Yankees will be hard pressed to improve lineup with trades

For most teams this dynamic might present a problem, though, forcing a bench player into the lineup more often than you’d like to see, but the Yankees have gotten extremely fortunate with the production they’ve gotten out of Eric Chavez this season. Chavez has always been known for his defensive abilities at the hot corner, but this year he’s backing that up with well above average production as a platoon hitter, batting .302/.359/.550 with 8 home runs in 142 plate appearances against right handed hitters. What’s particularly nice about that is that, thanks to Brett Gardner‘s season long stint on the disabled list, Chavez has been forced into a de facto platoon at the DH spot when he’s not playing third.

What this dynamic does do, however, is complicate the Yankees’ reported interest in the trade market for outfielders quite a bit. Because right now the Yankees are essentially platooning Chavez and Raul Ibanez against right-handed pitchers, and those two have a wRC+ of 141 and 108, respectively, against opposite hand pitchers.…

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Big Improvement In Sabathia’s Velocity And Movement Following DL Stint

The 2012 season has been a mixed bag for Yankee ace CC Sabathia. Before his most recent DL stint, the left hander posted a hard-earned 3.45 ERA. Not to say he hasn’t been successful, but Sabathia just hasn’t been the flat out dominant force that we’re used to seeing. Last month, I called the...

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The Big Man Returns And He Doesn’t Miss A Beat

CC's Back and Looking Good

Tonight the big story for the Yankees – no pun intended – was the return of CC Sabathia to the rotation. In his first start since June 24 against the Mets, Sabathia lasted six innings,...

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The Farm Report: 7/17/12

Trenton beat Binghamton 5-4:
The Mets drew first blood, as doubles by Juan Centeno and Resse Havens in the third plated the first run of the day.  Trenton finally got on the board in the sixth.  Addison Maruszack, David Adams and Zoilo Almonte hit consecutively singles, bring Maruszak home for a Thunder run and a tie game.  Trenton took the lead in the seventh, as JR Murphy knocked a homer to left.  Yadil Mujica hit a ground-rule double and Jose Pirela doubled him in for a 3-1 lead.  The Mets were not going away easily, however.  They answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning, retaking the lead.  Luke Murton homered with two outs in the eighth, once again knotting up the score.  Rob Segedin started the ninth with a double but was out at third on a fielder’s choice hit by Mujica.  Pirela singled, putting runners on the corners and Mujica scored on a balk, giving the Thunder  5-4 victory.…

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Yankees – A tough offense to dominate

Game score is a statistic for starting pitchers. At the start of each game, the starter begins with a score of 50. The number of outs and innings pitched beyond the fourth inning and strikeouts add to the score. Walks, unearned runs, earned runs and hits take away from the score. The average game score for a starting pitcher in the majors in 2012 is 51. If a pitcher compiles a game score of 70 or higher, that pitcher has had a dominant outing. So if an offense has been dominated a lot by starters, there would be a lot of 70 or higher scores. The fewer the 70 or higher starts against an offense, then that is an offense that is hard to dominate.

The Yankees have been the most difficult offense to dominate in baseball this season. There have only been four occasions all season where the Yankees were dominated by a starting pitcher.  Believe it or not, the Royals are second with five.…

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