The good news is that they?ve still had a puncher?s chance in all these games?the bad news is that they?ve only had a puncher?s chance in all these games. With or without their A-lineup, we know what we’re in for the next 3 months. Injuries or not
Cashman has to make a move to help the offense this year and the next couple of years. He has to stop ignoring the obvious. The middle of the order keeps getting shorter and shorter the last couple of years and it hasn’t been addressed. This isn’t the lineup from ’09 with clutch Damon and Matsui. Cashman better come up with a player by tomorrow and actually use some of his prospects and stop being a hoarder. Other GM’s make moves and Cashman continues to complain about prices.
Hal is content being one and done. Like someone said earlier today, he is the new Frank McCourt. This team is in very bad shape moving forward with that kind of lackadaisical commitment from ownership where playoff contention and ticket sales are the main goal.
Bring back Hank and put him in charge, at least he had a desire to win and entertain like his dad
Captain Clutch….no doubt he has to act…too many preseason bench players in the lineup…he has to make a move for Offense, stop complaining about $$$ and holding onto the terrible Betances and make a move otherwise he will wonder why they are out in 1st round again when CC gets outpitched by Weaver or Verlander
Why don’t we just wait and see what happens instead of imaging all kinds of horrible things. We heard that Cashman had asked the Mariners for Brendan Ryan, and that was before this happened to Tx.
Nobody’s thrilled about Tex getting hurt and the Yanks slump, but it isn’t the end of the world. I would feel positive that Cashman is on the phone. In fairness he should have information on Tex before he does anything about 1B. Not his fault about the timing.
So now Girardi isn’t sure if Tex had an mri tonight? It seems like he is never honest about injuries and then gets himself introuble. Unless it’s a major injury and Cashman wants to keep it private until after the trade deadline tomorrow.
They might as well just stand pat and ride out the season and hope they don’t historically squander away this big division lead, and hope once they get to the playoffs, they can win a couple of games and then re-assess in the winter.
Tex has been the most clutch and leads the team with rbi’s. If he’s out, you can’t just throw a Cust or Branyan there. That’s like plugging a gushing leak with toothpaste. Unless you got Flexseal. Liquid rubber in a can.. sorry had to make light of this terrible, crappy team ..
They will not know about Tex in time to act even if they willing. If they need a replacement from elsewhere it will need to be a waiver deal. Morneau would likely clear, but that’s not happening at his cost or anything close.
Yanks are an old team. Old players get injured and take longer to heal. What this team desperately needs is an injection of youth and energy, but from all I read on this blog, it isn’t coming any time soon from our farm system.
if the injuries push Cashman to do something then maybe it’ll be good in the long run….maybe he’ll add a piece they need anyway and then when everyone gets healthy they’ll be better overall…..but I doubt they do anything.
JF, I liked Gardy’s approach in the playoffs, and he hits righties fairly well, but he’s only a 102 OPS+ vs. righties career-wise. And he hasn’t had the same success leading off for whatever reason. In over 400 AB’s he has a 91 OPS+ batting first. \
Yanks are going to go as far as their pitching takes them……..Face, your points are well taken , however, you seek perfection and near impossible balance……..I hit for a .383 clip in the minors, but lefties just ate me up………Cox never patooned me because the drop off wasn’t that bad I suppose…….Chipper Jones and his .305 ( ? ) lifetime ba is the same from both sides of the plate…….Not too many of those type of career hitters
.Face, your points are well taken , however, you seek perfection and near impossible balance
Its not asking the impossible because the point is that Tex WAS that kind of hitter in 2009 and prior to that in his career! The consternation you seem to read as outright dismissal is related to the sudden and precipitous drop in production from the left side of the plate that has plagued Tex since 2010. I defended him a lot on here, because in 2010 he hurt his knee which affected him from the left side more than the right. Unfortunately it has carried over to 2011… and now 2012.
This would not be a problem if Tex wasn’t paid 23 million dollars for 8 years based on expected equal production. If anything you’d expect him to do better vs righties because of NYS but that hasn’t been the case.
2009 Tex was great, wish we had more of that guy. As it stands he is a good 12-15 million a year player as he currently stands.
Love the black & white way the so-called “positive” fans in here see everything. You either love a player or you hate them. Discussing their flaws, flaws that apparently their coaches and front office agreed with, are akin to dragging the player out into the street and stoning them.
It must be nice to live in judgment of people and only see 2 shades.
Anyone who has criticized Teixera for his LH batting isn’t jumping for joy right now but they’re also not weeping at a cathedral screaming “God, why?!!!!”
If he’s hurt it’s a huge loss defensively and it’s a big loss against LHP. Against RHP, he’s a slugger and a guy like Cust I bet could match his offensive output against RHP.
The Yankees can weather his loss. They have Swisher who can play a good 1b.
What they can’t do is put their head in the sand and say, “hey, we win a lot more than we lose so we don’t need any help!”
They need bats. The offensive mythology this team is built on is boom or bust.
Either they address the issues with this offense or they really just roll the dice, close their eyes and hope pitchers throw then enough cookies to win a title.
Agree about their SP. I’m just thinking about the drop by Curtis, the strange route by Jones, the drop by Ibanez, and a few other things. And I’m not cracking on these guys. Just point out that those defensive plays could have been the difference between wins and losses. And things wouldn’t look/feel quite so bleak. As you know all it takes is a win to forget a loss.
good thing for that Nix double in Seattle or we’d be sending up the Bat Signal right now. It’s really hard to fathom the utter RISP collapse of this year’s team…completely unforseeable…bad with runners on? Ok, I’ll take it…you can’t be on top every year…but putrid to the point of itcosting you games every week? Never imagined it for a second
And you’re right that a lot of guys in the majors are platoon hitters, but find the guys who get paid elite money who are only really above average vs lefties. Its usually the other way around and Te has really fallen off a cliff vs righties. Jeter was always better vs lefties but still held up very well against righties until 2010. A-rod crushed both sides equally up until 2009.
Face…….I remember you posting a piece on the Madden shift and it’s effects…….Doesn’t Texeria lose 4 hits a month due to the shift ???? And that’s conserative, but if true that’s at least 20-24 hits a season……And that’s the difference from being a .290-.300 hitter…….
If you can get this weeks USA Sports Weekly there is a good article on the Maddon shift. Maddon uses the shift has his pitchers keep the ball inside and moves his middle infielders as the pitcher is releasing the ball, although he basically denies that. Ortiz surmised that he loses 40 hits/year to the shift and has had to make adjustments to overcome it.
remember you posting a piece on the Madden shift and it’s effects…….Doesn’t Texeria lose 4 hits a month due to the shift ???? And that’s conserative, but if true that’s at least 20-24 hits a season……And that’s the difference from being a .290-.300 hitter…….
I’m sure he loses hits due to the shift, but Ortiz managed to work his way around it and if he is going to be so easily beaten by a simple defensive alignment then signing him to his huge contract was a pretty big miscue. Because he went from being Mark Teixeira vs righties to being a slightly better Rob Deer. For the last 3 seasons he is only 20 points of average off of Rob Deer’s career line vs righties. He is of course more valuable due to hitting against lefties and playing great defense, and no can impugn his character or his hustle.
Face…….Ortiz plays in Fenway Park….Stop with the Rob Deer comparisions……..Whatever and however you move the numbers around the bottom line is this…….Baring a seriious injury, Mark Texeria is going to Cooperstown
.Stop with the Rob Deer comparisions……..Whatever and however you move the numbers around the bottom line is this…….Baring a seriious injury, Mark Texeria is going to Cooperstown
But look at the lines, Pat.
.220 .324 .442 .766
.238 .336 .454 .790
Isn’t it eye opening to see how only marginally better Teixeira is from the left side than Rob Deer? And his future enshrinement doesn’t help the Yankees win baseball games, think that should be obvious. This isn’t a video game where having a hall of famer grants a tangible bonus to your batting abilities.
As for Ortiz, from 2010 to 2012 he has hit: .296 .391 .558
.284 .355 .482 vs lefties, .302 .409 .598 vs righties.
He has hit .283 .383 .586 vs righties on the road. .244 .304 .378 vs lefties on the road. He can still crush righties on the road.
Ortiz has obviously adapted to the shift, and at home in Fenway is strong enough to take any mistake outside pitch off or over the green monster. The article said that Maddon uses the shift 40% more than the runner up team-the Orioles. Thats 38 games a year Tex and other AL East hitters will face the shift.
The article also mentioned that the Rays GM has put thier budget into a team of analysts who have honed the shift.
The article also mentioned that the Rays GM has put thier budget into a team of analysts who have honed the shift.
I’d believe it. The rays shifts always seem to work, and the Yankees attempts always appear amateur but that may be some memory bias coming into play where I’m remembering the times the Yankee shifts fail. I feel like the Yankees probably don’t get down as far into it as the Rays. And if you half ass a shift you’ll end up getting bit by it.
Cano is killing the Yankees right now. His approach is god awful. Swinging at everything. I still don’t think your team is winning a World Series with Cano as your best hitter. He’s not the anchor of a lineup. He’s a very good player, possibly even hall of fame, but it’s too much to ask of him to carry a team. He’s better off as like the 2nd best hitter at least. And he’ll never reach his full potential cuz his approach will get awful like right now, and the mental mistakes always rear their ugly head with him.
He’s just going thru the motions out there right now. He’s gotta wake up, cuz without him the lineup is really mediocre
You can’t really apppreciate the Grenn Wall of Fenway until you actually see how close it really is to the infield……..HS fields are deeper down the line all the way to left center…..It really is incredible that it’s a MLB ballpark
As I mentioned you have to have the pitchers keep the ball inside to force the hitter to play into the shift.
The shift is part of why Tex’s average is .253 since 2009-.290 between 2003 and 2009. His BA on balls in play was above .300 every season from 2005 to 2009. In the 3 years since it’s been .268, .239, and .250.
The shift has affected Granderson also. According to Baseball Info Solutions Granderson has one hit from his 23 ground balls against the shift this season compared to 15 for 64 on grounders without the shift.
Do you know what Tex’s WAR is this year? I know his average isn’t great (his production seems alright). It just seems like there will be a huge dropoff between him and a replacement especially factoring in Tex’s golden glove.
I didn’t play organized ball, unless you consider wiffle ball!
The axiom hit the ball where they ain’t still holds, right?
The fact is the Rays have the pitchers to accomplish the most utilized shift in baseball, and for players like Tex, he will always have trouble hitting the ball where they ain’t-except into the stands for a homerun.
I think it becomes easier to assume a player is seriously hurt right now because of all the injuries that have already happened to this team. Also, knowing if another key player misses a significant amount of time its going to hurt even worse because of all the players that are allready out.
In this case I think Tex is going to be fine. Might need a 15 day DL stint worst case scenario. Big division lead still, even after the loss tonight. Not worried about missing the playoffs completely, I just can’t see that at all.
And then the playoffs as Denny Green would say, “The playoffs are what we thought they were.” Which is that they are extremely unpredictable…
Wonder if Theo is being more reallistic on his demands for Demps / Garza when you factor in Soriano….Dodgers have been all over either guy but Theo is hanging things up with the fianacal considertions……….Tyler, the Fenway infield and out field was crap as well…..Saw many Jet games there back in the Namath era…..Very cold and windy In December