• If Girardi & Cashman Had A Pair…

    Posted by on October 4th, 2011 · Comments (6)

    …they would bench Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira in Game 4 of the ALDS – and then play Eric Chavez at third, Jorge Posada at first, and Jesus Montero at  DH.

    But, that’s never going to happen.  It’s no longer 1996 in Yankeeland.  And, it’s way too much money to send to the pine.  Also, way too much fall out to follow such a move from the players and the media.

    I just hope that they have enough nerve to remove Burnett from the game the minute he allows his second run to score – no matter what the inning.  Then again, I could see them replacing A.J. with Phil Hughes, if it’s early, and then Dough-Boy Large Head implodes and the game gets out of hand in a hurry.  (Think of the hand-off between Kevin Brown and Javy Vazquez in Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS.  Yes, it could be that ugly.)

    Ah, heck, maybe something good happens Tuesday night?  Maybe, somehow, the game is close for five innings and then General Joe goes to Robertson for two innings – and then to Mo for another two?  Hey, that’s pushing it.  But, the Yankees backs are against the wall here.  They have to play this one like it’s sudden death…because it is…

    But, in any event, the Yankees have to start getting some production from their fourth and fifth slots in the line-up. 

    A-Rod and Tex have done nothing so far this series.  Granted, it’s only three games.  But, Teixeira has never done anything for the Yankees in the post-season outside of the 2010 ALDS.  And, Alex Rodriguez has done little for the Yankees in October outside of the 2004 ALDS and the 2009 Anthony Galea Spectacular! And, the Yankees are not playing the Twins now – like they did in the 2004 and 2010 ALDS. And, “Dr. G” ain’t around to stick anyone in the butt right now.

    Bench ‘em, really. And, if not both, then at least one of them – and move the other one down to eighth in the line-up. It’s time.

    Comments on If Girardi & Cashman Had A Pair…

    1. Evan3457
      October 4th, 2011 | 2:22 am

      I don’t think I would start Montero vs. the righty. It might be worth a chance, but I wouldn’t do that to the kid; make him, in effect, the savior in his 1st post-season appearance.

      I would use Chavez, move A-Rod to DH, and Posada at 1st. I might even play Dickerson or even Jones vs. the righty.

    2. Evan3457
      October 4th, 2011 | 2:24 am

      Actually, as Girardi pointed out, A-Rod did make a productive out for a run, and draw two walks; that’s not terrible vs. Verlander, especially when you consider that Tex, Swisher and even Cano didn’t lay a finger on him.

      And, there’s still no evidence at all that Galea did anything illegal for A-Rod. As in: none.

    3. Raf
      October 4th, 2011 | 7:18 am

      Not so much having a pair, but Girardi needs a brain. PH’ing Chavez for Gardner and going with Ayala in game 2 are a couple of moves that stick out. At least he got somewhat creative in game 3 calling Soriano before the 7th inning.

      FWIW, in 1996, Fielder was making more than Tino. Charlie Hayes was also better defensively than Boggs. Neither really applies here.

    4. JeremyM
      October 4th, 2011 | 7:54 am

      A-Rod at least has been working walks, and while it wasn’t exactly textbook, he did get the runner from third in. Teix had his chance to contribute in his usual playoff fashion, but he moved out of the way of that curveball….

      It is a shame that we don’t get to see our young rookie who could be an impact bat, although I obviously can’t complain about Jorge’s performance. Jorge is at least going out with his guns blazing, and it’s been a bright spot.

    5. JeremyM
      October 4th, 2011 | 7:58 am

      Raf wrote:

      Not so much having a pair, but Girardi needs a brain. PH’ing Chavez for Gardner and going with Ayala in game 2 are a couple of moves that stick out. At least he got somewhat creative in game 3 calling Soriano before the 7th inning.
      FWIW, in 1996, Fielder was making more than Tino. Charlie Hayes was also better defensively than Boggs. Neither really applies here.

      The Chavez appearance really is the one that has been bugging me. Benoit even said he was relieved that he didn’t have to face Gardner. Gardner is our pesky little pain in the ass batter, and has proven it this series. And to make matters worse, Girardi’s logic is so unsound- “I wanted him to pop one.” Ugh.

    6. Raf
      October 4th, 2011 | 12:19 pm

      @ JeremyM:
      I wanted to pop him…

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