Scouting the opposition: Washington Nationals

With a day off today after a sweep of the Braves, the Yankees will be getting some well-deserved rest.  Tomorrow, they will continue their journey through the NL East by beginning a 3-game series against the Washington Nationals.  While the Braves and the Mets are both having pretty good seasons, the Nats have been the...

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Shea Stadium killed a dream

Murcer’s career was late to start because he had to serve two years in the military. But when he finally did break into the lineup upon his return in 1969, he started a love affair for all of the New York tri-state area. He was an Oklahoman like Mickey Mantle. He was handsome. And he played center field. What was there not to love?

Murcer’s first two years were promising. He didn’t hit for a high average (just .259 and .251) but he walked a lot and hit for power. He hit 49 homers combined those first two seasons. Still, his OPS+ for those seasons were 119 and 116 respectively. But he became a superstar in 1971, his third full season. In 1971, Murcer batted .331 and led the league with a .427 on-base percentage. After striking out a hundred times in his first two seasons, he struck out only 60 times in 1971. He had 56 extra base hits and led the league in OPS at .969, good for a commanding 182 OPS+.…

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When Can I Start Worrying About Manny Banuelos?

(Am I the only one looking at the elbow there?  Courtesy of Bombers Beat/Bryan Hoch)

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

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Jeter, A-Rod and Swisher make player poll

It is always difficult to put much stock in these kinds of things. It is not surprising that Alex Rodriguez is not a popular player among players. For one, he makes more money than any of them. Then there was the Dallas Braden incident and the time an A-Rod shout caused a third baseman to drop a ball. Those things are not considered cool it seems. There is the PED thing. Occasionally, you will see a story that he is unpopular in the Yankees’ clubhouse. But things seem fine on the field, so who knows.

Nick Swisher finishing third is a surprise and it is not a surprise. Swisher plays with a lot of enthusiasm and fun. That makes him a darling of the Yankee fans and is not appreciated by opposing teams. Some of his celebrations for recent homers were considered inappropriate. His teammates seemed bemused with him. Any time you express joy in baseball at something you did well, it can be misinterpreted as showing the other team up.…

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Yanks complete sweep of Braves, win sixth in a row

Strong starting pitching has been at the core of the Yankees’ recent hot streak and that’s just what they got tonight. Hiroki Kuroda may not have made it look easy, giving up nine hits and two walks in six innings, but he made the pitches when he had to and limited the...

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Yankees sweep Braves for sixth straight win

This was a game that will keep the Braves and their fans mumbling to themselves for quite a while. The Braves had runners on in every inning of the game and stranded thirteen runners. They also hit into a key double-play to void another scoring opportunity. Yankees pitchers put runners on base the entire night but the Braves could not get the hit they needed to capitalize. Kuroda was in trouble nearly every inning. He allowed nine hits and two walks but always came up with a key strikeout when he needed it. Kuroda struck out eight Braves in his six innings.

The Yankee bullpen followed suit. Boone Logan was the first up in the bottom of the seventh. Logan struck out Brian McCann to start the inning but then walked Dan Uggla. Uggla then went to second on a wild pitch. Logan then walked Chipper Jones. With runners on first and second and only one out, Logan then got Jason Heyward to bounce into a fielder’s choice and Eric Hinske popped out to shallow center to end the inning.…

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