How they stack up: Hitters

Yesterday, I checked in on how the Yankees’ offense and pitching staff stack up against the rest of the AL, now let’s take a look at the position players, one by one. We’ll go numerically according to the scorebook.

Catcher: Russell Martin

AVG/OBP/SLG/OPS/OPS+: .210/.347/.391/.739/99
Avg. AL catcher: .244/.314/.399/.713
Martin vs. Pos. Avg: 85/110/97/103
wOBA/wRC+: .334/108, fifth/t-fifth among AL catchers w/at least 160 PA (11)

First Base: Mark Teixeira

AVG/OBP/SLG/OPS/OPS+: .245/.316/.455/.771/104
Avg. AL first baseman: .248/.324/.427/.750
Tex vs. Pos. Avg.: 98/97/106/102
wOBA/wRC+: .331/106, both seventh among qualified AL 1B (13)

Second Base: Robinson Cano

AVG/OBP/SLG/OPS/OPS+: .290/.347/.511/.858/128
Avg. AL second baseman: .246/.310/.372/.682
Cano vs. Pos. Avg.: 117/111/137/125
wOBA/wRC+: .367/131, both first among qualified AL 2B (11)

Third Base: Alex Rodriguez

AVG/OBP/SLG/OPS/OPS+: .275/.368/.430/.798/115
Avg. AL third baseman: .254/.312/.401/.713
A-Rod vs. Pos. Avg.: 108/117/107/111
wOBA/wRC+: .359/126, both third among qualified AL 3B (8)

Shortstop: Derek Jeter

AVG/OBP/SLG/OPS/OPS+: .319/.371/.438/.809/117
Avg. AL shortstop: .251/.305/.359/.664
Jeter vs. Pos. Avg.: 127/121/122/121
wOBA/wRC+: .358/125, both second among qualified AL SS (14)

Left Field: Raul Ibanez:

AVG/OBP/SLG/OPS/OPS+: .255/.310/.503/.813/114
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Yankees fail to complete sweep in 7-3 loss

The Yankees’ misfortune started in the second inning when, after allowing a lead off double to B.J. Upton, C.C. Sabathia retired the next two batters and seemed poised to get out of the inning unscathed, only to allow a single to backup catcher Jose Lobaton to bring hom Upton and get the Rays on the board. The Yankees then put the first two runners on in the bottom of the inning, but Jayson Nix was unable to get a bunt down, falling into an 0-2 hole, and it looked like David Price might be set up for his own Houdini act. However, a wild pitch from Price allowed Nick Swisher to move to third base with one out, and then Chris Stewart managed to accidentally bring Swisher home on an attempted check swing to tie the game.

Things began to go downhill for good in the third, however. After Drew Sutton struck out to start things off, Elliot Johnson was able to reach base on a throwing error by Alex Rodriguez.… Click here to read the rest

Yankees Lose 7-3 Behind Some Weak Defense

Tonight’s matchup was between arguably the top two left handed starters in the American League, CC Sabathia and David Price. With an Orioles loss tonight, the winner of this matchup would sit a top the America League East in first place, while the other fell to third. The last time these two met up wasn’t so long ago, less than a month, a May 10th start that had Sabathia giving up 2 unearned runs and earning 10 strikeouts to Price’s 5 earned runs and 11 hits. The way the Yankees have hit Price in his recent matchups encouraged the dreams of first place, and I don’t think anyone expected Sabathia to get hit by the Ray’s current offense. No matter how well Price has pitched, when the Yankees are as hot as they are, you always expect them to win.

The game started with a nice easy two strikeout inning for Sabathia. Price had less luck, who faced a two men on jam with two outs after an error and single from Mark Teixeira.… Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report: 6/7/12

Doug Bernier went 3-4 with a run scored and a double.  Curtis went 2-4 with a run scored, two double and a RBI.  The only Yankee to come up hitless was Chris Dickerson, who went 0-3 but had a RBI on a sac fly.  Nelson Figueroa went six inning and kept the Bulls scoreless on three hits, a walk and five strikeouts.

Trenton beat Erie 5-1:
The Thunder struck in the third, as Damon Sublett singled and scored on a sac fly from David Adams.  Trenton added another run in the fourth as Melky Mesa doubled and Addison Maruszak tripled him in.  Jose Pirela hit a one out double in the top of the fifth and stole third.  Adams then drove a sac fly to right, plating Pirela for a 3-0 lead.  Erie finally got on the board in the bottom of the fifth, on a triple from Niuman Romero, but Trenton got some insurance in the seventh.  Maruszak, Sublett and Abraham Almonte drew back-to-back-to-back walks, loading the bases.  … Click here to read the rest

Game Thread: 6/7 — Yanks go for sweep

UPDATE (7:00): Apparently this one is starting at 7:30. Had no idea the weather was bad in the Bronx.

The Yanks will go for the sweep against the Rays tonight in a battle of lefty aces as CC Sabathia goes for the Yankees against David Price for the Rays.

Lineups!

Tampa:

1. Elliot Johnson, SS
2. Ben Zobrist, DH
3. Desmond Jennings, LF
4. B.J. Upton, CF
5. Sean Rodriguez, 3B
6. Carlos Pena, 1B
7. Jose Lobaton, C
8. Matt Joyce, RF
9. Drew Sutton, 2B

New York:

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, DH
8. Jayson Nix, LF
9. Chris Stewart, C

Go Yanks! … Click here to read the rest

How the Youthful Rays Were Beat by an Old Man

“I don’t really try to strike guys out,” Pettitte said. “I feel like I’m able to keep guys off balance an awful lot right now. My command was just really good tonight. I only left a couple of balls over the heart of the zone all night long. I’ve been real happy with my command and the feel of all my pitches. I didn’t think it would come back so quick.”

Who really thought it would come back so quick? A pitcher one year removed from baseball came out Tuesday night to win the first game of the series against the (once) first place Rays. The youthful Tampa Bay team may not sport the most potent offense in baseball, but Andy Pettitte didn’t simply beat the Rays. Our favorite lefty dismantled, destroyed, and defaced a team that looked ill-prepared for his high-80’s heat. This isn’t the first time I’ve said it, and it won’t be the last, but not even the most optimistic predictions had the 40 years old Pettitte putting together 7.1 innings of 2 hit, 2 walk, and 10 strikeout ball in a rather important game of a rather important series.… Click here to read the rest