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Keys to the Game: Rays Vs. Yankees, September 22, 2011

September 22, 2011

Tonight the New York Yankees look to complete a four game sweep of Tampa Bay. The Rays desperately need a win to capitalize on the Red Sox recent dismal outings against Baltimore. Fortunately for the Rays, Bartolo Colon (8-9, 3.81 ERA) will take the hill for the Yankees tonight. Colon is 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA against the Rays this season and he hasn’t won a game since July 30th. Check out the struggling Colon’s numbers over his last eight starts.

ER Allowed (Blue), Strikouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

The Rays will give their top pitching prospect, Matt Moore, his first Major League start. Hopefully for Moore and the Rays, the Yankee will still be hungover from their champagne fueled clubhouse celebration last evening for clinching the AL East.

The Yankees will rest AL RBI leader Curtis Granderson and a few September call-ups will start for the Yankees tonight. Compare the offense production this season of each side’s starting lineup this evening. The Rays are clearly fielding a more potent lineup.

RBIs (Blue), HRs (Orange) & Total Bases (Green)

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Rivera Sets Save Record

September 20, 2011

Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees is officially the best closer in baseball history. During yesterday’s game, he set the MLB save record with his 602nd save. He even had a perfect ninth inning. Trevor Hoffman trails Rivera on the list by one game. Take a look at Rivera’s performance this season.

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The ‘Sandman’ Rivera goes his for 600th save tonight

September 13, 2011

It is simply impossible to overstate how good Mariano Rivera has been throughout his career.  Rivera or “Mo”, has long has entered games to the Metallica song “Enter Sandman”, has been a constant in the Yankees’ five world championships since 1996.  Simply put, he  is the greatest relief pitcher in baseball history, pitching with incredible success in the modern steroid era of the late 1990’s-2000’s.  Here are a couple of quotes attributed to Yankees’ opponents over the years.

Former All-Star Mike Sweeney said this of Rivera: “You know what’s coming, but you know what’s coming in horror movies too. It still gets you.” Tom Kelly, the former manager of the Minnesota Twins, said in 1996 of the then rookie Rivera: “He needs to pitch in a higher league, if there is one. Ban him from baseball. He should be illegal.”

 Tonight he goes for the next accolade on the way to Cooperstown when he tries for save number 600 tonight in Seattle as the Yankees battle the Seattle Mariners.  This year, at 41 years of age, he has been as good as ever. As a closer, he has thrown 56 innings this year. Check out his 2011 numbers here

Saves (Blue), Hits Allowed (Orange), Runs Allowed (Green)

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Game Preview: Yankees Versus Angels

September 10, 2011

Tonight continues the three-game series between the Los Angeles Angels and the New York Yankees. The Angels are trying to catch up to the Rangers in the Al West, while the Yankees are trying to maintain their two and a half game lead in the AL East. The Yankees, who have lost three games straight, will have CC Sabathia on the mound trying to stop the surging Angels. Tonight, Sabathia will try to become the first Yankee pitcher to win 20 games in two straight seasons. This may prove difficult against the Angels who have won five of their last six. To get a better perspective on the matchup, take a look at how the Yankees have played this season in Anaheim.

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Colon-Yanks Diamond in the Rough

September 10, 2011

Bartolo Colon of the New York Yankees was hired as an afterthought, a part of the Yanks’ “Plan B” when Cliff Lee did the unthinkable last off-season and signed with the Phillies. Colon was once one of the best starting pitchers in baseball before age and injury took their toll, and after last season everyone but New York determined that he was finished.

At 38 years old, and coming off a controversial stem cell treatment in the Dominican Republic, the Yanks took a chance. Colon has been a gem for the Yanks all season, a true diamond in the rough. Last night he tossed seven innings without giving up an earned run against the playoff caliber Angles.   Although he is 8-9 this year, his era is 3.55 in 152 innings and he has been a reliable number 2 or 3 starter for the Yankees. Check out his 2011 numbers here:

Wins (Blue), Innings Pitched (Orange) & Hits (Green)

So the question moving forward is how much does Colon have left?  The Yankees wanted to skip a start or two of his to keep him fresh the post-season, but inclement weather in the last two weeks has prevented that.  Right now Colon projects as the second starter in the playoff rotation.  He is also a strong candidate for comeback player of the year.

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The Yanks are Well-Stocked at Catcher

September 6, 2011

Catcher is not currently a position of worry for the Yanks, with Russell Martin being an All-Star this year and Francisco Cervelli a more than capable back-up who plays great defense and gets clutch hits.  Martin has handled a difficult position with class and dignity, as he was signed to replace fan favorite and member of the Yanks ‘Core Four’ Jorge Posada.  He is a main reason why the Yankees are sitting in first with the best record in the American League despite a questionable starting rotation after C.C. Sabathia. Check out his 2011 numbers here:

Home Rune (Blue), RBI (Orange), Errors (Green)

Yet in New York, the future is always now.  Here are three up and coming Yankee catchers who all have a chance to be legitimate stars in the near future.  One of them is contributing in a big way already.

Perhaps the Yankees should be grateful that Seattle did not trade Cliff Lee to them last year after all.  The centerpiece of that aborted trade was Jesus Montero, the top position player prospect in the Yankees organization.  Montero was called up Sept. 1 as part of the expansion of MLB rosters to 40 players.  He is batting .385 with two Home Runs, and has become the Yankees DH against LHP.  The question to ask moving forward is if he will be on the post-season roster at the ripe old age of 21.

Austine Romine and Gary Sanchez are two other promising young catchers in the Yankees system.  Romine is 22 and was just promoted to AAA Scranton after completing the season at AA Trenton.  Expect him to be a Major Leaguer for some team in the future.  Sanchez is only 18 but was one of the most highly coveted players in the Dominican Republic when he signed with the Yankees.  He is a longer term prospect, but some scouts feel he has the most talent of this entire group.

So, do any of these kids have what it takes to replace All-Star Russell Martin or back-up Cervelli?  Time will tell…

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Granderson vs. Ellsbury, Who is the Real MVP?

September 2, 2011
One of the subplots of the neck and neck pennant race between the Yankees and Red Sox this summer has been the breakout seasons by both teams center fielders. Center fielders are measured by many things, some intangible and not seen in the box score every day. The great ones combine power, speed and defense and lead their teams to victory.

First, lets looks a Curtis Granderson of the Yankees. After a ho-hum season last year in the Bronx, his first, Granderson has been huge for the Yankees this season, winning games with both his bat and his glove, as he did last night against the Red Sox. In a 2011 campaign where the A-Rod has been sidelined with injury, Granderson has paced the Yankees offense and has clearly been the Yankees Most Valuable Player. Has he been the MVP of the league? Check out his 2011 numbers here:

Home Runs (Blue), Stolen Bases (Orange), Assists (Green)

Jacoby Ellsbury of the Boston Red Sox has had a breakout year.  Ellsbury clearly is a talented athlete, but Boston, like New York, is a tough town that can overwhelm anyone feint of heat.  He has battled a reputation as dogging it after several injuries, and some have even questioned his guts.  Yet this season Ellsbury has been the main guy for the Sox.  Against the Yankees, he has had several big hits and he is fast becoming a hero to Red Sox Nation.  Check out his 2011 numbers here:

Home Runs (Blue), Stolen Bases (Orange), Assists (Green)

So who is the real MVP?  Well, the season still has a month to go, and with the Yankees and the Red Sox tied for first in the loss column, perhaps the month of September will tell the tale…

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Keys the Game: Yankees vs. Red Sox, August 30 2011

August 30, 2011

So Baseball Armageddon, version 5 of 6 for 2011, is upon us.  The walking wounded, New York Yankees, stroll into Fenway Park for a three game set with the Sawx.

1. Which Sabathia will show up tonight? The Yankees will pitch their ace, C.C. Sabathia against the Red Sox.  He is 0-4 with a 7.20 ERA against Boston and 17-3 with a 2.40 ERA versus the rest of the league.  See his stats vs the Red Sox in 2011 here:

Wins (White), Losses (Orange), Runs Allowed (Green)

2. Will A-Gone continue to torment the Yankees tonight as he has so far this season?  The reigning American League player of the week is a vital part of the Red Sox’s offense.  See his numbers in 2011 against the Yankees in 12 games so far here:

Hits (Blue), Runs Scored (Orange), RBI (Green)

3. Who will be tonight’s X factor?  These intense games usually come down to a dramatic finish in the ninth with a suicide squeeze or a walk-off Home Run. Which team’s unsung hero will propel their side to victory?

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Are the Yanks “Burnned” Out?

August 28, 2011

What are the Yankees to do with A.J Burnett? A pitcher with great stuff, even at the ripe old baseball age of 34, Burnett is almost a lock to be left off the post-season roster and would not even be on the active roster if not for the guaranteed contract standard in baseball. He was so bad on friday night in giving up six straight extra base hits in a 12-5 loss to Baltimore that he was left in only to save the Yanks pitching staff, which was scheduled for five games in four days before Hurrican Irene wrecked havoc. Due to the Yankees schedule, they have continued to use a six man rotation for longer than anyone thought they would.  When they return to the standard five man rotation, there is no question Burnett is the odd man out. Check out Burnett’s awful numbers here:

Hits (Blue), Runs Allowed (Orange), Earned Runs (Green)

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The Grandy-Man Can!

August 25, 2011

Playing Centerfield for the New York Yankees is perhaps the most marquee position in all of professional sports. Following in the footsteps of Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Bernie Williams is not easy, especially for a quiet, unassuming and soft-spoken Midwesterner. Enter Curtis Granderson, otherwise known as the ‘Grandy-man’ for the home run call given to him by John Sterling, the Yankees radio announcer. Granderson is making a strong case for being the MVP of the American League. Check out his stats here:

Hits (Blue), Home Runs (Orange), RBI (Green)

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