Results for tag: Nick Johnson
Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on May 17, 2010 at 06:40:38 PM

The Yankees' lineup is getting to a depressing place. Derek Jeter is hitting .182 this month, Robinson Cano .214. In the last week, Brett Gardner has suddenly gone to hacking. Marcus Thames, getting more playing time than is ideal, is batting .226, and slugging .226, and for all I know, tipping .226. Ramiro Pena is suddenly an everyday player, or nearly so, which is akin to  just cancelling a lineup spot like an unwanted magazine subscription. Francisco Cervelli can’t bloop his way to .390 forever, and even if he does, you’d like the occasional home run from your catcher.

With Nick Johnson to undergo surgery and be gone, conservatively, until the far side of the All-Star break, Joe Girardi intends to use a never-ending series of rotating designated hitters, which is fine

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on May 13, 2010 at 06:30:26 PM

WHADDYA EXPECT?
Sure, Justin Verlander is an excellent pitcher, but as CC Sabathia showed today, excellent pitchers can be beaten. It helps if you face that pitcher with a real lineup, but the Yankees were about a third short of one today with Juan Miranda, Randy Winn, and Greg Golson at the bottom of the order. This trio of light hitters stranded nine baserunners today, contributing to a 1-3 finish for the Yankees in their long series at Detroit.

At the risk of repeating yesterday’s entry, it’s quite confusing as to why the Yankees are prepared to tolerate their current roster when they have alternatives beyond Golson, a pinch-runner/defensive substitute, Winn, a player who needs to hit .300 to be productive and won’t, and the ageless Miranda, who just might -- maybe

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on May 8, 2010 at 01:42:30 AM

VICTORIOUS DEFEAT, DEFEATED VICTORY

Talk about your mixed outcomes. Josh Beckett hit the pitcher’s mound throwing bolts of lightning at the outset of Friday night’s game, and one felt certain that it was going to be a difficult night for the Yankees at Fenway Park. But the thunderstorm proved to be short-lived, Beckett giving up a three-run smash to Nick Swisher (or maybe a three-run swish to Nick Smasher), and then completely losing the plot in the sixth inning.

Simultaneously, Phil Hughes provided more evidence of his arrival as a man among men. Hughes has now thrown 224.2 Major-League innings, enough that we can pretend that he’s just completed his rookie year, even though it took him parts of three seasons and 77 games to compile the totals, which show 192 hits,

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Apr 23, 2010 at 04:45:15 PM

I continue to spend much of my time at the local hospital, where my father is greatly improved but not yet out of the woods. As an older fellow with myriad health problems, my father is subject to a game of health dominoes: you take a severe blow to one system and all the others start breaking down. It’s like pulling at the bottom of a house of cards.

I’m there to keep him company, not watch baseball, but he’s sensitive to my work and my enthusiasms, and so he keeps offering. Unfortunately, the television in his room gets about 12 channels, none of them YES or the MLB network. He does get ESPN, but their attention to the only sport that matters has been intermittent as they’ve been dealing with the NFL draft, badminton, and other apparently pressing matters. Because

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Mar 5, 2010 at 02:06:13 PM

IT ... BEGINS
Nick Johnson scratched due to a sore back yesterday. No further comment, except that Jesus Montero could be ready soon. The injury to Johnson wasn’t serious, but it raises the question of what the Yankees would do if Johnson were forced to spend one of his more typical lengthy stays on the disabled list.

The answer probably depends on when in the season it happened. Were Johnson to go down now, we would probably see some cobbled-together arrangement that featured far too much of Juan Miranda at the plate, Randy Winn in the outfield with Nick Swisher getting a few DH turns, or Brett Gardner and Curtis Granderson getting some outfield time in games started by lefties one or the other might have otherwise skipped, with Marcus Thames DHing instead.

Later in the season, we

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Feb 24, 2010 at 10:52:13 AM

NICK JOHNSON IS NOT KEVIN RUSSO, AND VICE VERSA
I wasn’t drunk in our last entry, I was half-asleep. I had just completely erased Nick the Greenstick from my mind. Won’t happen again. He won’t let me, as I spend the season counting up the walks. Yeesh. Egg … On my face … Running … That’s another shirt ruined.

Why is it I only get comments when I screw up?

A QUICK WORD ABOUT JESUS MONTERO AND BATTING PRACTICE
On Monday, Jesus Montero hit some monster shots in batting practice, making like Roy Hobbs in “The Natural,” or Bama Rowell in real life, whichever you prefer. Today, we can read a very similar story about the Braves' Jason Heyward, the consensus best prospect in baseball. As good as Montero is, as ready as he may be quite soon,

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Feb 18, 2010 at 11:02:46 PM

Note: Some sources refute that Brian Roberts' discomfort could be from back spasms and not kidney stones, contrary to Buster Olney's initial report.

YOU GET OLDER, YOU LEARN
Word out of Baltimore Orioles camp today is that Brian Roberts is suffering with kidney stones. If you’ve ever suffered from that dreaded affliction, then you know that Robert Johnson was right when he sang that if you have stones in your passway, then your road seems dark at night. At one time, I was too ignorant to know this. Back in August, 1997, Tony Gwynn was enjoying his last great season. He was hitting .383, within striking distance of the .400 average that he just missed in the shortened 1994 season. I was rooting for him, so when he had to step out of the lineup with kidney stones, whatever they were,

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Feb 1, 2010 at 04:55:56 PM

Here’s an argument I never expected to be making: as the Yankees consider recasting their batting order to reflect their new acquisitions this offseason, the chronically impatient Robinson Cano should be batting higher in the order, perhaps as high as the second spot. It’s not an argument that I make with much enthusiasm, and as we proceed you will see that there are other moves that would be more optimal, but with Cano we have the problem of trying to put an oddly shaped set of skills to good use.

Before we get to Cano’s specific qualities, let’s acknowledge a couple of key factors about the Yankees’ batting order. First, many studies suggest that the difference between the optimal batting order and the least-optimal batting order is quite small. That said,

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