Daily Archives: August 23, 2011

Game 126 | Athletics v.s Yankees

Bartolo Colon lost his last start allowing 5 runs on 7 hits in Kansas City

 

*EDIT* NEW LINEUP:

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 3B
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin

Pitchers:

Brandon McCarthy (6-6, 3.74 ERA) v.s Bartolo Colon (8-7, 3.54 ERA)

Pre-Game News:

— Alex Rodriguez has been scratched from the lineup with a thumb injury. The injury occured Sunday in Minnesota when A-Rod tried to backhand a Joe Mauer ball. A-Rod had a session today, but was forced to cut it short. Eric Chavez will now play 3rd for A-Rod

Enjoy the game.

Series Preview NYY vs Oakland 8/23 – 8/25

Please give a listen to Ricky’s Podcast for some good information about this series.  Listen Here.

Tuesday 7:05PM

McCarthy (6-6)

vs Left .296
vs Right .262
Home Games 3.34
Away Games 4.18
On Grass 3.97
On Turf 2.25
Day Games 3.09
Night Games 3.98
August 4.67
Last 30 Days 3.73

vs.

Colon (8-7)

vs Left .282
vs Right .227
Home Games 3.77
Away Games 3.34
On Grass 3.49
On Turf 3.95
Day Games 2.36
Night Games 4.42
August 5.17
Last 30 Days 4.23

Wednesday 7:05PM

Cahill (9-12)

vs Left .253
vs Right .267
Home Games 3.15
Away Games 5.42
On Grass 4.32
On Turf 2.57
Day Games 3.38
Night Games 4.87
August 7.94
Last 30 Days 6.00

vs

Sabathia (17-7)

vs Left .201
vs Right .261
Home Games 3.12
Away Games 2.81
On Grass 3.07
On Turf 1.69
Day Games 2.30
Night Games 3.24
August 5.28
Last 30 Days 4.50

Thursday 1:05PM

Harden (4-2)

vs Left .165
vs Right .250
Home Games 3.30
Away Games 4.70
On Grass 4.30
On Turf 1.29
Day Games 4.43
Night Games 3.52
August 3.42
Last 30 Days 3.34

vs.

Hughes (4-4)

vs Left .302
vs Right .256
Home Games 7.66
Away Games 4.00
On Grass 6.11
On Turf 3.00
Day Games 6.38
Night Games 5.20
August 1.80
Last 30 Days 2.08

Ballpark Switcheroo: How Would The Yankees Play In Citi Field?

l to r: Yankee Stadium, Citi Field

Imagine you are going to a Yankees game. You decide to take the NYC subway to beat traffic. You enter the train station and pull out your Metrocard. You swipe and go through looking for the train that will take you to the ballpark. But what if the train that you were looking for wasn’t the 4 or the B & D. What if the train you had to take to the Yankees game was the 7 train that left you all the way to Citi Field? It’s a crazy notion I know but think about it for a moment. How would the Yankees perform if they were actually playing in Citi-Field? Sure the Yankees have been there a couple of times to play the New York Mets during the Subway Series, but if the Yankees actually had to play there every single day, players would play more different than they are actually playing now.

Let’s take a look at Citi Field. It is a bigger ballpark than Yankees Stadium with the wall to dead center being 408. For an outfielder like Brett Gardner, playing in Citi Field defense-wise would be heaven. It’s spacious and with Gardner’s speed he could use his speed to his full potential and track down any baseball that comes his way. It would be the same situation with Curtis Granderson. With speed and with all the room he could possibly have, he could get any baseball that comes his way. The only problem with the spacious outfield is that if a ball goes into the gap, it would be tougher to track down and throw back.

Offensively though, it wouldn’t matter the ballpark for the Yankees. While I was listening to the Minnesota Twins broadcast on MY9 on Thursday I heard Michael Kay say something that really stood out to me. They were mentioning Joe Mauer & how he has only hit 1 HR in Target Field, and Michael Kay responded, “Maybe it’s not the ballpark, maybe it’s the players. The Yankees hit HR’s here, they hit HR’s in Citi Field. Maybe it’s the players.” I was thinking and Michael Kay was right. Citi Field isnt’ a HR ballpark, but the reason that the Yankees are able to hit HR’s is because of the team that they have. For players like Mark Teixera, Curtis Granderson & A-Rod it wouldn’t matter what kind of ballpark, as long as you have the power to hit one out of there. For players like Brett Gardner, offensively I believe he would do well. The outfield is big in Citi Field, so probably if Gardner was able to hit into the gap more often, he won’t only get a triple, but he might get an inside the park HR. Now that is only sometimes, but if a player like Gardner or Cervelli pops up a baseball in foul territory, it won’t automatically go into the stands. Let’s face it, you can park a car and probably still have room to build a mall in foul territory. That is where players who tend to pop up the baseballs will find that Citi Field will not work against them.

How do you guys think the Yankees would perform if they played in Citi Field? Do you think it would be an advantage or a disadvantage? Put your thoughts in the comments section below.

Updated WAR Stats (Wins Above Replacement)

From Fangraphs

War is a pretty good stat.  For the average fan here is what you need to know. League-average WAR rates vary. An average full-time position player is worth 2 WAR, while average bench players contribute much less (typically less than 1 WAR).

 

 

Name WAR
Curtis Granderson 6.1
Brett Gardner 4.4
Mark Teixeira 4.3
Robinson Cano 4.3
Alex Rodriguez 3.9
Nick Swisher 3.4
Russell Martin 2.6
Derek Jeter 2
Andruw Jones 0.8
Eric Chavez 0.4
Chris Dickerson 0.2
Francisco Cervelli 0.2
Eduardo Nunez -0.2
Jorge Posada -0.4

Morning Bits: Burnett, Montero, Granderson, Teixeira, Cano

Short home series tonight against Oakland.  Boston lost last night which is good.

here are your morning links….

* Defending AJ is hard to handle.

* Yankees 1 2 3 punch (Granderson, Teixeira, Cano) pick your poision.

* Montero mashes SWB Yankees to a double header sweep.

 

AL EAST STANDINGS

EAST W L PCT GB HOME ROAD RS RA DIFF STRK L10
NY Yankees 77 48 .616 40-24 37-24 675 487 +188 Won 1 7-3
Boston 77 50 .606 1 38-24 39-26 670 530 +140 Lost 1 4-6
Tampa Bay 69 57 .548 8.5 34-29 35-28 540 489 +51 Lost 1 7-3
Toronto 65 62 .512 13 31-29 34-33 595 572 +23 Won 1 6-4
Baltimore 48 77 .384 29 29-35 19-42 522 669 -147 Won 1 3-7