Alex Rodriguez sucks, Nick Swisher sucks, Mark Teixeira sucks, Curtis Granderson sucks, Eduardo Nunez sucks, and even Derek Jeter sucks in the playoffs, at least that’s what everyone tells me on the Internet. It’s almost as if we have a lineup of guys that are more likely to get out than succeed. Why would Cashman...
We live in an age of instant data. Numbers are at our fingertips in an instant. And we can often build a case for just about any narrative we want to make. Post season statistics, especially offensive ones, have to be taken with two very strong reminders. The first is that the offensive statistics are extremely small sample sizes. Orioles’ fans and writers could be blasting Adam Jones right now because he is batting .091 in this post season. But if you are reminded that Jones’ post season is only thirteen or fourteen plate appearances deep, what conclusions can you actually draw from that?
The second reminder is that batters have to hit against pitchers. That sound simplistic but it is amazing how much that simple fact is overlooked. The Jones in our example has had to face some of the best pitching in baseball. The teams that make the playoffs would not (in most cases) be there if they did not have strong pitching.…
Tonight’s game, when it finally began after yet another rain delay, started off well with the Yankees scoring first.
How did they do it? Let me walk you through it.
Oddly enough, things actually felt pretty good for the Yankees early in the game, as they caught most of the breaks. Ichiro Suzuki scored in the first inning on a circus move, and Andy Pettitte was generally solid, though he did hit one rough patch in the third inning. After retiring the first eight men he faced, Pettitte allowed the next five Orioles, though only two would score thanks to a fortuitous event in which J.J. Hardy failed to score from second on a slow ground ball that rolled into the outfield because he saw neither the ball get past Derek Jeter nor his third base coach waving him home. After that Pettitte would more or less settle in, and gave the Yankees a chance to break through at multiple opportunities.
Things really began to go bad in the fourth inning, however, when the Yankees loaded the bases with one out but failed to score even a single run. Curtis Granderson actually lined a single into center field but a gimpy Mark Teixeira had no chance of making it home against Adam Jones‘ arm, and then Eduardo Nunez flailed a weak pop up to the shortstop position, dampening the Yankees’ chances severely before a Jeter ground out stomped them out completely.…
|New York Yankees||Baltimore Orioles|
|Derek Jeter, SS||Nate McLouth, LF|
|Ichiro Suzuki, LF||J.J. Hardy, SS|
|Alex Rodriguez, 3B||Chris Davis, RF|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||Adam Jones, CF|
|Nick Swisher, RF||Matt Wieters, C|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||Mark Reynolds, 1B|
|Russell Martin, C||Jim Thome, DH|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||Manny Machado, 3B|
|Eduardo Nunez, DH||Robert Andino, 2B|
|Andy Pettitte, SP||Wei-Yin Chen, SP|
The first pitch is scheduled for 8:00...