Off day links: IIATMS made Deadspin but not in a bad way

Good morning, Yankee fans. Today is an off day but luckily for us, the Yankees won last night so at least it’s a pleasant off day and we’re not stewing over a loss because those off days are the worst.

Just in case you missed it, Jason updated his Yankees on DL payroll chart and, of course, it rightly spread around the Internet like wildfire.

Friend of the blog, Barry Petchesky of Deadspin linked to it. Another FOtB, Craig Calcaterra of Hardball Talk, mentioned it in his “And That Happened” post and also spotlighted one of our prolific readers ufy1950 with a post of his own about a comment he made pointing out the payroll of last night’s starting lineup.

Good work, ufy! And a big thanks to both Barry and Craig for the shout outs.

If you ever wondered what kind of an apartment Ichiro Suzuki lives in, look no further. Curbed has all the deets on Ichiro’s rental.…

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Bobby Murcer – WPA Hero

Searching for and creating all-time Yankee lists is one of the things I like to do in my spare time. As such, it seems that Baseball-reference.com’s Play Index was personally made just for me. I do not consider paying for that service an inconvenience. I consider it one of life’s necessary expenses. This time, I was trying to get a sense of which Yankee player has had the biggest hits. I decided to use WPA (Win Probability Added). I will try to define that statistic in a moment. But for the sake of getting this article off the ground, suffice it to say for now that WPA measures how a plate appearance affects the outcome of a game. I found fifteen games where the WPA score for a game was over .800 (roughly 80% of a win). Bobby Murcer had five of them. No other Yankee has ever had more than two such games.

alg_murcer-undatedTom Tango is mostly responsible for the win expectancy and game leverage type statistics.…

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Who’s To Blame For The Youkilis Screw-Up?

MLB: New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays

(Syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

We’re never going to find out, and I ask the question knowing full well that it really doesn’t matter in the long run.  What matters is that Kevin Youkilis get 100% healthy and not come back to play until his back is 100% healthy.  But just out of sheer, morbid curiosity I’d like to know what went on behind the scenes on Friday/Saturday that led to Youkilis’ name being put on the lineup card so he could go out there and hurt himself again.  Cash’s statement on the matter yesterday Tuesday was pretty damning, about as clear-cut an instance of people getting thrown under the bus as I’ve seen in some time, and I work at a company that specializes in that.  It’s pretty out of character for Cash to be that blunt and sell his own people down the river like that, so I’d be very interested in knowing what happened to inspire his comments.…

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The Farm Report: 5/1/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre had a much needed off day, after sweeping back-to-back doubleheaders. Meanwhile, Tampa was postponed due to rain, leaving just Trenton and Charleston in action on Wednesday, and both teams lost one-run games.  Jose Ramirez put together a strong start but Evan Rutckyj was not as lucky, getting behind early and issuing six free passes. Jose Campos threw a mixed bag for Charleston, picking up seven strikeouts enroute to the RiverDogs’ loss.

Trenton lost to New Hampshire 2-1:
The Thunder had the first baserunner of the day, when Tyler Austin singled in the bottom of the first, but an infield pop fly by JR Murphy ended the inning. Adam Loewen drew a walk for the Fisher Cats in the top of the third and Jose Ramirez hit Sean Ochinko with a pitch. A single by Kevin Pillar plated Loewen and New Hampshire took a 1-0 lead. Reegie Corona, recently activated from the DL, started the bottom of the fourth with a double to right and Austin was hit by a pitch.…

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Quick recap: Yankees 5, Astros 4

This could have been a disastrous loss for the Yankees. Thankfully, they were able to overcome blowing a four-run lead and pick up a win against the Astros tonight. It marks their 17th win of the season and it’s their sixth win in their last seven games.

David Phelps started in place of injured Ivan Nova and made it through one turn before the Astros lineup figured him out and scored four runs in the top of the fourth inning. He allowed six base runners and even hit two batters during that inning.

The Yankees added an insurance run in the sixth inning on double play ground out by Ichiro Suzuki which scored Eduardo Nunez. Lyle Overbay was out at second but because he avoided a quick tag, Nunez scored before he was called out.

Robinson Cano and Ben Francisco hit home runs for the Yankees who have an off day tomorrow before a three-game series this weekend against the Oakland Athletics.…

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Yankees Acquire Chris Nelson

Colorado Rockies Spring Training in Scottsdale, Arizona

John Leyba, The Denver Post

The Yankees have acquired infielder Chris Nelson from the Rockies for cash considerations. Francisco Cervelli will be moved to the 60-day DL to make room for Nelson. To make room for him on the 25-man roster will require a bit more movement, and it’ll likely come with optioning Corban Joseph, though Ben Francisco could always be DFA’d.

I wrote about Nelson on Monday, but to sum things up, he’s a right-handed bat that they can stick at second base, short stop, and third base. He’s played primarily third, but was drafted 9th overall in 2004 as a short stop, and has enough experience there to fake it. Over his career, he’s OPS’d .738, which while strong for a middle infielder, isn’t particularly impressive when he’s playing half his games at Coors Field. That said, there are some interesting splits I included in my piece on Monday that indicate that he’s seen poor numbers due to small sample size.…

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