Going Into 2011, Yankee Bench Looking Strong

There are two things a bench has to do well in the American League: fill in for resting/day-to-day regulars, and provide an advantage in a narrow band of situations in the middle of games. The Yankees are going into this season with Eric Chavez, Eduardo Nunez, Andruw Jones, and Francisco Cervelli (once he’s healthy) to fill those bench spot. I think its the best group they’ve put together in a very long time. In the narrow band of in-game situations, the Yankees come out quite well. Andruw Jones and Eric Chavez will take almost all of the pinch hitting appearances. Continue reading Going Into 2011, Yankee Bench Looking Strong

Predicting The 2011 Opening Day Roster, Take 2

Joe Girardi is expected to finalize the Opening Day roster tomorrow, so I thought today would be a good time to predict what his roster will look like. Of course, most of the roster has already been announced, so this should be a fairly simple exercise. Here is my first try at the roster, written 10 days ago. There is just one change, but injuries might alter the roster further. Everyday Players C Russell Martin 1B Mark Teixeira 2B Robinson Cano SS Derek Jeter 3B Alex Rodriguez LF Brett Gardner CF Curtis Granderson RF Nick Swisher DH Jorge Posada Bench Continue reading Predicting The 2011 Opening Day Roster, Take 2

Predicting The 2011 Opening Day Roster, Take 1

With Opening Day just two weeks away and players being cut on a daily basis, the makeup of the Opening Day roster is becoming exceedingly clearer. Let’s take our first stab at predicting the final 25 that the Yankees will take north with them: Everyday Players C Russell Martin 1B Mark Teixeira 2B Robinson Cano SS Derek Jeter 3B Alex Rodriguez LF Brett Gardner CF Curtis Granderson RF Nick Swisher DH Jorge Posada There are no surprises here, as all of these players were handed jobs before camp started and did nothing to lose them. I have not noticed Martin Continue reading Predicting The 2011 Opening Day Roster, Take 1

PECOTA on the Bench

A couple of weeks ago we looked what CAIRO, the projection system, had to say about the Yankees bench. Now we’ll take a look at PECOTA, Baseball Prospectus’s projection system. Keep in mind that these numbers ARE park adjusted. LASTNAME FIRSTNAME BATS POS PA HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG Jones Andruw R CF 455 21 55 7 0.224 0.326 0.431 Cervelli Francisco R C 450 5 40 3 0.257 0.325 0.354 Bernadina Roger L CF 450 8 46 21 0.26 0.321 0.382 Laird Brandon R 3B 539 20 67 1 0.25 0.293 0.421 Russo Kevin R 2B 450 4 Continue reading PECOTA on the Bench

CAIRO on the Bench

CAIRO is the projection system set up by SG, the man behind the curtain over at Replacement Level Yankee Weblog. Since it’s pretty dead out there right now, I figured we could take a look at some bench candidates and how they might project in 2011. Now to be fair, projecting players who have yet to play in the majors is extremely difficult. In the past I have tried to take a “rolling average” concept to these projections and come up with a ballpark number for each prospect. It’s just too difficult to tell exactly how someone will transition to Continue reading CAIRO on the Bench

Musing About The Bench

The Yankees are on the cusp of signing veteran outfielder Andruw Jones to be the team’s first OF off of the bench. They signed Russell Martin to be the starting catcher for now, with Francisco Cervelli as the back up, and Jesus Montero on the way up. Jorge Posada will be the primary DH and could probably catch every once in a while. The team will also (likely) have Ramiro Pena and Eduardo Nunez to man the extra infield spots. Just so we can see it lined up: OF–Andruw Jones C–Francisco Cervelli IF–Eduardo Nunez IF–Ramiro Pena Having two back up Continue reading Musing About The Bench

The Legend Of Homer Bush

[image title=”simpsons_two_bad_neighbors” size=”full” id=”21038″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ] Those who watch Yankees games on YES know that Michael Kay will often mention Homer Bush’s role on the 1998 Yankees whenever discussing how important good baserunning and stolen bases are, particularly from bench players. He tends to pontificate on the topic for a while, suggesting Bush was the consummate bench player and was a key cog on the 1998 Yankees. Yet a close look at the numbers suggest that Kay is misremembering the importance of Homer Bush. Bush did hit well in his limited appearances, with a gaudy .380/.421/.465 line. However, despite Continue reading The Legend Of Homer Bush

Discussion: Hating On Bench Players

[image title=”Rays Yankees Baseball” size=”full” id=”18243″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ] Stephen made a comment in his post from this morning that piqued my interest. He said the following about Randy Winn: It seems mean-spirited to hate on the backup outfielder. He is probably a very nice guy with a very nice family, and I’m sure he’s trying his best to help the team win. He might even be excited to play on the Yankees, the World Series champion Yankees, in the hopes of winning a title after toiling in obscurity for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, the Mariners, and most recently Continue reading Discussion: Hating On Bench Players

Advocating Signing Elijah Dukes, Again

I have long advocated that the Yankees give Elijah Dukes a shot on their bench. With Curtis Granderson hurt, Randy Winn struggling, and Marcus Thames occupying the DH slot, the time is right for the addition of another bat. Yes, I know the offense is just fine and that the Yankees are a playoff team without Dukes. But the difference between Dukes and Winn could make a difference in October, and unlike other external bench options, it will not cost the Yankees any players to obtain Dukes. I outlined the pros and cons during the offseason: PROS 1) He has Continue reading Advocating Signing Elijah Dukes, Again