After losing rather miserably yesterday, the sun came up again today and the Yankees will get the chance to play again tonight. We are going to see the same lineup as the lineup from Opening Night, and for that I am happy. Here’s a look at it via Chad Jennings…
SS Derek Jeter
DH Nick Johnson
1B Mark Teixeira
3B Alex Rodriguez
2B Robinson Cano
C Jorge Posada
CF Curtis Granderson
RF Nick Swisher
LF Brett Gardner
LHP CC Sabathia
Phil Hughes battles it out
Last night Phil Hughes clearly didn’t have good control. Many inexperienced pitchers would usually just get hammered if they didn’t have their best control or stuff. However, Hughes made adjustments. He knew he wasn’t on top of his game, and he made in game adjustments with the help of Dave Eiland and in the end, he threw 5.2 innings and only allowed one run. To me that is impressive. Pitchers are going to through several games a season without their best stuff or their best control, and how they do in those starts is what separates the good pitchers from the great pitchers. Look at Andy Pettitte, there are many times he doesn’t have his best stuff but still pitches a great game. If Hughes can do this successfully, he could become a front-end starter.
Lately, the Yankee bullpen hasn’t been too great. Now we all know how volatile bullpens are and how quickly they can turn around. However, I have a couple suggestions to help get it going in the right direction. First of all, call up Mark Melancon and get him some meaningful innings. At this point, it doesn’t look like Chan Ho Park is returning soon so a good right handed reliever, which Melancon certainly has the potential to be, would be very useful. To make room for Melancon on the roster, I would probably send Boone Logan back to AAA, although he hasn’t been bad. Secondly, I would like to see David Robertson used in a slightly different role. So far this season, Girardi has been keen on bringing in Robertson in tough situations with men on base. I feel Robertson may be better suited to be utilized if he comes in to start innings. These are just my suggestions, and they could or could not be a good idea.
All Star Game rules modified
Certain rules for the All Star Game have been changed. They will go into effect this year. Here is a quick rundown of the changes…
- The DH will now be used in all cases regardless of whether the NL is home or the AL is home. That means no more pitchers batting (yay!). The AL DH will still be selected by the fans, but the NL DH will be selected by the NL manager.
- Any pitcher who is selected for the All Star Game but pitched the previous Sunday will not be able to be used. Instead, he will be replaced on the roster. However, the pitcher replaced will still be recognized as an All Star.
- Instead of the typical 33 man roster, there will now be 34 players. The extra player will be a position player, not a pitcher.
Overall, I like these rule changes especially the DH one, but the rules can be made better in my opinion.