The State of the Yankee Pitching Staff

Over the last few weeks, many pundits have chimed in to bemoan the state of the Yankees pitching. With the team mired in a long rough patch in which they have played mediocre baseball for over a month now, some have suggested that the team does not have the arms needed to succeed in October...

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Yankees vs. Blue Jays VI: Oh, it's you again

The Yankees and Blue Jays meet in Toronto for what feels like the 300,000th time this season though in actuality will be the sixth and final match-up between the two. I was...

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Phil Hughes and the ALDS

Going into last night’s matchup I discussed how important a win for Phil Hughes would be.  Beating Boston last night would drop the magic number down to 1, it would temporarily quench the torrent of criticism rained down on Joe Girardi by guys like ESPNNY writer Andrew Marchand (who called Girardi “incompetent at best, delusional...

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A look at some notable historical collapses

Prior to last night’s walk-off walk, the Yankees’ odds of reaching the playoffs were a staggering 98.9%. Considering the team basically already had a playoff berth all but guaranteed, one...

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Let’s Talk about David Robertson

Last night, David Robertson came into the game with two on and none out in the top of the seventh. He allowed neither inherited runner to score. After a sac bunt, he got a hard grounder from Bill Hall that didn’t get through a drawn in infield. After that, he did his normal D-Rob thing...

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RIP: Posada’s arm

I spent some time talking about Posada and 2011, his last year under contract:

So what’s going to happen next year when Posada will be another year older? It will be the final year of his 4 year, $52.4 million contract that he signed after Thanksgiving 2007. This contract, namely the 2011 year, is the biggest example of what I am always referring to the Yankees “hometown premium”. There was no reasonable, rational reason for the team to give Posada the fourth year, other than for nostalgia. It was unreasonable to expect Posada to remain at his age 36 (or earlier) performance levels through age 40, as a full time catcher. It was just unrealistic then and it’s even more troublesome now.  This hometown premium will rear its head when Jeter signs his extension and again as ARod ages (he’s signed through age 42, seven years from now).

This team is already aging in the core. Yes, there’s been a noticable trend towards getting younger, but the big guns on this team will need some DH/days off time next year, as they have needed this year. …

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Hughes, A-Rod, D-Rob all come up huge in much-needed wild 4-3 walk-off win in 10 against BoSox

Think the Yankees were pumped up to win this one? I know I was.

In arguably the most nerve-wracking Yankee game played all season, the Yankees were able to come away with Read more

Bad night for Closers

Last night was a game that was tightly contested for 8 innings on both sides, featuring a well pitched game by Phil Hughes and an even better showing by Dice-K. Hughes was outstanding before allowing 2 leadoff walks in the 7th (more on that later), giving up just 1 run on a double that was...

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Red Sox Series Recap

Ortiz, Mike Lowell and Lowrie started the fourth with back-to-back-to-back singles.  A double by Darnell McDonald and back-to-back singles by Marco Scutaro and J.D. Drew ended Pettitte’s night and put Boston ahead 7-1.  The Yankees got two quick outs to start the top of the fifth, but a walk to Lowell was followed by a single by Lowrie and a Bill Hall homer to give the Red Sox a commanding 10-1 lead.

If there was something positive to be seen in Friday’s game, it was the way in which the Yankees fought back.  Homers by Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez in the bottom of the sixth put the Yankees back 10-3.  The Yankees then put together a big inning of their own in the bottom of the seventh.  With two outs, Derek Jeter worked a walk and Swisher homered to right.  Teixeira then walked and Rodriguez answered with his second homer in as many innings, as the Yankees were back within striking distance. …

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