Do the Yankees really need an FA big bat?

Brian Cashman recently stated that the Yankees are after a big bat. Now the club has some room to spend after they traded away Brian McCann and after Mark Teixeira hung up his spikes, it appears that the team is willing to spend again. But is it a wise decision to do so? In the …

Solid outing of Tanaka in 4-1 win over Rays

The New York Yankees won 4-1 in Tampa Bay last night. The team did not hit well once again, as it collected four hits but they also drew three walks. But especially the outing of Masahiro Tanaka was very impressive. The Japanese pitcher lasted seven innings in which he gave up only two runs and …

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 …

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 …

Rumors, rumors, trade rumors: Samardzija to Yankees?

With the trading deadline nearing, the rumors about players are swirling around. The Yankees would be interested in Jeff Samardzija of the White Sox. According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Samardzija would be a good fit with the Yankees. Samardzija's ERA is at 4.33. Noramlly I tend to say that an ERA like this …

Yanks need extra innings to clinch victory

The Yankees needed twelve innings to seal a victory over the Rays at Yankee Stadium. Masahiro Tanaka took the mound for the Yankees and didn't look good in the first inning as he gave up two doubles and a walk that gave Tampa Bay a 2-0 lead. After the first inning he settled down as …

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 …

2015 New York Yankees: Cold, hot, cold, hot

Last night the New York Yankees clinched a 7-2 home win over the Anaheim Angels, winning the first two games of a three game homestand vs the Angels. So far the season has been a roller coaster ride. After a cold start, the Yankees caught fire in May before they cooled off again. But in …

Second rehab start Tanaka worrisome

Yesterday, Masahiro Tanaka had his second rehab start with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. In Pawtucket, home of the AAA Red Sox, Tanaka threw three innings in which he allowed three earned runs on four hits. He walked two and fanned four. Four strikouts sounds good, but giving up three runs in only three innings of work …

Tanaka throws first rehab game after being put on DL

Masahiro Tanaka threw his first rehab game after being put on the DL with an elbow strain. Last night he pitched three innings with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the AAA team of the Yankees. Eventhough he claimed to have pitched pain free, he wasn't really special, but good enough to keep the Durham Bulls at bay. …

Yankees shut down Tanaka

The Yankees have placed starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka on the 15-day Disabled List with a tight wrist. According to GM Brian Cashman, Tanaka came to the team doctor yesterday with the complaint about his wrist. An MRI scan showed a tenditis, but according to Cashman the tight wrist could signal a fore-arm strain. So to …

Yankees and Dutchies in MLB, Thursday April 23

The year started with not much faith in this Yankee team from my side. Still I don't think that they will be a contender but after the series vs the Tigers, there is some belief coming. First the close loss with a very good outing by C.C. Sabathia. Then the 5-2 win on Tuesday and …

Yankees and Dutchies in the Majors, April 6

The Yankees were no match for the Blue Jays. Masahiro Tanaka could keep the Blue Jays at bay for two innings, but allowed six runs, of which five earned. Didi Gregorius didn't get a basehit in two at bats, but reached base due to a HBP. After Brian McCann got a base on balls, Gregorius …