What do you think Derek Jeter is worth and what do you think the Yankees will end up paying him?

Mike recently wrote a persuasive article explaining why Derek Jeter shouldn’t serve as the Yankees’ leadoff hitter anymore. As to be expected, not everyone shared Yankeeist’s sentiments about Jeter’s ideal spot in the lineup. Some of the more amusing rebuttals included: “Who can do that better than Jeter? With Gardner on first, Jeter batting from the right side,and playing the hit and run, the opposing shortstop remains in position while the second baseman covers second. Then Jeets shoots one through the 4-3 hole like in the old days. Basic baseball which might be hard for some of you neanderthals to Continue reading What do you think Derek Jeter is worth and what do you think the Yankees will end up paying him?

Game 144: Yankees 0, Rays 1

The Rays-Yankees matchup of CC Sabathia and David Price was everything it was hyped up to be, but with an all too familiar ending for the Yankees.  Both teams battled hard, but once again the Yankees found themselves in an extra innings game.  After ten scoreless innings, Reid Brignac started the bottom of the eleventh by going yard off Sergio Mitre, giving the Rays the 1-0 walk-off victory

Sabathia pitched a strong game from the start, but did get into a little trouble in the third inning.  After getting two quick outs, Kelly Shoppach singled to left and B.J. Upton walked.  Sabathia then got Jason Bartlett to line out to Robinson Cano, ending the threat.

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Anger aside, it really was a heckuva game last night

It was a very bitter game to lose, the fourth in a row and lengthened the Yankees’ slide after their eight game win-streak. They have now lost seven of their last eight games and reside in 2nd place. However, just peek at that WPA chart above and realize how great a game we saw last night. I don’t want to step on Tamar’s toes and write the game summary, but wow, what a game.

CC and Price were as advertised, if not better. For each of these guys to hold each team’s offense to virtually nothing was sublime. Ten of the first twelve half-innings were 1-2-3. Unfortunately, Mitre happens.

And then there’s the rest of the schedule, something we’ve spoken about before. Including last night’s game, seven of ten games are against TB, away (3) and home (4), sandwiched around a feisty Baltimore team. And after that 4 game set at home against TB, our old friends come to town for three.

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Rays walk off on Yankees 1-0 in 11 as Bombers waste incredible effort from Sabathia and lose fourth straight for first time all year

Just when I thought things couldn’t get any worse, when I was convinced the team was ready to turn things around and right the ship, the Yankees (and Joe Girardi) managed to find an even tougher way to lose. Prior to the most obvious walk-off home run in the world to Yankee-murderer Reid Brignac, served up by Sergio Mitre — who hadn’t pitched since September 5 — in the 11th inning, this was one of the most riveting games the Yankees have played all year. The starting pitching from both teams was simply outrageous in this one. Just absolutely, jaw-droppingly Continue reading Rays walk off on Yankees 1-0 in 11 as Bombers waste incredible effort from Sabathia and lose fourth straight for first time all year

Tampa Bay Preview: 9/13-9/15

The Yankees were swept by potential playoff opponent Texas this weekend, but were able to maintain a half game lead in the AL East.  Everything seemed to go wrong for New York, from failed offensive opportunities to Mariano Rivera blowing a save.  They will need to shrug off their current slump in a hurry, as they face off against division rival Tampa, a team they will see in seven of the next ten games.

Pitching Matchups:
September 13: CC Sabathia (19-6, 3.14) vs. David Price (17-6, 2.87)
September 14: Ivan Nova (1-0, 2.92) vs. Matt Garza (14-8, 3.68)
September 15: Phil Hughes (16-7, 4.26) vs. James Shields (13-12, 4.98)

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Looking Back At Bernie On His Birthday

When I heard that today is Bernie WIlliams’ 42nd birthday, I thought it would be interesting to look back at his career and the possibility of his reaching the Hall of Fame. Another angle I considered was his bitter split with the Yankees at the end of his career, as it may be instructive when considering the aging veterans on the Yankees who are approaching free agency. However, a quick look back through the archives showed that both have been tackled in recent months, so I will just excerpt those posts. Steve S. tackled the bad breakup: Bernie’s contract expired Continue reading Looking Back At Bernie On His Birthday

Where have you gone, Robinson Cano?

Note: Given the plethora of posts today, please make sure to click here for Yankeeist’s Yankees-Rays Series Preview in case you missed it. After carrying the offense for the first five months of the year, Robinson Cano — along with any last shreds of hope he may have had at winning the MVP — has really hit the skids in September. Cano’s still in the top 10 in the AL in fWAR, but he’ll have to completely turn it around during these last few weeks of the season if he’s going to have any shot at MVP consideration. While certainly Continue reading Where have you gone, Robinson Cano?

It's Not The Debate, It's The Forum

Murray Chass took a shot at the sabermetrically inclined on his blog this morning: Is there something about baseball’s fad statistics and their devotees that turns that group into people who cannot be civil and use the English language to express themselves intelligently? I don’t know what it might be, but there seems to be some correlation based on the response to last weekend’s item about ranking m.v.p. and Cy Young candidates by a statistical formula called WAR. Here is one e-mail response: “You’re a condescending idiot.” And another: “Have fun becoming obsolete. The world will be a better place Continue reading It's Not The Debate, It's The Forum

Minor Leagues: Playoff Edition #3

Minor League playoff action continued this past weekend, with Scranton’s season coming to an end as Trenton continues to push on for the Eastern League Championship.  Tampa, who swept their way into the Florida League Championship series, also began to defend their crown.

Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees (AAA)
On Friday evening, the Baby Bombers found themselves deep in a pitchers duel.  Kei Igawa took the ball for Scranton and pitched seven scoreless innings, before Luke Carlin doubled off Eric Wordekemper in the top of the eighth.  A two-out single by Jose Constanza would be all Columbus needed, as their pitchers held Scranton to just one hit all night.  The 1-0 loss put Columbus up 2-1 in the series, meaning each game was a must-win for Scranton.

Despite an early lead on Saturday, the Columbus Clippers only needed a big fourth inning to dispatch Scranton from the playoffs.  Three singles lead to one run for the Yankees in the bottom of the first, but Columbus leapt out to a 3-1 lead in the third, but it was the top of the fourth that proved Scranton’s undoing.  The Clippers scored seven runs, thanks in part to seven singles and homer, putting Scranton behind 10-2.  Scranton couldn’t recover from the nine run deficit, taking an 11-5 loss in the end, and finishing their season.

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