Results for tag: Juan Miranda
Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on May 21, 2010 at 11:17:19 AM

After dropping three straight at home, the Yankees are now five games behind the Rays. In my glorious youth, this would be a cause for worry, but given the existence of the Wild Card there’s no reason to get too exercised about this latest setback. Sure, the Tigers, Twins, and Blue Jays are just one game behind, but Juan Miranda is here now.

Miranda is slugging .700 in his 20 at-bats, so he doesn’t deserve ridicule. In fact, insofar as last night’s game goes, perhaps no one does. Andy Pettitte had an off night, and that’s going to happen sometimes. Heck, in 1930, Lefty Grove went 28-5 with a ERA of 2.54 in an American League in which the average pitcher had an ERA of 4.65. He was a god among men. Yet, in his second start of the season, against the Yankees, he gave

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 06:30:26 PM

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