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Quick hit: IIATMS, The NY Post, and ARod

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Holy crap, did Alex Rodriguez have a week yesterday or what?!? Three home runs? Seriously?

I’ve never been his biggest fan; I’ll leave that to Stacey. But this season has really changed the way I look at him. All I have seen is a guy who wants to play baseball with his friends once again. Nothing more. No drama. Just completely appreciative about (yet another) chance to play and he’s not letting this one get by him. He’s always been a great teammate, we’ve been told, doing things like buying suits for the rookies who don’t have the money to do so. Teaching and offering advice. But it was routinely overshadowed by Derek Jeter and other self-inflicted feet in the mouth. So what we’ve seen appears to be genuine love of the game. I don’t think this one’s a lie and I’m enjoying it far more than I ever would have considered.

Yesterday, the NY Post reached out to Stacey and I, as well as others, to get our thoughts on Alex.…

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Quick hit: LOLMets, Kelly Johnson edition

From Buster Olney today (Insider required, sorry):

From ESPN Stats & Info: Kelly Johnson hasn’t exactly been a world-beater this year, but if he were on the Mets all year, he’d probably be considered their best hitter. His batting average (.275), OPS (.772) and at-bats per home run (20.2) would hypothetically be No. 1 among Mets players with 100-plus plate appearances.

Now, I don’t root against the Metsies; actually I want them to do well. Better for the NY market if both teams are strong, and a whole lot more fun. But seeing that the 2014 Yanks’ castoff, Kelly Johnson, would be the Mets best offensive player made me chuckle.

Of course, we here at IIATMS would be remiss to point out that it was just about this time last year when the Yanks flipped Johnson to Boston for Stephen Drew and $500K, who we then re-signed and continue to play nearly every day. Maybe the joke’s really on us?…

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*UPDATED* BREAKING: Josh Rogers (Yankees 11th round pick) agrees to terms

UPDATE: July 16, 2015, 11:45am EST:

Josh Rogers has officially signed with the Yankees for the largest college overpay (vs. slot figures) in the draft. Rogers’ slot was $100K; he received $485K plus additional scholarship funds.

Agent Matt Sosnick noted that the deal had very little to do with him (Sosnick) and had everything to do with Rogers and Yanks’ area scout Mike Gibbons.

Also updating: James Kaprielian signed with the Yanks for 2.65M, pending his physical.

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Josh Rogers

According to a source close to the Yankees, 11th round pick Josh Rogers (Twitter) has agreed to terms with the New York Yankees for $485K, plus additional scholarship money. Rogers is scheduled to take a physical early this coming week (Monday or Tuesday). This figure represents the highest amount the team can offer Rogers, and is well above-slot for an 11th rounder.

The issue is that James Kaprielian, who was selected 16th in the first round, remains unsigned. Kaprielian is represented by Scott Boras, who is known to demand above-slot figures for his players.…

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And the winner of the factually irresponsible Tanaka article of the year goes to…

…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:

Tanaka

That’s right: Three starts, 1.71 ERA, a grand total of 4 earned runs over 21 innings (an even 7 IP/start).…

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Game 47: Sweep the leg

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.

Your lineups:

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.…

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As Gardner and Ellsbury go, so go the Yanks (or: Crap, Ellsbury hit the DL)

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?!?

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Fun with charts?

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):

2015SS3B2BoWar

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.…

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About CC’s struggles in the batting order

sabathiaSo 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.…

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