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From the Game Thread:
Millwood's looking like Scott Feldman tonight...
...And the Yankee offense is looking like Marty Feldman.
Rangers 3, Yanks 2. Mariano takes the loss. This one hurts like a Molina cross-up to the cubes.
Joe G's got some 'splainin to do. Yankee fans, please stay away from sharp objects.
Wow what a bad move by Girardi. I am highly disappointed. I wonder what it would be like it he got fired tomorrow morning and the Yankees hired Willie Randolph, Tony Pena, Bobby Valentine (not that I even know where Bobby is) or someone else. Hank would definitely forge his birthright if he did something like that.
Forget Cabrera. Why the hell did he put in a pinch runner and then do NOTHING with him? Not a stolen base, not a bunt, not a fucking hit and run. He made the point of sending in a pinch runner so he could STAND THERE.
Joe Girardi picks his moves out of a hat. He just does stuff. He really sort of sucks.
What do you think it would take to trade for someone like Greg Zaun? He could be slotted in as the starting C, with Molina as the BUC and Posada as a full time DH (with occasional starts at C) for the rest of the season.
That would leave only Melky/Gardner as a major hole in the lineup (assuming Cano keeps coming around).
I know, this is crazy and borne of frustration and lack of sleep. I'm just trying to think of some move that can fill some of the gaping holes in the lineup, because if this team is going to do anything this year, it needs to start slugging the ball.
The guy's a good CF, but he's got some holes out there and he's not that smart a ballplayer. Trade bait.
But Gardner's got to hit. And, ironically, the biggest need right now is someone who can hit at the bottom of the lineup.
If Hideki comes back, you've got a DH. And a second one in Giambi. Got a LF. Got a RF. Strong catcher. SS. 3B. Only weak spots are are 2B and CF.
Time to live with two catchers. Trade Melky and Cano for an infielder who can play second and hit.
Anybody got any ideas?
'Joe Girardi said this about Melky Cabrera: "Melky is our center fielder." But Cabrera is on a career-high 0-for-19 skid and batting .240. The manager indicated that rookie Brett Gardner is here to play and said, "Competition is great. I think it brings out the best in people." But Girardi just said that Gardner, a natural center fielder, could give Cabrera a break on occasion.'
I want to see the pictures Melky has of Girardi. They must be awesome.
What bothers me most is not Melky hitting into the DP, c'mon we all saw that coming like it was coming down Broadway with all lights flashing, but his calm reaction going back into the dugout afterwards. I appreciate that not every player is going to throw a tantrum after every bad AB, but right there I was hoping for Melky to go all Paul O'Neill on the water cooler.
18 innings. 3 runs. AGAINST THE RANGERS.
4 runs surrendered by the pitching staff. Major kudos to them for that - and all the more frustrating to see two L's result.
Thanks for any pointers.
Of course, down a run you aren't bound to play for one run. Win Expectancy goes down with a successful sacrifice. But with Melky batting, it just seems like a no-brainer; his chance of getting a hit in that situation was minuscule.
I remain unconvinced that we are trying to get into the playoffs this year.
Some of the benches this team had the last couple of years were bad, but right now is pretty bleak. After Betemit (who has been a decent BUIF and lefty bat), you're looking at Molina, Moeller (who is never used), and AG (who is never used).
The pinch runner was fine for me, whatever you decide to do. He still needs to score and there's nothing else Gonzalez is going to do. But either Melky bunts or if you have a sabr-like desire not to bunt away an out, Jeter has to pinch hit there. If the kid is good enough to bat lead off for you, and then bat 2nd, he's good enough to swing away if Damon hasn't delivered. If you feel otherwise, bunt Melky. In other words, yes to 26 .
But as I said, this game was lost over 9 bad hitting innings and by Mo's dislike of seeing the mound in tie games.
Melky + IPK +PKH for Johan Santana. Hmm, you coulda talked me into it.
Girardi may also have been giving Melky a last chance to see whether he's really the Yankees' centerfielder for the forseable future.
Abother query: can he now be benched tonight, or is that too much like yanking a player off the field mid-game (Billy did that to Reggie and it started a fistfight in the dugout). How much 'confidence' does it show if the guy's yanked after messing up one at-bat's vote of confidence.?
I actually feel badly for the Melkster today. He was handed a bad, bad order. People slump, this is a long one, managing for 'the long haul' is partly a case of the art of the possible. Laying a bunt down on orders, getting the high-fives for it lets a kid feel he's contributed.
Is he that bad a bunter? I confess I missed that little stat. If so then yes, a middling hitter at bottom of order MUST be taught how to bunt. Period.
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