Triple-R: The Bullpen

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) Since I did such a bang up job predicting the rotation that will no longer include almost half of the analyzed members, I figured I might as well see this series all the way through to its conclusion.  With what happened last time, maybe there’s some Triple-R karma left over from the Pineda trade and a few days after this is posted the Yankees will somehow add Craig Kimbrel and Sean Marshall to the bullpen before the season starts.  But if not, here’s what we can expect from the current Continue reading Triple-R: The Bullpen

A look at the bullpens of the prospective AL postseason teams

Former Yankeeist readers will recall that last September in the weeks leading up to the postseason we ran a handful of posts that functioned as something of a pre-preview of the playoffs. Rest assured that once we know who the Yankees are actually facing in the ALDS we’ll be publishing our customary disgustingly comprehensive playoff preview over several posts, but in the meantime I thought we’d get a head start and take a gander at certain aspects of the prospective postseason teams. Today we’ll compare bullpens (here’s last year’s post). One important caveat to take into account with any comparison Continue reading A look at the bullpens of the prospective AL postseason teams

C'Torre, Destroyer of Arms

With Scott Proctor back on the Yankees’ roster, I’ve been looking back at the way the club used relievers at the end of the Joe Torre era. Torre had a reputation for burning through his best arms, leaning on any decent reliever he could find for as long as the player was reasonably effective and then discarding him when the inevitable arm troubles popped up. I went looking through the numbers assuming that the nature of Torre’s bullpen usage had probably become exaggerated with time, but the data shows that Torre was about as abusive as people claim. I compared Continue reading C'Torre, Destroyer of Arms

Thinking About Noesi's Future

Hector Noesi has had a very solid first season in Pinstripes, working out of the bullpen to the tune of a 3.42 ERA and 3.60 FIP in 47.1 innings. He has actually been more impressive than those numbers reflect, as he had two terrible outings that skew his numbers drastically. In his other 22 appearances, Noesi has put up a stellar line of 39 H, 9ER, 35 K’s, 12 BB, 3HR, and a 1.82 ERA/3.09 FIP in 44.2 innings. His stuff has looked quite impressive, with two fastballs (4-seamer and 2-seamer) showing good life at 92-95 MPH, a slider that Continue reading Thinking About Noesi's Future

Yankee Bullpen Thriving Again

Jay Jaffe over at Pinstriped Bible recently took a look at the Yankees’ bullpen and liked what he saw: Add it all up and the Yankee bullpen now has the AL’s lowest ERA at 3.08, its second-best strikeout rate at 8.1 per nine (the Red Sox are .0024 behind them in that department), and its fourth-best strikeout-to-unintentional walk ratio at 2.6. Furthermore, the bullpen has allowed just 23.9 percent of inherited runners to score, the league’s second-best mark, and they’ve taken the loss a league-low 10 times, for whatever that’s worth. The Yankees are 59-6 (.908) when leading after six Continue reading Yankee Bullpen Thriving Again

Yankees Need More Length From Rotation

Tommy Bennett over at BP checks in with a look at bullpen usage through the first 13 games: Given the workload they have been asked to bear and the skill with which they’ve borne it, it may not be surprising to learn that Padres relievers have thrown a higher percentage of their team’s innings than any other. At 42 percent through the first 11 games, the Padres featured one of just five bullpens to have thrown more than 40 percent of its team’s innings. The others—the Mets, the Yankees, the Royals, and the Orioles—all share the same characteristic asymmetry between Continue reading Yankees Need More Length From Rotation

David Robertson, Fireman

David Robertson got the win yesterday against the Red Sox, pitching 1.2 innings after coming on with two on and one out in the 5th inning. The excellent Chad Jennings caught up with him after the game to discuss his role on the club: In the Yankees bullpen, Dave Robertson is kind of the fourth musketeer. He’s not the closer, he’s not the setup man, and he’s not Joba Chamberlain. That leaves him decidedly hidden in the shadows of bigger names and bolder personalities. “I like where I’m at,” Robertson said. “I kind of slide under the radar. Just leave Continue reading David Robertson, Fireman

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