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CBS Sports: Yankees’ Ellsbury Says He’s ‘Ready’ For Opening Day
(36 Comments - 4/1/2015 5:07:33 pm)

Yankees.com: Yankees send Lingren to Minors
(74 Comments - 4/1/2015 8:50:09 am)

NY Post: Defiant CC Sabathia doesn’t give a ‘f–k’ about poor spring outings
(15 Comments - 3/30/2015 4:30:55 pm)

ESPN New York: Masahiro Tanaka to start opener
(38 Comments - 3/29/2015 1:39:04 pm)

Fangraphs: Who Might Adam Warren Be?
(43 Comments - 3/27/2015 8:46:45 pm)

Fox Sports: Jeter’s replacement already earning eye-popping praise from Yankee vets
(17 Comments - 3/26/2015 4:21:57 pm)

NY Post: Betances: My velocity ‘nowhere near where it should be’
(16 Comments - 3/25/2015 8:44:42 pm)

NY Post: Do Yankees have one closer, two closers or none?
(34 Comments - 3/25/2015 10:07:43 am)

Newsday: Jose Pirela suffers concussion after crashing into wall
(13 Comments - 3/24/2015 8:54:12 am)

NYDN: Hal Steinbrenner talks Yankees, Tanaka, Teixeira, Beltran and soccer in the Bronx
(77 Comments - 3/22/2015 9:18:49 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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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

CBS Sports: Yankees’ Ellsbury Says He’s ‘Ready’ For Opening Day

Ellsbury has no worries about being ready for the April 6 season opener against Toronto.

“I don’t have any issues,” he said, adding: “I’m ready now.”

April Fools!

--Posted at 9:42 am by SG / 36 Comments | - (0)




Monday, March 30, 2015

Yankees.com: Yankees send Lingren to Minors

After Sunday’s 7-0 victory over the Astros, the Yankees optioned outfielder Ramon Flores to Triple-A and re-assigned seven players—catchers Francisco Arcia and Kyle Higashioka, infielders Cole Figueroa and Jonathan Galvez, outfielder Slade Heathcott, left-hander Jacob Lindgren and right-hander Nick Rumbelow—to Minor League camp.

Lindgren had enjoyed a strong spring, posting a 1.23 ERA in eight appearances spanning 7 1/3 innings. The 22-year-old was a long shot to make the club, with just 25 professional innings under his belt, but Cashman said earlier on Sunday that Lindgren had made a good impression in camp.

“Obviously, we’ve kept him this long for a reason—because he’s continued to open people’s eyes,” Cashman said.

Like a lot of you, I was surprised by the move, as Lindgren has looked so good and when he was drafted, everyone pointed out at the time that it seemed like the plan was to get him to the Majors as soon as he showed that he could pitch there, and he certainly seems to have shown he can pitch in the Majors. Chad Jennings, though, had an interesting take on the situation at LoHud...

I have no idea what the Yankees are going to do about those final two spots in the bullpen. I think Chase Whitley is a favorite for one of those spots, if only because I think they’ll want another long man other than Esmil Rogers (and all the other long relief candidates have been sent away). What I can’t figure out is who the favorites might be for that last spot in the pen. I do think it’s worth noting that Chris Martin and Chasen Shreve are on the 40-man and have options, and I think that final bullpen spot might be very flexible early in the season. For that reason — because the 12th reliever might have to go up and down to Triple-A a few times — I’m not surprised the Yankees steered away from Jacob Lindgren. He’s looked great, but I imagine that once he’s on the big league roster, the Yankees want him to stay there. Why not carry Martin or Shreve out of camp, send him down for a sixth starter in late April, and then think about adding either Lindgren or Andrew Bailey?

I think he’s probably correct that both Lindgren and Bailey (presuming Bailey remains healthy) will return to the Majors, so whoever makes the roster now will likely be a placeholder.

--Posted at 10:56 am by Brian Cronin / 74 Comments | - (0)




Sunday, March 29, 2015

NY Post: Defiant CC Sabathia doesn’t give a ‘f–k’ about poor spring outings

TAMPA — Nine and two-thirds inning of game work for CC Sabathia this spring, the last five of those coming Saturday at the Yankees’ minor league complex for Triple-A affiliate Scranton/Wilkes-Barre against the Pirates’ affiliate Indianapolis. Five home runs allowed.
A reporter asked the veteran lefty how much stock anyone should put in the results we’ve seen so far.

“I don’t give a [expletive] what stock they put in it,” Sabathia said, as the Yankees were losing a 10-2 game to the Orioles at Steinbrenner Field. “It is what it is. I’ve had spring trainings where I’ve given up a lot of runs and went out and had a good season. I’ve had spring trainings like last year where I didn’t give up [any] runs and I gave up [six] in the first game [April 1 at Houston]. So you all can put stock in whatever you want. I’m not really worried about it.”

So this was new: a defiant Sabathia. We haven’t seen much of this before. Nor had we heard him drop an F-bomb in a formal interview.

I haven’t seen any spring training so I have no idea how Sabathia’s stuff looks.  But that’s more important to me than his actual results.

In other pitching news, the Yankees have released Scott Baker and re-assigned Kyle Davies.  They will be missed.

--Posted at 2:26 pm by SG / 15 Comments | - (0)




Friday, March 27, 2015

ESPN New York: Masahiro Tanaka to start opener

It’s official: Masahiro Tanaka will make the Opening Day start for the New York Yankees against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 6 at Yankee Stadium, ending the six-year Opening Day run of the former ace, CC Sabathia.

The announcement from manager Joe Girardi on Friday morning was hardly a surprise, since it was clear last season that Tanaka had assumed the role of ace from Sabathia, whose effectiveness has been compromised by elbow and knee injuries and a significant loss of fastball velocity over the past two seasons.
. With the exception of Tanaka’s last outing against the New York Mets, he has pitched well this spring, showing virtually no ill effects from the partially torn ulnar collateral ligament he suffered last July that cost him two months of his rookie season.

I admire the fact that this clearly WAS a tough call for Girardi to make, just based on sentimental reasons. He’s a real softie. Let’s hope this is the first of six straight Opening Day starts for Tanaka with the Yankees!

--Posted at 2:37 pm by Brian Cronin / 38 Comments | - (0)




Thursday, March 26, 2015

Fangraphs: Who Might Adam Warren Be?

It looks like Adam Warren has a spot in the Yankees rotation going into the season. And, according to our depth charts, he has a chance to hold that spot until at least Ivan Nova‘s mid-season return. Given the health histories of some of the veterans ahead of him, that means he could start all year.

Could he start all year? What might we expect from him, given his arsenal and transition from the bullpen to the rotation?

Warren seems well suited for the transition. He regularly threw five pitches last year, as you might expect from a college starter coming out of a good program like University of North Carolina’s. It’s those five pitches, with examples all thrown in one five-out appearance last September 21st, that can give us a structure for this introduction.

Interesting article by Eno Sarris where he looks at the odds of Warren’s strong bullpen performance transitioning to being a good starting pitcher, and one of the key aspects is that Warren did not do the traditional reduction of his pitch arsenal in relief that many relievers do, so he’s particularly well-suited for the transition to starting. The article paints a pretty optimistic case for Warren as a starter.

Tip of the hat to keith for the link!

--Posted at 4:55 pm by Brian Cronin / 43 Comments | - (0)



Fox Sports: Jeter’s replacement already earning eye-popping praise from Yankee vets

“Didi is unbelievable, as good a shortstop as I’ve seen,” first baseman Mark Teixeira said. “And I’m not overexaggerating.”

Keep in mind that Teixeira is a 12-year veteran, and was teammates in Texas with Rodriguez in 2003 when A-Rod was still one of the top defensive shortstops in the game.

I had to ask Rodriguez if he shared Teixeira’s opinion on Gregorius, whom the Yankees acquired from the Diamondbacks last Dec. 5 in a three-team deal in which they sent right-hander Shane Greene to the Tigers.

Say what you want about A-Rod, but few players match his passion and knowledge for the game. He even talks in scouting shorthand, using single digits (2 to 8) when referring to the 20-to-80 scouting scale, in which 50 is considered major-league average.

When I informed Rodriguez of what Teixeira had said about Gregorius, he replied, “That’s a helluva compliment.”

And then A-Rod broke down Gregorius like a scout.

“He has a rare combination of speed and explosiveness. But what you don’t see is an incredibly strong arm that is so accurate. That combination is lethal,” Rodriguez said.

“What you see in a lot of young players are 6 or 7 arms, but then their accuracy is 3 or 4. Which is normal, par for the course. As they get older, they go from a 7-1/2 arm to about a 5-1/2 or 6-1/2 and their accuracy goes to about 6. But when you have that combination at 25 years old of crazy range, 7-plus arm, 7-plus accuracy ... even Ozzie [Smith], he had 7 accuracy but he didn’t have 7 arm strength.

“[Gregorius] has made plays from the hole, from his back foot, throwing the ball 90 mph across the diamond from his back foot. You don’t see that. It also makes it a lot easier for your third baseman to play third base.”

Man, it is kind of crazy how interesting Alex Rodriguez is when he just talks shop. There is a great sidebar to the article where A-Rod talks about the game is so different now due to the shift, that things have dramatically changed in just the year he was away.

--Posted at 3:40 am by Brian Cronin / 17 Comments | - (0)




Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NY Post: Betances: My velocity ‘nowhere near where it should be’

TAMPA — Delin Betances didn’t know his fastball topped out at 94 mph on Tuesday night against the Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
All the Yankees’ giant right-handed closer candidate understood was that it was short of the gas he hurled last season when he lived in the high 90s and reached 100 mph a few times.

“I haven’t asked about it, but it’s nowhere near where it should be,’’ Betances said after a rocky frame in which his first eight pitches were out of the strike zone. “The more I pitch, that will come. Last year in spring training I trusted it more. This year I am trying to do too much instead of trusting what I have. The more I pitch the better I feel. I have always been like that.’’

Since Betances won’t have to protect any leads for a team that will score roughly zero runs this season, I don’t think this is much of a problem.

--Posted at 8:14 am by SG / 16 Comments | - (0)




Tuesday, March 24, 2015

NY Post: Do Yankees have one closer, two closers or none?

TAMPA — Dellin Betances’ lone major league save came on July 7, and as the right-hander pointed out Monday, it was a two-inning outing.

With the way Joe Girardi is talking this spring, the Yankees may have more non-traditional saves in the works, so the manager can take advantage of having both Betances and lefty Andrew Miller in the back of the bullpen.

“In years past we had a clearly defined closer,’’ the manager said of Mariano Rivera and David Robertson. “There was never a question. In looking at the candidates we have, neither one of them has ever really closed. I know David Robertson hadn’t closed, but he was an eighth-inning guy for five years.’’

The uncertainty doesn’t seem to bother Betances or Miller.

The Yankees are collecting potential closers like the Red Sox used to collect aces.

--Posted at 9:12 am by SG / 34 Comments | - (0)



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