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Not Afraid of the Yankees

Posted on: April 28, 2009 10:57 am
It seems that the New York Yankees are no longer instilling a chilling fear into opposing teams.  In years past, looking forward on the calendar and seeing the Yankees coming up on the schedule, opposing pitchers would tremble and maybe even resort to the "tortoise-shell" position...waiting to be shell-shocked by the big bats in the line up.  Not so much any more.

Though very early in the 2009 season, the Yankees are in the middle of the pack, posting a 9-10 record, a .474 winning clip.  That puts them 3rd in their division of 5 teams, behind the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays.  Of the 13 teams in the American League, 6 have better records than New York.  They are all knotted up with the Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers with the identical record of 9-10 thus far.

Just for comparison, take the Detroit Tigers head-to-head with the Yanks.  Detroit won last night 4-2.  This is the first of a total of six regular season matchups between the two.  In 2008, these two teams faced each other in six regular season games.  Detroit won the season series 4-2.  In 2007, the Tigers and Yankees broke even during eight games, each taking four.  In 2006 the Yankees had a winning record of 2-5 versus the Tigers for the regular season.  New York took the first game in the post season, and got swept out of the playoffs as Detroit took the final three games.

Right now the Tigers are on top of the American League Central division of five teams at 11-8, a .579 winning percentage.  That puts them with the fourth best record in the American League.  Again, still early in the season.  Yet, with all of their woes all last year, and so many question about their starting rotation and bullpen, the Tigers are ahead of expectations.  That's good.  Bring on the Yankees for the next two games.  We're not afraid of them this year.
Category: MLB

Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: April 30, 2009 6:01 am

Not Afraid of the Yankees

I think that Joe Torre was all that was holding the Yankees together the last few years, and the Steinbrenners are finding that out the hard way. I agree that the Yankees no longer inspire awe from their opponents. On the other hand, I'm not ready to annoint Detroit as the best team in the AL Central after playing less than 12% of the season.

Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: April 29, 2009 12:18 pm

Not Afraid of the Yankees


Since: Aug 14, 2007
Posted on: April 29, 2009 12:07 pm

Not Afraid of the Yankees

ok got me there,  maybe we should stick to baseball though, or do you wanna talk about the wolverines.and lions?

Since: Feb 9, 2009
Posted on: April 29, 2009 10:59 am

Not Afraid of the Yankees

Good post, and I understand what you are saying here. Not that the Tigers are usurping the Yanks power, nor that there is some huge swing in the making, just that the Yankees don't carry that same aura or mystique that they used to have. Growing up, there was a feeling that radiated out from Tiger Stadium when the Yanks were in town, but it hardly gets noticed anymore. Maybe it has more to do with the Yanks being in a different division. Things were certainly more tense between the two teams when they were going head to head for pennants and division titles instead of seeing them less than 10 times a year. The unbalanced schedule doesn't help either. Regardless, as far as this season goes, I'd still take the Tiger's position over the Yanks. Even if they have more talent, they are in a much tougher division, giving the Tigers a better shot at the postseason. Let's hope the Tigers continue their consistently average play, it may just be enough to win the Central.

Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: April 29, 2009 9:06 am

Not Afraid of the Yankees

It is truly comical if you are trying to make the argument that other American League teams now "fear" the Detroit Tigers.  To be honest, I don't think there is really anyone to be feared in the American League right now.  There are a lot of teams all bunched up together talent wise, and no one has really been able to fully celebrate themselves from the pack.  Right now I would say the best AL team is the Boston Red Sox, but all that can change in the very near future.  The AL is really up in the air.

Since: Jan 7, 2008
Posted on: April 28, 2009 7:22 pm

Not Afraid of the Yankees

You have it backwards, the Tigers aren`t the new Yankees the Yankees are the new Tigers!

Since: Mar 30, 2008
Posted on: April 28, 2009 5:43 pm

Not Afraid of the Yankees

leave my Pistons Out of IT! Cry

Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: April 28, 2009 1:51 pm

Not Afraid of the Yankees

The Yankees have been doing this the last few years. They have stretches of mediocre ball at-best, followed up at some point by seven game win streak that puts them back in contention. I'm not saying that's gonna happen this year, but it is too early to dismiss them as an American League threat.  Wait until A-rod comes back and big Tex sees some pitches to hit. When Jeter and Swisher are the only ones consistently seeing pitches to hit, you're gonna need your pitching to step up. The Yankees haven't had that so far, but I'm sure Sabathia and Burnett will pick it up, and Wang may even figure out how to get through five innings. As much as I hate the yankees.....I don't think they are done the year.

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: April 28, 2009 1:20 pm

Not Afraid of the Yankees

The Tigers taking the role of being "feared" by the teams facing them this year?  Where in my original blog posting does this appear?  It was added to the tagline that the CBS Board moderators created to catch your eye.  My intentions were to simply point out that it seems to me that the New York Yankees can be beaten on any given night.  They have lost the aura of being a juggernaut.  Few teams go into a series with them fearing they might be swept.  As for a team in the American League that is feared in this way currently, it is not yet the Detroit Tigers.  I would say the Boston Red Sox right now seem to be the monster everyone wants to contain.

Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: April 28, 2009 1:16 pm

Not Afraid of the Yankees

agree with all those comments buckeyesteve. i would like to add 1 question tho. how about those columbus bluejackets?

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