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New York Yankees Are Not Immune To Slumps

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As if listening to FOX’s Joe Buck for nine innings wasn’t bad enough, the New York Yankees tacked on another ugly loss, as they fell 6-0 to the Boston Red Sox for the second straight night.

Add that to some internal Yankee drama with ex-catcher, now DH Jorge Posada removing himself from the line-up, about two hours after he was moved to the ninth spot in the order.

It’s no secret that Posada has not been happy in his new role, nor has he been exceling in it either. To his credit Posada has posted 6 home-runs, 15 RBIs, two doubles, 18 hits and 15 walks so far in 2011, which is not horrific but his last home-run was back on April 23rd. Posada has the lowest batting average for players who have more then 100 plate appearances with a .165.

Posada needed a night to clear his head, nothing wrong or nuts about that as we have all been there before. So, try to give Posada a break, end of story.

THE SLUMP:

Overall the bigger problem is that Yankees are not playing well. The good news is that if the team hasn’t hit rock bottom already, they are darn close. For once the media’s antics will actually help the Yankees get their sooner.

Without a doubt it absolutely sucks when a team is slumping. For players it can’t be fun, but speaking as a fan I try to remind myself that this is standard and unavoidable bearing in mind the extent of a 162 game season.

The Yankees are not immune to slumps. Trust me, I know how maddening it is to witness, as it seems never ending. Then you turn on ESPN or pick-up the Sunday paper only to be reminded how ugly it is.

Remember how bad things were for the Red Sox or the reigning World Champion San Francisco Giants the first few weeks of 2011? Or look at what is going on in Minnesota, as the Twins are 12-25 and sitting in the cellar of the AL Central.

I was actually really bummed for the Red Sox because I love the rivalry. I even defended the Red Sox because I knew that this was a temporary situation up in Boston and had no doubt in my convictions.

Look, truth is the Yankees are flirting with a mini-collapse if things don’t change now. This is due to their upcoming schedule, as the Bombers face the hot Tampa Bay Rays, the Baltimore Orioles and the Toronto Blue Jays over the next 10 days. Continue reading ‘New York Yankees Are Not Immune To Slumps’ »

MILB: Charleston Riverdogs Vs. Greenville Drive Brawl Keeping Rivalry Alive

Wearing the uniforms of their parent clubs, the game between the Greenville Drive (Boston Red Sox affiliate) and the Charleston River Dogs (New York Yankees affiliate) on Saturday definitely sent a message for the future of sports most torrid rivalry.

Maybe the Yankees should take some pointers, as the Baby Bombers won the game 17-7 and sent the Red Sox little ones packing.

Watch an actual recording of this brawl, which was no joke as it happened in the first inning after the second pitch thrown by Red Sox pitching prospect Miguel Celestino hit Yankees stud Slade Heathcott, who immediately started swinging. Rumor has it this was bound to happen as the two teams have a heated exchange two weeks back.

 

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New York Yankees Breaking News: Is Jorge Posada Calling It Quits? Or Throwing A Fit?

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New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman held an impromptu announcement during the second inning of the Boston Red Sox game talking to FOX’s Ken Rosenthal.

What everyone thought was skipper Joe Girardi scratching DH Jorge Posada out of the line-up was not the case, as Cashman said that Posada pulled himself out of the line-up prior to the game.

Cashman went on the say that Posada will be addressing the media after the game, at his own request.

When Rosenthal asked Cashman what Posada’s actions meant for Posada’s future, he declined comment. Said he did not want to speak for Posada.

Cashman look grim and while the twittering universe is going nuts; some tweets are speculating that Posada might ask for a trade.

I disagree and think it sounds more like a retirement announcement. Since Posada has moved from being the Yankees starting catcher to full-time DH things haven’t fared so well for the 39-year-old Posada.

Either way it will be a very sad state of affairs for the Yankees and their fans, as Posada is one of the core four and he was on five World Championship teams for the pinstripes.

Guess all anyone can do is just hold out breath till the game ends.

Here are some interesting tweets to consider:

@JackCurryYES Jack Curry

If Posada retired, it would be strange, sad way for to go. I’ve asked multiple team officials what they expect. None could speak w certainty

@JackCurryYES Jack Curry

According to person briefed on Posada’s exchange with Girardi, Posada told mgr he was “insulted” about hitting 9th and “threw a hissy fit.”

@PeteAbe Pete Abraham

Complicating the issue: Jeter and Posada are best of friends. If Girardi loses Jeter, it’ll get even more ugly

 

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New York Yankees: Let The Media Manslaughter Begin

The New York Yankees lost again last night, this time it was to their bitter rival Boston Red Sox with a score of 5-4.

In addition the Yankees are no longer in first place in the AL East, a place they have sat the entire season up until now but the Rays are now two games ahead in the standings.

Are the Yankees slumping?

When a team is not winning as much as they are losing then yes that would be considered slumping; which is the current state of the Yankees who have lost seven of their last 10 games.

This happens to every team at one point in the season, if not two or three. The Yankees are not a total wreck, as they are just not connecting on all fronts but they are not terrible just yet.

Still, no one throws the Yankees a bone; specifically the media that continue to support the Twins and Rangers with a bevy of excuses and reasons that things will get better.

Here are the Yankees headlines:

Yankees Are Scary Bad These Days

By Wallace Matthews ESPN New York

Vulnerability Shows in a Longtime Rivalry

By Dave Caldwell New York Times Continue reading ‘New York Yankees: Let The Media Manslaughter Begin’ »

New York Yankees: Sloppy Play Leads To Second Place

This is going to be a short post, as last nights 11-5 loss to the Kansas City Royals was hard enough to watch and I still am unwinding from it.

Why so much distress?

It is more like frustration because my tennis coach taught me there were two ways to lose.

The first way is when you get out played and the winner beats you.

The other way, also deemed unacceptable was to lose on your own errors. That he said was why he made me run so much.

I never understood at the time why half or more of practice was spent running with my racket in hand and always pointing up towards the sky. That was because he believed that when the racquet head was cocked to the sky, it sent a subconscious negative message.

Regardless, the New York Yankees were sloppy. Not the best way to start a series against the Boston Red Sox, a 13-game stretch and to realize that just yesterday they were the best team in the AL East.

Hopefully the Yankees will realize with a win tonight could erase all of this tomorrow.

Look, I am not some neurotic freak about losing a game, a series or dropping a spot in the rankings.

Until I look at the Yankees schedule, which gets significantly tougher with a trip out West followed by inter-league play against he Reds, Brewers, Rockies and Cubs.

So, losing games that they should win get much harder to swallow, and unlike other teams (Rangers, Twins, Giants) the Yankees don’t get thrown a bone by the media, fans or their opponants.

Losing streaks are funny.  If you lose at the beginning, you get off to a bad start.  If you lose in the middle of the season, you’re in a slump.  If you lose at the end, you’re choking.  ~Gene Mauch

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New York Yankees: Nova vs. O’Sullivan In Rubber Game

NOVA vs. O’SULLIVAN:

In the rubber game Thursday night Yankees rookie Ivan Nova will take the bump, in a game the Yankees would like to win before the Boston Red Sox arrive on Friday for a weekend series.

Nova has looked better with each start this season posting a 3-2 record, with a 4.08 ERA over 35 innings pitched. In his last start he pitched over seven innings against the tough Rangers line-up and in two starts prior Nova went a full six in both.

The Royals will counter with righty Sean O’Sullivan who kept the Yankee bats flat back in 2010 in their first meeting when O’Sullivan was an Angel…this comes as no surprise.

Luckily for the Bombers, just days later the second time they faced O’Sullivan the bats had figured him out. This season O’Sullivan has a 1-2 record, posting a 3.41 ERA over four starts. He has given up just one home-run, 11 earned runs, with 14 strikeouts, 14 walks over 29 innings pitched.

Look for A-rod to pound on the kid, as he has a .444 batting average, with four hits, two doubles, one home-run and two RBIs in his nine career at-bats against the 23-year-old O’Sullivan. While the red-hot Curtis Granderson has three home-runs in seven at-bats and I expect (pray) both will come up big.

I thought the Yankees might lose one game out of all three against Kansas City otherwise they would sweep, but now the series is up in the air; and so is first place in the AL East if the Yankees loss a second game in a row.

I predict the Yankees will win this game 6-2 and take the series. Nova has proven himself and if he can go six innings that would be another step up for the 24-year-old.

Bottom line is this Yankee team knows when they need to win and even though this game is not vital, it is sure darn close.

A little cushion would sure not hurt before playing the Red Sox, Rays, Orioles, Mets and Toronto… all in a row with no day-off till May 26th when they head out West.

YANKEES QUICK NOTE:

Looking at the bigger picture, it is so mind-boggling is how much time was wasted focusing on the Yankees rotation issues coming into the season and it has literally been the team’s saving grace.

The starters have given up five earned runs or more only three times in 2011, which is tied with the Indians as a baseball leading best so far this season. I mean who knew… other then GM Brian Cashman?

The Yankees pitching has been solid as can be so far in 2011, but we have all been so brainwashed into thinking that a man’s age represents his skills but that is just not true in baseball. For some reason no one wants to accept this fact and I don’t know why? That is for another post…but soon.

 

 

 

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