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September 10th, 1999 - Best Game Ever Pitched?

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

I was listening to Joel Sherman last night on MLB Home Plate on Sirius XM. One of the topics discussed was the best game that Sherman has ever seen pitched, and he immediately brought up Pedro Martinez‘s 17-strikeout game versus the Yankees at the Stadium on September 10th, 1999. Martinez gave up a single run […]

October Seems to Be More About Scapegoats Than Heroes

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

On Wednesday Evan Longoria hit two home runs, including a game winner, to lead Tampa Bay to an improbable victory over the Yankees after trailing 7-0. That victory, coupled with a Boston defeat in Baltimore, completed an unlikely Wild Card run by Joe Maddon’s Rays. The Cardinals defeated the Astros, while Atlanta lost to Philadelphia, which resulted in […]

Will Yanks Like Inge, Pepsi Porch, Senior Saviors, 50 Amazin Years, Vance Worley

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

The Tigers designated Brandon Inge for assignment last night. Inge has struggled this season hitting only .177 with a homer and 17 RBI. Since I live in Smithtown, Long Island I could swear I heard cheers coming west from Manhasset. Why? Because WFAN’s Mike Francesa has talked about “liking Inge a lot” on his radio show. He […]

Trading Pelfrey, Trusting Hughes, Aramis Ramirez, Pittsburgh Yanks

Monday, July 18th, 2011

I talked about the market for Carlos Beltran earlier this morning, but there is another Mets player that I think might be desirable to contenders: Mike Pelfrey. After losing to the Phillies on Sunday afternoon Mike Pelfrey is 5-9 with a 4.67 ERA. After making so much progress with his splitter last season it appeared […]

Yankees Need Bullpen Help

Friday, July 8th, 2011

One of my Yankees concerns is overworking the bullpen. David Robertson has been great, but the injury to Mariano Rivera shouldn’t be taken lightly. Yes, they probably made a big deal about it to justify Mo bowing out of the All Star Game, but Joe Girardi has been using both Rivera and Robertson heavily this season. […]

1-A, Where’s the Purse, Another Michael Kay Gem

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

I keep hearing dialogue about the Yankees acquiring a starting pitcher, or 1-A to team with CC Sabathia. For me, it should be about what lefty the Yankees can acquire. That’s because I think they have their #2 or 1-A in Bartolo Colon. Colon is throwing in the mid-nineties, keeps the ball down, and has the historical […]

Montero Falling in Depth Charts; Wood on Radar

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

I spoke to a Yankees scout about the recent fan furor over Jesus Montero‘s performance, who told me that Montero is not only behind Gary Sanchez in the catching depth charts, but some feel Austin Romine has moved ahead as well. I was told that Montero would more likely be the center of a deal […]

The Killer K’s?

Friday, June 24th, 2011

We reported the Yankees interest in Kerry Wood a couple of weeks ago. I can confirm the Yankees are not only looking at Wood (currently on the DL with a blister), but are seriously considering Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez. What the Mets would ask for in return is unknown, but considering the salary relief that […]

Media Rants, Deion Sanders, Yanks Pitching

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Last weekend, I was listening to WFAN one evening and one specific caller caused me to take note, as I could not believe what I was hearing. Now, normally one oddball call to the FAN wouldn’t cause me to react with perplexed bewilderment, especially one during the overnight, when the oddities of New York society […]

Yanks Could Be Looking at Wood Reunion

Friday, June 10th, 2011

I mentioned a bunch of pitchers in yesterday’s column that could potentially help the Yankees. One team that I looked into today was the Chicago Cubs, who seemingly will have their entire roster available shortly. Carlos Zambrano is the obvious name that stands out. Cashman has inquired in the past, but has been reluctant to […]

The Insane Market For Relievers

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

The biggest surprise of the offseason has been the amount of A level spending on B and C level talent. Put aside the contracts of Carl Crawford and Jayson Werth, but focus more on the bullpen, which I believe is the most risky commodity in baseball. It was just last year that Houston GM Ed […]

Rumor Mill: Lee, Crawford, Pettitte, Wood

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

We talked to one of Frank Russo’s Yankees sources in Tampa asking him to update us on some of the rumblings regarding Cliff Lee, Carl Crawford, and Andy Pettitte. First, the Yankees, as reported, did meet with Crawford, but right now there aren’t serious negotiations. The feeling all along is that Crawford has wanted to […]

Wood and Pettitte Change the Dynamic

Friday, October 8th, 2010

As I said on last night’s postgame recap, my “Twins in Five” prediction for the ALDS might be the worst blunder in radio history. With that said, it was hard to see all going right for the “Core Four,” even more surprising was Andy Pettitte returning to vintage form after a September that yielded an […]

Thoughts From a Classic Ballgame in Texas

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Although it ended on a sour note, the Yankees 4-3 loss to Texas was one of the better ballgames of the season. A few thoughts that I came away with: - Boone Logan and David Robertson are stepping in prominent bullpen roles. This doesn’t appear to be just an “experiment” as Logan has been used […]

Hughes/Chamberlain Become Essential

Monday, August 9th, 2010

We have no idea how serious A.J. Burnett‘s injury really is. Maybe skipping a start is just a precaution, but there has to be legitimate reason for concern. Already the rotation has lost Andy Pettitte, Javier Vazquez continues his inconsistent season and Dustin Moseley is a great story, but so was Chad Gaudin a year […]