Perspectives: Royals Win - Let's Face It, The Yankees Are Mediocre

Perspectives: Royals Win - Let's Face It, The Yankees Are Mediocre

Mediocre teams can play above their heads for periods of time. They can create excitement. They can create hope.

Mediocre teams break fans hearts.

When your team is bad, rooting takes a different approach. You look for the small things, the glimmers of hope. Any improvement brings joy. You look to the future. The future is always bright. There is always next year.

Mediocre teams, though, break your heart because, until the dust settles, they always remain on the fringe. They’re always just a hot streak away from contending. When teams are mediocre, we hear a lot of “If only…”

The “If onlys” are what breaks fans hearts…

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Jonathan Loaisiga Was Different

Jonathan Loaisiga Was Different

Much of the reporting of Jonathan Loaisiga’s first start focused on how similar his results were to his Major League performance in 2018. Loaisiga displayed electric stuff in his first start of 2019, but he struggled to get outs multiple times through the order, and was unable to pitch deep into the game, forcing the Yankees to go to the bullpen after just 4 innings (and admittedly, just 70 pitches). Lost in the analysis of results was the recognition that Loaisiga did not achieve those results in exactly the same way as last season. As a disclaimer, super-small sample size certainly applies in this case, however I would like to highlight some trends that I plan to track when Loaisiga pitches this season.

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Ok, I'll Say It... (Perspectives on the Injuries and the Big Three)

Ok, I'll Say It...   (Perspectives on the Injuries and the Big Three)

Disclaimer - while the Yankees are 2-4 and have dropped home series to the Orioles and the Tigers (!), the season is very young and hope still reigns eternal.

But…

From the moment the off-season began, I stated that this off-season was going to be a defining one for the Yankees franchise, not just for 2019, but forever. There were two 26-year-old superstars available and a probable ace pitcher. The Yankees passed on all three of them. They seemed to make a token effort to consider Manny Machado and maybe Patrick Corbin, but showed no interest in Bryce Harper.

I also said at the time that the Yankees and Brian Cashman (of course) know more about baseball than me and that we have to assume that they know what they are doing. Their track record of excellence speaks for itself.

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Perspectives on The Aaron Hicks Extension

Perspectives on The Aaron Hicks Extension

When the news first broke on the Aaron Hicks extension, the first thing my eyes hit upon was the fact that the contract was for seven years. I was shocked. My first reaction was, “Seven years for Hicks and they won’t even engage Harper?” But then, I was that the total value of the deal was $70 million and I was amazed. My next thoughts were, “The Yankees locked up Hicks for only ten million dollars a year. Holy cow!” What a deal for the Yankees. What a tremendous deal!

Some perspectives:

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