2011 season profile: The bullpen

Boone Logan: Sometimes I feel bad for Logan. He gets a lot more flack than he really warrants, and it seems that we often fail to notice that he’s really a pretty decent pitcher. Maybe it’s because he seems to pick the worst possible times more his screw ups. Maybe it’s because he has a tendency to fail in spectacular function. Or maybe it’s because he just wasn’t very good against left-handed batters (who hit him to the tune of .252/.322/.453 this year), and that makes him look worse than he really is because his job is to get lefties out. Whatever it is, it does tend to obscure the fact that Logan is an effective middle reliever, and that was true again this year. Logan had an ERA/FIP/xFIP line of 3.49/3.26/3.43, and struck out 9.94 batters per nine innings while walking just 2.81. That’s not bad at all, and fWAR rates him as the Yankees’ third best reliever this season, behind only David Robertson and Mariano Rivera.…

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24 compelling reasons to care about this year’s World Series

The postseason is an elitist’s party, no doubt about it. A select few are invited and only one can be lucky enough to steal the limelight. Yankee fans have joined the ranks of the disgruntled as St. Louis prepares to host the Rangers in the World Series (the Allstar game counts folks!). If you’re like...

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Craziest. Offseason. Quote. Ever!

Crazy idea; don’t give C.C. a 10 year, $275 million contract when no one else is bidding on him, that should take care of that. The only thing the A-Rod contract is a “cautionary tale” about is letting Scott Boras get into the same room with Hank Steinbrenner. It tells us pretty much nothing about anything else. Because it was insane. How insane? It guaranteed A-Rod over $100 million more in total than Sabathia’s current contract guarantees him. Yeah.

Also, Cashman and Hal Steinbrenner showed last year in negotiations with Derek Jeter that they can be hardliners even when dealing with an icon.

That’s being a bit generous, but in any case, the two situations just have no connection whatsoever. Jeter simply didn’t have options, because no one else valued him as much as the Yankees did, so even if he didn’t like their offer, no one else was going to match it. If Sabathia opts out, there will be plenty of teams lining up to kick the tires on him, and if the Yankees lowball the big guy, someone will beat their offer.…

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Starring Mark Teixeira as Jason Giambi (hopefully)

Texiambi

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. The Yankees sign a big-name free agent first baseman coming off an MVP-caliber year to a mammoth long-term deal that will keep him in the Bronx well past the point...

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2011 season profile: C.C. Sabathia

How did Sabathia respond? With his best season as a Yankee. Sabathia set new personal best (with the Yankees) in ERA, FIP, ERA+, K/9, BB/9, and HR/9. Though Justin Verlander will likely run away with the Cy Young Award, that won’t necessarily do a good job of portraying the real state of the race, as Sabathia has a good case for the award himself. In short, the Yankees were counting on Sabathia to be very good this year, and he came through and then some.

Now, however, there’s a common belief that Sabathia “faded down the stretch.” I guess anything’s possible depending on how you look at it, but I don’t see any evidence for any such trend. Sabathia’s ERA in the second half of the season was higher than before the All-Star game, but at 3.44 was certainly fine on its own terms. His strikeout rate and strikeout-to-walk ratio, on the other hand, were actually better after the All-Star Game.…

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