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Yankees lineup: Calling all lefties

Posted by: vmercogliano - Posted in Misc on Aug 31, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Hello all! Vin Mercogliano here from the Yankees clubhouse with tonight’s lineup. I’ll be here all weekend for this surprisingly critical series with the second place Orioles. Andy Pettitte just spoke with reporters after throwing 20 pitches off of the mound. He sounded extremely encouraged, saying it “felt really good.” I’ll have more on that after Joe Girardi’s press conference.
Here is tonight’s lineup:

1. Jeter SS
2. Swish 1B
3. Cano 2B
4. Granderson CF
5. Chavez 3B
6. Ibanez LF
7. Martin C
8. Ichiro RF
9. Nix DH

Kuroda RHP

 
 

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63 Responses to “Yankees lineup: Calling all lefties”

  1. Niblick August 31st, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    I don’t understand this rehab business. The Yankees are slumping badly. If Arod is healthy enough to play in the minors, he’s certainly healthy enough to DH for the Yanks. Arod with one foot and one hand (and the other tied behind his back) is better than having Russell batting cleanup. Or Pearce at DH. Or Nix at DH.

  2. Mike_Boston August 31st, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Niblick,
    A player who’s been out 5 weeks doesn’t just get readjusted to ML pitching as soon as they’re deemed healthy. That would be very short sided. You let him take his hacks against lesser pitching for a few games. Then you insert him back into the lineup, assuming all goes well. Have some patience!

  3. Niblick August 31st, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    It’s even more short sided to keep putting out AAA lineups, while the team is frittering away its lead. For goodness sakes, Nix as DH? CC could hit better.

  4. Mike_Boston August 31st, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Obviously it’s not ideal but we’re talking one more day until the rosters expand and then Joe will have more options. You don’t want to throw Arod out there until he’s had a game or two to readjust, it would be harmful to him and the team otherwise.

  5. G. Love August 31st, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Love that they’re bumping Freddy from the series this weekend and moving Phelps up.

    The Yankees are taking this series very seriously which is a good thing.

  6. ac1 August 31st, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Since we are stinking it up vs. lefties, tomorrow i would expect to see Nunez. They need to get any righties that can bring anything to this lineup. Nunez brings some hitting ability AND speed. Since his defense is in question, just DH him.

  7. PacoDooley August 31st, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Niblick August 31st, 2012 at 3:48 pm
    I don’t understand this rehab business.

    Niblick August 31st, 2012 at 3:57 pm
    It’s even more short sided to keep putting out AAA lineups, while the team is frittering away its lead. For goodness sakes, Nix as DH? CC could hit better.
    ——————————————-

    Give me a break – A-Rod would flail like a A ball player without a couple of games to readjust to seeing live pitching. There is a reason that teams (and by ‘teams’ I mean all 30 teams) send players for rehab stints for a reason – they need to.

    As for Nix at DH, I also don’t really see the logic there. They are in a tough spot with the 40 man roster and so many guys on the 60 day DL, otherwise Dickerson would probably be getting some ABs. But with August ending they are pretty much stuck with what they have, for the moment, but they have a lot of talent coming back soon…

  8. austinmac August 31st, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Players coming back don’t want to be embarrassed as they readjust. I wouldn’t either.

    Plus, knowing the Yankees, AROD will probably only bat part of the game, play a few innings in the field tomorrow etc.

  9. blake August 31st, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    “Love that they’re bumping Freddy from the series this weekend and moving Phelps up.”

    I’d guess that the shuffle is to get Kuroda in each series and also probably they like the matchup better with Freddy against the Rays than the O’s….the O’s lineup isn’t bad….and it’s gets Freddy out of YS. Shows some confidence in Phelps as well…

  10. NYYROC August 31st, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    In spite of the HRs PH pitches much better at home. He leads MLB in most home wins with 10. Last 7 YS starts he is 6-0 with ERA ~1.2) and BAA .207. Most likely the reason for the change.

  11. ac1 August 31st, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    As for Nix at DH, I also don’t really see the logic there. They are in a tough spot with the 40 man roster and so many guys on the 60 day DL, otherwise Dickerson would probably be getting some ABs. But with August ending they are pretty much stuck with what they have, for the moment, but they have a lot of talent coming back soon…
    ____

    Dickerson is a lefty. We have enough lefties. We need some righties that can hit.

    Nunez is sadly all i can find on the 40 man to fill this…

  12. blake August 31st, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Adams has crushed lefties this year and can play 3B.

  13. blake August 31st, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Adams is on the 40 man according to the Yanks website

  14. mick August 31st, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    They want Hughes to pitch at home where he is so much more effective, what’s to figure out.

  15. Don August 31st, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    I am glad the Os have a right hand pitcher, that way we do not have to see Jones in the lineup or on the field.

  16. ac1 August 31st, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Adams has crushed lefties this year and can play 3B.

    ___

    I would love this. I have been saying i want Adams starting at 3B in 2013 and Alex full time DH….

  17. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 31st, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Hi Vin! Nice to see you back with us. Big series coming up!

    :)

  18. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    trisha-

    I was glad you were there to support me this AM in my quest to stay positive.

    Lot’s of folks are feeling really pessimistic right now.

    A few crisp wins will fix that.

    ;)

  19. astrocityfan August 31st, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Good to see you Vin always enjoy reading your stuff.

    Count me on the Adams bandwagon. It cannot be worse than the current alternatives and has a huge upside.

  20. mick August 31st, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    CC would have had 6 days rest on the original rotation, now he has 4.
    Phelps is better than Garcia and has taken his turn in the more crucial series.
    It is indicative of who will be dropped on Andy’s return.

  21. tomingeorgia August 31st, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    MTU,
    As I have often said, this place often turns into Eeyores Anonymous. Sorry I wasn’t here to back you. Play tonight, win tonight!

  22. randy l. August 31st, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    “Lot’s of folks are feeling really pessimistic right now.”

    what there to be pessimistic about?

    the yankees definitely suck less than the other teams chasing them :)

    the big question is how far can showalter go with smoke and mirrors.

  23. mick August 31st, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    You are one of the reasons this blog is dying, since you don’t have anything to add, you just insult your fellow posters instead of arguing the merits of their artguments. Again, you are a troll, an idiot and a very resented person
    ============================
    Again, you do not know me so you have no idea of what you speak and are guilty of what you accuse others of, i.e. being inflammatory.
    Your hollow posts are limited to an opinion with no substance and you are not the gentile type you portray yourself to be. As Trisha says “feisty,” would be kind for easily combative.

  24. BIG AL August 31st, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    MTU -

    Those that are screaming like little kids, just don’t have a sense of how this game is played, and how players coming off the DL need time to get their timing back etc.

    Fair weather fans at best. When you have been a fan as long as I ‘ve been, and gone through years that were the pits, this season is great.

    Cream always rises to the top, and so shall the Yankees. :)

  25. mick August 31st, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    luis August 31st, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    And I have no intention to meet you. Don’t think there is anything worth knowing from you. Again, I am not feisty. But I don’t like people taking shots a people that are not there to defend themselves.

    Yes,it is an opinion.and here is another one…. You are toxic to this blog

  26. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Tom-

    Thanks.

    Appreciate the sentiment.

    If they Pitch well they’ll succeed.

    It was gonna be that way from the beginning.

    Even more crucial now.

  27. mick August 31st, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Poll:

    Mick: Toxic To The Blog?

    Discuss…

  28. blake August 31st, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    David O’Brien ?@ajcbraves
    #Braves have released SS Jack Wilson

    Cashman dumpster dive mode activate

  29. austinmac August 31st, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    I am powerless over the batting order and my team has become unmanageable.

  30. blake August 31st, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Adams is 25 years old…..it’s not like he’s a 19 year old kid ….college player too…..see what he can do already.

  31. UnKnown August 31st, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Phelps bumped up to take Garcia’s start and Garcia misses his turn this time through the rotation. Hmm… very interesting. I swear that I learned on here that this would never happen. Oops. Lol.

  32. mick August 31st, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    I swear that I learned on here that this would never happen.
    ==================
    What was fiction becomes fact….again.

  33. ac1 August 31st, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    David O’Brien ?@ajcbraves
    #Braves have released SS Jack Wilson

    Cashman dumpster dive mode activate

    ___

    Better not pick up another dumpster pick to waste space on the 40 when we have Nunez who can play SS (and 2b and 3b when necessary)

  34. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Al-

    I’m not rying to be a fanboy. Don’t believe in that sort of thing.

    I really believe a case can be made that the Yankees can continue to succeed despite their shortcomings.

    If they play up to their ability they as good as anyone in baseball.

    If they don’t they’re doomed.

    They should be competitive again next year too.

    I don’t share the total pessimism.

  35. mick August 31st, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    I am powerless over the batting order and my team has become unmanageable.
    ========================
    Last day…

  36. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Randy-

    See my response to Big Al above.

    There is still tons of potential within this organization.

  37. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Why am I optimistic going forward ?

    Hughes, Nova, Phelps

    Pineda and Banuelos in the wings

    A teriffic left side of the infield.

    An agless SS

    Minor league Ofer’s like Williams, Austin, Heathcott, Santana, and Flores.

    A terrific young arm in D-Rob, and another on the way in MM.

    And a young Catcher who might just turn out to be the equal of Montero in Sanchez.

    I’m sure I left some things out but that’s my basic outline.

    The ability to trade for some of our other needs.

  38. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 31st, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Okay I’ll bite. Where are you getting information that Freddy has been bumped from his start?

  39. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Don’t get caught up in the moment.

    The future looks bright FWIS.

    after 2014 the Yankees can spend like wild hogs if they so choose.

  40. randy l. August 31st, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    mtu-

    seriously , there are no good teams. people get nervous because they are not used to watching yankee lineups that are this bad, but the reality is that all of baseball is filled up with watered down teams.

    the yankees are not a really good team, but they don’t have to be because the league talent is so spread out.

    team like baltimore can emerge with a little creative management because the good teams have been depleted.

    i don’t enjoy this year like most years for a lot of reasons, but i still like seeing the yankees win.

    i’m pretty confident we’ll be seeing them in the playoffs.

  41. Jerkface August 31st, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    @YankeesWFAN

    Yanks alter rotation. Phelps and Hughes vs Balt next two days. Sabathia, Garcia, Kuroda at TB.

  42. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 31st, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    MTU – I’m feeling really pumped for this series. This is where the rubber meets the road, and as good a team as Baltimore has been this season, the Yankees are just better.

    They know what’s at stake. This is going to be like Yanks-Sux redux, when the Sux actually had steam!

    :)

  43. mick August 31st, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    old news jf

  44. Against All Odds August 31st, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    The future looks bright FWIS.

    ——————————

    We can only hope it is bright. He’s been talking up the farm for a while now

  45. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Randy-

    Me too.

    The odds greatly favor it.

    It woud take a pretty bad collapse for that not to happen.

    Once the playoffs start anything can happen.

  46. mick August 31st, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    And a young Catcher who might just turn out to be the equal of Montero in Sanchez.
    ==========
    Hope not…

  47. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 31st, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Thanks.

    I know there’s a method to Joe’s maddness. In fact I think someone outlined it a bit earlier. I hate seeing Phelps be the potential sacrificial lamb though. Chen is no easy task.

  48. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 31st, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    “Hope not…”

    :D

  49. mick August 31st, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    I hate seeing Phelps be the potential sacrificial lamb though.
    ===================
    Better off Freddy?

  50. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Trisha-

    I don’t measure things in such short time frames.

    I hope for the best but I know if the Yankees stumble they will be back at some point.

    It’s a frickin miracle that they did as well as they have with the quantity and quality of the injuries they’ve had.

    That’s not an excuse just a fact.

    This year or not the future is filled with potential.

  51. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    All indications are that Sanchez can really swing the stick, and his catching ability seems better than Montero’s.

    We’ll see within the next 2 years.

  52. mick August 31st, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    I don’t measure things in such short time frames.It’s a frickin miracle that they did as well as they have with the quantity and quality of the injuries they’ve had.
    ========================
    Aren’t you doing so? Haven’t they had the bulk of their team for the majority of the season, except for Gardner? The staff has been whole for the most part and the pen had been the MVP for a while there.

  53. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    OK. I’m done with my pep rally.

    The rest is up to the Yankees.

    :)

  54. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 31st, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    If you think Freddy is going to lose, I’d rather see him against Chen. In other words, I think that a potential game to concede would be the one Chen pitches. Now whenever we play the Sux, it seems like the surebet game never comes through; so of course it’s possible that we win the game against Chen. But if you look at odds, Chen is the game that I think has the potential to be the toughest. I know there’s more than one way to look at it, but I’d like to save the best pitching for other games in the series.

    I’ll have to go back and read what someone wrote about why it’s smarter to pitch Freddy in Tampa and why Joe rearranged the schedule. At this point, and with those two teams, you play your best hand. So maybe Joe feels better about having Freddy pitch in Tampa, or he feels better about the matchup. I just know that Chen has been pretty incredible (save for a few hiccups lately).

  55. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Mick-

    Depends on what you define as “bulk’ ?

    Soriano filled in admirably but how much better would the pen be if he and Mo were healthy ?

    What about Joba’s trampoline incident ?

    Pineda’s arm injury ?

    The second half was filled with A-rod’s injury and AP.

    CC and now Tex.

    All these crucial things.

    The team has not been at full strength for a lot of the time.

    So no I do not judge based on that.

    I’m actually amazed they have done as well as they have.

  56. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 31st, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    MTU – I’m just feeling it, is all it is. The next two series are big for us, and I think the Yanks are going to jack up the juice. Just as teams seem to get up for playing the Yanks, I think that the Yanks get up when they feel the heat! And make no mistake, at least on paper, this is heat.

  57. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Trisha-

    Whatever you say.

    Their destiny is in their own hands.

    I hope the can summon what it takes to prevail.

    That’s the mark of a Champion.

    If not they’ll have to improve things next season.

  58. luis August 31st, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Finally I can write from my computer!!

    MTU,

    Very good posts…We have reasons to be optimistic for the long run…But we will face some kind of rebuiliding the next two or three seasons…Pitching will have to carry this team for the most part, hopefully it will.

    Randy,

    Spot on…This Yankee team is not great, but there isn’t many teams out there who doesn’t have flaws as well… If I would rank the teams in the AL, it would be somwhere like this:

    1) Texas rangers
    2) LA Angels, even though their record doesn’t reflect this.
    3) NY Yankees
    4) Detroit Tigers
    5) Chicago WS
    6) Tampa Bay Rays

  59. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 31st, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    MTU – all true.

    But no matter what, if they are out there and giving the best they have, for me it’s all good. I know they’ll always be in the hunt. Injuries take a toll. But they still manage to move mountains in spite of it. That’s the mark of a great team. I think the Yankees have a great team. Full steam, it’s full steam ahead. With some of our hawks down, there’s a lot more coal that has to be shoveled. But it doesn’t mean that the engine doesn’t move. It just may mean that the engine takes a little longer to get there.

  60. luis August 31st, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    MTU,

    It is amazing that this team has managed to stay on top dispite the inordinate amount of injuries it has sustained. But in order to go deep in the PS, we need to get them back healthy, otherwise it could be a very short run.

  61. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Luis-

    Good to see you.

    Trisha-

    I’ll be disappointed if the Yankees make a poor showing just like everyone else will.

    Hopefully that will not happen.

    I’m like you. I adjust quickly and I move on well.

    I’m very forward thinking, and that causes me to be optimistic in general.

    The future is always potential.

  62. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Luis-

    That’s true.

    The reinforcements will arrive at the Fort shortly.

    Hope that helps them fend off any more attacks.

    ;)

  63. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    New thread ——>


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