Game 78, Mariners at Yankees

Mike Snow · July 2, 2009 at 4:06 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

The debut of Langerhans! Vargas v. Sabathia, 4:05.

RF-L Ichiro
1B-L Branyan
2B-R Lopez
DH-R Sweeney
CF-R Gutierrez
C-R Johjima
LF-L Guy who was once traded for Snelling
3B-R Woodward
SS-R Cedeno

As slightly weird as it is to break Langerhans in against the lefthander, two things. His statistics don’t seem to indicate much of a platoon split (even doing a bit better against lefties in the majors, slightly worse in the minors, for what those sample sizes are worth). And in terms of lineup construction, it’s still nice to break up that string of righthanded bats that mostly share similar weaknesses and are easily neutralized by a properly deployed bullpen.


107 Responses to “Game 78, Mariners at Yankees”

  1. TomTuttle on July 2nd, 2009 9:37 pm

    There was a decent crop of Seattle fans there tonight. More than on Tuesday. Also, a surprising amount of born-and-raised New Yorkers who are Mariners fans. Hopped on board during Griffey’s first tour of duty.

    Hahaha, hope ArmLinc don’t get cocky since Mariners Nation isn’t THAT big.

  2. JesseNYC on July 2nd, 2009 9:51 pm

    I was there too. My first trip to the new Yankee Stadium, which feels weirdly… normal. And dull. But a fun game to see on my first visit. That Branyan home run was as no-doubt-about-it as any I’ve seen. Also: Langerhans really smoked the ball in each of his first three at-bats, and Gutierrez is awesome. (Ichiro too, but that’s stating the obvious.) I saw a fair number of Seattle fans too — in particular a lot of couples where the girl was wearing a Yankees jersey and the dude was wearing a Mariners jersey. Strange.

  3. Shoeless Jose on July 2nd, 2009 10:17 pm

    You can’t make bonehead moves like that overslide against good teams and expect to win. Case in point, last night with Franklin thinking it was ball 4 and getting nailed at second.

    I have no doubt we are getting swept. You can just feel it in the air.. even with an early lead.

    How’s that crow taste?

    I don’t know what you were “feeling” but you might want to see a doctor about it.

  4. profmac on July 2nd, 2009 10:18 pm

    Ken Rosenthal put out his All Star picks.

    Branyan, Ichiro, Felix, Aardsma, and Washburn

    Pretty decent rake, I’d say. 🙂

  5. refusetolose on July 2nd, 2009 11:21 pm

    I was at this game as well, what a great win for the Ms. Branyan, finally not striking out. And I too, got peanuts thrown at me.

    Continue to be impressed with Franklin in the OF.

  6. Kazinski on July 2nd, 2009 11:39 pm

    Baker says that Langerhans earned the start by not getting picked off first base last night. Langerhans didn’t play last night you say? No, but Balentien did, and I guess Wak saw enough for at least a few days.

  7. gregry17 on July 3rd, 2009 8:36 am

    Play Langerhans again
    and again
    and again

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