Game 54: SWEEP THE LEG

The Yankees go for the sweep against The A’s in Oakland today, and they’ll do it with this lineup:

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Russell Martin C
Andruw Jones LF
Eduardo Nunez 3B

I’m a little disappointed that Brett Gardner isn’t playing, since I think he’s earned the right to play each day, but whatever. I guess giving A-Rod the half-day off is more important.

They’ll go up against Oakland lefty Gio Gonzalez. He’s having a fine year, putting up an ERA/FIP/xFIP line of 2.17/3.29/3.40. The walks are a little high at 4.04 per nine, but he’s striking out 9.10 per nine and giving up just 0.58 HR/9, while getting a 50.6% ground ball rate. Lots of strikeouts and grounders and keeping the ball in the park usually means success. The Yankees haven’t hit all that well against Gonzalez (.214 average, 1 HR, .161 IsoP), but they’ve walked a lot (.380 OBP) against him. Hopefully, they can get some hits to land. Fun fact: Gonzalez was traded to the A’s for Nick Swisher, so he’s, in theory, partially responsible for bringing Swisher to the Yankees. Thanks, Gio!

Anyway, hang out here as you watch the Yanks on a Wednesday afternoon. Go get ’em, Bombers.

A native and resident of the Mean Streets of Southwestern Connecticut, Matt is a narcissistic, misanthropic 20something English teacher who lives by a simple creed: Yankees Only.

About Matt Imbrogno

A native and resident of the Mean Streets of Southwestern Connecticut, Matt is a narcissistic, misanthropic 20something English teacher who lives by a simple creed: Yankees Only.

30 thoughts on “Game 54: SWEEP THE LEG

  1. “I’m a little disappointed that Brett Gardner isn’t playing”

    I don’t know how excited I would get over the fact that a guy with a lower OBP than Nick Swisher and a BA 14 points lower than Derek Jeter is not in the lineup.

    He is a big defensive upgrade over Jones – I’ll give you that.

  2. Have you guys seen who’s leading the All-Star voting right now? The entire starting infield are yankees! Martin, Alex, Jeter, Cano, and Teixeira. In the outfield Curtis Granderson is leading the way, with Hamilton, and Bautista.

  3. Swisher has been strong from the right side all year, now if he can just shift a little of that mojo to the left side of the plate we’d be good. If he strengthens up to what he should be, that takes away one of the two holes in the lineup.

  4. I love the poll question, saber is going ti crash and burn, but at least they are tring to promote newer statistics.

  5. Important at bat for Burnett–two on, two out,. Winningham up, and his control not looking good at all.

  6. Man the White Sox got screwed coming and going with Swisher! Gio Gonzalez traded for, traded him away for Wilson Betemit and Jhonny Nunez.

  7. You may be right about Gonzalez. I know prospects often don’t pan out, but I kind of like to watch them come along, which we don’t always get the chance to do as Yankee fans, at least we didn’t before Cashman.

  8. Weird game for AJ. Usualy he starts strong and then weakens, today he started weak, and strengthened as he went along.