The Market for Scott Downs

With the trade deadline a little more than six days away, Scott Downs is currently the most sought-after reliever on the market.  Downs is a 34 year-old lefty who was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 12th round of the 1994 draft, but opted to go to the University of Kentucky.  After his junior year, the Cubs drafted him in the 3rd round of the 1997 draft, and for eight years after that he bounced around the minor leagues, pitching as a starter.  He debuted for the  Cubs in 2000, but was dealt at the trade deadline to the Continue reading The Market for Scott Downs

Addressing the Haren complaints

I must admit I’ve been surprised at some of the push back among fans who don’t want the Yanks to make a deal for Dan Haren for a variety of reasons. So I wanted to go through some of the most common complaints I’ve heard, and see if they have any merit. Here they are- -“He’s having a bad season” No, he’s not. We went over this yesterday. -“He’s a 1st half pitcher” This argument has merit. Here’s the numbers: I Split G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR SB CS BB SO SO/BB BA OBP SLG OPS TB Continue reading Addressing the Haren complaints

Is the Sergio Mitre Era over yet?

Get well soon, Andy. Filling in for the injured Andy Pettitte, Sergio Mitre was horrendous, digging the Yankees an early hole from the get-go en route to a 7-4 loss. Though the team made a few valiant attempts to dig themselves out, it’s pretty hard to win when your starter gives up seven runs, even if only five of them were earned. Dustin Moseley deserves props for his relief work, pitching 4 2/3 scoreless innings for the remainder of the game. Royals starter Kyle Davies wasn’t great (5 1/3 IP, 4ER), but was effective enough on the afternoon. The offensive Continue reading Is the Sergio Mitre Era over yet?

The Pursuit of Haren: Rumor Roundup and Analysis

As the city broils this afternoon and the Yankees take the field against the Royals, trade discussions continue between the Diamondbacks and the Yankees over Dan Haren and other players.  Last night, the teams were believed to be close to a deal, but we later learned from Jayson Stark that the teams were much further apart than was believed.  As Ben Kabak’s from RiverAveBlues writes, Earlier in the evening, Arizona team president and CEO Derrick Hall went on the record and echoed Stark’s sources. The Yanks, he said, are not leading the pack. “We are not close on a deal with Continue reading The Pursuit of Haren: Rumor Roundup and Analysis

Yankees, rain, punish Royals

The Yankees beat up on the Royals for the 2nd night in a row. Brian Bannister gave up 4 runs in the bottom of the 1st, which was more than enough for the Bombers to take care of business. A.J. Burnett, meanwhile, bounced back nicely from his atrocious outing last week. He only lasted 5 innings in a rain shortened performance, but allowed no runs on only 4 hits and 1 walk while striking out 3. Alex Rodriguez was 2-4, but neither of those 2 was home run number 600. Fans at the Stadium didn’t go away empty handed though. Continue reading Yankees, rain, punish Royals

Breaking down 2010 Dan Haren

Some fans are less than enthused about the prospect of landing Dan Haren. They look at his 7-8 Win-Loss record and 4.60 ERA this season and think he’s having a bad year. Nothing could be further from the truth. He’s a good pitcher on a bad team with a horrendous bullpen, one that’s so bad it’s a Run and a half worse than anyone else in the sport. The bullpen alone can affect his W-L and inflate a pitcher’s ERA by allowing so many inherited runners to score. A better way to analyze a pitcher is to look at the Continue reading Breaking down 2010 Dan Haren

7/23 Trade Roundup

Let’s check in with the Yankee related trade news… First, the Yankees–along with the Red Sox and Tigers–are interested in current Athletic reliever Craig Breslow. Breslow, who will be 30 in August, has pitched 189.2 innings in his big league career (200 games) to the tune of a 151 ERA+. His FIP is 3.79 and his xFIP is 4.51. He’s walked about four per nine in his career, but he’s done a good job (0.7 HR/9) of keeping balls in the park. His line against lefties is also very impressive: .199/.277/.316/.593 in 318 PAs. As someone who doesn’t have much Continue reading 7/23 Trade Roundup

In Praise of 600 and Alex Rodriguez

At some point in the next few days Alex Rodriguez is going to step to the plate and launch a pitch into the stratosphere.  As it lands in the stands, as he rounds the bases, and as the fans cheer he will become only the seventh human being in the baseball history to have hit 600 home runs.  And as that happens writers everywhere will fire up their computers and manufacture outrage about steroids, about tainted and illegitimate records, and about how it’s a three-horse race between LeBron, Tiger and ARod for “most hated athlete on the planet” title.  It Continue reading In Praise of 600 and Alex Rodriguez

What Jeter Said

I’m not quite sure what to make of the Derek Jeter quote at the end of this piece from Chad Jennings over at LoHud. “I don’t necessarily change things based on results,” Jeter said. As I said, I don’t really quite know what to make of it. I know that players make changes to their swings and approaches because they’re professionals and they–along with the coaches who monitor them day in and day out–can tell when something is off just by the feel of their swings when they’re up at the plate. However, I think Jeter needs to start paying Continue reading What Jeter Said