Game 10: First-to-thirding us all damn night

Stacking the deck with Steinbrenners
Horne injured; Melancon pounded; Shelley smashes

So Joe Girardi decided to mix things up tonight. That’s good. It’s not a surefire remedy to a slumping lineup, but at least it’s an attempt to get things started. However, I’m not so sure I’m on board with the changes.

First, Giambi and Abreu sit against the lefty. That’s fine and good. As I’ve noted, I wouldn’t mind seeing him sit against lefties a bit more. Giambi hasn’t been doing much of anything, so keeping him on the bench is of little concern.

But Matsui in right field? We better hope no balls are hit to right field with a runner on first. And you can be damn sure a runner on second will take third on even a shallow fly to right. You don’t want to lose Melky’s range in center, but you have to think that a Matsui-Damon-Melky outfield would at least keep baserunners a bit more honest.

Onto the batting order…Jorge hitting cleanup? Normally, this wouldn’t be an issue. But he hasn’t hit a lick this season. At least Cano — batting 7th and behind Jose Molina — has registered a some hits in the past couple of games.

I guess the hope is that this will mix things up enough to get some people, like Jorge, going. To that end I cannot complain. And there are worse things than taking some defensive risks for a single game. So despite my qualms, there’s certainly some virtue to what Girardi’s trying to do here.

Anyway, here’s the alchemic lineup:

1. Johnny Damon, LF
2. Melky Cabrera CF
3. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
4. Jorge Posada, DH
5. Hideki Matsui, RF
6. Jose Molina, C
7. Robinson Cano, 2B
8. Morgan Ensberg, 1B
9. Alberto Gonzalez, SS

And on the mound, number forty-six, Andy Pettitte

Stacking the deck with Steinbrenners
Horne injured; Melancon pounded; Shelley smashes
  • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=56352514 Jamal G.

    I know he’s hot but still interesting to see Jose Molina hitting in the middle of the order and ahead of Robinson Cano.

    Oh and Mike Lowell was placed on the DL for the thumb injury he suffered during pre-game stuff yesterday vs. the Tigers. Jed Lowrie was called up.

  • Manimal

    We need offense. So lets take out the only guy thats hitting well!

  • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=56352514 Jamal G.

    Girardi said Abreu’s day off was today. Why not rest him, this is April not September.

  • GoYankees

    I like Melky in the 2 slot a lot. Maybe he’ll be willing to build a run. We need anything to spark that offense.

    Snow tonight or perhaps a tornado? Better give the fielders goggles.

  • My Pet Goat

    What’s up with the weather? Or they going to brave it like last night or are we getting washed out?

  • pete

    torre did some of this lineup juggling last year towards the end of april/early may. It’s purely a way to use the games that somehow don’t count as much (i get that it’s early, but a win is a win and a loss is a loss, regardless of time of year) to experiment a little. After all, it certainly can’t hurt the yanks to change their offense, as bad as it has been.

    on another note, a great article on mlb.com today http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article_perspectives.jsp?ymd=20080410&content_id=2512470&vkey=perspectives&fext=.jsp
    i particularly love how he says that pitching depth is the area where the redsox have finally caught and surpassed the yankees, but then, perhaps realizing that that actually isn’t true, he completely changes the subject in the next paragraph without ever backing up that statement.

    • Dave P.

      Haha. Yeah I had to shoot him an email…..He said the Sox were better than the Yankees for seven months…….Since May 30…The Yanks were 73-39 while the Sux were 60-51…..

  • Mike

    Ugghhhh…..This lineup looks dreadful.

  • Rich

    Horne supposedly left his SWB start after two IP.

  • Rich

    From Chad Jennings:

    Bottom second: Absolutely no clue what just happened, but Alan Horne walked off the field after the top of the second and was immediately met by the team trainer and pitching coach. He bent at his waist, dropped his glove, and stood there for a while with his hands on his knees. He then walked into the dugout and seemed to disappear toward the clubhouse. I have no idea whats going on — and I doubt I’ll know anything until after the game — but Dan Giese is getting loose in the bullpen and Horne could be finished for the night. Very strange. His last pitch was a popup to short and I didn’t see anything strange about it. Weird.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Yeah, that doesn’t sound good.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        I emailed CJ, here’s what he says:

        I was writing a box on the upcoming series against Durham and didn’t see the last pitch Horne threw, I just saw the popup to short. After the catch, Horne came walking off the field and was immediately met by Darren London and Rafael Chaves. As soon as they got to him, Horne shook off his glove and bent over to his knees. It was very obvious something was wrong. One of the SWB media relations guys went to the clubhouse to check on him but said Horne was still in the trainer’s room, so there’s no information available right now. I’ll let you know when I hear anything.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Media relations dude says it’s officially a right biceps injury.

  • Manimal

    Nice to see the yankees look 100% hopeless.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    It’s very nice of Yankees to keep the pitcher from working hard. I’m sure Bale appreciates it.

  • E-ROC

    Ugh. Matsui in right!?

    This would’ve been my lineup:

    Damon
    Melky
    Cano
    Rodriguez
    Matsui
    Posada
    Ensberg
    Molina
    Attorney General

    I hope Horne is ok.

  • doty

    i dont get it i thought ensberg was on the dl who’s place did gonzalez replace

  • mustang

    They look like the Bad News Bears.

  • Rich

    The latest from Jennings:

    It’s not much, but all I know for now is that Alan Horne has a right biceps injury. He’s apparently still in the trainer’s room.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    There was no one on with two outs, wtf happened?????

    • Rich

      Single, double by Guillen, run scored. WP. Walk.

  • doty

    we all ran torre out of town look at this crap!

  • E-ROC

    doty, Attorney General took Shelley Duncan’s spot.

  • doty

    thanks- rather see duncan than ensberg

  • E-ROC

    Just go ahead and swing at the first pitch, Posada.

  • Manimal

    Joe Girardi’s aggressive attitude is KILLING the patient, and pitch consuming yankees. 1 pitch outs.

  • RichYF

    Alright Robbie, time to do something useful.

    SWINGING AT THE FIRST PITCH WAS NOT WHAT I HAD IN MIND.

  • RichYF

    Holy crap. He walked…That’s like…better than a homerun at this point.

  • Rich

    Someone has to step up.

  • Manimal

    Thank you ensburg.

    I dont know why you guys like him so much

    • RichYF

      Yeah, let’s just judge him by THAT at-bat only. He has no history of being useful. Shelley “I made it to the majors at age 28″ Duncan is clearly the better option and would have hit 3 homeruns in that spot.

      Ensberg needs to actually play to get hits. It’s not his fault he’s on the bench. He should be PHing at least 3-4 times a week just to get some reps.

  • Mike R.

    Shell-ey Dun-can clap clap clapclapclap! I want Shelley back.

    • Manimal

      I want shelley jeter posada albaladejo and patterson back

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Even the outs are almost hits.

  • Rich

    Runs!!!

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Jose Molina is our best player.

    • RichYF

      Wrong. That would be Shelley Duncan.

    • Batty

      I laughed….til I cried :(

  • Mike R.

    7 pitch at bat for the former AG. That’s a good sign.

  • Manimal

    DAMON LET THE BALL HIT YOU, PUSSY.

    seriously though he needs to get on base

  • mustang

    Boys we need this one. I know it’s early but who wants to go to that hell hole 2 games under .500.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Everyone should go get jerked off in the bullpen. Maybe that’ll help.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Melky!!!

  • Rich

    BOOM!

  • Batty

    Man this guy Melky really sucks huh?

    • Batty

      Meant to have a ;) after that :)

  • RichYF

    0% chance that just hapened

    • RichYF

      happened

  • Manimal

    MELK MAN!

    I like him in the number 2 spot.

    Is arod ok? isn’t this “conditioning” training supposed to be good? Everyone looks slow.

  • Mike R.

    Mellllll-kyyyyyyyyyyyyy
    Mellllll-kyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!

  • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=56352514 Jamal G.

    OMG, does everyone but Teahen, Gordon and Butler try to bunt for a base hit. Damn these guys.

  • Manimal

    they are so PESKY, where michael Kay when you need him.

  • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=56352514 Jamal G.

    Rich harden hits the DL…again, seriously, yet again.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080410&content_id=2512861&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

    Also that was a not a BB to Esteban German.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Shelley’s 2 for 3 with 2 doubles tonight.

    • Manimal

      of course he is.

      Name 2 good moves that payed off from Joe Girardi

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Girardi didn’t send him down.

      • Rich

        Using Joba for two IP v. the Rays.

        Fixing Bruney.

      • Batty

        I thought what he did yesterday was great. They could have gone scoreless and still lost – that can’t be Girardi’s fault. I do think they should DL Jeter though, I don’t think in this stretch it’s a good idea to be short handed plus he’ll probably come back too early and not be as efficient for a while. Not a knock on Jeter…just how it probably will be.

      • Jon

        What do you have such a freaking Man-crush on Shelly?

      • RichYF

        Putting Matsui behind ARod when Cano was struggling.

        Shelley is not a bad player, but don’t think for a second that he’s just going to rake vs. ML pitching. Kei Igawa threw a perfect game through 6IP. You want him in the big leagues too?

        • Mike R.

          Yes, but Shelley played well with the big club last year. Igawa on the other hand, did not.

  • Rich

    Here we go…

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    And 2 pitches later, the 1st and 3rd with no outs rally is dead.

  • RichYF

    I think we need to teach the baserunners not to run IN to the DP balls. Granted Molina is so slow he would have been out twice over, but that’s two nights in a row where the runner has HELPED get the first out of the double play…

  • Rich

    Let me get this straight: If it rains they let them play, but if it only threatens to rain they put the tarp on?

  • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=56352514 Jamal G.

    Lmao, so puddles of water in the IF yesterday and no delay. Not one drop but extreme warning, and an immediate delay.

    • LiveFromNewYork

      Hey an extreme warning is, well, extreme.

  • Mike R.

    I stated the offense had hit rock bottom yesterday and that things would be looking up. I stick to my previous comment.

  • Realist

    I guess my lineup change wasn’t so “knee jerk”…….huh Jamal??????

  • Realist

    Too bad it hasn’t been tweaked correctly as of yet ;-)

  • Mike R.

    And we’re back!

  • Mike R.

    Over/under 1.5 runs for the top of the fifth. What do you take?

  • Mike R.

    The Melk man IS the Yankee offense!

  • RichYF

    Is it just me or does Hideo Nomo look bloated?

    No, it’s TV, man. The camera adds a couple…hundred pounds..

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      It’ll be tough for him to get that tornado windup to work with his gut in the way.

    • Mike R.

      Cameras add 15 pounds. There must be 10 – 12 cameras there.

  • Jt

    Melky is so clutch…

    G PA AB BA OBP SLG OPS BAbip tOPS+
    High Lvrge 149 220 189 .323 .369 .444 .814 .370 122
    Medium Lvrge 235 437 395 .258 .319 .377 .697 .280 90
    Low Lvrge 242 521 460 .272 .348 .376 .724 .290 99

  • Alan

    Molina has been awesome, lately. Guy just keeps producing.

  • Rich

    Whoa!

  • Joey

    dammit, at this rate A-Rod’s not gonna get to 128 HRs as I projected… maybe 110 now

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    I don’t think Shelley was happy about being sent down…

  • http://sw-balcony.blogspot.com Back Bay Yankee

    Melky is well within his rights to have every writer of RAB killed after his performance tonight. Sorry guys.

  • Joey

    Joba Rules is warming up, getting chills down my spine!

    • Joey

      I want a fist pump!

  • Adam

    I’m betting Horne’s shoulder is blowing up.

  • Manimal

    NOOOO Save the fist pump for tomorrow

    Preferably in Papelbon’s FACE

    • Joey

      alright alright, deal. But I assume Joba’s gonna run over to their bullpen and do it, because paps isn’t gonna be in the game because we’ll be up at least 3 runs

  • BigBlueAL

    Shit, there goes a save for Mo for my fantasy team….

  • Joey

    Lets hear it boys… Hip Hip…

  • Joey

    no love for the DH extraordinaire?

  • Batty

    What’s your opinion on using Mo in the 9th? Overuse or give some work?

    • Joey

      give some work in a stressless situation. He hasn’t pitched in 2 days, gotta have him warmed up for boston

  • BigBlueAL

    cool stat by the KC broadcast, Mo didnt blow a save at home from Aug 15 2005 to Aug 15 2007. why the KC broadcasters would bring that up i dunno since the game is in KC but was pretty interesting i guess

  • BigBlueAL

    gotta use him since he warmed up anyway. hasnt pitched since Sunday. granted u want him rested and ready for this weekend.

  • pete

    man that rodriguez kid can play. Seriously though, how many hitters of his calliber (if there are any) can field as well as he can? And then steal 20-30 bases?

  • RustyJohn

    Can someone please tell me why there are so many morons on here who think the team sucks after 10 games? Right now they are playing .500 ball, which is 5-5. If they were playing .600 ball (which, over a season would be 96 wins) they would be 6-4. Oh, the horror….

    Oh, and for everyone who ripped on Joe G and talked about how horrible this line-up was I expect an “I’m sorry I doubted you, Mr. Girardi” entry.

    • Joey

      what have you been reading? The 2 people that have been ripping the Yankees aren’t exactly Yanks fans (we suspect) in the first place. Plus, if you’re trying to make Ben, Mike, and Joe (in no particular order) feel bad about questioning a weird lineup, you can’t because they know the most about the Yankees, plus they really didn’t rip it, they were like lets see what happens

      • RustyJohn

        First, I didn’t say anything about Ben, Joe or Mike, I was talking about the numerous comments posted on this thread and others. Second, so what if I did say anything about Ben, Joe or Mike- if they don’t want comments on the blog they can disable them and they aren’t omnipotent.