Yankees travel back to 2005 in 12-9 slugfest

Feels like it’s been a while since we’ve seen a good old-fashioned 2004-2007 Yankees-style 12-9 slugfest, eh? This may have been one of the craziest games of the year. Not only did the Yankees jump out to 6-1 and 10-5 leads and in both instances neither lead ended up feeling all that safe, but both teams’ aces gave up five (CC Sabathia) and eight (John Danks) earned runs, respectively. The White Sox even brought the tying run to the plate in the form of Mark Teahen before Mariano Rivera mercifully closed the door. Still, the Yankee bullpen did its damnedest Continue reading Yankees travel back to 2005 in 12-9 slugfest

What’s going on with Austin Romine?

Austin Romine, recently ranked the #2 prospect in the Yankee system by yours truly, is having a nightmarish 2nd half of the season.  After starting strong in April and May (OPS’ing .917 and .858), Romine has struggled mightily over the summer, with his August OPS a paltry .509.  Romine’s stats for the season are mediocre but not horrendous (.261/.320/.390 with 9 home runs, 36 walks, and 91 strikeouts).  I’m going to take a closer look at Romine’s stats for the season, to see if his hot start was a fluke, and his recent performance is closer to what can be Continue reading What’s going on with Austin Romine?

Same old AJ, just a little worse this year

DATE OPP RESULT IP H R ER HR BB SO GB FB PIT BF GSc DEC REL ERA* Aug 27 @CHW L 9-4 3.1 8 9 8 0 3 3 10 4 81 21 10 L(9-12) – 5.17 Aug 20 SEA L 6-0 7.0 12 6 6 2 3 4 12 15 122 34 30 L(9-11) – 4.80 Aug 15 @KC L 1-0 8.0 4 1 1 0 3 6 8 11 103 29 73 L(9-10) – 4.66 Aug 10 @TEX L 4-3 7.0 6 3 3 1 2 4 9 14 112 29 55 – – 4.87 Aug 2 Continue reading Same old AJ, just a little worse this year

Burnett awful yet again, gives up eight earned runs in 9-4 Yankee loss

The Yankees managed to punt the one game they absolutely had to find a way to win this weekend, falling to the White Sox 9-4. For their troubles, they get to face John Danks and Gavin Floyd the next two days. Goody. What else is there to say about A.J. Burnett, who turned in yet another disaster, lasting 3 1/3 innings and giving up nine runs (eight earned)? Sadly enough this wasn’t even the first time he gave up eight earned runs in an outing this year, it was the third. After a very strong start to the year he’s Continue reading Burnett awful yet again, gives up eight earned runs in 9-4 Yankee loss

Rob Dibble on Strasburg, Insulting Your Intelligence

So earlier this week, after Stephen Strasburg left the game early Saturday night with what ultimately turned out to be a significant elbow injury, Nationals broadcaster and all-around neanderthal Rob Dibble had some “advice” for Strasburg, namely that he was a baby who needed to learn to pitch through pain. Specifically, Dibble said Strasburg couldn’t “call in the cavalry” (the trainer every time he had a sore elbow. So yeah, that didn’t work out very well. Fear not though, even though what Dibble was originally calling soreness turns out to be a significant injury that requires major surgery and a 12-18 month recovery time, Dibble bases his analysis on facts, unlike us silly bloggers. Those facts may only exist in his head, but, hey, Rob Dibble played the game. For a little while. Until he got hurt and washed out because he wouldn’t let the injury heal.

Today, Dibble had more to say about Strasburg, and it fits his pattern of backing down from his knuckle-dragging statements quite when challenged quite well: Continue reading Rob Dibble on Strasburg, Insulting Your Intelligence

Young Pitchers Are Fragile Things

So some guy in Washington tore up his elbow a little bit and is going to need Tommy John surgery. Even though Washington is going nowhere, this is apparently the biggest baseball news since ever. Silly East coast bias.

Seriously though, it really sucks that Stephen Strasburg in probably going to miss all of next season with this injury. Say whatever you want about him, he was fun to watch, and even more fun to imagine what he might accomplish in his career. And he still is. Tommy John surgery isn’t a death sentence, especially for young pitchers with the ability to heal up and recover over a longer period of time. In fact, most young pitchers go through arm issues, you just don’t see them because they happen in the minor leagues. Looking at the Yankees, Phil Hughes had arm trouble, and he’s still developing into a very good pitcher at the minor league level. Andrew Brackman had Tommy John, and Dellin Betances had reconstructive surgery on his elbow now. Both of those guys are now pitching in AA, and KLaw says both will crack his Top 100 Prospects next year. Strasburg has gotten more attention because he’s already in the majors, and because he’s gotten a lot of hype from the national media since he was drafted. It’s not “no big deal,” per se, but it’s not the end of the world for Strasburg or the Nationals either.
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Week in Review Part Three

Before we start, I’d just like to let everyone know that today is likely the last day for a while in which I’ll have two posts up. On Monday, my internship and graduate classes start back up again, so it’ll likely be one post a day from here on out. Thanks so much for reading these last few months; it’s really been a great summer. With that said… Let’s start the insanity. How about we go backwards this time? Scroll down for a post about the 2011 rotation. THURSDAY: I contemplated Javy the Reliever. Obviously, we’ve had just one go Continue reading Week in Review Part Three

KLaw and Callis On The Yankee System

Keith Law and Jim Callis both chimed in on the Yankee farm system in chats this week, and the prognosis is encouraging. Let’s take a look at the chat answers from Callis first: Nick (Connecticut): Is the Yankees farm system in the top 15? Jim Callis: Yes. It takes a lot of time to break down all the systems and rank them against each other, but I’m confident enough to say the Yankees should rank in the top 10. o (ct): Let’s get this straight, you are saying the Yanks system is in better shape than the sox? Jim Callis: Continue reading KLaw and Callis On The Yankee System

Some Friday links

With the unfortunate demise of (well, at least with regards to posting regularly, anyway) Fack Youk, there’s been a bit of a void in Yankeeland with regards to linkstravaganzas, but thankfully this past week a number of interesting things have turned up that are definitely worth sharing: – Over at the recently revamped and even-more-awesome-than-it-had-previously-been Pinstriped Bible, Stephani Bee shares her list of Top 10 Yankee prospects. A highly recommended read. – You’ve almost certainly already seen this, but NoMaas’ Gary Wallace sat down with Yankee Senior Vice President Mark Newman for a second time and conducted another spectacular interview. Continue reading Some Friday links