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Yankees pregame: Tex bats third; Robertson role in question

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on May 23, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Brian Heyman back here at Yankee Stadium for the series finale. After batting seventh the last two nights, Mark Teixeira is in the three hole with Kansas City switching to lefty Will Smith, who will make his big-league debut.

“You look what Mark has done over his period as a right-handed hitter, he’s been outstanding,” Joe Girardi said. “He’s done a lot of damage here the three years that we’ve had him. We have not swung the bats particularly well against left-handers as a club this year, so I’m going with some track records and putting some guys where they’ve had a lot of success, and I put him there.”

Teixeira bemoaned his lack of selectivity so far, saying he has put too many balls in play. But he’s hopeful about the move up to No. 3.

“We’ve had a lot of success the last three years with me hitting third,” Teixeira said.

David Robertson has indicated that he hopes he’s about a week away from returning, if all goes well from here with the oblique. But will he be going back to the eighth inning or remaining as Mariano Rivera’s primary stand-in for the rest of the season? Girardi opened up the possibility of sticking with Rafael Soriano.

“Let’s just see where we are when Robbie gets back and how Robbie’s doing and how he feels,” Girardi said. “I’ll cross that bridge when the time comes. But I’ve been comfortable bringing in Sori where we’re bringing him because of his experience and what he’s done.

“Obviously he’s had a track record as a closer that’s been very successful, and I expect him to do that here, too.”

Who would you like to see as the closer, Robertson or Soriano?

Meanwhile, with Alex Rodriguez’s lack of productivity, the questions are starting over whether he can live up to his track record and be as productive anymore (with five more years on his contract after this one, we might add).

“I’m sure because he’s (almost) 37, I’m going to be asked that a lot more,” Girardi said. “Only time is going to tell.

“Do I think seven or eight home runs in a month is possible for Alex Rodriguez? Absolutely, I do. Now will you carry that over six months? I don’t know. That’s pretty tough for any hitter to do. But is Alex the kind of guy who can carry us for a month at a time? Yes, I believe that.”



28 Responses to “Yankees pregame: Tex bats third; Robertson role in question”

  1. Rich in NJ May 23rd, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    “Only time is going to tell.”


    A rare moment of candor! :P

  2. Warning Track Power May 23rd, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    I don’t care who the closer is, just as long as the games are saved.

  3. Jerkface May 23rd, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Soriano as closer is fine if it makes him pitch better, as it allows Robertson to put his considerable skill to work in higher leverage situations. The issue is if the Yankees actually think Soriano is a better pitcher, because it could inform their moves in tight/playoff games.

  4. ron May 23rd, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    I like hughes performance last night.

  5. RMS May 23rd, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Regarding Martin’s hitting, I mean lack of-

    2006- .282
    2007- .293
    2008- .280

    Ever since the, it’s been all downhill.

  6. Wave Your Hat May 23rd, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    “It is high, it is far, it is; Well Susan what do you think about that. Only in Baseball can you have something this happen on the grandest of stages. It is caught. A miracle catch even though our view was not clear.”

    RayVT, you left out Suzyn’s part:

    You’re right, John, and you can just imagine how great that must make the kid feel. I was talking to him in the clubhouse and he told me he didn’t care if he never got a hit, as long as the team wins and he plays a great outfield. And isn’t that what the game is all about?

    John: It sure is, Suzyn. There’s a ball, that’s 3-0.

  7. ron May 23rd, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    It is what he needs,to learn how to pitch.

  8. ron May 23rd, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    You always go with the offensive catcher,if there is a big offensive difference,even potentially,unless the catcher is a butcher defensively.

    It’s like benching posada in his offensive prime for cervelli,martin,stewart.

    Wouldn’t happen.

  9. Brian44 May 23rd, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    You all know how “well” we do with pitchers we’ve never faced before…

  10. J. Alfred Prufrock May 23rd, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Not sure if this was posted, but Josh Norris tweeted yesterday that Nardi Contreras said Manny’s MRI was “clean” and that he has a “tired arm.”

  11. Duh Innings May 23rd, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    I’m telling ya, Seattle will lose Ichiro after this season or 2014 if he takes a two-year deal (as I don’t see Seattle offering him the three or four years he will probably want) then King Felix before, during, or after 2014, his walk year cuz he’s not signing away his prime years with a loser.


    The prodigal son returns a winner (2009 World Series) but unwanted by the Yanks, so he will have a chip on his shoulder, something to prove, which NONE of the Mariners have. Montero? He’s loving life playing every day in anonymity and safety of expectation-less Seattle whose offense is so wretched, Montero could be the team leader in HR and RBI with 17 HR and 65 RBI (see veteran journeyman catcher Miguel Olivo leading all Ms with 19 HR and 62 RBI last year I doubt he’ll repeat or better this season.) A-Rod could break the homerun record with the team he started with. All he has to do to be a hero is make it to the World Series as it’d be the Mariners’ first World Series and while it’d be wonderful if they won it, no big deal if they didn’t because, hey, at least they finally made it and don’t share the ignominy of being the only AL team and the only pre-Marlins name change MLB team besides the Washington Nationals not to reach the World Series, especially considering the Nationals get somewhat of a pass being the second-newest MLB franchise after the Miami Marlins (if you count the MM as a new team.)

    A-Rod and half his remaining salary to Seattle for Figgins (total salary dump) means Seattle would owe A-Rod only $6M more than Figgins is making in 2013 (A-Rod’s $28M – $14M the Yanks kick in = $14M – 8M Figgins is due for 2013 = $6M.)

    Seattle pays $14M for 2013, $12.5M for 2014, $11.5M for 2015, $10M for 2016, $10M for 2017, and $15M of his homerun milestone bonus money for $73M total – 8M they clear trading Figgins = $65M for 5 years or an average of $13M a year for A-Rod.

    If they let go of Ichiro after this season, they would clear $17M – 6M extra they’re paying to replace Figgins with A-Rod = $11M for 2012 they could use towards the $12.5M they owe A-Rod for 2014.

    The Yanks could make Nunez the 3B or GASP! the SS and move oldass Jeter to SS. Jeter can still hit with the best of them but he is not a good defensive SS anymore and hasn’t been for years. His later Gold Gloves are a joke. Wherever Nunez plays (3B or SS) Figgins would be the Yanks veteran super-backup 2B/3B/SS who would never play enough to collect the 600 PA he’d need for his $9M vesting option for 2014 to kick in. Who’s to say they couldn’t play him less than 600 PA and re-sign him for a 2014 if he does a good enough job in 2013?

    So what the Yanks would have to pay $73M to get rid of A-Rod? Nunez would be making peanuts in 2013. The Yanks can cross the bridge called their 3B for 2014 when they get to it. Yes, it would suck to pay all that money for a guy who wouldn’t be playing for the team anymore, but that’s better than paying him $144M to put up 2011 Miguel Olivo HR and RBI totals every year 2013-17 and clog DH 2014-17 assuming last year is A-Rod’s final year as a 3B/fielding player.

    You “They’ll never trade A-Rod” idiots seem to ignore that yes $73M wasted but $73M cleared.

    You also seem to forget that that money would be offset by the far less than $15M Mo will take for 2013 (if he takes just $5M double what Pettitte came back for for this season that’s $10M cleared since he’s making $15M this season), the $35.75M off the books letting go of Swisher ($10.25M), Kuroda ($10M), Martin ($7.5M), Feliciano ($4M), and Garcia ($4M.) They will clear $27M letting go of Soriano ($14M) and Granderson ($13M) after 2013.

    Oh yeah, let’s add $18.5M cleared for 2013-14 ($6M in 2013 + $12.5M in 2014) trading A-Rod.

    Bottom line is A-Rod is a hasbeen who needs to go ASAP and this trade is I think the only way to get rid of him.

  12. GreenBeret7 May 23rd, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Josh Norris?@jnorris427

    No Brewer on the DL yet. Sounds like Zoilo is VERY close to returning, if not tomorrow. #Yankees

  13. GreenBeret7 May 23rd, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    And another wall of boring type that nobody will read.

  14. Prete Funk Era May 23rd, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    That wall of text reminded me of Scott Steiner math–5cYOE

  15. ron May 23rd, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    •RHP Jose Campos is still dealing with his “elbow discomfort” and doesn’t appear to be close to returning. An MRI showed no structural damage earlier this month. [Josh Norris]
    •RHP Dellin Betances has been pitching with a cracked fingernail and it is has contributed in part to his control problems. I’m not sure we would have been able to tell anyway given his usual walk problems. [Norris]
    •LHP Jeremy Bleich has resumed pitching in Extended Spring Training and is likely to come back as a reliever. The team’s highest signed draft pick in 2008 hasn’t pitched since mid-2010 due to major shoulder surgery. [Norris]
    •RHP Conor Mullee threw live batting practice today for the first since having Tommy John surgery last June and everything went well. Mullee has thrown just 22 IP since being the club’s 24th round pick in 2010, but he’s one of the hardest throwers in the organization and is part of that relief pipeline the Yankees have built out of late-round draft picks in recent years. [Mullee's Twitter]
    •RHP Danny Burawa was scheduled to appear in an ExST game today, his first game action since suffering an oblique tear in camp. He impressed this spring and should head to Double-A Trenton once fully rehabbed. [Burawa's Twitter]
    •In case you missed it earlier, LHP Manny Banuelos‘ had an MRI on his sore elbow and it came back clean. The DL stint is precautionary.

  16. J. Alfred Prufrock May 23rd, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    TY ron.

  17. Pat M. May 23rd, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Alex needs to get his swagger back and he will………Jerkface, Steve Physioc still does UCLA hoops and lot’s of Pac 10 games, both football and Basketball……Him and The Hud just killed my ears when they did the Angel games…….Played golf with Rex in one of his fundraisers for Children’s Autism …….Had some great Billy Martin stories……Has great respect for Donnie Mattingly and Willie Randolph……..Word on your Boy Yu Darvish is that he has real good stuff, but he’s smart…..He does get himself in trouble ( count wise ) when he elevates in the zone……Serious talent though

  18. Pat M. May 23rd, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Check that …..Pac 12

  19. Against All Odds May 23rd, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Prete Funk Era May 23rd, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    That wall of text reminded me of Scott Steiner math–5cYOE


    Scott Steiner smh

  20. ron May 23rd, 2012 at 6:36 pm


  21. tomingeorgia May 23rd, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    (from previous thread)
    J. Arthur, I truly don’t care what other fans care about most, nor do I begrudge them the source of their enjoyment.

    Your point about bad acting rings true, but even great tragic actors like John Gielgud could figure out that something bad was about to happen to them by the end of Act III, or certainly IV.

    I on the other hand, am watching Act I of the 2012 baseball season. I make no presumptions about what’s going to happen to the Yankees over the next 120 games. I root for the players we have to do their best (which in some cases is pretty damned good), for injuries to heal, and for a good streak to start tonight. Right at the moment, I really don’t care what happens in 2014

    As far as Bojo goes, I used to enjoy his facetiousness in the face of the hand-wringers. I’m looking forward to a win tonight. Let’s go, Yankees and Andy!

    By the way, do you know what the J, in J. Arthur, stands for?

  22. Pat M. May 23rd, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    tomingeorgia………I liked Bojo as well, wish he’d be more active here…..

  23. J. Alfred Prufrock May 23rd, 2012 at 6:54 pm


    Thanks for your answer. I’m J. Alfred – not Arthur (as in T.S. Eliot). ;) .

    Bojo is a good poster. What’s more, he knows that JOBA IS A STAHTIN’ PITCHA!

  24. tomingeorgia May 23rd, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    You know I knew that, sorry. But what did the “J” stand for?

  25. JobaTipsHisCap May 23rd, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Meeting with Cashman. Lol

    What a joker. Do they really believe meeting will change a thing?

  26. J. Alfred Prufrock May 23rd, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    No idea, if you mean Prufrock. I think he took it from some insurance firm, as a deliberately weird juxtaposition to “lovesong”.

  27. Against All Odds May 23rd, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    They did it in 09 so maybe they thought let’s do it again.

  28. GreenBeret7 May 23rd, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Pat M. May 23rd, 2012 at 6:18 pm
    Check that …..Pac 12


    You want to feel old, Pat? Andy Benes’ kid is pitching against the Tampa Yanks, tonight.

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