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Pregame notes: “We were pretty good with the lineup we sent out there”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Oct 10, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

I honestly thought we’d see a lineup change tonight, and Joe Girardi said he considered it, but he settled on something familiar.

“We had playoff baseball the whole month of September,” Girardi said. “And we were pretty good with the lineup we sent out there, and (Alex Rodriguez) was in that spot. He got on base. I started thinking: If that first ball he hit goes through, that he squared up (in Game 2), we probably aren’t talking about this. But the guy makes a really good play, takes away a couple RBI, it changes the inning and changes the tone. He hasn’t been the only guy that hasn’t had some hits. Collectively, we didn’t get it done on Monday. Al is always the hot button and he’s always going to be the hot button. That’s not going to change.”

At this point, Rodriguez’s numbers are not debatable. Girardi is seeing the same thing as everyone else, but his reaction is minimal.

“If you start moving the lineup all the time, try to hit the right button all the time, it’s tough,” Girardi said. “I have faith in our players that they’re going to get it done. They have to know that I trust them, because if they went up there every at-bat thinking, ‘He’s going to move me’ or ‘He’s going to take me out of the lineup,’ that’s a tough way to play.”

Girardi also said he’s OK with having a guy who simply gets on base in front of Robinson Cano. He said that keeping the line moving is “what we’re trying to do.” Girardi also said he hasn’t seen a reason for Rodriguez’s month-long power outage, except to say that power hitters can be streaky.

“I don’t think for the last few years I’ve considered him a 40-plus homer guy, I just haven’t,” Girardi said. “I still think if he plays the whole year, he’s going to hit 30 and he’s going to drive in 100. … He might be a little different, but I still think he can be extremely productive. We saw him have a run of two really good weeks in the month of September — we did — where he hit the ball hard. Right before he got hurt, he was swinging the bat extremely well and driving the ball. It’s in there. It’s definitely in there. We just have to get it to come out.”

Girardi was careful to mention that moving one person in the order can affect several hitters, and he likes consistency in his clubhouse. Concern about Rodriguez’s ego, Girardi said, was not a factor.

“Al would do anything I asked him to do,” Girardi said. “I know that.”

• Just another heads up that we’re going to do another in-game chat, except this time I’ll be the one hosting the chat. Carp is here to do a column for tomorrow’s paper, and our old friend Brian Heyman is handling the game story for the newspaper, so I’ll be able to do some chatting during the game. See you there!

• Girardi left no wiggle room on tomorrow’s starter. “Hughesy will start tomorrow,” Girardi said. “Hughesy’s starting tomorrow.” Even if tomorrow is an elimination game, Phil Hughes will start ahead of CC Sabathia.

• Part of the reason for sticking with Hughes is that Girardi doesn’t want to bring Andy Pettitte back on short rest on Friday, and the Yankees would need to do that if they started Sabathia on short rest tomorrow. Pettitte specifically asked today what his schedule would be going forward. “I told him what our plans were,” Girardi said. “This is a guy that’s coming off an injury, didn’t have a ton of starts, threw as many pitches the other day as he’s thrown in a while. He’s 40 years old. So I do have some concerns about that.”

• Eric Chavez got the start ahead of Raul Ibanez because of Chavez’s previous at-bats against Baltimore Miguel Gonzalez. “There’s other things that I look at (including) the types of pitches that he hits, the type of pitcher,” Giradi said. “Tou look at Chavy, I think Chavy is 3-for-6 and squared up four balls on this guy in six at-bats. I know it’s a small sample but obviously he’s seen him and sees the ball.”

• Girardi said he personally watches video of his players at-bats against each game’s opposing starter. Most of the Yankees have been terrible against Gonzalez this year — Cano, Granderson and Swisher are each 0-for-6 — but Chavez was one of the few exceptions. Interestingly enough, so was Ibanez, who was 2-for-6 with a homer.

• The Yankees have hardly used their bullpen since the regular-season finale a week ago. “Rust is a little concern for me,” Girardi said. “I don’t think the rest hurts our guys this time of year, but I do have some concerns about that. But I’ve been very pleased with what we’ve gotten out of our starters. They’ve been great, and hopefully it continues.”

• Will Hiroki Kuroda be better than he was in the month of September? “It’s the time of year that all starting pitchers are probably a little tired, so we think the extra rest is going to help him,” Girardi said. “It’s not unusual for a starter to go through a period of time where they’re going to be really sharp and not really sharp. I mean, he went through it the first month, and it wasn’t fatigue. We thought maybe it was getting adjusted to New York. It just happens. I feel good about him on the mound because I’ve seen what he’s done all year for us.”

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124 Responses to “Pregame notes: “We were pretty good with the lineup we sent out there””

  1. dan l October 10th, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Why is this moron managing the Yankees? Please get rid of him Hal…please please please!

  2. joeman October 10th, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    just hope they don’t need Hughes to win a game down 2-1

  3. Nick in SF October 10th, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    I hadn’t realized that there is potentially no break between the ALDS ending on Friday, if it goes 5 games, and the ALCS starting on Saturday. That’s some wild, wacky stuff.

    Early hook for Barry Zito, pulled in the bottom of the 3rd, and in comes our pal George Kontos to hold the line until Tim Lincecum can come in, presumably.

  4. joeman October 10th, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Girardi thinks that Arod will hit 30 Hrs again is more like he’s wishing that he will….

  5. Nick in SF October 10th, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    If Arod doesn’t get hit in the hand (an injury not related to age or past PED use) then he probably has 25 homers at minimum. Let’s not let bitterness override common sense.

  6. blake October 10th, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    The lineup shouldn’t decide who wins this game

  7. saucY October 10th, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Chavez is 3 for 6 with a homer against Gonzalez
    Ibanez is only 2 for 6 with a homer against Gonzalez

    makes sense ;)

    (I have no gripe with this move, btw…)

  8. Irreverent Discourse October 10th, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Nick – Logic? Common Sense? Perspective?!?

    Go sit in the corner and think about what you’ve done.

  9. joeman October 10th, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Nick in SF October 10th, 2012 at 5:22 pm
    If Arod doesn’t get hit in the hand (an injury not related to age or past PED use) then he probably has 25 homers at minimum. Let’s not let bitterness override common sense.

    ——————————————-
    to get 30+ HRs he going to have to stay on the field to get them something he hasn’t done in the last 2 years

  10. MTU October 10th, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    “It’s in there. It’s definitely in there. We just have to get it to come out.”

    Is Girardi talking about hatching a Teradactyl egg, or getting A-Rod to start hitting ?

    I don’t think Joe has this luxury. Every game counts now.

    Can’t wait for a guy to come around.

    :(

  11. blake October 10th, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    I think Joe has a point about Game 2 and I mentioned this morning……if that ball in the first gets by Andino then we probably win that game and the discussion is totally different today…..

    I would have probably hit Cano 3rd and dropped Alex down….but I don’t think this is as big a deal as everyone is making it and it shouldn’t affect who wins…..everybody has to hit no matter where they are in the lineup.

    Go Yanks

  12. tomingeorgia October 10th, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Joe Btfsplk ring a bell with anyone? Meant well. Eeyore, anybody? Pessimist to the core. Put me down as Candide. We win tonight.

  13. saucY October 10th, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    no break between a potential game 5 and ALCS start is wacky, but more incentive to finish the ALDS early, i guess. Damn TV schedules.

  14. austinmac October 10th, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Girardi must say and hope Alex will hit. The offense struggles without him. His presence seems to help. Hits would help even more.

    It is nearly game time and lucky shirt time. Don’t swing at CUs out of the zone and score some runs. Now is the time to prove doubters wrong and show the world how to play the game.

  15. tomingeorgia October 10th, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    austin,
    Your lips to God’s ears. Just do it, boys.

  16. joeman October 10th, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    would sit Swisher and play Ibanez

  17. saucY October 10th, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    I’m out. Here’s hoping Gonzalez cracks like an egg (just as long as it’s not a pterodactyl egg)

  18. austinmac October 10th, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Tom, for the life of me, I never thought of you as Candide. Oiu, I see it now. :)

  19. austinmac October 10th, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    -Oui-

  20. mick October 10th, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Talk is cheap. Nobody KNOWS who will the game tonight. Not even the players. Not even Mr Tom

  21. UnKnown October 10th, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    At least we know AROD is going to still get great pitches to hit with Cano backing him up. I think Girardi figures this in as well. Try to get Alex the best pitches possible to drive.

    If Lohud’s reverse jinx works at all Alex is definitely going yard tonight.

    One thing Torre used to do so well was he always managed to hit the right button with certain players regarding the lineup. Whether that be inserting in a bench player or moving around the lineup. OK, so batting Alex 8th in 2006 Game 4 was a disaster, but you know what I mean.

    Torre had a lucky/magical touch when it came to these things.

  22. tomingeorgia October 10th, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Thanks, austin,
    If it doesn’t work out, I’ll just tend my garden. Got a few tomatoes left, and a couple of hot peppers, too.

  23. Yankee Odessit October 10th, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Joe needed to find a spot for Raul tonight. He has homered off Gonzalez, has been a big hot bat…
    Too bad Joe manages to a name and not the player. Ibanez is clearly a better option tonight. I would be Ok with Arod at 3rd and Ibanez DH. If Arod needs a rest, sit him for a game.

  24. mick October 10th, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Torre had a lucky/magical touch when it came to these things.
    =================
    When he won.

  25. fantasygame101 October 10th, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    cano batting 3rd is the only logical change. Replacing arod on that spot with another batter from this team does not guarantee that batter will perform better so why change?

  26. tomingeorgia October 10th, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Mr. mick,
    Consulted the oracle behind the shed: the fix is in. We win.

  27. UnKnown October 10th, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    http://www.baseball-reference......i?id=NES1t

    ———

    Alex does have better numbers when he DH’s. Again another positive.

  28. joeman October 10th, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    The Yankees’ Rick Rhoden becomes the first pitcher to start a major league game as a designated hitter. The righthanded-hitting Rhoden is used by manager Billy Martin because his hitters are struggling against lefthanded pitching. Rhoden hits a game-tying sacrifice fly in a game New York eventually wins 8-6.

  29. mick October 10th, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Life will go on whether we win or lose.
    Just hope Girardi doesn’t think this way…

  30. austinmac October 10th, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    I’m good with the fix. Think of Yankee TV ratings.

  31. joeman October 10th, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Swisher will not hit…Ibanez will …wrong move here

  32. Andymelillo October 10th, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Girardi makeing exuses that arod should of would of an could play had two rbi not for a good play how about the last ninety abats one double what’s the exuse I’m sick of Girardi

  33. mick October 10th, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Girardi would rather lose and be loyal than win and hurt feelings.

  34. tomingeorgia October 10th, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Problem is, we’ve got dueling oracles here. False prophets have always been a problem. Worshipers of Baal, begone! (Hope I didn’t offend any Baalites here.)

  35. MTU October 10th, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Mister Tom-

    If the game is bad best to Baal out.

    :)

  36. mick October 10th, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    if swisher strikes out 4 times tonight and leaves 10 men on base
    he will play tmw against a righty or lefty…buck hasn’t decided.

    imagine joe doing that?

  37. Tabbert October 10th, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    You know… I like the lineup. Joe is right. We did go HAM the final month of the season with a lineup that looked just like this. We lost ONE game and Girardi should not change the lineup based on the media and the fan wishing so. Lets stick with what got us here and take care of these damn orioles tonight. Yanks gonna win this thing!!!

  38. mick October 10th, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    My oracle would be Yoda and ET, no specific order.

  39. disco stu October 10th, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    “joeman October 10th, 2012 at 5:26 pm
    Nick in SF October 10th, 2012 at 5:22 pm
    If Arod doesn’t get hit in the hand (an injury not related to age or past PED use) then he probably has 25 homers at minimum. Let’s not let bitterness override common sense.

    ——————————————-
    to get 30+ HRs he going to have to stay on the field to get them something he hasn’t done in the last 2 years”

    It’s not as if the injuries Arod has had the last 2 years can be attributed to age or his hip condition … he slid awkwardly in June 2011 at Wrigley Field and tore miniscus in his knee … rehabbed like crazy to get back and then hurt his thumb diving for a ground ball in his first game back from the DL, which resulted having to get a cortisone shot to help playing with the pain.

    And then this year, he has his hand broken on wayward pitch thrown by King Felix.

    It’s not as if he is straining obliques or pulling groins left and right … I think it has been more about bad luck than anything else … because right before the June 2011 injury and the August 2012 injury, he was raking.

    Which is the point Joe was really making, when Arod has been healthy he has still been very productive … just not supernatural enough to justify the $30 million the Yankees are paying him every year.

  40. austinmac October 10th, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Tom,

    The proper term is Baalplayers.

  41. tomingeorgia October 10th, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Mr. MTU,
    It was not I who destroyed the idol. In fact, I kept a spare, if that’s what it takes.

  42. mick October 10th, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    We have no way of knowing what Arod would have done if not hit in his hand.
    He could be done for all we know…as we know nothing.

  43. mick October 10th, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Let’s hope Arod has not become the American Idle.

  44. tomingeorgia October 10th, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Let us cast down the Baalimores!

  45. UnKnown October 10th, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Shame have fun at the game with your Dad tonight. Nothing more I like doing than attending Yankee games with my Dad. It’s really special. Hoping you guys see a win.

    Go Yanks.

  46. MTU October 10th, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Tom-

    Keep the remote in your left hand and the Southern Comfort in your
    right.

    Practice the correct sequencing before the game.

    Think of it as a pre-game drill.

    :)

  47. tomingeorgia October 10th, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    MTU,
    Ambidextrous. Not a problem, and it’s Ancient Age 10 tonight.

  48. RadioKev October 10th, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    I think an actual fan of the game can appreciate what Girardi is getting at. It’s easy to say “I don’t sympathize with this, we could lose!” but it’s been shown that the actual lineup doesn’t affect the game significantly over the course of a season.

    Managing and leading the actual people behind the team isn’t the same as shuffling around stat sheets.

  49. Ken Phelps October 10th, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    joeman says:
    October 10, 2012 at 5:46 pm
    Swisher will not hit…Ibanez will …wrong move here

    ——
    Swisher maybe the word post season player in history based on his post season stats

  50. mick October 10th, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Swisher maybe the word post season player in history based on his post season stats
    =====================
    well, they wouldn’t use his regular season stats.

  51. MTU October 10th, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    The Yankees have been playin’ footsie w. our collective hearts all season.

    I don’t expect them to stop now.

    Think of it like one of the rides at Magic Mountain.

    Scary but exhilirating.

    :)

  52. tucker October 10th, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Keep in mind his team has been tested for over a month now. So far they have bent, but they have not broke. There is a certain toughness to this team. That counts for something.

    Too much hyperbole over Alex’s performance, and I am by no means a champion of the guy. Just too much focus on him.’some other guys need to come through, too.

  53. RadioKev October 10th, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Let’s not get carried away here. Ibanez’ bat would be neutralized by his playing in the field. He’s a DH.

  54. MTU October 10th, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Ibanez would be an even better player if he didn’t look like Kojak.

    Lollipop please.

    :)

  55. tucker October 10th, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Lincecum with an easy fifth inning, Giants up 5-2. I didn’t give the Giants a chance after going down 0-2, but that was a big win last night.

  56. mick October 10th, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Ibanez has no one to pinch hit for on this team.
    Maybe Martin against a righty, but Buck will then bring in a lefty.

  57. MTU October 10th, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    I hope the A’s still have some fight left.

    ;)

  58. joeman October 10th, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    mick October 10th, 2012 at 6:11 pm
    Ibanez has no one to pinch hit for on this team.
    Maybe Martin against a righty, but Buck will then bring in a lefty.

    —————————————————————————-
    maybe Swisher would find a nut PHing

  59. NYY_Girl_Penny October 10th, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    In 2009 we had Godzilla, now we have Granderson
    in 2009 we had Damon, now we have Swisher (we hd him too I realize)
    in 2009 we had Posada, now we have Martin

    in 2009

    Tex had a monster season
    Arod had a monster season
    Cano had a monster season
    We also had Jerry Garcia and hd
    s eek
    in 2012

    Tex had below average season
    Arod had below average season
    Cano RISP/Clutch non-existent.

    Yankees are under the spotlight right now, how they react tonight is gonna be very telling.

  60. UnKnown October 10th, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Gonzalez relies a lot on his off-speed stuff and also the dreaded CU.

    The take here is to look for something early in the count and if you get it be aggressive knowing that the deeper in the count you go the tougher it might be.

    Yanks are going to have to earn this one against a tough pitcher. I’m looking for Kuroda to match him with zeros if need be.

    http://riveraveblues.com/2012/.....lez-77257/

  61. joeman October 10th, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Swisher can’t and will not hit in the post season..track record says so…..

    Go Yankees !!!!!!!

  62. mick October 10th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    swisher was atypical game 1, typical game 2….he would play today if he were typical both games but that’s girardi being girardi

    buck has a righty or a lefty for tmw based on todays result….big difference.

  63. RadioKev October 10th, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    mick October 10th, 2012 at 6:16 pm
    swisher was atypical game 1, typical game 2….he would play today if he were typical both games but that’s girardi being girardi

    buck has a righty or a lefty for tmw based on todays result….big difference.
    ————–

    But really, of course, Swisher’s postseason track record is atypical.

  64. tomingeorgia October 10th, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Nobody on our team can do anything. Let’s just not show up so we can forfeit the game. Pitchers can’t pitch, hitters can’t hit, manager can’t manage, GM can’t find players, so why in the hell bother with playing an actual game? Let’s go, Yankees!

  65. Nick in SF October 10th, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Haul ‘em in front of HUYAC, they’ll sing a different tune there.

  66. LGY October 10th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Cano hitting cleanup is the correct move.

    The 4th slot is the most important spot in the lineup.

  67. yankeefeminista October 10th, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Pregame meal tonight in honor of KURODA-san is miso, hamachi kama, makis, tamago and akishun shincha.

    Big game for Alex tonight.

  68. mick October 10th, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    What happened to you hit your best hitter 3rd?

  69. tomingeorgia October 10th, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Nick,With subpoena powers, yes they would.

  70. LGY October 10th, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    mick October 10th, 2012 at 6:30 pm
    What happened to you hit your best hitter 3rd?

    ——–

    Incorrect old school thinking.

  71. mick October 10th, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    I guess we would have felt better if Andy were pitching tonight but…that’s a whole other controversy.

  72. mick October 10th, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    as far as getting AB’s 3 still comes before 4 so in the 1st and last inning that counts, old school or new.

  73. NYY_Girl_Penny October 10th, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    So tired of hearing about Arod today.. it’s not just Arod it’s the majority of the team ! Give it a break already.

  74. joeman October 10th, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Think I’ll bet Balt tonight..that will assure a Yankee win

  75. LGY October 10th, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    mick October 10th, 2012 at 6:34 pm
    as far as getting AB’s 3 still comes before 4 so in the 1st and last inning that counts, old school or new.

    ——–

    4th place hitter gets more opportunities with men on base.

  76. joeman October 10th, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    LGY October 10th, 2012 at 6:36 pm
    mick October 10th, 2012 at 6:34 pm
    as far as getting AB’s 3 still comes before 4 so in the 1st and last inning that counts, old school or new.

    ——–

    4th place hitter gets more opportunities with men on base.

    ——————————————————
    really ?

  77. mick October 10th, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    only if the #3 hitter gets on…

  78. mick October 10th, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    i am going off to reinvent the wheel, enjoy the game and root for the right team…

  79. joeman October 10th, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    just saying can’t a 4th place hitter lead off a inning more that a 1st place hitter durning a game

  80. tomingeorgia October 10th, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    mick,
    Try round, might work.

  81. LGY October 10th, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    http://www.beyondtheboxscore.c.....-lineup-by

  82. mick October 10th, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    only if the #3 hitter doesn’t get on…

  83. Nick in SF October 10th, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Panda!

  84. ron October 10th, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    We should of won game 2.
    Now we have to,and should win tonight,or we are in a very bad spot.
    This is why game 2 when our offense didn’t show up might come back to bite us.
    We have a better team than baltimore,and should beat on them.

    CC did his job,and we still could of lost that game.
    Pettitte only gave up 3 runs,and we should of won that game.
    Kuroda,and our offense have to pound them tonight.
    No excuses.

    The only issue i have is ibanez not playing.
    Also,with all the press about arod struggling,look for him to have a big game,and us looking back saying,thank goodness girardi did not sit arod.

    Also,swishers numbers against righties are a little better than ibanez,same,or more power,so the only issue i have is ibanez playing over ichiro,or arod.
    Arod had a .717 ops against rh pitching in 2012.
    Not much more girardi can do.
    Chavez killed rh pitching.
    Only thing girardi can do is put ibanez in lf,and sit ichiro,or sit arod,and dh ibanez,in wich we are going to see ibanez anyways,more than likely.
    I don’t think sitting swisher for ibanez is the answer,and it might be risky sitting ichiro for ibanez.
    It would also take some stones to sit arod for ibanez.

  85. Boss Tony N October 10th, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    I really hope Alexander Emmanuel shuts up his critics again. He shut them up in 2009, and the media dismisses it. Do it again, Alexander. I believe.

    Swisher, on the other hand, is a lost cause.

  86. joeman October 10th, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Swisher is as close to a auto out this time a year as you can get & he’s in the 5 hole

  87. mick October 10th, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Try round, might work.
    ===============
    nah tom, that’s old school.

  88. tomingeorgia October 10th, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Boss,
    No, he isn’t. Go Yanks!

  89. mick October 10th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    mr tom, why are you the constant contrarian?

  90. tomingeorgia October 10th, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    mick,
    try a little SABR on it. It MUST work.

  91. austinmac October 10th, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    LGY,

    Good read.

  92. tomingeorgia October 10th, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Mr. mick,
    Because the Yankees will win tonight, despite all the naysayers. That’s why.

  93. mick October 10th, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    How you bat Swisher behind Cano is incomprehensible.
    Buck is salivating and might walk him intentionally all night just to see what Swisher can do…

  94. Boss Tony N October 10th, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Miyagi say Alexander Emmanuel will break out in a big way

  95. Uncle Ellsworth October 10th, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Das it!

  96. joeman October 10th, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    with a man on 3rd with 2 outs I would walk Cano & Arod to get to Swisher

  97. tucker October 10th, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    joeman says:
    October 10, 2012 at 6:52 pm
    with a man on 3rd with 2 outs I would walk Cano & Arod to get to Swisher
    Xxxxxxx

    That is why I thin Joe may be willing to pinch hit Ibanez if Swish struggles in his first couple of at bats, particularly if Marshall is out of the game.

  98. mick October 10th, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    almost 80% of swishers abs came from the 2 or 6 hole but he is now our #5 hitter
    and tex is hitting 500…go figure….where is the binder?

  99. austinmac October 10th, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Random and probably pointless question: when a batter swings, what happens most frequently, swing and miss, ball in play or foul ball.

    I would guess foul ball.

  100. tomingeorgia October 10th, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    mick,
    You stole it.

  101. mick October 10th, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    1/2 of Tex’ ab’s were from the 5 hole…he had 3 abs up 6th….don’t get it
    is joe going on a whim?

  102. mick October 10th, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    If Kuroda comes up big tonight, our lineup won’t matter, how’s that sound?

  103. austinmac October 10th, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Kuroda needs a good first inning. That’s where he most often struggles.

  104. Captain Clutch October 10th, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Joey binder over thinks eveything and it gets the team into trouble. I am sure in his crazy head he moved Tex down because he missed so many games and he doesn’t think he has his timing. But everyone who saw game 2 saw that he had good at bats and his timing looked much better. I would rather have a bad timing Tex batting 5th instead of someone who can’t control their emotions. Everyone knows that Buck will pitch around Cano whenever he has to and Swish will do nothing. Girardi is killing them with this move. Watch Swisher come up in 5 million risp situations and fail in all of them.

  105. UnKnown October 10th, 2012 at 7:13 pm

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    Girardi makes the right move, keeping Arod in the three hole and not listening to the hysteria of the outside world.

  106. blake October 10th, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Hard to believe the giants are about to tie that series….I hope the As follow suit tonight

  107. JobaTipsHisCap October 10th, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    No matter what,no need to boo arod.
    But I doubt the so called fans in YS would be this classy.

  108. JobaTipsHisCap October 10th, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Those so called fans even booed Mo.
    This tells all.

  109. RMS October 10th, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Only change I would have made is sit Swisher and play Ibanez in rf.

  110. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 10th, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Girardi better be blowing smoke re: Hughes starting tomorrow if we lose tonight.

    If CC doesn’t take the ball tomorrow in a must win game, we might as well not even show up at the ballpark if Hughes is going.

  111. Boston Jim October 10th, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    who pitches friday mad prince if cc goes tmrw?

  112. RMS October 10th, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    No matter what,no need to boo arod.

    —————————————————————————————–
    You are right, but unfortunately, Arod gets the brunt of the boos. I think a lot of the “fans” just don’t like him.

  113. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 10th, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    JobaTipsHisCap,

    Agreed…booing is really counterproductive.

    Its a fans right to do as much, but it really isn’t going to help anything.

    What people need to remember is that this is a team game. There are plenty of things that could have gone another way on Monday that would have helped us win.

    Jeter looked downright pitiful in the field and Swisher wasn’t any better at the plate than ARod, Grandy, etc.

    ARod’s lack of production is frustrating for a guy we put in our 3-hole, but shaking things up mightily is a panic move…

  114. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 10th, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Pettitte can take the ball if Girardi asks him to. You know that as well as I do. Have Hughes available for long relief along with Phelps and Lowe.

    I have zero faith in Hughes starting a playoff game. If we’re up 2-1 tomorrow, I’m ok with the gamble. Really hope that is the case.

  115. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 10th, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Boston Jim,

    Another thing…Pettitte is 40…he’s not some 21 year old arm we’re trying to “protect”. We have nothing to lose and Pettitte has nothing to lose by starting on short rest if necessary.

    I have zero reservations about sending CC out there on short rest either.

    Both of these guys are more than capable of doing it.

    When it comes to playoffs, you do what is necessary, no holds barred.

  116. Boston Jim October 10th, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Andy on 3 days? IDk, hes 40. I dont have much faith in Phil either, but id roll the dice and hope he gets us to gm 5 with a rested CC

  117. Captain Clutch October 10th, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    It would never happen but if the Yanks lose tonight I would rather see CC tomorrow and Lowe/Phelps in game 5. But it definitely won’t happen. I don’t have any faith in Hughes against their homerun hitters in this ballpark. Even if the Yanks win tonight he will have to be on a very short leash tomorrow.

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