Recent Yankee trends

Arms race doesn't just mean starters for Yanks
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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.

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Arms race doesn't just mean starters for Yanks
The end of the Giambino Era
  • Jake H

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

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    GOULEEEEET!!!

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    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.

    • Jersey

      +?

      • Jersey

        Hrm. That was supposed to be the infinity symbol.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Some of them fancy symbols don’t be a-workin.

        • The Lodge

          1/0 = infinity. Try that next time.

          • Derby

            That would be undefined

            • Ed

              “Undefined” is the answer when you’re in elementary school.

              Once you hit Calculus, you find out that Infinity is the real answer.

              • Clayton

                Ummm… No

                • Ed

                  Ummm… Yeah.

                  Limit of 1/x as x approaches 0 = infinity

                  That’s AB Calculus stuff.

          • Jersey
  • SouthernYankeeFan

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

  • Ivan

    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

  • Russell NY

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

    • Jersey

      Fat chance

    • Ivan

      Hell no.

  • Nate

    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.

  • Jersey

    Going to the ninth in Chicago…hooo boy

    • SouthernYankeeFan

      It’s exciting

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    its on ESPN now

  • Zach

    ROBBED A HR!

  • Jersey

    WHAT A CATCH!!!!

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    OMG WHAT a catch holy shit.

    • whozat

      wow, deked out the gameday guys. It said he doubled, so I closed the window. Then I came here…

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        That’s a cool surprise.

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      Best catch I’ve EVER seen.

  • Ivan

    What a catch.

  • UWS

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

  • Salty Buggah

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

    • Zach

      robbed a HR, bobbled the ball when he landed but its an out. 2 outs now

      • UWS

        Gotcha, thanks. Awesomeness!

    • Yankee1010

      Gameday couldn’t conceive that Wise could actually catch the ball. He scaled the wall, brought the ball back with his glove and then cradled it with his bare hand to his body. Unbelievable play.

  • Jersey

    One more….my hands are shaking

    • Zach

      finished, good for him he always seemed like a ‘mussina-like’ good guy of the game

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    he did it!!!!

  • Jersey

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

  • Cokie

    1 more little buddy

  • UWS

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

    • Salty Buggah

      no he had a no-no before I think

    • Ivan

      1st perfect game, 2nd no hitter though.

  • Salty Buggah

    WOW! Congrats Mr. Buerle!

    PERFECT!

    • Salty Buggah

      *Buehrle

  • huuz

    holy shit!

  • Ivan

    WOW a perfect game. Congrates Mark Buehrle.

  • huuz

    what a great team to be victimized by a perfecto!

    • SouthernYankeeFan

      yeah that was fun to watch

  • Jersey

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

  • Ivan

    So thats the 17th perfect game in mlb history?

    • Salty Buggah

      16th I think…thats what ESPN says

      • Jersey

        MLB.com says 18th…?

      • Tampa Yankee

        18

      • Zach

        http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=1804279

        16 modern day perfect games
        2 more prior to 1900

        • Salty Buggah

          gotcha thanks

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          The ones prior to 1900 couldn’t shouldn’t count. Pitcher friendly rules.

  • Nate

    Amazing.

    Time to Wikipedia: ~1 minute.

  • Tampa Yankee

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

    • Nady Nation

      Rays fans exist?

      • Tampa Yankee

        Sorry, the bangwagon Rays fans are pissed.

        • Zach

          do they walk around with those stupud cow bells in their pocket?

          • Tampa Yankee

            Ha no they don’t thankfully.

            It’s so f’n annoying at the games though. I can not for the life of me figure out how Devil Rays/Rays = cowbells?

            • Zach

              well most guys on that team were once a durham bull so maybe it brings them back to the old days to keep the players humble

  • Chris

    Wise >>>>>>>> Uribe

  • Zach

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

  • Klemy

    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!

  • Derby

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

  • Cam

    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!

  • Salty Buggah

    Buehrle owes Wise a big house…

  • Drew

    That changeup was his bread and butter today it seemed.

  • Nate

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

    • Drew

      Uh, Hawk Harrelson

    • TheLastClown

      Every K gotten by a White Sox pitcher = “He gone!”

  • JobaWockeeZ

    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

      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

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

        • Drew

          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

            #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

            • Drew

              Word. Like I told MikeBK, I just hate Olney and he said this after demeaning Coney and Wells PG’s.

              • Zach

                yeah olney was way off base

              • JobaWockeeZ

                Nothing wrong with that. ESPN is on a FUCK TH EYANKEES thing today since they are in sole possession in first again.

      • Mike bk

        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

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

          • Mike bk

            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)

              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

      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

      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

        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

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

  • JGS

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

  • TheLastClown

    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

      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

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

      • TheLastClown

        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

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

        Awful.

    • Zach

      who cares? just enjoy the perfect game

      • TheLastClown

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

        • Zach

          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

      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.

      • Yankee1010

        Agreed. You have to watch them on mute. It’s not enjoyable for anybody, including White Sox fans.

    • Salty Buggah

      Sounded very orgasmic…

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      What’s wrong with that particular call?

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      I thought he called it fine.

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        Sorry, PC glitch.

  • Ivans

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

    • Salty Buggah

      Heh Ben just made it on topic

  • Reggie C.

    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.

    • Jersey

      They have one of the best offenses in the Majors.

    • Mike bk

      and where would they put holliday? last i checked there was this crawford guy in left and that burrell guy getting 8 mil to DH?

      • Drew

        Exactly, on top of this, one game doesn’t make any front office make any move, especially in the middle of the season.

      • Zach

        RF

        • Drew

          I guess he’d move to go to a “contender” but Holliday has never played there.

          • Zach

            im sure he’ll survive moving to right

            • Drew

              I’m sure he’d survive as well. That wasn’t my point.

    • Tampa Yankee

      I posted this in the last thread but they are looking at V-Mart:
      http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....tinez.html
      That makes sense since Navarro has returned to pre-2008 form.

    • A.D.

      Figure if anything they’d go with V-Mart who they have been rumored on

      • Reggie C.

        Yah. That makes more sense than adding another OF’er. There’s been a flurry of rumors around V-Mart and Holliday. I was just trying to get a jump on the knee-jerk MSM’s likely reaction to the Rays.

      • Zach

        i guess they’ll see how fun it is to be run on 5-6-7 times a game then

  • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

    Hasn’t Tex been doing better lately?

    • Salty Buggah

      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

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

  • Mike bk

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

    • A.D.

      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

        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.

          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.

          • Mike bk

            with Pineiro’s numbers this year he could net them a pretty good haul maybe even from a team like the phils who have interest in halladay.

            i just saw that the tigers are in on holliday and that makes sense to me especially if they are going to cut Maggs.

            • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

              Via MLBTR: Ken Rosenthal hears that the Giants and Tigers will not be serious players for Matt Holliday.

              • Mike bk

                and the moron heyman says there are in as of an hour ago on mlbtr. i would take rosenthal over heyman, but its out there.

                • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

                  Hmm, I didn’t see that. My bad.

                • Mike bk

                  didnt mean it that way, cause most of what heyman says never turns out.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

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

    • Salty Buggah

      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.

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        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

          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

          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.

  • lily

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

    • JGS

      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

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        Same here in CT (about 35 mins from the Stadium). It’s been raining off and on and looks like it’s ready to just come the hell down.

        • Mike bk

          same in brooklyn.

      • JGS

        I still haven’t heard anything, but upon further review of the forecast, I would be stunned if they got this game in–heavy rain that isn’t going to let up. I’m not even going to bother going

  • Steve S

    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.

  • Jim M.

    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