The Farm Report: 9/6/12 – Trenton evens their series, Empire State down 0-2

The Yankees had a chance to strike back in the top of the sixth, as Ronnier Mustelier drew a walk and Murton was hit by a pitch. Mesa grounded into a double play, though personally I thought he beat the throw to first. Unfortunately, Romine hit a sharp grounder to third and was too slow to first, ending the inning.

Empire State found itself in all kinds of trouble in the bottom of the seventh. Spears started the inning with a double, after three Yankee fielders converged on the ball and none came up with it. Brentz lined a single to right, tying the game. Jonathan Hee grounded a single to right, that rolled under Corban Joseph’s glove at second. Cole Garner made a bad throw to third, allowing Brentz to score and giving the Red Sox the 3-2 lead. Juan Cedeno entered the game for Ortiz and struck out Jeremy Hazelbaker. Preston Claiborne took the ball next, striking out Thomas.  …

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Robertson Blows Huge Comeback, Yankees Lose 10-6 to O’s

Welp, we’re back to a tie in the AL East.

  • Tonight’s pitching was terrible. David Phelps gave up 5 runs, 4 in the first inning, through just 4.0 IP. He set a terrible tone for tonight’s game.
  • Joba Chamberlain came in relief and allowed just one hit, though it was a homerun to...
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Game 137: Orioles, or OriLOLes?

New York Yankees Baltimore Orioles
Derek Jeter, SS Nick Markakis, RF
Nick Swisher, 1B J.J. Hardy, SS
Robinson Cano, 2B Nate McLouth, LF
Alex Rodriguez, DH Adam Jones, CF
Eric Chavez, 3B Matt Wieters, C
Curtis Granderson, CF Mark Reynolds, 1B
Russell Martin, C Chris Davis, DH
Raul Ibanez, LF Manny Machado, 3B
Ichiro Suzuki, RF Robert Andino, 2B
David Phelps, SP Jason Hammel, SP

The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05...

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Ain’t No Party Like a Link Drop Party – September the 6th

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From “the” Bronx

Courtesy of fearless leader Michael Eder (this rhymes in my head and heart), likely to be punned into ‘Michael the Elder’ when he has children, NBC Sports Network’s Caught Looking will showcase the most recent series between the Yankees and Orioles at 9 pm … tonight. Interesting timing aside,...

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The Yankees Need To Get Younger, Right Now

I haven’t written about this in a long time, but the theme going around the internet right now is, “The Yankees need to get younger.”  I don’t think we’ve done a particularly good job articulating why this is the case. The Yankees are a team that is capable of buying the best free agents, and...

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Russell Martin and BABIP

Upon reflection, my answer of bad luck was rightly called out by “roadrider” and yes, to say it is all bad luck would be a huge overstatement. But his  assertion that bad contact is a big factor in Martin’s BABIP might be too simplistic as well.  His point is well taken. A line drive in the batted ball statistics might be a screamer and it might be an broken-bat humpback thing that lands in an infielder’s glove. What we don’t yet have is the PITCHf/x equivalent on batted balls. How fast did they come off the bat?  We don’t know. And since we don’t know, all we can do is look at that .213 BABIP and have less-than-concrete discussions of why it is so low.

There are many reasons that go into how a ball is batted and what happens to it once it is put in play. There is pitch location and selection as the pitcher and catcher try their darndest to keep the ball off the sweet spot of the bat.…

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