Around the SaberSphere 10/19: The Cardinals' farm system and the Yankees' demise

Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Friday's sabermetric link dump includes the greatness of the St. Louis Cardinals farm system and the Yankees' swift exit from the ALCS.

Alex Remington of FanGraphs discusses the greatness of the Cardinals' farm system: The Cardinals Still Benefiting From the First Farm | FanGraphs Baseball

If the 2012 Cardinals were to win the World Series, they would be the most homegrown team to do so in well over a decade: the last World Series winner to be more than 50 percent homegrown was the 2002 Anaheim Angels, 13 of whose players were original Angel draftees or signees.

Marc Normandin of Baseball Nation breaks down A-Rod's future in New York: Breaking down Alex Rodriguez's future - Baseball Nation

The first is that Rodriguez was still well above-average for the hot corner. Your average third baseman hit .266/.327/.427 in 2012, Rodriguez was at .272/.353/.430, and while that might not seem like a huge difference, the extra 26 points of on-base percentage are huge in terms of value. His OPS+ was 112, wRC+ 114, and True Average .280.

Jonah Keri of Grantland looks into the future of the Yankees: New York's present is bad, but the questions about the future could be worse - Grantland

If Rodriguez were the only under-contract player with performance issues this would be easy, even with $114 million left to be paid. He isn't. Mark Teixeira just set career lows in games played and slugging average and just missed career lows in multiple other categories; he turns 334 in April and will make $23 million-plus a year for the next four years. Granderson set a career high for strikeouts in a full season with career lows for batting average and on-base percentage, and hit so poorly this postseason that Girardi benched him for Gardner, who had played about four seconds all season. Advanced metrics also point to career-worst defensive results, and Granderson turns 32 in March.

David Golebiewski of the Baseball Analytics Blog uses heat maps to discuss the Yankees' rough hitting October: Yankees Hitters in October: An Autopsy - Baseball Analytics Blog - MLB Baseball Analytics

New York led the American League in both on-base percentage and slugging during the regular season, but the club's offense no-showed in October

Will Woods of Baseball Prospectus analyzes two at-bats from the ALCS that altered the series: Baseball Prospectus | Head Games: Two ALCS-Altering At-Bats

Doug Fister, who was anything but unhittable, allowing six hits and four walks over 6 1/3 innings. In an unbelievable streak stretching from the sixth to the eighth inning, 11 consecutive Yankees took first pitch strikes.1 Eleven! Keep in mind, this wasn’t the beginning of the game—five of those 11 batters were coming up for the fourth time against the same pitcher, down by two runs, and still weren’t ready to hit him. Fister took advantage, getting himself ahead in the count and prolonging his outing a few outs longer than his pure stuff probably deserved.

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