A Postseason Roster Without Cervelli

We don’t know what Francisco Cervelli’s health is like right now. Concussions are highly unpredictable. That said, I hope that Cervelli chooses to sit out the remainder of the season. After four concussions, he will at some point be risking permanent damage with any quick return. No matter how severe or minor his concussion, there is now a significant chance that the Yankees will need to make up a postseason roster without him, which poses an interesting challenge. We all know that Russell Martin will catch the overwhelming majority of postseason innings this postseason, if not every single one. We’re Continue reading A Postseason Roster Without Cervelli

Jorge Posada, backup catcher?

Francisco Cervelli is going to be out of commission for awhile thanks to concussion symptoms, and may well not be able to play in postseason. That creates an obvious problem for the playoff roster, as the Yankees would have to scramble to find a backup catcher for October. Joe Girardi indicated that Jesus Montero or Austin Romine might be pressed into action, but I’m not really wild about either. Montero’s defense is obviously shaky, and he figures to get plenty of DH at bats if he continues to hit well. Romine has seen very limited action above Double-A.

I submit that the answer to the problem is obvious: Jorge Posada.

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Tex’s home and road splits

I haven’t gone back and checked–and I don’t think I will–but I’d be willing to be that I’ve written more about Mark Teixeira this season than I have written about any other player. I’ve written about his BABIP and what he “should” be hitting and now I’m going to touch on his home/road splits during his Yankee tenure. Yesterday before going to work, I had on MLB Network’s fantasy baseball show, “Fantasy-411.” I play fantasy baseball, but haven’t exactly paid much attention to any of my teams over the last month or so (probably more). Regardless, I enjoy watching this Continue reading Tex’s home and road splits

Irrelevance of saves doesn’t diminish Mo

I really enjoyed this article in today’s Daily News about the save rule and what it means as Mariano Rivera gets close to setting the all-time record, if only for putting the research indicating that the advent of the closer has had basically no impact on nailing down wins in the ninth inning into the mainstream. In fact, even having a legitimately elite closer like Mo doesn’t actually do much to increase your winning percentage.

Does that take away from Rivera’s greatness? Not at all, and I think the end of the article summed it up well:

“Does that mean that Mariano Rivera is not as good as we think? No way. He’s an incredible pitcher,” Smith says. “Is it because he pitches the ninth inning? I don’t think so.

“It’s because he gets people out.”

Preach it brother!

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Game 146: Yankees 9, Mariners 3

The Yankees entered Safeco field in Seattle Monday night, needing to beat Felix Hernandez, a pitcher who was 5-0 with a 1.29 ERA against the Bombers over his last six starts.  New York’s offense exploded on the Mariners’ ace, as they got big hits en route to a 9-3 victory.

Hernandez and Phil Hughes both made quick work of the first and second innings, but the Yankees’ bats broke through in the third.  Brett Gardner started the Yankees with a single to left.  Chris Dickerson followed with a single to right, moving Gardner to third.  Dickerson stole second and a groundout by Derek Jeter put the Yankees on the board.

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Yankees beat King Felix for first time since 2008

Um, wow. So that happened. On the list of baseball things I never thought I’d see happen, the Yankees finally beating Felix Hernandez — not to mention dropping six earned runs on the King — for the first time since May 3, 2008 — was probably at the very top. That the final score of the game was 9-3 was merely the cherry on top. At six innings, this was also Felix’s shortest outing against the Yankees since that May 3 game, when he lasted 5 2/3 frames. The only time he’s ever had a worse start against the Yankees Continue reading Yankees beat King Felix for first time since 2008

That’s baseball for you

Despite a six run performance on Sunday, I still think most of us would have characterized the Yankees’ offense as slumping going into last night’s opener in Seattle. And on top of that, they had to face Felix Hernandez, who owns the Yankees, right? Well the Yankees scored six runs off of him in six innings.

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Game Thread | Game 146 | Yankees vs. Mariners | Monday, September 12, 2011

The Yankees do battle with the owner and sole proprietor of Yankee Global Enterprises, Felix Hernandez, kicking things off at 10:00pm pm tonight in Seattle. Your lineup, courtesy of LoHud: Derek Jeter SS Curtis Granderson CF Mark Teixeira DH Robinson Cano 2B Nick Swisher 1B Eric Chavez 3B Brett Gardner LF Chris Dickerson RF Austin Romine C Phil Hughes P Nice to see Swisher back in the lineup. Tex gets half a day off, while Austin Romine makes his first career MLB start at catcher. A little disappointed that Jesus Montero won’t get to take his hacks against the King, Continue reading Game Thread | Game 146 | Yankees vs. Mariners | Monday, September 12, 2011

Carpenter Re-Ups With Cards, Further Thinning 2012 Pitching Market

Chris Carpenter has apparently re-signed with the St. Louis Cardinals, inking a 2 year, 21 million dollar extension that will likely keep him a Redbird through the end of his career. This is significant for the Yankees, as it takes another solid option out of the mix from a free agent market that the Yankees will certainly be shopping in. Assuming they bring back CC Sabathia, the big lefty and Ivan Nova are the only two starters that should have a guaranteed rotation spot next season, with Phil Hughes and a variety of other youngsters likely competing for a 3rd Continue reading Carpenter Re-Ups With Cards, Further Thinning 2012 Pitching Market