First guessing Game 2's maneuvers

I get it that he wants to bench a slumping Swisher, but to use UTILITY MAN Jerry Hairston, Jr. instead of the VASTLY SUPERIOR defender/speedster Brett Gardner is flat out indefensible. Put Gardner in CF, where he’d be the best defensive OF on either team*, and slide Melky to RF. I’m cool with that. Give Swisher a break. No issue with that… but to put Hairston in…?

And to do it in the same game where you are benching Posada for no-stick Molina… wow, just wow.

If I hit the keyboard harder, does it make it any easier for you to understand how much I dislike these moves?

* UPDATE: Here’s the 2008 UZR Ratings on Gardner and Victorino( not showing 2009 UZR):

  • Gardner: 12.7
  • Victorino: 6.0

Here’s the data pulled from our OF/DH preview (also from, but 2009 data. Check out the Fielding Value columns):

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WS Game 2: Phillies @ Yankees

Lineups courtesy of Lohud:

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)
Jimmy Rollins SS
Shane Victorino CF
Chase Utley 2B
Ryan Howard 1B
Jayson Werth...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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World Series Game 1: Phillies 6, Yankees 1

In the top of the eighth, the Yankees sent Phil Hughes to the mound. He gave up a lead off walk to Jimmy Rollins who stole second while Shane Victorino was batting. Hughes walked Victorino and the Yankees quickly brought out Damaso Marte. Marte managed to freeze Utley with a curve to strike him out looking, for the first out of the inning. Howard flew out to right, letting Rollins advance to third and Marte’s night was over as Girardi signaled for David Robertson. Robertson walked Werth to load the bases for Ibanez, who poked a RBI single through the infield and into right field. Robertson got Ben Francisco to ground out to Alex Rodriguez, but the damage was done and Philadelphia held a 4-0 lead over the Yankees.

Brian Bruney, recently added to the World Series roster, started the top of the ninth. He gave up a double to Carlos Ruiz and a single to Rollins. Victorino singled to right, scoring Ruiz and Rollins scored on a Ryan Howard double.…

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