Sweet mother of God, what is the hold up?!

June 30, 2014 | 10 comments | in Farm System | by SJK

Rob Refsnyder Yankees NoMaas Herlihy Boy Saturday Night Live Chris Farley NoMaas
You vicious bastards! Let the boy play second base!

Refsynder at AAA: .371/.500/.629, 206 wRC+

ESPN didn’t get the fellatio reference

June 29, 2014 | 3 comments | in Mediot Observation | by Wade Garrett

Here you go, ESPN.

Thoughts Before Tonight’s Game (June 29, 2014)

June 29, 2014 | 4 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by Rupert Pupkin

Thoughts on both teams before tonight’s game:

First let me address my personal thoughts on last night’s game: It was one of the most depressing results to a baseball game I’ve ever seen. Forget about Tanaka for a moment and realize that the Yankees failed to score an earned run throughout the entirety of the game. They kept putting men on base and kept leaving them there. There were guys caught stealing, bad at bats and just all around terrible offensive baseball.

Now, on to Tanaka: He’s really something special but he’s still learning and, while it couldn’t have hurt worse, he pitched 9 innings of 2 run ball, striking out 8 and allowing only 8 baserunners all game. The choice of a fastball in a 2 strike count has already been discussed ad nauseum, so I won’t get into it beyond saying that Napoli was right, it was idiotic…and it ruined my life for a few hours last night. It was as if Tanaka woke up yesterday morning determined to write the next Great American Novel and decided, just before finishing the last page, to settle on a bestseller.

Oh well, onwards and (hopefully) upwards…

Yankees:

Thing I’m Expecting: Inept offense all around. Maybe Kelly Johnson will start over Solarte and Ichiro will be out there instead of Soriano, as the Red Sox send up RHP John Lackey. All things considered, though – I don’t expect more than 2-3 runs and I hate this offense even worse than I did last year when names like Chris Nelson, Luis Cruz, Brent Lillibridge, Ben Francisco, Alberto Gonzalez and Brennan Boesch showed up on the reg. I’d rather see some of those clowns than the decaying corpses of Brian Roberts and Alfonso Soriano. Seriously, please, at some point, I beg of Brian Cashman – make it stop with these over the hill jokes.
Make. It. Stop.

Thing I Hope to See: Maybe, just maybe, after putting 1-2 guys on base, a run might score. I don’t want to overreach with my hopes here.

Player I Want To Watch: It’d be nice to see Chase Whitley bounce back from his only poor start of the season, last week against Toronto – 3.1 IP, 11 H, 8 ER, 3 BB, 1 HR. I don’t think a better performance is unfathomable. Maybe we’ll get lucky and the stars will align to allow for good pitching AND offense in one game. Also maybe world hunger and the Middle East crisis will go away tonight too.

Red Sox

Thing I’m Expecting Tonight: David Ortiz has been pretty quiet so far in this series, which is entirely unlike him against the Yankees who tend to go out of their way to accommodate Big Sloppy Papi. So it wouldn’t stun me if he hits a crippling or even meaningless HR at some point tonight.

Thing I Hope To See: Chase Whitley hitting David Ortiz in this ass in all of his plate appearances. Tanaka didn’t do it last night, so my hope remains in tact. Also it would dash my expectations of a huge hit.

Player I’m Interested in Seeing: I’m interested in seeing John Lackey get slapped around – literally and/or figuratively. If they don’t start scoring off him by the end of the 6th inning, maybe someone could go up to the mound and punch him in the face. Soriano could do it, though he’d probably miss wildly. Maybe someone can fight Ortiz too. Just give me something to get over the last game’s kick to the balls, I don’t care if it’s sophomoric and unprofessional. Just make ME (and by extension, all Yankee fans) feel better about what happened last night. That’s all I ask!

Player I’m Afraid Of: Something tells me AJ Pierzynski is going to get a big hit. It’s a baseless premonition. I’ll be glad to be wrong. I’ve already seen someone punch him in the face, anyway.

Dear Brian: The problem isn’t your pitching

June 29, 2014 | 15 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

New York Post:

Brian Cashman said he hopes CC Sabathia can rejoin the Yankees in mid-July, but the general manager isn’t waiting until then to upgrade the rotation.

“I am looking to make some addition if I can. So I would like to do things before those guys get back if possible,’’ Cashman said, talking about Sabathia, who is getting closer to returning from the disabled list, and Michael Pineda, who isn’t. “The reason we haven’t done anything is not for the lack of phone calls.’’

If you want to upgrade the rotation, fine. You’re going to continue to hope the Yankees can win low-scoring games by thin margins. This is a team with a -29 run differential.

But, the problem really isn’t the pitching. While the club is certainly Tanaka-dependent, the Yankees pitching armory has held up well this season.

Fangraphs ranks NYY pitching 2nd in the American League in terms of Wins Above Replacement with 10.5. Baseball-Reference is less kind, but still has the Yankees accumulating the 5th-most WAR in the AL with 8.8.

So again, you can upgrade the pitching if you want to, Cash, but “if you can’t score, you can’t win.

The problem is the damn offense. You have guys who are giving you replacement-level and less-than-replacement-level production. Your offense ranks 11th in the AL in WAR.

This is where the priority should be, not upgrading the pitching staff. There are moves on the offensive side of the ball that could be made TODAY: “DUMP TWO, CALL UP TWO

Why is this so difficult to understand?

Napoli calls Tanaka “an idiot”

June 29, 2014 | 9 comments | in Featured | by SJK

You can hear it around the 30 second mark. Sounds like Napoli calls Tanaka an “idiot” twice.

ESPN:

Mike Napoli hoped Masahiro Tanaka would make a mistake. The New York Yankees ace sure did — he twice shook off his catcher, then threw a pitch the Boston slugger could handle.

Napoli stung Tanaka by hitting a solo home run with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting Jon Lester and the Red Sox over the Yankees 2-1 on Saturday night.

What an idiot!” Napoli was heard exclaiming on Fox television microphones as he high-fived teammates in the dugout.

Napoli later said he didn’t mean any disrespect, adding he was “surprised” Tanaka didn’t throw his tremendous split-finger fastball.

Thoughts Before Tonight’s Game (June 28, 2014)

June 28, 2014 | 1 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by Rupert Pupkin

This is going to be a (mostly) regular thing.

Thoughts on both teams before tonight’s game:

Yankees:

Thing I’m Expecting: Tanaka should pitch well. He’s made 15 starts and has 15 Quality Starts. The safe bet is that he’ll do it again. I mean, you saw someone named Vidal Nuno shut down this Red Sox lineup last night, yes? One would think “Ma-kun” could (should) do the same.

Thing I Hope to See: More HRs please. The team has been struggling at home this year and, until last night (K. Johnson, Gardner, McCann), hadn’t had a multi-homerun game at home since May 17th, when Mark Teixeira, Zoilo Almonte and Brian McCann did it against the Pirates. The Yankees need to keep taking advantage of their home field and hitting the ball in the air to RF.

Player I Want To Watch: Now that McCann delivered on my hope from last night, I’m looking for something similar from Carlos Beltran. He’s one of four switch hitters (Teixeira, Roberts, Solarte) on the roster and has historically hit (slightly) better from the right side of the plate, which is where he’ll be vs. Boston’s southpaw starter, Jon Lester. Really, this team has no hope of improving upon their current state if they don’t get the expected productions from Beltran OR McCann.

Player I Don’t Want To Watch: Alfonso Soriano, who will assuredly get the start against the LHP Jon Lester. I’m not looking forward to his wild swings at pitches in the dirt and opposite batter’s box to accompany his bad routes and terrible plays in the OF. Seriously, at some point enough has to be enough with this guy. They’re only on the line for $5M of the $18M owed to him this season (thanks, Cubs) and we’re almost halfway through the year, so a percentage of that is already paid. It is probably addition by subtraction to just send him and the remainder of his salary packing and see what Zoilo Almonte or other internal OF options can bring to the table.

Red Sox:

Thing I’m Expecting Tonight: Jon Lester has been excellent so far, placing 2nd among starting pitchers in WAR coming into the day – Tanaka is 5th (Phil Hughes is 7th!). I’d expect Lester to give the Red Sox length and compete with Tanaka in minimizing base-runners and runs.

Thing I Hope To See: Tanaka (and/or any other pitcher on the mound for NYY) hitting David Ortiz in the ass in all of his plate appearances. I’m saying this because I expect Tanaka will go on to strike out every other batter he faces, of course. The degree to which the media and MLB aid and abet this sloppy, entitled mess of a man is truly astounding. I’d really just love to see him lose his temper for the 4435th time this season, realistic or not. Maybe they can use Yankee Stadium’s official scorer to just mess with his hit total.

Player I’m Interested in Seeing: The Red Sox just called up their prized prospect Mookie Betts. He’ll likely play the OF, though he was an infielder most of the time in the minors. He’s only 21 and was hitting .345/.437/.520 with 8 HR, 48 RBI and 29 SB between Double-A and Triple-A this year (per rotoworld). It should be interesting to see if his skills translate to the big league this early, or if he’ll struggle and become Jackie Bradley, Jr., Jr.

Player I’m Afraid Of: Ortiz. Assuming he’s NOT drilled in the ass every time he steps to the plate, which wouldn’t make sense. The guy has a career OPS of .973 against the Yankees and, as already mentioned (for years), is one of the most intolerable, petulant globs of human in the game.

What DO YOU, the NoMaas reader, think will happen tonight? Sound off (or just insult me) in the comments below!

The Boston Red Sox: Making Vidal Nuno look good since 2014

June 28, 2014 | 3 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Vidal Nuno Yankees NoMaas Hot Girl
Ballin! 5.2 IP, 5 K, 2 BB, 2 H, 0 ER

Daily Thoughts Before Tonight’s Game

June 27, 2014 | 14 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by Rupert Pupkin

Thoughts on both teams before tonight’s series begins against the Red Sox – June 27th, 2014:

Yankees:

Impression Lately: The team has been up and down in just about every way. They took 3 of 3 from Toronto at home, dropped 2 of 3 to Baltimore at home and dropped 2 of 3 in Toronto. They are 5-5 in their last 10, which suggests up and down-ness. I don’t think it’s possible to have any explicit expectation of the team going into this series other than “Tanaka’s start should be good.”

Thing I’m Expecting: Vidal Nuno will likely give up a homerun. He’s in Yankee Stadium and that’s his thing (he’s surrendered 15 HR and has started 12 games). He’s a southpaw and the Red Sox have a righty heavy lineup with Pedroia, Napoli, Gomes and Bogaerts all presenting power from that side of the plate.

Thing I Hope to See: Vidal Nuno give up only one solo homerun, preferably to someone like Bogaerts who I haven’t had enough time to develop deep-seated hatred for. Beyond that, I’d take 5 innings of 3 ER or less from Nuno. Even that is probably asking way too much.

Player I Want To Watch: It would be nice to see Brian McCann do something positive off Brandon Workman, the Red Sox right handed starting pitcher. I understand that he hits into the shift often and his numbers are career lows, but if there’s a time to get it going its now, against an in-division team and a right handed starting pitcher with a career HR/9 of 0.83. The short porch beckons, Brian. Won’t you heed the call?

Red Sox:

Impression Lately: Like the Yankees, the Red Sox are 5-5 over their last 10 games. They are coming off a series in which they dropped 2 of 3 to Seattle and were outscored 24-10. Prior to that, they’d dropped 3 straight to Oakland, with all of those games being decided by 2 runs or less. They’re in 4th place (36-43) in the division and look like a shell of the team who won the World Series last year. Perhaps that’s because they lost Jacoby Ellsbury and replaced him with Jackie Bradley, Jr., who is sporting a comical wRC+ of 63 and a cute slash line of .211/.292/.302 over 261 PA.

Thing I’m Expecting Tonight: I expect the Red Sox to force Nuno to throw strikes. Beyond that, I have little expectations with regard to the Red Sox. They’re a bit enigmatic so far, with a -31 run differential, which is better than the Yankees (-34) despite being 5 games worse in the standings.

Player I’m Interested in Seeing: I know it’s sacrilege to enjoy watching anyone on the Red Sox, but Xander Bogaerts is developing into a special player already. Bogaerts has a slash line of .256/.338/.388 and an ISO of .132. He’s only 21 years old. He also wears #2 to honor Derek Jeter, whom he idolized growing up, which is apropos of very little, strategically speaking.

Player I’m Afraid Of: Tonight, it’s Napoli. On most nights, it would be Ortiz. But Nuno is a lefty, so I’m going to go ahead and fear the fat, bearded 1B over the fat, bearded DH. Napoli currently leads the team in OBP (.391) and OPS (.844) to go along with his 136 wRC+. He’s second on the team in WAR (1.9), just behind Dustin Pedroia (2.0). Napoli is hitting .327 off LHP with 1 HR, 6 RBI and 14 BB in 70 PA. Once again, Nuno is a LHP who is prone to giving up long balls. So again, tonight I am afraid of Mike Napoli.

The Guru speaketh…

June 27, 2014 | 5 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

NY Post / Kevin Long on Brian McCann:

“It seems to happen when he has a couple of good at-bats and then for whatever reason, he will have an at-bat that doesn’t go so well and it will affect him and get to him a little bit,” hitting coach Kevin Long said. “I certainly understand. The biggest thing with McCann is when he has had some good at-bats and doesn’t get rewarded and then he has a bad one and it seems to snowball.’’

Tremendous tutelage.

Replace Nuno with who?

June 26, 2014 | 6 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Vidal Nuno is set to start in Friday night’s opener versus America’s Team™.

With a 5.88 ERA/5.54 FIP/4.41 xFIP, he’s clearly the worst pitcher in the rotation.

He’s rated as sub-replacement level by both Fangraphs (-0.2 WAR) and Baseball-Reference (-0.6 WAR)

So based on these numbers, why keep him around? In an ideal situation, you wouldn’t. But after Chase Whitley was deservedly called up, the cupboard is now bare.

Looking at the Yankees 40-man roster, there is Shane Greene (AAA) and Bryan Mitchell (AA). Both of them have ERAs over 5.00, so the case to bring them up isn’t very compelling.

However, despite the higher ERAs, they both have respectable FIPs. Mitchell has a 3.47 FIP, bolstered by a 9.47 K/9. Greene’s FIP is 3.52.

The high ERAs can be sourced to low Left-On-Base percentage rates — meaning a high rate of baserunners are scoring when they reach base. Both Greene and Mitchell’s LOB % are among the worst in their respective leagues. This could be an indicator of bad luck or crappy defense. Who knows?

But, they’ve both pitched better than their ERAs suggest, and Nuno is sub-replacement. Roll the dice. Maybe you catch lightning in a bottle. It’s worth a shot.

first<   1234567891011   >last