Daily Archives: September 13, 2012

Game 143 Lineup: Yankees @ Red Sox

Lineup vs. Red Sox:

Derek Jeter DH
Nick Swisher RF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Russell Martin C
Andruw Jones LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Steve Pearce 1B
Eduardo Nunez SS

RHP Phil Hughes

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Yankees release 2013 season schedule

The New York Yankees have released the 2013 season schedule and this schedule seems to be one of the most interesting schedules. For inter-league play, Yankees will take on the Dodgers, Rockies and Padres away and the Dodgers, Giants and Diamondbacks at home. Also the Subway Series has been cut down to 4 games next season vs. the Mets. Here is the 2013 season schedule (Note: Times are not listed).

Key: @ = Away, vs. = Home

April

April 1: Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees
April 2: OFF DAY
April 3: Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees
April 4: Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees
April 5: New York Yankees @ Detroit Tigers
April 6: New York Yankees @ Detroit Tigers
April 7: New York Yankees @ Detroit Tigers
April 8: New York Yankees @ Cleveland Indians
April 9: New York Yankees @ Cleveland Indians
April 10: New York Yankees @ Cleveland Indians
April 11: New York Yankees @ Cleveland Indians
April 12: Baltimore Orioles vs. New York Yankees
April 13: Baltimore Orioles vs. New York Yankees
April 14: Baltimore Orioles vs. New York Yankees
April 15: OFF DAY
April 16: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. New York Yankees
April 17: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. New York Yankees
April 18: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. New York Yankees
April 19: New York Yankees @ Toronto Blue Jays
April 20: New York Yankees @ Toronto Blue Jays
April 21: New York Yankees @ Toronto Blue Jays
April 22: New York Yankees @ Tampa Bay Rays
April 23: New York Yankees @ Tampa Bay Rays
April 24: New York Yankees @ Tampa Bay Rays
April 25: Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees
April 26: Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees
April 27: Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees
April 28: Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees
April 29: Houston Astros vs. New York Yankees
April 30: Houston Astros vs. New York Yankees

May

May 1: Houston Astros vs. New York Yankees
May 2: OFF DAY
May 3: Oakland Athletics vs. New York Yankees
May 4: Oakland Athletics vs. New York Yankees
May 5: Oakland Athletics vs. New York Yankees
May 6: OFF DAY
May 7: New York Yankees @ Colorado Rockies
May 8: New York Yankees @ Colorado Rockies
May 9: New York Yankees @ Colorado Rockies
May 10: New York Yankees @ Kansas City Royals
May 11: New York Yankees @ Kansas City Royals
May 12: New York Yankees @ Kansas City Royals
May 13: OFF DAY
May 14: Seattle Mariners vs. New York Yankees
May 15: Seattle Mariners vs. New York Yankees
May 16: Seattle Mariners vs. New York Yankees
May 17: Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees
May 18: Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees
May 19: Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees
May 20: New York Yankees @ Baltimore Orioles
May 21: New York Yankees @ Baltimore Orioles
May 22: New York Yankees @ Baltimore Orioles
May 23: OFF DAY
May 24: New York Yankees @ Tampa Bay Rays
May 25: New York Yankees @ Tampa Bay Rays
May 26: New York Yankees @ Tampa Bay Rays
May 27: New York Yankees @ New York Mets
May 28: New York Yankees @ New York Mets
May 29: New York Mets vs. New York Yankees
May 30: New York Mets vs. New York Yankees
May 31: Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees

June

June 1: Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees
June 2: Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees
June 3: Cleveland Indians vs. New York Yankees
June 4: Cleveland Indians vs. New York Yankees
June 5: Cleveland Indians vs. New York Yankees
June 6: New York Yankees @ Seattle Mariners
June 7: New York Yankees @ Seattle Mariners
June 8: New York Yankees @ Seattle Mariners
June 9: New York Yankees @ Seattle Mariners
June 10: OFF DAY
June 11: New York Yankees @ Oakland Athletics
June 12: New York Yankees @ Oakland Athletics
June 13: New York Yankees @ Oakland Athletics
June 14: New York Yankees @ LA Angels
June 15: New York Yankees @ LA Angels
June 16: New York Yankees @ LA Angels
June 17: OFF DAY
June 18: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. New York Yankees
June 19: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. New York Yankees
June 20: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. New York Yankees
June 21: Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees
June 22: Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees
June 23: Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees
June 24: OFF DAY
June 25: Texas Rangers vs. New York Yankees
June 26: Texas Rangers vs. New York Yankees
June 27: Texas Rangers vs. New York Yankees
June 28: New York Yankees @ Baltimore Orioles
June 29: New York Yankees @ Baltimore Orioles
June 30: New York Yankees @ Baltimore Orioles

Would missing the playoffs be a good thing for the Yankees?

That seems like a stupid question since the Yankees model of success is built upon putting a winner on the field and making the playoffs every season.  The added revenue from making the playoffs is significant and when you consider they have made it every year but once since 1995, that added revenue is substantial.  However, the way this team has played this season, I believe major changes are needed this offseason and perhaps missing the post-season will push ownership into making those changes.  The only time this club missed the playoffs in the last 17 years (2008), ownership responded by spending over $400 Million on 3 big Free Agents that led to a World Series the following year.

While I don’t think the team will spend like that this Winter no matter what, a failure to make the playoffs could lead ownership to make a change at GM and/or Manager.  Those are the 2 guys directly responsible for the old, slow and one-dimensional offense and the old team that is limping to the finish-line.  Cashman built this veteran team and had only 2 players on it whose games weren’t built on the HR – Gardner & Nunez.  Gardner was injured in April and never adequately replaced until over-the-hill Ichiro was obtained in late July.  Nunez was banished to the minors early in the year despite hitting .294 and leading the team with 6 SBs.  Cashman never replaced the youthful energy and speed those 2 players brought to the team and instead patched holes by giving expanded roles to the likes of Andruw Jones and Raul Ibanez.  The guys he did bring in were all veteran journeyman types like McGehee, Pearce & Nix.  Cashman has to take the fall for not bringing in better replacements and for not having adequate replacements at the AAA level.  Everyone knew this team had to get more dynamic, yet he did nothing to help it.

Nearly all of Cashman’s trades since the Swisher deal in 2008 have been busts.  Despite preaching every year about getting younger and more athletic he has assembled a team that is the very antithesis of that – an old, slow, boring club.  He has traded away most of the players that would be the core of the team now.  And the few young pieces he has maintained, Girardi does not use or they are jerked around. Nunez was sent down and now that he’s back up sits on the bench.   How many times has David Phelps been jerked from starter to reliever, reliever to starter, minors to majors, etc.  Phelps has been one of the few bright spots this year and just threw a huge game in Boston to keep the team tied for 1st place.  Unfortunately for him, he’ll be back in the bullpen from here on out as Andy Pettitte returns to once again try to save this team.

Pettitte saved Cashman from the brutal Pineda situation and Freddy Garcia‘s awful April.  He will now attempt to come back early from a broken ankle to save the team again.  And that has been the theme of this season.  The old veterans like Andy and especially Derek Jeter have managed to somehow keep this team afloat and probably save the jobs of Cash & Girardi.  But should their efforts overshadow the poor team Cashman has assembled and all of the ridiculous decisions and indecisiveness from Girardi?  I think not and believe this team needs to make changes this Winter.  Ideally, ownership will make the changes even if they do slip in the playoffs but if it takes missing the post-season to see real change, I’ll accept that.  Does anyone truly believe this team can win the World Series anyway?  They are 10-15 since August 15th and have not won back to back games during that span.  Despite their impressive romp through the National League in June, they have been no better than a .500 team.

So while I will never root against the team to win and hope they somehow win the division and the World Series, I am tired of the current regime and will accept missing the playoffs if that will bring the change I believe is needed?  What do the rest of you think?  Do the Yanks really have a chance at the WS this year?  And do you believe in the current management team of Cashman & Girardi to lead this team into the future?

Morning Bits: Playoffs, Red Sox, Jeter

Sticking with the old mug for good luck

Yankees won and remained in 1st but they are tied as B’more won on a walk-off.  Tonight’s game is scheduled for 7:10PM EST.  On the mound will be Hughes vs Doubront.

Enjoy the day and the game.

Wallace Matthews of ESPN NY asks if you would start Phelps in a playoff game.

Matthews also has the reaction from last night’s game.

— Jeter hurt his leg in last night’s game.  Bryan Hoch of MLB.com  has the story on that.