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...

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Jorge Posada, backup catcher?

The obvious problem with my proposal is that the Yankees simply do not want Posada catching. And that’s understandable, but it’s not really a problem come October. Given the off days built into the schedule, the backup catcher simply doesn’t need to get used much, if at all. I fully expect that Russell Martin will catch every inning the Yankees play in the postseason regardless of who the backup is, barring an emergency or a decision to pinch run or pinch hit for him late in a game. For all intents and purposes, what the team needs is less a true backup than an emergency catcher, and Posada and Montero ought to be able to fill that role well enough.

In fact, I’d argue that the Yankees should do this even if Cervelli’s fine. After all, what’s he really going to bring to the table in October anyway? Is he starting a game? Is he getting an at bat in a crucial situation late in a game?…

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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...

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Irrelevance of saves doesn’t diminish Mo

But what of the widely touted psychological impact of pitching that all important 9th inning you ask? Isn’t that what sets the great closers apart from the rest of the bullpen riff-raff? Nope, it’s basically horsepucky. Consider the following three closers:

Can you honestly guess who these pitchers are? Closer A is J.J. Putz of the Diamondbacks, Closer B is Rivera, and Closer C is Leo Nunez of the Marlins. Do either Putz or Nunez strike you as “elite closers?” Probably not, and yet they both convert save opportunities at more or less the same rate Rivera does this season.

So what about the “psychological effect” of losing a 9th inning lead that Mitch Williams cites in the article? I actually won’t discount that, because I can absolutely believe that’s a real effect. Why? Because blowing a ninth inning lead doesn’t happen very often. Any time you lose in rare fashion I would have to imagine it stings quite a bit, if only because you feel like you should have won.…

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Game 146: Yankees 9, Mariners 3

Seattle answered in the bottom of the third.  Brendan Ryan worked a one out walk and stole second base.  Ichiro Suzuki lined a single to right, plating Ryan and tying the game 1-1, but the Yankees would retake the lead quickly.

Everything fell apart for Hernandez in the fourth.  Mark Teixeira clubbed a homer on the second pitch of the inning, giving the Yankees a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.  Robinson Cano followed with a double to right and Nick Swisher singled to left.  Eric Chavez hit a sac fly to center, bringing Cano home.  Gardner lined a double to left, plating another run, and Chris Dickerson capped off the inning with a big homerun to right, giving the Yankees a 6-1 lead.

Hughes pitched a strong game, though he got into some trouble in the sixth.  Kyle Seager hit a ground-rule double and moved to third on a single by Dustin Ackerly.  Hughes got Mike Carp to line out, but walked Justin Smoak to load the bases. …

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Yankees beat King Felix for first time since 2008

Live it up, boys. (photo c/o Ted S. Warren/AP)

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...

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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...

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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...

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