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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’ »

New York Yankees: 2014 Pitching Rotation Is All Set

English: CC Sabathia

English: CC Sabathia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The NY Post confirmed that New York Yankees skipper Joe Girardi has named Michael Pineda the fifth starter in the rotation at least for now.

So it seems that the Yankees starting pitching rotation is all set for the 2014 season.

CC Sabathia will get the ball when the season opens in Houston vs. the Astros next Tuesday, which was kind-of presumed anyway.

Here is the 2014 Yankees one through five:

1. CC Sabathia

2. Hiroki Kuroda

3. Ivan Nova

4. Masahiro Tanaka

5. Michael Pineda

This is a group Yankees fans should be stoked, as it has all the parts to be one of the best starting rotations in the Bigs in 2014. Continue reading ‘New York Yankees: 2014 Pitching Rotation Is All Set’ »

Yankees: Solarte won the competition but maybe not the roster spot

Yangervis Solarte

Yangervis Solarte batting for the Texas Rangers.

If MVPs were awarded for Spring Training, the New York Yankees would be handing a plaque to 26-year old Yangervis Solarte.

Solarte is a non-roster invitee competing with Eduardo Nunez and Dean Anna for what was originally just one remaining backup infield spot on the 25-man roster.

But with Brendan Ryan’s pinched-nerve, he will likely start the season on the 15-day DL, which opens another infield bench spot on the Yankees’ Opening Day.

Skipper Joe Girardi said that to compensate for Ryan, he would take two, not one from the trio when the regular season starts next Tuesday in Houston.

Now in a true, impartial competition based purely on establishing superiority over others, Solarte unquestionably warrants one of the two possible bench spots. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Solarte won the competition but maybe not the roster spot’ »

Yankees: You choose the fifth starter competition winner

2014 Yankees fifth starter competition

Joe Girardi will announce the 2014 Yankees fifth starter this Tuesday.

Jorge Castillo of The Star-Ledger reported that this coming Tuesday, New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi will announce the winner of the fifth-starter competition.

This seemingly annual contest is having its most exciting and competitive Spring Training in years.

As David Phelps, Michael Pineda, Vidal Nuno, and Adam Warren have each made a good case for the coveted job of the final spot in the 2014 Yankees rotation.

Girardi also said he will be hosting a powwow with the Yankees coaching staff on Sunday night before his official decision is made public.

Let’s take a look at the Spring Training stats of the four contenders. Continue reading ‘Yankees: You choose the fifth starter competition winner’ »