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It’s Been a While

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Hey fellow bloggers and other people… We are so super
sorry we haven’t written in 1 month + 3 weeks or something… Hehe our bad… We
promise that from now on we will start writing a lot more, because school is
ending… day by day… We will have the daily postgame reports over the weekend
games and a full series recap of each series starting with the Yanks vs Phils
series. Well a lot has happened during the past month and a half or so a lot
has happened… 2.99 perfect games, the struggles of Tex and the power drought of
A-Rod, the unbelievable showing by Robby Cano, and the Yankees are back in
first place. Well tied at least, but that is good enough for me. Plus a bunch
of non-baseball things are happening and we will get that all down.

The Yankees have gone 25- 17 in the time we haven’t blogged
which I would say is pretty good. The Yankees have gotten their share of
injuries (Nick Johnson, Jorge Posada, Marcus Thames etc.) but the rookies have
filled in. Kevin Russo has played remarkably well, definitely higher than I
expected. Cervelli has constantly been coming up in big spots and knocking in
the run always. With 2 out and the bases loaded or with 0 out and a runner on
second. Nick Johnson has been injured and to be honest I’m a teeny bit happy.
The dude wasn’t getting the job done. Curtis Granderson is back, Jorge is back
and he hit 2 grand salami’s in 2 days. The past month has been pretty good so
far, except the starting pitching hasn’t been nearly as good, but it is still
doing pretty well. A-Rod hasn’t been hitting his homers and he only has 8 midway
through June. A-Rod has to get his homerun stroke back or else… I’ll cry…

Tex has been heating up in the past week or so and we can
only hope that they both have 30 at the end of the year. Oh yeah also Tex had 3
homers against the Red Sux a while back! We all thought he was coming out of
it… But no. On the good side, Cano has been phenomenal. His average is STILL
over .380 and is probably the early leader for the MVP. Nick Swisher has also
done very well in the early stages of the season and Jeter is heating it up
too. Gardner has kept his average over .300 most of the way through and has
done a great job so far. Javier Vazquez is doing better every start, and Phil
Hughes just hit his first bump in the road against the Astros on Sunday, but
other than that he is doing great along with Andy Pettitte, who has gotten of
the best start of his career.

Now onto the other non Yankee things. The most uncommon
thing has happened. 2 perfect games + a game that should be a perfect game and
you all know what that was. First let’s all start with the good moments. Dallas
Braden a week after yelling at A-Rod for stepping on his mound… and had the
media battle with Rodriguez threw a perfect game retiring all 27 Rays, the second
time they had been a victim of a perfect game since… Last year. Next Roy
Halladay, who hasn’t missed a beat since being roughed up by the Yankees on
Tuesday. So Halladay had his perfect game against Josh Johnson and the Marlins.
The score was 1-0 on a Cameron Maybin error. I feel so sorry for Josh Johnson.
And here’s the one you’ve all been waiting for. Armando Gallaraga’s perfect
game. No. Wait. Almost Perfect Game, but Jim Joyce messed up the call at first.
What can you say? People make mistakes and what comes out of this is the class
of Armando Gallaraga. After the game after Joyce apologizes for blowing the
s*** out the call, Gallaraga says, “Everybody makes mistakes. I applaud Gallaraga
for that and in my mind and world, he threw a perfect game.

On the same discussion, we go the surprising players so far
like the pitchers, and Ubaldo Jimenez who is sparkling this year, Jimenez
thrusting a 13-1 record with a 1.15 ERA, in fact the only game he lost he gave
up 0 earned runs. Jimenez has been popping up in the discussion for the lowest
ERA ever, most wins since Denny McLain and even National League MVP. That’s how
it proves how great he’s been nthis year. On the other side of the diamond are
the hitters. Jose Bautista has had a bunch of homers, Troy Glaus heads the
National League in RBI’s Vladimir Guerrero is resurging and Adrian Beltre and Martin
Prado are in the top 5 for average with Cano leading with more than 30 points
more… Corey Hart has 17 homers. It’s hard to choose an offensive surprising
player. I almost forgot to mention Andy Pettitte and Phil Hughes who are
shutting down batter after batter.

Thanks for listening, and after this we promise, and we mean
promise to start writing again.

Thanks,

The Yankeeholics.

The Yankees will keep on WINNing

We are back! Sorry, we have both been very busy and lots has happened, including the Yankees signing of Randy Winn. Randy Winn will back up Brett Gardner and Curtis Granderson. He has good speed and is very capable of hitting .300 but the way that he just played last season he is also capable of batting .260. Winn can play any outfield position and will give Gardner a day off every day and then. Right now he is the backup, but he can win the position if Gardner struggles during the season.

There are a lot of other deals that have happened during the week we have been gone, and we will analyze all of them in the transaction review.

Thanks

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Looking Ahead to 2011

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Yes you may ask ‘Why so early?’ Well you can all blame this
on Matt Holliday. I was just thinking why the Yankees didn’t want to offer him
a contract to be the Yankees left fielder next year and then a light bulb went
off in my head!

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The Yankees don’t want to spend on Holliday because they
want to “unleash” next year. Well, why not! Holliday would be great this year
and I still want him but right now it doesn’t seem like a choice. Plus there
are plenty of great left fielders next year (Carl Crawford, Jayson Werth) and
the Yankees can fill their hole with one of them. Though if they do somehow
surprise everybody and sign Holliday, then they will risk getting perhaps Carl
Crawford/ Jayson Werth and Joe Mauer…

·        
If we sign Matt Holliday then we won’t have the
need to sign Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth which is ok, but we also may not
have the chance of signing Joe Mauer, former AL MVP. If we sign Holliday then
we won’t have the money to sign Crawford and Mauer which we all know is better
than just Matt Holliday.

·        
If we don’t sign Matt Holliday then we will have
the money to sign power hitting Jayson Werth or stolen base threat Carl
Crawford along with perhaps, Joe Mauer. Posada would move to full time DH and
Mauer would catch. Crawford/ Werth could play left field and your lineup would
be set.

·        
So this year I would go with Brett Gardner. If
Gardner has a good year (.290 BA, 100 hits, 30-50 SB) then there is probably no
need for Crawford because Gardner can be just as fast and is cheaper, so why wouldn’t
we go with Gardy? Even if Gardner doesn’t have a good year, we can always go out and sign Magglio Ordonez, Jayson Werth, or of course Carl Crawford. I would take the chance with Gardner, and if he doesn’t work out in the middle of the season you could try Jamie Hoffman or trade for a 1 year left fielder .

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So as you see there is no need for Matt Holliday. He is a
very good player but sometimes you have to think ahead. A Matt Holliday signing
would probably mean no attempt to
get Joe Mauer. So all I can hope is that we do not sign Matt Holliday and Gardner
has an above average year so we have the money to sign the expensive Joe Mauer.
If we can do this then our lineup would be amazing.

·        
SS Derek Jeter (.330 BA)

·        
C Joe Mauer (.350 BA)

·        
1B Mark Teixeira (35-40 homers)

·        
3B Alex Rodriguez (30-40 homers)

·        
DH Jorge Posada (20-30 homers)

·        
CF Curtis Granderson (20-30 homers)

·        
2B Robinson Cano (.315 BA)

·        
RF Nick Swisher (20-30 homers)

·        
LF Brett Gardner (20+SB)

Granderson and Mauer can be switched as well. Granderson can
bat second and Mauer can bat 5th.

The Yankees also were trying hard to be the team to get Cliff Lee this year
instead of the Mariners, but they had to give up one of Joba Chamberlain and
Phil Hughes. But after the 2010 season Cliff Lee is a free agent, and with the
free agency of both Andy Pettitte and Javier Vazquez next year the Yankees
might be one of the top contenders to get Lee.

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·        
If Andy Pettitte retires and Javier Vazquez has
a good year, we resign Vazquez and Pettitte is gone. We also sign Lee and have
a very formidable rotation of CC, Cliff Lee, AJ Burnett, Vazquez, and Hughes/
Chamberlain.

·        
If Pettitte does not retire and has a bad year
(in 2010) and Vazquez has a good year, we could go with either one along with
hopefully Lee.

·        
If Pettitte does not retire and has a good year
this year and Vazquez has a good year, I see us going with Pettitte. Along with
Lee of course

·        
If Pettitte does not retire and has a good year this
year and Vazquez has a bad year, then we obviously go with Andy.

The Yankees would have a very good rotation and a very scary
team to face in a four game series .

·        
CC Sabathia

·        
Cliff Lee

·        
AJ Burnett

·        
Javier Vazquez/Andy Pettitte

·        
Joba Chamberlain/ Phil Hughes

I am not saying any of this will happen and probably will
not but nothing is impossible. One of the main reasons it will be hard to do
this is because we have to use money to resign Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera.
So the very expensive Joe Mauer and Cliff Lee along with resigning DJ and Mo
would be a lot of money.

Curtis Granderson To the Yanks?

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Curtis Granderson in a Yankee uniform?

 The Tiger’s all star centerfielder Curtis Granderson is on the trading block and the Yankees
are interested. You ask why? To get an upgrade from Melky Cabrera and Brett
Gardner. If the Yankees do pick up Curtis, Melky would mov
e over to left and
the Yankees might not sign Damon or Matsui. If they don’t sign Da
mon or Matsui
then that means they might sign Jason Bay or Matt Holliday or vice versa.
Curtis Granderson would give the Yankees speed and good defe
nse in centerfield.
Granderson would also give the Yankees the power that Matsui and Damon had. Granderson did hit .249  in 09 though it was 30 points lower than what he hit in 08, and 50 points lower than what he hit in 07
. So will the Yankees make this trade? We
will find out.