Burnett trying to cut down on the freebies in 2010

Yesterday, A.J. Burnett told reporters that he plans to cut down on his walks in 2010, after issuing 97 of them a season ago. “I would like to not walk as many people, go a little deeper in the games and be a little more efficient like [CC] is,” noted Burnett. “He’s real efficient with his pitches. He’s 12-15 an inning as opposed to 20-25 an inning, and it helps. Being more efficient in strike one, and just not give away free bags. Let them earn their bases.” Not only was Burnett’s 4.22 BB/9 the second highest mark of his Continue reading Burnett trying to cut down on the freebies in 2010

Posada and Burnett to reunite this season

Not sure if this was reported as a standalone item anywhere, but Erik Boland of Newsday informs us that manager, Joe Girardi, has announced that Jorge Posada will catch A.J. Burnett this season. A serious amount of ink was devoted to the Burnett-Posada duo a season ago, after the two seemed to have “problems” working with one another, which led Girardi to install Jose Molina as Burnett’s everyday catcher (and which Posada did not like very much). Result-wise, while there may be some substance to the notion that the two did not gel well as a unit – over 16 Continue reading Posada and Burnett to reunite this season

WS G3: Yankees @ Phillies

Lineups via LoHud: YANKEES Derek Jeter SS Johnny Damon LF Mark Teixeira 1B Alex Rodriguez 3B Jorge Posada C Robinson Cano 2B Nick Swisher RF Melky Cabrera CF Andy Pettitte P Pitching: LHP Andy Pettitte (2-0, 2.37 postseason ERA) PHILLIES Jimmy Rollins SS Shane Victorino CF Chase Utley 2B Ryan Howard 1B Jayson Werth RF Raul Ibanez LF Pedro Feliz 3B Carlos Ruiz C Cole Hamels P Pitching: LHP Cole Hamels (1-1, 6.75 postseason ERA) TIME/TV: 7:57 p.m., FOX Here are Hamels’ numbers against the Yankees, via Baseball-Reference. Here are Pettitte’s numbers against the Phillies, via Baseball-Reference. I think Mark Continue reading WS G3: Yankees @ Phillies

Hairston replaces Swisher

For Game 2 of the World Series, Jerry Hairston Jr. will start in right field over the struggling Nick Swisher. Hairston’s line against Pedro Martinez over 27 at-bats is .370/.433/.519. Of course, those at-bats are from years ago, when Pedro was with Boston and Hairston was with Baltimore, but Pedro was better back then, so maybe they’ll help Hairston tonight. Part of me wants to criticize Girardi for the move, as it smacks of desperation, but, to be honest, Swisher has looked awful at the plate—he’s practically diving on top of the ball before it gets to him—so I can’t Continue reading Hairston replaces Swisher

Defending D-Rob

From Adam Spunberg (YESNetwork.com): Robertson is an amiable guy, but he let his affability extend to the Phillies today. After Marte came in and expertly navigated through two outs of a jam, Robertson proceeded to walk Jayson Werth and surrender a two-RBI single to Raul Ibanez. Good-natured Dave should offer to do CC Sabathia’s laundry for a week after muddying what had been a detergent-fresh start. While Spunberg is correct in that David Robertson allowed a frustrating 2-out 2 RBI single after Damaso Marte had already pulled a rabbit out of a hat, I think placing this much blame upon Continue reading Defending D-Rob

WS G1: Phillies @ Yankees

If you were hoping to see Jay-Z perform today, that performance has been moved to Game 2 (rain). Lineups via LoHud: YANKEES Derek Jeter SS Johnny Damon LF Mark Teixeira 1B Alex Rodriguez 3B Jorge Posada C Hideki Matsui DH Robinson Cano 2B Nick Swisher RF Melky Cabrera CF Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (3-0, 1.19 ERA in postseason) PHILLIES Jimmy Rollins SS Shane Victorino CF Chase Utley 2B Ryan Howard 1B Jayson Werth RF Raul Ibanez DH Ben Francisco LF Pedro Feliz 3B Carlos Ruiz C Pitching: LHP Cliff Lee (2-0, 0.74 ERA in postseason) TIME/TV: 7:57 p.m., FOX Here Continue reading WS G1: Phillies @ Yankees

RAB’s pitching preview

Due to practical time constraints, I’ve been unable to complete a thorough pitching analysis (those infield and outfield comparisons took longer than expected). Rather than offer a diluted version, I encourage you to check out Mike’s pitching breakdowns over at River Ave Blues. He’s done a very nice job evaluating the Phillies starting staff as well as their bullpen. In the end, I think it’s fair to say that the Yankees have better pitching, which is why they’ll ultimately win the World Series (in 5, as per my prediction).

World Series Preview: Outfield/DH Comparison

Earlier today, I compared Philadelphia’s infield to New York’s infield and, although the matchup was relatively close, I concluded that the Yankees had the better group of players, overall. Now, I’m looking at outfields and DH options. RIGHT FIELD Nick Swisher (SW): Ah, the lovable Nick Swisher, who many thought should have been benched during the latter portion of the ALCS. Swish suffered from a tough matchup in that he never hit any of the Angels well, so I’m not going to expect him to play poorly against the Phillies. What I do know, however, is that Swisher hit .249/.371/.498 Continue reading World Series Preview: Outfield/DH Comparison

Pettitte not pleased with 2009 contract

Props to RAB for pointing out this interesting bit on Andy Pettitte in the LA Times (a Kevin Baxter piece). Apparently, Pettitte wasn’t particularly pleased with the contract he inked over the offseason, a realization that isn’t surprising when you consider the way in which the negotiations played out and how long it took for him to sign. “I think everybody knows I wasn’t real happy with the contract,” said Pettitte to the press, after capturing his 16th postseason win. Pettitte had agreed to a $5.5 million deal (base salary) in January after making $16 million in 2008. “But,” he Continue reading Pettitte not pleased with 2009 contract