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Bald Vinny has come out with a new limited edition custom shirt for the 2012 playoffs. Ya gotta support the team. Get ‘em right here.

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Yankees (1-1) vs. Tigers (1-1)

Pitching Matchup:

LHP CC Sabathia (0-0, 4.50) vs RHP Justin Verlander (0-0, 9.00)

Yankees Lineup

Jeter SS
Granderson CF
Cano 2B
Rodriguez 3B
Teixeira 1B
Swisher RF
Posada DH
Martin C
Gardner LF

The game will take place at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. It’s scheduled to start at 8:30p.m. ET. The game will be televised on TBS. The game can be heard on the WCBS 880 radio station. (more…)

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The 25-man roster for the American League Division Series has been finalized by Joe Girardi. Here’s what it looks like:

Pitching: CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, Freddy Garcia, Mariano Rivera, Rafael Soriano, David Robertson, Boone Logan, Luis Ayala, Cory Wade, A.J. Burnett, Phil Hughes.

Hitting: Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Eric Chavez, Eduardo Nunez, Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher, Andruw Jones, Chris Dickerson, Rusell Martin, Jesus Montero, Jorge Posada.

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Throughout the season, you kept on hearing about how well the Yankees were playing and why they were the favorites to win the World Series. They spent 94 days in first place. On the other hand, the Texas Rangers were certainly considered a formidable opponent, but you didn’t hear people talk about them like they were on top of the American League. The Yankees, Rays and Phillies were thought to be the strongest teams in all of baseball.

By Season Half: New York Yankees

First Half: (W-L, 56-32) RS: 469  RA: 352  WP: .636

Second Half: (W-L, 39-35) RS: 390  RA: 341  WP: .527

As the season was winding down, the Yankees looked as if they were dragging their feet across the finish line. They weren’t playing like they did in the first half of the season. Girardi was resting players when they didn’t lock up the AL East division. I just never understood how you could bench your starters (even if they could use a day of rest) if you are in the middle of a pennant race. The bottom of the lineup consisted of Ramiro Pena, Austin Kearns and Juan Miranda. That wasn’t going to cut it with the fans. It’s always good to give your players a rest, especially if you expect to go deep into October, but you can do all that once you lock up that playoff spot.

The month of September didn’t turn out  the way the Yankees had envisioned it. It wound up being the worst month of the season, compiling a W-L record of 12-15 (.444). They were playing under .500 baseball during the most important part of the season. Their offense may have been doing just fine during that period, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the large deficits the pitching staff was placing them in. In the last 12 games of the regular season, the pitching was horrendous, allowing an average of 6.3 runs per game. In that time, they went from 2.5 games up in the division to 1 game back. In the end, the Yankees (95-67) handed the division over to the Rays (96-66). You were actually hearing rumblings from the fans about how they “might not make the playoffs” (even though they had a nice lead over the Red Sox) during the month of September. They took the AL Wild Card and stumbled into the postseason. They had a clean slate after that. They gained some confidence when they swept the Twins in the ALDS. After seeing the Rangers take the Rays in five games, it looked like Texas was for real.

The Yankees took Game #1 of the ALCS, but you wouldn’t see them laughing after that. The Rangers would go on to win the next three games of the series (Lewis won Game #2, Lee won Game #3, & blew out the Yankees 10-3 in Game #4). Lewis pitched really well for the Rangers, but he’s not the type of pitcher who should be shutting down the Yankees. The ball was given to CC Sabathia in Game #5, and he pitched well enough to force a Game #6 (even though he didn’t have his best stuff that day).

The Yankees had their season lay in the balance, and they gave Phil Hughes the ball. Colby Lewis shut down the Yankees offense in embarassing fashion. The Rangers batters eventually got to Hughes in the 5th inning, and it was all over. You can blame the manager in some instances, you can blame the lineup and the pitching staff. In general, the team didn’t play up to what they were really capable of. There were a few players who stood out, such as Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera and Curtis Granderson. That wouldn’t be enough to get this team to the Fall Classic. The Rangers simply outplayed them in every facet of the game.

We all saw the Rays get knocked off by the Rangers, the Rangers eliminate the Yankees and the Giants beat the Phillies. Now, you can ask yourself..how did that happen? Back in July, the Rangers swooped in and grabbed Cliff Lee from the Mariners, which made them a major threat to anyone they would face in the postseason. Their offense was rolling on all cylinders, and the young arms on the team raised their level of play when it mattered most. Some might say the New York Yankees were the better team, but they simply didn’t step up in big situations. During the regular season, the Yankees went 4-4 against Texas. The Rangers came to play, and they earned every right to be in the World Series. Sometimes, the better team doesn’t always win.

  (2nd From L-R) Kerry Wood #39, Mariano Rivera #42, Derek Jeter #2, And Andy Pettitte #46 Of The New York Yankees Look

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New York Yankees Starting Pitcher Phil Hughes Participates

Game #6 of the American League Champipnship Series is upon us. The Yankees face elimination once again, as they send Phil Hughes to the mound in Arlington, Texas. Hughes owns a a record of (W-L, 6-1) with a 3.75 ERA in 8 starts on five days rest this season. Back in 2007, Phil Hughes relieved Roger Clemens in Game #3 of the ALDS, and tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings to keep the Yankees alive. He was smacked around like he was tossing batting practice in his last start, so it’s hard to pitcture him doing any worse. This will be the most important start of Phil’s career, and he may never get another chance like this.

Dave Eiland’s Game Plan:

  1. Establish the Fastball on both sides of the plate
  2. Introduce the Curveball early
  3. Use the Changeup

Feel free to say a prayer…

“Our father who art in the Bronx, Baseball be thy name..Thy will be done…The Playoffs won……On the field, as well as in the bullpen…Give us this day our bat & glove, and forgive us for our errors, as we forgive those who homer against us. Lead us not into defeat, but help us beat the Rangers. In the name of the fans, Mr Steinbrenner and in the name of the Yankees. Amen” – The Lord’s Prayer

“Do not be afraid of the Rangers. The Yankees, your God, who are going before you, will fight for you, as they did for you in Minnesota, before your very eyes, and in the Bronx.” – Your Friend, Moses

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Kevin Dame over at Visual Baseball has come up with some great visual inforgraphs on the New York Yankees. If you’re interested in this type of stuff, I suggest you take a look at archives. 

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  Phil Hughes #65 Of The New York Yankees Is

  Alex Rodriguez #13 Of The New York Yankees Celebrates

  (L-R) Robinson Cano #24, Francisco Cervelli #29 , Ramiro Pena #19 And Sergio Mitre #45 Of The New York Yankees

  Mark Teixeira #25 Of The New York Yankees Is

  Nick Swisher #33 Of The New York Yankees Celebrates

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In case you’re like me and getting antsy waiting for the playoffs (and championship #28!), the NY Post has a collection of really good playoff previews here.  Hit up the link and enjoy!

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi

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Mariano Rivera slammed the door on the Jays, and the Yankees are now officially in the playoffs. They’re going to the postseason for the 15th time in the last 16 seasons. October Baseball…here we come!

 The New York Yankees Celebrate A Post-season Berth By Beating The Toronto Blue Jays 6-1

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Andy Pettitte was placed on the 15-day DL on Jul 19th with a strained left groin. Sixty-two days later, Andy is about to take the hill again.

Pettitte was having a phenomenal year before he went on the disabled list, compiling an 11-2 record with a 2.88ERA. We may have been looking at another Yankees starter gunning for that 20th win, but the injury really knocked him out for a big chunk of the season. Let’s all hope he regains his form from earlier this year, and is raring to go come October.

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With 34 games left to play, the Yankees and Rays are tied for first place. The Red Sox stand 4.5 GB, and have played one more game than both Tampa and New York. Some will say the Sox are already out, while other fans think you can’t say that until they are mathematically eliminated. The Blue Jays and Orioles are already out of the race.

With a few weeks left in the season, the race is tightening and it should make for an exciting finish. I don’t think there’s a debate on whether the Yankees are making the postseason, but rather how they will get in. Will they take the East or Wild Card?

 

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