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The Magic of the Boogie-Down Bronx

Perhaps it’s the bright lights of the Big Apple, or maybe it’s the enchanted water of the Hudson River. For all we know, it could be the past Yankee legends giving the team a helping hand, like in Angels in the Outfield, or the chanting from the “Bleacher Creatures” out in the right-center field stands, providing inspiration for the Yanks. Whatever the case may be, the Yankees, who lost 4/5 of their Opening Day starting pitchers to the DL and were under .500 as recently as July 2, are still alive in the playoff hunt, trailing Toronto by half a game for the second Wild Card spot as of August 7. How have they actually done it? Let’s find out.

Masahiro Tanaka kept the Yankees afloat in the first half of the season. Credit: AP Photo/John Minchillo

1. Tanaka Time — For $155 million over seven years, the Yankees landed what they projected to be a “strong number two starter.” Little did they know that Tanaka, former ace of the Rakuten Golden Eagles, would serve as the team’s savior prior to the All-Star break, as he went on to post a 12-4 record with a 2.51 ERA before landing on the DL with a potentially season-ending injury to his UCL. Rather than undergo Tommy John surgery, which definitely would have ended his season, he opted to receive a platelet-rich plasma injection and has been feeling better, according to recent reports. If healthy, Tanaka would certainly help the Yankees in September when they make their postseason push.

David Robertson has good reason to be fired up given how dominant the Yankee pen has been this year. Credit: Howard Simmons/New York Daily News

2. A Pinstriped Pen of Steel — Shawn Kelley has a .203 BAA and Adam Warren has allowed only one more hit (53) than strikeout (52) in his 56.1 innings pitched. Follow those two up with the 6’8″ 260 pound behemoth known as Dellin Betances, whose strikeout total matches his average fastball velocity of 100, and a closer who has converted 30/32 save opportunities in David Robertson, and there’s no question that the Yankee bullpen has been stronger than ever, even after its loss of the greatest closer of all-time, Mariano Rivera.

Welcome to the Yankees, Chase Headley! Credit: Getty Images

3. Hi, My Name is… — Brian Cashman deserves a tremendous amount of credit for the acquisitions of Brandon McCarthy, Chris Capuano, Chase Headley, and Martin Prado from teams in the NL West this season, though he probably did not envision them having the type of immediate impact they’ve had the past couple of weeks. McCarthy is 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA since donning the pinstripes, relying on his effective cutter to induce outs. Capuano has not yet won a game in a Yankee uniform, but in his three starts in New York, he has posted a 2.84 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 19 innings. Pretty good stuff for a guy who was acquired from the Rockies solely for cash considerations. On the offensive side of the ball, Chase Headley made an immediate impact on the team when he sent Yankee fans home with a win on July 21 over the Rangers with a 14th-inning walk-off single at midnight. In his 15 games as a Yankee, he has posted a .263/.323/.744 slash line and has solidified the third-base position with superb defense plays, such as this one here. Martin Prado was picked up from the Diamondbacks for catching prospect Peter O’Brien, and his versatility in the field has allowed the Yankees to play him in right and at third to cover for Headley on his off-days. An eight-year veteran, Prado has brought leadership and a strong knowledge of the game to the Bronx Bombers.

Can the Yankees bring title #28 back to the Bronx? Credit: Bill Hornstein

If the Yankees can continue to produce the way they have the past couple of weeks, a playoff spot could be the cards for the unconventional Bomber squad. Though the odds would be stacked against them making it far into the playoffs, especially given the dominant rotations of the A’s and Tigers (who they just took three of four from in their most recent series), as they say in New York, “Hey, you never know.”

The Manoman

Yankees Lose CC and Pettitte to Injuries

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“Guys are going to have to step up”, said Yankee manager Joe Girardi, following his team’s 5-4 win over the Cleveland Indians.

The Yankees, riding on a 5-game winning streak, were struck by the injury bug once again on Thursday. Earlier in the day, they learned that CC Sabathia was headed to the DL with a groin strain, and then in the fifth inning of the team’s win over the Indians, Andy Pettitte was struck by a one-hopper off the bad of Indians 1B Casey Kotchman. Following diagnostic tests after the game, it was discovered that he suffered a fractured right ankle and would be out for a minimum of six weeks, certainly not the news the organization was hoping to hear.

In response to the injuries to Sabathia and Pettitte, the Yankees have called up 24-year-old Adam Warren to fill the rotation spot left vacant by Sabathia and have moved Freddy Garcia from the long relief role into the starting rotation.

“[Warren’s] not quite ready yet, but he’s getting there”, said one minor-league talent evaluator prior to hearing of his move into the Yankees starting rotation.

The injuries to Sabathia and Pettitte also increase the sense of urgency in the organization to make a deal and acquire an arm, although GM Brian Cashman has stated that he would prefer not to go down that route. However, if he does decide to do so, some potential targets include Houston’s Wandy Rodriguez and Minnesota’s Francisco Liriano.

Either way, the Yankees are going to have to keep producing offensively to help back their pitching staff and hold the fort down until Sabathia and Pettitte return.

Sailing Ship?

Problem: The Yankees have too many starters.

Question: How do you get rid of A.J. Burnett?

Answer: Deal him to the Pirates.

A.J. Burnett

When the Yankees signed him during their massive offseason shopping spree in 2008, it looked like a fairly good deal. Burnett was coming off of an 18-10 season with the Blue Jays, during which he posted a 4.07 E.R.A. Those were pretty appealing numbers, leading the Yankees to sign him to a 5 year, $85 million deal to fill in the vacancy left by 20 game winner, Mike Mussina. In his first year with the club, Burnett pitched decently, posting a 13-9 record with a 4.04 E.R.A., but things just went downhill from there. In his last two years with the Yankees, he has a combined 21-26 record and a 5.21 E.R.A., along with control and attitude issues. He is also being paid $17 million a year lest we forget, and has now become the New York’s biggest enigma since the Mets had Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez.  Luckily, there is a shining star in the distance, it being that there is a way to deal Burnett. The Pirates, coming off one of their most successful seasons in the past 20 years, are engaged in serious trade talks with the Yankees involving Burnett, and are even looking to take on $10 million of his salary for the next two years. However, the Yankees do not believe that this is enough, and are seeking to acquire a player such as Garrett Jones in addition to having the Pirates take on the $10 million.

I say that the Yankees deal Burnett while he still has any interested trade suitors left and still holds any trade value. With the position that the Yankees are in with their solid rotation, and their willingness to get under the luxury tax in the coming years, having a $17 million long reliever does not make any sense for the club. If the Yankees truly want a player back in the deal, they should go after a Double A prospect or something along those lines, not a potential key players for the Pirates in 2012. They should deal Burnett while they still can.

What do you guys think?

The Manoman

Melky!!!

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    No!!! It happened!!! 

     
    Yes, by this photo you can probably tell, but Melky has been traded to the Braves for Javier Vazquez!
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    But why?????
     
    Let’s take a look
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    (Yes that is a magnifying glass with a baseball glove. You can find anything on the internet nowadays : )
     

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     Going to the Yankees:
     
                                      Javier Vazquez
     

    Phillip Javier Vazquez ...

     
            and
                                      
                                    Boone Logan!

     

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    Going to the Braves
     
        Melky Cabrera couldn't ...
                             Melky!!!!!!

     
      

    ... yankee stadium michael dunn

                                                               Mike Dunn!!!
    Arodys Vizcaino! (I don’t really know who he is)
     
     
    What really breaks my heart is the loss of Melky. I’m sure he’s being put on sedatives to make it through the night without Robbie.
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    Extra! Extra! New movie The HeartBreaker coming out tomorrow! Starring…
     
    Javier Vazquez as the heartbreaker
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    Melky Cabrera and Robinson Cano as the happy couple
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    AND….
    Brian Cashman as the therapist!
     
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    What’s gonna happen to Got Melk? or the Melk-Man shirts? I can’t even begin to imagine…
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    On a more serious note. How will the Yankees plans for 2010 Be affected by this? Let’s find out…
     
    Yankees Plans 2010
     
    Our Rotation
    CC Sabathia
    A.J. Burnett
    Andy Pettitte
    Javier Vázquez
    Joba Chamberlain
     
    The reason I put Javy after Andy is because Andy is a lefty and Javy is a righty, I wanted to mix it up for the opposing team and not give 2 staight righties to face in a series.
     
    I will miss my Melky and I’m sure Robbie Cano will too.
    Melky Cabrera se recupera y ...
    He always believed he could fly.
    The Manoman

    The Melk-Man Strikes Again!!!

    Melky hit single.

    Melky Cabrera

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    Melky hit double.

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    Melky hit homer.

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    Melk-Man hit triple in bottom of ninth to complete cycle.

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    Priceless.

    It’s just…

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    Melky has been so consistent and helpful to the Yankees this year. He plays spectacular defense and has so many walk-offs we should name him Captain Clutch.

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    Sorry Derek but we are officially dethroning you for some….

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    In what was supposed to be a stellar pitching matchup yesterday, both pitchers flopped. CC  allowed 5 runs…

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    What happened Big Man? Luckily though, Mark Buehrle did even worse and he was pounded for 7 runs and 12 hits by the Yankees.

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    Ouch. The Yankees sure beat up on poor Buehrle. When I say poor I mean the guy with a no-no and a perfecto so I’ll say GO YANKS!!!

    Looking Ahead

    Today the Yanks face the Doc of baseball, Mr.Halladay himself. Hopefully we can put the type of hurting we did on Buehrle, on the Doc.

    Looking at the Present

    Today the Rays beat the Royals and Zack Grienke 10-4 and say-hey Willie! Aybar was working his magic today hitting 2 homers, one as a lefty and one as a righty. Kaz pitched a great game as well.

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     Will he be next year’s cover boy???? No…

    He will.

    We Swept Them Right Off Their Feet!

    I think we need to take these out…

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    Why??? Well, because the Yankees and Rays swept both their series and are now 3-0 since the All-Star break! Go 3 and 0! Hah, hah, hah. Much of this success can be contributed to the fact that our pitchingis doing spectacular and that our hitters are coming up clutch in key situations.

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    My man Longoria has been doing alot better since the break and I’m glad. His shot in the 1st game the Rays played since the 2nd half began put them ahead 8-7 and they were able to hold on to the lead with great pitching from J.P. Howell at the end of the game.

    (http://www.tampabay.com/multimedia/archive/00040/C4S_howell100408_40675d.jpeg)

    This series Howell has been especially lights-out as he has recorded saves in all 3 games and using his dominant stuff to overpower the Royals hitters. He is a talented pitcher that knows how to manipulate his stuff at the right time and place. Will he ever be as good as The Sandman? Nobody will, but in the meantime he can keep on doing what he’s doing and keep on securing the win for us in the 9th inning.

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    The Rays definitely win the comeback kids award as in each of their games in this series they have came back in the 7th inning or later to get the lead and the win. Talk about fighting till the end!

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    Hey, this is a Yankee and Rays blog right? So I gotta give a little love to the boys in the big white and blue, the New York Yankees!

    Mark Teixeira

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    How about Teixeira this past series man? He was on fire! 2 homers, 5 hits, 4 R.B.I.’s, so this is why we signed this guy for 180 million dollars this past off-season. He could really put on a show once he gets rolling.

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    I don’t think the Tigers were prepared for this fiersome beast that they had to face.

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    You’d better watch out Red Sox Nation.

     

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     We’re Catching Up.

    CC vs. Verlander…A True Pitchers Duel

    Today is sure to be a great matchup as the Yankees face up against the fiercesome Tigers and their ace…

     

    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justin_Verlander)

    Justin Verlander.

    Of course I dropped Verlander in my fantasy league when he was doing terrible in the beginning of the season but since then he has been lights out.

    Lights Out! It's Turtle Time!

    (http://www.beachviewsanibel.com/Pages/kids.html)

    Now for the Yankees today it’s not turtle time but CC time as the big man takes the hill today.

    CC Sabathia

    (http://feeds.nydailynews.com/~r/nydnrss/sports/baseball/yankees/~3/eDkC-IaoZbk/2009-02-07_yankees_head_south_with_arods_steroid_me.html)

    CC hasn’t been pitching great at home lately but today I think he is gonna turn it around and shut the Tigers down. Complete game anyone? (I’m hoping this will end up like Julia and Cheeky’s predictions so let’s see!)

    Gametime

    So it looks like the duel is raging on as Verlander and CC are both pitching great games. Did anyone see that bat of Teixeira’s flying into the stands during the 6th inning? He just let it loose and it flew. I’m glad a kid got it though. CC has another 1-2-3 inning in the 7th and is pitching great.

    Yes!!!! A-Rod hit an A-Bomb and the Yankees are up 1-0!

    Alex Rodriguez

      (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?columnist=stark_jayson&id=2947658)

    It looks like Verlander is in some trouble now. Runners on 2nd and 3rd and…. 

    The Melk-Man delivers!!!

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    He beats out an infield single! Scoring is Swisher! 2-0 Yankees! Yeah! 

    Top of the 8th Aceves comes in ( I guess I don’t have the luck like Cheeky or Julia but maybe next time 🙂 and he gives up a homer to Marcus Thames (hey, didn’t he used to play on the Yankees once) but preserves the lead as it is still 2-1.

    The Yankees still are up 2-1 and they only need to close it out to win game 2 of the series. So who do they bring in…

     

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    Oh yeah….

    The rest, well you know the deal. Let’s just say he:

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    The Yankees win! Ahhahhhahh! The Yankees win!!!

    Side notes:

     Today is the 10 year anniversary of David Cone’s perfecto.

    Jeter did the awesome Jeter play in the 9th inning to help Mo out:

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    Don’t mess with the Captain.

     

    Third Time’s The Charm!

    Wow, I have been thinking. You know baseball is really a game of numbers and statistics, right? So there’s got to be some odd occurences that happen during the 162 game season right? Well I just figured out baseball is all a game of 3’s.

    Three by jonesprimavera.

    Yep, a game of threes. I mean how many homeruns did the two men below each achieve on Monday back to back?

    Jermaine Dye by eichelberger_greg.

    That’s right Three Hundred! 

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    Now, how many runs did Corey Hart slug in today with his homer?

    corey hart by (♥♥!$#@♥9~KkjeNn~9♥@#$!♥♥).

    Three!

    ( I had to give him props he’s on my fantasy team!)

    Last one for you. What do these two men have on common (besides the fact that they are great baseball players)?

    Babe Ruth by Roger Bruce  

        

    Evan Longoria by nittanylion1991.

      You got it. They are both wearing number…

       3!

    Did I mention three strikes yer out?

    And You're Outta There! by Chad Horwedel.

    Let’s just let Weaver and Longoria take it away shall we… 

      Jered Weaver and Evan Longoria  

    Happy Day After Easter!

        The Manoman       

    Opening Night Was Such a Delight!

    Wow! What a crazy Opening Night! It was filled with homers.

     

    Great pitching…

    Not so great pitching…

    Brett_myers

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    and a Battle between two NL East Teams

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    But this battle paled in comparison to the one these guys are gonna have in the ALCS this year.

    Bronx Celebration by Cdn Antman.

    let's all celebrate and have a good time  - celebration - we go celebrate and have a good time. by dbadair.

    Happy Opening Week Everyone!

    The Manoman

    Manoman’s Top 20 (20-11)

    This is the first entry of a 2 part series titled Manoman’s Top 20

     I was thinking about doing something like:

    • The Top Awesome Players That Are Now Playing Today
    • My Grand Slam Crew of Active Baseball Players

                I was even thinking of doing something like…

    •            The 20 Most Spectacular Men That Are Playing the Game of Baseball Today

                                  (thankfully I didn’t go there)

    So with that, let’s get on with the list!!!

                                                                       
     

     

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    20. Adrian Gonzalez 1B

    Always flying under the radar and puts up great numbers at the massive Petco Park.

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    19.Dustin Pedroia 2B

    The “Little Man” had great numbers in 2008 and he won the MVP Award. Even though he is a Red Sox, I like him because he shows so much determination and dediication to the game of baseball.

    Determination by Dad_the_Jedi.

    Nick Markakis

    18. Nick Markakis RF

    He is a consistent threat at the plate and makes great plays in the outfield.

     

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    17. Grady Sizemore CF

    Grady is a great young hitter with 40-40 potential and he is very exciting to watch on the field.

     

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     16. David Price SP

    David is an amazing young pitcher who is going to be the next Johan Santana. He has electric stuff and is the future ace of the Rays.

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     15. Jorge Posada C

     

    He is a homegrown Yankee who has played with the club for more than 10 years now. He also provides great leadership and order to the pitching staff and is cool to watch in the game.

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    Ichiro Suzuki.jpg14. Ichiro Suzuki RF

    I like how Ichiro plays the game and he is practically a guarantee to get on base every time he is at bat. He has gold glove caliber fielding and he is a steals machine.

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    CC Sabathia.jpg13. CC Sabathia SP

    CC is now in N.Y.C. and with him comes at least 15 victories and a great attitude. I feel like he is one of my “home boys”.

     

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    12. Mark Teixeira 1B

    Mark is an up-beat kind of guy that brings his best to the field every game and always has a smile on his face.

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    11. Tim Lincecum SP
    “The Freak” is a phenomenal young stud that blows hitters away with his impressive arsenal of pitches. Admit it, he looks like a kid and yet he still dominates guys that are in their 30’s.
     
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    The Manoman