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It’s been a difficult offseason for Yankee fans. Derek Jeter broke his ankle, but should return for Spring Training. Alex Rodriguez, who is undergoing hip surgery, will miss at least half of 2013. Nick Swisher, Russell Martin, Raul Ibanez, Eric Chavez, and Andruw Jones, who combined to hit 94 home runs, signed elsewhere. Rafael Soriano, who saved 42 games, is also expected to sign elsewhere. For better or worse, the Yankees were not linked to any top free agents. The Yankee brass is committed to spending less than baseball’s $189 million luxury tax threshold by 2014, so free agent spending sprees are off the table.

Brian Cashman always emphasizes the importance of keeping his ‘core’ together, so four key pieces were re-signed to team friendly deals. Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, and Hiroki Kuroda signed one-year deals while Ichrio Suzuki signed a two-year deal. These deals should help the Yankees win in 2013, but each player is over 40-years-old and adds little value to the future of the team.

The Yankees are one of the oldest teams in baseball, but still boast some of the game’s best players. Jeter and Ichiro will set the table for Robinson Cano, Mark Teixeira, and Curtis Granderson. CC Sabathia will be supported by Kuroda, Pettitte, and Phil Hughes in the starting rotation. Mariano Rivera and David Robertson will lock down the backend of the bullpen. This core won 95 games last season, so anything less will be a failure.

While the Yankees boast a strong core, many are questioning their complementary parts. As of today, the Yankees have not named a starting catcher or designated hitter. Cashman will not sign a free agent catcher, so expect a combination of Francisco Cervelli-Chris Stewart-Austin Romine to start. Kevin Youkilis will start at third base, but he was signed as A-Rod’s caddy. The Yankees will need Youkilis to play third base and DH, but he can’t seem to stay healthy. If Youkilis suffers another injury, will the team trust Eduardo Nunez to play third base? Nunez is currently the de-facto designated hitter, but Cashman always extends multiple Spring Training invites. The Yankees have a glutton of left handed hitters in its outfield, so expect a right handed bat to join this threesome. Remember, Marcus Thames and Raul Ibanez were signed late and played significant roles. Expect similar moves.

Going into 2013, the Yankees have a very small margin for error. The roster is primarily comprised of older players that may break down. Each AL East foe improved its roster and many are expecting the Toronto Blue Jays to win the division. However, the Yankees boasted baseball’s best run differential and have a roster full of players that have endured October battles. The Yankees continue to pour resources into scouting and player development, but don’t count them out. In terms of player development and a more cost conscious approach, the 2013 season may prove to be a transition year. That doesn’t mean the Yankees are incapable of raising another AL East flag.

As John Sterling normally says, ‘Well, you just can’t predict baseball, Suzyn’–and today proved why. In addition to Phil Humber tossing the 21st perfect game in the Major League history, the Yankees overcame a 9-0 deficit by tallying 15 unanswered runs as they embarassed the Red Sox, 15-9. The Yanks did their damage in the seventh and eighth innings, scoring seven runs in each frame. Teix hit two homers, including one nice opposite field shot from the left side. Nick Swisher crushed a grand slam in the eighth to give the Yanks a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Ex-Yank, Alfredo Aceves served up the Swisheroo bomb and failed to record an out in his brief appearance. 

After the game, the Red Sox brain trust had a ‘closed door’ meeting to discuss what the hell happened. However, it’s pretty easy to see that the Red Sox relievers just can’t get anyone out. The Sox back end of the pen is filled with mediocre options while the rotation hasn’t been much better. Overall, Sox GM Ben Cherington failed to add quality depth in the off-season–and his team is paying big time. With Papelbon now pitching for the Phillies, the Sox don’t have an answer for the ninth inning. 

As a Yankee fan, I can’t stop laughing about this weekend’s events. First, the Red Sox have their little ceremony with all of their ex-players (and Tito Franconer who that fans obviously want back). Kevin Millar brings up Karim Garcia’s brawl–and the Yanks respond in typical Yankee fashion–hanging up two Ws. The Red Sox ship is quickly filling up with water and it hasn’t even left the Boston Harbor yet. With no captain on board, this ship isn’t going anywhere–and that’s totally fine with me. 

Big C will get to toss the pill tomorrow night on the national stage against Dan Bard (the man who should be closing). First pitch, 8:05 PM.

Baseball players aren’t robots (Except Albert Pujols)

The game’s best hitters cannot hit on command.  The best hitters may produce in the regular season, but fail to do anything in the playoffs (cite: Mark Teixeira & Nick Swisher). The playoffs are all about hot streaks and trends. To illustrate this point, let’s look at two sets of numbers:

  • 10 HRs, 55 RBIs, .297 BA, .350 OBP (97 games)
  • 5 HRs, 21 RBIS, .397 BA, .464 OBP (18 games)

These were David Freese’s numbers during the regular season and playoffs. Are Freese’s post-season numbers a sign of things to come? Is he the next coming of Babe Ruth? Both answers are obviously no, but these stats just show us that hot streaks are arbitrary and players can’t be forced to hit on command. Albert Pujols, the game’s best hitter, went just 3 for 21 in the World Series if you remove his historic Game 3. The Rangers weren’t throwing four aces at the Cardinals, either.

The point of this post? Relax.

I’ve read/listened to/heard so many different fans claiming that the Yankees need to get of Gardner, A-Rod, and even Teix. Without Teix, the Yankees are short 40 HRs and more importantly, a Gold Glove at first. Without Gardner, the Yankees are a one-dimension power hitting team. Without A-Rod, they do not have the pure presence of one of the game’s best hitters. All three of these players (plus all 22 others) make up the Yankees. Most of these players are under contract into the forseeable future.

The playoffs are so short; teams get hot and teams go cold. The Yankee bats happened to turn into ice during Game 5 of the ALDS. It happens. They aren’t robots.

Even though you probably wanna strangle A-Rod when he strikeouts with the bases loaded, he’s part of the family. When Derek Jeter can’t get to a ball in the hole, he’s still part of the family. Love’em, embrace’em, and scream at em when necessary. You never know when one of these guys will unlock their inner David Freese… 

In a day/night doubleheader against the heavily slumping Red Sox, the Yankees won 6-2 in game one and lost 7-4 in 14 innings in game two. With the Tampa Bay Ray win, they now hold a one game lead in the American League wild card standings as each team has three games left to play.

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I’ve been waiting for this day to come. The day when the Yankees FINALLY got the better of the self-proclaimed King Felix Hernandez. Hernandez gave up six earned runs (two HRs) on nine hits in six innings. Teix and Chris Dickerson (yes, the same Chris Dickerson that doesn’t have a John Sterling HR Call) homered off the King. Isn’t life grand, Seattle? 

With the win, the Yankee record improves to 89-57. The Yankees are four games ahead of the Red Sox in the loss column. Their magic number sits at nine. 

Atta Boy Teix--AP Photo

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The New York Yankees defeated the Minnesota Twins tonight by a final score of 3-0. Ivan Nova dominated the Twins and picked up his ninth win in ten attempts. Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira picked up home runs as the Yankees picked up another W and are now 77-48 on the season.

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The New York Yankees defeated the Minnesota Twins tonight by a final score of 8-1. Phil Hughes dominated (more on that below) as he could suddenly be the leader in the clubhouse to start Game #2 of the ALDS for the Yankees. With the win, the Yanks move to 76-47 on the season.

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The New York Yankees defeated the Kansas City Royals by a score of 9-7 this evening. Ivan Nova got the win after the bullpen got the final eleven Royals out, and Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano, and Russell Martin all picked up multiple RBIs. With the win, the Yankees move to 74-46 on the season and are a half game up on the Red Sox in the division

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The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim defeated the New York Yankees tonight by a score of 6-4. Mariano Rivera came into the game with a tie score, but allowed a two-run homer to former Yankee Bobby Abreu. Then, with the game-winning run (Mark Teixeira) up to bat with runners on first and third in the ninth, Curtis Granderson fell for the old Jeff Nelson third-to-first play to end the game. With the terrible loss, the Yankees fall to 69-45 on the season.

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The Boston Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees this afternoon by a final score of 10-4. With the loss, the Yankees lose sole-possession of first place in the American League East. The Yankees and Red Sox now have identical 69-43 records.

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