Domenic is a staff writer for It's About the Money, and the host of the It's About the Yankees Stupid podcast. By day, he is a mild-mannered real estate attorney on Long Island.

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Yangervis Solarte and the Chamber of Secrets

Solarte HR vs MIL

While Mark Teixeira rehabbed his wrist, Derek Jeter prepared to be on the receiving end of gift baskets, and Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Masahiro Tanaka were being fitted for pinstripes, Yangervis Solarte was learning the secrets of baseball at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. There is simply no other reasonable explanation for a 26-year-old with a career minor league slashline of .286/.336/.397 (over 2800+ PA) to be not only the best hitter on the Yankees, but one of the best hitters in baseball. As of this morning, Solarte is 18th in Major League Baseball with a 145 wRC+, just ahead of Miguel Cabrera, Edwin Encarnacion, and Mike Trout. And, while we hem and haw about the other shoe dropping, he has shown no real signs of slowing down.

Of course, some of the folk ahead of Solarte in wRC+ demonstrate just how early it is in the season. It’s safe to assume that Seth Smith, Brandon Moss, and Michael Brantley will not remain among the fifteen best hitters in the game through October.…

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Game 44: The Yankees Only Good Starter v. Jason Hammel

Am I being a bit hyperbolic here, with a pinch of pessimism? Probably. Okay, definitely. At the same time, however, does anyone truly believe in Hiroki Kuroda and … well … the rotating cast of misfits filling out the last three slots in the rotation? It may be a bit premature to worry...

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Game 41: Edinson Volquez v. David Phelps

At the quarter point of the season, the Yankees sit one game out of first in the AL East, despite sporting the worst run differential in the division. In fact, they are tied with the Pirates for 23rd in the Majors with a -13 mark, nestled between the last in the East Rays and the last in the Central Indians. The season is still young enough that run differential is fairly meaningless – the Yankees gap can be explained away by the 16-1 drubbing at the hands of the Rays, to be fair. Yet it still goes to show just how quirky a game baseball can be.

Pittsburgh Pirates New York Yankees
Jose Tabata, RF Brett Gardner, CF
Neil Walker, 2B Derek Jeter, SS
Andrew McCutchen, CF Mark Teixeira, 1B
Pedro Alvarez, 3B Brian McCann, C
Starling Marte, LF Alfonso Soriano, RF
Ike Davis, 1B Yangervis Solarte, 3B
Gaby Sanchez, DH Kelly Johnson, DH
Jordy Mercer, SS Brian Roberts, 2B
Tony Sanchez, C Zoilo Almonte, LF
Edinson Volquez, SP David Phelps, SP
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Game 20: First Against Worst

The American League East standings look quite good right now, month be damned. Who cares if we’re less than an eighth of the way through the season, right? And, of course, it’s #TANAK day!

New York Yankees Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Grady Sizemore, RF
Derek Jeter, SS Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Carlos Beltran, DH David Ortiz, DH
Alfonso Soriano, LF Mike Napoli, 1B
Mark Teixeira, 1B Jonny Gomes, LF
Brian McCann, C A.J. Pierzynski, C
Yangervis Solarte, 3B Xander Bogaerts, SS
Ichiro Suzuki, RF Brock Holt, 3B
Brian Roberts, 2B Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Masahiro Tanaka, SP Jon Lester, SP
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Game 19: The Good, the Bad, and the Yankees

The last two nights have been an exercise in adding insult to injury, and vice versa. The first bullpen implosion of the young season was piggybacked by a potentially season-ending injury to Ivan Nova, and said injury was bookended by a 16 to 1 drubbing at the hands of the Rays. We remain a scant three weeks into the season, so it seems premature to truly panic – yet I readily admit that I am a bit more pessimistic this afternoon than I was twenty-four hours ago. Though, to be fair, that is due more so to the injury to Nova than the disheartening blowouts.

New York Yankees Tampa Bay Rays
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Sean Rodriguez, LF
Derek Jeter, SS Ben Zobrist, DH
Carlos Beltran, RF Logan Forsythe, 2B
Alfonso Soriano, DH Evan Longoria, 3B
Mark Teixeira, 1B Wil Myers, RF
Yangervis Solarte, 3B James Loney, 1B
Brett Gardner, LF Brandon Guyer, CF
Brian Roberts, 2B Yunel Escobar, SS
John Ryan Murphy, C Ryan Hanigan, C
Vidal Nuno, SP Cesar Ramos, SP
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Game 18: Doom and Gloom

With the Yankees fresh off of their first true ‘Death by Bullpen’ game of the season, there seems to be a pervasive sense of worriment. The previously stellar performances of Matt Thornton and Adam Warren are already being treated as if they occurred in the distant past, or some faraway universe in which the Yankees are allowed to have nice things. And even if David Robertson comes back strong and transitions into the closer’s mentality with gusto, the bullpen as a whole remains in need of a dramatic overhaul. How else could this have happened, after all?

In reality, last night just sucked. Every bullpen is going to implode once in awhile. It feels a bit worse than usual, as it came against the Rays in Tampa … but it is indicative of nothing other than a bit of bad luck.

Although, to be fair, Cesar Cabral stinks.

New York Yankees Tampa Bay Rays
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF David DeJesus, CF
Brett Gardner, LF Ben Zobrist, 2B
Carlos Beltran, DH Matt Joyce, DH
Brian McCann, C Evan Longoria, 3B
Alfonso Soriano, LF James Loney, 1B
Yangervis Solarte, 3B Wil Myers, RF
Kelly Johnson, 1B Sean Rodriguez, LF
Brian Roberts, 2B Yunel Escobar, SS
Dean Anna, SS Ryan Hanigan, C
Ivan Nova, SP Chris Archer, SP
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The Underrated Jackie Robinson

[Editor's note: This piece was originally published on 4/16/13 but we felt it would be nice to revisit today. -SG]

Over the past week or so, there has been much ado about Jackie Robinson – and deservedly so, at that. To many, myself included, Robinson towers over the game of baseball a la the Colossus at Rhodes, marking a turning point in not only the game that we all know and love, but in the United States as a whole. The courage and grace that Robinson displayed has become a part of the mythology that is our sport’s history, transmogrifying the man himself into something of a myth. That is not to say, of course, that Robinson is not deserving of the mighty stature that has been affixed to his memory. Rather, that the narrative has markedly obscured one simple fact that seems to be glossed over in discussions and commemorations of the man who broke baseball’s color barrier:

Jackie Robinson was really freaking good at baseball.…

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Game 13: Getting Above .500

Derek Jeter will rest for the second day in a row with tightness in his right quadricep, though Joe Girardi expects him back in the lineup on Tuesday. In the meantime, the Yankees look to take three of four from the Red Sox. In 2013, they did not win...

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Game 12: Hiroki the Hero

In preparing a game thread, I generally type over a table template that I generated at some point last season, if only because I can never remember how to format it properly. Why do I bring this up, you ask? Simply put, the template that I have been utilizing shows just how dreadfully depressing the...

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