More Mediocy: Peter Golenbock's MVP Ballot

This is from Golenbock’s Facebook page, which may explain all the horrific spelling errors. He does not actually have an MVP vote, but is representative of a large segment of the voting population. It is quite possibly the most perplexing ballot in the history of ballots. There is no unifying theory, and most importantly, no Derek Jeter: My pick: Mark Tiexiera. After him, I had in order: Joe Mauer, Ichiro, Dustin Pedroia, Michel Cabrera, Carl Crawford, Kevin Youkelis, Aaron Hill, and Evan Longoria. The quickest and easiest way to illustrate how ridiculous this ballot is is to use WAR, which Continue reading More Mediocy: Peter Golenbock's MVP Ballot

Pearlman: Yankees Are Doomed

From noted Yankee-hater Jeff Pearlman: OK, maybe doomed is too strong. But, once again, I don’t think Brian Cashman has built a team made for the playoffs. Mainly, the problem is pitching. Starting pitching. As the Atlanta Braves showed us throughout the 1990s, having a load of B+ starting pitchers is fantastic for 90-plus regular season wins … but doesn’t really work so well in the post-season. Generally speaking, the teams in the best shape have two ass-kicking starters with rubber arms and angry demeanors (think Johnson-Schilling, ‘01) Let’s start here. Any writer who refers to the Braves of the Continue reading Pearlman: Yankees Are Doomed

Game 151: Yankees 2, Angels 5

The Yankees started Monday needing only a win (or a Texas loss) to clinch a playoff spot, however, their troubles in Anaheim continued. Pettitte returned from resting a sore shoulder and pitched well, but the Yankee bats could not solve Joe Saunders, as the Angels went on to win 5-2.

Much like Sunday, the Yankees got two runners on right away in the first and failed to score. In the bottom of the inning, Bobby Abreu singled. Vladimir Guerrero drove a RBI double to center and scored on Torii Hunter’s double, giving the Angels a quick 2-0 lead. Andy shut down the Halos for the next few innings, but found himself in trouble in the fifth. After Quinlan walked, Mathis singled. Quinlan moved to third on Figgins fly out to Damon, and scored on Aybar’s single.

In the top of the seventh, Alex Rodriguez got the Yankees on the board, driving a monster homer into the seats in left making the score 3-1. Unfortunately, the next three Yankee batters failed to add anything, going down in order. Bruney replaced Pettitte in the seventh and gave up a homer to Kendry Morales, pinch-hitting for Quinlan. Matsui brought the Yankees back within two again, driving another solo shot out in the eighth, however, Albaladejo gave up a single to Guerrero and a RBI double to Juan Rivera, giving the Halos the 5-2 edge heading into the ninth. The Yankees brought the tying run to the plate with two outs, however, Cano grounded out and the Yankees took the loss.

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Pettitte Feeling Good

(I could have gone with “Andy Feeling Dandy,” but then I would be forced to start writing for the NY Post). From Marc Carig: Loss to the Angels aside, the Yankees scored a major victory on Monday night when Andy Pettitte emerged from his start feeling good. “Physically, everything was good,” the lefty said after pitching six solid innings. “Joe (Girardi) pulled me, he didn’t want me to push it. I felt things went well as far as me being healthy.” Grumbling about being pulled after 91 pitches: Does that sound like somebody who’s still dealing with shoulder fatigue? For Continue reading Pettitte Feeling Good

Predicting free agent contracts, pt. 2

In the previous installment of this mini-series, I took a look at Jason Bay, Matt Holliday, and John Lackey. In this installment—with two more on the horizon—I now analyze the predictions offered by Jon Heyman, an unnamed GM and an anonymous scout, in relation to the following free agents: 1) Chone Figgins, 2) Bobby Abreu, and 3) Jarrod Washburn. While some are more interesting than others, all three are truly noteworthy names that may generate interest in the Yankees’ front office. First, we begin with Figgins. 4. Chone Figgins, Angels infielder. Versatile player is expected to draw interest from many Continue reading Predicting free agent contracts, pt. 2

Game 151: Recap

So last night I liveblogged an entire Yankee game for the first time since last May. Good times ensued, and several players even stopped by, including last night’s starter, Andy Pettitte. How Pettitte was able to toss a quality start while simultaneously commenting on a random Yankee website is beyond me, but still very impressive. Anyway, the Yankees lost last night’s affair 5-2, in a game which the usually patient Yankees allowed Angel starter Joe Saunders to pitch into the 9th inning. The team’s approach was clearly first-pitch swinging, and it looked like the strategy might work way back in Continue reading Game 151: Recap