The RAB Radio Show: August 24th, 2012

The Yanks hit a rough patch in Chicago this week. Not good for the standings, but good for podcast fodder.

  • Mike and I review the frustrations of the Chicago series, with a bit on Phil Hughes‘s good start and changes he’s made.
  • Then we move onto the Nova injury. Of course it’s bad when pitchers get injured, but for the Yanks it brings some extra complications. We run down the scenarios and mention a few possible, but long shot, solutions.
  • And we’re looking forward to the next week, when the Yankees play two bottom-feeding teams at a time when they could use a few wins.

Podcast run time 45:00

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The RAB Radio Show: August 17th, 2012

There’s always less to talk about when the Yankees are winning. They took five of seven games last week, and seven of their last 10, so they’re running strong. Here the lowdown:

  • A quick review of the last week’s games.
  • Pitching, pitching, pitching: Sabathia’s injury, Lowe signing, Phelps rising, Hughes and Nova concerning.
  • The week ahead: Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, and the off-day.

Podcast run time 31:32

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The RAB Radio Show: August 10th, 2012

Sorry for missing last week. Sometimes you just forget to hit the record button. But we’re back in full force this week.

  • As always we start with the weekly review. Considering the one-run losses, plus losing games to Verlander and Felix, it’s not nearly as bad as it looks.
  • Eric Chavez has been a monster in the past two or so weeks. Not only that, but the right-handed side of the platoon has held up its end of the bargain. Alex who?
  • Mike and I have a lengthy discussion about the differences between the Mariners and the Yankees training programs for young players, as inspired by Josh Norris’s Trentonian article.
  • The new playoff system gets dissected.
  • Pedro Felciano pitched in a game this morning. Could he play a role down the stretch?

Podcast run time 54:44

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The RAB Radio Show: July 27, 2012

It’s tough to get excited for a podcast after a 2-5 road trip, but it wasn’t all bad for the Yanks. But you know what? They came out with an even run differential, thanks to losing four games by a total of four runs.

Here’s the rundown:

  • A quick review of the west coast trip
  • That transitions into a Boston preview, which can get pretty in-depth given their injuries and general poor play.
  • Trade deadline is upon us, and the Yanks made a move already, acquiring Ichiro.
  • They’re not done, though. The Yanks could use a third baseman and a pitcher. Mike and I talk about the possibilities.
  • We close with some talk of Phil Hughes, his evolution, and where he stands right now.

Podcast run time 1:05:35

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The RAB Radio Show: July 13th, 2012

After taking three of four at Fenway the Yankees had some downtime this week during the All-Star break. Still, there are plenty of goings on.

The Yankees did sign first rounder Ty Hensley. Mike and I talk about all the different implications of his shoulder injury and signing below slot. Given the changes to the draft system this year it’s interesting to compare this situation to what might have happened a year ago.

We have plenty of questions, too, including a bit of speculation (thanks, Peter Gammons!) involving Cliff Lee.

Podcast run time 1:01:54

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The RAB Radio Show: July 6th, 2012

It’s been a little bit of up and down since we last broadcast, but the Yankees managed to play even baseball (2-1 vs. the White Sox and 1-2 vs. the Rays since last Friday). We run down that and a bit more.

Of course, much of the conversation is about the upcoming Red Sox series. No matter how much we say the rivalry has dulled, a Yanks Sox series still strikes up more conversation than other series.

Since the Yankees are at exactly the halfway point, we also talk about surprises and disappointments from the first half. Honestly, I think the balance (more disappointments than surprises) bodes well for the second half.

Podcast run time 51:16

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The RAB Radio Show: June 29th, 2012

Heartbreaking loss last night, but overall it was a good week for the Yankees. Since we last broadcast they went 5-2, with one of the losses coming in the ninth. In the other they had the go-ahead run on base in the ninth.

Clearly we’re talking about the rotation issues and what they mean for the immediate future. It’s Garcia and Warren for now, but expect to see a few changes between now and the end of July. Tis the season.

We’re onto some reader questions, and then an outlook for the next week, which nearly takes us to the All-Star break.

Podcast run time 48:24

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