There is this general theory, the company line in a company town, that the Yankees are fine even though they might not finish first this time in the American League East.
The specifics of the theory? They go something like this: The Yankees can just go ahead and set up their bullpen and wait to get completely healthy again, because they are going to make the playoffs one way or another. Once they get into the tournament – healthy, bullpen set up – they don’t need home field against the Rangers or the Twins or the Rays to get back to the World Series and win the World Series that they expect to win at these prices.
The history on this goes all the way back to the last year before Joe Torre became the manager, when Buck Showalter (and who thought the Yankees would be playing meaningful and treacherous games against him and the Orioles in September?) was still the manager.… Click here to read the rest
Here we are, a month away from the start of the playoffs, and already the “the Yankees aren’t going anywhere in the postseason” articles are coming in. The latest entrant in a long line of Yankee-related schadenfreude comes from New York Magazine‘s Will Leitch, who has channeled his inner Mike Lupica in his most recent piece, “Why the Yankees Won’t Win the World Series.” (h/t Pinstripe Alley).
Mr. Leitch, as you probably know, is the founding editor of Deadspin, and who New York apparently feels is an appropriate choice to cover the New York sports beat despite being a St. Louis Cardinals fan. Honestly, shouldn’t a magazine that prides itself on being the singular voice of the hip, educated and moneyed denizens of our city at least have someone on staff who likes the Yankees? But I digress.
Now, Mr. Leitch’s piece is obviously incredibly low-hanging fruit. What better way to rile up a bunch of stuck-up, arrogant Yankee fans than tell them their team won’t win the World Series?… Click here to read the rest
In an other wise relatively harmless article that was in yesterday’s Daily News, Mike Lupica said something that really got under my skin:
Cano covers No. 3 and No. 4 in the order, he covers no-show Nick Johnson and Curtis Granderson and Brian Cashman letting Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui just walk out the door.
I’m not mad about the Cano praise, but I’m peeved by the comments on Granderson and Cashman. Why is Lupica blaming Granderson for getting hurt? It’s also worth noting that Granderson has been hitting well of late. Including last night, he’s batting .324/.390/.595 with four doubles and two homers–one a grand slam–since returning from his groin injury. I’m not sure what Lupica’s watching, but that comment seems totally unfounded.
As for the shot at Cashman? That’s completely unnecessary. The Yankees made offers to both Hideki Matsui and Johnny Damon and they definitely made every effort to retain Johnny Damon, even offering him a two year contract when no one else was doing so.… Click here to read the rest
Just a few days ago, January 29th, our own Moshe Mandel pulled a Fire Joe Morgan on Mike Lupica due to Lupica’s hypocrisy regarding the Yankees and their spending. Well, Lupica threw out another silly piece on Sunday the 31st. The title? “New York Yankees and…Johnny Damon still have time to make a deal.” Before I get into the actual piece, I have some advice for Mr. Lupica: let it go. Seriously, man. Let. It. Go. We get it. You’re not going to be happy with the Yankees no matter what they do. Your act is, frankly, getting tired. When I was younger, I used to look up to your writing as something to behold. Something’s definitely changed. The question is: did I change or did you change, Mike? It’s probably both; but if it’s more of the former than the latter, that’s a good thing. So, let’s start the insanity.
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There is still time for the Yankees to make a deal with Johnny Damon and for Damon to make a deal with them, just because there is no ticking clock here the way there is no real “budget” for the Yankees.
I had promised a few readers an article on the PECOTA projections this morning, but will push that until next week because SG over at RLYW has suggested that their math is a bit off, and Colin Wyers has responded that they are looking into it. I will wait until there is more news on that before I discuss it.
Anyhow, Mike Lupica wrote a column this morning so ridiculously devoid of logic that it needed to be addressed. I am going to go at it FJM-style, addressing the most egregious suggestions made by the once-great writer whose opinions have, for the most part, jumped the shark.
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The headline is that the Yankees have a budget. We are supposed to believe that this budget is the reason that Johnny Damon goes now. Sure it is.
Now you can take the Yankees at their word, buy this notion that they can’t spend $200 million on baseball players anymore. But if you do, you sort of have to wonder if the team really is rolling in dough, the way we’re constantly told.
Look, Andy isn’t 100%. His body is tired and his shoulder probably hurts like heck. He admittedly had “zero” in his last game, but he battled through. I expect nothing less in Game 6. I don’t expect a shutout or 10 K’s. I can see 3-4 runs over 5-6 innings. Will that be enough to topple Pedro and the Phillies? Who knows? But I do know —no, I believe— that Pettitte is the only option here, for better or worse.
Pettitte won more respect from teammates for hanging tough in a game where he not only didn’t have his best stuff but by his own private accounts to longtime friends actually had zero. Zip. Nada.
Three Yankees teammates recounted how Pettitte told the team he took “nothing” (his word of choice) out to the mound for Game 3. But even beyond his self assessment, the plan for short rest for the Yankees’ three vaunted starting pitchers was always seen as by far the most worrisome in the case of Pettitte, who at 37 is five years Burnett’s senior.… Click here to read the rest
Before yesterday’s Yankees game, much of the news was focused on the layoffs at the New York Daily News. A number of people got let go from the New York City newspaper, including several people from the sports department.
This isn’t a post about celebrating someone getting laid off or talking about the future of these employees. Personally, I wish those people affected the best and hope to land on their feet quickly. Instead, this is a post about the future of sports coverage from news outlets.
The New York Daily News was one of my go-to news sources for several years when it came to reading about the Yankees. I would check the game recap, read quotes, consider columnists’ concerns and opinions. It would provide fodder for my conversations whether we were praising and downplaying the article in question.
Now with the likes of Mike Lupica, Teri Thompson and others from Daily News gone, I wonder how that is going to affect coverage of the Yankees.… Click here to read the rest
It’s about time to stop defending guys with, “it’s too early to conclude….” Bad performance for almost a month is worrisome – especially if the badness just continues from prior years. I already wrote that about Carlos Beltran, so now it’s CC Sabathia’s turn. The problem it isn’t his four 2015 starts; it’s his almost 300 IP of an 80 ERA+ (4.97 ERA) spanning 2013-15.
This is one of those times you can predict baseball: falling as far and as fast as CC is uncommon, but not unprecedented; he isn’t the first once-talented 30something to suffer a substantial, sudden decline – which I confirmed by searching the Baseball Reference “Play Index” tool for pitchers with a decline like CC’s. I generated a list of all 30something starters, in the past 50 years, with a career ERA+ of over 95 (i.e., average-ish or better) who, after at least six full seasons (i.e., a track record of success), suddenly had an ERA+ under 85 (in at least 150 IP).… Click here to read the rest