16 Apr 2009
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Amazing isn’t it, but with today’s win the Yankees are 5-4 and nine games equals just over 5% of the season. That seems fast.
I have been on vacation since last week, but thanks to the Yankee Radio Network and the MLB At Bat IPhone app, I heard almost every game. Here are a couple of random thoughts before I try and get some sleep to prepare for Opening Day at the new place.
1- Girardi got way too cute with his bullpen on Sunday. I know the book may say bring in a righty, but Bruney and Marte are the guys who have to pitch in close games. Veras and Coke haven’t prepped for that role yet.
2- I heard someone say that the Nady injury (whatever it exactly is) is a blessing for the Yankees because they will play the superior player (Swisher) in right now. That’s stupid because as they showed over the first eight games, having both of them gave Girardi the luxury to mix and match some things. Swisher may have been better than Nady, but Nady is a whole lot better than Melky.
3- With this injury, I wonder if they call up Shelley Duncan? You could do some interesting things with Duncan like sit Gardner against a tough lefty and move Swisher to center. Looking at the 40-man, Francisco Cervelli and Juan Miranda are the only hitters on it not already on the DL or in the majors and I don’t think either of them would be much help right now.
4- Just wondering, but how many empty $2,500 seats are we going to see on TV tomorrow?
5- Huge hit for Ransom today, he really needed that. I was beginning to wonder if the Yankees were going to go with Pena until A-Rod returned.
6- I really like Brett Gardner, but he has to walk more than once every nine games to be effective.
7- Four losses this year and three of them are when the starter didn’t give them a chance (Wangx2 plus Sabathia Opening Day) The fourth was the bullpen implosion Sunday. Not sure why I find that interesteing, but I do.
About 12 hours to first pitch at the new place. See you then!