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Yankees: Tanaka tonight Toronto

English: Masahiro Tanaka finishes his delivery.

English: Masahiro Tanaka finishes his delivery. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thank goodness the New York Yankees avoided getting swept by the Astros, as they picked up their first win winning of the 2014 season, 4-2.

The Yankees might have avoided departing Houston not utterly embarrassed, but the Astros certainly humbled them by taking the series 2-1.

Kudos to the Astros, as they did not play like a 100+ game loser but I think the Yankees can take some credit for that too.

Next up for the Yankees is a three game set vs. the Blue Jays up in Toronto, and you can bet all of Yankee Universe will be tuned in tonight.

But not to see the Captain last, first game at the Rogers Center, it is to witness the Japanese phenom Masahiro Tanaka make his first Major League start.

Hence making it almost impossible to analyze or predict how Tanaka will do pitching-wise, but you can bet psychologically the stress on the 25-year old to continue on the path of excellence is enormous. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Tanaka tonight Toronto’ »

Yankees Universe blew the roof off Twitter after losing to Astros again

Let me cut to the chase.

The New York Yankees lost to the Houston Astros again last night, and Yankees fans are furious, myself included.

Honestly, who knew being only two games into a baseball season could be so painful?

Both games were so excruciating to watch that I am starting to question how I will make it through the remaining 160 games.

Call me dramatic, but I am having a tough time grasping with the fact that the Astros could very well sweep the Yankees to start the 2014 season. Continue reading ‘Yankees Universe blew the roof off Twitter after losing to Astros again’ »

Yankees: Losing on April Fools Day was appropriate

CC Sabathia on the bump

CC Sabathia on the bump – 2011 Opening Day, Yankee Stadium

Opening Day APRIL FOOLS?!?

Unfortunately that answer is no, as the 2014 New York Yankees were not playing a joke on fans at all.

As the Opening Day, 2-6, loss to the Houston Astros was real, did happen and it counts.

Starter CC Sabathia got shelled, as he was tagged for six runs by the time he entered the third inning.

In Sabathia’s defense, he did settle after the two-inning disaster by throwing four scoreless innings but it was to little to late.

But the Yankees bats offered zero help, as they made Astros starter Scott Feldman look like a CY Young contender by allowing two singles, two walks and three strikeouts over just shy of seven innings.

This outing by Sabathia should not shock fans at all, as his Opening Day stats since coming to New York in 2009 all stink. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Losing on April Fools Day was appropriate’ »

2014 Yankees: What to watch on Opening Day

Derek Jeter - 2010 Opening Day at Yankee Stadium

Derek Jeter – 2010 Opening Day at Yankee Stadium

Tomorrow night the New York Yankees will start their 2014 season in Houston for a three game set against the Astros at Minute Maid Park.

The place might be the same spot the Yankees finished up a disappointing 2013 campaign, but this team is not.

Regardless, the Astros have lost 100 games the last three seasons, as they are amid an extensive franchise overhaul that features a loaded farm system that is not ready to unleash yet.

Hence, the Astros look to be the worst team in baseball once again, so starting the season against such an inferior team should be a gift for New York.

The Yankees CC Sabathia will take the hill against Scott Feldman.

Feldman is the one Astros starter who has had some experience facing a majority of the Yankees line-up. Continue reading ‘2014 Yankees: What to watch on Opening Day’ »

Yankees: Pineda, Tanaka, Nunez, and Solarte

Michael Pineda - New York (AL) - 2012 Road

Michael Pineda – New York (AL) – 2012 Road (Photo credit: BaseballBacks)

Spring Training is officially done, as tomorrow night the New York Yankees officially start their 2014 campaign in Texas, for a three games set against the Houston Astros.

I understand that Spring Training games are meaningless, as it is a time for established players to dust off the cobwebs from the off-season, and get back to a baseball mindset.

Hence why Spring Training stats are not used as a predictor for the regular season.

But it is a time when prospects and invited players showcase their talents with the hope of winning one of the few coveted open roster spots up for grabs.

So what did I learn or takeaway about the Yankees this spring?

2014 Yankees: 3 issues you cannot forget to worry about

English: Jorge Posada (#20, left) with Mariano...

English: Jorge Posada (#20, left) with Mariano Rivera (middle) and Derek Jeter (right) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yankees Universe is densely populated with fanatics that always perceive the glass as completely full, even though it isn’t.

As much as I envy this kind of absolute optimism, the delusional element has turned me into a pessimist, almost to a fault, when it comes to the New York Yankees.

Do I not want to see the Yankees win #28?

Not a chance, as I want the Yankees to win the World Series as much as any other fanatic but I am just more realistic about it. As too many Yankees fans are living in cloud and it is time they get with the program.

When I was growing up, I heard this Zig Ziglar quote watching Beverly Hills 90210 one evening, “Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst,” and it has stuck with me ever since.

Especially after last season’s baseball-less October, the pessimist in my head is screaming at me to make sure I am better prepared if this happens again. Continue reading ‘2014 Yankees: 3 issues you cannot forget to worry about’ »