The Baseball Exchange

Midseason Analysis of a Certain Baseball Team from the Good City of New York, Specifically in the Bronx by 27yankees
July 7, 2008, 8:45 pm
Filed under: MiLB, MLB, New York Yankees | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Well, we are now a little over halfway through the statistical season, and what a wild one this has been. There is so much I could be talking about, everything from the spectacular (or is it?) season the Rays have been having to the interesting breakouts we have seen so far. But perhaps it would be easier to just talk a bit about the Yankees. Continue reading


Thoughts on the pitching coach job and the Joe Torre dilemna by red
October 18, 2007, 4:11 pm
Filed under: MiLB, MLB, New York Yankees, Phil Hughes | Tags: , ,

This is Red speaking. TheFallenPheonix has stepped in for a moment for his take on a few things:

There seems to be a consensus developing in the media and the blogosphere that Ron Guidry is likely not to be returning next year, and furthermore, that Ron Guidry should not return next year. I’m a little skeptical, since this does not seem to be leaked information, but (admittedly reasoned) speculation.

The replacement who keeps coming up would be AAA pitching coach Dave Eiland. I’m…well, I’m not so sure this is best, although it does stand to reason he’d do a better job with the pitching triumvirate than Guidry might. On the other hand, the kids (especially Hughes) have spent more time with other coaches than Eiland (actually, I recall reading some blogs from earlier in the year that argued Eiland might have had a negative influence on Hughes, but I’m not taking a position there one way or the other), so it’s not as if he’s best for all the kids (though I do think Neidi Contreras would be a better fit with Hughes, for example, after teaching him that curveball). On the other hand, there is some benefit from keeping good pitching coaches in the minor leagues, since that can better facilitate the development of the other good, young pitchers in the Yankee organization. Continue reading

Perhaps Chris Britton’s name is written in invisible ink? by red
August 25, 2007, 9:47 pm
Filed under: Awards, Boston Red Sox, MiLB, MLB, New York Yankees

Chris BrittonDo the Yankee management not understand that Chris Britton (pictured at left – dig the sideburns) is major league material?! Bruney has 50 innings of work with majors and minors combined! If Villone is tired, I know, call up a guy who’s pitched every day in the majors and minors, his arm will suddenly be refreshed by the promotion! And they think he’ll be able to stand pitching another 15 innings the rest of the season, and possibly the playoffs. There’s a reason Bruney was sent down in the first place, his BB/K ratio is 30/32. Chris Britton pitched a full season in the majors last year with a 3.35 ERA! He’s not a prospect anymore, you don’t have to keep him locked up in AAA getting ready for the big leagues. Britton is… oh, wait. He’s already pitched 56 innings in the minors. Great. Nice work. Just perfect. Way to ruin an entire perfectly good year for a good reliever on a team that needs relievers of the good variety. Ugh, sometimes I don’t get the Yankee bullpen. Actually, with the exception of the 9th inning in a close game, I never get it. Even then, sometimes the decisions Torre makes puzzles me to no end. Well, Bruney did pitch a scoreless inning today, maybe… nah. He’ll blow it.

Ah, yes, I remember when optimism lasted more than ten seconds.


In other news: Wake up Chicago! Stop handing your games on a silver platter, and to the Red Sox at that. Everyone’s always “surging” like the Red Sox are “surging”, why can’t they just say winning a lot? And winning three games in a row is really surging. And why do I have the sneaking suspicion that that silver platter that is the white sox will suddenly become less silvery and less plattery when the Yankees come to town? Wait, the Yanks don’t play them for the remainder of the year. There goes my theory. Which is both good and bad, because I want the Yankees to win, but then I also want them to win… And why do I have the sneaking suspicion none of this made much sense?


By the way, I noticed Bruney was pitching out of the windup in the 9th inning of Saturday night’s Yanks-Tigers game, I don’t think I’ve ever seen him do that. Perhaps that was something they tweaked in the Scranton/W-B to improve his command. I’ll have to investigate. Also, by the way, the Tigers announcers showed Bruney warming up in the bullpen and labeled him “Joba Chamberlain.” I almost had a heart attack when I thought Joe was putting him in a five run game – then I noticed he didn’t quite look like Joba… then I realized it was Bruney. And they didn’t correct the mistake.


Ahem… Yeah. OK… Some draft signing deadline news… Yay! by 27yankees
August 16, 2007, 1:55 am
Filed under: Baseball History, MiLB, Player Draft

Well… Err.. I’ve been busy, you see, with work… and vacation… somewhat contradictory, but true. But now I’m back, though I’ll have to be a bit less active than I used to be.

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Yankee roster moves and the Joba era by red
August 8, 2007, 3:03 pm
Filed under: Joba Chamberlain, MiLB, MLB, New York Yankees

Wouldn’t you too do this?

Send down a 25 year-old right hander with a 3.40 ERA while keeping a 31 year-old righty with a 4.87 ERA on the staff.

DFA a 38 year-old southpaw with a 2.66 ERA to sign a 34 year-old righty who hasn’t pitched in the majors all season and when did last year had a 12.15 ERA

One move that made sense:

Release a utility infielder from a crowded corner infield and promote a promising young fireballing (possible) reliever.

Kyle Farnsworth, that guy with the ERA just below 5, is still on the damn team. I don’t understand it, and it bugs me to no end. It’s not like Brian Bruney, the one with the 3.40 ERA, is overworked: he has about 2 innings less than Farnsworth. He’s not been subtely ineffective either: his gamelog shows when he’s been in the game and getting at least one out, he’s given up no runs 23 times, one run six times, two runs twice, and three runs twice. Kyle Farnsworth: no runs 17 times, one run ten times, two runs four times, and four runs once. Continue reading

Draft Report: Ryan Pope (3rd round, 124th overall) by 27yankees
June 12, 2007, 3:14 am
Filed under: MiLB, Player Draft

Name: Ryan Pope
Position: RHP
Date of Birth: May 21, 1986
Drafted out of: College – Savannah College of Art and Design
Height/Weight: 6’3″ / 190 pounds
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Eric Milton is out for the season… (Notes for June 11) by 27yankees
June 11, 2007, 4:43 pm
Filed under: Baseball Statistics, MiLB, Miscellany, MLB

…which means that Homer Bailey might have a permanent spot in the Reds rotation. Good thing, because he has the most overall talent of any player in that organization save for Griffey.

An interesting stat now that Mariano Rivera (the guy on the right, he’s a pretty decent pitcher) got his 900th career inning:Mariano Rivera


1 Mariano Rivera 2.35
2 Hoyt Wilhelm 2.52
3 Trevor Hoffman 2.71
4 Whitey Ford 2.74
5 Bob Locker 2.76
6 Sandy Koufax 2.76
7 Dan Quisenberry 2.76
8 Ron Perranoski 2.79
9 Pedro Martinez 2.81
10 Bruce Sutter 2.83

What that means? Of pitchers 1920-now with 900+ innings, Mariano Rivera has the lowest career ERA.

Joba Chamberlain was finally promoted to Yankees Double-A Trenton. Only about three starts later than he should have been promoted. He was extremely dominant at high-A, and Ian Kennedy recently began dominating AA, which helped the move. It also means that an AA pitcher will be converted to the ‘pen (Brett Smith or Jason Jones) or promoted to AAA (Alan Horne).

The Yankees are (shhhhhh) surging, which is thanks to several things. For example, Bobby Abreu’s regression to the mean; perhaps because of several reasons. One of these reasons is not that they lost Jason Giambi. See Fire Joe Morgan for details.

There are only 5 scheduled games today… Mondays, ah how I hate them. I especially like how this off-day is in the middle of a Yankee hot streak, perfect time to throw the hitters off their rhythms.

Francisco Cordero blew his first two saves of the season over the weekend… Which ruined my fantasy teams week. He still has MLB-leading 22 saves and a 2.05 ERA, but coming into the weekend he had a ridiculous ERA, something like 0.79. No coincidence, of course, that the blown saves were against his former team the Rangers, who dropped him last year. I think that he could put together a terrific season, but perhaps the magic dust is wearing away and he’s regressing to the mean. He’s a great pitcher, but nowhere near the performance he was doing.
Edit: Courtesy The Hardball Times, who got it courtesy Buster Olney’s ESPN blog:

     In Texas   Other
App      25       80
ERA    7.92     1.76
Saves     2       42
BS        9        4

Whoa. For future reference, Francisco Cordero: don’t mess with Texas (Sorry, I had to).
Now, back to finals, fun fun fun. Only three more days, though, but it’s really dragging and going slow for me.