What should the Yankees do with Tanaka?

As long as he is healthy, I vote start Tanaka over the weekend. Having him start on Saturday or Sunday will give him a chance to test his leg, but also give Yankees flexibility needed if they want to hold him off for the end of the season – if New York has managed to climb its back to the top spot in the AL East – or save him for the Wild Card Game. Continue reading What should the Yankees do with Tanaka?

CC And Cano Preparing To Carry The Postseason Load

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) Big time players make big time plays in big time games.  That’s a generic sports cliche that, despite my friends and I readily ignoring it when it was repeated to us over and over by our college dropout assistant coach during over sophomore lacrosse season, does ring very true.  There’s a reason Reggie Jackson is called Mr. October, there’s a reason that nickname was altered to Mr. November for Derek Jeter in 2001, and there’s a reason that Aaron Effing Boone will always be a legend in New York despite Continue reading CC And Cano Preparing To Carry The Postseason Load

A brief reflection

I find it’s particularly easy at times to get lost in the vastness of baseball. The regular season goes on seemingly forever; all the while, it supplements our daily routine in a way no other sport is capable. As the months go by, injuries, hot streaks, heart breaking extra-inning losses and walk off wins all begin to blur together forcing profound moments into a largely irrelevant haze. Then the season ends in rather abrupt (albeit occasionally dramatic) fashion leaving us wondering how those 162 games of baseball disappeared so seamlessly. While our friends in Boston are desperately grasping for insight Continue reading A brief reflection

Yanks end regular season swept on road for first time all year following Rays' dramatic late-inning comeback to clinch Wild Card

The Yankees capped off the 2011 regular season by getting swept on the road for the first time all year — and swept for only the third time all season — as the Tampa Bay Rays came storming back from a 7-0 deficit to win 8-7 in extra innings. The loss was the Yankees’ fourth in a row, and dropped their record in extra-inning games to a fluky 4-12 on the season. Additionally, the sweep was Tampa’s second-ever sweep of the Yankees, both of which came at Tropicana Field, and it was the first time the Yanks had been swept Continue reading Yanks end regular season swept on road for first time all year following Rays' dramatic late-inning comeback to clinch Wild Card

Transitioning into the postseason; some observations

Over the past few days, we’ve been privy to some pretty enthralling baseball. As the final days of the season come to an end, the Sox, Rays, Cardinals, and Braves having taken center stage as they desperately fight for October admittance. With all of this added mania, I’ve found myself watching even more baseball than usual so I thought it’d be fun to take a few moments to jot down some observations. 1) Bizzaro Jesus We are all well aware by now know of Jesus Montero. As it turns out though, the Sox have a “wicked good” hitting prospect of Continue reading Transitioning into the postseason; some observations

Dismissing Freddy Garcia

Over the last few days, I have had a number of discussions with readers, Twitter users, and media members about what the Yankees’ starting rotation will look like in October. One thing that came up repeatedly that I found to be quite surprising is that many fans do not see Freddy Garcia getting a start in the postseason. Despite the fact that his results point to him being the second best starter on the team to this point, many see his low-80’s stuff coming up short in the playoffs, as the perception is that power stuff is what wins in Continue reading Dismissing Freddy Garcia

Why baseball needs to get rid of the rigid six-division format, shorten the playoffs and move to a tiered system

I’m pleased to present the following guest post from friend-of-the-blog Lenny Vaisman. Lenny’s a die-hard Yankee fan and was actually a semi-regular contributor to my initial foray into Yankee blogging, Save Phil Hughes, posting as HitMan23. Lenny comes to us today with a great (and fairly radical) argument for how baseball can vastly improve the regular season and playoffs. To paraphrase Howard Bryant from Ken Burns’ “The Tenth Inning,” there are two ways to measure the success of Major League Baseball: If your only criterion is money, then MLB is more successful than ever. But if you measure baseball’s ability Continue reading Why baseball needs to get rid of the rigid six-division format, shorten the playoffs and move to a tiered system

Top (and bottom) Yankee team batting and pitching performances in the postseason since 1995

I promise I’m just about done reliving the horror show that was the 2010 ALCS, but as I kept thinking about the Yankees’ heinous collective offensive line of .201/.300/.370 along with even more brutal pitching numbers, I couldn’t help but wonder how poorly the 2010 ALCS stood with regards to the Yankees’ team performances in the 31 postseason series they’ve played since the playoffs were expanded to three rounds in 1995. So I decided to make some charts. Yankee team hitting performances in postseason series since 1995, sorted by OPS (yellow highlight indicates series victory; green highlight indicates World Series Continue reading Top (and bottom) Yankee team batting and pitching performances in the postseason since 1995

UPDATED | Yankees vs. Twins ALDS Games 1, 2 and 3 start times

Per MLB’s Twitter feed, Game 1 of the ALDS between the Yankees and Twins starts at 8:37pm Eastern. More game start time updates to come as we see ’em. Edited to Add (8:22pm): Mark Feinsand just Tweeted that Thursday’s Game 2 will start at 6:07pm Eastern. Better start honing those get-out-of-work-at-a-reasonable-time excuses. Edited to Add (8:43pm): Per RAB’s Twitter, Saturday’s Game 3 at Yankee Stadium will start at 8:37pm Eastern.