AL BEast Notebook - May 20
In case you missed it, on the day after the fifteenth anniversary of the '98 Yankees/Orioles brawl, the Yankees defeated the Orioles 6-4 in ten innings in one of the more interesting games of the season. And even if you did catch it, you don't want to miss my notes from the night.
** Pitching matchup looked like an easy pick: C.C. Sabathia versus terrible Freddy Garcia. As it turns out, Sabathia was awful and Garcia was surprisingly acceptable.
** Sabathia gave up 11 hits, second game in a row of 10+ allowed. He blew a fifth inning lead and a seventh inning lead.
** Garcia gave up just three hits in six innings, but two were home runs.
** Yankees reliever Shawn Kelley has struck out 15 of the last 21 batters he has faced. He had more strikeouts in one inning (3) than Sabathia had in six-plus innings (2).
** The first base umpire made a...
AL BEast Notebook - May 20
** Another week, another significant injury for the New York Yankees as Andy Pettitte joins the rest of his All-Star teammates on the disabled list. Pettitte has a strained trapezius; it may be the first time I’ve even heard of the muscle. On the bright side, with Sunday’s rainout and a day off Thursday, there is no need of a fill-in starter right away and New York can go with a 4-man rotation a couple times before his spot comes up.
In the first game of the Yankees/Indians doubleheader Monday, salaries for the Yankees lineup totaled $30.35 M. Salaries for the Indians lineup = $41.35 M. Bet you didn’t expect that.
It has really been a weird season for the Yankees and nothing short of a miracle that they are still in first place. In that doubleheader Chris Nelson, Corban Joseph, Alberto Gonzalez, Preston Claiborne, Austin Romine, Vidal Nuno and Adam Warren, along...
One of the most offensively intensive games, maybe in all of MLB history, involved the Cubs and Phillies in Wrigley on May 17, 1979. MLB Network ranked this game #20 on the list of 20 greatest games of the last 50 years in 2010. Though I was not born yet (game happened less than five months before I was born), so much happened in this game to not recap.
Just a reminder of where the baseball world was at that time. The two time defending World Series Champions were the New York Yankees, who had beat the Los Angeles Dodgers for the second straight season. The Yankees would suffer a big loss this season as their captain, Thurman Munson, would die in a plane crash in August of this year. The Pittsburgh Pirates would defeat the Baltimore Orioles in this season's fall...
AL BEast Notebook - May 13New York Yankees
Despite having 11 players on the disabled list (including four third basemen and shortstops), the Yankees stand alone in first place. Since April 7, New York is 22-9.
Mariano Rivera has turned back the clock, picking up an AL-best 15 saves in 15 opportunities, supported by a 1.65 ERA and sub-1 WHIP.
After a shaky start, Hiroki Kuroda has thrown six straight quality starts. He’s now 5-2 with a 2.31 ERA.
Robinson Cano has been the one consistent in the lineup all year. Cano is hitting .311 with 10 home runs, 10 doubles, 23 RBI, and 22 runs scored, and committed just one error in 320 innings at second base.
Vernon Wells has been a big contributor to the team, hitting .293 with 9 home runs, 20 RBI and 19 runs scored. And the Angels are paying most of his salary.
Boston Red Sox
Two weeks ago I wrote that it was all...
A month is in the books so here is my early May Power Report. For each team I have a ranking and a few interesting stats/observations. Enjoy it, because it took a lot of work!
(I do these once a month and prefer little movement. When some "expert" moves a team up 6 spots and then down 5 spots a week later, that says more about the "expert" than the team. That's why some teams with worse records have better rank than "surprise" teams I expect to dip soon.)
30. Astros. Lost 10 out of 11 and outscored by 24 runs the last two. The 198 runs they’ve allowed is 34 more than the next team. On pace for 41-121 record. They’ve also racked up an impressive 323 strikeouts, which will shatter the all time record. Philip Humber not only has the highest ERA but also the lowest run support; that’s how you go 0-7. There’s no question...
Last night may be one of the nuttiest baseball days I can ever remember! Here are the highlights:
Rough day for relief pitchers...
- Mets' Jeremy Hefner pitches 8.1 shutout innings, leaves leading 1-0 with a man on third. His reliever Brandon Lyon gives up a single for a run, then the Marlins walk-off with a wild pitch.
- Trevor Cahill of the Diamondbacks also pitched a shutout into the ninth inning. After he was removed (after throwing just 88 pitches), J.J. Putz gave up a two-run homer to lose the game 2-1.
So two starting pitchers were removed in the ninth inning leading 1-0 and both teams lost.
- Poor Robin Ventura, all he needs is a reliever he can count on. He brought in a new White Sox pitcher for the sixth inning in a tie game. The pitcher walked a batter and was taken out. The new pitcher gave up a double to his only batter and was removed. The...
If you saw my previous article written earlier today, you know that the Red Sox have the best record in baseball. After one month, the Red Sox, Royals and Pirates are all alone in first place, and after Colorado lost two to Arizona this weekend, the Rockies and Diamondbacks are now tied for the division lead. Take that for what it's worth, we've seen it before.
With that in mind, here are some notes from the last week of this great baseball season.
- As mentioned in my Red Sox article, Boston is 14-0 in games that Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, and Felix Doubront pitch.
- Boston's schedule through May 30 includes 27 games against the Twins, Blue Jays, White Sox, Indians, Rays and Phillies.
- Red Sox hit 29 doubles in seven games last week (ten more than anyone else).
- After a slow start, the Pittsburgh Pirates are 11-4 against the Cardinals, Reds, Braves and D-Backs.
- The Pirates' pitching staff, statistically...
AL BEast Notebook - April 26
Four weeks into the season isn't too soon to evaluate award races for the AL East. Well, maybe it is... but it's still fun.
First Month AwardsMVP: Chris Davis, Orioles. Davis leads the division in home runs, batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and runs created and WAR (sabermetric stats), and all that with virtually no protection in the lineup (J.J. Hardy, batting .181). Napoli and Cano honorable mention.Best Pitcher: Matt Moore, Rays. 4-0 in four starts in two good hitters' parks (Arlington and Camden Yards) along with dominant performances over the Yankees and Indians. ERA of just 1.04, WHIP of 0.92 and batting average against of .116. Apologies to Clay Buchholz.
Biggest Surprise: Daniel Nava, Red Sox. The 30-year old career fourth outfielder's strong start has allowed him to take over left field from Jonny Gomes and Jackie Bradley, Jr. Nava is third in the AL...
AL BEast Notebook - April 26
Here's an update of injuries and significant transactions (from reputable sources around the teams) all organized nicely to help you keep tabs on what's going on around the division.
New York Yankees
- Kevin Youkilis has been out a week with a sore back. He was supposed to be back yesterday but needed some more rest.
(UPDATE: It was an eventful night at the Stadium tonight. Francisco Cervelli was struck by a foul ball early on and fractured his hand; he needs surgery and is out 6 weeks. Austin Romine is being called up. And a couple innings later, Ivan Nova was removed from the game with a sore elbow. )
- As for the regulars, Curtis Granderson is the most likely to return first. He was hitting off a tee this week and could be two weeks away....
On April 22, 2007, the Boston Red Sox completed a sweep of the rival New York Yankees, marking the first the first time in 17 years the Red Sox swept the Yankees in Fenway Park. Yankees starting pitcher Chase Wright made his second MLB start, one that turned out to be his last. The 24 year old was in the rotation due to injuries tp Mike Mussina, Carl Pavano and Chin-Ming Wang. Wright made his way into baseball history due to an incredible series events.
Two men were out with nobody on in the bottom of the third inning. Manny Ramirez then hit a home run, nothing to be ashamed of. Mike Lowell followed with a home run. Then Stephen Drew hit one. Jason Varitek homered, making it only the second time in MLB history that a pitcher gave up four consecutive...