Discussion: What Would You Give Up For An Astros Pitcher?

At some point during this season, the Yankees are going to look to upgrade the back end of their rotation. One or two of Hughes, Nova, Colon, Garcia, Millwood, or the minor league crew may evolve into an acceptable option behind C.C. Sabathia and A.J. Burnett, but the Yankees will surely at least explore the...

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What are the alternatives to Brett Gardner?

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Last night was another rough night for Brett Gardner. He went 0-4, including a failed sac bunt, and looked pretty bad doing so. On that failed sac bunt…I think it’s safe to say that it’s time to halt the Brett Gardner as bunter experiment. The Yankees...

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Stop the (bullpen) madness.

For one thing, sooner or later it is going to bite him. Relievers can be volatile things and there’s no way to know what days are the days when they’re simply not going to have their best stuff. In a way, making pitching changes is like playing a weighted game of Russian roulette, and the more relievers you use the more chambers you’re loading. I’m not advocating for a Torre-esque strategy of riding the hot middle relief arm until it falls off by any means, but once a guy is in the game there’s no real reason to remove him until you have to if he’s pitching well. That’s true of both Robertson and Joba last night, both of whom threw just 11 pitches in getting 5 total outs (3 of them via strikeout) and allowing no base runners.

But another, more ominous problem is the more straight-forward one; this strategy is putting a lot of stress on the back end of the bullpen.…

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Rivera blows first save of the season, Yankees lose in the 10th

I need to be careful when I boast. In yesterday´s open thread I pointed out Mariano Rivera´s incredible start to the season. In Tuesday night´s game the greatest reliever of all time allowed his first runs of the season, walked his first batter of...

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Game 15: Yankees 5, Blue Jays 6

The score stayed tied until the Yankees broke through again in the sixth. Curtis Granderson started the inning with a single. Mark Teixeira followed with a two run homer to center. Robinson Cano singled to right, and Chavez drew a one out walk.  Posada grounded out, moving the runners to second and third.  Martin walked, leaving the bases loaded for Brett Gardner who flew out to left to end the inning.  The Yankees had a 4-2 lead, but had missed a chance to blow the game open.

Hill started the bottom of the inning with a single and stole second, injuring himself on the play, leading Toronto to bring in John McDonald in to pinch run.  Corey Patterson walked and Edwin Encarnacion double to left, scoring McDonald.  Jayson Nix walked and the Yankees called on David Robertson to get them out of trouble.  With runners on second and third and just one out, Robertson managed to strike out Yunel Escobar and Travis Snider to preserve the 4-3 New York lead. …

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Swinging With Doc Halladay

WAR ’06-’10
Name

Contact % |

WAR |
Roy Halladay 81.6% 32.7
C.C. Sabathia 76.1% 31.6
Dan Haren 78.5% 26.0
Justin Verlander 80.0% 25.1
Felix Hernandez 78.7% 24.6
Tim Lincecum 75.0% 24.0
Cliff Lee 84.0% 23.5
Johan Santana 76.8% 22.9
Zack Greinke 79.7% 22.2
John Lackey 81.0% 21.5

Chip’s chart:

Name Contact % K/9 ERA FIP xFIP
Cole Hamels 74.9% 8.54 (5) 3.54 (14T) 3.77 (19) 3.51 (7)
Tim Lincecum 74.9% 10.07 (1) 3.04 (4) 2.86 (1) 3.15 (1)
C.C. Sabathia 76.1% 8.00 (16) 3.13 (5) 3.25 (4) 3.49 (6)
Johan Santana 76.8% 8.34 (8) 2.93 (1T) 3.52 (10) 3.61 (11)
Jake Peavy 77.1% 9.18 (2) 3.39 (10) 3.34 (6) 3.56 (9)
Javier Vazquez 77.1% 8.57 (4) 4.24 (38) 3.85 (22) 3.71 (15)
Scott Kazmir 77.3% 8.74 (3) 4.16 (33) 4.20 (34) 4.25 (33)
Chad Billingsley 78.0% 8.14 (12) 3.51 (12) 3.72 (16) 3.98 (27)
Jered Weaver 78.2% 7.82 (19) 3.55 (16) 3.75 (17) 4.12 (29)
Ubaldo Jimenez 78.4% 8.11 (14) 3.54 (14T) 3.59 (13) 3.87 (19)

The main reason for comparing these charts is that when commentators speak of active pitchers who personify the wisdom of “pitching to contact,” they will almost always turn to Cliff Lee and Doc Halladay as examples.  …

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Have the Yankees been Getting Lucky with their Home Runs?

EJ’s breakdown of the Yankee offense so far shows us pretty much what we would have expected: the Yankees are crushing home runs at an exceptional pace, but otherwise have been fairly pedestrian as far as getting hits and drawing walks are concerned.  EJ also singles out the Yankees’ home run per fly ball...

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Feliciano Avoids Surgery, Boone Logan is our Man

 

Word came in yesterday that Pedro Feliciano will avoid having surgery and undergo a “conservative shoulder strengthening program” for the next 6 weeks. Originally it was thought Dr. James Andrews would concur and recommend season ending shoulder surgery for the lefty...

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

Jose Bautista circling the bases during one of the 300,000 home runs he hit against the Yankees in 2010 (photo c/o The Toronto Sun)

The Yankees head up to Toronto to face their most annoying foe of the 2010 season (for some...

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