Checking in on Tex's defense

The Hammer video Mark Teixeira’s UZR rating in 2009 is -2.8 and his UZR per 150 defensive games is -4.3. In 2008, Tex was one of the better defensive first baseman in baseball, however, his excellent defense seems to have been an extreme aberration as his UZR this season indicates that he is a below average defender at 1B (in range runs and double play runs

—he’s above average in error runs).

This notion goes beyond 2009, though. Here’s what I wrote in January Pippi Longstocking movie about Tex’s defense.

A Little Princess film In 2007, Mark Teixeira had an UZR of -3.5. He was actually 15th on the leaderboard at his position (under Carlos Delgado). In 2006, Teixeira’s UZR was -1.8 and he was 12th on the leaderboard (Ryan Howard beat him with a 0.2). In 2005, Tex’s UZR was -2.5 and he was 11th on the list. Hmmm, I’m not the biggest UZR user but it appears as though Tex’s defense may be overrated a bit.

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Joba Scared At Stadium?

Joba Chamberlain has had a disappointing season thus far. After pitching well out of the rotation last season, most Yankees fans expected him to have a big year. Instead, he has pitched like the 23 year old he is, struggling with his command and doing far too much nibbling for a guy with his stuff. His starts are often excruciating to watch, as he seems to go to a full count on every hitter. While his results are solid (4.04 ERA), his process is terrible, and his peripherals suggest that he has been lucky to achieve even the results that he has to this point. The question on everyone’s mind is, what happened to the Joba Chamberlain that we saw in 2008?

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XXx: State of the Union

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One possible exception might have to do with the Yankees homer happy new ballpark. Dave Eiland has mentioned that some of the pitchers seem afraid to be around the plate at the new park, fearing the long ball at all times.… Click here to read the rest

How we got here: All Star game version

Q: Least favorite All-Star memory? I suspect it was the 11-inning tie in 2002?

A: It was unfortunate because it happened (in Milwaukee). My wife left early that night. She was smart because she was about to have hip replacement surgery. Joe (Torre) used Barry Zito for like one hitter and I said to my wife before she left, ‘I hope to hell Joe knows what he’s doing.’ And she said, ‘Oh, don’t worry, Buddy, he does.’ But when the umpire (Gerry Davis) came over to me and told me that (Vicente) Padilla was laboring and Joe was worried about Freddy Garcia. We were out of pitchers and I’ll tell you how it happened. In 1993 in Baltimore, when Cito Gaston didn’t use Mike Mussina, the crowd booed the hell out of him. The managers (then) decided they were going to get everybody in the game. Sandy Alderson (Selig’s right-hand man) and I worried from the late ’90s on that something like this was going to happen.Click here to read the rest

Mt. St. Dibble erupts

“Listen, our guys aren’t doing as well as the other team,”he continued. “They need to be playing a lot harder than they are. What I’m saying is, it’s not so much mailing it in physically, but mentally, some of these guys, they’re happy after a ball game when they get their butts whipped, they’re happy and smiling like it’s funny when they’re getting beat in day in and day out and embarrassed on that field. I know Manny Acta and I know these coaches are busting their butts to get the most out of these guys, but the players, they don’t expect that out of each other in that locker room. That’s what I’m saying.

“Somebody needs to point a finger in there and say, ‘Enough’s enough. You guys are on my team, you’ve got to go out there and back me up.’ John Lannan deserved better out of his bullpen, he deserves better defensively, and he definitely damn well deserves better offensively after what he’s done the last six outings on a bad ballclub….So for me to watch a guy like John Lannan, who I think has a huge heart, and he goes out there, he never mails it in, I think there’s a lot of guys who should apologize to him.”

Most broadcasters are merely mouthpieces for the team’s agenda (or the team’s network’s agenda), like Michael Kay, so I find it interesting that Dibble has carte blanche to make these sort of comments.… Click here to read the rest

Midseason Prospect Stock Watch: Risers

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Jesus Montero: Of course, I can’t help but start with the big boy.  Montero was a bona fide top 50 prospect after an impressive 2008 season in low-A Charleston, hitting .326 with 17 home runs and an .868 OPS.  He was ranked 38 on the Baseball America top 100, mentioned as one of the best overall hitters in the minors, but still held back by positional questions.

Revamped In 2009, Montero picked up right where he left off in Tampa in the high-A Florida State League.  In a tough park for hitters in a pitcher’s league, Montero continued to post ridiculous numbers, batting .356 with 8 homers and a .989 OPS in 48 games, earning a midseason promotion to AA.  He did not need much time to adjust to AA, and continued to rake.  While a recent slump has dropped his numbers, his .286/.348/.476 line with 5 homers as a 19 year-old is still very impressive at the AA level. … Click here to read the rest

Minors Recap, 7/9

Scranton falls to Lehigh Valley, 6-3

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  • Josh Towers started, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks, with 2 strikeouts.
  • Amaury Sanit had a strikeout and 2 walks in 2 scoreless.
  • Edwar Ramirez took the loss and blew the save, giving up 4 runs on 4 hits and a walk in 2 innings of work.
  • Ramiro Pena and Austin Jackson were each 1 for 4.  Pena also stole a base.
  • Shelley Duncan was 1 for 3 with a double and a walk.
  • Juan Miranda was 0 for 3 with a walk.
  • Francisco Cervelli was 1 for 3 with a sac fly, but was also picked off.
  • Yurendell de Caster was 2 for 4 with a homer.

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  • Ryan Pope was the winner, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits and a walk in 6 innings, and striking out 4.
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    Melancon To Majors

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    After using 6 relievers to get the victory in today’s game versus the Twins, the Yankees have decided to call up Mark Melancon (according to Chad Jennings Practical Magic hd Gryphon rip

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    ). He is probably going to remain with the team until the player he replaces is eligible to return, unless he impresses and finds a way to remain with the big club. He is likely to replace Jon Albaladejo or David Robertson, but there is no confirmation as to the corresponding move as of yet. Robertson has pitched fairly well and has really not done anything to merit being sent down. Conversely, Albie paid his dues in the minors and has looked good since returning. I do not envy Brian Cashman this decision. However, if Melancon pitches well, you may see the player that is sent down return in exchange for Brett Tomko after the All Star break anyhow, so it may be a brief demotion.… Click here to read the rest

    Halladay and Wells? Never…

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    From George King (NY Post):

    The buzz around MLB scouts is that if a team is interested in acquiring Roy Halladay from the Blue Jays it better be ready to accept center fielder Vernon Wells, too. Since Wells has $107 million remaining starting next year, that’s going to be hard to swallow. Especially because Halladay will likely seek a long-term deal in Sabathia’s $161 million range to waive his no-trade clause. Halladay is signed through next year at $15.75 million.

    I Love Miami dvd I often wonder if King reads what’s on the blogosphere and passes it off as “buzz” from “MLB scouts.” For instance, yesterday over at WasWatching, Steve actually proposed this Wells-Halladay idea and labeled it as a “wild thought.” Also, the other day I noted that the Yankees could look into acquiring John Grabow since he was deemed available and then, the next day, George King claimed that there were Pirates’ scouts at the Yankees’ game and that it had “fueled speculation” that the Yankees were interested in Grabow, despite the fact that King never mentioned what speculation he was referring to, exactly (who speculated this?).… Click here to read the rest

    In case you were wondering: Montero is #3

    Top 25 Prospects

    1. Jason Heyward, of, Braves
    2. Mike Stanton, of, Marlins
    3. Jesus Montero, c, Yankees
    4. Justin Smoak, 1b, Rangers
    5. Madison Bumgarner, lhp, Giants
    6. Buster Posey, c, Giants
    7. Carlos Santana, c, Indians
    8. Chris Tillman, rhp, Orioles
    9. Brian Matusz, lhp, Orioles
    10. Logan Morrison, 1b, Marlins
    11. Freddie Freeman, 1b, Braves
    12. Jarrod Parker, rhp, Diamondbacks
    13. Neftali Feliz, rhp, Rangers
    14. Alcides Escobar, ss, Brewers
    15. Yonder Alonso, 1b, Reds
    16. Wade Davis, rhp, Rays
    17. Dominic Brown, of, Phillies
    18. Desmond Jennings, of, Rays
    19. Jason Castro, c, Astros
    20. Tim Beckham, ss, Rays
    21. Brett Wallace, 3b, Cardinals
    22. Matt LaPorta, 1b/of, Indians
    23. Michael Taylor, of, Phillies
    24. Kyle Drabek, rhp, Phillies
    25. Michael Saunders, of, Mariners
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