Reflecting on the Yankees’ 2012 Interleague season

With the conclusion of last night’s game at Citi Field, the Yankees officially completed their slate of interleague contests for this season. Interleague play has traditionally been very, very, good to the Yankees, but this year they suffered from a tough draw. In addition to playing the Mets twice, as usual, the Yankees also drew the Reds and Braves at home, and the Braves and Nationals on the road. That meant the Yankees wound up playing the top team in the N.L. Central (at the moment), as well as the top three teams in the N.L. East. All four teams are above .500 as of this writing, and playing in Washington meant that the Yankees’ had to face the best starting rotation in baseball without the benefit of the DH.

A minor nuisance to the Yankees, who finish up their contests with the senior circuit with a fantastic 13-5 record. That’s a .722 winning percentage or, if you extrapolate out to 162 games, a 117 win pace. The Yankees outscored their N.L. foes 85-60, an even more impressive number when you remember that includes the 10 runs the Braves scored in the season finale of their series at Yankee Stadium last Wednesday. The Yankees won four of the six series they played, losing two out of three games to both the Reds and Braves at home. However, thanks to their sweep of the latter in Atlanta, only Cincinnati comes away having won more games of the Yankees than they lost. The Yankees went a very impressive 8-1 in National League stadiums, and had the tying run on first base in the only such game they lost, Friday night’s game at Citi Field.

All in all, I suspect that the Yankees are sad to realize there won’t be any more games with the N.L. this season (though I can’t help being thankful I won’t have to watch Ivan Nova bat anymore), though if it’s any consolation, they’re getting the next best thing this week: seven straight games with the A.L. Central. Continue reading Reflecting on the Yankees’ 2012 Interleague season

Cano homer lifts Yanks to win

Last night’s pitching match up was billed as one of the best of the year. R.A. Dickey, on a fantastic run, was set to square off against CC Sabathia, perennially one of the game’s best lefties. And of course, everything went according to plan. Both pitchers were as sharp as ever and their teams reflected that and played a clean game behind them. I’m being a little liberal with my definitions here, of course, as the teams combined for five errors (three for the Yanks, two for the Mets) and the starters combined for 19 hits and ten runs (six Continue reading Cano homer lifts Yanks to win

Yankees win 6-5 in battle of the initials as CC, RA look mortal

The Yankees emerged victorious from a sloppy, slog of a game Sunday night, taking the second Subway Series from the Mets (and—more importantly—winning the much-anticipated battle of the initials in the process). The teams combined to make five errors on the night, however, and failed to make the much-anticipated pitching duel of aces CC Sabathia and RA Dickey materialize. With the win, the bombers started their second winning streak after a weekend series against their crosstown rivals; the previous streak lasted 11 games and rocketed the Yanks into sole possession of first place in the American League East.

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The Farm Report: 6/24/12

The Yankees had a good day on the farm, with only the Thunder coming up short. Tampa and the GCL Yankees did not play.

Empire State beat Indianapolis 4-0:
Gustavo Molina started the third with a solo homer, for the first run of the game. Kevin Russo was hit by a pitch and Ronnier Mustelier grounded a single to center. Jack Cust singled in Russo and the Yankees took a 2-0 lead. Russo and Corban Joseph opened up the fifth with back-to-back singles. A ground out by Mustelier plated Russo for another run. Cust hit a solo homer in the seventh and the Yankees held onto a 4-0 lead for the win.

Russo had another nice day at the plate, going 3-4 with two runs scored. Cust was 3-4 with a double, a homer, a run scored and two RBIs. Adam Warren had a decent start, going five scoreless innings and allowing just five hits, a walk and a K. Chase Whitley relieved him and threw 2.1 innings, allowing just a hit and two walks, striking out one.

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Game Thread: Yankees at Mets, June 24th

Tonight’s game features an A-list pitching match up. The visiting Yankees will put their ace, CC Sabathia on the mound. CC may not have been the best Yankee hurler during the team’s recent stretch of great play, but he’s always consistent and the Yankees will look for him to continue to be so now that the magic of the 10 game winning streak is over. The Mets will counter with their phenom: R.A. Dickey. Dickey is one of baseball’s best stories this year, but hear’s hoping the Bombers knock him around. Enjoy.

Game 71: Just how good is this Dickey guy, anyway? (Game Chat)

Tonight, the Yankees will turn to ace CC Sabathia to take the second edition of the Subway Series from their crosstown rivals; the Mets, in turn, will look to their ace R.A. Dickey to do the same. Wait, “ace”? What about Johan Santana? John Niese? Well, yeah, I do mean ace. Here are some of his season numbers: 11-1, 99.0 IP, 9.36 K/9, 1.91 BB/9 (amazing for a guy with a knuckleball as his primary pitch), .243 BABIP, 83.8 LOB%, 2.00 ERA, 2.73 FIP, 2.71 xFIP (all incredible). As my new colleague Josh (welcome!) eloquently put it:

Dickey has not lost since April, having won or received a no-decision in his nine starts since.  Having gone nine innings in three of his last four times on the mound, including two one-hitters in his last two outings, Dickey is not only a heavy favorite to start at Kauffman Stadium on July 10th, but also in great position to give the Mets their first Cy Young Award winner since 1985, when Dwight “Doc” Gooden took home the honors.

Yeah, he has been that good. Let’s see if the Yankees can make him look mortal tonight; if not, they might be in for a long game.

(And hello again! I’m back from Europe and getting settled in the States again, in case anyone missed me.)

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Battle for New York? More like Battle of Cy Young Frontrunners

IIATMS is happy to introduce our newest contributor, Josh Kramer. Josh is the founder/editor-in-chief of the sports blog, “TheSportsKraze” and has served as an intern with ESPN, out of their New York City office. While with ESPN, Josh conducted an official SportsNation Chat with sports fans from across the globe and live-blogged for the US Open. Josh has also made numerous radio appearances and appeared on Cincinnati.com‘s “The Morning Line.” You can follow him on Twitter at @thesportskraze

When it comes to the MLB regular-season, there is no bigger stage than ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. As if it wasn’t enough, the stage is only magnified with this being the 2012 finale of the always exciting “Subway Series.” In baseball-crazed New York City, unless the Red Sox are in town, there is no series of higher importance to the general New York City public. Well the stage just got bigger. This is not only the “Battle of New York City” this year. Tonight’s matchup also happens to be the “Battle of Cy Young Frontrunners.”

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Game chat tonight

I don’t know about you, but I’m really excited to watch the Yankees face R.A Dickey tonight. Dickey is pitching as well as anyone in baseball these days, and knuckleballers are just flat out fun anyway. That C.C. Sabathia is pitching for the Yankees and the game is the national Sunday night game of the week is the gravy on top of the delicious knuckle(ball) sandwich. So what do you say we get together and chat about it in real time? I’ll be here starting at 8:00 P.M., hope you’ll join me! Continue reading Game chat tonight

The clutch hitting thing

I am sick to death with the story line of the Yankees not hitting with men in scoring position. Absolutely sick of it. I also acknowledge that there is some truth in the story line. After all, I do watch nearly every single game and that unripe fruit left on the bases is frustrating. But as I look at the standings this morning, the New York Yankees have the third best record in baseball. The bad news, so we are told, is that the Yankees cannot score if they do not hit a homer. The good news is that they keep hitting homers. The formula may not be aesthetically pleasing to some, but the results are hard to dispute.

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