Look at it now, Yankees fans. Your dynasty is starting to fall.

Let’s recap your team for a little bit.

Robinson Cano: May not be resigned in the offseason, effectively having the team lose it’s most productive player. (Believe it or not, Derek Jeter is no longer that player)

Derek Jeter: While a come back is possible, his age and injuries are going to catch up to him. And yes, his defense was atrocious before, and it’ll only get worse.

Mariano Rivera: Though the organization is begging him not to retire so they can at least try to stay relevant in 2014, he’s more or less gone. Wave goodbye, folks.

C.C Sabathia: Had the worst season of his career this year. There’s plenty of reason to believe he can return to form, but having an ERA close to 5 is a little alarming. Especially with the dwindling defense on the Yankees team, he’s more susceptible to be giving up hits that would have otherwise been caught or defended.

Alex Rodriguez: Looking to be gone for the next season and a half, and quite possibly the rest of his God-forbidden, steroid laced career. He hasn’t been that good anyways, but good luck finding a decent replacement that the Steins’ are going to want to pony up for.

Andy Petitte: Retiring. Again. Possibly for good but who knows? He hasn’t even been that spectacular this season to begin with.

Mark Teixeira: Down the entire season for a strained wrist tendon? Good lord, that’s lousy. Of course, lamer injuries have happened, but not enough to limit a player to less than 10% of the season’s games (15 of 162). He should be good to go by 2014, but how will be perform after battling an apparently bad injury to his wrist, which is imperative to the game of baseball?

Vernon Wells: Someone tell me why the Yankees decided to take he and his contract on? A guy making over $20 million to bat .239 with average at best power and run production, who can’t field well at all?

So basically, the entire Yankees team is going to change even more and just cause more grief. If they don’t make big offseason moves, a playoff chance in 2014 is going to be a dream out of reach, and fans better be prepared for that. Your “27 rings” aren’t going to save you this time.

You know what I hear a lot of in the baseball scene? That Yankees fans aren’t “that bad”.

Excuse your face, but when Derek Jeter, who has been on the disabled list the entire season, and is close to beating out Elvis Andrus, who has played 55 of 56 games this season at the time of this writing, and has a good player, you know what that says about Yankees fans? It say’s that you’re all fucking retarded.

Seriously. I’m all for voting your favorite players, even if they’re big pieces of shit and haven’t done a damn thing all season. Wait, no I’m not. I’d much rather see players who are actually GOOD and DESERVE to go to the All-Star game. I don’t want to see a crying, bloodied corpse on the field who complains about wanting more money, and had been to more All-Star games AND won more Gold Gloves based on his name alone, instead of his skill (which Yankee fans don’t want to acknowledge is SHITTY.)

Yankees are the best fans in the sport? Bullshit, they are the worst. “Durrr lets vote a shitty player who hasn’t played all season to the All-Star game! He deserves it more than the people who actually have played well!” Why don’t you actually do this sport a favor and vote the players who deserve it? That, or die. I’d like the latter one more though.

I’ve seen a lot of All-Star games in my lifetime, but never have I seen the sheer audacity the Yankees fans have in voting for their players, even though they are either:

A.) Absolutely terrible and don’t deserve the vote.
B.) Injured and haven’t played a single game.
C.) Writing in players for any of the above reasons.

The All-Star game is a publicity stunt, I get it, it’s not actually important. But when All-Star appearances can actually help a player’s career, then yes, the players who actually deserve it should go to the game. Add that in with the fact that the League that wins get’s home field advantage, wouldn’t you want to vote for players who could make that happen, should your team go to the World Series?

I’ve wasted too much time. Simply, Yankees Fans are delusional and full of idiots. And more than likely, if you’re a Yankee fan reading this, you’re one of them. Be a true fan and vote for the best players, not your aging shell of player who has been sitting his ass at home all season. Give someone else a chance, for fuck’s sakes.

Brian Cashman saying A-Rod’s hip surgery “is a huge blow to us” needs to quit kidding himself. A-Rod is old, broken, and a piece of shit now. Anyone who honestly believes that he’s a “strong asset” to the team are kidding themselves and need to get their head out of their ass.

And why is it that whenever a player does bad, excuses come up? “Too much caffeine” “I was playing with a bad hip” “I was sick”, “I was too caught up in being a coke head”. Bullshit. Does anyone really believe that players just never have natural slumps? That if they actually do bad for awhile, it’s not their fault? Laughable.

At any rate, losing A-Rod is probably the greatest thing to happen for the Yankees. Sure, they’re still paying him a salary in which every single at-bat, he makes money equating to a middle-class family’s yearly salary, but they can explore new options for third base and DH and get his corpse out of the lineup and off the field.

A.J Burnett flourishing in Pittsburgh

If you follow baseball, it’s no secret that Burnett was a huge bust with the Yankees. After having career years in Toronto before packing his bags and putting on the Pinstripes, his career was never really the same.

A huge reason why Burnett’s time in New York was such a “bust” because people over hyped him. In 2008, before coming over to New York, his record was an impressive 18-10. However, his ERA was just a smidge above 4. The Yankees seem to have always been in playoff contention, so any added player that could “bolster” their team, everyone expects them to be on fire.

In his time as a Yankee, Burnett went 34-35. In 2009 he was 13-9 with a 4.04 ERA. Realistically, not very bad at all. Saying that he played in AL East is the reason he had an ERA over 4 does not work; Toronto Blue Jays are also in that division.

2010: 10-15
2011: 11-11

Both seasons he had an ERA over 5. It doesn’t help that he’s been notorious for giving up a good amount of home runs because he’s a hard thrower. So putting him into Yankee Stadium with that infamous short right field, as well as the field as a whole being smaller than most, probably contributed to his higher home run total, thus his raised ERA.

In actuality, Burnett has always been a good pitcher. Just good. A number 3-5 starter on most teams. He may be an Ace on a handful of teams, but on a team like the Yankees, being anything higher than No. 3 in the rotation, or expecting him to be that high, is a bit ridiculous.

The lowest ERA he ever recorded in a season with more than 25 starts was in 2002. 7 years before the Yankees acquired him. And it was 3.30. Very good, but nothing to really turn your head. After that, he hovered between 3.70 and 4.00 in just about every season, aside from 2005’s 3.44 ERA performance.

Ergo, expecting Burnett to go 19-8 with an ERA under 3, which it seems a lot of people were expecting to happen, was not a good idea. Even the 18-10 record of 2008 should have thrown up red flags; a W-L record means nothing, especially if in that season, the pitcher had an ERA over 4. That means that he was backed by a lot of offense, or pitched VERY well when he won, and pitched terribly when he lost.

Before his 18-10 season? Let’s look at his other W-L records in previous seasons:

2007: 10-8
2006: 10-8
2005: 12-12
*2004: 7-6
*2003: 0-2
2002: 12-9

*2004 and 2003 were shortened seasons for him.

Now, even if you believe that W-L is a great way to measure a pitcher’s talent, before 2008, he wasn’t a star pitcher. 2008 was a career year for wins and strikeouts. His WHIP was 1.34, he walked a lot, and he actually gave up more runs in 2008 than 2009.

Bottom line? I’ll admit that Burnett really slumped in a Yankees uniform. At least, in 2010 and 2011. But he was never an Ace and never should have been treated like one, or expected to pull numbers that were numbers he never attained, even in his 2008 performance, which arguably, while it was a career season, wasn’t that good.

So, to get to the point of this article: Why would Burnett flourish in Pittsburgh?

Pittsburgh is the MLB’s smallest marketing team. They are also rebuilding, so to speak. There are low expectations for the team, much less eyes on him, and a weaker division to pitch in.

You can look at his stats and grimace, or you can be rational. He’s 1-2 with an ERA of 8.04. He must have started off the season terribly!

Well, in only one start.

In his first start, he pitched 7 innings, gave up 3 hits and no runs while striking out 7. Great, right? Second start, 6 innings, 6 hits, 2 runs and 8 strikeouts. Not bad at all. After two starts, his ERA was 1.38. he had struckout 15 and walked 5 in 13 innings of work. The walks could be a bit lower, but that’s Burnett for you; he walks a lot.

In his third start is where he got knocked around.

He pitched 2.2 innings while giving up a sky high 12 runs on 12 hits. There’s where his ERA came from.

Now, when your pitcher is struggling, you generally don’t leave them in there to struggle even more. When you realize that he’s not up to his usual stuff, you pull him. Not Pittsburgh!

They left him out to dry, and let Burnett get shelled more than he should have. One explanation could be because in the game before, Pittsburgh’s starter only lasted 4.1 innings, and the bullpen after him gave up 5 runs. It’s entirely possible the bullpen was depleted and they were hoping to get a couple more innings out of Burnett, and it just didn’t happen.

As you may have been able to guess, his last start was fully situational. Not to mention that he was pitching against a strong Cardinal’s offense that had Carlos Beltran “Belting” 2 home runs off of him.

I think Burnett will pitch decently in a Pirates uniform. I don’t expect him to pull All-Star numbers or Cy Young numbers, but they will be good numbers for a team that has little expectations overall. And that will be a great thing for Burnett.

Not everyone can handle The Big Stage.

A good reason why I dislike ESPN

Andy Pettitte throws one inning. One inning. And they write a whole article on how “strong” his outing was.

I know that Andy Pettitte is a big name pitcher in baseball history. I know that he’ll have strong consideration for Hall of Fame voting.

But his “strong outing” was one inning, in which he gave up a single. I was thinking more along the lines of 5 scoreless innings with a hit or two, maybe a walk.

Not one measly inning with a hit. Most pitchers don’t get told it was a “strong outing” if they come out, pitch one inning with a hit, and that’s it.

I’m sorry to my followers with my ranting, but ESPN has the biggest East bias I have ever seen, with the Yankees, Red Sox, and Phillies basically all they ever talk about. Need an article? Why not write about a Yankee pitcher coming back and throwing one inning, but make it sound like he was strong and pitched very well? Throwing 10 pitches deserves recognition you know.

Let it be known, I’ve always liked Andy Pettitte, and it’s nothing against him. But seriously now, ESPN has some strong bias and recently their articles are getting a little ridiculous.

AL East Predictions

I made predictions for each division as soon as the offseason started on my personal blog, but with the new signings and tradings going on, I feel like doing new predictions should be done, starting with the AL East.

1. New York Yankees - 95-67
2. Tampa Bay Rays - 92-70
3. Toronto Blue Jays - 86-76
4. Boston Red Sox - 84-78
5. Baltimore Orioles - 70-92

It’s hard to deny that the Yankees are still one of the best teams in baseball, and just barely the best in their division.

The Rays have shown to have one of the best and youngest rotations in the league, led by James “CG” Shields, David Price, ROY of ‘11 Jeremy Helickson, Wade Davis, and the young phenom Matt Moore. The only two rotations that come to mind that are anywhere near or better than the Rays would be the Angels and the elite rotation of the Phillies.

Ever since Jose Bautista exploded in Toronto, they have been a team with a postseason appearance just waiting to happen if they built around him. As he gets better, and the rotation starts to shape up with Brandon Morrow and Ricky Romero, they can play a good spoiler and may have a shot at making it into the postseason.

Boston is going downhill, and will be for some time. With the addition of Adrian Gonzalez in the 2010 offseason, it seemed that the team would shine in offense, which they did. The problem lies with the abysmal talent in the bullpen and disappointing rotation last season. With the loss of Papelbon, where the Red Sox will end up doesn’t seem promising.

And the Orioles are the Orioles; lackluster and doomed to playing in the toughest division in baseball. They are slowly getting better and more polished with their players, as Matt Wieters is proving to be a premier catcher.

I expect a good battle between the Yankees and Rays for the top spot in the division, but the Blue Jays are my “sleeper” team in the division. What are your predictions?

Halladay to be next 300 win player?

Over at ESPN, David Schoenfield wrote an article explaining why “Doc” is going to be the next pitcher to reach 300 wins.

Halladay, who is 34, turning 35 in May, has a record of 188-92, meaning he needs 112 more wins to reach 300. If you read David’s article, he’s got the math all down there, so I won’t list it.

While I don’t exactly doubt that Roy Halladay will get to the 300 milestone, there’s someone else that is probably a better contestant for that title: C.C Sabathia.

Sabathia is 3 years younger than Halladay, and has 12 wins less. Does anyone predict Sabathia to average 4 wins a season over the next three seasons? Didn’t think so.

If I had to choose the better pitcher, I’d choose Halladay over Sabathia all day long, no question. The reason why I pick Sabathia over Halladay is for a number of reasons:

- CC is durable. Incredibly durable. He throws innings like it’s what he’s meant to do. He’s started 30 games in every season he’s been in the big leagues except for the 2006 season when he started 28.
- Halladay has been on the diasbled list a few times in his career, missing a number of starts. Injuries take off a lot of time for a pitcher to continue to pitch effectively. I believe Sabathia has never been on the disabled list, or had any substantial injury in his entire career.
- Sabathia plays for the Yankees. While it’s true that the Phillies have been THE team in the entire league, it has only been like that for a little while. The Yankees have, for the last…forever, been a 90+ win team, with absolute power in their bats. If I had to pick which pitcher would be bailed out by their offense more often, Sabathia would be chosen all day long.
- The Phillies are on the downfall. Their key players are all getting older and are on the decline, which is a huge problem. While their rotation and bullpen are both elite, their bats and fielders are not going to keep up. If they want to keep their team atop the NL East pedestal, they need to either trade, sign, or producing some great talent down in the farm system.

We must all remember that being a great pitcher is the biggest quality to have when it comes to earning a win in a game. But another huge part of that equation is playing on a team that, should you get knocked around in, can bail you out with a large amount of runs. Sabathia is a great pitcher and has the best offense in the game (aside from maybe the Tigers with the acquisition of Fielder, or the Rangers), and Halladay is a superb pitcher with a team that has a good amount of power.

Can both of these pitchers get to 300? Absolutely. But if I had to pick one of them making it and the other not making it, I’d go with Sabathia and Halladay, respectively.

So are there any other pitchers currently that have a good chance of making 300? Well assuming pitchers will usually retire around 38-42, I would have my money on Mark Buehrle of the Miami Marlins (formerly from the Chicago White Sox) who has 15 less wins than Sabathia, and is only a year older. He’s possibly the most consistent pitcher in the entire league, and has been for years. I’d like to see him hit that 300 mark.

So, who do you think will get to 300 first? Who do you think will make it there eventually, or who won’t?

NYY Montero traded for SEA Pineda

New York Yankees were desperately in need for some good pitching. On the other side of the country, the Seattle Mariners were scuffling around trying to find a big bat to add to their league-worst offense.

Both teams got what they wanted.

Jesus Montero (Yankees), long considered their top prospect, was traded to Seattle for their rookie pitching sensation, Michael Pineda.

Last season, Pineda went 4-1 with a 2.07 ERA in April, his first month ever in the big leagues. After that he slowed down considerably, going 1-4 after the All-Star Break, ending the season with a 9-10 record and 3.74 ERA. While most would deem it “average” or “lackluster”, we must remember that Pineda pitched for the Mariners last season, whose stats in just about every category were in the bottom half, if not near the bottom, among every other team. The Mariners last season went 67-95, so a 9-10 and sub 4 ERA from a rookie starting pitcher is nothing to grimace at.

Jesus Montero only played for the Yank’s down the stretch last season, playing in 18 games and getting 61 ABs in that span. In 61 ABs, his stats were as shown:

9 Runs, 20 Hits, 4 2B, 4 HR, 12 RBIs, 7 BB, 17 K, .328/.406/.590.

8 of his 20 hits were XBH, which is great, but there’s no telling if he’ll be able to keep that over a full season. As for his 12 RBIs in 18 games, when you’re playing in a lineup like the Yankees, who scored the second most runs in the entire MLB, you’re going to have more chances at knocking in runs with every other at-bat. The Yankees scored a total of 867 runs, and the Mariners a total of 556, 300+ less runs. I read a statistic somewhere that the Boston Red Sox had 556 runs scored at the all-star break.

But all statistics aside, there is one thing that we always have to remember when regarding both of these players: They have not proven to be elite big league players.

Jesus Montero has been considered as the Yankee’s top prospect, and while he showed flashes of brilliance last season in his short time, there is absolutely no guarantee that he’ll keep that.

Michael Pineda was one of the strongest rookie starting pitchers last year who pitched for a terrible team. He could break out of his shell next season with a much better offense backing him up. But he’s only been in the big leagues for one season. There’s no guarantee he’ll pitch better.

So the big question is, What team got the better end of the deal? The answer is simple: no one knows for sure. This isn’t saying “Pujols was traded for Johnny Damon”, who are both established players, with the obvious answer being Pujols. We know just how well both of these players can play over numerous seasons, so making the judgement is easy.

But for both players, it’s difficult. Montero has played in 18 games, Pineda has started/played in 28. Very very small numbers to work with.

In the end, only time will tell where these guys go, but one thing is for sure; Yankees needed pitching, Seattle needed a big bat.

Maybe they got screwed, maybe they hit the lottery. But we won’t know until the time comes.