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Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Justice: Yanks may have injuries, but they know how to win

As Earl Francis Bacon once said…“If MLB.com doesn’t maintain Justice, Justice will not maintain us!”

At the moment, the Yankees are holding onto a couple of things. First, the AL East does not have a dominant team. The Blue Jays and Rays appear to be better than the Yankees, but it’s unlikely either is going to run away from the pack.

Second, the Yankees know how to win. Don’t laugh. This is a big, big deal. Confidence is critical. The Yankees still have Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte, too.

The Yankees added Kevin Youkilis, Travis Hafner and Ichiro Suzuki, all respected pros. Whatever else you can say about these Yankees, they understand professionalism and preparation and staying the course in bad times.

...If you focus on the Yankees’ losses, you’ll miss the larger picture. Rivera may pitch in his first game on Wednesday. Jeter could be back in a few days. Granderson will return in May.

Instead of home runs, they’ll have to score runs a different way, and there’s no way of knowing if it’ll work. At least, that’s the hope. Brett Gardner is a huge part of the puzzle. Robinson Cano is essential. Youkilis, Hafner and Ichiro all need to be healthy and productive.

If the Yankees can pitch and play defense, they’ve got a puncher’s chance of hanging around. If they stay close for half a season, things could change quickly.

Repoz Posted: March 06, 2013 at 10:25 AM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Drew (Primakov, Gungho Iguanas) Posted: March 06, 2013 at 10:39 AM (#4381809)
As usual, trolling headline for a decent article.
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 06, 2013 at 10:58 AM (#4381824)
First, the AL East does not have a dominant team. The Blue Jays and Rays appear to be better than the Yankees, but it’s unlikely either is going to run away from the pack.


This it the big deal. I don't see anyone running away with this division, there's a ton of parity. And Cashman always seems to find a way to get a decent player for basically nothing in trades, so if the Yanks have glaring holes, they may be able to fill it. I'm not ready to dance on their grave just yet.
   3. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: March 06, 2013 at 11:05 AM (#4381831)
I'm not ready to dance on their grave just yet.

I'm always ready to do it, just biding my time.
   4. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: March 06, 2013 at 11:09 AM (#4381834)
I'm not ready to dance on their grave just yet.
I'm always ready to do it, just biding my time.


Shooty, I'm picturing a flamenco. Am I right?
   5. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: March 06, 2013 at 11:11 AM (#4381839)
Shooty, I'm picturing a flamenco. Am I right?

Naw, always and forever The Robot.
   6. Delorians Posted: March 06, 2013 at 11:22 AM (#4381848)
Justice: Yanks may have injuries, but they know how to win

Is it 'score more runs than your opponent'? Then I also know how to win. Doesn't mean that I (or they) will be succesful in doing so with any regularity in 2013.
   7. Nasty Nate Posted: March 06, 2013 at 12:17 PM (#4381906)
First, the AL East does not have a dominant team. The Blue Jays and Rays appear to be better than the Yankees, but it’s unlikely either is going to run away from the pack.




This it the big deal. I don't see anyone running away with this division, there's a ton of parity.


I understand the sentiment. But I'd guess that when all is said and done, we will see the normal 25ish games difference between the last place team and the first place team. I think it is unlikely for everyone in the division to be clustered between 78 and 86 wins, even if right now I have no idea which of the teams will be higher and lower than that range.
   8. SG Posted: March 06, 2013 at 12:26 PM (#4381919)
Yeah, I think you'll see some team in the division win 95 games and some team win 70. But I have no idea who I'd put in those two spots. Right now probably Toronto and Baltimore but that could change tomorrow.
   9. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: March 06, 2013 at 01:47 PM (#4382015)
The 1965 Yankees knew how to win too. Until they didn't.
   10. zack Posted: March 06, 2013 at 03:24 PM (#4382125)
The Yankees still have 39 year-old Derek Jeter, 43 year-old Mariano Rivera and 41 year-old Andy Pettitte, too.

The Yankees added 34 year-old Kevin Youkilis, 36 year-old Travis Hafner and 39 year-old Ichiro Suzuki, all respected pros.

Doesn't necessarily mean anything, but the first thought that jumped out to me was man, these are old guys. And the first 3 all have yet to play a game.
   11. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: March 06, 2013 at 03:29 PM (#4382128)
Doesn't necessarily mean anything, but the first thought that jumped out to me was man, these are old guys. And the first 3 all have yet to play a game.

Nothing the Yankees do this year will surprise me. They could lose 90 games or win 90 games and I wouldn't blink.
   12. Knock on any Iorg Posted: March 07, 2013 at 12:47 AM (#4382585)
The Yanks may know how to win, but they have injuries.
   13. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: March 07, 2013 at 01:25 AM (#4382615)
Didn't someone do a study of older players, and whether they won more than they were 'supposed' to? You'd probably have to go by projections, and add in baseball IQ (correlated to SB%, success in advancing first to third on singles...), and something else I'm doubtless forgetting.
   14. Bitter Calculus Instructor Posted: March 07, 2013 at 01:33 AM (#4382618)
They just need to find their Aaron Small of hitting.
   15. bigglou115 Posted: March 07, 2013 at 03:54 AM (#4382632)
Youkilis, Hafner and Ichiro all need to be healthy and productive.


Have I missed something? This seems about as likely as an unpredicted Solar eclipse on my birthday.
   16. bigglou115 Posted: March 07, 2013 at 03:56 AM (#4382633)
Doesn't necessarily mean anything, but the first thought that jumped out to me was man, these are old guys. And the first 3 all have yet to play a game.


Yeah, they've all been good enough that it seems silly to think they'll implode, but talking them up like their age is a positive seems... odd.

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