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Gardner sits vs. LHP Happ

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 22, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

And now we have a lineup. Short bench for the Yankees. Claiborne is the only addition, replacing Nix.

Ichiro Suzuki RF
Vernon Wells DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Alfonso Soriano LF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Reynolds 1B
Eduardo Nunez SS
Chris Stewart C

LHP Andy Pettitte

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61 Responses to “Gardner sits vs. LHP Happ”

  1. pat August 22nd, 2013 at 10:21 am

    If they don’t make another move, that probably makes Alex the back up SS if Nunez’s hamstring or anything else acts up.

  2. tucker August 22nd, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Isn’t Happ the guy who put Curtis Granderson on the DL after hitting him with the second pitch of spring training? Hope Curtis gets some pay back.

  3. JM August 22nd, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Andy McCullough @McCulloughSL
    With a win on Wednesday night, the Yankees improved their playoff probability to 8.6 percent. #ScratchThatIch

    C’mon guys, let’s get over 10 percent!

    Many storms in and around NYC at the moment

  4. yankeefeminista August 22nd, 2013 at 10:37 am

    repost:

    yankeefeminista August 22nd, 2013 at 10:20 am
    Romine traditionally isn’t a pull hitter; not sure what Long did in terms of mechanics but if Long emphasized that Romine should go up the middle/oppo, then that is essentially what Romine’s game has always been anyway. Romine was trying to pull the ball too much in the majors, and just needed to get reps and to revert to what he does best, go oppo. That is what he has done, and like I have said since day 1, if he was healthy, I expected him to ultimately give us above average production from the catching position. He has always hit lefties well, and as long as he gets the reps and is healthy, he gives you a solid doubles, gap to gap hitter with some pop who doesn’t try to do too much. In Trenton, he batted in the middle of the order for a reason. While he didn’t give you much pop vs. RHP, he always had good AB’s and was very good situationally. After he left Trenton, I didn’t see him play; he had the injuries and I know his hitting suffered, but he is now back to doing what he does best. So, hopefully, he gets enough reps that his bat keeps producing.

    Thunder and lightning all morning, but it looks like the weather is going to clear enough for our game to start on time.
    ***
    Romine does hit lefties really well. Over a .900 OPS in the minors. I wonder that they don’t take advantage of that vs. LHP.

  5. benfica356 August 22nd, 2013 at 10:43 am

    on espn.com, the percentage is 13%

  6. benfica356 August 22nd, 2013 at 10:44 am

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/standings

  7. RayVT August 22nd, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Another day another win & another step closer!

    Yanks August 22, 2013
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    0.) Boston Has 25 Tough Games (54 Losses) 75 54 58.140%
    NYY-7; Balt-9; TB-3; LAD-3; DET-3
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    DIVISION LEADER
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    0.) Texas Has 16 Tough Games (53 Losses) 74 53 58.268%
    Oak-6; KC-3; TB-4; Pitt-3
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    DIVISION LEADER
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    1.) TB Has 21 Tough Games (53 Losses) 72 53 57.600%
    Boston-3; Balt-5; NYY-6; Tex-4; KC-1; OAK-3
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    1) OAK Has 16 Tough Games (55 Losses) 71 55 56.349%
    Balt-3; Det-4; Texas-6
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    WILDCARD LEADERS
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    2.) Balt Has 26 Tough Games (58 Losses) 68 58 53.968%
    TB-5; NYY-7; Cleve-3; Oak-3; Boston-9
    **************************************************************
    3.) Cleve Has 15 Tough Games (58 Losses) 69 58 54.331%
    Balt-3; Det-3; KC-6; ATL-3
    **************************************************************
    4) NYY Has 20 Tough Games (59 Losses) 67 59 53.175%
    Boston-7; Balt-7; TB-6
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    5) KC Has 19 Tough Games (61 Losses) 64 61 51.200%
    Det-6; Tex-3; TB-1; Cleve-6
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  8. RayVT August 22nd, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Only the Yanks & KC play today as the rest of teams ahead of the Yanks are all off.

  9. tucker August 22nd, 2013 at 10:50 am

    YankeeFem, I’m pleasantly surprised at Romine’s production. I saw him during two stints in the Arizona Fall League and he wasn’t hitting the ball particularly well in a hitter-friendly environment. Lots of lazy fly balls to medium-deep left field …

    This Romine of the past three weeks seems like a different guy. Driving the ball to all fields. Hope it’s the real Romine.

  10. yankeefeminista August 22nd, 2013 at 10:58 am

    tucker, it is the real Romine. He was always a good hitter in Trenton, albeit better vs. LHP. He was one of the guys you always wanted up with RISP. I think he’s had a long road back from the concussions and back issues, which impacted his play at SWB and in the AFL. Hopefully, he stays healthy and gets to play enough to keep him in rhythm.

  11. Chip August 22nd, 2013 at 10:58 am

    I’m just curious if Girardi got weepy discussing Nix like Dick Vermil did when Trent Green messed up his knee.

  12. Ys Guy August 22nd, 2013 at 10:58 am

    checking in mid vacation.

    soriano, who knew?

    we play today, we win today, dassit!

  13. yankeefeminista August 22nd, 2013 at 10:58 am

    It is pouring again. Looks like I will not be going to this game today at the Stadium. :(

  14. luis August 22nd, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Good morning,

    Just a quick one…

    Chip,

    He always have Stewie to fall back on

    Nice piece from Curry about Soriano… He never wanted to leave the Yankees, and it shows… He is a different player from what I saw in the Cubs.

    Romine has made the adjustment he needed to make… The reason I think he is not in the lineup is because Pettitte likes to throw to Stewie… Remember the first game Romine caught?… It was with Andy on the mound and he said that they weren’t on the same page ( remember all the jokes that poor pitching was Romine’s fault ;) )

  15. Ys Guy August 22nd, 2013 at 11:03 am

    according to the weather channel, there is a window from 1 -5 pm where they list the chance of precip in the bronx starts at 20% and goes to zero. at 5 pm it goes back up to 20% and stays there.

    they will likely get this game in.

  16. Tar August 22nd, 2013 at 11:04 am

    What do you think is the first thing Joe and Cashman told Romine when he made the team…..Worry about your defense! Thats was lot on his plate ( :D ) by itself.

    Add that to the fact that he was getting very sporadic playing time and it’s really easy to understand why he struggled early.

    From what I remember reading about Long, it was the mental aspect of his approach that they worked on. He didn’t change his mechanics.

    Many on here were so quick to banish Romine to Siberia for Stewart which never made any sense to me.We didn’t know what we had with Romine but we surely knew all about Stewie….

    Just let this be a lesson for future youngsters, it usually takes time and struggles before you really know what you have. EX: Betances….. He is the next one a lot on here are way to quick to want to banish.

  17. pat August 22nd, 2013 at 11:04 am

    yf

    baldvinny
    Rain has cleared, sun is out on the ave. @BVsHouseofTs is OPEN. Come visit!

  18. luis August 22nd, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Won’t be able to watch or post during or after the game…. So good luck and Go Yankees for the sweep!!

  19. yankeefeminista August 22nd, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Thanks for posting the Hickey article, Doreen. I am big on reading anything I can get my hands on about their pitching philosophy/pitching prospects. I love that Hickey catches his starters’ bullpen sessions! Also cool that he is fluent in Spanish. That can’t hurt with so many Latino pitchers in the mix.

  20. luis August 22nd, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Hear, hear Tar…. Good post… Later

  21. J. Alfred Prufrock August 22nd, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Can we send Grandy to the plate in hockey gloves?

    Yankeefem – the weather is keeping me away, too. Really wanted to be out there, especially love the weekday afternoon games – so easy to get out of the lot!

    BTW: Andujar 4 for 4 (with turn as DH) now hitting .339 in GCL.

  22. Ys Guy August 22nd, 2013 at 11:08 am

    nix came through for this team when they really really needed him. girardi appreciates guys like that. there’s nothing wrong with that.

  23. yankeefeminista August 22nd, 2013 at 11:09 am

    pat, thanks, but unfortunately, the rain here is such that I am right now unable to drive. Another electrical storm, sounds like. Guess I will have to watch on TV. :(

  24. J. Alfred Prufrock August 22nd, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Nice piece from Curry about Soriano… He never wanted to leave the Yankees, and it shows… He is a different player from what I saw in the Cubs.
    ///

    I wonder, though, if Soriano was never traded, is Cano even here? Even if they had him in OF, when Womack sucked, would they have just moved Sori back to 2B.

  25. yankeefeminista August 22nd, 2013 at 11:12 am

    tar, their lopsided approach to catching does bode badly for hitters. It takes them awhile to regain their hitting focus, stroke. Probably even don’t get as much batting practice as they need to stay sharp, let alone live game reps. Oh, well. At least Romine is reverting to his hitting form. May it last.

    Pruf, yeah, I am disappointed as well. We are on the verge of losing power, looks like. Also wanted to go to Trenton tonight, but I may just have to stay indoors. Brutal downpour right now.

  26. yankeefeminista August 22nd, 2013 at 11:15 am

    “BTW: Andujar 4 for 4 (with turn as DH) now hitting .339 in GCL.”

    Wish they’d bump him to SI, but not likely that SI will make the playoffs, so there’s probably not a lot of time left. Minor league season feels like it blew by this season. I got to a ton of Trenton games, but no SI. Still hope to see Avelino live, but my work sched is interfering.

    Crazy lightning storm, so I am shutting down for how. Back in a bit. Enjoy, all.

  27. 86w183 August 22nd, 2013 at 11:16 am

    No hitter should ever get hit on the hands. It’s a terrible batting technique to lean back from an inside pitch. They should turn their front shoulder to protect the hands and let what happens, happens.

    How many guys have missed extensive time with broken hands from being hit by a pitch?

    Dozens

    How many miss tme before a pitch hit them on the upper arm/shoulder?

    NONE

  28. luis August 22nd, 2013 at 11:18 am

    J. Alfred Prufrock August 22nd, 2013 at 11:11 am
    Nice piece from Curry about Soriano… He never wanted to leave the Yankees, and it shows… He is a different player from what I saw in the Cubs.
    ///

    I wonder, though, if Soriano was never traded, is Cano even here? Even if they had him in OF, when Womack sucked, would they have just moved Sori back to 2B.

    =================================

    Good point…. I did comment on this very issue a while back… If they don’t trade Soriano for Arod ( a trade that I liked at the time ) we probably never see Cano in 2nd base… And as good as Soriano has been playing, I think Cano is ten times the better player if you ask me… I still have nightmares of Soriano swinging to a pitch over his head in the 2003 WS on 3-2 count… I think in no small part that his at bats had a lot to do with our demise in that series…That and the fact that Boomer was hurt

  29. champ809 August 22nd, 2013 at 11:18 am

    J.AF

    They may be a few years away but 2 of the guys I’m most excited about seeing come through the system are Andujar and Ravel Santana. Both guys are absolute toolsheds but at the same time seem to have a natural feel for the game and good game instincts.

    They just “look” like players….star players in the making

    Also pretty excited to see Jairo Heredia is back and pitching extremely well. He reminds me of Teheran but with better secondary pitches. If he can stay healthy next year he’ll make it to Scranton after starting out in Trenton. He can really pitch and they’ve got him pitching off the fastball now to get his velo back up and his FB command honed in. He’s always had that devastating curve and change combo.

  30. blake August 22nd, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Andujar sounds like a good players name for some reason.

  31. 86w183 August 22nd, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Cano over Soriano, yes

    Cano TEN TIMES the player…. preposterous

  32. J. Alfred Prufrock August 22nd, 2013 at 11:27 am

    champ, yeah good to see “little Pedro” back, He’s not so little any more, btw. His line was good.

    Andujar really hitting and slugging as well (vs. RHP. Hitting for avg against lefties but way less slug. home OPS over 1., road way down: all of it SSS).

    Ravel I’ve seen but once: OD at SI last year and he was limping on his way back and forth from CF and swinging through sliders. His scouting reports are eye popping, no doubt. Would love to see him when/if he can be in pre-ankle health.

    The other guy I’m over the moon about in terms of toolshed is Anderson Feliz, but doggone-it, he is hurt again . Andujar I’ve developed a partial obsession with. Like YF, I am hoping he gets bumped to short season. Very interested to get one look at Avelino, too, but the time left to do that this year is disappearing.

  33. J. Alfred Prufrock August 22nd, 2013 at 11:29 am

    YF,

    I wonder if it would be in their mind to keep Andujar and Jagielo (who is at SI) separated since both play 3B.

  34. J. Alfred Prufrock August 22nd, 2013 at 11:30 am

    blake, fortunately he looks very promising as well, as least in one of those scouting videos :D

  35. Chip August 22nd, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Had a dream last night that the Yankees sent Granderson to the Braves to replace Heyward. Got back some good players for him too.

  36. J. Alfred Prufrock August 22nd, 2013 at 11:32 am

    luis,

    Love Sori, but all things being equal, you trade him for Alex Rodriguez.

  37. yankeefeminista August 22nd, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Ok, another electrical storm has just ended. Hopefully, that was the last one.

    champ, Ravel is still not 100% from the ankle and being DL’d because of the elbow will actually hopefully give him more time to heal. He can no longer be projected as the prospect he was until he gets healthy. He really didn’t look like the same player when I saw him last season in SI, but hopefully, he just needs healing time.

    Heredia coming all the way back would be a nice story. He was one heckuva pitcher, but he needs his fastball velo to be consistent, and hopefully he stays healthy.

    Pruf, at least there is SI video. Still would like to see Avelino’s SS range in person. I have been following him for a couple of years, and would hate to miss the opportunity to see him live.

  38. J. Alfred Prufrock August 22nd, 2013 at 11:35 am

    champ,

    You hear great things about Andujar having advanced approach to go along with the terrific batspeed and slug (latter really coming around lately). Sounds like he can really play a good 3B, too.

  39. J. Alfred Prufrock August 22nd, 2013 at 11:37 am

    yf, AA was in a torrid stretch but he’s cooled off lately. Yeah it would be nice to at least take away a sketch of him at SS by getting in a SI game. I don’t know if I can manage it, though.

    Speaking of SS, Culver quietly up to .310 (not much slug at all though, but good to see hit hitting enjoy a bump).

  40. yankeefeminista August 22nd, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Chip August 22nd, 2013 at 11:31 am
    Had a dream last night that the Yankees sent Granderson to the Braves to replace Heyward. Got back some good players for him too.
    ___
    We need Grandy for this stretch run, but I’ll take an injured Heyward back from them right now. He doesn’t become a FA until 2016. :)

  41. blake August 22nd, 2013 at 11:38 am

    “Had a dream last night that the Yankees sent Granderson to the Braves to replace Heyward. Got back some good players for him too.”

    if the team had kept tanking maybe…..but not now….plus the Braves have basically locked up their division and there is a chance J Hey will be back by October…..so I doubt they’d give a lot for the Grandyman…….Sucks for the Braves…..Heyward was killing it in the lead off spot.

  42. J. Alfred Prufrock August 22nd, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Boy that is so sad re J-Hey. Said a prayer for him this morning.

  43. blake August 22nd, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Andujar sounds like a genetic clone of Andrus and Profar……I hope he plays like them.

  44. blake August 22nd, 2013 at 11:40 am

    The biggest thing with Heyward is just keeping his strength up…..he’ll be eating liquids for awhile……I hope he can make it back this year.

  45. J. Alfred Prufrock August 22nd, 2013 at 11:43 am

    pat August 22nd, 2013 at 10:21 am

    If they don’t make another move, that probably makes Alex the back up SS if Nunez’s hamstring or anything else acts up.
    ///

    Well he made that joke about “let’s not get carried away” when someone offered he could be a reasonable starting SS for several teams, but I imagine it’s like riding a bike – you never forget. Hopefully Nuney gets through the day without re-pulling his hamstring or anything else.

  46. champ809 August 22nd, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Feliz has been 1 of my faves for a while now too. The injury bug has really hurt the development of so many of these kids. You see where their ability to be elite is in flashes but it’d be nice to see them put a full season together soon.

    I think they will keep Andujar in the GCL for the remainder of the season and then get him up to SI to start 2014.

    The interesting decision will come next year with Bichette and Jags. Do they just promote Bichette to Tampa and start Jags in Charleston because Dante’s been in low A for 2 seasons or do they send him there to start a 3rd year and skipp Jags to high A Tampa because he’s the more advanced hitter to start next year.

    A Tampa infield with Bird @ 1B, Feliz @ 2B and Jags @ 3B is real good looking group.

  47. J. Alfred Prufrock August 22nd, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Sidney Crosby was on liquids because of broken jaw and probably ran out of gas against Boston because of not having the stamina. Baseball is decidedly less demanding, though.

  48. DONNYBROOK August 22nd, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Just wondering how long the Yanks are gonna lay down, while their players Continually get plunked. The same team, (Toronto) has Now put both Grandy and Nix outta commission, and the Yanks shrugging their shoulders with an “Oh well”, just don’t cut it. One time mistake OK. But when it’s times 2, you gotta make a statement, and communicate said statement directly to a team leader. Encarnacion should be designated as the guy to pay the piper, and done when the game is Not in doubt.

  49. Hans Davenport August 22nd, 2013 at 11:46 am

    There was a Joaquin Andujar that pitched primarily for St. Louis. I recall him being ejected from a WS game against the Royals during Brett’s tenure. Also IIRC he was Juan Marachial’s son-in-law.

  50. J. Alfred Prufrock August 22nd, 2013 at 11:47 am

    blake August 22nd, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Andujar sounds like a genetic clone of Andrus and Profar……I hope he plays like them.
    ///

    His favorite player’s Alex: that would be fine with me if he can approximate that (minus the extracurriculars, of course).

  51. 86w183 August 22nd, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Donnybrook —-

    The injuries stink, but the discrepancy between Yanks getting hit (44) and Yanks pitchers hitting opposing hitters (40) is minimal this year.

    As I mentioned earlier Yanks hitters invariably lean back from inside pitchers instead of turning their front shoulder in to protect the hands. Jeter, A-rod, Granderson, Nix and others do this all the time and it’s stupid.

  52. Russell Munson August 22nd, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Dickey clearly pre-meditated drilling Nix with a knuckleball.

  53. Hans Davenport August 22nd, 2013 at 11:52 am

    The Braves can still platoon Gattis/Schafer in LF. Both decent young players with serviceable offensive numbers. There not so desperate they need to make a trade. They have a nice division lead.

  54. J. Alfred Prufrock August 22nd, 2013 at 11:54 am

    champ809 August 22nd, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Feliz has been 1 of my faves for a while now too. The injury bug has really hurt the development of so many of these kids. You see where their ability to be elite is in flashes but it’d be nice to see them put a full season together soon.

    I think they will keep Andujar in the GCL for the remainder of the season and then get him up to SI to start 2014.
    ///

    Honestly, Feliz is raw silk and reminded me of Cano down in Lakewood a couple years ago (not quite as smooth but that gliding, soft hands, arm, and the easy, pretty swing…) they moved him to 3B for some turns in Tampa (when Gumbs was still there before getting shipped back to Charleston) and Refsnyder also was playing 2nd with Feliz there. Sometimes he was the DH… I have no idea what is wrong with him this time, but he gets hurt a lot… he’s in that stage of being all legs and arms and still growing…

    Yeah, I would guess MA we’d get in SI next year… he’s progressing nicely. I would like to see Jags, too.

  55. yankeefeminista August 22nd, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Speaking of Jeter, I hope the field is dry at SWB tonight. Not good weather to play rehab games in, if the humidity continues…

    I can’t wait to see Andujar live either. Sounds like one of our very few potential 5-toolers.

  56. blake August 22nd, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Ken Rosenthal ?@Ken_Rosenthal 9m
    Sources: DeJesus claimed on revocable waivers by unspecified team. If #Nationals want out of his remaining $2.5M, this is their chance.

    Bret may have claimed him for himself :)

  57. J. Alfred Prufrock August 22nd, 2013 at 11:58 am

    The interesting decision will come next year with Bichette and Jags. Do they just promote Bichette to Tampa and start Jags in Charleston because Dante’s been in low A for 2 seasons or do they send him there to start a 3rd year and skipp Jags to high A Tampa because he’s the more advanced hitter to start next year.

    A Tampa infield with Bird @ 1B, Feliz @ 2B and Jags @ 3B is real good looking group.
    ///

    Bichette looked awful at the plate in Lakewood (went to see DePaula debut). Off balance, bad swing path for contact, over swinging, etc.

  58. J. Alfred Prufrock August 22nd, 2013 at 11:59 am

    blake, crap :D

  59. J. Alfred Prufrock August 22nd, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    champ, YF,

    Feliz hasn’t played since June 20, but was .359/.390/.513/.903 in previous 10 GP. Sucks that he is always hurt. They list him as a 3B now, too.

  60. 86w183 August 22nd, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    DeJesus would be in ideal pick up for Atlanta… sorry Bret

  61. tbone1570 August 22nd, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    86w183 August 22nd, 2013 at 11:16 am

    How many miss tme before a pitch hit them on the upper arm/shoulder?

    NONE

    *****************
    One – Nunez earlier this year! :)

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