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Yankees pregame: Granderson gets a rest

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Jul 18, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Brian Heyman here for Chad today at Yankee Stadium for this homestand finale. This is game six of 13 straight coming out of the break. Curtis Granderson had started 89 of the first 90 games, 88 of them in center. But Joe Girardi picked today to sit him at the start with lefty Ricky Romero going for the Blue Jays.

“If I’m going to take a day off for him, I’m going to do (it against) a left-hander,” Joe Girardi said. “I think on the road trip we’re going to see six out of seven right-handers, so I just chose today.”

The Yankees have scored at least three runs in 41 straight games, becoming just the third team in the Live Ball Era to do that in a single season, joining the 1994 Cleveland Indians and the 1930 Philadelphia Athletics.

“It’s still amazing,” Girardi said. “You expect them to score runs with this club and the home runs we hit. But there are going to be days when pitchers throw the ball extremely well and runs are tough to come by. But our guys have done a good job of just finding a way in some of those tough games to scratch some runs across.”

Robinson Cano will try to extend his career-high hitting streak to 21 games. The 20-game run is the longest active streak in the majors. Derek Jeter is the last Yankee to have a longer streak in a single season at 25 games in 2006. It’s the longest by a Yankees regular second baseman since Joe Gordon’s 29-game streak in 1942. Cano is batting .405 with six homers and 20 RBI in this stretch. He has delivered at least two hits in 11 of the 20 games.

“I’m excited about it now,” Girardi said. “I mean, 20-game hit streak, it means that he’s being productive. As far as how far it goes, I really haven’t thought too much about that. I think all of us expect Robbie to put good at-bats every day. When he does that, he’s going to get his base hits. So him hitting in 20-straight games doesn’t really surprise me.”

Girardi doesn’t see the streak being a burden to Cano at this time.

“I think he’s pretty carefree,” Girardi said. “I don’t think he would focus on it yet. If it got to be way up there, I think every player, no matter how carefree you are, you’d focus on it a little bit because you’d be asked questions. But right now I don’t think he thinks much about it.”

Girardi said Joba Chamberlain’s next rehab outing should be Friday. Girardi had no update on Brett Gardner’s MRI results. And Mariano Rivera rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange.

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28 Responses to “Yankees pregame: Granderson gets a rest”

  1. fiveironfromfenway July 18th, 2012 at 11:58 am

    No, I am totally serious. The Red Sox always found a way to DL Beckett (although in retrospect he was probably doing that himself).
    Any way of not fully riding the starting pitchers can only help.
    1) Reduce the innings/pitch count for few starts by piggybacking a long man – seems least efficient use of resources and might jeopardize the pen. Although, this would be very easy to do in September with the additional call-ups.
    2) Skip a start here or there. Might be a bit difficult again given 25 man roster construction.
    3) DL – would have to come up with minor league Dl equivalents – sprained big toe nail etc.
    I just cannot believe totally taxing a starting pitcher would be helpful. The Yankees have a huge lead and compared to Red Sox, Rays, White Sox, Tigers, Angels, and maybe even Rangers they have a strategic advantage of being about the rest players.
    Take a look at the post at http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ concerning Sabathia’s imrpovement in pitches last night after his layoff. This is what got my thought process going.

  2. Tabbert July 18th, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Skipping starts or putting players on the DL has very high risk of its own. What if you take hughes and nova out of their grooves and they completely lose their mojo? I come from the school of ” if it aint broke, dont fix it. Also, what happens if another starter actually gets hurt? You would then have multiple starters on the DL. A sixth man rotation, Skipping a start, a innings limit, are all much more feasible ideas than to put healthy players on the DL.

  3. Uncle Ellsworth July 18th, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Stay in the clubhouse as long ad you can Grandy and thank joe for giving you a break on stickiest day of the year. you too derek. stay cool my friends

  4. mick July 18th, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    This is all part of the smarter master plan devised by the Hal-Cash-Girardi regime.
    Look at the bullpen. Enough with the Felicianos of the world, get rapada and see what he can do.
    Get eppley, boone…all relievers are a crapshoot other than Mo.
    Get jones, ibanez, nix, stewart, wise all on the cheap.
    what team is all superstars anyway?
    he is actually giving the fan what he wanted all along….depth, less prima donnas , more hunger…guys who want to play here .
    we have a core in our IF + grandy and build around them…all quality guys, like girardi.

  5. Tabbert July 18th, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Should The Rangers give Darvish and Hamilton the entire month of September off? I mean.. they are already a lock for a playoff spot. You would hate to see the rangers tax their two biggest stars. Throw them on the DL and let them rest up for the playoffs. That’s about as likely as the Yankees putting their young arms on the DL to ” rest them” just because they have a sizable lead in the division. The Yankee are still fighting for the overall 1 seed in the American League, you know?

  6. mick July 18th, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    skipping a start would have to be done 2-3 times. the question is should it be done consecutively or sporadically. the advantage of consecutive or a DL stint is that you can bring up a Phelps for those starts. the other way is a one time call up and send down.

  7. Uncle Ellsworth July 18th, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    20 game hit streak a burden? Gimme a break. Alex is not done yet.

  8. mick July 18th, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    today is unbearably hot and is a perfect day to rest grandy who is playing ironman on this team.
    with the long flight to cali, it’s like 2 days off…smart move or should i say Wise.

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  10. Oscar Madison July 18th, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Mick, saw a blurb on here awhile ago, is it true you are dating Trisha ?

  11. UnKnown July 18th, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Jack Curry ?@JackCurryYES
    Amazing stats. Yankees left fielder are at .346 with 10 HRS, 23 RBI in last 22 games. Those are best numbers at that spot for any MLB team.

    ——

    Almost have to try to lose when you have stats like that from a revolving position like LF.

  12. Cashmoney July 18th, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    I would check in on Chris Young of the Dback. basically a 240-250 hitter with good obp , plus power and good D. see what the asking price is. the idea this year is play him lf and CF. RF next year. good time to buy low on a young guy with some good tools.

  13. fiveironfromfenway July 18th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Tabbert,
    I am not arguing for giving every player a month off. I have outlined why it would make sense to selectively rest the pitchers. Bob Klapish just tweeted an article he wrote about Sabathia agreed last night that the rest did his arm good.
    Girardi for the most part has been a master of balancing playing time and appearances for his relief pitchers, and position players (with DH days etc.). I don’t think having Phelps pitch 6 starts would dramatically (if at all) hurt the Yankees chances for winning the division. With the way the Yankees have been hitting, a difference a run allowed per game (assuming Phelps is that much worse than Nova and Hughes and Kuroda) might cost the Yankees one game over the entire span – maybe.
    Resting and preserving young arms (and the bullpen and the older regulars) for the playoffs seems to be a huge advatnage.

  14. UnKnown July 18th, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Jack Curry ?@JackCurryYES
    Amazing stats. Yankees left fielder are at .346 with 10 HRS, 23 RBI in last 22 games. Those are best numbers at that spot for any MLB team.

    ——

    Almost have to try to lose when you have stats like that from a revolving position like LF.

  15. UnKnown July 18th, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Sorry for the double post my computer is acting crazy.

    Go Yanks enjoy the game everyone.

  16. mick July 18th, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    an older team needs to rotate. the injury to gardner opened this rotation wide open with a LF/DH platoon going on. of course, the trade opened it even more.

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    Mick, saw a blurb on here awhile ago, is it true you are dating Trisha ?
    ===========

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  18. m July 18th, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    They tried losing the game against the Angels. And almost failed! :mad:

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    If true would the mashup name be “misha” or “trick”? Good fot you guys if is is true.

  20. Oscar Madison July 18th, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Or a ‘Trick’ for ‘Mick’ ?

  21. DONNYBROOK July 18th, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    “At least 3 runs in 41 straight games”. WHO CARES??? This is another Worthless stat, that the Clueless Stat Heads in the Yankee PR Dept are beating like a drum. We are Yankee fans. We care about 1 thing. Winning Championships.

  22. Uncle Ellsworth July 18th, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Oscar oscar oscar….

  23. Oscar Madison July 18th, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Yeah, I know……………….sorry. :-(

  24. Tabbert July 18th, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    weather.com shows Scattered T-Storms until 4pm. Hopefully we get this game in.

  25. Cashmoney July 18th, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Trout is got a shot at ROY and MVP,I think Pedroia did it or Lynn… but anywho, Trout is mighty impressive.

  26. Cashmoney July 18th, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Trout has a shot

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