Ask the Experts: Lucas Apostoleris and Josh Weinstock answer our PITCHf/x questions

As regular readers know, I am incredibly interested in and fascinated by pitching analysis, and in turn, PITCHf/x. As a result, Brooks Baseball, TexasLeaguers.com and Joe Lefkowitz’s PITCHf/x site have become mandatory daily visits for me.  While I feel as though I have a pretty good grasp on a lot of the concepts, I find that I am continually learning new things from folks who have far greater expertise than I do, and as a result, I am constantly tweaking and refining the ways in which I attack pitching analyses. Two individuals who have more knowledge than I could ever Continue reading Ask the Experts: Lucas Apostoleris and Josh Weinstock answer our PITCHf/x questions

Arb eligibles: Anyone worth extending?

MLBTR has its list of arbitration eligible Yankees up and the list looks like this, and I’ve included their 2011 salaries: First time: Brett Gardner ($549,500) and David Robertson ($460,450) Second time: Phil Hughes ($2.7M, avoided arbitration last year) and Joba Chamberlain ($1.4M, avoided arbitration last year) Third time: Boone Logan ($1.2M, avoided arbitration last year) Fourth time: Russell Martin ($4M base with escalators based on games caught) So, are any of these guys worth giving extensions to? Let’s start at the bottom with Martin. Given the catching depth the Yankees have in the minors, mainly Jesus Montero and Austin Continue reading Arb eligibles: Anyone worth extending?

Hughes Day how I miss you

The following is a guest post from friend-of-the-blog Jacob Hopkins. You can find him on Twitter at @HopJake. Watching Phil Hughes throw the last time out was very frustrating. While he racked up five strikeouts, he couldn’t even get through three innings. It seemed that there was no life on the ball and the cutter was just flat. Needless to say the start against the A’s — not to mention his three terrible outings at the beginning of the season — was a far cry from last season, when it felt like must-see-TV every time Phil threw the ball. Seeking Continue reading Hughes Day how I miss you

Freddy’s back!

When you bump C.C. Sabathia from a start you’d better bring your good stuff to work with you, and that’s exactly what Freddy Garcia did last night. Taking the mound for the finale of the four game set with the Orioles and fresh off the disabled list for a cut finger, Garcia picked up right where he left off, hurling a solid six innings and allowing just two hits (one a solo home run by Mark Reynolds for the only run the Orioles would get from Garcia) and one walk. Garcia also struck out four, and seemed to have his entire repertoire of junk pitches working on this night.

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Series Preview | Yankees vs. Red Sox V: Regression, motherf$%^&(*s

Here’s what we know so far: The Yankees are 2-10 against the Red Sox in 2011. They are 78-42 against everyone else. The Red Sox have hit a superb .292/.375/.462 as a team against the Yankees in 2011, compared to .279/.349/.458 on the 2011 season as whole. Nearly every member of Boston’s everyday lineup has outhit their career averages against the Yankees this season. The Yankees have hit an anemic .225/.320/.375 against Boston, compared with .269/.348/.455 on the 2011 season. Nearly every member of New York’s everyday lineup has underperformed their career averages against the Red Sox this season. Boston Continue reading Series Preview | Yankees vs. Red Sox V: Regression, motherf$%^&(*s

Game 132: Yankees 3, Orioles 2

The Yankees got another strong starting pitching performance, as Freddy Garcia made his first start since coming off the DL.  Despite Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez spending another game on the bench, the Yankees were able to put together enough offense to earn a split, as New York took a 3-2 victory.

Curtis Granderson worked a walk in the top of the first and scored on a double by Mark Teixeira for the first run of the game.  Garcia gave up a two-out double to Adam Jones, but got Vladimir Guerrero to line out to keep the 1-0 lead.

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The Farm Report: 08/29/11 – Banuelos pitches a one-hitter, GCL Yankees take Game 1 of Finals

It was a busy day on the farm, but it was filled with plenty of wins for the Yankees’ affiliates.

Scranton blanked Pawtucket 3-0 in the first game of their doubleheader:
Jesus Montero started the game with a solo homer in the bottom of the first, which was all the offense the Yankees would need, as Pawtucket only managed one hit against the Yankees.  Greg Golson reached in the bottom of the fifth on a throwing error by Pawtucket’s third baseman.  Kevin Russo singled to right and both runners moved on a wild pitch.  Golson scored on another wild pitch and the Yankees had a 2-0 lead.  They added another run in the bottom of the sixth, as Brandon Laird worked a walk.  Jordan Parraz grounded into a force out at second, but reached second when Nate Spears threw the ball away.  Greg Golson walked and another error loaded the bases.  Raymond Kruml grounded into a force out, allowing Parraz to score as the Yankees won 3-0.  Manny Banuelos pitched a gem, going all seven innings and giving up just one hit and two walks while striking out six.

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Yanks edge O's 3-2 behind Steady Freddy

The Yankees rode a Mark Teixeira double, a Nick Swisher two-run home run and six innings of one-run ball (4 Ks, 1 BB) from Freddy Garcia in a crisp 3-2 win over Baltimore Monday night, splitting the weekend’s four-game set. Alfredo Simon was the tough-luck loser, going seven and only giving up three (while striking out six), and the win improved the Yankees’ record in one-run games to 16-18. Down 3-1, the Orioles threatened to make things interesting in the eighth, as J.J. Hardy took David Robertson deep to cut the lead to 3-2. This was the first home run Continue reading Yanks edge O's 3-2 behind Steady Freddy