Quick hit: Yankees Trade Nuno to Arizona for Brandon McCarthy

So this happened…

31-year-old McCarthy is 3-10 with a 5.01 ERA (3.79 FIP, 1.377 WHIP) in 18 starts in 2014. He’s given up 131 hits in 109.2 innings with 93 strikeouts and 20 walks. He has also surrendered 15 home runs.

Per Buster Olney: “McCarthy owed about $4.8 million for the rest of the season, plus he gets a $1 million assignment bonus. Arizona is eating more than $1M of that.”

Read more

No Comparison Between the 2014 and 2007 Yankees

When the Yankees went under the .500 mark earlier this week it was the latest that they were under .500 since 2007 when they were 41-42 on July 5th. The 2007 team went 53-26 the rest of the way, as they easily claimed a wild card spot and only finished 2 games behind the Boston...

Read more

Game 86: Phelps v. Pino

With Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel heading to Oakland, it seems likely that we should accept Phelps as a mainstay in the Yankees rotation for the remainder of the season. While I am convinced that the Billy Beane acquired Hammel with an eye towards flipping him for help elsewhere (given the fact that he may have been the third most attractive name on the market, behind Samardzija and David Price), I am not sure that the Yankees and A’s match-up all that well – the A’s need middle infield help nearly as badly as the Yankees.

Of course, stranger things have happened…

New York Yankees Minnesota Twins
Derek Jeter, SS Brian Dozier, 2B
Brian Roberts, 2B Kurt Suzuki, C
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Chris Parmelee, 1B
Mark Teixeira, 1B Kendrys Morales, DH
Carlos Beltran, DH Josh Willingham, LF
Ichiro Suzuki, RF Oswaldo Arcia, RF
Alfonso Soriano, LF Trevor Plouffe, 3B
Francisco Cervelli, C Eduardo Escobar, SS
Zelous Wheeler, 3B Sam Fuld, C
David Phelps, SP Yohan Pino, SP

*Brian McCann was a late scratch and Francisco Cervelli is playing in his place so the lineup was shuffled a bit.…

Read more

About Last Night: Brian Roberts

Brian Roberts was moved up to the two-hole in yesterday’s lineup and he had himself a game in Minnesota.

He finished with four extra base hits – three doubles and a triple – and is the first Yankee to record four extra base hits in a game without a home run since Jim Mason in 1974. (Courtesy of MLBStatOfTheDay)

Here’s his heat map from yesterday:
strike-zone (40)

As you can see, he was taking advantage when pitches were left over the plate.

Here’s his first inning double which came on a 91 mph sinker over the plate:
atbat-summary (63)

Here’s his second inning double which came on a 78 mph curveball low:
atbat-summary (64)

Here’s his fourth inning triple which came on a 90 mph fastball over the plate:
atbat-summary (65)

Here’s his seventh inning double which came on a 90 mph fastball over the plate:
atbat-summary (66)

Roberts’ triple came on the first pitch of the at bat while his first two doubles were hit when he was down 1-2 in the count.…

Read more

Game 85: Happy Independence Day!

While you’re waiting for the game to start, the beers to chill, and the barbecue to heat up, check out Episode 24 of the It’s About the Money Stupid podcast, hot off the presses.

New York Yankees Minnesota Twins
Brett Gardner, LF Brian Dozier, 2B
Brian Roberts, 2B Kurt Suzuki, C
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Chris Parmelee, LF
Mark Teixeira, 1B Kendrys Morales, 1B
Carlos Beltran, DH Oswaldo Arcia, RF
Ichiro Suzuki, RF Trevor Plouffe, 3B
Francisco Cervelli, C Chris Colabello, DH
Kelly Johnson, 3B Eduardo Escobar, SS
Brendan Ryan, SS Sam Fuld, CF
Chase Whitley, SP Kyle Gibson, SP
Read more

IIATMS Podcast Episode 24: D-Rob, Gardner and the Power Of Positive Thinking

Domenic and Stacey discuss the “worst” start of Masahiro Tanaka’s career, share their thoughts on some positive Yankees storylines, and reveal their favorite things about the 2014 MLB thus far. They also reminisce about the greatness of Lou Gehrig, with a focus on his on-the-field performance.

Keep the questions coming! E-mail us at stupidyankeepodcast@gmail.com, or Tweet us @DomenicLanza or @StaceGots.

Read more

Quick Hit: Sabathia Could Miss The Rest Of The Season

Well, this isn’t happy news at all.

As you all know, CC Sabathia woke up to swelling in his right knee the morning after his rehab start in Trenton but now it has been revealed that he will be going to visit Dr. Andrews.

*cue the scary music*

There is a distinct possibility that Sabathia could miss the rest of the season because he may have to have microfracture surgery on his bum knee. When the news first surfaced, Joe Girardi was asked if this meant that CC would be done for the season and he told the media that was “fair to say.”

Even though we didn’t know what to expect from Sabathia upon his return, it is still very disappointing news and brings up even more questions with regards to the rotation and what the Yankees can do to improve it before the trade deadline.

Read more

By The Numbers: Celebrating Lou Gehrig

Photo Credit: Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images

Photo Credit: Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images

In honor of the 75th anniversary of Lou Gehrig‘s farewell speech at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939, here are some of my favorite stats and nuggets from Gehrig’s career.

• Gehrig played in 2,130 consecutive games from June 1, 1925 to April 30, 1939, compiling 2,700 hits, 527 doubles, 492 homers, and 1,978 RBI in 7,940 at-bats – all of which were by far the most of any player in that span.

• He put together an incredible .340/.448/.633 line over those 2,130 games, and each of those stats ranked among the top three in the majors in that span (min. 4,000 AB).

• Was Gehrig the best all-around hitter ever? He is the only player in major-league history with at least 500 doubles, 150 triples and 490 home runs in a career.

• Gehrig is the only player in baseball history to have a season with at least 40 homers, 170 RBI and an on-base percentage of at least .470… and he did it twice (1927, 1930)!…

Read more

Game 84: Revenge of the Hughes

Happy Tanaka Day! He’s hoping to have a happy one as well, having dropped his last two outings. He goes up against the Twins & Phil Hughes tonight, who’s been enjoying a pretty nice season (8-4, 3.58 ERA), though he’s given up 5 Earned Runs in back-to-back outings against the White Sox and Rangers. The...

Read more