Yankees shockingly roll over and die for Pitcher They've Never Seen Before

The most surprising thing ever happened on Monday night, and by most surprising I mean least surprising thing in American history, as the Yankees got completely shut down by a Pitcher They’ve Never Seen Before™ for the approximately 800 millionth time over the last two seasons. I’m sorry, but there’s just no excuse for a game like this. Bases loaded, no out in the first inning, and the team fails to score. Five total hits off Carlos Carrasco, who came into this game with an ERA above 4.50, and who struck seven Yankees out during his seven scoreless innings. Seriously, Continue reading Yankees shockingly roll over and die for Pitcher They've Never Seen Before

Game Thread and Series Preview | Yankees vs. Indians I: Rick Vaughn would be so proud

The Cleveland Indians have been in first place in the AL Central since their sixth game of the season, despite the fact that neither their offense (.324 team wOBA, which is pretty good in the current depressed 2011 hitting environment, but nothing extraordinary) or pitching staff (a middling 3.89 team ERA, 7th-best in the AL) appears to be particularly imposing on paper — save for Asdrubal Cabrera, who has come out of nowhere (.301 wOBA in 2010) to post an 9th-best-in-the-American-League .391 wOBA. Given that most prognosticators pegged the Indians for a 4th- or 5th-place finish in 2011, the Tribe’s Continue reading Game Thread and Series Preview | Yankees vs. Indians I: Rick Vaughn would be so proud

Blue Jays thump Yanks 7-3

Bartolo Colon got through the first five innings relatively unscathed (save a first-inning solo Jose Baustista, which happens) before giving up five runs in the sixth inning, which wound being plenty for the Blue Jays, who beat the Yankees 7-3 Monday night. True to form, the Yankees couldn’t do much of anything against spot starter Carlos Villanueva, who they had previously only seen in two one-inning relief appearances, and so for all intents and purposes he was yet another scrubby-pitcher-the-Yankees-have-never-faced-before-and-were-subsequently-owned by. Villanueva only lasted five innings, but struck five men out and only gave up two hits and one run Continue reading Blue Jays thump Yanks 7-3

Yankees finally eke win out over Baltimore in extras following strangest inning ever

So this wasn’t quite “Yankees get shut down by rookie they’ve never faced before,” but it was pretty close, given that the Yankees managed to muster up one measly run against the Orioles across the first fourteen innings of this game. Thankfully, the Yankees finally prevailed in the 15th — their first 15-plus inning game since Alex Rodriguez‘s glorious, glorious walk-off bomb against the BoSox in August 2009 —  going on to win a game they led for the first eight inning  4-1 in extras. Before going any further, however, I’d be remiss if I didn’t chronicle the events of Continue reading Yankees finally eke win out over Baltimore in extras following strangest inning ever

Game Thread and Series Preview | Yankees vs. Orioles III: I can't stand the rain

The Yanks and O’s meet for the third time this season, though the teams have only been able to play four of the six games they were previously scheduled for, with the Yankees taking all four contests. Unfortunately there’s rain in the forecast once again, and it’s possible tonight’s game will be rained out by the time this post is published. However, we’ll go and preview the two teams anyway as they embark on a brief two- (or one-) game set. You already know the story with the Yankees — 9-13 since they last played Baltimore, and scuffling in seemingly Continue reading Game Thread and Series Preview | Yankees vs. Orioles III: I can't stand the rain

Yankees face inexperienced pitcher for the first time; inexperienced pitcher wins

In his series preview, Larry suggested that the unknown Chicago starter, Philip Humber, whom the Yankees had never faced before, would no-hit the Bombers over nine innings. Larry is prone to exaggeration. Instead, Humber limited the Yankees to one hit over seven innings. If not for a seventh inning single from Alex Rodriguez, Humber probably would have no hit the Yankees. On the surface, Humber didn’t seem like the kind of never-before-seen pitcher who shut down the Yankees so routinely last season. For one thing, he’s right handed. For another, he can top 93mph on the radar gun. But, he Continue reading Yankees face inexperienced pitcher for the first time; inexperienced pitcher wins

Negative storylines from the 2010 season

Last Wednesday we took a look at some of the positive storylines that emerged from the Yankees’ 2010 season. Unfortunately, with the good comes the bad, and while we’ll try to refrain from being too morose, any analysis of the Yankee season wouldn’t be complete without harping on some of the team’s shortcomings. Negative storylines from 2010 After a hot start, Phil Hughes struggled a bit in his first full season in the rotation. While the overall takeaway from Phil Franchise’s first full year in the starting rotation should ultimately be colored in optimism, as discussed in the aforelinked post, Continue reading Negative storylines from the 2010 season

Follow-up analysis on pitchers who throw less than 90mph

Last week we took a look at starters the Yankees have faced who don’t crack 90mph with their fastballs. Sometime Yankee contributor Skip subsequently encouraged me (or perhaps more appropriately, berated me) to delve further into the data: “Larry, I just read your 90-mph pitcher post, and you’re drawing conclusions from the wrong set of data. You want to know how the Yankees do against soft-tossing starters, and yet you use the final game score and talk about the team’s overall record. I was expecting you — in a story about soft-tossing starters — to look at only how the Continue reading Follow-up analysis on pitchers who throw less than 90mph

The 2010 New York Yankees vs. starting pitchers who don't crack 90mph with their fastballs

If there’s one topic I’ve potentially spilled more digital ink on than the Yankees getting beaten by pitchers they’ve never seen before/starters making their Major League debuts, it would be the team seemingly routinely getting shutdown by starting pitchers with fastballs that top out around 89-90mph, pinpoint control and an uncanny ability to change speeds. In particular, we’ve seen Dallas Braden, Brett Cecil and Brian Matusz — the latter both beating the Yankees in the last two days — each stymie the Yankee lineup during the past week. Though Braden took the loss in his game last Thursday, he still Continue reading The 2010 New York Yankees vs. starting pitchers who don't crack 90mph with their fastballs