Quick Bits: Pettitte, Dunn, Gardner

Three quick items to end the night:

  • In 8 IP, Andy Pettitte was perfect for 6 2/3 of them until a Jerry Hairston Jr. error and a Nick Markakis single ultimately ended the fun. Andy was still stellar, though, striking out 8 and giving up 1 ER on 2 hits (0 BB). The Yankee offense,...
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Yanks acquire Guzman; interested in Garland

Via Marc Carig, we learn that the Yankees have acquired Freddy Guzman (not Christian Guzman) from the Orioles for a PTBNL. Guzman’s wheels appear to be his best asset, as his offense is extremely limited (I use that phrase kindly). Carig notes that Guzman will head to Scranton.

Also, from Jon Heyman, we...

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Series Preview: @ Baltimore 8/31-9/2


Team wOBA: .329. 14th in MLB, 9th in the AL.

The Orioles have a roughly league average offense. Unfortunately for them, that puts them fifth in the American League East. The Birds lineup is littered with interesting names, from up and comers like Nolan Reimold, Matt Wieters, and Adam Jones to stars like Brian Roberts and Nick Markakis. Complimenting them are players like Luke Scott (team leading .362 wOBA and twenty homers) and Melvin Mora. This is a lineup that could become very dangerous as soon as next year, and can burst out against any one pitcher, as CC Sabathia discovered on opening day. For now, they have good power throughout the order without relying on any one player. After Scott, Jones has nineteen home runs, followed by Markakis with sixteen, Roberts with fourteen, and Reimold with twelve. The Orioles are tenth in the league in steals, with Roberts (twenty-seven out of thirty-three) being a legitimate threat to run. Cesar Izturis (eleven steals) and Jones (ten) are the only other real threats to run.…

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Orioles and Blue Jays

Is it too much to ask for a seven-game sweep this week? Obviously we’re bound to lose at least one of these games, but the way the Yankees have been playing, they really should go 6-1, and honestly, I’ll be pretty disappointed if they don’t go 7-0, because you know the Red Sox absolutely would...

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Joba’s fastball does not rule

Here’s Ben over at RAB on Joba’s latest start:

For Joba, the problem seemed to be one of velocity. While he was throwing more strikes, he averaged below 92 with his fastball and peaked at around 94.4. His changeup, slider and curve were all working nicely, but I still wonder, as I have many times...

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Planning Joba's Remaining Starts

With the new and improved Joba Rules now in place, the Yankees have a plan to keep Joba Chamberlain on regular rest while limiting his innings. Let’s look at the remainder of his scheduled starts and try to determine what that plan might be.

It seems evident that Joba’s limit is somewhere around 160 innings, and...

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The Joba Conundrum

Really? This is “The Plan”? The almighty Joba Rules? And here’s my conundrum: I like it and hate it at the same time. I have no idea how to reconcile this, either.

I’m glad the Yanks are being careful with this kid. I wish they’d take the training wheels off and let him get the seasoning in, though. Perhaps this is a necessary evil for this year in order to turn him loose in 2010. Or, are the Yanks merely being overprotective?

King Felix, younger than Joba, has already become a beast. After 84.1 IP at age 19, Felix has pitched 191.0, 190.1, 200.2 and 185.1 (this year) innings. Is comparing Joba to Felix a fair comparison? Well, I could have picked Mark Prior… Or Tim Lincecum. Lincecum’s a year older and jumped from 146.1 IP his rookie season to 227.0 in his Cy Young winning 2008 season and already has 193.1 IP this season. Could Felix and Lincecum be more of a “horse” than Joba?…

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