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Yankees Masahiro Tanaka vs. Blue Jays Marcus Stroman tonight

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Eagles – Back (Photo credit: ElCapitanBSC)

Tonight, the New York Yankees (35-33) begin a 15-game, AL East home stand, and their first opponent happens to be the division leading Toronto Blue Jays (41-30).

The Blue Jays will be sending rookie Marcus Stroman to the hill to face Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka. Here is all you need to know about the two righties.

MASAHIRO TANAKA:

And what other pitcher could the Yankees want on the mound to start this pivotal series then their 25-year old, Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka.

Looking at Tanaka’s stats might make you drool, as the righty has been way better than advertised thus far in his first season pitching in the Bigs.

(All stats courtesy of baseball-refernce.com and MLB.com) Continue reading ‘Yankees Masahiro Tanaka vs. Blue Jays Marcus Stroman tonight’ »

Yankees: You guys are driving me crazy

Jeter connects for a hit against the Tampa Bay...

Jeter connects for a hit against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Let’s be honest, this season scoring five runs or more for the New York Yankees (35-33) is an infrequent occurrence.

This makes the days when the Bronx Bombers bats actually manage to go from cold to warm necessary to win.

That is why yesterday’s 10-5 loss of the rubber game to the Oakland Athletics (42-27) extra painful, as starter Vidal Nuno put the team in an eight run hole before the fourth inning even started.

Call me a baby, a brat, a sore loser or just a typical Yankees fan, but this team cannot get a darn break.

After splitting the first two games against the A’s, the Yankees could have really benefitted from winning a series vs. a top team like the Oakland.

But the odds were stacked against the Yankees from the get-go because of how good Oakland have been consistently playing, the Yankees anemic offense and that Nuno was on the schedule to start. Continue reading ‘Yankees: You guys are driving me crazy’ »

Yankees: My not nice series prediction vs. Oakland

The Oakland Coliseum, home of the Oakland Athl...

The Oakland Coliseum, home of the Oakland Athletics baseball and Oakland Raiders football teams (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The truth, we are told, sometimes hurts and this weekend, Yankees Universe will have to face some.

As the New York Yankees brooms might have worked in Seattle this week vs. The Mariners, but the real test will be this weekend as they face the tough, AL leading Oakland Athletics (40-26) for a three game set.

The A’s took two of three games from the Yankees in the Bronx less than 10 days ago, and the one loss came with Tanaka on the hill.

My prediction is the Yankees will get swept by the Athletics, and here is why.

Yankees Pitching:

Unfortunately, Tanaka, and Chase Whitley will be watching, and not starting during this series at O.co Coliseum. The two don’t walk batters at all, and the A’s are walking machines leading the AL with 280 on the season.

Instead, the Yankees will have to win behind the shaky arms of David Phelps, Hiroki Kuroda and Vidal Nuno, which only makes the task that much harder. Continue reading ‘Yankees: My not nice series prediction vs. Oakland’ »

Yankees: What do you think? Because I do not know.

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New York Yankees (Photo credit: Keith Allison)

Even after beating the Seattle Mariners last night 3-2, the New York Yankees are not a good team.

Heading into the season, I was looking forward to getting the good old days when watching a Yankees game was not a chore.

After going 85-77 and missing the post season last year, Yankees ownership (aka. Hal Steinbrenner) went on a spending spree to a tune of $400 million bucks this past off-season to make sure that no repeat occurred.

But with a third of the 2014 season behind them, the Yankees are in remarkably worse shape as I pointed out in yesterday’s post..

With each passing week, my hope that the Yankees can turn things around is dwindling.

I do believe that this Yankees team is not playing up to their potential yet, but maybe I have been brainwashed with the idea that spending a ton of dough meant automatically getting better. Continue reading ‘Yankees: What do you think? Because I do not know.’ »

Yankees: Batting vs. top three AL teams

Just how bad are the New York Yankees bats?

Comparing the Yankees team batting stats vs. the top three AL East teams, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays and the Detroit Tigers shows what they are not doing.

(all stats courtesy of baseball-reference.com)

2014 Yankees vs. Top 3 AL Teams - Batting Stats
TEAM
BatAge
R/G
G
PA
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
SB
CS
BB
SO
BA 
OBP
SLG
OPS
TB
GDP
SH
SF
LOB
NYY32.74.0262237321462495449812512324591824550.2530.3150.3820.697819501016438
TOR294.91642446219231457311411892992992174520.2610.3310.4450.77697646912446
OAK29.55.19632507219132755210914763093572744470.2520.3380.4190.75791752416472
DET30.34.49592224201826554711976125843201613880.2710.3250.4280.75286346428387
LgAvg294.326223912139270542109115825636132014690.2530.3210.3950.716845501119441

The Tigers have not been playing well the last three weeks, but the weakness of the AL Central allowed them to go on a seven game losing streak without sliding out of first place.

So, the Blue Jays and A’s have the elite line-ups, and clearly it shows where the Yankees are not. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Batting vs. top three AL teams’ »

Yankees: Start hitting stop losing

Joe DiMaggio showing three year old Larry Vale...

Joe DiMaggio showing three year old Larry Valencourt how to hold a bat: West Palm Beach, Florida (Photo credit: State Library and Archives of Florida)

After losing two of three to the Kansas City Royals over the weekend, the New York Yankees have left me dumbstruck.

What else is there left to dissect or suggest, as the answer is pretty simple now that Kendry Morales has signed with the Twins.

If the Yankees do not start scoring runs, they will continue to lose series to teams that they should be beating.

Luckily the entire AL East is playing sub-par baseball, as all five teams lost yesterday.

So even though the Yankees are a .500 team (31-31) and stand in third place, they have been blessed with a window of opportunity to right the ship.

But what I am wondering is why the offense is not getting better?

The 2014 Yankees are supposed to be better than last year’s team, but they are not.

But today in 2013, the Yankees run differential was +15, were only a game and a half out of first with a 36-26 record.

This season’s Bronx Bombers are sporting a -31 run differential, and are six games back from the top. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Start hitting stop losing’ »