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Cano showing signs of breaking out of slump

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 11, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Robinson Cano’s first two hits last night were left stranded, but with the game tied in the bottom of the fifth, he finally did some damage. It was his two-run home run that put the Yankees in the lead and ultimately made the difference in the game. The night might have belonged to the Yankees best pitcher, but the biggest blow came from the guy who’s supposed to be their best hitter.

“That’s Robbie,” CC Sabathia said.

Cano hasn’t been himself this season, at least that’s what the numbers say, but perhaps the Yankees most encouraging sign this week has been the resurgence of their second baseman. Cano now has an extra-base hit in four straight games (after going without one in the previous 10), and he has seven RBI since Sunday (after driving in just four runs in the first 27 games of the season).

“I would say nothing (is) different, just falling now,” Cano said. “That’s what I want to do is just go out there and help the team win the game, do the little things in the game. If you’ve got men on base, you just want to be able to drive them in.”

The Yankees have had three reliable hitters this season. One is their leadoff man, who’s job is to score runs more than drive them in. Another is their right fielder, who leads the team in RBIs but missed a full week because of an injury. The third is Curtis Granderson, who’s picked up where he left off last season.

What the Yankees need is to get their middle of the order going, and no one is more important to the middle of the order than Cano. Mark Teixeira is still not hitting, and Alex Rodriguez’s .287/.388/.443 slash line shows he’s getting on base without his usual power. But if Cano can build on this little hot streak, he could make a difference. And it’s a difference the Yankees have been missing.

“It just really changes our lineup because he’s so productive,” Joe Girardi said. “He’s dangerous any time he walks to the plate.”

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175 Responses to “Cano showing signs of breaking out of slump”

  1. sunny615 May 11th, 2012 at 8:59 am

    If only Tex would do it as well…

  2. sunny615 May 11th, 2012 at 8:59 am

    And if Arod can get his power back…

  3. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2012 at 9:00 am

    In terms of a LH swing, if Cano’s ability to adapt to a pitch is a 9 or a 10, Tex’s is a 3 or a 4.

  4. sunny615 May 11th, 2012 at 9:01 am

    2.5?

  5. MTU May 11th, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Time to walk the ankle biters.

    BIAW

    :)

  6. BIG AL May 11th, 2012 at 9:04 am

    MTU -

    :)

  7. Yankee Trader May 11th, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Opposing teams will soon try to pitch around Cano, with Teixeira batting behind him.

  8. Against All Odds May 11th, 2012 at 9:07 am

    The Prince of the city

  9. BIG AL May 11th, 2012 at 9:07 am

    YT –

    Swisher should be hitting in front of Tex, and to heck with his feelings, if he can’t get the job done, he needs to be lower in the order.

  10. upstate kate May 11th, 2012 at 9:08 am

    JCPD
    I know you will have a wonderful time. I hope you will share some of your pix.

  11. Tackelberry May 11th, 2012 at 9:08 am

    HOw many “trade Nunez” posts did I miss last night?

  12. Yankee Trader May 11th, 2012 at 9:08 am

    AL-

    Do you see a match with the Phillies for a July deadline trade for Hamels? I don’t- if the Phillies want a young stud offensive cost controlled player, ready to contribute plus a major league ready starter like Nova.

  13. ac1 May 11th, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Opposing teams will soon try to pitch around Cano, with Teixeira batting behind him.

    ___

    If Joe sees that he will put Alex back behind Cano.
    I think…..

  14. ac1 May 11th, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Do you see a match with the Phillies for a July deadline trade for Hamels? I don’t- if the Phillies want a young stud offensive cost controlled player, ready to contribute plus a major league ready starter like Nova.

    ____

    Yankees are not trading Nova to get 3 months of Hamels….
    Wouldn’t even make sense.
    Nova is cheap and effective…..
    Basically our #2 starter moving forward.

  15. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2012 at 9:10 am

    “Opposing teams will soon try to pitch around Cano, with Teixeira batting behind him.”

    I have been saying that Swisher be moved up, and it’s time Girardi’s stops denying reality about Texeira.

  16. Yankee Trader May 11th, 2012 at 9:13 am

    In anticipation of possible midseason trades, the Blue Jays have asked the Phillies about left-hander Cole Hamels and center fielder Shane Victorino, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. Though GM Ruben Amaro Jr. has said the Phillies could become sellers and Hamels and Victorino are on track for free agency this offseason, no deal is close or likely.

  17. BIG AL May 11th, 2012 at 9:13 am

    YT -

    I answered in the last thread. I’d offer 1 of the “B’s”, Warren and Phelps, if and only if, I could re-sign Hamels to a 5 year deal. Hamels could be key to us winning #28 this year.

    I don’t see either of the “B’s” having nearly the upside of Hamels.

  18. Tackelberry May 11th, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Yankee Trader May 11th, 2012 at 8:37 am
    The Angels and Nationals have had preliminary discussions about a trade involving Peter Bourjos, reports Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. The Royals, Diamondbacks, and Blue Jays also checked in on the outfielder’s availability.

    _____________________________________

    I had mentioned Bourjous over the winter as someone the Yanks should check into. Kid is a terrific defensive outfielder and looks like he is gonna be a good hitter. Wonder what the Yanks and Angels could match up with the make a deal. Bourjous could be Swisher’s replacement next season

  19. pkyankfan69 May 11th, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Nothing to discuss about Cano really.. This uptick in hitting was inevitable.
    He is going to mash for the rest of the year now.

    To me Arod has been the most encouraging… Seems to really being seeing the ball well and centering the baseball when he swings… I’d be surprised if Arod’s power doesn’t show up in a big way shortly (assuming he stays healthy)… Even if Arod’s power doesn’t increase much a .290 avg – .390 obp guy is a good thing for this lineup.

    Tex is a slick fielding version of the post-roid Giambino.
    He won’t bat .212 all year but I also doubt he bats +.250.
    His .269 OBP is even more disheartening than the average.
    When Grandy bats second I would bat Swish in the 5th hole in front of Tex.
    I hope Tex proves me wrong and comes back in a big way this year but he is certainly not showing any glimpses.

  20. Doc Iac May 11th, 2012 at 9:16 am

    “There seems to be less confidence in Eduardo Nunez, who was lifted for defense after the fifth inning”

    well u see the sunrise every morning and u just start to expect it

  21. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2012 at 9:16 am

    I think the odds of the Yankees trading for Hamels is less than 10%.

  22. ac1 May 11th, 2012 at 9:17 am

    I think the Yankees are trying real hard to believe that Tex is being affected by being sick…
    Personally I think it is time to do a full on switch to this lineup. How bout Grandy 4th, Alex 2nd, Tex 6th? ARod’s power may be basically gone, but he is batting almost .290 and his OBP is pushing .400. He gets on base, power or not…. Cano is coming to life, so give him jeter and arod getting on base in front of him, and keep grandy in a position to maximize his power and provide cano protection. Put Swish after Grandy and there is your top 5. Tex can bat 6th because we all know there is no way they drop him further than that.

  23. JCPD May 11th, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Kate, I will definitely share the pics with you.

  24. BIG AL May 11th, 2012 at 9:17 am

    I’ll say it again, if Hamels becomes available, and the owners don’t go hard after him, that will signal they are not committed to winning, only making money.

    Hal, please sell the Yankees to Mark Cuban, he’ll spend whatever is necessary to win, like the Boss did.

  25. sunny615 May 11th, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Maybe that will be enough (dropping him in the order) to get him to be open to the idea of adjusting his swing so that he’s not always driving for the short porch and ending up hitting into the shift.

  26. sunny615 May 11th, 2012 at 9:18 am

    The Phils will want Betances AND Banuelos for Hamels. Talk about never happening.

  27. sunny615 May 11th, 2012 at 9:21 am

    It would be akin to the Yankees trading a 2001 Moose … I doubt you’d only ask for a major league ready offensive player…

  28. BIG AL May 11th, 2012 at 9:22 am

    JCPD -

    Be sure to have Mrs. MTU take pictures of you both before going hiking, that way they have something to put on the missing posters, just in case.

    I look forward to seeing both yours and Mikes pictures, you are both great photographers.

  29. willwill May 11th, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Hey cliff and Roy, how’s philly treating ya?

    LMAO hope you stay in last place.

    The only good TEX is now is to save some errors from the already horrible infield.

    Soriano declined to meet with the media, is this allowed with the yankees? I read that somewhere, i thought they had to do interviews? I like soriano as the closer, but that sorta rubs me wrong.

  30. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2012 at 9:23 am

    “I’ll say it again, if Hamels becomes available, and the owners don’t go hard after him, that will signal they are not committed to winning, only making money.”

    I don’t think it’s that simple. They have fewer top prospects now and also have offensive vulnerability on the ML roster.

    If you give Hamels $20m+, you can’t think about re-signing Swisher or Martin (a good thing).

    In 2014, you would have CC, A-Rod, Tex, Hamels making about $100m or so. Jeter could push that up to near $120m if he keeps this pace up.

    Cano, near $140m.

    Then there is almost no way to re-sign Granderson.

    Meanwhile, Tex and A-Rod may not be productive in 2014. So if you sacrifice those top prospects for Hamels, how do you supplement the offense when it almost inevitably declines.

  31. BIG AL May 11th, 2012 at 9:24 am

    sunny615 May 11th, 2012 at 9:18 am
    The Phils will want Betances AND Banuelos for Hamels. Talk about never happening.

    ***********************************************************
    I’d do that deal straight up today, if I can re-sign Hamels to at least a 5 year deal. Hamels upside is far above either “B”.

  32. JCPD May 11th, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Hey AL, I ain’t going to be missing. As for MTU, that’s another story. :-)

  33. Yankee Trader May 11th, 2012 at 9:25 am

    AL-

    As much as I’d like to see Hamels in pinstripes, he will not sign an extension if traded at the deadline, and the Dodgers will throw the 6 years, 120M+ at him in the offseason to entice him to return to his roots in southern California.

  34. sunny615 May 11th, 2012 at 9:25 am

    With the Yankees openly stated goal of getting under the $189M mark by 2014, I doubt they’ll sign another $20+M player anytime soon (which is what Hamels will be seeking). Even getting Swisher back is unlikely – how are they going to justify another $20M? Not to mention everyone’s raise next year (the only exception being Arod who will get a cut from $29M in 2012 to $28M in 2013… sigh)

  35. BIG AL May 11th, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Rich -

    You can get hitters through FA easier than top SP.

  36. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Big AL

    Even though I disagree, there will be no money to do that.

  37. sunny615 May 11th, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Not to mention Cano will be a free agent after 2014… talk about your $20M payday… don’t see Hamels in Yankee Pinstripes anytime soon. The Yanks now are about cost controlled younger players. You can bet you’ll be seeing Betances and/or Banuelos in the rotation next year.

  38. BIG AL May 11th, 2012 at 9:27 am

    JCPD -

    We all know Mike has a little “missing” for quit some time, so nothing new threr.

  39. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Shame was right that looking for a way to trade Tex makes sense. I’m just not sure it’s possible in a deal that is palatable.

  40. BIG AL May 11th, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Back in a bit, Y’all be good.

  41. sunny615 May 11th, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Yankees contracts 2012:
    Arod – $29 mil (13:$28M, 14:$25M, 15:$21M, 16:$20M, 17:$20M)
    CC – $23 mil (13-15:$23M annually, 16:$25M, 17:$25M vesting option ($5M buyout))
    Tex – $22.5 mil (13-16:$22.5M annually)
    Jeter – $16 mil (13:$17M, 14:$8M player option ($3M buyout)) 2014 option may increase to $17M based on awards earned in 2011-13: $4M for AL MVP; $2M for 2nd-6th in MVP vote; $1.5M for Silver Slugger; $0.5M each for Gold Glove, ALCS MVP, WS MVP
    if 2014 option is exercised at less than $17M, Jeter may earn same bonuses in 2014, up to $17M
    Mo – $15 mil (free agent in 2013)
    Cano – $14M club option (exercised), (13:$15M club option ($2M buyout))
    RSoriano – $11M (13:$14M)
    Swish – $10.25 mil (free agent in 2013)
    Grandy – $10 mil (13:$13M club option ($2M buyout) – 2013 option increases to:
    $15M if MVP (1st – 5th) in 2011 or 2012
    $14M if All Star in 2011 or 2012
    $13.5M if All Star selection in 2011 or 2012
    Kuroda – $10 mil (free agent in 2013)
    Martin – $7.5 mil (free agent in 2013)
    PFeliciano – $4 mil (2013: $4.5M club option)
    Freddy – $4 mil
    Hughes – $3.2 mil
    Gardy – $2.8 mil
    Pettitte – $2.5 mil
    AJones – $2.2 mil
    Logan – $1.875 mil
    Joba – $1.675 mil
    Drob – $1.6 mil
    Ibanez – $1.1 mil
    Chavez – $0.9 mil
    Pineda – $528,475
    Nova – $527,200
    Rapada – $525,000

    Nope – no room for a $20M Hamels… :(
    NunEEEEEz – $52380
    Wade – $508,92
    Stewart – $482500

  42. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2012 at 9:28 am

    The only thing that may make Hamels as a F possible is that they were willing to trade every prospect in their system for Felix according to Cashman.

  43. willwill May 11th, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Martin only has 2 more rbi’s and is batting .188 how long can you bat .188 and be a starter? Why does martin get a pass? People act as if he’s a great defended… he’s been far from that this year

  44. willwill May 11th, 2012 at 9:34 am

    god, how are we locked in with tex for 3 years at 22.5 mil? sigh.. so stupid

  45. Yankee Trader May 11th, 2012 at 9:34 am

    I wouldn’t be surprised if:
    1. Stewart catches Pettitte, as well as Sabathia, and gets more opportunities to play.
    2. Tex never gets going from the left side
    3. A-Rod doesn’t get the 31 homers, 26 more to get the 6M this year, but hits >.300 and drives in >100 runs.
    4. Gardner misses more than a few weeks, and the Yankees look to trade for an OF’er
    5. Soriano gets more save opportunities and “possibly” opts out, as Boras finds him a lucrative 3 year deal with another foolish team, to close.

  46. ac1 May 11th, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Hey cliff and Roy, how’s philly treating ya?

    ____

    Don’t badmouth Roy.
    Halladay was more than willing to come to the Yankees, but they wouldn’t trade for him….
    I’d still look at him in Free Agency in 2014, budget or not.
    CC/Doc at 1-2?

  47. Cashmoney May 11th, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Yanks need to find new ways to procure talents… one way to do it to identify undervalue assets on other teams who are stuck behind the proverbial 8 ball. Bourjos is a realistic candidate or a guy like Travis Snyder on the Jays who has potential but thus far has under performed in the big. There are prolly one or two alike these two litter across the a major landscape that would likely cost Yanks little in forms of talent and money. The main problem i see with such approaches there likely wont be room or playing time to find out if any of these players would stick until Yankees actually start changing their way of thinking.

  48. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2012 at 9:38 am

    “god, how are we locked in with tex for 3 years at 22.5 mil? sigh.. so stupid”

    Four, until 2016.

    I admit it, I wanted him.

  49. ac1 May 11th, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Gardner misses more than a few weeks, and the Yankees look to trade for an OF’er
    ___

    Would let Wise play everyday in LF for now.
    Yankees need some consistency in their starters.
    Go back to platooning Ibanez/Jones at DH and let there be an everyday LFer.

  50. Yankee Trader May 11th, 2012 at 9:40 am

    ac1-

    Roy Halladay would be 37 yo in May of 2014.

  51. Tackelberry May 11th, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Soriano did the job last night, but declined to meet with the media afterwards. Thats the 2nd time he has subbed the media like that, and this was after saving the game!. That is not gonna go over well here if he continues to do that. Has an obligation to talk to them. Girardi and coaches better get that through his head

  52. ac1 May 11th, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Roy Halladay would be 37 yo in May of 2014.

    ___

    Are you going to say that 1-2 years of 37 year old Roy is a bad thing?
    Not saying to give him a 10 year deal.
    He really isn’t declining…

  53. pkyankfan69 May 11th, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Rich in NJ May 11th, 2012 at 9:38 am

    “god, how are we locked in with tex for 3 years at 22.5 mil? sigh.. so stupid”

    Four, until 2016.

    I admit it, I wanted him.
    ————————————
    Who didn’t want Tex?

    It was impossible to foresee how far how fast Tex would regress.
    He’s 32… He should be at the back end of his prime… Not a shell of his former self.

  54. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2012 at 9:43 am

    If they trade for Halladay, there are really putting themselves at risk of too many players declining at the same time.

  55. Cashmoney May 11th, 2012 at 9:45 am

    “god, how are we locked in with tex for 3 years at 22.5 mil? sigh.. so stupid”
    ——
    There is inherent risk to signing anyone to an eight year deal… but Tex was signed under a different time and under dif set of rules. Frankly I did not even pay attention to his contract in lieu of instant gratification he brought. The thought process was simple… if he falter …we likely have the money to buy another piece… as was the case how Yanks mask most of the problems with overpaid under performed players.. and there have been plenty of that.

  56. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2012 at 9:45 am

    “Who didn’t want Tex?”

    I have read that some people wanted to wait for AGone or Fielder.

    But I agree, and they need to stop pretending with him.

  57. Giuseppe Franco May 11th, 2012 at 9:46 am

    If Soriano succeeds in his role this season I don’t give a rat’s ass whether he talks to the media or not.

    Most fans would probably agree.

  58. Yankee Trader May 11th, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Cashmoney-

    Another way, is the Yankees could look to trade for players who would become free agents after the 2013 season, to fill spots until hopefully one of the talented pitching or offensive players are ready to go. By doing this they’d be getting players in their walk years, and be closer to fielding a sub 189M team for 2014.

  59. Cashmoney May 11th, 2012 at 9:48 am

    If you trade Halladay then the thought process should be load up on everything u can to win in 12 and 13… and expect the inevitable downfall for a couple years when all these bloated contract hit you in the face. Again there is not guarantee that you would actually win a championship with him as is with anyone but that should be the thought process.

  60. Triple Short of a Cycle May 11th, 2012 at 9:50 am

    You can get hitters through FA easier than top SP.

    ———————————————————————–

    Outside of 1st basemen that is not really true

  61. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2012 at 9:50 am

    “If you trade Halladay then the thought process should be load up on everything u can to win in 12 and 13…”

    TBH, I don’t trust Cashman in any trade for a pitcher.

  62. upstate kate May 11th, 2012 at 9:50 am

    GF
    I agree. Not everyone is comfortable w/ the media, and seeing how comments come back to haunt players, I don’t blame him.

  63. 86w183 May 11th, 2012 at 9:51 am

    If $ 189 is going to happen Pineda is a hugely important piece. Plus they’ll need Nova to progress and Phelps and/or Bentances/Banuelos to make the rotation.

    Hughes will be very expensive by 2014 if he’s producing.

    If Hamels can be had at $ 20 M that’s less than Kuroda + Mariano so it is possible.

    They will have to go with inexpensive options in several places because there’s nothing you can do about A-Rod and Tex and that’s $ 50 M (capwise) from 2014-16.

  64. Jerkface May 11th, 2012 at 9:51 am

    I have read that some people wanted to wait for AGone or Fielder.

    Waiting was unrealistic, because the gap between Tex’s availability and A-gon/Fielder was too big. 2-3 seasons is huge in baseball time.

  65. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2012 at 9:53 am

    “If $ 189 is going to happen Pineda is a hugely important piece”

    Given the success rates of that surgery, he’s not important any more. If he recovers and regains his prior form and is durable, they won the lottery. But they can’t count on him at all.

  66. Triple Short of a Cycle May 11th, 2012 at 9:54 am

    I agree. Not everyone is comfortable w/ the media, and seeing how comments come back to haunt players, I don’t blame him.

    ——————————————————————–

    I doubt that is the reason he doesn’t talk to the media

  67. Cashmoney May 11th, 2012 at 9:55 am

    YT, I have been echoing that your particular sentiment. The Yankees needs to figure out if it’s possible to maintain the excellence they have been under for past 15 years with due consideration to their new budget mandate and under the new CBA with their typical ways doing business. if not, then they need to start doing things a bit differently. it’s that simple.

  68. Yankee Trader May 11th, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Rich-

    Definitely don’t get into a trade for a pitcher with the Braves. Other than Mike Stanton and maybe Boone Logan, the Yankees have either traded for or signed as FA’s braves pitchers, Farnsworth, Hammond, Wright, Vazquez round#2

  69. Against All Odds May 11th, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Rich in NJ May 11th, 2012 at 9:53 am

    “If $ 189 is going to happen Pineda is a hugely important piece”

    Given the success rates of that surgery, he’s not important any more. If he recovers and regains his prior form and is durable, they won the lottery. But they can’t count on him at all.

    ———————

    Exactly whatever you get for him you take it

  70. Yankee Trader May 11th, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Have to go. Everyone have a great day

  71. randy l. May 11th, 2012 at 10:05 am

    “Given the success rates of that surgery, he’s not important any more. If he recovers and regains his prior form and is durable, they won the lottery. But they can’t count on him at all.”

    rich in nj-

    what are the success rates for that kind of surgery?

    any chance pitching in relief would be easier on his arm?

    i have no idea why the yankees thought his motion looked like a long term starter motion. one look at his video , and i was saying no way .

    i really think this was a case of looking at stats too much and not looking with their eyes. i’ll admit pineda looked good on paper. but when a bullpen catcher’s eyes can see something isn’t right with a pitcher, what’s up with the yankees who have all kinds of eyes at an elite level. were they even involved or was it just a stat based decision?

    the yankees do some odd things. they try to teach young pitchers new pitches at the mlb level rather than at triple a , and they also like to teach a young player to learn new defensive positions at the mlb level.

  72. Tackelberry May 11th, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Giuseppe Franco May 11th, 2012 at 9:46 am
    If Soriano succeeds in his role this season I don’t give a rat’s ass whether he talks to the media or not.

    Most fans would probably agree.

    _________________________________________

    So do I persoanlly, but It also can become an issue for him if he rubs them the wrong way, especially here in NY. Remember how they never let Randy Johnson forget it after he pushded the camera away on his first day here

  73. DONNYBROOK May 11th, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Yanks are NOT looking to add payroll Long-Term, so the Halladay Trade banter is malarkey. Now, trading for Rent-A-Hamels has merit, as does trading for any impact rent-a-player come July 31.
    This constantly using the DH Slot as a “rest stop” in May is ridiculous. A-Rod just had an off day Monday, and Girardi comes right back and “rest stops” him Thur. If there are Yankee players that are That decrepit, Girardi should forget the rest stop and call The Coroner. Nix had 2 tough chances at 3B, and looked better than solid. Nunez should see 3B time NO MORE.
    This talk of using the tandem of Robertson and Soriano in 9th inning Save situations is baloney. Robertson has earned the right to walk that tightrope all by his lonesome. Soriano has earned Nothing, and continues to get dinged\runs onna regular basis.

  74. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2012 at 10:10 am

    randy

    http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/2012/04/40745-40745

  75. Giuseppe Franco May 11th, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Postgame interviews (and pregame for that matter) are usually fluff and don’t really provide a ton of useful information.

    Last night, the only tidbit that was useful was the health of Gardner. The last postgame show that meant anything was the night Mo tore his ACL.

    Outside of those circumstances, postgame shows are usually fluff and lack any real usefulness so I couldn’t care less if a player wants to talk to the media after a game or not.

  76. JobaTipsHisCap May 11th, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Cano breaks out of slump? I hope so. But one game doesn’t mean a thing.
    More important is cc is really getting better.

  77. randy l. May 11th, 2012 at 10:20 am

    thanks rich

    that article wasn’t too encouraging.

    one thing pineda has going for him is his height.

    he should be able to create a lot of velocity simply with the leverage of his whole body. maybe he can learn to throw using his body more an his shoulder less.

    but as for counting on him, that article spells it out pretty clearly that it’s a small chance he’ll be back as he was .

  78. sunny615 May 11th, 2012 at 10:23 am

    If Chavez can come back Thurs and STAY healthy, you shouldn’t see Nunez at 3B ever again. (Or so I would hope)

  79. DONNYBROOK May 11th, 2012 at 10:24 am

    IF, it came down to signing either Granderson OR Hamels, I go Hamels. Unfortunately, I do Not believe Hal will open the pocket book for either player. Cano, yes, as he will become the face of the franchise when Jeet hangs ‘em up.
    You guys should reserve judgement on TEX until the All Star Break. Dog Piling a notoriously slow starter in May is Knee-Jerk.

  80. Benny Blanco May 11th, 2012 at 10:26 am

    randy,

    what do you think Tex’s BA will be at the end of the year?

  81. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 11th, 2012 at 10:33 am

    News update – I think.

    Vladdy has signed with the Jays.

  82. J. Alfred Prufrock May 11th, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Giuseppe Franco May 11th, 2012 at 9:46 am
    If Soriano succeeds in his role this season I don’t give a rat’s ass whether he talks to the media or not.

    Most fans would probably agree.
    ///

    I don’t particularly care, either, but upon driving back from last night’s game, I was very interested to hear from C. I got my interview on ‘Sounds of the Game’ and it provided a nice finish to a great evening in the Bronx.

    How would you feel if every Yankee decided they wanted nothing to do with any sort of post-game? Just curious.

  83. blake May 11th, 2012 at 10:37 am

    “blake,so who was going to start at 3b last night? It’s clear that they want to rest Alex every so often at dh, that’s an imperative for them for obvious reasons. who was going to play 3rd?”

    Hey Joe….I think Alex plays 3B every day until Chavez gets back or you get someone on thr roster from AAA that can play the position….Nunez is a disaster there…..hes not comfortable and he cost CC two runs and about 15 pitches last night…..its not an isolated incident either….just because the circumstances arent great doesnt mean you compound it by playing guys out of position…..JMO

  84. randy l. May 11th, 2012 at 10:41 am

    “what do you think Tex’s BA will be at the end of the year?”

    benny blanco-

    i’m guessing montero will have a higher batting average. :)

    however i’m pulling for teixeira to figure out his left handed hitting.

    he’s way too young for this drop off to happen.

    he really needs to just get back to how he used to hit and tweek what he’s doing.

    whatever he’s doing now needs to be scrapped.

    i ain’t working.

    time to try something else.

    it can be done though.

  85. blake May 11th, 2012 at 10:42 am

    If it came down to Granderson or Hamels….I would sign…..wait the the Yankees shouldn’t have to choose….they should sign both.

  86. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 11th, 2012 at 10:43 am

    What a nice read this place is when the Yankees agree to win. If only they would do that 162 times in a season, there are posters who wouldn’t have to show up at all! (though if mistakes are made in the game, they would definitely grace us with their presence. Never mind.)

    :)

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

    “Tell me.

    When was the last time the Sux finished in last place ?”

    Don’t remember. But I have a feeling I might end up with some mighty nice chocolate from Nick! May they keep up the good work!

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

    “I’m one of the few who liked the Soriano signing and I like the guy on the mound. He gets killed by most people, but if Levine didn’t sign him we’d be in a world of hurt right now with Mo and Joba out. ”

    “If Soriano succeeds in his role this season I don’t give a rat’s ass whether he talks to the media or not.

    Most fans would probably agree.”

    G. Love, see we do agree on lots of things! I loved the Soriano signing and never went back on it. I too see everything he has to offer. He took to the mound last night in the 9th like he never left it (in the closer role).

    GF – agree with you about Soriano. I think it’s language barrier as much as anything. Not all players from other countries learn the language as quickly as others. But whatever, as long as he pitches well for us, so be it. By the way, people make comments about him never smiling. But then people make comments about other players being too expressive. Guess baseball needs to hire acting coaches so players do it “just right” for the sake of the demanding fan, ha ha.

  87. blake May 11th, 2012 at 10:45 am

    “If Chavez can come back Thurs and STAY healthy, you shouldn’t see Nunez at 3B ever again. (Or so I would hope”

    outside of emergencies …. I don’t think you should anyway….if Chavez can’t stay heathly then can somebody who can to share time with Alex….I like Chavez….think he’s great to have …but it’s always something with him and you can’t design your roster to count on him when you want to rest your starting 3B as much as the Yankees do. Hopefully Chavy will get back and stay in one piece the rest of the year.

  88. Cashmoney May 11th, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Blake, in house candidates would be R. Pena, Kevin Russo and the new comer Ronny Mustelier. If they really want a super U I say give Russo a shot or Pena. if u want D then Pena.

  89. randy l. May 11th, 2012 at 10:52 am

    if soriano would accept canceling his contract today, i’d take it.

  90. GreenBeret7 May 11th, 2012 at 10:54 am

    That article was based on the worst case scenerio and speculation. They have no idea how much damage was done. There’s as much evidence that the surgery will be successful than there is that it will fail.

  91. blake May 11th, 2012 at 10:55 am

    If they really have to give Alex 2 or 3 DH days a week …then they probably should be carrying Pena until Chavez is healthy enough to play…….

  92. Jerkface May 11th, 2012 at 10:56 am

    There’s as much evidence that the surgery will be successful than there is that it will fail.

    Even if this is true, that makes it 50/50, which is pretty bad odds for a surgery and comeback. Shoulder injuries are always bad.

  93. blake May 11th, 2012 at 10:56 am

    “if soriano would accept canceling his contract today, i’d take it.”

    I wouldn’t today….cause they need him and cause Hal would just stuff the money saved in his pocket.

  94. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 11th, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Just wow about the Sux. Yes I predicted that their season would continue to be the unmitigated disaster it was at the end of last season, and I didn’t think the prima donnas would lower themselves to perform for Valentine, but I don’t think I was thinking it would be this bad. Beckett, the Chucky doll, and Lester ALL scuffling?

    IT’S ALL ABOUT PITCHING, FOLKS!

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

    Joe from LI this morning made IMO a very astute observation about baseball, likening it to the field of medicine. It may sound simplistic, but when fans are involved, there are many a slip between the cup and the lip. Baseball has a lot in common with medicine (I don’t know about dentistry) in that you have to consider the whole situation, and not take things in isolation. It is probably normal for fans to take things in isolation, especially fans who aren’t comfortable with their team doing anything less than perfectly. And that seems to be a lot.

    He was talking about Nunez in that instance.

    But again, I guess it’s asking fans to go against their very nature to ask that they be calm and rational and think about the big picture all the time and never get upset. And I’m not being facetious either. When you are that kind of fan – and I’d say that’s a vast minority – you get pummeled when you bring things up that actually may make sense in the big picture but certainly aren’t making sense at the moment.

  95. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 11th, 2012 at 11:00 am

    “That article was based on the worst case scenerio and speculation. They have no idea how much damage was done. There’s as much evidence that the surgery will be successful than there is that it will fail.”

    Are you thinking it makes sense to wait to see what happens rather than speculate and dump all over the Yankees?

    Then some posters would have nothing to bring to the table at all!

  96. 86w183 May 11th, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Citing re-hab stats from injuries going back 13 years is pointless.

    Medical advances have increased success rates and shortened recovery times for virtually every injury. ACL was 12-18 months or longer in 1999, it can be as little as 5 months now.

    I think there’s every reason to expect Pineda to be fully recovered in 2013.

  97. J. Alfred Prufrock May 11th, 2012 at 11:02 am

    The idea that the Yankees should just flip off the media is kind of adolescent and doesn’t take into account the tree in the forest nature of baseball without a witness.

    Last night, the Stadium was empty. Windy, cold Thursday night in May I guess, keeps the fan away, even though C was on the hill and is having a magnificent start to the season.

    What needs to change is the way sports are covered; the players telling the media to “eff off” may make some fans pump their fists, but it just means the fan doesn’t get to hear from the player. In Europe, the soccer writers get perhaps too involved with the teams’ fortunes, etc., but there’s an understanding from players there, and coaches, that the sport is part of the culture, and that reporters have a right to ask tactical and often controversial questions. A reporter covering the Rangers apparently asked the coach about line changes, and the guy’s response was “Stop coaching, Pat.” That’s beyond ridiculous. Answer the question, dude.

    Here, it’s either the media is viewed as highly adversarial (and many set themselves up as such) or they’re in the company pocket of the team. You get soft questions and canned quotes; it’s just an insult to a fan’s intelligence. But the leagues are also responsible for the dumb way these games and athletes get covered. There needs to be a makeover in how the whole reporter-mananger, reporter-player thing works; players just declining interviews isn’t the answer, because then people won’t feel a connection to the team and will lose interest in paying money to go see these guys.

    Soriano is a special case, because he doesn’t speak English well and you can see he is uncomfortable with the way they poke at him with dumb questions. But what currently stands for “coverage” is for idiots to consume, and for angry people to react to (as they pretend the media is the “establishment” and players are revolutionaries for refusing to talk, or something).

    Something needs to give.

  98. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 11th, 2012 at 11:06 am

    “Citing re-hab stats from injuries going back 13 years is pointless.

    Medical advances have increased success rates and shortened recovery times for virtually every injury. ACL was 12-18 months or longer in 1999, it can be as little as 5 months now.

    I think there’s every reason to expect Pineda to be fully recovered in 2013.”

    Absoutely agree.

  99. ac1 May 11th, 2012 at 11:07 am

    If they really have to give Alex 2 or 3 DH days a week …then they probably should be carrying Pena until Chavez is healthy enough to play…….

    ___

    That will likely be today, unless there is a set back.

  100. Cashmoney May 11th, 2012 at 11:08 am

    I think there’s every reason to expect Pineda to be fully recovered in 2013.”
    ———–
    I don’t expect anything from Pineda at this point. let’s talk in a year.

  101. Wave Your Hat May 11th, 2012 at 11:10 am

    If in fact Pineda’s labrum tear is a Bankart lesion, as opposed to a superior lesion anteroposterior or superior labral anteroposterior lesion (commonly called a SLAP), of which there are about 10 types), that’s good news. From what I can determine googling around, recovery rates for Bankart lesions seem to be a lot better than from SLAP tears.

    Pitchers are more susceptible to SLAP tears which accounts for a lot of the poor recovery rates being cited.

  102. RMS May 11th, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Soriano is a special case, because he doesn’t speak English well and you can see he is uncomfortable with the way they poke at him with dumb questions

    —————————————————————————————————————
    Get an interpreter.
    NY probably has the most media coverage. I bet the Yankees will talk to Soriano and explain to him you have to talk to the media.

  103. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 11th, 2012 at 11:14 am

    J Al – I gotta tell ya, I notice the empty-seat syndrome all the time. With the new ownership of the Yankees (meaning Hal and Hank and whatever way they do business) it doesn’t seem that empty seats bother them enough to do anything about it. Maybe I’m being unfair to think that, and maybe there’s nothing they can do about it at this point in time without upsetting all of the season ticket holders who pay those big bucks for the good seats. But with the economy in the toilet, I don’t see a lot of those seats being filled.

    And then there’s those damned sports bars! They show shots of those during the game and they are filled to the brim. How may of those are people who seek shelter during bad weather, I don’t know. And then there are those glassed-in rooms filled with television monitors and food, where the big money people can watch the game, rather than in the seats they’ve paid for.

    A whole unfortunate confluence of events has changed the unity that always seemed to permeate the old Stadium. State-of-the-art nothing. Give me the old Stadium 24-7. The character of Yankee Stadium just seems to have taken a huge turn.

  104. DONNYBROOK May 11th, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Interesting point brought up during last night’s game. The Rays Might be attempting to distract Yankee hitters, by shifting their 2nd baseman directly behind 2nd base and in the hitters view, while the ball is being pitched.

  105. J. Alfred Prufrock May 11th, 2012 at 11:15 am

    I’m sure they’ll let Soriano know he needs to be more cooperative. If he snubs the media, and coughs up a lead one of these nights, they’ll come down harder on him as well. That’s the way this whole media-sports team dysfunction rolls.

  106. blake May 11th, 2012 at 11:18 am

    “Baseball has a lot in common with medicine (I don’t know about dentistry) in that you have to consider the whole situation, and not take things in isolation”

    the issue with Nunez isn’t an isolated one….if it was then it would be different….it’s been going on for awhile now.

  107. austinmac May 11th, 2012 at 11:20 am

    I always enjoy thinking and talking about possible player acquisitions. However, they aren’t trading for Hamels or anyone else who has or will get a big contract in 2014-2015.

    I do wish they would look at young position players will some upside. I don’t think that will happen at the trade deadline either. Perhaps , a new approach will occur this off season. They will have to get one with the holes expected by free agency departure.

  108. Wave Your Hat May 11th, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Nunez just has to be a better infielder than what he is showing. He couldn’t have moved up as fast through the minors as a SS if he wasn’t.

  109. Against All Odds May 11th, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Cashmoney May 11th, 2012 at 11:08 am

    I think there’s every reason to expect Pineda to be fully recovered in 2013.”
    ———–
    I don’t expect anything from Pineda at this point. let’s talk in a year.

    ————–

    That’s the stance everyone would take. If he needed TJ it would be different.

  110. Jerkface May 11th, 2012 at 11:22 am

    If in fact Pineda’s labrum tear is a Bankart lesion, as opposed to a superior lesion anteroposterior or superior labral anteroposterior lesion (commonly called a SLAP), of which there are about 10 types), that’s good news. From what I can determine googling around, recovery rates for Bankart lesions seem to be a lot better than from SLAP tears.

    Has anyone confirmed whether he has a type of SLAP tear? All I can see is that he tore his anterior labrum, which may be a type of SLAP tear.

  111. J. Alfred Prufrock May 11th, 2012 at 11:23 am

    trisha,

    They bombard my email box with ticket plans, and this was BEFORE I gave up my seasons. So they are trying. They alienated many holders by underselling tix to the secondary market on Stubhub, leaving holders holding the bag. They also dissed people who had plans for years by refusing to put them in the new house in comparably located seats (like in the strike zone), but then turned around and sold those in brand new plans. So much for loyalty.

    Not many on this site actually pay the Yankees to sit in the ballpark, so you won’t hear the outcry that is regularly in play on sites like NYYFans, where season ticket holders, current and former, discuss endlessly how poorly the Yankees have treated the fans who actually give them a sh!tload of money every year.

  112. blake May 11th, 2012 at 11:24 am

    “Nunez just has to be a better infielder than what he is showing.”

    He’s always been shaky….but he’s always played SS……..he played almost all his minor leagues games at SS…..virtually none anywhere else….so when you take a guy that has had issues defensively at one position and then start playing him all over the place in the big leagues then I don’t think it’s that surprising that he’d have issues….

    he’s got almost zero experience in the outfield and very little at 3B as well….3B isn’t easy if you’re used to playing SS….the ball is on you must faster….the angles are different etc….the Yanks have been asking Nunez to play a position he’s unfamiliar with sporadically….and the results haven’t been very good.

  113. Jerkface May 11th, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Nunez just has to be a better infielder than what he is showing. He couldn’t have moved up as fast through the minors as a SS if he wasn’t.

    I think if he had started 2011 in the minors, playing SS full time, he would be a lot better now than he is. He’d also be a lot better if he didn’t move around so much.

    The Yankees are trying to turn a guy that needs constant work on his defense into a super utility player. Its bad ingredients. I understand why, because he has intriguing hitting potential I guess, but they would have been better off giving him more time to work.

  114. DONNYBROOK May 11th, 2012 at 11:26 am

    MLB is littered with “all bat-no glove” players. If you got the stick, your on the fast-track to The Show.

  115. Jerkface May 11th, 2012 at 11:27 am

    MLB is littered with “all bat-no glove” players. If you got the stick, your on the fast-track to The Show.

    Nunez isn’t all-bat no glove though.

  116. J. Alfred Prufrock May 11th, 2012 at 11:27 am

    The Yankees don’t have a utility infielder in Nunez. The quicker they grasp that, the better.

    You don’t take a kid who’s played virtually no 3rd base and put him there as a sub. You’re setting him up to fail. He’s a SS and can also play 2B.

    The OF plan is fine, except they need to actually, you know, let him take some reps in Spring Training, not use the ML season to train him on the job.

  117. DONNYBROOK May 11th, 2012 at 11:29 am

    And just where is his glove best suited????

  118. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 11th, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Speaking of the media, can you imagine if any Yankee player gave the answers to the media that Beckett gave last night? Does anyone think that Valentine is regretting taking that job right about now?

    You want to talk about a clear case of the inmates running the asylum? The owners are pompous a-holes who seem to care more about the soccer team than they do the sux; the new GM is nothing more than a figurehead and probably regrets taking the job also; the players are a bunch of islands and appear to have no regard or respect for Valentine.

    blake had postulated that they would go after a starter in the off season, but they probably overestimated the pitching they already had plus didn’t want to take on any big contracts after taking of Gonzalez and Crawford with nothing to show for it.

    Beckett is a total loser. I didn’t realize how much so until I heard his postgame comments. There is absolutely no respect for the organization. For the elf to mouth off to the press rather than talk to Valentine privately, for Pukelisp to trash Ellsbury to the press, with no ramifications, for Beckett to show no accontability to the team or even acknowledge that his golfing could have at least given the wrong perception.

    People might not love Cashman or some of the moves he’s made, but at least he’s a visible presence and speaks for the organization. There is NOBODY in beantown doing that.

  119. J. Alfred Prufrock May 11th, 2012 at 11:31 am

    I sat over 3B last night. You could see the throw to second was doomed, as he was not set, and was off balance before he threw the ball. I was not mad at Nunez, but at the charlatans who keep dumbly trotting him out there. Save your boos for Girardi is what I told the losers around me who began to pile on the kid.
    /drumsfingerswaitingfornewmanagementteam

  120. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 11th, 2012 at 11:34 am

    J Al, I keep harkening back to the Boss, and people want to bring up the bad things he did. Well yeah, he had some less-than-admirable days. But he cared about the fan base like nobody’s business. I can’t see that things would be run the way they are if George were still here, and healthy. Maybe there aren’t any sharp tools left in the box. Maybe he was the total brains of the operation. Maybe there is no longer any accountability. Whatever it is, it’s sad.

  121. blake May 11th, 2012 at 11:34 am

    “And just where is his glove best suited????”

    pick a position and see if he can learn to play it acceptably…..probably SS since thats where he has the most experience and where he’d have the most value.

  122. J. Alfred Prufrock May 11th, 2012 at 11:34 am

    C was worth the admission alone last night, btw. The best was how helpless Pena looked, flailing at those sliders :D.

  123. sunny615 May 11th, 2012 at 11:34 am

    I can only imagine what this blog and fanbase in general would be like if the Yanks had lost by one or two runs last night… (i.e., Nunez’s error’s lost CC the game)…

  124. blake May 11th, 2012 at 11:37 am

    I would have liked to see John Lackey’s face if he had been pitching last night with Nunez in the field…..CC just takes it and moves on….picks his teammate up….there are pitchers in baseball who can be better on given nights….guys who’s best is better than CC’s ….but I don’t think there is anybody I’d rather have leading the staff.

  125. Wave Your Hat May 11th, 2012 at 11:37 am

    “Has anyone confirmed whether he has a type of SLAP tear? All I can see is that he tore his anterior labrum, which may be a type of SLAP tear.”

    My comment was based on that article in The Baseball Analysts Rich in NJ linked to, which said it was Bankarts. A pitcher’s usual injury is a SLAP which can result from the overhand motion.

  126. Wave Your Hat May 11th, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Unfortunately Nunez can’t just play SS. That’s not what he’s on the team for.

  127. J. Alfred Prufrock May 11th, 2012 at 11:39 am

    trisha – true pinstriped blue May 11th, 2012 at 11:34 am
    J Al, I keep harkening back to the Boss, and people want to bring up the bad things he did. Well yeah, he had some less-than-admirable days. But he cared about the fan base like nobody’s business.
    ///

    I’ll agree that he was good at being perceived as caring about the fanbase. Also, I think he probably would have cared about being perceived as an owner who did not. Hal and his minions are suits first. Not baseball people first. They merely inherited the ‘Mona Lisa’ as George would say, but have no aesthetic sense whatsoever.

  128. J. Alfred Prufrock May 11th, 2012 at 11:41 am

    I wish Pineda a full recovery. However, to me, he was only some big tipping point in Cashman’s imaginary world where the Yankees have no pitching.

  129. Wave Your Hat May 11th, 2012 at 11:42 am

    “Cashman’s imaginary world where the Yankees have no pitching.”

    I’m not sure that world was so imaginary.

  130. ac1 May 11th, 2012 at 11:42 am

    I agree Nunez should not be put near 3B once Chavez is back. The guy struggles in the field sometimes no doubt, but it seems like the talent is there, if he had a full time position. With Gardner out for another month, Nunez’s speed is important. He is going to play, maybe SS maybe LF, but he will play. At this point its probably more mental than anything. And the more he tries to fix it the worse it will be.

  131. DONNYBROOK May 11th, 2012 at 11:43 am

    With Gardner out, Girardi wants the bat and speed of Nunez in the lineup as often as possible. To give Nunez some Significant SS time, would mean a demotion to AAA. NOT gonna happen. Jeet’s gonna be the Yankee SS 5 games outta 6. SS is out as the position for Nunez, if he is gonna play on anything close to a regular basis.

  132. Jerkface May 11th, 2012 at 11:44 am

    My comment was based on that article in The Baseball Analysts Rich in NJ linked to, which said it was Bankarts

    A bankarts seems to mostly occur from dislocation. I don’t know if that describes Pineda’s injury.

  133. Wave Your Hat May 11th, 2012 at 11:45 am

    “And the more he tries to fix it the worse it will be.”

    The more Nunez tries to fix it in the spotlight, I agree. IMO the best thing for him would be to send him to AAA and let him play about 50 games straight at SS to get his head together and his muscle memory resurrected but the Yanks can’t afford to do that given the state of the roster.

  134. Kerry May 11th, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Any word on how David Aardsma is progressing? I would love to have him come back and fill in the closer role for the 2nd half.

  135. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 11th, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Did Wave and blake say there are too many latinos on the team? I missed that one, and I can’t see either of them saying something or thinking something like that!

  136. Tarheel In NYC May 11th, 2012 at 11:48 am

    J Al,

    I was at the game, too…grandstand behind homeplate. Watching CC pitch was definitely the highlight of the game for me! Nunez’s errors made me cringe. He’s just so frustrating to watch out there on D.

  137. blake May 11th, 2012 at 11:48 am

    “I agree with Wave and Blake, the only reason the Yankees ever win anything is because of the money they spend, if they were in a sport with cap restrictions, they would be also rans..I also agree with both that there are too many Latinos on this current team.”

    pretty sure neither wave or blake said either of those things.

  138. ac1 May 11th, 2012 at 11:48 am

    we all agree SS is not a full time option for Nunez. I think they should have him work regularly in the OF. RF will be an open position next year and if they want his speed and bat, that may be the best place for him.

  139. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 11th, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Oh I get it. Marshall30 is a troll.

  140. Wave Your Hat May 11th, 2012 at 11:48 am

    “A bankarts seems to mostly occur from dislocation. I don’t know if that describes Pineda’s injury.”

    I know, I wish that article Rich linked to had been more specific in saying why it thought it was a Bankarts tear.

  141. Joe from Long Island May 11th, 2012 at 11:48 am

    blake – i wasn’t talking about the “whole situation” with nunez. i was referencing the whole situation with the team. the perceived need to rest alex, chavez being on the dl, the need to rest martin and play a weak bat with stewart, making it more difficult to start nix who is also a weak bat, all going up against a pretty good pitcher.

    that whole situation.

  142. ac1 May 11th, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Any word on how David Aardsma is progressing? I would love to have him come back and fill in the closer role for the 2nd half.
    ____________

    He is on twitter, send him a tweet and ask… :)

  143. blake May 11th, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Nunez can play DH too….that’s a position.

  144. DONNYBROOK May 11th, 2012 at 11:49 am

    “Pretty sure”??? Get off the fence.

  145. Wave Your Hat May 11th, 2012 at 11:49 am

    trisha-

    I never would have said that, it makes no sense. I was going to just ignore the comment but I guess I need to make an official disavowal.

  146. ac1 May 11th, 2012 at 11:50 am

    the need to rest martin and play a weak bat with stewart,
    _________________________________________________

    Get where you are coming from, but Stewart’s bat has actually been better than Martin’s this year. You may see him get even more playing time if Martin can’t get his act together.

  147. blake May 11th, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Joe,

    yea I get it….and I guess it was worth a try to do what they did….I just don’t think it’s working.

  148. Kerry May 11th, 2012 at 11:51 am

    He is on twitter, send him a tweet and ask… :)
    ————————————————————–
    “Yo Dave! How ya feeling buddy?” hah I can see that being answered ;-)

  149. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 11th, 2012 at 11:52 am

    According to Sports Center, last night was the first time David Price ever game up homers to two left-handed hitters in one game.

  150. ac1 May 11th, 2012 at 11:53 am

    “Yo Dave! How ya feeling buddy?” hah I can see that being answered
    ____

    Ill give it a shot!

  151. DONNYBROOK May 11th, 2012 at 11:53 am

    I did enjoy seeing Nunez run wild on Price. If Nunez had the hair, he coulda swipped 3rd a couple times also. Price yelling at his defense was worth a chuckle also.

  152. Warning Track Power May 11th, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Great job by Yankees for taking the series. C.C. was the ace he is paid to be. Great performance. 118+ pitches should be something C.C. can achieve just about every start.

  153. Jerkface May 11th, 2012 at 11:54 am

    but Stewart’s bat has actually been better than Martin’s this year.

    Average wise, but Martin’s OPS is still higher. Both are bad.

  154. blake May 11th, 2012 at 11:56 am

    “Average wise, but Martin’s OPS is still higher. Both are bad.”

    if we even have to think about who is better then it’s not really a good thing

  155. Joe from Long Island May 11th, 2012 at 11:57 am

    blake – my guess is that, with chavez coming back – one hopes today – that nunez will play 3rd in emergencies, only. if he played ss in aaa, then he play ss when jeter dh’s, or 2b when cano dh’s, and occ. lf. the ball comes harder, faster, at you at 3rd. with chavez, they will have a better option.

    chavez up, wise down.

  156. ac1 May 11th, 2012 at 11:58 am

    chavez up, wise down.

    ____

    Thinking Chavez up, Nix down.

  157. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 11th, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Yeah, I think we need Wise around until Gardner is back.

  158. 86w183 May 11th, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    agreed… but I’d be inclined to send out Rapada or Eppley. The 12th pitcher is rarely needed and this aging lineup needs more opportunities for rest.

    But I doubt that’ll happen… it’ll be Nix

  159. ac1 May 11th, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Thinking Nix for Chavez and Eppley for Pettitte…. Wise will be here until either Gardner comes back or if Dickerson recovers and they decide to bring him up.

    Would be real nice to have Justin Maxwell about now :/

  160. Wave Your Hat May 11th, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    “Yeah, I think we need Wise around until Gardner is back.”

    I’m getting the feeling Gardner may not be back for quite a while. And none of his current replacements are entirely satisfactory.

  161. ac1 May 11th, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    I’m getting the feeling Gardner may not be back for quite a while. And none of his current replacements are entirely satisfactory.

    _________________________________

    Perhaps this dude in San Francisco that plays all three OF positions?

  162. 86w183 May 11th, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    I’d keep Eppley and send down Phelps. Better he serve as a starter than rust in the pen.

    Forgot about Pettite roster move.

  163. J. Alfred Prufrock May 11th, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Tarheel In NYC May 11th, 2012 at 11:48 am
    J Al,

    I was at the game, too…grandstand behind homeplate. Watching CC pitch was definitely the highlight of the game for me! Nunez’s errors made me cringe. He’s just so frustrating to watch out there on D.
    ///

    He doesn’t frustrate me nearly as much as the bright boys who keep putting him there.

  164. 86w183 May 11th, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    My guess is Nunez is limited to middle infield from now on. Chavez or Nix will provide relief at 3B and Wise can help out in the OF.

  165. DONNYBROOK May 11th, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Phelps stays. Girardi likes him and the job he has done assa RP and SP. Also, nothing concrete concerning Pettitte physically, till he starts maybe 3 times.

  166. GreenBeret7 May 11th, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Slade Heathcott is scheduled to play his first game on June 5th for Tampa. Ravel Santana is going full throttle in XST. My guess his that he goes to either SI when it opens or Charleston if Williams shoulder is still an issue. Right now, Ben Gamel is playing center field for Charleston.

  167. randy l. May 11th, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    “I think there’s every reason to expect Pineda to be fully recovered in 2013.”

    “Absoutely agree.”

    pollyannaism at it’s best.

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