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Paul O?Neill attends the 6th annual Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation Gala at Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers on November 7, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Paul O?Neill

Today during the pregame, Paul O’Neill made the argument that the Yankees’ MVP thus far this season is Mark Teixeira, and looking at his numbers, they’re pretty darn impressive (.279/.379/.553; he’s also leading the AL with 25 HR). MVP races often hinge on HR numbers, and by that count it’s tough to argue against Tex, but from an actual objective standpoint, he’s just not the most valuable Yankee thus far this year (and he’s not particularly close to it, in fact). The winner might surprise you (especially if I hadn’t included his name in the title of this post).

Derek Jeter is having one of his best seasons ever. Compared to his career averages, he’s striking out a bit less (13.5% to 17.0%), walking a bit more (10.6% to 9.3%), getting on base a bit more (.396 to .387) and slugging about the same (.456 to .458). But where the real difference is coming is in Derek’s defence. Captain Intangibles is (for the first time since these numbers have been tracked) net positive (+1.8 runs over average defensively). That’s only marginally positive, but from 2005-2007, Jeter was worth negative 36.3 runs. Oh, and he happened to win two gold gloves during that time, but who’s counting, right? (more…)

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Last night Joba looked great. He was moving quickly, challenging hitters, and displayed the fire we all remember from his rookie year. The result? Only 2 hits,3 walks and a HBP over 7 innings, along with 6 punchouts and one run. Let’s temper the triumph–it’s important to note that without Matt Holliday, the Oakland Athletics are the worst offensive club in baseball (without too much close competition. With Holliday they were 29th or 30th in most of the important offensive statistics). But still, a good performance, and one Yankee fans have been dying to see out of Chamberlain.

Looking at this chart, we can see that while Joba got a few calls off the left hand side of the plate that were all quite close–within 2-3 inches. He actually got jobbed on a group of pitches in the strikezone, 2 that were close, and 2 that weren’t so close. So we know that his performance wasn’t synthetically improved by the umpire (and if you were watching, the way a lot of the players were shaking their heads walking from homeplate made it seem like he might have been getting some help). He also had those three swinging strikes on sliders that weren’t anywhere near the strikezone–the yellow squares to the bottom right. Not many pitchers get swinging strikes on balls a full 10 inches off the strikezone away. Then again, he had a large number of pitches that missed the strikezone by more than a foot both horizontally and vertically. Those are definite giveaway pitches, and the quicker he stops throwing those, the better. (more…)

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