Ken Davidoff's baseball insider

Yankees, Mets, trade rumors, free agents, off-the-wall predictions and other MLB musings.

Annual visceral, small-sample-sized observations from spring training

Philadelphia Phillies' Jonathan Papelbon throws during practice at

(Credit: AP)

Upon returning home from my first visit to spring training, I always enjoy checking in with some mental snapshots, mindful that what I took away could prove to be hugely significant or, far more likely, wholly irrelevant. Here is last year's entry. I forgot that I had Johnny Damon on the record acknowledging how important reaching 3,000 career hits was.

Some spring trainings, I'll spend almost...

Read more »

The LCS, the Red Sox's dirty laundry and Yankees GM candidates (for the Angels)

Let's do this morning's post Three Up style, a la Joel Sherman:

1. Off ALCS Game 4, I wrote that the Tigers looked gassed and goofy as they faced elimination today. 

Look, we all absolutely loooove to discuss strategy, all the more so in these postseason games. Love it. The scrutiny, the pressure, the different options. 

But I think Joe Posnanski put it best last year,...

Read more »

Yankees-Tigers Game 2 in review

At the game, I wrote about Alex Rodriguez, who really hasn't looked like himself since, well, the first half of the season.

Of course, A-Rod wasn't the only Yankees hitter who struggled against Max Scherzer yesterday. But he was the only one whom the Stadium crowd booed.

And so have ourselves a series. Game 3 tonight in Detroit, with CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander each making his second...

Read more »

Yankees-Tigers Game 1, Part 1 in review

Gotta make this quick, but then again, we're talking about an inning and a half of baseball so far.

Fittingly wacky, though, isn't it? What a season it has been. And who's to say it'll be any better today? The forecast doesn't look too wonderful, for sure.

For my column, I wrote that last night's development virtually ensures that A.J. Burnett will be needed to pitch Game 4 (assuming...

Read more »

The most intriguing people of the second half

New York Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez (75) throws

(Credit: AP)

The Yankees resume business tonight in Toronto - here are three key storylines and five key dates - while the Mets will hold a workout this evening in preparation for tomorrow's second half opener against the Phillies at Citi Field.Here are the the Mets' five key dates and three storylines.

Let's do one inriguing person per division, starting with the Easts and heading westward on I-80....

Read more »