Daily Archives: August 10, 2012

Game 112 Lineup: Yankees @ Blue Jays

Lineup vs. Blue Jays:

Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Andruw Jones LF
Jayson Nix 3B
Russell Martin C
Ichiro Suzuki CF
Casey McGhee 1B

Freddy Garcia RHP

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Trial and error in making the Yankees lineup

If there is one thing the Yankees have had for the duration of the 2012 season, it was the fact that they have had a potent lineup. With Derek Jeter leading off and with Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano supplying power in the middle of the order, nothing could go wrong for a team that has a somewhat comfortable lead in the American League East. However, manager Joe Girardi likes to move the players around in the order, which could affect how the team plays for that day.

Putting together a lineup is like a science experiment. Girardi tinkers with the lineup and puts it to the test. If it comes out good, then he might use the combination more often. If the results come out wrong, then he tries again and puts the players in a different order. When he does not have the important pieces of the lineup due to injuries (i.e.: Brett Gardner, Alex Rodriguez), Girardi has to think of a different way to make the lineup work with the technique of trial and error. Do you want an example of Girardi’s process of trial and error with the lineup?

After the Yankees lost Alex Rodriguez and already had Ichiro Suzuki in the lineup, Girardi had to think of a way to get all of his hitters together. Girardi decided to move Curtis Granderson into the leadoff spot and have Derek Jeter bat second in the lineup. Both Granderson and Jeter were hitting before the move and Girardi figured that Granderson and Jeter would continue hitting after the move. Both Jeter and Granderson were not hitting at all after Girardi made the move. Even if the move did work, Granderson would not have used his skills to his full potential. In the leadoff spot, Granderson would not have gotten a lot of RBI’s if he had hit a home run. To add to the issue, Granderson strikes out a lot, which is not something you would like from your leadoff hitter. Girardi realized the move was not working and tried moving Granderson down in the order on Wednesday and had him bat 6th in the order.  Granderson went three for five with a 3-run homer.

When piecing the lineup together, Girardi has no margin for error. He has to make the moves correctly for his team so that their abilities could be used to its upmost potential. Sometimes the lineup might not produce the way we would like, but that is the joy of trial and error. If something does not work, then scrap it and try again.

Morning Bits: Toronto Series, Chavez comes up big and more

Good morning all.  Nice that the Yankees salvaged a split with the Tigers.  The Yankee will begin a new series tonight in Toronto.  The first pitch is scheduled for 7:07 PM EST.  On the mound will be Garcia vs Romero.

Enjoy the game and enjoy the weekend.

Now for some links…

Katie Sharp & Mark Simon of ESPN have all the stats to watch for tonight’s game.

Andrew Simon of MLB.com has all the notes and tidbits of the upcoming series with the Jays.

Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com writes that the Yankees are in good shape if they can find their rhythm.

David Waldstein of the NY Times writes how Chavez is coming up big for the Yankees during A-Rod’s injury.

Joe Zemla of Yahoo Sports ponders how many future Hall Of Famers do the Yankees have on the roster.

Teixeira and Chavez go back-to-back as Yankees split series with 4-3 victory over Tigers

After it looked like the Yankees and Tigers weren’t going to play the game due to rain, the rain stayed away and let the Yankees and Tigers play the whole game but there was more than enough drama as the Yankees scratched out a 4-3 victory over the Tigers to even the series at 2.

After a delay of game, the Yankees quickly got two runs in the 2nd inning against Doug Fister after Raul Ibanez tripled to knock in a run, followed by Ichiro Suzuki getting his own RBI. The Yankees game was very emotional when in the 5th inning the Tigers tacked on three runs. The third run never should have scored. Andy Dirks hit a fly ball to left field that umpire Tim Welke called foul, but when the ball hit the ground and rolled away, Welke changed his call to a fair ball, which allowed the third run to score. Joe Girardi immediately came out of the dugout to argue the call and after the umpires felt Girardi was questioning them, they ejected him for his third ejection of the season (all three of his ejections this season came against the Tigers).

The Yankees scored the third and fourth runs in the 8th inning after Mark Teixeira and Eric Chavez hit back-to-back homers to give the Yankees the 4-3 lead. However, the Yankees tight roped their way to the victory after they called upon David Phelps to get two of the three outs in the 8th inning and asked Rafael Soriano to get a four out save. Soriano got into trouble in the 9th inning after Alex Avila doubled and Omar Infante singled to give the Tigers first and third with no one out. However, Soriano was able to induce popups from Ramon Santiago and Quintin Berry and for the final out was able to get Andy Dirks to sky out to Curtis Granderson.

The Yankees now head to Canada where they will face the Blue Jays in a three game set. First pitch tomorrow night is at 7:05pm.