Wednesday, November 2, 2016
1. Dexter Fowler (S) CF (.276/.393/.447, 4.2 bWAR)
2. Kyle Schwarber (L) DH (.000/.200/.000, -0.1 bWAR)
3. Kris Bryant (R) 3B (.292/.385/.554, 7.7 bWAR)
4. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B (.292/.385/.544, 5.7 bWAR)
5. Ben Zobrist (S) LF (.272/.386/.446, 3.8 bWAR)
6. Addison Russell (R) SS (.238/.321/.417, 4.3 bWAR)
7. Willson Contreras (R) C (.282/.357/.488, 1.8 bWAR)
8. Jason Heyward (L) RF (.230/.306/.325, 1.5 bWAR)
9. Javier Baez (R) 2B (.273/.314/.423, 3.4 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.269/.358/.457, 32.3 bWAR)
1. Carlos Santana (S) DH (.259/.366/.498, 3.0 bWAR)
2. Jason Kipnis (L) 2B (.275/.343/.469, 4.1 bWAR)
3. Francisco Lindor (S) SS (.301/.358/.435, 5.7 bWAR)
4. Mike Napoli (R) 1B (.239/.335/.465, 1.0 bWAR)
5. Jose Ramirez (S) 3B (.312/.363/.462, 3.9 bWAR)
6. Lonnie Chisenhall (L) RF (.286/.328/.439, 1.4 bWAR)
7. Rajai Davis (R) CF (.249/.306/.388, 0.4 bWAR)
8. Coco Crisp (S) LF (.231/.302/.397, 0.4 bWAR)
9. Roberto Perez (R) C (.183/.285/.294, 0.5 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.267/.338/.442, 20.4 bWAR)
Bold prediction. One group of fans will be very happy tonight, and one group will be very disappointed.
I’m just rooting for an interesting game, with a slight personal preference for the American League representatives.
Monday, October 31, 2016
The Yankees missed the playoffs for the third time in four years, but finally their youth movement has begun. This offseason will determine how quickly they return to big league relevance.
1. Gleyber Torres, ss
2. Clint Frazier, of
3. Blake Rutherford, of
4. Jorge Mateo, ss
5. James Kaprielian, rhp
6. Aaron Judge, of
7. Justus Sheffield, lhp
8. Chance Adams, rhp
9. Dustin Fowler, of
10. Domingo Acevedo, rhp..
It’s nice to see three of the prospects the Yankees acquired for Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller in this list as we watch them dominating in the postseason.
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Indians reliever Andrew Miller offered a window into the Yankees’ bullpen world this year with the big three of himself, Aroldis Chapman, and Dellin Betances and how there was some confusion at times for manager Joe Girardi.
“I know when Chapman came back to us for the Yankees this year, Dellin and I were kind of up in the air about what order we would pitch,’’ Miller said. “And in some instances it created a mess because we were both warming up next to each other.
Managing his bullpen has generally been a strength of Girardi’s, but over the last few seasons it feels like he’s gotten worse. I don’t know if the data backs it up and it’s pretty hard to mess up a bullpen with some of the options Girardi has had at his disposal, but I’ve been less than enamored with some of his decisions. In particular, I feel he’s tired out Dellin Betances a lot more than he needed to, and that may have contributed to his struggles down the stretch.
It’ll be interesting to see what he does next year when he doesn’t have options like Miller and Aroldis Chapman along with Betances and has to deviate from a bullpen-by-numbers approach.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
CLEVELAND — Here’s the good news for the Yankees, who have not won a playoff series since 2012.
The Indians, who begin World Series play Tuesday night at Progressive Field against the Cubs, had the biggest of plans for key young pieces, outfielder Clint Frazier and left-handed pitcher Justus Sheffield, two of the players the Bombers received in that deadline deal for Andrew Miller, who helped win the AL pennant for Cleveland.
“They were a big part of our future planning,’’ Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti told The Post. “We’re working on parallel paths right now as an organization, what’s going on in our major leagues, which is something that is exciting and obviously Andrew has been a huge part of it, but at the same time we are looking at our offseason planning for the next three years, and there are some big holes in that planning that we were kind of counting on, the guys that we traded to New York.
“We knew we were going to have to pay a stiff price in prospects, and ultimately we did. We felt it was worthwhile, but we gave up some of our best guys.’’
Miller’s been outstanding for Cleveland and I think it made sense for them to trade for him, but I sure hope Frazier and Sheffield make it hurt for the next decade or so.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
What’s wrong with just watching a baseball game?
Yankee Stadium is preparing to become the ultimate hangout in the Bronx for adults and children alike.
The Yankees announced Monday that the Stadium will undergo its first series of major design enhancements since the ballpark opened in 2009, adding seven new social gathering spaces as well as additional food and beverage areas. Construction will begin this week with the anticipated debut coming prior to the start of the 2017 season.
“We have listened to our fans and ticketholders and their top requests were for more family-friendly and socially-oriented spaces at Yankee Stadium,” said Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner in a statement. “Yankees fans will now have many more dedicated areas for spending time with guests who have tickets in other sections of the Stadium, allowing all guests to be able to enjoy the game from multiple vantage points while having unique food and drink options available to them.
I thought people went to baseball games to watch baseball?
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Let’s get this straight. Pitching prospect Dillon Tate, a No. 4 pick in the 2015 draft whom the Yankees acquired Aug. 1 from the Rangers in the Carlos Beltran deal, is a “nice kid” with a good arm and a strong work ethic, but he also “can’t pitch,” according to one scout.
The veteran scout, who — according to NJ.com — has deep knowledge of the Yankees farm system, understands why teams marvel at the 22-year-old’s rocket arm, but he’s not convinced the right-hander has what it takes to match their high expectations.
“I can’t get into too much of why I know this, but if Tate doesn’t change his pre-game and if he doesn’t change how he goes about his work, he’ll never succeed … period,” the scout told the website before a Yankees’ Arizona Fall League game.
“He works hard. It’s not his work ethic. It’s how he works. It’s what he does and his stubbornness in it. If he doesn’t change that, he won’t succeed.”
What the hell does this even mean?
Monday, October 17, 2016
You might think Brian Cashman would be rooting against a Cubs-Indians World Series, considering that he armed each with a weapon that is vital to their hopes of winning it all.
Instead the Yankee GM indicates he’d kind of like to see such a matchup, with ex-Yankee relievers Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman each looming as difference-makers, one for the Indians, one for the Cubs.
“I want the teams that stepped up and made those trades to be rewarded for doing so,’’ Cashman said by phone on Friday. “It would justify the action they took.
“I have absolutely no regrets about the deals we made — other than being in the position we were in. We did what we had to do, and hopefully everybody wins.’’
Andrew Miller has sure been fantastic this postseason, hasn’t he? The Yankees should bring him back in 2019.
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