Quick analysis: A-Rod is getting better during the day

Courtesy of USA Today

Courtesy of USA Today

Way back on April 30, I wrote a post chronicling Alex Rodriguez‘s struggles during day games.

Well, he’s improving slightly.

For the purpose of that post, I filtered his at bats from 1:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. What’s funny is that I accidentally filtered it from 1:15-7 as I was starting to write this post, and the results were way worse than 1-7. So from 1:15-7 P.M. he’s batting .200/.294/.267/.561 but when I fixed it and made it 1-7 P.M. he’s batting .237/.363/.355/.718.

I also filtered the date range as 5/1 – 7/23 since I had already written about April. This works out to 21 games and includes 1:05, 1:35, 2:00 and 4:00 starts.

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During the day, A-Rod’s batting .259/.358/.397/.755 against righties in 58 at bats:
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And he’s .167/.375/.222/.597 against lefties in 18 at bats:
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And here he is running and “sliding” during the day. Hmmm, well, okay.

So, in conclusion, A-Rod’s still not doing that great during the daylight hours but he’s doing better than he was during the first month of the season.…

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Trade Deadline News And Notes: 7/24/15

Well it happened.  The trade deadline activity finally kicked into gear yesterday.  With a week to go now, things should really start to pick up now that the first moves have been made.

– The first notable trade was Scott Kazmir going to the Astros for a pair of low-level prospects.  I was a little surprised to see him go for that little in return considering the way he’s been pitching, but maybe leaving that start with an arm injury killed some of his value.  I would have liked him in the Yankee rotation.

– The other major move was Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez going back to Pittsburgh, where he started his career, to get a shot at chasing a ring before he retires.  He was never a target for the Yankees.

– As for the home team, they will reportedly “listen to offers” for Gary Sanchez, according to Buster Olney.  I’m not sure how many teams are going to be calling up and proactively asking for him so much as making him a required piece in a trade package for one of their players, but this isn’t a surprising stance considering the Major League catching depth in Big Mac and JRM.  …

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Game 94 Recap: Yankees 9 Orioles 3

A-Rod Slide vs BAL

Just like they teach in the Tom Emanski videos. Courtesy of the AP

There’s a big nit to pick from today’s game if you want to pick it.  But in all honesty, if you’re not tickled pink by the outcome of today’s game and smiling from ear to ear at where the Yankees stand right now, you’re the wrong kind of Yankee fan.

Might as well get the nitpick out of the way right up front.  Masahiro Tanaka gave up 3 home runs today.  All 3 were solo and they were the only runs the Orioles scored all game, but that is 5 homers allowed for Tanak in his last 2 starts and 11 in his last 6.  There have been a lot more hangers from him this season and hitters have been teeing off on them lately.

When he wasn’t throwing those bad pitches, Tanaka was a beast.  The Orioles only managed 2 more hits off him in 7.2 innings, he didn’t walk a batter, and he struck out 7.  …

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Game 94: Jimenez vs. #TANAK

Welcome to this afternoon’s game thread!

Here are the lineups:

ORIOLES
Machado 3B
Paredes DH
Jones CF
Davis 1B
Reimold RF
Wieters C
Schoop 2B
Hardy SS
Lough LF

Jimenez P

YANKEES
Ellsbury CF
Gardner LF
A-Rod DH
Teixeira 1B
Beltran RF
Headley 3B
Gregorius SS
Murphy C
Drew 2B

Tanaka P

Enjoy the game!

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A few cool fun facts about the Yankees, Tex and A-Rod

So last night I was looking at the Yankees’ schedule because I didn’t even know where they were playing this weekend – it’s Minnesota and I know, I should know this stuff – and I noticed something pretty interesting. The Yankees have played in eight one-run games so far in July and they have won six of them. And their last last five games have all been one-run games with one loss in those five coming against Seattle on Saturday.

They’ve also played in four two-run games with one loss coming against the Red Sox on 7/11.

The one-run games:

  • A 3-2 victory against Tampa on 7/4
  • A 4-3 loss to the A’s on 7/7
  • A 5-4 win against the A’s on 7/8
  • A 4-3 win against the Mariners on 7/17
  • A 4-3 loss to the Mariners on 7/18
  • A 2-1 win against the Mariners on 7/19
  • A 3-2 win against the Orioles on Tuesday
  • Last night’s 4-3 win against the Orioles

What does this all mean?…

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Game 93 Recap: Yankees 4 Orioles 3

A-Rod HR vs BAL II

Wheelhouse. Courtesy of MLB.com

Just keep winning series.  That’s the focus right now and the Yankees locked up their 5th straight with another 1-run win last night.  Ivan Nova looked pretty good in his latest start, the offense jumped out early thanks to some pop from the old guys in the 3-4 spots, and the bullpen held on late.  That’s 3 wins in a row, 5 in the last 6, and 8 in the last 10.

I’d say Nova’s early comeback results from TJS have been more than acceptable, and last night was another example of that.  He walked the first batter of the game, gave up a 2-run home run to Ryan Flaherty in the top of the 3rd as part of a 3-hit inning, and he walked the first 2 batters of the 5th.  Nova also got out of the 1st without allowing any runs, worked 1-2-3 innings in the 2nd, 4th, and 6th, and retired 3 in a row to hold Baltimore scoreless after the 2 5th-inning walks.  …

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Quick hit: A-Rod hits a “bomb” for his 20th home run of the season

Yeah…

A-Rod gave the Yankees a nice cushion with this home run in the 5th inning.

Bet you didn’t see that coming!

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Game 93: Gausman vs. Nova

Welcome to tonight’s game thread!

Here are the lineups:

ORIOLES
Machado 3B
Snider LF
Jones CF
Wieters DH
Davis RF
Schoop 2B
Hardy SS
Flaherty 1B
Joseph C

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

Enjoy the game!

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Quick Hit: Dellin Back Dealin’ Again

Earlier this month, Dellin Betances hit a bit of a rough patch.  He gave up a home run and blew a save on the 4th of July and then followed that up with another homer allowed and the loss in his next appearance on the 7th.  Whispers started about Betances possibly being overworked, as they are wont to do when relievers struggle, and it appeared as though the “Joe is running his guys into the ground” argument was going to start up again.

Since that 7/7 outing, however, things seem to be back to normal.  Betances has made 6 appearances since that game, pitching 6.2 scoreless innings in those appearances with 2 hits and 3 walks allowed and 10 strikeouts.  He’s back to throwing high 90s heat on the corners of the zone for strikes and back to burying that fastball down and out of the zone to make guys look foolish.

He crossed the 50 IP mark with his appearance last night, a level that may start to stir more of that workload concern talk among some.  …

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