Yankees 2015

But all is not terrible for the Yankees. Mark Teixeira ($22.5 MM and worth every penny) finished second again in the MVP voting, and the 34-year old is as good as ever. Robinson Cano ($15.5 MM and, again, worth every penny) was fourth in the MVP voting, but his production might have split the vote to allow Matt Wieters to win his first MVP Award. And of course, Jesus Montero put up stellar numbers (.311/.379/.521) from the DH spot. At least the middle of the order did its job.

The rest of the offense was about what you’d expect. Austin Romine is no Jorge Posada, but his defense makes up for his lack of OBP (.319). Brett Gardner continues to play excellent defense in center, but like Romine, he isn’t much to speak of on offense. Sophomore Slade Heathcott has plenty of promise, but he’ll have to improve upon a poor rookie season (.265/.328/.410) if he wants to keep his job in the Big Apple.…

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Game 6: Yankees 7, Rays 3

Bronx Cheers:
Mark Teixeira: He went 0-4 with a walk and a run scored.  Teix struck out three times.

Brett Gardner: Brett went 0-4 with one strike out in the game.

Joba Chamberlain: Joba entered the game with a big lead and promptly gave up two hits and a run.  He walked a batter and struck out one in his inning of work.

Curtain Calls:
Curtis Granderson: Not only did he go 2-4 with a run and a RBI, but Granderson flashed some impressive glove in the outfield.  He made some great catches, including one that the umpires mistakenly called a hit.

Alex Rodriguez: A-Rod went 2-4 with two RBIs, two doubles and a run scored.

AJ Burnett: After his problematic first inning, Burnett shut down the Rays.  He went 7 innings, giving up six hits and two runs, picking up his first win of the season.

In the On Deck Circle:
The Yankees are back in the Bronx and will open the 2010 season by receiving their World Series rings tomorrow.  …

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Tampa Series Wrap Up

The Yankees took the second series of the year, two games to one, over the Tampa Bay Rays when they won today’s game 7-3 with some late runs and a “grind it out” type performance from starter A.J. Burnett.

Game One wasn’t all that great, as the Yankees lost 9-3. Javy Vazquez’s...

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The RSN scribes want to mess with Fire Marshall Clay “Joba-style”

Recapping Tomase’s reasons for this being an “easy” decision:

  1. “…will undoubtedly prove it soon.  How, exactly, will he do that if he’s relegated to 4-to-6 innings per week of relief work?  What about learning how to navigate a professional lineup 3-4 times a game?  He’s got to learn to pitch, much like Joba, Hughes and other young pitchers need to do.  They can all throw, but they need to learn to pitch.  It’d be one thing if the team doesn’t think Clay will be an eventual full time starting pitcher, as the sentiment around the Yanks seems to be around Joba.  But if the Theo Think Tank envisions Clay as a starter, then don’t stunt his development because you’re worried about #2, #3 or #4 below.
  2. The bullpen is a mess.”  The season is a week old.  How about not panicking yet, OK?  One week, Tomase.
  3. Wakefield doesn’t belong there. At age 43 and coming off back surgery, it would be borderline disrespectful to pitch him on back-to-back days or warm him up randomly.” I love that Tim Wakefield is still pitching because he’s older than me and I, like everyone else, loves the knuckleball. 
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