Projected vs. Actual: Starting Pitching edition

You know the drill. Let’s run down some of the Yankee pitchers and see how they did compared to their projections. To say this rotation was a surprise would be an understatement in the extreme. Coming into the 2011 season, it was easily the weakest part of the team. Despite that, the Yankee starters had the sixth best ERA in the AL heading into Tuesday as well as the sixth best FIP and third best xFIP. Put it all together and the starters racked up the fourth most fWAR in the AL. Sidebar: If we include the bullpen, the Yankees Continue reading Projected vs. Actual: Starting Pitching edition

Predicting The Postseason Roster, Take 3

This was my last stab at the postseason roster, compiled about a week ago: Everyday Players C Russell Martin 1B Mark Teixeira 2B Robinson Cano 3B Alex Rodriguez SS Derek Jeter RF Nick Swisher CF Curtis Granderson LF Brett Gardner DH v. LHP: Andruw Jones Bench Eduardo Nunez Jesus Montero Eric Chavez Chris Dickerson Jorge Posada Starters CC Sabathia Ivan Nova Freddy Garcia Bartolo Colon Relievers Mariano Rivera David Robertson Rafael Soriano Boone Logan Corey Wade Phil Hughes Luis Ayala Nothing has changed over the last week in terms of the offense. In fact, Joe Girardi all but confirmed that Continue reading Predicting The Postseason Roster, Take 3

Dellin Betances to start regular season finale

According to Bryan Hoch on Twitter, Dellin Betances will start today’s game. He made one previous appearance in the major leagues, a poor relief outing against Tampa Bay where he walked four in just two-thirds of an inning. Still, it’s exciting to see prospects who may play a bigger role in 2012 and beyond on the 2011 team, and as a kid who grew up a Yankee fan this is probably very exciting for Betances.

Enjoy the last couple of days of stress-free baseball, everyone. Continue reading Dellin Betances to start regular season finale

The Bartolo Colon appreciation thread

Do you remember where you were when it was announced the Yankees had signed Bartolo Colon this past winter? Yeah, neither do I. But I sure remember what I was thinking, and it started with “Bartolo Colon can still throw a baseball?” And what do you know, yes he can!

We ran out of things to say about Colon’s season some time ago, and with good reason. Big Bad Bartolo has been a revelation of sorts in the Yankees’ rotation this season, absolutely dominating opponents at one point and, other than a brief trip to the DL with a hamstring injury, holding up throughout the whole season, something pretty much none of us expected him to do, even in the best case scenario. His performance has fallen off quite a bit over the last month or two, but that’s neither here nor there at this point. And he might not end up getting a postseason start, but without question Colon has been a huge part of the Yankees’ A.L. East winning season, finishing the year with a 4.00 ERA, 3.83 FIP, and 135 strikeouts in 164.1 innings pitched.

Now if he could just eat A.J. Burnett‘s contract we’d be set.
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Transitioning into the postseason; some observations

Over the past few days, we’ve been privy to some pretty enthralling baseball. As the final days of the season come to an end, the Sox, Rays, Cardinals, and Braves having taken center stage as they desperately fight for October admittance. With all of this added mania, I’ve found myself watching even more baseball than usual so I thought it’d be fun to take a few moments to jot down some observations. 1) Bizzaro Jesus We are all well aware by now know of Jesus Montero. As it turns out though, the Sox have a “wicked good” hitting prospect of Continue reading Transitioning into the postseason; some observations

Chats, chats, chats!

Just a heads up for everyone, we’ll be hosting a live chat here this Friday afternoon at 2:00. The Yankees are set to kick off the postseason in the middle of the night at 8:37 P.M. Friday, so we’ll be warming up for the start of the ALDS, discussing the Yankees’ opponent, reminiscing about the regular season that was, answering your questions, and probably talking about whatever game is going on at the time as well. We’ll also be hosting a live game chat Monday night for Game 3 of the series. So if you’re free Friday afternoon at 2:00 P.M., or looking for a good excuse to waste some time at lunch, come hang out with us for a bit. Continue reading Chats, chats, chats!

Projected vs. Actual: Bench/DH Edition

Since we’re limiting this to players with 200+ plate appearances, this is only going to be a three man post. The DH, obviously, is Jorge Posada. The bench guys are Andruw Jones and Eduardo Nunez (these numbers are accurate as of Tuesday afternoon). Posada and Nunez didn’t thrill with the bat, but Jones certainly did. He racked up a 131 wRC+ in 218 PAs and he did exactly what he was expected to do, which was pummel left handed pitching. While he was bad against RHP, (.297 wOBA, 82 wRC+), he was downright dominant against lefties (.406 wOBA, 156 wRC+). Continue reading Projected vs. Actual: Bench/DH Edition

Yanks drop second straight game to Tampa Bay

I admittedly haven’t been watching much baseball since the Yankees clinched their playoff spot last Wednesday, and so I didn’t see a single inning of last night’s 5-3 loss to the Rays. This feeling of ennui in the aftermath of Yankee losses is a weird one — one that will undoubtedly be shaken off come 8:37pm Friday night — but also represents an enjoyable reprieve after 155 games of caring deeply about the outcome of a given Yankee game. In fact, I couldn’t help but be mildly annoyed to see the Yankees leading 3-2 through six innings while Boston jumped Continue reading Yanks drop second straight game to Tampa Bay

Game 161: Yankees 3, Rays 5

The Yankees and Rays battled back and forth Tuesday night, as Bartolo Colon put together a decent (albeit not particularly lengthy) start.  The Rays’ rookie hurler, Jeremy Hellickson, managed to get out of a couple tight spots and a bad inning by Rafael Soriano gave the Rays a 5-3 victory over New York, keeping them tied with the Red Sox for the Wild Card.

Colon issued a walk to B.J. Upton in the bottom of the first, but picked him off.  He got into trouble in the second inning, when Johnny Damon singled, passing Lou Gehrig on the All-Time Hits list and earning a nice ovation from the crowd in Tampa.  Ben Zobrist followed with a homerun and the Rays took a 2-0 lead.  Sean Rodriguez singled and moved to second when Colon made a throwing error on a pick-off attempt.  He moved to third on a sac fly, but the Yankees escaped the inning without him scoring.

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