Thursday, July 31, 2014

Athletics add Lester, Gomes and Fuld in flurry of moves

Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane is at it again, pushing the A’s all-in with two deadline day deals in a matter of an hour.

Less than four weeks after landing Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs, Beane sent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to the Boston Red Sox for Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes.

Lester, a life-long Red Sox player who owns two World Series rings has a very good chance to win for the second year in a row as the deal makes the Athletics the odds-on favorite to reach the World Series representing the American League.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Blame the Yankees’ offense, not Betances and Robertson

For the first time this season, New York Yankees' relievers Dellin Betances and David Robertson allowed runs to score in the same game. In a game the Yankees tied up three times, their ultra-reliable tandem let the Toronto Blue Jays re-take the lead.

To blame Betances and Robertson for the 5-4 loss is short-sighted. In fact, without Betances putting out fires and Robertson converting 26 of 28 save chances, the Yankees would be reeling at the bottom of the American League East.

The Yankees' offense once again failed to score more than four runs in a game. Sunday’s loss marked the 12th time in their last 14 games in which they were held to four or fewer runs. They have scored 10 or more runs TWICE this season; the last time coming Apr. 24 when they tallied 14 against the Red Sox.

Friday, July 18, 2014

An optimistic view for the New York Yankees’ second half

The final 68 games on the New York Yankees schedule will get underway this evening in the Bronx against the Cincinnati Reds. After dragging us along for the first 94 games, can the Yanks keep us interested the rest of the way?

There has been little to be cheerful about when it comes to the 2014 Yankees. The rotation is in shambles. The offense as a whole has failed to produce and show any semblance of consistency. The back end of the bullpen, a bright spot overall, has been worked hard because the middle relief options have been underwhelming.

So, why be optimistic?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Jeter, Trout, Wainwright and social media dominate MLB All-Star Game moments

Going into the 2014 mid-summer classic at Minnesota's Target Field, there was little doubt that all eyes would be on New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter as he played in his last All-Star Game. Further, there was little uncertainty that Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout might play a role in the outcome. What was not expected was social media frenzy over comments made by St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright, and how one mistake in a tweet by a reputable news network would illicit viral chatter.