• The Binder Hearts Sori

    Posted by on August 31st, 2013 · Comments (9)

    Via Andrew Marchand -

    If Alfonso Soriano were to continue his home run pace with the Yankees over 162 games, he would finish with nearly 61 in a season. As it is, in his 32 games as a Yankee, Soriano has 12 homers, 35 RBIs and six stolen bases.

    “He’s playing like an MVP,” Joe Girardi said after the Yankees’ 8-5 win over the Orioles Friday night. “When you look at the month of August and what he has done in the month of August, they are MVP type of numbers if you put them over six months. He is stealing bases, playing really good defense. He has been a complete player.”

    Soriano’s .319 OBA and 7/33 BB/K ratio as a Yankee, so far, this season suggest, to me, that he’s still the same ol’ Soriano that we all know…

    Also, the Yankees have gone 17-15 since Soriano has started playing for them again. So, it’s not like he’s carrying the team during his time whole here. (Note: That’s the Yankees record in games where Sori has played, since he came back to New York.)

    But, OK, yes, the Yankees are 12-6 in their last 18 games. And, Soriano has been on fire during that time with a BA/OBA/SLG line of .319/.380/.722 (in 79 PA).

    Who knows? Maybe adding A-Rod to the line-up has helped Soriano in some way? The timing is all in place to make that claim.

    In any event, I want to see what happens over the next 9 games for the Yankees. And, then, maybe it will be time to look at how Soriano has helped the Yankees?

    Either That, Or, She’s Really Into Metallica

    Posted by on August 31st, 2013 · Comments (0)

    THIS, Tells You Everything You Need To Know About Brian Cashman’s Ability To Seed A Farm System

    Posted by on August 30th, 2013 · Comments (65)

    MLB journeyman Ty Wigginton has hit more home runs than the Yankees’ entire 1997-2013 draft portfolio.

    I wonder if the Yankees GM will now start reading Tom Verducci the riot act?

    Joe’s Face Says It All

    Posted by on August 30th, 2013 · Comments (0)

    Yup.

    Bad News For CC Sabathia Fans?

    Posted by on August 30th, 2013 · Comments (15)

    There have been 21 pitchers in baseball history (since 1901) to reach a career total of 50+ WAR before their 32nd birthday. Here they are:

    Rk Player WAR From To Age G GS W L SV IP SO ERA ERA+
    1 Walter Johnson 119.9 1907 1919 19-31 544 439 297 191 22 4090.2 2614 1.65 172
    2 Christy Mathewson 90.1 1901 1912 20-31 509 450 312 143 24 3876.1 2243 1.96 148
    3 Roger Clemens 71.6 1984 1994 21-31 326 325 172 93 0 2393.1 2201 2.93 147
    4 Pedro Martinez 71.6 1992 2003 20-31 355 288 166 67 3 2079.0 2426 2.58 175
    5 Tom Seaver 71.1 1967 1976 22-31 354 348 182 107 1 2718.2 2334 2.47 141
    6 Greg Maddux 65.4 1986 1997 20-31 369 365 184 108 0 2598.1 1820 2.81 143
    7 Bert Blyleven 65.2 1970 1982 19-31 411 406 169 150 0 3021.0 2376 2.96 126
    8 Robin Roberts 64.5 1948 1958 21-31 433 386 206 156 23 3127.2 1558 3.26 120
    9 Bob Feller 61.8 1936 1950 17-31 419 363 208 123 20 2929.0 2227 3.09 131
    10 Don Drysdale 61.5 1956 1968 19-31 506 453 204 162 6 3369.1 2462 2.92 122
    11 Pete Alexander 61.5 1911 1918 24-31 332 280 192 89 15 2518.0 1418 2.12 144
    12 Ed Walsh 60.5 1904 1912 23-31 397 289 182 118 34 2773.2 1668 1.77 149
    13 Hal Newhouser 59.8 1939 1952 18-31 453 369 200 147 18 2922.1 1764 3.04 131
    14 Fergie Jenkins 56.8 1965 1974 22-31 383 325 174 121 7 2632.0 2045 3.09 123
    15 Juan Marichal 55.2 1960 1969 22-31 328 320 191 88 2 2549.2 1840 2.57 136
    16 CC Sabathia 54.1 2001 2012 20-31 383 383 191 102 0 2564.1 2214 3.50 125
    17 Sandy Koufax 53.2 1955 1966 19-30 397 314 165 87 9 2324.1 2396 2.76 131
    18 Bret Saberhagen 52.9 1984 1995 20-31 337 309 141 100 1 2227.2 1510 3.26 126
    19 Jim Palmer 52.5 1965 1977 19-31 386 360 194 104 3 2823.2 1722 2.65 132
    20 Rube Waddell 51.9 1901 1908 24-31 325 278 164 112 3 2406.1 1980 2.07 138
    21 Johan Santana 50.4 2000 2010 21-31 339 263 133 69 1 1908.2 1877 3.10 142
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 8/30/2013.

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    How did these pitchers do from age 32 forward? See:

    Rk Player WAR From To Age G GS W L SV IP SO ERA ERA+
    1 Roger Clemens 67.6 1995 2007 32-44 383 382 182 91 0 2523.1 2471 3.31 138
    2 Pete Alexander 55.4 1919 1930 32-43 364 320 181 119 17 2672.0 780 2.97 130
    3 Greg Maddux 39.4 1998 2008 32-42 375 375 171 119 0 2410.0 1551 3.53 122
    4 Tom Seaver 35.0 1977 1986 32-41 302 299 129 98 0 2064.1 1306 3.37 114
    5 Walter Johnson 32.7 1920 1927 32-39 258 227 120 88 12 1823.2 895 3.33 119
    6 Bert Blyleven 31.2 1983 1992 32-41 281 279 118 100 0 1949.0 1325 3.86 108
    7 Fergie Jenkins 25.9 1975 1983 32-40 281 269 110 105 0 1868.2 1147 3.69 106
    8 Robin Roberts 18.5 1959 1966 32-39 243 223 80 89 2 1561.0 799 3.70 101
    9 Jim Palmer 15.4 1978 1984 32-38 172 161 74 48 1 1124.1 490 3.39 113
    10 Pedro Martinez 14.3 2004 2009 32-37 121 121 53 33 0 748.1 728 3.87 114
    11 Juan Marichal 6.6 1970 1975 32-37 143 137 52 54 0 957.1 463 3.74 99
    12 Bret Saberhagen 6.3 1997 2001 33-37 62 62 26 17 0 335.0 205 3.90 124
    13 Christy Mathewson 6.0 1913 1916 32-35 121 101 61 42 6 878.2 249 2.80 100
    14 Bob Feller 3.4 1951 1956 32-37 151 121 58 39 1 898.0 354 3.81 98
    15 Rube Waddell 3.3 1909 1910 32-33 41 30 14 15 1 253.1 157 2.52 97
    16 Ed Walsh 2.7 1913 1917 32-36 33 26 13 8 1 190.2 68 2.55 113
    17 Hal Newhouser 0.6 1953 1955 32-34 35 5 7 3 8 70.2 32 3.82 101
    18 Johan Santana 0.2 2012 2012 33-33 21 21 6 9 0 117.0 111 4.85 79
    19 CC Sabathia 0.1 2013 2013 32-32 27 27 11 11 0 177.2 152 4.81 84
    20 Don Drysdale -0.2 1969 1969 32-32 12 12 5 4 0 62.2 24 4.45 75
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 8/30/2013.

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    As you can see, only a small percentage of these types of pitchers were just as good in their 30′s (and beyond) as they were before they turned age 32.  (And, we all know why Roger Clemens did as well as he did, later in his career.)

    I wonder if  the Yankees looked at a study such as this before they gave Sabathia that extension at the end of 2011?

    Bronson Arroyo

    Posted by on August 30th, 2013 · Comments (2)

    Over the last 9 years, has there been a pitcher better than him at taking a regular turn and giving his team decent innings, per start?

    Seriously, there hasn’t been anyone – not for the last nine years – year in and year out.

    He’s probably only got a few more years left to his big league career. And, twenty five years after he’s retired, he’ll barely be remembered – if remembered at all? – by the casual baseball fan.

    But, boy, for a decade, he was a workhorse on the mound…perhaps the best at that, during that span, in the game.

    Does Sabathia Get Booed Off The Mound Tonight?

    Posted by on August 30th, 2013 · Comments (10)

    While the Yankees odds at making the post-season this year are slim – they have no shot at finishing first and only a 3.6% chance of getting a wildcard spot – these games against the Orioles, starting tonight, are huge for them. Basically, the Yankees need to sweep this series against Baltimore to stay alive and also make a statement towards them actually being a contender.

    So, this is a big game for CC Sabathia this evening.

    Yes, that’s the same Sabathia who has an ERA of 5.89 over his last 14 starts (covering 88.6 innings).

    Let’s assume that CC doesn’t make it threw the sixth inning tonight and gives up four runs or more in his start today. Think Yankees fans will boo him as he exits from the game?

    Should they?

    Who Will Be Baseball’s World Champion In 2013?

    Posted by on August 29th, 2013 · Comments (3)

    On one side, you have the Red Sox, Rays, Tigers, Rangers and A’s. And, I still think the Orioles could sneak in there.

    On the other side, you have the Braves, Cardinals, Reds, Pirates and Dodgers.

    Of all these teams, I think the Tigers, Red Sox and Dodgers have the best shot to win the whole thing this year. Maybe the Rays too? And, if pressed, I would say the Tigers are the best all-around team in baseball this year…and they are due, having lost the ALCS in 2011 and the World Series in 2012. Third time is the charm, and all that…

    What do you think?

    Return To 1966?

    Posted by on August 29th, 2013 · Comments (0)

    Any chance that Buck Showalter and Don Mattingly face off in the World Series this year?

    Do You Think The Yankees Will Win 85+ Games In 2013?

    Posted by on August 29th, 2013 · Comments (1)

    If they don’t, it will be first time since 1992 that they haven’t done it in a 162-game season.

    2013 Giants & 1998 Marlins

    Posted by on August 29th, 2013 · Comments (1)

    Two of a rare kind?

    OK, So, I Am A Little Confused…

    Posted by on August 29th, 2013 · Comments (0)

    Is he saying that the reporter is chunky, or, that the mammas who he’s doing are pleasantly plump?

    You tell me.

    Go Get ‘Em!

    Posted by on August 29th, 2013 · Comments (8)

    This is not Derek Jeter…

    Yanks 5 1/2 Games Back In Wildcard Standings With 29 Games Left To Play

    Posted by on August 29th, 2013 · Comments (10)

    Time to start tracking a tragic number for New York?

    The Thin-Skinned GM Strikes Again

    Posted by on August 28th, 2013 · Comments (18)

    How many other baseball GMs really give a bleep about what some beat writer says in a blog?

    Chris “Mad Dog” Russo To Join MLB Network

    Posted by on August 28th, 2013 · Comments (4)

    The news -

    “Chris Russo is one of the top sports voices in the country and he will be a terrific addition to our unparalleled roster of on-air talent,” said Tony Petitti, President and CEO of MLB Network. “Expanding MLB Network’s live programming has been a continued goal since our launch in 2009, and we look forward to bringing his refreshing take on baseball to MLB Network’s weekday lineup in 2014.”

    Ugh.

    New Britain Rock Cats @ Trenton Thunder – 8/27/13

    Posted by on August 28th, 2013 · Comments (0)

    My son and I went to this one last night. Nik Turley looks like a pitcher. He didn’t light up the gun. But, he looked like he was pitching and not throwing – and you can live with that from a lefty. On the other side, Miguel Sano is a very, very, big young man. It’s not hard to see why the Twins are excited about him.

    It was a last minute decision to see the game. And, we got there about ten minutes before the start of the National Anthem.

    Typically, when I go to a game – whether it’s one of my son’s travel games, a minor league game, or, a big league game – I am in the ballpark around 45 minutes before the first pitch. (Sometimes it’s a half-hour, at the least, and, other times, it’s more than an hour before first pitch.)

    To be candid, it just doesn’t feel “right” to me when I get there less than 20 minutes before the first pitch. It’s more than just a feeling of being rushed. More so, it’s like something’s missing. I need that period of settling into the scene before the start of the game. If there’s such a thing as “live baseball viewing foreplay,” I suppose that’s it. Anyone else have this feeling?

    Most HR In A Season By Yankees Player, 30 Games Or Less

    Posted by on August 28th, 2013 · Comments (0)

    Sori tops Spencer now…of course, this is moot since he will play more than 30 games for New York this season.

    Rk Player HR G Year Age Tm PA H RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
    1 Alfonso Soriano 11 30 2013 37 NYY 127 33 33 6 30 .275 .315 .575
    2 Shane Spencer 10 27 1998 26 NYY 73 25 27 5 12 .373 .411 .910
    3 Matt Nokes 7 28 1994 30 NYY 85 23 19 5 16 .291 .329 .595
    4 Eddie Robinson 5 26 1956 35 NYY 62 12 11 5 3 .222 .323 .519
    5 Alex Rodriguez 4 20 2013 37 NYY 84 21 8 8 19 .284 .369 .473
    6 Jesus Montero 4 18 2011 21 NYY 69 20 12 7 17 .328 .406 .590
    7 Ron Kittle 4 30 1986 28 NYY 89 19 12 7 23 .238 .292 .413
    8 Dave Kingman 4 8 1977 28 NYY 27 6 7 2 13 .250 .333 .833
    9 Billy Bryan 4 27 1966 27 NYY 74 15 5 5 19 .217 .270 .420
    10 Don Larsen 4 28 1958 28 NYY 57 15 13 5 9 .306 .364 .571
    11 Bob Seeds 4 13 1936 29 NYY 47 11 10 5 3 .262 .340 .571
    12 Brennan Boesch 3 23 2013 28 NYY 53 14 8 2 9 .275 .302 .529
    13 Francisco Cervelli 3 17 2013 27 NYY 61 14 8 8 9 .269 .377 .500
    14 Mark Teixeira 3 15 2013 33 NYY 63 8 12 8 19 .151 .270 .340
    15 Darryl Strawberry 3 24 1999 37 NYY 66 16 6 17 16 .327 .500 .612
    16 Mike Stanley 3 28 1997 34 NYY 103 25 12 15 22 .287 .388 .483
    17 Gerald Williams 3 15 1992 25 NYY 27 8 6 0 3 .296 .296 .704
    18 Hensley Meulens 3 23 1990 23 NYY 95 20 10 9 25 .241 .337 .434
    19 Jay Buhner 3 25 1988 23 NYY 76 13 13 3 25 .188 .250 .319
    20 George Zeber 3 25 1977 26 NYY 75 21 10 9 11 .323 .405 .508
    21 Elrod Hendricks 3 26 1976 35 NYY 57 12 5 3 10 .226 .263 .415
    22 Dale Long 3 26 1960 34 NYY 46 15 10 5 6 .366 .435 .707
    23 Spud Chandler 3 23 1938 30 NYY 73 14 4 1 23 .203 .214 .348
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 8/28/2013.

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    Mets-Bucs Trade

    Posted by on August 27th, 2013 · Comments (1)

    The Mets traded Marlon Byrd and John Buck to the Pirates for minor league second baseman Dilson Herrera.

    Good deal for both teams.

    Jim Callis Leaving Baseball America

    Posted by on August 27th, 2013 · Comments (0)

    MLB’s gain is BBA’s loss.

    Three Fireplugs

    Posted by on August 27th, 2013 · Comments (0)
    Rk Player WAR/pos Ht Wt From To Age G PA R HR RBI BB SO SB CS BA OBP SLG Tm
    1 Caleb Gindl 0.7 67 205 2013 2013 24-24 34 95 9 3 9 10 12 2 1 .289 .366 .494 MIL
    2 Angel Salome -0.1 67 200 2008 2008 22-22 3 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 MIL
    3 Bill Byers -0.1 67 210 1904 1904 26-26 19 62 3 0 4 1 2 0 .217 .230 .217 STL
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    Generated 8/27/2013.

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    Two Brewers and a bird.

    Of course, these are players who are listed as being under five-eight and weighing more than two hundred pounds.  And, I am sure there are more in baseball history than just these three…who have lied about their height and/or weight.

    Little Guys Beat The Big Guys

    Posted by on August 27th, 2013 · Comments (0)

    Via SMW

    Major League Baseball took a backseat to Little League over the weekend.

    The U.S. Championship of the Little League World Series — pitting Chula Vista (CA) against Westport (CT) — drew a 2.2 overnight rating on ABC Saturday afternoon, topping Major League Baseball on FOX head-to-head (2.2 to 1.9).

    Little League’s win was not exactly unprecedented. The final weekend of the Little League World Series has routinely outdrawn MLB on FOX in recent years.

    The U.S. Championship was down a tick from last year, when Goodlettsville (TN) faced Petaluma (CA). The other two games improved on last year’s numbers — Saturday’s Japan/Mexico International Championship game earned a 1.6 overnight (+14%), and Sunday’s Japan/Chula Vista title game had a 2.6 (+18%).

    I have to say, I watched a ton of the Little League World Series this year. It was awesome. ESPN did a great job with it.

    Phil Hughes 2013 Vs. Casey Fossum 2004

    Posted by on August 27th, 2013 · Comments (4)

    Two of a kind?

    Player WAR W L GS G Year Age ▴ Tm W-L% IP BB SO ERA+ HR BF OPS+ Pit Str
    Casey Fossum -1.4 4 15 27 27 2004 26 ARI .211 142.0 63 117 69 31 652 129 2404 1498
    Phil Hughes -0.3 4 13 25 25 2013 27 NYY .235 135.2 40 114 82 23 590 123 2348 1568
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 8/27/2013.

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    Good Trivia Question

    Posted by on August 27th, 2013 · Comments (12)

    Via Baseball Digest: There is only one pitcher who surrendered a home run to Cecil Fielder during his 50-homer season in 1990 and to Prince Fielder during his 50-homer campaign in 2007. Who is he?

    (I know the answer. Do you? Hint: He was a 6-time free agent.)

    The Yankees Are 44-48 In Their Last 92 Games

    Posted by on August 26th, 2013 · Comments (0)

    This includes tonight’s loss.

    Really, since mid-May, this team has sucked.

    Why would anyone believe they are a playoff contender?

    Well, That’s Not Going To Happen

    Posted by on August 26th, 2013 · Comments (0)

    Tommy John For Matt Harvey?

    Posted by on August 26th, 2013 · Comments (3)

    Matt Harvey is headed to the disabled list with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament.

    The Mets will try and rest him before opting for Tommy John surgery.

    I wonder if Phil Hughes will now try and sign a one-year deal with the Mets for 2014, as a starting pitcher, using Citi Field to help his numbers, and then try and get a long term deal elsewhere after next season?

    Will Derek Jeter Play For $8 Million Next Year?

    Posted by on August 26th, 2013 · Comments (7)

    It’s a good question.

    The Darkest Hour

    Posted by on August 26th, 2013 · Comments (0)

    B-movie. I saw it for the first time last night. It has the kid from Speed Racer and is directed by Chris Gorak – who was the Production Designer on Blade Trinity and the Art Director for Fight Club. And, it was produced by Timur Bekmambetov – who was the Director for Wanted.

    This one was kind of Predator meets The Warriors who then meets Cowboys & Aliens.

    It’s an hour and a half. Not the greatest movie ever. But, not the worst. It hovers around good and interesting. Beats watching the same reruns of Big Bang Theory over and over…

    The Wacky 2013 A.L. Wildcard Chase

    Posted by on August 26th, 2013 · Comments (15)

    Boston, Tampa Bay, Texas, Oakland, Cleveland, Baltimore and New York are all in the mix here.

    Of course, one of these teams will win the A.L. East and another will win the A.L. West. So, that leaves five teams fighting for the two wildcard spots.

    My gut tells me that the Rays and Rangers are first place teams when the music stops. And, the Red Sox are going to get one of the wildcard spots.

    This leaves the A’s, Indians, Orioles and Yankees fighting for that last dance ticket. And, I can see the Orioles grabbing it…due to the Showalter factor.

    How about you? How do you see this thing shaking out?

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