Which Ivan Nova Are the Yankees Getting?

Ivan Nova

It appears that if all goes well with Ivan Nova’s rehab start on Saturday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre that he will return to the big-league rotation sometime next week. What happens with Adam Warren has been the big story with Nova’s impending return, but I’m going to be very curious just what pitcher the Yankees are getting with Nova.

Nova’s career with the Yankees has been pretty fascinating to watch with many different twists and turns. He came up to the Yankees in 2011 with outstanding results going 16-4 with a 3.70 ERA. However, it seemed like a little fools gold with Nova only striking out 5.33 batters per nine inning compared to walking 3.10 and his XFIP was 4.16.

Nova became much more of a strikeout pitcher in 2012 and raised his K/9 rate 8.08, but didn’t get the same results on the mound even though his xFIP was better at 3.92. He had a terrible 5.02 ERA over 170 1/3 innings.…

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Quick Hit: Solid Start To The Month for The Rotation

The Yankees have wrapped up their weird week of scheduling and will embark on another 20-straight game journey starting tonight in Baltimore.  Their loss to the Nationals on Wednesday ended their latest winning streak, but they still head into tonight with a 7-1 record in the month of June.

Maybe I’m just stupid and missed it, but does anybody realize how good the rotation has been this month?  In 1-3 fewer games and 5-15-ish fewer innings than every other team, the Yankees rank in the top 5-10 in most key statistical categories:

  • 2.49 ERA- 4th
  • 3.36 FIP- 9th
  • 3.38 xFIP- 9th
  • 1.1 fWAR – T-8th
  • 22.9% K Rate- 5th
  • 49.3% GB Rate- 8th
  • 6 Wins- T-1st

Normally wins wouldn’t be included in that group of stats, but in this instance I think it’s worth pointing out.  Those 6 wins come without a single loss charged to the rotation, and 6-0 in an 8-game stretch speaks to the kind of above-average performance that all those other numbers support.…

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The Old Timers’ Day roster has been announced

[Things were so busy around here yesterday that we forgot to post something about this. Sorry!]

The 69th annual Old Timers’ Day is scheduled for Saturday, June 20 and just like last year, the Yankees will be honoring a player from the late 70s/early 80s with ceremony and a plaque in Monument Park. Last year, Goose Gossage was the recipient and this year, it’s Willie Randolph!

Over 50 ex-players will be in attendance for the day’s festivities and here is that list:

Jesse Barfield
Yogi Berra
Ron Blomberg
Brian Boehringer
Wade Boggs
Scott Bradley
Scott Brosius
Dr. Bobby Brown
Homer Bush
Chris Chambliss
Jim Coates
David Cone
Johnny Damon
Bucky Dent
Al Downing
Brian Doyle
Cecil Fielder
John Flaherty
Whitey Ford
Oscar Gamble
Joe Girardi
Rich “Goose” Gossage
Ken Griffey Sr.
Ron Guidry
Charlie Hayes
Rickey Henderson
Arlene Howard (Widow)
Helen Hunter (Widow)
Reggie Jackson
Scott Kamieniecki
Pat Kelly
Don Larsen
Jim Leyritz
Graeme Lloyd
Hector Lopez
Jill Martin (Widow)
Lee Mazzilli
Stump Merrill
Gene “Stick” Michael
Gene Monahan (Trainer)
Diana Munson (Widow)
Kay Murcer (Widow)
Jeff Nelson
Paul O’Neill
Dan Pasqua
Joe Pepitone
Andy Phillips
Lou Piniella
Willie Randolph
Bobby Richardson
Mickey Rivers
Mel Stottlemyre
Tanyon Sturtze
Joe Torre
Roy White
Bernie Williams

I don’t know about you guys, but I am pretty stoked about Dan Pasqua being there.…

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Friday Morning News And Notes: 6/12/15

No time for dilly-dallying.  Let’s get right to it.

– The Yankees filled the open spots on their active roster yesterday by calling Mason Williams and Chris Martin up from Triple-A SWB.  Williams is taking Jose Pirela‘s spot to give the team the outfield depth it needs, and Martin is replacing Andrew Miller, who was placed on the DL on Wednesday.

– On Miller, it sounds like he could be out for a month or so with his forearm strain, not unlike the amount of time Masahiro Tanaka missed with a similar injury.  Via Joel Sherman, Cash said Miller will not even pick up a baseball for 10-14 days.  Nothing wrong with that.  Better safe than sorry.

– If you missed it, the Yanks rid themselves of David Carpenter yesterday.  He was sent to Washington in exchange for Double-A infield prospect Tony Renda.

Ivan Nova is scheduled to make his next MiL rehab start for SWB on Saturday, and it sounds like there’s a small chance the Yankees call him up.  …

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Thursday night open thread: 6/11/15

Happy Thursday night.

This is the last off day for the Yankees for the next three weeks. They are about to enter a stretch of 20 straight games and with the injury to Andrew Miller, those 20 games will be interesting to say the least.

In case you missed it, today was a big day for content on IIATMS.

EJ started things off with a post wondering if the Yankees are the best team in the American League. If they start to slump, you can blame him.

Then Brad kicked into high gear with a recap of Days 2 and 3 of the MLB Draft, he posted about the David Carpenter trade and he wrote about Joe Girardi’s bullpen usage.

Next, EJ wrote about Mason Williams’ promotion and how he should be platooned with Chris Young while he’s up here.

Then Susan wrote about the challenges Girardi will be facing without Miller in the bullpen.

And finally Scott wrote about short players and how many of them make it big in the Majors.…

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Short Analysis: How Many Players of Tony Renda’s Height (5’8″) Make It?

[Note: I’m just under Renda’s height, so I have in-group privilege to make all the short jokes in this post.] Tony Renda seems mildly promising, from what I’m reading: a second-round pick who’s a solid contact hitter with a great eye; defense that’s not only solid, but improving, at a position of need; and someone who could earn promotion in short order, as a 24 year-old playing pretty well at AA. Conceivably he’ll grow into a AAA job when Refsnyder is promoted, and then who knows, he could be a utilityman after Ryan and Drew leave, or even a potential full-time 2B if Refsnyder stagnates. But Renda is 5’8″, so you fear his utter lack of power (4 HR in 1640 PA in A-AA) is a real sign, not something he’ll grow out of with better contact.

Yesterday I happened to be reading opinions about whether women will ever play in MLB, and I take this side: (1) yes; (2) the biggest barrier is how softball diverts girls away, but some girls do play little league through high school baseball; (3) fewer women are 6′ or musclebound, but some are, and you see plenty below 6′ in positions where agility and talent can thrive without raw strength and size – 2B, SS, LF, CF, and to an extent P.…

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Joe Girardi faces big test in Miller’s DL stint

Having two good – if not great – bullpen options makes being a manager look easy.

There’s not a great formula needed when you have Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller pitching in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively. Pitch them both in either inning, it hasn’t really mattered.

But things got curious over the last couple of days with Joe Girardi’s decisions. First, he said Betances off on Wednesday, and promised he didn’t plan on using him even though the Yankees were off on Thursday. Betances threw 14 pitches the night before.

Sure, there is a long stretch of games coming up, but Betances is not going to be needed in every game in this stretch.

Then, it was announced after yesterday’s game that Andrew Miller was headed to the deal with a forearm muscle strain. There goes the closer, but the Yankees have Betances sliding into his spot in the ninth.

Yet, the worrisome part is that Miller stated to reporters after yesterday’s game that his issue didn’t occur suddenly.…

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The Yankees Need to Platoon Mason Williams and Chris Young

The Yankees will call up Mason Williams to the big team:

You can read my recent post on Mason Williams to get my thought on him. Summary: He’s hitting well in 2015, could be really good, and also has a pretty high floor thanks to defense and a low strikeout swing. He’s been hitting even better at Triple-A since I wrote that post.

With Jacoby Ellsbury out, Chris Young has been getting a lot of playing time. The results haven’t been pretty. Check out these splits:

  • Vs. RHP: 77 PA, .149/.171/.284
  • Vs. LHP: 52 PA, .327/.407/.673

And Mason Williams in 2015:

  • Vs. RHP: .331/.414/.411
  • Vs. LHP: .280/.345/.360

This should be a no-brainer, and probably should have been the day after Ellsbury got injured: Mason Williams and Chris Young should be strictly platooned. Combined, the Yankees could have all-star level production simply by preventing each player from facing their weak sides.…

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Attempting To Talk Fairly About Joe And The Bullpen Situation

Girardi vs BAL

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It’s been a rough few days for Joe Girardi and his bullpen.  He used his 2 best relievers in a 5-run game on Tuesday night, didn’t have the one healthy one left available yesterday as a result, went with one of his younger, inexperienced middle relievers for the 8th inning, and watched that reliever cough up the 2-run lead that the offense had provided in the previous half-inning.  This comes on the heels of Friday night’s 9th inning near-meltdown by an even lower-leverage reliever and a few questionable instances of using David Carpenter in close games with men on before he was future endeavored.

There’s been a lot to not like from the ‘pen over the past month or so, from the injuries to the inconsistency to the decision making to the performance at times.  The one part of the roster that was thought to be solid and the least cause for concern has become arguably the most inconsistent, and yesterday it seemed like that came to head for many fans and bloggers around the Yankosphere.  …

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