Just a few things to get you by while Mike chats the afternoon away.
More Yanks-Dodgers World Series
As we highlighted yesterday, Matt Bouffard at Fack Youk is running down the Yankees-Dodgers World Series matchups. He continues that today, picking up with the 1953 series. He then continues to 1955, and 1956. All are excellent reads.
Phil Hughes working in favorable counts
Moshe points to a Hardball Times article that breaks down counts into ones that favor the hitter and ones that favor the pitcher. They’re all pretty intuitive, and they pass the numbers test too. While the first pitch remains neutral, pitchers have 0-2, 1-2, 2-2, 0-1, and 1-1, while hitters have 1-0, 2-1, 3-2, 2-0, 3-1, and 3-0. It turns out that while Cliff Lee has seen the most favorable counts this year, Phil Hughes comes in right behind him. He’s had the count in his favor in 53.9 percent of his plate appearances. It’s no wonder he’s pitching so well.
Torre moments and the divorce
At SI.com, Bronx Banter’s Cliff Corcoran lists 10 signature Torre moments. The last three are not pretty, I’ll warn you, though the first few make up for them. Meanwhile, over at the four-letter, Buster Olney explains the Yankees’ rift with Torre. It comes down to the book, it seems. The Yankees think he’s a hypocrite. It seems like no reunion is forthcoming, but we know that can change. This front office won’t be in place forever, and chances are when regimes change so will the organizational stance towards Torre. He meant too much to the organization over the years for them to forever snub him.