Morning Bits: Game 5, Granderson, Joba & more…

Sticking with the old mug for good luck

Well the Yankees still couldn’t hit a beach ball if it was thrown to the plate.   The pitching has been great but the hitting is just pathetic.   Girardi could pull the lineup out of a hat tonight and I’m sure it wouldn’t matter.  Anyway we got our big game pitcher in tonight as C.C. will take the mound.

Enjoy the game and the weekend.  Now for some links…

Marchand ponders another lineup shuffle.

Ian Begley looks at 5 important things.

– Joba’s season of bad luck kept going last night as he was hit with a broken bat writes Peter Botte.

Miller writes beside hitting woes Granderson is not frustrated. (Well that’s ok every Yankee fan is frustrated for him instead).

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Posted on October 12, 2012, in Notes & Links. Bookmark the permalink. 60 Comments.

  1. If the Yanks loose to the O’S tonight it will be a total imbarisment.The O’S are the worst team to make the playoffs in the last 20 years.The best player on the team is a castoff in Nate Mclouth,really this lineup is terrible,nothing but b players .There’s not 1 position player that could make the Yanks starting lineup ,well maybe 1 Wieters and Jone s thats it,oh and Jone s sucks wouldnt even want him.
    Girardi is the reason we will loose,he just doesnt get playoff baseball at all.
    He thinks its the middle of the season and doing nothing is the right thing to do ,don’t rock the boat.His claim to fame is pinch hitting for Arod wow big shit.
    He and his master ,cashman have to go!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Sorry for the rant guys it just pisses me off that Girardi does nothing.I said yesterday if he didn’t play Raul over Swish he deserves to loose ,well he did.

      • I couldn’t believe he didn’t play Ibanez last night. And then I thought for sure he would pinch hit for Alex in the 7th. This is why Girardi makes no sense. He PH for Alex the night before against a tough RH reliever so why not do it again?? O’Day has K’d Alex all 3 times. He waited til the 13th with 2 outs and no one on to hope for a miracle.

        ARod is 0 for 12 with 8 Ks vs RH this series. The Ks are killing us. Even Jack Curry says there is no way Alex should start vs Hammel today. Granderson is 1 for 16 with 9 Ks!

        Heres MY lineup today:
        Jeter
        Ichiro
        Cano
        Tex
        Ibanez
        Swisher
        Chavez
        Martin
        Gardner

        • Fish one thing I thought of. If he pinch hits Ibanez Buck likely walks him and then you have Swisher up there bases loaded. Only thing I can think of

          • Yeah, that was the reason Joe gave after the game and it might have happened but that would have been OK. Pressure is on the pitcher with bases loaded to throw strikes plus Swish as a lefty has a much better chance to loft a sac fly vs the sidearming RHP. And of course it clears us from having ARod up against O’Day who he has no chance against and was a certain out.

            Lastly, if he didn’t like the Swisher vs O’Day matchup, he could have used Chavez to PH for ARod then if he walked him, use Ibanez to PH for Swisher with bases loaded and 1 out or vice versa. In any case it would have been a Lefty up against O’Day with bases loaded 1 out instead of ARod vs O’Day with 2nd and 3rd 1 out.

            • True and Swisher actually looked like he had the best swing’s on the team last night, which is saying something lol. Just missed a couple HR’s.

    • There is nothing wrong with what you said! Ranting is good for stress relief and fun!

  2. enough pitching……check

    enough home runs……..0

    no homers no wins

    I have accepted this—- C.C. has to throw a neggie runs game

    Go Yankees

  3. John I love your enough format, I would add one if I may.
    ENOUGH MANAGING…………000000000000000000000

  4. Time to change things up!!!!!!!
    Tonights lineup if Ballpark was the manager;
    My concept is time to shake things up !!!!!!!
    RF-Ichiro
    SS-Jete
    LF-RAUL IBANEZ
    IB-Tex
    2B-Cano
    DH-Arod
    3B-Chavez
    C-Martin
    CF-Brett Gardner
    WHAT SAY U GUYS ??

    • HAAAA!! BP we posted the exact same lineup……slightly different order…..at the same time! Great minds think alike! However since we both think it there is no way Joe will do it.

      • Oops, I see you went with ARod over Swish. I went with Swishe because he was 1 for 2 with 2 walks in Game 1 when Hammel started while Alex went 0 for 4 with 3 Ks. ARod has great career #s vs Hammel but he simply cannot hit RHP AT ALL right now. Use him as a PH when they bring Matusz or Patton in later in the game.

    • I’m with you guys Gardner should be starting. This is crap.

    • I think I like this line-up with only 1 question to ask of you.
      Jeter can’t play SS with that foot, he isn’t covering enough as it is, that foot will make him wave at a lot of balls.
      Put Jeter at DH if he can run well enough and set A-Rod on the bench. I take the team, over A-Rod or Jeter…can’t run (stop & Go) or home to 1st, set him too…hopefully Jeter can DH this day.
      There is noway Jeter should play in the field. DH or bench, only!

      • Jeter was moving fairly well last night so it’s worth a try having him playing SS.

        • You tell him Hankies, Jeter at short.

        • FHankies…
          I must disagree with Jeter running well last night, he was pushing it a lot.
          Playing SS is all stop and go, moving quickly, as it was he wasn’t covering much ground, this would make it worse. I can like his wanting to play but, as with A-Rod…it is about the team not the player.

          • Hankies, he looked fine running the bases as was very quick down the line.

            He’s fine …..the TEAM needs it’s captain, now that the Albatross has failed.

            • Tommy “Instigator” is at it again. Can’t you ever come up with your own ideas, no need to try to get Hankies and I at each others necks. I been there and done that with you instigating trouble before. We don’t need that on this site.
              Everyone knows you hate A-Rod, well, that is you right…the same as it is mine to say Jeter can’t play an acquit SS with a bad foot. Nunez/Nix is a better option to-night. Jeter at DH is better than in the field, just my opinion. neither one of them have 3 (Really 4) errors in 4 games, do they? An ego is something to be controlled.

  5. How about Joba….talk about freak injuries. gets hit with a broken bat directly on his right elbow. Unreal.

  6. IDK whats worse these hitters or these moron fans who leave and have the stadium half full in 12th inning of a frekin playoff game?

  7. SRERIES :

    Cano ———– 2 for 18
    Granderson— 1 for 16
    Arod ————-2 for 16——– 9 STRIKE OUTS
    Swisher———2 for 15

    Ichiro————4 for 20

    JETER IS 8 FOR 19,, 421 AVG, WITH 2 HITS IN EACH OF THE 4 GAMES

    Cano Granderson Arod and Swisher have no excuse

    If the old man Jeter can get 8 hits, 2 in each game,,, so should they each have at least 2 hits in each game.

    Mike Francesa said coming into this series,, if would be whether or not the yankees starters could pitch well, and had nothing to do about hitting

    Well, the yankees pitching , starters, everyone,, has been great,…THIS TEAM IS SIMPLY NOT BUILT WELL ENOUGH TO GET HITS

  8. DEREK JETER NEEDS 1 more postseason hit for 200 post season hits,…….. by far a record that i am considering as unbreakable

    the 200th hit ball should be saved and marked for jeters trophy case, maybe cooperstown

    hits in postseason
    jeter——————199
    bernie williams—-128
    manny ramirez—-117
    posada————–103
    lofton—————–97
    chipper jones——-97
    david justice——–89
    pujols—————-88
    pete rose————86
    paol oneil————85

    jeters record of 199 post season hits,….. and continuing to add onto it,… will , in my opinion, wind up being an unbreakable record,…….

    jeters batting 310 in the post season for career, in 156 games, with 199 hits, 110 runs, 32 doubles, 5 tripples, 20 homers—–

    thats like a full additional season, 156 games with 6 games off———— his numbers arent down in the post season compared to his career really– he is steady, stable, consistant

    • in 156 post season games jeter has had 58 multi hit games, 68 1 hit games, and 30 hitless games,

      scored at least 1 run in 82 of the games,

      that again, is like a regular season for jeter

      jeter’s hitless games percentage is not going up in the post season,…

    • How about these records/numbers in the WS;
      Mickey Mantle Runs–42, HR–18, Hits–59, RBIs–40, BB–43, Tot. Bases–123
      Jeter–Runs 32, Hits–50 the rest of his numbers in the WS are not high enough to count.
      The thing is, I can’t see very many of those records being broken. Not with the way things are set-up now days.

  9. AROD on the other hand has played in 72 post season games, with 71 hits, a 262 avg, with 27 hitless games,…….and only 19 multi hit games

    46 post seasson games without an rbi,…..and only 11 multi rbi games

    this is arods 11th post season

  10. they were saying on wfan the mid morning show,….. that arods contract is bad for the yankees and the fans,.. 5 more seasons left,…… with over 100 million against the salary cap,…. and he can not hit,…

    maybe he can break out of the slump,….

    but this sucks

  11. just out of the box thinking,……. and i know it woulda been a law suit, a pandoras box, and set precident,’

    but AS SOON AS THE YANKEES PUBLICALY FOUND OUT AROD USED HGH/STEROIDS/PED’S—– THEY SHOULD HAVE CUT AROD, RERFUSED TO PAY HIM, LET AROD SUE, THEN COUYNTER SUE AROD FOR MIS-REPRENSENTING HIMSELF IN STATS THAT WERE SIMPLY NOT REAL, IN ORDER TO GET THE CONTRACT

    THE YANKEES COULDA WON THE LAW SUITS,…… AND BEEN OUT OF THE AROD CONTRACT

    BUT NOW IT IS TOO LATE

    AROD MISREPRESENTED HIMSELF WHEN HE CAME OVER TO THE YANKEES

    AND EVEN THOUGH HE DOESNT ADMNIT USING IN NY,….. I WOULD BET BDOLLARS TRO DONUTS HE USED PEDS IN NY TO WIN THAT MVP IN 2007

    THE YANKEES DID NOT PULL THE TRIGGER—- BUT NY STATE LAW WOULD HAVE ALLOWED THEM TO BASICALY, “FIRE” AROD

    • Jim2244…
      You ain’t got no learnings….lol
      Yankees couldn’t bring a suit against A-Rod at all. Unless it was in the contract and he signed saying he never used….no case! As for him using after coming to the Yanks, get real, they tested him every year at least once a year.

      • A- fraud’s contract should be null and void.

        • Twasp,…….. that triogger needed to be pulled the moment arod came foward

          but make no mistake about it, AROD came forward only after having a board meweting in Tampa,.. to decide what to do as a company.

          the yankees were between a rock and a hard place,…. george was dieing, or had just died,… the yankees were in transition

          AND THEY WERENT READY TO MAKE PRECIDENT

          ive said many times, i believe, i truly believe,…. the yankees board went to arod several times,… telling him not to use peds,.. because it could hurt the BRAND NAME

          well, now arods not using

          simply his use of PEDS cauld be contibuting to his lesser performance now,… aside from using vs not using,.. it is ALSO A HEALTH ISSUE

          JUST ASK LYLE ALZADO WHEN YOU GET TO THE NEXT LIFE

          • If Melky was doin it, Arod was doin it. HGH has never been tested in MLB. If the Yankeesnwanted to , they can find people that shot Arod up while he played for the Yankees. His cousin, his mother….

            • And in your great Wisdom and All Seeing Eye, it shows you all this because…………You want it to be true or just your animosity with A-Rod.
              I could turn what you said about Alex and Melky around and say If Melky, A-Rod, Cano did it than Jeter was doing it also.
              Is their anyone that can say I would be wrong and prove it? No, how would you prove it, one can’t disprove a negative.
              I think it is ridiculous to believe that they were using, unless there is rock hard Proof about one of them using (Melky).

          • A-Rod quit using before coming to the Yankees, and the Yankees didn’t know he was a user until he was outed…so they say. We don’t know if A-Rod was asked and said yes or no. Why would they try to bring a law suit now when Andy and Jason used but have said and done nothing with them.
            MLB would never let it come about.
            What say you Jim?

            • I DONT BELKUEVE IT, FOR A MINUTE

              BUT EVEN IF HE DID,….

              CAN YTOU ABSOLUTLEY WIRTH 1090 PERCENT MEDICAL CERTAINY, THAT HIS EYES ARE NOT 20/20 TODAY , BECAUSE HE USED

              BO YOU GOD DAM FRIGIN CANT

              IT IS A HEATH ISSUE

              BECAUSE WE HAVE SEEN SLUGGERS HIT

              I PUT UP A PLAYER LIKE DARRELL EVANS AT AGE 38, 39, 40

              CAN AROD DO THATR, OR IS HE BLOWN OUT CAUSE HE USED PEDS?

              YOU CANT SAY IF THE YANKEES HAD KNOWN, THEY STILL WOULD HAVE PAID THE CONTRACT

              • Jim2244
                We have a difference of opinion, I think one way and you another. You bring up good points.
                DO NOT let Tommy “Instigator” get into this and “Instigate” trouble. That is what he has a history of doing….

            • Jim – you are right – the contract was fraudulent …..Arod, Boras and old Yankee should be in jail!

            • Ken – please read one of Jim’s posts ….it’s the same as an eye exam. X E F

              Did you do PEDS and now feel guiillllllty?

      • THATS NOT WHAT I SAID, IF YOU REWAD EVRYTHING I TYPED OLDYANKEEZ,.. I SAID THE YANKEES COULD HAVE SIMPLY NOT PAID AROD, CUT HIM, REFUSED TO PAY HIM,… FORCE AROD TO SUE THEM,, THEN COUNTER SUE

        THE PARTIES WOULD HAVE SETTLED EVENTRUALLY

        NEW YOPRK IS A RIGHT TO WORK STATE

        THE YANKEES MAY BE INCORPORATED IN FLORIDA, BUT AROD WORKS IN NEW YORK

        IN NEW YORK,…. YOU CAN BE FIRED AT WILL

        YOU MAY HAVE CIVIL LKIABILITY TO FIRING A PERSON

        BUT IT IS YOUR RIGHT AS AN OWNER OF A COMPANY, TO HAVE OR HAVE NOT, ANY PERSON YOU WANT WORKING FOR YOU

  12. at the very least, arod woulda settled with the yankees and been granted free agency again in mlb,….

    but the yankees woulda been out of it

    • I reread what you typed Jim and answered it above.
      Anyhow, bottom line is MLB/MLBPA would never let the Yankees quit paying A-Rod. A-Rod could go to the Yankees and tell them he would take less money for the rest of his contract but, The Union would not let it happen, they have blocked others from doing just that.

  13. i’m sure the contract has a morals clause,… and other things about making statement as to past crimes.

    teams have to protect themselves on big contracts

    if arod had signed a statement saying he did not committ a crime in the past,……. in the contract,.. then came out and admitted he used anobolic steriods or hgh, without a doctors prescription,… that is an admission of a crime,— and should nullify the contract

    i am not talking about using and getting caught in season, during a contract,… thats for the CBA and players union to negotiate what suspensions would come down,

    I AM TALKING ABOUT SIGNING A CONTRACT MAKING DECLARATIONS,.. THAT ARE NOT TRUE AT THE TIME OF THE SIGNITURE

    we know that as early as before the 2001 season scott boras, arods agent, we hawking a 3 ring binder notebook, filled with arods stats,. with charts, graphs, and pie charts, all kinds of things, showing thast arod is projected to break nearly every record in history.

    Texas gave arod 10 years 250 million,….. arod stayed for 01, 02, 03, and came over to the yankees in the texas bankrupcy trade in 2004,…..

    arod admitted to at least using hgh while in the ranges,…. but that admission did not come until what, 2011?

    meaniwhiole, after 4 years on the yankees, winning an mvp in 2007, …. he opted out , fired his agent, and went directly to KING GEORGE,. who gave arod 10 years 275 million

    there can even be a case that geoirge was not of sound mind and body to make that kind of a deal

    and throw in arod mjisrepresenting himself in stats

    and we know how players get paid —— and arbitration judge will tell you,.. they base the future contract, the new contyract,……. ON WHAT A PLAYER HAS DONE IN THE PAST,….. NOT ON WHAT HE MIGHT DO IN THE FUTURE

    NY STATE LAW WAS ON THE YANKEES SIDE HAD THE WANTED TO FIRE AROD UPON LEARNING HE DECIEVED THEM IN HIS STATS, BY USING HGH

    • Comeon Jim2244…
      There is no morals clause or questions of past crimes, in a baseball contract. If there was such a clause about 1/4 of the players would be out of a job.
      As for A-Rod opting out, (I could be wrong) my memory says it was his agent that opted out, not A-Rod.
      A-Rod fired his agent and called Trump, Trump called the Yankees (Geo. or Lavin). Geo. told his son Hank A-Rod wanted to play for the Yankees only. Hank made up a contract for A-Rod. A-Rod signed it.
      So, please put the blame on Hank, not A-Rod or King Geo.! I believe that is the way it went down.

      • That’s not as outrageous as it might seem at first blush.

        The contract may be fraudulent based on Arods admitted use of Primobolan ( not HGH).

        Don’t kid yourself You can bet the Yankees lawyers haven’t looked at it.

      • THATS WHAT I’M SAYING, THERE SHOULD BE,.. THESE TEAMS , FRANCHISES, THAT ARE CONNECTED TO TAX PAYER FUBDING —- MUST BE PROTECTED AGAINST FRAUD

  14. LISTEN,, LOTS OF PEOIPLE BREAK THE LAW, EVEN COMMIT CRIMES THAT ARE ABOVE PETTY OR DISORDERLY,….. MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF PEOPLE

    HOWEVER,.. Apeople often pay for those crimes,……… and the old saying — crime doesnt pay —— is often true

    but when we are talkinbg about a high profile private figure like arod, whos money is tied in part to tax payers, in the business in which he is employed, and is making hundreds of millions of dollars based on his deception, his misrepresentation in stats,.. upon which he was paid—-

    DOES NOT SIT WELL WITH ME AT ALL

    WHERE DID AROD HAVE TO PAY?

    HIS REPUTATION?

    HELL, WE STILL HAVE PEOIPLE LIKE MIKE FRANCESA GOING ON THE RADIO SAYING AROD IS ONE OF THE GREATEST SLUGGERS IOF ALKL TIME?

    AROD’S REPUTATION HASNT EVEN TAKEN A BIG HIT

    THE YANKEES SHOULD HAVE FAUGHT TO MAKE AROD PAY FOR HIS CRIMES ON WAY OR ANOTHER IN COURT,. ON THE CIVIL SIDE, WHEN THEY FOUND OUT AROD WAS USING HGH

  15. I dont know if clemmens used hgh or not,…… what i do know, regardless of whether he used or not, he PAID SOMETHING FOR IT

    clemmens took a hit to his reputation,… but he always had to pay millions in legal fees, and go to federal court a bunch of times at his own expense,.. just to prove he was not guilty

    WHERE EXACTLY DID AROD PAY?

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