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What you think of the Yankees’ pitching staff probably depends on the statistic used for evaluation. By traditional measures, the Bronx Bombers’ pitchers are decidedly mediocre, while more advanced metrics place them among the best in the league. What explains this divergence? And what does the variance portend? In terms of runs allowed per game, […]

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The Yankees have one of the worst run differentials in the major leagues, but still sit atop their division after 30 games. This unique juxtaposition is the result of some good luck and a very mediocre A.L. East. Can the Yankees count on these trends continuing throughout the year, or, will the division turn itself […]

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It’s been a choppy ride for the Yankees in 2013, but their slim playoff hopes have been kept afloat by a life raft: the Toronto Blue Jays. Many expected the Yankees and Blue Jays to battle for supremacy in the A.L. East, but instead, the Bronx Bombers have used Toronto to prop up their lagging […]

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This afternoon, the Yankees follow up a “dreaded double header” with the equally lamented “day game after a night game”. These two scheduling hurdles are never greeted enthusiastically by managers, especially those with teams in a pennant race, but for the Yankees at least, the hand wringing is unnecessary. Yankees Day vs. Night Game Distribution, […]

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The post below has been updated to reflect changes since original publication. Whenever a team is forced to play a doubleheader, the manager will usually express a universal lament about how difficult it is to win both games. No manager has been more vocal about this perceived dynamic than Joe Girardi, but is it really true? Since the […]

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Although strikeouts in Major League Baseball have declined slightly this season, the overall trajectory in the last decade has been a precipitous rise. Meanwhile, walks have been gradually dwindling over the same span. This divergence has played a role in the overall decline in offense, however, some players have been able to buck these prevailing […]

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The validity of “pitching to the score” isn’t really a sabermetric debate. After all, it pits the importance of pitcher wins versus ERA, two statistics that have been tracked since the advent of the box score. Nonetheless, the discussion usually breaks down along party lines, with number crunchers often insisting the concept is a myth, […]

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