The Story so Far, and Yet to Come: The 2019 Bullpen

The Story so Far, and Yet to Come: The 2019 Bullpen

Prior to the 2019 season, many observers (this writer included) thought that the Yankee bullpen had a chance to be historically great. For one reason or another, the bullpen, while good, has not been historically great. I examine how the bullpen has performed to-date, and evaluate what the bullpen might look like for the rest of the season.

(Photo Credit: Bill Kostroun)

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Gio Urshela: Is He For Real?

Gio Urshela: Is He For Real?

There is little question but that the 2019 Yankees would be in the basement of the AL East without the play of all of the depth players that began the year at AAA Scranton. As good as all of those guys have been, one has stood above the rest: Gio Urshela. Prior to this season, Urshela was considered to be little more than a depth infielder. This season has largely changed that perception. In addition to playing good defense at the hot corner (I know that the metrics are mixed - defensive metrics take larger sample sizes to trust, so I am trusting my eyes on this one), Urshela has hit .341/.396/.505 with a .902 OPS, 140 OPS+, and 143 wRC+. Were Urshela to keep up this level of performance over a full season, he would finish with 5-ish WAR, or All-Star caliber production from 3B. Urshela’s current offensive performance is easy to comprehend, but the aforementioned statistics only tell us how Urshela has performed to this point; they say nothing about what we can expect from him moving forward. The question remains: who is Gio Urshela long-term?

(Photo Credit: Kathy Willens, AP)

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Clint vs Bryce

I was a HUGE proponent of the Yankees signing Bryce Harper (because he’s great).

The Yankees didn’t sign Harper (of course) which opened the door for Clint Frazier to play regularly once Giancarlo Stanton was injured. Since that time, Clint Frazier has hit the cover off the ball.

Let’s compare the two players at this moment. (Harper is playing tonight so his numbers were through yesterday while I added Frazier’s numbers through today’s game. Frazier has played in fewer (19-15) games than Harper this year.)


Jonathan Loaisiga Was Different

Jonathan Loaisiga Was Different

Much of the reporting of Jonathan Loaisiga’s first start focused on how similar his results were to his Major League performance in 2018. Loaisiga displayed electric stuff in his first start of 2019, but he struggled to get outs multiple times through the order, and was unable to pitch deep into the game, forcing the Yankees to go to the bullpen after just 4 innings (and admittedly, just 70 pitches). Lost in the analysis of results was the recognition that Loaisiga did not achieve those results in exactly the same way as last season. As a disclaimer, super-small sample size certainly applies in this case, however I would like to highlight some trends that I plan to track when Loaisiga pitches this season.

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Late Sunday Night Super Special: Graig Nettles Deserves the Hall-of-Fame

Late Sunday Night Super Special: Graig Nettles Deserves the Hall-of-Fame

After posting the Sunday Night Special video on DRC+, I decided to investigate more about this new stat, and to my delight, I came across an article that argues that Graig Nettles is one of the best third basemen in history and that he absolutely deserves to be inducted into the Baseball Hall-of-Fame. In addition, Yankees, it is time to add Nettles to Monument Park…

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The Yankees Way? A Brief Look At How The Championship Were Built, Pt. 4 1936-39

The Yankees Way? A Brief Look At How The Championship Were Built, Pt. 4 1936-39

I contend that throughout their history, when the Yankees have been successful it is because they have used their great financial strength to acquire the necessary talent in order to build the best teams possible. I contend that has been the Yankees way from the very start of their success and it had defined their successful periods right up until the present day.

I decided to look at this in summary form to test my theory. In this new series, I will examine the various successful periods in Yankees history. I will look at the team’s starting players and find out how they were acquired to see if my perspective is correct.

Today’s article was written by Mike Whiteman as a continuation of this series.

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The Yankees Way? A Brief Look At How The Championship Were Built, Pt. 3: 1932

The Yankees Way? A Brief Look At How The Championship Were Built, Pt. 3: 1932

I contend that throughout their history, when the Yankees have been successful it is because they have used their great financial strength to acquire the necessary talent in order to build the best teams possible.

I decided to look at this in summary form to test my theory. In this series, I am examining the various successful championship periods in Yankees history. I will look at the team’s starting players and find out how they were acquired to see if my perspective is correct.

Some of the data used for this installment comes from Mike Whiteman who wrote the next post in this series on the 1936-39 Yankees.

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