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Smoltz Radical Idea on How to Beat the Yanks

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

John Smoltz got into the World Series spirit by opining on how to beat the Yankees to Tom Verducci of SI. Many will wonder why the Phillies would listen considering this is Smoltz’s line against the Bombers in August. Here is what Smoltz had to say: “I’ll tell you what I would do against them,” [...]

Yanks Win the Pennant

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Final Score Yankees 5, Anaheim 2 7 wins down, 4 more to go for “Girardi’s Minions.” It was a night of exaltation and jubilation at the “New House.” The Yankees finally got the “Rally Monkey” off their backs, defeating the Angels 5-2 to secure the franchises 40th American League Pennant. It was another vintage performance [...]

Rainout Might Help Yanks

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

Now that tonight’s game has been cancelled we can look at the repercussions. Obviously the Yankees can wrap up the series with Andy Pettitte taking on Joe Saunders tomorrow, but if there is a game 7 two things to remember: 1) John Lackey is now an option. 2) CC Sabathia will be going on normal [...]

History Can’t Strike Twice-Right?

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Wallace Matthews is never afraid to be the bearer of bad news. If you lined up 10 people, and Matthews was one of them, he would find the negative needle in the haystack. This doesn’t mean he isn’t always wrong, but rather difficult to spend a great deal of time around. Fortunately we only have [...]

Game 5: Another L for Girardi

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

A night that appeared headed to a ho hum finish turned into a see saw battle and another indictment on Joe Girardi’s bullpen management. All that matters now is the Yankees are coming home needing one win at the Stadium to wrap up their 40th pennant. Sometimes that final game, just like that final out, [...]

Phils Might Be Too Tough Even For Yanks

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

After last nights blowout of the Angels in Anaheim many will be talking about the toughness of the Yankees. I would have to agree, but there is a team tougher and they very well could hold the best chance to deny the Bombers their 27th title: The Philadelphia Phillies. I laughed at the Phillies in [...]

Game 4 - Yanks Night of Total Domination

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Final Score Yankees 10, Anaheim 1 6 wins down, 5 more to go for “Girardi’s Minions.” It was a night of total domination by the New York American League club, both on the mound and at the plate, as the Yankees defeated Anaheim 10-1. For the second time in the series, and working on only [...]

Time For Teixeira to Step Up

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

It is estimated that the Yankees saved roughly 40 runs in 2009, just by switching from Jason Giambi playing first base to Mark Teixeira. According to Bill James Fielding Bible, from 2006 to 2008, Jason Giambi rated a -30 (meaning he made 30 less plays than the average 1st baseman), while Mark Teixeira was a [...]

Girardi’s Over Managing Costs Yanks

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

It’s hard to put into words how incredibly furious I was at Joe Girardi last night after the Yankees loss to Anaheim. Almost immediately after the game, I called Mike Silva, leaving a message which showed my sheer displeasure in how Girardi mismanaged the bullpen. Girardi’s use of seven pitchers proves that he is relying [...]

Game Two Had a Little of Everything

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

Thoughts on the Game - Coming into the series I predicted the Yankees would win it in six. Brian Fuentes, the long ball, and better starting pitching were the crux of my analysis. Last night we saw all three on display in full force. - Anaheim needs to win close one run games to pull [...]

Pedro Shows Sometimes Heart Beats Logic

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

It wasn’t completely vintage Pedro Martinez from 1999, but it wasn’t far off as he racked up 7 shutout innings last night. If Pedro were a decade younger we might never have seen Chan Ho Park in the eighth inning. What a shame the Phillies bullpen, predictably, ruined a night that would have put them [...]

ALCS Game 1 Roundup

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

Final Score Yankees 4, Anaheim 1 4 wins down, 7 more to go for “Girardi’s Minions.” It was a great night for the Yankees last night at the “New House,” as they opened up the ALCS with a 4-1 win over their arch nemesis. CC Sabathia was just superb, allowing just 4 hits in 8 [...]

What Yanks Must Do to Win

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Mike Silva made some great points in his ALCS preview on Thursday. Rather than repeat the majority of Mike’s points, I figured I would put forth my five things the Yankees must do in order to beat Anaheim.   1. Slow Anaheim’s Running Game Down Over the past six seasons, runners like Figgins and Aybar [...]

The Yankee Gameplan

Friday, October 16th, 2009

For once, the breathless hyperbole, the “Series of the Century of the Week” might actually fit. The Angels vs. the Yankees—the two best teams in the league fighting it out—might actually be a true classic. But before the Yankees gear up, if they want to make the World Series for the first time since 2003, [...]

Faith vs. Facts: Yanks Will Win in Six

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

After four days of time off everyone is ready for baseball. In a series that features two teams very similar in talent some are saying that divine intervention will pull Anaheim past the evil empire in New York. No disrespect to Nick Adenhart’s family, or the Angels, but facts tell me otherwise. This will be [...]