Posts Tagged ‘New York’

Game Preview: Yankees Versus Angels

September 10, 2011

Tonight continues the three-game series between the Los Angeles Angels and the New York Yankees. The Angels are trying to catch up to the Rangers in the Al West, while the Yankees are trying to maintain their two and a half game lead in the AL East. The Yankees, who have lost three games straight, will have CC Sabathia on the mound trying to stop the surging Angels. Tonight, Sabathia will try to become the first Yankee pitcher to win 20 games in two straight seasons. This may prove difficult against the Angels who have won five of their last six. To get a better perspective on the matchup, take a look at how the Yankees have played this season in Anaheim.

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Colon-Yanks Diamond in the Rough

September 10, 2011

Bartolo Colon of the New York Yankees was hired as an afterthought, a part of the Yanks’ “Plan B” when Cliff Lee did the unthinkable last off-season and signed with the Phillies. Colon was once one of the best starting pitchers in baseball before age and injury took their toll, and after last season everyone but New York determined that he was finished.

At 38 years old, and coming off a controversial stem cell treatment in the Dominican Republic, the Yanks took a chance. Colon has been a gem for the Yanks all season, a true diamond in the rough. Last night he tossed seven innings without giving up an earned run against the playoff caliber Angles.   Although he is 8-9 this year, his era is 3.55 in 152 innings and he has been a reliable number 2 or 3 starter for the Yankees. Check out his 2011 numbers here:

Wins (Blue), Innings Pitched (Orange) & Hits (Green)

So the question moving forward is how much does Colon have left?  The Yankees wanted to skip a start or two of his to keep him fresh the post-season, but inclement weather in the last two weeks has prevented that.  Right now Colon projects as the second starter in the playoff rotation.  He is also a strong candidate for comeback player of the year.

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The Yanks are Well-Stocked at Catcher

September 6, 2011

Catcher is not currently a position of worry for the Yanks, with Russell Martin being an All-Star this year and Francisco Cervelli a more than capable back-up who plays great defense and gets clutch hits.  Martin has handled a difficult position with class and dignity, as he was signed to replace fan favorite and member of the Yanks ‘Core Four’ Jorge Posada.  He is a main reason why the Yankees are sitting in first with the best record in the American League despite a questionable starting rotation after C.C. Sabathia. Check out his 2011 numbers here:

Home Rune (Blue), RBI (Orange), Errors (Green)

Yet in New York, the future is always now.  Here are three up and coming Yankee catchers who all have a chance to be legitimate stars in the near future.  One of them is contributing in a big way already.

Perhaps the Yankees should be grateful that Seattle did not trade Cliff Lee to them last year after all.  The centerpiece of that aborted trade was Jesus Montero, the top position player prospect in the Yankees organization.  Montero was called up Sept. 1 as part of the expansion of MLB rosters to 40 players.  He is batting .385 with two Home Runs, and has become the Yankees DH against LHP.  The question to ask moving forward is if he will be on the post-season roster at the ripe old age of 21.

Austine Romine and Gary Sanchez are two other promising young catchers in the Yankees system.  Romine is 22 and was just promoted to AAA Scranton after completing the season at AA Trenton.  Expect him to be a Major Leaguer for some team in the future.  Sanchez is only 18 but was one of the most highly coveted players in the Dominican Republic when he signed with the Yankees.  He is a longer term prospect, but some scouts feel he has the most talent of this entire group.

So, do any of these kids have what it takes to replace All-Star Russell Martin or back-up Cervelli?  Time will tell…

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Granderson vs. Ellsbury, Who is the Real MVP?

September 2, 2011
One of the subplots of the neck and neck pennant race between the Yankees and Red Sox this summer has been the breakout seasons by both teams center fielders. Center fielders are measured by many things, some intangible and not seen in the box score every day. The great ones combine power, speed and defense and lead their teams to victory.

First, lets looks a Curtis Granderson of the Yankees. After a ho-hum season last year in the Bronx, his first, Granderson has been huge for the Yankees this season, winning games with both his bat and his glove, as he did last night against the Red Sox. In a 2011 campaign where the A-Rod has been sidelined with injury, Granderson has paced the Yankees offense and has clearly been the Yankees Most Valuable Player. Has he been the MVP of the league? Check out his 2011 numbers here:

Home Runs (Blue), Stolen Bases (Orange), Assists (Green)

Jacoby Ellsbury of the Boston Red Sox has had a breakout year.  Ellsbury clearly is a talented athlete, but Boston, like New York, is a tough town that can overwhelm anyone feint of heat.  He has battled a reputation as dogging it after several injuries, and some have even questioned his guts.  Yet this season Ellsbury has been the main guy for the Sox.  Against the Yankees, he has had several big hits and he is fast becoming a hero to Red Sox Nation.  Check out his 2011 numbers here:

Home Runs (Blue), Stolen Bases (Orange), Assists (Green)

So who is the real MVP?  Well, the season still has a month to go, and with the Yankees and the Red Sox tied for first in the loss column, perhaps the month of September will tell the tale…

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Are the Yanks “Burnned” Out?

August 28, 2011

What are the Yankees to do with A.J Burnett? A pitcher with great stuff, even at the ripe old baseball age of 34, Burnett is almost a lock to be left off the post-season roster and would not even be on the active roster if not for the guaranteed contract standard in baseball. He was so bad on friday night in giving up six straight extra base hits in a 12-5 loss to Baltimore that he was left in only to save the Yanks pitching staff, which was scheduled for five games in four days before Hurrican Irene wrecked havoc. Due to the Yankees schedule, they have continued to use a six man rotation for longer than anyone thought they would.  When they return to the standard five man rotation, there is no question Burnett is the odd man out. Check out Burnett’s awful numbers here:

Hits (Blue), Runs Allowed (Orange), Earned Runs (Green)

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The Grandy-Man Can!

August 25, 2011

Playing Centerfield for the New York Yankees is perhaps the most marquee position in all of professional sports. Following in the footsteps of Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Bernie Williams is not easy, especially for a quiet, unassuming and soft-spoken Midwesterner. Enter Curtis Granderson, otherwise known as the ‘Grandy-man’ for the home run call given to him by John Sterling, the Yankees radio announcer. Granderson is making a strong case for being the MVP of the American League. Check out his stats here:

Hits (Blue), Home Runs (Orange), RBI (Green)

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Yankees still rounding out their Pen

August 22, 2011

While the Yankees are off today, their eyes are forever on the post-season. This weekend they made a minor move that could pay dividends come October in a series with the Red Sox.  They signed Aaron Laffey off waivers from the lowly Mariners.  I don’t think that Boone Logan should be worried about his roster spot, you really can never have enough pitching, especially left handed relievers. Check out Laffey’s numbers here:

Earned Runs (Blue), Hits Allowed (Orange), Runs Allowed (Green)

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How Many Home Runs will Curtis Granderson Hit From August 22 to 29?

August 18, 2011

HOME RUNS PER WEEK

STEP 1: Let’s look at the number of Home Runs that Curtis Granderson has hit every week this season up to August 17. Home Runs are the orange bars.

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Is the overall trend for the number of Home Runs on the rise? The trend is the blue line. His overall average is 1.6 Home Runs per week. Based on 34 Home Runs in 119 games, his average per game is 0.29.

CURTIS GRANDERSON’S SCHEDULE

STEP 2: What teams will he be facing in the week of August 22 to 29? Are they home or away games? We’ll use this information later on.

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HOME RUNS AGAINST OPPONENTS

STEP 3: How did Curtis Granderson do for Home Runs against each of the teams he faced? How did he do against the teams he will face in August 22 to 29?

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(Up to August 17)

In 6 games against Oakland he had 2 Home Runs for an average of 0.33 per game.
In 9 games against Baltimore he had 1 Home Run for an average of 0.11 per game.

HOME RUNS IN HOME VS. AWAY GAMES

STEP 4: If we break down Home Runs by home vs. away games, is there a noticable difference?

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In 62 home games, Curtis Granderson hit 19 Home Runs for an average of 0.31 Home Runs per game.
In 57 away games, Curtis Granderson hit 15 Home Runs for an average of 0.26 Home Runs per game.

Summary: Click here for some guesses for Home Runs for Curtis Granderson in August 22 to 29

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Keys to the Game: Yankees Vs Royals, August 17, 2011

August 17, 2011

The Yankees go for a three game sweep tonight in Kansas City. Bartolo Colon will be on the hill for the Bombers, and he has consistently been the Yankees second best starter. The Yankees have won Colon’s last four starts and this season he is 8-6 overall with a 3.31 ERA.

Last 4 Starts: ERs Allowed (Blue), HRs Allowed (Orange) & SO (Green)

The Royals counter with Bruce Chen, Kansas City’s best pitcher the past two season.  He is 7-5 with a 4.15 ERA in 2011.  Compare tonight’s starters.

Wins (Blue), Losses (Orange) & ERs Allowed (Green)

The key for this game will be if Chen keeps his pitches down in the zone against the high flying Yankee offense.  If he does, and Colon makes a mistake or two, the Yankees will have a tough time bringing out the old broom.

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It Cuts Like a Knife: Yankees Channel Their Inner Bryan Adams

August 16, 2011

Who knew that the lyrics to a 1980’s song might temporarily give the Yankees some peace in regards to the best solution to their over crowded rotation? Freddy Garcia, the Yankees third best starter this season, accidentally cut a finger on his, er, pitching hand while cooking in the kitchen. So now he cannot throw his best pitch, the split fingered fastball.

This actually allows the Yanks to move to a normal five-man rotation without demoting anyone or having to make a tough decision. In fact, the Yankees won last night in spite of Burnett, who experienced his usual mid-game melt down which the Yankees survived in part because they were playing the Royals. The next time (think Boston), they might not be so lucky.  Eventually, due to their high ERAs, either Burnett or Hughes will be the odd man out.  Check out the ERAs of the six Yankees’ starters:

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