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Garcia skipped tomorrow

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 08, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

I have about 20 minutes of audio that I’ll post later and might explain this situation a little more fully, but this is the way I understand it…

The Yankees players voted to play a split double header tomorrow. The Rays voted against it. When there’s no agreement, there are a series of essentially tiebreakers — how many games a team would play in a row, how many double headers are already scheduled, things like that — to determine which team gets its way.

Obviously the Rays choice stood.

Brian Cashman said the Yankees still could have scheduled a regular double header — not a split double header — but the team didn’t want to lose a home game. They would have only gotten one gate tomorrow if they played a regular double header.

“We’re not interested in going from 81 home games to 80,” Cashman said.

Pitching matchups for the weekend:

Saturday: A.J. Burnett vs. David Price
Sunday: CC Sabathia vs. James Shields





49 Responses to “Garcia skipped tomorrow”

  1. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 8th, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    CC against Big Game Shields. Still waiting for Shields to actually pitch in a big game. Gotta earn that nickname sometime. :P

  2. MTU July 8th, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Why not pitch Freddy instead of AJ ?

    He’s pitched better overall.

    Isn’t the idea to maximize the chances for success ?

  3. jacksquat July 8th, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Would rather skip Burnett…

  4. Captain Clutch July 8th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Obviously $$$$ comes before 3,000 hits

    It’s a business…

  5. Disco July 8th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    F the Rays.

  6. Yogi Mantle July 8th, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Dang. I was really looking forward to my baseball fix tonight. Then it got rained out, so was hoping I could get a double dose tomorrow.

    I have never understood the admiration of Maddon. I think he is a moron most times, makes a lot of dumb moves and because some of them pay off he is thought of as some kind of genius. The way he acts is childish. The hair stuff, the playing dress up for trips, what are these elementary school kids?

  7. Jerkface July 8th, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Man I would pitch Garcia instead of AJ Burnett. Something about the Rays makes me think they’d get befuddled.

  8. Captain Clutch July 8th, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Would rather skip Burnett…

    Girardi would never do that. AJ is one of his guys…just like Mitre.

  9. LGY July 8th, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    It would be nice if Girardi made baseball decisions based on you know….baseball performance

  10. Nick in SF July 8th, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    AJ needs all the starts he can get to cover the 11.5 wins over.

    Good choice, Insightful Joe! :evil:

  11. MTU July 8th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    If you follow the Minors.

    Banuelos going for Trenton.

    Better than cold turkey.


  12. have a cigar July 8th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    We’ll still get to see Garcia pitch, once A.J. has his customary meltdown.

  13. Captain Clutch July 8th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    We know the Devil Rays scrubs can hit a fastball. If Garcia has his splitter working I think he would keep them off balance better than AJ would. Stupid decision….

  14. LGY July 8th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Glad to see the Orioles came to play. Hardy boots a double play ball that would have ended the inning and Britton proceeds to give up 4 runs.

  15. Vineyard Yankee July 8th, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Another HR for ‘Big Sloppy”. Sux up 4-0 in the 1st against the O’s.

  16. LGY July 8th, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Spoke too soon. 6 runs and counting.

    Nice job Hardy.

  17. Joe from Long Island July 8th, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    You know, this morning I read that the Yanks were scouting the Cubs, and looking at Amaris Ramirez. The question at the time was, Why? Alex is the starting 3B.

    And now, we know that Alex was sent for an MRI of his troublesome knee. Just a precaution.

    Could there be more than meets the eye?

    Face it, if Eric Chavez was healthy, he’d be seeing significant time at 3B, and Alex sitting or DHing, more likely DHing, given how he is still hitting for average and OBP.

    Well, Eric Chavez isn’t coming to the rescue any time soon, so……Are the Yankees starting to think of a replacement for Chavez in that scenario? I know Ramirez is an everyday player, but……Has he ever played any 1B? Could he be put into 3B now, as well as 2012, while Alex does more DHing? Do they have a plan to phase out Posada, as they would have to do if they acquire Ramirez (face it, they would be playing Ramirez and Alex as much as possible)?

    Cash works quietly. This might be a scenario they’re thinking about. Like I said earlier, they can’t be happy about the hitting situation and missed scoring opportunities.

  18. jacksquat July 8th, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Trenton game not on :(

  19. Vineyard Yankee July 8th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    I hate the Sux as much as the next Yankee Fan, but I have to say the trade for AGone is working out pretty well and paying big dividends.

    .351- 60–17–76

    Nice line.

  20. Joe from Long Island July 8th, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    I know the Red Sox are built to win in Fenway, but this is ridiculous. The O’s have given up, and not just in this game. They are so past Buck and his gimmicks.

    MacPhail must be wondering what he gave him a contract for.

    The thing is, the O’s have played like this for years, regardless of manager. Maybe MacPhail should do something really innovative, like change the players. How much worse can their AAA team play? Heck, the Mets are doing decently with the Buffalo Bisons in their lineup.

  21. LGY July 8th, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Britton’s teammates owe him a really nice steak dinner.

    All 7 of those runs were earned. That is rough with the D they played behind him.

  22. Triple Short of a Cycle July 8th, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Vineyard Yankee,

    and some people on here thought Tex and Agon would have similar seasons

  23. Yogi Mantle July 8th, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Maybe Buck is showing his hatred of the Yankees by tanking games against the Red Sux.

    Funny that we don’t hear about how great the O’s are playing now that Buck has taken over. I wonder why.

  24. jonnycat July 8th, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    I’m going to my first game at the stadium on sunday, I’m so excited. Looking to get there early to see monument park and around the stadium. If the games at 1, what times a good time to get there to get to look around?


  25. Yogi Mantle July 8th, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    jonnycat, I think the gates open at 11. Get to monument park early, it does close before the game starts.

  26. Captain Clutch July 8th, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    I hope we get an update on Arod tonight. Hopefully it’s just a deep bone bruise and nothing more.

  27. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa July 8th, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    i don’t like the rule that both teams have a say in this. the games are at Yankee Stadium, the home team should have the final say on how and when the game is rescheduled.

  28. pat July 8th, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    “I have to say the trade for AGone is working out pretty well and paying big dividends.”

    He’s not a regular season stats mean nothing/ must win it all in the postseason kind of talent?

  29. Rich in NJ July 8th, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    “Why not pitch Freddy instead of AJ ?”

    IMO, contract.

  30. yanks 27 July 8th, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    The way they cater to a league average pitcher like Burnett is quite fascinating. Just watch, he is gong to find his way into the postseason rotation (unless he completely implodes like last year), ahead of 2 guys who are likely better than him.

  31. Tar July 8th, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    “IMO, contract.”

    I see where you are coming from, but I have a hard time buying that.

    If Garcia gives them the best chance (starting) to take a game going into the break, why not use him?

    There has to be other considerations that are higher priorities — than contract.

  32. Shame Spencer July 8th, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Just got back from the stadium… can’t tell you how disappointed I am they decided to make this game up in September. The cheapest prices on Stubhub were around $90.

  33. Joe from Long Island July 8th, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Sorry, Shame. Rain-outs stink.

  34. Betsy July 8th, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    That makes no sense – even if you play 2 games, you are not losing a home game. Huh, Brian?

    I don’t care either way – it’s fine with me. Let the Yanks rest and heal up.

    However, Garcia being skipped is stupid, but I guess he’s now the 5th guy (that should be Phil) and will take the worst of it when it comes to this stuff

  35. Betsy July 8th, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Yep, I totally would have skipped AJ.

    I really don’t care what the O’s are doing or not doing against the Sox …………they’re just not a very good team and the Sox are a very good team.

  36. Shame Spencer July 8th, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    “That makes no sense – even if you play 2 games, you are not losing a home game. Huh, Brian?”

    He means because there were talks of making the double-header a single admission game… which, for the Yanks, is like flushing money from 50,000 people down the toilet.

    I’m just shocked that they’ve moved the game because of how high prices for the Rays series have been with Jeter’s chase. I understand the guys needing a rest but the All-Star break is literally days away and half our players are no longer going.

  37. Betsy July 8th, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Shame, but the way he said it, Cash sounded like the Yankees were losing a home game….. Either way, I don’t particularly care – it’s not something that upsets me.

    Nice going, Rangers – they’ve set up a memorial fund in honor of the fan who died yesterday


  38. LGY July 8th, 2011 at 8:59 pm


    We are not sure who the 5th starter is. The choice was between just AJ and Garcia. Phil wasn’t involved so we can’t tell where he stands. The answer will come soon though when they set their rotation after the ASB.

    Right now we just know AJ is higher on the totem pole than Chief.

  39. Captain Clutch July 8th, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Buster_ESPN Josh Beckett apparently another case of intestinal distress,or whatever term being used to describe a more serious concern. Out of the game.

  40. Betsy July 8th, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    LGY, my point wasn’t about Phil really – my point was that Freddy should not be skipped. IMO, it’s ridiculous………… and I’m disappointed. Did anyone really even need to be skipped?

  41. LGY July 8th, 2011 at 9:06 pm


    They now only have two games before the ASB with three pitchers ready to go.

    How would that work without skipping someone?

  42. Betsy July 8th, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    LGY, they could figure it out somehow, lol. Just kidding – oops, you’re right. Wow, walked right into that one

  43. pat July 8th, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    FisherSBJ Rare policy budge for @StubHub as they are give credits to purchasers of tonight’s washed out #Yanks game given accelerated prices for #DJ3K

  44. Tom in N.J. July 8th, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Ledger_Yankees Yankees could have also scheduled traditional doubleheader without Rays approval. But they would have lost the gate.

  45. LGY July 8th, 2011 at 9:16 pm


    lol. I really wasn’t sure where you were going with that.

  46. ron July 8th, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    The rs have a great offense but if they lose becket after losing dice,lester,buchholz,they are in trouble.

    If anything ever happened to agone,they are finished.

  47. Captain Clutch July 8th, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Poor baby…..

    Buster_ESPN Official report from the Red Sox: Beckett out with a mildly hyperextended left knee.

  48. Yankee Trader July 8th, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    If the Yankees had scouts at the Cubs games it’s probably to look at Reed Johnson whom they had interest before, to replace Andruw Jones. If so, hopefully Kerry Wood would be in the deal to finish out the year in NY.

    John Grabow and Sean Burnett are pure situational lefty relievers and offer little.

  49. TheHansons July 8th, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    >Poor baby…..
    >Buster_ESPN Official report from the Red Sox: Beckett out with a mildly hyperextended left knee.

    C’mon, we don’t have to wish for all the Sox to be disabled. That’s the easy way out. We can beat them straight up!

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