The Farm Report: 7/31/12

Trenton beat Altoona 2-1:
Oscar Tejeda started the second with a solo homer for the Curve, who held the slim lead through six innings as Gerrit Cole kept the Trenton offense in check.  The Thunder rallied in the seventh though, as Zoilo Almonte lead off with a homer to tie the game.  Melky Mesa reached on a single and Luke Murton followed with a single.  A double play ball by JR Murphy allowed Mesa to score, giving the Thunder a 2-1 win.

No one on Trenton had more than one hit, as they scattered six hits.  Rob Segedin went 1-2 with a double and a walk.  Almonte’s homer was accounted for the Thunder’s other extra base hit.  Altoona’s Gerrit Cole gave Trenton a hard time, allowing just three hits and one walk while striking out six.   Brett Marshall gave Trenton six strong innings. allowing one run on four hits, three walks and four Ks.

Tampa beat Charlotte 6-4 in 11 innings:
The  Yankees jumped out to an early lead, as Adonis Garcia reached on an error in the first, and Slade Heathcott followed with a single and they both moved over on a wild pitch.  … Click here to read the rest

Nova flames out. Yankees lose to O’s, 11-5

It seemed from this angle that the game’s balanced changed with Mark Reynold’s at bat in the top of the second. Nova had started the inning by allowing consecutive singles to Adam Jones and Matt Wieters. Nova then blew away both Lew Ford and Wilson Betemit on strikeouts. It looked like he was going to get out of the inning as he had Mark Reynolds, one of the most prolific strikeout batters in history, down 0-2 in the count. Nova and Martin had a little conference to decide what the next pitch would be. It would be a terrible decision. Nova threw the flattest of sliders and Reynolds punished it for a ground rule double to left. Here is pictorial proof of how bad that pitch was (from Brooks Baseball):

From there the floodgates opened and Nova could not hold back the flood. Omar Quintanilla singled to score two. Nick Markakis singled and J.J. Hardy walked to load the bases.… Click here to read the rest

Game 103: Joba’s Back!

Joba!

For those of you may not have heard as of yet, Joba Chamberlain will be in the Yankees bullpen tonight, replacing Chad Qualls. Finally, our long national nightmare is over.

And hey, Qualls was sent to the Pirates for 1B/3B Casey McGehee and cash. McGehee is currently “hitting” .230/.297/.377 with an 83 wRC+ (on the heels of a 68 wRC+ last season), though he does have a 119 wRC+ against LHP this year … following a 6 wRC+ against southpaws in 2011. His defense is passable at the hot corner, for what it’s worth, though different metrics offer different opinions there. At the very least, the Yankees got a warm body for Qualls, which is more than most could have expected.

Here’s a quick recap of today’s other deals:

  • The Phillies sent Shane Victorino to the Dodgers for Josh Lindblom and Ethan Martin
  • The Phillies sent Hunter Pence to the Giants for Tommy Joseph, Nate Schierholtz, and Seth Rosin
  • The Cubs sent Ryan Dempster to the Rangers for Christian Villanueva and Kyle Hendricks
  • The Marlins sent Gaby Sanchez and Kyle Kaminska to the Pirates for Gorkys Hernandez and their 2013 competitive balance pick
  • The Marlins sent Edward Mujica to the Cardinals for Zack Cox
  • The Red Sox sent Matt Albers and Scott Podsednik to the Diamondbacks for Craig Breslow
  • The Red Sox sent Lars Anderson to the Indians for (knuckleballer!) Steven Wright
  • The Royals sent Jonathan Broxton to the Reds for J.C.
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Hughes’ Reverse Platoon Split

Facing a right handed hitter should be the strength of a right handed pitcher. A reverse platoon split is a rare find in baseball, and occurs when a pitcher has better numbers against opposite-side hitters than same-side hitters. Our very own Phil Hughes has spotted one of the worst reverse platoon splits in baseball. While lefties are hitting a meager .196/.250/.367 in 2012, righties hit .318/.358/.613. Although he has close to no split in his career, 2012 has been an odd season for the 26 year oldd, who’s had to deal with a number of mechanical changes. He’s progressively improved throughout this season, but one factor that remains is this puzzling problem against right handed hitters.

Phil Hughes Platoon Splits By Month 
Month BA (R) OBP (R) SLG (R) BA (L) OBP (L) SLG (L)
April .357 .400 .690  .290 .389 .613
May .410 .422 .770  .163 .217 .267
June .256 .289 .488  .210 .264 .383
July .258 .319 .500  .182 .203 .364

You’ll see a clear drop in all aspects of the batting lines once Hughes made adjustments in May and June.… Click here to read the rest