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Middle of the order lined up

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 04, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Not in their normal spots, but the Yankees 3, 4, and 5 hitters are lined up.

Derek Jeter SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Andruw Jones LF
Francisco Cervelli C
Chris Dickerson RF
Dewayne Wise CF
Justin Maxwell DH

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64 Responses to “Middle of the order lined up”

  1. Crawdaddy March 4th, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Wow, the blog is quiet this Sunday morning.

  2. randy l. March 4th, 2012 at 8:24 am

    yeah, everyone was waiting for me and you to insult each other :)

  3. Yankee Trader March 4th, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Good morning.
    Now you can start the insults :)

  4. Yankee Trader March 4th, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Looking at Phelps two inning outing again-very impressed. Throws strikes with movement, facing the heart of yesterday’s lineup. Broke Jimmy Rollins bat on a nice inside pitch, with him hitting a weak groundout.

  5. blake March 4th, 2012 at 8:40 am

    I like Robbie hitting 2nd too.

    Phelps can pitch guys…..I think they’ll probably move him at some point but he’s a guy that you hate to let go of because there is a chance he’ll turn into a number 3 type guy that is good for 10 years…..and those are valuable.

    For now……he’s really nice insurance.

  6. blake March 4th, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Who is throwing for Philly?

  7. Stoneburner March 4th, 2012 at 8:42 am

    I think Blanton

  8. Crawdaddy March 4th, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Halliday.

  9. Crawdaddy March 4th, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Blanton pitches on Monday against Pineda.

  10. Yankee Trader March 4th, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Blake-

    Who’s throwing for the Yankees today? MLB network TV showing both todays and Mondays games live.

  11. Stoneburner March 4th, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Yankeesource ? @YankeeSource Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    Marc Gustafson on Garner, “a scout’s dream.” “He can hit a baseball as far as anyone. He opens your eyes.” denverpost.com/rockies/ci_120…

    What Cole Garner could have been? denverpost.com/rockies/ci_120…

    8h Yankeesource ? @YankeeSource Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    @bucky104 It’s too early, Banuelos has much better command than what he threw today.

    9h Yankeesource ? @YankeeSource Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    Cole Garner, a few years removed from being a solid prospect with the Rockies, tries to make a name in Yankees camp. Good luck.

    9h Yankeesource ? @YankeeSource Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    I remember watching Romero take BP and was left awestruck. Kid has some pop.

    9h Yankeesource ? @YankeeSource Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    Scout: Don’t forget Wilmer Romero, a uber-talented CF for the Yankees. baseball-reference.com/minors/player.…

  12. Crawdaddy March 4th, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Among those scheduled to throw after Garcia: Mitchell, Logan, Wade, Rapada, Whelan

  13. blake March 4th, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Doc is always fun

  14. Crawdaddy March 4th, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Yesterday, I bought my tickets for the Yankee games at Comerica Park in early June.

  15. Yankee Trader March 4th, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Why did the Rockies non tender Cole Garner? No spot for him after signing Cuddyer?
    Banuelos will be fine. Nice easy motion and painted the outside corner really well yesterday on the lefties he faced.

  16. MG March 4th, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Weather is awful this morning-rainy and very windy, supposed to clear up later in the day, it’s not a sure thing the game will be played.

  17. blake March 4th, 2012 at 8:55 am

    I had no idea who Cole Garner was…..but the pitch he hit out yesterday was impressive…..up and in and he mashed it and kept it fair…..the wind may have helped but that was impressive.

  18. randy l. March 4th, 2012 at 8:55 am

    last night i noticed one poster saying spring training really didn’t matter much, and that it was just for getting in shape.

    this is true in one way, but i think spring training is incredibly important in setting up the for the season.

    one critical thing this spring training is yankee coaches laying the ground work for pineda getting at least a decent change.

    if this happens, the yankees are in very good shape with pineda.

    if it doesn’t hey would be in a bad place for him to be trying to learn and win at the same time.

    so just with pineda, this spring is incredibly important.

    a few years ago, it looked like wang in spring training was just easing into his season , when in actuality he had a severely atrophied hip strength which let to him blowing out his shoulder.

    hughes last year had no velocity and it was said not to worry when in reality, that was the time to worry.

    i could give a hundred examples f how important spring training is , but it’s really a no brainer that for some players , the upcoming year is being set u with a good spring training. for players like mariano it’s really juts for getting in shape. no learning or rehab necessary.

    so spring training is really different things for different players. to me it is worth watching and paying attention to.

    i do expect the yankees to have a very successful year and breeze into the playoffs. i don’t like the kind of team they are. girardi’s and cashman’s idea of how to play baseball aren’t mine, but the yankees are still the yankees. they’re going to have a good season.

  19. blake March 4th, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Manny has so much potential …his CU and CB are really plus pitches at this point….his finishing touches are just approach and learning to go after hitters. When he starts throwing strike 1 strike 2 he’s going to take off…..

  20. Yankee Trader March 4th, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Found this on Garner who was granted FA and not even arb eligible:

    http://www.rotoworld.com/recen.....ole-garner

  21. Crawdaddy March 4th, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Garner is not arb eligible because he only played in the majors briefly last season.

  22. blake March 4th, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Randy,

    I think ST is a lot more for improving your game and a lot less for actually getting in shape than it used to be…..these guys work out year round now and report in shape…..much moreso than in the past if a guy shows up with no velocity then I worry a little bit.

    Yanks are off to a good start this spring…..their pitching is so deep……its gonna really help then in the reg. Season marathon….

  23. Stoneburner March 4th, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Someone talk to me about scouts they have talk to about Wilmer Romero – potential ubber talent:

    9h Yankeesource ? @YankeeSource Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    I remember watching Romero take BP and was left awestruck. Kid has some pop.

    9h Yankeesource ? @YankeeSource Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    Scout: Don’t forget Wilmer Romero, a uber-talented CF for the Yankees. baseball-reference.com/minors/player.…

  24. Crawdaddy March 4th, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Why does Stoneburner keep posting this stuff from Yankeesource? Who is Yankeesource?

  25. blake March 4th, 2012 at 9:04 am

    I have to pull for any prospect named Wilmer.

  26. Yankee Trader March 4th, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Blake-
    I wouldn’t be so quick to trade Phelps. If the Yankees don’t find another lefty to their liking to bring north, Phelps might be the best option. If at sometime during July the Yankees can obtain a young
    OF’er, to possibly replace FA Swisher next year, then maybe include him.

    Phelps could very well be in the starting rotation next year.

  27. blake March 4th, 2012 at 9:05 am

    “Who is Yankeesource?”

    A scout who covers Japan…

  28. Bo knows March 4th, 2012 at 9:06 am

    That’s it – I have to give up my hugger’s badge. I had to look up Wilmer Romero. It was like “Who the hell is Romero”?

    Oh, the shame of it.

  29. Stoneburner March 4th, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Crawdaddy March 4th, 2012 at 9:02 am
    Why does Stoneburner keep posting this stuff from Yankeesource? Who is Yankeesource?

    *******

    An actual scout who gets paid – unlike the other amateurs who make some field trips to Charleston, Trenton, and SI – and watch some games on milb.com – and then spout their opinions like gospel and are certain a prospect WILL be generational – WILL be Mantle. End rant.

  30. blake March 4th, 2012 at 9:08 am

    “Phelps could very well be in the starting rotation next year.”

    I think it depends……I think they are looking at Sabathia, Nova, Pineda, and Banuelos to have spots in 2013. We have to see what happens with Hughes and Betances…..but if those guys aren’t working out you never know. Betances has more trade value than Phelps so to me unless something comes along like the Granderson trade then Im certainly not giving away Phelps or Warren either for that matter. Its hard to predict……he’s a good asset to have either way.

  31. Yankee Trader March 4th, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Just watched Cole Garner’s homer in the top of the 7th off of Qualls high inside pitch. That was not wind aided. He crushed it.

  32. MTU March 4th, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Good Morning.

    Is this where I find scouting reports ?

    :)

  33. MTU March 4th, 2012 at 9:15 am

    My nickname for Phelps is “The Mission Impossible Man”.

    In this case, he has accepted the assignment.

    ;)

  34. Stoneburner March 4th, 2012 at 9:22 am

    MTU March 4th, 2012 at 9:12 am
    Good Morning.

    Is this where I find scouting reports ?

    ********

    Apparently so – this is where you find reports – i.e. speculative opinions by fan boys drenched in the cloak of delusional fact – about prospects and how certain former prospects WILL be generational – set in stone. This is the place where people will say Jose Ramirez has a plus plus mlb changeup already (LOL). This is the place where people take Mark Newman’s opinion as expert advice on immigration law and visa restrictions in the face of visa fraud in the DePaula situation. This is the place that rages against Russell Martin and Joe Girardi b/c heaven forbid that they emphasize that catching should first be about defense, calling a game, and pitchers being comfortable to throw to a certain catcher. Rant ends for now – but will continue against huggers and fan boys. . . .Going to games in Charleston and Trenton does not give you the right to act like a know it all and certainty to predict that generational WILL happen. . . . it MIGHT – but not that it WILL. . . .

  35. Cashmoney March 4th, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Morning all.
    Are both Dickerson and Maxwell out of options? It looks to me the Yanks a bit thin talent wise in the OF at upper level… I wonder if Cash will focus as an area of need and address via trade. I am not certain Swisher will be back for financial reasons.

  36. MTU March 4th, 2012 at 9:24 am

    I was tryin’ to lighten it up a bit.

    But I see I failed.

    :(

  37. MTU March 4th, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Cash-

    Like you said yesterday, I guess it depends on what other options the Yankees might have.

  38. Yankee Trader March 4th, 2012 at 9:26 am

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MA2KmJMKFrQ

    Are you referring to this Mr Phelps? :)

    Enjoy

  39. Cashmoney March 4th, 2012 at 9:26 am

    I am glad someone is crying foul! thank you for eternal vigilance that serves as beacon of hope in these dark and murky water.

  40. Yankee Trader March 4th, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Cash-

    Yes they are out of options. There still is Curtis, Garner, Wise, Laird and a few others.

  41. MTU March 4th, 2012 at 9:29 am

    YT-

    That’s the one.

    ;)

  42. MTU March 4th, 2012 at 9:30 am

    YT-

    How’s the back feelin’ today ?

  43. Cashmoney March 4th, 2012 at 9:32 am

    MTU, my guess is if neither martin nor swisher are not back its because Yanks decide it’s not the price tag they wanna pay. so hypothetically, there could be needs at both positions. But the Yanks has some depth at catching so my guess is Cashman will be looking to add some OF depth and more importantly talented OF depth in the short term at the minimum.

  44. blake March 4th, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Just watched Cole Garner’s homer in the top of the 7th off of Qualls high inside pitch. That was not wind aided. He crushed it.”

    My question wasn’t about the wind taking it out…..did the wind keep it fair was my question? He did crush it…..impressive on that pitch.

  45. MTU March 4th, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Cash-

    That certainly is a possibility.

    What if Swisher has a great season ?

    Do they still pass on him ?

    Martin pretty much has to stay. Or someone like him.

    Can’t see them entrusting the Catching duties to Cervelli and Romine.

  46. MTU March 4th, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Is Pineda scheduled to pitch in today’s game ?

  47. Yankee Trader March 4th, 2012 at 9:38 am

    MTU-

    Born Peter Aurness, changed name to Peter Graves, brother of James Arness of Gunsmoke, another of my favorite shows! Thanks for the memories!

  48. blake March 4th, 2012 at 9:39 am

    MTU,

    Tomorrow I think for Pineda

  49. Cashmoney March 4th, 2012 at 9:40 am

    MTU, just my guess, the Yanks have seen swisher plenty they have a certain dollar amt in mind if they want to retain him. If he does have a great season I think he might very well price himself out of the uniform. I said this with the mindset of signing cano and grady will supersede that of swisher, there might be little left in the cupboard after it.

  50. MTU March 4th, 2012 at 9:41 am

    YT-

    You’re welcome.

    Yeah Man. That was a long, long time ago.

    Like before the Dinosaurs.

    I sure love Westerns.

    “Gunsmoke” was real classic.

  51. Nilsson March 4th, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Sherman lays out the goods on A-Rod’s new training regimen. Alex being very proactive about his career — borrowing stuff from the Phoenix Suns trainer. Now it makes sense why Grant Hill and Steve Nash are still going strong.

  52. Yankee Trader March 4th, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Blake-
    Hard to tell if the wind kept it fair. JF was at the game.

    MTU
    Back is at 70%. Thanks for asking. Won’t be doing any catching for the Yankees for a while!

  53. Yankee Trader March 4th, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Pineda vs Blanton televised live tomorrow at 1 PM

  54. MTU March 4th, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Thanks Blake.

    :)

    Cash-

    Gonna be hard to let go of that much production if it happens.

    I do not think the Yankees would want to get into any kind of bidding war though.

    I hope they can locate a good young corner guy who could at least hold the fort until Williams or others come along.

    They have the chips to make a deal if they want or need to.

    Should be very interesting.

  55. MTU March 4th, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Damn. Aced myself out again.

    Gonna miss Pineda.

    Got a big hike planned for Mon.

    I need a portable satellite dish.

    :(

  56. MTU March 4th, 2012 at 9:46 am

    New thread —–>

  57. Yankee Trader March 4th, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Nilsson-

    Looks like his new “training” partner helped also!

    http://www.zimbio.com/Alex+Rod.....end+Torrie

  58. randy l. March 4th, 2012 at 9:50 am

    “Pineda vs Blanton televised live tomorrow at 1 PM”

    cool, we should see 25 % change ups then .

    if we do, we’ll know the yankees are serious about teaching him a change up.

    i still think there’s only a 10 % chance he learns a decent change up this summer.

    of course the odds go up is the yankees really insist he throws it. guys like aj and hughes are always saying they are going to do it and then it doesn’t happen, though rothschild did seem to get aj to throw a lot more last summer.

    i’m going to remain a skeptic until i actually see pineda throwing the change every game in all situations.

    the only way he’s going to master it is to throw it often.

  59. pat March 4th, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Joelsherman1
    Column http://nyp.st/ySZ5jy On advice from Grant Hill, A-Rod is on training regimen believes will improve production/extend career #Yankees

  60. Cashmoney March 4th, 2012 at 9:53 am

    I think under the new CBA, everyone will be thinking long and hard about payroll flexibility and long term contract commitments. I think the margin of error has certainly decrease for the Yanks or any other teams who can afford a large payroll. Cash will have some chips to play with but I think he will be cautious in unleash those few bullets in the chamber. in so many words, young and cheap talent will be value at a even more premium than it was before. It will be interesting to see what cash and co can do under the new system.

  61. Yankee Trader March 4th, 2012 at 9:54 am

    New Post—>

  62. MTU March 4th, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Randy-

    How can anyone disagree with that ?

    If he wants to master the pitch he needs to throw it.

    This is the time to do so safely to gain confidence in it.

    The more the better.

    :)

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