Quick hit: And the hits just keep on not coming

Good morning!

This is what a team-wide .193 batting average looks like in heat map form.

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The team’s full slash line as of this morning (and after five games) is a horrifyingly awful .193/.280/.342/.623. Their K rate is 21.5% and their walk rate is 8.9.

And here is the team’s fly ball distance grid:

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The balls are not going anywhere yet.

The team’s best hitter is Alex Rodriguez who is batting .278/.350/.500/.850 in 20 at bats. The worst hitter is Carlos Beltran who is batting .100/.136/.200/.336 also in 20 at bats.

Is this a blip? Just a bit of an opening week sputter to start the season? Or is it something much more sinister and scary? We’ll check in next week after the Yankees play some games on the road.

[Heat map, grid and numbers courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info]

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Sunday Morning Musings: 4/12/15

Before we get into the musings, I’d like to announce that I’ll be getting off the sidelines and doing my part to help the Yankees turn this season-opening slump around.  No, I won’t be attending the game tonight, but in a way I will be.  Those who remember my AB4AR days may remember some of my drunk Sunday Night Baseball live blogs.  They were a way for me to celebrate the Yankees being on national TV and I’m pretty positive the team has a .400 record or so when I do them, so I’m taking that tradition to Twitter tonight and drunk live tweeting the hell out of this game.

A stagnant offense, an inept defense, a chance to get swept at home by the Yankees’ biggest rivals, Masahiro Tanaka pitching with the ESPN crew there to diagnose his elbow problems, a fridge full of beer, and a fully-charged phone.  What could possibly go wrong?  For those interested in being a part of this most time-honored tradition, feel free to follow me.

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Game 5 Recap: BOS 8 NYY 4

Murphy-Tracy vs BOS

“It’s OK, man. I probably shouldn’t be out here either.” Courtesy of the AP

The Yankees needed a lot of things after last night’s 19-inning marathon.  They needed to start playing better defense, they needed to start hitting more and hitting better situationally on offense, and they needed to do a MUUUUCH better job running the bases.  Basically every key fundamental part of the game they needed to do better.

But first and foremost, they needed to get a good starting pitching performance from Adam Warren to help ease the burden on the burned out bullpen.  That’s pretty much what they got from Warren in his 5.1 innings too.  He was by no means great.  He walked 2 and struck out only 1.  But he got 12 swings and misses, he made big pitches when he had to, and he worked out of most of the trouble he created.  Of the 2 runs he gave up, 1 came in part because of an A-Rod error at first in the top of the 2nd.  …

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Game 5: Kelly vs. Warren

If you stayed up for the entire game last night, what the hell is wrong with you? Just kidding. I did too. We’re all gluttons for punishment, I guess.

Here are your lineups:

RED SOX
Holt CF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Napoli 1B
Sandoval 3B
Craig LF
Nava RF
Bogaerts SS
Hanigan C

Kelly P

YANKEES
Gardner LF
Young CF
Beltran DH
A-Rod 1B
Headley 3B
Jones RF
Murphy C
Gregorius SS
Petit 2B

Warren P

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Game 4 Quick Recap: BOS 6 NYY 5 (19 Innings)

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We feel ya, Nate. We feel ya. Courtesy of the AP

Is anybody awake out there?  Is anybody alive out there?  If you, I hope you’re reading this.  If not, I get it.  Losing blows, losing in extra innings blows, losing in extra innings when you hit 2 game-tying home runs really blows, and losing when you played 2 games in 1 over the course of almost 7 hours really, REALLY blows.  I don’t even know where to start with this one, since I dozed off sometime around the top of the 8th, so I’ll just hit some bullet points.

Nathan Eovaldi was about as Nathan Eovaldi as he’s been up to this point in his career in 5.1 innings of work.  Lotta fastball heat, not a lot of good secondary pitches, lotta hits and hard contact, and a lone strikeout.  The Sox hitters were comfortable against him and they knocked him around.  That’s a shame.

– The Yanks didn’t get much going against Wade Miley until the 6th, and of course it was Al from Miami who got them on the board with a ribbie single.  …

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Game 4: Eovaldi v. Miley

I am nearly as excited for Nate Eovaldi’s debut with the Yankees as I was for Masahiro Tanaka‘s. Perhaps I am drinking a bit too much of the Larry Rothschild Kool-Aid, but I genuinely believe that they are a match made in heaven, and that Eovaldi will take a big step forward under his watch. Hopefully, it will start tonight.

Here are tonight’s lineups:

Boston Red Sox New York Yankees
Mookie Betts, CF Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B Brett Gardner, LF
David Ortiz, DH Alex Rodriguez, DH
Hanley Ramirez, LF Mark Teixeira, 1B
Pablo Sandoval, 3B Brian McCann, C
Mike Napoli, 1B Chase Headley, 3B
Daniel Nava, LF Chris Young, RF
Xander Bogaerts, SS Stephen Drew, SS
Sandy Leon, C Gregorio Petit, 2B
Wade Miley, SP Nathan Eovaldi, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 4/10/15

A couple of us decided to have an impromptu brat fry in one of the company parking lots for lunch today.  The executive lot to be exact.  Set up shop right in the first 2 parking spots.  Not that we were trying to make a statement or take a stand or anything like that, but there’s something satisfying about knowing you’re wolfing down brats and listening to rock music in the space usually occupied by a luxury sedan.  It’s one of those rare little slices of cube monkey revenge.  And the brats were good.  Now onto the links!

– On Monday, Chris Mitchell of Pinstripe Pundits used actual logic, statistics, and thoughtful analysis to show why Tanaka’s lower velocity shouldn’t be a concern.  What a concept!

– On Tuesday, Nick Peruffo of Minor Matters had new Trenton Thunder manager Al Pedrique’s media day thoughts on a variety of topics (and players) heading into the season.

– On Wednesday, Chad Jennings of LoHud mused on the possibility of Michael Pineda being the sneaky best starter in the Yankee rotation this season.  …

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Tonight’s lineup against the Red Sox

Ellsbury CF
Gardner LF
Rodriguez DH
Teixeira 1B
McCann C
Headley 3B
Young RF
Drew SS
Petit 2B

Eovaldi P

Gardner and McCann are back! A-Rod’s batting third! Beltran and his .100 BA will be on the bench watching from afar.

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Evaluating CC Sabathia’s Start

Courtesy: Cory Sipkin/NY Daily News

Courtesy: Cory Sipkin/NY Daily News

You will be able to tell who actually watched CC Sabathia pitch last night versus who just scouted off the box score because Sabathia pitched much better than allowing five runs over 5.2 innings would indicate.

Whether people like to admit it or not luck plays a huge role in baseball, which is why we have stats now to weed out who is getting lucky and who is not. The Yankees were very lucky to win Tuesday and Sabathia was very unlucky in his start yesterday. That’s baseball.

Sabathia kept the ball on the ground, had good control, struck people out and avoided hard contact, which is really all you can ask a pitcher to do. The vast majority of the time doing those four things will lead to a terrific start.

Even though Sabathia was not throwing hard, his sinker kept the Blue Jays from hitting the ball in the air. His ground ball rate last night was 75 percent, which is excellent and normally a recipe for success with the Yankees infield defense.…

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