RealClearSports
Advertisement

Yanks Left With No Margin for Error

Mike Cassese/Reuters

Justin Verlander had done his job, pitching well enough to put his team in a position for a pivotal victory, but the final outcome was still in doubt. It was the ninth inning and Verlander, the Detroit Tigers ace, was out of the game and the closer Jose Valverde was on the mound, pitching to Derek Jeter with runners on first and second in a one-run game.

“I’m just like 45,000 other people in the stadium at that point,” Verlander said. “I’m just sitting there watching. Obviously, your heart is racing a little bit.”

Over the years the baseball world has come to...

Read Full Article »

Recommended Articles

Tigers Underperforming or Overrated?

Lynn Henning, Detroit News - May 18, 2012

It is late afternoon at Comerica Park and the scoreboard says in big, baby-blue letters that the Twins just beat the Tigers for the second consecutive day. In slightly smaller baby-blues, it insists the Tigers are 18-20 six... more »

Yankees' Advantage Over Rays Is Depth

Matthew Leach, mlb.com - May 11, 2012

Two hundred million dollars won't necessarily buy you wins. But it sure can buy you a lot of margin for error. If there's a difference between the rosters of the two favorites in the American League East this year, it's that.... more »

Emotion Aside, Pettitte's Return Mediocre

Jeff Bradley, Newark Star-Ledger - May 14, 2012

You want to take something meaningful away from Andy Pettitte’s first time back on a major-league mound in a year and a half? Then you go right ahead. Go ahead and break down Pettitte’s 6⅓-inning, 94-pitch... more »

A-Rod Longs for Normalcy He'll Never Have

Jeff Passan, Yahoo! Sports - May 11, 2012

Alex Rodriguez has played in every game this season. Sometime this summer, maybe on an extra-humid afternoon or during the 20-games-in-20-days stretch the New York Yankees face in August, manager Joe Girardi will sit him.... more »

Yankees Right in Calling Up Pettitte

John Harper, New York Daily News - May 9, 2012

Based simply on numbers, you can make the case the Yankees look desperate here, calling up Andy Pettitte to start Sunday in the Bronx before he’s truly ready. But that’s a silly way of interpreting a decision they had to... more »