A Sorry State Of Affairs In AL East
Often labelled the strongest league in Major League Baseball, the American League East has gotten off to a slow start in the 2014 season. As of Monday, May 5th, the New York Yankees lead the way with a 16-14 record, a record that would have seen them in fourth place in the division at the same stage last season.
There is also the fact that the Toronto Blue Jays in last place with a 14-17 record are just 2.5 games back from first, a stat that is almost unheard of in this league. Even more shockingly, only five teams in the whole of Major League Baseball have a worse record than the Blue Jays, despite them being less than three games from the lead in their division.
In a division usually crammed with teams piling up the wins, the division leading Yankees have a worse record than ANY other league leading team in the MLB. Finally, in an end to the bizarre stat line, every team apart from the Blue Jays has a negative run differential; and that Blue Jays’ run differential? Zero. Despite this, the Yankees still have the talent to be one of the favorites with http://www.bettingsports.com/ to win the World Series this season.
What is Wrong?
No one will deny that April was a difficult month for the teams of the AL East. In between battling inclement weather conditions, injuries and having new players get used to things, teams have also yet to truly recover from some off season moves.
Since leading the league in runs last season, the current defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox sit tied for tenth place in the majors. This may come as no surprise, as Boston lost arguably their best player in Jacoby Ellsbury, with Grady Sizemore proving, with an average April, that he is simply not of the same standard.
This week the Yankees host the Seattle Mariners, welcoming back All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano to Yankees Stadium for the first time since he signed with Seattle during the offseason. Even with the slugger, the Mariners are just 10-14, only two games ahead of the last place Houston Astros. There isn’t a ton of excitement in New York for this series, with the average Yankees tickets for the series 51 percent below the Yankees season average at $65. Even with Cano returning to the Bronx for the first time, this is one of the lowest priced series on the New York Yankees schedule for the 2014 season.
4/29 7:05 SEA Chris Young vs. NYY CC Sabathia | Avg. Price: $45 | Get-in Price: $4
The cheapest game of the series is Tuesday night with CC Sabathia on the mound. A surprise since Sabathia is coming off his two best starts of the season, going a combined 13 innings and only allowing three earned runs. With an average price of $45, tickets have dropped 54 percent from last week. The get-in price is just $4, which is the average for the series. The injury-prone Chris Young will take the mound for the Mariners. While he has a solid 3.94 ERA, he’s walked over six batters with a K/BB ratio of 0.73. Both are the worst numbers of his 11-year career.
4/30 7:05 SEA Roenis Elias vs NYY David Phelps | Avg. Price: $71 | Get-in Price: $5
The Buffalo Bills have suspended their cheerleaders (the Buffalo Jills) after the girls filed lawsuits for alleged mistreatment.
Yankees fan Diego Slimeola is making a push for the Bombers to hire the Jills.
"I bring these girls into the Bronx, I can make a killing." Diego said. "They do some cheers, they pump up the crowd. We beat the Sox. Badabing badaboom, I get 50%."
50% of what?
"50% off the top, you know what I mean?"
No...thats why we asked.
"Just bring the girls in wiseguy. Leave the logistics to me."
Perhaps the Yankees will join the Rays in adding a cheerleader staff...we doubt it but will keep you posted.
Last night was a joke.
This would have been better than what he did. What a moron.
There are many heroes in the Yankees. That can only be so when a team has reached the pinnacle of their sport 27 times. No other team in any sport has achieved that kind of greatness in professional sports. The only team to beat that score in a bat and ball game is the Kilkenny hurling team who has won the championship in the Irish sport of Hurling 37 times. But they are not a professional team in that their players are not paid for their efforts.
But the Yankees are a professional sports team, in the most intense arenas of all, the city of New York. No other city has demanded, and received greatness from its sporting teams. No other city can have a claim to the number of greats as that gleaming metropolis. Even those who have gone to coach and run other teams in other cities such as Vince Lombardi, Al Davis, have become greats in their sports.
Sadly when there are so many who are lauded for their sporting endeavours, there are those who get overlooked and forgotten.
Such is the case with Roger Maris, who seems to has fallen through the cracks of memory. It is my desire to try and at lease play a small role in bringing him to the fore.
Why? That is a good question, with a simple answer. He beat the Babe.
On the last day of the 1961 season, Sunday October 1st, against the Red Sox, Maris comes to the plate. It is the bottom of the fourth, nobody is on, one out, and there is no score. This is Maris' second at bat of the game. Tracy Stallard the Boston pitcher throws a fast ball pitch, knee high, to the outside of the plate. Maris takes a swing and despatches the ball to the rightfield stands.
That faithful day saw him break a record that for many was unbreakable. Babe Ruth's single season home run tally was bettered as Maris racked up a score of 61 home runs in one season.
Many people are wondering what the world happened last night with Michael Pineda. Some people are saying that he wiped his behind after finding out there was no toilet paper. Others are saying that he used pine tar. One other expert who is a complete fool is saying that he used a cheeseburger.
No one knows for sure, but we did talk to the guy who said he used a cheeseburger.
"I saw a cheeseburger on his hand. It was clear as day." said Corky Jones, beef enthusiast.
We didn't see that and I bet no one else did either. Meanwhile, we are surprised that the Red Sox didn't say anything during the game.
Hmm.. Are they letting it slide?
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Prospects race to win a spot on the Yankees roster.
In years past, it seemed like the only way the Yankees had a chance at new talent, was to pay for it. At least for hitting that is... For pitching on the other hand, it looks as if the Yankees are building talent within and fans are excited.
"I think it is great for the game and for the universe." said one guy.
With all of the competition these days, it is hard to know how people will compete. One prospect says he practices competing by his hobby of horse betting. He says it keeps him on his toes. Others use different approaches. One pitcher likes to spin plates on poles, another likes to play Frisbee in traffic. What ever the approach, people seem to always find a new one.
Speaking of scouts, here is what a few of them had to say.
“For me, I like Phelps as a back-end reliever, not a long man,” the scout said. “I say that because he throws strikes and he’s not afraid. I like Betances, too, but I’m not sure of his ability to pitch under pressure.”
Then, the camel himself spoke about one of the players Dellen Betances.
“(Betances) is doing what he has to do to give himself an opportunity,” Girardi said Sunday.
And then back to the same scout from earlier.
“I like Burawa a lot too,” the same scout said. “He’s got a big arm but he’s struggled with his command, although not so much this spring. If he gets his command down, they could have something there as another late-inning guy.”
Spring is in the air even though a huge snowstorm is ready to whack the east coast.
Bronx Goblin remembers one of its writers Edward P. Salvesen aka ZZTURK of Kearny, N.J., who passed away on Feb. 24, 2014. He was 63.
We first connected with Ed on Twitter when he would approach us with Yankees Trivia and some comical analysis. After a few exchanges, we asked if he wanted to contribute to our blog. He accepted and Yankee TidBits with ZZTurk was born.
Turk's vast Yankee knowledge, sense of humor and posts were well received within the Yankees community and his stories were very detailed.
We appreciate all that he did and hope you enjoyed his posts.
RIP Ed aka ZZTurk. Thank you