Jul
23

Recent Yankee trends

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As the afternoon ticks on — it is after all about time for Robert Goulet to show up — let’s take a look at some recent Yankee trends. Think of it as a general “Who’s hot and who’s not” for the Yankees.

On the pitching front, A.J. Burnett has been lights out of late. Through May 22, he was just 2-2 with a 5.28 ERA, and the Yankee Universe was growing restless. Since then, Burnett has made 10 utterly dominant starts. He is 7-2 over that stretch with a 2.31 ERA and 58 strike outs in 62.1 innings.

Joining him atop the Yankee rotation is CC Sabathia. While the Big Man hasn’t gotten the run support to win more games, over his last 14 starts, CC is 8-3 with a 3.18 ERA. Opponents are hitting just .218/.276/.347 off him over his last 96.1 innings.

In the bullpen, Phil Hughes and Mariano Rivera have been holding down the fort. Since his flu-inspired disaster against Tampa on June 6, Rivera has 16 saves over 18 appearances. He has allowed five hits, one run and two walks over 18 innings while striking out 17. He hasn’t surrendered a run in 15 straight games. Hughes is working on a stretch of 14 straight appearances without a run. He’s thrown 17.2 innings, giving up 10 hits and a Mariano-like three walks while striking out 22. One day, these two might pitch poorly.

Offensively, the Yanks have turned into the A-Rod Show. Since taking a day off in Florida, A-Rod has been mashing to the tune of a .322/.446/.667 line with 10 HR and 29 RBI. Joining him in the hitting party have been Robinson Cano (.344/.374/.550 over 139 PAs since June 12), Derek Jeter (.357/.435/.457 over 147 PA since June 11), Hideki Matsui (.319/.441/.702 over 59 PAs since June 30), and Jorge Posada (.341/.412/.591 over 51 PAs since July 4).

On the other side of the equation are the slumping Yanks. Mark Teixeira has hit just .248/.342/.383 with 4 HR since June 11. Johnny Damon, while working on a five-game hitting streak, is batting just .240/.343/.438 since June 8. Nick Swisher is making us all miss Xavier Nady quite a bit too. Since June 8, Swisher is at just .200/.313/.309 with two jacks and 15 RBI in 131 plate appearances.

And that’s your state of the Yankees report. Make of it what you will.

Unrelated Update (4:10 p.m.): Mark Buehrle just threw a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Good news for the Yanks as they, for now, gain a half a game on Tampa.

Categories : Musings

141 Comments»

  1. Jake H says:

    I’m liking all those trends except for the Swish.

  2. On the pitching front, A.J. Burnett has been utterly dealing of late. Through May 22, he was just 2-2 with a 5.28 ERA, and the Yankee Universe was growing restless.

    Empire.

    Yankee Empire.

  3. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    Buehrle is 3 outs away from a perfect game against the rays.

  4. Ivan says:

    For some people saying that A-Rod might not be the same player (Cough Onley Cough)

    Fun Fact: A-Rod career OPS+ is 147
    A-Rod 09 Season OPS+? 147

  5. Russell NY says:

    Buehrle is reaching the 100 pitch mark. Anyone think they’ll swap him out for a relief pitcher in the 9th?

  6. Nate says:

    Since June 8, Swisher is at just .200/.313/.309 with two jacks and 15 RBI in 131 plate appearances.
    Still, Swisher > Betemit

    Watching Buehrle on GameCast. If anyone deserves to get the kind of attention that comes from perfection, it’s him.

  7. Jersey says:

    Going to the ninth in Chicago…hooo boy

  8. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    its on ESPN now

  9. Zach says:

    ROBBED A HR!

  10. Jersey says:

    WHAT A CATCH!!!!

  11. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    OMG WHAT a catch holy shit.

  12. Ivan says:

    What a catch.

  13. UWS says:

    Why does Gameday say “outs” and then have Kapler on 2nd?

  14. Salty Buggah says:

    WTF? Gameday just said Gabe Kapler doubled but then changed it to him flying out

  15. Jersey says:

    One more….my hands are shaking

  16. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    he did it!!!!

  17. Jersey says:

    HOOOOOOLY SHIT!!!!!!!! HE DID IT!!!!!!

  18. Cokie says:

    1 more little buddy

  19. UWS says:

    Wow! Congrats to Buehrle, is this his second perfecto?

  20. Salty Buggah says:

    WOW! Congrats Mr. Buerle!

    PERFECT!

  21. huuz says:

    holy shit!

  22. Ivan says:

    WOW a perfect game. Congrates Mark Buehrle.

  23. huuz says:

    what a great team to be victimized by a perfecto!

  24. Jersey says:

    Oh man. I’m sooo glad I’m home today.

  25. Ivan says:

    So thats the 17th perfect game in mlb history?

  26. Nate says:

    Amazing.

    Time to Wikipedia: ~1 minute.

  27. Tampa Yankee says:

    Every Rays fan in my office is pissed… All I can do is smile.

  28. Chris says:

    Wise >>>>>>>> Uribe

  29. Zach says:

    shaving cream pie?! they dont take perfect games seriously!!

  30. Klemy says:

    That was easily the best defensive play in a high pressure situation that I’ve seen in a long time. Just a phenomenal catch by Wise to save the perfecto. What a 9th inning!

  31. Derby says:

    So now he’s only 5 away from Nolan Ryan…….. maybe, just maybe

  32. Cam says:

    I just want to thank the readers here for alerting me to this perfect game. If not for going through these comments every once in a while I would never have known. Congrats to Mark!

  33. Salty Buggah says:

    Buehrle owes Wise a big house…

  34. Drew says:

    That changeup was his bread and butter today it seemed.

  35. Nate says:

    WTF kind of headline is “Put it on the board, Yes!”…

  36. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Buster Olney would say the Cone and Wells perfect games came from bad offensive teams.
    Or no reference that Lester’s and Buchholz’s no hitter came from the Royals and Orioles respectively.

    • Drew says:

      He also said the Rays have an elite offense. Call me crazy but IMO they have one elite player in Longoria and he’s been cold. Maybe Crawford too. SOme other guys are having nice season’s but they are hardly an “elite” offense.

      • Zach says:

        #3 in majors in runs scored, so maybe #1 and 2 are only elite

        • Drew says:

          Nah but honestly, Michel Hernandez, Ben Zobrist, Pat Burrell, Gabe Kapler, Pena and Upton both hitting under .240. BArtlett. Like I said, some guys are having good offensive years. that doesn’t make them “elite.”

          • Zach says:

            #1 in SB, #2 in OBP, #3 in SLG, #4 in HRs and #3 in runs make them elite.
            and i wouldnt badnouth zobrist/barlett, considering they’re probably the top 2B/SS offensively in the game this season

      • Mike bk says:

        when you are 3rd in the league with 501 runs scored already this year its an elite offense. he didnt say there were filled with elite players but they have guys who in their own way produce runs, not to mention 4 allstars from their lineup in crawford, pena, zobrist and longoria.

        • Drew says:

          True, I just can’t stand Olney and Co. He did say this after demeaning Wells and Coney.

          • Mike bk says:

            i agree, but the hatred of espn doesnt mean everything said there is wrong, just 99%

            if the yanks an elite offense then so is tb cause we can compare numbers and nearly across the board they are almost identical is the point. we may have better individual players but the key to their offense in many respects is the huge amount of speed that produces so many runs for them.

            • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

              We’re not arguing which offense is better, Tampa or NY (we’re a bit better, but not much). We’re arguing that all perfect games are fantastic achievements and while it’s great that he did it against a great offense it’s still almost impossible to do.

    • Zach says:

      just look at it this way: maybe if lester and buchholz were better they would have thrown perfect games so they could be mentioned, too bad

    • Derby says:

      A perfect game is a perfect game in my mind. Cone and Wells threw them against major league teams that had major league players. I’ve learned to just ignore most of anything ESPN has to say about the Yankees.

      • JobaWockeeZ says:

        Exactly. He’s trying to downplay the perfect games from Cone and Wells. A perfect game is a perfect game. Sure they would have a bad offense but aces don’t throw perfect games to bad teams every year. ESPN is on a roll today.

    • Salty Buggah says:

      Yea this one was even more special as it came against one of then offenses in the game

  37. JGS says:

    Some season–one Juan Uribe error from having two perfect games in a month

  38. TheLastClown says:

    Hawk Harrelson has to be the biggest homer in broadcasting. Zero journalistic gravitas, I mean, it made Buehrle’s sealing of the Perfecto almost comical.

    Grounder to short…Alexei! Yes! YES! YEESSS! YEEEEESSSSSSS!

    HISTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Congrats to Buehrle, but that guy makes Michael Kay sound like Vin Scully.

    • Drew says:

      I like a homer. I’d rather a homer than Kay who seems like he’s rooting for the other team sometimes.
      Driven deeeeep to right field! ORTIZ WITH A HOME RUN!!! That pisses me off to no end.

      • JobaWockeeZ says:

        But they aren’t biased (Tim McCarver) and they don’t act like their effing bored to death (Joe Buck)

      • TheLastClown says:

        Now, I’m no Kay fan, but he does try to put emphasis on whatever’s happening, Yankee or not. He goes out of his way not to be a homer, but you don’t get guys like Hawk Harrelson mumbling “Oh, there’s a grand slam…”

      • Yankee1010 says:

        Hawk Harrelson is the worst. In no conceivable way would I enjoy listening to him. Over anyone. Even John Sterling.

        Awful.

    • Zach says:

      who cares? just enjoy the perfect game

      • TheLastClown says:

        Did you hear it? It was just comical, that’s all.

        • Zach says:

          yeah i heard it, it was a perfect game. happened 16 times since 1900, he can announce it however he wants, he works for the white sox not fox or espn so he can be a homer all he wants.

    • Derby says:

      I’ve watched yankees white sox games on mlb.tv before and the announcers for the white sox SUCK. It’s always “the good guys this, the bad guys that.” Atleast the YES announcers give a fairly unbiased game.

    • Salty Buggah says:

      Sounded very orgasmic…

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

      What’s wrong with that particular call?

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

      I thought he called it fine.

  39. Ivans says:

    Guys, guys….this is all off topic! (joking)

  40. Reggie C. says:

    I wonder if getting no-perfectoed (I know Matt, not a word) could spur the Rays brass to cough up the pieces necessary to land Matt Holliday.

    Just a thought. If there was ever proof that your lineup needs another bat, this would be it.

  41. Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

    Hasn’t Tex been doing better lately?

    • Salty Buggah says:

      Seems like he has a like 2-4 game once in a bit but mostly it’s 0-3 or 1-4 lately. But again that all from my memory and could be my selective memory.

    • TheLastClown says:

      Post ASB: 6 games, .304/.360/.609/.969 2 2b, 1HR, 4RBI

  42. Mike bk says:

    speaking of holliday i cant believe the cardinals are considering giving up brett wallace to rent him for 2 months.

    • A.D. says:

      Agreed, I would figure hang onto him, Pujols is only 29, and they’ll have Rasmus, Pujols, and Wallace as some solid bats going forward.

      But i guess Carpenter isn’t getting younger, or healthier so they may want to make the run now.

      • Mike bk says:

        if i was them i would rather give up wallace and some other shit to get Roy and just outpitch people then trade 6 cost controlled years of Wallace for 2 months of Holliday.

        • A.D. says:

          Agreed again, then they’d have a redic top of the rotation with Halladay, Carpenter, and Wainwright to take a shot for 2 titles.

          On top of that could probably sell high on Pineiro for bullpen help or a lower level prospect, or move him to the pen.

  43. The .113 IsoD from Swisher is encouraging. The .109 IsoP? Not so much.

    • Salty Buggah says:

      Yea that is kinda troubling. He definitely need to start hitting at home and start taking advantage of the apparently hitter-friendly YSIII. It’s odd that he struggles at home. Hopefully, he’ll start hitting there soon.

      • Word. It could just be selective memory but it seems as if Swisher’s been more willing to swing at the first pitch lately. Perhaps he’s pressing?

        • Mike HC says:

          He is just really streaky. He is libel to slug .700 for the next ten games. One minute he can be dropping fly balls and the next robbing guys of homers. Hop along the Nick Swisher roller coaster and enjoy the ride.

        • Drew says:

          I don’t think he’s pressing. Probably a natural cycle of the season. He’s slugging 265 this month, pitchers are going to attack him until he goes back on a Swisha streak.

  44. lily says:

    on the way to the game, anyone here know what the status is? will there be a game?

    • JGS says:

      it doesn’t look good (that’s why I haven’t left yet), but I haven’t heard anything. It’s drizzling here in Jersey though but looks like it is about to start pouring any second. Then again, it has looked like that all day

  45. Steve S says:

    Btw, I acquired one AJ Burnett on June 13, 2009. Check out his numbers from that date on, which doesn’t include that bump against Boston.

  46. Jim M. says:

    I’ve come to appreciate Swisher. He does not have to hit well as long as him OBP remains over 350 and he apparently is a great guy in the club house. You can’t have a

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