• Curtis Granderson Returns, Brennan Boesch Sent To Minors

    Posted by on May 14th, 2013 · Comments (24)

    The story.

    The bigger question is:  Between Vernon Wells, Travis Hafner, Brett Gardner and Ichrio, who sits to give Granderson At Bats?  Gotta be between #11 and #31, right?

    Comments on Curtis Granderson Returns, Brennan Boesch Sent To Minors

    1. Ricketson
      May 14th, 2013 | 1:43 pm

      The bigger question is: Between Vernon Wells, Travis Hafner, Brett Gardner and Ichrio, who sits to give Granderson At Bats?

      Granderson’s Strike Outs will come from the At Bats of #12 and #33.

    2. #15
      May 14th, 2013 | 5:10 pm

      I would say Wells and Hafner will start sharing the DH role. You can’t take Wells out of the line up against lefties and you can’t take Hafner out against righties.

      With Granderson in the line up, the Yankees are a double tough on righties. But with Youk, A-Rod and Tex from the right side still not around… Wells must play against lefties. I can see games where Granderson starts in LF or CF against righties, and then sits when a lefty comes in to pitch.

      Here is another angle on this… Out of VW, BG, IS and CG…..Who is our best RF, CF and LF, respectively? I’d say Ichi in RF. Not sure about the answers to the other two spots.

    3. MJ Recanati
      May 14th, 2013 | 6:00 pm

      #15 wrote:

      Here is another angle on this… Out of VW, BG, IS and CG…Who is our best RF, CF and LF, respectively? I’d say Ichi in RF. Not sure about the answers to the other two spots.

      Our best defensive outfield would be Granderson in LF, Gardner in CF, and Ichiro in RF. Wells has done a surprisingly good job defensively in LF but has been fairly putrid as an outfielder over the past several seasons (when he got enough innings and chances to fairly judge his glovework).

      Wells certainly doesn’t profile as your prototypical fourth OF’er given his less-than-stellar defensive reputation but the funny thing about defense is that performance can vary from year to year. Perhaps, as with his hitting, his defensive capabilities have been partially rejuvenated. In such a case, he turns into a far more valuable version of Marcus Thames or Raul Ibanez.

    4. May 14th, 2013 | 6:32 pm

      I liked Boesch but really there was no other choice. Frankly I’d rather have Wells in left with Gardner and Ichiro in center and right. I couldn’t care less if Granderson never returned. That said, obviously he will take playing time away from the other three outfielders with Wells getting the worse of it.

    5. Raf
      May 14th, 2013 | 7:11 pm

      Well Hafner’s going in for an MRI, so he’ll probably miss a few days.

    6. May 14th, 2013 | 8:05 pm

      Raf wrote:

      Well Hafner’s going in for an MRI, so he’ll probably miss a few days.

      With his track history, he’ll be summering with Youk at the Cape this year.

    7. Evan3457
      May 14th, 2013 | 11:04 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Raf wrote:
      Well Hafner’s going in for an MRI, so he’ll probably miss a few days.
      With his track history, he’ll be summering with Youk at the Cape this year.

      He says it’s just inflammation, and he plans to be back in a couple of days. We’ll see.

    8. Greg H.
      May 15th, 2013 | 1:33 am

      I don’t see how it makes sense to sit Wells. He’s hitting .300 with power so far. He’s earned a spot over either Gardy or Ichiro.

    9. Ricketson
      May 15th, 2013 | 9:11 pm

      Great to see Granderson striking out swinging at balls in the dirt again…

    10. McMillan
      May 15th, 2013 | 10:03 pm

      Ricketson wrote:

      Great to see Granderson striking out swinging at balls in the dirt again…

      Only 2 K’s in his first 7 ABs… better than last year; the cavalry has arrived.

    11. Evan3457
      May 15th, 2013 | 10:35 pm

      McMillan wrote:

      Ricketson wrote:
      Great to see Granderson striking out swinging at balls in the dirt again…
      Only 2 K’s in his first 7 ABs… better than last year; the cavalry has arrived.

      Inasmuch as Hafner is out for a few days, it’s good that’s Granderson’s back.

      Unless you’re satisfied with Ben Francisco’s performance to date.

    12. McMillan
      May 15th, 2013 | 10:54 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      Unless you’re satisfied with Ben Francisco’s performance to date.

      I’m satisfied with Austin Jackson’s performance of Apr., 2010 to date. But if the choice is between Granderson and Francisco…

    13. Evan3457
      May 16th, 2013 | 1:26 am

      McMillan wrote:

      Evan3457 wrote:
      Unless you’re satisfied with Ben Francisco’s performance to date.
      I’m satisfied with Austin Jackson’s performance of Apr., 2010 to date. But if the choice is between Granderson and Francisco…

      Well, gee, another non sequitur. What a surprise.

    14. May 16th, 2013 | 9:08 am

      Ricketson wrote:

      Great to see Granderson striking out swinging at balls in the dirt again…

      But, I thought the great Kevin Long fixed him years ago! :-)

    15. MJ Recanati
      May 16th, 2013 | 9:20 am

      Evan3457 wrote:

      Well, gee, another non sequitur. What a surprise.

      It’s all the trolls can do.

    16. Ricketson
      May 16th, 2013 | 3:04 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      But, I thought the great Kevin Long fixed him years ago!

      Apparently, Granderson was too much of a challenge even for the great Kevin Long.

    17. May 16th, 2013 | 3:13 pm

      @ Ricketson:
      At the least, he’ll be gone at the end of the year.

    18. Ricketson
      May 16th, 2013 | 4:26 pm

      @ Steve L.:
      Good riddance. Bad trades are going to happen, but this was a tough one to swallow.

    19. Corey
      May 16th, 2013 | 5:36 pm

      @ Ricketson:
      Ya we really want a dude with an ERA near 5 in the NL West and a guy with a slash rate of .273/.344/.418 and no power with no threat of a SB over the last 1421 PA instead.

    20. Corey
      May 16th, 2013 | 5:44 pm

      @ Ricketson:

      IPK’s ERA+ in his last 263 IP? 97.

      Nova’s ERA+ in his last 264 IP? 97*

      I thought you didn’t like Nova?

      *- I’m guestimating cause I don’t want to do the Math. Nova had a 3.09 ERA in his last 78 IP in 2011, so if the guess doesn’t jive do the math yourself and find that it’s pretty much 97 anyway. :)

    21. Corey
      May 16th, 2013 | 5:47 pm

      And for arguments sake, let’s say Nova was much much worse than that (it certainly feels it)…

      Do you really call a trade featuring a below average pitcher and a below average hitter for a below average hitter with monster power a disaster?

      It’s not like we traded Nolan Ryan or Barry Bonds away.

    22. Ricketson
      May 17th, 2013 | 12:12 pm

      Corey wrote:

      Ya we really want a dude with an ERA near 5 in the NL West and a guy with a slash rate of .273/.344/.418 and no power with no threat of a SB over the last 1421 PA instead.

      Don’t like Granderson, and won’t miss him. It’s an example of a trade where the team could have gotten more value for what was moved, as with Montero. I have reservations about Montero, but I liked Noesi, and have very little faith in Pineda.
      I thought Nova and Noesi were very similar pitchers and I liked Nova better, so I didn’t have a problem with moving Noesi – it’s what the team received in return…
      Corey wrote:

      Do you really call a trade featuring a below average pitcher and a below average hitter for a below average hitter with monster power a disaster?

      All of the players are better than this description to some extent – again, I don’t like Granderson at all, AND too much was given up for him, in my opinion.

    23. Mr. October
      May 17th, 2013 | 8:36 pm

      Corey wrote:

      Do you really call a trade featuring a below average pitcher and a below average hitter for a below average hitter with monster power a disaster?
      It’s not like we traded Nolan Ryan or Barry Bonds away.

      Kennedy isn’t a below average pitcher, and Jackson isn’t a below average hitter; far from it. The trade wasn’t a disaster, but it was a pretty bad move. If the Yankees won/win with The Grandyman as a significant actor in the postseason, then it’s easier to overlook.
      Corey wrote:

      Ya we really want a dude with an ERA near 5 in the NL West and a guy with a slash rate of .273/.344/.418 and no power with no threat of a SB over the last 1421 PA instead.

      Jackson is a leadoff man, and has enough power as such. He can steal bases, and performed a little better in the 2012 ALCS than Granderson did.

    24. MJ Recanati
      May 18th, 2013 | 7:18 am

      Mr. October wrote:

      f the Yankees won/win with The Grandyman as a significant actor in the postseason, then it’s easier to overlook.

      Granderson’s NYY postseason stats:

      23 G, 95 PA, .231/.362/.436, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 3 SB

      Those numbers seem fine to me over the course of three seasons and five playoff series.

      He was bad in the 2012 playoffs but was exceptional in 2010 and very good in 2011. On balance, Granderson has been a contributor in the playoffs, more than his detractors care to admit.

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