Inside Weaver's outing against the Yankees

Both Jered Weaver and Dan Haren put on respective pitching clinics last weekend while facing the Yankees, combining to hold the vaunted Bomber lineup to one run over 18 innings, whiffing 17 men and allowing only seven hits. While there’s something to be said for the fact that neither hurler faced the Yankees’ “A” lineup due to assorted injuries and fatigue — though Weaver more or less faced the best the Yankees have to offer — the fact remains that both pitchers still utterly dominated their competition. Haren of course pitched the first complete-game shutout of the season against the Continue reading Inside Weaver's outing against the Yankees

Game 148: Yankees 1, Mariners 2 (12 Innings)

The Yankees had a chance to sweep the Mariners and gain a game on both the Red Sox and Rays Wednesday night.  Ivan Nova put together a great performance on the mound, but the Yankees’ bats were unable to do much damage.  Both bullpens kept the Seattle and New York offenses at bay, but in the bottom of the twelfth a walk-off homer gave the Mariners a 2-1 victory.

Seattle had back-to-back singles to start the bottom of the second, but a strikeout and double play ended the threat.  The Yankees had their chance to score in the top of the third.  Andruw Jones worked a walk and Eduardo Nunez hit a one out double to left.  Jones was waved around third, but the relay throw got to the plate in plenty of time to tag out the aging outfielder.  Derek Jeter grounded out and the game was still scoreless.

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Yankee bats make like it's 2010; go silent against mediocre lefthanded junkballer in yet another extra-inning loss

I thought we were done with this. One of the banes of the 2010 Yankees’ existence — the lefthanded slop artist — was something this year’s team has convincingly put behind them, which is perhaps why watching the Yankees do absolutely nothing against Jason Vargas — a mediocre pitcher having a bad year (he came into this game with a 4.49 ERA over 180.1 innings) and who the Yankees have previously killed (7.86 career ERA vs. NYY prior to last night) — was so frustrating. I know it’s a long season and yes, even bad pitchers can shut down great Continue reading Yankee bats make like it's 2010; go silent against mediocre lefthanded junkballer in yet another extra-inning loss

Game Thread: Yankees vs. Mariners, 9/14/2011 (10:05PM EST on YES)

First, let’s get you caught up on all things Yankee. Some guy named Mariano notched a record of some sort. No, not Mariano Duncan. The other one…..you know, whats his name. Pedro Feliciano finally had his rotator cuff surgery, which actually happened about a week ago on September 8th. That should finish him for next year, and probably for his career. The rotator cuff is extremely complicated to fix, and success rates are far lower than things like Tommy John. Even the pitchers who come back all the way are typically not the same, and those are considered success stories. Continue reading Game Thread: Yankees vs. Mariners, 9/14/2011 (10:05PM EST on YES)

Breaking Down The 2012 Schedule

The preliminary 2012 Yankees’ schedule was released this morning, and there are a number of interesting elements in it that warrant discussion: The first thing I noticed was that the season begins on April 6th, which means that it once again leaks into October. After one season of moving the start date back to the last day of March, baseball is returning to the schedule that risks poor weather in postseason games. The reasoning is likely that MLB did not want to start the season during the week, so the first full weekend in April was chosen for Opening Day. Continue reading Breaking Down The 2012 Schedule

Does Success in September Carry Into October?

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog). The Red Sox’ bandwagon has slowly begun to empty as the team struggles through a nightmarish stretch during which it has lost six games to Tampa in the standings.  Fortunately, those abandoning the Boston ship have found passage on the Tigers’ pennant drive. Over the last three weeks, Detroit has won 16 of 20 games and built an insurmountable lead in the Central. If the season ended today, the surging Tigers would meet the slumping Red Sox in the ALDS. Judging by the trending conventional wisdom, this clash of teams going in Continue reading Does Success in September Carry Into October?

How much new pitching will the Yankees need in 2012?

News that the Cardinals have extended starting pitcher Chris Carpenter was a bit of a downer for Yankee fans, in that it reminded us how thin the starting pitching market is this offseason. The Yankees’ starters have been surprisingly effective this year, but pretty much no one wants to try to navigate another season with this bunch. And though we were all dreaming of Felix Hernandez just a couple of years ago, a trend towards locking up talented young players has thinned the market substantially, and the Carpenter extension thins it even more.

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The Greatest

We’re a little backed up today and will hopefully get a proper TYA-style tribute to Mariano Rivera collecting his 600th save up on the site at some point, but for now, here’s a roundup of what some of our friends in the ‘sphere are saying: RAB Pinstriped Bible An A-Blog for A-Rod It’s About the Money Bronx Banter