No Nation for Old Stars; Youkilis Is Latest to Bid An Early Fenway Farewell

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog; follow me on Twitter at@williamnyy23).

Branch Rickey once stated that he would rather trade a player one year too early than keep him one year too late. Rightly or wrongly, that philosophy has been the Boston Red Sox modus operandi for the last...

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Surprises

The Orioles acquired Hammel from the Rockies in what appears to be the most one-sided trade of the off-season They finally dealt the veteran innings-eater, Jeremy Guthrie, for the aforementioned Hammel and flame-throwing reliever Matt Lindstrom. Hammel, who has a career ERA of 4.73 in seven major league seasons, has been nothing short of outstanding, sporting an 8-2 record with a 2.61 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and is among the top-10 in strikeouts in the American League. It must be the thicker air but Hammel looks like a changed man. More impressive is the fact that he is making the oft-difficult NL to AL transition while playing in arguably the best division in baseball. Guthrie on the other hand has been abysmal, with a 3-6 record, a 6.34 ERA, and a K/BB ratio of almost 1:1.

Melky Cabrera:

Ahh, a familiar name to Yankees fans that was part of one of Brian Cashman’s trademark, ill-fated deals for starting pitching.…

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The Yankees are not George Foreman

The latest iteration of this theme, carried over for most of the past two seasons, is that the Yankees’ offense is “too dependent on home runs,” and this year there’s been an added “they can’t hit with runners in scoring position” twist to the recipe. Now, to be fair, the Yankees do have the worst batting average with runners in scoring position in the American League, but this is almost certainly a statistical anomaly. After all, even if you do believe in the mythical powers of clutchitude, the Yankees’ struggles in this regard involve plenty of players with a solid history in that regard, so it’s not as though there’s some sort of tidy “the Yankees eschewed getting clutch hitters” narrative you can build around this offense.

So, in other words, cases like the one Joel Sherman made in today’s Post are entirely overstated:

This Yankees lineup is much more a knockout-reliant heavyweight. Robinson Cano, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira as Sonny Liston, George Foreman and Mike Tyson.

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A closer look at CC Sabathia’s season


Hopefully that wasn't a fastball.

CC Sabathia is the only player the Yankees signed as part of their 2009 massive shopping spree who has continued to earn his gaudy paycheck in the seasons that followed the Championship year. In...

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