Discussion: Who Is The Yankees MVP?

From Marc Carig:

As you’d expect in a champagne-soaked celebration, the Yankees were quick to hand out credit to others on Sunday afternoon. Take, for instance, Alex Rodriguez, who bestowed MVP honors on at least three different guys.
“You could say Joe Giradi has been our MVP,” Rodriguez said. “He has been phenomenal.”
He continued:...

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First Keith Olbermann's mom, now this?

According to the Daily News, former Yankee second baseman Chuck Knoblauch has been arrested for assaulting and choking his wife.

Truthfully, I’m a bit surprised he even landed an accurate punch considering he couldn’t even throw the ball to first base.

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Quick Bits: Roster Decisions

Here are a few quick news items on the day:

  • The Yankee coaches, along with assorted staff members, will meet today in order to construct their respective roster for the ALDS.
  • Melky Cabrera and Robinson Cano will have the night off against Kansas City and Anthony Lerew. Most of the other regulars—Tex, Damon, Jeter, Swisher,...
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The Amazing Phil Hughes

Starter -0.86 -0.17 -1.31 -1.92
Reliever 2.66 5.45 0.78
Starter 57% 92.3 20.3% 87.7 21.4% 76.5 1.3% 83.5
Reliever 67% 94.7 13.4% 89.3 19.6% 77.5

wFB/C shows how many runs above average Hughes creates per 100 fastballs thrown. wCT/C is for the cutter, CB is the curveball and CH is the Changeup. The numbers there speak for themselves. On the next chart, the FB% is what percent fastballs he’s throwing, and FBv is the average velocity on fastballs. As you can see, the speed on his pitches has ticked up across the board, and he’s throwing more fastballs (which makes sense given he never has to get through the lineup twice).

Let’s take a look at the differences between his fastball as a starter and a reliever. While I’m currently putting in significant work on creating a more complete pitchFX database, with which I’ll be able to do much more complete analysis of this sort, at this moment I’ll use data from Hughes’ September 22 relief appearance, and his start against Texas on May 25th.…

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Canó, Gaudin, reserves take down Royals 8-2

With the division clinched and home field advantage locked up, the Yankees had very little to play for in tonight’s game against the Royals.  The long rain delay certainly did not add to their motivation either.  The clinching of home field advantage allowed manager Joe Girardi to rest most of the regulars, with only Robinson...

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Onwards and upwards

I’ve said it elsewhere, but it bears repeating. The team that wins the world series is not always the best team in baseball. In fact, it very rarely is. As shown in that amazing graphic, the team with the best record in baseball has won the world championship just twice since the introduction of the wild card–the 1998 Yankees and the 2007 Red Sox. You have to be good to get to the rodeo, but you have to be some combination of good and lucky to win it. The Yankees teams of the 40s and 50s? They had a full season to punch their ticket to the world series, whereas now teams have to both get to the playoffs, and then win two individual series.

To make this clearer, note that the best teams in baseball win about 60% of the time, and the worst teams win about 40%. If you model that out, it comes out that the best team in baseball will win a best of five series against the worst team in baseball 68% of the time.…

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Game 157: Royals @ Yankees

Here are the lineups, via Pete Abraham (LoHud):

YANKEES (100-56)
Gardner CF
Cabrera RF LF
Damon LF
Posada DH
Cano 2B
Hinske 3B
Duncan RF
Miranda 1B
Cervelli C
Pena SS

Pitching: RHP Chad Gaudin (1-0, 3.71).

ROYALS (64-92)
Maier LF
Betancourt SS
Butler 1B
Jacobs DH
Callaspo 2B
Teahen RF
Olivo C Read more

Robertson ready

After testing his elbow in a bullpen session on Saturday, according to Andy McCullough (Star-Ledger), the Yankees will likely use David Robertson on Tuesday against the Royals. Barring any setbacks, he should be on the team’s postseason roster, as Girardi has demonstrated a willingness to bring Robertson in whenever the team is in need...

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