Perspective about the Yankees’ offense

Rob’s response basically was scolding my comment (probably rightfully so since it was on the snark side) because the Yankees have the second best offense in baseball. And yes, he is technically correct. Of all thirty major league teams this season, the Yankees are second to only the Texas Rangers in team OPS. And yes, the entire season counts as it is a 162 game season. But it can also be said that a lot of that quality was built in the first half of the season. The second half for the Yankees has shown a much weaker offense and September has been particularly brutal. Let’s look at the numbers:

In the first half, the Yankees’ team triple slash line was .262/.336/.459 good for a .796 OPS. In the second half, that triple slash line looks far less impressive: .258/.328/.431 for an OPS of .758.  In September, those same numbers are .237/.326/.385 for an OPS of .711. The Yankees have struck out at a slightly higher rate in the second half and their runs per game has gone from 4.84 in the first half to 4.73 in the second half.…

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Analyzing Pettitte’s Return

I always look forward to doubleheaders. As a fan, double baseball means double fun, but you also get to examine a different type of managing. The Yankees won both games yesterday, Ichiro Suzuki came up big with an incredible 7 for 8 day, and best of all, Andy Pettitte returned from...

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Small ball helps Yankees sweep double-header

David Phelps started the nightcap for the Yankees and pitched very well. For the second time in a row, he pitched to Chris Stewart as his catcher and in those two starts has pitched a total of twelve innings while only allowing two runs. Tonight, he pitched six and a two-thirds innings and allowed only three hits. He also walked three and struck out six. The only run he allowed was in the second inning. With one out, Phelps walked J.P. Arencibia, which is pretty darned hard to do as the Blue Jays’ catcher had only walked fourteen times all season prior to that plate appearances. Phelps then walked Kelly Johnson. Phelps had a chance to escape the inning as he struck out Yan Gomes for the second out, but Adeiny Hechavarria singled to drive in Arencibia.

Phelps would not get into trouble again until the seventh inning. With one out, Derek Jeter made a poor throw to first on a grounder by Arencibia.…

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Game 148: Ricky Romero’s Evil Twin

Toronto Blue Jays New York Yankees
Rajai Davis, RF Derek Jeter, SS
Colby Rasmus, CF Nick Swisher, RF
Brett Lawrie, 3B Robinson Cano, DH
Adam Lind, DH Alex Rodriguez, 3B
J.P. Arencibia, C Curtis Granderson, CF
Kelly Johnson, 2B Jayson Nix, 2B
Yan Gomes, 1B Casey McGehee, 1B
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS Ichiro Suzuki, LF
Anthony Gose, LF Chris Stewart, C
Ricky Romero, SP David Phelps, SP

The first pitch is scheduled for...

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Derek Jeter And The AL MVP

To quote WWE-era Kurt Angle, Jeter could win the Silver Slugger and MVP with a bruised freakin' ankle. Courtesy of the AP

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

At this point it’s getting hard...

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Pettitte strong in return as Yankees beat Blue Jays 4-2

David Robertson found himself in trouble in the eighth, as Lawrie hit a leadoff double to left. A single by Adam Lind put runners on the corners. Mike McCoy replaced Lind on the bases and Kelly Johnson pinch hit for Mathis. Johnson slapped an opposite field single, plating Lawrie for the Blue Jays first run of the day. Robertson struck out Sierra for the first out, but a double lined by Omar Vizquel down the right field line scored McCoy, cutting the Yankee lead to one. After striking out Hechavarria, the Yankees called on Rafael Soriano for the four out save. Soriano walked Gose, loading the bases, but struck out Davis to end the inning.

New York got a little insurance in the bottom of the inning. Ichiro drove a two-out ground-rule double down the left field line, scoring on a single by Swisher. Meanwhile, Soriano was all business in the ninth, striking out Rasmus, getting Lawrie to ground out and striking out J.P.…

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Looking back at the 2012 Tampa Yankees

Curtain Calls:
Slade Heathcott (OF): Coming back from his second shoulder surgery, Heathcott added a nice bat to the Yankee lineup when he returned to action in June. He ended the season .307/.380/.461 with seventeen stolen bases, five homers and sixteen doubles in 60 games.

Ramon Flores (OF): Flores was central to the Yankee offense this season, hitting .302/.370/.420 over 131 games in Tampa. He smacked six homers, seven triples and 29 doubles, while swiping 24 stolen bases.

Mark Montgomery (RHP): Montgomery continued his fast track to the majors in 2012, starting the year off dominating in the FSL. He made 31 relief appearances, going 4-1 with a 1.34 ERA and holding opposing batters to a .165 average. Montgomery struck out 61 batters, allowing just sixteen walks over 40.1 innings of work. He was just as strong in fifteen games with Trenton and will get some extra work in the Arizona Fall League, so seeing him in the Bronx at some point next season could be realistic.…

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