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Yankees: Beating Bedard should be enough to win

Joe Maddon

Joe Maddon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After enduring a torturous Friday night loss, the Yankees dusted themselves off and paid back the Rays yesterday to tie up the series at a game apiece.

Even with the unpredictable CC Sabathia on the bump, one would think the Yankees bats could crush the ball against Rays’ Erik Bedard enough to win no matter what.

Until I remembered that the Yankees faced Bedard at the Trop back on April 18th, and scored four earned runs off him in the second inning. Mind-you, the Yankees lost the game 11-5, thanks to their bullpen being ineffective and the Rays relievers doing the opposite.

Ideally the Yankees batters need to come at Bedard swinging early, and score enough runs if Sabathia is done after the five innings, which is a crap-shoot at this point.

It was clear yesterday that Ray’s skipper aficionado Joe Maddon purposely rested his bullpen knowing not to expect Bedard to give him length. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Beating Bedard should be enough to win’ »

Yankees: Not much to say after heartbreaking loss

The New York Yankees lost a 14-inning heartbreak-er early this morning to none other than the Tampa Bay Rays, 10-5.

Derek Jeter went 0-7 for the first time in his career, and the Yankees were 1-13 with runners in scoring position (RISP) so my guess is the mood in the clubhouse was probably pretty somber.

This game marked the third loss in a row for the Yankees. It also took them officially out of first place, and moved the Orioles atop of the AL East.

If the Yankees want to end this losing streak the offense has to score runs.

And no time, like the present as the bullpen is officially decimated and it would be nice to secure a win for Masahiro Tanaka, who is going to have to go the distance today.

The Yankees have two early afternoon affairs left against Tampa Bay before heading out on a quick West coast trip to face the Angels and Brewers. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Not much to say after heartbreaking loss’ »

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?’ »