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Sticking with the regulars

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Sep 24, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Same lineup that was posted yesterday.

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones LF
Jesus Montero DH
Russell Martin C

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21 Responses to “Sticking with the regulars”

  1. Betsy September 24th, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Tom, thanks for the birthday wishes.

    Nilsson, as to sabremetrics, maybe, but all that alphabet soup stuff does nothing for me…………and I hate that baseball has been reduced to in essence mathematics. Give me good old old-fashioned stats any day. WAR? BABIP? It’s just not for me, but I don’t begrudge anyone else being attracted by them. I find that now with pitchers it’s not even a matter of evaluating how good they are, but how lucky they are or aren’t.

  2. comet September 24th, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Happy Birthday Betsy! Hope it is a special day and year for you.

  3. tucker September 24th, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Lester’s postseason stats are a mixed bag. He has had six postseason starts over his career. He has three strong starts against weak-hitting teams – the Rockies in the 07 world series and the angels in 2008. He has three other starts with an ERA over 4.5

  4. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Shame, posted to you in the previous thread.

    :)

  5. Ys Guy September 24th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    we can all differ on the pitching staff thing, i love verlander, especially since he is on almost all of my fbb teams, but if i had to choose i’d take beckett/lester over verlander/fister. either combo can be really really tough, though.

    thats kinda why i just cant count the socks as being down. take those 2 guys, no matter what they’ve been doing in the PS and you have a chance to win any series. i like the tigers guys, too but fister not ever being in the PS is the deciding factor to me. he could be great or he could fold like a tent, we wont know till game 2.

    id take either starting staff over the yankees but the yanks clearly have the better bp and the best lineup and bench. and i’d take girari over leland and tito this year. he really seems to feel the pulse of this team.

  6. tomingeorgia September 24th, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Betsy,
    My feelings about the sabre stuff are mixed. On the one hand, the proponents dismiss all the familiar numbers we all grew up with as “counting stats”, as if their numbers aren’t (“hits on 3-2 sliders on the inside corner late in games” for instance.) Doesn’t that involve counting? The old numbers measure results, the sabre numbers claim to be predictive. I don’t dismiss sabre out of hand, but they are just as results-based, even if more granular. They don’t measure the take-out slide on a DP, or taking one in the ribs for the team. They are soulless quality control statistics, undeniably useful to some, but not to me as a fan. Vital to a front office? Maybe, but not to my enjoyment of the game.

  7. Red Robin September 24th, 2011 at 1:11 pm

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    ” Despite the global debt crisis and worries about the U.S. economy, a May 2011 report projects that the number of millionaire households in the U.S. will more than double to 20.5 million in 2020, with combined wealth of $87 trillion, up from $39 trillion in 2011. ”

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  8. Bronx Jeers September 24th, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    but if i had to choose i’d take beckett/lester over verlander/fister.

    ——————————————————-

    Lester over Fister I understand because of experience but Fister’s had a great season.

    Beckett over Verlander? Nah.

  9. austinmac September 24th, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Happy birthday, Betsy. I hope you wished for a good start for Garcia.

  10. austinmac September 24th, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    I get the Texas Seattle game today. It’s a gameday for me.

  11. tucker September 24th, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Yeah, you never know how a pitcher is going to perform. Nor do you know how a team is going to do. There have been plenty of No. 1 starters with great regular seasons who have flames out in the postseason.

    At this point, I’d take Verlander,’Fister and Scherzer over the Sox top three. Valverde is a better closer than Pap. That said, the Sox have a better, deeper lineup.

    We don’t know what teams will matchup at this point. Frankly, the rangers look stronger than the Tigers. Verlander notwithstanding. They are really hitting well.

    This Yanks team reminds me a lot of the 96 team. I think a key for girardi’s will be going to the bullpen quickly in case the starters land in trouble. I see why girardi sticks with starting pitchers longer during the regular season. You don’t want to wear out the bullpen (like francona has done this year.) But Joe cannot allow a starter to give away a game, like he did with Burnett last year vs the rangers. He needs a quick hook this postseason. There should be plenty of bullpen arms available.

  12. luis September 24th, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Hi everyone!,

    Betsy….Happy birthday!!!, i hope this year brings a lot of good things in to your life

  13. BoJo September 24th, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Happy Birthday Betsy! Hope you have a happy one.

    Hi Ghostwriter from prior thread. Glad to see you!

    I wonder which Lester we will see today…the ace or the one struggling this month?

    BYW, all this talk of who is #3 play-off starter behind CC and Nova is fun, but to me, you only need 2 good starters and a little luck to win it all. If they win out, you are world champs.

  14. luis September 24th, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Back to baseball:

    The post season is a crapshoot where luck has a lot to do with what team wins it all. On paper i ‘ll take Verlander/fister over lester/beckett, but every team can get hot at any given time.

  15. tomingeorgia September 24th, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    The only modicum of control over who we play is whether the Sox or the Rays get the
    WC. Sweep the Sox this weekend and their future looks a little dimmer.

  16. BoJo September 24th, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    This baseball season has gone by to quickly…and while we have a month to go (I hope to the end), we are rapidly approaching the worst time of the year–the off-season. How is that for a depressing thought of the day?

    The good news is that this team has given us a lot to be thankful for so far this year. It has been great seeing DJ and Mo hit career marks, while CG, BG, Cano and Nova have had great years.

  17. BoJo September 24th, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    The only thing to look forward to after the season are more Archer episodes. At least we have that.

  18. luis September 24th, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Bojo,

    Hi, yes it has been a season for the ages on so many levels, regardless of what happens in the PS. But as you say it has gone way too fast for my liking! :)

  19. 86w183 September 24th, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Happy Birthday Betsy…. and to my 26-year-old daughter Dana!

    New fangled stats are occasionally interesting, but WAR is ridiculous and UZR is no more accurate than a Ouija board.

    The most under appreciated stat in my view is RUNS. Its the ultimate goal of OBP and OPS and the best measure of the effectiveness of each.

  20. tomingeorgia September 24th, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Bojo,
    Agreed. I can keep myself amused a little through the bowl season and the Superbowl, after that its a black hole until ST. NBA, if they even play, holds no interest, and college basketball, apart from a rooting interest in Villanova, the wife’s alma mater, only a little.

  21. RS September 24th, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    The period after the Superbowl but before ST is the worst part of the year for me. Luckily, as Yankees fans, baseball’s offseason is still great (much better than other sports).

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