Bobby Abargain

Remember Bobby Abreu?

After 2008, with a healthy Xavier Nady in tow and despite 2 1/2 very productive seasons in New York, the Yankee front office was fine with letting Abreu walk (he loves walking, so why not?). At the time, the move was considered the right one, especially since Abreu appeared to be on...

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Counterpoint: Joba Got Squeezed

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Do you see the lower righthand corner, which is the inside corner to righties and outside corner to lefties? Derryl Cousins decided that this was not a strike. By doing so, he forced Joba away from the lower portion of the strikezone all night. As the following chart shows, most...

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Joba-Posada Drama?

From Peter Abraham (LoHud):

Joe Girardi was in a weird mood after the game. He refused to say why he went to the mound to speak to Joba Chamberlain in the first inning. According to Chamberlain, it was to get the signs straightened out. I suspect it was more to keep Chamberlain and Posada from...

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He walked SEVEN batters?

To lose that number of obvious strikes is, in a direct fashion, awful. But indirectly, it’s tough as well, as the pitcher no longer has any idea whether he’ll get the calls he should, and this in the bottom of the zone. Essentially, Cousins was forcing him to elevate above the bottom 15% of the strikezone and what happens when pitchers leave the balls up in the zone? Exactly.

Now, this isn’t to say Cousins was favoring the Red Sox over the Yankees–it’s to say that he was favoring the hitters over the pitchers, and that any critique of Joba’s pitching tonight should be viewed with this in mind.

Now for the bad news. If you want to take away a negative from tonight, there’s a big flashing one available. For his second start in a row, Joba had precisely zero swings and misses at balls in the strikezone.

Joba’s whiff rate was 10.7% in 2008, and that contributed to him being #1 in K/100 pitches in the AL (minimum 100 IP).…

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Game 108: Red Sox 6, Yankees 13

Bronx Cheers:
Joba: Even with a six-run lead, Chamberlain seemed to lack confidence. He wasn’t awful and he picked up the win, but he was not the same pitcher we saw in his last three starts. In the end, Joba went 5 innings, gave up 4 runs on 6 hits (2 homeruns) and walked 7 batters.

BB: Yankee pitchers walked 12 batters. Luckily, the Red Sox rarely capitalized on the free passes.

Claggett: In the ninth inning he walked two, gave up two hits and two runs.

Curtain Calls:
Damon: Yankee Stadium was built for Johnny, who smacked his 20th round-tripper against his former team. He was 3-5 on the night, with 3 runs, and an RBI.

Teixeira: Teixiera went 3-4 with 2 runs, an RBI and a homerun. He also flashed his glove a few times, which I find never gets old.

Melky: He hit a monster three-run homerun that gave the Yankees the lead.…

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Can Chad Gaudin get the Job Done?

Well Mr. Cashman seems to have pulled off the deal for his 5th starter, albeit a week after the trade deadline.  Chad Gaudin is young (26), though oft-travelled, and cheap (prorated minimum for the rest of the season), and, though the player going back to the Padres hasn’t been announced, it seems likely that Cash...

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Another one bites the dust

And I wanted you, all my loyal readers and followers over the past 3 1/2 decades, to be the first to know. The run is nearly over.

The newspaper told me today that it will no longer cover the Cincinnati Reds the same way it has in the past, beginning next season. And don’t blame the paper. It is the economic times and we’re all suffering. They just can’t afford the more than a quarter of a million dollars a year to send me coast-to-coast.

So that’s the big number: $250K per writer to cover a team per year in T&E expenses, plus salary. It’s always about the money. Ain’t it?

Here’s hoping McCoy can develop an online presence with a major outlet so we can still enjoy his craft, but he claims to be heading to retirement as he’s going to be 69 years old. It’d be a shame to lose another pro.

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