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Pregame notes: Posada becoming a dugout regular vs. lefties

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

Jorge Posada still does not have a hit against a left-handed pitcher this season, and at this point, it’s becoming clear that he’s pretty much run out of chances. The Yankees regular lineup against lefties doesn’t include Posada, and last night, Joe Girardi used Andruw Jones to pinch hit for Posada against a left-handed reliever.

With Posada struggling, Girardi has used the DH spot to rest Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez against lefties. Today it’s Jeter’s turn to DH. In the next few days against Oakland, Rodriguez will get a DH day.

“It’s just a way for me to try to give some of my right-handers a blow,” Girardi said. “That’s what I’ve done. Jeet is a guy that needs DH days, and Alex is a guy that needs DH days, and those are the days that I’ve chose to do it on.”

Girardi said that Posada sitting against lefties is a trend that could continue for a while.

“Could be,” Girardi said. “Alex is probably going to need a DH day here coming up too. We’ve got day, night, day in Oakland. Two lefties. So one of those days is probably going to Alex’s, and then I’ll decide the other one.”

• Russell Martin almost certainly wouldn’t have played this afternoon anyway, but he also fouled a ball off his toe last night. He’s sore, but Girardi said he expects Martin to be ready to play tomorrow.

• Phil Hughes threw off a mound again today. He was throwing while Girardi was speaking — “He looks good from here,” Girardi said — and I didn’t see Hughes in the clubhouse afterward.

• Brett Gardner’s not hurt after last night’s tumbling play in the 12th inning. Today’s just a standard day off to get Jones in the lineup.

• Girardi committed to sticking with Ivan Nova for his next start. Nova will pitch Friday against the Angels. “He has the ability to do it, he’s just not doing it,” Girardi said. “He couldn’t find his curveball last night. He’s been kind of a two-pitch pitcher, and when you don’t have your breaking ball, you put yourself in bad spots. I think he needs to use all his pitches, and that’s just having confidence in what you’ve got.”

• Dave Robertson is not available tonight. Luis Ayala and Hector Noesi are probably not available either.

• Robinson Cano was not running on his own last night when he was caught stealing. That was a hit-and-run that didn’t work.

• Girardi said he never got to the point that he was thinking about which position player might have to pitch last night. “I think you could use Cervy,” Girardi said. “Just tell him keep it short, don’t try to throw it hard and hope that he throws strikes. I don’t know. I talked about using Robertson left-handed. He shags left-handed.”

MARINERS
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Chone Figgins 3B
Justin Smoak 1B
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Mike Wilson DH
Brendan Ryan SS
Jack Wilson 2B
Michael Saunders LF
Chris Gimenez C

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30 Responses to “Pregame notes: Posada becoming a dugout regular vs. lefties”

  1. UnKnown May 29th, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Sure would’ve been nice to skip nova. Nova vs Dream Weaver is not as promising as CC vs Weaver

  2. LGY May 29th, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Girardi committed to sticking with Ivan Nova for his next start. Nova will pitch Friday against the Angels

    —–

    Dumb. Dumb. Dumb.

    Perfect time to skip him and line up their top 3 for the Sox.

  3. JobaTipsHisCap May 29th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Sux might run away to win the division.

  4. Yogi Mantle May 29th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    “I talked about using Robertson left-handed. He shags left-handed.”

    Oh my! :O

  5. GreenBeret7 May 29th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    The options in the bullpen could get brighter in the next couple of weeks with the Trenton set-up man/closer Tom Norton’s continued health. He’s 28 years old today, but, there’s no doubt about that arm.

    upper 90s fastball, nasty slider and change-up and control. A 2 inning save today. 26 innings, 11 hits, 6 runs, 5 earned runs, 6 walks, 39 strikeouts. 2 homers allowed.

    he was clocked once today at 102 MPH, but, that sounds a little high. 97-99 MPH most likely.

  6. GreenBeret7 May 29th, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    That’s ***Tim*** Norton

  7. J. Alfred Prufrock May 29th, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    I don’t see Boston as a runaway division winner. Lowrie isn’t going to continue to hit over .300, nor is it likely Ellsbury does. The pitching has been performing over its head, too, IMO.

    Meanwhile, our bats are going to come back some, even if a couple of guys have underwhelming years.

    This season, I don’t see any one team as a run away.

    There’s a special on Manny Banuelos coming up on the pre game, if I heard correctly.

  8. G-C May 29th, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Its been quite a road to this point for Norton, hasn’t it been GB?

    Feels like he was drafted forever ago. Same draft as IPK and Joba if I remember correctly?

  9. jacksquat May 29th, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    • Robinson Cano was not running on his own last night when he was caught stealing. That was a hit-and-run that didn’t work.

    Brilliant, Joe.

  10. Betsy May 29th, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    It’s not exactly a good sign that Cashman hasn’t received any calls re: trades……..As I recall prior to going away, the farm was having an ok year, nothing special

  11. Gary May 29th, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    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.

    =====================================================
    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.

    ________________________________________________________________________

    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.

  12. GreenBeret7 May 29th, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Norton is healthy for the first time in years. He’s still quite a talent.

    Here’s the final Trenton box.

    http://web.minorleaguebaseball.....x_prtaax_1

    Deangelo Mack with his first AA hit. Cody Johnson with a game tying 2 run homer and Suttle with a 3 run triple (his 5th).

    schaeffer Hall, in 10 starts has walked 9 batters.

  13. J. Alfred Prufrock May 29th, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    jacksquat May 29th, 2011 at 3:38 pm
    • Robinson Cano was not running on his own last night when he was caught stealing. That was a hit-and-run that didn’t work.

    Brilliant, Joe.
    ///

    Uh, of course he wasn’t. Just another instance of taking the bat out of a hitter’s hands & running into an out.

  14. J. Alfred Prufrock May 29th, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    “…sometime when I lose my mind…”
    -Manny B.

    LOL.

  15. GreenBeret7 May 29th, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    brett Marshall was outstanding for Tampa Yanks with 7 innings, 5 hits, 1 run (unearned), 3 wals, 4 strikeouts. Ryan Flannery blew marshalls win by allowing Charlotte to tie the game in the 9th inning, 3-3.

    Lyerly was 2-4 with a double and Luke murton with a homer.

  16. jacksquat May 29th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock May 29th, 2011 at 3:42 pm
    jacksquat May 29th, 2011 at 3:38 pm
    • Robinson Cano was not running on his own last night when he was caught stealing. That was a hit-and-run that didn’t work.

    Brilliant, Joe.
    ///

    Uh, of course he wasn’t. Just another instance of taking the bat out of a hitter’s hands & running into an out.

    Say “Uh” makes you sound snotty, just fyi.

    You didn’t know it was a hit and run. I didn’t think Cano would run on his own there, but I asked Chad, to be sure.

  17. J. Alfred Prufrock May 29th, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Say “Uh” makes you sound snotty, just fyi.

    You didn’t know it was a hit and run. I didn’t think Cano would run on his own there, but I asked Chad, to be sure.
    ////

    Sorry jacksquat. What that was meant to convey is how contrary to logic Girardi’s move was, not that you or Chad sought an answer from the manager.

    Let’s say I strongly suspected it was a hit & run, but no matter. I have no interest in under cutting you or anyone else, here (or anywhere). So again, I am emphatically sorry.

    FTR, I find Girardi’s desperation to stay out of the DP & his penchant for putting his hitters in defensive mode incredibly frustrating.

  18. Yank 97 May 29th, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    YankeesWFAN
    Of the 18 players in today’s lineup only 4 have BA over .270–Granderson (.274), ARod (.284), Cano (.281), Suzuki (.277).

  19. Captain Clutch May 29th, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Only Girardi would try a hit and run with one of the best pitcher’s in baseball on the mound, a hitter hitting .170 and an average runner on 1st base. Why wouldn’t that work?? We are seeing alot of over aggressive bad play recently because they know that they can’t hit with risp. But Tex swinging 3-0 was the worst of them.

  20. tyanksfan36 May 29th, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    GB

    I listened to most of the game. He did well, Flannery is usually really good in the 9th inning so I guess he just had a bad outing, at least he only allowed them to tie it and not walk off.

  21. Yank 97 May 29th, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    “As I recall prior to going away, the farm was having an ok year, nothing special”

    And the only guys who other teams will want (Montero, Betances, Banuelos) are the ones that we likely won’t be willing to give up. And it’s not like a guy like Heathcott or Sanchez who are in Low A would be centerpieces for a good player anyway, so they don’t have trade value on their own.

    Going to be interesting to see what Cash does.

  22. Melk Man May 29th, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Girardi making the lineup is like rearranging deck chairs on the titanic. Mainly because the 2 moves that he needs to make (getting rid of Posada, moving Jeter down in the order) won’t be made for a while, the latter probably not this year.

    Does it really matter how the other parts are configured?

  23. GreenBeret7 May 29th, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    TY, Murton hit another homer, a 2 run 10th inning homer and then Flannery finally shut down the stoned Crabs. Tampa yanks win 5-3.

    here’s the final box.

    http://web.minorleaguebaseball.....8;did=milb

  24. Betsy May 29th, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Yank 97, that’s right…….

  25. Tar May 29th, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    GB

    Thanks for the impressive stats on Norton. Seems like he has been flying under the radar hasn’t he?

  26. RMS May 29th, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    How about giving Jeter a full day off. Does he have to play every day? Not like he is knocking the cover off the ball and he is not a DH.
    Only thing Girardi seems to be sure of is Posada will never again in life bat against a leftie.

  27. tyanksfan36 May 29th, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    GB

    Saw it. Hopefully Luke starts to turn things around. His May was pretty horrendous. Apparently Marshall threw 90 pitches. 56 strikes, 36 balls in his outing. Pretty efficient in 7 innings counting those 2 errors.

  28. GreenBeret7 May 29th, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Tarn, he just needed to stay healthy, but, if he does, NYY has an arm real soon….and they can start removing the tire patches like ayala, but, as you ay, he’s under the fan radar, but, I’ll bet other teams are quite aware of him. Sort of like a heath bell as far as being healthy and blooming late.

  29. GreenBeret7 May 29th, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    TY, Marshall is starting to heat up to his talent level. about 7 straight good to very good starts now.

  30. tyanksfan36 May 29th, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    GB

    Indeed, not sure why he was so off in April. Also getting his ERA down. Scott Allen has also had 2 good back to back starts, would have no ER in them either but whitley let his runs score last night. Before his last outing he was worse than J Ram. Said they fixed a mechanical issue he was having. Sadly the TY are away until sunday so I just have to follow along online.


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