Hughes Drops Arm Slot, Pitching Like An Ace

Back in early March I made a bold prediction, Phil Hughes would be the number two starter. April didn’t bode well for my dark horse pick, the 25 year old right hander produced a 7.88 ERA with batters hitting .329/.395/.658 against him. There were occasional glimpses of brilliance on Hughes’ side, but no one...

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What’s The Plan For David Phelps?

Pop quiz- Is Phelps starting or relieving in this picture? Courtesy of Getty Images

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

Or perhaps the more appropriate question to ask would be, IS there a plan...

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Fitting in Ichiro

Of all the players I never thought would end up on the Yankees, especially at the 2012 trade deadline, Ichiro Suzuki most definitely would’ve been at the top of that list. As he was entrenched in Seattle as the long-time face of the Mariner franchise, we had no idea he was even...

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Ichiro a great pickup

While Ichiro has lost a step, his speed is still just slightly behind Gardner’s. He has stolen fifteen bases in seventeen attempts and stole forty just last year. Look for him to run more often with the Yankees. Both Ichiro and Gardner have been .260 hitters at this point in their careers. Gardner’s career batting average is .261. Brett Gardner walks more than Ichiro ever has as his .355 career 0n-base percentage and eleven percent walk rate attest. But when Ichiro was in his prime, he hit enough to mask his lack of walks. Ichiro’s career on-base percentage of .366 is higher than Gardner’s. So let’s say that in the best case scenario, Ichiro hits .300 for the rest of the season for the Yankees. That should put him a just a little behind what could have been expected with Gardner’s OBP.

Slugging is perhaps a wash between the two. Ichiro’s slugging this season sits at .353. Gardner’s career slugging percentage is .355.…

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Yanks Pick Up Their First Win Of The West Coast Trip

Everyone can exhale and relax because the Yankees have finally won a game on this seven-game West Coast road trip. It certainly took long enough and thankfully for them, the Seattle Mariners are not the Oakland A’s.

There would be no late heroics, no walk-off for the home team and the Yankees were the ones high...

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Turley dominates in Tampa, and Austin returns to action for GCL Yanks

Trenton lost to Portland 7-4 in 11 innings:

It was a seesaw game in Portland tonight early, but the Thunder found themselves on the wrong end of some extra inning heroics tonight. Trenton got on the board first after Jose Pirela led off the game with a double, but Portland responded by taking the lead with two runs in the bottom of the first. Trenton tied the game in the third after Pirela tripled in his second at bat, and then took the lead in the fourth on a two run home run from Neil Medchill. Again, however, the lead was fleeting as Reading scored a run of their own in the bottom of the fourth. The Yankees took the lead again in the sixth thanks to a lead off homer by David Adams, but again, Portland tied the game in the bottom of the same inning, this time at four runs apiece. That’s exactly where the game stayed until the bottom of the 11th, though Trenton twice had two runners in scoring position with two outs, first in the sixth inning and then again in the top of the eighth, and had the go ahead run on third base with no one out in the 11th.…

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