Who is the 2012 Yankees’ MVP?

There are twelve games to play in this 2012 season. And it looks pretty good for the Yankees to grab a playoff spot of some sort. The hope, of course, is that they can hold on to the division. That one game thing is dicey at best and even more of a crap shoot than a five game playoff series. But both the Angels and the Rays would have to go without a loss the rest of the season and still not get in if the Yankees go at least 6-6 in their last twelve games. So some sort of playoff spot looks pretty good right now. As I was pondering their situations this morning, the thought occurred to me to wonder who this team’s MVP was this season. At least in this mind, there is not one player that outright runs away with such an award (if there was one). So who then?

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Sabathia brilliant. Soriano blows save. Martin homers to win it.

Phew! How do you create a heading that captures a game like the one just won by the New York Yankees over the Oakland Athletics? In today’s game thread, it was mentioned that C.C. Sabathia needed to come up with a big game. Did he ever. It was also mentioned that the A’s struck out a lot and hit homers. They struck out thirteen times. But they did hit that homer. And it came off of Rafael Soriano in the top of the ninth inning. The solo homer by Brandon Moss in a pinch hit situation tied the game at 1-1. But in the bottom of the tenth inning, Russell Martin hit a walk-off homer off of reliever Sean Doolittle (1-1) to win the game for the Yankees in dramatic fashion. David Robertson pitched a perfect top of the tenth to earn the victory.

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Yankees Win Sixth In A Row With A Walk Off Against the A’s

CC Sabathia had not looked good in his previous four starts coming into tonight’s start. Many people were wondering which CC would show up: CC the Ace or CC the guy who was pitching like he was hiding an injury? The answer: CC the Ace showed up tonight. Sabathia started off a little slowly, throwing only 90-91 in the first inning but he did strikeout the side to start the game with his slider as his out pitch. As the game went on Sabathia’s velocity increased. In fact, his final pitch of the sixth inning hit 96 on the gun. Continue reading Yankees Win Sixth In A Row With A Walk Off Against the A’s

Game 150: The Surprising A’s Come Marching In

Oakland A’s New York Yankees Collin Cowgill, CF Derek Jeter, DH Jonny Gomes, DH Nick Swisher, RF Josh Reddick, RF Robinson Cano, 2B Yoenis Cespedes, LF Alex Rodriguez, 3B Chris Carter, 1B Curtis Granderson, CF Josh Donaldson, 3B Russell Martin, C Derek Norris, C Eric Chavez, 1B Stephen Drew, SS Ichiro Suzuki, LF Adam Rosales, 2B Eduardo Nunez, SS Jarrod Parker, SP CC Sabathia, SP The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m., on My9 and the MLB Network. Let’s go Yankees!

Game 150 – May CC be thrifty and the lineup be nifty

The New York Yankees open a new series tonight at the Stadium and this opponent is tougher than the last one. The Oakland Athletics are in for three games and are one of the teams the Yankees could possibly face in the playoffs. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. There are thirteen more battles to go including this one before we can talk about that! The Yankees will pitch C.C. Sabathia with the hope once again that he can find his dominant form that has been lacking since he has come off the disabled list.  The A’s are an all or nothing bunch prone to strikeouts but able to put the ball out of the yard with regularity. Sabathia will need to get plenty of the former without yielding the latter. It would also be great for the Yankees if he could go very deep into the game with the bullpen busy lately and no days off until the season ends.

The A’s will send Jarrod Parker to the mound. Parker pitched a brilliant game against the Yankees in Oakland on July 21–two months ago today. That series is an awful memory the Yankees can either use to try to get even or fall prey to once again. Parker has not pitched as well on the road as he has at home. Parker has a 1.117 WHIP at the huge Oakland Coliseum but a WHIP of 1.441 on the road. Parker throws from the right side which should mean a stronger lineup in there for the Yankees tonight.

The Lineups:

Oakland Athletics:

  1. Collin Cowgill – CF
  2. Jonny Gomes – DH
  3. Josh Reddick – RF
  4. Yoenis Cespedes – LF
  5. Chris Carter – 1B
  6. Josh Donaldson – 3B
  7. Derek Norris – C
  8. Stephen Drew – SS
  9. Adam Rosales – 2B
Jarrod Parker – SP

New York Yankees:

  1. Derek Jeter – DH
  2. Nick Swisher – RF
  3. Robinson Cano – 2B
  4. Alex Rodriguez – 3B
  5. Curtis Granderson – CF
  6. Russell Martin – C
  7. Eric Chavez – 1B
  8. Ichiro Suzuki – LF
  9. Eduardo Nunez – SS

C.C. Sabathia – SP

That is a pretty good looking lineup for the Yankees with Jeter at DH again and Chavez at first. There is speed at the bottom of the lineup and power 2-7.

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An Open Letter To D-Rob

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) Dear Dave, Can I call you Dave?  Is that cool?  First off, let me just say that I’m a huge fan.  I’ve been a fan of yours ever since you first came up.  Love the escape acts, love the high socks, love the strikeouts, love the whole deal.  But you haven’t really looked like yourself on the mound lately and I think I know what the problem is.  It’s the cutter.  Look, I get that Mo is a great pitcher and a great teammate, and has the reputation of passing on Continue reading An Open Letter To D-Rob

Looking back at the 2012 Empire State Yankees


The story of the 2012 Empire State Yankees was interesting right from the start. Much like the Trenton Thunder, I was surprised a bit by the success of the Yankees this season. After a disappointing 2011 season, the Yankees were returning a very similar roster, but missing their two biggest power bats. The fact that they spent the entire season on the road was looked at as another major obstacle for the Yankees’ Triple-A squad, however, this did not appear to affect what may be one of the best road teams in the minors. As I pointed out in their preview, the 2011 Yankees had a losing record at PNC Field and a winning record on the road. Playing all of 2012 on the road seemed to continue that trend, as the Yankees went 84-60, winning the North Division on the International League. Unfortunately, they couldn’t keep their good fortune going through the playoffs, where they lost to the eventual IL Champion Pawtucket Red Sox.

Pitching was supposed to be the Yankees biggest weapon in 2012. The overabundance of pitching in the Bronx gave Empire State what looked like a dream starting rotation. It did not turn out that way at all. Manuel Banuelos and Dellin Betances were to highlight this rotation, as two of the Yankees’ top prospects. Banuelos appeared in just six games (24 innings), spending the bulk of the season on the DL with an elbow injury. Betances looked nothing like the top prospect he was expected to be, eventually getting demoted back to Double-A, where he continued to struggle before ending the year (mercifully?) on the DL. He will try to right the ship with some time in the Arizona Fall League. The Yankees also lost D.J. Mitchell to Seattle in a trade and saw David Phelps spend most of the season in the Bronx, leaving Adam Warren as the lone person left from that original rotation. In the end, the Yankees’ highly touted pitching instead put them squarely in the middle of the league, with an overall ERA of 3.86 and a WHIP of 1.35. Warren was a strong arm for the Yankees and Ramon Ortiz stepped up.

Meanwhile, the questions about the Yankees’ offense without Jesus Montero or Jorge Vazquez were quickly put aside. The absence of Austin Romine for much of the season due to a back injury made this all the more impressive. As a team the Yankees had a slashline of .260/.344/.403. Their onbase percentage was the highest in the league, in part due to their taking the most walks (598) of any team in the IL. They did strike out quite a bit (1113), but they seemed to make up for it in other ways. They stole 101 bases (fourth in the league) and knocked 128 homers. Players like Steve Pearce, Chris Dickerson and Russell Branyan gave the Yankees a lot to be happy about. Ronnier Mustelier also put together a nice stint with Empire State.

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