And when the Stadium still rocked & rolled…

August 9, 2014 | 5 comments | in Yankees History | by SJK

One of the greatest sporting moments I’ve ever seen. Still brings a tear to the Sensei’s eyes.

Best part about Paul O’Neill…

August 9, 2014 | 2 comments | in Yankees History | by SJK

That hair.

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Yankees shoot blanks against Cleveland

August 9, 2014 | 8 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Stephen Drew NoMaas Yankees Bang Gun
Drew: 0-4, 3 K // hitting .179/.233/.286 as a Yankee

A wasted excellent pitching performance from Brandon McCarthy: 6.1 IP, 8 K, 0 BB, 7 H, 2 ER

Everybody from the 313, put your muthafu**in hands up and lose three

August 7, 2014 | 15 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Shane Green 8 mile Eminem NoMaas Yankees
Greene: 8 IP, 5 K, 3 BB, 5 H, 0 ER

D-Rob unloads: “Yanks blew their chance to sign me on the cheap”

August 7, 2014 | 20 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

In a remarkably candid comments, David Robertson talks about his future with the Yankees / NY POST:

David Robertson, who has not discussed a contract extension, said he is content to finish the season before talking to the Yankees about his future and said the team might have saved itself money had it attempted to sign the closer last winter.

“I thought the calls would come but at this point right now I am going to wait and see how the season plays out,’’ Robertson said before the Yankees’ 5-1 win over the Tigers Wednesday at the Stadium.

“It would have to be a legit offer at this point of the year,’’ said Robertson, who has converted 30-of-32 saves and has proved to everybody replacing Mariano Rivera wasn’t too tall of a task.

“This offseason I probably would have gone for a discount, although I wasn’t a closer,’’ said the 29-year-old right-hander, who is making $5.215 million in a walk year.

Asked if he was puzzled by the lack of an offer, Robertson said he wasn’t.

Not at all, it seems the way they do business around here,’’ he said. “I have been to arbitration three times. It’s not like I don’t like playing here, but I have to do what’s best for me.’’

Wow. Very strong words.

For the record, in December 2013 and again in February 2014, we advocated offering a D-Rob an extension for non-closer money, especially before he could leverage the “magical save statistic.” And according to Robertston himself, he would have very likely accepted an offer for non-closer money.

Trade RUN BMG?

August 6, 2014 | 18 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Very interesting article from the Huffington Post:

During an off-season when the Yankees seemed to be signing a veteran free agent every week, Garnder’s contract extension was almost an afterthought, but it was probably the best signing of last off-season, with the exception of Masahiro Tanaka who, when healthy, is one of the game’s best pitchers. Despite having some good seasons in recent years, the Yankees have rarely had anybody with significant trade value. Many of their best players were either old or locked in to very player friendly contracts. The exception to this was Robinson Cano in 2012 and 2013, but the Yankees decided to try, albeit not very hard, to resign him rather than turn him into prospects. After this season, Gardner will present the Yankees another opportunity to partially restock a depleted farm system. However, if recent Yankee history is any guide, they will probably sign a few more aging free agents and criticize Gardner for not hustling or some similar nonsense.

Agree or disagree, it’s a certainly thought-provoking article.

Joba: “I’ve never felt worse in my life”

August 6, 2014 | 9 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

NY Post:

Earlier, Joba said he felt terrible about hitting Jeter.

“I never felt worse in my life,’’ Chamberlain said. “It was awful. I’ve known Derek a long time and he means a lot to me. With two outs, that was the last thing I wanted to do.

“You played with him and you played against him, he’s one of the greatest players to ever play this game and more so a greater person,’’ Chamberlain said of his deep respect for Jeter. “That means more to me than anything, his numbers speak for themself — but just the way he treated me. I just had a big conversation with him before the game, too, so like I said, it sucks.’’

As an aside, Joba is having a very good season for Detroit, arguably his best season since bursting into the Bronx in 2008. In 46 IP, he has a 2.93 ERA / 2.87 FIP / 3.05 xFIP. His K/9 rate has increased to 9.00 from 8.14 last season, and his BB/9 has decreased to 2.93 from 5.57.

Yankee pitching tames Tigers

August 5, 2014 | 15 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Brandon McCarthy NoMaas Yankees Tiger
5.2 IP, 8 K, 2 BB, 5 H, 0 ER (1 R)

Brett Gardner keeping playoff hopes alive

August 4, 2014 | 11 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

High-priced free agents, fugetaboutit. The best player on the Yankees is the last homegrown starting position player this organization produced: Brett Michael Gardner, otherwise known as RUN BMG.

Gardner’s overall value to the Yankees should not be a surprise. He’s been criminally-underrated by Yankees fans for years, despite being the 2nd-most productive Yankee during Robinson Cano’s tenure. Let’s not forget that in 2010 and 2011, he totalled 10.9 Wins Above Replacement, which ranked 12th-best in all of MLB.

And now because he’s having his best hitting season ever (130 wRC+), the masses are finally beginning to appreciate him.

Per Fangraphs, Gardner has been worth 3.5 Wins Above Replacement so far this season. After that, it’s Jacoby Ellsbury at 2.2 WAR.

Gardner ranks 13th in the American League this season in terms of WAR, and is only a touch behind Miguel Cabrera.

The only thing that bugs us about BMG is the large decrease in stolen base attempts. In 2010 and 2011, he swiped nearly 50 bags in each season. He’s only attempted 22 steals year-to-date, continuing a trend of decreased aggressiveness starting from last season. We’d really like to know why he doesn’t run as much anymore.

Regardless, in the year of RE2PECT, this is Brett’s team right now.

After taking 2 of 3 from America’s Team™, where does that leave Yankees’ playoff probability?

August 4, 2014 | 2 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Fangraphs (via CoolStandings):

19.7% chance of making the playoffs either as the division or wild card

The 19.7% probability is split between a 9.9% chance of winning the division and a 9.8% chance of getting a wild card spot.

Although still a low percentage, this is a sizable increase from the 10.4% back on July 14th.

Baseball Prospectus:

18.8% chance of making the playoffs either as the division winner or wild card

That 18.8% probability is comprised of a 9.6% chance of winning the division and a 9.2% chance of winning the wild card.

Oddly, this is a decrease from the 21.6% chance that Baseball Prospectus had on July 14th.

Also of note is that Baseball Prospectus has always been more bullish on the Yankees than Fangraphs, and now that has changed. Why? We don’t know. But it’s interesting to note.

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