What’s Going On With Masahiro Tanaka?

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Masahiro Tanaka has allowed far more than his fair share of home runs this season.

Coming into the 2017 season, the New York Yankees roster was surrounded by question marks. However, the one constant seemed to be that the team’s ace, Masahiro Tanaka, would continue his Cy Young-level performance and be the rock that the team desperately needed every fifth day.

Through two months of the season though, the reality has been anything but what had been prognosticated. The team has had a successful run with its other starters and the lineup has stayed healthy and scored runs, yet Tanaka has been nothing short of a bust.

Nine starts into his 2017 campaign, Tanaka is 5-3, but has a 6.56 ERA, has allowed 13 home runs (two less than he surrendered over all of his injury-shortened 2014 season), and is not giving the team any length out of his starts (average 5.1 IP/start).

So what’s wrong with Masahiro Tanaka? Let’s take a look and try and diagnose what’s ailing the Yankee ace.

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Yankees Outfielders Contributing at All-Star Levels

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Aaron Judge, Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, and Aaron Hicks have been excellent so far this year.

The New York Yankees came into the 2017 season with lots of questions about their roster. Chief among those were concerns about the outfield. Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury were 33 years old and coming off of poor finishes to the 2016 season, Aaron Hicks hadn’t shown much of anything in his first extended chance last year, and Aaron Judge was a wild card.

However, the Yankee outfield has quietly been the most consistent part of the lineup this season. The steady contributions of the four Yankee outfielders has been a huge part of the team’s success so far in 2017, and the quartet has to keep it up if the Yankees are to make the playoffs this year.

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Top 10 Derek Jeter Moments

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Fans of the game will celebrate Derek Jeter’s monumental career one more time this Sunday night on Derek Jeter Day.

Derek Jeter was the face of Major League Baseball for a generation of fans: he was the captain of the New York Yankees, a 14-time All-Star, 5-time Silver Slugger, 5-time Gold Glover, and ultimately a 5-time World Series Champion. The way Jeter acted on and off the field set the precedent that ballplayers of today follow, and cemented his status as one of the greatest players of all time.

But today, we will have one more chance to celebrate and honor “shortstop, number 2, Derek Jeter”. The Yankee captain will have his jersey retired in front of a sellout crowd on Derek Jeter day. Let’s take a look at the Top 10 plays of Derek Jeter’s memorable career as we celebrate the greatest shortstop of all time. Continue reading

Yankees vs Astros: The MLB’s Next Great Rivalry

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The youthful cores that make up the Houston Astros and New York Yankees will ensure that this will remain a hot-ticket rivalry for years to come.

Part of what makes sports great is the impact that a rivalry can have on a fanbase. For the New York Yankees, familiar rivals include the Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, Baltimore Orioles, and Toronto Blue Jays. But over the past few years, a new rival has worked their way into the mix of teams that Yankee fans absolutely hate: the Houston Astros.

Since the Astros moved to the American League in 2013, the Yankees have not fared particularly well against the Stros. Despite a 5-1 record in 2013, the Yankees have only gone 9-13 against their South Texan foes since, including a Wild Card playoff loss in 2015.

And with both teams getting stronger as the years go by, it is looking inevitable that the Yankees and Astros will face off in the postseason once again. They may be new to the American League, but the Astros will soon become the Yankees’ biggest rivals.

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Veterans Getting It Done for Youthful Yankees

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The resurgence of veterans like Jacoby Ellsbury and Chase Headley has been a huge boost for the 2017 Yankees.

When one thinks of the 2017 New York Yankees, they usually picture all the young talent on the team. Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Aaron Judge, Luis Severino, and more are the both the present and the future of the team. However, it hasn’t been the kids that have provided the biggest spark to the Yankee lineup this season (Judge notwithstanding).

Rather, the renaissance of several key Yankee veterans has been a principal reason for why the team has rattled off an 8-game win streak. Guys like Jacoby Ellsbury, Chase Headley, CC Sabathia, Matt Holliday, and Starlin Castro have done more for the team than their younger teammates, and the result has been a winning product on the field.

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Analyzing the Yankees’ Opening Day Roster

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Joe Girardi enters his 10th season as the manager of the New York Yankees with his most unique club yet.

We’ve finally reached that time of year: New York Yankees Opening Day is just three days away. But before the club takes on the Tampa Bay Rays to kick off the season, the Yankees have to sort out the final roster. Obviously, the Opening Day roster is subject to change and will never be the same roster any team ends with, but the Opening Day roster can say a lot about a team’s goals for the upcoming season.

 

Here’s Overtime’s breakdown of the Yankees’ Opening Day roster.

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2017 New York Yankees Season Preview

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The New York Yankees are almost ready to embark on the 2017 season.

Spring is in the air! The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the sounds of baseball are taking over Florida and Arizona. It’s time for Spring Training.

As the New York Yankees prepare for the upcoming season, here’s Overtime’s comprehensive season preview.

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Previewing the Yankees’ 2016 September Call-Ups

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Expect to see Rob Refsnyder return to the Bronx later today.
The first few days of September are always an exciting time in Major League Baseball. Not only are the pennant races heating up to a boil, but some of your favorite team’s top prospects will be promoted as a part of September Call-Ups, an annual tradition that occurs on September 1st.

During the month of September, a major league team can carry up to 40 players on their active roster as opposed to the usual 25, which often leads to excessive matchup usage and pinch-runner specialists. This also involves the promotion of many top prospects who are reaching the majors for the very first time.

Let’s take a look at some of the New York Yankees’ potential September Call-Up candidates.

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The Kids are Alright: Meet the Yankees’ New “Core Four”

The Yankees’ old “Core Four” of Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, and Jorge Posada may have company in the record books soon.

Think back for a moment to the dynasty-era New York Yankees of 1995-2009. What was the one thing that all 5 of the World Champion Yankee teams had?

That steady, constant, reliable core of homegrown talent at key positions up the middle.

In shortstop Derek Jeter, catcher Jorge Posada, starter Andy Pettitte, and closer Mariano Rivera, the Yankees had themselves top-10 level talent at each position that they brought up themselves, aptly titled the “Core Four”.

While we may never see such a collection of players stay together for the better part of 18 years ever again, the Yankees of today have the makings of their very own “Core Four” all over again.

Enter right fielder Aaron Judge, catcher Gary Sanchez, first baseman Greg Bird, and starter Luis Severino: the next incarnation of the mighty “Core Four”.

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Alex Rodriguez to be Released by Yankees

Alex Rodriguez will play his final game with the New York Yankees on Friday, August 12.

In a sudden press conference, Alex Rodriguez announced that he will play his last game as a member of the New York Yankees on Friday, August 12th.

After the game’s conclusion, Rodriguez will be released from his contract and become a free agent. After the season, Rodriguez will become a Special Advisor to Yankee Managing Partner Hal Steinbrenner.

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