Name that player!

It’s time to play my favorite baseball guessing game: Name that player! The rules are simple. I’ll put up two sets of statistics describing two different players. Once I’ve broken down these players entirely by the numbers, I’ll reveal who each player is at the end of the post. This is always fun for me; hopefully it’ll be fun for the TYA readership as well.

Player A is not an everyday player, but has done well in 63 plate appearances this year. He’s batting .262/.286/.492, which shows terrible on-base skills but solid power. That’s a trade off I’ll take from a bench player every time. As a result of the pop in his bat, Player A has a wOBA of .357 and a wRC+ of 122. He’s generally regarded as a good outfielder, and makes around the league minimum.

Player B is an everyday player. He’s just not a very good one. In 443 plate appearances this season he’s hitting a meek .261/.289/.352.… Click here to read the rest

Quickly thinking about the lineup without A-Rod

As he always does, Alex Rodriguez has created some discussion this season, especially with regards to his position in the Yankees’ lineup. While he wasn’t hitting poorly, he wasn’t his typical self, with a lower power output than usual (.173 ISO, on pace to be the lowest of his career). However, he was making decent contact with a .276 average and managed to sport a decent walk rate of 9.5%. Given those two facts, there was a slightly vocal minority in the Yankee blog-and-Twitter sphere that suggested the Yankees swap Rodriguez’s and Curtis Granderson‘s spots in the order, putting A-Rod second and Granderson fourth. Considering Granderson’s homers, this made a ton of sense. In fact, 19 of Granderson’s 28 home runs have been solo shots. Just three of them (two of them grand slams) have come with two runners on base. So, actually, this move still makes a ton of sense.

With Rodriguez missing from the lineup for the considerable future, now is the perfect time for Joe Girardi to tinker with the lineup a bit and take advantage of Granderson’s power.… Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report: 7/29/12 – Joba’s rehab continues in Trenton

Trenton beat Harrisburg 3-2:
The Senators scored first, as Justin Bloxom singled to start the second.  Tim Pahuta doubled to right and Bloxon scored on a groundout by Sean Nicol.  Harrisburg doubled their lead with a run in the top of the third and held the 2-0 lead through the seventh.  The Thunder finally rallied in the bottom of the eighth.  JR Murphy lined a double to center and Rob Segedin drew a walk.  A single by Walter Ibarra loaded the bases and Murphy scored on a wild pitch.  A single by Jose Pirela plated Segedin and Ibarra and Trenton took the lead.  A 1-2-3 inning by Mark Montgomery gave the Thunder the 3-2 victory.

Pirela went 2-4 with two RBIs.  Melky Mesa went 1-3, as did Murphy who had a run scored and a double.  Mesa had a stolen base.  Ibarra went 1-2 with a run scored and a walk.  Shaeffer Hall went 6.2 and gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits, three walks and two Ks.  … Click here to read the rest

Game Thread: Sunday July 29th, Red Sox vs. Yankees

The Yankees fought their way out of a 6 – 1 deficit Saturday night only to see victory slip away after Curtis Granderson misread a fly ball in the top of the ninth inning. It was a disappointing ending to what at one point seemed like a vintage Yankee come back in the making. Sunday’s game is an opportunity to turn the page. The Yankees look to take the series with Hiroki Kuroda on the mound. The Red Sox will counter with Felix Doubront. Enjoy.… Click here to read the rest