• World Series Game Six Thread: Because MJ Needs A Place For His Stream Of Consciousness Ranting

    Posted by on November 4th, 2009 · Comments (211)

    Headline says it all…

    …anyone that wants a place to rant, feel free to do it here.

    -Posted by MJ

    Baseball-Reference.com: Yankees 2009 World Series Champs

    Posted by on November 2nd, 2009 · Comments (3)

    If you check any Yankees players baseball-reference page, under their post season stats section it will list the 2009 World Series stats for that player. Under the result column, it will say W (for win). Sure, it doesn’t mean anything, but it’s pretty awesome.

    Here’s A-Rod‘s for example.

    - Posted By Corey

    World Series Game Four Thread: Because MJ Needs A Place For His Stream Of Consciousness Ranting

    Posted by on November 1st, 2009 · Comments (93)

    Headline says it all…

    …anyone that wants a place to rant, feel free to do it here.

    -Posted by MJ

    ALCS Game 5 Thread: Because MJ Needs A Place For His Stream Of Consciousness Ranting

    Posted by on October 22nd, 2009 · Comments (140)

    Headline says it all…

    …anyone that wants a place to rant, feel free to do it here.

    -Posted by MJ

    ALCS Game 4 Thread: Because MJ Needs A Place For His Stream Of Consciousness Ranting

    Posted by on October 20th, 2009 · Comments (222)

    Headline says it all…

    …anyone that wants a place to rant, feel free to do it here.

    -Posted by MJ

    Simply Pointing Out The Difference…

    Posted by on October 11th, 2009 · Comments (4)

    This is Steve’s blog and I’m merely a volunteer member of “staff.”  So while I don’t want to step on anybody’s toes here, I do want to point out a small difference between two players…

    I’m not arguing against his on-field brilliance and I’m not trying to draw a comparison between their talents or accomplishments, but when A-Rod messes up, he sits on a podium in front of a microphone and says so.  When Pujols isn’t at his best?  He heads for the exit:

    Pujols, 3 for 10 with an RBI and no extra-base hits in the series, left Busch Stadium without speaking to reporters. (ESPN.com)

    Please note that Pujols’s .300 average with an RBI is WAY better than anything A-Rod had done in recent October memory.  That wasn’t my point.  I’ve got no bias or agenda against Pujols but I just felt like I had to point that one minor detail out.

    -Posted by MJ

    Add on from Steve: Well, back in August, we did have this report to share from Tyler Kepner:

    [Alex] Rodriguez is a ghost in the clubhouse, at home and on the road, especially before games. He limits his availability almost exclusively to brief sessions with a group after games in which he has made an impact, good or bad. He does almost no one-on-one interviews, and nobody questions the rules.

    But, to MJ’s point…this refers to the regular season and not the post-season.

    Is The ‘Pen The Best Thing For Joba?

    Posted by on October 8th, 2009 · Comments (5)

    Bob Brenly had this gem during the 2nd inning of Game 2 of the Dodgers-Cardinals ALDS:

    [Adam Wainright] really speaks highly of the experience he had closing for the Cardinals back then [2006]. He says he takes the same mentality into his start. He said early in his career he tried to pace himself too much, trying to work deep into the ballgame; but his experience that he had in the bullpen where you just go after every hitter and every out is huge; he’s taken that same mentality to the mound as a starting pitcher.

    Sound like someone we know? Maybe he’ll be better than a set-up man after all? Maybe all that hoopla about Joba’s mound celebration’s being too wild has caused Joba to change his pitching mentality while starting? Perhaps putting him back in the ‘pen for the playoffs is the best thing for his starting career moving into 2010.

    - Posted By Corey

    It’s All In The Spin

    Posted by on October 8th, 2009 · Comments (10)

    ESPN.com just published the following story.  I’m nearly certain that every major sports news site will try to paint it as evidence of dischord and disharmony in the Yankee clubhouse, a place that is famously described as “corporate” and “tense” whenever it’s convenient for a writer to do so.

    But if you drown out the background noise and read the important part of this story, you’ll really like what AJ Burnett says here.

    I’ve thrown good to both [catchers]. My good games, I’m right. My bad games, it’s not the catcher, it’s me … When I’m good, it doesn’t matter which one is behind the plate.

    Look at that, folks!  AJ Burnett took responsibility for his failures (Joba, take notes; this is how it’s done, son).  I’ll bet no ESPN scribe would ever point that out, as it would interfere with their effort to portray Burnett as a renegade clubhouse back-stabber.

    It’s making me out to be the bad guy again…And obviously Jorge’s upset. He’s a big part of this team. He’s a leader on and off the field and hopefully his mind will be right to get in there and get a pinch hit when the time comes.

    I love this Burnett guy.   I hope he lights up the radar gun and tosses zeroes.  I hope he teaches the mainstream sports media a lesson at the Twins’ expense.

    How’s that for some rah-rah fanboy stuff on an off-day?

    -Posted by MJ

    Andy’s Achy-Breaky Shoulder

    Posted by on September 16th, 2009 · Comments (9)

    Uh oh.  When Andy’s arm was hurting last year, he stank up the joint pretty badly.  Given the run of good pitching he gave the Yanks in the second half this year, this news comes at the worst possible time, especially when it looks like AJ Burnett has gone into the tank as well.  The state of the Yankees pitching staff is in distress at the moment, and right on the precipice of October baseball.

    Am I suddenly worried about the prospect of even getting out of the ALDS?  Yes, very much so.  Just a week ago, I would’ve said the Yanks could punch their ticket to the World Series.  Now I’m not even sure they won’t pull a “Mets” and cough up the division lead.

    -Posted by MJ

    Ace In The Hole?

    Posted by on September 10th, 2009 · Comments (0)

    So, does anyone else think they are stretching out Joba and Aceves at the same time?

    I do, and if they aren’t I would. This would be my plan:

    Sept  11 – andy
    Sept 12 – aj
    Sept 13 – cc
    Sept 14 – scrub (mitre/gaudin)
    Sept 15 – joba/ace + 1 extra day rest
    Sept 16 – andy
    Sept 18 – aj + 1 extra day rest
    Sept 19 – cc + 1 extra day rest
    Sept 20 – ace
    Sept 21 – joba + 1 extra day rest
    Sept 22 – andy
    Sept 23 – aj + 1 extra day rest
    Sept 25 – cc + 2 extra days rest
    Sept 26 – ace
    Sept 27 – joba + 1 extra day rest
    Sept 28 – andy
    Sept 29 – aj
    Sept 30 – cc
    Oct 2 – ace
    Oct 3 – joba
    Oct 4 – scrub/prospect

    I figure Joba has 3-4 more starts this year, depending on how the Yankees use their off days. For his next start, I would again have Aceves piggy back him, coming in after Joba has reached his pitch count limit. For the final 2-3 starts, I say place Aceves in the rotation (making it a 6 man for 2 or 3 go-arounds). Now you have 6 pitchers (5 i’d give the ball to) stretched out for the playoffs, and you have it set up so that if Joba comes out of the gate walking the park (or AJ since he’s suseptible also), you can have him on a short leash with Aceves there to clean up the rest.

    But, Aceves is already the long man you say? Yes, he can go 3 innings if need be, but then that kills the rest of the pen cause you still have innings to make up after that. My method allows the Yankees to have an extremely short leash with the rotation and, in the event you don’t need to use Aceves, he can come in for short relief on consecutive days, for multiple innings, since his arm is stretched out. i figure this way, the starters get extra days off right before the last week, that way they are in line for the playoffs.

    Plus, it’s better than seeing Mitre or Gaudin come in during the 4th inning after Joba has thrown 100 pitches right?

    - Posted By Corey