Yankees claim Igarashi from Blue Jays

Via Dan Barbarisi, the Yankees have claimed relief pitcher Ryota Igarashi off of waivers from the Blue Jays. The right hander is nothing special, owns a career 6.17 ERA and 4.42 FIP in 70 career big league innings, and will be headed to Triple-A Empire State. Brad Meyers, one of the Yankees’ two Rule 5 picks this past winter, was moved to the 60 day disabled list to make room for Igarishi on the 40 man roster. Continue reading Yankees claim Igarashi from Blue Jays

A catching debate for the Yankees?

We all loved Jorge Posada. One of the “Core Four” founding fathers with five rings upon his fingers was an icon in New York. And then came last year when he lost his catching job to Russell Martin. Most of us who watch the game without our rose-colored glassed understood that it was time for the switch. Posada’s defense behind the plate became so glaring that the move was inevitable. But it hurt. It hurt Posada and it hurt us who watched him play the game all those years. But after a season of watching Russell Martin behind the plate in 2011, we knew it was the right move. Martin was so far above Posada defensively that it was nearly breathtaking. With some new statistics to guide us such as framing pitches and blocking balls in the dirt, Martin was actually rated the fifth most valuable catcher in the game in 2011. Some of us speculated that the Yankees should give him a three year deal to tie the team over until prospects like Austin Romine and Gary Sanchez were ready. Then 2012 happened.

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Sabathia’s Control Problems Graphed

Starting off this season, CC Sabathia had issues maintaining regular sink on his fastballs. In the span of 5 starts from April 17 to May 10th, the lefty corrected his problems by “getting on top of the pitch”, going 5-0 with a 2.52 ERA, an 8.69 K/9, a 1.14 BB/9, and a 6.68 H/9 in 39.1 IP. Despite pitching against some weak offenses in his 3 starts from May 15th to May 26th, he has gone 1-2 with a 4.05 ERA, a 7.2 K/9, a 4.95 BB/9, and a 9.45 H/9 in 20.0 IP. Strikeouts have been falling while walks Continue reading Sabathia’s Control Problems Graphed

Death by the tiered bullpen is the most agonizing death of all

So I told myself I wasn’t going to devote a post to complaining about Joe Girardi’s bullpen management today, but who the heck am I kidding? As it is, I’ll chalk it up as a moral victory that I made it past noon and offset it with a preemptive compliment* of him for something else.

I’m not so sure I’m willing to call Boone Logan a relief ace just quite yet, but I do agree that he’s at least the hottest reliever on the team right now and, as such, has become a victim of the Bullpen Paradox in which, by pitching more effectively, relievers tend to find themselves working the important spots in a game less and less frequently due to the ingrained logic that you need to save your best relievers for the final innings without regard to what the situation might be in the sixth or seventh innings.

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Wondering About David Phelps’ Role

(The original version of this post was published at An A-Blog for A-Rod last week.  This version has been updated to reflect Phelps’ most recent outing) The late-spring injuries helped, but David Phelps definitely earned his spot on the Yankee 25-man roster with the job he did in Spring Training, and quickly made people take notice of him after his first few successful appearances out of the ‘pen. Since then, he’s had a couple of rough outings, made a pair of spot starts, and been used in a variety of different scenarios as the pitching portion of the Yankee roster Continue reading Wondering About David Phelps’ Role

What’s behind Teixeira’s surge?

It’s been a rough year for Mark Teixeira. In addition to battling a nasty breathing problem in his chest, the Yankees’ first baseman’s production on the field was conspicuously down to frightening levels. Always a slow starter, Teixeira is no doubt used to ignoring his early season numbers, but this was a problem that went well beyond that, as Tex was hitting a measly .228/.283/.386 as late as May 18th, and the second month surge we’d come to anticipate from Teixeira had yet to materialize. Worse still, his struggles weren’t limited merely to hitting from the left side of the plate, and his numbers were equally ugly against both left-handed and right-handed pitchers. No, this wasn’t a slow start, this was a full on crisis, and had many people wondering if Tex was irretrievably broken as a hitter.

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Trumbo, Angels walk off in a see-saw game

Memorial Day clearly meant “offense” to the Yankees and Angels, as they combined for 17 runs, 25 hits, and four errors in a back-and-forth game that ended on a walk-off homer from Anaheim’s Mark Trumbo as the ninth inning started. The game started off crazily enough, with the Yankees plating three against the Angels and Jeff Weaver leaving the game with an injury before the Angels even had a chance to bat, thanks to an error by Erick Aybar, a Raul Ibanez sac-fly, and another error by reliever Bobby Cassevah. Phil Hughes, though, was kindly enough to give runs right Continue reading Trumbo, Angels walk off in a see-saw game

Gardner still days away from returning

Via George King, Brett Gardner took some “dry swings” at the Yankees’ facility in Tampa yesterday as planned, but that doesn’t mean he’s particularly close to reclaiming his place in left field for the Bombers. Gardner still needs to work himself up to full batting practice, after which another minor league rehab stint is on his docket. “At least ten days,” is how manager Joe Girardi put it, so I hope you’re getting comfortable with Raul Ibanez in the outfield. Continue reading Gardner still days away from returning

Trumbo’s walk-off bomb sinks Yankees, 9-8

Mark Trumbo hit a ninth inning home run to left field on the third pitch from Cory Wade to give the Angels a 9-8 victory over the New York Yankees. In a game that had a little bit of everything, the Yankees had plenty of chances to win the game, including a bases loaded top of the ninth with two outs, but could not get the runs across they needed to win the game. The game started terribly for the Angels as their ace, Jered Weaver, came up lame after only three batters in the first. Reports later indicated that Weaver had a back problem. With his family in the stands and a family crowd on Memorial Day, Weaver let two F-bombs shouts for all the world to hear as he was walking toward the dugout after the injury. Some sloppy defense helped the Yankees score three runs in the inning and with Weaver out, it seemed all the breaks were heading their way in this game. But Phil Hughes gave all the runs back and then one in the bottom of the first. Hughes did not have a good outing and the Angels hit the ball hard off of him all night.

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