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Take pity on me, for I am an old man. Having not watched an inning of the Angels series, I rely on Jay and Mike to talk about how the Yankees turned things around and escaped Anaheim with a series win.

We also take a long look at the pitching staff, for both the short term and the long term. Plus, the requisite trade deadline talk, which you can expect from here through July.

RAB welcomes Jack Moore to the podcast. I met Jack back when he and I wrote for FanGraphs. Jack’s now all over the place, writing for The Score and Sports on Earth (you should check out his article that should be live Friday morning).

Having founded the Brewers blog Disciples of Uecker, Jack is not only a knowledgeable Brewers fan but also an elite blog namer. If you don’t know much about the Brewers, and I imagine many Yankees fans do not, Jack gets you up to speed heading into the weekend series.

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What a frustrating series. The Yankees got the hits, but didn’t plate the runners – 4 for 33 with runners in scoring position.

Jay and I run down the gruesome details in the most upbeat manner possible.

Then Sam Miller, an editor at Baseball Prospectus, joins us to talk about the upcoming Angels series. Sam covered the Angels for the Orange County Register for a few years. You’ll learn a bit listening to him.

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We have two guests this week, plus Mike returns to the podcast after a stint on the DL.

Mike and I discuss the state of the pitching staff, with Michael Pineda headed for the DL and Ivan Nova lost for the season. The Yankees do have a few holes on the roster, which leads to a very premature discussion of potential moves they can make.

Then Jay and I talk to ESPN’s Keith Law about some pine tar (and vaseline, and Crisco), Masahiro Tanaka, and of course plenty of Yanks minor league stuff.

Finally we have Tommy Rancel from The Process Report to talk about the upcoming Rays series. The season hasn’t gone quite as expected for the boys in Tampa, but as Tommy explains they do have some hope in the coming weeks. Thankfully, they still have Erik Bedard starting in this series.

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In Episode 2 of the River Avenue Blues Podcast I’m joined by Jay Gordon. We run down the weekend series, which included some great baseball. Then it’s onto the Mariners series – and there’s a lot to say about them.

To add additional insight, we talk to Zach Sanders, writer for FanGraphs and noted Mariners fan. We touch on topics such as:

  • First impressions of Robinson Cano
  • Failures of the off-season plan
  • How a team known for pitching has been so bad
  • Things that will go better as the year goes on

Podcast run time 56:22

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Update: Instead of making things too complicated, we’re just going to use the old iTunes feed, which you can find here. The new episodes should populate soon.

Again, audio feedback is appreciated. Jay will have a better mic for the next episode hopefully.

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We’re thrilled to bring back a podcast to RAB. Because of some technical issues, we’re relaunching as the River Avenue Blues Podcast. Instead of a strict weekly show, we’ll shoot for a new podcast at the beginning of each series, so we can talk about the Yankees’ upcoming opponents. Clearly we blew that deadline this time, but we now have something to shoot for.

Mike and I will continue behind the mic, although Mike is currently on the DL. We’ll reevaluate him before Thursday’s (or Friday’s) podcast. But we have a great guest this week: ESPN’s Buster Olney.

Buster will serve as in-game reporter on Sunday Night Baseball (Angels at Yankees) alongside Dan Shulman and John Kruk at 8pm ET. Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown begins at 7pm with Karl Ravech and Hall of Famer Barry Larkin.

Olney is also an ESPN MLB Insider on ESPN.com where he writes a daily column and hosts the Baseball Tonight podcast. As many of you know, you can find him on Twitter at @Buster_ESPN.

We talk about:

  • Obligatory conversation about the pine tar incident
  • Brian Cashman‘s job security
  • The next MLB commissioner
  • How the Angels overhauled their pitching staff without splurging on free agents
  • How the first few weeks have changed thoughts and predictions about the AL East

It was a great conversation, and thanks again to Buster for coming on the show for our relaunch.

Podcast run time 46:29

Since we wanted to post this before tonight, we have limited listening options right now. Here’s the link:

River Avenue Blues Podcast: April 26, 2014, Ep. 1

In most browsers you can just click on that and it will play in-browser. You can also right click to download it. As soon as we get a few technical matters in order we’ll have it up in iTunes and all other podcast providers. (FWIW, I love BeyondPod on my Android.)

One final note: I am aware of some audio and production issues in this episode. This is something we’re going to work on for future episodes. We have the hardware and the software, so we’ll get it right before long.

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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.

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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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