Yankees Win Game One in Boston, Now in First Place

A 3-2 win Friday night catapulted the Yankees into first place over the Red Sox.   Joe Girardi’s gutsy call to pull Bartolo Colon in the fifth inning worked, as Boone Logan struck out Adrian Gonzalez with the bases loaded.  The Yankees bullpen shut down the Red Sox, allowing the Bombers to rally and score three runs in the sixth inning.

The Yankees are now a game ahead of Boston, with an opportunity to stretch the lead to two games today.  The two superpowers will throw it down again at 4:15 today.  With CC Sabathia going against John Lackey, there’s no reason the Yankees can’t win again.

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See Ya Next Spring

It is not definite but several reports have stated that Johan Santana has been experiencing lingering shoulder pain and will be going to see a doctor. Just another classic Met injury. They build you up with progress and then tear you back down with a setback. I had a feeling this was too good to be true, this injury requires more time and I believe Santana was rushed or rushed himself.

I’m almost certain we will not see Johan this season and I wouldn’t be shocked for him to be out for part of next spring. Now this could be nothing; however this is a METS injury and will be much worse than it seems. The rotation is going to be a similar next year as it will be lacking a true ace. I’d start looking forward to the Wheeler/Harvey era sooner rather than later.

Somebody get the ice.

Are MLB Trades Done Yet?

Despite the July 31st trading deadline coming and going, all MLB teams can still acquire a player in August. Below is a breakdown of how a team can still make a trade and acquire a player for either the playoff run or for unloading a salary: So teams like the Yankees who were uncharacteristically quiet during the trading deadline, can still add a pitcher or two if needed.

  • Teams have to pass players through revocable waivers to trade them after the July 31st deadline.
  • Players acquired after August 31st can’t play in the postseason.
  • Teams will often put most of their players on waivers to determine interest, since they don’t have to give up every player who’s claimed.
  • Unclaimed players can be traded to any club in August (or even September).
  • Teams don’t have to trade players who are claimed. They can hand the player and his salary over for nothing.
  • If a team places a player on waivers after he is claimed, but not traded, the team loses the right to pull its player back. In other words, the waivers are revocable at first, but not revocable afterwards.
  • Clubs have two days to deal claimed players, but they can only negotiate a trade with one team.
  • If only one team claims a player, he can only be dealt to that team.
  • If more than one team claims a player, he can only be traded to the team in his league with the worst record.
  • If a player’s only claimed by teams in the other league, he can only be dealt to the team with the worst record.
  • Teams cannot pass players on the disabled list through waivers.

Every year, a team acquires a player after the July 31st deadline for the playoff run, so if your team didn’t make a splash during the trading deadline, there is still hope.

Yankees and Mets Involved in No Deadline Deals

I don’t blame the Mets for staying put, but I have no idea what Brian Cashman is doing.  Horrible job by him.  How could you make no moves to try to bolster your team, especially your pitching staff?

For a team that prides itself on being perennial World Series favorites, the Yankees sure have settled for mediocrity the past two seasons.  The Yankees haven’t made any big splashes since they acquired Curtis Granderson before last season.  After doing nothing in the offseason, you’d imagine the Yankees would try to acquire a big-name player now.

But I really can’t blame the team too much if there was nothing there.  I could understand why Cashman wouldn’t want to overpay for someone like Jimenez.  But not getting Cliff Lee clearly cost the Yankees a trip to the World Series last year.  Hopefully the lack of a big move doesn’t cripple the Bombers this season.

And to make matters worse, Erik Bedard is heading to the Red Sox.

BREAKING NEWS…. For Real This Time : Beltran Traded to San Fran

Buster Olney has recently reported on Twitter that the Mets have agreed to trade Carlos Beltran  to the San Francisco Giants for top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler and cash. As a Mets fan I’m thrilled with this return, Wheeler has great stuff and potential to flourish in the spacious Citi Field. The only thing left to this deal is Beltran signing off we will keep you posted to the latest news regarding the trade.

BREAKING NEWS: Carlos Beltran traded to Jets

Mike Tannenbaum does it again. First the hefty Jets GM fulfilled his top priority in re-signing Santonio Holmes. Now hes gone and acquired Carlos Beltran from the Mets. While the Jets could not afford to trade a top prospect for Beltran the two teams have agreed in principle to a deal. The details of the trade have not yet been disclosed, I suspect the Jets have traded a valuable bag of magic beans to the Mets for the all-star right fielder. When asked about this rumor Beltran said ” As long as I do not have to DH”.  I was not shocked when hearing about this deal because this off-season the Jets have decided to acquire everyone available.

Beltran's athleticism has been compared to the late great Vernon Gholston

New York Nine: Yankees Teams (1976-2010)

Honorable Mentions: 1976, 1980, 1981, 2002, 2004, 2010

9) 2003

The 2003 World Series was very dissapointing thanks to Joe Torre and Jeff Weaver, but the 2003 ALCS was one of the most amazing things in Yankees history.

8) 2001

It’s panful to think about, but the Yankees were two outs away winning their fifth World Series in sixth seasons.  It would have been amazing thing, but we lost fair and square.

7) 2000

The 2000 Yankees were actually pretty mediocre in the regular season, but a weak AL East let the Bombers slip into the playoffs.  After a rough first two rounds, the Yankees beat the Mets four games to one in the World Series.

6) 1999

98 wins in the regular season and only one loss in the postseason.  Pure domination.

5) 1996

The Yankees hadn’t won the World Series in nearly twenty years and it seemed as if 1995 was going to be the team’s return to glory.  After things didn’t go their way in the ’95 ALDS, a 92 win campaign in 1996 was good enough to win the AL East.  After cruising through the ALDS against Texas and the ALCS against Baltimore, the Yankees faced off against “The Team of the Decade”, the Atlanta Braves.

You couldn’t write the script any better.  Down 2-0 in the series, the Bombers won three straight in Atlanta.  The comeback was completed in Game 6, as the Yankees won their 23rd World Series.

3a.) 1977

100 wins, first World Series win since 1962, and one of the wildest clubhouses in the history of sports.

3b.) 1978

After being down in the standings by fourteen games, the ’78 Yankees rallied back to force a one-game playoff in Boston.  You know the story from there.

2) 2009

After a decade-long wait, the Yankees finally were “back on top” (as Joe Buck said) in 2009.  That year’s World Series against the Phillies was one of the most exciting playoff series in team history.

1) 1998

114 wins, a World Series sweep, and another parade down the Canyon of Heroes.  The 2001 Mariners would break the single-season wins record, but ironically the Yankees knocked them out in that year’s ALCS.  Many consider the 1998 Yankees to be the greatest team in baseball hisory, although I think the 1927 Yankees would have something to say about that.

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