Game 92: The old “4 pitchers at the bottom of the order” lineup


Yeah, so those last four spots aren’t going to look that pretty. Thankfully, though, this means that Girardi opted not to bat Melky leadoff tonight. That, unfortunately, means that he’s actually in the lineup. It’s too bad Brett Gardner isn’t hitting better, or maybe we’d have an option to take over for him in center.

Jorge’s starting at first tonight in place of Jason Giambi, though Hip Hip is none too happy about it. Too bad, I say. He had and continue to has shoulder problems (that labrum won’t untear itself), so Girardi has opted to go with Molina behind the plate more frequently. It has made perfect sense with Damon and Matsui on the DL. Jorge will be behind the plate tomorrow and on Sunday.

Giambi didn’t win the final vote contest, dropping it to a deserving Evan Longoria. He’ll have tonight off, followed by a three-day vacation next week. That can never hurt a 37-year-old with an injury history.

Quickie injury update: Damon is still sidelined, his shoulder still swollen. Matsui is progressing, though nothing is certain with him. Phil Hughes will toss off a mound Saturday.

Make sure to check out the discussion in Steve’s guest post. Seriously, with just a few exceptions, this is one of the best and most honest conversations about the youth movement that we’ve had on RAB.

Your lineup:

1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Bobby Abreu, RF
3. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
4. Jorge Posada, 1B
5. Robinson Cano, 2B
6. Melky Cabrera, CF
7. Jose Molina, C
8. Justin Christian, LF
9. Mike Mussina, P

Categories : Game Threads


  1. tommiesmithjohncarlos says:

    The old baby on the corner trick, eh? Not gonna fall for that shit…

  2. tommiesmithjohncarlos says:

    ps, thanks for the quicke injury update, but how about a longer one? ETA’s for Wang, Pavano, Bruney, Britton, Cox, Horne?

  3. manimal says:

    hey guys! I’m relaxing in my hotel room in Toronto commenting from my iPod touch. I’ll be going to Saturday’s game and Sunday’s game. I’ll comment while I’m at the game to update you guys on things I notice.

  4. J.R. says:

    At least there are some good bats off the bench with Giambi and Betimit. And with Gardner we have a real pinch runner. Lets just hope Mussina is in good form. Because those bottom four will be ugly.

  5. Haggs says:

    I hope Girardi held his nose when he brought out tonight’s lineup card.

    Can’t The Big G just replace Ortiz on the All Star roster? They have to have a Yankee in the HR derby don’t they?

  6. Mike A. says:

    Gotta love it when you get a hit on the first pitch of the game.

  7. Chucky says:

    is there a program i can use for my mac that will continue to refresh and check to see when new comments have been added to this thread?

    • Joseph P. says:

      That’s something we’ve been looking into. There’s a lot going on as far as programming on the site, so implementing new features sometimes becomes complex.

      • Chucky says:

        oh cool. so there is no external program that will do it without a need for the website itself to have an auto-update function?

  8. mustang says:

    It’s funny how many of Pittsburgh’s tradable players could help the Yanks. It’s like going shopping.

  9. mustang says:

    My luck beautiful weather for my rain check game I can’t stand it.

  10. Link says:

    Funny title to this thread…haven’t been around as much lately but I rarely have anything outstanding to say lol…lets go Yan-Kees!

  11. Link says:

    am I the only one who predicted that outcome by Cano?

  12. mike says:

    going for a jog – was it “Spahn and Sain and pray for rain”? – thats the lineup tonite!

  13. Mike A. says:

    4 pitch inning? Beautiful.

  14. E-ROC says:

    Needing only 5 pitches to get through an inning; I’ll take that.

  15. Yankee1010 says:

    The bottom 4 is a modern day Murderer’s Row.

  16. Mike A. says:

    I just noticed Moose is rockin’ the high socks. He looks … weird.

  17. Scott of 3 Kids Tickets says:

    The pitcher is batting 8th? Maybe that happens more than I think, being an AL guy…


  18. Yankee1010 says:

    It’s funny now that the Pirates have out-smarted themselves into batting Maholm 8th with runners on 1st and 2nd.

  19. Jake H says:

    Anyone know why Zach McAllister didn’t pitch today?

  20. Yankee1010 says:

    Do you think the offense told Mussina that he’s getting a max of 2 runs tonight, or they know that he already knows it?

    • DP says:

      Not only is he gonna have to hold them to less than 2, it looks like he’s gonna have to drive them in himself

  21. Mike A. says:

    It’s always good when the leadoff hitters sees a total of 2 pitches in his first 2 plate appearances.

  22. Mike A. says:

    Oh good, Ken Singleton thinks A-Rod is close to breaking out. Can’t wait to see how he improves upon that 164 OPS+.

  23. Mike A. says:

    Freddy Sanchez has a -17.8 VORP, which is the lowest of any full-time player in the baseball by 4.4 VORP’s. Luckily Tony Pena Jr is still in the league, otherwise Sanchez would have the lowest VORP of any hitter in the game. Good thing the Pirates signed him to that 3-yr extension before the season.

  24. Mike A. says:

    Melk got an assist on that play, showing exactly why outfield assists is a stupid measure of how good an outfielder’s arm is.

  25. Mike A. says:

    Where the hell is everyone?

    • DP says:

      You only get to see the Yankees field a team this good once in a lifetime–everyone is making sure they don’t miss a moment

  26. DP says:

    If Hughes is getting on a mound Saturday, why is he going to be out until September?

    • Mike A. says:

      Because he’s basically back in Spring Training. Gotta build up his stamina, regain the feel for his pitches, etc. Plus, you know, they’re going to baby the shit out of him.

    • Haggs says:

      The Yanks are factoring in the stubbed toe that will set him back another two weeks.

      Hopefully Hughes can overcome his allergy to mounds.

  27. E-ROC says:

    I’m finishing up a paper about critical thinking and watching the game on gameday. I can’t wait to see Richie Sexson pinstripes against a lefty.

  28. Link says:

    Mussina said, “If y’all aren’t going to hit, I will!”

  29. E-ROC says:

    I wonder if Mussina can score on a single.

  30. Dave P. says:

    This offense drives me friggin nuts!!!!!

  31. E-ROC says:

    Damn Abooboo, at least put the ball in play.

  32. Ivan says:

    Come on yankees.

  33. Austin says:

    the sad part is Moose probably has the best bat out of the last 4 in the line up

  34. BigBlueAL says:

    How ironic Posada’s defense at 1b and Molina’s at C cost the Yanks a run that inning.

  35. Jake H says:

    Moose doesn’t have his best stuff but he’s battled. O needs to step up.

  36. Jake H says:

    It seems that Melky never gets a hit on 3-1

  37. Ivan says:

    to be fair, this isn’t the yankee A lineup.

    • BigBlueAL says:

      This is a Yankees lineup you put out either in Spring Training or in late September when a playoff spot is clinched.

  38. E-ROC says:

    I guess the Yanks decided not to bring their bats today.

    • Ivan says:

      Well with the injuries and of course playing in a NL park, the yankees are a little handcuff in their lineup.

  39. Link says:

    Jeter 3 run bomb.

  40. Ivan says:

    Lets go Abreu, get that big hit.

  41. Jake H says:

    Yes Bobby! Hopefully coming out his slump

  42. E-ROC says:


  43. Ivan says:

    That’s what Im talking about Abreu.

  44. Ivan says:

    Whats up A-Rod.

  45. Ivan says:

    We haven’t seen David Robertson in a while.

  46. Ivan says:

    Come on Veras, Challege the guy, Wilson is not a good hitter.

  47. Link says:

    Girardi to me seems to like to ride the hot bullpen hand into a situation that gets out of hand… :(

  48. Jake H says:

    Veras had been dealing. Ball didn’t get in enough.

  49. Ivan says:

    Boy this game seem dead uh.

  50. Rich says:

    I supported Melky as much as anyone, but I can’t watch his sickeningly pathetic ABs anymore.

  51. Jake H says:

    I like Robertson a lot. Anyone think the YES’s gun is off?

  52. E-ROC says:

    Having Posada at catcher today would not have done any harm to the defense. I can’t wait until Girardi lets Giambi face lefties.

  53. mustang says:

    Marte…THE END

  54. Travis G. says:

    i think we can say with certainty that the RHB lineup is fucked. put giambi in LF if you have to. thank god there’s no more interleague games bc it’s half a lineup without the DH.

    Arod getting a hit would have been nice.

    it’s hard to blame Veras, who’s been great recently. this one’s on the offense. 2 runs off paul fucking maholm?

    if only the original game hadn’t been rained out. if only posada catches that throw from jeter. if the HP ump doesn’t have a wandering strike zone…

    • Joey H says:

      the guy has been lights out and why would you expect a half hitting yankee lineup that is slumping to do any better against him

      • Travis G. says:

        he’s been a hair above average this year (in terms of ERA+), but has a not great whip (for the NL), and seems to have pretty average stuff. and for his career he’s been below average.

        we have two sure fire HOFers int the lineup and several multiple All-stars. as pete abe pointed out, this team has score 2 or less runs 31 times already. that is truly pathetic. it basically means that in 1/3 of their games, they have the slimmest of chances of winning.

  55. E-ROC says:

    And Rays were blown to oblivion by the Indians.

  56. Joey H says:

    and we couldnt even beat the buttpirates!

  57. BillyBall says:

    I hate A-ROd and his streaky hitting and never hitting when it matters bullshit. We had to bring him back, I know, you cannot replace his streaky bat. But he is such an asswhole and is hard to root for and when he sucks it makes you wish they would have never brought him back even more.

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