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Stewart behind the plate, Swisher at DH

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 08, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher DH
Raul Ibanez RF
Brett Gardner LF
Chris Stewart C

RHP Phil Hughes

 
 

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107 Responses to “Stewart behind the plate, Swisher at DH”

  1. MTU April 8th, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Let’s see if Hughes can step up and play cork-in-the-bottle so we can avoid being broomed.

    ;)

  2. Jerkface April 8th, 2012 at 11:05 am

    And ibanez plays the field within the first 3 games. Hooray. This is the best.

  3. Bo knows April 8th, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Re post

    Both Teix and Granderson are hooking the outside pitch. How have things changed? A breaking ball down and away eats them up.

    Swisher, Martin and Jones are overswinging, how have things changed?

    The shift is the best thing that is happening to this team. Baseball is all about adjusting. This will force the Yankees to adjust. If they don’t, they will lose.

    I’m sorry, four runs in the ninth in a laugher, isn’t production, it’s stats padding. They’ve done the same thing for the last two years – wait for the soft middle relievers. This year, more of the same. Thankfully it’s early in the season, they have time to adjust.

  4. versonine April 8th, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Exactly bo knows. The 9th inning was stat padding. I was disgusted seeing Yankees fans cheering that slop last night. They had to know, or so I thought, that Swish wasnt ever doing that in a meaningful situation, and that we werent going to complete a comeback.

  5. Jerkface April 8th, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Hughes is a flyball pitcher so of course it makes sense to degrade the of defense.

  6. versonine April 8th, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Who is Chris Stewart?????? Already a day game after night game backup catcher appearance? We’re 2 effing games into a season.

  7. GreenBeret7 April 8th, 2012 at 11:15 am

    It’s a bit difficult to say that Teixeira is “hooking” everything. He hit a ball into the short/third base hole that was flagged down, and another was a liner into short right field. Looks more like he’s hitting the ball to all fields. It was pretty much the same the night before. The one that’s trying to pull everything is granderson.

  8. blake April 8th, 2012 at 11:18 am

    “And ibanez plays the field within the first 3 games. Hooray. This is the best.”

    Worst.

  9. blake April 8th, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Madden is going to stack the lineup with lefties…..so its pretty awesome that we have Ibanez to flag down everything down in RF today.

  10. Jerkface April 8th, 2012 at 11:22 am

    hits to all fields gb7? You think that might be because he is a switch hitter. He hit to the ss because he was batting right handed. Pulled it every time.

  11. GreenBeret7 April 8th, 2012 at 11:22 am

    An interesting/curious story to follow. Best of luck to the guy. After last year’s incident, Juan Nicasio deserves some luck.

    MLB ? @MLB

    Eight months after line drive broke his neck, Juan Nicasio returns to an @MLB mound today … http://atmlb.com/HyZWe8

  12. versonine April 8th, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Girardi is a fool.

  13. DONNYBROOK April 8th, 2012 at 11:30 am

    The constant use of the DH Slot as a “rest stop” this early in the season, makes the reason behind moving Montero even More obvious. Either the Yanks play Jeet at SS for the next 159 Games, or they acquire someone other than Nunez to spell him. Nunez + SS = Disaster.

  14. versonine April 8th, 2012 at 11:34 am

    I just looked it up. This Stewart is 30 years old, has 3 HRs and 13 RBIs in his career. Why are we going with a career loser over Cervelli????

  15. Betsy April 8th, 2012 at 11:36 am

    For one week, couldn’t Martin have caught? When is the last time Stewart even worked with Phil (or Nova, for that matter – or anyone)? I don’t recall the two working together particularly well a couple of years ago.

  16. versonine April 8th, 2012 at 11:36 am

    He’s not even a career loser. He’s a career nothing. Roster spots in MLB are valuable. We may as well play with nobody behind the plate than Stewart.

  17. Rich in NJ April 8th, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Wrong is right, so they will probably win today with Stewart as the offensive star and Ibanez making a game-saving catch.

  18. Betsy April 8th, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Resting Alex and Jeter 2 games into the season, Stewart catching, Ibanez in the field (and I like the guy and, unlike almost everyone on the board, I did not wish him off the team the moment he was signed)……really stupid decisions.

    Nunez is a butcher in the field – he’s not mediocre, he’s not average, he’s a butcher. Even if he were a great hitter, it’s not enough to compensate. If he were a great hitter, he’d be a DH. Since he’s not, he really is just a poor backup – and barely that since you want your backups to be able to field, not necessarily hit.

  19. MTU April 8th, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Rich-

    We didn’t get much dazzle-san yesterday.

    More like fizzle-san.

    :(

  20. Rich in NJ April 8th, 2012 at 11:44 am

    MTU

    Being an optiimist poses risks….

  21. MTU April 8th, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Rich-

    What the heck would I know about that.

    ;)

  22. deleonj April 8th, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Gosh everyone is so negative here!

  23. DONNYBROOK April 8th, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Maddon and his “shifts” has gotten a lotta air-play. Girardi’s attempting to keep up with his 3 Card Monty style of “whose playing where”? $200 Mill payroll, and Girardi is turning it into a Dagwood Sandwich.

  24. tucker April 8th, 2012 at 11:50 am

    So was Stewart acquired to be Hughes’ personal catcher? Girardi did not rest martin for several weeks to start last year.

  25. Rice Pudding Flavoured Relief Pitcher April 8th, 2012 at 11:53 am

    So I see most of y’all are already feeling defeated before first pitch ?

    Great cause I feel the same way… Loser-ish as well.

  26. darbodla April 8th, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Is this a Yankee fan blog? I mean seriously. I am all for criticism when warranted but geez . . .

  27. MaineYankee April 8th, 2012 at 11:56 am

    For the ones that don’t like this lineup check this one out.

    < Back to front page Text size – + Valentine explains his lineup changes
    Permalink|Comments (1) Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff April 8, 2012 11:16 AM
    By Peter Abraham, Globe Staff

    DETROIT — It's safe to say we know Bobby Valentine is not taking lineup suggestions from baseball operations.

    Nick Punto is a career .169/.244/.244 hitter in 176 plate appearances hitting leadoff. He's hitting leadoff.

    Darnell McDonald is a carer .213/.273/.339 hitter in 317 career plate appearances against a righthander. He's hitting sixth.

    Kelly Shoppach is a career .202/.287/.361 hitter in 997 career plate appearanes against a righthander. He's hitting ninth. Shoppach was 13 of 113 against righties last season. That's .115

    "Today we're getting some guys their first starts of the year. I think we'll able to score some runs with it. Hope so," Valentine said.

    Valentine said the team's collective slump (the Sox are 12 of 64 with 2 runs in two games) was not the reason he benched Kevin Youkilis (0 for 8), Cody Ross (0 for 8) and Jarrod Saltalamacchia (1 for 6). It was more to get the subs some action.

    "It was kind of a planned routine," Valentine said.

    As for Punto leading off, Valentine said he ignored the numbers.

    "I think he's probably going to hit .260 in the leadoff spot so he's got a lot of hits coming up. I don't think that has anything to do with it," he said. "Personally, I don't think that has anything to do with it."

    So why Punto as a leadoff hitter then?

    "Just want to see what it looks like," Valentine said. "See if it gives us a little spark. He's a sparking kind of player who battles every at-bat."

    Valentine said that in his opinion, where a player hits in the order "hardly ever" has anything to do with his batting average.

    "I was trying to get everyone a start and I didn't want to do it after the first game. Now everyone will have a start," Valentine said.

    McDonald had a terrific spring at the plate. But starting him against a righthander?

    "Most of his at-bats in the spring were against righthhanders. So I figure if he's every start against a righthhander it's now," Valentine said.

    Valentine did not inform the players of the lineup changes on Saturday night. That's a departure from the previous regime.

    "I didn't know until this morning," Valentine said.

    Valentine said he would tell players the night before about lineup changes, "if I find out they need it. … Whatever guys need. I haven't checked all that temperature here. I didn't get anything from the coaches room last night."

    As to other matters:

    • Josh Beckett reported no physical issues after his start last night "Mentally bruised but physically fine," Valentine said.

    live
    Game 3: Red Sox at Tigers
    Permalink|Comments (38) Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff April 8, 2012 09:15 AM
    Here are the lineups:

    RED SOX (0-2)
    Punto 3B
    Ellsbury CF
    Pedroia 2B
    Gonzalez 1B
    Ortiz DH
    McDonald LF
    Sweeney RF
    Aviles SS
    Shoppach C

  28. BD (Boston Dave) April 8th, 2012 at 11:56 am

    “Gosh everyone is so negative here!”

    ——-
    Yuuup!

  29. MTU April 8th, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Yup. Season’s over.

    Girardi’s making bad decisions and we’ve lost 2 straight.

    No way do we have time to straigthen things out.

    There’s only 160 games left.

    We’re finished.

    :(

  30. Gary April 8th, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Morning, hope not, but I think Tex is going to wear us out again this year. All the talk about the winter improvement and so far (only 2 games I’ll admit) he is still banging that ball into the shift from the left side.

  31. I Am Winning April 8th, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Trust me, I’m all for the Yankees winning 162 games, but from here on out, we have a chance to win 160 games, and everyone is freaking out. Do we have the best player in every position? No, but we’re pretty darn close when comparing talent from other teams.

    I just love how people say Girardi is a terrible manager in the 1st inning, than by the 4th inning, Maddon is very erratic with his managing style, than Girardi is having a good year by the 6th inning, by the 8th inning Maddon is winning points, and by the end of the 9th Girardi should be fire and Maddon is the new Albert Einstein. I just don’t get it. There are many other things to get ANGRY (frustration is warranted, I believe) towards that actually have an impact in your lives.

    Yankees will go to the playoffs regardless of whether they get swept this series. It’ll happen eventually, and if it happens today, hopefully it’ll be the last of the season.

    With that being said, Go Yankees!

  32. MaineYankee April 8th, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Sorry, I didn’t mean to post all of that.

    I only meant to post the lineup. :oops:

  33. Betsy April 8th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Sorry, but these decisions don’t make any sense so negative or not, it’s the truth.

  34. MTU April 8th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Maine-

    Sure.

    ;)

  35. darbodla April 8th, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Betsy April 8th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Sorry, but these decisions don’t make any sense so negative or not, it’s the truth.

    And what makes you know the truth?

  36. MaineYankee April 8th, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    MTU

    I was just trying to see if the sunshine could break through the dark clouds here.

  37. Jerkface April 8th, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Raul ibanez was the worst ofer in baseball last year. That’s the truth. Hughes is a flyball pitcher. Just put a norma lineup out there…

  38. MTU April 8th, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Maine-

    It’s like a Seattle Winter for some.

    or a London Fog.

    Good try though.

    We have plenty of Sun out here.

    :)

  39. Jerkface April 8th, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Of course as rich said ibanez will prolly snag a webgem and hit a hr. Hope to see hughes attack with the fastball and some shift beating smashes.

  40. Gary April 8th, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Sort of early to have a statement game, but the Yanks could use a win here today before they leave to play the Birds

  41. Betsy April 8th, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Have it your way, then……….

    Hughes hasn’t thrown to Stewart in 4 years and that was only one game, where he got lit up. I think Martin can handle a week’s worth of pitching without a rest. Stewart has thrown exactly one BP session with Phil – that’s it. Resting players barely 3 games into the season is moronic.

  42. MTU April 8th, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    JF-

    Watch for Mr. Splitty to suddenly appear.

    :)

  43. Irreverent Discourse April 8th, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Jerkface – Let me know when Ibanez’ defense in the outfield costs us more games than Nunez.

  44. darbodla April 8th, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Ibanez is going to play the field, a manager needs to pace his team to try and keep them healthy for a long season. What Ibanez did last year does not necessarily mean he will do the same this year, one has to play the games. Look at Swisher with the pale hose . . .

  45. Tar April 8th, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Been traveling so I haven’t been able to watch a whole game yet but ….

    Give Gardner a chance, do not like the platoon proclamation. Stupid move from Joe —Rapada vs Lingoria? And his reasoning makes it even dumber. For all the talk of the shift, the Yankees got 9 hits yesterday. Pitching will get better, let’s hope Joe does as well. Finally if the shift is really working, fight fire with fire. The Yankees should start employing it themselves especially against the Rays. I hate typing on a phone, have a good day everyone.

  46. Irreverent Discourse April 8th, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    I think Martin can handle a week’s worth of pitching without a rest

    Since you are not on the coaching staff or at spring training or have anything to do with the team… how could you POSSIBLY know how much rest a player needs and when he needs it?

    Stop pretending to know better, it doesn’t make you look smart just because they lost 2 games.

  47. Jerkface April 8th, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Depends on how much they play ID :twisted:

    MTU i’d be for that :x

    I will say this, atleast we don’t have jim tracy. He is starting 5 backups today… didn’t win a Sunday game for 4 months last year and that speaks to why.

  48. Wave Your Hat April 8th, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Evidently Chris Stewart frames pitches so well and steals strike calls so well that he’s incredibly valuable even if he never gets a hit. The Yanks aren’t just giving Martin a day off, I think they are actually anxious to play Stewart. I had no idea the Yanks had become so sabermetric.

  49. darbodla April 8th, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Irreverent Discourse April 8th, 2012 at 12:10 pm
    I think Martin can handle a week’s worth of pitching without a rest

    Since you are not on the coaching staff or at spring training or have anything to do with the team… how could you POSSIBLY know how much rest a player needs and when he needs it?

    Stop pretending to know better, it doesn’t make you look smart just because they lost 2 games.

    No kidding! Good comment.

  50. Jerkface April 8th, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Darbod, Ibanez has been last or near last in of defense for the past half a decade. And below average before then. He is not a good outfielder. He is a DH, they have an acceptable 4th ofer with andruw jones. There is no reason to rotate ibanez into the field.

  51. randy l. April 8th, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    “Gosh everyone is so negative here!”

    you think fans have problems with girardi?

    i have real problems.

    it seems i got some replacement bunny filling in for my regular easter bunny because bunny management didn’t want to overwork the first string easter bunny and the replacement gave me those yellow fluffy marshmallow chickens i hate instead of my favorite chocolate bunnies. now i have no chocolate bunny ears to eat off.

    easter bunny management sucks.

  52. Irreverent Discourse April 8th, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Girardi gets killed for things that most other managers would love to have a problem with.

    Maddon gets praised constantly for making the stupidest decisions in the history of baseball and then “getting lucky” with the result.

  53. MaineYankee April 8th, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    randy

    Go s*ck an egg. :D :

  54. darbodla April 8th, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Jerkface April 8th, 2012 at 12:13 pm
    Darbod, Ibanez has been last or near last in of defense for the past half a decade. And below average before then. He is not a good outfielder. He is a DH, they have an acceptable 4th ofer with andruw jones. There is no reason to rotate ibanez into the field.

    Joe Girardi, Brian Cashman and the coaching staff seem to think Ibanez belongs on the team and is adequate enough to play the field.

    Jones bats right and Ibanez bats left. Jones hit .172 against right handers.

  55. Jerkface April 8th, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Jones is righthanded, luckily they have a dh spot ibanez can sit in. No need to play him in the field.

  56. austinmac April 8th, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Girardi was criticized last year for playing Martin too much early on. Now, he is criticized for not playing him in a day game following a night game. Have some of you never followed baseball?

  57. Irreverent Discourse April 8th, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    austinmac – Could you imagine the uproar if Girardi had run the team out of an inning with a missed sign squeeze play and then a call from the bench to bunt on 2 strikes? Yet somehow Girardi is the idiot here…

  58. Patrick April 8th, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Why does Girardi feel like he has to change things around so soon? There was no reason to play Nunez yesterday and no reason to put Ibanez in the field today. Girardi is just a bad manager, unfortunately.

  59. darbodla April 8th, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Jerkface April 8th, 2012 at 12:23 pm
    Jones is righthanded, luckily they have a dh spot ibanez can sit in. No need to play him in the field.

    You are not taking into account that other players will occupy the DH slot and Ibanez can hit left-handed pitching. I think the Yankees staff knows the ins and outs of all this better than fans do.

  60. Duh Innings April 8th, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Girardi is showing early signs that he has to go after this season.

    Game 1: Intentionally walks a career .229 hitter Sean Rodriguez to pitch to Carlos Pena, result: grandslam. Starts Granderson against a guy who owns him, result: GIDP first AB, SO with the bases loaded second.

    Game 2: Starts Jeter at DH after one game, result: Nunez playing SS in place of Jeter commits an error contributing to two (unearned) runs. Leaves Rapada in for five batters, result: Rapada gives up two runs.

    Game 3: Starts the worst defensive outfielder (Ibanez) and the worst hitter on the team (Stewart), and rests the catcher after only two games. I can guess why Girardi is starting Stewart, besides that he thinks the first X amount of games is extened spring training when it is not: “Day game after a night game” which is stupid cuz Martin has caught only TWO games. Stewart starting say the seventh or eighth game of the year? Sure. The third? Too early. Result: ??? I doubt Ibanez will drive in four runs again – the Yanks would be lucky if he drove in two.

  61. Jackson April 8th, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    darbodla = WCYF? look at it backwards. aldo brad. he did have a fixation on them in the past.

  62. Jerkface April 8th, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Other managers doing stupid stuff doesn’t excuse girardis stupid stuff. He of course also bunts and steals and does silly stuff. He isn’t an idiot, but he is making some questionable moves early this year.

  63. Tar April 8th, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    ” Yet somehow Girardi is the idiot here…”

    How would you describe Joe’s descion in leaving in Rapada?

  64. Betsy April 8th, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    No I haven’t followed baseball; can you please tell me how many strikes are needed to get a strike out? Oh please enlighten me as to how many innings there are in a regulation game. Give me a break.

  65. tucker April 8th, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Perhaps Stewart is Girardi’s secret weapon in foiling Madden’s shift. Where do you play a guy who can’t hit. Even the Rays’ computers can’t calculate hat one.

  66. MaineYankee April 8th, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Patrick April 8th, 2012 at 12:26 pm
    Why does Girardi feel like he has to change things around so soon? There was no reason to play Nunez yesterday and no reason to put Ibanez in the field today. Girardi is just a bad manager, unfortunately.

    ———————————————————————————-

    So how long are you going to sit these guys on the bench and also have them ready to play when the time comes?

  67. darbodla April 8th, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Oops typo I mean right-handed

  68. Patrick April 8th, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    So how long are you going to sit these guys on the bench and also have them ready to play when the time comes?

    Um Ibanez played in game 1. Nunez, who cares he is terrible. He’s a bench player, thats his role – to sit on the bench.

  69. Jerkface April 8th, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    If girardi wants to play others at dh then he can do so when it doesn’t force ibanez into the field. Its bad managing.

  70. Jerkface April 8th, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Or play ibanez when nova kuroda or cc is on the mound. He would impact them the least, being ground ballers and a lefty respectively. Instead he does it when it has the largest chance to make a negative impact.

  71. GreenBeret7 April 8th, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    A note from a friend.

    “In 21 of the 27 years Yankees won World Series, they either lost 2 games or were swept in opening series.”

  72. darbodla April 8th, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Jerkface April 8th, 2012 at 12:33 pm
    If girardi wants to play others at dh then he can do so when it doesn’t force ibanez into the field. Its bad managing.

    if Ibanez costs them I will be agreeing with you. Im giving the staff the benny of the doubt after two games — gotta’ let them play.

  73. Eroc April 8th, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    “Um Ibanez played in game 1. Nunez, who cares he is terrible. He’s a bench player, thats his role – to sit on the bench.”

    Girardi and Cash said they wanted to get Nunez 350 ABs or so because they like his bat… at least according to Curry

  74. randy l. April 8th, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    “So how long are you going to sit these guys on the bench and also have them ready to play when the time comes?”

    i think the theme is that girardi is over managing so far and trying to do too much.

    he’s got a great starting team. let them play.

    in short, he’s trying to make things happen instead of letting things happen.

  75. Irreverent Discourse April 8th, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Give me a break.

    Sounds like you need one already.

    Tar – Girardi said they didn’t want to burn up the bullpen in game 2 when they are playing 16 out of 17 days. Does that not make sense? Also… Longoria didn’t do anything but get a hit. Rapada left 2 lefties beat him for 2 runs, which are his SOLE job at getting out… lefties. I don’t see what Girardi did wrong there… Rapada sucks and carrying LOOGY’s is a waste of a roster spot.

  76. Patrick April 8th, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Girardi and Cash said they wanted to get Nunez 350 ABs or so because they like his bat… at least according to Curry

    Sweet 350 AB’s of sub-700 OPS and what should we put the over under on errors at? 25?

    Sorry for all the pro-Nunez folks on here but he is a AAAA player at best, there is absolutely no reason he should be getting a ton of playtime for the Yankees.

  77. tomingeorgia April 8th, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Absolutely perfect day here, 75 and cloudless, for the Masters final round, and the first Yankee win. BBQ tonight for our guests, started the ribs already (180 smoky degrees), the mac and cheese, pulled pork and Brunswick stew ready to go, and the cornbread ingredients are mixed, less the eggs and milk. Beans are in the pot, simmering, beer’s in the cooler, and the slaw all made. Made two barbecue sauces (Mountain style with brown sugar and ketchup base, and Eastern style, with mustard an vinegar. No doom and gloom down my way!

  78. Irreverent Discourse April 8th, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    It’s a LONG season, ANY rest for players in April is welcome. Lets stop worrying about it until it actually becomes a detriment to the team. These tend to be the days the offense puts up 15 runs… when you all belly-ache about the backups playing.

  79. MaineYankee April 8th, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    randy

    Madden gets praised for doing the same thing.

    And from what I read he is the gold standard.

  80. Tar April 8th, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    ID

    The message that Joe sent to Rapada and his offense wasn’t worth it. Wade could have come in that spot and it wouldn’t mattered 1 bit to their long term plans. They could send down Phelps if they need additional arms in that stretch. Bad move and even worst message IMO

  81. Giuseppe Franco April 8th, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Not all of us, ID.

    I usually ignore this place after a loss. Too much BS.

  82. blake April 8th, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    I don’t really have an issue with Stewart playing today since he’s on the roster….BUCs play a lot and Martin needs days off…….now whether Stewart should actually be the BUC is a different discussion.

    However Ibanez shouldn’t be playing RF today…..in a non YS park…..with a flyball pitcher on the hill…..and with a lineup with a lot of LH hitters……if you’re going to play him out there then do it at the stadium with Sabathia or Nova or Kuroda pitching……

  83. Bo knows April 8th, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Umm, this horrible excuse for a manager won 97 games recently with an underperforming team and patchwork starting pitching.

    A riot after two games? Over the top, much?

  84. Patrick April 8th, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    It’s only been 2 games (and a third lineup) and Joe has already made significant mistakes. Very troubling…

    Hopefully after the first few games of the season Girardi relaxes and realizes he doesn’t really have to do much except let his best players play

  85. Giuseppe Franco April 8th, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Can’t disagree with the Ibanez stuff, though.

    Didn’t like the signing from the get-go and I don’t see how playing him in RF with this match up makes a ton of sense.

    Oh well.

  86. Duh Innings April 8th, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    darbodla April 8th, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Jerkface April 8th, 2012 at 12:33 pm
    If girardi wants to play others at dh then he can do so when it doesn’t force ibanez into the field. Its bad managing.

    if Ibanez costs them I will be agreeing with you. Im giving the staff the benny of the doubt after two games — gotta’ let them play.

    ———————————————————–

    Nah you’ll just be a troll and a coward. A troll because all you’re here for is to argue, a coward because all you do is tow the company (Yankees) line with no opinons, beliefs etc. of your own.

    “Gotta let them play” They’re playing whether we all comment on here or wherever else or not. Let’s not post on here at all, with your stance.

    @#$% off.

  87. Tar April 8th, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    I have no problem withStewart playing today, I get that. If Joe is being careful with Swish because of his injury, I get that too. If Ibanez is playing the field today just as some sort of rotation, I do not get or agree with that.

  88. GreenBeret7 April 8th, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Damned. Grant Duff has re-signed with NY and he and Tim Norton are placed on the 60 day DL.

  89. blake April 8th, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    “The message that Joe sent to Rapada and his offense wasn’t worth it. ”

    One of the worst lives I’ve seen Girardi make as a manager…..I generally subscribe to the notion that managers don’t matter a lot…..but I think it has in this series so far just to be honest…..One Joe has had a good weekend…..the other not so much…..

  90. Mike_Boston April 8th, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Joe wanted to rest Swish’s legs after they were banged up in the Spring (I’m assuming), playing on that awful field turf surface and day game after a night game. I’d rather have Ibanez’s bat than Jone’s today, I’m sure that’s the thinking too. If he’s a butcher in the field and it costs the game it’s a fair criticism. Joe thinks it’s worth the gamble and he doesn’t want to push Swish so early. I have no problem with this.

  91. Patrick April 8th, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    One of the worst lives I’ve seen Girardi make as a manager…..I generally subscribe to the notion that managers don’t matter a lot…..but I think it has in this series so far just to be honest…..One Joe has had a good weekend…..the other not so much…..

    Joe Maddon was pretty godawful in game 1 as well.

  92. Giuseppe Franco April 8th, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Duh labeling anyone a troll is the epitome of irony. And funny too.

  93. Eroc April 8th, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    One Mariano Rivera save from this series being split

  94. Tar April 8th, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    GF
    apparently our buddy WCYF is back and that is who Duh addressed.

  95. blake April 8th, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    “Umm, this horrible excuse for a manager won 97 games recently with an underperforming team and patchwork starting pitching.”

    He did a nice job durung the regular season last year……and I think he’s in general a good manager for the reguakr season……but that doesn’t change the fact that he’s had a bad weekend.

    Joe struggles with balancing rest vs managing with urgency…..one of his strengths is his big picture thinking because a team like the Yanks can make the playoffs just off of talent alone…..however there are times when it bites you like yesterday when he declared the game over in the 7th inning…….

    Torre was about winning every single game no.matter what it took….Girardi is the exact opposite…..he’s about keeping the team healthy and rested for the long haul……their needs to be a happy medium there between the two

  96. Irreverent Discourse April 8th, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Tar – Am I missing something here with the Rapada situation?

    Rapadata came in and walked Pena… a lefty he is supposed to get out.

    Then he gave up a double to Longoria, not actually a homerun, not any runs, a double.

    Then he gave up ANOTHER HIT TO A LEFTY… Joyce… the only reason he is on the team is TO GET LEFTIES OUT.

    Then to add insult to injury… he walks Zobrist who is a switch hitter.

    Which part of that was Girardi’s fault? The part where Rapada didn’t do his job?

  97. Irreverent Discourse April 8th, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    blake – their needs to be a happy medium there between the two

    I would argue that Girardi has executed that happy medium over his career better than any other manager in the league.

  98. luis April 8th, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Blake,

    Very good point…..There is a need of a medium.

    Good morning everyone

  99. GreenBeret7 April 8th, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Mark Feinsand ? @BloggingBombers

    Spoke with Phil Hughes yesterday about today’s start. He said he plans to take a reliever’s mindset with him to the mound as a starter.

    Hughes on the reliever mindset: “It’s something I tried to do early in the season in 2010. Coming off the bullpen … http://www.sulia.com/c/new-yor.....ce=twitter

    Hughes, on his strong spring: “Whatever I was doing to have success, my stuff was a lot better and I was attacking …

    Hughes also said his success last September (1.84 ERA) made him eager for 2012: “I knew that I still had the stuff,

    Girardi is fine with his team’s approach against the shift: “It’s really hard to change who you are and revamp your …

  100. m April 8th, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Bad pitching from your starters is what’s plagued us so far. The pitching will settle down. Starting today. :)

    My newspaper says TBS @ 1:30. Is that correct?

  101. Duh Innings April 8th, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    This is you adding nothing to the conversation save “Yankees are right, everyone else is wrong” dribble:

    “darbodla April 8th, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Irreverent Discourse April 8th, 2012 at 12:10 pm
    I think Martin can handle a week’s worth of pitching without a rest

    Since you are not on the coaching staff or at spring training or have anything to do with the team… how could you POSSIBLY know how much rest a player needs and when he needs it?

    Stop pretending to know better, it doesn’t make you look smart just because they lost 2 games.

    No kidding! Good comment.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    You towing the company line.

    Below is what you’ve posted in this thread. You are total Yankees @#$%sucker who adds nothing but “Yankees make the decisions” nonsense which is antithetical to the comments board. We know that, and we question and disagree with it, and like it or not that is what comments sections are mainly for. It is not supposed to be one “I question/disagree with ___________ but in the end, it’s the Yankees call.”

    “darbodla April 8th, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Betsy April 8th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Sorry, but these decisions don’t make any sense so negative or not, it’s the truth.

    And what makes you know the truth?”

    “darbodla April 8th, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Ibanez is going to play the field, a manager needs to pace his team to try and keep them healthy for a long season. What Ibanez did last year does not necessarily mean he will do the same this year, one has to play the games. Look at Swisher with the pale hose.”

    “Joe Girardi, Brian Cashman and the coaching staff seem to think Ibanez belongs on the team and is adequate enough to play the field. ”

    “I think the Yankees staff knows the ins and outs of all this better than fans do.”

    You seem to forget Cashman only got a job with the Yanks because his father is a pal of Steinbrenner from both men owning horses at the same farm. This guy’s career is ultimately based on cronyism i.e. Dad got me a job with the Yanks because he is down with The Boss. The only thing I will give Cashman for is he ran with the ball he was handed and ran far, but again, he only got it cuz of who his Dad knew.

  102. m April 8th, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    “Spoke with Phil Hughes yesterday about today’s start. He said he plans to take a reliever’s mindset with him to the mound as a starter.”

    Phil reads the blog. I wrote this in early 2010 when he transitioned to the rotation. :pat on back:

    :P

  103. sdjohn April 8th, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    I thought Girardi would have learned from yesterday with weakening a defense by placing Ibanez in RF. Maddon will stack the order lefty, so Ibanez figures to see a lot of action out there. While Swish isn’t winning the gold glove anytime soon his D is far superior to Ibanez. Phil is a fly ball guy. Can’t really wrap my head around some of these early season moves so far. I hope I’m wrong, but I would thnk Jeter wouldn’t need to rest the legs in game 2, Martin would be able to catch a day after night game in the 3rd game, and that RAPADA should NEVER be on the mound against a righty in any situation.

  104. Duh Innings April 8th, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Giuseppe Franco April 8th, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Duh labeling anyone a troll is the epitome of irony. And funny too.

    —————————————————————————————-

    I’m not a troll. Don’t start what you can’t finish.

  105. Duh Innings April 8th, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    sdjohn April 8th, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    I thought Girardi would have learned from yesterday with weakening a defense by placing Ibanez in RF. Maddon will stack the order lefty, so Ibanez figures to see a lot of action out there. While Swish isn’t winning the gold glove anytime soon his D is far superior to Ibanez. Phil is a fly ball guy. Can’t really wrap my head around some of these early season moves so far. I hope I’m wrong, but I would thnk Jeter wouldn’t need to rest the legs in game 2, Martin would be able to catch a day after night game in the 3rd game, and that RAPADA should NEVER be on the mound against a righty in any situation.

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    LOL @ you taking crib notes on what I POSTED at 12:27pm today (Girardi’s six mistakes.) Nutriding closet homosexual plagarist, since you wanna go out of your way to insult me.

  106. 4 NYY April 8th, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Is it okay to play the game now ?

  107. sdjohn April 8th, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Duh, let me give ya a hint. I don’t read anything you post cuz your an idiot. and If you and I agree on anything, I’m gonna have to rethink my position in a big way. Hey will you go over that awesome trade idea for Felix again just in case anyone has any shred of respect for ya, so they can lose that? P.S. little man, get off the computer and get outside and get some fresh air, or does mommy have you grounded again?


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