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…Kevin Kernan, for this stunning piece of overly-sensationalized, factually devoid, panic-pandering trash. In a season filled with back seat doctoring, Mr. Kernan has somehow leapt them all with this take. Let’s feast on this buffet of goodness, shall we, with Mr. Kernan’s opener:
This was the sound and the fury.
And the Yankees better take this warning to heart as the decline of Masahiro Tanaka continues.
“…as the decline of Masahiro Tanaka continues“? We’ve been through this before, with the second guessing of the doctors, but hey, facts don’t seem to be a prerequisite for Mr. Kernan or The Post, who pays him to grind his pencil into the paper with a ferocity and anger which should be better applied to warcrimes.
Yes, our favorite elbow ligament surrounded by the body of Tanaka is a source of angst and nervousness for us all, but let’s sneak a quick peek at his last three starts since returning from the DL:
That’s right: Three starts, 1.71 ERA, a grand total of 4 earned runs over 21 innings (an even 7 IP/start).…
Your first place in the (not-so) rough-and-tumble AL East New York Yankees (24-22) go for the sweep against Central division-leading Kansas City Royals (28-17). Tall man Michael Pineda faces off against even taller man Chris Young.
Game time: 1:05pm
Per ESPN: New York hasn’t swept the Royals at home since April 11-13, 2006.
|Kansas City Royals||New York Yankees|
|Alcides Escobar, SS||Brett Gardner, LF|
|Mike Moustakas, 3B||Chase Headley, 3B|
|Lorenzo Cain, CF||Alex Rodriguez, DH|
|Eric Hosmer, 1B||Mark Teixeira, 1B|
|Kendrys Morales, DH||Brian McCann, C|
|Alex Gordon, LF||Carlos Beltran, RF|
|Salvador Perez, C||Stephen Drew, 2B|
|Omar Infante, 2B||Slade Heathcott, CF|
|Paulo Orlando, RF||Didi Gregorius, SS|
|Chris Young, SP||Michael Pineda, SP|
I also spent some time digging in the archives to unearth this gem from 2013 by our William Tasker: The Kansas City Connection.…
One of my favorite things about this site and the staff here is the off-site chatter amongst all of us that takes place over the course of every day. We talk baseball. We loudly bemoan really bad, hackneyed, trite, ad hominem attacks on players by the MSM, and laugh about silly Twitter spats. We talk about non-work stuff and provide a measure of support for one another when life gets in the way of baseball/writing (we’re all mourning the loss of Stacey’s best buddy, her cat Jack, who had to be put to sleep last night). I haven’t written much in the last few years due to work, but I’m here in the background every day, reading everything we (and you) write. Fun stuff, really.
This morning, William asked/challenged the following: What’s the Yanks record when Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner get on base (H/BB/HBP) a combined 4 or more times in a game? That’s a fine question, William, particularly because we all know how good these two have been so far this year and we’re losing Ellsbury to the DL (did you know he’s in the midst of a $153M contract?!?…
There’s an obvious lack of enthusiasm we all seem to be sharing with nearly the entire infield (thanks for not being terrible, Mark Teixeira) after six weeks [looking squarely at you, Stephen Drew and Chase Headley, and of course, Didi Gregorius].
Earlier today, Brad, Matt, and Stacey pointed out the failings of Drew (here), Headley (here), and the rest (here) so that spurred me to go take a peek at the oWAR from Baseball-Reference.com for all American League players who have played at least 10 games this season at 3B/SS/2B. Below is the chart of all such players, with the Yanks’ starters (and Gregorio Petit for kicks) highlighted.
Ladies and gentlemen, your 2015 New York Yankees infield (or at least 75% of it):
Now I’m no SABR-magician like Michael Kay thinks Stacey is, but just using the old fashioned eyeball test, this ain’t good.
I hold some irrational faith in Headley, as at least he’s manning 3B quite well.…
So Brad was right on the money with regards to CC Sabathia‘s failings at the bottom of the lineup, as he mentioned earlier today. CC is absolutely getting OWNED by the bottom of the opposing lineups this year (SSS warnings and all that jazz). But what Brad didn’t really mention is that, for the most part, you can chalk a lot of it up to some really bad luck. Batters 7-9 are posting an unsustainably high BAPiP of 0.429 this year. Compare that to the 0.313 and 0.314 posted by batters 1-2, and 3-6, respectively.
Hell, just look at the SEVENTH hitters have done to CC: 0.800 BAPiP. That’s ridiculous and completely a SSS gremlin. It means that CC has turned the seven hitter into a 1.526 OPS behemoth. Any idea what player that would profile if that OPS held over the course of the year? How about no one EVER. The best OPS over a season was Barry Bonds‘ 2004 wrecking ball when he racked up 1.4217.…
This may seem like a basic statement, but sometimes the right decision made with every piece of data and insight available at the time can result in a bad outcome. The converse is also true. Some call this luck, either good luck or bad luck.
When Ned Yost calls for another bunt that works out in his team’s favor, it doesn’t automatically mean it was the right decision. It just happened to work out. Happens all the time all over sport and clearly beyond it, as well.
Let’s remember back to last year, when Tanaka initially got hurt. MRIs, doctors, lots of doctors. The best elbow/arm specialists on the planet. And their unanimous conclusion was rest, treatment, and rehab. These are medical wizards, not a bunch of mopes gathered outside around a food truck (no slight on food trucks; I love them).…
Happy #TANAK Day, peeps. Afternoon game today, starting at 1:08ET. Let’s see if Tanaka (2-1, 3.94 ERA) can continue his momentum from his last outing and lead the team to a series win against Annibal Sanchez (1-2, 7.71) and the Tigers.
While you’re at it, feel free to bash whatever dumb, trite, hackneyed narrative the writers are pounding on. Here’s a non-exhaustive (yet exhausting) list to start from:
- Didi Gregorius is not a proper replacement for Derek Jeter
- Carlos Beltran has looked old [OK, this is kinda true, sorry Carlos, last night’s triple not withstanding]
- Jacoby Ellsbury is not earning his $153 million
- If George were still alive…
- Tanaka’s elbow could snap any second. LOOK OUT!
- Tanaka should have had surgery despite three (or more) doctors advising against it
- ARod can’t keep this up; he must be back on the juice
- Teix is done and can’t hit against the shift
|New York Yankees||Detroit Tigers|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||Anthony Gose, CF|
|Brett Gardner, LF||Ian Kinsler, 2B|
|Carlos Beltran, DH||Miguel Cabrera, 1B|
|Brian McCann, C||Victor Martinez, DH|
|Chase Headley, 3B||J.D.|
With a large tip of the interlocking NY cap to devoted reader/commenter UYF1950, below are the anticipated rosters of the Yanks and RedSox, with their ages as of the beginning of the season. I swapped out the injured Brendan Ryan for Jose Pirela, but it could just as easily be Rob Refsnyder (or not, as he was just sent to AAA, sorry!) or newly acquired Gregorio Petit (please, no). Either way, dumping Ryan for either of the kids helps the Yanks (both in terms of production and for comparitive reasons, as shown below):