Ken Davidoff's baseball insider
Yankees, Mets, trade rumors, free agents, off-the-wall predictions and other MLB musings.
Very quickly this morning:
--Great story by Jim Baumbach and Randi Marshall on the Mets' declining revenues.
--Ike Davis likely has Valley Fever.
--I wrote a column about the Tigers' new infield arrangement.
--Here's my column on the extra wild card.
--Here's my Sunday Insider, which features items on B.J. Upton, Yadier Molina, Johnny Damon and John Lannan.
--Self-promotion...Read more »
I spent yesterday at Rays camp, and not surprisingly, I wrote that the Rays remain an impressive operation and a major threat to the Yankees and Red Sox.
One consequence of the Rays' current way of life, that they can't afford a major free agent in his prime, is that you'll never accuse their roster of being too old. They always have a surplus of youth. It undoubtedly helps them slog through...Read more »
At the Yankees' victory over Toronto, I wrote about the Yankees' bullpen, which was counted on to be excellent and has lived up to those expectations, albeit with some different names than originally anticipated.
--Joe Girardi stayed mum about his plans for the team's starting rotation, regarding whether A.J. Burnett or Phil Hughes gets thrown overboard. Girardi did say, however, that the...Read more »
The New York media lost to the Boston media this morning, 4-2 at Fenway Park, to even out the 2011 media series at one game apiece.
Now onto actual baseball:
--Jesus Montero will be at Fenway Park tomorrow, as Joel Sherman first reported, and it wouldn't be a surprise if Montero started at DH against Red Sox lefty Jon Lester.
It's time. Some might argue it's well beyond time. The...Read more »
First of all, here are your new playoff brackets:
AL: Yankees (1) vs. Detroit (3), Texas (2) vs. Boston (4)
NL: Philadelphia (1) vs. San Francisco (3), Milwaukee (2) vs. Atlanta (4).
Thoughts: Yeah, the Yankees have the top seed at the moment, which begs this question for Yankees fans: Would you rather have homefield advantage in the Division Series and face the Tigers, who have...Read more »
Pretty quiet here at the Trop, but the game itself will bring some intrigue, as we see whether Bartolo Colon can rebound after two poor outings.
The Yankees did make a move, putting Sergio Mitre (right shoulder tendinitis) on the disabled list and calling up lefty Steve Garrison from Trenton. Garrison gives the Yankees some long-relief protection tonight, as normal long reliever Hector Noesi...Read more »
At the rainout of the Yankees' game, I wrote that the Rays were not to blame.
I'm a sucker for minutiae-fueled stories like this one. Here are the basics:
1. Because the Rays already have two split doubleheaders this year - they played one April 28 in Minnesota and they have another one scheduled August 16 in Boston - they had the right to turn down a third split doubleheader. That second...Read more »