• July 23rd vs. The A’s

    Posted by on July 24th, 2009 · Comments (12)

    Another win – and that makes seven in a row! Further, the Yankees have now won 20 of their last 25 games this season. In this one, props go to CC Sabathia, Phil Hughes, Mark Teixeira and Jorge Posada.

    Where would the Yankees be this season without CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Mark Teixeira?

    Brian Cashman’s plan for this season is looking really good, at this point, huh? Maybe the Yankees team T-Shirt slogan this year should be “Best $423.5 million spent…ever!” – because CC, A.J., and Tex are the big difference between last year’s Yankees and this year’s model….

    Comments on July 23rd vs. The A’s

    1. clintfsu813
      July 24th, 2009 | 8:10 am

      H/T to RAB:
      A Rookie Pitcher Note: With this victory tonight, the Yankees are now 18-7 against rookie pitchers. That’s the best mark in the Majors. Hopefully, that should put the idea that the Yankees can’t beat rookie pitches they’ve never seen to rest.

      I admit I thought it was worse

    2. clintfsu813
      July 24th, 2009 | 8:15 am

      As for Cashmans plan..it was similar to what Boston did after missing the playoffs in 2006. They went out and spent buttloads for Dice-K, made some other moves and bought their way to a Championship. Lets hope it works for us too.

    3. MJ
      July 24th, 2009 | 8:39 am

      Maybe the Yankees team T-Shirt slogan this year should be “Best $423.5 million spent…ever!”
      ———-
      Gotta love it when Steve can find a way to slap a backhanded compliment on Cashman even after the Yanks have won 7 in a row and opened up a 2.5 game lead on their biggest rival heading into the final week of July.

      This blog has an amazing capacity for bitterness sometimes.

    4. Scout
      July 24th, 2009 | 8:44 am

      And I think the last line on the t-shirt should read:

      “27th World Championship…priceless!”

    5. Raf
      July 24th, 2009 | 8:45 am

      Maybe the Yankees team T-Shirt slogan this year should be “Best $423.5 million spent…ever!”
      —————————
      Yep. Had nothing to do with Posada missing time, Jeter, Cano’s, & Caberea’s down time.

      This time last year, they had 3-4 automatic outs in the lineup. This year, they don’t.

    6. cr1
      July 24th, 2009 | 8:57 am

      Having ownership that is willing to invest the profits of this very lucrative business enterprise in personnel is a great advantage, and we should all sympathize with fans of teams whose even richer owners won’t do it. But it’s no guarantee — judgment does enter into how the money gets spent. I think some good judgment as well as a boatload of dollars went into making our off-season a success.

      Are all the people who wanted Cashman to go with Derek Lowe appropriately humbled by now?

    7. Raf
      July 24th, 2009 | 9:05 am

      NYY Pitching r/g
      08: 4.49 (ERA+ 104)
      09: 4.76 (ERA+ 100)

      NYY Hitting r/g
      08: 4.87 (OPS+ 101)
      09: 5.52 (OPS+ 116)

    8. July 24th, 2009 | 9:07 am

      Raf wrote:

      NYY Pitching r/g
      08: 4.49 (ERA+ 104)
      09: 4.76 (ERA+ 100)
      NYY Hitting r/g
      08: 4.87 (OPS+ 101)
      09: 5.52 (OPS+ 116)

      08: Old Yankee Stadium
      09: New Launching Pad Yankee Stadium

    9. Scout
      July 24th, 2009 | 10:10 am

      Compare the difference between the offensive and pitching stats within each year, not across them. The margin in 2008 was .38 (4.87-4.49); this year it is .76 (5.52-4.76). Perhaps that is the measure of team improvement suggested by these data.

    10. Raf
      July 24th, 2009 | 10:20 am

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      Raf wrote:
      NYY Pitching r/g
      08: 4.49 (ERA+ 104)
      09: 4.76 (ERA+ 100)
      NYY Hitting r/g
      08: 4.87 (OPS+ 101)
      09: 5.52 (OPS+ 116)
      08: Old Yankee Stadium
      09: New Launching Pad Yankee Stadium

      2009 OPS
      H: .844 (5.53 r/g)
      R: .809 (5.5 r/g)

      2008 OPS
      H: .789 (5.08 r/g)
      R: .749 (4.65 r/g)

      You blaming “New Launching Pad Yankee Stadium” still doesn’t explain the performance of the pitching.

    11. Evan3457
      July 24th, 2009 | 2:15 pm

      Yanks had about $66 million in payroll come off the books: Mussina, Giambi, Abreu, Pavano, Farnsworth.

      Did anyone think they wouldn’t find a place to spend it. In this case the Yanks went for the top of the market at positions that desperately needed restocking.

      As much as any of these “transactions” are praise-worthy, in signing Sabathia, Burnett and Teixiera, the Yanks

      1. Filled their needs…
      2. With high quality players that stand a semi-decent chance of justifying their contracts…
      3. And gave their farmhands time to develop, while reducing the pressure and load that guys like Chamberlain and Hughes and Gardner would’ve otherwise had to bear, allowing to finish their development in a logical and thoughtful way….
      4. And did all this without spending more coming in than they had going out the door (Sabathia, Burnett, Teixiera, Swisher and Marte add up to $60 million this year, and $71 million next year, and $75 million in 2011).

      So Steve, I’d say that yes, so far, the plan has worked.

      The main problem I see coming is that the schedule gets much, much tougher after Sunday. I don’t know that they can stop the freight train that is Bret Anderson, but if they can, they might even go 10-0 on this homestand.

      And they might just need all 10 before this year is over.

    12. Evan3457
      July 24th, 2009 | 2:17 pm

      cr1 wrote:

      Having ownership that is willing to invest the profits of this very lucrative business enterprise in personnel is a great advantage, and we should all sympathize with fans of teams whose even richer owners won’t do it. But it’s no guarantee — judgment does enter into how the money gets spent. I think some good judgment as well as a boatload of dollars went into making our off-season a success.

      Are all the people who wanted Cashman to go with Derek Lowe appropriately humbled by now?

      Agree with the 1st part. I wanted A.J. over Lowe myself, on the basis of the mediocre/poor Yankees’ defense and A.J. being the strikeout guy.

      But I’m not ready to declare victory on A.J. until he passes the post-season and (relative) durability tests.

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