• 73-75

    Posted by on July 11th, 2016 · Comments (13)

    Yup, since August 1st of last year, the New York Yankees are 73-75.

    In fact, since June of 2013, they are 269-251 (which is just .517 baseball).

    So, yeah, they are 44-44 at the All-Star break of 2016. But, based on what we have seen in the past, combined with this year, why would a reasonable person expect them to win more than 37 more games this year?

    Sell, Yankees. Sell.

    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
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    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.

    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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    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
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    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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    It’s Time To Pull The Plug On Pineda

    Posted by on April 25th, 2016 · Comments (16)

    Over his last 20 starts of 2015, Michael Pineda’s ERA was 5.04 (in 114.3 IP). This season, in his first 4 starts, his ERA is 6.95 (in 22 IP).

    How much more do we need to see before people figure out that he’s not good?

    Face It, A-Rod Is D-O-N-E!

    Posted by on April 17th, 2016 · Comments (9)

    In August 2015, A-Rod batted .153 in 99 PA. In September last year, he batted .224 in 114 PA.

    This season, in the Yankees first 10 games, he’s batting .100 (in 35 PA and 8 games played).

    They only thing that can save A-Rod now whomever’s next after Anthony Galea and Anthony Bosch.

    How Bad Will This Year’s Limp Home Be?

    Posted by on April 15th, 2016 · Comments (10)

    In their last 99 games of 2013, the Yankees went 48-51.

    In their last 108 games of 2014, the Yankees went 55-53.

    In their last 63 games of 2015, the Yankees went 30-33.

    It’s a fact that the Yankees have not finished strong in the last 3 years. And, we’re not talking about a week or a month here. It’s more like the last 2-3 months of the season.

    Why will this year be any different? You tell me.

    Didi Gregorius

    Posted by on January 18th, 2016 · Comments (4)

    In 21 games last year from July 23rd through August 14th, he batted .389 (going 28 for 72).

    On the rest of the season, he batted .245.

    That one freaky hot streak was good for 20 points on his batting average.

    What’s he going to hit in 2016? Will it be over or under .250?

    26-25

    Posted by on September 23rd, 2015 · Comments (17)

    Yup, in their last 51 games, from July 29th through and including September 22nd, the Yankees are 26-25. That’s not exactly streaking towards the post-season, is it? I mean…51 games is like one-third of the season. So, don’t waive any sample size flags here. How can anyone get excited about this level of play?

    Most Valuable Starting Pitchers In Baseball, 1995-2013

    Posted by on August 21st, 2015 · Comments (0)
    Rk Player WAR From To Age G GS W L W-L% SV IP SO ERA ERA+
    1 Randy Johnson 84.4 1995 2009 31-45 430 417 222 104 .681 1 2890.0 3545 3.12 147
    2 Pedro Martinez 80.2 1995 2009 23-37 385 383 198 89 .690 0 2567.2 2885 2.91 156
    3 Curt Schilling 70.8 1995 2007 28-40 380 358 180 109 .623 9 2572.0 2612 3.43 133
    4 Roger Clemens 67.7 1995 2007 32-44 383 382 182 91 .667 0 2523.1 2471 3.31 138
    5 Roy Halladay 65.6 1998 2013 21-36 416 390 203 105 .659 1 2749.1 2117 3.38 131
    6 Mike Mussina 65.4 1995 2008 26-39 444 443 218 132 .623 0 2890.0 2415 3.80 120
    7 Greg Maddux 63.9 1995 2008 29-42 471 471 224 136 .622 0 3097.1 2081 3.24 133
    8 Andy Pettitte 60.9 1995 2013 23-41 531 521 256 153 .626 0 3316.0 2448 3.85 117
    9 Tim Hudson 55.3 1999 2013 23-37 427 426 205 111 .649 0 2813.2 1896 3.44 124
    10 Mark Buehrle 54.6 2000 2013 21-34 454 429 186 142 .567 0 2882.2 1660 3.84 117
    11 CC Sabathia 54.4 2001 2013 20-32 415 415 205 115 .641 0 2775.1 2389 3.60 121
    12 Tom Glavine 52.7 1995 2008 29-42 449 449 197 128 .606 0 2891.0 1703 3.51 122
    13 Johan Santana 50.7 2000 2012 21-33 360 284 139 78 .641 1 2025.2 1988 3.20 136
    14 Kevin Brown 50.7 1995 2005 30-40 299 290 133 80 .624 0 1977.2 1655 2.93 143
    15 Roy Oswalt 49.9 2001 2013 23-35 365 341 163 102 .615 0 2245.1 1852 3.36 127
    16 John Smoltz 47.1 1995 2009 28-42 521 279 135 80 .628 154 2115.0 2025 3.16 136
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    Generated 8/21/2015.

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    Most Valuable Catchers In Baseball, 1997-2011

    Posted by on August 21st, 2015 · Comments (2)
    Rk Player WAR/pos From To Age G PA R H 2B HR RBI BB BA OBP SLG
    1 Ivan Rodriguez 50.2 1997 2011 25-39 1813 7402 1007 2083 414 243 992 370 .301 .337 .477
    2 Jorge Posada 43.0 1997 2011 25-39 1820 7135 899 1663 379 275 1065 935 .274 .375 .475
    3 Jason Kendall 39.9 1997 2010 23-36 1955 8231 976 2071 371 72 702 686 .287 .365 .377
    4 Mike Piazza 37.0 1997 2007 28-38 1375 5522 729 1474 266 299 926 556 .300 .372 .540
    5 Joe Mauer 34.6 2004 2011 21-28 918 3911 545 1096 216 84 502 465 .323 .403 .471
    6 Victor Martinez 27.3 2002 2011 23-32 1149 4819 585 1298 275 143 741 457 .303 .370 .469
    7 Javy Lopez 26.0 1997 2006 26-35 1168 4579 550 1204 225 209 705 298 .287 .340 .497
    8 Jason Varitek 24.3 1997 2011 25-39 1546 5839 664 1307 306 193 757 614 .256 .341 .435
    9 Ramon Hernandez 23.0 1999 2011 23-35 1457 5450 560 1295 250 161 723 418 .266 .330 .419
    10 Brian McCann 20.3 2005 2011 21-27 882 3465 377 878 200 136 537 331 .286 .358 .486
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    Generated 8/21/2015.

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    Been There, Didi This Before?

    Posted by on August 14th, 2015 · Comments (3)

    Since June 19th, Didi Gregorius has a BA/OBA/SLG line of .299/.343/.402 (in 180 PA). And, that’s impressive.

    But, to be candid, when I see this, I think back to 2011 when everyone wanted to throw that “Kevin Long has fixed Curtis Granderson!” parade…and then the Grandyman went back to being “K”urtis Granderson.

    Then again, Gregorius did hit a bit, at times, in the minors. Maybe he is just coming into his own now?

    In any event, with the glove, while he’s not Andrelton Simmons or Brandon Crawford, having Gregorius in the field has been a positive, overall, for the Yankees (this year). And, he just might be the best fielding SS in the American League for 2015.

    For Some Reason Yankees Can Only Hit At Home

    Posted by on June 29th, 2015 · Comments (15)

    The splits tell the story. Stats are current through June 28th.

    Split PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS BAbip
    Home 1395 202 349 69 5 62 194 119 254 .282 .350 .496 .846 .306
    Away 1559 161 329 64 5 40 154 127 296 .235 .302 .374 .676 .269
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 6/29/2015.

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    Holy ’51 Giants, Batman.

    A-Rod’s 2015 Home/Road Splits

    Posted by on June 15th, 2015 · Comments (3)
    Split G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    Home 25 109 16 27 6 1 4 17 14 26 .303 .413 .528 .941
    Away 34 139 20 29 5 0 8 15 17 29 .242 .338 .483 .821
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    Generated 6/15/2015.

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    Home cooking?

    The Yankees Under 240 Club

    Posted by on May 18th, 2015 · Comments (14)
    Pos Name Age G PA HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS+
    C Brian McCann* 31 32 131 4 21 5 22 .237 .290 .398 92
    2B Stephen Drew* 32 35 130 4 10 14 27 .177 .264 .345 70
    SS Didi Gregorius* 25 34 120 0 7 8 23 .204 .269 .241 46
    3B Chase Headley# 31 38 151 5 17 9 33 .236 .285 .386 87
    RF Carlos Beltran# 38 33 133 2 16 7 27 .234 .271 .387 83
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    Generated 5/18/2015.

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    Not exactly Murderer’s Row.

    Trending Back To Their Level?

    Posted by on May 18th, 2015 · Comments (0)

    The 2015 Yankees went 13-8 to start their season. Since then, in their last 18 games, they are 9-9.

    Pineda’s Hot Start

    Posted by on May 11th, 2015 · Comments (7)

    Michael Pineda’s first 7 starts of 2011: 44.3 IP, 2.84 ERA, .221 OppBA Allowed

    Michael Pineda’s first 7 starts of 2015: 46.3 IP, 2.72 ERA, .250 OppBA Allowed

    This is not the first time Pineda has gotten off to a hot start. Now, whether that’s good or bad news, it depends on your point of view.

    Is The Real A-Rod Rising To The Top This Year?

    Posted by on May 7th, 2015 · Comments (6)

    A-Rod’s BA/OBA/SLG line in his last 70 PA: .169/.300/.339

    It’s enough to drive a man to…well, you know.

    Sabathia’s ERA Is 4.94 Over His Last 295 IP

    Posted by on May 7th, 2015 · Comments (3)

    You are what your record says you are…

    Carlos Beltran

    Posted by on April 27th, 2015 · Comments (11)

    Please, stick a fork in him.

    Rk Pos Name Age G PA AB R H HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
    8 RF Carlos Beltran# 38 15 62 56 4 9 0 7 5 18 .161 .226 .268
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    Generated 4/27/2015.

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    The Yankees 100 Club

    Posted by on April 12th, 2015 · Comments (7)

    Yeah, I know…it’s early.

    Pos Name Age G PA AB R H HR RBI BB SO BA
    1B Mark Teixeira# 35 4 20 16 2 3 2 2 4 3 .188
    2B Stephen Drew* 32 4 17 17 0 2 0 0 0 3 .118
    SS Didi Gregorius* 25 5 18 15 0 2 0 2 1 3 .133
    3B Chase Headley# 31 5 24 22 1 3 1 2 2 4 .136
    RF Carlos Beltran# 38 5 22 20 0 2 0 2 1 6 .100
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 4/12/2015.

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    Your Off The Mark, Teixeira

    Posted by on March 2nd, 2015 · Comments (12)

    From July 29, 2012 through the end of the 2014 season, Mark Teixeira has played in 165 games for the Yankees.

    During that time, his BA/OBA/SLG line was .209/.306/.388 in 593 At Bats.

    He will be paid $46 million by the Yankees over the next two years.

    Yangervis Solarte Last 50 PA

    Posted by on May 28th, 2014 · Comments (1)

    Solarte’s BA/OBA/SLG line in last 12 games is .152/.204/.217 (in 50 PA). Is the bloom now off the his rose?

    In Last 24 Games, Yankees Team OPS Is .694

    Posted by on May 23rd, 2014 · Comments (5)

    Check out the numbers. The Yankees have gone 11-13 in their last 24 games. (Which, for some reason, a few Yankees fans find to be exciting?) This covers the games from April 25th through May 22nd.

    Over those 24 games, the Yankees team BA/OBA/SLG line is .248/.311/.382 (in 918 PA!). Yes, we’re talking about an on-base average close to three hundred and a slugging percentage less than three-ninety. Yikes.

    During this span, Yankees batters have almost as many strikeouts (179) as hits (205).

    On average, over these 24 games, the Yankees are sending 38.2 batters to the plate per game. Here, keep in mind, that the minimum sent to the plate in a 9-inning game would be 27 batters. So, the Yankees are averaging close to just one batter per inning over the minimum.

    Not so big and hairy, if you’re smoking the objective pipe, is it, Mr. Cashman?

    Yanks Next To Last In A.L. In SRS

    Posted by on May 6th, 2014 · Comments (1)

    Let the “Yes, but it’s early” versus “Tip of the iceberg” debate begin!

    Rk Tm W L R RA Rdiff SOS SRS ▾ pythWL
    1 OAK 19 13 4.9 3.4 1.5 -0.5 1.0 21-11
    2  LAA 16 15 5.3 4.3 1.0 -0.1 0.9 18-13
    3 DET 18 9 4.9 3.8 1.1 -0.4 0.7 17-10
    4  SEA 15 15 4.2 4.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 15-15
    Avg 15 15 4.4 4.5 15-15
    5  MIN 15 15 5.0 4.9 0.1 -0.3 -0.2 15-15
    6  CHW 16 17 5.0 5.1 -0.1 -0.2 -0.3 16-17
    7  TEX 17 15 4.3 4.8 -0.5 0.0 -0.5 14-18
    8  TOR 15 17 4.7 4.6 0.1 -0.7 -0.6 16-16
    9  BOS 15 17 4.2 4.3 -0.2 -0.5 -0.6 15-17
    10  CLE 13 19 3.8 4.4 -0.6 0.0 -0.6 14-18
    11 BAL 15 14 4.3 4.5 -0.2 -0.5 -0.7 14-15
    12  TBR 15 17 4.3 4.5 -0.2 -0.5 -0.8 15-17
    13  KCR 14 17 3.9 4.4 -0.5 -0.4 -0.9 14-17
    14 NYY 16 15 4.1 4.7 -0.6 -0.5 -1.1 14-17
    15  HOU 10 22 3.4 5.2 -1.8 0.1 -1.7 10-22
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    Generated 5/6/2014.

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    SRS combines the average margin of victory and strength of schedule to determine number of runs per game better than an average team each team is.

    A.L. SRS Standings As Of COB 4-24-14

    Posted by on April 25th, 2014 · Comments (7)
    Rk Tm W L W-L% Strk Rdiff SOS SRS ▾ pythWL
    1 OAK 14 8 .636 W 1 1.6 -0.1 1.5 15-7
    2  LAA 10 11 .476 L 1 0.9 0.2 1.1 12-9
    3  MIN 11 10 .524 W 2 0.3 -0.1 0.2 11-10
    4  SEA 8 13 .381 W 1 -0.3 0.6 0.2 10-11
    Avg 10 10 .498 10-10
    5 DET 11 8 .579 W 1 0.1 -0.2 -0.1 10-9
    6  TBR 10 12 .455 L 2 0.0 -0.1 -0.1 11-11
    7 TEX 14 8 .636 W 3 0.0 -0.2 -0.2 11-11
    8  BAL 11 10 .524 W 2 0.2 -0.5 -0.3 11-10
    9  CLE 11 11 .500 W 2 -0.3 0.0 -0.3 10-12
    10  CHW 11 12 .478 L 1 0.0 -0.2 -0.3 11-12
    11  TOR 11 11 .500 L 2 0.0 -0.4 -0.4 11-11
    12 NYY 13 9 .591 W 1 0.1 -0.7 -0.6 11-11
    13  KCR 10 11 .476 L 2 -0.3 -0.3 -0.6 10-11
    14  BOS 10 13 .435 L 1 -0.7 -0.2 -0.9 10-13
    15  HOU 7 16 .304 L 2 -1.9 0.3 -1.7 7-16
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 4/25/2014.

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    Joe Girardi, doing it with mirrors since 2013!

    Yanks Next To Last In SRS So Far This Season

    Posted by on April 9th, 2014 · Comments (0)

    You can look it up:

    Rk Tm W L W-L% GB GBsum Strk R RA Rdiff SOS SRS ▾
    1 SEA 5 2 .714 W 1 5.6 3.0 2.6 1.4 4.0
    2  OAK 4 3 .571 W 2 4.0 2.9 1.1 2.6 3.8
    3  CLE 4 3 .571 W 1 4.9 5.0 -0.1 1.9 1.8
    4  CHW 4 4 .500 0.5 1.0 W 1 6.3 5.3 1.0 0.4 1.4
    5  MIN 3 4 .429 1.0 4.0 L 1 5.9 6.6 -0.7 1.9 1.2
    6 DET 4 2 .667 L 2 4.3 3.3 1.0 -0.8 0.2
    7  KCR 3 4 .429 1.0 4.0 L 1 2.9 3.1 -0.3 0.5 0.2
    Avg 3 3 .491 4.4 4.4
    8  BOS 3 5 .375 1.5 8.0 L 1 3.9 4.4 -0.5 0.4 -0.1
    9  LAA 3 5 .375 1.5 8.0 L 1 5.0 5.1 -0.1 -0.3 -0.4
    10 TBR 5 4 .556 W 1 3.8 2.6 1.2 -1.9 -0.7
    11  BAL 3 5 .375 1.5 8.0 W 1 4.5 4.8 -0.3 -1.0 -1.3
    12  TEX 4 4 .500 0.5 1.0 W 1 4.5 5.5 -1.0 -0.5 -1.5
    13  TOR 4 4 .500 0.5 1.0 W 1 3.4 4.1 -0.8 -2.6 -3.3
    14  NYY 4 4 .500 0.5 1.0 L 1 3.6 4.8 -1.1 -3.2 -4.4
    15  HOU 3 5 .375 1.5 8.0 L 2 2.9 5.1 -2.3 -2.3 -4.5
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 4/9/2014.

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    SRS combines the average margin of victory and strength of schedule to determine number of runs per game better than an average team each team is.

    Over His Last 44 Starts, Sabathia’s ERA Is 4.52

    Posted by on April 2nd, 2014 · Comments (0)

    That’s his last 297 innings pitched.

    But, Yankees only owe him $73 million after this season.

    It will be $52 million if:

    1) He ends 2016 on the disabled list with a left shoulder injury, or
    2) He spends more than 45 days in 2016 on the disabled list with a left shoulder injury, or
    3) He only makes five or less relief appearances in 2016 because of a left shoulder injury.

    Before You Get Too Excited About Masahiro Tanaka

    Posted by on November 8th, 2013 · Comments (13)

    Take a look at these two Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles pitchers over the last three seasons:

    Pitcher A:

    Year Age Tm Lg ERA G GS GF SV IP
    2011 30 Rakuten JPPL 2.04 34 5 27 17 53.0
    2012 31 Rakuten JPPL 2.79 46 0 17 6 42.0
    2013 32 Rakuten JPPL 3.35 37 0 26 17 37.2
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    Generated 11/8/2013.

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    Pitcher B:

    Year Age Tm Lg ERA G GS GF IP
    2011 22 Rakuten JPPL 1.27 27 27 0 226.1
    2012 23 Rakuten JPPL 1.87 22 22 0 173.0
    2013 24 Rakuten JPPL 1.27 28 27 1 212.0
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    Generated 11/8/2013.

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    Pitcher B is Tanaka.  Pitcher B is…

    ..Darrell Rasner.

    Granted, yes, without question, the roles and inning pitched totals are different.  But, the point is:  The Japan Pacific League ain’t exactly pitching against the Boston Red Sox.    But, I’m sure that Jean Afterman can tell Brian Cashman that…

    Russell Martin, With The Glove, 2012 & 2013

    Posted by on October 2nd, 2013 · Comments (5)

    Here are the stats:

    Year Tm Lg Age Pos G Inn Ch PO A E Fld% Rtot Rdrs Rtot/yr Rdrs/yr PB WP SB CS CS%
    2012 NYY AL 29 C 128 1045.0 991 924 61 6 .994 0 -6 0 -7 9 42 63 20 24%
    2013 PIT NL 30 C 120 1051.1 990 885 103 2 .998 6 16 7 18 4 51 53 36 40%
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    Generated 10/2/2013.

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    This season, Martin was like Jim Sundberg behind the dish.  Last year, not so much.  In fact, he cost the Yankees runs with his defense in 2012.  So, what happened?  Why the difference?

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