• Yankees Starting Line-Up, May 7, 2013

    Posted by on May 7th, 2013 · Comments (18)

    Here it is:

    Ichiro Suzuki CF
    Jayson Nix SS
    Robinson Cano 2B
    Vernon Wells LF
    Ben Francisco RF
    Lyle Overbay 1B
    Chris Nelson 3B
    Chris Stewart C
    Hiroki Kuroda P

    Really? If you would have told me, in April of 2012, that the Yankees starting line-up on May 7, 2013 would be the group of guys, above, my reaction would have been “Dude, what are you smoking?”

    How the heck did this happen?

    Comments on Yankees Starting Line-Up, May 7, 2013

    1. Corey
      May 7th, 2013 | 9:56 pm

      It is a miracle that this team is 6 games over .500.

      If the Yanks make the playoffs, Girardi will get the manager of the year award for sure.

    2. Ricketson
      May 7th, 2013 | 10:04 pm

      Corey wrote:

      It is a miracle that this team is 6 games over .500.

      Thank you, Toronto.

    3. Raf
      May 7th, 2013 | 11:37 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      How the heck did this happen?

      Injuries.

    4. MJ Recanati
      May 8th, 2013 | 9:06 am

      Corey wrote:

      Girardi will get the manager of the year award for sure.

      I’ll bet not. BBWAA writers don’t like to give awards to Yankees as long as there’s someone else whose candidacy is remotely within range.

    5. MJ Recanati
      May 8th, 2013 | 10:21 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      How the heck did this happen?

      Teixeira, Granderson, Jeter, and Rodriguez have been out all year. The replacements for two of those four (Nunez and Youkilis) are now out as well.

      As Raf said…injuries.

    6. Garcia
      May 8th, 2013 | 10:40 am

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      Steve L. wrote:
      How the heck did this happen?
      Teixeira, Granderson, Jeter, and Rodriguez have been out all year. The replacements for two of those four (Nunez and Youkilis) are now out as well.
      As Raf said…injuries.

      hahaha! How dare you (and Raf) cite these facts as a legitimate reason. ;-) You know the answer Steve is looking for is: Brian Cashman.

      Or come up with a more bizarre explanation, like thanking Toronto.

    7. Evan3457
      May 8th, 2013 | 11:39 am

      1) Injuries
      2) Injuries
      3) Injuries
      4) Travis Hafner being benched because there’s no DH in NL parks, and because the Yanks don’t want to risk playing him the field, because that’ll mean risking more…
      5) Injuries

    8. Evan3457
      May 8th, 2013 | 11:42 am

      Actually, they haven’t hit in two weeks, which is why I said I’d be OK if, on May 15, they were anywhere near .500, as long as Granderson and Tex were on the way back, which they are, more or less. Add Youkillis and Nunez to that list as well as Robertson and Joba, and Cervelli a few weeks later, and they’ll be alright.

      I also said 18-22 would be tolerable, but now that means that the last two games are the start of an 11 game losing streak, so now, 22-18 or even 21-19, would be OK, considering how depleted the roster is, and the competition they’ll be facing over the next series or three.

    9. McMillan
      May 8th, 2013 | 2:41 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Really? If you would have told me, in April of 2012, that the Yankees starting line-up on May 7, 2013 would be the group of guys, above, my reaction would have been “Dude, what are you smoking?” How the heck did this happen?

      Garcia wrote:

      You know the answer Steve is looking for is: Brian Cashman.

      Someone would have had to explain in April, 2012, that Hal Steinbrenner would not decide to abandon his plan to reduce the team’s payroll to below $189 million for 2014 until well into the 2012-13 offseason and the oldest team in baseball, constructed with key players signed to one-year contracts in consideration of the plan, would sustain some injuries (“Of course, older players breakdown easier and need more days off;” http://waswatching.com/2012/10/19/two-post-alcs-brian-cashman-quotes-that-should-scare-yankees-fans/).
      The starting lineup on May 7, 2013 was this group of guys as a result of poor planning as much as anything else; Jeter, Granderson, and Rodriguez would still be injured, but the rest of the lineup would be different and the question would not be, ““Dude, what are you smoking?”, but “Please tell me Rodriguez is no longer with the team, or better yet, permanently banned from M.L.B. altogether?” And “Where are Jeter, Granderson, and Teixeira? Injuries? Day off?” Or “How did the team acquire…?”

    10. MJ Recanati
      May 8th, 2013 | 3:14 pm

      Was any of that English?

    11. Ricketson
      May 8th, 2013 | 3:21 pm

      McMillan wrote:

      “How did the team acquire…?”

      Q: “How will the team acquire Ichiro Suzuki?”
      A: “In a Jul., 2012 trade for 2 pitching prospects. They will re-sign him in Dec., 2012 to a 2-year contract because: 1. the team planned to have a payroll less than the $189 million luxury tax threshold in 2014; 2. Suzuki wouldn’t agree to a 1-year contract; and 3. they won’t decide to move away from the same plan until 4 weeks later, in Jan., 2013.”
      Q: “Is having Suzuki in RF and Gardner in LF consistent with the Yankees DNA, or what has gotten them into the postseason every year?”
      A: “Not according to Cashman.”
      McMillan wrote:

      “Please tell me Rodriguez is no longer with the team, or better yet, permanently banned from M.L.B. altogether?”

      Q: “Please tell me Rodriguez is no longer with the team, or better yet, permanently banned from M.L.B. altogether?”
      A: “Unfortunately, he’s still with the team and on the disabled list. Kevin Youkilis, a 34-year-old third baseman signed as a free agent in Dec., 2012 to replace him, and to a 1-year-contract so that the team will have more flexibility in its plan to remain under the $189 million luxury tax threshold, is also on the disabled list.”
      McMillan wrote:

      “Where are Jeter, Granderson, and Teixeira? Injuries? Day off?”

      Q: “Where are Jeter, Granderson, and Teixeira? Injuries? Day off?”
      A: “All are injured, including Granderson. Granderson won’t be traded and his 4 years roaming centerfield, .230 postseason batting avg., and franchise record for strikeouts in a single season is all the team will have acquired for Jackson, Kennedy, and Coke in the end.”

    12. Ricketson
      May 8th, 2013 | 3:21 pm

      McMillan wrote:

      “How did the team acquire…?”

      Q: “How will the team acquire Ichiro Suzuki?”
      A: “In a Jul., 2012 trade for 2 pitching prospects. They will re-sign him in Dec., 2012 to a 2-year contract because: 1. the team planned to have a payroll less than the $189 million luxury tax threshold in 2014; 2. Suzuki wouldn’t agree to a 1-year contract; and 3. they won’t decide to move away from the same plan until 4 weeks later, in Jan., 2013.”
      Q: “Is having Suzuki in RF and Gardner in LF consistent with the Yankees DNA, or what has gotten them into the postseason every year?”
      A: “Not according to Cashman.”
      McMillan wrote:

      “Please tell me Rodriguez is no longer with the team, or better yet, permanently banned from M.L.B. altogether?”

      Q: “Please tell me Rodriguez is no longer with the team, or better yet, permanently banned from M.L.B. altogether?”
      A: “Unfortunately, he’s still with the team and on the disabled list. Kevin Youkilis, a 34-year-old third baseman signed as a free agent in Dec., 2012 to replace him, and to a 1-year-contract so that the team will have more flexibility in its plan to remain under the $189 million luxury tax threshold, is also on the disabled list.”
      McMillan wrote:

      “Where are Jeter, Granderson, and Teixeira? Injuries? Day off?”

      Q: “Where are Jeter, Granderson, and Teixeira? Injuries? Day off?”
      A: “All are injured, including Granderson. Granderson won’t be traded and his 4 years roaming centerfield, .230 postseason batting avg., and franchise record for strikeouts in a single season is all the team will have acquired for Jackson, Kennedy, and Coke in the end.”

    13. kenclay
      May 8th, 2013 | 3:26 pm

      @ Ricketson:
      Are you mentally ill?

    14. Garcia
      May 8th, 2013 | 4:41 pm

      kenclay wrote:

      @ Ricketson:
      Are you mentally ill?

      Unequivocally YES!

      I’m starting to think that Ricketson and McMillan might be the same person. The only thing that would make them both a dead-giveaway (thank you, Charles Ramsey) would be if they posted their comments under the pseudonym “WW Staff.”

    15. May 8th, 2013 | 7:30 pm

      Garcia wrote:

      if they posted their comments under the pseudonym “WW Staff.”

      Go ahead and be a horse’s ass for bringing this up. Dick. I explained this years ago. It was early 2008. The blog was extremely popular at that time. And, someone sent a threatening message my way that they were going to out me to my employer. And, it came from an IP address that was connected to my then employer. So, I decided to start posting under a handle that could not be tied to me, in case anyone wanted to accuse me of posting at the blog. That’s why I started using the handle “WW Staff.” Tell me that anyone would have done something different.

    16. Raf
      May 8th, 2013 | 7:38 pm

      @ Steve L.:
      I don’t have a dog in this fight, but as with the Carl Crawford “street” thread, you don’t owe an explanation to anyone.

    17. Greg H.
      May 9th, 2013 | 4:41 pm

      @ Raf:
      Steve, what Raf said.

    18. May 9th, 2013 | 6:56 pm

      Thanks guys.

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