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Pregame notes: Yankees prepared for tough three-game series

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Apr 23, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

In so many ways, this game feels like the calm before the storm. Tomorrow is the much anticipated matchup of Hiroki Kuroda vs. Yu Darvish. Today is simply CC Sabathia and the Yankees against the best team in the American League.

“This is a club, you can’t take anything for granted,” Joe Girardi said. “If there’s a ball in the dirt, they’re going to second base, they’re trying to move up. So you have to be on your toes at all times when you play this team. They’re very athletic and they use that to their advantage. Sometimes when you see teams are athletic you don’t necessarily see a ton of power, but there’s a ton of power too as well. So it is somewhat of a (test to) see how good you are.”

As for the early buzz for tomorrow’s Japanese matchup, there were quite a few reporters asking questions — first a wave of Japanese reporters surrounded Kuroda’s locker, then a wave of American writers — but Kuroda seemed perfectly unfazed. There have been six previous matchups of two Japanese-born Major League starters, and Kuroda was a part of the most recent one when he faced Hisanori Takahashi in 2010.

“I’m aware that our team is going to be facing one of the greatest pitchers that Japan has produced,” Kuroda said. “But my concern is to contribute as much as possible for our team to win.”

• Michael Pineda’s MRI was rescheduled for tomorrow. Girardi said there was a scheduling conflict.

• Girardi said he wanted to have Chris Stewart start either tonight with CC Sabathia or Wednesday with Phil Hughes. He decided to use Stewart tonight so that Russell Martin could get two full days off after four pretty long games at home and in Boston. “I figured I would give him a couple of days here and then he can catch the rest of the two games in Texas and start against Detroit,” Girardi said.

• Derek Jeter just took a DH day on Saturday, and Girardi plans to give Alex Rodriguez a DH day so that Eric Chavez can play third either tomorrow or Wednesday. With neither of those guys needing a day, he decided to just DH Eduardo Nunez.

• Could Nunez start in the outfield at some point? “If I feel one guy really needs a day off, I would do it,” Girardi said. “You want to get him as familiar as you can as quick as you can, but as long as I have the outfielders that we have right now and the rotation (in left field), I don’t necessarily feel that we need him out there.”

• Girardi said he’s still not sure whether he’ll skip Freddy Garcia’s next start on Saturday, but he said Garcia will “absolutely” remain in the rotation.

• Girardi said it’s not likely David Phelps will be available until Wednesday.

• Against this potent Texas offense, the Yankees would like their fourth turn through the rotation to go a little better than the first three turns. That starts with CC Sabathia tonight. “I saw his velocity climb (in his last start),” Girardi said. “I saw him get on a roll the last four innings or so. You want him to be able to carry over and do that.”

• Ivan Rodriguez announced his retirement today. The Rangers will have a pregame cermony for him tonight. “Tremendous player,” Girardi said. “One of the greatest players of all time. It was enjoyable to have a chance to play against him and a short time ot manage him. It’s remarkable what he did on the offense side seeing that he played here and the heat that he had to deal with on a consistent basis. (To have) 2,800-plus hits for a catcher is amazing.”

• Girardi’s response when asked which catcher he saw who had Rodriguez’s arm: “Not anyone that I saw. I think one of the closest guys that I saw to him, before he got hurt, was Jorge. Jorge could throw and had a ton of arm strength before he hurt his shoulder. Pudge was the elite class, no doubt about it. You just didn’t run on his teams and when you did you were caught 50 percent of the time. He changed the way you played against him. There aren’t too many guys that can do that from back there. He was amazing.”

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75 Responses to “Pregame notes: Yankees prepared for tough three-game series”

  1. NovaCaine April 23rd, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Yankee averages with RISP

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/team/st.....rk-yankees

  2. Against All Odds April 23rd, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Alex has trouble with pop ups and you want him to learn RF?

    ———————

    He’s not as bad as he once was.

  3. Yankee Trader April 23rd, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    http://mlb.mlb.com/stats/sorta.....am+hitting

    The Yankees were 23rd in the league hitting with 2 outs. I need to look at NovaCaine’s attachment.

    JF-Can you surmise fom last years stats in hitting with RISP that the Yankees don’t do well in manufacturing runs when the homer is taken out of the equation??

  4. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 23rd, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    luis, the other day you were praising the offense and saying that you were thinking I had gotten it right. Today you’re taking shots at people who think the offense is good. Sorry but that’s totally inconsistent.

    Feel free not to take me seriously. You won’t be the first. But nobody can accuse me of being inconsistent or of coming out with things that don’t track with the actual stats.

  5. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 23rd, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Trader exactly what are you trying to prove with that chart? I’m confused because it automatically defaults to average.

  6. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 23rd, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Trader, I’m referring to the chart you linked to in the previous thread. I don’t know what you’re seeking to show.

  7. RMS April 23rd, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Alex has trouble with pop ups and you want him to learn RF?

    ———————

    He’s not as bad as he once was.

    ————————————————————————————————–
    Not that many pop ups at 3rd base, but a heck of a lot flys to RF.

  8. luis April 23rd, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    uis April 23rd, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue April 23rd, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    luis, the other day you were praising the offense and saying that you were thinking I had gotten it right. Today you’re taking shots at people who think the offense is good. Sorry but that’s totally inconsistent.

    Feel free not to take me seriously. You won’t be the first. But nobody can accuse me of being inconsistent or of coming out with things that don’t track with the actual stats.

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

    I was trying to be nice to you….I have stated my positions clearly, i don’t think the offense has a good approach yet, there are encouraging signs, lets hope they can keep them going forward.

    You see, things are not black and white. Usually there is a whole array of shades of gray.

  9. Against All Odds April 23rd, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    True can’t argue that

  10. Jerkface April 23rd, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Jerkface, you are arguing both sides of the fence? I said Logan should not be used as a LOOGY and you said the above. Then you post numbers that show him better against righties last year (after being better against lefties the prior year). So which one is it, I made my position clear but you said one thing and contradicted it with the your stats? I would bring him in with lefties coming up, but I wouldn’t yank him immediately against a righty like I would with Rapada (maybe let him face lefty righty lefty depending on the situation).

    For his career, Logan is awful against righties. Last year he was awful against lefties. The point is, Logan is not a regular reliever. He is a specialist. He should be used as a LOOGY. The stats do not contradict this. In both seasons I posted he had a severe platoon split. You don’t look at that and go ‘yea leave him in vs any batter!’

    Robertson, Wade, Soriano, Joba, and Mo all have better opposing OPS against vs both sides. They are guys you’ll have pitch an inning. Logan isn’t really that type, he suffers from drastic splits.

    He is basically a low leverage reliever or a high leverage LOOGY.

  11. Jerkface April 23rd, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Yankee Trader, you could use Runner on Third less than 2 outs, maybe.

    http://www.baseball-reference......ting.shtml

    Here are the situational statistics.

    Yankees were above average in ‘productive outs’, top of the league in percentage of base runners scored, third in the league in runner on 3rd less than 2 out scoring %, third in advancing the runner from 2nd with no outs. They seem alright to me.

  12. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 23rd, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Sorry but you change too much for me and I find it hard to read who you really are. There is no need to be nice to me! Cripes, I don’t rely on posters here to bolster my position or my feeling good about my position!

    So in your trying to be nice to me, you totally threw me off track in terms of your position. So perhaps you can understand why I reacted the way I did when you made this rather snide comment:

    “Trader, you know how i feel about this issue. But according to some the offense is ok. The Sux masacre happened because they are as bad as the Muts circa 1980.”

    That was on the heels of you having said the opposite after the other evening.

    In any event, I think you are totally wet and totally off base in what you are thinking, and I feel the same way about anyone questioning anything about the offensive production at this point. I think it is whack for anyone to say they question the batting approach in light of the published statistics.

  13. Yankee Trader April 23rd, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    I’m trying to find some statistical analysis that determines how major league teams rank in 2011 at manufacturing runs, such as scoring with two outs, runners on 2nd and 3rd, etc.

    If you take out the homerun, is that a way to determine which teams get that key single, sac fly, squeeze bunt, whatever to score.

    This might help answer if there is need for concern with the current yankees line-up when you need that one or two runs in the late innings to pull out a win, not relying on a player having to hit a homer or two to win the game.

    Am I making any sense. Trying to put to rest whether the Yankees are amongst the best with manufacturing runs, or as it’s been put, situational hitting.

  14. pat April 23rd, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Haven’t heard Kuroda enough to know if he employs sarcasm….

    “I’m aware that our team is going to be facing one of the greatest pitchers that Japan has produced,” Kuroda said. “But my concern is to contribute as much as possible for our team to win.”

  15. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 23rd, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    “Yankees were above average in ‘productive outs’, top of the league in percentage of base runners scored, third in the league in runner on 3rd less than 2 out scoring %, third in advancing the runner from 2nd with no outs. They seem alright to me.”

    I’ll say.

  16. pat April 23rd, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    The Rays are expected to sign DH/OF Hideki Matusi to a minor-league deal

    Matsui would likely go to extended spring training in Port Charlotte then report to Triple-A Durham.

  17. mick April 23rd, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    My guess is 5/1 vs Balt as Freddy’s next start.
    Nova would have gone this Fri. so he won’t be ready for the May 1st start. He would go on 5/2.
    I’m thinking Freddy gets1 more start after that and it’s ANDY at home against Sea. on Sat 5/12.

  18. Yankee Trader April 23rd, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Trisha

    I may be all wet-behind the ears.
    I thought we were friends?? :)

  19. Giuseppe Franco April 23rd, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Jerkface April 23rd, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Yankee Trader, you could use Runner on Third less than 2 outs, maybe.

    http://www.baseball-reference……ting.shtml

    Here are the situational statistics.

    Yankees were above average in ‘productive outs’, top of the league in percentage of base runners scored, third in the league in runner on 3rd less than 2 out scoring %, third in advancing the runner from 2nd with no outs. They seem alright to me.

    ——-

    That can’t be right. People here whine constantly about the Yankee offense being full of question marks.

    Now they’ll want those situational stats against the top 10 pitchers in the league.

  20. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 23rd, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Trader – we are!

    I can think someone’s position is crazy and still think they’re top-notch!

    More often than not, I find myself in agreement with you. On this one, I’m really perplexed at your stance mainly because all of the stats are screaming out that the Yankee offense is more than getting the job done.

  21. Jerkface April 23rd, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    I’d like to see these splits of lefty vs righty pitchers as well. The Yankees really made their bones against lefties last year. A third of their runs came against lefties despite having only 29% of their PA’s against them.

  22. mick April 23rd, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    My guess is since Stewart caught CC last Sat. that he is going with him tonight to establish this rapport even further.
    Let’s hope he knocks in a bunch tonight too as he virtually won that game single handed.

  23. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 23rd, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    I have no argument with anyone who is unhappy with the starting pitching. At least that’s statistically defensible!

  24. mick April 23rd, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    -make that last Tuesday-

  25. luis April 23rd, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    luis April 23rd, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Trisha,

    Do you think the Sux team is any better than the Muts of the late 70?s or early 80?s? Their BP is atrocious, that’s the only way to comeback from a 9-1 deficit as late as the 7th inning. As i wrote in another post, that is a very rare occurrence. The laptop game is a better example of how i think the offensive approach has slipped.

    Read my posts. No i don’t understand the viciousness of your attack. Again, i find them disrespectful to a fellow poster that has only been nice and educated toward you. If you can’t appreciate and respect that, i don’t think you are worth my time.

  26. Jerkface April 23rd, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    To put this in even more perspective. Against lefties they were on a 1000 run pace (980 runs) vs lefties and an 830 run pace vs righties.

  27. Rich in NJ April 23rd, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    The Yankees score 23.3% of their 90 RS in the last two games. That kind of skewing makes an assessment of the offense problematic.

  28. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 23rd, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    luis, best I can tell you is that I find the position of anyone questioning the offense at this point totally crazy. You don’t even back up the position with stats. All of the stats show the opposite.

    I still think this is Montero based with some people, and I think they genuinely don’t recognize it. It’s the only thing that can explain someone questioning an offense with the record this one has.

    If you don’t think I am worth your time, I’ll have to live with that.

  29. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 23rd, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    And feel free to keep it in this thread as it is crazy to keep going back and forth.

  30. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 23rd, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Rich – they were still 3rd in the majors, second in the AL, in runs scored before those last two games.

  31. Yankee Trader April 23rd, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Thanks Jerkface for that last attachment. It took a while to compare the Yankees with the other teams in the AL last year, but it does give me some relief that the Yankees offense is better than most.

    Trisha-

    Probably my concern relates to the diminished number of pies thrown last year and therefore seemingly lack of comeback wins in the last inning!! :)

    I’m cool with it all now!!

  32. Rich in NJ April 23rd, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    trisha

    My point is the sample size is too small to really know what the offense will be.

    For example, Is A-Rod done? I doubt it, but that’s what would be reasonable to conclude from his 92 OPS+.

  33. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 23rd, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    “Probably my concern relates to the diminished number of pies thrown last year and therefore seemingly lack of comeback wins in the last inning!! :)

    :D

    Now THAT I understand.

    :lol:

  34. Yankee Trader April 23rd, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Trisha-

    Now make up with my amigo, Luis, and I’ll feel better!

  35. luis April 23rd, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Trader, Rich and JF,

    The charts does show that the Yankee offense seem to be top notch still….I wonder could those statistics could be skewed by the fact that most of the games are played against below average teams? Further more, could we isolate how do we perform against top notch teams as our selves? and how do we compare to them?

  36. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 23rd, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    “My point is the sample size is too small to really know what the offense will be.”

    rich, I totally agree with that. So all we have is the here and now, and even if it doesn’t end up representing what will eventually happen, it’s sure a good here and now and a good so far.

    That’s my objection to any whining about the offense. Good God, wait ’til they give you reason to whine, then do it up.

  37. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 23rd, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Trader – I deal in reality. I’m not going to pretend for anyone’s sake. An offense that is 3rd in bases on balls and last in strike outs is not an offense whose “approach” deserves questioning IMO. Add to it all of the other stats, come on now.

    You have an offense that is clicking and starting pitching that’s a problem, yet all we read about is the “questionable offense.” Sorry but that insults my intelligence.

  38. tomingeorgia April 23rd, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Quit be so testy, all. Play tonight, win tonight, dammit.

  39. tomingeorgia April 23rd, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    “being”

  40. GreenBeret7 April 23rd, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Bill hall will sign a minor league contract with baltimore shortly.

  41. mick April 23rd, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    tom – try that tiramisu at Ruby’s yet?

  42. Rich in NJ April 23rd, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    “Play tonight, win tonight, dammit.”

    Especially since it’s CC. We really need him to be an ace.

  43. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 23rd, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    tomingeorgia – This series is certainly a test. It would be more than sweet to come out victorious. Someone called the Rangers the most balanced team in the majors. I find it hard to argue with that assessment.

  44. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 23rd, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Fingers crossed.

  45. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 23rd, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    And we’re the nationally broadcasted game for the 3rd day in a row (well if we had played last night it would have been).

  46. tomingeorgia April 23rd, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    mick,
    I would, but who would drive 42 miles to go to the nearest Ruby Tuesday?

  47. Yankee Trader April 23rd, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Have to go soon, but things I’d like to see the Yankees do:

    Skip Garcia’s start next Saturday vs the Tigers and prepare Phelps. Garcia is clearly not the same pitcher we saw last year, and his 3 games this year have gone frm bad to worse.

    Playing Ibanez in LF in front of the green monster was OK. Don’t push your luck in other stadiums and especially in YS

    Get Nunez more AB’s now, especially since Gardner is out.

    Hopefully the dye contrast MRI on Pineda’s shoulder only confirms tendinitis vs the reason for such a study-confirmation of a labral tear.

  48. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 23rd, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    “Especially since it’s CC. We really need him to be an ace.”

    QFT

  49. mick April 23rd, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    this meredith marakovitz does a great job in place of kim jones, she’s all business, no fluff. direct questions and answers, no nonsense.

  50. mick April 23rd, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    I would, but who would drive 42 miles to go to the nearest Ruby Tuesday?
    ===============
    do they deliver?

  51. tomingeorgia April 23rd, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Has Bojo departed for good? “With the lineup we have tonight, WE’RE DOOMED!

  52. tomingeorgia April 23rd, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    mick,
    I can make it myself.

  53. Yankee Trader April 23rd, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    The Yankees offense matches up well with the Rangers. The only concern is how well Hughes will pitch vs Feldman and the Rangers on Wednesday. Expect a CC win tonight and offense from Tex, Jeter, Swisher and company against the lefty, Holland.

    Kuroda if he has the splitter will put on a show vs the star pupil- Darvish.

    Chance to win all 3 is possible and that’s all can one ask for.

  54. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 23rd, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    I have to say that I’m happy that CC is pitching tonight. I know anything is possible, but I am not going to be surprised if Darvish masters the Yankees. If that’s the case, I’d rather have CC and Nova going against other pitchers.

  55. theREALkevin April 23rd, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    lol @ making conclusions about Montero 17 games into his Mariner career.

    He’s a 22 year old kid, thought he was going to be a Yankee star after last season’s call up, looking forward to a bright future in New York. Then he finds out he’s traded to Seattle, the complete other side of the country, a crappy team & a pitcher friendly park. You think he might be a little crushed?

    Give him time, he will be very good, talent will win out no matter his emotions or adjustment period.

  56. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 23rd, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Rangers 1st in league in ERA and starters ERA.

    Eesh.

  57. Giuseppe Franco April 23rd, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Sabathia is already an ace.

    What he does tonight shouldn’t matter when you consider what he’s done for this team the last three years.

    Some people put far too much emphasis on one start, series, or week.

  58. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 23rd, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Kevin – I’m sure Montero will be tremendous. I haven’t varied from that position.

    But those who hold onto Montero being the difference maker for the Yankees are looking a little silly right now. You can’t get any higher than first place, and we owe it to the offense and also to the bullpen.

  59. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 23rd, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    GF, I think rich is saying that we need him to be on top of his game tonight since we’re going against the best. I doubt that rich feels he isn’t a Yankee ace, despite what happens tonight.

  60. Giuseppe Franco April 23rd, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Montero was viewed as a difference maker over the course of an entire season – in fact, several seasons going forward – not merely two weeks of games.

  61. Rich in NJ April 23rd, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Not that CC necessarily needs to be an ace tonight, but that it would be nice given: 1) his underperformance to date; 2) the underperformance of the rotation in general; and 3) the competition.

    That doesn’t mean that he isn’t the ace, or hasn’t been an ace, only that a very strong start would be nice.

  62. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 23rd, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Also CC’s on extra rest, and we know that he doesn’t typically have his best games on extra rest.

  63. RhapsodyInBlue April 23rd, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Joe said Phelpsie isn’t available tonight.

  64. mick April 23rd, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    If CC comes up aces tonight that pretty much guarantees his turn on 4 days this Sat.
    Why break his rhythm with Freddy?
    Skip him, leave him in ro, for 2 more starts against easier teams than the Tigers like Balt and KC, then it’s Andy’s turn.

  65. Rich in NJ April 23rd, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    “Joe said Phelpsie isn’t available tonight.”

    Shouldn’t that be Joesie?

  66. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 23rd, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    I’m not crazy about CC pitching on extra rest, but if the Yanks can hit Holland then CC might not have to be perfect.

    GO YANKEES!!!

  67. mick April 23rd, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Phelpsie will be ready for Hughsie on Wed-sie.

  68. yankeefeminista April 23rd, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    It is not only the sss and the below average teams, but the quality of the pitchers. We eventually hit Shields, couldn’t hit Price or Hellickson or CJ Wilson. The SP’s we hit were named Arrieta, Jerome Williams, Marquis, Swarzak, Buchholz. No one is determining anything one way or another this early in the season because we just don’t know. The positives are Teix and Swish have been able to go opposite more and that we are better so far hitting RHP, but there is nothing to draw from the season so far. Some of us are showing concern in terms of the bigger picture because we root FOR this team and want them to be successful. Everything else is just noise.

  69. tomingeorgia April 23rd, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Banished to the other room tonight, because there’s Jeopardy, Antiques Road Show, and something else on tv. Normally, I’d say “Yes, Dear”, but for some reason I really want to see this game. Go, CC, go Yanks. Play tonight, win tonight!

  70. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 23rd, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    tom, here in spirit is still here.

    :)

  71. Yankee Trader April 23rd, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Free agent reliever Mike Gonzalez is throwing bullpen sessions for suitors and agent Scott Boras tells MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan that he expects his client “should sign in the next ten days” with a new team. Boras also noted that Gonzalez is close to being completely recovered from offseason knee surgery.
    ——————————————

    Is aYankee reunion in the works for former Braves co-closers Gonzalez and Soriano?

  72. MTU April 23rd, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    enjoy the game folks.

    catch you all for the post game.

    :)

  73. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 23rd, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    “No one is determining anything one way or another this early in the season because we just don’t know. ”

    What we do know at this point is that our offense and bullpen have been getting the job done and the starting pitching has been abysmal. So if there’s going to be concern at this point, one would think it would be about starting pitching.

    I’m waiting for SP to turn it around. I’m not worried about the Yankees. But I know what my eyes have told me to date. So I wuould automatically expect those who are reality-bound but concerned about the team to be talking about SP.

    Whatever.

  74. yankeefeminista April 23rd, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Trisha, I am not worried about the pitching. C, Nova should do a great job of fronting this rotation. A healthy Kuroda and Any coming back with strengthen the middle to back end. We are flush with pitchers to fill the 5 spot, but I still believe in Hughes. And if they decide otherwise we have Phelps et al.

    As for the hitting, I want good AB’s and situational hitting IN THE PLAYOFFS and going forward into next year. I think big picture and a couple of years in advance. If you don’t want to think that way, that is your prerogative.

    I am happy to have a discussion with people who disagree, but to say those who don’t agree with you are not “reality-bound” isn’t productive, but I know you didn’t mean to be insulting, so I will just ignore it. As I have said before I don’t take baseball discussions personally.

    FYI, you will see DJ Mitchell pitch for sure tomorrow. Enjoy it! And Warren on Wed.

  75. yankeefeminista April 23rd, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    *Andy (lol)

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