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Yankees pregame

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Apr 13, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Greetings, Brian Heyman here at Yankee Stadium for the home opener against the Angels. Opening Day for me coverage-wise. I’m 0-0.

The Yankees  are 3-3, and they have made a change in the batting order. Instead of Curtis Granderson batting second, Robby Cano third and A-Rod fourth vs. the right-hander Ervin Santana, it’s Granderson, then A-Rod, then Cano 2-3-4. Joe Girardi said this will be his regular order now vs. righties. He rethought lefties Granderson and Cano batting back to back. A red flag went up during the Tampa Bay series, according to Girardi.

“We just feel that some of these clubs who have two left-handers and even the one left-hander, it makes it a little more difficult to navigate through,” Girardi said. “So we’re going to go with this and just try to make it more difficult on clubs when to bring the left-hander in.”

Jorge Posada is being brought in to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

“I don’t really consider George an old-timer,” Girardi said. “You think sometimes of people throwing out the balls being retired for a while. I don’t really look at George that way. It was strange not seeing him in spring training this year.”

The fans will treat Posada rather warmly for this appearance.

“I think it’s a moment that he’s looking forward to,” Derek Jeter said. “It’s one he’s going to remember just coming off retirement a few months ago. I’m sure it probably feels a little odd to him coming from playing and then a couple of months later throwing out the first pitch.”

Like Jeter and Girardi, Albert Pujols met the media this morning. The $240 million man is off to a slow start at .217 with no homers and two RBI for the 2-4 Angels. He admits he has been pressing.

“I’m trying to do too much,” Pujols said. “We’re human. I’m a human. Sometimes that’s going to happen. No matter how good you prepare yourself, sometimes you want to press a little bit and try to do too much.”

It figures that Pujols’ Hall of Fame swing will be OK in the end. The Yankees pitchers will have to worry about him now with this switch to the AL.

“Our pitching staff is doing backflips in the clubhouse, real excited about him coming over,” Jeter cracked.

Pujols didn’t sound overly excited about playing at Yankee Stadium.

“I’ll tell you the truth, it’s no disrespecting the history of this organization, the Yankees, but I take it like every other park, getting here early, watching the video, getting prepared for the game,” Pujols said. “You’re out there and it’s just a game. Nothing changes. Obviously maybe the fans are louder. But everything else is the same. The game doesn’t change because you’re playing at Yankee Stadium. The rules are the same.”

 

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68 Responses to “Yankees pregame”

  1. xcv April 13th, 2012 at 11:02 am

    it’s difficult for the opposing team to navigate through only if rodriguez can actually hit

  2. MTU April 13th, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Wrong Albert.

    The game does change when you play at NYS.

    ;)

  3. Boston Jim April 13th, 2012 at 11:02 am

    O really albert, no class

  4. MTU April 13th, 2012 at 11:05 am

    The Ghosts are gonna punish Pujols for that remark.

    :)

  5. Erin April 13th, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Mark Hale @HaleMark Reply A-Rod on the lineup: “If you think that’s a story, wait till I take over Jeter’s spot in the lineup. That’d be the real story.” Joking, obv.

  6. pat April 13th, 2012 at 11:07 am

    HaleMark
    A-Rod on the lineup: “If you think that’s a story, wait till I take over Jeter’s spot in the lineup. That’d be the real story.” Joking, obv.

  7. Bo knows April 13th, 2012 at 11:08 am

    If you think about the Yankees pattern of hitting – they score early (while the pitcher is still hitting his stride, score in the six/seventh innings – when the starter is tiring/middle relief, and then disappear in the late innings.

    Especially against qualityRH pitching the Yankees are weak.

    The gaudy stats mask the inherent weakness.

  8. jacksquat April 13th, 2012 at 11:08 am

    He rethought lefties Granderson and Cano batting back to back. A red flag went up during the Tampa Bay series, according to Girardi. “We just feel that some of these clubs who have two left-handers and even the one left-hander, it makes it a little more difficult to navigate through,” Girardi said. “So we’re going to go with this and just try to make it more difficult on clubs when to bring the left-hander in.”

    HA! I knew it.

    Of course Granderson and Cano both hit the bejesis out of the ball vs lhp last year.

    But I still like the move because other managers are also slaves to handedness matchups and will think they have to switch pitchers more. And I do think Arod will benefit having Cano behind him.

  9. blake April 13th, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Go Jorge!

    Like I said this morning…..Id rather Albert not be hitting .217 coming in to this series….you know that’s going to change soon….just hope its not this series.

    Gardner needs to challenge Trumbo today…..he’s not good at 3B and is pretty inexperienced over there……he needs to push bunt one his way at least once.

  10. pat April 13th, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Jinx.

  11. darbodla April 13th, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Another act of sheer genius by ‘Binder Joe’, moving the best hitter on the team down a spot in the order. I guess hitting .314 against southpaws last year woud really motivate a club to bring a lefty in to face Cano. And . . . Granderson hit .272 with 16 home runs against lefties and had a higher batting average than against RHP .258

  12. Erin April 13th, 2012 at 11:11 am

    pat April 13th, 2012 at 11:09 am
    Jinx.

    **************

    ;)

  13. Jerkface April 13th, 2012 at 11:13 am

    ? @YankeeSource

    Cano cleanup means more opportunities with runners on base. Smart move by Girardi.

    I don’t know if this is necessarily true. Normal teams don’t have Brett Gardner batting 9th, a guy who would be hitting 1st or 2nd on any other team. Conventional wisdom is that on a normal team the cleanup guy is going to get a lot of opportunities, and you don’t want to actually hit your best batter third because they come up with 2 outs too often. With the Yankees I’m not sure that is how things go.

    Too bad A-rod missed so much time last year. If he had gotten more games we could compare his men on PA to Tex.

  14. Bo knows April 13th, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Another act of sheer genius by ‘Binder Joe’, moving the best hitter on the team down a spot in the order

    —————

    I guess baseball basics are a challenge.

    Do a Pile ON and a few stats – That’ll really get people’s attention.

  15. MTU April 13th, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Bo-

    Does it really matter how or when you score runs as long as you score more than your opponent ?

    I will say this. I prefer it when the Yankees take the early lead because to me they seem better equipped to take and hold leads than to come from behind.

    It can be very frustrating watching them leave men on base and seemingly wasting opportunities to pad their leads. No doubt about that.

    The bottom line though is run differential.

    The team is built around superior Pitching right now.

    The O should be good enough if the Pitching reaches it’s potential.

    That’s my 2 cents.

  16. MTU April 13th, 2012 at 11:21 am

    And don’t get me wrong.

    I loved hitters like Abreu, Damon, and Matsui.

    Good situational hitters.

    We could use more.

    It would add another dimension to the O.

    For sure.

  17. Nick in SF April 13th, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Isn’t this the lineup I suggested a couple months ago??? You could look it up!

    Happy Opening Day!

  18. Bo knows April 13th, 2012 at 11:24 am

    The O should be good enough if the Pitching reaches it’s potential.

    That’s my 2 cents.

    ————————
    Funny, you should mention O. This is a Earl Weaver team. A three run knock and hold em. The more things change etc.

    I guess I’m a baseball purist. I like teams that score runs. The amount depends on the opportunity. Batting Granderson second is a travesty – Hello SOs. But what the h… do you do?

    Cashman constructed one team and wound up with another. When you have eggs….

    Funny, no one mentions the pressure on the starters, fight with a couple of runs as backing most games. No relaxed pitching for them.

  19. Joe from Long Island April 13th, 2012 at 11:25 am

    happy opening day, nick.

    you’re up bright and early….

  20. luis April 13th, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Good morning,

    I don’t have time right now, but putting Cano behind Arod makes sense IMO, he is going to see better pitches. Cano will see less, but he basically can hit anything. So I like the move.

    Blake kudos, they nay have been listening ;)

  21. MTU April 13th, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Bo-

    On days when you’re up against tough pitching few teams are gonna score a lot.

    It then gets down strength against strength to see who cracks first.

    In theory we have a superior Ro and Pen.

    Should be among a handfull of the best.

    That part of our team needs to perform to specs.

    If it does the O won’t matter as much.

    As I said, I’d love to see another dimension added to the O.

    It would help us in those situations as well.

    :)

  22. Bo knows April 13th, 2012 at 11:31 am

    I loved hitters like Abreu, Damon, and Matsui.

    ———————————

    Yep, situational hitters, all. We saw it all last year in the post season – HR swings in the Detroit ball park with men in scoring postion.

    Amazingly enough it didn’t work. What were the odds? A 220 BA star makes me gag. Hey, if that’s all they had, I wouldn’t say a word. But I refuse to endorse a stat padder in a team sport.

  23. Bret The Hitman April 13th, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Well you guys called for more protection for Arod and now he’s wearing a body condom.

    Many fans wanted Tex as protection for Arod before Tex was signed. Let’s see how Alex responds.

  24. Bret The Hitman April 13th, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Full-body condom.

  25. LGY April 13th, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Funny, no one mentions the pressure on the starters, fight with a couple of runs as backing most games. No relaxed pitching for them.

    ——-

    Are you talking about the Yankees? Their starters consistently get among the best run support in the game.

    Between the Montero talk and the discussion about the offense this place could easily be mistaken for a Seattle Mariners blog.

  26. MTU April 13th, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Like it or not a lot of the Yankees current hinking and betting is on their Pitching.

    Maybe they should change the name to the Bronx Pitchers ?

    Not saying the O is weak at all but the real heart of this team right now is Pitching-oriented.

    I happen to like that. I admit it.

    :)

  27. Nick in SF April 13th, 2012 at 11:42 am

    If it was a Mariners blog, we’d be talking about how they need to get more at-bats for John Jaso.

    Good day, Joe. It does seem early, but it’s an early game today. No whisky ’til later.

  28. Erin April 13th, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Bryan Hoch @BryanHoch A-Rod on Posada being here: “It’s going to be great. I hope he throws a strike. It’s going to be actually kind of weird, you know?”

  29. Bret The Hitman April 13th, 2012 at 11:45 am

    I wonder if it will be hard for Jorge to root from the sidelines or if he will transition into hardcore diehard New York Yankees fan right out of the gate.

  30. Bo knows April 13th, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Are you talking about the Yankees? Their starters consistently get among the best run support in the game.

    ———————————-
    I guess those zeroes in innings three through six don’t count. The Yankees score early and then reappear in the seventh. General stats are a great thing.

  31. Erin April 13th, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Jon Lane @JonLaneNYC Cano on Posada’s first pitch: ‘I can’t wait to see that. I know fans will cheer for him along with everybody who loves him in New York’

  32. LGY April 13th, 2012 at 11:50 am

    I guess those zeroes in innings three through six don’t count. The Yankees score early and then reappear in the seventh. General stats are a great thing.

    ———–

    2011 Yankees RS per inning (1-9)

    .71
    .71
    .68
    .55
    .63
    .62
    .57
    .54
    .40

  33. MTU April 13th, 2012 at 11:51 am

    The 189 # has changed some of the Yankee calculus for the time being.

    It’s an experiment in progress.

    I’m not sure Hal is not positioning the team to be sold down the road.

    If the experiment relying on superior pitching fails spending should increase again in 2016.

  34. Bret The Hitman April 13th, 2012 at 11:51 am

    The team batting average is .249 – kind of pathetic for a goliath team with massive payroll advantages.

  35. Joe from Long Island April 13th, 2012 at 11:52 am

    i don’t think kuroda used his split much against tampa. might be that he didn’t feel he had good enough command of it, didn’t seem to command much at all that day. i wonder if the artificial turf there made him leary of hard hit ground balls. that clearly won’t be a factor today.

    the one pitcher that pujols has seen before is kuroda. it will be interesting to see who gets the better of it….

  36. MTU April 13th, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Dog walk time

  37. Joe from Long Island April 13th, 2012 at 11:53 am

    hi bret – hope you’re well.

    i think that ba means as much, on april 13, as pujols ba being .217 (something like that), or the mets being 4-2.

  38. LGY April 13th, 2012 at 11:54 am

    In 2012 the Yankees have scored their most runs in the 4th inning.

  39. Bo knows April 13th, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Like it or not a lot of the Yankees current hinking and betting is on their Pitching.

    Maybe they should change the name to the Bronx Pitchers ?

    Not saying the O is weak at all but the real heart of this team right now is Pitching-oriented.

    I happen to like that. I admit it.

    —————————-
    I love baseball for the challenges. “Show me what you’ve got today. The arrogance of the gifted.

    The “If you’re too tough today, I’ll at least get a bite” Mattingly and Matsui the quintessential professionals.

  40. Bret The Hitman April 13th, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Joe from Long Island,

    I’m not worried about BA in isolation but thinking more about the context where the highest paid players play hero-ball and feast on regular season pitching only to come up empty in the post season. I think this is the furthest thing from a circular lineup that the Yankees have had in many many years. The overall numbers will come through just fine – they will score runs in bunches…but the distribution of runs and the lack of consistent contact as evidenced by team BA is an early indicator of an early exit.

  41. Hassey April 13th, 2012 at 11:59 am

    So YES is showing the snowy 1996 home opener yet again, and being so nostalgic, I figured I’d look up the Royals roster. Here you go -

    http://www.baseball-almanac.co.....#038;t=KCA

    Even the best of us will likely ask “who the F is that guy?”

  42. UnKnown April 13th, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    The last Core Four Member to visit the team decided that he wanted to comeback.

    Are we going to see Jorge DH’ing in mid-May after he gets bit by the same bug that bit Andy??

  43. Hassey April 13th, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    P.S. Tex goes deep twice today

  44. UnKnown April 13th, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    For someone living out of the market as myself. I love the fact that they are showing the pregame stuff on Mlb.Com at the Yankee Homepage. Awesome job!!

  45. Bo knows April 13th, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    2011 Yankees RS per inning (1-9)

    .71
    .71
    .68
    .55
    .63
    .62
    .57
    .54
    .40

    ——————————
    As I said, general stats are a wonderful thing.
    *************
    In 2012 the Yankees have scored their most runs in the 4th inning.
    —————–
    Now, that’s funny – small samples don’t count except when they do.

    Ahem, six games

  46. Bo knows April 13th, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    I’m not worried about BA in isolation but thinking more about the context where the highest paid players play hero-ball and feast on regular season pitching only to come up empty in the post season. I think this is the furthest thing from a circular lineup that the Yankees have had in many many years. The overall numbers will come through just fine – they will score runs in bunches…but the distribution of runs and the lack of consistent contact as evidenced by team BA is an early indicator of an early exit.

    ——————————-
    Bret, a cogent, comprehensive post – I’m impressed. Good on ya.

  47. Joe from Long Island April 13th, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Bret – i know that’s the fear/concern, but, i think (1) it’s too early for it, and (2) lack of a great lineup didn’t stop st. louis from beating texas, who truly does have a good hitting lineup. just got to do it when it counts. sounds easy….

  48. Nick in SF April 13th, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    “pcaldera On what could be Mariano Rivera’s last home opener, Goose Gossage hopes the Yankee closer pitches on. bit.ly/HAbU86″

    When I saw that on the tweeter tracker, I misread it at “Goose Gossage b*tches on.”

    :oops:

  49. GreenBeret7 April 13th, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    More moves in the minors on the way? banuelos on the DL with a sore back.

  50. Shame Spencer April 13th, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    “but the distribution of runs and the lack of consistent contact as evidenced by team BA is an early indicator of an early exit.”

    Do other teams have more evenly distributed runs scored?

    I think LGY’s data from 2011 speaks for itself.

    And why do these runs not count just because they are coming in bunches at the start and end of games (which they aren’t, but I don’t mind suspending logic)? If we’re worried about the toll it takes on the pitcher you’ve really lost me, Bo. Why is it exactly that the argument that our hitters get paid bank and are expected to produce thrive, yet our rotation guys are supposed to get a nice cushion to do their jobs?

  51. LGY April 13th, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    General stats? So what instead of dealing with the reality you just want to complain about the Yankees not scoring enough runs in innings 3-6? Based on what? Your flawed memory of a few games that stand out to you.

    About small samples, the stats so far don’t have any particular meaning, but at least get the facts straight.

  52. Against All Odds April 13th, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    GreenBeret7 April 13th, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    More moves in the minors on the way? banuelos on the DL with a sore back.

    —————

    crap

  53. LGY April 13th, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    The Texas Rangers led MLB in batting average in 2011. Their run distribution innings 1-9:

    .52
    .62
    .70
    .69
    .78
    .57
    .45
    .62
    .40

    The key to scoring your most runs in innings 3-6 is obviously having a high team batting average. You won’t score as much in the other innings, but as we all know those runs in innings 3-6 are most important.

  54. Yank 97 April 13th, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Would be nice if we got quality starts (and length) from more than 1 starter so far this year. How about one of them can get through 5 without throwing 100 pitches?

  55. Bo knows April 13th, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    General stats? So what instead of dealing with the reality you just want to complain about the Yankees not scoring enough runs in innings 3-6? Based on what? Your flawed memory of a few games that stand out to you.

    About small samples, the stats so far don’t have any particular meaning, but at least get the facts straight.

    —————————————-
    Oh my

    Flawed memory, few games, can’t keep facts straight – Must be the short attention span.

    Patronizing much?

    I’m getting the GB7 treatment.

    You must have them numbered.

    Politely
    Stats are history and useful for projections – That’s it. Quoting stats at me is boring. I have access to the same database.

    I’ll give you a stat – a 210 mil team is below average against RH pitching. The Yankees aren’t getting the bang for their buck.

    The question becomes – Why are they below average? The stats look good. Where’s the fallacy?

    As for the put down snipes – wrong target. A trifle amateurish.

  56. GreenBeret7 April 13th, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Colin Curtis’ line with Scranton yesterday: 0 AB, 1 Run scored, 0 RBI, 5 walks

  57. Shame Spencer April 13th, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    I’ll give you a stat – a 210 mil team is below average against RH pitching. The Yankees aren’t getting the bang for their buck.

    ———————————

    A few of our pitchers cost a bit of money too, shouldn’t they be doing their jobs exceptionally well regardless of the offensive production?

    You just can’t predict baseball, Suzyn!

  58. LGY April 13th, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    You really think you can keep track of the Yankees run scoring production in innings 3-6 over a 162 game season in your head?

    The Yankees are not below average vs RHP. They aren’t excellent against them like LHP but they scored the 4th most runs in baseball vs RH and and the third highest OPS.

  59. LGY April 13th, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    And you realize you are effectively quoting stats when you say things like, “the Yankees don’t score in innings 3-6.”

    You are just incorrectly doing so.

  60. GreenBeret7 April 13th, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Yanks have won 36% of all of the AL titles and 25% of the WS titles.

  61. Shame Spencer April 13th, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Well will ya look at this… I was so upset about missing the opener and then my boss told me I had to take a late lunch from 1pm-2pm.

    There’s a bar right around the block I think I’ll be getting comfortable in for the next hour.

  62. tomingeorgia April 13th, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    luis,
    Have you hung that “Do Not Disturb the Boss” sign on your doorknob yet?

  63. Erin April 13th, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Shame Spencer April 13th, 2012 at 12:54 pm
    Well will ya look at this? I was so upset about missing the opener and then my boss told me I had to take a late lunch from 1pm-2pm.

    There?s a bar right around the block I think I?ll be getting comfortable in for the next hour.

    *********************

    Nice! Unbelievably jealous. :)

  64. ac1 April 13th, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    a ManBan 2013 setback?
    Banuelos to the DL?

  65. Bo knows April 13th, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    A few of our pitchers cost a bit of money too, shouldn’t they be doing their jobs exceptionally well regardless of the offensive production?

    ——————————————

    Shame

    Value your posts highly. Both the humor and the knowledge. Enjoy them immensely.

    My point is that considering the talent, someone like CC too often has no cushion. So, he piles up pressure innings as opposed to coasting along with a three or four run lead. So by the time the post season rolls around, that’s a lot of tough innings that have taken their toll.

  66. GreenBeret7 April 13th, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    The day it rained Reggie Bars. 34 years ago today. Just showed the clip on MLB. Had never seen that clip…only heard about it.

  67. Shame Spencer April 13th, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    My point is that considering the talent, someone like CC too often has no cushion. So, he piles up pressure innings as opposed to coasting along with a three or four run lead. So by the time the post season rolls around, that’s a lot of tough innings that have taken their toll.

    ——————–

    Bo, be sure, I do understand your point and do agree I’d like our pitchers to have less stressful innings whenever possible… but why should we ask that a $20 million hitter always make contact with RISP but not ask that our $20 million pitchers to be able to handle stressful pitching conditions?

  68. randy l. April 13th, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    i love it how jorge made it through all the negativity from all the doubters in the yankee management, fanbase, and onc this blog and rose above it.

    he and the yankees barely made it without a major rift at the end , but they made it.
    i think this positive ending to his career and more days like this will give him the impetus to getting into the hall of fame.

    it’s all a PR thing from this point on, and a day like today helps the cause.
    nice to see.

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