What’s going on with Ivan Nova?

Ivan Nova is surging lately. The former Yankee pitcher is blossoming since his trade to the Pittsburgh Pirates. With the Yankees he was hyped as one of the big prospects. During the parts of seven seasons that he played with the Bronx Bombers, his ERA was below four twice. For the rest his ERA was …

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Do the Yankees need a new pitching coach?

This year the Yankees pitching isn't performing the way it should, which is quite an understatement. The new pitchers that were acquired last year, Luis Severino and Nathan Eovaldi, are performing worse than they did last year. Eovaldi's numbers are not much worse but still he declined from 4.20 to 4.76. Severino had a solid …

Offensive outburst conceals poor outing by Pineda

Last night, the Yankees rebounded from their flat performance on the previous night. In that game the team looked rather uninspired as they fell 5-3 to the Houston Astros. Last night the outcome was way better as the Yankees beat the Astros 16-6. A slugfest showed exactly the opposite of what the Yanks showed on Tuesday. …

C.C. Sabathia earned the fifth rotation spot? Yeah right!!

Despite the fact that the Yankees declared that the race for the fifth rotation spot would be an open one, Joe Giradi announced that C.C. Sabathia will fill the fifth spot. Open race? Really? Compare his numbers with those of Ivan Nova. At least the Red Sox have the guts, to bench a player with a …

After getting Chapman, what are Yankees’ true intentions?

After the Yankees acquired Aroldis Chapman in a trade with the Reds, they said rather quick that they want to keep the bullpen together as it is. So with Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Chapman this would be a formidable backend of the Yankees' bullpen. But do the Yankees really want to keep the three together …

Nova on the trading block?

Normally I do not pay attention to rumors during the off season. In many cases the New York Yankees are linked to every possible big name player. And in 99% of the cases the rumors appear to be BS. Also the rumors about Brett Gardner and Andrew Miller being trading candidates, do not get me …

The Yankees are slowly imploding

So far the Yankees have done a lot better than many, including me expected. Most fans and experts expected the team to finish near last place. But much to my surprise, the team was a contender for the biggest part of the season. The Yankees have been a streaking team this year. Long winning streaks …

Sabathia’s injury a blessing in disguise

Last night C.C. Sabathia left the game in the third inning with one out to go. Once again he was bothered by knee problems. I guess you know that I haven't been too high on Sabathia in the last seasons. He isn't his old self. This showed early in the season. He tried a different …

Six game losing streak? Relax!

This moring I read an article of the New York Post about the Yankees and their new policy regarding trading for players. Now the Yankees have lost six in a row, many fans hit the panic button and shout for Cashman's release. The New York Post on the other hand has a different opinion. Of …

Are Tanaka’s two consecutive bad outings an omen of another stint on the DL?

Yesterday Masahiro Tanaka lasted five innings in which he gave up six runs on seven hits. Thanks to some pretty good run support he didn't take the loss but got a no-decision. The previous outing vs the Tigers wasn't much better. He allowed five runs on ten hits in five innings of work. In the …

Ivan Nova’s first rehab outing hopeful

Monday, Ivan Nova pitched in his first rehab outing after being placed on the DL last season due to TJ surgery. With the Tampa Yankees he took on the Jupiter Hammerheads (Marlins A Advanced affiliate of the Florida State League). Tampa Yankees play-by-play broadcaster Nick Flammia tweeted that Nova's fastball reached 94 mph in the …

Yankees thinking about a six-man rotation

The Yankees are mullling a six-man rotation. Six? Yup, according to the New York Post and then it must be true. 😉 The Bronx Bombers are trying everything to keep Masahiro Tanaka healty. He was bothered by a small ligament tear in his right elbow, which still may not be healed completely. Even though Tanaka …

Teams are standing in line for Johan Santana

Johan Santana (36), who tried to make a combeack with the Orioles last year but faltered thanks to a torn left Achilles tendon, is followed by at least six teams. Santana pitched two perfect innings last Tuesday in a Venezuelan Winter League game in which he only needed 17 pitches. The last four seasons Santana …

Yankees one of the teams interested in Yoan Lopez

Yoan Lopez was cleared by the United States government. The 21-year old Cuban defected in 2014 to chase his dream of signing a Major League contract. The right handed flame thrower masters a cut fastball, a changeup, a curveball and a slider, but he is best known for a fastball that has reached 100 mph …

Lester to Cubs, Robertson to cross town rivals. What’s next for the Yankees?

Yesterday both Chicago teams caught some big fishes. The Chicago Cubs reportedly signed Jon Lester to a six year $155 million contract. Despite efforts of Red Sox owner John Henry to get him back to Beantown, Lester opted for the Cubs. Why? Probably because of a couple of former Red Sox front office guys who …