Over at PB, Jay Jaffe takes a look at what BP’s PECOTA means for the back of the Yankee rotation.
And while you are there, check out Cliff’s take on Eric Chavez, and Steve Goldman on Jose “Can You See” Cruz.
As much as I am a fan of sabermetrics, I dislike team-wide projections.
It means third place for the Yankees. Boston is best positioned right now to win the division, it's going to be a three team (or if Showalter can manage it, a four team) race for second and a possible wild card. I think Toronto wins it.
Brick cold, 14" of snow on the ground, gonna try and just enjoy the baseball season as baseball this year.
Another article about the back of the Yankees rotation
The back of our rotation leads the league in PECOTA, you know...
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I realize this is apparently a done deal, and I realize mentioning him at this point borders on obsessive. However, given the circumstances, I find the Yankees' insistence that the 4th and 5th spots in their rotation must belong to ABJ (Anybody But Joba) to be borderline irrational. At this point, the Yankees have demonstrated a willingness to sign and give an opportunity for the rotation to just about any pitcher that has a remote chance of success or might have been successful at some point in the near or distant past. And yet, they have this 25-year old pitcher who's actually had substantial success as a starter and they absoutely refuse to give him an opportunity. Given the current makeup of the Yankees' roster, is it really the case that the Yankees are better off without Joba in the rotation? The list of starting pitching candidates indicates the reasonable answer to that question to be "no."
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