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The AL East: It Would Be Best To Bring You’re A-Game

How many teams are in this race?

Object in mirror

Object in mirror are closer then they appear. Who’s your Daddy?

For right now three teams; Tampa Bay RaysBoston Red Sox and New York Yankees.

Why is this week so important in the American League East?

The teams are playing within their own division so the wins and losses have more importance. The third place Tampa Bay Rays host the Boston Red Sox for a two game set. Boston is only a half a game behind the first place New York Yankees. The Yanks are up in Toronto for two nights at the Rogers Centre playing two against the Blue Jays.

With the Blue Jays lagging 12 games behind the Yanks there not really competing. Technically there is always a possibility to not be 100% completely out. I guess miracles do exist but for Toronto it does not look very hopeful or likely of the trio above all collapsing literally on their faces.

Toronto does know that beating the Yankees could potentially take their lead in the AL East right from under the boys from the Bronx. It is doubtful that Boston is going to win two at the Trop; as the best bet would be a spilt series.

Why? The answer is because Tampa decisively needs these wins. If Toronto wins just one and the Rays lose both it will put Tampa a half game behind Toronto. These two night games may very well predict where, last years AL Champs’ season’s future will be heading. The duel in Tropicana Field will both be games of tough baseball. Continue reading ‘The AL East: It Would Be Best To Bring You’re A-Game’ »

Got Melk? The Yankees Finally Got The Message

Got Melk?

The Yankees sure can’t get enough of it! ‘It’ being the young, out-fielder in Melky Cabrera this season.

Today in a much-needed win by the Yanks, 24-year-old Melky hit for a cycle which has not been done in the organization since Tony Fernandez in 1995 and the 15th time in the history entirely. In a sense a cycle is the hitter’s equivalent to a pitcher having a no-hitter. For all who don’t know, a cycle is when a player hits a single, a double, a triple and a home-run all in the same game. It is a great accomplishment for any hitters resume.

That is just the icing on the cake for the switch hitting Cabrera. He has been a clutch hitter in-game deciding situations all season for the Yankees. This was a kid that almost was traded and lucky this guy stayed in pinstripes as here are what he has done for the team thus far:

  • Game deciding hits on April 22, May 15, May 23, and on June 4 caused Chris Berman referring to him as “Melky Way” Cabrera. John Sterling now has cemented the phrase “The Melk Man delivers” as a regular phrase as he has been so clutch for the Yanks enough times.
  • Melky is a switch hitter that has 10 homers, 40 RBI’s and his OBP is .355. His batting average is .292…hitting .303 from the left and .286 on the right.
  • Cabrera’s consistent, hero-like play earned him The Pepsi Clutch Player of the Month for May; fans voted all across the nation for the winner. The Melk-man had to beat out some strong competition: Carl Crawford of the Tampa Bay Rays, Roy Holliday of the Toronto Blue Jays, Torii Hunter of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins and Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers.
  • Hitting a cycle today is a great accomplishment that will cement Cabrera in the history books forever. WOW is all that can be said. Other Yanks Bobby Murcer, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Lou Gehrig are a few names of other Yankees to have made this same success.

Melky success has been an asset to the Yankees this season and it seems that it sparks things for the team when their down.

Cabrera is not alone as the rest of the team plays as well and that was clearly seen today in the fight. Other than the for a needed win to avoid being swept, with Boston winning in a blow-out game of hits a loss would have cost the Yanks their first place lead.

Burnett and Sabathia have struggled their last starts but the bats finally lifted CC today. These are the Yankees that are in first place, not the ones from the three losses before.

Joba is looking like a different pitcher so maybe his dad brought him back down to reality. Someone let him into the fact of where his career was heading cause Joba has the ability to be extraordinary.

Hopefully the team will get back on track with the win today. The first two games lost to Chicago were lost on errors which is frustrating to watch as a fan, so I am sire the players were kicking themselves after the game.

With Boston on the recharged this will be a fight to the end and the better team will win. I will stick to what I have said all season, that Tampa Bay will be in this race again.

The Yankees were sent a pretty clear message. That is……don’t get too comfortable in first place in the AL East because Boston and a creeping bunch of Rays are watching. This seems to be more like the theme of the toughest division in baseball.

Yanks got a reminder and it was a comforting to see them respond right away.

Don't Start A Slump, Chumps!!!

What MLB Team is leading the AL East right now?

My Yankees; for now at least as only a half a game separates a Boston takeover.

Boston won, Tampa won and the Yanks lost the third game in a row to the White Sox. Tonight AJ Burnett got burned early on and it was 6-0 by the end of the second inning.

The game was ugly and it went got uglier as the White Sox won finished off the boys from the Bronx 14-4.

Does any of the teams in all of MLB ever lose by letting the other team win?

Yes. The Yankees. As a fan you start to question decisions in order to make sense of it all. It makes you wonder if getting a Cliff Lee and giving up Austin Jackson would have been the right thing to do.

The Yankees have been playing red-hot baseball in every sense of the word. So the last three loses to the White Sox are unacceptable.The Mets of Chicago are a good ball-club but the Yanks are superior without a doubt.

Losing due to player making errors on their own accord is just plain stupid. In any sport to lose due to your own mistakes is the worst way to give it away. When you get out played there is not much more you can do than lose with dignity but at least you did your job.

If anyone didn’t watch the Wimbledon Men’s Finals this year go Google it because this match is the perfect example of what I am taking about.

The Yankees cannot afford to mess-up much more. Tampa will be in our faces in the blink of an eye, right after Boston Red Sox just cuts the line, again to be the leaders.

Hey it is baseball and this is what happens. The timing could not be worse in the Yanks schedule as next weekend Boston comes to town.

The fact is the Red Sox have brought the brooms out thus far and its time to let Boston know that payback is going to be a bitch.

The Yanks need to make a statement by not collapsing to the stronger teams.

Do they have enough to hang with the big boys being like the Angels and the Red Sox?

Yes, without a doubt!!!!

The Yankees: Not The Headlines At The Trade Deadline, Finally!

Should Cashman Have Gotten Halloday? Is it true that Cliff Lee or Jarod Washburn are not in pinstripes?

Guess time will tell if Cashman will still have a job next year….but it was time for the Yankees to try something different and in the perfect position to take a back seat.

The Yankees were the quietest team as the trade line past today. This is a new and very un-Yankee like type behavior. Not being the team hogging all the front-page headlines or main story on Sports Center is definitely a change.

The Yankees made a nice pick-up by adding Cincinnati Reds utility Jerry Hairston Jr. who has been in the majors for a decade. An experienced player who can be put anywhere, except behind the plate.

Cashman made a minor addition in Hairston that will be useful to the team but his smartest move was not trading Joba or Hughes. Roy Holladay is the most talented pitcher in baseball and the temptations must have been tough for the Yankees to fight off by not making the biggest storm. Hughes and Chamberlin are just looking to good to trade for another all-star, big name player.

For the Yankees it is a whole different set of possibilities that have to be taken into account that other teams do not have to deal with. While a talented all-star player might be the jolt for most clubs to become better as a team, this is not the same for the Yankees. The Bronx Bombers have the all-stars and the talent that comes along with the overwhelming hype of playing in NYC; the pressure to make the World Series annually and the most loyal fans who show up no matter what.

Cashman did plenty of spending in the off-season but it paid off. The Yankees don’t need the hype of bringing a Holliday to New York. This is because how talented and famous Roy Holliday is and it is just an example of the bigger picture of the situation.

Should Cashman gone and grabbed Cliff Lee, Jake Peavy or Jacob Washburn? Should we have gotten in the way of the Red Sox a little more so our dominant rivals don’t get better again? I would answer both questions with a NO.

Here are the most noteworthy swaps (no specific order):

 Cliff Lee was the best trade made overall. The Philadelphia Phillies are the World Series champs and continue to be the winners by adding Lee to their starting pitching staff. The Phillies needed a pitcher and if anyone thought that Pedro Martinez was going to be their answer must be mindless. Fact is that this does guarantee the National League is the Phillies to have but the post season is a different story. For now, Lee gives Philadelphia the best tools for an attainable chance to repeat.

 The decision by the Detroit Tigers was solid and just shy with the Phillies getting Lee. Losing the bat of Matt Holliday to St. Louis will hurt but the addition of Jarrod Washburn makes the Tigers rotation one of the toughest in baseball. Washburn is a solid, reliable pitcher who the Mariners must have hated to part with. I think this trade will be more significant than the Red Sox and the Tigers are a shoe-inn in the AL Central.

 Oh how much do I hate the fact the Red Sox got better? Very much. Good job done by Theo Epstein for not just the trades but in getting the Ortiz headlines pushed aside, for now at least. Boston was falling apart, while the Yankees were as hot as ever and these rivals never let that happen for very long. Boston added the switch hitting bat of Victor Martinez who plays 1B as well as catcher in the field. This allows Varitek to get more rest from behind the plate and Youkilis can go to third more often. Theo ‘the whiz’ Epstein got this exceedingly, very good player for a bargain price.

 Minnesota Twins upgraded their middle infield by getting Orlando Cabera from the Oakland A’s. I think this addition could get the team more excited because the front-office finally made a move which might spark some of the players up, like Punto and Castilla who have toiled at the plate. The Tigers look like the team to beat with that ridiculous rotation but don’t count out the Twins just yet.

 The White Sox have wanted Jake Peavy for a long time now and finally nailed him. Peavy is a first-rate addition if he is not on the DL that is. He claims that by end of August he should be back on the mound but until it happens not much speculation about the future of that relationship.

 St. Louis got Matt Holliday from Detroit helps their struggling offense and in the NL Central it reinforces them as a huge contender.

 Seattle Mariners did establish themselves with some under the radar moves that will help them in the years to come. Trading Washburn in the hopes of getting him back for next year for the two young arms of Luke French and Mauricio Robles. Mariners also nailing down a shortstop for five years in Jack Wilson will make more of an impact then realized. Ian Snell from the Pirates will join the rotation and his once promising arm could resurge again.

There were other trades of course. In my humble opinion these are the ones that we will see the biggest differences on.

First time, in a long time the Yankees are not on this list. Changes are hard even from negative patterns or just consistently not getting the outcome at hand. As a fan, to be the Yankees of today that are neither the spectacles, nor the top story is refreshingly different.

For sure, something that this team didn’t need, nor wanted.

What It’s Like To Be A Baseball Fan During The “Steroid Era”

Dear Mr. Selig,

I will get right to the point as this needs to be addressed immediately. What is going to be done about the “Steroid Era“?

The whole thing is turning into a soap opera and it sure didn’t have too. Here are some points that are very on:

  1. The survey conducted by Major League Baseball in 2003 was to see how widespread the use of performing enhancing drugs was in the game. All the players who agreed to the partake in the surveys testing were under the assumption that the results were going to completely anonymous. In addition the tests were supposed to be used to aid in making the use of these substances illegal. No fan disagrees that rules about the use of performance enhancing drugs needed to be implemented in baseball and that it should be completely against the sport. Fans want to know why the need to lie too players? Only to have their names released or leaked to the media years late just seems completely unfair. Fans idolize these athletes and dreams are being broken all over the world; so realize whats at stake please. Continue reading ‘What It’s Like To Be A Baseball Fan During The “Steroid Era”’ »

Three Quick Thoughts, Five Minutes Before Critical Tampa Series Starts

1. The Tampa Bay Rays seem to be creeping up. It has been a slow process but Joe Madden is making sure his team is in reach. My bet is that this young, talented ball club will pounce and it will happen fast. Lets not forget where the Yankees just were in the standings at the All-Star break. Either team cause their division peers will take the lose as one whole and with Boston still lurking in the middle critical for the Yankees to put themselves ahead.

2. Now the Boston Red Sox are struggling. This is largely due to injuries. As any one familiar with baseball knows that it happens and it is unfortunate but it can kill any hope for a teams future. The Rays just got back two of their best pitchers from last season recently and Evan Longoria‘s bat is heating up.

3. Also keep in mind that Tampa is not the rookie team it was of two seasons ago because the players have gone the distance. Being aware of what it takes to get through this long season. Imagine making it to the World Series only to lose has got to be a huge motivation for these athletes. What a way to start a winning streak then to take down the almighty New York Yankees.

The Yankees need to win this series for mental reasons just as much as where the team will stand in the toughest divisional race in baseball, the American League East.Tampa will attack any weaknesses and the Yanks need to continue to play consistent baseball in which all aspects play a part.

If the team happens to revert back to the pitching doing their jobs but the hitters are stranding runners on base or vice-versa it will be worrisome.

The Yankees need to prove themselves in this series as next week it is Boston and the team needs to go in with the most confidence possible!!