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Archive for September, 2012

New York Yankees: 3 Reasons Why Yankees Enter »

The MLB postseason begins in a few days and all three American League divisions are still to be decided.If Bud Selig and Major League Baseball wanted to make the end of this season more exciting than last year, they are doing their job. Since the beginning of September, the Orioles have been no more than three games behind the first-place [...]

NY Yankees: 4 Reasons Joe Girardi Needs a Deep Playoff »

The New York Yankees may have already clinched a playoff berth, but Joe Girardi has his fingers crossed for a deep playoff run.The Yankees are playing average ball as of late—having won six of the last 10 games they've played.The Yankees aren't going to advance far if they continue playing the way they are, and that's going to be [...]

The New York Yankees Are in Trouble Even If They Win »

Halfway through the month of July, the New York Yankees looked like they were going to run away with the AL East title. As October baseball officially begins tomorrow, however, that division crown has become anything but a certainty.  The Yankees are currently locked in a dog fight with Buck Showalter's Baltimore Orioles for the division and [...]

New York Yankees Need Help to Win AL East but Still »

Nobody expected the New York Yankees to be in this position with three games left in the regular reason. Up 10 games in the American League East near the end of July, the Yankees lost their lead, which evaporated as they tied with the resurgent Baltimore Orioles. The O's have to finish the year in St. Petersburg, Florida, against a Tampa Bay [...]

Russell Martin Having a September to Remember for New »

The first five months of the 2012 season couldn’t have been much worse offensively for New York Yankees catcher Russell Martin. When he woke up on Sept. 1, he was hitting a woeful .198 (66-for-333) with 14 home runs and 36 RBI. His triple-slash line was .198/.301/.366. Martin was never going to be confused with Mike Piazza when it came to [...]

5 New York Yankees Stars Who Have to Raise Their Games »

The New York Yankees have won seven of their last 10 games as they try to shake the Baltimore Orioles for an AL East title. Though the Wild Card would seem to be a safety net, as it has been for the AL East runner-up for several seasons, MLB's new postseason format makes it important to win a division. The wild-card teams have to face each [...]

New York Yankees: Why Ivan Nova Has Pitched Himself »

Ivan Nova is not doing himself any favors in the final month of the regular season.With the New York Yankees battling to win the American League East and just holding off the Baltimore Orioles, Nova had a chance on Thursday night to give the Yankees a two-game cushion.Instead, Nova couldn't pitch out of the fifth inning for a second straight start [...]

5 Ideas for New York Yankees Manager Joe Girardi for »

After 157 games of competition, it's hard to believe the Yankees' long season will be decided over just five games against the Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox. Yet, their performance over the next several days against those two teams will be precisely what determines their fate.Five games.AL East division champs, Wild Card No. 1 or No. 2, or [...]

Who Has the Schedule Edge in Final Days of the MLB »

MLB contenders have just six games to play in the 2012 regular season as they jostle for the remaining playoff berths.At this late stage of the season, we determine the strength of each team's schedule by individual matchups. Between pitchers and batters, catcher and baserunners, outfielders and ballpark dimensions, etc.My focus is on the playoff [...]

New York Yankees Still Without Reliable No. 4 Starter »

Another start for Ivan Nova, another reason why the New York Yankees couldn't possibly start him in a playoff game.The MLB postseason is rapidly approaching, and while the Yanks might have their first three starters figured out, their No. 4 is nowhere near certain.Nova had the upper hand to make the playoff rotation coming into 2012 after a [...]

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