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The 2017 Yankees as told by PECOTA

Baseball Prospectus released its PECOTA projections to the world last week, predictably igniting arguments across the country. Why are the Dodgers so high? Why are the Cardinals so low? Won’t someone think of the Royals? While the rest of the baseball world fought over such trivial matters though, we skipped right to the good stuff. By […]

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A beginner’s guide to running on Gary Sanchez

While Gary Sanchez’s bat was making daily headlines last summer, his arm was quietly blowing up radar guns across the league. Sanchez caught 13 would-be base-stealers during his two-month major league stint, and his 41-percent caught-stealing rate was good for fifth in all of baseball (minimum 30 attempts). Sanchez became a Statcast star, routinely firing off […]

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The future outlook for Hall of Fame Yankees

Last week the Baseball Writers Association of America announced their Hall of Fame Class of 2017 election results, naming Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez Cooperstown’s latest inductees. All three are truly deserving candidates, and two of them even spent some time in pinstripes! Unfortunately, Raines’s veteran presence on the Yankees from 1996-98 is outweighed […]

MLB: Seattle Mariners at New York Yankees

The Yankees’ hidden problem

Writing about baseball in mid-January can be a chore. There are no games to analyze and rarely any big news to break. The process of generating ideas is typically reduced to hours of leaderboard sorting in hopes of finding a thread that might just lead to something interesting. It was that process that led me to […]

MLB: Kansas City Royals at St. Louis Cardinals

Should we worry about Matt Holliday?

Last month, Max Gelman made the case that Matt Holliday would serve as a perfect substitute for Carlos Beltran in the 2017 Yankees lineup. It’s hard to disagree with Max’s findings, as the two veterans were extremely comparable last season. Still, a cursory look at Holliday’s 2016 numbers could leave some Yankee fans feeling a […]

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Game 161 Recap: Penultimate Prize

The Yankees rode a late offensive outburst to a 7-3 victory over the Orioles on Saturday, the penultimate game of the 2016 season. In a rather uncharacteristic showing, the team combined a dominant bullpen performance with a late-inning hit barrage to win their 84th game of the season and keep the American League wild card race […]

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Game 154 Recap: Another zero

The Yankees’ offensive ineptitude reached a new low on Saturday, as the team was shut out for a third consecutive game, falling 3-0 to the Blue Jays. The loss drops the team to 79-75, four games out of the second American League wild card spot with just eight games left to play, essentially extinguishing what […]

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Game 148 Recap: Dreams dashed

The Yankees’ playoff hopes took another massive hit on Saturday as they coughed up another game in the late innings, falling to Boston 6-5. The defeat puts New York seven games out in the American League East, and four and 1/2 out in the wild card race, trailing four teams. After dropping four consecutive games, including […]

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Game 141 Recap: Seventh heaven

The nice thing about having your rivals square off against one another is that you’re guaranteed to gain ground on someone…provided you keep winning yourself, of course. For the Yankees lately, that hasn’t been much of an issue. New York picked up their seventh straight victory on Saturday, riding a masterful performance by Masahiro Tanaka to a […]

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Game 136 Recap: Staying alive

Labor Day marks the unofficial start to pennant-race season, and the surprisingly still-in-contention Yankees got the homestretch started off on the right foot. After dropping two out of three in Baltimore over the weekend, the team returned home and dispatched of the first-place Blue Jays 5-3 on Monday afternoon. Jacoby Ellsbury was the story early […]