During Spring Training, we heard much about A.J. Burnett’s desire to employ his changeup more this year. “Whether I throw it or not, I don’t know, but I’ve been working on it,” noted Burnett. Well, on the 2010 season, across 3 starts, A.J. Burnett has thrown a total of 297 pitches (and Jorge Posada has caught all of them, which is a post for another day). According to PITCHf/x data, of those pitches, only 6 of them, or 2%, have been changeups. Obviously, this is a limited sample, and Burnett’s changeup percentage can be influenced easily, but, thus far, the Continue reading So far, Burnett rarely using his changeup
Yesterday, as Robinson Cano fisted one of Dallas Braden’s pitches down the left field line in the sixth inning, Alex Rodriguez sprinted to third base. Because the ball was foul, Rodriguez then headed back to first base. However, en route to first, A-Rod chose to run straight across the diamond, stepping on the pitcher’s mound, and on the rubber, on his way back, which visibly upset Braden. Apparently, Rodriguez broke an unwritten sportsmanship rule by doing what he did. If true, it wouldn’t be the first time for A-Rod. Following the game, Braden, who barked angrily at Rodriguez in the Continue reading Two unwritten rules broken yesterday
As I said in the comments to the other post and on Twitter, I think Alex Rodriguez was likely unaware of Dallas Braden’s silly unwritten rule, that Braden overreacted, and that Alex reacted exactly as one should when dealing with a petulant child attempting to lecture an adult on the rules of the game. If you want some reasoned analysis of the whole situation, check out Mike Axisa’s take. Oh, and have a laugh at this beauty, courtesy of FlipFlopFlying: [image title=”bradenia” size=”full” id=”16961″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ]
Enough of this three and two run National League crap. Tonight’s lineup is brought to you in part by The Queen, c/o Subway Douchery, my new favorite website. As you wish, your highness. Don’t think the lineup’s been posted anywhere yet, but here’s what the Yankees trotted out last week against Ervin Santana in the home opener win: SS JeterDH Johnson1B Teixeira3B A-Rod2B CanoC PosadaCF GrandersonRF SwisherLF Gardner And A.J. Burnett (2.37 ERA; 4.42 xFIP) will be on the hill.
Cheer up Boston fans, the Sox will be starting a three-game winning streak tonight.
[image title=”_42085794_baseball_416_300″ size=”full” id=”16958″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ] From MLB Trade Rumors: The Rays will announce this afternoon that they have signed Ben Zobrist to a contract extension, according to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times. The deal buys out Zobrist’s three arbitration seasons, and includes club options for his first two years of free agency in 2014 and 2015. The club has issued a release calling a 1:00pm press conference to make a “major announcement.” The 28-year-old switch-hitter enjoyed an MVP-caliber season in 2009, hitting .297/.405/.543 while playing nearly every position on the diamond — and playing them well, Continue reading The Rays Are Not Going Anywhere
Yesterday, CC Sabathia had his worst start of the season. The fact that it was a start in which he gave up just four hits and four runs just goes to show us how great he’s been this season. But, CC’s control was flat out off as he walked six Oakland batters in eight innings while only striking out five. Not surprisingly, it was the fastball control that gave Sabathia fits against Oakland. He threw 34 fastballs yesterday afternoon, and only 16 of them landed for strikes. The mark, 47.06%, was Sabtahia’s lowest fastball strike percentage of the season. He Continue reading Number One Didn’t Work for CC
In their final game against the Athletics, the Yankees pulled off one incredible feat, but failed to complete the sweep. An ineffective first inning by CC Sabathia and a good pitching performance by Dallas Braden was all the Athletics needed to defeat the Yankees 4-2.
CC struggled from the start, walking the first A’s batter of the game, Rajai Davis, on four pitches. He got Daric Barton to ground out, but walked Ryan Sweeney before giving up a three-run homerun to Kurt Suzuki. CC shook it off and was able to get the next two batters out to escape the inning, but Oakland held a 3-0 lead.
Sabathia settled during the next few innings, but got in trouble in the fourth. With runners on first and third and one out, Adam Rosales hit a sac fly to right and the Athletics lead grew to 4-0. The Yankees finally got on the board in the top of the fifth. Marcus Thames led off the inning with a solo shot to left. In the top of the sixth the Yankees got a little closer when Mark Teixeira hit a solo homer to center.
The Athletics had a chance to get a run or two back in the bottom of the inning when they had runners on first and second with no outs and Suzuki up at the plate. Suzuki grounded the ball to Alex Rodriguez, who stepped on third, threw to Cano at second, who threw to Nick Johnson at first to complete the Yankees first triple play since 1968. The Yankees failed to get anymore runs on the board, and left Oakland with a 4-2 defeat.
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I’m in no position to know whether there’s an unwritten rule about an offensive player crossing the pitcher’s mound when the pitcher is still on it. I’m sure there’s something, some “you really shouldn’t do that” sorta thing that is never said but (nearly) universally understood. Except by ARod.
His feet touched the rubber, and Braden took offense, telling Rodriguez to “get off my mound.” Rodriguez said his piece after the game, dismissing Braden’s allegations as “pretty funny, honestly” because he had no idea what he did wrong.
“I still don’t know,” Rodriguez said.
OK, I’m going to give ARod the benefit of the doubt and concede the fact that ARod truly didn’t know this was a bad thing to do. What peeves me, however, is ARod’s response to and about Braden:
“He just told me to get off his mound,” Rodriguez said. “I was a little surprised. I’d never quite heard that. Especially from a guy that has a handful of wins in his career.”
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