Adventures in Left Field: Hiroki Kuroda and Eric Chavez Beat Baltimore 2-1

Eduardo Nunez really shouldn’t be the story of this game. Hiroki Kuroda, Mike Teixeira, Eric Chavez, and the Yankee bullpen all had great games, and Eduardo Nunez was just playing a new position. But really, what image are you going to remember about this game a few days from now? For me, its Eduardo Nunez...

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Pitching, defense, lead Yankees to 2-1 victory over O’s

Eduardo Nunez was playing left field for the very first time in his major league career, so of course the very first batter of the game hit one his way. Nunez actually caught it, however, as well as catching the final out of the inning coming in on a softly hit ball from the bat of Nick Markakis. The landing looked a little rough, but on the whole Nunez was actually not terrible in the outfield tonight.

Raul Ibanez was a different story in right, however, as he misplayed a high fly ball off the bat of Matt Wieters at the wall in the second, allowing Adam Jones to advance to third, though holding Wieters at first, at least. To be honest, at first blush I thought it was a decent play by Ibanez to knock the ball down before it went over the wall, but upon review it turned out Ibanez just horribly mistimed his jump and completely missed a ball most competent outfielders would catch 9.5 times out of 10.…

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The Farm Report: 4/30/12

Trenton rallied to beat Portland 6-3:
The Thunder scored early, as Abraham Almonte started the game with a single to right.  He stole second and moved to third when Dan Brewer grounded out.  Almonte scored on a single from Cody Johnson, and Trenton had the first run of the game.  Portland tied the game in the fourth, when Graham Stoneburner was pulled for Michael Dubee.  Trenton responded in the top of the fifth.  Ronnier Mustelier singled to right with two outs and moved to third on a single from Johnson.  The bases loaded when Melky Mesa was hit by a pitch and Luke Murton singled Mustelier in to give Trenton a 2-1 edge.  Portland got the run back in the bottom of the inning, but the Thunder responded in the sixth.  Addison Maruszak reached on an error by the Sea Dogs’ shortstop.  Yadil Mujica singled to center and Almonte walked to load the bases.  Maruszak scored on a ground out from Mustelier and the Thunder took the lead once again.  …

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Game 22: Keep the Ball on the Ground

Given the Yankees luck with injuries thus far, many were left incredulous at the sight of Nick Swisher being helped off the field yesterday – particularly those of us who remembered the groin woes that sidelined Swisher for a portion of Spring Training. Thankfully, the jovial slugger isn’t likely to miss more than...

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Despite Historic Pace in April, Yankees Offense Leaves Fans Wanting More

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog; follow me on Twitter at@williamnyy23).

The Yankees’ offense is a victim of high expectations. Whenever the team loses a game or two, it has become fashionable to blame the lineup’s inability to get the “big hit” and lament all of the men left...

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Previewing Yankees Vs. Orioles: CC…And Who?

Here are some statistics that might interest you: the Yankees are in the top 5 in every meaningful batting category. Seriously, don’t bother worrying about that. Hiroki Kuroda, Phil Hughes, and Ivan Nova have averaged a 16.44% HR/FB rate combined. Over their careers, they’ve averaged 9.4%. The three “and who?” guys have averaged a .369 BABIP in 2012; their career average (combined) sits around .290. Their 2012 ERAs are 4.38 (Kuroda), 7.88 (Hughes), and 5.18 (Nova); their 2012 xFIPs and SIERAs (two fielding-independent statistics that tend to be predictive of future ERA) are 3.85 and 4.00 (Kuroda), 4.68 and 3.91 (Hughes), and 3.13 and 3.13 (Nova). I’m not saying that these three guys are lighting the world on fire every time they go out there. But I am saying that they haven’t been a) nearly as bad as some media members might have you think, and b) not as bad as their superficial numbers indicate.

Does this mean they’re going to be world-beaters in 2012?…

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