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How the Yankees Should Approach This Offseason

This is the worst time of the year. The Yankees’ season is over, and other teams are still playing baseball. It’s exponentially worse when one of those teams is the Boston Red Sox, who eliminated you by outscoring you 20-4 in two consecutive nights at Yankee Stadium. I was at Game 3, still not even close to over it. Regardless, aside from rooting hard for the Astros this week (which hurts bad enough after last year’s ALCS, but anything to keep the Sox out of the World Series), us Yankee fans have already started to look towards 2019. No, I’m not suggesting we have a classic old-school Yankees offseason and throw money at everyone. I actually saw a guy on Twitter who suggested we sign both Harper AND Machado, while also trading for Paul Goldschmidt. Unfortunately, this isn’t MLB 2K, this is real life. And while many are discussing the possibility one of those two star free agents ends up in the Bronx next season, there are much more pressing issues with the Yankees than adding another power hitter to the lineup. Here are the main issues Brian Cashman & Company are going have to address this offseason to ensure that the Yankees are still playing baseball at this time next year.

  1. Starting Pitching

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Current Situation: You’ve heard Yankee haters say it all year, and while I honestly didn’t think our rotation was too bad, they did nothing to silence their critics in the postseason this year. Luis Severino was a Cy Young candidate in the first half and awful for most of the second half, followed by an underwhelming start in the Wild Card game and a dreadful start in ALDS Game 3. Regardless, Sevy will be back next year, and will be called upon to perform as this team’s ace. Maybe they need to work in some extra rest for him during the year so he isn’t burned out later in the season? Who knows. Behind him, Masahiro Tanaka had somewhat of an opposite season. Underwhelming first half, strong second half, and a great performance in ALDS Game 2. Those two are locked into the 2019 rotation, but beyond that is a question mark. I would think Jordan Montgomery would be given the opportunity to start at some point after a strong 2017 rookie season and great start to 2018, but he had Tommy John surgery in June after leaving a start against the Astros in May. I doubt he would be back for the start of 2019. Will CC Sabathia come back again? He was still effective at times, and really showed his age at others, especially late in the season. I would love for JA Happ to come back, as aside from his disappointing ALDS Game 1 start, he was great for the Yanks after they acquired him at the deadline. Oh, and Sonny Gray is still technically around, but Cashman has already more or less said he will be traded this offseason.

Offseason Plan of Action: Sign Arizona’s Patrick Corbin. He’s been tied to the Yanks for months, growing up a Yankee fan. Plain and simple, he’s the best starting pitcher on the market, and a damn good one at that. Corbin went 11-7 with a 3.15 ERA and 246 strikeouts in 200 innings in 2018. He would immediately be expected to anchor the rotation along with Sevy and Tanaka. Step 2 in my opinion should be re-sign Happ, at the right price. He’s shown the ability to pitch in the AL East, and was great down the stretch for the Yanks. To fill out the rotation, do they sign a low-risk high-reward veteran like a Garrett Richards or Tyson Ross? Or try and have a youngster like Justus Sheffield or Chance Adams win a spot? I think they do both. You can absolutely NEVER have enough starting pitching. If that isn’t Cashman’s #1 priority this offseason, he’s doing something wrong.

2. Left Field

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Current Situation: After being acquired in August, Andrew McCutchen effectively replaced Brett Gardner completely in the starting lineup. Gardy was having a dreadful second half, and McCutchen was definitely a spark for the Yanks down the stretch. Ideally, Clint Frazier would take over this role, but his 2018 was riddled by concussions.

Offseason Plan of Action: I love Gardy, but not at $11 million next year. If he’s willing to take a pay cut, great. If not, I wouldn’t mind the Yanks cutting ties with him. If McCutchen would come back at the right price, I would love him back too. Like I said, I would absolutely love for Clint Frazier to be in here. His bat, speed, and hustle would be fantastic at the top of our lineup. But concussions are no joke. Look for the Yankees to have a veteran in this role, either Gardy, Cutch or someone else, in case Frazier isn’t 100% for 2019.

3. BullpenImage result for david robertson yankees

Current Situation:

You know Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Chad Green, and Jonathan Holder will return to anchor the bullpen in 2019. I could definitely see young lefty Stephen Tarpley joining them as well. The main question? What to do with David Robertson and Zach Britton.

Offseason Plan of Action:

I thought Britton did a great job for us for the most part after acquiring him. That being said, I’m not sure I want to pay him the money he’s going to want, especially with Chapman’s contract and his injury history. I think Robertson makes more sense because he’s three years older and kind of a career Yankee, so he will likely come cheaper. However, a la Happ and McCutchen, I would love to see Britton back at the right price. Also, kind of a hot take, but can we move Luis Cessa to the bullpen please? He’s actually got some pretty good stuff. Good enough that for the first 1-2 innings of every start, he makes you go “wow he actually looks good,” only to get absolutely lit up the second time through the lineup and remember he’s actually trash. Make him a middle reliever with the ability to be a long guy in mop-up duties. Will it work? Who knows, but it can’t be worse than him getting called up a few times a year to lose us every game he starts.

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Current Situation: The Yankees’ middle infield when healthy is a strength. Didi Gregorius is a great player (GREAT, not good), and despite a disappointing postseason, Gleyber Torres will be a star in this league. However, Didi is having Tommy John surgery, and will likely be out until at least the All-Star break. So now what?

Offseason Plan of Action: The easy answer is sign Machado, have him play short, and slide him over to third when Didi comes back. Not sure if I’m sold on dishing out another $400 million for Machado, especially when Miguel Andujar is a certified stud at third. Sure, Andujar could potentially learn first base or outfield, but a lot would have to go right for that plan to work. Here’s a more realistic plan: bring back Neil Walker, have him play second base every day, and slide Gleyber to short. Walker proved that when he gets consistent at-bats, as he did in the second half, he’s a solid every day player. He just can’t play once a week and be effective because he’s never done that. Gleyber is a great shortstop, as that’s his natural position. He’s no Didi, but he’s certainly not the worst replacement. Walker will be cheap, and when he comes back he can go back to his utility role getting time at first and third base in addition to spelling Gleyber and Didi when they need days off.

5. First BaseImage result for paul goldschmidt

Current Situation: I love Luke Voit. Guy was great for us down the stretch. Not good, great. But how long will that last? I’m not ready to hand him the job yet. Besides, another boom-or-bust righty power hitter in this lineup isn’t great. We’re too righty-heavy and too strikeout-heavy. That came back to bite us in the playoffs. Greg Bird could still come back and win it in spr… just kidding can’t even get through that one. My Bird-defending days are over. So where do the Yanks turn?

Offseason Plan of Action: Obviously the easy choice is do nothing, and hope either Voit continues to mash, or Bird maybe somehow taps into some alternate universe where he’s even half the player we once thought he could be. Can I have fun for a second and think about these two ideas?

  1. Sign Machado, move Andujar to first: I mean, that lineup would be insane. Miggy’s glove at third was never the issue, it’s his throws. If he could learn first base, man that infield would be insane.
  2. Trade for Paul Goldschmidt: I don’t know what it would take, or if the D-Backs would even move him, but Goldschmidt has quietly been one of the best players in baseball the past five years. After his $14.5 million team option in 2019, he will be a free agent. Maybe the Yankees can pry him loose? A 3x Gold Glove, 6x All-Star, .297 career-hitting first baseman does not sound too shabby to me.

Summary

In short, there are moves to be made this winter. If I had to pick what I want the 2019 Yankees’ Opening Day lineup to look like, while still being realistic, here’s the final product:

Lineup

  1. Andrew McCutchen
  2. Aaron Judge RF
  3. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
  4. Giancarlo Stanton DH
  5. Aaron Hicks CF
  6. Gary Sanchez C
  7. Miguel Andujar 3B
  8. Gleyber Torres SS
  9. Neil Walker 2B

(with Didi returning to play short when healthy and Gleyber moving back to second)

Rotation

  1. Luis Severino
  2. Patrick Corbin
  3. Masahiro Tanaka
  4. JA Happ
  5. Justus Sheffield/Chance Adams

Bullpen: Luis Cessa, Stephen Tarpley, Jonathan Holder, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Aroldis Chapman

Bench: Austin Romine, Luke Voit/Greg Bird (if not traded for Goldschmidt), Ronald Torreyes, Clint Frazier

 

Will this be the outcome? Maybe not even close, but what the hell do I know?

In terms of the 2018 Yankees, it just sucks. Sucks having that high of expectations, to essentially shit the bed all year, still win 100 games, get the split you needed at Fenway, and be embarrassed by your rivals on your home field to be eliminated. No 27 rings arguments, no excuses. They were the better team this year, or at least they sure did play like they were. For now, Go Astros, and then we’ll see what this offseason brings us.

P.S. Shoutout to my wonderful girlfriend for putting up with me losing my mind during this year’s postseason, my superstitions are beyond real when it comes to Yankees baseball.

Anybody Who Thinks Giancarlo Stanton Should Be Traded Is a Fool

The Yankees were eliminated from the 2018 ALDS this past week, and wrapped up a season that was filled with records, yet overloaded with disappointment. It ended the way it should’ve, with a too-little-too-late rally coming up short, an impressive lack of hitting with runners in scoring position, bad starting pitching, strikeouts, and horrible, horrible managing from Aaron Boone. Every flaw the Yankees were worried about coming into the season absolutely came back to bite them in the ass. Regardless, the Red Sox were clearly the better team, or at least were able to perform like it, and they move on while the Yankees can start to work on their offseason golf hacks.

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The worst person about the end of every season is the overreactions. Yankee fans immediately jump to “When is Cashman gonna fire Boone?”, “Why didn’t we get deGrom at the deadline?”, “We need to sign Harper and Machado this offseason”, and the worst one “Giancarlo Stanton needs to be traded”.

People who want to trade Giancarlo Stanton after a year of 38 HR and 100 RBI are the same type of people who watched the video of Kobe jumping over a car, tried to do it themselves, then miserably failed and had to go to the hospital because they broke their foot. They think that just because some people hit home runs and bat .300 that everybody should. They think that just because Aaron Judge got on base the at bat before, Giancarlo Stanton needs to as well. They think that just because Kobe jumped over a car, they can too. It doesn’t work like that, and it never will. No two players are the same, and you definitely can’t jump over that BMW.

And to be fair, I don’t want to defend Giancarlo too much either. He was not effective this postseason, and does strike out a hefty amount. His best game in the series came in the blowout loss when he hit the ball hard three times. He struck out on three pitches TWICE in massive, game-deciding situations. He wasn’t good, but don’t even act like when he stepped up to the plate every time you didn’t have a feeling he was going to hit a ball all the way to Moron Mountain (Space Jam reference for you uncultured folks out there).

You don’t give away a guy like that. Last year, he was a player who anybody in baseball would have been blessed to have on their team (as a player, ignoring contract issues). He is a guy who instantly makes your lineup more dangerous simply by writing his damn name on the lineup card. People don’t think about it, and maybe it’s because the Yankees never had a consistent #3 hitter and Judge was hurt for 2 months so the results weren’t as clear, but those top of the lineup guys are going to see MUCH more strikes with Giancarlo in that 4 spot over Andujar, Bird, Didi, Hicks or whoever else was going to bat there at the beginning of the season without him. Point at his final numbers all you want, which still are better than most of the players in the league, but his name alone makes him an asset. You cannot deny that.

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The worst part is…the same people who are yelling to trade Stanton are probably the same ones who criticized the Marlins for trading him. They’re like a bunch of people who eat Milky Ways instead of Snickers…never satisfied (ha). No, I don’t think the Yankees needed him to be successful this year. Perhaps they could have waited and gotten Yelich, who likely would have been a better fit for the lineup. But he fell in their lap, and Cashman did what anybody would have done.

Let me put this into a simpler perspective as to why he should not be traded:

-The Red Sox recently offered Mookie Betts a HEFTY extension that he turned down. They did this because they see his potential. He is 26 years old  (as of October 7) and on his way to his first MVP.

-When Giancarlo Stanton won the 2017 NL MVP, he was 27 years old (one year older than Betts for those of us without a calculator nearby).

-BUT, if next year Betts hits, oh I don’t know, 38 HR, has 100 RBI, and bats .266 in his age 26 campaign, should the Red Sox then trade him? Were they stupid to offer him a massive contract extension? NO!

If you didn’t get the analogy, I’m basically saying that the only difference (in terms of player impact) between trading Stanton this year and trading Betts next year (if he runs into a bad campaign) is the age difference of two years. Players have down years, it happens. Pitchers adjust, or they throw them less pitches to hit. You cannot be blind to the other ways a player impacts a roster besides general stats, and if you give up on an MVP-caliber player after ONE SEASON, you are an irrational, uneducated thinker. The Yankees have TWO franchise players nearing/in their prime, with a heavy youth movement on the way. Stanton will come around, and the argument that he should be traded is absolutely absurd.

Wait a week or two before you say stupid things.

100 Wins Ain’t Bad, Now the Real Season Starts

I know the Wild Card game wasn’t what we had hoped for, or even expected, coming into 2018. After coming within one win of the World Series and adding Giancarlo Stanton, nearly everyone picked the Yankees to win the AL East. But they didn’t. The Red Sox were the better team this year, hands-down. The Sox only won the season series by a game at 10-9, but the main thing they did was take care of business against the bad teams, namely the Baltimore Orioles. Throw in the dagger that was the four-game sweep at Fenway in early August, and the Red Sox are your AL East champs.

But all things considered, this Yankee team overcame a lot to reach 100 wins, besting last year’s total of 91 by nine. Their best player, Aaron Judge, missed nearly two months with a broken wrist. Gary Sanchez followed up his stellar first two seasons in the bigs with one of the most disappointing seasons for an athlete I have ever seen, batting just .186. Stanton went through huge slumps, hearing boos from the Bronx crowd during his first homestand in Pinstripes. Didi Gregorius missed a month with injury, and had a dreadful month of May. Luis Severino had an underwhelming second half. Aroldis Chapman missed time with injury. Jordan Montgomery was out for the year. Sonny Gray pitched his way out of the rotation. We started two rookies in the infield. Greg Bird forgot how to hit a baseball. Brett Gardner finally showed his age. And yet, this team still won 100 games.

Miguel Andujar emerged as not only baseball’s best rookie, but one of the best hitters in the game in the second half. Gleyber Torres showed he could be a star in this league for years to come. Luke Voit burst onto the scene to become a fixture in this lineup. Stanton carried us for periods of time. J.A. Happ pitched better than we could ever ask for after being acquired at the trade deadline. Neil Walker was the best hitter on the team for a short stretch. Masahiro Tanaka pitched like the ace we know he can be down the stretch. Didi Gregorius had another career year. Aaron Hicks continues to quietly become one of the best outfielders in the league. And maybe, just maybe, this team is finally healthy together for the first time all year.

Am I trying to say this team is a success because they won 100 games even with a lot of injuries and underperformance? Absolutely not. But they have shown the ability to overcome adversity for sure. Finishing eight games behind the Red Sox is not a success. But even if we were the ones finishing with 108 wins and the AL East crown, that is not a success either. Ever since the Yankees were eliminated last year, it was clear the 2018 Yanks are World Series or bust. Anything short of a parade down the Canyon of Heroes, and the season is a failure.

Not winning the division and having to play yet another Wild Card game is a huge obstacle on the way to that goal. In just one night, a season’s worth of work can come to an end. But anything is possible. No one thought we would beat the Indians last year. We gave away Game 2 to fall behind 2-0, and still won the series. We looked lifeless in Houston, only to win three in the Bronx and then come up just short. All I’m saying is, anything can happen in October. This train is still rolling, and you better believe anything short of a title is a failure. Let’s go Yanks baby.

The Red Sox Have the Most Insufferable Fan Base

I know Yankee fans get a lot of hate and I will admit in some ways we suck. There are a ton of Yankee fans out there that probably never/rarely watched before Aaron Judge made the Bronx fun again in 2017, fans that will jump to the “27 rings!” argument faster than David Price jumping to find an excuse to not pitch against the Yankees, and fans that probably don’t even realize Joe Girardi was a World Series winning Yanks catcher before he gave us this legendary line as manager.Image result for joe girardi its not what you want

 

That being said, the most insufferable fan base on this planet is that of the Boston Red Sox. Yes, in my mind they’re worse than Warriors fans, Patriots fans, even Duke basketball fans. That’s a very biased opinion as I’m a Yankee fan myself, but I actually cannot stand Red Sox fans. My hatred began as an 8-year old at Fenway, being cursed at and told to go back to the Bronx while wearing my Gary Sheffield t-shirt. I’m all for heckling fans of the opposing team, but if I’m ever heckling an 8 year old punch me in the face because I’ve had about three too many.

I don’t even care about that now though. It’s a fond memory of mine, my first real taste of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry. I even respect that about them. Too many fan bases are too nice in my opinion. I went to a game in Cleveland this summer, and I really anticipated getting more hate, especially after how we beat them in the Division Series last year. Nope, the people couldn’t have been nicer to us; an Indians fan even bought my friend and I beers at the bar before the game. You come into Fenway or Yankee Stadium, and you know the fans are gonna be going crazy. Red Sox fans are definitely dedicated and I respect them for that. But they are insufferable.

They’re insufferable because I’ve never met a fan base that loves to make excuses as much as they do. The Yankees have not played their best baseball in the second half. And yeah it hurt losing Judge, but he is far from the only reason we have been flat. Bottom line, a ton of our guys have underperformed, and that’s why we’re playing for home field advantage in the wild card right now and not battling the Sox for the AL East, as most assumed we would be. But if the Red Sox lose a game? Even to the Yankees, the team with the third-best winning percentage in baseball? Their fans can’t believe it. It’s like losing isn’t even a possibility in their minds. There has to be something wrong.

On Tuesday, the Yanks beat the Sox in the series opener 3-2 thanks to a huge three-run homer from Neil Walker and six strong innings from J.A. Happ. A great game, and one that the Yankees nearly gave away. They totaled only three hits in the ballgame, and botched two game-ending double play balls in the 9th before finally turning one the third time. What was Sox fans’ excuse for why they didn’t win this one?

JV lineup?! You sat Mookie and Benintendi (who later pinch hit), but otherwise EVERYONE else was in there. Obviously Mookie Betts is a game changer, and one of the best players in baseball. But am I supposed to feel bad that Alex Cora opted to give him an off-day against the Yankees? For sure not, especially when we’d been without our best player for almost two months prior to that game. If you wanna say the Red Sox outplayed the Yankees, I’d agree with you. But them not being able to cash in on two Yankee errors in the 9th has nothing to do with them sitting Mookie, get outta here with that bullshit.

Last night was a huge game for the Yankees. Again, I know the division is over, but at this point it’s all about getting our guys back on track and building momentum for the Wild Card game. They did just that last night with a 10-1 drubbing of the Red Sox. Most importantly, Luis Severino looked more like the Cy Young candidate we saw in the first half of the season. 10-1, that’s a huge margin of victory. What kind of excuse could Sox fans make this time? They jumped to their favorite, “Yankee Stadium is a Little League field.”

I can’t even wrap my mind around this one. Do both teams not get nine innings of at bats… in the same stadium? Do they push back the fences when the Red Sox hit? Of course Voit’s homers and Andujar’s solo shot would be fly outs in most stadiums, they barely got out to the short porch. But what was stopping the Red Sox from doing the same thing? A homer is a homer. If you wanna argue and tell me that over the course of a season a Yankee player’s stats are inflated because he plays half his games with the short porch in right, then fine. I agree with that. But to complain about the results of an individual game because of the dimensions of the stadium is blasphemous. Fenway is legendary, but how many times does the Green Monster turn what would be easy fly outs in any other park to doubles or home runs? Multiple times a game. You lost 10-1, just live with it.

The Red Sox have been the better team this year, no doubt about it. They completely derailed our division hopes with the four-game sweep at Fenway in early August. You didn’t hear us Yankee fans making any excuses back then (anyone who said Judge alone would’ve made that series much different is an idiot.) It’s pathetic that Sox fans need to try and come up with an excuse for every loss they have.

I need the Yanks to win tonight. Can’t let them beat Tanaka and win the division on our own turf. And I NEED a Yankees-Red Sox ALDS like I need air to breathe. I know that getting eliminated by them would be absolutely brutal. But this season has been so weird that it needs to end with one of these teams knocking out the other. It’s the only way.

Buck Foston go Yanks, Tanaka time tonight.

The 2001 World Series Was The Best One Ever Don’t @Me

Today is the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks which is pretty crazy to think about. Someone born on the day of the attacks would be taking their driver’s test today. For those of us from the New York/New Jersey area, the attacks hit particularly close to home because you surely knew those who lost loved ones that day. It was the greatest tragedy to ever happen on American soil. Our nation was hurting, and looking for any way to try and numb the pain, it turned to sports.

After a six-day hiatus, Major League Baseball finally resumed games after the attacks. Ultimately, the New York Yankees found themselves in their fourth straight World Series, and fifth in six seasons. Their opponent was the Arizona Diamondbacks, a team playing just their fourth season after joining MLB in 1998. The result was the best World Series ever played. I know there have been plenty of legendary Fall Classics. You have Pirates over Yankees in 7 in 1960, The ’86 Mets taking down the Red Sox, Kirby Puckett’s Twins beating the Braves in 1991, Cardinals over Rangers in 2011, and of course the Cubs ending their 108-year title drought over the Indians just two years ago. But this series had so much emotion behind it and late-game heroics that it’s the clear choice in my mind.

After losing the first two games in Arizona, the Yankees returned home to the Bronx for Game 3. They were greeted with a ceremonial first pitch from a pretty special guest.

That video still gives me the chills every time. This was a stadium full of people who had lost loved ones just a few weeks ago, turning to baseball as their way to escape the pain. After the Yankees won Game 3 behind Roger Clemens, they suddenly found themselves with their backs against the wall in Game 4, down 3-1 with two outs. They were at risk of a dreadful 3-1 series deficit. Tino Martinez, however, had other plans.

I can’t even imagine how much the old Stadium must’ve been shaking. I swear I want nothing more than the opportunity to experience what playoff baseball was like in the Bronx during the late-90’s/early-2000’s dynasty. The Yanks won Game 4 in extras thanks to a walk-off home run from none other than Derek Sanderson Jeter himself.

The season delay from the 9/11 attacks caused the series to start later than usual, making Game 4 the first ever November MLB game. Therefore, Jeter’s heroics earned him the nickname “Mr. November.”

Game 5 was, as the late great Yogi Berra would say, “deja vu all over again.” The Yankees once again found themselves down two runs with two outs in the ninth inning. This time, Scott Brosius provided the heroics.

Absolute madness. Once again, the Yanks won it in extras, thanks to Alfonso Soriano.

The rest of the blog is painful for me to write as a Yankee fan, but I would be remiss to not include the last two games in what I consider the “best World Series ever.” After the series returned to Arizona, the D-Backs drubbed the Yankees 15-2 in Game 6. There is nothing like a Game 7 in sports. To me, I don’t know how you could even begin to consider a series as the “best ever” without a Game 7. Fortunately, this Game 7 did not fail to live up to the hype.

Arizona’s Curt Schilling and the Yanks’ Roger Clemens were stuck in a pitcher’s duel, with the game tied at 1 in the eighth. Soriano came up big again, homering off of Schilling to give the Yanks a 2-1 lead. This was huge, as manager Joe Torre was able to turn the game over to the best reliever of all-time, his closer Mariano Rivera. Rivera was especially potent in the postseason, and after working a scoreless eighth, he lowered his career playoff ERA to 0.70. However, after a leadoff single, an errant throw by Rivera on a bunt, a double, and a hit by pitch, this happened.

It hurts to watch. But at the end of the day, the Yankees did their job; they helped heal a city in pain. This series had it all. A first pitch by the President in the same city where the largest terrorist attack in history happened weeks earlier. Back-to-back two-out ninth inning comebacks/extra inning walk-offs. A team that just joined the league winning it all in Game 7 off of the greatest reliever of all time. Not to mention Hall of Fame caliber players like Jeter, Rivera, Schilling, and Randy Johnson. Please try and explain to me how this wasn’t the best World Series of all-time, you can’t.

And to all first responders to the 9/11 attacks, thank you so much. To those who served our country following the attacks, thank you for your service. To anyone who lost loved ones in the attacks, our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless America and we will never forget.

Davey Tinglefingers: Not Good

I’ve got a long-winded, open ended question to start this blog off with, so bear with me.  What happens when you mix the best lefty hitting team in the league, at home, on a 100 degree night with a left handed pitcher thats a delicate snowflake, wilts under any kind of pressure, and owns an ERA over 9 in the bronx? Bombs away.

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After giving up 4 Runs in a single inning of work the first time these two teams met back on April 11th, Price left the game with “elbow tingling” What this actually meant was Ol’ Davey was tired of getting his fastball out over the Green Monster and didn’t feel like pitching any more of that game. It was about as soft as you can get but hey when you’re afraid, you’re afraid. His follow up performance was postponed as Mr. Tinglefingers got “carpal tunnel from playing Fortnite”. OK. Dave we get it, Gary Sanchez shows up in your nightmares. just be honest man it’ll save everyone some time. Gary didn’t even play the other night and this bum still gave up 5 moonshots,  Kyle Higashioka who is 28 years old, never gotten a hit in his career (was 0-23) and hit .190 in the minors tattooed a ball 401 feet down the left field line. When that’s happening, what are the actual batters in this lineup going to do?

Judge-409 ft

Gleyber-380 ft

Hicks 1-373 ft

Hicks 2-406 ft

Oh and well also set our season high in hits with 16. In fact every batter that appeared in last nights game got a hit except Greg Bird, but who’s surprised by that?

With the Yankees playing so well offensively it would have basically taken a position player or Sonny Gray on the bump to give Boston a fighting chance. Unfortunately for them, they were staring out at Luis Severino who is basically the opposite of Sonny Gray. Sevy was brilliant all night, going 6 2/3, giving up 2 hits and striking out 6. This outing dropped his season ERA down to 1.98 and secured his 13th win which are both the best marks in the AL.  The Yankees are 16-2 in games Severino starts. I smell Cy Young.

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After Aaron Hicks blacked out and hit his 3rd homer of the game, Boone did something that I absolutely loved. With the game well out of hand at 11-0 in the 9th Boone could have put David Hale who was just recalled from Triple-A or #45 (he who will not be named) into the game to mop up the last inning. Instead he threw Chapman out there. Now yes, Chapman hadn’t pitched in a couple days so yes its a smart idea to get him some work and keep him locked in. But I also truly think that after getting beaten by 11 the day prior, Boone was trying to get a similar scorecard win. Did it work out? Not exactly, Chappy did give up a run, but it was in an 11 run game he probably didn’t even care  about and it’s at least 4 runs less than #45 would have given up. All in all I loved the move.

Anyone with a functioning brain, and any kind of baseball knowledge (aka not Red Sox fans) woke up yesterday and knew what was going to happen last night. I am 100% serious when I say this, David Price might be my favorite player. To be this ineffective vs the Yankees takes guts. To do it while getting paid 30+ million for another 4 years after this one is diabolical (seriously go Google his contract. How freaking funny is that?)  Now I know what you’re thinking. “How can a Red Sox player be your favorite?” Simple, David Price gives the Yankees wins, and allows for stat padding while at the same time hands the Red Sox demoralizing defeats and hurts their ability to pony up for another premier free agent. It’s basically the best of both worlds. Can’t wait until we meet again Davey, really hope you don’t “play Fortnite” before the game.

 

Elon Musk, if You’re Reading This, Please Send Chasen Shreve to the Sun

So you might have heard, but the Yankees got swept by the Rays this past weekend. Safe to say that’s not what you want, but I’m not gonna panic. The Yanks just swept the Mariners last week and took 2/3 from the Phillies this week and sit just a half game back of the Red Sox in the AL East. I could sit here and complain about Gary Sanchez’s sub .200 batting average, Greg Bird’s lack of production, or injuries to the starting rotation. But honestly I’m not too worried about any of those. To shortly summarize why:

  1. Austin Romine has been raking, and will hold down the fort while Gary rehabs. Also, Gary is too good of a hitter to play like this all year, and had already started breaking out of his slump before the injury.
  2. I’m a Greg Bird guy and think he’ll put it together, but if not one/a combination of Brandon Drury, Neil Walker, and Tyler Austin will produce. No Chris Carter for us this year.
  3. Tanaka will be back before we know it, and it’s a certainty that Brian Cashman will add another starter before the trade deadline.

Now, to the real problem that will not correct itself and the purpose of this blog: Chasen Fucking Shreve. The guy is easily the worst/least reliable reliever in the Yankees bullpen, and yet we always seem to see him in high leverage situations? How in the world does Chasen Shreve take the mound in any semi-meaningful situation when Aaron Boone has Adam Warren, Jonathan Holder, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, and Aroldis Chapman at his disposal? It makes absolutely zero sense, but that’s baseball, Suzyn.

In today’s day and age, it’s common to come across interesting statistics on Twitter. There are interesting statistics, and then there are how in the name of Chuck Knoblauch is this a real thing that exists statistics. This one definitely falls in the latter category:

That’s just unreal. You literally should have to try to be that bad. The Yankees lead the majors in wins in one-run games, with the bullpen being a huge part of that. I know I’m saying that it’s only June 28, we’re only a half game out of first place, and there’s no reason to panic. That being said, we can’t be running guys like Chasen Shreve out there and just throwing away winnable games. Every game counts, especially with the Red Sox in our division. The reality is that one of these two teams is going to end up in a one-game elimination come October, even after likely winning 100 games, or at least close to there. Every game counts, and when I say that, I don’t mean you need to use Dellin Betances in 85 games this year. Bullpen workload management is a huge part of a team’s prolonged success throughout a season, but that doesn’t mean the Yankees should be throwing a pitcher as downright incompetent as Shreve out there night after night. Do something, anything, to replace him, whether it’s calling someone up from the minors or buying low on a reliever who has had struggles elsewhere via trade and hoping the Yanks can help him figure it out.

Things are still great in the Bronx right now. However, if Elon Musk would be so kind as to help us send our good pal Chasen to the sun that would just be swell.