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Yankees (49-45) @ Mariners (48-49), Friday, 7/21/2017, 10:10p ET
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Yankees (48-45) @ Mariners (48-48), Thursday, 7/20/2017, 10:10p ET
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Yankees (48-44) @ Twins (47-46), Wednesday, 7/19/2017, 01:10p ET
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Look what people have to say about the RLYW!

CAIRO just takes the Marcels and changes the underlying assumptions and components in a bunch of ways that make the Yankees look better.

Wow, two stupid posts in one day. I think you’ve reached your yearly quota.

I don’t know if any of you current posters were around for that, but if so, I just can’t understand how you can call yourselves Yankee fans. Pathetic quitters is what you sounded like. Of the lame posts I could stand to read, the only person who had any confidence in the Yankees at that point was a (yeesh) Red Sox fan.
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Quite the attitude you have SG. Maybe you should shitcan this blog and join Steve at WasWatching? Or follow some other stupid team that has made the PS 15 of the last 17 years. Jeez… and some people think Yankee fans are entitled.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Reds (41-58) @ Yankees (51-46), Tuesday, 7/25/2017, 07:05p ET

Reds: Luis Castillo (R): (35 IP, 3.86 ERA) vs. Yankees: Jordan Montgomery (L): (101.1 IP, 4.09 ERA)

1. Billy Hamilton (S) CF .258/.305/.339
2. Eugenio Suarez (R) 3B .259/.358/.461
3. Joey Votto (L) 1B .298/.419/.582
4. Adam Duvall (R) DH .268/.318/.521
5. Patrick Kivlehan (R) LF .212/.293/.404
6. Devin Mesoraco (R) C .230/.331/.434
7. Scott Schebler (L) RF .236/.316/.485
8. Jose Peraza (R) SS .250/.274/.325
9. Arismendy Alcantara (S) 2B .196/.204/.283

1. Brett Gardner (L) CF .256/.346/.452
2. Clint Frazier (R) LF .295/.302/.607
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .310/.434/.649
4. Matt Holliday (R) DH .238/.334/.462
5. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .304/.335/.495
6. Chase Headley (S) 1B .266/.348/.383
7. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .125/.222/.125
8. Tyler Wade (L) 2B .138/.265/.241
9. Austin Romine (R) C .236/.297/.312

Where would the Yankees be without Todd Frazier?

--Posted at 3:49 pm by SG / 68 Comments | - (0)

Sunday, July 23, 2017 Didi, C. Frazier carry Yanks past Mariners

Clint Frazier hit a go-ahead two-run double in the sixth and four relievers combined for shutout relief to lift the Yankees to a 6-4 win over the Mariners at Safeco Field on Sunday.

New York recorded its first series win since a three-game sweep of the Orioles from June 9-11. With Sunday’s win, New York remains 2 1/2 games back of the Red Sox in the tightly contested American League East and a game up on the Royals and the Rays for the first AL Wild Card spot.

The Yankees GAINED a game on the Red Sox. I dunno why has them as REMAINING 2.5 back of the Sox.

Anyhow, our long national nightmare is over, the Yankees have actually won a series!

Caleb Smith didn’t pitch terribly, but nor did he pitch so well that it would rule out Luis Cessa making this start the next time through the rotation. Someone asked Girardi about Chance Adams and he told them that it was out of his control. He says that they tell him that Adams is not ready yet. Okie doke.

The Yankees took a three-run lead, lost the lead and then got it back via a huge two-run double by Clint Frazier (the pointing after the double was kind of douchey, though).

I think when Aaron Hicks comes back, they really need to just start rotating the four good outfielders between the outfield and the DH spot and rest Holliday (or if he wants to play, grab a first base mitt). Don’t look now, but Chase Headley actually looks kind of sort of competent and Didi is in the middle of one of his hot streaks. Sanchez is in a bit of a slump, but I still like him batting ahead of Holliday. Gardner/Frazier/Judge/Sanchez is a really nice 1-4. If Hicks returns, imagine a 1-5 of Gardner/Hicks/Judge/Sanchez/Frazier. Holy crap! I can’t get over how good Frazier is.

Aroldis Chapman tried to blow this game, too, but he got out of it and nabbed the save. Something is not right with that guy.

The Yankees have and off game before they likely go back to not winning series, as they play the Reds in a two-game set at Yankee Stadium that will mostly result in a 1-1 split, as these things so often do.

The Royals are starting to win some games, so the Yankees need to start winning to at least lock a WIld Card spot down.

--Posted at 10:36 pm by Brian Cronin / 70 Comments | - (0) Judge belts 32nd HR, but Yanks fall in extras

Another Aaron Judge home run wasn’t enough for the Yankees on Saturday as Nelson Cruz singled home Ben Gamel in the bottom of the 10th inning and the Mariners pulled off a 6-5 walk-off win in a back-and-forth affair at Safeco Field.

Gamel, acquired from the Yankees in August, scorched a leadoff double off Adam Warren, who then intentionally walked Robinson Cano before Cruz delivered with his American League-leading 75th RBI for Seattle’s fifth walk-off victory of the year

I truly do believe in the theory that most close losses are just statistical noise, and that the Yankees are just running into some astronomically bad luck the last month and a half (they’re 9-19 in one-run games. That’s crazy), but man, it sure is difficult to convince yourself when it feels like every reliever who pitches well when the game ISN’T on the line suddenly pitches poorly when it IS. Like David Robertson was great the other day with a 2-run lead. Then in a tie game he gives up a home run. Or Adam Warren has been lights out…except when he pitched in the 10th in a tie game and got rocked. It’s just very, very frustrating to watch.

Especially when the Yankees won the first two games of the series to give us hope that they might actually pull out a series win, only to dash said hopes.

That said, while the Yankees probably still split this series, they at least came to their senses and have pulled Luis Cessa from the rotation and are instead pitching Caleb Smith on Sunday. Win or lose, that decision makes me feel a whole lot better about the finale of this series. Caleb Smith could easily lose the game (he literally lost the only game he’s ever pitched), but he gives you hope that he might actually win it, something that Luis Cessa doesn’t give you. So hey, at least Sunday’s game will be interesting to watch! And boy, it sure is great to see young talent be rewarded.

--Posted at 5:32 am by Brian Cronin / 81 Comments | - (0)

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Yankees (50-45) @ Mariners (48-50), Saturday, 7/22/2017, 09:10p ET

Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R): (109.2 IP, 5.33 ERA) vs. Mariners: Ariel Miranda (L): (109.2 IP, 4.35 ERA)

1. Brett Gardner (L) CF .254/.345/.447
2. Clint Frazier (R) LF .294/.302/.627
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .313/.435/.651
4. Matt Holliday (R) DH .242/.339/.468
5. Gary Sanchez (R) C .270/.351/.480
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .302/.332/.477
7. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .111/.200/.111
8. Garrett Cooper (R) 1B .190/.190/.333
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 2B .283/.307/.359

1. Jean Segura (R) SS .338/.375/.462
2. Ben Gamel (L) LF .319/.372/.448
3. Robinson Cano (L) 2B .272/.335/.474
4. Nelson Cruz (R) DH .284/.367/.518
5. Kyle Seager (L) 3B .255/.325/.431
6. Danny Valencia (R) 1B .270/.329/.429
7. Mitch Haniger (R) RF .270/.370/.455
8. Jarrod Dyson (L) CF .238/.318/.358
9. Mike Zunino (R) C .228/.296/.460

--Posted at 8:10 pm by SG / 72 Comments | - (0) Judge gives CC a huge b-day bash in Seattle

CC Sabathia celebrated his 37th birthday with a victory over the Mariners on Friday, with Aaron Judge delivering the biggest present—a towering three-run home run that nearly exited Safeco Field—as the Yankees won their second straight, 5-1.

Sabathia threw five-plus innings of one-run ball as he improved to 9-3 with a 3.44 ERA. It’s the first time in six tries that Sabathia has won on his birthday, but it’s no surprise that success finally came at Safeco, where he’s 10-1 with a 2.08 ERA in 14 starts.

“He had to battle tonight, because he didn’t have his great stuff,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “It actually was probably best the last couple of innings. … But he battled out of the first inning, and he’s always had a lot of heart, and that’s what we’re getting.”

Judge supplied the fireworks with his fifth-inning blast into the last rows of the upper deck in left field off Mariners rookie Andrew Moore, his Major League-leading 31st home run of the year. Judge also had a sacrifice fly in the third as he hiked his season RBI total to 72, two behind American League leader Nelson Cruz of the Mariners.

Holy shit, was that ball crushed. It almost left the stadium! That was Judge’s first home run of the second half and yet he is still leading the Majors in home runs. Hopefully this kickstarts a run of great performances for Judge. I’d really love to see Clint Frazier bat 2nd in the lineup with Judge 3rd and Sanchez 4th. Not only would it help the Yankees, but it would also be a nice little boost for the offense, but it sure would be nice to see the future of the franchise batting back-to-back-to-back!

Wow, winning the first two games of the series. Crazy. Good thing they have Luis freakin’ Cessa pitching on Sunday.

--Posted at 2:04 am by Brian Cronin / 55 Comments | - (0)

Friday, July 21, 2017

Yankees (49-45) @ Mariners (48-49), Friday, 7/21/2017, 10:10p ET

Yankees: CC Sabathia (L): (84 IP, 3.54 ERA) vs. Mariners: Andrew Moore (R): (24 IP, 5.25 ERA)


1. Jean Segura (R) SS .344/.382/.470
2. Danny Valencia (R) 1B .273/.332/.435
3. Robinson Cano (L) 2B .271/.333/.472
4. Nelson Cruz (R) DH .283/.365/.520
5. Kyle Seager (L) 3B .254/.321/.430
6. Mitch Haniger (R) RF .265/.367/.454
7. Guillermo Heredia (R) CF .269/.331/.357
8. Ben Gamel (L) LF .317/.371/.444
9. Mike Zunino (R) C .232/.300/.468

--Posted at 5:37 pm by SG / 86 Comments | - (0) Severino, bullpen handcuff Mariners

Brett Gardner’s solo home run in the sixth inning helped lift the Yankees to a 4-1 victory over the Mariners on Thursday, as flame-throwing Luis Severino out-dueled Felix Hernandez in the opening game of a four-game series at Safeco Field.

Hernandez threw a seven-inning gem, allowing just three hits and one run with nine strikeouts, but was the tough-luck loser as he fell to 5-4 with a 3.88 ERA. Robinson Cano had a pair of hits against his former Yankees team, but Seattle lost its opening game of a key 10-game homestand after a 5-1 road trip got it back in Wild Card contention.

What a hell of a performance by Luis Severino! Dude hit 101.2 MPH at one point in the game! That’s the fastest pitch thrown by a starter all season! Wow!

Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman…well…they only gave up one run in two innings, so that’s something. Chapman DID, at least, throw his killer slider for strike three against Jean Segura and Ben Gamel, so that was nice. More of that, please!

--Posted at 1:03 am by Brian Cronin / 44 Comments | - (0)

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Yankees (48-45) @ Mariners (48-48), Thursday, 7/20/2017, 10:10p ET

Yankees: Luis Severino (R): (113.2 IP, 3.40 ERA) vs. Mariners: Felix Hernandez (R): (55.2 IP, 4.20 ERA)

1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .255/.349/.445
2. Gary Sanchez (R) C .274/.352/.489
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .312/.433/.645
4. Matt Holliday (R) DH .245/.344/.479
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .312/.350/.481
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .291/.321/.468
7. Todd Frazier (R) 3B—/.500/—
8. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .254/.330/.368
9. Chase Headley (S) 1B .257/.339/.368

1. Jean Segura (R) SS .346/.385/.475
2. Ben Gamel (L) LF .319/.373/.444
3. Robinson Cano (L) 2B .266/.330/.467
4. Nelson Cruz (R) DH .284/.368/.525
5. Kyle Seager (L) 3B .253/.319/.428
6. Danny Valencia (R) 1B .270/.330/.434
7. Mitch Haniger (R) RF .265/.370/.459
8. Jarrod Dyson (L) CF .243/.324/.366
9. Mike Zunino (R) C .234/.297/.472

If the Yankees wanted a corner IF who could OPS .500 they should have just kept Chris Carter.  Anyway, interesting to see Starlin Castro out-producing Robinson Cano in AVG/OBP/SLG.  Maybe the Yankees were right to sign Ellsbury after all.

--Posted at 8:11 pm by SG / 92 Comments | - (0)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 Montgomery hit hard as Yanks fall in finale

Jose Berrios threw 6 2/3 strong innings and Miguel Sano crushed a three-run homer as part of a six-run second inning to lift the Twins to a 6-1 win over the Yankees on Wednesday, marking their first series victory over New York in Minnesota since 2008. It was also the first series win for the Twins over the Yankees since ‘14.

Unable to find his curveball or changeup early, Yankees lefty Jordan Montgomery was hit hard, allowing six runs on seven hits and a walk over six innings. All six runs came with two outs in the second, keyed by a two-run single from Zack Granite, an RBI single from Eduardo Escobar and Sano’s team-leading 23rd blast of the year.

Oh man, Jordan Montgomery sure picked a good time to have his shittiest performance of the season. 6 runs in a single inning. Damn, that’s Tyler Clippard territory (Fare thee well, Clip. As Chase Headley so eloquently said, you’re a person and a professional).

Oh well, this team stinks. At least we can look forward to Luis Cessa on Sunday.

--Posted at 5:12 pm by Brian Cronin / 62 Comments | - (0)

Yankees (48-44) @ Twins (47-46), Wednesday, 7/19/2017, 01:10p ET

Yankees: Jordan Montgomery (L): (95.1 IP, 3.78 ERA) vs. Twins: Jose Berrios (R): (73 IP, 3.70 ERA)

1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .253/.348/.446
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .258/.332/.374
3. Gary Sanchez (R) DH .279/.357/.498
4. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .309/.348/.480
5. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .291/.318/.469
6. Clint Frazier (R) RF .279/.289/.651
7. Garrett Cooper (R) 1B .222/.222/.389
8. Austin Romine (R) C .237/.291/.314
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B .286/.311/.363

1. Brian Dozier (R) 2B .250/.336/.440
2. Eduardo Escobar (S) 3B .273/.322/.435
3. Miguel Sano (R) 1B .273/.370/.533
4. Robbie Grossman (S) LF .258/.383/.389
5. Max Kepler (L) RF .262/.332/.438
6. Chris Gimenez (R) C .198/.331/.377
7. Ehire Adrianza (S) SS .292/.342/.400
8. Jorge Polanco (S) DH .221/.272/.316
9. Zack Granite (L) CF .091/.200/.136

--Posted at 11:12 am by SG / 67 Comments | - (0)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 Yanks acquire Frazier from Sox in 7-player deal

The White Sox completed a trade with the Yankees on Tuesday to send third baseman Todd Frazier, closer David Robertson and hard-throwing reliever Tommy Kahnle for outfield prospects Blake Rutherford and Tito Polo, pitching prospect Ian Clarkin and right-handed reliever Tyler Clippard.

“We made the determination that bundling these three players together was the best way to maximize our return on any transaction,” said Rick Hahn, the White Sox senior vice president/general manager. “We felt this trade with the Yankees brought back the most quality as opposed to spreading our assets across multiple deals.”

Frazier, a New Jersey native and resident, is set to become a free agent after the season, and he has been the focus of trade rumors since this past weekend. Robertson, who is owed the remainder of $12 million in 2017 and $13 million in ‘18, is returning to New York, where he pitched from 2008-14 before signing with the White Sox after the ‘14 season.

Kahnle is having a breakout 2017 campaign, posting a 2.50 ERA over 37 games, along with 60 strikeouts and seven walks over 36 innings. Kahnle was selected by the Yankees in the fifth round of the 2010 MLB Draft.

It’s not a terrible trade, but it is a shame to use one of their top trading chips in Rutherford and not even get back a starting pitcher. That’s what they really could use. Sonny Gray? Him I would trade Rutherford for. D-Rob, Frazier and Tommy Kahnle? Eh.

That said, it does a few interesting things. One, it got rid of Tyler Clippard, thank god. Two, it kept the BoSox from getting D-Rob, which would have hurt my soul. Three, it gives the Yankees a really, really good back of the bullpen. Warren, Kahnle, Betances, D-Rob and Chapman? Holy shit! And Frazier isn’t awful as a new first baseman. The Yankees are going to have to make two more 40-man moves, though, to make room for the three new additions to the 40-man (Clippard leaving makes room for one of the new guys).

Tito Polo came over in the Ivan Nova trade. He was playing well, but he is not apparently much of a prospect. Ian Clarkin could be good, but I personally wrote him off a while ago.

Expect to see a lot of this picture - Todd Frazier, as a 12-year old Little Leaguer being honored at Yankee Stadium in 1998…

--Posted at 11:23 pm by Brian Cronin / 60 Comments | - (0) With 5-run 5th, Yanks tie up series with Twins

Didi Gregorius homered as part of a five-run fifth inning, pushing the Yankees past the Twins, 6-3, on Tuesday at Target Field. New York evened the series with the victory and is now 11-3 in its last 14 meetings with Minnesota.

Aaron Judge, who finished the night 2-for-4 with an intentional walk, knocked home the go-ahead run with a fifth-inning single off Ryan Pressly. The two hits for Judge were double the amount of knocks he had recorded since the All-Star break. He is now 3-for-25 in the second half of the season.

Big win for the Yankees, although it was embarrassing it was ever even in doubt with how poorly Bartolo Colon has pitched so far this season.

The bigger news is the trade that just happened. I’ll make another thread for the trade.

--Posted at 11:21 pm by Brian Cronin / No Comments | - (0)

Yankees (47-44) @ Twins (47-45), Tuesday, 7/18/2017, 08:10p ET

Yankees: Luis Cessa (R): (23.2 IP, 4.18 ERA) vs. Twins: Bartolo Colon (R): (63 IP, 8.14 ERA)


1. Brian Dozier (R) 2B .249/.332/.436
2. Zack Granite (L) CF .111/.200/.167
3. Joe Mauer (L) 1B .285/.360/.398
4. Miguel Sano (R) 3B .270/.366/.521
5. Max Kepler (L) RF .260/.331/.435
6. Robbie Grossman (S) DH .258/.383/.387
7. Eddie Rosario (L) LF .289/.326/.463
8. Jorge Polanco (S) SS .222/.271/.319
9. Jason Castro (L) C .217/.313/.362

Remember the discussion about how .500 teams don’t have 20-5 runs in them?

--Posted at 3:49 pm by SG / 135 Comments | - (0) Cooper’s three hits not enough in Minnesota

Eduardo Escobar delivered a go-ahead, pinch-hit RBI single in the eighth inning and Eddie Rosario drove in a pair of runs to help the Twins to a 4-2 win over the Yankees in the series opener on Monday night at Target Field.

Minnesota took the lead with two eighth-inning runs, spoiling Caleb Smith’s Major League debut. Joe Mauer sparked the rally with a leadoff single just out of Aaron Judge’s reach, a play with an 18-percent catch probability, and Miguel Sano followed with a single to left field. Escobar delivered what proved to be a game-winning single into left field, while Rosario provided insurance with an RBI double.

This team has so many bad losses that this one barely registered. That said, it was still an awful loss, especially when Didi tried to bunt with two outs and a runner on third base. Holy shit, Didi! The third baseman was playing in! What in the ever-loving fuck were you thinking?

They wasted a great game by Garrett Cooper.

There were some things to like about it, though. First off, Caleb Smith should be in the rotation right away. He looked great and, more importantly, he looks better than Bryan Mitchell or Luis Cessa. Mitchell, though, continues to be a non-embarrassing pitcher. He wouldn’t be a bad long man. But Cessa would probably be an even better long man. So lose Mitchell, make Cessa the long man and put Smith into the rotation!

By the way, Clint Frazier looked great in the #2 spot. Great call by the Yankees. I hope we see more of that. Frazier really should be the everyday left fielder right now, with Gardner the main centerfielder and Ellsbury getting a few games here and there.

--Posted at 8:53 am by Brian Cronin / 28 Comments | - (0)

Monday, July 17, 2017

Yankees (47-43) @ Twins (46-45), Monday, 7/17/2017, 08:10p ET

Yankees: Bryan Mitchell (R): (16 IP, 5.06 ERA) vs. Twins: Adalberto Mejia (L): (65 IP, 4.43 ERA)

1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .262/.333/.380
2. Clint Frazier (R) LF .286/.297/.686
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .313/.434/.655
4. Matt Holliday (R) DH .250/.351/.492
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .312/.349/.485
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .288/.317/.461
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B .258/.342/.369
8. Garrett Cooper (R) 1B .100/.100/.200
9. Austin Romine (R) C .235/.290/.307

1. Brian Dozier (R) 2B .247/.332/.436
2. Zack Granite (L) CF .071/.188/.143
3. Joe Mauer (L) 1B .285/.358/.399
4. Miguel Sano (R) 3B .270/.368/.524
5. Max Kepler (L) RF .263/.335/.441
6. Kennys Vargas (S) DH .247/.290/.437
7. Eddie Rosario (L) LF .286/.323/.456
8. Ehire Adrianza (S) SS .290/.333/.403
9. Jason Castro (L) C .217/.315/.359

--Posted at 7:01 pm by SG / 51 Comments | - (0)

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