The end shall come not with fire or ice, but via the double play

What a fool I am. What a gullible, sad, home-bound, idiotic fool. Last night, I could have been out clubbing across Syracuse, bounding from rage to rage, twerking away the final days of summer in a vortex of champagne and showgirls. Instead, there I was - staring at the TV, pacing the dungeon, snorting the snake oil, grasping at strands of hope and belief. What a fool.We'd put...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Poor Bullpen Management Leads To Another Yankees Loss Against The Astros

In last night's second straight Yankees loss to the Houston Astros, the offense was anemic again.That wasn't the story, however.Ordinarily Joe Girardi does a very good job of managing his bullpen, but his moves in last night's game left me scratching my head.  David Robertson, Shawn Kelley and Dellin Betances had pitched three out of the last four days. Therefore...
Via Lady At The Bat
12 days ago  |  Discuss

OJTB: Yankees Swept by AL East-Leading Orioles

A recap of Wednesday’s series finale is followed by notes highlighting Monday’s contest. Tuesday’s game was postponed due to rain and will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on Friday Sept. 12. Entering the bottom of the eighth inning of Wednesday night’s contest at Camden Yards, the Yankees led the Baltimore Orioles by 2-1 and were on the verge of salvaging a...
Via One Jet At A Time
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees game 119: Bullpen struggles in Pineda’s return

Tonight, for the first time since April, Michael Pineda took the mound for the Yankees. Michael Pineda pitched a scoreless first inning that featured a 95 mph fastball to strikeout Chris Davis. He would finish the second inning with a strikeout and the Yankees would snap a hitless streak that is indicative of their offensive woes. Entering tonight’s game, the Yankees are 0-for...
Via Bronx Pinstripes
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Torii Hunter’s x-rays come back negative

getty images X-rays on the left hand of Detroit Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter have come back negative. Hunter was hit with 97 mph fastball from Miami pitcher Dellin Betances on Tuesday but things appear to be okay. x-rays NEGATIVE on Torii Hunter – left hand contusion — Tom Gage (@Tom_Gage) August 6, 2014 The Tigers could sit Hunter out a day or two but he should avoid the...
27 days ago  |  Discuss

The Yankiverse is a dark dungeon of hopelessness

I never put stock in polls, unless they reflect my own opinions. This one sure does.Two out of three IT IS HIGH responders don't expect to see a Yankee World Championship within the next three years. In their opinion, by the time we next win a ring, Mark Teixeira will be a distant memory, Dellin Betances will be at least 32, and Carlos Beltran - oh, hell, we'll probably still...
July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees Offense Saves Bullpen After Disastrous Performance

If Tuesday’s win wasn’t the ugliest win this season for the New York Yankees, it’s definitely in the competition. In his post-game interview on the YES Network, David Robertson said, "I feel like the luckiest guy in the world right now." Robertson gave up two ninth inning runs and still managed to get the save. It's easy to believe his fellow relievers felt...
Via Lady At The Bat
July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Cash for clunkers? Did the Yankees just trade the Dellin Betances of 2016?

It's hard to pour gasoline on a trade that yields an instant, walk-off victory. And the YES men last night were already gushing over Brain Cashman's netting of Chase Headley, as another sign of his genius. The Yankees got a former all-star for the scrap heap icon, Yangervis Solarte, whose last light fizzled Monday, when he popped up to end the game. Also, from that romantic...
July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

What closer reminds Joe Girardi of a young Mo Rivera? Mariano Rivera has only been gone for a little less than a year, but Yankees coach Joe Girardi is already talking big about a closer who he believes will inherit the crown left by the greatest closer of all time. When Girardi was asked whom closer Dellin Betances’ performance this year reminds him of, Joe Girardi brought up Rivera and his first full season...
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July 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Heading Into the All-Star Break, Five Keys To Yankees Second Half Success

With Sunday night’s loss against the Baltimore Orioles, the New York Yankees head into the All-Star Break in third place in the A.L. East and 5.0 GB of first place.With only two Yankees, Derek Jeter and Dellin Betances, heading to the actual All-Star game in Minnesota, the rest of the team can use the four days of no baseball for both a physical and mental break and focus on coming...
Via Lady At The Bat
July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Final call White Sox fans, #TargetSale in All-Star Game

As Chris Sale was left off the American League All-Star team on Sunday, the backlash started to hurdle in on John Farrell for his decision. Although every team needed at least one representative, Dellin Betances, the New York Yankees setup man, was selected. If starters can just pitch one inning of work in the All-Star game, why would Farrell select Betances over Sale, one of the...
Via The Sports Bank
July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

New York Yankees: Three honorable All-Stars

Three Yankees: one veteran, two rookies will represent their team for the American League All-Star team. Selected by fans and players, Derek Jeter, Masahiro Tanaka, and Dellin Betances have officially been named 2014 All-Stars! I personally love the All-Star game. I know it doesn’t mean much, but I always like the idea of having different players at the top of their league come...
July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Shane Greene earns first win, Betances, etc.

It was a very good night for Shane Greene, who made his first career start in last nights Yankees-Indians game. Greene went six strong innings, even went the first 4 2/3 innings without giving up a baserunner, until giving up a Nick Swisher home run. Greene looked very strong in his debut, with a very sharp mid 90′s sinker. In total, Greene gave up only two runs en route to his...
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July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Shane Greene picks up win in MLB debut, Dellin Betances gets first career save as Yankees top Indians, 5-3

Have the Yankees found an answer to their rotation woes? It’s far too early to call Shane Greene anything more than a one-hit wonder, but the young righthander looked impressive in his first career start, leading the Yankees to a 5-3 win over the Indians on a rainy Monday night at Progressive Field. Greene held the Indians to two runs on four hits over six innings to pick up...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees: Time to boycott the Bronx

New York Yankees (Photo credit: Keith Allison) It is official; the New York Yankees need to stay the heck out of the Bronx for the rest of the 2014 regular season. Wink, wink to just named AL All-Stars Derek Jeter, Masahiro Tanaka and Dellin Betances that there is no need to show-off on July 16th in Minnesota. You know, if the Yankees happen to be playing baseball in late October...
Via Lady Loves Pinstripes
July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians' rally falls short as Yankees hold on for 5-3 victory

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Shane Greene allowed two runs in six innings for his first major league win, All-Star Dellin Betances earned his first career save and the New York Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians 5-3 on Monday night. Greene (1-0) didn't allow a hit until Nick Swisher's two-out homer in the fifth. The 25-year-old right-hander, called up from Triple-A Las Vegas, was pressed...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Recapping A Busy Sunday For The New York Yankees

Sunday was a busy day for the Yankees, both on and off the field. By the end of it, the Yankees were series winners against the Minnesota Twins, had parted ways with a home grown Yankee and had received word that another three homegrown players had earned trips to the 2014 All-Star Game.The most important development was the Yankees winning three of their last four games, thanks...
Via Lady At The Bat
July 07, 2014  |  1 Comment

Derek Jeter headlines the Yankees selected for 2014 All-Star Game

The 2014 All-Star Game will take place in Minnesota Twins’ ballpark, Target Field. Derek Jeter, SS (14th all-star selection) 9th starting. – Fan Vote (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) .266/.319/.322, 81 hits, 2 home runs, 21 runs batted in Not necessarily going for his 2014 contributions but going for his contributions to the game of baseball over his Hall of Fame career. The fans...
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July 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays at Detroit Tigers game preview

TV: Sun Sports Time: Pregame coverage begins at 4:00 p.m. The Tampa Bay Rays are playing their best baseball of the season and have overcome a poor offensive stretch against the Detroit Tigers. They'll aim to keep both positives going Saturday and secure at least a split in the third of a four-game series at Comerica Park. Tampa Bay (39-50) evened the series with Friday's...
Via Fox Sports Florida
July 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Dellin Betances is the Future of Pitcher Usage

  New York Yankees pitcher at after a Yankees – Angels game, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) In almost every game for the Yankees, there lurks a 26 year old who more closely represents Sasquatch than a bullpen pitcher.  Said pitcher, Dellin Betances, and the Yankees are revolutionizing the game with very few casual fans outside of the Yankees fan base even realizing this phenom exists...
Via Cheap Seat Analytics
June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Middle Relievers with Big Fantasy Value

While middle relievers have started to get more run on the fantasy landscape in recent years, even in leagues that don’t give them a clear path to value via the holds category, they are still a mostly overlooked group. In this strikeout-heavy era where we are seeing obscene rates from many seventh and eighth inning guys, there are some guys who have fantasy viability even if they...
Via The Fantasy Fix
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

10 MLB players having unexpected all-star seasons

We’re still over a month away from this summer’s All-Star Game at Target Field in Minneapolis. As the current fan balloting leaders trickle out each week, we’re typically seeing the players you’d expect at the top of the charts – you know, guys like Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano, and Yadier Molina. We’re also seeing some perennial All-Starts who have played well in the season’s...
Via The Outside Corner
June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees: 10 facts you are going to hate

Here are 10 facts about the New York Yankees that are not pretty, but with the way they are playing what do you expect. Last night when the A’s beat the Yankees in 10 innings, 5-2 it marked the first time the Bronx Bombers have lost 3 games in 3 days to 3 different teams at home since 1915. (@SportsCenter) The A’s have won 11 of their last 14 games vs. the Yankees. After tonight’s...
Via Lady Loves Pinstripes
June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Betances the true heir to Rivera?

After going a perfect 9-for-9 in save chances to start the season, New York Yankees closer David Robertson has now blown two saves in his last six appearances, with an ERA of 11.81 and a batting average against of .308. Could the recent struggles have manager Joe Girardi pondering a ninth inning change? As Brendan Kuty of the Newark Star-Ledger reports, Dellin Betances and his...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball: Top non-closer relief pitchers

Every fantasy baseball owner knows that the most valuable relief pitcher is the closer. In 12-team and deeper leagues, typically every closing pitcher is owned. When a team makes a change to the closing role, fantasy owners turn into hawks trying to be the first to pick the new closer up. But what about relief pitchers that aren’t in the closing role? Are they still valuable in...
May 26, 2014  |  Discuss
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