Do the Yankees really need youth for the sake of it?

To put some specifics on the matter, the Yankees added two new veteran pitchers between 2011 and 2012. One, Hiroki Kuroda, was given an eight figure salary for one year, and has arguably been the team’s most valuable pitcher over the course of the season. The other, Andy Pettitte, signed a relatively meager non-guaranteed minor league contract, and was quite possibly the team’s best pitcher before a line drive put him on the disabled list. There’s just no way I can get behind any argument that either of those two signings was a mistake in any way, considering how valuable Kuroda and Pettitte have been to the Yankees this season.

The idea that the Yankees have ostracized young pitchers in 2012 doesn’t really withstand scrutiny very well either. After all, had everything gone according to plan the team’s Opening Day rotation would have included two second year starters in Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova (the latter having also started two ALDS games for the Yankees in 2011), as well as Phil Hughes.…

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Yankees Bench Coming Up Empty in the Pinch

(The following was originally published at The Captain’s Blog; follow me on Twitter at@williamnyy23).

There’s probably nothing more satisfying to a manager than saving his best bat off the bench for just the right moment, and then having him come through according to plan. On Friday night, Athletics’ manager Bob Melvin got...

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Andy is still dandy after DL trip

For his part, Pettitte was typically hard on himself after last nights performance.  “I know how sharp I was when I got hurt, and obviously I’m a work in progress right now,” he told reporters. “I would love to see my stuff get back to where it was, so, there’s some stuff I still need to work on and get some reps in my bullpens and stuff like that but like I said it was good to be able to stay out of the middle of zone and make some big pitches and get some big outs when I needed it.” That’s a praise worthy trait to have as a professional pitcher, but it doesn’t really comport to either the eye test or what we can measure with Pitch F/X.

Using the data available at Texas Leaguers, it’s pretty hard to see where Pettitte’s stuff is lacking. His velocity is actually a touch better than before he went on the DL, and he’s throwing strikes at about the same rate.…

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Late Reinforcements

Anthony J. Causi

As a Yankee fan, September is the month where you watch your team rest players after clinching a playoff spot, or exhaust starters to wear down their magic number. Not often do we receive beneficial reinforcements with just...

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No runs in six, Pettitte wins, 6-3

All things considered, Liam Hendriks did not pitch that bad of a game for the Twins until the seventh inning. His manager, Ron Gardenhire, probably exposed Hendriks for one inning too many. After six innings, he had allowed four runs on six hits with four strikeouts and only one walk.  Three of the runs were allowed in the top of the first. In that inning, Hendriks allowed a walk to Derek Jeter to start the game. Ichiro Suzuki hit a ball off the wall in right for a double and Jeter went to third. Jeter then scored on a Robinson Cano ground out. The big blow, however, was when Nick Swisher hit a booming homer to right-center that banged off the facing up the upper deck out there.

Hendriks later served up Curtis Granderson‘s fortieth homer of the season–a solo job–in the fourth that was hit even deeper than Swisher’s bomb. Granderson’s back-to-back forty-homer seasons are the first time that has happened for the Yankees since Jason Giambi did it in 2002 and 2003.…

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Yanks Beat Twins 6-3, Finally Extend AL East Lead To More Than One Game

How’s this for interesting? Earlier this year, J.P. Arencibia of the Toronto Blue Jays said that the Yankees hit cheap homers. I know, it’s so shocking that an opposing player would complain about Yankee Stadium’s dimensions. That never happens. Anyway, tonight both the Yankees and Arencibia hit important home runs that may have...

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Game 153: Helping the Twins Earn a Top-5 Draft Pick

David Aardsma is likely to be activated quite soon, per Chad Jennings. While he will likely be fairly limited, any pitches he can save from the arms of Robertson, Chamberlain, Soriano, and Logan would be a godsend – and, of course, set him on the path towards contributing from Opening Day next year.

Onto...

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