A Rainy Day Of Firsts Yesterday

Tanaka vs PHI ST

For a while, it didn’t look like yesterday’s game was going to happen.  It was raining hard, the scheduled start had been pushed back, and the forecast wasn’t all that promising.  It was supposed to be Masahiro Tanaka‘s second ST appearance and first official start in a Yankee uniform, cause for as much excitement as any ST game should cause, and both Mark Teixeira and Alfonso Soriano were also slated to make their first ST appearances.  As luck would have it, the weather cooperated long enough to get the game in and not deprive us of another chance to dissect Tanaka’s outing or the string of related “firsts” that happened yesterday.

The outing by Tanaka was another good one.  He worked 3 innings on 41 pitches, allowed only 2 hits with no walks and 1 strikeout.  One of the hits was a solo HR, giving Tanaka his first career run and homer allowed in MLB, but given the circumstances and the way he responded I don’t think that should be the major takeaway.  …

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Game Thread: Yanks at Phillies 3/6/14

Looks like the game is going to happen. They’re looking at a 2:30 PM start time.

YANKEES
Gardner LF
Jeter SS
Teixeira 1B
Beltran Flores RF
McCann C
Soriano DH
Johnson 3B
Roberts 2B
(NotBernie)Williams CF

TANAK RHP

PHILLIES
Galvis SS
Frandsen 3B
Utley 2B
Howard 1B
Byrd RF
Brown LF
Ruiz C
Mayberry Jr. CF
Brignac DH

Kendrick RHP

UPDATE 1:58 PM – Carlos Beltran is a late scratch and according to Mark Feinsand, they weren’t given an explanation. (Yet).

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Quick Hit: Florida Right Now

They may not get the game in today.

P.S. That’s not actually a picture of Florida right now, this is.

UPDATE 1:10 PM: The tarp is still on and the game was supposed to start five minutes ago. No announcement yet.

UPDATE: 1:25 PM: Estimated first pitch is 2:30.

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Teixeira, Roberts, Beltran key to World Series title

You expect biting analysis from this site. Obviously, that differs greatly from analysis that bites. For anyone who studies the game, the hope is for an “aha” moment. I had one this morning and I could not wait to share it with you. This is one of those dope statistics that is going to land me on all the lists of writer geeks of all time. Here it is: Data suggests Mark Teixeira, Brian Roberts and Carlos Beltran all have to play significant time for the Yankees to win the World Series.

Whoo…that sounds good, doesn’t it? So what is the data that is going to shake the world? Every Yankee World Series champ in the Jeter-era featured at least three significant contributions from switch-hitters. Therefore, Teixeira, Roberts and Beltran all have to make significant contributions this season for the Yankees to win the World Series.

You are stunned, right? Brilliant, eh? If I do this right, now I have to throw a bunch of data at you to prove that I am a full-fledged Saberboy.…

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Early Spring Training Winners And Losers

MLB: New York Yankees at Pittsburgh Pirates

Yangervis Solarte, Spring Training MVP

The Spring Training game schedule is now a shade over a week old after yesterday’s game.  Not all of the starting pitchers have made 2 appearances yet, not all of the starting position players have seen a ton of action yet, and there’s still a handful of players who have yet to make their 2014 debut.  In so many words, it’s still very early.  With only 9 games down and another 3+ weeks to go, Spring Training 2014 and all its associated roster battles are not even close to being over, and what will happen over the next 3+ weeks will surely factor more heavily into the final 25-man decisions than what’s happened over the last 9 games.  That said, it’s not like the first 9 games have been completely meaningless.  Here are some of the early spring camp winners and losers thus far.

Winners:

Yangervis Solarte- The runaway favorite right now for the annual “guy who comes out of nowhere to have a monster ST and get people excited about his roster chances” award, Solarte has arguably been the best position player through he first 9 games.  …

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Projecting 2014: Matt Thornton

Charles Wenzelberg

Charles Wenzelberg

After losing Rafael Soriano, Mariano Rivera, Joba Chamberlain, and Boone Logan over the last two seasons, the Yankees have made one Major League free agent addition to their bullpen, Matt Thornton. Thornton won’t be replacing Rivera, but he’ll step in as a greater-LOOGY to a Yankee team that just lost Boone Logan to the Rockies.

Thornton spent most of his career with the White Sox where he was a highly successful left-handed setup man. Unlike most left-handed reliever, Thornton throws in the mid-90′s and his stuff was once good enough to retire left-handed and right-handed hitters alike. Since 2010, his fastball velocity has declined from 96.1 mph on his four-seam to 94.3 mph in 2013. This velocity drop has correlated with his efficiency, as his strikeout rates have continued to drop from 12.02 K/9 in 2010, to 9.50 K/9 in 2011, to 7.34 K/9 in 2012, and finally 6.23 K/9 in 2013. His ERA has subsequently increased, but not all that substantially.…

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Game Thread: Yanks at Rays 3/5/14

This game is not being televised.

Here’s the Rays lineup:
Zobrist 4
Jennings 8
Longoria 5
Joyce DH
Hanigan 2
Belnome 3
Nix 6
Guyer 7
Mahtook 9

Ramos P

And the Yankees’ lineup:
Gardner LF
Nunez 2B
Ichiro CF
Canzler 1B
Johnson 3B
Solarte SS
Romine C
Almonte RF
Murphy DH

Warren P

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Is Oliver Perez The Answer To The Yankees’ Shallow Bullpen?

Michael Zagaris, Getty Images

Michael Zagaris, Getty Images

The last time Oliver Perez pitched for a New York team, he royally disappointed the Mets’ fan base by losing velocity and efficiency. As a starter, Perez had a handful of highly successful years on the back of his slider, but was always highly volatile due to command issues. By the end of his contract with the Mets, Perez’ velocity on his fastball was in a dramatic decline, and he was released during Spring Training of 2011.

The left-handed pitcher returned to Major League Baseball in 2012 with the Mariners. As a reliever, Perez found it easier to limit his walks, and his velocity returned in the short stints. In his first year back, Perez posted a 2.12 ERA with a 2.93 FIP in 29.2 innings, or 33 games. Not only was he highly successful versus left-handed pitchers, but he also held right-handed hitters to a .200/.279/.296 slash.

Perez returned to the Mariners in 2013, and although many of his peripheral stats were impressive, he finished the season with a 3.74 ERA in 53.0 innings.…

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Today’s Lineup: Yanks at Rays 3/5/14

The Yanks (well, not all of them) are travelling to Port Charlotte to play the Rays at 1:05 p.m. this afternoon.

Here’s your lineup:
Gardner 7
Nunez 4
Ichiro 8
Canzler 3
Johnson 5
Solarte 6
Romine 2
Almonte 9
Murphy DH

Warren RHP

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