On Hughes and 0-2, quickly

Yesterday at RAB, Joe mused wonderfully about Phil Hughes and his troubles putting hitters away when he’s up in the count: One result of Hughes’s control is that he often works ahead in the count. He has faced 341 hitters this year, of which 83 have gone to an 0-2 count. That’s 24.3 percent of all hitters he’s faced. The AL average is just 19.3 percent of all PA. Yet hitters have had a field day once they’re this far behind. The average AL hitter has a .166 BA and .250 SLG in PA when they’ve seen an 0-2 count. Continue reading On Hughes and 0-2, quickly

The Farm Report: 6/21/12

Empire State lost to Louisville 11-6:
The Yankees got a quick lead, as Corban Joseph drew a walk and Francisco Cervelli reached on an error.  Russell Branyan worked a free pass, loading the bases.  Kevin Russo singled in Joseph and Cervelli, putting the Yankees ahead 2-0.  Louisville brought out the bats in the bottom of the second, scoring six runs on a two walks, a homer, five singles and a double.  Jack Cust doubled in the fifth, scoring on a single from Branyan, but the Bats responded with five more runs over the next two innings for an 11-3 lead.   The Yankees went on a rally in the top of the ninth.  Chris Dickerson drew a walk and scored on a double by Joseph.  Cervelli singled in Joseph and moved to second on an error.  Russo hit a two-out single, plating Cervelli, but Brandon Laird lined out to end the game on a 11-6 Empire State loss.

Joseph went 1-3 with two runs scored, a double, a RBI and two walks.  Cervelli as 2-5 with two runs scored.  Russo went 3-4 with three RBIs.  D.J. Mitchell went just two innings, getting knocked for six runs on seven hits, three walks and two Ks.  Michael O’Connor went three innings and allowed tow runs on four hits, a walk and three Ks.  Manny Delcarmen had a tough inning of work, giving up three runs on three hits, a walk and a strikeout.

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Delta Dugout @ Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal (sponsored)

Starting tomorrow through Sunday, the 3rd annual Delta Dugout is taking over Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal, which includes:

  • The opportunity to meet and greet Mets and Yankees players and other alumni appearances.
  • Enjoy live viewing of the Mets vs. Yankees games on Friday and Saturday.
  • Interactive games that test your batting skills.
  • Delta Presents Mets & Yankees Password with Curtis Granderson and David Wright.
  • Social media promotions with an interactive Twitter Hunt, as well as other giveaways, trivia, the Delta Vacations money booth, and more.

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Gossage not a Rocket fan

Goose Gossage apparently doesn’t want Roger Clemens to join him amongst the ranks of players enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame, even though Clemens was acquitted of all of the charges against him in federal court this week and, as such, there’s no actual evidence that he ever used steroids or any other banned substances. I feel like we’ve litigated the morality and subjective aspects of this debate enough for now, so I’ll just observe that if your version of the Hall of Fame includes Goose Gossage but excludes possibly the best pitcher to ever play, I’d say we’re pretty much done here. Continue reading Gossage not a Rocket fan

Looking at possible bench replacements

Matt’s article today highlighted the struggles that Andruw Jones is having with left-handed pitching, and got me thinking about the rest of the Yankee bench, and whether possible replacements exist.  Jones’ struggles are a problem because Jones was expected to be the lefty-mashing half of a DH platoon and occasional outfielder (though he has been getting more reps out there due to Brett Gardner‘s injury).  After getting off to a hot start and hitting some big home runs, Raul Ibanez has cooled down dramatically.  Chris Stewart, brought in to be a glove-first backup catcher, has proved adequate on that front, Continue reading Looking at possible bench replacements

K-Long on Melky: “He made himself tradeable”

In case you’ve been living under a rock, or just don’t pay any attention to the National League West, Melky Cabrera is having himself a heck of a season with the San Francisco Giants. So far the former Yankee outfielder boasts a .363/.399/.532 batting line, which translates into a .401 wOBA, and his 101 hits lead all of Major League Baseball. It’s a far cry from the Melky we knew in New York, and Yankees’ hitting coach Kevin Long says that that’s no coincidence. “He’s a hell of a player,” Long told Joel Sherman of the New York Post. “He has totally gotten committed to his career. He doesn’t drink. He doesn’t take anything for granted any more. His personal trainer is with him all the time. When you go all in and have talent, this is what happens — and it is evident he has the talent…If Melky committed himself to the Yankees as he does now, he would still be a Yankee,” he continued. “And he would say the same thing. He made himself tradeable then.”

Obviously Melky would look quite good in pinstripes right about now, and that’s before considering that a) Brett Gardner has missed most of the season with an elbow injury and b) that the Yankees got Boone Logan and Javier Vazquez in return for trading him to Atlanta after the 2009 season. Believe it or not, as of right now Melky would lead the entire Yankees’ roster in wOBA and wRC+, which is just mind-boggling to me.

Still, before we use hindsight to justify another metaphorical burning in effigy of Brian Cashman for another trade gone wrong, it’s important to remember that, as Long says, there’s a world of difference between the Melky you can watch today if you stay up late enough and the Melky the Yankees had three years ago. That’s probably best evidenced by the fact that the Yankees are one of three teams to ship him off in those three seasons, as it was Kansas City who traded him to San Francisco for Jonathan Sanchez, but only after the Braves released him following the 2010 season, in which Cabrera finished with a wRC+ of 79, well below the National League average.

In any event, I always like Melky when he was with the Yankees, so I’m happy for him that he’s having this success now. And it’s a good reminder that raw talent and potential isn’t always enough for a young player who perhaps lacks the maturity to do everything that being a professional entails. Continue reading K-Long on Melky: “He made himself tradeable”

Austin to represent Yankees in Futures Game

Another day, another reason to post about what a great season Yankees’ farmhand Tyler Austin is having in Charleston. It was announced today that Austin will represent the Yankees in the 2012 MLB Futures Game, to be played July 8th at Kaufman Stadium as part of the All-Star festivities. Austin has caught the eye of prospect watchers everywhere by hitting .336/.409/.655 with 39 extra base hits, inculding 14 home runs, in 58 games for the Low-A Riverdogs, while making a pretty smooth transition to rightfield after starting his professional career at third base. Austin will play for the U.S. team, and one of his coaches will be Trenton Thunder manager Tony Franklin. Former Yankee great Bernie Williams will manage the World team. Continue reading Austin to represent Yankees in Futures Game

Whitey Ford pitches a 14-inning shutout

1959 was an odd year for the New York Yankees. After winning it all in 1958, the team had basically the same personnel as it did the season before. The team never gelled in 1959 and they came a in a distant third place, fifteen full games behind the Chicago White Sox. They would go on again to win the pennant in 1960, but 1959 was not their season. Bob Turley had won the Cy Young Award in 1958 and had won 21 games. With basically the same peripherals, his ERA rose a run and a half and he won only eight games in 1959. Role players such as Andy Carey and the aged Enos Slaughter were great in 1958 but fell on hard times in 1959. Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra were still producing, but were slightly off their best that season. The season started promisingly enough. As morning dawned on April 22, 1959, the Yanks were at 6-3 and only two games out of first. And on that Wednesday, their best pitcher, Whitey Ford, would take the mound against the Washington Senators, a bad team that was off to a 3-7 start. The Yankees would prevail that day, but it took a long time and Ford would have to pitch the best game of his career.

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