20/20 Vision: Sabathia Seeking Encore, but How Many More?

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog). Even though the value of wins has been somewhat discredited by the modern focus on sabermetrics, amassing 20 victories in one season remains a notable milestone for a starting pitcher. Since 1901, 476 different pitchers have started at least one game for the Yankees, but only 35 have made it to the 20-win mark. Included among that group is CC Sabathia, who recorded 21 victories in 2010. Apparently not content with one such season, the Yankees’ ace has been at it again in 2011. As a result, the big lefty takes the mound Continue reading 20/20 Vision: Sabathia Seeking Encore, but How Many More?

Fall 2011 Top 30 Yankees Prospect List

The minor league season is over. After a 2010 season that saw breakout performance after breakout performance, the 2011 season saw its share of ups and downs, but overall it was a positive for the Yankee farm system. The Yankees had a few legitimate breakouts (Dante Bichette, Mason Williams), a few crash-and-burns (Andrew Brackman, Jose Ramirez) and a whole lot of players who mostly maintained their status and value. It would have been nice to see guys like Banuelos, Betances, and Montero build on their 2010 gains, but overall they are still about the same prospects they were a year Continue reading Fall 2011 Top 30 Yankees Prospect List

A look at the bullpens of the prospective AL postseason teams

Former Yankeeist readers will recall that last September in the weeks leading up to the postseason we ran a handful of posts that functioned as something of a pre-preview of the playoffs. Rest assured that once we know who the Yankees are actually facing in the ALDS we’ll be publishing our customary disgustingly comprehensive playoff preview over several posts, but in the meantime I thought we’d get a head start and take a gander at certain aspects of the prospective postseason teams. Today we’ll compare bullpens (here’s last year’s post). One important caveat to take into account with any comparison Continue reading A look at the bullpens of the prospective AL postseason teams

A-Rod to be in lineup, but injury will linger

Alex Rodriguez is scheduled to return to the Yankees’ lineup tonight in Toronto, but yesterday Brian Cashman made it clear that the thumb injury that’s bothered the Yankees’ clean up hitter will linger for awhile.

“He’s got a Grade I sprain and it’s not going to go away completely this season,” Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com. “It only goes away with time which is not something that’s necessarily in our favor.”

On Wednesday, manager Joe Girardi expressed optimism that A-Rod, who has not played since Sept. 9, would be in the lineup when the Yankees open a three-game series against the Blue Jays in Toronto Friday night. But Rodriguez seemed less sure about his prospects of playing on Friday.

“I don’t want to mislead you guys, but I haven’t touched a bat in five days,” he said. “Maybe (Girardi) is more confident than me. Hopefully, that plan works out.”

Raise your hand if that’s what you wanted to hear.

Girardi is going to need to spend the next week and a half striking a delicate balance with A-Rod, giving him enough time to rest the thumb and try to avoid re-aggravating the injury, but also getting him enough at bats that he’s ready to go once the playoffs start. And the rest of the middle of the order hitters are going to have to step up and cover for Alex a bit, since a 2009-esque performance is probably isn’t going to happen with a nagging thumb injury. Thankfully those guys are Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano, and Nick Swisher, so hold your tears for the Yankees’ offense.

And oh by the way, if you’re keeping score at home, the MLB Postseason kicks off exactly two weeks from today. Continue reading A-Rod to be in lineup, but injury will linger

Series Preview | Yankees vs. Blue Jays VI: Woe, Canada

The Yankees close out their 18 games with the Blue Jays with three up in the Rogers Centre this weekend, a place they’ve gone 12-12 at since the beginning of 2009 and haven’t recorded a series victory in a three-game set since May 12-14, 2009. However, a year after having their brains bashed in repeatedly by the Toronto Extra-Base Hits, the Yankees have returned the favor, having won 10 of the 15 games the two teams have played this season and ensuring the Jays won’t be able to run up a winning record against the Yankees for a second straight Continue reading Series Preview | Yankees vs. Blue Jays VI: Woe, Canada

Looking Back at the GCL Yankees’ 2011 Season

The GCL Yankees finished the 2010 season at the bottom of the GCL North division, in large part due to mediocre pitching.  This year, however, held something else in store for the Yankees.  They ended the season with a 37-23 record, putting them three games ahead of the GCL Pirates atop the GCL North division.  They took home the GCL crown after beating the GCL Marlins in the Finals, capturing their fourth championship.

Offense was a key part in the Yankees’ success this season.  They led the league with a slash line of .298/.378/.466/.843.  Most of their competition didn’t come close to producing the offense the Yankees did.  The Marlins and came closest, with slash lines of .272/.354/.364/.719 and .256/.350/.397/.747 respectively.  The Yankees hit 150 doubles in 60 games, while the Orioles had the second most at 102.

(click “view full post” to read more) Continue reading Looking Back at the GCL Yankees’ 2011 Season

If George Was Still Alive . . .

  -The Payroll would be 300 million -Billy Martin would be managing the team via seance -Mo would pitch every day -Brian Cashman would be fired and replaced with Randy Levine -Freddy Garcia would have been DFA’d after his June 7th outing against the Red Sox -The Yanks would have outbid the Nats for Jayson Werth -Jesus Montero would be the #1 prospect in the Padres farm system -Dice-K Matsuzaka would be on the Yankees DL -Derek Jeter wouldn’t have slumped at all this season -The same fans who are complaining of his absence would be complaining about him

A-Rod thumb issue still lingering

Here’s a bit of news from Wally Matthews that came out about half an hour ago: “General manager Brian Cashman acknowledged Thursday what has seemed obvious for the past few weeks: The New York Yankees are more likely to carry Alex Rodriguez through the postseason than the other way around, because the third baseman’s thumb is still hurting. ‘He’s got a Grade I sprain and it’s not going to go away completely this season,’ Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com. ‘It only goes away with time which is not something that’s necessarily in our favor.’” I don’t know that this is entirely surprising Continue reading A-Rod thumb issue still lingering

What Does Soriano's Re-emergence Do For The Postseason Bullpen?

When the Yankees signed Rafael Soriano, I suggested that despite the horrible contract, Soriano was such a good reliever that he should be used as a fireman. Then he got injured, and we all know what happened. I know that the injury shook my confidence in Soriano’s abilities, but I know the potential still lies for a dominant fireman-type relief pitcher who can propel the Yankees through high-leverage situations this October. Since coming back, Soriano has pitched 17 1/3 innings with an ERA of 3.11. He has struck out 7.78 per 9 innings, while walking 2.6 per 9. Those aren’t Continue reading What Does Soriano's Re-emergence Do For The Postseason Bullpen?