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Yankees: Tanaka injury update

Yesterday, the New York Post broke the news that recently named AL All-Star, and New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka was heading back to New York City to have an MRI on his swollen right pitching elbow.

No joke, this news made my heartache, and I almost threw up trying to grasp that Tanaka Time was suddenly in jeopardy.

It is no secret that Tanaka had struggled as of late, as in last night’s 5-3 loss to the Tribe, he gave up a season high of five runs and 10 hits.

Tanaka has lost three of his last four starts, where he has been tagged for 14 earned runs, five homers and in the last two games has only fanned eight batters total.

Regardless, Tanaka has been the one bright light for the Yankees in a season full of injuries and failing expectations.

His injury also makes Hiroki Kuroda the sole survivor from the Yankees Opening Day starting rotation, as CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, Michael Pineda and now Tanaka are all on the DL. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Tanaka injury update’ »

Yankees Trade Rumors: Cliff Lee

English: Cliff Lee pitching in the 2010 World ...

English: Cliff Lee pitching in the 2010 World Series (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As you probably already know, New York Yankees starter CC Sabathia’s degenerative right knee condition took a turn for the worst last week, and skipper Joe Girardi confirmed that the lefty’s 2014 campaign is over.

That news, along with ace Masahiro Tanaka slumping a little is not ideal for a Yankees team struggling to stay afloat in such a meager AL East.

The fact that none of the five teams within the division can grasp a foothold on it has been the Yankees saving grace to this point.

Last night with Tanaka on the bump, the Yankees lost to the Indians, 5-3 putting them just a game over .500 at 45-44.

They also pushed themselves back another half-game further from the first place Orioles, who now have a four game lead ahead of the third place Yankees.

With the trade deadline looming, a shortage of top prospects and a need for rotation help, the Yankees will have to pay to play.

And the Yankees brass would be stupid not to open their wallets with the AL East still ripe for the taking. Continue reading ‘Yankees Trade Rumors: Cliff Lee’ »

Yankees: Time to boycott the Bronx

New York Yankees

New York Yankees (Photo credit: Keith Allison)

It is official; the New York Yankees need to stay the heck out of the Bronx for the rest of the 2014 regular season.

Wink, wink to just named AL All-Stars Derek Jeter, Masahiro Tanaka and Dellin Betances that there is no need to show-off on July 16th in Minnesota. You know, if the Yankees happen to be playing baseball in late October no need to claim home field advantage.

Ok joking aside, the Yankees are 4-1 on this current road trip, making them 27-20 when away compared to 18-23 at home.

Still, unlike the delusional YES Network broadcasters who manage, between their Jeter love fest, to pathetically try to spin things to seem better off then they are, I will attempt to be realistic here.

Taking three of four from the Twins, and last night beating the Indians 5-3 does not exactly give the much-needed confidence fans are desperately waiting to see.

Then again the Twins did win two of three in the Bronx at the end of May, but considering that the Yankees are 4-9 in completed home series this season, beating them on their own turf seems to be easier. Or more importantly, a trend the Yankees need to break. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Time to boycott the Bronx’ »

Yankees: Trading Nuno for McCarthy

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B-Mac Attack (Photo credit: misternaxal)

You probably heard the New York Yankees latest trade news today that pitcher Vidal Nuno was sent to the Arizona Diamondbacks for starter Brandon McCarthy.

The D-Backs have underachieved big time this season, as they now are sporting one of the worst records in baseball at 37-53. So the D-Backs are dumping veterans, like McCarthy but he is owed $4.1 million, which Arizona will still pay.

McCarthy will be a free agent at the end of 2014, so this is just a mid-season rental pending he doesn’t turn into superman or something.

Looking at the 2014 pitching stats for both Nuno and McCarthy, the trade looks like a slight upgrade for the Yankees rotation.

McCarthy strikeouts a lot of batters, but he also gives up a ton of hits and runs.

(all stats courtesy of baseball-reference.com)

Brandon McCarthy vs. Vidal Nuno - 2014 Pitching Stats
NAME
W
L
ERA
WHIP
G
GS
IP
H
R
ER
HR
BB
SO
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Vidal Nuno255.421.441714788652471526600.2820.3360.4950.831
Brendon McCarthy3105.011.381818109.213165611520930.2980.3300.4690.799
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Yankees: Bronx Bombers stink

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Yankee Stadium November 14, 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hey, guess what happened up at Yankee Stadium last night?

If your answer were the Yankees offense was stale once again, which wasted another picturesque pitching performance this time featuring Hiroki Kuroda, you would be correct.

The Yankees bats mustered up one run against the Tampa Bay Rays, who only scored two in total but that was good enough to win, 2-1.

The 2014 MLB season is officially over the halfway hump, and the Yankees are heading into the second part of the year, as a .500 team with a 41-41 record.

If you can believe it, the 2013 Yankees were a better team at this time last year with a record of 43-39; and they also were in 2008, at 44-40. Both those seasons the Bronx had no baseball playing come October, but since the AL East has nose-dived as a whole in 2014, the Yankees miraculously still have a fighting chance if they can play better.

Everyone and their mother are aware that the Yankees offense is killing them this season.

And I could just go on a tear about how Brain McCann, Alfonso Soriano and Carlos Beltran need to get in a groove; or how Derek Jeter should be moved down to the bottom of the batting order to allow Jacoby Ellsbury to hit behind Brett Gardner. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Bronx Bombers stink’ »

Yankees: 8 horrible truths you might not want to read

Yankee Stadium - Cold Beer on a Hot Day

Yankee Stadium – Cold Beer on a Hot Day (Photo credit: wallyg)

Last night’s 12-inning, 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays marked the third in a row for the New York Yankees, and drops their record to just one game above .500 at 41-40.

Not scoring runs, and leaving men on base are the only consistent things the Yankees have done thru the first 81-games of this season.

It is hard to believe that a batting order with names like Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann, Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran could be this bad, but that is all it has been.

But what is even crazier is how solid the Yankees pitching has been considering three of their five starters are injured, and it is their first season sans closer Marino Rivera in the bullpen.

So to stay on trend, here are 8 extra crazy Yankees facts/stats but please note that they are not pretty so not recommended if you are trying to positive at all.

1.    Yankees have an 18-21 record in the Bronx. Continue reading ‘Yankees: 8 horrible truths you might not want to read’ »