The Future at Third

Alex Rodriguez is having a nice month of May. Though the 36-year-old slugger has just three home runs since May first, he has raised his batting average by 43 points and his OPS by another 63 points over the last month. Coming off the worst season of his career, A-Rod is off to a pretty nice start for the Yankees, hitting .287 on the season with a .372 OBP and .431 SLG. More importantly, he’s played in 48 of the Yankees 49 games after missing 63 games in 2011. Fangraphs even places Rodriguez second on the Yankees in WAR, ahead Continue reading The Future at Third

Yankees season frustrating to say the least

Watching the New York Yankees this season is like one of those YouTube videos of the slinky on the treadmill. Sometimes the slinky climbs and you think it is going to reach the top. And then it loses ground. The Yankees do not quite fall off the treadmill, but they do not seem to be getting anywhere either. Two straight losses to the Angels after three wins against the Athletics pretty much defines the season, doesn’t it? The team is still second or third in the American League in every major offensive category, but continue to struggle in lower scoring games. Having the bases loaded has become a time of dread instead of a time of expectation. The Yankees currently sport a .155 batting average with the bases juiced and a .599 OPS. Yeesh.

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Could Ryota Igarashi Be the Next Cory Wade?

Yesterday, the Yankees made a seemingly small roster move by transferring Brad Meyers from the 40-man roster to the 60-day disabled list, replacing him with right handed relief pitcher Ryota Igarashi. The 33 year old former NPB reliever came to the MLB in 2010 with the Mets, who handed him a two year $3 million dollar contract. After a seemingly miserable debut season with the Mets, he was sent down, only to come back up in 2011 with some improved peripherals. His 2012 has thus far been a short fling with the Blue Jays, which has brought his major league Continue reading Could Ryota Igarashi Be the Next Cory Wade?

Will Russell Martin start hitting? Maybe not.

With Mark Teixeira suddenly hitting the cover off of the ball, at least for now, the most glaring hole in the Yankees’ lineup is now the spot occupied by catcher Russell Martin. Martin is off to an even worse start than Teixeira was as we approach the beginning of June as, with a hitting line of .190/.333/.339, Martin is just barely within spitting distance of the Mendoza line. The OBP is nice, to be sure, and that’s a big part of why he’s a not-terrible-for-a-catcher wRC+ of 91, but it’s also buoyed by a 14.3% walk rate that, if he can maintain it for a whole season, would be a career high for Martin. That isn’t like to happen if he remains a sub .200 hitter.

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Homers, Haren baffle Yanks as Angels take series

A three run third and a typical Dan Haren performance were all the Angels needed last night to win game two of this three game set. Haren threw seven innings allowing eight hits and no walks while striking out seven in his second straight strong start. The Yankees got their run in the fourth inning on an RBI single by Nick Swisher (who was robbed of two hits by the absurdly fast outfield combo of Mike Trout and Peter Bourjous). The half inning prior to that, the Angels scored all the runs they’d need to win the game. Peter Bourjos Continue reading Homers, Haren baffle Yanks as Angels take series

Yankees can’t catch a break, lose to Angels 5-1

You ever have one of those days where, for most of the day, it feels like everything is going reasonably well for you and it’s only a matter of time before it all comes together, only to wind up feeling like you’d lose a 50-50 bet 95% of the time when you go to bed? Yeah, that was pretty much what this game was like for the Yankees. The game felt like a closely contested affair most of the way, but the Yankees just never found the hit they needed to get over the hump, in no small part thanks to some ridiculous defense by the Angels’ fielders. Mike Trout and Peter Bourjos ran everything down in the outfield (including a couple of legitimately sick plays by Trout that I’m sure will be all over the highlight reels in the morning), while Howie Kendrick and Erik Aybar combined to take away three runs from the Yankees by keeping well hit ground balls in the infield. Give Dan Haren that much help and you can’t very well expect to get much going offensively.

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The Farm Report 5/29/2012

An abbreviated night in the minors tonight, as Trenton and Charleston both had games suspended due to rain as of this writing. Trenton was tied with Erie 3-3 going into the fifth inning, while the Riverdogs had a 7-3 lead over Asheville after three. Charleston scored six runs in the top of the first while sending 10 batters to the plate. Here’s a rundown on the games that finished:

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Game 49: Happy Andymas!

Is there anything more exciting in Yankees’ baseball these days than an Andy Pettitte start? Not only is the Yankee legend pitching once again after a year long hiatus from the game, he’s pitching better than even the most optimistic among us could have reasonably expected so soon after his return. Tonight, he’ll be squaring off with Angels’ 1-B ace Dan Haren, looking to get the good guys started on another winning streak after a very bitter defeat last night. Here are the lineups for the penultimate contest in this slate of games in the Golden State:

YANKEES (26-22):

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C

Andy Pettitte LHP

ANGELS 25-25:

Mike Trout LF
Maicer Izturis 3B
Albert Pujols DH
Mark Trumbo 1B
Howie Kendrick 2B
Torii Hunter RF
Eric Aybar SS
Peter Bourjos CF
Bobby Wilson C

Dan Haren RHP

First pitch is scheduled for 10:05, and the game can be seen on YES. Enjoy! Continue reading Game 49: Happy Andymas!