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Lineup: Day off for A-Rod

Posted by: vmercogliano - Posted in Misc on Apr 18, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Good afternoon everyone! Vin Mercogliano back at Yankee Stadium to cover the final two games of this four-game set with the Twins. I’m waiting for Joe Girardi’s press conference to start, then I’ll be back with some pregame notes.
Here’s tonight’s lineup:

1. Jeter SS
2. Granderson CF
3. Teixeira 1B
4. Cano 2B
5. Swisher DH
6. Ibanez RF
7. Chavez 3B
8. Martin C
9. Gardner LF
RHP Kuroda

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48 Responses to “Lineup: Day off for A-Rod”

  1. ac1 April 18th, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Jones is 9-for-12 with five home runs against Marquis, and has hits in his last eight(!) at-bats against him, but here’s the catch: All of the at-bats took place from 2004 to 2007.

    ___

    Wouldn’t the binder call for Jones to play tonight with numbers like those?

  2. Against All Odds April 18th, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Yankee Trader April 18th, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Summitt is only 59- indeed a shame to have developed early onset Alzheimer’s Disease.

    ——————-

    Sad to see that happen

  3. Warning Track Power April 18th, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Strong line-up. I can see Chavez helping the team win tonight with his glove.
    Tex really needs to get some hits tonight. Drive the ball to the opposite field, produce some runs and extend the inning.

  4. Yankee Trader April 18th, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    It seems like Tex has abandoned trying to hit the ball to the opposite field from the left side.

  5. Yankee Trader April 18th, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    JF-

    Scouting report on Jason Marquis. Are the Yankees going to see the same approach Pavano used?

    http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/.....quis-40290

  6. Bret The Hitman April 18th, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    “The Los Angeles Angels are close to agreement on a multiyear contract extension with shortstop Erick Aybar, a baseball source told ESPN.com.

    The deal is expected to be announced Thursday, when Aybar is scheduled to receive his 2011 American League Gold Glove award before the Angels’ game against Oakland in Anaheim.

    Aybar’s contract will be worth a guaranteed $35 million over four years, paying him an average annual salary of $8.5 million, sources told Enrique Rojas of ESPNdeportesLosAngeles.com.

    Aybar, 28, is a .274 hitter in parts of seven seasons with the Angels. He’s batting .171 (7 for 41) through the team’s first 10 games this season.”

    This contract helps determine a more clear picture of the value of Eduardo Nunez to GM’s interested in acquiring him. I’m not saying I would trade him but he has some value. Aybar is a spectacular defender but Nunez has more upside with the bat. Both are fast and make contact.

  7. blake April 18th, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Very sad about Pat Summit….much too early for her to have to retire. Hopefully one day someone will cure that disease….

  8. Bronx Jeers April 18th, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Tex has 7 hits in his last 4 games.

  9. Yankee Trader April 18th, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    And now for the analysis on Teixeira over the years from todays RABs article:

    “I’m going to tie a bow on all this with some kind of wrap-up post tomorrow, but again I want to point out that the shift isn’t the only reason Teixeira’s batting average and BABIP has declined from the left side of the plate. He’s developed some bad habits aiming for the short porch, specifically the uppercut that has led to so many more fly balls. I have no idea how much work it would take to correct something like that, but I can’t imagine it would be easy and/or happen overnight.”

    http://riveraveblues.com/2012/.....more-67050

  10. Bo knows April 18th, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Cracking up right now at my desk.. you guys need to be less humorous when my boss is around.

    ————
    Actually it was worse than that. One of the itsy bitsies gave me a good natured shove and set me on my butt. It must have been funny to the on lookers.

    I tried to make the best of it, unsuccessfully.

    There is no right response to something like that.

  11. Jerkface April 18th, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Scouting report on Jason Marquis. Are the Yankees going to see the same approach Pavano used?

    Probably. Marquis is terrible so I don’t think he is going to be challenging the Yankees. They better hope the HP ump doesn’t give him much off the plate.

  12. Jerkface April 18th, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    The video in the RAB post looks pretty conclusive, as do the spray charts morphing over the years. Good article I thought, told us what we already knew though.

  13. luis April 18th, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Trader,

    Thanks for both links. Very good read, i must say that i read regularly The Yankee Analysts. RAB not so much. About Tex i would agree with the article. But i think that the uppercut is a result more of aging than getting messed up by the short porch. The uppercut is the result of the back leg unable to stay firm, thus collapsing and producing the uppercut effect. He has had it all his career, just not as pronounced.

  14. Yankee Trader April 18th, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    JF-

    Thanks for your input. It seems that Tex has abandoned trying to go the other way when batting from the left side. Perhaps Long and Girardi told him to forget it and just let it rip and hit it hard.

  15. theREALkevin April 18th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    6 straight lefties in the middle of the lineup! Hope it’s a murderer’s row of lefties.

  16. Yankee Trader April 18th, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Tex has 7 hits in his last 4 games.
    ————————–

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/.....k-teixeira

    I see that, but how many were hits batting from the left side?

  17. luis April 18th, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    I might add, that the uppercut makes it impossible for Tex to go the other way. If the swing is not leveled, he is not going to drive the ball with authority the other way, he is just going to popout more that way. So maybe that’s the reason he has abandoned the other way approach.

  18. Rich in NJ April 18th, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Overnight? I thought that was what he was doing over the offseason?

  19. Yankee Trader April 18th, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    This is why the Rangers are currently rated the best team in the majors. First in BA, Homers and Runs. 2nd in ERA, 1st in AL.

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/team/_/stat/batting

  20. Rich in NJ April 18th, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    That’s why I didn’t want Ibanez. Yes, he may get some HR/RBI, but it’s that all or nothing approach which this team didn’t need.

  21. Yankee Trader April 18th, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Rich-

    He’s been working on that the past two offseasons.

  22. Nick in SF April 18th, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    90% Juice Press
    5% tweeting
    5% revamping LH swing

  23. G. Love April 18th, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Nick,

    I think you’re severely underrating the effect the Juice Press can potentially have if it’s used for good and not evil.

  24. Rich in NJ April 18th, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    YT

    I’m confused. RAB says that Tex admits to changing his swing because of the short porch. But he has tried to change it back for two offseasons?

    So perhaps he was for changing he swing before he was against it?

  25. luis April 18th, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    G Love,

    You have been very esoteric this afternoon. First, succubus with Jeter and now Juice Press as force for good? ;)

  26. Yankee Trader April 18th, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Rich-

    I wasn’t a fan of the Yankees getting Ibanez either. I’d like to see someone in the lineup who can hit both lefties and righties and extend an inning instead of looking for the Earl Weaver approach-the 3 run homer.

    A pest-someone like this:

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/.....co-scutaro

  27. luis April 18th, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Where would he play?

  28. Bret The Hitman April 18th, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    So what’s gonna happen with Ichiro in the offseason. He’ll be a light hitting 39 year old free agent. I’d rather have him than Ibanez. What do you think? And how much?

  29. Rich in NJ April 18th, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    “A pest-someone like this:”

    We do have Gardner?

  30. luis April 18th, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Bret,

    I would like to have a young player instead of another 39 year old

  31. lounge lizard April 18th, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Chavez may have a good game tonight but, from broader view, it’s counterproductive to have him taking playing time that could go to Nunez. Nunez can’t improve his fielding by sitting on the bench nor does he get a good opportunity to develop his offense if he only plays against lefties.

    We’ve already seen Chavez pinch hit for Nunez against a righty and I’m sure we’ll see it again even though it’s far from clear that Chavez is a better hitter at this moment, let alone if Nunez is allowed to develop. It’s also better for Nunez to have the opportunity to play against righties so it isn’t always an either-or with Gardner.

    Chavez is a very nice guy but I’d like to see him incur the least painful injury possible that would put him on the extended DL. Better off carrying a 13th pitcher and calling up Pena/Laird in case of emergency.

  32. G. Love April 18th, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    luis,

    I think it’s all the Yerba Mate I’ve been drinking of late.

  33. Rich in NJ April 18th, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    I would rather have Melky than Ich.

  34. Bret The Hitman April 18th, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    I was thinking Ichiro in place of Ibanez. DH and OF

  35. luis April 18th, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    G. Love April 18th, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    luis,

    I think it’s all the Yerba Mate I’ve been drinking of late.

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

    :D Whatever it is, it certainly has given you a different take of things ;)

  36. rr212 April 18th, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    the melkman would be a nice fit in this lineup, IMO.

  37. luis April 18th, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    lounge lizard April 18th, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Yup, i agree with this.

  38. Yankee Trader April 18th, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Rich-

    I could not find that Tex worked on hitting the other way after the 2010 season. He did however alter his offseason workouts and had a good first week in April.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/new-.....id=6278508

  39. Rich in NJ April 18th, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    So do I. This team is too focused on old players as depth.

  40. Rich in NJ April 18th, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    YT

    Thanks. It may just be words to cover up for slowing bat speed from the left side. I hope not, but who knows?

  41. luis April 18th, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Trader,

    Unless he reduces the uppercut swing, he won’t be able to hit the other way. As a matter of fact, i would like him to bat right handed only.

  42. luis April 18th, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Rich,

    It has to do more with aging than bat speed. The back leg no longer stays firm and collapses, hence the uppercut, his left leg must be his weak one.

  43. lounge lizard April 18th, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    I guess we have a quorum on the issue, for all the good it will do. Compounding the problem is that Chavez’s contract is incentive-based on plate appearances and Joe will want to do right by him.

  44. Rich in NJ April 18th, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    luis

    Are you sure you mean aging?

  45. Yankee Trader April 18th, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    I’ve got to go for now. The main problem with Tex is not the uppercut swing, the collapsing back leg, the reduction in bat speed, the decrease in working out with weights in the offseason-it’s that darn wiggling of the bat before he comes set with each pitch!!!!! :)

    Until later.

  46. Rich in NJ April 18th, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    I’m out too. Let’s win!!!!

  47. luis April 18th, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Rich in NJ April 18th, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    luis

    Are you sure you mean aging?

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

    Yes…He has started to decline…the kind of swing he has don’t tend to age well…He is a living manual of how not to teach to bat a kid….he has always had the uppercut swing, it is more pronounce now because his back leg is not as strong as it was or looking for that short porch made him exaggerate the effect in order to get more loft. What tells me is aging is that he hasn’t been able to make the adjustment in two years.

  48. Bo knows April 18th, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    It’s all that team chemistry.

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