Is history on New York’s side?

The good guys head into play today with the best record in all of baseball. They also find themselves making a mockery of baseball’s very best division, the AL East (currently up by 8 games). The second-half of the season started with a bang on Friday. Now the Yankees look to put the pedal to the medal as they try to claim number 28. Fortunately for the team out of the Bronx, history is on their side. Or is it? One would think so considering they possess the best record in all of baseball to date.

Here is a little history tutorial. The Yankees have been a member of the mighty American League East since 1969 (year of the Miracle Mets). During that time, the Bombers have captured seven World Series titles and eleven pennants. Not too shabby for most franchises. New York not only wants to win every year, but they expect to win every year. The AL East took its current form (with the current five teams) back in 1998. Since 1998, the Yankees have made the playoffs 13 of 14 years, won six pennants, and four World Series. Oddly enough, in two of those four most recent World Series seasons (2000 and 2009), the Yankees did not enter July 15th in sole possession of first place in the AL East. In 2000, they were tied with the Toronto Blue Jays (crazy I know) and in 2009 they were three games behind that team who must not be named.

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Battle for New York? More like Battle of Cy Young Frontrunners

IIATMS is happy to introduce our newest contributor, Josh Kramer. Josh is the founder/editor-in-chief of the sports blog, “TheSportsKraze” and has served as an intern with ESPN, out of their New York City office. While with ESPN, Josh conducted an official SportsNation Chat with sports fans from across the globe and live-blogged for the US Open. Josh has also made numerous radio appearances and appeared on Cincinnati.com‘s “The Morning Line.” You can follow him on Twitter at @thesportskraze

When it comes to the MLB regular-season, there is no bigger stage than ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. As if it wasn’t enough, the stage is only magnified with this being the 2012 finale of the always exciting “Subway Series.” In baseball-crazed New York City, unless the Red Sox are in town, there is no series of higher importance to the general New York City public. Well the stage just got bigger. This is not only the “Battle of New York City” this year. Tonight’s matchup also happens to be the “Battle of Cy Young Frontrunners.”

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Eight-run seventh propels Yanks to Subway Series win

A crisply pitched 3-1 game by Mike Pelfrey quickly snowballed into a nightmare for the Mets in the 7th inning, as the Yankees — who up to that point had put men on in 5 of the previous six innings against Pelfrey but failed to capitalize — finally came through with men on base in a big way, loading the bases with no outs en route to what would be an eight-run outburst, their most productive frame of the season, and ultimately coming back to beat the Mets 9-3. I don’t blame the Mets for sticking with Pelfrey (though I Continue reading Eight-run seventh propels Yanks to Subway Series win

Yankees too-many-home-run Mets to death in 7-3 win

For those of you not on Twitter, one of the more popular memes of the 2011 season has been the ongoing ridiculing of the mainstream journalists that continue to assert that the Yankees’ home run-hitting proficiency is somehow detrimental to the offense (also known as #toomanyhomeruns). Whether or not you feel the Yankee offense is too one-dimensional — and while I of course love all of the home runs, the team’s ongoing frustrations with RISP remain troubling — no one should be complaining about the Yankees going yard, as they did precisely that many times in a 7-3 win over Continue reading Yankees too-many-home-run Mets to death in 7-3 win

Yankees snap three game win streak; lose 2-1 to hapless Mets.

I’m not going to spend a whole lot of time with tonight’s recap. Frankly, there isn’t a much to say at this point. The Yanks enjoyed another fine pitching performance but still managed to lose thanks to some very timely non-hits. The lone run came in the bottom of third on a Mark Teixeira solo shot which was definitely assisted by the short porch in right field (and almost snagged by a leaping Carlos Beltran). That’s not to say that there weren’t an abundance of opportunities though. In the bottom of the second, the Bombers had bases loaded but couldn’t capitalize. Continue reading Yankees snap three game win streak; lose 2-1 to hapless Mets.

Game Thread and Series Preview | Yankees vs. Mets I: Die Interleague Play, die

Longtime readers know I am no fan of Interleague Play, and to me nothing is more emblematic of how pointless it is than the six games the Yankees and Mets are forced to play against each other each year. No offense to the Mets, but in the majority of seasons since the first regular-season interleague games began in 1997, the Yankees have simply been a better team. However, the nature of baseball is such that the Mets are almost always going to wind up swiping a handful of games — only twice in the 14-year history of this series has Continue reading Game Thread and Series Preview | Yankees vs. Mets I: Die Interleague Play, die

Cashman: Feliciano Abused By Mets

In one comment made to the media yesterday, Brian Cashman managed to upset the Yankees’ crosstown rivals as well as a portion of his own fanbase. Marc Carig has more: “He was abused,” Cashman said this afternoon. “Listen, I don’t know, the concern is based on the MRI. The use pattern was abusive, but the MRI itself shows what he’s got. And that leads us to believe all that is resolvable and that it’s not a major issue, just a timing issue.” […] Dan Warthen, the Mets’ pitching coach, said that this is all information the Yankees knew when they Continue reading Cashman: Feliciano Abused By Mets

On the Mets and Castillo

As you’ve likely heard by now, the Mets officially released second baseman Luis Castillo. Since Spring Training started, there have been a lot of hints at this and since Spring Training started, I’ve been against such a move; here’s a quick run down of why: Money for Nothing The Mets, considering their financial situation, should not be in the business of paying a player NOT to play for them. Though the cost for Castillo will be only $6 million in 2011, that’s still $6M the Mets are going to be paying and $6M from which the Mets are going to Continue reading On the Mets and Castillo

Players to Watch: N.L. East

Let’s end our week with an eye towards the Right Coast and the N.L. teams that inhabit it. You know the drill. NL West NL Central Starting, as we so normally do, at the top with the Phillies. Let’s go with t3h 4 @ce$! shall we? No. The obvious choice here is Dominic Brown. He’s the Phillies’ top prospect and is the likely replacement for the departed Jayson Werth. Brown struggled in a brief 70 PA stint in the bigs last year, wOBAing just .259 and striking out 38.7% of the time. Brown will be 23 when the season starts Continue reading Players to Watch: N.L. East