With all of the crucial injuries that the New York Yankees have suffered, it was easy to count them out for all of 2013. I even had some doubts myself that they would win the American League East. Then, after they started 1-4, I wondered if/when they would catch up.
Now, it appears that my doubts were unfounded.
The New York Yankees have a record of 6-5 as of this writing. This means that they went 5-1 since their poor start. Those five wins have come against some tough teams: Detroit, Cleveland, and Baltimore. The Yankees have gotten both strong pitching and offense during this run. Can it continue? I believe it can and will.
The New York Yankees’ lineup is not what we expected when Spring Training started. We knew Derek Jeter would be out – but not for so long – and Alex Rodriguez would miss at least half the season. Continue reading
The Toronto Blue Jays entered the start of the 2012 baseball season full of promise and optimism. The Blue Jays posted a franchise best Grapefruit league record and the inception of the extra wild card spot seemed to play right into the Jays hand. The Blue Jays squad boasted top notch talent and a youthful exuberance and it seemed very realistic that the Jays could keep par with the big boys of the AL East.
Then the season started……….
What proceeded to happen over the next 5 months could not have been scripted even in the minds of the most skeptical of Jay’s fans.
The likes of Sergio Santos, Brandon Morrow, Kyle Drabek, Drew Hutchison, Dustin McGowan, Jesse Litsch and Luis Perez all suffered serious season ending injuries with the exception of Morrow who is poised to return to the Jays rotation after rehabbing from a left oblique strain that has kept him shelved since June 11th. Continue reading
The major league baseball trade deadline has come and gone and there are a number of players donning new digs around the circuit.
There were some obvious winners, losers and then there was the Toronto Blue Jays who traded away perennial prospect and fan favorite Travis Snider to the Pittsburgh Pirates for bullpen help in the likes of Brad Lincoln. Snider was pulled off the field in the 7th inning of Monday night’s contest and advised of the trade.
In an emotional scene Snider was observed hugging and saying goodbye to his team-mates in the dugout when the destination or player return was still unknown by many.
A short time after the Snider deal, his spring training counterpart in left field Eric Thames was also dealt to the Seattle Mariners for yet another relief pitcher in Steve Delabar. Continue reading