Fun with charts?

There’s an obvious lack of enthusiasm we all seem to be sharing with nearly the entire infield (thanks for not being terrible, Mark Teixeira) after six weeks [looking squarely at you, Stephen Drew and Chase Headley, and of course, Didi Gregorius].

Earlier today, Brad, Matt, and Stacey pointed out the failings of Drew (here), Headley (here), and the rest (here) so that spurred me to go take a peek at the oWAR from Baseball-Reference.com for all American League players who have played at least 10 games this season at 3B/SS/2B. Below is the chart of all such players, with the Yanks’ starters (and Gregorio Petit for kicks) highlighted.

Ladies and gentlemen, your 2015 New York Yankees infield (or at least 75% of it):

2015SS3B2BoWar

Now I’m no SABR-magician like Michael Kay thinks Stacey is, but just using the old fashioned eyeball test, this ain’t good.

I hold some irrational faith in Headley, as at least he’s manning 3B quite well.…

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Chase Headley’s Slow Start

Courtesy: Brad Penner/USA Today

Courtesy: Brad Penner/USA Today

When Chase Headley re-signed with the Yankees for a four-year, $52 million contract there seemed to be a very wide range of opinions on the deal. What I noticed was a lot of the mainstream media guys didn’t get it, while the “stat geeks” loved it and thought Headley was undervalued.

As usual for me, I was on the “stat geeks” side. The narrative in the mainstream media was that Headley had not been a productive player since his MVP caliber season of 2011, which was completely false. He has never been nearly as good as he was in 2011, but he had a .330 wOBA and a 114 wRC+ in 2013 and a 4.2 WAR last season. According to Fangraphs’ WAR to dollar based scale, Headley was worth $31.7 million last season.

Through a month and a half of the season Headley has surprisingly stunk. He’s hitting .236/.285/.386/.670 with five home runs, a .294 wOBA and a 83 wRC+.…

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The Yankees can’t quit Stephen Drew

Drew vs BOS

Stephen Drew is a hot button topic among Yankee fans (and blogs) these days and with good reason. Most people want him designated for assignment because he’s taking up valuable real estate in the field and in the lineup when there are seemingly better and more attractive players waiting in the wings at second base.

Right now, Drew is the worst second baseman in the American League and if it weren’t for poor Chase Utley stinking up the joint in Philadelphia (.138/.214/.241/.455), Drew would be the worst second baseman in all of baseball.

In Drew’s last “full” season (I say full even though it was only 124 games) he batted .253/.333/.443/.777 with 13 home runs and 67 RBI. Last year, through 32 games, Drew was batting .178/.254/.346/.600 with a .168 ISO and this year, through 35 games, Drew is batting .177/.264/.345/.609 with a .168 ISO which is uncanny because the numbers are almost identical.

He’s hitting .213/.291/.362/.653 in 15 games at Yankee Stadium, .152/.243/.333/.577 in 20 games on the road and has one home run at home and three on the road.…

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Monday Morning Food For Thought: Offense Living And Dying With The Top Of The Order

Last Tuesday I wrote this post about the Yankees using the simple “get ‘em on, get ‘em in” formula with the top 4 spots in their batting order to fuel their recent hot streak.  They were coming off an 11-5 thumping of the Rays the night before in a game that saw the team hit 5 home runs and the top 4 spots in the order combine for 9 hits, 8 R scored, and 7 RBI.

Since that game, the Yankees have fallen on hard offensive times.  They’ve scored 11 runs in their last 6 games and gone 1-5 in those games.  5 of those 11 runs came in their only win during that stretch on Saturday afternoon, leaving the other 6 to be lightly dusted across the 5 losses.  This level of semi-extended offensive ineptitude is a call back to the last few seasons, something nobody wants to revisit.  While there are plenty of logical explanations for this regression: small sample size bias, bad luck, tired team desperately in need of an off-day, my biggest takeaway from these 6 games and the handful before them is just how top-heavy the Yankee lineup has become and just how little chance they have of winning when those top 4 spots aren’t producing.…

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Game 39 Recap: Royals 6 Yankees 0

Capuano vs KC

Welcome back, or something. Courtesy of the AP

Today was getaway day, the first one the Yankees have had in quite some time.  They played like it, which is not a good thing when you consider how crappy they’ve been for the better part of this week.  Chris Capuano returned to the rotation today, and his return was not a good one.  It didn’t help that the offense no-showed for at least the 3rd or 4th time since Big Mike’s 16-K game and once again the Yanks went down quietly heading into a much-needed rest day.

Capuano threw 76 pitches in his last rehab outing and he said he felt good enough to throw 100 coming into today, but talk is cheap when you’re talking about facing a contact-heavy team like the Royals and it didn’t take them long to figure him out.  He needed 18 pitches to get through the 1st inning, surrendered a solo home run to Salvador Perez in the 2nd, and then seemed to settle down in a 1-2-3 3rd.  …

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Game 39: Capuano vs Volquez

Here’s your game thread.

YANKEES
Ellsbury CF
Gardner LF
Rodriguez DH
Teixeira 1B
McCann C
Beltran RF
Headley 3B
Drew 2B
Gregorius SS

ROYALS
Escobar SS
Moustakas 3B
Cain CF
Hosmer 1B
Morales DH
Perez C
Infante 2B
Orlando RF
Dyson LF

Enjoy!

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About Last Night: Number 664

Sure, the story of last night’s game was CC Sabathia being a stopper once again, shutting down the Royals for seven innings and ending the Yankees’ four game losing streak, but I wanted to look at Alex Rodriguez’s ninth inning home run because let’s be honest, he really had no business hitting that ball 393 feet.

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Look at where the ball is. It’s low, it’s moving to the inside of the plate and he was still able to reach down and hit it to the opposite field for a home run!

Screenshot from MLB.com

Screenshot from MLB.com

I feel like Alex is just laughing at the people who buried him before Spring Training even started. He’s now at 664 homes runs, 2,970 hits and isn’t embarrassing himself nightly like they all predicted.

Happy Sunday!

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Flashback: May 17, 2010

The game on Monday night, May 17, 2010 was your typical Yankees-Red Sox affair: It was high scoring, had a few lead changes and included ninth inning fireworks.

Phil Hughes and Daisuke Matsuzaka were your starters and it was one of those two-game, weekday sets. Hughes fared well in the early going while Matsuzaka was victimized by a bit of an offensive explosion in the bottom of the first.

Derek Jeter and Brett Gardner hit back-to-back singles to start the game and Mark Teixeira walked to load the bases with no outs. Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run single which sent Teixeira to third. Robinson Cano followed up with a single of his own which scored Teixeira and advanced A-Rod to second. Francisco Cervelli hit a double which scored A-Rod but Cano was nailed at home for the first out of the inning and Cervelli advanced to third on the throw to home. Marcus Thames hit a sac fly to score Cervelli and Randy Winn struck out to end the inning.…

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Game 38: Bust This Slump

It’s been a mostly ugly week for the Yankees.  They’ve lost close games and they’ve lost blowouts on their way to 4 straight losses, and it sure would be nice to see the offense wake up tonight and carry the team to a victory to break out of this little slump.  It might take that with CC Sabathia on the mound because you just never know with him these days.  Here’s the Brett Gardner-less lineup that will be behind him tonight:

1) Jacoby Ellsbury- CF
2) Chris Young- LF
3) Alex Rodriguez- DH
4) Mark Teixeira- 1B
5) Carlos Beltran- RF
6) Chase Headley- 3B
7) Jose Pirela- 2B
8) Stephen Drew- SS
9) John Ryan Murphy- C

This is your game thread if you’re not oot and aboot this evening.  As always, go Yankees!

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