Has CC gotten too slider-happy?

(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Inspired by commenter Russ, who in the Thursday morning game recap thread asked whether CC was giving up more fly balls of late than he’d been, I turned up the following data.

Beginning of the season through...

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Come on Irene

As I’m sure you’re all well aware, Hurricane Irene is bearing down on the East Coast, and most reports are predicting quite a bad storm from North Carolina to New England. And though it’s hardly the most important thing in the world, baseball will be affected as well. The Yankees are in Baltimore this weekend, scheduled to play five games in four days against the Orioles with a doubleheader Saturday, just as Irene is scheduled to be at its worst here in the Mid-Atlantic.

The Yankees, anticipating bad weather, suggested rescheduling the double header to today, but the Orioles and MLB refused. I don’t really know why, as there seems to be very little chance that all of the games will be played as scheduled, but MLB claimed that Monday could be used as a “cushion.” Nevermind that if more than one game is rained out there will need to be two twin-billings to get the games in, meaning that they likely would have needed that Monday cushion even if they played two games today.…

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The 2011 “Should Hit” Yankees

Yesterday at FanGraphs, Bradley Woodrum posted an article about predicting performance for batters. Go to the post for the particulars and go here to download/play around with the spreadsheet. The basic tenet is that we need to look at BB%, K%, HR%, and BABIP to get a good idea of how a player...

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Series Preview | Yankees vs. Orioles V: Oh, the humanity

Expect to see a LOT of this over the next several days. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Note: Given the fact that a hurricane is expected to hit much of the east...

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Game 128: Athletics 9, Yankees 22

David DeJesus tripled with one out in the top of the second.  He scored on a double by Cliff Pennington to give the A’s a 2-1 lead.  It was the third inning, however, where Hughes really fell apart.  Weeks singled to center and Matsui lined a single to left.  Josh Willingham singled in Weeks and DeJesus singled in Matsui.  Girardi pulled Hughes and called on Cory Wade who gave up a three run homer on his first pitch, giving Oakland a 7-1 lead.

Russell Martin hit a solo homer in the bottom of the fourth, but it was the bottom of the fifth that got the Yankees back in the game.  Jeter started the inning with a single and Curtis Granderson worked a walk.  Alex Rodriguez singled to left, loading as Robinson Cano sent the second pitch he saw into the seats in right, putting the Yankees down by just one.  The Bombers had the chance to take the lead, as Nick Swisher drove a double to right and Martin worked  a walk.  …

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The Farm Report: 08/25/11 – Ugly rehab for Marte in the GCL

Trenton lost 11-8 to New Britain:
The Thunder drew first blood as Zoilo Almonte doubled to start the second.  Melky Mesa walked and Jose Pirela loaded the bases with a single.  Jose Gil followed with a sac fly, as did Addison Maruszak giving Trenton a 2-0 lead.  It was short lived, however, as New Britain came back and scored five runs in the fourth.  After six innings, the Rock Cats led 9-2.  The Thunder rallied in the eighth.  Corban Joseph got things started with a single to center. Austin Romine singled to third and Robert Lyerly reached on an error.  Almonte reached on an error as well, as two runs scored.  Mesa doubled, plating another run.  Gil singled, scoring Almonte and Mesa, before scoring on a RBI single by Joseph.  At the end of the eighth, the Thunder trailed 9-8, but that was all they could get as the Rock Cats scored two more runs and took an 11-8 win.   Joseph ended the day going 3-5 with a run scored and a RBI.  …

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Yankees ride “4 Train” to victory over A’s

Hey, remember when it was 7-1 because Phil Hughes couldn’t get out of the third and Cory Wade gave up a two run homer and the Yankees were about to get swept by the A’s at home for the first time since 2006? Yeah, I don’t either.

This was the lead in that Larry was going...

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Pondering the postseason rotation

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Last night, I had an excellent time at the Wood-n-Tap with some of my favorite fellow Yankee fanatics. We ate, we drank, we laughed, we mocked the bunt (along with anything else worth mocking), and...

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