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Wild Card Watch: September 3, 2013

Good morning Yankees fans! I am back with another Wild Card Watch! Yesterday the Yankees were 3.5 games back and needed to gain some ground. Did they? Here’s the results from last night along with the final scores of our Wild Card contending teams:

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Wild Card Final Scores (WC Teams are in BOLD):

White Sox 1, Yankees 9: David Huff pitched 5.1 IP of one run ball, Derek Jeter drove in two runs and the Yankees scored a season high 8 runs in the 4th inning as they demolished the White Sox 9-1 to take game one of the three game set. Tonight’s pitching match-up: Chris Sale (10-12, 2.99 ERA) vs. Hiroki Kuroda (11-10, 2.89 ERA)

Rays 2, Angels 11: Erick Aybar had a big night for the Angels, hitting a two-run homer and a two-run triple, Grant Green had his first MLB home run and Garret Richards navigated after a shaky start as the Angels hand the Rays their fifth straight loss with a 11-2 victory. Tonight’s pitching match-up: Matt Moore (14-3, 3.41 ERA) vs. Jason Vargas (8-5, 3.54 ERA).

Orioles 7, Indians 2: Nate McLouth and Matt Weiters both hit two-run HR’s and Bud Norris pitched seven innings of one run ball as the Orioles beat the Indians 7-2. Tonight’s pitching match-up: Chris Tillman (15-4, 3.61 ERA) vs. Ubaldo Jimenez (9-9, 3.95 ERA).

Rangers 2, Athletics 4: Coco Crisp hit the game deciding home run and Yoenis Cespedes HR’d as the A’s win 4-2. The Rangers and Angels are now tied for first in the AL West (which is why the Rangers are in the Wild Card standings. Tonight’s match-up: Martin Perez (8-3, 3.58 ERA) vs. Bartolo Colon (14-5, 2.94 ERA).

Royals 3, Mariners 1: Royals reliever Will Smith tossed 4.1 IP after starter Danny Duffy left the game in the fourth inning and the Royals got to King Felix, scoring three runs including a Mike Moustakas single as the Royals beat the Mariners 3-1. Tonight’s pitching match-up: Erasmo Ramirez (5-1, 5.18 ERA) vs. Bruce Chen (6-2, 2.79 ERA).

Come back tomorrow for another Wild Card Update!

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Series Preview: Yankees at Angels | 5/28/12-5/30/12

Pitching Matchups

Monday, 5/28/12, 9:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Phil Hughes, RHP
Last Start: 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 7 K, 2 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 4-5, 4.94 ERA / 5.07 FIP / 4.26 xFIP, 8.75 K/9, 2.47 BB/9 in 47.1 IP

Pitching for the Angels: Jered Weaver, RHP
Last Start: 8.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 4 K, 2 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 6-1, 2.61 ERA / 2.92 FIP / 3.62 xFIP, 7.43 K/9, 1.96 BB/9 in 69.0 IP

Tuesday, 5/29/12, 10:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Andy Pettitte, LHP
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 8 K, 1 BB, 2 HR
On the Season: 2-1, 2.53 ERA / 4.34 FIP / 2.95 xFIP, 8.02 K/9, 2.11 BB/9 in 21.1 IP

Pitching for the Angels: Dan Haren, RHP
Last Start: 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 14 K, 0 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 2-5, 3.76 ERA / 3.26 FIP / 3.36 xFIP, 8.21 K/9, 1.95 BB/9 in 64.2 IP

Wednesday, 5/30/12, 10:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Ivan Nova, RHP
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 4 K, 1 BB, 2 HR
On the Season: 5-2, 5.46 ERA / 4.84 FIP / 3.57 xFIP, 9.00 K/9, 2.73 BB/9 in 56.0 IP

Pitching for the Angels: Ervin Santana, RHP
Last Start: 5.0 IP, 4 ER, 4 H, 3 K, 7 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 2-6, 4.45 ERA / 5.50 FIP / 4.12 xFIP, 6.68 K/9, 3.76 BB/9 in 64.2 IP

NYY Offense

Who’s Hot

— Mark Teixeira – 10 for 23 with 4 doubles, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 3 BB in the last 7 days

— Alex Rodriguez – 8 for 24 with 1 double, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not

— Raul Ibanez – 3 for 17 with 1 double, 3 K in the last 7 days

LAA Offense

Who’s Hot:

— Albert Pujols – 9 for 28 with 2 doubles, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 2 BB in the last 7 days

— Kendry Morales – 8 for 28 with 1 double, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not:

— Erick Aybar – 3 for 21 with 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K in the last 7 days

— Mike Trout – 5 for 30 with 1 double, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 8 K in the last 7 days

— Maicer Izturis – 3 for 16 with 1 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K in the last 7 days

Enjoy the series!

Series Preview: Yankees vs. Angels | 4/13/12-4/15/12

Pitching Matchups

Friday, 4/13/12, 1:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Hiroki Kuroda
Last Start: 5.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, .333 BAA

Pitching for the Angels: Ervin Santana
Last Start: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 HR, .304 BAA

Saturday, 4/14/12, 1:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Phil Hughes
Last Start: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, .263 BAA

Pitching for the Angels: C.J. Wilson
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, .136 BAA

Sunday, 4/15/12, 8:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Ivan Nova
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 10 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HR, .345 BAA

Pitching for the Angels: Jerome Williams – Williams missed much of Spring Training with a hamstring injury and made two Minor League rehab outings recently. Last year, in 44 IP Williams had a 3.68 ERA, 5.73 K/9, 3.07 BB/9, and 4.62 FIP.

NYY Offense

Who’s Hot

— Derek Jeter – 10 for 27 with 2 doubles, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB so far

— Brett Gardner – 6 for 17 with 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB so far

Who’s Not

— Alex Rodriguez – 4 for 23 with 2 doubles, 5 BB, 6 K so far

— Mark Teixeira – 5 for 25 with 1 RBI, 6 BB, 6 K so far

LAA Offense

Who’s Hot

— Torii Hunter – 8 for 25 with 2 doubles, 3 RBI, 1 BB so far

— Peter Bourjos – 5 for 17 with 1 HR, 1 double, 6 RBI, 1 SB so far

Who’s Not

— Erick Aybar – 4 for 19 with 4 RBI, 3 K so far

— Howie Kendrick – 5 for 24 with 2 BB, 6 K, 2 SB so far

Enjoy the home opening series!!

Previewing The Yankees 2012 Season: April

 

Spring Training will come and go before we know it and once Spring Training is over, that is when the Yankees have to focus on their Chase for 28. In April 2012, the Yankees will face 7 teams and all of them will be pretty tough to beat (well, except for a selected few), but the Yankees will have to face them nonetheless to get one step closer to the playoffs.

April 6, 2012 – April 8, 2012:

New York Yankees 2011 Record: 97-65
Tampa Bay Rays 2011 Record: 91-71
Stadium: Tropicana Field

Preview: If we have learned anything in the 2011 season about the Tampa Bay Rays, it’s that they don’t give up so easily. Sure, like the Yankees they were a first round knockout from the play-offs but the Rays had overcome the odds while digging the Boston Red Sox into a hole. In the 2012 season, the Rays have made slight changes to their lineup. There is no Johnny Damon and Carlos Pena has decided to re-join them. The Rays pitching rotation is a bit threatening as well with David Price, James Shields, Wade Davis, Jeff Niemann & ROY winner Jeremy Hellickson but the Yankees bats have been able to rock around this rotation a few times before. I would expect close games between these two teams and since the Yankees have Michael Pineda & Hiroki Kuroda, I would expect the Yankees to win the series in 2 games.

April 9, 2012 – April 11, 2012:

New York Yankees 2011 Record: 97-65
Baltimore Orioles 2011 Record: 69-93
Stadium: Camden Yards

Preview: So the 2011 record says it all that the Baltimore Orioles aren’t exactly going to be a playoff contending team anytime soon, but they do hit the Yankees when they have to. The Yankees could defeat the Orioles in all 3 games since the Yankees have more bat power and the starting pitching has improved dramatically, but the Baltimore Orioles might not make it so easy. The Orioles after all signed FA Wilson Betemit and they do have the young catcher Matt Weiters (who makes everything impossible for the Yankees). At the end of the day, pitching is what counts. The Orioles pitching is notoriously know for giving up a lot of runs to the Yankees. This is one of the series that I am looking foreward to. It should be interesting…as long as the Orioles don’t intentionally hit anyone.

April 12, 2012: OFF DAY

April 13, 2012 – April 15, 2012:

New York Yankees 2011 Record: 97-65
Los Angeles Angels 2011 Record: 86-76
Stadium: Yankee Stadium

Preview: In this series, the Angels have the upper hand after making a huge splash during the Winter Meetings in December, inking Albert Pujols & C.J Wilson. The Angels offense had gotten more potent with Albert Pujols and the Angels have seriously become contenders. Taking what the Yankees have and what the Angels have, I would say that the Angels will win this series in 2 games for 2 obvious reasons. One is the Yankees RARELY play well vs. the Angels & two is the new additions to the team. I believe most people would go to the home opener series to see Albert Pujols & C.J Wilson in an Angels uniform.

April 16, 2012 – April 19, 2012:

New York Yankees 2011 Record: 97-65
Minnesota Twins 2011 Record: 63-99
Stadium: Yankee Stadium

Preview: The 2011 Twins were plagued with injuries, which is what caused their spiraling downfall. During the offseason the Twins lost Michael Cuddyer to the Colorado Rockies and Jim Thome has gone to the Phillies. Since this series is a 4 game series, I see the Yankees and the Twins splitting it 2 games a piece. (Oh, come on. The Yankees can’t win every series.) In the long run the Twins would have to stay healthy if they hope to make it to the ALDS. But for now, this ca be the 2010 ALDS rematch and the outcome can be the same.

April 20, 2012 – April 22, 2012:

New York Yankees 2011 Record: 97-65
Boston Red Sox 2011 Record: 90-72
Stadium: Fenway Park

Preview: We all remember what happened to the Red Sox last September where they had that horrific collapse, made Terry Francona the scapegoat and hired a former Mets manager to attempt to take them to the World Series. Well, things for the Red Sox had gone bad to worse. Jonathan Papelbon is a Philadelphia Phillie, Marco Scutaro packed his bags (via trade) and headed to Colorado and the Red Sox are rumored to make their set-up man Daniel Bard into a starter? During the offseason, (and I’m not sure this is possible) the Red Sox were more quiet than the Yankees. In this series, I can see the Yankees taking 2 out of 3 here but I wouldn’t expect any flashy leather in left field due to the Green Monster (which really limits Yankees OF Brett Gardner‘s fielding abilities). The Red Sox might make it to the playoffs this year…if they don’t have a horrific collapse to start the season and to end it. (Oh wait, that happened already; 2011.)

April 23, 2012 – April 25, 2012:

New York Yankees 2011 Record: 97-65
Texas Rangers 2011 Record: 96-66
Stadium: The Ballpark In Arlington

Preview: The Texas Rangers lost starter C.J Wilson to the L.A Angels, but they did get something in return; Yu Darvish. This is one of the series that I look forward to since it would be interesting to see Darvish pitch in a MLB environment. The only issue with Darvish is that the Yankees hitters have never faced him and it could be tough to pick up his pitches when he’s pitchig well. If Darvish is pitching in the series, I would say the Yankees would take 2 out of 3, but it won’t be easy with Josh Hamilton, Michael Young and Nelson Cruz in the way. The Rangers have the players and staff to go to the World Series…they just need to win a World Series.

April 26, 2012: OFF DAY

April 27, 2012 – April 29, 2012:

New York Yankees 2011 Record: 97-65
Detroit Tigers 2011 Record: 95-67
Stadium: Yankee Stadium

Preview: To round off April, the Yankees are faced in a 2011 ALDS re-match with the Detroit Tigers. There are just a few changes to the Tigers. Since Victor Martinez is out or the whole year after injuring his knee, the Tigers decided to act fast and get a hitter that could help them go above and beyond. The hitter is Prince Fielder. The Yankees have seen Fielder before when he was with the Brewers last year during interleague, but Fielder could find a way to mash the Yankees since he will be in the American League for the next 9 years. To end April, I would say that the Tigers will take 2 out of 3 with Prince Fielder, Miguel Cabrera and CY Young & AL MVP winner Justin Verlander leading the pack. The Tigers are only going to get more dangerous. When Victor Martinez comes back, he’ll bat in between Cabrera & Fielder. Now that’s a deadly combination.

Yankees release some ESPN broadcast dates

Yankees release some ESPN broadcast dates

By Delia E.

The New York Yankees will return to ESPN for select games in 2012 according to River Avenue Blues. Some of the dates are on April 14, 2012 against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, April 22, 2012 vs. the Boston Red Sox & July 8, 2012 vs. the Boston Red Sox.

More dates will soon be announced.

3 Way Tie For AL Wildcard Worry-some

The Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays & Los Angeles Angels could be stuck for a 3 way tie

As the 2011 baseball season winds down, fans know a couple of things. Fans know teams such as the Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees & Detroit Tigers won their respective divisions. Fans know that teams such as the Houston Astros, New York Mets & Baltimore Orioles (who are playing well towards the end I might add) are going home after Wednesday. But one thing fans don’t know yet is who will win the AL Wildcard.

Right now it’s a very tight race between the Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays & the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Boston Red Sox hold a 2  game lead over the Rays & Angels, but what is worry-some is if they all end with the same record after the season is over. The options on what to do to determine the winner aren’t good.

The 3 teams could be looking at a three way play-off games in 2 days, but the issue with that is that is the ALDS starts on September 30, which means they would have to push back their start time for the ALDS to October 1. If that were to happen, baseball would eliminate an off-day between Game 2 & 3 to keep the series back on track.

Here would be the scenario for each team with the Wildcard:

  • ANGELS:  If the Angels had happened to win the Wildcard they could play in California on Wednesday: September 29 in Boston, September 30 in California, October 1-2 in New York v.s the Yankees and October 3-4 back iN California, all with no rest.
  • RAYS: The Rays would have the upper-hand in such match-ups due to them being 16-10 v.s both the Red Sox & Angels. The Rays could have two options: One would be to let the Red Sox & Angels face each other in a one game play-off on September 29, then the Rays would face the winner on September 30 on the road. The second scenario would be to chose to play 2 elimination games. The first on September 29 at home and if they win then on September 30.
  • RED SOX: The Red Sox would have the choice of playing both elimination games at home or they could play one on the road or one at home and Boston would CLEARLY go for the 2 games at home.
The issue now though is that there is also a very close 3 game Wildcard race in the NL as well with the Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals & the San Francisco Giants. If it was the same issue in the NL then the Cardinals would get first choice and the Braves would get the second choice. In the scenario that there is 3 way ties in BOTH ends of the league, the AL and NL would play a 1 day play-off game the day after the season ends. Here is how it would work if it was the case:
  • Rays would play either the Red Sox or Angels
  • Angels would play the Red Sox
  • Giants would play the Braves
  • Braves would play the Cardinals
  • Cardinals would play the Giants
If this is confusing, I don’t blame you. This would turn into a royal mess if this ever happens. Since 1969 baseball has held only 8 one-game play-offs, so this is why it would be confusing. Hopefully someone could clinch something and we can avoid this disaster, but if we can’t avoid it, prepare for your head to hurt and your brain to almost explode.
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