Keep Hughes in the rotation

May 4, 2012 | 51 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by Vizzini

We were planning on writing this anyway, but with Mo gone, the calls for Hughes to the bullpen will likely intensify…

Last year at this time, there was much anxiety about Nick Swisher’s slow start. Despite carrying a .292 wOBA well into May, we assured you that all was well with Swish. He proceeded to go on a long tear (.460 wOBA in June, .389 in July, .402 in August) and finished with a healthy .358 wOBA on the year.

This time around, it’s Phil Hughes facing the brunt of the hysteria. Here’s Ken Davidoff, after Hughes’ second start:

When the ultra-careful Joe Girardi says, “We’re going to have to make an evaluation” of his starting rotation, as the manager did yesterday morning, then you know job security isn’t at a premium here…

…Something’s got to give. And Hughes, two starts into what was supposed to be his rebound season, is giving up way too much to the opposition. After getting hammered by the Angels for six runs, eight hits and two walks in 3 1/3 innings, the 25-year-old owns a 9.00 ERA in eight innings over two starts.

And the NY Times after his fifth start:

Hughes still was not good enough to win… [He] allowed four runs and four hits, including two home runs, in five and two-thirds innings.

And now ESPN tells us Hughes shouldn’t count on being in the rotation much longer:

With Andy Pettitte probably a little more than a week away and rookie David Phelps making his starting debut on Thursday in Kansas City, Hughes did not do much to firm up his grip on the No. 5 spot.

If Phelps is lights-out against the Royals, the rookie is not going earn another start? If Phelps pitches well, then Hughes might be taking his reborn “reliever mentality” to the bullpen or perhaps — but probably not — as far as Triple-A.

High ERA! Only One Wins!! Triple A!!!

Okay, let’s just take a deep breath. Yes, Hughes is 1-4 with a U-G-L-Y 7.48 ERA. But he’s got a solid alibi: a trifecta of bad luck with a .328 BABIP, 56.7% strand rate, and a 19.4% HR/FB rate.

Fact is, Phil Hughes is striking out 9.55 batters per nine, good for 13th-best among all MLB starters (min. 20 IP). His walk rate is a respectable 2.91 per 9, and his line drive rate represents one of the lowest of his career at 17.1%. Furthermore, he’s done all of this against above-average competition including the Rangers, Rays, and Orioles (2nd, 6th, and 8th in team wOBA).

There is one caveat with Hughes: his perennially high flyball rate combined with Yankee Stadium means he will give up his fair share of home runs. At this point, it appears that this who he is, and he will not be the ace the Yankees thought they had.

At minimum though, his peripherals show he can be a very effective back-end starter, and they also provide some hope that he can be a #3 guy. Again, the strikeouts are there and the crazy-low stand rate (9th-lowest in MLB) is really juicing his ERA.

With Pineda going down, the Yankees need to maximize Hughes’ upside by giving him every chance to fulfill his potential as a starter. That potential means he should remain ahead of Phelps in the rotation pecking order. And there’s simply no way he should be wasted in Triple-A.

Has the curtain closed?

May 4, 2012 | 97 comments | in Featured | by SJK


Have we seen the final act of the greatest relief pitcher of all-time?

We wait…

May 3, 2012 | 37 comments | in Featured | by SJK





We fell asleep watching last night’s game, so we ask…

May 3, 2012 | 36 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

At NoMaas HQ, we literally fell asleep before last night’s game ended. Can you blame us? Thus, we didn’t update the site at our normal late evening hour. So instead of satirically commenting on last night’s snoozefest, courtesy of Yankee bats, we ask one simple question:




Binder Says, v2

May 1, 2012 | 46 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK



Bombers fall flat versus Baltimore

May 1, 2012 | 34 comments | in Featured | by SJK


Mark Teixeira blows.

And the crowd goes crazy on the key strikeout

April 30, 2012 | 50 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Yankees up 2-1 in the 7th. Runners on 2nd and 3rd for the Orioles with 1 out. Kuroda on the mound. Baltimore’s Chris Davis at the plate. Two strikes. Kuroda really needs the strike out. He gets it! Strike three! The crowd goes wild!



Against the O’s, Yanks win rare low-scoring game

April 30, 2012 | 35 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Kuroda: 7 IP, 3 K, 1 BB, 4 H, 1 ER
Robertson: 1 IP, 3 K, 0 BB, 0 H, 0 ER, hitters had no chance
God: 1 IP, 0 K, 0 BB, 1 H, 0 ER


D-Rob’s absurd strikeout rate continues: 18 K in 11 IP

Minor League Players of the Week, v3

April 29, 2012 | 10 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

– The third edition of 2012, covering April 23rd – April 29th games –

Special congratulations to DJ Mitchell for getting the deserved call-up to the Bronx. Mitchell won our MLPW last week.

Pitcher:
Brett Marshall, 22, RHP, AA
13.1 IP, 10 K, 3 BB, 8 H, 3 ER, 3 HR
Notable: 28.1 IP on the season / 23 hits allowed

Coming off an excellent season at Tampa in 2011 (3.24 FIP/3.78 ERA in 140 IP), Marshall put together two solid starts this week. Although he did let up three home runs, his 10:3 K/BB bodes well if he can keep that up. So far this season, his K/9 of 5.76 is a dip from what we usually see from the Texan, and he hasn’t pitched as well as his 3.85 ERA would suggest. Last year in A+ ball, he struck out 7.31 batters per nine innings. The 2008 6th round pick and NoMaas interviewee is certainly one of the guys we’ll be watching in Trenton.


Hitter:
Tyler Austin, 20, RHB COF/1B/3B, A
.280/.280/.920 in 25 PAs (1 2B, 5 HR!)
Notable: 7 hits on the week, 5 were home runs

It’s official. Tyler Austin is the best hitter in the Yankees’ organization. We’re making the call. He had 5 home runs this week, raising his total to 9 on the season, which leads the South Atlantic League (next closest guy has 5). He also leads the league in OPS (1.280) due to his monster slugging percentage of .877. Our Week 1 MLPW winner and recent interviewee is just killing the baseball.

Honorable Mentions:

Nik Turley, 22, LHP, A+
8 IP, 5 K, 1 BB, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 HR

If he keeps this up, you’ll start hearing his name more often.

Chase Whitley, 22, RHP, AAA
5 IP, 2 K, 0 BB, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 HR

6 appearances at AAA, 11.2 IP, 9:2 K/BB, 1 MLPW Award

Rob Segedin, 23, RHB OF, A+
.416/.461/.666 in 26 PAs

Hitting .315/.374./.517 on the season

In the ‘Adding Insult to Injury on the Pineda Deal’ Category…

Jose Campos, 19, RHP, A
2.2 IP, 3 K, 3 BB, 7 H, 8 ER, 1 HR

His first poor start of the season

Introducing our new feature: Binder Says

April 29, 2012 | 72 comments | in Featured | by SJK

This. Is. Exciting.

We all know about The Binder. We all know about the power it possesses in influencing Joe Girardi’s decisions. So, for the rest of the season, we’ll be tracking some of the great things it tells Joe! Every week or whenever appropriate, we’ll update it. Audience participation is accepted!

To get us all going, here’s two.



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