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 during the regular season, clubbing 29 home runs (or away runs, I guess, when you consider the splits), while having the highest walk percentage of any right fielder in 2009 (16.3 %). His wOBA of .375 was also the 4th best in the AL at right. Basically, Swisher is a good offensive player, regardless of his ALCS struggles. In addition, he’s also a pretty good right fielder.… Click here to read the rest

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 wOBA of .378, demonstrating that his injury plagued 2008 was merely a wrinkle in what has been an amazingly consistent career (it was an anomaly, if you will). His value in the American League, at his position, isn’t what it once was now that Joe Mauer and Victor Martinez are around, however, he’s still one of the best bats to have behind the dish, a statement evidenced by his 4.0 WAR in 2009.… Click here to read the rest

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 games this year and three thus far this postseason (in which they have gone 3-0).

Getting back to 2003 just for a moment, though I had graduated the previous May, I remember watching this game in the common room of my college fraternity, as we apparently took a trip back to Lehigh that weekend. I’m sure I was upset at the time, but I honestly don’t recall being too bent out of shape, as my attendance at the Aaron Boone game and subsequent euphoria at the Yankees knocking the Sox off more or less felt like a World Series victory to me.… Click here to read the rest

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.… Click here to read the rest

Yanks roster updates

The Yankees decided to include Bruney, which means they will have 12 pitchers to face the Phillies. The Yankees already know that they plan to use CC Sabathia on short rest twice if the Series were to go seven games. But they also either have to use Chad Gaudin as a fourth starter or both A.J. Burnett and Andy Pettitte on short rest if the Series goes at least six games. Because of that, the Yankees figured it would be wise to carry an extra pitcher this round rather than a third catcher, so that eliminates Cervelli.

As for Hinske, the Yankees envision needing a pinch-hitter, especially in the three DH-less games in Philadelphia more than they imagine needing Guzman’s speed. So Hinske, who also was not on the roster for the first two rounds, will be added.

The Yankees still can rely on Brett Gardner as their primary late-inning speed guy, and Jerry Hairston a second pinch-runner.Click here to read the rest

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 needed to contribute this postseason through to the player that could die and the team would pretty much be fine (sorry Melky, nothing personal):


Regular Season

Post Season

BA

OBP

SLG

BA

OBP

SLG

Rodriguez

.286

.402

.565

.438

.548

.969

Teixeira

.292

.383

.532

.205

.273

.308

Jeter

.334

.406

.465

.297

.435

.595

Damon

.282

.365

.489

.238

.273

.405

Posada

.285

.363

.522

.258

.361

.484

Matsui

.274

.367

.509

.233

.395

.367

Cano

.320

.352

.520

.229

.341

.371

Swisher

.249

.371

.498

.125

.222

.156

Cabrera

.274

.336

.416

.314

.368

.371

The logic behind this order is that A-Rod and Tex are the best all-around hitters on the team.… Click here to read the rest

Law's "5 things"

5. Make better relief choices

David Robertson should be the first righty out of the pen over Joba Chamberlain, Chad Gaudin and Alfredo Aceves; if Phil Hughes‘ struggles are more than just a fluke, I’d give Robertson important outs in the eighth. In fact, I’m not sure where I’d deploy Joba at this point; his command is poor, and his stuff isn’t blowing guys away. And, of course, using Mariano Rivera for more than three outs — something Girardi, to his credit, has done this month — is always a good idea.

Get the impression Law isn’t too fond of Girardi’s decision-making skills, excluding his use of Mo?

* Note: I did a Google Images search (with ‘moderate’ security settings) for “hog-tie” and let’s just say that none were “moderate” or usable in a family friendly environment. Hench the chimp. That was a result of a search for “Joe Girardi confused“.Click here to read the rest