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Wells back at DH

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 13, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells DH
Lyle Overbay 1B
Zoilo Almonte LF
Luis Cruz SS
Alberto Gonzalez 3B
Austin Romine C

RHP Phil Hughes

 
 

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52 Responses to “Wells back at DH”

  1. MG July 13th, 2013 at 10:38 am

    It looks like Girardi has decided that if Wells is swinging the bat better than Hafner then he’s in the lineup regardless of who is pitching.

    I have no issue with that, it’s too late in the season to be waiting on someone pulling out of a deep slump and Hafner looks lost up there most of the time-behind on every fastball, ahead of every breaking/off speed pitch

    Overbay is swinging the bat much better recently as well, maybe both he and Wells can continue this after the break and give them some consistent production in the 2nd half.

  2. MTU July 13th, 2013 at 10:40 am

    MG-

    Why is it that the current Yankee Team reminds me of a cobblestone street ?

    :)

  3. MG July 13th, 2013 at 10:43 am

    MTU July 13th, 2013 at 10:40 am
    MG-

    Why is it that the current Yankee Team reminds me of a cobblestone street ?
    —————————–
    Bumps at almost every place in the lineup?

    With Gonzalez and Romine in the lineup, it reminds me more of some parts of Florida-either a swamp or a sinkhole :)

    But a good analogy none the less lol

  4. MTU July 13th, 2013 at 10:46 am

    MG-

    Also get the image of a patchwork quilt.

    Quilting is a big thing out here in Utah.

    It’s a Mormon tradition. Some pretty amazing stuff.

  5. yankeefeminista July 13th, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Hopefully, we get Hughes some runs. Although that bottom of order looks a little thin. Hughes is last in the AL in run support, I believe (too lazy to look).

    What is the weather forecast supposed to be like for first pitch? It is looking mighty overcast right now here in NJ.

  6. 86w183 July 13th, 2013 at 10:48 am

    The Yankees lineup is more like the Riddler’s outfit on the Batman TV show…. just a collection if randomly placed question marks.

  7. MG July 13th, 2013 at 10:48 am

    MTU July 13th, 2013 at 10:46 am
    MG-

    Also get the image of a patchwork quilt.

    Quilting is a big thing out here in Utah.

    It’s a Mormon tradition. Some pretty amazing stuff.
    ——————–
    No alchohol, no drugs, multiple wives (allegedly), patchwork quilts, those Mormons sure know hoe to party, don’t they :)

  8. yankeefeminista July 13th, 2013 at 10:49 am

    …I once did plan to attend this game (sigh)

    I hope it is a good morning in Utah and in other parts of our great nation! :)

  9. MTU July 13th, 2013 at 10:49 am

    YF-

    Good morning.

    Just wanted to thank you for all your kind remarks reagrding our Mop.

  10. MTU July 13th, 2013 at 10:51 am

    MG-

    I would not advise anyone to come here for the nightlife.

    :)

  11. yankeefeminista July 13th, 2013 at 10:53 am

    De Paula pitches tomorrow at Citi Field. Excited to see him on television if even for an inning… If the stadium were nearer, the Futures Game would be a cool event to attend. Saw the one in 2008 at Yankee Stadium.

    MTU, you are very welcome. I include him every morning in my prayers. How is the little one doing?

  12. yanks61 July 13th, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Just stopping by mainly to give my regards to MTU and to say how sorry I was to hear about all the problems you’ve been having.

    We’ve had some bad times with some of our dogs over the years and know how painful that can be. But the joy they give us is worth every moment we devote to them. MTU, my wife and I wish you “bon courage” and a very successful recovery for the pup.

    On another note, Mike noted on RAB that Culver has hit .353 in his last 34 ABs. I realize there’s a long way to go, but is anybody hopeful that this experiment of ditching switch hitting is going to work enough to make him a legit prospect again?

  13. MTU July 13th, 2013 at 10:54 am

    MG-

    And just for the record, many Mormons drink.

    Beer is, unfortunately, limited to 3.2% within the State.

    If you wish to overcome that you just head over the border to mesquite, NV. and stock up.

    Whiskey is sold at state liquor stores.

    They do have some funny rules here though.

    They provide lot’s of laughs.

    You can’t beat the place if you love the outdoors.

    In that way, it’s a true paradise IMO.

  14. mick July 13th, 2013 at 10:55 am

    ——————–
    No alchohol, no drugs, multiple wives (allegedly), patchwork quilts, those Mormons sure know hoe to party,
    ======================
    partying with a hoe
    is not apropos

  15. mick July 13th, 2013 at 10:57 am

    yanks61-how are the coneheads?

  16. yankeefeminista July 13th, 2013 at 11:01 am

    61, yes, noted that about Culver. He’s a little too young to give up on. That’s why I haven’t. Plus I really like the kid. Having him bat solely from the right side was a good move. Let’s hope he keeps progressing.

    A SS to keep an eye on is Avelino. He’s on one of the GCL teams, and he sounds very toolsy from what I have read. I hope to see him in SI maybe next year.

  17. MTU July 13th, 2013 at 11:02 am

    YF-

    Our biggest problem right now is his left eye.

    He has a severe ucler in it which threatens to blind him in that eye.

    We are fighting like crazy to save it within the limits we have.

    We have alredy spent a samll fortune going back and forth to the skin specialist in LV.

    We cannot afford another expensive eye operation so we just have to hope what we are doing works.

    I too pray about it daily. usually more than once.

    He has been thru so much I hope he is at least spared this one thing.

    His general condition is improving. he had lost close to 20% of his body weight and thru a lot of TLC has gained back all but .5 lbs.

    His skin lesions appear to be receeding slowly.

    It is gonna take time and effort but I think most his problems will eventually be solved.

    We are seeking compensation from pfizer for the bad vaccine that caused all this.

    61-

    Thank uou for the kind thoughts. I appreciate them very much.

  18. mick July 13th, 2013 at 11:04 am

    AAA was for getting his timing back not to prevent another injury. Derek and everyone who evaluated him thought he was close enough (timing wise) to contribute at the big league level. Good enough for me.
    ===============
    Jeter was not ready and Stick knew thata and had no say in the matter.
    He was favoring the leg and hurt the other one as I knew he would.

  19. yanks61 July 13th, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Hi Mick,

    I guess all the coneheads are OK!

    I’ve been reading a lot of articles of late about the general “morosité” of the French (Maureen Dowd being the latest.) Then I read Roger Cohen’s piece in the Times and was reminded that “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07.....laise.html

    We’ve had great weather (finally – after a horribly rainy, cool spring) and it looks like it will last at least another week. So this “conehead’ is quite happy at the moment!

  20. J. Alfred Prufrock July 13th, 2013 at 11:10 am

    86w183 July 13th, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I think the scouting reports on Almonte’s defense that we saw here were from people who never actually saw him play in person and just read various accounts.
    ///

    86, I have to assume, since you post here fairly regularly, that you can’t have missed that I am the poster who has repeatedly expressed frustration that Almonte’s bat was ready but that his defense – at times, atrocious in Trenton – was holding him back. He was in fact my darkhorse to make this team a couple of years ago, when I compared him with Melky Cabrera with more power.

    I also have to assume from that the several times I’ve expressed this over the last couple of years, you can’t have missed that I have said that I made these observations from attending games in Trenton.

    Are you suggesting I don’t go to the games? Because this is kind of Stoneburner-esque of you. What exactly are you suggesting?

    It’s really fairly easy to attend miL games. I drive to Arm & Hammer park (previously Waterfront Park) in Trenton – by way of Route 1 South to 295 So – from Princeton – about a 20 minute drive, depending on traffic.

    I then pull into the parking lot, pay the kid $3. and then give the ticket taker my $12. ticket and they miraculously admit me.

    As for Almonte, his time at Trenton, as an OF, was wildly erratic. He got poor jumps at times and would also charge the ball inexplicably at others. Then he would go through periods of uneventful good defense and you’d forget about the horrorshow until it happened again. The theory bandied about by some people around the team down there thought the problem was a “lack of focus”.

    I think if you asked him or the Yankees, they would tell you that defense is what he needed work on most; in fact, Almonte said as much on an milb interview video – so apparently I’m not alone in thinking he had some serious issues, which came from watching him play, not from “reading” opinions.

    I don’t attend games in SWB, so I’m assuming he has worked on his OF play since getting promoted, because he’s played a very good left field for us so far.

    I have always thought, and said in this space, he has the decent range and athleticism, plus the good arm, to be a good COF, but the out-of-the-blue ugly defense would always eventually rear his head and make me down on him to believe he might not ever improve. I’m very glad he has and hope it continues.

    In fact, I was the first poster here who thought he wasn’t far off from making the Yankees, but that was after a handful of games and before his OF issues revealed themselves over a larger sample size.

    But I return to your implication that I have not made observations from watching Almonte play live.

    Based on what?

  21. yankeefeminista July 13th, 2013 at 11:12 am

    MTU, poor you and the poor little one. But hang in there. I am so glad to hear of his improvement otherwise. I will keep praying for the eye. I know cod liver oil is very good for eyes, but I am not sure how that works with puppies. Maybe a holistic vet could help just in terms of recommending some natural eye supplements for healing? Good for you re: pfizer. No one should have to go through what you have because of a vaccine that is purportedly supposed to help but actually can hurt.

  22. GregD July 13th, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Going to my 5th game in 8 days today…….we are 3-1…………:)

  23. yanks61 July 13th, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Thanks YF. I appreciate and value your first hand evaluations.

    I agree about not giving up on young ball players. As we all know, funny things happen on the way through the system! Never get too high or too low on a youngster before he’s had every chance to prove himself!

  24. yankeefeminista July 13th, 2013 at 11:15 am

    GregD, good to hear. I wish I were there with you, but cannot attend. Who knows how long Hughes with be pitching for us? Get him some run support and bring home the W!

  25. yankeefeminista July 13th, 2013 at 11:15 am

    *will be pitching for us (should read).

  26. GregD July 13th, 2013 at 11:17 am

    YF—–will do…..Hughes can be great……hope that’s the one we see and some early runs would be nice

  27. Shame Spencer July 13th, 2013 at 11:17 am

    MTU – When we got our beagles about 18 years ago, one had a very small white spot in her eye. As she got older it became bigger and the vet told us she very likely has always been blind in that eye. Not that it makes you feel better, but for what it’s worth she lived a long fulfilling life and always managed well despite never having 100% of her vision in tact. She seemed to adjust to it and the benefit was she had a sister (like your pup) to rely on. The bonds they form are incredible.

  28. MTU July 13th, 2013 at 11:20 am

    YF-

    I thank you for your prayers and for your concern. Hopefully they will be answered.

    Back to the Vet again on Monday for another eye check.

    Back to Vegas in 2 more weeks for another overall check.

  29. 4 NYY July 13th, 2013 at 11:23 am

    yanks61 July 13th, 2013 at 11:13 am
    Thanks YF. I appreciate and value your first hand evaluations.

    I agree about not giving up on young ball players. As we all know, funny things happen on the way through the system! Never get too high or too low on a youngster before he’s had every chance to prove himself!

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I agree with this, that’s why I haven’t given up on Romine one bit. Hard for some to get in a groove playing sporadically.
    His 75 AB’s are hardly a true test. He’s hit many balls hard, just at people. He looks like a pretty good catcher to me. Small sample size is not indicative of what I think he can do. He hit about .280 throughout his minor league time. He, at least will make a good BUC. IMO
    Lotta pressure in N.Y.

  30. MTU July 13th, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Thanks Shame.

    I would just like to see the little guy finally catch a break.

    The greatest irony of all is that his name is “Lucky”.

    Approximately 1 in 25,000 dogs react to the rabies vaccine in this particular way.

    I’d hardly call that lucky. Maybe he’s “lucky” in the sense that we love him so much.

    ;)

  31. 4 NYY July 13th, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Hughes prolly needs a change of scenery as bad as anyone.

    Good stuff ( at times ) bad results a lot.

  32. J. Alfred Prufrock July 13th, 2013 at 11:27 am

    MTU,

    I’m very glad your little one is rebounding. :D

    By the way, I’m the poster who has been critical of Almonte’s defense, after seeing him live many times down in Trenton, as per my post above to 86.

    He hasn’t really made a misstep yet since his callup, which is great.

  33. Shame Spencer July 13th, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Aww, our family’s first beagle was named Lucky! She had some similar luck – we lost her very early in a car accident. :(

    WTF… no one ever name your dogs Lucky ever again!!!!

    Seriously though, I hope he bounces back. They’re a lot more resilient than they’re given credit for.

  34. 4 NYY July 13th, 2013 at 11:28 am

    MTU, you’re in Utah? Where ? I’m in Vegas area. Henderson.

    Sorry about you dog. They’re members of the family for sure.

  35. Shame Spencer July 13th, 2013 at 11:34 am

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  36. yanks61 July 13th, 2013 at 11:34 am

    You know, thinking about Culver reminded me of Gene Michael. I wonder if “Stick” ever wonders if he’d have been a better hitter if he had concentrated on hitting from his best side.

    I say this because I have to think that if you’re a weak hitter to begin with, it might be asking too much of yourself to try hitting from both sides of the plate. Anybody else have any thoughts about that?

    It seems to me that whatever happens now for Culver, he’s actually given himself the best possible opportunity to get ahead. I understand that he’s a cracker jack fielder at short. It would be really cool if he keeps this up.

    Thanks for the tip on Avelino YF.

  37. MTU July 13th, 2013 at 11:37 am

    4 NYY-

    We lived in Henderson before moving here.

    We live a few miles North of St. George.

    Thanks for kind thoughts.

    JAP-

    Thanks for your continued support.

    I knew you thought Almonte was not a good fielder and that it was based on observation.

    Apparently something has changed for the better, or this is a temporary good spell.

    I hope it’s the former.

    :)

  38. yanks61 July 13th, 2013 at 11:38 am

    I agree with this, that’s why I haven’t given up on Romine one bit. Hard for some to get in a groove playing sporadically.
    His 75 AB’s are hardly a true test. He’s hit many balls hard, just at people. He looks like a pretty good catcher to me. Small sample size is not indicative of what I think he can do. He hit about .280 throughout his minor league time. He, at least will make a good BUC. IMO
    Lotta pressure in N.Y.

    4NYY – And I agree with you about that! I think a lot of guys have had bad starts in their first full year and come back to have a reasonably successful career. Romine certainly wouldn’t be the first.

  39. JobaTipsHisCap July 13th, 2013 at 11:38 am

    The reason to watch 2013 postseason is to root against sux.

  40. 86w183 July 13th, 2013 at 11:39 am

    JAP —-

    No specific reference was ever made to or about you.

    I’ve seen a number of posts claiming he was a poor defender. I doubt they were all yours and I doubt that they were all written by people who have seen him in person.

    That was my only point. I don’t question the veracity of your claims nor do I question what you observed.

    I’m sorry you took it personally. When I have a direct disagreement/issue with someone I make that very clear. that was not the case here.

  41. comnsnse July 13th, 2013 at 11:39 am

    86, the simple response to JAP;s Almonte treatise was, perhaps your judgement was flawed!

    Doesn’t this happen all the time with draft picks in every sport with scouts who are paid to do the job?

    Blog becoming very sensitive and defensive, imagine that! ;)

  42. 4 NYY July 13th, 2013 at 11:42 am

    yanks61

    Does that 61 refer to our great team of 1961 ?

    Remember them so well !!!

  43. MTU July 13th, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Here’s a photo of our 2 mopheads in better times :

    The tan one is “Lucky”.

    https://plus.google.com/photos/109721757058432487394/albums/5815853208719193105?authkey=CI7037_siYC5bQ#

  44. 86w183 July 13th, 2013 at 11:43 am

    There’s nothing wrong with a switch hitter abandoning his weaker side. Guys have done it for years.

    Teixeira probably needs to do it next year.

  45. MG July 13th, 2013 at 11:46 am

    MTU July 13th, 2013 at 11:37 am
    4 NYY-

    We lived in Henderson before moving here.

    We live a few miles North of St. George.
    —————–
    that’s really nice country, MTU, I’ve been there 1X in the ’90s during the worst El Nino winter in 100 years pretty much shut down golf in San Francisco for over a month.

    A friend and I flew to Vegas and played golf for a few days-another friend had told us to check out a golf course in St George (Entrada at Snow Canyon) so we play in Vegas in the morning (cold and overcast) and drive up there.

    It’s raining and cold in St George, no one is on the golf course but we’ve driven up there so decide to play 9 holes-we get a cart with plastic around it, go out to the 10th tee, and on #12, a downhill, 190 yard par 3, I hit a 6 iron into the hole on the fly. First lifetime hole in one.

    Of course, in order for it to count, I had to play all 18-my buddy quit after about 6 holes and we hustled around the rest of the course in under 2 hours.

    Thanks for mentioning St George and reminding me of that very nice day :)

  46. yankeefeminista July 13th, 2013 at 11:48 am

    86, even if you aren’t attending MiLB games, anyone could have watched Trenton on MiLB-TV the last couple of years and seen Almonte’s D, both the positives and negatives. I think that he has always had the athleticism to be a good OF, and often is but also can be overly aggressive and therefore shoot himself in the foot. Luckily, we have seen the best of Almonte, and that is great. Love the kid and his bat. But in fact, in ST, Yanks obviously didn’t like Almonte’s D, and I have to say they were right because he was particularly and uncharacteristically bad.

    Also just to get back to a point about seeing minor league games… those who attend see more games than the people who write things up, so I for one really don’t rely too much on those reports. It would be like you watching a Yankee season but relying on someone like Wally Matthews’ or Jon Heyman’s viewpoint of the game you saw instead of your own. Everything anyone reads is used through their own filter of what their observations say is valid or isn’t. I’d much rather for instance get my friend/source’s take on a Tampa Yankees player than read someone’s scouting report who has seen a player only a couple of times. So, scouting reports are useful but often based on small sample sizes.

    4 NYY, I always thought Romine needed reps and to be in AAA, not the majors. He’s had injuries and AAA would have permitted him to work on shortening up and getting back to be the gap/oppo hitter that he was in the minors. He was thriving in AA and then the injuries took their toll, and he hasn’t been the same hitter in AAA, and AFL. Sitting so much while he is still on a learning curve is not good for his bat.

  47. J. Alfred Prufrock July 13th, 2013 at 11:49 am

    I’m sorry you took it personally. When I have a direct disagreement/issue with someone I make that very clear. that was not the case here.
    ///

    86,

    Thank you for your response.

    I took it personally because I have repeatedly discussed Almonte here and both his bat and glove, and nearly always in the context of having attended games live. I have also regretted I haven’t gotten to see enough of him right-handed, but I think he has power from that side, as well.

    Live observation doesn’t guarantee a person is correct or wrong about a player, of course. I just share what I see.

  48. yankeefeminista July 13th, 2013 at 11:53 am

    86w183 July 13th, 2013 at 11:43 am
    There’s nothing wrong with a switch hitter abandoning his weaker side. Guys have done it for years.
    ___
    Except Culver is supposedly a natural lefty, and in spite of the numbers considered the left side his strong side. Go figure.

    MTU, then the little one is due to be lucky, and he is lucky to have you as his human papa. And I am sure your love for him is a big factor in his ability to heal. Go, Lucky!

  49. J. Alfred Prufrock July 13th, 2013 at 11:56 am

    JAP-

    Thanks for your continued support.

    I knew you thought Almonte was not a good fielder and that it was based on observation.

    Apparently something has changed for the better, or this is a temporary good spell.

    I hope it’s the former.

    :)
    ///

    I hope so too. He’s played all 3 OF positions in Trenton (less of CF but they have put him there) and most of his issues, as I think of it, have come when he’s in right.

    Originally, I thought he would have more problems in left, but maybe he sees the ball better off the bat there than in right because of RHB pull factor in right.

    I know he was determined to better.

  50. J. Alfred Prufrock July 13th, 2013 at 11:57 am

    *meant to say RHB pull factor in left!

  51. 86w183 July 13th, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    JAP — We’re good. I appreciate anyone’s first hand insight/observations.

    I offer a lot on the draft because I see a lot of college baseball and talk to scouts often.

    Have a day alll…. time to go 10 games over the .500 mark for the first time since June 11.

  52. cofuzz July 13th, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    7-9 = The Dead Zone
    Let’s hope it turns into The Twilight Zone for the Twins.


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