• The Yankees Problem That No One Wants To Talk About

    Posted by on January 28th, 2018 · Comments (5)

    Unless Aaron Hicks starts taking grounders at third, the Yankees have TOO MANY outfielders on their roster. It’s really a shame that they could not unload Jacoby Ellsbury. Yes, it’s good (?) insurance in case someone gets hurt – and Hicks got hurt a lot last year. But, Ellsbury is the 5th outfielder, at best, now on this team. And, he’s going to be a bad citizen if he only gets a couple of PA a week. Hopefully he lights it up this spring and then the Yankees can move him – even if it means eating money.

    Miguel Andújar

    Posted by on January 28th, 2018 · Comments (2)

    I love Todd Frazier’s leadership and what he adds to the clubhouse. That said, I am more excited about Miguel Andújar in 2018 than I am for Gleyber Torres. The kid hit the cover off the ball last year. Let him play third, bat him eighth, and see what happens. The only possible issue for him could be the lack of a mentor on the team who understands his upbringing and culture. Maybe Sanchez and Severino could help? But, they are kids themselves still.

    Andy Pettitte & Jim Palmer, Side By Side

    Posted by on January 25th, 2018 · Comments (4)

    The numbers (here) do not lie.

    Pettitte During WAR Time

    Posted by on January 25th, 2018 · Comments (0)

    The Top 8 pitchers in WAR from 1995 to 2013 are Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Roger Clemens, Roy Halladay, Mike Mussina, Greg Maddux and Andy Pettitte. Johnson and Pettitte are the only LHP in this top eight. (During this time period, Pettitte threw 3,316 regular season innings – by far the most of any pitcher from 1995 through 2013. Only Pettitte, Livan Hernandez, Maddux, Jamie Moyer and Tim Wakefield had 3,000+ IP during that span.)

    Big Game Pitcher

    Posted by on January 25th, 2018 · Comments (1)

    “Jack Morris was a big game pitcher.” Andy Pettitte made 44 post-season starts and his team won 26 of those games. No one else in baseball history has made that many post-season starts where his team won. Next on the list is Tom Glavine with 18 team wins in 35 post-season starts. Pettitte himself earned the win in 19 of those 26 games.

    Moose

    Posted by on January 19th, 2018 · Comments (6)

    Mike Mussina pitched in 537 big league games – all but one as a starter. 157 were in Camden Yards. 136 were in Yankee Stadium. 27 were Fenway Park. 23 were in Toronto. 18 were in the old Homerdome in Minny. And, 10 were in old Tiger Stadium. That’s 69% of his games pitching in parks that were hitter friendly. Oh, and, his also had two games in Coors Field, and, 6 in the old Kingdome, for what it’s worth. That would push the number to 70% of his career total in hitter’s parks. Lastly, he pitched from 1991 through 2008. That’s 14 of 18 years where it was PED city in MLB without a policy against it. That’s why his ERA was 3.68 for his career. There’s no question that he deserved to be in Cooperstown.

    Chase Utley

    Posted by on January 16th, 2018 · Comments (1)

    Last year, Chase played for LA for a whopping total of $2 million bucks. Granted, he’s a SoCal guy and this was in his backyard. But, man, that was cheap.

    By most reports, the dude is a pro’s pro and a leader in the clubhouse. Sure, he is old. But, he’s got a Yankee Stadium swing and could be an excellent piece for the Yankees at 2B in terms of transitioning someone in.

    I would love to see it happen. But, I am the only one thinking about it.

    And, Here Comes Gardner

    Posted by on January 1st, 2018 · Comments (0)

    There’s a very good chance that Brett Gardner could someday bump Donnie Baseball out of the Top 25 Yankees team picture. Crazy…I know. (Thanks to Baseball-Reference.com for the mugshots.)