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LoHud Yankees chat tomorrow

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

I know we just did one of these a few days ago, but tomorrow’s an off day, so let’s chat again. We’re going to have to do it at a different time, though. I’ll be chatting at 2 p.m. Seems like a good time to talk about the Yankees surprisingly strong month of April and what comes next as the Yankees — in theory — start getting some guys off the disabled list.

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  1. jacksquat May 1st, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Gardner is the better CF.

    The only advantage Ichiro has is the other 3 OF haven’t really played RF, Wells has started 23 games in RF and Granderson and Gardner have never played RF in the majors.

    And we know how Girardi thinks about OF not being used where they aren’t used to playing…

  2. ac1 May 1st, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Joe should use CoJo to give Overbay a day off and Cano a half day off soon. The kid sitting the bench is going to be worthless when he does actually get ABs…

  3. jacksquat May 1st, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    I think they’ll go with sort of a 4 man rotation in the OF, with none of them clearly benched.

    And I think they’ll do the same (when healthy) with Arod, Youk, Tex and Hafner at 3B/1B/DH.

    Jeter and Nunez share time at SS, maybe Jeter a little DH as well.

  4. Tackelberry May 1st, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    some asked before why Mustieller was taken out of the Tampa game after 1 inning. He didn’t get hurt He has been moved up to Scranton. Saw it on twitter a few minutes ago

  5. ac1 May 1st, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    With Nunez and Ichiro seeming to be coming out of their slumps, this lineup looks a million times better, even with Nix and Stewie/Romine.

    Would definitely consider keeping Cano 3rd and mixing Ichiro and Nunez at #2, because it seems when Cano is hitting 2nd, Gardner doesnt want to steal.

  6. ac1 May 1st, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Musty already at AAA? Maybe in a couple days, they will consider bringing him in and sending Joseph back, since Musty can play 3b.

  7. 86w183 May 1st, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    No question there will be a lot of mixing and matching eventually…

    Frankly, other than Cano there isn’t an every day player on the roster once all the injured guys are healthy with the possible exception of Teixiera — and Overbay might be a better choice against RHP.

    I just hope someone other than Ben Fran-Whiff-sco is part of the mix.

  8. ac1 May 1st, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Interested in what the team will look like once all 25 are healthy and back: Ill give this a shot!

    14 offense: Cervelli, Stewie, Tex, Cano, Nunez, Jeter, Youkilis, A-Rod, Hafner, Wells, Gardner, Ichiro, Granderson, Nix (though Overbay has not really been painfully bad)

    11 pitchers: CC, Kuroda, Pettitte, Hughes, Nova, Phelps, Joba, Logan, Robertson, Mo, Warren/Nuno

  9. 86w183 May 1st, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Mustelier must have finished his re-hab in Tampa. I’m sure he’ll need a week-plus of games before they’d even consider bringing him up from the minors.

  10. ac1 May 1st, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Mustelier must have finished his re-hab in Tampa. I’m sure he’ll need a week-plus of games before they’d even consider bringing him up from the minors.
    __

    I assume they must at least be considering it since they have no back up SS or 3B with Nunez and Nix playing everyday.

  11. 86w183 May 1st, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    ac1 — looks a lot better than the current 25-man roster !!

    I hope they go with just 11 pitchers, but my guess is there’s a 12th arm out there and one of the 14 on your list will be hurt at all times.

  12. ac1 May 1st, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    I hope they go with just 11 pitchers, but my guess is there’s a 12th arm out there and one of the 14 on your list will be hurt at all times.
    ___

    Very likely at least one will be hurt

  13. jacksquat May 1st, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Yanks almost never go with only 11 pitchers. If/when everyone is back, I think Nix goes, Nunez still plays a healthy number of games at SS and a few at 2B the rare times Cano is out. 3B and 1B would be covered by Arod/Youk/Tex.

  14. ac1 May 1st, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Yanks almost never go with only 11 pitchers. If/when everyone is back, I think Nix goes, Nunez still plays a healthy number of games at SS and a few at 2B the rare times Cano is out. 3B and 1B would be covered by Arod/Youk/Tex.
    __

    Alex and Jeter wont be back til August so in september, we can have 15 pitchers and 15 or more hitters.

  15. Hassey May 1st, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    do us all a favor – play Musty for us

  16. DCYankee May 1st, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Where was Peneda on the list of pitchers. Don’t you think he will make the club this year?

  17. G. Love May 1st, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    I really like Gardner in CF over Granderson, but until I see Grandy handle our LF corner, I can understand why Cashman/Girardi are hesitant. If he goes out in the corner and flubs that ball that often ricochets along the wall, it’s a game changer whereas Gardy knows how to handle that kind of hard hit into the deep corner.

    I am concerned about integrating Grandy back into the lineup. Part of me gets really territorial over the guys who have helped us win thus far. I know the old adage is you don’t lose you spot to injuries, but in this case the injured guys barely played on the team this spring.

    If Ichiro is hot and hitting, I’d take him 1000 times over Grandy in a big spot where all we need is a hit. Grandy may HR 40 times, but in between those 40 dingers are a lot of outs in critical situations. My only hope is the contract year aspect of his season brings out the 2011 version.

    And to be quite honest, if Grandy, Tex and Arod were all healthy to start the season I don’t know if we’d be 6 games over .500 after the 1st month.

    This group honestly feels like it’s playing baseball every night instead of the slow pitch softball nonsense that went on here for the past few years where they’d score 12 in a game and then not score for a week but appear on paper to be a consistent offense.

    I don’t think we have many long term answers on the field right now, but these guys play very hard and play a lot smarter than what we’ve been treated to of late.

    I only wish Jeter were healthy because I feel like he’d fit into this current group very well – guys who just go out and get the job done w/o the flash of supposed “stars”. There’s a workmanlike quality to this group that reminds me of the 94-95 team.

  18. jacksquat May 1st, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    All we know about Pineda is that he is throwing off a mound and his arm has not fallen off. He’s a second half possibility.

  19. 86w183 May 1st, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    I don’t think Tex or Grandy is a diva…. Alex, obviously is.

  20. ac1 May 1st, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Where was Peneda on the list of pitchers. Don’t you think he will make the club this year?
    ___

    He will be in the minors until September unless Phelps and Nova fall apart or there are injuries.

  21. ObviousMan May 1st, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Is a anyone here actually satisfied with the 16-10 start, or is everything below 26-0 unsatisfying?

  22. Bo knows May 1st, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    G Love

    I don’t think we have many long term answers on the field right now, but these guys play very hard and play a lot smarter than what we’ve been treated to of late.
    —————–
    Yep, basically agree with your whole post. A lot of quality at bats and situational hitting.

    I don’t remember if it was you or someone else but I like Overbay’s defense better than Teix’s as well – smoother and more range.

  23. G. Love May 1st, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    86,

    I agree on Grandy not being a diva & Arod being one. Tex, however, is a diva. His declining performance is often met with lame excuses by himself and the manager.

    There’s not many other players on this team I can think of who make health excuses for why they can’t hit RHP.

  24. ac1 May 1st, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Is a anyone here actually satisfied with the 16-10 start, or is everything below 26-0 unsatisfying?
    ___

    I am very satisfied all things considered.
    I expected 10-16 or worse.
    This is a team of grinders and for now it works as long as the pitching holds up.
    You saw on a day pettitte stunk how bad it got.

  25. Hassey May 1st, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Think Torri Hunter likes hitting in front of those guys?

    Still .370 on May 1…getting better with age

  26. G. Love May 1st, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Bo knows,

    Yeah, it was me. I’ve been watching Overbay and realized he’s more Cano-like at 1b. Tex is excellent defensively, but his style is more violent, lunging whereas Overbay is less intense but equally effective.

    I think Overbay is better than Tex on line drives over their heads. Tex is better at the diving plays because he goes all out.

    It’s really like Overbay is Cano and Tex is Pedroia at 1b.

  27. ac1 May 1st, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    most exciting for me last night was seeing Ichiro get above .260 and Nunez with 3 hits, two doubles. Those two hitting will really deepen this lineup….

  28. Bo knows May 1st, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    I was just tickled by Hafner’s at bats last night. The old adage of “No lunch, I’ll have a sandwich” was never more evident. Probably the best situational hitting I’ve seen on a Yankee team in ten years.

  29. yankeefeminista May 1st, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Tackel, Musty wasn’t taken out of today’s game; I forgot that it is a rain out game, continued today. Thus, the confusing recap, box. Hopefully, Musty stays healthy. Heading to Trenton to see JRam’s game. Have a good one!

  30. G. Love May 1st, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Quite honestly, if Nunie and Ichiro start getting hot together this team will roll for awhile as long as the starting pitching keeps up it’s end of the bargain.

    I think both are about to break out offensively. Nunez is working so hard on his D that I think he’s now putting that concentration behind him and working on his swing.

    Ichiro just looked like he was in a rut a few weeks back and now seems to be stinging the ball again.

  31. G. Love May 1st, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    yanksfem,

    Send my regards to Mr. Ramirez and tell him I’m eagerly awaiting his arrival in the Bronx.

  32. ac1 May 1st, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    I was just tickled by Hafner’s at bats last night. The old adage of “No lunch, I’ll have a sandwich” was never more evident. Probably the best situational hitting I’ve seen on a Yankee team in ten years.
    ___

    Seeing Hafner be able to intentionally beat the shift, seeing David Ortiz willing to bunt down the 3rd base line makes me angry that Tex just cant or wont do it….

  33. Ys Guy May 1st, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    i still cant get over what an idiot cashman was for not signing hamilton.

    just think of how good this lineup would be with his .548 OPS in there!

    :)

  34. G. Love May 1st, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    ac1,

    That’s why Tex is a diva. He may come off as a nice wholesome guy, but he’s all about himself and hasn’t shown me a willingness to sacrifice his at bats to help the team in any situation.

  35. G. Love May 1st, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Y’s Guy,

    I was stumping for Hamilton all winter and if he came here and did that in the first month, it would’ve been disastrous although maybe the sight of the RF wall here would’ve calmed him down.

    I don’t think he’s going to .548OPS for the season however but he’s clearly trying to live up to a contract and prove the Rangers wrong and there’s too much going on in his head.

  36. Against All Odds May 1st, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    What’s going on with the Angels?

  37. Bo knows May 1st, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Teix is really a sore point with me. That collapsing back leg just drives me.

    Granderson is another, playing to the paper power. Long and Grandy working together, fixed his setup to to the point that he was a legitimate contender for the MVP. No, got seduced by more power.

    The big machine that led the league in HRs had one or two wins when behind in the eighth.
    They put up numbers on lower quality pitching
    Enuff said.

  38. Locke May 1st, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    I’m shocked that anybody is upset over the 16-10 start. This team has been fun to watch and is drastically exceeding expectations. For reference this is how other Yankees teams have faired in April:

    1996 – 13-10
    1998 – Started 1-4, ended April at 17-6
    1999 – 15-7
    2000 – 15-8
    2009 – 12-10
    2010 – 15-7
    2011 – 15-9
    2012 – 13-9

    Looks like this team is outperforming plenty of recent Yankee teams. There is no reason we should hope for anything less then #28 this year. I just hope the wounded come back ready to contribute.

  39. yankeefeminista May 1st, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    G Love, heading out, but the rumor was that you were going to administer an in-person hug to JRam. ;)

  40. blake May 1st, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    “I’m shocked that anybody is upset over the 16-10 start. This team has been fun to watch and is drastically exceeding expectations. For reference this is how other Yankees teams have faired in April:”

    who is? I’m tickled pink and think it’s a minor miracle given all they have dealt with

  41. blake May 1st, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    I’m just glad Musty actually exists…..I was starting to think he was a figment of my imagination.

  42. Tackelberry May 1st, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    YF:

    Look forward to your observations on JRam following tonight’s game. Enjoy!

  43. blake May 1st, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    “Teix is really a sore point with me. That collapsing back leg just drives me.”

    Ive said this before but he looks like a right handed person trying to swing the wrong way……I hit right handed and don’t switch hit…..and if I try to hit lefty my first reflex is to drop and swing up…..it just seems more natural.

  44. blake May 1st, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    “I was stumping for Hamilton all winter and if he came here and did that in the first month, it would’ve been disastrous although maybe the sight of the RF wall here would’ve calmed him down”

    I was too…..I honestly don’t know what’s wrong with him…..well actually I know why he’s sucking but I don’t know what the root cause is for why he’s sucking……he is literally swinging at everything…..balls….strikes…..airplanes flying over head……he’s always been aggressive but since the end of last year it’s like he can’t even see the ball and is just swinging hard and hoping to make contact.

  45. Tackelberry May 1st, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Thank God Hamilton didn’t come here. The fans and media would have eaten him alive after such a poor start. He’d be off the wagon already

  46. G. Love May 1st, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    blake,

    It’s the contract and the fact that he’s trying to prove something to Texas and himself. The guy has battled his demons his whole life and I’m sure adding extra pressure isn’t really helping him.

    I still think at some point it’s all going to click for him and he’ll get comfortable & rake. Some guys don’t do well right off the bat when changing teams via free agency and some guys do better getting away from a situation that was dragging them down. I don’t think Texas was dragging him down – I think he felt at home there and is struggling with that. He’s mentally out of it with some of the swings I’ve seen.

  47. G. Love May 1st, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Yanksfem – I’m so busy with work projects this month I’m not sure I can make it to Trenton to hug Ramirez (which would be a sight). June/July is more likely. We’ll make it happen.

  48. 86w183 May 1st, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    My biggest concern about Hamilton is what’s between the ears. Hasn’t changed. The dude’s talent is undeniable, but I wouldn’t trust him long term.

    Balek the way you described trying to switch hit is almost exactly the way the Mick hit. He was always a much better hitter fundamentally from the right side, but had that out of this world power hitting lefty.

    It’s why he had far more HR (and walks and strikeouts) per AB from the left side but a much higher batting average (.330 to .281) batting from the right side.

    I switch hit as a kid growing up…. I mastered the strike out thing, but that’s about it.

  49. tucker May 1st, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    “May 1, 2013 at 12:54 pm
    some asked before why Mustieller was taken out of the Tampa game after 1 inning. He didn’t get hurt He has been moved up to Scranton. Saw it on twitter a few minutes ago.”

    Must have been one impressive inning by Musty man.

  50. 86w183 May 1st, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Yanksfem – I’m so busy with work projects this month I’m not sure I can make it to Trenton to hug Ramirez (which would be a sight). June/July is more likely. We’ll make it happen.

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

    How about a Lo-Hud party in Trenton?? I’d try to make it…..

  51. ObviousMan May 1st, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    About 90% of fans here were ripping Cashman for trading for Vernon wells I stead of signing josh Hamilton. And none of these “fans” have had the balls to come out and admit that they were wrong about the team’s astute personnel decisions….AGAIN

  52. blake May 1st, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    “Balek the way you described trying to switch hit is almost exactly the way the Mick hit. He was always a much better hitter fundamentally from the right side, but had that out of this world power hitting lefty.”

    yea I’ve just seen old film of the Mick but he was certainly more lift and separate from the left side too….although not as severe as Tex and he also was just super super talented.

    Even still if you look….Mantle declined rapidly at age 33….some of that was due to injuries sure

  53. Cashmoney May 1st, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    He has been moved up to Scranton.
    —-
    make sense, Yanks are in need of someone who can actually back up inf defensively right now. I would imaging his bat is a secondary concern right now. 3 games, Musty might be up.

  54. blake May 1st, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    “About 90% of fans here were ripping Cashman for trading for Vernon wells I stead of signing josh Hamilton. And none of these “fans” have had the balls to come out and admit that they were wrong about the team’s astute personnel decisions….AGAIN”

    1) it’s only been 1 month so lets not count any chickens.
    2) many of us liked the Wells deal a lot better when we saw how the money was structured….it’s virtually no risk.

    The Yankees are good at targeting these old guys who need a change of scenery…..they just are.

  55. G. Love May 1st, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Musty’s in Scranton? If I were Corban Joseph, I wouldn’t send my laundry out at the hotel the team put you up in. I bet all Musty has to do is play 2 games this week and he’s called up considering the state that 3b is in right now.

  56. mick May 1st, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

  57. Cashmoney May 1st, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    It goes without saying you assess the case individually, but I think you might see majority of MLB players start to decline skill wise around 33-34 again.

  58. blake May 1st, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    G. Love,
    I’m sure the pressure of the contract is a big part of it…..but I still think there is something more. I know he had his eyes checked this winter but it really looks like he can’t see the ball…..when you’re going bad it looks like a marble coming in there but he’s missing by a foot a lot of the time……Granderson does this too sometimes

  59. blake May 1st, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    “It goes without saying you assess the case individually, but I think you might see majority of MLB players start to decline skill wise around 33-34 again.”

    that seems to be the natural age when most players go down hill…..some a little earlier and some a little later but around 33 seems to be the end of most guys peaks when PEDS aren’t involved……obviously it’s a little different for pitchers and certain unique guys.

  60. Cashmoney May 1st, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    speaking of going downhill… Ortiz has 15 rbi in 9 games. He probably will go down as the greatest DH in mlb history.

  61. Bo knows May 1st, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    who is? I’m tickled pink and think it’s a minor miracle given all they have dealt with
    ——–
    I’d be more that karma is paying back for that paper power. Showing up the ‘Hairy Monsters’. Eat your words Cashman. This is classic baseball, that was glitz not glamor. I’m enjoying this while it lasts. Maybe they’ll rub the stars’ noses in it.

    Need tack on runs and man in scoring position – stroke a nice single. Yes, Pronk!

  62. mick May 1st, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Being that this team is so makeshift , it lends itself toward a nice chemistry between vets and youth.
    No established vets either, ones out to prove something…
    It’s almost like the baseball gods are saying: the Yankees are the chosen team and if the FO won’t do something to make this team evolve, we will.

  63. UnKnown May 1st, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    i still cant get over what an idiot cashman was for not signing hamilton.

    just think of how good this lineup would be with his .548 OPS in there!
    ———-

    I would still take him in a heartbeat. Let’s see where he is around the A.S. break.

    With that said obviously it would be ugly if he was hitting the same here as he is in LA. Again different team, park, division, opponents, etc. Tough to exactly say it would be the same.

  64. Cashmoney May 1st, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Mustelierieyieie

  65. mick May 1st, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    3B is begging for Musty over the next 2 weeks at least.
    Nix needs a break.
    Would rather see him than Adams and that should be the case as he cant come till 5/15.

  66. Locke May 1st, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    “About 90% of fans here were ripping Cashman for trading for Vernon wells I stead of signing josh Hamilton. And none of these “fans” have had the balls to come out and admit that they were wrong about the team’s astute personnel decisions….AGAIN”

    ——

    I’ll admit it.

    I didn’t like the Colon signing.
    I hated the Ibanez signing.
    And I really hated the Well’s trade (the financial part of it made a ton of sense, but he still eats a roster spot),

    but once a year Cashman reminds me why I’m the fan and he’s the GM. These vets are fun to watch.

  67. blake May 1st, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    “Musty’s in Scranton? If I were Corban Joseph, I wouldn’t send my laundry out at the hotel the team put you up in. I bet all Musty has to do is play 2 games this week and he’s called up considering the state that 3b is in right now.”

    hopefully

  68. Carly May 1st, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Ben (The Bronx Empire): I’d like to see the Yankees take a college pitcher with one of their first 3 picks bc I think their starting pitching in the farm system is as thin as its been in a decade. Two part question: what % chance do you put on Stanek sliding to pick 26 and could either Wahl or Jon Crawford be viable starting options in the pros? Thanks Jim

    Jim Callis: I’d be stunned if Stanek (Arkansas) dropped close to the Yankees. He had a slow start but he has been picking up steam. Wahl (Mississippi) and Crawford (Florida). Wahl has the stuff to start, though his command sometimes leaves something to be desired. Both Wahl and Crawford have seen their stock drop some this spring, but both will get sent out as starters.

  69. blake May 1st, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    “Need tack on runs and man in scoring position – stroke a nice single. Yes, Pronk!”

    I think all of us were in shock when he did that……I was like….double take…..yes!

  70. Bo knows May 1st, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    speaking of going downhill… Ortiz has 15 rbi in 9 games. He probably will go down as the greatest DH in mlb history.
    —-
    Of course bouncing balls off the Green Monster adds to the myth.

  71. Russell Munson May 1st, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    The people who knew that trading for Vernon Wells was smarter than signing Hamilton probably should have mentioned it before the season started instead of piping up about how smart they were now.

  72. Cashmoney May 1st, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Of course bouncing balls off the Green Monster adds to the myth.
    —-
    Bo, i think he is a flat out good hitter. no doubt, those numbers might be inflated some by the big green. Then again, you have to be capable going opposite field to take advantage of that.

  73. Cashmoney May 1st, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    I definitely hated wells trade in a sense of where was that money when other options were available. so far he has done well.

  74. blake May 1st, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    the only reason they traded for Wells was because Granderson got hurt and they were desperate……I doubt even the Yankees thought he’d OPS over .900 in April but the way they worked the money it was really almost a zero risk move for them so long as they were ok paying his salary this year……they pay him virtually nothing next year.

  75. blake May 1st, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    -I liked the Hafner deal from day 1 and always thought he’d hit if heathly
    -I didn’t like the Youk signing because he’s Youk and because he can’t stay healthy
    -I didn’t like the Wells trade at all at first but warmed after I saw how the money was structured.

  76. mick May 1st, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Hal opened himself for a boatload of bad PR if these moves he and Cash made flopped.
    As it is , attendance is down as their is no excitement generated by “just” winning, as the jury is still out on Hal’s motives.

  77. Cashmoney May 1st, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    I like both Youk and Pronk signing. but then again, i am not keeping scores who likes whom. feel free to like whomever you want.

  78. austinmac May 1st, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    It is interesting that one month in enough to anoint our replacement players as successes but too early to say the same about the Red Sox.

    Wells and Hafner have done great and let’s hope it continues. Like Youlilis, Hafner has has a number of unhealthy years. It remains to be seen if that trend changes.

    It is too early to draw many conclusions.

  79. blake May 1st, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Hal’s motives are to win and get under 189…..I don’t care what has been written recently in the media….I still believe Hal plans to get under that tax threshold if he can do it without a full on fan revolt…..he’s in the process of gauging that now.

  80. Doreen May 1st, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    I would LOVE to have a Trento Meet-up!

  81. Cashmoney May 1st, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Time to make some dough, later all.

  82. Doreen May 1st, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    90%???

    No no no.

    I did not want Hamilton and I was okay with Wells. Figured it was worth a shot on Wells. And I NEVER wanted Gamilton EVER

    Also I also would not say anyone is displeased with the Yankees record at the end of April

    It’s usually not a good idea to paint with a broad brush

  83. Russell Munson May 1st, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    “It’s usually not a good idea to paint with a broad brush”

    Even when it’s OBVIOUS?

  84. Doreen May 1st, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Well that was supposed to be Hamton not Gamilton. On a plane. Had wine with lunch. LOL

  85. mick May 1st, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    .he’s in the process of gauging that now.
    ==========================
    The attendance will change as the stars come back. It will prolly increase even if they don’t win as much, just stay in the hunt. Contrary to what the pundits say, a wild card could still come from the AL East.

  86. Doreen May 1st, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Especially when it’s Obvious.

  87. Bo knows May 1st, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Bo, i think he is a flat out good hitter. no doubt, those numbers might be inflated some by the big green. Then again, you have to be capable going opposite field to take advantage of that.
    ————
    I’ll admit that I’m prejudiced about Ortiz. One dimensional, chemically enhanced and so on. To me it’s always seemed that they don’t pitch him inside enough and he boinks it off the wall.

    I’ve always been partial to the smart, toolsy players that excelled in all facets of the game. (I’ve had to do a reverse two step on Hafner). I could watch a White, Mattingly or a Cano all day.

  88. Shame Spencer May 1st, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Doreen May 1st, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Well that was supposed to be Hamton not Gamilton. On a plane. Had wine with lunch. LOL

    —————

    One day drunk Doreen, perc’d up Pat M., and sloppy Shame will all be on the blog at the same time….. and that will be a fantastic day.

  89. mick May 1st, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Doreen-
    If you look out the side of the plane and look down, you might see the Georgia Pig :)

  90. Doreen May 1st, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Austiav I see what you did there!LOL

    anyhow it’s too early to make proclamations. I’m happy things went well in April and hope it continues.

  91. blake May 1st, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    “The attendance will change as the stars come back. ”

    eh….I think Jeter being out is a big deal in that regard…..not sure about the other guys

  92. Doreen May 1st, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Shame’

    LOL

  93. Frankg May 1st, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Kevin Kouzmanoff ???

  94. Cashmoney May 1st, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    for whatever reasons, lack of command, intimidation and others, most don’t bust him hard inside, bo. I disagree that he is not a smart hitter. I take him at DH any day. I get what you saying, I think the optimal lies somewhere in between. You need your pros , you need big hr hitters, you would like toolsy players who knows what to do with the tools.

    later.

  95. Doreen May 1st, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Mick there is no
    Georgia pig

  96. Shame Spencer May 1st, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    blake May 1st, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Hal’s motives are to win and get under 189…..I don’t care what has been written recently in the media….I still believe Hal plans to get under that tax threshold if he can do it without a full on fan revolt…..he’s in the process of gauging that now.

    —————

    Remember what I said about the ASB… if Grandy manages to come back and has a hot month and a half, I really see him getting shipped off. Same *might* be true of one of our starters, though I’m less confident there.

    I think people sometimes misunderstand the howling about guys like Youk and Wells.. it isn’t them as players. In the past, I would LOVE a Yankee team that spent $25 million dollars in back ups, believe me. Team Greedy is on board with that type of blatant foolery, when your bench is full of legit players. The howling about their signings was related to the budget and allocation of resources and a bunch of other words that I hope to never have to utter again as a Yankee fan.

  97. astrocityfan May 1st, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    im with you Bo. It still irks me that Ortiz gets a free pass in the media despite there being reason to believe he used.

    Just for the record, i liked Hafner, hated the youk signing and liked Wells for the change of scene. Just in case someone is keeping score. I am hopeful we get to see musty soon.

  98. mick May 1st, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Hals motives are to get under 189 or close to it and win games but not sure which is first.
    He might not be too happy with this winning team if they average 35,000 per.

  99. Hassey May 1st, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    for those of you who are old enough to remember Edgar Martinez at his peak, who is the GOAT DH? Edgar or Ortiz

  100. mick May 1st, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Doreen-
    They did go out of business-how did you know?

  101. Bo knows May 1st, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    It is too early to draw many conclusions.
    —————
    The thing was that there didn’t seem to be any hope. Especially in the four, five slots. Then the D at SS and Catcher was a revelation. Hafner and Wells stepping up was critical. The quality at bats are not a fluke or some hot streak.

  102. Carly May 1st, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    for those of you who are old enough to remember Edgar Martinez at his peak, who is the GOAT DH? Edgar or Ortiz

    I think Mariano answered that question, and I will defer to the great Mo

  103. hardwired7 May 1st, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    While Ortiz has hit Mo pretty well in his career, Edgar absolutely owned him.

    Edgar wins on the Mo Scale.

  104. Doreen May 1st, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    If everyone got as lost as I did if I’m not so surprise they went out of business.

  105. mick May 1st, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    rightys will always have a better shot at Mo than leftys

  106. mick May 1st, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Doreen-they were right there on the side of the road-behind some trees.

  107. Russell Munson May 1st, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    The average attendance for the first 15 home games of 2012 was 40,864.

    So far this year the average attendance for the first 15 home games is 37,278.

    That’d be a drop of about 290,000 over a full season.

    If the average fan spends $50 at a game, that’s $14 million less in revenue this year.

  108. mick May 1st, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    here you go Doreen:

    http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-georgia-pig-brunswick

  109. Bo knows May 1st, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    If the average fan spends $50 at a game, that’s $14 million less in revenue this year.
    —-
    That’s one semi decent, ie Swisher ball player. Meh.

  110. blake May 1st, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    “Hals motives are to get under 189 or close to it and win games but not sure which is first.”

    I think he’s smart enough to know that the fans aren’t going to accept a collapse or a .500 team…..he knows that won’t work……I think what he’s hoping for though is that if they can just make the playoffs then that’ll give him enough goodwill to go through with it.

  111. champ809 May 1st, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Hassey May 1st, 2013 at 3:05 pm
    for those of you who are old enough to remember Edgar Martinez at his peak, who is the GOAT DH? Edgar or Ortiz?

    ——————————————————————–

    That’s tough…Papi obviously has more power but I think Edgar maybe a technically more sound hitter but if so just barely.

    I think you’d have to take Big Papi over Edgar

  112. pat May 1st, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    It’s always about expectations.

    The pulse might be very different if taken 30 days from now.

    It is interesting though which small samples sizes people choose to trust and which they choose to doubt.

  113. mick May 1st, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    http://www.roadfood.com/Digest.....has-closed

  114. blake May 1st, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    “If the average fan spends $50 at a game, that’s $14 million less in revenue this year.”

    they stand to save a lot more than that by reducing payroll though…..just the payroll reduction to get under the limit would be about 3 times that much. So if they can keep attendance at these levels or maybe even a little lower then they make money by getting under the cap…….they are going to try it…..and barring a collapse this year I still think they will.

  115. Shame Spencer May 1st, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    It is interesting though which small samples sizes people choose to trust and which they choose to doubt.

    ——————

    Very true pat..

  116. mick May 1st, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    I think he’s smart enough to know that the fans aren’t going to accept a collapse or a .500 team…..he knows that won’t work……I think what he’s hoping for though is that if they can just make the playoffs then that’ll give him enough goodwill to go through with it.
    =========================
    If Hal makes the playoffs with THIS team, he won’t sell out and the crowds we saw the past 2 days will be more the rule than the exception.

  117. blake May 1st, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    “for those of you who are old enough to remember Edgar Martinez at his peak, who is the GOAT DH? Edgar or Ortiz?”
    .
    Edgar. peak season: .356/.479/.628/1.107
    Papi peak season: .332/.445/.621/1.066

    it’s pretty close Edgar has a career OPS+ of 147 to Papi’s 138

  118. pat May 1st, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    eboland11
    Tonight’s lineup: ichiro 8 nix 5 Cano 4 wells 7 hafner Dh Francisco 9 Nunez 6 Overbay 3 Stewart 2 phelps 1

  119. blake May 1st, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    “If Hal makes the playoffs with THIS team, he won’t sell out and the crowds we saw the past 2 days will be more the rule than the exception.”

    they don’t have to sell out for it to still be beneficial to get under the luxury tax.

  120. tomingeorgia May 1st, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    blake,
    Take either one of them for a career.

  121. RadioKev May 1st, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Is GOAT DH worth asking? I really couldn’t care who it is. It just means “who’s one of the worst fielders of all time?”

  122. ac1 May 1st, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Tonight’s lineup: ichiro 8 nix 5 Cano 4 wells 7 hafner Dh Francisco 9 Nunez 6 Overbay 3 Stewart 2 phelps 1
    ___

    Two things:

    1. Didnt Gardner sit just the other day?
    2. How is Austin Romine going to accurately prove he can hit playing 1 time every 5 days?

  123. RadioKev May 1st, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    pat May 1st, 2013 at 3:24 pm
    eboland11
    Tonight’s lineup: ichiro 8 nix 5 Cano 4 wells 7 hafner Dh Francisco 9 Nunez 6 Overbay 3 Stewart 2 phelps 1
    ———–

    This Francisco stuff has to stop.

  124. Hassey May 1st, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    I just remember that when Edgar strolled to the plate, I would always think “there is no way we can get him out”, but when Papi wals to the plate, I always end up thinking “how can we NOT find a way to get him out?”

    slightly different, but I guess it’s all semantics…both are obviously great tho Papi was on the juicy-juice

  125. blake May 1st, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    “Take either one of them for a career.”

    for sure

  126. mick May 1st, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    it’s pretty close Edgar has a career OPS+ of 147 to Papi’s 138
    =================
    what does ops have to do with it?
    pete rose ops was much lower and was a better hitter than both.

  127. Hassey May 1st, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Who is the GOAT Kevin of all time?

    RadioKev
    or
    The REAL Kevin?

  128. blake May 1st, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    why is francisco playing. reverse jinx activate

  129. Hassey May 1st, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    I would rather see 12 year old Prince Fielder in our lineup than Rice-a-Roni Francisco

  130. tomingeorgia May 1st, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Hassey,
    Who knows what Edgar was on?

  131. RadioKev May 1st, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Hassey May 1st, 2013 at 3:28 pm
    Who is the GOAT Kevin of all time?

    RadioKev
    or
    The REAL Kevin?
    ———

    Haha, I always feel like that username insinuates that I’m an imposter.

  132. ac1 May 1st, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Yankees have off tomorrow no? And again on Monday.
    Why the hell is any regular sitting?

  133. Hassey May 1st, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    good pernt by Tom..some bio-engineered Seattle microbrew

  134. mick May 1st, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Tonight’s lineup: ichiro 8 nix 5 Cano 4 wells 7 hafner Dh Francisco 9 Nunez 6 Overbay 3 Stewart 2 phelps 1
    ==================Get Over The Lineup

    last year with guys like swisher, martin and tex in this lineup it would have looked a lot worse.
    these guys are situational hitters, they move baserunners.

    you don’t need as many hits or HR’s to save the day.

  135. ac1 May 1st, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    I mean if it comes down to Gardner vs. Francisco – I choose Gardner. Thank god Granderson is starting extended ST this weekend and will known Francisco off this roster.

    Now watch Francisco go 4-5 with 2 grand slams.

  136. tomingeorgia May 1st, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Hassey,
    Let me know where to buy some.

  137. blake May 1st, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    “pete rose ops was much lower and was a better hitter than both.”

    he wasn’t a better pure hitter than either…..he got more hits and played a lot longer……that’s about it. Hit for a lot less power…..didn’t get on base as much…..etc…..

  138. charlestonchew May 1st, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Those of you who are getting negative on Granderson and Tex need to calm down and reassess. Those two guys have been incredibly productive for us over the past few years, even with Tex’s injury last year. Are they perfect? No. But they are easily better than the people they will replace (Overbay and Ichiro). Sure, there will probably be some kind of rotation, but I fully expect Gardner to stay in CF. He has proven himself to be one of the 2-3 absolute best overall CF in the game.

    Granderson will take over in left and Wells will DH when Hafner isn’t. Ichiro will sit against LHP often (and Gardner and Granderson will rotate out, too, from time to time, especially Granderson due to his injury).

    As far as 1B goes, though, Tex will take over full time there and Youkilis will be the full time 3B. They will need rest, sure, but their replacements don’t come anywhere near their production. The parity in the INF situation is so different from the OF situation. And the conversation about Alex and Jeter is way too early. But if we can get both of them back, too, then I think the sky is the limit as to what this team can achieve.

  139. ac1 May 1st, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Get Over The Lineup

    last year with guys like swisher, martin and tex in this lineup it would have looked a lot worse.
    these guys are situational hitters, they move baserunners.
    ___

    The only question is why is Gardner sitting with a day off tomorrow and another one on Monday. Other than that, to me it is what it is (in spite of francisco).

  140. Jerkface May 1st, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    pete rose ops was much lower and was a better hitter than both.

    No he wasnt, he just played for a long time. Edgar has a higher career average, OBP, and SLG. He hit more when he played, hit for more power, and made less outs.

  141. mick May 1st, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I would rather see 12 year old Prince Fielder in our lineup than Rice-a-Roni Francisco
    ================
    I saw this kid hitting RH drive balls into the LF stands in BP at the Stadium.

  142. Hassey May 1st, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Tom – Now that Chavez is gone, I’m hoping the coffee market expands exponentially…Venezuela has three things – girls, coke and coffee beans

  143. mick May 1st, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Pete Rose was the best hitter you never saw.

  144. luis May 1st, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Good afternoon,

    Probably they will call up Musty in a few days… But Adams has earned a shot too… he is raking down in triple A.

    About Gardner… I would tend to agree that he has trouble going back, I have seen enough to tell that… Grandy on the other hand, has a very poor approach going in… So they both play to their strengths ( one plays deep, the other plays shallow )… But overall, I think Gardner is a better CFer… And Grandy’s many misplays ( going back ) last season are worrysome… Ajax is a better overall CF than both though.

    About our current lineup… It has been a surprise and a pleasure to watch… Good situational hitting, that’s something that has been missing for a while… The problem that as good as this team has done so far, they haven’t addressed the future… This is a “today” kind of team and in light of the age of most of it’s pieces, they should start to have a plan for the future.

  145. mick May 1st, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Hit for a lot less power…..didn’t get on base as much…..etc…..
    ============
    What does hitting for power have to do with it, how about Jeter?
    You obviously never saw Rose…

  146. blake May 1st, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Rose was basically current Ichiro offensively for the last 9 years of hit career……an empty .270-.280 hitter. He was similar to Jeter in his prime offensively.

  147. Hassey May 1st, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Guys – it’s not worth fighting over. The answer is Harold Baines, anyway

  148. Russell Munson May 1st, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    I have no idea if Edgar ever used PEDs but I remember he had some kind of weird eye condition that he had to do special training for and he had freakishly good eyesight because of it. He couldn’t watch TV or read on days of games because he had to save his eyes for the games.

  149. mick May 1st, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Rose had close to 16 straight seasons at 200 hits per.

  150. charlestonchew May 1st, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Gardner > Austin Jackson any day imo.

  151. blake May 1st, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    “What does hitting for power have to do with it, how about Jeter?”

    Jeter wasn’t as good a hitter as Edgar Martinez either…..if Jeter hit like Edgar and played this long he’d probably be the greatest player of all time…..

  152. Hassey May 1st, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    so Edgar was actually Steve Austin (no, not Stone Cold)

    I’d say that counts as cheating

  153. mick May 1st, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    The problem that as good as this team has done so far, they haven’t addressed the future… This is a “today” kind of team and in light of the age of most of it’s pieces, they should start to have a plan for the future.
    ==============
    Their future is in the minor leagues.

  154. blake May 1st, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    “Rose had close to 16 straight seasons at 200 hits per.”

    that’s one measurement…..and it has a lot to do with getting a lot of ABs. Rose was a great hitter in his prime….he’s a HOFer (or should be)…..but as a pure hitter he was as good as Edgar or Ortiz

  155. Hassey May 1st, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    this is the point where GB would say “You guys can’t even tell time, let alone the future”

  156. RadioKev May 1st, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Edgar’s age 40 season is pretty damn impressive: 24 HR .294/.406/.489

  157. mick May 1st, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    The last 3-4 years of Roses career , in his 40′s, sure he declined but we was a lock for 200 hits in his sleep.
    He was also a great ballplayer and a winner.

  158. Jerkface May 1st, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Both Ortiz and Edgar not only hit for average but for power as well. If Pete Rose tried to hit for power he wouldn’t have hit .300, because he wasn’t as good a hitter as Ortiz or Edgar.

  159. austinmac May 1st, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    One has to remember about Mantle hitting right handed, it was ten miles to left field. What was it, 457 to left center? He could hit it a mile either way. He would readily say he was a much better hitter right handed, especially later in his career when he had knee trouble.

    Who isn’t thrilled with 16-10? Girardi and the vets should be applauded.

    There is an article in CNN.com about a baseball playing robot. Come on Hal. That’s what we need.

  160. austinmac May 1st, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    It looks like Pettitte’s bad game has sent Romine to the permanent bench. Phelps would seemingly have been a good game in which to use him.

    Heck, I’m not sure Romine is better, but I would like to find out.

  161. Bo knows May 1st, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    As to Gardner – strikes me as he’s the best lateral CF around, excellent on coming in. Going back on a ball is much more subjective and “Saw him good” comes a lot more into play. Add to that top speed.

    I’ve been watching on whether he runs through a ball as opposed to running to it, as that would be a telling point. Then again I’ve seldom seen him do the statue of liberty in CF which to me is a possible sign of misjudgement. Then there is the relatively short period of time playing CF. Personally I’ve liked his play in CF.

    Playing Granderson over Gardner in CF would be a disservice to the team.

  162. The Genius Maker May 1st, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    A few points:
    Jerkface and I are on the same side of a discussion frequently.

    People forget Granderson misplaying a lot of balls

    Gardner is very good now and will get better with more playing time in CF

    Youk rehurt his back when CC was late and slipped and didn;t cover 1st base

    Granderson is still a productive hitter (.811 OPS last year; I don’t care that much about the K’s, at least he makes the pitchers throw at least 3 pitches and it is better than a DP

    Ichiro is actually hitting .370 against lefties this year (.764 OPS) .218 against righties (.586)

    Gardner is doing better against lefties as well (.778 OPS and a .688 against righties)

    Wells is 1.027 against lefties and .826 against righties

    Youk, the lefty killer is .262 against lefties…that is his OPS…seriously. Righties he is 1.019

    Point on the stats is don;t get too carried away, it is early.

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