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The Yankees have started the season 4-4 despite the fact they have been without the expected quality pitching of ace CC Sabathia (he of the new five year, $122 million extension), and without any production from middle of the order hitters Robinson Cano and Mark Teixeira.
Robbie will come around soon, but it is Teixeira’s lack of production which should be very worrisome to Yankee fans. I will get it out quickly:
If Teixeira does not change his approach to hitting, his career is finished.
Oh, he will still be playing first base for the Yankees, but his usually offensive production will significantly decline. And that massive contract won’t be looking so good anymore. His playing time will be based upon his contract and defense, and less upon his ability to hit.
And this is not some random “small sample size” garbage either. Teixeira has been on the down slope since he signed with the Yankees, especially in the areas of batting average* (ooh, that terrible stat), and on base percenta...
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New York Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes made his second start yesterday afternoon against Los Angeles Angels, and ex-Ranger CJ Wilson.
And Hughes preformed exactly how I thought he would, terribly.
Phil Hughes in 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I have received endless criticism from LLP readers about my harsh stance on Hughes not having the stuff to be a starter; and that his 2010 season...
From Mark Hale:The way things looked for Andy Pettitte after yesterday’s minor league outing, it seemed possible he would need just two more starts before rejoining the Yankees. Pettitte’s return to the major league seemed imminent, meaning Phil Hughes might get just two more turns to solve his woes.
Both Pettitte and Hughes, however, will be getting more time.
Opening Day at the Stadium is finally here! If you'll be at the game today, Albert Pujols and the Angels won't be the only things you'll see. The Yankees will be unveiling their new fragrances: New York Yankees For Her and For Him.A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to get my hands on some samples of NYY For Her. The accompanying literature has a tag line of "New...
The Yankees opened their 2012 season with a bang today, as Alex Rodriguez drilled a home run to dead center, the longest part of the ballpark in Yankee Stadium. The blast now ties him with Ken Griffey Jr. for 5th on the all-time home run list. A-Rod hit No. 630 in the third inning of
Alex Rodriguez hit his 630th home run and tied Ken Griffey Jr. for fifth place on the career list and Hiroki Kuroda pitched excellently in his pinstripes debut as the New York Yankees beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-0 Friday in their 110th home opener.
Nick Swisher lined a three-run double off Ervin Santana (0-2) in the first inning soon after recently retired teammate Jorge Posada...
KURODA vs. SANTANA compared to WILSON vs. HUGHES:
Photograph of Phil Hughes taken on April 29, 2008 at Yankee Stadium. 04:50, 1 May 2008 . . Mandalatv . . 1,272×954 (691 KB) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
If you looked at Kuroda and Santana’s career stats vs. the active hitters prior to yesterday’s game, the Yankee win was already a lock.
Not taking anything away from Kuroda, but...
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Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 7 — New York Yankees 1
C.J. Wilson and the offensive support in the...
This afternoon at Yankee Stadium, the New York Yankees host the Los Angeles Angels in their 2012 home opener. In order to improve offensive production, manager Joe Girardi has swapped Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano in the lineup, inserting Cano into the cleanup spot and moving Rodriguez to the 3-hole. Both Rodriguez and Cano are without a home run or RBI through six games this...
I'm intrigued by the showdown this weekend between Albert Pujols, the Los Angeles Angels' $240 million first baseman, and Mark Teixeira, the New York Yankees' $180 million man.
I doubt that any of us will be as fascinated in 2016, the final year of Teixeira's contract and fifth of Pujols' 10-year deal.
Both could decline before then.
Heck, both appear in decline...