• A Month In Review–The September 2011 Edition

    Posted by on September 29th, 2011 · Comments (2)

    Awesome Endings and New Beginnings

    I realize that the month doesn’t end until tomorrow, but I wanted to get this post out before the postseason started.  So, for the first time this season, I will actually have my Month In Review post out in a timely manner.

    September Record: 16-12 (@ BOS, 1-0; vs TOR, 3-0; vs BAL, 2-1; @ BAL, 0-1; @ LAA, 1-2; @ SEA, 2-1; @ TOR, 1-2; vs MIN, 1-0; vs TB, 3-1; vs BOS, 2-1; @ TB, 0-3)

    Season Standings: New York*, Tampa Bay** (-6), Boston (-7), Toronto (-16), Baltimore (-28)

    • *New York (duh) won the AL East and have home field advantage throughout the AL playoffs.
    • **Tampa Bay completed the epic comeback (or more accurately, I think, Boston completed the epic collapse) and will be the AL wildcard team.

    Team Offense: .722 OPS

    The Good:

    • Robinson Cano–Cano posted a .888 OPS for September.  Cano has played so well to end the season, that Girardi has decided he will bat third in the post season and Teixeira has been moved to fifth.  His season ended with a 129 OPS+ second only to Curtis Granderson for the team lead.
    • Jesus Montero–Excellent, excellent debut, by Jesus Montero.  I am looking forward to what I am assuming will be a full season in 2012.  In September he batted .328/.406/.590.  He did so well that he has earned himself a spot on the post season roster, and he will probably get several starts this October.  (By the by, is he allowed on the post season roster because Cervelli is hurt ala K-Rod in 2002?)
    • Derek Jeter– I am putting him here, dammit!  His OPS was only .777, but I am damn proud of Derek Jeter this season, and I want to honor him again.  It is my post, I can do whatever I want to, thankyouverymuch.

    The Bad:

    • Alex Rodriguez–Wow, was ARod epically bad in September.  His numbers were .196/.369/.353.  And no, I did not transpose those numbers.  Alex Rodriguez, the man known for his power, had a higher on base percentage than a slugging percentage. His OBP was higher than his SLG.  I think at this point it is safe to say that I wasted my first round pick on Arod in my fantasy draft this past March.
    • Russell Martin–Marin did not have the best 2011 season.  He has dropped a long way from his awesome, awesome April (.293/.376/.587), but his .732 OPS from the catcher position is respectable enough for me (though his OPS+ was only 92 for the season. Russell has made my list this month, because his September numbers are well below his season numbers.  He sported a .657 OPS.  I just hope he isn’t a black hole in the lineup.
    • Brett Gardner–As far as I’m concerned, Gardner had a disappointing season.  A .713 OPS just isn’t that great.  I want more out of him.  Luckily, his defense helped cancel out that offense.  For September he had a line of .219/.345/.342.  Yes, his slugging is less than his on base percentage, but this is Brett Gardner, not Alex Rodriguez.  It is basically expected.

    Offensive Highlight of 2011:  July 9, 2011–Derek Jeter goes 5-5 against the Tampa Bay Rays and collecting his 3,000th hit via a booming home run against David Price.

    The Pitching: 3.94 ERA

    The Good

    • David Robertson–Robertson’s already excellent ERA of 1.33 lowered to 1.08 over the month of September.  During his 13 appearances he allowed zero runs. He struck out 19.  He is awesome.
    • Ivan Nova–He had a hell of a rookie year, yeah?  This September Nova had a 2.62 ERA and he went 2-0 during that time.  Although, it probably should be noted that the Yankees did lose the three games in which he did not get a decision, and only 1 of those three were considered a quality start.  His overall season ended with a 3.70 ERA.  Nova has had such a remarkable season, that Girardi is entrusting him to pitch game two of the upcoming playoff series against Detroit, which means, should the series go five games, Nova will get the nod in a Win-Or-Go-Home situation.
    • Mariano Rivera–How awesome is Mariano Rivera?  He capped off his age 41 season by posting a .87 ERA.  He had 9 saves.  He made 11 appearances, and only allowed a six hits.  His batting average against was .171.  His slugging against was also .171.

    The Bad

    • Bartolo Colon–Colon’s pixie dust has definitely worn off.  The Yankees got a ton of effective innings out of Colon this year, far more than any reasonable expectation, but I think he is finally cooked.  His 5.96 ERA was troubling.  His inability to go at least 6 innings in most starts was disappointing.  His .861 OPS against was downright horrifying.  Colon’s September may have knocked him off the postseason roster.
    • Freddy Garcia–Like with Colon, the Yankees got a lot more effective innings out of Freddy Garcia than they could hoped for.  His September, however, was scary.  His ERA was 7.36 and his OPS against was .973.  Unlike with Colon, however, Garcia’s September has earned him the third start in the ALDS?  I imagine this decision was made due to his 6.0 IP 0 ER against the reeling Boston Red Sox.  I guess?

    Pitching Highlight of 2011: September 19, 2011–Mariano Rivera becomes the all time saves leader as he sets the Twins down in order to record save number 602.

    Jeteupthemiddle’s Season Awards (listed in first, second, and third place respectively):

    • Team MVP: Curtis Granderson, Mariano Rivera, Robinson Cano
    • Team Cy Young: CC Sabathia, Mariano Rivera, David Robertson
    • Team Rookie of the Year: Ivan Nova, Jesus Montero, Hector Noesi
    • Comeback Player of the Year: Bartolo Colon, Freddy Garcia, Derek Jeter
    • Most Pleasant Surprise: Bartolo Colon, Freddy Garcia, David Robertson
    • Most Unpleasant Surprise: Jorge Posada, Alex Rodriguez (and his DL stints), Brett Gardner

    In other news, I saw Moneyball and have a couple of thoughts about it that I thought I would share, but I don’t want to necessarily spoil it for anyone who plans on seeing it.  Conundrum.

    Until the next Month in Review Post…enjoy the postseason.

    A Month In Review–The August 2011 Edition

    Posted by on September 6th, 2011 · Comments (2)

    Road Trips, Rain Outs, and Natural Disasters

    It’s the start of the school year, and Ms. Jeteupthemiddle had to get back into the classroom.  Sorry the August review is so late…assuming you were waiting for it, anyway.

    August Record: 17-10 (@ CHW, 4-0; @ BOS, 1-2; vs LAA, 2-1; vs TB, 1-1; @ KC, 2-1; @ MIN, 3-1; vs OAK, 1-2; @ BAL, 2-1; @ BOS, 1-1)

    Season Standings (As of 9/1): Boston, New York (-.5), Tampa Bay (-9), Toronto (-14.5), Baltimore (-28.5 E)

    Quite frankly, Boston has to be really irritated about the Yankees at this point in the season.  The Yankees wound up winning the series that spilled into September, but it was the first time all year, but overall they have been pummelled by the Red Sox.  And despite that, the Yankees left Boston only a half game out (and currently have a 2.5 game lead).

    Team Offense: .867 OPS

    The Good

    • Robinson Cano–I gave Cano the nod as a “good” player for the month of July because he had a fairly decent month even if it wasn’t up to ordinary Cano standards.  For the month of August, Cano really deserves the award.  He had a .345 average, and he got on base at a .377 clip.  In addition, Cano hit 18 extra base hits, 7 of which cleared the fence.
    • Derek Jeter–.387/.435/.472. Yeah, Jeter has been very, very good for the month of August, and since he came off the DL in general.  During the time frame of July 4-September 5, Jeter has hit .343/.392/.469.  Excellent.
    • Curtis Granderson–During the month of August, Granderson slugged out 10 home runs, 5 doubles, and 2 triples.  His OPS over the 28 games was 1.028.  In my opinion, he is the Yankees’ MVP for the season.  Hopefully, in the opinion of the writers, he is the MVP for the American League.

    The Bad

    • Brett Gardner–Gardner was in some kind of slump for the month of August.  He batted .226, and only had an on base percentage of .303.  Gardner doesn’t slug enough to only get on base 30% of the time.  For the overall season, Gardner’s OPS+ has dropped down to 95.

    Team Pitching (4.57 ERA) (Can I just exclaim this? EXCLAIM!)

    The Good

    • Ivan Nova–Well, he had a 3.82 ERA, which I wouldn’t normally consider a “good” month, but the pickings are mighty slim this month.  With this pitching, it is amazing that the Yankees managed to 17-10 over the month.  Really though, Nova only had one bad start.  On August 16, he went 5.1 innings and gave up 7 earned runs.  During the rest of the month his starts were at least of the quality variety.
    • David Robertson–I think a .82 ERA and a BAA of .184 is considered a good month on anyone’s standards.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, David Robertson is my favorite surprise of the 2011 season.  I expected him to be good, but this good?  Awesome.
    • Boone Logan–He had a 1.29 ERA for the month, but he only allowed a run in one appearance.  He was also the pitcher of record in the only two wins against Boston in August.

    The Bad

    • A.J. Burnett–Did anyone expect someone else in this top spot?  I mean really.  If you ask me, he is the pitcher to lose his rotation spot (not that Hughes, Colon, or Garcia are in anyway consistent).  Burnett posted an 11.91 ERA for the month of August.  Not one of this starts would be considered a quality start, although 2 of them came close.  Even so, in 3 of his starts, he allowed 7, 7, and 9 runs.  Oh my.
    • CC Sabathia–It’s almost not fair to include Sabathia in any list that also has AJ Burnett on it, but Sabathia’s August left a lot to be desired.  He had a 4.68 ERA during those 6 starts.  To be fair to Sabathia, he did go at least 6 innings in each of his 6 starts, and 4 of those games resulted in quality starts, but two consecutive appearances of giving up 7 and 5 runs respectively will always bring down one’s ERA.
    • Freddy Garcia–A 5.53 ERA.  He had an .866 OPS against.  Neither are good stats.

    The I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Him

    • Phil Hughes–He does well.  He does poorly.  He does well for 2 starts in a row.  He does poorly for 2 starts in a row.  I never know what Phil Hughes will appear on a mound in any given day.  In the What-Have-You-Done-For-Me-Lately Department, Hughes would be in the bad section of this review, but I’m still holding out hope for him.  I am also more confident in him than in Burnett.

    September Call Ups

    • Jesus Montero–The most anticipated and the most exciting
    • Scott Proctor–I know, right.  I was just as shocked as you were to find out his arm was still attached to his shoulder.
    • Lance Pandleton
    • Brandon Laird
    • Raul Valdes
    • Chris Dickerson

    A Month In Review–The July 2011 Edition

    Posted by on August 4th, 2011 · Comments (18)

    Milestones and Breaks

    July Record: 16-11 (@ NYM, 2-1; @ CLE, 1-2; vs TB, 2-1; @ TOR, 2-2; @ TB, 2-2; vs OAK, 2-1; vs SEA, 2-1; vs BAL, 3-1)

    Season Standings: Boston, New York (-1), Tampa Bay (-11), Toronto (-12.5), Baltimore (-24)

    Team Offense: .757 OPS

    The Good

    • Derek Jeter–Jeter went on the DL early in June, but he came back early in July with a vengeance.  For the month of July, he batted .292/.347/.449.  And since I am once again late with the Month in Review, I can report about Jeter’s 5-6 game last night which makes him the first player since 1991 to have 2 games in a season with at least 5 hits at the age of 37 or older.  His batting average is now up to a respectable .280, and his OPS+ is up to 90.
    • Nick Swisher–Since I said at the end of May that I thought the Yankees should have traded Nick Swisher, he has been showing me up.  Once again, Swisher had an excellent month.  For July, he posted a .902 OPS with 19 RBIs.  His OBP for the month is also .396
    • Robinson Cano–Cano has yet to be considered “good” by my loosely defined standards each month.  This July, perhaps making up for the lack of Arod, he has done pretty well.  His average for the month is .311 and this OPS is .859.  These numbers certainly aren’t what we could see from Cano, but I will certainly take it.

    The Bad

    • Russell Martin–Martin only batted .213 this month.  His OPS for July was .570.  He has had quite the drop off since the beginning of the year, which was to be expected, but it would be nice if he could pick it back up.
    • Jorge Posada—Posada is trying to prove that his June was the anomaly.  Yankee fans were hoping that April and May were the anomaly.  For July, his OPS was .534.  During the course of 67 plate appearances, Posada has managed 2 extra base its, both of which were doubles.  Not really good.

    The Watch

    • On July 9, 2011 Derek Jeter joined the 3000 hit club.  He is the first and only Yankee to reach that milestone, and he did it in Jeter, dramatic fashion.  Derek Jeter, the player who averages 16 home runs per 162 games, and only had 2 prior to that day, hit his 3000th hit on a home run to deep left field.  If some one told me Jeter was going to get the milestone on a home run, I would have assumed one of those 315 wall scrapers to right field.  I would have been wrong.  That was an excellent day for Jeter fans and Yankees fans.  Overall, he went 5-5 including the game winning hit in the 8th inning.

    Team Pitching: 3.33 ERA

    The Good

    • CC Sabathia–Sabathia was named the AL Pitcher of the Month, and really, he was the clear choice for the award.  During the course of July, he has made 5 starts, won 4 of them, and posted a .92 ERA.  He pitched at least 7 innings in all of the starts and never gave up more than 2 earned runs. Opponents only batted .140 against him.  None of these numbers include his August 1 start when he went another 8 innings and only gave up 2 earned runs once again receiving a win.
    • Freddy Garcia–His one bad start against Toronto (5 IP, 5 ER) aside, Garcia had a good month.  His remaining 4 starts were better than quality starts.  For the month he went 3-1 with a 3.06 ERA.

    The Bad

    • A.J. Burnett–Burnett is killing my fantasy team, so I am slightly biased in my assessment here.  I have the league best ERA, so I figured I could take the ERA hit by using Burnett but get some Yankee offense powered wins at the same time.  Since I picked him up, he has not pitched well, and did not get me any wins.  His ERA for July is 4.83 with a 0-3 record.  This does not even include last night’s debacle.  If a team can give you 13 runs before the 4th inning, you need to at least go 5 innings and get your fantasy owners a win.  It’s like he isn’t even aware of the big picture.  Sheesh.

    Trade Deadline? What Trade Deadline?

    The trade deadline came and went on Sunday with the Yankees n0t making a single move.  Honestly, I don’t mind the lack of moves.  If the Yankees needed anything, it was a front line starter, and I’m not sure if what was available was worth the cost.  Or, more accurately, I’m not sure if the cost was worth the marginal difference in the record.  This will be a real test this weekend when the Yankees will once again face the Boston Red Sox.  It would be nice if the Yankees could beat them once and again.

    August is looking like a particularly brutal month with the road trips, the double headers, and the lack of days off.

    On a side note, I want to thank those posters who mentioned liking the Months in Reviews in t

     

    A Month In Review: June 2011 Edition

    Posted by on July 1st, 2011 · Comments (3)

    Apparently the only team we can’t beat is Boston.

    June Record: 18-8 (@ OAK, 1-0; @ LAA, 2-1; vs BOS, 0-3; vs CLE, 3-1; vs TEX, 3-0; @ CHC, 2-1; @ CIN, 2-1; vs COL, 2-1; vs MIL, 3-0)

    Season Standings: New York, Boston (-2.5), Tampa Bay (-4), Toronto (-9.5), Baltimore (12.5)

    Team Offense: .810 OPS

    The Good:

    • Jorge Posada–Posada closed out the month of May with a .169 batting average.  Well finally, Posada is showing what he did for much of his career.  His June numbers are .382/.419/.588.  Overall his season numbers aren’t that spectacular (.240/.328/.422), but he is clearly trending in the correct direction.  In fact, his OPS+ is showing that he is officially a better than average (better than replacement?) with a 102.  Yes, 102 ain’t exactly sparkling, but again, it is trending in the correct direction.
    • Nick Swisher–Swisher, like Posada, made tremendous strides this month to get his numbers closer to what Yankee fans were hoping for.  He didn’t have as spectacular as a month as Posada, but he also didn’t have as far to go.  For June, Swisher posted a 1.097 OPS which includes 7 doubles and 7 home runs.
    • Alex Rodriguez–Arod bounced back from May.  His home runs are still down from what I would generally want, but I’ll take a .326/.416/.570 line every time.
    • Brett Gardner–Gardner’s stolen base rate is still pretty bad considering his speed, but his June numbers are good.  He is getting on base more than 40% of the time.  I also like that Gardner has 11 walks and 11 strikeouts.  I like the idea of a player walking just as much if not more than he strikes out.

    The Bad:

    • Russell Martin–Martin wasn’t able to play a whole bunch of games due to a cranky back of sorts, but even when he did play, he wasn’t all that spectacular…better than Cervelli to be sure, but not all that spectacular.  .185/.274/.241 are his numbers.  Yeah, his slugging is lower than his OBP, I did not invert those numbers.

    The Watch:

    • And the Derek Jeter DL stint has caused this watch to continue on to the month of July.  I knew that Jeter’s numbers were going to be down this year, but I did not expect to have to wait until July to see him get his 3000th hit.  Jeter’s OPS+ is only 8 points higher than Eduardo Nunez’s, and he is the currently the only player in the standard line up with an OPS+ under 100.

    Team Pitching: 3.42 ERA

    The Good:

    • Ivan Nova–I thought for a while that Nova’s magic dust has disappeared, but he really did have an excellent June.  He posted a 3.58 ERA.  I will, however, readily admit that my standards for Nova are considerably lower than my standards for, say, CC Sabathia.  Only 3 of his 5 starts were considered quality starts.
    • Freddy Garcia–Garcia is another pitcher for whom I thought the magic dust was evaporating or about to evaporate, and here he is in the month of June with a 3.18 ERA and a 3.28 overall ERA for the season.
    • Mariano Rivera–Rivera is a pitcher that I’m pretty sure has an unlimited supply of magic dust.  Well, calling it magic dust clearly isn’t fair to him, but still, this man could probably pitch until he is 65.  For June, he had a .90 ERA and recorded 8 saves.
    • David Robertson–Robertson might be my favorite player for the 2011 season.  He is just really fun to watch pitch.  He uses a lot of pitches, but somehow, that’s okay when he is also striking out 14.5 batters per 9 innings pitched.  For the month of June, his ERA was .82.  He gave up 1 run for the entire month.

    The Bad:

    • Umm….

    I’m not even sure there are relievers who have bad numbers this month.  Boone Logan, I guess, came into a game twice without recording an out, but even his numbers aren’t bad.

    Pitching Odds and Ends:

    • Sabathia and Burnett could have gone into my Good section, but I already had so many players there.  I figured I would give the “honor” to players whose month of June was better than their season numbers.
    • Bartolo Colon, the most pleasant surprise of the season, went on the DL following his June 11 start when he pulled his hamstring covering first base.  He is apparently ready to pitch and will get the start against the Mets tomorrow.  Hopefully he really is ready to pitch.
    • Phil Hughes went on the DL on April 15 with “tired arm” or “dead arm.”  At the time, I felt like it was a bogus “injury” and the Yankees were just trying to get him out of the rotation to figure out what the hell was wrong with him.  Well, apparently he really did have some sort of dead arm because in his rehab starts, he has been able to get his velocity back up to what it should be.  He was sitting at 91-92 and I believe he touched on 94.
    • As a result of the above two bullets, the Yankees may consider a 6-man rotation, but I have a feeling that things like this usually shake themselves out.

    Tonight, interleague continues as the Yankees take on the New York Mets.  I will be at the game in awful, awful seats that I paid entirely too much money for to watch the game with my Met fan friend.  I’m excited about it. Yay.

    A Month In Review–May 2011 Edition

    Posted by on June 3rd, 2011 · Comments (2)

    Wow We Stayed Above .500 for the Month?!

    Once again, I meant to do this a couple of days ago, but the end of the school year is approaching and things happen.

    May Record: (15-14)-(vs TOR, 1-0; @ DET, 1-3; @ TEX, 2-1; vs KC, 1-2; vs BOS, 0-3; @ TB, 1-1; @ BAL, 2-0; vs NYM, 2-1; vs TOR, 2-1; @ SEA, 1-2; @ OAK, 2-0)

    Season Standings: New York, Boston (-1), Tampa Bay (-1.5), Toronto (-3), Baltimore (-6)

    Team Offense: .762 OPS

    The Good

    • Mark Teixeira–He is continuing his good 2011 season.  He hit 10 more home runs this month and still got on base at a .351 clip.  His overall OPS for the month is .885.  Hopefully he can follow up his May with a June of a OPS over 1.
    • Curtis Granderson–Who thought that Granderson would be the most consistent Yankee in the 2011 season?  Yeah, I didn’t either.  I had hopes, but I didn’t think it would happen.  Regardless, like Teixeira, Granderson also hit 10 home runs in May, but he also managed to bat .298 and get on base .378 of the time.  His OPS for May was 1.016.
    • Brett Gardner–He didn’t have the best start to the season, but he has picked it up in May.  He is getting on base at a .379 clip.  His stolen base rate, however, is not really good enough.

    The Bad

    • Alex Rodriguez–Putting Arod in this section when I have Gardner in the The Good section even though their numbers are shockingly similar probably isn’t fair.  But really, Alex Rodriguez should never have the same numbers as Brett Gardner.  I am also bitter about him dragging down my fantasy team for the month.
    • Jorge Posada–I am doubting very much that Posada will be a Yankee in 2012.  It would take a super amazing year for that to happen.  Right now, he once again appears in The Bad section of the team offense.  His .639 wasn’t good.  Also, possibly worse was the temper tantrum he threw–that would rival that of my third grade students who get an assignment they don’t want to complete–at learning he was dropped to 9th in the lineup.  As far as I was concerned, he was damn lucky to be in the lineup.  If it was Andruw Jones or someone similar who did the same thing, I imagine the player would have been designated for assignment the next day.
    • Nick Swisher–I thought the Yankees should have traded him in the off season.  I figured, sell him high, get what you can before he comes crashing back to Earth.  Well, he is back at Earth.  He is hanging out with a .671 OPS for the month of May, and a .669 OPS for the season as a whole.   (To be fair, I also said the Yankees should trade him after the 2009 and 2010 seasons, but he continued to be successful.)

    The Watch

    • Derek Jeter is having a decent month.  He is currently sitting on a hit streak.  He is just 16 hits away from the magical 3,000 number.  I have tickets for June 14.  It would take some hot hitting, but I’m hoping to be present for the day.

    Team Pitching: 3.36 ERA

    Wow, I think I discovered how the Yankees managed to stay above .500 for the month of May despite their putrid play.

    The Good:

    • Bartolo Colon–The best find of the off season?  When you factor in expectations? 4 out of 6 starts from Colon in May were at least Quality Starts.  His record for the month was only 1-2, but that was due to the lack of offense and/or bullpen behind him.  I will take a 3.57 ERA out of him every time.
    • David Robertson–0.75. 0.75. Yeah.  David Robertson posted a 0.75 ERA for the month of May.  He is also striking out nearly twice as many people as innings pitched.  If there is one complaint about Robertson, is that he is also walking nearly 1 batter per inning pitched as well.
    • Mariano Rivera–I wasn’t really sure if I should put him here or not.  On one hand, he posted a 2.08 ERA, but on the other hand, he also had a blown save and a loss during an extra innings game.
    • Joba Chamberlain–Joba also posted a 2.08 ERA, and didn’t relinquish a lead once.  I am also liking his control this year.  Hopefully he can continue this for the remainder of the year.

    The Bad

    • uhh….I got nothing.  Normally I would have at least one pitcher with an ERA of about 4.50 who I could shove in this category, but all of the major players on the Yankee pitching staff don’t even break four.  Well, Burnett has a 4.05 ERA for May, but I hardly think that counts as bad.

    A Month In Review–April 2011 Edition

    Posted by on May 3rd, 2011 · Comments (0)

    Home Games and Rain Outs

    I meant to do this on Sunday, but then I went to the game instead, so better late than never with the Month in Review.

    April (and March) Record: 15-9–(vs DET, 2-1; vs MIN, 2-1; @ BOS, 1-2; vs BAL, 2-0; vs TEX, 2-1; @ TOR, 1-1; @ BAL, 2-0; vs CHW, 2-2; vs TOR, 1-1)

    Season Standings: New York, Tampa Bay (-1.5), Toronto (-3.5), Baltimore (-3.5), Boston (-5.0)

    Team Offense: .812 OPS

    The Good:

    • Russell Martin–He has been my favorite acquisition this off season.  I’m not sure (don’t think?) he will be able to keep this up all season, but I will gladly take is April .963 OPS all year long.  I would take that from any player on the team, let alone a player who is going to play just about every game squatting and generally playing good defense behind the plate.  Also of note, is Martin’s 6 home runs (Muscle From Russell!) for the 2011 season.  He hit 5 in all of 2010 and 7 in all of 2009.
    • Mark Teixeira–Teixeira didn’t quite have the April of Russell Martin, but he basically did.  Back on Opening Day, I said I would be psyched for a mediocre April from Teixeira, well he did better than that.  He did have stretches where I was afraid he would revert, but overall, he played to a .256/.392/.549 line.
    • Curtis Granderson–I think this is the Curtis Granderson that Cashman thought he was trading for when he sent Austin Jackson to Detroit last year.  And if that is the case, then I approve the trade.  He hit 7 home runs in the month of April, and overall had a .934 OPS

    The Bad:

    • Derek Jeter–.582. Five Eighty-Two.  Five Hundred Eighty-Two.  Yep, Jeter’s OPS for the month of April.  His slugging was .272.  He had exactly two extra base hits.  And I’m not sure of the exact amount, but I’m pretty sure he grounded out to second base 119 times.  Oh Jeter, this could be a very long contract.  Please don’t make me remember you like this.
    • Jorge Posada–As bad as Jeter’s been, Posada may have been worse.  Ok, well maybe not.  He did hit 6 home runs which helped boost his OPS to .607, but he really needs to get that OBP higher than .232.  Really.  A lot.

    The Bench–I Like It

    • So there really isn’t much to add here, but I do like the additions of Eric Chavez and Andruw Jones this off season.  Both have performed admirably when called upon.  It doesn’t make me super nervous when an important guy needs a day or three off.

    Team Pitching: 3.79 ERA

    The Good:

    • A.J. Burnett–He probably wasn’t the best pitcher so far this season, but considering what he went through (and put us through) in 2010, I am giving him the top spot for his 4-1 record with a 3.93 ERA.  He has allowed too may home runs (5), but I will take this current pitching performance from Burnett every time.
    • CC Sabathia–Sabathia has a 183 ERA+.  Unfortunately for him, despite having a 2.55 ERA, he only has a 2-1 record.  He should be at least 4-1, or even 5-0.  His loss to Beckett and the Red Sox may have hurt the most.
    • David Robertson–I enjoy watching Robertson succeed.  It wasn’t until his last appearance in April that he even allowed a run.  Just based on memory (and yes, this can be skewed, I admit) he even came into some of the games in hairy situations and stopped the bleeding or didn’t even allow the bleeding to begin.  Overall, he has a 1.93 ERA, and he recorded 12 strike outs in only 9.1 innings pitched.
    • Bartolo Colon–Colon started the year in the bullpen, and became a starter when Phil Hughes A. needed to be repeatedly bailed out by Colon and B. continued to experience “dead arm.”  For the month of April, Colon has a 2.77 ERA.  In the two games he started, it was 1.84.  Another good acquisition for Cashman.

    The Bad:

    • Rafael Soriano–Soriano, you are not endearing yourself to Yankee fans.  I also don’t need to hear excuses about “getting used to” setting up instead of closing.  I can’t stand pitchers who say that–especially in the direction he is going, MAYBE I’ll buy it going from set-up man to closer.  Soriano posted a 7.11 ERA for the month of April.  He has allowed multiple runs in 3 of his appearances, and makes me nervous every time he comes out of the bullpen.  I want to give him more time, but part of me wants to move Joba to the 8th inning for the time being.
    • Phil Hughes–I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt for a while since there is apparently something wrong with him, but he has pitched truly terribly–when he’s pitched–this season.

    The See What Sticks Strategy–I Like It

    • Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia are two from the throw-it-at-the-wall-and-see-what-sticks strategy.  So far, both are working out quite well.  I am sure that as soon as one of them doesn’t work out, something else will be thrown at the wall.

    Highlight: April 14, 2011–Perhaps there’s a better game to choose from, but I have a soft spot for a game tying home run in the bottom of the 9th and a walk off win in the 10th if I am there to enjoy it.  And I was there to enjoy it.

    Lowlight: April 26, 2011–Again, there might be a better one to choose from, but I think this game has summed up Rafael Soriano’s season to date.

    I Like Cano’s Shoes…

    Posted by on March 31st, 2011 · Comments (14)

    …and other Opening Day (yes, capital O capital D) observations.

    Good afternoon, WasWatching and baseball followers.  It has been quite a while since I have posted, but there is nothing like Opening Day to get one in the mood to live, breathe, and talk baseball.

    I should admit, that for the first time in roughly 9 years, I barely paid attention to the happenings of Spring Training.  I knew about acquisitions over the course of the off season, but it was almost as if they went in one ear and out the other.  Last Saturday I felt the need to to yankees.com to actually peruse the roster.

    But now I am back.  Baseball is here.  I am pumped.  So on to Opening Day:

    • I do not have the type of job where I can follow along to the game at my desk.  This year I decided to DVR the game, avoid anything that could alert me to the score, and watch the game from start to finish when I got home.  It almost worked except for one person who knew I was a Yankee fan, and knew I couldn’t watch the game, told me the score.  She covered it up pretty well, but still.  Regardless, I went home and watched.
    • Mike Mussina has always been one of my favorite Yankees, and the longer he has been away from the game, the more I am liking him and relish in the few chances I get to see him.
    • I really do like Cano’s new cleats this season. 
    • I’m hoping that Mark Teixeira’s 1-3 day with a home run, 3 RBIs, and a walk will mean that Teixeira will not get off to the normal slow start that Yankee fans have grown accustomed the last 2 years.  I might even be happy if it means a mediocre start.  (Did anyone notice the YES graphic about Teixeira’s 2010 April vs. today?  It was amusing.)
    • It’s good to see Curtis Granderson continue 2011 right where he left 2010. 
    • I’m liking Russell Martin (hopefully this feeling will last).
    • I’m also liking the Yankee bullpen.  I’m not sure if Joba will be a Yankee in August, but hopefully he will pitch like today everyday.
    • I still hate bunting, Brett Gardener.
    • 17 years for Jeter, Rivera, and Posada.  Wow.
    • I like seeing Rivera close out Opening Day on a called third strike.  15 years after being made a closer, and he is still just as good as day one.

    And now for the obligatory day off between day 1 and day 2, and then baseball continues once again on Saturday.

    For the next 7 months I can watch a baseball game that means something every day.  Yay.

    A Month In Review: The August Edition

    Posted by on September 1st, 2010 · Comments (4)

    I can not believe that Labor Day is just 5 short days away.  I am heading back to work in just 6 short days.  I feel like summer just started.

    Steve Lombardi expected the Yankees to have am 18-11 record for the month of August.

    August Record: 16-13 (@ TB, 0-1; vs. TOR, 1-2; vs. BOS, 2-1; @ TEX, 1-1; @ KC, 2-2; vs. DET, 3-1; vs. SEA, 2-1; @ TOR, 1-2; @ CWS, 2-1; vs. OAK, 2-0)

    Season Standings: New York (82-50),  Tampa Bay (81-51),  Boston (74-58),  Toronto (69-63),  Baltimore (49-83)

    Team Offense: .794 OPS

    The Good:

    • Mark Teixeira-After having an abysmal April, and an awful May, Teixeira has bounced back with a vengeance.  His July was spectacular, and for the month of August, he has posted an OPS of .983.  A lot of that coming from his .629 slugging percentage that stems from 15 extra base hits including 9 home runs.  Part of me wants to argue that Teixeira has been the Yankees MVP for the 2010 season, but I’m not sure if one can realistically make that case if he didn’t perform for the first 8-10 weeks of the season.
    • Marcus Thames-Arod’s loss is Thames’ gain.  He has been an absolute beast this August.  He has a .344 batting average and seems to be homering every day.  Okay, so a ball he has hit only cleared the fence 7 times this month, but he has homered at least once in 5 of his last 7 games.

    The Bad:

    • Derek Jeter-This is easily Jeter’s worst year of his career.  I doubt very much it’ll effect his payday coming this offseason (my guess, Jeter never sees free agency and gets 4 years $80M), but it is certainly hurting the 2010 offense…at least the top of the offense.  With the way Teixeira and Cano have been hitting, I wonder how many RBIs they would have right now if Jeter was getting on base at a clip close to his career norms.  For August, he is batting .239/.318/.333.  At least his slugging is higher than his OBP?
    • Brett Gardner-For the month of August, Gardner only has a .677 OPS.  He also has 25 strikeouts in 29 games.  I will say, however, that he seems to have come around as the month came to a close.  Since August 25, Gardner has a .400 batting average and an OPS of 1.021.

    The Injured

    • Lance Berkman was hanging out on the DL after spraining his ankle while tripping over first base.  I suppose this has been a rather disappointing trade so far.

    The Call Ups

    • September 1 marks the time of year when rosters expand.  The offensive players who have been added to the roster for the remainder of the year are Greg Golson, a center fielder, and Chad Moeller, a catcher.

    Team Pitching: 3.98 ERA

    The Good:

    • CC Sabathia-For the month of August, Sabathia managed to go 5-1 with a 3.12 ERA.  He has also overtaken the league lead for wins and currently has 18 for the season.  Back in the July Edition I said that Sabathia would be vying for the Cy Young award this year if it wasn’t The Year of the Pitcher.  Well now for the month of August, I have decided that his numbers are damn good this year and he could possibly win it anyway.  For the year he has a 3.14 ERA.  According to ESPN’s Cy Predictor, Sabathia is the leader for the award by a good 20 points (though, I readily admit I don’t know how accurate this predictor has been in the past, but it is still fun to look at).
    • Joba Chamberlain-Joba had a very good August, though my Joba standards may be down based on how he has pitched for the first half of the 2010 season.  For August, however, Chamberlain’s ERA is 2.25.  He only had one bad outing on August 28 where he went .1 innings and gave up 2 earned runs.
    • Kerry Wood-Unlike Lance Berkman, this was an excellent upgrade at the July trade deadline.  For the Yankees, Wood has appeared in 11 games and only allowed a run in one of them.  Overall, his ERA is 0.71.  And in actuality, I think the bullpen has finally stabilized itself and is once again a strength for the Yankees.  I believe that Kerry Wood has a lot to do with that stabilization.
    • David Robertson-He did have an atrocious outing on August 28 when he couldn’t record even 1 out, but other than that he had a spectacular August posting a 2.70 ERA.  He has also taken hold of the set up man role, though Joba may have taken it back, I’m not too positive.

    The Bad:

    • AJ Burnett-Burnett’s bounce back July may have been an optical illusion.  He wasn’t June bad, but he was bad enough.  Burnett posted a 7.80 ERA and had an 0-4 record.  The Yankees lost all 5 games he started for the month.  Teams are batting well over .300 against him.  Hopefully a new month will mean a new Burnett?
    • Javier Vazquez-Vazquez had an ERA of 5.96 this month.  He also lost his starting job in favor of Nova (who has been good, but I chose not to include him because it was only for 2 starts).  I do feel the need to point out however, that Vazquez’s last 2 appearances have been in the long relief variety and he performed admirably in both.  He is getting his starting spot back on Saturday.

    The Injured

    • Andy Pettitte through a bullpen session today where he threw 55 pitches.  He is expected back in the middle of September.  Hopefully when he returns he will be just as good as when he left.

    The Call Ups

    • Jonathan Albaladejo is the sole Yankee pitcher who was called up when rosters expanded today.  He has had an excellent year as the closer in Scranton.  Hopefully his time with the Yankees this stint will be better than his previous ones.

    Highlight/Lowlight

    Highlight-August 4, 2010. After what seemed like forever, Alex Rodriguez hits his 600th home run.

    Lowlight-August 20, 2010. I can’t remember a game that was particularly heartbreaking, but losing 6-0 against the Mariners was not fun.

    The July Edition

    The June Edition

    The May Edition

    The April Edition

    A Month In Review: The July Edition

    Posted by on August 1st, 2010 · Comments (0)

    I haven’t really been around much this summer, but I did want to get this post out there.

    Steve’s win expectancy this month was 16-10.

    July Record: 19-7  (vs. SEA, 1-o; vs. TOR, 2-1; @ OAK, 3-0; @ SEA, 3-1; vs. TB, 2-1; vs. LAA, 1-1; vs. KC, 3-1; @ CLE, 3-1; @ TB, 1-1)

    Season Standings: New York (66-37),  Tampa Bay (64-39), Boston (59-45), Toronto (54-50),  Baltimore (32-72)

    Team Offense: .810 OPS

    The Good:

    • Mark Teixeira-I have been waiting all year to be able to put Mark Teixeira on this list.  He has had an excellent July.  His OPS for the month is 1.160.  He has a line of .344/.462/.698 which is something much closer to what everyone expects from Teixeira.  His OPS+ for the season is 132.  The only Yankee regulars with a higher OPS+ are Robinson Cano (162) and Nick Swisher (147).  I’m not sure if this says more about Teixeira or the Yankee offense in general, but there you go.
    • Nick Swisher-You know, trading for Nick Swisher has to be one of the more lopsided trades for the Yankees in recent memory.  He is having yet another excellent season for the Yankees.  In July, he hit 7 home runs (though, considering the HR total, a shockingly low 16 RBIs), and had an OPS of 1.011.

    The Bad:

    • Derek Jeter-Le Sigh.  Another month of Derek Jeter on “The Bad” list.  His OPS for the month is .622.  Sadly, this is nearly 100 points lower than it was in his bad month of June.  For the first time since his 1995 season when he only played in 15 games, Jeter’s OPS+ is below 100 (98).  This is pretty much the opposite of how a contract year is supposed to go.  Still, considering Teixeira managed to turn his horrendous start into a good season, it is possible (probable?) for Jeter to turn his horrendous middle (and it wasn’t even as horrendous as Teixeira’s beginning) into a good season.
    • Brett Gardner-I don’t know about anyone else, but I am pleasantly surprised about Gardner’s season as a Yankee.  I was hoping for a .350ish OBP, and I figured him to be playing about 5 days a week.  Well, at the moment he is hanging onto a .396 OBP which is the fifth best mark in the American League.  That being said, he did have a difficult month of July.  Though he did get on base at a .375 clip, his batting average was .221 and his slugging was .338.

    The Stalled:

    • Alex Rodriguez-Mr. Rodriguez has been stalled at 599 home runs since July 22.  Interesting sidebar, I happened to notice yesterday that mlb.com streams every Arod at bat as we wait for 600.  Even more interesting, the online feed was ahead of my TV.

    Team Pitching: 3.46 ERA

    Seriously, it is no wonder the Yankees had such a terrific month of July.  Their team OPS was up nearly 100 points and their team ERA was down more than half a run.

    The Good:

    • A.J. Burnett-Burnett bounced back with a vengeance from his horrid month of June to post a 2.00 ERA for the month of July.  He is 3-1 during his five starts this month.  In three of the five starts, Burnett didn’t give up any runs.   His one hiccup coming from his July 17 start when he gave up 4 runs, but had to leave the game after 2 innings because he cut his hand throwing a temper tantrum.
    • Mariano Rivera-Rivera showed us that he is GASP human on July 4 when he allowed a single run and was credited with a blown save for the game.  On second thought, I don’t think it proves he is human after all.  It was the only run he gave up for the entire month.  He had the same number of strikeouts as hits given up.  He once again didn’t walk anyone.  His ERA in July was .96.  His ERA for the season is .93.  Mariano Rivera is having his best season ever.  His ERA+ is 438!
    • CC Sabathia-If it wasn’t The Year of the Pitcher, Sabathia would probably be vying for the Cy Young this year.  Sabathia’s 3.15 ERA is just the 23rd best ERA in baseball.  It is the ninth best in the American League.  For July, Sabathia went 5-1 in his six starts and posted a 2.30 ERA.
    • David Robertson-Robertson seemed to have turned his season around.  He entered July with a 6.15 ERA, and he left it with a 4.42 ERA.  It certainly seems that he is Girardi’s current go to pitcher in high leverage situations that aren’t Mariano Rivera situations.

    The Bad:

    • Joba Chamberlain-Joba is having a very bad season.  So bad, that his set-up spot has basically been taken away from him…well maybe not completely taken from him, but Girardi seems to be more hesitant to go to him in a big spot.  In July, batters have an OPS of .834 against Chamberlain.  This has added up to an ERA of 6.39.
    • Phil Hughes-Hughes has really been struggling for the past 2 months.  This month, his ERA was 5.52.  Only 2 of his starts would be labeled as a quality start.  This does not include the runs he gave up during the All Star Game where he was the losing pitcher for the American League.

    The Injured:

    • Andy Pettitte-Pettitte’s excellent 2010 campaign is currently paused after he strained his groin.  Chad Jennings is reporting that Pettitte is about a week ahead of schedule for his return, so that’s good.
    • Sergio Mitre-Mitre was activated on July 24.  He did not have a good start for Andy Pettitte on that day, but I think he can help the bullpen, but maybe I am just being extra optimistic.

    The Trade Deadline:

    Maybe I am wrong, but it certainly seems to me that more moves have been made this year involving big time players than in previous years.  This year, the Yankees made 3 trades to upgrade the team.  The upgrades are minor, but I think they are still upgrades.

    • Lance Berkman-Heading to the Astros for Berkman was Jimmy Paredes and Mark Melancon.  The Astros also apparently sent money to the Yankees.
    • Austin Kearns-Cleveland is receiving a player to be named for Kearns.  With the Yankees, Kearns is a right handed option when the Yankees face lefties.
    • Kerry Wood-The Indians also traded Kerry Wood to the Yankees for a player to be named or cash.  To me this a low risk potential high reward type of trade.  It also meant Chan Ho Park was designated for assignment.

    Highlight/Lowlight

    Highlight-July 31, 2010. The Yankees won 19 games this month, but none of them seemed to be exceedingly exciting, so  I will go with last night’s win.  Robinson Cano is clearly the MVP of the Yankees this season.  He showed again why last night when he hit the go-ahead home run in the 9th inning.  This win was extra fun because if the Yankees lost, they would have been tied in the AL East with the Rays for first place.  Now the Yankees have their 2 game lead back and are guaranteed to leave Tampa in first place.

    Lowlight- July 2, 2010. On this day, A.J. Burnett was finally pitching well.  He shut out the Mariners and was clinging to a 1-0 lead when he left the game.  He was in line for the win when Joba came in and blew the save.  David Robertson came in and made it worse.  The Yankees lost this game 6-1.

    The June Edition

    The May Edition

    The April Edition

    A Month In Review: The June Edition

    Posted by on July 1st, 2010 · Comments (2)

    Steve’s win expectancy this month was 15-11.

    June Record: 16-10 (vs. BAL, 3-0; @ TOR, 1-2; @ BAL, 2-1; vs. HOU, 3-0; vs PHI, 1-2; vs, NYM, 2-1; @ ARI, 2-1; @ LAD, 2-1; vs. SEA, 0-2)

    Season Standings: New York (47-30), Boston (47-32), Tampa Bay (45-32), Toronto (40-39), Baltimore (24-53)

    Team Offense: .734 OPS

    The Good

    • Robinson Cano-If I am measuring Cano by his April standards, then Cano did not have a “good” month.  If I am measuring Cano, by any other standards, Cano did have a “good” month.  Since June 1, Cano’s line is .333/.398/.510.  This means that his overall season average went down to .353.

    The very short list here, explains why the Yankee offense as a whole was slumping so terribly.  The team OPS is nearly 100 points less than it was for the month of May.  It is amazing the Yankees were able to win so many games this month, with the lack of production.

    The Bad

    • Francisco Cervelli-We were enjoying Cervelli for a while there, but he has really come down to Earth.  With injuries to Jorge Posada, Cervelli has been forced to play more than he realistically should, which means the holes in his game have been exposed.  His OPS for the month of June, 21 games, is .521.
    • Alex Rodriguez-He hasn’t been atrocious, but he certainly hasn’t been Alex Rodriguez.  Really, I don’t remember him being Arod at any point this season.  His line for the month is .244/.308/.463.  It’s not all bad news for Rodriguez though.  Over his last 8 games, going back to the Arizona series, Arod has an OPS of 1.115.  Hopefully this means he is coming back.
    • Derek Jeter-Like Arod, Derek Jeter is not having a Derek Jeter-like season.  I was expecting big things from him after having a spectacular season last year, and after a very convincing April, but he hasn’t really been good since.  A .718 OPS just won’t cut it coming from him.  I also know that batting average really doesn’t mean much as compared to other stats, but if he could get it out of the .280s and back above .300, I would be happy.

    Team Pitching: 4.11 ERA

    The Good

    • CC Sabathia-I can finally look at a game’s matchup, see that CC is pitching, and expect the Yankees to win.  For much of the season, I just prayed that the offense would pick him up.  In 5 June starts, Sabathia has 5 wins and an ERA of 2.19.  He has lowered his season ERA down to 3.49.
    • Mariano Rivera-Mo has appeared in 11 games during June.  Over this time, he has collected 7 saves and 2 wins.  He did not give up a single run, and he held batters to an average of .093.  He has also struck out 16 batters in the 13 innings pitched.  Business as usual.
    • Andy Pettitte-His ERA climbed about two tenths this month, but he still posted a 3.18 ERA.  There was only one game this month where he didn’t pitch well, and that was against the Dodgers when he went 5 innings and gave up 5 runs–4 earned.  Luckily, Pettitte was let off the hook when the offense decided it wanted to win in the 9th inning.  Unfortunately, Pettitte, did get the loss against the Phillies, when he pitched 7, gave up 3, two of which were earned.  It is hard to win games when the offense only scores one run.
    • Javier Vazquez-Wanted to put Javy on this list for May, but he had a poor outing on the first of the month, and then another poor outing during his last start of the month, and both of those affected his numbers.  Well, despite yesterday’s start (which was still a quality start), Vazquez pitched well enough this month to get the nod.  He was 3-2 this month with a 3.23 ERA.  Bad luck follows, as in two of his games, the Yankees were shut out.  And actually, in 8 of his 14 starts, the Yankees only managed to score 3 or fewer runs in support.

    The Bad

    • A.J. Burnett-Was there any surprise Burnett’s name would appear on this list?  Burnett’s ERA right now, 5.25, is higher than Vazquez’s, 5.11.  Unfortunately, unlike Vazquez, Burnett’s ERA is trending in the wrong direction.  For the month of June, A.J. has an 0-5 record with an 11.35 ERA.
    • Phil Hughes-Yes, Hughes has a 4-1 record for this month, but his ERA is 5.17 over this time.  Looking at the numbers, he has pitched in 5 games, during 3 he provided at least a quality start, and during the other two he really sucked.  It’s hard to get too mad about an 11-3 record and a 3.58 ERA from a pitcher who is younger than me…and I ain’t that old.

    Odds and Ends

    • The draft took place this month.  Analysts were stunned with the Yankees choice of  Cito Culver, a high school shortstop.  I can’t pretend I know enough about any of the players to really comment.  He has been assigned to play for the Gulf Coast Yankees.
    • Most of the transactions for the month were with regards to the players drafted, signed, and assigned teams to play for.
    • Jorge Posada was activated, but he seems to only be playing catcher about half the time.  Chad Moeller was designated for assignment, and then accepted assignment to Scranton.
    • Dave Eiland was gone for much of the month for personal reasons.  He is back now, so hopefully that means all is well with him.  Hopefully that means he can right the ship with Mr. Burnett

    Highlight/Lowlight

    Highlight-June 27, 2010. It was a pretty mediocre month as far as wins and losses go.  It wasn’t until the end of the month when something really jumped out at me.  Other than having Broxton on my fantasy team, it was really nice to see the Yankees win by 2 when the entered the 9th inning down by 4.

    Lowlight-June 30, 2010. Nothing really, truly terrible about this loss, but I hate being shut out, and I hate it when the Yankees only manage 2 hits.  It isn’t fun.

    The May Edition

    The April Edition

    A Month In Review: The May Edition

    Posted by on June 1st, 2010 · Comments (2)

    Another month down, hopefully 5 months to go.

    Steve’s Win Expectancy for the Yankees this month was 17-12.

    May Record: 16-13 (vs CWS, 1-1; vs BAL, 3-0; @ BOS, 2-1; @ DET, 1-3; vs MIN, 2-1; vs BOS, 1-1; vs TB, 0-2; @ NYM, 1-2; @ MIN, 2-1; vs CLE, 3-1)

    Season Standings: Tampa Bay (34-18); New York (31-20); Toronto (31-22); Boston (29-23); Baltimore (15-36)

    Team Offense: .822 OPS

    The Good

    • Nick Swisher-Somewhere around the middle of the month, I thought I was going to have to leave this section of the Month in Review empty, but it wasn’t until the month was nearing to an end that I realized how excellent Nick Swisher has been in May.  I mean, it wasn’t Robinson Cano April good, but I think we can all take a line of .374/.441/.670
    • Robinson Cano-Really, in the first 16 games of May, Cano was having a pretty pitiful month.  His OPS was .616.  In the last 13 games of the month; however, Cano busted out a 1.201 OPS with .727 of that coming from slugging.  Overall, he posted a line of .336/.381/.509.

    The Mediocre

    I was surprised by the amount of mediocrity this month.  I felt like every time I turned on the game, the Yankees weren’t scoring or runners weren’t on base and gross.  Looking at the numbers, however, made me realize that very few players, if any, had awful months.  Which makes sense considering the team’s OPS for May is higher than the one for April.  What I suppose it came down to this month, is the lack of timing.  Try hitting with runners on, guys.  Thanks.

    • Marcus Thames played in 18 games this month and he only managed to bat .222 and slug .311.  His saving grace in May was that he did get on base at a .373 clip.
    • Derek Jeter-His batting average wasn’t so bad, but he slumped badly in the middle of this month.  Overall, his OPS was .702.  He has already started heating up again, so hopefully his June will be much better.

    Team Pitching-4.25 ERA

    The Good

    • Phil Hughes-He had a hiccup against Boston where he went 5 innings and gave up 5 earned runs, but even still, he was in line for the win in that game when he left.  He also did not have the best of outings against the Mets where he went 5.2 and gave up 4 which earned him his only loss of the season.  Generally speaking, though, Hughes had a very good month.  He posted an ERA of 3.03 and went 4-1.  Overall, for the season, he has a 7-1 record.
    • Andy Pettitte-Pettitte had one awful outing against Tampa Bay when he went 5 innings and gave up 6 earned runs.  This gave him his only loss for the season.  The rest of Pettitte’s month; however, was very good.  In no other start for May did he give up more than 2 runs, and during the one outing he gave up 2 runs, he still went 8 innings.  For the month, Pettitte was 4-1 with a 2.87 ERA.

    The Bad

    • CC Sabathia-I think a lot of the disappointing win totals, particularly in the center of the month, had a lot to do with CC Sabathia’s bad pitching.  He posted a completely unSabathia-like ERA of 5.15 over 6 starts.  His outings were also shorter which meant the Yankee bullpen had to be depended on for more innings than one may want.
    • Chan Ho Park-After having a fabulous outing against the Red Sox in the beginning of April, Park went on the DL with a hamstring injury.  He came back a truly terrible pitcher.  For the month of May, he has a 9.39 ERA.  Opponents have a 1.088 OPS against him.  That is a shocking amount of success.
    • Joba Chamberlain–Joba is not having a very good month, or really a very good season so far.  He seemed to have lost his dominance, and I think he is on the verge of losing his 8th inning spot–if he hasn’t lost it already.  Just looking at May, however, Chamberlain has an ERA close to 8.  His worst outing came on Saturday, May 29 when he gave up the lead (and 4 runs) to the hapless Indians.

    Someone Call the Medic

    • Chan Ho Park came off the DL, though it probably wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world if he went back on it.
    • Curtis Granderson went on the DL May 2 and stayed there until May 28.  I was happy to get him back if only because it meant Thames would not be in left field anymore.
    • Nick Johnson, much to the shock of, umm, no one, went on the DL May 8 and will likely stay there until the end of the season after having wrist surgery.  To be honest, even though I had him as having a “bad” April last month, I think the top of the order is missing his OBP.  Although, it just be that the offense was missing all the regulars.
    • Alfredo Aceves went on the DL May 12 with a bulging disk in his lower back.
    • Jorge Posada went on the DL May 20 with a hairline fracture in his foot.  I think this might have been the biggest blow to the lineup, not having Posada really shortens the lineup, at least with power, quite a bit.  Luckily, Francisco Cervelli has been filling in admirably.
    • Several players including Nick Swisher, Mariano Rivera, and Andy Pettitte all missed some playing time this month without needing a DL stint.  Hopefully June will be a healthier month.

    Odds and Ends

    • Kevin Russo has made his major league debut, and played very well in the light of all the DL stints.  I am especially happy about his play in the outfield considering he was an infielder in Scranton.
    • The Randy Winn era came to a close when Granderson was ready to be activated.  Brian Cashman said prior to the season that he signed Winn with the expectation that he could play decently everyday should an outfielder go on the DL.  Well, outfielders and designated hitters went on the DL, and Winn did not play decently.  The Yankees chose to stick with Kevin Russo on the 25-man than Winn.

    Highlight/Lowlight

    • Highlight-May 17, 2010. This was an ugly game, and probably shouldn’t be in the highlight section, but I really did love this game.  After winning by a score of 6-1, the Red Sox came all the way back in the 8th inning to take a 9-7 lead.  In the bottom of the ninth, Alex Rodriguez hit a home run against Papelbon to tie the game, and 3 batters later, Marcus Thames hit a home run against Papelbon for the win.  I think I just love Papelbon struggling.
    • Lowlight-May 16, 2010. I had a lot to choose from this month.  I decided to bypass the May 18 loss against Boston and the May 29 loss against the Indians, and went for this loss against the Twins.  This one seemed more gut-wrenching since Mariano Rivera was on the mound and 1. walked in a run and 2. gave up a grand slam.  Ouch.

    The April Edition

    The Curious Case Of Mark Teixeira

    Posted by on May 31st, 2010 · Comments (4)

    Mark Teixeira’s struggles this season have been documented and discussed ad nauseam in various news outlets including during the Yankee broadcasts.

    Basically, it has been decided that Teixeira generally has a slow/statistically bad April and then he heats up again in May and continues throughout the year.

    Well here we are on May 31, 2010, and Mark Teixeira still has a .221 next to AVG in this statistic box, so where is this “heating up” thing that he generally does?  At what point will the real Mark Teixeira show up and perform?

    I think he has.

    April: .136/.300/.259          .559 OPS

    May: .284/.364/.482            .846 OPS

    Career: .287/.376/.537       .914 OPS

    He is currently only missing about 50 points in slugging and 10 points in on base percentage when comparing his May numbers to his career numbers, and I think that will come.

    And really those points have started coming back as well.  Since May 23 (yeah yeah only 7 games), Teixeira is hitting .321/.406/.464 which is good for a .871 OPS.  The slugging is down, but I think the high batting average is encouraging because it shows that he is at least putting the bat on the ball.

    I’m not too worried about Mark Teixeira.

    I Heart Phil Hughes

    Posted by on May 29th, 2010 · Comments (3)

    So last night, I went to my first Yankee game of the season and saw a wonderfully pitched game by Phil Hughes against the Cleveland Indians.  I tried to take pictures, but somewhere around the second inning and Phil Hughes’ 5th strikeout, the battery in my camera decided to die.  Oh well.

    Odds and Ends

    • Hughes opened the game with 5 strikeouts.  I love watching strikeouts.  Hughes is now 7-1 on the season.
    • The game really was close until the bottom of the 7th inning, which made it a particularly fun game to attend.  A pitcher’s dual for most of the game, and then a Yankee offense outburst.  Fun.
    • I was shocked SHOCKED by the Yankee offense hanging up an 8.  I know I really shouldn’t be, but when you consider their recent malaise, and when you notice that in the 7th inning, 5 (Granderson, Teixeira, Miranda, Pena, Moeller) of the 9 players in the lineup had an average of .220 or lower, scoring 8 seems highly unlikely.
    • That catch that Trevor Crowe made in center field to rob Juan Miranda was amazing.  I mean, the fans I was sitting with, and I’m pretty sure in most of the Stadium, had no choice but to cheer for it.
    • I have said in the past that I hate bunting, but I was okay with Curtis Granderson’s bunt attempt in the 7th inning against the lefty, Sipp.  However, after 2 failed attempts, Granderson showed me why I hate bunting again, by doubling to center field.
    • Don’t trust the out-of-town scoreboard in Yankee Stadium.  We were keeping an eye on the Tampa Bay and Red Sox games, and noticed that the scores were going back and forth from 4-2 to 3-2 down in Tampa, and 10-5, 12-5, 9-5 up in Boston.  The innings kept changing.  One minute it would be final, and the next it would be back in the 7th.  The whole thing was odd.  We double checked the score on the phone at one point.  It was nice to see that both teams did lose, so the Yankees are now 3.5 out and 3 up on Boston.

    So there ya go.  See ya Tuesday for the Month in Review: May Edition.

    Francisco Shervelli

    Posted by on May 21st, 2010 · Comments (6)

    Is anyone else noticing/annoyed by Kay’s pronunciaion of Cervelli’s last name?

    He goes back and forth between saying “Cervelli” and “Shervelli.”  Sometimes saying his name twice in a 30 second span both ways.

    He also says “Ewes” instead of “Hughes” on occassion, but that’s for another day or something…

    I Hate Bunting

    Posted by on May 19th, 2010 · Comments (7)

    I would just like to point out that in 98% of baseball situations, I hate hate hate bunting.

    Here is when you can bunt…in my opinion anyway.

    1. If you are a pitcher.
    2. If you are a really, really bad position player batting ninth with good players following you.
    3. If you are really, really fast and basically bunting for a hit.

    And that’s about it.

    I know that last night in the bottom of the ninth inning down by 1, with a man on second, zero outs, and Francisco Cervelli (and not Jeter, or Teixeira, or Arod, or Cano, or Posada, or or or) at the plate, it is a “textbook” bunting situation, but as I was watching it happen, I was thinking ‘this probably won’t work.’

    It wasn’t so much that I disagreed with Cervelli bunting, so much as I had zero faith in Miranda or Winn to get a fly ball so Cano could tag up.  That basically meant that if Thames couldn’t drive in the run, then no one was driving in the run.

    Thames took the walk.  The Yankees did not score.

    If you can’t trust the players following the bunt to get the fly ball, then the bunter (one who happens to currently be batting near .400) should swing away himself.  I’m sure; however, that if you were to ask Girardi about it, he would say that he did expect Miranda and/or Winn to come through.

    Now perhaps Francisco Cervelli wouldn’t have driven in Cano, but I would rather he try for a sac fly to get Cano to third so that the possibility of a hit is greater than just giving the out away.

    This is all especially true when you factor in that Cervelli has been absolutely on fire lately, and that Papelbon has been struggling against the Yankees (at least in the immediate past).

    And don’t get me started on one Derek Jeter and his fabulous habit of bunting in the first inning…though at least he hasn’t done that since moving to leadoff.

    SI Cover Jinx

    Posted by on May 5th, 2010 · Comments (4)

    April 27: Sports Illustrated Issue comes out with Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, and Jorge Posada on the cover.

    May 3: Jorge Posada leaves game with sore calf.  He has yet to return as a starter.

    May 3: Mariano Rivera has “tightness” in his left side.  Though he has been deemed “available,” he has yet to be used.

    May 5: Andy Pettitte leaves game in the 5th inning with mild inflammation in his pitching elbow.

    Derek Jeter, you better watch your back.

    A Month In Review: The April Edition

    Posted by on May 1st, 2010 · Comments (3)

    I used to do a 10 Game Rewind in my previous blogging career that basically recapped every 10 game span the Yankees had.  At the moment, I am incredibly busy and can’t possibly do that for every 10 games the Yankees have, but I figure I can do it for each month.  So here we go…

    A Month in Review: The April Edition

    First, Mr. Lombardi expected the Yankees to go 13-9 this month.

    April Record: 15-7 (@ BOS, 2-3; @ TB, 2-3; vs LAA, 2-3; vs TEX, 3-0; @ OAK, 2-3; @ LAA, 1-2; @ BAL 2-1; vs CWS 1-0)

    Season Standings: Tampa Bay (17-6); New York (15-7); Toronto (12-12); Boston (11-12); Baltimore (5-18)

    Team Offense: .816 OPS

    The Good

    • Robinson Cano–I will honestly be shocked–SHOCKED–if Cano is not the Player of the Month for April.  His 1-4 game last night brought his average down to .400.  There are 4 separate Yankee regulars whose slugging percentages are lower than Cano’s batting average.  Also, not only is he hitting everything thrown to him, but he is hitting everything thrown to him well.  In addition to the obscenely high average, he is slugging .765 with 14 extra base hits including 8 home runs.  Cano’s OPS+ is 225.
    • Jorge Posada–Posada is having a nice start to the 2010 season.  Right now he is sitting with a line of .310/.394/.638.  His OPS+ is 180.  He is having a difficult time behind the plate, but honestly, if he keeps hitting the way he has been, I can forgive him for most of his defensive woes.
    • Derek Jeter–Jeter had an excellent April finale last night driving in the tying and winning runs.  In addition, his 3 hits last night made him the active hit leader surpassing Griffey Jr.  Overall, Jeter finished up the month with a .330 average and 4 home runs.  At the moment, it seems very likely that Jeter’s 2010 campaign will be just as good as his 2009 season.  Yes, yes very early and all that.  Whatever.

    The Bad

    • Mark Teixeira–Yankee fans were hoping that an MVP caliber 2009 season and a World Championship would mean that Teixeira would get off to a good start this year.  Well, his April woes continued.  First, he had the worst start of his career by opening the season 0-19.  For the entire month, he batted .136 and he slugged .259.  Seriously, his slugging percentage is .259.  At least he has taken 17 walks so he isn’t completely useless.
    • Curtis Granderson–After a very promising opening series in Boston, Granderson hasn’t done much of anything.  For the month of April he has a .221/.310/.377 line.  In addition, he splits are the same as last season.  He is batting .172/.200/.241 against lefty pitching.  He should perhaps sit against a few of them, instead of Brett Gardner.  I fully expect his numbers to return to his career norms.
    • Nick Johnson–Yes, Nick Johnson has a .383 on base percentage, but that is almost entirely due to his 21 walks.  His batting average is .138.  So yes, Nick Johnson is extraordinarily selective, but as MJ pointed out earlier this month, it is entirely possible that he is too selective.  I’m not advocating free swinging, but if every once in a while he could swing at meatball pitch and get a hit–possibly extra bases, possibly moving a runner an extra base–instead of taking the walk, I would be happy.

    Team Pitching–3.55 ERA

    The Good

    • The Starters sans Vazquez–Normally, I would list specific pitchers, but really, the entire rotation is rocking with one notable exception.  Sabathia, Burnett, Pettitte, and Hughes are a combined 11-1.  That one loss came in a complete game (8 innings) 3 ER effort by Sabathia.  Sabathia’s ERA is the highest of the four with 3.12.
    • Mariano Rivera–Yep, he is still Mariano Rivera.  He only pitched 9 innings, but his ERA is still hanging out at 0.00.  He has more strikeouts, 9, than base runners, 5.

    The Bad

    • Javier Vazquez–He won’t end the season with an ERA of 9.00, but it probably wasn’t a good thing for him to start that way.  Vazquez having a slow start, is not like Teixeira having a slow start.  Yankee fans know that Teixeira will hit for them.  Yankee fans do not know if Vazquez will pitch for them.  Yankee fans only remember 2004, and really they only remember the 2nd half of 2004 and one gut-wrenching grand slam.  I trust that he will get his ERA down to a respectable number, but I fear Yankee fans will do everything in their power to make that a difficult task.  If Vazquez gives up an infield single in the first inning today, he will be booed.
    • David Robertson–Robertson did not start 2010 where he left 2009.  His ERA is chilling at the lovely 10.80.  Luckily, this is only in 7 games and 5 innings of work, so it will hopefully improve.

    Odds and Ends

    • I rather like Francisco Cervelli.  I think he is an excellent back up catcher, and if he keeps hitting the way he has been, he could maybe be an excellent everyday catcher.
    • Brett Gardner has been a nice surprise this season.  People were a little afraid that he wouldn’t be able to hold his own as a regular, but, in this small sample size, he is showing them wrong.  His slugging is only .385, but his value comes from getting on base–which he does–stealing bases–which he does–and taking those extra bases–which he does.
    • Marcus Thames has been a very good bench player.  He is simply killing lefties so far this year.  But seriously, what is up with the pronunciation and spelling of his name?  They don’t mesh.
    • Chan Ho Park is still hanging out on the DL.  After a recent MRI, it appears that his hamstring injury is exactly the same as it was a couple of weeks ago.  Who knows when he will return.

    So, until next month…

    2:07

    Posted by on April 22nd, 2010 · Comments (0)

    I realize it was a loss, but this just really needs to be pointed out.

    Game over in 2 hours and 7 minutes?

    Seriously Yankees?

    Somewhere, Joe West is taking credit.

    Bumpity Bump Bump

    Posted by on March 31st, 2010 · Comments (0)

    With Opening Day just 4 days away, I would love to see how the Was Watching community thinks some Yankee players will do this season.  Last week I posted a Community Projection thread.  It is now fairly low on the site, so I figured I would bump it up again to see if more people would like to contribute.

    I am specifically wondering about Hughes, Vazquez, Granderson, and Johnson.

    For the pitchers: games, games started, innings pitched, runs, earned runs, hits, home runs, walks, strike outs, hits by pitch, wins, and losses

    For the batters: games, at bats, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, walks, strike outs, hits by pitch

    Thanks.

    :)

    Community Projections

    Posted by on March 27th, 2010 · Comments (13)

    I like to do community projections for the upcoming seasons, but I usually only get about 10 people to participate.  I figure here I might get some more.

    Basically, I will ask for specific stats on various players, and you guess how they will do during the season.  At the season’s end, we will compare the results.

    I usually like to this for newly acquired players, or more “fringy” type players, so for the 2010 season, I was considering Hughes, Granderson, Johnson and Vazquez.

    So what I need you to predict:

    Stats for pitchers: games, games started, innings pitched, runs, earned runs, hits, home runs, walks, strike outs, hits by pitch, wins, and losses

    Stats for batters: games, at bats, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, walks, strike outs, hits by pitch

    I would like to post the results for these four by Opening Day next weekend, so hopefully I can get enough projections by then.

    Note: Please clearly indicate which player you are predicting for.

    Note II: My excel prowess is very limited so please, please, please predict each of those stats instead of just saying ERA: 3.89 or whatever.

    Note III: If you want to do a community projection on another player, put it in the comments section and I will start a thread.

    Reachable Yankee Milestones

    Posted by on March 23rd, 2010 · Comments (3)

    Here are some milestones several Yankee players may reach during the 2010 season.  Obviously, some are more reachable than others.

    • Alex Rodriguez–600 home runs (17 away), 300 stolen bases (3 away)
    • Robinson Cano–1000 hits (25 away), 500 runs (94 away), 100 home runs (13 away)
    • Jorge Posada–1500 hits (12 away), 1000 RBIs (36 away)
    • Mark Teixeira–250 home runs (8 away)
    • Brett Gardner–100 hits (4 away), 50 stolen bases (11 away)
    • Curtis Granderson–500 runs (65 away)
    • Nick Swisher–500 runs (63 away), 150 home runs (17 away), 500 RBI (94 away)
    • Derek Jeter–250 home runs (26 away)

     

    • Andy Pettitte–250 wins (21 away)
    • CC Sabathia–150 wins (14 away)
    • Javier Vazquez–150 wins (8 away), 2500 strike outs (247 away)
    • Mariano Rivera–550 saves (24 away)

    I found these by simply looking at the stats page on mlb.com, which means I’m probably missing a couple–especially those All Time Yankee list milestones.

    Granderson In Yankee Stadium

    Posted by on March 5th, 2010 · Comments (4)

    I saw this on a message board and thought that it was fairly interesting to add here.

    The site katron.org uses MLB’s Gameday to show what balls in play in one park would look like in another park.

    Below, you see Granderson’s fly outs, line outs, pop outs, singles, doubles, and triples in Comerica park during 2009, overlayed in Yankee Stadium.

    I see a potential 10-13 additional home runs had Granderson been hitting in the Bronx.

    *Important Caveat* The site has added that “every location is where the ball was fielded by a player, not where it landed.” This clearly changes things, but it is still interesting.

    For fun, here is Damon’s 2009 home runs in Yankee Stadium overlayed in Comerica.

    Interestingly, all of his Yankee Stadium home runs from 2009 certainly seem as if they would have also been home runs in Comerica.

    Happy Spring Training

    Posted by on February 17th, 2010 · Comments (20)

    Some how waiting for spring training to arrive is not as agonizing when you have the defending World Series Championship to look forward to.  In addition, with the Jets making it all the way to the Championship round in the NFL, I had plenty of sports to keep me busy from early November until now.

    That said, I am super psyched that spring training is finally here.  (I readily admit that I will become annoyed with spring training in approximately 2.5 weeks and demand the season begin already, but I digress.)

    Let us all celebrate Pitchers and Catchers with random Yankee predictions for the 2010 season.  (Incidentally, how did everyone land on the whole correct-way-to-say-2010 thing?  Two thousand ten, or twenty ten?)

    Anyway, Jeteupthemiddle’s 2010 Bold and Not So Bold Predictions:

    • The Yankees will score 892 runs.
    • Left field will be a rotation of various players–like it was prior to Matsui joining the team–like right field was post-O’Neill and pre-Sheffield–It will be a success.  (And by success, I mean left and center field will combine for league average offense.)
    • Kei Igawa will make 3 starts for the Yankees and not entirely suck in any of them.  Shockingly, he will not be rewarded with a contract extension.
    • Mark Melancon will start the season with the Yankees, go back to Scranton in early May, and then return for good in July.
    • Two players not named Mariano Rivera will record at least 1 save for the Yankees.  Rivera is not hurt.
    • Pettitte–not Sabathia–will make the most starts for the Yankees this season.
    • Jeteupthemiddle will become entirely annoyed by the Hughes innings limit conversation approximately 6 days into spring training (assuming she isn’t there already).  She will probably want to gouge out her eyes with a rusty spoon sometime around August when Hughes will be approaching that innings cap.
    • Posada will not go on the DL this season.
    • Jeter will have a 20/20 season.
    • Joba will start the season in the bullpen, and Hughes will start the season in the rotation; however, both will appear for the Yankees in each capacity at least once in 2010.

    So there you go.  Here are 10 predictions I have for the season.  What are your predictions?

    Predicting How Many Runs Will Cross The Plate For The Yankees In 2010

    Posted by on February 12th, 2010 · Comments (6)

    The thing about being a teacher is that you never lose that “but I don’t want to go to schoooooool” mentality you had when you were 8 and 14 and 17.

    The wonderful thing about being a teacher is you get to wear your pajamas inside out the night before a snowstorm and hope it translates into Snow Day (yes, capital S, capital D).  This week, it translated into 2 Snow Days just before my February break.

    This means that I suddenly have some extra time on my hands to make a post.  So here we go.

    How many runs will the Yankees score in 2010?

    In order to make my prediction, I looked at who scored in 2009 and a projected 25-man roster for 2010.  A good chunk of 09 runs came from players not on the Opening Day roster.  I think the same will happen in 2010.

    So let’s have a looksie.

    Player in 2009 Runs Scored in 2009 Player in 2010 Runs Scored in 2010
    Damon 107 Granderson 100
    Jeter 107 Jeter 107
    Cano 103 Cano 95
    Teixeira 103 Teixeira 103
    Swisher 84 Swisher 85
    Rodriguez 78 Rodriguez 120
    Cabrera 66 Gardner 60
    Matsui 62 Johnson 70
    Posada 55 Posada 55
    Gardner 48 Winn 25
    Pena 17 .  .
    Hairston 15  .
    Molina 15 Cervelli 29
    Cervelli 13  .  .
    Hinske 13 Bench minus Catcher 43
    Ransom 11  .
    Berroa 6  .  .
    Nady 4  .  .
    Guzman 2  .  .
    Miranda 2  .  .
    Cash 1  .  .
    Duncan 1  .  .
    Pettitte 1  .  .
    Sabathia 1  .
    TOTAL 915 TOTAL 892

    NOTES:

    1. Rodriguez and 120 runs–I am assuming a bounce back from 2009 considering he missed 6 weeks of the season.  Once he became a regular player in 1996, his median runs scored was 123.5, so I went with 120.  Still, that may be too optimistic if he still has to have regular rest for his hip, but hey, it’s my prediction.
    2. Cano and 95 runs–My guess on his run production is based on him maintaining a .352 OBP.  I really don’t know if 2008 or 2009 Cano will show up though.
    3. Johnson and 70 runs–I am assuming he will be batting 2nd with Teixeira and Arod behind him as opposed to 5th or 6th where Matsui often hit last year.  I am also assuming Johnson will play at least 135 games.
    4. Winn and 25 runs–I’m expecting Winn to play in about 50 games.
    5. Cervelli and 28 runs–I think Cervelli will play as much as Molina, Cervelli, and Cash played in 2009, so I gave him all of the back up catcher runs from 2009.
    6. Bench minus catcher and 43 runs–Really, it is minus catcher and Winn.  I put Winn by himself because I feel that he matches up with Gardner’s role in 2009 well.  Last season, the bench minus catcher and Gardner scored 73 runs.  I cut out 30 runs because I think a huge chunk of them will go towards Arod’s 120.  For example, Pena, Ransom, and Berroa scored 34 runs last season–most of which in April and May when Rodriguez was on the disabled list.

    So here ya go.  My prediction for runs scored in 2010.  I didn’t do too much math.  For the new guys, I just considered career numbers and where they would likely fit in the Yankee lineup.

    I don’t know if the Yankees will score 892 runs, but I don’t think it is an out-of-reach number.

    My Friends Call Me Jete^

    Posted by on February 6th, 2010 · Comments (3)

    Hello, WasWatching followers.  I thought I would just pop in to say hello before I got into the real Yankee posting.  You may have previously found me posting under the name Jeteupthemiddle at various Yankee message boards and blogs since 2003.

    I also used to run the blog, Almost Perfect, though I have recently deleted the content there.

    Some things to know about me:

    • I have been a Yankee fan my entire life.  Learned about it from my father.  Took it to another level entirely from him.
    • I adore Mike Mussina.  Is there another recent Yankee who is more underrated than Mike Mussina?
    • I am incredibly sarcastic.
    • I love/am intrigued by the numbers aspect of baseball, but I don’t really have the math brain to wrap my head around all those stats.  I do what I can.
    • Those who know me from various sites have taken to calling me Jete^ or J^^, though I’ll respond to anything. :-)

    I’m sure everyone will learn about a bazillion more things about me as this blogging thing continues.  I hope to get to know some of you guys too.

    In the meantime, I hope everyone enjoys the Super Bowl tomorrow night.  Its end is the signal for pitchers and catchers to begin and I know we all can’t wait for that.  T-minus 6 days.