The State of the Yankee Pitching Staff

Over the last few weeks, many pundits have chimed in to bemoan the state of the Yankees pitching. With the team mired in a long rough patch in which they have played mediocre baseball for over a month now, some have suggested that the team does not have the arms needed to succeed in October. I decided to take a closer look at the pitching numbers since July 29th, when this poor stretch began (28-26 since), simply because I had a sneaking suspicion that the pitching is not close to as poor as the media and some fans would have Continue reading The State of the Yankee Pitching Staff

Yankees vs. Blue Jays VI: Oh, it's you again

The Yankees and Blue Jays meet in Toronto for what feels like the 300,000th time this season though in actuality will be the sixth and final match-up between the two. I was already sick of Toronto in the last Series Preview, and I can’t say I’m exactly thrilled to see Mr. Newest-Member-of-the-50-Home-Run-Club yet again. The Blue Jays have been a thorn in the Yankees’ side all season, and at 8-7 (4- 2 at Rogers Centre) are one of only three teams with a winning record against the Yankees this season — the others being the Rays and Phillies. As I’ve Continue reading Yankees vs. Blue Jays VI: Oh, it's you again

Phil Hughes and the ALDS

Going into last night’s matchup I discussed how important a win for Phil Hughes would be.  Beating Boston last night would drop the magic number down to 1, it would temporarily quench the torrent of criticism rained down on Joe Girardi by guys like ESPNNY writer Andrew Marchand (who called Girardi “incompetent at best, delusional at worst”, an appellation better suited for Marchand himself), and it would also enable the Yankees to clinch in Toronto the following night, thereby alleviating the need for a Sabathia start on Tuesday.  Hughes did not disappoint.  In six innings of work, he allowed only Continue reading Phil Hughes and the ALDS

A look at some notable historical collapses

Prior to last night’s walk-off walk, the Yankees’ odds of reaching the playoffs were a staggering 98.9%. Considering the team basically already had a playoff berth all but guaranteed, one would probably presume that all was well in the Yankees realm. In actuality, this has not been the case though despite the comforting realities of probability. Truth be told, it doesn’t take much coaxing of any fan that supports an AL East franchise to hear firsthand just how unpredictable the division truly is. This September, the Yankees have found themselves 11-13 with six games remaining against divisional rivals (one of Continue reading A look at some notable historical collapses

Let’s Talk about David Robertson

Last night, David Robertson came into the game with two on and none out in the top of the seventh. He allowed neither inherited runner to score. After a sac bunt, he got a hard grounder from Bill Hall that didn’t get through a drawn in infield. After that, he did his normal D-Rob thing and struck Lars Anderson out with a low curveball. I want the Yankees–or the Player’s Union, whoever is in charge of this–to make a shirt with Dave’s face on it that says “Chicks Dig the Curveball.” If there was a mention of the high socks, Continue reading Let’s Talk about David Robertson

RIP: Posada’s arm

This looked like a Little League game:

Four stolen bases in one inning? That’s bad. Four steals in one inning, top of the ninth, in the midst of a 4 game losing streak, including two steals of third without even making a throw? That’s flat-out awful. Inexcusable.

Jorge has thrown out just 16% of SB attempts this year, his worst of his career, and that includes his shoulder-injured year of 2008:

Year Age Pos 5 G Inn Rtot Rdrs Rtot/yr Rdrs/yr SB CS CS%
1997 25 C 60 479.1 -6 -15 40 10 20%
1998 26 C 99 792.0 7 11 48 32 40%
1999 27 C 109 885.2 -4 -5 75 29 28%
2000 28 C 142 1182.0 0 0 70 34 33%
2001 29 C 131 1111.2 -4 -4 94 37 28%
2002 30 C 138 1191.2 -4 -4 76 31 29%
2003 31 C 137 1165.0 1 -2 1 -2 72 28 28%
2004 32 C 134 1102.1 -3 -5 -3 -5 67 25 27%
2005 33 C 133 1076.2 4 -2 4 -2 90 39 30%
2006 34 C 134 1050.1 6 1 7 1 64 38 37%
2007 35 C 138 1111.1 -8 -7 -9 -8 102 32 24%
2008 36 C 30 234.1 -4 -5 -20 -26 34 7 17%
2009 37 C 100 785.0 -3 -11 -5 -17 80 31 28%
2010 38 C 79 650.1 -10 -7 -18 -13 67 13 16%
16 Seasons C 1569 12843.0 -28 -38 -3 -6 979 386 28%
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Posada’s arm has become a joke and I fear facing the Rays should the Yanks get to the ALCS.

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Hughes, A-Rod, D-Rob all come up huge in much-needed wild 4-3 walk-off win in 10 against BoSox

Think the Yankees were pumped up to win this one? I know I was. In arguably the most nerve-wracking Yankee game played all season, the Yankees were able to come away with a 4-3 victory in 10 innings over the Red Sox, staving off a rare three-game sweep at home (no one has accomplished that feat against the Yankees at the new Stadium) in a contest that featured incredible starting pitching on both sides as well as blown saves by both Mariano Rivera and Jonathan Papelbon. The Yankees needed to win this game badly, and they couldn’t have asked for Continue reading Hughes, A-Rod, D-Rob all come up huge in much-needed wild 4-3 walk-off win in 10 against BoSox

Bad night for Closers

Last night was a game that was tightly contested for 8 innings on both sides, featuring a well pitched game by Phil Hughes and an even better showing by Dice-K. Hughes was outstanding before allowing 2 leadoff walks in the 7th (more on that later), giving up just 1 run on a double that was poorly played by Nick Swisher and a legit single to Victor Martinez. Diasuke Matsuzaka was even better than Hughes, dazzling the Yanks all night long and giving up 2 Runs on a bloop single by Tex and a 2-Run HR to Alex that just cleared Continue reading Bad night for Closers

Red Sox Series Recap

With the Red Sox in town, the Yankees had an opportunity to clinch the playoffs not only in the Bronx, but also against their bitter rivals.  Instead, they dropped the first two games as the Red Sox leapt out to big leads early in each game and the Yankees rallies were too little too late.  Sunday night’s game, however, was much different, as both pitchers battled hard and both closers faltered, leading to an extra innings affair that ended with a 4-3 Yankee victory.

Game 154:
On Friday night, Andy Pettitte made his second start since coming off the DL.  Instead, of building on his successful first outing, however, Pettitte struggled early and put the Yankees in a deep hole.  A double by David Ortiz, an error by Nick Swisher and then a homer by Jed Lowrie gave the Red Sox a 3-0 lead in the second.  The Yankees got a run back in the bottom of the third, thanks to a homer by Curtis Granderson, but the Red Sox responded with a big fourth inning.

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