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Kuroda probably won't fall apart again this year

Hiroki Kuroda fell apart down the stretch last year. Many blamed it on age, but the underlying numbers suggest it may have been nothing more than bad luck.

Is there any hope for Vidal Nuno?

Vidal Nuno won't blow any batters away, but many "crafty lefties" have gotten by with similar stuff. Why can't Nuno do the same?

Finding comps for Jacob Lindgren

The Yankees selected 21-year old Jacob Lindgren in the second round of this year's draft and he promptly signed. What can the Bombers expect from him going forward?

Finding comps for Ian Clarkin

The Yankees selected left-handed pitcher Ian Clarkin with their supplemental first round pick last year. What can they expect from him going forward?

Pitching prospects, fly balls, and Yankee Stadium

Going by minor league fly ball rates, which Yankees prospects might be well suited for the Yankees' home ballpark?

Is Warren more effective as a one-inning pitcher?

Adam Warren's been excellent this year, but he's struggled when asked to throw 25+ pitches. PITCHf/x suggests this isn't a fluke.

Are Betances and Warren throwing too many innings?

Both Dellin Betances and Adam Warren are on pace for over 90 relief innings this year. Do these heavy workloads put them at risk for a late-season breakdown?

It's time to start believing in Yangervis Solarte

After eight unimpressive minor league seasons, Yangervis Solarte has broken out in a big way in 2014. Although the sample's pretty small, there's reason to believe Solarte's more than a flash in the pan.

Should we be concerned about Brian McCann?

Through the first month and a half of the season, Brian McCann's hitting just .212/.252/.345. Is it time to start worrying?

Yankees' recent drafting trends

After some very college-heavy drafts in the mid-aughts, the Yankees have started to take more high school players.

CC's new approach should lead to fewer homers

CC Sabathia's developed a bit of a home run problem in recent years, but inducing more grounders should help.

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How predictive can April pitching stats be?

Last week, I crunched some numbers looking at the predictive ability of April hitting stats. By comparing April performances, PECOTA projections, and rest of season performances, I found that -- in...

Brett Gardner's disappearing walks

Brett Gardner is walking less often than ever before -- And that's not a bad thing.

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How predictive can April hitting stats be?

Every year, there are a few players who come out of the woodwork to tear the cover off of the ball for the first few weeks of the season. Most end up being nothing more than a flash in the pan,...

How do the Yankees hitters fare against sliders?

Between Chris Archer and Cesar Ramos, the Yankees figure to see plenty of sliders this weekend. How have the Yankees hitters fared historically against pitchers who throw sliders?

Early velocity trends for Yankees pitchers

A major change in a pitcher's velocity can be an early indicator of an injury or performance shift. How have the Yankees pitchers been throwing so far?

What might a Gary Sanchez trade look like?

With Brian McCann in the fold, its not clear if catching prospect Gary Sanchez has much of a future in the Bronx. What kind of return have prospects of Sanchez's caliber brought back via trade?

Trying to find meaning in small sample size stats

Research shows that strikeout and walk rates are the most predictive in small samples. Which Yankees performed better or worse than expected this spring?

The Yankees should lean on their best relievers

David Robertson, Shawn Kelley, and Matt Thornton are the only bullpen arms with any big league track record. The numbers suggest Joe Girardi should push the envelope on these pitchers' workloads this season.

Can a new pitch help CC overcome lost velocity?

CC Sabathia's fastball velocity and performance have been trending in the wrong direction for three years now. Adding a new pitch might help him buck those trends.

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Examining the effects of catcher framing on pitcher tendencies

Catcher framing data has created quite a bit of buzz in sabermetric, and even main-stream, baseball circles in the last couple of years. Through the analysis of PITCHf/x data, sharp minds like Mike...

Should the Yankees pump the brakes on Betances?

Dellin Betances has generated a lot of buzz this spring and its looking like he might crack the opening day roster. Is he finally ready to help the Yankees?

Are we underrating Tanaka?

Most expect Masahiro Tanaka to be a #3 starter, but the track records of similar Japanese pitchers suggest he could be better than that.

Why we should be worried about Gardner's defense

Brett Gardner is one of the game's best defensive outfielders, but history suggests he may not be able to keep it up as he enters into his thirties.

Yankees Prospect Profile: Mason Williams

Mason Williams lost a lot of his prospect sparkle following a disappointing 2013 campaign. Can he bounce back in 2014?

What to expect from Michael Pineda in 2014

Michael Pineda was excellent as a member of the Seattle Mariners in 2011, but thanks to a torn labrum in his pitching shoulder, we haven't seen him since. Could he be a factor in 2014?

Yankees Prospect Profile: Francisco Rondon

Despite his good stuff, Francisco Rondon's poor command cost him his 40-man roster spot. Maybe 2014 will the be the year Rondon puts it all together?

Yankees Prospect Profile: Tyler Austin

After breezing through the low minors, Tyler Austin got his first taste of adversity in Double-A Trenton in 2013. How will he rebound in 2014?

Can Dean Anna help the Yankees' infield in 2014?

The 27-year-old Dean Anna tore up triple-A last year, but has never played as much as an inning in the big leagues. Can he help the Yankees' infield in 2014?

Projecting platoon stats for the 2014 Yankees

How does the current roster look against right-handed and left-handed pitching?

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