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Postgame notes: “If I did, do you think I would tell you?”

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Much of the talk before tonight’s series opener with the Baltimore Orioles centered around the Yankees not panicking despite the fact that their lead in the division had been cut down to three games. Players seemed loose in the clubhouse, and Joe Girardi smiled when asked questions about the Yanks’ shrinking cushion in the AL East.

But after the Orioles cut that lead to two games with Friday’s 6-1 win — a game in which the Yankees never really seemed to be in it — a bit of reality seems to be setting in.

“It’s that time of year where we know what’s going on,” Eric Chavez said.

For the most part, the Yankees still chalked this loss up as one of those games, but there’s no denying that they have not been playing well of late. Tonight’s loss is their seventh in their last 10 games, and there’s no doubt that they need to turn things around if they want to hold onto first place.

“I probably said that about two weeks ago,” Girardi said. “When we got swept in Chicago, I said, ‘We need to play better.’ When we lost two out of three to Toronto, I said, ‘We need to play better.’ As I’ve said, there are going to be low points and high points during the season. You’ve got to find a way to get out of this little rut we’re in.”

Girardi is not your typical rah-rah type of manager, but he was asked after the game if he would feel the need to speak with his team if this skid continues.

“If I did,” he said. “Do you think I would tell you?”

• While the Yankees looked lost at the plate for most of tonight’s game, O’s starter Miguel Gonzalez deserves a lot of credit. He was good against the Yankees the last time that he faced them, and he was even better this time around. Traditionally, the Yanks can be caught off guard when they haven’t seen a pitcher before, but they tend to catch up quickly after that. Gonzalez didn’t allow that, giving Baltimore seven shutout innings while striking out nine and allowing only four hits. “The ball was exploding out of his hand,” Chavez said. “The board said 91, 92, but it felt like 95.”

• Aside from a deceptive fastball, there were two things that Gonzalez did very well: He got ahead in counts, and he mixed in his offspeed pitches well. A couple of Yankee hitters said they thought his split-finger was especially nasty tonight. “You’ve got to stay in attack mode against these really good lineups,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “As soon as they feel some anxiety or that you’re picking around the strike zone, it doesn’t bode well for you.”

• As Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda said after the game, “I think it’s pretty similar to my last outing. One mistake pitch too many.” Kuroda gave up some runs early to the Cleveland Indians in his last start before settling down, and that’s pretty much how it went tonight. He gave up a sac fly to Chris Davis and a two-run homer to Mark Reynolds in the second to give the O’s a 3-0 lead before promptly retiring the next nine batters that he faced. That streak was broken when he gave up a solo homer to J.J. Hardy in the top of the sixth.

• Kuroda ended up giving the Yankees 8 1/3 innings while allowing the four runs, and he was asked after the game if it weighs on him when his offense isn’t backing him up. “In order to win, I have to minimize the damage to less than what we can score,” he said. “It’s really tough to face these situations.”

• The Yankees best opportunity to get to Gonzalez came in the bottom of the sixth. Ichiro led off with a single, which was followed by a Jayson Nix walk. That set the table for the most formidable portion of this version of the Yankees lineup, but Derek Jeter, Nick Swisher and Robinson Cano went down in order. “I’m not an excuse guy,” Swisher said. “Just a bad game for us. We have to put this game behind us, and I can’t wait for tomorrow.”

• Out of all of the Yankees, Swisher had the most forgettable night. For the first time since 2006, he struck out in all four plate appearances. He has had four strikeout games since 2006, but not in a game in which he only came up four times. As reporters asked Swish about Gonzalez after the game, he responded, “I’m not the right guy to ask. I didn’t do too much against him tonight.”

• Before the game, Girardi had talked about some signs that he would look for to see if his team was pressing. He talked about wanting to see guys smiling and enjoying themselves, but he also spoke about looking at their approaches at the plate — if they’re hacking away at bad pitches or seem too anxious. When asked if he had noticed any of those things in tonight’s game, he didn’t seem to think so. “I think the effort’s there,” he said. “It’s really kind of hard to judge if youre going to be satisfied with a guy’s at-bat, because then you’re asking me to get into people’s minds. But I didn’t see guys trying to do too much.”

• Alex Rodriguez went 0 for 3 with a walk and a run scored for Single-A Tampa tonight in his first action in over a month. He grounded out to short in his first at-bat, walked in his second, and then struck out in his final two plate appearances. For more on that, here is a story from Newsday’s Greg Auman. A-Rod could be back as soon as next week, and Girardi was asked if he’s the type of spark that the team needs right now. “You hope he comes back swinging like he did before he got hurt,” he said. “That’s the idea. This is a guy that’s supposed to be an impact player for us, so you hope he makes a big impact.”

• Swisher mentioned A-Rod as a guy that the team looks to for leadership in these situations, along with Jeter. “We look to them for guidance,” he said.

• I’ll give the final word to Showalter, whose team has shaved eight games off of the Yankees’ lead in six weeks: “I’m proud of our players. There will be another challenge. We’re going to sleep quickly. We’ve almost made it to September, what do we have, a couple of hours? I think we all know, it’s a given, what the Yankees are about and what they can do. We have to continue to stay focused on what we have to do and stay in the moment, which our guys have done such a great job with all year.”

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135 Responses to “Postgame notes: “If I did, do you think I would tell you?””

  1. UnKnown August 31st, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Winning 2 out of 3 is still in play and that is really all one could realistically expect. Now we just have to actually win these next two games and tonights game will be a distant memory.

  2. Pat M. August 31st, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    I just left a long winded response at the ned of the last thread….Oh Well

  3. JobaTipsHisCap September 1st, 2012 at 12:30 am

    I am glad I didn’t have chance to watch this game.
    I guess they all stunk. and I am not surprised even if they get swept this weekend.

    go cashman! lol

  4. jacksquat September 1st, 2012 at 12:44 am

    “If I did,” he said. “Do you think I would tell you?”

    Oh yeah, that needs to be top secret stuff. :roll:

  5. Bo knows September 1st, 2012 at 1:02 am

    Well, Dickerson and Nunez are on the way. I’d probably throw both of them in there tomorrow, DH Jeter. Get them, while they’re on a high.

  6. jc in tw September 1st, 2012 at 1:18 am

    I came all the way from Taiwan and spent $300 on ticket to watch the game…and they played like X@%$ Hopefully they win next 2…

  7. Nick in SF September 1st, 2012 at 1:41 am

    I feel worse for you than for the rest of us, jc in tw visiting nyc. I hope you get to see some better Yankee baseball and a WIN tomorrow.

  8. UnKnown September 1st, 2012 at 2:33 am

    So pumped that they are going to get Dickerson up here. Probably won’t start tomorrow because of the starting lefty, but you will definitely see him on Sunday.

    Phelps needs to and I believe will pitch an outstanding game tomorrow.

  9. RadioKev September 1st, 2012 at 7:07 am

    I haven’t followed the team much this past week, been packing for a move. Looks like I picked a good time. Hopefully the reinforcements rejuvinate this team.

  10. Tidrow September 1st, 2012 at 7:24 am

    This team doesn’t play well under pressure. That’s why they’ve been so underwhelming these past few postseasons. Guys like Swisher, Tex, Martin and Granderson and even Cano can’t seem to rise to the occasion when the team needs them most. Still believe they hold off Os and Tampa for the division but don’t really see them going far in playoffs unless somone goes off like A Rod did in 2009 to save their bacon.

  11. MTU September 1st, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Pat M.-

    Yesterday you seemed so pessimistic.

    Today you say they’ll take the division by 6 ?

    :)

  12. randy l. September 1st, 2012 at 8:04 am

    mtu-

    on august 14th my business was dead even on the month with last year.
    some say in this business environment that’s good, but from doing this for a really long time, i know you grow or you die, even if it’s only 3-5% growth a year.

    i made some changes on the fly. lots of small things really and slowly turned it around until it really got going in the right direction.. we ended up 19.5% up on the month.

    my point is a lot can happen in a few weeks. the yankees have a month to go so lots of time to find a way that works what what they have.

    what they have to do is fight. get pissed and then take some action that works.
    that’s the way i do it anyway :)

  13. austinmac September 1st, 2012 at 8:08 am

    We look good compared to the Red Sox. There’s that. I’ve got no other good thoughts this morning as I wait to see the lineup with Jenes at cleanup, Pearce hitting and Stewie behind the plate.

    If the team thought Dickerson etc. would help they wouldn’t have spent the year at AAA. The Rangers add Profar and the Yankees add Nunie.

  14. Yankee Trader September 1st, 2012 at 8:12 am

    MTU September 1st, 2012 at 7:36 am
    Pat M.-

    Yesterday you seemed so pessimistic.

    Today you say they’ll take the division by 6
    ——————————
    Why Pat M may be correct. The schedule!

    The schedule favors the Yankees, not only in the AL East but amongst the other playoff teams in the hunt-Orioles, Rays, Tigers, White Sox, Rangers and A’s.

    If the Yankees can win 6 of 9 of the next 10 games against the Rays and Orioles, the only remaining games left in the schedule against an above .500 team are 3 games at home vs the A’s-then 10 games with Twins, Blue Jays and Red Sox to close out the season.

  15. Against All Odds September 1st, 2012 at 8:17 am

    The Rangers add Profar and the Yankees add Nunie.

    —————

    Shows where the two organizations are prospect wise

  16. austinmac September 1st, 2012 at 8:22 am

    YT,

    The Yankees have a 4 1/2 game lead for the second wild card spot. They have to play better than .500. If they don’t, they shouldn’t be in the playoffs. It’s time to quit saying the right things and do some on the field. Right now, they don’t look like they can beat anyone.

    This is what happens when a team ages. Look at the Phil’s and the Sox. Instead of adding youth, they have added age. No one should be shocked when the oldest team in baseball wears out.

  17. Yankee Trader September 1st, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Now, why Pat M may be wrong. Feel free to add any other reasons I might have missed:

    Pettitte and A-Rod come back but are not able to contribute.
    The bullpen is now completely exposed, playing AL East rivals down the stretch, who are used to seeing them.
    The Shift-Utilized most by Rays, 2nd most by Orioles.
    Solo homers lately. No men on base. Same yearlong problem-don’t score runs with RISP.
    No team speed
    No contributions from aging players-Ichiro, Ibanez, Jones, Lowe, and others

    That’s just for starters! :(

  18. austinmac September 1st, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Cashman was supposed to build from within. Their is not one player in AAA or AA who can help. That is pretty eye opening, but my eyes were opened in April. Adding Ibanez, Ichiro and the like is simply the wrong way for an already old team to go.

  19. randy l. September 1st, 2012 at 8:28 am

    ” Former Red Sox players Josh Reddick, Brandon Moss and George Kottaras combined to go 9 of 15 with four homers and 13 RBIs.”- peter abraham

    hahahhahahahhahhahahahahahaha

    now that’s funny

  20. RadioKev September 1st, 2012 at 8:29 am

    The Yankees are an incredibly deep team. We’re first in the division, still second in the AL, and a top 5 team in baseball, last I checked. We’re missing A-Rod, Teixeira, Pettitte, Nova, Rivera, Gardner and Pineda.

    This team needs to step up now, but there’s no point in criticizing the assembling of this team. They’ve handled a lot of blows and they’re still in it.

  21. Yankee Trader September 1st, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Austinmac-

    The obvious mistake, which I don’t want to start a discussion on, and which I now believe, is never trade away a potent young bat for a starting pitcher.

    The team was hurt by two major injuries that should not have happened- Mo fooling around in the OF on wet ground and Joba fooling around on a trampoline.

  22. austinmac September 1st, 2012 at 8:32 am

    My last vent for awhile. Did anyone think adding a number of players to the 25 man roster who has been released by other teams was a good practice? Cashman did and will again this winter. Released players are cheap. Cheap trumps winning now.

    When the Yankee GM stresses that cost is the critical factor in all acquisitions that’s not a good sign particularly when the future has little coming up from below. I am well aware of the guys at Tampa, but it has been said for years the biggest jump is to AA. They are wait and hope at this point.

  23. blake September 1st, 2012 at 8:32 am

    The Yankees rotation has been really pretty good this year aside from a few poor starts here and there…..its been plenty good enough to win thr division with a normal Yankee offense……

    But this isnt a normal Yankee offense…….its just not even with Arod and Tex and without them its middle of the pack or worse.

    That and the loss of Mo is really starting to catch up with them now…….its goijg to be a down to the wire battle unless Cano wakes up and carries the offense

  24. MTU September 1st, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Good morning.

    Randy-

    Glad to hear the buisness is doing well.

    If it takes getting pissed then I hope they get pissed.

    YT-

    I was just commenting on how confusing Pat M. has been of late.

    Perhaps, he was referring to next season when he was being pessimistic.

    Only he can answer that one.

    Could you fit me in your suitcase so I can go on vacation too.

    ;)

  25. randy l. September 1st, 2012 at 8:34 am

    austinmac

    the one thing the yankees have is jeter.

    he’s a difference maker at times like this because he doesn’t panic and sets the tone for the rest for the team.

    this has been a boring yankee year for me so far this year. it’ll be at least interesting who steps up and who doesn’t as they fight to make the playoffs.

    i expect them to make it.
    the shape they’re in when the first playoff game starts is another story.

  26. randy l. September 1st, 2012 at 8:35 am

    “Could you fit me in your suitcase so I can go on vacation too.”

    mtu-

    your life is already a permanent vacation.

  27. austinmac September 1st, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Kev,

    I was criticizing the assembly of the team in June. Too many all or nothing hitters, with too little speed, bat control and willingness to create runs. That was obvious.

    They only looked for bargain basement additions while the competitors tried to upgrade. A team should never think themselves good enough.

  28. blake September 1st, 2012 at 8:37 am

    “the one thing the yankees have is jeter.”

    In the end I think the Yanks will get it and hold thr Os and Rays off……but watching Jeter this year has been a lot of fun regardless …..

  29. MTU September 1st, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Mac-

    The reason the Yankees do not have anyone significant to bring up positionwise is because they made a conscious decision to load up on Pitching and catching first.

    The position guys are a bit further back.

    Don’t blame Cashman for the financial straightjacket that Hal has imposed on him.

    He dumpster dives because his boss will not let him add payroll.

  30. Yankee Trader September 1st, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Kev-

    You’re right-the Yankees are still in it, given the injuries they had. As I said, the schedule the last 10 games of the season-Twins Blue Jays, Red Sox radically favors the Yankees not only winning the division but having a decent shot at finihing with the best record in AL.

  31. Villa Nova-Ya September 1st, 2012 at 8:38 am

    I was hoping my usual “everything is better after morning coffee” point of view would show up this morning. Gotta say I might need another cup….

    randy l (and others) are right – things could turn around, and there certainly is time.

    And I’m trying to focus on the idea that a pitcher having a good night is going to make a team look, well, pathetic (as much as it pains me to say).

    And I’m trying to focus on the fact that the team has not only not been running on all cylinders at any time this year, but been missing key components for extended periods of time all season.

    I think Granderson is dog tired and needs a rest. Dickerson can help with that, at least. Don’t know what’s up with Cano this season – he has had such good stretches at times, but has never looked like the player we all know him to be – not for much of the season, and not enough with runners on base, and not enough against lefties.

    Swisher – I just want to shake my head at the guy. There is no doubt that he is a good player for the Yankees, and he has helped win quite a few games. But what the heck happens to him????

    I hate to say this, and I know coaches can only do so much, but for as much success K Long has had with individual players, there has to be something going on with how they approach certain pitchers (or not going on?). The players love him. He’s good at fixing swings, I gather. But I see what I see, and what I see is a lot of pathetic against certain types of pitchers.

    But, today is September 1st. A new month. Turn the page. Literally.

  32. blake September 1st, 2012 at 8:38 am

    If this year doesnt make the Yankees finally address their offense then I dont know what will.

  33. MTU September 1st, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Believe me Randy it hasn’t been of late.

    I could use a break.

    I may not show it but I have been really stressed out.

    The blog actually provides an outlet.

  34. MTU September 1st, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Blake-

    Let’s hope the Hotstove season brings us what we want.

    ;)

  35. RadioKev September 1st, 2012 at 8:43 am

    austinmac September 1st, 2012 at 8:35 am
    Kev,

    I was criticizing the assembly of the team in June. Too many all or nothing hitters, with too little speed, bat control and willingness to create runs. That was obvious.
    ————

    What’s obvious about it? The Yankees have the fourth best run differential in baseball. They’ve scored the fourth most runs in the AL, 1R behind the Angels for third. They’ve got the second best OPS+ in the AL at 109.

    I 100% disagree with “too many all or nothing hitters.” Runs are runs, wins are wins. The Yankees found a low cost way to bolster their roster in the short term, with older guys. It’s paid off wildly.

  36. blake September 1st, 2012 at 8:44 am

    “He dumpster dives because his boss will not let him add payroll.”

    I think to a large degree this is true……I just cant blake Cashman too much without knowing how much Hal’s hand are in all this……and Im guessing its a lot with regards to the money.

  37. Villa Nova-Ya September 1st, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Yankee Trader -

    Mo wasn’t fooling around, he was shagging – something he does regularly. it was an accident. Joba, I’d agree, had no business being on a trampoline. And I bet a bunch of contracts will add trampoline jumping as a major no-no.

  38. Yankee Trader September 1st, 2012 at 8:45 am

    MTU-

    I believe the financial constraints imposed by Hal and Co. and initiated by the new CBA to start in 2014 and run thru 2016, will actually start for the Yankees this offseason. Rather than go over the LT limit of $178M and pay 42.5 cents or % above every dollar over that limit, the Yankees will start their cost cutting now.

    In fact, they have already started, adding low cost additions at the trading deadline.

    Even if the Yankees do manage to get to and win the WS this year, IMHO, the cost cutting will still come.

  39. blake September 1st, 2012 at 8:46 am

    “The Yankees found a low cost way to bolster their roster in the short term, with older guys. It’s paid off wildly.”

    And now its killing them down the stretch as guys lije Ibanez and Jones have turned into pumpkins either because of over exposure or simply wearing down from having to play so much……but the bottom line is that guys like Granderson arent getting the job done right nkw.

  40. blake September 1st, 2012 at 8:48 am

    The Yanks have a chance to avoid becoming the Phillies…..but they better start planning and taking action this winter….ir thats where they are headed Im afraid……

  41. Yankee Trader September 1st, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Kev-

    Wins are wins. Do you have access to the Yankees batting and pitching stats for the month of August in comparison to the other AL teams?

  42. MTU September 1st, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Off a morning walk by the river.

    I’ll do some contemplating and be back later.

  43. Triple Short of a Cycle September 1st, 2012 at 8:53 am

    So much for sweeping the O’s like some people mentioned on here

  44. blake September 1st, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Thr Phillies built their club around pitching and neglected their aging offense that was once the best in the NL……it slowly got less potent and finally pretty mediocre overall…..then a couple key injuries hit and Roy Halladah goes down and suddenly youre a last place team…..it can happen so fast.

    The Yanks should take notice

  45. Yankee Trader September 1st, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Kuroda-

    Why on earth would he want to come back. He gets no run support. It was 3.73 runs before last night. He’ll likely return to the Dodgers and be closer to Japan or go home.

  46. Villa Nova-Ya September 1st, 2012 at 8:56 am

    When injuries occur to such an extent that your bench is your everyday lineup, your play is going to suffer, no matter how good or deep your bench is.

    And if budget is a concern, you cannot add players at the trade deadline who may or may not have a continuing role on the team after this season. Heck, even if budget is not a concern, I’m not sure it makes sense to add a player that you know you will not have a need for going forward. And, a lot – A LOT – hinged on the fact that at the trade deadline ARod was not only healthy, but heating up.

    Anyway, can’t cry over spilt milk. I’m hoping for a second wind.

    And apparently since we’ve turned the page into September, the players themselves can now officially be aware of the standings. ;)

  47. Triple Short of a Cycle September 1st, 2012 at 9:01 am

    and the sad thing is even if they don’t make the playoffs Hal will order no changes in the off season. Cash has a job for life here. Hal is so clueless about baseball he wouldn’t even know who to replace him with

  48. Triple Short of a Cycle September 1st, 2012 at 9:03 am

    When injuries occur to such an extent that your bench is your everyday lineup, your play is going to suffer, no matter how good or deep your bench is.

    ——————————–

    Injuries caused Nova to pitch like garbage? Or Granderson to become awful at the plate?

  49. yankee21 September 1st, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Jeter can only do so much. If most of the hitters continue to largely look pathetic, especially in key moments, then they will continue to struggle and lose.

    Arod for most of the year was disappointing in run scoring situations, and Tex was hot and cold. I think these guys will of course help when they return but I doubt they are going to be cure-alls.

    It will come down to pitching for NY and hopefully one bat gets hot and hits out of their mind for a couple of weeks. NY can do it (win the division) and they should do it, only they can answer if they will.

  50. blake September 1st, 2012 at 9:11 am

    The Yanks lost yesterday when the pitching match up favored them….today it favors the Os and the Yanks need to find a way to flip that script today and hand the ball to Hughes tomorrow with a chance to take the series …….its the biggest game of the season so far…..I hope they come out and show that they realize that.

    I actually havr confidence that Phelps will do his part……the offense has to find a way

  51. blake September 1st, 2012 at 9:13 am

    They should hit Jeter 3rd today against the leftiy and hope somebody can get on base in front of him.

  52. yankee21 September 1st, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Jeter should definitely be hitting 3rd against LHP, the problem is when BAL switches to RHP then Jeter becomes more pedestrian as a hitter and then who leads off?

    I like Ichiro and was glad Ny picked him up but he is not really getting the job done either with getting on base or running.

  53. Yankee Trader September 1st, 2012 at 9:21 am

    They should hit Jeter 3rd today against the lefty and hope somebody can get on base in front of him.
    ———————————–
    Blake-
    Who might that be? Lefty Ichiro who can’t bunt and hasn’t been a base stealing threat as a Yankee.

    Swisher-winner of the Golden Sombrero last night?

    Now I have an answer-Nunez who was hitting well the last few weeks, and can actually go from 1st to 3rd on a hit to RF.

  54. Triple Short of a Cycle September 1st, 2012 at 9:23 am

    I’m more concerned with hierarchy changes going forward then anything else. They need to change the people in charge with developing young pitchers and Cash. Those to me are the 2 biggest changes they need going forward

  55. J. Alfred Prufrock September 1st, 2012 at 9:24 am

    “That’s the idea. This is a guy that’s supposed to be an impact player for us, so you hope he makes a big impact.”

    ///

    I really don’t care for this comment. Either say he’s an impact player or don’t. Don’t give me that this is “a guy that’s SUPPOSED (I don’t dare italicize) to be an impact player for us.”

    It’s a subtle way of distancing himself from what Alex is when he returns. You guys behaved this winter as if Alex still was that guy, even though the evidence says otherwise. Now, Alex, if healthy, still can have big ABs and big games, but your expectation of what he is “supposed to be” is on you and your blindspot.

    As for Cano, give me a break. Cano is all alone in the middle of the order, and as he’s not Nick Johnson, his reaction to being given slop is that he’s getting less discriminating, unfortunately, not more. He’s jumpy because he knows by and large the offense is on him. Where’s Kevin Long, indeed? They need to pull Cano aside, and tell him to micro focus on just having good at bats, and don’t try to make up for the ciphers that follow him in the order.

    Generally, I do think the team is probably a little gassed. It’s early September, they probably are hitting a wall. That’s not unusual, and given the overall age and also the platoon/dumpster construction, it isn’t really surprising. A second wind is probably in their future. Ibanez is old, and since Ichiro arrived, his time has gotten cut, which may also be affecting him. OTOH, Ibanez is a nice conplementary bat suited to the stadium. He’s not going to carry a team, and expecting that is just crazy.

    I like that Phelps is in there today in a big game. That to me is really exciting. I hope our AAA guys see some daylight, too. We are desperately in need of some young blood, needless to say.

  56. Yankee Trader September 1st, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Hopefully the Yankees added Dickerson to the 40 man and brought him up today to replace Granderson today in the lineup

    Nunez DH
    Swisher 1B
    Jeter SS
    Cano 2B
    Adams 3B
    Dickerson CF
    Martin C
    Mustelier LF
    Ichiro RF

    Time to add a few minor leaguers to the 40 man and cut some of the deadwood.

    Oops I just woke up from this fantasy. :)

  57. blake September 1st, 2012 at 9:28 am

    “Who might that be? Lefty Ichiro who can’t bunt and hasn’t been a base stealing threat as a Yankee.”

    I have no idea…..but right now Jeter is hitting behind a bunch of guys at the back of the lineup that dont get on base …..and in front of a bunch of guys rhat dont drive him in. Id bring up Adams and play him today…..

  58. blake September 1st, 2012 at 9:33 am

    I’d love to win both today and tomorrow but really they just have to win one of the games to escape this weekend with a 2 game lead…..then maybe they’ll get some reinforcements and start to play better.

    But what they are trying isn’t working offensively so I’d really love to see them try something somewhat bold and just see what a guy like Adams can do……he’s crushed LHP this year…..maybe he’d provide a spark…..try something…..

  59. blake September 1st, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Adams is hitting .337 with a .978 OPS this year vs LHP in almost 100 ABs….he’s got a .917 OPS overall in the 2nd half. He’s a college kid who has been a pro for 4 years now…..he’s 25 years old…..why not? All accounts say he can hit and he’s really good against lefties…..

  60. Yankee Trader September 1st, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Blake-

    I know the lineup I just posted is fantasy, but I’d certainly be more excited to see some of the minor leaguers added to the 40 man today and playing rather than as JAP so eloquently put it, the “ciphers” batting behind Cano! :)

  61. J. Alfred Prufrock September 1st, 2012 at 9:36 am

    blake September 1st, 2012 at 8:44 am

    “He dumpster dives because his boss will not let him add payroll.”

    I think to a large degree this is true……I just cant blake Cashman too much without knowing how much Hal’s hand are in all this……and Im guessing its a lot with regards to the money.

    ///

    Blake, didn’t Cashman know what he was in for with the budget? If so, how does he get rid of his only young projectable bat, which was under control for six years, like it’s NBFD?

    Cashman over rated his lineup. He knew he wasn’t going to get coin to buy any players (Cespedes, for ex), and he tossed Montero like it was nothing.

    That’s. On. Cashman.

  62. blake September 1st, 2012 at 9:36 am

    but who am I kidding…..I know we’ll see Nix and Jones and probably Mcgehee now that he’ll be back……..

  63. 86w183 September 1st, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Casey McGehee goes yard today!

    Well I sure as hell hope someone does.

    Ichiro just looks awful at everything he does. He should have caught the first liner at him and should have at least had a play on Jones going first-to-third but he was way too slow to the ball.

    Defnitely could use some energy from call up players — especially Cervelli, Nunez and Dickerson. However, I don’t think we’ll see four or five in the lineup.

  64. blake September 1st, 2012 at 9:38 am

    JAP,

    I can’t argue there…..I think they have been over rating the offense for 2-3 years now…..but it is what it is and as I’ve said before I think Cashman made the trade because he didn’t trust the pitching he had and because he knew he wouldn’t be able to sign anybody in free agency……he took a chance hoping the lineup could stay good enough…..so far it’s back fired because Pineda hasn’t even pitched and because frankly the lineup hasn’t stayed good enough due to injury and underperformance.

  65. J. Alfred Prufrock September 1st, 2012 at 9:41 am

    YT,

    Adams and Joseph (RHB and LHB, respectively) are “green” but I think those two guys would be an upgrade, even with inherent learning curves in front of them.

    Both know how to work a pitcher to get into favorable counts, both are patient, but neither goes up there looking to walk. They’re good hit for average types with developing power.

  66. J. Alfred Prufrock September 1st, 2012 at 9:43 am

    blake September 1st, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Adams is hitting .337 with a .978 OPS this year vs LHP in almost 100 ABs….he’s got a .917 OPS overall in the 2nd half. He’s a college kid who has been a pro for 4 years now…..he’s 25 years old…..why not? All accounts say he can hit and he’s really good against lefties…..
    ///

    Adams also uses the whole field and will adjust well to the situation. He’s been buried by that broken ankle, otherwise he’d have moved. He was in the original Montero for Lee deal for a reason.

  67. Yankee Trader September 1st, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Here’s the current 40 man roster:

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....p?c_id=nyy

    What we’ll probably realistically see today on the parent club are:
    Nunez
    Wade
    Cervelli
    McGehee

  68. austinmac September 1st, 2012 at 9:44 am

    I would like to see the team reenergized with some young players. Dickerson is 30 with a lifetime batting average in the minors of .267. They have no such players they are willing to bring up. Adams might help, but he’s going to the AFL. Same for Montgomery.

    Take a risk, Yankees. Don’t just bring up the guys who previously showed their limited abilities.

  69. J. Alfred Prufrock September 1st, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Triple,

    Cashman is not going anywhere.

  70. blake September 1st, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Probable lineup today.

    Jeter
    swisher
    Cano
    Jones
    Pearce
    Granderson
    Mcgehee
    Martin
    Ichiro

  71. J. Alfred Prufrock September 1st, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Nunez DH
    Swisher 1B
    Jeter SS
    Cano 2B
    Adams 3B
    Dickerson CF
    Martin C
    Mustelier LF
    Ichiro RF
    ///

    LOL, Trader. I think though you may have to swap “Nuney” with “Ichi”. If you’re going to go that far, hell, get rid of Interstate Russ, and slot JR in there. He’s looked fine behind the plate and has a stick.

  72. Yankee Trader September 1st, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Blake-

    If that’s the lineup today, Ill be hard pressed to watch them! :(

  73. J. Alfred Prufrock September 1st, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Dickerson isn’t a great hitter, but his approach is like eons better than most of our guys.

  74. blake September 1st, 2012 at 9:52 am

    JAP,

    Get ready…..thats what itll be……unless Joe decides to rest Jeter and play Nunez ;)

  75. Yankee Trader September 1st, 2012 at 9:54 am

    LOL, Trader. I think though you may have to swap “Nuney” with “Ichi”. If you’re going to go that far, hell, get rid of Interstate Russ, and slot JR in there. He’s looked fine behind the plate and has a stick.
    ———————————
    JAP-
    Just trying to minimize the “ciphers,” zeroes, deadwood, in the likely lineup today vs their Ace pitcher-Chen! :)

  76. blake September 1st, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Id rather watch this lineup to be honest

    Jeter ss
    Swisher 1B
    Cano 2B
    Austin RF
    Granderson CF
    Heathcott LF
    Sanchez DH
    Adams 3B
    Martin C

    :)

  77. J. Alfred Prufrock September 1st, 2012 at 9:58 am

    JAP-
    Just trying to minimize the “ciphers,” zeroes, deadwood, in the likely lineup today vs their Ace pitcher-Chen! :)
    ///

    Hoo-ray for Cash getting on board with the green movement!

  78. austinmac September 1st, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Dickerson was removed earlier in the year from the 40 man roster. Any team was free to pick him up. None did. This is the player we are counting on to get them winning?

    That’s the reality of help from below. Nunez is hitting .227. Cervelli .246.

    Nothing more exciting than young players coming up. Too bad the Yankees are not really bringing up young players.

  79. J. Alfred Prufrock September 1st, 2012 at 10:00 am

    blake,

    what is Russ’ function? Back flips during 7th inning stretch? “He’s so athletic!” :D

    It’s sad to say, but Russell had a better approach than most yesterday (the last hit was a product of the guy playing close to bag, but he was thinking situationally) :D

  80. Yankee Trader September 1st, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Chris Dickerson is having a very good year.
    BA .316/.328 vs lefties/.312 vs righties
    OB% .417
    Slugging% .515
    SB 17, caught 3 times

    All stats:

    http://www.milb.com/milb/stats.....pid=447736

  81. J. Alfred Prufrock September 1st, 2012 at 10:02 am

    I think Cashman made the trade because he didn’t trust the pitching he had and because he knew he wouldn’t be able to sign anybody in free agency……he took a chance hoping the lineup could stay good enough
    ///

    The man lacks insight and vision. His boss gives him chump change, he still has to hone in on what the true weaknesses and strengths are, rather than confusing them.

  82. J. Alfred Prufrock September 1st, 2012 at 10:03 am

    YT,

    Didn’t realize he was doing so well. Good for him (for us, maybe). I have always liked his approach at the plate.

  83. austinmac September 1st, 2012 at 10:05 am

    He is having a good year, but he is who he is, a career minor leaguer. I would prefer him as a fourth outfielder to Jones and maybe Ichiro. However, he is not a starter on a good team. He has never been one.

  84. Shame Spencer September 1st, 2012 at 10:05 am

    I did love the commentary from Michael and Kenny last night where they said, “IF the Yanks lose tonight, they’ll be down to a 2 game lead… but the key is they’ll still have the lead!”

    Thanks a lot for the silver lining, fellas.

  85. Shame Spencer September 1st, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Dickerson is having a great year on Twitter.. the stuff that kid posts is hysterical.

  86. Triple Short of a Cycle September 1st, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Cashman is not going anywhere.

    ———————-

    I realize that and that imo is the organization’s biggest problem going forward.

  87. austinmac September 1st, 2012 at 10:08 am

    The Yankees have to take risks with their new self imposed budget. They could, as they frequently have, exceed the cap. Now, they won’t.

    They should have taken a risk on Cespedes and/or Soler. They should have considered Rasmuss last year. Young players with upside are needed.

  88. J. Alfred Prufrock September 1st, 2012 at 10:08 am

    blake September 1st, 2012 at 9:52 am

    JAP,

    Get ready…..thats what itll be……unless Joe decides to rest Jeter and play Nunez ;)
    ///

    I know they’re banged up, and I am an Andruw fan, but he is hobbled. Andruw Jones, even against LHP, just cannot be the Yankees’ cleanup hitter. Is’t come to this??

  89. Yankee Trader September 1st, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Austinmac-

    I’ve posted this video before from the movie Kelly’s Heroes:

    “Don’t hit me with them negative waves so early in the morning.” :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuStsFW4EmQ

  90. austinmac September 1st, 2012 at 10:11 am

    YT,

    Kelly’s Heroes. One of Don Rickles best movies. :)

  91. J. Alfred Prufrock September 1st, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Triple Short of a Cycle September 1st, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Cashman is not going anywhere.

    ———————-

    I realize that and that imo is the organization’s biggest problem going forward.
    ///

    You’ve got an owner who is not even a baseball fan. Didn’t Bill Madden write that Hal “hates the players”?? I mean, maybe some owners do (clearly, some sportswriters do), but if that gets to a columnist, it must be fairly out in front.

    George was nuts, made stupid decisions at times, and we know he was gung-ho to move Rivera, Bernie and Jeter (gulp), but you think George would tolerate this final third of the order?? George would be in there mixing it up with his middle management, even if they talked him off some of his crazy notions (like Stick did on Jeter/Rivera).

    This guy doesn’t have real baseball opinions – that’s bad and good. It’d be great if we had someone in charge with a vision, but there’ll be no intervention and certainly, no firing. They’d have to drastically suck, and Hal would have to witness an empty stadium. Neither is going to happen.

  92. Yankee Trader September 1st, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Got to go.

    “Looking on the bright side of life!”

    After reviewing all the contenders/pretenders in the AL for a playoff spot, the NYY have the easiest schedule with their last 10 games vs the Twins, Blue Jays and Red Sox.

    “With a little help from their friends,” the Yankees might even secure the #1 seed!

    Until later. Go Yankees!

  93. Shame Spencer September 1st, 2012 at 10:15 am

    I also see in the last thread that Pat M. believes it’ll be the Yanks vs. Dodgers in the WS this year lol…. if anyone is interested, I’d be willing to bet against that result :twisted:

    Jones should have been shown the door after the trade deadline (assuming they had someone to replace him with lol). He’s been one of the biggest disappointments this season, IMO. And its rare I’d say that about a bench player.

  94. Against All Odds September 1st, 2012 at 10:16 am

    They need to change the people in charge with developing young pitchers

    ————————–

    Nardi Contreras the main culprit and not just young pitchers but position players as well. Were at the stud players in AAA

  95. J. Alfred Prufrock September 1st, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Shame,

    I like Dickerson. Smart, ironic, funny guy.

    Kay is a shill, Kenny knows too much baseball to get caught saying house boy things.

  96. Shame Spencer September 1st, 2012 at 10:17 am

    The thing I don’t love about our schedule the rest of the way is that they are teams we should be but they’re also teams that notoriously hate us… I’d imagine they’d step up their game, just for pride’s sake.

  97. J. Alfred Prufrock September 1st, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Morning Odds :D ,

    How do you figure? Nardi’s the pitching coordinator. He’s not nothing to do with the position players.

  98. 86w183 September 1st, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Looking back the biggest mistake of all personnel wise might have been not dealing for a Gardner replacement when they realized he would be gone a long time.

    His absence has in essence made Ibanez and Jones much worse players because of overuse. And don’t even get me started on how SLOW this team is. The only guy on the team with well above average speed for his position is Russell Martin.

    I’m in favor of a major overhaul of the lineup, catcher and bench. Obviously the infield isn’t going to change in 2013.

  99. Shame Spencer September 1st, 2012 at 10:24 am

    J. Alfred Prufrock September 1st, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Shame,

    Kay is a shill, Kenny knows too much baseball to get caught saying house boy things.
    —————————-

    The way it was said just made me laugh… like, sure the lead is now only 2 games, but you’ve still got it!! Why thank you, gentleman, I was confused what ’2 games up’ meant. I’m also confused why you think that’s something that would appease YANKEE FANS. The way they were talking about it, you’d think we were the Mets.

    Every year, without fail, when the Mets play .500 ball, everyone goes crazy about how much they’ve exceeded expectations!!! Those rascal Mets and all that gritty, blue collar talent they’ve got! Just won’t say die, those Mets!!

    F*ck that.

    We’re the Yankees. We shouldn’t be getting chased around by two teams that cannot hit. But that’s the thing… Even though the O’s have a .245 BA and the Rays are worse with a .237 BA, the Yanks are only a notch above at .264. Saying we live or die by our pitching doesn’t make you Miss Cleo. It means our offense cannot compensate for any mistakes. Unfortunately.. the pitching on those other two clubs is at the very least on par with ours. Ideally.. they’d be awful. But they can pair their top 3 starters with ours and we might still have a slight edge but Team Greedy wants ALL the edges.

  100. Against All Odds September 1st, 2012 at 10:24 am

    where not were

  101. Against All Odds September 1st, 2012 at 10:25 am

    He’s not nothing to do with the position players.

    ————————

    Morning JAP

    In general in terms of the position players. That goes back to Cashman

  102. DONNYBROOK September 1st, 2012 at 10:26 am

    The Yankee offense is gonna struggle without A-Rod and TEX. Knowing that, Girardi has gotta MAKE THINGS HAPPEN. The Yanks had Ichiro on 3rd Base, Jeter on 1st Base with 1out. Speed on the corners Mandated sending Jeet\SB, or at Least putting on the hit-and-run. Girardi sat on his hands in hopes that Swish would deliver a 3-Run Homer, and instead got a Golden Sombrero. Girardi has done Nothing to help the Yankees outta this offensive rut.
    Kuroda played the part of The Incredible Shrinking Man yesterday, and turned in a truly Oscar Worthy Performance. The Kid Phelps will show how to pick a team up.
    – BLAKE -
    I guess Halladay musta been “pitching with an injury” yesterday. His performance, (once again), lived up to my April Proclamation. If your gonna be the first guy onna dog-pile, you often get squished.

  103. Shame Spencer September 1st, 2012 at 10:26 am

    86w183 September 1st, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Looking back the biggest mistake of all personnel wise might have been not dealing for a Gardner replacement when they realized he would be gone a long time.

    ——————–

    Been talking about this since he had a setback in late May. Loved the Ichi move, wish we would have added another guy. I assume they were hoping Andruw would turn it on in the 2nd half like he did last year.

  104. Against All Odds September 1st, 2012 at 10:27 am

    I’m in favor of a major overhaul of the lineup, catcher and bench

    —————————–

    The bench will change but as far as catcher Russ will probably be back on a 1 yr deal. He’ll spend some time with Long in the OS and they’ll say they fixed his swing.

  105. J. Alfred Prufrock September 1st, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Shame Spencer September 1st, 2012 at 10:17 am

    The thing I don’t love about our schedule the rest of the way is that they are teams we should be but they’re also teams that notoriously hate us… I’d imagine they’d step up their game, just for pride’s sake.
    ///

    To watch a game live in Baltimore, even a half empty stadium, is to know how much they hate us down there.

    The half that’s full hates our guts (Yogi’d) :D

  106. Shame Spencer September 1st, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Jeter dh Swisher 3 Cano 4 Jones 9 Granderson 8 Martin 2 Nix 5 Nunez 6 Suzuki 7 Phelps 1. Yep, it’s Sept. 1.

  107. J. Alfred Prufrock September 1st, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Morning JAP

    In general in terms of the position players. That goes back to Cashman
    ///

    We do have some interesting POS players in Trenton. When Abe is healthy, we’ve got 3 guys who could theoretically contribute as early as next year. But Abe ain’t healthy (like, ever) and Zoilo needs to work on his reads to complement his athleticism. Adams is ready as rain.

  108. yankeefeminista September 1st, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Nice to see Nunez back in the lineup. Infusion of a little youth and speed. Hopefully, he will be his best self for us, going forward.

  109. yankeefeminista September 1st, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Both bat and base path speed, that is…

  110. 86w183 September 1st, 2012 at 10:33 am

    The Yankee offense is gonna struggle without A-Rod and TEX. Knowing that, Girardi has gotta MAKE THINGS HAPPEN. The Yanks had Ichiro on 3rd Base, Jeter on 1st Base with 1out. Speed on the corners Mandated sending Jeet\SB, or at Least putting on the hit-and-run. Girardi sat on his hands in hopes that Swish would deliver a 3-Run Homer, and instead got a Golden Sombrero. Girardi has done Nothing to help the Yankees outta this offensive rut.

    **************************************************************************

    Donnybrook — We’ve clashed on more than a few occasions but this time I am totally in agreement with you. When you are struggling to score runs you have to bunt, hit and run, do something to energize the team and try to score somehow. He’s had guys on third with one out and Stewart at bat three or four times and didn’t squeeze once.

    I also question what the hell long is doing. They had to swing at 15-20 pitches that were not close to being strikes (mostly high fast balls and splitters) and never saw him do anything except eat more sunflower seeds.

  111. J. Alfred Prufrock September 1st, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Good! Nuney in there. I like.

  112. yankeefeminista September 1st, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Abe being healthy has been a contradiction in terms, unfortunately.

  113. yankeefeminista September 1st, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Not a fan of Russell coming back, but at least he was trying to go oppo yesterday and had some pretty good AB’s…

  114. mick September 1st, 2012 at 10:37 am

    girardi has paralysis by analysis. he is a small ball mgr with a team that can’t do it. if he tries to get creative and it fails he will be criticized for overmanaging, but who cares. they are a team that lives and dies with the long ball. sort of like the 3 point shot in basketball.

  115. J. Alfred Prufrock September 1st, 2012 at 10:37 am

    We’re the Yankees. We shouldn’t be getting chased around by two teams that cannot hit. But that’s the thing… Even though the O’s have a .245 BA and the Rays are worse with a .237 BA, the Yanks are only a notch above at .264
    ///

    Shoulda kept Melky and Montero. That team average would be up, and we’d have two young guys to go with Cano.

  116. mick September 1st, 2012 at 10:38 am

    …except they’d both be gone by now.

  117. yankeefeminista September 1st, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Been talking about this since he had a setback in late May. Loved the Ichi move, wish we would have added another guy. I assume they were hoping Andruw would turn it on in the 2nd half like he did last year.
    ____
    Too much reliance on older players though. If your regulars get hurt that is what you are left with. Then you have to expect that they may wear down if overused, play injured because they are chronically nicked up, and because of age and rheumatism may not play to their prime… People say well, they are older, you can’t expect them to fill in, but injuries are part of the game, you have to pick your bench wisely, knowing some of that bench may be a regular tomorrow out of need.

  118. Against All Odds September 1st, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Adams is ready as rain.

    ——————————

    They should bring Adams up. The kid is 25 and his time is now

  119. DONNYBROOK September 1st, 2012 at 10:46 am

    The personel was in place with Ichiro and Jeet on the corners and 1 out. Either put The Take on Swish and straight-steal with Jeet from 1B, or hit-and-run. No excuse regarding personel and a player’s ability to do this or that in this situation. Girardi, (once again), fiddled while Rome burned.

  120. mick September 1st, 2012 at 10:48 am

    this is what we are stuck with, take it or leave it, these are not your fathers yankees, get used to it…

  121. austinmac September 1st, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Shame,

    I don’t see the Ichiro love. He has had a negative WAR since joining the Yankees.

  122. ButtSmacker September 1st, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Should we be surprised Joe has a batter with a .145 AVG post ASB batting clean up??? Not one bit, he is as stubborn as they come.

    Have Pearce play first and move Swish out to RF… The lead is gone Joe, the current lineup is NOT working. Sitting on your thumb acting like nothing is wrong was old a long time ago.

  123. DONNYBROOK September 1st, 2012 at 10:52 am

    I also woulda hit Jones for Ibanez vs the Lefty late in the game. So what if the O’s counter with a Righty. Jones needs the AB’s to “hit his way” outta his Long slump. Girardi once again, sat on his hands and gave away an out when he let Ibanez bat.

  124. mick September 1st, 2012 at 10:52 am

    jeter to ss, nuney dh

  125. MTU September 1st, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Blake-

    Interesting analogy between what has happened to the Phillies and what could happen to the Yankees.

    The difference is that they traded away their farm and we at least still have one.

    Their rotation was old ours is young (Nova, Hughes, Phelps).

    We have lot’s of talent even thought it’s around 2 years away.

    Changes to the O will be made in the OS.

    The Pitching will be fine going forward.

  126. DONNYBROOK September 1st, 2012 at 10:57 am

    As I recall, the Yankees Previously got to Gonzalez at around the 100 pitch mark. This is why Showalter had his Relievers warmed and ready at about the 90 pitch mark.

  127. mick September 1st, 2012 at 10:59 am

    BobKlap Girardi says “shouldn’t be long” before Pettitte returns to rotation. Also says “possibility” A-Rod could rejoin #Yankees against #Rays. 5 minutes ago · reply · retweet · favorite

  128. MTU September 1st, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Mick-

    You’re a big Phelps supporter like me.

    Is he gonna step up today ?

  129. DONNYBROOK September 1st, 2012 at 10:59 am

    The Phillies also have an attitude problem. Rollins vs Manuel rages on, and the fans are Now involved also.

  130. mick September 1st, 2012 at 11:00 am

    BobKlap Girardi says “shouldn’t be long” before Pettitte returns to rotation.
    =============
    next sunday in Balt, I hope…

  131. mick September 1st, 2012 at 11:00 am

    phelps is always up mtu he’s a pro.

  132. MTU September 1st, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Girardi-

    “I need some frickin’ help. All hands on deck.”

    :)

    New thread —–>

  133. J. Alfred Prufrock September 1st, 2012 at 11:02 am

    yankeefeminista September 1st, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Been talking about this since he had a setback in late May. Loved the Ichi move, wish we would have added another guy. I assume they were hoping Andruw would turn it on in the 2nd half like he did last year.
    ____
    Too much reliance on older players though. If your regulars get hurt that is what you are left with. Then you have to expect that they may wear down if overused, play injured because they are chronically nicked up, and because of age and rheumatism may not play to their prime… People say well, they are older, you can’t expect them to fill in, but injuries are part of the game, you have to pick your bench wisely, knowing some of that bench may be a regular tomorrow out of need.
    Against All Odds September 1st, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Adams is ready as rain.

    ——————————

    They should bring Adams up. The kid is 25 and his time is now
    ///

    YF, QFT

    Odds, he looks ready to me, and I’ve seen quite a bit of him. I think he can handle 3B and can handle the bat, especially useful against LHP. Besides, what have they to lose?? Some Nix/McGeehee ABs??

  134. mick September 1st, 2012 at 11:03 am

    I can see Andy, Alex and Tex in Balt. next weekend.

  135. Tidrow September 1st, 2012 at 11:25 am

    It’s sad when you’re expecting the cavalry to come riding in to save the day and it’s comprised of veterans who are in twilight of their careers.


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