Daily Archives: August 12, 2011

TB v.s NYY – 8/12/11


Jeter SS
Granderson CF
Teixeira 1B
Cano 2B
Swisher DH
Jones RF
Martin C
Nunez 3B
Gardner LF

Pitching Matchup:

David Price (9-10, 3.89 ERA) v.s CC Sabathia (16-6, 2.81 ERA)

Enjoy the game!

Series Preview Tampa Bay @ NYY 8/12 – 8/14

Of course with each series preview we have the great podcast preview from Ricky. 

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Friday Aug 12th 7:05pm

Price (9-10)

vs Left .178
vs Right .260
Home Games 3.59
Away Games 4.24
On Grass 4.21
On Turf 3.66
Day Games 4.28
Night Games 3.65
August 5.56
Last 30 Days 4.70


Sabathia (16-6)

vs Left .200
vs Right .251
Home Games 2.89
Away Games 2.74
On Grass 2.92
On Turf 1.69
Day Games 2.30
Night Games 3.05
August 5.79
Last 30 Days 3.16

Saturday 4:10pm

Hellickson (10-7)

vs Left .212
vs Right .205
Home Games 2.70
Away Games 3.38
On Grass 3.17
On Turf 2.96
Day Games 2.56
Night Games 3.38
August 1.23
Last 30 Days 2.39


Hughes (2-4)

vs Left .370
vs Right .259
Home Games 9.16
Away Games 5.12
On Grass 7.88
On Turf 3.00
Day Games 7.50
Night Games 6.75
August 1.42
Last 30 Days 4.76

Sunday 1:05 PM

Shields (11-9)

vs Left .237
vs Right .200
Home Games 2.15
Away Games 3.66
On Grass 4.14
On Turf 1.98
Day Games 2.06
Night Games 3.29
August 0.55
Last 30 Days 4.76


Garcia (10-7)

vs Left .284
vs Right .244
Home Games 3.53
Away Games 2.76
On Grass 3.09
On Turf 3.86
Day Games 1.73
Night Games 4.22
August 1.80
Last 30 Days 3.26

Mark Teixeira’s Declining Batting Average

Mark Teixeira’s game is centered around offensive production and his stellar defense at first base. To give you an idea at just how productive Teixeira has been, Mark hasn’t produced less than 105 RBIs since his rookie season in 2003. Even then, he drove in 82 RBIs. Then a question must be asked, If Teixeira has been so consistently productive as of this year, why has his batting average dropped off so much?

Could it just be how he is aging as a player?

The only problem with that idea is Teixeira is on pace to hit 44 homers this year, and have about 120 RBIs. That’s close to as good as Teixeira has been in the past. In 2005, Mark his 43 home runs and 144 RBIs. However, the difference between then and now is a 50 point batting average drop. So, the answer is not normal decline.

It has to do with the stadium. Take a look:

Rangers Ballpark (TEX: 03-07) Turner Field (ATL: 07-08) Angels Stadium (LAA: 08) Yankee Stadium (NYY: 09-)
Right Field 325 ft. 330 ft. 330 ft. 314 ft.
Left Field 332 ft. 335 ft. 330 ft. 318 ft.
Batting Average .283 .295 .358 .268

The Rangers Ballpark in Arlington is a homer-friendly ballpark. His AVG was at .283 in his Texas years. Then, on the Braves, Teixeira’s average was .295. Turner Field is much less of a hitter’s park, and the same with the Angels Stadium. With that said, is it a coincidence that his best batting average years (overall) came in Turner Field and Angels Stadium.

Why is it that the stadium has such an effect, as shown above, on batting average?

It is all in what Mark Teixeira is trying to do. If you are a power hitter such as Teixeira, and are in a very, very homer-friendly stadium as in New York, you are going to try to hit more fly-balls than you ever did. The more fly-balls you try to hit, the more home runs you are going to hit. Right?

Wrong. In 2005, most likely Teixeira’s career season, he hit .301 with 43 homers, and a fantastic 144 RBIs. As shown by its dimensions, Texas’ ballpark is extremely homer friendly, only slightly less than at Yankee Stadium. However, Mark Teixeira, did not try to hit more flyballs. It was in the line-drives where he achieved his success. His LD% (line-drive percentage) was at 22.2%. In fact, Teixeira’s GB rate was 0.2 higher than his FB%. Back then, he simply relied on his own sheer power to hit homers. Instead of trying to hit the ball high and far, Mark tried to hit it hard somewhere. Once hit it hard, his power would take over the rest and drive it out of the park.

6 years later, Teixeira is hitting just .251, although his homers and RBIs are still quite up there. Why is there such a difference, from one homer-friendly park to another? The reason, is Mark Teixeira is simply over-compensating. Every single time, Mark is attempting to hit it high and far, which usually means out of Yankee Stadium. His LD% is down 5 points from his excellent season in 2005. Now is FB% is 14 percent larger than his GB%. 14 percent. And even though Teixeira’s flyball rate is up, he still isn’t hitting homers at the rate he did back then. In 2005, his HR/FB ratio was 21.2%. Now it is done to 18.5 %.

What does that tell us?

It provides direct statistical proof that the act of trying to hit flyballs, actually causes the hitter to hit more weak flyballs. If Teixeira were to start focusing on hitting more line-drives, his natural power will kick in, and he still will be able to hit 40-45 homers as he did back in 2005.

The reason I keep going back to 2005, is that 2005 is proof that Teixeira doesn’t have to sacrifice his AVG for HR and RBI. It is within Mark’s ability that he can just focus on hitting hard line-drives, and his production in HRs and RBI will still be high. However, as long as Teixeira tries to hit fly-ball after fly-ball, you’re going to see a consistent .250 AVG like he hit last year, and as of now, this year.

Joe: "Hit it hard somewhere for me Tex."

Is Teixeira’s declining batting average really a problem?

It’s not the worst problem to have in baseball, as long as his HR and RBI production remains strong. This year, Teixeira is on pace to hit at least 40 HR and 120 RBI which is fantastic. As long as he still gives the team lots of HR and RBI, then his AVG is the least of my worries. However, in the long term, it could become a definite problem. Once Mark starts declining due to age, which will happen later in the contract, he is going to be less able to drive it out of the ballpark. Therefore, it will not be a good idea to continue trying to hit fly-ball after fly-ball. Much less of them will simply not go out, due to age.

When the time comes, Teixeira may need to reinvent himself, as the line-drive hitter he used to be, but until then, let’s sit back and watch Teixeira have another very productive season.

Some Yankee Notes

Some Yankee Notes

Rafael Soriano has retired 17 of the 18 batters he’s faced since returning from the disabled list on July 29.

He’s sporting a 0.00 ERA and 0.17 WHIP over six innings of work in that timespan. Soriano is still amongst the most overpaid players in baseball, but he’ll be an asset for the Yankees down the stretch if he can get into a groove, particularly with Mariano Rivera going through a rare rough stretch.

Source: New York Post


A.J. Burnett’s rotation spot is no longer guaranteed.

Manager Joe Girardi said on Tuesday that Burnett’s job was safe, but he could apparently be sent to the bullpen in favor of Phil Hughes if Hughes pitches well against the Rays on Saturday. Burnett has been ghastly in 29 1/3 innings since the All-Star break, posting a 6.44 ERA to go along with a 1.81 and 29/14 K/BB ratio.

Morning Bits: A-Rod, Nova, Staten Island Yankees

Yankees win yesterday afternoon and are now one game back of Boston.   I’m starting to get a little worried about Mariano though.  New series today against Tampa.  I will be at the game tonight.

here are your morning links…

* A-Rod is getting back on the field tonight.

* Staten Island Yankees snap skid and win 7-5.

* Girardi knows that Nova has earned his stripes.


Boston 72 44 .621 37-22 35-22 631 487 +144 Lost 1 6-4
NY Yankees 71 45 .612 1 39-23 32-22 622 450 +172 Won 2 7-3
Tampa Bay 63 54 .538 9.5 31-28 32-26 501 460 +41 Won 4 7-3
Toronto 59 58 .504 13.5 29-28 30-30 546 540 +6 Lost 1 5-5
Baltimore 45 70 .391 26.5 28-33 17-37 474 612 -138 Lost 1 3-7

Yankees Now 1 Game back of Boston thanks to a Grandslam from Cano

Yankees 6, Angels 5

Gardner, LF 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 .279
Jeter, DH 3 2 3 0 1 0 0 .276
Granderson, CF 4 1 1 2 0 1 5 .275
Teixeira, 1B 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 .247
Cano, 2B 4 1 3 4 0 0 1 .303
Swisher, RF 3 0 1 0 1 0 2 .268
Chavez, Er, 3B 3 0 0 0 1 1 4 .295
Nunez, E, SS 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 .268
Cervelli, C 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .245
1-Martin, PR-C 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .228
Totals 31 6 10 6 5 4 18 .265


Colon 6.0 5 2 2 2 3 1 3.31
Soriano, R(W, 2-1) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.86
Robertson 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.35
Wade 0.1 2 2 2 0 1 0 2.53
Rivera, Ma(S, 30) 0.2 1 1 1 0 0 1 2.40
Totals 9.0 9 5 5 2 4 2 3.52


Bryan Hoch with the Recap

NEW YORK — Robinson Cano bounded around the bases sporting a huge grin, wildly slapping hands with his teammates before popping back into the sunshine to acknowledge a roaring curtain call.

It was a huge price to pay for a crucial error, and Cano charged that bill, blasting a seventh-inning grand slam to lead the Yankees to a 6-5 victory over the Angels on Thursday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

“It’s a great feeling,” said Cano, who collected his fifth career grand slam and his 20th homer of the season. “They made a mistake, and those are the situations you come through and help the team win the game.”

Cano’s drive off Scott Downs struck the facing of the second deck in right field, immediately following a flub by Angels second baseman Maicer Izturis, who booted a routine ground ball that could have been the final out of the inning.

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