Wrapping up the day in Tampa

Yankees lose, 5-2, as Brett Gardner has another full day, hitting a two-run home run and legging out a bunt single. So far it seems like this guy can do it all. And now comes the requisite disclaimer — never believe what you see in March or September.

Right, right. But the Yankees are going to have to start making some decisions at some point, and it’s not like Melky Cabrera is showing a ton so far. It’s early and Joe Girardi doesn’t want to let us know which way the wind is blowing – perhaps because he really is holding off until later to make that call.

But so far you’d have to think Gardner is the guy. Don’t get too excited about the power – three shots so far – but he is a game-changer offensively. Of the home run, Girardi said this: “He jumped on that one, didn’t he? That’s a hard line drive that could get out of Yankee Stadium, that’s for sure.”

Funny anecdote from the skip. Mark Teixeira was ribbing Gardner in the
dugout about hitting a homer and then legging out a bunt. Girardi said,
“Tex, you should try it.”

“You don’t want to see it,” Teixeira said, referring to the speed aspect of the play.

Elsewhere:

– Andy Pettitte was only supposed to go one inning but lobbied for more work. Dave Eiland gave him one more batter and Pettitte walked Scott Campbell on four pitches. “Way to go,” Pettitte told himself.

– Positive signs from Mariano Rivera today, throwing his third bullpen. Next time out on Wednesday, Mo will throw live BP and remains on track to get in a game March 17. Edwar Ramirez also threw today and is ahead of Mo’s pace.

– It’s early, sure, but Girardi says that he wants to see something better tomorrow night from Joba Chamberlain. “We need him throwing strikes,” he said.

18 Comments

He’s not allowed here at 3B.

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Youkallis and Tex could end competing for gold glove and all stars honors at 3B, not impossible.

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Matt, you never know, Texiera could end up staying at 3B and Arod DH’ing or Posada spelling Tex when he’s not a DH. You never know and it would good to get an evaluation now in case there is a future need. I could easily see Arod being a fulltime DH at somepoint.

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Our best offensive option would be playing Swisher at 1B or RF and using Nady or Teixeira at 3B. Maybe some ST experimentation is justified!

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I mean seriously, lanky Youkallis tripping over himself was great at 3B in a pinch. Tex would probably be solid, plus Swisherhouse has played 1B and it would also give us a chance to evaluate Posada there.

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Mattress, personally I’d rather have Posada or Swisher at 1B and Texiera at 3B(if Youkallis can do it, Tex can). I can see Ransom hitting some HRs but I can also see him going 0 for 80.

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Gardner is a mediocre hitter who hasn’t shown anything yet as ML hitter. Doubtful he will hit .250 this season. Strikes out way too much, doesn’t get on base much and can’t scare pitchers if he can’t get on base consistently. I still think CAbrera will win the starting spot in CF.

By kingofnewyork@yahoo.com on March 9, 2009 8:44 PM
Matt is that you?

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Funny how the other day everyone jumped on me when I said Gardner is on his way to winning the job.

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Does anyone know when regular season tickets are going on sale?

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Aussie Biambi, crank up the Fosters, its gonna be a long night.
Gardner might be in the league but with Melky’s salary makes the race alot closer. Baring a Swisherhouse trade, we could well see Gardner win and end up in AAA.

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I say Ransom gets a shot. And I think Gardner is well in the lead for CF…..

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Regardless of who is ahead, the CF competition will go right down to the games vs. the Cubs at Yankee Stadium. We’ll probably see each player get a start in that two game series!!!

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REPEAT FROM PRIOR THREAD
I’m another fool who agrees with the Nut-Job. When we’re desperate we can’t get equivalent value in a trade. And what do we do with any player acquired when A-rod returns? It may be just a smoke screen, but it looks like Ransom has already been chosen!

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Hard to believe the season starts in just three and a half weeks. It’s March the tenth — about four weeks until the start of the season and about six weeks away from Opening Day in Yankee Stadium– new Yankee Stadium.

:D

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KingofNewYork, haven’t you ever seen an athlete struggle before? You should really look at the strides he has made a ball player, he guy has really made improvements… it looks like he really wants this job and that’s Yankee pedigree!

Then again, it’s March, so let’s not get too high on Gardner ( or too low on Melky).

What I can’t understand is how you think Melky is going to win this starting job, he’s not showing any of his 2007 form at all, and he’s looking more and more like a ” flash in the pan” as time wears on.

Your bias is showing. Gardner is winning.

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Gardner seems to have taken the lead here. And it’s a long way to April 6 but Gardner is just the kind of player we need in the 9 hole. Lays down the bunts, steals the bases, terrifies the pitcher when he does get on(which wasn’t as often as I liked last season), and plays good all around defense. Now if he can get the OBP up, he could push himself into the leadoff spot but we’ll see.

Cabrera has to earn his starting spot back, but until then he can be our 4th outfielder if we have to trade Swisher or nady for an infielder, which isn’t entirely out of the realm of possibility.

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