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Thursday, September 30th, 2010 by PaulCatalano

Recently I wrote an article warning that the Yankees couldn’t hit lefties, and that doesn’t bode well for the playoffs. Well, as the LoHud Blog recently wrote: The Yankees have now lost the past 8 games against left-handed starters.” Ooof.
So what does this mean? It means should grab the Wild Card spot and play the [...]

Why The Yankees Will Have A Tough Time Come The Playoffs

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010 by PaulCatalano

Let’s go further. The 2009 Yankee right-handed batters hit .286 against lefties. This year’s model features righties hitting just .269 against lefties. The entire Yankee lineup hit .286 against lefties last year with a .480 slugging percentage; this year that number is down to a .259 BA with a .429 slugging percentage. Makes you wonder where the Yankees would be without Marcus Thames’s .315 BA and .468 slugging percentage.

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010 by PaulCatalano

Even with last night’s win, the Yankees are slumping. No doubt about it. They can’t hit lately and are losing games they should be winning. But as you knew it would, the Yankee Universe is calm, assured that waiting this out is the sane course of action.

Just kidding, the Yankee Universe is losing their mind.

Thursday, August 12th, 2010 by PaulCatalano

Jeter’s O-swing percent—percentage of pitches a batter swings outside the strike zone—is the highest of his career…by a long shot at 28.9%. And the second stat is that Jeter’s pitch per AB is the second lowest of his career. Which, to put it succinctly, means that Jeter is swinging at more pitches, and a lot of them are pitcher’s pitches, not hitter’s pitches.

Friday, August 6th, 2010 by PaulCatalano

Most pitchers have a middle ground. Some days, they are lights out awesome and no one can touch them. Some days they just don’t have and get shelled.
And then their are some days when a pitcher might not have his best stuff—he can’t quite hit his spots or one of his pitches is flat—but he [...]

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 by PaulCatalano

Now if the A’s ask for the world—say Jesus Montero and Manny Banuelos, then forget it. But Sheets, while pitching better isn’t Roy Oswalt, Joakim Soria or Cliff Lee and the A’s know it. What he is is a relatively low-price, low-risk trade target.

The Yankee Pen Situation

Monday, July 19th, 2010 by PaulCatalano

Still, the real pickle is Chamberlain. The once-heir-apparent to Mariano Rivera now can’t seem to head out to the mound with a black cloud of potential disaster over his head.

Friday, June 18th, 2010 by PaulCatalano

And in doing that, he was able to grab the touchstone of his former self. To repeat, not many athletes get that chance, and the few who do often crumble under the pressure. We’re seeing Dontrelle Willis go through the same thing right now. Utterly broken and given up by 2 teams, Dontrelle is trying to find what he once had before, but lost. Can he make his way back to the pitcher he once was?

Thursday, June 10th, 2010 by PaulCatalano

His ERA of 5.26 belies something even more troubling. He looks unsettled on the mound, uncomfortable. He looks like a shell of the guy from 2007 and 2008. He looks broke. And that aforementioned ERA would signify that he is. But is he broke forever?

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010 by PaulCatalano

But what one really notices when comparing these 2 HOF shortstops is that while Ripken probably hit a few higher marks in his career (368 TB in 1991, 47 2B in 1983, 102 BB in 1988, 2 MVP), Jeter is remarkably more consistent throughput his career.

Thursday, May 27th, 2010 by PaulCatalano

The 2 standard Hall of Fame forecasting methods on Baseball Reference are split. The Hall of Fame Monitor score for Posada is 112 with 100 the threshold for a Hall of Famer. However, the Hall of Fame Standard has the average Famer at 50. Posada’s score is 42.

Friday, May 21st, 2010 by PaulCatalano

For these guys, the Yankees have gotten, Curtis Granderson, Javier Vazquez, Xavier Nady, Damaso Marte, Jonathan Albaladejo and Boone Logan. Just something to think about.

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 by PaulCatalano

But make no mistake, have no illusions. Yankee Stadium is a target. What would be better for terrorists than to have, during a Yankee game, on national T.V., an explosion killing tens of thousands and Yankee Stadium, an American symbol, destroyed? And we have no illusions. This is the world we live in today. Civilians are the targets and our daily lives are the war. And sporting events are under threat. Every day.

Friday, April 30th, 2010 by PaulCatalano

Sure, it’s not even a month into the season and it’s far too early to judge any off-season moves. But why not do it anyway. Let’s take a look at how the Yankees off-season moves have panned out so far.

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 by PaulCatalano

However, when you watch Cano this season, there is a big difference to what he did before and how he is playing now.