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vs. Kyle Drabek PA BA OBP SLG HR RBI
Derek Jeter SS 6 0.400 0.500 0.400 0 1
Curtis Granderson CF 5 0.200 0.200 0.200 0 0
Mark Teixeira 1B 6 0.500 0.500 1.250 1 3
Robinson Cano 2B 6 0.167 0.167 0.167 0 0
Nick Swisher RF 6 0.000 0.400 0.000 0 0
Eric Chavez 3B 3 0.000 0.667 0.000 0 0
Jorge Posada DH 4 0.500 0.500 0.500 0 1
Russell Martin C 2 0.500 0.500 1.000 0 0
Brett Gardner LF 4 0.250 0.250 0.750 0 0
Total 42 0.294 0.395 0.471 1 5
             
vs. AJ Burnett PA BA OBP SLG HR RBI
Rajai Davis CF 6 0.333 0.333 0.667 0 0
Yunel Escobar SS 8 0.000 0.125 0.000 0 0
Jose Bautista RF 14 0.455 0.571 1.364 3 7
Adam Lind 1B 21 0.222 0.333 0.222 0 0
Juan Rivera LF 19 0.176 0.263 0.235 0 1
David Cooper DH 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Edwin Encarnacion 3B 12 0.455 0.500 1.091 2 4
Jose Molina C 10 0.25 0.4 0.375 0 0
Mike McCoy 2B 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Total 90 0.269 0.367 0.538 3 14

 

Yankees vs. Blue Jays    
Season: 2011 Season: 2010 Season: 2009 All-Time
TOR: 2-1 TOR: 10-8 NYY: 12-6 NYY: 268-217
       
  Last 10 Home vs. RHP
Yankees 6-4 10-6 10-6
  Last 10 Away vs. RHP
Blue Jays 6-4 7-8 9-10

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(In addition to appearing at The Captain’s Blog, this post is also being syndicated at TheYankeeAnalysts.)

Over the winter, much was made about how Theo Epstein and the Boston Red Sox won the offseason, while Brian Cashman and the New York Yankees were left out in the cold. Well, after only one month, the tables have been turned. At least in April, it’s Cashman who is now winning the WAR.

WAR Comparison of Yankees’ and Red Sox’ Off Season Additions

  Yankees 2011 WAR  
Player B-Ref Fangraphs Average Salary*
Russell Martin 0.8 1.1 1.0  $        4,000,000
Bartolo Colon 0.6 0.6 0.6  $          900,000
Freddy Garcia 0.6 0.4 0.5  $        1,500,000
Andruw Jones 0.3 0.4 0.4  $        2,000,000
Eric Chavez 0.3 0.2 0.3  $        1,500,000
Pedro Feliciano 0.0 0.0 0.0  $        4,000,000
Rafael Soriano -0.4 -0.2 -0.3  $      11,666,667
Total 2.2 2.5 2.4  $    25,566,666
         
  Red Sox 2011 WAR  
Player B-Ref Fangraphs Average Salary*
Adrian Gonzalez 0.8 0.9 0.9  $      18,250,000
Matt Albers 0.1 0.0 0.1  $          875,000
Alfredo Aceves 0.2 -0.1 0.1  $          650,000
Dan Wheeler -0.2 0.0 -0.1  $        3,000,000
Dennys Reyes -0.1 -0.1 -0.1  $          900,000
Bobby Jenks -0.4 0.1 -0.2  $        6,000,000
Carl Crawford -0.9 -1.0 -1.0  $      20,285,714
Total -0.5 -0.2 -0.4  $    49,960,714

*Salary represents average guaranteed dollars owed to each player.
Source: baseball-reference.com, fangraphs.com and Cot’s Contracts

Theo Epstein was credited with winning the off season...

Despite spending half as much money as the Red Sox, the Yankees have enjoyed nearly three more wins above replacement from their offseason acquisitions. A good portion of that value has been contributed by Russell Martin, who has turned out to be one of the best steals of the offseason. In fact, according to fangraphs, only Jeff Francoeur and Lance Berkman have had higher WARs among position players who changed teams over the winter.

In addition to Martin, the Yankees have also had strong contributions from a group of players that most thought were better suited to an Old Timers team than a pennant contender. Andruw Jones, Eric Chavez, Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia have all seemingly turned back the clock 10 years by combining for approximately two wins above replacement. Even better, the quartet is only costing the Yankees $6 million.

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Lost amid the Yankees’ barrage of 12 runs and 13 hits in yesterday’s lopsided victory over the White Sox was a seemingly inconsequential pop fly double in the bottom of the eighth.

Catcher Roy Luebbe never got a hit in the majors.

The double, which landed safely because of a miscommunication between shortstop Alexei Ramirez and left fielder Mark Teahen, was Gustavo Molina’s first hit in six plate appearances. By reaching safely, the backup catcher not only became the last member of the team to fill the hit column, but also removed the “0-fer” from his Yankees career. With Francisco Cervelli rehabbing in the minors, last night’s at bat could wind up being Molina’s last in pinstripes, so the fortuitous bounce was almost like a parting gift.

Had Molina’s pop fly been caught, he could have joined a select fraternity of non-pitchers who never recorded a hit with the Yankees. In honor of his accomplishment, listed below are the names of the group that Molina managed to avoid joining.

Damned Yankees: Most Plate Appearances Without a Hit

Player PA From To G R RBI BB OBP Pos
Roy Luebbe 18 1925 1925 8 1 3 2 0.118 C
Gordie Windhorn 11 1959 1959 7 0 0 0 0.000 LF
Alex Arias 8 2002 2002 6 0 0 1 0.125 SS, 3B
Jay Rogers 8 1914 1914 5 0 0 0 0.000 C
Frank McManus 7 1904 1904 4 0 0 0 0.000 C
Slats Jordan 7 1901 1902 2 0 0 0 0.000 1B, RF
Bobby Estalella 6 2001 2001 3 1 0 1 0.333 C
Marshall Brant 6 1980 1980 3 0 0 0 0.000 1B, RF
Woodie Held 6 1954 1957 5 2 0 2 0.333 SS, 3B
Joe Harris 6 1914 1914 2 0 0 3 0.800 1B, LF

Source: Baseball-reference.com

Molina’s double was actually his sixth career hit (spanning five teams), so even if his stint with the Yankees remained fruitless, he would have still had a batting average upon which to fall back. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for Roy Luebbe.

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vs. Edwin Jackson PA BA OBP SLG HR RBI
Curtis Granderson CF 10 0.143 0.400 0.143 0 0
Nick Swisher RF 18 0.308 0.500 0.846 2 3
Robinson Cano 2B 30 0.222 0.300 0.259 0 1
Alex Rodriguez 3B 23 0.409 0.435 0.955 3 9
Eric Chavez 1B 3 0.333 0.333 0.667 0 0
Russell Martin C 9 0.250 0.333 0.250 0 0
Jorge Posada DH 12 0.300 0.417 0.400 0 0
Brett Gardner LF 8 0.143 0.250 0.143 0 0
Eduardo Nunez SS 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Total 113 0.278 0.381 0.505 5 13
             
vs. CC Sabathia PA BA OBP SLG HR RBI
Brent Lillibridge LF 3 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Alexei Ramirez SS 16 0.400 0.438 0.400 0 0
Carlos Quentin RF 16 0.133 0.188 0.333 1 1
Paul Konerko 1B 84 0.233 0.333 0.411 3 8
Adam Dunn DH 28 0.200 0.250 0.280 0 2
Alex Rios CF 34 0.267 0.353 0.667 3 5
Ramon Castro C 9 0.111 0.111 0.111 0 0
Gordon Beckham 2B 11 0.364 0.364 0.545 0 2
Brent Morel 3B 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Total 201 0.238 0.312 0.414 3 14

 

Yankees vs. White Sox    
Season: 2011 Season: 2010 Season: 2009 All-Time
CHI: 2-1 NYY: 4-2 NYY: 4-3 NYY: 1048-827
       
  Last 10 Home vs. RHP
Yankees 6-4 9-5 9-6
  Last 10 Away vs. LHP
White Sox 3-7 6-9 2-3

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By closing out yesterday’s 3-1 victory over the White Sox, Mariano Rivera not only helped snap the Yankees’ first two-game losing streak of the season, but he also put an end to his own streak of two consecutive blown saves.

Dave Righetti blew four consecutive saves in 1988 despite compiling an ERA of 3.60 over the span.

Over his long and illustrious career, Rivera has blown two consecutive saves on eight different occasions, but never has he allowed the skid to reach three, a distinction he shares with other great closers like Trevor Hoffman, Troy Percival and Dennis Eckersley.

The record for most consecutive blown saves is four, a mark shared by nine different pitchers. Most recently, the White Sox’ Matt Thornton joined that list by coughing up four straight leads at the beginning of the month. Who knows what else Ozzie Guillen coughed up while watching?

Four Consecutive Blown Save Club

  From To G W L IP H R ERA
Matt Thornton 4/6/11 4/13/11 4 0 2 4 10 10 9.00
Tyler Clippard 5/6/10 5/11/10 4 3 1 4.1 8 4 8.31
Brian Fuentes 6/22/07 6/29/07 4 0 4 2.1 11 11 30.86
Dave Righetti 4/20/88 5/2/88 4 1 0 10 9 4 3.60
Jay Howell 7/12/87 7/21/87 4 1 2 4.2 8 8 15.43
Bobby Thigpen 9/20/86 10/2/86 4 1 0 5.2 11 5 7.94
Rich Gossage 5/28/82 6/8/82 4 2 0 6.1 8 4 5.68
Jim Kern 4/20/80 5/2/80 4 0 3 7 10 7 9.00
Bill Castro 6/12/79 6/28/79 4 2 0 5.2 7 2 3.18

Source: Baseball-reference.com

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The New York Yankees have officially acknowledged and apologized for the unintended distribution of personal information pertaining to nearly 20,000 non-premium season ticket account holders.

The breach occurred on Monday when an account representative accidentally attached a spreadsheet containing the data to an email newsletter. Since then, word of the snafu has gained wide notoriety, including a feature story on Deadspin.com. Before details about the incident surfaced in the media, the Yankees had made no effort to contact the effected account holders. Listed below is the text of the email apology that was sent just before 9:00 PM this evening.

Dear Yankees Season Ticket Licensee,

We are writing to inform you about an accidental electronic distribution of information that you have previously supplied to the New York Yankees.

Monday evening, April 25, 2011 an employee of the Yankees sent an e-mail to several hundred Yankees Season Ticket Licensees.  The e-mail mistakenly attached an internal Yankees spreadsheet that listed the following information associated with your New York Yankees account:

  • Your name, and the address, phone number(s), fax number, and e-mail address that you previously provided to the Yankees
  • Your seat numbers, Yankees account number, Yankees account representative name, and the ticket package code associated with your account

NO OTHER INFORMATION WAS INCLUDED IN THE DOCUMENT THAT WAS ACCIDENTALLY ATTACHED TO THE APRIL 25TH E-MAIL. THE DOCUMENT DID NOT INCLUDE ANY BIRTH DATES, SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS, CREDIT CARD DATA, BANKING DATA, OR ANY OTHER PERSONAL OR FINANCIAL INFORMATION. 

Please note, immediately upon learning of the accidental attachment of the internal spreadsheet, remedial measures were undertaken so as to assure that a similar incident could not happen again.

The Yankees deeply regret this incident, and any inconvenience that it might cause.

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vs. Mark Buehrle PA BA OBP SLG HR RBI
Derek Jeter SS 36 0.371 0.371 0.543 1 4
Nick Swisher RF 29 0.455 0.571 0.500 0 1
Mark Teixeira 1B 43 0.341 0.372 0.512 1 7
Alex Rodriguez 3B 35 0.226 0.314 0.258 0 2
Robinson Cano 2B 12 0.455 0.500 0.909 1 3
Andruw Jones LF 6 0.167 0.167 0.333 0 1
Jorge Posada DH 22 0.190 0.182 0.238 0 5
Russell Martin C 3 0.333 0.333 0.333 0 0
Curtis Granderson CF 25 0.217 0.280 0.478 1 5
Total 211 0.311 0.358 0.456 4 28
             
vs. Bartolo Colon PA BA OBP SLG HR RBI
Juan Pierre LF 4 0.250 0.250 0.250 0 0
Alexei Ramirez SS 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Carlos Quentin RF 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Paul Konerko 1B 47 0.293 0.362 0.561 2 6
Adam Dunn DH 3 0.667 0.667 0.667 0 1
Alex Rios CF 14 0.286 0.286 0.429 0 4
A.J. Pierzynski C 36 0.182 0.250 0.333 1 2
Gordon Beckham 2B 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Omar Vizquel 3B 17 0.471 0.471 0.824 1 5
Total 121 0.295 0.344 0.509 3 14

 

Yankees vs. White Sox    
Season: 2011 Season: 2010 Season: 2009 All-Time
CHI: 2-0 NYY: 4-2 NYY: 4-3 NYY: 1047-827
       
  Last 10 Home vs. LHP
Yankees 6-4 8-5 3-2
  Last 10 Away vs. RHP
White Sox 3-7 6-8 8-11

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If Rafael Soriano felt unwanted at his introductory press conference, just imagine the thoughts going through his head as he walked off the mound to a chorus of 40,000 boos during yesterday’s 3-2 loss to the White Sox.

Things haven’t been looking up for Soriano in his first month as a Yankee (Photo: Getty Images).

When Soriano signed with the Yankees as a free agent back in January, there were many reasonable objections. The size and length of the contract was first and foremost. Considering his lack of leverage, it didn’t seem as if the Yankees needed to give him three years at $35 million, not to mention an opt out after the 2011 season. Money wasn’t the only issue, however. Others focused on the first round draft pick that the Yankees had to forfeit to the Rays, while another faction simply bristled at the idea that Randy Levine would involve himself in baseball operations.

Amid all of the dissent, no one ever disputed Soriano’s ability to pitch because it would have been a foolish argument. Not only was the right hander coming off a season in which he led the league in saves, but his entire career record pointed toward a dominant pitcher when healthy. Even Brian Cashman, who disavowed the signing for many of the reasons cited above, conceded that Soriano’s addition to the bullpen made the Yankees better.

Unfortunately, things haven’t exactly gone according to plan, regardless of whose plan it really was. In only 10 1/3 innings, Soriano has already allowed nine earned runs, which is only three fewer then he surrendered all last year. He has also had two very high profile meltdowns as well as one run-in (or run out) with the media. In other words, it hasn’t exactly been a smooth transition to the Bronx.

Unflattering Comparison, Soriano’s 2011 vs. 2010

Year
G W L IP ER BB ERA ERA+ WHIP
2010 64 3 2 62.1 12 14 1.73 228 0.802
2011 11 1 1 10.1 9 8 7.84 54 1.935

Source: Baseball-reference.com

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vs. Gavin Floyd PA BA OBP SLG HR RBI
Derek Jeter SS 16 0.214 0.200 0.214 0 1
Curtis Granderson CF 34 0.276 0.382 0.448 1 2
Mark Teixeira 1B 7 0.167 0.143 0.167 0 1
Alex Rodriguez DH 8 0.125 0.125 0.125 0 0
Robinson Cano 2B 13 0.077 0.077 0.154 0 0
Nick Swisher RF 6 0.167 0.167 0.167 0 0
Eric Chavez 3B 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Brett Gardner LF 6 0.600 0.667 0.800 0 1
Gustavo Molina C 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Total 90 0.222 0.283 0.309 1 5
             
vs. Ivan Nova PA BA OBP SLG HR RBI
Juan Pierre LF 3 0.333 0.333 0.333 0 1
Alexei Ramirez SS 2 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Carlos Quentin RF 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Paul Konerko 1B 3 0.500 0.667 0.500 0 0
Adam Dunn DH 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Alex Rios CF 3 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
A.J. Pierzynski C 2 0.500 0.500 0.500 0 0
Gordon Beckham 2B 2 1.000 1.000 1.500 0 0
Brent Morel 3B 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Total 15 0.357 0.400 0.429 3 14

 

Yankees vs. White Sox    
Season: 2011 Season: 2010 Season: 2009 All-Time
CHI: 1-0 NYY: 4-2 NYY: 4-3 NYY: 1047-826
       
  Last 10 Home vs. RHP
Yankees 7-3 8-4 9-5
  Last 10 Away vs. RHP
White Sox 2-8 5-8 7-11

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In honor of the 50th anniversary of Roger Maris’ record setting 61 homeruns in 1961, The Captain’s Blog will be tracking his pursuit of Babe Ruth by listing each home run in the sidebar on the anniversary of the day on which it was hit. Details about each blast will be provided along with a running tally and a comparison to both Ruth and Mickey Mantle.

Commissioner Ford C. Frick presided over an era of expansion in major league baseball, but his career is often defined by an asterisk.

Long before Roger Maris took his first at bat in 1961, the baseball world was obsessed with Babe Ruth’s single season homerun record. Although no one had really challenged the mark since Hank Greenberg hit 58 long balls in 1938, everyone was talking about the possibility that the upcoming season would bring with it a new single season home run champion.

The impetus for the great debate was the American League’s decision to increase its schedule to 162 games (the National League would follow suit in 1962). The added games were needed to facilitate the league’s expansion to 10 teams, but that didn’t stop many in and around the game from fretting about the impact more contests would have on the record book.

There can be little doubt that with 388 games tagged onto the major league schedules each year due to the expansion, many records will be toppling faster than managerial jobs.” – UPI, October 27, 1960

Although concern was expressed about all of baseball’s individual and team records, only one was really on most people’s mind: the 60 homers belted by the Babe in 1927. Ironically, however, the general consensus among the informed was that although other marks might fall, Ruth’s home run record would persevere.

Everyone worries most about Ruth’s record of 60 in 1927, but adding eight games to the schedule wouldn’t threaten that mark, according to the recent trend.”Seymour Siwoff, Elias Baseball Bureau, quoted by UPI, January 21, 1961

Even Commissioner Ford C. Frick directly addressed the prospect of Ruth’s record falling as a result of the expanded schedule. “My opinion on that is almost a conviction,” Frick told Arthur Daley of the New York Times. “I don’t think the Babe’s record is vulnerable.”

At the time, Frick did hedge his bet by stating that he might decide to use a separate category to list records set during the extra eight games, but no definitive ruling was established at the time. After all, Frick didn’t expect there to be an issue. Before too long, however, Maris would throw the controversy right back into his lap.

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