What If The Yankees Choose Gaudin Over Joba?

Last night, Chad Gaudin turned in another serviceable outing, allowing 2 runs in 4.2 innings, as he cruised until tiring in the 5th. He has allowed 3 runs or less in his last three starts, and has an ERA of 3.71 as a Yankee. Why is this important? Well, take a gander at Brian Cashman’s recent comments, courtesy of Pete Caldera: “Everybody loves his tenacity,’’ Cashman said. “But we’re going to take the best 10 guys. There’s no assumptions there.’’ “He’s put himself in a position where the manager has to make a decision that there’s not one guy ahead Continue reading What If The Yankees Choose Gaudin Over Joba?

Game 152 Recap: Yankees beat Angels in spite of Joe Girardi, clinch playoff berth

The Yankees finally beat the Angels on Los Angeles’ home field last night, 6-5, in a game in which the Yankees led 5-0 at one point and wouldn’t end until nearly 2am on the east coast. The Yankees also clinched their 14th playoff appearance in 15 seasons during the game, as the Texas Rangers lost to Oakland, although that achievement was given a bit more heft with the completion of the Yankee win, which dropped their magic number to 6 and also increased their lead in the AL East back to a more-comfortable 6 games (thanks to a surprising second Continue reading Game 152 Recap: Yankees beat Angels in spite of Joe Girardi, clinch playoff berth

Holy moly the Yankees won a game in Anaheim!

Celebrate the Yankees making the postseason all you want, but tonight’s bigger accomplishment may have been the Yankees winning a game in, as one sportswriter called it, “their own private hell”. The game, for a while, seemed to be a typical New York Yankees-in-Anaheim game, wherein the Yankees would stake themselves to a fairly comfortable lead and then watch it slowly whither away into nothingness. However, this time, even after the Yankee defense and an ineffective Alfredo Aceves helped to blow the 5-0 lead, Phil Hughes clamped down and did not allow the Angels to take the lead. The Yankees Continue reading Holy moly the Yankees won a game in Anaheim!

Game 152: Yankees @ Angels

Here are the lineups, via Peter Abraham (LoHud): YANKEES (95-56) Jeter SS Damon LF Teixeira 1B Rodriguez 3B Matsui DH Posada C Cano 2B Swisher RF Gardner CF Pitching: RHP Chad Gaudin (1-0 3.68). ANGELS (90-60) Figgins 3B Izturis 2B Abreu RF Guerrero DH Hunter CF Morales 1B Rivera LF Aybar SS Mathis C Pitching: vs. RHP Ervin Santana (7-8, 5.43). TIME/TV: 10:05, MY9/MLB Network. Boston is currently losing to the Royals, 0-5, in the bottom of the 7th. Future Cy Young winner Zack Greinke gave up 2 hits over 6 innings while striking out 5 (he walked 3). Barring Continue reading Game 152: Yankees @ Angels

Milton Bradley should watch Swisher

As I was reading this interview with Nick Swisher, I couldn’t help but wonder why Milton Bradley can’t even come close to Swisher with regards to his obvious love of the game and his joy in developing a strong (positive) relationship with the fans:

SI.com: You’ve become a fan favorite in New York. How has your first season here treated you?

Swisher: New York has been absolutely wonderful, man. Coming here has been a godsend for me. Not only that, I really have to thank the fans and my teammates for the way they welcomed me in. They made me feel like part of the organization and family, and that’s exactly what you’re looking for when you come to a new team.

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More Mediocy: Peter Golenbock's MVP Ballot

This is from Golenbock’s Facebook page, which may explain all the horrific spelling errors. He does not actually have an MVP vote, but is representative of a large segment of the voting population. It is quite possibly the most perplexing ballot in the history of ballots. There is no unifying theory, and most importantly, no Derek Jeter: My pick: Mark Tiexiera. After him, I had in order: Joe Mauer, Ichiro, Dustin Pedroia, Michel Cabrera, Carl Crawford, Kevin Youkelis, Aaron Hill, and Evan Longoria. The quickest and easiest way to illustrate how ridiculous this ballot is is to use WAR, which Continue reading More Mediocy: Peter Golenbock's MVP Ballot

Pearlman: Yankees Are Doomed

From noted Yankee-hater Jeff Pearlman: OK, maybe doomed is too strong. But, once again, I don’t think Brian Cashman has built a team made for the playoffs. Mainly, the problem is pitching. Starting pitching. As the Atlanta Braves showed us throughout the 1990s, having a load of B+ starting pitchers is fantastic for 90-plus regular season wins … but doesn’t really work so well in the post-season. Generally speaking, the teams in the best shape have two ass-kicking starters with rubber arms and angry demeanors (think Johnson-Schilling, ‘01) Let’s start here. Any writer who refers to the Braves of the Continue reading Pearlman: Yankees Are Doomed

Game 151: Yankees 2, Angels 5

The Yankees started Monday needing only a win (or a Texas loss) to clinch a playoff spot, however, their troubles in Anaheim continued. Pettitte returned from resting a sore shoulder and pitched well, but the Yankee bats could not solve Joe Saunders, as the Angels went on to win 5-2.

Much like Sunday, the Yankees got two runners on right away in the first and failed to score. In the bottom of the inning, Bobby Abreu singled. Vladimir Guerrero drove a RBI double to center and scored on Torii Hunter’s double, giving the Angels a quick 2-0 lead. Andy shut down the Halos for the next few innings, but found himself in trouble in the fifth. After Quinlan walked, Mathis singled. Quinlan moved to third on Figgins fly out to Damon, and scored on Aybar’s single.

In the top of the seventh, Alex Rodriguez got the Yankees on the board, driving a monster homer into the seats in left making the score 3-1. Unfortunately, the next three Yankee batters failed to add anything, going down in order. Bruney replaced Pettitte in the seventh and gave up a homer to Kendry Morales, pinch-hitting for Quinlan. Matsui brought the Yankees back within two again, driving another solo shot out in the eighth, however, Albaladejo gave up a single to Guerrero and a RBI double to Juan Rivera, giving the Halos the 5-2 edge heading into the ninth. The Yankees brought the tying run to the plate with two outs, however, Cano grounded out and the Yankees took the loss.

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