Yankees News and Notes: 4/6/15

The Yankees lost their home opener, Masahiro Tanaka looked mortal and Alex Rodriguez was actually cheered during introductions.

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Here are some links for you to look at while you eat some lunch.

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Disaster Scenario Fun!

Every team starts the season thinking, “we’re world-beaters if only youngsters A & B develop like we hope, injured-last-year folks C & D stay healthy, and aging vets E & F return to form!” But life doesn’t work that way. If possibilities A-F all are coin tosses, you never flip six straight “heads” — or, at least, the odds are only 1 in 64 of doing so, in which case, congrats, you’re the 2014 Royals. So it’s unrealistic to muse, “how great will we be if everyone stays healthy and plays to max potential?”

The more realistic and interesting question is, “what if the most likely problems happen?” What if youngster A (Didi Gregorious?) doesn’t develop, injured guy B (Carlos Beltran) doesn’t recover, or aging vets C-F (Mark Teixeira, Brian McCann, Stephen Drew, Alex Rodriguez) don’t bounce back? With pitching, the answer is obvious: losing a #1-2 starter means you’re screwed to the tune of 3-5 wins each; you’re replacing a good-to-great pitcher with someone too scrubby to be one of your top five starters – Esmil Rogers replacing Masahiro Tanaka or Michael Pineda.…

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Opening Day Thoughts And Afterthoughts

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Good grief, what a stud. Courtesy of the AP

For those who didn’t know and were wondering where I’ve been the last few days (probably nobody), I was out in Denver for a long weekend with the girlfriend.  My personal desire was to watch the entirety of yesterday’s game, simply because Opening Day and the idea of baseball really being back is awesome.  But there was no way I was going to get away with that on our last day of vacation, so I went the strategy of “I just want to see A-Rod hit and then we can go” and parlayed that into a little more than half the game.  Not a bad compromise.  That said, keep in mind that this post is being written from the perspective of a guy who only watched the first 5 innings yesterday, although I suppose that was really all anybody needed to see to know how the game turned out.

– It wasn’t a good start for Masahiro Tanaka yesterday, certainly not the performance he or Yankee fans were hoping for on his first Opening Day start.  …

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Blame E.J.: Blue Jays 6, Yankees 1

You may be wondering about the title of the recap so here’s the lowdown: You can blame this loss on our very own E.J. Fagan who triumphantly emailed the group after two innings saying that Tanaka was going to win the Cy Young this year and as soon as he did that, the game turned into a total sh*tshow.

So thanks a lot, E.J.! Is anyone else on the team you’d like to jinx?

In all seriousness, this was not a fun game at all. It was also very boring and the offense seems to have picked up right where it left off in 2014 which is not a good thing.

Let’s get to the good, the bad and the ugly of today’s loss:

THE GOOD

  • Alex Rodriguez‘s return to Yankee Stadium was actually pretty positive. He had a walk in his first at bat, had a single in his second at bat and made some solid contact in his third at bat – it was a fly ball to right.
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Game 1: Happy Opening Day!

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OPENING DAY IS HERE! OPENING DAY IS HERE!

It is finally time for real baseball, everyone. The Yankees are welcoming the Toronto Blue Jays for a three-game series to start the 2015 season and it is #TANAK day!

Here are your lineups:

BLUE JAYS
Reyes SS
Martin C
Bautista RF
Encarnacion 1B
Donaldson 3B
Navarro DH
Pompey CF
Pillar LF
Travis 2B

Hutchison P

YANKEES
Ellsbury CF
Gardner LF
Beltran RF
Teixeira 1B
McCann C
Headley 3B
A-Rod DH
Drew 2B
Gregorius SS

Tanaka P

The game can be seen on the YES Network locally and I believe ESPN is showing it as well.

Enjoy and Go Yankees!

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It’s About The 2015 Predictions

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It’s that time of year again!

Baseball is back so IIATMS thought it would be the perfect time for the staff to make their 2015 season predictions. We all named the division winners, the wild cards, and made one additional bold prediction. One thing that differs from other years is that I didn’t ask the staff to predict the MVPs or Cy Young winners. We’ll do that at a later date.

Please feel free to make your own predictions in the comments!

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Brad (@BradVietro)
AL East: Red Sox
AL Central: White Sox
AL West: Mariners

AL WC1: Indians
AL WC2: Yankees

NL East: Nationals
NL Central: Cardinals
NL West: Dodgers

NL WC1: Pirates
NL WC2: Padres

ALCS Winner: Indians
NLCS Winner: Nationals
WS: Winner: Nationals

Bold Prediction: CC Sabathia will make more than 25 starts this year and pitch 170-180 innings of above-average ball.

E.J. (@ejfagan)
AL East: Boston
AL Central: Cleveland
AL West: Los Angeles

AL WC1: Seattle
AL WC2: Toronto

NL East: Washington
NL Central: Pittsburgh
NL West: Los Angeles

NL WC1: Marlins
NL WC2: San Diego

ALCS Winner: Cleveland
NLCS Winner: Washington
WS Winner: Cleveland

Bold prediction: MLB – AL run scoring will drop at least another quarter run.…

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Open thread: Happy Easter Sunday (if you celebrate)!

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Here’s your Easter Sunday open thread.

We’re in the home stretch! Baseball finally begins tonight with the Cubs facing off against the St. Louis Cardinals. It’s a Sunday Night ESPN game which gives you plenty of time to eat your Easter dinner and gorge on some chocolate bunnies and jellybeans (if you celebrate).

So feel free to discuss anything you’d like: baseball, baseball, baseball and more baseball! Basketball! More baseball!

Enjoy.

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