• Cashman: Yanks Getting Little From Jeter, Gardner & Granderson

    Posted by on April 19th, 2011 · Comments (12)

    Via Anthony McCarron -

    To the Yankees, over-the-wall ball has always trumped small ball, dating back to Babe Ruth and Five O’Clock Lightning. But in a young season in which they are scoring an eye-popping 62.3% of their runs via home runs, the Yanks intend to prove they are more than a limited lineup that simply swings for the fences.

    “There’s no question we have other weapons,” Brian Cashman says. “It’s just the guys who aren’t the big home-run hitters – the (Derek) Jeters, the (Brett) Gardners – they are not firing on all cylinders right now, so it feels like the only way we score is home runs.

    “Jeter is not hitting up to his ability, (Curtis) Granderson is not hitting for average and Gardner is struggling mightily. Those guys are our foot soldiers and since they are not firing, it makes us look one-dimensional. No biggie. We’re capable of running you down, hitting, hitting the ball over the fence.

    “We have full capabilities. We just haven’t shown it yet.”

    And, what if they don’t show it? What happens then?

    Comments on Cashman: Yanks Getting Little From Jeter, Gardner & Granderson

    1. MJ Recanati
      April 19th, 2011 | 11:31 am

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      And, what if they don’t show it? What happens then?

      The same thing that happens to any team that doesn’t get the expected level of performance from certain players.

      It happens to every single team every single year. No team ever goes the whole year without getting disappointed by some players but pleasantly surprised by others.

    2. Raf
      April 19th, 2011 | 11:47 am

      What happens is the situation is assessed, and moves are made… On that note, I can only imagine the panic going on in Boston right now. Not saying that they can’t right their ship (we ARE still in April), but the longer they keep up their struggles, the better :D

    3. MJ Recanati
      April 19th, 2011 | 12:26 pm

      Raf wrote:

      I can only imagine the panic going on in Boston right now.

      What I can’t figure out is how Carl Crawford can be so lost that they had to drop him to 7th in the order yesterday.

      I’m sure both Boston and Crawford will be fine in the end but there are slow starts and then there are dismal starts and this is definitely the latter.

    4. Scout
      April 19th, 2011 | 1:53 pm

      In the “let’s keep our perspective” vein, the Yankees are 9-5 and in first place, despite the weak performances Cashman mentions and the overall indifferent (at best) starting pitching. It could be a whole lot worse.

    5. MJ Recanati
      April 19th, 2011 | 2:11 pm

      Scout wrote:

      It could be a whole lot worse.

      Indeed…we could be Mets fans! :-D

    6. Evan3457
      April 19th, 2011 | 2:32 pm

      The headline on this thread is deceiving, at least in Granderson’s case. He’s playing good defense, hitting for power, had several big hits on the last homestand, and is what…1 single in 14 games from having the following quadruple slash line: .261/.320/.587/.907?

      I’d take that for the season right now.

      Slightly bigger problems than Granderson would be Posada hitting .163 and Tex hitting .220.

      And by slightly bigger, I mean hardly much of a problem at all, as I would expect Tex to rebound to at least .280, Jorge to get to about .250, and Granderson to wind up at about .260.

      ==================================================

      And, what if they don’t show it? What happens then?

      Where were those questions should’ve been thought of back when some people were excoriating Cashman for his “lack of class” during the negotiations with Jeter during the off-season?

    7. MJ Recanati
      April 19th, 2011 | 2:56 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      those questions should’ve been thought of back when some people were excoriating Cashman for his “lack of class” during the negotiations with Jeter during the off-season?

      Yep. Cashman was a dick for playing hardball with Jeter but now he’ll be blamed for trotting out a 37-year-old shortstop that’s washed up.

      Damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t.

    8. agsf
      April 19th, 2011 | 4:13 pm

      “On that note, I can only imagine the panic going on in Boston right now.”

      You realize they’ve won 3 in a row, right? You’re a week late. It’s gone from panic to now ‘we’re on our way’. It’s always one of the two extremes in boston.

    9. LMJ229
      April 19th, 2011 | 11:55 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      What I can’t figure out is how Carl Crawford can be so lost that they had to drop him to 7th in the order yesterday.

      I’m a bit shocked that they dropped him to 7th while leading off Drew. That’s a weird line-up that reeks of panic IMO. I’m surprised by Francona.

    10. LMJ229
      April 20th, 2011 | 12:01 am

      Scout wrote:

      In the “let’s keep our perspective” vein, the Yankees are 9-5 and in first place, despite the weak performances Cashman mentions and the overall indifferent (at best) starting pitching. It could be a whole lot worse.

      Agreed but we should also take into consideration the relatively soft schedule the Yankees have played thus far, along with all of their home games. A very unbalanced home/away schedule in April.

    11. MJ Recanati
      April 20th, 2011 | 9:57 am

      LMJ229 wrote:

      I’m a bit shocked that they dropped him to 7th while leading off Drew. That’s a weird line-up that reeks of panic IMO. I’m surprised by Francona.

      I actually don’t agree. Drew has historically had good OBP skills and there’s really nothing wrong with dropping an unproductive hitter to a lower spot in the order. Frankly, I wish Girardi would take a memo from Francona on this one because Jeter shouldn’t be batting any higher than 7th at this point either.

    12. Evan3457
      April 20th, 2011 | 10:48 am

      LMJ229 wrote:

      Scout wrote:
      In the “let’s keep our perspective” vein, the Yankees are 9-5 and in first place, despite the weak performances Cashman mentions and the overall indifferent (at best) starting pitching. It could be a whole lot worse.
      Agreed but we should also take into consideration the relatively soft schedule the Yankees have played thus far, along with all of their home games. A very unbalanced home/away schedule in April.

      I don’t really see any “soft” schedule so far. A lot of home games, yes, but in their first 14 games, they played the Sox 3 games, the Rangers 3 games. The Orioles were over .500 and in first when the Yanks beat them twice. The Tigers and Twins were supposed to be contenders before the season started. Nobody thought that was going to be an easy homestand before the season opened.

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