Showing posts with label Brett Gardner. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Brett Gardner. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Something as White as Brett Gardner

Monday, July 6, 2009

I Was Wrong

Before this season I didn't think a plattoon of Melky Cabrera and Brett Gardner would be able to handle centerfield effectively. I anticipated a hole in the lineup and wanted a trade for Mike Cameron as a one year fix to hold down the fort for Austin Jackson. However, Gardner and Melky have been pleasant surprises while Cameron has struggled for the Brewers. Obviously, theirs plenty of time left in the season but Gardner and Melky have really held down the fort while Austin Jackson learns how to not to strikeout.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Yankees Win

With the Yankees floundering and Cashman in the stands, it was clear they needed a win yesterday. Well, they pulled together and actually managed to pull it off, thank god.

For the first few innings it looked like we were going to be watching a pitcher's duel in which two or three runs might actually be enough. Not exactly though. The Braves pitcher, Kenshin Kawakami, was hit by a line drive by Joba and immeidately left the game. The Braves next pitcher, Kris Medlen, wasn't really any easier to hit though. In the fifth the tie was broken by a Jeff Franceour solo homer. It wasn't until the sixth that the Yankees finally broke up the perfect game with a seemingly unremarkable walk by Brett Gardner.

One problem I've had with Gardner on the basepaths this year is that he has a tendency to take to big of a lead. Pitchers know that he's going and he gets picked off more than he should. This was the case in last night's game. In what became the game defining play, Medlen fired a throw over to first, Gardner dove back, and the ump called him out. Replays showed he was safe and Girardi certainly thought he was safe but that's not how the ump saw it. Girardi went out their and got ejected, in the process firing up his team. I don't know if that really matters or not but the Yankees definitely seemed more animated today. The next batter, Fransisco Cervelli, hit the first home run of his career to tie it up and the rally would only continue. After singles by Jeter and Damon and a walk of Teixeira A-Rod had the chance to prove a point. As he often does in situations like that, he came through with the big hit and gave Joba a lead to work with. The Yankees would go on to tack on more runs with a Nick Swisher, who was almost benched for the game, home run and more by capitalizing on some mistakes by Atlanta in the later innings.

After the A-Rod hit though, the pitching took over. Joba was very strong through his first six innings. The only run he gave up was on a solo home run to Jeff Franceour and had five strikeouts. What was especially ecnouraging was the fact that he walked none. That's been his biggest problem this year. He was still shaking off Fransisco Cervelli but when he pitches like that, who cares? He did seem to tire though in the seventh. He gave up one earned run in that inning and another unearned run before giving way to Phil Coke who got out of the jam. Bruney almost gave it up in the 8th but Mariano came in and restored order.

Another big game today If they can get a win with Pettitte against Derrek Lowe then they may be ready to go on another one of those winning streak things. They won with the liveblog so for now I guess it stays. Hopefully this time comments will actually work.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Walking Off























Yet another dramatic win for the Yankees today as Johnny D wins the game with a walk off homer. Gardner had a chance to end the game in the eighth on a bunt by Cervelli. He keep rounding 3rd before Mauer threw the ball to first. In a great play he taged the speedster out. Gardner misjudged Mauer:
"I thought he was going to throw it to first, He got back to the plate a lot quicker than I thought he would."













This is the first time that the Yankees have won 3 straight walk-off wins since 1972. Girardi had this to say:
"I've never been a part of something like this, There's probably a few more gray hairs on my head after these last three, but they have things that take care of that."
As long as the Yankees keep winning I don't care how they do it.

Notes:
  • Chien-Ming Wang (hip) pitched seven shutout innings, only giving up 4 hits, in his second rehab start for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, against Columbus.
  • Brian Bruney (elbow) started the second game of that Triple-A doubleheader and could be back with the big club by Tuesday. Woo Hoo the 8th inning will be safe.
  • The Twins are 1-for-25 with runners in scoring position during the series, stranding 34 overall.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Brett v Papi

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Brett Gardner Named Starting CF

The skipper announced today, according to Pete Abe, that Gardner will be the starting centerfielder. Melky will still be on the team but it just comes down to the speed. Here is what Girardi had to say:
“Both of them played great. Melky had a tough year last year but he came into camp, was ready to go and played very well. Gardy finished up strong (last season) and had a great camp and we’re just going to go with Gardy.”
Gardner had a great spring (not that it means too much) and he also possess blazing speed. It will be interesting to see how he can do. He has a slight edge over Melky and I want to see what he can do. Here is another Girardi nugget of wisdom:
“What happens April 6 doesn’t necessarily mean that’s what’s going to be June 1. As players, you have to perform. But right now we think Gardy has a little bit of an edge, It’s not going to be day by day. Gardy is our center fielder.”

Monday, March 9, 2009

News and Notes

  • Cory Lidle's family is suing the plane manufactures for a cool 45 million
  • No Surprises in A-Rod's surgery.
  • Pettitte looked good in his spring debut; though the Yankees lost to the Jays 6-2
  • Brett Gardner is ripping it up.
  • The Yankees offensive projections are looking very good:
    1. Best lineup: 5.72 runs per game
    2. Probable lineup: 5.64 runs per game
    3. Worst lineup: 5.42 runs per game
    4. Regressed lineup: 5.05 runs per game

    Monday, March 2, 2009

    Gardner Versus Melky

    Its bizarre to look at how much money the Yankees are spending at each position, only to come to center field where nothing is set. The Yanks have struggled to replace Bernie Williams at this position ever since he hit his sharp decline. We thought we had something with Johnny Damon but then we discovered his arm was worse than Williams'. We thought we had something with Melky as well but he's declined steadily every year. Hopefully, these two will just be keeping the seat warm for Austin Jackson but in the super-competitive AL East, they can't have a black hole in center field for even one year. So, we`re relying on either Melky Cabrera or Brett Gardner.

    Melky's been in the big leagues for three years now. Intially, he displayed a ton of promise and earned himself some comparisons to perennial all-stars like Carlos Beltran from crazy people like myself. However, his offensive stats have declined across the board every year. Why? I don't know, but for some reason he lost all semblance of strike-zone judgement. After displaying some impressive plate discipline in 2006, that virtually vanished the next year and slipped even further in 2008. The dirty little secret that nobody realizes about Melky, though, is that he's not really such a great fielder after all. He's not really any better than average. His arm is great but his range, not so much. Melky is still young and he could still end up as a serviceable center fielder but probably not for the Yankees.

    Gardner made his relatively unimpressive debut last year. A sub .300 SLG% won't cut it for the Yankees. However, 42 games is way to small a sample size to draw any conclusions from and he traditionally has started slow at new levels. In the minors Gardner profiled as the perfect leadoff hitter. He hit for a fairly high average and managed to walk a ton. The combination gave him an excellent OBP and when you combine that with the fact that he's the fastest white guy Nick Swisher has ever seen you`re going to get a really annoying and really good player. The problem is he has zero power. The theory that some fans, like nomaas.org, have been preaching is that with no home run threat, ML pitchers won't have to pitch around him. Then all those walks, and a huge chunk of his value, disappear. I can't really argue to much with that logic. Still, I`d give the job to Gardner. Simply because of his vastly superior fielding. Any of the stats we saw were of to small a sample size to use but just by watching the games we could tell that this guy is genuinely one of the best center fielders in baseball. I doubt either of them will hang onto the position past this year but for a one year fix, Gardner seems like the better option.

    Thursday, October 2, 2008

    Centerfield

    Going into the offseason one of the Yankees biggest problems to adress will be the hole in centerfield. I was hoping Melky Cabrera could fill the hole and back in April it looked like he would. However, he dropped off and now seems to be a failure. Brett Gardner stepped in to finish the year in centerfield, however, does anyone really trust him and Melky for next year? The offense is getting old and they can't afford to have holes in the lineup. So they can either stick with Gardner/Cabrera, sign a free agent, or trade for a guy. I`ve already said I don't like the first option and the free agent market looks pretty barren. Mike Cameron is the best guy available and he`s a huge injury risk.

    So, they`re probably going to have to trade for somebody. Nate McLouth, Matt Kemp, and David DeJesus have all been suggested.

    Matt Kemp would be great to get. Cano for Kemp rumors were suggested at the trade deadline and now they`ve been revived. However, they seem unlikely to me. Besides, I`m not sure I`d be willing to give up Cano and other prospects for Kemp.

    David DeJesus and Nate McLouth are much better options. They`re not great fielders, however, they can hold their own and, hopefully, Austin Jackson can bump them over to right or left field in 2010. Neither are to old and both are cheap.

    Could Kennedy, Wright, Gardner, and Britton get a deal done for either of them? They would be getting two potential starters, an immediate replacement in centerfield, and a solid reliever who, for whatever reason, will never get a shot with the Yankees. I`m just speculating right now and I`d love any thoughts on this trade proposal in the comments section, even if you think I`m a ridiculous homer.

    Monday, June 30, 2008

    Yanks Fall to Rangers, But Pitch Well

    Sorry I couldn't post the lineups today, I was out, and I didn't get to see any of the game either. I'm going to the game tomorrow night, and I'm hoping Brett Gardner gets another start. Back to tonight: While I didn't see it, I was still frustrated. They wasted a good start by Mussina, and couldn't score more than one run off of the Rangers' AAA pitching. It was good that Moose and the bullpen were able to shut down Texas' good offense, but A-Rod can't be our only offense.

    Gardner Called Up

    According to a local paper in South Carolina, Brett Gardner has been called up to the Bronx. The corresponding demotion/DFA/DL stint has not been released yet, but I'll post it later. Gardner was playing very well in AAA this season, .287/.412/.429 with three homers and 34 steals. It is unclear whether or not he'll be able to hit in the majors, but he can't be much worse than Melky, and we know he can run.