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Chavez at DH for series finale

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 07, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Phil Hughes is listed among the available relievers.

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez DH
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez 3B

 
 

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50 Responses to “Chavez at DH for series finale”

  1. Laura - I Bleed Blue August 7th, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Weather makes it doubtful they get the full game in.

  2. Asd August 7th, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Laura, that could be a good or bad thing.

  3. stuart a August 7th, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    jorge has done nothing in over a month….

    he and aj are sympathy or contract based roster spots.

    jorge is so slow and clogs up the bases so if he has no extra base results he is even that less effective..

  4. blake August 7th, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    I was hoping they’d win last night and they could give Derek the night off tonight…..I’m sure he wants to play but I would just as soon avoid the risk of a Beckett two seamer “getting away from him” and landing on his hand or wrist. Oh well….go get uhm tonight. Pounding Beckett would make me feel so good.

  5. AndyFTM August 7th, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    stuart a August 7th, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    jorge has done nothing in over a month….

    he and aj are sympathy or contract based roster spots.

    jorge is so slow and clogs up the bases so if he has no extra base results he is even that less effective..

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    I agree Posada isn’t contributing at all, .502 OPS since July 1st. Montero needs a shot.

    Also, I absolutely despise him, but Jacoby Ellsbury is just as deserving of the MVP if not more than Gonzalez. How many leadoff hitters can hit .315-.320, 25 HR, drive in 100 runs and steal 45 bases like he’s most likely gonna end up with?

  6. blake August 7th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Ellsbury has been the x factor for Boston this year and (along with Beckett’s comeback) the main reason why they are still tied with the Yanks for 1st place. The rest of their club is basically doing what they were supposed to do…..but Ellsbury is the guy that’s exceeding expectations and he really makes their offense go right now…….good thing for them their fans didn’t get their wish last year when they more or less tried to run him out of town.

  7. Niblick August 7th, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Weather is fine in Boston. Rain is all gone. They will get the entire game in.

  8. Triple Short of a Cycle August 7th, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Blake,

    Agon is exceeding as well

  9. blake August 7th, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    “Agon is exceeding as well”

    eh….I thought he was going to hit 80 homers and OPS 1.500 the way the media was making out pre-season. He’s having a great year don’t get me wrong…..but he’s on pace for 26 homers. He’s been about what I expected he’d be only with a higher BA. (he’s hitting 60 points over his career average this year (.394 BABIP which is 72 points over his career average)

  10. blake August 7th, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    this year could be AGon’s lowest HR total since 2006. Fangraphs has Gonzalez at a 5.2 WAR right now and Ellsbury at 6.0 for the season.

  11. theREALkevin August 7th, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    too soon to talk about a potential Red Sox/Yankees match up in the ALCS? maybe in terms of actual time but that’s it. both teams are locks to make the playoffs. all each would have to do is win their first round series. it’s actually an extremely likely scenario, as Boston and New York are both better teams than Texas and Detroit. so, no, there’s really not that much that can happen between now and then that would change things. they both advance past the first round and it happens.

  12. REZ12 August 7th, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Why is Posada not in the lineup?

    He kills Beckett and another lefty power bat in Fenway is always advantageous. Why is Nunez playing? He has no chance against a curveball like Beckett out of the zone…

  13. ron August 7th, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Yankees planned to demote Nova after Thursday’s start
    By Mike Axisa
    Via Joel Sherman, the Yankees had planned to send Ivan Nova back to Triple-A Scranton following Thursday’s start against the White Sox, but he pitched so well that they just couldn’t do it. “It is hard to send out a guy who strikes out 10 and walks none,” said Brian Cashman.

    Larry Rothschild called the current rotation situation a “crossword puzzle,” and indicated that the Yankees could use their starting surplus to give Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia extra rest down the stretch. Not just a few days, but skip them entirely once in a while. The Yankees begin a stretch of 30 games in 30 days on Tuesday (one day off, one doubleheader), so they won’t have any extra off days they can use to rest their starters. Either way, it’s been made clear that no one in the rotation will be shifted to the bullpen.

  14. fantasygame101 August 7th, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Posada not in the lineup, he must be hurt. Put him on the DL quick and call up montero.

  15. jpb173 August 7th, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    No Jorge Posada against a RH pitcher. Hmmmmm…this could be interesting. I wonder if he’s thinking of taking some time off away from the game until after Sept 1st.

  16. Triple Short of a Cycle August 7th, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Rez12,

    Your joking Right

  17. Gary August 7th, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    REZ12 August 7th, 2011 at 5:25 pm
    Why is Posada not in the lineup?

    He kills Beckett and another lefty power bat in Fenway is always advantageous. Why is Nunez playing? He has no chance against a curveball like Beckett out of the zone…

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    Posada is not hitting anything or anybody. I’m pretty happy to see Nunez out there, we have a better chance.

  18. blake August 7th, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    “The trade deadline has passed but teams can still make deals once they go through the trade waiver process. It’s usually not much of an obstacle, but it’s part of the process. Peter Gammons says the Yankees have been the “heaviest on blocking claims,” starting pitchers in particular, meaning they’re claiming players off trade waivers to prevent them from going to other teams. Teams can pull a player back if they’re claimed on trade waivers, but the risk is that they can award you the player and his contract (see Rios, Alex). The Yankees definitely aren’t putting claims in on players with bad contracts (like Carlos Zambrano), but they’re probably gobbling up everyone else. Whether or not they make a trade for one of the guys they’re claiming is a different matter all together.”

    http://www.riveravenueblues.com

    one advantage to staying just behind Boston in the standings is that they can block any pitcher that might could help Boston out….

  19. stuart a August 7th, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    jorge the power bat has not hit a homer in at least 45 days……

    my worse nightmare is garcia pitches bad and they waste hughes in the pen tonight.

    i want the 6 man rotation 1 more tiem around and for aj to flop and then they demote him and not nova or hughes…

    obviously ellsbury has had a great season so far and agon also. this team with all the stars having great seasons is even with the yanks……..

  20. GreenBeret7 August 7th, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    btackman is exasperating. He came on in relef, retired the last batter of the inning on one pitch. In the first full inning, he started out striking out the leadoff batter on 3 pitches. gave up a hit, a walk, a hit and a run…all on 2 strikes. Perfect in his next inning, had two quick outs in the next inning and with 2 strike, hit a batter and hit the next one on the first pitch.

    final line: 2.2 innings, 2 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts, 2 hit batters. 55 pitches, 37 strikes, 1 groundout, 3 flyouts. stranded an inherited runner in scoring position.

    Scranton splits a double header. Tampa Yanks of the FSL scores 4 runs in the 9th to walk off the win. Deangelo Mack was 4-5 with a double, triple and 3 RBI

  21. blake August 7th, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Chavez is swinging the bat better than Jorge would be my guess….honestly that’s probably the best 9 they have right now

  22. Gary August 7th, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    blake August 7th, 2011 at 5:35 pm
    Chavez is swinging the bat better than Jorge would be my guess….honestly that’s probably the best 9 they have right now

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    From what I can see Jorge is late on most everything. Even when the bat is in the zone he’s not making solid contact. Most of his outs are either weak grounders or weak pop’s if he doesn’t strike out. I think you have to play Chavez and Nunez, more options and more probability of success.

  23. RadioKev August 7th, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    The Yanks have got to put Posada down. It’s not like it’s his fault that he’s older, but he’s just not a productive member of this team.

  24. ron August 7th, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Forget montero,bring up sanchez.

  25. blake August 7th, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    “From what I can see Jorge is late on most everything”

    Yea he’s getting beat on a lot of fastballs which is strange to see with him…..he’s been a great player….one of my favorites but after all the years behind the plate the body is starting to fail to cooperate I’m afraid.

  26. Gary August 7th, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    RadioKev August 7th, 2011 at 5:40 pm
    The Yanks have got to put Posada down. It’s not like it’s his fault that he’s older, but he’s just not a productive member of this team.

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    I think most would agree, maybe even Jorge himself if he looked at it from a team perspective.

  27. blake August 7th, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    They won’t release Jorge…and I don’t think they should either….but they probably are going to scale his playing time back vs RHP now.

  28. ron August 7th, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Montero will be brought up real soon is the feeling i’m getting & reading the tidbits around the internet.

  29. ron August 7th, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    I read on rab or one of those sites that they almost released posada after his tantrum a little while back.

    Not sure if it is true but i believe it is true.

    He will be strictly a ph when montero comes up.
    If he is smart he will retire after this year.
    I hope he does not try to sign a 1 year deal.

  30. Chambliss August 7th, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Still dark and raining on the vineyard. Not sure how easy it will be to get this game in.

  31. GreenBeret7 August 7th, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Ledger_Yankees Marc Carig
    Posada “not happy” about being benched but admits he brought it on himself.

    eboland11 Erik Boland
    Posada: “I’m not happy about it” but “I put myself in this situation.”

  32. jpb173 August 7th, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    blake August 7th, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    They won’t release Jorge…and I don’t think they should either….but they probably are going to scale his playing time back vs RHP now.

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

    Blake,

    I don’t think anyone wants the Yankees to release Jorge, but I think there is a desire to see Jorge step aside (Leave of Absence???) until September 1st so that we could make another hitter (Montero) eligible for the playoffs. After Sept 1st Jorge could rejoin the team and be eligible for the playoffs too. Also, 2 or 3 weeks away from baseball might be good for Jorge…it might give him a chance to regenerate himself.

  33. ron August 7th, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Posada is a great yankee.
    I would hate to see him sepparate himself from the team & future showings.

  34. blake August 7th, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    “I don’t think anyone wants the Yankees to release Jorge, but I think there is a desire to see Jorge step aside (Leave of Absence???) until September 1st so that we could make another hitter (Montero) eligible for the playoffs.”

    yea but with a 9 game lead on a playoff spot and less than a month until rosters expand I just don’t see it as a huge deal anymore……I think Jorge would be a nice bat to have on the bench in a playoff series.

  35. blake August 7th, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Joelsherman1 Joel Sherman
    Posada says Girardi told him going with best lineup, again that is not just for tonite #Yankees
    11 minutes ago

    Joel Sherman
    Joelsherman1 Joel Sherman
    I heard not 1-day thing #Yankees going with Chavez DH for while. If that not work will try Montero, but no immediate plans to call Montero
    12 minutes ago

    Joel Sherman
    Joelsherman1 Joel Sherman
    Girardi will say something different, but this feels like begin of Posada being phased out as even DH v. RHP #Yankees

  36. West Coast Yankee Fan August 7th, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Posada will ride the pines most of the time the last two months of the season as his Yankee career comes to an inglorious end. I hope he announces his retirement; I don’t want to see him hitting .213 for Kansas City next season.

  37. fantasygame101 August 7th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    I think it is better for posada pride if he is put on dl than on the bench for a long stretch. It is also good for the yankees since they can call up another batter to take his spot. Posada can also work on his swing on minor league assignment later on and not hurting the team.

  38. blake August 7th, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Jesus Montero’s time may be close
    August, 7, 2011
    Aug 7
    9:01
    AM ET

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    Jorge Posada had four at-bats on Saturday and he went 0-for-4. Since the All-Star break, he is hitting .232 with no homers, two doubles and three walks, for an on-base percentage of .271. In the past, one of his strengths as a hitter was his ability to get on base, and another was his excellence from the right side of the plate. So far this year, his overall on-base percentage is .309, and as a right-handed hitter he’s 6-for-58 with no homers.

    Which is why the promotion of Jesus Montero from Triple-A Scranton is probably imminent at this point. Many veterans began passing through waivers this week and before the Yankees expend resources to try to trade for one of them, they likely will want to give the best hitting prospect in their organization a shot at the DH role in the big leagues.

    There are questions among many evaluators about whether Montero will ever be an everyday catcher in the big leagues, but nobody doubts that he’ll be a good hitter. After a slow start, Montero has hit better of late in Triple-A — one evaluator saw him turn around a 97 mph fastball — and driven his numbers northward. Montero, 21, is hitting .289, with a .350 on-base percentage and 11 homers, and keep in mind that he’s a right-handed hitter.

    Montero put pressure on himself in spring training and struggled, and it could be the same will happen whenever he’s promoted to get a shot at the DH job in the big leagues. But it’s something that the Yankees are likely to try, because their production from their designated hitters has been awful.

    The Yankees’ current rankings for their DH production:
    OPS: .702, 12th among 14 teams
    OBP: .311, 13th among 14 teams
    AVG: .231, 11th among 14 teams

    http://insider.espn.go.com/mlb.....%3d6841134

  39. GreenBeret7 August 7th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    jnorris427 Josh Norris
    Cody Ransom homers off Clayton Kershaw. Pigs have flown.

  40. Niki August 7th, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Good…I’m glad they’re going with Chavez. I really like him.

  41. BX33 August 7th, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Why do they keep delaying Montero’s call up?

    Bring him up and slide him into the DH role already.

  42. blake August 7th, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    “Cody Ransom homers off Clayton Kershaw. Pigs have flown.”

    betterthanarod# ;)

  43. West Coast Yankee Fan August 7th, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    . . . now if he can only run the bases without his leg disintegrating we might have a DH.

  44. ZMAN August 7th, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    BryanHoch Posada says he’s been told Yankees need to keep best lineup on field… which no longer involves him

  45. blake August 7th, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    If Posada isn’t going to play then there is really no reason to not have Montero on this team.

  46. Tar August 7th, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    “betterthanarod#”

    LOL. That was a good one. I still chuckle at it.

  47. blake August 7th, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Tar,

    I didn’t comment during those days…..just read but that was always really funny. It honestly kept me from taking Pete seriously to some degree.

  48. Tar August 7th, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    blake

    I did learn one thing from that post, Pete does not like to be called a “dimwit”. :D

  49. blake August 7th, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    “I did learn one thing from that post, Pete does not like to be called a “dimwit”.

    Lol :)

  50. GreenBeret7 August 7th, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Tar August 7th, 2011 at 6:23 pm
    blake

    I did learn one thing from that post, Pete does not like to be called a “dimwit”.

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    That couldn’t have been the only thing that you learned from that post? It was worth 3 nasty e-mails from The Big Ham after my response to it. I believe GF had a couple that night, also.


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