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Yankees outfield situation

February 15, 2010

This is just a quick post, so if it seems  rushed, you know why.

Heading into the season, the Yankees have six outfielders on their extended roster. Nick Swisher, Curtis Granderson, Brett Gardner, Randy Winn, Jamie Hoffmann, and Marcus Thames. Ideally, the Yankees only need 4-5 outfielders, so who should get playing time and who should get the boot?

For starters, let me tell you my projected outfield (haha, for starters). Swisher in RF, Gardner in CF, and Granderson in LF. Obviously, Swishawk is a lock in right. Also, it should come as a no-brainer Granderson is starting, but I have him in left.¬† Gardner is a better fielder. Granderson is projected to have a 0.0 UZR/150 in 2010 and his three year UZR is “just” 1.2. Meanwhile, Gardner has put up spectacular 27.6 UZR/150 in 789 career CF innings and his projected 2010 UZR/150 is 2.8. Sure there’s just a 2-3 run difference between the two, but I fully believe Gardner will post a better rating than 2.8, while Grandy will stay close to his three year average.

Now comes the tricky part- choosing the bench. With Granderson and Gardner both starting, that’s two black holes against lefties. So ideally, the Yankees need a rerserve OF who can hit lefties to platoon with Gardner or pinch-hit for him and Granderson. Well, in 2009 Winn had a -9 wRC+ against lefties in 125 PA- a SSS. For his career he has fared a little bit better, posting a 105 wRC+.

The next option would be Marcus Thames. Against lefties in 2009, Thames had a 110 wRC+ against lefties. For his career in 691 PA against lefties, he has a 122 wRC+ with a .360 wOBA. 691 PA is still a SSS, but it’s evident Thames is just a flat out better hitter than Winn against lefties, with more power. Power that could be beneficial in NYS if the HR rates stay the same.

Give me Thames as the 4th outfielder on the bench, to platoon with Gardner against lefties and/or pinch-hit.

That leaves two players for one spot- Randy Winn and Jamie Hoffman. Winn is being paid $2mil by New York in 2010. Hoffmann has to stay on the Yanks roster or he’ll be returned to LA. Hoffmann offers more potential. He is younger, can hold his own ground offensively, and is supposed to be a good fielder. Meanwhile, Winn is getting older and coming off a bad offensive season.

If given the choice, Hoffman should be given the spot over Winn. In reality, New York won’t want to waste $2mil on Winn and then cut him or not play him. So it may be money that makes the final decision.

To recap:

RF- Nick Swisher; CF- Brett Gardner; LF- Curtis Granderson

4th OF- Marcus Thames

5th OF- Jamie Hoffmann

See ya later- Randy Winn

But in reality it will be Winn who earns a spot over Hoffmann.

4PARL end of season awards

October 8, 2009

It’s that time of the year again where people start mentioning their official votes for MLB season awards. If we had a vote, this is how it’d go down:

AL MVP:

Disco- Joe Mauer

Bballer- Zack Greinke

Trekker- Joe Mauer

Twaco- Joe Mauer

NL MVP:

Disco- Albert Pujols

Bballer- Albert Pujols

Trekker- Albert Pujols

Twaco- Albert Pujols

AL Cy Young:

Disco- Zack Greinke

Bballer- Zack Greinke

Trekker- Zack Greinke

Twaco- Zack Greinke

NL Cy Young:

Disco- Tim Lincecum

Bballer- Tim Lincecum

Trekker- Chris Carpenter

Twaco- Tim Lincecum

AL Rookie of Year:

Disco- Brett Anderson

Bballer- Elvis Andrus

Trekker- Jeff Niemann

Twaco- Brett Anderson

NL Rookie of Year:

Disco- Andrew McCutchen

Bballer- Garret Jones

Trekker- Andrew McCutchen

Twaco- Andrew McCutchen

AL DHL Delivery Man of Year:

Disco- Mariano Rivera

Bballer- Andrew Bailey

Trekker- Mariano Rivera

Twaco- Mariano Rivera

NL DHL Delivery Man of Year:

Disco- Jon Broxton

Bballer- Jon Broxton

Trekker- Jon Broxton

Twaco- Jon Broxton

Disco’s Silver Sluggers:

C- Joe Mauer; Brian McCann

1b- Miguel Cabrera; Albert Pujols

2b- Ben Zobrist; Chase Utley

3b- Alex Rodriguez; Pablo Sandoval

SS- Derek Jeter; Hanley Ramirez

OF- Jason Bay, JD Drew, Shin-soo Choo; Ryan Braun, Adam Dunn, Justin Upton

DH- Adam Lind

*Kevin Youkilis deserves props. He split between 1b/3b so I didn’t give him the benefit at 1b or 3b.

Bballer’s Silver Sluggers:

C- Joe Mauer; Brian McCann

1b- Miguel Cabrera; Albert Pujols

2b- Ben Zobrist; Chase Utley

3b- Kevin Youkilis; Ryan Zimmerman

SS- Derek Jeter; Hanley Ramirez

OF- Jason Bay, JD Drew, Adam Lind; Justin Upton, Jayson Werth, Ryan Braun

DH- Hideki Matsui

Trekker’s Silver Sluggers:

C- Joe Mauer; Brian McCann

1b- Miguel Cabrera; Albert Pujols

2b- Ben Zobrist; Chase Utley

3b- Alex Rodriguez; Pablo Sandoval

SS- Derek Jeter; Hanley Ramirez

OF- Jason Bay, Adam Lind, Shin-Soo Choo; Justin Upton, Adam Dunn, Ryan Braun

DH- Jason Kubel

Twaco’s Silver Sluggers:

C- Joe Mauer; Brian McCann

1b- Kevin Youkilis; Albert Pujols

2b- Ben Zobrist; Chase Utley

3B- Alex Rodriguez; Pablo Sandoval

SS- Derek Jeter; Hanley Ramirez

OF- Jason Bay, Adam Lind, JD Drew; Justin Upton, Ryan Braun, Adam Dunn

DH- Hideki Matsui

Disco’s Gold Gloves:

C- Kurt Suzuki; Yadier Molina

1b- Mark Teixeira; James Loney

2b- Chase Utley; Dustin Pedroia

3B- Evan Longoria; Ryan Zimmerman

SS- Elvis Andrus; Troy Tulowitzki

OF- Franklin Guitierez, Ryan Sweeney, David DeJesus; Nyjer Morgan, Mike Cameron, Randy Winn

Bballer’s Gold Glovers:

C- Joe Mauer; Yadier Molina

1b- Kevin Youkilis; Adrian Gonzalez

2b- Placido Polanco; Chase Utley

3b- Evan Longoria; Ryan Zimmerman

SS- Jason Bartlett; JJ Hardy

OF- Franklin Guitierez, Carl Crawford, BJ Upton; Mike Cameron, Colby Rasmus, Raul Ibanez

Trekker’s Gold Glovers:

C- Joe Mauer; Yadier Molina

1b- Mark Teixeira; Adrian Gonzalez

2b- Dustin Pedroia; Chase Utley

3b- Evan Longoria; Ryan Zimmerman

SS- Elvis Andrus; Rafael Furcal

OF- Ichiro, Franklin Guitierez, Carl Crawford; Nyjer Morgan, Mike Cameron, Colby Rasmus

Twaco’s Gold Glovers:

C- Joe Mauer; Yadier Molina

1b- Mark Teixeira; Albert Pujols

2b- Dustin Pedroia; Chase Utley

3B- Evan Longoria; Ryan Zimmerman

SS- Elvis Andrus; Rafael Furcal

OF- Nelson Cruz, Franklin Guitierez, David DeJesus; Justin Upton, Mike Cameron, Raul Ibanez