A shameless appeal for your vote

I’ve been nominated for two “awards” at my blog network, Bloguin:

  • Best Baseball Blog
  • Blog of the Year

I’m honored to be nominated for both, but it’d sure be nice to win one (or both)! Please drop by, take 2 seconds, and vote for me. And once your done voting, check out some of the other talented folks covering all the other sporting diversions besides baseball!

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World Series Preview: Outfield/DH Comparison

Earlier today, I compared Philadelphia’s infield to New York’s infield and, although the matchup was relatively close, I concluded that the Yankees had the better group of players, overall. Now, I’m looking at outfields and DH options. RIGHT FIELD Nick Swisher (SW): Ah, the lovable Nick Swisher, who many thought should have been benched during the latter portion of the ALCS. Swish suffered from a tough matchup in that he never hit any of the Angels well, so I’m not going to expect him to play poorly against the Phillies. What I do know, however, is that Swisher hit .249/.371/.498 Continue reading World Series Preview: Outfield/DH Comparison

World Series Preview: Infield Comparison

Collectively, in 2009, the Phillies hit .258/.334/.447. Conversely, in 2009, the Yankees hit .283/.362/.478. The Phillies’ statistics are influenced by their pitchers’ at-bats, making these macro numbers relatively useless. Therefore, it seems as though a more detailed and comprehensive comparative analysis of the two teams is needed in order to better understand why and how the Yankees are better—if at all—offensively (I’ll look at defense, too). For practical reasons, I have organized the breakdown by position and will begin, first, by comparing the two infields. CATCHER Jorge Posada (SW): Posada had a very strong regular season, hitting .285/.363/.522 with a Continue reading World Series Preview: Infield Comparison

Game 1 Preview | World Series 2009 | Phillies at Yankees, Wednesday, October 28, 2009

It’s been raining all day, although I keep hearing reports that the rain is supposed to stop a little before gametime, so it sounds like we’ll probably have baseball tonight. Tonight (assuming they play) marks the first World Series game at Yankee Stadium since Josh Beckett utterly schooled the Yankees in the decisive Game 6 on October 25, 2003. It will also somehow mark the first World Series game I’ve ever attended (and I’ll be at Game 2, as well), which seems mind-boggling given that I’ve been to well over 100 Yankee games in my life, including 10 regular season Continue reading Game 1 Preview | World Series 2009 | Phillies at Yankees, Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Note: Check Out Crashburn Alley

During the ALCS, it seemed that the only place for Yankees fans to view how the other side’s fans were approaching the series was to visit the horrid place known as Halos Heaven. Thankfully, there are a number of excellent Phillies blogs, with Crashburn Alley being the best of the group. If you want to see Phillies fans cursing and railing against the umpires, this is not the site for you. But if you want reasoned analysis from an excellent writer, visit Crashburn Alley.

Thank you, Nick Swisher, thank you

By Mike Jaggers-Radolf Lost amid the excitement of the YES Network’s pregame coverage of Game 6 of the ALCS was a segment looking into the offensive struggles of a Yankee who was a major contributor during the regular season but whose bat had gone cold in the playoffs. That Yankee: Nick Swisher. I know what you’re thinking. I thought it too — Nick Swisher?! I’ve taken the liberty of pasting below the entire everyday Yankees lineup, along with their regular season slash stats and postseason slash stats. I’ve also put the list in order of the player the Yankees most Continue reading Thank you, Nick Swisher, thank you

Law's "5 things"

I’m an admitted Keith Law fan. Got a problem with that? Didn’t think so. He’s got a “5 things” for each team up on the 4-letter today, and these two for the Yanks made me chuckle out loud and nod in approval, in that order:

Five keys for the Yankees

1. Hog-tie Joe Girardi and leave him in a clubhouse locker


Girardi did everything he could to keep the Angels in the ALCS: mindless pitching changes, regressive sacrifice bunts and pinch runners replacing critical hitters in tight games. It probably wouldn’t be a good tactical approach for a 1980s National League team, but it couldn’t be more inappropriate for a patient, power-hitting lineup like the 2009 Yankees. I’m not sure Girardi has watched his club play at all this year, or whether he has those Roddy Piper glasses from “They Live” and is just seeing a different reality from the rest of us.

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