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Jeter at DH, Cervelli behind the plate

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

Derek Jeter DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones LF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Francisco Cervelli C

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95 Responses to “Jeter at DH, Cervelli behind the plate”

  1. Yogi Mantle May 29th, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Ugg. Another day another loss.

  2. Niblick May 29th, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Another Binder Lineup from Binder Joe.

  3. 108 stitches May 29th, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Because of expectations, standings, and demographics of Chicago, Ozzie Guillen seems to be the manager that’s on the hotseat.
    With all the injuries the Twins have experienced, Ron Gardenhire’s job should be safe.

  4. cs in la May 29th, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Where have CB and SJ gone? Miss them.

  5. J. Alfred Prufrock May 29th, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Jeter doesn’t seem to respond to DH but he probably could use the break.

    I don’t have a problem with the rest of the lineup, except Cervelli not being Montero :D.

  6. Abe Peteraham May 29th, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    CC can’t go 9 innings every game . Let’s start the hit parade today w a 10 game streak please…
    (odds aren’t good :( , sky is falling, Debbie downer , etc….)

  7. michaels07 May 29th, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    with Andrew playing left we have power at the corners. Swisher will hit a homer and get three hits. the Yanks will win behind sabathia.

  8. Bronx Chica May 29th, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    I was envisioning Montero in the lineup to over Cervelli… along with Vazquez at DH :)

  9. Abe Peteraham May 29th, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Does SJ44 post anymore? / anyone know what blog he uses? Missing his feisty insight..

  10. West Coast Yankee Fan May 29th, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Way to go Girardi. Pretty little ducks all in a row.

    Nick Swisher – .206
    Andruw Jones – .231
    Eduardo Nunez – .250
    Cervelli – .158

  11. Abe Peteraham May 29th, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Anyone know a good sight to follow for draft coming up? I want to follow a local kid Cameron Gallagher.
    A lot of sites are subscription etc…

  12. Triple Short of a Cycle May 29th, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Niblick,

    Yea its Joe’s fault the team can’t get key hits

  13. Ghostwriter May 29th, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Typical. There is no imagination from Girardi. It’s the same thing every single day, sitting around waiting for guys to live up to the back of their baseball cards, never taking a moment to consider that the numbers on the back of the baseball cards likely weren’t achieved by managers’ passively waiting for them to happen.

  14. Triple Short of a Cycle May 29th, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    If we were facing Oliver today we would be lucky to sniff one run

  15. 4 NYY May 29th, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Why wait till deadline ? Po would have to go a tear to be here after July{ and I like Po }Can’ t keep him for the bench, that’s for sure. Cervelli should be replaced with Romine, Montero up now to see what he can do before deadline. Swish has to hit now or HE becomes a guy off the bench. Put either Dickerson( 1st. choice ) or Nunez out there very soon and see if it works, again before deadline. Send Nova down for “someone” and let Noesi have a shot now and see if he’s a possibility ( again, before deadline )

    We need hits, not HR swings. Speed of Dickerson or Nunez won’t hurt either.

  16. Ghostwriter May 29th, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    I don’t know why everybody is so down on Cervelli; he’s one of the few guys in this lineup that comes through in key spots.

  17. Triple Short of a Cycle May 29th, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Ghostwriter,

    He can’t field or hit. Why is he here?

  18. West Coast Yankee Fan May 29th, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Hey! The good news is we have Cahill, 2.02, Anderson, 2.84, and Gio, 2.17, coming up!

  19. Bronx Chica May 29th, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Triple Short of a Cycle,

    Because he does a mean fist pump :D

  20. austinmac May 29th, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Swisher must either hit or a replacement must come from the outside. I do not see Dickerson or Nunez hitting enough be a right fielder. Dickerson is a career minor leaguer and Nunez has not shown he can hit consistently or with power.

  21. timmyb72 May 29th, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Is this lineup worse than the Marniers with 4 wet rags instead of bats in a row at the bottom of the lineup and then Jeter’s also at the top?

  22. BD (Boston Dave) May 29th, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    don’t fret

    after the west coast trip, the Yankees “get” to play Boston and then AL-leaders Cleveland.

    sweet! :)

  23. Ghostwriter May 29th, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Triple Short of a Cycle May 29th, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Niblick,

    Yea its Joe’s fault the team can’t get key hits
    =====================================

    Maybe it is Joe’s fault. It is his team, after all. Why is our biggest power producer this year batting in the 2-hole? Wouldn’t it make more sense to hit him in the fourth or fifth slots in the lineup, where he might get more RBI opportunities? The same could also be said for Tex, who might get more pitches to hit if he was batting cleanup. What could it hurt to shuffle things up a bit at this point? These offensive woes have been going on for over a year now.

  24. cs in la May 29th, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    BD. In Boston too….need tp get on a roll by then.

  25. BD (Boston Dave) May 29th, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    cs in la,

    I believe both Boston and Cleveland are @ the Stadium.

    still, Yanks offense could surely stand to get on a roll asap.

  26. 4 NYY May 29th, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    # austinmac May 29th, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Swisher must either hit or a replacement must come from the outside. I do not see Dickerson or Nunez hitting enough be a right fielder. Dickerson is a career minor leaguer and Nunez has not shown he can hit consistently or with power.
    ==============================
    I know what you’re saying, but I would try these suggestions I made until the deadline. couldn’t be any worse and maybe a guy like Dickerson might do a decent job. Romine for Cervelli for sure. Montero also just to get a decent look now. Power is not our problem. Not getting any from Swish or Po ( early only )

  27. cs in la May 29th, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Anyone know where SJ and CB have gone? Are they blogging somewhere else?

  28. cs in la May 29th, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Ah yes, you’re right. Thats a lot better. I guess.

  29. BD (Boston Dave) May 29th, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    “What could it hurt to shuffle things up a bit at this point? These offensive woes have been going on for over a year now.”

    ————

    I hear ya…

    but the way people talk you wouldn’t know hte Yankees are the HIGHEST scoring team in the league.

    Hitting with RISP has been an issue, but it seems to be an issue every year.

  30. 4 NYY May 29th, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    We’ll be lucky to be a .500 team in another month of the “same.”

  31. West Coast Yankee Fan May 29th, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    “But the way people talk you wouldn’t know the Yankees are the HIGHEST scoring team in the league.”

    Have they changed the rules? I thought most wins was what was most important?

  32. Ghostwriter May 29th, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Triple Short of a Cycle May 29th, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Ghostwriter,

    He can’t field or hit. Why is he here?
    ==============================
    He’s not the reason this team is struggling; he’s the backup catcher, for goodness’ sake. And despite his slow start this year, he has a career .268 BA, which isn’t too shabby for a cacher. He isn’t Montero, but we should be fine with him for the time being.

  33. West Coast Yankee Fan May 29th, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    The Yankees are 10th in hits and 13th (next to last) in doubles. Everyone loves the long ball but big innings and big leads are often built upon a succession of base knocks and doubles.

  34. BD (Boston Dave) May 29th, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    “Have they changed the rules? I thought most wins was what was most important?”

    ———–

    I’ll give you a mulligan, unless you want to accept the dumbest comment of the thread award.

  35. Triple Short of a Cycle May 29th, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    managers are so over rated. The only thing you could knock a manager for is for bullpen management and maybe keeping the clubhouse in order. Thats it. It is the least important coach in all 4 major sports

  36. blake May 29th, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    CC has to be the stopper today….need a good outing from him both to get a win and to rest the pen for the next series.

    I think Cashman is going to make a big trade before the deadline…. I think he will try to add a difference making starter first but if that doesn’t happen I think he may turn his attention to see what kind of younger bats might be available.

    The bad news is that the Yanks haven’t played well this year……but that’s also the good news as they are only a game out in spite of that.

  37. BD (Boston Dave) May 29th, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    no doubt blake.

    I expect a big game from CC today.

    The good news is also that even at the level the Yankees are playing at right now, you still have to consider them favorites to land a playoff spot.

    If and when they improve, they’ll be well on their way to reaching that goal.

  38. Bronx Chica May 29th, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    I agree that Cervelli is a serviceable back up. BUT our offense has problems. We have dead spots. Posada & Swisher are struggling. Jeter is unclutch with RISP.

    So the catcher spot becomes a focus for some because it’s one area we can easily upgrade to possibly increase offense… Montero.

  39. Ghostwriter May 29th, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    BD (Boston Dave) May 29th, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    “What could it hurt to shuffle things up a bit at this point? These offensive woes have been going on for over a year now.”

    ————

    I hear ya…

    but the way people talk you wouldn’t know hte Yankees are the HIGHEST scoring team in the league.

    Hitting with RISP has been an issue, but it seems to be an issue every year.
    ===================================

    Dave, this a fairly well-established pattern at this point. I understand that they score a bunch of runs, but the consistency isn’t there. Scoring 2 runs in one game, 2 runs in the next, 2 in the one after that, and following up with 14 runs in the fourth game will get you a 5 RPG average, but it really isn’t going to help you win very many games. I’m exaggerating little for effect, but since June of lat year, this has been the Yankee offense. How many times has this team been held to 4 runs or less this year? If the league ERA ios 4, then how many of these games do you expect to win?

  40. LGY May 29th, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Yankees need to skip Nova’s next start and line up AJ-CC-Colon for the Red Sox series.

  41. 4 NYY May 29th, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Very few mgrs. make a huge difference. He puts the players out there, they either do the job or not. Handling the pitchers ( along with pitching coach ) is the most important job, along with handling the press and maintaining order in the clubhouse with today’s $$$$ players.

  42. blake May 29th, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    BD,

    I agree….and I think the Yankees are still incomplete as a team….both in how the roster is playing and how the people that will be on it.

  43. LGY May 29th, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    “Right now I’ve got Boston projected to finish around 93-69, the Yankees around 91-71 and Tampa Bay around 88-74. If that’s how things still look by the end of this road trip I’d happily take it.”

    http://www.rlyw.net/index.php/....._so_mighty

    The AL East is going to be a tight race and the trade deadline will play a major factor. Hopefully Hughes and/or Soriano can be big factors as well.

  44. BD (Boston Dave) May 29th, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Ghostwriter,

    that is true.

    though I think it’s being exaggerated by many.

    I did a quick check and it appears the yanks have score 5 runs or more 28 times. They’ve scored less than 5 runs 22 times.

    I’m not sure what an acceptable % is and there is room for improvement of course, but it doesn’t seem like they’re doing horrible.

  45. blake May 29th, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    And who will be on it I mean. Changes are likely coming…..both in house and probably from outside as well.

  46. cs in la May 29th, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    As much as the Yankees have been inconsistent this past month – its going to get better.

    Montero, Chavez, Hughes and a July trade will make this team infinitely better. We’re good for the WC now, if they can just hold it here until reinforcements come and the rest hit their stride, we’ll be fine. Cashman is hard at work, rest assured.

  47. blake May 29th, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    If the Yankees added a bat, a starter, and Hughes and Soriano for the 2nd half……then that could totally change the complection of the team.

  48. BD (Boston Dave) May 29th, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    “and I think the Yankees are still incomplete as a team”

    ————-

    losing Feliciano has really put some pressure on this team (and of course logan)

    Losing Soriano hurts but Robertson has stepped up. Losing Hughes hurts of course but Colon has filled in.

    they haven’t been able to replace Feliciano… and they will do that, among other moves, at the trade deadline, as you said.

  49. LGY May 29th, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    John Danks has given up 9 ER in 3.1 innings so far today. ERA up to 5.30.

  50. West Coast Yankee Fan May 29th, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    BD (Boston Dave) May 29th, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    “Have they changed the rules? I thought most wins was what was most important?”

    ———–

    I’ll give you a mulligan, unless you want to accept the dumbest comment of the thread award.

    *******

    Funny, I am positive yours was.

  51. BD (Boston Dave) May 29th, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    WCYF,

    since your level of comprehension is struggling worse than usual today -

    I specifically addressed a comment that the “offensive woes have been going on for over a year now”

    I did this by saying “I hear ya” (which means – I do get what you’re saying)

    “but the way people talk you wouldn’t know hte Yankees are the HIGHEST scoring team in the league.

    Hitting with RISP has been an issue, but it seems to be an issue every year.”

    Nobody else on this thread misunderstood this… but you.

    You are a gnat.

    go away. shoo.

  52. Bronx Chica May 29th, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    We really need Chavez to return. He doesn’t hit homers, but he gets those all important RISP hits.

    Anyone know the status on Feliciano. Is he truly done in 2011? :(

  53. blake May 29th, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    “LGY May 29th, 2011 at 2:25 pm
    John Danks has given up 9 ER in 3.1 innings so far today. ERA up to 5.30.”

    Good time to call Kenny.

  54. West Coast Yankee Fan May 29th, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    The damn Sux are off to a 3-0 lead with Buchholz throwing a 1-hitter in the 4th.

    Unfortunately, Ellsbury has been terrific as their lead off hitter, batting .300 with a .365 OBP, 6 home runs, 27 RBI’s and 18 stolen bases.

  55. BD (Boston Dave) May 29th, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    WCGnat,

    at least get the score right.

    It’s 3-1.

  56. West Coast Yankee Fan May 29th, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    BD – I was being sarcastic chill. Or don’t.

  57. West Coast Yankee Fan May 29th, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    BD – It says 3-0 on MLB.com

  58. stuart a May 29th, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    yep a large sample size for chavez about 10 ab’s with RISP makes a trend big time.. why don’t they sign chavez to a 3 year extension while they are at it???

    sit swisher play gardner I can care less about lefty righty bull.

    let’s bet on the BA with RISP today. i SAY THEY GET WHITE HOT AND GO 3 FOR 12 TODAY…….

    cool the great 1 is still leading off because he is the ignitor, he is tremendous, he is the $15 mill per yr man……….el capitan………….

  59. 4 NYY May 29th, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    I’m not so sure Soriano is a fit for this team at all. Healthy or not. Was last year a bit of a fluke ? His injuries are quite worrisome , for sure. Is he someone that can compete in N.Y ? Not so sure.

    Never understood why some are calling for Danks, when he’s not even doing good. He has done good in past years. Does he just need a change of scenery ? If we didn’t have to give up much, it’s worth a try !

  60. blake May 29th, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    It’s 3-1. I’m watching it

  61. West Coast Yankee Fan May 29th, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    I believe it’s 3-1, I was looking at MLB on the computer and it read 3-0. They are a little behind sometimes. Shhez.

  62. blake May 29th, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Because Danks has had like 3 straight years of 200 innings and a sub 4 era in the AL….because he’s 26 and he’s left handed. He’s not a #1 but he’s good…..

  63. 4 NYY May 29th, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Who would you give up for Danks ?

  64. blake May 29th, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    We had this debate the other day….I wouldn’t give up Montero or Banuelos. I would consider combos of everyone else….I’m in the minority on that though.

  65. Ghostwriter May 29th, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan May 29th, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    I believe it’s 3-1, I was looking at MLB on the computer and it read 3-0. They are a little behind sometimes. Shhez.
    ===================================

    Translation: I made an ass out myself again, but it’s not my fault.

    Thanks for affirming that the score is 3-1. I’m sure that all is right wioth the world now.

  66. blake May 29th, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Oh and Heathcott is off limits too.

  67. Ghostwriter May 29th, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    You know what: I retract my last post. It was unnecessary, and I shouldn’t have indulged in it.

  68. 4 NYY May 29th, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    # blake May 29th, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    We had this debate the other day….I wouldn’t give up Montero or Banuelos. I would consider combos of everyone else….I’m in the minority on that though.

    —————————————–

    Missed that. But I wouldn’t give up Betances either. Quite a few others to consider, for sure.

  69. randy l. May 29th, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    there is a silver lining if the red sox stay hot and put a small gap between themselves and the yankees in june.

    it may light a fire and create a sense of urgency for cashman, girardi , and the players to make some changes that are needed.

    right now they can say they right there in a virtual tie for first place , so what’s the problem?

  70. blake May 29th, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    GM Brian Cashman told George A. King III of The New York Post that he isn’t getting any calls about trades just yet. “I am not getting calls,” said Cashman. “We have the farm system and money, but no calls … The headache stuff is available. The quality stuff is not available.”

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com

    That quote sounds an awful lot like Cashman is ready to do something when teams that have pieces are ready to talk.

  71. 4 NYY May 29th, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    # randy l. May 29th, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    there is a silver lining if the red sox stay hot and put a small gap between themselves and the yankees in june.

    it may light a fire and create a sense of urgency for cashman, girardi , and the players to make some changes that are needed.

    right now they can say they right there in a virtual tie for first place , so what’s the problem?

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

    What changes are the players gonna make ? J/K

    Not a bad point, but I would rather try some changes now for a month and then see where we are.

  72. Ghostwriter May 29th, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    blake May 29th, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    GM Brian Cashman told George A. King III of The New York Post that he isn’t getting any calls about trades just yet. “I am not getting calls,” said Cashman. “We have the farm system and money, but no calls … The headache stuff is available. The quality stuff is not available.”

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com

    That quote sounds an awful lot like Cashman is ready to do something when teams that have pieces are ready to talk.
    ===============================

    It sure sounds like it. But it is also clear from these remarks that he isn’t willing to take on the Milton Bradleys of the world. I find it reassuring. Despite my frustration with this team, I think that it is good enough to compete, and get to the playoffs. It’s not fair to judge a team when they are scuffling a bit.

  73. Bronx Chica May 29th, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    I believe SF called regarding Pudge… Wonder if Cashman’s phone is ringing now with SF calling. To free up that roster spot, I’ll trade Posada for a bag of doritos. J/K

    Sorry, Just feeling a bit edgy. Time for a shot of tequila

  74. Gary May 29th, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    blake May 29th, 2011 at 2:51 pm
    GM Brian Cashman told George A. King III of The New York Post that he isn’t getting any calls about trades just yet. “I am not getting calls,” said Cashman. “We have the farm system and money, but no calls … The headache stuff is available. The quality stuff is not available.”

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com

    That quote sounds an awful lot like Cashman is ready to do something when teams that have pieces are ready to talk.

    _______________________________________________________________________

    Cashman has to know it’s a critical time. The team esily could find itself several games back in the next two weeks. They can’t afford another Red Sox sweep with them sitting in first now. Girardi doesn’t have the tools right now to plug all the holes. It’s likie the whack a Mole game, Posada pops up, Swisher Pops up, then the next guy and the next. I think the last 5 spots in the order have a combined 2 hits in this series and no RBI’s. CC has alot of pressure today to allow no runs.

  75. blake May 29th, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    I think they are waiting for something that will actually make a difference to come along….which I also find reassuring. No move is always better than bad move.

  76. Ghostwriter May 29th, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    blake May 29th, 2011 at 2:58 pm

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

    Absolutely.

  77. charlestonchew May 29th, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Swisher should not be playing over Gardner. That’s insane.

  78. 4 NYY May 29th, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    # blake May 29th, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Oh and Heathcott is off limits too

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

    If he learns to put the bat on the ball more, he’s gonna be something.

  79. Gary May 29th, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Bronx Chica May 29th, 2011 at 2:56 pm
    I believe SF called regarding Pudge… Wonder if Cashman’s phone is ringing now with SF calling. To free up that roster spot, I’ll trade Posada for a bag of doritos. J/K

    Sorry, Just feeling a bit edgy. Time for a shot of tequila

    _______________________________________________________________________

    Wow I wish Jorge hadn’t played this year. Is pretty sad to have such a great Yankee put in this position. I’m sure he feels pretty lousy about his performance. Reminds me of the last year that Mickey played and even Thurmond’s last year. The body catches up to you. Say what you want about Rose, but he was able to carry that exceptional level of play into his later years.

  80. blake May 29th, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    I think SF would be more interested in Cervelli than Posada as he is still catching…..

  81. JobaTipsHisCap May 29th, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Being swept? That would be disgraceful.

    By seattle?

  82. Gary May 29th, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    blake May 29th, 2011 at 3:03 pm
    I think SF would be more interested in Cervelli than Posada as he is still catching…..

    ______________________________________________________________________

    Interesting though, Jorge might have more marketability as a PH and DH in interleague in the NL then as the full time DH in the AL. Doesn’t matter as I’m sure he won’t be traded and would veto anything anyways.

  83. JobaTipsHisCap May 29th, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    I think they will continue to play .500 balls into ASB, then collapse.

  84. 4 NYY May 29th, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    # Gary May 29th, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Bronx Chica May 29th, 2011 at 2:56 pm
    I believe SF called regarding Pudge… Wonder if Cashman’s phone is ringing now with SF calling. To free up that roster spot, I’ll trade Posada for a bag of doritos. J/K

    Sorry, Just feeling a bit edgy. Time for a shot of tequila

    _______________________________________________________________________

    Wow I wish Jorge hadn’t played this year. Is pretty sad to have such a great Yankee put in this position. I’m sure he feels pretty lousy about his performance. Reminds me of the last year that Mickey played and even Thurmond’s last year. The body catches up to you. Say what you want about Rose, but he was able to carry that exceptional level of play into his later years.
    ========================================

    The last 6 yrs. he played for records. He averaged in the .260′s those yrs. ( Rose )

    Thurman wasn’t horrible his last yr. Mantle did play too long, because he loved it.

    Agree with you about Po.

  85. randy l. May 29th, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    ” No move is always better than bad move.”

    blake-

    i’m not so sure about that. sometimes any change lets the team know change is a possibility.

    right now, i think that is something that needs to get into the player’s heads.

    too many player’s live’s don’t change if they suck.

    they may get paid, but playing time and where they hit are options.

    why should everything stay the same all the time?

    this whole yankee patience thing is just plain boring.

    the red sox had no problem moving ortiz down in the order last year or crawford this year when they weren’t hitting.

    why does joe keep running the same guys out there all the time in the same spots?

  86. Bronx Chica May 29th, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Gary

    True. As far as Posada, I don’t think DH suits him in that he doesn’t seem happy & not hitting well. He believes he can still catch. If SF is willing to take a chance on him, both Posada & the yankees would be better off. Posada did say he was willing to play somewhere else next year.

    …. And yeah, SF would probably rather have Cervelli.

  87. Ghostwriter May 29th, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    I can’t imagine that Posada would get traded. However, if Cashman wanted to make a point with him, he could put Posada on waivers, fairly safe in the assumption that nobody would claim him–like the Bosox did with Manny a few years ago.

    And I think that Cervelli can be a very nice trading chip. Packaging him with a couple of pitchers might bring back a very serviceable right fielder.

  88. yankeefeminista May 29th, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Tigers 3-3 :)

  89. blake May 29th, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Randy,

    I mean more the short sided trade move

  90. randy l. May 29th, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    the posey injury and his being out for the year does put into the question if it’s a wise thing to do to have your best hitter be your catcher.

    it hasn’t worked out well for the twins either.

    i think montero is going to be a really good one, but the yankees better make sure they can play with out him when he is the man because at any given time the probability will be higher than other position players that they will have to play without him.

    it’s almost a given that a catcher is a part time player over the long run and 135 games is about all you can hope for in the best of circumstances.

  91. Ghostwriter May 29th, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    randy l. May 29th, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    ” No move is always better than bad move.”

    blake-

    i’m not so sure about that. sometimes any change lets the team know change is a possibility.

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    If the Yanks were to do something just to do shake the team out of its lethargy, then my vote would be to fire Long. It sends a message to the whole club, and the offensive problems are pretty endemic. Everybody is batting well below .300; everybody is swinging for the fences; and everybody is underachieving (except Granderson). I wouldn’t do anything rash with the roster; I think that group of guys can win.

  92. randy l. May 29th, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    blake-

    yeah, i agree . just moving players for the sake of moving players is too extreme.

    i want to have a reason for tuning in to watch the yankees. they need to do something.
    quite frankly, i’m not watching the games much right now because the team is so boring.

    it’s also hard to watch the grass grow with a flashlight, but it’s more fun than watching the yankees’ night games lately.

  93. J. Alfred Prufrock May 29th, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    charlestonchew May 29th, 2011 at 3:00 pm
    Swisher should not be playing over Gardner. That’s insane.
    ///

    He isn’t? Or is this in response to some suggestion that he should?

    AJax with a great catch on a sinking drive by Pedroia. 3-3 game now in the 7th.

  94. Gary May 29th, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    The team should be playing with a high level of frustration. The days of lets just reload and get back out there tomm would seem to be over, that was the excuse a few weeks back. With CC out there and the desire to make some kind of a positive statement I expect them to have a good game and win.

    On the flip side if this one goes into the Loss column, it’s going to be a real downer for players and fans alike. CC needs to avoid those big innings that have been driving his pitch count up early in the game especiaaly fater last nights bullpen clearing debacle.

  95. Gary May 29th, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Ghostwriter May 29th, 2011 at 3:20 pm
    randy l. May 29th, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    ” No move is always better than bad move.”

    blake-

    i’m not so sure about that. sometimes any change lets the team know change is a possibility.

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    If the Yanks were to do something just to do shake the team out of its lethargy, then my vote would be to fire Long. It sends a message to the whole club, and the offensive problems are pretty endemic. Everybody is batting well below .300; everybody is swinging for the fences; and everybody is underachieving (except Granderson). I wouldn’t do anything rash with the roster; I think that group of guys can win.

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    The Long comment is interesting. What is at the root of the Yankees hitting issues? bad mechanics, poor decisions on pitch selection, poor umpiring, dominant pitching performances by the oppositon, great defensive plays, bad base running and bad bunting, injuries, bad luck? I think all of the above to some extent, at least they have been used as excuses in the past to explain away consistently poor performance.

    I haven’t heard much about hitting mechanics so I’m at a loss to put much blame or solution optimism into the Long conversation. Bunting is one area that is screwed up execution wise and where Long might be part of the issue.

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