In baseball, like everything, some sense of balance is needed for success. Just as you need the right balance of motivation and intelligence to succeed in school, or the balance of acumen and people skills to succeed in business, you need the right balance of, well, just about everything in baseball. No where does this strike more true (well, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit) than it does in lineup construction. A team cannot sway too heavily right handed or too left handed for myriad reasons. Though, to be fair, it may behoove a team to use a heavily right handed lineup (say, the Red Sox) or heavily left handed (say, the Yankees) because it fits their park. And, if we’re granting liberties of sorts here, it probably does make more sense to have a LHH heavy lineup since the majority of pitchers are right handed. For the sake of this post, we’re actually going to forgo balance and talk about one lineup: the Yankee lineup against RHP, so the one that will skew LHH.… Click here to read the rest
There has been much ado about the Yankees designated hitter situation yesterday, with Buster Olney tweeting that the team was “in position to add” one of Raul Ibanez, Johnny Damon, or Hideki Matsui within a week. Ken Rosenthal stoked the coals a bit (or, perhaps, took a book of matches from 7-Eleven), adding that the team was in “serious discussions” with Ibanez. Rosenthal further added that Ibanez was willing to take a discount to play in the Bronx, though I am unsure that he is in a position to be terribly picky regardless. Many would argue that far too much ink and effort has been expended on behalf of Messrs Ibanez, Damon, and Matsui, and that may be true … but if a move is truly forthcoming, it makes sense to look for a silver lining and preempt at least a bit of the inevitable gruff.
Ibanez managed a slightly above-average 101 wRC+ against righties last season, batting .256/.307/.440 with 16 HR in 437 PA.… Click here to read the rest
Before I get into this, my first post at The Yankee Analysts, I’d like to thank everyone here for giving me this opportunity and for welcoming me so fully to the team. I have accepted this position knowing that TYA is not only among the best Yankees blogs on the internet, but among the best team centered blogs in all of baseball, and I hope I have something worthwhile to contribute.
I thought I’d introduce myself to the readers by exploring a phenomena I’ve been considering for quite some time now. Given plethora of young arms in the system – Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances, Hector Noesi, David Phelps, and Adam Warren – ostensibly close to their shot with the big league club, it’s worth noting how little success the organization has had developing starting pitchers during Brian Cashman’s tenure as general manager. In fact, since Cashman took over before the 1998 season, his system has succeeded in developing exactly one front of the rotation starter.… Click here to read the rest
Nippon Professional Baseball superstar Yu Darvish, a 24-year-old righthander who, by many accounts, is not only the best pitcher in Japan but may have the potential to become one of the best starting pitchers in Major League Baseball, recently took over the comment thread of our post looking at next offseason, as it’s expected the Yankees will be all over him when the Nippon Ham Fighters post him next winter.
And if the Yankees really do want him, I wouldn’t be surprised if they did whatever it takes next winter. Between a rather uninspiring crop of free agent starters, as well as the fact that they can reallocate the $160 million they were willing to spend on Cliff Lee and put it toward what could be a Daisuke Matsuzaka-esque $50 million posting fee, along with what RAB’s Mike Axisa expects to be a Felix Hernandez-type contract, for a total cost of around $130 million, the Yankees seem poised to be able to make a big splash with Darvish.… Click here to read the rest
Apologies for not being further out in front of all of the news that broke today, but our friends at RAB have already done yeomen’s work in covering everything that came out of the end-of-season press conference held by Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi at the Stadium today, so be sure to check that out (as if you haven’t already).
You’ve likely already heard about Dave Eiland getting the boot and Andy Pettitte pitching through injury in the playoffs, but Cashman also talks about the Yankees’ not having an answer for the Rangers despite steamrolling the Twins; Girardi asserts that Joba Chamberlain is a bullpen guy now and forever (groan); both men say the Yankee are obviously interested in Cliff Lee without actually saying it; Cashman stays coy about Jesus Montero joining the Bigs next season; Cashman essentially confirms that he’ll be way overpaying for Derek Jeter‘s and Mariano Rivera‘s services; and in perhaps the most interesting tidbit, Cash admits last winter wasn’t his best, although I’d beg to differ.… Click here to read the rest
With the recent passing of the July 31st trade deadline, we have a new name to add to our bi-weekly updates. Mark Melancon reported to the Astros AAA Round Rock Express, where he earned his first save on Friday. He was also interviewed by Alyson Footer and had some interesting things to say about what was going on with him this season. Apparently, the Yanks wanted him to keep the ball down, so they changed his arm slot from over the top to a more 3/4 delivery and the results weren’t pretty.
In other ex-Yankee news, Brian Bruney was placed on the DL retroactive to August 3rd by the Mets AAA Buffalo Bisons affiliate, where he was working as a starter. Xavier Nady narrowly avoided being traded to the Giants at the trade deadline. Johnny Damon, Austin Jackson and Phil Coke return to the Bronx on Tuesday. Johnny had some kind words of support for ex-teammate Alex Rodriguez after #600.… Click here to read the rest
Time to dust this baby off after a few weeks and a long All Star break. In recent news, Mike Dunn was called up by the Braves. The 25 year old has been dominating for their AAA Gwinnett farm team. But of course, if you’re a regular TYU reader then you knew that already. Since our last report the Mets signed Brian Bruney to a minor league deal. In other news, Mike Scioscia expects the slumping Hideki Matsui to hit better in the 2nd half, Johnny Damon reflected on the passing of George Steinbrenner. Austin Jackson still leads all of Baseball with his .417 BABIP, has the 17th highest K%, is in the bottom fifth with his walk rate and is hitting for no power (.107 ISOP). He’s just having one of those years.
Here’s the full recap:
Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards 2010 25 ATL NL 87 304 274 29 72 13 1 3 24 4 1 23 37 .263 .321 .350 .671 82 96 5 1 5 1 3 *789
Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards 2010 36 LAA AL 87 343 302 24 76 14 0 10 47 0 0 37 69 .252 .332 .397 .730 96 120 4 1 0 3 3 *D7
Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards 2010 36 DET AL 79 340 296 54 81 21 2 6 28 7 1 40 47 .274 .361 .419 .780 108 124 3 1 2 1 1 D7/8
Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB Awards 2010 25 ARI NL 4 7 .364 4.12 18 18 0 0 0 0 111.1 97 55 51 19 42 2 100 6 0 7 470 109 1.249 7.8 1.5 3.4 8.1 2.38
Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards 2010 23 DET AL 79 344 317 53 96 21 5 1 20 15 3 23 88 .303 .356 .410 .766 104 130 4 3 1 0 0 *8
Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB 2010 19 2 Teams 2 Lgs A-A+ ATL 9 3 .750 2.71 15 15 0 0 0 0 83.0 76 33 25 2 12 0 77 4 3 7 344 1.060 8.2 0.2 1.3 8.3 6.42 2010 19 Rome SALL A ATL 9 3 .750 2.34 12 12 0 0 0 0 69.1 60 24 18 1 9 0 66 3 2 6 283 0.995 7.8 0.1 1.2 8.6 7.33 2010 19 MyrtleBeach CARL A+ ATL 0 0 4.61 3 3 0 0 0 0 13.2 16 9 7 1 3 0 11 1 1 1 61 1.390 10.5 0.7 2.0 7.2 3.67
Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards 2010 31 CHC NL 62 156 138 12 31 5 0 4 19 0 0 9 37 .225 .295 .348 .643 67 48 6 6 0 3 0 9/37D
Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB Awards 2010 28 WSN NL 1 2 .333 7.64 19 0 6 0 0 0 17.2 21 18 15 1 20 1 16 0 0 1 93 55 2.321 10.7 0.5 10.2 8.2 0.80
Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB Awards 2010 27 DET AL 5 0 1.000 2.48 42 0 8 0 0 1 36.1 34 12 10 1 14 1 30 2 0 1 154 177 1.321 8.4 0.2 3.5 7.4 2.14
Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB Awards 2010 25 ATL NL 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 5 2.000 9.0 0.0 9.0 18.0 2.00
Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards 2010 21 PIT NL 30 134 120 12 30 7 0 1 6 8 4 14 18 .250 .328 .333 .662 81 40 1 0 0 0 0 7/8
Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB Awards 2010 25 WSN NL 8 6 .571 3.31 44 0 10 0 0 1 51.2 43 21 19 4 24 4 58 2 0 1 218 125 1.297 7.5 0.7 4.2 10.1 2.42… Click here to read the rest
It’s been 2 weeks since my last update, so it’s time to take this baby out for another spin. At this point of the year (mid-season) most of the numbers are a big enough sample that we should have a good idea of where these guys are and what they’ll produce. Arodys Vizcaino has earned himself a promotion to the Braves High-A affiliate, but has been getting knocked around in his first 3 appearances. While the Diamondbacks are looking at a fire sale, don’t expect Ian Kennedy to go anywhere. He and Justin Upton are the only two players on the team who are considered “untouchable” by GM Josh Byrnes. Looking up and down the list, there’s very little to complain about, especially with the free agents who left the team in Damon and Matsui. The only guy who the Yanks really miss right now is Mike Dunn, as they find themselves looking for a 2nd Lefty out of the bullpen.… Click here to read the rest
It’s been 2 weeks since my last update, so it’s time for another edition. In recent news, Brian Bruney has been released by the Nats. Mike Scioscia has dropped Hideki Matsui from the clean up spot and is considering platooning the Japanese slugger, who’s done little after his hot start. Austin Jackson and Tyler Clippard are coming back down to Earth after their extremely hot starts. Ian Kennedy has continued to pitch well for Arizona and Mike Dunn is earning himself an MLB call up from the Braves.
Here’s the full list:
G-43 PA-142 H-27 BB-15 HR-1 SO-17 BA-.220 OBP-.304 SLG-.276 OPS-.581
G-45 PA-176 H-36 BB-17 HR-5 SO-34 BA-.231 OBP-.307 SLG-.372 OPS-.679
G-44 PA-187 H-45 BB-26 HR-3 SO-27 BA-.283 OBP-.385 SLG-.428 OPS-.813
W-L 3-3 G-10 ERA-3.41 IP-63.1 H-53 ER-24 BB-20 SO-51 WHIP-1.153
G-43 PA-196 H-60 BB-15 HR-1 SO-52 BA-.333 OBP-.388 SLG-.450 OPS-.838
W-L 6-3 G-9 ERA-3.16 IP-51.1 H-50 ER-18 BB-9 SO-49 WHIP-1.154
G-33 PA-76 H-15 BB-5 HR-1 SO-14 BA-.227 OBP-.316 SLG-.318 OPS-.634
W-L 1-2 G-19 ERA-7.64 IP-17.2 H-21 ER-15 BB-20 SO-16 WHIP-2.321
W-L 3-3 G-15 ERA-1.80 IP-15.0 H-15 ER-3 BB-8 SO-412 WHIP-1.533
W-L 1-0 G-15 ERA-0.83 IP-21.2 H-15 ER-2 BB-9 SO-27 WHIP-1.132
G-42 PA-178 H-58 BB-16 HR-2 SO-27 BA-.326 OBP-.382 SLG-.433 OPS-.814
W-L 7-3 G-23 ERA-2.12 IP-29.2 H-18 ER-7 BB-16 SO-33 WHIP-1.146… Click here to read the rest