When the Yankees traded for Lance Berkman, many wondered whether they would give him a chance to hit against left-handed pitching, considering his deterioration in that area over the last few seasons. With a lefty-mashing player in Marcus Thames at his disposal, Joe Girardi has answered that question with an emphatic “no.” It seems pretty [...]
There are three things that are certain in life: death, taxes, and the need for left-handed pitching help. Being a lefty is recession-proof; if you’re a lefty reliever your lifespan in baseball can get extended well beyond what a similarly talented right-handed reliever would expect. Seriously, if my future son takes a liking to baseball [...]
How’s your week been? Mine’s been stressful and will only get worse next week. Let’s re-live the madness.
I’m going to start with my biggest omission. As readers–and Tweeters–pointed out, I left out Adrian Beltre in my discussion of A.L. MVP:
.328/.373/.568, .399 wOBA, 150 wRC+, fWAR 7.1, bWAR 6.1
The Yankees and Orioles meet in Baltimore tonight for the sixth and final time this season. The Baltimore Buck Showalters surprised the Yankees in taking two of three last week and were on the cusp of sweeping the Bombers at home for the first time in 24 years if [...]
Recently I put together a post analyzing Ivan Nova‘s performance. My purpose was to take a look at his peripheral stats to try to understand if he was really showing potential, or if he was getting lucky, and was due to get shelled. To do this I collected data on all the Yankee [...]
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