Quick hit: A tweak to the rotation in Texas

Per Meredith Marakovtis of YES:

“Yankees adjusting rotation in Texas. Nova will start Monday, TBA Tuesday, Tanaka Wednesday, Pineda Thursday”

Per Bryan Hoch:

“Yankees will insert a sixth starter on Tuesday at Texas. Girardi says it’s TBA. Could be Warren/Capuano but will NOT be Severino/Mitchell.”

Quick hit: LOLMets, Kelly Johnson edition

From Buster Olney today (Insider required, sorry):

From ESPN Stats & Info: Kelly Johnson hasn’t exactly been a world-beater this year, but if he were on the Mets all year, he’d probably be considered their best hitter. His batting average (.275), OPS (.772) and at-bats per home run (20.2) would hypothetically be No. 1 among Mets players with 100-plus plate appearances.

Now, I don’t root against the Metsies; actually I want them to do well. Better for the NY market if both teams are strong, and a whole lot more fun. But seeing that the 2014 Yanks’ castoff, Kelly Johnson, would be the Mets best offensive player made me chuckle.

Of course, we here at IIATMS would be remiss to point out that it was just about this time last year when the Yanks flipped Johnson to Boston for Stephen Drew and $500K, who we then re-signed and continue to play nearly every day. Maybe the joke’s really on us?…

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About Last Night: Pineda’s Slider

Pineda Slider Location 7-24-15

Courtesy of Texas Leaguers

That’s Michael Pineda’s slider plot from last night.  He threw that pitch 39 times out of 92 total pitches, by far the most of any of his offerings, despite not having very good command of it.  Miguel Sano took him deep on a hanging 3-2 slider to get the Twins’ offensive outburst started and they put a lot of good swings on other sliders that missed up in the zone.  Normally the slider is Pineda’s best pitch and one he uses to rack up strikeouts.  Last night the Twins put it in play 25.6% of the time they saw it and did a lot of damage against it.

Location in the strike zone is usually the issue when Pineda’s slider isn’t working and last night was a prime example of this.  Throwing almost 75% of 39 sliders inside the zone is way too many for what is supposed to be a swing-and-miss out pitch.  Throwing at least half of that 75% up and in the middle of the zone is real good evidence of Pineda not having the feel for the pitch, as is the location of most of the sliders he did manage to bury down out of the zone.  …

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Game 95 Quick Recap: MIN 10 NYY 1

Michael Pineda didn’t pitch very well, Phil Hughes did.

The Yankee bullpen didn’t pitch very well, Minnesota’s did.

The Yankees didn’t have any extra-base hits and couldn’t score any runs, Minnesota had a ton and scored a ton.

Game Notes:

Mark Teixeira went 3-4 so he’s still hot.  Shocking that all 3 hits were singles.  He must have been so disappointed.

– Probably made up for that disappointment with his second stolen base of the year though.  The guy can do it all.

– As rock solid as Big Mike was earlier in the year, he has settled into this pattern of inconsistency.  He’s really good for a start or 2 and then he mixes in a clunker like last night.  The Yanks really need him to tighten up and be better start-to-start.

Chris Capuano stinks.  He serves no real purpose on the roster anymore.  If the Yankees add 1 arm via trade, starter or reliever, he should probably go.…

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Game 95: Pineda vs. Hughes

Pineda vs TOR 2015

Welcome to tonight’s game thread.

Pitching matchup is Big Mikes vs. old friend Phil Hughes.


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

Dozier 2B
Hunter RF
Mauer 1B
Sano DH
Plouffe 3B
Rosario LF
Hicks CF
Suzuki C
D Santana SS

Enjoy the game!

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Quick hit: Hello (again) Phil Hughes!

The Yankees are facing their old teammate Phil Hughes and his surging Minnesota Twins for the first time in 2015 tonight so I thought I’d look at how opposing batters have been doing against him so far this year.


Hughes comes into tonight’s ballgame with an 8-6 record, a 4.15 ERA, and a 4.63 FIP. He’s pitched 123 2/3 innings and has surrendered 23 home runs.

  • 1 off his curveball
  • 7 off his cutter
  • 15 off his fastball

Hughes is 6-2 at home with an ERA of 3.93, and even though Target Field is known as a pitcher’s park, he’s given up 12 of his 23 home runs at his home ballpark.

Here’s his spray chart overall for 2015 by hit type:
Phil Hughes

Here it is broken down by ground balls, line drives, pop ups, and fly balls:
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Breaking down his arsenal

Here’s his spray chart overall:
Phil Hughes (2)

And here are the pitches broken down individually.

Hughes has thrown 363 cutters:
export (50)

He’s thrown 43 changeups while not surrendering a hit and getting a strikeout:
trumedia_baseball_heatmap (96)

He’s thrown 1,086 fastballs (two and four seam):
export (48)

He’s thrown 256 curveballs (ESPN’s system calls them curveballs and Baseball Savant calls them Knuckle curves):
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Hopefully the Yankees will add to Hughes’ home run total and also add another L to his record.…

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 7/24/15

Links.  Many, many links.

– On Monday, Chad Jennings of LoHud broke down Joe’s comments on the Ryan over Refsnyder decision.

– Greg Corcoran of Bronx Baseball Daily unveiled his updated top 50 Yankee prospects list after the draft.  I always like Greg’s rankings simply because he takes the time to rank 50 guys.

– Andrew Felper of BP Bronx analyzed Mark Teixeira’s tremendous improvement against 4-seamers this season and how it’s been the driving force behind his resurgence.

– On Wednesday, Jason Cohen of Pinstripe Alley touched on the things that might make Mike Leake the perfect type of trade deadline target for the Yankees.

– El duque of It Is High… examined the Yankees’ organizational depth to see where second half injuries could be the most impactful.

– On Thursday, David Schoenfield of ESPN’s Sweet Spot mused on the idea of the Yankees trading for Aroldis Chapman.  That would be awesome, but I can’t see them doing it.…

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New York Yankees Formula: Get Leads and Hold Them

Sometimes we try to make baseball as difficult as we can to analyze, but a simple method can work just as well. That has been the case this year for the New York Yankees, as they have done an insanely good job at getting out to early leads and holding onto late ones. Common sense says that’s a good formula for any baseball team, and it’s worked for the Yankees. They have won 12 of their past 16 games and have climbed to a season-high 12 games over .500.

The Yankees have been dominant in the first inning of ballgames this year. Their 86 first inning runs leads both Colorado and Detroit by 21 runs, who are both tied for second in MLB with 65 first inning runs. New York has hit .319/.383/.536/.919 as a team in the first inning. They have scored in 41 percent of their first innings this season as opposed to 26 percent last season.

This is not surprising when you look at the seasons Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann are having at the top of the lineup.…

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Mark Teixeira is the bat the Yankees have needed

Getty Images / Jim McIsaac

Getty Images / Jim McIsaac

I used to be down on Mark Teixeira. I felt bad for him because of the injuries, but at the same time, the injuries drove me crazy.

The Yankees paid a lot of money for him and he couldn’t stay healthy over the last several years. I wondered if Teixeira would actually be good again – or come close to what he did in New York in 2009. That year, he was great: 122 RBI, 39 HR, .292 BA, .948 OPS, and finished second in the MVP voting.

This year, my feelings for Teixeira have been different. I love all the extra base hits, but it actually looks like Teixeira is having fun. I see a lot of smiles out there and he genuinely looks like he is enjoying baseball. This hasn’t been the case for the last couple of years.

But even greater than my feelings – because, really, it doesn’t matter what I feel about him – is that New York needs this.…

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