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 to let Chicago right back in the game, with both Joba Chamberlain and David Robertson getting cuffed for two earned runs apiece, and yielding a home run, triple and double among the five combined hits they surrendered. That certainly ain’t good for the ol’ FIP. Robertson gave up three straight hits without recording an out in the bottom of the ninth, forcing Girardi to go to Mo.… Click here to read the rest

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 expected in the future, or vice versa.  I’m also curious if there has been a real decline in Romine’s performance, or if he has suffered from bad luck.  Here are some of his more important stats in chart form, by month.

Month K:BB ratio BABIP LD% OPS
April 1.5 0.434 20.8 0.917
May 3.33 0.362 25 0.858
June 1.25 0.284 15.9 0.667
July 4.25 0.279 14.1 0.663
August 11 0.254 7.7 0.509

(stats courtesy of Minor League Splits)

By looking at these numbers, it is possible to observe some trends in Romine’s performance.… Click here to read the rest

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 TOR L 8-6 4.2 8 8 8 2 2 4 9 8 95 24 18 L(9-9) 4.93
Monthly Totals 30.0 38 27 26 5 13 21 48 52 513 137 0-4 0 sv 7.80
DATE OPP RESULT IP H R ER HR BB SO GB FB PIT BF GSc DEC REL ERA*
Jul 28 @CLE W 8-0 6.1 7 0 0 0 3 7 9 7 114 26 63 W(9-8) 4.52
Jul 23 KC W 7-1 5.0 4 0 0 0 1 3 6 8 58 18 61 W(8-8) 4.77
Jul 17 TB L 10-5 2.0 4 4 4 1 0 1 2 8 43 13 33 L(7-8) 4.99
Jul 7 @OAK W 6-2 7.0 5 2 2 0 2 3 11 11 110 27 60 W(7-7) 4.75
Jul 2 TOR L 6-1 6.2 4 0 0 0 3 6 6 11 106 27 69 4.90
Monthly Totals 27.0 24 6 6 1 9 20 34 45 431 111 3-1 0 sv 2.00
DATE OPP RESULT IP H R ER HR BB SO GB FB PIT BF GSc DEC REL ERA*
Jun 26 @LAD L 9-4 3.0 6 6 6 0 6 5 4 5 79 20 22 L(6-7) 5.25
Jun 21 @ARI L 10-4 4.0 9 7 7 3 2 4 6 11 91 23 18 L(6-6) 4.83
Jun 16 PHI L 6-3 3.1 6 6 6 2 4 3 4 9 87 21 23 L(6-5) 4.33
Jun 10 @BAL L 4-3 6.2 8 4 4 1 1 5 9 14 95 31 46 L(6-4) 3.86
Jun 4 @TOR L 6-1 6.0 6 6 6 3 4 2 9 12 103 27 34 L(6-3) 3.72
Monthly Totals 23.0 35 29 29 9 17 19 32 51 455 122 0-5 0 sv 11.35
DATE OPP RESULT IP H R ER HR BB SO GB FB PIT BF GSc DEC REL ERA*
May 30 CLE W 7-3 8.0 5 3 1 0 0 8 10 11 115 31 72 W(6-2) 3.28
May 25 @MIN W 1-0 5.0 3 0 0 0 2 5 9 4 75 20 64 W(5-2) 3.55
May 19 TB L 10-6 6.2 9 6 6 1 4 4 11 13 116 33 32 L(4-2) 3.86
May 14 MIN W 8-4 6.2 7 3 2 1 4 4 14 7 100 29 50 3.31
May 9 @BOS L 9-3 4.1 9 9 8 1 3 4 9 10 97 26 12 L(4-1) 3.40
May 4 BAL W 4-1 7.1 5 1 0 0 2 8 10 9 107 29 72 W(4-0) 1.99
Monthly Totals 38.0 38 22 17 3 15 33 63 54 610 168 3-2 0 sv 4.03
DATE OPP RESULT IP H R ER HR BB SO GB FB PIT BF GSc DEC REL ERA*
Apr 29 @BAL W 4-0 8.0 3 0 0 0 1 4 12 11 116 28 79 W(3-0) 2.43
Apr 23 @LAA L 6-4 6.1 9 4 4 0 2 3 14 8 103 29 40 3.20
Apr 17 TEX W 7-3 7.0 6 0 0 0 2 7 11 8 111 28 70 W(2-0) 2.37
Apr 11 @TB W 7-3 7.0 6 2 2 0 3 1 9 14 92 27 55 W(1-0) 3.75
Apr 6 @BOS W 6-4 5.0 7 4 3 1 1 5 5 11 94 23 43 5.40
Monthly Totals 33.1 31 10 9 1 9 20 51 52 516 135 3-0 0 sv 2.43
IP H R ER HR BB SO GB FB PIT BF AGS W-L S-BS-H ERA
Totals 151.1 166 94 87 19 63 113 228 254 2525 673 46 9-12 0-0-0 5.17

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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 been utterly horrendous this season. I can’t even get jazzed about his solid July because he’s just been so wretchedly inconsistent since then. I have absolutely no idea what to expect out of Burnett with any given start and have zero confidence he will succeed.

Even if they’re fortunate enough to get a healthy and effective Andy Pettitte back, the Yankees are going to have to get Burnett straightened out if they have any intention of making a deep run in the playoffs.… Click here to read the rest

Rob Dibble on Strasburg, Insulting Your Intelligence

“He’s an absolute animal when he’s on the field,” Dibble said. “And to take my comments from Monday, my comments were made about a healthy, 100 percent, strong, strapping kid. And it was more so directed as a pep talk, it was never directed towards Stephen in general, it was more my own opinion. So on a baseball only, year-round show, on MLB Network Radio, it was more baseball-generated jargon by myself, my partner and the listeners.

“Now, to have someone transcribe that, twist it and say Dibble’s telling Strasburg to suck it up, that wasn’t the gist of the conversation. And to have sick individuals twist it to try to make me look bad, that’s fine. You can hate on me all you want.

So let’s get this straight; after Strasburg left the game in obvious pain Saturday night, Dibble said Strasburg had to “suck it up,” couldn’t “have the cavalry come get him,” he said that because he threw the next day he “probably could have stayed in the game,” that he wanted to “see the kid pitched through it,” that Strasburg couldn’t “constantly be complaining over every little thing,” and that he thought Strasburg was going to be fine.… Click here to read the rest

Young Pitchers Are Fragile Things

The bigger question though is, what does it mean? Some people have been asking whether the Nationals rushed him to try to cash in. Others have wondered if this is proof that pitchers are too babied today (though I fail to see the logic that says that having him pitch more makes him less likely to tear up his elbow, but whatever). I don’t really have an opinion on that, beyond thinking that his workload didn’t have much to do with anything, rather, I want to use this to talk about something I think gets far too little attention; the damage going to college can do to a pitcher.

One thing I always found weird about the praise directed at Strasburg was the claim that he had “perfect mechanics,” because it wasn’t even close to true. Strasburg, like Mark Prior, uses the “inverted W” pitching motion, a great description of which can be found here. The basic gist of it though is that the elbow gets above the shoulder and the forearm is not vertical when the shoulder begins its forward rotation.… Click here to read the rest

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 ’round with this and it may be a few games before we do again. Still, though, I have faith in Javy to adapt to his new role.

I was also frustrated by Phil Hughes and his bad outing. Maybe I overreacted to this. I’ve got to give him some leeway as a young guy in his first truly full season as an MLB starter.… Click here to read the rest

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: I did say that, yes.

A few weeks ago we parsed some comments from Callis to mean that the Yankees would be near the top 10, so it is good to see him confirm that assessment. The second comments is icing on the cake. Although the Red Sox strong 2010 draft may change that evaluation shortly, it seems fairly clear that the Yankees have more major league talent close to the big leagues.… Click here to read the rest

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. Must-read stuff here.

– TYU continues to churn out fantastic content, with a post about a hypothetical OF/DH rotation next season, musings on some of Phil Hughes’ struggles, lusting after Hiroki Kuroda and why Joe Girardi is not going anywhere.

– Friend of the blog Matt on Earth has a couple of solid reads up this week, one on the underappreciated Marcus Thames, another speculating on the Yankees’ plans for Brett Gardner and/or Carl Crawford.… Click here to read the rest