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 understandable. Doing so for a reliever, even if they want to make Soria a starter as he was in Mexico, is not something the Yankees should be doing. While Soria is a difference maker out of the bullpen, that’s not worth trading a stud hitting prospect like Montero. Continue reading Soria, Dunn, and Lilly! Oh My!

Leave Joba Alone!

Joe Girardi has unofficially put Joba Chamberlain on notice, apparently, giving 8th inning duties to Nate David Robertson and Boone Logan last night in place of Joba the Hut. Girardi said after the game, “I’m not saying that I’m handing it over to Joba every time we go into the eighth. I’m going to look at things. I mean, that’s my job.” So Girardi is talking about playing matchups more often, which is not a bad strategy in isolation. And given the run of rough outings that Joba’s been going through for the past week, it’s probably a good idea to give him a night in Time Out to think about what he’s done, particularly since he’s given up four walks and two homers in his last six innings (across five appearances).

The trouble is, it’s not apparent that Joba’s been doing anything different from what he’s done in the past. See below.

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Game 98: Yankees 3, Indians 2

While the Yankees have put up quite a few runs since the All-Star Break, they found themselves in a bit of a pitcher’s duel last night.  Kicking off a series in Cleveland, both Javier Vazquez and Jake Westbrook went deep into the game, limiting the opposing offenses to a handful of hits.  A couple key long balls by Nick Swisher and Curtis Granderson, however, propelled the Yankees to another victory, as they beat the Indians 3-2.

Travis Hafner gave Tribe fans some hope early in the game, connecting with a big solo homer in the second inning, giving the Indians a 1-0 lead.  Meanwhile, Westbrook was dealing, sitting down the first ten Yankee hitters down in order.  In the top of the fourth inning, the first Yankee batter connected with a hit – and it was a big one.  Nick Swisher drove a fly ball to right field for a solo homer, tying the game 1-1.  The Yankees had a chance to extend the rally when Mark Teixeira walked.  Alex Rodriguez drove the ball into the outfield, but the umpires determined that Trevor Crowe had caught the ball, despite replays showing he had trapped it, and the Tribe doubled up Teixeira who had gone to second, ending the inning.

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Granderson bails Yankee offense out with another game-winning home run in 3-2 Yankee victory

So I know Curtis Granderson‘s first season in pinstripes hasn’t gone quite the way many of had hoped/expected, but it’s hard to deny the man’s had something of a flair for the dramatic, between blasting a home run off Josh Beckett in his first Yankee at-bat, hitting the game-winning home run off Jonathan Papelbon in the third game of the year, cracking the go-ahead bomb in the second game of the Mets series at home and pumping the go-ahead shot against Arizona in the desert, nearly half of Curtis’ 2010 home runs have been very memorable. And so Curtis once Continue reading Granderson bails Yankee offense out with another game-winning home run in 3-2 Yankee victory

Joba loses setup role

In case you missed last night’s post game (and pregame) Joe Girardi made clear that he’s going to going with match ups for the 8th inning for the foreseeable future. That’s a nice way of saying Joba has been demoted. Here’s the video where he discusses last night’s 8th and his thought process behind it. I transcribed the interview: Kim Jones-“We talked about the 8th before the game, this was obviously a tight game, Robertson/Logan there, what goes into that?” Joe Girardi-“Well I knew I was going to go to Logan for Choo, and Cabrera’s had some success off of Continue reading Joba loses setup role

Anatomy of a Rumor: The Montero for Soria Proposal

A few days ago, Jon Heyman dropped this little nugget into a larger trade deadline article: They say they want a bat for the bench and bullpen help, and that is true. But they can’t resist big-game hunting. They tried hard for Lee and Haren, and made a big proposal for Royals closer Joakim Soria, as well. At the time, I largely dismissed the rumor, simply because the words “big proposal” have been thrown around a lot lately regarding packages headlined by players such as Ivan Nova. However, Jayson Stark seemed to add some context to that tidbit with the Continue reading Anatomy of a Rumor: The Montero for Soria Proposal

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 one of the two big free agent outfielders that will be available during the offseason: Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth. Gardner has shown marked improvement in his third try at Major League Baseball. Each year, he’s improved his average (.228; .270; .298), on-base percentage Continue reading Need to Save a Bunch of Money on an Outfielder?

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 season. Last time the two teams squared off during Memorial Day Weekend the Yankees won three of four, and really should have swept if not for an epic meltdown by Joba Chamberlain. In tonight’s game the Yankees will send the enigmatic Javier Vazquez (4.68 ERA; 4.93 FIP; 4.60 xFIP) to the mound against Jake Westbrook (4.74 ERA; 4.59 FIP; 4.44 xFIP). Vazquez was cruising in his last start Continue reading Series Preview: Yankees vs. Indians II

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 roles in the world of baseball media.  On the stat/nerd/awesome side, plenty of Fangraphs guys are going to attend, including David Cameron (the #6 org guy, not the British PM), David Appelman, Carson Cistulli and Bryan Smith.  The RiverAveBlues guys are going to be there Continue reading Fangraphs Live Discussion in NYC