Yanks continue piling on A's in 9-3 win

Playing games away from the cavernous Coliseum can’t be much fun for Oakland’s young pitchers. The Yankees pulverized an A’s starter for the second straight game, pounding Oakland 9-3. Vin Mazzaro — yet another A’s starter boasting a shiny ERA in a rotation full of hurlers with sub-4.00 marks — proved that, like Trevor Cahill, he isn’t quite the same pitcher on the road, coughing up seven earned runs to the Bombers. Coming into the game Mazzaro boasted a 3.18 ERA (4.36 FIP) at home and 3.92 (4.76 FIP) mark on the road. Additionally, if he had enough innings to Continue reading Yanks continue piling on A's in 9-3 win

Game 132: Athletics 3, Yankees 9

The Bombers’ bats continued to batter the Oakland A’s Tuesday night.  Phil Hughes improved over his last outing, picking up another win and holding the Athletics to just two runs despite struggling at times.  Big hits by Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira gave the Yankees a lead early and at the end of the night they took a 9-3 victory and were a game ahead of Tampa Bay for the top of the AL East.

Brett Gardner got the Yankees started with a lead off single in the bottom of the first.  He stole second and Jeter worked a walk.  With Teixeira at bat the Yankees pulled off a double steal, but Teixeira got hit by a pitch and the bases were loaded with no outs.  Robinson Cano then hit into a double play, scoring Gardner for the first run of the game.  Nick Swisher hit the ball to Mark Ellis at second, and was safe at first when Ellis misplayed the ball, scoring Jeter and keeping the inning going.  Jorge Posada then connected for his tenth career triple, scoring Swisher and putting the Yankees up 3-0.

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Where The Sox Would Be Without Their Injuries

An interesting post from Dan Szymborski of Baseball Think Factory renown over at ESPN: What would this AL East race look like if the Sox had stayed healthy? ….For those five starters, there were a combined 996 missed plate appearances compared to what would be expected. Those 996 plate appearances had to go somewhere, so to do the next phase of this projection, I had to take them back from the guys who got them. I tried to be as fair as I could — Daniel Nava and Ryan Kalish lost the most, as did players like Bill Hall. Then Continue reading Where The Sox Would Be Without Their Injuries

A most welcome addition

It is with great pleasure that Mike and I introduce the newest member of the Yankeeist family: Matt Warden, who had been blogging about the Yankees at Matt on Earth, and has quickly become a good friend and trusted ally of ours. Given our like-minded sensibilities, including Matt’s interest in and reliance on advanced statistical analysis, we know that Matt will make a fantastic addition to the Yankeeist team. Mike and I had been hoping to add a third writer for a while now, and Matt’s addition only means more good things for you, our readership. Please be sure to Continue reading A most welcome addition

Has Curtis Been Pull Happy?

One of the frequent cautions we hear when the Yankees bring in a left handed hitter is brought to the Yankees is that he will get pull happy playing in Yankee Stadium. I can’t recall if this was exactly the case with Curtis Granderson, but I’m sure at least a few people brought it up. Let’s see what we can dig up in the Spray Charts. Here’s Curtis’s spray chart from 2009. Obviously, this has a bigger sample because it encompasses a full season without time surrendered to the disabled list. There, we see a fair amount of hits to Continue reading Has Curtis Been Pull Happy?

Jeter is still a good shortstop, but should not be leading off anymore

Much has deservedly been made of Derek Jeter‘s poor season. Coming into Monday night’s game his career slash stats were .314/.385/.454. His season line was .270/.335/.381. No professional hitter will be happy to bat .044 points below his career average in a season. But Derek is having a bad year only by his standards. His .321 wOBA, although bad for him, is still 6th-best among shortstops in all of baseball. Yankee fans tend to forget how spoiled we are to have one of the best offensive shortstops of all time on our team. Jeter may be playing into the twilight Continue reading Jeter is still a good shortstop, but should not be leading off anymore

Race(s) for the Red(?) October

New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays

You have a vested interest in this, the two teams are deadlocked for the division lead, and they’re the best two teams in the majors. Yet, there’s really not a whole lot to get excited about. Boston is nowhere to be seen, and any other Wild Card challengers are four games behind them. Sure, the winning team gets home-field advantage in the ALCS, but I can’t get excited about something that might happen. Otherwise, they’re fighting for the right to play Minnesota or Texas, and those teams are so close that it really doesn’t matter who the team gets, though it’s probably more pleasant to play in Texas than Minnesota in October. So, what’s really up for grabs is division bragging rights, but (quoting Yankee Universe) World Series championships are the only things that matter, right? I imagine that, with two weeks left, both teams will start resting their players anyway with an eye on the playoffs, leaving less to watch. With that in mind, what else is there that you should watch?

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The Legend Of Homer Bush

[image title=”simpsons_two_bad_neighbors” size=”full” id=”21038″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ] Those who watch Yankees games on YES know that Michael Kay will often mention Homer Bush’s role on the 1998 Yankees whenever discussing how important good baserunning and stolen bases are, particularly from bench players. He tends to pontificate on the topic for a while, suggesting Bush was the consummate bench player and was a key cog on the 1998 Yankees. Yet a close look at the numbers suggest that Kay is misremembering the importance of Homer Bush. Bush did hit well in his limited appearances, with a gaudy .380/.421/.465 line. However, despite Continue reading The Legend Of Homer Bush

Checking in on a Claim

While driving home from my first class of the Fall Semester last night, I listened to part of the game on the radio. As I passed Exit 19 on the southbound, Ramiro Pena knocked in Jorge Posada to give the Yankees six runs. Right before he did that, everyone’s favorite radio whipping boy and whipping girl, John Sterling and Suyzn Waldman, made a comment saying that both Pena and Francisco Cervelli became better hitters when the situation called for it. Of course, the term they used was “situational hitting.” Since I’m always curious, I made a mental note to check Continue reading Checking in on a Claim