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Yankees: Pineda, Ellsbury injury updates

Breaking news…the injury bug has officially invaded the Bronx.

As New York Yankees pitcher, Michael ‘Pine Tar’ Pineda has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain of the teres major muscle, which is in the shoulder joint, and will miss about month.

Pineda had been down in Tampa a-mid a 10-day suspension for using pine tar, but he flew back to New York this past Tuesday night after experiencing back pain, while throwing a simulated game.

Considering the 25-year old is coming off surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder that had him in rehab for the past two years means there is good reason to be concerned here. I have read that the teres muscle is not directly connected with the rotator cuff but is right below the shoulder, which cannot be good.

With Ivan Nova out for the season too, the Yankees starting rotation is in some rough shape.

Pineda has arguably been one of the best pitchers so far this season with a 1.83 ERA, so this is a huge loss for the now hobbling Yankees. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Pineda, Ellsbury injury updates’ »

Yankees fans not cheering for Cano was ludicrous

“YOU-SOLD-OUT! YOU-SOLD-OUT! YOU-SOLD-OUT!”

That was the welcoming Robinson Cano got from Yankees fans last night in his first at-bat in the Bronx since joining the Mariners in the off-season.

Not a thank you for playing on average 160 games a season; or appreciation for being one of the best players in baseball for the last nine seasons.

Yankees fans don’t seem to care that Cano was part of the 2009 World Series Championship Team; or how Cano took part in the funniest prank since Jimmy Fallon took over the Tonight Show this past Monday night.

There was not highlight montage in center field before the game highlighting all Cano’s biggest Yankee moments, like the Red Sox did to thank Jacoby Ellsbury in Fenway Park just a week ago.

Do these Yankees fans even realize how stupid they look? Continue reading ‘Yankees fans not cheering for Cano was ludicrous’ »

Prices For Robinson Cano’s Return To Yankee Stadium Are 51% Below Season Ticket Average

Superstar second baseman Robinson Cano returns to Yankees Stadium this week, after signing a massive 10-year $240 million contract. But that hasn’t been enough to drive up ticket prices. Yankees tickets for the series are 51 percent below the season average, and each game has seen a decrease in weekly trend. That could be because even with Cano in the lineup, the Mariners are only 10-14, which is one of the worst records in the American League. The Yankees schedule continues its run of home games throughout the week with three games well below the season average.

4/29 7:05 SEA Chris Young vs. NYY CC Sabathia | Avg. Price: $45 | Get-in Price: $4

Yankees ace CC Sabathia got off to a tough start, but has pitched well his last two outings. Against the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox he let up just three combined earned runs in 13 innings of work. Still, prices for the game are the lowest of the series with an average price of $45 after a 54 percent drop over the week. And that’s knowing the Yankees have a chance to hit a couple of bombs against 34-year old Chris Young. The last time Young faced the Yankees he posted a 4.50 ERA at Citi Field. At Yankee Stadium the fly ball-pitcher might be in trouble. Continue reading ‘Prices For Robinson Cano’s Return To Yankee Stadium Are 51% Below Season Ticket Average’ »

Yankees: Are you on Team Robbie Cano?

Robinson Cano holds a bat prior to a game betw...

Robinson Cano holds a bat prior to a game between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles on August 28, 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Mariners are coming to town for a three game set, which could prove bittersweet for Yankees fans like myself.

It will be the first time Robinson Cano will be in playing baseball in the Bronx not donning the Yankees pinstripes.

The big elephant in the room is what kind of reception will the ex-homegrown, Yankee receive from the fans?

The answer is mixed, as Yankee Universe is divided on the subject of Cano and his departure for Seattle.

The break down is easy, you are either on Team Cano or Team Anti-Cano.

TEAM ANTI-CANO:

This side of Yankees fans has deemed Cano as plain greedy for turning down the Yankees 7-year, $175 million offer for more years and money.

They claim Cano’s loyalty can be bought for the right price, hence the 10-years and $240 million contact he inked with the Mariners and that there was no room left for his lazy attitude either.

Team A-C happens to be elated that Cano is gone, but only after he left. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Are you on Team Robbie Cano?’ »

Yankees: Tanaka vs Richards prediction

The rubber game of the series between the Yankees and Angels is tonight, and it a pitching duel you don’t want to miss.

As Yankees Masahiro Tanaka will face off against Angles Garrett Richards, both are 25-year old righties are off to excellent starts.

(Stats courtesy of baseball-reference.com & MLB.com)

2014 Pitching Stats - Masahiro Tanaka vs. Garrett Richards
PLAYER
W
L
ERA
G
GS
IP
BAA
H
R
ER
HR
BB
SO
BF
WHIP
H9
HR9
BB9
SO9
M. Tanaka302.154429.10.202228742351110.8186.81.20.610.7
G. Richards202.5244250.155137701424991.0804.70.05.08.6

Picking a favorite between the two is almost impossible, as the stats almost counter balance each other.

Richards has walked 14 batters on the season, while Tanaka just two.

But four batters have taken Tanaka deep, and none have gone yard off Richards.

Tanaka has pitched four more innings, but allowed nine more hits compared to Richards. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Tanaka vs Richards prediction’ »

Yankees: Pineda needs to be a team player

Michael Pineda - New York (AL) - 2012 Road

Michael Pineda – New York (AL) – 2012 Road (Photo credit: BaseballBacks)

As expected, New York Yankees pitcher Michaels Pineda received a 10-game suspension for getting tossed for having pine tar on his neck this past Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

This was the second time in two weeks that Pineda applied pine tar recklessly vs. Red Sox.

Instead of thanking the baseball Gods the first time, and showing respect to Boston’s skipper John Farrell for handing him a get-out-of-jail free card when there was clearly a substance on his hand, he did it again.

MLB had little choice, and now Pineda will miss his next two starts, which affects the Yankees starting rotation and roster.

Unlike going on the 15-day DL, Pineda’s 10-game suspension does not free up a spot on the 25-man roster, leaving the Yankees to work with 24.

With starter Ivan Nova needing Tommy John, and out for the season it exposes the Yankees strong rotation and leaves the team in a pickle of anyone gets injured. So his absence leaves the rotation in flux.

In order to fill Pineda’s spot, the Yankees had to send down utility man Dean Anna to Triple-A, which means Yangervis Solarte would be used as Derek Jeter’s back up at shortstop, God forbid.

Already, Pineda use of pine tar got him chucked in the second inning of a game, and taxed the Yankees bullpen, which resulted in a loss to the Red Sox. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Pineda needs to be a team player’ »