A’s walk-off in extras, sweep Yankees

I just invested four hours of my Sunday watching the Yankees stop scoring runs after the fourth inning so I’ll keep this one quick. Bartolo Colon gave the A’s six and two-thirds innings of four run ball, which was good enough to keep the team in the game. At one point it looked like the Yankees were going to cruise, but CC Sabathia wound up giving up two runs in the fifth on two solo shots and another run in the sixth, making it a 4-3 ball game. Seven innings of three run ball from the big guy was good, Continue reading A’s walk-off in extras, sweep Yankees

Game Thread: Yankees at A’s, Sunday July 22

Even great teams drop a few in a row to bad teams, for no good reason. Despite this three game skid the Yankees still have a strangle hold on first place in the AL East. They still find themselves twenty games above five hundred. They still have the best record in baseball, even if the Rangers are hot on their heels. Put another way, once you look at the big picture it becomes clear that the Yankees could afford to drop a few. That said, let’s hope it ends today. CC Sabathia toes the rubber for the good guys in Continue reading Game Thread: Yankees at A’s, Sunday July 22

Game 46: Some Big Pitchers

The Yankees are sending out CC Sabathia to face off against the A’s and ex-Yankee Bartolo Colon. Between these two guys, I can only hope the mound holds up. The game starts at 4:05 PM EST on YES. LHP CC Sabathia v. RHP Bartolo Colon Yankees Athletics Derek Jeter SS Jemile Weeks 2B Curtis Granderson CF Coco Crisp CF Alex Rodriguez DH Josh Reddick RF Robinson Cano 2B Jonny Gomes DH Mark Teixeira 1B Josh Donaldson 3B Raul Ibanez LF Kurt Suzuki C Nick Swisher RF Cliff Pennington SS Eric Chavez 3B Adam Rosales 1B Chris Stewart C Collin Cowgill Continue reading Game 46: Some Big Pitchers

Catching Up With Some Ex-Yankees (Part 2)

Last time we looked at the recent ex-Yankees was already 3 weeks ago, Spring Training is flying by. Jesus Montero– The former Yankee top prospect, and now Mariner top prospect is 11 for 36 in March, with 2 homeruns and 3 doubles. That’s good for a triple slash of .306/.366/.556. The 22 year old and Felix Hernandez appear to be developing a good pitcher/catcher relationship, as well as a friendship for the two Venezuelans from Carabobo. Hernandez pitching to Montero was certainly a dream for us Yankee fans, unfortunately its happening in a different uniform. Also, apparently Montero can catch… Continue reading Catching Up With Some Ex-Yankees (Part 2)

Catching Up With Some Ex-Yankees

We’re only a few days into spring training games and there is already news and stats to catch up on our once beloved Yankees. Jesus Montero– His debut with the Mariners started with a bang and boo-boo. The catcher hit a homerun in his first game, but also took two foul ball ricochets during an at bat and had to leave the game. After missing a game, Montero returned to the field on Sunday where he went 1 for 3 with a double. So far he has his two extra base hits in his first six plate appearances. MLB Network Continue reading Catching Up With Some Ex-Yankees

The Case for Colon

Cautious. Frugal. Patient. Prudent. There are plenty of adjectives one might use to describe the Yankees strategy this off-season but each inevitably leads to the same conclusion: Brian Cashman is taking the 75 million dollars the Angels gave to CJ Wilson, and the 100 plus million dollars the Rangers will probably plop down for Yu Darvish, and the 50 plus million dollars the Marlins spent on Mark Buerhle and he’s putting that money, and his faith and job security, and all his eggs in one very distinct basket. He’s betting on the 2012 edition of 2011 Yankees. He’s betting a Continue reading The Case for Colon

Commenting On Davidoff’s Choices

Yesterday, Ken Davidoff of Newsday floated out six options the Yankees could employ to improve the rotation. Let’s take a look and make some comments. His first option was trading for Felix Hernandez. He knows it’s not going to happen. We know it’s not going to happen. Let’s just move on. Door number two is a trade for Matt Garza centered around Manny Banuelos or Dellin Betances. This is definitely more likely, but may not be cheap or easy…and I’m okay with that. I’m much more bearish on Garza than most seem to be, though, so take that with a Continue reading Commenting On Davidoff’s Choices

All Bartolo Colon wants for Christmas …

Slowly but surely much of the Yankee fan base and blogosphere is realizing that the Yankees will probably not make a splashy move this offseason, something I’d believed was likely for some time now. The reasons for this are both clear and sound. The Yankees really only need starting pitching. C.J. Wilson and Yu Darvish were the best pitchers available and they are not guaranteed to succeed over the course of a five year contract. Given the Yankees’ considerable financial commitments already on the field any additional contracts need to be well reasoned. Failing that, it makes a lot of Continue reading All Bartolo Colon wants for Christmas …

To the scrap heap!

A big part of the success of the 2011 Yankees is due to Brian Cashman, Billy Eppler, and the rest of the organization finding the proverbial diamonds in the rough to fill roster holes. To borrow from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, the Yankees took a trip to the Island of Misfit Toys and came back with all the right pieces. They took fliers on pitchers like Freddy Garcia, Bartolo Colon, Luis Ayala, and Cory Wade and each one of them worked out. They also turned the Dodgers’ trash (Russell Martin) into Bronx treasure behind the plate. While we obviously Continue reading To the scrap heap!