Fun with charts: Value vs. Salary

Last week, Buster Olney wrote about the value delivered by Joe Mauer (and others) as compared to his salary. The table amassed by the stats team at ESPN, seen below, had me chuckling at some of the dead weight on MLB rosters.

So that got me thinking… how do the 2011 Yankees fare using a similar approach. The answers may surprise you. Or amaze you. Or not. You tell me.

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Rays wreck Yanks as Moore wins first career MLB start

I skipped this one, and it looks like I didn’t miss all that much, as the Rays bludgeoned the Yanks 15-8 behind a beastly performance from rookie phenom Matt Moore, who struck out 11 Yankees and allowed zero runs over five innings, picking up the win in his first career Major League start. Ordinarily the Yankees getting completely and utterly shutdown by a rookie they’ve never seen before would drive me up a wall, except for the fact that (a) the Yankees clearly (and correctly) didn’t care whether they won this game, as evidenced by the many regulars who received Continue reading Rays wreck Yanks as Moore wins first career MLB start

Game 156: Rays 15, Yankees 8

The Yankees saw a lot of solid pitching on Wednesday, but Thursday was a different story, as Bartolo Colon struggled from the start.  The Yankees gave prospect pitchers Andrew Brackman and Dellin Betances their first taste of major league action and the offense made a push in the late innings, but in the end New York fell 15-8 to the Rays.

Desmond Jennings hit a leadoff single to start the game.  B.J. Upton was hit by a pitch and Evan Longoria walked, as Colon loaded the bases with no outs.  A single from Matt Joyce plated a couple runs, as Nick Swisher misplayed the ball in right.  Johnny Damon knocked a sac fly to left, scoring Longoria and the Rays held a 3-0 lead.

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Russell Martin, pitch framing, and saving runs

This has been making the rounds for a couple of days now, but if you haven’t read Mike Fast’s ground breaking study into the effect catchers have by way of framing pitches and getting borderline calls for their pitcher, you should definitely make it a point to give it a read. Like, right now. It’s a remarkable piece of research in which Fast combines Pitch F/X and video scouting to identify which catchers are doing the best in terms of getting borderline strike calls for their pitchers, and why. I don’t want to give away the game too much, but if you’re an amateur coach looking for some pointers on teaching your catchers, the general rule seems to be “the more you’re moving, the worse you’re doing.”

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Game Thread | Game 156 | Yankees vs. Rays | Thursday, September 22, 2011

There’s a game on tonight? Oh right. Actually, this one could be pretty interesting, as fireballing lefty phenom Matt Moore is making his first career Major League start after a few appearances out of the bullpen. This game means everything to the Rays, and is about as meaningless as can be to the Yankees. While I don’t generally condone hoping the Yankees lose under any circumstances, with regards to making things that much more interesting in the Wild Card race as we approach the season’s final six games, there could be worse things on earth than the Yankees dropping this Continue reading Game Thread | Game 156 | Yankees vs. Rays | Thursday, September 22, 2011

Thursday Night Notes

Just a couple of notes for you before tonight’s game:

  • The Yankees are kind of running out the “hangover lineup,” the B-lineup that starts the day after a clinching celebration. Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson, Robinson Cano, Brett Gardner, and Russell Martin are all getting the night off, but Derek Jeter and Nick Swisher are in their regular spots, with Mark Teixeira at DH.
  • Also too, JESUS MONTERO IS THE STARTING CATCHER! My sources tell me that Montero is so bad, this may actually negate the Yankees’ division title.
  • Jorge Posada is starting at first base tonight, and according to Jack Curry he’ll be on the postseason roster.
  • Girardi also informed reporters that C.C. Sabathia will not pitch again until game one of the ALDS. I’m not sure that’s a good decision.
  • And finally, I spent most of the season agitating for Jesus Montero to be on the team, but Russell Martin is okay too.

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Sabathia will not make another regular season start

According to Jack Curry, CC Sabathia will not make another regular season start. He’ll pitch a simulated game on Sunday to get him ready for Game 1 of the American League Division Series. With the AL East clinched, the most important thing for the rest of the season is getting him in the best position possible to pitch well in the playoffs.

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The obligatory postseason rotation speculation post

The fact that the regular season has just about run its course is hard to fathom. The Yankees, in typical Yankee fashion, have blessed us with not only another postseason berth but another AL East crown to boot. There are still a few items on the docket though that need to be tidied up, and that includes the postseason rotation. Here’s how it seems to be shaping up. Game 1:  CC Sabathia Game 2: Cliff Lee Ivan Nova Game 3: Andy Pettitte Colon / Garcia Game 4: Phil Hughes Garcia / Colon Obviously, Sabathia has always been (and still is) Continue reading The obligatory postseason rotation speculation post

My postseason roster

Predicting the ALDS roster is a popular parlor game this time of year, and for good reason. But to be perfectly honest, I find it kind of tedious to do myself. There’s really two classes of players you divide the candidates into; the “locks” and the “maybes,” and then you just kind of make an educated guess as to which players in the latter will make the cut. And honestly, I’m not very good at playing that guessing game, probably because I have some idiosyncratic ideas myself. So rather than just toss out my predictions, I present you with the roster I would carry in the ALDS:

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