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Pregame notes: Get used to this lineup vs. lefties

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Apr 07, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Although we never saw it spring training, Joe Girardi said he’s been considering this as his regular lineup against left-handed starters. He likes Nick Swisher’s on-base percentage at the top, Curtis Granderson’s power in the middle and Eduardo Nunez’s bat and speed at the bottom.

“Swish has had so much success, you look over the last two years, against left-handers getting on base,” Girardi said. “Grandy had a great year off lefties as well, but Swish has probably been on base against lefties more than any player we have, so I thought about flip-flopping them. Grandy has been extremely productive against left-handers, so get some guys on and maybe Grandy pops one.”

Girardi said he might change depending on how guys are playing, but right now, Swisher second and Granderson sixth “makes sense to us” against lefties.

As for giving Derek Jeter a DH day, Girardi has said since spring training that he likes the idea of resting Jeter and Alex Rodriguez and starting Nunez against left-handers. Today just happens to be Jeter who’s at DH. Girardi said there will be times when it’s not this exact same group — he plans to play Brett Gardner against lefties occasionally — but for now, this seems to be the regular vLHP lineup.

“Nuney played extremely well last year,” Girardi said. “We like what he’s done in spring training. He provides speed as well in our lineup, so it gives us some options. Maybe you don’t have to play certain guys as much as you would normally have to.”

• Because it’s early and the Yankees are on turf, Rodriguez might get a day off tomorrow — or a DH day — with Eric Chavez stepping into the starting lineup at third base. Girardi didn’t say that will definitely happen, but it’s a day game after a night game on a less forgiving surface, so it’s a possibility.

• Girardi is still deciding whether to start Chris Stewart Sunday or Monday. Stewart has caught both Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova in the minors, and he caught their bullpens the past couple of days. Sounds like whether Stewart starts Sunday or Monday depends entirely on how Russell Martin feels after tonight’s game.

• Michael Pineda is scheduled to do long toss tomorrow, then he’ll do it again either Monday or Tuesday (Girardi wasn’t sure which). Pineda will stay behind when the Yankees leave for Baltimore.

• Girardi didn’t want to use Boone Logan yesterday — just giving him an extra day, he said — but he expects Logan to be available tonight. Logan said he could have pitched yesterday.

• You might have noticed the extreme shift on Granderson yesterday. He didn’t see it a lot last season, but Granderson said he remembered seeing it against the Rays, Orioles and White Sox. “You’ve got to go up there and stick with your same approach and plan,” Granderson said. “If you get a pitch to go the other way, you do it. If not, you’ve got to go ahead and try to hit it hard.”

• The Rays took off the shift when Granderson was facing a left-hander, so they might not use it against him tonight. Granderson said he’s seen the shift more often against guys like James Shields who throw a lot of offspeed pitches.

• Last night was the first time Girardi ever used a five-man infield, thought it’s something he’s thought about in the past.

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26 Responses to “Pregame notes: Get used to this lineup vs. lefties”

  1. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 7th, 2012 at 6:14 pm


    I wonder how many people would downgrade their Sux prediction, given the chance!


    Yeah, they’re dangerous. About as dangerous as a grenade that’s been detonated.

    Beckett looked great.

  2. Jerkface April 7th, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    jeter is more of a platoon bat than gardner. Annoying :x

  3. blake April 7th, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    If you see Gardner as a platoon player then trade him this winter while somebody sees him as an every day CFer…..I kinda wish they’d just let him play and see what he can do. I understand resting Jeter and Alex and getting Nunez in there……but Gardner’s defense is special and it plays when lefties pitch too.

  4. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 7th, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    So Feister

  5. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 7th, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    As I was saying before I hit the wrong key, so Fister was taken out of the game and someone named Velo (?) was brought into the game. He gave up nothing and is in line for the win.

    And the ship cotinues to take on water.

    Maybe I was too generous in predicting 4th place for the Sux…

  6. GreenBeret7 April 7th, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Here’s a 3 minute clip of the Trenton homers. It’s great to see somebody has gotten johnson to move his hands. The used to sit almost on his left hip. It was like watching mickey Tettleton swinging from the left side. watch his first homer.…

  7. muwarriorsfan April 7th, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    “Beckett looked great.”

    Just like Sabathia.

    IMO, the Rays and Jays will be the top two teams in the AL East. And Brett Lawrie is a future superstar. I’m in Milwaukee and it looks like Toronto got the better of the Marcum/Lawrie trade.

    But you never know with prospects. Everyone the Brewers traded to Cleveland for Sabathia flopped.

  8. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 7th, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    “IMO, the Rays and Jays will be the top two teams in the AL East.”


  9. GreenBeret7 April 7th, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    It’s a little early in Milwaukee for the daisies to be blooming, isn’t it?

  10. GreenBeret7 April 7th, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Not sure it that’s Squiggy or Laverne reporting in from Milwaukee

  11. Benny Blanco April 7th, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    I miss kim jones. Have to get used Meredith.

  12. J. Alfred Prufrock April 7th, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    I see YES has gotten with the program, not listing Boston as a team with a deep pitching staff in their multiple choice question. Took them long enough.

  13. luis April 7th, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Hi JAP!,

    Very good report on Betances. He topped at 95?, not bad to start the season.

  14. SoS April 7th, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    81 losses for the Baked beans Trish.

    Enjoy your Easter everyone!

  15. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 7th, 2012 at 6:53 pm



    A few more Easter errands and then I’ll be joining up. In the meantime, I’ll have to catch John and Suzyn.


  16. luis April 7th, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    You too SoS

  17. GreenBeret7 April 7th, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Sad news for Bob uecker and his family. His 52 year old son died yesterday from San Joaquin Valley Fever.

  18. J. Alfred Prufrock April 7th, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    luis April 7th, 2012 at 6:47 pm
    Hi JAP!,

    Very good report on Betances. He topped at 95?, not bad to start the season.


    Yes, 95. That should climb up in a few weeks, I expect, as far as topping out goes. Luis, you can watch Betances’ start on archives. Just go to previous day once you locate the series.

  19. Giuseppe Franco April 7th, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Gardner probably sitting tonight because they’re facing Price. He’ll probably sit against Moore too.

    If it was Bruce Chen he’d probably be out there.

  20. luis April 7th, 2012 at 7:05 pm


    I was about to ask you, I get, but I can’t find the games in the minors. Do I have to go to MiLB tv?

  21. Nick in SF April 7th, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Yankeefem copied both of my picks, I’m going to have to split all the Ritter Sports! :mad:

  22. J. Alfred Prufrock April 7th, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    luis April 7th, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    I was about to ask you, I get, but I can’t find the games in the minors. Do I have to go to MiLB tv?

    Yes, luis. Just go to and they’ll give you a menu of today’s games. Find the series (in this case, Scranton-Lehigh Valley) and you’ll see ‘previous day’ offered (if you want to watch the Betances start). Click on that.

    I’m going to try to watch Manny’s today start tomorrow night.

  23. UnKnown April 7th, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Man the rays are really making a big deal out of a Wild Card last year that we GAVE them.

    Bryan Hoch ? @BryanHoch
    The Rays are selling champagne bottles from last year’s Wild Card celebration as collectibles. Would you buy one?


    What a bunch of punks. Time to restore some order tonight.

  24. Lost April 7th, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    The last few years this offense was not as threatening as they look on paper. Partially because Arod wasn’t right last year, but I have to say I am a bit concerned how this season will turn out without the pitching performances we had. Pitching really was a huge strength for us. Although on paper we scored a lot of runs, you have to take into count that the mean/average was obscured by the many blow-out games we had. We didn’t fair well in low scoring games tied or down by one late in the game last year at all. I don’t put all my faith in “runs scored” stat when you can’t really measure standard deviation.

    One thing I saw a lot last year and the year before is our offense swinging at a lot of balls and not working pitchers the way their reputation leads you to believe. I’d like to see some more clutch and a better overall BA.

    In no way am i saying that this team is not going to be great this season, I think we have a team to win the division still, even with what I said above. I just would like to see a little more action offensively, than rely so much on pitching carrying us as we did last couple years. Philosophies have changed without George behind the wheel.

    Wow another HR. Unfortunately the Rays are looking more like bombers then we are tonight.

  25. Lost April 7th, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    How many pitches did Tex just see ? Frustrating, I wanna like the guy I really do..

  26. Duh Innings April 7th, 2012 at 9:54 pm


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