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Robinson Cano: Why He Should Win MVP

Since the baseball season is in it's home stretch everyone starts talking about awards. C.C. Sabathia is looking like a front runner in the A.L. Cy Young race. The interesting race to follow this season will be the 2010 A.L. MVP. There are four hitters who can make a claim to the prestigious award: Josh Hamilton, Miguel Cabrera, Adrian Beltre and Robinson Cano. Joe Mauer has the average and OBP to be in the running but I booted him out due to his small power numbers this year, like his .487 slugging %.

Before I go into detail check out the stats yourself:
 When you take a look at the stats you think Hamilton should win due to the large lead he has in the Batting Average category. Then you look at Cabrera's power numbers in awe and think he should lock it up due to his Homers, RBIs, OBP, and SLG while still keeping a high average. Miggy playing for Detroit will deter him from winning this award, I guarantee it.

Even though Hamilton and Miggy are leading Cano in almost every common statistical category he is still my pick for MVP on MVP and here are my reasons why.

First of all WAR. WAR stands for Wins Above Replacement which is a statistic that presents the number of wins that the player added compared to what a replacement player (think a AAA or AA player) would add. This stat shows Cano's value to the in hitting, fielding and base-running expressed in wins. 

 Scale: 8+ MVP
5+ AllStar
2+ Starter
0-2 Reserve
< 0 Replacement Level

Though Cano isn't leading the league in any common statistics such as Average but he is leading the league in WAR by a good margin. The MVP award is about your individual performance benefiting your team and adding 6 and 1/2 wins to the Yankees really jumps out.

Fun Fact: Cano has hit 23 of his 25 home runs in games that Yankees have won. Cano is batting .311 with RISP as well.

MVP stands for most valuable player not most valuable hitter. Defense is usually discounted when the MVP is talked about. From the three players in the running you already know- from watching baseball- that Cano is the best defender of the group.

Some quick UZRs:
Cano 3.2
Hamilton 4.6 in LF, 1.2 in CF (way less games in CF)
Cabrera -5.4

Playing on the best team in baseball helps Cano's MVP bid. In a season where the Yankees two best hitters, A-Rod and Teixeria, started off cold Cano picked up the slack. He is one of the main reasons the Yanks have the best record in baseball. If Cano reverted to another 2008 like season the Yankees would be struggling with Boston right now for the Wild Card.

Cabrera and Hamilton are both playing positions where most of the elite hitters in the game play, Outfield and 1st base. Cano is a second baseman. Think about some other second basemen in the leauge, the only one that can compare to Cano's hitting prowess in baseball is Utley.  You can make the argument for Pedroia but you have to be above 6.0 ft to be considered on my site (and he is hurt this year so stop crying).

You don't believe me? Here your chart:

I hope the bold text on the main points helped people who liked to skim but now I've got you, go back and read the whole thing!

Anyway it seems pretty simple to me that Cano should be this year's MVP but hell if Dustin Pedroia can win it anyone can.


It's Good To Be Home

The Notorious C.C.
C.C. Sabathia is tied for the most wins in baseball with 17. He is the best pitcher in baseball right now in my opinion and would have my Cy Young vote.

Of course C.C.'s numbers are impressive but what really jumps out are his stats at home. Sabathia is 9-0 at home this season.  This season his home ERA (2.64) is a whole point lower than his away era (3.55).

With around 7 starts left in the regular season for C.C. it seems almost definite that he will lock up 20 wins for the first time in his career.



A-Rod To DL

A-Rod is being put on the DL and Ivan Nova is being called up to pitch on Monday. We are going to be seeing more of Nunez.

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A.J. Burnett: The Tale of Two Men

When A.J. Burnett steps out to the mound you never know what you are going to get. Sometimes he strikes out nine guys while pitching 7 innings and sometimes he gives up 8 runs to Toronto. Every Yankee fan knows what I am talking about, this guy is inconsistent. I can take just the starts from this month to show you.

August 2nd was a bad A.J. sighting, he pitched 4 and 2/3rds innings while giving up 8 runs on 8 hits against Toronto.

August 10th good A.J. showed up, though he lost, A.J. still pitched 7 innings while giving up three runs to the Rangers, one of the best offenses in baseball.

August 15th really good A.J. showed up against the Royals, he pitched 8 innings and only gave up one run but lost due to some guy named Bullington.

August 20th was last nights game and he looked like shit. He gave up 12 hits and 6 runs to one of the worst offenses in baseball.

It is like Mr. Burnett is living a double life.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

A-Rod Update

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
A-Rod took some swings in the cage yesterday and reported no pain in his calf. So will he be in the lineup today? No. The answer is no. Girardi said that A-Rod will not be playing until he can prove he can run with no pain.

"That's not running, so, I'll see where he's at tomorrow. He felt better today. But he didn't run and obviously that's a concern."

My guess is we won't see A-Rod until next week, this weekend at the earliest. With the offensive explosion we have had the past two games A-Rod can take his sweet time.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Photo of the Day

There is so much going on in this picture.

Thames, Ca$hman and C.C. grinning madly.

Jeter wondering when he can get out of there.

And Granderson in his intellectual glasses, looking thrilled to be there.

Picture via NYC Mayor's Office

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

CSN Review

I love a good le creuset (cookset) and the guys over at CSN stores hooked us up and we will be reviewing one of their products. Right now I am leaning toward this massage chair!

Thanks again CSN!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Really A-Rod.....Really?

Injuries Galore

  • A-Rod left the game with tightness in his right calf, no tests have been scheduled and he has been listed as day to day. My guess is that A-Rod will sit out tomorrow and Girardi will give Ramiro the start at 3B. 
  • Swish also left with tightness but in his right forearm, no test have been scheduled for him either and he also has been listed as day to day. I really hope Swish plays tomorrow since I will be attending the game, I will be sitting in section 203 and I would love to him salute us. 
  • Nick Johnson's (remember him?) wrist is hurting again, his return to playing baseball this year looks grim.
  • The Yankees have "sharply limited" Javy Vazquez between start work due to his Little Leauge World Series fastball.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Our Catchers Suck

It is hard to locate an imperfection within the Yankees right now, the best record in baseball doesn't come easy. The rotation has been excellent, the bullpen has turned it around in the second half, and the juggernaut of a lineup the Yankees send out there has been hitting. The Yankees are not a perfect team however, Brett Gardner has been slumping for the past month, Javy Vazquez velocity has dropped significantly due to a dead arm period and Jeter's line this year is not very Jeterian as Sterling would say.

I am not worried about any of these blemishes, the problem that worries me most is the current catcher situation. Reading that Francisco Cervelli has gotten 216 at bats this year worries me. It seems he is not really good at anything, expect broken English. At the beginning of the year he tore it up like he was Ted Williams and of course I knew it would pass but I didn't think he would be seeing this much time. Though he has been praised for his defensive play, Cervelli, has not sparkled this year behind the plate. Francisco has 7 errors this year, that is 5th most in the league and the guy doesn't even play full time. It really doesn't help when you drop pop-ups against the Red Sox. Though I like Cervelli due to his hilarious post game interviews ('He throw the ball, I catch the ball, the BIG LEAUGES') he should not be catching 557 innings for this team. He also doesn't throw anyone out, just like Jorge, allowing 39 stolen bases and only catching 8 runner giving him a slick 17% caught stealing percentage.

Though I did just rip on Cervelli DO NOT think I am on the Jorge bandwagon, that bandwagon is dilapidated and full of drunk men who love to yell hip-hip. Jorge is one of the best hitting catchers of all time but not this year. You may argue that he doesn't have enough at bats (263) but let's put the numbers aside for a second. It always seems to me at least Jorge strolls up with runners on first and third and one out, then he proceeds to ground into a double play and kill whatever rally the Yankees were trying to muster. Guess who also has 7 errors? Jorge. Even while catching 100 less innings than Cervelli, Jorge, still managed to commit as many errors. That gives the Yankees catching tandem the most errors in baseball. It seems like everyone in the MLB runs all over Jorge, 49 bases have been stolen against him and has only caught 10 runners also giving him a shiny 17% caught stealing percentage. I don't know if Jorge took Cervelli under his wing during the offseason and taught him how to apply gratuitous amounts of pine tar, urinate on your own hands and how to become an insufficient catcher. This is not based on fact at all but I don't really feel good chemistry between Jorge and some of the pitching staff. Not only due to he whole A.J. Burnett overblown relationship but he shakes off the pitches a lot and I mean a lot. Not to mention he is turning 39 soon and he is as fragile as David Eckstein (without the grittiness, everyone knows he is invulnerable with it).

For an organization loaded with catching prospects the Yankees current catching situation is about as bad as the Royals whole team, hell they could play on the Royals. I can't wait until the Jesus saves us.

Rain in K.C.

The Yankees are down 3-2 right now to the Royals, the difference is a Billy Butler foul pole scraping home-run. The game was sussposed to resume at 12 however the tarp is back on the field.

(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

With the Sox and Rays losing this game would be a nice game for the Yankees to take and increase the lead heading into the final stretch of the season.

Anyway I am currently searching for the right college and I just returned from Syracuse. On the way home I stopped at the Jets training camp in Cortland. Hard Knocks has been great so far and it was a nice stop on the long drive home.