A-Rod’s best and worst months

Quickly, if you will, take a guess at Alex Rodriguez‘s worst month this season. Got that? Great. Now, think of what you think his wRC+ and Iso were in that month. Done? Fantastic. Repeat that process for his best month.

If you want me to do it for you, I will. A-Rod’s worst month this season was June, but it wasn’t all that bad. His wRC+ was 109, which isn’t that bad for a player’s worst month. What’s interesting, though, is that he had a .232 Iso in June, the highest he’s had in a month this season. His best month, by wRC+, was May, when he racked up a 128 mark. Ironically enough, his Iso that month was a “meh-tastic 118. Both months featured above-average production, but Rodriguez went about them in different ways, as evidence by those Iso marks.

In May, Rodriguez didn’t display much patience; his walk rate was just 7.8%, his lowest of the three full months he’s played this year (July isn’t over, obviously, but his BB% is just 4.0 so far this month.).… Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report: 7/18/12

Trenton beat Binghamton 7-1:
Jose Pirela started the game with a single to left.  Addison Maruszak singled, putting runners on the corners and Pirela scored on a double play ball hit by David Adams.  Kevin Mahoney walked in the second and scored on a double by Jose Gil.  The Mets got their first run of the day in the bottom of the second, but the Thunder held their 2-1 lead.  Trenton got some insurance in the seventh.  Melky Mesa and Luke Murton hit back-to-back doubles and Mahoney drew a walk.  Another double by Gil plated Murton and Mahoney scored on a single by Neil Medchill for a 5-1 lead.  Mahoney hit a two-run single in the eighth and the Thunder won 7-1.

Gil went 2-3 with two doubles and two RBIs.  Mesa went 1-3 with two runs scored and a double.  Mahoney went 1-2 with two runs scored, a RBI and two walks.  Vidal Nuno went six innings and allowed just one run on six hits, two walks and five Ks.  … Click here to read the rest

Kuroda sharp, Yankees strike early and finish sweep

Kuroda cruised through the early innings. He worked around a two-base throwing error by A-Rod in the first and a two-out single in the second. Kuroda then had two straight 1-2-3 innings in the third and fourth.

It appeared that Romero had settled down after the first and retired the Yankees without incident in the second and third. But he ran into trouble again in the bottom of the fourth.  He retired Andruw Jones on a ground out to start the inning, but Jayson Nix hit a ringing double to the gap in left. Russell Martin walked. And then Dewayne Wise–making a rare start against a left-handed pitcher–hit a ground rule double to right to score Nix and make the score, 5-0. Romero would then walk Derek Jeter to load the bases, but Nick Swisher hit into a double play to end the inning.

Kuroda, with the help of his defense, did great work to prevent a run in the top of the fifth.… Click here to read the rest

Yankees Keep On Rolling, Sweep Blue Jays

In the beginning there was lightning, in the end there was more lightning coupled with lots of rain and in between there were nearly seven full innings of good baseball by the Yankees and they swept the Blue Jays behind a strong outing by Hiroki Kuroda.

Kuroda held the Blue Jays scoreless in those seven innings and now has a streak of 30 scoreless innings in day games. More Kuroda goodness: Today’s outing was his third career complete game (even at only seven innings). The first two occurred in 2008 and were also shutouts. He threw 108 pitches – 78 for strikes, gave up four hits, did not surrender a walk and struck out five Blue Jays. Kuroda kept the Jays in check and they ended up 0-7 with runners in scoring position.

Dewayne Wise was 2 for 3 with a double and two RBI. Mark Teixeira was also 2 for 3 with a two-run home run – his nineteenth on the season.… Click here to read the rest

Getaway day! Yanks/Jays 7/18

The Yanks head out to the West Coast (UGH) after today’s series finale against the Jays. Here are the lineups and pitching matchups:

TORONTO:

1. Anthony Gose (L) RF
2. Brett Lawrie (R) 3B
3. Colby Rasmus (L) CF
4. Edwin Encarnacion (R) 1B
5. Adam Lind (L) DH
6. J.P. Arencibia (R) C
7. Kelly Johnson (L) 2B
8. Rajai Davis (R) LF
9. Omar Vizquel (S) SS

SP: Ricky Romero

NEW YORK:

1. Derek Jeter (R) DH
2. Nick Swisher (S) RF
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) 3B
5. Robinson Cano (L) 2B
6. Andruw Jones (R) LF
7. Jayson Nix (R) SS
8. Russell Martin (R) C
9. Dewayne Wise (L) CF

SP: Hiroki Kuroda

Get those brooms out, Bombers!… Click here to read the rest

Rivera – What if he does come back this season?

First of all, we won’t know until Rivera pitches what he will be able to do. After all, 99 percent of Rivera’s success came from his leg drive, always one of the longest in baseball. With his legs being the key to his success, can he again be Mo with a surgically repaired knee? We won’t know until (and unfortunately, if) he tries to pitch again.

Secondly, Rafael Soriano, the relief pitcher we all tried to hate initially, is pitching quite Mo-like. Soriano has blown only one save all season and has consistently rescued Joe Girardi’s relief-pitcher-roulette in the ninth as well. When Soriano has come into the game, we have all rested quite comfortably knowing that the game is probably over. Soriano has been a consistent and important cog in this great run the Yankees are having. Do you want to mess with that?

These thoughts are most certainly the oddest and most unexpected thoughts that have ever entered this tangled brain.… Click here to read the rest