In George We Trust
A(nother) blog about the most storied franchise in sports
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Beat Down in the Bronx
Well, even though I shouldn't have, the little devil on my right shoulder convinced me to skip class yesterday to watch the game - he must have put a hit out on the little angel on my left shoulder, because it was no contest.

Anywho, I charted Chacon's velocity, but this time I paid special attention to his fastball and curveball (his 2 main weapons), keeping the readings separate from his other pitches. Here's the data (all velocity readings are from ESPN's radar):

The dark blue indicates the average velocity of his fastball for the inning, the purple is the same for his curve, and the yellow is the average velocity for all pitches, not just his heater and curve. I intentionally left off the 2 pitches he threw in the 7th, because the radar gun reading didn't show for the first pitch and it wasn't worth accounting for one 87 mph fastball.

Will Chacon continue to increase his velocity as the game wears on in each of his starts this year? Of course not, but it's kinda weird how he threw harder as the game wore on. I wish I was able to see more games so I could keep track of Chacon and his velocities over the year, but alas, I can not.

Chacon was a mixed bag during the game, he was dreadful in the 1st and 5 th innings, but masterful in 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th. For 3rd time this year the Yanks hung double digit runs on the board, meaning they're on pace to score in double digits 60 times this year. I was good to see them bury the Royals, a team that couldn't be the anymore their opposite.

Here's a couple of highlights from one of my favorite hours of the week, Jim Callis' chat on ESPN:

bill (new york): hey, who do you think will be the better player 10 years from now, austin jAckson or c.j. henry?
Jim Callis: C.J. Henry. But that's more of a gut feel, obviously, because both guys have barely played. Austin Jackson is a better basketball player, though (as well as a good prospect in his own right).

Rich (Brooklyn): Blast from the past - how good was Brien Taylor before he ruined it?
Jim Callis: Very good. Great arm, needed more polish but he was moving very quickly. Of the current crop of big leaguers, he was probably most similar to Scott Kazmir.

Shawn (PA): So far from this season, the Yankees once again look like they need better pitching...Johnson gives up home runs, Mussina doesn't have what he use to, and Wang didn't look too good yesterday...what do they do about the pitching?
Jim Callis: The better question would be, why didn't they do something about this in the offseason. The only close-to-dominant starter they had was Johnson, who's on the wrong side of 40 and has bad knees. Mussina is on the downside, and the rest of the staff is a bunch of question marks, most with low K/9 rates. For nearly $200 million, that's the best they can do? They'll still score a boatload of runs, probably enough to overcome mediocre starting pitching and middle relief. But if something were to happen to Mariano Rivera, they could be in trouble, and I don't think their rotation is the kind of rotation that's going to win three series in the postseason.

Matt (RI): About the Yankees starting pitching, who are their top pitching prospects in the minors that could make an impact in the majors in a couple of years?
Jim Callis: A real impact? Philip Hughes, if he stays healthy. And no one else.

Daniel (New York, NY): J. Brent Cox will have an impact in the yankee pen in the near future?
Jim Callis: I was thinking starters, but I do like J. Brent Cox. I think he can become a solid setup man for the Yankees. Please stop with all the questions about Darrell Rasner, Matt DeSalvo, Steven White--those guys are middle guys at best in my eyes.

Kevin (NYC): Philip Hughes or Mike Pelfrey?
Jim Callis: Pelfrey, if only because Hughes' health record scares me a little.

ed (new york): JETER OR DAVID WRIGHT?
Jim Callis: Wright.

David, DET: [The Tiger's Kevin] Whelan or JB Cox?
Jim Callis: Cox, but I really like Whelan as well. Nice name to throw out there, David!

Travis (SD): Could you explain that Jeter Wright pick?
Jim Callis: I can . . . Wright's got a lot more of his career left than Jeter does, and I think both are among the elite at their postions. So give me Wright.

KEvin (Austin): Build a team around? Arod or Pujols
Jim Callis: I'll take the stud SS (of course, he could still play there) over the stud 1B.

Sam (Toronto): Chien Ming Wang: One year wonder, or temporary struggles?
Jim Callis: Not as good as he was last year--that K/9 really bothers me--but better than he's going right now.

Down on the Farm:

Triple-A Columbus (12-6 win over Charlotte)
Melky Cabrera: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
Russ Johnson: 4 for 5, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 1 RBI
David Parrish: 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 K - first round bust is batting .400
Matt Childers: 3.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Double-A Trenton (2-1 loss to Harrisburg, now 0-7 on the year)
1 thru 4 hitters: 1 for 18, 4 K
Caonabo Cosme: 2 for 3, 1 2B
Tyler Clippard: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

High-A Tampa (8-2 win over Fort Myers)
Brett Gardner: 4 for 5, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 K, 1 SB
Cody Ehlers: 3 for 3, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB
Phil Hughes: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K - beat fellow Top 100 prospect Anthony Swarzak
Josh Schmidt: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Low-A Charleston (3-1 loss to Columbus)
Austin Jackson: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 CS - picked off first
Jose Tabata: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB
CJ Henry: 1 for 4, 2 K
Wilkins Arias: 4.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

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