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A-Rod the “wild card” (updated)

Posted by: Rick Carpiniello - Posted in Lineup, Misc on Sep 03, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Joe Girardi still hasn’t posted a lineup, but he said he’s waiting on Alex Rodriguez to hit and take ground balls and see if he’s ready to play. Girardi said he expects A-Rod to play third if he plays. Called him the “wild card” that will decide what the lineup looks like.

Girardi also said that Mark Teixeira will not be in the lineup and that Jesus Montero could make his Yankee Stadium debut.

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Girardi added that Nick Swisher will play first, that Francisco Cervelli will catch, that both Gardner and Granderson will play. Andruw Jones is in right.

And that he still has not made a decision on the five-man rotation, but that both Phil Hughes and A.J. Burnett are preparing as if they will make the start Wednesday. “The decision doesn’t have to be permanent,” Girardi said. He also said “You have to look at it as how it effects the whole team” in regards to the part of the equation surrounding which starter would be better in the bullpen. “I want to think about it a little more,” Girardi said.

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53 Responses to “A-Rod the “wild card” (updated)”

  1. Bo knows September 3rd, 2011 at 11:11 am

    The deepest since probably ’96.

    ————————————————-
    I have problems finding my keys every morning. 96 is mostly fuzz and static.

  2. The Mercury Strikes Back September 3rd, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Here’s hoping the Montero Hitless Streak finally ends today. Jesus have mercy.

  3. Bret The Hitman September 3rd, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Here was G. Love on April 1st…

    G. Love April 1st, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    I think the Yankees starters are going to have the luxury most nights to go out and pitch barely 6 innings of 3-4 run ball and win the game with this bullpen and offense. Any game we have a lead in after 6 is over.

    I stand by my prediction of them winning 101 this year. If Nova pitches like I think he will, this team will be a juggernaut…

  4. West Coast Yankee Fan September 3rd, 2011 at 11:13 am

    (The Unknown Comic) April 1st, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    “Lackey is going to find his ace stuff from his best Angels years.”

  5. Bret The Hitman September 3rd, 2011 at 11:14 am

    A large number of posters predicted more than 15 wins for Phil Hughes in 2011 and more than 40 HR’s for AROD.

  6. West Coast Yankee Fan September 3rd, 2011 at 11:15 am

    (The Unknown Comic) April 1st, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    “I don’t mention Phil’s name.”

  7. mick September 3rd, 2011 at 11:17 am

    What has happened to G.Love???

  8. Betsy September 3rd, 2011 at 11:17 am

    I can never read enough about Mo and his cutter:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb

  9. LGY September 3rd, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Betsy,

    Even then, Andruw was contributing for much of the year. He wasn’t great like he is playing Post ASB but he was doing what the Yankees signed him to do.

    He was playing a decent LF when out there and hitting for power against LHP. Yes, he was streaky but that’s been Andruw his entire career.

    There was no reason to dump him. He was contributing in the way the Yankees expected him to. His Post ASB production is just a very pleasant surprise.

  10. mick September 3rd, 2011 at 11:18 am

    # mick September 3rd, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Post season roster
    Tex,Cano, Jeter,Arod,
    Gardy, Grandy, Swish,Jones
    Martin, Cervelli
    Chavez, Nunez
    Posada, Montero

    I feel like I’ve left someone out.
    =======================
    They like an extra OF with speed but that would cost Posada.
    Must give Jesus many righty AB’s to try that.
    Unless they are counting on Chavez as the lefty DH, which would make sense.

  11. Bo knows September 3rd, 2011 at 11:19 am

    What totally blew me away about Nova was the 10 pitch at bat against Lind in the fourth inning where the final result was a grounder to second. He threw everything at him and Lind kept fouling it off. So I went to Gameday this morning to check it out (Slow day at work this morning).
    The breakdown is – four sliders, three FBs, two CBs and the last pitch a CU.

    Damn, that’s pitching

  12. MG September 3rd, 2011 at 11:20 am

    what possesses two people allegedly living 500 miles apart to coordinate their arrival on a blog when it’s 7 AM local time on a Saturday as the two of them did this morning spouting both inane statistics and 2nd class smack?

    Inquiring minds find this both incredibly amusing and pathetic but really want to know.

  13. Bret The Hitman September 3rd, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Mick,

    I dunno but G. Love was a great poster…very smart and a prolific writer.

  14. mick September 3rd, 2011 at 11:25 am

    And that he still has not made a decision on the five-man rotation, but that both Phil Hughes and A.J. Burnett are preparing as if they will make the start Wednesday.
    ================================================
    You must mean Tuesday…

  15. West Coast Yankee Fan September 3rd, 2011 at 11:25 am

    MG care to take issue with my “inane statistics” on Cervelli? Have at it grumpy.

  16. LGY September 3rd, 2011 at 11:25 am

    G Love said about a week ago he’s done here.

    You can lobby him to come back on his Fake Hank Steinbrenner Twitter :P

  17. Ghostwriter September 3rd, 2011 at 11:26 am

    MG September 3rd, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Inquiring minds find this both incredibly amusing and pathetic but really want to know.

    ===========

    RFFLMAO! I hate to admit it, but watching these two is a guilty little pleasure of mine (so is wathing “Repo Games” on Spike TV). Heh.

  18. mick September 3rd, 2011 at 11:27 am

    G. LOve is just on vacation………………………….from the blog.

  19. Ghostwriter September 3rd, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Bret The Hitman September 3rd, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Mick,

    I dunno but G. Love was a great poster…very smart and a prolific writer.
    ==================

    He quit a couple of weeks ago (Friday, I believe), because of the decline in the comity on the blog. It’s a shame that we keep losing good posters, and the louses persist.

  20. Ghostwriter September 3rd, 2011 at 11:28 am

    LGY September 3rd, 2011 at 11:25 am

    G Love said about a week ago he’s done here.

    You can lobby him to come back on his Fake Hank Steinbrenner Twitter :P
    =

    He has a twitter?

  21. mick September 3rd, 2011 at 11:29 am

    He also said “You have to look at it as how it effects the whole team” in regards to the part of the equation surrounding which starter would be better in the bullpen. “I want to think about it a little more,” Girardi said.
    =================
    Just in case one comes up lame before Tuesday?

  22. Bronx Jeers September 3rd, 2011 at 11:29 am

    G Love got tired of all the garbage spewed in here.

    I recall him saying he’s out of here albeit I wasn’t sure if he meant for the day or for forever. But I haven’t seen him since. Hopefully he’ll be back.

  23. mick September 3rd, 2011 at 11:30 am

    He quit a couple of weeks ago (Friday, I believe), because of the decline in the comity on the blog.
    =====================================
    There is plenty of comedy on the blog…

  24. West Coast Yankee Fan September 3rd, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Looks like Ghost McGrump has joined his buddy the moldy relic MG.

  25. GreenBeret7 September 3rd, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Bo knows September 3rd, 2011 at 11:11 am
    The deepest since probably ’96.

    ————————————————-
    I have problems finding my keys every morning. 96 is mostly fuzz and static

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    Hayes and Boggs splitting 3rd base, Fielder and Martinez spitting 1st base, Strawberry, Gerald Williams and Curtis in left. Sojo and Duncan at 2nd. Sierra DHing.

    Williams and Bob Wickman shipped off to Milwaukee for Lloyd, Weathers being brought in. They stunk to high heaven until te post season and then they were unhittable in thpen.

  26. Bronx Jeers September 3rd, 2011 at 11:31 am

    G love is fake Hank Stein?!!

  27. Ghostwriter September 3rd, 2011 at 11:32 am

    mick September 3rd, 2011 at 11:30 am

    He quit a couple of weeks ago (Friday, I believe), because of the decline in the comity on the blog.
    =====================================
    There is plenty of comedy on the blog…
    ===========

    Punny! :P

  28. mick September 3rd, 2011 at 11:32 am

    It’s not a pun, it’s a play on words.

  29. charlestonchew September 3rd, 2011 at 11:34 am

    I’m about to test whether Yankee baseball is a good hangover cure.

  30. LGY September 3rd, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Ghost

    http://twitter.com/#!/NotHankStein

    He has linked to his personal twitter before but I don’t remember what it is.

  31. Bo knows September 3rd, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Hayes and Boggs splitting 3rd base, Fielder and Martinez spitting 1st base, Strawberry, Gerald Williams and Curtis in left. Sojo and Duncan at 2nd. Sierra DHing.

    Williams and Bob Wickman shipped off to Milwaukee for Lloyd, Weathers being brought in. They stunk to high heaven until te post season and then they were unhittable in thpen.

    ——————————————–

    Damn, that’s a complete sumup.

    I used to have a photgraphic memory but then I’d forget to load the film.

  32. Ghostwriter September 3rd, 2011 at 11:35 am

    LGY,

    thanks!

  33. LGY September 3rd, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Bronx,

    :lol:

    Yeah.

  34. MG September 3rd, 2011 at 11:38 am

    WCBD, if you want to base a decision on the results of 28 ABs in an entire month (that’s how many ABs Cervelli had in August) that’s your right but it once again shows how little you know about sports as well as life in general.

    Enjoy yourself sport, you’ve once again achieved the Professor Irwin Corey award on this blog along with every other blog you’ve ever posted to.

  35. Ghostwriter September 3rd, 2011 at 11:39 am

    GreenBeret7 September 3rd, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Bo knows September 3rd, 2011 at 11:11 am
    The deepest since probably ’96.

    ————————————————-
    I have problems finding my keys every morning. 96 is mostly fuzz and static

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    Hayes and Boggs splitting 3rd base, Fielder and Martinez spitting 1st base, Strawberry, Gerald Williams and Curtis in left. Sojo and Duncan at 2nd. Sierra DHing.

    Williams and Bob Wickman shipped off to Milwaukee for Lloyd, Weathers being brought in. They stunk to high heaven until te post season and then they were unhittable in thpen.
    =========

    Nice post. I had forgotten how deep that club was. I also had forgotten how big of a role Strawberry played on that team…

  36. Ghostwriter September 3rd, 2011 at 11:41 am

    The Irwin Corey reference sent me racing to wiki. :)

  37. West Coast Yankee Fan September 3rd, 2011 at 11:42 am

    MG September 3rd, 2011 at 11:38 am

    WCBD, if you want to base a decision on the results of 28 ABs in an entire month (that’s how many ABs Cervelli had in August) that’s your right but it once again shows how little you know about sports as well as life in general. Enjoy yourself sport, you’ve once again achieved the Professor Irwin Corey award on this blog along with every other blog you’ve ever posted to.

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

    Stick the coke bottles back up to your blood shot eyes and try again.

    * He has hit .400 in the last 30 days and .357 in the last 10 games.

    * With RISP this season he is hitting .317 with a .370 OBP.

    * With the bases loaded this season he is hitting .500, 3-6 with 8 RBI’s.

    * Since the All-Star break, he’s hitting .349 with a .429 OBP and .894 OPS.

  38. GreenBeret7 September 3rd, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Bo,

    I forgot to add Tim Raines to that bench. That bench had everything….on base guys, power, speed, defense. The pen had a good mix of starters, closers, set-ups, long men, specialits and left and right, It’s been a long to since the Yanks had that balance. Remains to beseen if they can put together a pen and bench out of this current group. At least now, they do have 3 bullpen lefties. How good they are beyond Logan is the question. Once Rodriguez returns, that’s reallygoing to lengthen the bench with him playing pretty regularly.

  39. Bo knows September 3rd, 2011 at 11:47 am

    I love baseball for the small game within a game sequences.

    Jones’ at bats in Boston should be on Yankee classics. He took a large bite out of probably the best LH pitcher in baseball and then destroyed Aceves. That was the ball game. Everything else followed the script.

  40. JM September 3rd, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Ledger_Yankees ARod playing at third today

    Jesus DH?

  41. West Coast Yankee Fan September 3rd, 2011 at 11:48 am

    “You have to look at it as how it effects the whole team” in regards to the part of the equation surrounding which starter would be better in the bullpen. “I want to think about it a little more,” Girardi said.

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

    Please Joe. “I want to think about it”? A decision like this one involving a $16.5 million dollar player and a highly valued prospect that won 18 games and was an All-Star last year is not yours to make alone. You certainly have input, but Cashman will have to sign off on it and I wouldn’t be surprised if Hal does as well.

  42. Vineyard Yankee September 3rd, 2011 at 11:50 am

    MG September 3rd, 2011 at 11:20 am

    What the problem now ya sack of prunes ? Why do you care what time I get up and what time I post ? You writing a book ? (I doubt it)

    Being a cantankerous snoot is no way to enjoy your holiday weekend. Learn to scroll past my posts and all will be well. Now go for a long walk and take some deep breaths.

  43. JM September 3rd, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Ledger_Yankees Gardner 7 Granderson 8Rodriguez 5 Cano 4 Swisher 3 jones 9 Montero dh nunez 6 Cervelli 2 Colon 1

  44. JM September 3rd, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Would love to see Jesus get his first hit today in Yankee Stadium….Unfortunately I am not going to a game until Monday but my friends are there, sitting in the bleachers.

  45. mick September 3rd, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Ledger_Yankees Gardner 7 Granderson 8Rodriguez 5 Cano 4 Swisher 3 jones 9 Montero dh nunez 6 Cervelli 2 Colon 1
    =========
    uh jeter?

  46. backbench September 3rd, 2011 at 11:51 am

    In case this was missed:

    “According to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, John Lackey was fined an undisclosed amount for hitting Francisco Cervelli with a pitch during Tuesday’s loss to the Yankees.
    Lackey hit Cervelli two innings after the Yankees’ backstop took him deep and clapped his hands upon crossing home plate. The high-priced right-hander insists that he didn’t intend to hit Cervelli, but rather move him off the plate. Apparently MLB doesn’t buy it.
    Source: WEEI.com Sep 1 – 8:49 AM”

  47. Don Vito A. Bellamo September 3rd, 2011 at 11:51 am

    JM, thanks…SWEET !

  48. West Coast Yankee Fan September 3rd, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Wow look at that lineup. Jeter gets a rest and Tex is hurt.

    Nice trips huh? Grandy, A-Rod and Cano.

  49. Ghostwriter September 3rd, 2011 at 11:52 am

    GreenBeret7 September 3rd, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Bo,

    I forgot to add Tim Raines to that bench. That bench had everything….on base guys, power, speed, defense. The pen had a good mix of starters, closers, set-ups, long men, specialits and left and right, It’s been a long to since the Yanks had that balance. Remains to beseen if they can put together a pen and bench out of this current group. At least now, they do have 3 bullpen lefties. How good they are beyond Logan is the question. Once Rodriguez returns, that’s reallygoing to lengthen the bench with him playing pretty regularly.
    —————–

    Stick Michael wa the GM who put that club together, wasn’t he? He more than atoned for prematurely lifting TJ for a pinch hitter in the ’81 series against the Dodgers.

  50. Don Vito A. Bellamo September 3rd, 2011 at 11:52 am

    mick, you are right, I am calling Bull Cookies on that lineup now! :-)

  51. mick September 3rd, 2011 at 11:54 am

    arod up 3rd???

  52. mick September 3rd, 2011 at 11:56 am

    NEXT==>>

  53. GreenBeret7 September 3rd, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Ghost, yeah, Michael andWatson were quite a pair in their mixing frmer superstars with nobodys and regulars. That jut doesn’t seem like a group of players that would work well together considering egos involved. would have bet money on it hat that thing would explode in their faces. The first base and third base situations especially. Michael/Watson had just sent a bunch of young talent to Seattle to get Mattngly’s replacement in Tino Martinez. Having a utility player that couldn’t play defense in Jim Leyritz and the starting rotation was a mix of older .500 pitchers with a 21 game winner in 2nd year kid pitcher by the name of Pettitte. Toss in a rookie shortstop and that was not a WS winning team

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