Game Thread: Yanks vs. Tigers 6/1

Yanks. Tigers. This time, it’s in Detroit. For a preview of the series, check out our pal Larry Koestler’s Series Preview at RAB. The lineups for tonight’s game:

PITCHING MATCHUP:

NYY: CC Sabathia
DET: Casey Crosby (MLB Debut!)

LINEUPS:

NYY:
1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Curtis...

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The agony and the ecstasy of the MLB draft

With the MLB draft upcoming, I thought this would be a good time to think a bit about the uncertainty of the draft, and how so many other factors come into play other than just the player’s talent.  In particular, I wanted to focus on 2 interesting years, 1992 and 2009, to see how wonderful...

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20 years ago today…

Being that this is a Yankee-centric website, I don’t need to sing Jeter’s praises to the audience here, but just for fun here’s a few of Jeter’s career statistics, and where they currently rank in team history:

The four guys ahead of Jeter in WAR are, of course, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, and Joe DiMaggio. All of those guys are inner circle Hall of Famers, in my opinion, and Jeter is within striking distance of DiMaggio. Additionally, Jeter is second all-time in WAR among players selected sixth overall in the June draft (behind Barry Bonds). As for the five guys selected in front of him? Altogether, Phil Nevin, Paul Shuey, B.J. Wallace, Jeffrey Hammonds, and Chad Mottola collected a combined rWAR of 26.4, making the gap between Jeter and all five of those players a robust 41.5. To put that in perspective, that’s just a touch more than Omar Vizquel (41.2 rWAR) has been worth over his entire career.…

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Minor Leagues Review: May

Empire State’s pitching has not lived up to its potential.  While Dellin Betances and Banuelos have both showed some strong improvement over their April showings, Betances continues to struggle with control and Banuelos is back on the shelf with a finger issue.  Meanwhile, the Yankees’ offense has been a pleasant surprise.  As a team, they are hitting .257/.338/.391, which puts them about fourth in the International League.  Ronnier Mustelier has done a good job since being called up earlier this month, hitting .287/.324/.479.  Steve Pearce, Jack Cust and Kevin Russo haven’t been able to replicate their strong April numbers, but continue to provide a lot of offense for Empire State.

Trenton Thunder:
The Thunder also continue to put together a strong season than I anticipated.  They went 19-10 in May and are just a game and a half behind the New Britain Rock Cats in the Eastern League Eastern Division.  Trenton has been nailed with injuries, with Graham Stoneburner back on the DL after a brief return.  …

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