MLB: AL Wild Card Game-Houston Astros at New York Yankees

Yankee Purgatory

NEW YORK — That’s why the Yankees wanted, and needed, the AL East so badly. At times, home plate umpire Eric Cooper’s strike zone was forgiving to Dallas Keuchel. Other times, the Astros’ defense was menacing; in the fourth, George Springer ranged to his left to rob Alex Rodriguez of a double, and in the […]

MLB: AL Wild Card Game-Houston Astros at New York Yankees

The Nature of Yankees Fans

We here at Baseball Prospectus are generally not in the business of Hot Takes, and justifiably so. BP prides itself on level-headed analysis and occasional jokes on the proficiency of Mark Reynolds’ vision. With the season being decidedly over, however, and the manner in which it was declared over being met with such strong reaction, […]

MLB: Cleveland Indians at New York Yankees

Reliability of Yankees’ bullpen could make or break playoff chances

Once upon a time, the Yankees had a bullpen that caused the opposition to quake in its boots. This bullpen was used early and often, and in the process it seems that the figurative gas tank was depleted in a bad way. Nowhere is this best encapsulated than in the form of Dellin Betances, whom […]