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I thought it would be a good time to look at where the Yankees stand at the All-Star break. They own the best record in baseball at (W-L, 56-32). They have a two game lead on the Rays and five on the Red Sox. There’s also a really good chance that the AL East also produces the AL Wild Card winner. With 74 games left to play, this race isn’t close to being over. The team holds first place in the best division in baseball, so there isn’t much to complain about. The team could definitely use some adjustments (mostly in the bullpen and on the bench), and I fully expect the organization to do anything they can to fill those holes. Full speed ahead!

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With another Tampa Bay Rays loss yesterday, and the two victories out of the Yankees, New York is slowly creeping back to the top of the AL East. The Yanks have pulled within 3.0 games back of first place in the loss column. Here is a look at the current state of the division:

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Through about two weeks of the season, the New York Yankees tie for the best record in baseball with the Tampa Bay Rays at (9-3). Who would’ve thought the Yankees would be playing so well out of the gate? It’s very unusual. Meanwhile, the Yankees biggest rival, the Boston Red Sox, sit at (4-8) and are currently riding a four game losing streak. The cross town rival, New York Mets, stand in last place in the NL East with a record of (4-8). It’s great to be a Yankee fan right now.

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Dave Allen at Baseball Analysts released a pretty cool graph, which compiles data from several projection systems to display the outlook of the AL East standings. As you can see in the graph below, the New York Yankees come out in first place 5 out of 6 times. So it would be a smart thing to get into some sports betting action and bet on the Yankees! The only projection system that doesn’t have them in first place is PECOTA, which places the Yankees in 3rd place behind the Red Sox and Rays. The graphs show a three-team race, while the Orioles and Jays squander at the bottom. The Orioles are projected to come in under 80 wins, and most of the systems have the Jays under the 70-win mark, or just above it. I would say that I generally agree with that these systems project.

 

I want to thank the TYU for passing this graph along.

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Apparently after Yankees fans across the universe raged uncontrollably, Baseball Prospectus updated their PECOTA rankings for 2010. Looking over them, I still think they are slightly off as they have the Braves tying with the Phillies for first place in the NL East and the Nationals at 81-81. I realize anything can happen, however it’s hard for me to buy that the Phillies will get worse than last year and the Nationals get better. Like I said before, time will tell…

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Baseball Prospectus recently came out with their PECOTA rankings for 2010 and apparently the Yankees will not be in first or second place. Maybe they blame Randy Winn. Either way, if you have a subscription to Baseball Prospectus, you can click on the teams depth chart to see their projections. Apparently, Andy Pettitte and Mo will have a poor season with only CC and Javy having a ERA underneath 4.00.

Either way, I don’t think these projections will come true, however, it is fun to take a look at these. Baseball Prospectus also projects the Phillies to have only 88 wins during the season. It goes on to say that Roy Halladay will go 15-10 with a 3.49 ERA. Time will tell, I guess…

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BeyondtheBoxScore.com did a 2009 AL East review that I found to be very interesting. They also compiled DiamondView visuals for the 2009 New York Yankees, breaking down each player in the lineup for those that are interested.

DiamondView: 2009 AL East Review

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Richard Griffin reports that the Yankees offered Jesus Montero straight up to they Jays for Roy Halladay. The Blue Jays turned it down.

It’s understandable why they turned it down. They would be dealing within their division, and they were trading the best player in the franchise’s history for a top prospect. You know the Toronto fan base wouldn’t have been happy about the move. (more…)

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More pictures from the actual celebration to come….. (more…)

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The Magic Number= 3

With the Yankees win tonight, the Magic Number to clinch the AL East now moves to 3. The Yankees would need to sweep the Red Sox in order for them to clinch the division this weekend. Let’s hope they get it done. Nothing would be nicer then to pop champagne when your biggest rival is in town.

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The Yankees just lost to the Texas Rangers, and they now stand only 6 games ahead of the Boston Red Sox. Okay, it’s not time to panic or anything but that isn’t good. Just a few days ago the Yanks stood 7.5 games up on them.

The only positive about the Rangers winning is that they don’t lose any ground on Boston. Texas stands 1.5GB of the Sox in the AL WC. It would be nice if the Red Sox totally missed out on the postseason. Root for the Texas Rangers when they aren’t facing the Bombers…

AL EAST & AL WC Standings

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     Here are a few more photos of the new stadium. I want to thank Adelaide_35 from Flickr.com for supplying me with these photos:

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Welcome to the circus known as the Yankees  / Scouting the A.L. East

Yankees Like the Odds on Latest Pitching Gambles / Mo is ready to go 

Age Gives Extra Importance to Yanks Bench / CC DOWNPLAYS BRONX OPT-OUT

Matsui’s health a key issue for Yanks / What about the other 50-60 games?

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