“I run New York”

May 27, 2014 | 6 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Fifty may have claimed to run New York, but that wasn’t the case on Tuesday night.

Props to Charleston’s Mike Ford

May 27, 2014 | 5 comments | in Farm System | by SJK

MLPW took a break over the weekend due to Memorial Day festivities, but we’d like to still highlight the crazy display of Charleston Riverdogs first baseman, Mike Ford. On Saturday, the 21-year old smahed FOUR HOME RUNS in one game versus the Hickory Crawdads (Rangers Low A affiliate). It was the first four-homer game in the South Atlantic League since 2002.

After going bananas, the left-handed Ford is fifth in the SAL in wRC+ (165) and 4th in HR (8) — not bad for a kid who wasn’t even drafted.

Ford won our first MLPW of 2014, and here’s his story again:

A Princeton graduate, Ford’s journey is a fascinating one, as he was not selected in the 2013 June draft, despite winning both Ivy League Player and Pitcher of the Year awards in the same season (first to do that in Ivy League history). The Yankees signed him in July after he was leading the Cape Cod League in BA (.407), OBP (.495), and SLG (.663). He had also pitched 7.2 innings and struck out nine, but the Yankees have used him exclusively in a position player role.

The Jersey native grew up a Yankees’ fan and was pumped to be signed by the Bombers:

“I’ve been a Yankees fan my entire life, and I was fortunate enough, I felt like it was a great fit. I was just really happy with everything.”

Mike Matheny outduels Girardi in battle of bullpen idiocy

May 26, 2014 | 6 comments | in Featured | by SJK

In the top of the 12th with runners on 2nd and 3rd, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny called for left-handed specialist Randy Choate to intentionally walk left-handed Ichiro, so he could pitch to switch-hitting Brian Roberts. Right-handed batters have hit Choate on his career to the tune of an .800 OPS. Thanks, Mike. Yanks beat the Cardinals, 6-4.

Mike Matheny Cardinals NoMaas Yankees

Re: Girardi – Besides going to Aceves for two innings in a walk-off situation (and the defense bailing Aceves out), we really hope Joe has not assigned Betances to the “8TH INNING ROLE” because there was a perfect opportunity to use him in the 6th with bases loaded, a 3-1 Yankees’ lead, and strikeouts needed.

Instead, Girardi went to Preston Claiborne and the inning ended with the game tied. That’s typically the high-leverage situation where Joe has effectively utilized Betances this season. Are we seeing the beginning of Girardi “rewarding” Betances by using him in a pre-determined inning only? That would suck.

Meanwhile in the greatest city on Earth…

May 25, 2014 | 19 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Dustin Pedroia NoMaas Red Sox Yankees Sad Losing Streak
Ten.

Timing is everything

May 25, 2014 | 6 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Derek Jeter NoMaas Sign Yankees
4-5, 3B, 2 RBI

Bombers rock the White Sox, 7-1.

The Yankee Commandment

May 25, 2014 | 9 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Moses Derek Jeter Yankees NoMaas Ten Commandments
.259/.330/.302 (78 wRC+)

Bigger than the team?

Yup.

Yanks edge White Sox with late rally

May 24, 2014 | 0 comment | in Featured | by SJK

Rally Ellsbury NoMaas Yankees
Rally caps worked with the go-ahead HR in the 10th

Yanks win 4-3 on Saturday, but this club really needs to start scoring runs. Over the last 8 games, the Yankees are only averaging 3.75 runs per game.

Watch your mouth, Mark!

May 23, 2014 | 4 comments | in Uncategorized | by SJK

Heckity heck heck!

P.S. Can’t poke fun at his production this season though — one of the few bright spots.

VOTE: Pick your poison

May 23, 2014 | 11 comments | in Mediot Observation | by SJK

Revamped Offense™

May 22, 2014 | 18 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Kevin Long Yankees NoMaas Guru Hitting Coach
Hitting guru

Yanks lose to the White Sox, 3-2.

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