Well, That Went Better Than Expected

April 23rd, 2015 by

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I didn’t think the Yankees would win their first series of the season in Detroit. The Tigers were a red-hot team and we were not. They had David Price and we did not. They had “winner” stamped on them by all the sportswriters and we did not. And yet, we came out of D-Town with the series win. The pitching was great. The hitting was alternately powerful and just crafty enough to score a couple of runs. And the defense seemed to have come together. All of which was remarkable given the cold weather there. (I must mention that it snowed today in CT. I was not amused. It’s April 23rd after all.)

Will the winning streak be a fluke? Will the even-hotter Mets cool us off? Or is this team, weaknesses and all, just good enough to stay competitive?

No idea, but the Detroit series made things interesting enough for me to stay tuned.

 

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Looking Up

April 20th, 2015 by

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After this weekend’s sweep of the Rays, who are admittedly not the Rays of old and don’t look to be contenders for anyplace but the AL East cellar, I’m thinking the Yankees might be in better shape. Tanaka’s performance the other night was stellar and, unless A-Rod is using some new, undetected form of enhancement, he’s hitting like a guy who could actually help the team. Other contributions have been heartening too (McCann et al), but the real standout for me has been Miller. If he keeps getting those saves, I could become a believer.

As for the Didi Experiment, oh my. Nobody expected him to hit, but field? Yeah. He was supposed to be a defensive upgrade over Jeter and faster. Unfortunately he’s made errors, both mental and literal, and his baserunning has been head scratching. But I’m chalking it up to nerves. He has huge shoes to fill, plus he’s new to the league, new to New York, new to the major leagues. There’s a learning curve and I hope he comes around before the boo birds make things worse.

This Detroit series should be interesting. They’re good. Really good. But at the moment I’m more focused on unpacking the 100s of cartons that are sitting at the new house waiting for attention as well as the NY Rangers who play Game 3 of the playoffs tonight. Onward.

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The Bronx Bombers?

April 13th, 2015 by

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When Stephen Drew comes up with a pinch hit grand slam, it’s either a dream or a full moon. Or maybe he’s finally getting hot or if not “hot” then a little warmer. In any case, it was a pleasant surprise to see him go deep against the Orioles in Game 1 of the Yankees’ first series of the season at Camden Yards.

The awakening of the offense against the Sox over the weekend was fun too. I’ve been overwhelmed trying to get acclimated to my new house in CT in advance of the arrival of the moving truck with all my worldly belongings on it. (I feel like Diane Keaton’s character in “Baby Boom.” Remember how she bought the house in Vermont and everything went expensively wrong?) But having the games on TV in the background has been a nice escape.

It’s too early to have an opinion about Tanaka and CC in terms of their ability to pitch with injuries, but for now Pineda is looking good for the most part. The defense will tighten up, I’m sure. And A-Rod? He’s been a model citizen and the Yankees’ best hitter. I wish I could say he’s changed. I don’t have a clue. For all I know he could be ingesting some new form of enhancement. For all I know his body could break down in a month. For all I know he and the Yankees could go to court over his milestone bonuses. It doesn’t really matter to me at this point. I just want the team to stay competitive and healthy. (As I write this, Gardner is having his wrist X-rayed after getting hit by a pitch.)

Well, let me amend that. I just want the team to stay competitive and healthy and entertaining. A Janer is my favorite kind of win, of course, but tonight’s tense battle against the O’s is the kind of game that’ll keep me coming back for more.

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Happy Opening Day Tomorrow

April 5th, 2015 by

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The moving men are coming tomorrow to pack up the heavy stuff, so I’ll be otherwise engaged. Ditto the entire week. If all goes well, I’ll have a TV hooked up in CT by next weekend and tuned to the YES Network, and will begin to follow the Yankees as they wade through the new season. May the players stay healthy, the pitching be surprisingly serviceable, the Didi experiment be successful, the A-Rod comeback not be cringe-worthy and many other wishes. Mostly what I hope is that the Yankees will not be boring or irrelevant.

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The Injury Bug Is Back

April 2nd, 2015 by

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As the season is about to get underway, the Yankees have called in reinforcements already, acquiring a utility infielder from the Astros named Petit (not to be confused with Pettitte). Why did they need this guy? Because Didi, our new shortstop, is hurt and Ryan, his backup, is hurt and Pirela, the second baseman is hurt. That’s a lot of  “hurt” for April 2nd.

And I’m not counting Tex’s strained whatever and Ellsbury’s strained whatever, since they’re both said to be okay now. Maybe.

And of course I’m not counting the rehabbed knee of CC and the tenuous arm of Tanaka. Sigh.

On the bright side, it’s a long season and hope springs eternal, and the other teams in our division have problems of their own. And you know what else? It’s easier to approach the season with lowered expectations. At least it is for me. I’m not counting on Yankees 2015 to win a championship. I’m not even counting on them to make the playoffs. I’m hoping they’ll play good, solid, competitive baseball and leave the rest to the Baseball Gods. Or the Steinbrenners. Same thing. I’m also hoping A-Rod will not get hit by opposing pitchers. What I wouldn’t mind is if goes on a tear, popping A-bomb after A-Bomb. He can also lose the humble persona (I’ll do anything Joe wants me to do, I’m just here to play the game I love, I just want to help the team, etc.) and do something wild and crazy, like start dating – I don’t know – Gwyneth Paltrow. We need some off-the-field excitement if you ask me, just a whiff of naughtiness, and if anybody can deliver that, it’s the A-man.

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Shaking off the Rust

March 13th, 2015 by

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It’s been months since I even thought about writing a post for this blog. The holidays came and went and we were into a new year, and suddenly it was spring training. But other than A-Rod’s early arrival and various rumblings about his behavior and performance, it’s been about Tanaka’s healthy arm (knock on wood), CC’s extra weight (he says he feels better that way), Teixeira’s gluten free diet (he says he feels better that way) and Capuano’s early injury (calling Cole Hamels), and it’s been pretty lackluster. Yes, there will be numbers retired this season. Yes, we have new young players. Yes, we have Headley and Drew back. But I can’t get excited about any of it.

Maybe it’s because Jeter and Mo are gone. Maybe it’s because we didn’t make a splash during the off-season (the Cuban kid went to the Red Sox, of course, and Cashman meant it when he said we weren’t in the running for Scherzer or Shields). I’m genuinely hoping Michael Pineda has a terrific year and there’s a shot that he will. What I’m less sure about is the run production. The Yankees may emulate the Royals, but they’re not the Royals. They’ll have speed at the top of the lineup, but they’re the Bronx Bombers, pure and simple, and if they don’t do any Bronx Bombing this year, I’m not going to be very interested.

And then there’s the fact that I’m moving. I’ll be moving on Opening Day actually, which isn’t great planning on my part, so I’ll be distracted. But once I’m settled, I’ll get the YES network for real now that I’ll be on the East Coast, so if the Yankees are worth watching I’ll be able to watch. And I’ll be able to go to games at the Stadium.

I guess what I’m saying is I hope there will be stuff to write about. Until then, I’ll just go back to packing.

 

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Not a Yankee

January 19th, 2015 by
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Well, the Yankees said they weren’t in the hunt for Scherzer, so I guess I shouldn’t have been disappointed last night when I read on Twitter that he’d signed with the Nationals. Still, I was hoping.

Yes, we have two new hitting coaches and a new infield guy replacing Mick Kelleher, and there have been assorted other signings I’ve paid little attention to. Talk about a lackluster off-season.

With spring training approaching, I’m sure I’ll get a little more fired up about Yankees 2015, but right now I’m feeling sort of blah about it all. I miss Jeter. I miss Mo. I bet I’ll even miss Cervelli.

I know, I know. I have to stop living in the past.

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Whaaaat?

January 6th, 2015 by

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I know it’s a new year and I’m supposed to be all cheery and optimistic, but when I read earlier today that the Yankees are on the verge (I guess that means the ink isn’t quite dry) of re-signing Stephen Drew to be our second baseman, I threw a hissy fit. Does Cashman have amnesia? Does he not remember that the guy can’t hit? Did he forget that he traded away Martin Prado, a guy who not only can hit but play other positions? Did he have a brain freeze that we already have a more-than-decent prospect named Rob Refsnyder? Maybe $5 million is no big deal to the Yankees and they don’t mind throwing it away on Drew for a year, but I mind. I do. I mind a lot.

(Had to get this off my chest. Whew.)

And I’m still waiting for Max Scherzer. Yoohoo, Cashman! He’s expensive but he can pitch!

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Ho Ho Ho!!!

December 24th, 2014 by

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Wishing anybody who stops by a very Merry Christmas. May all your Yankees dreams come true! (Mine’s Scherzer. So far he’s not under my tree.)

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Hello and Goodbye

December 19th, 2014 by
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Wasn’t Martin Prado supposed to be the Yankees’ second baseman now that Chase Headley is back? Wasn’t David Phelps supposed to be either a back-end starter or the long man out of the bullpen? They were both pretty good, so I’m still scratching my head over the trade today that sent them to the Marlins for a bunch of guys I’ve never heard of. Not that my knowledge of the Marlins or any National League team is anything to brag about, but why? Was Nathan Eovaldi really worth shipping out Prado and Phelps? He’s young and durable but his numbers aren’t great and I’d rather have Scherzer in the rotation (duh).

As for the other two we got, fine. Whatever. I hope Cashman knows what he’s doing. Domingo German sounds like a very interesting prospect, but I wouldn’t mind winning a few games in the near term, as in 2015.

 

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