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Pregame notes: “Guys are going to hit better against left handers”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 23, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees are very nearly the worst lineup in baseball against left-handed pitching. As a team, the Yankees have hit .190/.262/.299 against lefties, good for an OPS of .561 that’s better than only the Pirates and Phillies.

By comparison, the Yankees are hitting .301/.366/.536 against right-handers. They’re the only team in baseball with an OPS better than .900 against righties.

“We haven’t seen that many lefties,” Joe Girardi said. “I still think it’s a small sample. We’ve had some people out of the lineup too, which is a problem, but I think our guys are going to hit better against left-handers. Some of the right-handers I think are going to hit better against the left-handers.”

The Yankees have only one right-handed hitter who’s hitting better than .211 against lefties. Vernon Wells is raking against them — .333/.379/.630 — but all of the other right-handers, including injured Kevin Youkilis, have been pretty awful. Brett Gardner has actually hit pretty well against them, and Robinson Cano has two homers against lefties, but the rest of the lineup is seriously depleted because of injuries. On days like this — with David Price on the mound and Youkilis still bothered by a sore back — the Yankees especially miss Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira.

“You feel it a lot,” Girardi said. “You definitely feel it a lot because of what they’ve done against left-handers in their careers. A leadoff hitter and a middle-of-the-order hitter, you’ve got those two guys out, that’s something substantial.”

Girardi said he’s considered using Travis Hafner as a designated hitter against lefties, but the Yankees planned to play Hafner only against right-handers at least partially to keep him healthy. For now, the vLHP DH job still belongs to Ben Francisco.

“I think he’s hit some balls pretty decent,” Girardi said. “We’re going to stick with him. That’s why we brought him here, so we feel that he’s going to get it done. He didn’t get to play a lot in the beginning because we faced a bunch of right-handers. He’ll get it done.”

• Mark Teixeira said he has not yet progressed to tee and toss because his wrist is taking a while to get really loose. After weeks of inactivity, Teixeira doesn’t feel pain in the wrist, he just needs to regain range of motion and flexibility. “It’s not loosened up enough to be letting it go,” Teixeira said. “So we’re going to keep doing dry swings until it loosens up. Being immobile for a month, your wrist and your hand really tighten up.”

• Girardi said Youkilis probably won’t play again until Thursday. He’s seen a doctor but hasn’t gone for real tests and there are no tests planned. “He’s better today than yesterday after it tightened up again,” Girardi said. “But if you put him out there again it’s probably going to do the same thing so we’ve got to try to clear it up.”

• It sounds likely that Brennan Boesch will play tomorrow and Vernon Wells will get the day off. Brett Gardner continues to play every day, but he said this afternoon that playing on the turf really doesn’t affect him. He still feels fine.

• Derek Jeter will join the team Thursday in New York. Girardi said he’s pretty sure, but not certain, that Jeter is back in a walking boot.

• Andy Pettitte is still on track to make tomorrow’s start. “I’ve heard enough about backs the past week,” Girardi said. “I hope (his back problem is finished). He’s had no complaints. I think he’s back on his pretty normal routine.”

• Curious minor league note from my friend Donnie Collins: Tonight, Corban Joseph is playing first base for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Joseph has never played there, and the Triple-A team actually has a ton of first basemen as it is.

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47 Responses to “Pregame notes: “Guys are going to hit better against left handers””

  1. fantasygame101 April 23rd, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    We should signed that guy who will hit better.

  2. G. Love April 23rd, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Whenever anyone tries to make a point about George trying to trade Bernie, Mo, Jeter, Andy, etc. they fail to emphasize that he didn’t trade any of those guys. He had it in his power to trade all of them for Felix Fermin, but he listened to his advisors even though the passionate side of him may have wanted to deal them.

    It seems like to me he’s condemned for trades he didn’t make on his watch and that’s just ridiculous. He never traded those guys. He may have came close, but he didn’t so talking about him in a negative fashion for shopping those players at times makes little impact for me since they were all retained.

    I’m sure we’d all be surprised what stars have been talked about by every team in sports. Franchise guys get traded all the time. What went right for the Yankees since 96 was they kept the right guys even though they may have wanted to deal them at times.

    I mean, Cashman was offering up Cano to everyone because he had no idea what they had.

    Why does that get glossed over but George wanting to trade guys who weren’t traded is focused upon?

    To me, George’s legacy was he kept the core of this team intact by paying these guys what they deserved. Something other teams shy away from doing.

    What I miss is an owner who could look at 4 steady years of decline or a guy who goes missing in the post season and spoke about it. At least then I thought the front office actually watched the games.

    Right now I think they watch the spreadsheets.

  3. J. Alfred Prufrock April 23rd, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    We just discussed Joseph playing 1B last night when that danl poster raised the subject.

    My concern would be his having to do the footwork and pivoting over there while not being particularly athletic. If he threw left-handed, it would be less scary. But as I said yesterday, if his OPS is .900, no one will care if he’s a sieve.

    It’s a good idea, in any case, to get him started if they have any plans at all to put him there in the future. They desperately could use that wonderful stick of his. He just cannot really play 2B or 3B to any acceptable degree.

    Good move.

  4. yankeefeminista April 23rd, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Corban at first isn’t a bad idea. Meanwhile, Adams has been moved to 5th in lineup over the past week, which is an interesting move; he’d been batting 2nd. Maybe someone’s noticing that he is showing a little more pop, even moreso vs. LHP. But as always, very decent splits.

  5. J. Alfred Prufrock April 23rd, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    G. Love April 23rd, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Whenever anyone tries to make a point about George trying to trade Bernie, Mo, Jeter, Andy, etc. they fail to emphasize that he didn’t trade any of those guys. He had it in his power to trade all of them for Felix Fermin, but he listened to his advisors even though the passionate side of him may have wanted to deal them.

    It seems like to me he’s condemned for trades he didn’t make on his watch and that’s just ridiculous. He never traded those guys. He may have came close, but he didn’t so talking about him in a negative fashion for shopping those players at times makes little impact for me since they were all retained.
    ///

    GLove,

    I was just observing the opposite: that George collected strong, opinionated people to impale himself against.

    Even though he was blustery, he respected his baseball people and would let them have their way with sign-offs like “if this doesn’t work, you’re screwed” and the like.

    Hilarious, that Stick pretended no one was interested in Bernie, so he couldn’t trade him.

  6. J. Alfred Prufrock April 23rd, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Yankeefem – Adams is another who’s OPS’ing over .900, so him batting fifth makes sense. A lot of it is OB, but his slug’s still at .500.

  7. yankeefeminista April 23rd, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Pruf, as per Tampa Yanks, Feliz is at 3B again.

  8. G. Love April 23rd, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    J.AP,

    That’s my point. George gets roasted for wanting to trade those guys, but they didn’t. If George really wanted a player gone they’d be gone.

    It’s a convenient retort in here that people bring up all the time how George wanted to trade those guys in response to people missing him.

    He made bad deals. Phelps for Buhner was definitely on his watch.

    But I know one thing – the lineup that we’re putting out on the field tonight? Never would’ve happened if George were alive.

    I also think he’d needle Tex to the point that Tex would either get motivated to get better or would willingly waive the no-trade to get out of here.

  9. J. Alfred Prufrock April 23rd, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    yankeefeminista April 23rd, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Pruf, as per Tampa Yanks, Feliz is at 3B again.
    ///

    I need more information, but at first blush I don’t like this. He really has some Cano-esque flair at 2B. I know he and Gumbs may collide there, but I really love Feliz over there.

  10. G. Love April 23rd, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    I also think George would’ve stomped all over anyone in the organization comparing Martin to Munson. George revered his “warriors” and would not have liked that or Martin’s plate production.

  11. yankeefeminista April 23rd, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Pruf, and his SLG is even higher .600 vs. LHP in 2013 in a sss. (.534 career vs. lefties.)

  12. yankeefeminista April 23rd, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    G. Love, QFT. That comparison is ludicrous.

  13. J. Alfred Prufrock April 23rd, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    But I know one thing – the lineup that we’re putting out on the field tonight? Never would’ve happened if George were alive.

    I also think he’d needle Tex to the point that Tex would either get motivated to get better or would willingly waive the no-trade to get out of here.
    ///

    George would never have stood for Cashman’s ill-defined “pitching wins” whims.

    LOL re the Boss and Tex.

  14. yankeefeminista April 23rd, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Josh Norris ?@jnorris427 5m
    Thundering lineup: Flores 7, Pirela 4, Austin 9, Murphy 2, Roller 0, Heathcott 8, Segedin 5, Mahoney 3, Castillo 6, Tracy 1.

    Curiously, Heathcott is batting sixth.

  15. J. Alfred Prufrock April 23rd, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    G. Love April 23rd, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    I also think George would’ve stomped all over anyone in the organization comparing Martin to Munson. George revered his “warriors” and would not have liked that or Martin’s plate production.
    ///

    Cashman can never live that down, as far as I’m concerned. I know those comments were largely political, but I consider it whoring (filter alert) a great Yankee’s name for a deceitful end.

    We know, with the way they treated Posada & others, that they are indifferent to iconic Yankees and also have no idea who those guys are/were. If they’re chasing something like 3,000 – then even Randy Levine will drop his pants and rhapsodize.

  16. J. Alfred Prufrock April 23rd, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    yankeefeminista April 23rd, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Pruf, and his SLG is even higher .600 vs. LHP in 2013 in a sss. (.534 career vs. lefties.)
    ///

    Crap, we couldn’t use that tonite or anything ;)

  17. J. Alfred Prufrock April 23rd, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Adams and Joseph facing Dice-K tonight. LOL

  18. bigdan22 April 23rd, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    I swear Mr. Prufrock I had no inside information :) . I just like Joseph’s bat and when I saw him in ST I couldn’t see how he could play any other infield positions given his skill set. I saw your post yesterday. I know you mentioned that you felt Joseph would be blocked at first by Tex. I thought then that was true but Tex has shown quite a bit a fragility the last couple years or so. If he’s out for an extended period of time, even after he recovers from his wrist injury, Joseph would make a nice, cheap platoon fill-in. And then it also occurred to me, if Cano goes down tonight with a hammy for two months or so, would the Yanks seriously consider replacing him with Joseph? I think the answer is no. They would be afraid of his defense and would use Nix instead. Then it occurred to me, why on earth is he playing 2nd base in AAA if the Yanks wouldn’t use him to fill in for Cano?

    Well that’s what I was thinking. Maybe the team is thinking the same thing.

  19. UnKnown April 23rd, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    I just hope we have the “OMW HR Tracker” going for tonight’s game.

    That is always a good snarky way to “cheer” on Phil.

  20. yankeefeminista April 23rd, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Pruf, good first inning by Dellin. Just hope Daisuke doesn’t run up the pitch count, keeping Dellin off the field, and getting him out of his rhythm.

    Like to see Tracy start adjusting to AA.

    Flores flied out. Austin caught looking.

  21. yankeefeminista April 23rd, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Daisuke’s already imploding.

  22. J. Alfred Prufrock April 23rd, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    sorry, I got your username wrong, bigdan.

    I think it’s a good idea dan if he can be at least less-than-awful there. Like I said, be easier if he threw left-handed. They do need a way to get some of these bats into the lineup sooner or later.

    Nah, don’t see him at 2B at all. Just no range.

  23. J. Alfred Prufrock April 23rd, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    yankeefeminista April 23rd, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Pruf, good first inning by Dellin. Just hope Daisuke doesn’t run up the pitch count, keeping Dellin off the field, and getting him out of his rhythm.

    Like to see Tracy start adjusting to AA.

    Flores flied out. Austin caught looking.
    ///

    They finally turned a DP for him ;) .

    Just got a up-and-in fastball for a swinging strike and K. 93 mph, now a shallow pop fly that Almonte actually pulls in. Crap – low pitch count; maybe we get him past the fourth inning tonight?

    Another strike. He really pitched better than the results last couple games.

    Dellin out of the 2nd in under 10 pitches. Shoulda gone :D

  24. Doreen April 23rd, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    I have to wonder if they aren’t at least somewhat concerned that Tex is not really to be counted on this year. I mean, even if he makes it back from rehab, there are still concerns that he could reinjure the wrist.

    I am the one of the most “glass half full” people here, but you’d have to be a complete idiot not to at least acknowledge the possibility, and I like to think that i’m not a “complete” idiot!!!

    (JAP – I wish I could whisper this, but it does not surprise me that as soon as I put J.M. on my fantasy baseball bench, he had a HR and 3RBI last night. SMH. Maybe I should keep him benched all season?????)

  25. yankeefeminista April 23rd, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Blacked out of WWOR9 for Yanks game; so can’t watch on my laptop. :mad:

  26. kd April 23rd, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    are delin’s issues mechanical or mental?

  27. Doreen April 23rd, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    I’m reading this in spurts, so, reacting to Adams batting 5th. A reaction to Youkilis’ back faltering? Could be we will see him sooner than later. The powers that be certainly notice what we’ve been noticing. But the wheels move slowly…

  28. bigdan22 April 23rd, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    You’ve seen him for than I have Pruf, but he just seems like a hitter. He’s got power but he’s not all-or-nothing. He fits the Bernie Williams/Paul O’Neal mold. Can hit for average, some power, takes walks and doesn’t strike out much. That’s the offensive approach I like. And I love those under-the-radar guys :)

  29. MTU April 23rd, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Enjoy the game folks.

    :)

  30. J. Alfred Prufrock April 23rd, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    kd, mechanical, IMO. He’s 6-8 :) He lookin’ good tonight.

  31. MG April 23rd, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    It always amazes me how George is raised to near god-like status when the Yankees had plenty of very bad seasons while he was actively involved in running the team.

    Wasn’t he the owner back in 1989-1991 when lineups like these (April 22, 1989) led to finishes at or near the bottom of the AL?

    These teams not only were mediocre at the plate and in the field, their pitching wasn’t very good.

    Rickey Henderson LF
    Steve Sax 2B
    Don Mattingly 1B
    Ken Phelps DH
    Mel Hall RF
    Mike Pagliarulo 3B
    Jamie Quirk C
    Avaro Espinoza SS
    Roberto Kelly CF

    When you have this lineup with a starting rotation of Greg Cadaret, Clay Parker, Andy Hawkins, Dave LaPoint and Walt Terrrell it doesn’t exactly support the contention that ‘George would never have allowed this lineup on the field’.

    This team is missing a ton of players who will eventually come back and the guys who are filling in have them 2 games over .500.

    How did he ever trade Jay Buhner, by the way, for Ken Phelps?

  32. yankeefeminista April 23rd, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Josh Norris@jnorris427 8m
    Jake Cave leading off and playing center for the RiverDogs this evening.
    ____

    Cool. Welcome to A ball, Jake.

  33. yankeefeminista April 23rd, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    kd, mechanical.

  34. Doreen April 23rd, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    I really don’t like My9 games…makes no sense, but I don’t.

  35. J. Alfred Prufrock April 23rd, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Bigdan,

    Yeah, he’s got growing power, plate discipline and makes high percentage contact. He’s a left-handed hitter. He could really help the Yankees.

  36. J. Alfred Prufrock April 23rd, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Doreen, I don’t like them either, but not as much as I don’t like us on Fox ;)

  37. yankeefeminista April 23rd, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Dellin out of the 2nd in under 10 pitches. Shoulda gone
    ____
    Loving it. When is SWB ever going to get their camera up and working? :mad:

  38. Doreen April 23rd, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    No team, no owner, no GM, has a perfect overall record. Ups and downs. Goods and bads. You just have to take it in stride.

  39. bigdan22 April 23rd, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Sounds like one of Stick’s guys Prof. But he’d not big and hairy so don’t tell Cash!

  40. yankeefeminista April 23rd, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Doreen, cuts into the postgame. Too much news interspersed. Shorter show.

  41. Doreen April 23rd, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    JAP -

    Oh, absolutely!!! I cannot watch Fox games. ESPN either!!! The horror!!!

  42. Doreen April 23rd, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    yf,

    And their sports “reporter” – yech!

  43. J. Alfred Prufrock April 23rd, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Doreen – Fox, ESPN = vultures.

  44. bigdan22 April 23rd, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Oh and by the way, I love young players who hit first and then develop power later. Back in the day, Earl Weaver and others said Mattingly would never be more than a singles hitter. See what can happen when the hit tool comes first.

  45. J. Alfred Prufrock April 23rd, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    bigdan, yep. power comes last often.

  46. luis April 23rd, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    G love,

    He was passionate, no doubt…But only Stick Michaels stood his ground with him ( either lying or just standing his ground ) That’s why we have enjoyed this core… Sure, he then made sure to keep that core… But he wasn’t the architect of this recent dynasty… He owes it to Stick

  47. luis April 23rd, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    And much ofhis so called legacy


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