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Up next: Rematch with the Tigers

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 13, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees haven’t made this easy on themselves, but just like at the end of the regular season, they’ve checked another goal off the list.

Back in the American League Championship Series with home-field advantage, the Yankees are still trying to get hot at the right time. Their pitching was terrific in the division series, but their offense was stunningly absent, and the Tigers – with their strong rotation and powerful lineup — seem to present a greater challenge than the upstart Orioles.

There are still questions to be answered as the Yankees try to take their final steps back to the World Series.

What’s the Yankees rotation?
Amazing that we don’t know this right now, but the unusual schedule — with no off day between the division series and the ALCS — leaves significant uncertainty in the rotation. Andy Pettitte will pitch Game 1, but the Yankees have a tough choice for Game 2. Hiroki Kuroda on short rest? The rookie David Phelps? Derek Lowe’s first start in pinstripes? Activating Ivan Nova or Freddy Garcia? Beyond that, should CC Sabathia pitch Game 3 on short rest? Should Phil Hughes or Pettitte start Game 5? The Tigers have settled on their rotation — Fister, Sanchez, Verlander, Scherzer — but the Yankees is very much up in the air.

How often will Alex Rodriguez play?
One thing to notice about that Tigers rotation: All four starters are right-handed. Last night, Rodriguez was benched against a right-handed starter, and Joe Girardi was quick to point out that Eric Chavez is part of the reason the Yankees got to this point too. It’s hard to imagine that Rodriguez would be a bench player through the entire ALCS, but there’s certainly no guarantee that he’ll start every game either. Furthermore, do the Yankees need both Jayson Nix and Eduardo Nunez if they don’t need Nunez to DH against lefties?

When will the offense come to life?
Impossible to say right now. Three runs last night certainly wasn’t enough to say the slumping lineup is out of the woods, and the Tigers’ staff pitched well in their division series against Oakland. The Yankees pitchers carried this team past Baltimore, but the Tigers offense is dangerous with Austin Jackson at the top and Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder in the middle. The Yankees are going to need to score in this series, and that means guys like Curtis Granderson, Robinson Cano and Nick Swisher turning things around. Doug Fister has given the Yankees trouble in the past, so things won’t be easy in the opener.

Is this when Rafael Soriano will tested?
Soriano did his part in the division series, but he still hasn’t had his Mariano Rivera moment in postseason. It seems inevitable that the Yankees will have to protect a one- or two-run lead in ninth inning of one of these games. Soriano handled those situations brilliantly in the regular season, but this is the time of year when Rivera seemed to bring the most comfort. Soriano needs to live up to that standard. It’s worth noting that, on the other side, Tigers closer Jose Valverde isn’t exactly a pillar of stability.

Will Austin Jackson haunt the Yankees?
Last October, Granderson was coming off his breakout, MVP-candidate season and Jackson was coming off a disappointing second year in the big leagues. This time around, Granderson has become a frustrating all-or-nothing hitter and Jackson has become of the elite leadoff hitters in the league. These two were traded for another three years ago, and the comparisons are inevitable. If Granderson struggles again, and Jackson is a difference maker, the what-if questions are going to be deafening.

Can the Yankees avenge last year’s playoff loss?
Hard to forget last year’s division series. The Yankees never found any consistency and lost three close games, including a 3-2 loss in Game 5 that ended their season. It was these very same Tigers that beat them. “We get to get our revenge,” Russell Martin said. “I’m excited for that.” They certainly have the opportunity. Continuing an on-going theme this season, the key is for the Yankees to actually take advantage.

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102 Responses to “Up next: Rematch with the Tigers”

  1. MG October 13th, 2012 at 8:57 am

    blake, I agree on the lineup reseet-it’s possible that Granderson goes on a tear for a few games and I liked Cano’s last AB last night even though it was a DP, he smoked the ball for the 1st time in a few games.

    They might as well also put Arod in the lineup, I doubt he contributes much but Chavez isn’t hitting either.

  2. RedSoxFever2013 October 13th, 2012 at 8:58 am

    The

  3. RedSoxFever2013 October 13th, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Stankees

  4. RedSoxFever2013 October 13th, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Stankees suck!!!

  5. RedSoxFever2013 October 13th, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Tigers rotation > Stankee rotation

    Tigers BP > Stankee BP

    Tigers Offense > Stankee Offense.

    Stanks don’t have a chance, Tigers in 5

  6. austinmac October 13th, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Start Alex. They need him.

  7. MG October 13th, 2012 at 9:08 am

    blake October 13th, 2012 at 9:03 am
    I think joe should sit Alex down and say listen….what’s done is done….I had to do what I had to do to win that series but now that’s over and we are starting fresh and we need you….so get your mind right and get out there and play like you can
    ——————————-
    blake, I agree.

    I know baseball players use the cage to work on their swings and get the mechanics down but really wonder why they don’t take advantage of the extra players at this time of the year and get Arod (or other struggling hitters) some live pitching at real speeds to get them going.

    Arod was basically hopeless against right handed pitching in the O’s series, if I’m the manager I’m getting him out early one day against both Nova and Eppley throwing game level heat and letting him figure out what needs to be done to fix it.

    I guess I’m just old fashioned, my hitting philosophy is ‘see the ball, hit the ball’, particularly when you are struggling.

  8. 86w183 October 13th, 2012 at 9:11 am

    The one absolute in the lineup debate is that Ibanez MUST be in the lineup and hitting no lower than 6th and probably higher.

    No question I’d start Alex tonight — with fingers crossed — I’d also drop the 11th pitcher, Derek Lowe, which is NEVER needed in post-season and add Dickerson for more pinch running/late inning defense options. If Phelps starts game two (the right decision) then you replace Hughes with Dickerson and keep Lowe in case Phelps craps out.

    The only reason Rapada and Lowe appeared in one game is that Girardi wasted Logan and Robertson on a handful of pitches in game four AND it went 13 innings.

  9. yankee21 October 13th, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Arod was basically hopeless against right handed pitching in the O’s series, if I’m the manager I’m getting him out early one day against both Nova and Eppley throwing game level heat and letting him figure out what needs to be done to fix it….

    MG: I’ve often wondered the same thing. The Yankees have a 40 man roster, use those guys who aren’t on the 25 as a means to get guys some ABs coming off of injuries (TEX), shake out the rust (Gardner) or work on issues (Arod,Grandy and Swish).

    austinmac: I agree that Arod needs to get the first two starts. If he continues to look hopeless then you go to Chavez in game 3 and stay with him the remainder of any starts against RHP.

  10. MG October 13th, 2012 at 9:18 am

    the Yankees are going to need 5 starters in this series, dropping Hughes, who was really good in game 4, for a pinch runner/defensive replacement isn’t an option at all.

    He will pitch game 5, possibly the most important game of the series and from memory has been very good pitching at Comerica Park in the past.

  11. RedSoxFever2013 October 13th, 2012 at 9:20 am

    They should drop Phil Hughes for a bag of balls. That guy SUCKS.

  12. BD (Boston Dave) October 13th, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Complete bs that one team needs 5 starters and the other needs just 4.

    Shame on you MLB.

  13. 86w183 October 13th, 2012 at 9:24 am

    MG —

    I’m not sure I agree. If Pettitte is strong tonight are you gonna skip him in game 5 ??

    I can’t recall the Yanks ever using five starters in a post-season series, but I could be wrong.

    Still, keeping Hughes and dropping Lowe is fine with me. The idea of carrying 11 pitchers isn’t.

    Kuroda is not a short rest guy so I don’t see any choice but sending Phelps out there.

  14. jacksquat October 13th, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Yeah, they can’t sit Arod for the entire ALCS. He will play, probably tonight. Would be good if he can get going vs rhp.

    But not fair to judge Chavez on an extremely small sample size when he far outperformed Arod all year vs rhp, and also in the latter part of the year. His outs also did look better (except against the lhp), two line drive outs.

  15. 86w183 October 13th, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Shame on the Yankees for losing game four.

    If they use five starters Pettite would go in game 6 on 6 days rest. I don’t like that. If it goes seven, CC gets the ball on short rest over Kuroda, dontcha think?

  16. Tar October 13th, 2012 at 9:28 am

    MG

    I read your take on Alex and thinking too much yesterday and totally agree. I’m waiting to see that intense almost mad look from him at the plate. Then I’ll know theres only one thing on his mind.

    I know CC was great yesterday, an incredible gutsy performance, but did anybody else think he was up in the zone from the middle innings on, and got away with it?

  17. 86w183 October 13th, 2012 at 9:28 am

    They can always DH Alex, play Chavez at 3B and go with Ibanez, Granderson and Ichiro in the Outfield. Swisher isn’t doing anything either.

  18. Madrugador October 13th, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Absolutely agree with MG- No way Hughes gets left off this roster. He starts in this series and will pitch well. Wouldn’t be surprised if he gets an inning of work out of the pen on his throw day.
    If I am dropping a player it is Gardner who apparently is swinging like a rusty gate but even then is worth more than a bag of balls.

  19. Tar October 13th, 2012 at 9:36 am

    No way Phil gets left off the roster. He’s a starter and a pen guy. But there are tough decisions.

    Rapada and Logan? Nix and Nunez? Phelps and Lowe?

  20. MG October 13th, 2012 at 9:37 am

    86, Andy can go in game 5 but then you still need a pitcher in game 6.

    They aren’t going to give Phelps an extra start in game 6 and drop Hughes. Hughes pitched on Thursday, he most likely won’t go again until game 5 (next Thursday) so he could throw in relief either tomorrow or possibly Tuesday-hopefully then won’t need it.

  21. Madrugador October 13th, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Logan> Rapada; Nix> Nunez; Phelps> Lowe (although this last one is too close to call)

  22. 86w183 October 13th, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Good point on Gardner. If he wasn’t able to start in that series get Dickerson back.

    But I’ll never agree with 11 pitchers, just like I never agree with 12 in the regular season.

    Actually I think tomorrow would be a throw day for Hughes so He could go 40 pitches or so. I just don’t think they’ll skip Andy in game five for Hughes if he’s healthy.

  23. MG October 13th, 2012 at 9:39 am

    there is an advantage to having Hughes go in game 6 instead of game 5-it gives him 2 extra days and makes him a bullpen option all the way through game 3.

    anyway, we will see what happens, these things usually works themselves out…

  24. MTU October 13th, 2012 at 9:40 am

    I think we should pay the Tigers back for last year.

    ;)

  25. 86w183 October 13th, 2012 at 9:41 am

    MG, Magruder —-

    You guys sold me. Phil in the pen for game 2, start him in game six.

    Tonight — Jeter, Ichiro, Tex, Cano, Raul, A-Rod, Granderson, Martin, Chavez

    That’s without considering anyone’s splits vs Fister

  26. MTU October 13th, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Phister should be working for a plumbing company.

    :)

  27. BD (Boston Dave) October 13th, 2012 at 9:44 am

    “Shame on the Yankees for losing game four.”

    —–

    That’s not fair. No other team had to win in 4 games in order to avoid needing 5 starters..

    It’s a tremendous disadvantage that ONLY the Yankees, the #1 seed, have to take on.

    The other teams can go with 4 starters and they all went 5 games in the DS.

    Shame on MLB.

  28. Madrugador October 13th, 2012 at 9:46 am

    I am less and less convinced of the predictability of performance based on statistics alone and I don’t really believe in “the gut”. I do believe in playing the hot hand and so making a line up without looking at splits is not unreasonable.

  29. Bret The Hitman October 13th, 2012 at 9:46 am

    I think Phelps gets Game 2. He has won the trust of Girardi and the inner circle I suspect. His innings are down compared to the other starters and his arm strength is there.

  30. blake October 13th, 2012 at 9:47 am

    One thing I don’t like about this site on the new iPhone is that is doesn’t show when their is a new thread :(

    blake says:
    October 13, 2012 at 8:57 am
    “The rotation issue is the direct result of not closing out the series on Thursday when they had so many chances.”

    Yup….they advanced but not winning game 4 really mucked up the rotation…..it is what it is though

    blake says:
    October 13, 2012 at 8:59 am
    “At this point, Miguel Cabrera has a better career OPS/OPS+ than A-Rod.”

    He’s the best RH pure hitter since PED Manny….he’s a better pure hitter than Alex was……but Alex was a SS who could steal 25 bags too……

    blake says:
    October 13, 2012 at 9:03 am
    MG,

    Grandys last couple of ABs were very encouraging ….how he stayed on that breaking ball for the hit etc….it was like a guy that couldn’t see just put contacts in or something …..he could get hot and really be a factor

    I think joe should sit Alex down and say listen….what’s done is done….I had to do what I had to do to win that series but now that’s over and we are starting fresh and we need you….so get your mind right and get out there and play like you can

    blake says:
    October 13, 2012 at 9:11 am
    I think that was the both the best pitched and worst offensive series I can recall the Yankees having in the post season.

    Kudos to the rotation because all 4 guys were nails and the pen (what little thy pitched) was very good also

    blake says:
    October 13, 2012 at 9:16 am
    Also…..where are all the “CC isn’t an ace” people this morning?

    This guy is so under appreciated ….folks don’t realize how rare it is for a pitcher to be consistently as good as he’s been as long as he’s been.

    And just on a performance note…. His CU is a game changer now…. It used to be just a 3 rd or 4th mix it up pitch for him by now it’s a plus weapon that makes him so much more diverse as a pitcher….. It’s allowing him to get quicker outs….to escape bad counts….and it’s allowing him to stay dominant despite not average 94 on his fastball anymore …..It’ll prolong his career IMO

  31. MTU October 13th, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Bret-

    We can certainly afford to do that if AP wins tonight.

    Seems like the best option to me unless they want to roll the dice w Ivan.

  32. blake October 13th, 2012 at 9:49 am

    When is Hughes ever gonna get any love….all he did was lead the club in wins and pitch a great game 4…….

  33. jpb173 October 13th, 2012 at 9:50 am

    If Rafael Soriano is smart he will opt out of his Yankee contract and sign a big deal…with the Washington Nationals.

  34. MTU October 13th, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Blake-

    I don’t want to see your phone bill.

    :)

  35. Tar October 13th, 2012 at 9:51 am

    The only big LH bat that the Tigers have is Prince. Dirks has some pretty good splits, but I don’t think its worth a possible couple of appearances by Rapada for just those two guys

    Since Rapada is seldom used anyway, I would consider dropping him and picking up Nova.

    Then I would give Andy, Kuroda and CC two starts each. Lowe, Phelps and Nova as long men just in case. Phil is in the pen for the first couple of games, starts the other.

  36. MTU October 13th, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Tar-

    Brennan Boesch has power.

  37. sunny615 October 13th, 2012 at 9:53 am

    The yanks take game one. I am eagerly waiting to hear how this rotation will play out in game 2.

  38. 86w183 October 13th, 2012 at 9:55 am

    There’s no lack of Hughes love, just a discussion about how to plan pitching under these set of circumstances. Phil has earned a start, no one questions that.

    It’s just asinine that MLB decided it was more important to guarantee the wild card winner a day off than it was to ensure at least one day between the divisional series and league championship series.

  39. sunny615 October 13th, 2012 at 9:55 am

    I’m guessing it’ll be phelps.

  40. sunny615 October 13th, 2012 at 9:56 am

    It’s just asinine that MLB decided it was more important to guarantee the wild card winner a day off than it was to ensure at least one day between the divisional series and league championship series.
    =_=_=_=_=_=_=_
    Yup.

  41. Bret The Hitman October 13th, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Tigers – Yankees
    Cardinals – Giants

    I think a Yankees – Giants WS would be most entertaining. I hope the Yankees avenge their past 2 losses to the Detroit Tigers.

  42. MTU October 13th, 2012 at 9:58 am

    No matter how things come out this year the Yankee O needs to be retooled in the OS IMO.

    ;)

  43. MTU October 13th, 2012 at 10:00 am

    I’d like to see Cano get hot again.

    He was on fire for a while and then turned into an ice cube.

  44. Bring in the Goose October 13th, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Meredith Marakovitz is growing on me.

  45. MTU October 13th, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Rather play the Giants than the Cards in a WS.

    Any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

    I’ll catch you all later.

    Have a great day.

    :)

  46. 86w183 October 13th, 2012 at 10:04 am

    I’m rooting for the Giants because this place will be insufferable if Matt Hollliday leads the Cardinals over the Yankees in the World Series.

    Davey Johnson nodded off there in the 9th, pitching to Kozma with the pitcher on deck. How nastily would Girardi have been excoriated under those circumstances?

  47. Tar October 13th, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Thanks MTU but Brennan Boesch was left off their roster for the A’s series, was he added for this one?

  48. ctyankeefan. October 13th, 2012 at 10:08 am

    I didnt see the game or know the circumstances, but I did read they had a base open with 2 outs and a pitcher on deck. Can’t believe they didnt IBB to get to him. Last I knew about the game the Nats were up 6-0 and I figured there was no way they’d lose.

  49. MTU October 13th, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Tar-

    No idea. Just know he has left-handed power.

    Might be a consideration against the Yanks.

    Later.

  50. Tar October 13th, 2012 at 10:10 am

    86
    “excoriated” I admit I had to look it up, good word.

  51. blake October 13th, 2012 at 10:15 am

    It’s just asinine that MLB decided it was more important to guarantee the wild card winner a day off than it was to ensure at least one day between the divisional series and league championship series.”

    I agree….the scheduling is really ridiculous

  52. blake October 13th, 2012 at 10:17 am

    I predict a Yankees/Cards world series

  53. LGY October 13th, 2012 at 10:21 am

    The Cardinals won that game last night?? :shock:

    I still can’t get over the Yankees passing on Beltran a second time. Man, would he look good in this lineup right now.

  54. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 13th, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Downside to postseason clinches – I tape or DVR everything I can find, and then I stay up and watch it. (Biggest “downside” – I got home to see innings 7-9; so I watched the entire game also.) Watched SporstCenter, TBS wrap up after the end of the Nats game, ESPN “Highlights”, YES postgame. Didn’t get much sleep at all. Going to the gym today is going to be a huge push.

    :)

    Just love watching every single highlight I can find about our Yanks.

    The pictorials are absolutely beautiful MTU and JCPD. The beauty of nature absolutely blows me away and the way you guys capture it is second to none.

    Seeing those pictures brought to mind Joyce Kilmer’s poem:

    TREES

    I THINK that I shall never see
    A poem lovely as a tree.

    A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
    Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

    A tree that looks at God all day,
    And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

    A tree that may in Summer wear
    A nest of robins in her hair;

    Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
    Who intimately lives with rain.

    Poems are made by fools like me,
    But only God can make a tree.

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

    I am very very tired.

    :)

  55. Tar October 13th, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Trish

    What a great poem thanks for sharing. Get some rest.

    Time to get busy, have a good day everybody.

  56. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 13th, 2012 at 10:31 am

    blake and LGY, I don’t know if you saw it but you two are tied with jackamir for the most points so far in our postseason prediction panorama. I am pretty close to bringing up the rear but what fun would it be to send myself Ritter Sports Bars?

    :)

    My predictions for the CLSs: Yanks in 5; Giants in 6. I do have until first pitch tonight to change my Yankee prediction. Maybe a little rest today will change my perspective.

    Here’s the DLS final points chart.

    DLS POINTS

    Talk to you all later.

  57. blake October 13th, 2012 at 10:37 am

    blake and LGY, I don’t know if you saw it but you two are tied with jackamir for the most points so far in our postseason prediction panorama. I am pretty close to bringing up the rear but what fun would it be to send myself Ritter Sports Bars?

    Didn’t I win last year?

  58. Boss Tony N October 13th, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Nobody liked the nickname Shallow Cal??

  59. blake October 13th, 2012 at 10:38 am

    LGY,

    Nobody ever listens to us…..they didn’t need Beltran cause the offense was fine

  60. blake October 13th, 2012 at 10:39 am

    So who is broadcasting the ALCS? I know it’s TBS but did hey announce the crew ?

  61. LGY October 13th, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Blake

    I know. Maybe leading in Trisha’s prediction game will give us some cred.

  62. 86w183 October 13th, 2012 at 10:43 am

    I would like to think that the Baltimore series will finally convince the powers that be that an extreme makeover is called for where the lineup is concerned.

  63. Shame Spencer October 13th, 2012 at 10:44 am

    I don’t think you can start Phelps… if you do you gotta be sure you have another long man in the pen, right? I dunno guys, I think you gotta go with your best starters at all costs. The Tigers are not the O’s…. they’re going to actually hit (likely anyway) and we’re going to need to score more than 2 runs to win these games. I say if you find yourself theorizing ‘well if we win game one we start X or but if we lose we start Y” you should just choose the guy you think is better from the get-go. Joe will probably start Phelps.

  64. blake October 13th, 2012 at 10:46 am

    LGY,

    You think the Yanks will finally address the offense this winter? I think they have to…..they pitched unreal in the ALDS and still about didn’t advance cause they can’t hit…..we will see…..I hope Cano gets hot in the ALCS against all these righties…. Last year all the RHP was a problem….. This year J think it actually gives them a much better chance as it plays better for Raul and Ichiro and Cano and Granderson

  65. Shame Spencer October 13th, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Do the Cards also get a day off….? Nice.

  66. Shame Spencer October 13th, 2012 at 10:47 am

    blake October 13th, 2012 at 10:46 am

    LGY,

    You think the Yanks will finally address the offense this winter?
    ————————

    We made the ALCS. So… I doubt it.

  67. BIG AL October 13th, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Good morning all.

    I think who pitches game 2 depends on the outcome of tonights game.

    If the Yankees win, it’s easier to pitch phelps in game 2, if not Kuroda, who’s been great at YS gets the ball on short rest.

  68. blake October 13th, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Rank the starting rotations for the remaining 4 teams:

    Mine

    1. giants
    2. Yankees
    3. Tigers
    4. cards

  69. Jerkface October 13th, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Unbelievable the cards get a day off and the Yankees do not. Swap the schedules, MLB you halfwits

  70. austinmac October 13th, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Trisha,

    That is oneof the few poems I can recite. Thanks.

  71. blake October 13th, 2012 at 10:49 am

    “We made the ALCS. So… I doubt it.”

    True….but they only made it cause they had like a 2 starter ERA and cause Raul did the impossible in Game 3

  72. blake October 13th, 2012 at 10:50 am

    The scheduling this postseason is ridiculous….the Tigers had the easiest path the entire way with the 7th best record…..that part of the system is broken

  73. bruceb October 13th, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Damn. Having predicted the Yanks to win the ALDS in five, I don’t want to make a prediction for the ALCS because my heart says the Yanks but my head most definitely says the Tigers.

    I’m already taking most of my work colleagues out to lunch after losing two bets: Mets to finish bottom of the NL East and the Yanks to win the AL East but go out in the first round of the playoffs.

    Never been so happy to lose the last bet!

  74. blake October 13th, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Lineups

    1. cards
    2. Yankees (if they show up )
    3. Tigers
    4 giants

    Bullpens

    1. Cards
    2. Yankees
    3. Giants
    4. tigers

  75. Shame Spencer October 13th, 2012 at 10:52 am

    blake October 13th, 2012 at 10:49 am

    “We made the ALCS. So… I doubt it.”

    True….but they only made it cause they had like a 2 starter ERA and cause Raul did the impossible in Game 3

    ——————

    We’ve already forgotten this.

    They’re guaranteed two more home crowds, that’s all that matters.

    And the schedules are absolutely ridiculous but MLB keeps throwing up their hands like ‘hey, the new wild card messed us up!!’ as if they didn’t see that coming….?????

  76. LGY October 13th, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Blake

    I really have no clue how this winter will go. With Swisher a FA they are basically forced to do something. Just hope that something isn’t a stop gap RF.

  77. Cashmoney October 13th, 2012 at 10:56 am

    I am really interested to see what kind of money is out there for swisher. Maybe the Nats will go after soriano if he opts out.

  78. BIG AL October 13th, 2012 at 10:57 am

    They already have a stop gap RF, Ichiro.

  79. Cashmoney October 13th, 2012 at 10:57 am

    LGY, who do you have in mind in replacement for Swisher or at least some reasonable candidates.

  80. pat October 13th, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Nunez off roster, Eppley on

  81. BIG AL October 13th, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Later folks, y’all have a great day.

    GO YANKEES!

  82. bruceb October 13th, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Nunez off roster, Eppley on

    Is that a fact or a prediction?

  83. Bo knows October 13th, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Nobody ever listens to us…..they didn’t need Beltran cause the offense was fine

    ——————–
    Yep, passed on Beltran twice. Hurt both times. Last year was a no brainer. Trade Swisher for a young un. Win some.

  84. pat October 13th, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Fact

  85. blake October 13th, 2012 at 11:00 am

    @mikeaxisa: Nunez off the ALCS roster and Eppley on, likely means Phelps is starting Game Two.

  86. blake October 13th, 2012 at 11:01 am

    @BloggingBombers: Cody Eppley added to ALCS roster in place of Eduardo Nunez as Yankees go with 12 pitchers in best-of-seven against the Tigers.

  87. bruceb October 13th, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Can see the logic behind the decision but I do love the energy Nunez gives us when we need a lift. Not only that, can’t really see Joe going to Eppley in a big spot.

  88. CompassRosy October 13th, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Trisha ~

    Clearly, I could never earn a living (or even gas money) as a gambler. Here are my LCS predictions anyway. Maybe I’ll be the first ever with zero – surely that would deserve some sort of prize ;)

    Tiggers in 5
    Giants in 5

  89. blake October 13th, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Twitter Jerkface has more curse words :)

  90. bruceb October 13th, 2012 at 11:03 am

    K-Rod arrested for domestic violence according to WFAN. Now there’s a surprise.

  91. mick October 13th, 2012 at 11:04 am

    The only big LH bat that the Tigers have is Prince. Dirks has some pretty good splits, but I don’t think its worth a possible couple of appearances by Rapada for just those two guys
    ========================
    Seriously?
    The only LH bat is Fielder.
    That’s a bat we might want to keep quiet…

  92. pat October 13th, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Nix stays on roster to back up Jeter in case his foot acts up and Rodriguez stays on roster in case Girardi needs a scapegoat. :wink:

  93. JM October 13th, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Tigers did not change their roster

  94. Yank1 October 13th, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Code Epply has been awful against the Tigers RH hitters

    Avila is 1-2
    Miggy is 2-3 with a 2B and HR
    Infante is 1-1
    Peralta is 1-3

    Jackson/Young are a combined 0-3

  95. mick October 13th, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Again, dropping Rapada for Nova?
    Crazy….

    Eppley for Nunez, I can understand.
    Nuney will not get a start against the all righty staff and can’t field.
    No need for Nova, Phelps is going game 2.

  96. blake October 13th, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Arod should be at 3 b tonight….they need to start fresh and hope he finds it like Granderson appeared to last night

  97. blake October 13th, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Girardi must make it a point to not let Cabrera beat them in this series……

  98. JM October 13th, 2012 at 11:14 am

    New post >>>>>>>>>>

  99. blake October 13th, 2012 at 11:15 am

    My lineup tonight

    Ichiro LF
    Jeter SS
    Cano 2B
    Tex 1B
    Ibanez DH
    Arod 3B
    Swisher RF
    Granderson CF
    Martin C

  100. 86w183 October 13th, 2012 at 11:16 am

    12 pitchers is beyond ridiculous.

    So is Nova getting the ball in game two?

  101. Captain Clutch October 13th, 2012 at 11:17 am

    I really don’t understand what sitting Arod yesterday accomplished. Now they advance and Girardi can’t sit him again. If Arod was a free agent this year I get it but he isn’t. You have to move him down in the lineup and hope that he figures it out. But sitting him in this series and playing Chavez isn’t making you better. The lineup for every game in this series should be Jeter, Ichiro, Cano, Tex, Ibanez, Arod, Granderson, Swisher, Martin.

  102. mick October 13th, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Nova isnt on the roster…


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