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Pregame notes: “There was a little bit more thought”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 01, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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It’s been said that Joe Girardi has one of the easiest jobs in baseball: Just write down the names of a bunch of superstars, call it a lineup, and go win 95 games. Things are a bit different this season, and Girardi acknowledged that this Opening Day lineup took him a little longer than usual.

“It’s a little bit more,” he said. “You look at some of the positions that you’re going to do, and more about where you’re going to put guys in the lineup, in a sense, than maybe who’s playing. Trying to divide up your lefties a little bit against Lester, and having some new faces in Wells and Francisco, trying to figure out where to put them. So there was a little bit more thought.”

Girardi settled on moving Eduardo Nunez near the top of the lineup, strictly to split the lefties. Ichiro Suzuki is batting seventh today, but Girardi said Ichiro will move up to the No. 2 spot when the Yankees face right-hander Clay Buchholz on Wednesday.

“We’ve liked the way Nuney has swung the bat,” Girardi said. “I didn’t particularly want to put three lefties in a row against Lester to start the game. We’ve liked Gardy’s ability to get on base, so I put him in the leadoff spot. And without Jeet, I thought we should put a right-hander in there, and we’ve liked what Nuney has done.”

• Based on this spring’s catching matchups, I really assumed Chris Stewart would catch CC Sabathia today. Then again, I also thought Girardi would stick with Ichiro in the No. 2 spot even against a lefty, so what do I know? “I think the first month, it will be somewhat of a process of figuring out exactly how you’re going to (use the catchers),” Girardi said. “You can play spring training games, but playing in-season games is different. The things you have to handle are different. Your emotions are different. It was something that I thought about the last three or four days. Talked to my coaches about it, and right now it’s probably going to be a fairly even split.”

• It’s worth noting that Cervelli is actually a career .317/.414/.393 hitter against lefties.

According to Brian Cashman, Derek Jeter is scheduled to play catch and undergo treatment today. “There is no exact schedule for Derek because it’s what his ankle allows him to do,” Girardi said. “And we’re really not going to know that until he goes out there.”

• Have not seen Alex Rodriguez, but apparently he’s here. It’s still unclear just how much of the pregame ceremonies he’ll be a part of. “Introductions are usually not the first thing on my mind when I come in here,” Girardi said. “I’m anxious to see him. I want to see how he’s moving around in a sense because I haven’t seen him since, probably the end of January when he was just starting to ride a bike. What he chooses to do today is his prerogative, and I’m fine with whatever he chooses to do.”

• Also no sign of Mark Teixeira, who’s supposed to visit the doctor this morning. I know he was expecting to be out of the checkup in time to be here for the ceremonies.

• A few observations from the clubhouse: Dave Robertson’s has been given a new locker, the one right next to Mariano Rivera. Eduardo Nunez also has a new locker in between Robinson Cano and Alex Rodriguez. Francisco Cervelli’s old locker now belongs to Chris Stewart, so he’s in Nick Swisher’s old locker. Joba Chamberlain moved to Robertson’s old locker, David Phelps move to Chamberlain’s old locker, Cody Eppley moved to Phelps’ old locker, and Adam Warren has Eppley’s old locker.

• Not great news for Brennan Boesch and Lyle Overbay: They have the lockers generally given to players who bounce back and forth from Triple-A.

• In case it didn’t go without saying, Girardi said the Yankees will stick with just one left-handed reliever for the time being. “You look at our eighth inning and our ninth inning, and that’s nailed down,” Girardi said. “My hope is Joba will nail down the seventh inning. If there’s a lefty we want Boone to face in the seventh inning, we might do that, and then have Joba go after the righties. But I figure, if you can nail down the seventh, eighth and ninth, you can use Boonie earlier.”

• Someone from a Japanese television station said during Girardi’s pregame press conference that Hideki Matsui has been given Japan’s highest civilian honor. “Congratulations to Hideki,” Girardi said. “I think everybody is aware of what this organization thinks of Hideki Matsui. He’s a wonderful man, he was a wonderful player. Did a lot for the New York Yankees in his time here, and represented us very, very well. I think from the Yankees standpoint, we’d like to congratulate him because he’s a man who deserves a great honor.”

• The Yankees will honor the Sandy Hook victims and first responders before today’s game. “I think it’s important to say thank you,” Girardi said. “The town of Newtown has went through so much during the last four or five months, six months, and you think about being a responder. Sometimes we don’t think about what they go through, and how important they are during a situation like that. I think it’s nice that we’re getting an opportunity to say thank you for all that you do, because they’re obviously going to do more as the future goes on.”

• The video above is Girardi’s opening comments from this morning’s pregame press conference.

Associated Press photo

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41 Responses to “Pregame notes: “There was a little bit more thought””

  1. blake April 1st, 2013 at 11:19 am

    blake says:
    April 1, 2013 at 11:16 am
    Shame Spencer says:
    April 1, 2013 at 11:12 am
    I think that Andrus extension is going to end up looking really, really good.

    It’s a good deal IF he develops into an above average hitter…..I think he will only be like 31 at the end of the deal….. If his bat doesn’t progress but he stays an elite defender then it’s an over pay but still not terrible at 15 million per…

    Radio,

    At the moment it’s pretty apples to oranges….Nunez hasn’t shown he can play SS at a big league level and Andrus is premier ….also Andrus is a couple years younger and a better hitter

  2. Cujo April 1st, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Any news on the proposed Cano deal reported on RAB ?

  3. BBFan April 1st, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Trisha,

    Please put me in for 94 wins.
    They will sruprise everyone.

  4. blake April 1st, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Cujo says:
    April 1, 2013 at 11:21 am
    Any news on the proposed Cano deal reported on RAB ?

    Check the date ;)

  5. Shame Spencer April 1st, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Shame Spencer says:
    April 1, 2013 at 11:12 am
    I think that Andrus extension is going to end up looking really, really good.

    It’s a good deal IF he develops into an above average hitter…..I think he will only be like 31 at the end of the deal….. If his bat doesn’t progress but he stays an elite defender then it’s an over pay but still not terrible at 15 million per…

    Radio,

    At the moment it’s pretty apples to oranges….Nunez hasn’t shown he can play SS at a big league level and Andrus is premier ….also Andrus is a couple years younger and a better hitter
    ——————

    Agree on the first point to an extent only because Andrus’ numbers have always been on a slow but steady rise. I dunno if he’ll be a perennial .300 hitter but I think for his position he’s got enough to offer offensively already.

    The second point I agree with 100%. You just cannot compare Nunez with Andrus. Talent wise, it’s not apples to apples at all.

  6. Patrick April 1st, 2013 at 11:28 am

    It looks weird for a player like Andrus to get a megadeal but he’s actually worth the money. .340 OBP, stellar defense at SS, young, stays healthy .. $15 million a year is more than fair, in fact it might be a good deal for the Rangers

  7. Shame Spencer April 1st, 2013 at 11:30 am

    @YankeesWFAN

    “His presence is good for the team.”–Mariano Rivera on A-Rod being here on Opening Day.

  8. Rich in NJ April 1st, 2013 at 11:31 am

    @YankeesWFAN

    “His presence is good for the team.”–Mariano Rivera on A-Rod being here on Opening Day.
    _

    Mo is a leader of men.

  9. blake April 1st, 2013 at 11:31 am

    It looks weird for a player like Andrus to get a megadeal but he’s actually worth the money. .340 OBP, stellar defense at SS, young, stays healthy .. $15 million a year is more than fair, in fact it might be a good deal for the Rangers”

    I don’t think he would have been worth that 10 years ago….but the SS position is so horrid tigr now that it’s about right if his bat develops a but more…..

  10. blake April 1st, 2013 at 11:35 am

    I think Colorado will want rid of tulos contract soon

  11. Cujo April 1st, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Blake:

    Shame on me ! Ahhh Haaaaa !

  12. jacksquat April 1st, 2013 at 11:36 am

    I think Andrus needs to hit a little more to be worth that contract.

  13. Noreaster April 1st, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Trisha,

    I’m bullish on the second half of the season, put me down for 91 wins…

  14. Triple Short of a Cycle April 1st, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Any chance the Yanks would be interested in Carlos Gonzalez if he becomes available at the trade deadline?

  15. Patrick April 1st, 2013 at 11:38 am

    I don’t think he would have been worth that 10 years ago….but the SS position is so horrid tigr now that it’s about right if his bat develops a but more…..

    Well I think that 10 years ago we didn’t necessarily understand how valuable a player like Andrus is. It definitely also speaks to the weakness of the current shortstops in MLB.

    I do not think Andrus really needs to hit more to justify that contract…

  16. Noreaster April 1st, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Cujo, RAB was running an April Fools Day joke post.

  17. RadioKev April 1st, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Mmm, I don’t know. We’ll see.

    I get that their age is the biggest separator. Andrus could get even better, and Nunez is chasing Andrus’ current quality. Of course Andrus is a relatively “elite” shortstop right now, but Nunez could still be comparable with the bat and on the base paths.

  18. ac1 April 1st, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Any chance the Yanks would be interested in Carlos Gonzalez if he becomes available at the trade deadline?
    __

    I think the ONE THING the Yankees don’t need is OF help…
    Would rather just deal with Wells and Ichiro and watch Williams, Austin and Heathcott (Flores too) actually make it here without being traded.

  19. blake April 1st, 2013 at 11:41 am

    jacksquat says:
    April 1, 2013 at 11:36 am
    I think Andrus needs to hit a little more to be worth that contract.

    He’s only 24 so I assume they are banking on him progressing

  20. Josh Lueke fan April 1st, 2013 at 11:42 am

    This Meredith’s voice is so irritating.

  21. blake April 1st, 2013 at 11:43 am

    “Well I think that 10 years ago we didn’t necessarily understand how valuable a player like Andrus is. It definitely also speaks to the weakness of the current shortstops in MLB.”

    We still don’t really…..defensive metrics and WAR etc are only marginally better than they were 10 years ago….. Just more folks believe in their accuracy now…..I think Andrus is awesome and I wanted him to succeed Jeter…. But he needs to hit more to be worth that deal IMO….intjink he will

  22. Rich in NJ April 1st, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Andrus hits for no power, but his AVG and OBP are ok for a SS.

  23. Triple Short of a Cycle April 1st, 2013 at 11:47 am

    I think the ONE THING the Yankees don’t need is OF help…

    ——————————————-

    That is assuming we develop 2 of the young outfielders and they become good starting players.

  24. ac1 April 1st, 2013 at 11:47 am

    That is assuming we develop 2 of the young outfielders and they become good starting players.

    ___

    True but with them i am pretty confident (particularly heathcott and austin).

  25. blake April 1st, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Yea Id love to have CarGo but Tulo is the guy I want and the guy that fits their needs more

  26. Triple Short of a Cycle April 1st, 2013 at 11:51 am

    True but with them i am pretty confident (particularly heathcott and austin).

    ————————————————-

    Heathcott scares me with his injury history. I just feel he is one of those guys that will be perpetually hurt. I hope I’m wrong though because I like the way he plays the game

  27. Cujo April 1st, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Noreaster April 1st, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Cujo, RAB was running an April Fools Day joke post.

    ——————–

    Yeah thanks, which was why I was laughing at myself when I replied to Blake :lol:

  28. Chip April 1st, 2013 at 11:53 am

    blake April 1st, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Yea Id love to have CarGo but Tulo is the guy I want and the guy that fits their needs more
    —————

    I’ll settle for Almadys Diaz.

  29. blake April 1st, 2013 at 11:53 am

    I mean we can’t just say that elite defense at SS is worth a huge contract in itself…..otherwise Cito Culver would be a top prospect…..it’s that plus good offense that Is valuable and the Rangers are betting Andrus is that in his prime…..which he hasn’t reached yet

  30. Shame Spencer April 1st, 2013 at 11:54 am

    I get that their age is the biggest separator.
    ——————

    I dunno man, I think their talent level is the biggest separator.

    Nunez is no where near Andrus. He’s put up good offensive numbers in AAA but hasn’t done it in the majors to warrant the comparison, IMO.

  31. blake April 1st, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Hey the RAB post got me for a second because i saw it when I first woke up….it was well done

  32. Shame Spencer April 1st, 2013 at 11:55 am

    What the hell is going on with Diaz…?

  33. Shame Spencer April 1st, 2013 at 11:56 am

    @FeinsandNYDN 2m

    Alex Rodriguez meets the media for the first time this year. pic.twitter.com/EObPzj9qYZ

    That really does look insane…

  34. Ys Guy April 1st, 2013 at 11:56 am

    So it’s looking like ill be going to NYS Tuesday vs the d backs then the down to Trenton next Monday!

  35. Benny Blanco April 1st, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Ugh Ohhh, an Arod sighting. Can’t wait to hear how he upstaged the Yankees by showing up today. Marchand then over-analyzes even futher by saying how he’s not being interviewed with Yankee back drop behind him. Smh. Lol

  36. Frankg April 1st, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    The Yankees’ manager and general manager now have real jobs like on other teams. Now Steinbrenner will get his money’s worth.

  37. Cujo April 1st, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Benny Blanco April 1st, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Agree, he should just stay in the background and not draw attention to himself. I so wish he would just disappear.

  38. Josh Lueke fan April 1st, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Frankg, which isn’t very much.

  39. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 1st, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Okay, as of 11:40 this morning, this is the grouping my POCKETBOOK is rooting for LEAST to win – in descending order. The closer you are to the top of this list, the more I have to pay out!!! (My smart money tells me self love is the best kind of all. Root for me and you have a winner all around. I predict the greatest number of wins, and I don’t have to pay myself!!)

    Munson – 93
    Ghostwriter – 93
    Big Al – 93
    The Straw – 93
    Warning Track Power - 93
    Carly – 93
    Tabbert – 93
    CountryClub – 93
    Shame Spencer - 92
    Mike_Boston - 92
    Utility Man – 92
    Chip – 92
    Jmv – 92
    Nick in SF – 92
    Mike Ri – 92
    joecembrale – 92

    ****

    Tackleberry – 91
    RMS – 91
    RadioKev – 91
    ac1 – 91
    massjake – 91
    Yankeefeminista – 91
    Noreaster – 91

    ******

    rm – 94
    Tomingeorgia – 94
    Nilsson – 94
    r115 – 94
    BBfan - 94
    4 NYY – 89
    Blake – 89
    Yankee21 – 89
    Luis – 89
    Astrocityfan – 89

    ******

    Bruceb – 86
    Vineyard Yankee – 86
    Bobby Murcer – 86
    Don – 86

    *****

    Joeman – 90
    GregD – 90
    Bronx Jeers – 90
    Austinmac – 88
    David in Cal – 88
    Yankee Trader – 88
    Cashmoney – 87
    Charlestonchew – 87
    Jackson – 87
    Baby Ruth – 85
    Sammiejohnson – 85
    Joeman – 85

    *****

    Newyorkfanforever – 95
    Jmills – 95

    *****

    bardos – 83
    Your Worst Nightmare – 83
    Deal With It – 82
    Oscar Madison – 82
    MaineYankee – 80
    Cujo – 80

    *****

    Blutarsky – 78
    Comet – 79
    Niblick – 81
    Felix Unger – 84
    Trisha – 97

  40. RadioKev April 1st, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Actually, Andrus and Nunez have very similar OPS+ numbers. Nunez has a much sample size, so we’ll have to see. Nunez could slug a little more this season. I could see him playing better at short too.

    Andrus is better, but I’m not green with envy, was my point.

  41. Mike Ri April 1st, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    New Post –>

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