Jul
10

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

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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
  • tommiesmithjohncarlos

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

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos

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

  • manimal

    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.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos

      They have electricity now in Canada? Awesome for you guys!

  • J.R.

    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.

  • http://2009 Haggs

    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?

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

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

  • Chucky

    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?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

      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

        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?

  • mustang

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

    • Jon

      I count 1.

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

        I count two, and they’ll both too expensive for my taste.

    • mustang

      Nady and Marte.
      Grabow ( which I don’t like too much, but could help)
      Bay ( same as above)

  • mustang

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

  • http://www.myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    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!

  • http://www.myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

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

  • mike

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

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

    4 pitch inning? Beautiful.

  • E-ROC

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

  • Yankee1010

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

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

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

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      He could be wearing this…

  • Scott of 3 Kids Tickets

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

    -Scott

  • Yankee1010

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

  • Jake H

    Anyone know why Zach McAllister didn’t pitch today?

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

      Probably had something to do with all the rainouts. I wouldn’t read too much into it.

  • Yankee1010

    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

      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

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

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

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

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

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

    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.

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

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

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

    Where the hell is everyone?

    • DP

      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

  • DP

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

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

      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.

      • Angus P. Crotchpuncher IV

        Does “baby the shit out of him” qualify as an oxymoron?

    • Haggs

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

      Hopefully Hughes can overcome his allergy to mounds.

  • E-ROC

    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.

  • http://www.myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

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

  • E-ROC

    I wonder if Mussina can score on a single.

  • Dave P.

    This offense drives me friggin nuts!!!!!

  • E-ROC

    Damn Abooboo, at least put the ball in play.

  • Ivan

    Come on yankees.

  • http://www.pinstripeprospectus.com Austin

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

  • BigBlueAL

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

  • Jake H

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

  • Jake H

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

    • Newman

      It seems that Melky never gets a hit.

  • Ivan

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

    • BigBlueAL

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

  • E-ROC

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

    • Ivan

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

  • http://www.myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    Jeter 3 run bomb.

    • http://www.myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

      or not. but that can work.

  • Ivan

    Lets go Abreu, get that big hit.

  • Jake H

    Yes Bobby! Hopefully coming out his slump

  • E-ROC

    Finally!!!

  • Ivan

    That’s what Im talking about Abreu.

  • Ivan

    Whats up A-Rod.

  • Ivan

    We haven’t seen David Robertson in a while.

  • Ivan

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

  • http://www.myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

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

    • BigBlueAL

      You cant question going to Veras, you question Girardi’s pathetic lineup.

      • Ivan

        To be fair, the only thing Girardi should of done is replace JC with Garner to put him at the top of the lineup and lengthen it.

        • BigBlueAL

          Posada at C, Giambi at 1b.

          • Ivan

            Yea but Molina has caught Moose last 14 starts and Po shoulder is clearly bothering him.

      • Hybrid Moments

        Wouldn’t this be the third straight day Veras pitched? I am beginning to think Girardi is no different than Torre the more I watch him.

        • Ivan

          this is the second day in a row calm down. Besides, Veras IP is pretty solid at this point.

  • Jake H

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

  • Ivan

    Boy this game seem dead uh.

  • Rich

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

  • Jake H

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

    • daneptizl

      Do you mean regarding Roberston’s velocity? He sits at about 90, but usually goes 88-92.

  • E-ROC

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

  • mustang

    Marte…THE END

  • http://yankeesetc.blogspot.com/ Travis G.

    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

      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

      • http://yankeesetc.blogspot.com/ Travis G.

        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.

  • E-ROC

    And Rays were blown to oblivion by the Indians.

  • Joey H

    and we couldnt even beat the buttpirates!

  • BillyBall

    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.