We welcome back the Lord of Samos

May 20, 2012 | 18 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by Pythgoras of Samos

According to His theory, examining a team’s run differential can provide a more accurate understanding of its true strength, as opposed to simply looking at its winning percentage. Over the course of a season, a team’s actual record should gravitate towards a record more reflective of its run differential.

Love it when we get to beat up on these crappy NL…oh wait

May 20, 2012 | 75 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Yanks drop two out of three to Cincinnati, and are approaching the AL East basement.

And Arod’s power continues to evaporate:

Did he keep the receipt on that Kobe Bryant surgery?

Where’s the beef, Alex?

A look at the defense, the Yankees’ D stinks edition

May 19, 2012 | 18 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

We’ve been running this feature for a couple years, so here we go again…

As a team, the Yankees are ranked very poor defensively. According to UZR/150, the Yankees are the 3rd-worst defensive team in the American League at -6.2 runs below average, with the main culprit being lack of defensive range. TotalZone, as measured by Baseball-Reference, has the Yankees tracking at 7 runs below average over the course of the year.

The individual breakdown is below. Total Zone (by Baseball-Reference) is also included. Keep in mind that the sample size is still very small for these, so we expect these numbers to fluctuate significantly. But, it still gives us a pretty good understanding that the Yankees’ defense has been a problem so far.

Rtot Rtot/yr
Robinson Cano -2 -7
Eric Chavez -1 -15
Brett Gardner -0 -3
Curtis Granderson -2 -6
Raul Ibanez 2 11
Derek Jeter -3 -11
Andruw Jones 1 12
Eduardo Nunez -3 -27
Alex Rodriguez -3 -16
Nick Swisher -4 -19
Mark Teixeira -0 -2
Team Totals -18 -7
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/19/2012.

Buy low on Nova

May 19, 2012 | 20 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by Vizzini

Over the offseason, we took some heat for saying that Ivan Nova was overrated and overhyped, and that the Yankees should sell high.

With a 5.69 ERA at the close of Saturday’s game versus Cincinnati, it’s obviously too late to sell high on the “best pitcher in the world.”

To the contrary, we’d be buying low on Nova now because he’s pitched much better than his bloated ERA suggests. Check out the improvement in these various ‘missing bats’ categories:

If you saw these numbers without knowing who they belonged to, you would never guess they are from a pitcher pushing an ERA close to 6. That’s why Nova’s xFIP entering Saturday’s game was a solid 3.78.

While it’s no secret that Nova is pitching higher in the zone resulting in less groundballs, we 100% disagree that he’s in a slump (which is being said on Lohud). How can you think you’re in a slump after you K 12 hitters? Don’t change a thing, Ivan.

There’s two numbers that jump off the page to explain Nova’s high ERA — both of which will not continue. First, nearly 20% of his flyballs are leaving the yard. That will not continue. Second, his BABIP is a whopping .380, which is 3rd-highest among all MLB starters! There’s no way that continues.

Flyballs are indeed problem in the lifeless joke that is the new Yankee Stadium, and if Nova wants to adjust anything, maybe he pays extra attention to keeping the ball low there. Overall though, he’s made huge strides in missing bats, and if we were his pitching coach (as opposed to overweight jobless virgins), we’d be telling him to keep doing what he’s doing. He was definitely overrated and lucky in 2011, but he’s the opposite now in 2012. We’re buying low on Ivan at these levels.

Curt Schilling bankrupting an already bankrupt Rhode Island

May 18, 2012 | 47 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

This story’s been going on for about a week, but since Curt Schilling is a disgusting human being, it’s about time we gave some coverage to it. Long story short, Rhode Island guaranteed $75 million worth of loans (in the form of bonds) for Curt Schilling’s video game company (based in Providence). If Schilling’s company couldn’t pay the loans, Rhode Island would be on the hook for the payments. Well…Bloody Sock’s company can’t make the payments…and they can’t even make payroll for their employees.

Providence Journal:

In another sign of financial trouble for 38 Studios, retired Red Sox Pitcher Curt Schilling’s video company has not made payroll.

“We have been advised by the company that they did not meet payroll,” said Christine Hunsinger, spokeswoman for Governor Chafee. “What it means in terms of expectations and employees would be something 38 Studios would have to determine.”

On Thursday, 38 Studios tried and failed to pay the $1.125 million it owes the state as part of the loan program that brought the company to Rhode Island. The company delivered a check to the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, but the company’s account didn’t have enough money to cover it.

Schilling’s company relocated from Massachusetts after Rhode Island offered a $75-million loan guarantee. 38 Studios reported to the state at the start of this year that the company employed 270 workers in Rhode Island. The report was required by the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation for the company to draw an installment from the proceeds of a $75-million bond sale.

And get this…Schilling is asking for state for more taxpayer funds.


After missing a $1.1 million payment May 1 and a personal plea from Schilling for more public assistance this week, 38 Studios has said it does not have enough money to pay its employees. On Wednesday, the state economic development official who oversaw the loan guarantees resigned abruptly. In a bizarre twist, at one point Thursday, company representatives hand-delivered a check to the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, apparently to cover the late $1.1 million payment, but then later said the company had insufficient funds to cover it.

Under the terms of the loan, 38 Studios must pay $5.3 million in interest this year, and $12.7 million in interest and principal every year from 2013 to 2020.

A happy ending for Toronto

May 16, 2012 | 60 comments | in Featured | by SJK

5 IP, 7 ER, 6 K, 2 BB, 8 H, 3 HR

A climactic experience for the Jays.

Chen not hungover

May 15, 2012 | 36 comments | in Featured | by Louis Winthorpe III

Quid pro quo. 7IP, 4 hits, 2 ER.

Injury bug comes calling again

May 15, 2012 | 41 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Daily News:

The Yankee bullpen took another hit Tuesday as the Bombers placed David Robertson on the 15-day disabled list with a strained oblique muscle.

To fill out the bullpen, the Yankees recalled right-hander Cody Eppley from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

So far, this big ass bug has taken down the following regulars for prolonged periods of time:

Even the sun shines on Teixeira’s a** once and a while, Yanks drop O’s

May 14, 2012 | 50 comments | in Featured | by SJK

2-4, HR, 2B, 1 BB


May 13, 2012 | 65 comments | in Featured | by SJK


“I’ve talked about that before, I think you can make too much of a certain number of at-bats, you can start moving guys all the time and then guys come to the ball park and they don’t know where they’re hitting,” Girardi said. “He’s what, third or fourth on our team in RBIs? I’m going to leave him there.”

Hey, he has RBIs! Baseball cards say those are good!

Mark Teixeira’s career path

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