VOTE: Cash unplugged

May 15, 2011 | 29 comments | in Featured | by SJK

The Jeter negotiations, the Soriano signing, Felciano’s “abuse”, and now the Posada situation — The Yankees’ General Manager has certainly not been shy in his disclosures to the media this year.

In your opinion, is this a good thing or a bad thing? Is it refreshing to hear Cashman sound off? Maybe he’s had enough of the inmates running the asylum and wants people to know about it? Or, should he go about it differently and not risk upsetting players? Should he just keep internal business private?

Stadium will soon be playing the Meat Puppets.

Stone cold

May 15, 2011 | 11 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

From Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger:

Cashman on Posada’s post-game comments: “He and his representatives were aware and he had nine innings to come up with how he was going to explain himself.

Cash on Posada’s back: “I know that our two trainers know nothing about it and our team doctor knows nothing about it.

Posada bails, thinks he’s bigger than the team

May 14, 2011 | 67 comments | in Featured | by SJK


Jorge Posada asked to be taken out of the New York Yankees’ lineup Saturday night after the slumping designated hitter was dropped to No. 9 in the batting order.

Posada, hitting .165 this season, was in the original lineup posted by manager Joe Girardi for the game against the Boston Red Sox. But general manager Brian Cashman said Posada went into Girardi’s office at 6 p.m. and requested that he be removed.

Posada’s wife tweeted that the five-time All-Star had back stiffness. But a person familiar with the discussion between Posada and the team told The Associated Press that he “refused” to play. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the situation was still not settled.

The person said the Yankees have been in contact with the commissioner’s office about possible recourse. The Yankees could fine Posada one day’s pay – that would be $71,978 on his $13.1 million salary. If a player declines to play two days in a row, he could be put on the restricted list.

Another multi-millionaire legacy player who thinks the world owes his something.

Nothing wrong with Swish

May 14, 2011 | 14 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by Vizzini

Heading into Friday’s game against America’s Team, Nick Swisher possessed a .292 wOBA. His power has been Jeterian with an ISO of .084. The Yankees have basically been receiving replacement-level production from the RF position for a little more than a month. Does it suck? Yes. But, is there something discernibly wrong with Swish? Absolutely not. Let’s look at the numbers.

Swisher is a notoriously patient hitter, seeing 4.2 pitchers per plate appearance. He’s right there this season, and after a big dip in his walk rate last season (9.1%), Swisher is walking at an excellent 14.6% rate (career: 13.3%).

That might lead one to think Swish is being too patient, as he was very aggressive in 2010 with great success. However, Swisher is still swinging at 42% of pitches, which is above his career rate of 40%. He is being a little less aggressive than last year (44.5% in 2010), but he should be, as pitchers are throwing him less strikes than in any other year of his career (42% of pitches have been in the strike zone vs. 47.3% for his career). Apparently, he has scared pitchers off a bit.

Couple the increased walk rate with the lowest strikeout rate of his career (21.8%), and it’s obvious he’s seeing the ball very well. In fact, his BB/K ratio is at the best rate of his career at 0.81. His plate approach is perfectly fine.

It really all comes down to luck. His line drive rate of 25% is a career-best and the highest on the Yankees, yet his BABIP is a horrid .255. His HR/FB rate is a microscopic 5.1%, which is way below his norm of 14.6%. This is really just a case of bad luck, pure and simple. There is nothing fundamentally wrong about what he’s doing at the plate. The ball just isn’t cooperating once it’s put into play. Swish will be fine and he’ll be knee-deep in pie soon.

Youkilis steals the show, makes Yankees eat it

May 14, 2011 | 19 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Kevin Youkilis’ 2-run HR off Joba Chamberlain was the decisive blow in the Yankees 5-4 loss to Boston.

Yankees have lost 7 out of 10, and are now 2 games behind first-place Tampa.

Joba ate more than the turnbuckle on Friday night.

Ivan KO’d

May 12, 2011 | 23 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Yanks have lost 6 of their past 9. Ivan Nova is not good.

Yankees hold Royals to 4 hits, lose anyway

May 12, 2011 | 45 comments | in Featured | by SJK

15 men left on base by Yankee hitters. 11 walks issued by Yankees pitchers. Both season-highs. That’s how you still lose when you outhit your opponent 12 to 4.

Not our Buddy: 1 IP, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 H, 2 ER

D-Rob: “I solve problems”

May 10, 2011 | 43 comments | in Featured | by Louis Winthorpe III

David Robertson entered the game with a team-leading left-on-base % of 89.5% (min. 10 IP). That increased after Tuesday’s critical performance.

Well, this is going well so far

May 10, 2011 | 49 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Mark Feinsand of the Daily News:

Soriano came in today and said his elbow was “a little bit tender” according to Girardi. Precautionary MRI tomorrow

Keep in mind, Soriano has an extensive history of elbow injuries, having Tommy John surgery in 2004 and ulnar nerve surgery in 2008.

Minor League Players of the Week, v5

May 10, 2011 | 7 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by Gary Wallace

No repeats this week and the entire cadre of hitters are making their Season Two MLPW debut.

Minor League Players of the Week (v5):

Brett Marshall, 21, RHP, A+
11 IP, 12 K, 4 BB, 10 H, 3 ER
Notable: 10 GBO, 7 FBO

NoMaas Ranking – #16

The lone bright spot on a Tampa Yankee team that is currently tied for last in the Florida State League (10 – 20), Marshall has had his fair share of struggles this season, but strung together two strong starts this past week including a nine strikeout effort on May 2nd. Brett’s somewhat dubious beginning to 2011 (2 – 4, 6.75 ERA) is mainly the result of two bad games, the first one being his season opener (4 IP, 6 ER) and the second one being a complete and utter disaster on April 22nd (1.2 IP, 8 ER). Since then, Brett has made three solid starts (16.1 IP, 2.76 ERA, 2.43 K/BB), displaying results more in line with what we should expect from the talented young Texan.

If one digs a little deeper, we see that Brett has been pretty unlucky with runners on base this year (47.6 LOB%) as well as batted balls (.337 BABIP), which has helped inflate his ERA (3.61 FIP vs. 6.75 ERA). Throw in Marshall’s groundball ability (1.39 GBO / FBO in 2011) and we can reasonably expect some beneficial regression moving forward for Tampa’s ace. And boy do they need it, with virtually every other pitching prospect at A+ struggling, most notably Jose Ramirez (8.14 ERA, 1.890 WHIP). Luis Sojo’s club desperately needs Marshall to keep his streak going and lend some stability to a troubled pitching staff (5.33 Team ERA).

Corban Joseph, 22, LHB 2B, AA
.348/.444/.739 in 27 PAs
Notable: 3 3B, 1 HR

NoMaas Ranking – #14

Until David Adams returns to action, Corban Joseph is the best active Yankees’ second base prospect. Since being drafted back in the 4th round of the 2008 draft, Joseph has been renowned for his strong plate approach (.369 OBP, .64 BB / K career) and it’s carried him to the upper reaches of the minors in only a scant two years. After struggling in a Trenton preview last year (.647 OPS in 130 PA), Corban has seemingly adjusted to the Eastern League (.819 OPS in 112 PA). He’s striking out a higher clip than in the past (22.3 K% in 2011, 16.7 K% career), but he’s still drawing his free passes (9.8 BB% in 2011, 10.6 BB% career) and a little hot streak can quickly get his peripheral numbers back to normal levels. Regardless, it’s very strong production for a 22 year old at the most challenging level of the minors. While Corban’s bat has never really been in question, his defense is not similarly regarded.

The big question mark when talking about Corban Joseph is his defense. There’s been speculation for a long time now that Joseph is destined for third base, where his bat doesn’t play nearly as well. When we questioned Yankees Senior VP of Baseball Operations Mark Newman about Joseph last year, he said about what you would expect, never going so far to call him a good defender but to say he does certain things well and is improving overall. Joseph’s long term value and viability is intrinsically tied to his ability to competently play second base and we’ll likely find out this year at Trenton just where we can expect to see him play in the future.

Honorable Mentions:
Dellin Betances, 23, RHP, AA
5 IP, 5 K, 1 BB, 4 H, 1 ER

Generated nine groundball outs versus only two fly ball outs in this start. Great to see him not miss a beat.

Melky Mesa, 24, RHB CF, AA
.318 / .400 / .545 in 25 PAs

Hopefully this is the start of a long hot streak for Melky. He hasn’t exactly inspired with his play thus far (.558 OPS, 31.0 K%, 2 SB / 5 CS).

David Phelps, 24, RHP, AAA
6 IP, 7 K, 1 BB, 1 H, 0 ER

Phelps just keeps putting up numbers. He’s going to help the Yankees, whether it be in their bullpen or someone else’s rotation.

Rob Segedin, 22, RHB 3B, A
.455 / .538 / .818 in 26 PAs

Better week than Joseph, but he’s two levels lower and the same age.

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