Quick Math Lesson

I have seen the same mistake crop up lately in a number of places, including a Bill Madden column, so I just wanted to nip it in the bud. Madden suggested that if the Yankees had just taken 4 of the games against Boston, they would be up 6.5 rather than 2.5 games. While this...

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Washburn wants to be a Yankee

After losing their last three games and falling further below the Angels and the Rangers in the AL West (they’re now 7 1/2 games out), Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi (FOX Sports) note that the Mariners are heading into sell mode. According to an unnamed official from a contending team who spoke with...

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Cashman's Management Philosophy

In an article from ESPN about Billy Beane and the Moneyball concept, Brian Cashman shines with a number of interesting quotes, including the following (h/t NSI):

“Essentially, the decision-maker needs to have a very successful management team that exposes him to all sides,” Cashman says. “I think you have to have a team that scouts, because...

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Game #99 Recap

Thumbs Down:

Albaladejo: In .2 innings pitched he gave up 2 hits, 2 runs and a walk. He also hit Longoria with a pitch. Albaladejo wasn’t helped by Upton’s grounder down the third baseline, which appeared to take a funky hop off third and over A-Rod’s head for a double.

Runners In Scoring Position: While the final score may make this hard to believe, the Yankees were 3 for 12 with runners in scoring position.

Team LOB: The Yankees stranded 10 batters on base. In fact, the ninth inning was the first inning where the Yankees did not leave a batter on base – thank you Johnny Damon.

Thumbs Up:

AJ Burnett: When the Yankees signed Burnett in the off-season Yankee fans were mixed, particularly given his age, injury history and the crazy cash he is banking. Time will tell if he was worth the investment, but right now I don’t think you’ll hear any complaints. AJ picked up his 10th win, pitched 7 innings, gave up 2 hits, 1 run (unearned), 2 walks, and had 5 strikeouts.

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Heath Bell on the Yanks’ radar

From Joel Sherman (NY Post):

An NL official said not to believe that San Diego closer Heath Bell is only available at an exorbitant price. “I think the Padres realize that this is the moment when you can get your best deal for (Bell). He gets expensive next year, and there is no reason to...

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Minors Recap, 7/27

Scranton blanks Toledo, 4-0

  • Zach Kroenke started, giving up 4 hits and a walk in 4 shutout innings, and striking out 4.  He also picked off 2 runners, helping his cause.  Kroenke has an 0.94 ERA through 47 2/3 innings this season.
  • Eric Wordekemper got the win, giving up a hit and fanning 2 in 4 scoreless.
  • Kevin...
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