Daily Archives: May 16, 2012

Minor Night Cap: Six RBI for Sanchez in Charleston win, D.J. Mitchell & Brett Marshall w/ strong outings

Empire State Yankees W 3-1

PTF Romine (DL)

Eduardo Nunez – 1H, 2K, .231

Ramiro Pena – 1H, 1K, .221

Kevin Russo – 1R, 1H (Double), 3BB, .279

Steve Pearce – 1R, .331

Cole Garner – 1BB, 3K, .119

Brandon Laird – 1R, 1H, 1RBI, 1K, .242

Ronnier Mustelier – 1H, 1BB, .286

Gustavo Molina – 2H, 2RBI, 2K, .200

Colin Curtis – 1H, 1BB, 2K, .176

PTF Dellin Betances (DNP)

D.J. Mitchell (W, 3-1) – 7.oIP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 6K, 2.75era

Justin Thomas – o.1IP, 1H, 1BB, 3.18era

Manny Delcarmen – o.2IP, oH, 1K, 1.42era

Kevin Whelan (S,9) – 1.oIP, 3K, 1.83era

Trenton Thunder L 1-0

PTF Zoilo Almonte (DNP)

Abraham Almonte – 1H, .285

Corban Joseph – 1H, 1BB, .343

David Adams – 1H, 3K, .227

Cody Johnson – 1K, .270

Melky Mesa – 3K, .254

Luke Murton – 2H, 1BB, .283

Kevin Mahoney – 1H, 2K, .291

Jose Gil – 1BB, .227

Walter Ibarra – oH, .274

PTF Brett Marshall – 7.oIP, 2H, 1BB, 2K, 2.79era

Preston Claibrone (L, 1-2) – 1.oIP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 4.24era

Tampa Yankees L 6-5

PTF J.R. Murphy – (DNP)

Ramon Flores – 1H, 1K, .247

Kelvin Castro – 1R, 1H (solo homer), 1RBI, 2K, .212

Rob Segedin – 1R, 1H (Double), 1K, .297

Neil Medchill – 1R, 2H, 1RBI, 1K, .270

Kyle Higashioka – 1R, 1H (Double), 1RBI, 1K, .214

Eduardo Sosa – 1H, .245

Tyson Blasser – 1R, 1H, 1RBI, 2K, .388

Garrison Lassiter – 1H, 1RBI, 1K, .196

Jose Toussen – 1K, .191

PTF Nik Turley (DNP)

Zachary Nuding – 7.0IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 1BB, 5K, 4.63era

Tom Kahnle – 1.oIP, 2H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K, 9.64era

Rigoberto Arrebato (BS, 1) (L, 1-1) – 1.oIP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 1K, 3.57era

Charleston River Dogs W 14-5

PTF Dante Bichette Jr. 3R, 2H, 2RBI, 2BB, .244

Mason Williams – 1R, 3H, 2RBI, .315

Cito Culver – 2R, 2H, 1RBI, 1BB, .220

Tyler Austin – 2R, 1H (2-Run Homer), 2RBI, 1BB, 1K, .288

Gary Sanchez – 2R, 2H (Double, 3-Run Homer), 6RBI, 1K, .333

Benjamin Gamel – 1R, 2H, 1BB, .255

Kelvin De Leon – 1R, 1H, 1RBI, .286

Francisco Arcia – 1R, 2H, 1K, .395

Ali Castillo – 1R, 1H, 2K, .348
PTF Bryan Mitchell (DNP)

Caleb Cotham (W, 3-1) – 6.oIP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2K, 2.31era

Pedro Guerra – 1.oIP, 0H, 1.59era

John Brebbia – 2.oIP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 1BB, 1HR, 3.86era

Game 37 Lineup: Yankees @ Blue Jays

Lineup vs. Blue Jays

Curtis Granderson CF
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Eric Chavez DH
Russell Martin C
Jayson Nix SS

Hiroki Kuroda RHP

Start Time: 7:07pm
Stadium: Rogers Center
T.V: YES Network
Radio: WCBS 880

Enjoy the game everyone!


Nova’s Quietly Bad Season Thus Far

 Ivan Nova has quietly been pretty awful for the Yankees this season. He has been getting a pass because of the run support the Yankees have given him and the good grace he built over last year. On the year Nova is 4-1, with a 5.44 ERA, and a 1.67 WHIP. Nova has been every bit as bad as Phil Hughes but has managed to escape the criticism that Hughes has gotten. Hughes is trending upwards and Nova downwards so maybe that will soon change.

In addition to the reasons I gave prior I think Nova does not get the criticism Hughes does because Hughes was the higher rated prospect with more expectations, and he has frustrated Yankees fans over the last few years now. I will start off with the few positive things I can say about Nova that you hope he can build on. His 8.37 K/9 compared to his 2.93 BB/9 is very good and a big improvement over last year. Also, his stuff looks the same if not better. His fastball velocity has increased and his slider has continued to develop into an out pitch, as it has a 20.91 whiff %. Also Nova’s xFIP is 3.57 which suggests he has gotten a little bit unlucky. However, this has not translated into good results as Nova has gotten bombed this year.

They’re some pretty ugly numbers for Nova this year. Nova’s batting line against this year is .326/.381/.623/1.004, which is pretty egregious. If a hitter has a career OPS of 1.003 they are a no doubt 1st ballot Hall of Famer. In fact the only 8 players in MLB history who have a career OPS higher than what Nova is giving up this year are Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Lou Gehrig, Barry Bonds, Jimmy Foxx, Albert Pujols, Hank Greenberg, and Roger Hornsby. Also, Nova has a ridiculously bad HR/FB rate of 18.4% and a BABIP of .380. Those numbers are so high that you know there is no way they can stay that high. Last year Nova’s HR/FB rate was 8.4% and his BABIP was .283. Part of the reason Nova is giving up more home runs is obviously because he is allowing more fly balls than he did last year. Nova’s fly ball percentage this year is 35.5% compared to 28.9% last year and his ground ball % is 45.7% this year compared to 52.7% last year. Keeping the ball on the ground was a key element to Nova’s success last year that is missing this year.

Nova’s fastball has been getting killed at an alarming rate this year. Fangraphs has Nova’s fastball as 10.2 runs below average, which makes it the worst fastball in MLB this year. (Click Fan Graphs to see the chart) Yes it is even raked worse than Jamie Moyer’s Stone Age fastball. Also Nova’s whiff percentage on his fastball is a mere 2.37 %. Nova’s velocity is better than last year so the issue must be the location. Here is a graph of Nova’s fastball locations this year courtesy of  The River Ave Blues. You can click on the graph to make it larger if you want to.

As you can see a lot of the fastballs are up in the zone and when you combine that with home run friendly Yankee Stadium it is not good.  To get back to the pitcher he was in 2011 Nova will have to pitch down in the zone better. I am not saying this is going to last forever or it can’t be fixed. I am saying he is going to need to improve a lot to live up to the expectations the Yankees had for him this year.  As I mentioned earlier Nova’s stuff has looked good, so he has the ability to turn it around. Another thing Nova has going for him that you cannot see in any of these stats is his mental toughness. Nova has shown from his first MLB start when he drilled Jose Bautista that nobody will intimidate him. Nova has continued to battle this year and has gotten out of some really though situations. Unfortunately, if he cannot locate his fastball his mental toughness may not matter. With the injuries to the bullpen the Yankees need length and effectiveness from their starters badly. Hopefully he can regain his form from last year and become the #3 starter that was expected out of him.

Series Preview: Yankees at Blue Jays | 5/16/12-5/17/12

Pitching Matchups

Wednesday, 5/16/12, 7:07pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Hiroki Kuroda, RHP
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 2 K, 3 BB, 2 HR
On the Season: 3-4, 3.56 ERA / 4.76 FIP / 4.25 xFIP, 5.02 K/9, 3.14 BB/9 in 43.0 IP

Pitching for the Blue Jays: Kyle Drabek, RHP
Last Start: 4.1 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 5 K, 4 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 2-4, 3.66 ERA / 5.09 FIP / 4.18 xFIP, 7.55 K/9, 5.49 BB/9 in 39.1 IP

Thursday, 5/17/12, 7:07pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Phil Hughes, RHP
Last Start: 7.2 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 4 K, 1 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 3-4, 5.50 ERA / 5.31 FIP / 4.37 xFIP, 8.50 K/9, 2.25 BB/9 in 36.0 IP

Pitching for the Blue Jays: Drew Hutchison, RHP
Last Start: 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 4 K, 4 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 2-1, 5.53 ERA / 4.04 FIP / 3.76 xFIP, 6.83 K/9, 3.25 BB/9 in 27.2 IP

NYY Offense

Who’s Hot

— Robinson Cano – 13 for 28 with 4 doubles, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not

— Russell Martin – 2 for 14 with 1 double, 2 RBI, 5 BB, 5 K in the last 7 days

TOR Offense

Who’s Hot:

— Brett Lawrie – 9 for 26 with 1 double, 2 RBI in the last 7 days

— Edwin Encarnacion – 7 for 26 with 1 double, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 3 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not

— J.P Arencibia – 3 for 19 with 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K in the last 7 days

— Adam Lind – 3 for 17 with 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K in the last 7 days

— Eric Thames – 4 for 20 with 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 7 K in the last 7 days

Enjoy the series everyone!

Morning Bits: Kuroda, Nova, Soriano, Girardi

Not a good day for Yankee baseball yesterday.  Really if you think about the only two runs scored last night happened because a Yankee fan reached out into the field of play.  New series tonight.

Let’s get right to the links….

— Yankees are seeking length from Kuroda in Toronto writes Jon Star of MLB.COM.

Bryan Hoch of mlb.com has an article of Soriano recalling his history as a closer and he is confident.

Hoch also writes that the Yankees are hoping Nova can stay on turn.

— For what it’s worth Girardi said if the roles were reversed he would have argued the home run call from last night off of Granderson bat.



Yanks bats fall silent as Orioles defeat Yankees 5-2

The Yankees bats looked a bit off all night long. Pop-ups were hit, liners right back to the pitcher and of course, the infamous double play ball. CC Sabathia wasn’t as sharp as he usually was in his past outing, giving up 4 runs to the Orioles. The only 2 Yankees runs that occurred were a 2 run HR from Curtis Granderson that only left the Yankees trailing by 2, until Freddy Garcia gave up a run on a pass ball which sealed the Yankees fate.

The big news of the day however was David Robertson. Robertson joins his friends Mo & Gardner on the disabled list with a right oblique strain. Robertson went to New York for the MRI before joining his teammates in Baltimore. Joe Girardi says that Robertson will not pick up a baseball for 7-10 days since they do not want to aggravate the injury. Here’s a little helpful hint Joe: let’s not rush him back. Yankees tried to rush back Brett Gardner but Gardner ended up staying on the DL longer.

The Yankees have a gigantic gap in their bullpen with Rafael Soriano taking over the 9th but no one in the 7th or 8th inning roles. If Ivan Nova (who is out with a sprained ankle) can’t make his start, there would be no telling who gets the ball. David Phelps might be needed in the bullpen due to Robertson’s injury.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Yankees pack up and head to Canada where they will play a  2 game set with the Toronto Blue Jays. Hiroki Kuroda should already be in Toronto since he was sent way ahead with the rest of the team. Kuroda will start tomorrow’s game.