The Yankees have won 6 of their last 7 games. The Mets have won their last 11 games in a row. Neither team can claim that they’re presently riding a bad wave. And, they face each other now on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
No truth to the rumor that the Yankees are going to invite Luis Castillo to throw out the first pitch on Friday. But, I suspect that the 7-Line gang is going to invade Yankee Stadium like never before…
The whole thing should make for some interesting sports talk radio in NYC on Monday morning.
|1||2015||New York Yankees||9||.461||45||49|
|2||2014||New York Yankees||162||.478||633||664|
|3||2013||New York Yankees||162||.485||650||671|
Only the magic of Joe Girardi has transformed this mess into something slightly over a .500 ballclub.
Of course, the idiocracy of the mediocrity is not holding those responsible for roster construction accountable.
Yeah, I know…it’s early.
You know things are bad when Bald Vinny says it’s so.
I’m not usually a Podcast person. But, this one is worth listening to…as Vinny tells it like it is, in terms of what’s happening with Yankee Stadium.
Now, this is putting the pedal to the metal.
I remember when Ryan Ruocco and Tara Cannistraci were just annoying at the Stadium.
Mr. Potato Head’s protégé is flat out painful to listen to as he does Spring Training games on YES.
That’s what it says here.
From July 29, 2012 through the end of the 2014 season, Mark Teixeira has played in 165 games for the Yankees.
During that time, his BA/OBA/SLG line was .209/.306/.388 in 593 At Bats.
He will be paid $46 million by the Yankees over the next two years.
The 2015 Yankees are counting on CC Sabathia’s knee to hold up. And, they are counting on Masahiro Tanaka’s elbow not exploding. But, there’s more!
The are also counting on Michael Pineda’s maturity, Ivan Nova’s recovery, and, some sort of Eliza Doolittle miracle with Nathan Eovaldi.
Basically, their entire starting rotation is counting on something that’s not favorable.
This may just be the season where Chris Capuano makes 25 starts for the Yankees and leads the team in that category for the season.
Count on that.
As of today, here are your 2015 New York Yankees on Opening Day:
Esmil Rogers or Gonzalez Germen
Girardi’s Binder may be the team MVP. There’s going to be a lot of mixing and matching required this season.
Seriously, of the 25/26 players listed above, I would NOT be shocked if 14 or 15 of them spend some time on the disabled list at one point or another during the season. Basically, the names have changed, somewhat. But, 2015 in Yankeeland is going to be a lot like 2014 – sans the Jeter Farewell Tour spin that the organization can use to sell the season.
200 days ago, I walked away from this blog. After 9 years and 8-plus months of doing it, for several reasons, it seemed like the time had come. (Besides, at one point, I was talking about 10 years being enough. So, I just got a head-start on my retirement.)
Do I miss it? Once in a blue moon, yes, something comes up where I want to write about it. But, for the most part, life keeps me busy enough to be distracted with things to fill my time.
In any event, since my exit was somewhat abrupt, I wanted to drop a post here…now…to share some thoughts. (Yeah, commas and ellipses! Did you miss them?)
I sincerely appreciate everyone’s interest over the years in what I had to share here. Well…most of it. Honestly, the trolls and trouble-makers weren’t appreciated. But, that’s the nature of the internet. And, I suppose you have to take the bad with the good.
It was a wild ride. I still cannot believe that I wrote about every freaking game from 2005 through 2009. What was I thinking? And, that whole SNY.tv thing from March 2008 through February 2010 seems surreal now – like it happened to someone else. (Actually, since then, it has…many times over.) I could add many more memorable milestones and events here. But, that’s all in the past.
I want to name a some faithful followers – many of whom were here for the whole run – with a shout-out now. Several of those who I had the pleasure of meeting in person and/or getting to know better on the side. But, there’s so many of you that I don’t want to run the risk of missing anyone. (Besides, you all know who you are!)
The blog was a great outlet for me to have fun writing. You guys and gals were something that I never expected. You also made this destination interesting for all those reading it.
I hope everyone has a great holiday season and best wishes for the new year.
Oh…and…thanks, for everything. If I live to be ninety, I will always remember that I once wrote a blog for nearly a decade and it was pretty popular at one time for a spell. Yeah, me – go figure!
Derek Jeter has played the most games by any man in history who played one defensive position and never played anywhere else. He is the only big leaguer in history with 11 seasons in his career in which he batted over .300 and finished with both double-digit homers and steals. He’s one of only six players who played for the same team at age 20 and after turning 40. (The others: Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Brooks Robinson, George Brett, Cal Ripken Jr.) During his 20 years in the majors, Jeter has played in over 2,900 games (between the regular and post-season) and was never ejected by an umpire. And, he better have a voting percentage of at least 99% when his name first appears on a ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
Do me a favor…
…if you’re the last one here, please remember to turn out the lights and lock the door on your way out. And, thanks!
He’s playing like a man who knows Brian Roberts is toast.
Padres got him in the draft yesterday. He went high – as expected.
For some reason, he’s the guy who interested me the most in this draft. I think he could be very good. Maybe not Derek Jeter. But, for sure, he’ll be better than Matt Bush.
He’s a very exciting player – at least to me. I think he could be just as good as Jose Reyes, if things go well for him.
BBA America had him at #89 in their top 200 prospects list. Yankees took him at #55.
Short lefty relief pitcher with a fastball-slider combo.
At best, maybe he can be Billy Wagner or Ricardo Rincon. At the worst, he can be Joe Klink. In the end, he’ll probably be somewhere in between.
The least amount of wins by a Yankees team, through the first 58 games of the season, since 1996:
This is the fourth time since 2005 where the Yankees have not been above .500 after 58 games. Didn’t Cashman get total control around 2005…and the non-core-four players that Michael/Watson brought in were mostly gone by then?
He had a huge hand in those Yankees rings from 1996-2000.
…and, the question is “Why?”
Just look at how the team is trending, in terms of results, over the last six years:
2009: Won the World Series
2010: Lost the ALCS.
2011: Lost the ALDS.
2012: Lost the ALCS, very badly – after just barely getting through the ALDS.
2013: Won 85 and missed the playoffs completely.
2014: On pace to only win 84 games.
The trend line here is going downward, no? See:
- In 2009, they were a powerhouse team who won 100+ games and a World Series ring.
- In 2010, they are a near 100-win team who pushed the ALCS to six games.
- In 2011, it was like 2010 – except that couldn’t get back to the ALCS.
- In 2012, they won a lot during the regular season. But, in the playoffs, they were one of the worst teams in the A.L. group.
- In 2013, they only won 85 games and deserved to win less.
- And, we know about this year…
Baseball is a results driven business, right? At some point, SOMEONE in the Yankees ownership team has to see this trend-line and make a change…or, is that never going to happen?
Somehow, I don’t think there’s going to be a line of Steiner Collectibles celebrating “The Foul.”
The story via the AP –
Derek Jeter jogged nonchalantly down the left field line with the ball in his glove, thinking the play was over.
For a star with a resume full of memorable moments, he then nearly made a blunder worthy of a blooper reel.
Jeter’s rare mental mistake helped give Kyle Seager his second triple Monday night to go along with a homer and a double in the Seattle Mariners’ 10-2 victory over the New York Yankees.
“I almost gave it to a fan,” Jeter said. “I thought for sure the ball was foul because I was in foul territory.”
The play that confused the Yankees captain came in the fourth inning, when Seager hit a blooper down the line that bounced off the glove of sliding left fielder Brett Gardner. Jeter was also giving chase and had a chance to make the catch off the deflection, but couldn’t come up with it.
With his back to third base umpire Brian Gorman, Jeter did not see the fair signal. When he corralled the ball in foul ground, he took several more steps toward the corner. He looked surprised when he turned, and his throw to third was too late.
“It was a weird play,” Seager said. “I basically just kept running.”
Yankees starter David Phelps (1-3) hollered “throw the ball!” as Seager headed to third. After the play was over, Jeter could be seen on television saying “I thought it was foul” as he walked back to the infield.
“My emotions got the best of me,” Phelps said. “I was trying to scream at him to get his attention, hoping he didn’t throw the ball into the stands.”
Actually, this “play” just may become the signature moment of this Yankees season. And, that’s very sad.
Worse, overall this season, they are 20-24 in games NOT started by Masahiro Tanaka.
They really stink this year.
…they should have kept some for themselves. Well, that, and, they should have prayed for rain after 8 innings.
I was at this one today.
Other than getting some nice seats cheap on StubHub, having my son get a free bat, not much positive to say about the trip.
When I saw the line-up, I thought “This is a major league team?” I got my answer once they started playing.
Via Wally Matthews -
The Yankees did not pitch well, they did not hit well and they did not run the bases well in their 6-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins at the Stadium tonight.
But playing poorly was not the worst of their sins; even the best of teams can have a bad night now and then.
In this one, however, the Yankees weren’t just bad. They were boring, and that is a lot worse.
How boring were they? In the sixth inning, down by just three runs and with Ricky Nolasco, a pitcher with a 6.12 ERA still in the game, what was left of the announced crowd of 42,245 began doing the wave.
Not just once and not just twice. At least four times, the silly shouting and raising of hands circled the ballpark. Clearly, the crowd had no further interest in watching a game that on the scoreboard at least was not close to being out of reach.
On the field, however, it was a different story. The Yankees had nine hits, and three of them were timely — Jacoby Ellsbury’s RBI double in the third, Derek Jeter’s single in the fifth that looked like it would score a run but wound up turning into a soul-crushing, inning-ending rundown thanks to the arm of Twins right-fielder Oswaldo Arcia and a rare baserunning mistake by Jeter, and Yangervis Solarte’s single in the sixth, that looked as if it would score Roberts — until a rifle shot from Arcia nailed him at the plate for the final out.
But it seemed as if the crowd had come in with little faith in the Yankees’ ability to score runs tonight, and with good reason. Time and again, their big hitters failed in clutch situations. Three times, Brian McCann came up with runners on base, twice with a runner in scoring position. He made an out all three times, ending the inning twice. He did manage a two-out single in the eight, which went nowhere when Brian Roberts flied out. Roberts also got picked off first after leading off the second inning with a single.
The sad fact is that right now, every team but the Yankees is taking advantage of their homer-friendly ballpark. Arcia hit a long solo homer in the second. Josh Willingham hit a longer solo homer in the fourth. Two batters later, Trevor Plouffe hit the longest homer of all, into the mesh above Monument Park, to give the Twins a 4-1 lead. All of them came off Vidal Nuno, who took the loss.
Meanwhile, the Yankees — formerly known as the Bronx Bombers — rank eighth in the AL and 17th in baseball with just 47 home runs, and have no player in double digits. (The Toronto Blue Jays lead the pack with 80).
“This is not a lineup that’s filled with a ton of power, so we’re going to have to put hits together and hit doubles and steal some bases and do some things like that,” Joe Girardi said.
The manager then launched into a bizarre justification in which he ridiculed people who said the Yankees were too reliant on home runs in previous seasons. “Now we’re hitting singles and now we’re not hitting home runs and I’m being asked why we’re not hitting home runs,” Girardi said. “I was thinking back a couple of years, people were asking me, well, all you do is score runs with home runs. What are you going to do when you don’t hit home runs?”
Girardi’s team provided the answer tonight: Lose. And lose boringly.
On the bright side, Tanaka is pitching today.
No idea how big or hairy Kendrys is…?
Only FOUR players in baseball history have 6+ seasons with 40+ homeruns AND 100+ walks:
|1||Babe Ruth||10||1920||1932||25-37||Ind. Seasons|
|2||Barry Bonds||8||1993||2004||28-39||Ind. Seasons|
|3||Adam Dunn||6||2004||2012||24-32||Ind. Seasons|
|4||Jim Thome||6||1997||2006||26-35||Ind. Seasons|
If Dunn can do it 2 more times, which is possible, then he will join Ruth and Bonds as the only three batters in big league history to do it 8+ times. Amazing.
As much as I still, now, have nightmares about the 2004 ALCS, this was pretty funny last night.