Found February 15, 2013 on
The Flagrant Fan:
Every year I like to look at the pitch values given by PitchF/X. There are lots of ways to look at how valuable pitchers are (or aren't). There is WAR, FIP, and a few others that are in vogue for finding such value. But I like pitch value because it tells you what pitchers use and how successful they are at using it. I like using PitchF/X instead of Fangraphs pitch value data because PitchF/X breaks out the fastballs by type such as four-seam, two-seam and sinkers.
So what I've done is found the 85 starting pitchers who qualified with enough innings pitched. I then exported their PitchF/X pitch value to a spreadsheet. And then I added up the value given to each pitcher's total value for all pitches he throws. For example, Zack Greinke received 10.9 runs above average for his four-seam fastball, 6 for his two-seam, -2.4 for his cutter, 0.9 for his slider, 2 for his curve and -0.4 for his change-up. Add them all together and his pitches were worth 17 runs above average...
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He is still the ace, the cornerstone, the man the Yankees must have in
the rotation if they are going to remain competitive in the vastly improved AL
East. The Associated Press reports that C.C. Sabathia, 32, threw off a mound on
Saturday for the first time since arthroscopic surgery last October 25.
With spring training instructor Billy Connors, pitching coach Larry
New York Yankee fans need to relax, big time!
Kevin Youkilis (Photo credit: Keith Allison)
Kevin Youkilis might play for the Yankees, but he will forever be a Boston Red Sox in my mind.
So earlier this week when Youkilis told ESPN New York, “I’ll always be a Red Sox,” personally, I found it refreshingly honest.
The problem is a majority of Yankees Universe did not.
$12 million for one season doesn't buy what it used to. Kevin Youkilis, who will make more in 2013 than David Wright will, made his New York Yankees debut Thursday. And he promptly announced his loyalties to his old Boston Red Sox team, saying "I’ll always be a Red Sock." Oh, great.I couldn't stand Youk -- I call him Yuck -- as a Red Sock, and the fact that he...
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Kevin Youkilis' new teammates were waiting to razz him when the
third baseman walked into the New York Yankees clubhouse.
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The Yankees will always somehow manage to put a good product out on the field. However, if I look at the way things ended last year and the changes they made to the team. They’re third in the AL East right now in my eyes.
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It’s no surprise on the day former Red Sox third/first baseman Kevin Youkilis reported
to Yankees spring training the first words out of his mouth to the media were
about the Red Sox. What may surprise you to know is that those words were spoken
with high regard for his former organization.
Youkilis spent 9 years with the Red Sox organization (2004-2012) and was a vital member...
This guy is a Yankee. And it’s weird. (Photo courtesy of Flickr)
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