• WasWatching.com Water Cooler Talk 4/23/09

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    1. Corey
      April 23rd, 2009 | 9:16 am

      i’d leave melky in the lineup, he’s hot right now…altho it seems every april he plays a lot more like miguel then melky cabrera

    2. MJ
      April 23rd, 2009 | 10:19 am

      every april he plays a lot more like miguel then melky cabrera
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      LOL!!

    3. clintfsu813
      April 23rd, 2009 | 10:23 am

      I agree..plus he has more experience in Fenways outfield. In that 1-0 Joba win I attended last year, I saw Melky make an awesome grab to save a run. Not that Brett couldnt do it..just saying.

    4. YankCrank
      April 23rd, 2009 | 10:50 am

      I agree, NoMass put a good little write-up on how Brett has been playing so far:

      ” With a disgusting .240/.283/.300 line, it’s evident that pitchers are daring Gardner to hit the ball, knowing full well that he cannot hurt them with his bat. Gardner was largely successful in the minors because he was able to draw walks. However as we warned repeatedly, major league pitchers know that he has no power, and thus see no incentive to let him walk his way on base. His 5.8% walk rate is the 5th worst among the 22 ML CFs who have at least 50 PAs. Compare that to the 13.4% walk rate he achieved in the minors.”

      To add to that: “And then people tend to make a big fuss about his defense. Why? Because of his SPEED!!!111?? Sorry to break the news, but Gardner isn’t a good defensive player either. Of the 16 ML CFs who’ve played at least 100 innings, Gardner has shown the 3rd worst range in the group, per Fangraphs Range Runs. According to the Hardball Times Revised Zone Rating, there is no one who covers less ground in CF than Brett Gardner.”

      Idk what to make of all that, but let’s remember Melky isn’t a shining star either. He had two nice hits yesterday, but in two other at bats he was utterly helpless while striking out twice on only four pitches each at bat.

    5. clintfsu813
      April 23rd, 2009 | 12:14 pm

      Ask Giambi about Bretts defense

    6. April 23rd, 2009 | 12:22 pm

      I’m as big a Brett Gardner rooter as you can find. I want him to do well. I really like the guy. But, that said, it does appear that he’s a little over matched in CF. He’d probably be a GG LF with his speed. But, in CF, you need more than just speed – you need that Gary Pettis/Devon White gift of being off, not with the crack of the bat, but the split second before that – and Brett does not have that gift, IMHO.

    7. April 23rd, 2009 | 12:24 pm

      Just want to tack on – still, if he hits a little, and everything else goes right for NY, the Yankees can win this season with Brett in CF. His “D” there will not be the reason why they fail – if they do.

    8. Corey
      April 23rd, 2009 | 12:37 pm

      even as a gardner fan, you’d still agree that Girardi should play the hot hand and throw melky out there till he starts to struggle no?

    9. Raf
      April 23rd, 2009 | 12:45 pm

      Just want to tack on – still, if he hits a little, and everything else goes right for NY, the Yankees can win this season with Brett in CF. His “D” there will not be the reason why they fail – if they do.
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      I agree. They can win with Brett or Melky playing CF this year, and if they don’t, a lot of other things, bigger things, have gone wrong.

    10. April 23rd, 2009 | 2:20 pm

      By the way, sorry for the site being slow today. FWIW, I removed the “Referrals” widget from the right sidebar and I think the site now loads quicker without that query running.

    11. inlivingcolor
      April 23rd, 2009 | 2:59 pm

      @ Steve Lombardi:
      Hey, I found this great article on Selena Roberts in, of all places, a nomaas forum.

      Check this out. The author totally dismantles her, exposing her campaign against A-Rod as a long-standing grudge. @ Steve Lombardi:

    12. inlivingcolor
      April 23rd, 2009 | 3:00 pm
    13. butchie22
      April 23rd, 2009 | 5:05 pm

      Gardner and Melky can work as a sort of platoon. I wonder if Melkman is finally becoming a big leaguer now as opposed to being a 4th outfielder /AAAA player? I don’t know at this point, but Gym Teacher Joe should play the hot hand regardless of any other variable.

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