What Opening Day Means

(Photo from Daylife.com) This post was written at about 10:00 last night. I have no clue whether the Yankees have won or not, though I’m sure they will have won by the time this goes up. Opening Day. Play ball. Play meaningful ball. It’s about damn time, isn’t it? We can’t help that there has to be an offseason. We can’t help how fast the time between the last out of the World Series and the first pitch of Opening Day travels. We can’t even help how dull the middle of Spring Training gets or how cold the Hot Stove Continue reading What Opening Day Means

Brett Gardner's Bunting Bonanza

(Photo from CBSNewYork) In what was, for the most part, a pretty perfect Opening Day for the Yankees, the decision to have Brett Gardner bunt twice seemed to be the lone negative for Yankees fans. I have suggested on many an occasion that the “almost all bunts are bad” position that many fans seem to espouse is wrong-headed, and applauded when Joe Girardi suggested that Brett needs to become a better bunter: So what benefits would working on his bunting have for Gardner? Firstly, working on his bunting to get his success rate over 40% would make bunting for a Continue reading Brett Gardner's Bunting Bonanza

Grandyman helps ensure successful season opener

It sure is great having actual regular-season baseball back in our daily routine grind; and it’s even better to see the Yankees start the 2011 campaign off properly with a win against the Detroit Tigers in the home opener. There were several positive storylines from today’s ballgame (and I assure you, each will be addressed all in good time). For now, I just wanted to take a few moments to praise Curtis Granderson who had a great all around day (which ultimately helped me justify taking a half day off from work to catch the game live this afternoon). Defensively, the Grandyman was exceptional. Right Continue reading Grandyman helps ensure successful season opener

Game 1: Tigers 3, Yankees 6

After a long and somewhat disappointing offseason, baseball came back to the Bronx this afternoon.  The players quickly found that they were no longer in sunny Florida, as the Yankees and Tigers faced off in chilly, grey New York.  The Tigers took an early lead, but big hits by Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson, along with a great performance by the bullpen solidified the Yankees first victory of the season, as they won 6-3.

Behind ace CC Sabathia, the Yankees worked a quick 1-2-3 inning to start the 2011 season. CC worked the count full before getting Austin Jackson to strike out swinging.  Curtis Granderson, who was questionable with an oblique strain, then made a fantastic diving catch for the second out before snagging a fly ball from Magglio Ordonez to send the Yankees up for their first hacks of the year.  The Yankees had a chance early, when Justin Verlander walked both Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez, putting two on with two out for Robinson Cano.  Cano worked the count full before striking out and getting the Tigers out of trouble.  Still, Verlander had thrown 31 pitches in just one inning of work.

Sabathia got into trouble right away in the second.  Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez hit back to back singles, while Ryan Raburn worked a walk.  Jhonny Peralta drove a sac fly to center and the Tigers had the first run of the game.  Cano snagged the second out, before CC finished the inning with a K, minimizing the damage.  Still, the Tigers held an early 1-0 lead.

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Getting On Board With Zen Baseball

Prior to last season, Ben Kabak of RAB wrote a post that served as a resolution of sorts, a manifesto that many fans agreed with and signed on to: Zen Baseball is the opposite of that. Zen Baseball is realizing that, over the course of 162 games, the bullpen will blow some, the tying run will be left stranded on base, the ball will take a bad hop, the starting pitcher won’t escape the third. Zen Baseball is realizing that even good teams will still lose 60 times a year, and Zen Baseball is just rolling with it. Zen Baseball Continue reading Getting On Board With Zen Baseball

Game One: Detroit Tigers @ New York Yankees

Update (12:06 P.M.): For those of you wondering about the weather, it sounds as though they will be trying to start the game on time. The forecast gets worse as the day goes on and into tomorrow, and with this being the Tigers only trip to New York, if the game is called off today and can’t be played later, the teams will lose an off-day later in the season, (and Detroit will have to make a one-day trip to New York) or will have to play a double-header on Saturday. So expect them to do their best to get this game in as early as possible, including probably playing through as much rain as they can.

Happy Opening Day! It was a long hard winter, but we’ve finally arrived. The Tigers are in the Bronx to play a game that counts, C.C. Sabathia will take the mound for the Bronx Bombers, and everything is right with the world. After months of worrying about Cliff Lee, A.J. Burnett‘s curveball, Derek Jeter‘s age, Alex Rodriguez‘s hip, Rafael Soriano‘s contract, and who the 5th starter is going to be, for one day at least, none of that matters. (Real) Yankees baseball is back, and will hopefully be with us until late October. Lineups after the jump.

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Yankees vs. Tigers: 2011 Opening Series Preview

The New York Yankees kick off their 2011 season against the Detroit Tigers this afternoon in the Bronx at 1pm. Mike previewed the Tigers back at the beginning of March, ultimately concluding that he didn’t feel that the 2011 team would be much better than its 2010 incarnation. I’d say that’s a fairly accurate assessment, as the offense hasn’t really undergone any significant upgrades — though Victor Martinez‘s bat does give Detroit a rather formidable 3-4-5 — while the starting rotation continues to remain a fairly fairly large question mark after Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer. The mere fact that Continue reading Yankees vs. Tigers: 2011 Opening Series Preview

Questions for 2011: Bullpen Edition

Like the lineup, the 2011 bullpen is of little concern. While I’m not sure it can “make up” for the rotation as some have suggested, it should still perform well. Mariano Rivera: The only question is how much longer can he keep doing it? He saw a bit of a drop in strikeout rate last year, but was obviously incredibly effective anyway. Just keep doing your thing, Mo. Rafael Soriano: Most of us are fans of Soriano the pitcher–because he’s a good pitcher–though we’re not fans of his contract in any way. Still, he makes the 2011 team better, assuming Continue reading Questions for 2011: Bullpen Edition