Daily Archives: June 13, 2011
SWB W 8-3
In the top of the 4th Jesus Montero homered (5) scoring Austin Krum and Ramiro Pena. In the top of the ninth Gustavo Molina singled in Kevin Russo and Greg Golson. Getting the win in relief is Wade who moves to 3-1 on the season.
Tampa L 2-1
Charleston L 3-0
A.J. Burnett (6-4) vs. Carrasco (5-3)
Enjoy the game.
Martin C (scratched with lower back stiffness)
During radio broadcasts John Sterling says that the bottom of the lineup isn’t producing as they should have. Swisher was in a funk, Posada was struggling mightily and Russell Martin’s numbers started to go south, but there was one guy in the bottom of the lineup that had always kept his numbers rising even after an atrocious start in April, and that man is Brett Gardner.
Brett had his chance to be the lead-off guy in April but after 2 weeks he was sent back to the bottom of the order where he had broke out in his red-hot hitting. Yesterday showed a prime example on what Gardner can do when he leads off an inning. Gardner doubled twice, tripled once, scored three runs and started off 2 Yankees rally’s for them to take Game 3 from the Indians 9-1. I think that once Derek Jeter reaches the 3,000 hits then it would be a nice time to start experimenting with the lineups once again. Looking at Brett’s numbers, it seems that he had definitely broke out of his hitting slump and just started becoming red-hot.
April: .194 AVG, .280 OBP, 20 K’s, .403 SLG
May: .301 AVG, .379 OBP, 13 K’s, .373 SLG
June (so far): .414 AVG, .469 OBP, 2 K’s, .655 SLG
Now these numbers show that in April, Gardner was swinging at everything on the plate, not taking the walks that he should nor showing discipline, but Gardner took a day off during April to work with Kevin Long on his hitting and they both discovered he wasn’t using his lower back while swinging. Gardner also decided to keep both hands on the bat when batting even though he occasionally lets go with one hand (and in rare cases both hands). After Gardner’s small tutorial with Kevin Long he had became a dead on red hot hitter, even having a higher batting average than some of his other teammates who started off hot (Swisher, Jeter, Posada, Martin, Teixeira) and was the only Yankee to bat over .300 in the month of May.
Now, let’s take a look at Derek Jeter’s numbers from the lead off spot for the months of April, May and June shall we?
April: .256 AVG, .313 OBP, 9 K’s, .278 SLG
May: .274 AVG, .338 OBP, 18 K’s, .371 SLG
June (so far): .233 AVG, .313 OBP, 4 K’s, .302 SLG
Jeter’s numbers are slightly lower than Gardner’s but the number of strikeouts increased in May where Jeter had 18 while Gardner only had 13. Jeter had a .338 OBP while Gardner’s was .379 and Jeter was batting 27 points lower than Gardner in the month of May. This backs up my claim where I think that Gardner should be the lead off hitter, but the Yankees would want to hold off on that until Jeter gets his 3,000 hits which could either be during the final four games of this home stand series or while the Yankees are in Chicago for inter-league play.
|1-Nunez, E, PR-SS||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.218|
|Rodriguez, Al, 3B||5||1||3||3||0||1||2||.288|
|Garcia, F(W, 5-5)||6.2||7||1||1||2||6||0||3.60|
Game review from MLB.com’s Matt Fortuna:
NEW YORK — Joe Girardi sounded like a football or basketball coach Sunday when describing the value of Brett Gardner.
“He’s been hot lately, again,” the Yankees’ manager said. “He got off to a slow start, and the he got hot, and then he kind of got into a short little spell where he wasn’t swinging the bat great. But he’s been hot again.
“But he just creates so many problems for the defense.”
Like a quarterback who runs the offense, or a point guard who gets everyone involved, Gardner’s poise and energy proved contagious Sunday in the Yankees’ 9-1 over the Indians, their third in a row after dropping three straight to the Red Sox.