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Thursday April 24th 2014

How Good Is Good Enough for Yankees’ CC Sabathia in 2014?

When CC Sabathia was in his prime, dominance seemed to follow regardless how sharp his stuff was in a particular outing. Upon arriving to the New York Yankees in 2009, the perfect blend of talent and maturity accompanied the big lefty to the Bronx.  With a 94-96 mph fastball and the wisdom of eight years of big league pitching under his belt, Sabathia dominated AL East rivals and helped the Yankees win a World Series. Like any pitcher, decline was expected to eventually arrive, but smarts and pitching acumen were poised ...

MLB Picks: Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees

New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia was 2-2 with a 7.22 ERA in five outings against the Boston Red Sox last season, which is important to consider when making your MLB picks Friday, as the two teams face off at Yankee Stadium. Sports bettors will find that the Yankees are plus-110 home underdogs in the pro baseball odds, with the betting total sitting at 8.5 in the market. Let's take a closer look at this American League East matchup from a betting perspective, while offering up a prediction along the way.   Gambling ...

Early-Season Grades for New York Yankees’ Offseason Acquisitions

In New York it is never too early to over-analyze a player's performance, especially if the player is a new acquisition from this offseason. Just under two weeks into the regular season, the New York Yankees have played average baseball and sit with a record of 5-5. However, they have won five of their last seven games and are currently tied for first in the AL East. The Yankees made a lot of noise this offseason and spent a lot of money on adding winning pieces to their team. Some have gotten off to ...

5 Takeaways from New York Yankees’ 1st Home Series vs. Baltimore Orioles

It was an up-and-down series for the Yankees, as they took one out of three from the Baltimore Orioles. After an impressive performance from Hiroki Kuroda in game one, in which the Yankees won 4-2, Ivan Nova and Co. were blasted for 14 runs in game two. That was followed up with a blown game in the ninth inning from fill-in closer Shawn Kelley to give the Orioles the series win. Despite dropping two of three, there were still some positives for the Yankees, such as the bats of Alfonso Soriano and ...

Orioles’ Adam Jones Isn’t Buying into the Hype Around Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka

The entire baseball world was focused on Japanese phenom Masahiro Tanaka this offseason, but Baltimore Orioles star Adam Jones didn't buy into the hype. Well, he hadn't. Major League Baseball teams lined up for Tanaka's services this winter after he posted phenomenal numbers for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in the Nippon Professional Baseball league. He went 24-0 and posted an unbelievable 1.27 ERA in 2013. His incredible numbers led to him signing a seven-year, $155 million deal with the New York Yankees. However, some people—like Jones—believe the level of competition played a role in ...

How Derek Jeter Will Continue His Assault on the MLB Record Books

The 2014 MLB season is Derek Jeter's 20th and final season after announcing his retirement in spring training. Throughout his storied pinstriped career, he has made a name for himself, reaching milestones such as 3,000 hits and winning five World Series. Yet, entering his last campaign, there were still plenty of milestones left to reach for Jeter. Here are the numbers he was chasing on his final Opening Day. Mike O'Hara takes us through the numbers Jeter can reach to make history and cement himself as not only one of the all-time ...

Masahiro Tanaka May Already Be Yankees’ New Ace in 2014

Judging any baseball player off of merely two games isn't exactly recommended, especially when those two games also happen to be said player's first ever in Major League Baseball. But in the case of Masahiro Tanaka and the New York Yankees, snap judgments are all but inescapable. So let's try one on for size: After just two big league starts, Masahiro Tanaka already is the Yankees' ace. After picking up the win with seven strong innings over the Toronto Blue Jays in his impressive MLB debut last week, Tanaka once again hurled seven ...

Playing Patience or Panic on New York Yankees’ 5 Worst Early Slumps

Early-season stats can be deceiving. Early slumps at the plate and on the mound can be frustrating for fans who were hoping to see their team start well out of the gate, which is why so many fans overreact when a player is hitting below .200 after the first week of the year. New York Yankees fans are no exception. With so many new faces on the Yankees this season, fans were looking for a fresh wave of success out of spring training. Spring camp brought many good results, and that left fans ...

Amid Early 2014 Struggles, Who Is the Real Ivan Nova?

Heading into the 2014 season, Ivan Nova was the least talked-about member of the New York Yankees starting rotation. In this instance, don't confuse attention for importance in the Bronx.CC Sabathia entered spring noticeably lighter—in both weight and fastball velocity—Masahiro Tanaka caused a stir every time he stepped on the mound, Hiroki Kuroda faced questions about a poor second half of 2013 and Michael Pineda needed a big spring to secure the No. 5 role in the rotation.Meanwhile, Nova's role—somewhere in the middle of New York's staff—was secure, based on ...

Relief Options Still Exist for New York Yankees

With David Robertson heading to the disabled list and an already young and inexperienced bullpen, the New York Yankees must explore the several relief options that still remain on the free agent market in an attempt to upgrade their roster. While the likes of David Phelps, Adam Warren, Shawn Kelley, Dellin Betances and Vidal Nuno have held their own through the start of this young season, the Yankees lack relievers with both veteran leadership and closing experience. Even when Robertson returns, manager Joe Girardi may sleep easier with a more established ...
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