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Anonymous MLB Scout: They[The Yankees] have more in their farm system than people think
(9 Comments - 7/29/2014 12:36:59 pm)

Yankees.com: Gardner has Yu’s number, but Yanks fall in Texas
(8 Comments - 7/29/2014 11:50:16 am)

Yankees (54-50) @ Rangers (41-64), Monday, July 28, 2014, 8:05pm
(51 Comments - 7/28/2014 11:26:34 pm)

USA Today: Injured Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki shows up at Yankees game
(14 Comments - 7/28/2014 7:42:37 pm)

NJ.com: Yankees end homestand with 5-4 loss to Blue Jays
(13 Comments - 7/28/2014 4:03:33 pm)

Blue Jays (54-50) @ Yankees (54-48), Saturday, July 26, 2014, 1:05pm
(92 Comments - 7/28/2014 10:14:35 am)

MLB.com: Cashman prioritizes adding bat before August
(13 Comments - 7/26/2014 10:34:05 am)

Blue Jays (54-49) @ Yankees (53-48), Friday, July 25, 2014, 7:05pm
(52 Comments - 7/26/2014 10:13:21 am)

CBS Sports: Yankees acquire Chris Capuano from Rockies for cash
(7 Comments - 7/25/2014 10:21:16 am)

Yankees.com: Victorious McCarthy continues to stabilize Yanks
(20 Comments - 7/24/2014 9:15:12 pm)


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.
-alskor

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

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.
OldYanksFan




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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Anonymous MLB Scout: They[The Yankees] have more in their farm system than people think

One American League scout on the Yankees’ farm system: “They have more in their farm system than people think. They have some arms, they have the Aaron Judge kid, [Luis] Severino, [Gary] Sanchez, [Peter] O’Brien, [Eric] Jagielo. If they wanted to make a deal, they have enough to give up.”

Sure, if the Yankees are willing to trade most of their top five prospects they can make a deal. 

I sure hope they don’t.

--Posted at 9:12 am by SG / 9 Comments | - (0)




Monday, July 28, 2014

Yankees.com: Gardner has Yu’s number, but Yanks fall in Texas

ARLINGTON—Brett Gardner continued to show off his head-scratching dominance of Yu Darvish, but the Rangers batted around against David Phelps in a four-run fifth inning and defeated the Yankees, 4-2, on Monday night at Globe Life Park.

New York lost its third straight game, flushing an early lead on a night when Gardner homered twice and Derek Jeter went 3-for-4, passing Carl Yastrzemski with his 3,420th career hit and claiming sole possession of seventh place on baseball’s all-time list.

J.P. Arencibia’s two-run single with two outs served as the go-ahead knock off Phelps, who had hurled four scoreless innings to start the game but left a mistake over the plate on an 0-2 pitch to the Texas first baseman, who came into the game batting .147.

- Yu Darvish is very good
- The Yankee offense aside from TPBG is not. 
- David Phelps made one bad pitch to Arencibia, and that was pretty much the game.

The Yankees have dropped three straight games.

--Posted at 10:14 pm by SG / 8 Comments | - (0)



Yankees (54-50) @ Rangers (41-64), Monday, July 28, 2014, 8:05pm

NYY: David Phelps (#41, 27, RHP, 5-4, 3.77) vs. TEX: Yu Darvish (#0, 27, RHP, 9-6, 2.92)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF
2. Derek Jeter (R) SS
3. Brian McCann (L) 1B
4. Carlos Beltran (S) DH
5. Chase Headley (S) 3B
6. Francisco Cervelli (R) C
7. Brian Roberts (S) 2B
8. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
9. Zoilo Almonte (S) LF

Rangers
1. Shin-Soo Choo (L) RF
2. Elvis Andrus (R) SS
3. Alex Rios (R) DH
4. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B
5. Jim Adduci (L) LF
6. J.P. Arencibia (R) 1B
7. Leonys Martin (L) CF
8. Chris Gimenez (R) C
9. Rougned Odor (L) 2B

I don’t suppose there’s any chance this game can get rained out after 5 innings?

The Yankees have recalled Zoilo Almonte for some bizarre reason, and have designated Jeff Francis for assignment.  He will be missed.

--Posted at 5:39 pm by SG / 51 Comments | - (0)



USA Today: Injured Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki shows up at Yankees game

Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who landed on the 15-day disabled list with a hip flexor strain, flew to Philadelphia Saturday to have a specialist examine him. According to MLB.com’s Thomas Harding, Tulowtizki visited Dr. William Meyers, who performed surgery on Tulowitzki in 2012. It’s not uncommon for players to seek a second opinion from a trusted doctor, and no one could criticize Tulowitzki for making his health a priority.

What is a little strange was Tulowitzki’s appearance at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. Tulowitzki went to New York and was shown on the YES Network during the Blue Jays-Yankees game.

Tulowitzki, who has spent his entire career in Colorado, and is a four-time All-Star. Tulowitzki signed a six-year contract extension in 2010 guaranteeing more than $150 million that would keep him in Colorado until 2020. With the Rockies in last place in the NL West, they may prefer to send Tulowitzki elsewhere.

The timing of Tulowitzki’s visit to the Yankees is awkward for a few reasons. He said before the season started that it would be an “honor” to replace Derek Jeter as the Yankees’ shortstop, and said in July that he doesn’t want to become baseball’s Dan Marino.

If Tulowitzki really wants to win a World Series title, there are probably much better places to go than the Yankees.

--Posted at 2:37 pm by SG / 14 Comments | - (0)



NJ.com: Yankees end homestand with 5-4 loss to Blue Jays

NEW YORK – The Yankees’ 10-game post-All-Star break homestand covered the gamut, starting with celebration and renewed hope following a sweep of the Cincinnati Reds.

Then, there was a wild and whacky four-game set with the Texas Rangers that included a 14-inning marathon, heroics from newly-acquired third baseman Chase Headley and a frightening thunderstorm and tarp fiasco by the grounds crew. The Yankees won three of four.

It ended in bitter disappointment as they dropped the final two games of a three-game set to the division rival Toronto Blue Jays, including a 5-4 loss this afternoon at Yankee Stadium before 45,063 sun-splashed fans, among them Rockies All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.

“Any loss is tough, especially in the second half,” said reliever Dellin Betances, who allowed a run. “We had a great homestand but we had a chance to win this series today.”

Despite the loss, the Yankees (54-50) finished their crucial homestand with a 7-3 mark and made up ground in the AL East and the second wild card race.
At the All-Star break, the Yankees trailed the Orioles by five games in the division race and were 3 ½ games out of the second wild card. They are now four games behind Baltimore and one game behind Toronto for the second wild card.

Before the homestand I’d have been happy with 7-3, but to win seven of the first eight and then drop the last two winnable games to a team that you are fighting with in the standings is pretty rough and kind of takes the luster off the homestand.

--Posted at 8:23 am by SG / 13 Comments | - (0)




Saturday, July 26, 2014

Blue Jays (54-50) @ Yankees (54-48), Saturday, July 26, 2014, 1:05pm

TOR: Drew Hutchison (#36, 23, RHP, 6-9, 4.54) vs. NYY: Chris Capuano (#26, 35, LHP, 1-1, 4.55)

Lineups
Toronto
TBA

Yankees
TBA

Chris Capuano makes his long-awaited Yankee debut!

--Posted at 9:22 am by SG / 92 Comments | - (0)




Friday, July 25, 2014

Blue Jays (54-49) @ Yankees (53-48), Friday, July 25, 2014, 7:05pm

TOR: Mark Buehrle (#0, 35, LHP, 10-6, 2.86) vs. NYY: Hiroki Kuroda (#18, 39, RHP, 6-6, 3.88)

Lineups
Toronto
TBA

Yankees

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

--Posted at 2:30 pm by SG / 52 Comments | - (0)



MLB.com: Cashman prioritizes adding bat before August

NEW YORK—The reformulated Yankees rotation has performed better than Brian Cashman would have anticipated, and the general manager said that he’d prefer to focus his attention on acquiring a big bat as the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches.

“It’s weird,” Cashman said in an interview with ESPN New York 98.7 FM. “Our pitching has been drastically altered because of the injuries, and despite losing four out of five starters and all that stuff, our pitching has survived—surprisingly—to this point. I think our offense should be better.

“It still feels like the pitching needs more help, but honestly, the offense has been consistently poor throughout the entire year. The answer has to be an offensive piece, I guess.”

I’ve felt all along this team was a few bats short of a legitimate offense.  I’m encouraged that Cashman feels the same way.  The most obvious place where they could use an upgrade is probably RF if we assume Beltran is more or less restricted to one pitch plate appearances as a DH.  But I haven’t really looked at who might fit the bill and would be available.  I still don’t understand why they won’t give Zoilo Almonte a legitimate shot at MLB playing time.  All it would cost them is some Ichiro plate appearances…

--Posted at 10:04 am by SG / 13 Comments | - (0)




Thursday, July 24, 2014

CBS Sports: Yankees acquire Chris Capuano from Rockies for cash

The New York Yankees have acquired left-handed pitcher Chris Capuano from the Colorado Rockies for cash considerations, the club announced Thursday evening.

The Yankees will be the third franchise for Capuano this season, as he started off with the Red Sox and was later released on July 1. He then signed a minor-league deal with the Rockies on July 4.

Eh, why not?

--Posted at 9:00 pm by SG / 7 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Victorious McCarthy continues to stabilize Yanks

NEW YORK—When Brandon McCarthy learned he’d been traded to the Yankees earlier this month, the right-hander experienced a rush of relief, knowing that his unimpressive season statistics could effectively be flushed. This would be, he said, a fresh start.

McCarthy is making the most of that second season, fitting nicely into pinstripes and providing the Yankees with another solid outing on Thursday. He permitted just one run over six innings as New York defeated the Rangers, 4-2, at Yankee Stadium.

Chase Headley and Francisco Cervelli each contributed run-scoring hits against Texas starter Colby Lewis to pace the attack as the Yankees took three of four games from the Rangers.

Acquired from the D-backs on July 6 in exchange for left-hander Vidal Nuno, McCarthy has bolstered a reconstructed Yankees staff, improving to 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA in his three starts for New York. He was 3-10 with a 5.01 ERA with Arizona.

The pitching continues to carry this team.

--Posted at 3:07 pm by SG / 20 Comments | - (0)



Rangers (40-61) @ Yankees (52-48), Thursday, July 24, 2014, 1:05pm

TEX: Colby Lewis (#48, 34, RHP, 6-7, 6.37) vs. NYY: Brandon McCarthy (#38, 30, RHP, 4-10, 4.63)

Lineups
Texas
1. Shin-Soo Choo (L) LF
2. Elvis Andrus (R) SS
3. Alex Rios (R) RF
4. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B
5. Jim Adduci (L) 1B
6. J.P. Arencibia (R) DH
7. Leonys Martin (L) CF
8. Robinson Chirinos (R) C
9. Rougned Odor (L) 2B

Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH
4. Brian McCann (L) 1B
5. Chase Headley (S) 3B
6. Brian Roberts (S) 2B
7. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
8. Francisco Cervelli (R) C
9. Brendan Ryan (R) SS

It would be nice if this game also got rained out after four and a half innings since the Yankees tend to do what little scoring they do in the first three.

--Posted at 11:36 am by SG / 55 Comments | - (0)




Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Yankees.com: Phelps, Yanks take rain-shortened win over Rangers

NEW YORK—David Phelps hurled five strong innings and Brett Gardner homered as the Yankees defeated the Rangers, 2-1, in a rain-shortened game on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Heavy rain and wind stopped play at 8:46 p.m. ET with one out in the home half of the fifth inning, and the Yankees’ grounds crew needed 14 more minutes to apply the tarpaulin.

The game was called nearly two hours later, once it was determined the field was unplayable for the rest of the night.

Phelps was credited with the first complete game of his career, and is the first Yankees pitcher with a complete game and save in the same season since 2006, when Chien-Ming Wang accomplished the double.

The Yankees produced two runs in 4 1/3 innings against Texas starter Yu Darvish, who scattered four hits and was charged with the loss; both runs came across in the third inning.

Yay rain!

--Posted at 11:21 pm by SG / 14 Comments | - (0)



Rangers (40-60) @ Yankees (51-48), Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 7:05pm

TEX: Yu Darvish (#0, 27, RHP, 9-5, 2.88) vs. NYY: David Phelps (#41, 27, RHP, 4-4, 3.87)

Lineups
Texas
1. Shin-Soo Choo (L) LF
2. Elvis Andrus (R) SS
3. Alex Rios (R) RF
4. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B
5. Jim Adduci (L) 1B
6. J.P. Arencibia (R) DH
7. Leonys Martin (L) CF
8. Chris Gimenez (R) C
9. Rougned Odor (L) 2B

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

Remember when the Yankees made a comically low “bid” on Yu Darvish?

--Posted at 2:48 pm by SG / 64 Comments | - (0)



Dan Szymborski: Headley RoS ZiPS in Yankee Stadium

Headley RoS ZiPS in Yankee Stadium: 253/331/426.

That .757 OPS would rank fourth on the Yankees right now.

--Posted at 9:06 am by SG / 9 Comments | - (0)




Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Yankees.com: Newcomer Headley Yanks’ walk-off hero in 14th

NEW YORK—In his first game as a Yankee, Chase Headley connected for a game-winning single in the 14th inning, lifting the Yankees to a 2-1 victory over the Rangers late Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

The decisive hit came off right-hander Nick Tepesch, the ninth Texas pitcher of the evening. Brian Roberts laced a one-out ground-rule double, and Francisco Cervelli singled through the right side of the infield to set up Headley’s flare to left-center field.

J.P. Arencibia had put the Rangers ahead in the top half of the 13th with a solo home run into the left-field bullpen off left-hander David Huff, marking the first run of the game.

The Yankees answered in the home half, as Brett Gardner greeted closer Joakim Soria with a double, advanced on a sacrifice and scored on Jacoby Ellsbury’s single to right field. After another hit, Soria got Brian McCann to hit into a inning-ending double play.

--Posted at 11:12 pm by SG / 9 Comments | - (0)



Rangers (40-59) @ Yankees (50-48), Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 7:05pm

TEX: Nick Martinez (#22, 23, RHP, 1-6, 5.10) vs. NYY: Chase Whitley (#39, 25, RHP, 4-3, 5.10)

Lineups
Texas
1. Shin-Soo Choo (L) RF
2. Elvis Andrus (R) SS
3. Jim Adduci (L) LF
4. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B
5. Leonys Martin (L) CF
6. J.P. Arencibia (R) 1B
7. Robinson Chirinos (R) C
8. Rougned Odor (L) 2B
9. Daniel Robertson (R) DH

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF
2. Derek Jeter (R) SS
3. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
4. Carlos Beltran (S) DH
5. Brian McCann (L) 1B
6. Kelly Johnson (L) RF
7. Brian Roberts (S) 2B
8. Francisco Cervelli (R) C
9. Zelous Wheeler (R) 3B

Yawn.

--Posted at 4:15 pm by SG / 107 Comments | - (0)



MLB Trade Rumors: Yankees Acquire Chase Headley

The Yankees announced that they have officially acquired Chase Headley from the Padres. The Yankees will send Yangervis Solarte and minor league right-hander Rafael De Paula to the Padres in return for Headley and $1MM.

Headley, a lifetime member of the Padres, is hitting just .229/.296/.355 with seven homers this season, though he’s playing outstanding defense at third base, per both UZR/150 (+19.7) and Defensive Runs Saved (+7). Headley is earning $10.535MM in 2014, of which $3.97MM remains. He is eligible for free agency following the season.

I don’t get the point, but whatever.

--Posted at 12:51 pm by SG / 24 Comments | - (0)



NYDN: Yankees commit five errors in 4-2 loss to Texas Rangers

On Monday night, it wasn’t easy being Greene.

A sloppy, five-error effort and a slew of lifeless bats caused the Yankees to drop a 4-2 game to the AL-worst Rangers in front of 45,278 in the Bronx. Rookie starter Shane Greene took his first career loss in his first appearance at Yankee Stadium in a game in which the Yankees had as many errors as hits.

“It was an ugly game on our part,” Joe Girardi said. “Our defense was bad, we weren’t swinging the bats particularly well. Their pitcher worked hard the first two innings and he ends up getting into the eighth inning. It was an ugly game.”

The Yankees (50-48) struck first with some small ball in the first. Derek Jeter drew a one-out walk, advanced to second on a balk and then to third on an infield hit by Jacoby Ellsbury. Carlos Beltran brought him home with a sacrifice fly. Ellsbury would later put the Bombers up 2-1 with a home run over the right field wall to lead off the fourth.

Nothing like losing to team that had lost 20 of its last 24 games.

I thought Joe Girardi stuck with Greene one batter too long, but I also figured that when Matt Thornton came in he’d blow it.  To be fair to Thornton, the hit that gave the Rangers the lead would likely have been fielded if the Yankees hadn’t put a Derek Jeter figurine at shortstop last night.  If you were to look at surface stats like ERA or FIP, Thornton has been okay this year, but if you look at his RE24 which estimates how his performances have changed the opposing team’s run expectancy he’s been pretty terrible (-5.21).  To put that in context, Dellin Betances’s RE24 this season is 22.67.

Again though, if this team had an offense it’s a game they probably would have won.  But they don’t.  So they didn’t.

--Posted at 8:52 am by SG / 19 Comments | - (0)



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