Looking at Tex’s Plate Discipline and Batted Ball Data

Mark Teixeira has a .152 IsoD. His .127 IsoP is disappointing, but he’s at least taking his walks. And, despite the poor raw stats, he’s still seeing a robust 4.20 pitches per plate appearance. When his batting average does start to rebound, he’ll look a whole lot better. Let’s start with that upcoming rebound. Tex has started to hit the ball a bit harder of late, or so it’s seemed, but his BABIP still sits at an unthinkably low .153. This comes despite a solid 19.7% line drive rate and first rate raw power. When those line drives start to Continue reading Looking at Tex’s Plate Discipline and Batted Ball Data

Discussion: What Would You Do If Nick Johnson Went Down

[image title=”nicky” size=”full” id=”17145″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ] As we have stated many times since he signed with the team, Nick Johnson is not the greatest bet to make it through a season unbothered by injuries. Nick has never played more than 147 games, and missed all of 2007 and most of the 2008 season. He has had myriad injuries of all sorts, with various different body parts being afflicted. Already, he has sat a few games with a sore back, and missed a bit of time in Spring Training as well. The question I pose to you is, what would Continue reading Discussion: What Would You Do If Nick Johnson Went Down

Robinson Cano and “clutch”

According to FanGraphs, a “clutch score” measures “how much better or worse a player does in high leverage situations than he would have done in context neutral situations.” Therefore, one can do extremely well in “neutral” (low-leverage) situations, and perform admirably in high leverage situations, yet their performance in high leverage situations isn’t as good as their performance in the neutral situations. Clutch score, in this context, is predicated on the notion of going above and beyond in those pressure packed, game-changing moments. So, if a hitter hits .300 in a neutral situation – no men on base, for example Continue reading Robinson Cano and “clutch”

Chicago Series Preview 4/30-5/2

After going 5-4 on the road, the Yankees finally get to spend some more time back in the Bronx as they open up a three game series against the Chicago White Sox this weekend.  At 14-7 the Yankees have opened up the 2010 series looking stronger than ever, though they still sit 2.5 games behind Tampa Bay in the AL East standings.  Chicago, on the other hand, has struggled out of the gate, going 9-13.

Pitching Matchups:
April 30: Andy Pettitte (3-0, 1.29) v. Freddy Garcia (0-2, 5.82)

May 1: Javier Vazquez (1-3, 9.00) v. John Danks (3-0, 1.55)

May 2: Phil Hughes (2-0, 2.00) v. Mark Buehrle (2-3, 4.68)

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Heyman: Ryan Howard’s bat > Mark Teixeira’s bat

Here’s an interesting comparison via Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated: That [Ryan] Howard received $2 million more than [Mark] Teixeira also seems about right under the circumstances. Teixeira has a more diverse set of skills, is slightly younger and signed in New York as a free agent, but he couldn’t make a case that he has the same offensive impact as Howard, a classic slugger. With the $39 million Howard is making this year and next on his current deal, that means he’ll get $164 million though 2016, or just $16 million less than the eight-year contract Teixeira signed with Continue reading Heyman: Ryan Howard’s bat > Mark Teixeira’s bat

When is a long slump cause for alarm?

The Yankees’ 14-7 start to the season has been well-rounded. ESPN reports that the team’s pitching staff is in the top 3 in the AL in ERA, WHIP and BAA while its hitters lead the junior circuit in OBP and SLG, and therefore OPS. In light of these numbers, the strong April should not come as a surprise. The team is playing great on both sides of the ball. But if the component parts of the offense, or defense, are analyzed independently it become fairly surprising that the team is playing so well. Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Nick Johnson and Continue reading When is a long slump cause for alarm?

Yankees vs. White Sox in the unbalanced schedule era

I’ve been enjoying taking a look back at how the Yanks have historically fared against their opponents (hopefully you have too) and so I thought I’d take a look at the Yanks’ record vs. the White Sox in the unbalanced schedule era given that Ozzie Guillen’s group of underachievers comes to the Bronx for a three-game set this weekend. I don’t have anything against Chicago as a team per se, although I think Ozzie Guillen is ridiculous and wouldn’t mind seeing the Yanks not only beat the ChiSox this weekend but also embarrass them. In case you missed our previous Continue reading Yankees vs. White Sox in the unbalanced schedule era

Cano's Success Not A Product Of Melky's Absence

[image title=”cano.melky.pie” size=”full” id=”17115″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ] When Robinson Cano hit his second home run in last night’s game, I sent out a sarcastic tweet about his success being tied to the fact that long time buddy Melky Cabrera was no longer on the team to distract him. Much to my chagrin, a number of people responded by taking my statement literally, and agreed that the absence of Melky was at least part of the reason for Cano’s amazing start. Quite frankly, I think that this is a bit ridiculous, for a variety of reasons. Most notably, this sort of Continue reading Cano's Success Not A Product Of Melky's Absence

Game 21: Yankees 4, Orioles 0

In this relatively young season, no Yankee has been more consistent than Robinson Cano.  Overshadowing a phenomenal eight-inning shut out performance by A.J. Burnett, Cano showed off his skills on both sides of the plate and propelled the Yankees to a 4-0 victory and their sixth series win.

Derek Jeter led things off for the Pinstripes with a single to left field in the top of the first.  He moved to third on a double by Mark Teixeira and scored when Alex Rodriguez hit a sac fly to right field.  The Yankees lead stayed at 1-0 until the top of the fourth, when Robinson Cano crushed the ball over the centerfield wall for a solo homerun.

Cano was far from done, starting the sixth inning with a double, and scoring when Marcus Thames followed with a double to left, giving the Yankees a 3-0 lead.  Cano added one more run in the eighth with his second homerun of the night and giving Burnett a comfortable lead, before he handed the ball over to Mariano Rivera in the ninth.

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