TYA Predictions: Overall Standings

The season is about to begin. Every team is a contender, especially with two more wild card spots up for grabs. Your TYA bloggers have compiled their prediction picks for the season:

Lots of variance here. Everyone picks the Yankees to win the AL East. Eric was the only person brave enough (see what I did there?) to go with Atlanta over the Phillies in the NL East. After that, we’ve got a healthy mix of wild card and division winners.

Discuss.… Click here to read the rest

Phil Hughes And The Perils Of Pitching Well During A Surplus

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

While the majority of the ST pitching storylines have been dedicated either to Michael Pineda‘s velocity (“ZOMG!!! He’s only throwing 93!!!111!1!1) or Andy Pettitte‘s return (ZOMG!!!! Andy’s back!!!!11!1!!1), the starting pitcher with the most to prove this season has been putting together the best spring out of all the rotation candidates.  Most people were justifiably indifferent to the stories of Phil Hughes rededicating himself to conditioning this offseason after his disastrous 2011 and wanted to see how that would translate into his performance on the mound before declaring him “back” or even on his way to being back this spring.  Hughes’ performance thus far in camp, albeit in small sample sizes and against various levels of watered down competition, has been very encouraging and should earn him a spot in the rotation to open the season.  But could it also end up working against him?

The devastating fastball-curveball combo that Hughes used to build his reputation as a top prospect has always been hit or miss during his time as a Yankee. … Click here to read the rest

TYA Award Predictions: Rookie of the Year

Time for our predictions. Open these up again in November and either laugh at us or realize how brilliant we are.

Brad Vietrogoski: AL: Matt Moore NL: Trevor Bauer

Steve Shaka: AL: Matt Moore NL: Julio Teheran

William Juliano: A.L 1. Jesus Montero 2. Yu Darish 3. Matt Moore

N.L. 1. Bryce Harper 2. Drew Pomeranz 3. Yonder Alonso

Alex Geshwind AL: Matt Moore NL: Trevor Bauer

E.J. Fagan: AL: Matt Moore NL: Yonder Alonso

Mike Eder: AL: 1. Yu Darvish 2. Jesus Montero 3. Matt Moore 4. Jarrod Parker 5. Addison Reed

NL 1. Zack Cozart 2. Trevor Bauer 3. Anthony Rizzo 4. Devin Mesoraco 5. Yonder Alonso

Eric Schultz: AL: Yoenis Cespedes NL: Bryce Harper

Domenic Lanza: AL: 01. Matt Moore 02. Jesus Montero 03. Addison Reed 04. Yu Darvish 05. Mike Trout

NL 01. Trevor Bauer 02. Bryce Harper 03. Yonder Alonso 04. Zack Cozart 05. Drew Pomeranz

Matt Imbrogno: AL: Matt Moore NL: Yonder Alonso.… Click here to read the rest

The quiet addition

Perhaps the lack of interest thus far in Kuroda is the knowledge that he is only signed for a year. He probably will not be around in 2013, so there is no reason to get too excited. He is a placeholder for some of the young pitching prospects that the Yankees have bursting at the seams like the lions and the manhole cover of a Bugs Bunny cartoon. In a Yankee era that must include some budget restraints to get to a $189 million payroll by 2014, Kuroda was the guy the Yankees signed instead of investing long-term for guys like C.J. Wilson. A Wilson signing would have meant endless press coverage and his every spring move would have been scrutinized to the point of nausea. But not Kuroda.

But again, he is penciled in for 30+ starts for this 2012 New York Yankees team, so he is quite the big deal. While speculation abounds for who will round out the rotation, Kuroda after C.C.Click here to read the rest