Never leave us, Good AJ

As the Yankees slump deepened over the past ten days, the fears of fans were laid bare.  Some people attacked Girardi’s bullpen and bench management while others were simply frustrated by the fact that the entire offense had seemingly decided to slump at the same time. Another common fear about this year’s iteration of the...

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Game 147: Yankees 4, Orioles 3

A.J. Burnett, who was sporting a mysterious black eye, put together a good start, but struggled some in the third.  He started the inning by hitting Cesar Izturis with a pitch.  Izturis stole second and moved to third when Brian Roberts grounded out to first.  Nick Markakis hit a sac fly to center and the Orioles had tied the game 1-1.  A solo shot by Adam Jones in the bottom of the fourth gave the Orioles their first lead.

Burnett settled down after that, pitching well until the seventh.  He hit Jones with a pitch, but induced a double play by Matt Wieters before giving up a solo homer to Robert Andino, putting Baltimore up 3-1 against the Pinstripes.

The Yankees, who had no shortage of base runners, had continually failed to string together enough hits to score some runs.  Needing some big hits in the ninth, the Yankees faced Koji Uehara, who had only blown one save this season.  Jorge Posada put together a gutsy at bat to start the inning, making Uehara throw eleven pitches to him before singling to center. …

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Berkman's Mechanics Against Lefties

When the Yankees traded for Lance Berkman, many wondered whether they would give him a chance to hit against left-handed pitching, considering his deterioration in that area over the last few seasons. With a lefty-mashing player in Marcus Thames at his disposal, Joe Girardi has answered that question with an emphatic “no.” It seems pretty...

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Royce Ring and Playoff Matchups

There are three things that are certain in life: death, taxes, and the need for left-handed pitching help.  Being a lefty is recession-proof; if you’re a lefty reliever your lifespan in baseball can get extended well beyond what a similarly talented right-handed reliever would expect.  Seriously, if my future son takes a liking to baseball...

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Week In Review

How’s your week been? Mine’s been stressful and will only get worse next week. Let’s re-live the madness.

I’m going to start with my biggest omission. As readers–and Tweeters–pointed out, I left out Adrian Beltre in my discussion of A.L. MVP:

.328/.373/.568, .399 wOBA, 150 wRC+, fWAR 7.1, bWAR 6.1

His case: He’s been the...

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Yankees vs. Orioles VI: Matuszuma's Revenge

The Yankees and Orioles meet in Baltimore tonight for the sixth and final time this season. The Baltimore Buck Showalters surprised the Yankees in taking two of three last week and were...

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Hughes and CC, closer than you think

Recently I put together a post analyzing Ivan Nova‘s performance. My purpose was to take a look at his peripheral stats to try to understand if he was really showing potential, or if he was getting lucky,...

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