Blue Jays hand Yankees a victory that Yankee bullpen hands right back

Josh Johnson and the Blue Jays handed this game to the Yankees in the fifth inning. With the Blue Jays leading 2-1, the Yankees loaded the bases on three hits by Chris Stewart, Robinson Cano and Vernon Wells. Johnson managed to get Travis Haffner out, but after that he completely lost the strike zone. Johnson issued bases loaded walks to Lyle Overbay and Eduardo Nunez, handing the Yankees a 3-2 lead. The Yankees expanded that lead the next inning when Brett Gardner scored Jayson Nix on a sacrifice fly. Suddenly the Yankees were up by two heading into the final innings with a possible sweep on their hands.

It wasn’t meant to be. Ivan Nova walked Adam Lind to start the bottom of the sixth inning. That brought up J.P. Arencibia who doubled, putting runners on second and third with no outs. That was the end of Nova’s day. The Yankees handed things over to Boone Logan who gave up a single to Colby Rasmus, the only batter he faced.…

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The Case For Trading Boone Logan

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The trade market continues to look like the best option for the Yankees to address their biggest areas of need this offseason...

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Logan’s Strikeout Numbers Cooling Off

One of the most dominating figures in the bullpen has surprisingly risen in Boone Logan. He began 2012 with a 12.54 K/9 in April and a 15.43 K/9 in May, which can be substantiated by a 29.87% whiff rate on the slider in both months. The outbreak from the Yankees’ left handed reliever was a...

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The Clay Rapada Option

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Triple-R: The Bullpen

Any discussion about the Yankee bullpen starts and ends with this man. Courtesy of UPI/John Angelillo.

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Since I did such a bang up job predicting the rotation that...

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Do The Yankees Really Need Another Lefty Reliever?

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While this offseason has been mostly an inactive one for the Yankees, one thing they have gone after consistently is cheap pitching depth.  From re-signing Freddy Garcia to another team-friendly one-year deal to taking low-risk flyers on guys like Adam Miller,...

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A Quick Thought On Boone Logan

About a week ago, Mike Axisa over at RAB wrote about the odd season that Boone Logan is having:

In the series opener, Boone allowed a single to the lefty Carl Crawford to load the bases before striking out the switch-hitting Jarrod Saltalamacchia (LOL) and the...

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Discussion: Bullpen

So last night was hardly a banner night for the Yankee pitching staff. Bartolo Colon didn’t make it out of the first inning (though not all of it was his fault) and then each Yankee reliever gave up at least one run in the course of pitching in relief. Boone Logan was Boone Logan and...

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Yankee comeback bid falls short; lose to Jays 16-7 as Colon throws shortest outing of the season

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Safe to say this was not the way the Yankees were hoping to kick off the second half of the season.

Events unfolded about as terribly as one could imagine in Thursday...

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