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Everyday Sunshine

The overnight rain cooled things off in New York. The sun is out and it is a lovely afternoon.

Here is worrisome bit of news, however, about Mark Teixeira, brought to us by Brian Heyman over at the Lo-Hud Yankee blog:

“He’s a little bit better today,” Girardi said. “He’s not a player for me today. I wouldn’t imagine so. We’ll see in the next couple of days if we can get him back.”

Girardi is wondering, though.

“Yeah, I’m a little bit concerned if it’s going to get to 100 percent,” Girardi said. “He was better after the few days off a couple of weeks ago. And it seemed to come back a little bit. That raises a little bit of a red flag. You do what you can. Tex is good at playing beat up. He’s used to it in his career. We’ll try to get him back as soon as we can.”

1. Jeter DH
2. Swisher 1B
3. Cano 2B
4. Jones RF
5. McGehee 3B
6. Granderson CF
7. Martin C
8. Nix SS
9. Suzuki LF

It’s Phelps vs. Lester.

Never mind the mercy rule: Let’s Go Yank-ees!

[Photo Credit: Stfujeff]

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1 OldYanksFan   ~  Aug 18, 2012 3:07 pm

I have a fun game that I hope everyone chirps in on:
Nick Swisher and Curtis Granderson:
Are both 31.
Both have a Career OPS+ of 117
Both have a Yankee OPS+ of 122(ish)
Curtis is faster.
Nick has been more consistant.
Custis hits more HRs (maybe 8-10 more)
Nick is a better OBP guy (maybe by 20 pts)

Now it get a bit hairy. CW might say Grandy is a better fielder, but stats say Swisher is... especially of late. Grandy plays CF, but Siwsh plays a decent 1B.

Who gets more as an FA?
If the Yanks can only keep ONE....
who be it?

Both a great guys.
Both are vauable.
If we can only keep ONE, who do you keep... and why?
(And for now, I think it's fair to consider that Gritner will/should be playing CF).

2 RIYank   ~  Aug 18, 2012 3:12 pm

I'm afraid I'd have to let Curtis go, because I think he's going to be very expensive. Swisher will be keepable at a more reasonable price. Also, speed tends not to age well, and Curtis might turn into a bad fielder during the lifetime of his next contract.

Attaboy, Dusty!

3 RIYank   ~  Aug 18, 2012 3:15 pm


4 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 18, 2012 3:16 pm

That's not a terrible pitch by Phelps. Nice hitting by A Gone.

5 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 18, 2012 3:17 pm

I'd keep Swish over Curtis because he's more solid offensively. But Swisher will not be cheap. He's going to get 60-70 million.

6 rbj   ~  Aug 18, 2012 3:17 pm

[2] Yeah. I'd like to be greedy and keep both, but if the intent is to get payroll down, I don't think Cashman signs both. With Mark's injuries (and wrists can be tricky) I like Nick's versatility.

7 RIYank   ~  Aug 18, 2012 3:18 pm

[5] 60-70 over how many years?

8 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 18, 2012 3:22 pm

7) 5.

9 Mattpat11   ~  Aug 18, 2012 3:22 pm

Well, there goes Lester's dreams of a perfect game

10 OldYanksFan   ~  Aug 18, 2012 3:23 pm

[7] my guess is 4/$64m or so.

11 thelarmis   ~  Aug 18, 2012 3:23 pm

the last image i saw on fox before when i was setting the dvr:

they showed the fenway scoreboard and it said 2-0 boston, early.

let's keep 'em at a deuce and blow 'em outta da bronx!

12 Ara Just Fair   ~  Aug 18, 2012 3:23 pm

Phelps' facial expressions when shit does not go his way are obnoxious.
[1] Yikes. I'd have to go with Swisher, too, I guess. I LOVE Curtis and would hate to see him go but the switch hitting Swish and versatility to play 1b is a plus. There are some young OF in the Minors that are years away obviously. How about going back in time and nixing the Teixiera signing so the Yankees could have signed Mike Trout. (dreaming)

13 RIYank   ~  Aug 18, 2012 3:23 pm

[8] Hm. So similar to Damon at the same age.
I'd do it. That's not expensive. And he's a Damonesque player.

Wow, Lester is wild as.

14 thelarmis   ~  Aug 18, 2012 3:24 pm

that was outside.

15 OldYanksFan   ~  Aug 18, 2012 3:24 pm

[8] Really? 5/$60m would be a steal. 5/$70m would still be reasonable.

16 Mattpat11   ~  Aug 18, 2012 3:25 pm

And there goes the no-hitter

17 thelarmis   ~  Aug 18, 2012 3:25 pm

white lightning!

go swish!!!

18 RIYank   ~  Aug 18, 2012 3:25 pm

[12] You mean Slade Heathcoat. I think Mason Williams might be closer. But the next guy might be a surprise -- how many people picked Gritner to be an everyday Yankee?

19 OldYanksFan   ~  Aug 18, 2012 3:26 pm

How in the Hell did Theo five Crawford 7/$142m???
I was afraid the Yanks might offer him 5/$75m.

20 thelarmis   ~  Aug 18, 2012 3:27 pm

not good, rob.

21 Ara Just Fair   ~  Aug 18, 2012 3:28 pm

Damn Robbie. Keep that shoulder closed and poke it left. Rats!

22 OldYanksFan   ~  Aug 18, 2012 3:28 pm

By the by.... methinks a healty Teix is the PS is way more important than having him the next week. I say rest him until he feels 100%, or as close as he will get this year.

23 RIYank   ~  Aug 18, 2012 3:28 pm

[21] Or better, lay off it. Lester isn't throwing strikes.

24 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 18, 2012 3:30 pm

22) Here Here.

25 OldYanksFan   ~  Aug 18, 2012 3:30 pm

Shouldn't Grandy be batting now?

26 thelarmis   ~  Aug 18, 2012 3:31 pm

[25] not against the lefty...

27 thelarmis   ~  Aug 18, 2012 3:32 pm


28 Mattpat11   ~  Aug 18, 2012 3:33 pm

[26] I really think *I* would start against a lefty under Girardi. And probably middle of the order.

29 thelarmis   ~  Aug 18, 2012 3:35 pm

[28] i'd pay to see that! ; )

30 OldYanksFan   ~  Aug 18, 2012 3:35 pm

[28] Can you hit? We're a bit short handed....

31 RIYank   ~  Aug 18, 2012 3:36 pm

[28] Huh?
Granderson is starting. He's just batting sixth -- I guess OYF thinks he should be batting fifth.

But, it's true, he's not good against lefties.

32 Ara Just Fair   ~  Aug 18, 2012 3:36 pm

Sweet play! Hot damn Robbie!

33 thelarmis   ~  Aug 18, 2012 3:36 pm

robbie rules.

34 thelarmis   ~  Aug 18, 2012 3:38 pm

this string bean is nuthin' but trouble for us...

35 Mattpat11   ~  Aug 18, 2012 3:38 pm

[30] Does it matter? I'm right handed.

36 Ara Just Fair   ~  Aug 18, 2012 3:39 pm

[34] He's the anti Nunez. He can hit AND field.

37 RIYank   ~  Aug 18, 2012 3:45 pm

Now, patience, please. Lester is going to hand the game over; please let him!

38 Ara Just Fair   ~  Aug 18, 2012 3:46 pm

Didn't see that coming.

39 thelarmis   ~  Aug 18, 2012 3:46 pm

coltrane's BABIP is under .200 this year. he should gotten 'luckier' this 2nd half, but it hasn't fully happened...

who's helmet is curtis wearing?

and...fuck on the DP.

also, shut up timmay. just. shut. up.

40 RIYank   ~  Aug 18, 2012 3:46 pm

Or not.

41 monkeypants   ~  Aug 18, 2012 3:47 pm

[1] I would pick Swisher, and it's not even close. Granderson's offensive performance is distorted by his crazy good 2011, which I don't believe is repeatable. Otherwise, he's basically a platoon player, and he's not that good in CF. Swisher has been as consistent as can be.

42 thelarmis   ~  Aug 18, 2012 3:53 pm

siddown, very very rich man who has zero command of the english language.

(i remember him being interviewed a few times with the devil fishes. extremely uneducated guy...)

43 thelarmis   ~  Aug 18, 2012 3:54 pm

great inning!

44 OldYanksFan   ~  Aug 18, 2012 4:04 pm

[41] I pick Swisher also, but over 2011 and this year, Curtis has about the same OPS vs LHP or RHP.

45 thelarmis   ~  Aug 18, 2012 4:04 pm

alright guys, i'm late for plans...

have a great game and hope to see you all tomorrow night!


46 RIYank   ~  Aug 18, 2012 4:26 pm

I don't understand how Pedro Ciriaco could bat .272 in his extensive MiL career, and then hit .318 for the Red Sox.

I mean, he's not a good hitter (no power, doesn't walk), but it's annoying.

47 rbj   ~  Aug 18, 2012 4:27 pm


48 RIYank   ~  Aug 18, 2012 4:27 pm

Phelps is getting mosquitoed to death.

49 Mattpat11   ~  Aug 18, 2012 4:28 pm

Pedro Ciriaco and Nick Punto.

50 rbj   ~  Aug 18, 2012 4:38 pm

Punto is infuriating today.

51 RIYank   ~  Aug 18, 2012 4:40 pm

[50] Wherefore is this day different from all other days?

52 RIYank   ~  Aug 18, 2012 4:48 pm

Boone? I expected D-Lowe.

53 Mattpat11   ~  Aug 18, 2012 4:57 pm

[51] He's usually inept and helpful to us.

54 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 18, 2012 5:18 pm

[41] He could end up with 75+ homeruns the last two seasons, and they are not just NYS cheapies..it's close call.

Go Go Bombers, knock out Lester now!

55 ms october   ~  Aug 18, 2012 5:20 pm

once upon a time when the red sox were really good and manny was in the middle of the lineup, i swore manny was constantly at-bat.

now, i feel like russel martin is up all the time!

56 rbj   ~  Aug 18, 2012 5:22 pm

Dang, not deep enough. Maybe we could get a wild pitch?

57 Mattpat11   ~  Aug 18, 2012 5:23 pm

[55] Manny Ortez was always either up or like two batters away. I swear they hit 3-4 and 8-9

58 ms october   ~  Aug 18, 2012 5:26 pm

[57] haha yea.

i would pick swisher too - his obp is more likely to age when than granderson's speed and i think granderson's one season of being able to hit lhp seems an aberration at this point.
if granderson keeps this power up it makes it a tougher call, but still give the nod to swish.
especially if gardner comes back healthy and takes over cf.

59 monkeypants   ~  Aug 18, 2012 5:41 pm

[54] Well, if HRs are the only thing that counts, then Granderson wins. But look at the overall offensive performance, and moreover consistency. I think Swisher wins hands down, no matter how frustrating he can be. How about this, take each player's best year with the yankees and compare their numbers---who wins then? Whose performance the last four years is distorted by one clearly anomalous season?

60 rbj   ~  Aug 18, 2012 6:20 pm

Meh. Chalk it up to a Fox Broadcast loss.

61 RIYank   ~  Aug 18, 2012 6:52 pm

Lester was good. I believe that's the best he's been all year.

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