Open Thread: Blacked out

The intangibles of Jorge Posada
Jennings takes stock

The Yankees are playing the Red Sox in Fort Myers tonight, but alas the game will not be seen by those of us in the New York area. YES asked MLB Network to black the game out (as well as the ones on March 22nd and 28th), which is their right. I’m not sure why, but it’s dumb. Apparently no one ever bothered to ask them if MLBN could broadcast Yankees’ games. In case you’re one of the lucky ones who will be able to watch the game, here’s the lineup:

Gardner, CF
Ransom, 3B
Miranda, 1B
Nady, RF
J-Rod, DH
Molina, C
Shelley, LF
Berroa, SS
Pena, 2B

Scheduled Pitchers: Chien-Ming Wang, Brett Tomko, Mike Dunn, Anthony Claggett

Teams are only required to send three regulars on road trips, so they obviously took advantage of it this game. Here’s a slightly abbreviated hodgepodge of Friday Randomness links:

  • Hey look, Michael Ynoa exists. Oh, and it’s not Inoa anymore.
  • John Dewan, the man behind The Fielding Bible I & II, made a pretty significant discovery. Apparently defense is worth roughly half as much as offense. That’s higher than I would have though, but he backs it up with some evidence. (h/t MLBTR)
  • Project Prospect profiled first round draft prospect Kyle Gibson. I am an unabashed Gibson fan (I love the combination of super projectability and college seasoning), so you’l be hearing lots about him between now and draft day. (h/t CBB)
  • Things aren’t looking so hot for Dustin McGowan as he battles back from major shoulder surgery.
  • Speaking of injuries, Alan Horne’s doing well on his comeback trail.

Here’s your open thread/game thread for the night. In addition to the Yanks, the Knicks and Nets are both in action tonight. Anything goes here, just be civil.

The intangibles of Jorge Posada
Jennings takes stock
  • radnom

    Damn, I was exciting to catch my first spring training game on TV, but this lineup is not doing it for me. Oh well, I’ll at least catch the first few innings.

  • http://www.MinorLeagueNotebook.com Doug Gray

    Nice link for Dewan’s discovery. Can’t wait to see what else he has to say about it in the future. It sounds like he has some more to divulge, but is holding back for a little bit on it.

    • cult of basebaal

      i’m not sure that “discovery” is really the right word for it, he’s certainly not the 1st one to do the research and reach an essentially similar factoring

      check out the discussion on the topic at BBTF:http://www.baseballthinkfactory.org/files/newsstand/discussion/dewan_the_most_significant_discovery_of_my_career/

      • http://www.MinorLeagueNotebook.com Doug Gray

        Thanks for that. Some interesting stuff there. I love the work Dewan’s system does and how it goes about coming up with the +/-, the most accurate defensive rating system that I have come across anyways. Still, there is a lot of work that needs to be done in the fielding stats side of things (maybe HitF/X will solve a few more of those for us when it comes out).

  • whozat

    They’re babying Joba. It’s so stupid. No one’s ever been hurt by a huge season-over-season innings increase before!

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      Ever hear of Fausto Carmona?

      (I apologize if my sarcasm meter isn’t functioning properly after my 1st six-pack of the evening.)

      • whozat

        I appreciate the apology :-)

  • Joe R

    If you wanna watch on the comp heres a link to get it. http://tinyurl.com/cy5fwh

    • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

      Read the commenting policy. Pretty sure this will get deleted soon.

  • cult of basebaal

    aaargh. my ears, MLB.tv has the red sox feed.

  • cult of basebaal

    two lousy strike calls on gardner, he’s right to complain.

    • Jake H

      True. The ump has sucked.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      The umpire is clearly rooting for Melky to win the job.

  • anonymous

    If you get the NESN channel its not blocked there for some reason.

    • Steve H

      Because NESN doesn’t have the Celtics.

      • anonymous

        Nevermind I was wrong the game isnt on NESN. Just some infomercial for Red Sox tickets.

  • Natalie

    I’m a University of Missouri student and baseball’s just kicked off here, so I’ll try and share some amateur video footage of Gibson with the site.

  • Joe R

    Wang didnt look good at all :| And it looks like Papi can hit an inside pitch again.

    • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

      He left a couple up and bad defense behind him prolonged the injury/. I’m not worried.

      • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

        Fuck ipod auto typing. innings* not injury

  • Troy

    Nice to see Horne progressing well.

  • http://miraluka.com/main/nyyliveblog Miraluka

    Game has died down on the action, if any of you care. Check the URL under my name if you want a little run-down of what’s happening in addition to what PeteAbe posts.

    Brett Tomko is starting to make me think he’s a viable long-man. Giese has kind of stumbled this spring.

    • Drew

      I especially appreciated your commentary on the K-man.

  • http://miraluka.com/main/nyyliveblog Miraluka

    Hahaha, thanks.

  • Jay

    It will be interesting to see the percentage of games the Yankees win with Posada starting behind the plate versus the percentage won with Molina as backstop. Because I think Posada is awful at calling a game and not much better defensively and Molina is fantastic at both, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if the percentage won wasn’t pretty close or if the Yankees win a higher percentage with Molina there.

    • Drew

      Awful is beyond a stretch bro. Give me a break. We should trade Jorge for Brad Ausmus because he calls a helluva game.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      Yeah, I highly doubt that. Molina’s defense does not come any where near the value of Posada’s offense. Using the WAR system from CHONE, Posada was worth 0.2 WAR (defense is included in this) in 194 PAs–his offense was +1, his defense was -4. Molina was worth 0.4 WAR in 286 PAs, +9 defense, -20 offense. Mostly all of Molina’s defensive value is negated by his atrocious bat.

      Calling a game, while valuable, seems pretty overrated. I mean, your game calling can only be as good as the guys you’re catching, right? Posada and Molina are both gonna look a lot better catching CC, AJ, Wang, and Joba this year than they looked (along with Moeller) catching Ponson and Rasner. I don’t have the book in front of me but in Between the Numbers, there was a chapter on this, using the Giants and AJ Pierzynski and Mike Matheny.

      • Drew

        IMO, throw the computers away on this one. We all love what Molina does behind the plate, teams like the Angels must kringe when he’s behind the dish. Though we must remember, Throwing a man out in the 8th when you’re down 3 doesn’t proivde the profitability that a three run homer or a double does in the same situation. Jorge is our catcher, Molina is the best backup in the league and arguably could start on a team with the firepower like us, just not when Jorge is on the team.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          Eh…I don’t think his defense makes up enough for his bat to justify a starting job anywhere

          • Drew

            Well the season before last he did have a .420 on base but… I guess that’s not good enough.

            • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

              Huh? I’m talking about Molina. I don’t think ihs great defense maks up enough for his bat to justify him starting anywehre. Posada’s bat more than makes up for his defense, IMO, and he would start on most of the 30 teams, excluding the Twins since Mauer is Jorge with less power but more contact skills at the plate and Molina behind it.

              • Drew

                Oh my mistake, I misread it. But I do believe Molina could start on a team like ours, assuming gardner doesn’t stink it up.

                • Drew

                  as i mentioned… he could start on our team assuming a guy like Jorge isn’t on the roster.

  • Jay

    It seemed like the Yankees did much better with Molina behind the plate last year (versus how they did last year with anyone else behind the plate). But not knowing the numbers, I would vastly prefer having Molina there myself.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      It seems like that because Molina played in more games than Jorge so you remember more wins from Molina. Posada,awful defense included, is more valuable behind the plate than Molina.

  • Drew

    Call me callous, but i could careless if McGowan is done. A man that struts out with those foolish sideburns from Napoleon Dynamite deserves what he’s got coming.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      Call me callous, but I couldn’t care less if Eric Devendorf’s legs fall off and he’s never able to play basketball ever again. A man that struts out with that foolish eyebrow pencil looking beard deserves what he’s got coming.

      • Drew

        I agree, and no.. I won’t call you callous. LOL

  • http://miraluka.com/main/nyyliveblog Miraluka

    Well the idea is that the Yanks lost a few games because of Molina’s lack of a bat. The rotation wasn’t all that strong for most of the year so we’d have to make up for it by knocking in runs.

    I tend to agree, that I like Molina behind the plate. He keeps the runners honest, calls a good games, and every pitcher seems to love tossing to him. Not to mention he’s an uber-defensive catcher-man.

    But the Yanks are mashers, and Posada contributes to that (when healthy).

  • Yankeegirl49

    I was at the game…it was the most boring Yanks/Sox game I have ever been to.
    I did manage to get Nady to sign a ball for me tho. Heading to Tampa in the morn for tomorrow’s game.

  • http://miraluka.com/main/nyyliveblog Miraluka

    Did you see Igawa pacing the warning track? lol. The announcers on NESN were ripping him for jogging so slowly.

    • Drew

      Well, when you run a marathon before each game how fast should you jog!?

  • http://miraluka.com/main/nyyliveblog Miraluka

    I could walk faster than he was jogging, and I just came off knee surgery, lol.

  • Drew

    Just looked at Jorge’s stats with the Clippers and other Minor’s stats. Wow, if Jesus continues to progress and stays at that position, we are in-store for something “monument-al” haha.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      I think Jorge Posada part two is Jesus Monteroplay’s ceiling. And, IMO, asie from Mike Piazza, Posada as been this decade’s best offensive catcher.

      • Drew

        Part two, I’m assuming is the best Jorge, correct me if I’m wrong. If so, if Jesus has three years in AAA like Jorge did, this kid could be something great. Unfortunately, I’m not sure if we (as in.. you, me and the yankee orginazation) will be willing to give him three years in triple A and in doing so will either rush him to the major’s behind the plate or move his position.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          I’m not saying he’s gonna mimic Jorge’s time in the minors, I’m asying that when he gets to the majors, if it all goes right, he’ll be like the second coming of Jorge.

          • Drew

            Well I agree. I’m just afraid we won’t let him have the seasoning he should and we will change his position.

  • pat
    • pat

      dude WTFFFFF

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        I’m freaking out, man!

  • MikeD

    Bad news on the Yankees pitching front tonight. No, I don’t mean that Wang was off. I mean that Brett Tomko continues to pitch well, and this is not good because, well, he’s NOT good. It won’t be a good thing if he has a spot in the Yankee pen to start the season.

    • Drew

      As long as he pitches well, what’s the problem? If he stumbles in the bigs, HE GONE.

  • hawkins44

    any idea how wang gave up only earned run?

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