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For today's assignment, you get to be the Yankee manager in the World Series.  It will be October then, so pretending to be the leader of an Evil Empire should be a piece of cake.

Let's set the scene.  Your Yanks are facing their crosstown rivals, the Mets, and you are preparing for Game 3.  In the opener in Yankee Stadium, Tom Glavine faced Chien-Ming Wang and threw a six hit shutout at you.  In Game 2, starters John Maine and Roger Clemens were both gone before the end of the 5th inning, and the home nine won a wild 11-9 shootout.  As you get off the 7 train at Willets Point and prepare to enter Shea Stadium, you still haven't decided whether Andy Pettitte or Phil Hughes will get the start to face lefty Oliver Perez, let alone who will be in the starting lineup with no DH.  So, who gets the start and what is your lineup?  Here is the Yankee roster, although I doubt that you will need reminding. 

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Mick Doherty - Monday, September 17 2007 @ 09:44 AM EDT (#174401) #

Off the top of my head and not giving it much thought, but to get the conversation started:

  1. Jeter, SS
  2. Cano, 2B
  3. Rodriguez, 3B
  4. Abreu, RF
  5. Posada, C
  6. Giambi, 1B
  7. Cabrera, CF
  8. Matsui, LF
  9. Pettitte, SP
Mike Green - Monday, September 17 2007 @ 09:57 AM EDT (#174402) #
My lineup would be

1. Jeter            SS
2. Matsui          LF
3. Rodriguez    3B
4. Abreu           RF
5. Posada         C
6. Cano            2B
7. Giambi        1B
8. Cabrera       CF
9. Pettitte       SP

I essentially agree with Mick on all issues, with the minor exception that I'd want Matsui hitting 2nd.

Jevant - Monday, September 17 2007 @ 10:14 AM EDT (#174403) #
1. Jeter, SS
2. Abreu, RF
3. Rodriguez, 3B
4. Matsui, LF
5. Posada, C
6. Giambi, 1B
7. Cano, 2B
8. Cabrera, CF
9. Pettitte, SP

Posada is OBPing a phenom .421 this year, leading the team.  I'd prefer to bat him 4, but that would mean 3 straight lefties, in Matsui-Giambi-Cano.   I'd really prefer to swap Posada and Abreu, but that means 4 lefties in a row, and that doesn't look so hot for the Yanks (LOOGY-time).

lexomatic - Monday, September 17 2007 @ 10:22 AM EDT (#174404) #

I think I would have Abreu 2nd instead of Matsui. Abreu's power is still AWOL, but he gets on base and has speed. Having Matsui 4th provides a frightening stretch of power.

Finally this is my last post, i'm saying goodbye. I find it too hard to participate in this site. I retype messages constantly, have gone to spell-checking them externally only to find glitches after the fact, through bad luck. i'm sick of re-posting the same messages only to have them not appear, and effectively being blocked from discussion. It's particularly galling because nobody is bringing up the points I have been trying to. It has become obvious to me that the majority of people only log in to respond and don't read unfeatured posts. I'm upset because there isn't another Jays-centric site online that is the equal to this one, i've been coming here for over a year, but it's not fun for me anymore.

 NB. i'm not blaming mods for this, however it is extremely frustrating.

vw_fan17 - Monday, September 17 2007 @ 02:56 PM EDT (#174410) #
Sorry to see ya go.. I always read all posts (featured and not).. Not sure where your troubles are coming from - I've had VERY FEW troubles using this board..


Jevant - Monday, September 17 2007 @ 03:22 PM EDT (#174411) #
I'd agree with that.  This has been one of the best user-friendly boards I've ever been on.  Full cudos to the team running it.
Dave Till - Monday, September 17 2007 @ 09:51 PM EDT (#174422) #
If I were running the Yankees, I'd spend four hours on the phone listening to George Steinbrenner rant about how this game was the big one, gosh darn it all [edited slightly for family-friendly environment], and how I should play this guy and that guy and that other guy.

I'd say, "Yes, George" as often as necessary. Then, I'd put in the lineup my bench coach suggests I put in.

This is not a helpful answer.

jeff mcl - Tuesday, September 18 2007 @ 08:11 AM EDT (#174427) #
Have A-Rod hit 8th as punishment for going 0-8 in the series.
jbrains - Wednesday, September 19 2007 @ 11:36 PM EDT (#174522) #
The lineup I would put out there, if I didn't have to deal with real people and their egos:

ss Jeter
2b Cano
rf Abreu
3b Rodriguez
c Posada
cf Cabrera
lf Damon
1b Mientkiewicz
p Pettitte

Cano and Abreu are the only LHB on the team that hit LHP well and could handle Perez's breaking stuff. I keep Matsui and Giambi on the bench as late-inning weapons of mass destruction.

If Duncan can play 1B, and I don't have to deal with the press after the game, I do something more radical:

ss Jeter
2b Cano
rf Abreu
3b Rodriguez
c Posada
cf Cabrera
1b Duncan
p Pettitte
lf Damon

"The Book" (the actual one, not the one baseball people talk about) shows that the weakest hitter should hit 8th, so I prefer this, as it splits up the weak LHB-against-LHP. My only concern is Cabrera is the most likely to be left on base. If he reaches first with two out, steal every time, so the worst case is Pettitte batting with 2 on and 2 out.

Magpie - Wednesday, September 19 2007 @ 11:55 PM EDT (#174524) #

Jeter, ss
Cano, 2b
Posada, c
Rodriguez, 3b
Matsui, lf
Phillips, 1b
Abreu, rf
Cabrera, cf
Pettite, p

Pettite starts game three because I might need eventually someone to start a game seven, and the Game three starter is the natural guy for the job. Abreu drops down to seventh because he's done squat against LH pitching this year. Phillips breaks up the run of LH batters, he can play in the field, and against southpaws he's not all that much worse than Giambi. Generraly, I just want to get the guys with the best OBP batting in front of Rodriguez, and try to mix up the LH and Rh batters...

Timmy - Thursday, September 20 2007 @ 08:33 PM EDT (#174576) #
I actually thought Matsui had a pretty even split.

vs LH   .293/.359/.808
vs RH   .297/.376/.880

For comparisons sake


vs LH   .276/.371/.765
vs RH   .310/.422/.964


vs LH    .298/.329/.801
vs RH   .319/.347/.868


vs LH   .271/.385/.857
vs RH   .297/.422/.988

Matsui is slumping/injured, so it might be best to leave him out.  But I wouldn't say he's any worse than Abreu vs LH's.
I would go with your first lineup with the following change if Giambi is healthy:  Remove Mientkiewicz, stick in Giambi in after Cabrera and shift Damon down one.  If Matsui shows some improvement, I'd stick him in after Posada, and let Damon replace whoever is playing 1st.

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