road. Pitchers adjust to Cano and every other hitter.

    Cano needs to swing at strikes. He will hit better if he does. So will every other hitter in the majors. He needs be a little more patient. He can and hopefully will.

  85. G. Love May 18th, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Wonder if there’s a deal to be made between the Yankees and the Phillies for Hamels.

    Would Swisher, Nova, Brackman and Romine get it done?

    Hamels is going free agent after 2012 season so it’s not like they have him locked up for eternity.

  86. jacksquat May 18th, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Irreverent Discourse May 18th, 2011 at 1:52 pm
    EA – Last year Cano’s strikezone “awareness” was worse than any other year of his career. Yet, he still hit at an elite level.

    Where are you getting that?

  87. Irreverent Discourse May 18th, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    The % of pitches Cano sees inside the strikezone has steadily decreased over the last 4 years. It’s at 40% so far this year, right in line with all of the major sluggers in baseball…

    Cano just need to be more patient and pick pitches he can drive, not just swing at everything he can hit.

  88. Irreverent Discourse May 18th, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    jacksquat – z-swing rating from fangraphs is how many pitches outside the zone he swings at. last year it was 36%, his career worst. this season its just a bit over 40%.

  89. jacksquat May 18th, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Irreverent Discourse May 18th, 2011 at 2:41 pm
    The % of pitches Cano sees inside the strikezone has steadily decreased over the last 4 years. It’s at 40% so far this year, right in line with all of the major sluggers in baseball…

    Cano just need to be more patient and pick pitches he can drive, not just swing at everything he can hit.

    So now you *are* saying he needs to be more patient?

    Good, we agree then.

    No one is saying Cano should go up and look for walks, or let a first pitch meatball go by, he is just swinging at more pitches outside the strike zone (backed up by stats), and I believe also swinging at more pitches inside the zone that are “pitcher’s pitches”, rather than letting them go and trying to get a pitch he can drive better.

  90. Bret The Hitman May 18th, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Bojo,

    If you’re out there. Your speculation about Gio Gonzalez looks pretty precise. He’s pitching like an emerging ace.

    No way Beane sells now. Before 2011 there was a slight chance. But dang. It’s not happening.

    This trade deadline situation is a shame. The Yankees have a deep farm and match up with many teams in terms of valuable prospects. However, those teams are holding aces and front end starters.

    Jesus Montero and Eduardo Nunez could be valuable trade bait but it’s looking like we’re stuck with this rotation.

  91. J. Alfred Prufrock May 18th, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Rich in NJ May 18th, 2011 at 2:37 pm
    “In his last 32 PA his OBP is .406. Given his track record, it’s far more likely this is an indicator that he’s straightening out. The Posada thing is political with the Yankees. Will that get in the way of PAs? If that’s their will, then that’s their will. It would be dumb, though.”

    But his AVG has gone up what, .030, and that’s entirely due to batting LH? Are you arguing that he can still hit RH? So if you had a struggling offense and a team that was badly underachieving, where do you look to improve?

    ////
    Got a conference call coming up but I think his struggles have been due more to unhappiness & not being familiar with DH-ing. I can’t imagine he won’t hit if given the chance. Still early & he’s coming out of it. I told you, Montero comes up & replaces Cervelli, who is useless. They can find a a way to get these guys PAs. Gotta run. The LAST thing I want to see is Montero traded. He can help NOW NOW NOW.

    good one.

  92. Irreverent Discourse May 18th, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    jacksquat – Did I say he didn’t need to be? If it was earlier this year, it’s likely because at the time his z-swing wasn’t ridiculously high.

    The other trend in Cano’s plate discipline is that he literally does not miss anything he swings at in the zone. 95% contact rate when swinging at strikes. His ability to put the bat on the ball is not helping him in this aspect of the game, and he ends up with alot of popups/GB’s. I would imagine that since some marginal pitches are no longer “getting by him” so to speak, it’s shortening his at-bats and he never even gets the chance to walk.

  93. Erin May 18th, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    KenDavidoff Had an interesting ride from BWI to Camden Yards. Concluded with my cabbie saying: “If I’m going to kill you, I’ll do it with my hands.”

    Must have been some ride. ;)

  94. LGY May 18th, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    This is also why you don’t want Cano in the 3 hole:

    “The most important number for a leadoff man is his OBP, and Jeter’s downright stinks. At .309 it ranks 133rd out of 192 qualified players. It also ranks eighth out of the nine Yankees who have 100 or more PA. That Jeter has more PA than anyone on the team further compounds the issue.

    While the guy getting the most appearances making the most outs is a problem itself, it also causes problems for the rest of the lineup. Mark Teixeira is the biggest loser in all of this. He’s tied for fourth on the team with 22 RBI despite having the second most extra base hits. That’s because he’s not coming to bat with men on base. In 61.63 percent of his plate appearances he has seen a bases empty situation. That ranks 37th out of the 225 players who have 100 or more PA. The only Yankee who has seen more bases empty situations is the leadoff hitter himself.

    (To be clear, he has seen the 37th fewest PA with runners on base.)….

    ….If the Yankees want the most effective offense possible they need to have men on base when Teixeira and A-Rod come to the plate. To date they have not seen that. In fact, Nick Swisher has seen the most opportunities with men on base. (Which only makes matters worse, as things stand.) The No. 6 guys should see those opportunities, but not more than the Nos. 3 and 4 guys. That’s the inefficiency in the Yankees’ lineup.”

    http://riveraveblues.com/2011/...../#comments

  95. UnKnown May 18th, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Man I hope they play tonight. Being rained out is not going to avoid Britton as he will just go tomorrow, and I want to see a ball game.

  96. LGY May 18th, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Cano’s opportunities to drive in runs and hit with men on base will be reduced moving from 5 to 3.

  97. RS May 18th, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    The Phillies have a good catcher in Ruiz. They’d probably want Nunez instead, as it’s unclear whether they’re going to resign Rollins.

  98. RS May 18th, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    The Yankees already have 2 games to make up with the O’s…

  99. blake May 18th, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    G. Love,

    I doubt right now…..the Phillies clearly are all in this season and their claim to fame is their rotation. If they were going to shop somebody my guess is it would be Oswalt.

    LGY,

    Robbie is too talented for his own good sometimes…..because he can literally get bat on almost anything. That could be a good thing as there is no place to get him out in the strike zone…..or if he continues to help pitchers out then it could hold down his ceiling. He has shown the ability to swing at better pitches last year……I think he will get back to that once the rest of the lineup picks it up again.

  100. Warning Track Power May 18th, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    joeman May 18th, 2011 at 2:32 pm
    Irreverent Discourse May 18th, 2011 at 2:20 pm
    Calling up Montero and sending down Cervelli solves nothing. Now you don’t have a BUC when montero is DH’ing and if martin gets hurt, you lose the DH.

    Montero is not coming, stop holding your breath. Better chance he plays in the majors for some other team this year.

    ————————————-
    I have to agree

    ********************************
    I can not disagree more.
    Where is the rush to trade Montero? Cashman would have to be “knocked off his feet” with an offer in order to trade Montero. It won’t happen because there is not a team out there that is willing to give up “the farm” for a player. Not this year.
    Montero will eventually be called up this year. Could be during the Sept call-ups or maybe before.
    So many “bad things” would have to happen in order for Montero to be called up sooner vs later.

  101. 86w183 May 18th, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Based on the way they are swinging the bats this ought to be the lineup

    Gardner, Martin, Granderson, ARod, Cano, Teixiera, Swisher, Posada, Jeter

    Don’t expect to see it anytime soon

  102. Warning Track Power May 18th, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    RS May 18th, 2011 at 2:54 pm
    The Yankees already have 2 games to make up with the O’s…
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ESPN Baseball Tonight that as of this date, more rainouts have occured vs all of last year.
    That is amazing.
    I believe they also said only 2 teams have not yet experienced a rain out.
    Incredible.

  103. blake May 18th, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    You don’t make personnel decisions based on a hypothetical injury for one game because if it did occur then you can make a roster move for the next game. If Martin were to get hurt fo example then you keep Montero up and recall Cervelli for the next game.

  104. Irreverent Discourse May 18th, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    WTP – No rush, I just don’t think he’s getting called up at all this year, hence his chance of playing in the majors is higher for a different team than for the yankees. Sending Cervelli down is unrealistic, as is carrying 2 BUC’s. More likely they trade for a starter/DH (not necessarily moving Montero to acquire this) than call him up. Posada still has a few months of awful production to get to the point of needing a new DH anyway.

  105. Irreverent Discourse May 18th, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    blake – it’s not the next day I am concerned about, it’s spending 6 innings of a game with no DH for no reason… think of all the times that Cervelli could have been pinch hit for last year but Girardi never did it once because you never ever bring your BUC in for no reason.

  106. 86w183 May 18th, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    I agree Montero should stay were he is, but one argument that is senseless is the concern about losing the DH for a game if the catcher gets hurt.

    Exactly how often does that happen? If it’s once a month you can use your bench and double switches to get thru the game. It’s not rocket surgery

    If they do decide to do something, Montero should catch 2X a week and DH 2 X a week. Martin has been overworked to this point and giving him one day off from catching and DH-ing him on Montero’s other catching day would be a win win

  107. blake May 18th, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    ID,

    I don’t see that as a big enough issue to carry 3 catchers or avoid calling up Montero…..plus they have an emergency catcher there in Posada.

  108. Irreverent Discourse May 18th, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    How often does it happen? Posada and Molina from 2009 would like to have a word with you.

    If catching twice a week was going to be enough catching work for Montero, he would have been on the roster out of ST. That is not going to magically become enough work for him now.

  109. Irreverent Discourse May 18th, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    blake – Posada is not an emergency catcher. At all.

  110. LGY May 18th, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    How often does it happen? Posada and Molina from 2009 would like to have a word with you.

    ——————–

    Don’t really think a late 30s injury prone catcher and a tubby part time player forced into full time action really compare to two young guys like Martin and Montero.

  111. Irreverent Discourse May 18th, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Is it not enough of a concern that no team in baseball carries 3 catchers and no team in baseball plays their only BUC as the DH?

    There have been countless times over the last few years where off days could have been Posada at DH with someone else at catcher, but it was never done for the same concerns. You don’t leave yourself out to dry.

  112. Irreverent Discourse May 18th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    LGY – Both of which were hurt by foul balls, not their age or their weight. i think you know better.

  113. 86w183 May 18th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    irreverent —

    Jorge went at least 7 innings in every start in 2009. So did Molina. You have no argument there. The position that you never play your back up catcher when you don’t have to is baseless.

    Just about every team has an emergency # 3 guy, and maybe Jorge can be that. Usually teams have a utility guy who can catch but almost never does

  114. jacksquat May 18th, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    No need to carry 3 catchers if one of them is DH’ing.

  115. blake May 18th, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Posada is an emergency catcher. Why wouldn’t he be? An emergency catcher means you only catch in an emergency. If Martin got hurt and Montero was the DH that day then you catch Jorge for the rest of the game and bring Cervelli up for the next one……and you keep the DH.

  116. Irreverent Discourse May 18th, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Ok i was way off, they both had leg injuries. Either way, it can and will happen… especially if you don’t plan for it.

  117. LGY May 18th, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    LGY – Both of which were hurt by foul balls, not their age or their weight. i think you know better.

    ——————

    Old and fat people are brittle.

  118. jacksquat May 18th, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    I don’t care how it’s been done, if the starting catcher has to come out of the game (how many times has that happened this year?), at most you lose your DH spot for *part* of one game. Not very likely to happen much, and not much of a problem if it does.

  119. Irreverent Discourse May 18th, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    86w – Most teams #3 catcher is the equivalent of swisher putting the gear on.

    There is no point in arguing it. My position is the one that the game is managed by and the game is played by, yours is fiction.

    No team plays their BUC while the main catcher is in the lineup. No one.

  120. blake May 18th, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    And even if he wasn’t an emergency option you don’t keep a guy in AAA because the pitcher might have to hit a few innings of one game if somebody gets hurt.

  121. LGY May 18th, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    No team plays their BUC while the main catcher is in the lineup. No one.

    ————————

    How many BUC can hit like Montero?

  122. blake May 18th, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Most teams BUC wouldn’t have the best hitter in the minors as their backup catcher either……the Yankees have a unique situation because they are essentially carrying 3 catchers now even though Jorge isn’t catching anymore. I think he could for a few innings in a pinch.

  123. jacksquat May 18th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Are they telling Jorge he cannot catch, or did Jorge say he couldn’t catch? Was that ever determined for sure?

  124. 86w183 May 18th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    LGY —BINGO!

    Back up catchers don’t play because for the most part they STINK! Most are decent defensive guys who rarely know which end of the bat to grab. My point is by keeping Jorge ready and bringing up Montero (which I’m not advocating, but analyzing) you could have one DH, one catch and one on the bench.

    Makes a buttload more sense than carrying 13 pitchers and two utility infielders

  125. Erin May 18th, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    jacksquat May 18th, 2011 at 3:21 pm
    Are they telling Jorge he cannot catch, or did Jorge say he couldn?t catch? Was that ever determined for sure?

    *********************
    I’ve heard it both ways. The latest is that they asked him to catch in ST when Cerv went down and he said no.

  126. jacksquat May 18th, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    I don’t see why that has to be private information. I swear sometimes it seems like Girardi thinks he is heading a Seal team.

  127. austinmac May 18th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    I think Montero would be brought up if his offense looks good enough. Right now he is at .318 with few walks and little power.

  128. Jughead May 18th, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    “No team plays their BUC while the main catcher is in the lineup. No one.”

    The Tigers come to mind. V-Mart is technically the backup but he DHs nearly every day he doesn’t catch.

  129. Irreverent Discourse May 18th, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Jughead – Vmart had crossed my mind, but the tigers also have Inge on the roster who has been their “backup” for a few years now. So they aren’t putting their DH spot at risk in the game at any time. It’s more likely they would move Inge in from third to catch in the event Aliva got injured (obviously while vmart is dh).

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  131. Jughead May 18th, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Potentially losing the DH is not a huge deal. In the strange chance it happens (maybe once a year), it would only be for a game. As a roster move would be made the next day if the injury is serious. Girardi has lost the DH before in games, and I think he was even quoted as saying earlier in the year that if he lost the DH late in a game so be it.

    Mauer has DHed a bit on his “days off” as well.

  132. 86w183 May 18th, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    I’m not in favor of bringing up Montero yet…. just pointing out there are ways to make things work.

    I don’t like cliche’ managing — this guy pitches the 8th inning, matching up left on lefty too early in the game, the back up catcher mever gets into a game etc

    To me ideal roster management ensures that everyone has a role and no one sits for weeks at a time. I also think its dangerous to play Martin so many innings with his recent health history.

    Good point on V-Mart… they can do that because Inge could be am emergency catcher if need be.

    It makes no sense for the Yanks not to keep Jorge somewhat sharp behind the plate no matter what they do with Montero…. flexibility is a huge advantage and I see no reason why Jorge can’t catch one of the five guys on a regular basis

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  134. blake May 18th, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    I think Napoli DHs a bit as well and is the BUC

  135. austinmac May 18th, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Montero cannot and would not be the only BUC of he is called up and they plan to use him as a DH. As others have said, no oneuses the backup as DH because if injury forces him to catch, the team loses the DH.

    I understand Valdez doesn’t walk much and strikes out too much, but boy is he hittting and hitting with power just as he did in the spring. I think he may be the right handed DH unless Posada continue with yesterday’s resurgence from both sides of the plate.

  136. Wave Your Hat May 18th, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    “The latest is that they asked him to catch in ST when Cerv went down and he said no.”

    I believe that was just an assertion by an unnamed source.

  137. Irreverent Discourse May 18th, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Like I said, if catching twice a week would have been enough work for Montero he would already be here.

    If the Yankees offense lives and dies by the 9th batter (they already have the best collection of hitting fielders in the league) then there are more problems than 1 guy can solve.

    A normal week of 6 games would consist of Montero catching once, maybe twice… DH’ing 2, maybe 3 games, and A-Rod/Teixeira/whoever taking the DH spot on the last game.

    So the plan is derailing his development at a catcher, a spot which has a future for this club… so that he can now not only catch less often per week, but bat less often as well? No thanks. I want Montero the catcher (for play or for trade, either way he’s more valuable as a catcher), I don’t care about Gary Sanchez who is 3 or 4 years away.

  138. Irreverent Discourse May 18th, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    86w – For the record, I hate cliche managing more than most… but I’m not trying to come up with ideas of how this “could work”… I’m trying to look at how it will actually work. :)

  139. Yankee Trader May 18th, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Erin-This was in the NY Daily News yesterday about Posada catching again:

    According to Yankee sources, Posada was told by the team that in addition to his fulltime DH duties, he should also be prepared to catch an occasional game or in emergency situations.

    But sources claim that when Posada was asked to catch in a game in the spring, he declined, citing headaches and concern over the concussion syndrome he suffered after taking a foul ball off the mask the previous September.

    Monday, however, Posada adamantly denied he was ever asked to catch in a game this spring.

    “Not at all. Not once. A hundred percent,” he said. “Not even close. They told me to go to the bullpen and stuff so I caught in the bullpen every once in a while, but they never asked me (to catch in a game).”

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