June 22nd Game Thread: Chickens don’t clap!

I can’t hear anybody talk about chickens without being reminded of this, so thank you Frank Francisco. Weather permitting, the Yankees will be taking on their cross-town rivals at Citi Field (National League baseball, so prepare for STRATEGY) tonight in the first game of a 3-game set.  Frank Francisco’s silly comments may have raised the temperature for the series a little bit, but that’s pretty much par for the course in this big dog-little dog relationship.  Andy Pettitte will take the hill for the Yankees, taking on a younger version of himself in Jon Niese for the Mets.  This should Continue reading June 22nd Game Thread: Chickens don’t clap!

Game 69: Live blogging from the pressbox

Greetings, all. I’m finally comfy in my seat, in the air conditioned confines of the CitiField pressbox. I’ve spent the last two hours proudly displaying a media pass, traipsing all over the place. I’ve been in the locker room, doing more observing and listening than asking questions. Been on the field and dugout. All and all, a nice way to start the night.

The skies are ominous and the wind is blowing so I am not sure if we’re going to get this game in, but if so, I will be here live blogging.

6:38: Centerfield video says: “WEATHER ALERT. Inclement weather is approaching the area. For your safety, please make your way into the covered areas of the concourse.”  I’m officially concerned.

(click “view full post” to read more) Continue reading Game 69: Live blogging from the pressbox

Game 69 – Battle of the lefties

Sixty-nine is a good number in New York Mets lore, but since this is a New York Yankees’ game thread, let us not think of such things. Two lefties are on the mound tonight as the Subway Series Part Deux begins at Citi Field. Andy Pettitte will make his eighth start and hopes to improve on his 3-2 record. Pettitte will match up with Jon Niese, one of the Mets better pitchers, but one the Yankees have seen plenty of times before. Niese is 4-3 with a 3.82 ERA. He has no wins against the Yankees through the years and has a 1.83 WHIP against the Bronx Bombers.  There will be no designated hitter for the Yankees since they are playing in the National League park.

The Lineups:

New York Yankees:

  1. Derek Jeter – SS
  2. Curtis Granderson – CF
  3. Mark Teixeira – 1B
  4. Alex Rodriguez – 3B
  5. Robinson Cano – 2B
  6. Nick Swisher – RF
  7. Andruw Jones – LF
  8. Russell Martin – C
  9. Andy Pettitte – P

New York Mets:

  1. Andres Torres – CF
  2. Ronnie Cedeno – SS
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Scott Hairston – LF
  5. Lucas Duda – RF
  6. Justin Turner – 2B
  7. Ike Davis – 1B
  8. Mike Nickeas – C
  9. Jon Niese – P

Game time is at 7:10 and can be seen locally on MY9 or WPIX and nationally on the MLB Network. Oh! And Jason is at the game and will be in the press box., seated beside Dan Marcus. Continue reading Game 69 – Battle of the lefties

The agony and the ecstasy: A day in the life of Eric Chavez

I’m running a little short on deep analytical inspiration this Friday afternoon, so instead I will point you to this excellent piece by the Wall Street Journal’s Dan Barbarisi on the daily routine that allows Eric Chavez, who suffers from chronic back problems, to play.   Chavez has been an easy target of humor in the blogosphere because he has been incredibly injury-prone throughout his career.  Barbarisi’s article, which details the hours of stretching and physical therapy that Chavez undergoes just to be able to set foot on the field, is a powerful description of the work Chavez puts in Continue reading The agony and the ecstasy: A day in the life of Eric Chavez

The Wandy Rodriguez Option

As July approaches, and with it trading season in Major League Baseball, it appears as though the Yankees will thoroughly explore all options available for acquiring a starting pitcher. Despite the strong seasons being offered up by CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, and Andy Pettitte and the brief flashes of brilliance we’ve seen from Ivan Nova and Phil Hughes, the Yankees could use some help at the back of the rotation. With a strong farm system and a competitive American League East a move could very well be made, with one name mentioned perhaps more frequently than others: Wandy Rodriguez. On Continue reading The Wandy Rodriguez Option

Looking At R.A. Dickey’s Knuckleball Through PITCHf/x

As a Yankee fan surrounded by Met fans, I remember joking with my friends that R.A. Dickey would be the next Cy Young contender out of Queens. I also remember the day Dickey was called up, and thinking how desperate the Mets must be to call up a 35 year old knuckleballer. Aside from his personal health battles, Dickey was always a guy I’d go out of my way to watch. If I didn’t have Yankee blood running through my veins, maybe my knuckleball fix would have been satisfied by Tim Wakefield. Alas, watching Dickey work brings my mind to Continue reading Looking At R.A. Dickey’s Knuckleball Through PITCHf/x

Andy Pettitte is quite a story

The 2012 Andy Pettitte story seems too good to be true. That is either a scary statement for those that follow the New York Yankees or a wondrous one. He has made seven starts. Tonight will be his eighth. And, after taking a year off, his peripherals are better than his 2010 season. And we cannot forget that 2010, before he hurt himself, was one of Pettitte’s best campaigns in years.  During that fine season when he went 11-3 in 21 starts, Andy Pettitte had a 3.28 ERA, a 3.85 FIP and 4.00 SIERA. This season, his ERA is 2.77 with a 3.50 FIP and a 2.90 SIERA. That is amazing. Roy Oswalt will make his first start for the Rangers tonight after taking almost a half a season off. The Rangers can only hope to catch the lightning in a bottle the Yankees have caught in Pettitte.

But it is not just the ERA and other pitching stats based on runs. Across the board, his numbers in 2012 are better than his 2010 numbers with the lone exception of his homers per nine rate. This season, Pettitte is striking out 8.51 batters per nine innings. That figure was 7.05 in 2010. In 2012, Pettitte is walking 2.22 batters per nine. That figure was 2.85 in 2010. Those figures give Pettitte a 3.86 strikeout to walk ratio compared to 2.46 in 2010. And there is more. Much more.

(click “view full post” to read more) Continue reading Andy Pettitte is quite a story