Earlier this week Randy Levine of the Yankees Front Office indicated a willingness to part ways with Robinson Cano should he seek too much money in free agency. Strategically, I don’t know why he would say this, unless early negotiations with Cano’s representatives were not going well. Over the past four years Cano has only been the best Yankee and one of the best players in baseball. The Yankees should be willing to walk away from Robbie if the money doesn’t make sense for the organization, but they shouldn’t say that publicly. Continue reading How much for Robinson Cano?
A colleague of mine and I agreed on Friday that this was the most important series of the Yankee season. The Bombers had clawed their way to within one game of a Wild Card berth and they were taking their hot play into Fenway, to face the first place Red Sox, a team that has owned just about the entire American League in 2013. Two of three wins were essential, we agreed. We meant two of three wins for the Yankees. That’s not how things have turned out. The Yankee beatings at the hands of the Red Sox have continued, Continue reading Game Thread: Yankees at Red Sox, September 15th
Since 2009 the answer to the question who should start a big game for the Yankees has had only one answer: CC Sabathia. Since 2009 CC has been dominant in pinstripes, earning his spots in big games. Except this year. Sabathia is essentially putting up his worst season – not as a Yankee, ever. Sabathia has currently put up 2.2 fWAR. His rookie season he managed just 2.8. Right now the big guy projects to come up short of the mark he managed as a rookie. Continue reading Who should start a big game for the Yankees?
Sometimes you’ll take a win any way you can get it. After losing three consecutive slug fests to the Red Sox the Bombers finally got some pitching. Hiroki Kuroda lasted six innings allowing just two runs while striking out six. Was it great? No, but it was a tad better than Jon Lester who lasted eight innings but gave up three runs. The Yankee runs came off doubles by Mark Reynolds and Robinson Cano. The Pinstripes took a lead into the top of the ninth, Mariano Rivera time. Mo, unfortunately, didn’t have it. Will Middlebrooks hit a game tying home Continue reading Yankees win on wild pitch, avoid sweep
Are you ready for some Football! I know I am, mostly because the Yankees have scored 175 (my unofficial tally) runs in the last three games and have exactly zero wins to show for it. When did this Boston team turn into an offensive juggernaut? Normally this is the part of the game thread where I pump up the team for today, but I’ve got nothing. After these last three gut punches I’m spent. Hiroki Kuroda faces off against Jon Lester. Use this as your game thread. Enjoy?
Recently Grantland published a large article about Derek Jeter’s defense. Let me summarize the article for you: He’s bad at defense. This has been the sabremetric criticism of the Captain for about his entire career. No one can deny that a guy who’s picked up more than 3,000 hits gets it done with the bat. Instead, the argument has always been that despite the Gold Gloves and highlight reel plays, Jeter is actually an awful defender due to a lack of range at his position. Continue reading Derek Jeter’s pesky defense
Through six innings this game looked like a sure win for the Yankees. The Bombers were up three nothing with Andy Pettitte looking strong on the mound. It all came undone in the seventh inning. Continue reading Orioles put up 7 in the seventh, avoid sweep
Now we’re talking! The Yankees have won the first two against the Orioles and moved in front of them in the standings. Even better, the Bombers currently sit just 3.5 games out of a Wild Card spot. ESPN still has their playoff odds at under 15%, but things are getting interesting! But the team will have to keep winning. Andy Pettitte takes the mound today in the Bronx, while the O’s will counter with Wei-Yin Chen. Use this as your game thread. Enjoy!
The Yankees are probably going to have to win about twenty more games this year if they want to make a run for a Wild Card spot. That’s a tall order for any team, particularly one that has struggled to score runs as much as the Bombers have this year. Dropping the first two games of a three game set in Tampa this weekend didn’t help the cause. Fortunately the Yankees managed to turn things around in the final game of the series. Continue reading Yankees beat Rays 3-2 in extra innings, avoid sweep in Tampa