Joe Girardi discouraged about lineup woes

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The Yankees are going to be without the bat of Jacoby Ellsbury and the power of Mark Teixeira, meaning they are going to have to find a way to manufacture runs without those two in the lineup.

Game after game, the media has asked Joe Girardi about the Yankees offensive woes and everyday he’s given an answer. When he was asked again today after another offensive letdown, he really was at a loss for words and he sounded pretty discouraged. However, he stressed that someone on the team had to step up.

“It is what it is and someone else has got to come up with some big hits today,” Girardi said.

Girardi also added this about the offense: “There’s no magic formula. Can I go, I don’t know, walk on my hands through the clubhouse? No, I can’t do that. It’s just continue to work and you keep throwing them out there. You try to give the guys that you believe are the most productive consistent at-bats and eventually it’s going to change.”

Some Notes

CC Sabathia is slated to make his second rehab start tonight for Double-A Trenton. Once I get his results, I’ll post it on the blog.

— When I saw the lineup, I noticed Brett Gardner was in left field and Ichiro Suzuki was playing center field. Now, I know the options on the bench are limited with Ellsbury out of the lineup but personally I would of had the outfielders play their natural positions–well, as natural as possible. That would mean Gardner in center, Ichiro in right and Alfonso Soriano in left. I’m not sure what was Girardi’s logic when it came to assigning the positions but for me, I would have placed the outfielders in their natural positions. It was just something I wanted to get off my chest.

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8 Responses to Joe Girardi discouraged about lineup woes

  1. josean says:

    I'm very disappoinment with this yankees team…..

  2. wanye kest says:

    The words Girardi and logic should never be used in the same sentence.

    • Mark Panuthos says:

      really? because its his fault the Yankees overspent on players that aren't even in the lineup now?

  3. Michael R says:

    Considering the talent level of this team I'd say they are performing at expectations.

  4. Robert Rufa says:

    What can Girardi do? I don't know, but I'm pretty sure I know what Stengel would've done–he would've chewed some asses. Maybe the multi-million dollar contracts they sign these days have a no-ass-chewing-for-underperformance clause.
    PS: So wouldn't it be interesting if the Yanks started manufacturing enough runs to win without Ellsbury and Texeira in the lineup.

    • Who is seriously under-performing that you want to chew out? There's Brian McCann, definitely. Carlos Beltran has been injured. Everybody else is performing almost exactly to my expectations.

      Is it perhaps that your perception of these players is out of whack? I'm not trying to pick on you, but go through the lineup. Gardner, Ellsbury and Teixeira are performing fine. Solarte is a nobody, Johnson is a slightly-over-the-hill nobody, Brian Roberts hasn't hit in years, Ichiro, Jeter and Soriano are very over-the-hill.

      On the pitching side, Tanaka is better than expected, Kuroda has been great after a slow start, and three other starters have been seriously hurt.

      Again, who is it that's underperforming aside from McCann? And maybe Beltran if you don't cut him any slack for the injury (which you should)?