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Yankees: Top 6 August articles you want to read and a short rant

Yankee Stadium on July 1, 2010

Yankee Stadium on July 1, 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Since I am still on the blogging DL with a tear in the sheath tendon in my right wrist.

Yes, it is the same injury that kept both Yankees Mark Teixeira and Blue Jays Jose Bautista out for a full season but mine is a minor version case in comparison.

So, instead of reading my opinion on how the New York Yankees are doing, I am going to give you articles, blog posts etc.

But in all honestly, I have already written over, and over, and over again about the 2014 Yankees main issue since this season started; and it hasn’t changed. That is their complete, and utter lack of offense.

As I have said forever, whoever tells you that pitching wins in baseball can watch this years Yankees to prove that situational hitting and scoring runs is as important for teams to win.

And if you need proof, here are the AL Team Batting Stats with RISP (runners in scoring position) as of August 18, 2014. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Top 6 August articles you want to read and a short rant’ »

Yankees: Me and Mark Teixeira

Mark Teixeira, John Hirschbeck

Mark Teixeira, John Hirschbeck (Photo credit: Keith Allison)

First off, my sincerest of apologies for my lack of posts over the last 10-days, but it is not without reason.

Basically, I am on the blogging DL for at least another week as I have a sheath tear in my right wrist. It is the same arm that kept me on the blogging DL four years ago when I had elbow ligament repair surgery due to sever tennis elbow.

My injury is in the same kind that kept New York Yankees Mark Teixeira out for the entire 2013 season, but hopefully mine will not end in surgery like his did.

The doctor says that rest, rehab and ice should heal the minor tear, so that entails staying off the computer and keeping my wrist in a splint.

If my next MRI goes well, it is possibly I could be back to posting as early as the end of next week.

Since my wrist is doing a tad better, I am going to try to share any articles that you might enjoy about the Yankees and MLB.

Let’s go Yanks!!!

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Yankees: Do you like getting lucky two nights in a row?

New York Yankees

New York Yankees (Photo credit: Keith Allison)

Amid a season where nothing has seemed to go their way, the New York Yankees finally received some well deserved luck the last two evenings in the Bronx.

1) On Monday morning, news broke that the Yankees had traded Yangervis Solarte and pitching prospect Rafael De Paula to the Padres in exchange for their All-Star third baseman Chase Headley.

And the trade paid off immediately, as 30-year old Headley delivered the walk-off hit in the bottom of the 14th, putting an end to another painful, offensively anemic game at Yankees Stadium vs. the AL basement dwelling Texas Ranges that concluded, 2-1.

The trade makes sense as it gives the Yankees improved stability at the hot corner even if it cost them fan-favorite Solarte. Solarte was a great surprise out of Spring Training, and the fun lasted through May. But unfortunately due mainly to an anemic offense and the slew of injuries, the Yankees lost the luxury of allowing a player some wiggle room to slump.

And with Headley becoming a free agent after this season, he is just a rent with an option to buy for the Yankees. This means his future in pinstripes is TBD by the Yankees.

But it is still a major concern that it took the Yankees 13 innings to score their first run vs. Texas Rangers, who own a 40-60 record, the worst in the AL. And that this win came after a loss to a pitcher who batters had a .375 batting average against and an ERA north of 10.00. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Do you like getting lucky two nights in a row?’ »

Yankees: Stop faking us out

Yankee Stadium

Yankee Stadium (Photo credit: Kwong Yee Cheng)

If you headed into the All-Star Break wondering how you stomached watching 92 games of your favorite MLB team underperform, but couldn’t stop starring in disbelief at their 47-47 record playing in a dreadfully weak division…odds are you might be a New York Yankees fan, like myself.

True, the Yankees have suffered tremendous injuries, losing 80% of their Opening Day starting rotation.

But please tell me how pitching injuries would give comfort when the Yankees so obviously suffered from an anemic offense that at times looked like they couldn’t have scored runs if they were hitting a tennis ball?

The answer is you can’t that is unless you frequent with ‘the Yankees can do no wrong’ types and then nobody cares what you think anyway because you are crazy.

Admittedly, I am the first fan to throw the Yankees under the bus in tough times, but this season is different because this 2014 team doesn’t have the same stink like they did last year.

And during the All-Star Break last week, I couldn’t shake the idea that even amid all the wounded this season’s Yankees can play a lot better baseball; and I mean the kind that competes in October. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Stop faking us out’ »

Do you think the Yankees will make the 2014 postseason?

New York Yankees World Series 2009 Game 6 049

New York Yankees World Series 2009 Game 6 049 (Photo credit: Affiliate)

The New York Yankees have 68 games, 41 at home and 27 on the road, left in the 2014 regular season.

Right now, the Yankees are 47-47, five games back in the AL East compared to 3.5 games in the wild card. This leaves the Yankees in striking distance to get a postseason berth, but things have to improve.

The Yankees will have to get better without ace Masahiro Tanaka for at least the next six weeks, but if Shane Greene’s arm continues to impress it could soften that blow a tad.

But what seems most vital is that Brain McCann and Carlos Beltran start hitting like they are capable of doing, as the offenses lack of homers especially in Yankees Stadium is disturbing.

Right now, I believe the Yankees have the talent to get to October and will get there in 2014 but what do you think?

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Yankees: 17 mid-season stats and facts you want to know

How are the 2014 New York Yankees looking at the unofficial mark of baseball’s mid-season, the All-Star Break?

Tell me after you read these 17 stats and facts about the Bronx Bombers first 94 games of the season.

  1. The Yankees have a road record of 29-24, with a run differential of +8.
  2. At home in the Bronx, the Yankees have gone 18-23, have a -45 run differential, which is 3rd worst in MLB.
  3. In blowout games (5+ runs) they are 9-16 with a RD of -49.
  4. Their record against AL East teams is 18-20… 3-7 vs. Rays; 6-3 vs. Blue Jays; 6-4 vs. Red Sox and 3-6 vs. Orioles.
  5. The Yankees offensive stats are so bad their record should be like 43-51 according to baseball geeks formula, but they managed to win 47, and lose 47; a .500 baseball team heading into the break.
  6. Currently are in third place in the AL East, five games behind the first place Orioles.
  7. Yankees and Indians are both 3.5 games back in the AL Wild Card standings.
  8. The pitching has given up 28 fewer runs and 21 less walks at home; but they have been taken deep 58 times in the Bronx and only 46 times on the road.
  9. Yankees batters have grounded into 69 double plays the first half of this year, compared to 78 in 2013 and 71 in 2012.
  10. The Yankees have had one walk-off win and five walk-off losses.

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