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Pregame notes: “I don’t see why it wouldn’t work”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes, Podcast on Sep 27, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

It’s been a few days since Joe Girardi approached Mark Teixeira with the idea of moving Robinson Cano up to the third spot in the batting order. The move would have happened sooner, but it’s been a while since Cano, Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez were in the same lineup together.

“I told Joe, not only am I for it, I think it’s a great idea,” Teixeira said. “Obviously, left-handed, my average isn’t where it should be, and Robbie’s had a great season. He’s hot – he’s really hot – and why not mix it up against a righty and hit him third… I think that’s the plan (for the playoffs). I think we’re going to see how it works, and I don’t see why it wouldn’t work.”

Chances are, the Yankees are going to stick with this lineup into the postseason, but only against right-handers. Girardi said he’s “leaning” toward going back to the old alignment against lefties. Teixeira is still a good all-around hitter against left-handers, and Girardi likes the idea of splitting lefties Cano and Curtis Granderson.

“The thing about managing here is that we have a lot of really good hitters,” Girardi said. “We have a lot of guys who could hit third in other lineups. You try to space it out, try to make it difficult for teams to navigate through. We’re moving Robbie to the three-hole against right-handers and it’s something we could do against lefties, too.”

Teixeira said he’s been working with Kevin Long on changing his approach against right-handers. He’s squared up his stance a little bit, and he’s trying to use the whole field a little more. He admitted that the right-field porch at Yankee Stadium became a little too tempting and got him into some bad habits after his strong 2009 season. Now the defensive shift is frustrating him, and Teixeira is trying to correct the problem without losing his power.

“You don’t want me to turn into a slap hitter,” he said. “But at the same time, I think if I use a little bit more of the field – a little bit more of center field – some of those balls will start falling. I can’t get a ground ball hit left-handed right now. That’s not good for your average, so I need to kind of focus on keeping the ball up the middle and trying to use all of the field… I’m greedy. I want to have it all. I want to get back to being a high-.200s (or) .300s type hitter with the same amount of home runs and RBIs, and I think I can do that again. Actually, I know I can do that again.”

Girardi also admitted that it’s been hard not to notice that teams have been pitching around Cano lately, and that played a role in this decision.

“Hitting in the third spot, it’s a lot of responsibility,” Cano said. “You have to do everything right. You’re going to get pitches to hit because you’ve got a guy behind you that they don’t want to face, either. It’s a situation now where I’m going to get better pitches, so I have to continue doing what I’m doing right now. That’s not going to change my mindset. I’m going to keep playing my game and swing at strikes.”

Here’s Teixeira. He was good talking about his struggles and his attempts to fix them.

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• Major League Baseball has announced that the first game of the Yankees division series will be an 8:37 p.m. first pitch on Friday. The other American League division series will be a 5:07 start, but of course the Yankees got the late game.

• If the Red Sox and Rays have to play a tiebreaker, that game will be at 4:07 p.m. on Thursday.

• Derek Jeter has a standard day off. “He’s played the last three days in a row and I just thought I’d give him a day off,” Girardi said. “He’ll be back in there tomorrow.”

• Actually, Girardi said he expects to have most of his regulars in the starting lineup for tomorrow’s regular season finale.

• Still no Yankees starting pitcher for Wednesday’s game. Girardi said it depends on who pitches tonight. It could be almost anyone.

• Regardless of the score, Girardi definitely plans to use Dave Robertson and Rafael Soriano tonight, and he’ll probably pitch Mariano Rivera. He wants to get them into tonight’s game, then rest them tomorrow and Thursday.

• The Yankees coaching staff met with Brian Cashman today to talk about the postseason roster. “We do have some of the answers, but we don’t have all of the answers,” Girardi said. “We threw a lot of ideas out there. It’s something we have to chew on for a little bit. We have time. Some of it depends on who we play, but we did make some progress.”

• One thing that has been decided is that the Yankees will carry an extra position player in the division series. Girardi said the Yankees will carry 11 pitchers at the most, and they might carry only 10.

• Still no official decision on whether the Yankees will carry three or four starters in the division series, but Girardi said it’s “very possible.”

RAYS
Desmond Jennings LF
B.J. Upton CF
Evan Longoria 3B
Matt Joyce RF
Johnny Damon DH
Ben Zobrist 2B
Sean Rodriguez 1B
Kelly Shoppach C
Reid Brignac SS

Associated Press photos

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45 Responses to “Pregame notes: “I don’t see why it wouldn’t work””

  1. hardwired7 September 27th, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    People who say, “They’ll be playing golf while the Yanks are playing baseball” have obviously never played golf.

    It’s awesome.

  2. MTU September 27th, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Enjoy the game folks.

    Bartolo. Feurte y duro tonight.

    enterrarlos.

    :)

  3. LGY September 27th, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Actually, Girardi said he expects to have most of his regulars in the starting lineup for tomorrow’s regular season finale.

    ——

    :mad:

  4. MTU September 27th, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    HW-

    The ball is too small to be of much value.

    :)

  5. luis September 27th, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    luis September 27th, 2011 at 6:37 pm
    DYD INDA WUL September 27th, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Tienes toda la razon, pa’lante y mas nada!!

  6. DYD INDA WUL September 27th, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Esta dicho MTU

  7. DYD INDA WUL September 27th, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Chevere Luis

  8. Warning Track Power September 27th, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    There goes Bud Selig and his poor decision again.
    Starting a game at 8:37 eastern time. RIDICULOUS! Only Bud Selig and his crew can alienate the young kids and then complain about how ratings are down.

  9. Sigmund September 27th, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Most important game tonight, in my opinion: Rangers – Angels. Go, Angels! (I really don’t want to see the Yanks vs. Detroit in the first round.)

  10. Sigmund September 27th, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    I mean, Go Rangers! Sorry.

  11. MTU September 27th, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Dyd-

    Si. Lo siento mucho. I’ll just switch to sex and politics.

    :)

  12. luis September 27th, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    MTU September 27th, 2011 at 6:43 pm
    Dyd-

    Si. Lo siento mucho. I’ll just switch to sex and politics.

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

    LMAO!!, your spanish is very good by the way…..i left a post in the previous thread for you MTU

  13. DYD INDA WUL September 27th, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Hey MTU, whatever floats your boat. Enjoy the game!

  14. Captain Clutch September 27th, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Cano has to bat 3rd but I don’t like Tex, Swish and Posada all back to back. Hopefully Swish breaks out of his post season issues but if not the lineup is very top heavy. I would love to see Montero get in there behind Tex or Swisher. I think Girardi will have a quick hook with the DH spot. If they face the Tigers and Posada doesn’t look good in game 1 I think Montero will get some playing time.

  15. Red Robin September 27th, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    (1) Lowrie has been on fire for them: some Sucks fan think he deserves the 2011 co-MVP award.

    (2) They still have Scoooteroooooo; as long as they have him, they will, as Gonzalez is fond of saying, “go all the way to the World Series. Period. ”

    (3) Illsbury will probably carry the team by hitting at least 3 home runs a game for the next three games.

    (4) Who on the Yankees has a higher batting average than Big Pooooopi ? And they have at least 5 players batting > 0.300

    (5) Lackey pitched 5 PERFECT innings in his last start. When is the last time a Yankee pitcher match that kind of immaculate performance?

    (6) The Sucks’ bullpen has pitched 11 (and counting) consecutive scoreless innings.

  16. MTU September 27th, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Luis-

    Mostly just cobbled together nouns.

    But thanks just the same.

    Enjoy the game Luis/DyD

    :)

  17. luis September 27th, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Take care my friend, you too

  18. yankee 221 September 27th, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    “Actually, Girardi said he expects to have most of his regulars in the starting lineup for tomorrow’s regular season finale.”

    Sigh. He is doing a reverse of what he did last year. Now, he’s playing his regulars pretty much everyday down the stretch.

  19. Captain Clutch September 27th, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    I think it’s obvious that the Yankees organization doesn’t want to give the Rays a free ride to the post season and that’s why the A lineup is in these games. I am sure Maddon would do whatever he could to stick it to the Yankees if he was in there position so the Yanks aren’t going to hand him anything.

  20. lounge lizard September 27th, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    The regulars will be in the starting lineup tomorrow because, no matter what happens tonight, tomorrow’s game will matter in the wild card race. As a matter of MLB politics, Yanks can’t lay down in their lineup.

    I don’t have as much of a problem with that as I do with not going all out against the Sox Sunday night to reward the fans with a regular season closing walkoff win. A nice moment lost.

  21. Joe from Long Island September 27th, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    I love Mark Teixeira. But, Mark, you couldn’t have figured out that you’re trying to pull TOO much earlier?

    Here’s hoping that the little bit of work with KLong pans out even a fraction of the tinkering done with Granderson last year.

    Say what you want, but Tex is a pro, and a gentleman. Contrast that with Carl Crawford declining to play CF, or KRod and his complaining about not closing out games on a team going to the playoffs, to name just a couple.

  22. Villa Nova-Ya September 27th, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Last year his regulars were hurt.

  23. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 27th, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Luis seriously I don’t look scary! How can someone who is a scant 5’2 scare anyone!!!

    I’m in the middle. Do I look threatening?

    http://hotimg23.fotki.com/a/96.....trisha.jpg

  24. Joe from Long Island September 27th, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    A lot of the regulars were playing hurt last year. They needed a lot of rest.

  25. BJK September 27th, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    “You don’t want me to turn into a slap hitter,” he said. “But at the same time, I think if I use a little bit more of the field – a little bit more of center field – some of those balls will start falling. I can’t get a ground ball hit left-handed right now. That’s not good for your average, so I need to kind of focus on keeping the ball up the middle and trying to use all of the field… I’m greedy. I want to have it all. I want to get back to being a high-.200s (or) .300s type hitter with the same amount of home runs and RBIs, and I think I can do that again. Actually, I know I can do that again.”

    ———————————————————————————-

    You had me at hello, Tex. You had me at hello.

  26. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 27th, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    GO O’S!!!

    REST YANKS!!!

    :)

  27. Warning Track Power September 27th, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Captain Clutch September 27th, 2011 at 6:53 pm
    I think it’s obvious that the Yankees organization doesn’t want to give the Rays a free ride to the post season and that’s why the A lineup is in these games. I am sure Maddon would do whatever he could to stick it to the Yankees if he was in there position so the Yanks aren’t going to hand him anything.
    ****************************************************************
    I disagree. Because this series is 3 games and because the Yankees 1st game in the ALDS is Friday, Girardi can use that schedule to his advantage. Playing the regulars today and then having them out there tomorrow(part time) is nothing shocking.
    Did anybody believe all the regulars would get 3 games off leading into Round 1?
    If I was a regular, I want to play-stay sharp, get some at bats and prep for the playoffs.
    Its not about handing a team anything.
    The Yankees are doing all they need to prep for the playoffs.
    Win or lose, that won’t change!

  28. luis September 27th, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    lounge lizard September 27th, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    That night i was so mad, that i just call it a night without saying anything, in order to avoid a harsh comment i might regret later on….

  29. Captain Clutch September 27th, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Let’s go O’s!!!

  30. Frozen Rope September 27th, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    should let posada catch, rest martin and DH jesus. give the old guy one more go of it behind homeplate. if the rays run wild on posada it only matters to the red sox so who cares.

  31. Joe from Long Island September 27th, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    trish – glad you’re back to posting again.

  32. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 27th, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    I do want Bartolo to do well because I believe in him. So I hope he pitches a gem of a game.

    GO BARTOLO!

    REST EVERYONE ELSE!!!

    ;)

  33. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 27th, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Joe from LI – and I you.

    :)

  34. BJK September 27th, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Red Robin September 27th, 2011 at 6:47 pm
    (1) Lowrie has been on fire for them: some Sucks fan think he deserves the 2011 co-MVP award.

    ——————————————————-

    Lowrie is batting .158 in September. But you’re right. For them, that’s on fire.

  35. Captain Clutch September 27th, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    I hope Bedard lasts as long in this start as he did in his last…2 innings.

  36. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 27th, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    I see the fenway “christians” (I use the term loosely) taking the field in Camden Coliseum as the lions are getting ready to come to bat.

  37. luis September 27th, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Trisha,

    I meant it as a compliment!, because i think you have a formidable personality that is very hard to put down and i admire that trait from a person regardless of gender. Besides, i just saw the picture and you are very pretty in deed. So you are a beautiful tough woman!!!

  38. PittsburghYankeeFan September 27th, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    I think Red Robin is tongue in cheek, yes?

  39. Red Robin September 27th, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    ” Bedard has a 3.36 ERA in seven starts since being obtained from Seattle ”

    :(

  40. luis September 27th, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Trish,

    I really hope that you are not mad at me, if i offended you in any way, please accept my apologies

  41. Yogi Mantle September 27th, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    I don’t have any problem if Girardi plays all his players tomorrow. Let the chips fall where they will. To me, it is most important that the Yankee batters are hitting. I don’t care about the RS and Rays. They won’t face either one in the first round, and that is the only thing to be concerned with.

    I’m glad they helped to even up the WC yesterday. That’s all they had to do because if keeps the pressure on both clubs to play harder to win instead of getting a little rest.

    While I would be thrilled at seeing the RS go down and not get to the post season, it really doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things. I would have loved for the Angels to stay in the mix to really mess up the WC race and the ultimate winner of that race.

    Despite the media bandwagon now jumping onto how great the Rays are, they really aren’t all that great. They have played better than the Sox, but its marginal when you look at their total.

  42. Warning Track Power September 27th, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue September 27th, 2011 at 6:56 pm
    Luis seriously I don’t look scary! How can someone who is a scant 5’2 scare anyone!!!

    I’m in the middle. Do I look threatening?

    http://hotimg23.fotki.com/a/96…..trisha.jpg
    ****************************************************************
    “scary” is obviously the wrong word to use there.
    quite the opposite actually!

  43. Red Robin September 27th, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    new post >>

  44. luis September 27th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Warning Track Power September 27th, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Couldn’t agree more

  45. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 27th, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    luis – posted to you on the next thread. Could never be upset with you!

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