Celebrating Bernie Williams

Today is Bernie Williams Day at Yankee Stadium and I thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of his biggest moments in Pinstripes (or: the only ones I could find on YouTube).

July 14, 1991: His first career home run against Chuck Finley and the California Angels.

October 6, 1995: Williams becomes the first MLB player to homer from both sides of the plate in a playoff game.

October 4, 1996: He robs a home run from Rusty Greer.

October 5, 1996: He homers from both sides of the plate in Game 4 of the ALDS against the Rangers.

October 9, 1996: The walk off in Game 1 of the 1996 ALCS against the Orioles.

October 13, 1999: The walk off in Game 1 of the 1999 ALCS against the Red Sox.

April 23, 2000: Bernie and Jorge Posada become the first teammates to homer from both sides of the plate in the same game.

October 26, 2000: He gets the Yankees on the board and ends an 0-15 slide in Game 5 of the 2000 World Series against the Mets.…

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Quick Hit: Happy Jacob Lindgren Day, Everybody!

Jacob Lindgren

Courtesy of the AP

There isn’t a lot to be excited or happy about as a Yankee fan this morning.  The team is drowning in its own incompetence and poor play, with underperformances aplenty and a front office brain trust that seems perfectly comfortable with the mediocrity in front of it.

But in this 1-9 darkness, there may be a small beam of light and hope that breaks through today.  The team announced after yesterday’s shellacking that they would be calling up top relief prospect Jacob Lindgren to fortify the bullpen.  The move comes a few weeks later than it should have in the minds of many, and the team basically admitted that they were only doing it because Branden Pinder threw 50 pitches yesterday, so it’s not like this is a complete victory in the world of smart, logical, winning-based decision making.  But I’ll take any small victory I can get right now, and Lindgren getting brought up to the show is definitely a small victory at the very least.…

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Game 43: Martinez vs Sabathia

Hey CC, can you be the big stoppa again? That would be really great.

RANGERS
DeShields CF
Choo RF
Fielder DH
Beltre 3B
Moreland 1B
Andrus SS
Rosales 2B
Corporan C
Smolinski LF

Martinez P

YANKEES
Gardner LF
Beltran RF
Rodriguez DH
Teixeira 1B
Headley 3B
Drew 2B
Gregorius SS
Murphy C
Heathcott CF

Sabathia P

Enjoy the game (hopefully)!

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Game 42 Quick Recap: TEX 10 NYY 9

This home weekend series against the sub-.500 Texas Rangers should have been exactly what the doctor ordered for the scuffling Yankees.  Instead it turned into another multi-faceted display of their current baseball ineptitude and a waste of some surprising offensive breakouts.

Michael Pineda got the start and once again he looked far from his best.  He wasn’t locating his fastball and his slider had very little bite to it.  The 3rd inning was a complete disaster for Pineda, as he started it off allowing a single and a walk, escalated it with a throwing error on a sac bunt attempt and a follow-up fielding error by Didi Gregorius, and let things get out of hand by giving up a 3-run home run to Prince Fielder and a solo shot to Mitch Moreland.  When all was said and done, the Rangers put a touchdown and an extra point on the scoreboard to take a commanding 7-0 lead.  On the bright side, Pineda didn’t allow any more runs and made it through 6 innings, but the damage was plenty done.…

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Game 42: Lewis vs Pineda

Here’s your game thread.

Tonight’s big story is that Slade Heathcott is in the Bronx, will be starting in centerfield and batting ninth!

RANGERS
DeShields LF
Choo RF
Fielder DH
Beltre 3B
Moreland 1B
Andrus SS
Martin CF
Chirinos C
Field 2B

Lewis P

YANKEES
Gardner LF
Beltran RF
Rodriguez DH
Teixeira 1B
McCann C
Headley 3B
Drew 2B
Gregorious SS
Heathcott CF

Pineda P

Enjoy!

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 5/22/15

No intro this week.  The big batch of links speaks for itself and I’ve already started mentally shutting down for the long weekend.  Now onto the links!

– On Tuesday, Josh Heller of Pinstripe Alley reviewed the offseason Yanks-Marlins trade 2 months into the season to see which side has made out better so far.

– On Wednesday, Derek Albin of Pinstripe Pundits dug deeper into the new contact statistics to see how big a contributing factor they’ve been to Chase Headley’s poor start.

– Chad Jennings of LoHud addressed the biggest questions facing the Yankees after losing Jacoby Ellsbury to the DL.

– William Juliano of The Captain’s Blog crunched the numbers and used some statistical comparisons to point out the biggest problems with Nathan Eovaldi and what the Yankees have in mind for him.

– On Thursday, el duque of It Is High… expressed his feelings of discomfort with Hal’s latest comments on the state of the team and his plans for the trade deadline.…

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Early Returns: Run Scoring Ticks Back Up

I’ve long been concerned about the state of run scoring in Major League Baseball. Run scoring has been on a decade-long downward trend, without any real indication that we’ve hit bottom. Well, that may have changed:

2015EarlyReturnsRuns

Early returns on 2015 have run scoring ticking upwards slightly. Scoring is still well below the historical average, but we’re now a tick above the disastrous 1960s levels. Good news.

What is going on? In part, strikeout rates have stabilized:

2015EarlyReturnsKRate

And power is ticking back up:

2015EarlyReturnsISO

MLB run scoring doesn’t vary all that much month-to-month, so there is no reason to believe this is seasonal. We also have a decent sample size at this point. I think this is real. Which is very good news for baseball.

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