The Yankees agreed to terms yesterday with Dominican right-handed pitcher Manolo Reyes, 22, signing the former Braves prospect for a total of $600,000 according to Baseball America’s Ben Badler. While the diminutive right-hander has pitched in professional baseball as a big league farmhand his brief agreement with the Braves was voided less than three...
Wade still has a pretty great pitching line for the season. His 2.84 ERA is backed by a 2.95 FIP and a 2.18 SIERA. He also has struck out 9.95 batters per nine innings to go along with a clean 1.42 walks per nine rate. That is a pretty special 7.0 strikeout to walk ratio. But frankly, his stuff hasn’t been there lately. He has given up runs in three of his last five outings and has not struck out a batter in his last three appearances. What is the most bothersome is his velocity. Consider the following chart via Fangraphs (click on the chart to see it better):
PitchF/X has his four-seam fastball down a full MPH from last year and he is averaging just 87.6 MPH. His two-seam fastball is down a full 2.4 MPH from last season and is only averaging 88.3 MPH. And here is why his strikeout rate does not seem sustainable: His swinging strike rate this season is only 5.0 percent.…
Oh again, for memory’s sake, what I suggested MLB say, but they didn’t:
“While we recognize the current CBA allows for players who have tested positive for PED’s will be eligible for the All Star Game and any seasonal awards, we are requesting a meeting with the leaders of the MLBPA after the season ends. We hope that we can agree to amend the CBA so that the spirit of the game matches the rules of the game.”
Of course they didn’t at the time. At least they caught up now.
Warning: Mini rant ahead…feel free to ignore.
Things have changed a bit since 2009. We’re still talking about Roger Clemens and dirty syringes, sadly, but we’re a heckuvalot further along with our thinking about PEDs and the game (at least I want to think so). However… regardless of your stance on PEDs in the game and whatnot, it’s hard to argue against this rule change. The rest of the amended rules are also seemingly reasonable and seek to close loopholes exposed in Le Affair Braun, as buddy Craig noted here, although there is no discussion of DUI’s.…
Yesterday, I checked in on how the Yankees’ offense and pitching staff stack up against the rest of the AL, now let’s take a look at the position players, one by one. We’ll go numerically according to the scorebook.
Catcher: Russell Martin
Avg. AL catcher: .244/.314/.399/.713
Martin vs. Pos...
The Yankees’ misfortune started in the second inning when, after allowing a lead off double to B.J. Upton, C.C. Sabathia retired the next two batters and seemed poised to get out of the inning unscathed, only to allow a single to backup catcher Jose Lobaton to bring hom Upton and get the Rays on the board. The Yankees then put the first two runners on in the bottom of the inning, but Jayson Nix was unable to get a bunt down, falling into an 0-2 hole, and it looked like David Price might be set up for his own Houdini act. However, a wild pitch from Price allowed Nick Swisher to move to third base with one out, and then Chris Stewart managed to accidentally bring Swisher home on an attempted check swing to tie the game.
Doug Bernier went 3-4 with a run scored and a double. Curtis went 2-4 with a run scored, two double and a RBI. The only Yankee to come up hitless was Chris Dickerson, who went 0-3 but had a RBI on a sac fly. Nelson Figueroa went six inning and kept the Bulls scoreless on three hits, a walk and five strikeouts.
Trenton beat Erie 5-1:
The Thunder struck in the third, as Damon Sublett singled and scored on a sac fly from David Adams. Trenton added another run in the fourth as Melky Mesa doubled and Addison Maruszak tripled him in. Jose Pirela hit a one out double in the top of the fifth and stole third. Adams then drove a sac fly to right, plating Pirela for a 3-0 lead. Erie finally got on the board in the bottom of the fifth, on a triple from Niuman Romero, but Trenton got some insurance in the seventh. Maruszak, Sublett and Abraham Almonte drew back-to-back-to-back walks, loading the bases. …