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NJ.com: Yankees’ CC Sabathia: I could still dominate
(3 Comments - 10/24/2014 11:46:04 am)

TGS: Hunter Strickland’s explosive October
(16 Comments - 10/23/2014 10:32:24 pm)

MLB Trade Rumors: Offseason Outlook: New York Yankees
(37 Comments - 10/23/2014 12:27:33 pm)

Newsday: Gary Denbo expected to replace Mark Newman in Yankees’ front office
(43 Comments - 10/22/2014 11:12:13 am)

NY Post: With Chili Davis off market, Yankees turn to Dave Magadan
(27 Comments - 10/21/2014 4:14:39 am)

TGS NY: Can McCann help lead the Bombers back?
(42 Comments - 10/19/2014 6:53:53 pm)

NYDN: Dave Magadan, Chili Davis are early frontrunners for Yankees hitting coach job
(34 Comments - 10/17/2014 9:05:10 am)

TGS NY: Eleven young Yankees on the rise in 2015
(76 Comments - 10/16/2014 10:13:29 am)

Newsday: Sources: Yankees considering Omar Minaya for high-ranking position in front office
(75 Comments - 10/15/2014 9:29:03 am)

NY Post: Yankees make to-do list: Third base, shortstop, rotation, closer
(63 Comments - 10/15/2014 1:12:44 am)


Look what people have to say about the RLYW!

CAIRO just takes the Marcels and changes the underlying assumptions and components in a bunch of ways that make the Yankees look better.
-alskor

Wow, two stupid posts in one day. I think you’ve reached your yearly quota.
sabernar

I don’t know if any of you current posters were around for that, but if so, I just can’t understand how you can call yourselves Yankee fans. Pathetic quitters is what you sounded like. Of the lame posts I could stand to read, the only person who had any confidence in the Yankees at that point was a (yeesh) Red Sox fan.
Jeter is King

Quite the attitude you have SG. Maybe you should shitcan this blog and join Steve at WasWatching? Or follow some other stupid team that has made the PS 15 of the last 17 years. Jeez… and some people think Yankee fans are entitled.
OldYanksFan




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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Orioles (95-63) @ Yankees (81-77), Thursday, September 25, 2014, 7:05pm

BAL: Kevin Gausman (#39, 23, RHP, 7-7, 3.57) vs. NYY: Hiroki Kuroda (#18, 39, RHP, 11-9, 3.77)

Lineups
Orioles
1. Nick Markakis (L) RF
2. Alejandro De Aza (L) LF
3. Adam Jones (R) CF
4. Nelson Cruz (R) DH
5. Steve Pearce (R) 1B
6. J.J. Hardy (R) SS
7. Kelly Johnson (L) 2B
8. Jimmy Paredes (S) 3B
9. Caleb Joseph (R) C

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF
2. Derek Jeter (R) SS
3. Brian McCann (L) C
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Chase Headley (S) 3B
6. Chris Young (R) LF
7. Stephen Drew (L) 2B
8. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
9. Jose Pirela (R) DH

Apparently this game signifies something, but I’m not really sure what. 

Aside from yet another game that Smellsbury is sitting out with an injury.

There’s lots of rain around New York right now, but because this game apparently signifies something, you can imagine they will do whatever they can to get it in.  So it may be a long night.

--Posted at 4:18 pm by SG / 132 Comments | - (0)



Hardball Talk: Phil Hughes sets the all-time strikeout-to-walk ratio record

Thanks to an ill-timed rain delay in his final start this afternoon Twins right-hander Phil Hughes is one out short of hitting 210 innings for the season, which would have triggered a $500,000 bonus.

However, in tossing eight innings of one-run ball against the Diamondbacks–instead of the necessary 8.1 innings for the bonus–Hughes did set MLB’s all-time record for best strikeout-to-walk ratio in a season:

PLAYER              YEAR     SO/BB
PHIL HUGHES         2014     11.63
Bret Saberhagen     1994     11.00
Cliff Lee           2010     10.28
Curt Schilling      2002      9.58
Pedro Martinez      2000      8.88
Greg Maddux         1997      8.85
Pedro Martinez      1999      8.46 

That’s a helluva list to sit atop.

Raise your hand if you saw that coming.

I’m happy for Hughes, who had a very good season for the Twins.

--Posted at 8:55 am by SG / 33 Comments | - (0)




Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Yankees.com: Time runs out on Yankees’ postseason chase

It’s officially down to the farewell tour for Derek Jeter and the Yankees.

The Yankees have been clinging to fading postseason hopes for weeks, but their reality was confirmed on Wednesday afternoon with a 9-5 loss to the Orioles at Yankee Stadium, ensuring that the team will pack its bags and scatter at the conclusion of the weekend.

“It’s a rough feeling—it should be a rough feeling for everyone in here,” Jeter said. “We didn’t play well enough. You put a lot of work into an offseason and see it as a good opportunity to go to the playoffs, and unfortunately we’re not going.”

Despite an offseason makeover that saw the club extend nearly $500 million to Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury, Masahiro Tanaka and Carlos Beltran, this marks the first time since 1992-93 that the Yankees will have watched the playoffs from the sidelines in consecutive years.

“It’s disappointing. It’s frustrating,” manager Joe Girardi said. “It’s a lot of work that goes into it through the course of the year for everyone involved, and this is not where you want to be this time of year. And that’s why it’s frustrating.”

Well, so that’s that. I mean, don’t get me wrong, they were already effectively eliminated. It was just a matter of time for when the OFFICIAL elimination would take place. And the answer was, well, today.

I feel bad for Shane Greene that his last memory of 2014 would be him getting rocked for six runs in the fourth inning (this Kelly Johnson guy did well for the Orioles. He’s a free agent. I think that the Yankees should look into signing him).

--Posted at 7:14 pm by Brian Cronin / 20 Comments | - (0)



Orioles (94-63) @ Yankees (81-76), Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 1:05pm

BAL: Bud Norris (#25, 29, RHP, 14-8, 3.62) vs. NYY: Shane Greene (#61, 25, RHP, 5-3, 3.24)

Lineups
Orioles
1. Nick Markakis (L) RF
2. David Lough (L) LF
3. Adam Jones (R) CF
4. Nelson Cruz (R) DH
5. Steve Clevenger (L) 1B
6. Jimmy Paredes (S) 3B
7. Kelly Johnson (L) 2B
8. Ryan Flaherty (L) SS
9. Caleb Joseph (R) C

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF
2. Derek Jeter (R) DH
3. Chase Headley (S) 3B
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Francisco Cervelli (R) C
6. Stephen Drew (L) 2B
7. Chris Young (R) LF
8. Antoan Richardson (S) RF
9. Brendan Ryan (R) SS

I had no idea there was a day game today.  With the forecast tomorrow, there’s a chance this will be Derek Jeter’s final game in Yankee pinstripes.  I predict he will ground out multiple times to commemorate the event.

--Posted at 12:31 pm by SG / 41 Comments | - (0)



NY Post: Expect same albatrosses in middle of 2015 Yankees lineup

With all else that went wrong for the Yankees this year, just give them wins in the four games they lost this month when giving up one or two runs and they would have begun Monday a half-game out of a wild-card spot.

That says as much about the competition as anything. But it defines why the Yankees are almost certainly not going to reach the postseason. They couldn’t score.

Now I am going to let you in on a secret: Just about nobody can. It sure does feel as if the Yankees are constantly unable to exceed two runs. They have failed to reach three runs 50 times this year, a third of their games. That was tied for 19th. That is right — 18 teams had failed to reach three runs more often than even the Yankees.

And, in a way, that is terrible for the Yankees. It emphasizes how difficult it is to find offense in this era, at a time when the Yankees are going to have to do just that again this offseason after spending nearly $300 million last winter on Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann.

Translation: The Yankees are as likely to be as beholden to Beltran, McCann and Mark Teixeira next year as they have been in 2014.

Wonderful.

--Posted at 8:22 am by SG / 13 Comments | - (0)




Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Orioles (93-63) @ Yankees (81-75), Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 7:05pm

BAL: Ubaldo Jimenez (#31, 30, RHP, 5-9, 4.90) vs. NYY: Brandon McCarthy (#38, 30, RHP, 10-14, 3.93)

Lineups
Orioles
1. Nick Markakis (L) RF
2. Alejandro De Aza (L) LF
3. Adam Jones (R) CF
4. Nelson Cruz (R) DH
5. Kelly Johnson (L) 2B
6. J.J. Hardy (R) SS
7. Jimmy Paredes (S) 3B
8. Ryan Flaherty (L) 1B
9. Nick Hundley (R) C

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF
2. Derek Jeter (R) SS
3. Brian McCann (L) C
4. Chase Headley (S) 3B
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
6. Chris Young (R) LF
7. Stephen Drew (L) 2B
8. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
9. Jose Pirela (R) DH

--Posted at 5:38 pm by SG / 26 Comments | - (0)



NY Post: J.J. Hardy would ‘listen’ if Yankees called about shortstop opening

Pretty soon, attention will turn from Derek Jeter’s goodbye to his replacement.

And there’s a chance that player was in The Bronx on Monday.

Baltimore’s J.J. Hardy will be a free agent and is not surprisingly aware of the upcoming job opening at shortstop.

“Of course I’ve heard it,” Hardy said before Jeter began his final series at Yankee Stadium. “It’s not something I can look into the future and see what’s going to happen. I’ve just got to focus on helping our team right now and obviously the playoff this year. But if it comes to it, I’ll have to think about it more.”

And since he’s not about to be the first prospective free agent to declare he has no interest in the Yankees’ money, Hardy said he would listen if they called.

“Of course,” Hardy said.

I haven’t really looked at the numbers, but it wouldn’t surprise me if Hardy’s the best option to replace Jeter on the free agent market. 

That doesn’t necessarily make him a good option, unfortunately.

Hardy may project to be worth around 3.5 WAR in 2014.  Assuming a standard 0.7 WAR decline per season, a fair deal for Hardy might be something in the area of 4 years and $60M.  If that’s the rate, I’d be fine with him being the next Yankee shortstop, and he’d certainly be an upgrade over the current version 0.4 WAR version of Jeter.  But Hardy’s going to be 32 next season, and probably is a bit of a risk because of that.

That being said, it’s not like the Yankees have their future shortstop in the organization.

--Posted at 10:11 am by SG / 47 Comments | - (0)




Monday, September 22, 2014

Yankees.com: Jeter turns back clock with three-RBI night

NEW YORK—Derek Jeter rolled the clock back to enjoy his first three-RBI game since 2012 and Michael Pineda turned in his most dominant start in pinstripes, leading the Yankees to a 5-0 victory over the Orioles on Monday at Yankee Stadium.

Beginning the final regular-season home series of his career, Jeter ripped a two-run double down the left-field line off Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen and also knocked a run-scoring groundout, extending his hitting streak to six games.

Jose Pirela, the franchise-record 57th player used in a game by the Yankees this season, turned in a notable Major League debut by blasting a run-scoring triple off Chen in his first plate appearance, part of a two-hit performance for the 24-year-old prospect.

That was enough support for Pineda, who has looked strong in the majority of his eight starts since returning from the disabled list in August, and had all of his pitches working against a Baltimore squad trying to lock up home-field advantage for the American League Division Series.

If only the Yankees hadn’t played like complete garbage for 90% of the season…

--Posted at 9:59 pm by SG / 12 Comments | - (0)



Orioles (93-62) @ Yankees (80-75), Monday, September 22, 2014, 7:05pm

BAL: Wei-Yin Chen (#16, 28, LHP, 16-4, 3.58) vs. NYY: Michael Pineda (#35, 25, RHP, 3-5, 2.15)

Lineups
Baltimore
1. Nick Markakis (L) RF
2. Alejandro De Aza (L) LF
3. Adam Jones (R) CF
4. Nelson Cruz (R) DH
5. J.J. Hardy (R) SS
6. Christian Walker (R) 1B
7. Ryan Flaherty (L) 3B
8. Caleb Joseph (R) C
9. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF
2. Derek Jeter (R) SS
3. Brian McCann (L) C
4. Chris Young (R) LF
5. Chase Headley (S) 3B
6. Francisco Cervelli (R) 1B
7. Stephen Drew (L) 2B
8. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
9. Jose Pirela (R) DH

The Yankees are still playing huh?  Good for them.

--Posted at 2:56 pm by SG / 41 Comments | - (0)



NYDN: Masahiro Tanaka stellar in return for Yankees, who earn 5-2 win over Blue Jays

Masahiro Tanaka was a singular sensation for the Yankees in the first half of the season, an All-Star right out of the gate since arriving from Japan and a contender for the AL Cy Young Award. In the 75 days since he felt elbow pain during a July 8 start, he has been the club’s enormous $155 million question mark.

Sunday, the answers might have started coming for the Bombers.

The injured ace returned to the mound for the first time since doctors counseled against Tommy John surgery for a small tear in his ulnar collateral ligament and instead recommended rehab, platelet-rich plasma treatment and a throwing program. It’s only one start, but it looks like the right call so far.

Tanaka was every bit as effective as he was before the injury, allowing just one run in 5.1 innings against the Blue Jays on a day the Yankees hit three home runs and Derek Jeter delighted a crowd of 48,144 in a 5-2 victory at the Stadium.

“I thought it was great,” catcher Brian McCann said of Tanaka’s 70-pitch performance. “He looked the same. . . . As far as the difference between today and what he did early on, (it) was nothing.”

“Pretty darn good,” Joe Girardi said. “His first pitch was 92. I don’t know if I was really prepared for that. That was really encouraging to me, too.”

I feel exactly 0% more confident that Tanaka’s successful return to the mound yesterday means he’ll be healthy going forward, but I guess it’s something to build on with an eye towards 2015.

--Posted at 8:08 am by SG / 22 Comments | - (0)




Sunday, September 21, 2014

Blue Jays (78-76) @ Yankees (79-75), Sunday, September 21, 2014, 1:05pm

TOR: Drew Hutchison (#36, 23, RHP, 10-12, 4.51) vs. NYY: Masahiro Tanaka (#19, 25, RHP, 12-4, 2.51)

If Tanaka pitches well in this meaningless rehab start today, it augurs well for the flat ground squad’s chances in 2015.

--Posted at 6:41 am by SG / 23 Comments | - (0)




Saturday, September 20, 2014

Blue Jays (77-76) @ Yankees (79-74), Saturday, September 20, 2014, 4:05pm

TOR: Marcus Stroman (#54, 23, RHP, 10-6, 3.80) vs. NYY: Chris Capuano (#26, 35, LHP, 2-3, 4.55)

--Posted at 12:43 pm by SG / 23 Comments | - (0)




Friday, September 19, 2014

Blue Jays (77-75) @ Yankees (78-74), Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:05pm

TOR: Mark Buehrle (#56, 35, LHP, 12-9, 3.40) vs. NYY: Hiroki Kuroda (#18, 39, RHP, 10-9, 3.81)

Lineups
Blue Jays
TBA

Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
2. Derek Jeter (R) SS
3. Brian McCann (L) C
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Carlos Beltran (S) DH
6. Brett Gardner (L) LF
7. Stephen Drew (L) 2B
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B
9. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF

I look at the Yankees lineup and I realize this season really can’t end soon enough.

--Posted at 2:54 pm by SG / 25 Comments | - (0)



NY Times: Against Blue Jays, Derek Jeter and Yankees Show Signs of Life

The flashbulbs portion of the season has finally arrived. That was one of the first surefire signs of Derek Jeter’s final regular-season homestand at Yankee Stadium: the winking lights from digital cameras greeting his every at-bat.

There were many more signs, and more to come still. The farewell tour has turned its final corner. But with the Yankees still ostensibly in the hunt for the postseason — at least according to the standings — Jeter was hardly in a mood for remembrance.

He jogged right past the No. 2 logo painted along each baseline, and remained in the dugout as fans cheered his name after a sixth-inning home run, forgoing a curtain call so that Brian McCann could focus on his at-bat.

I figured Jeter would never have another extra base hit again, so the homer was a pleasant surprise.

The Yankees aren’t playing for anything now, so it’s basically going to be a Jeter love-fest for the rest of the season.

Am I a bad person for hoping Jeter sits out the final series in Fenway?

--Posted at 8:08 am by SG / 24 Comments | - (0)



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