Masahiro Tanaka - 27 yrs old
Nate Eovaldi - 25
Michael Pineda - 26
Chase Whitley - 26
Ivan Nova - 28
CC Sabathia - 35
Bryan Mitchell - 24
Chris Capuano - 37
That's all the starters except Adam Warren (now in the bullpen) and rookie Luis Severino.
Plus relievers Diego Moreno, Chris Martin, Sergio Santos and Andrew Miller. That's twelve total pitchers in one season. Apparently, the Yankee pitching staff is the most dangerous place in baseball. And there's still 3 weeks to go.
When you look at the list, age doesn't seem to be the issue. Sabathia and Capuano are the only ones over 30. Why is this happening? They all seemed to be babied and that hasn't helped. So either the Yanks have the best diagnostic medical staff in baseball or their strength and conditioning people aren't very good. Maybe it's the pitching coach, Larry Rothschild. When the broadcasting crew mentions his name, it's usually followed by the statement, "...one of the most respected pitching coaches in baseball." They never say "...most knowledgeable." Why is that?
This years UPS Traveling Award goes to Chris Capuano who has been brought up and sent down to Scranton 5 times this year, Apparently he just leaves a full set of clothes in the New York and Scranton clubhouses, so moving is a lot easier. It's a good thing they don't make him drive back and forth. A couple of times, he would have had to make a U-turn on the George Washington bridge.
Terrible series with Toronto. Yankee pitchers gave up 30 runs, 44 hits and 10 home runs in the 4-game series. Not only were Yankee fans unhappy, the NY pitchers weren't too thrilled either. When Girardi came out to change pitchers, a couple of them met him at the foul line. "I left the ball on the mound, Joe." By Saturday night, the Yankee pennant on the top of the stadium was a white flag.
And yet, there's still a pulse. 3 1/2 games out, but there are 20 games left, three of them with the Blue Jays. Stranger things have happened. Well, maybe not this strange.
Grass-fed beef, American cheese, bacon, kielbasa, crab dip, onion rings, a pretzel and buffalo chicken wings.It's called "The Tailgater Burger" being sold at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Cost: $18
Brad Dickson's Bottom 10
4. Idaho (0-2): The Vandals make an early-season statement in the 59-9 drubbing by USC. And that statement is: “We stink.”
7. UTSA (0-2): The Roadrunners fell 30-3 to Kansas State. The loss was only partially attributable to Texas San Antonio being distracted by the potential of the Wildcat marching band forming something really dirty.
***THEY SAID IT***
"Seven major league pitchers named “Jim” have thrown no-hitters since 1960. You know the problem with baseball? Just not enough stats." -- Brad Dickson
"CoCo Vandeweghe pounding her racquet to smithereens at the U.S. Open has gone viral. She lost the match, but she’s a smash hit" -- RJ Currie
"Some advice that shoot-from-the-lip Curt Schilling might be wise to heed: Stick a bloody sock in it." -- Dwight Perry
"Steelers coach Mike Tomlin complained that his communication headset picked up the Patriots’ radio broadcast instead of his coaches in the press box. Apparently he didn’t hear them mention that somebody should cover Rob Gronkowski." -- Todd Dewey
" Bryce Harper ripped Nationals fans for leaving games early. He better hope he never gets traded to the Dodgers." -- Bill Littlejohn
"Against Ohio State, Hawaii wore throwback Rainbow uniforms. Hawaii could have worn uniforms with jet packs and would’ve still lost to the Buckeyes." -- Brad Dickson
"There were chants of USA! USA! USA! during game one of the Yankee-Blue Jays doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Maybe Toronto’s sweep was karma’s way of saying “Stay classy, New York.” -- Janice Hough
"The “Aggie Dog,” a 4-foot, 12-pound frank being sold at Kyle Field concessions stands this season. It’s the biggest hot dog at Texas A&M since Johnny Manziel." -- Ian Hamilton
"RG3 expected to be healthy enough to get hurt Week 1." -- Headline at Sportspickle.com
"A new study claims a midday nap can lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart attack. Coincidence? The Browns versus the Jets was given a 1:00 start." -- RJ Currie
"In the first quarter of the Pittsburgh Steelers-New England Patriots game, Steelers coaches headsets did not work. I'm trying to confirm all they heard was Bill Belichick's voice going: "You're getting sleepy. Very sleepy." -- Brad Dickson
"The Patriots have an alibi. At the time the headsets began acting up, they were busy letting the air out of the Pittsburgh team bus tires." -- Brad Dickson