A few random thoughts sandwiched between an off day and a three-game series

I was having trouble coming up with something to write this morning. I actually had a lot of ideas and then nothing happened. I tried last night. Then I went to bed and slept on it, thinking I could wake up early and have something come to me then, but to no avail. So this random thoughts post is what I came up with. And hilariously enough, I wrote a random thoughts post last year on this same day, April 17, before a series with Tampa. How crazy is that?

  • It’s only the second Friday of the season and we’re already hearing the doom and the gloom.
  • We might as well stop watching baseball in New York because there’s nothing to look forward to.
  • Oh wait, yes there is! And that’s because the Mets are taking over New York and are going to win the World Series this year!
  • Look, I don’t begrudge the Mets their hot start (okay, so I’m about to anyway) but people need to calm the hell down.
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Off Day Open Thread: 4/16/15

Welcome to tonight’s open thread!

In case you hadn’t heard the news, an MRI on Yankees Brett Gardner‘s right wrist revealed a bone bruise Thursday which is the same as what an X-ray showed on Monday after the initial injury occurred in Baltimore after a pitch off the wrist.

The Yankees have said all along that they had hoped Gardner could be back in the lineup tomorrow night in Tampa. He was available off the bench last night but didn’t come into the game.

Right now, he’s listed as day-to-day. Aren’t we all?

Anyway, talk among yourselves, be respectful to your fellow IIATMS readers and enjoy your evening!

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Quick hit: Joe Girardi teaches his players the Zen of Yogi

I really like these silly videos MLB has been encouraging teams to make this season:

And here are the outtakes:

Enjoy!

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Beltran’s First Nine Games In Nine Pictures

It seems like every night, Joe Girardi pencils Carlos Beltran into the third spot of the lineup and every night, Yankee fans are left to wonder why. Sure, we’re only nine games into the season, but Beltran hasn’t showed us much of anything yet and maybe, he’d be better served batting somewhere else. Like Siberia. Kidding!

So this on this much-needed off day, I thought it would be fun, or, quite possibly, painful to look at Beltran’s first nine games in a series of nine pictures (mostly heat maps) just so we can see just how badly he’s performing so far.

His strikeouts (K rate 21.1%):

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

His walks (BB rate 5.3%):

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

His six hits:

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Two singles (one from each side):

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Four doubles:

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Beltran’s outs (26.7 K%):

Courtesy of ESPN Stats in Info

Courtesy of ESPN Stats in Info

Beltran against lefties:

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Against Righties:

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

What does this all add up to?…

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The expectations of ARod in 2015

Alex Rodriguez crushed one Wednesday, home run number 656 of his career. Rodriguez sits fifth all-time for career home runs and needs four more to tie Willie Mays.

Two home runs already from Rodriguez might be more than many were expecting from the slugger. Over the last five years, Rodriguez has had multiple hip surgeries and faced a lengthy suspension as his play followed a downward track.

But through nine games this season, Rodriguez is hitting .286 with a .394 on-base percentage and .571 slugging. Beyond his home runs he has seven RBI and five walks, along with 12 strikeouts.

Adjust some of those numbers for a full 162-game season and we have 36 home runs and 126 RBI – essentially matching his last good, healthy season in 2010.

However, the reality is we don’t know what we are going to get from Rodriguez this year. Signs point in a positive direction if you’re a Yankees fan, but the optimism comes with a warning label.…

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Fun with Numbers, Or: He’s on-pace for what?!

The season is just about 5.5555% finished. While it may be too early to intelligently speculate about what everything that has happened thus far means in the grand scheme of things, it is never too early to imagine what is yet to be. And you can go about that in one of two ways – either by making minor tweaks to the incredibly accurate preseason projections that are out there, or by pretending that nothing is more relevant to how this season will play out than what the first eleven days of meaningful baseball have wrought. The former is the sensible approach … but you can find that anywhere (I recommend FanGraphs). So I’ll go with the latter.

What follows are some of my favorite “on-pace fors” of the season to-date. The statistics upon which these are based are current as of the morning of April 16, prior to any games being played. Keep in mind, these are entirely for fun, serving as a reminder of what can happen in extremely small sample sizes – the good, the bad, and the ugly.…

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About Last Night: Bullpen Meltdown

Things were looking okay for the Yankees as they headed into the bottom of the sixth inning of last night’s game with a 3-2 lead against the Orioles. Right hander Nathan Eovaldi, who was making his second start of the season, ran into a little trouble at times but was able to get out of some jams and strike out nine. The only problem was that those jams and his high pitch count left manager Joe Girardi with no choice but to go to the bullpen early, and when the inning ended, the Yankees were staring at a four-run deficit.

So what happened?

Right hander David Carpenter came in to replace Eovaldi and on the second pitch of his outing – an 84 mph slider – gave up a home run (and the lead) to Jonathan Schoop.

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

For the next batter, Alejandro De Aza, Carpenter decided to use his fastball. Pitch one was a strike on the outside corner that De Aza fouled off, pitch two (in green) was called a ball by home plate ump Sean Barber.…

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Game 9 Recap: Orioles 7 Yankees 5

A-Rod HR vs BAL

Team MVP. Courtesy of the AP

Well that sucked.  The Yankees looked like they had a little mojo going after the wins on Sunday and Monday night, then they stumbled in game 2 of this series on Tuesday, and fell back on their faces last night with a bummer of a 7-5 loss to the O’s.  They had a lead going to the bullpen and the bullpen coughed it up.  The Yanks are now 3-6 on the season and have yet to win more than 1 game in a series.

Nathan Eovaldi was the brightest spot of the night for the Yanks in his second start of the young season.  After looking very much like the pitcher who struggled to finish off hitters and keep guys off base last year in his debut, Eovaldi was much sharper the second time around and showed some of that swing-and-miss potential in his offspeed stuff that had been sorely lacking.

He did give up 8 hits in 5 innings of work, and Baltimore got an early run off him in the 1st on 3 base hits and another in the 4th on a Manny Machado leadoff home run.  …

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Quick hit: A-Rod hits home run #656, now four away from tying Mays

Alex Rodriguez is now four home runs away from tying Willie Mays after hitting a bomb to deep left field off Orioles starter Bud Norris in the fourth inning of tonight’s game.

No, seriously, he hit that ball really far.

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