First guessing Game 2's maneuvers

Whoa! This can’t be true, can it?

Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Cano 2B
Hairston RF
Cabrera CF
Molina C

We’ve second-guessed many of the moves Girardi has made this post-season, but this is utterly baffling. We’ve upgraded to first-guessing now.

Remember this: If it works, that doesn’t make it the right move.

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WS Game 2: Phillies @ Yankees

Lineups courtesy of Lohud: YANKEES Derek Jeter SS Johnny Damon LF Mark Teixeira 1B Alex Rodriguez 3B Hideki Matsui DH Robinson Cano 2B Jerry Hairston RF Melky Cabrera CF Jose Molina C Pitching: RHP A.J. Burnett (0-0, 4.42 ERA in postseason) PHILLIES Jimmy Rollins SS Shane Victorino CF Chase Utley 2B Ryan Howard 1B Jayson Werth RF Raul Ibanez LF Matt Stairs DH Pedro Feliz 3B Carlos Ruiz C Pitching: RHP Pedro Martinez (0-0, 0.00 ERA in postseason) Yup. Jose Molina and Jerry Hairston. Cross your fingers, folks.

Pedro wants you to see him naked

Evidently, he’ll strip down at a moment’s notice (emphasis mine):

“The way people perceive me in New York — I don’t know if they got to know me a little bit better after I got to the Mets — is totally different than the way I am,” Martinez said. “I just compete. And yes, I will do whatever it takes to beat you. But I’m a human being after I take my clothes off. A lot of people can witness that any time, anywhere, any moment.”

Yeah, I needed a chuckle today.

Thanks, Petey.

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To pitch, or not to pitch…on three days' rest

By Mike Jaggers-Radolf The Yankees have been employing a high-risk strategy in the playoffs. They’ve been leveraging CC Sabathia, assuming that he’s the best pitcher in each series they’ve played. Take his stellar performance out of the equation, and the Yankees are a more pedestrian 4-2 so far in October — a number that recedes further still when all those extra innings games (read as, ties) are considered. Last night the Phillies blew up that strategy. For at least one game Cliff Lee was the best pitcher still playing baseball. This complicates the Yankees’ plans. Girardi has stated he intends Continue reading To pitch, or not to pitch…on three days' rest

Hairston replaces Swisher

For Game 2 of the World Series, Jerry Hairston Jr. will start in right field over the struggling Nick Swisher. Hairston’s line against Pedro Martinez over 27 at-bats is .370/.433/.519. Of course, those at-bats are from years ago, when Pedro was with Boston and Hairston was with Baltimore, but Pedro was better back then, so maybe they’ll help Hairston tonight. Part of me wants to criticize Girardi for the move, as it smacks of desperation, but, to be honest, Swisher has looked awful at the plate—he’s practically diving on top of the ball before it gets to him—so I can’t Continue reading Hairston replaces Swisher

It appears Joe Girardi may be managing the Yankees out of Game 2 before a pitch has even been thrown

As per LoHud, tonight’s Yankee lineup apparently includes Jerry Hairston in right field in place of the struggling Nick Swisher and A.J. Burnett’s personal caddy and offensive black hole Jose Molina. I don’t necessarily disagree in theory with giving a guy like Swisher a break, considering how horrendous he’s looked at the plate, but I’m not certain Game 2 of the World Series is the time to do it, especially down 1-0. According to LoHud, Girardi “liked Hairston’s history of success against Pedro. He has eight hits in 24 ABs and a .907 OPS.” This has Enrique Wilson written all Continue reading It appears Joe Girardi may be managing the Yankees out of Game 2 before a pitch has even been thrown

Warning: Broken Bridge

From Sam Borden (LoHud): As I said on Twitter, Phil Hughes ducked the media after walking two to lead off the eighth. Dave Eiland said Hughes tried to be “too perfect,” but expressed confidence the team will continue to utilize him in the same role. “Sure, why not,” Eiland said. “He’s had a heckuva lot more good outings than bad. We’re not going to throw the towel on him yet.” At this point, “Sure, why not,” doesn’t really inspire much confidence nor does it sound at all convincing. Perhaps the Yankees would be better served piecing together a bridge to Continue reading Warning: Broken Bridge

Defending D-Rob

From Adam Spunberg ( Robertson is an amiable guy, but he let his affability extend to the Phillies today. After Marte came in and expertly navigated through two outs of a jam, Robertson proceeded to walk Jayson Werth and surrender a two-RBI single to Raul Ibanez. Good-natured Dave should offer to do CC Sabathia’s laundry for a week after muddying what had been a detergent-fresh start. While Spunberg is correct in that David Robertson allowed a frustrating 2-out 2 RBI single after Damaso Marte had already pulled a rabbit out of a hat, I think placing this much blame upon Continue reading Defending D-Rob

World Series Game 1: Phillies 6, Yankees 1

Ignoring the mist that covered the field, the first game of the 2009 World Series got underway in the Bronx Wednesday night. In what was a much closer game than the final score would lead you to believe, the Yankee offense could do nothing against last year’s AL Cy Young Award winner, Cliff Lee. The bullpen was little help as the Phillies ran away with the game in the end, winning 6-1.

After getting a quick two outs to start the game, CC loaded the bases, but was able to get Raul Ibanez to ground out, escaping trouble. Cliff Lee handled the Yankees lineup through the first two innings. With two outs in the third inning, CC gave up a solo home run to Chase Utley, who put it over the wall in right. The big lefty battled back to strike out Ryan Howard, but the Phillies had the early 1-0 lead.

Both pitchers continued to keep the hitters quiet allowing few hits and base runners. With one out in the bottom of the sixth Utley went yard off CC for the second time in the game, giving the Phillies the 2-0 lead and leaving Damon wondering when the short porch in right would be renamed for the Philadelphia infielder.

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