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Noesi to start first game; Cano hitting 3rd

Posted by: vmercogliano - Posted in Misc on Sep 21, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Good morning all! Vincent Z. Mercogliano back manning the blog once again for today’s doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays. Some of you probably remember me from Labor Day weekend, when I covered a couple of games. For immediate updates all day, you can follow me on Twitter @vzmercogliano. I’ll usually post information there first, until I get back to my computer to blog it.

After a delay, the lineup has finally been posted. The big news is that Phil Hughes has been scratched from his start again after being pushed back yesterday. Hector Noesi will start in his place, and Girardi said he’s good for about 50-60 pitches. The bullpen should get some early work today.

Here’s the rest of the lineup:

Gardner CF
Jeter SS
Cano DH
Rodriguez 3B
Swisher RF
Posada 1B
Jones LF
Nunez 2B
Romine C
Noesi P

 
 

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52 Responses to “Noesi to start first game; Cano hitting 3rd”

  1. Don Vito A. Bellamo September 21st, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Our postseason rotation will be interesting: 1) CC 2) Nova 3) TBD 4) TBD …..If AJ sneaks his way in, it better be in the 4 spot, so that we see him rarely if ever….UGH! :-(

  2. Erin September 21st, 2011 at 11:19 am

    FakePeteGammons Can’t wait to see Fenway packed for post season. The more money John Henry makes, the more he whispers secrets into my ear! Rowr!

  3. Erin September 21st, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Don-I think Colon will get Game 3. Game 4 is completely up for grabs. Nobody seems to want it. :?

  4. ac1 September 21st, 2011 at 11:21 am

    CC/Nova/Colon/Garcia is my guess with AJ/Hughes/Noesi standing by for Garcia’s starts.

  5. JonS September 21st, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Do you think we could see Betances today?

  6. JM September 21st, 2011 at 11:22 am

    I agree, Colon for Game 3. Game 4 is a crapshoot at this point.

  7. Erin September 21st, 2011 at 11:22 am

    FakePeteGammons I just told #redsox that losing their way into post season is nothing to be ashamed of. I’ll make it sound really heroic in print & on TV!

  8. Erin September 21st, 2011 at 11:24 am

    BloggingBombers NYY lineup 9/21 vs TB: Gardner 8, Jeter 6, Cano DH, Rodriguez 5, Swisher 9, Posada 3, Jones 7, Nunez 4, Romine 2, Noesi 1

  9. JM September 21st, 2011 at 11:24 am

    thanks for posting those, Erin! Love FakePete!

  10. ac1 September 21st, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Even the reporters in Boston think the Sox are over-using ‘injuries’ as a lame excuse for futility.
    Now let them explain Lester’s September, Lackey’s year, Bard and Paps choking, and an offense that really isn’t that hurt minus Youkilis.

  11. ac1 September 21st, 2011 at 11:25 am

    NYY lineup 9/21 vs TB: Gardner 8, Jeter 6, Cano DH, Rodriguez 5, Swisher 9, Posada 3, Jones 7, Nunez 4, Romine 2, Noesi 1
    ____

    I think Cano should stay 3rd and slide Tex in after Swisher in the 6 hole.

  12. Erin September 21st, 2011 at 11:26 am

    my pleasure JM! :)

  13. Don Vito A. Bellamo September 21st, 2011 at 11:28 am

    BoSux will ALWAYS be the BoSux…forever the lesser team, and forever the losers. Even when they win, they have the cloud of suspicion over them. A classless bunch, playing in a ballpark that is a joke.

  14. Erin September 21st, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Joba_62 Big day for me! Playing catch for the first time since surgery! Thanks for everyone’s thoughts and prayers!

    Dante19jr Short visit to my old highschool, lunch with mama, and then back to Tampa for instructs!

  15. charlestonchew September 21st, 2011 at 11:32 am

    “BoSux will ALWAYS be the BoSux…forever the lesser team, and forever the losers. Even when they win, they have the cloud of suspicion over them. A classless bunch, playing in a ballpark that is a joke.”

    Everything about this is wrong. And I’m a Yankees fan.

  16. Erin September 21st, 2011 at 11:33 am

    NotHankStein I don’t see what the big problem is w/me running on the field naked when the team clinches. I own the team. I should get to do what I want!

  17. Erin September 21st, 2011 at 11:34 am

    SIYanks Good luck today to 2008 Baby Bomber Hector Noesi on his 1st career start!

  18. jacksquat September 21st, 2011 at 11:35 am

    No Montero. :mad:

  19. Erin September 21st, 2011 at 11:37 am

    NotHankStein Pissed the players union vetoed my plan to make AJ my limo driver. 18 million to drive me in around in my Ford Tempo was more than fair.

  20. Warning Track Power September 21st, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Hughes-Get that back loose and take the mound already.

    Not a good situation w/Noesi. The limited number of pitches could last 2 innings. In a perfect world, he can pitch through the 4th.

  21. CountryClub September 21st, 2011 at 11:39 am

    7 of the 10 starters are home grown.

    Means nothing in grand scheme of things, but still pretty cool.

  22. JM September 21st, 2011 at 11:40 am

    I bet Montero plays in the second game.

  23. pat September 21st, 2011 at 11:41 am

    I like Alex 3 and Robbie 4 better but intentionally walking someone in front of Alex usually works out pretty well so Robbie is better protected this way.

  24. tucker September 21st, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Hope we can get a split at least. Boston probably wins today with Beckett on the mound.

    Boston is on fumes. I predicted some time ago that Bard would run out of gas. Francona used him so much early in this year. Aceves is the next bullpen arm that will struggle. He has smashed through his career high in innings, and he’s in there every game Boston has a chance to win.

  25. Erin September 21st, 2011 at 11:45 am

    NotHankStein I promise not to spit on any visiting player’s wives this post season unless we play Philly in the WS. You have my word!

    NotHankStein Instead of God Bless America I’m thinking of bringing out my polka band for 7th inning stretch to do Roll Out the Barrel. Real crowd pleaser

  26. jacksquat September 21st, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Guesses for first pitcher after Noesi? I’m going with Proctor…

  27. Warning Track Power September 21st, 2011 at 11:50 am

    I will settle for a split today. No doubt about it.

    1st pitcher to come in after Noesi: My guess will be Brackman!!

  28. Noreaster September 21st, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Tucker, good stuff about Aceves’s innings. Didn’t know that.

    When will Theo start getting crap about 1) the lack of talent in AAA to help out when someone gets injured and 2) the crap he keeps signing as free agents?

  29. Noreaster September 21st, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Hummm, let me predict today’s outcome. Big Game Shields Vs. semi-AAA lineup…

  30. Warning Track Power September 21st, 2011 at 11:58 am

    How is the weather in the bronx today?

  31. Noreaster September 21st, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Cloudy, 40% chance of rain around 6.

  32. longtimefan September 21st, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Just a guess, but maybe Noesi, Kontos, Proctor, Laffey and Valdes can get them thru game 1, save your bullets for game 2

  33. JM September 21st, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Should Boston make the playoffs, which is still the most likely outcome, IMO, they’re going to have a battered rotation and a dead-tired pen. Not a good combo.

  34. tucker September 21st, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Nor’easter,

    I think some of the media luster is starting to fade from the Sox organization. Boston’s farm system has been an empty cupboard for the past couple of years, particularly in the upper levels. They have no spot starters or relievers they can promote, ala Noesi and Nova or solid pitching prospects like Betances and especially banuelos.

  35. 108 stitches September 21st, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    No matter what he does today, it would come as no surprise if Nector Noesi bumps somebody off the starting rotation in 2012 and preferably it will be Burnett.

  36. Yankees_Fan September 21st, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    This makes it pretty obvious Girardi doesn’t think Montero is a Major League catcher. Another chance to start him there and instead he goes again to Romine. So tell me what’s the point of having Montero? With many veterans in need of time at DH, Montero doesn’t have an immediate future there either. His bat hasn’t even been appreciated enough, not getting enough time to get many ML at-bats and adjusting.

    I know most are only worried about this year’s postseason run, so let me direct this there. Montero has a bat that could become important in the postseason, but that’s it. With Girardi not using him at catcher, it limits the use we can give him. I don’t think Girardi has the courage to leave Posada out of the postseason roster, so does that means he goes to Romine as the backup, leaving Montero outside?

    I think Montero should’ve been given a better chance at adjusting to being a ML catcher, especially in the few games we’ve started AAA lineups. Right now I don’t think Montero makes the postseason roster.

  37. Noreaster September 21st, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Boston’s pen will be a problem, they are still a dangerous team with Lestor, Beckett and that offense. I’d rather be done with them now. Too bad our pitching doesn’t line up very well with them.

  38. pkyankfan69 September 21st, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    jacksquat September 21st, 2011 at 11:48 am
    Guesses for first pitcher after Noesi? I’m going with Proctor…
    —————————————————–

    DING DING DING DING

  39. Yankees_Fan September 21st, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    pkyankfan69 September 21st, 2011 at 12:07 pm
    jacksquat September 21st, 2011 at 11:48 am
    Guesses for first pitcher after Noesi? I’m going with Proctor…
    —————————————————–

    DING DING DING DING

    ———————————————-

    Especially if we still have a chance to win it.

  40. Noreaster September 21st, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    tucker, It’s pretty funny that one of the Sox best pitchers this year is our castoff.

  41. RMS September 21st, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Who is that at 1b? Don’t know him.
    Girardi throwing him a bone.

    ———————————————————–
    Post season you won’t see AJ (good) or Posada (sad way to end his Yankee career)

  42. Warning Track Power September 21st, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    RMS-
    I disagree. Posada will be on the roster for the playoffs. A veteran pinch hitter of the bench and #3 catcher as well.
    I am not counting on Cervelli at all.
    That being said, I think Posada benefits from Cervelli’s absence. I don’t anticipate Romine
    making the playoff roster at all.

  43. Erin September 21st, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    I can’t see them leaving Posada off the postseason roster

  44. tucker September 21st, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    That’s another point. The sox have done an admirable job drafting and developing players in the states. But I don’t think they really can match the Yanks on the international market. Sure, they’ve had some success. Hanley Ramirez, jury is out on Iglesias, etc. Look at the Yanks international signs over the years — it dates back to Jose Rijo into 80s. Bernie, Mariano, Montero, Nova, Noesi, Banuelos, Cano, the list goes on and on.

    The yanks have a strong international brand. The international players who have made an impact with the Sox are largely acquired thru trades or free agents: Pedro, Scutaro, Aceves, etc. This is a fundamental difference between the two orgs.

  45. upstate kate September 21st, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    I agree, I would be shocked if Po was left off the post season roster.

  46. Irreverent Discourse September 21st, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Too bad our pitching doesn’t line up very well with them.

    How so?

    We beat Lester, they beat CC… wash.
    Beckett vs Nova would actually be a good game
    Colon vs Lackey? Edge Yankees
    ? vs ? who cares… offense and bullpens win game 4.

  47. CountryClub September 21st, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    By Mark Simon, ESPN Stats & Information
    In case you couldn’t tell from watching, the numbers show that something’s wrong with C.C. Sabathia’s fastball

    Since the beginning of August, hitters have been crushing Sabathia’s heater like few others in the major leagues.

    Overall, it’s been hit to a .408 batting average by opponents over his last nine starts. Entering Tuesday, there were only three pitchers whose fastball had been hit for a higher average in this stretch.

    The unfortunate leader happens to be Sabathia’s teammate, A.J. Burnett (.466).

    The pitch location hasn’t mattered. If the ball is in the strike zone, it’s getting pummeled. The Rays bopped Sabathia’s fastball for four home runs the last time they faced him last month (they hit five against him in the game). Since then, Sabathia has yielded only one long ball with his fastball, but he’s given up 34 other hits with it.

    Sabathia’s fastball velocity is not down at all comparatively. It’s still coming in at an average of 94.4 miles-per-hour. It’s going out at a faster velocity too, particularly when Sabathia throws it waist-high.

    Since August 1, opponents are 27-for-53 (.509 batting average, .849 slugging percentage) in an at-bat that ends with a belt-high fastball. They hit .290 against it, with a .355 slugging percentage (meaning it was mostly hit for harmless singles) prior to this slump.

    Recently Sabathia has had unusual issues getting hitters out when they hit his fastball on the ground. In this most recent six-start stretch, a Sabathia fastball yielding a ground ball has resulted in 21 outs and 18 hits.

    Those numbers should not be almost even. They shouldn’t even be close.

    Looking back to the start of the 2010 season up to the start of this stretch of struggle, Sabathia’s fastball averaged netting three outs (not even including the second out on a double play) for every hit it gave up.

    Those ground-ball numbers could be an indicator that the Yankees haven’t defended as well as they should have. It could also be a sign of a few bad-luck base hits.

    That day, Sabathia reduced the use of his fastball to about half of his pitches. Typically, in a 100-pitch day, Sabathia will throw around 59 fastballs and 23 sliders. He’s raised his slider usage to be about one-third of his pitches in his last three starts, cutting back to throwing 50 to 52 fastballs per game, mixed in with his changeup.

    Sabathia has survived because his slider, for the most part, has been very, very good. Remember the Blue Jays start on September 4, one Sabathia won largely because he posted seven whiffs with his slider.

    But there is something amiss with his primary pitch, and it’s up to Sabathia to figure that out. And fast.

  48. Erin September 21st, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    New Post w/pregame notes

    :arrow:

  49. Noreaster September 21st, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    ID…

    I was talking about how the staffs match up this weekend…that’s all. I agree with your assessment…

  50. Bronx Jeers September 21st, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Great stuff from our good friend GLove. Thanks Erin.

    Speaking of recently departed Lohudites… I haven’t seen “the 2nd worst commenter in LoHud history after that sicko” lately.

    Is it gone? I haven’t been around much lately.

  51. upstate kate September 21st, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    we can only hope Jeers :)

  52. tomingeorgia September 21st, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    I know the various opinions about Girardi not giving Posada Mo’s save, but I find it hard to believe that Cashman and Girardi would leave Jorge off the post-season, even if just for PR reasons. All I know is that not having him with the team during the playoffs and WS, in the last season of a distinguished Yankee, should be unthinkable.


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