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Yankees (23-20) vs. Cubs (15-27)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Masahiro Tanaka (6-0, 2.17) vs RHP Jason Hammel (4-2, 3.06)

Yankees Lineup

Gardner LF
Jeter SS
Ellsbury CF
Teixeira 1B
McCann C
Soriano RF
Solarte 3B
Roberts 2B

Game Information:

The game will take place at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The game is scheduled to startat 8:05PM ET. The game will be televised on MY9. The game can be heard on the radio on WFAN 660/101.9FM.

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The Yankees open up a two-game series against the Chicago Cubs tonight. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Tue: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (6-0, 2.17) vs RHP Jason Hammel (4-2, 3.06)

Wed: RHP Chase Whitley (0-0, 0.00) vs RHP Jeff Samardzija (0-4, 1.62)

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Bernie Williams - Carlos Silva

Photo Courtesy of WCBS 880

  • Carlos Silva, WCBS 880’s producer/engineer for Yankees games passed away this past Sunday after battling cancer. If you’ve ever listened to John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman on the radio, his name should definitely sound familiar. He was 50 years old.
  • Masahiro Tanaka, the big off-season prize faces a 5PM deadline on Friday to choose what team he’d like to play for. According to reports, the Yankees, Dodgers, Diamondbacks, White Sox and Cubs have all made offers to Tanaka. It stated, “most of those were for more than $100 million over six years.” Let’s hope the Yankees land this guy. He’d be a huge asset to both the Bronx Bombers and your fantasy baseball teams.
  • The Yankees and Francisco Cervelli have agreed on a one-year contract reportedly worth $700K. Who knew Cervelli was still a thing? This allows him to avoid salary arbitration and he’s back in the picture. Last year, Cervelli fractured his right hand and was suspended 50 games by MLB for violating the league’s drug program, ending the rest of his season.

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Chris “Mad Dog” Russo reunited for a segment on Mike Francesa’s show on Radio Row in Indianapolis. It’s almost as if the two never split up. I don’t know about you guys, but I wish these guys were still back on the air together. It just seems so right.

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Ubaldo Jimenez

Some things are a given in life. The sun rises in the east. Commuter trains in New York are overstuffed and never run on time. The Yankees always make a trade in July.

Only, this year that last one might not happen.

It’s not for lack of need. The starting line-up is solid and the bench features guys who could start for better than half the teams in baseball. But the pitching staff, both in the rotation and the bullpen, is loaded with question marks. CC Sabathia is an unqualified ace; Mariano Rivera remains the king of closers and David Robertson has turned into one of the game’s most reliable set-up men. But the rest of the staff doesn’t inspire confidence on a daily basis.

The Yankees are plagued by the fact that among the presumed LCS teams, they’re the only team without a bona-fide number 2 starter. The Red Sox feature Jon Lester and Josh Beckett. The Phillies send Roy Halladay
and Cliff Lee. The Giants have Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain. The Yankees keep hoping that AJ Burnett will be that number two guy – but after 2 ½ seasons of watching him implode at the most inopportune times, I can’t think of anyone who truly thinks he is. Bartolo Colon, based on his performance this year (7-6, 3.29 ERA, 8K/9) is probably the current #2, but he’s already thrown more innings than over the past 4 seasons combined and you have to worry about how much longer he can continue. Freddy Garcia keeps pulling magic acts on the mound, but his xFIP is nearly a half-run higher than his ERA; you get the feeling that sooner or later his luck is going to run out. Phil Hughes exploded on the scene in the first half of 2010, but since then he’s been less than a pedestrian pitcher (7-7, 5.76 ERA). Ivan Nova was sent back the minors earlier and despite showing signs of improvement when he was with the big club, he is nowhere near being a number two starter.

Likewise, the bullpen has a few holes. Rafael Soriano was brought in to be the primary set-up man, but he’s spent most of the season on the DL and was largely ineffective before getting hurt. Boone Logan is the supposed lefty specialist, but left handers are tuning him up to a 138 OPS+. While Cory Wade and Luis Ayala have been reasonably pleasant surprises, neither has experienced this level of success before. And heaven help us all if the abysmal Sergio Mitre is reactivated and added to the post-season roster.

So, like I said, the Yankees certainly have needs. The problem is there doesn’t seem to be anyone available in the trade market that can fill those needs. There’s been a lot of discussion regarding Ubaldo Jimenez, but the Rockies
asking price (3 or 4 of the Yanks blue chip prospects) is insane. Jimenez had a terrific first half of 2010. Otherwise, he’s a sub-.500 pitcher with a career ERA of 3.87 – while pitching in the offensively challenged NL West. If Brian Cashman adds him at tomorrow’s deadline, I’ll be underwhelmed. The other starters rumored to be on the market also aren’t overly impressive. They range from the oft-injured Erik Bedard to the recalcitrant Hiroki Kuroda
to baseball’s version of a spoiled two-year old, Carlos Zambrano. In short, barring some sort of unexpected blockbuster, there simply isn’t anyone available who provides an upgrade over what the Yanks currently have on hand.

In terms of bullpen help, the Yanks are certainly looking for a left hander – but good luck finding anyone. The Orioles probably want to rid themselves of Mike Gonzales and his bloated contract, but he has had zero success in the AL. The A’s might be willing to part with Brian Fuentes, but I can’t imagine the Yankees assuming around $8.5 million in contract for a guy who has actually been worse against lefties than Logan. The only other name I’ve seen available is the Cubs John Grabow. Like Fuentes and Gonzales, he’s been more piñata than pitcher.

So, there you have it. Unlike past deadlines, this one is looking pretty quiet for the Yankee front office.

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Yankees (40-29) vs. Cubs (29-41)

Pitching Matchup:

LHP CC Sabathia (8-4, 3.28) vs RHP Randy Wells (1-1, 5.63)

Yankees Lineup

Gardner LF
Granderson CF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Martin C
Nunez SS
Sabathia LHP

The game will take place at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. It’s scheduled to start at 8:05p.m. ET. The game will be televised on ESPN. The game can be heard on the WCBS 880 radio station. (more…)

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Yankees (39-29) vs. Cubs (29-40)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP A.J. Burnett (6-5, 4.09) vs RHP Ryan Dempster (5-5, 5.48)

Yankees Lineup

Gardner LF
Granderson CF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Martin C
Nunez SS
Burnett RHP

The game will take place at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. It’s scheduled to start at 4:10p.m. ET. The game will be televised on FOX The game can be heard on the WCBS 880 radio station. (more…)

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Yankees (39-28) vs. Cubs (28-40)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Freddy Garcia (5-5, 3.60) vs LHP Doug Davis (0-5, 5.90)

Yankees Lineup

Swisher RF
Granderson CF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Martin C
Nunez SS
Gardner LF
Garcia RHP

The game will take place at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. It’s scheduled to start at 2:20p.m. ET. The game will be televised on the YES and MLB Networks. The game can be heard on the WCBS 880 radio station. (more…)

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The Yankees open a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field today. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Fri: RHP Freddy Garcia (5-5, 3.60) vs LHP Doug Davis (0-5, 5.90)

Sat: RHP A.J. Burnett (6-5, 4.09) vs RHP Ryan Dempster (5-5, 5.48)

Sun: LHP CC Sabathia (8-4, 3.28) vs RHP Randy Wells (1-1, 5.63)

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The Yankees Opening Day/Home opener is on 3/31/2011. They’ll be playing the Detroit Tigers. They close the season in Tampa against the Rays on September 28th. 

2011 New York Yankees Schedule

From @BryanHoch:Yankees host Mets (May 20-22) COL (June 24-26) and MIL (June 28-30) Interleague. @ Cubs (June 17-19), Reds (June 20-22) & Mets (July 1-3).” 

From @RiverAveBlues:  

  • “12 of the Yankees first 15 games next are at home. 20 of the first 27 as well.”
  • “The Yanks play 30 games from July 1st to August 1st next year, 21 on the road.”
  • “Last three series are home against TB (2 gms), home vs Red Sox (3 gms), then at TB (3 gms)”

From the Associated Press: 

NEW YORK (AP) — The major league baseball schedule for 2011 features a midweek start in March, a late September ending and the Chicago Cubs’ first visit to Fenway Park in nearly 100 years.       

Five openers are set for Thursday, March 31, although one of them is expected to be moved up to the night of March 30.

  

The regular season is set to end on Sept. 28. By opening and closing a week earlier this year, the 2011 World Series will finish in October, barring any postponements. Game 7 this year is set for Nov. 4. 

The Cubs will play a three-game series in Boston starting on May 20. The Cubs last played at Fenway Park in the 1918 World Series. (more…)

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Now that a White Sox – Nationals trade sending Adam Dunn to Chicago’s South Side seems more likely than ever (the White Sox just landed Edwin Jackson, who Nat’s GM Mike Rizzo is said to covet and have included him in their offer), it’s time to look for alternatives for the slugging southpaw. Mind you, I never thought Dunn (or any 1B/DH types, for that matter) are really needed in the South Bronx and I think the team needs help in the bullpen and a bench IF more than a lefty bat. But, it seems the Yankees front office has decided to find a left-handed bat they can plug into the DH role.

Option 1: Adam LaRoche, Arizona – Call him “Dunn-lite.” A left-handed first baseman, LaRoche currently sports a slash line of .254/.330/.446 and a career slash line of .271/.341/.487. Over seven seasons, he averages 1 HR every 21.4 AB’s, 1 K every 4 – and is a notorious second-half hitter. Although the rumor mill is quiet about him, it would make sense for Arizona to move him. The team is on obvious salary-dump mode and LaRoche is on a one-year, $4.5M deal with a mutual $7.5M option for next year (or a buy-out for $1.5M). One drawback for the Yankees is that option increases to $9.5M if traded. Still, it represents a way for the D’backs to shed about $4M from their anticipated payroll if they have no plans to keep him next year.

Option 2: Lance Berkman, Houston – Trades with the Astros are notoriously difficult, unless you happen to be the Phillies. However, the Roy Oswalt trade yesterday may signal that owner Drayton McClane is finally waving the white flag. The former all-star should be familiar to most fans, but here’s the upside: Berkman is a veteran switch hitter with power (1 HR every 17 AB) and one of those high-quality clubhouse types. Unlike Dunn and LaRoche, nobody has ever questioned this guy’s work ethic or desire. But he is having a down year in terms of production and has missed significant portions of the last two seasons with injuries. Although on the production side of the equation, he is walking more than ever – a sure sign that pitchers are avoiding the one true threat in an anemic Astros line-up. The money is also going to be difficult for the Yankees. Berkman is owed around $7M for the remainder of this year and he has made it clear he wants his $15M option for next year guaranteed in order to not exercise his no-trade clause. $22M for an injury plagued 1B on the downside of his career should be too much for Cashman & Co. to swallow.

Option 3: Derrek Lee, Cubs – The Cubs are rumored to be looking to shed payroll, although they have yet to make any deals. Lee is owed around $6.5M this year before hitting free agency. This would be a bit of a reach, since Lee is having a really bad year after a bounce-back type season a year ago. If you take 2009 out of the equation, then his last three seasons work to a .290/362/.408 line. While his HR production would probably increase some at Yankee Stadium (1 for every 29.5 AB over the past 3 years), you have to wonder how he would handle NYC and the post-season. In 23 career post-season games, Lee is a .263 hitter. On the plus side, Lee is considered an A+ type guy in the clubhouse. I’d consider this a real “Hail Mary” play if the Yanks were to pursue it.

Again, I don’t think the Yankees should really go hard after any of these guys, but if they happen to fall into Brian Cashman’s lap, then they might be worth it for the 2010 stretch run. Another thing to keep in mind is that these guys will almost certainly clear waivers because of the money involved, so if the Yankees still find themselves in need in mid-August odds are one or all three will be available. That leaves us…

Option 4: Nick Johnson, DL – Yes, you heard that one right. Mike Axisa reports that Johnson is resuming baseball activities in Tampa, though they’re limited to fielding grounders and soft-tossed fungoes for now. Still, if Johnson can make it back by September then he at least has a chance to redeem himself somewhat.

Author’s note – I checked the wires just before posting this. Joel Sherman tweeted the Yankees “are definitely in for Lance Berkman, considering him seriously.” Sherman also broke the news the Yankees had landed Cliff Lee, so take it for what it’s worth.

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It has been a busy few days at the Winter Meetings, so let’s take a minute to take a break before the meetings end today.

Sports Illustrated recently released it’s list of Top 10 MLB games of the 2000’s. Without further gilding the lilly, here they are:

10. 2001 – ALDS, Game 3. This game is known for ‘The Flip’ by Jeter. Yankees 1, A’s 0

9. 2003 – ALCS, Game 6. This game is ‘The Bartman Game’. I wonder if the Cubs made it to the World Series if the Yankees would have still lost the World Series. Marlins 8, Cubs 3

8. 2007 – NL Wild Card Tie. This game was one hell of a game as the Rockies would shock the world and advance to the World Series. Rockies 9, Padres 8 (13 innings)

7. 2009  – AL Central Tiebreaker. One has to wonder if this game took too much out of the Twins to put up a fight against the Yankees. Twins 6, Tigers 5 (12 innings)

6. 2006 – NLCS Game 7. This game had a pitching duel between Jeff Suppan and Oliver Perez, weird, I know. Cardinals 3, Mets 1

5. 2002 – World Series Game 6. Think Dusty Baker and Robb Nenn want a do over? Angels 6, Giants 5

4. 2004 – ALCS Game 5. 2004…..Funny, all my memories from that year are missing… Red Sox 5, Yankees 4 (14 innings)

3. 2001 – World Series Games 4 and 5. Mystique and Aura were certainly not dancing in a strip club these nights… Yankees 4, Diamondbacks 3 and Yankees 3, Diamondbacks 2

2. 2003 – ALCS Game 7. The greatest moment in the professional career for Aaron Boone and probably the worst for Grady Little. Yankees 6, Red Sox 5 (11 innings)

1. 2001 – World Series Game 7. I passed out before this game was over for some unknown reason, but when I woke up and heard on the radio that the Yankees lost in the bottom of the ninth, I was nearly brought to tears. Diamondbacks 3, Yankees 2

So what do you think? I think the only thing I’d really change is switch number 2 and 3. You?

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