Joba plan tweaked again

From PA (LoHud): Joba Chamberlain will be in the rotation moving forward, meaning he will pitch every five games. They decided he needed to pitch more regularly. The innings limit hasn’t changed. Some starts will be less than five innings. So, if Abraham’s report is correct, Joba will remain on a regular schedule and will not be given extra rest (he’s already on track to start Sunday on regular rest). I wonder if this is due to his awful outing against the Rangers which came on 8 days of rest? Shorter outings mean a lot of extra work for the Continue reading Joba plan tweaked again

Do the Yankees Hit TOO MANY Home Runs??

With the frightening and awesome propensity the Yankees have shown for escorting baseballs off of the field of play this year, I can’t help but wonder if this could actually be construed as a BAD thing.  Home runs = runs scored = cheering fans = excitement and exultation, so how could they possibly be bad?  Am I just a miserable bastard who must always find a negative, even in an apparently unmitigated positive?  Well, yes, but that’s entirely beside the point (perhaps not entirely, but let’s not quibble about details, hmmm?).  My half-a$$ed theory is pretty simple and goes thusly: Continue reading Do the Yankees Hit TOO MANY Home Runs??

Burnett’s future

Here’s Joel Sherman (NY Post) on A.J. Burnett: He will be 33 in January and likely will be coming off the first time in his career that he has put consecutive 30-start seasons together. Maybe he will still hurl 95 mph heat and devastating curves for a while longer. But what happens when there is some diminishment in his stuff? This is not a pitcher who is going to make up for lost heat with savvy and he has never exhibited finesse. So once the elite stuff falls off a little what is he? I’ve always thought that age will Continue reading Burnett’s future

Get Murton

Matt Murton, of the Colorado Rockies, was DFA’d on Wednesday so that the Rox could make room for reliever Juan Rincon. Murton is an interesting player—he hit .321/.388/.489 in 86 minor-league games this season—and one that I’ve written about before. Prior to joining the Rockies this year, Murton was with the Cubs and was perpetually blocked from joining the Chicago OF on a full-time basis (they had Soriano and had signed Fukudome). Murton was then shipped over to the A’s in the deal for Rich Harden. At that point, I thought there was hope for the skilled young outfielder and Continue reading Get Murton

Minors Recap, 8/27

Scranton defeats Syracuse, 2-1 Romulo Sanchez started and pitched very well, giving up 2 hits and 2 walks in 7 shutout innings, and striking out 9.  For a guy who has spent the bulk of his career as a reliver, he has done admirably as a starter. Zach Kroenke gave up an unearned run on 1 hit in 2/3 of an innings, with a strikeout. Jon Albaladejo gave up 2 hits in 1 1/3 scoreless, fanning 1. Kevin Russo was 2 for 4, and was caught stealing. Ramiro Pena was 0 for 4. Austin Jackson and Shelley Duncan were 1 Continue reading Minors Recap, 8/27

Game 127: Rangers 7, Yankees 2

AJ Burnett was looking for a little redemption and the Yankees were hoping to pick up the series win, as they took on the Texas Rangers in the final game of the series this afternoon. Burnett’s control was much better than it has been of late, however, the Yankees’ offense was unable to capitalize on their many opportunities and the Rangers walked away with the series, winning 7-2. This is just the second series, since the All-Star Break, that New York has dropped.

Burnett came out dealing, striking out two in the top of the first and pitching eleven of his twelve pitches for strikes. The Yankee offense looked aggressive as Damon walked and stole second. Teixeira connected with an RBI single to center and the Yankees had the 1-0 lead. The Yankees had runners on in the second and managed to load the bases in the third, but failed to score. Meanwhile, AJ piled up the Ks and kept the Rangers from reaching base.

In the fourth, AJ struck out the first two batters he faced. On the 2-2 pitch to Hamilton, Burnett appeared to catch him looking, but the pitch at the knees was called a ball and the next pitch landed in the dirt giving Texas their first baserunner. AJ seemed to lose his focus and walked the next batter before giving up a three-run bomb to Ian Kinsler, putting Texas on the board and in front 3-1. In the bottom of the fourth, the Yankees got a run back after Jeter and Damon both walked. The Captain distracted Nibbert by stealing third and Teixeira sent the next pitch into right for another RBI single. AJ pitched 1-2-3 fifth and sixth innings, but the Pinstripes’ offense failed to bail him out.

Coke relieved Burnett in the top of the seventh and immediately gave up a ground-rule double to Murphy. The next batter put down a nice bunt towards third. Alex should have called Coke off, but the pitcher grabbed the ball and sent a throw to first that pulled Cano off the bag. Unfortunately, that was not the last mistake Coke would make, as he gave up a three-run homer to Davis, giving the Rangers the 6-2 edge. In the bottom of the seventh, the Bombers threatened. Damon and Teix both got on base, but A-Rod, Matsui and Swisher each struck out. Ian Kinsler sent his second homerun out of the park in the eighth, to cap off the Rangers’ rout of New York.

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Josh Willingham

There are many ways of making a statistical generality to say someone is a good hitter. Examples include ‘he’s a forty homer guy’ or ‘ he’s a 30-30 kind of player.’ One of the more meaningful ones is to say that a player is hitting or has the ability to post a .300/.400/.500 slash line. That means, of course, that a batter hits three hundred, gets on base forty percent of the time, and is slugging five hundred. It isn’t the best way of measuring hitting ability, but it is a quick indicator to see how good a hitter is at the three basic hitting qualities: hitting for average, getting on base, and hitting for power. Entering today, there were only eight players in the entire major leagues posting a 3/4/5 line (min. 360 PA’s.) A couple others are percentage points from earning the distinction, but coming in to today, there were only eight. Seven of those players you would expect, or at least not be surprised to know were on this list: Hanley, Pujols, Cabrera, Utley, Fielder, Mauer, and Youkilis. The eighth was a huge surprise to me. I mean, did anyone not watching Nationals baseball on a near daily basis know that Josh Willingham was posting a .300/.407/.578 slash line?

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Yanks interested in Penny?

George King (NY Post) notes that the Yankees are interested in the recently released Brad Penny and, according to Buster Olney (ESPN), the Yankees actually claimed Penny on waivers earlier this month, only to see the Sox pull him back. Penny can become a free agent on Monday and is looking to sign with a contender, so the Yankees could make sense. I don’t like him—he’s an NL guy—but he could be had for cheap and would probably put up a better line than Sergio Mitre. (props to MLBTR)