The A-Rod surge may never come

His season thus far raises a lot of questions. Alex Rodriguez has a home run to fly ball ratio of 22.3 percent for his career. The last three years have been at 17.1, 14.5 and 16.7 (this season) respectively. Combine that with the fact that his lifetime fly ball rate is 39.5 percent and sits this year sits at a career low of 32.1 percent and you have a guy hitting less homers per fly ball and less fly balls. That is not a combination that will seem to trend into any kind of power surge in the months to come.

Alex Rodriguez looks tentative at the plate. And the numbers show that he has lost some sense of the strike zone. He is swinging at 31 percent of pitches outside the strike zone according to Fangraphs when his career average is 21.8 percent. Conversely, his swing rate for pitches that are strikes is down from his career. The 64.8 percent of the time he swings at strikes is the lowest of his career.…

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Yanks…lose? Streak stops at 10

Apparently, this one doesn’t go to 11. The worst thing about winning streaks is that eventually, they come to an end. The best thing about baseball, though, is that the day after a loss, you’ve got a chance to start a new one right away. The Yankees’ ten game winning streak was stopped last night,...

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Braves end Yankees’ winning streak at 10 games

The Yankees actually opened the game’s scoring in the second inning when a double off the bat of the returning Nick Swisher brought home Mark Teixeira and Raul Ibanez and gave the Yankees another runner in scoring position with no one out, but Swisher would be stranded at third when a sharp ground ball by Derek Jeter was smothered by Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman to limit the damage. The Braves would get one of those runs back in the third inning when Jason Heyward led off with a triple to center field and was brought in to score on a ground ball out.

It was in the fourth inning that things started getting dicey for Kuroda. After allowing a lead off single by Martin Prado, Kuroda retired the next two batters and got ahead of Freeman 1-2 in his at bat, but the Yankees’ starter was unable to put Freeman away and wound up walking him to continue the inning.…

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The Farm Report: 6/19/12

The Yankees managed just four hits, as Russo, Joseph, Mustelier and Chris Dickerson each picked one up.  As a team, the Yankees went 0-7 with runners in scoring position.  Adam Warren went seven innings and gave up three runs on seven hits, two walks and five Ks.  Juan Cedeno threw one inning and gave up one run on a hit, a walk and three Ks.

Trenton beat Richmond 3-2:
Abraham Almonte started the bottom of the first with a walk, moving to second on a passed ball.  Jose Pirela singled and David Adams hit a sac fly to right, plating Almonte for the first run of the day.  Richmond tied the game with a run in the second, but Trenton regained the lead in the fifth, as Luke Murton hit a solo homer to center.  Richmond tied the game again in the seventh, but the Thunder struck back in the eighth.  Almonte walked and moved to second on a sac bunt by Pirela.  …

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