On the verge of Opening Day, starving for story lines

Every night, I get home from work and eat dinner. I come back into my room, change into more comfortable clothes, maybe grab a snack, start channel surfing…the usual. Then, when 9:30-10 rolls around, I realize that I have to write my article for my adoring audience. Sad as this may seem, it’s, in some ways, one of the best parts of my day. Writing is something I’ve had a love and passion for since high school and combining that with my life long love and passion for baseball is a pleasure every single day. As this offseason has worn Continue reading On the verge of Opening Day, starving for story lines

Garcia, Swisher, leave game with injuries

The Yankees lost to the Blue Jays today, but the bigger story relates to injuries suffered by a couple of big league players in the game. Nick Swisher was removed from the game after feeling tightness in his groin, but he was described by reporters as moving easily in the clubhouse after the game, and the Yankees aren’t scheduling any tests for him, so this doesn’t seem serious at all. On the other end of things, Freddy Garcia was hit with a comebacker from the bat of Edwin Encarnacion right in the hand, and left the game immediately with a contusion, though x-rays thankfully came back negative. There’s no word yet on how much time Garcia will miss. Continue reading Garcia, Swisher, leave game with injuries

Nightly Links: Nova, Garcia, Replay

We have two games to catch up on tonight. Yesterday the Yankees faced their rival Red Sox in a pitching duel ended by an embarrassing Zoilo Almonte error. The good news is that Ivan Nova looked very good, pitching 4.0 innings and giving up only two hits and earning three strikeouts. Both Mariano Rivera and Boone Logan pitched hitless innings with one strikeout, Rivera earned four outs thanks to a Bill Hall error. David Phelps looked very good in 2.2 innings, giving up two hits, one run on the Almonte error, and drawing five strikeouts. (Box Score) This afternoon’s game Continue reading Nightly Links: Nova, Garcia, Replay

Fall Guys: Will 2011’s Biggest Breakout Players Take a Step Back in 2012?

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog; follow me on Twitter at@williamnyy23). Identifying potential breakout players is a fun way to enjoy the optimism of a brand new season. But, what about those players who already took a big step up the year before? Are they a sure bet for a repeat performance, or ideal candidates for regression? At the risk of being too pessimistic, below are three players with similar career trajectories who are facing heightened expectations after final having their breakout season in 2011. WAR Progression for Matt Kemp, Jacoby Ellsbury and Alex Gordon Source: Baseball-reference.com Matt Kemp – Continue reading Fall Guys: Will 2011’s Biggest Breakout Players Take a Step Back in 2012?

Can the Yankees compete on austerity budget?

In a post that mostly agrees with my”let Curtis Granderson walk” sentiment, TYA’s Michael Eder waxes pessimistic about what the team’s long-term spending plans means for their on-field standing:

In 2014, the guaranteed money to the five players mentioned will likely be over $105 million, plus Arod will most likely see one of his $6 million bonuses activated that year. This leaves the team 20 spots on the 25 man roster and somewhere between $60-$70 million left on the budget. Unless there is a miracle, I’m starting to think that team will have a tough time competing in the American League East with so much money tied up in aging players.

Let’s play around with the rest of the roster a little bit to see if Yankee fans should start making plans to hibernate through the 2014 season, shall we?

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Don’t Worry, A .650 is Just Fine

A 1-0 loss to the Red Sox? A pitchers duel between a pair of talented young starting pitchers, one on each side of the legendary rivalry? Under normal circumstances last night’s game in Tampa would have been a dagger to the heart of Yankees fans. But of the course the game was played in Tampa and had no bearing on American League Eastern division standings. The Yankees, 5-7 and near the bottom of the Grapefruit League, started Doug Bernier at shortstop. The Red Sox, a much better 7-2, played Alex Hassan in left. The game didn’t matter – or rather, Continue reading Don’t Worry, A .650 is Just Fine

Why Granderson Beyond 2013 is a Mistake

Aiming for a $189m budget for 2014, it came as a surprise to me when Randy Levine was quoted saying the Yankees planned on keeping Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson past the end of their current contracts in 2013. As it stands, the team has $75m guaranteed to Alex Rodriguez (38 in 2014), CC Sabathia (33), and Mark Teixeira (34). Derek Jeter’s 2014 option will likely be picked up, adding an additional $5 million to the payroll for a 40 year old player. After the 2013 season, Cano and Granderson will face free agency for the first time in their Continue reading Why Granderson Beyond 2013 is a Mistake

First Yanks – Red Sox game of the year sleep inducing

Bobby Valentine has spent the better part of the preseason creating sound bites about the rivalry between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. But his first round event as the Red Sox manager was more like tea and crumpets than gripping baseball. Frankly, the game on Tuesday night was sleep inducing. The two teams combined for eight total hits and the only run of the game came from an unearned run. Each team sported four of their core players in the contest and of course, all of them were gone by the late middle innings. However, if you like pitching, this game was for you. And certainly, from the Yankees’ perspective, the pitching was encouraging.

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