VOTE: Who should be the Yankees next signing?

December 27, 2010 | 70 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Feel free to explain your vote too.

Problem Solved: Yankees find 3rd, 4th, 5th starters

December 27, 2010 | 37 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Our “patience” has been rewarded.

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire

December 24, 2010 | 58 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Happy Holidays from the staff of NoMaas.

Everyone’s stuff plays better out of the bullpen

December 22, 2010 | 60 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

From the Star-Ledger:

Despite the Yankees’ need for a starting pitcher, Cashman reiterated that Joba Chamberlain will remain in the bullpen. Chamberlain spent the entire season as a relief pitcher after losing a spring training battle for the final open rotation spot to Phil Hughes.

“His stuff plays so much more significantly out of the pen,” Cashman said. “We’ve given him the opportunity to show what he can do out of the rotation and the velocity dropped. It’s just not the same stuff.”

CC Sabathia’s velocity would be higher if he was in the bullpen. Phil Hughes’ velocity was higher in the bullpen. And if the Yankees had any other starting pitchers, their velocity would be higher in the bullpen too. Everyone’s stuff plays better out of the bullpen. That’s the way it works. This excuse simply doesn’t make any sense.

Bottom line: Joba is the most wasted Yankee asset in recent memory.

Will he or won’t he?

December 20, 2010 | 85 comments | in Featured | by Louis Winthorpe III

Real. Possible. Rotation?


Random stat of 2010, v3

December 19, 2010 | 22 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

We did this last year, and we’re doing it again. We present random statistical tidbits from the most recently completed season.

Percentage of pitches swung at outside the strike zone (career average) – 450 PA min

  1. Robinson Cano – 36.5% (32.1%)
  2. Derek Jeter – 28.2% (20.5%)
  3. Mark Teixeira – 26.5% (21.5%)
  4. Nick Swisher – 25.7% (18.8%)
  5. Curtis Granderson – 25.6% (21.7%)
  6. Alex Rodriguez – 25.3% (20.9%)
  7. Jorge Posada – 23.2% (17.6%)
  8. Brett Gardner – 18.2% (18.8%)

As a team, the Yankees swung at 26.2% of pitches that were thrown outside of the strike zone.  This was the lowest rate in the American League, however it’s an increase from their 22.6% in 2009. Interestingly, major league hitters swung at significantly more pitches outside the strike zone in 2010 than in 2009. The average rate in 2009 was 25.1% versus 29.3% in 2010. The reason for this hacking away? No idea.


December 17, 2010 | 55 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Brian Cashman on December 14th:

“Where do we go from here? Plan B is patience. We’ll engage the remaining free agents and trade market and pursue what interests us at the level we feel appropriate.”

Patience has now brought us a left-handed specialist at the cost of $8 million over two years. You can spin the signing all you want: “The Yankees needed another lefty” — “That’s what the market is. ” — “The Yankees can overpay” — “It’s not my money.

It’s just completely inefficient. Paying a guy $4 million a season to pitch to one type of batter – not too mention he’s coming off a season with an unnaturally low HR rate – is ridiculous. Come on. Would you buy a Ford Focus for the price of a Mercedes just because “that’s what the market is?” Ever hear of something being “overvalued?” And besides, when Randy Choate signs for 2yrs/$2.5 mil, how does the market for a left-handed specialist jump to 2/$8 mil?

We are not impressed so far this offseason. It has nothing to due with Cliff Lee either. Remember, we only wanted to go 5 years for Lee. This is about an offseason which has so far been marked by passivity and signing players for more than their worth. And will someone please call Andy Pettitte? Reportedly, no one from the front office has talked to him since the Winter Meetings. That’s Sales 101.

Hoping that the rest of the offseason goes better than this…

Look at that package

December 16, 2010 | 47 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Let’s assume that the Yankees might actually do something this offseason besides overpay a declining shortstop with no contract leverage.

The Felix Hernandez speculation hasn’t seemed to stop, partly because many Yankee fans believe it’s their right to have every superstar play in the Bronx. It can be very annoying, but let’s entertain it. After all, what else is there to talk about?

There is no doubt that acquiring King Felix would come at a heavy, heavy cost. You’re basically talking about setting the farm system back for years. Everything. Gone.

So for an idea of how much the Yankees would have to give up, we checked in with our resident minor league expert, Gary Wallace:

Starts with Jesus Montero, Manuel Banuelos and Joba Chamberlain. Then Adam Warren / Hector Noesi / Graham Stoneburner and David Adams / Brandon Laird / Corban Joseph. This is all purely speculative as I’m not positive what the Mariners are looking for, but I assume they’d want MLB ready players (Montero and Chamberlain) as well as a number of good to very good prospects (ManBan and the two pick-’em sets). I wouldn’t be surprised if they wanted more. There’s no way they can trade Felix without taking back one of the biggest hauls we’ve seen in a long time.

Worth it?

What do you think about Gary Wallace’s package?

Theo to all of us: “How does my a$$ taste?”

December 16, 2010 | 60 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Bobby Jenks to Boston, 2 years/$12 million.

You know how we felt about Bobby Jenks.

Great move by Theo to solidify one of Boston’s weak spots. Poor non-move by Cashman, who’s so far been in a state of zen meditation this offseason. Especially with the extra cash now available, Jenks made all the sense in the world for the Yankees.

And if the Yankees sign Rafael Soriano, either voluntarily or because they’ve been backed into a corner, we’ll be very upset that we’re losing a draft pick for a reliever.


The NoMaas 5-Point Pitching Plan

December 14, 2010 | 70 comments | in Featured | by SJK

1. Beg Andy Pettitte to return. Hands & knees (no h*m*).

2. Fix the mistake and give Joba a chance to start.

3. Ivan Nova serves as backup in the case of injury or poor performance (Hector Noesi and David Phelps serve as backup backups later in the season).

4. Hoard as many injury cases as possible (Webb, Wang).

5. Sign Bobby Jenks.


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