Soria, Dunn, and Lilly! Oh My!

Yesterday morning, there was a slew of Yankee trade news involving Joakim Soria, Adam Dunn, and Ted Lilly. Allow me to comment…

1. If it is true that the Yankees dangled Jesus Montero for Soria, then I’m none too happy. Using Montero as trade bait for a guy like Cliff Lee is...

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Leave Joba Alone!

Using Fangraphs’ Pitch F/X data, it seems he’s throwing his slider more this year, and has virtually eliminated his change-up.  But the change hasn’t been a valuable pitch for him, and was only really part of his repertoire last year when he was starting.  And the fastball-slider combo is much more in line with what you’d expect from a short reliever.  His fastball velocity is basically what it’s always been when he’s been used as a reliever, and his slider is even a little faster.  The movement on his pitches is also not significantly different from where it’s been in years past.  His walk rate is down from last year, and his strikeout rate, predictably is up to 9.99/9 innings.  His HR/9 is also down in the neighborhood of where he’s been before.

No, the reason that Joba Chamberlain is struggling in 2010 can be traced back to one number: 399.  As in, batters are hitting .399 on balls in play off of Joba.  …

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Game 98: Yankees 3, Indians 2

The Yankees threatened in the fifth, when Jorge Posada worked a walk with one out.  Curtis Granderson drove the ball to right field, moving Posada to third base, while Granderson tried to stretch it into a double.  Shin-Soo Choo fielded the ball and gunned down Granderson at second.  Francisco Cervelli struck out to end the Yankees’ threat.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Indians got a small rally going.  Jason Donald doubled to left and Michael Brantley reached on a fielders choice.  Choo then ripped a double to right, scoring Brantley and giving the Tribe a 2-1 edge.  After getting two quick outs in the seventh, Vazquez got into some trouble, giving up a double to Matt LaPorta and a walk to Trevor Crowe before getting Donald to ground out to end the inning.

Running out of time, the Yankees struck in the top of the eighth.  Posada singled to left and Granderson connected with a big two-run homer to give the Yankees their first lead of the game.  …

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Need to Save a Bunch of Money on an Outfielder?

…then let’s stick with Brett Gardner.

By performing incredibly well in the largest sample of Major League plate appearances, Brett Gardner may be saving the Yankees a ton of money on a free agent outfielder. If Gardner were not doing so well–.394 OBP, .368 wOBA going into Sunday–I’d say the Yankees would be likely to pursue...

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Series Preview: Yankees vs. Indians II

The Yankees (62-35, 1st place in AL East, 3-game lead) head to Cleveland to play four games against the sad Indians (41-57, last place in AL Central) for the final time this...

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Fangraphs Live Discussion in NYC

As you may have already heard, Fangraphs is hosting a live event in New York City on August 7th about “the changing face of baseball media”.  Jonah Keri is scheduled to moderate the panel.  It will include former Deadspin editor Will Leitch, Michael Silverman, Alex Speier and David Biderman, all of whom have different, unique...

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