Andrew: Honestly, do you think A-Rod is still a worthy 4-hole hitter? I think he's not, and I'm concerned the Yanks will keep him there no matter how poor his production. His contract of course.
Greg, so far this season, I would say no. My teammate, Wally Matthews, has been on top of this since the spring, asking if A-Rod is still a cleanup guy.A-Rod is going to have some numbers, no doubt, but, just on appearances, I don't think he is driving the ball with the authority he once did. Some balls they may have been out in the past are not going out now.
Do you think that David Phelps will pitch in the rotation this year? He's looked pretty good so far.
Stanger things have happened. The Yankees are seven-deep in the rotation. Granted, they have gone through one time with only one good start. But that figures to change. Still, Phelps has looked tremendous since the start of spring.
How is David Robertson looking so far? Do you think he keeps the set-up job all year?
Awesome. All he does is strikeout everyone.
With Pettitte and Pineda coming soon and Phelps throwing so well, who will be the odd men out on the pitching staff?
Such a great question with no real answer. Most likely, someone will get hurt to make the decision for the Yankees. However, if not, I think the Yankees will have to go with the hot hand.
Soriano has to be the most unreliable reliever ever. Every time we need him, he has another ailment. I hope Hank sleeps well at night knowing how badly he screwed that signing up, and costing the Yanks a first round draft pick to boot.
So far that signing has been very bad. Watching last night, I had a feeling Soriano had some sort of injury.
Do you really think Andy pettitte can make an impact this season?
To me, the question with Pettitte is: Will he be able to stay healthy? The Yankees are still looking at May as a possible return date.
Please tell me Tex and Granderson will be working extensively with Kevin Long to practice hitting away from the shift. If they don't, we are in deep trouble
Easier said than done. The pitchers are throwing 90-plus so it is hard enough just to hit it, let alone place it. Girardi says the key is not to change your game. This is true to a point. Can't stop swinging for the fences, but the shift seems to take away a lot of potential hits.
Are we more likely to see the Pineda from last years first half of the season or the Pineda we saw in spring training?
Goodness, no one knows. It all comes down to his fastball. If he gets back around 94-plus consistently than combined with his excellent slider and developing change, he could be back to first half of last year.
After seeing the Yankee backup catcher completely overmatched at the plate last night, do to think the Yankees might soon reconsider bringing Cervelli back up
Not right now. Chris Stewart can't hit. The Yanks know that. Cervelli just got caught in a numbers game. He has options and Stewart doesn't.Cervelli will be back. Bad break for him.
With Tex struggles from left side of the plate do you think it's a consideration to hit exclusively right handed? Seem BA in the low 200's for a while would at least spark the idea.
I was talking about that in the press box during last night's game.He just looks so much more composed at the plate as a righty. He has more power at the plate as a lefty.I don't think he will do it anytime soon.
Will the Yankees bring up a long reliever today assuming only Rapada, Logan and Robertson are available out I the 'pen tonight?
There is no one to send down. So I tend to doubt it, but it is possible, I guess.
Am I the only one that still believes in Arod? Everytiime he comes to the plate I still think he is gonna send one out.......
There are three others.Honestly, A-Rod is still a good player. He is just not elite anymore. The question is if he is even great now.
I know it early and i'm not worrying about it but it seems like if the Yankees lineup will need help if they get to the playoffs. Is there a bat out there that you can think of who could be available. 2 wild cards keeps more teams in it longer so that may also make it more difficult.
Jesus Montero?Seriously, I don't really see how the Yanks change their offense. You are not getting anyone to replace the corner infielders. Jeter looks great. Cano is an MVP candidate. Ibanez is hitting well.The OF is set. I guess maybe LF, but the Yanks like Gardner a lot and they think Andruw against lefties is very good.
How many games (approximately) will A-rod play this season?
Andrew, I know it was only one start with Kuroda, but do you put any credence into the idea that he did come from the NL west and their pitchers success typically does not translate when changing leagues?
It is possible. We have seen guys make that transition and we have seen them struggle.One thing that shouldn't be overlooked his Kuroda is 37. I'm not saying he is old, but he ain't young so that is something to watch, too.
How well will CC pitch this season?
In my preseason projectsions, I had CC still being good, but nt as good as last year. I don't remember my exact numbers, but I think they were like 16-8 with a 3.60 ERA or so.
If not A-Rod as a 4 hitter who would you put there?
Based off of last year, you could move Granderson into that spot. He hit 41 jacks last year.
With the starting rotation being 7 deep and Phelps looking decent thus far, does it even make sense to bring up Banuelos and Betances this year?
I think those guys are going to be in Triple-A all year.Banuelos had a bad camp and his first start at Triple-A didn't go too well. Betances may be a little ahead now, but I still think that they aren't fighting for a job until next spring.
2 changes I would make to improve the Yankees right now. 1) Move A-Rod down in the order, Teixeira to 3 hole and Cano clean-up. 2) Make David Phelps the 5th starter and move Garcia to the Pen. Thoughts?
Girardi would disagree.Let's see Phelps do it for more than 3 MLB innings before he is better than Freddy. Phelps has looked very good, but he still needs to show it for a little longer.
Why not let Gardner play more regularly against left-handed pitching and if ARod & Tex don't improve their numbers with RISP the Yanks will have a lot of problems this year.
I'm a proponent of playing Gardner more against lefties. The only thing Jones does is hit for more power and avg against lefties.But Gardner gets on base the same against lefties as righties, even if his avg is way lower against lefties. His defense is very helpful.
If teams are willing to give Tex and Granderson an opening to bunt their way on all year why not force things by going for it and consistently giving guys like Cano, A-Rod, and Jones/Ibanez at bats with one or two men on? It just seems like if the Yankees don't start punishing teams for shifting they are going to keep facing it and (more frustrating) hit into it.
Not the worst idea to put down a bunt to stop the shift. But I think the other teams would probably prefer A-Rod and Tex bunting instead of trying to hit homers.
How about the bullpen last night, they were lights out. Phelps with 4 SO's in a row. Is it safe to say the Yankees have shortened most future games to 6 innings or less. Phelps, Robertson, Rivera looks astounding.
Bullpen looks awesome.In theory, you add Soriano and it is pretty unstoppable.
how do you rate the yankee farm system,baseball america rated them 13,do you feel thats a fair number.I feel they are more like a six or seven with their pitching and catching being so strong,Romaine and Gary Sanchez
I can't fairly judge all the MLB teams system. I can say the Yankees are strong in pitching and catching. Besides Mason Williams in the OF, they need some work.But these are all just projections. There are guys we keep talking about who won't amount to anything. And guys who are off the radar, who will be good.For example, I've like D.J. Mitchell for ahwile, but he has just really come on the radar, I think, for the average fan.
Who do you see winning more games this year, Kuroda or Hughes?
So you would leave A-Rod as clean-up? Cano has more value there and having Teixeira bat in front of him could lead to more damage from the line-up then K-Rod behind Cano.
I wouldn't change yet, but when I did I would put Granderson in the cleanup spot.You go lefty, lefty (Cano and Granderson) but they both hit left-handers o it doesn't matter.
What is the long-term organization view of David Phelps? Do they view him as a reliever or a starter? Watching him pitch last night, it looked like he had the stuff, and almost as importantly, the demeanor (the confidence) to start.
Starter. But they can only have five of them so maybe that changes. It is hard to get a chance if you are not the top prospect in the Yankee universe.But you can earn you way into it and that is what Phelps is doing.
I know it's easier said than done but I'm pretty sick of watching Teixiera roll over balls on the outside corner. If I were a manager I would fine any pitcher that gives Tex a ball inside when he's batting left-handed.
I don't think they mean to do it.
Shouldn't we wait until Phelps has pitched more than 3 innings before deciding he's the answer to any Yankees pitching issues?
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