Stats to watch for 2012: Alex Rodriguez

For each player, there are certain indicators we look at to see how he’s doing. Even if we know better, we take a peek at Derek Jeter‘s batting average. His speed matters just as much in the field, but we can’t help but gawk at Brett Gardner‘s stolen base numbers. Going into 2012, there are numbers we’re going to keep an extra close eye on. Let’s start out by looking at Alex Rodriguez. For his entire career, power has been A-Rod’s calling card. Last year, a knee injury helped sap him of his power and we saw his Iso take Continue reading Stats to watch for 2012: Alex Rodriguez

On Penn State, heroes, and monstrosity

I’ve been debating whether or not to say anything about the ongoing situation surrounding the Penn State football team because, while it’s obviously a huge sports story with some broad implications and lessons for us all, it obviously doesn’t fit our general beat. But though I’ve tried to avoid paying an inordinate amount of attention to the story, I continue to find myself absolutely horrified by the spectacle, and with the baseball winter off to a slow start, I think I will take a moment to speak my peace.

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Targeting pitchers who fit the Yankee defense

In a recent piece by Fangraph’s Dave Cameron on Mark Buehrle (great read, check it out) he broke down why the big lefty’s ERA has tended to outperform his FIP consistently throughout his career. He illustrated that a major part of the reason is an inherent bias in both stats. Pitchers like Buehrle who generate lots of ground balls often have infielders who tend to make more errors, since they have more chances. So the gap between ERA and FIP is at least partially due to unearned Runs, which of course don’t count towards ERA. But that got me to Continue reading Targeting pitchers who fit the Yankee defense

Why Jorge Posada may not be finished

As Marc Carig reported on Wednesday, Jorge Posada’s days in pinstripes are likely numbered, a fact that the longtime Yankee seems well aware of.  Many Yankee fans feel similarly, due to Posada’s subpar 2011 season (89 WRC+, -0.4 WAR) and the emergence of superprospect Jesus Montero as his likely replacement in the DH/emergency catcher role.  Since Posada seems finished in New York (at least on this side of town), many fans are hoping that he will call it quits, ending a distinguished 17-year career entirely in the uniform of one organization.  I share some nostalgic hope that Jorge will be Continue reading Why Jorge Posada may not be finished

Is Mark Teixeira’s decline irreparable?

For stat watchers, the numbers are damning. In 2008 Mark Teixeira posted a career high wOBA of .410, a number that confirmed his status as one of the game’s elite hitters. He followed that up with a .402 number in 2009, which was equally excellent, but also down slightly. Normally that kind of variation means nothing more than noise but in 2010 Tex’s performance dropped substantially. His wOBA was .367. The trend continued in 2011, when he posted a .361 wOBA. There is no sugar coating the trend. Tex’s offensive numbers have declined in three straight years. The downward trajectory Continue reading Is Mark Teixeira’s decline irreparable?

Answering the Call: A Veterans Day All Star Team

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog). Baseball and the United States military have been closely intertwined since the days of the Civil War, both in myth and reality. Even if the game wasn’t really invented by Major General Abner Doubleday (ahem, Mr. Selig), a hero of Fort Sumter, the hundreds of baseball players who served their country have cemented the bond between these two cherished institutions. So, what better time than Veterans Day to commemorate the game’s contribution to our armed forces by compiling an All Star team of players who served? Listed below is a decorated team of Continue reading Answering the Call: A Veterans Day All Star Team

On Mark Buehrle

Others have done it, but I’ve avoided touching on free agent pitcher Mark Buehrle at length. I kept saying that I wanted to like Buehrle, but I just couldn’t bring myself to want him on the Yankees. Part of me thought this was okay because of Buehrle’s average home run rates and way below average strikeout rates. But, part of me loved his generally strong ground ball rates and his remarkable durability. Yesterday at FanGraphs, Dave Cameron delved into what Buehrle does–or rather doesn’t do–that has separated him over the course of his career. The end of the article is Continue reading On Mark Buehrle

TYA: Mailbag — Bring on the offseason!

Thanks for all of your submissions, folks. Please keep them coming; we’ll certainly address each email as quickly as possible! To submit a question, simply click the “Contact Us” tab under the site’s banner and send us your thoughts.  Today’s question involves some serious offseason roster reconstruction. “Everybody has accepted that Derek Jeter’s range has decreased in the field, but I believe I have found a more difficult problem to deal with … it looks like Jeter’s arm strength is failing him even faster than his range. … Would it be feasible to trade Cano to get a pitcher that will Continue reading TYA: Mailbag — Bring on the offseason!

Does Ivan Nova Have A Chance To Win AL Rookie Of The Year?

(** Author’s Note- I completely botched this and forgot that Alexi Ogando is not eligible for the AL ROY this year because he spent more than 45 days on a Major League roster in 2010.  So disregard everything related to Ogando below and just focus on the other candidates. **) (The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) The Yankees have already been heavily featured in the early portion of MLB Awards season, getting shafted out of at least 2 AL Gold Gloves and then having Robbie Cano and C-Grand deservedly win Silver Slugger Awards for their respective Continue reading Does Ivan Nova Have A Chance To Win AL Rookie Of The Year?