As in, someone informed me that a) DJ has really been slumping, and b) for a player who’s known for being a great contact hitter, it doesn’t seem like his contact is too good anymore either. Let’s start with the “slump” part. It’s true, DJ has an OBP of .244 with a cringeworthy .195 SLG … Continue reading Let’s Talk About DJ
Reminder Yankees Fans: Girardi was AWFUL
You might be wondering why I’d be doing a quick dive into analyzing the performance of a manager who doesn’t manage anymore, and your confusion would be a fair reaction. The short answer is because, like you, I’m a baseball fan and these things cross my mind, especially on Yankees off days as yesterday was. … Continue reading Reminder Yankees Fans: Girardi was AWFUL
Did You Miss This in the Yankees Game Yesterday?
No reasonable fan would take anything but good vibes from an 11-3 win but there were some matters (good and not so good) that may have gone unnoticed if you didn’t see yesterday’s game (or, if like Michael Kay and John Flaherty, saw it but weren’t really watching). The Yanks got a gift from a … Continue reading Did You Miss This in the Yankees Game Yesterday?
Should Yankees Fans Panic or Relax?
I’ve always felt (in all areas of life, not just baseball) it’s important to not overreact to short term issues but you can’t ignore long term consistent trends either. I think that’s what separates good organizations from bad: The ability to differentiate between the two is what made Gabe Paul, Gene Michael and Bob Watson … Continue reading Should Yankees Fans Panic or Relax?
Out of Left Field: Rizzo, Vlad Jr., and Chris Rock
I generally like to stick to history and analysis here, but I’m going to venture off path a little bit today with some amateur psychological analysis as well as some baseball thoughts. And as a reminder, Out of Left Field is an occasional post about topics that may not need 1,000 words of analysis but … Continue reading Out of Left Field: Rizzo, Vlad Jr., and Chris Rock
Out of Left Field: Volpe, Trevino and Run Prevention
Time for another edition of "Out of Left Field" where we mention a few topics that may not need 800 words of analysis but are worth a quick look. In no particular order: We’re 19 games into the 2023 season, which we can all agree is a sneeze in baseball time. Yet it’s enough that … Continue reading Out of Left Field: Volpe, Trevino and Run Prevention
Out of Left Field: Hicks, fans’ response and PHI preview
Hard not to like the start of the 2023 season if you’re a Yankee fan. Despite running pitchers out to the mound who were not named Rodon, Severino, Cortes or Montas, the staff pitched two shutouts over a three- game set, with Gerrit Cole and Jhony Brito looking particularly dominating. Of course, the Giants lineup … Continue reading Out of Left Field: Hicks, fans’ response and PHI preview
Yankees Opening Day: What You (may have) Missed
Yesterday’s Opening Day for the Yanks was a good mix of new and old: On the new side, Oswaldo Cabrera and Anthony Volpe were on the field, essentially in place of where Aaron Hicks and Isiah Kiner-Falefa had been, to the complaint of zero Yankees fans. From the department of the status quo, Aaron Judge … Continue reading Yankees Opening Day: What You (may have) Missed
More Higgy, Less Trevino (…?) Part II
Much has passed in Yankee Land since I started this two-part article, including Jose Trevino missing some spring ball with an injury, but my point still stands: Kyle Higashioka was much better for the Yankees in ’22 than most fans realize, and we need to temper our expectations for Trevino. Because Trevino, despite playing like … Continue reading More Higgy, Less Trevino (…?) Part II
More Higgy, less Trevino (…?)
We’re at that time of the calendar year in which we’re less than one month away from Opening Day and we can start having serious conversations about the Yankees’ 2023 roster and the expectations of individual players. The health of both DJ LeMahieu and Giancarlo Stanton is going to go a long way toward determining … Continue reading More Higgy, less Trevino (…?)