Is Defense Undermining The Yankee Pitching Staff?

Yankee starting pitchers have a 6.08 ERA, almost a full run worse from the terrible Boston Red Sox. Given the personel on the staff, this should be a surprise. Kiroda, Nova, and Sabathia were reasonable good bets entering the season, and are still reasonable good bets going forward, to be very strong contributors to the...

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Does Hughes hold the keys to Garcia’s future?

At one point, it would have been easy to assume that, for the sake of depth, David Phelps would have to be optioned to the Empire State rotation, while the odd man out of the rotation would go to the bullpen in some capacity. That scenario has changed, however, as Phelps will now get at least one chance to show what he’s capable of doing as a starting pitcher before Pettite returns. He could still certainly be the odd man out when it comes time to make a decision, but if he does well Thursday night in Kansas City, you’d have to think he’ll make a compelling case to stay in the big leagues given the lack of production the Yankees have gotten out of their starting rotation so far.

Which brings us to the other man on the rotation bubble: Phil Hughes. Though arguably better than Garcia this month, Hughes has been pretty bad in his own right, and the last time we saw him Joe Girardi was calling on Clay Rapada to get the final out of the third inning in Texas rather than let Hughes continue to implode in the inning.…

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Basking in the glow of C.C. Sabathia

Mike Mussina once said that a very good pitcher will win half of his starts. And sure enough, Mussina can count himself among those as he won 270 of his career 536 starts–just a tick above half. Roger Clemens won 354 of his 709 starts. Just a tick over half. Andy Pettitte has won 240 of his 479 starts. Just a tick over half. C.C. Sabathia has made 106 starts for the Yankees and has won 62 of them. So, by the Mussina-scale, Sabathia is doing pretty darned well as a Yankee.

In his Yankee career, C.C. Sabathia has now gone 62 – 23. That is an unbelievable winning percentage of .729. Whitey Ford’s winning percentage with the Yankees was .690. Ron Guidry’s was .651. Andy Pettitte’s is .644. Roger Clemens with the Yankees was .664. Lefty Gomez’s was .652. Mike Mussina’s was .631. Herb Pennock’s was .643. C.C. Sabathia has been as sure of a thing as a pitcher the Yankees have ever seen.…

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See, you can never have too much pitching

It seems like only yesterday when baseball prognosticators everywhere were wondering what the Yankees would do with all their starters. The team didn’t have room for all those arms! The Yankees had too much pitching, literally, for four games. That’s about how many starts it took for everyone to realize that Freddy Garcia...

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Series Preview: Yankees vs. Orioles Take Two

When we last saw the Orioles, they were walking back to their dugout, having just been swept by the Yankees in the second series of the year for both squads. The Fightin’ Showalters have been hot ever since the end of that series, going 10-5 since the Yankees left the Charm City. In that span,...

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More roster moves coming this week

The team might be forced to make another decision before that, however, thanks to the low-grade hamstring strain Nick Swisher suffered in yesterday’s game. As of now, it appears the team does not intend to place him on the disabled list, though the injury will take a “few days” to heal. Since the Yankees are already working with a short bench, having Swisher unavailable will make things even tighter over the next few days, as the team will have only three true outfielders (and one of them is Raul Ibanez) available to manager Joe Girardi until Gardner comes back, with Eduardo Nunez forced into the fourth outfielder role. They’ll also have just two players available on the bench in whichever combination of Russell Martin/Chris Stewart and Eduardo Nunez/Eric Chavez isn’t in the starting lineup that night.

Personally, I don’t think much will come out of Swisher’s situation. The Yankees ought to be able to rough it for three home games before Gardner comes back, at which point they’d just be in the same situation they’ve been playing with since Gardner hit the DL.…

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PITCHf/x Scouting Report: Jason Hammel

Tonight, the Orioles will send right handed pitcher Jason Hammel to the mound in the Bronx. Originally drafted by the Rays in 2002, Hammel saw his first major league game in 2006. Although he was a highly touted pitching prospect, he spent his...

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