Decisions, Decisions

The Yankees have a bunch of looming decisions. The most immediate decision has to deal with offering arbitration/tendering offers to Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes, Dustin Moseley, Sergio Mitre, and Boone Logan. There are two no brainers in here: yes, offer arbitration or tender contracts to Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain. They’re definitely deserving of it and have performed well enough to get a decent contract. Boone Logan should also be tendered a contract since he’ll probably still be cheap, considering he made just $590,000 in 2010 and performed well enough in the second half to justify a return. In a Continue reading Decisions, Decisions

2010 Season in Review: The Bullpen

Though Mariano Rivera really deserves his own post, we’re including him in our bullpen Season in Review, primarily because we’ve already done so many individual player reviews that it just seemed easier this way. We touched on the Yankee bullpen in the Positive Storylines from 2010 post a few weeks ago, noting that in 2010 the unit posted the third-best ERA (3.47) in the American League (and best mark of Joe Girardi‘s three-year tenure) and the fifth-best FIP (4.06). Here are the numbers for the pitchers who threw in relief for the Yankees this past season, sorted by FIP (note: Continue reading 2010 Season in Review: The Bullpen

Would trading for Dan Haren have changed the outcome of the Yankees' season?

On Wednesday, commenter Phil raised what I thought was a pretty interesting notion, one that I really hadn’t thought about at all since July — what if the Yankees had consummated the rumored trade for Dan Haren, and how might that have altered the outcome of the season? Now, the idea of going back and tossing out all of the crappy Dustin Moseley/Javier Vazquez, etc. starts and inserting what Haren did with the Angels, while tempting, has a spectacular amount of flaws. There are so many presuppositions that need to be made, and obviously the rotation would have continued to Continue reading Would trading for Dan Haren have changed the outcome of the Yankees' season?

Cano, Yankees pick Sabathia up, forge biggest comeback of season in beating Rangers 6-5 to take 1-0 lead in ALCS

So, that happened. In a game in which CC Sabathia delivered his worst outing in pinstripes (a very un-Sabathia-like 4 innings of five-run ball) and the Yankees’ chances of winning fell as low as 2.9% as of the bottom of the sixth, the team surprised the ever-loving hell out of the entire baseball-watching world to rally back from a 5-0 hole after six innings and beat the Rangers 6-5 in Game 1 of the 2010 American League Championship Series. Though the Yankees’ winning percentage was actually as low as 0.4% in the top of the ninth when they rallied off Continue reading Cano, Yankees pick Sabathia up, forge biggest comeback of season in beating Rangers 6-5 to take 1-0 lead in ALCS

Making the Case

Right after the rain delay ended last night, Jack Curry tweeted the following: Yanks expect 11 pitchers for DS. CC, AJ, Andy, Phil, Mo, Wood, Joba, Logan, Rbrtsn r locks. Nova, Vazquez, Gaudin, Mitre fight 4 2 spots Let’s lay out the case for each guy, then, and we’ll see what you readers think. Javier Vazquez has a few things going for him: he’s a veteran and managers always like that in the playoffs. He’s also proven himself to be a good, sometimes great starter. Granted, we haven’t seen that much this year, but he does still have the ability Continue reading Making the Case

Rain, solo home runs and relievers who probably won't even be on playoff roster undo Yanks in 7-2 loss to Rays

Once the skies came crashing open last night in the bottom of the third inning the Yankees’ fate was pretty much sealed. Down 1-0 to the Rays, barring an unexpected 15- to 20-minute rain delay A.J. Burnett‘s night was going to be over, and Joe Girardi was going to have to milk 5 2/3 innings out of a tired and thin bullpen. I’ve been as vocal as anyone about Girardi’s seemingly endless stretch of bizarre moves this month; however in this case I’m not sure what other choices he had. I’d love to win the division as much as anyone Continue reading Rain, solo home runs and relievers who probably won't even be on playoff roster undo Yanks in 7-2 loss to Rays

Yankees swept in three-game set for first time all season in falling to Texas and Lee 4-1

Remember when people started getting all concerned about Cliff Lee a few weeks ago? Heh. Lee once again showed why the Yankees will pay whatever it costs to lock his services up this winter, tossing eight masterful innings of two-hit, one-run ball in leading Texas to a 4-1 win and three-game sweep of the Yankees at home for the first time since 1996. It also marked the first time the Yankees were swept on the road this season and the first time the team was swept in a three-game series. It sure has been an ugly week for the Yankees, Continue reading Yankees swept in three-game set for first time all season in falling to Texas and Lee 4-1

Pitching Updates: Hughes, Marte, Aceves

Joe Girardi provided the Yankee beat writers with three little nuggets of news about Yankee pitchers this morning. Mark Feinsand has the scoop: Phil Hughes will be skipped one start in the Yankees rotation to limit his innings, Joe Girardi said before Wednesday’s series finale against Baltimore. Dustin Moseley will start Sunday in Texas, and Hughes will return to the rotation next Wednesday in Tampa. Also, Girardi said Alfredo Aceves (back) will not return this season, and Damaso Marte (shoulder) will “probably not” be back in 2010. The news on Hughes has been a long time coming. He has thrown Continue reading Pitching Updates: Hughes, Marte, Aceves

The Yankee rotation, and implications for October

Recently Yankeeist broke down the pitchers for the other AL teams who appear playoff-bound at this point in the season. Given the question marks surrounding the Yankee pitchers, now seems like a good time to take a closer look at the players taking the mound for the good guys. CC Sabathia | In short, the dude’s a beast and I love watching him pitch. For those of you who love details, here are a few: CC is 8th in the AL in ERA, 15th in FIP, 9th in WAR (Fangraphs edition), and 2nd in innings pitched. All of those are Continue reading The Yankee rotation, and implications for October