Looking at team H/A splits

Yesterday I examined the differences in Mark Teixeira‘s home/away splits during his tenure with the Yankees. Obviously, Tex’s tenure with the Yankees coincides with the existence of the third incarnation of Yankee Stadium so I figured I’d look at how the Yankees have fared in home/away situations over the last three seasons. I’m using the same parameters as last time (wOBA/wRC+/BABIP/HR% [HR/PA]). Let’s start, as we normally do, with the beginning.

2009:
Home: .373/123/.300/3.07%
Away: .359/114/.312/3.3%

As great as YS3 was for home runs that first year, the Yankees actually hit for a higher percentage of homers on the road, which surprised me. Regardless, a .373 wOBA at home is just all sorts of fantastic.

2010:
Home: .365/125/.300/3.07
Away: .328/103/.297/2.62

Last year we saw the Yankees hit a little more poorly on the road. They were still above league average, though their home run rate went way down when they were outside of the Bronx.

2011:
Home: .364/128/.297/4.11
Away: .335/108/.291/3.12

2011 has seen the Yankees become a little more balanced than 2010, but they haven’t hit as well on the road in 2011 as they did in 2009.… Click here to read the rest

Game 147: Yankees 3, Mariners 2

Burnett gave up a leadoff double to Miguel Olivo in the bottom of the second.  He came back and struck out Adam Kennedy and Casper Wells, but a single from Brendan Ryan gave the Mariners their first run of the evening.

Burnett looked pretty shaky in the third inning, allowing another leadoff double, this time to Kyle SeagerDustin Ackley walked and both runners moved over on a groundout by Carp.  Justin Smoak was hit by a pitch and a sac fly from Olivo tied the game at 2-2.  The runners moved over on another wild pitch, but Burnett struck out Kennedy to end the inning and the Mariners’ threat.

It almost seemed like another pitcher stepped on the mound for the Yankees in the fourth, as Burnett pitched a 1-2-3 inning and did it again in the fifth.  Nick Swisher started the top of the sixth with a double to center and he moved to third on a single by Mark Teixeira

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Mo picks up 600th career save as Burnett spins first quality start since June 29

The Greatest. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

A shaky A.J. Burnett managed to settle down and turn in what ended up being one of his better performances of the season, going six innings, walking two, hitting two, throwing two wild pitches, giving up four hits and only yielding two runs while striking out a season-high 11, as the Yankees beat the Mariners 3-2. By Game Score, this outing tied his June 1 start against Oakland for second-best of the season, and — wait for it — was Burnett’s first quality start since June 29 against the Brewers. Yes Virginia, even A.J. Burnett can beat the Mariners.

The icing on the cake was Mariano Rivera closing it out for his 600th career save, although I unfortunately was asleep for the festivities. Once the Yankees took the lead on Robinson Cano‘s RBI groundout in the 6th I had zero interest in watching A.J. potentially blow the lead in the bottom of the 6th (he didn’t) and decided to get out while the getting was good.… Click here to read the rest

TYA Game Thread, Tuesday September 13, 2011

After four brutal losses, two wins in a row normally wouldn’t seem like much, except when the win that officially makes it a streak comes against Felix Hernandez. With any luck the Yankees are feeling pretty good about themselves right now, and can continue to hit. They’ll need it, because A.J. Burnett is on the mound. Here’s the lineup backing him up:

Derek Jeter – SS
Nick Swisher – RF
Mark Teixeira – 1B
Robinson Cano – 2B
Jesus Montero – DH
Andruw Jones – LF
Russell Martin – C
Eduardo Nunez – 3B
Brett Gardner – CF

Curtis Granderson has a much deserved night off. Enjoy.… Click here to read the rest

C'Torre, Destroyer of Arms

With Scott Proctor back on the Yankees’ roster, I’ve been looking back at the way the club used relievers at the end of the Joe Torre era. Torre had a reputation for burning through his best arms, leaning on any decent reliever he could find for as long as the player was reasonably effective and then discarding him when the inevitable arm troubles popped up. I went looking through the numbers assuming that the nature of Torre’s bullpen usage had probably become exaggerated with time, but the data shows that Torre was about as abusive as people claim.

I compared Torre’s last 4 seasons to Girardi’s first 4 (the last of which still has 16 games left) to try and see how the usage patterns differed. Here is how it breaks down:

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As you can see, Torre had no qualms about using relievers for 70+ innings or 70+ appearances, something that Girardi has simply been unwilling to do.… Click here to read the rest

Don’t Forget About Me: Brett Marshall Edition

Before the year began, I wrote a profile on Brett Marshall saying that in 2011, he needed to stay healthy and show he can handle a full season’s workload. Certainly, he’s accomplished at least that much:

Fangraphs doesn’t show it, but Baseball Prospectus has his GB% at 56%, the highest it’s been in a full season yet. What’s great to note here is that Marshall has almost doubled his previous years workload without any particularly negative effects. You would expect him to run into some fatigue in the second half of his year but that wasn’t the case. Over at Scouting the Sally, they had this note about Marshall’s second half performance:

A closer look at Marshall’s second half numbers paint an even more impressive picture. Over 66 2/3 second half innings, Marshall raised his strikeout totals above eight-per-nine and saw walk totals drop to a touch over two-per-nine. Add to this a GO/AO over two and it creates a lethal mixture for opposing hitters to the tune of a 2.50 second half FIP. 

That’s obviously great to hear.… Click here to read the rest