The Return Of Derek Jeter’s GB Demons

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

As awesome as Derek Jeter’s scorching hot start to the season was, deep down we all knew it was going to come to an end eventually.  There were just too many factors playing against him for his low-1.000s OPS and low-.400s...

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Can I get a Huzzah for Boone Logan?

Everybody has different ways to evaluate a relief pitcher’s performance. ERA is probably the worst because a reliever’s ERA can get wrecked by one bad outing and it will take weeks of appearances to fix it. FIP is a little better, but not perfect. Logan’s ERA is 2.57. But his FIP is 1.95. SIERA has its uses and lists Logan at 1.95. And that success is despite a BABIP that is way high at .392. But what I like the best are the strikeouts.

Some current wisdom states that there are only three things a pitcher can control: Homers, strikeouts and walks. I have a few problems with that as the batter has a few things to say about those as well with plate discipline, home run to fly ball ratios and batted ball data. But anyway, Logan is doing really well in two of those three categories. He has allowed only one homer all season. And after posting his best K/9 rate of his career last season at 9.94, he is way better this year with a K/9 rate of 13.29.…

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Yankees move into first place with shutout of Braves

It looked like this was going to be a long night for the Braves in the early going, as the Yankees collected score a run in each of the first three innings, tallying five hits and three walks in total in the first third of their at bats, with a run scoring wild pitch mixed in for good measure. In the first inning, it was a little two out magic as Robinson Cano followed an Alex Rodriguez double with an RBI single to get the Yankees on the board, while the second inning saw Raul Ibanez lead off with a home run. The third inning was about as up and down as you can get, as with one out Braves’ starter Randall Delgado sandwiched a Cano double in between walks to A-Rod and Mark Teixeira to load the bases with only one out, but then proceeded to strike out Ibanez for the second out of the inning. Delgado then worked Nick Swisher into an 0-2 hole, but a wild pitch allowed A-Rod to come in to score the Yankees third run of the game before Swisher walked.…

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