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Fen For Themselves

6 Oct

The Yankees had a golden opportunity–or opportunities–to take Game 1 in the late innings, including forcing Boston to call upon starter Rick Porcello to be a bridge to closer Craig Kimbrel, but they didn’t get it done. Marc Carig, the New York Yankees beat writer for The Athletic had a great lede to start his […]

No Dicking Around for Lester

3 Oct

In a surprising outcome considering the quick turnaround time and travel the Rockies faced, the Cubs succumbed in a marathon 13-inning game Tuesday in Chicago.  Will hitting coach Chili Davis get fired?  Will manager Maddon? In The Athletic,  Cubs starter Jon Lester muses oddly about what transpired: “Like I said, sometimes you need to get, […]

A Pitcher, Not a Prius

18 Sep

Bernie Micklasz, writing today in The Athletic, notes that the St. Louis Cardinals have zeroed in on 22-year-old Jack Flaherty as their main starter for meaningful games.  Never mind that Adam Wainwright pitched a vintage Waino game on Sunday night, or that Miles Mikolas or Daniel Poncedeleon have had outstanding seasons.  Here’s what skipper Shildt […]

They’re Kraken Up

6 Sep

Gary Sanchez and Luis Severino teamed up for a comedy of errors in the first inning of the A’s-Yankees contest in Oakland, leading to a quick 4-0 lead for the A’s.  Sanchez has as many passed balls as his counterpart in Houston, who has played 300 innings, compared to a small number for the injury-plagued […]

Camden Yards: Yankees Fans’ Summer Getaway

25 Aug

Marc Carig, who covers the New York Yankees for The Athletic, has some fine writing here observing the Pinstripes playing at Camden Yards; Yankees fans have historically treated Camden Yards like a summer cottage, their home away from the city. The effect has only been amplified now that the Orioles are a stripped-down skeleton of what […]

Deep Didi

21 Aug

That was the New York Post sports desk’s lede today when it was announced that NYY SS Didi Gregorius would go on the 10-day DL with a heel bruise.   That is some clever wordplay!

A Week of Misspeak

20 Jul

First it was the double negative in Helsinki, now it’s former NYY 1B Mark Teixiera interviewed on the Michael Kay radio show in New York who intoned that there is no doubt that Brian Cashman would leave a stone unturned to find a quality starting pitcher.    

Delay of Game Penalty?

4 Jul

Brett Gardner of the New York Yankees has received a $2,500-$3,500 fine from MLB for eight instances of delaying the game by moving too slowly from the on-deck circle to home plate.  Haven’t heard anyone else docked for this.  Very odd.    

Convicted Felon

19 Jun

New York Yankees’ backup catcher, Austin Romine, gave an interview after Monday’s game against the Nats describing how young relief pitcher Jonathan Holder was pitching with conviction navigating a difficult lineup. Asked how a young player could do that, Romine responded that Holder “was convicted.” Reminds me of the old Yankee skipper Billy Martin’s quip […]

Water Logged

10 Jun

The Subway Series is tilted in the New York Yankees’ favor as the Baby Bombers beat the Mets in Queens by a score of  4-3.  It didn’t start out well for the pinstripes’ pitcher Domingo German, who yielded three runs in the opening inning, but the visitors prevailed.  But Mets skipper Mickey Callaway thought his […]