Saturday, August 3, 2013

Sabathia's Struggles Continue in San Diego
By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

August 2nd, 2013

New York Yankees vs San Diego Padres

Final Score: Yankees 2 Padres 7

The New York Yankees couldn’t keep up their momentum from a nice late-inning win in Los Angeles against the Dodgers, but on Friday night they were beaten pretty good by the San Diego Padres. The loss put the Yankees at (56-52), and are 8.5 games out of first place for the AL East.

For Yankees Starter C.C. Sabathia it was more of the same for him on Friday night against the Padres, as his struggles continue, and he picked up his 10th loss of the season, with an ERA that is getting very close to five. The Padres wasted little time getting to Sabathia, as in the first inning with the bases loaded, Sabathia walked Yonder Alonso for the first run of the game. The second run of the first inning would come one batter later, as Jedd Gyorko grounded out to Sabathia, which allowed Chase Headley to score. The fourth inning the Padres would strike for two more, as Logan Forsythe hit a solo-home run, which was his fourth of the year and broke a 2-2 tie at the time. Later in the fourth inning Sabathia would hurt himself by not covering First Base on a ground ball by Andrew Cashner, which should have been an out, but instead Everth Cabrera hit a triple right after to score Cashner. The sixth inning would be the one where Sabathia made his exit, as after a Chris Denorfia hit a single that scored Nick Hundley, Sabathia was pulled from the game. Sabathia went 5.2 innings allowing five runs on 11 hits and three walks. In Sabathia's last three starts he has given up a total of 19 earned runs, and looks like a shell of his old self.

Friday, August 2, 2013

W2W4: New York Yankees vs San Diego Padres
By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

W2W4: New York Yankees vs San Diego Padres Series Preview

August 2-4th

After a split in Los Angeles against the Dodgers to start the New York Yankees eight-game road-trip, the Yankees will now be in San Diego to start a three-game series against the Padres. The Yankees are now (56-51), which is 8.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox in the AL East, and this looks to be a winnable series on paper against the Padres, who are just (50-59).

- Pitching Match-Ups

In Game 1 of the series it will be the struggling C.C. Sabathia (9-9, 4.65), who has lost three of his last four starts, and has given up seven runs in each of his last two starts, facing Andrew Cashner (7-5, 3.88). In Game 2 Ivan Nova (4-4, 3.41) will be on the mound facing Tyson Ross (2-4, 2.90), who has won his last two starts, only allowing one run in 14 innings. In Game 3 the Yankees will be facing a familiar face in Ian Kennedy (3-8, 5.23), who will making his debut with the Padres against his former teammate Phil Hughes (4-9, 4.58).

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Overbay Delivers in the Clutch For Yankees in LA
By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

July 31st, 2013

New York Yankees vs Los Angeles Dodgers Post Game Recap

Final Score: Yankees 3 Dodgers 0

The New York Yankees were able to get the victory on Wednesday night in Los Angeles against the Dodgers with some late-inning heroics, and a big mistake by the Dodgers. The win for the Yankees gives them a split in the two-game series against the red hot Dodgers, and moves them to (56-51), which is eight games behind the Boston Red Sox in the AL East.

Coming in to the game there was a lot of hype for the pitching match-up between Hiroki Kuroda and Clayton Kershaw, and they both brought their “A” games to the table. Yankees Starter Hiroki Kuroda continued his great season, by pitching seven shutout innings allowing just five hits, one walk, and had eight strikeouts. Unfortunately for Kuroda his win/loss record does not indicate that he has a 2.36 ERA on the season, which is second best in the American League behind only Felix Hernandez.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

NFL Announces Changes to Pro Bowl

Perry Knott/NFL
By Kenneth Teape (@teapester725)

On Wednesday the NFL announced some changes to try and get some interest going again in their All-Star game, the NFL Pro Bowl. The NFL will be taking a page out of the NHL’s handbook and is scrapping the AFC-NFC conference head-to-head game in favor of a fantasy draft or sorts. Captains will pick the 43 representatives of each team regardless of conference affiliations.

The process of choosing Pro Bowlers will change as well. Instead of fans voting for starters in each game their votes will determine who will captain each team. The top two vote getters will captain their respective teams in addition to Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders and two fantasy football winners.

Dodgers Get Walk-Off Victory Against Yankees
By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

July 30th, 2013

New York Yankees vs Los Angeles Dodgers Post Game Recap

Final Score: Yankees 2 Dodgers 3

The New York Yankees eight-game road-trip got off to a rough start in Los Angeles, as they lost to the Dodgers in heart breaking fashion. The loss moves the Yankees to (55-51) on the season, and they are now 8.5 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays for first place in the AL East.

Andy Pettitte gave the Yankees a second very good start, but despite pitching well he didn’t factor in the decision of this game. Pettitte only made a few mistakes on Tuesday night in the early innings, as in the first inning Hanley Ramirez hit a base-hit to score Yasiel Puig. In the second inning the Dodgers got their final run off of Pettitte, as Juan Uribe hit a solo-home run, which was his sixth of the season. Pettitte finished up going seven innings allowing just the two runs on eight hits, and zero walks, in what was another good start from the veteran lefty.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

W2W4: New York Yankees vs Los Angeles Dodgers
By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

July 30th, 2013

W2W4: New York Yankees vs Los Angeles Dodgers

The New York Yankees will be on the West Coast starting a eight-game road trip in Los Angles against the NL West leading Dodgers. The Yankees are (55-50) on the season 7.5 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays for first place in the AL East with the trade deadline right around the corner.

- Pitching Match-Ups

Both games in the series have pretty good pitching match-ups, as in Game 1 Andy Pettitte (7-8, 4.39) will be on the hill for the Yankees facing Zack Greinke (8-3, 3.49). In Game 2 both teams will have their aces on the mound in what should definitely be a pitchers duel between Hiroki Kuroda (10-6, 2.51) and NL CY Young frontrunner Clayton Kershaw (10-6, 1.96). For the Yankees they are probably getting the Dodgers best two pitchers, which could lead to their road-trip starting off on a sour note.

Monday, July 29, 2013

MLB Power Rankings: Week 17
By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

MLB Power Rankings: Week 17

1.) St Louis Cardinals (62-40) – A tough weekend series for the Cardinals getting swept in Atlanta, but they still hold the best record in baseball, and they did also get Outfielder Matt Holliday back in the lineup which will help them as they continue a tough part in their schedule.

2.) Boston Red Sox (63-43) – Boston saw their AL East lead slip away for a day, but they were able to get it back on Sunday with a win against the Orioles, which was an impressive series win on the road against a division rival. David Ortiz was a big part of Sunday's win going four for four with a home run.

3.) Tampa Bay Rays (62-43) – The Rays are looking like one of the best teams in baseball, as they had a good week on the road against the Red Sox and Yankees. A makeup game on Monday in Boston could allow the Rays to be in first place in the AL East with a win.

4.) Pittsburgh Pirates (61-42) – A huge home-stand starts on Monday for the Pirates, as they will host the Cardinals who they are trying to catch in the NL Central for five games, and then have two three-game series against the Rockies and Marlins.

5.) Oakland Athletics (62-43) – The A's are in first place in the AL West behind some great pitching in the last few months, and an offense that is in the top-10 in runs scored. Bartolo Colon amidst possibly being suspended is having a great season going 14-3 with a 2.54 ERA.

2013 NFL Previews: New York Jets

By Kenneth Teape (@teapester725)

With training camps opening throughout the NFL the past week we will take a quick look at previewing some teams for the upcoming season; giving a rundown of the 2012 one, some off-season moves and an outlook of this season. It is time to get excited as there will not be another Sunday without NFL football until February 2014. Here is the 2013 preview for the New York Jets.

New York Jets AFC East (6-10)
2012 was a rough season for the Jets as they looked to have hit rock bottom. They made headlines before the season by trading for Tim Tebow, the second consecutive time they traded for a big name quarterback following a New York Giants Super Bowl victory. The Jets were able to stay in the limelight during the season but not for anything positive.