September 28, 2011

Where the Red Sox collapse ranks [Globe]

Last game of the season is tonight, and the Yankees still don’t know who they are playing in the first round. Meanwhile, the Red Sox are tied in the wild card race with the Rays, who face the Yankees young hurler Dellin Betances tonight.

If the Red Sox miss out on the playoffs, they would fit in with this list of baseball’s biggest collapses feature I did for Enjoy.

September 24, 2011

Twitter speaks: Jesus Montero, Ivan Nova to figure in Yankees postseason [Storify]

My mini blog hiatus is over — thanks to Twitter. Finally with a second to breathe, as I was watching the Yankees demolish the Red Sox I thought of how young Yankees might contribute to the Yankees’ postseason run.

So I polled Twitter. In two unanimous sets of results, Jesus Montero WILL make the postseason roster and Ivan Nova WILL pitch Game 2 in the ALDS. See all of the responses below. To contribute in future polls, follow me on Twitter @lenNYsYankees.

September 14, 2011

Mo’s 600 > Wakefield’s 200 + Damon’s 400

Last night was a night of milestones in baseball, but one stood out from the rest. Tim Wakefield earned his 200th win, albeit on his ninth try. One hundred ten pitchers have won 200 games. Johnny Damon stole his 400th base against the Orioles. Seventy players have stole 400 bases.

Mariano Rivera saved his 600th game against the Mariners, becoming the second player to eclipse that milestone. There’s no doubt about it; Mo’s milestone is superior.

September 12, 2011

Nate’s Takes: Rafael Soriano, Alex Rodriguez, Joe Girardi, Jesus Montero

Well football is back, which is bad news for baseball. With very few division races even close, baseball may have to take a backseat to football for the next month. The Yankees had an interesting week. They didn’t play particularly well and they suffered a few injuries that may have a long-term affect on their roster.

But after a week where the Yankees suffered some heartbreaking losses, you look at the standings and find that not only are the Yankees up by three and half games, but the Rays are dangerously close to being a real wild card threat. The Rays are only three games behind the Red Sox in the loss column and Yankee fans can only hope that a Red Sox team that has dominated the Yankees all year fails to reach the post season. Here are my takes.

Poll Results: Jesus Montero should continue playing this season (duh)

9.12.11 monteroIn a poll aimed more at discovering Jesus Montero’s role than whether or not he should even be playing, the voice of the fans rang loud and clear: play him at catcher and designated hitter.

Montero has exactly seven professional games under his belt and nearly has an RBI per game (six). He also has three home runs and is hitting .348 with a .423 on-base percentage.

September 5, 2011

Nate’s Takes: Jesus Montero, A.J. Burnett, Nick Swisher, bullpen

A very solid week for the Yankees as they took two out of three up at Fenway and swept the Blue Jays at home. The Yankees saw some interesting pitching performances, too, including a start from A.J. Burnett that may have saved his spot in the rotation.

And finally, Jesus Montero received the call to the majors and the Yankees continued to stick with a six-man rotation. The Yankees have a one and a half game lead and have a very easy schedule coming up. Here are my takes on the week.

Poll Results: Curtis Granderson is Yankees top MVP candidate

When I introduced this poll, it wasn’t quite so obvious that Curtis Granderson was the Yankees top MVP candidate. But now that we’re a week into September, there’s no question where Grandy ranks among Yanks.

Granderson trails Jose Bautista by two for the major league home run lead with 38 homers, but leads the majors in both RBIs (107) and runs (125).

September 1, 2011

Jesus Montero hitting seventh tonight

I’m shocked, but Joel Sherman has the news. Jesus Montero will make his debut tonight hitting seventh as a DH.

Against the Red Sox. In September.

Unreal. Tonight’s game just got a heck of a lot more entertaining. (As if it needed anymore attention.)

Another Yankees-Red Sox New Era ad with Alec Baldwin & John Krasinski [Video]

I’m sure you’ll see this New Era Yankees-Red Sox commercial with Alec Baldwin & John Krasinski again in tonight’s finale. These are fantastic, but I think this one is still my favorite.

Yankees September call-ups: Jesus Montero and an old friend

Alas, the day has come. The day so many fans finally get their wish of seeing top prospect Jesus Montero dawn a Yankees uniform. And what a debut it would be if he gets any action tonight — against the Red Sox.

Along with Montero, Yankees fans can expect to see Brandon Laird, Chris Dickerson and — you won’t believe this — Scott Proctor! Here’s some required reading for Proctor fans.

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