May
27

Posada could join the Yanks in Cleveland

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The Yanks got some bad news last night after Melky Cabrera crashed into the wall in center field. He’ll have an MRI today to assess the actual extent of the damage, but it appears as though he could only miss a couple of days. The off-day tomorrow will help in that regard. While that leaves the Yanks shorthanded for the series finale tonight, they could get Melky back for the Cleveland series. With a little bit of luck this will coincide with the return of Jorge Posada. Bryan Hoch talked to Joe Girardi, who said that Jorge could rejoin the team “within four or five days,” which would put him at a weekend return.

This would provide a big boost to the Yankees. With Melky hitting well the Yankees would have a forceful one through nine. In fact, with Posada slotting higher in the order, the slumping Nick Swisher could fall into the nine hole and become the weakest link in the lineup. Brett Gardner would even work in this lineup, so long as Melky continues the way he’s been going.

Posada caught three innings in Extended Spring Training yesterday, and is scheduled for five today. The Yanks don’t think it’s necessary to have him work up to a full nine in EST, which makes sense. It’s not like he’s had an eight-month layoff. If he catches five today, takes tomorrow off, and catches seven on Friday, we could possibly see him on Sunday, in time to catch Phil Hughes.

Girardi did acknowledge that temporarily carrying three catchers is a possibility. That would mean the release of Angel Berroa, which would make it tough for the Yanks to use Alex Rodriguez as the DH. In those situations Girardi couldn’t pinch hit for Ramiro Pena, since there would be no infielder to replace him. Having three catchers, though, would allow Jorge to DH in place of Matsui. If it is only for a few weeks it shouldn’t be an issue. Perhaps it would last until Xavier Nady is ready to return, at which point the Yanks would option Frankie Cervelli or release Kevin Cash (though with the return of Jose Molina it could be both).

In any case, the return of Jorge couldn’t come any sooner. The Yanks miss his bat in the middle of the lineup. They’ve been putting up runs lately, and perhaps Jorge can help out with the team’s sporadic issues with runners in scoring position.

Injury notes:

Both Cody Ransom and Xavier Nady participated in simulated games, Nady batting four times, Ransom six. There’s a good chance that Ransom’s activation could be accompanied by his release. Then again, the team should have a free 40-man spot after designating Cash, so perhaps the Yanks will hold onto Ransom and option Ramiro Pena.

Brian Bruney is saying all the right things as he heads down to Birmingham. “I”m looking at it as I’ll finally know what’s wrong,” Bruney said. “You can’t run from it forever; we tried that and nothing worked. I’ll go see the so-called expert and see what he has to say.” Okay, so maybe referring to Dr. Andrews as a “so-called” expert isn’t the right thing. Still, he’s displaying the right attitude heading down there. One has to wonder, however, if Bruney was hiding this pain when he was activated last week.

Categories : Injuries

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  1. Getting Jorge back will be an awesome shot in the arm. His offense could easily make up for a slump from Swisher and could spell Matsui a few times a week.

  2. Chris says:

    Any word on whether Nady is throwing yet? The initial reports were that he would initially return as a DH only, and then later on be able to play the field. If that hasn’t changed, then I question the benefit of bringing back Nady, as that would seriously cramp the DH spot. We’d have Matsui and Nady as full time DHs (actually not a bad platoon), plus A-Rod and Posada that should get some playing time at DH.

    • Charlie says:

      no idea when/if he’ll play the field, but he’d still make a good pinch hitter and occasional DH. Definitely more valuable than berroa.

  3. pat says:

    James Andrews = so called expert
    Mariano Rivera = decent reliever

  4. Adam says:

    Is Matsui hurt at all by that HBP on the wrist? wrist poblems are never good.

  5. So, when we go to Cleveland, assuming Melky’s good to go after the two days off, we’re probably looking at these lineups for the weekend series:

    Activate Jorge, DFA Berroa

    With Jorge catching, Friday and Sunday:

    1-SS Jeter (R)
    2-LF Damon (L)
    3-1B Tex (S)
    4-3B Nails Krzyzewski (R)
    5-DH Matsui (L)
    6-C Posada (S)
    7-2B Cano (L)
    8-CF Melky (S)
    9-RF Swisher (R)

    Bench: Cervelli (R), Cash (R), Gardner (L), Pena (S)

    With Cervelli catching, Saturday:

    1-SS Jeter (R)
    2-LF Damon (L)
    3-1B Tex (S)
    4-3B Nails Krzyzewski (R)
    5-DH Posada (S)
    6-2B Cano (L)
    7-CF Melky (S)
    8-RF Swisher (R)
    9-C Cervelli (R)

    Bench: Matsui (L), Cash (R), Gardner (L), Pena (S)

    And, when Molina is activated, he replaces one of the catchers (Cervelli) and we keep carrying 3 catchers until Nady is activated and that’s when the other backup C disappears. Sounds right?

    Yeah, it’s tough to only carry one UTI, but I think ARod’s days of DH’ing are probably over for the rest of the year, because those DH bats will have to go to Matsui, Posada, Nady, and probably Damon first. He’s 5th on the DH depth chart, IMO.

    • I’m not so sure Jorge will be activated before Sunday. Other than that, looks good.

    • Evan says:

      Very happy with that lineup. Posada’s return will lend some flexibility to the lineup, but not nearly as much as Nady’s. Once he returns, we will be set. Swisher is in desperate need of a couple days off. Too bad Melky’s injury came now with the off-day tomorrow.

    • Whoops, Swisher should be an (S) and not a (R) in those lineups.

      My bad, typing too fast. In all our probable lineup configurations going forward, the 9-Cervelli/1 Jeter is likely the only time we’ll have two righties or two lefties back to back.

      Although, Girardi has batted Matsui and Cano back to back a few times, so I could be wrong.

    • Darth Stein says:

      If Gardner plays well tonight, I think that there is a decent chance that Swisher gets a day off this weekend with Melky in RF. Hopefully a day off tomorrow and another this weekend will help him get right.

  6. CountryClub says:

    Bruney already admitted that his elbow never stopped bothering him. Girardi was pretty upset that Bruney withheld the information too.

    • NHYankee62 says:

      Bruney had discomfort back in spring training and never said anything. Instead of admitting that he was wrong for doing so, he blamed it all on the the replay review during Posada’s HR ball at the Stadium.

  7. Alex says:

    Colin Cowherd should not be allowed to speak on the radio. I’ll paraphrase what he said earlier this morning on 1050.

    The 9 game winning streak is a clear indication that the Yankees are a better baseball team without Jorge Posada.

    Did he forget what happened last year? There’s no denying that the 52 million dollar contract for him was atrocious, but as of now he is still an integral part of this team. Also, if I’m not mistaken he was leading our team in hitting before he hit the DL.

    • This is why I haven’t listened to sports talk radio in over a year. My nerves thank me.

      • Alex says:

        It can be entirely frustrating, but I think that Michael Kay is much better on the radio than on YES. Also, when 1050 had Max Kellerman that was great. He really knew his stuff and openly admitted to hating the Mets and never spoke about them. Quite funny.

        • kunaldo says:

          Max was the only good one on radio…well actually, i kinda like boomer and carton and joe and evan….they’re mets fans, but they give the yankees a good amount of burn and are usually pretty fair…and surprisingly arent bjobbers

          carton had a HILARIOUS impersonation of mad dog the other day too

          • MattG says:

            But then Kellerman had to get all egocentric, and it started to suck. Bottom line, real analysis makes for bad radio, and bad TV. Thank Mo for the internet, huh?

        • NHYankee62 says:

          I caught some of Max Kellerman right after the Yankees signed Tex. Now that was some great radio.

          He was all over Boston fans for whining about the Yankees spending more money and pointed out all the hypocrises such as the Sox outspending 25 or so other teams but then having the nerve to whine when the Yankees outspend them. He mentioned that no one saw anyone problem with the Celtics getting Ray Allen AND KG, so how come the Yankees doing the baseball equivalent is over the top?

          I would listen to Max anytime.

          • so how come the Yankees doing the baseball equivalent is over the top?

            Whatever the Yankees do is always wrong. Always. If the Yankees ran into a burning building and saved a bunch of nuns and kittens, they’d get chastised for not letting the FDNY do it.

          • Kellerman was funny and insightful… for like a month. Then he became an irrational Yankee and Giants fanboy who said patently ridiculous shit like Edwar Ramirez being the best reliever in baseball or Brandon Jacobs and Fred Robbins being MVP candidates, and it all collapsed quicker than David Ortiz’s career. (Not to mention his B-Jobberism.) During his last two months on the air, that show was an unlistenable traveshamockery.

            • Alex says:

              Was anyone listening when Max made the superhero baseball team and had flash playing center and hulk as DH? Well anyway. On the superhero baseball team pujols was the starting first basemen. At least max was funny and creative unlike so
              Many other rail personalities

    • tim randle says:

      and since we won SEVERAL world series without Arod, another clear indication we’re better off without him too (that cancer!).

  8. Charlie says:

    we’re really screwed with CMW right now. Bad, bad move by the yanks. At this point, we might have to put him on the DL again or somethin. On a positive note, though, with posada and nady comin back our lineup will be an absolute beast.

    • A.D. says:

      The CMW situation is just weird. Why wouldn’t he be used last night after Joba only went 4, that is the reason they activated him, to have an innings eater when I starter couldn’t go deep. Reasons I could think of:

      1. They have no confidence in him, thus he should have never come off the DL

      2. He’s not healthy, thus he should have never come off the DL.

      3. Something is wrong with Burnett and they don’t think he’ll go deep today, where I still would have throw Wang yesterday with Aceves ready to go today….and this is a stretch.

    • Agreed, CMW in the pen as a longman is brutal. We’re basically limited now to a 5 man setup staff for Mo, and with Veras, Coke, Aceves, and D-Rob locked into 4 of those 5 spots, it means we have to DFA Tomko in order to bring Melancon back up. So, he (and Albie) is stuck in Scranton, no matter how well he’s pitching, likely until Tomko explodes.

      And that’s not even including what’s going to happen if/when Marte and Bruney return.

  9. Assuming Bruney’s return is currently indeterminate, what are your best guesses for everyone else’s dates they’d be ready to be back on the 25-man and playing?

    Melky – Friday or Saturday
    Posada – Saturday or Sunday
    Molina – _____________
    Nady – _____________
    Marte – _____________
    Ransom – _____________

    As for Ransom…

    He’s eligible to come off the 60-day on June 24th. Do we add him back to the 25 and 40 man rosters when that happens, thus demoting Peña, or do we prefer to roll with Peña and try to outright Ransom to Scranton? Or, do we demote Gardner, keep both Peña and Ransom on the bench, rolling with two UTI’s, and trust the foursome of Damon/Melky/Swisher/Nady to provide enough depth to run with a 4-man OF crew?

    I see the Peña/Ransom choice as vastly different from the Cervelli/Molina choice, personally; Molina has enough of a track record that I keep him on the ML roster and send Cervelli back down with a pat on the butt. I have no problems risking losing Ransom, however, and think Peña has earned the rest of the season as the only UTI. I think Peña’s superior defense gives him the edge over Ransom both this year and going forward. JMHO.

    • tim randle says:

      …serious question:

      does Pena have what it takes to be our future SS?

      his leather is sweet, but his maple is a little lacking…does the combination thereof make him at least an American league average SS?

      (i’m not trying to start the Jeter to left (JObA to teh 8th!) argument again, i’m just asking if Pena could play SS full time in the AL–and not even today, could he next year for any team, and be an upgrade from what they have now?)

      i’m thinking, if he’s got that much potential, we’re screwing ourselves by keeping him here–we have to send him to AAA and let him play full time so we’ll turn potential into reality, whether that be ‘now starting for the Yankees…’ or ‘in trade news today…’

      Either way Berroa’s gotta go. We certainly need a real bat for the next interleague play–of course, that assumes we’ll pinch hit for a pitcher! with our pen, do we have enough pitchers? with our luck, do we let CC hit?!?!

    • Evan says:

      Agreed. I don’t see Ransom rejoining the team in place of Pena who turned out to be better than anyone has anticipated thus far.

    • A.D. says:

      I think you have to keep Pena in the majors, so either they roll with more UTIs or bye-bye Ransom, but I don’t think they would like the idea of only 1 CF on the ML roster.

      Other than that Ransom really didn’t do anything to deserve holding down his position, he hasn’t played well offensively or defensively, isn’t as good as a glove as Pena, and isn’t a switch hitter like Pena. On top of that Pena has played well to earn a spot, and is a player they obviously want around going forward.

      Otherwise I say:

      Nady is back by the Mets series or the Marlins series the week after
      Molina is back for TB or the Mets
      Ransom: They may wait the full 60 days + rehab period before they’re forced to make a decision
      Marte: Not soon, if they said he was out till the ASB I wouldn’t be suprised.

    • Send Cody outright to SWB. There’s no use for him on the team right now, and I don’t see there being one in the future. Pena could probably use some more development time but don’t we all think he’s pretty much at his ceiling–good glove, bad bat–right now? I don’t think anyone in the org. truly believes that Pena is the future at SS and that the Yankees are hindering his development by using him as a UTI on the major league squad.

  10. NHYankee62 says:

    Until Swisher stops being an automatic out, Gardner should play over him.

    Put Gardner in CF, Melky in right (when he returns of course).

    If Gardner can stay above .250, he showed he valuable last night he can be on the bases.

    Swisher is nothing more than an average platoon player. He doesn’t deserve to keep playing over Gardner. I don’t know why so many people like Swisher, he seems like a decent guy, but he’s simply not that good.

    • Evan says:

      Maybe because he carried us for about 2 weeks when we were down in the dumps with the performances of Cody Ransom, Brett Gardner (he was terrible in April), and Tex. Swisher hit over .400 for a while crushing dingers. I don’t think you were singing that tune then, were you? At least now we can afford to have him slumping a little bit. Once Nady comes back and Melky is 100% in a few days, he will get some much needed days off.

    • “I don’t know why so many people like Swisher, he seems like a decent guy, but he’s simply not that good.”

      I know why people like Swisher: because most of us don’t make declarative statements about a guy based on a (long) slump.

      • NHYankee62 says:

        What did he bat again last year? About .210 right?

        The point is the guy is not producing now. Putting him out there for the past month when he’s batting .225 and can’t get runners home from 3rd with less than 2 outs is hurting the team.

        It’s not like he has an amazing track record. He has some pop and a good eye. However, he’s not hitting now and playing him over Gardner hurts the team.

        • Evan says:

          Were you an advocate of sitting Tex during April?

          • NHYankee62 says:

            Can’t believe you’re comparing Tex to Swisher!!

            • Tex did absolutely the same thing in April that Swisher’s done in May: low BA, decent OBP, not much power. Everyone said “he’s a slow starter” and waited it out. In his career, Nick Swisher’s worst month has been May, after he usually rakes in April. He started hot and has cooled off, as opposed to Tex starting cool and then heating up. Maybe, just maybe, if we exercise a little patience, we’ll see Swisher’s performance rebound.

              • NHYankee62 says:

                So in the meantime you’re ok with having an automatic out in the lineup?

                • Right now, we’ve got no choice since Melky’s gonna sit at least a day or two. And, even if we put Gardner in there, it’s not like that’s all that much better.

              • andrew says:

                The difference between Swish and Tex is that Swish was pretty bad last year, Tex was not. So while we had faith in Tex to eventually produce at his normal levels, Swish’s normal levels from last year were bad

            • tim randle says:

              he’s not…you did.

              Swisher’s numbers now = Tex’s numbers then

              sure, tex’s numbers now > swisher’s numbers then, but arod’s back, yadda yadda yadda

              funny:
              i saw somebody write yanks scored the same number of runs per game before/after arod’s return…

        • Tampa Yankee says:

          Because batting average is a GREAT way of defining how a player is doing!

        • It’s not like he has an amazing track record.

          No, he DOES have an amazing track record.

          http://riveraveblues.com/2009/.....ent-401390

          He does have an amazing track record.

      • CountryClub says:

        More like a trend. He’s batting .220 over the past calendar year. If anything, it looks like his hot start was a bizzaro slump.

        I think Swish is very useful as a part time player. Give him 2 or 3 games a week. Of course, with Nady not being able to play the field, options are slim right now for a regular right fielder.

        • NHYankee62 says:

          Exactly.

          When the guy plays everyday he turns out to be an average at best player. Over the past year, batting .220 indicates that he’s been a below average player.

          There’s clearly a difference between a guy like Swisher and a great player in Tex, who’s always been a slow starter. Tex is a top of the line all around player, Swisher has proven to be mediocre at best. Face it, there’s a reason Swisher got a modest contract and the that the Yankees broke the bank for Tex. Comparing the two of them is a disingenuous argument.

          The way to best handle Swisher is to play him when he gets hot. So they rode out his hot streak in April and now it’s time to give alot of his at bats to someone else like Gardner.

          I think too many people have bought into the Swisher hype. They read how PeteAbe glorified him as some kind of hilarious down to earth guy, which is fine and all, but it doesn’t translate into producing on the field.

          • Evan says:

            And what happens when Gardner starts hitting like he did in April? What do you do then?

          • When the guy plays everyday he turns out to be an average at best player. Over the past year, batting .220 indicates that he’s been a below average player.

            No, it only indicates that he’s a below average contact hitter, which he is. No one here thinks Swish is gonna hit .300. He gets his value from his on base percentage, which is above average, and his power, also above average. He’s not going to be a high BA guy but he’s going to get on base and hit for some power while playing above average defense. BA doesn’t even come close to telling the whole story.

            Swisher has proven to be mediocre at best.

            Except for the two years where he put up OPS+ tallies above 120. Those are not mediocre numbers. He did that in his age 25 and 26 seasons, too.

            Face it, there’s a reason Swisher got a modest contract and the that the Yankees broke the bank for Tex. Comparing the two of them is a disingenuous argument.

            Oaktag. It has nothing to do with Swisher having signed a contract earlier when he was still under Oakland’s control and Tex being a free agent, right? No! It couldn’t possibly.

            That’s not even like comparing apples to oranges. That’s like comparing apples to xylophones.

            The way to best handle Swisher is to play him when he gets hot. So they rode out his hot streak in April and now it’s time to give alot of his at bats to someone else like Gardner.

            You talk about track record yet you want to give Gardner a ton of ABs. If his (small) track record has shown us anything it’s that Gardner gets exposed with a lot of playing time. He’s displayed little power, his on base skills haven’t translated, and he strikes out at a high rate. What improvement will he offer over Swisher? Defense and speed, sure, but that speed can only go so far when he has trouble getting hits and working walks.

            • NHYankee62 says:

              The point is the Swisher is not hitting for power or getting on base right now. He’s having bad at bats in general.

              Gardner’s playing better right now, he should play more. If he starts struggling, then you go back to Swisher. It’s very simple, play the hot hand.

              Finally, you’ll have to explain to me in plain English what “Oaktag” means. I’m not a regular here, so if you’re going to reply to one of my posts using that term, please explain its meaning.

          • Over the past year, batting .220 indicates that he’s been a below average player.

            No, batting .220 indicates that he’s a below average HITTER. He still got on base 33% of the time while batting .220, indicating that he’s AT WORST an league average offensive producer. AT WORST.

            Please, stop using batting average as your primary metric for evaluation. There’s so much it just doesn’t capture. Last year, Jason Giambi and Melky Cabrera had nearly identical batting averages (.247 and .249) but Giambi was productive and Melky was worthless.

            I think too many people have bought into the Swisher hype. They read how PeteAbe glorified him as some kind of hilarious down to earth guy, which is fine and all, but it doesn’t translate into producing on the field.

            2005 (age 24): 522 plate appearances, 101 OPS+
            2006 (age 25): 672 plate appearances, 125 OPS+
            2007 (age 26): 659 plate appearances, 127 OPS+
            2008 (age 27): 588 plate appearances, 92 OPS+
            2009 (age 28): 180 plate appearances, 120 OPS+

            NICK. SWISHER. PRODUCES. ON. THE. FIELD.

            • NHYankee62 says:

              Alright buddy:

              Per Pete Abe’s blog today (who just so happens to have a bit of a man-crush on Swisher):

              “You remember Nick Swisher. Funny guy, carried the team on his back in April. Xavier Nady? The Yankees are better off without him. Or so it seemed.
              Yeah, not so much.
              Swishalicious in May: 8 of 67 (.119) with three extra-base hits and eight RBI. He has walked 16 times and struck out 25 times. He has an OPB of .291 and a slugging percentage of .224.
              Swisher was hit in the elbow by a pitch on May 1 and hasn’t been the same since. Whether that is a coincidence or not is something we plan to ask him today.
              The Yankees were knock, knock, knocking on victory’s door in the seventh inning last night when he grounded into a double play with the bases loaded and one out. In the sixth inning, he took a called third strike with a runner on second.”

              Face the facts: Swisher has been a detriment to the team for the entire month of May. Playing him only hurts the team. There is no reason not to play both Melky and Gardner over him until Swisher comes out of his funk.

              NICK.SWISHER.HAS. NOT.BEEN.PRODUCING.FOR.THE.YANKEES.ON.THE.FIELD.FOR. THE.ENTIRE.MONTH.OF.MAY.

    • Except for the fact that he’s hit at least 20 homers every year he’s been a full time player, doesn’t have an awful platoon split (.799 vs. RHP, .833 vs. LHP), plays good defense (10.6 UZR/150 in right for his career), Nick Swisher totally sucks. Why would anyone like that guy?

      • tim randle says:

        i can’t stand him. his humor, levity, reaching out to every fan he can, his cutter is an utter total and epic fail-he doesnt even have a plus third pitch. wtf?!

        TO TOP IT OFF…he doesnt take this game seriously. bush league.

    • A.D. says:

      What they should probably do is just not have him penciled in as the starter every day, give him some more days off work Gardner in there why he seems to be getting on base, and then Swish will turn it around and heat up (and presumably Gardner will slump again), and full time playing time will be restored.

      • NHYankee62 says:

        What a novel idea!

        Play the hot player!!

        So glad that someone has common sense instead of blindly worshipping the guy.

        • No one said don’t play the hot hand, I’d say just about everyone was in favor of that during the early season CF “battle.” What we’re saying is that declaring Swisher a “platoon player” is a little silly just because he’s had a few bad weeks.

          • NHYankee62 says:

            That’s exactly what he was going into the season. Nady beat him out for the starting job.

            Swisher had one hot month and one terrible month.

            He’s had more than ample time to play through this slump. It’s time to give Gardner those at bats. Gardner is hitting respectably and is a tremendous asset on the basepaths.

            Also, based on what I’ve seen this year Swisher hasn’t looked too good in RF.

            • No, Nady didn’t beat him out. We had this discussion in Spring Training. Nady had the job from the moment he showed up to camp.

            • Nady beat him out because he was the incumbent, not because he was the better player. They had about equal STs and Joe went with the guy he knew. Swisher out played him eventually and won the starting job. If Nady can throw when he comes back, and Swish is still slumping, I’d have no problem letting Nady play again. That is, if he can throw (let’s all hope he can ’cause he ain’t fast enough to pull a Scottie Smalls when the ball comes to him). However, if Swisher’s out of his funk (which I believe he will be), Nady’s gotta stay on the bench and be a powerful RH bat. If Matsui’s still playing poorly, you can DH Nady and/or Swisher and/or Jorge and/or A-Rod if need be as well (I think we can all agree the bench is going to kick ass when Nady and Jorge get back).

              If Gardner gets a few starts over Swish when Melky’s back, then fine. But, if we’ve seen one thing out of Brett Gardner it’s that he gets exposed when he gets a lot of playing time. He’s incredibly streaky and it seems that the bad streaks are longer than the short ones.

              To me, Swish has been fine. It seems that he gets to the ball well and moves fine in right. The numbers slightly bear that out as well–he’s at 1.0 UZR/150. So he hasn’t been as good as we’d hoped, but that number could easily rebound. He isn’t, however, costing the team runs on defense.

        • jsbrendog says:

          OAKTAG!

          if this were true then teixeira had no business playing in april as he hit 190 FOR A WHOLE FUCKING MONTH

          tex and swish both have very good trackr ecords so you let them play.

          and your OH but you cant ocmpare tex to swisher!! well you made a genralized sweeping statement that the way you made it DOES apply to both. so either you change what youre saying or you let it go.

    • I don’t know why so many people like Swisher, he seems like a decent guy, but he’s simply not that good.

      Nick Swisher:

      2005 (age 24): 522 plate appearances, 101 OPS+
      2006 (age 25): 672 plate appearances, 125 OPS+
      2007 (age 26): 659 plate appearances, 127 OPS+
      2008 (age 27): 588 plate appearances, 92 OPS+
      2009 (age 28): 180 plate appearances, 120 OPS+

      Career UZR:
      LF: +4.8
      RF: +11.5

      That’s why people like Nick Swisher. Even when he’s slumping and hitting poorly, he’s productive. When he’s not slumping or hitting poorly, he’s a very, very good offensive weapon. He gets on base and hits for power.

      His down year is better than a lot of people’s good years.

      • ChrisS says:

        Since he’s nose-dived and become worthless, he’s drawn more walks and struck out a mind-boggling 6 more times in May than he did in April/Mar. His strike zone judgement is still as solid as it’s ever been.

        In April his BABIP was .333 against a LD% of 19.0, after getting plunked on the elbow, in May, his LD% has surprisingly plummeted to 9% with a corresponding BABIP of .143. So he had a little luck in April (.19 + .120 = .310 compared to .333), but after he was hit on the arm his bat slowed and he’s had a bit of bad luck with the few balls he has hit hard (.09 + .120 = .210 compared to .143).

        Apparently, he forgot how to hit line drives and, thus, sucks.

        • Exactly.

          I’m all for giving Swish a day off here or there and playing Gardner, who’s swinging a good bat. But we’re not going to just bench Swisher, that’s ludicrous. He’s not going to snap out of his hitting funk by sitting for a week, it’s only going to make it worse. What you do with Swisher is continue to show him patience and your confidence in him by assuming he’ll work his way out of his funk, because he is a good hitter with a long and established track record of being a good hitter.

    • ChrisS says:

      Until Swisher stops being an automatic out, Gardner should play over him.

      How does that work out? If he doesn’t play, he doesn’t have much a of chance to show he’s not an automatic out, does he?

      Anyway, Swisher has to play because, now, Melky’s roughed up. Matsui can only DH and Nady, when he returns, can only DH. Swish has to pretty much suck up ABs until he can get 3-5 days off and rest his shoulder.

      Or, and this kinda crazy, maybe they need a couple of players that can actually play better than league worst (Kevin Cash, Angel Berroa) or do more than DH (Matsui now, Nady to follow). Having an extra bench coach who takes up a roster spot kinda limits roster flexibility when day-to-day ouchies pop-up.

      • Tampa Yankee says:

        “Or, and this kinda crazy, maybe they need a couple of players that can actually play better than league worst (Kevin Cash, Angel Berroa) or do more than DH (Matsui now, Nady to follow). Having an extra bench coach who takes up a roster spot kinda limits roster flexibility when day-to-day ouchies pop-up.”

        Please tell me you are not complaining about the bench depth? Hasn’t this been gone over enough?

        • Charlie says:

          so what, whats wrong with his opinion?

          • Tampa Yankee says:

            So because the Yanks didn’t have a back-up in case Posada, Molina, ARod, Nady, and Ranson all went down forcing Cash, Cervelli, Berroa, Pena and to a certain degree Swish see more at bats than planned or any at bats at all (Cash) in the first 2 months, they lack the ability to build bench depth?

            • ChrisS says:

              Posada – 36, Molina – 34, A-Rod – 33.

              Wow, surprisingly they managed to get injured. Matsui’s knees are held together with bubblegum and he can’t play the field. Nady suffers a freak-ish injury (albeit one he’s had before) and can’t pay the field.

              And don’t be switching in names on a reply to my post, Hoss. I didn’t mention Cervelli, Pena or Swisher in my post.

              Berroa is soaking up a roster spot when the team clearly needs a 5th OFer because Matsui is position-limited. Which leaves four OFers: one is 36, one is clearly suffering from a bum elbow, one just crashed into a wall, and one was OPSing .500 prior to a hot streak, a squeeker and a misplayed double of two home runs.

              So, maybe, just maybe, when they build a team of position players in their mid-to-late 30s, the GM can take a little time and shore up the bench just a smidge deeper and, perhaps more importantly, take a little more care with their 40-man roster. Or maybe that’s just dumb.

              • Tampa Yankee says:

                “And don’t be switching in names on a reply to my post, Hoss. I didn’t mention Cervelli, Pena or Swisher in my post.”

                I know you didn’t but that doesn’t exclude the fact that Cervelli (40 ABs), Pena (65 ABs), Cash (22 ABs) and Berroa (12 ABs) have seen more time than anyone could have imagined.

                “Berroa is soaking up a roster spot when the team clearly needs a 5th OFer because Matsui is position-limited.”

                So who is this 5th OF you speak of… Duncan? AJax? Linden? J. Rodriquez? Damon/Gardner/Melky/Nady/Swish was suppose to be the 5 OFs. With ARod possibly needing some time to work back into a full-time 3B role, he needs to DH which mean Pena starts and thus needs a late inning PH and then someone to play 3B after that… Berroa. Thus we have 4 OFs.

                Look, I’m not happy that our bench consists of Berroa, Cash, Pena and Gardner but to say that any team should have a back-up plan to a back-up plan is ludicrous.

        • ChrisS says:

          Sorry, I’ll email you my comments for review prior to posting in the future.

        • tim randle says:

          no.

          not until angel berroa leaves the bench will this topic be over.

          are you telling me there isnt a single non-injured person on the 40 man that isnt more useful than angel berroa for the next 30 days? or the last 30?

      • Charlie says:

        i guess you mean bench player..

    • MattG says:

      But if you want Gardner to play well, you have to start Wang in CF, and then CMW can pretend to sprain his ankle taking his position in the bottom of the first. Then Gardner can come off the bench, get three hits and an inside the parker.

      And why not? Wang isn’t going to pitch anyway.

  11. Charlie says:

    off topic, but looks like the bj’s might lose again. Also, MLB gameday says: Scott Downs replaces Scott Downs.

  12. Bob Michaels says:

    Swisher has turned into an AUTO OUT.

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