Where do you start judging Yangervis Solarte? We have 2,804 minor league plate appearances that say one thing about the infielder, but Spring Training and 53 MLB plate appearances say another. For anyone that hasn’t watched Solarte hit, his blistering start to the 2014 season doesn’t look like much more than small sample size. For many Yankee fans, Solarte’s bat is a much needed injection of talented youth into the team’s lineup. For those realistic about the switch-hitter, we still have no idea what he is.
When Solarte came up with the Twins, he showed promise as a contact hitter. In 2010, as a 22 year old in rookie ball, high-A, and double-A, the infielder hit .292/.328/.401. In his next full season at double-A in 2011, Solarte hit .329/.367/.466. His lack of strikeouts unfortunately came with a lack of both walks and home runs. Yet New Britain Stadium is a notoriously tough ballpark to hit in, and Stat Corner gave the park just a 74 rating for home runs to lefties and a 72 rating for home runs to righties that season.…
First up is Beltran who has been doing really well this past week.
His slash line from 4/10-4/16: .409/.435/.955/1.389
His wOBA from 4/10-4/16: .565
Overall he’s batting .327/.368/.673/1.041.
Beltran has been pretty balanced hitting three home runs, three doubles and three singles. He also has five strikeouts and five runs batted in.
Here is his heat map (by batting average):
Hey, look at that, he’s hitting pitches over the middle of the plate.
And here is how that same map looks with actual numbers (also by batting average):
McCann seems to have picked things up a bit since we checked in with him last. (A week ago today)
His slash line from 4/10-4/16: .333/.375/.800/1.175
His wOBA from 4/10-4/16: .479
Overall he’s batting .208/.240/.354/.594 so he still has a ways to go before we can declare that he’s good.…
Full disclosure: I was going to do another post with charts, graphs, and pictures because I wanted to see the difference in certain players’ stats from week to week but my mind was all over the place when I first woke up this morning so I figured why not do a random thoughts post first and do the post with charts, graphs and pictures later in the day. So here we are. Now, hold onto your butts or whatever because it’s go time:
I’m having a stressful week, so this is going to have to be the quick version today. Sorry!
The Yankees completed the day-night sweep of the Chicago Cubs with a 2-0 victory.
Michael Pineda had another strong start and picked up his second victory of the season. He pitched six innings, gave up four hits, struck out three and walked one. He got into a little trouble in the fifth and sixth innings but was able to get out of both jams. He now has a paltry 1.00 ERA on the season.
There was a funny moment during the game. Chicago’s pitching coach Chris Bosio was thrown out of the game for arguing balls and strikes and the My9 cameras caught Derek Jeter‘s reaction to the ejection.
(Courtesy of Deadspin)
The Yankees will now travel to Tampa to play the Rays in a four-game set at Tropicana Field.
Here is your game thread for this evening’s game.
|Sweeney, R, LF|
|Castro, S, SS|
|Castillo, W, C|
|Gardner, B, CF|
|Soriano, A, LF|
|Suzuki, I, RF|
|Johnson, K, 1B|
Pitching matchup is Michael Pineda vs. Travis Wood.
Here’s what you need to know about today’s game at Yankee Stadium: Masahiro Tanaka was resplendent.
And here’s the winner of Stacey’s fan of the day (this is probably a one time thing so congratulations to his very resourceful man):
The Yankees got their runs off a Carlos Beltran solo shot in the first, a Dean Anna sac fly in the fourth which scored Brian McCann on a very close play at the plate and a really odd play in the fifth where Jacoby Ellsbury “grounded out” on a catcher’s interference and Brett Gardner, who was on third, was awarded home plate.…
You know, just because the Yankees are playing the Chicago Cubs this week that doesn’t mean that the weather had to become Chicago-like. Mother Nature is just being mean now because it’s going to be a downright chilly day and night at Yankee Stadium and I, for one, do not envy anyone who will be out there today – players, fans and media included.
Here are your lineups for the afternoon tilt:
|Chicago Cubs||New York Yankees|
|Emilio Bonifacio, 2B||Brett Gardner, LF|
|Justin Ruggiano, CF||Carlos Beltran, RF|
|Anthony Rizzo, 1B||Jacoby Ellsbury, CF|
|Nate Schierholtz, RF||Alfonso Soriano, DH|
|Starlin Castro SS||Brian McCann, C|
|Junior Lake, LF||Yangervis Solarte, 2B|
|Luis Valbuena, 3B||Kelly Johnson, 1B|
|Mike Olt, DH||Dean Anna, SS|
|John Baker, C||Scott Sizemore, 3B|
|Jason Hammel, SP||Masahiro Tanaka, SP|
Some game notes: