Game 141: Batting Fourth, James Loney

New York Yankees Boston Red Sox
Derek Jeter, SS Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Nick Swisher, RF Scott Podsednik, DH
Alex Rodriguez, DH Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Robinson Cano, 2B James Loney, 1B
Russell Martin, C Cody Ross, LF
Steve Pearce, 1B Ryan Lavarnway, C
Curtis Granderson, CF Ryan Kalish, RF
Andruw Jones, LF Pedro Ciriaco, 3B
Jayson Nix, 3B Mike Aviles, SS
Hiroki Kuroda, SP Jon Lester, SP

The first pitch is scheduled for...

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Yankee Fans Guide to Scoreboard Watching in September

(The following was originally published at The Captain’s Blog; follow me on Twitter at@williamnyy23).

The American League pennant race has reached the stretch, but there still isn’t much separation among the leaders. Eight teams are currently within four games of a playoff spot, and every division race is separated by three games...

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Is Nick Swisher getting unlucky?

On the other hand, it hasn’t always seemed all bad for Swisher. He did draw four walks in those seven games including three over the weekend in Baltimore, and he got hit in the leg by a pitch to start a rally Friday night. In addition, he had a home run and a double robbed by the Orioles’ defense that night, all of which prompted me to observe that Swisher seems to get into prolonged funks where he can’t catch a break during my radio appearance Sunday night. Unfortunately for me, it looks like I might have been guilty of confirmation bias in that assessment.

It’s fairly hard to quantify bad luck in such a small sample, but one place we can start is by looking at strikeouts, since hitters can control those outcomes to a much greater extent than where a batting ball lands. And in this regard, Swisher comes out looking pretty darn bad. Going back to August 27th, the first game of the Toronto series, Swisher has struck out a whopping 20 times in the 13 games played in that span, and has three separate three strikeout performances (including one four strikeout effort for good measure).

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Meet The New Red Sox

It’s been just three weeks since the Yankees last met the Red Sox. The Yanks have had their own struggles meanwhile, but nothing compared to that of the Red Sox. The fallout of what might as well been a failed Bobby Valentine mutiny not only included some terrible baseball play, but the team trading away...

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From Lemon to Lemonade

Once Bob Lemon returned from three full years in the service of our country, he restarted his career with the Indians in 1946. He started it as an outfielder. His manager, Lou Boudreau, was concerned that Lemon would not hit enough to be an outfielder and after talking with several players that played with Lemon in the military, the extraordinary event occurred that mid-season, while staying with the major league Indians, Lemon was converted from an outfielder to a pitcher. He wasn’t sent to the minors to learn to pitch. He was assigned to the pitching coach and it went from there. He played twelve games in center field in 1946 and he also made 27 relief appearances and five starts. He finished with a 4-5 record, but somehow managed a 2.45 ERA that season in 94 innings.

In 1947, he would play twice in the outfield, once in center and once in right, but he was now a full time pitcher.…

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