Morning Bits: Start time of Opening Day, Granderson, Delcarmen

The days keep ticking down to when pitchers and catchers report.   Get excited!!!!

onto the links….

* 3:10 start for the Yankees first game of the season on April 6th.

* Here are the rest of the times of the games for the season which was released yesterday.

* Granderson is upbeat about the lineup and Pineda.

* Yankees are taking a shot with Delcarmen.

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Posted on January 31, 2012, in Notes & Links and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.

  1. Here comes the “If’s”

    If Jeter hits like the second half last season

    If Tex stops trying to lift the ball and hits for average

    if Granderson stays close to his numbers last year

    if A-Rod stay injury free

    Let’s talk batting order. As of today what is everyone’s opening day batting order look like?

    • btw the “if” wasn’t directed at an article just what I was thinking at the current time.

    • Here’s how my batting order would look on Opening Day:

      Gardner LF
      Jeter SS
      Cano 2B
      Granderson CF
      Rodriguez 3B
      Teixeira 1B
      Jones DH
      Swisher RF
      Martin C

      The reason I moved Teixeira & A-Rod down is because after the stellar 2011 season Granderson had, it wouldn’t make sense to put him back in the bottom of the lineup. I think Granderson would make a good clean up hitter and in reality the only one I can really see in the lineup that would attempt to pull a “Posada” if they moved down in the lineup would be A-Rod.

      • Here is my lineup.

        Jeter
        Granderson
        A-Rod
        Cano
        Teixeira
        Swisher
        Jones
        Martin
        Gardner

      • Why does anyone think A-Rod would pull a Posada. When Joe T moved A-Rod down in the order in the play-off that one year…he never said a word. Afterwards when asked he reportedly said something like…if I did my job, I wouldn’t be moved! More or less.
        But everyone is afraid to move Jeter anywhere more then to the #2 spot…
        If Jeter hits like part #2 last year, he should be #1, no doubt about it. The same goes for Tex and A-Rod.
        My order;
        GardnerLF
        Swisher RF
        Granderson CF
        A-Rod 3rd
        Cano 2nd
        Tex 1st
        Martin C
        DH
        Jeter SS

        No matter how Jeter hits this year, I would have Brett and Jeter trade places against Right or left handed pitchers. Not as a punishment but, to make the line-up better. Jeter hits much better against lefties then right handers and visa versa.
        Think it is to drastic?

        • There’s 2 reasons why I think that A-Rod could pull a “Posada.” One, he makes more money than Jeter and two, all that money could lead to him having a big ego. That’s just my opinion though.

          • Delia, you are right on the ego thing, he and a few of the guys have a bigger ego then I do…LOL!
            I was not trying to criticize what you had said because it makes since.
            Looking at his track record it shows a guy that wanted to play for the Yankees so badly that he moved to 3rd because Jeter wouldn’t move (at the time, A-Rod was rated the best SS in MLB). When Joe T moved him down in the batting order because he wasn’t hitting, he didn’t say or react badly. He was the guy that took Melkey and Cano under his wing and showed them what hard work was all about.
            Just those three things (there were other things) changed my mind and made me take a second look at him. I see him a lot differently now then ever before.
            He, Mo, Jeter, Posada, CC have huge egos…which isn’t a problem unless they forget the team is what helps makes them as good as they can be!
            Your line….That’s just my opinion though…is why most of us can reply to each other without being nasty.
            I respect your opinion as well as most everyone that posts on this site, and what I write is always my opinion…not always fact…stats can be used any number of ways! So, I would say, I have a very dubious reputation, so feel free to disagree with me.
            You have a good talent, keep it rolling! Another thing, I am long winded, sorry! :)

            • I know you weren’t trying to criticize as you are entitled to an opinion yourself. :)

              Between Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez however, I would see A-Rod refusing to play more than Teixeira because of a lineup change. Even though Tex makes big money, he’s very humble. :)

        • Ken -
          i fully agree with Jeter and Gardner switching between 1st and 9th, no problem with that.

          if I wanted a pretty set lineup everyday i’d go

          Jeter/Gardner
          Granderson
          Cano
          ARod
          Tex
          Swish
          Jones/LH DH
          Martin
          Gardner/Jeter

          If I was going to switch it up depending on LHP/RHP, I’d go:
          vs LHP
          Gardner
          Jeter
          Cano
          Tex
          Granderson
          Swisher
          ARod
          AJones
          Martin

          vs RHP
          Gardner
          Granderson
          ARod
          Cano
          Tex
          LH DH
          Swish
          Martin
          Jeter

  2. I have 2 batting orders. One against RHP’s and one against LHP’s

    Against Right Handed Pitchers:
    Gardner
    Jeter
    Cano
    A-Rod
    Granderson
    Tex
    Swisher
    Martin
    Cervelli (DH) – Anyone BUT Jones

    Against Left Handed Pitchers:
    Jeter
    Granderson
    Cano
    A-Rod
    Tex
    Swisher
    Jones
    Martin
    Gardner

    The Yankees NEED to sign a Left Handed hitting DH, no if’s and’s or but’s.

    • you are correct about a Left handed DH. hopefully something happens soon. Unless they are counting on one of the prospects.

      • also i don’t think Girardi will put Jeter in the second spot to start of the season until he sees him struggle a little big against RH pitching or until Gardner goes on a hot streak.

        • I understand my line-up is going to have fans thinking I am dis’en Jeter, that is far from the truth of the matter.
          It makes the best sense for a flowing line-up. We all know Jeter is better against lefties right. Well, use him the best for the team, not for any other reason. Hell. as hitters get older they have trouble with something to do with hitting, it’s not a big deal. Let’s make it work for the team.
          This way, everyone stays where they are except for injuries, through out the year. Jeter and Brett are the only ones that move.

  3. UYF you are sharp today. Good stuff on the other Yankee blog showing your numbers. You are def right on with the 2014 payroll stuff.

  4. If the Yankees get a quality DH and Gardner hits as he did against lefties last year he should not be in the lineup vs them the majority of the time.

    • Matthew B….good evening. A bit of clarification, please.
      The guess on the quality DH?….many rumors. Your input?
      A lefty pitches, and Gardner(poss. the best left fielder in baseball) does not deserve to play, yes?…Who plays left?…Jones? Just my thoughts.

    • I hate to disagree, but the Yankees need Gardner to play whether it’s lefties or right handed hitters. They depend on his speed and his fielding as he is the best left fielder in baseball.

  5. Matthew B…
    Respectfully….You will sit the best OF in the majors but let another player hit no matter how he hits? I don’t understand that, as a clutch hitter in the play-offs he (and Posada) carried the team as far as they got.
    But yet, we have a guy that was down around .220′s for months, they had him hit anyway.
    Brett was.233 with .350 OBp on lefties. He has been improving yearly.
    I think there is no reason to have him sit at anytime. A difference of opinion, shall we say? :)

  6. I don’t think it’s necessary to sit Gardner against lefties, despite his struggles. You have Andruw Jones in the DH spot, who’ll simply annihilate LHPs.

    Going through the lineup against LHPs (batters aren’t in any specific order) in 2011:

    Jeter: .349 AVG / .946 OPS / .413 wOBA / 160 wRC+

    A-Rod: .277 AVG / .750 OPS / .333 wOBA / 135 wRC+

    Tex: .302 AVG / .967 OPS / .410 wOBA / 158 wRC+

    Grandy: .272 AVG / .944 OPS / .400 wOBA / 151 wRC+

    Swish: .327 AVG / .957 OPS / .412 wOBA / 159 wRC+

    Cano: .314 AVG / .879 OPS / .373 wOBA / 133 wRC+

    Jones: .286 AVG / .923 OPS / .400 wOBA / 151 wRC+

    Martin: .211 AVG / .684 OPS / .305 wOBA / 86 wRC+

    Gardner: .233 AVG / .616 OPS / .290 wOBA / 75 wRC+

    So other than Martin and Gardner, and perhaps A-Rod, the team is rather strong against left-handed pitching. That’s why I don’t think you necessarily have to play someone else in LF against LHP.

    • The Yanks were 35-17 vs LH Starters last year and led in most offensive categories vs LHP last yr. They crushed them. As you mentioned, only ARod, Martin & Gardner struggled vs LHP.

      I would not platoon Gardner. No way. However, I would sit him against certain tough lefties only because I think he will need 10-15 days off during the year. With his aggressiveness and style of play, he’s been a guy who has faded a little down the stretch all 3 years. A lot can be attributed to wrist injuries but last yr it seemed like general fatigue. 145-150 starts for him in the leadoff spot.

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