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The second annual IIATMS roundtable

1. A general stat line for the Yankees in 2011: number of wins, finish in A.L. East, how they’ll do in the playoffs (including the identity of the team they play when they win the WS or are eliminated).

Jason: 90-72.  A wildcard finish seems likely as Boston’s offense looks fantastic. Hard to bet against them right now, though Josh Beckett is as big a question mark as A.J. Burnett. Predicting a post-season finish seems a bit lofty, but I’ll  say they’ll be playing in the ALCS.  It’s a crapshoot, right?

Brien: 95 wins, 1st place A.L. East, defeat the Phillies 4 games to 2 in the World Series.

Larry: 90-72, 2nd 3rd place in A.L. East, will not make the playoffs.

Will: 93 wins, finish second in AL East, lose to Boston in ALCS. Yanks will beat Texas in the first round, Sox will beat Minny, Sox will beat Yanks in ALCS. Philly beats Rox in first round, Brewers beat Cincy.… Click here to read the rest

2011 Preview: The X-Factor

After his train wreck of a 2010 season, it may be hard to remember how good a pitcher Burnett can be. Let’s forget 2010 for the moment. With the exception of 2010, Burnett has never had a season in which he’s pitched at least 100 innings and had an ERA+ below 100. From 2005-09, Burnett managed to pitch at least 100 innings each year, make at least 21 starts each year, and pitch to ERA+’s of 116, 115, 119, 104, and 119.

There are some who think that Burnett’s best years were before he joined the Yankees in 2009. But 2009 might have been the best year of Burnett’s career. As the Yankees fought their way to the 2009 World Series championship, Burnett pitched 207 innings at a 114 ERA+. It wasn’t as nominally impressive as the 122 ERA+ he put up over 204.2 innings in 2002, but if you believe in giving people extra credit for playing in the A.L.… Click here to read the rest

Yankee Stadium will continue to be safe from iPads and Kindles

Last week, the Cleveland Indians announced their Social Media Strategy (with video here):

New for 2011 will be the Indians Social Suite, an entire suite at Progressive Field catering to social media users. The Indians Social Suite replaces the first-ever social media-only section in professional sports, the Tribe Social Deck. Invitations to the Indians Social Suite are distributed on a game-by-game basis and fans may apply online at www.indians.com/connect.

An interactive and engaging social media presence is something we strongly believe in because it is integral to the Indians brand,” said MARK SHAPIRO.

In addition to the Indians Social Suite, the Indians today launched a new social media ticket offer for 2011. Available only via Facebook and Twitter, fans will have the opportunity to share the ticket special via social media to receive an even deeper discount. Stay tuned to Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Finally, the Indians will partner with Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM) to enhance fan experiences at Progressive Field by utilizing the award-winning MLB.com At Bat 11 application.Click here to read the rest