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.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
For all of the hype around Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier and Tyler Austin, they have one flaw in common: None of them can pitch.
The influx of youth in the Yankees lineup cannot be matched in the rotation, which is the team’s biggest question mark heading into the offseason. But there is one young starter who could help the Yankees next season, and James Kaprielian took a big step toward fulfilling that hope Wednesday night.
Kaprielian threw three shutout innings in the Arizona Fall League, striking out six and allowing one hit in his first live action since April.
“Yeah, I feel good,” Kaprielian told NJ.com. “I’m happy with where I’m at right now. I want to continue to get better, though. I think that’s the biggest thing. It’s something that I’ve taken from a lot of older guys and veterans.
It’s a long way from the AFL to the majors, but it beats throwing off flat ground.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
he Yankees have eight players assigned to the Fall League, and it’s a strong group that includes five of their top 14 prospects according to MLB Pipeline. Here’s a capsule look at each Yankees prospect who will be playing in the Arizona Fall League, which starts this afternoon and continues into late November.
Miguel Andujar, Third baseman, 21 years old
Greg Bird, First baseman, 23 years old
Gleyber Torres, Shortstop, 19 years old
Tyler Wade, Utility man, 21 years old
J.P. Feyereisen, Relief pitcher, 23 years old
James Kaprielian, Starting pitcher, 22 years old
Brody Koerner, Relief pitcher, 22 years old
Dillon Tate, Relief pitcher, 22 years old
Go to the linked article for a little bit of detail about each of the eight prospects listed.
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