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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’ »

Yankees: Can Houdini stay healthy?

Enter David Robertson.

The New York Yankees deemed heir apparent for the great Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning.

No doubt a huge task to fill such big shoes, but one that D-Rob (aka Houdini) has certainly earned, as over six seasons he has been one of the best relievers in baseball.

2008-2013 - David Robertson - Career Stats - Reliever
W
L
ERA
G
GF
SV
IP
H
R
ER
HR
BB
SO
BK
BF
WHIP
SO/9
SO/BB
21142.7633972832926710610123143428413771.24611.702.99

(Stats courtesy of baseball-refernce.com)

D-Rob is not Mo, but that does not mean he cannot save lots of games for the Yankees. As undoubtedly, this guy can strike batters out.

But in order for any pitcher to be successful, he has to be able to get on the mound; and looking back that has been an issue for the 2011 All-Star.

Seemingly, over his career D-Rob has been a little fragile. He has suffered from a slew of different nicks and bruises that prompted him to miss time. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Can Houdini stay healthy?’ »

Yankees: Checking up on Robbie

Robinson Cano

Robinson Cano (Photo credit: Keith Allison)

How’s Robinson Cano don’t you want to know?

Well, I certainly do and will be keeping tabs on the ex-New York Yankees, All-Star second baseman all season long and then some.

The privilege of calling Cano one of my favorite Yankees might have ripped from under me, hence the Seattle Mariners uniform he will be sporting for the next decade, but that won’t stop me from always being his fan.

Regardless of not knowing the details, it was clear there was some bad blood between Cano and the Yankees front office.

And how do I know this?

Well, I am the smartest person on earth…kidding.

You don’t have to be Einstein to figure out the Yankees never had any intention of signing Cano this past the off-season. The off for 7-years at $170 million was a poor attempt to save face. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Checking up on Robbie’ »

Yankees: Jacoby Ellsbury’s “precautionary” injury

English: Jacoby Ellsbury leading off first bas...

English: Jacoby Ellsbury leading off first base in a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And the nightmare begins again…. OK maybe I am being a tad over-dramatic here.

But learning via the NY Daily News that New York Yankees Jacoby Ellsbury will be missing some games as a “precautionary” measure made the bad memories circa 2013 feel all to real again.

Of course, Yankees GM Brian Cashman gave his usual blaze nonsense when asked about Ellsbury’s sore right calf, “We’ll make sure we take care of this and if that takes a few days or a week, so be it.”

Knowing Ellsbury’s injury track record isn’t comforting either, as just look at his batting stats, specifically games played and his WAR, for the last five seasons.

Jacoby Ellsbury - Batting Stats 2009-2013
Year
G
PA
AB
R
H
HR
RBI
SB
BA
OBP
SLG
OPS
WAR
20091536936249418886070.301.355.415.7702.7
20101884781015057.192.241.244.485-0.1
20111587326601192123210539.321.376.552.9288.1
201274323303438242614.271.313.370.6821.0
20131346365779217295352.298.355.426.7815.8

(stats courtesy of baseball-reference.com)

Evidently, if history does repeat itself, Ellsbury is in for an injury-riddled 2014 season. And also don’t forget that Ellsbury’s legs are vital to his game, hence his stolen base numbers.

Right now Ellsbury is just that handsomely overpaid, homegrown Red Sox who the Yankees inked in the off-season over Robinson Cano until proven otherwise. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Jacoby Ellsbury’s “precautionary” injury’ »