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Monday, June 12, 2017

WaPo: Fancy Stats: Today’s Yankees Are A Modern-Day Murderers’ Row

The Yankees have 14 games in which they hit three or more home runs this season, the most in franchise history over the first 60 games of the season. And this year’s squad also has three five-homer games in 2017, the most in the majors. This season, the Yankees have 102 home runs in 60 games, putting them on pace for 275 home runs over a 162-game season, which, if sustained, would eclipse the major league record set by the 1997 Seattle Mariners (264). The most ever by the Yankees was in 2012 (245), followed closely by the 2009 (244) and 2004 seasons (242). The 1961 Yankees, which included a 61-home run campaign by Roger Maris, hit 204 [Typo Alert: actually 240] that season. The 1927 version of Murderers’ Row hit 158 home runs in 155 games.

That was a different era. Yet even after you adjust for that, plus further account for league and park effects, this is the fourth-best hitting team in franchise history, creating runs at a rate that is 22 percent higher than average. The only other rosters in the Bronx that were (slightly) better were the Ruth and Gehrig years of 1927 (126 wRC+), 1930 (124) and 1931 (124).

If they get some production out of the 1st & 3rd base slots, everything would be good.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Scouting Shohei Otani

A fairly detailed look at Shohei Otani:

Do scouts for MLB teams think Otani can be a two-way player? For four out of five scouts, there was some hemming and hawing. They all like him as a batter – especially the left-handed power. They all love him as a pitcher. The fifth scout, though, is willing to dream.

“I’ve never said this about a player, but I believe he can be a two-way player,” the scout said. “There are good-hitting pitchers like Madison Bumgarner and Greg Maddux, but this guy is a legitimate offensive threat. How you balance his pitching and his hitting … that’s where it really comes down to a general manager and a manager and ownership. How much do you want to risk your ace pitcher running the bases or taking at-bats? But from an evaluation standpoint, this guy … if he was on my team, he’d be the fastest baserunner, he’d have the most raw power. I absolutely feel this guy can hit on a daily basis. Or if you wanted … you can pick-and-choose when you’d DH him or pinch hit him. But absolutely, this guy can be a two-way player. If anyone can do it, he’s the one.”

Lots of interesting stuff, but all anonymous. RTFA.


 

 

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