Found June 24, 2012 on Baseball Prospectus:
Ivan Nova leads the major leagues with 46 extra-base hits allowed. Many of them were mistakes. This one, a solo homer by Kirk Niewenhuis in the third inning of the Yankees-Mets game on Saturday, was not. Nova would've liked that one back, of course, because of where it ended up. But you know how we always talk about putting process ahead of results-oriented analysis? That pitch's process was pretty sound. There's a perception that home runs always come on hangers, that a batter can't really make a pitcher pay beyond a bloop or a bleeder unless he misses his spot and leaves a pitch over the middle of the plate. Nieuwenhuis' homer shows that's not quite the case. In an article last month, R.J. Anderson quoted Greg Maddux as saying, "You know what makes you smart? Locate that fastball down and away. That's what makes you smart." Usually, it does. In fact, two pitches earlier in the at-bat, Nova threw Niewenhuis a nearly identical pitch, ...

Cluck you, Joe Buck and Tim McCarver: Charlie Sheen and Yankees win were only two things worth watching Saturday

Who would have thought that aside from the Yankees winning Saturday, that Charlie Sheen would be the highlight of the FOX broadcast? I am generally not a big fan of  in-game interviews, especially on radio -- John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman had Michael Millken on a few weeks ago, and there was no way to get a clue about what was going on. But I digress. Anyhow, while I was excited...

Mets vs. Yankees, R.A. vs. CC -- Who will win the battle of the initials?

Listen up, Met fans -- my presence at Citi Field Friday meant nothing. Your team still beat the Yankees! So there. Now, I am about to head to your ballpark for the battle of the initials -- CC vs. RA -- but if Dickey's scoreless streak ends, don't blame me!I hope it doesn't rain tonight -- Jon and I and 40+ thousand fans had to wait out an hourlong rain delay Friday....

Game 70: Yankees @ Mets

Regular Season Game 70 YANKEES @ METS First Pitch: 7:15 PM | TV: FOX | Radio: WCBS Here are the lineups: YANKEES (41-28) Derek Jeter SS Curtis Granderson CF Alex Rodriguez 3B Robinson Cano 2B Mark Teixeira 1B Nick Swisher RF Raul Ibanez LF Russell Martin C Ivan Nova RHP (9-2, 4.32 ERA) METS (39-32) Kirk Nieuwenhuis CF Daniel Murphy 2B David Wright 3B ...

Game 71: Yankees @ Mets

Regular Season Game 71 YANKEES @ METS First Pitch: 8:00 PM | TV: ESPN | Radio: WCBS Here are the lineups: YANKEES (42-28) Derek Jeter, SS Curtis Granderson, CF Alex Rodriguez 3B Robinson Cano 2B Mark Teixeira 1B Nick Swisher RF Raul Ibanez LF Chris Stewart C CC Sabathia LHP (9-3, 3.55 ERA) METS (39-33) Andres Torres CF Ruben Tejada SS David Wright 3B...

Mets vs. Yankees: The cluck stops here

Squawker Lisa, what happened to your jinx when we went to Friday night's Subway Series game? Did you "misremember" it, to use a word associated with last night's losing pitcher?And after your criticism of Ike Davis for hoping the Mets could just get a victory, Ike had as much to do with anyone as to why the Mets got the win, with his three-run homer.As much as I...

Local Apparel Company Teams up with Yankees Pitcher David Robertson's “High Socks for Hope” Foundation

“Charitee” on the minds of local small business owners as BXP Apparel will join forces with Yankee reliever David Robertson in raising awareness and support for his “High Socks for Hope” foundation.... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

Alex Rodriguez was milliseconds away from taking a pitch to the face

The New York Yankees took on the New York Mets tonight where Alex Rodriguez had a pitch thrown directly at his head. He was able to duck out of the way in time but it was pretty close to nailing him in his face. This ball was thrown at around 70 MPH and the Mets’ catcher was unable to catch the ball. A-Rod collapsed to the ground with a smile that he didn’t get hit in the face...

Yanks aren't about to play chicken with Francisco

Derek Jeter looked at the front page of a tabloid, the one that had a composite photo of his smiling face atop a chicken's body and the headline ''Cluck You!'' He just shook his head. ''What happened?'' Jeter asked. What happened was that Mets closer Frank Francisco told the New York Post this week, ''I can't wait to face those chickens...

Yankees 6, Mets 5

Robinson Cano hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning and the New York Yankees touched up R.A. Dickey for five runs in a 6-5 victory over the Mets on Sunday night. Nick Swisher had an early three-run shot against Dickey, who was coming off consecutive one-hitters - making him the first major league pitcher in 24 years to accomplish that feat. But in a much-anticipated matchup...

Pitching Matchups: Indians vs. Yankees

Today RHP Hiroki Kuroda (6-7, 3.57 ERA) vs. RHP Josh Tomlin (3-4, 5.12 ERA) 7:05 p.m., YES Network and ESPN2 Tuesday RHP Phil Hughes (7-6, 4.94 ERA) vs. RHP Justin Masterson (4-6, 3.98 ERA) 7:05 p.m., MY9 Wednesday LHP Andy Pettitte (3-3, 3.29 ERA) vs. RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (7-5, 4.59 ERA) 1:05 p.m., YES Network [...]

5 awesome things about Friday’s win over the Yankees

Last night the New York Mets extended their winning streak to four games with a 6-4 victory over the Yankees and quite frankly, it was awesome.  I know it’s just one game, but the way it unfurled from start to finish had to leave Mets fans with a great feeling heading into the weekend.  As I recapped the events that led to the win and the Mets ultimately picking up a game on...

Cano Takes Lead in 2nd Base All-Star Voting

Robinson Cano now leads AL 2nd basemen in voting, overtaking Ian Kinsler in this week's updated voting tally. He now leads Kinsler by just under 100,000 votes. To see the entire voting result update, click on the "read more" link below: FIRST BASE Prince Fielder, Tigers: 2,825,532 Paul Konerko, White Sox: 2,261,388 Mark Teixeira, Yankees: 1,863,873 Mitch...

Game Preview: Mets vs. Yankees 8:00 PM EDT

The New York Mets will take on the New York Yankees tonight in search of taking this three games series. First pitch will be at 8:00 PM EDT. Tonight’s Lineups:  ***Tejada’s Back*** #Mets Sunday lineup vs. Yankees: Torres-CF, Tejada-SS, Wright-3B, Hairston-LF, Duda-RF, Turner-1B, Cedeno-2B, Thole-C, Dickey-RHP — New York Mets (@Mets) June 24, 2012 1) Derek Jeter SS 2) Curtis...

Podcast Episode 11: Back In The American League

Interleague Play 2012 finally ended last night with the Yankees 6-5 victory over the Mets at Citi Field. Back in the American League! The Yankees begin a homestand tonight with a series against the surprising Cleveland Indians. Later in the week they play a four-game series against the Chicago White Sox.(No, I'm not happy about having to see Kevin Youkilis again sooner than I...
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