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Suck it, Toronto sports media?
Posted by alifeofknuckleballs in Baseball, Blue Jays Baseball on August 4, 2014
For one night at least, the new-look New York Yankees have proven some people wrong.
Let’s pick on the Toronto sports media, since I have been crucifying them of late.
As pointed out right here yesterday, some in Toronto have been swinging and missing with their commentary. In particular, I was wondering out loud why the media was suggesting that the Yankees had given up on the season and were looking to “retool” for 2015.
And guess what? On Sunday Night Baseball in Boston on August 3, the Yankees came out swinging and rallied past the Red Sox 8-7 – after Toronto had dropped the last three in its series in Houston – and New York now stands just 1.5 games back of the Blue Jays for the second wild-card spot.
Does the Toronto media think that the Yankees (57-53) can’t make up 1.5 games against the Blue Jays (60-53)? You’ll also notice that the two clubs are tied in the all-important loss column, so if New York wins its three games in hand, both teams would have the same record.
And who were the heroes on Sunday night for the Yankees? If you looked at the box score, two names jump out: new second baseman Stephen Drew (just acquired from the Red Sox before the trading deadline) and reliever Esmil Rogers (the former Jay that was picked up off waivers that same day).
Drew’s two-run single in the fifth drove home the tying runs to make it 7-7, setting the stage for Brett Gardner’s game-winning homer an inning later. Penciled in at the No. 8 spot in the Yankee lineup, Drew also had an RBI double in the fourth, and finished the night 2-for-4 with four runs batted in. (Wow, another former Red Sox player returning to Boston and do damage against them. Haven’t we seen that movie before?)
As for Rogers, who was making his Yankee debut? Three hitless innings with a walk and three strikeouts to pick up his first victory as a Yankee.
I wonder what the media – especially those in Toronto – are going to be spinning in the upcoming weeks as the Blue Jays continue to unravel while the Yankees – again, a team that I can’t even stand – remain in contention.
And oh, PS: The guy that you took pot-shots at, Scott Feldman, threw a complete game against your slugging/home run-hitting lineup, while your rookie phenom lasted just three innings. Just saying.
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Who says the Yankees have given up?
Posted by alifeofknuckleballs in Baseball on August 3, 2014
Once again a ridiculous column has surfaced on tsn.ca’s website, and this time it appears they’re taking shots at the New York Yankees.
Of course, the Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics made the big headlines by improving their pitching rotations with the additions of David Price (Tigers) and Jon Lester (A’s), respectively, and since the Yankees didn’t do anything significant, it is assumed the New York has given up on the season.
According to former Mets general manager Steve Phillips, who contributes weekly to tsn.ca, “the Yanks and Rays and Red Sox are going to retool for next year” – implying the American League East race is only between Baltimore and Toronto.
That means it is assumed that the Yankees have given up on the 2014 season, huh? That the club is just going to let Derek Jeter’s final big-league season be a non-playoff year, where the Yankees will simply play out the string and not compete for a shot at the postseason?
C’mon, let’s get serious.
So, was New York supposed to get either Price or Lester? Or maybe the Yankees were supposed to get a broken-down Cliff Lee, right?
First of all, the top pitchers who got moved – Price and Lester – came from the American League East. Did anyone seriously believe the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox would trade their left-handed ace to a division rival? (Obviously, the writers at tsn.ca did so, with a couple of them writing nonsense in recent weeks about how the Blue Jays were seriously involved in talks with the Rays and Red Sox for those two pitchers – with the distinct possibility of landing either one of them. Yeah, as if those two clubs were really going to make that kind of a trade within the division. Again, let’s get serious here.)
Secondly, the Yankees didn’t trade for the Phillies’ Lee, which is a good thing because he might be gone for the rest of the season. Lee, who had just came off the disabled list after the All-Star break and would have drawn interest from several clubs in an August waiver deal, might not throw another pitch in 2014. Speaking of Philadelphia, it appeared the Phillies wanted a king’s ransom for outfielder Marlon Byrd, so the Yankees were wise to not pull the trigger on that deal.
Third, the Yankees DID make deals to improve their roster days earlier, when they picked up third baseman Chase Headley from San Diego (July 22) and right-hander Brandon McCarthy (July 6) from Arizona. A week prior to the trading dealine, they also acquired veteran lefty Chris Capuano from Colorado. The point is, New York general manager Brian Cashman is always trying to make his team better. When the Yankees had some pitching holes to fill earlier in the month, they picked up Jeff Francis from Oakland as a stop-gap measure, and when that deal didn’t work out, they shipped the left-hander out of town. Cashman then picked up righty Esmil Rogers off waivers from Toronto, as well as Martin Prado in a separate trade with the Diamondbacks, with the versatile Prado able to play outfield for the Yankees.
So far, McCarthy has pitched well for the Yankees (3-0 with a 2.55 ERA in four starts), and Headley has delivered some big hits since his arrival (.429 in his first four games with New York, helping the Yanks win each contest, and .270 overall). Who knows? Perhaps Stephen Drew (picked up from the Red Sox for second baseman Kelly Johnson) might deliver a key hit down the stretch. Maybe the same thing for Prado.
It wouldn’t surprise me if the Yankees – a team that I don’t even like or root for – finished ahead of the Blue Jays in the East. And perhaps they might even pick up a few more pieces in August to bolster the lineup. But to suggest that New York has given up for the season….that’s simply ridiculous. Only according to tsn.ca.