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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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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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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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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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The Yanks went on quite a run, winning 10 straight before dropping the last two to the Braves. Still, they’ve played markedly better in the past month. Here’s what was happening in the last week.

  • Braves and Nats series. Even though they lost two of three to the Braves, things are still looking good.
  • The pitching in general has been phenomenal this month. Mike and I talk about what has gone into this incredible run.
  • RISP. We can’t avoid it. At one point it was frustrating. Now it’s just absurd.
  • Reader questions. I like these. Keep sending ‘em in.
  • The Mets series ahead. Why R.A. Dickey is confounding everyone.

Podcast run time 48:46

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We missed last Friday, and we’ll be missing this Friday, so why not do a Monday podcast?

  • We start by reviewing the Rays and Mets series. Obviously this is an upbeat portion, since the Yanks went 5-1 in the last week.

  • Then we turn to a sadder subject, which is Brett Gardner‘s status. He could be out for a while.
  • Last week was the draft, so Mike and I run down some things we learned from the first year with the new rules.
  • There are no rules for signing Jorge Soler, but Mike and I talk about the implications of doing so.
  • To close there’s some stuff about Ivan Nova and the upcoming series against the Braves.

Podcast run time 50:36

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