Yangervis Solarte Should Probably Be Batting Second

Solarte HR vs MIL

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(Syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod.  Stats have not been updated to reflect last night’s game.  Solarte went 2-4 with a BB and a HR)

If you had Yangervis Solarte as your pick for the player who would be leading all qualified Yankees in batting average, OPS, wOBA, and RBI on May 13th, then congratulations.  You’re a smarter person than I.  Even after cooling off from his smoking hot initial start, Solarte has maintained a level of consistent aboave-average production over the last month that nobody else on the team can match.  He’s got a hit in each of the last 7 games (multiple hits in 4 of those 7), 11 of the last 13, and he’s either scored or driven in a run in 6 of the last 7.

This latest stretch of good hitting has come at a time when the Yankees aren’t getting much from the middle of their lineup, and in that respect Solarte has been a quiet lifesaver.  …

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Game 38: Nuno vs. Wheeler

Ugh, let’s not have a repeat of last night, okay? Please and thanks.

Here are your lineups:

E. Young DH
Murphy 2B
Wright 3B
C. Young LF
Granderson RF
Lagares CF
Duda 1B
d’Arnaud C
Tejada SS

Gardner LF
Jeter SS
Ellsbury CF
Teixeira DH
McCann C
Soriano RF
Solarte 3B
Johnson 1B
Roberts 2B

Pitching matchup: Zack Wheeler vs Vidal Nuno.

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Pregame Notes 5/13: New Injuries, Updates on Old Injuries


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As was noted a short time ago, Carlos Beltran and Shawn Kelley are the newest members of the Yankees’ growing injury list. Kelley’s been placed on the DL with what the Yankees are calling a strained lumbar spine, while Beltran is calling himself Day-to-Day after an MRI revealed an old bone spur in his right elbow. Zoilo Almonte has been called up in light of the Kelley move.

Beltran spoke to us before the game, and revealed he aggravated a bone spur his elbow taking a swing in between innings. He’s known for taking plenty of batting practice & warmup cuts, so you might say this was bound to happen at some point. He’s received a cortisone shot, which he says takes about 2-3 days to kick in. After that, if it still hurts, he says he’ll try to ask for second shot. If he’s still feeling pain, though, he says surgery is possible. He was asked if he’d ever taken a cortisone shot before, which he found funny.…

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Are The Yankees Too Old Again?

Remember when the Yankees were completely healthy at the conclusion of spring training? It was only about a month and a half ago, but it seems like it was a million year ago.

This seems like a yearly occasion for the Yankees. Obviously, a big reason for that is their advanced age. In a new MLB without amphetamines and steroids older players have a tougher time remaining healthy and productive.

There is always going to be randomness and luck when it comes to injures. The two players on the Yankees roster who you would have considered the biggest health risks at the beginning of the season were Brian Roberts and Derek Jeter. Both of them have been completely healthy other than a minor injury for each.

Even though luck plays a big role, common sense dictates your chances of getting injured usually increase as you get older. This mostly seems to be the case with position players, as MLB currently has an epidemic with young pitcher blowing out their elbows.…

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Quick hits: Shawn Kelley to the DL, Beltran may need surgery


The Yankees have Shawn Kelley on disabled list and have called up OF Zoilo Almonte. I guess Kelley’s back isn’t better after all.

Also, Carlos Beltran is having elbow problems, more specifically a bone spur that may need to be surgically removed. For now he’s had a cortisone shot and will know for sure if surgery is needed in 2-3 days.

It has gotten to the point where you can’t even get upset anymore when you hear about DL stints and possible surgery. I just laugh now because it is completely ridiculous.

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About Last Night: Hiroki Kuroda

Last night, Yankees pitchers – Hiroki Kuroda, Matt Thornton, Preston Claiborne and Alfredo Aceves – surrendered nine runs to the Mets.

So how did that happen? Well, according to this picture, they threw a lot of pitches over the plate which as you know, is where most major league hitters like to have pitches located.

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And here is where the hits landed:

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This is Kuroda’s heat map. (I’m going to focus on him because he didn’t have a great start.)

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This is where “pitches in play” were located:

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And here are the results:

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Kuroda gave up two home runs last night and this is where those pitches were located:

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Travis d’Arnaud’s home run was an 85 mph slider and cut the lead to 4-2:

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Curtis Granderson’s home run was a 90 mph fastball and tied the game at 4-4:


The Mets batted .318/.318/.682/1.000 overall. When you break it down by results, they batted .083/.083/.167/.250 on ground balls, .667/.667/.833/1.500 on line drives and .500/.500/2.000/2.500 on fly balls.…

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Musing On A Gary Sanchez For Joc Pederson Swap

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The Dodgers had a great problem to start the season, too many starting outfielders on their roster. Between Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford, and Andre Ethier, the Dodgers have four outfielders under team control through at least 2017. To add to their spoils, in Triple-A, the Dodgers have Joc Pederson batting .360/.476/.655 with 11 home runs and 11 stolen bases in his first 170 plate appearances. Unfortunately, Pederson is also an outfielder with no other positional experience to contribute to the Dodgers at the major league level.

While the 22-year-old Pederson continues to slug in Albuquerque, other teams are undoubtedly eyeing the outfielder’s latest breakout season. With the Dodgers virtually set in their outfield over the next four years, the team needs help most desperately in their infield and catching positions. But most recently, their infield has been quite good, with Dee Gordon finally starting to hit, Juan Uribe proving more than a fluke, and Hanley Ramirez continuing to hit well in Los Angeles.…

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Matt Thornton: Ineffective Or Unlucky?

Thornton vs LAA

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There have been plenty of problems in the Yankee bullpen in the first 6 weeks.  One that isn’t getting a lot of attention is the performance of Matt Thornton.  Brought in as the lone free agent reliever to replace Boone Logan, Thornton didn’t inspire confidence that he had a lot left with his ST effort (7 H, 3 ER, 2 K in 4.0 IP), and so far in the regular season he’s been pretty meh.  In 6.2 innings pitched spread over 16 appearances, Thornton owns a 5.40/3.85/5.02 tripleslash with only 5 strikeouts and 3 walks.  He’s been perfectly mediocre despite mostly being used correctly in short outings by Joe, but has it really been all his fault?

Looking at his performance against left-handed hitters, it seems like he should have a better line.  Lefties are hitting .263/.333/.263 in 21 plate appearances against him (.280 wOBA) with 0 XBH and 4 K.  Thornton was brought in to be the lefty specialist and for the most part he’s gotten lefties out and prevented them from doing any real damage.  …

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