Author Archives: Nick Fleder

A PitchF/X look at Andy Pettitte’s return

It was not a triumphant return to the majors by Andy Pettitte on Sunday. He walked three, struck out only two, threw a wild pitch and gave up two meatball home runs in six and a third innings. That said, he did a fairly good job of only allowing four runs to plate, and a ...

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A look at Freddy Garcia and Phil Hughes

This is a far cry from what the Yankees, and from what we, the fans, expected this January. It seemed like the Yankees’ ran nine-deep in terms of starting pitching, mostly because they did. This was before Michael Pineda tore his labrum. This was before Triple-A implosions from both Dellin Betances (21 walks in 22-plus ...

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The Russell Martin Conundrum

Quick one: Who has more wins above replacement from 2006 to 2011, Matt Kemp or Russell Martin? Before you make a quick pick, consider that Kemp has played 787 games while Martin’s been in 792. Their plate appearances have been nearly identical. Are you putting your money on Kemp? Not so fast. Martin has been worth ...

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Is it 2010 all over again for the Red Sox?

Superstardom. Jacoby Ellsbury had always been an elite steals maven, once swiping 50 bags and 70 bags in back-to-back seasons. He’d regularly hit around .300, and has a .299/.354/.450 batting line. He was roughly league average with the bat, though from 2008-2009, this before accumulating 9.4 wins for the Red Sox and clocking in at ...

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No time to panic but concerns of Yankees slow start

After an understated yet solid offseason, this is not what Yankee fans had in mind. Boston suffers from a total and utter lack of pitching? Maybe. Rays charge out at the hand of a heavy hitting offense? Perhaps. Yankees look all around sorry, while the Orioles blast off to a first-series sweep? No way. I looked ...

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Dickerson and Maxwell: which is best for the Yankees?

The fifth outfielder job for the Yankees, in the grand scheme of all things, means very little. Hell, in the grand scheme of the New York Yankees’ roster, it still will, in all likelihood, have little or no bearing on the success or failure of the team. Unless injuries ravage the outfield, Andruw Jones and ...

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Lineup Optimization: the Yankees’ 2012 Lineup

Tom Tango’s “The Book,” a sabermetrician’s bible of sorts, has an entire section devoted to lineup optimization. Is your team getting the most out of their offensive players on the basis of where they hit every day? Is your team sacrificing potential runs because they live by conventional wisdom? Read here if you’d like to ...

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