What stands out about Raul Ibanez right now, writes Joel Sherman of the New York Post, “is not just that he is 2-for-24. It is that the ball is coming off of his bat with little life.” [Story]
Beerleaguer: To my recollection, Ibanez always looked horrible in spring training. Actually, 2009 might have been his worst spring, then he went gangbusters over the first two months of the season. He’s a different player now. He's 39, no longer a full-timer and no longer viewed as a capable left fielder. He’ll cheat for a fastball more than anyone. Sherman reports that Ibañez has been working with hitting coach Kevin Long on eliminating some of the movement in his swing. But much of Ibanez's success, and failure, this season will be predicated on the hitters around him. He was signed for just $1.1 million, so don’t expect the Yankees to stay as loyal as they have with their other ancient pinstripe lifers.
Today at Bradenton vs. Pirates: 1. Juan Pierre, RF; 2. Scott Podsednik, CF; 3. Hunter Pence, DH; 4. John Mayberry Jr., 1B; 5. Lou Montanez, LF; 6. Pete Orr, 3B; 7. Brian Schneider, C; 8. Kevin Frandsen, 2B; 9. Freddy Galvis, SS. Cliff Lee starts.