Rubber match

August 7, 2011 | 67 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Even in defeat, Red Sox fans rally around team

August 6, 2011 | 45 comments | in Featured | by SJK

With battle for first place, fans stock up on gear

August 4, 2011 | 54 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Bombers choke the life out of Chicago

August 3, 2011 | 55 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Derek finds our lack of faith disturbing: 5-6, 4 R, 2B, 2 RBI

AJ Burnett is a…

August 3, 2011 | 42 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK


All this talk of Hughes vs. Nova…why can’t AJ be kicked out of the rotation?

A very true story

August 3, 2011 | 41 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Every year, a very good personal friend of NoMaas hosts an event which raises money to combat a fatal childhood illness. It’s a fantastic event for a wonderful cause. Part of the program is a silent auction, so businesses of all types donate items.

This year the event was held in a state home to both Yankees and Red Sox fans. Both clubs donated items to the silent auction.

The Yankees donated three baseballs each signed by a different player: CC Sabathia, Jorge Posada, and Mariano Rivera.

The Red Sox donated one signed baseball: Darnell McDonald

No additional commentary needed.

The Yankee donations

Has Mark Teixeira Yankee Stadium’d his swing to the extreme?

August 3, 2011 | 17 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

On Tuesday night, Mark Teixeira homered from both sides of the plate for the 12th time in his career, becoming the all-time leader in that feat.

However, since Tex’s hot start to the season, his monthly splits have been in decline:

March/April: .256/.392/.549
May: .259/.351/.534
June: .213/.312/.543
July: .264/.336/.425

It’s like he focused so hard on reversing his notorious first month slump, that he prematurely offensalated. And some of the fans have been pointing it out.

He’s still second on the team behind G-Unit in wOBA (.380), ISO (.217), and OPS (.879). And he’s having a better season than last.

What’s crazy though is his ultra-low BABIP of .236. His career BABIP is .298. In 2010, his BABIP was at another low mark of .268. Both of these represent career-worst levels for Marky Mark. So what’s going on and could his numbers be better if the ball started bouncing his way? Is this a case of bad luck or something else?

Here’s what we see:

Over the last two seasons, including this one:

- Career low line drive rates (19.0% in 2010, 17.1% in 2011)
- Career low groundball rates (35.5% in 2010, 35.3% in 2011)
- Career high flyball rates (45.5% in 2010, 47.6% in 2011)
- Career high infield fly rates (13.6% in 2010, 13.0% in 2011)

So, this really doesn’t seem so much like a case of bad luck, but more of a conscious adjustment Teixeira has made to hit more flyballs. Maybe it’s an attempt to get by the shift (although we don’t know how long defenses have played him like that). Maybe it’s an attempt to take advantage of the short porch in right field. Whatever the reason, it’s resulted in hitting that’s inferior to what we saw from Tex from 2007-2009 (including his first year in New York) and led to his monster contract.

Minor League Players of the Week, v15

August 1, 2011 | 7 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Welcome to Dante’s inferno…

Preston Claiborne, 23, RHP, A+
6 IP, 9 K, 0 BB, 1 H, 0 HR, 0 ER
Notable: Over 2 relief appearances

NoMaas Ranking – None

Previous 2011 MLPW Wins: None

Drafted in the 17th round of the 2010 draft, Preston Claiborne put up a fantastic stat line over the week and left us no choice but to award the MLPW to a reliever for the first time in 2011.

After being drafted, the Tulane graduate (teammate of Rob Segedin) kicked off his Yankee career at Staten Island and received a late season two-level promotion (skipping over Charleston) to Tampa.

For the current season, Claiborne has a 3.32 ERA, 8.5 K/9, 2.9 BB/9, and a 2.95 K/BB over 62.2 IP. He’s been generous with the long-ball, allowing 8, but has generally kept the ball on the ground with a Groundout/Airout of 1.20. Looking back at his senior year in Tulane, he let up 6 HRs in 46 innings, so maybe he’s someone who offers them up. There isn’t enough data or context for us to tell with any certainty though.

His 62.2 IP is exactly double of what he threw last year for the organization, but as mentioned previously, he pitched 46 innings for Tulane in his senior year and then tacked on 31 more for the Yankees after he was drafted. He’s being utilized as a multiple-inning reliever. He’s 7th on the team in IP, 4th in strikeouts, and 1st in appearances. With the recent promotions of Ryan Flannery and Chase Whitley to Trenton, Claiborne is one of the notable names to watch in the Tampa bullpen.

Dante Bichette Jr., 18, RHB 3B, Rookie
.545/.583/.909 in 24 PAs
Notable: 2 more HRs

NoMaas Ranking – None

Previous 2011 MLPW Win – 14

Back to back MLPW wins for the Yankees’ 2011 top overall draft pick…he is simply crushing the baseball. His season line now stands at .350/.473/.564. He’s throwing pitchers into his inferno (get it?!?!?!).

Among qualified hitters, Bichette ranks 1st in the league in OBP, 3rd in BA, 4th in SLG, 6th in BB% (16%), 7th in BB/K (1.09), and 9th in ISO (.214). He’s tearing it up — but one of his team’s catchers is giving him a run for his money (keep reading).

Honorable Mentions:

Isaias Tejeda, 19, RHB C, Rookie
.352/.421/.823 in 19 PAs

Putting up better season numbers than Bichette: .366/.458/.695 (although in ~35 less PAs). In terms of performance, possibly the best hitter so far in the GCL. Five stolen bases in six attempts too.

Kelvin Castro, 23, RHB SS/2B, A+
.461/.533 OBP/.653 SLG in 30 PAs, 3 SBs

Having an outstanding campaign in Tampa: .321/.371/.485 in 256 PAs, 6/7 SBs

Cito Culver, 18, SHB SS, Short-Season
.292/.370/.541 in 27 PAs

Hit 2 home runs in one game (first two of the season)

Brandon Laird, 23, RHB 3B, AAA
.438/.438/.625 in 16 PAs

His first action since being optioned back after Eric Chavez’s return

Luke Murton, 25, RHB 1B/DH, A+
.458/.500/.666 in 26 PAs

Younger brother of Matt Murton

Wilton Rodriguez, 20, RHP, Short-Season
10 IP, 10 K, 2 BB, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 HR

2008 international free agent out of the DR

Graham Stoneburner, 23, RHP, AA
6 IP, 5 K, 1 BB, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 HR

First start in Trenton since April 21st

Reynaldo Polanco, 18, RHP, Rookie
5 IP, 9 K, 3 BB, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 HR

25:4 K/BB in 23 IP

Pat Venditte, 26, SHP, AA
5 IP, 7 K, 1 BB, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 HR

Splits noticeably better against LHB

Let off some steam, Ozzie

August 1, 2011 | 18 comments | in Featured | by SJK

The Yankees stick it to the White Sox in their series opener on Monday night.

Impromptu live chat tonight (8pm) with NoMaas’ Sensei John Kreese

August 1, 2011 | 3 comments | in Announcements | by SJK

We’ll do it live.

No planning. Yanks/White Sox on during the chat. We’ll talk the trading deadline. Whatever. And probably a special guest or two. We’ll kick things off at 8pm eastern tonight.

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