Loss of Thornton leaves a temporary hole in the bullpen


Might not be able to tell, but Yankees bullpen just became a tad bit weaker with the loss of lefty specialist Matt Thornton. Thornton was put on revocable waivers and was subsequently claimed by the Washington Nationals yesterday, who have taken on his contract. Seems strange that the Yankees were concerned about such a small […]

Bullpen Finalized, Aceves Back With Yankees


Well yesterday was a busy and interesting day for the Yankees. It started with a slow morning and still no news. Then word came out that manager Joe Girardi called a special players meeting about two hours before last night’s game against the Miami Marlins. Soon after the meeting broke, the Yankees officially announced the […]

Yankees middle relief, where art thou?

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In last night’s monster offensive showing against the Indians there was a nugget of worrisome with the New York Yankees bullpen. While the back end containing Mariano Rivera and David Robertson seems in line with how the rest of their year should pan out, it’s the middle relief showing signs of inconsistency. Luckily it’s only […]

With the Bullpen Depleted, Is Help On the Way?


Before the season, some were talking about the Yankees bullpen being the best in all of baseball. Mariano Rivera, David Robertson and Rafael Soriano were expected to be a solid back end while anchoring the squad. When you add in Boone Logan, a formidable lefty, and Cory Wade, who quietly used his change-up to become […]

No Mo: Behind Big Bats and a Strong Bullpen, Yanks Have Had Little Need for Rivera

Yankee closer, Mariano Rivera, hasn't spent much time on the mound so far in 2012

With seven of their 12 wins this season coming by four runs or more, the Yankees haven’t needed to call on closer Mariano Rivera too often to this point. Rivera has only appeared in eight of the first 21 games, for a total of 7.1 innings on the mound. Five of those were save situations, […]

Phil Hughes Should Not Be a Starter


If last night was enough, I really think the Yankees need to consider removing Phil Hughes from the starting rotation and put him in the bullpen. I know that all Yankees fans think he’s a legitimate “quality” starter, but the fact of the matter is, he definitely is not! Looking at his stats in 2009 […]

Yankees Question of the Day – March 9, 2012


With the current injury sustained by David Robertson, if he is out when the season begins, who do you think should get the nod as Mariano’s set-up man until D-Rob is ready to return? Rafael Soriano could be used to fill the hole, or maybe there has been someone you’ve seen this spring who could […]

Three keys to reach the ALCS

  Thursday in the Bronx is a sudden-death, winner take all showdown between the Yankees and Tigers; one of the more exciting events in all of sports.  The atmosphere should be electric so the Yankees will feed off their crowd, but if they want a rematch with the Texas Rangers in the ALCS, three things […]

Yankees Season-End Report Card

Russell Martin brought leadership to the Yankees in his first season with the team.

  About a month ago—when the Red Sox were leading the AL East—I questioned the MLB Pennant race, stating “Barring a monumental crash by one of the current division leaders, there will be no excitement in the last weeks of the MLB season…”  Well, thank you Boston Red Sox (and Atlanta Braves) for providing me […]

Tale of Two Weekends

Sabathia is 0-4 with a 7.20 ERA in 2011 vs Boston.

  On one hand, the Yankees were a rare Mariano Rivera mishap from taking two-of-three from the Red Sox at Fenway Park.  On the other hand the Yankees’ ace was blasted yet again by the Red Sox and their closer blew a crucial save to the team they are chasing the division.  A tale of […]

LHP Arthur Rhodes Released: Are Yankees Interested?

The Rangers designated Arthur Rhodes for assignment, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News (on Twitter). The move creates roster space for newly-acquired right-hander Mike Adams. Rhodes, 41, has a 4.81 ERA with 5.5 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9 in 24 1/3 innings this year. He earns $3.9MM in 2011 and the Rangers have […]

Preview of the Yankees Second Half

Preview of Seconf Half | Yankees

With the official second half beginning on Thursday in Toronto, here are the most pressing question the Yankees will face over the next two-and-a-half months:   Will the pitching hold up? This is actually a two part question:  a) Will the starting pitching hold up, and b) Will the relief pitching hold up? If you […]

Yankees Mid-Season Grades

Yankees Mid Season Grades

The 2011 MLB season is half over, and the Yankees are 50-31 (.617).  Because of their resurgence, they have earned fewer failing grades than through one-quarter of the season. In this article I will assess each person (players and management) who has had a significant role to date, taking into consideration their entire first-half performance.  […]

Yanks and Reds play two tomorrow

Cancellation of Tuesday night’s game means the Yankees will play a day-night double header Wednesday.  The Yankees will count on Freddy Garcia and Brian Gordon tomorrow against Cincinnati. Freddy Garcia pitched well enough to win last time out but has struggled over the past month.  He will be facing a more powerful lineup tomorrow than […]

NYYUniverse.com | Joba Chamberlain Out For Year

Just in to our office – Joba Chamberlain, done for the year. said to have Tommy Jon surgery coming.   Torn Ligament

Joba Chamberlain to DL

Via NEW YORK (WFAN) – Joba Chamberlain has been placed on the disabled list with a strained flexor muscle, Joe Girardi said on Wednesday. Chamberlain will be out at least 10-14 days and then may resume throwing. After resuming throwing his return will be three to four weeks away at a minimum. Girardi said that […]

Soriano: Good News


  Rafael Soriano hasn’t surrendered a run in four straight relief appearances. It might not sound like much, but Soriano began the season in an awful rut and now appears to be climbing out. His ERA was 9.53 on April 16 and now sits at a more comfortable 5.79. He also has nine holds on […]

LaTroy Hawkins Redux: The Soriano Experiment

LaTroy Hawkins Redux The Soriano Experiment

Every time Rafael Soriano pitches, he has the chance to either prove Brian Cashman wrong and dominate the 8th inning of games therefore shortening a Yankees’ game to 7 innings. Or he can prove Brian Cashman right by pitching the way he’s pitched thus far, giving up 3 fewer earned runs than he gave up […]

Yankees v. Braves

Brett Gardner LF Nick Swisher RF Curtis Granderson CF Jorge Posada DH Jesus Montero C Jorge Vazquez 1B Eduardo Nunez 2B Brandon Laird 3B Ramiro Pena SS Freddy Garcia