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Tickets For Yankees – Rays Series 45% Below Yanks Home Average

English: Cap logo of the New York Yankees

English: Cap logo of the New York Yankees (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Prior to the season it’d be considered a big deal any time the Tampa Bay Rays appeared on the New York Yankees schedule, but that’s certainly no longer the case. Currently Yankees tickets are averaging $82.14 for the upcoming series, which is 45 percent below the season average. The Rays have been a huge disappointment this season, currently tied with the Arizona Diamondbacks for the worst record in baseball. While the Yankees have done better, they’re still just at 41-39 with a -32 run differential that is barely better than the Rays’ -37. But that’s been good enough to keep the Yankees in the division race, just two games behind the AL East-leading Toronto Blue Jays.

6/30 TB Chris Archer vs. NYY David Phelps | Avg. Price: $72.62 | Get-in Price: $8

Even with the Rays lackluster season, they still can throw out better pitching than the Yankees. Nowhere is that more obvious than the first game of the season where the Yanks are once again forced to send David Phelps out with all the injuries affecting their rotation. Phelps has surprisingly been one of the Yankees better pitchers this season despite fairly pedestrian numbers all across the board. Makes sense that the game is the cheapest of the series with an average of $72.62 and a get-in price of just $8. Meanwhile Chris Archer gets the start for the Rays, and Archer would easily be the second best pitcher behind Masahiro Tanaka on the Yankees. He has 2.2 wins above replacement (WAR) in his 93 innings pitched, Continue reading ‘Tickets For Yankees – Rays Series 45% Below Yanks Home Average’ »

Yankees: Doubly bad weekend in the Bronx

Red Sox Dugout

Red Sox Dugout (Photo credit: kim.rossi)

My dad used to always say, “You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make him drink.”

So, when the New York Yankees (41-39) lost the rubber game to the Boston Red Sox (38-44) last night, 8-5 yesterday, it was more than just a typical, regular season series to blow.

Heading into the weekend three game set, the Bronx Bombers had not one, but two opportunities sitting a silver platter ripe for the picking; and one game was a Masahiro Tanaka start to boot.

Friday night with Vidal Nuno on the hill, the Yankees beat Boston 6-0 with Vidal Nuno on the hill.

And all felt great in Yankees Universe especially with Tanaka starting Saturday.

Well, that positive feeling was short-lived as the Yankees offense scored only one run, and lost to Red Sox Jon Lester, 2-1.

Tanaka pitched all nine innings, and the offense didn’t get past second base after the third inning. It was a pathetic showing once again, and watching this anemic offense again was frustrating beyond belief.

Maybe you didn’t realize that if the Yankees had won on Sunday, they would be only one game back from the AL East leading Toronto Blue Jays? Continue reading ‘Yankees: Doubly bad weekend in the Bronx’ »

Yankees: Twofer weekend in the Bronx vs. Red Sox

Keep Calm and Sweep Red Sox

Keep Calm and Sweep Red Sox

After hitting the walk-off winning homer last Friday night vs. the Orioles, New York Yankees DH, Carlos Beltran told the NY Post, “Baseball is a long season and there’s gonna be a lot of ups and downs. I feel like early in the year we weren’t clicking. Right now the chemistry is good. … When you win, it’s easier.”

Since that night, the Yankees have gone 1-4, bumping themselves down to third place in the AL East with 2.5 games separating them from the Blue Jays, and a half game away from the Baltimore Orioles. And MLB betting odds are not being favorable towards the idea that the Yankees can oust either divisional rival at the moment.

The above scenario of winning and losing games in tight bunches is about the only thing the 2014 Yankees do consistently.

What worries me the most is the way the Yankees make losing seem effortless, and winning a constant battle.

The pitching has kept them competitive in the weak AL East, while the hitting continues to be the Yanks Achilles’ heel.

Overall, the team has got worse each month as in April they finished 15-11; in May they were a .500 ball club at 14-14; and after grinding out a 5-3 win to avoid getting swept up in Toronto, the Yankees are just 11-12 so far in June. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Twofer weekend in the Bronx vs. Red Sox’ »

Yankees: Do you think Derek Jeter needs to move himself?

Let me get right to the point, do you think it is time for the Captain, Derek Jeter to move himself down in the batting order?

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1) History doesn’t win games today.

Yes, Jeter occupied the Yankees two-hole for the majority of the first 13 seasons of his 20-year career, 1392 games and 5676 at-bats to be exact. No doubt, the Captain had major success in this spot posting a career batting average of .311 with 707 RBIs, 137 homers, and 1001 runs.

In 2009, Jeter started hitting lead off almost permanently. And once again, he shined in the 979 games, 4133 at-bats with 102 home-runs, 199 doubles, 428 RBIs, 404 walks, 108 stolen bases and a career .310 batting average at the top of the order.

But those glory old days for Jeter, who just turned 40-years old this week, are now distant and fond memories. So keeping him at the top of the line-up for ego might not be in the Yankees best interests anymore. And the odds at sportsbooks only prove this by Jeter’s low fantasy value in 2014, in addition to the Yankees not being picked as favorites to win games either. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Do you think Derek Jeter needs to move himself?’ »

Yankees: Who is frustrated? Everybody.

English: Toronto Blue Jays at Baltimore Oriole...

English: Toronto Blue Jays at Baltimore Orioles – May 27, 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To say that I am frustrated with the New York Yankees would be an understatement.

A week ago today was the beginning of the best four games of baseball the 2014 Yankees have played this season.

It included a three game sweep of the AL East leading Toronto Blue Jays, and the icing on the cake was the Friday night walk-off-win to begin their weekend series vs. the Baltimore Orioles.

Many Yankees fans agreed that Friday’s three run, walk-off homer hit by Carlos Belrtan with two outs in the ninth was this team’s watershed moment.

It was supposed to be remembered as the week when the Yankees finally hit on all cylinders, not a spoof on a seemingly perfect set-up for a team to go on a run. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Who is frustrated? Everybody.’ »

Yankees: Brooms, Bronx and Blue Jays

New York Yankees

New York Yankees (Photo credit: Keith Allison)

The New York Yankees swept the Toronto Blue Jays right out of the Bronx.

It was the best outcome that honestly, I didn’t think the Yankees had in them but they proved me wrong.

Beating the AL East leading Blue Jays in three games cut the Yankees deficit to just a game and a half back to catching Toronto. And getting three wins at Yankee Stadium finally has the Bronx Bombers to playing .500 at home (16-16).

This series was the first time all season that I have seen the Yankees gel as a whole.

Without question the pitching was the MVP, as Tanaka, Christy, Phelps, Betances, Robertson and Warren all were darn close to perfect.

And the Yankees bats miraculously scored 16 runs, considering they left 26 guys on base and were 8 for 30 with RISP. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Brooms, Bronx and Blue Jays’ »