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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

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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

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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’ »

2014 Preview and Predictions: AL East

Thanks to the $438 million dollars spent by the New York Yankees in the off-season, the AL East is back to being the most competitive division in baseball once again.

Predicting the division where your favorite team resides is tough for any fan because it hits at an emotional level, but I tried to be optimistic as a Yankees fan.

But truth be told, 2014 in the AL East will be dominated by Yankees Captain Derek Jeter’s farewell tour, which will certainly make all those Yankees haters blood boil.

Ok, ok, ok… let me get to my prediction of what the AL East will look at the end of the 2014 regular season:

2014 AL East Predictions
*Boston Red Sox9567
**New York Yankees9270
**Tampa Bay Rays9072
Baltimore Orioles8874
Toronto Blue Jays8379

*Division Winner **Wild Card

Boston Red Sox – Losing Jacoby Ellsbury will hurt, but the defending World Series Champs have plenty of firepower to take the AL East again. What puts Boston ahead of the rest is pitching depth. As the Red Sox have a solid rotation with Lackey, Doubront, Buchholz, Peavy and Lester, but also Boston is home to one of the nastiest bullpens in the Bigs. This team is all around tough, and adding A.J. Pierzynski behind the dish to replace Jarrod Saltalamacchia will play out perfectly. The Champs will continue to govern their division in 2014, but it won’t be as easy as last season. Continue reading ‘2014 Preview and Predictions: AL East’ »

2014 Preview and Predictions: AL Central

The pennant race the AL Central provided last season was unexpected, and if my predictions are correct 2014 will be a surprise.

Are you familiar with the story of David and Goliath?

Well, I think the AL Central might turn into baseball’s modern day version of the famous tale.

Here is how I think the 2014 AL Central will look at season’s end:

2014 AL Central Standings
*Kansas City Royals8973
**Detroit Tigers8874
Cleveland Indians8280
Chicago White Sox7686
Minnesota Twins7488

Kansas City Royals – It is good to be Royal, as this young team comes out of the gutter this season. KC will win a ton of close games, thanks to an unstoppable bullpen, and stellar defense. This along with a lot of gritty play by Billy Butler and Eric Hosmer, and the Royals will finally get rewarded. No doubt it will be a dogfight till the finish, but the Royals are primed and ready to be the divisional champs. Continue reading ‘2014 Preview and Predictions: AL Central’ »