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How do the Yankees Fix up the Team for 2012?

Posted in Yankees on October 28, 2011 by sammywestside

This guy must be a Yankee in 2012 or else the bombers are in big trouble

The 2011 season by all accounts was an interesting one for the Yankees. They often defied odds and continued to win games when many thought they couldn’t. Despite this the Yankees still fell short of their yearly goal of winning a world championship. The good news for the Yanks is that they have a lot of talent still, the problem is it’s not spread out amongst positions.

The Yankees clear fault this past season was in starting pitching, despite having a statistically successful year. In the playoffs it was hard to rely on anyone not named CC Sabathia, despite the emergence of many unexpected starters. The problem continues into the offseason as basically the entire starting staff is in flux.

The biggest issue facing the Yanks is CC Sabathia. He can opt out of his contract and is expected to do so. This could be OK as long as he stays with the Yanks. There were fears when he signed that CC didn’t want to pitch in NY, but instead somewhere out west. This fear still looms a bit despite the fact that he has openly said he loves it here. Personally I believe that CC will stay, but I am worried. The new contract that he signs will most likely be 5 or 6 years, which would extend him to age 37 or so.

Beyond CC the worries mount. Youthful pitchers Ivan Nova and Phil Hughes are certainly expected to be part of the rotation next year but both have shown inconsistency or inexperience at times. Ideally you would like these two to be your 4th and 5th starters, or 3rd and 4th at worst.

Then there is AJ Burnett. Oh AJ what do we do with you? Are the Yankees obligated to put him in the rotation for next year? Or with his time dwindling in pinstripes, is it possible they choose to not ride the AJ roller coaster another season? For now you can’t expect him to be anything but perhaps the 5th starter.

The Yankees certainly have other options in the minors, but it seems like in their best interest to make another move or a starter. The options out there will include Yu Darvish, a Japanese protegy who could be coming to the US, CJ Wilson, Roy Oswalt, or perhaps Mark Buerhle. All these options seems interesting, but we’re not sure which will be available and which are actually good viable options. We will look more into this as the offseason gets into full swing.

The Yankees bullpen looks very good right now, but look for them to make a move or two anyway. Perhaps a reliable lefty out on the market, or an affordable former closer who could help them out.

Offensively the Yankees should be picking up the options of Nick Swisher and Robinson Cano. Jorge Posada might have played his last game in pinstripes so the bombers could be shopping for a DH option if they don’t plan on Jesus Montero filling that role. Otherwise it could be role players that the Yankees are shopping for. Guys like Eric Chavez and Andruw Jones were great guys for the bench and hopefully they can find guys like that again for 2012.

For now we must focus on the issues of starting pitching, and at least one solid addition must happen for them to be successful in 2012.

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Why Does Anyone Care about Ballplayers Drinking in the Dugout?

Posted in Yankees on October 20, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

Everyone Needs to Get Over the Fact that Ballplayer Drink During Games

I am now completely fed up with this entire story. This has been a typical story that has been blown completely out of proportion by the New York and Boston media. For all of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, a few weeks ago a report in the Boston Globe came out saying that the Red Sox starting pitchers this year drank beer and ate fried chicken in the clubhouse and dugout during ballgames. Since Boston had one of the worst collapses in history, this has been a story emphasizing the laziness of the 2011 Red Sox. Today, a report from the Daily News said that back in 2002 and 2003, Jason Giambi and Roger Clemens drank in the dugout as well. Since the end of the season, these stories of players drinking during games has had baseball fans in an uproar.

Giambi and Clemens Reportedly Also Used to Drink Beers in the Dugout...So?

Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, and John Lackey have been public enemy No. 1 in Boston since this story broke out. For some reason, Sox fans have made these guys the scapegoat of the epic collapse. This is absolutely ridiculous. These guys drinking had absolutely nothing to do with the Boston choking. This kind of stuff is “G” rated compared to some of the things ballplayers have done in the past (Steve Howe in the 80’s doing lines of coke in the bullpen before warming up?). This story is comical and just something the Boston Globe writers are having a fun time with. Don’t buy into their bullshit. As for the Yankees, whether it’s true or not, who the hell cares if they were drinking? Baseball is probably the only game where players can get away with it. Imagine playing hockey or football after havinga  few beers? You would throw up. But not in baseball. Think about it, David Wells pitched a perfect game still drunk from the night before. To make a long story short, everyone needs to stop reading into this crap. It’s a shame this is still the biggest story in baseball right now, even during a very entertaining World Series.

Terrible.

Posted in Yankees on October 7, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

A-Rod Capping Off Another Disappointing Postseason

No words to describe what just happened. First, we have to tip our caps to the Tigers since they completely outplayed the Yankees. Their big hitters came through in the clutch, while ours failed miserably. I know Girardi said he pulled Nova out because of “tightness in his forearm,” but I’m not buying that at all. That’s a bullshit injury for an elimination game. Girardi was just trying to save his own ass for over-managing this entire ballgame. Even though the bullpen held Detroit to only one run through seven innings, I still don’t believe that was the right decision. I am putting all the blame for this loss on the offense, but who knows if Nova stays in that game? Who knows what would happen if Girardi kept Hughes in for another couple of innings? Maybe the bullpen could’ve shut the door and held Detroit scoreless? We will never know.

Scoring two runs at home in an elimination game is not acceptable. The Yankees don’t deserve to advance in the postseason because they didn’t play well enough. The Tigers, who I still don’t believe was the better team in the series, outplayed the Yanks in the toughest environment in baseball. Don Kelly and Delmon Young took advantage of Nova’s mistake pitches while Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher had awful approaches in crucial situations. After Burnett’s season-saving performance two nights ago, it sucks that it goes down the drain with one terrible game.

On a bright note, let’s not take the Yankees for granted here. I’ve heard a lot of people saying, “Yankees suck…the 2011 season is now officially a waste…etc.” This is far beyond the truth. Think about the expectations we had for this team in April? With a suspect rotation and an old lineup, everyone was just hoping for a playoff birth. The 2011 Yankees exceeded those expectations and gave us a fantastic 97-win season with a Division title and an exciting Division Series that went down to the final game. Of course we all thought the Yanks for destined for 28, but apparently they weren’t. At least they gave us a great summer of baseball. And as we all know, a lot of other cities (Boston) can’t say the same thing. As for us here at 5BS, we will mourn this loss, but just remember it’s hockey and football season now. Sports lives on.

Let’s Go!!!

Posted in Yankees on October 6, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

NOVA TIME!

AJ Comes Through…Off to Game 5

Posted in Yankees on October 4, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

After a Shaky First Inning, Burnett Settled Down and Silenced His Critics

With Burnett coming out of nowhere and pitching the game of his life and Granderson saving the season with two spectacular catches, the Yanks are back in business! Just like every Yankee fan, I was sweating bullets in the first inning after AJ had bases loaded with two outs. Like usual, Burnett was wild and unable to control any of his pitches. Then in one play, the momentum of the series shifted. On a well hit ball by Don Kelly, Curtis Granderson made one of the most outstanding catches in postseason history. Saving three runs, (possibly four with Kelly’s speed), the Yanks escaped the first without giving up any runs. In the top of the third, Jeter finally came through with a nice two RBI double. Burnett then followed with another crucial scoreless inning. Even though AJ gave up a blast to Victor Martinez in the fourth, he managed to hold the Tigers to just one run. In the sixth, Granderson made yet another spectacular catch saving two runs. Finally in the eighth, the Yankees’ bats finally came to life. Forcing six runs, the Yanks sealed the victory. Game Five – Thursday night. Let’s go!!

Granderson's Two Spectacular Catches Saved the Season

And the Season Comes Down to This Guy:

Posted in Yankees on October 3, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

Like I said, this was a must-win game. Now the season relies on the arm of A.J. Burnett. This isn’t good a situation, but remember, baseball is a crazy game. Anything can happen.

A Must Win for the Yanks Tonight

Posted in Yankees on October 3, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

Cano's Grand Slam in Game One was Overshadowed by an Impressive Detroit Victory in Game Two

After a dominating Game One followed by a disappointing second game, the Yankees have found themselves in a must win game tonight in Detroit. Obviously if the Yanks lose Game Three they aren’t eliminated, but I still believe they have to win this game in order to win this series. The reason: A.J. Burnett. A little over a month ago, I told you guys that I lost all confidence in AJ. Nothing has changed since, even though he had a solid start against the Red Sox at the end of the year. Girardi is taking the biggest risk of the season by announcing Burnett as the Game Three starter. If the Yankees lose tonight, the season is in AJ’s hands. Yes, the AJ who had an 11.91 ERA in the month of August. The AJ who has a 1-2 record with a 5.67 ERA in six postseason starts with the Yankees. The most overpaid Yankees pitcher since the great Carl Pavano in 2006.

The Yanks have their hands full tonight since they’re facing Justin Verlander, the best pitcher in the league. After coming a Game Two victory and coming home to Comerica Park, the Tigers have the momentum. But I remember the last time these two teams faced off in the playoffs back in 2006. The series was tied 1-1 and was headed to Detroit. The Yankees had their ace Randy Johnson face the suspect Tigers’ starter Kenny Rogers. The Big Unit was shelled while Rogers threw a gem. Can the Yankees pull off a similar upset this year and get to Verlander early? We will find out tonight.

In 2011 against the Yankees, Verlander had a 4.50 ERA with 16 strikeouts in Two Starts