Is Jeremy Hellickson breaking the mold?

It’s no secret that Andrew Friedman, Gerry Hunsicker, and the rest of the Rays’ front office is developing one of the best young starting rotations in baseball down in Tampa. Led by top-pick David Price, 26, a Cy Young candidate two years back with a 5-1 record and a 2.35 ERA on the season, Tampa’s rotation has been the league’s second best this year. The Rays are 19-9 on the season and their starting rotation 16-6 in those games with a 3.51 ERA. Price has a 2.49 FIP, a career best. James Shields has a 2.94 xFIP, also a career Continue reading Is Jeremy Hellickson breaking the mold?

Yanks drop second straight game to Tampa Bay

I admittedly haven’t been watching much baseball since the Yankees clinched their playoff spot last Wednesday, and so I didn’t see a single inning of last night’s 5-3 loss to the Rays. This feeling of ennui in the aftermath of Yankee losses is a weird one — one that will undoubtedly be shaken off come 8:37pm Friday night — but also represents an enjoyable reprieve after 155 games of caring deeply about the outcome of a given Yankee game. In fact, I couldn’t help but be mildly annoyed to see the Yankees leading 3-2 through six innings while Boston jumped Continue reading Yanks drop second straight game to Tampa Bay

Yankees clinch 17th American League East title; beat Rays 4-2

Approximately seven hours after earning their 2011 postseason berth, the Yankees clinched their 17th American League East title, beating the Rays 4-2, sweeping the doubleheader, securing the series victory and ensuring a stress-free final week of the season as the team prepares to kick off the American League Division Series next Friday, September 30. CC Sabathia and Jeremy Hellickson were locked in a pitchers’ duel in this one, with the former going 7 1/3 and giving up two runs — both on solo home runs, to Kelly Shoppach and Sean Rodriguez, natch — and the latter going seven and also Continue reading Yankees clinch 17th American League East title; beat Rays 4-2

Zombie Posada hits granny; backs second straight strong outing by Hughes

This was a fun one, not only because the Yanks blew the Rays out 9-2, but also because I got to watch it with Matt Imbrogno, MJR, and fellow huge fans Bexy, Rich and Dave. Jorge Posada must not have been terribly thrilled about his recent benching, because he went crazy in this game, getting the Yankees on board in the 2nd on a two-run bases-loaded single and blowing the game open in the fifth with his 10th career grand slam. It was all part of a 3-5, 6 RBI day for Posado. The Yankees were able to knock Jeremy Continue reading Zombie Posada hits granny; backs second straight strong outing by Hughes

Players to Watch: A.L. East

NL West-AL Central can be found here At long last, I’ll be done with this series of posts. And, fittingly, we end it with the Yankees’ division: The American League East. Without question, this is the best division in baseball. The Yankees, Rays, and Red Sox are three of the top teams in either league. The Blue Jays would appear much better if they weren’t in this hellacious division, and I’m sure rebuilding would’ve been easier for the Orioles. Anyway, let’s get to it. Tampa Bay Rays: Jeremy Hellickson. Rated the #18 prospect before 2010, Hellickson has put together a Continue reading Players to Watch: A.L. East

Yanks Will Be Dealing With Rays For Foreseeable Future

[image title=”alg_rays-yanks-brawl” size=”full” id=”14624″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ] When the Rays shockingly took the division in 2008, many Yankee fans dismissed it as an aberration, and suggested that the Rays would fall out of contention once their current crop of younger stars neared free agency. However, it seems that the Rays have a contingency plan in place to prevent that from happening. From Buster Olney: But if they languish in the AL East race behind the Yankees and Red Sox, or if they got hit by a wave of injuries, then there would appear to be a chance that they would Continue reading Yanks Will Be Dealing With Rays For Foreseeable Future