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...

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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...

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Can the Yankees compete on austerity budget?

First, let’s build a lineup using only Cano plus players the Yankees have under control in 2014 who already have accumulated some regular big league playing time:

Lineup:

C-Francisco Cervelli
1B-Mark Teixeira
2B-Robinson Cano
SS- Derek Jeter
3B-Eduardo Nunez
LF-Chris Dickerson
CF-Brett Gardner
RF-???
DH-Alex Rodriguez

Rotation:

C.C. Sabathia
Michael Pineda
Ivan Nova
???
???

Bullpen

David Robertson
Cory Wade
Cesar Cabral

It wouldn’t invoke too many memories of 1998, but the basic framework of the team is there, and there’s a good core of players you might expect to produce and some solid role players around them. The three starters already accounted for make up a perfectly respectable top of a rotation, with the real possibility of getting ace caliber performance from two pitchers, and there’s an obvious ace reliever on this roster too. Now, let’s add in some prospects currently in the organization who we can reasonably expect to be ready for the big leagues in 2014:

Lineup:

C-Austin Romine
1B-Teixeira
2B-Cano
SS-Jeter
3B-Nunez
LF-Dickerson
CF-Gardner
RF-Zoilo Almonte
DH-Rodriguez

Bench

Cervelli
Corban Jospeh
Brandon Laird
Justin Maxwell

Rotation

Sabathia
Pineda
Nova
Manny Banuelos
David Phelps/Adam Warren

Bullpen

Robertson
Dellin Betances
Mark Montgomery
Wade
Cabral
Graham Stoneburner
???…

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Don’t Worry, A .650 is Just Fine

Alex Rodriguez has started this spring on fire but less can be said of his offensive counterparts.

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...

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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 Read more

First Yanks – Red Sox game of the year sleep inducing

Ivan Nova pitched four innings and reclaimed somewhat his toehold on his rotation spot. Why his rotation spot is in question has seemed a bit absurd after his second half performance last season. But we’ll believe Joe Girardi as an exercise here and say that Nova helped make his case. Nova was still high in the zone with his fastball, but his curve, change up and sliders looked better, particularly his change up. Nova gave up only two hits, struck out three and didn’t walk anyone.

Nova was followed by an inning from Mariano Rivera and Mo’s performance looked mid-season form. He broke three bats during the inning and struck out his last batter. Rivera worked around a Bill Hall error to retire the Red Sox with ease.

Let’s talk about Bill Hall for a moment. Hall got the start at second base. You have to root for the guy if you are addicted to Twitter. His account there (@BillHall_III) has become one of the most enjoyable player accounts.…

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