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Yankees: Almost forgot about Phil Hughes

Photograph of Phil Hughes taken on April 29, 2...

Photograph of Phil Hughes taken on April 29, 2008 at Yankee Stadium. 04:50, 1 May 2008 . . Mandalatv . . 1,272×954 (691 KB) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pitcher Phil Hughes is back in the Bronx, as he will be taking the hill for the first time not in New York Yankees pinstripes but as part of the Minnesota Twins rotation.

With so many new additions to the Yankees, and no Mark Teixeira in the lineup due to his bum wrist, again it might not seem as for weird for Hughes to face the line-up.

But you can bet that Hughes wants to make sure he lets the Yankees just what they are missing, after the Yankees let him walk without blinking during the off-season.

Hughes came up with the Yankees, and to say his time was full of ups and downs would be an understatement.

Personally, I was happy that Hughes went elsewhere. And someday I truly believe that Hughes will look back and agree that he wasn’t made for the Big Apple on a full-time basis.

Still, I hope the Yankees can muster up winning the rubber game today because let’s face it they need it, but also to stick in to Hughes. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Almost forgot about Phil Hughes’ »

Yankees: Let’s Go RANGERS!!!

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Let’s Go New York Rangers!!

It is no big secret that New York is in desperate need of some hardware.

You cannot count on the Mets, Jets, Giants, Nets, Knicks, or Islanders to bring home a championship to the Big Apple anytime soon.

So, the entire city will be cheering on the New York Rangers who are about to play for the Stanley Cup starting this coming Wednesday night either in Chicago or Los Angeles. The last time the Rangers won the Cup was back in 1994, so they are certainly due for another.

As for the New York Yankees, if they want to win a World Series in 2014 they have to start playing a lot better. This means staying healthy is key, and even though the Yankees are older just watch the San Antonio Spurs and that excuse goes right out the window.

No doubt, these next two weeks belong to the Rangers, as even non-hockey fans like myself will be watching, hoping and cheering!!! Continue reading ‘Yankees: Let’s Go RANGERS!!!’ »

Yankees: Are you having April and May offensive déjà vu too?

New York Yankees

New York Yankees (Photo credit: Keith Allison)

The New York Yankees took the rubber match last night, beating the St. Louis Cardinals, 7-4 in nine innings.

This series win also marks the end of May for the Yankees, who are amid a much-needed day off before they start a 17 straight games in row.

The 2014 Yankees finish the first two months with a 28-24 record, second place in the AL East, three games behind the hot Toronto Blue Jays.

Undoubtedly, the Yankees inconsistent offensive production has cost them games.

So far, the checks owner Hal Steinbrenner signed this past off-season to mend the lackluster line-up from 2013 has not paid off.

Shockingly with the onslaught of pitching injuries the Yankees have endured in April and May, the hitting has been their biggest issue.

The similarities in team batting stats from April and May in 2013 to this year is not too comforting. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Are you having April and May offensive déjà vu too?’ »

Yankees: Who are you because I do not know

Yankee Stadium - Cold Beer on a Hot Day

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

Margret Thatcher once said, “Of course it’s the same old story. Truth usually is the same old story.”

Don’t you think this sums the 2014 New York Yankees up in a nutshell?

Speaking as a fan, what I find most frustrating about this Yankees team is no one knows who they are because they don’t know either.

Lose three, win four, lose two, win one, lose four, and win three…catch my drift?

These Yankees are suffering from being constant inconstant, and as fan it is totally frustrating.

And following last night’s 6-0 blanking the Yankees took from the St. Louis Cardinals only proves this point more.

Problem here is good teams don’t play in the postseason, or win the World Series, the great one’s do.

And these Yankees seem to lose the one win, or win the one lose needed to either climb over the hill or fall off the cliff, if that makes any sense.

True, the Yankees have endured an obscene number of injuries this month but that made this current road trip seem like a blessing from the scheduling Gods. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Who are you because I do not know’ »

Yankees: Extra innings to losing Mark Teixeira

Mark Teixeira on the basepaths during a game b...

Mark Teixeira on the basepaths during a game between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles on August 26, 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After another ruff patch, the New York Yankees seem back on track winning a third game in row, 6-4 vs. the St. Louis Cardinals, following taking the two prior to split a four-game set vs. the Chicago White Sox.

Beating the Cards at Busch Stadium marked the Yankees second extra-innings win in their last six games, leaving them 4-1 in games that went over nine-innings.

Presently, the Yankees are in second place in the AL East, two back from the hot Toronto Blue Jays who are 9-1 in their last 10-games, and are looking to earn their eighth “W” in a row tonight.

Reality is the Yankees cannot afford to have another mini-collapse with the way the Blue Jays are rolling. Toronto just swept the AL leading Oakland A’s, which means this team is for real.

No doubt, May has not been the healthiest month for the Yankees, as the injuries seemed to come from every direction.

Games that were winnable turned into lost opportunities because this 2014 team has not found its groove, and they desperately need. The Yankees have faked fans by looking real good, only to got and lose a few stingers in a row.

Hence, why I cannot fully trust this team yet. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Extra innings to losing Mark Teixeira’ »

Yankees bats need to stop slumping to start winning

Mark Teixeira swings at a pitch during a game ...

Mark Teixeira swings at a pitch during a game between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles on August 28, 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is no denying it; the New York Yankees are not a good team right now.

True, the Yankees did beat the Cubs, 4-2 in the second game yesterday afternoon. And yes, it did take 13-innings to accomplish, but it doesn’t get better for fans than when their team shows some fight.

In all honesty, the Yankees couldn’t afford not to win after their incompetent offense played such a big role in helping Masahiro Tanaka break his 43-wins streak.

So, what is the matter with the Yankees?

You might presume that losing 60% of their starting rotation, along with Kelley Johnson, aka the new D-Rob to injuries would be the culprit. But no, as the pitching has been good, considering.

The truth behind why the Yankees cannot consistently win, making the games utterly painful to watch is that they are suffering from offensive anemia. Continue reading ‘Yankees bats need to stop slumping to start winning’ »