Results for tag: Ramiro Pena
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

Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on May 13, 2010 at 10:00:05 AM

One of the frustrations of watching baseball is when a team takes a player of limited skills and pretends him into being someone who can actually play. Ramiro Pena is a case in point. During the second game on Wednesday, Michael Kay remarked that Pena looked frustrated. Of course he’s frustrated—he can’t hit. Whatever the benefits his glove confers, Joe Girardi should know that intentionally inflicting Pena on the starting lineup in both ends of a doubleheader is just giving away offense. This is especially true when Kevin Russo, who has shown that he can hit a bit, is still on the roster. Russo isn’t a shortstop, but third base shouldn’t have been out of the question.

Before I get e-mail reminding me that Pena hit .287 last year, first, remember