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Dellin Betances: The Biggest Success Story in the 2014 New York Yankees’ Bullpen

The close of the 2013 season marked the end of a long era of dominant relief pitching in the Bronx. Mariano Rivera, who reigned as the New York Yankees’ closer since 1997, decided to hang up his cleats and infamous cutter—for real, this time.

Luckily for the New York Yankees, however, the team had closer-in-waiting David Robertson in tow. Robertson, 29, owned a 1.91 ERA (versus a 2.31 FIP) and 3.58 strikeouts-to-walks ratio from 2011 to 2013 while setting up for the future Hall of Famer.

As expected, Robertson’s transition to closer in 2014 has been a natural one, tossing a 2.40 ERA (versus a 2.32 FIP), 7.67 strikeouts-to-walks ratio and 11 saves over 15 innings. Yet, even though the right-hander’s dominant performance has put the Yankees at ease, perhaps the rise of Dellin Betances has been the bigger bullpen story in New York this season. Continue reading

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Michael Pineda Could Have Done a Better Job Hiding Pine Tar

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I think Michael Pineda could have done a better job of hiding pine tar.

What Changed the New York Yankees’ Mind About Brett Gardner?

According CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the New York Yankees reportedly extended outfielder Brett Gardner to a four-year, $52 million contract.

Gardner, 30, is young by Bombers’ standards and has excelled as a starter over the past four seasons. And with a career park-adjusted 97 OPS+, 10.3 percent walk rate, 161 steals (an 80.9 percent SB%) and 84 defensive runs saved (DRS) in the outfield, Gardner is undoubtedly a valuable asset.

Yet, in less than a three-month period since signing Jacoby Ellsbury, which subsequently incited hoopla surrounding Gardner’s future with the organization, per The Star-Ledger’s Andy McCullough, the southpaw went from seemingly expendable to a core organizational mainstay. Given the extreme variance, it only makes one wonder: What could have changed the Yankees’ mind about Brett Gardner? Continue reading

The Yankees Are a Terrible Team… for Now

The New York Yankees have won 27 World Championships in their storied history- – five of which coming in the past 16 years. The Yanks have also made the playoffs 16 times in the last 17 seasons, only missing out in 2008. And despite trash talk from envious onlookers, the franchise has achieved these incredible feats with mostly homegrown players at the helm.

Yet, as dominant as the Yankees have been since 1995, this coming season looks pretty grim. In fact, it would be fair to say that the Yankees will be a bad team in 2013.

Three cornerstones of the bombers offense — Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez — will each be missing at least two-to-three months with a range of serious injuries. Derek Jeter, the team captain, is highly doubtful for the start of the season, due to the lingering effects of off-season ankle surgery. And injury aside, at age 38, Jeter’s production will be an unknown. Additionally, even though Mariano Rivera has looked himself during Spring Training (0.00 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, and 7.00 K/BB over 5 IP), after missing the majority of last season with a torn right ACL, the durability of a 43-year-old is suspect.

The team also had a very quiet off-season, re-signing Hiroki Kuroda, Andy Pettitte, and Ichiro Suzuki, while only adding Kevin Youkilis, Travis Hafner, Lyle Overbay, Brennan Boesch, and Vernon Wells out of pure depth necessity. Would the late George Steinbrenner ever want to trot out Hafner, Overbay, Boesch, and Wells in even short-term starting roles? Unlikely.

But as bleak as the New York Yankees major league squad might be in 2013, the organization’s farm system is bulging with talent. Continue reading