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.

Kevin Long pats himself on the back for Ellsbury’s two-hit game

May 22, 2014 | 7 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

From Mark Feinsand of the Daily News:

Kevin Long spent about 45 minutes Wednesday morning poring over video of Jacoby Ellsbury’s at-bats, both from earlier in the season when the outfielder was the Yanks’ hottest hitter, and from the past couple weeks, when even his $153 million contract couldn’t buy him a hit.

Long’s discovery likely would have gone unnoticed by most, but the hitting coach noticed Ellsbury wrapping his bat behind his helmet as he set up, “creating more length” in his swing.

Ellsbury then went 2-for-6 in the Yankees’ extra-inning victory over Chicago, and Long was quick to credit his modification.

Said Long: “It’s nice to see dividends right away. He needed it.”

If Long gives himself credit for Ellsbury’s two-hit day, then should he not accept blame for an offense that has hit below expectations?

101 wRC+ (tied for 6th in the AL, 1% above average)
.325 OBP (8th in AL)
7.8% BB rate (11th in AL)
.408 SLG (6th in AL)

The Yankees are not good…but neither is anyone else

May 22, 2014 | 7 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

We always heed the lessons of Lord Pythagoras, and the Oracle of Samos is telling us that the Yankees are not a good baseball team, despite being in first place.

So far this year, the Yankees have been outscored by their opponents by 11 runs — and when you score less runs than your opposition, that’s usually a sign of a weak team — and the Yankees are indeed a weak team in the eyes of Pythagoras.

HOWEVER…

The entire AL East is weak. That is the Yankees’ saving grace to date. For all of us who always talk about how tough this division is, it’s currently home to some of the weakest teams in the league. Every team except Toronto has a negative run differential:

Yankees -11
Blue Jays +12
Orioles -2
America’s Team™ -17
Rays -26

So while the Yankees have disappointments and injuries across their roster, nearly every other team in the division has stunk too.

If this keeps up, it will make for some interesting debates come trade deadline time.

To date, Cash/Levine/Whoever 0-for-3 in big offensive signings

May 21, 2014 | 10 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

While it’s still kind of early and players are a hot streak away from making their overall numbers look much better, we are approaching two months into the season. And in these two months, the Yankees ‘Big Three’ offensive signings have not impressed, with only one of them being respectable because of his all-around game.

Brian McCann: What’s happened to him is simply alarming and is not receiving enough attention in the MSM. Signed to be the next ‘Great Yankee Catcher’, the former Brave is having a nightmare season so far. We outlined his issues a couple weeks ago, which include disappearing plate discipline and profusely popping up balls to the infield. He currently ranks as the 6th-worst hitter in the American League, hitting 32% below the average hitter (68 wRC+).

Carlos Beltran: This was a signing we disagreed with, largely due to his age and injury history, and now no one knows what’s going to happen with his bum elbow. Before he was sidelined, Beltran was hitting a below-average .234/.286/.430 (89 wRC+).

Jacoby Ellsbury: After a hot start, the former Fenway man has cooled off significantly, and is hovering around league-average with a 102 wRC+. Fortunately, his baserunning still gives him value offensively, but clearly he’s disappointed to date as well — although we’d say he’s been the least worrisome out of the three.

This post isn’t meant to be a critique (other than Beltran). However, the person responsible for these three signings (whoever that is in this circus front office) probably isn’t feeling too hot.

Fortunately, players like Brett Gardner, Mark Teixeira, and the remarkable Yangervis Solarte have provided the Yankees with surprising production. It’s also helped that other teams in the AL East have decided to eat corn the long way.

False advertising

May 21, 2014 | 1 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Brian McCann NoMaas Yankees False Advertising
.221/.261/.366 (68 wRC+)

Yanks drop series opener to Cubs, 6-1.

Well that’s not good

May 19, 2014 | 5 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

NY Post:

CC Sabathia will be out until at least July, Brian Cashman told The Post.

“It will be no sooner than six weeks from now,” Cashman said in discussing a potential return date for Sabathia.

Sabathia received a stem cell treatment injection in his inflamed right knee from Dr. James Andrews late last week. Cashman said the Yankees were informed that if the process works, it would be a minimum of six weeks. Which means the Yankees would be without the lefty until July.

We’re not medical experts by any means, but it sounds like this could evolve into something even more serious — a.k.a season-ending.

We also learned this morning that Carlos Beltran is going for a second opinion on his elbow — another situation that seems less-than-encouraging.

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