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Author Archives: Matt Bove

Nathan Eovaldi’s Biggest Problem

Courtesy: Charles Wenzelberg/NY Post

Courtesy: Charles Wenzelberg/NY Post

Nathan Eovaldi has had a very up and down first season for the Yankees after a somewhat controversial trade brought him to New York along with Domingo German in exchange for Martin Prado and David Phelps going to the Miami Marlins.

The trade was a worthwhile gamble in my mind because Eovaldi has obvious tools and upside to work with and is under team control through 2017, while Prado is a league average player on the final year of his deal. Prado wasn’t going to make or break the Yankees this year, and they needed the arm. He’s been less than league average for the Marlins this season with a 88 wRC+.

Eovaldi hasn’t showed much improvement thus far with his strikeout rate or the amount of hard hit balls he has given up this year. He has an inflated 4.81 ERA, but without the 8 runs he allowed in less than an inning on June 16 in Miami it would be under four.…

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Quick Hit: How Active Will Yankees Be At Trade Deadline?

It’s almost July, so that means the MLB trading season will be kicking into high gear soon. We have heard a few Yankees rumors already with them scouting Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake extensively, and Joel Sherman speculating they might have interest in Jeff Samardzija.

The Yankees are in contention in both the AL East and wild card races, so they will be involved in many rumors as usual. Despite that, I really do not see them being that active this year. The only place the Yankees can add to their lineup is second base. They’re not going to upgrade at any other starting position, and they are pretty set on the bench as well. Besides Ben Zobrist — who will be in very high demand — what other good second basemen will be available? The Yankees offense has been among the best in baseball anyways, although it would be nice if they could be more consistent on the road.…

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Another NY Tabloid Column Takedown

Our fearless leader, Jason, already started today off with a bang in his takedown of Kevin Kernan’s joke of a column on Masahiro Tanaka. Filip Bondy nearly matched Kernan in the New York Daily News with almost an equally absurd hot take about how boring the Yankees are after their 12-4 defeat yesterday. Let’s get right to dissecting this nonsense.

“The sound you just heard was another baseball crashing into the second deck after a brief, towering orbit — right alongside the Yankees’ narrative arc.”

This is the lede of the column. The narrative Mr. Bondy references to help him write this drivel is one that is really devoid of any true facts.

“Sunday afternoon in the park was not so much a picnic in the Bronx, as it was a cold, wakeup shower following a dreamy nap. Before they were creamed by Detroit, 12-4, the Yanks had gone 11-1 at home while outscoring opponents, 87-31.”

The 11-1 record and outscoring opponents 87-31 is really not important and meaningless.…

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A-Rod’s Redemption Season Continues

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Believe it or not, there was a time when Alex Rodriguez wasn’t very popular around these parts. It wasn’t just because of his past usage of steroids either. He just never seemed to fit into the Yankees. Fans could sense that he was never comfortable in his own skin, and even though he put up great numbers some could never fully embrace him.

A-Rod was crucified for his postseason struggles and his perceived narcissism. Yankee fans could not get over the fact that he wasn’t as team oriented or the leader Derek Jeter was, even though he agreed to move over to third without raising an eyebrow upon his arrival to the Yankees when he was a better shortstop than Jeter. He always seemed to stumble in his interviews and have things come out of his mouth that were not the way he intended.

Common sense would dictate that a year long performance-enhancing drug suspension would not help A-Rod’s cause among his detractors.…

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Carlos Beltran is the Yankees’ Biggest Issue

Courtesy: Paul J. Bereswilly/ NY Post

Courtesy: Paul J. Bereswilly/ NY Post

If you asked most Yankees fans what the biggest issue with the team is the vast majority would probably say second base or the leaky middle relief. While both are issues, neither are as bad as Carlos Beltran in right field.

The middle relief is porous, but good starting pitching can cover that up, and Chasen Shreve and Justin Wilson showed what they can do yesterday in setting up for Dellin Betances. Drew is also terrible, but at least he can hit home runs and play defense, which are two more things than Beltran can do on a baseball diamond at this point. Father time is undefeated in all sports and it has gotten the best of Beltran.

Beltran literally does nothing well anymore, which his -.04 WAR suggests he is worse than a replacement player would be. His defense in right field is just unwatchable, and it’s amazing how it has been put up with this long already because it’s become untenable.…

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Which Ivan Nova Are the Yankees Getting?

Ivan Nova

It appears that if all goes well with Ivan Nova’s rehab start on Saturday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre that he will return to the big-league rotation sometime next week. What happens with Adam Warren has been the big story with Nova’s impending return, but I’m going to be very curious just what pitcher the Yankees are getting with Nova.

Nova’s career with the Yankees has been pretty fascinating to watch with many different twists and turns. He came up to the Yankees in 2011 with outstanding results going 16-4 with a 3.70 ERA. However, it seemed like a little fools gold with Nova only striking out 5.33 batters per nine inning compared to walking 3.10 and his XFIP was 4.16.

Nova became much more of a strikeout pitcher in 2012 and raised his K/9 rate 8.08, but didn’t get the same results on the mound even though his xFIP was better at 3.92. He had a terrible 5.02 ERA over 170 1/3 innings.…

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Yankees’ Six Man Rotation Possibility

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Earlier in the season the Yankees were just trying to figure out how to fill a five-pitcher rotation after injuries to Masahiro Tanaka and Chase Whitley left them short on starting pitchers. Now, with Ivan Nova starting his rehab assignment with Single-A Tampa today, they will have a huge decision to make possibly before the month of June ends.

With the way CC Sabathia has pitched in his last two starts, there is no way he will be removed from the rotation. He hasn’t been great by any means, but he has been good enough to keep his job. Even if he had continued to pitch horribly the Yankees probably would not have removed him from the rotation, but now he has definitely bought himself some time. I was expecting the worst yesterday with Sabathia facing a mostly right-handed Angels lineup at Yankee Stadium, so his seven strikeouts and one walk performance over six innings was very impressive.

Adam Warren certainly hasn’t done anything to be taken out of the rotation and is really forcing the Yankees’ hand.…

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Yankees Middle Relief’s Brutal May

Continuing with today’s theme of looking back at the month of May for the Yankees, the middle relief was particularly disturbing. The Yankees are still eighth in MLB in bullpen ERA (3.10), but they have been greatly buoyed by the awesomeness of Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller. Look beyond those two and it gets pretty ugly.

Despite still being eighth overall in bullpen ERA, the Yankees were 24th in May (4.43). Here’s a look at some of the numbers and they’re mostly cringe worthy.

Chasen Shreve- 10.2 innings, 14 strikeouts, one walk, seven hits, 2.53 ERA, 1.97 FIP

Justin Wilson- 8.2 innings, six strikeouts, three walks, 10 hits, 6.23 ERA, 3.09 FIP

David Carpenter- 9.1 innings, six strikeouts, four walks, 14 hits, 6.75 ERA, 6.20 FIP

Esmil Rogers- 15.2 innings, 13 strikeouts, 10 walks, 21 hits, 7.47 ERA, 6.03 FIP

Jacob Lindgren- 3.1 innings, three strikeouts, three walks, three hits, 5.40 ERA, 7.89 FIP

Garrett Jones- 2/3 inning, 0.00 ERA

You may laugh at including Jones, but his 0.0 WAR for May was higher than Rogers, Carpenter and Lindgren, who were all in the negative.…

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How Soon Should We Expect Luis Severino?

I’m not a big minor league guy, so I’m not here to tell you whether or not Luis Severino will be the next Pedro Martinez or another busted prospect. However, the way the Yankees have handled Severino has certainly peaked my interest.

Severino was promoted to Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre a little faster than expected. He only pitched 67.2 innings at Single-A Charleston before getting promoted, 20.2 innings at Single-A + Tampa and 63 innings at Double-A Trenton before this promotion.

Severino is only 21 years old and moving through the system at a very rapid pace. Meanwhile, another top prospect Aaron Judge has almost 200 very productive at-bats at Trenton and is already 23, but has not been promoted yet. Is it because the Yankees have a logjam in the outfield and see no way Judge makes MLB this season? On the other side of the coin, the Yankees have very little pitching depth and maybe they see Severino making a contribution in the Bronx this season?…

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