Who is the 2012 Yankees’ MVP?

Let’s start with the pitching. There really is not a starter that has run away from the pack. C.C. Sabathia, despite missing two stints on the disabled list, still leads the team’s pitchers in fWAR. But has he had a better season really than Hiroki Kuroda? His season is better than Phil Hughes and certainly Ivan Nova. But it hasn’t been a typical Sabathia season. If it was, he would be the team’s MVP hands down. What about the relief pitchers?

Rafael Soriano could probably make a case. His 42 saves after Mariano Rivera got hurt have been invaluable and is a good reason why the Yankees won those 42 games. But how do you valuate a relief pitcher? Is his 64 innings as valuable as Kuroda’s 200+? That doesn’t feel right. He does have a WPA of over three, which leads the team. And his three to one strikeout to walk ratio is nice. But his actual fWAR is 1.5 and David Robertson‘s is 1.6.… Click here to read the rest

Sabathia brilliant. Soriano blows save. Martin homers to win it.

Sabathia pitched the kind of game the Yankees have been hoping for weeks. And it could not have come at a better time. He threw eight shutout innings and gave up only three hits and two walks and struck out eleven batters. He was at 113 pitches after his eighth inning and Joe Girardi did not let him go out in the ninth to complete the shutout. Girardi’s decision is defensible in that Sabathia had to work out of a bases loaded jam in the top of the eighth to preserve the 1-0 score.

Instead, Rafael Soriano was asked to go after another save and this time could not get it done. With one out, Moss pinch hit for Chris Carter and golfed a low slider out of the park. Soriano was not at his best and the batter before Moss, Yoenis Cespedes, hit a deep drive to center to the biggest part of the park. And Soriano would put two more base runners on after Moss’s homer before escaping without further damage.… Click here to read the rest

Yankees Win Sixth In A Row With A Walk Off Against the A’s

CC Sabathia had not looked good in his previous four starts coming into tonight’s start. Many people were wondering which CC would show up: CC the Ace or CC the guy who was pitching like he was hiding an injury?

The answer: CC the Ace showed up tonight.

Sabathia started off a little slowly, throwing only 90-91 in the first inning but he did strikeout the side to start the game with his slider as his out pitch.

As the game went on Sabathia’s velocity increased. In fact, his final pitch of the sixth inning hit 96 on the gun. To say he was dominant would be an understatement – in fact Stephen Drew had two of the three hits off of Sabathia tonight. He finished with eight full innings of work, gave up those three hits, he only walked two and struck out 11.

Jarrod Parker nearly matched CC in performance with eight strong innings of his own. He gave up one earned run on six hits, he didn’t walk a batter and struck out seven Yankees.… Click here to read the rest

Game 150: The Surprising A’s Come Marching In

Oakland A’s New York Yankees
Collin Cowgill, CF Derek Jeter, DH
Jonny Gomes, DH Nick Swisher, RF
Josh Reddick, RF Robinson Cano, 2B
Yoenis Cespedes, LF Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Chris Carter, 1B Curtis Granderson, CF
Josh Donaldson, 3B Russell Martin, C
Derek Norris, C Eric Chavez, 1B
Stephen Drew, SS Ichiro Suzuki, LF
Adam Rosales, 2B Eduardo Nunez, SS
Jarrod Parker, SP CC Sabathia, SP

The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m., on My9 and the MLB Network. Let’s go Yankees!… Click here to read the rest

An Open Letter To D-Rob

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(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

Dear Dave,

Can I call you Dave?  Is that cool?  First off, let me just say that I’m a huge fan.  I’ve been a fan of yours ever since you first came up.  Love the escape acts, love the high socks, love the strikeouts, love the whole deal.  But you haven’t really looked like yourself on the mound lately and I think I know what the problem is.  It’s the cutter.  Look, I get that Mo is a great pitcher and a great teammate, and has the reputation of passing on the secrets of his cutter to any pitcher who wants to try and learn it.  As a Major League Baseball player, I imagine getting advice from Mariano Rivera on throwing a cutter is equivalent to mere mortals sitting at the right hand of Zeus while he rules the cosmos and tosses lightning bolts down on people, and I certainly don’t blame you for trying to drink from that fountain of cutter knowledge. … Click here to read the rest

Looking back at the 2012 Empire State Yankees

Curtain Calls:
Adam Warren (RHP): Originally slated to be the number four or five starter, Warren struggled out of the gate, but eventually became a consistent force on the mound. Warren went 7-8 with a 3.71 ERA over 26 starts. He struck out 107 and walked 46.

Chris Dickerson (OF): Perhaps Empire State’s most solid bat this season, Dickerson went .316/.417/.515 over 69 games. He had seven homers, 24 doubles, four triples and 17 stolen bases.

Ronnier Mustelier (OF): Perhaps one of the more perplexing players in the Yankees system. He is older, so he isn’t looked at much as a prospect, yet the Yankees signed the Cuban outfielder last June and he has done nothing but hit since then. After destroying the competition in Trenton, Mustelier spent the season with Empire State, hitting .303/.359/.455 with ten homers, 21 doubles and seven stolen bases.

Players to Watch:
Corban Joseph (2B): After a strong start with Trenton, Joseph put together a decent season in Triple-A.… Click here to read the rest