Discussion: Wasting Mariano?

Here is an interesting thought, courtesy of Tim Marchman:

But for all the money teams spend on pitching, John Dewan of Baseball Info Solutions, a data company that works for major-league teams, is bewildered by situations like this. “In a three-run game,” he says, “you’d be better off bringing in your No. 2 reliever and...

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Ways to Suppress Homers in the Launching Pad

Since Yankee Stadium officially has given up the most home runs through 6 games in the history of the universe, and home run ballparks inevitably seem to be homes for lousy teams (see Rockies and Orioles), I figure we all need to pool our collective brainpower to find ways of suppressing the power index of...

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Minor Notes: Venditte's Video Game Numbers

Pat Venditte Almost Perfect

Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte put up video game-like numbers for Staten Island last season. He allowed just a 0.83 ERA in 32 2/3 innings while acting as the team’s closer and making 23 saves. He struck out 42 and walked 10 in that time period, while allowing just 13(!) hits.

He’s still rolling to...

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Alex On The Basepaths

From the Post:

Alex Rodriguez ran the bases Wednesday for the first time since undergoing right hip surgery.

Rodriguez ran 10 times between first and second base at the Yankees’ minor league complex, including twice with a trainer pulling on a strap around the waist.

Rodriguez had surgery March 9. The Yankees expect him to rejoin the...

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Ortiz Yaps About Joba And Beanballs

From the NY Post:

With Chamberlain scheduled to start for the Yankees in the opener of a three-game series against the Red Sox, David Ortiz yesterday said the talented right-hander should avoid using Kevin Youkilis’ head as a bull’s-eye.

“None of that, man — just play the game the way it’s supposed to be, and that’s...

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Thinking About Melky

Melky Cabrera is a polarizing figure among Yankees fans. His effusive nature and obvious love of the game endears him to some fans, while his inconsistent play infuriates others. As Joe at RAB states:

I don’t think I’ll ever understand Melky Cabrera. Some times he looks like he could be an average starting center fielder,...

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