Meh

This one doesn’t even deserve a snappy title. Staked to a 2-0 lead on a Marcus Thames two-run bomb off David Price in the second, CC Sabathia clearly didn’t have his best stuff, laboring through 5 1/3 innings, his shortest outing since lasting only five on May 23 against the Mets. Sabathia was ultimately tagged for seven earned runs, though four of those came around to score after CC had left the game for Joba Chamberlain. Javier Vazquez came on an inning later and showed why he won’t be pitching any meaningful innings in October even if he makes the Continue reading Meh

“Their Lineup Doesn’t Scare Me”

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS John Jaso DH 2 2 1 0 3 0 .267 .760 Ben Zobrist CF 3 0 1 1 2 0 .246 .717 B.J. Upton CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 .234 .740 Carl Crawford LF 5 1 2 2 0 0 .306 .850 Evan Longoria 3B 4 2 2 2 0 0 .294 .878 Dan Johnson 1B 4 1 1 1 0 1 .227 .867 Carlos Pena 1B 0 0 0 0 1 0 .201 .745 Matthew Joyce RF 5 0 1 0 0 2 .233 .826 Jason Bartlett SS Continue reading “Their Lineup Doesn’t Scare Me”

"Their Lineup Doesn't Scare Me"

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS John Jaso DH 2 2 1 0 3 0 .267 .760 Ben Zobrist CF 3 0 1 1 2 0 .246 .717 B.J. Upton CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 .234 .740 Carl Crawford LF 5 1 2 2 0 0 .306 .850 Evan Longoria 3B 4 2 2 2 0 0 .294 .878 Dan Johnson 1B 4 1 1 1 0 1 .227 .867 Carlos Pena 1B 0 0 0 0 1 0 .201 .745 Matthew Joyce RF 5 0 1 0 0 2 .233 .826 Jason Bartlett SS Continue reading "Their Lineup Doesn't Scare Me"

Believe

Jose Bautista hit a home run yesterday, his 50th of the 2010 season, providing the winning margin for the Blue Jays in a 1-0 win over the Mariners. Bautista leads the major leagues in home runs.

And that’s where the story ends. Or where it should end. Only it doesn’t. Instead, some folks find this a worthy occasion to discuss steroids, and performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs).

So let’s make this clear.

We know that some baseball players have used, are using and will use PEDs. But there is no reason to single out Bautista for special scrutiny. No reason at all.

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Game 153: Rays 10, Yankees 3

In the final game of a four game series, the Yankees and the Rays sent their aces to the mound.  While just a couple weeks ago CC Sabathia and David Price had pitched scoreless games through eight, neither one of them could replicate that performance.  The Yankees jumped out to an early lead, but the Rays used a huge sixth inning to overtake the Yankees, who continued to strand runners with the bases loaded.  The Rays were able to hold on for the series split, beating the Yankees 10-3.

The Yankees looked good early on, with Robinson Cano leading off the bottom of the second with a single up the middle.  Marcus Thames then sent the first pitch he saw from David Price over the wall in left for a 2-0 Yankee lead.

The Rays got a run back in the top of the third.  A single from Jason Bartlett was followed by a single from Carl Crawford.  With two outs, Ben Zobrist lined a single to right, allowing Bartlett to score.  As Zobrist tried to advance to second he was caught in a rundown and tagged out before Crawford could cross home plate.

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Looking Ahead to the Playoffs: The ALDS Rotation

With the Yankees magic number for clinching a playoff berth standing at just 3 entering play tonight, it’s as close to a certainty that the Bombers will be in the playoffs again this year as anything can get. With that in mind, we can begin looking ahead to the playoffs, and the most pressing issue is the rotation. For my money, I think it’s probably a foregone conclusion that C.C. Sabathia, Andy Pettitte, Phil Hughes, and A.J. Burnett will make playoff starts for the Yankees. The real question, at this point, is how they will construct their ALDS rotation, and who will get the ball in game 2. Continue reading Looking Ahead to the Playoffs: The ALDS Rotation

Comparing Derek Jeter to other shortstops via WAR

As the title suggests, today’s WAR lens focuses in on shortstops from around the league. This of course includes our very own, El Capitán. Before you read the rest of this post please understand the following: 1) WAR is not the be-all end-all to sabermetrics by any means, and yes, it isn’t perfect. 2) WAR attempts to incorporate both offense and defense. Consider oWAR for the exclusion of defensive value. 3) WAR is designed to represent the number of wins a player adds to the team above what a replacement player (AAA/AAAA) might contribute. 4) WAR value translation: 8-plus is Continue reading Comparing Derek Jeter to other shortstops via WAR

Joe Strauss: Lazy Writer

Responding in a chat to a question about the impact sabermetrics friendly voters have had on post-season awards, Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Dispatch writes:

Placing Javier Vazquez as runner-up affected results that saw the guy with the most first-place votes (Wainwright) finish third overall and the guy who led the league in ERA (Carpenter) left off two ballots entirely. Ten points separated first from third. If one voter who had Tim Lincecum first and Carpenter third had reversed his vote, Carp’ would have won the vote. There increasingly appears a campaign to discredit pitcher wins as a consideration. They are considered by some as a derivative of “luck,” much like RBI, in the estimation of some spreadsheet voters. Law didn’t give the vote to Lincecum. However, there is an increasingly strong smartest-guy-in-the-room element that frowns on more traditional numbers now assigned the pejorative “peripherals.” Personally, I thought Wainwright the NL’s best pitcher in 2009 only to later be informed he was merely “luckier” than Lincecum. Who’da thunk?

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American League Postseason Preview: The Offense

Throughout the week we’ve taken a look at the bullpens of the prospective American League postseason teams along with the pitchers who will be under consideration to make starts. Today we shine the spotlight on the offensive units of the Yankees, Twins, Rays and Rangers. Unlike the starting pitchers analysis I’m not going to break the hitters down individually just yet because we don’t know who’s going to be on the 25-man rosters (or whether game-changing players like Justin Morneau and/or Josh Hamilton will be playing), plus I’ll be doing that for the actual American League Division Series preview. If Continue reading American League Postseason Preview: The Offense