The (100?) million dollar question

Look, a plane. Maybe I'll buy one of those in a couple years.

Early this season, when Robinson Cano had gotten off to a slow start, I was openly wondering if he had entered his decline phase. Granted, it would...

Read more

The Monthly Prospector: June Edition

For those of you who may have missed the April and May editions, The Monthly Prospector represents a broad-strokes update with respect to TYA’s combined top-twenty prospects list. In addition to providing a glimpse into the present production of the team’s potential future, such an exercise also offers a wonderful...

Read more

The Yankee Stadium thing

All three versions of Yankee Stadium have had a short right-field porch. But since the new version opened in 2009, the criticism has mounted and this new park does seem to allow the ball to travel further. Where a 100 score is considered neutral for park factor, Yankee Stadium III is currently rated at 106, a figure that does favor batters. But is the Yankees’ success dependent upon the configurations of their home ballpark? Hardly.

The figures show that the Yankees are more apt to hit a homer at home. But it is not a factor as big as people would lead you to believe. At home, the Yankees’ batters hit homers in 5.2 percent of their at bats. On the road, that figure goes down to 4.1 percent. That seems somewhat significant. But it doesn’t necessarily lead to more runs. The Yankees have scored 186 runs at home in 40 games and 183 in 37 games on the road. There is no major breakdown in the team’s OPS on the road (compare that with the Rockies).…

Read more

The Farm Report: 7/1/12

Trenton beat Portland 6-3:
The Sea Dogs took a 1-0 lead in the first and the score held through five innings.  The Thunder got their offense going in the sixth, as David Adams doubled and Addison Maruszak drew a walk.  Melky Mesa homered for a 3-1 edge.  Portland got one run back in the bottom of the inning and tied the game with a run in the seventh.  The game headed into extras, and in the top of the eleventh Trenton broke through.  Damon Sublett and Jose Gil singled.  A sac bunt from Yadil Mujica moved the runners over and Jose Pirela was intentionally walked.  Sublett scored on a ground out and Adams singled in Gil and Pirela for the 6-3 win.

Adams went 3-5 with a run scored, a double and two RBIs.  Mesa went 3-5 with a run scored, a homer and three RBIs.  Luke Murton and Sublett both went 2-5 with two and one doubles respectively.  Vidal Nuno threw 5.1 innings and gave up two runs on four hits, no walks and six Ks.…

Read more

All-Star Selection Show: Duds & Snubs

No Madison Bumgarner?

When we discussed potential breakout Cy Young candidates prior to the season, Bumgarner was the definite frontrunner. Thusfar, he’s lived up to that expectation. Not only is he a sabermetric darling, as he was in 2011, this year he one of the top twelve pitchers in the NL in innings, ERA, strikeouts, and, most surprisingly, wins. Bumgarner is the only pitcher with double-digit victories who didn’t even garner a Final Vote nomination (and, rest assured, Yu Darvish will be in Kansas City). The Giants could have three starters and an NL-leading four players on the roster, which might have worked against MadBum.

Representing the Home Team…

As recently as two weeks ago, it was a distinct possibility the sole representative of the All-Star-hosting Royals might be journeyman reliever Jonathan Broxton. However, several Royals hitters got hot in June and made Ron Washington’s decision more difficult. Alcides Escobar leads AL shortstops in hitting, but his inclusion likely would’ve forced Ron Washington to leave Elvis Andrus (who’s equally deserving) at home.…

Read more