Doomed: Rays 16 Yankees 1


Well, that didn’t go as expected. Coming into tonight’s game it looked as if there would be a good pitching duel going down in St. Pete but of course, that all depended on whether or not “super” Ivan Nova showed up. It turned out Nova was not so super. Nova went only four innings due to injury, giving up eight runs on eight hits – four of them were home runs. He was shaking his elbow in displeasure on the mound.

The bullpen didn’t pitch any better. The call up, Matt Daley, went an inning and a third giving up four earned on five hits. However, he only gave up one home run. Positivity, right?

Oh, and Dean Anna pitched. If that doesn’t make you realize this game was a dumpster fire, I don’t know what will. Anna surprising only gave up two runs in his appearance. His windup resembled that of a slow pitch beer softball league. His fastball was sitting in the mid 50’s.… Click here to read the rest

McCann and his BABIP with the Shift

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Since putting on the pinstripes, Brian McCann hasn’t impressed many Yankees fans with his bat skills. So far, McCann has produced a triple slash of .152/.176/.152 in 34 plate appearances which are not exactly the numbers the Yankees were looking for from McCann when they gave him 5 years $85 million this offseason. I realize it’s early in the season and that 34 plate appearances is a small sample size, but I still wanted to explore why McCann is struggling early on and if this trend will continue.

I took a look at McCann’s spray charts thus far and matched his hits and outs with the type of hit to get a feel for how many hits he should have.

Hit Type

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 Hit Result

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It’s easy to see from the spray charts that McCann has lost a lot of his should be hits to the shift. I counted about five hits that McCann lost to the shift.… Click here to read the rest

Yangervis Solarte At The Plate

(Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

(Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

With all the Yankees’ major acquisitions this winter, it’s odd to be talking about a 26-year-old who has bounced around the minor leagues since 2006 and yet, here we are because journeyman Yangervis Solarte has been on a tear since spring training began. He batted .429 and had an OBP of .489. during camp and he has not slowed down yet. Since the start of the regular season, Solarte has produced a triple slash of .458/.519/.708 in 27 plate appearances.

Obviously, 27 plate appearances is an extremely small sample size but it got me thinking about whether Solarte could maintain somewhat respectable numbers because as we all know, players don’t usually maintain a .458 BA. So for this piece, I decided to take a look at his mechanics at the plate and to also look at how opposing pitchers are pitching to him so far and to see how well he’s making contact.

His Mechanics

Solarte has some solid mechanics that have helped him be successful thus far.… Click here to read the rest

Game Five: Yankees at Blue Jays 4/5/14

Michael Pineda will be making his Yankees debut today after battling through shoulder issues for the past two seasons. He impressed many in spring training and now looks to be back to his 2011 form again.

The Yankees offense will have the pleasure of facing off against R.A. Dickey.

Here are your lineups:


Ellsbury CF

Jeter SS

Beltran RF

McCann DH

Soriano LF

Johnson 1B

Cervelli C

Solarte 3B

Anna 2B


Cabrera LF

Rasmus CF

Bautista RF

Encarnacion 1B

Lind DH

Lawrie 3B

Thole C

Goins 2B

Diaz SS

Enjoy the game.

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International Free Agent Aledmys Diaz Scouting Report

The Yankees have recently stated that they’re going to spend a lot of money on international free agents this year. The team is plans to replenish its farm system with a lot of talented players from the international free agent market. One specific player that the Yankees have been linked to is Aledmys Diaz, a shortstop from Cuba.

Diaz cannot sign until February 19th due to an age discrepancy in 2013. Diaz was actually born six months after his initial claim to the MLB, which is noteworthy to mention because most cases have players claiming younger ages. This is due to the collective bargaining agreement, which states that any player 23 or older is exempt from international bonus pools. Essentially a player 23 or older from Cuba would make more money than a player under 23 because they’d be placed in an unrestricted free agent market. If the Yankees were to sign Diaz, the signing would not dip into the international pool.… Click here to read the rest

Extending Replay Is Not a Waste of Time

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Getty Images

Forget Alex Rodriguez or Masahiro Tanaka, the big news this week was that Major League Baseball voted to expand replay for the 2014 season.

“Beginning this season, each manager will start a game with one challenge. If it is upheld, he retains his challenge but can never have more than two in a game. If the manager exhausts his challenges before the start of the seventh inning, he is out of luck, adding a new element of strategy to the game. Beginning in the top of the seventh, the crew chief is empowered to institute a review.”

Among the many changes being made to replay, MLB has decided to implement a system similar to the NFL’s challenge system. Managers will get a challenge and once it’s used, they will not be able to use another one for the rest of the game. I think it’s a good idea and should work out but it is important to remember that this system will be a work in progress.… Click here to read the rest

Future Without Cano, Payroll, Familiarity

This weekend’s events have yet to register with me. Robinson Cano is not a member of the New York Yankees. When Cano first signed with Roc Nation and Jay Z, I figured that this was a way of saying that he wanted to stay in New York. I guess I was wrong, as he now supposedly made remarks about not liking Joe Girardi batting him second. Cano’s reasoning was that he wouldn’t get as many RBI opportunities in the two hole, and thus his free agent value would fall.

It’s also been rumored that Cano has felt the team underappreciated him, which likely comes from their relatively low contract offer. But branding-wise, he was never the guy in New York, where Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez always found a way to hog the spotlight. Fans were also unsympathetic towards his weaknesses, and often criticized him for a lack of hustle.

In fact, you could see why Cano would feel unliked by the organization from the very beginning.… Click here to read the rest

Ellsbury Deal and Money Talk

There’s a lot going on in baseball right now, and to be specific, a lot of that noise has to do with the Yankees. First, I’d like to say that I was not too happy about the Jacoby Ellsbury deal. I actually hated it, because it feels like the Yankees just spent a ton of money on a player who is pretty much made of glass. But that might not be true, and now I’m coming around on the signing. Jeff Sullivan of Fangraphs wrote that Ellsbury’s injuries have been a matter of bad luck more than anything. His injuries have come about after colliding with a few guys, where he ended up hurting himself. Most baseball players would bust their ribs if they collided with Adrian Beltre.

Sullivan also explains that this doesn’t mean his injuries are unconcerning. There is a possibility that Ellsbury could be more fragile than the average big leaguer, but there’s really no exact way of proving this true.… Click here to read the rest

Yankees’ Prospect Scouting Report: Peter O’Brien

Peter O’Brien

Bats: Right, Throws: Right

Height: 6′ 3″

Weight: 215 lb.

Age: 23

High School: Braddock HS (Miami, FL)

College: Bethune-Cookman College, University of Miami

Background: O’Brien was originally drafted by the Rockies in the 3rd round of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft, but he decided not to sign. Instead, he waited a year and played ball at the University of Miami where he hit 10 home runs in his senior season. Before he transferred to Miami, O’Brien hit 38 home runs at Bethune-Cookman College. His home run totals caught the eye of the Yankees and they selected him in the 2nd round of the 2012 MLB June Amateur draft.

O’Brien has played well in his two years in the Yankees minor league system. The highest level he has reached is high A ball, but he should move a little faster than most prospects due to the fact that he played college ball and is already 23 years old.… Click here to read the rest