Predicting the postseason rotation

The conventional wisdom would seem to say that after CC Sabathia starts Game 1 in the ALDS, Andy Pettitte will go in Game 2 followed by Phil Hughes in Game 3 and A.J. Burnett in Game 4.

That...

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Red Sox Preview 9/24-9/26

Season Series So Far:
The Yankees lead the Red Sox this season 7-5, but they still have six more games to go against their bitter rival.  As always, we can expect some lengthy, high scoring games (they have only played two games this season where their combined score was under seven) as these teams are likely to slug it out perhaps even more as Boston watches their playoff hopes slip away from them.  The Red Sox have been decimated by injuries this season, however, they have managed to play better than most expected despite the relatively inexperienced team they have fielded at times.

Pitching:
While the Red Sox had put an emphasis on their pitching in recent years, it has proven to be disappointing this season.  They have a team ERA of 4.18 and FIP of 4.03.  Josh Beckett has struggled mightily and spent a significant amount of time on the DL.  On the other hand, he seems to have put together a decent September, which could prove to be problematic for the Yankees’ offense. …

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Hughes’ away Home Runs

On Tuesday I looked at every home run yielded by Phil Hughes at home this season.  In doing so, I was able to draw a distinction between home runs that were no doubters and ones that appeared to be squeakers.  Of the 18 home runs yielded at home, 6 appeared to be slightly fluky.  By...

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Rosenthal Gets it Right on Cy

Tell me how it would be fair to penalize Hernandez for pitching for one of the worst offensive teams in the past 40 years.

People inside and outside the sport will be jolted if Hernandez wins the award with a record at or near .500. But the circumstances are so odd, the choice will be entirely justified.

Hernandez’s Mariners are on pace to score 513 runs. The last AL team to score fewer than 513 was the 1971 California Angels, according to STATS LLC. The last NL team to do it was the ‘71 San Diego Padres.

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That’s right, the 2010 the Mariners could score the fewest runs of any AL team in the DH era, which began in 1973.

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There is an old baseball adage for a pitcher who receives consistently dreadful run support: “Sometimes, you’ve just got to pitch a shutout.”

What is Hernandez supposed to do, allow fewer than zero runs?

Sabathia gave up seven runs, all earned, Thursday night.

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Yankees vs. Red Sox V: If the longstanding rivals play three games and no one cares do they make a sound?

With the Yankees’ postseason ticket all but punched and the Red Sox missing the postseason for the first time since 2006 all but official, this weekend’s Yankees-Red Sox set represents the first...

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Revisiting Javy and his Case

Yesterday, I wrote about how I think Javier Vazquez, along with Ivan Nova, had a decent case for making the post season roster. After last night, I’m not too sure.

What has happened to Javier Vazquez this year–the poor results, the drop in velocity–is really quite sad. I, among others, wrote that Vazquez could have...

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Cliff Lee narrowly escapes broken bat; nicked on ear

A few other things I wanted to touch on:

  1. Ash, while less likely, can still shatter into two pieces. It won’t shear off quite like maple, but it can still come apart in two pieces. Just ask Kerwin Danley (picture above). All wood breaks, but maple and ash break differently and both are potentially dangerous. Maple explodes; ash cracks.
  2. It’s up to the players to self-regulate, for now.  Adam Dunn made the change. Others can, too.
  3. About that “ash blight” and the potential shortfall in ash if maple were banned: Not so much, according to Louisville Slugger. Not that I think banning maple is necessarily the answer.
  4. So long as players want the fattest barrel possible with the thinnest handle possible, we’re going to see plenty more of this until some solution, any solution, is found.
  5. About that Swisher picture: This is essentially what “hinging” or “tethering” looks like, but the barrel and handle would remain together.

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