What To Make Of Yangervis Solarte

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Where do you start judging Yangervis Solarte? We have 2,804 minor league plate appearances that say one thing about the infielder, but Spring Training and 53 MLB plate appearances say another. For anyone that hasn’t watched Solarte hit, his blistering start to the 2014 season doesn’t look like much more than small sample size. For many Yankee fans, Solarte’s bat is a much needed injection of talented youth into the team’s lineup. For those realistic about the switch-hitter, we still have no idea what he is.

When Solarte came up with the Twins, he showed promise as a contact hitter. In 2010, as a 22 year old in rookie ball, high-A, and double-A, the infielder hit .292/.328/.401. In his next full season at double-A in 2011, Solarte hit .329/.367/.466. His lack of strikeouts unfortunately came with a lack of both walks and home runs. Yet New Britain Stadium is a notoriously tough ballpark to hit in, and Stat Corner gave the park just a 74 rating for home runs to lefties and a 72 rating for home runs to righties that season.…

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Beltran Had a Good Week and McCann Is Getting Better

It’s another post with colors, pictures and even more pictures so let’s take a look at two of the Yankees’ biggest offseason acquisitions, Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann, shall we?

First up is Beltran who has been doing really well this past week.

His slash line from 4/10-4/16: .409/.435/.955/1.389
His wOBA from 4/10-4/16: .565

Overall he’s batting .327/.368/.673/1.041.

Here is a chart of his hits this past week:
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Beltran has been pretty balanced hitting three home runs, three doubles and three singles. He also has five strikeouts and five runs batted in.

Here is his heat map (by batting average):

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Hey, look at that, he’s hitting pitches over the middle of the plate.

And here is how that same map looks with actual numbers (also by batting average):

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McCann seems to have picked things up a bit since we checked in with him last. (A week ago today)

His slash line from 4/10-4/16: .333/.375/.800/1.175
His wOBA from 4/10-4/16: .479

Overall he’s batting .208/.240/.354/.594 so he still has a ways to go before we can declare that he’s good.…

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Random Thoughts Before The Tampa Series

Good morning,

Full disclosure: I was going to do another post with charts, graphs, and pictures because I wanted to see the difference in certain players’ stats from week to week but my mind was all over the place when I first woke up this morning so I figured why not do a random thoughts post first and do the post with charts, graphs and pictures later in the day. So here we are. Now, hold onto your butts or whatever because it’s go time:

  • Why is MLB trying to make me angry this early into the season?
  • The Yankees played a four-game set against Boston last weekend and now they’re playing four against Tampa?
  • Come on.
  • Seriously?
  • And in Tampa? That is like the worst thing you could do to me. To all of us.
  • I loathe games at the Slop and I want that place to be swallowed by a sinkhole.
  • Obviously, I’d like that to happen when no one is inside.
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The Farm Report: 4/16/14

I’m having a stressful week, so this is going to have to be the quick version today. Sorry!

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Buffalo 8-2:

  • Buffalo scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first, taking a 5-0 lead in the third.
  • The RailRiders were already trailing 8-0 after seven innings when they finally managed...
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Sweep: Yankees 2, Cubs 0

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The Yankees completed the day-night sweep of the Chicago Cubs with a 2-0 victory.

Michael Pineda had another strong start and picked up his second victory of the season. He pitched six innings, gave up four hits, struck out three and walked one. He got into a little trouble in the fifth and sixth innings but was able to get out of both jams. He now has a paltry 1.00 ERA on the season.

Scott Sizemore and Brett Gardner had the Yankees’ RBI and David Phelps, Matt Thornton and Adam Warren combined for three scoreless innings.

There was a funny moment during the game. Chicago’s pitching coach Chris Bosio was thrown out of the game for arguing balls and strikes and the My9 cameras caught Derek Jeter‘s reaction to the ejection.


(Courtesy of Deadspin)

The Yankees will now travel to Tampa to play the Rays in a four-game set at Tropicana Field.

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Game Thread: Night Game 4/16/14

Here is your game thread for this evening’s game.

Lineups:

CUBS

Bonifacio, CF
Sweeney, R, LF
Rizzo, 1B
Schierholtz, DH
Castro, S, SS
Valbuena, 3B
Castillo, W, C
Kalish, RF
Barney, 2B

YANKEES

Gardner, B, CF
Jeter, SS
Beltran, DH
Soriano, A, LF
Solarte, 2B
Suzuki, I, RF
Sizemore, 3B
Johnson, K, 1B
Murphy, C

Pitching matchup is Michael Pineda vs. Travis Wood.

Enjoy!

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Swift Recap: Yankees 3, Cubs 0

Here’s what you need to know about today’s game at Yankee Stadium: Masahiro Tanaka was resplendent.

  • His final line was 8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K.
  • He threw 107 pitches, 76 of them were for strikes.
  • With those 10 strikeouts (6 swinging, 4 looking), Tanaka now has the most strikeouts ever by a Yankee pitcher in his first three games (28). Al Leiter, who was broadcasting along with Michael Kay today, was the previous record holder.
  • The two hits he gave up were bunt singles – one which was reviewed and overturned after Junior Lake was originally called out – and Tanaka was making everyone look silly with his slider (to righties) and his splitter (to lefties).

And here’s the winner of Stacey’s fan of the day (this is probably a one time thing so congratulations to his very resourceful man):

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The Yankees got their runs off a Carlos Beltran solo shot in the first, a Dean Anna sac fly in the fourth which scored Brian McCann on a very close play at the plate and a really odd play in the fifth where Jacoby Ellsbury “grounded out” on a catcher’s interference and Brett Gardner, who was on third, was awarded home plate.…

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Game Thread: Afternoon Game 4/16/14

You know, just because the Yankees are playing the Chicago Cubs this week that doesn’t mean that the weather had to become Chicago-like. Mother Nature is just being mean now because it’s going to be a downright chilly day and night at Yankee Stadium and I, for one, do not envy anyone who will be out there today – players, fans and media included.

Here are your lineups for the afternoon tilt:

Chicago Cubs New York Yankees
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B Brett Gardner, LF
Justin Ruggiano, CF Carlos Beltran, RF
Anthony Rizzo, 1B Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Nate Schierholtz, RF Alfonso Soriano, DH
Starlin Castro SS Brian McCann, C
Junior Lake, LF Yangervis Solarte, 2B
Luis Valbuena, 3B Kelly Johnson, 1B
Mike Olt, DH Dean Anna, SS
John Baker, C Scott Sizemore, 3B
Jason Hammel, SP Masahiro Tanaka, SP

Some game notes:

  • The Yankees are 7-4 in their last 11 games after dropping their first two games of the season at Houston. And you all were flipping out.
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What Value will Scott Sizemore Provide the Yankees?

It was a guarantee Brian Roberts would go down with an injury at some point this year, and it was a pretty safe assumption to think the same of Mark Teixeira. For these reasons, the Yankees signed 29 year-old Scott Sizemore to a minor-league deal as an insurance policy for their unstable infield.

Stephen Drew, for the second time in the last week, has been ruled out as a possibility (which is a whole separate thing). The Yankees are left with Scott Sizemore.

Sizemore hit .249 in 110 games three seasons ago with both the Athletics and Tigers, sporting a .741 OPS. After a couple of ACL tears, that’s really all we’re left with to make an assessment on Sizemore; that, and his .344/.436/.500 slash line in 10 AAA games this season.

A lot is made of his .221 BA against righties over his career, though his Line Drive% (19%) hovers right around league average against RHP. It’s just something to consider, that he’s still capable of hitting the ball hard off of those types.…

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