Game 158-AJ’s last stand

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With just 4 more games to play after Game 1 of today’s doubleheader, Yankee fans can take solace in this being Allan James Burnett’s last start of the season, and hopefully the last start he will make in pinstripes. He can’t pitch again...

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Game 158-AJ's last stand

Courtesy of bomberbanter.com

With just 4 more games to play after Game 1 of today’s doubleheader, Yankee fans can take solace in this being Allan James Burnett’s last start of the season, and hopefully the last start he will make in pinstripes. He can’t pitch again...

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When worlds collide: SABR meets Hollywood


Last night, my fiancée and I went and saw Moneyball.  As we entered the theater, the first thing I noticed was that place was completely packed — even the neck-breaker section waaaaay down in the front (fortunately we were able to grab...

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Game 157: Red Sox 1, Yankees 9

The Yankees kept it going in the third.  With two outs, Swisher and Jones hit back-to-back singles.  Montero followed with a double to center, scoring two more runs as the Yankees took an 8-0 lead and chased Lester from the game.

Garcia kept the Red Sox scoreless through six innings and Montero added a solo homer to give the Yankees a 9-0 lead heading into the late innings.  Raul Valdes replaced Garcia in the seventh and gave up a leadoff single to Conor Jackson.  He got the next two outs, but a double by Carl Crawford put Boston on the board.  It was the only offense they could manage, however, as the Yankees coasted to an easy 9-1 win over their AL East rivals.

Bronx Cheers:
Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira: Grandy and Teix both went 0-4.  Grandy had two strikeouts and Teix had one.

Alex Rodriguez: A-Rod also went 0-4 with a strikeout, but he gets singled out because of his rough day in the field.  …

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Postseason Roster Conundrums: Who’s in the Rangers rotation?

Texas manager, Ron Washington, then has another tough choice to make:

As you can see, Matt Harrison has easily been the third-best pitcher in the Rangers rotation in recent weeks and has solid overall numbers, but he is also, inconveniently for Texas, a lefty.  Moreover, his propensity for occasional wildness, combined with his low strikeout rate, make matchups against patient lineups particularly difficult.  He walked five Yankees in six innings in a loss back in May.  His other bad outings have come against Boston, Oakland, Tampa Bay, and Toronto.  Those happen to be the top five teams in the AL in BB% and four of the top five in Pitches Per Plate Appearance.

Colby Lewis and Alexi Ogando are both righties.  They are also among the heroes of last season’s AL Pennant-winning run.  That could be enough to sway Washington’s opinion, but Lewis, especially, has been erratic.  Following a dominant run in May (2.04 ERA over 7 starts) he looked on tract to duplicate his breakout 2010 season, but it’s been a roller-coaster ever since.  …

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Game 157-Yanks vs Red Sox

I don’t know about you, but after last night’s Rays loss I’ve all but given up on them. The Sox keep losing, but the Rays just can’t generate enough offense to give that stellar rotation of theirs a chance to win. I was rooting for the Sox to have as much difficulty as possible to...

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