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Workout notes: “Told you we had a good team”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Sep 29, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

This really didn’t feel like a new day. So much happened yesterday, and so much of it happened so late, that yesterday seemed to bleed into today. I never went to bed last night, and the Yankees didn’t get home from Tampa until early this morning.

That’s why Joe Girardi opened this afternoon’s press conference by saying up front that he wouldn’t be answering one of the most basic questions.

“Let me just start out by saying, and I’m sure this question is going to be asked, we do have the roster put together, but I have not had a chance to talk to everyone,” Girardi said. “So as soon as I get a chance, I will share it with all of you. Most of us got to our homes about 5 in the morning. You can understand why a few players aren’t here yet.”

Before you get too upset at Girardi, it’s worth noting that Jim Leyland also refused to announce his roster. So, for now we’re stuck waiting for an official group of 25 Yankees will be active for tomorrow’s division series.

It was a large group of Yankees that went through today’s workout, which seemed to be cut short — only slightly — because of a massive storm that rolled through quite suddenly. It had rained earlier in the day, but the Yankees were going through batting practice when the sky turned almost instantly black. It honestly looked a little bit like nighttime while the Yankees wrapped up as much BP as they could possibly take on the field.

Eventually they retreated back into the clubhouse, then back to their homes and apartments, and tomorrow the games that matter finally get started.

“Just because people weren’t picking us to win the World Series (in spring training), doesn’t mean we didn’t believe it,” Mark Teixeira said. “At the same time, it’s nice to say, ‘Hey guys, told you so. Told you we had a good team.’ We don’t go out there trying to disprove people’s theories or hypothesis of what’s going to happen in the season. What we do is try to win every single game, and at the end of the year, it worked out for us.”

• Girardi confirmed what was suspected: That Jorge Posada will be his everyday designated hitter this series. All of the Tigers starters are right-handed. “I don’t live in the past,” Posada said. “I live in the future. I live day-by-day, and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

• Girardi on Alex Rodriguez: “If last night was a postseason game, I’m playing him. That’s the bottom line. As I said, the time of year, we had to be somewhat cautious with some of our players, because I would hate to lose a player on the last day of the season… I have no doubt that he’s healthy enough to play every day.”

• Jesus Montero is also healthy enough to play. “I saw him today,” Girardi said. “He’s fine. He got hit on the outside of the last two fingers. He’ll have a bruise, but I saw it. There wasn’t really any swelling. He’s okay.

• Because Girardi wouldn’t announce a roster, he wouldn’t announce whether Austin Romine is going to make the team as a backup catcher. With Montero healthy enough to play, and not expected to get any DH starts, he could serve as the backup catcher this series.

• Obviously A.J. Burnett hasn’t officially made the roster, but it’s clear he’ll be an active part of the division series bullpen. “You want to see how quickly he can warm up,” Girardi said. “That’s something we got an idea about (last night), and I feel that he can do it if he has to do it.”

• If the Yankees carry Burnett and Phil Hughes with Mariano Rivera, Dave Robertson, Rafael Soriano, Cory Wade and Boone Logan, that’s already a seven-man bullpen. Hard to imagine they’d carry more than eight, which would leave room for only one of Luis Ayala, Hector Noesi and Bartolo Colon.

• Girardi on his conversation with Burnett about moving to the bullpen for at least this round: “He was good about it. We talked about it, and I gave him the option, because he had just thrown about 100 pitches on Sunday, and it would have been his throw day, his bullpen day anyway. He said, ‘Yeah, I want to give it a shot.’ I said, ‘I’m going to have you face one hitter, that’s it. I can’t tell you exactly when it’s going to be, but I’ll try to give you sufficient time to warm up.’ He was great about it.”

• Leyland announced only his first three starters: Justin Verlander, Doug Fister and Max Scherzer. He didn’t say whether Verlander will pitch Game 4 on short rest. Girardi has committed to Sabathia pitching that game.

• Remember Josh Hamilton in last year’s ALCS? Given that context, Girardi was asked how he’ll approach pitching to Miguel Cabrera. “We understand the type of hitter Miguel Cabrera is and how you have to be careful with him,” Girardi said. “I think the biggest difference between this lineup with Detroit this year and maybe last year was the addition of Victor Martinez and how Avila has arrived. But in saying that, we will be careful with Miguel Cabrera.”

• Told this seemed like a lengthy continuation of yesterday. At one point, Derek Jeter was asked what he thought about yesterday’s wild finish to the baseball season. “What happened?” Jeter said. “I’m tired right now. I don’t know what happened.” He was kidding. I think.

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102 Responses to “Workout notes: “Told you we had a good team””

  1. Don Vito A. Bellamo September 29th, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Title number 28, coming to a stadium near you, REAL SOON ! :-)

  2. luis September 29th, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    luis September 29th, 2011 at 7:59 pm
    BoJo September 29th, 2011 at 7:56 pm
    luis September 29th, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Bojo,

    Hi, Lack of…..is better in my view because you have more flexibility to add different epitets
    ______
    Hi Luis–

    Like “Lack-luster?”

    —————————

    Hard to top that one

  3. harleypeyton September 29th, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Aiii. Posada couldn’t hit a Verlander fastball if you put it on a tee. Which you can’t cuz it’s a fastball, of course. But the problem is pretty simple. Once again the Yankees are putting sentiment and veteran experience over raw talent, and it’s going to bite them in the end. So to speak. And yes, I’m aware that Posada’s splits against right handers aren’t bad — but every HR Montero hit was against right handed pitchers, right-handers, not lefties, tend to throw to his sweet spot (the one that lets him bang the ball to right center), using him as a pinch hitter is a good way to guarantee failure due to his relative lack of experience which would be better served by playing every day, and other than frackin’ RAKING for the last two weeks, what’s a kid have to do to get the spot he deserves?

    Again, nothing new when it comes to the Yankees. It’s the reason Montero wasn’t called up in early August as he should have been. But it’s sad to see, and will be sadder still as we wait for Girardi to gauge just how much Posada futility at the plate will be enough. Cuz let’s be clear. We’re going to see a bunch of it.

  4. mick September 29th, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    What about Dickerson, I read he made the roster.
    That would knock off Romine.

  5. luis September 29th, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    JF,

    Just to be clear, i ranked them as bats thatcould have an impact in a middle of the line up kind of guy, in other words 3,4,5 or 6 in the order, not the line up it self, so to clear it out, i going to put my line ups:

    RHP,

    Gardner
    Jeter
    Cano
    Arod
    Granderson
    Montero
    Texeira
    Swish
    Martin

    LHP

    Jeter
    Granderson
    Cano
    Arod
    Tex
    Montero
    Swish
    Gardner/Jones
    Martin

  6. luis September 29th, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Against LHP if gardner plays he goes 9th and martin 8th

  7. AldotheApache September 29th, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Posada is 12-40 lifetime vs Verlander. That’s a .300 BA. And I’m pretty sure there was no tee involved.

  8. jmv September 29th, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Hello, guys

    I just want to quote an old post:

    “YsGuy says:
    December 28, 2010 at 11:26 am
    i dont rank, i root.
    i’ll go to war with what we’ve got.
    Beat them on the field and nobody will remember who got ranked where in december.
    bring on them socks!
    lets go yankees!”

  9. Jerkface September 29th, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Luis,

    I was rating who I think would give the best ABs vs lefties.

  10. luis September 29th, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Aldo,

    very true, Posada is still able to turn on a FB batting lefthanded, but Montero has more bat speed and with the short porch of YS, he might do some damage

  11. luis September 29th, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Jerkface September 29th, 2011 at 8:09 pm
    Luis,

    I was rating who I think would give the best ABs vs lefties.

    ——

    Point taken….I gather you are as disapointed as i am that Montero is probably relegated to pinch hitting in the ALDS

  12. vinslol September 29th, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    I haven’t felt this good about a yankees team since ’01 really

    Let’s hope they at least make it that far. one day at a time now.

  13. Red Robin September 29th, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Have the Yankees seen Doug Fister?

  14. Red Robin September 29th, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Any rain in the forecast for the next week in NY and Detroit (poverty rate at 50%) ?

    I bet There Will Be Water .

    I bet you.

  15. Barry September 29th, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Does anyone believe the Yankee organization is trying to author their own failure…? Has no one heard of Glenallen Hill, or Shane Spencer…? Again, who is Montereo. Possibly, there will be an answer in the future. But Giradi, Cashman, the Steinbrenner family have a fair idea of what it takes to win. They are always in the mix, and nearly (in baseball terms0 at the head of the class. When it is written that the organization is putting sentiment ahead of succes, that writer is historically and factually incorrect.

  16. Red Robin September 29th, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    There Will Be Water .

    Unfortunately.

    Like 2006 .

  17. luis September 29th, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Barry,

    I am not doubting the managment, just disapointed that Montero is not having a bigger role. Besides Montero is no Shane Spencer or Hill, his bat is legit and has shown it, his swing has no holes, the potential to do damage is there

  18. jmv September 29th, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Luis,

    Totally agree about Montero. It’s sad, but he’s gonna have a lesser role. Agree with Barry that rookies are not the usual yankee way, but Jesus seems special and has been succesfull in his short stint

  19. LockDown September 29th, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Montero’s bat does look special. I loved that the sux walked him. But if Posada doesn’t start against righties, then his roster spot “to just PH occasionally” isn’t justified. Hopefully he does well.

  20. luis September 29th, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    jmv,

    Yup, is sad…..i wish they were a little less conservative, but it has worked in the past and there is no reason to think that it won’t work this time as well….

  21. jmv September 29th, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    I think Montero’s spot in the PS roster is a mix of the potencial of his bat and Cervelli’s injury, because he could be used as BU catcher too. That injury made decisions a lot easier. But no way that Montero could have taken a roster spot from Po, for reasons we all know but not always share

  22. luis September 29th, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    LockDown September 29th, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    You have a very good point, but still i think that Montero is the better option….i hope Po proves me wrong

  23. jmv September 29th, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Luis,

    If Buster Posey were in the Yankees system, he’d never made the PS roster as a starter in 2010. I guess we as fans have to deal with it. But, 27 titles may prove us wrong, LOL

  24. luis September 29th, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    jmv,

    In deed!!! :)

  25. LockDown September 29th, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    jmv,

    I agree that “technically” Montero is taking Cervelli’s spot. But Cervelli was not going to be a DH. He was there purely in case something happened to Martin. Montero is added for his bat (DH), if he wasn’t such a good hitter than Romine would have gotten the spot because he’s a better defender.

    So the reality is that Montero & Posada’s roles are similar as they are really DH and will catch only as a last resort. The fact that Posada hits righties better than lefties, forces Montero into an undeserving platoon role.

    But the yankees feel they have no choice. But it would be great if Posada does well. Montero has his future ahead of him.

  26. raymagnetic September 29th, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    The Red Sox took on water the entire month of September sadly :(

  27. harleypeyton September 29th, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Re Posada. His career stats, including those vs. Verlander, don’t matter anymore. He is a dead parrot (Monty Python reference). No bat speed, and he never had a great sense of the strike zone. But he overcame that with great athletic talent. That he doesn’t have anymore. And again, the Yankees have been bad, slow, and sometimes worse when it comes to prospects for as long as Steinbrenner has owned the team. That’s their way. And when you have deep pockets, it works. But prospects are for trading, at least that’s how it used to go. Cashman has been smart enough to stem the tide. But he can’t stop the kind of bad decision making that leads the Yanks to run someone like Mitre out there over and over again when a younger pitcher would likely get you the same result, and would gain needed experience at the same time. That’s how you get someone like Ivan Nova into the rotation a year earlier, maybe more, than they did.

    Look. It’s not fun to say it. But that doesn’t make it any less true. Posada’s spot on the post season roster is more a function of sentiment than accurate assessment. I hope I’m wrong. I doubt I will be.

    Oh, and Barry, as for “Who is Montero?” He’s the Yankees best prospect and one of the best prospects in all of baseball.

  28. LockDown September 29th, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    luis,

    The better option is for Montero to DH, Romine as BUC and Posada off the PS roster. Frankly, I would even have an extra pitcher (Colon) over Posada at this point as I feel there will be games were arms will be more crucial than a potential PH in waiting when we have Jones & Chavez.

    But it is what it is.

  29. Red Robin September 29th, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Memories from 2006 — brought to you by friends at Wikipedia :

    ” And that bat, like Alex Rodriguez’s psyche, is lying in shatters on the dirt. ”

    —Josh Lewin after Marcus Thames’ broken bat single for the Tigers in Game 4. Rodriguez hit a paltry .069 in the series and committed one fielding error.

  30. Red Robin September 29th, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    The Red Sox took on water the entire month of September sadly

    —-

    Happy Memories !

  31. Red Robin September 29th, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    I hope A-Rod can bounce back from that bad series in 2006.

  32. LockDown September 29th, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    One of the things that worries me about Posada is that if he doesn’t get XBHs and instead works walks, he clogs the bases. Too many times I’ve seen gardner come to bat with Posada on base & we have this trying to bunt Posada (wheel play in effect) or Gardner gets on base & can’t manufacture runs with his speed.

    I really hope we don’t have too many of these moments.

  33. raymagnetic September 29th, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    . No bat speed, and he never had a great sense of the strike zone. But he overcame that with great athletic talent”

    He has a lifetime .374 OBP. Imagine if he knew the strikezone :shock:

  34. raymagnetic September 29th, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Clogs the bases :shock:

  35. Niblick September 29th, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Harleypeyton: you are a moron.

  36. jmv September 29th, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    LockDown,

    You have a fair point. I think you nailed it: “But the yankees feel they have no choice. But it would be great if Posada does well. Montero has his future ahead of him”

  37. Red Robin September 29th, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    One good thing … Polanco is not longer with the Tigres.

    He was the Yankee’s Robert Andino.

  38. Red Robin September 29th, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Memories from 2006 — brought to you by friends at Wikipedia :

    ” Ground ball to second base, this will do it. Polanco, to Casey…Tigers have eliminated the Yankees. The Tigers a weekend ago needing one win against the worst team in the American League (Kansas City Royals) couldn’t get one. After dropping Game 1 in the best of five, they sweep the best team in the American League 3 straight! ”

    — Detroit Tigers Radio play-by-play man Dan Dickernson calling the final out of Game 4.

  39. harleypeyton September 29th, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    ray, you’re right. My bad. I just have these visions of Posada swinging at sliders in the dirt. First rule of baseball, don’t let memories take the place of numbers. But, despite being a moron — well played, sir! — I still think the Yankees are making a mistake by running him out there in the ALDS. They have a better option. And worse, by sitting the kid until they finally run into a left handed pitcher, they’re going to make it all the tougher for him to succeed. And that’s what this is all about, right? Putting players in a context where they can do the most good for the team.

    Montero should be the starting DH.

  40. Red Robin September 29th, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Remember 2006.

    Never Forget.

    Vengance is Sweet.

    (You can be sure Jeter still remembers.)

  41. ron September 29th, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    “That speaks to many things. Terribly inconsistent pitching, mostly. The Red Sox have lost their way when it comes to identifying, developing and maintaining the health of good pitchers”.

    This is what pete abe wrote on his rs blog.

  42. Barry September 29th, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Re Buster Posey. The Giants needed him. That organization and The Yanks are hardly comparable. As for Montero being a prospect, that is exactly what I mean. Prospects are there for the convenience of the Front Office. Sometimes, they are just prospects. No one knows. He, Montero, did not bring the Division to the team. Just remember all the people who believed Gardner better than Jeter, this season, and serious, similar misjugements in prior seasons. And reporters, on radio, television or print don’t count as experts. Only athletes can do that.

  43. harleypeyton September 29th, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    No one knows? Was your TV broken during September? Prospects aren’t there for the convenience of anyone. Derek Jeter used to be a prospect. Prospects are baseball players waiting to happen. Anyone who watched the Yankees this month saw Montero happen, and in a big way. And this doesn’t occur in a vacuum. The question is simple. Which bat is the better bet at DH in the Detroit series?

    I’m sticking with Montero.

  44. blake September 29th, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    JackCurryYES 2 hours The interesting omissions from projected Yankee DS roster: Romine, Noesi, Colon, Valdes.

    JackCurryYES 2 hours Yanks projected DS players (14): Teix, Cano, Jeter, ARod, Chavez, Nunez, Gardner, Grandy, Swisher, Jones, Martin, Posada, Montero, Dickerson

    JackCurryYES 2 hours Yankees projected DS pitchers (11): CC, Nova, Garcia, Burnett, Rivera, Robertson, Soriano, Logan, Wade, Ayala and Hughes.

  45. jmv September 29th, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    I think Montero is a little bit more than a regular prospect. He’s been hitting all kind of pitchers and pitches. No evident holes in his swing. Oponents note it too, look at the IBB

  46. harleypeyton September 29th, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    jmv, agreed. He hit a tater off Jared Weaver — hmm, right handed pitcher — that even Weaver couldn’t believe, a fastball tailing in on the hands. The kid can rake. Straight up.

  47. JM September 29th, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Montero certainly has not looked overmatched since being called up. I would like to see him get more playing time the ALDS but it looks like it’s not to be. It’s a concern as Arod is not likely to be himself and it would be nice to have another power bat in the line-up.

  48. RMS September 29th, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    One of the things that worries me about Posada is that if he doesn’t get XBHs and instead works walks, he clogs the bases

    ——————————————————————————
    Bottom line, Yankees want Posada to get on base, including walks. Montero is also slow footed.

  49. pat September 29th, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Rays decide to hold off on Niemann and go with Matt Moore for Game 1

  50. LockDown September 29th, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    I would rather have Colon than Ayala. But oh well… Maybe he’ll be added in the next round. I get that he ran out of gas, but maybe the week off will help him

  51. BoJo September 29th, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Red Robin September 29th, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    There Will Be Water .
    ___________
    From the tears of shocked Red Sox fans everywhere.

  52. Captain Clutch September 29th, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    If Posada struggles I hope the Yanks give Montero a chance in game 2 and/or 3. Posada will start the games but Girardi will obviously pinch for him later in the game if a lefty is pitching. When Montero has a monster year next year Girardi and co. are going to realize that they made a mistake. I would rather go with the talent over the experience but Cashman probably sees this as Posada’s send off.

  53. Pat M. September 29th, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Should be of great interest to see Ian Kennedy shut down the Brew Crew come Saturday

  54. Wang IS Taiwan September 29th, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    I think management’s big emphasis on how Montero hits lefties is just a way to soothe fans who may want Montero in full-time right now. Hard to believe, but management may be wanting to get Posada in there as a final hurrah. If we can see how Montero hits righties, how can they not? Po also has solid post-season experience. I have no problem with him hitting righties.

  55. ZMAN September 29th, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    “Have the Yankees seen Doug Fister?”

    He opposed CC in his near no-hitter against the Mariners earlier this year.

    Pitched well – 7 IP, 3 runs.

  56. pat September 29th, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    John Henry going poetic

    John W. Henry
    A very quiet day in Boston after a terrible, terrible month for the fans. Night after night they came, they tuned in. Rain, quiet streets.

  57. jmv September 29th, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Pat M,

    Good match. I vote for Kennedy

  58. BJK September 29th, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Every analyst on MLB Network picks Detroit.

    Just the way I like it.

  59. blake September 29th, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Ripken, Williams, and Bowa all 3 picked the Tigers and Rangers to move on…..love that the Tigers are everyone’s sweetheart…..we’ll see

  60. Captain Clutch September 29th, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    The 4 guys on MLBN all picked the Tigers over the Yanks. So that is obviously good luck.

  61. LathamJoe September 29th, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    The Montero roster decision was likely based upon the Round 1 opponent – just like the selection of Garcia as the No. 3 starter who has better numbers against the Tigers vs Rangers. Detroit is not a running team, therefore the need for a second strong defensive catcher (Romine) is not a priority. Montero, for all his hitting potential, is still raw and an unknown commodity during post season play and his defensive skills are clearly inferior to Romine’s. since there are no lefty starters for Detroit, i don’t see Montero playing much, unless Po is a total failure at the plate.

  62. jmv September 29th, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    BJK, Blake, Captain

    They picked the Red Sox too

  63. LGY September 29th, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Yankees-Rays ALCS

  64. blake September 29th, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Comment From Jonathan
    What do you see as Montero’s ceiling and floor?
    1:05

    Frankie Piliere:
    His floor is an interesting question. I think his floor is probably that he gets stuck as a DH and maybe doesn’t hit for as much average as people expected. But I don’t see the latter happening. I have so little doubt that he’s going to hit at a star rate in the big leagues and while I don’t think his ceiling is Miguel Cabrera (I don’t think Montero will be a .340 hitter) I think it’s somewhere just below that. I see a perennial .300 hitter, 30 home run bat.

  65. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 29th, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Yankees will beat Detroit..

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

    Anyone else marvel at what a stupid human being ER/Rabbit/Red Robin/(and all other iterations) is? It tried its best to disrupt the forum with its stupidity all week long. As soon as its lovechild, the Sux, committed the biggest collapse in the history of baseball – love every time I hear that – it vamoosed and probably had to be medicated. Now without any team to root for, it is hoping to disrupt the forum once more, this time with stupidity about Detroit winning. It is so consumed with Yankee envy, it cannot break away from this forum with its idiocy because it lives in hopes of seeing any Yankee downfall.

    Karma has gotten the mental midget every single time. It continues to reap the negative benefits of its disruptions by having bad visited on its lovechild team, the Sux, and good bouncing back here. But sheer wilfulness and stupidity keep it tethered to this forum, like the victim of a dominitrix, with a chain around its neck, and on all fours, just begging to be whipped.

    What a small and pathetic excuse for living.

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

    I too advocate ignoring its stupidity but I wanted to put out a post about it so any who many not know its drill won’t get caught up in the entirely transparent chicanery.

  66. blake September 29th, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    I think the Yankees have a good chance to beat the Tigers…..I honestly think that Texas is gonna roll the Rays. I could be wrong.

  67. LGY September 29th, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Gotta love how one, what was it, 12 game win streak and the Tigers became the new media darlings.

    Remember when they were going to challenge the Yankees for HFA? Guess no one noticed they couldn’t even hold onto their second seed lead over the Rangers.

  68. blake September 29th, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Love the Rays pitching…..but aside from Shields at times….they don’t have a Verlander or Weaver, or anybody like that. The Rangers offense will score some runs off that staff and I just don’t know if Tampa can score enough…. the Rays have good pitching 1-6…..it’s not dominate though throughout…their strength is the depth they have

  69. Captain Clutch September 29th, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    I could see the Rays getting swept. I don’t think they will be able to hit enough to keep up with Texas. Their offense is extremely poor.

  70. jmv September 29th, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Gotta go… Good night all! Let’s tame some kittens tomorrow!

  71. Pat M. September 29th, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    I’m betting Arizona to upset The Brewers

  72. blake September 29th, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Game 1 is very important in the Yankees/Tigers series….if the Yanks can take Game 1 then they are in great shape. Nova can beat Fister and Garcia and beat Scherzer.

  73. Pat M. September 29th, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    I just love Tricia’s frankness…Always have…

  74. blake September 29th, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    “I’m betting Arizona to upset The Brewers”

    I’m betting the Brewers upset the Phillies :) I just have a feeling that Ryan Braun is gonna have a lot of footprints on these playoffs

  75. blake September 29th, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Gotta get Verlander early

  76. LGY September 29th, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Just have a feeling the Rangers O goes into slump mode and the Rays can scratch across a few runs against that pitching staff which doesn’t have a shut down guy.

    Thinking big for Matt Moore tomorrow. The Rays bullpen might be their undoing though.

    Just a feeling the Rays pull it out.

  77. Bret The Hitman September 29th, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    I think the Yankees will lose to the Tigers. They will lose to Verlander twice and once to Fister.

  78. LGY September 29th, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    I can’t wait for the Yanks to pound Fister. Getting pretty sick of this guy getting talked about like the second coming.

  79. blake September 29th, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    LGY,

    In Farnsworth you trust?

  80. m September 29th, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    I think it might be Rays/Yankees in the AL and I’m going to go with the underdogs in the NL. St. Louis and ‘Zona.

    Yankees will push around their little brothers in the division. Arizona wins the NL.

  81. Bret The Hitman September 29th, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Adjusting to Fister after facing Verlander is a drastic change of pace. It’s alot to ask of a lineup that scores runs based on waiting for the perfect pitch to hit and swinging for a homerun on that perfect pitch. Against playoff pitching, that strategy is flawed. There are not enough contact guys in this lineup. I don’t like this matchup. I have a hunch Fister will give them fits. Every ball will look like a meatball after having faced Verlander’s heat.

  82. blake September 29th, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Fister hasn’t pitched anybody that can hit in forever.

    Last 10 starts: Cleveland, KC, Oakland, Minnestota, Cleveland, KC, TB, Cleveland, Baltimore, Cleveland.

  83. LGY September 29th, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Of course I let my biases get in the way of these things and I’m rooting for the Rays.

    Can’t top the Sox obviously but many Rangers score high on the douchebag tool.

  84. m September 29th, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    I think the Yankees will get to Verlander. And we faced Fister in Seattle? I understand he’s pitching sub 1.80 with Detroit, but he hasn’t pitched at Yankee Stadium. Has he even pitched in front of more than 35,000 people? ;)

  85. Red Robin September 29th, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    For the Record, my predictions on these matchups :

    Tigers vs. Yankees — Tigers in 4

    Rays vs. Yankees — Yankees in 5

    Texas vs. Yankees — Yankees in 5

    Phillies vs. Yankees — Phillies in 5

    How do you think?

  86. Bret The Hitman September 29th, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    I think it will be extremely difficult to get to Verlander. His stuff has been dominant all year. He’s carrying a pretty heavy weapon wrack into the postseason. I think Detroit has a chance to go all the way on his back.

  87. Yazman September 29th, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Also wish that Montero would be given more opportunity, but Jorge:

    -arguably has more success against Verlander than any other Yankee (including 2 hits and 2 RBIs this year)

    -has good #s against Scherzer too

    … and that’s just going by the last 3 years.

    I’d still play Montero, but it’s a judgement call.

  88. Red Robin September 29th, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    ” He hasn’t pitched at Yankee Stadium ”

    Such a lame reason. Like someone will get Intimidated just because it is “Yankee Stadium”.

    The Intimidation card is so overrated. No?

    Please.

  89. blake September 29th, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    I usually can’t stand Cowherd….but he was hilarious talking about Boston today…..called them sam adams drinkin, chowder eating, Ben Afleck loving phonies.

  90. Red Robin September 29th, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    I think it will be extremely difficult to get to Verlander.

    —-

    I agree.

    On the other hand, when is the last time (if ever) C.C. was dominant in a postseason game ?

  91. Red Robin September 29th, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    I had predicted either Sucks or Tigres will face Phillies .

    Tigres vs. Phillies — Phillies in 5

  92. LGY September 29th, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    CC is right there with Verlander except he has a stronger offense behind him

  93. Pat M. September 29th, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    The Tigers are a good club with deficiencies though…..They are where they are because they were carried by Verlander and Cabrera……They also got fat thumping the AL Central…..I don’t see them being better than the 05 version and the Yanks are better than their 05 version…..Much more balanced and a lights out bullpen which can carry them deep into October….

  94. hardwired7 September 29th, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    John Henry Wordsworth

  95. m September 29th, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Actually, game log shows Fister did pitch at Yankee Stadium.

  96. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 29th, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    Just because the prejudiced talking heads are now on the Tiger bandwagon since they can no longer root for the best team assembled in the history of baseball (think about those predictions before you even worry about what they’re currently predicting), I pefer to look at some stats. At least they should have something to back up their claims better than vapid proclamations.

    The Yankees have the best record in the AL, better than all of the other AL contenders. This they have amassed while playing in the most difficult division in the majors. The Yankees have more than 100 runs more than the Tigers. Their ERA is more than .25 lower than the Tigers, and this again is playing against much more challenging and competitive teams. In fielding the Yankees are ranked ahead of the Tigers, though the comparisons are pretty even.

    The Yankees also having something going for them that the Tigers do not – tons of postseason experience.

    If the Tigers find a way to coat the ball with pinetar, a la 2006, and Girardi sits like a mope the way Torre did, then the Yankees might have a little difficulty. Other than that, I can’t see the Tigers beating the Yanks.

    You know that the pitching against is virtually neck in neck. Nobody has really lit up the other team. Therefore I go to overall team stats and HFA.

    **********

    This is just to help people who aren’t content with the overall good feeling that the Yanks will emerge victorious.

    I was good to go no matter who the competition.

    I don’t see anyone beating the Yankees (which doesn’t mean the Yanks will sweep all of their series! Just that they will end up winning the world series)

    :)

  97. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 29th, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Fister is 0-1 at YS

    Verlander is 0-2 against the Yanks this year

  98. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 29th, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    “I think it will be extremely difficult to get to Verlander. His stuff has been dominant all year. He’s carrying a pretty heavy weapon wrack into the postseason. I think Detroit has a chance to go all the way on his back.”

    The Yankees did it twice and beat him twice.

  99. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 29th, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    “I think the Yankees will lose to the Tigers. They will lose to Verlander twice and once to Fister.”

    You mean reversing what happened in the regular season when they beat Verlander twice and Fister once?

    The logic, please?

  100. Pat M. September 29th, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    A very well thought out case for the Bronx Bombers Tricia…….

  101. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 29th, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Thanks Pat M. Fear without reason really drives me nuts.

  102. P September 30th, 2011 at 12:13 am

    I remember the last post-season against Detroit and you know what the Yankee’s bats did ? NOTHING.. but that was then and this is now. However, aside from nothing what I remember seeing the NYY’s offense was a whole lot of first pitch swinging over-aggressiveness ! I remember saying to myself.. “step out of the box, disrupt the pitchers game” I know they are going to be aggressive against Verlander.. and that is fine, but for Pete’s sake, don’t work for the pitcher by allowing him to pitch “his game”.. ! If you see that the hitter(s) before swung at the first or second pitch and made an out.. just DO NOT do the same !!

    Other than that, I fear Miggy Cabrera.. he beat us in the Marlins WS, and has owned CC. By no means is the series a walk in the park.. this will be an exciting series no doubt and aside from what I mentioned above.. I am pretty optimistic that will get the job done. If CC dominates, I believe we’ll get to Verlander.

    Lastly, a change of subject.. so is Bartolo Cologne done for ?

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