On Brian Cashman’s Job Status

Brian Cashman is a huge source of controversy and disagreement among Yankees fans. There is the group of people who want him fired, and a group who still think he’s a very competent general manager.

This became a big topic again last week when Hal Steinbrenner was noncommittal about signing Cashman to a new contract this winter.

“We’re so busy right now, trying to figure out who’s going to be playing in any given game, much less that,” Steinbrenner said. “We’ll be talking about that soon enough. But you know me. We’ve got enough things to worry about during the season. That’s where our focus needs to be.”

On the surface it seems silly to suggest firing a man who has a career record of 1,612-1,099 for his 16 years on the job.

The biggest argument I can see for letting Cashman go is that 16 years is a long time for anybody to be in a position. Cashman is only 47 years old, so you forget that he has been here so long.…

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Yankeemetrics: August 15-17 (Rays)

Derek Jeter had the game-winning hit on Saturday. (Photo: Steve Nesius/AP Photo)

Derek Jeter had the game-winning hit on Saturday. (Photo: Steve Nesius/AP Photo)

Yankees got Cobb-ered
There are not many things you can predict about baseball except this one: You can’t win if you don’t score any runs. The Yankees proved that statement to be true in a 5-0 loss to the Rays on Friday night.

It was their fifth straight loss in the season series against Tampa Bay, their longest single-season losing streak vs the Rays in franchise history.

It was also their fifth straight loss overall, with a total of just seven runs scored in the five losses. The last time they had a five-game stretch with five losses and no more than seven total runs was in May 1995.

Derek Jeter had two hits for his 1,007th career multi-hit game, breaking a tie with the Braves’ Hank Aaron for the third-most multi-hit games with one team. The only players with more are the Cardinals’ Stan Musial (1,059) and the Tigers’ Ty Cobb (1,211), according to the Elias Sports Bureau.…

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Oh Captain, My Captain: Yankees 3, Rays 2

This game looked like it was going to be one of those heartbreaking, walk-off contests that end up making Yankee fans wish they hadn’t tuned in at all but it actually turned out to be a much needed win for the boys from the Bronx.

Sure, poor Shane Greene‘s really strong start was wasted when Shawn Kelley gave up the tying run in the seventh but Dellin Betances came in to pitch the eighth and did Dellin Betances stuff, the Yankees scored their third run in the top of the ninth and David Robertson closed out a game for the first time since Jesus was a boy. Yankees win, the Yankees win!

It was a typical 2014 Yankees game in the sense that they scored two runs early, couldn’t do more than that and then allowed the opposing team to tie the game in annoying fashion late in the game but it was an atypical result because old man Derek Jeter stepped up and knocked in what ended up being the winning run.…

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If IIATMS were in charge….

This post is corny. This post has been done before. I don’t care. I find stuff like this fun.

Yesterday, Rob Manfred won election by the owners to become Major League Baseball’s next commissioner, replacing long-time commissioner and former used car salesman Bud Selig. Manfred takes over at a strange time in that baseball is still a huge business, but as Craig Calcaterra at Hardball Talk has documented many times in the past, many want to declare baseball dead and bemoan its decline in popularity. For a moment, though, let’s put that nuance aside and ask a silly question: What would the people of IIATMS do if they were placed in the commissioner’s role with autonomous power?

William Tasker, Overlord Jason Rosenberg, and I put forth some ideas. Many of them overlap, but some of them don’t and hopefully this’ll lead to some conversation by you fine folks in the comments. Without further ado, here are some of the ideas we laid forth, starting with the Overlord.…

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The Yankees path to the postseason

Will the Yankees be celebrating a playoff berth at the end of the season? (Photo: AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Will the Yankees be celebrating a playoff berth at the end of the season? (Photo: AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Following the Yankees latest devastating loss on Wednesday night, which dropped them to a season-high eight games back in the AL East and four games back of the second Wild Card position, the likelihood of the team playing baseball in October appears bleak.

Entering Friday, the Yankees have a 8.0 percent chance of making the playoffs according to projections at Fangraphs.com, their lowest playoff odds of the season.

The computers might say the Yankees are a longshot to be playing baseball in October, but in reality a postseason berth for a team in the Yankees current position is not without precedent.

Though Fangraphs does not have historical postseason probabilities, its odds are an adaption of the coolstandings.com playoff odds. Fortunately we do have historical data from that website, so we can look at teams that were in a similar position to the Yankees odds-wise and that eventually made the playoffs.…

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Yankees individual clutch hitting

Yesterday, Katie Sharp had a terrific piece on the historic fail of the Yankees in the clutch hitting department. Like all great writing, the post made me think and it also confirmed (judging by the comments) what most of us have been seeing with our eyes all season. To call it bleak has been an understatement. The first question it raised was: Is this a total team breakdown or just certain segments of the lineup? So I decided to piggyback on Katie’s work and take a look.

Katie focused on three statistics: Runners in Scoring Position (RISP), Runners in Scoring Position with Two Outs (I’ll shorten that to RISP2) and Late and Close. She found the Yankees as a team to not only be way below league average in all three of these categories, but historically bad for Yankee teams since 1973 when this sort of data started to be compiled.

I took a look at the twelve players with more than fifty plate appearances that have only played for the Yankees this season.…

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Yankeemetrics: August 11-13 (Orioles)

Michael Pineda pitched well in his first start since April 23, but the Yankees still lost. (Photo: New York Daily News)

Michael Pineda pitched well in his first start since April 23, but the Yankees still lost. (Photo: New York Daily News)

Nightmare in Charm City, Part I
A 3-1 lead is never safe, especially when you are facing the team that leads the majors in home runs and your team leads the league in home runs allowed. That’s the lesson learned after Monday’s 11-3 loss to the Orioles.

Brett Gardner had his usual hot start, hitting a triple in his first at-bat. That was his third triple leading off a game this season, becoming the first Yankee to do that in a single season since Roy White in 1974.

The Yankees scored two runs in the second inning on an error-filled play that simply has to be watched, or heard, to appreciate it. The Orioles ended up committing three errors in the game, which normally would mean a win for the Yankees – except this is not a normal season.

The only other game the Yankees have lost in Baltimore when the Orioles made at least three errors came more than 50 years ago on September 21, 1961.…

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Rainout Open Thread: 8/12/14

As you all know by now, tonight’s game has been postponed – the makeup game is in September – so in lieu of a game thread, we are posting an open thread.

Feel free to talk about everything under the sun. You know the sun. It’s that big yellow ball of brightness that is usually in the sky. It seems to be absent here today.

Just be nice, respectful and have a good night.

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Game 118: Capuano vs. Norris

Welcome to tonight’s game thread.

Last Monday, the Yankees began a “big” four-game series with the AL Central leading Detroit Tigers and their three Cy Young winners and ended up winning three games, then this weekend they dropped two out of three to the Cleveland Indians who aren’t leading anything at the moment. So what will happen to the Yankees this week while facing their division rivals in Baltimore? Who knows? They beat the teams you expect them to lose to and they lose to the teams you’d hope they’d beat.

Okay, how’s this for a prediction? I predict that both Steve Pearce and Jonathan Schoop will be co-winner of the Pain in the Ass of the week.

Here are your lineups:

YANKEES
Brett Gardner (L) LF
Derek Jeter (R) SS
Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
Carlos Beltran (S) DH
Chase Headley (S) 3B
Stephen Drew (L) 2B
Martin Prado (R) RF
Francisco Cervelli (R) C

ORIOLES
Nick Markakis (L) RF
Manny Machado (R) 3B
Adam Jones (R) CF
Nelson Cruz (R) DH
Delmon Young (R) LF
Steve Pearce (R) 1B
Caleb Joseph (R) C
Ryan Flaherty (L) SS
Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B

Your pitching matchup is in the title of the thread but in case you need reminding it’s Bud Norris vs.…

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