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Pitching matchups in Cleveland

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 08, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Today
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (0-1, 13.50)
vs.
RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (0-0, 1.50)
4:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network

Tuesday
LHP Andy Pettitte (1-0, 1.13)
vs.
RHP Carlos Carrasco (Injured in 2012; 8-9, 4.62 in 2011)
7:05 p.m., YES Network

Wednesday
RHP Ivan Nova (0-1, 7.71)
vs.
RHP Brett Myers (0-1, 12.60)
7:05 p.m., YES Network and ESPN2

Thursday
RHP Phil Hughes (0-1, 6.75)
vs.
RHP Zach McAllister (0-1, 3.00)
7:05 p.m. YES Network and MLB Network

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97 Responses to “Pitching matchups in Cleveland”

  1. astrocityfan April 8th, 2013 at 9:03 am

    The pitching matchups look good on paper. Now they just need to go out and execute.

  2. blake April 8th, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Say what you want about clutch and if I exists etc but Cervy has always had a knack for big hits and his career numbers with RISP support that

  3. blake April 8th, 2013 at 9:09 am

    I’ll take a split but 3 of 4 gets them back to .500 and should be doable….Cleveland’s pitching is turrible …..

  4. Shame Spencer April 8th, 2013 at 9:11 am

    blake April 8th, 2013 at 9:09 am

    I’ll take a split but 3 of 4 gets them back to .500 and should be doable….Cleveland’s pitching is turrible …..

    ——————-

    Yeah, no split please. These next two series would be a nice time to make up some ground.

  5. Shame Spencer April 8th, 2013 at 9:18 am

    That Mets win yesterday.. ugh. At least I am comforted knowing the Mets always stay in it… until the ASB. :D

  6. Madrugador April 8th, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Hey, winning is so much better than losing but let’s not go overboard.
    There are still too many ifs on this team.
    If Jeter returns and hits close to hit career average.
    If Granderson returns and cuts down on his strike outs.
    If Teixeira returns. If he can swing a bat and if he can be productive.
    If Arod returns and actually can hit right handed pitchers.
    If Andy and Kuroda can stay healthy and pitch 200 innings.
    If Pineda can pitch at all.

  7. RMS April 8th, 2013 at 9:28 am

    That Mets win yesterday.. ugh. At least I am comforted knowing the Mets always stay in it… until the ASB.

    ====================================
    So true. But I would love to have Matt Harvey on the Yankee staff.

  8. 4TrainNorth April 8th, 2013 at 9:29 am

    If Nixy can continue to punish opposing teams’ aces.

  9. Rich in NJ April 8th, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Cervelli puts the ball in play rather than swing from the heels. I think that approach may have some correlation with clutch, if it exists.

    It’s way early, but 3 out of 4 is somewhat important.

  10. Tackelberry April 8th, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Don’t let Swisher beat us!

  11. 86w183 April 8th, 2013 at 9:38 am

    That’s a LOT of “IF”s…. but they don’t need every “IF” to go their way to be a contender.

    I like their chances if they get about half of them…. two on offense, and two on the mound.

  12. Rich in NJ April 8th, 2013 at 9:39 am

    As much ad I think he was underappreciated by some fans in NY, I certainly would prefer not to see Swisher have any reason to smile that goofy smile this week.

  13. Benny Blanco April 8th, 2013 at 9:44 am

    No fast balls to nick swisher. Off speed only.

  14. Shame Spencer April 8th, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Rich in NJ April 8th, 2013 at 9:39 am

    As much ad I think he was underappreciated by some fans in NY, I certainly would prefer not to see Swisher have any reason to smile that goofy smile this week.

    ——————-

    I sorta forgot about Swish lol. Hmm… I wonder if I can fake an illness to get home early today :twisted:

  15. The Genius Maker April 8th, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Would really like to take 3 out of 4 and get on a reasonable track until the reinforcements come. Here was my take

    http://stevewigdor.blogspot.com/

    Enjoy!

  16. J. Alfred Prufrock April 8th, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Hey, shout out to Randy l., Lohud’s resident catcher, for a very thoughtful commentary on JR Murphy, as well as slice of life day at the ballpark essay. Good stuff.

    JR did work his tail off last year at improving behind the plate and his bat suffered, which isn’t unusual, but this year he’ll likely get back to a better balance. I thought last year, and when I saw him in Lakewood with Charleston, that he could hit right now in the majors; we actually have a handful of guys of whom this can be said. Problem is, at least one of them can’t really field, another, management reportedly doesn’t think can field well enough, another can field but management wants to see more of him at his new position, and the others – OFs – just don’t have enough miL time yet.

    Randy, did Trenton’s CF yesterday get any chances yesterday? I would assume, judging by the score, he might have. I ask because that’s Ramon Flores, listed as yesterday’s CF, and who normally plays left. He’s one of the bats that could hit right now in a ML lineup. He’s only played COF when I’ve seen him (about five or six times over two years) and has been adequate enough. I think luis saw him play some CF in Venezuela.

  17. Madrugador April 8th, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Yes, 86w183, you are right in that we don’t need all those ifs to come to pass but I cut the list short for expediency.
    Can’t wait for Musty to get a shot.

  18. Shame Spencer April 8th, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Any word on what they’re doing with the rotation? Now that Phelps served his purpose two days ago, can we all feel comfortable with just one long man in the pen instead of two? #IP4Phelps!

  19. Shame Spencer April 8th, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Murphy to the majors!!!

    (Incidentally, if Murphy does find himself on the big league roster under Girardi at some point, will Joe turn tradition on it’s head and simply call him ‘Murph’? These are the questions.)

  20. Rich in NJ April 8th, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Shame

    I will write you a note. ;)

  21. Shame Spencer April 8th, 2013 at 10:03 am

    @BaseballHall

    Today in 1974 #HOFer Hank Aaron blasts historic home run 715 breaking Babe Ruth’s career all-time record. http://ow.ly/i/1Qu5s

    —–

    Pretty cool.

    If we start a Pitches4Phelps charity campaign, how far do you think we can run with this thing? Will Ken Rosenthal wear a bow tie in our honor?

  22. blake April 8th, 2013 at 10:04 am

    “Hey, shout out to Randy l., Lohud’s resident catcher, for a very thoughtful commentary on JR Murphy, as well as slice of life day at the ballpark essay. Good stuff.

    What did Randy say?

  23. Shame Spencer April 8th, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Rich in NJ April 8th, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Shame

    I will write you a note. ;)

    ——————–

    You know.. there are some medical experts on here. Why I haven’t thought to use any of you in my Ferris Bueller-esque approach to life until now is a bit baffling…

  24. bruceb April 8th, 2013 at 10:06 am

    R.I.P. Maggie. I didn’t agree with all your policies, but the world will never seen another leader again of your ilk.

    Yanks surprised us all yesterday but I don’t like the fact that we’re only six games into the season and it feels as though we’ve already had two “must-win” games.

  25. Shame Spencer April 8th, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Here ya go, blake (I think this is the post JAP was talking about):

    randy l. April 7th, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    “JR is killing the ball. Randy, let me know what you think of him.”

    yankeefeminista-

    her’s what i think of him. it was mid 30?s out with wind chill factor, and me and the 12 year old showed up at 11:30 to watch BP close up. frank the usher tells us there’s no BP on sunday. plus it’s too cold for players to take the field. so we do what anyone would do. we ate four hot dogs in the front row of an empty ballpark.

    after about an hour, a group of about ten thunder players came down the third base line near the bullpen where we were sitting. still hardly anyone in stands. i saw a catcher in the group ,and saw from program that it was jr murphy. i yelled to him asking him if he wanted to turn a red sox kid into a yankee fan. right on cue, the kid held up his magic marker and program to sign. murphy came over laughing and signed it for him saying “go yankees”.

    murphy then proceeded to go into the bullpen and work on catching drills. balls in the dirt right and left. receiving and getting in throwing position. glove to throwing hand transfer. no one else was doing much . just stretching on the field. the work ethic struck me right away. most of the players looked like they wanted to be somewhere else because of how cold it was. murphy was working hard in the bullpen.

    he’s not a totally polished catcher. but i think his work ethic and enthusiasm for the game is going to carry him into the majors. he throws well. threw out a runner who had a good jump. as far as swinging the bat, he hit a shot off the top of the fake fenway wall right down the line that missed a homer by about three feet. he hit another ball to left center over the outfielder’s head that could have been called a double because of the tricky wind , but the score called it an error. hard hit ball. he looks good at bat. aggressive , but under control.

    he runs pretty well on the bases. he was hit by pitch and came around bases and scored from first on a double by segedin( who had 3hits). i’m giving murphy a thumbs up because of all the above.

    a player i hadn’t heard of played a nice left field and had a couple of hits including double, neil medchill. nice looking lefty swing.
    heathcott looked good and bad , 2 hits and three k’s. he hit a double off wall to left down the line. nice hitting there.

    over all, a good baseball day.
    in the last inning,a yankee back up catcher picked up a line drive that flew into the yankee bullpen and walked it straight over to the 12 year old and handed it to him.
    good finish to the day.

  26. Tackelberry April 8th, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Great day yesterday with Yanks win and the Knicks shocking the Thunder in their building to extend their winning streak to 12. Actually glad today is a late afternoon game so I can watch the Louisville-Michigan championship game tonight. Should be a real good one.

  27. Shame Spencer April 8th, 2013 at 10:08 am

    bruceb April 8th, 2013 at 10:06 am

    R.I.P. Maggie. I didn’t agree with all your policies, but the world will never seen another leader again of your ilk.

    ————–

    Margaret Thatcher.. strong woman in an unkind political environment: Plus points.

    Margaret Thatcher.. quasi-responsible for soft serve ice cream: Minus points.

    Life finds a way to even itself out.

  28. Shame Spencer April 8th, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Yanks surprised us all yesterday but I don’t like the fact that we’re only six games into the season and it feels as though we’ve already had two “must-win” games.

    ——————–

    I have to say (and I know no one will believe me :D ) but I thought we’d have the best chance of hitting Verlander lol. We always seem to find a way to put together hits against him. We don’t always win, but he’s a guy that doesn’t strike fear into me quite the way some other pitchers in the league do.

  29. Shame Spencer April 8th, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Is it Cleveland’s home opener? Is that why it’s a 4pm game?

  30. Rich in NJ April 8th, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Who gets to the ML first, Murphy or Romine?

  31. Hassey April 8th, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Isn’t Zach McAllister the guy that used to host Wonderama?

  32. Shame Spencer April 8th, 2013 at 10:13 am

    JF’s take on Dahl was interesting last night… He’s an OFer, so I dunno if the Yanks would consider that a need at the level Dahl is.. but it might be worth a look.

  33. Madrugador April 8th, 2013 at 10:13 am

    I like ice cream, soft serve or otherwise.

  34. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 8th, 2013 at 10:14 am

    “I don’t care who they got missing, that’s the Yankees,: Verlander told The Associated Press. “They have a winning mentality about them, and they’re going to find a way to win this year. You don’t ever take anything for granted. As you saw, it was the bottom of the lineup that did the damage.”

    T H A T!!!

    I just fell in like with Justin Verlander.

    He gave us the ultimate primer on the New York Yankees. All the talk in between turns into just that. They’re the New York Yankees and they WILL find a way to win.

    Have a great day y’all.

    :)

  35. Shame Spencer April 8th, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Did you guys see this guy catch Werth’s home run while holding his baby..? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/.....lp00000003

  36. UnKnown April 8th, 2013 at 10:15 am

    These are all four very winnable games. Lets take 3 and get back to the Bronx .500.

  37. Madrugador April 8th, 2013 at 10:16 am

    No, that was his dad, Bob.
    Looking forward to seeing how another Yankee prospect is doing for another team.

  38. blake April 8th, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Great stuff from Randy

  39. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 8th, 2013 at 10:17 am

    RIP Iron Lady. A very strong woman, well ahead of her time.

  40. blake April 8th, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Hassey says:
    April 8, 2013 at 10:13 am
    Isn’t Zach McAllister the guy that used to host Wonderama?

    Not sure but he’s the guy we traded for Austin ” fan the front row” Kearnsy

  41. Shame Spencer April 8th, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Madrugador April 8th, 2013 at 10:13 am

    I like ice cream, soft serve or otherwise.

    ————————

    I have no love for watered down versions of ice cream. Frozen Yogurt is the worst offender, however, so I overlook soft serve.

    Rich – I don’t know how accurate the last report on Romine was.. but it didn’t sound like the org loved his demeanor lately. I’ve been eying Murphy for a bit.. I’d love to see him be in the conversation for next year if possible. Romine SHOULD hit this year… and really, it should be sooner rather than later. None of this September call up stuff. Stewie is a waste of space.

  42. jacksquat April 8th, 2013 at 10:19 am

    They should be able to score runs this series, the Indians pitchers are historically not that good.

    Cano’s one hit yesterday he hooked a pitch on the outside third of the plate into RF. That’s not a recipe for success long term. He has also grounded several of those to the 2B. He needs to figure out what the pitchers are doing and the proper way to beat them. He should not be able to be beaten like Teixeira.

  43. Rich in NJ April 8th, 2013 at 10:21 am

    The guy in the video gets my preliminary vote fot Father of the Year… :P

  44. Tackelberry April 8th, 2013 at 10:21 am

    No, that was his dad, Bob.
    Looking forward to seeing how another Yankee prospect is doing for another team

    ___________________________________________

    Can’t lose to Prof. Fingleheimer’s son!

  45. MaineYankee April 8th, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Shame Spencer April 8th, 2013 at 10:15 am
    Did you guys see this guy catch Werth’s home run while holding his baby..? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…..lp00000003

    ———————————————————-

    Cashman just signed him and sent him to AAA.

    #canthaveenoughofers#

  46. The Genius Maker April 8th, 2013 at 10:26 am

    We have played our arch rival and the defending AL champs. 2-4 is not good but not that big a deal. The team is showing some spark and you have to like the way Youkilis has looked at the plate.

  47. J. Alfred Prufrock April 8th, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Rich in NJ April 8th, 2013 at 10:12 am
    Who gets to the ML first, Murphy or Romine?
    ///

    RIch, I don’t know. ROmine’s ahead of Murphy in level, but with his back history, Murphy may eclipse him at some point.

    Murphy’s the more talented hitter. And he held his own behind the plate last year down here.

  48. Mike Ri April 8th, 2013 at 10:27 am

    YOOUUUUUUUUUUUKKKKKKKKKK !!! —-

  49. bruceb April 8th, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Shame, we called “soft serve ice-cream” Mr. Whippy in England. Make of that what you will. Being a child of the 70s/early80s, I experienced first-hand the dark days of the miners’ strike and the Brixton riots. My parents’ were right of Genghis Khan and I grew up scorning their blind support for Maggie. But I also had a grudging admiration for her.

    “The lady’s not for turning.” Bit like Trisha!!!

    I guess we should never be surprised when CC throws a shut-out, although I didn’t expect such a massive improvement between starts one and two. But no one – and I mean no one – could have predicted “Nixy” taking the great Verlander deep.

  50. The Genius Maker April 8th, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Did anyone get an idea of what the issue was with Youk and Verlander? I didn;t see the post game? It did look like Youk said something as he was running down the first base line, but not sure it was directed at verlander? Maybe he said something to himself after ripping the pitch foul and then hitting another one fair?

  51. Rich in NJ April 8th, 2013 at 10:35 am

    I think Youk was talking to himself, but Verlander misinterpreted it and then kind of challenged Youk, and at that point it didn’t matter what Youk said. In the end, not a big deal.

  52. Hassey April 8th, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Ice cream good
    Kearns K’s bad

  53. Tackelberry April 8th, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Campos makes his seaon debut for Charleston tonight. PLease PLease stay healthy Jose!

  54. blake April 8th, 2013 at 10:49 am

    I think Youk said something like….man if you looked like me then Kate wouldn’t have dumped you

  55. Tackelberry April 8th, 2013 at 10:53 am

    I hear Verlander is now after the blonde from 2 Broke Girls.

  56. mick April 8th, 2013 at 10:54 am

    we should sweep this.

  57. The Genius Maker April 8th, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Youk is not an attractive guy. But, I think he is a grinder and I always was impressed with his approach at the plate (not his stance, just his approach). I am enthusiastic at the way he has looked based on the poor performance last year and his poor finish with the WS. Right now, he looks like a critical pickup with the injuries and the fact it was a one year deal made sense.

  58. bigdan22 April 8th, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Well, the talk now is that people don’t have any idea when Jeter is coming back. And you know, I think that’s a good thing. For the Yankees and Jeter.

    I’ve said for over two years now the Yanks need a plan to replace Jeter. Last year was great but probably an outlier. What people don’t fully appreciate is the seriousness of his injury for ANY athlete and especially a shortstop. Forget about Jeter’s age, I think this is the type of injury that would seriously hinder a 25 year old SS. The kind of injury you come back from in July and never feel right for a whole year. In fact, the kind of injury you feel the rest of your life each time you make a sudden instinctive athletic move. And when you factor in Jeter’s age and his general range limitation, the probability of Jeter playing SS again for Yanks on a regular basis seems very low indeed.

    But here’s the silver lining. It’s time for him and the Yanks to move on and maybe this will precipitate the inevitable. His move the 3b just makes absolute sense. Now I’ve played a little 3b in beer ball and quite frankly, you really don’t have to move all that much. What you need is quickness, good hands and a good arm. Well Jeter has two out of three and that ain’t bad.

    If you think the roster is ugly this year, wait to next. But if the Yanks can sign Cano and move Jeter to 3rd, and if (perhaps a big if) Nunez emerges as an adequate everyday SS, next year’s infield and DH won’t look half bad, offensively or defensively. You can do a lot worse across the diamond than Tex, Cano, Nunez and Jeter with Arod at DH. And really not set back the budget.

    Now outfield. That’s a whole other can of worms.

  59. blake April 8th, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Youk has bat speed and is getting the bat had out in a way he really hasn’t in a couple of years….don’t know if it’s health or the adjustments he’s made but he looks really good so far…..his approach reminds me of a team that I once knew

  60. mick April 8th, 2013 at 11:06 am

    wells too is out in front of the ball…cant help think both are rejuvenated, maybe like ibanez last year…hafner and overbay need join the club and both have gotten key hits…cervelli has been putting it in play too with men on…big difference from last years non situational hitting team.

  61. jacksquat April 8th, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Wells’ swing looks more direct to the ball as well. If Youk, Wells and Hafner can all bounce back a bit and some others like Cano, Gardner and Ichiro get going this offense won’t be all that bad even before reinforcements come back.

  62. jacksquat April 8th, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Hafner is hitting fine, .350/.409/.500.

  63. The Genius Maker April 8th, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Big Dan, I felt the same thing before the Yanks signed Youk. I thought the Yanks should have moved Jeter to 3rd anyway as his range hasn’t been good for a long time. he should be at 3rd. Not sure if Nunez can be an average defensive SS, in fact I doubt it, but WE MUST TRY AND DEVELOP PLAYERS…and thus my reasoning for hating the Ichiro two year signing and dropping guys like CDick and the the righty platoon guy who went to Houston (just getting a mind blank). ; that is far better than the Francisco’s of the world

  64. bigdan22 April 8th, 2013 at 11:15 am

    I think when you are dealing with an icon like Jeter, moving positions is not the team’s decision. That’s why this injury is in a way fortuitous. Jeter needs to realize that he can’t play SS. I suspect Jeter hasn’t gotten to that point yet and it will probably take him the rest of the season to realize that. Which is ok, because you couldn’t make this change until the off season anyway. I just hope he has a little Joe D in him and will refuse to go out there if it seems like he’ll embarrass himself.

  65. Mike Ri April 8th, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Wells is a little impatient at times . .but overall .. .i’ve been pleased !! Youk Wells and Hafner are all playing well ! …..

    Like the poster jacksquat said …. we need Cano ,Gardner and Ichiro to get going !

  66. blake April 8th, 2013 at 11:25 am

    “platoon guy who went to Houston (just getting a mind blank”

    Maxwell

  67. 86w183 April 8th, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Maxwell was cut in order to keep Andruw Jones… can’t tie him to Ichiro.

    with A-Rod and Tex signed for several years I don’t see any way Jeter does to 3B. Besides his drop off defensive at SS isn’t so severe to warrant having a singles hitter at 3B.

    If you had a Profar waiting in the wings then maybe, but not for Nunez.

    Have a day all… hate a 4:00 game, wont see a damn thing unless it goes over 3:00

  68. joecembrale April 8th, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Jeter will come back and play short this year. But if his defense falls off signicantly and he hits 240-250, I firmly believe he has that DiMaggio gene. He will retire rather than stick around and look bad just to put up some more numbers.

  69. Bo knows April 8th, 2013 at 11:41 am

    I would be a lot more reassured about the future if it didn’t look like the watershed 2014 and then the world as we know it ends or patchery ad infinitum.

    Cashman might be hoist on his own petard – He’s damn good at dumpster diving and finding useful junk. Now that speaks highly of Eppley and the boys doing pro scouting plus analysis. Not a popular reading on this blog. It’s the first week but so far so good.

    It was very heartening to see this team play baseball instead of doing ‘Mighty Casey’ impressions of last year. Some of these old timers are playing for pride, both personal and they’re on the big stage – they’re playing for the Yankees.

    Verlander had a good point – The Yankees are the big show, the players want to show that they’re worthy.

  70. MG April 8th, 2013 at 11:44 am

    I just read the most incomprehensible quote I’ve ever seen, anywhere about baseball.

    It said, essentially, that it looked like a minor leaguer playing in low A ball was ready to hit at the major league level based on his performance at low A.

    I can’t even post a response to that other than ‘Really?’

    Another poster put on my own personal ignore…

  71. Bo knows April 8th, 2013 at 11:51 am

    I’m hoping that Jeter retires by the end of the year. It would be pretty sad to see him hobbling around trying to find former glory.

    In the words of my favorite Yiddish neighbor “Be a mensch”.

    Nunez will be fine, better to bounce the ball rather than sail it.

    In my opinion the crux of the season is Granderson. Will he come back as the Granderson of 2011 or the garbage can of 2012, he of the 200 SO’s If he goes back to basics that he and Long worked out, he’s a monster.

    Oh, and stick Granderson into LF. Gardy looks all world out there. It’s critical that they put their egos in their back pocket, “All hands on deck”.

  72. joecembrale April 8th, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Bo, I agree Grandy reverting back to 2011 is a must. One thing, Gardner is better than Grandy in CF, but can Grandy play LF, Gardner can play there.

  73. Bo knows April 8th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Some pretty bad fielders played LF. For cryi Yogi played LF in Yankee stadium. So yes, Granderson can play LF. It’s the ego and the big bucks contract that would hold him back. CF on your resume looks better than LF. To me, Gardy’s catch in right center yesterday, was the watershed moment of the game. It’s a pretty iffy situation in Yankeeland, they can’t afford to give away games on CF defense.

  74. G. Love April 8th, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    I’m loving what we’re seeing out of Youkilis & I really wish Musty were healthy and given a shot at 3b.

    I know this is blasphemy to some on here but I do not look forward to the return of Tex. I just don’t. He’s a horrible hitter and he kills this lineup when he can’t HR.

    The fact that he makes all that money guarantees that Girardi will plant him in the middle of the order and pretend he’s the back of his baseball card when he hasn’t shown that ability for 3 years.

    If this team could be rid of him and actively replace his bat going forward with a talented hitter who isn’t a stubborn 1 dimensional low average masher we’d be in so much better shape.

    We may have gotten a title in 2009 from Boston by taking him from them, but I’m dreading him coming back, starting slow, blaming the wrist and wasting precious at bats that other players could do so much more with.

    As for Jeter, I never want to see him moved to 3b or any other position. For me he either plays SS or he retires. He doesn’t hit enough to be a 3b or DH full time and that would also hurt the teams chances going forward.

    He came in our SS and he should go out our SS in my opinion.

  75. bigdan22 April 8th, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    I know this is a total pipe dream, but I’m hoping Grandy comes back in the 2011 form and the Yanks trade him for a nice prospect or two at the deadline. For that to happen, and the Yanks to remain competitive, you are going to have to see some strong play from Wells and Boesch. I’m not so sure that adding Grandy to center, and taking at bats from Wells, is going to be that helpful. I still believe the short term key is Tex. That gets rid of Overbay and Nix. Nix was awesome yesterday but that was probably his whole season right there.

  76. bigdan22 April 8th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    About a singles hitter at 3rd. The Yanks won an awful lot of games with Brosius there. I think Jeter could out hit Scott. And if HOFs Ripkin and Yount could change positions so can Derek.

  77. joecembrale April 8th, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    G Love, I am not looking forward to the return of Tex either for the exact same resons as you. You know he is going to reinjure the wrist either diving for a ball at 1st or on a swing.

  78. Bo knows April 8th, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    He came in our SS and he should go out our SS in my opinion.
    ————-
    Yep, agreed on both points.

    I know the mantra is that a SO or a pop out is just another out, but they’re rally killers and indicative of a mindset – me first. Teix with his “I hit 30 HRs and 100 RBIs” just drives me.

  79. Don April 8th, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Could Cervy be juicing?

  80. Bo knows April 8th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Overbay basically duplicates Teix at 1B, looks very smooth out there, always has. Maybe his presence will light a fire under Teix’s butt in the batter’s box. I wish.

  81. bigdan22 April 8th, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Tex’s attitude and play are super frustrating, but Overbay really has no juice at all in his swing and Nix cannot be the platoon 3b. Tex is biggest possible short term upgrade.

  82. bigdan22 April 8th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Another thing. I think Cano has three hits now ??? If Detroit had used Boston’s shift I think he’d only have one. Think about that.

  83. jacksquat April 8th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Cervelli doesn’t look any bigger to me than he was before. I always wondered why he didn’t drive the ball a little more as he is not a small guy. He absolutely crushed that HR he hit.

  84. joecembrale April 8th, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    I dread getting into the long term big money business with Cano. Yesterday Torii Hunter hit a ball to Overbay and was out at first base by a step and a half. Cano hit a ball to second with a man on and he just didn’t bust it.

  85. Bo knows April 8th, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    I’m not a big stats guy – I watch baseball for fun, but it seems to me that a lot of Teix, Swish and Grandy numbers were from second rate pitching – a tiring starter, mid innings relief pitching. Witness last year, the Yankees would score a couple in first two innings and then disappear till the sixth, seventh. Won one or two games when behind in the ninth.

  86. joecembrale April 8th, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    How did we keep Cervelli in the minors allof last year with Martin hitting .190 into August and Stewart as the alternative?

  87. Tyler April 8th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    I think one of the main reasons that Cervelli was in the minors all of last year was that his defense and throwing were really bad the year before. He seems to have corrected that. Don’t think he’ll hit .308 the rest of the year but always liked his approach better than Martin.

  88. G. Love April 8th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    bigdan,

    I don’t think Overbay’s the answer at 1b.

    If it were me, I’d move Youk to 1st and let David Adams and Musty split 3b. They both project to have to good bats who hit for average/contact and a little power.

    I’m just at a point with this team that seeing Tex plays does nothing for me. He makes too much money, eats up too much payroll space that prevents our owners from improving the team and is just a one dimensional batting practice hitter with great D.

    He also is prone to excuses through the media and Girardi for his chronic underperformance of late.

    With this wrist thing you can bank on it that if hits below .200 for a month or two they’ll cling to that as an excuse but won’t spur to action to get more production from the spot because of the money he makes. I think the Yankees would rather have a .220 hitting Tex out there than some other creative solution since they are tied to him financially for so long at huge dollars.

    These aren’t the same Yankees who when Tino was struggling his 1st season here went and got Fielder and played him over Tino in the playoffs.

    This group is so worried about Tex’s ego and not stepping on his toes that he believes his production is just fine and dandy.

    He is not a middle of the order hitter anymore unless he comes back in 2009 form which I doubt.

    Youk looks great though. It’s been a real adjustment watching him & Cervelli hit for contact/power when we’ve been saddled with some of the worst all around hitters in a long time on this team. They all had power, but nothing else and are/were some of the lowest IQ hitters we’ve ever seen at the plate.

  89. joecembrale April 8th, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Bo knows April 8th, 2013 at 12:24 pm
    I’m not a big stats guy – I watch baseball for fun, but it seems to me that a lot of Teix, Swish and Grandy numbers were from second rate pitching – a tiring starter, mid innings relief pitching. Witness last year, the Yankees would score a couple in first two innings and then disappear till the sixth, seventh. Won one or two games when behind in the ninth.

    Agree 100%. Did anyone really think we could go through the playoffs hitting HRs off of playoff level pitching?

  90. Bo knows April 8th, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Cervelli came up as a great defensive catcher and then disappeared for a few years. I think it was an injured shoulder. The other was the hyper nonsense. He was playing to the audience.

    Cervelli needed a whack in the mouth to get his attention. Notice, the Yankees were comfortable with letting Martin’s inflated ego walk last winter.

  91. joecembrale April 8th, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Youk looks great though. It’s been a real adjustment watching him & Cervelli hit for contact/power when we’ve been saddled with some of the worst all around hitters in a long time on this team. They all had power, but nothing else and are/were some of the lowest IQ hitters we’ve ever seen at the plate.

    Couldn’t agree more. I still don’t know what the difference in Cano’s approach is when its 2nd and 3rd none out or bases empty 2 outs.

  92. Tackelberry April 8th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Overbay hasn’t looked bad so far. You lose very little defensively at 1b with him and he has gotten a couple of clutch hits so far. He also seems to work the count well. I disagree with an Adams/Musty platoon at 3rd. Adams has to prove himself at AAA first and I don’t think Musty has even played a game yet. Still rehabbing his leg injury.

  93. Rich in NJ April 8th, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    I think Tex is still very good v. LHP.

  94. MG April 8th, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    all of you who wish Teix gone have a long wait, he has a full no trade clause in his contract.

    It would be great if Mustelier and/or Adams could hit at the big league level but both of them have either had (Adams) or have (Mustelier) injury issues and Adams is only playing at AAA for the 1st time so maybe their time is still in the future (if at all).

  95. G. Love April 8th, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Tackelberry,

    Musty has to be healthy first, that’s a given. I just think from what we saw of his bat in the spring he has a nice level swing that makes hard contact. I’d rather have guys hitting line drives like that for singles and doubles than a guy who hits 20-30HR’s at this point. Especially when most of the guys who hit that amount of HR’s do it against middle relief in blowouts.

    The last thing you want is Tex to hit multiple HR’s in a game. We need him to spread them out and not be pile ons in blow outs.

    As for Overbay, I like him. I just think we can do better offensively. Although I think it’s all moot. Tex will come back and struggle before declaring it a lost season and getting surgery. The only way he won’t do that is if he has obvious pain. Otherwise, I expect him to come back shortly for better or for worse.

  96. bigdan22 April 8th, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    I hear what you’re saying G.Love and agree with much of it but the Yanks aren’t promoting Adams or Musty anytime soon. Adams has very little experience at AAA. And Musty is really hurt. He has a bone bruise in the knee, which is basically a pre-fracture. You play on that and you get a Jeter. He needs 3-4 weeks to heal up completely.

    I do like Musty though and I think he’ll get his chance sometime. He can’t pull a Cervy though. He needs to force the Yankees’ hand. He needs to hit about .340 at AAA when he gets back. He might just do that.

  97. joecembrale April 8th, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    G. Love April 8th, 2013 at 12:42 pm
    As for Overbay, I like him. I just think we can do better offensively. Although I think it’s all moot. Tex will come back and struggle before declaring it a lost season and getting surgery. The only way he won’t do that is if he has obvious pain. Otherwise, I expect him to come back shortly for better or for worse.

    What do we do with Overbay while Tex plays his 20-25 games before going out for the season, which I have no doubt will happen.

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