• The 27-Time World Champion Yankees…

    Posted by on October 4th, 2015 · Comments (11)

    …back into home field for the 2015 A.L. Wildcard game.

    See you on Tuesday.

    A-Rod The Not So Great

    Posted by on October 4th, 2015 · Comments (6)

    Coming into the last game of the season, here is Alex Rodriguez’ BA/OBA/SLG line in his last 50 games played: .189/.283/.384 (in 187 PA).

    Yes, that’s a one-eighty-nine batting average over his last one-hundred-eighty-seven plate appearances. Basically, since August 7th, A-Rod has hit like a pitcher in the National League.

    As much as people want to give A-Rod credit for lifting the Yankees this season, they should also realize he is a huge reason why they tanked down the stretch as well.

    New York @ Houston On Tuesday?

    Posted by on October 3rd, 2015 · Comments (2)

    One more Yankees loss and one more Astros win, and, that will be a reality.

    This from the Yankees team who was in 1st place with a seven game lead on July 28th.  They also had a 4-game lead in the wildcard top spot on September 23rd.

    Oh, and, by the way, the Yankees have lost 15 of their last 25 games.

    Talk about trending in the wrong direction.

    The Yankees Are In The Playoffs!

    Posted by on October 2nd, 2015 · Comments (4)

    The party is on!

    Will I watch them in the wildcard game? Of course! And, I will root for them and I hope that they win. (After all, I am a Yankees fan.)

    Do I expect them to play well and advance in the post-season? No, not really…not at all.

    I mean…have you seen them play?

    • They are 10-13 in their last 23 games.
    • They are 27-27 in their last 54 games.
    • Since July 29th, this Yankees team is 30-30.

    Heck, they have gone just 66-60 in their last 126 games. (That translates to being a 85-win team over a full season.)

    This Yankees team is a not a very good team. Yes, they made the playoffs. But, they lose as often as they win…for the last 23, 54, and 60 games. Sixty games is a huge sample size. That’s more than one-third of the season.

    There’s no way this Yankees team is going to win 12 games in the post-season. They probably won’t even win one.

    9-12

    Posted by on September 30th, 2015 · Comments (10)

    Yankees are 9-12 in their last 21 games. Further, they are 25-25 in their last 50 games.

    What a way to limp into the post-season.

    Shouldn’t you play like a champion if you want any chance to be a champion?

    26-25

    Posted by on September 23rd, 2015 · Comments (17)

    Yup, in their last 51 games, from July 29th through and including September 22nd, the Yankees are 26-25. That’s not exactly streaking towards the post-season, is it? I mean…51 games is like one-third of the season. So, don’t waive any sample size flags here. How can anyone get excited about this level of play?

    Yog

    Posted by on September 23rd, 2015 · Comments (8)

    He had a great run. Ninety years ain’t chump change. And, they were quality years.

    When he retired as a player, he was easily in the Top 50 of greatest (Post-1900) baseball position players of all-time. And, today, he’s still in the Top 125.

    Baseball lost a great one with his passing.

    At This Point, Plan For Getting To Kansas City

    Posted by on September 21st, 2015 · Comments (3)

    The Yankees are not going to catch the Blue Jays. That ship has just about sailed.

    Luckily, New York has a pretty good footing in the wildcard race. It would take a historic collapse for the Yankees not to play in the 2015 A.L. Wildcard game at this point.

    That said, they should start aligning themselves to have their best players – including pitchers! – rested and ready to go for that wildcard game…aiming to win it…and then advance to the ALDS (where they would probably play the Royals).

    Trying to catch the Jays at this point is just futile.

    Astros, Angels & Twins

    Posted by on September 20th, 2015 · Comments (6)

    If you are the Yankees, which team do you want to face in the wildcard game?

    Of course, with Houston, you run the risk of having to face Dallas Keuchel. With the Angels, it would be Garrett Richards or maybe Andrew Heaney.

    The Twins don’t scare me. Besides, the Twins never play well against the Yankees – especially in October.

    Assuming the game is played in Yankee Stadium, the key will be keeping the ball in the park. And, the Angels do have some long ballers.

    For me, I would say the pecking order is Twins-Astros-Angels, in terms of best chances to win the game. And, I suspect it will be Masahiro Tanaka for the Yankees and then Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller. And, don’t be shocked if Betances and Miller are asked to cover 3 or 4 innings.

    Are The Mets Better Than The Yankees?

    Posted by on September 18th, 2015 · Comments (13)

    Some say the answer is yes.

    The bigger question for me is “Will the Yankees score more than 5 runs in any of these games at CitiField?” (I don’t believe that they will do it.)

    I suspect that no one will sweep this series. And, Saturday will be the swing game – meaning whomever wins on Saturday will win the series. But, that’s just my gut talking.

    Yankees Are 97 % Sure To Make The Post-Season

    Posted by on September 16th, 2015 · Comments (6)

    That’s the number according to many of the baseball playoff odds sources out there, as of this morning.

    Now, keep in mind that the Yankees are 12-13 in their last 25 games and 4-7 in the last 11 games.

    So, how do you feel? Do you think the Yankees are a lock for the 2015 post-season with 18 games left to play – including 6 on the road, in a row, against the Blue Jays and Mets?

    Personally, I think it’s going down to the last week of the season. And, then we will see how the Yankees do against the Red Sox and Orioles. Boston is 16-10 in their last 26 games. Baltimore is 8-4 in the last 12 games. If they can continue to play well leading into that last week, things could be tough for New York.

    Lastly, without question, the Yankees MUST beat up on the White Sox when they play them this month. Anything less than winning 3 out of 4 is unacceptable. Chicago is 14-17 in the last 31 games.

    Where Will The Yankees Be On The Morning Of September 24th?

    Posted by on September 12th, 2015 · Comments (6)

    In 1st place? Or, having clinched the wildcard? Or, on life support? Or…dead and buried? Oh, the next 11 days in Yankeeland are going to be interesting.

    Bore-Ring

    Posted by on September 9th, 2015 · Comments (13)

    Including tonight’s loss, the Yankees are now 20-19 in their last 39 games. That’s about one-quarter of a season.

    It’s no wonder why the Mets are taking over the town. Miss you, Boss.

    John Ryan Murphy

    Posted by on September 8th, 2015 · Comments (6)

    I  really want him to be the Yankees full-time catcher by 2017.  (Let McCann and A-Rod split DH duty by that time – maybe backing up Greg Bird at first…since Tex will be gone by that season.)

    Yankees, Rangers, Twins & Angels

    Posted by on September 6th, 2015 · Comments (8)

    It’s pretty much a lock that the Yankees have a wildcard slot this year, right?

    Tm W L W-L% R RA Rdiff SRS pythWL Luck
     NYY 75 59 .560 4.9 4.2 0.6 0.9 76-58 -1
     TEX 71 63 .530 4.4 4.6 -0.2 0.1 64-70 7
     MIN 70 65 .518 4.3 4.4 -0.1 0.2 66-69 4
     LAA 68 67 .504 4.0 4.1 -0.1 0.1 66-69 2
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    Generated 9/6/2015.

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    Who pitches that game for the Yankees?  Tanaka, Pineda or Severino?

    What’s Left For The 2015 Yankees?

    Posted by on August 30th, 2015 · Comments (6)

    Still to be played:

    • 6 games against the Orioles.
    • 6 games against the Rays.
    • 7 games against the Blue Jays.
    • 7 games against the Red Sox.
    • 3 games against the Mets.
    • 4 games against the White Sox.

    That’s a total of 33 games.  Some should be easy – like the ones against Boston and Chicago.  But, some will be tougher – like the ones against Jays and the Mets.  And, some will be interesting – like the ones against Baltimore and Tampa Bay.  Those dozen games against the O’s and Rays may just be the ones to push the Yankees over the top or sink their chances at hanging on to a playoff spot.

    What’s the Yankees magic number here?  Is 17 wins (in 33 games) enough to hang on and make the playoffs?  Or, does the number have to be closer to 18 or 19 wins?  What do you think?

    April & July

    Posted by on August 30th, 2015 · Comments (2)

    Two months does not a good season make, does it?

    Three New Books Every Yankees Fan Should Read

    Posted by on August 23rd, 2015 · Comments (0)
    • Seeing Home: The Ed Lucas Story: A Blind Broadcaster’s Story of Overcoming Life’s Greatest Obstacles – published April 21, 2015 – by Ed Lucas
    • The Pine Tar Game: The Kansas City Royals, the New York Yankees, and Baseball’s Most Absurd and Entertaining Controversy – published July 21, 2015 – by Filip Bondy
    • Billy Martin: Baseball’s Flawed Genius – published April 7, 2015 – by Bill Pennington

    Each one of these is different. But, they are all excellent and I highly recommend reading each one of them.

    The Lucas book is an amazing story.  It’s a book for readers of any age.  Yankees fans born before (say) 1973 probably know about Lucas – thanks to listening to the Scooter talk about him.  But, you have to read this book and learn about his incredible life.  Of course, it’s full of baseball stuff. Phenomenal man. Fascinating journey. Just a wonderful read.

    The Pine Tar Game is flat out fun. It’s more than just the game – it’s backstories galore. Some of those are great trips down memory lane. Others are new to most and super-illuminating. Bondy takes you down a bunch of different roads with this one and each trip as a great story. Great baseball history stuff in this one as well.

    Pennington’s biography of Martin is a much bigger book than the other two reads. But, it’s the real deal. Think Jane Leavy’s “The Last Boy,” or Leigh Montville’s “The Big Bam” or James Hirsch’s book on Willie Mays. Without question, this book will go down in history as THE BOOK on Billy Martin. And, it’s a great one. You will not want to put it down once you start it.

    You can’t go wrong with any of these books. They are the three best baseball books that I have read this year. If you haven’t read any of these yet, check them out. Again, they’re different types of books – compared to each other. But, they’re all great.

    Most Valuable Pitchers In Baseball History, 500+ Starts

    Posted by on August 21st, 2015 · Comments (1)
    Rk Player WAR GS From To Age G W L W-L% SV IP SO ERA ERA+
    1 Walter Johnson 152.3 666 1907 1927 19-39 802 417 279 .599 34 5914.1 3509 2.17 147
    2 Roger Clemens 139.4 707 1984 2007 21-44 709 354 184 .658 0 4916.2 4672 3.12 143
    3 Pete Alexander 117.0 600 1911 1930 24-43 696 373 208 .642 32 5190.0 2198 2.56 135
    4 Tom Seaver 106.3 647 1967 1986 22-41 656 311 205 .603 1 4783.0 3640 2.86 127
    5 Greg Maddux 104.6 740 1986 2008 20-42 744 355 227 .610 0 5008.1 3371 3.16 132
    6 Randy Johnson 104.3 603 1988 2009 24-45 618 303 166 .646 2 4135.1 4875 3.29 135
    7 Phil Niekro 97.4 716 1964 1987 25-48 864 318 274 .537 29 5404.0 3342 3.35 115
    8 Bert Blyleven 96.5 685 1970 1992 19-41 692 287 250 .534 0 4970.0 3701 3.31 118
    9 Christy Mathewson 95.9 551 1901 1916 20-35 630 373 185 .668 30 4755.0 2492 2.11 137
    10 Gaylord Perry 93.7 690 1962 1983 23-44 777 314 265 .542 10 5350.0 3534 3.11 117
    11 Warren Spahn 92.6 665 1942 1965 21-44 750 363 245 .597 28 5243.2 2583 3.09 119
    12 Eddie Plank 86.5 529 1901 1917 25-41 623 326 194 .627 23 4495.2 2246 2.35 122
    13 Steve Carlton 84.1 709 1965 1988 20-43 741 329 244 .574 2 5217.2 4136 3.22 115
    14 Nolan Ryan 83.8 773 1966 1993 19-46 807 324 292 .526 3 5386.0 5714 3.19 112
    15 Robin Roberts 83.1 609 1948 1966 21-39 676 286 245 .539 25 4688.2 2357 3.41 113
    16 Fergie Jenkins 82.8 594 1965 1983 22-40 664 284 226 .557 7 4500.2 3192 3.34 115
    17 Mike Mussina 82.7 536 1991 2008 22-39 537 270 153 .638 0 3562.2 2813 3.68 123
    18 Tom Glavine 74.0 682 1987 2008 21-42 682 305 203 .600 0 4413.1 2607 3.54 118
    19 Don Sutton 68.7 756 1966 1988 21-43 774 324 256 .559 5 5282.1 3574 3.26 108
    20 Rick Reuschel 68.2 529 1972 1991 23-42 557 214 191 .528 5 3548.1 2015 3.37 114
    21 Jim Palmer 68.1 521 1965 1984 19-38 558 268 152 .638 4 3948.0 2212 2.86 125
    22 Tommy John 62.3 700 1963 1989 20-46 760 288 231 .555 3 4710.1 2245 3.34 111
    23 Andy Pettitte 60.9 521 1995 2013 23-41 531 256 153 .626 0 3316.0 2448 3.85 117
    24 Jim Bunning 60.3 519 1955 1971 23-39 591 224 184 .549 16 3760.1 2855 3.27 115
    25 Frank Tanana 57.5 616 1973 1993 19-39 638 240 236 .504 1 4188.1 2773 3.66 106
    26 Jerry Koosman 57.1 527 1967 1985 24-42 612 222 209 .515 17 3839.1 2556 3.36 110
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    Most Valuable Catchers In Baseball History, 1,500+ Games

    Posted by on August 21st, 2015 · Comments (5)
    Rk Player WAR/pos G From To Age PA R H 2B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
    1 Johnny Bench 75.0 2158 1967 1983 19-35 8674 1091 2048 381 389 1376 891 1278 .267 .342 .476
    2 Gary Carter 69.9 2295 1974 1992 20-38 9019 1025 2092 371 324 1225 848 997 .262 .335 .439
    3 Ivan Rodriguez 68.4 2543 1991 2011 19-39 10270 1354 2844 572 311 1332 513 1474 .296 .334 .464
    4 Carlton Fisk 68.3 2499 1969 1993 21-45 9853 1276 2356 421 376 1330 849 1386 .269 .341 .457
    5 Mike Piazza 59.4 1912 1992 2007 23-38 7745 1048 2127 344 427 1335 759 1113 .308 .377 .545
    6 Yogi Berra 59.3 2120 1946 1965 21-40 8359 1175 2150 321 358 1430 704 414 .285 .348 .482
    7 Bill Dickey 55.8 1789 1928 1946 21-39 7065 930 1969 343 202 1209 678 289 .313 .382 .486
    8 Gabby Hartnett 53.4 1991 1922 1941 21-40 7297 867 1912 396 236 1179 703 697 .297 .370 .489
    9 Ted Simmons 50.1 2456 1968 1988 18-38 9685 1074 2472 483 248 1389 855 694 .285 .348 .437
    10 Gene Tenace 46.8 1555 1969 1983 22-36 5527 653 1060 179 201 674 984 998 .241 .388 .429
    11 Ernie Lombardi 45.9 1852 1931 1947 23-39 6351 601 1792 277 190 990 430 262 .306 .358 .460
    12 Wally Schang 45.0 1840 1913 1931 23-41 6430 769 1506 264 59 705 849 573 .284 .393 .401
    13 Bill Freehan 44.7 1774 1961 1976 19-34 6900 706 1591 241 200 758 626 753 .262 .340 .412
    14 Jorge Posada 42.7 1829 1995 2011 23-39 7150 900 1664 379 275 1065 936 1453 .273 .374 .474
    15 Jason Kendall 41.5 2085 1996 2010 22-36 8702 1030 2195 394 75 744 721 686 .288 .366 .378
    16 Darrell Porter 40.7 1782 1971 1987 19-35 6570 765 1369 237 188 826 905 1025 .247 .354 .409
    17 Jim Sundberg 40.5 1962 1974 1989 23-38 6899 621 1493 243 95 624 699 963 .248 .327 .348
    18 Lance Parrish 39.3 1988 1977 1995 21-39 7797 856 1782 305 324 1070 612 1527 .252 .313 .440
    19 Victor Martinez 33.5 1547 2002 2015 23-36 6488 770 1749 361 198 980 604 679 .303 .369 .470
    20 Smoky Burgess 33.4 1692 1949 1967 22-40 5012 485 1318 230 126 673 477 270 .295 .362 .446
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    Most Valuable Starting Pitchers In Baseball, 1995-2013

    Posted by on August 21st, 2015 · Comments (0)
    Rk Player WAR From To Age G GS W L W-L% SV IP SO ERA ERA+
    1 Randy Johnson 84.4 1995 2009 31-45 430 417 222 104 .681 1 2890.0 3545 3.12 147
    2 Pedro Martinez 80.2 1995 2009 23-37 385 383 198 89 .690 0 2567.2 2885 2.91 156
    3 Curt Schilling 70.8 1995 2007 28-40 380 358 180 109 .623 9 2572.0 2612 3.43 133
    4 Roger Clemens 67.7 1995 2007 32-44 383 382 182 91 .667 0 2523.1 2471 3.31 138
    5 Roy Halladay 65.6 1998 2013 21-36 416 390 203 105 .659 1 2749.1 2117 3.38 131
    6 Mike Mussina 65.4 1995 2008 26-39 444 443 218 132 .623 0 2890.0 2415 3.80 120
    7 Greg Maddux 63.9 1995 2008 29-42 471 471 224 136 .622 0 3097.1 2081 3.24 133
    8 Andy Pettitte 60.9 1995 2013 23-41 531 521 256 153 .626 0 3316.0 2448 3.85 117
    9 Tim Hudson 55.3 1999 2013 23-37 427 426 205 111 .649 0 2813.2 1896 3.44 124
    10 Mark Buehrle 54.6 2000 2013 21-34 454 429 186 142 .567 0 2882.2 1660 3.84 117
    11 CC Sabathia 54.4 2001 2013 20-32 415 415 205 115 .641 0 2775.1 2389 3.60 121
    12 Tom Glavine 52.7 1995 2008 29-42 449 449 197 128 .606 0 2891.0 1703 3.51 122
    13 Johan Santana 50.7 2000 2012 21-33 360 284 139 78 .641 1 2025.2 1988 3.20 136
    14 Kevin Brown 50.7 1995 2005 30-40 299 290 133 80 .624 0 1977.2 1655 2.93 143
    15 Roy Oswalt 49.9 2001 2013 23-35 365 341 163 102 .615 0 2245.1 1852 3.36 127
    16 John Smoltz 47.1 1995 2009 28-42 521 279 135 80 .628 154 2115.0 2025 3.16 136
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    Most Valuable Catchers In Baseball, 1997-2011

    Posted by on August 21st, 2015 · Comments (2)
    Rk Player WAR/pos From To Age G PA R H 2B HR RBI BB BA OBP SLG
    1 Ivan Rodriguez 50.2 1997 2011 25-39 1813 7402 1007 2083 414 243 992 370 .301 .337 .477
    2 Jorge Posada 43.0 1997 2011 25-39 1820 7135 899 1663 379 275 1065 935 .274 .375 .475
    3 Jason Kendall 39.9 1997 2010 23-36 1955 8231 976 2071 371 72 702 686 .287 .365 .377
    4 Mike Piazza 37.0 1997 2007 28-38 1375 5522 729 1474 266 299 926 556 .300 .372 .540
    5 Joe Mauer 34.6 2004 2011 21-28 918 3911 545 1096 216 84 502 465 .323 .403 .471
    6 Victor Martinez 27.3 2002 2011 23-32 1149 4819 585 1298 275 143 741 457 .303 .370 .469
    7 Javy Lopez 26.0 1997 2006 26-35 1168 4579 550 1204 225 209 705 298 .287 .340 .497
    8 Jason Varitek 24.3 1997 2011 25-39 1546 5839 664 1307 306 193 757 614 .256 .341 .435
    9 Ramon Hernandez 23.0 1999 2011 23-35 1457 5450 560 1295 250 161 723 418 .266 .330 .419
    10 Brian McCann 20.3 2005 2011 21-27 882 3465 377 878 200 136 537 331 .286 .358 .486
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    2015 A.L. East Three-Quarter Pole

    Posted by on August 18th, 2015 · Comments (4)

    One quarter left to the 2015 season and it appears to be a three team race in the A.L. East: Yankees, Blue Jays and Orioles.

    Baltimore closes out the season with 7 games against Toronto and New York. That could be interesting.

    And, the Yankees and Blue Jays still have to play each other 7 more times this year. Those should be fun games.

    Of course, having two wildcards sort of takes the sense of urgency away from the whole thing, a little bit.

    Been There, Didi This Before?

    Posted by on August 14th, 2015 · Comments (3)

    Since June 19th, Didi Gregorius has a BA/OBA/SLG line of .299/.343/.402 (in 180 PA). And, that’s impressive.

    But, to be candid, when I see this, I think back to 2011 when everyone wanted to throw that “Kevin Long has fixed Curtis Granderson!” parade…and then the Grandyman went back to being “K”urtis Granderson.

    Then again, Gregorius did hit a bit, at times, in the minors. Maybe he is just coming into his own now?

    In any event, with the glove, while he’s not Andrelton Simmons or Brandon Crawford, having Gregorius in the field has been a positive, overall, for the Yankees (this year). And, he just might be the best fielding SS in the American League for 2015.

    This Moment In Yankees History Brought To You By Robitussin

    Posted by on August 13th, 2015 · Comments (8)

    Cough, Cough…

    Via The Daily News

    For the first time in six weeks, the Yankees are looking up at somebody else.

    The run as the American League East’s top team came to an end Wednesday night when the Indians handed the Yankees (61-51) a 2-1 loss, dropping them to second place in the division as the Blue Jays (63-52) won their 10th straight game.

    The Yankees, meanwhile, have lost five straight and have seen a lead that was as large as seven games on July 28 disintegrate, relegating them to second place for the first time since July 1.

    Seven games in a span of about two weeks. Poooof!

    That’s pretty hard to do.

    And, George would never tolerate it.

    Welcome To The Low Point Of The Yankees 2015 Season

    Posted by on August 12th, 2015 · Comments (3)

    Coming off a series at home where you played like boys against men (versus Toronto), you head into Cleveland to play an Indians team with a starting line-up that looks more like a Triple-A team (than a good big league team) – and, you lose this game in 16 innings?

    Really?

    And, you want to be my 2015  playoff contender?

    I don’t think so…

    Having 3+ Pitchers Born In The Dominican Republic Start Games For You In The Same Season

    Posted by on August 10th, 2015 · Comments (2)

    This year, the Yankees added another entry into a rather small group:

    Rk Year Tm #Matching
    1 2005 Texas Rangers 5 P. Astacio / Joaq. Benoit / Juan Dominguez / Ricardo Rodriguez / Ed. Volquez
    2 2006 Colorado Rockies 4 Miguel Asencio / Denny Bautista / Ubaldo Jimenez / Juan Morillo
    3 2006 Kansas City Royals 4 Denny Bautista / Ambiorix Burgos / Runelvys Hernandez / Odalis Perez
    4 2002 Cincinnati Reds 4 Jose Acevedo / Carlos Almanzar / Luis Pineda / Jose Rijo
    5 2000 Boston Red Sox 4 Hector Carrasco / Pedro Martinez / Ramon Martinez / Hipolito Pichardo
    6 2015 Kansas City Royals 3 Johnny Cueto / Yordano Ventura / Edinson Volquez
    7 2015 Los Angeles Dodgers 3 Carlos Frias / Yimi Garcia / Juan Nicasio
    8 2015 New York Yankees 3 Ivan Nova / Michael Pineda / Luis Severino
    9 2014 Cincinnati Reds 3 Daniel Corcino / Johnny Cueto / Alfredo Simon
    10 2014 New York Mets 3 Bartolo Colon / Jenrry Mejia / Rafael Montero
    11 2014 New York Yankees 3 Ivan Nova / Michael Pineda / Esmil Rogers
    12 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates 3 Francisco Liriano / Wandy Rodriguez / Edinson Volquez
    13 2013 Tampa Bay Rays 3 Roberto Hernandez / Alex Colome / Enny Romero
    14 2012 Houston Astros 3 Fernando Abad / Aneury Rodriguez / Wandy Rodriguez
    15 2012 Minnesota Twins 3 Sam Deduno / Francisco Liriano / Esmerling Vasquez
    16 2012 New York Mets 3 Miguel Batista / Jeurys Familia / Jenrry Mejia
    17 2011 Colorado Rockies 3 Ubaldo Jimenez / Juan Nicasio / Esmil Rogers
    18 2011 Houston Astros 3 Aneury Rodriguez / Wandy Rodriguez / Henry Sosa
    19 2011 New York Yankees 3 Bartolo Colon / Hector Noesi / Ivan Nova
    20 2008 Baltimore Orioles 3 Daniel Cabrera / Radhames Liz / Alfredo Simon
    21 2008 Houston Astros 3 Alberto Arias / Runelvys Hernandez / Wandy Rodriguez
    22 2007 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3 Hector Carrasco / Bartolo Colon / Ervin Santana
    23 2007 Baltimore Orioles 3 Daniel Cabrera / Radhames Liz / Victor Santos
    24 2006 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3 Hector Carrasco / Bartolo Colon / Ervin Santana
    25 2006 Arizona Diamondbacks 3 Miguel Batista / Juan Cruz / Claudio Vargas
    26 2006 Washington Nationals 3 Pedro Astacio / Ramon Ortiz / Beltran Perez
    27 2005 Kansas City Royals 3 Denny Bautista / Runelvys Hernandez / Jose Lima
    28 2004 Texas Rangers 3 Joaquin Benoit / Juan Dominguez / Ricardo Rodriguez
    29 2003 Kansas City Royals 3 Miguel Asencio / Runelvys Hernandez / Jose Lima
    30 2003 Texas Rangers 3 Joaquin Benoit / Juan Dominguez / Victor Santos
    31 2001 Chicago Cubs 3 Manny Aybar / Juan Cruz / Julian Tavarez
    32 2001 Houston Astros 3 Pedro Astacio / Octavio Dotel / Jose Lima
    33 1999 Boston Red Sox 3 Pedro Martinez / Ramon Martinez / Juan Pena
    34 1997 Montreal Expos 3 Pedro Martinez / Jose Paniagua / Carlos Perez
    35 1995 San Francisco Giants 3 Jose Bautista / Salomon Torres / Sergio Valdez
    36 1993 Los Angeles Dodgers 3 Pedro Astacio / Pedro Martinez / Ramon Martinez
    37 1992 Los Angeles Dodgers 3 Pedro Astacio / Pedro Martinez / Ramon Martinez
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    Thirty seven times, in baseball history, to date.

    This Is The Second Time I Have Seen A First Place Team Chasing A Second Place Team

    Posted by on August 10th, 2015 · Comments (6)

    The other time was 1978.

    Prediction: Starting Tonight

    Posted by on August 6th, 2015 · Comments (15)

    The Yankees will go 17-20 in their next 37 games, including the one this evening. But, what do I know?

    If they prove me wrong, and win at least 20 of their next 37 games, then I will be convinced that they are a legit contender to make the post-season and do some damage in October.

    Ball’s in their court. Prove me right, or, wrong, Yankees.

    Now, watch…they will split the difference and win 18 or 19 of their next 37 games. That would be right on pace with how they have played in their last 73 games.

    This Date In Yankees History, 1985

    Posted by on August 4th, 2015 · Comments (5)

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