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Lineup uncertainty: The production of Alex Rodriguez

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 30, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Crush and do damage. That’s become a go-to phrase for Alex Rodriguez, and in the month of July, he was actually doing those two things. In the 11 games before he broke his hand in Seattle, Rodriguez was hitting .349/.391/.581 with two home runs and four doubles. He’d been one of the very few Yankees to actually hit during that four-game sweep in Oakland.

“I think for the first time all year I had a pretty good run for 10 days,” Rodriguez said. “I’ve been working hard on the same things that I had going on (back then), and hopefully I can just pick up where I left off.”

Obviously the Yankees need to get Mark Teixeira healthy again, and they need Curtis Granderson to rediscover the consistency that’s been missing in the second half, but the lineup really isn’t complete without Rodriguez.

“You just have to think big picture, and when I come back I want to come back full strength and make sure I’m a force in the middle of this lineup and help this team win,” he said. “Hopefully give us a shot in the arm. You’ve seen what happened with a lot of the guys in the American League.”

David Ortiz tried to come back too early. So did Jose Bautista. The Yankees have given Rodriguez time to make sure his broken left hand is 100 percent. He’s started taking batting practice again, and there are two reasons he expects to be better this September than last September:

1. This year’s DL stint wasn’t because of a leg injury. He’s been able to keep his legs in shape the past month. A lot of hitting is in the legs.
2. That fluke thumb injury really cost him last season. “My plan is, I don’t want him to hurt his thumb this year,” Joe Girardi said.

It’s not enough to get Rodriguez off the disabled list. The Yankees need him to come off the disabled list and be productive. Especially against left-handers, a productive Rodriguez and a powerful Teixeira will change this lineup significantly. Crush and do damage. That’s the key.

“I think my legs are coming,” Rodriguez said. “I see light at the end of the tunnel. My expectation is to come back and come back at full strength to help this team win.”

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44 Responses to “Lineup uncertainty: The production of Alex Rodriguez”

  1. blake August 30th, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    The offense is fine.

  2. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 30th, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    As goes the pitching, so will go the Yankees.

    Book it.

  3. mick August 30th, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    CC-Kuroda-Andy-Hughes
    Book that!

  4. blake August 30th, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    blake:
    Can Mark Montgomery help the Yankees pen now?

    Thursday August 30, 2012 2:02
    Frankie Piliere: Maybe but I don’t see them doing it. Would just be out of character for them and I don’t think it’s a slam dunk that he’d immediately be successful.

    Translation: More Cody Eppley and Derek Lowe

  5. jacksquat August 30th, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Remember when people thought the lineup with Arod and Tex in it was bad? :mrgreen?

  6. blake August 30th, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Trev:
    Will Slade Heathcott or Mason Williams (or both?) be starting outfielders for the Yankees? Or is that just a pipedream?

    Thursday August 30, 2012 2:23
    Frankie Piliere: I have my doubts on Heathcott but I’m a big Williams believer so I think he will be.

  7. blake August 30th, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Trev:
    Corban Joseph is showing some impressive power/on base skills in AAA. What do you think of his potential?

    Thursday August 30, 2012 2:31
    Frankie Piliere: Going to be a very solid big leaguer. Given Yankee standards, i’m not sure it’s in New York but he’s going to be a very good player.

  8. GoldGlove9486 August 30th, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Britton 10 K’s through 7 against the White Sox. This season gets more and more frustrating by the day, even when we don’t play.

  9. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 30th, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    “CC-Kuroda-Andy-Hughes
    Book that!”

    Sounds familiar.

    :)

  10. mick August 30th, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Why wouldn’t Tillman be listed for Sunday?
    He just went on Tues and threw 1 hit ball vs Chi.

  11. mick August 30th, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Ideally, unless Phelps throws 3 no hitters before then, he will be an excellent swing man in the playoffs.

    I expect Andy to be ready….not sure about Nova and where he fits.

  12. mick August 30th, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    …unless Buck is looking to spring Matusz on us Sunday.

  13. GoldGlove9486 August 30th, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Buck is totally going for the kill with the laid back Yankees just 3 ahead of the Orioles. Buck will make moves regardless of the inning. But we know with Joe that Freddy won’t even be looked at until the fifth inning.

  14. ButtSmacker August 30th, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    mick August 30th, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Ideally, unless Phelps throws 3 no hitters before then, he will be an excellent swing man in the playoffs.

    I expect Andy to be ready….not sure about Nova and where he fits.
    ——————————————————————————–
    Best case scenario Pettitte is healthy and sharp for the playoffs and Nova remembers how to pitch prior to the playoffs as well… BOTH Phelps and Hughes are needed in the BP for the playoffs and we already know Hughes can be very good in the BP (unlike Nova.) That said, it will take a big shut down month when Nova returns for him to have any chance to overtake Phil for his rotation spot.

  15. mick August 30th, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    some might have to be left off the bullpen roster come PS:

    eppley, feliciano for rapada, joba

    so, lo, ro + lowe
    phelps, nova?, garcia?

  16. mick August 30th, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    2013 season tix are now on sale.
    not sure of sked but heard the dodgers are coming to town.
    Lohud picnic?

  17. mick August 30th, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    nova or garcia might be left off the PS

  18. ButtSmacker August 30th, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Base case scenario for postseason pitching:
    (This takes a leap of faith that AP has enough time to get healthy/sharp & Nova returns to form after his 2 week mental vacation)

    SP – CC – Kuroda – AP – Nova
    RP – Soriano – Robertson – Hughes – Phelps – Logan – and 2 of Rapada/Eppley/Lowe/Garcia

    WC could possibly be Montgormery but I doubt it.

    I do think AP will be back and claim the #3 spot in the playoff rotation, Nova is a huge question mark, Hughes seems much more likely for the last starter spot, he has been solid and should be fine in the playoffs in either role (RP/SP) but it does hurt the BP not having Hughes out there. If Nova is not pitching well enough to start due to poor location I doubt he will be able to be effective out of the BP either.

  19. pat August 30th, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    jnorris427
    Cashman identifies Montgomery as ” knocking on the MLB door.” next year.

    jnorris427
    Also, Cashman mentioned Tyler Austin as someone from under the radar. “He’s gone from a prospect to a mega prospect.” #Yankees

  20. Nick in SF August 30th, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    pat, thank you for the various things you post.

  21. mick August 30th, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Randy Wolf, another lefty, Buck could throw at us Sunday.

  22. jpmatrixfan88 August 30th, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Buttsmacker,

    You must be on crack if you think Nova is gonna make the rotation over Hughes right noww.

  23. mick August 30th, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    10,000 in Balt today.
    Working class town?

  24. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 30th, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    postseason pitching roster possibilites:

    Pettitte, CC, Nova, Hughes, Kuroda, Garcia, Eppley, Phelps, Soriano, DRob, Rapada, Logan, Joba, Lowe, Betances, Wade, Thomas, Warren

    If the Yanks go with 11, I’d think it’s pretty easy to guess it to 13, at this point in time anyway.

    Pettitte, CC, Nova, Hughes, Kuroda, Garcia, Eppley, Phelps, Soriano, DRob, Rapada, Logan, Lowe.

    Lowe is definitely on my postseason roster. So is Logan of course. DRob, Soriano. Pettitte, CC, Hughes, Kuroda, Nova.

    Phelps = high possibility.

    Obviously things are going to shake out between now and the end of the season that could cause changes.

    Interesting watch.

    AL teams with most swagger at this point in time – O’s and Rays. And deservedly so.

  25. umbrelladoc August 30th, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    What kind of help could we expect from the roster expansion? Would we expect Nunez, Cervelli and/or Romine, Wade, McGehee as call ups? From the stat line Wade appears to have figured things out, and while Nunez and Cervelli have been mediocre – they’ve contributed before on the major league level. At the very least the deeper bench will allow Girardi to pinch hit for the replacement level starters we have.

  26. bruceb August 30th, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Randy Wolf, another lefty, Buck could throw at us Sunday

    Yes please. His pitches are so slow you can change hands mid-swing!

  27. mick August 30th, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    My question :
    Is it Nova over Eppley in the pen?

  28. mick August 30th, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Randy Wolf, an unknown soft tossing lefty: Just what the Yanks need.

  29. cs in la August 30th, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Alex, just go hit the damn ball. Rehab is overrated. Just get out there ASAP.

  30. cs in la August 30th, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    The next nine games will determine the outcome of the Yankees season. Now or never.

  31. mick August 30th, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    They could split the next 10 games.

  32. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 30th, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    mick – I guess there are just too many unknowns at this point in terms of both the rotation and the pen.

    Who woulda thunk it.

    :(

  33. ButtSmacker August 30th, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    jpmatrixfan88 August 30th, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Buttsmacker,

    You must be on crack if you think Nova is gonna make the rotation over Hughes right now.
    ————————————————————–
    You seem to lack reading comprehension skills. I even said in my post Hughes at this time is much more likely to make the rotation over Nova at this point.

    I merely pointed out that it would be the best case scenario for the Yankees that IF Nova came back and had a lights out September and bumped Hughes to the BP it would be ideal for the Yankees. For 2 reasons: (1) Despite his struggles this year Nova simply has better stuff than Phil, when both have their location Nova is clearly the higher ceiling pitcher and more capable of dominated a good offense. Nova’s stuff is still really good, it’s just his command that is terrible right now (keeping his FB and Slider down.) (2) We already know that Hughes can be a shut down reliever. If Nova somehow won the 4th rotation spot (again assuming AP is ready) we would gain another excellent reliever in the BP. If Hughes wins the 4th spot in the playoff rotation then who knows what to expect from Nova in the BP or he could also simply just be left off the playoff roster entirely. Again, as I previously mentioned, Nova winning a playoff rotation spot at this point is very unlikely, it’s a shame.

  34. Bronx Jeers August 30th, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Big late-season series against the O’s.

    Tonight we’re going to party like its 1996.

  35. GoldGlove9486 August 30th, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    If the Yankees split these next 10 games, I’m totally happy with that. That keeps them in first and then they head to Boston.

  36. mick August 30th, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Who woulda thunk it.
    ==============
    There’s always a question of the pen in the PS when a starter or 2 could appear over an experienced reliever more familiar with that role.
    Odd man out could be Eppley with Nova replacing him.
    That leaves a lot of 2nd guessing.
    Also the 4th starter, as we well know, but it should be Hughes.
    Nova or Phelps leaves us solid.
    This season will hinge on our Sept. health, I’m thinking we come out alright.
    In fact we might just jell at the right time…

  37. mick August 30th, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Tonight we’re going to party like its 1996.
    ======================
    Give Jeffrey Maier a call.

  38. mick August 30th, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Nova winning a playoff rotation spot at this point is very unlikely, it’s a shame.
    =====================================
    Not a shame if the 4 best starters go out there.
    They might not even need 4.

  39. Ys Guy August 30th, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    if we’re gonna party like it’s 1996, i’m hangin with coney!

  40. ButtSmacker August 30th, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    mick August 30th, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Nova winning a playoff rotation spot at this point is very unlikely, it’s a shame.
    =====================================
    Not a shame if the 4 best starters go out there.
    They might not even need 4.
    —————————————————-
    It’s certainly a shame that a young guy who showed so much promise last year has fallen on such hard times this year, but I guess you could say the same about Hughes if he were likely to miss the playoff rotation. I guess I just have more hope for Nova in the future (if he is not dealt) based on his stuff and more years of team control than Phil.

    In terms of not needing a 4th starter, I believe I read that the way the playoffs are structured this year we will indeed need a 4th starter unless we sweep or are swept in the first round.

  41. mick August 30th, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    It’s always good to have a starter in the pen if the game goes long.
    I can see Nova in that role.
    I can also see Nova as one of our best trade chips.

  42. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 30th, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    “There’s always a question of the pen in the PS when a starter or 2 could appear over an experienced reliever more familiar with that role.”

    Frankly, there are a lot more questions than that. If we want to put the looming questions out there -

    Is CC truly healthy
    Who will Nova come back as
    Will Andy be ready

    Those questions are much more critical than whether a starter goes to the pen over an experienced reliever.

  43. austinmac August 30th, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Let’s get some wins and insure getting to the playoffs. With so many games with divisional and wild card competitors, they must hold their own. That means, they have to play better. I hate chicken counting early.

  44. Bronx Jeers August 30th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    @MarcCarig: Yankees announce that radio rights stay with WCBS through 2013.

    ————————-

    It is High!!….It is Far!!…….It is……caught, just shy of the warning track.


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