About Kenny Ducey

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.

Half-Hearted Game Preview: 8/11

Luis Severino pitches today! That will be fun. Carlos Carrasco pitching for the Indians will surely not be fun, though.

Let’s think about this, regarding the Yankees’ offense. A-Rod is hitting .185 in August. Jacoby Ellsbury is under .200 since returning from the Disabled List. I have confidence in this changing, and I have the feeling you do as well – given how consistent Rodriguez was up to this point, and how good Ellsbury was last season, and before the DL.

Plus, Yankees starters are on an absolute tear this past week or so, and Severino pitched well enough his last time out to give you confidence that will continue. The Indians have been very weak at the plate. When it comes down to it, the offense should only need a few runs to put this one away.

Carrasco has actually been better on lefties this season (.222 vs .252 BAA) which might make you fearful, but here’s a split that’s way more lopsided: Carrasco’s BAA jumps from .180 to .304 at home versus on the road.… Click here to read the rest

Should the Yankees Reacquire Martin Prado?

The Yankees need a second baseman.

Starters at the position have hit a team-low .193 this season, with a .619 OPS. Stephen Drew continues to draw starts despite his disappointing play, Jose Pirela’s bat hasn’t quite packed the punch the Yankees had hoped, and the team doesn’t appear ready to give Rob Refsnyder a shot yet.

Several teams have noted interest in 2B Ben Zobrist of the Athletics, so his price may be a bit too high for New York’s liking. A cheaper option may be looking to acquire an old friend.

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Martin Prado might be an option for the Yankees.

The Yankees traded for the 31 year-old at last year’s trade deadline, before shipping him off to the Marlins last December along with David Phelps for Nate Eovaldi.… Click here to read the rest

Looking Ahead to the Yankees’ First Week Back

The last time I wrote a weekly forecast for the Yankees, maybe a month or so ago, the feel was optimistic. They had a week full of unspectacular pitchers to look forward to, and they took advantage of each one of them. This next week will be a bit different.

On tap the Yankees will face Seattle then Baltimore, before heading to Minnesota – all while clinging to a 3.5-game lead on the Tampa Bay Rays and a 4-game difference over the Baltimore Orioles. They’ll all be coming out with guns blazing, showcasing their best pitching talent.

Friday, July 17th vs Seattle – Masahiro Tanaka (5-3, 3.63 ERA) vs Mike Montgomery (4-3, 2.29 ERA)

Montgomery has been solid since the Yankees last saw him make his Major League debut June 2nd. A 2.62 K:BB ratio is nothing to shake fist at, and his HR/FB rate (5.4%) is encouraging – especially as he enters Yankee Stadium. Limited walks combined with a low tendency to allow home runs makes this a difficult matchup for the Yankees on paper, especially since they’ve hit lefties worse this season (.242 BA vs.… Click here to read the rest

This Guy Needs to Take a Hike


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.… Click here to read the rest

The Disaster Factor: Nathan Eovaldi


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.

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%.… Click here to read the rest

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.Click here to read the rest

Game 52 Recap: Yankees 7, Mariners 2


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.

The New York Yankees, fresh off being shut out by Jesse Chavez in Oakland, turned in a seven-run performance against Felix Hernandez on the road, led by Mark Teixeira’s grand slam in the fifth – his 15th of the season (4th in MLB). He’s just the fifth player to ever hit a slam against King Felix, and the first since Alberto Callaspo in May of 2012.

Michael Pineda gyrated his way around the hill he once owned in Seattle when he made the All-Star team in his debut season and dethroned its powerful ruler. He allowed two runs & seven hits over six-plus innings with nine strikeouts. He fired up his Vespo fueled by the disappointment of Jesus Montero’s career and drove it through the rainy streets of Seattle, right over the hopes of Seattle’s hitters.… Click here to read the rest

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.… Click here to read the rest