Browsing Posts published in March, 2011

On a very cold, dreary Opening Day, the Yankees used a seventh inning Curtis Granderson solo home run to power past the Detroit Tigers, 6-3. Both starting pitchers gave their respective teams six innings of three-run ball, but the bullpen proved to be the deciding favor. Mark Teixiera hit a third-inning, three run home run in the win. With the win, the Yankees are well on their way to a 162-0 season.

Teix, Jeet, and Russell After Teix's 3rd Inning Bomb

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With baseball starting in roughly an hour, I wanted to write of list of things we can all expect as this magical 162+ game ride begins. We will see clutch moments. We will see unclutch moments. We will want to trade Joba. We will love Joba’s fist pumping after he strikes out Kevin Youkilis to end the seventh inning. These things are only the tip of the iceberg as we embark on the 2011 season…

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A-Rod
Runs Hits HRs RBIs Batting Avg.
Adam 90 170 40 120 0.300
Dan 93 150 29 114 0.278
Eric 81 161 33 122 0.287
Jeff 94 130 28 103 0.288
Joe 80 145 30 115 0.285
Kenny 103 140 30 100 0.280
Matt 100 160 40 140 0.295
Mike 93 158 31 105 0.283
Avg 92 152 33 115 0.287
Carlos Beltran
Runs Hits HRs RBIs Batting Avg.
Adam 29 110 10 50 0.268
Dan 71 140 22 83 0.283
Eric 53 92 14 58 0.279
Jeff 31 54 7 35 0.312
Joe 60 100 12 65 0.270
Kenny 75 135 22 88 0.283
Matt 60 120 15 60 0.275
Mike 68 116 16 63 0.271
Avg 56 108 15 63 0.280
Jose Reyes
Runs Hits Steals Batting Avg.
Adam 110 180 50 0.275
Dan 77 155 45 0.2808
Eric 112 191 52 0.289
Jeff 90 127 30 0.278
Joe 115 200 45 0.299
Kenny 105 200 68 0.285
Matt 100 195 60 0.286
Mike 80 170 40 0.282
Avg 99 177 49 0.283

AJ Burnett

Wins Losses ERA Strikeouts Innings
Adam 16 10 4.50 160 190
Dan 12 11 4.75 175 188
Eric 12 10 4.23 161 189 1/3
Jeff 12 13 4.58 181 202
Joe 12 11 4.20 160 185
Kenny 10 15 4.95 150 180
Matt 15 9 4.00 175 200
Mike 13 11 4.20 170 190
Avg 13 11 4.43 167 191

The Yankees 25-man roster is officially set up. In addition, Joe Girardi announced today that Brett Gardner will bat lead-off tomorrow against Justin Verlander. We’ll wait and see, but perhaps Girardi will bat Gardner lead-off against rigthties and have the Jeter-Swisher 1-2 combo against lefties.

For tomorrow, the rest of the lineup includes (in order): Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano, Nick Swisher, Jorge Posada, Curtis Granderson (yes, he will play), and Russell Martin. Pretty darn good lineup.

Starters
C: Russell Martin
1B: Mark Teixeira
2B: Robinson Cano
3B: Alex Rodriguez
SS: Derek Jeter
LF: Brett Gardner
CF: Curtis Granderson
RF: Nick Swisher
DH: Jorge Posada

Bench
IF: Eduardo Nunez
IF: Eric Chavez
OF: Andruw Jones
C: Gustavo Molina

Rotation
LHP CC Sabathia
RHP A.J. Burnett
RHP Phil Hughes
RHP Ivan Nova
RHP Freddy Garcia

Bullpen
RHP Mariano Rivera
RHP Rafael Soriano
RHP Joba Chamberlain
RHP David Robertson
RHP Bartolo Colon
LHP Boone Logan
RHP Luis Ayala

Disabled List
C Francisco Cervelli
LHP Pedro Feliciano

Paul Bereswill/Getty Images Can we get this guy an Isles helmet please?

The Islanders inked goaltender Al Montoya to a one-year contract extension.  Montoya has been exceptional since joining the Islanders compiling an 8-4-4 record to go along with his stellar .928 save percentage.  All while wearing his San Antonio Rampage helmet in every start he has made claiming he doesn’t want to jinx his play and change helmets.  Well I think it is about time to start designing Mr. Monyota a new Isles mask.

The beauty behind this signing is that Montoya was acquired in exchange for a 2011 6th round pick from the Phoenix Coyotes midway through the season as the Islanders went through a slew of injuries to their netminders.

This is a great signing for the Isles for many reasons.  One, Montoya has been very impressive between the pipes and seems focused to prove to everyone that he is an NHL goalie after things didn’t pan out according to plan since being taken 6th overall by the New York Rangers in the 2004 draft.  He has been extremely consistent for this young club, giving them a chance to win every night since his arrival.  Two, with DiPietro’s never ending injury brigade, Montoya brings stability to a team with playoff expectations next season.  Without a legitimate back up to DiPietro this team doesn’t stand a chance.  Lastly, it allows young goalie prospects Kevin Poulin and Mikko Koskinen the proper time to develop in the minors.  Furthermore, I know he has only seen action in 17 games this season but I feel he can make the leap to become an NHL starter.  Not to mention his contract is 14 years shorter than DiPietro’s.  At this point I could take a shot at Rick but I am a DP supporter the man will not give up and perhaps by some sort of miracle he can regain form which would be an incredible boost to this team.  I do not agree with handing any player especially a goaltender a 15 year deal, but what’s done is done and Isles fans need to move on.

Montoya was just an afterthought in the Coyotes organization with Ilya Bryzgalov and Jason LaBarbera manning the cage for the Yotes and prospect Matt Climie seeing the majority of the rubber for the San Antonio Rampage.  Montoya a once highly touted first round pick was relegated to AHL back up.

I will trust Garth Snow’s opinion of a goaltender afterall he was a serviceable netminder in his days.  I will also trust a goaltender who posted an 86-29-8 record in three years with the University of Michigan, led USA to its first World Junior Championship gold medal in 2004, and has a chip on his shoulder to prove he is an NHL starter.

Montoya stones Marty St. Louis

Adam Dan Eric Jeff
AL East NYY BOS BOS BOS
AL Central MIN CWS CWS MIN
AL West TEX LAA TEX TEX
AL Wildcard BOS NYY NYY OAK
NL East PHI PHI PHI ATL
NL Central MIL STL MIL CIN
NL West COL LAD SF SF
NL Wildcard SF MIL ATL PHI
Adam Dan Eric Jeff
AL MVP A-Rod Youkilis E. Longoria A. Gonzalez
AL Cy Young Felix Sabathia Lester Verlander
AL Comeback G. Sizemore BJ Upton K. Morales Morales
AL Manager B. Showalter J. Maddon Showalter R. Gardenhire
NL NVP A. Pujols Pujols P. Fielder J. Votto
NL Cy Young R. Halladay Halladay U. Jimenez Halladay
NL Comeback C. Beltran J. Rollins J. Bay Bay
NL Manager F. Gonzalez R. Roenicke Gonzalez Gonzalez
Adam Dan Eric Jeff
AL WC NYY o. MIN BOS o. LAA BOS o. CHI TEX o. MIN
BOS o. TEX CWS o. NYY TEX o. NYY BOS o. OAK
ALCS NYY o. BOS BOS o. CWS BOS o. TEX BOS o. TEX
NL WC PHI o. SF PHI o. MIL Phi o. Atl ATL o. CIN
MIL o. COL LAD o. STL Mil o. SF SF o. PHI
NLCS PHI o. MIL PHI o LAD PHI o. MIL SF o. ATL
World Series NYY o. PHI BOS o. PHI BOS o. PHI BOS o. SF
6 games 7 games 7 games 6 games
Joe Kenny Matt Mike
AL East BOS BOS NYY BOS
AL Central MIN MIN MIN CWS
AL West OAK OAK TEX TEX
AL Wildcard NYY TEX BOS NYY
NL East PHI ATL ATL ATL
NL Central MIL MIL MIL MIL
NL West SF SF SF COL
NL Wildcard ATL COL PHI PHI
Joe Kenny Matt Mike
AL MVP R. Cano A. Gonzalez A-Rod Gonzalez
AL Cy Young Lester Lester Felix Lester
AL Comeback G. Sizemore D. Pedroia Pedroia Sizemore
AL Manager B. Geren Showalter J. Girardi T. Francona
NL NVP Pujols Fielder Pujols R. Braun
NL Cy Young Halladay T. Lincecum Halladay Halladay
NL Comeback C. Pena J. Bay Bay Chipper
NL Manager Gonzalez R. Roenicke Roenicke Roenicke
Joe Kenny Matt Mike
AL WC BOS o. MIN BOS o. TEX NYY o. MIN CHW o. NYY
NYY o. OAK MIN o. OAK BOS o. TEX BOS o. TEX
ALCS BOS o. NYY MIN o. BOS NYY o. BOS BOS o. CHW
NL WC PHI o. MIL SF o. MIL SF o. ATL PHI o. COL
ATL o. SF ATL o. COL PHI o. MIL ATL o. MIL
NLCS PHI o. ATL ATL o SF PHI o. SF ATL o. PHI
World Series BOS o. PHI MIN o ATL NYY o. PHI BOS o. ATL
6 games 6 games 6 games 6 games

Opening Day is Thursday afternoon. Read that again. Thursday afternoon. The weather isn’t supposed to be great, but I don’t think any of us will let a little rain ruin our day. The Yankee roster is starting to take shape. Here are a few notes about the roster, injuries, and defined roles so far…

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Yesterday, I went over the best case scenario for the Yankees. The starting pitching has to click immediately, Teix has to get off to a hot start, and the team must defend their home turf with 18 of the first 26 games being played in the Bronx. However, with the good always comes the bad. Here are five things that could put the Bombers firmly behind the eight ball in April.

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New York Yankee fans should be cheering for the Kentucky Wildcats this weekend. The last six times the Wildcats won the NCAA Championship? The Yankees won the World Series. 1949. 1951. 1958. 1978. 1996. 1998. Sound familiar?

I’m not a big John Calipari guy, but if he can get the Wildcats to win two games this weekend, then I’m setting up camp in the Canyon of Heroes next week.

History also says that every time VCU wins the tourney, the Mets win the World Series (lol).

With Opening Day only three days away, it’s time to start looking at the schedule, the roster, and depth chart. Today, we are going to look at the slate of games for the first month for the Yanks. Over the first 26 games, the Yankees play only one team (Baltimore) that had a sub-500 record in 2010. With that in mind, let’s assume that things start off strong again like did last season. The Yankees went 18-8 over their first 26 games. What are the keys to the Yankees having another strong start in 2011?

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