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Early Stress: Jays-Yanks Gamer I

AJ gave up a dinger to Bautista in the first, the Yanks came back with two in the top of the second, and now AJ is making life "interesting" again in the bottom half.  Comment away.

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Granderson is hitting with serious power. Saw something today noting that going back to the date late last season (Aug 18 I think) when Kevin Long retooled his swing, he has hit more HR’s than any other outfielder in the majors other than two (Tulowitzki and I forget who else). As in the other thread, yeah it’s a small sample, but it’s nice and surprising that he is at the top of that particular list.

I’m really digging Grandy in the 2-hole. He gives Jeter a bit more protection and he’ll see alot of fastballs.
I notice how no one is talking about Austin Jackson this year. Ian Kennedy is looking like milquetoast too. The only guy they miss is Coke.

“Has Jeter looked bad at the plate, or has he just been unlucky? I haven’t seen enough video to decide yet.”
He has had some bad luck with line drives right at guys, like tonight. This is reflected in his 2011 BABIP, which is .260 compared to a career of .355.
At the same time, he doesn’t seem to be driving the ball as much as I’m used to seeing and he still seems sort of in between his career-swing with the stride and his no-stride swing. I may be imagining it. Regardless, the results have not been that great so far in this early season. A very cursory look at his splits (I only looked at ground/fly/linedrive splits and not at where the balls went (infield/outfield, etc.), but based on what I just reviewed, of the 25 balls he has hit in play before tonight, 56% were grounders, 24% flies, and only 16% liners (remaining 4% bunts). This compares to career numbers of 43% grounders, 27% flies, and 26% liners (3% bunts).
So yeah, take the 10% fewer liners he is used ot hitting and turn those into groundballs and it ain’t great. I still have faith though. He may not hit .315 anymore, but I’m thinking/hoping he will improve over last year and be close to .300.

Could this be the season Granderson hits 40 HR like everyone expected him to do? ;)
Coke, eh. We’ll see how he does with only two usable pitches over the course of an entire season (see: Alexi Ogando). There’s a reason he was made into a reliever – he was garbage as a starter even the minor leagues.

Now, if you want to talk about a true homer-or-nothing team, it’s Toronto. No reason to believe they’ve changed.
Every reason to believe the Yankees will post a team OBP around .350 again. And if they get a few extra homers to go along with that OBP? All the better.

So I got a $50 ticket for having an out-datred registration sticker on my windshield today. Where was the updated one? In the glove-compartment. Why? Because I’m an idiot. And now I’m an idiot with 50 fewer dollars in my pocket.

Jeter looks finished to me. Would he ever retire this year if July rolls around and he’s still sitting at a .240 AVG and .590 OPS?
It’s a crazy thought but with how he looks it’s entering my mind more frequently.

So I just looked it up – from 8/17/10 through tonight, Granderson has hit 20 HRs. Pujols has hit 19. Tulowitzki has 26. Don’t know now who the other ahead of Granderson is…

I was thinking the same thing James, but he’ll never retire. He’s one of those guys who you have to pull the uniform off of him. The Yankees would release him and no other major league team sign him and he still wouldn’t retire. He’d play in some independent league.
I do think that if he’s still batting .240 at the all-star break, you move him to the bottom of the lineup until he can prove he can hit again. Cashman might have to intervene, but seeing how he has no fear of any PR faux pas, this shouldn’t be seen as an impossibility.

Jeter is turning out to have quite the ego, isn’t he? Will he ever own up to the changes Long was trying to make? Will his pride ever take a backseat to his performance?

I don’t see how the Yankees win this one now, save for a 3 or 4 run barrage in the 10th. Their best reliever now is – who? Logan? Sigh. Had to happen sometime I suppose. Better now than in September! ;P

Anyway, speaking of Coke, he just managed one of the worst starts of a game you can think of:
Walk
Walk
Reached on pitcher error
Walked in a run
Yikes. Good luck with that, Tigers.

Wih dead-arm Phil and Nova slotting into a relief position tonight, the Yankee starting rotation is a roller-coaster. I see Kevin Millwood making his first start for the Yanks real soon. Which isn’t to say I’m looking forward to it.

OK, I couldn’t peel myself away. Nova has given up two massive fly balls that somehow stayed in the park and were trackedd down by Swish and Grandy. Encarnacion still stuck on 1st…Snider up

Because you can’t put a pitcher who’s never pitched in the majors before into a tied game on the road without exhausting all your other options. It’s not exactly fair to the guy.

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