Kenny is a freelance radio reporter with the AP, MetroSource, WFAN & CBS Sports. He writes about the Yankees at It's About The Money and Baseball Prospectus Bronx. Long-time Jason Giambi and Alex Rodriguez defender.

Author Archives: Kenny Ducey

This Guy Needs to Take a Hike

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I have no idea what this tweet even means. After multiple conversations with the Yankees, the guy who caught A-Rod’s 3,000th hit still has the ball. There’s a very easy way to get in touch with the Yankees, or A-Rod at this point. No need for this.

On top of it all, this man has tweeted in the past that he’s not a fan of A-Rod. What’s he going to do if A-Rod follows him back? Shift over into his DMs and berate him? I have no idea with this guy anymore. This is not only desperate, but confusing. Just sell the damn ball, or give it to the Baseball Hall of Fame, or put it on your mantle. But quit trying to drag out your 15 minutes of fame.

It seems like this man is desperately trying to get to Alex Rodriguez, and Alex Rodriguez is dodging him masterfully. He made one joke about his ball in his postgame press conference, then he stopped caring – at least in the public eye.…

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The Disaster Factor: Nathan Eovaldi

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Things could have gone better for Nathan Eovaldi last night. 11 batters, nine hits, eight runs. His ERA rose from 4.13 to 5.12 on the year. How worried should we be?

Turning to Eovaldi’s last couple of starts, one might not think things are terribly concerning. In his previous four starts, he gave up 8 ER over 24 innings. However, he was lucky the damage wasn’t more severe.

Over those four outings previous to Miami, Eovaldi had some incredibly fortunate strand rates, and with the exception of his 4.2-inning performance, hitters were getting unlucky at the plate with their BABIP.

Game IP ER H BB LOB% BABIP
vs WSH 6/10 7.0 3 8 1 79.0% .292
vs LAA 6/05 (W) 5.1 1 4 4 87.5% .235
@ OAK 5/30 4.2 3 11 0 72.7% .500
vs KC 5/25 (W) 7.0 1 8 1 90.0% .333

The luck he’s had with stranding runners isn’t anything new – his mark for the entire season is 73%.…

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Pregame Notes: June 9th

Good evening from Yankee Stadium where Max Scherzer and Bryce Harper are here to spoil the Yankees’ winning streak which is now out to 6 games. Here’s what we learned pregame:

  • Max Scherzer “tried to elevate and do some things” last time he faced the Yankees, according to Joe Girardi, so they anticipate some fastballs up in the zone. Scherzer comes in hot, having won his first ever Pitcher of the Month in the month of May – he gave up eight earned runs in 43 innings.
  • Ivan Nova threw 75 pitches in a rehab assignment and recorded 12 groundball outs, which impressed Girardi. He’ll throw more pitches in his next outing, which will come in AAA. Girardi said the team probably wants Nova to throw over 85 pitches before they bring him up to the Majors, but didn’t rule out Nova’s next rehab outing being his last.
  • Alex Rodriguez held a press conference for the spanish media and said he feels like he’s a rookie again.
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Forecasting the Rest of the Week

The Yankees have had a miserable go of things over the past couple of weeks. This week, however, it looks like the sun is shining down on them. As it turns out, the toughest pitcher they were to face all week was a Mr. Felix Hernandez. They handled him with ease. Now comes the fun part.

A week like this one, filled with hittable scheduled starters, could help the team gain some much-needed steam as they head down the east coast to play the Nationals and Orioles.

Tuesday, June 2nd @ Seattle: CC Sabathia (2-7) vs. Mike Montgomery (0-0)

Look, Mike Montgomery was a first-round pick of the Royals back in 2008, and at 25 is finally making his big league debut. He’s not as highly-touted a prospect as he once was, but that’s not to say he’s not a good pitcher. He’s 4-3 with a 3.74 ERA in 53 innings over nine starts for Triple-A Tacoma this season. I don’t expect him to dazzle the Yankees, and considering what took place last night, I’d give them a good shot at winning.

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Game 52 Recap: Yankees 7, Mariners 2

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These two had a night to forget. Photo: Kim Klement – USA TODAY Sports

After losing three of four to one of the worst teams in all of baseball, you’ll take a night like Monday. Especially when it comes against a premier pitcher.

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Quick Hit: Pulling Still a Problem for Some Yankees

It’s been over a year now since Brian McCann has recognized his growing problem with the infield shift. It even looked like he was making progress last season, distributing his line dives fairly evenly.

McCann’s pulling problem has only gotten worse this year. While his average sits at .245, his Offensive rating is already at -2.7 – a season after he posted a -7.2. That’s due in large part to his habit of hitting the ball to the right side of the field.

2013 (ATL) 2014 (NYY) 2015 (NYY)
GB% 35.4% 32.7% 38.1%
Pull% 48.6% 44.1% 49.6%
Hard Hit% 35.3% 31.0% 27.8%

McCann actually did reduce the number of balls he pulled to right field last season – 44% was the third-lowest rate of his career & the lowest since 2007. This season, though, his problem is back. As evidenced by his increased ground ball rate, and reduced hard-hit ball rate, those balls are headed right into the shift. You can expect to see three fielders to the right side of the infield for the foreseeable future when the Yankees’ catcher steps to the dish.…

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Game 40: Giovaldi

Nate Eovaldi (3-1, 4.14 ERA) vs Gio Gonzalez (3-2, 4.25 ERA) in D.C. tonight. Bryce Harper is 8 for his last 11 with 2 HR, 6 RBI, and 6 Runs Scored over his last 3 games. That might be trouble.

Lineups
YANKEES NATIONALS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF Denard Span CF
Brett Gardner LF Ian Desmond SS
Chris Young RF Yunel Escobar 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B Bryce Harper RF
Brian McCann C Ryan Zimmerman 1B
Chase Headley 3B Wilson Ramos C
Jose Pirela 2B Danny Espinosa 2B
Stephen Drew SS Michael Taylor LF
Nate Eovaldi P Gio Gonzalez P
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Checking in on the Yankees’ Defense

Remember when the Yankees were projected as the 3rd best defense in baseball before the season began? Those were the days.

Entering play on May 19th, the Yankees rank 7th-worst in the bigs in UZR. Fangraphs would categorize that as somewhere between “Below Average” and “Poor”.

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UZR through 5/19/15 via Fangraphs

 

While it’s difficult to measure defense with stats, and UZR is far from the perfect defensive metric, you can look just about anywhere and find the Yankees at the bottom of the rankings. They’re 22nd in Fielding Percentage (.981), 6th in Errors (28), and 14th in Defensive Runs Saved (-14).

The additions of Didi Gregorius and Chase Headley were supposed to remedy some of the Yankees’ defensive woes, but it hasn’t quite worked out. Headley (8) and Gregorius (4) have combined to commit 12 errors, with Stephen Drew adding 4. While Gregorius is enjoying the highest UZR of his career (1.3), Headley (-2.9) is far from where he was last year (20.9 with SD & NYY). …

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Game 144: “We Just Have to Win Our Games. Period.”

Those words from the mouth of GM Brian Cashman as the Yankee sit 4.5 games out of the Wild Card, with three teams in front of them and under 20 games remaining.

Prado, Gardner, and Beltran are all still out of the lineup – Joe Girardi did say pregame he hopes Gardner can play this weekend, and that he felt better today.

Lineups…

Tampa Bay Rays New York Yankees
Ben Zobrist, LF Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
David DeJesus, DH Derek Jeter, SS
Evan Longoria, 3B Brian McCann, C
James Loney, 1B Mark Teixeira, 1B
Wil Myers, RF Chase Headley, DH
Matt Joyce, LF Ichiro Suzuki, RF
Yunel Escobar, SS Stephen Drew, 2B
Kevin Kiermaier, CF Chris Young, LF
Curt Casali, C Brendan Ryan, 3B
Alex Cobb, SP Michael Pineda, SP
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