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.


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.

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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Yankees Among Several Teams Scouting Ubaldo Jimenez

With the trading deadline approaching, several teams (including the Yankees) have been scouting Ubaldo Jimenez for several weeks. The price tag for Jimenez services may be too high for most teams, including the Yankees. According to MLB Trade Rumors writer Luke Adams, the Rockies are looking for a lot if anyone wants Jimenez’s services. Here is the rest of Luke Adams article:

  • MLB.com’s Peter Gammons says the Rockies think there’s about a 10% chance Jimenez is traded this month. Colorado is looking for two prime prospects, along with one or two big-league ready players, including a starting pitcher.
  • The Rockies and Yankees match up well, according to SI.com’s Jon Heyman. Colorado likes Jesus Montero, but the Yanks are reluctant to include Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances, or Ivan Nova along with Montero.
  • Heyman says (via Twitter) that the Rockies have talked to the Yankees, and “probably” the Red Sox, Tigers, Reds, and others as well.
  • Some teams interested in Jimenez believe that if the Rockies hang on to him now, he’s a decent bet to be traded this winter, when available top pitching will again be scarce and more clubs could get involved, writes Olney.
  • One more note from Olney’s article: Given Jimenez’s inexpensive price tag through 2013, there would be very little financial risk for any team acquiring the right-hander, which is one reason why the Rockies’ asking price is so high.
  • Speaking of that asking price, Rockies GM Dan O’Dowd tells Troy Renck of the Denver Post that the Rockies would have to be “absolutely overwhelmed” to move Jimenez. “It would have to be a Herschel Walkerdeal,” O’Dowd added, referring to the 1989 NFL trade that earned the nickname “The Great Train Robbery.”
  • There seems to be a potentially game-changing pitcher connected in trade rumors to the Yankees every July, and this year it’s Jimenez, writes Mike Lupica of the New York Daily News.

    Ubaldo Jimenez

Yankees Pick Up J.C. Romero, Jimenez on the Block?

The Yankees signed J.C. Romero today, according to Buster Olney.

Romero played for the Phillies and Nationals this year.  With Damaso Marte and Pedro Feliciano vacationing on an exotic island somewhere, this isn’t a bad signing.  While his last two years have been a little rough, Romero was unhittable from 2007-2009.  If he can regain his form, he could be a valuable piece of the bullpen going forward.

It also appears as if Ubaldo Jimenez is on the trade block.  He’s be a great pickup, but I have no idea how much he’d cost in terms of prospects.  It’s unlikely the Yankees strike a big deal over the next two weeks, but Brian Cashman should definitely inquire about acquiring a pitching like Jimenez.

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Robinson Cano Wins the Home Run Derby!

After 20 home runs for both finalists in the first two rounds combined, Robinson Cano homered 12 times to beat Adrian Gonzalez, who homered 11 times in the finals.

First Tino in 1997, then Giambi in 2002, now Cano in 2011.  Congrats Cano.

Congratulations to Derek Jeter!