Archive for September, 2008

I’m high on Phil Coke

September 30, 2008

September: 14.2 IP 8 HA 1 ER 2 BB 14 K

Having two very functional lefties like him and Damaso Marte will be a nice luxury in 2009.

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Moose wins 20, Jeter comforts

September 28, 2008

Success

September 24, 2008

8 IP 5 HA 2 ER 0 BB 6 K

The 2009 New York Yankees

September 23, 2008

According to Joe Sheehan:

C: Posada, Molina
1B: Teixeira
2B: Cano, Betemit
SS: Jeter
3B: Rodriguez
LF: Damon
CF: Cabrera, Endy Chavez
RF: Abreu, Nady
DH: Matsui
SP: Wang, Chamberlain, Mussina, Hughes, Kennedy, Pavano
RP: Rivera, Ramirez, Veras, Coke, Aceves, Giese

Stadium Status: Fin

September 22, 2008

Insulting Injury

September 20, 2008

There’s nothing to be done about Jeter getting hit on the hand. It’s a freak thing that happened for the second time this year against Baltimore. But, the fact that Jeter went 0-for-5 in the last game at Yankee Stadium just represents what a terrible season it’s been for the Yankees. It was the used banana peel on top of the garbage dump of a season they’re having.

Thanks Moose

September 18, 2008

Yanks to overhaul Cano’s swing

September 12, 2008

“I don’t want to say this is a bad year, but it’s at least a year that I’m going to learn from and not be back in this situation again,” Cano said. “This is a year that you can just say, ‘OK, this is not happening again.'”

The Yankees hope so, and they are preparing steps to move in that direction. Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long plans to travel to the Dominican Republic to work with Cano in November. The work there will be extensive and represents a complete overhaul of the infielder’s swing.

The promise is of a completely revamped player in advance of Spring Training. Long outlined pieces of his blueprint for Cano by eliminating excess action, while putting him in a better position to hit, squaring up more with the pitcher. Addressing Cano’s strike-zone discipline is also high on the to-do list.

“You’re going to see a huge difference visually,” Long said. “You’ll see less movement, an explosive, compact swing, and you’ll probably see more home runs. I think his average will go way up and I think his walks will go way up.” (Source)

Because so much of Cano’s value is driven from his batting average, which can fluctuate from year to year, he will likely have a career very similar to his first few years: up (2006 49.1 VORP) and down (2008 2.6 VORP).

I doubt that the Yankees have any intentions of moving Cano, but I would consider trading Cano (for a Centerfielder) and signing Orlando Hudson to play 2nd base in the off-season. Not only has Cano’s offense been worse this season, but his defense has suffered in recent months too. His nonchalant style of play has always been questioned by fans and media as “not trying.” Cano’s Revised Zone Rating has suffered this year as he has had a drop in Out of Zone Plays made from his ’07 figure.

As I said before, Cano is a weird player. This year his LD% went up 3% and his BAbip went down .056 points. Can you understand that? Anyone? Bueller? He’s weird. They will try to adjust his swing, I just don’t think they’ll get anywhere and again next year we’ll see the ultimate up and down career continue.