Game Thread: Yankees at Tigers, 5/5/2011

The Yankees and Tigers are both 3-3 against each other this season. The winner of tonight’s game owns the season series.

BFFs Jeter and Arod are out of the lineup tonight:

Brett Gardner LF
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Jorge Posada DH
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez SS

RHP A.J. Burnett

For the Tigers, no Action Jackson today:

Don Kelly, CF
Scott Sizemore, 2b
Brennan Boesch, RF
Miguel Cabrera, 1b
Victor Martinez, C
Magglio Ordonez, DH
Ryan Raburn, LF
Brandon Inge, 3b
Ramon Santiago, SS

RHP Seton Hall Prep’s own Rick Porcello

E.J. Fagan been blogging about Yankee baseball since 2006. He is a Ph.D. student at University of Texas at Austin.

About EJ Fagan

E.J. Fagan been blogging about Yankee baseball since 2006. He is a Ph.D. student at University of Texas at Austin.

15 thoughts on “Game Thread: Yankees at Tigers, 5/5/2011

  1. What a shame. This game is a classic illustration of how Jeter’s glove and defensive presence gets overlooked in the midst of debates over his declining bat. I don’t care how well Nunez is hitting the ball lately — he’s directly responsible for three positively dumb runs scoring in this game so far. Whatever he brings to the table as a pinch-hitter and pinch runner is absolutely negated by his chokes whenever the ball is hit to him. Honestly, if you can’t throw across a diamond within three yards of Mark friggin’ Teixeira’s glove you have no business being on a major league diamond. Inexcusable. I know Joe G loves the guy’s bat and speed on the basepaths so it’s not likely, but I sorely wish they’d send him down now, bring back Pena and make Nunez available as a throw-in trade chip when they make their move for a SP. …Sheesh, what a bonehead choker! Arghggh. Another great pitching effort blown to hell.

  2. Jeter may not make a lot of errors, but his lack of range and offensive woes make him more of a liability than an asset. Finding SS that don’t make errors and have better range isn’t really all that difficult. Jeter’s ability to hit better than most SS throughout his career is what made him valuable.

    Posada may look more comfortable at the plate, but he’s still making a lot of outs. Even if he turns it around a bit, at age 40 he’s not likely to be even a replacement level DH.

    Jeter is still difficult to replace right away because there aren’t a lot of good SS available right away. Posada is another story.

  3. How much longer do they go with Posada? Not only are his triple slash numbers awful, but he already has 3 gidps, and he’s a very slow and very bad baserunner.

  4. I agree 100% with not signing Martin long term. We have to believe at least one of Montero et al are going to become viable MLB catchers at some point, and Martin’s health history has been anything but encouraging.

    regarding DJ, the likelihood of an upgrade becoming available any time this season is fairly remote-finding a solid everyday SS