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Which Situational Lefty Should Yankees Sign?

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Obviously the team has more important issues (see Jeter, Rivera, Cliff Lee, Pettitte), but the lack of a second lefty was something I thought hurt them in the players. So far there have been rumors of interest in Pedro Feliciano and J.C. Romero. Other interesting names on the free agent market are Scott Downs, Hisanori […]

Yanks Can Fill Lefty Void via Queens

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

After the Yankees lost to Texas I pointed to the lack of a second lefty in the bullpen as a primary problem for the ballclub. Although it wasn’t the main reason for losing in the ALCS, it didn’t help late in ballgames. The loss of Damaso Marte was extremely punishing, especially a year after he […]

Who Will Close For the Mets in 2011?

Friday, September 24th, 2010

The more I hear about Francisco Rodriguez‘s court case, the more I believe there is a good chance he serves jail time. Remember, many didn’t believe Plaxico Burress would ultimately land behind bars, but when you have a high profile athlete, a DA with something to prove and media exposure, conventional wisdom is thrown out […]

Mets’ Next Closer Acquisition Should Be… No One

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Next year’s closer acquisition should clearly be… no one. Let’s take a look at the needs of the 2011 Mets. They need to acquire a reasonable choice to start at second base. Sure, they can hope Daniel Murphy can be that player, and muscle his way into the starting lineup, but the team can’t count […]

Idea: Francoeur for Brian Bannister & Jose Guillen

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

It was reported a couple of days ago that Jeff Francoeur would like to be traded to a team where he could play every day. Some rumors had him on the way out as early as this weekend. One NYBD reader - 86Mets- proposed a Jeff Francoeur for Brian Bannister deal. I actually like it, […]

The Meaning of Friday Night’s Game

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

A baseball season is, naturally, 162 games. As such, assigning vital meaning to any one game tends to be an exercise in futility. Nevertheless, consider the following: Going into Friday night’s game against Washington, the Mets have lost three of four. Despite an 18-8 June overall, they are still two games behind Atlanta, and just […]

Santana and Pelfrey’s Recent Trends

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

While much of the attention this week has been around the regression of Hisanori Takahashi and R.A. Dickey, it is the regression of Johan Santana and Mike Pelfrey that are bigger potential problems for the Mets. After all, Takahashi’s problems are nothing new- as I pointed out last week, his K-rate has been halved over […]

Yanks Scouting Haren?

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

A report from the Boston Globe points out the Yankees had scouts in the building when they beat Dan Haren earlier in the week. There have been no indications that Arizona is willing to trade Haren or the Yankees are interested in acquiring him. With the struggles of A.J. Burnett and the innings limits of […]

Reasons for Worry About Takahashi

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Too often in evaluating baseball players, results take the place of process in understanding what is likely to happen as the player moves forward. This has been the case lately with Hisanori Takahashi, whose seven innings of one-run pitching against Baltimore, followed by six shutout innings against the Yankees, made it seem as if his […]

Pelfrey & Hughes Best “Value” in New York

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

With the advent of advanced metrics easily available to the layman you can have some fun with numbers from time to time. Although I have been critical of the stat WAR (Wins Above Replacement) when evaluating a players true value on the field, I do believe it can help give you a sense of the […]