If Tex is KO’d, here’s who the Yanks can use first

May 31, 2014 | 9 comments | in Farm System | by SJK

Daily News:

Mark Teixeira’s right wrist was swollen and an ugly dark pink color. A small, round bandage covered the spot where he had the cortisone shot that he and the Yankees hope will relieve the pain that knocked him out of Saturday’s game.

That shot — let’s be honest here — could also go a long way toward determining the fortunes of this Yankee season. Teixeira will be out for several days while the cortisone goes to work and then the team that plays in a bandbox will see if its best power hitter is ready to return.

As Teixeira himself put it, “If the shot doesn’t work, then I’m worried.”

If Tex is knocked out for an extended period, there will be a crazy scramble to find a replacement for him, as the Yankees playoff hopes will hang in the balance.

However, there is an in-house option that is making a strong case to be called up, and that’s Scranton first baseman, Kyle Roller.

The 26-year old left-handed hitter has won two MLPWs this season from us, and has killed the baseball at both Double-A and Triple-A. He’s certainly old for a minor leaguer, but the Yankees moved him slower than one would expect given his perennially solid hitting numbers. His production this season must be of interest to the front office…

Trenton: 90 PA, .385/.456/.808, 239 wRC+
Scranton: 80 PA, .286/.386/.514, 152 wRC+

Here’s a video of him hitting a 2-run HR on 5/27:

Timing is everything pt. 2

May 31, 2014 | 7 comments | in Featured | by Louis Winthorpe III

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McCann: 2-4, game winning RBI double in the 8th. 

“Hi, I’d like to return this.”

May 31, 2014 | 8 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

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“Sorry, all sales are final.”

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Latest Yankees playoff odds

May 29, 2014 | 5 comments | in Living in Mom's Basement | by SJK

Based on the underlying lessons of Lord Pythagoras and modifying with their own tweaks, we look at the Yankees’ playoff probability measured by both Fangraphs and Baseball Prospectus.

Fangraphs (via CoolStandings):

30.6% chance of making the playoffs either as the division winner or wild card

The 30.6% probability is split evenly between a 15.3% chance of winning the division and a 15.3% chance of getting a wild card spot.

Side note: Based on what’s happened to date, Fangraphs also projects the Yankees to finish 83-79 — which, due to overall American League mediocrity, would secure them the last wild card position

Baseball Prospectus:

44.5% chance of making the playoffs either as the division winner or wild card

That 44.5% probability is comprised of a 25.3% chance of winning the division and a 19.2% chance of winning the wild card.

Sox fans celebrate Manny, look past two drug suspensions and 2003 positive test

May 29, 2014 | 14 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Despite being suspended twice for performance-enhancing drugs and being named on a 2003 doping list along with national media treasure David Ortiz, former Boston slugger Manny Ramirez was cheered by the home crowd on Wednesday night, during a celebration of the 2004 championship team*:

In fact, they were behind Manny from the moment he emerged from within the Green Monster in left field, much the same way we’ve seen him do in the past. Sometimes Manny would disappear in there during a pitching change, and on at least one occasion he was able to sneak in a phone call during that abbreviated period. Because that’s just how Manny rolled.

On Wednesday, he was greeted by chants of “Manny, Manny, Manny” as the crowd chose to focus on the good times from a tumultuous relationship between player, organization and fan base, that didn’t end on the best of terms in 2008.

Now please, Boston fans, tell us how Arod is the devil.

VOTE: Derek and the All-Star Game

May 28, 2014 | 18 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

On Tuesday, it was revealed that Derek Jeter currently leads American League shortstops in All-Star voting, despite hovering around replacement level production. Since performance is not a concern of the voters, we ask…

Too much Busch for the Bombers

May 27, 2014 | 4 comments | in Featured | by SJK

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Lance Lynn: First complete game of his career

“I run New York”

May 27, 2014 | 6 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Fifty may have claimed to run New York, but that wasn’t the case on Tuesday night.

Props to Charleston’s Mike Ford

May 27, 2014 | 5 comments | in Farm System | by SJK

MLPW took a break over the weekend due to Memorial Day festivities, but we’d like to still highlight the crazy display of Charleston Riverdogs first baseman, Mike Ford. On Saturday, the 21-year old smahed FOUR HOME RUNS in one game versus the Hickory Crawdads (Rangers Low A affiliate). It was the first four-homer game in the South Atlantic League since 2002.

After going bananas, the left-handed Ford is fifth in the SAL in wRC+ (165) and 4th in HR (8) — not bad for a kid who wasn’t even drafted.

Ford won our first MLPW of 2014, and here’s his story again:

A Princeton graduate, Ford’s journey is a fascinating one, as he was not selected in the 2013 June draft, despite winning both Ivy League Player and Pitcher of the Year awards in the same season (first to do that in Ivy League history). The Yankees signed him in July after he was leading the Cape Cod League in BA (.407), OBP (.495), and SLG (.663). He had also pitched 7.2 innings and struck out nine, but the Yankees have used him exclusively in a position player role.

The Jersey native grew up a Yankees’ fan and was pumped to be signed by the Bombers:

“I’ve been a Yankees fan my entire life, and I was fortunate enough, I felt like it was a great fit. I was just really happy with everything.”

Mike Matheny outduels Girardi in battle of bullpen idiocy

May 26, 2014 | 6 comments | in Featured | by SJK

In the top of the 12th with runners on 2nd and 3rd, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny called for left-handed specialist Randy Choate to intentionally walk left-handed Ichiro, so he could pitch to switch-hitting Brian Roberts. Right-handed batters have hit Choate on his career to the tune of an .800 OPS. Thanks, Mike. Yanks beat the Cardinals, 6-4.

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Re: Girardi – Besides going to Aceves for two innings in a walk-off situation (and the defense bailing Aceves out), we really hope Joe has not assigned Betances to the “8TH INNING ROLE” because there was a perfect opportunity to use him in the 6th with bases loaded, a 3-1 Yankees’ lead, and strikeouts needed.

Instead, Girardi went to Preston Claiborne and the inning ended with the game tied. That’s typically the high-leverage situation where Joe has effectively utilized Betances this season. Are we seeing the beginning of Girardi “rewarding” Betances by using him in a pre-determined inning only? That would suck.

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