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Bright-Eyed and Bushy-Tailed

A night after opening their series in Baltimore with a bumbling loss, the Yankees won a comparatively clean, crisp game 8-3, making life easy for ace CC Sabathia, who wasn’t in top form, but still gave the Yankees 7 2/3 quality innings. The Yankees got to Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie early, putting up two runs in the first, three and the second, and holding a 6-1 lead after the third. The rest was just killing time.

Nick Swisher had the big day at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a two-RBI triple in the second on a ball off the base of the wall in center that O’s center fielder Adam Jones failed to field cleanly. The only Yankee who failed to reach base in the game was Alex Rodriguez, who still contributed with a sac fly in the first.

The only negative for the Yankees came when Guthrie hit Jorge Posada on the side of his right knee with his first pitch of the second inning. Posada stayed in to “run” the bases, jogging gingerly to second on Curtis Granderson’s single, then sauntering home just barely ahead of Granderson on Swisher’s triple. Francisco Cervelli went into the game in the bottom of the second and went 2-for-4 with an RBI the rest of the way.

The early diagnosis on Posada was that he just has a bruise and is day-to-day. Joe Girardi suggested that he won’t start the series finale, though Posada will be further evaluated on Thursday. For the short term, the Yankees should do just fine with the defensively superior Cervelli, who is 8-for-18 with a double and three walks in the early going, though there’s some concern about the fact that, with Posada out, Ramiro Peña is the backup catcher.

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1 rbj   ~  Apr 29, 2010 9:01 am

Jorge who?

2 Shaun P.   ~  Apr 29, 2010 9:12 am

Am I the only one who could see Swisher donning the tools of ignorance at great need? It just seems like the kind of thing Swisher would do.

3 OldYanksFan   ~  Apr 29, 2010 9:14 am

Not that any game this time of year can be a 'must win', but emotionally, I had that feeling yesterday.

Looking at the Yankees Offensive stats, I'm surprised to see that aside from Po and Cano (poetry) kicking serious ass, and Swisher being a bit better (.877 OPS) then we may have expected, every other starter is somewhere between slightly underperforming to Doghood.... althought maybe Jeter (.792) is where he will end up?

Watching NJ has been painful, but he still has an OBP of .385, tied with other-Nick. I'm not worried though. If he's healthy, he will hit.

Actually, considering the schedule (teams played and 70% of games played on the Road), ARod, NJ and Teix (our vaulted 2,3,4 combo with a combined .658 OPS), it's kind of amazing we are playng .650 ball. My guess is Po and Cano are 9-1 and the rest of the team is 4-6. I think this actually bodes very well for us. Once ARod, NJ and Teix get going, we could be truly scary.

Reading around these InterNets, it seems the feeling is the Howard deal will single-handedly inflate the FA market, and put guys like Werth, Crawford and especially Adrian Gonzalez in a very good position. If teams really want these guys and aren't willing to sit back and wait, we are going to see some seriously overpaid contracts.

This could be very good for us. We might want a LFer next year, but with Montero coming aboard, our 2011 offense may already be on the field. However, my guess is the Sox are going to seriously want to reload. If they finish 3rd, RSN will cry for EVERY big gun on the market. They have been drooling over AG for a while, and at 28 years old, he may be looking for 8/$180m. From 2007 thru 2009, his ROAD OPS has been .970! In reality, and away from SD, he may be more valuable the Howard (He appears to be just a tiny bit behind in WAR).

Frankly, if we replace Andy and NJ with Cliff Lee and Montero, our payroll only goes up about $3-5m.... unless we swap JV and Joba, in which case we lower the payroll.

And I won't even guess what Crawford (he of career .344 wOBA, 104 OPS+, 4 WAR) gets. I know he has great legs and glove, but I'm not sure how his WAR comps with AG and Howard, but it does. Granted, he's a very nice player, but I can't see paying $15m AAV or more for him.

All in all, I think we are in fine shape.

4 Chyll Will   ~  Apr 29, 2010 9:33 am

Meh, this was not an exciting game from the start. I think the only worry was whether Jorge was not debilitated by the HBP and whether Joba and Meat Tray could hold it down so we didn't have to see Mo come in to clean up an otherwise ho-hum win. It really started to tread in the middle innings.

I'm not certain how much Howard's deal effects Crawford. They are two entirely different players; Ryan's game is power and Carl's is speed and defense. The halo effect would have to be pretty enormous. Adrian yes, Werth maybe-probably because of how the two have coexisted in the lineup (co-depended?).

[2] That is one of the main reasons I like having Swish on this team. Not that anyone would consider it, but you'd think he would practically insist on doing it if need be.

5 ms october   ~  Apr 29, 2010 9:35 am

[2] since he is lh i bet he has never really gotten the chance to play there - so, no, i can't really see it. not to mention i would not want to risk injury with him since as oyf points out, he is putting up the 3rd best offensive numbers right now.

[3] beltre has a 2011 player option. if he exercises it, what is the point of gonzalez for the red sox unless you use him or ugly at dh?
in which case they still have no catcher and ss, cf, and lf are suspect.

6 monkeypants   ~  Apr 29, 2010 9:49 am

In other news, I see that BudCo has introduced more All Star Game tinkeritis in an attempt to make a glorified exhibition game have real meaning. Whatever...I still won't watch it.

7 OldYanksFan   ~  Apr 29, 2010 10:03 am

[5] FWIW, Beltre's contract:
10:$9M, 11:$5M player option
$1M buyout for 2011 option if Beltre has 575 PAs in 2010
2011 option increases to $10M with 640 PAs in 2010

Short of both arms falling off or developing a serious Crack problem, I can't imagine Beltre staying with the Sox for $5m. And unless the guy is a quasi-stud, I can't see the Sox letting him get 640 PAs (and therefore $10m in 2011).

However, it's not MY opinion that the Sox should get AGon... just the Boston media that has been talking about this since last year. But I think we can agree that the Sox will be looking for a big bat next year. I'm not sure what VMart is worth as a FA (Sox have him for $7.7m this year), but I don't think the Sox want him behind the dish... so he's probably gone after this year... unless they want him as a full time DH/BUC.

The Sox got Lackey, and set themselves up as a Pitching/Defense first team, with hopes that VMart and Beltre's bats would fill in for Bay. If they land in 3rd place, my guess is a major turn around and shopping for a slugger or 2, hopefully a RHB. Beckett, Lester, Lackey and Dice-K are signed for 2011, so while they might go after 1 SP, I think at least 1 big bat will be their priority. Also, Nancy and Cameron are signed for 2011, so unless they move Ellsbury to a #4 OFer, 'The Big Bat' must be an INFer or DH.

My guess is:
Midget, Scutaro (signed for $5.500 in 2011) and Youk at 3rd.
MAYBE Vmart at DH (if he's good this year and cheap next year)
They get a decent, young Catcher (probably via trade).
And maybe a big Bat for LF, and make due with Ellsbury/Cameron for CF/4th OFer.

8 Yankster   ~  Apr 29, 2010 12:29 pm

[2] Hell yes!
[5] Though your analysis is rational, I do not believe that rationality is in any way germane to the conversation about the Swish. Should he be needed behind the dish, the Swish will abide.

Gritner, by the way, also has floaty ball infield magic and so logic should also not be applied to any decision involving him. I do wonder, if by some total failure of physics and probability gritner ends the year with slightly above position average offense (plus 55 steals) he is able to hold on to the spot for a second year? Seems unlikely regardless of what he does unless the Hal further lowers the budget and Jeter brings it to the cap...

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