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Thursday, February 07, 2013

YES: Lane: Five things that must go right for the Yankees

Saw the Jeter/play good defense line…and immediately fritzed over to the “Yankees Wives At Bat” video.

The manufacturing of runs: As a team, the Yankees belted 245 home runs in 2012. At times the long ball was the only source of offense, which prompted complaints of “too many home runs” in Twitter land. A 2013 lineup without Swisher, Martin or Ibanez will now have to play more of a brand of small ball. Speedy, slap-hitters Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki will play every day, and a big factor will be whether the 39-year old Ichiro – locked up for the next two years – can come close to replicating his.322/.340/.454 line since his July trade to New York. Granderson belted a career-high 43 homers, but also struck out a career-high 195 times. If he can keep his power numbers up and strikeouts down, if a rejuvenated Ichiro shows up for most of the year, and if a healthy Gardner can create havoc from the bottom (or top?) of the lineup, there’s potential for balanced production in the outfield.

Jeter Meter: Jeter will continue to play baseball after 2012, but he’s entering the final season of a three-year contract and coming off major ankle surgery. Don’t expect a repeat of 2012 when Jeter batted .316 and led the Majors with 216 hits, but don’t count him out either. The captain is capable of returning healthy enough to be a steady presence atop the order, play good defense and deliver the big hits. Like most of the Yankees, the big question is how often will he get it done? Jeter turns 39 in June and ample rest will be critical, which is why it’s crucial Eduardo Nunez figures out how to play the field at the big-league level.

Repoz Posted: February 07, 2013 at 07:35 AM | 21 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. BDC Posted: February 07, 2013 at 08:43 AM (#4364778)
Starting pitchers, offense, shortstop, catcher, and bullpen? Oddly enough, those are the same things that must go right for the other four teams in the division.
   2. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: February 07, 2013 at 09:48 AM (#4364818)
Five things that MUST go right for the Yankees? Hmmmm.....

1) MLB must remain solvent and field a complete season.
2) The team charter shouldn't crash.
3) ???
4) ???
5) PROFIT!!!
   3. Walt Davis Posted: February 07, 2013 at 03:57 PM (#4365229)
Starting pitchers, offense, shortstop, catcher, and bullpen?

But the first base coach is rock solid!
   4. Ray (RDP) Posted: February 07, 2013 at 04:38 PM (#4365260)
The manufacturing of runs: As a team, the Yankees belted 245 home runs in 2012. At times the long ball was the only source of offense, which prompted complaints of “too many home runs” in Twitter land. A 2013 lineup without Swisher, Martin or Ibanez will now have to play more of a brand of small ball. Speedy, slap-hitters Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki will play every day, and a big factor will be whether the 39-year old Ichiro – locked up for the next two years – can come close to replicating his.322/.340/.454 line since his July trade to New York.


Well, if your problem is too many home runs, Ichiro is your solution.
   5. Ray (RDP) Posted: February 07, 2013 at 04:42 PM (#4365262)
Jeter turns 39 in June and ample rest will be critical, which is why it’s crucial Eduardo Nunez figures out how to play the field at the big-league level.


Is there a good reason for the love affair with Nunez's bat? He doesn't hit for average, doesn't walk, doesn't have any power.
   6. JJ1986 Posted: February 07, 2013 at 04:44 PM (#4365265)
Is there a good reason for the love affair with Nunez's bat?


It only shines in comparison to his glove.
   7. SM Posted: February 07, 2013 at 05:09 PM (#4365293)
Hey, he had a higher OPS and OPS+ than Ichiro last year
   8. Repoz Posted: February 07, 2013 at 05:12 PM (#4365300)
Is there a good reason for the love affair with Nunez's bat? He doesn't hit for average, doesn't walk, doesn't have any power.

Naked eye judge Mike Francesa: "If there's one thing we know...Nuny can hit."

   9. Chase Insteadman Wannabe Posted: February 07, 2013 at 06:01 PM (#4365339)
Is there a good reason for the love affair with Nunez's bat?

That depends. If he can get better defensively at shortstop, a 25 year old SS with a 96 OPS+ is not that bad. Not a guy you want to build around, but a perfectly cromulent stopgap. If he can't, then the Yankees are screwed at shortstop as soon as Derek's bat stops justifying his glove. Which could be this year if Jeter's injury recovery goes poorly.
   10. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: February 07, 2013 at 06:19 PM (#4365353)
Is there a good reason for the love affair with Nunez's bat?

Only in this sense: When he's in a hot streak, he looks a lot better at the plate than his overall averages would suggest.** And when he's in one of those hot streaks, Kay & Co. will insert it into the narrative of "Yankee farm product playing at near-minimum salary." All fans tend to love their farm products first and foremost, but since so many of the Yanks' recent stars have been high priced free agents, the Nunezes and even the Cervellis get a lot more love than they would otherwise. It's sort of like the way parents might heap special praise on a child who doesn't usually do that great in school, but once in a while surprises them by bringing home a good report card. You kind of expect it from the stars, but it's like a nice little unbirthday present when it comes from a homegrown scrub.


**Don't even bother to refute this, since it refutes itself.
   11. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: February 07, 2013 at 06:26 PM (#4365359)
When he's in a hot streak, he looks a lot better at the plate than his overall averages would suggest.

This is pretty much the definition of a hot streak.
   12. Ray (RDP) Posted: February 07, 2013 at 06:29 PM (#4365361)
Only in this sense: When he's in a hot streak, he looks a lot better at the plate than his overall averages would suggest.


Shocking.
   13. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: February 07, 2013 at 06:33 PM (#4365365)
Only in this sense: When he's in a hot streak, he looks a lot better at the plate than his overall averages would suggest.**

**Don't even bother to refute this, since it refutes itself.


This is pretty much the definition of a hot streak.

---------------------------------

Shocking.


Sorry, I guess I should have realized that reading what follows the ** would be too much of an eyestrain.
   14. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: February 07, 2013 at 09:00 PM (#4365422)
What's the definition of a hot streak?
   15. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: February 07, 2013 at 09:18 PM (#4365433)
At times the long ball was the only source of offense, which prompted complaints of “too many home runs” in Twitter land.

This is the most preposterous thing I have ever heard of.

I am sure Yankee fans will be stoked when they have endure games where they "bang" out 10 singles coupled with 5 BB whilst scoring 2 runs and leaving 13 guys on base in a 9 inning game. Good times baby, good times.

Well, if your problem is too many home runs, Ichiro is your solution.

You know Ray, you cop a fair amount of sh*t on this site, some it deserved. However, that made me laugh out loud.
   16. Walt Davis Posted: February 07, 2013 at 09:44 PM (#4365448)
Aw c'mon Hugh -- Ichiro is the solution to every problem including the solution to too few home runs ... if he wanted to be.
   17. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: February 07, 2013 at 10:17 PM (#4365462)
At times the long ball was the only source of offense, which prompted complaints of “too many home runs” in Twitter land.
This is the most preposterous thing I have ever heard of.


Who was the genius who advocated doubles instead of home runs, as 'home runs clear the bases. They're rally killers'?
   18. RollingWave Posted: February 07, 2013 at 10:32 PM (#4365467)
Nunez can run a little bit too, but he has got to be one of the most error prone SS I've seen in a long time, comparable to Edward Encarnacion bad, except that teams had the good sense of you know... keeping Edward Encarnacion out of the field as much as possible.

I guess it's now a tradition for the Yankees to run SS that can't field, either because they have no range or can't properly do routine plays.

As for the Yankees this year, meh, they'll pull something out of a rabbits hat and stay in the wild card hunt I'd think.

I still wish they had the Jesus Montero trade back though, PED allegation or no. ugggh.



   19. McCoy Posted: February 07, 2013 at 11:25 PM (#4365482)
Tony Muser
   20. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: February 08, 2013 at 12:45 AM (#4365513)
I wonder how his mind works.

No outs. Men on first and third. Double hit. Runner scores. Men on second and third. No one out. One run in.

No outs. Men on first and third. Home run. Three runs score. No one on. No one out. Three runs in.

Hmm. The first example is better. Momentum!

Or something?
   21. Ebessan Posted: February 08, 2013 at 01:02 AM (#4365521)
1) Win games.
2) Score runs while also not allowing runs.
3) Win a lot of games.
4) Don't lose too many games.
5) Win as many games as possible.

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