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McCovey Chronicles: Madison Bumgarner, World Series legend
(30 Comments - 10/30/2014 10:39:01 pm)

Giants (88-74) @ Royals (89-73), World Series Game 7, Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 8:00pm
(80 Comments - 10/30/2014 7:48:54 am)

Giants (88-74) @ Royals (89-73), World Series Game 6, Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 8:00pm
(26 Comments - 10/29/2014 6:51:48 pm)

NJ.com: Eric Hinske doesn’t want to be Yankees batting coach
(20 Comments - 10/28/2014 2:47:18 pm)

NJ.com: Yankees’ CC Sabathia: I could still dominate
(82 Comments - 10/27/2014 12:44:32 am)

TGS: Hunter Strickland’s explosive October
(16 Comments - 10/23/2014 10:32:24 pm)

MLB Trade Rumors: Offseason Outlook: New York Yankees
(37 Comments - 10/23/2014 12:27:33 pm)

Newsday: Gary Denbo expected to replace Mark Newman in Yankees’ front office
(43 Comments - 10/22/2014 11:12:13 am)

NY Post: With Chili Davis off market, Yankees turn to Dave Magadan
(27 Comments - 10/21/2014 4:14:39 am)

TGS NY: Can McCann help lead the Bombers back?
(42 Comments - 10/19/2014 6:53:53 pm)


Look what people have to say about the RLYW!

CAIRO just takes the Marcels and changes the underlying assumptions and components in a bunch of ways that make the Yankees look better.
-alskor

Wow, two stupid posts in one day. I think you’ve reached your yearly quota.
sabernar

I don’t know if any of you current posters were around for that, but if so, I just can’t understand how you can call yourselves Yankee fans. Pathetic quitters is what you sounded like. Of the lame posts I could stand to read, the only person who had any confidence in the Yankees at that point was a (yeesh) Red Sox fan.
Jeter is King

Quite the attitude you have SG. Maybe you should shitcan this blog and join Steve at WasWatching? Or follow some other stupid team that has made the PS 15 of the last 17 years. Jeez… and some people think Yankee fans are entitled.
OldYanksFan




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Thursday, October 30, 2014

McCovey Chronicles: Madison Bumgarner, World Series legend

What was Bumgarner good for? Two innings, maybe. If the Giants have a lead and he’s pitching well, maybe three. It was hard to see him doing more than that. It was also easy to see this whole endeavor not working out. His first pitch was 85 and away from the target by a bunch. He fell behind, 2-0. He gave up a hit to the first batter he faced. If the next three hitters doubled, who here would blame Bumgarner?

It was the situation that was a jerk. It was a team with no better choice than a 39-year-old with an ailing hip and floating sinker, with the backup plan being a young pitcher on two day’s rest. A young pitcher who was going to set a postseason record for innings pitched.

Bumgarner threw 34.4% of his team’s World Series innings.  That’s pretty damn impressive on its own.  It’s even more impressive when you consider the quality of those innings as well.

And thus the 2014 MLB season is officially over.  And we can commence all our focus to the Yankees and their enthralling pursuit of a new scapegoat hitting coach.

--Posted at 6:55 am by SG / 30 Comments | - (0)




Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Giants (88-74) @ Royals (89-73), World Series Game 7, Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 8:00pm

SFG: Tim Hudson (#17, 38, RHP, 9-13, 3.57) vs. KCR: Jeremy Guthrie (#11, 35, RHP, 13-11, 4.13)

Lineups
Giants
1. Gregor Blanco (L) CF
2. Joe Panik (L) 2B
3. Buster Posey (R) C
4. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
5. Hunter Pence (R) RF
6. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
7. Michael Morse (R) DH
8. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
9. Juan Perez (R) LF

Royals
1. Alcides Escobar (R) SS
2. Nori Aoki (L) RF
3. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF
4. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B
5. Billy Butler (R) DH
6. Alex Gordon (L) LF
7. Salvador Perez (R) C
8. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B
9. Omar Infante (R) 2B

Congratulations to the Giants on their dynasty.

--Posted at 5:59 pm by SG / 80 Comments | - (0)




Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Giants (88-74) @ Royals (89-73), World Series Game 6, Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 8:00pm

SFG: Jake Peavy (#22, 33, RHP, 7-13, 3.73) vs. KCR: Yordano Ventura (#30, 23, RHP, 14-10, 3.20)

Lineups
Giants
1. Gregor Blanco (L) CF
2. Joe Panik (L) 2B
3. Buster Posey (R) C
4. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
5. Hunter Pence (R) RF
6. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
7. Michael Morse (R) DH
8. Travis Ishikawa (L) LF
9. Brandon Crawford (L) SS

Royals
1. Alcides Escobar (R) SS
2. Nori Aoki (L) RF
3. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF
4. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B
5. Billy Butler (R) DH
6. Alex Gordon (L) LF
7. Salvador Perez (R) C
8. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B
9. Omar Infante (R) 2B

Congratulations to the Giants on their dynasty.

--Posted at 5:38 pm by SG / 26 Comments | - (0)




Monday, October 27, 2014

NJ.com: Eric Hinske doesn’t want to be Yankees batting coach

Eric Hinske, the Cubs’ first base coach this season, turned down interest from the Yankees about becoming their next hitting coach, according to a New York Post report.

The Yankees reached out to Hinske, a former player on the team, after their options became limited. Chili Davis took the same job with the Red Sox and the club passed on Dave Magadan.

There has to be a farm director somewhere that could be hired to be the hitting coach, no?

--Posted at 1:11 pm by SG / 20 Comments | - (0)



USA Today: Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras dies in car accident

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras and one of the top prospects of the past several seasons, died today in an auto accident in his native Dominican Republic, Dominican police confirmed to USA TODAY Sports.

Taveras’ girlfriend also died in the crash, according to police in Puerto Plata.

Terribly sad news out of the Dominican Republic.

--Posted at 6:43 am by SG / No Comments | - (0)




Friday, October 24, 2014

NJ.com: Yankees’ CC Sabathia: I could still dominate

Despite a pair of down seasons, a loss of fastball velocity and a serious knee injury, CC Sabathia said still believes he can regain his Cy Young-caliber form.

Asked on ESPN Radio Wednesday whether he could come back in 2015 and pitch the way he did in 2009 — when his 19-8 record and 3.37 ERA helped lead the Yankees to a World Series title — Sabathia said he could.

“I think so,” he said. “It’s obviously six, seven years later now. But, yeah, I think I can definitely get back to being able to go out and dominate a game and just be myself.”

Sabathia added that he expects to have fully recovered from a serious right knee injury that cut his 2014 season to just eight starts. The 34-year-old said he feels “100 percent” now. He’s been playing catch at Yankee Stadium twice a week and working out at home.

I can’t shake the feeling that Sabathia is done accruing positive bWAR over the rest of his career.  But I’m sure his fWAR will continue to be good.

--Posted at 9:25 am by SG / 82 Comments | - (0)




Thursday, October 23, 2014

TGS: Hunter Strickland’s explosive October

Poor Hunter Strickland. Two months ago, pretty much nobody outside of the San Francisco Giants’ scouting department knew about him. He was pitching in Double-A Richmond when the Giants called him up at the end of August. He pitched all of seven innings in the majors before the postseason began. And there he was on the field in the World Series on Wednesday night, shouting at the Kansas City Royals’ Salvador Perez, clearing the dugouts and exploding the Twitter-verse.

Hunter Strickland has now pitched 5.1 postseason innings and allowed five home runs.  Mariano Rivera pitched 141 postseason innings and allowed two.

--Posted at 11:08 am by SG / 16 Comments | - (0)




Wednesday, October 22, 2014

MLB Trade Rumors: Offseason Outlook: New York Yankees

The biggest issue facing the Yankees is that many of their highest-paid players can’t be counted on to stay healthy or play up to their usual standard in 2015.  C.C. Sabathia is returning from knee surgery and has already suffered a decline in performance in recent years.  Mark Teixeira managed to play in 123 games last year but his wrist problems will always require a backup option.  McCann and Beltran could’ve just had off-years, or they could possibly be on the decline as well.

And then there’s Alex Rodriguez, returning from his year-long suspension as a complete mystery in terms of what he’ll be able to contribute.  The plan for A-Rod seems to be a rotation between DH, third base and possibly first base, to spell Teixeira.  Until the Yankees know if Rodriguez can handle regular time at third, however, it will somewhat hamstring their other winter plans.  They have an interest in bringing back Chase Headley, though obviously Headley will want to play every day, and limiting Rodriguez to a 1B/DH role will cut down on the DH at-bats that might be needed for another aging players like Beltran or McCann.

Yes, finding plate appearances for aging and declining players is a serious problem that needs resolving.

--Posted at 8:05 am by SG / 37 Comments | - (0)



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