Cervelli Stance Change

Francisco Cervelli has long been the whipping boy for Yankee fans.  It’s not really his fault: he’s a backup catcher, and good hitting backup catchers are hard to come by unless you’re the Cincinnati Reds, so perhaps the biggest problem with Cervelli is that he’s gotten so much playing time this season.  Cervelli’s year has...

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Adios Javy, it’s been (not particularly) nice knowing you

Home Run JavyAfter his latest in a seemingly never-ending string of pitching debacles, Javier Vazquez has almost certainly lost whatever remaining supporters he may have still had in Yankeeland. While the Vazquez reacquisition was met...

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Pitching Frustrations in Last Night’s Game

During last night’s game, I found myself rather frustrated by the Yankees’ pitchers.

Javier Vazquez’s performance–which could be his last innings as a Yankee–was the cherry on top of the disappointment sundae that has been 2010 for Mr. Vazquez. He was one out away from giving up just four runs in 4.2 innings, but a hanging...

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Open-Mindedness and Overreach

Let me elaborate on that last point a bit. I’m not sure who has votes on the A.L. Cy Young this year, so it’s hard to guess at who is going to win. I seem to think Felix has a better chance than most do, but that’s really neither here nor there. My point is, I think the “old-school” writers made a mistake by even picking this fight, in the long run.

If I had to guess, I’d imagine that a lot of this is an angry response to last year’s Cy Young results, especially since Adam Wainwright would have won in the National League if Keith Law hadn’t voted for Javier Vazquez. I think that caught a lot of people off guard, and there’s been a more conscious effort to get out in front of that in the A.L. voting this year. The problem the anti-Felix crowd is having, though, is that they’ve picked such an absurd hill to plant their flag on, in the long run they’re undermining their goal, no matter if they win this battle.…

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Brett Cecil becomes Majors' winningest pitcher against 2010 Yankees in Blue Jay rout; A-Rod hits 30-HR plateau for 13th straight season

It may say Managing General Partner next to Hal Steinbrenner’s name, but it is in fact 24-year-old Brett Cecil who actually owns the New York Yankees. Cecil led the Blue...

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Game 159: Yankees 4, Blue Jays 8

In the bottom of the fifth, Yunel Escobar singled to left.  He moved to second on a groundout by Jose Bautista.  With two outs, Vazquez walked Lyle Overbay and Hill connected with a big homer to left, giving Toronto a big 7-0 lead.  Vazquez’s night was done and Royce Ring came in to get out of the inning.

Despite the big hole, the Yankees offense finally struck back in the top of the sixth.  Sparked by a lead off homer by Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees rallied.  A pitch hit Robinson Cano and Austin Kearns worked a walk.  Francisco Cervelli singled to right, bringing Cano home.  Greg Golson then singled to right, scoring Kearns.  Jeter singled to load the bases with just one out, but Hill fielded Nick Swisher’s hard grounder for an inning ending double play.   Still, the Yankees were back in the game, with the score at 7-3.

The Blue Jays got a run back in the seventh.  With Joba Chamberlain on the mound Vernon Wells reached on a throwing error by Rodriguez. …

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