Hollywood Stars: Dodgers’ Season of Discontent Has Had Bright Spots

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog). In what has likely been the most dismal season in the 128-year history of the Dodgers’ franchise (some older Brooklyn residents might dispute that assertion), there have been a few stars shining out in Hollywood. Amid the dark clouds of financial distress, fan violence, and dwindling attendance, the Dodgers’ have managed to maintain respectability on the field thanks in large part to three men who could be in line for off-season recognition. Although it seems as if the Cy Young is already being engraved with Roy Halladay’s name on it, Clayton Kershaw remains within striking distance Continue reading Hollywood Stars: Dodgers’ Season of Discontent Has Had Bright Spots

Series Preview | Yankees vs. Mariners III: It's Felix's world

The Mariners — who host the Yankees for a three-gamer starting tonight — are a surprising 3-3 on the season against the Yankees, thanks in part to two come-from-behind wins at the end of May in games that the Yankees took unexpected leads against both Michael Pineda and Felix Hernandez. The M’s were 26-26 and just 1.5 games out of first after wrapping up that series with the Yankees, but, to the complete surprise of no one, their season went downhill a little over a month later. July 6th marked the start of a 17-game losing streak that didn’t come Continue reading Series Preview | Yankees vs. Mariners III: It's Felix's world

Baseball as a coping mechanism

The best thing about sports is that they are not necessarily a part of real life. While we devote real time and emotion almost every day–and real money on occasion–to our favorite teams, we generally have the sense to not let them affect our every day lives too much. We have highs and lows with the team, but they do not necessarily float or sink our days. Every so often, though, we need to bury ourselves in sport. We’ve seen countless articles about this as we’ve just passed the tenth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks in New York, Continue reading Baseball as a coping mechanism

A surprisingly meaningful series in Seattle

Remember how it seemed like everything was all but over just a week ago, and we were again debating the merits of resting players versus prioritizing winning the division? Put that discussion on hold, because we’ve got a race after all.

In case you’d stopped paying attention when we wrote them off a month or so ago, the Tampa Bay Rays are hot. They’ve won seven of their last eight games, including a weekend sweep of the Red Sox at the Trop. Meanwhile, Boston is in a tailspin, losing their five games and 9 of their last 11. They’re now as close to the Rays in the standings as they are the Yankees, and a rash of injuries have left their team, particularly their starting rotation, a total mess.

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Yankees capitalize on key error in 6-5 victory over Halos; win season series against Angels for first time since 2003

In a game that started out all too familiarly with the Angels riding cheap hit after cheap hit to a 2-0 first inning, 3-1 third inning and 5-2 4th inning — although in fairness four of their five runs came via the home run, but in true Angels fashion even the home runs were annoying — the Yankee bats finally came to life, battling back and capitalizing on a huge error by Peter Bourjos in the 7th to win 6-5, snap their four-game skid and salvage the final game of the series. After mustering one lousy run over the first Continue reading Yankees capitalize on key error in 6-5 victory over Halos; win season series against Angels for first time since 2003

First impressions of Montero’s defense

On Sunday, Yankee fans finally got to see Jesus start a game at Catcher for ourselves. We have long heard named and unnamed scouts refer to his ”big league ready bat” and poor defensive skills, some even saying he’s not a big league Catcher. We’ve seen that bat of his bat in recent days on glorious display, showing few holes in his offensive game (other than a mildly annoying tendency to be 0-2 seemingly every AB) and a wonderful ability to drive the ball to all fields, off varying types and locations of pitches. But the defensive questions persist, so Continue reading First impressions of Montero’s defense

First impressions of Montero's defense

On Sunday, Yankee fans finally got to see Jesus start a game at Catcher for ourselves. We have long heard named and unnamed scouts refer to his ”big league ready bat” and poor defensive skills, some even saying he’s not a big league Catcher. We’ve seen that bat of his bat in recent days on glorious display, showing few holes in his offensive game (other than a mildly annoying tendency to be 0-2 seemingly every AB) and a wonderful ability to drive the ball to all fields, off varying types and locations of pitches. But the defensive questions persist, so Continue reading First impressions of Montero's defense

Game 145: Yankees 6, Angels 5

Rain, extra innings and a lack of off-days seemed to have gotten the better of the Yankees, as they had slid into a four-game losing streak heading into Sunday afternoon’s game. Luck finally bounced the Yankees way, as they toiled through a lackluster start from Freddy Garcia and capitalized on a bad play by the Angels’ centerfielder to take a 6-5 win over Los Angeles.

After injuries to Francisco Cervelli and Russell Martin landed Jorge Posada back in catcher’s gear on Saturday, the Yankees started Jesus Montero behind the plate and called up Austin Romine.  The Angels drew first blood, as Erick Aybar started the bottom of the first with a single to right.  Howard Kendrick homered and Los Angeles had a 2-0 edge.

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Game Thread: Yankees vs. Angels, 9/11/2011 (3:35PM EST on YES)

Special day today for a few reasons, some more important than others. Obviously its the 10 year anniversary of 9/11/2001 and our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who lost a loved one on that day, and to the military families who lost a member in its aftermath. From the Yankee perspective, its a special day because super-prospect Jesus Montero gets his first start behind the plate. It’s a good day for it, veteran starter Freddy Garcia pretty much calls his own game and doesn’t throw overly hard, so even if Montero’s not up to speed defensively it Continue reading Game Thread: Yankees vs. Angels, 9/11/2011 (3:35PM EST on YES)