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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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Only Matchup That Matters is Rivera vs. Fuentes

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

We will hear about the Angels running game, pesky offense, and their ace John Lackey over the next few days. When you break down both teams they are very even in many areas. They both are great offensive teams. Anaheim relies more on speed versus the Yankees with the long ball. The Yanks middle relief […]

Listen: Championship Series Preview, Yanks, Mets Hot Stove

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Howard Megdal joined me tonight to chat about the playoffs, Yanks/Angels, and even a little Mets hot stove talk. We discussed why so many closers are having trouble this postseason, reviewed a Philadelphia/Los Angeles matchup, and analyzed the Yanks/Angels. Hear us talk about CC Sabathia on 3 days rest, Chad Gaudin getting a Game 4 […]

What’s Going on With the Closers?

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Another playoff game, another closer melts down. This time add the name Huston Street to the list. As of today here are the ERA’s for each of the postseason entrants: Joe Nathan -9.00 Jonathan Papelbon - 13.50 Huston Street - 13.50 Jonathan Broxton - 2.45 Brad Lidge, Mariano Rivera, Ryan Franklin, and Brian Fuentes have […]

Wagner’s Poor Postseason Results Continue

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

Small sample size? Mets fans saw a shaky Billy Wagner during the 2006 playoffs. Going into this afternoon’s contest Wagner had a 9.28 career playoff ERA and a WHIP of 1.8. I realize Jonathan Papelbon was responsible for the inherited runners, and the loss, but Wagner was asked to get three outs in the eighth […]

Silva Predicts: Yanks vs. Colorado in Series

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Let’s have some fun. I was way off in my preseason prediction (Tampa over Yanks in AL East, Mets win NL East), but it’s the playoffs and, just like all eight teams remaining, I have a second life. Here is how things should transpire: NLDS Colorado vs. Philadelphia The Rocks have the second best home […]

The Angels are Human

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Yes the Anaheim Angels are just a baseball team. Now that the Yankees have taken two of three from the Halos everyone can breathe a sigh of relief. Although it made for good talk radio, I never felt the Yankees were in trouble of losing their grip on the AL East. Worst case scenario will […]

Brian Fuentes is Archie Bunker

Friday, September 4th, 2009

If you remember, last year I had a chance to interview Matt Iseman of the show “Sports Soup” Today, Matt posted a clip on YouTube of some his favorite Sports Soup moments to date. This may not be New York related, but Brian Fuentes has an “Archie Bunker” moment during a post game interview. You […]

Yanks Must Seize Window of Opportunity

Monday, August 24th, 2009

On Sunday NY Post’s Joel Sherman wrote about how the Yankees “aging stars” are defying their birth certificates and having solid seasons. Derek Jeter, Hideki Matsui, Mariano River, Andy Pettitte, and Alex Rodriguez were all key parts of the Yankees taking 2 of 3 from the Red Sox this weekend. Sherman went on to remind […]

MLB Dictated All Star Utilization

Friday, July 17th, 2009

It appears that Brian Fuentes was jobbed of getting into Tuesday’s All Star Game because the commissioner’s office dictated that the starters go at least two innings. These types of stories are so frustrating because the league continues to destroy the game with their politics. As a fan, do I care if Roy Halladay and […]

K-Rod, Comeback, Leaving Early, Little Bit of Luck

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

- On the same night that K-Rod shut the Phillies down in the ninth inning, Brian Fuentes melts down at Yankee Stadium. Remember, during the offseason, that this site had reports how league sources questioned Fuentes makeup for closing in a big market. So far they have not been wrong (2 blow saves and ERA […]

The Fuentes Market

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

Here is something to think about before bed tonight. Buster Olney, of ESPN, gave an update on the market for Brian Fuentes. He believes that “Fuentes may soon become one of the great bargains of the winter shopping season. Rather than landing a $30 million contract, Fuentes may eventually have to consider a three-year deal […]

Omar playing his cards right in Las Vegas

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

An old saying goes that “Patience is a virtue,” and it is never more true with New York Mets GM Omar MInaya. I was speaking with a New York area writer yesterday about the lack of deals thus far, when Omar’s name came up. “He was really impatient earlier in his GM tenure with Montreal, and somewhat […]