Quick hit: Happy trails, Eric Chavez!

Eric Chavez announced his retirement from baseball today.

Chavez, who played 17 seasons, spent the majority of those years as an Oakland Athletic. Chavez was a member of the Yankees in 2011 and 2012 and batted .274/.338/.445/.783 in 171 games.

Good luck to Chavez. Maybe he can become a broadcaster or a coach!

Click here to see one of his best moments in pinstripes. Poor Cody Eppley.

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Trade Talk: Hamels, Anderson, Kennedy, Benoit, Masterson, Danks

It feels like things are getting quieter and quieter on the Yankee front as the deadline draws closer.  Here are today’s rumors:

- Via Jon Heyman, the Phillies have been asking for “packages of multiple top prospects” from teams expressing interest in Cole Hamels, including the Yankees.  The feeling is that he’s not going anywhere and no specific prospects have been mentioned by name.

- Lefty Brett Anderson is the newest name on the wire as a potential rotation option for the Yanks, although Ken Rosenthal says Colorado is not interested in trading him and are looking to sign him long-term.

- Ian Kennedy is apparently still on the radar, but Chad Jennings reported earlier today that the talks between the Yanks and Padres were “medium”.  Because MLB trade talks and hot sauce flavors are the same thing, you see.

- While we’re on the Padres, righty reliever Joaquin Benoit‘s name has come up today as a target.  …

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What to Watch For: Kuroda vs Rangers

Hiroki Kuroda dominated the Rangers in Arlington last July. Can he do it again tonight? (Photo: Brandon Wade/AP)

Hiroki Kuroda dominated the Rangers in Arlington last July. Can he do it again tongiht? (Photo: Brandon Wade/AP)

July’s Finest
Hiroki Kuroda had a rough April, finishing the month with a 5.28 ERA. But since then he has posted a lower ERA in each successive month, including a 3.27 ERA in July entering his final start of the month.

It should be no surprise that Kuroda is pitching at his best in July – he is 7-1 with a 2.50 ERA in 15 starts during the month in his Yankee career.

That ERA is the fourth-best by any Yankee in July over the last 100 years, and his win percentage is the second-best, behind only Dennis Rasmussen‘s 11-1 record in the mid-1980s (min. 15 starts).

Left Out
The key to his success this July has been his ability to keep lefties off the basepaths. Opposite-handed batters are hitting just .197/.239/.273 against him this month, compared to a .272/.315/.433 line in the first three months of the season.…

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Quick Hit: “Owning” a Hitter

Yesterday, I ventured into the depths of Baseball-Reference to see which pitchers the Yankees hitters have “owned” over the course of their careers. Today, I will use the same parameters (minimum of 10 PA) to see which hitters the Yankees pitchers have most thoroughly dominated. Unfortunately, Messrs Tanaka and Betances have not faced a single batter ten times in their careers.

Chris Capuano – .000/.000/.000, 1 K in 10 PA v. Shawn Green
Shawn Kelley – .182/.182/.182, 4 K in 11 PA v. Adam Jones
Hiroki Kuroda – .000/.077/.000, 2 K in 13 PA v. Gerardo Parra
Brandon McCarthy – .000/.067/.000, 5 K in 15 PA v. Jedd Gyorko
Ivan Nova – .000/.100/.000, 4 K in 10 PA v. Adrian Gonzalez
David Phelps – .000/.111/.000, 1 K in 10 PA v. Desmond Jennings
Michael Pineda – .091/.167/.091, 4 K in 12 PA v. Jose Bautista
David Robertson – .000/.000/.000, 3 K in 11 PA v. Colby Rasmus
CC Sabathia – .000/.000/.000, 6 K in 11 PA v.…

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Wednesday Linkaround: 7/30/14

Here’s what’s cookin’ around the rest of the Yankosphere so far this week:

- On Monday, Chris Mitchell of Pinstripe Pundits looked into the possibility of Aaron Judge’s height making him susceptible to striking out more as he moves up the MiL ladder.

- Bryan Hoch had Mark Teixeira’s thoughts on his latest injury and how he can stay healthy down the stretch, along with updates on a lot of the other walking wounded.

- On Tuesday, Matt Provenzano of Pinstripe Alley declared Brian McCann officially out of his season-long slump.  After the last 2 games, I’m inclined to pull a Lee Corso and say “not so fast, my friend!”, but McCann has definitely been better.

- Earlier this morning, el duque of It Is High… lamented the decision to keep Brian Roberts around and on the field while Rob Refsnyder waits and rakes in Triple-A.

- And in case you missed it yesterday, our own Domenic Lanza, inspired by Brett Gardner’s personal HR derby against Yu Darvish, identified other pitchers who have been victimized by current Yankee hitters.

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Wednesday Morning Food For Thought: Dem Workload Blues

You guys know that workload concern thing I’ve been on with Adam Warren and Dellin Betances, from way back before anybody else was really thinking about it?  Yeah, I think it could be starting to surface now.

Warren’s Monthly ERA Splits: April- 1.93, May- 1.62, June- 4.97, July- 5.79

Betances’ Monthly K Rate Splits: April- 43.4%, May- 45.9%, June- 37.9%, July- 31.7%

Obviously falling to a K rate that’s still above 30% is far less severe of a drop-off than a ballooning ERA, but we’re talking about 2 very different types of pitchers.  Their level of fatigue, whatever it may be, could be manifesting itself in different ways.  Hitters are making more and better contact against Betances this month than in any other month.  He’s given up runs in consecutive appearances for the first time this year.  They’re getting to Warren both by swinging and holding the bat.  His K rate in July is the lowest of the season, his BB rate is the highest, and he’s been far more hittable since the start of June.…

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Happy what’s wrong with the bullpen week, everyone! Yankees 12, Rangers 11

(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

They usually refer to these types of high scoring games as a slugfest but let’s call this one an “ugh” fest.

How on earth can you allow the worst team in baseball to not only score 11 runs against you but make it so your entire fan base is ready to jump out of a window because nearly every reliever in the bullpen decided to pay homage to relievers of years past by reenacting Mariano Rivera‘s infamous “What’s Wrong With Mo Week? IN THE SAME DAMN GAME?! My goodness.

This game went from annoying to fun to annoying to OMG WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING?!?! to OH THANK GOD! And while yes, the end result was a win, it was definitely one of the worst wins I’ve seen in a while. You just simply cannot allow a team to get back into a game like that and especially not a team that is so feckless.

Anyway, now that I got that out of my system, let’s talk about the good stuff that happened tonight because my soon-to-be 40 year-old body feels like it has been through a 15-round bout with 1980′s Mike Tyson thanks to this shitshow of a game.…

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Game 106: McCarthy v. Martinez

While you’re waiting for the game to begin, head on over here and leave us a question for our next podcast.

New York Yankees Texas Rangers
Brett Gardner, LF Shin-Soo Choo, LF
Derek Jeter, SS Elvis Andrus, SS
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Alex Rios, RF
Mark Teixeira, 1B Adrian Beltre, 3B
Carlos Beltran, DH Jim Adduci, DH
Brian McCann, C J.P. Arencibia, 1B
Chase Headley, 3B Leonys Martin, CF
Zoilo Almonte, RF Robinson Chirinos, C
Brendan Ryan, 2B Rougned Odor, 2B
Brandon McCarthy, SP Nick Martinez, SP
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Trade Talk: Byrd, Danks, Ruggiano, Masterson

Another day, another batch of rumors.  The silence on the Yankee front is deafening today.  Maybe that means a deal is getting announced soon.

- Via George King, Marlon Byrd has no problem being traded to the Yankees, who reportedly “have prospects the Phillies like enough to get a deal done.”  Not that it would matter if he did have a problem since he doesn’t have a no-trade clause, but those extra years on his deal are almost assuredly what’s keeping Cash away.

- Via the same King article, the White Sox have a scout following the Trenton Thunder right now and they are still very much interested in the Yanks’ catching depth.  John Danks is the name that continues to come up in connection with the Yankees and my personal stance on him has not changed.  Do. Not. Want.

- Yesterday it was a pitcher, today it’s an outfielder that the Yanks are interested in acquiring from the Cubs in the form of Justin Ruggiano.  …

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