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, Continue reading Looking at team H/A splits
A.J. Burnett looked like a disaster waiting to happen for the first three innings on Tuesday night, but he managed to avoid a real meltdown. Burnett made some changes during the game and put together three strong innings down the stretch, as the Yankees’ offense gave him just enough support for a 3-2 victory, capped off by Mariano Rivera’s 600th career save.
In the top of the second, Robinson Cano led off with a solo homer, giving the Yankees the first run of the game. Jesus Montero followed with a single to left and Andruw Jones doubled, putting runners on second and third. A wild pitch from Charlie Furbush allowed Montero to score and the Yankees held a 2-0 lead.
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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 Continue reading Mo picks up 600th career save as Burnett spins first quality start since June 29
For those of you who stayed up for the entire game, the greatest relief pitcher of all time gave you a treat, as Mariano Rivera became just the second player in MLB history to record 600 career saves. Ichiro Suzuki got a one out single to bring the winning run to the plate for Seattle, but a strikeout and a caught stealing later and Mo nailed down the milestone. Rivera needs just two saves in the Yankees’ 15 remaining games to claim the all-time saves record this season. Continue reading Mariano Rivera gets 600th career save
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 Continue reading TYA Game Thread, Tuesday September 13, 2011
Via Chad Jennings, Dante Bichette Jr., the Yankees’ top pick in the 2011 Rule IV draft, has been named MVP of the rookie level Gulf Coast League. I don’t know how much stock you can put in that, since Bichette signed early and thus got a head start on the competition, but it’s a nice accomplishment for the youngster. Congratulations to Dante! Continue reading Dante Bichette Jr. named GCL MVP
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 Continue reading C'Torre, Destroyer of Arms
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 Continue reading Don’t Forget About Me: Brett Marshall Edition