Wednesday, September 17, 2014

New York Yankees: Carry-over or move on?

Since the question of whether the New York Yankees will reach the postseason has pretty much been resolved in the negative, the pressing item for Wednesday’s game in Tampa will be whether there is any carry-over from Tuesday night’s bench-clearing incident with the Rays.

After Derek Jeter took a fastball to the top of the wrist in the bottom of the eighth inning, both benches were immediately warned by home-plate umpire Rob Drake. It is uncertain as to why the quick jump to warn both benches. Typically, it takes a bit more than one hit batter to get that far. There is a chance that the umpires were told to be on their toes since Chase Headley took one on the chin last week courtesy of an errant Jake McGee 97-mph fastball.

Jeter’s HBP was the fifth one suffered by the Yankees in the last two series with the Rays and manager Joe Girardi, who was already ticked off because of an unreviewable tag-up play, unleashed on Drake about the instant warning. Then, Girardi showed even more frustration as he started to yell at Rays' reliever Steve Geltz.

Girardi was eventually tossed for arguing and in the bottom of the inning, David Phelps threw up and in around the chest area of Kevin Kiermaier. Phelps missed but was ejected and the benches and bullpens cleared. No punches were thrown but the Yankees for the first time in a long time seemed genuinely interested in baseball.

Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve supported the Yankees in the past for not be retaliatory when it comes to hit batsmen. I never saw the point of potentially hurting another player on purpose, not to mention the potential for a suspension. But last night for whatever reason, maybe seeing some fire in the Yankees for a change, I tweeted the following.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

For Yankees, it’s all about Derek Jeter now

The New York Yankees lost in walk-off fashion Monday night for the third time in five games. They’ve failed to take advantage of the rest of the American League wild card hopefuls by going 4-6 in their last 10 games.

The Yanks sit six games out of the second wild card position with 13 games left to play. Now, the remainder of the 2014 season is about Derek Jeter.

Mattingly compares Dodgers to ’72 Athletics

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly compared his first-place club to the 1972 Oakland Athletics, and not just because of their play on the field.

Those A’s, World Series champions for three straight seasons, held a reputation as having a disjointed clubhouse.

The comment by Mattingly came after an 11-3 drubbing of the Colorado Rockies Monday night, in which outfielder Matt Kemp was seen chastising Yasiel Puig as they walked through the dugout. Mattingly said it was, “family business.”

"Just talking in the dugout, same old things," Mattingly said via "We're like the A's. The '72 A's."

Monday, September 15, 2014

Masahiro Tanaka throws five scoreless, Yankees lose simulated game

New York Yankees hurler Masahiro Tanaka tossed five innings of scoreless ball in a simulated game this afternoon, but as in real games, the Bombers went on to lose.

Tanaka, who has been trying to avoid surgery for a partially torn UCL, threw 65 pitches and allowed six hits while striking out four batters according to multiple beat writers. YES reporter Meredith Marakovits reported via Twitter that Tanaka hit 92 mph on the radar gun.

The Yankees’ offense much like in real games was non-existent and a fake reliever blew the game as the Yanks watch their season go down the toilet.

The next step for Tanaka, assuming he feels no pain, could be to pitch in a real game, where he’ll get exactly the same run support. It will lead to the following comment after the game from Yankees’ skipper Joe Girardi.

‘Well, Tanaka battled and gave us all he had, but we couldn’t get anything going on offense. It’s not what you want.’

You’re welcome for saving you from watching any more of this season.

Photo Courtesy of Arturo Pardavila III via WikiCommons.

Christopher Carelli is a freelance sports writer/editor and the Director of Content Strategy for Sportsideo.

New York Yankees: David Robertson’s no-win situation

It goes without saying that New York Yankees closer David Robertson had some very large shoes to fill when the greatest closer of all time, Mariano Rivera retired at the end of the 2013 season. What was not expected was an amazing season from an afterthought of the Yankees minor league system, Dellin Betances.

Anyone who claims they saw Betances coming was doing so back when he was a heralded starter in the organization, not in February 2014.

There were likely times when the Yankees might have felt that departing with Betances was the right idea, but instead converted him to a reliever in 2013 and thus began the rise of one career and the plight of another.

Let’s admit that if Betances is not around and pitching like he has this season, the questions about Robertson blowing Sunday night’s save against the Baltimore Orioles would not be as dramatic. We’d potentially question manager Joe Girardi’s use of Robertson for a third consecutive day, but who would we clamor on about as the person who should have gotten the ball? Shawn Kelley? Adam Warren?