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The Top Three’s

Here are this weeks top three…

teams on the rise:

  1. Seattle Mariners
  2. Baltimore Orioles
  3. Philadelphia Phillies

teams on the decline:

  1. Anaheim Angels
  2. Toronto Blue Jays
  3. Boston Red Sox

free agent signings:

  1. John Lackey to the Red Sox
  2. Chone Figgins to the Mariners
  3. Hideki Matsui to the Angels (edit: thanks to Evan Coleman for the correction.)


  1. Curtis Granderson to the Yankees
  2. Cliff Lee to the Mariners
  3. Milton Bradley to the Mariners

available free agents:

  1. Matt Holliday
  2. Jason Bay
  3. Ben Sheets

If you have any questions or comments on any of the picks I made, leave a comment on this entry and I’ll reply to you.

Chat or Chuck: Erik Bedard

He hasn’t been talked about much, but he’s out there. Remember a couple months ago when the Yankees were possibly going to trade for Bedard? Well, he’s now a free agent. The Yankees have starting pitching at the top of their wish list this offseason, or at least they should, and Bedard is an option.

Why Chat?:

  • He had a 2.82 ERA this season in 15 starts.
  • He is an overwhelming strikeout pitcher with a career 8.8 SO/9 ratio. He led the league with a 10.9 SO/9 ratio in 2007.
  • He is a type B free agent, so the Yankees wouldn’t need to give up yet another first round draft pick like they would if they signed a type A such as Lackey. Eventually, the Yankees are going to need to go for the prospects. Now may be the time.

Why Chuck?:

  • He is a bit injury prone, making only 30 starts in the past two seasons.
  • He walks a lot of people: 3.6 batters per nine innings.
  • He gives up more than eight hits per nine innings. He led the league in that category in 2007.
  • He has only pitched for Baltimore and Seattle and may not be able to handle a big, competitive city like New York.

Chat or Chuck?:
Why not? Bedard is the best choice besides Lackey. If the Yankees get Lackey, it will come at a much higher price and they will need to give up another first round pick, which is starting to get on my nerves. In the end, Bedard is a very good pitcher. Hey, they almost traded for him on their run to a championship.


Poll of the Day:
Should the Yankees sign Bedard?(trends)

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9/19 Yankees vs Mariners Preview

Vote Now for the 2009 Season Awards

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Yankees Probable Pitcher:

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C.C. Sabathia
#52 LHP
(17-7) 3.42 ERA 213.1 IP 3.07 SO/BB
Last Game: 9/13 vs BAL: W, 7.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 4 BB, SO
Away (Season): (11-5) 3.43 ERA 1.092 WHIP
Vs Mariners (Season): (1-1) 4.61 ERA 1.317 WHIP
Run Support: 5.97 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitters (Mariners):
Most PA: Mike Sweeney (86)
Best BA: Ryan Langerhans (.667, 2 for 3)
Most H: Mike Sweeney (20)
Most HR: Ichiro Suzuki (3)
Notable Stat: Last 9 Starts: 2.48 ERA .216 BAA
Mariners Probable Pitcher:

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#58 LHP
(2-2) 3.53 ERA 43.1 IP 2.17 SO/BB
Bio | Stats

Last Game: 9/13 @ TEX: L, 4.2 IP, 10 H, 5 R, BB, SO, 2 HR
Home (Season): (2-1) 2.96 ERA 1.024 WHIP
Vs. Yankees (Season): (1-0) 3.86 ERA 1.143 WHIP
Run Support: 3.43 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitter (Yankees):
Most PA: Johnny Damon, Derek Jeter (4)
Best BA: Robinson Cano (1.000, 1 for 1)
Most H: Derek Jeter (3)
Most HR: Nick Swisher (1)


Keys to the Game:

  1. Stack the Righties: This season, righties are hitting .314 against Fister, as opposed to .206 for lefties.
  2. Swing Early: On the first pitch this season, opposing batters are hitting .333 off Fister.
  3. Take Advantage Early: The first time batters face Fister in a game, they are batting .311, the second time they are batting .233, and the third time .182, so it’s important to hit Fister early.


Poll of the Day:

Is Mariano Rivera the best closer of all time?


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9/18 Yankees vs Seattle Preview

Yanks (94-53) open up 3 game set with Mariners (76-71) tonight at 10.

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Yankees Probable Pitcher:

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A.J. Burnett
#34 RHP
(11-9) 4.33 ERA 183.0 IP 1.92 SO/BB
Last Game: 9/12 vs BAL: L, 7.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 4 SO, 2 HR
Away (Season): (6-6) 5.12 1.447 WHIP
Vs Mariners (Season): Never Faced
Run Support: 5.54 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitters (Mariners):
Most PA: Adrian Beltre (25)
Best BA: Mike Sweeney (.400, 4 for 10)
Most H: Adrian Beltre (6)
Most HR: Adrian Beltre (1)
Notable Stat: Last 9 Starts: 6.14 ERA
Mariners Probable Pitcher:

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Felix Hernandez
#34 RHP
(15-5) 2.52 ERA 207.1 IP 3.06 SO/BB
Last Game: 9/13 @ TEX: W, 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, BB, 5 SO
Home (Season): (9-2) 1.90 1.037 WHIP
Vs Yankees (Season): Never Faced
Run Support: 4.32 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitters (Yankees):
Most PA: Mark Teixeira (36)
Best BA: Johnny Damon (.556, 5 for 9)
Most H: Mark Teixeira (11)
Most HR: Nick Swisher, Mark Teixeira (3)
Notable Stat: Last 3 Starts: 0.41 ERA
Keys to the Game:
  1. Swing Early: On the first pitch, opposing hitters are batting .321 on the first pitch.
  2. Don’t Fall Behind: With two strikes, opposing hitters are batting just .147 this season off Hernandez.
  3. Prey: This guys amazing.

Stats provided by Baseball-Reference.com

Road Trip Review

AL East

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3 Stops:
  1. Seattle (W,W,W,L)
  2. Oakland (L,W,W)
  3. Boston (W,L,W)
Team Record: 7-3 (10 Games)
Offense: .299 BA, . 845 OPS, 24 2B, 1 3B, 16 HR
Pitching: 4.86 ERA, 87.0 IP, 84 SO
Road Trip MVP: Derek Jeter: .488 (21 for 43), 2 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI
Pitching MVP: C.C. Sabathia: 3 GS (3-0) 2.38 ERA, 22.2 IP, 16 H, 25 SO, 195 BAA
Best Moment: Mark Teixeira: 8/14 @ SEA, GW HR in 9th 

Jeter Becomes Elite, Yanks Fall In Finale

Yankees bullpen falters as Mariners come out firing to salvage final game. 

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Well, lets start with the bright side. With a hit today, Derek Jeter now stands as the player with the most hits for a shortstop in Major League Baseball history. He’s a star, there is no doubting that. 
The rest of the game was not as happy for the Yankees. The Yankees scored first in the third , on a Jeter RBI double. The Mariners came back with two in the bottom half of the inning, to give them the lead, but not for long. The next half inning, Swisher hit a two run shot to make it 3-2 Yankees. 
The Yankees did not score again, while the Mariners went on to score eight more runs to give them a 10-3 victory. 
Joba was shaky once again. He went five innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, while striking out two and walking three. Aceves was basically horrible, giving up four runs in 1.2 innings, not to mention the two hit batters. Gaudin was the same, surrendering two runs in 1.1 innings pitched.
From the other dugout, things were not bad. The youngster, Fister, gave up just three runs in seven innings pitched, striking out four and walking none. Jakubauskas then closed it out, pitching two scorless innings.
Player of the Game: Doug Fister: W, 7.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR
The Wrap-Up:
Lets face it, you can’t win ’em all. The Red Sox lost, so its no big deal losing this one. The Yanks are still 7.5 games up and still won the series. Hopefully the Yanks can bounce back in the series opener in Oakland tomorrow night. They should be able to. I would also like to give out my best wished to David Wright and Hiroki Kuroda. What happened was very, very scary and its a shame that those two had to be the ones to experience the one bad side of the game. Please get well very soon, we all look forward to your returns.
Coming Up Next:
The Yanks fly to Oakland tonight to open up a four game set tomorrow night at 10:05 ET. The Yankees send A.J. Burnett (10-5, 3.71) to the mound, looking to rebound from a shaky start in New York. He faces off against former Yankee, Brett Tomko (1-2, 5.23).

8/13 Yankees vs. Mariners Preview

Yanks try to keep rolling as they hit the road, take on Seattle.

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Yankees @ Mariners
10:10 pm ET
Yankees Probable Pitcher:

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C.C. Sabathia
#52 LHP
(12-7) 3.76 ERA 162.2 IP 123 SO 1.168 WHIP
CC was absolutely lights out in his last start. And boy was it a big one, against the Boston Red Sox. He went 7.2 innings, gave up just two hits and no runs, while walking two and striking out nine, a season high. He retired the first 13 batters he faced. In his last two starts, CC has struck out 14 batters in 14.2 innings and has a WHIP of 0.954. Since 2005, CC is 17-2 in the month of August, thats the most wins for any pitcher in that span. In seven career starts at Safeco Field, Sabathia is 4-1 with a 2.83 ERA and a WHIP of 1.091. 
Ichiro is a career .415 hitter against Sabathia. The Mariners as a team are .297 hitters against CC. The Yankees are just 13-11 in games that Sabathia starts, but in his last nine starts, their 6-3. The Yankees average over 5 runs per game when CC is on the mound. 

Mariners Probable Pitcher:

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Ian Snell
#48 RHP
(2-8) 5.42 ERA 88.0 IP 57 SO 1.648 WHIP
This will be Snells third start as a Mariner, his last one didn’t go so well. He went just 1.1 innings, giving up three runs on two hits and six walks against the Rays. This is Snells first career start against the Yankees. In his last three starts, Ian has an ERA of 8.10 and a WHIP of 2.100. 
The Pirates and Mariners are 4-13 in games that Snell starts. Jerry Hairston and Nick Swisher are the only players on the Yankees with a hit. Mark Teixeira is the only other Yankee to have faced S
nell, he is 0 for 5. 
Keys to the Game: 
  1. Strike One: In 2009, when Snell throws strike one, opposing hitters are batting .227, when he doesn’t, they are hitting .361.
  2. Patience: This year, Snell averages 5.4 walks per nine innings.
  3. Get to the ‘pen: In the month of August, Pirates relievers have a combined 7.02 ERA.