• Yankees & The Rain Game

    Posted by on June 28th, 2016 · Comments (1)

    This was a cluster bleep, and, that’s being polite.

    I Agree With Joel

    Posted by on June 26th, 2016 · Comments (8)

    It would send a message to the team and the fans, and, a much needed one.

    How Excited Are You About Yankees Baseball In 2016?

    Posted by on June 22nd, 2016 · Comments (16)

    Right now, I am hooked on the College World Series. I stayed up to midnight to watch the whole Coastal Carolina – TCU game last night. And, I am really looking forward to watching the Little League World Series this summer. I’ve been hooked on that for a few years now.

    The Yankees? I really don’t go out of my way to watch them now. And, often, when I turn on one of their games, it doesn’t take long for me to click on to something else.

    Going to a Yankees game? At this point, I would only go if I had free tickets and they would have to be good seats.

    Oh, by the way, it’s June 22nd. That didn’t take long.

    The 1st 68 Games Each Season With Cashman As GM

    Posted by on June 20th, 2016 · Comments (1)

    With 34 losses in their first 68 games this season, this year is the worst start of a Cashman Yankees team ever.

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    Put that in your spreadsheet, Hal.

    Feels Like 1982

    Posted by on June 16th, 2016 · Comments (3)

    This Ike Davis thing reminds me of 1982, when the Yankees gave everyone and their brother a shot at 1B while wearing the pinstripes. (See below.) The team was not that good in ’82, either.

    Rk Player WAR/pos Year Age Tm G PA R H 2B HR RBI BB SO SB BA OBP SLG Pos
    1 Lee Mazzilli 0.3 1982 27 NYY 37 144 20 34 2 6 17 15 15 2 .266 .347 .422 *3/DH7
    2 Don Mattingly -0.1 1982 21 NYY 7 13 0 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 .167 .154 .167 /*7H39
    3 Bob Watson -0.1 1982 36 NYY 7 20 3 4 3 0 3 3 0 0 .235 .350 .412 /*3HD
    4 John Mayberry -0.4 1982 33 NYY 69 249 20 45 7 8 27 28 38 0 .209 .313 .353 *3/DH
    5 Dave Revering -0.6 1982 29 NYY 14 44 2 6 2 0 2 3 4 0 .150 .205 .200 *3/HD
    6 Dave Collins -0.7 1982 29 NYY 111 393 41 88 12 3 25 28 49 13 .253 .315 .330 3987H/D
    7 Butch Hobson -0.8 1982 30 NYY 30 60 2 10 2 0 3 1 14 0 .172 .183 .207 *H*D3
    8 Steve Balboni -1.2 1982 25 NYY 33 114 8 20 2 2 4 6 34 0 .187 .228 .280 *3/HD
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    Generated 6/16/2016.

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    How Do You Score 7 Runs In The 8th Inning & Lose?

    Posted by on June 15th, 2016 · Comments (1)

    Ladies and Gentlemen, I present your 2016 last place Yankees.

    A Tale Of Two 26 Year Olds

    Posted by on June 14th, 2016 · Comments (3)

    Two Yankees players 2016 season total stats, as of this morning:

    G PA R H 2B RBI SB BB SO BA OBP OPS+
    61 248 19 60 10 25 2 10 42 .253 .286 88
    59 216 18 54 10 21 2 9 24 .266 .299 82
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    Generated 6/14/2016.

    The one on the bottom is Didi Gregorius. The one on the top is Starlin Castro. With the bat, as they are in age, they are the same.  And, neither one of them can hit for bleep.

    Suggestion: Trade Sabathia To The Giants

    Posted by on June 14th, 2016 · Comments (4)

    If they are willing to take on half or more of his remaining contract, do it and take any warm blooded body in return.

    If they are only willing to take on, say, 25% of his remaining contract, do it and ask for a decent prospect in return.

    But, do it now while he’s hot and his value is high. He will waive his no-trade to go back to the Bay Area and play for a winner. The stars are aligned. This is what a thinking GM does…

    Read the market. Sell high. It’s not rocket science.

    Blake Rutherford

    Posted by on June 11th, 2016 · Comments (9)

    For sure, I see Paul O’Neill in terms of the body and actions. Now, the Yankees just need to sign him. And, we have to see what his attitude is like…before we start calling him Warrior Jr.

    The 30-30 Yankees

    Posted by on June 10th, 2016 · Comments (3)

    17-12 at home and 13-18 on the road.

    Longest winning streak this year is 6 games. Longest losing streak is also 6 games.

    How many times will they win in the next 102 games? It will be between 50 and 60. The question is – low 50′s or high? You tell me.

    Aaron Judge In Triple-A

    Posted by on June 8th, 2016 · Comments (3)

    Not exactly tearing it up so far.

    Year Age Tm Lev G PA 2B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
    2015 23 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre AAA 61 260 10 8 28 29 74 .224 .308 .373
    2016 24 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre AAA 55 244 12 7 29 20 61 .243 .311 .394
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    Generated 6/8/2016.

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    Cashman’s Draft Report Card

    Posted by on June 8th, 2016 · Comments (11)

    Just another reminder not to get your hopes up tomorrow.

    Year Rnd OvPck Name Pos WAR
    2015 1 16 James Kaprielian (minors) RHP
    2015 1 30 Kyle Holder (minors) SS
    2013 1 26 Eric Jagielo (minors) 3B
    2013 1 32 *Aaron Judge (minors) CF
    2013 1 33 *Ian Clarkin (minors) LHP
    2012 1 30 Ty Hensley (minors) RHP
    2011 1s 51 *Dante Bichette (minors) 3B
    2010 1 32 Cito Culver (minors) RHP
    2009 1s 29 *Slade Heathcott (minors) CF 0.4
    2008 1 28 Gerrit Cole (minors) RHP 9.2
    2008 1s 44 *Jeremy Bleich (minors) LHP
    2007 1 30 Andrew Brackman (minors) RHP 0.1
    2006 1 21 *Ian Kennedy (minors) RHP 11.7
    2006 1s 41 *Joba Chamberlain (minors) RHP 7.9
    2005 1 17 *C.J. Henry (minors) SS
    2004 1 23 *Phil Hughes (minors) RHP 12.2
    2004 1s 37 *Jon Poterson (minors) C
    2004 1s 41 *Jeff Marquez (minors) RHP 0.0
    2003 1 27 Eric Duncan (minors) 3B
    2001 1 23 *John-Ford Griffin (minors) OF 0.2
    2001 1s 34 *Bronson Sardinha (minors) SS 0.0
    2001 1s 42 *Jon Skaggs (minors) RHP
    2000 1 28 Dave Parrish (minors) C
    1999 1 27 Dave Walling (minors) RHP
    1998 1 24 Andy Brown (minors) OF
    1998 1s 43 *Mark Prior (minors) RHP 16.5
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    Generated 6/8/2016.

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    Year Rnd OvPck Name Pos WAR
    2015 2 57 Jeff Degano (minors) LHP
    2014 2 55 Jacob Lindgren (minors) LHP -0.0
    2013 2 66 Gosuke Katoh (minors) 2B
    2012 2 89 *Austin Aune (minors) CF
    2012 2 94 Peter O’Brien (minors) C 0.1
    2011 2 88 Sam Stafford (minors) LHP
    2010 2 82 Angelo Gumbs (minors) SS
    2009 2s 76 *John Ryan Murphy (minors) C 0.3
    2008 2 75 Scott Bittle (minors) RHP
    2007 2 94 Austin Romine (minors) C -0.9
    2005 2 63 *J.B. Cox (minors) RHP
    2004 2 42 *Brett Smith (minors) RHP
    2003 2 64 Estee Harris (minors) OF
    2002 2 71 *Brandon Weeden (minors) RHP
    2001 2 62 *Jason Arnold (minors) RHP
    2001 2 63 Shelley Duncan (minors) OF 0.9
    2000 2 68 Danny Borrell (minors) LHP
    1999 2 78 Tommy Winrow (minors) OF
    1998 2 67 Randy Keisler (minors) LHP -1.5
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 6/8/2016.

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    Year Rnd OvPck Name Pos WAR
    2015 3 92 Drew Finley (minors) RHP
    2014 3 91 Austin DeCarr (minors) RHP
    2013 3 103 Michael O’Neill (minors) CF
    2012 3 124 Nathan Mikolas (minors) OF
    2011 3 118 Jordan Cote (minors) RHP
    2010 3 112 Rob Segedin (minors) 3B
    2008 3 106 David Adams (minors) 2B -0.2
    2007 3 124 Ryan Pope (minors) RHP
    2006 3 104 Zach McAllister (minors) RHP 1.3
    2005 3 109 Brett Gardner (minors) OF 28.2
    2004 3 99 Christian Garcia (minors) RHP 0.3
    2003 3 94 Tim Battle (minors) OF
    2001 3 95 Chase Wright (minors) LHP -0.1
    2000 3 98 Jason Grove (minors) OF
    1999 3 111 Alex Graman (minors) LHP -0.5
    1998 3 97 Drew Henson (minors) 3B -0.0
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    Generated 6/8/2016.

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    Thurman Munson Would Have Been 69 Today

    Posted by on June 7th, 2016 · Comments (3)

    Damn, I am old.

    More Proof Big Stein Is Long Dead

    Posted by on June 6th, 2016 · Comments (7)

    Via the Post -

    Long the team America loved — and loved to hate — the Bronx Bombers over the last couple of years have not just stumbled on the field but are also losing fans across the country, according to several baseball metrics.

    The Yanks are no longer a top attendance draw on the road and have seen their YES Network ratings tumble. They haven’t had a single player’s jersey crack the Top 20 in sales since Derek Jeter retired in 2014.

    Even worse, the crosstown rival Mets — fresh off winning the 2015 National League pennant and with a roster studded with young pitching stars and the slugger Yoenis Cespedes — have passed the Yanks as an attraction on the road, in jersey sales and in local TV ratings.

    “When the Mets started winning last July, we saw an explosion in fan avidity,” said Woody Thompson, who specializes in baseball sponsorships at sports market firm Octagon. “There were so many latent followers who wanted to let their freak flags fly — and then the Mets gave them a reason to do so.”

    On the YES network, Yankees viewership is down 10 percent this year, to an average of 233,403 per game, compared to last season.

    On May 2, Yanks GM Brian Cashman even admitted, “I’m getting tired of watching this.”

    From their peak, YES ratings of Yanks’ games have dropped 50 percent.

    From 2002, when YES was launched, through 2011, the Yanks consistently drew an average of more than 400,000 viewers a game.

    Mets’ viewership on SNY, meanwhile, is up 16 percent over last year, to 280,588 — leapfrogging over the Yanks.

    Thompson predicted the Mets’s SNY ratings will benefit from the halo effect of last season’s World Series appearance for several years.

    Maybe now that this is starting to show up where Hal lives – in his spreadsheets – it will bring cause for some much needed change in how the Yankees are operating? One can only hope…

    This Is The 8th WORST Start In Yankees HISTORY

    Posted by on June 4th, 2016 · Comments (3)

    One third of the season down. Two thirds to go. Most losses for the Yankees, since 1913, in their 1st 54 games of the season.

    Rk Year #Matching L
    1 1913 39 39 Ind. Games
    2 1990 35 35 Ind. Games
    3 1914 33 33 Ind. Games
    4 1984 31 31 Ind. Games
    5 2007 30 30 Ind. Games
    6 1971 30 30 Ind. Games
    7 1925 30 30 Ind. Games
    8 2016 29 29 Ind. Games
    9 1995 29 29 Ind. Games
    10 1991 29 29 Ind. Games
    11 1989 29 29 Ind. Games
    12 1974 29 29 Ind. Games
    13 1972 29 29 Ind. Games
    14 1968 29 29 Ind. Games
    15 1967 29 29 Ind. Games
    16 1966 29 29 Ind. Games
    17 1965 29 29 Ind. Games
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    Generated 6/4/2016.

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    Here’s the bad news: It’s not going to get better any time soon.

    Beltran & Chapman

    Posted by on June 2nd, 2016 · Comments (10)

    If the Yankees don’t trade Beltran and Chapman before the trading deadline this year, then they are not trying.

    At this point, I would say trade Gardner and Miller as well – and they are two of my favorite current Yankees!

    The Yankees farm system is a JOKE!

    Mateo is too far away.  Judge has holes in his swing that big leaguers will carve up.  Sanchez is the next Jesus Montero.  Kaprielian is a Tommy John in waiting.  Refsnyder has no position.  Fowler, Cave and Gamel are Ricky Ledee’s.  Shoot, some say that Mason Williams is still one of the Yankees 20 best prospects.  Mason…Williams…

    Com’on people!

    The Yankees need to trade and get some guys like Austin Meadows, Victor Robles, Billy McKinney, Lewis Brinson or Cody Bellinger. And, not just one. They need to get one of these marque prospects along with some pitching prospects included in the deal. You can’t tell me that Chapman and Miller would not be the most wanted commodities for a contending team at the trading deadline this year. Any and every contending team would want either one of them.

    I’m Sorry…But, THIS Is A Joke…

    Posted by on May 31st, 2016 · Comments (10)

    And, it’s a bad one. Embarrassing. Look at the OPS+ and ERA+ numbers. This is why the Yankees suck.  They have 6 batters who can’t even hit close to league average and two starting pitchers who have been total busts this year.

    Rk Player OPS+ PA Year Age G BA OBP SLG
    1 Dustin Ackley 12 70 2016 28 28 .148 .243 .148
    2 Aaron Hicks 56 116 2016 26 43 .198 .270 .297
    3 Mark Teixeira 60 175 2016 36 44 .195 .291 .286
    4 Chase Headley 72 160 2016 32 44 .229 .313 .307
    5 Alex Rodriguez 74 96 2016 40 24 .170 .240 .409
    6 Didi Gregorius 82 167 2016 26 46 .261 .291 .376
    7 Brett Gardner 91 189 2016 32 46 .217 .346 .344
    8 Starlin Castro 93 199 2016 26 49 .250 .291 .420
    9 Brian McCann 101 163 2016 32 42 .231 .325 .413
    10 Jacoby Ellsbury 109 178 2016 32 43 .280 .343 .420
    11 Carlos Beltran 121 190 2016 39 49 .264 .295 .534
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    Generated 5/31/2016.

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    Rk Player ERA+ IP Year Age G GS W L ERA FIP HR
    1 Luis Severino 56 35.0 2016 22 7 7 0 6 7.46 5.48 8
    2 Michael Pineda 60 53.1 2016 27 10 10 2 6 6.92 4.65 11
    3 Ivan Nova 104 43.0 2016 29 11 5 3 3 3.98 4.30 6
    4 Nathan Eovaldi 112 60.2 2016 26 10 10 6 2 3.71 3.52 7
    5 Masahiro Tanaka 143 65.1 2016 27 10 10 3 0 2.89 3.25 6
    6 CC Sabathia 147 41.1 2016 35 7 7 3 3 2.83 2.99 1
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    Generated 5/31/2016.

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    Slade Heathcott

    Posted by on May 27th, 2016 · Comments (1)

    Just for the record, the Yankees passed on Nolan Arenado, Jason Kipnis, DJ LeMahieu, Billy Hamilton, Steven Matz, Garrett Richards and Kyle Seager in 2009 to draft this guy.

    Release Teixeira?

    Posted by on May 25th, 2016 · Comments (19)

    Not now…not yet.

    But, if his numbers at the end of June are the same as they are now, I would consider it. The money is already wasted.

    I suppose you lose the pick…if there will still be picks. But, are the Yankees really going to risk making him a qualifying offer?

    Of course, the issue is that the Yankees have NO ONE ready to step in and take over first. Not on the big club or the minors.

    That’s going to be an issue after this season. It assumes that Bird is the word. And, no one knows how he will come back or be able to perform over a full season.

    Knocking On The Door Of Five Hundred

    Posted by on May 22nd, 2016 · Comments (7)

    Thank you, Oakland.

    Pin The Tail On The Pineda

    Posted by on May 18th, 2016 · Comments (6)

    Over his last 158 regular season innings, Michael Pineda has an ERA of 5.47 (in 28 games).

    The guy is not good.

    Goodness, if you are not going to send him down, at the least, make him wear his cap correctly.

    Starlin Castro, Cooling Off

    Posted by on May 17th, 2016 · Comments (1)
    Split G PA AB R H 2B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG TB
    April/March 22 87 82 4 25 4 3 12 5 11 .305 .345 .488 40
    May 14 58 55 7 13 4 1 3 2 10 .236 .276 .364 20
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    Generated 5/17/2016.

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    Same thing happened last year:

    Split G GS PA AB R H 2B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
    April/March 20 20 86 83 9 27 1 2 12 3 13 .325 .349 .410
    May 28 28 121 113 8 25 3 1 12 6 24 .221 .264 .274
    June 26 25 109 102 8 25 2 2 11 4 13 .245 .284 .343
    July 25 24 98 94 7 16 3 0 9 3 21 .170 .194 .202
    August 25 16 73 71 6 21 7 1 4 2 7 .296 .315 .437
    Sept/Oct 27 20 91 84 14 31 7 5 21 3 13 .369 .400 .655
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 5/17/2016.

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    Green-Goody-Mullee-Coke

    Posted by on May 17th, 2016 · Comments (2)

    No, it’s not “What four people have never been in my kitchen?”

    It’s the Yankees pitchers used in a game on May 16th 2016.

    Seriously. Those four names. Half way into the second month of the season. Ouch.

    The Last 10 Games

    Posted by on May 16th, 2016 · Comments (3)

    7-3, can’t ask for more than that, right? And, it’s against good teams (this year): Red Sox, Royals and White Sox.

    What’s the secret? Well, the bullpen has been a huge help. And, in their last 10 games, the Yankees have allowed ZERO unearned runs. So, the defense has a big hand here as well. Lastly, believe it or not, Chase Headley has been a huge part of it. In this run, his OPS is close to 1.000, and, that’s amazing. Ditto Aaron Hicks. Throw in a bunch of walks for Gardner, a lot of RBI for McCann and Didi, and some homers from Beltran.

    Can they keep it up? Time will tell.

    The State Of The 2016 Yankees Starting Pitching Staff

    Posted by on May 14th, 2016 · Comments (9)

    Dung Heap

    On The Mark?

    Posted by on May 10th, 2016 · Comments (28)

    Mark Teixeira has 3 homeruns in his first 30 games for the Yankees this season.

    My 12-year old son has 3 homeruns in his first 8 games of his Little League season this year.

    Tex has 123 PA in his first 30 games. My son has 30 PA in his first 8 games.

    I’m just saying…

    Which Will Come First?

    Posted by on May 6th, 2016 · Comments (9)

    The Yankees 10th win this season or their 20th loss of the year?  Which will come first?

    One win needed.  Three losses to go.

    They almost have to win ten before they lose twenty, right?

    A-Rod’s New Number: .242

    Posted by on May 5th, 2016 · Comments (9)

    Yes, in his last 790 big league At Bats, Alex Rodriguez has a batting average of .242.

    That’s his new benchmark. Nearly 800 ABs is a fair sample size.

    That’s the best you can expect from A-Rod these days. He’s a two-forty hitter.

    Why the Yankees don’t bat him lower in the line-up is because they have so many other guys who stink. But, in reality, on a good team, he should be batting 7th in the line-up (and not batting 3rd or 5th, where they usually have him hit).

    Of course, it’s all moot now since he’s disabled.

    Cash Babbles, Takes No Responsibility For Yanks Start

    Posted by on May 3rd, 2016 · Comments (10)

    Via the Post:

    “We urgently need to stop the bleeding now,” [Yankees GM Brian] Cashman said Monday in a telephone interview. “We’ve been saying that. We’re working towards that.”

    “We’ll continue to do the work necessary to put ourselves in position to succeed, and eventually that worm will turn. In the event things don’t turn, I’m going to have to make it turn and be forced to do things that weren’t part of the game plan, whatever that would be,” Cashman said. “The best answer would come from this mix of players.”

    This mix of players has largely been terrible, as Cashman acknowledged.

    “It was a horrific month of April,” he said. “In almost every category, we underperformed individually and collectively. Most of the players have not reached their expectations. That’s why our record is one of the worst in the game.”

    The players are failing. Yet, Cashman takes no ownership on being the one who chose these players. The game plan has failed. Yet, Cashman doesn’t take ownership for being the craftsman of that game plan. All Cashman does is point fingers and make excuses. The Teflon GM strikes again.

    The Yankees Have Lost 13 Of 17

    Posted by on May 2nd, 2016 · Comments (4)

    They currently rank next to last in wins for the American League – and they are only 1 win above being last.

    They have 15 losses in their first 23 games this season. Since 1913, only three Yankees teams have gotten off to worst starts than this year’s squad: 1913, 1991 and 1966.

    In 1913, they lost 94 games. In 1991, they lost 91 games. In 1966, they lost 89 games.

    It’s math folks. The Yankees would have to WIN SEVEN GAMES IN A ROW NOW – just to get to .500!

    Even if they played great baseball from this point out, it’s going to be a struggle to win 85 games this season.

    What a mess. Remind me again, who constructed this team? Who is responsible for ensuring that things cycle correctly to avoid situations were you have a turd like this year?

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