Taking a closer look at how the Yankees got to 40-25

After a slow start to the 2012 season, the Yankee win machine has gone into overdrive over the last several weeks. The team’s nine game win streak (and counting) is its most visible success, but the Yankees were playing well before they began this string of victories. On May 21st the Yankees hit something of...

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Will *buyers* be more scarce this deadline?

What folks are generally waiting to see is if the Phillies or Brewers — playoff teams last year — declare themselves sellers and make Cole Hamels and Zack Greinke available.

Both are superb, but both are in their walk years and rules within the new CBA make that less attractive to acquire. Now, a walk-year player traded during a season cannot be offered arbitration afterward. Therefore, the acquiring team can no longer recoup draft picks if the player leaves in free agency as, say, Milwaukee did when it obtained CC Sabathia from Cleveland during the 2008 season and then lost him to the Yankees in free agency.

In a very Econ 101 sense, this should be true to some extent, as the inability to gain a draft pick for these players does technically increase the cost of acquiring them, but I’m fairly skeptical that this is going to have a big impact on the market for top shelf options like Greinke and Hamels.…

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So this has been fun…

Of course, the Yankees were not as bad as they appeared on May 21 and they certainly are not as good as they have been in the last nine games. The big thing is that they have now put themselves in position to play solid baseball the rest of the season and have a great chance to again see postseason ball. All the more remarkable is that during this stretch, the Yankees continue to miss Brett Gardner which leads to the overexposure of Raul Ibanez and Andruw Jones. They were also without their two biggest cogs in the bullpen and David Robertson has only just recently returned. Despite the lost of Rivera and Robertson in the bullpen, that ragtag bunch of Clay Rapada, Cory Wade, Cody Eppley, David Phelps and Freddy Garcia only cost the Yankees two wins since that late-May low point.

The surge has put the Yankees on pace to win 99 games. Could anyone have seen that being the case a month ago?…

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Two Games in Washington

Before Friday, I’d never seen the Yankees play anywhere in the Bronx. That changed this weekend, even if it felt like I was in Yankee Stadium for part of it. Nationals Park had many ups that surely outweighed the downs and I thoroughly enjoyed my time there.

Let’s get the negatives, however few there may...

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The Farm Report: Father’s Day Edition

Trenton beat Harrisburg 4-0:
The Thunder broke through in the third, as Jose Gil drew a walk to start the inning.  Gil stole second and scored on a single from Yadil Mujica for the first run of the game.  Melky Mesa was hit by a pitch in the fourth, moving to second on a passed ball and stealing third.  Addison Maruszak singled to right, plating Mesa for a 2-0 lead.  Abraham Almonte singled to start the fifth, scoring on a double by Zoilo Almonte.  Trenton plated a run for the fourth straight inning in the sixth, as Mesa drew a walk and stole second.  Gil struck out on a wild pitch which allowed Mesa to advance to third.  A single from Maruszak plated Mesa and the Thunder took the 4-0 win.

Abraham went 2-4 with a run scored, a double, a stolen base and a walk.   Maruszak also went 2-4 with a pair of RBIs.  Mesa was actually 0-2 but scored twice and swiped two bags.  …

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Yankees keep streaking behind Nova’s strong outing

Derek Jeter worked a full count before smacking a single to start the game.  Curtis Granderson followed by grounding a double into the corner in right.  Washington pitcher Edwin Jackson intentionally walked Robinson Cano, loading the bases for Teixeira.  Teix drove a sac fly to center, plating the Captain for the first run of the game.  Nova needed just eight pitches to get through the first inning, but gave up a lead-off homer to Adam LaRoche in the bottom of the second, tying the score.

The Nationals threatened to take the lead in the fourth, as LaRoche started the inning with a double to right and Ian Desmond‘s single put runners on the corners with one out.  Nova escaped trouble, however, as Robinson Cano turned a grounder from Danny Espinosa into an inning-ending double play.  In the top of the fifth, Curtis “I’m not a home run hitter” Granderson put the Bombers back in the lead by knocking his 21st long ball of the season.…

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Yankees get zero hits with runners in scoring position, win anyway

Even Soriano is happy after nine straight wins.

The Yankees extended their winning streak to an impressive nine games in the fashion to which they’ve become accustomed: Unbelievable pitching from starters and relievers, lots of home runs, and no hits with runners...

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Game Thread: Yankees versus Nationals, Sunday June 17th

The Yankees have won eight consecutive games coming into today’s matinee against the Nationals. All good things must come to an end but there is no reason why the team can’t make it nine straight wins. Incredible starting pitching has fueled the Yankee surge. Ironically, CC Sabathia has probably been the team’s worst starter during...

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