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Girardi on the lineup

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc, Podcast on Oct 11, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Joe Girardi spent a lot of time talking today about luck, a whether luck plays a role in a five-game series. Clearly the Yankees had a good offense this season (second-most runs in baseball) and clearly they had a productive offense in the division series (they outscored the Tigers 28-17) but some hits didn’t come at the right time.

“Please, make no mistake, Detroit wasn’t lucky,” Girardi said. “Detroit beat us. But some of your at-bats can be a product of just good fortune. You can get jammed and get a base hit, or you can hit a rocket and it gets caught. The bottom line is you have to have good at-bats. I thought our guys had some good at-bats. I do. We just didn’t get that big hit when we really needed it, whether it was the last day or Game 2 or Game 3. We just never got the one hit that kind of put us over the top. I’d have to go back and look at every at-bat to say whether it was a good at-bat, but the bottom line is we didn’t have enough good at-bats because we’re sitting here talking.”

Today, when Girardi talked about his pitchers, he talked a lot about next year. When he talked about his hitters, he focused on this year. He sounded like a man expecting to have more or less the same lineup next season.

Here’s the audio from today.

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On whether he thinks Alex Rodriguez can play 145-150 games next season
“I do. His meniscus tear is kind of a freak thing. That’s not something that you necessarily worry about. If it’s a ligament or something that’s stretched, yeah, you worry. But meniscus tears happen all the time, people come back, and it’s something that can never happen again. But he is older, and it’s something that, as the manager, I have to manage. I have to manage his playing time.”

On the production of Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira this season
“Tex had 30 and 100, and Alex didn’t play for basically nine or 10 weeks this year. If he plays those nine or 10 weeks, does he have 30 and 100? He probably does. Alex is someone that we need to keep healthy. That’s first and foremost, then you can see exactly what you have. Players have to make adjustments at times, and I’m sure our players will try to make some adjustments to try to try to get their numbers back to what they’re used to having them at.”

On whether he could have changed the lineup in the division series
“These are guys that have done it for us all year. I guess I could have hit Gardy fourth, stack my lefthanders? But these are guys that have done it for you, and you expect they’re going to do it. The way it worked out, Gardy was productive where he was at, so we left him. We kept that Derek-Gardy thing together, which we like. And one of the reasons we kept the same lineup was that we faced four right-handers. Usually a lineup changes when you face right-handers or left-handers. Our lineup would have drastically changed if we faced left-handers. We just didn’t have one.
“Is there anything I would have done different? You can think about it, but you go into a series prepared, you have an idea of what you want to do. Sometimes things change because of the weather, or minor injury to a pitcher, or things that you have to do. I really liked our chances, but the bottom line is we didn’t get it done. And it starts with me.”

On the idea of Gardner hitting leadoff next season
“We’re going to look at everything and how it fits the best, our lineup. Derek, you look at his second-half numbers, he did a tremendous job and did a tremendous job in the leadoff role. But Gardy’s a guy that can create a lot of problems at the top of the order, and the only time they don’t hit together is the first time through the lineup, and then they’re together. I thought Gardy grew up in the playoffs some, I did. It’s something we’re going to look at.”

On the possibility of shaking up the middle of the order; keeping Cano third
“Those are all possibilities. You have all winter to think about different ways you can put your lineup together, longer than I would like. The other thing is, are we going to add? If we add someone, how do they fit into the lineup? These are definitely things I’ll think about all winter long. As we get closer to spring training, you’ll have a better idea of what you want to do because you’ll know exactly who you have.”

On whether Nick Swisher’s postseason struggles factor into the decision to bring him back next season
“I think when we sit down as a group we talk about everything. You don’t just take a two-week period or a month or two months, you look at everything and he’s been an on-base guy for us. He’s driven in runs. He’s hit home runs for us. I think he plays a better right field than people give him credit for, too. But as you look at your players and you try to improve your club and that’s something we always try to do, you have to take everything into account.”

On whether the Yankees need another Eric Chavez type to fill time at third
“I think Nuney can be that guy, because Nuney can play second, short or third. You might add a corner guy, possibly, who can play third and first and have some pop. I’m sure we’ll look at doing that just like we added Chavez this year. But I think Nuney’s a guy who can play all over for us. He might even play more positions for us next year.”

On the expectation for Derek Jeter
“We expect him to have another good year and be productive for us. To get beyond the injury he had, he came back and was sensational for us. Offensively, he played at a very high level. Defensively, he played very well for us. So you have those expectations. You hope that 5 months doesn’t necessarily change a whole lot of things. But when you’re an older player, people are always going to wonder. If he was 28, people would expect him to come back and do the same thing. But because he’s 37, people are always going to wonder. I know he’ll work very hard this year and try to keep himself in tremendous shape and be ready to go.”

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180 Responses to “Girardi on the lineup”

  1. PittsburghYankeeFan October 11th, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Unless a great deal or trade opportunity falls into Cashman’s lap, nothing is happening to the lineup except for a few tweaks. Replacing Posada with Montero, and having a hopefully longer season of a real ARod should be enough to lead the league in runs.

    Their bullpen should be among the top without any real changes as well.

    The starters are where the issues are. Without Posada’s $13 million and the $6 million from Colon/Garcia they have about $19 million to play with. There’s a lot they can do with that.

    I’m not worried. They have lots of young pitching and catching talent to trade for young position players when they decide to get younger.

    Their arch rivals are in disarray without a manager and likely without a GM, if the reports from Chicago are true.

    You want a WS, but all in all not a bad time to be a Yankee fan.

  2. m October 11th, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    I was so proud of Gardner. He has been maligned (sometimes rightfully so), but something did click for him this series. I think he will continue to mature as a player, and one day will make a good leadoff hitter.

    Karabell was on local radio this morning. Thought the Yankees could get past the Tigers, but no way they could beat Texas because that’s a good team.

    No. That’s not right. We could definitely beat Texas because we are a good team, too. A hit with RISP or a sac fly and we’re still playing. People need to stop implying that we were trounced. Death to the 5-game series, please.

    Work on the situational hitting, productive outs, and cutting down on strikeouts. Montero replaces Jorge. Everything else pretty much stays the same. Except you will get more out of Tex and Alex. You can’t get any less than what you got from Alex.

  3. blake October 11th, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Fister blows…the Yanks should have hammered him in that Game 5…..them not taking advantage of him cost them the series

  4. blake October 11th, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    “You want a WS, but all in all not a bad time to be a Yankee fan.”

    not at all….the organization is in good shape overall.

  5. syd_cash October 11th, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    I agree with you M. I like Gardner he has been inconsistent at times (but so has almost everyone else in the line-up). I like what he brings at bat and his speed on the bases and his defense probably one of the best in baseball in LF. Hope he is on the Yanks for some more years

  6. Bronx Jeers October 11th, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    There’s that Gardner batting 4th thing again. Is he being serious? I thought he was being sarcastic when I first heard it but now it reads like he could have meant it.

    Could he mean Grandy? I mean didn’t he pinch hit for Gardner because he wanted a bomb? Something does not compute.

  7. Joe from Long Island October 11th, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    this is killing me more than other seasons when we didn’t progress. it’s because we really had a good team.

    just for the lack of one bleepin’ hit at the right time. just one of those warning track drives to fall in.

  8. m October 11th, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Bronx,

    I took that to mean that people should shut up about the lineup!

    I thought it was a knock on Gardner, but he did hit well. So, basically I took it like how Cashman says. You don’t make decisions based on a series.

    The heart of the order failed. Simple as that.

    syd,

    I hope he gets a GG. :)

  9. luis October 11th, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    M, Sid_cash,

    I love Gardner, but Blake makes a good point that once he loses a step he loses his value, i think as he does that he will play with the Yankees until one of the prospects down at the farm is MLB ready.

  10. m October 11th, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    He will be traded once he gets expensive in arbitration. That will be long before he loses a step.

  11. PittsburghYankeeFan October 11th, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    I think he meant Grandy, and Gardy 1st, Jeter 2nd, Cano 3rd, and Grandy 4th?

  12. syd_cash October 11th, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Luis

    That may be true but that still gives us a few more years of Gardner :)

  13. m October 11th, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Ya know. Cabrera not having a great post-season. It happens to even the best players.

  14. PittsburghYankeeFan October 11th, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Gardy = Melkman in the arbitration expense regard?

    Maybe Kemp in RF in 2013, Granderson in CF, and Gardy remains in LF?

  15. pat October 11th, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    m

    Call is the Yankees not Martin’s. Just seemed he was making it known he wouldn’t get cranky if Montero caught some so don;t avoid him because of that.

  16. PittsburghYankeeFan October 11th, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    The one hit–that’s all it would have taken. It just wasn’t their year. It’s meant to be so they’ll be hungrier next year…

  17. GreenBeret7 October 11th, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Joe, all three losses hinged on a single pitch, either to a Yankee hitter or by a Yankee pitcher. If you look back this season and almost half of the Yankee losses, hinged on that single pitch. Giamatti would have been a sensational commisioner, had he had the chance.

  18. m October 11th, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    pat,

    Thanks! I reread it and thought that was it. “C’est un bon gars” (that’s from google translation, so it could be totally off) He’s a good guy!

  19. LockDown October 11th, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    m October 11th, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Bronx,

    I took that to mean that people should shut up about the lineup!

    I thought it was a knock on Gardner, but he did hit well. So, basically I took it like how Cashman says. You don’t make decisions based on a series.

    This is how I saw it too. And he had a weird expression when he said it.

  20. GreenBeret7 October 11th, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Tom in N.J. October 11th, 2011 at 8:20 pm
    GB, It’s been an education for me, that’s for sure. I relocated to Central New York late in the summer. And I figured “hey, I want to own some land!” So me and the GF ended up buying a 90 acre farmette. Knowing nothing about farming I turned to my future father-in-law and he said, “grow hops”. I know nothing about farming so he has been a great help. I called my cousin up who ex-army. He was stationed at Fort Drum before he was discharged and asked him if he’d like a job. He said sure and then showed up with 8 other guys who also needed jobs. I wasn’t going to say no. They work hard, hell, some come from a farming background

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    Are you around Carthage or Lowville, Tom? What a beautiful area to live in. Loved being close enough to Cooperstown to take a morning ride down there and spend the weekend just looking. What a place to spend the day. 5 times and always ran into a couple of old ball players.

  21. luis October 11th, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    PittsburghYankeeFan October 11th, 2011 at 8:24 pm
    Gardy = Melkman in the arbitration expense regard?

    Maybe Kemp in RF in 2013, Granderson in CF, and Gardy remains in LF?

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

    I hope so!!, for me the interesting moves start in 2014 and beyond

  22. luis October 11th, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    syd_cash October 11th, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    In deed!! :)

  23. GreenBeret7 October 11th, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    The only way Gardner is going to improve is if he ever gets over his passive approach to hitting and base running. Being patient is different than being passive. Long streaks of hoping for a walk instead of looking for a pitch to hit. Too many times of standing on first base and waiting until the hitter is in a hole before deciding to run.

  24. Joe from Long Island October 11th, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Giammatti was so right. Just one pitch, just one hit……It truly does break your heart.

    Giammatti would have been a great commissioner, I think, if he had lived and if the owners had let him do it. I think his was the last chance at being a real commish.

    I can easily see Colletti trading Kemp, in order to get a better return than just draft picks. Give them Swish to take over RF (he’ll do well in LA environment), and a young SP like Warren, or Noesi. You then have a player who will be a lineup stalwart for years. Oddly enough, that may depend on Cash identifying a SP to fill the rotation for Noesi.

  25. Bret The Hitman October 11th, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Re: Kemp

    If the Dodgers trade Kemp then they lose a big ticket draw. Furthermore, if they put him on the market, I can only imagine the offers Cashman would have to top.

    I still like Choo but I worry about his alcohol issues. He’s a patient hitter who hits for high average and has pop. He’s a great defender and good base runner. Choo is a 5 tool guy coming off a down year. I like him a ton.

  26. syd_cash October 11th, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    they really need to break up the McCarver/Buck duo its pretty awful

  27. GreenBeret7 October 11th, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    I’d add Romine to that package to the Dodgers if they add a minor league player (not in their top 5) as long as they let Cashman have a window to try to extend Kemp.

  28. Joe from Long Island October 11th, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    bret, I cannot imagine that angelenos decide to go to ballgames based on who is in the lineup. do they even know who the dodgers are playing?

  29. m October 11th, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    You’re right about that syd_cash. Francona was refreshing.

    And does McCarver own just the one shirt?

  30. Joe from Long Island October 11th, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    gb, yeah because then you hold onto martin to catch until sanchez or murphy is ready.

  31. Bret The Hitman October 11th, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    I dunno, Joe. Manny’s presence seemed to be a boon for ticket sales and buzz. Their franchise is in a vulnerable phase right now. They look terrible. I agree with that. But without Kemp, they look even worse.

  32. Joe from Long Island October 11th, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    bret, i guess it’s how colletti sees it. that and how messed up the dodgers front office is.

  33. GreenBeret7 October 11th, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Joe,

    Not sure that Murphy stays as a catcher. I think a corner spot is his position along with catching enough cames to stay in practice….like in my time, Johnny Blanchard.

  34. Bret The Hitman October 11th, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    I remember SJ44 was so bullish on Choo when Choo was right that he suggested trading Phil Hughes for him when expectations for Hughes were still sky high. And SJ could be harsh critic at times. Follow his Tweets if you need evidence. :lol:

  35. Joe from Long Island October 11th, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    you know, swish could fit with both the phillies and the dodgers.

    amaro and colletti better start calling cash, and fast, lol.

  36. JobaTipsHisCap October 11th, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    make it 3-0 please, Rangers

  37. Joe from Long Island October 11th, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    you know, if amaro wants domonic brown to get 600 abs in AAA next year, that creates an even bigger incentive for him to trade for swish.

    just sayin…..:)

  38. JobaTipsHisCap October 11th, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    would be good Cards win WS, that would be their 2nd WS champ in last decade.

  39. GreenBeret7 October 11th, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Alex Avila has really been exposed to the left handers and the down and in sliders in this post season. It’ll be interesting to see if he can adjust.

  40. Bret The Hitman October 11th, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Someone suggested Dominic Brown from the Phillies. Without Howard’s bat, maybe they’re vulnerable. Swish would probably rake in the bandbox.

    I would first pick up Swish’s option obviously as a hedge.

    If I could acquire someone like Choo I’d trade Swish and take a flyer on someone like Dominic Brown.

  41. m October 11th, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Avila has to be the most disappointing non-Yankee I’ve seen this postseason. Definitely not all-star caliber.

  42. Bret The Hitman October 11th, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Pence, Victorino, Swisher is a pretty good outfield.

  43. Joe from Long Island October 11th, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    yes, that would be a pretty good of.

    and hamels in his walk year would look pretty good in midnight blue pinstripes.

  44. Joe from Long Island October 11th, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    hamilton is such a stiff, striking out against fister there.

  45. Bret The Hitman October 11th, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    How about Swish for Oswalt?

    ;)

  46. Betsy October 11th, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    If Alex could just stay healthy, I truly believe he’ll still be very good to excellent – but it’s nagging injuries that are annoying……the thumb was a fluky thing. Hopefully his knees are ok

  47. Joe from Long Island October 11th, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    i don’t trust oswalt or his back.

  48. Betsy October 11th, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    LOL The Yankees are not a good team? So they should not have bothered playing the ALCS had they advanced? Guy sounds like a dweeb

  49. Bronx Jeers October 11th, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Hank Williams Jr appeared on The View wearing a Mickey Mantle jersey.

    http://offthebench.nbcsports.c.....key-mouse/

  50. Betsy October 11th, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Nunez is bad defensively – not exactly and ideal backup

  51. Betsy October 11th, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    It’s always just one hit with this offense in the post-season – they rarely come through in big spots; it’s not like this was any surprise.

  52. blake October 11th, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Don’t know if the Phillies would trade Brown for Swisher…..but they need a 1st baseman for a year if Howard is out and Swisher makes some sense there.

    Normally you don’t trade a prospect with Brown’s upside for 1 year of a player….but he has underachieved and we all know that Philly is in win now mode before all their players get too old…..they’ve traded everyone else so who knows…..I’d do that though if Philly would.

    I’m not sure Oswalt is significantly better than what they already have at this point

  53. m October 11th, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Isn’t Williams Jr. the illegitimate son of Hank Williams? Or am I thinking of another son or another singer?

  54. blake October 11th, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    How about Colby freakin Lewis….maybe it wasn’t just the Yankees last year…nobody can hit this guy in October

  55. Bronx Jeers October 11th, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Come to think of it ,it has been a big year for weirdos in Yankee gear. There was also Lady GaGa & Charlie Sheen. Next they’ll probably find Gaddafi wearing a Got Melky? t-shirt or something.

  56. Joe from Long Island October 11th, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    blake, so that’s the deal – swisher (proven ml bat who can play 1b/of) and warren (young pitcher) for hamels (proven ml pitcher who’s going to get very expensive for a team that already has 3 expensive contracts) and brown (unproven young of).

    works for me.

  57. Joe from Long Island October 11th, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    bronx jeers :)

  58. blake October 11th, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    “blake, so that’s the deal – swisher (proven ml bat who can play 1b/of) and warren (young pitcher) for hamels (proven ml pitcher who’s going to get very expensive for a team that already has 3 expensive contracts) and brown (unproven young of).”

    Joe I wish….I think if you take Hamels out of that deal then maybe the Phils do it. I just don’t see them trading Hamels based on their recent history…..they want to win a WS now. I could be wrong but I can’t imagine them trading him this winter….if they are out of it at the deadline then maybe….but I wouldn’t figure they would be.

    Swisher for Brown makes sense for both clubs if the Yankees can acquire Beltran or someone else to replace Swisher immediately. Brown has big upside…..he also has a hole in his swing the size of Texas….but he’s only 24 so it’d be worth a gamble

  59. JobaTipsHisCap October 11th, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    How about Colby freakin Lewis….maybe it wasn’t just the Yankees last year…nobody can hit this guy in October

    yeah, wsj say today his ERA in Oct is 1.7x, in regular season it’s THREE runs more.
    ok.

  60. Joe from Long Island October 11th, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    blake, it’s because of that hole in his swing that swisher for brown even up is grossly overpaying from the yanks point of view. that’s why the pitchers involved even it out. hey, amaro’s plan for 4-aces didn’t work out, maybe he’s ready to try something else. especially when hamels is going may get more expensive than you can afford, and the draft picks dont’ do anything for you now. you can always dream.

  61. pat October 11th, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Compensation not the sticking point in Theo leaving Sox. Who he can take with him seems to be the issue.

  62. blake October 11th, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Joe,

    If Swisher was under contract longer then maybe…..but you’re looking at 1 year of Swisher for 1 year of Hamels…..

    Vmart looked like he hurt himself hitting a homer

  63. Joe from Long Island October 11th, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    martinez looking very tired back in the dugout. and he looked awkward on the swing. if he’s out, detroit looking jinxed after they sold their souls to beat the yanks.

  64. blake October 11th, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    “Compensation not the sticking point in Theo leaving Sox. Who he can take with him seems to be the issue.”:

    any word on if Carmine goes or stays?

  65. Joe from Long Island October 11th, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    it will be cheaper to extend swisher than it will be to extend hamels.

  66. pat October 11th, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Something happened to V-Mart’s right side on that HR swing. Knee?

  67. Bronx Jeers October 11th, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Compensation not the sticking point in Theo leaving Sox. Who he can take with him seems to be the issue.

    ————–

    As long as he doesn’t take John Lackey and Carl Crawford. :wink:
    ——–

    Yankee caps are also popular with criminals.

    http://www.ny1.com/content/top.....scriptions

  68. blake October 11th, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    “martinez looking very tired back in the dugout. and he looked awkward on the swing. if he’s out, detroit looking jinxed after they sold their souls to beat the yanks.”

    seriously….why couldn’t the Tigers fall apart last series

  69. Betsy October 11th, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Who’s Carmine?

  70. m October 11th, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Who or what is Carmine? The gorilla suit?

  71. syd_cash October 11th, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Martinez been getting more big hits then Cabrera

  72. Joe from Long Island October 11th, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    as long as it’s not cherington, theo goes to cubs.

  73. blake October 11th, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    “it will be cheaper to extend swisher than it will be to extend hamels.”

    that’s true….depends on how they value Swisher I guess. If you can talk Amaro into that deal then we will rise up and overthrow Cashman and make you GM ;)

  74. pat October 11th, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Carmine is Theo’s computer.

  75. Joe from Long Island October 11th, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    there’s no justice

  76. m October 11th, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Something must be wrong with Martinez. He practically crawled around the bases.

  77. blake October 11th, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Carmine is the name of Theo’s computer….she computes how awesome all of their prospects are and creates unique metrics to show how awesome the Red Sox are.

  78. Joe from Long Island October 11th, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    :)

    there are some days i’d be willing to try something new.

  79. m October 11th, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    And people know that how, pat?

  80. Betsy October 11th, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Huh? This makes no sense, lol

  81. blake October 11th, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    It was in an SI article a few weeks back by Verducci that explained how smart the Red Sox are.

  82. m October 11th, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Catching up on SNL this season. There’s a new player that is the spitting image of a certain baseball player that plays 3B for the Tampa Rays.

  83. blake October 11th, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c...../index.htm

    One floor below street level on Yawkey Way, in his windowless corner office which looks out upon a bank of cubicles that could pass for a telemarketing firm, Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein is deep in consultation with a trusted adviser he identifies only as Carmine. Adrian Gonzalez may be the team’s most valuable player and the object of an 11-year Ahab-like pursuit by Epstein, but the G.M. never makes a move without consulting Carmine, a five-year-old proprietary computer program that is the virtual brains of the Boston operation.

  84. pat October 11th, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    It was said that Theo always consulted “Carmine” before making any deal or signing someone.

    It was then reported that the Sox had a proprietary scouting program that measured metrics of players that they referred to as Carmine.

  85. m October 11th, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    blake,

    LOL. Thanks for that. If it’s proprietary, then I think it’s safe to say it stays in Boston. Thank goodness for Yankee fans!

  86. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 11th, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Just a drive by to tell you that I heard that the NL game on Sunday was ranked 4th in the Nielsen ratings, and one of the shows that beat it was Spongebob Square Pants.

    No lie.

    :)

    That is all. Over and out.

  87. Betsy October 11th, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Oh brother.. thanks, Blake, lol

  88. GreenBeret7 October 11th, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Sounds like going by just the numbers may not be the way to go. Try adding in an eye of Newman and a spoonful of gut feeling.

  89. blake October 11th, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Carmine loved John Lackey’s snarl and Crawford’s speed…..Theo couldn’t say no.

  90. LGY October 11th, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Really starting to get annoying watching two inferior teams in this ALCS.

    May just need to limit myself to the NLCS for now.

  91. Joe from Long Island October 11th, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    yeah, i guess john henry’s team would be dependent on a computer program, given that he’s a hedge fund guru who made his fortune by computerized trading – made a fortune for himself, that is, not his investors who lost tons of money.

  92. GreenBeret7 October 11th, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Martinez with an oblique injury

  93. blake October 11th, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    obliques are the injury of fashion right now……

  94. Joe from Long Island October 11th, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    what a bonehead call by washington to pitch to cabrera with an open base and an injured martinez after him.

  95. GreenBeret7 October 11th, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Joe McCarverbuck sounded like a few on here with his reason to pitch or not pitch to Martinez

  96. LockDown October 11th, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    I don’t get it. They pitched to a healthy cabrera & pitch around/walk an injured martinez. :?

  97. Joe from Long Island October 11th, 2011 at 9:54 pm

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  98. Yankee Trader October 11th, 2011 at 9:57 pm

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  99. Yankee Trader October 11th, 2011 at 10:01 pm

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  100. GreenBeret7 October 11th, 2011 at 10:12 pm

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  101. GreenBeret7 October 11th, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    And Stan Bahnsen and Bobby Murcer and….

  102. 4 NYY October 11th, 2011 at 10:22 pm

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  105. sunny615 October 11th, 2011 at 10:42 pm

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    From Seinfeld – the Costanzas with the Boss:

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