Inside Weaver's outing against the Yankees

The righthanded Cliff Lee? (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

Both Jered Weaver and Dan Haren put on respective pitching clinics last weekend while facing the Yankees, combining to hold the vaunted Bomber lineup to one run over 18 innings, whiffing 17 men and allowing only seven hits. While there’s something to be said for the fact that neither hurler faced the Yankees’ “A” lineup due to assorted injuries and fatigue — though Weaver more or less faced the best the Yankees have to offer — the fact remains that both pitchers still utterly dominated their competition.

Haren of course pitched the first complete-game shutout of the season against the Yankees, racking up a Game Score of 86, second among all starters that faced the Yankees this season to Josh Beckett‘s 87 back on April 10. Weaver was right behind him with an 81, tied for third-best on the 2011 season with Max Scherzer, who notched his 81 back on May 4.… Click here to read the rest

Game 148: Yankees 1, Mariners 2 (12 Innings)

The Mariners finally broke through in the fourth.  Kyle Seager took a leadoff walk and stole second.  With one out, Mike Carp worked a walk and Adam Kennedy singled to center to load the bases.  A wild pitch allowed Carp to score one pitch before Nova struck out Miguel Olivo to escape the inning.  Still the Mariners took a 1-0 lead.

In the top of the seventh, Nick Swisher tied the game up with a solo homer to left, but the Yankees continued to struggle to string together hits.  In the eighth, Jones was hit by a pitch and replaced by Brett GardnerRussell Martin laid down a sac bunt, moving Gardner to second.  A groundout by Nunez moved Gardner to third, but Jeter struck out to end the inning.

Seattle rallied in the eighth, as Luis Rodriguez doubled to right to start the inning.  He moved to third on a sac bunt and Nova intentionally walked Ichiro Suzuki, putting runners on the corners with one out. … Click here to read the rest

Yankee bats make like it's 2010; go silent against mediocre lefthanded junkballer in yet another extra-inning loss

Guys, you do realize you faced Felix on Monday, right? (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

I thought we were done with this. One of the banes of the 2010 Yankees’ existence — the lefthanded slop artist — was something this year’s team has convincingly put behind them, which is perhaps why watching the Yankees do absolutely nothing against Jason Vargas — a mediocre pitcher having a bad year (he came into this game with a 4.49 ERA over 180.1 innings) and who the Yankees have previously killed (7.86 career ERA vs. NYY prior to last night) — was so frustrating. I know it’s a long season and yes, even bad pitchers can shut down great offenses, and this is by no means meant to be a referendum on the team and how well I think they’ll fare going forward — for the record, I think they’re great and can win the World Series — but this game just flat-out sucked.… Click here to read the rest

Game Thread: Yankees vs. Mariners, 9/14/2011 (10:05PM EST on YES)

First, let’s get you caught up on all things Yankee. Some guy named Mariano notched a record of some sort. No, not Mariano Duncan. The other one… know, whats his name. Pedro Feliciano finally had his rotator cuff surgery, which actually happened about a week ago on September 8th. That should finish him for next year, and probably for his career. The rotator cuff is extremely complicated to fix, and success rates are far lower than things like Tommy John. Even the pitchers who come back all the way are typically not the same, and those are considered success stories. Brian Cashman had a very underrated off season last year, but this was not a move that worked out for him in any way.

In happier news, the Yanks are going for a sweep in Seattle, and Boston already lost. If you’re a Yankee fan and into schadenfreude, Boston has to have you in Heaven right now. They’re 3-10 for the month of September, everyone in their rotation not named Lester is either awful or hurt, Bard has been bad all month and now Adrian Gonzalez has a calf injury.… Click here to read the rest

Breaking Down The 2012 Schedule

The preliminary 2012 Yankees’ schedule was released this morning, and there are a number of interesting elements in it that warrant discussion:

  • The first thing I noticed was that the season begins on April 6th, which means that it once again leaks into October. After one season of moving the start date back to the last day of March, baseball is returning to the schedule that risks poor weather in postseason games. The reasoning is likely that MLB did not want to start the season during the week, so the first full weekend in April was chosen for Opening Day.
  • The Yankees start the season on the road in Tampa Bay, beginning the year with a 3 game series that kicks off a fairly difficult April. The Yanks get Tampa, Boston, and Texas on the road and Detroit and the Angels at home in the month. If they can survive that chunk of the schedule, they can relax a bit in what should be a reasonably easy May.
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Does Success in September Carry Into October?

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog).

The Red Sox’ bandwagon has slowly begun to empty as the team struggles through a nightmarish stretch during which it has lost six games to Tampa in the standings.  Fortunately, those abandoning the Boston ship have found passage on the Tigers’ pennant drive. Over the last three weeks, Detroit has won 16 of 20 games and built an insurmountable lead in the Central.

If the season ended today, the surging Tigers would meet the slumping Red Sox in the ALDS. Judging by the trending conventional wisdom, this clash of teams going in opposite directions would have Red Sox Nation tuning into the Patriots a lot earlier than expected, but should we rely on September records when handicapping post season series in October?

In a 2009 Baseball Prospectus post, Jay Jaffe looked at winning percentages over defined periods in September and found no meaningful correlation to various measures of post season success.… Click here to read the rest

How much new pitching will the Yankees need in 2012?

The unquestioned stud of the upcoming free agent class is Rangers’ lefty C.J. Wilson, which pretty much says it all. Wilson is having a fine year, but he’s spent much of his career as a reliever, which is both a blessing and a curse. How do you project what the next six years are going to look like for him? He’s also 31 years old, though he has less mileage on his arm due to those years working out of the bullpen. Beyond Wilson, there’s basically nothing. Edwin Jackson and Mark Buehrle are decent pitchers to be sure, but they don’t seem like a fit financially for the Yankees. Hiroki Kuroda is an attractive option, but he doesn’t seem eager to leave the West Coast. And the best name on the list after that is probably Javier Vazquez. Yeah.

The wild card in the mix is Japanese youngster Yu Darvish, who most people expect to be posted this offseason, with the Yankees almost certain to be in the mix for his services.… Click here to read the rest