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It’s been a while, but Mike and I are back with a special season-opening podcast. As you can imagine, we have plenty to talk about.

  • The injuries that changed the face of the Opening Day roster.
  • The roster construction on offense.
  • A little segue about Billy Eppler’s rise in the organization.
  • The pitching construction.
  • That awful 40-man roster situation.
  • The competition.

Podcast run time 1:15:49

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The off-season is starting to move along. Qualifying offers have been extended, and the GMs have met for their annual pow-wow. The Yankees haven’t done much, but we’re starting to get a sense of how this off-season will go.

  • First up, qualifying offers to Hiroki Kuroda, Nick Swisher, and Rafael Soriano. They’re all expected to decline, which could provide the Yankees with up to three additional picks in the 2013 draft.
  • Next is the $189 million situation, which has gotten even more press this week. Mike and I talk about how the Yankees can work to get under that. It doesn’t look good, at least from our vantage points.
  • Finally, we talk about the outfield: present and future. There is a lot to like on the farm, but unfortunately those guys look like they’ll help in 2014 at the earliest, with 2015 being more realistic.

Podcast run time 37:23

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We’re back after a little layoff. But let’s be honest: no one was in the mood to listen to a post-mortem the day after a rough ending to the season.

It’s just the start of the off-season, so we’re starting small. On today’s show Mike and I discuss the impending free agents and what kind of moves the Yankees will have to make in order to fill the gaps. There will be quite a few of them.

Podcast run time 44:39

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The Yankees looked shaky at times, but when all was said and done they didn’t spend a day out of first place in September. With the No. 1 seed we won’t see them until Sunday, but there’s plenty to talk about between now and then.

  • ALDS roster: Who are you taking? Mike and I think there are 13 guarantees for position players, and we pretty much agree who gets the one up-for-grabs spot.
  • On the pitching staff there’s really just one decision to make in terms of players to take, but there is the issue of when each starter takes the ball.
  • After much Yankees-centric talk, we get to the hot button issue of the moment: would you rather play Boston or Texas?
  • And plenty more playoff preview goodness.

Podcast run time 51:39

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We’re talking about:

  • The late trend of treading water. It’s better than completely collapsing, of course, but the inability to get in a groove has been frustrating.
  • The return of Andy Pettitte and how he might get in shape for the postseason. But at this point, is he even the Game 3 starter?
  • The schedule the rest of the way. It’s easy, sure, but the Yanks can’t take anything for granted.
  • The crazy playoff picture. This would be nuts even if there were just one Wild Card.

Podcast run time 37:24

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Last week on the podcast Mike and I hoped the Yankees could take five of six from Cleveland and Toronto. They fell two short of that, all the more frustrating because all six were within reach. Now they gear up for the most important 10-game stretch of the season. We’re talking about last week, the September call-ups and healing players, plus really talking about the importance of this weekend’s series.

Podcast run time 38:12

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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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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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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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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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