Results for tag: Curtis Granderson
Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Apr 26, 2010 at 08:45:53 PM

Credit Joe Girardi for coming clean in a way that was uncomfortable to watch in the aftermath of Sunday’s non-intentional walk to Kendry Morales. The good news for Girardi’s conscience is that the blast didn’t lose the game, it simply put it out of reach. The question is why he second-guessed his decision in the first place. Marte used to be the kind of lefty who could do more than spot work, but that doesn’t seem to be the case after his injuries. Morales, a switch-hitter, is a better hitter from the left side than the right, and normally you would want to turn him around. The forgoing should be inoperative when turning him around means letting him face a lefty who is no longer prepared to retire right-handed hitters regardless of their

Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Apr 16, 2010 at 06:01:39 PM

Back when Joe Girardi proposed that Robinson Cano bat fifth, I raised a holler, saying that in order for Cano to provide value in that spot he couldn’t slip at all from last season’s level of production, and perhaps even raise his on-base percentage. He’s done that (and how!) hitting .395/.400/.816 in his first nine games. He’s hit four home runs, including two on Thursday night and has yet to ground into a double play. Now 27 years old, it seems very much as if Cano is peaking.

And yet, just as some have prematurely celebrated Jeff Francoeur’s newfound patience, it is too early to say if the Cano we’re seeing now is the same one we’re going to be seeing all season long. He’s drawn but one walk,

Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Apr 5, 2010 at 04:55:52 PM

Is it yet time to call up Mark Melancon?

In fairness to Chan Ho Park, not only is it too early for me to say “I told you so” on that particular signing, but the debacle of Opening Night had multiple authors. These can be separated into two groups, “likely transient” and “likely permanent:"

Likely Transient
• CC Sabathia’s lack of location.
• Chan Ho Park’s lack of location/nervous overthrowing.

Likely Permanent
• Brett Gardner’s weak arm.
• Curtis Granderson’s vulnerability to left-handers
• Jorge Posada chasing balls to the backstop.
• Joba Chamberlain being wild and hittable.

Of the second list, Gardner’s range should compensate for his arm. Granderson will eventually be treated like a platoon player in

Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Apr 1, 2010 at 12:09:28 PM

In today’s New York Post, Joel Sherman suggests that we’ve been on the right path about Joba Chamberlain being no lock for the eighth inning:

As for Chamberlain, the road is not quite as clear. There is not quite as much trust in Chamberlain as a pitcher or a person. He is not going to just be handed the eighth inning.

In fact, the more and more I talked with Yankee people the more and more I got the vibe that Joe Girardi either will mix and match the eighth inning by using lefty Damaso Marte in spots or go with Chan Ho Park … Or maybe there fixation with Park is just one more motivational tool to get the full attention of Chamberlain.

Sounds ominous. What I wonder is this: if the Yankees had such

Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Mar 16, 2010 at 05:15:36 PM

"he’s not a top offensive performer and almost certainly isn’t going to be one."

This is your most typical description of almost all young Yankee players, irrespective of position. Cano's OBP and his penchant for not coming up clutch have been widely discussed and over-analyzed. However, to come out and say that a player will never attain what is within his potential is crazy. Cano might never have a .400 OBP and a RISP Avg. that matches his career Avg., but to write him off at 27 when he is entering his prime is foolish. The Yankees want to give Cano the chance to succeed in the 5 spot because he is a huge part of their future. The Yankees can't rely on the potential of Montero, Posada's age-defying consistency and Swisher's career-ambiguity.

Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Mar 4, 2010 at 09:33:11 AM

I can’t bear to look, so I have to ask: Has Ian O’Connor yet published a scorching tirade against Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes? Given that he tarred A-Rod for being questioned in the same investigation, these two pillars of the New York Mets should be guilty via the same associations. Not in the interest of fairness? No? Too bad…

It’s almost a foregone conclusion that Derek Jeter will be back in pinstripes on a new contract after this season, but regardless of the length of his next contract, it is not too soon to start thinking about where the next Yankees’ shortstop will come from. Jeter may be a Yankee forever, but he might not be the Yankees’ shortstop for an equivalent span of time.

Though earlier this

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.

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,

Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Feb 12, 2010 at 05:13:01 PM

After the 1988 season, the Yankees decided that they were done with second baseman Willie Randolph. He had been with the team for 13 seasons, playing an exemplary second base and doing a fairly consistent job offensively with a skill set that was broadly similar to Luis Castillo’s, except that Randolph had fewer steals, more walks and better defense. Yet, there were a few knocks on him. He had always been prone to injuries, missing 20 to 40 games a year. With just a little more durability, he might have had at least a small-c case for the Hall of Fame; primarily a leadoff or number-two hitter, Randolph never scored 100 runs in a season. Part of that was due to the 1970s being a low-offense era, part to the missed time. Randolph could have had a half-dozen 100-run seasons if he had

Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Dec 10, 2009 at 10:26:39 AM

I don’t understand commentators not understanding the meaning of the Curtis Granderson deal in terms of its impact on the Yankees’ plans going forward. If I thought the Yankees had the same perception of the deal as some commentators, I would be truly afraid. Fortunately, as with last winter’s predictions that the Yankees absolutely, positively would not be in on Mark Teixeira, chances are that some of the latest predictions made are full of hot air.

Specifically, one analysis that’s floating about suggests that now that the Yankees have a power-hitting center fielder on hand they will not or can afford not to sign a quality left fielder or designated hitter, whether that means Johnny Damon or Hideki Matsui or another team’s free agents.

Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Dec 8, 2009 at 04:25:01 PM

As was the case last winter, when Brian Cashman and the Yankees stopped messing around with the Carl Pavanos and Jaret Wrights of the world and signed CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira, the team did what it had to do, seeing an opportunity to upgrade the championship team in center field. Note I say “center field.” There’s always the possibility that the Yankees could say, “Bye, Johnny Damon, we’re keeping Melky in center and putting Granderson in left,” or something like that, and completely negate the offensive improvement they just made. I don’t believe that will happen; if I had to bet I would guess Damon would be back.

Let’s talk about the deal as it’s being reported. The Yankees get Granderson. The All-Star center fielder turns 29