Game 13: Lefties

The opposing starter. (Christian Petersen/Getty)

The opposing starter. (Christian Petersen/Getty)

Starting tonight, the Yankees are scheduled to see five left-handed starters in their next seven games. NL Rookie of the Year runner-up Wade Miley kicks off the stretch that will also see them face Patrick Corbin (tomorrow), Mark Buehrle (Saturday), Matt Moore (Monday), and David Price (Tuesday). Hard-throwers, soft-tossers, medium-tossers … you name it and the Yankees will see it from the left side over the next week.

In the past, this was never much of a problem. The Bombers were among the most productive teams against southpaws in 2012 (111 wRC+), 2011 (124 wRC+), 2010 (114 wRC+), and so on. They’ve hit lefties very well in recent years. This year though, thanks mostly to injury, they are much more susceptible to lefty throwers. They come into today with a team 52 wRC+ against lefties, the fifth worst mark in baseball, compared to an MLB-best (by far) 146 wRC+ against righties. Outside of Kevin Youkilis, Vernon Wells, and Robinson Cano (who didn’t hit lefties last year but has throughout his career), the Yankees just don’t have much to counter left-handers right now. Here’s the lineup…

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. LF Vernon Wells
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. 1B Kevin Youkilis
  5. DH Ben Francisco
  6. C Frankie Cervelli
  7. RF Brennan Boesch
  8. SS Eduardo Nunez
  9. 3B Jayson Nix

And on the mound is New York’s own left-hander, CC Sabathia.

Tonight’s game is scheduled to start at 7:05pm ET and can be seen on My9, not YES. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. The Real Greg says:

    I think that Cervelli having a good start will also help against lefties.

    Speaking of catchers, the M’s might be about to pull the plug on Jesus Montero, in terms of catcher, and maybe as MLB player.


    • Kevin S says:

      Great–Montero Pineda trade a wash–makes me feel
      so much better

    • Luis Castillo (Not the one who dropped the ball) says:

      Yeah, people like Dave Cameron and Jeff Sullivan are really down on him, not that their words are absolute truth or something like that, but they are down enough to say things like;

      “I already had a low long-term perception of him. I don’t think he’s a major-league regular.”
      “I don’t see Montero being a productive big leaguer in the near future.”
      ” I think his problem is that he has a terrible approach at the plate and his power has always been overrated.”

      • Luis Castillo (Not the one who dropped the ball) says:

        And something about Montero belonging to the minors, can’t quote that ’cause I don’r remember exactly.

    • Preston says:

      I wonder what his trade value is. Bring him back to a club where he had some success, drop catching and focus on hitting with Kevin Long and his good friend A-Rod and maybe he could turn it around.

    • vicki says:

      this made me really sad.

    • MannyGeee says:

      “Seattle bores me”

      Jesus Montero

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      I wish I could do a Cashman imitation. I’d be on the phone with Jack Z right now telling him he could have an almost-mulligan and convince him Ivan Nova really is just as good as Michael Pineda.

    • Bo Knows says:

      If this is true, I’d see if he could be brought back. I wouldn’t give up anything major for him, not even a swap back of Pineda. To be frank, I’d f#$k them over so badly they’d taste latex.

      Also, I seriously question the mariners ability to do anything with elite hitting prospects they seem just as bad if not worse than the Yankees are with pitchers

  2. King of Fruitless Hypotheticals says:

    Dear everybody that has trouble hitting lefties,
    Put on some armor and lean into it.
    Tired Fans

  3. Pat D says:

    Really not digging the My9 feed not being on Extra Innings this year. Utterly ridiculous that I have to listen to Arizona’s announcers.

  4. trr says:

    5 left-handed starters in their next 7 games….Not good for our line-up. Our history facing young pitchers (especially lefties) for the first time is not good either, so we may see the lineup struggle tonight.

    • Winter says:

      I don’t really buy into that whole “first time seeing a soft-tossing lefty” spiel that has been thrown around the last couple years, but it is true that our lineup against lefties in general is much worse this year than it has been in the past.

  5. chiggie says:

    Where can we find game on Direct TV with Yankee broadcasters?

  6. Does Nix really hit lefties that much better than Overbay, or do you think that Girardi is giving him a breather? Same question for Hafner.

  7. Eddard says:

    Arizona is facing a lefty, too. I don’t think CC will have any problems navigating through this NL lineup. If the offense can put 2-3 runs on the board it should be enough.

  8. Mykey says:

    Man the stadium has looked empty the last couple days.

  9. Pat D says:

    Oh. My. God.

    The Arizona announcers, giving Sabathia’s stats, spent several minutes dissecting that advanced stat known as…WHIP.

    They talked about how they’ll be talking about WHIP quite a bit this year.

    So obviously we know Arizona baseball fans are not well educated.

  10. Mykey says:

    You just had to mention that first inning shut-out stat.

  11. The Real Greg says:

    the short porch works both ways.

  12. Pat D says:

    Not good, CC.

  13. Chilango says:

    C’mon CC no screwing around

  14. YankeesJunkie says:

    Not a good start for CC and the velo looks little more down than the last couple starts.

  15. The Real Greg says:

    So they only get 2 runs off of Nova and they get 2 runs quickly off CC.

    Really irritating and unpredictable, Suzyn.

  16. Pat D says:

    Oh, of course. “That wouldn’t have been out in Chase Field. Short porch, blah blah blah.”

    Fuck off, Brenly. You’re the luckiest World Series winning manager of all time.

  17. Vern Sneaker says:


  18. Winter says:

    That’s because it was a jinx.

  19. The Real Greg says:

    Already that negative vibe is starting to come into this game.

  20. Troll says:

    Is anyone else under the impression that the Red Sox may actually be for real?

    • The Real Greg says:

      I am. Farrell has turned around Lester and Buccholz, which has been the key to their success.

      • Troll says:

        Yeah, exactly. If those two remain a force at 1 and 2, then they’ll be in the race all season long. I desperately hope they flop and implode as soon as possible, obviously.

        • The Real Greg says:

          I was really unhappy that they were able to pry Farrell from the Blue Jays. I didn’t think the Blue Jays would even consider that because of being a divisional rival.

          Between that and the manager trade, the Red Sox were able to clean up all that mess like that.

          While the Yankees are still somewhat stuck in a quagmire.

          • Troll says:

            Agreed. Any, lest we forget, Red Sox always seem overly apt at turning prospects into major league talent, something the Yankees are all too susceptible with failing at. I don’t know who here on this thread is constantly begging for the youngins to play, but I concur, I’d love to see the organization throw a bit of vivacity onto the field for a change. I’d also love to witness a minor league evaluation come to fruition for once, and have that evaluation ultimately contribute in pinstripes.

    • Eddard says:

      They’ll be competing for the division all year. They’re finally healthy, pitching well and have a manager they actually like.

    • Chilango says:

      Good pitching, pretty solid lineup. I say yes.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      A few breaks go their way and I don’t see why they couldn’t be in it. Every team in that division is a few breaks, in either direction, from either first or last place.

    • trr says:

      too soon to tell for sure, but they do seem to have a nice balance

  21. chiggie says:

    Thank you P D exactly what I’m saying. Hope my my9 doesn’t have any Boston games.

  22. Troll says:

    Horrible first inning from Sabathia. Yuck. Didn’t he have this same problem last season? I recall him sucking major taint in the first inning . . .

  23. Chilango says:

    What’s up with CC topping out at 90? Third start, would be nice to see it ramp up. Slider and control thereof looks bad tonight. So far

  24. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Wade Miley looks like someone to keep an eye on……if you’re the authorities.

  25. SeventhAce says:

    damn it…

  26. The Real Greg says:

    Wells is starting to cool off a tiny bit.

  27. The Real Greg says:

    I will take this time to mention that Wade Miley was a supplemental 1st round pick in 2008 so the Yankees could have had him too.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:


      Cashman totally motherfucking failed.

      • The Real Greg says:

        Just adding to my points that just because the Yankees draft low in the first round doesn’t mean that they can’t draft and develop quality starting pitching.

        By the way, is your friend okay?

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          She’s good. Still a bit shaken up because of both NOT being in Boston, really feeling a connection to even the block where the explosions occurred, and the fact that most of her friends were very near the explosion, but were OK. Also had a couple of unaccounted friends who wound up being on a cruise and not in Boston.

          Thanks for asking. You’re making it hard for me to make fun of you tonight.

  28. Anderson Silva says:

    I see that CC had a horrible start. Velocity way down still??

    • The Real Greg says:

      To be fair, he was victimized by a bloop double that led to one of the runs, but other than that…

    • Chilango says:

      Greg’s giving you the Tea Party version—CC sucked in the 1st. He gave up a line shot dinger, topped out at 89-90 with a flat slider. Hope he corrects—

  29. Anderson Silva says:

    88mph, wow.. he’s actually getting worse

  30. Robinson Tilapia says:

    You don’t believe this, but CC just threw a ball 3 MPH.

  31. Pasta says:

    I hate my9 games

  32. Pasta says:

    Hes throwing as hard as pettitte

  33. Pasta says:

    Are we really going to lose to miley cyrus

  34. Robinson Tilapia says:

    CC just threw a ball and outran it.

  35. Mykey says:

    Much better result.

  36. Crespo says:

    Jesus Christ Cleveland pitching staff

  37. Pasta says:

    Has rothchild fixed any of our pitchers?
    Elland was at least entertaining to get drunk and punch aj in the eye.
    What has larry done?

  38. The Real Greg says:

    Wind is not carrying the ball out that way.

    Goldschmidt’s homer got through because it was a line drive.

  39. Jacob the OG says:

    anyone else notice robbie is still sucking against lefties? 1 for 14 so far (sss I know)

  40. Pasta says:

    Cody ross little leaguer lol love al games.

  41. Mykey says:


  42. The Real Greg says:

    Price and Moore are going to kill this lineup.

  43. forensic says:

    I have to mention tonight’s Waldman insight from the 1st inning.

    After the homer off CC, she said this is why baseball is different from all those other sports. Because every 5 days these guys go out there and you don’t know what you’re going to get because they’re human beings.

    You know, as opposed to all those other sports that aren’t played by human beings…

  44. Mykey says:

    What CC is this!?

  45. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Greg is right. If the Yanks had drafted Miley, I wouldn’t be looking at this hideous beard right now.

  46. Darren says:

    A walk’s as good as a single that doesn’t advance any runner more than one base.

  47. Dalek Jeter says:

    Lol, that game against the nationals last year was great. They’re leaving out the best part: 3 of the K’s were on 9 pitches.

  48. Crespo says:

    Prado is serious

  49. Pasta says:

    Empty stadium shot

  50. Alkaline says:

    So what’s going on? I saw we were down 2-0.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      Miley’s kind of schooling the offense, CC gave up a 2 run shot in the first and has settled down since.

  51. The Real Greg says:

    Parra is a better version of Brett Gardner

  52. Pasta says:

    Do the yankees know how to defend the drag bunt? Does cano know he has to charge it.

  53. Mickey Scheister says:

    Wow, Wells ain’t looking that hot today.

  54. Pasta says:

    Dont like Wells in 2 hole
    Rather put nunez or cervelli there against lefties.

  55. Dalek Jeter says:

    That might be the first time in his career that Youk didn’t take a HBP personally.

  56. Pasta says:

    Boy youlk gets hit alot.

  57. The Real Greg says:

    They need to get another Rh DH. Ben Francisco is useless.

  58. BigBlueAL says:

    Why did Francisco make the team instead of Juan Rivera??

  59. Mickey Scheister says:

    Francisco so high in the line-up baffles me.

  60. Pasta says:

    Ben francisco era coming to an end soon.

  61. trr says:

    not soon enough

  62. Dalek Jeter says:

    Damnit Gardy!!! Don’t scare me like that…

  63. trr says:

    not a great throw by Boesch.
    Helllooooooo Scranton!

  64. Pasta says:

    Wow boesh throws like a girl

  65. The Real Greg says:

    Almost ready to give this one away.

  66. Mickey Scheister says:

    Jack F-ing Wilson. Wow. I was talking shit at a Mariners game several years ago about how CC was gonna dominate the AB vs Wilson and what did Wilson do? Go yard against the big man. I’ve haven’t talked smack at a baseball game since…maybe a couple times.

  67. trr says:

    uh-oh, I’m posting comments too fast!

  68. Bo Knows says:

    You gotta be kiddin me, AJ Burnett has a perfect game going on….I liked AJ but seriously where the hell was this Burnett when he was in NY?!!

  69. WhittakerWalt says:

    Blecchhh, Feinsand gushing about the “gritty” Arizona players.

  70. Vern Sneaker says:

    Not to worry. I’ve begun my three-run homer dance that includes an unrepeatable chant and disgusting body noises. Always works.

  71. The Real Greg says:

    So in they end, CC has made really only 2 mistake pitches. Unfortunately that’s all Wade Miley needs.

  72. Pasta says:

    Miley looks like he belongs on Duck Dynasty.

  73. Cool Lester Smooth says:

    What I see here with my eyes!

  74. The Real Greg says:

    What a play!

  75. wheels says:

    Wow, nice play Prado

  76. Pasta says:

    Boesh runs like a girl too.

  77. Cool Lester Smooth says:

    Dammit, all three on the screws, 2 right at OFs, the other gets a sick defensive play by Prado.

  78. Winter says:

    Burnett just hit a guy, so perfect game’s gone.

  79. Cool Lester Smooth says:

    Cervi flashing the cannon.

  80. Pseudoyanks says:

    Just arrived. What have I missed?

  81. Dalek Jeter says:


  82. WhittakerWalt says:

    Fantastic. The Cervelli airmail special comes back just in time.

  83. Cool Lester Smooth says:

    How is that an error on Cervelli? It literally hit Nunez’s glove.

  84. The Real Greg says:

    This is the first game this year that I have watched that I have seen the true effect of the injuries.

  85. dkidd says:

    anyone watching what aj is doing?

  86. WhittakerWalt says:

    I”m keeping a running tally of how many times Suzyn says “he changes speeds, he hits spawts” in this game. We’re up to 8.

  87. BigBlueAL says:

    Probably a good time to bring up the fact that the Yankees have scored 25 runs in their first 7 home games and are now getting shut out tonight at home.

  88. Dalek Jeter says:

    Woot!! A wee bit of offense!!

  89. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Remember when Robbie could hit lefties?

    • The Real Greg says:

      Does it matter?

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

        Ummm…yes, very much.

        • The Real Greg says:

          I don’t really remembering him dominating lefties. I just remember him at times being the hottest hitter in baseball and at times being a complete zero.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

            wRC+ vs. LHP
            2007: 128
            2008: 113
            2009: 124
            2010: 128
            2011: 134
            2012: 78
            2013: -43

            • Dalek Jeter says:

              Wow, he must have KILLED RHP last season. Also, quick work, well done.

            • The Real Greg says:

              You know what I think. And this is pure conjecture. I think Cano has fallen in love with the home run and is trying to pull the ball, just like Tex has done.

              That 2011 was the year he won the home run derby.

              • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

                Why would that make him better vs. RHP while making him worse vs. LHP?

      • WhittakerWalt says:

        It would have mattered right there, and driven in a run.

        • The Real Greg says:

          I think the first one of the year for me.


          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

            I don’t think you understand what FALLACY means.
            There was no predetermined outcome in that situation. The runner was already in scoring position. He could have driven him in or not driven him in.

          • WhittakerWalt says:

            THAT’S NOT A FALLACY. A base hit in the spot we are all talking about, during the Cano at-bat that just happened, would almost certainly have driven in a run. You’re completely distorting the meaning of “fallacy.”

          • Havok9120 says:

            Oh, Greg.

  90. The Real Greg says:

    Just feel the confidence coming from the D-Backs team as they are making great defensive plays.

  91. Dalek Jeter says:

    Yay!!! Offensez?!

  92. Pseudoyanks says:

    BABIP Baby!

  93. Winter says:

    Picturesque double right there.

  94. Preston says:

    Come on Nuney, it’s time to start earning Eddard’s everlasting love and affection.

  95. Eddard says:

    They weren’t going to give anything to Nuney to hit. Now it’s all up to Jayson Nix so this inning might as well be over.

  96. SDB says:

    There goes AJ’s no-hitter. Ah well.

  97. Dalek Jeter says:

    I’d do the same. Why even think to challenge Nunez, who as at least semi competent with the bat when Nix is on deck.

  98. WhittakerWalt says:

    Jayson Nix, you are our only hope.

  99. Long-Past-His-Day-Rod says:

    Professional. Baseball. Player.

  100. Pseudoyanks says:

    Good eye. Good eye.

  101. Eddard says:

    Nix worked a walk! Way to contribute something. Now the real hitters can drive the runs in.

  102. Dalek Jeter says:

    Talk about a Rally!!! solid single, Bloop Double, walk, and walking Nix to force in a run?!

    I thought only Ivan Nova had innings like this!

  103. BigBlueAL says:

    Wow, patient at-bat by Nix there. Pretty shocking and good to see obviously.

  104. Tom says:

    Gardner should sit dead red and let it loose on the first pitch if he just pumps one in

  105. YankeesJunkie says:

    Gardy slam for the win hopefully!

  106. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:


  107. SeventhAce says:


  108. Long-Past-His-Day-Rod says:

    Lets fucking go!

  109. Dalek Jeter says:


  110. flamingo says:

    In play, run(s)


  111. Eddard says:


  112. WhittakerWalt says:

    That was a Damon-esque throw.

    • SeventhAce says:

      Damon’s throws are much worse, he would throw rainbows from LF. Pollock’s throw was off the mark, but no where as rainbow as Damon’s.

  113. The Real Greg says:

    That was a horrible throw by Pollock

  114. flamingo says:


  115. Cy Pettitte says:

    so many good ABs this inning, makes up for the first 6

  116. YankeesJunkie says:

    New ballgame!!!

  117. Long-Past-His-Day-Rod says:

    Wish I was at the Stadium to see the dopey Brett The Hitman picture on the secondary video screen right now.

  118. Eddard says:

    And now we can put in our LH pinch hitters against their right handers once we get down to Fransisco and Nix again.

  119. Vern Sneaker says:

    Really thought Gardner was going to see a breaking pitch there. Beautiful swing.

  120. Tom says:

    How in the world did Nunez score without his helmet flying off somewhere along the way?

  121. Cy Pettitte says:

    no PH for a sidearming righty? wtf?

  122. BigBlueAL says:

    CC is still pitching great but man you have to wonder if he cant get his velocity higher and is a 89-91 mph fastball pitcher the entire season if he can keep up pitching this good.

  123. Eddard says:

    Hafner will PH for Fransisco then he’ll stay in as DH and you don’t lose his bat if the game goes into extras. They aren’t going to PH for Wells in that spot. And Overbay will PH for Nix and come into play 1B, Youk to 3rd.

  124. SeventhAce says:

    Time to go for the kill and seal the deal.

  125. Cervelli is the Man says:

    Yanks need to close this out now.

  126. Cervelli is the Man says:

    Man gotta sing the bat.

  127. SeventhAce says:


  128. Cervelli is the Man says:


  129. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:


  130. The Real Greg says:


  131. Long-Past-His-Day-Rod says:

    Pronk, baby!

  132. Chilango says:


  133. Get Phelps Up says:

    Pronx Bomber!!
    Now it’s Mo time.

  134. Eddard says:


  135. Cy Pettitte says:

    Pronk! guy is just a beast

  136. The Real Greg says:

    That’s what I meant.


  137. Vern Sneaker says:


  138. Pasta says:

    I love pronk. That guy can hit.

  139. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Travis Hafner tonight: 1305 wRC+

  140. Havok9120 says:

    Alrighty Mo. Two days straight. You got this.

  141. SeventhAce says:

    Somewhere out there, is a miserable person watching this game saying in a tiny little chicken shit voice “They’re hitting too many homeruns…”.

  142. Pat D says:

    Say your prayers…

  143. Eddard says:

    Even with the weaker LHP lineup they were still able to mount a comeback. CC wasn’t great but he kept them at 3 and gave them a chance. This team is exceeding everybody’s expectations.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      He was great. He did exactly what he should do. Forget the velocity gun. This was vintage CC. He gave up some early runs and, like he always does, says “you’re not getting shit off me the rest of this game,” goes eight, and gives his team a chance to come back and win it.


  144. Anthony says:

    Ahh what happened, Pronk solo HR?? Stuck in class!

  145. Nefarious says:

    Its like 2001 in the Bronx all over again… well not really but still fun comeback.

  146. Dela G says:

    This game has been great. I hope ZZ can keep it up for a batter and maybe bring Mo in?

  147. Wolf says:

    Who would have thought the Yanks and Sox would stage a twin underdog race to the top of the division? Is it me, or is this season shaping up to be more fun than usual, with both teams expected to do little but performing so well?

    • Havok9120 says:

      Half the time the team that finishes dead last is leading the division at this point in April. Let’s give it a few more weeks before we start making an declarations about us and the Sox.

      Though I do think this is definitely a plausible scenario. Little as anyone wanted to hear it during the offseason, all the teams in this division are pretty equal.

      • SeventhAce says:

        Hands down toughest division in MLB, teams are going to be breathing down each others neck.

        But, it would be all the sweeter if the 2013 AL Champion BJs crash and burn.

        • Havok9120 says:

          No doubt. Especially if they do so after a single major injury.

          I mean, it’s hard to argue that anyone has been more hobbled by injury than the Yanks so far (though no doubt someone will).

  148. Havok9120 says:

    Is Gamecast lying to me or did that third pitch basically get called a ball whilst being right down the middle about belt high?

  149. Nefarious says:

    So Hughes tomorrow? Meh.

  150. Mykey says:

    I know it’s Mo, but man that second strike on Chavez was unbelievable.

  151. MickeyP says:

    Am I the only one falling in love with this rag tag team? I know it will be short lived once Jeter, Tex, and Grandy return but I’m having fun with it at the moment.

    • Chilango says:

      Starting to make Cash look like a genius. Wow. Hughes tomorrow though…

    • Havok9120 says:

      It’s fun because we’re winning.

      Watching this crew was not all that entertaining during the first week.

      • Deathstroke Heathcott says:

        Meh, series against the Red Sox and Tigers rarely are.

      • MickeyP says:

        Good point. But you have to admit watching this team win is slightly more entertaining than watching a team full of superstars trounce every opponent.

        • MickeyP says:

          Maybe heartwarming would be a better word than entertaining. Who knows.

        • Havok9120 says:

          Oh I wouldn’t argue with that. Overcoming expectations is nice.

          Still, I’ll happily take “as expected, the Yankees finish the season with 95 wins and the division title,” over “to everyone’s surprise the Yankees managed to win 88 games this year, missing out on a Wildcard spot by just half a game.”

          • MickeyP says:

            I can not disagree with you there. I highly doubt anyone here would. I suppose I’m just venting because all of the pre season doubters.

  152. flamingo says:

    Theeeeeeeee Yankees win!

  153. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Very nice win.

  154. Pseudoyanks says:

    Have I mentioned I love this team?

  155. Get Phelps Up says:

    Stealing a game like this is just the best.

  156. Cool Lester Smooth says:

    Ballgame over. Yankees win.

    Y’all know the rest.

  157. Cy Pettitte says:

    great win, now I won’t be as angry when Hughes gets destroyed tomorrow

  158. Eddard says:

    That was a great win. Great comeback fueled by the bottom of the order and then Gardner and Pronk with the big RBIs. Big win as we don’t know what we’ll get from Philbert tomorrow.

  159. Leg-End says:

    Those kind of wins are the best.

  160. flamingo says:

    It isn’t even 10 PM yet.

  161. Vern Sneaker says:

    7 out of 8. Who’d have thunk it?

  162. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Yankee baseball.

  163. Eddard says:

    The Yankees have traditionally dominated interleague play so I thought they could win this series even with Nova and Hughes pitching. NY’s lineup is still better than Arizona’s even with the injuries. Who knows, maybe Phil can even put together a quality start tomorrow. The real test this month will be the next 10 games all against TOR and TB.

    • MickeyP says:

      Toronto and Tampa are combined 10-18 with Tampa losing in the ninth to Baltimore. I think Toronto has definitely improved but the Rays have not.

      • Havok9120 says:

        Yeah, Tampa was the posterchild for the counter-argument to “but everyone else in the division has improved their roster and we’ve gone backwards!!” during the offseason.

        There were other teams which, at best, spun their wheels, but Tampa certainly didn’t do a darn thing to improve for this season.

        • Eddard says:

          And they lost James Shields so they did go backwards. I think it’s early to write them off. They’re not 10-18 teams. Are they the cream of the crop in the division? Maybe not but they’re still tougher than Arizona. I just think NL teams are at such a disadvantage in AL parks because they don’t have a ready made DH. And most of them have weaker lineups anyway. When AL teams go to NL parks they still have better lineups and AL pitcher vs NL pitcher is a wash in the lineup, AL DH vs NL DH is a big advantage AL.

  164. MickeyP says:

    I really didn’t understand how people thought everyone else improved. Tampa definitely did not. Baltimore spun their wheels as you said but they were the “luckiest” team in baseball last year. Boston had a very talented roster for two-thirds of the season but traded most of it away. And then there’s Toronto who made the biggest splash but every player they acquired has their share of question marks. Bottom line, this division is very winnable.

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