The 2011 New York Yankees All-Projection Team

Having taken a look at the 2011 ZiPS numbers for the Yankees’ hitters and pitchers, we’ve finally completed our tour of each of the major 2011 projection systems. What better way to encapsulate everything we’ve learned than by averaging out the results for the Yankees’ expected 2011 starting lineup and the pitchers vying for the starting rotation? I’ve excluded the bench and bullpen from this post, as I’ve generally found that projections for those players with less playing time aren’t particularly useful or informative. The following tables show each player’s 2010 lines, followed by their 2011 projected line, which consists Continue reading The 2011 New York Yankees All-Projection Team

Brief Notes From Game 2

My quick observations from the second game of the Spring:

  • Ivan Nova looked pretty good. Struck out Ryan Howard with a nice breaking ball and got the other five outs on breaking balls a second strikeout and 4 ground ball outs. Also touched 96 MPH with his fastball. A strong showing right out of the gate.
  • Jesus Montero was…a normal baseball player. Had a good at bat in his first go-round before smoking a liner right at Placido Polanco, then swung at two first pitches, just putting one through the infield for a hit in his third at bat. Didn’t look terrible behind the plate either.
  • Curtis Granderson hit his first opposite field home run since 2009.
  • Dellin Betances is real, and he’s spectacular! Struck out 3 batters around a walk of Carlos Ruiz while working the bottom of the 5th. Had the fastball working around 94-95, and brought some wicked curveballs to back them up. Yes, I’m drooling.
  • I know that we’re only talking about two games, but Brandon Laird is really not making a good first impression on me at the plate.
  • Jorge Vazquez is apparently working his way into the competition for the backup corner infielder spot.

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Just a quick heads up, I’ll be batting lead off on Mike Silva’s New York Baseball Digest Show tonight at 8:00. Topics will include questions about the 2011 Yanks, the mutual lurking on Liriano, our crazy uncle Hank, Joba’s fastball and my take on the civil war in Libya. OK, maybe not that last one.  Two guys hanging out, talking baseball and you’re invited to listen or call in.  Click here to listen live or hear the segment as an archive.

TYA Trivia Open Thread For 2-27-11

Yesterday’s question: In 2010, Brett Gardner was tied (with Carl Crawford) for 3rd in the AL in Stolen Bases with 47. Give me the six Yankees who have led the American League in stolen bases a total of 11 times since 1914. Answers: Fritz Maisel (1914) Ben Chapman (1931-1933) Frankie Crosetti (1938) Snuffy Sternweiss (1944-45) Ricky Henderson (1985, 86, 88) and Alfonso Soriano (2002) Today’s Trivia Question: The Yankees have three rookie pitchers in camp (Brackman, Betances, Banuelos) that project as front of the rotation starters. Name the three Yankee pitchers that have won the American League Rookie of the Continue reading TYA Trivia Open Thread For 2-27-11

The 25th Man: Eric Chavez?

Joel Sherman checked in this morning with a blurb about the Yankees’ final roster spot: You have the 12-man staff. You have a set nine-man lineup (again assuming no injuries) comprised of Russell Martin, Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher and Jorge Posada. That gets you to 21 of the 25 players. Andruw Jones will be the main backup outfielder. That is 22. There will be a backup catcher, which almost certainly comes down to Francisco Cervelli vs. Jesus Montero. That is 23. One utility player must be able to play shortstop, Continue reading The 25th Man: Eric Chavez?

The 2011 ZiPS Projections: Yankee Offense and Pitching

This offseason I’ve taken you through every major projection system I could get my hands on: shortly after the World Series we looked at Bill James’ expectedly optimistic projections; SG’s pragmatic CAIRO projections; THT’s rather pessimistic non-park adjusted Oliver projections; Tango’s slightly-less-dire-than-Oliver non-park adjusted Marcel projections; and PECOTA’s reasonable, CAIRO-esque projections. Today we finally tackle the last of the major projection systems; Dan Szymborski’s park-adjusted ZiPS. While no more or less accurate than any of the other forecasts, I do have a certain fondness for ZiPS as Fangraphs carries daily updated Rest-of-Season (RoS) and end-of-season ZiPS forecasts throughout the baseball Continue reading The 2011 ZiPS Projections: Yankee Offense and Pitching

UPDATED: Montero, Betances, to Play Today

Heads up Yankees’ prospect huggers, today you get a glimpse of the holy grail, as Jesus Montero will be getting a start behind the plate when the Yankees travel for a re-match with the Phillies. On top of that, Dellin Betances is schedule to make an appearance on the mound. If you’re interested in that, the game is live on YES at 1:00, and will be replayed on MLB Network tonight at 8:00 P.M. The Yankees full lineup is after the jump.

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Sunday Notes and Commentary

This time of year, there’s so many little items that don’t require a full post but are interesting nonetheless. For the items that catch my eye, I’ll fold them into one weekend post where I can weigh in on them and we can discuss them further in the comment section. With that being said, here the first installment of Sunday Notes: -Joba was hitting 94 on the gun yesterday. That’s significant. If you recall the past few springs, Joba has been a notoriously slow starter, usually sitting in the high 80s-low 90s this time of year. I hope he’s not Continue reading Sunday Notes and Commentary

TYA Trivia Open Thread For 2-26-11

Thursday’s question: Which team had the most hitters with 5 or more WAR in a single season? How many hitters was it? Who were they? Answer: The 1939 yankees with Bill Dickey, Joe DiMaggio, Joe Gordon, Charlie Keller, Red Rolfe, and George Selkirk. Today’s Trivia Question: In 2010, Brett Gardner was tied (with Carl Crawford) for 3rd in the AL for Stolen Bases with 47. Give me the six Yankees who have led the American League in stolen bases a total of 11 times since 1914.