I’m so sorry for my lack of writing for such a long time, but I am happy to announce that I am coming back to blogging and covering the Yankees!
So here we go…
The New York Yankees are currently 1 1/5 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays for the AL East Division lead, and 4 games ahead for the first AL Wild Card spot, and this is with 30 games left in the regular season. So when we look at the playoff chances, we are talking about almost a sure spot at the Wild Card, and a reasonable chance at the Division title. Baseball Prospectus has the Yankees at 98 percent chance of making the playoffs, and that’s with 30.2 percent for the division. The fact that the Yanks have been playing so well has contributed to these percentages. The Bombers have won 5 of their last 6 games, but haven’t been able to catch the Blue Jays after they have won 8 of their last 10 and been playing amazing since the Trade Deadline, where they made a few key acquisitions which should boost them strongly into the playoffs, with one of the best offenses in baseball. All the rest of the teams in the East aren’t realistically in the picture anymore with the best after the Yankees being the Tampa Bay Rays with a mere 7.7 percent for the playoffs, and the Orioles and Red Sox both at less than 1 percent.The very interesting thing about this race, other than the fact that its so neck and neck, is that the Blue Jays and Yankees have the top two offenses in runs scored in the majors!
Other than the offense, which has been carrying the Yankees all season long, a couple of young faces have appeared in the Yankees rotation, which have quietly helped the club greatly. Those names are Nathan Eovaldi and Luis Severino. Eovaldi currently has the best winning percentage for all MLB starters with .875 winning percentage. That has come partially because of the run support he gets, but he definitely has been a great surprise. Severino, or “Sevy”, the rookie who came up pretty recently, has had an outstanding 2.19 ERA, and a strikeout per inning. He is young and can carry a good, young Yankees rotation into the playoffs.
Could it be that the best available free-agent will end up in The Bronx? Possibly. Chances are that he will sign with the Yanks or the Dodgers.
Masahiro Tanaka, 25, is the highest touted free-agent. He comes from Japan. He just finished a season in the Nippon professional league with a 24-0 record, and an amazing 1.27 ERA. The Yankees, along with the Dodgers, are front runners to sign Tanaka. His suggested contract is at least 17MM and a deal reaching at least 5 years. The prices could and will probably go north of that as a possible 5-year 100MM. The Yankees are now in a big need of starting pitching, seeing as their staff is weak, only with CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda with sure spots. Then their are the weak possibilities of Michael Pineda, Ivan Nova, and Andy Phelps among others.
The Bombers just cleared 27.5MM this year on their payroll, seeing that Alex Rodriguez just got a full season ban. That money should definitely give the Yankees the push and urge to sign the Japanese phenom. After A-Rod lost the arbitration in which saying that he was caught performance-enhancing drugs.
The Dodgers, on the other hand, have plenty of money,(even though they have the highest payroll in the Bigs) and they aren’t afraid to spend a ton of cash to win the sweepstakes. They also have a good pitching rotation, with Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw, and Chad Billingsly.
To finish, the Yankees should grab at this big chance to sign a big-time pitcher who can fix the Yankees final problem and stumbling block to the World Series in 2014.
In our league we got finally to the championship game with a 9-2 record. We would be facing a team we recently lost to. I was going to split the innings with my bro because he has pitched well lately.
So in the first 2 innings I kept them hit-less, and we scored 6 runs! Don’t think blowout yet. In the 3rd they scored 2 runs and we didn’t plate a runner. In the 4th, my brother was still in, he walked about 4 batters, and they had a giant hit, which the runner touched home on, but was out when our coaches saw him missing the bag at 3rd base. So that inning finally ended with them scoring 5 runs, taking the lead 7-6. In the bottom half, we scored 2 runs on 2 hits and 2 stolen bases (not on purpose), taking a 1 run lead into the 5th(we play 6 innings). They scored 1 run on a bases-loaded walk, tieing the game back up, but soon I got out of the inning. In the bottom of the 5th, number 1 hitter walked, then I was up. I took my practice swings, and when I was up we took the lead on a massive triple by me. It was hit almost to the warning track, between the outfielders. We went on to score 2 more, taking an 11-8 lead.
In the last inning they came up for the comeback. My brother started the inning, but was taken out after a strikeout a walk that he allowed. (Skip 1 out). There are runners on first and third, 2 outs, 2 strikes 11-10. The pressures on me. Windup, a want a good sinking 2-seam fastball, pitch, he swings at a low and outside pitch. We won it! I jump it my catcher’s arms (he made sure to take off his helmet, we had an incident with that in Game 1) he catches me and we all celebrate. My friends came over and sprayed confetti, we got our pictures taken, and at the barbecue/all star game we all got a trophy and I was named MVP!!!!!!!!!!
It was nice covering this season, (even though I missed a few) but I will continue writing. We are flying to Italy tomorrow and I would love to write about that and next season.
We played our 7th game of the season against Sass Video. They came in at 6-0, and were the only team to beat us. We were 5-1, good for 2nd in the league. They also had the best pitcher in the league, with Chaim Kesselman. He limited us to only 3 hits last time we faced him.
We got 3 runs on an awesome 3-run homer by who else but Tzvi Haber. But Sass got a run on a bases-loaded-walk, but after not scoring more. We replaced me at pitcher, by my twin, Eitan. He quickly allowed a bases-clearing triple, which made them go ahead 4-3. The game went finally into the last inning which in the top of the frame, we allowed 3 runs, letting them lead 7-6. We finished the inning without allowing more, but we were in trouble because we had our bottom of the order up for our last licks. We got the bases loaded and I was up. I grounded it to 3rd slowly, and the runner on third scored sliding after the catcher dropped the ball on a high throw. We won 8-7.
This is the second of a possible series of writing that is about the possibility of the New York Yankees not having a good season. I consider a great season for the Yankees winning the World Series. I consider a good season making the playoffs.
In the first post in this series I discussed if the Yankees were doomed in last year’s playoffs. Here in the continuation, I will write briefly about whether or not I think the Yanks will have a successful season, and if they do, which place will they get into, etc.
It is completely and totally correct to blame the Yankees for their quiet and seemingly unhelpful off-season, especially compared to the big changes the other teams in the AL East made, it may look so, but it is not enough to finally say that the Bombers do not have a chance to make the playoffs, and certainly not enough to say they might be in the bottom of the division. For starters, the Yankees are still a much better team than The Boston Red Sox without doubt. Secondly, the Yanks can be said, arguably, better than any other team in the East in a least one big topic.
The Yankees are better than:
Boston Red Sox: The Bombers biggest lead over the Red Sox has to be pitching. The Yankees have a medium edge in Starting Pitching, but a big edge in Relief.
Baltimore Orioles: The Yankees have a few medium leads over the Orioles in stats, but the biggest is the difference in the right side of the infield. Robinson Cano is so much better than Ryan Flaherty, and Mark Teixeira creams Chris Davis in defense and power.
Tampa Bay Rays: Power is considered one of the most important factors in baseball. This is what Tampa flaws the most at. The Yankees have one of the best offenses in the game that this is easily the biggest edge over the Rays easily.
Toronto Blue Jays: The Jays are one of the best teams in baseball, seeing as the huge off-season moves they made, getting big players like: R.A. Dickey, Jose Reyes, and Mark Buehrle. New York edges Toronto by a lot in the category of Relief pitching. Relief is one of the only flaws of Toronto.
I am guessing that the AL East will end up in the order:
1: Toronto Blue Jays
2: New York Yankees
3: Baltimore Orioles
4: Tampa Bay Rays
5: Boston Red Sox
It is important to understand that it was tough to make these choices, and that there is a very big chance that my predictions will be wrong.
Stay tuned Yankees Universe.
The New York Yankees recently found out that Alex Rodriguez has torn his hip and that he will miss most of the 2013 season. The Yankees quickly responded and approached Kevin Youkilis with a big 12 million dollar deal for one year of playing (If he’s worth that is another story). Soon after the Cleveland Indians offered a 2-year 18 million deal.
I think that Youk will go with the Indians because he was offered a 2 year deal, maybe less money, but it is quieter and more fit for Youkilis. On the other hand, like I said before, it is a few less million dollars and Kevin would probably like to be on a winning team and I think if he joins, they could be a good contending team with a possible deep playoff run.
I think the decision will surprise me both ways and the signing will be done in a matter of days.
After losing stars Joba Chamberlain, Brett Gardner, and Michael Pineda, the Yankees also lost David Robertson, Ivan Nova, Raul Ibanez, and of course Mariano Rivera. For more info on this, go to http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/fantasy/injuries/#team147 and it will tell you all about the players’ injuries.
Ivan Nova and Raul Ibanez should be back next week. The Yankees ace in Nova, will be needed soon, or, the Yankees will have more pitching woes then they have now. But they have Eric Chavez, Andrew Jones, and Chris Stewart as just a few as their good replacements.
I think that with the bullpen issue of the Yankees losing Mo and Da-Rob, they will be able to handle it with Rafael Soriano and Boone Logan, as Rafael the closer, and Boone the late-inning lefty coming in to relieve the pitcher.
I think the Yankees could handle the injuries for another while of time.