MLB Roto Standings

After last night’s win, the Yankees’ record now stands at 26-16, a total of 42 games.  25% of the season is over, which makes me a sad panda.  Other analysts and pundits are handing out awards, and some teams are already talking about the playoffs, so I put together a review of my own, analyzing all 30 teams as if MLB were a giant 5×5 Fantasy Baseball Roto League.  Yes, baseball is now officially played on spreadsheets.  All stats are prior to last night’s results, and we’ll start with offense. We see that the Yankees come in first place with a Continue reading MLB Roto Standings

Javy’s Abbreviated Return

After a disastrous start to the season, Javier Vazquez had a little spring vacation.  He was skipped in the rotation, and finally returned against the Tigers in Detroit on May 12.  He pitched well, going 7 innings, giving up 5 hits and 2 ER, walking two and striking out six.  Despite this, the Yankees opted to skip Vazquez again when they faced Boston.  He appeared in relief, vulturing a win when the Yankees came back and walked off against the BEST CLOSAH EVAH (h/t NoMaas) on the 17th.  Last night, he returned to the rotation at Citi Field against the Mets Continue reading Javy’s Abbreviated Return

Game in National League ballpark results in National League score

The Yankees beat the Mets 2-1 on the strength of six strong innings of one-hit, shutout ball from Javier Vazquez. I was watching the game at Bleecker Heights with an old friend of mine, and so we were baffled when Vazquez — who had been absolutely cruising — didn’t come out for the 7th inning. Turns out he suffered a bruise in his finger after laying down a nice sac bunt in the top of the 6th, but fortunately x-rays were negative. It’s unclear whether he’ll make his next start, but things don’t sound too bad. Mets starter Hisanori Takahashi Continue reading Game in National League ballpark results in National League score

Granderson back soon, should he move to Left?

The Yanks got some good news on the injury front last night, Curtis Granderson should be returning to the team a bit sooner than previously thought. Rick Carpieniello of LoHud has the story: NEW YORK — The Yankees got some good news on the injury front Friday. Curtis Granderson is expected back sooner than originally thought. Granderson, on the DL since May 2 with a strained groin, worked out with the team prior to Friday night’s game, and was then to fly to Louisville to join Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on its road trip. There, Granderson expects to play five games in six Continue reading Granderson back soon, should he move to Left?

Checking in on Jeter’s plate patience

I have written about Derek Jeter‘s lack of plate patience this year a number of times, as such a change in a hitter’s approach can often be predictive for older players, indicating that a decline is ahead. For Jeter, that could very well be the case given that he is swinging at balls at an alarming rate (compared to his career averages). On the season, Jeter’s O-Swing rate is currently at 32.6% – he is swinging at pitches outside of the strike zone 32.6% of the time – while his career average in that area is a hair under 20% Continue reading Checking in on Jeter’s plate patience

Taking inventory, slump edition

Yesterday’s loss was the Yankees’ third in a row. In each of those games the Yankees scored six runs, made late-inning comebacks to cut into the deficit, and came up short. Here are some observations from the last few weeks: – On May 7 the Yankees started one of their most difficult stretches of games all season. They are in the middle of 17 consecutive games against the Twins, Red Sox, Rays, Tigers and Mets. That’s three 1st place teams, as of this writing, and the Red Sox and Mets. After winning two of 3 in Beantown, the Bombers lost Continue reading Taking inventory, slump edition

Discussion: Has The Subway Series Lost Its Luster?

[image title=”$$19SPYANKEESMURRAY” size=”full” id=”18158″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ] For many years, the Subway Series between the Yankees and Mets has been a series that I have circled on the proverbial calendar. No matter the relative fortunes of the two teams, it has always been fun to watch the teams meet to determine intra-city supremacy. Some of the more memorable moments of the 2009 season came against the Mets, with the dropped pop-up by Luis Castillo and Mariano Rivera’s first career RBI being particularly notable. Throw in the World Series from 2000, and this rivalry has produced plenty of indelible moments. However, Continue reading Discussion: Has The Subway Series Lost Its Luster?

Revisiting The 2000 Subway Series

[image title=”pg2_a_clemens-piazza01_600″ size=”full” id=”18152″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ] With the Subway Series upon us, I thought it would be fun to take glance back at the 2000 World Series between the Yankees and Mets, a 5 game series that was actually a lot closer than that. Here are the key players with their WAR in that season. The Yankees are listed first at each position. C: Jorge Posada (5.7), Mike Piazza (5.2) 1B: Tino Martinez (0.0), Todd Zeile (2.2) 2B: Chuck Knoblauch (0.1), Edgardo Alfonzo (6.7) SS: Derek Jeter (4.4), Mike Bordick (2.1) 3B: Scott Brosius (-0.4), Robin Ventura (1.7) LF: Continue reading Revisiting The 2000 Subway Series

“Number one, you can’t panic”

Harvard Business Review has a good Q&A with Joe Girardi that’s an interesting read. Me, I love these type of things, when you can get a better understanding about the psychology involved in the game and the player/manager/coach. Two of my favorites, the first given the week the team just completed and the second given our collective fascination with stats and data:

When a player — or the whole team — is in a slump, how do you manage that?

Number one, you can’t panic. You can’t have a bad week and start throwing things. Your character has to be the same whether you are winning or losing. If it’s not, then you care about the winning and losing more than you do about the people. What they’re doing is hard. I tell myself every day, it’s not easy to hit, it’s not easy to pitch, they don’t have Nintendo controllers in their hands to help them guide the ball.

How do you coach players to know when to abandon the plan and listen to their guts?

If you think too much you fail, because the game happens too quickly. The key is preparation. You tell the player, “Here’s the information — now go play.” The data has to become instinctual. You can’t think about it in the middle of a pitch. Some players have a hard time using information to improve their instincts, and they usually weed themselves out.

The question I wanted to see asked:

  • What’s behind your unhealthy devotion to Boone Logan and Chan Ho Park?

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