Mariano Rivera celebrates a victory against the Baltimore Orioles on August 31, 2009 by shaking catcher Jorge Posada’s hand. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The significance of a bullpen reared its ugly head last night when the Yankees lost the rubber match between to the Orioles, 5-4.
Heading into the ninth inning tied at 3-3, the Orioles took advantage by scoring a pair of runs off reliever Shawn Kelley.
The Yankees attempted to answer back but only managed to score one run off a sac fly, and lost the game 5-4.
Reality bites, but if closer David Robertson had been available, the Yankees odds of winning the game, and taking the series go up dramatically.
D-Rob’s experience and career numbers vs. the active Orioles line-up compared to Kelley’s, and the rest of the bullpen lack there of proves it. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Cheap bullpen exposed already’ »
All it took was one text to ruin my good mood from the New York Yankee Opening Day win against the Orioles.
Like many other baseball nerds, I opt to have text message alerts when there is breaking news about Yankees.
And at exactly 4:45pm this afternoon, my iPhone’s text message went beep and it was the last update I was expecting.
When reliever Sean Kelly closed out today’s 4-2 win, against Baltimore instead of Mariano Rivera’s heir apparent David Robertson, nobody blinked.
D-Rob has been used in three of the Yankees last four games, so skipper Joe Girardi not making him available today was likely. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Houdini to DL’ »
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter batting in Shea Stadium (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Coming off a six-game road trip that felt a heck of a lot longer, the Yankees are finally back home.
Realistically, it is precarious to make any conclusions based off the first week of any baseball season, but too much happened in Yankees Universe not to throw caution to the wind this time.
I mean after last season it is tough to not be on edge. I guess it is true that like the players, the fans have to settle in too.
For Yankees fans that entails adjusting to a lot of new faces, while at the same time trying to come to grips with saying goodbye to the Captain.
Admittedly, I was jumpy watching these six games, but this group breeds the confidence that I so missed in 2013.
So yes…. I am guilty of reading way too much into the first of many two, three-game sets the Yankees will play on the road during the 2014 season. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Only 156 games before October’ »
English: Masahiro Tanaka finishes his delivery. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Thank goodness the New York Yankees avoided getting swept by the Astros, as they picked up their first win winning of the 2014 season, 4-2.
The Yankees might have avoided departing Houston not utterly embarrassed, but the Astros certainly humbled them by taking the series 2-1.
Kudos to the Astros, as they did not play like a 100+ game loser but I think the Yankees can take some credit for that too.
Next up for the Yankees is a three game set vs. the Blue Jays up in Toronto, and you can bet all of Yankee Universe will be tuned in tonight.
But not to see the Captain last, first game at the Rogers Center, it is to witness the Japanese phenom Masahiro Tanaka make his first Major League start.
Hence making it almost impossible to analyze or predict how Tanaka will do pitching-wise, but you can bet psychologically the stress on the 25-year old to continue on the path of excellence is enormous. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Tanaka tonight Toronto’ »