Series Preview | Yankees vs. Angels III: Big-time pitching at The Big A

I often wonder how the schedule-makers determine the number of games the Yankees play against non-AL East teams. I’m sure it’s inherently random, but I’m not crazy about the fact that, for example, the Yankees will have played nine games apiece against each of the teams in the AL West this season while only getting Kansas City six times. I’ve gone on record several times regarding my desire to obliterate the inherently annoying unbalanced schedule and go back to getting to play every team an even number of times. My dream proposal entails abolishing the divisions and reverting to simply Continue reading Series Preview | Yankees vs. Angels III: Big-time pitching at The Big A

Yankees vs. Tigers: 2011 Opening Series Preview

The New York Yankees kick off their 2011 season against the Detroit Tigers this afternoon in the Bronx at 1pm. Mike previewed the Tigers back at the beginning of March, ultimately concluding that he didn’t feel that the 2011 team would be much better than its 2010 incarnation. I’d say that’s a fairly accurate assessment, as the offense hasn’t really undergone any significant upgrades — though Victor Martinez‘s bat does give Detroit a rather formidable 3-4-5 — while the starting rotation continues to remain a fairly fairly large question mark after Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer. The mere fact that Continue reading Yankees vs. Tigers: 2011 Opening Series Preview

Yankeeist's 2010 ALCS Preview, Part 4: Advantages for the Rangers and Advantages for the Yankees

Welcome to the fourth and final installment of Yankeeist’s 2010 ALCS Series Preview, in which we’ll be taking a look at a few specific factors that could influence how the series plays out. In case you missed parts 1, 2 and 3, please click on the following: Yankeeist’s 2010 ALCS Series Preview, Part 1: Head-to-Head Overall Team NumbersYankeeist’s 2010 ALCS Series Preview, Part 2: 25-Man Roster ComparisonsYankeeist’s 2010 ALCS Series Preview, Part 3: The Pitching Match-Ups Four advantages for the Rangers 1) Clifton Phifer Lee 2) Clifton Phifer LeeYes, Cliff Lee accounts for two advantages all by himself, even if Continue reading Yankeeist's 2010 ALCS Preview, Part 4: Advantages for the Rangers and Advantages for the Yankees

Yankeeist's 2010 ALCS Preview, Part 3: The Pitching Match-Ups

As you know, the Yankees square off against the Rangers in the 2010 American League Championship Series beginning tomorrow night. This will be the Yankees’ 14th appearance in the ALCS, which was created in 1969 (though not expanded to its current seven-game format until 1985), and the Rangers’ first. The Yankees are 11-2 all-time in the ALCS, with their only losses coming in 1980 against the Kansas City Royals, and 2004 against the Boston Red Sox. We’ve already taken a look at the two teams’ overall numbers in the regular season, along with the numbers for the players that will Continue reading Yankeeist's 2010 ALCS Preview, Part 3: The Pitching Match-Ups

Yankeeist's 2010 ALCS Preview, Part 2: 25-Man Roster Comparisons

In case you missed Part 1, please click on the following: Yankeeist’s 2010 ALCS Preview: Head-to-Head Overall Team Numbers The Yankees announced last night that they haven’t changed their roster from the first round. Likewise, I wouldn’t expect too many changes on the Rangers’ front, although given Ron Washington’s love of relievers, perhaps he adds another for the ALCS. Anyway, below are the season numbers for the Yankees’ 25-man ALCS roster along with the Rangers’ 25-man from the DS. Once again with the Yankees I’ve given them ten starters on offense due to the Marcus Thames/Lance Berkman platoon, and I’ve Continue reading Yankeeist's 2010 ALCS Preview, Part 2: 25-Man Roster Comparisons

Yankeeist's 2010 ALCS Preview, Part 1: Head-to-Head Overall Team Numbers

And so it’s finally official: the Yankees will face the Texas Rangers in the 2010 American League Championship Series starting Friday night. This is the first time the Yankees have met Texas in the ALCS, though the Yankees are 3-0 against the Rangers in Division Series play. This is the ninth time the Yankees have reached the ALCS since the playoffs expanded in 1995, and they have gone on to play in the World Series an outstanding seven of the previous eight times, with the lone loss of course coming at the hands of the 2004 Boston Red Sox. Like Continue reading Yankeeist's 2010 ALCS Preview, Part 1: Head-to-Head Overall Team Numbers

Yankeeist's 2010 ALDS Preview, Part 4: Advantages for the Twins and Advantages for the Yankees

Welcome to the fourth and final installment of Yankeeist’s 2010 ALDS Series Preview, in which we’ll be taking a look at a few specific factors that could influence how the series plays out. In case you missed parts 1, 2 and 3, please click on the following: Yankeeist’s 2010 ALDS Series Preview, Part 1: Head-to-Head Overall Team NumbersYankeeist’s 2010 ALDS Series Preview, Part 2: 25-Man Roster ComparisonsYankeeist’s 2010 ALDS Series Preview, Part 3: The Pitching Match-Ups Four advantages for the Twins 1) Home field. The Twins had the best home record in the American League in 2010, though they were Continue reading Yankeeist's 2010 ALDS Preview, Part 4: Advantages for the Twins and Advantages for the Yankees

Yankeeist's 2010 ALDS Preview, Part 2: 25-Man Roster Comparisons

In case you missed part 1, please click on the following: Yankeeist’s 2010 ALDS Series Preview, Part 1: Head-to-Head Overall Team Numbers Edited, 1:24pm. So of course the roster was announced five minutes after this post went up. Greg Golson did indeed make the roster over Eduardo Nunez, while Dustin Moseley got the nod over Ivan Nova for some reason. A.J. Burnett is also on the roster. The following individual player breakdowns are my best guesses at the 25-man rosters; as neither team has released them yet. I think I’m pretty close on the Yankee roster, though one of Eduardo Continue reading Yankeeist's 2010 ALDS Preview, Part 2: 25-Man Roster Comparisons