The Yankees are wounded, but alive

They’re not this bad:

First and foremost, the unit that’s giving them the most problems right now is right playing in a way that is reflective of their true talent level. The Yankees have struggled to score runs in every postseason game they’ve played so far, but they did have the league’s best offense during the season, and there’s plenty of room for realistic improvement in the near future. Most of all there’s Robinson Cano, who’s one of the very best hitters in baseball but mired in an 0-26 streak at the plate. He could catch fire at any time, and we all know how dangerous the Yankees can be when that happens. Curtis Granderson, Alex Rodriguez, and Nick Swisher may be lost causes, and losing Derek Jeter hurts a lot, but there’s still thunder in the Yankees’ lineup, and it seems highly unlikely that they could be this impotent for two whole playoff series.

Pitching, pitching, pitching:

Remember when great starting pitching won you championships?…

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Arizona Fall League update and other Minor League notes

Random Notes:

  • After having some strong prospect representation on Baseball America’s top 20 lists for the South Atlantic League and the Florida State League, the Yankees failed to have any prospects make the Eastern League or International League lists. This is not surprising, given the way players like Betances and Manuel Banuelos failed to impress this season and the Yankees’ general lack of exciting prospects in those higher levels this past season.
  • George King had an interesting post about Ronnier Mustelier at Baseball America recently. He notes that while Mustelier has been very impressive with the bat, the Yankees main concern has been trying to find out where he fits. Mustelier has played second, third, left field and right field over the past year and, according to Mark Newman, has improved defensively. It sounds like the Yankees are trying to get him more comfortable in the outfield to better fit their needs. Mustelier is not on the 40-man but could be put on it next year.
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Dear Bud Selig: Thanks For This Wonderful New Playoff Schedule, But We Actually Wanted Instant Replay

Bud Selig will go down in history as one of the greatest commissioners in MLB history. Under his direction, baseball has grown immensely. It’s spread to every TV set in this country, to ballparks around the world, and most importantly, it’s increased revenues exponentially. In the end, he’ll always be remembered for the money, instead...

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Nick Swisher and breakup syndrome

So, why won’t Swisher be a Yankee next season? First, he is going to ask for a contract he deserves which will likely be for four or five years at $15 to $17 million per. Secondly, the Yankees have other deals to get done and will not consider Swisher at that kind of money when 2014 already has a hard cap of $184 million. And last, have you heard any words from guys like Brian Cashman or Boy Steinbrenner stating they would like to keep the guy? Both have stated that Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson are priorities. The latter of those two might be working his way out of that stance, but still. Nobody has come out and said that Nick Swisher is a priority or even something to the effect that it would be nice to have him back.

Swisher has to know these things. And it has to suck for him personally. He likes being in the center of the baseball universe.…

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Does Winning All the Time Get Old?

An article in the Wall Street Journal last week caught my attention. Brian Costa writes about the contrast between crowds in Baltimore and New York,

For Orioles fans—and for the people here who had long since stopped identifying themselves as such—this was a reawakening. They hadn’t seen playoff baseball in 15 years, hadn’t even...

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Press Release: Yankee Front Office Takes the Blame for Loss to the Tigers

Just got this in our email box:

NEW YORK – The New York Yankees announced today the firing of office manager John DiMaggio, citing a key logistical failure that resulted in their 3-0 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.

Team officials stated that Mr. DiMaggio had been tasked with distributing a key memorandum, titled, “Win One...

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Off day roundup

1. It’s really hard to overstate how bad the Yankees’ offense was in the first two games. The two teams played 21 innings thanks to Saturday’s extra innings affair, and the Yankees failed to score in 20 of those innings. The only runs they did score came off of Jose Valverde, perhaps the one thing worse than the Yankees’ offense in all of baseball right now. Not everyone is struggling, and a handful of guys are even hitting pretty well on the whole, but the one’s who aren’t have become total black holes, And Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson, and Nick Swisher are near automatic strikeouts when the Tigers need one. There’s no two ways about it: if they don’t figure things out at the plate they’re not even going to make it back to Yankee Stadium, let alone to the World Series.

2. While he’s gotten a bit less attention than some of his more polarizing teammates, it’s Robinson Cano who is really killing the team right now.…

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