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New York Yankees: When It Rains It Pours

As the famous saying goes, When It Rains It Pours and right now the New York Yankees have slipped into a ruff patch.

So, what exactly has sent the Yankees into a hurricane?

  • The team lost it’s first series of the season to the Detroit Tigers, who took the last three games of the four game set.
  • It seems that the Yankees extremely hot bats have disappeared. The line-up got shutout on Wednesday night.
  • The Yankees have held the top spot in the AL East so far this season and the gap they were making less then a week ago has shrunk to just a game, as the surging Tampa Bay Rays won another game to close in on their division rivals.
  • Derek Jeter’s value defensively gets knocked constantly, but after watching the Yankees lose the last game in Detroit on Thursday opinions might have swayed. Jeter left Wednesday’s game in the eighth inning with some hip discomfort, so skipper Joe Girardi gave Jeter Thursday off. Subbing in was rookie Eduardo Nunez’s committed two throwing errors that allowed the Tigers to score three runs that cost the Yankees the game. Losing on defensive errors is intolerable and Nunez cannot afford to make these kinds of textbook mistakes.

The Biggest Blow of the week is definitely Eric Chavez fracturing his pinky toe on his left foot.

In the fourth inning of the Yankees 6-3 loss to the Tigers on Thursday afternoon, Chavez was running the bases after hitting a triple and when he arrived at third-base he said something felt wrong.

Chavez has been one of GM Brian Cashman topmost surprises he picked-up this off-season. Chavez is posting a .303 batting average with six RBIs in 17 appearances, as well as playing a solid third base to allow for A-rod to get a day off.

How long will Chavez be on the DL?

Chavez’s specific injury is medically referred to as a fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his left foot. It is the long bone of the midfoot that connects the little toe to the bone just in front of the heel.

This type of injury is not un-common for athletes, but has different treatments pending on the specific type of fracture but surgery is a possibility. Either way Chavez most likely will miss anywhere from 4-8 weeks, is my guess.

New York Giants running back Amhad Bradshaw and Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings both had this injury and the best method of repair for both stars was with surgery, which had them missing about 6 weeks each.

This is a blow as Chavez was fitting in beautifully on the team and not to mention the depth it gave New York off the bench.

After watching Nunez’s costly throwing errors, Girardi better have enjoyed the brief period of having a player as talented as Chavez at his beck and call.

It has been confirmed the Ramiro Pena has gotten the nod to take Chavez’s spot.

Pena defensively is solid, but his bat is almost useless but all-around not even close to making up for Chavez’s production.

All 30 MLB teams go through ups and downs during the grueling 162 games season. It is like a slap of reality for players and fans alike.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Braves To Yankees Trade Reaches All New Lowe

THE SITUATION:

It is no secret that the New York Yankees have been on a pitching crusade after losing both Cliff Lee and Andy Pettitte this past off-season.  GM Brian Cashman made a lot of heavily criticized moves that seemed desperate at the time, but have actually been the savior and reason behind the Yankees hot start.

Regardless, the Yankees are not going to pass on trading for a possible ace if one is available and again we have Cashman to thank for that.

Cashman has built the Yankees farm system from the ground-up. It also happens to be loaded in all the right places with multiple young catchers who coveted right behind lefty-arms in ranking order of value.

So the watch is on for teams, who by beginning of July, can afford to trade a top arm to fulfill either immediate needs to contend or looking to build towards the future.

The 28 (Red Sox not included) other teams are well aware of the talent the Yankees possess in the minors but it will take an ace to get Cashman to budge.

The recent speculation is that Brett Gardner could be a possibility but I wouldn’t bet on it. Gardner has had a rough first month, but his struggles seem to be going away now anyway and once he starts stealing bases again this idea will get squashed.

WHY THE BRAVES CAN GET RID OF LOWE:

This brings me to the Atlanta Braves, who currently sit at 15-15 and this team cannot afford to watch the Phillies and Marlins surge while they sit dead and stale playing .500 baseball.

Pitching is not the issue, as the Braves retain one of the prime rotations in baseball, with Tim Hudson, Tommy Hanson, Derek Lowe, Jair Jurrjens and Brandon Beachy.

Problem is the lack of bats has been costing the team wins.

Luckily Atlanta has viable back-up arms down in the minors that are major league ready and serviceable at the back end of their rotation. This gives Atlanta some wiggle room to get a much-needed big bat to get their line-up, which consists of Dan Uggla and Chipper Jones hitting.

Newsday’s Ken Davidoff ‘s recent article reminded me of the fact that Lowe had been on Yankees GM Brian Cashman’s radar for sometime; as Cashman almost inked Lowe before the 2009 season but instead went with AJ Burnett.

Lowe was recently busted on April 29th for a DUI; as Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright stated that, last Thursday night Lowe was racing his Porsche down a residential street in the tony Atlanta neighborhood of Buckhead and refused to take a breathalyzer at the scene.

So, the 37-year-old Lowe now has legal woes to deal with, but he still made his scheduled start 48 hours after his arrest on May 1st.

Davidoff seems convinced a Yankees and Braves Lowe-trade could be likely down the road. While I entirely agree with Davidoff about Atlanta getting rid of Lowe for a sustainable bat; I don’t believe the Yankees will be the team on the other end of the deal. Continue reading ‘MLB Trade Rumors: Braves To Yankees Trade Reaches All New Lowe’ »

Start-To-May Giveaway: A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Wins $50

Lady Loves Pinstripes hosted a Start-To-May Giveaway, where the two winners (picked at random) each receive a $50.00 gift card (2x$25) to MLB.com Shop, the Official Shop Of Major League Baseball.

Our first winner is a Philadelphia Phillies fan named Ted, who is a reader of Lady Loves Pinstripes.

I hope to hear from the second winner, who has until Wednesday May 4th to reply or someone else will be picked. Thank you and look for the next Lady Loves Pinstripes Giveaway…. Summer Is Here to be announced in about two weeks. Prizes TBA, but it will be BIGGEST yet (especially for Yankees or Mets fans).

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New York Yankees: Keep This Seattle Pitching Prince On Your Radar

Where there is a King, usually more royalty can be found. And in Seattle, the Mariners are forming a nice little pitching kingdom of their own.

Back in 2005, Pitcher Felix Hernandez was dubbed ‘King Felix’ down in A-ball for his dynamic arm, made his debut at age 19.

Seven seasons later, this King has earned the title; as King Felix is one of the most lethal pitchers in baseball today. Unfortunately, the 2010 CY Young winner plays for the Mariners who have been the bottom feeders of the AL West, a place they still remain today.

Over his career, King Felix has a 3.20 ERA, over 179 starts, posting a 74-59 record, with 1087 strikeouts, 14 shutouts and has clocked 1202 innings total. Keep in mind that if he played on any other team the King’s wins-loses and ERA would be much lower.

Now, you can only imagine the New York Yankees along with every other team in baseball have been drooling over King Felix for some time now.

Presumably the Mariners front office has listened to numerous offers to obtain the King, especially before they signed him to a four-year extension. I can assure you that a few calls came from the Yankees who would love to get their claws on the 25-year-old, who has yet to reach his prime.

Over this past winter, Yankee fans were hoping for a King under their Christmas tree, but Seattle GM Jack Zduriencik made it clear that was never going to happen. Zduriencik had already screwed the Yankees in Cliff Lee trade, by using New York as leverage to bait the Texas Rangers to get Seattle even more players.

That did NOT fair well with Yankees GM Brian Cashman, but it didn’t stop him from pursuing Felix.

Even though the 2011 Yankees are off to a hot start, reloading mid-season if a top pitcher is available is almost guaranteed.

With the Mariners standing at 13-16 and sitting pretty in a familiar last place in the AL West, trading for some young minor leaguers would be a smart move to build for the future. Continue reading ‘New York Yankees: Keep This Seattle Pitching Prince On Your Radar’ »

New York Yankees: Oh No Now Robbie Cano Is Day-To-Day

Brain Lewis of the New York Post reports that a bruised left-hand was the reason New York Yankees second-baseman Robinson Cano left the game in the eighth inning.

The Yankees had Cano get x-rays and they came back fine.

Cano is listed as day-to-day, which has Yankee fans on high alert, as Cano is one of the best hitters and all-around players in baseball. Losing Cano would be devastating, as he has been the most consistent bat on the team.

Cano is tied for fourth in the majors with eight home-runs, batting a whooping .320 and has 21 RBIs already this season.

Let’s hope that Cano gets a well-deserved night off on Monday night just to be safe, as he has played every game this season.

The Yankees flew to Detroit after the 5-3 win against the Blue Jays, to play a four game set against the Tigers.

 

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Lady Loves Pinstripes: 2011 MLB April Power Rankings

What a difference a month can make?

Baseball looks a lot different then I initially predicted in my 2011 Pre-Season Power Rankings (featured on MLBBuzz.com), but I can assure you that I am not alone.

The month of April has exceeded expectations, as it has already been a wild and exciting ride. Giving the fan a consistent reminder of why we love baseball so much.

So where did Lady Loves Pinstripes rank your team’s April performance?

Well, here are my April standings of all 30 MLB teams:

 

MLB TEAM RANK COMMENTS or REASON WHY?
Philadelphia Phillies 1 Closer?? Halladay can’t start daily. Howards bat will get cold…so what is timetable on getting Utley back.
New York Yankees 2 Have yet to lose a series and new Yankees have been extraordinary. Burnett is back; but a tough May and June schedule will determine a lot. Played the least # of games, and still have most homeruns in MLB.
Colorado Rockies 3 Hello Tulo; and the Rockies stated their goal for 2011 is to win the World Series. So far, so good and message sent. Going 8-2 on the road is proof.
St. Louis Cardinals 4 Cry Baby and Closer just don’t mix…send Ryan Franklin to NY or Philly for awhile because it is his fault that Cards are not ranked #1 on this list. Who is going to close anyway? Good Question…
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5 Pitcher Jared Weaver is the definition of an ace and has been embarrassing opposing batters finishing April with a 6-0 record, 49 strikeouts and 50 innings pitched in six starts.
Florida Marlins 6 This team will give the Phillies a run for their money in the NL East, as this team is finally hungry.
Texas Rangers 7 Never got on the Rangers bandwagon, and have no plans too as my guess is the rotation will not be able to hold up. Can skipper Washington keep his head in the game for a whole season? Doubtful.
Cleveland Indians 8 Grady Seizmore is healthy and the Indians are rolling and leading MLB with a 17-8 record. Who would’ve guessed this?
Detroit Tigers 9 Miguel Cabrera is a one-man team by himself…best and most natural hitter in baseball drunk or sober.
Milwaukee Brewers 10 Signed Ryan Brawn for life was brilliant; Prince Fielder and Rickie Weeks proving their worth, but whether the Brew Crew can do it for four more months is still in question.
Cincinnati Reds 11 Can’t steal the NL Central this season, Mike Leake.
Tampa Bay Rays 12 Tampa is far from done in 2011 is biting their tongues, as the Rays are a game from pushing the Yankees out of first place in the AL East. Johnny Damon has been born again; Manny proves he is still Manny…. adios.
Boston Red Sox 13 Worst start to a World Series campaign ever; team still looks uncomfortable and has displayed zero consistency. Carl Crawford issues are turning mental, so fix him fast because his new team needs him.
Los Angeles Dodgers 14 Disturbiana is what Matt Kemp is doing to pitchers, as he has been sensational again.
Atlanta Braves 15 Homophobic and drunk are NEVER a good combo, especially when team ace Derek Lowe is involved. It is careless, and Bobby Cox is kicking himself for signing on as a special consultant.
San Francisco Giants 16 Losing and injuries…. TIME TO SHAVE! Sadly proving where some players’ priorities are and it is not on repeating.  Lincecum is a STUD stuck with a bunch of celebrity-hungry duds who can’t hit.
Kansas City Royals 17 Might be losing their footing already, but still hanging in….for now.
Chicago Cubs 18 Cubs have yet to fight each other and pitcher Carlos Zombrano is dealing better than ever.
Toronto Blue Jays 19 It’s the same old song, that the AL East is just too damn strong for now.
Oakland Athletics 20 Billy Bean….go get a solid bat instead of abusing the young and talented pitchers just so A’s can finish .500.
Baltimore Orioles 21 Started off hot but the bottom feeders are back in familiar territory. Once again, the AL East is proving to hard a division even for Buck Showalter, who better get used to the cellar.
New York Mets 22 This team takes streaks to a whole new level and being that inconsistent proves that attitude, not lack of talent is the real problem. New GM and Skipper are cleaning up shop…. finally!
Washington Nationals 23 Getting Ryan Zimmerman active has been pushed back; will hover around the middle-bottom of NL West all season long.
Arizona Diamondbacks 24 Flashes of talent from young players spells BIG FUTURE….but not this season, not yet.
Chicago White Sox 25 Once the line-up gets in a groove…. watch out. Problem is the question is no longer will, but whether it happens. Skipper Ozzie Guillen has a cult following, but the problem is the umpires are not included.
Pittsburgh Pirates 26 Too much missing to go anywhere this season…. another mark on such a historic franchise.
San Diego Padres 27 A-Gone left too big a hole that hasn’t come close to being filled.
Minnesota Twins 28 Deja vu again? Mauer and Morneau are the poster boys of big talk, no walk. Mauer is and always has been overrated, as 2009-verison of Mauer is a ghost. A nightmare that the NL Central will not allow in 2011.
Seattle Mariners 29 Already have a King… and now an heir to his throne in Michael Pineda. Both wasted talents on a team that is not run well, as success starts from the top.
Houston Astros 30 Hunter Pence is in for a long season, and so are Houston fans…again.

 

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