A Final Comparison to Positional Averages

These numbers are accurate as of the start of yesterday’s game because I wrote this last night (as I type, Jesus Montero is batting in the top of the 8th).

If you remember all the way back to early August, I wrote a post comparing the Yankee hitters to their counterparts at the various positions around the league. Almost two months later, let’s see how each player ended up relative to his peers.

Russell Martin: .237/.324/.408
Average AL Catcher: .239/.305/.392
Positional Adjustments: 99/106/104

We all know that batting average is Satan so I’m not too concerned that Martin was just below the average catcher’s batting average. He out OBP’d (10.5% walk rate) and out SLG’d (.172 Iso) your typical catcher and that’s all we could hope for.

First Base
Mark Teixeira: .246/.340/.484
Average AL First Baseman: .271/.340/.451
Positional Adjustments: 90/100/107

The good thing is that the numbers have an upward trend from right to left. The bad news is that Tex was barely above average at the plate as a first baseman this year.… Click here to read the rest

Yanks end regular season swept on road for first time all year following Rays' dramatic late-inning comeback to clinch Wild Card

(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

The Yankees capped off the 2011 regular season by getting swept on the road for the first time all year — and swept for only the third time all season — as the Tampa Bay Rays came storming back from a 7-0 deficit to win 8-7 in extra innings. The loss was the Yankees’ fourth in a row, and dropped their record in extra-inning games to a fluky 4-12 on the season. Additionally, the sweep was Tampa’s second-ever sweep of the Yankees, both of which came at Tropicana Field, and it was the first time the Yanks had been swept on the road since last September following that miserable series in Texas when Ron Washington used 8,000 relievers.

Oh, and the Rays’ win combined with a stunning ninth-inning 4-3 Red Sox loss to the Orioles in which Jonathan Papelbon blew a 3-2 lead and Carl Crawford muffed a potential inning-ending catch ensured that Boston’s historical collapse actually came to fruition, and catapulted the Rays into a rather shocking playoff berth via the Wild Card.… Click here to read the rest

Game 162: Yankees 7, Rays 8 (12 Innings)

Dellin Betances made the start for the Yankees and pitched two strong innings, while David Price continued to struggle against the Yankees.  Teixeira went yard again in the fourth, as he added another run for the Bombers.  Andruw Jones added a dinger of his own in the fifth and New York went up 7-0, as the Rays seemed to struggle at the plate against a parade of the Yankees’ minor league arms.

The Rays suddenly came to life in the bottom of the eighth.  Johnny Damon singled to left.  Zobrist followed with a double and Boone Logan hit Casey Kotchman with a pitch to load the bases.  Sam Fuld worked a walk, plating Damon for the Rays’ first run of the game.  Luis Ayala, who replaced Logan, hit Sean Rodriguez with a pitch pushing another run across the plate.  Desmond Jennings struck out, for the first out of the inning.  B.J. Upton hit a sac fly to left and Evan Longoria drove a three run homer to left, as the Rays pulled within one run of the Yankees.… Click here to read the rest