Posts Tagged ‘Colorado Rockies’

Are we talking a matter of days here? A couple of weeks? A September call-up?

“According to sources close to organization, Trenton catcher Austin Romine, then Dellin Betances, will be next to board the SWB shuttle, with top overall prospect Jesus Montero expected to join the Yankees’ lineup in the very near future.

The summer fo 2011 marks the first time since 1999 the Yankees have not made a July trade, and Cashman told reporters in New York today that he was never close to a deal with anyone, including the Colorado Rockies for Ubaldo Jimenez.”

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Yankees (43-30) vs. Rockies (37-37)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP A.J. Burnett (7-5, 4.05) vs RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (2-7, 4.68)

Yankees Lineup

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

The game will take place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. It’s scheduled to start at 7:05p.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 up a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies at Yankee Stadium tonight. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Fri: RHP A.J. Burnett (7-5, 4.05) vs RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (2-7, 4.68)

Sat: LHP CC Sabathia (9-4, 3.39) vs RHP Aaron Cook (0-2, 4.67)

Sun: RHP Ivan Nova (7-4, 4.13) vs TBA

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I’m following up on Kevin’s post from last night: my biggest pet peeve is #22: specifically, hearing fans from “small market” teams complain that they can’t compete with the Yankees because they’ll never have the similar payrolls. (I don’t understand the fuss over #23, girls accepting marriage proposals. But then, I’m an old-fashioned romantic).

Just typing that nonsense about “competing” made my blood start to boil. There are two problems with that entire line of reasoning: (1) baseball is about competition; not just on the field but between the front offices and (2) there are plenty of teams out there who do not have the Yankees financial resources but manage to field playoff-caliber squads every year.

Minnesota and Philadelphia are great examples of teams that compete for the pennant, despite limited resources. Last time I checked, San Diego has an excellent shot to return to the fall classic this year. The Marlins, Rockies and Rays all have legitimate chances at the postseason. And let’s not forget the ultimate in small-market success: the Braves will finish above .500 for the 19th consecutive season, a stretch unmatched by any team in baseball (including the Yankees).

So, if you’re a disheartened Pirates or Royals fan, turn to your teams’ ownerships and ask them why they refuse to put the money they get from MLB back into players. (Hey, the Pirates reported a $20.4 million disbursement to the ownership group last year. Sure glad they earned it.) Stop complaining about the Yankees and start complaining about your team’s inept front offices.

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Unlike Rose, we can bet on baseball

 We’ve reached the All-Star break, giving some a chance to take a deep breath from the long season and others to experience withdrawal pangs without “real” baseball for the next 3 days. I could write glowingly about the Yankees starting rotation or rip Joba and the rest of his bullpen mates sans Mariano, but I’ll have plenty of time to do that throughout the 2nd half of the season. Today, I want to discuss something a little different…examining the World Series odds. I’ll probe where the Yankees and the rest of the teams are projected to finish and provide some dark horse candidates to win the championship. Below, all teams currently in the playoffs and/or in contention are listed in groups with their odds to win the World Series in parentheses. (Odds taken from BETUS

The Favorite: Yankees (3:1)
With the best record in baseball and the ability to add pieces to improve the bullpen and bench, the Yankees are clear-cut favorites to repeat. However, because they are such prohibitive favorites, while we all hope they win number 28, the return on the investment won’t reap a big windfall. So put $60 on the Yankees to hedge your bet and place a couple additional wagers on the longer shots below. 

A Cut Below: Rays (6:1), Rangers/Braves (7:1), Red Sox/Cardinals (10:1)
The best bet among these teams is the Rangers. They’ve got the easiest path to the playoffs and they just acquired a dominant #1 starter. The Rays/Red Sox are at least equal and probably better than Texas, but their path to the postseason is much more difficult, so avoid them as well as the Cards, you can find better long shots in the NL. 

The Darkhorses: Phillies (12:1), Mets (14:1), Reds (18:1), White Sox/Twins (20:1)
Two teams stand out from this group…the Phillies and Reds. Phi at 12:1 is a good price if you think they’ll get healthy enough to make the playoffs and be close to full strength (if they were healthy I’d guess they’d be ~6:1). But at 18:1, I “love” the Reds. They have a well-balanced pitching staff as well as an excellent lineup (of course they also have Dusty at the controls to potentially botch things up). But at these odds, they’re a sneaky/solid play. So pluck down $60 on Cincinnati and if they win you’ll be collecting $1,080 in October. 

The Longshots: Tigers/Rockies/Dodgers/Padres (25:1), Giants (30:1), Angels (40:1)
Forget the Tigers, Dodgers and Angels. Padres are dangerous, but their bullpen is already showing signs of regression and the underrated ace of the staff, Mat Latos, has innings limit concerns (Yes, Yankees fans we aren’t the only team that caps innings for starters). The Rockies have withstood several injuries and find themselves just 2 games back of the front running Padres and the Giants find themselves only 4 GB. The Giants lineup at one point this season was putrid, but with the surprising production of Torres and the explosive bat of Buster Posey this team may finally have the hitting to support an excellent pitching staff. So put $60 on either the Rockies or Giants and if you’re feeling frisky bet both. Without a clear favorite in the NL these teams can make it to the World Series and anything can happen once they get there…and in this case that “anything” can yield $1500-$1800. 

So who do you think will win the World Series? Who is your sleeper/long shot pick to win it all? 

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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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