As Derek Jeter’s free agency draws closer, fans and analysts alike are having difficulty imagining what his next contract will look like. On one hand, you have an aging shortstop in the midst of one of the worst years of his career. On the other hand, you have the “face of the franchise”, an iconic New York sports legend who has been synonymous with the Yankee brand for the past 15 years. Like it or not, resigning Derek Jeter is messy and complicated, and represents one of the more intriguing cases of free agency in recent memory. On August 6th, Continue reading Differing Perspectives on Jeter’s Next Deal
Just about everyone knows Carl Crawford is an excellent player — some are even convinced he’s the best player at his respective position. Without sounding too much like Crawford’s agent, I intend to make my case for why the Yankees would benefit from need Carl Crawford. 1) The man has wheels. Fangraphs gave Crawford a “speed score” of 8.7 which leads the league. Frankly, this score independently does not have a lot of value in my eyes. There’s a big difference in being fast and being effective. One stat that does translate into something of significance though, is his 41 Continue reading The Case for Carl
Dallas Braden gained some notoriety a few months ago by jawing at Alex Rodriguez after A-Rod ran across “Braden’s mound” on his way back to first base following a foul ball. It was an unwritten rule that many had never heard before, and was a popular topic of discussion for a few days back in May. With Braden starting today, it is only fitting that an incident in last night’s Marlins-Nationals game has brought the unwritten code back into the limelight. Nyjer Morgan was hit by a pitch due to an incident from the night before, and may have deserved Continue reading On Day Braden Starts, Unwritten Rules In News Again
Derek Jeter seems to have developed a rather nasty habit this season; well, one that isn’t just his near 70% groundball rate. And, to be fair, it’s not exactly a habit. It’s just something we’ve never quite seen from Jeter: a massive platoon split. In Derek Jeter’s career, not including last night, he has a .398 wOBA against left handed pitchers and he has a .351 wOBA against right handers. There’s a .047 point difference which is pretty big, but the .351 wOBA against a same handed pitcher is just fine with me. This year, Jeter has a .382 wOBA Continue reading Jeter’s Platoon Split
In case you missed it, there was a heckuva fight in Florida between the Fish and the Nationals last night. Nyjer Morgan charged the mound after getting thrown behind and took a big swing at Marlins pitcher Chris Volstad before Gaby Sanchez met him with a clothesline that would have impressed your average WWE superstar.
Morgan is apparently trying to see just how long he can get suspended for. He’s already appealing a 7 game suspension for throwing a ball at a fan in Philadelphia, then this past Saturday he needlessly tried to run over the Cardinals catcher, which led to criticism from his own manager. Last night’s altercation stemmed from a similar play the night before, in which Morgan barreled over Marlins catcher Brett Hayes, giving him a shoulder injury that will probably end his season. Most people have voiced the opinion that the collision was gratuitous, but I’m not so sure. Obviously Morgan and his 3rd base coach are banking on Hanley Ramirez trying to turn the double play at first in having Morgan run home. Ramirez didn’t, noticed Morgan coming home, and the throw easily beats Morgan to the plate. The only way Morgan has a chance is if the throw is high which, conveniently enough, it is. The argument against Morgan boils down to “if he slides, he’s safe,” and that’s true, but I think people might be overestimating how much time Morgan has to react. If he slides and the throw is anywhere but high, he’s out easily. By the time Morgan sees the throw is going to be high, he’s already committed to the hit, and probably doesn’t have time to change to a slide. I think it was a clean-ish play, but at the same time I don’t really have a problem with the Marlins hitting him for it in the 4th inning. But yet, there’s the rub; Morgan hat already been beaned! So why did Volstad throw behind him later? I’ll let Wes Helms explain: Continue reading Baseball’s Unwritten Rules Strike Again
Recently Yankeeist broke down the pitchers for the other AL teams who appear playoff-bound at this point in the season. Given the question marks surrounding the Yankee pitchers, now seems like a good time to take a closer look at the players taking the mound for the good guys. CC Sabathia | In short, the dude’s a beast and I love watching him pitch. For those of you who love details, here are a few: CC is 8th in the AL in ERA, 15th in FIP, 9th in WAR (Fangraphs edition), and 2nd in innings pitched. All of those are Continue reading The Yankee rotation, and implications for October
The Pinstripes started September by keeping their win-streak going. A.J. Burnett took a definite step forward and the Yankee bats got to work early as they ensured a series victory against the Athletics and won their fifth straight game, beating Oakland 4-3.
Derek Jeter lead off the bottom of the first with a single to center. Nick Swisher struck out, but Mark Teixeira followed with a double to center, scoring Jeter for the first run of the game. Robinson Cano grounded into a fielder’s choice and Marcus Thames flied out, but the Yankees had the early 1-0 lead.
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Starting pitching might not be something Yankee fans want to spend very much time thinking about right now, but there’s a lot to discuss on that front tonight. First of all, Andy Pettitte threw a bullpen session today and reported that he felt good about it, so hopefully that’s a signal that he’ll be back in time to get some outings under his belt before the playoffs start. Also, the Yankees announced earlier that, after a strong relief outing last night, Javier Vazquez will move back to the rotation, taking the start Saturday and bumping Dustin Moseley. And last, but certainly not least, with some people reporting that he was pitching for his job, A.J. Burnett reminded us that “inconsistent” is not exactly the same as bad. He wasn’t dominant by any stretch, but he was very solid; striking out 8 while walking 2 and allowing 6 hits and 3 runs (all earned) in 6 innings. It was a quality start in the books and, obviously, gave the team a great chance to win. Hopefully he’ll respond to the changing of the calendar the same way he did after his last awful month.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not ready to stop worrying about the starting pitching, but today was a very good day, and things are definitely looking up. Continue reading Taking Stock of the Rotation
The Yankees beat the A’s 4-3 Wednesday night, and in doing so not only secured a series victory — with a sweep a possibility tomorrow afternoon — but picked up their fifth straight win, marking their first five-plus win stretch since mid-July, a streak that also coincidentally included three victories against Oakland. A.J. Burnett tossed six innings of three-run ball, enough to pick up his first win since July 28. Despite a season-high eight strikeouts, it’s way too soon to know whether this will be something he can build on or if he’ll revert right back to awful A.J., especially Continue reading Yankees win fifth straight, topping A's 4-3