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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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

Monday Rewind

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NFL

  • In the first Monday Night Football game of the 2011 season, the Houston Texans defeated the New York Jets 20-16.  While the Texans chose to hold out some of their stars like Arian Foster, Andre Johnson (dislocated finger), and Steve Slaton, the Jets were mostly at full strength, albeit for only the first quarter.  Mark Sanchez went 6/7 for 43 yards while Chris Ogbonnaya powered the Texans with two touchdowns.
  • Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora finally ended his holdout and returned to Monday’s afternoon practice at the the team’s indoor facility.  While this certainly doesn’t mark the end of this feud, it does appear to be a step in the right direction.
  • The Buffalo Bills finally cut ties with 2009 first-round draft pick Aaron Maybin, releasing him Monday.  Maybin was selected with the #11 overall pick in ’09 out of Penn State, but failed to register a sack or even a start in his two year stint with the team.
  • Daunte Culpepper continues to take steps towards a comeback as he worked out for the San Francisco 49ers Monday.  The 49ers are considering adding him as a backup to Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick.

MLB

  • New York Yankees pitcher A.J. Burnett finally registered a win in August as the Yanks defeated the Royals 7-4.  Derek Jeter had 3 RBIs and Brett Gardner had 2 to lead the Yankees.
  • Minnesota Twins designated hitter Jim Thome entered the elite 600 Home Run Club last night as he hit a 3 run shot off the Detroit Tigers’ Daniel Schlereth.
  • The Detroit Tigers made a move to bolster their outfield yesterday as they acquired Delmon Young from the Minnesota Twins for a minor league pitcher and a player to be named later.
  • The Mets continue to get hit by the injury bug as they now have Jose Reyes, Daniel Murphy, Ike Davis, Johan Santana, Chris Young, and Taylor Buchholz on the disabled list.

NCAA Football

  • Texas A&M is contemplating whether to join the Southeastern Conference (SEC) or remain in the Big 12.  The Big 12 is down to 10 teams after Nebraska left for the Big Ten and Colorado left for the PAC-12, so Texas A&M is weighing its’ options.
  • Missouri Tiger senior offensive tackle Elvis Fisher collapsed to the ground on Monday at practice while clutching his left knee.  Fisher has made 40 consecutive starts for Missouri and has been name All-Big 12 the past two seasons.
  • The NCAA continued its mass probe into potential college football violations when they showed up on the University of Miami campus Monday, looking into claims that more than a dozen current and former players received gifts and benefits from convicted Ponzi Scheme henchman Nevin Shapiro.  Shapiro claims that he allowed the players to use his yacht to have parties.

Wednesday Rewind

Wednesday Rewind

This morning we’ll take a quick look around the sports world to see what happened yesterday as the NFL prepare for camp and the pennant race starts to heat up in the MLB.

 

NFL

  • As we reported above, Steve Smith spurned the Giants and signed a two-year contract worth up to $4 milliion with the Eagles.  The 5’11” 195 lb. WR takes his 4.28 speed to Philly to give Pro Bowl QB and last season’s NFL Comeback Player of the Year Michael Vick, a receiving core headlined by Pro Bowlers DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, and Steve Smith, in addition to Jason Avant and TE Brent Celek, looking to bounce back from a poor season.
  • The NFL announced that the Supplemental Players Draft will take play August 17th.  While the league released the list yesterday, the headliner, former Ohio State QB, was omitted due to questions about his eligibility.  Prior also pushed back his showcase, which was expected to be attended by representatives from the Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins, and Dallas Cowboys.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers second round draft-pick DaQuan Bowers, once projected as the #1 overall pick, practiced yesterday on his surgically repaired knee.  He said his knee is back to 100% and if that is the case, the Bucs may have gotten one of the best steals in draft history should Bowers’ knee hold up, as he was considered the draft’s premier pass rusher.
  • Chargers offensive tackle Marcus McNeil injured his left knee in practice and is expected to miss about 2 weeks.

MLB

  • The New York Yankees defeated the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim by a score of 9-3.  The underlying story was the strong pitching performance by Ivan Nova, which may be enough to relegate Phil Hughes to the bullpen come postseason time.
  • The Mets dropped a 9-5 decision to the San Diego Padres as they were able to hit R.A. Dickey’s knuckle ball early and often.
  • The Boston Red Sox fell to the Minnesota Twins 5-2 after Jim Thome’s tie-breaking, RBI double
  • Atlanta Braves’ Dan Uggla extended his hitting streak to 31-games in a victory over the Florida Marlins.

NBA

  • The NBA announced Tom Sanders, Dennis Rodman, Chris Mullin, Herb Magee, Artis Gilmore, and Reece Tatum will comprise the Naismith Hall of Fame class that will be enshrined Friday.

 

 

 

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Tuesday Rewind

MLB

  • Philadelphia pitcher Cliff Lee struck out 10 in his return to the mound against the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Lee would also hit a home run, which was ultimately the decided run in Philly’s 2-1 victory
  • Former Yankee Bobby Abreu burned the Yanks with his 9th inning home run to give the Angels a 6-4 victory.
  • The Cleveland Indians defeated the Detroit Tigers in 14 innings last night, in perhaps one of the strangest finales in baseball history.  The Indians won by a walk off in the 14th inning, except it was a walk of hit-by-pitch
  • Despite injuries, David Wright and Angel Pagan led the New York Mets to a 5-4 victory over the San Diego Padres

NFL

  • In a strange twist of events, former Miami Dolphin linebacker Channing Crowder has announced his retirement.  Crowder has been a starter at LB for the Dolphins since being selected as their 2 round draft pick a few years back.
  • The latest the owner-player dispute came to a head yesterday when league officials announced that ALL players will be drug/steroid tested on game-days.  Additionally, the players are subject to an unlimited amount of these tests throughout the season, as well as up to 6 times in the offseason.
  • Presumed Jacksonville Jaguars starting quarterback David Garrard is out with an injury, meaning rookie first-round pick Blaine Gabbert with start this Thursday for the NFL Preseason Kickoff.
  • Side note..Titans RB Chris Johnson appears no where near ready to end his lockout.
  • As the NFL Supplemental Draft nears, the Dallas Cowboys announced that they would be sending team officials and trainers to work out former Ohio State Buckeye Terrell Pryor, who left the school a year early after his involvement in “tattoo-gate”.

Monday Rewind

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NFL

  • As teams are now a few days into camp, some are faced with problems that could potentially end their seasons before they begin.  One such instance is Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson.  Johnson stated in 2010 that he wants a contract with nearly $30 million in guarantees, and the Titans responded by upping his $1.5 million salary in 2010 to $2.05.  Needless to say, that is far from what Johnson is looking for.  Aside from being the Titans best player, he is likely the most explosive player in the league regardless of position, and certainly the fastest running back.  He led the league two years ago in rushing and after the deal De’Angelo Williams of the Panthers signed with nearly $30 million in guarantees, its time for the Titans to pony up or kiss their season goodbye.  Similarly, Osi Umenyiora does not look like he will be returning to the field anytime soon for the Giants.  He offered to return if they voided the last year of his contract and they countered by offering a contract that would give him roughly an extra $2 million this season if he broke 11.5 sacks.  Considered Charles Johnson received almost a $60 million contract from the Panthers, and the average premier pass rusher earns about $8-$10 million per season, the Giants need to either pay him or lower their trade demands before they have to let him walk for nothing.
  • On the flip side of the coin, it appears as though DeSean Jackson is retuning to practice.  He’s another play who is grossly underpaid as he will earn just $565,000 this season after he caught 47 passes for 1,056 yards and six touchdowns last year, and his 22.5 yard-per-catch average was best in the NFL.  In comparison, Andre Johnson, the league’s top receiver signed a seven-year $73.5 million contract last offseason.
  • Quick Notes: Ricky Williams signed yesterday with the Baltimore Ravens to become a complimentary back to Ray Rice.  The two-year deal is worth up to $4 million…The Cincinnati Bengals have named 2nd round pick out of TCU, Andy Dalton, their starting QB…The Denver Broncos released their depth chart and currently Tim Tebow is #2 behind Kyle Orton..Detroit Lions draft pick, Illinois RB Mikel Leshoure torn an ACL and will be out for the season, prompting the team to sign Mike Bell and Jerome Harrison for depth.

MLB

  • The Phillies defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3, with Roy Halladay picking up his major league-leading 15th victory in the process.
  • David Ortiz drove in 3 runs as the Red Sox defeated the Minnesota Twins 8-6
  • The blows keep coming for the New York Mets as they just placed Daniel Murphy and Jose Reyes on the injured reserve.

Soccer

  • Real Madrid, one of the best soccer clubs in the world, signed youth prodigy Leonel Angel Coira to their youth academy.  The Argentinian phenom will begin training with Madrid’s youth team September 6th.  This is just the latest move for international soccer clubs identifying talent at an extremely young age and getting them under contract, rather than having to pay expensive transfer fees later on.  The full story can be read here: ESPN

Sunday Rewind

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MLB

  • The Boston Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees 3-2 in extra innings last evening to win this weekend’s series 2-1.  Josh Reddick, pictured above, hit a 10th inning single, driving in the winning run for the first game-winning hit of his career.  The victory allowed Boston to claim 1st place in the AL East.
  • The Philadelphia Phillies fell 3-1 to the San Francisco Giants in Roy Oswalt’s return.
  • Washington National’s pitcher Stephen Strasburg, the phenom they selected with the #1 overall pick a few years ago, made his first minor league appearance since having Tommy John surgery.  Strasburg, known for his punishing velocity and ability to hit 100 mph 4 or 5 innings into the game, struck out 4.
  • MLB officials announced they will not punish NY Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez for his involvement in an undergound, high stakes New York poker game.  This is the second time league representatives have spoken to Rodriguez about his extra-curricular gambling.

NFL

  • One day after signing former New York Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis to a 1-year deal, the New England Patriots came to terms with former Washington Redskins defensive end Andre Carter.  The Patriots have spent a lot of money this offseason trying to solidify their defensive line after the group had a sub-par performance last season.
  • As we mentioned this weekend in our Quick Hits, Giants rookie CB Prince Amukamara suffered a foot injury that will require surgery.  Amukamara fractured his fifth metatarsal and will undergo surgery this week.  Giants OT Will Beatty suffered a similar injury last season and it cost him nearly 2 months, however due to the physical demand on cornerbacks, the injury may keep the rookie out about 10 weeks.  Team officials said they are eying October as a potential return time.
  • Due to the lockout, players who are unhappy with their current contracts had far less time to renegotiate new deals.  While some players chose to cut their holdouts short to return to practice, there are still a few who have yet to return.  Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora is still sitting out due to what he claims is a “knee injury”, the latest in a series of blows to New York’s roster which included the injury to Amukamara, Kevin Boss’ signing with the Oakland Raiders, and Ben Patrick’s unexpected retirement.  Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte also looks like he will be holding out for a while, as he told reporters he is prepared to even sit out the team’s games if he isn’t granted a new contract.  Conversely, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson appears as if he will end his holdout today and return to practice.

Weekend Quick Hits

 

For an off weekend, it was a pretty eventful weekend in the sports world.  Here’s a few quick hits from around the professional ranks.

 

NFL

  • Longtime New York Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis added even more fuel to the Jets-Patriots rivalry when he jumped ship and signed a 1-year tender with the Pats.
  • The NFL inducted members of the 2011 class into the Hall of Fame, headlined by Deion Sanders and Shannon Sharpe.
  • Injuries were aplenty in the Big Apple as Jets’ wide receiver Plaxico Burress missed his 3rd straight practice with an ankle injury while the Giants’ top draft pick, cornerback Prince Amukamara, fractured a bone in his foot in only his second practice following a lengthy holdout.  Amukamara’s foot will require surgery and he could miss 7-10 weeks.
  • Aside from Ellis’ signing with the Patriots, a few other players officially changed home addresses over the weekend as free agency winds down: Ex-Ravens wide receiver Derrick Mason signed a 1-year deal with the New York Jets, Reggie Bush signed his tender to join the Miami Dolphins, Donovan McNabb joined the Minnesota Vikings, and it is rumored that Jerricho Cotchery, released days ago by the New York Jets, will sign a deal with the Baltimore Ravens.

MLB

  • The New York Yankees are 1-1 against the Boston Red Sox so far this weekend heading into tonight’s game.  The Yankees defeated the Red Sox 3-2 Friday night and fell 10-4 last evening, as CC Sabathia continues to struggle against Boston this season.
  • New York Mets’ all-star Jose Reyes exited this afternoon’s game with a tight left hamstring.
  • Philadelphia Phillies ace Roy Oswalt returns to action this evening as the Phillies take on the San Francisco Giants.  The Phils will be looking to win their 10th straight game as they take on Tim Lincecum.
  • Marlins’ shortstop Hanley Ramirez told reporters he will soon decide when he is ready to return from injury.

College Football

  • As teams around the country open up camp, recruiting is in full swing and this past weekend saw several top prospects end their recruitment.
  • The Florida Gators bolstered their offensive line for years to come as offensive tackle D.J. Humphries committed to the Gators.  Humphries is rated as a five-star prospect by Rivals.com and the #1 OT in the country.  He is also ranked the #3 prospect overall, regardless of position
  • The Rutgers Scarlet Knights were big winners this weekend as Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, NJ) wide receiver Leonte Carroo committed to play for his home state school.  Carroo is a four-star prospect and the #4 overall prospect in the state of New Jersey.  The Knights have been on a tear recently collecting commitments from some of New Jersey’s top prospects and they appear to be in the driver’s seat for five-star defensive end Darius Hamilton, also of Don Bosco Prep.
  • Wide receiver Chris Black, of Jacksonville Florida’s First Coast High School, committed to the Alabama Crimson Tide.