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Yankees (48-44) @ Twins (47-46), Wednesday, 7/19/2017, 01:10p ET
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Yankees (47-44) @ Twins (47-45), Tuesday, 7/18/2017, 08:10p ET
(135 Comments - 7/19/2017 12:40:31 am) Cooper’s three hits not enough in Minnesota
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Yankees (47-43) @ Twins (46-45), Monday, 7/17/2017, 08:10p ET
(51 Comments - 7/18/2017 12:26:28 pm) Tanaka, CC step up in doubleheader
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Yankees (46-42) @ Red Sox (51-40), Sunday, 7/16/2017, DoubleHeader
(156 Comments - 7/17/2017 3:51:30 am) Yankees tie it off Kimbrel, beat Sox in 16th
(12 Comments - 7/16/2017 11:23:19 am) Sanchez homers, but lead slips at Fenway
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Yankees (45-41) @ Red Sox (50-39), Friday, 7/14/2017, 07:10p ET
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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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Wednesday, July 19, 2017 Montgomery hit hard as Yanks fall in finale

Jose Berrios threw 6 2/3 strong innings and Miguel Sano crushed a three-run homer as part of a six-run second inning to lift the Twins to a 6-1 win over the Yankees on Wednesday, marking their first series victory over New York in Minnesota since 2008. It was also the first series win for the Twins over the Yankees since ‘14.

Unable to find his curveball or changeup early, Yankees lefty Jordan Montgomery was hit hard, allowing six runs on seven hits and a walk over six innings. All six runs came with two outs in the second, keyed by a two-run single from Zack Granite, an RBI single from Eduardo Escobar and Sano’s team-leading 23rd blast of the year.

Oh man, Jordan Montgomery sure picked a good time to have his shittiest performance of the season. 6 runs in a single inning. Damn, that’s Tyler Clippard territory (Fare thee well, Clip. As Chase Headley so eloquently said, you’re a person and a professional).

Oh well, this team stinks. At least we can look forward to Luis Cessa on Sunday.

--Posted at 5:12 pm by Brian Cronin / 26 Comments | - (0)

Yankees (48-44) @ Twins (47-46), Wednesday, 7/19/2017, 01:10p ET

Yankees: Jordan Montgomery (L): (95.1 IP, 3.78 ERA) vs. Twins: Jose Berrios (R): (73 IP, 3.70 ERA)

1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .253/.348/.446
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .258/.332/.374
3. Gary Sanchez (R) DH .279/.357/.498
4. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .309/.348/.480
5. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .291/.318/.469
6. Clint Frazier (R) RF .279/.289/.651
7. Garrett Cooper (R) 1B .222/.222/.389
8. Austin Romine (R) C .237/.291/.314
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B .286/.311/.363

1. Brian Dozier (R) 2B .250/.336/.440
2. Eduardo Escobar (S) 3B .273/.322/.435
3. Miguel Sano (R) 1B .273/.370/.533
4. Robbie Grossman (S) LF .258/.383/.389
5. Max Kepler (L) RF .262/.332/.438
6. Chris Gimenez (R) C .198/.331/.377
7. Ehire Adrianza (S) SS .292/.342/.400
8. Jorge Polanco (S) DH .221/.272/.316
9. Zack Granite (L) CF .091/.200/.136

--Posted at 11:12 am by SG / 67 Comments | - (0)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 Yanks acquire Frazier from Sox in 7-player deal

The White Sox completed a trade with the Yankees on Tuesday to send third baseman Todd Frazier, closer David Robertson and hard-throwing reliever Tommy Kahnle for outfield prospects Blake Rutherford and Tito Polo, pitching prospect Ian Clarkin and right-handed reliever Tyler Clippard.

“We made the determination that bundling these three players together was the best way to maximize our return on any transaction,” said Rick Hahn, the White Sox senior vice president/general manager. “We felt this trade with the Yankees brought back the most quality as opposed to spreading our assets across multiple deals.”

Frazier, a New Jersey native and resident, is set to become a free agent after the season, and he has been the focus of trade rumors since this past weekend. Robertson, who is owed the remainder of $12 million in 2017 and $13 million in ‘18, is returning to New York, where he pitched from 2008-14 before signing with the White Sox after the ‘14 season.

Kahnle is having a breakout 2017 campaign, posting a 2.50 ERA over 37 games, along with 60 strikeouts and seven walks over 36 innings. Kahnle was selected by the Yankees in the fifth round of the 2010 MLB Draft.

It’s not a terrible trade, but it is a shame to use one of their top trading chips in Rutherford and not even get back a starting pitcher. That’s what they really could use. Sonny Gray? Him I would trade Rutherford for. D-Rob, Frazier and Tommy Kahnle? Eh.

That said, it does a few interesting things. One, it got rid of Tyler Clippard, thank god. Two, it kept the BoSox from getting D-Rob, which would have hurt my soul. Three, it gives the Yankees a really, really good back of the bullpen. Warren, Kahnle, Betances, D-Rob and Chapman? Holy shit! And Frazier isn’t awful as a new first baseman. The Yankees are going to have to make two more 40-man moves, though, to make room for the three new additions to the 40-man (Clippard leaving makes room for one of the new guys).

Tito Polo came over in the Ivan Nova trade. He was playing well, but he is not apparently much of a prospect. Ian Clarkin could be good, but I personally wrote him off a while ago.

Expect to see a lot of this picture - Todd Frazier, as a 12-year old Little Leaguer being honored at Yankee Stadium in 1998…

--Posted at 11:23 pm by Brian Cronin / 60 Comments | - (0) With 5-run 5th, Yanks tie up series with Twins

Didi Gregorius homered as part of a five-run fifth inning, pushing the Yankees past the Twins, 6-3, on Tuesday at Target Field. New York evened the series with the victory and is now 11-3 in its last 14 meetings with Minnesota.

Aaron Judge, who finished the night 2-for-4 with an intentional walk, knocked home the go-ahead run with a fifth-inning single off Ryan Pressly. The two hits for Judge were double the amount of knocks he had recorded since the All-Star break. He is now 3-for-25 in the second half of the season.

Big win for the Yankees, although it was embarrassing it was ever even in doubt with how poorly Bartolo Colon has pitched so far this season.

The bigger news is the trade that just happened. I’ll make another thread for the trade.

--Posted at 11:21 pm by Brian Cronin / No Comments | - (0)

Yankees (47-44) @ Twins (47-45), Tuesday, 7/18/2017, 08:10p ET

Yankees: Luis Cessa (R): (23.2 IP, 4.18 ERA) vs. Twins: Bartolo Colon (R): (63 IP, 8.14 ERA)


1. Brian Dozier (R) 2B .249/.332/.436
2. Zack Granite (L) CF .111/.200/.167
3. Joe Mauer (L) 1B .285/.360/.398
4. Miguel Sano (R) 3B .270/.366/.521
5. Max Kepler (L) RF .260/.331/.435
6. Robbie Grossman (S) DH .258/.383/.387
7. Eddie Rosario (L) LF .289/.326/.463
8. Jorge Polanco (S) SS .222/.271/.319
9. Jason Castro (L) C .217/.313/.362

Remember the discussion about how .500 teams don’t have 20-5 runs in them?

--Posted at 3:49 pm by SG / 135 Comments | - (0) Cooper’s three hits not enough in Minnesota

Eduardo Escobar delivered a go-ahead, pinch-hit RBI single in the eighth inning and Eddie Rosario drove in a pair of runs to help the Twins to a 4-2 win over the Yankees in the series opener on Monday night at Target Field.

Minnesota took the lead with two eighth-inning runs, spoiling Caleb Smith’s Major League debut. Joe Mauer sparked the rally with a leadoff single just out of Aaron Judge’s reach, a play with an 18-percent catch probability, and Miguel Sano followed with a single to left field. Escobar delivered what proved to be a game-winning single into left field, while Rosario provided insurance with an RBI double.

This team has so many bad losses that this one barely registered. That said, it was still an awful loss, especially when Didi tried to bunt with two outs and a runner on third base. Holy shit, Didi! The third baseman was playing in! What in the ever-loving fuck were you thinking?

They wasted a great game by Garrett Cooper.

There were some things to like about it, though. First off, Caleb Smith should be in the rotation right away. He looked great and, more importantly, he looks better than Bryan Mitchell or Luis Cessa. Mitchell, though, continues to be a non-embarrassing pitcher. He wouldn’t be a bad long man. But Cessa would probably be an even better long man. So lose Mitchell, make Cessa the long man and put Smith into the rotation!

By the way, Clint Frazier looked great in the #2 spot. Great call by the Yankees. I hope we see more of that. Frazier really should be the everyday left fielder right now, with Gardner the main centerfielder and Ellsbury getting a few games here and there.

--Posted at 8:53 am by Brian Cronin / 28 Comments | - (0)

Monday, July 17, 2017

Yankees (47-43) @ Twins (46-45), Monday, 7/17/2017, 08:10p ET

Yankees: Bryan Mitchell (R): (16 IP, 5.06 ERA) vs. Twins: Adalberto Mejia (L): (65 IP, 4.43 ERA)

1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .262/.333/.380
2. Clint Frazier (R) LF .286/.297/.686
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .313/.434/.655
4. Matt Holliday (R) DH .250/.351/.492
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .312/.349/.485
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .288/.317/.461
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B .258/.342/.369
8. Garrett Cooper (R) 1B .100/.100/.200
9. Austin Romine (R) C .235/.290/.307

1. Brian Dozier (R) 2B .247/.332/.436
2. Zack Granite (L) CF .071/.188/.143
3. Joe Mauer (L) 1B .285/.358/.399
4. Miguel Sano (R) 3B .270/.368/.524
5. Max Kepler (L) RF .263/.335/.441
6. Kennys Vargas (S) DH .247/.290/.437
7. Eddie Rosario (L) LF .286/.323/.456
8. Ehire Adrianza (S) SS .290/.333/.403
9. Jason Castro (L) C .217/.315/.359

--Posted at 7:01 pm by SG / 51 Comments | - (0) Tanaka, CC step up in doubleheader

Aaron Judge’s deep fly ball landed shy of putting two runs on Fenway Park’s ancient hand-operated scoreboard, making the Yankees the last team in the Majors to be shut out this season, but they were still able to appreciate a pair of strong pitching performances from CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka.

With Jackie Bradley Jr. bringing Judge’s deep eighth-inning drive back, New York took a 3-0 loss and settled for a split of Sunday’s day-night doubleheader and the four-game set with the Red Sox. They posted a 3-0 victory behind Sabathia’s six sharp innings in the afternoon contest before falling in the nightcap, with David Price outdueling Tanaka.

There’s no room for moral victories with this team, but at the same time, I don’t think splitting with the Red Sox really IS a moral victory. I think it’s a decent result to open the second half of the season with. Now they just have to start winning series again after this, starting with this three-game set in Minnesota.

--Posted at 5:32 am by Brian Cronin / 29 Comments | - (0)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Yankees (46-42) @ Red Sox (51-40), Sunday, 7/16/2017, DoubleHeader

Game 1: Yankees: CC Sabathia (L): (78 IP, 3.81 ERA) vs. Red Sox: Rick Porcello (R): (119.1 IP, 4.75 ERA)

Game 2: Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R) (102 IP, 5.47 ERA) vs. Red Sox: David Price (L) (53 IP, 3.91 ERA)

--Posted at 10:28 am by SG / 156 Comments | - (0) Yankees tie it off Kimbrel, beat Sox in 16th

The Yankees needed this one, and they would have played all night to get it.

Didi Gregorius’ RBI single was the go-ahead hit for the Bombers in a thrilling 4-1, 16-inning victory over the Red Sox on Saturday at Fenway Park. Seven innings earlier, Matt Holliday forced extras with a game-tying homer off Craig Kimbrel—the first Fenway blown save in 31 career opportunities for the Boston closer.
“The winning is the best part,” Gregorius said. “You play a long game and you win, that means you never give up. Everybody is there, battling and playing the right way until the last out. That’s what we did today.”

Seems hard to believe that they actually won this thing, doesn’t it?

Do note that the Red Sox played the game under protest from the 11th inning on. It would be hard to believe that their protest would be upheld, but that would be the most epic way to lose a game, wouldn’t it? Actually WIN it and then go back and lose it? If any team could pull that off…

They used up so many pitchers that CC Sabathia will now pitch Game 1 of the doubleheader on Sunday, because good or bad, CC usually will give you length at least.

--Posted at 4:44 am by Brian Cronin / 12 Comments | - (0)

Saturday, July 15, 2017 Sanchez homers, but lead slips at Fenway

A zany bottom of the ninth inning on Friday night at Fenway Park left the Red Sox celebrating a 5-4 walk-off win over the Yankees without a hit leaving the infield at any point during the unlikely rally.

Perhaps, then, it was only fitting that the winning run came courtesy of a walk by Andrew Benintendi against Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman, who blew the save.
It was quite a dramatic way for the rivals to open the second half. It was the first time the Red Sox defeated the Yankees on a walk-off walk since Aug. 7, 1956, when Ted Williams worked an 11th inning free pass against New York’s Tommy Byrne. It was the first walk-off walk for the Red Sox against any opponent since Trot Nixon on Sept. 23, 2000, against the Orioles.

“That 3-1 pitch, I was 90 percent take,” said Benintendi. “It was going to take a perfect pitch to swing at with how he was throwing.”

Of Chapman’s 23 pitches, just 11 were for strikes—only one a swinging strike. He didn’t record any outs as the Yankees were handed their Major League-leading 18th blown save of the season.

“Lead slips”? has the shittiest headlines.

Anyhow, the only thing positive I can say about the way that the Yankees manage to pull defeat from the jaws of victory constantly this past month is that at least all of these brutal losses have been piled together so that none of them really hurt that much anymore. It’s pretty much EXPECTED at this point.

Plus, come on, 9-18 in one-run losses. Even with a shitty bullpen, that’s a ridiculous number. That can’t continue like that. So there ya go, that’s the silver lining - things can’t possibly remain quite THIS shitty. It will still probably remain pretty shitty, though. Tomorrow’s an automatic loss and then Mitchell/Tanaka could be a shit show of epic proportions on Sunday, so…we could be looking at a .500 team by the end of play on Sunday. At least it will be broadcast on ESPN!

--Posted at 12:32 am by Brian Cronin / 93 Comments | - (0)

Friday, July 14, 2017

Yankees (45-41) @ Red Sox (50-39), Friday, 7/14/2017, 07:10p ET

Yankees: Jordan Montgomery (L): (91.1 IP, 3.65 ERA) vs. Red Sox: Drew Pomeranz (L): (90 IP, 3.60 ERA)

1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .256/.346/.454
2. Gary Sanchez (R) C .276/.360/.491
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .329/.448/.691
4. Matt Holliday (R) DH .262/.366/.511
5. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .291/.321/.458
6. Garrett Cooper (R) 1B
7. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .266/.337/.384
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B .251/.341/.366
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 2B .278/.306/.364

Red Sox
1. Mookie Betts (R) RF .272/.351/.490
2. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B .303/.382/.397
3. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS .303/.359/.447
4. Hanley Ramirez (R) DH .261/.350/.445
5. Chris Young (R) LF .255/.339/.386
6. Jackie Bradley Jr. (L) CF .280/.363/.490
7. Sam Travis (R) 1B .275/.341/.375
8. Christian Vazquez (R) C .267/.303/.358
9. Deven Marrero (R) 3B .225/.266/.349

I have a bad feeling about this game series.

--Posted at 2:55 pm by SG / 112 Comments | - (0)

Yes Network: Michael Pineda has Partially Torn UCL, Tommy John Surgery Recommended

From Jack Curry:

Cashman said Pineda has been diagnosed w/ partial tear of UCL in right elbow and will go on the DL. Will get 2d opinion. Reco is TJ surgery.

Well, that sucks. Hopefully they call up Chance Adams.

This is very likely it for Michael Pineda as a Yankee. They still won that Montero/Pineda trade, but damned if he didn’t have one of the most disappointing Yankee careers of recent (non Javy) history. So much talent and yet could never quite put it all together and/or stay healthy.

I assume he’ll be rocking a sub 2 ERA for Pittsburgh or San Diego in 2019.

--Posted at 11:12 am by Brian Cronin / 40 Comments | - (0)

NY Post: Yankees hoping this is more than a hot streak for Clint Frazier

Not much went right for the Yankees as they stumbled to the All-Star break, but Clint Frazier managed to impress in his first week in the majors.

Through seven games, the outfielder the Yankees received from Cleveland last July in exchange for Andrew Miller is 7-for-24 with six extra-base hits.

“I just want to make sure I’m still locked in the four days I’m off,” Frazier said following Sunday’s loss to the Brewers in The Bronx.

The Yankees figure to need him to keep hitting.

Though Matt Holliday (viral infection) and Starlin Castro (hamstring) figure to return in Boston this weekend, Aaron Hicks (oblique) remains weeks from getting back into the lineup.

Hicks’ continued absence will likely keep Frazier around as manager Joe Girardi looks to keep Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury and Aaron Judge fresh by using a fourth outfielder like Frazier on a regular basis.

I’m hoping it’s more than a hot streak too.

--Posted at 9:39 am by SG / 17 Comments | - (0)

Thursday, July 13, 2017

NY Post: Just how historically great is superstar Yankees let get away?

He’s no Smellsbury.

Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge already were years into their Yankees minor league apprenticeships when Robinson Cano departed, took the money from Seattle that was not being offered in New York.

But there were three homegrown Yankees position players in the same AL All-Star uniforms the past few days — Sanchez knocking out defending Home Run Derby champ Giancarlo Stanton on Monday, Judge winning the event in overpowering style and then Cano taking MVP honors in Tuesday’s game.

Cano’s 10th-inning homer off Wade Davis provided a 2-1 triumph and further credentials to Cano’s Hall of Fame candidacy and his argument for moving up the all-time second base list. At this point, I think the only second basemen clearly ahead of Cano are Rogers Hornsby, Nap Lajoie and Joe Morgan.

Cano falls somewhere between fourth and roughly 10th best, depending on your preferences.

--Posted at 6:09 am by SG / 80 Comments | - (0)

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