Pitching Staff Improving With Romine Catching

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This morning, Andy McCullough of The Star-Ledger published a piece on yet another Yankee rookie, Austin Romine. He discusses a little bit about his early offensive struggles, the Yankees hopes for his bat, but more importantly, his ability to catch. The relationship between a pitcher and catcher can be a huge factor in a baseball game, and it’s one that’s often overlooked. Romine has been dealt a difficult task, catching a number of veteran pitchers, as well as young and inexperienced pitchers, and doing so on the biggest stage in baseball.

“You’ve just got to get in their heads, try to know the pitcher and what his strengths are,” Romine said. “That’s mainly what I try to do.”

For the most part, the pitchers seem to be extremely happy with Romine. Adam Warren applauded the catcher, saying it only took one start in the minors for him to understand his repertoire and thought process. Warren even added that Romine could read his mind.…

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Tonight’s Yankees Lineup: 5/24/13 & A Nova update

Gardner 8
Cano 4
Wells 7
Hafner 0
Granderson 9
Adams 5
Overbay 3
Nix 6
Stewart 2

Phelps RHP

According to the beat writers, Chris Stewart was testing out his cranky groin earlier today on the turf in the Slop* and I guess everything is fine because he’s in the lineup.

*I call Tropicana Field “The Slop” because I loathe it and think it should be imploded.

UPDATE 4:07 P.M.:

For now, Ivan Nova will be in the bullpen.

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Quick hit: Listen to Stacey on the Mets Musings podcast

So, last night I had the pleasure of being a guest on the Mets Musings podcast with Gary Mack. Yes, Stacey, the lady who writes for two New York Yankee blogs was on another New York Mets podcast. I had been a guest on another pro-Mets podcast a couple of months ago as well.

Gary and I discussed everything from the unbelievable performance of the 2013 Yankees (I use that word to describe what they’ve been doing so far this year about 15 times in span of 37 seconds) to the 1980’s Mets and Yankees with some 2013 All-Star game comments and stories about old Yankee Stadium and Shea thrown into the mix. We also discussed this year’s upcoming, abbreviated Subway Series. You can hear what I have to say about the Yankees only having to face the Mets four times this season instead of six. I’ll give you a hint, I’m very happy about that.

It was a fun time and Gary is a great guy.…

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His one game was Bliss

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You never know what you will find when scouring through obscure Yankee statistics. Most of what I find and tell you about is at least in somewhat recent history. But what I bring to you today is from the way-back machine. I found a pitcher named, Elmer Bliss, who holds a record of sorts. That obscure record is the most innings pitched in his one and only game outing without giving up an earned run. Bliss made one relief pitching appearance in his career and pitched seven full innings without yielding an earned run. He also won the game. In those seven innings, he gave up just four hits, did not walk anybody and struck out three. The date was September 28, 1903.

There are no box scores from that early a date. All we can ascertain is that he must have relieved a struggling starter and then pitched well enough to allow his team to come back and win the game, 7-6, against the Detroit Tigers at Hilltop Park.…

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The Farm Report: 5/23/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Durham 8-5:
The Bulls jumped out to an early lead in the first. Rich Thompson grounded an infield single and stole second. Brandon Guyer was hit by a pitch and Vince Beinome tripled them both in. A two-run homer by Shelley Duncan put the Bulls in front 4-0. Durham doubled their score in the top of the fourth. Rich Thompson grounded out, but allowed Cole Figueroa to score and Wil Myers hit a three-run shot for an 8-0 advantage. Scranton finally got on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Brennan Boesch singled to center, scoring on a double by Josh Bell. Thomas Neal lined a RBI double to right for the RailRiders’ second run of the day. Mustelier started the sixth with a double, moving to third on a wild pitch. Bell hit a sac fly to center, bringing Mustelier home. Down 8-3 in the ninth, Scranton had a lot of room to make up. Melky Mesa jump started the offense with a triple to center.…

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Required reading: IIATMS’ sit-down with MLBPA leader Michael Weiner

This went a bit under the radar here this week and frankly, I’m not sure why. Daniel Marcus was lucky enough to sit down with MLBPA head honcho Michael Weiner recently and broke down the conversation into four key parts. I think these segments are must-read items for all baseball fans.

Read on:

And when you’re done, a hearty congrats to Daniel for some great work is an order.…

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Growing Pains For The Top Outfield Prospects

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(Syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod.  Stats are as of Wednesday)

The Yankees entered this season with what appeared to be very good prospect depth in the outfield.  At best, 4 of their top 10 organizational prospects were outfielders, with 3 of them showing up in almost every respectable top 5 list.  Anticipation and expectations were high for this group based on what they did in 2012, and it was starting to look like the outfield was going to be one spot where the team would have good options for the future if they were planning on committing to a reduced payroll.  Almost 2 months into the MiL season, it appears as though the first potholes in this group’s development have been hit.

Mason Williams- .229/.328/.331, .311 wOBA in 184 PA

Tyler Austin- .248/.365/.348, .340 wOBA in 192 PA

Slade Heathcott- .236/.292/.343, .293 wOBA in 155 PA

Ramon Flores- .244/.332/.318, .308 wOBA in 206 PA

That’s as sobering a collection of slash lines as you’ll see from top hitting prospects.  …

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Should We Believe In David Adams’ Bat?

At the beginning of every season, we bloggers tend to have some fun with bold predictions. Not to toot my own horn, but I did pretty well in 2012. I had Zack Greinke being traded and headlining the free agent market for starters in the fall over Cole Hamels, then I had Jesus Montero, Michael Pineda, and Hector Noesi struggling with Jose Campos being the most impressive piece of last year’s trade, and then I had the Nationals’ starting rotation beating out the Phillies’. This season I predicted that the Yankees would have a Rookie of the Year contender.

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When I made this prediction, I was purposely vague, as I honestly had no idea who it would be. The Yankees have an above average farm system, but most of the top prospects are at least a year away from the major leagues. I made this prediction based on injury concerns, and knowing that players in Triple-A would get a chance at some point.…

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Off-day boredom: What would your Starbucks name be?

In case you missed it, there’s a picture of Derek Jeter making the rounds which shows him leaving a local Starbucks with a cup that has the name Philip written on it.

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(Image courtesy of the New York Post)

This is how boring off-days are here in New York. Derek Jeter walking out of a Starbucks with the wrong name on a cup of something – because who knows if it’s coffee or some sort of tea – is big news.

And I know coffee snobs will be horrified that Jeter goes to Starbucks but I can tell you from second hand stories that he has frequented the coffee chain for a long time. My friend lived in the upper East Side years ago and literally bumped into him as he leaving one somewhere in the 70’s, maybe 72nd street? I can’t remember the exact location of the place and there seem to Starbucks on every corner of Manhattan these days so your guess is as good as mine.…

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