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Archive for April, 2011

Pitcher Breakdown: The Yankees Are Worried About Phil »

Phil Hughes Final Line: 4IP, 5H,  5R, 5ER, 2BB, 1K .333 GB/FB ratio One of the mysteries during the Yankees spring training centered around the lack of velocity Phil Hughes displayed in his few starts. Apparently, scouts were taken aback by Hughes' lack of velocity. Many of them were recording his fastball in the 86-88 range. Joe Girardi told [...]

2011 Fantasy Baseball: Mark Teixeira and »

The start of the season comes a bit later for some and often it takes the presence of short sleeves and the aroma of sunscreen to thaw a long winter’s offseason. For players like Mark Teixeira, April might as well be February, and August, well—might as well be batting practice.Justifying the slow starts for some of the game’s [...]

MLB 2011: What Opening Day Taught Us About Each Team, »

Opening Day in Major League Baseball marks the start of new life.  Winter is turning into spring, "cold" is changing to "warm", and baseball is coming out of hibernation. The early stages of the season can tell us a lot about a team: strengths, weaknesses and if they have the potential to make a run at the postseason. Game No. 1 of 162 has [...]

27 Going on 28: 5 Reasons Why the New York Yankees »

Following a disappointing season in which they were comprehensively beaten in the ALCS by the Texas Rangers, the New York Yankees enter the 2011 season with an unusual label—underdog. With the Boston Red Sox making all the headlines with their free agent acquisition of Carl Crawford and trade for Adrian Gonzalez, the Yankees have taken [...]

Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees: 2011 Chapter »

Every year, there is a lot of buildup for the first Yankees/Red Sox matchup.  Whenever the two AL East powerhouses meet, excitement is sure to ensue—whether it's a brawl, an extra-inning thriller or a pitching duel.  These two teams have been dominant forces in the league for as long as anyone can remember—the Yankees, with [...]

Mickey Mantle: We Never Realized He Had the Most »

He was better than we thought, and we never realized that he had more talent than any player of his era. The passage of time, which provides the necessary perspective, has shown that was the case.Mickey Mantle retired following the 1968 season. During spring training in 1969, the fact that Mantle was not among those preparing for the season [...]

New York Yankees: Five Things We Learned on Opening »

After an offseason of turmoil and questions, the Yankees could finally put everything aside and let their play do the talking. Opening Day has finally come and gone and the Yankees are 1-0 and ahead of Boston in the AL East.Everything is right in New York tonight.Even though we are just one game into the long and strenuous regular season, we [...]

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