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Which Slow Starts Should Concern The New York Yankees?

Posted: 1st May 2010 by patrick bohn in MLB
Despite a sparkling record good for second place in the tough AL East, a number of Yankee hitters are off to poor starts. Mark Teixeria, Curtis Granderson, Nick Johnson and Alex Rodriguez are all struggling mightily. So which of the four are likely to turn it around? Advanced statistics can help us with that one. All of this data is available at fangraphs.com or baseball-reference.com Alex Rodriguez The line: .250/.337/.440 2 HR's. Prognosis : Good, ...
If you were a fan of the Yankees or Red Sox in the mid to late 90's, you no doubt took a side in the Nomar Garciaparra/Derek Jeter debate. Jeter and Garciaparra were two of the new breed of shortstop. Shortstops were no longer defensive specialists and merely adequate with the bat—Jeter and Garciaparra were two of the premier hitters in baseball. Both won Rookie of the Year awards, Jeter in ...

Not the Same Old Atlanta Falcons

Posted: 27th December 2009 by patrick bohn in NFL
As the Atlanta Falcons put the finishing touches on a 31-3 obliteration of the hapless Buffalo Bills today, the broadcasters discussed the Falcons season. One, while saying the Falcons are a top-flight NFL team when healthy, nevertheless called their season a tremendous disappointment. And while on the surface, a team going from 11-5 and a playoff berth to a possible 9-7, despite a markedly weaker division, could be seen as a ...
Start with the beginning. Let's face it: There are a lot of reasons the Minnesota Twins lost Game Two of the ALDS to the New York Yankees tonight. Some of those reasons are unfair; some are justified. But if we're going to take an honest look at what transpired, we've got to start at the beginning. รก Reason No. 1: Joe Nathan couldn't hold the lead. As angry as Twins fans are (and rightfully ...

Examining The “Yankee Stadium Effect” on The 2009 Yankees

Posted: 11th September 2009 by patrick bohn in MLB
There's been a lot of talk this season about how Yankee Stadium has provided a big boon to the Bronx Bombers, with home runs flying out every which way. Some critics say the Yankees offensive numbers are nothing more than a product of their home ballpark. (If that's you, I invite you to take a quick peek at the Yankees run total at home vs. the road. You'll be pleasantly ...

If Only: Joe Mauer’s Injuries Might Have Cost Him Triple Crown

Posted: 11th September 2009 by patrick bohn in MLB
As Joe Mauer looks to put the finishing touches on his MVP season, and Carlos Pena goes down for the season, I realized something the other day: Had Mauer not missed a month of the season, he'd be in contention for the Triple Crown. It kind of boggles the mind, but you know what? It's not as crazy as it sounds, as long as you remember I said "contention," not, "a lock ...