Tonight the Yankees take on Rockies. They’ll be on MLB Network for all you Yankee fans outside of the YES Network broadcasting area. AJ Burnett will take the mound for the Yankees and Ubaldo Jimenez will take the mound for the Rockies. I’m not going to lie, I’m not looking forward to seeing Jimenez on the mound. I’d much rather watch him on a commercial thumbing through toy licence plates… I have no desire to see his “epic arm” throwing to Yankees. And I would rather have someone else pitching against Jimenez… I’m not going to lie, I have little faith in AJ because he’s been nothing short of a rollercoaster pitcher since coming to New York. Maybe AJ is more of an Epic Fail… the jury is still out.
1. Gardner LF — Gardner apparently moved a few steps closer to the plate and since doing so he’s been on fire at the plate. Gardner is my fellow Carolinian now in the Big City, so I cheer for him a little louder than normal. I look forward to seeing Gardner take on Jimenez tonight.
2. Granderson CF — The Grandy Man is one of my favorite Yankees, he’s been on fire this year. It seems like when all of our heavy hitters are slumping, Granderson is right there picking up the slack. If anyone can get to Jimenez, I think it will be him.
3. Teixeira 1B — When my softball girls would come to me before games with concerns about the opposing pitcher because she “throws hard,” I always told them “the faster they throw, the fast the ball leaves the field.” Tex has a mighty swing. I’d like to see him send a few Tex Messages tonight.
4. Rodriguez 3B — A-Rod has hit .389 in his last ten games. I’m looking for him to have a break out game, I don’t think tonight’s game will be that break out game I’m looking for, but you never know. He’s numbers have been a bit low this year, but there’s still plenty of time for A-Rod. I’m not worried about him.
5. Cano 2B — Robbie has been on fire lately hitting .410 in his last ten games. He’s done great all year, which is why he’s leading all AL second basemen in All Star votes. Tonight could be a good game for him, as long as he lays off the balls in the dirt he tends to chase.
6. Swisher RF — I think Swisher is going to be a little over powered tonight. Don’t get me wrong, I love him to death… he’s just what the Yankees need in their club house, but I’m not holding my breath on Swish having a big night.
7. Posada DH — JoPo started the season horribly. The entire fight with him and management may or may not have been blown out of proportion… knowing JoPo is very vocal and strong-willed, I doubt it was blown totally out of proportion. Although he’s struggled much of the season, he’s starting to turn things around. I’m so glad he stopped using Nicki Minaj’s song “Moment 4 Life” as his walk-up song… it was starting to depress me because it served as a constant reminder that the end (of his playing days) is near for Posada. When that day comes, I’ll be very sad… it’s just another Yankee gone from the Glory Days, which reminds me how far removed we are from the days of the Yankees Dynasty.
8. Martin C — Martin’s been suffering from a stiff back lately, but he’s back and I couldn’t be happier to have him back. Don’t get me wrong Cervelli, I’m really happy you took time out of your (not so busy) life as a back up catcher’s life to talk to me and sign a baseball, but geez man… can you learn how to throw? He’s caught less than 10% of the people who try to steal on him… unacceptable! I’m more than happy to have Martin’s bat and arm back in the line-up.
9. Nunez SS — I’ve learned my lesson, I never get attached to call-ups. He’s done fine filling in for Jeter. I’m sure he’ll keep on keeping on…
Unfortunately, I will not be able to watch the game live. I’m going to be heading to the beaches of Delaware for the weekend. Don’t worry about me though, I’ll catch the game on MLB.TV’s condensed game.
In other news, The Star Ledger is reporting that Derek Jeter may not be ready to return from the DL when he becomes eligible to do so on Wednesday. However, Bryan Cashman has gone on record to the Star Ledger as saying,”I can’t say either way,” when asked about the possibility of Jeter not being ready to return.
So… what makes the Star Ledger think Jeter wont be ready? Hmm… maybe they’re just going out on a limb since Jeter is umm, well, sort of , rather… how do I put this nicely… OLD, RUNDOWN, AND SLOW. Jeter has already slowed down a great deal, this calf injury isn’t exactly what he or the Yankees need right now.
Jeter is six hits away from 3,000 hits. I think he’ll get back on the field as soon as he can. He didn’t want to be put on the DL to begin with. He basically begged the Yankees to keep him off the DL. Oh well, when you’re an aging shortstop, you get put on the DL.
Maybe he’s not going to be ready to return on Wednesday because he’s been busy planning his off-season wedding to Minka Kelly and chilling on the beach with his fiance instead of working out in Tampa… but who knows, maybe he is working hard.
FINAL WHISPER: Any who, since I’m not an old, rehabbing, shortstop multi-millionaire, I’m going to go get packed for the beach and head out. I may or may not be blogging over the weekend… depends on what’s going on. Enjoy the weekend and the series!
Baseball Nerdish as Always,
P.S. Not that this has anything to do with baseball, but Ron Artest is apparently changing his name to “Metta World Peace,” and you thought OchoCinco was odd. I guess Artest proved you wrong.