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 field. However, the author fails to note that a similar strategy was espoused regarding pitchers, as lefty hurlers were equipped to keep the ball in the largest part of the ballpark. In essence, I would say that we can attribute the large number of home runs hit to right field in the old Stadium to the dimensions of the park.… Click here to read the rest

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 long balls at the old Yankee Stadium.

There also were 20 or more hit over four-game stretches in 2000, 2003 and 2004, though never before that.

Yes, it would be quite a coincidence if the startling number of homers to start off play in the new park was just a fluke. However, with just four games played to this point, it is a very real possibility.… Click here to read the rest

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, and he would only miss 1 start while fixing things in the minors.

Who would replace him? Hughes is scheduled to start on April 22nd and 27th. He would probably be the best choice. Kennedy and Aceves line up less well.… Click here to read the rest

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 for things that are really the fault of the players.  Dave Eiland can help Wanger figure out and correct his issues, but mostly it is the pitchers, themselves, who wind up figuring out what is wrong and how to fix it.  He does have a couple vital roles, however, and he seems to have failed in these capacities.  At the very least, he should come under some scrutiny. … Click here to read the rest

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. Being that there are equivalent players freely available, I would not go the trade route if those were our best options. If we could bring back Elijah Dukes or Lastings Milledge, I would be more amenable to a trade.

Free Agents

1) Jim Edmonds- As I have mentioned on various occasions, Edmonds would be a perfect fit on this club. He is a left handed power bat off the bench who can start in CF if Brett Gardner cannot get it done.… Click here to read the rest

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 he is in his walk year and is sure to hurt his stock if he does not play at all for the remainder of 2009. A few solid months, on the other hand, would likely establish him as a solid bat who can be counted on to provide some good power from the right side. Hopefully he returns with enough time remaining in the season to be an important member of the 2009 Yankees.… Click here to read the rest