Game 22: Keep the Ball on the Ground

Given the Yankees luck with injuries thus far, many were left incredulous at the sight of Nick Swisher being helped off the field yesterday – particularly those of us who remembered the groin woes that sidelined Swisher for a portion of Spring Training. Thankfully, the jovial slugger isn’t likely to miss more than a week or so, per Girardi – though Swisher is eying a Thursday return date, perhaps with the hopes that a strong performance will result in a buffet of succulent Kansas City barbecue.

On tonight’s pessimistic agenda, however, we see the corner outfield positions manned by Eduardo Nunez – he of 18.1 professional innings in the outfield – and Raul Ibanez (whose mere presence in the outfield may well be a violation of Hiroki Kuroda’s human rights). The pragmatist in me suggests that Nunez’s speed and strong arm will be an asset in the outfield, and I do think that some folks in the know must have a fair bit of confidence in his abilities to toss him to the wolves like this. Moreover, even the most casual viewer has noticed that Nunez tends to rush his mechanics in the infield, perhaps at the sight of the runner tearing down the line … the ability to “relax,” comparatively speaking, and be involved in fewer plays may be a boon for all parties. Here’s hoping.

Baltimore Orioles New York Yankees
Nolan Reimold, LF Derek Jeter, SS
J.J. Hardy, SS Curtis Granderson, CF
Nick Markakis, RF Alex Rodriguez, DH
Adam Jones, CF Robinson Cano, 2B
Matt Wieters, C Mark Teixeira, 1B
Chris Davis, 1B Raul Ibanez, RF
Wilson Betemit, 3B Eric Chavez, 3B
Mark Reynolds, DH Russell Martin, C
Robert Andino, 2B Eduardo Nunez, LF
Jason Hammel, SP Hiroki Kuroda, SP

The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM on YES – let’s go Yankees!

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73 thoughts on “Game 22: Keep the Ball on the Ground

    • well, that was one run (and a bit of fun). Wyll Raul’s lefty bat count for more than such?

      • Over the course of a season, his bat will not produce a run a game. But his defense might give up a run a game.

  1. I’m having too follow on Gameday. However, Direct TV is running some free stations so I get to watch the Caps vs Rangers. Weird watching a hockey game when it’s mid-80s. I’ll check in from time-to-time and read your comments.

    • he got screwed up in his swing, kinda. Powerful swing, but he twisted inside too much, I guess just to adapt to a slider.

  2. Nunez’s problems have mostly been throwing, no? So maybe can play the outfield.

  3. Oh, the ballet we have! Raul almost, almost, not yet, made a beauty. Nuney pretty well did.

  4. Tex! That’s some handsome flaggin’!

    Then Nuney wants to catch it sitting down.

    • I don’t see what Ibanez is contributing. He’s a butcher in the outfield, his OBP is .302–against right-handed pitching overwhelmingly–and he’s slugging .450-ish. There’s gotta be somebody better.

      • was a weird choice to me. They gotta be counting on him getting his swing tuned for the short porch. Joe decided, probably, that Hammels is harder on righties. Shame he is fielding-impaired.

      • I saw something in the 6th. (Foul homer; Lineout to short; long drive to dead center.). I didn’t want him to come out for the 7th.

  5. Kuroda twice tickled the outside corner on Reynolds, and he took. The ump each time slowly, gingerly raised a finger.

    • Let’s get rid of the umpires and let all disputed calls be settled by rock-paper-scissors.

  6. I haven’t seen the radar gun. What speed is Hiroki-san getting on his fastball?

  7. Glad that Dave didn’t fool aroung so much with Andino. When he got 2 strikes on Reynolds, he wasted a couple pretty rediculous worm burners.

  8. Nice dp, boys! Robbie’s overhand throw was a brave, good one, and Jeter’s snag was elixir, game-winning variety.