Milestone Watch: Will CC Sabathia Hit 3000 K's vs. Diamondbacks Tonight?

Milestone Watch: Will CC Sabathia Hit 3000 K's vs. Diamondbacks Tonight?

At the end of the 2018 season, CC Sabathia stood at 246 Wins and 2986 Strikeouts. As there were rumors about a potential retirement after the seasons end, Sabathia resigned with the Yankees on a 1-Year/$8 Million deal, with two goals in mind:

250 Wins to be the 48th most pitcher wins in MLB history & 13th for Left-Handed pitchers

3000 Strikeouts for 17th in MLB History* & 3rd All-Time for LHP* (*CC is already 17th Overall and 3rd LHP on the Strikeout list.)

As we head into another Sabathia start this evening against the Arizona Diamondbacks, he is currently sitting at 247 Wins and 2997 strikeouts.

As 250 Wins is literally unobtainable in this game, lets try and predict, inning-by-inning, if/when CC Sabathia hits the 3000 K milestone tonight. (CC has also stated that he wants to also hit a home run tonight, although I can’t predict those odds.)

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GREAT ARTICLE LINK - The Stolen Base Problem (River Ave Blues)

The following article is one example why we are going to greatly miss the wonderful and very special River Ave Blues.  This article speaks to a problem and concern not mentioned anywhere else.  River Ave Blues has been at the forefront of high quality analysis, opinion, and thought for the last 12 years.  

Hey, River Ave Blues - Thanks for the great work, thanks for inspiring us each day, and thanks for setting the highest standards possible in all your work.  We're going to miss you.  A Ton!

From the article:

"Allowing stolen bases has been a constant and impossible to ignore problem for the 2019 Yankees. They went into last night’s late West Coast game having allowed an MLB leading 25 stolen bases in an MLB leading 29 attempts this year. No other team had allowed more than 19 steals and only one other team allowed more than 16 steals.

“The Yankees rank dead last in caught stealing rate this year (14%) but success rate is not the best way to measure stolen base susceptibility. Stolen base attempts is. Opponents will tell you how vulnerable you are to stolen bases by how often they try ’em. There’s a reason there have been roughly 25% (!) fewer steal attempts against the Cardinals than any other team since 2005. It’s because teams don’t test Yadier Molina..."

Full Article:  The Yankees have a big stolen base problem right now

Who Is Mike Ford?

Who Is Mike Ford?

Greg Bird is down with yet another lower body injury, this time succumbing to plantar fasciitis. The Yankees have stated that Bird will be out for at least a month, but based on their track record in estimating IL time and Bird’s propensity for extended absences, the Yankees will likely have a hole to fill for longer. The Yankees have allowed Bird to occupy a spot in the lineup despite the fact that his production when healthy over his last 500 plate appearances has been abysmal. The injury to Bird’s foot finally allows the Yankees to give Mike Ford a shot. Ford has started this season scorching hot at Triple-A Scranton, but there’s more to his story than just a flash in the pan.

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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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Paying Aaron Judge - Revisited

Paying Aaron Judge - Revisited

There has been significant discussion in our comments section the last week regarding a contract extension for Aaron Judge. Back in December, our own Matthew Cohen wrote about what a potential Aaron Judge extension might look like. I highly recommend regarding Cohen’s assessment, and at the time it was written, I agreed with most of what he wrote. However, much has changed in the last 3 months regarding baseball’s economic picture, and I think that it is worth revisiting a potential Judge extension now that the Yankees have given out more extensions in 2019 than they had in the last decade.

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Perspectives on The Aaron Hicks Extension

Perspectives on The Aaron Hicks Extension

When the news first broke on the Aaron Hicks extension, the first thing my eyes hit upon was the fact that the contract was for seven years. I was shocked. My first reaction was, “Seven years for Hicks and they won’t even engage Harper?” But then, I was that the total value of the deal was $70 million and I was amazed. My next thoughts were, “The Yankees locked up Hicks for only ten million dollars a year. Holy cow!” What a deal for the Yankees. What a tremendous deal!

Some perspectives:

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