CC Sabathia’s possible dubious distinction

 

There’s a reason why the Yankees are one of the most successful franchises in all of North American major league sports. To be successful enough to win exactly a quarter of all of the available championship titles (27 of 108 World Series titles through 2012), you have to employ superior talent. With the likes of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Reggie Jackson, Derek Jeter, the Bronx Bombers have been an offensive juggernaut, but while slugging is what the Yankees were built on, beginning with the Murderer’s Row teams of the 1920’s, it’s always been pitching that has put them over the top.

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From Lefty Gomez and Whitey Ford through Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera, the Yankees have almost always run out a rotation able to win close games as well as slugfests.That’s what makes the fact that CC Sabathia is within striking range of leading the major leagues in earned runs allowed so strange.

The ace of the 2013 staff on paper (and in the accounting ledger) coming into the season, Sabathia (13-13, 4.90 ERA in 204 innings) has allowed 111 earned runs this season, six more than second-place Edinson Volquez who was released by the Padres before landing up I-5 with the NL West champion Dodgers.

Looking back to 1903 when the Yankees/Highlanders first took up shop in New York City, there has been just one Yankees pitcher to have the dubious distinction of allowing more earned runs than any other big leaguer. In 1976 Hall of Fame right-hander, Catfish Hunter, allowed 117 runs, five more than anyone else. Other Yankees have led the American League in earned runs allowed. Others have been tied for the big league lead, but only Hunter, and if he does it in the remaining games of the season, Sabathia, would stand at the top (or bottom, depending on your perspective).

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Jeter Likely to Return After All-Star Break

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The New York Yankees received more bad news this past week, as it was announced that future Hall of Fame SS Derek Jeter will not be back in the lineup until after the All-Star Game. Jeter originally broke his left ankle in Game 1 of the American League Divisional Series against the Baltimore Orioles, and most expected him to be ready for the start of the season. However, a recent exam showed a second small break in his ankle, which effectively puts his rehab on hold for the foreseeable future. Jeter will now have to wear a boot for several weeks as this new fracture heals.

To read the full story by ESPN New York’s Wallace Matthews, follow this link.

MLB All-Stars Struggling Out of the Gates

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Just like that, most major league teams are 20 games into their seasons, and a number of unexpected players have gotten off to hot starts. On the flip side to that, however, several players that fans with MLB All-Star Game tickets will be seeing in New York this summer have not been performing well to open the 2013 season. There is no more obvious example of a star struggling than Josh Hamilton. The 2010 AL MVP signed a huge $125 million deal with the Angels in the offseason, raising expectations for both he and the Angels’ offense to stratospheric heights. While a four hit game in Monday’s loss to the Rangers did raise his average, he is still striking out far too often, limiting his ability to get pitches he can send over the outfield wall. Continue reading

AL East Power Rankings, Opening Day Edition

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There might not be a more difficult division to predict this season than the American League East, which could realistically see all five teams win the division. The parity in the AL East is impressive, and should make for a tight race down to the last day of the season. With that in mind, here is how the division appears to stack up with Opening Day just days away. Continue reading

Yankees Scramble as Granderson out 10 Weeks

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The hits just keep coming for the New York Yankees. After a noticeably low-key offseason where the club hardly made any noise on the free agent market, the Bronx Bombers suffered another blow this past weekend, losing slugger Curtis Granderson to a broken forearm. Granderson, who suffered the injury after being hit in the wrist by a pitch, is projected to miss 10 weeks with the injury, with a potential return to the lineup sometime in May. The Yanks had already let veteran free agent outfielders Nick Swisher and Raul Ibanez walk during the offseason, so this latest dent to the lineup is even more devastating. Though Granderson only hit .232 a season ago, he did belt 43 home runs for the club a season ago, and that power will not be easy to replace. Continue reading

Yankees Open Spring Training with Questions Remaining

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Spring training is here, and the New York Yankees are just one of 30 teams that are beginning their preparation for the 2013 season. The biggest story heading into the season for the Yankees is the ongoing saga of Alex Rodriguez, who was named in a recent PED report out of South Florida. Rodriguez was already going to miss a significant portion of the season due to offseason hip surgery, and perhaps be unavailable for the entire 2013 season. But with this new series of allegations, Rodriguez’ past will again be front and center during camp, and the rest of his teammates will have to answer countless questions about the situation. Continue reading

The most important All Star game in professional sports

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The Major League Baseball All Star game is an annual weekend dedicated entirely to the best baseball players in the entire world.  Until 2002 it bared resemblance to most other events of its kind, however all that changed after 2002.

In 2002, the game was held in Milwaukee and ended in controversy with a tie in the 11th inning.  In the typical an All Star game, every player will maybe get one or two innings of playing time so as to accommodate every player.  Because the 2002 game went two innings over the projected finish, both managers ran out of relief pitchers.  Commissioner Bud Selig called the game and the MLB community went into a frenzy and demanded that nothing like that ever occur again.  Selig responded by enacting the current policy that undoubtedly elevates the stakes to all players competing.  Finally made permanent in 2006, the League that wins the game will have its participant in the World Series awarded home field advantage over the losing team.  Though it was initially an experiment, the new format proved to be successful.  The American League took advantage of the new rule for the first 7 seasons it was enacted while the National League won 3 World Series titles between those years. 

Last years game was held at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and was dominated by fantastic pitching.  The National League won 5-1 and earned home field advantage which proved to be vital as the 2011 World Series went to 7 games, with the Cardinals winning. 

The 2012 MLB All Star game will be held at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on July 12 and will be televised on FOX.  It seems poised to be very exciting as votes are currently being counted to confirm each sides roster.  Matt Kemp is the leading vote getter for the National League with 3,322,009 votes and Joey Votto is right behind him with 3,151,032.  The Rangers Josh Hamilton is currently on pace to break the all time votes record with his vote count of  5,414,880 with significant time left for ballots to be casted.  Each teams starting pitcher has yet to be named though the National League will most likely come down to the Mets R.A. Dickey or, recently off of his perfect game, the Giants Matt Cain.  The American League is a tossup, though will most likely be awarded to the Tigers