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Pregame notes: “So, that’s the lineup”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 25, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Brett Gardner

Joe Girardi decided to sit his starting catcher for a day game after a night game, and give his center fielder a rare day off. What’s left is today’s lineup.

“Gardy, I thought we’d played him so much the first half that he kind of go beat up, so I thought we’d give him a day,” Girardi said. “And Holland’s been pretty tough on him. The rest of it is, I’m putting my righties against the lefty. So, that’s the lineup.”

There are two players hitting better than .250 in today’s Yankees lineup, and there are four hitting below .200. Of the three who have reached double digit home runs, one has struggled against lefties all year (Overbay) and the other hasn’t homered since May 15 (Wells).

A lineup that’s been underwhelming at its best, begins to look like this after digging into the bench. Doesn’t help that the Yankees are once again on the road, opening the second half with a particularly tough part of the schedule.

“You know you’re going to go through it,” Girardi said. “Sometimes getting on the road can be a good thing, too, where you kind of get to where you’re always together. It can be a good thing. But we’re facing a lot of good teams, teams that we’re chasing, teams that are playing extremely well right now, and that makes it tough. But you’re going to have to win games, that’s the bottom line.”

Derek Jeter• Derek Jeter ran the bases today. He also took more batting practice and more ground balls. He said, predictably, that he feels great. Girardi said he still thinks it would be a surprise if Jeter’s in the lineup on Saturday. “I do,” Girardi said. “But let’s see. The one thing that you can’t do is say, well he’s definitely going to be there, and then when he’s not there all these flags go up. He’s going through more today. Let’s see how today goes, then we’ll see how tomorrow goes, then we’ll go from there.”

• It’s worth remembering that if Jeter doesn’t return this weekend, the Yankees next five games are on the road in National League cities, so the Yankees wouldn’t be able to hide him at DH.

• Curtis Granderson and Jayson Nix are rehabbing with Tampa today. Girardi said he hasn’t heard when Francisco Cervelli might begin a rehab assignment or even simulated games.

• Girardi said he would still be surprised to see Alex Rodriguez activated this weekend. Girardi also said he hasn’t put much thought into yesterday’s side show. “I haven’t even talked to Cash about it,” Girardi said. “I’m sure they’ll go through all the proper rehab channels and we’ll move forward every day.”

• On Gardner: “You saw his numbers kind of tail off at the end of the first half. That’s why I gave him that extra day Sunday, and I felt like today was a good day. He probably won’t get a day off for a while after that because the schedule is really conducive to playing every day. Just trying to be smart about it.”

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16 Responses to “Pregame notes: “So, that’s the lineup””

  1. blake July 25th, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    @jcrasnick: Frank Wren just like other GMs out there — waiting for prices on starters to get more reasonable as deadline nears. #braves

  2. ac1 July 25th, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Though I feel like Alex is a huge phony and brings this mess on himself, I agree with his statement. Enough doctors. The man says he is ready so put him in the lineup. 1 of 3 things happen.

    1. He is motivated to play well and does and helps our team.
    2. He re-injures himself and the Yankees can send him away. (likely since everyone has gone back on DL)
    3. He is suspended.

  3. Kelvin July 25th, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    If I’m Cashman, I trade Hughes almost immediately. I’ve grown fond of Hughes as a fan, but we need assets.

  4. G. Love July 25th, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    I guess our best 3b option if Jeter plays SS soonish is Lillibridge as we’re going to need someone who can cover that hole.

    I think Girardi is going to have position Cano and our 3b a step closer to Jeter than usual.

    I don’t think he can risk playing Adams at 3b and Jeter at SS. That could defensively lose a game.

  5. RayVT July 25th, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    mick July 25th, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    I think you got it! From Fake GM No-CashMoney!

  6. blake July 25th, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    @Joelsherman1: A-Rod confidante told me he was weighing grievance, but wanted to go with non-authorized doc who never physically examined him 1st #Yankees

    Makes sense lol

  7. mick July 25th, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    mick July 25th, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    I think you got it! From Fake GM No-CashMoney!
    ====================
    Ray- Do you mean the fake GM who never wanted Alex in the first place?
    mick July 25th, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Alex Quadriguez.

  8. blake July 25th, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Id play Jeter at SS and Nunie at 3B and just hope they don’t hit the ball to 3rd …..they have to have Nunez in the lineup

  9. G. Love July 25th, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    If Arod & Jeter play SS and 3b together anytime soon we have to hope Joe Torre is the opposing manager as any other manager trying to win will bunt all day on them.

  10. mick July 25th, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    When will Nix be back?
    Or Alberto Gonzalez.

  11. mick July 25th, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    If Arod & Jeter play SS and 3b together anytime soon we have to hope Joe Torre is the opposing manager as any other manager trying to win will bunt all day on them.
    ===============
    and Maddon is salivating…

  12. pat July 25th, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    AnthonyMcCarron
    Have no idea if this was for A-Rod, but a doctor wearing scrubs just came and went from Yanks complex. Was here about 45 minutes

  13. blake July 25th, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    @Joelsherman1: A-Rod confidante told me he was weighing grievance, but wanted to go with non-authorized doc who never physically examined him 1st #Yankees

  14. Wave Your Hat July 25th, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Jeter isn’t ready to play SS. Great defense has been a key to the good pitching which has kept the Yankees sort of in it.

  15. mick July 25th, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    If neither of them can play the field then only one will DH, so let Arod sit this weekend and next week for NL games.

  16. mick July 25th, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Play Jeter this weekend and see what he’s got at SS.
    If he can’t handle it, he can DH v. the NL next week.
    No need for both of them unless Arod can play 3rd.

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