(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) Dear Dave, Can I call you Dave? Is that cool? First off, let me just say that I’m a huge fan. I’ve been a fan of yours ever since you first came up. Love the escape acts, love the high socks, love the strikeouts, love the whole deal. But you haven’t really looked like yourself on the mound lately and I think I know what the problem is. It’s the cutter. Look, I get that Mo is a great pitcher and a great teammate, and has the reputation of passing on Continue reading An Open Letter To D-Rob
(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) As they are in every other sport, injuries are a big part of baseball. They affect the good teams and the bad, and a team’s ability to overcome its injuries and still produce and win is what separates the great teams from the good. It would be completely unreasonable to expect your team to not get bitten by the injury bug at some point, and the unpredictable nature of injuries makes it almost impossible to plan for. All of that being what it is, it’s fair to say that the Continue reading 2012: A Freak Injury Odyssey
(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
(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) While this offseason has been mostly an inactive one for the Yankees, one thing they have gone after consistently is cheap pitching depth. From re-signing Freddy Garcia to another team-friendly one-year deal to taking low-risk flyers on guys like Adam Miller, Brad Meyers, and Matt Daley, the Yankees have definitely given themselves plenty of options to choose from when it comes to filling out their Major League and Triple-A pitching staffs for 2012. Among this smorgasbord of lower-level talent is a collection of left-handed relief pitchers (Cesar Cabral, Mike O’Conner, Continue reading Do The Yankees Really Need Another Lefty Reliever?
Via Joel Sherman of the NY Post: David Robertson has not thrown the ball well from late in spring training right through this early season. Now keep in mind that it is both early and that the Yankees like Robertson a lot. They not only love his stuff, but think that he is tough-minded and can handle big situations even in the AL East and The Bronx. But he is young and he does have options, and the Yanks have alternatives they like. Both Boone Logan and Mark Melancon left positive impressions in spring training, and both have gotten off Continue reading Demoting Robertson?
Pete Abe comes through with a list of suggestions for improving the Yankees now: More Brett Gardner: The Little G is 15 of his last 43 and has his batting average up to .284 with a .358 OBP. Melky Cabrera is 12 of 62 since his shoulder injury in Texas. He is down to .282 with a .340 OBP. Melky has more power and should play his share. But Gardner could add the energy the Yankees have lacked lately and is a superior defender. Definitely agree with this. Brett Gardner at an OBP near .360 is a huge asset. I Continue reading Ways To Improve The Yankees Now
According to Pete Abe, Mark Melancon and Dave Robertson have been promoted to the bigs, taking the roster spots of Brian Bruney and Chien-Ming Wang, who were placed on the DL. Melancon was not on the 40-man roster, but the Yankees DFA’d Humberto Sanchez to make space for Melancon. I’ll have more analysis later.