Coming Soon: The All Questions Answered Podcast

Hosting this blog’s podcast is far and away my favorite part of writing for It’s About the Money, as it gives me an opportunity not only to riff freely on anything and everything in the world of baseball with some of the most knowledgeable Yankees fans around, but a chance to interact with our equally intelligent listeners and readers. As the podcast has become more and more engrained with the blog, we have garnered more and more questions and thoughts from our audience, and those comments have become essential to our agenda. And for that, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

And now, it’s time for an episode of the podcast that is all about you.

We will be podcasting on Thursday, July 31, after the smoke has cleared from the trade deadline – and we want to hear from you. The goal is to have an episode almost entirely dedicated to answering listener questions, sprinkled with whatever noteworthy news develops in the interim.…

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Chase Headley More Than a Rental?

Third base has been an absolute hole for the New York Yankees over the last two seasons. Ever since Alex Rodriguez had injury issues last year — and suspension issues this year — they have been unable to replace him.

New York third basemen this season have hit .247/.321/.389 with a 97 wRC+ and a .317 wOBA. Those numbers are even inflated due to Yangervis Solarte‘s hot streak at the beginning of the season. Last year was even worse, as Yankees third basemen hit .221/.290/.330 with a 69 wRC+ and a .279 wOBA.

Finally, it seems like they might have found a real third baseman and not the garbage that has been their the last two seasons. The Yankees bought low on Chase Headley, and so far it has paid huge dividends.

The Padres really did a horrible job in this negotiation. They should have gotten more than a journeyman and a prospect who may only end up being a reliever, even though Headley had been struggling this season.…

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Carlos Coming Around Post-ASB

Beltran HR vs CIN

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Before the All-Star break, Carlos Beltran looked every bit a 37-year-old outfielder on the downside of his career.  He hit .195/.256/.378 in June, went 4-22 in his first 6 July games, then fouled a ball off his own face in BP and missed a week of games leading up to the break.

In hindsight, that freak accident might have actually been the best thing for Beltran.  Between the 7-day concussion DL trip and the 4 days off for the ASB, Beltran got 11 days off.  That was 11 days to let his facial cuts heal, 11 days to rest his troublesome right elbow, and 11 days without the general wear and tear that comes with playing professional baseball every day, even as a full-time DH.  That’s a pretty solid chunk of time off for a late-30s veteran with the mileage on his body that Beltran has, and the early small sample size results at the plate since the break indicate that it might have been just what the doctor ordered.…

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Yankeemetrics: July 25-27 (Blue Jays)

Chase Headley is hitting .348 in six games with the Yankees. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Chase Headley is hitting .348 in six games with the Yankees. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The Buehrle Curse Lives
Mark Buehrle is the gift that keeps on giving for the Yankees.

Following Friday’s 6-4 win over the Blue Jays, Buehrle dropped to 1-12 in 19 career starts against the Bronx Bombers. The only pitcher with a worse record against the Yankees (min. 15 starts) is Red Ruffing, who was 1-16 vs them from 1924-47.

Buehrle’s only win vs the Yankees came on April 10, 2004, and since then he is 0-10 with a 7.34 ERA in 15 starts.

The 15-start winless streak is the longest by a left-hander vs the Yankees over the last 100 years, and the longest by any pitcher since Sidney Ponson went winless in 15 starts vs New York from 1999-2003.

He is 0-6 in eight starts at the new Yankee Stadium, by far the most starts without a win there by any pitcher and the most losses without a win.…

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Game 104 Recap: Blue Jays 5 Yankees 4

Cervelli Tag vs TOR

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The Yankees had their 4-game winning streak snapped yesterday afternoon.  They were looking to prevent their post-ASB series winning streak from ending today, but ended up giving up runs at inopportune times one time too many for their offense to come back and fell 5-4 to Toronto, who now has a winning streak at The Stadium going.

It was all about escaping early on for New York starter Shane Greene.  He worked around runners on second and third with no outs in the top of the 1st with only 1 run against him, erased a 1-out infield single in the 2nd with a well-timed double play ball, and needed Zelous Wheeler to nail Dan Johnson at the plate to make it out of the 4th scoreless.

J.A. Happ came into this game with a 6.27 ERA on the road this season, but you wouldn’t know it with the way he tamed the Yankee lineup.  They were taking a lot of bad swings against him, letting good pitches to hit go by, and straight up botching pitches down the pipe and popping them up through 4.  …

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Game 104: Hoping Happ Will Be Hapless

Heading into this game, Ichiro Suzuki had started eight of the Yankees nine games following the All-Star Break, and played the last four innings of the one game he did not start (the fourteen inning affair against the Rangers). And despite the heroics of Friday night, this does appear to be a much needed respite for Ichiro, who is batting .107/.167/.214 over that stretch. It also doubles as a strong match-up move for Joe Girardi, as Zelous Wheeler has mashed left-handed pitching throughout his professional career.

Brett Gardner (.686 OPS since the break) could probably use a breather, as well. Girardi has been quite good about getting his players rest throughout his tenure, and with nagging injuries throughout the lineup, that will become increasingly important down the stretch.

Toronto Blue Jays New York Yankees
Jose Reyes, SS Brett Gardner, LF
Melky Cabrera, RF Derek Jeter, SS
Jose Bautista, 1B Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Dioner Navarro, C Carlos Beltran, DH
Dan Johnson, DH Brian McCann, 1B
Colby Rasmus, CF Chase Headley, 3B
Munenori Kawasaki, 2B Francisco Cervelli, C
Juan Francisco, 3B Zelous Wheeler, RF
Anthony Gose, LF Brendan Ryan, 2B

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Today’s Lineup: Wheeler In Right

Yanks going with a little bit of a different look at the bottom today as they continue to deal with life without Teix and KJ.  Here’s how Joe filled out his card for this afternoon’s series finale:

1) Gardner- LF
2) Jeter- SS
3) Ellsbury- CF
4) Beltran- DH
5) McCann- 1B
6) Headley- 3B
7) Cervelli- C
8) Wheeler- RF
9) Ryan- 2B

SP) Greene

Here’s hoping Brendan Ryan can handle second base better than B-Rob has been with sinker baller Greene on the hill.  Game thread coming up later.

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Game 103 Recap: TOR 6 NYY 4

McCann vs TOR

It’s OK, Big Mac. It’s not your fault you’re playing out of position. Courtesy of the AP

Congratulations to the Toronto Blue Jays for breaking their 17-game losing streak at Yankee Stadium.  It was starting to get embarrassing.  They repaid the Yankees for last night’s series-opening loss by reversing the score and taking this afternoon’s matchup 6-4 behind a strong starting effort by Drew Hutchison, a patient offensive approach, and some bad Yankee defense.

Hutchison held the Yankee offense down for the majority of his 6.2 innings.  His only real mistake came when he walked Carlos Beltran on 4 pitches to begin the bottom of the 4th and then left a 1-1 changeup up and over the plate for Brian McCann to hit into the Yankee bullpen.  That 2-0 lead was the only one New York would have and Hutchison did a nice job of using the Yankees’ aggressiveness at the plate against them to keep them from threatening further.…

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Game 103 – Winning is addictive

The New York Yankees host the Toronto Blue Jays and the Blue Jays are desperate to break this seventeen game losing streak they have put together at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees, meanwhile, would very much like to keep that streak going and also keep what has been a terrific home stand chugging along. Winning is addictive after all. It sure beats the alternative.

Drew Hutchison starts for the Blue Jays and this will be his fourth start this season against the Yankees. He has lost all three…another streak the Yankees would like to continue. Hutchison has great stuff but has thus far not been able to string together impressive performances. That said, he is capable of shutting down a team if he harnesses his power pitching. It’s funny how baseball works. He has the exact same WHIP as Mark Buehrle and nearly the same FIP but with completely different stuff.

The Yankees start Chris Capuano. Brad told you some information about Capuano earlier today that is worth the read.…

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