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TGS: Hunter Strickland’s explosive October
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MLB Trade Rumors: Offseason Outlook: New York Yankees
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Newsday: Gary Denbo expected to replace Mark Newman in Yankees’ front office
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NY Post: With Chili Davis off market, Yankees turn to Dave Magadan
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TGS NY: Can McCann help lead the Bombers back?
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NYDN: Dave Magadan, Chili Davis are early frontrunners for Yankees hitting coach job
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TGS NY: Eleven young Yankees on the rise in 2015
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Newsday: Sources: Yankees considering Omar Minaya for high-ranking position in front office
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NY Post: Yankees make to-do list: Third base, shortstop, rotation, closer
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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.
Jeter is King

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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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Rays (70-76) @ Yankees (74-69), Thursday, September 11, 2014, 7:05pm

TBR: Alex Cobb (#53, 26, RHP, 9-7, 2.83) vs. NYY: Michael Pineda (#35, 25, RHP, 3-4, 1.80)

1. Ben Zobrist (S) 2B
2. David DeJesus (L) DH
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B
4. James Loney (L) 1B
5. Wil Myers (R) RF
6. Matt Joyce (L) LF
7. Yunel Escobar (R) SS
8. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF
9. Curt Casali (R) C

1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
2. Derek Jeter (R) SS
3. Brian McCann (L) C
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Chase Headley (S) DH
6. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
7. Stephen Drew (L) 2B
8. Chris Young (R) LF
9. Brendan Ryan (R) 3B

I am convinced at some point before the year is out, Pineda will lose a game where he allows zero runs.  You really can’t ask him to pitch better than he’s pitched in 2014, but unfortunately for him he’s surrounded by a wretched hive of an offense.

Anyway, for all intents and purposes, the Yankees’ season is over.  So I’ll mainly be watching to see if Derek Jeter can keep his OBP above .300 and his OPS above .600 by season’s end.

Today’s “fun” stat. 

Brian Roberts: .237/.300/.360, OPS+ 86
Jeter: .256/.303/.306, OPS+ 74

--Posted at 3:24 pm by SG / 47 Comments | - (0) Yankees’ Carlos Beltran: Elbow surgery decision could happen soon

NEW YORK — If the pain from the bone spur in Carlos Beltran’s elbow doesn’t subside within the next few days, the Yankees’ slugger will end his season and have surgery to remove it, he said Wednesday.

“It’s been frustrating, but it is what it is,” he said after the Yankees’ 8-4 win over the Rays at Yankee Stadium. “Nothing I could do about it.

Beltran sat out the victory. He felt pain in the elbow during batting practice before it started and manager Joe Girardi immediately pulled him out of the DH spot in the lineup.

Beltran has followed a similar routine each time the elbow pain has flared up since he discovered the injury May 13. He would get a cortisone shot, rest a few days and return to the Yankees’ lineup.

But the 37-year-old has already had three of the shots and won’t have another.

Just think.  Beltran’s only signed for two more seasons after this.

Assuming he’s done for the year, the Yankees will have paid Beltran $15M for -0.1 bWAR and -0.4 fWAR. 

Is that good or bad?

--Posted at 8:26 am by SG / 12 Comments | - (0)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 Yanks erase four-run deficit in comeback win

Mark Teixeira legged out a rare go-ahead triple, Brian McCann and Chris Young homered and the Yankees rallied to keep their postseason hopes alive with their biggest comeback win of the year, an 8-5 victory over the Rays on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Down by four runs after Chris Capuano managed to record only one out in the first inning, the Yankees struck back for six unanswered runs against Tampa Bay starter Jake Odorizzi, chasing the right-hander in the fifth.

McCann started the surge with his 18th homer of the season, 16 of which have come in the Bronx, then delivered a two-run single to trim the deficit in the third. Young tied the game in the fourth with his first homer as a Yankee, a solo shot to left field.

New York grabbed the lead in the fifth as McCann was hit by a pitch, then chugged around the bases to score as Teixeira’s triple—his first since July 6, 2012—was kicked around in the right-field corner, knocking Odorizzi from the game. Chase Headley tacked on by greeting reliever Jeff Beliveau with an RBI single.

Here’s an interesting note about the playoffs - right now there is no guarantee at all that the Athletics make the playoffs. They’re only 1.5 games up on Detroit/Seattle for the first wild card. Can you imagine how many fully erect U.S. sportwriters there will be if Billy Beane’s team doesn’t make the playoffs after Beane wrote that Brad Pitt movie about how awesome he was?

--Posted at 11:33 pm by Brian Cronin / 4 Comments | - (0)

WSJ: Yankees Want Tanaka Back Soon, but Not to Save the Season

If and when he returns to the mound, injured Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka will not do so as a savior of the 2014 season. Even if the Yankees were closer to contending, the two starts he’d likely make wouldn’t be enough to turn the tide.

Tanaka’s return, which could come at the end of next week after a promising throwing session on Tuesday, has little to do with this year and everything to do with 2015.

I’m not sure seeing Tanaka back for two starts at the end of the season will make any difference in prognosticating him remaining healthy next year, but I guess it’s better that he does make it back than not.

--Posted at 7:21 am by SG / 45 Comments | - (0)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Rays (69-75) @ Yankees (73-68), Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 7:05pm

TBR: Chris Archer (#22, 25, RHP, 8-8, 3.60) vs. NYY: Hiroki Kuroda (#18, 39, RHP, 10-8, 3.78)

Tampa Bay
1. Ben Zobrist (S) 2B
2. David DeJesus (L) DH
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B
4. James Loney (L) 1B
5. Wil Myers (R) RF
6. Matt Joyce (L) LF
7. Yunel Escobar (R) SS
8. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF
9. Ryan Hanigan (R) C

New York
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
2. Derek Jeter (R) SS
3. Brian McCann (L) C
4. Carlos Beltran (S) DH
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B
7. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B
9. Chris Young (R) LF

I’m not sure why they are even playing these games at this point.

--Posted at 3:16 pm by SG / 33 Comments | - (0)

NYDN: Yankees remain hopeful on reaching postseason, but weak offense says otherwise

The narrative would practically write itself.

Who didn’t think the Yankees would make the postseason and give Derek Jeter one last October, so we’d have one more Flip Play, one more clutch hit, one more highlight clip for his Yankeeography?

Raises hand.

--Posted at 8:32 am by SG / 16 Comments | - (0)

Monday, September 8, 2014

CBS Sports: Yankees, Fans Pay Tribute To Derek Jeter

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Derek Jeter remained as cool and collected as his play at shortstop when the New York Yankees honored their retiringcaptain with a 45-minute ceremony that included appearances by NBA great Michael Jordan and baseball ironman Cal Ripken Jr.

Jeter spoke to fans for about three minutes before Sunday’s game against Kansas City. The Yankees didn’t retire his No. 2 or unveil a plaque in Monument Park, no doubt setting up a Derek Jeter Day 2 at some future time. New York took a similar approach a half-century ago, holding a Mickey Mantle Day in September 1965 before his 2,000th game, then retiring his No. 7 in June 1969 after his playing days.

I ended up enjoying the ceremony a lot more than I thought I would.  It’s hard to believe that It’s been 20 seasons since Jeter debuted in 1995.  Whether the mainstream media has overrated Jeter is not really that important to me. 

What is important to me is that I can’t think of Jeter’s Yankee tenure as anything but an absolutely fantastic time to have been a Yankee fan.

We were spoiled by what the Yankees did from 1995 through 2012.  We almost certainly won’t see a run like that again in our lifetimes.  Jeter’s retirement will effectively close the book on that era.

The Yankees aren’t making the postseason this year, so I guess the rest of the season will be an extended Jeter send-off.  It’s kind of disappointing, but it was the same situation with Mariano Rivera last year and honestly I enjoyed it a lot more than I likely would have enjoyed a flawed Yankee team squeaking into a wild card and getting eliminated in either the play-in game or the LDS.

Hopefully I’ll enjoy the rest of 2014 in a similar way, even though I loved Mo and I hate Jeter*.

I do not really hate Jeter.  I hate the fact that his defensive limitations got ignored by large swaths of the media and that he was overrated because of that.

Update: I was wondering why Andy Pettitte wasn’t there yesterday, and apparently it was because he was on a long-planned hunting trip with his family.  I’m sure Pettitte will make an appearance at some point before the end of the season.

--Posted at 8:21 am by SG / 43 Comments | - (0)

Sunday, September 7, 2014 Yanks fall to Royals on Jeter’s special day

NEW YORK—After all the pageantry, nostalgia and ballyhoo that surrounded “Derek Jeter Day” at Yankee Stadium, the captain punctuated his speech during a pregame ceremony by reminding the sold-out crowd of 48,110: “Now we’ve got a game to play.”

The Yankees want to extend Jeter’s career for as long as possible and make this final month much more than an extended goodbye to the face of their franchise for two decades. To do so, they must win games in a hurry, so losses like Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to the Royals are especially damaging.

It pushed New York five games back of Seattle’s hold on the second American League Wild Card spot with just 21 games remaining on the Yankees’ schedule.

Jeter probably wishes he retired before this season.  It’s unfortunate his legacy will be sullied by being associated with this sorry team.

--Posted at 4:09 pm by SG / 21 Comments | - (0)

Royals (78-63) @ Yankees (73-67), Sunday, September 7, 2014, 1:05pm

KCR: Yordano Ventura (#30, 23, RHP, 11-9, 3.38) vs. NYY: Shane Greene (#61, 25, RHP, 4-2, 3.88)

1. Nori Aoki (L) RF
2. Omar Infante (R) 2B
3. Alex Gordon (L) LF
4. Salvador Perez (R) C
5. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B
6. Josh Willingham (R) DH
7. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B
8. Alcides Escobar (R) SS
9. Jarrod Dyson (L) CF

1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
2. Derek Jeter (R) SS
3. Martin Prado (R) 2B
4. Carlos Beltran (S) RF
5. Brian McCann (L) C
6. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
7. Stephen Drew (L) DH
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B
9. Ichiro Suzuki (L) LF

The Yankees are just playing out the string now, but at least it’s Derek Jeter Day, which means the first 20,000 fans get a gift basket.

It’s also the free game on today if you are not in the Yankees’ TV market, which is pretty cool.

The Yankees have had like 50 “Days” this season in a fairly transparent attempt to drum up interest since the team they’ve put on the field this year doesn’t really do it.  To me that cheapens things like what will happen today for Jeter, or at least makes it seem less noteworthy.

While I have no problem with honoring players like Paul O’Neill and such, what will they do next year when the team is likely to be worse and they’ve run out of good players to honor?  Luis Sojo Day?  Enrique Wilson Day?  Dale Polley Day?

--Posted at 9:51 am by SG / 41 Comments | - (0)

Saturday, September 6, 2014 Yanks jump on Royals to keep pace in Wild Card

The Royals lost their starting pitcher, Danny Duffy, to left shoulder soreness after he threw one pitch, and the Yankees capitalized for a 6-2 victory at Yankee Stadium on Saturday.

It may have been the break New York’s scuffling offense needed after being shut out by James Shields and Wade Davis on Friday night.

With the win, the Yankees pulled to within four games of Seattle for the second American League Wild Card spot. The Mariners play later tonight against the Rangers in Texas.

Duffy has been one of the Royals’ most reliable pitchers as they have made their run to the top of the American League Central. He owns a 2.42 ERA and had allowed more than two earned runs only once since July 6.

Liam Hendricks was thrown into the unenviable task of being asked to pitch with little notice. In four innings, he gave up seven hits and four runs (three earned). Then the Yankees tagged Casey Coleman for two runs in the fifth.

It remains to be seen if this game will help the Yankees burst out of their season-long offensive struggles, but they received contributions from various members of the lineup.

Last night’s pathetic loss was the nail in the coffin, but, well, better for them to win than to not, right? Especially since they’re not getting a top 10 pick.

Martin Prado returned, which was very helpful. How shitty is it that that guy had to get hurt after his hot streak? Even now he seems kind of hurt, but luckily he’s a good enough of a hitter to work through the injury.

In possibly cool news, Tanaka ‘getting stronger’ after latest bullpen session:

Masahiro Tanaka believes his arm fatigue is now behind him after completing his latest progression—a 34-pitch bullpen session featuring all his pitches on Saturday—toward rehabbing his injured right elbow.

Manager Joe Girardi was not sure what Tanaka’s next step would be, but it will likely be a simulated game or throwing live batting practice.
Tanaka is trying to avoid Tommy John surgery by rehabbing the partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He was sent back to New York from Toronto a week ago with arm fatigue that came about a couple of days after he threw a simulated game in Detroit. Still, Tanaka said he was not concerned about any lingering pain arising after his latest throwing session.
“I really do feel that I’m getting stronger, so I’m really not worried about it,” he said.

Yeah, I think I’m going to be worried about it…constantly.

--Posted at 6:26 pm by Brian Cronin / 6 Comments | - (0)

Friday, September 5, 2014

Royals (77-62) @ Yankees (71-66), Friday, September 5, 2014, 7:05pm

KCR: James Shields (#33, 32, RHP, 12-7, 3.38) vs. NYY: Michael Pineda (#35, 25, RHP, 3-3, 2.09)

1. Nori Aoki (L) RF
2. Omar Infante (R) 2B
3. Alex Gordon (L) LF
4. Salvador Perez (R) C
5. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B
6. Billy Butler (R) DH
7. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B
8. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF
9. Alcides Escobar (R) SS

1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
2. Derek Jeter (R) SS
3. Brett Gardner (L) LF
4. Carlos Beltran (S) DH
5. Brian McCann (L) C
6. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
7. Stephen Drew (L) 2B
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B
9. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF

The Royals are so far ahead of the Yankees in a race for the postseason that this series is essentially meaningless.  The Royals are five games ahead of the Yankees, which makes them one of only six American League teams that can say that.

In other words…


--Posted at 2:53 pm by SG / 40 Comments | - (0)

FoxSports: Reports: Cashman expected to get extension from Yankees

The New York Yankees have had an up-and-down year, but it appears as though it won’t cost general manager Brian Cashman his job.

The Yankees are expected to offer Cashman, whose three-year, $9 million deal expires in October, an extension at the end of the season, according to multiple reports.

“There hasn’t been any discussions yet,’’ a source told New York Newsday. “But he’s done a good job.’‘

Cashman has served as the team’s GM since 1998, helping the team win four World Series titles. But the Yankees have struggled the past couple of seasons and are in danger of missing the playoffs in back-to-back years for the first time since 1992-93.

Eh.  It’s hard to judge how good of a GM Cashman is given the meddling he gets from the people he reports to.  Here’s what I do think.  The Yankees have a bunch of crappy contracts.  The Yankees have a crappy minor league system.  The Yankees will have missed the postseason two years in a row despite the addition of a second wild card which sets the bar for qualifying for the postseason at a markedly mediocre level.  It’s getting harder and harder to get franchise-changing players via free agency.

And the Yankees appear to have little interest in making changes to address any of those things.

--Posted at 9:49 am by SG / 23 Comments | - (0)

Thursday, September 4, 2014 Thrill of the Chase: Headley delivers walk-off blast

NEW YORK—The Yankees have no plans of going away quietly. Mark Teixeira hit a game-tying homer and Chase Headley followed with the winning blast, a solo shot to right field, as the Bombers celebrated a 5-4 walk-off victory over the Red Sox on Thursday at Yankee Stadium.

After slogging through the first eight frames, the Yanks came alive in the ninth against Koji Uehara. Mired in a slump for most of the last month-plus, Teixeira slammed his first homer since Aug. 17, and Headley came up one out later with the game-winning shot.

Headley raised his right hand immediately as he trotted down the first-base line and was doused with an ice bucket shower by his teammates as he reached home plate, helping the Yankees take two of three games in the series from Boston.

A rare bit of excitement in a season that’s been the polar opposite of exciting.  We can ignore the fact that the Yankees probably had to sweep this series, and not have gone 3-4 in the road trip prior to it, and that you need a magnifying glass to see their postseason odds and just enjoy a fun win.

--Posted at 9:31 pm by SG / 14 Comments | - (0)

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