Musing About The Bench

The Yankees are on the cusp of signing veteran outfielder Andruw Jones to be the team’s first OF off of the bench. They signed Russell Martin to be the starting catcher for now, with Francisco Cervelli as the back up, and Jesus Montero on the way up. Jorge Posada will be the primary DH and could probably catch every once in a while. The team will also (likely) have Ramiro Pena and Eduardo Nunez to man the extra infield spots. Just so we can see it lined up: OF–Andruw Jones C–Francisco Cervelli IF–Eduardo Nunez IF–Ramiro Pena Having two back up Continue reading Musing About The Bench

Second-guessing the manager

Less than a day after writing a post absolving Joe Girardi of any wrongdoing in the Yankees’ 8-7 win, last night came another tough one-run loss featuring a handful of moves — or really, non-moves — by Girardi that were questionable. This time the primary issue revolved around pinch-hitting, or the lack thereof. In the eighth, Girardi elected to pinch-hit for Lance Berkman, who would’ve been forced to turn around and bat from his far inferior right side, for Marcus Thames. As bad as Berkman is from the right side (.247 wOBA), and as unexpectedly good as Thames has been Continue reading Second-guessing the manager

Yanks acquire Lance Berkman and Austin Kearns

As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, the Yanks have acquired 1B/RF Lance Berkman from the Houston Astros and OF Austin Kearns from the Cleveland Indians. Kearns was traded for a PBTNL, Berkman (aka Big Puma and Fat Elvis) will head to New York in exchange for AAA reliever Mark Melancon and low-A second baseman Jimmy Paredes. The 5 mil remaining on Berkman’s 2010 salary will be picked up by the Astros, along with the 2 mil buyout of his 2011 option. Berkman’s having a down year, but has maintained relatively good production (123 wRC+) and has been better of Continue reading Yanks acquire Lance Berkman and Austin Kearns

Colin Curtis, Juan Miranda, end late inning Angels’ comeback in 10-6 Yankee victory

This one was closer than the score makes it look. Javier Vazquez came out on fire. He got through 4 scoreless innings on only 37 pitches. Then, it all fell apart. He gave up 3 runs in the 5th and then 2 more in the 6th, including a 2 run blast to Hideki Matsui, who desperately misses Yankee Stadium. Joe Girardi handed things over to the bullpen after that. Joel Pineiro made sure that this was not a pitchers duel. As bad as Javy was, Pineiro was worse. He gave up 6 runs in 6 innings of work. He left Continue reading Colin Curtis, Juan Miranda, end late inning Angels’ comeback in 10-6 Yankee victory

Winn Must Improve

Perhaps this is unfair to him because I’m writing this right after Winn’s infield fly ball in the 8th inning was the biggest WPA swing of the game, but Winn needs to step it up. Quickly. With the injury to Curtis Granderson, Winn is going to be seeing a lot more playing time. As of right now, his line sits at .190/.250/.308. If this doesn’t start trending upwards in a timely manner, left field will become a black hole for the Bombers. Granted, they have the offense to make up for a bad bat. Of course, it’s worth noting that Continue reading Winn Must Improve