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Tigers shuffle lineup (again), Yankees stay the same (again)

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 06, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF

TIGERS
Austin Jackson CF
Don Kelly 3B
Delmon Young LF
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Victor Martinez DH
Magglio Ordonez RF
Alex Avila C
Jhonny Peralta SS
Ramon Santiago 2B

 
 

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172 Responses to “Tigers shuffle lineup (again), Yankees stay the same (again)”

  1. CountryClub October 6th, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Buster_ESPN Buster Olney
    And Verlander’s bullpen session, after long-tossing, lasted 56 pitches.

  2. Captain Clutch October 6th, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Why is Swish still batting before Posada? Maybe it’s so Swish and Martin aren’t back to back but it’s stupid. You want all of your hot hitters back to back.

  3. tomingeorgia October 6th, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    luis,
    Put that shirt on and sit down, now!

  4. CountryClub October 6th, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    man, this place is dead. It’s not like it’s the biggest game of the year or anything.

  5. JM October 6th, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Hip, Hip Jorge!

    http://riveraveblues.com/2011/.....art-57453/

  6. pinstripedscranton October 6th, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    I don’t post often these days, but I figure if any day s good to post, it’s today. I’m really excited about tonight’s game, but I’m holding my expectations. I think we’ll get a good game out of Nova…obviously hoping for 6 innings. I know C.C. is available, but obviously, I’d like to avoid seeing him have to pitch.

  7. tomingeorgia October 6th, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    CC,
    It’s 4 and a half hours until game time. Maybe everybody is just gathering him or her self’s energy.

  8. Yanksgal07 October 6th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    People are all getting ready for the biggest game of the year ….putting the gear on, stocking up on the drinks and treats, chilling the champagne…maybe that’s why it’s dead. I’m at work waiting till I can leave and head up to the Bronx for the game. I’m sure it will pick up soon enough …

    Go Yankees 2011 !!!

  9. PacoDooley October 6th, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Let’s hope Alex and Tex show patience and have their timing so the ‘heart’ of the order can start to produce. The top and bottom are looking good and if the middle can heat up they can score a bunch of runs. The Yankees will have their entire bullpen ready to rock, with a very well rested Mariano (3 pitches in the series) and Robertson (1 inning pitched). Maybe even Hughes is again available, plus an inning of CC our of the pen. This team needs to score a few early runs and hammer Detroit will the pen (unless Nova is rolling).

  10. Doc Iac October 6th, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    1st elimantion game at the new staduim, in the old stadium yanks were 5-4 in 9 elimantion games at home…

  11. Shame Spencer October 6th, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Whats the book on Fister again? Lots of first pitch strikes?

  12. CountryClub October 6th, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I really think the Yanks are rounding into shape (Arod, Teix, Hughes, Montero with the big confidence bump in game 4). If they win today they’re going to be a handful the rest of the way.

    If they have the lead after 5, they should win with the shape the pen is in. After 5, even if Nova has pitched well up to that point, Girardi needs to go to the pen at the first sign of trouble (unless Yanks have a big lead).

  13. CountryClub October 6th, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Shame Spencer October 6th, 2011 at 3:54 pm
    Whats the book on Fister again? Lots of first pitch strikes?

    ——————–

    Yes. He has very good control. And he works on the corners.

  14. CountryClub October 6th, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    BenBadler Ben Badler
    In 2000, opponents hit .357/.435/.587 against 23-year-old Roy Halladay, .290/.369/.496 vs. 25-year-old Chris Carpenter

  15. REZ12 October 6th, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Hate this lineup. Where is Montero after his 2-2 the other day?

    Why is Swisher hitting ahead of Jorge? Why isn’t Gardner, their best hitter this series, leading off?

  16. Shame Spencer October 6th, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Yes. He has very good control. And he works on the corners.

    ——————————-

    I think we’ll see a better version of Fister tonight than we saw a few days ago but I still think our line up should be able to generate some runs against him.

  17. UnKnown October 6th, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    So it really looks like verlander is unavailable then if he threw a pen that consisted of 56 pitches. Just seems crazy to me that leyland wouldn’t use him

  18. ADam October 6th, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    5 runs gets it done tonight

  19. blackaccord October 6th, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Erin, no Fake peter gammons tweets today??

  20. upstate kate October 6th, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    glad to see the ritual of the line up complaints has been performed

  21. tomingeorgia October 6th, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Where’s Bojo?

  22. JM October 6th, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    A nice RAB preview of Doug Fister, Part 2:

    http://riveraveblues.com/2011/.....two-57398/

  23. Nilsson October 6th, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Verlander went max effort for that entire game. Leyland is protecting Verlander’s career going forward. He’s a good manager.

  24. Tabbert October 6th, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    This lineup did just pull off a epic 10-1 victory on the road in a elimination game. Have some faith. Arod has been getting closer and closer with each at bat… tonight is the night he unloads.

  25. champ809 October 6th, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    I agree with Gardner batting 9th because he’s clearly more comfortable there than leadoff right now.

    Jete is ready to rock and roll people and Cano has a big night if the situations allow him too as I believe Leyland will avaoid him in and every opportunity he can

  26. Jerkface October 6th, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Verlander went max effort for that entire game. Leyland is protecting Verlander’s career going forward. He’s a good manager.

    If he was such a good manager he wouldn’t have burnt Verlander out during the regular season to the extent that he has to baby him in the playoffs.

  27. Warning Track Power October 6th, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    This is our A line-up right now when facing a righty starter. If anybody is demanding a change, then they are off target.

  28. CountryClub October 6th, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Ledger_Yankees Marc Carig
    Hal in the house. Stopped in on Girardi already. #nyy

  29. Captain Clutch October 6th, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    I hope the fans are loud tonight. Instead of some suits having a business meeting….

  30. JM October 6th, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    baldvinny vinny milano
    Bronx Bound. Can’t promise a lot about tonight, but i can promise the Creatures will be f’n LOUD! #LetsGoYankees

  31. Pat M. October 6th, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    I’m hoping it’s safe to be there today…..Jerkface, I’ve been told by several that Angels owner Artie Moreno is still hopping mad over Napoli coming into town and just pull the plug on the Angel’s postseason hopes…Then he watches Naps go off on The Rays…….Front Office gets cleaned out…..His eyes are on Bud Black to come back to Anaheim to be the GM………I just thought you’d like to know all this being you were pumping Napoli more than his agent was….

  32. Warning Track Power October 6th, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Look at Bald Vinny setting the tone for tonight. Looking forward to hearing them all night
    long.

  33. mick October 6th, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Bronx Bound. Can’t promise a lot about tonight, but i can promise the Creatures will be f’n LOUD! #LetsGoYankees
    ================
    this is why we live for twitter?

  34. CountryClub October 6th, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    BryanHoch Bryan Hoch
    Girardi would go to Mariano for about 35-40 pitches tonight. Thinks could get a couple of innings from CC.

    —————

    Pitching CC tonight just to pitch him would be stupid. Hopefully it’s only if he’s really needed.

  35. tomingeorgia October 6th, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Pat M,
    Safe so far, except for a little lineup griping. Let it be so tonight.

  36. mick October 6th, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Safe so far, except for a little lineup griping. Let it be so tonight.
    ===================
    That changes on a pitch to pitch basis tom

  37. Yanks78 October 6th, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    “I hope the fans are loud tonight. Instead of some suits having a business meeting….”

    Will be a real test for the stadium. The first win or go home game at the New Stadium. If they don’t get loud tonight, when will they get loud? Can’t use weather as an excuse either… no rain or anything, a perfect day.

  38. BJK October 6th, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    CountryClub October 6th, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Pitching CC tonight just to pitch him would be stupid. Hopefully it’s only if he’s really needed.

    ———————————————————————————–

    All hands on deck. This is why they get paid the big bucks.

  39. Yanks78 October 6th, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    I could totally see Girardi something stupid like using CC as a LOOGY for Don Kelly or something.

    As long as Nova gets through 5 with a lead, it’s not tough at all to get through this game. Soriano/Hughes for the 6th. Then get as much as you can from Robertson then hand it over to MO to finish it off.. split 9 outs between them.

  40. mick October 6th, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    tonight is indeed an event but we should beat this team right?
    it’s not like we are facing verlander or lee…

  41. kd October 6th, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    pat m,

    no need to apologize the other day. it was a small issue, nothing like others on this place.

    i’m hoping for some civility as well.

    i hope people sit back, relax with a beer or two, and watch just how lucky we are to be yankee fans. nova wasn’t supposed to be anything more than a 5th starter. Buster Onley should start to rethink his player evaluations.

  42. tomingeorgia October 6th, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    mick,
    You’re right, of course, and we’ll be missing some of our usual antidotes who are all going the the game, lucky stiffs. Getting a nice early lead always quiets the carpers down, though. Let’s do that, Yanks!

  43. BJK October 6th, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Yanks78 October 6th, 2011 at 4:45 pm
    I could totally see Girardi something stupid like using CC as a LOOGY for Don Kelly or something.

    ———————————————————————————–

    Who do you want in the game tonight with the entire season on the line?

    Logan or CC?

  44. Nilsson October 6th, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    If he was such a good manager he wouldn’t have burnt Verlander out during the regular season to the extent that he has to baby him in the playoffs.

    ———————————————————————–

    The M.O. for Verlander this year was that he was able to pace himself during the earlier innings before emptying the tank to finish the games. The guys is a freak and a horse.

    But the 120 pitches that he threw in Game 3 weren’t the regular season garden variety types. He went all out from the first inning till the 8th. Even he has limitations.

  45. mick October 6th, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    it will be loud and drunk and feature many tourists there for the sake of saying they were…

  46. Yankee Trader October 6th, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Season BA against right handed pitchers:

    Austin Jackson CF .245
    Don Kelly 3B .250
    Delmon Young LF .256
    Miguel Cabrera 1B .353
    Victor Martinez DH .337
    Magglio Ordonez RF .231
    Alex Avila C .304
    Jhonny Peralta SS .323
    Ramon Santiago 2B .245

  47. MaineYankee October 6th, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Pat M

    Still a big storm cloud over the “Nation” here. :D

    I think they will have enough fodder to keep the air waves filled all winter.

    I think from many of the coments Lackey may not want to come back to the Fens. :lol:

    I think they aren”t to happy about Cash duping them on Crawford.

  48. LGY October 6th, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    @YankeesWFAN
    Girardi said Robertson and Rivera could both go 35-40 pitches. Sabathia available maybe two innings depending on situation.

  49. Bronx Jeers October 6th, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Girardi would go to Mariano for about 35-40 pitches tonight. Thinks could get a couple of innings from CC.

    ———————–

    Because Mo pitches 2 innings so frequently and CC has been lights out dealing with a disrupted schedule.

    Perhaps this is just to put a bit more pressure on the Tiger offense. get em pressing.

    Doubt it’ll work as Leyland is like Obi-Wan and Girardi’s the ” 4th stormtrooper on the left “

  50. CountryClub October 6th, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    CC isnt going to be used as a LOOGY. It will take him too long to warm up (unless they start warming him up an inning before they want to use him). Plus, it’s not like you really need a LOOGY for Detroit. It’s not like David Ortiz or Josh Hamilton is coming up.

  51. BTX October 6th, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    YankeesWFAN Leyland said Verlander not available but Scherzer is.

    ————

    Now that’s a big weapon for them. His FB/CH combo out of the pen could be filthy.

  52. Irreverent Discourse October 6th, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Unless I am reading this wrong, Verlander has never started a game on less than 4 days rest.

    http://www.baseball-reference......038;t=p#dr::none

  53. LGY October 6th, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    @BNightengale
    #mlb Congratulations to Robin Ventura, who just got named #White Sox manager

  54. CountryClub October 6th, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    As long as Nova gets through 5 with a lead, it’s not tough at all to get through this game. Soriano/Hughes for the 6th. Then get as much as you can from Robertson then hand it over to MO to finish it off.. split 9 outs between them.

    ————-

    I agree with all of this.

  55. tomingeorgia October 6th, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Maine,
    Snow on Mt. Washington yet?

  56. Irreverent Discourse October 6th, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Verlander has also never appeared as a reliever.

    http://www.baseball-reference......;t=p#sprel::none

  57. BTX October 6th, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Girardi would go to Mariano for about 35-40 pitches tonight. Thinks could get a couple of innings from CC.

    ———-

    So basically all Nova needs to do is go 3 innings?

    And we don’t need even need to throw Soriano/Hughes/Wade?

    This is not game 7 of the WS here – they have plenty to win tonight without doing anything unconventional (besides using MO/Robi for 9 outs, perhaps).

  58. blake October 6th, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Robin Ventura ….new manager of the ChiSox?

  59. Mike in Harrisburg October 6th, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Pumped for tonight. Feeling much more positive going into this game.

  60. Don Vito A. Bellamo October 6th, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    9-4 Yankees win and ADVANCE ! :-)

  61. LGY October 6th, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    @YankeesInk
    Will not say how he will use CC. “If I feel there’s a situation where he can help he’s gonna use him. It will be a gut move.

    @eboland11
    Girardi on using Robertson and Rivera two innings each: “That’s conceivable, yes.”

  62. Irreverent Discourse October 6th, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Francona and Theo go take over the Cubs, win?

    Boston has no one, this is fantastic.

  63. CountryClub October 6th, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    YankeesWFAN Sweeny Murti
    Girardi said Robertson and Rivera could both go 35-40 pitches

    —————-

    That’s the first we’ve heard about Robertson being available for that many pitches. Between the two of them, they could probably give the Yanks 4 innings.

  64. blake October 6th, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    I didn’t even know Robin Ventura was managing…….

  65. Jerkface October 6th, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Angels owner should probably fire Scoscia, since its his fault they had to dump Napoli :twisted: Why not just DH the man?

  66. JM October 6th, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Don Vito,

    I like the way you think!

    About to leave for the stadium…..Have a great (and mostly civil) night all! Let’s go Yankees!

  67. Nick in SF October 6th, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Nova really just needs to go an inning or two ‘cos Ayala is back on max rest now and his numbers on max rest are off the charts.

    NoAyWaLoSoRoMo

  68. BTX October 6th, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Would love to see Boston hire Ron Dibble as their manager

  69. Villa Nova-Ya October 6th, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    CC/Mo/So/DRob scenarios are if Nova is having any trouble. If Nova is doing fine, I think it will be business as usual.

    The offense needs to deliver the goods.

  70. blake October 6th, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    I think maybe game 2 was a wakeup call for Girardi on how you ma age in the playoffs.

  71. SoS October 6th, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Tonight the Yanks will have pie throwing party washed down with some bubblies!

    Who will come through tonight? Im going with Alex. Burnett erased somewhat his awefull season the other night. Alex will make us all forget his un-alex like year.

    I have to admit. I am very nervous for this game, just because we have a rookie starting an elimination game and all the so called experts have us winning out. Those guys get it wrong more times than not.

  72. MaineYankee October 6th, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    tomingeorgia October 6th, 2011 at 4:50 pm
    Maine,
    Snow on Mt. Washington yet?

    ———————————————————-

    Not yet but probably soon.

    I can see it from my kitchen window.

    Nice breeze in the summer.

    Not so much in the winter.

    We had a light frost for the first time last night but it’s supposed to get back in the 70′s in the next few days.

  73. REZ12 October 6th, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Nova for 2
    Hughes for 2
    Wade for 1
    Soriano for 1
    then let Robertson and Rivera figure out how they get the last 9 outs.

    That’s how I would do it. Give the Tigers different looks each time through the order.

  74. Faiaz October 6th, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Who are the top 3 managers in MLB? NOT just for this year but who are the top three guys you would want to manage your team on a game 7 of the World Series? Reasons?

  75. SoS October 6th, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Wouldnt it be great it Ventura went out to argue a call vs. Texas. Nolan hopped over the fense and proceeded to put him in a head lock. Ryan/Ventura part deaux.

  76. blake October 6th, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Madden is the best game manager in baseball right now IMO .

  77. Captain Clutch October 6th, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Kay said on the radio before if Nova is done after 6 innings and the Yanks have a 2 run lead does Girardi go to Soriano for the 7th inning or Robertson?? Then have Robertson and Mo get you 9 outs. I would definitely go to Robertson. I don’t want to see Soriano in this game if it’s close and they don’t have to.

  78. Melkmanisinhotlanta October 6th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Amazing how Arod has been pretty quiet. If he can hit to 50% of his capability, this should be a good WS win.

  79. SoS October 6th, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    So let me make sure i understand this correctly. All Nova has to do is pitch against the leadoff batter, get him out and the Yankees bullpen of jslfjosjfosdufsomojoshmo will take it from there?

  80. Irreverent Discourse October 6th, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    LaRussa, no question. Madden can lose you any game just as likely as he is to win it.

  81. Melkmanisinhotlanta October 6th, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Charlie Manuel might fill his colostomy bag if that squirrel runs on the field again.

  82. LGY October 6th, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    @TBrownYahoo: Friend of Ventura’s says Ventura was assisting the Arroyo Grande (Ca.) HS baseball team past couple years, has “Stunning feel for game.”

  83. blake October 6th, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    If they go to Scherzer then he’s due a clunker since he was so good last time…..he’s not that guy every time out. Getting a lead early in this game will be big….I think Detroit starts pressing if the Yanks take an early lead.

  84. SoS October 6th, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Shouldnt Larussa be MOY? I thought this would be the year he was on the outside looking in. Losing his Ace, best player in baseball and still making a run in Sept. had to have sealed that award.

  85. tomingeorgia October 6th, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    I’ll be back soon. High school homecoming parade goes by the house at 5:30. Keep the good vibes going.

  86. Captain Clutch October 6th, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    You figured this since the Tigers bullpen isn’t deep….
    ————-

    AndrewMarchand Scherzer will be first guy out of bullpen.

  87. Doug Fister is 8-1 with a 1.79 ERA -- with Detroit October 6th, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    The Yankees have the advantage tonight.

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

    huh?

    Are you forgetting that Doug Fister has a 1.79 ERA for the Detroit in the regular season.

    1.79 ERA.

    Also, the Detroit hitters are more familiar with Nova this time around.

    I think Detroit definitely has the big advantage in this game.

  88. Villa Nova-Ya October 6th, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    I wouldn’t annoint Maddon until I saw him manage a team where you aren’t as free to take chances, and/or a team that is mostly composed of seasoned veterans.

    Some things about Maddon I like, others annoy me.

    BTW -

    This is Girardi’s third post-season and in his first post-season, he won a WS. I don’t think he “learned how to manage in the post season” after Game 2. I will agree that Game 2 left me asking questions, though.

  89. Irreverent Discourse October 6th, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    SoS – Gonna be tough to take that away from Gibson. LaRussa still has more parts to work with without Pujols/Wainwright than Arizona does.

  90. SoS October 6th, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    I would like to know what the Yankees record is vs. a pitcher in the playoffs theyve faced for the second time around in a series. Does the batting avg. rise or drop in those games?

  91. Villa Nova-Ya October 6th, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    SoS -

    Don’t you think the D’Backs manager has a real shot at MOY in the NL? Didn’t they go from 20 under to 20 over or something like that?

    The Cardinals are expected to contend. The D’Backs, not as much.

  92. MaineYankee October 6th, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Melkmanisinhotlanta October 6th, 2011 at 5:02 pm
    Charlie Manuel might fill his colostomy bag if that squirrel runs on the field again.

    —————————————————————–

    He’ll probably bring his gun just in case.

    Probably wait till it crosses HP during a pitch from Carpenter.

  93. Irreverent Discourse October 6th, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    The Yankee’s have a clear advantage tonight, despite what the troll thinks.

    Fister has a 7.7 ERA in his last 3 starts against the Yankees. His “stuff” is just not good enough to get this lineup out.

  94. Villa Nova-Ya October 6th, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    And the Yankees are more familiar with Fister.

    Even steven.

  95. Yankee Trader October 6th, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Kay said on the radio before if Nova is done after 6 innings and the Yanks have a 2 run lead does Girardi go to Soriano for the 7th inning or Robertson?? Then have Robertson and Mo get you 9 outs. I would definitely go to Robertson. I don’t want to see Soriano in this game if it’s close and they don’t have to.
    —————————————————–
    If Soriano has to face a lefty, who hit .302 for the season against him, no I don’t want to see Soriano against Martinez or Avila. If they need a reliever to face Young, Cabrera, Martinez in the 7th inning bring in Robertson.

  96. Doug Fister is 8-1 with a 1.79 ERA -- with Detroit October 6th, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    it’s not like we are facing verlander or lee…

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

    Do you remember a person named “Scherzer”?

  97. SoS October 6th, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    ID,
    Your probably right. Im just think this might be his best job managing yet. Hate his attitude, love what he gets out of his players(ie Berkman, every avg. pitcher ever acquired).

  98. Doug Fister is 8-1 with a 1.79 ERA -- with Detroit October 6th, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Or Sean O’Sullivan, for that matter.

  99. Irreverent Discourse October 6th, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Sep 30 (ALDS game 1) – 4.2ip, 7 h, 6 ER, 2 BB, 6 K – LOSS

    July 26 – 7ip, 7 h, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K – LOSS

    Didn’t face the Yankees in 2010.

    Sep 19, 2009 – 4ip, 9 h, 6 ER, 2 BB, 1 K – LOSS

  100. BJK October 6th, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Captain Clutch October 6th, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    AndrewMarchand Scherzer will be first guy out of bullpen.

    ————————————————————————————-

    Anyone else find it fascinating how much strategy managers are willing to give away?

    Someone should ask Leyland how they’re going to pitch to A-Rod tonight.

  101. SoS October 6th, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    VNOVA,
    Gibson slipped my mind. Yes he probably get it.

    Still cant take anything away from what Larussa did. I would like to know the last team to lose their Ace prior to the season and their MVP for quite sometime and still make the playoffs.

  102. Irreverent Discourse October 6th, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Fister is 0-1 with an 11.57 ERA in the playoffs… when it matters.

  103. tenacious October 6th, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    don’t hard things happen in life? don’t they also happen at Yankee Stadium? does the sun not scorch you, does the rain not soak you? Does the crowd not crush you, isn’t it difficult to pick yourself up? don’t the shouts, the noise and the other discomforts bother you?

    but it seems to me that you are willing to put up with all this and so much more, and that you do so by thinking of the magnificent spectacle you are about to see!

    go yankees!

  104. Villa Nova-Ya October 6th, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Girardi is the master of the match-up, no?

    He’s not going to bring guys in willy-nilly. He’s going to see where they’re at in the game, who’s due up, etc., etc.

    This is the one area Joe Girardi has proven he’s good at.

    (Before I get yelled at, I realize sometimes things don’t work out, but that’s as much on execution as choice)

  105. Doug Fister is 8-1 with a 1.79 ERA -- with Detroit October 6th, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Scherzer will be first guy out of bullpen.

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

    Hope we have the lead on Detroit by then.

  106. Yankee Trader October 6th, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Rundown of Fister’s repertoire and pitch selection in his career:

    •Fastball: 62.9% – 89 MPH (fastest: 94 MPH)
    •Slider: 12.1% – 85 MPH (will pound outside corner against RH hitters)
    •Curveball: 11.3% – 76 MPH (movement: +3.6 horizontal, -8.2 vertical)
    •Change-up: 13.8% – 82 MPH (slowest: 76 MPH)

    A few other stats, and compared to Tigers ace, Justin Verlander:

    •First pitch strikes: 63.4% (60.3%)
    •Swinging strikes: 5.5% (9.4%)
    •Contact: 87.2% (79.7%)

    Thoughts? Will the Yankees be swinging early or working the count on their way to piling up runs on him?

  107. SoS October 6th, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.co.....nster.html
    Uhhh maybe we should ask the person we marry if they like fava beans on meat.

    Have a good night fellas. Cant watch the game live but I can count on you guys to keep the vibe strong and will us to the next round.

  108. Doug Fister is 8-1 with a 1.79 ERA -- with Detroit October 6th, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Rundown of Fister’s repertoire and pitch selection in his career

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

    Maybe he will “change” things “up” a bit this time around?

    Yankees hitters easily get confused; e.g., they were for a few innings dumbfounded by those high sinkers from Porcello.

  109. RMS October 6th, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Nova will pitch a solid game.

    Hope Alex and Tex have big games tonight.

  110. Giuseppe Franco October 6th, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    If the Yankee offense was that “easily confused” they wouldn’t have been one of the top run scoring offenses in the league…….again.

  111. Jeremy October 6th, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    The Yankees have hit fister before. In Game 1 Fister looked good for a few innings and then fell apart as he went through the order a second time.
    I’m not saying that Fister is garbage but the guy is not some great pitcher. He has pitched in pitchers parks (Safeco, Comerica), and pitched against weak lineups in the AL central. This guy is no Cliff Lee, Chris Carpenter, or Halladay.

  112. Doug Fister is 8-1 with a 1.79 ERA -- with Detroit October 6th, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    one of the top run scoring offenses in the league

    ===========

    Do I have to Scherzer you?

  113. mick October 6th, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    The waiting is the hardest part…

  114. Jeremy October 6th, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    I think the reason why the Yankees were confused at first by the high sinkers being called strikes is because of the fact that sinker ballers have to keep there pitches down and it looked like they were looking for anything over the middle of the plate not the upper level of the strike zone. But the Yankees adjusted and scored runs off of Porcello.

  115. Betsy October 6th, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Joe said Mo for 6 tonight – that means unless Nova struggles, he, Mo and Robertson are likely the only pitchers we see tonight

  116. mick October 6th, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    NoRoMo is a gogo.

  117. 108 stitches October 6th, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    I’d like to see Mitch Williams as the next pitching coach in Boston.

  118. Jeremy October 6th, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    I’m sorry but Scherzer is like A.J. One day he can command his pitches and throw a great game with his good stuff, and then the next day he wets the bed.

    Just like A.J. he is like two face. A great pitching performance or a horrible one.

  119. mick October 6th, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Yanks will win this game in the 1st inning with 3 runs. Jeter, Grandy on for Alex A Bomb!

  120. Yankee Trader October 6th, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    I’d like to see Mitch Williams as the next pitching coach in Boston.
    ——————————————–

    I’d rather see John Rocker or Mark Wohlers! LOL.

  121. Doug Fister is 8-1 with a 1.79 ERA -- with Detroit October 6th, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    I hope we will beat Detroit tonight, because FEMA doesn’t have much money left to pay for disasters.

  122. Ys Guy October 6th, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    3 posts?…must be a slow news day in yankeeland! not much going on i guess.

  123. Doc Iac October 6th, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Doug Fister is 8-1 with a 1.79 ERA — with Detroit October 6th, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    I hope we will beat Detroit tonight, because FEMA doesn’t have much money left to pay for disasters.

    ———-

    considerin that no one picked the yanks to win the divison and half the ppl said they wouldnt make the playoffs, i dont think itd be too big a disaster,

    the golden child red sox not makin the playoffs is a disaster…

    the 2006 cheatin tigers losin the WS was close too

  124. Ys Guy October 6th, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    extra bases has 3 posts today, too.

  125. Nick in SF October 6th, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    What’s all this breaking Yankee news we’re missing out on, Y’s Guy?

    Where should I be looking to get it?

  126. hardwired7 October 6th, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    “who are the top three guys you would want to manage your team on a game 7 of the World Series? Reasons?”

    I didn’t know there was going to be a quiz. I haven’t even studied.

  127. Ys Guy October 6th, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    players are on the field right now, locker room’s been open all afternoon, maybe a reporter with access could actually go in, talk to some guys about tonight’s game and find something of interest to yankees fans today. or maybe someone could just stay in the press box and wait for the lineups to be posted somewhere else first…

    wasted access…

  128. Pat M. October 6th, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Nick in SF…..I just jumped on The Steerlers vs. Titans as the line is down to -3.5 from 6.5…..Am I missing something on this ???? I also played Cal + 25 …SJ is working that game tonight then he’s off to do The Jets Pats game Sunday

  129. tomingeorgia October 6th, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Parade report: High school band, two fire trucks, seventy-one pickup trucks, a troop of brownies and the cross-country team. I love small towns!

  130. Nick in SF October 6th, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Right, ‘cos Yankee players are so often full of provocative, insightful things to say a few hours before the first pitch.

    Can you link me to some of the juicy tidbits the other reporters are getting with their unwasted access?

  131. RhapsodyInBlue October 6th, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Congratulation for Fister with the Tigers howver he has faced the Yankees in 2011 for two different organizations that have lost both games.

  132. Giuseppe Franco October 6th, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Chad does have other duties that doesn’t involve writing posts 24/7 on this blog. How many times is he supposed to report the same thing?

    We know what’s going on in that clubhouse.

    I’m sure he’ll post another thread shortly.

  133. hardwired7 October 6th, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Maybe Chad should do some real hard-hitting Journalism like Pete Abe used to.

    You know, things like telling us what’s currently playing on his iPod and doling out cheap shots at A-Rod.

  134. Ys Guy October 6th, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    i wonder what the mood in the locker room is… are they tight, are they loose, who’s cutting up, who’s hanging in the trainer’s room? how does the guys feel who’ve never been in an elimination game?

    i guess that hasnt been released through the press room…

    tomorrow you are going to read several columns which will have all this, because those columnists and beat writers are down there getting this. maybe chad is, too, (very unlikely) but nothing like that has ever made this blog since chad took over.

  135. luis October 6th, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Tom,

    Sorry i didn’t answered before….but for your information i am already sitting and with my shirt on!! :D

  136. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Pat M, I can’t thank you enough for your kinds words last night. I hope you know how much that meant to me. You made my day, and night.

    :)

  137. tomingeorgia October 6th, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    luis,
    Good going!

  138. Ys Guy October 6th, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    pete and i argued all the time. but he used his access and brought everything he had here. that stopped when he left.

    this used to be the go-to yankees blog. now everything comes out elsewhere first.

  139. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    I personally don’t care what the mood is. I’d just as soon let them have their space without the media encroaching on them. Unless there is something critical to report, my interest begins when they take the field.

  140. tomingeorgia October 6th, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    trisha,What’s for dinner tonight? For me, it’s a little steak and local sweet corn, with salad and garlic bread. Can’t go wrong with that, can I?

  141. mick October 6th, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    what is the obsession with getting everything 1st?
    the blog is meant for discourse , it’s not meant for fast breaking news.

  142. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    luis, I see our black-cloud good luck charm is here! YES!!!

    :)

  143. Ys Guy October 6th, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    btw, when pete left i was all in favor of chad taking over, i had been reading his scranton blog for some time. but im looking at this objectively and you get nothing on this blog that you couldnt get from AP or google news.

  144. Giuseppe Franco October 6th, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    I’ll take Chad every time over Pete Abe.

    The guy is a professional and doesn’t beat his chest or send nasty emails to readers that disagree with him.

  145. Nick in SF October 6th, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Just our rotten luck that Chad is the only Yankee beat writer with access to the internet, I guess? What has come out today? Where is it? We’re missing out on which players are smiling authentically and which ones have steely determination in their eyes?

    Pat M, I don’t know what the deal is with that game, but I just checked my sportsbook and it doesn’t have a line up, which usually means that there’s some player injury question, maybe Big Ben is questionable for the game?

    I hope the Cal Bears reward your faith. I’m going to dvr that game, not sure how much I’ll be able to watch with the Yanks on tonight.

  146. Ys Guy October 6th, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    chad goes on vacation in september…enough said…

  147. luis October 6th, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Hi Trisha!!,

    Let the good vibes roll!!!

  148. Bx is Burning October 6th, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Here’s an actual similarity between 2006 and 2011:

    Ruby was then a lonely, half-witted d-bag and remains one today.

  149. Ys Guy October 6th, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    darling and smoltz are so much better than kay and anybody yes has. the play by play guy is pretty weak, though.

  150. luis October 6th, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    In deed!!, i thought that he might have deserted us after last night “sad” comment, but i guess he is shameless, good!! ;)

  151. Bronx Jeers October 6th, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Here’s an example of something that hasn’t hootenanny enough coverage.

    Ledger-Yankees
    “Leyland insists there is no circumstance in which Verlander will be used tonight. #”

    I think Chad should find Leyland and ask him if there’s any double- secret circumstance that could get Verlander in this game.

    I’m not convinced.

  152. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    tom, that sounds great! I ate a few spoonsful of manhattan clam chowder and now I’m having shredded wheat with blueberrries (breakfast – I didn’t eat today because I felt kind of lousy.)

    However, dinner is the belly of a burrito with the wheat burrito on the side. I went out and bought it a short while ago. White rice, brown rice, black beans, pinto beans, grilled chicken and pulled pork, corn, cilantro, chopped tomatoes, a little bit of sour cream, shredded cheese, and lime juice.

    What do you think?

  153. Bronx Jeers October 6th, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Hootenanny ?

    I like that.

  154. hardwired7 October 6th, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    At least now you can post freely without the fear of getting hit by the old ban hammer.

    Pete has a great wit, unfortunately he also has some of the thinnest skin on the planet.

    Advantage, Chad.

  155. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    “I’ll take Chad every time over Pete Abe.

    The guy is a professional and doesn’t beat his chest or send nasty emails to readers that disagree with him.”

    Amen!

  156. Nick in SF October 6th, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    “chad goes on vacation in september…enough said…”

    You keep repeating that with no apparent understanding that Gannett employees have mandatory work furloughs every quarter and human beings with families attend weddings,etc.

    Do you honestly think that Chad just looked at the calendar and said, ‘hey, nothing going on in September, should be a good time to get away….’? Maybe enough said from you too.

  157. luis October 6th, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    tomingeorgia October 6th, 2011 at 6:04 pm
    trisha,What’s for dinner tonight? For me, it’s a little steak and local sweet corn, with salad and garlic bread. Can’t go wrong with that, can I?

    ==========

    Nothing wrong with that, unless you are planning to kiss somebody ( garlic! ), LOL! :)

  158. tomingeorgia October 6th, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    trisha,
    Sounds fine. I think you have about everybody’s nationality covered with that menu!

  159. Bronx Jeers October 6th, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    However, dinner is the belly of a burrito with the wheat burrito on the side. I went out and bought it a short while ago. White rice, brown rice, black beans, pinto beans, grilled chicken and pulled pork, corn, cilantro, chopped tomatoes, a little bit of sour cream, shredded cheese, and lime juice.

    What do you think?

    ——–

    I think you should finish that soup and double-down on that shredded wheat.

  160. Ys Guy October 6th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    the guys gives nothing thats not available to anybody. a reporter with a smartphone is bejing could give you everthing chad puts on this blog.

  161. tomingeorgia October 6th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    luis,
    She’s having it too.

  162. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Heck, Pete threatened to ban us for saying “YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”. Go figure!

    Also, I was warned about the use of the word “YAWN!”

    Y-A-W-N!

  163. luis October 6th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Jeers,

    Verlander threw 56 pitches in his BP session, he won’t be available.

  164. luis October 6th, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Tom,

    Then your are fine!!, ;)

  165. Ys Guy October 6th, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    does verlander want to pitch? somebody with a press pass could go ask him, and im sure many have…wonder what he said…

  166. luis October 6th, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    trisha,

    Can i have some? :) it sounds delicious

  167. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    “trisha,
    Sounds fine. I think you have about everybody’s nationality covered with that menu!”

    It’s actually a place called Mexican Grille. You get to pick what you want in your burrito and then they steam the burrito and wrap the stuff in it. I order it with the innards in a container and I take the burrito on the side. No way it God’s green earth can I fit the burrito in my mouth when they stuff it, plus it gets very messy!

    I’m in the top of the 4th inning of AJ’s game. The crowd is going nuts because they have a runner on second with one out, 2-1 Yanks. And AJ just dropped in a GORGEOUS curve. Little do they know that the one run is it for them.

    Man AJ has nasty stuff.

  168. MaineYankee October 6th, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Ys Guy October 6th, 2011 at 6:13 pm
    the guys gives nothing thats not available to anybody. a reporter with a smartphone is bejing could give you everthing chad puts on this blog.

    ————————————————————————-

    I guess the solution is to go to the blog that provides what you’re looking for.

    Your complaining won’t be missed.

  169. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    luis, it is very very good! :)

  170. Pat M. October 6th, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Senior Franco…….Happy October my friend….You feeling alright ????? Tricia, everything I wrote is by definition the truth !!!!! Not an original ( The Freshman, Marlon Brando )

  171. Villa Nova-Ya October 6th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Trisha -

    I hope you have a strong stomach. ;)

  172. JimK October 6th, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    The Yankees caught some breaks in the 1st game against Fister, even Jeter admitted as much. Therefore, if the Yankees do not score quickly against Fister I would hope the negative posts would be kept to a mimimum, you know the last time this guy pitched to an ERA of 12 and now he looks like Cy Young; what happened.
    Although I would love the Yankees to have a huge blowout win, I think it will be a close game. This makes me nervous with Girardi managing.
    However, if the Yankees do win late I hope it’s off Valverde; it would be even better if its a walkoff and whomever gets the GW hit does the Valverde dance.


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