Results for tag: yankees
Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Jun 11, 2010 at 05:20:22 PM

It has been a good June for the Houston Astros. With a record of 17-34 (.333) through the end of May, the team seemed dead in the water. It probably still is, but the lifeless body is still twitching with a little June hot streak against the Nationals, Cubs, and Rockies. Over the ten games they’ve played this month, the Astros are 8-2 with a 3.50 ERA. They’ve walked just under three batters per nine innings and struck out 7.6. On the hitting side, the club has averaged about five runs a game and has hit .273/.328/.410, which doesn’t seem like much, except that (A) this year the NL average team is hitting .257/.329/.402, so they’re a bit above-average, and (B) to that point they had been hitting .230/.282/.325 and averaging three runs a game.

Astros hitters having

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on May 27, 2010 at 04:57:54 PM

WHAT PAUL REVERE SAID, SORT OF: THE RED SOX ARE COMING

On April 19, the Red Sox having lost their fifth straight game, had a record of 4-9. Since then, they’ve gone 23-12 (.657). In that time, they’ve hit and scored 5.8 runs a game, while allowing 4.8 runs a game. Let’s not let those numbers alone, but place them in the context of the AL East (see table at bottom):

we’re seeing the AL East turn into what we thought it would be all winter long -- a fight between three terrific teams (parenthetically, David Ortiz in May: .368/.421/.809, nine home runs. Holy Turnaround, Batman!), with the added, unexpected twist that the Blue Jays have also played terrifically well. This is in large part due to unexpectedly good offensive performances from players like John Buck, Jose

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on May 25, 2010 at 05:53:43 PM

LONG TALL SALLY HAS LOST HER SPEED
It seems like the off-day brought a great many “Has Derek Jeter lost his groove to age?” articles -- we’ve got to fill column inches, or gigabytes, or whatever it is we online cats do. While worries about Jeter’s age are realistic and highly relevant given his contract situation, it’s a bit premature to write him off given that just over a quarter of the season is in the books. We can also accept the evidence of our eyes, bolstered by statistics; it doesn’t look like Jeter is slowing down, it looks like he’s confused. In recent weeks, the boundaries of his strike zone have expanded. He has hit more balls on the ground -- his groundball/flyball ratio is at a career high -- which is a hard way to hit safely, as even

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on May 21, 2010 at 11:17:19 AM

After dropping three straight at home, the Yankees are now five games behind the Rays. In my glorious youth, this would be a cause for worry, but given the existence of the Wild Card there’s no reason to get too exercised about this latest setback. Sure, the Tigers, Twins, and Blue Jays are just one game behind, but Juan Miranda is here now.

Miranda is slugging .700 in his 20 at-bats, so he doesn’t deserve ridicule. In fact, insofar as last night’s game goes, perhaps no one does. Andy Pettitte had an off night, and that’s going to happen sometimes. Heck, in 1930, Lefty Grove went 28-5 with a ERA of 2.54 in an American League in which the average pitcher had an ERA of 4.65. He was a god among men. Yet, in his second start of the season, against the Yankees, he gave

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on May 8, 2010 at 01:42:30 AM

VICTORIOUS DEFEAT, DEFEATED VICTORY

Talk about your mixed outcomes. Josh Beckett hit the pitcher’s mound throwing bolts of lightning at the outset of Friday night’s game, and one felt certain that it was going to be a difficult night for the Yankees at Fenway Park. But the thunderstorm proved to be short-lived, Beckett giving up a three-run smash to Nick Swisher (or maybe a three-run swish to Nick Smasher), and then completely losing the plot in the sixth inning.

Simultaneously, Phil Hughes provided more evidence of his arrival as a man among men. Hughes has now thrown 224.2 Major-League innings, enough that we can pretend that he’s just completed his rookie year, even though it took him parts of three seasons and 77 games to compile the totals, which show 192 hits,

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Apr 15, 2010 at 06:12:37 PM

You have to be very selective in your evidence if you want to conclude that Javier Vazquez cannot pitch in pinstripes. First, you have to overreact to his first two starts. Second, you have to read his 2004 record very carefully, overlooking inconvenient information. You can’t admit that his home record was 9-4 with a 4.13 ERA, versus 5-6 with a 5.79 ERA on the road, or that in the first half his record was 10-5 with a 3.56 ERA. You have to make a highly judgmental inference, that Vazquez suddenly became afraid somewhere in the middle of July, rather than admit the most likely possibility, which is that in the second half he was dealing with a transient but debilitating injury of some kind or perhaps severe mechanical difficulties.

Unless Vazquez was dealing with a kind of Ed-Whitsonian

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Mar 30, 2010 at 05:50:23 PM

WHAT’S THE USE OF WONDERIN’?
If Alfredo Aceves has to start the season on the disabled list, does that open up a spot for Mark Melancon, or is it more likely that Boone Logan claims the spot, giving the Yankees the fabled “second lefty?”

WHAT’S THE USE OF WONDERIN’? II
Anyone at all bothered by CC Sabathia finishing spring with an ERA of 7.23 in 18.2 innings? I don’t think I am as much as I have been bothered in the past by consuming a dish of bad mussels, and chances are it’s nothing to worry about given that his strikeout rate has been solid, but it’s definitely food for the paranoid.

NATE ROBERTSON TRADED, SO WHAT DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH THE YANKEES?
Only this: Robertson is a 31-year-old left-hander who has been rather mercilessly

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Mar 29, 2010 at 06:22:57 PM

MAY JOBA WAVE FOREVER AS LONG AS WE STOP TALKING ABOUT HIM
It has been fascinating watching the different opinions on Joba Chamberlain’s future come out of Fortress Yankee. As The New York Times correctly observed this morning, this never would have happened in George’s day. Dave Eiland has an opinion. Pro scouting director Billy Eppler has an opinion. Brian Cashman has an open mind on Joba, but is of the opinion that his subordinates don’t have to hew to the company line. It’s a bright new day in Yankeeland. What it all accomplishes, beyond shifting the air around, is a different matter. The fact is, until Chamberlain shows consistent stuff and results, you can project any future for him, and by “you” I mean Cashman, Eiland, the sanctified ghost of Joe

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Mar 25, 2010 at 07:42:29 PM

THE RIGHT STUFF
The Yankees made the best of a difficult choice in selecting Phil Hughes to be the fifth starter. The difficulty comes from both pitchers being promising young starters, both 24 this season, who have had Major-League success in the past. In an ideal world, the team would have room to put them both in the rotation and see who emerges -- not from 6.2 or 14 Spring Training innings -- but from a full season. However, once the Yankees made the entirely defensible decision to bet on a known quantity and re-sign the soon-to-be 38-year-old Andy Pettitte as well as grabbed the low-hanging fruit that was Javier Vazquez from the Braves, suddenly there was room for just one.

The results of Spring Training would normally be too small to inform such a significant decision, but when combined

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Mar 9, 2010 at 06:23:50 PM

COLD TOMMY JOHN HAS GOT ME ON THE RUN
Twins closer Joe Nathan has apparently torn his ulnar collateral ligament and may require Tommy John surgery. Should Nathan go out for the year, this would obviously be a loss to the Twins and to baseball in general -- as far as regular season play goes, Nathan is right up there with Mariano Rivera. Since 2004, Rivera has a 1.90 ERA and 243 saves, Nathan a 1.87 ERA and 246 saves.

Nathan's apparent demise is an important moment for Yankees fans. As the core of the current team ages, the same questions keep arising: How badly will the eventual passing of Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera affect the Yankees? The answer is likely to be, respectively, a lot, maybe less than you would think given the team's depth at the position, and possibly not

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