Wanted: One Major League-caliber offense. Reward: The undying gratitude of Yankee fans the world over

The Yankees dropped the final game of three to the Twins 8-2 in what can only be characterized as a poor effort all around. Javier Vazquez was terrible, allowing five runs in 5 2/3 innings. To their (slight) credit, the slumbering Yankee offense shrunk the gap to only two runs twice, but Home Run Javy promptly gave runs up both times. Things got so bad that I was forced to switch to the Met game during the Yankee game — I don’t even flip to the Mets during commercials. Despite Javy’s poor showing, the difference was still only a semi-reasonable Continue reading Wanted: One Major League-caliber offense. Reward: The undying gratitude of Yankee fans the world over

What if Ace Has to Stay up the Sleeve?

(Yes I know my title is incredibly cliched) So we’ve gotten word that Alfredo Aceves suffered a set back while throwing on flat ground and will see a doctor soon. If the prognosis isn’t good and Aceves must be sent do the 60-day DL, there may be a bit of a strain put on the Yankee bullpen. As it is now, the Yankees have three guys that can give multiple innings with ease: Chan Ho Park (CHoP), Sergio Mitre, and the recently re-signed Chad Gaudin. If Aceves has to be out for a long time, there needs to be improvement Continue reading What if Ace Has to Stay up the Sleeve?

What happened to Mark Teixeira?

After going 2-5 in the nightcap of yesterday’s 1.5 game header against the Twins, Mark Teixeira is now batting .210/.322/.370 on the season. Comparisons to last year’s pace, and the slow start that came with it, are no longer valid. After 46 games last season Tex was earning his paycheck, hitting .271 with a .966 OPS. Tex has made 211 PAs in 2010, versus 707 all of last year. Stat-minded fans, such as myself, can no longer claim a small sample when talking about Tex’s performance. The rule of thumb in statistics is that a small sample is 30 or Continue reading What happened to Mark Teixeira?

Vote Early, Vote Often

See that message behind the home plate umpire:

VOTE BREWERS
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Remember, MLB teams are promoting their own players for the All Star Game. A popularity contest or tribute to those truly deserving to be selected as starters? When particular teams are over-represented relative to their populations, like Texas was after the first round of voting results, this is exactly why and how it happens. The marketing departments for each team implore the fans to “vote early and vote often” for the home team’s players, deserving or not. So once Teixeira lands the starting gig for the AL 1B spot, you will remember to blame not the players or the fans, but the system. Right?

Exhibition or “it counts”. Just pick one or the other and we can move on.

You cannot have a game that counts with a selection process that is fit for an exhibition.

(big thanks to Ron Rollins for the screengrab)

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Anatomy of a Double Play

Apart  from Swisher’s home run, no other play in the entire game last night had a higher Win Probability Added, in terms of absolute value, than when Andy Pettitte got Joe Mauer to bang into a double play in the eighth inning.  This was a glorious moment, and it was brought about by two key factors: Pettitte’s approach and Jeter’s positioning. First, some background.  In the sixth inning, Pettitte struck Mauer out on five pitches, which you can see here: [image title=”AAA mauer 6th inning AB” size=”full” id=”18373″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ] In this at-bat, Pettitte began with a curveball high and inside, which Continue reading Anatomy of a Double Play

Does Umpire Joe West Have a Conflict of Interest?

Earlier this season, umpire Joe West was highly critical of the Yankees and Red Sox and the length of the games they play. West told The Bergen Record, “They’re the two clubs that don’t try to pick up the pace. They’re two of the best teams in baseball. Why are they playing the slowest? It’s pathetic and embarrassing. They take too long to play….This is embarrassing, a disgrace to all baseball.”

As I detailed yesterday at The Daily Something, Joe West has been a combative umpire for years, bordering on unprofessional. Yesterday, he added to his history of quick hooks and aggressive behavior by antagonizing Mark Buehrle and Ozzie Guillen (though, admittedly, it doesn’t take a lot to antagonize Ozzie Guillen). West has been disciplined and warned about his behavior in the past, but seems to be ramping up his involvement in games recently. As late as 2008, he had been rated as the fourth worst umpire in Major League Baseball. In the wake of his Yankees/Red Sox comments, Tim Kurkjian wrote, “From the beginning, I’ve thought West was one of the worst umpires in baseball. His strike zone is the unholy combination of small and unpredictable, and his attitude is big and unpredictable.”

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Bye Bye Boone

Since the Yankees re-signed Chad Gaudin yesterday, there had to be some sort of “casualty” on the Yankee roster. It turned out that Shane Lindsay was Designated for Assignment and Boone Logan was sent packing to Scranton. I think this is something just about everyone in the Yankee blogosphere is happy about. The lefty’s first stint (and hopefully only stint for a long time) in Pinstripes wasn’t 2009-Wangian, but it was frustrating nonetheless. While Logan flashed some good velocity–average fastball of 93 MPH–that was the only real positive. Starting from the top, Logan’s got a 5.06 ERA with a 5.17 Continue reading Bye Bye Boone

Game 46: Yankees 3, Twins 2

Pitching was a large part of the Yankees hot start to the 2010 season and it had been a large part of their recent slump, as both reliable starters and crucial parts of the bullpen seemed to struggle.  In the first two games of their series in Minnesota, the Yankees pitchers are dominating again, and while the offense has some catching up to do, they were able to get it done for a second time on Wednesday, giving the Yankees a 3-2 win just hours after completing their 1-0 victory in Tuesday’s suspended game.

Andy Pettitte took the ball for New York and gave the Bombers eight strong and efficient innings.  Minnesota’s offense got on the board early, when Denard Span lead off the bottom of the first inning with a double.  Span stole third base with one out and Joe Mauer singled him in on a liner to center.  Pettitte escaped more trouble by getting Justin Morneau to ground into a double play.

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