• 2018 Post Season

    Posted by on October 2nd, 2018 · Comments (0)

    The Wildcard is a coin flip. Anything can happen at any time in one baseball game. This is why betting on baseball games is foolish. That said, if the Yankees win, it would really make my day if they could then go on and beat Boston. Anything after that would be gravy, in my mind. This is supposed to be the season of the Red Sox juggernaut. How wonderful would it be for the Yankees to vanquish them? The only thing better would be if the Yankees came back from being down 0-3 to beat them in seven. I swear, literally, I would do a dance in public if that happened. Yeah, like Thanos, I want balance in the universe!

    Andrew McCutchen

    Posted by on August 31st, 2018 · Comments (1)

    Andrew McCutchen? That’s A LOT better than Shane Robinson! But, I guess it means that Judge is not coming back any time soon…if at all this year.

    The Yankees? It’s such a different feel this year compared to last year, isn’t it?

    Anyway, they are not catching the Red Sox. The gap is too big, there’s not enough time, and the team is not talented enough to pull a miracle comeback. As far as the wildcard, it would be a MAJOR upset if they didn’t get one of the wildcard spots at this point.

    Earlier in the season, things were looking great. But, the situation with Sanchez and Bird, Gardner’s poor season, and then the injury to Judge…ugh. And, the pitching? Severino in the second half has been terrible. The pick-ups of Happ and Lynn help…but, it’s not enough. Lastly, I am not impressed with Aaron Boone. He’s not totally terrible. But, he’s not an asset. He’s basically a puppet for the post-game media sessions.

    Other than the Rookie of the Year battle, there’s really not a lot of interesting stuff here with this Yankees team – at least not now. It just seems like nothing goes right for this team any more. (See: Clint Frazier. This would have been the perfect spot for him to get playing time. But, with his injury, we got to watch Shane Robinson instead. Ugh!)

    Maybe they win the wildcard game? That’s not a lock. But, even if they advance to the ALDS, I don’t see them going past that point. The Yankees are not a bad team. But, they are nowhere as good as the really good teams. And, I think it might be the same story next year unless A LOT of guys have really big bounce back seasons.


    Posted by on July 31st, 2018 · Comments (0)

    Don’t discount the imminent trade deadline and the Aaron Judge injury as factors for the Nationals reportedly putting free agent to-be Bryce Harper on the market. I’m not saying he’s coming to New York. But, that potential fit and the Yankees stable of prospects makes for a great seller’s market for Washington. Sonny Gray, Clint Frazier, Chance Adams and Thairo Estrada for a 2 month rental? It’s possible. The question is…will someone else offer more?

    Still Ticking…

    Posted by on July 27th, 2018 · Comments (3)

    Hey, the Judge thing SUCKS. Really a bad break.

    At this point, it’s wildcard time. And, I’m pretty sure the Yankees will get a wildcard. What happens from there? Man, it would stink to lose a one-game playoff to the A’s or Mariners. But, it’s always possible. Anything can happen in one game.

    Don’t even get me started on Sanchez. DL excuse or not, the thing to always remember regarding Gary Sanchez is that he was somewhat losing favor with the Yankees as a minor leaguer for 3 or 4 years, and as recent as 2014, for a lack of conditioning, being lazy on the field, and for being sometimes insubordinate. That was written off as immaturity when he seemed to turn a corner and reportedly saw the light in 2015 and was knocking on the door of the big leagues. But, maybe that turn was just a blip and we shouldn’t be shocked now when he looks fat and dogs it on the field and seems indifferent to things? It could just be a return to the norm for him. I could really see the Sanchez thing going either way.

    What about me? Yeah, I know, I haven’t been around much. It’s been real busy. I’m still working a temp job and my son’s baseball schedule is crazy. Assuming the rain works out this weekend. He’ll be knocking on his 50th game played since the start of April this year (between school ball and his two travel teams). I haven’t missed a single game. And, when he’s not playing, I am usually the one taking him to practice and workouts. That’s really been my baseball focus this year. He’s a H.S. Freshmen next year. And, he’s already working out with the H.S players this summer. This stuff is starting to get real. May seem funny for some who go back to the beginning with me and this blog. He was a one-year old when I made my first blog post here.

    And, my daughter will be a H.S. Junior this September. The two of them really keep me and my wife occupied. I have to assume that the end of this blog is really coming. It’s been 14 seasons now. I don’t think it’s going to see 15? Anyway, let’s go Yankees!

    Back to my kid…

    Here’s an artsy photo that I made of him playing with some filters of a photo that I took last night. And, a video of him hitting a couple of days ago. Again, this is my baseball life these days. I squeeze the Yankees in where I can…and it’s not very often.

    I like this clip because it was a big AB late in a close game against a really good pitcher. It was 0-2 and he fought back to 3-2, with 2 outs and the bases loaded. (That’s why the runners are going.) He singled into left-center to drive in two and make a close game somewhat more comfortable.

    Neil Walker

    Posted by on July 4th, 2018 · Comments (7)

    Things are going GREAT for the Yankees.  No one can say that it’s not happening.  But, can someone please explain to me what is the deal with Neil Walker?  I mean…the greatest G.M. in the history of the game made Louise Meanwell go away like Thanos wiped out half of everybody.  But, for some reason, we still have Neil Walker?  Man, I don’t get it…

    Like A Good Gleyber, Torres Is There!

    Posted by on May 25th, 2018 · Comments (3)

    Please, please, please, let this be real and not something that’s going to pop like a balloon.

    Sonny Gray

    Posted by on May 12th, 2018 · Comments (3)

    He seems like a nice guy and I do hope that he pitches better.

    But, there’s always the case that he may just be another failed Cashman pitching acquisition along the lines of Michael Pineda, A.J. Burnett, Javy Vazquez, Kei Igawa, Nathan Eovaldi, Hideki Irabu, Jeff Weaver, Carl Pavano, Denny Neagle, Kevin Brown, Esteban Loaiza, etc.

    It’s All Good

    Posted by on May 3rd, 2018 · Comments (5)

    It’s been an interesting last 24 days! See? I told you the Yankees would be fine! They are rolling now. Although, can we please stop with the injuries? That said, it’s going to be a fun year. I totally LOVE watching Aaron Judge. You know that other teams have Trout, Harper, and guys like that…where you say “Why can’t we get a guy like that?” Well, we DO have that guy. There’s nothing not to love about Judge. And, Didi…I never thought he would be this good. But, I am happy that he is! And, how about Sabathia!

    Me? It’s been crazy since my last post. School baseball season started the day after that post. And, we’re heavy into travel baseball now too. Each week, my son as two or three school games. And, then he’s playing ball all weekend long too. Last weekend, we were over in Pennsylvania, the weekend before, we were in Mickleton NJ (real far away). This coming weekend, we’re in Yaphank, Long Island. Lots of driving! And, lots of times leaving at 5 AM to head to games. On top of that, in order to make his school games, I have been going into work early and leaving early. Basically, I get up at 5 AM EVERYDAY now – and, I am NOT a morning person.

    It’s all good. School ball stops in about 3 weeks. And, the tournament schedule is lighter in June. (Although, it’s going to be insane again in July.) But, this is his thing and it’s fun to watch.

    For those who have been here since the beginning, remember, he was ONE year old when I started this blog. And, next September, he heads off to High School. Man, that went quick! (Yeah, that’s him in the picture, hitting.)

    Anyway – back to the Yankees. Enjoy it! This is a very good team. I would be shocked if they don’t make the playoffs. What happens there…we will have to wait and see.

    Hello & OMG

    Posted by on April 9th, 2018 · Comments (4)

    Yeah, it’s been a while. Sorry guys! Started a new gig 15 days ago and had a serious family emergency 13 days ago. Needless to say, the past couple of weeks have been a blur. And, the two weeks before that? I can’t even remember at this point.

    Things are starting to get back to “normal.” And, it’s baseball season.

    My son had his first game yesterday. Only 55 or so more to go for him over the next 17 weeks. He’s on four teams right now. It’s going to be a busy baseball season! But, that’s all good.

    Now, the Yankees. Gosh, people are freaking! Seriously, it’s been ten games. Chill! They will be fine. Stanton will be fine.

    Look at it this way: Injuries? Yes! Slumps? Yes! Bullpen failures? Yes!

    And, with all that STUFF going on, they’re still playing .500 ball and are just one win away from being on a pace that would get them 97 wins. (Yeah, if they were 6-4 instead of 5-5, that’s a pace for 97.)

    Besides, teams will always have streaks where they hang around .500. It’s what you do during those other times that will make and break your season.

    Can we at least wait until May before we start running guys out of town on a rail and jumping out of windows?

    Neil Walker

    Posted by on March 12th, 2018 · Comments (11)

    I hate this move.

    It’s nothing against Walker. By some reports, he’s a grinder and an above average hitter.

    Sure, Torres is not ready. But, you already have Brandon Drury. I assume he’s getting third. That said, would it have killed you to play Tyler Wade at second and bat him 9th? Do you really need Walker, even if it is super cheap?

    Tyler Wade

    Posted by on March 7th, 2018 · Comments (9)

    He would be my pick to start at second this year. He’s looked OUTSTANDING this spring. And, don’t lose sight of the fact that he had a .380 OBA in Triple-A last year.


    Posted by on March 3rd, 2018 · Comments (5)

    Yeah, I know, it’s only Spring Training. But, damn, the Yankees look like no one can beat them. If the Yankees have any problem, they have TOO many good players. (Nice problem to have!) Seriously, there’s guys who won’t make this team who deserve to be playing in the Major Leagues. This team may end up winning two-thirds of their games this year. Maybe more?

    Brett Gardner, 2018

    Posted by on February 20th, 2018 · Comments (6)

    Big decision on Gardner at the end of this season. It’s a $12.5M Team Option, or, a $2M Buyout.

    You could make a case that Gardner is one of the ten best left-fielders, all-around, in the major leagues. But, he will be 35-years old in 2019.

    You could make a case that Gardner is one of the Top 25 Yankees players of all-time. But, you also have Stanton, Judge, Hicks, and maybe Ellsbury and Frazier on the 40-man roster in 2019. Lastly, Cave, McKinney and Florial are in the wings.

    It would be fair to say that Gardner is a leader on the Yankees team. But, it’s also fair to say that he’s basically been a league average offensive player the last 3 years and his real value comes from playing the field. And, when the glove, arm, and legs start to go, he’s not a $12 million player.

    I’m sure that Gardner saw the free agent market this past off-season. He’s probably still waiting to see what happens with Melky Cabrera and what kind of deal there is for him.

    It’s going to be interesting to see what kind of season Gardner posts in 2018 and what that means for him afterwards.

    Second And Third

    Posted by on February 19th, 2018 · Comments (11)

    I really don’t understand the debate around who is playing second and third for the Yankees this season.

    Does it matter?

    We’re talking about the 8th and 9th slots in the batting order – and the first seven slots are loaded.

    Seriously, you could play Ronald Torreyes and Tyler Wade, both, in the infield. And, as long they catch everything in the field, it doesn’t matter what they do with the bat. Literally, they could post an OPS of .600, and, who cares?

    Maybe it will be Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres? Or, maybe it will be Danny Espinosa and/or Jace Peterson?

    As long as it’s not me and you, the Yankees are going to be fine. This team is not going to win or lose because of who is batting 8th and 9th.

    96 In 18

    Posted by on February 17th, 2018 · Comments (5)

    PECOTA has the Yankees winning 96 games this season. And, all things considered, I think that is a reasonable projection.

    Of course, things can always go wrong. Stanton could miss 50 or more games with an injury. Judge could have a sophomore jinx. Tanaka’s elbow could blow out. Bird could prove to be injury prone. There’s probably 20 things that COULD go wrong. But, if MOST things do go well, this Yankees team should win more than 95 games this season.

    The last time I was “this excited” about a Yankees team heading into a season was probably Spring Training of 2001.

    Actually, that 2001 season started a helluva six year run for the Yankees where they were a beast and they really got fat on some weak teams – averaging 98.7 wins a season. Yes, almost 99 wins a year for 6 years! But, of course, there were no rings during that incredible run. And, that’s why most don’t even think about it.


    96 in 2018 is a fair expectation. Anything less than 94 is a failure. Maybe it could be closer to 100? But, 96 has a nice…well…let’s hope it has a ring to it.

    The Yankees Problem That No One Wants To Talk About

    Posted by on January 28th, 2018 · Comments (5)

    Unless Aaron Hicks starts taking grounders at third, the Yankees have TOO MANY outfielders on their roster. It’s really a shame that they could not unload Jacoby Ellsbury. Yes, it’s good (?) insurance in case someone gets hurt – and Hicks got hurt a lot last year. But, Ellsbury is the 5th outfielder, at best, now on this team. And, he’s going to be a bad citizen if he only gets a couple of PA a week. Hopefully he lights it up this spring and then the Yankees can move him – even if it means eating money.

    Miguel Andújar

    Posted by on January 28th, 2018 · Comments (2)

    I love Todd Frazier’s leadership and what he adds to the clubhouse. That said, I am more excited about Miguel Andújar in 2018 than I am for Gleyber Torres. The kid hit the cover off the ball last year. Let him play third, bat him eighth, and see what happens. The only possible issue for him could be the lack of a mentor on the team who understands his upbringing and culture. Maybe Sanchez and Severino could help? But, they are kids themselves still.

    Chase Utley

    Posted by on January 16th, 2018 · Comments (1)

    Last year, Chase played for LA for a whopping total of $2 million bucks. Granted, he’s a SoCal guy and this was in his backyard. But, man, that was cheap.

    By most reports, the dude is a pro’s pro and a leader in the clubhouse. Sure, he is old. But, he’s got a Yankee Stadium swing and could be an excellent piece for the Yankees at 2B in terms of transitioning someone in.

    I would love to see it happen. But, I am the only one thinking about it.

    Phil Nevin

    Posted by on December 22nd, 2017 · Comments (0)

    Just saw an interview with him on the MLB Network show Hot Stove. Now, I kinda wish the Yankees had hired him as manager. Seems like a great baseball guy.

    How To Acquire Manny Machado

    Posted by on December 14th, 2017 · Comments (4)

    Call up the Orioles and offer them Clint Frazier, Miguel Andujar and either Dellin Betances or Luis Cessa. That should do it.

    Yankees Trade Jaime Lannister

    Posted by on December 12th, 2017 · Comments (6)

    Too bad they had to throw in Bryan Mitchell. I thought he had David Phelp potential, at the worst.

    The Sinister Six

    Posted by on December 1st, 2017 · Comments (14)

    Aaron Boone, Carlos Beltran, Hensley Meulens, Rob Thomson, Eric Wedge and Chris Woodward.

    If it’s Wedge, Cashman has really lost his mind.

    I would go with Meulens (from this group). If that happens, Thomson probably walks. And, so be it.

    Some think Beltran, being last interviewed before they announced no more interviews, is the guy.
    Me? I think the New York press will eat him alive.

    Hensley Meulens

    Posted by on November 18th, 2017 · Comments (13)

    Must see TV:

    I am still pissed that Girardi was dismissed. But, it would be interesting to see what Bam Bam can do.

    Game 7

    Posted by on October 21st, 2017 · Comments (5)

    In my lifetime, the Yankees have only won Game 7 once – the Boone home run game (and I was there for that one). I just missed the McCovey liner game by one month (since I was born in November ’62). I don’t remember 1964. But, I sure did suffer the pain of 2001 and 2004. So, in the last 20,000 days, the Yankees are 1-3 in Game Sevens. (The Yankees did win Game 5 in the ALCS back in 1976 and 1977 – before that was a seven game series. But, if you’re going to count Game Fives, then the Yankees are also 5-4 in Game 5 of all the ALDS that they have played too.) In any event, if the Yankees do win tonight, it will be a pretty big deal.

    Game 6

    Posted by on October 19th, 2017 · Comments (8)

    There are 34 times in his career where Justin Verlander pitched 5 innings or less and allowed 4 earned runs or more.

    Basically, he gets rocked 1 out of every 11 starts. Hey, he ain’t God, man!

    Seriously, Yankees, do your thing. Keep the game close and get to their bullpen. Win it in six!!

    I’m A Believer

    Posted by on October 13th, 2017 · Comments (27)

    Been away on business and crazy, insanely, busy lately.

    In any event, I am now a believer.

    Never thought that they had a chance after Game 2 of the ALDS. Now, they have won me over.

    Yes, Houston is a super team. But, I think the Yankees can beat them.

    This team has a ton of character guys. It’s actually amazing how many…Todd Frazier, CC, Gardy, Robertson, Didi, Headley, Judge, Holliday, Bird…and many others. It’s an easy team to like…

    Feels like 1996. Go Yankees!!

    Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?

    Posted by on October 7th, 2017 · Comments (15)

    Man, Game 2 of the ALDS in Cleveland was a crusher. To play for THAT LONG and not get the win. Brutal. And, Ronald Torreyes getting caught on the back pick at second? Inexcusable.

    Know what? It’s been a nice run. But, seriously, the Yankees are not in the same class as the Indians or Astros right now. Maybe in a couple of years it will be different. But, now? That’s a negative, Ghost Rider.

    Post-Season Predictions

    Posted by on September 30th, 2017 · Comments (3)

    No one asked. And, this is not scientific. But, here are my post-season predictions: Yankees over Twins. Diamondbacks over Rockies. Indians over Yankees. Diamondbacks over Dodgers. Astros over Red Sox. Cubs over Nationals. Astros over Indians. Diamondbacks over Cubs. Astros over Diamondbacks.

    Yankees In 2017 Post-Season!

    Posted by on September 23rd, 2017 · Comments (8)

    Hey, that’s some rebuilding year!

    Seriously, the Yankees were much better this season than I ever expected. It’s been fun.

    Know what? I like their chances in the post-season. For sure, they can beat the Twins. And, once you get into the real playoffs, then they have a shot. Of course, they need all the big guys to show up and play well. You can’t have the studs pulling an A-Rod.

    Show Of Hands

    Posted by on August 25th, 2017 · Comments (4)

    It’s August 25th and the Yankees are 3.5 up in the wildcard.
    Show of hands…who expected this?
    Girardi deserves manager of the year.

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