The Semi-Official ALDS Roster

Jack Curry Tweeted his “projected” ALDS roster. In all likelihood this is the actual roster the Yanks plan on using, but as Yankee Manager Joe Girardi said in his weekly radio interview this afternoon he’s not allowed to release the official roster just yet due to league rules. So here it is: Pitchers: CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, Freddy Garcia, AJ Burnett, Mariano Rivera, David Robertson, Rafael Soriano, Boone Logan, Cory Wade, Luis Ayala and Phil Hughes. Position Players: Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Eric Chavez, Eduardo Nunez, Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher, Andruw Jones, Russell Martin, Continue reading The Semi-Official ALDS Roster

2011 ALDS Preview, Part 2 | Yankees vs. Tigers | Overall Team Numbers

Please see Part 1 of our ALDS preview here. Starting Friday night at 8:37pm at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees and Tigers square off in the American League Division Series for the second time in the last six seasons, and Yankee fans of course unfortunately remember the 2006 series as the one where the bats went ice-cold and the likes of Kenny Rogers and Jeremy Bonderman completely shut down what had been the most potent offense in the league. The Tigers rather handily beat the Yankees in four games, and as that was the only previous time the two teams have Continue reading 2011 ALDS Preview, Part 2 | Yankees vs. Tigers | Overall Team Numbers

Thursday ALDS roster notes

There probably won’t be a final ALDS roster until later in the afternoon tomorrow, but here’s some things to chew on on that front while we count down the hours to 8:37 tomorrow night.

  • Alex Rodriguez was a late scratch in last night’s game, as he’s still feeling that thumb injury he’s been dealing with. Joe Girardi expects him to be in the lineup everyday in the postseason, however. Hopefully the thumb doesn’t limit his effectiveness too much.
  • Also in last night’s game, Jesus Montero took a pitch off of his hand, forcing him to leave the game early. X-rays were negative, and I haven’t seen anything else about Montero today, so I assume he’s fine.
  • Girardi also confirmed that Chris Dickerson will be on the ALDS roster.
  • Raul Valdes will not.
  • A.J. Burnett is “good about” the decision to go with three starters who are not him in the ALDS. I have no idea what else he’s supposed to say, but there you go.
  • And finally, Jorge Posada is slated to be the Yankees’ DH for the series. Nothing surprising there, as Posada has hit .269/.348/.466 against RHP this year, and Detroit will be throwing all right-handed starters at the Yankees in the series.

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Why the Yankees can win it all


(This post was originally published at ESPN’s Sweetspot blog)

Here’s five reasons the Yankees could emerge from the 2011 postseason as World Series champions for the 28th time:

1. Their offense is really good. In terms of wRC+, they’re second among playoff teams to only the Rangers, and they’re the best in baseball against lefties. That could prove to be a big in potential matchups with Texas and Philadelphia.

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The Yankee Analysts' September 2011 Monthly Wrap-Up

Please click on the following links for TYA’s previous monthly wrap-ups for the 2011 season: August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 Here’s the big picture (click to enlarge): Following one of their most dominating offensive months in recent history in August, the Yankee bats went into hibernation in September. No one made too big a deal out of this, since the team still kept right on winning all the way to clinching home field advantage through the first two rounds of the playoffs, but the offense was really pretty terrible this past month. In fact, the Continue reading The Yankee Analysts' September 2011 Monthly Wrap-Up

Chaos

I’ve emerged from yesterday’s Greatest Day of Baseball Ever with a sense of fear and shock. Baseball is a great game, in the same sense that a god of wrath and retribution can be a great god.

How do we understand the Baseball Prospectus calculation that when we entered September, the Red Sox had a 99.6% chance of making the playoffs? That the Red Sox’s failure to make the playoffs is an event we’d expect to see once every 250 years? Combine this with FanGraphs calculation that at one point in last night’s Yankees game, the Rays had only a 0.3% chance of winning – does that mean that the Rays’ comeback was of a magnitude you’d expect to see once every 333 games?

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2011 Playoff Predictions

I’m pretty sure that there’s a rule somewhere mandating that I make baseless predictions about the playoffs, and who am I to go against the rules, right? These things are basically just like putting money down on the roulette wheel (I think I said the Giants were the worst team in the playoffs last year, and maybe they were!), but it’s fun nonetheless, so here goes:

ALDS: Yankees vs. Tigers

I’m supposed to be intimidated by Justin Verlander, but I’m really not. I am a little bit worried that C.C. Sabathia has had such a long layoff between the first game of the series and his last appearance, but he did the same thing in 2009 and 2010. Verlander is better than either of his opponents those seasons, but the Yankees are at home and the Tigers just look like a team that feasted on a weak division to me. Even if the Yankees do lose the first game I won’t be panicking, especially if Jim Leyland really won’t start Verlander in Game 4. (Yankees in 3)

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Preparing Myself For The Playoffs

After a crazy final week, the baseball rests for a day before beginning the playoff season. October is an amazing time  the majors, when we shift from a conditioned, relaxed, marathon pace to a true sprint where every pitch matters. As the Yankees get ready to begin the sprint, I think some reflection is appropriate. And besides, no one wants to hear about the minor leagues right now. The 2011 Yankees were easily the best team in the American League. A late-season meaningless losing streak notwithstanding, they are heading into the playoffs strong, confident, and mostly healthy. The rest of Continue reading Preparing Myself For The Playoffs

The 2011 IIATMS MLB Awards

The votes have been cast and counted, and now it’s my pleasure to announce the winners of the 2011 IIATMS MLB awards. So without gilding the lily, let’s open the proverbial envelope!

The Barry Bonds Award: For the most outstanding player in each league.

N.L.: Matt Kemp
A.L.: Jose Bautista

The Greg Maddux Award: For the most outstanding pitcher in each league.

N.L.: Clayton Kershaw: I expected a much closer race for this one, but Kershaw really ran away with it, all things considered.
A.L.: Justin Verlander

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