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 sounds intuitive (4 more wins + 4 Sox losses= 4 games in standings), it greatly understates the truth. In actuallity, the Yankees would lead Boston by 10.5 games!! How does this work? Well, the key is identifying the error. The mistake is that Madden is Continue reading Quick Math Lesson

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 KR and JPM, “They’re about ready to do some things.” All of this, of course, is speculation, however, Jarrod Washburn—who is scheduled to start tonight against Toronto—has long been a Yankee target. Last year, the Yankees tried to acquire him but balked at the Mariners’ asking Continue reading Washburn wants to be a Yankee

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 the bottom line is players with big tools win championships. Statistical analysis comes into play in defining the reality of the performance. Trends that show risk, injury, regression — maybe you can catch that earlier because it’s definable … But I don’t think you Continue reading Cashman's Management Philosophy

The train veers off the track

By now, you’ve read a-plenty about Omar Minaya’s Twilight Zone-esque presser yesterday. Why he chose to do this, who knows? But as I said last week, I think Omar’s time as Mets GM should be nearing an end. That’s even more the case after he tossed the NY Daily News’ Adam Rubin squarely under the bus:

“Adam has lobbied for the player development position,” Minaya said. “I scuffled with it early on. I had to think about that.”

Really? This is the path you chose as you sought to deflect attention from your boy, Tony Bernazard, getting the heave-ho? Rubin’s reponse:

As I told the reporters who descended upon me after Minaya left the press conference, I have never, ever, asked Omar Minaya for a job. Or even career advice. Frankly, I’ve never been very close to him.
The minor-leaguers Bernazard oversaw lived in fear of losing their jobs because they were constantly told they were disposable. How do I know? They told me.

Their parents told me. Others in uniform at the various levels of the Mets told me. Scouts who observed instances told me. Minaya did not identify one piece of inaccurate information in any of The News’ stories.

Monday, after learning about what had happened at the press conference, one of the whistleblowers in the Binghamton incident summed it up best: “You didn’t get Tony fired. Tony did. Don’t let them take the focus off that.”

That last comment is spot on: Tony Bernazard was a major problem for this team. So is Minaya. One’s gone. The other needs to go, too. And soon.

And feel free to watch the trainwreck here.

As a follow-up, check out Shysterball’s essay on the subject.

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AJ Burnett's Excellent Attitude

After his second awful start against the Red Sox this season, AJ Burnett vowed to improve: “Terrible,” Burnett said when asked how he would characterize his season. “There have been glimpses of greatness, but I’m not very consistent right now. I’m not a negative guy, so I’m not going to beat myself up over it. When I do get on that run, it’s going to be impressive. I promise you that.” In the 8 starts following that one, Burnett is 6-1 with a 1.68 ERA. He has pitched deep into each game, and last night saved a bullpen that was Continue reading AJ Burnett's Excellent Attitude

Game #99 Recap

[This game recap was provided by Tamar Chalker as her second “tryout” for the IIATMS daily recap writer.]

After a phenomenal homestand that catapulted the Yankees into first place, the Pinstripes showed no signs of slowing down in the first game of their first road trip since the break. This series against the Rays could prove to be crucial, as third place Tampa Bay is still within striking distance.

AJ started off a little rough, walking Crawford and who got to third when AJ’s check throw flew past Teixeira (perhaps he had just heard the rumor about the Yankees trading for Arroyo that sure made me want to throw things). Burnett did settle down and was virtually untouchable through 7 innings. The Yankee bats woke up in the second inning, which started with a single by Matsui, a double by Posada and a triple by Cano, and ended with the Bombers up 3-0. Back-to-back homers by Cano and Swisher in the sixth would stretch the Yankees lead to 5-0, until AJ gave up an unearned run, thanks to a strikeout/passed ball that put Upton on first. With the Yankees up 7-1 in the 8th, Girardi called on Albaladejo. He struggled, giving up 2 more runs and had to be replaced by Robertson with 2 people on. Robertson got the strikeout and the Bombers held the lead at 7-3. With two outs in the top of the ninth Swisher smacked his second HR of the game, followed a few batters later by Johnny Damon’s 3 run shot. Robertson came out in the bottom of the ninth to finish the job and he picked up his first career save–in a game where the final score was 11-4. Sometimes timing is everything

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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 have an expensive closer on a bad team.”The Yankees are among the teams that have been interested in Bell. The addition of Bell would allow the Yanks to more comfortably move either Alfredo Aceves and/or Phil Hughes into the rotation if an injury struck the Continue reading Heath Bell on the Yanks’ radar

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 Whelan gave up a hit in 1 shutout inning. Kevin Russo was 3 for 4 with 3 doubles. Ramiro Pena was 2 for 3 with 2 doubles. Austin Jackson was 2 for 5 with a double. Shelley Duncan was 1 for 3 Continue reading Minors Recap, 7/27

Please tell me this is a joke: Arroyo to Yanks?

Yankees, Reds Working On Arroyo Deal” (via MLBTradeRumors.com):

The Yankees are in serious discussions with the Reds about acquiring Bronson Arroyo, although right now the deal may be hinging on how much of Arroyo’s remaining contract the Reds are willing to eat, major league sources told FanHouse on Monday.

“It will get done,” one source said.

Arroyo, 32, is due nearly $4 million for the rest of this season, plus $11 million in 2010 and a $2 million buyout or a $11 million option in 2012. Arroyo is 10-9 with a 5.21 ERA, but he has a 2.08 ERA in his past three starts.

Reds top officials met via conference call this morning, an indication to one big-league source that they were “close to a deal.” Arroyo has since been removed as the Reds probable pitcher for Tuesday.

Wait, didn’t I hear that the Yanks weren’t in on Halladay due to added costs (among other reason)? So now they’d take on that abortion of a contract? Please no. And they’d have to give up someone with a pulse? Make it stop. $18 million thru the end of 2010. I wanna cry.

UPDATE: A well-placed source of mine had this to say: “[Your] source may have exaggerrated the likelihood of a deal. The teams have talked, but appear to be far apart on how much money the Reds would send.” Thank goodness!

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