New Park Playing Like Old Park

From The Baseball Analysts: There’s been a lot of talk about the new Yankee Stadium playing like a bandbox, but the old stadium wasn’t so bad itself. The short right-field porch allowed the Yankees to stack up on lefties, so there has been a higher percentage of homers hit to right in Yankee Stadium than any other park. As the author notes, there is a bit of a circular nature to this analysis. The short porch was inviting enough to have the Yankees skew their player procurement towards lefty bats, thereby increasing the number of home runs hit to right Continue reading New Park Playing Like Old Park

Oh, the form is perfect!

Again, my apologies about the lack of posts today (Monday). I’m in the midst of a very busy stretch, but when I can get to some writing, I’ll be here. Expect more Tuesday morning.

In the meanwhile, my little one’s first t-ball game was this past Sunday. Notice the perfectly executed hook slide (of course, there was no throw to the plate, but I still like it):

PS: Big props to my wife for nailing that picture. Continue reading Oh, the form is perfect!

Too Early To Call New Stadium A Bandbox

There were 20 home runs hit in the first four games in the New Yankees Stadium, leading many to suggest that the club had built a newer version of Coors Field. However, from Tyler Kepner, we get word that similar runs of homers happened in the old park as well: But 20 homers over a four-game span is really not that unusual. I just spoke with Tom Hirdt from the Elias Sports Bureau, who reports that in a four-game run in 2007 (July 22, and then July 31, August 1 and August 2), the Yankees and their opponents bashed 26 Continue reading Too Early To Call New Stadium A Bandbox

Day Off Helps With Wang?

With the rain out today, here is our current rotation schedule: Tuesday: Pettitte Wednesday: Chamberlain Thursday: Off Friday: Sabathia Saturday: Burnett Sunday: Pettitte Monday: Chamberlain Tuesday: Wang? Assuming that the Yankees postpone the missed A’s game until later in the season, this off day seems fortuitous for the team. The Yankees get to line up their top-3 starters against the Red Sox, and Wang doesn’t really get skipped. He just gets pushed back. Even better, Wang last pitched on April 18th. Tuesday is the 28th. The Yankees could retroactively DL him if his extra day off bullpen session looks poor, Continue reading Day Off Helps With Wang?

You Shouldn’t Worry about Wang

But there is someone you should be concerned about. Chien-Ming Wang is a 29 year-old pitcher coming off of a FOOT injury. He throws a 95 mph sinker and and won 38 games in two seasons from 06-07 while eating 200 innings with ERAs in the mid threes. Wang hasn’t pitched competitively for a long time and he clearly has some mechanical issues he need to work out. The person we should be worrying about is Yankee pitching coach, Dave Eiland. Now, I’m not advocating the hasty firing of anyone.  In fact, I think that these coaches often get blamed Continue reading You Shouldn’t Worry about Wang

Replacing Xavier Nady's Bat

With Xavier Nady injured and facing surgery or lengthy rehab, the Yankees currently have Melky Cabrera as their best bench bat. This is a far cry from the start of the season in which they were certain to have a starting caliber bat on the pine. This poses a problem in terms of depth, as evidenced by Cody Ransom getting two at bats late in yesterday’s one run game. There are a few options for the Yankees to pursue to try and bolster the bench. Trades I believe that it was George King who mentioned Austin Kearns and Jason Repko. Continue reading Replacing Xavier Nady's Bat

Sherman: Nady Not Out All Season?

From Joel Sherman: Also, the Yanks were privately a lot more optimistic by Sunday that Xavier Nady could avoid Tommy John surgery and that he might be able to return in June and form a righty-lefty DH platoon with Hideki Matsui. Of course, that would mean the Yanks were carrying two players who did not play the field, which hurts roster construction. Also, that is assuming that Matsui’s fragile knees could last. Nady returning by June would really help a bench that now has Melky Cabrera as its most established bat. He has plenty of reasons to hurry back, as Continue reading Sherman: Nady Not Out All Season?