All This Velocity Talk

There’s a good chance if you’ve found your way to a niche Baseball Prospectus site covering the New York Yankees, you’re in the loop with the more prominent stories over the first week of the season. One thing that’s been the subject of much discussion is velocity. Major League Baseball has switched from PITCHf/x to Trackman for in-stadium […]

MLB: Minnesota Twins at New York Yankees

How the Yankees can remain contenders through their rebuild

Last week on this site, Ben Diamond wrote that the Yankees might be approaching a brief drop in the standings as they prepare for the massive off-season in 2018 that could feature Bryce Harper, Andrew McCutchen, Manny Machado, Jose Fernandez, Matt Harvey and eleventy-seven other All-Stars. A year ago I would have wholeheartedly agreed with Ben’s […]

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees

Michael Pineda and Nathan Eovaldi are not actually the same person

When you are building a starting rotation it is usually wise to fill it with five different human beings. That’s par for the course and teams don’t tend to deviate from it. Four-man rotations can overburden arms, and cloning is far too expensive to be a feasible roster-building option. However, the New York Yankees have […]

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Finding the Yankees a Young Starting Pitcher

So far this offseason, the Yankees have focused on bolstering their batting order through trades for outfielder Aaron Hicks and infielder Starlin Castro. But now, with the team’s position-player alignment pretty much set (barring a trade of Brett Gardner) it is time to talk about pitching. If the season started tomorrow, the Yankees’ starting rotation […]

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees

Michael Pineda joins Ron Guidry and a pair of Davids in Yankee strikeout lore

Michael Pineda was absolutely dominant on Sunday afternoon against the Orioles, notching 16 “strike ‘em outs” in just seven innings while the Yankees won 6-2, securing a four-game series victory over the defending AL East champs. It was the type of strikeout performance not witnessed in a generation by Yankees fans, as it had been […]

MLB: New York Mets at New York Yankees

Lady Luck could help soften the loss of Masahiro Tanaka

Losing Masahiro Tanaka to a forearm strain was scary for the New York Yankees for two reasons. Firstly, any injury to Tanaka’s arm is a scary one, even if it is considered a mild one. Reports of the Japanese ace’s arm hanging by a thread may be slightly exaggerated, but his health issues do warrant […]


Will the Real Big Mike Please Stand Up?

On January 13th, 2012, the New York Yankees and the Seattle Mariners combined for one of the more shocking blockbuster trades in recent memory. The Yankees, flush with hitting, traded the position-less masher Jesús Montero for Michael Pineda of the Mariners, one of their many promising young pitchers. It played out like a classic elementary school lunchtime […]