Daily Archives: July 27, 2012

Game 99 Lineup: Red Sox vs. Yankees

Lineup vs. Red Sox:

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Andruw Jones DH
Eric Chavez 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Russell Martin C

Phil Hughes RHP

Do the Yankees Have Too Many Platoon Players?

Brian Cashman has done an incredible this season of finding great players to produce that he got at a minimal cost. Guys like Andruw Jones, Raul Ibanez, Eric Chavez, Jayson Nix, Cody Eppley, Boone Logan, Clay Rapada, and now Ichiro Suzuki have done a great job in their roles. While these players have all been very good contributors to the Yankees they all have one thing in common. They’re all either platoon players or OOGY pitchers. This really hampers what Joe Girardi is able to do late in games. Yes, sometimes he over manages, but this roster configuration doesn’t do him any favors.

A perfect example of how having too many platoon players can hamper Girardi occurred in Wednesday’s win over Seattle. With the Yankees down 2-1 in the 8th Raul Ibanez was due up against a lefty with the bases loaded and 1 out. None of Girardi’s options in this situation were good at all.  Ibanez has been on base a grand total of 7 times this season against lefties in 35 AB’s. He is batting .171, with 0 HR’s, 0 RBI, and a .452 OPS. Girardi’s only option to avoid using Ibanez in that spot was to pinch hit for Jayson Nix and most likely have Seattle manager Eric Wedge bring in a righty to face him. It worked out as Nix hit a bases clearing double, but Girardi was really handcuffed in that situation, as Nix was only 1-20 against righties this year prior to that AB. The same situation came up the previous game with Ibanez up against a lefty with the game on the line. This time Jones was available on the bench and Girardi should have went with him against the righty, but that situation is not really ideal either.

I probably noticed this more on this west coast trip due to Nick Swisher being out and Jones and Ibanez both having to play even more, but even with Swisher back the Yankees will be very vulnerable to left handed pitching with Alex Rodriguez out. A-Rod was the only right handed power player the Yankees have other than Jones and Mark Teixeira when he bats righty. Those fans who were booing him before will learn the lesson the hard way about what life is like without him. Losing a middle of the order guy with a team that is weak at the bottom of the order hurts greatly. Chavez is a fine replacement if he can stay healthy but he won’t be able to hit lefties and Jayson Nix will have to. I had no issues with the Ichiro pickup before A-Rod got hurt. He will be a very nice fill in for Brett Gardner and would have been a nice addition to the bottom of the order. Now he may have to hit lead off. He has very nice road numbers this year and getting out of Safeco Field and into a pennant race should revive him. However, if Cashman knew A-Rod was going to be out he might have tried to get somebody who could hit lefties as Ichiro is only hitting .236, with 0 HR’s, 8 RBI, and a .510 OPS against them. So now you have Ichiro, Chavez, and Ibanez who can’t hit lefties. You also have Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson who have not been as good against them this year as last year.  This all leaves them very vulnerable against lefties late in games and there is not anything Girardi can do about it.

The Yankees also have a similar problem in the bullpen. The Yankees have 3 OOGY pitchers in Logan, Eppley, and Rapada. They also have one guy in Chad Qualls who can’t get anybody out. The 3 OOGY pitchers have been great at what they do but that is what they’re limited to. So at the moment 4 of your 7 bullpen players are either OOGY’s or are incapable of getting anybody out. Fortunately, Joba Chamberlain has been lights out in the minors and should be coming to the Yankees real soon. He is a non OOGY pitcher who should be able to help solve this problem. You like to be able to matchup in the bullpen but you also like to have guys who can get both lefties and righties out so you do not have to burn through so many pitchers.

Series Preview: Yankees vs. Red Sox | 7/27/12-7/29/12

Pitching Matchups

Friday, 7/27/12, 7:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Phil Hughes, RHP
Last Start: 7.2 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 6 K, 2 BB, 2 HR
On the Season: 9-8, 4.09 ERA / 4.59 FIP / 4.27 xFIP, 8.03 K/9, 2.20 BB/9 in 114.1 IP

Pitching for the Red Sox: Aaron Cook, RHP
Last Start: 6.1 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 2 HR
On the Season: 2-3, 3.50 ERA / 4.59 FIP / 4.58 xFIP, 0.75 K/9, 0.75 BB/9 in 36.0 IP

Saturday, 7/28/12, 4:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: C.C. Sabathia, LHP
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 6 K, 1 BB, 2 HR On the Season: 10-3, 3.30 ERA / 3.26 FIP / 3.30 xFIP, 8.78 K/9, 2.33 BB/9 in 120.0 IP

Pitching for the Red Sox: Jon Lester, LHP
Last Start: 4.0 IP, 11 ER, 9 H, 2 K, 5 BB, 4 HR
On the Season: 5-8, 5.46 ERA / 4.18 FIP / 3.80 xFIP, 7.48 K/9, 2.84 BB/9 in 120.1 IP

Sunday, 7/29/12, 8:00pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Hiroki Kuroda, RHP
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 9 K, 1 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 10-7, 3.34 ERA / 3.88 FIP / 3.75 xFIP, 7.17 K/9, 2.37 BB/9 in 129.1 IP

Pitching for the Red Sox: Felix Doubront, LHP
Last Start: 5.0 IP, 6 ER, 8 H, 6 K, 3 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 10-5, 4.54 ERA / 4.31 FIP / 3.82 xFIP, 8.83 K/9, 3.45 BB/9 in 107.0 IP

NYY Offense

Who’s Hot

— Mark Teixeira – 9 for 26 with 2 doubles, 4 RBI, 2 BB in the last 7 days

— Derek Jeter – 8 for 25 with 1 HR, 1 RBI in the last 7 days

— Robinson Cano – 9 for 30 with 1 double, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not

— Andruw Jones – 1 for 15 with 1 RBI, 10 K in the last 7 days

— Chris Stewart – 1 for 9 with 1 BB, 1 K in the last 7 days

— Eric Chavez – 2 for 17 with 3 BB, 4 K in the last 7 days

— Raul Ibanez – 4 for 24 with 2 RBI, 1 BB, 7 K in the last 7 days

BOS Offense

Who’s Hot:

— Will Middlebrooks – 8 for 23 with 1 double, 1 HR, 1 RBI in the last 7 days

— Jarrod Saltalamacchia – 4 for 13 with 1 double, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not

— Carl Crawford – 2 for 22 with 8 K in the last 7 days

— Ryan Sweeney – 1 for 9 with 1 double, 1 BB in the last 7 days

— Cody Ross – 5 for 26 with 1 double, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K in the last 7 days

Enjoy the series everyone!