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June 02, 2009

Yanks Error Free for MLB record 18 straight games: Breaking the record set by some team in Boston...New York has handled 651 total chances in 165 1/3 innings of play, recording 496 putouts and completing 162 assists with 13 double plays. The Yankees are 14-4 during the 18-game errorless streak.

posted by mjkredliner to baseball at 11:26 AM - 12 comments

Not coincidentily (?), this began shortly after A-Rod's return and coincides with Texiera's annual spring thaw, and the pitching is coming around. Could be rough for the rest of the AL East, if they keep it going like this. Looks like they're having fun, too.

posted by mjkredliner at 11:34 AM on June 02

Not to downplay what the Yanks have done so far this season...but so? Call me when this $250 million-plus roster actually wins something.

/thats just me though

posted by BornIcon at 12:08 PM on June 02

I was really impressed with Texiera's glove work in the series against the Phils last week. I'm glad he's over there in the AL now.

posted by mikemacman at 12:33 PM on June 02

It's easy to play error-free ball when all the balls end up in the stands.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:59 PM on June 02

With their other talents, if the Yankees field this well it's a pretty good sign that they're going to be the beast of the East again.

posted by rcade at 01:22 PM on June 02

/thats just me though

Not exactly. That's the whole planet Earth. Shit, Mars too.

posted by smithnyiu at 03:23 PM on June 02

It's easy to play error-free ball when all the balls end up in the stands.

Doesn't exactly change how many outs they need.

posted by jmd82 at 04:49 PM on June 02

Oooh, that's a good idea. Every home run hit should count as an out against the other team. That would keep most Yankee home games under 4 hours.

Sorry, what were we talking about again?

posted by DrJohnEvans at 06:21 PM on June 02

Don't get me wrong, not committing errors is a good thing, but it's a pretty poor gauge for fielding prowess. You can't commit an error on balls you don't reach. Not to mention any names. Jeter.

They signed the top 2 pitchers and the top hitter during the off season. If they end up being the beast of the east, those are your reasons.

I do like this comment from Joba:

"They say we're not athletes, but I think I proved some people wrong," said Chamberlain, who also threw eight innings of two-run ball in the victory.

Pitchers are more often than not the best athlete on the field until they reach the majors and have to specialize. Surprising comment, though it did come from Joba.

posted by justgary at 07:34 PM on June 02

........and top of the 4th in tonight's game vs. the Rangers and Posada gets charged with a throwing error.

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:28 PM on June 02

They signed the top 2 pitchers and the top hitter during the off season. If they end up being the beast of the east, those are your reasons.

There's no denying that Sabathia and Teixeira are dominant at their positions, but Burnett hasn't been much better than the rest of the rotation.

I think a lot of the Yankee resurgence stems from an attitude change, probably due to finally shedding the last of George Steinbrenner's fixation on short haircuts, suits, and other such "proper behavior". The Yankees, for the first time in years, actually look like they're enjoying themselves.

posted by MKUltra at 04:07 PM on June 03

The Yankees, for the first time in years, actually look like they're enjoying themselves.

They're basically under the same rules, and the same manager, as last year. George wasn't an influence last ear either.

Winning teams look like they're having fun, losing teams don't. It's a chicken and egg situation, and we're on different sides. In other words, I don't believe the Yankees are winning because they're a happy, go-lucky club. I think they're happy, go-lucky because they're winning.

And just as a PS to my previous comment, I wasn't saying defense can't make the difference. I haven't watched enough Yankee games or looked at the stats to know how good their defense is. Just pointing out that fielding percentage is a poor gauge for judging how well a team fields. It's batting average for hitters. Important, but not near as important as other factors.

posted by justgary at 11:56 PM on June 03

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