Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 4/17/15

My old man is retiring today.  Well retiring from the regular Monday-Friday grind to move on to a more relaxed and enjoyable work schedule.  He’s worked for Pepsi ever since we moved from Delaware to Connecticut when I was 5, and today is his last official day at the office.

I work with a lot of older dudes at my company, guys who have been here for 25-30-35+ years and are well into their 60s, and they’re the most stereotypical company “lifers” you could imagine.  Bitter, beaten down, crotchety guys who only sound happy when they’re talking about “the old days” way back when.  A lot of those guys are friends of mine, so I don’t mean this as a criticism of them, but I think it’s pretty cool that my dad is getting out early, getting out ahead of that bitterness that seeps in when you’ve worked at one place for that long.  He put his time in, he’s going out when he wants, and he’s moving on to do the things he wants to do.  …

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Breaking Down Mark Teixeira’s Hot Start In 2015

Courtesy: USA TODAY

Courtesy: USA TODAY

Mark Teixeira has had a terrific start to his season and it is absolutely necessary for him to come close sustaining it if the Yankees are going to be contending for the playoffs this season. The question is whether his start is truly sustainable, as he has had some strange quirks so far.

Teixeira has a slash line of .241/.361/.655/1.016 with a .406 wOBA and a 160 wRC+, which would be an MVP caliber stat line if carried out over a full season. Obviously, nobody is expecting for Teixeira to be an MVP candidate, so there will be regression.

The good news is Teixeira’s BABIP is a very low at .200, so he has not gotten lucky at all. His BABIP will probably never be very high anymore because of the shift, but you would still expect to be around .250 at least, which isn’t very good but still 50 points higher than where he is now.

Teixiera has been doing this with extra-base hits and walks, which has to be his formula at this point in his career.…

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Who is Jose Peraza?

Yesterday, George King wrote that the Yankees had expressed interest in Atlanta Braves’ Triple-A second baseman, Jose Peraza. With the future of the Yankees’ infield very much influx, it is not surprising that they are looking for young middle infielders. While Robert Refsnyder has moved quickly through the system and garnered a lot of attention, he continues to struggle defensively at second base. I find it hard to believe that the Yankees are writing off Refsnyder, as King and others have surmised, but there is no question that the future of the Yankees’ infield is a major concern. Didi Gregorious, Gregorio Petit and Stephen Drew have provided the Yankees with very little offense this year, and while there is plenty of time for these guys to turn their seasons around, the  Yankees need to do their due diligence.

Granted, the Braves have shown no interest in parting with one of their top prospects, but we all know how quickly things can change.…

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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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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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