Derek’s Plate Discipline Dipping?

Derek Jeter’s gotten off to a fine start. He hasn’t quite heated up yet, but he’s not exactly been cold either. Going into last night’s win against the Orioles, his wOBA was at a solid .344, and that’s going to be higher today thanks to a double and a single last night. There is one thing, though, that’s been troubling about the Captain thus far in 2010: his walks. Well, really, it’s the lack of walks that is concerning. Derek didn’t walk last night and has been sent down to first by four balls only three times this season. At Continue reading Derek’s Plate Discipline Dipping?

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The Yankees jumped on Jeremy Guthrie right off the bat, picking up two quick runs in the top of the first and never looking back en route to an 8-3 win over the Orioles on Wednesday night. The Yankees would pick up seven runs off Guthrie (six earned), more than enough for starter CC Sabathia. Sabathia went 7 2/3 innings, striking out five and giving up three runs, all of which felt fairly cheap and may not have even been plated had Sabathia not had such a big lead to work with. Seriously, was there anyone who thought the outcome Continue reading More like it

What the All Star Game changes mean to me

For those unaware, I can get pretty animated if pushed far enough, as evidenced by my Vote For Manny “shenanigans” last summer. The constant tweaking and messing with the All Star Game is just making me crazy. The game was fine as it was, even when it ended it a tie way back in 2002. So what, it was an exhibition! I was OK with that. Still am. Except that MLB keeps pushing and pulling this thing like saltwater taffy, trying to make it all things to all people. It’s officially preposterous.

Changes announced yesterday:

  • DH will be used in every ballpark. [If you don’t see this as a harbinger of what’s to come with the DH within the next 10 years, you’re not paying attention.]
  • Rosters expand, again, to 34 players:

There were 28 players per team from 1969-97, and the size increased to 30 with expansion in 1998.

After the infamous 7-7, 11-inning tie in Milwaukee in 2002, when both teams ran out of pitchers, rosters expanded to 32 players, including 12 pitchers, the following year, when the game first started counting for World Series home-field advantage.

The size increased to 33 players, including 13 pitchers, last summer and will now be 34 players, with 13 pitchers per team.

  • Starting pitchers who pitch the Sunday leading up to the ASG will be replaced on the roster:

Another change is that a pitcher who starts on the final Sunday before the All-Star break will be ineligible to pitch in the All-Star Game and will be replaced on the roster, Major League Baseball said in a change announced Wednesday.

Let’s dig a bit deeper, shall we?

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Game 20: Yankees 8, Orioles 3

New York snapped their losing streak by dominating the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday night.  The offense that had appeared to be napping on Tuesday showed some life right away last night, and even though CC Sabathia gave up eleven hits, he kept the damage to a minimum and went deep into the game, helping the Bronx Bombers secure an 8-3 victory over the Orioles.

Derek Jeter got the Yankees going right away with a lead off double.  Nick Johnson singled and got to second on an error by outfielder Lou Montanez, sending Jeter home for the first run of the game.  Mark Teixeira grounded out, moving Johnson to third and a sac fly by Alex Rodriguez gave the Yankees the early 2-0 lead.

The second inning was more of the same from New York.  Jeremy Guthrie started the inning by hitting Jorge Posada in the knee with a pitch (Posada would be replaced by Francisco Cervelli in the bottom of the inning).  Curtis Granderson connected with a single and Nick Swisher cleared the bases with his second triple of the young season.  Jeter’s sac fly to right field sent Swisher across the plate and the Bronx Bombers were out in front 5-0.  A solo homer by Robinson Cano in the third inning gave the Yankees even more insurance.

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Away to Teixeira

Prior to last night’s game, on the season, Mark Teixeira has hit .119/.280/.254. Against right-handers, Teixeira has hit .109/.281/.217. Here’s pitchFX data of those 46 at-bats. Teixeira is a switch-hitter, so notice how most pitches have been away. He hasn’t hit those pitches, obviously. Against left-handers, Teixeira has hit .143/.280/.333. Here’s pitchFX data of those 21 at-bats. Again, Teixeira is a switch-hitter, so left-handers are also trying to get him out by aiming away. It seems Teixeira, whether right-handed or left-handed, is attempting to pull anything that crosses the plate – I base this on what I have seen, thus Continue reading Away to Teixeira

Damon’s updated UZR not all that bad

Recently, FanGraphs updated its UZR measurements for 2010 (for park factors, power of the batter, speed of the batter, etc.), which subsequently influenced player ratings in previous seasons. In most cases, even with the alteration to UZR’s formula, the fielding numbers for players did not change significantly to the point where one player went from an excellent fielder to a poor fielder and vice versa. However, I did notice that our former left fielder, Johnny Damon, did experience a noticeable shift in his 2009 rating, and it is a shift that seems worthy of discussion. Prior to the UZR update, Continue reading Damon’s updated UZR not all that bad

Cleveland sucks! (according to Nielsen)

Well, not really, but according to some fancy algorithm spit out by Nielsen, the Indians are the most hated MLB team. The Yanks, “only” the fifth most hated team. And the RedSox? How’s #2 grab ya?

The Hatred Index

Using an algorithm designed by Nielsen Co. that measures positive and negative reactions on the Internet, here are the 10 most despised teams in baseball (scale is -5 to 5).

Team Score
1. Cleveland Indians 0.9
2. Boston Red Sox 1.1
3. Cincinnati Reds 1.5
4 Houston Astros 1.8
5. New York Yankees 1.8
6. Washington Nationals 1.9
7. Chicago White Sox 2
8. Baltimore Orioles 2
9. New York Mets 2.3
10. Los Angeles Dodgers 2.4


Kudos to Ben Kabak of RAB for a clutch quote:

The Mets finished four spots higher, making them the ninth most-hated team. “Even Yankee fans don’t hate the Mets these days,” says Benjamin Kabak, a writer for the River Avenue Blues Yankees blog. “We just feel bad for them.”

That’s so true, even if the Mets are white-hot right now. Continue reading Cleveland sucks! (according to Nielsen)

Guest Post: Zen Blogging

This is a guest post from Larry Koestler of the excellent Yankeeist blog. It was inspired by a Twitter discussion that Larry and I had, and Larry was gracious enough to allow TYU to reprint his work. It is a highly recommended read. The original post can be found here. On Monday morning TYU’s Moshe Mandel and I had an interesting back-and-forth that began on Twitter and spilled over to e-mail. The crux of our discussion was Moshe’s initial contention that Greg Cohen of Sliding Into Home “probably shouldn’t be blogging” for his “gutless bitch” comment re: Javy Vazquez, which ended up Continue reading Guest Post: Zen Blogging

About MLB and Twitter

[Moshe asked me to share this with you, so I have] [Caveat:  This story is still developing.  Recommend reading this post from Fang’s Bites for background info, and updates.] This evening, news broke that MLB.com is now preventing their writers from tweeting anything non-baseball related. I wish I could adequately put into words how much that this policy, if true, is quite simply the wrong way to go. I’ll try to put this simply, so I don’t bore you with my waxing philosophical:  the great benefit social media gives to us is that it allows us to humanize those that Continue reading About MLB and Twitter