Quick hit: Yankees sign David Adams

And for everyone who was bitching about the Yankees releasing David Adams, bitch no more.

Bryan Hoch just tweeted that the Yankees have signed him.

Adams was released when the Yankees signed Vernon Wells but it was thought that the Yankees would turn around and sign him. And they did!

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Game Thread: Yankees at Nationals

Good afternoon, everyone!

It’s the last Friday without meaningful baseball until almost Christmas (not really) and the Yankees are down in Washington D.C. to take on the Washington Nationals in an exhibition game. The game starts at 2:05 p.m. and will be shown on YES.

Here’s the lineup that will be facing Jordan Zimmerman:

Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Travis Hafner DH
Vernon Wells LF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Eduardo Nunez SS
Chris Stewart C

LHP Andy Pettitte

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Lunchtime links: Predictions, predictions and more predictions

Hey guys, did you hear about the Yankees and how awful they’re going to be this season?

The Yankees are dead this year, everyone. According to nearly every major sports outlet, we shouldn’t even bother watching them this season. Maybe we should all root for the Mets? Oh wait, that wouldn’t be fun either.

Just when you thought Juan Rivera being released by the Yankees would be the biggest news of yesterday, Johan Santana and his shoulder took over the crown. It seems Santana retore his surgically repaired shoulder and will be out all of 2013 and may possibly have to retire.

That is awful news and I feel bad for him, for the Mets and for their fans. Johan Santana is an amazing pitcher and to see his career possibly end like this is not very fun.

Back to the Yankees and their eulogies, here’s one from Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, saying how the Yankees will finish in last place in the AL East but, don’t worry fans, they won’t actually be terrible.…

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It’s about the predictions…

The season starts in a few days and predictions are like opinions–everybody has one. Now is the time to poll our top notch panel of IIATMS / YA writers to see who is on the money when it comes to predictions. Each one of us was asked to name the division winners, the wild cards, the post season awards and make one additional bold prediction. The only thing we forgot was to predict which league will win the All Star game.

Did any of us predict the Yankees to win the American League East? It should be in the bag now that Juan Rivera was jettisoned, right?

Let’s start with the founders and emeritus types:


AL East: Blue Jays
AL Central: Tigers
AL West: Angels
AL WC1: Tampa Bay
AL WC2: Rangers

NL East: Nationals
NL Central: Reds
NL West: Giants
NL WC1: Braves
NL WC2: Cardinals

ALCS Winner: Tigers
NLCS Winner: Nationals
WS: Winner: Nationals

AL MVP: Prince Fielder
NL MVP: Joey Votto

AL CY: Justin Verlander (again)
NL CY: Stephen Strasburg

AL ROY: Wil Myers
NL ROY: Shelby Miller

AL MOY: Joe Maddon
NL MOY: Bruce Bochy

Bold prediction: Robinson Cano traded midyear to Dodgers for Andre Ethier, CASH, and a high level prospect.…

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Getting The Most Out Of Eduardo


(Syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

After some positive early signs that Derek Jeter was going to be able to recover from his ankle surgery and be ready to play, we now know that Eduardo Nunez is going to be the Yankees’ Opening Day shortstop.  We also know that he’s going to be the starting shortstop for at least the next handful of games after that and we can safely assume that he’ll be getting regular work at the position all season long.  That’s a frightening thought for any Yankee fan based on what we’ve seen to date from Nunez, but it’s a reality that we’re going to have to accept and live with.  That being the case, let’s investigate just how the Yankees can maximize Nunez’s potential value and not have another spot in the lineup and position on the field turn into a black hole.

Evaluating Nunez on the 5-tool scale, I come up with 1.5 tools that he possesses and that’s being generous.  …

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Site Maintenance Tonight: Expect Outages

Update: We’re still in the process of moving things over. In the meantime, things could be a little off. Please stick with us!

Warning: Because so damn many of you are reading, we’ll be performing some site maintenance tonight, and switching to a new server. The site will go down roughly around 7:30 pm tonight, and could remain out for a few hours. This page won’t be available while we are down, so look for updates via Twitter.

Also: it’s awesome that so many of you are reading. Keep that up!

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The Pitches Per Plate Appearance Strategy

In 2012, the Yankees and Red Sox tied for 3rd place in pitches per plate appearance. In 2011, Boston was ranked first, and the Yankees were number two, and the year before that, the Red Sox again ranked first with the Bombers in third. When the two teams play each other, you’ll more than likely see an enduring battle that can last upward of 4 hours, at least that’s what the announcers will tell you. By the end of the night, even the umpires can’t help but complain.

Both teams have developed a reputation of working pitch counts, and knocking starting pitchers out of games early. Walks, relentless fouls, and full counts are a staple product of the American League East. For the last few years, New York has been second to Boston in how they work pitchers, but in 2013, there were thoughts that the Yankees could finally have a team to surpass the Red Sox in this stat.

Granted, there are a number of injuries, but leading off your team of incessant battlers is Brett Gardner.…

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Quick hit: Yankees release Juan Rivera

Well, this is surprising and seems kind of mean-spirited.

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Yankees have released Juan Rivera.

Today’s game is not over yet and Rivera started at first base. I guess they wanted to give him one last hurrah? And I also assume this means the Yankees will be going with Lyle Overbay at first until Mark Teixeira returns.

And this from Dan Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal:

So that makes sense, I guess.

2013 is so weird. The Yankees will have Ben Francisco in the outfield and Lyle Overbay at first base.

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NL East Division Preview: A Tale of Different Talent Levels

The NL East has a fairly abundant collection of talent. However, it’s safe to say that said talent is not evenly distributed in the least. While the Marlins have the most powerful player in the division in the person of Giancarlo Stanton, there isn’t much else in the way of talent on their roster. The Mets, meanwhile, have some nice potential in their starting rotation with Matt Harvey and the seemingly ever-ready-to-break-out Jonathan Niese. Then there are the Phillies, who boast three of the very best starting pitchers in Major League Baseball. The Braves have the finest outfield in the game and Washington has a great rotation and arguably the best young talent in the game. How’s this all going to shake out?

Starting at the bottom, there are the Florida Marlins. We all know about the fire-sale and we all know that there isn’t much there. If you’re a Marlins fan, I guess you can take solace in the fact that you’re not the Astros.…

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