Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Midway Point in the Season

So the Yankees are half way through the season and it looks like they have one foot in the grave, though they still have a pulse and things may be looking up. They are currently in 4th place in the AL East, only 3.5 games back but looking up at Tampa, Baltimore, and 1st place Red Sox. Oh and Toronto is playing ungodly right now, they have climbed to .500 after being 10 games under and are only 5.5 out of 1st. Yankees were in a 5 game slide, but a big win last night thanks largely to Cano, who was in a bad slump himself, think his average sunk to .275 at one point.

The starting pitching has looked terrible and that was supposed to be the strong point. CC, Kuroda, and Pettitte are given leads and gives them right back. Hughes and Phelps just flat out suck right now. Nova dominates at AAA SWB, but looks like crap in the bigs. Pineda while looking decent in rehab games probably is still a ways off from the Pineda that the Yankees traded for and will most likely be sent to SWB when his rehab assignment has been completed.

While the rotation hasn't been great the offense has been even worse. The replacements have been playing like replacements for the better part of 2 months now. Overbay, Haffner, Wells, Adams, and Nix have all shown they are just fill-ins to spell an everyday player and their everyday playing ability has left them long ago.

That being said, Nunez is in rehab games, A-Rod starts his rehab assignment, Cervelli should begin rehab soon, Jeter and Granderson are doing baseball activities but have yet to begin rehab.

Bottom line is Yankees are 4 games over .500, if given truth serum back in late March, knowing the injuries the Yankees had, any fan would be thrilled with 4 games over at the midway point. They certainly are not dead yet given the number of head to head meetings with all of the teams above them. But is is still an uphill climb.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Baby Bombers Era Begins - Record: 25-16 1st in AL East

Who are these guys? Forget about the NY Media Guide or Yearbook to find out who these guys are you need a recent printing from Scranton to find half of these guys. Due to injuries the following have been called up at one point or another:

Preston Claiborne
Vidal Nuno
Austin Romine
Alberto Gonzalez (even though he was traded for initially)
Dellin Betances
David Adams
Corbin Joseph
Brett Marshall

Adam Warren has been real good so far too. Given all the rosters move of people coming onto and off of the 40 man I am shocked that Ben Francisco and Melky Mesa are still on the roster. I wouldn't be surprised at all to see Eduardo Nunez gone as soon as he's back, and Joba may have finally made himself unwelcomed too.

Then Pettitte gets tight on the mound last night. Not all that concerning but this is what he missed a start for recently and it's still a problem...I know Mid would like to see Wang, but the reports I'm getting is his velo and movement do not translate right now to the big league level. I haven't heard anything recent on Nova, so I'm not sure how far away he is...my initial impression is Pineda may be closer to Nova only because I've heard progress reports on Pineda and they are great. He's actually schedule to throw today and is already hitting 95. Which means that should continue to increase as he continues to build strength and loosens the shoulder up.

I think it will be interesting to see how Girardi will handle the roster once the regulars start to come back. I can't see how you release or trade Overbay. I would rather see Hafner released or traded. He's shown he can hit, but is already suffering from the shoulder injury again, and that's in a part-time role. I can't see Wells being released or traded either. Ichiro is in a terrible slump right now so at least that helps with that decision.

All this being said the Yankees managed to get sole possession of first place and despite losing 2 of 3 to Seattle at home still hold a 1 game lead. The Blue Jays come to the Bronx tonight and the offense may come alive as Mark Buerhle is on the mound.

Monday, April 29, 2013

End of April Report: Yankees Record 15-9, 2nd in AL East

So despite all the reports that the Yankees will not be able to contend this year, here they are with a record of 15-9, 2nd in the AL East, 2.5 GB the Red Sox, and they have the 3rd best record in the AL (Red Sox .720, Texas .640, Yankees .625).

Kept hearing about all the lost power and they won't score any runs...the Yankees are 1st in the AL, and 2nd in MLB in HRs with 35, only 1 behind the Braves. They are 5th in runs scored in the AL, 7th in average (that needs to come up they were hitting .280 prior to the TB series and now are just hitting .254 as a team). 5th in OBP and 3rd in OPS. In short, the offense while not miles ahead of anyone, is still competitive, despite all the injuries. They only have 9 SB as a team that needs to change. Gardner and Ichiro should each have 9. Gardner for all his speed may be one of the worst baserunners/basestealers in the league, with some of the worst instincts ever.

Their pitching has been coming along as well. After really bad starts from Nova and Hughes to begin the season, Hughes has now put together 3 really strong performances. The bullpen has been much better of late, and everyone that was question Mariano looks like a complete idiot now.

Yes Jeter and A-Rod will be out until after the All-Star break. And quite possibly A-Rod will be suspended before then anyway for his involvement in the Biogenisis thing (MLB has documents that appear to prove A-Rod has been purchasing HGH for a while now...no surprise there). Yes Granderson and Teixeira are clearly not going to be back by May 1st, but they should be back sometime this month. And to be honest I'm okay with them taking their time, the offense is not suffering and this team of scrapheap guys is really coming together now. I don't want to mess with that chemistry.

Love the way Hafner is being used by Girardi and you can't argue with the production. Even in a part-time role he will hit 30+ HRs for the Yankees this year. I am concerned about how Vernon Wells will perform after Granderson gets back. I think he will be the DH at times and see playing time against lefties, but his ABs will be cut way back. Hope he can make that adjustment.

Romine and Nuno get the call up because of the injuries to Cervelli and Nova. Phelps slides in the rotation and Nuno will be used out of the pen. I hope both of these kids get some decent playing time to show everyone what they are capable of. Nuno could be a future #4 or 5, and Romine can keep the position warm for a couple of years until Sanchez is ready.

If some how the Yankees hang on through this season and make the playoffs, Girardi and Cashman should both be recognized. Girardi should win Manager of the Year and Cashman GM of the year. I often feel both of these guys do not get enough credit because they play for the high-salaried Yankees. They are going 40-50% without half of their day-to-day lineup out there. To further this argument, the Braves are widely considered the best team in baseball right now (even though Detroit just demolished them). Take away the Braves starting 3B, SS, 1B, & CF, and now the starting C and #5 starter would they even be close to what the Yankees are? No way...

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