Chapman Move Eases Burden on Yankees’ Taxed Starting Pitchers

The Yankees’ acquisition of Aroldis Chapman, currently under MLB investigation for an alleged domestic violence incident, is creating controversy that extends beyond the whole “who’s New York’s closer in 2016?” narrative. But in picking up the lefty equipped with easy tripe-digit heat for a quartet of prospects (infielders Eric Jagielo and Tony Renda, plus righties […]

Brett Cecil: The X-Factor to Toronto’s World Series Bid?

While the official calendar flip from September to October might still be a week and change away, the current three-game, high-stakes clash between the AL-East leading Toronto Blue Jays and persistent New York Yankees sure has the feel of a legitimate postseason series. On Monday, David Price padded his AL Cy Young resume with a seven-inning, two-hit, seven-whiff […]

Jose Reyes Expanding His Strike Zone

So, Jose Reyes is a Colorado Rockie — at least for the moment. Along with prospects Jeff Hoffman, Miguel Castro and an as yet-unnamed third minor leaguer, the 32-year-old switch-hitter is part of Colorado’s haul for trading franchise icon Troy Tulowitzki to the Blue Jays. It’s fair, however, to wonder whether Reyes will actually ever […]

McCarthy’s Process, Results Align in New York

While the Yankees remain on the fringes of playoff contention — Fangraphs puts their odds at 6.9% — no one can blame Brandon McCarthy. The Bombers’ mid-season starting rotation patch has pitched like an ace since arriving from Arizona in a deal for Vidal Nuno, compiling a 2.30 ERA in seven starts. With the D-Backs, by […]

Ivan Nova; Ready to emerge in 2014

Chris Moran is a second-year law student at Washington University in St. Louis. He is also an assistant coach with the baseball team at Washington University. He graduated from Wheaton College, where he wore the tools of ignorance for the baseball team. Follow him on twitter @hangingslurves. New York Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova has had an up-and-down career. […]

MLB Video Recap: Soriano Keeps Yanks Alive

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Coffee and Clippings: Francona at the Helm

Tom Verducci (@55Gigantes ) of the Sports Illustrated takes a look at the future proceedings of the A-Rod/MLB/Yankees Saga… And you thought Aug. 5, the day MLB dished out 13 suspensions to players connected to PEDs from the Biogenesis clinic and wanna-be doctor Anthony Bosch, was a bad day for baseball fans. Monday was worse. It […]

Power is Often the Last Thing to Come

Don Mattingly was 18 years old in 1979. He’d signed with the Yankees that June and played 53 games in Oneonta, N.Y., and when he hit 3 homers and by his admission “hit a lot of balls down the left field line” the powers that be in the organization worried that he wouldn’t hit for […]

Soriano Slugging, Hacking Way To History

(All stats through Friday’s games) The injury-ravaged New York Yankees have hit the fewest right-handed home runs (24) in the majors this season, and they rank just 25th in on-base percentage (.306). Well, the Bombers at least addressed one of those issues by throwing lots of cash ($17.7 million of the $24.5 million he’s owed through […]

CC Sabathia – Three Starts In July 2011, 2012, And 2013

It’s time to face the reality that Roy Halliday is not Roy Halliday anymore and CC Sabathia is not CC Sabathia anymore (and we have to begin to wonder if Justin Verlander is Justin Verlander anymore). There comes a point, even in great pitcher’s careers, when they are not the same pitcher they once were. They don’t have the same stuff, […]