Zombie Posada hits granny; backs second straight strong outing by Hughes

This was a fun one, not only because the Yanks blew the Rays out 9-2, but also because I got to watch it with Matt Imbrogno, MJR, and fellow huge fans Bexy, Rich and Dave. Jorge Posada must not have been terribly thrilled about his recent benching, because he went crazy in this game, getting the Yankees on board in the 2nd on a two-run bases-loaded single and blowing the game open in the fifth with his 10th career grand slam. It was all part of a 3-5, 6 RBI day for Posado. The Yankees were able to knock Jeremy Continue reading Zombie Posada hits granny; backs second straight strong outing by Hughes

Game 119-We play today? We win today? That’s it?

Check out the hourly forecast from Accuweater. I don’t see how they’re going to get this one in. There’s a 2 hour window around 1:00 where the chance of rain drops to 40-50%, then shoots back up to 90% for the rest of the day. If they do play, they’ll be dancing between the raindrops and this one might get called early. I live in Queens, and with the way its raining right now they won’t even attempt to start the game. You need a bit of a window just to allow the field to drain, and its coming down Continue reading Game 119-We play today? We win today? That’s it?

Game 119-We play today? We win today? That's it?

Check out the hourly forecast from Accuweater. I don’t see how they’re going to get this one in. There’s a 2 hour window around 1:00 where the chance of rain drops to 40-50%, then shoots back up to 90% for the rest of the day. If they do play, they’ll be dancing between the raindrops and this one might get called early. I live in Queens, and with the way its raining right now they won’t even attempt to start the game. You need a bit of a window just to allow the field to drain, and its coming down Continue reading Game 119-We play today? We win today? That's it?

Hughes makes rotation question a no-brainer

Joe Girardi has indicated he would like to cut the Yankees’ starting rotation to five men before the team hits the road on Monday. Yesterday Phil Hughes made his case to avoid a demotion to the bullpen, and with Freddy Garcia being scratched from today’s game due to a cut finger, A.J. Burnett will have a chance to do the same today. However, that this is even a matter of discussion in the first place speaks extremely poorly of whomever is responsible for making the decision in the Yankees’ organization.

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Imagining life after Mariano

I weighed in yesterday on the recent struggles of the greatest Closer of all time, which I think have been greatly overblown. I’ve read various articles arguing that the cutter isn’t as sharp, but Fangraphs begs to differ. What those charts show me is that he’s made some bad mistakes on location, which we all knew already. In my view the annual decline in numbers against Lefties is more likely due to adjustments made by opposing hitters, since everyone knows what’s coming. Avoiding mistakes and mixing in a few more 4 seamers may be all Mo needs to keep opposing Continue reading Imagining life after Mariano

Murray Chass hearts Dan Shaughnessy

I assumed blogger Murray Chass’ opinion on the addition of another wild card team in baseball would be predictable, reactionary, illogical, and hilarious. Sure enough, I was not disappointed. Though I must say, if MLB and MLBPA really are leaning towards a one-game playoff between the two wild card teams, I’m pleasantly surprised by that (though I don’t trust Murray’s reporting any further than I can throw the computer I read his blog on). I did not, however, have any idea I was going to be blessed with this gem:

Which reminds me that in last Monday’s Boston Globe, Dan Shaughnessy had a terrific column about Carlos Slim, the world’s wealthiest man and a great and knowledgeable baseball fan, who was at Fenway Park for the series finale between the Red Sox and the Yankees. That same day The New York Times’ baseball column was about WAR.

So, the New York Times was running a column actually related to baseball while Murray was enjoying a column by the worst sports writer in America about a rich guy who likes baseball. No wonder the Times kicked Murray out of the building and into the blogosphere.

Even better, that paragraph comes at the end of a bizarre screed in which blogger Chass seems oddly amused that all the young whipper-snappers with their adding machines are going to have to support Justin Verlander (or Jered Weaver or C.C. Sabathia, I suppose) for the Cy Young award and won’t get to vote for someone with a 13-12 win-loss record like Felix Hernandez in 2010 which…makes no sense. But then, we don’t read the blogger in question for the insightful thoughts about baseball, do we? I was a little perplexed by the comments about WAR, however. Murray seems to be under the impression that that was the basis for Felix’s win, but Verlander actually (slightly) led the A.L. in fWAR in 2010, as Verlander’s ERA, since King Felix led the American League in ERA last year, and Murray roundly dismissed that in his blind subservience to pitcher wins as the only number that meant anything.

If they ever create an Internet Trolls Hall of Fame, Murray will be in the inaugural class all by himself, and “small Hall” advocates will spend the rest of eternity arguing against inducting anyone else for their failure to match of to the high standards the blogger set in his blogging career. Continue reading Murray Chass hearts Dan Shaughnessy

The Farm Report 08/13/11 – Injuries stink :(

Unfortunate news: Gary Sanchez broke his finger and is likely out for the year. Ravel Santana also suffered a severe ankle injury in the GCL Yankees’ game when he was caught stealing.

Triple-A Scranton lost to Syracuse, 4-2
Scranton scored on an RBI single by Brandon Laird, and though Syracuse tied it in the fourth, they scored on a Jordan Parraz double in the sixth. Unfortunately, Syracuse re-tied it in the bottom of the seventh, then went ahead with two in the eighth. Terry Tiffee also doubled. Greg Smith had a nice start, going 5.1 innings with six hits, one run, one walk, and three strikeouts. Continue reading The Farm Report 08/13/11 – Injuries stink :(

The Yankees’ newest million dollar (bonus) baby

Per Keith Law’s twitter, the Yankees will be signing 5th-round pick Greg Bird to a bonus exceeding $1 million at the August 16th signing deadline, way above the slot recommendation for the selection.  Bird was reportedly asking for first-round money (or close to it) around the time of the draft, so this bonus was more or less in line with his pre-draft demands. Bird, a catcher/first baseman from Grandview High School in Colorado, will be passing up a commitment to Arkansas in order to sign with the Bombers.  Bird’s will likely be the highest bonus given out in the 2011 Continue reading The Yankees’ newest million dollar (bonus) baby