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Familiar lineup for Kansas City finale

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 17, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Just a quick reading recommendation: Check out the story of Jack Hannahan getting home to see the birth of his baby boy, thanks to an assist from his teammates in the Indians clubhouse.

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

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81 Responses to “Familiar lineup for Kansas City finale”

  1. Yankee Trader August 17th, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Looks like Lackey wasn’t lucky and the Price was right! Rays over Sox 4-1!!

  2. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 17th, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    You know I’ve always liked Bruce Chen. I’ve always thought that he pitched much better than his stats showed. I liked him enough that I almost picked him up for my fantasy team once he came back off the DL, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it the week he was facing the Yanks.

    Still, I wouldn’t write him off. Not just yet.

    **************

    Great being here with most of you. The day crew is particularly nice!

    :)

    Have a good night all.

  3. Jerkface August 17th, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    4-0, please do not give the red sox undeserved runs :)

  4. Doc Iac August 17th, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    YT,

    the sox didnt score…dont give them a run they dont deserve

  5. Jerkface August 17th, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Bruce Chen is a leftballer, which is to say he is left handed and throws an assortment of balls almost all around the same speed/break into the zone. Sometimes its effective. Yankees ought to torchhim but some teams can be bedazzled by the leftballer

  6. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 17th, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    He definitely has bedazzled some teams!

  7. Yankee Trader August 17th, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Oops sorry 4-0 Rays.

    Trisha-

    Good night already??

    Chen led the Royals with 12 wins last year. I do believe he’s in for a shellacking tonight, much like he received at the hands of the RS the end of July.

  8. RadioKev August 17th, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    I think we forgot that Cano is typically a second half player.

  9. West Coast Yankee Fan August 17th, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    The Yankees destroy Chen.

  10. HipHipHorHay August 17th, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue August 17th, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Great being here with most of you. The day crew is particularly nice!

    ——————————-

    We’re in a good mood because this is a diversion from work and we aren’t suffering through the stress of an actual game.

  11. blake August 17th, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    The Yankees SHOULD torch Chen…..kinda a trap game though as they’ve already won the series and the Royals will be trying to avoid the sweep at home. Sorta like that 4th AB when you’re 3-3…..gotta be careful to not take an AB off.

  12. rb from LI August 17th, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    What a GREAT story about Hannahan, Chad! All the best to the family.

  13. mick August 17th, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    One thing I dont understand?
    Are we back to a 6 man rotation?
    Freddy going Sunday would indicate so.
    Would not look good if it effects CC negatively as he was due to go tonight.

  14. West Coast Yankee Fan August 17th, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Versus Chen:

    Teixeira – .563
    Swisher – .333
    Jeter – .400
    Granderson – .444

  15. Irreverent Discourse August 17th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    If you stress over baseball you need to get your head examined.

  16. West Coast Yankee Fan August 17th, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Yankees hitting .331 against Chen with a .967 OPS.

  17. Yankee Trader August 17th, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    RadioKev August 17th, 2011 at 4:54 pm
    I think we forgot that Cano is typically a second half player.
    ————————————-
    I looked up his split stats pre and post all-star games since 2007, and every year except his silver slugger year last year his stats are better the 2nd half.

    Attached:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/pl.....pe=Batting

  18. jpb173 August 17th, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Hopefully Bruce Chen won’t do a Doug Davis imitation tonight against the Bombers.

  19. West Coast Yankee Fan August 17th, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Chen against the Yankees:

    1 – 5 with a 6.71 ERA including 19 home runs in 16 games.

  20. Jerkface August 17th, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Logic dictates the yankees should crush Chen, but then logic also said they should have crushed Kenny Rogers. Sometimes leftball does what leftball does.

  21. mick August 17th, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    The 6 man thru August is one thing.
    Extending it thru Sept. is another.
    You want your playoff starters on rotation by the end of the month.

  22. RadioKev August 17th, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    I looked up his split stats pre and post all-star games since 2007, and every year except his silver slugger year last year his stats are better the 2nd half.
    —————

    I think last year’s consistent greatness may have made us all forget those splits. It’s definitely true that he always comes on after the all star break. I wouldn’t mind more years like 2010, but I’ll still take it. ;)

  23. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 17th, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    “Logic dictates the yankees should crush Chen, but then logic also said they should have crushed Kenny Rogers. Sometimes leftball does what leftball does.”

    :)

    You got it.

  24. Yankee Trader August 17th, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Are we back to a 6 man rotation?

    —————————–
    Mick-

    Twins series has:
    Sabathia vs Duensing
    Hughes vs. Slowey
    TBD vs Liriano
    Sunday it”s TBD vs TBD

    CC and Hughes then are pitching with 5 days rest

  25. mick August 17th, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    logic also said they should have crushed Kenny Rogers. Sometimes leftball does what leftball does.”
    =========================
    unless juiceball has something to say about it…

  26. Jerkface August 17th, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    They might only put up 3-4 runs in 5 innings. That would seem like a failure, but its really not by the numbers.

  27. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 17th, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Trader, well I am taking a break for a while and the game thread is the bain of humanity’s existence more often than not. That’s why I said good night!

    :)

    Maybe it’s see you later.

  28. mick August 17th, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    TBD vs Liriano
    Sunday it”s TBD vs TBD
    ================
    Sat should be AJ and Sunday wasnt Freddy mentioned?
    ===================================
    CC and Hughes then are pitching with 5 days rest
    =======================
    out of rotation, my point.

  29. DaveD August 17th, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    They also should have crushed Doug Davis

  30. munson15 August 17th, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Hope you come back Trisha…I always enjoy your comments.

  31. mick August 17th, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Getting thru Minny takes us to the 8 game stretch with Oak and Balt where we need a 6th starter for the doubleheader.
    I guess they’ll have to wait for someone to cut themself again in Sept.

  32. Yankee Trader August 17th, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Kansas City vs Boston July 27th
    IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
    Chen(L, 5-4) 4.0 10 10 10 3 3 3 4.29

    Hoping, no expecting much of the same against the Yankees tonight!!

  33. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 17th, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    “They also should have crushed Doug Davis”

    Another intelligent poster! As we all know, and as you have so aptly indicated, any team can win on any given day. Only a total idiot is so anal as to get wrapped up in sterile stats and continue to spout them as if they make the outcome a fait accompli!

  34. mick August 17th, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Nova wasnt sharp last night on 5 days rest.

  35. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 17th, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Trader – my post at 5:19 was NOT for you!

    ********

    munson – thank you! What a sweet thing to say.

    I will definitely be back. I just have to get a few things accomplished here. See you in a while! :)

  36. mick August 17th, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Let’s see how Colon is tonight on 5 days.

  37. Yankee Trader August 17th, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Trisha-

    I knew that. :)

    Still laughing!!

  38. m August 17th, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Regular rest=4 days?

    So, the extra rest is from pushing everyone back because of the rain delay?

  39. blake August 17th, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Joelsherman1 17 Aug Column nyp.st/n461mF Kept hearing the 600 HRs makes Thome an automatic Hall member. I am not so sure #Twins

    Really? I don’t see this one as particularly close.

  40. blake August 17th, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Thome: 600 homers, career. 403 OBP and . 961 OPS

  41. ericns1 August 17th, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Nice story Chad!

  42. justinxdance27 August 17th, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Joel Sherman is an idiot if he’s not so sure on Thome

  43. RadioKev August 17th, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Blake,

    Agreed. Sherman rubs me the wrong way on most things, especially this. I’m sorry that Thome played in the “steroid” era, but you’re innocent until proven guilty in this country. There’s no way others actions should be held over Thome’s head.

  44. mick August 17th, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    So, the extra rest is from pushing everyone back because of the rain delay?
    ==========================
    yes and the 6 man too.
    they are used to going on 4 days rest and are creatures of habit.

  45. blake August 17th, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Sherman comes off differently when he’s on the radio and you can hear him talk but his written stuff either on twitter or in the Post is sometimes abrasive.

    Unless you’re just being contrarian or have decided to unfairly lump in Thome with steroid users then there really is no reasonable stance to keep Thome out IMO. You don’t fake your way to 600 homers

  46. Jerkface August 17th, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Even if Thome used steroids, he was better than almost all the other steroid users so put his ass in the hall.

  47. blake August 17th, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    JF,

    True but that’s a different debate. The writers have decided to play moral police on the issue……so that’s just the way it is. I think its dumb but that’s the current situation.

  48. yankee 221 August 17th, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Thome only made 5 all-star teams in 21 years, never had a top 3 MVP finish

  49. Irreverent Discourse August 17th, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    JF – I feel like that side of the steroid argument never gets any traction. If you won’t release the list and the players union won’t sign on for blood testing, you can easily just assume everyone is dirty. If everyone is dirty, they were still the best of this dirty era. Let them all in.

  50. blake August 17th, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    I do think Thome will get in and probably on the first ballot because he’s got the numbers and because people like him…..which shouldn’t but does matter.

  51. mick August 17th, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    12 consecutive years over 30 HR’s ‘cept for 05 where he was hurt.
    The other 5 he avgd 24 per, all over 20.
    What’s not to like for the most likable guy in baseball?
    1st ballot.

  52. mick August 17th, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    All star awards are a farce. Thome was always on teams where his star didn’t shine as bright as some of his teammates. From 01-03 he averaged 50 HR’s and made not one All Star team.
    Underestimated, overshadowed, call it what you wish…
    Those Indian, Philly and White Sox teams had many stars who shone brighter.

  53. tomingeorgia August 17th, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Is there not a team that would take Thome as a DH?

  54. Jerkface August 17th, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    I wanted the Yankees to take him.

  55. mick August 17th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Is there not a team that would take Thome as a DH?
    ===============
    The Yanks didn’t bite. Always thought he would feast on the short porch.

  56. blake August 17th, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    “Thome only made 5 all-star teams in 21 years, never had a top 3 MVP finish”

    Those are subjective things…..his.numbers aren’t.

  57. Jerkface August 17th, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Thome to the Yankees would have been full of bonuses: LHB to take advantage of park, true DH, comfortable as a role player incase guys need to use DH to rest, and would have been a big winner in HOPE week.

    Oh well.

  58. LGY August 17th, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Sox fall a game back and the Yankees are once again the top rated offense in MLB.

    Damn, the Sox Yankees really are that good.

  59. mick August 17th, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    If not for Jorge and more importantly the resting spot for superstars the DH could have been his in ’10 and ’11.

  60. Jerkface August 17th, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    I thought Jorge would be the backup catcher, concussion miscalculation

  61. Joe from Long Island August 17th, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Good evening –

    1. Hi, Trish. Hope you’re well. Please keep in touch.

    2. Why wouldn’t Jim Thome make the HOF? He hit 600 HRs and has not been linked to PEDs. Throw in that he seems to be a good guy and was a credit to the game, and what’s to keep him out? He wasn’t flashy? Let’s get real, he made the cut. Same criteria that worked for Harmon Killebrew, and that’s not bad.

  62. mick August 17th, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    I once shook hands with Thome and he nearly broke it.
    The original Paul Bunyon.

  63. mick August 17th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    He was hitting balls off a tee with one hand, on his knees, out of the park in Winter Haven.

  64. mick August 17th, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    When was Thome ever linked to steroids?

  65. blake August 17th, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    “I thought Jorge would be the backup catcher, concussion miscalculation”

    I wish someone would clear this up with facts…..because Jorge’s recent statements suggest that he coukd have caught healthwise…..if that’s the case then he should have backed up Martin.

  66. Joe from Long Island August 17th, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    mick – that must have been some show.

  67. LGY August 17th, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    @GordonEdes Try that again: Of AGon’s 41 hits since All-Star break, only 8 for extra bases: 7 doubles and a HR

  68. Joe from Long Island August 17th, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    LGY – wow. Doesn’t say much for is MVP candidacy. Not to diminish his play – I fully acknowledge that these guys work hard, and they play a hard game – but, a power outage in a pennant race does not equal an Most Valuable Player.

  69. mick August 17th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Thomes arms were 4x larger than my legs, at least.

  70. mick August 17th, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    What we need is to beat the sox out by 10 games, even with them winning the season series.
    That might knock Agon and Ellsbury out of the MVP race.
    That and RS loving reporters having to split their vote between the two.

  71. mick August 17th, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    I can see Cano sneaking up on Grandy as our MVP.

  72. brownies August 17th, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Sox highlights showed pedroia striking out looking and he turns around faces the ump and argues it. Can’t remember the last time a yankees hitter did that. Maybe walk away muttering but not what pedroia did. Bunch of babies always jawing at the home plate ump. Youk and ortiz mostly do that for them.

  73. blake August 17th, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    I would vote Gonzalez 3rd in the MVP voting right now

  74. blake August 17th, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Cano is already having a better season than Pedroia and that gap will only widen over the rest of the year.

  75. m August 17th, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    But Pedroia’s WAR!

  76. blake August 17th, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Pedroia’s WAR is heavily influenced by made up defensive metrics ;)

  77. mick August 17th, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    LA has a relatively easy sked the rest of the way while Boston plays the AL East all September.
    We could get LA in the wild card and their hex over us is over.

  78. mick August 17th, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    m did you ever stop that wheel from turning?

  79. rr212 August 17th, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Surprised Martin isn’t getting a day off today.

  80. vinslol August 17th, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    But Pedroia’s WAR!

    yeah, it’s inflated by how flashy he looks doing everything. cano looks like he’s putting out the garbage or something. doesn’t get due credit for that ;p

  81. m August 17th, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    mick,

    What are you talking about?

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