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NEW YORK — The Rockies took an early 2-0 lead but the Yankees scored 8 unanswered runs to take the series opener, 8-2, at the Stadium.

The offense looked sluggish early but a third inning grand slam from Edwin Encarnacion sparked the Yankee bats and was supported by stellar pitching from then on. The slam was the DH’s first as a Bronx Bomber but already the 12th of his long career.

J.A. Happ struggled early on but was able to grind it out in five innings of work. The left-hander gave up 8 hits but a 2nd inning home run from Ryan McMahon and a Garrett Hampson RBI-double were the only run scoring hits against him.

Adam Ottavino took over in the 6th, with New York leading 5-2, and looked stellar against his former team. His slider was nasty and allowed him to strikeout all three batters he faced.

Just as it looked like Tommy Kahnle was going to have to come in to a close game, the Bombers tacked on three more runs in the bottom half of the 6th.

The inning started out with a couple of former Rockies doing some damage. Mike Tauchman, who had three hits, led off the frame with a single. After stealing second and getting to third on an error, DJ LeMahieu drove him in on a Fielder’s Choice as Nolan Arenado was unable to throw out the speedy Tauchman at home.

The very next better, Aaron Judge, then drove a Yency Almonte pitch to deep in right field for his 11th home run of the year. The long ball blew the game open and allowed Kahnle to take a seat.

Josh Bard, who was sitting in for the suspended Aaron Boone, then decided to bring in Stephen Tarpley out of the bullpen. The left-hander then showcased electric stuff, earning the save after pitching three shutout innings. It was his 2nd save of the year.

Notably, Tauchman also made a tremendous defensive play earlier in the game, throwing out Hampson at home to keep the score, 2-0.

Masahiro Tanaka faces Antonio Senzatela tomorrow at 1:05 ET.

Current Yankees Record: 63-33

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Ranking the top five most savage Yankees http://bronxpinstripes.com/beyond-baseball/ranking-the-top-five-most-savage-yankees/ Fri, 19 Jul 2019 17:42:56 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=69734 In honor of Aaron Boone’s epic rant yesterday, I decided to rank the top five most savage Yankees. 5. Aroldis Chapman What’s more savage? Throwing 105 MPH or getting the number 105 tatted on your neck? Either way, Chapman has proven to be a total savage ever since he defected from Cuba like a badass 10 years ago. He throws incredibly hard and is intimidating as hell. Tatted from head to toe, Aroldis wears a long sleeve turtleneck during every […]

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In honor of Aaron Boone’s epic rant yesterday, I decided to rank the top five most savage Yankees.

5. Aroldis Chapman

What’s more savage? Throwing 105 MPH or getting the number 105 tatted on your neck? Either way, Chapman has proven to be a total savage ever since he defected from Cuba like a badass 10 years ago. He throws incredibly hard and is intimidating as hell. Tatted from head to toe, Aroldis wears a long sleeve turtleneck during every appearance, even if it’s 100 degrees. Why? Because he loves to sweat. That’s savage. Every time he ends a game with a strikeout, Chapman stares the batter down with death in his eyes. Yesterday on R2C2, Didi and Hicks were adamant that “ Nobody messes with Chappy.” I would have to agree.

4. Gary Sanchez

The Sanchino doesn’t seem like a savage on the surface, but if you peel back the curtain you can see it. Signed as a 16 year old prodigy way back in 2009, he was a millionaire before any of us even had our learner’s permit. Gary has the look of the popular kid in high school who’s too cool to care about anything. He’s not going to bust out every ground ball. He’s not going to speak English to the media even though he’s fairly fluent. He doesn’t care if you call him lazy or nit-pick parts of his game. His bat flips are part relief and part disgust. He’s relieved to have homered, and he’s disgusted with the pitcher for thinking he could sneak a fastball by him. Gary has his last name tatted on his forearm. Did I mention the classic smirk he gives every time he guns someone out?

3. DJ LeMahieu

You’re probably scratching your head at this one. DJ is just a quiet, reserved gentleman who goes about his business, right? WRONG. Aaron Boone recently said that “DJ is out there to rip your heart out.” This couldn’t be more accurate. DJ simply has no feelings. He’s a robot. He’s a machine. He is out there to kill, and he doesn’t care who’s in his way. The reason he’s leading the league in hitting with runners in scoring position is that he’s heartless and has no sympathy for the opposition. You never see him smile, or yell, or show any emotion at all really. That’s savage,

2. CC Sabathia

I couldn’t leave the big man off the list. CC is a total savage from head to toe. He’s about to turn 39 and he’s still out there with essentially one knee grinding out quality starts. Everyone on the team looks up to him. Why? He’s a mad man that will do anything for his team. He’s constantly yelling at umpires, opposing batters, and even the sky. When he’s on the mound, he’s totally unpredictable and can go off at any time. From the “That’s for you bitch!” incident at the trop last year to his recent scuffle with the Rays on Tuesday, CC is always one pitch away from a confrontation. CC is never going to back down and will stop at nothing to protect his teammates and humiliate the opposition. Savage.

1. Brett Gardner

There are a bunch of savages on this team, but Gardy takes the cake. The man once drove from New York to Tampa for spring training. It wasn’t until he got to North Carolina that he realized the radio wasn’t on. He literally drove in silence for 10 hours. I personally can’t think of anyone that would ever do that, and I doubt you can either. Gardy constantly looks like he’s about to explode. He grinds away every single at bat, refusing to chase pitches out of the zone. He’ll stand up there for 10 minutes fouling off pitches until he gets one he likes. Always hustling, Gardner recently dove into first base when the Yankees were up by 11 runs! Never shy with umpires, Gardy will let them know if they miss a call. Last month in Cleveland, he slammed his helmet against the wall and it bounced back and hit him in the face, busting up his lip. He got stitches later that night and refused Novocain. Dude didn’t even take a Motrin. Savage.

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Series Recap: Yankees hand Rays a savage beating http://bronxpinstripes.com/series-recap/series-recap-yankees-hand-rays-a-savage-beating/ Fri, 19 Jul 2019 15:40:09 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=69621 The New York Yankees were one pitch away from sweeping the Tampa Bay Rays but even so, they savagely took care of business by winning three of four. As has been the case, the pinstripes finished strong with a doubleheader sweep. New York improved to 13-0-1 in its past 14 series’ at Yankee Stadium. GAME 1 It was a seesaw affair with all of the offense supplied by home runs. Travis d’Arnaud got the last word on a three-home run […]

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The New York Yankees were one pitch away from sweeping the Tampa Bay Rays but even so, they savagely took care of business by winning three of four. As has been the case, the pinstripes finished strong with a doubleheader sweep. New York improved to 13-0-1 in its past 14 series’ at Yankee Stadium.

GAME 1

It was a seesaw affair with all of the offense supplied by home runs. Travis d’Arnaud got the last word on a three-home run evening and his own personal porch party. The 5-4 loss was a tough one to take for the pinstripes.

NEEDS MORE BWHIPS

James Paxton missed the BP Show podcast Monday morning because he forgot to throw more BWHIPS prior to his start. The first frame remained a bugaboo for the lefty. d’Arnaud led off (yes, a catcher not named Jason Kendall, hitting leadoff) with a solo shot to right-center on a full count fastball.

Paxton was OK otherwise with seven K’s in six frames but would fall victim to another solo d’Arnaud home run to right-center in the third.

WING AND A PRAYER

New York mustered a paltry three hits against Blake Snell but one of those hits was a solo bomb to left by Edwin Encarnacion in the fourth.

HEY LADIES! HEY FELLAS! THAT BOMB WAS URSHELA’S!

Facing Emilio Pagan in the seventh inning, Gio Urshela smoked an equalizer solo home run to left to make it 2-2.

EDWIN AND THE DUKE

An inning later the Bronx Bombers gained their first lead of the night. After a two-out single by Aaron Hicks, against Andrew Kittredge, Encarnacion rocked a two-run tater to left to give the Yankees the 4-2 advantage. Encarnacion tied Edwin “Duke” Snider on the all-time list with 407 career home runs.

D’OH

Following two consecutive singles and two consecutive whiffs, Aroldis Chapman used a combination of a questionable pitch selection and location, enabling d’Arnaud to fully extend on a hanging slider out over the plate, which he summarily dunked into the right-field stands for a go-ahead and deciding three-run homer.

GAME 2

The Rays awoke a sleeping giant and the Yankees bats broke out big in an 8-3 victory.

STOPPER SABATHIA

CC Sabathia provided the pinstripes quite the lift off a loss. Facing the Rays for the fifth time this season, the veteran southpaw went six strong and gave the lineup time to get its act together and gave them a nice boost as he walked off the mound in the sixth.

Sabathia whiffed six, including Avisail Garcia, who was also robbed of a home run by Brett Gardner in the fourth inning. The future Hall of Fame great limited the damage to a solo home run by Austin Meadows in the second, a solo liner homer to left by Yandy Diaz in the fourth and an RBI-double to left by Diaz in the sixth.

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POLLY WANT A CRACK

Encarnacion carried over his power display against the opener Ryne Stanke, cracking a solo bomb to left-center in the second.

DJ OCEAN SPRAY

Feeding off Sabathia’s energy in the sixth, DJ LeMahieu sprayed a solo smash to right-field, solving Jalen Beeks and cutting the Rays edge to 3-2.

UNLOCKED THE CHEAT CODE

The eighth inning saw the Bronx Bombers throw up a bomb and come down with a touchdown. Gleyber Torres set the table with a lead-off walk against Colin Poche.

With two down, Aaron Judge appeared to unlock the offense. Something you almost never see, Judge hit a “foul home run” to right and on the next pitch swatted a two-run, go-ahead tater to right.

The ensuing batter Luke Voit shook off the doldrums and ripped a single, Gary Sanchez broke out of his funk with a double, Encarnacion was awarded an intentional walk and Didi Gregorius busted out big time with a monster grand slam to right field, making it 8-3.

GAME 3

After a rainout and a rain delay, the Yankees fired up the offense and shut down the Rays following an early blip with a 6-2 victory. Or as manager Aaron Boone put it, they had some savage guys in the box.

DOM DOMINATES

Domingo German essentially mirrored his outing against the Mets, shaking off first-inning home runs to Meadows and Diaz. From the third until the ninth, German and the New York bullpen didn’t yield a hit. German went six strong, fanning five.

GIO TRIO

Urshela spurred the pinstripes power against Yonny Chirinos. With one on in the second stanza, the Yankee third baseman clocked a two-run tater to the porch for the equalizer.

After RBI singles by Sanchez and Voit in the fifth, Urshela capped off the frame with a two-run double to left.

HICKS TO THE STICKS

During the sixth inning, Hicks threw another log on the fire with a solo swat to right against Stanek.

GAME 4

Keeping with their trend this season the Yanks finished off another doubleheader sweep with a 5-1 victory.

BEND BUT DON’T BREAK

In another opener scenario, Chad Green nearly allowed the Rays to jump out early but wiggled out of a bases-loaded jam unscathed.

A Nate Lowe RBI-double in the third against Nestor Cortes Jr. would be the lone blip on the radar. Cortes Jr. went 3.1 frames. Heck, Luis Cessa tossed 3.1 scoreless frames and received a standing ovation. Adam Ottavino looked back to normal with 1.1 scoreless frames to put a bow on the win.

WILLIE, MICKEY AND THE LUKE

Knotting the game at one was Voit powering a solo bomb to center off Charlie Morton in the fifth inning.

BALK OFF WIN

With the bases loaded in the sixth and Gregorius at the plate, Rays backstop Mike Zunino wanted a timeout but wasn’t granted one and Morton stopped his delivery, yielding a balk and a go-ahead run.

After the other runners moved up, Gregorius ripped a two-run single to center.

A bases-loaded walk by Mike Tauchman capped off the evening output.

ON DECK

At 62-33, the Yankees play host to the Colorado Rockies at Yankee Stadium for a three-game set starting Friday evening.

Pitching probables, Kyle Freeland vs. J.A. Happ, Antonio Senzatela vs. Masahiro Tanaka, German Marquez vs. James Paxton.

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Yankees get to Morton, sweep twin bill http://bronxpinstripes.com/game-day/yankees-get-to-morton-sweep-twin-bill/ Fri, 19 Jul 2019 03:24:47 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=69717 NEW YORK — It looked to be a pitching mismatch with the Rays sending out American League ERA leader Charlie Morton to the mound and the Yankees bullpenning in the night cap, but the Bombers rode a huge sixth inning to win the game 5-1. The victory capped off a rare doubleheader sweep and gave New York the series victory over Tampa, who are now 8 games back for the AL East title. The night began shakily for the Bombers […]

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NEW YORK — It looked to be a pitching mismatch with the Rays sending out American League ERA leader Charlie Morton to the mound and the Yankees bullpenning in the night cap, but the Bombers rode a huge sixth inning to win the game 5-1.

The victory capped off a rare doubleheader sweep and gave New York the series victory over Tampa, who are now 8 games back for the AL East title.

The night began shakily for the Bombers and opener Chad Green as he loaded the bases with no outs in the first inning. Green, however, worked his magic and bounced back and allowed no Rays to cross the plate despite the circumstances.

His performance was what set the tone for the team the rest of the game.

With Yankees down a run in the fifth, Luke Voit greeted Morton with a long solo home run to deep in left center field. It was Voit’s 18th of the year, a much needed blast for the struggling slugger.

The next inning, with the score till tied, Austin Romine opened the frame with a double to right field. After Brett Gardner moved him over to third, Morton issued rare walks to Aaron Judge and Edwin Encarnacion to load the bases for Didi Gregorius.

Though Gregorius did swat a two-run single in the at-bat, the go-ahead run scored earlier in the frame when Morton balked in a run, a mistake caused mainly by the catcher Mike Zunino.

The Yankees’ last run scored on a bases loaded walk by Mike Tauchman later in the frame.

Considering that New York was playing the back half of a doubleheader without a true starter, it was a tremendous job from Aaron Boone and the pitchers he put out there.

After Green opened, Nestor Cortes Jr. followed with 3.1 innings of solid one-run baseball. Luis Cessa then performed with 3.1 scoreless frames before Adam Ottavino finished it out with 1.1 innings of shutout baseball.

The Yankees open a three-game series against the visiting Colorado Rockies tomorrow, with J.A. Happ on the mound facing fellow left-hander Kyle Freeland.

Current Yankees Record: 62-33

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Debunking the “Aaron Judge is Boring” myth http://bronxpinstripes.com/featured-column/debunking-aaron-judge-is-boring/ Thu, 18 Jul 2019 22:00:47 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=69705 Batman taught me you either die a hero or you live long enough to become a villain. Baseball and covering the Yankees has taught me a similar notion – albeit without the high stakes of death. Aaron Judge is the unofficial captain of the New York Yankees and, for the most part, the sane have accepted this notion. Unfortunately, more at-bats don’t just qualify you for awards in Major League Baseball. It also gives a certain species of human a […]

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Batman taught me you either die a hero or you live long enough to become a villain. Baseball and covering the Yankees has taught me a similar notion – albeit without the high stakes of death. Aaron Judge is the unofficial captain of the New York Yankees and, for the most part, the sane have accepted this notion. Unfortunately, more at-bats don’t just qualify you for awards in Major League Baseball. It also gives a certain species of human a lot of time to whine.

There is a vocal minority who have taken up the burden of, for whatever reason, saying Judge has fallen off. (Well they haven’t used the words “fallen off.” It was more insinuated. When have cowards been direct though?) A combination of freak injuries and their 2018 PTSD have put a target on the captain’s back and I just won’t stand for it.

Now here’s the thing. It’s true that we haven’t seen a dominant stretch of Aaron Judge in a little while, but to downplay his significance to this team is asinine. Yes, Judge isn’t hitting home runs every other game but NOBODY is. What matters is he came back from an oblique injury and is still making hard contact. His power isn’t sapped and seeing Dominant Judge isn’t a matter of “if” but “when.”

The other night is a good indication that we might be close.

Aaron Judge is still elite

Now, before I get into those power numbers, let’s start with this. We can all agree everyone loves Mike Trout. We all say he’s elite. We all say he is better than most who have stepped on a field. There is no question about this.

Well, as it turns out, the Aaron Judge is Boring Crew should know he and Trout had very similar starts to their season:

First 38 games for Judge: 10 HR, 23 RBI, .304 AVG, .424 OBP, .548 SLG, .972 OPS

First 38 games for Trout: 9 HR, 25 RBI, .288 AVG, .458 OBP, .568 SLG, 1.026 OPS

And in comparison, the big free agent acquisitions of the winter:

First 38 for Harper: 7 HR, 25 RBI, .235 AVG, .381 OBP, .463 SLG, .844 OPS

First 38 for Machado: 8 HR, 19 RBI, .237 AVG, .316 OBP, .432 SLG, .748 OPS

But Aaron Judge doesn’t have the same power?!

One of the big critiques I’ve heard is that Aaron Judge’s power just isn’t the same. Whoever said that is correct. (Granted they were insulting the captain.) Judge is actually smacking the ball harder than he ever has in his career. This is why I have to reiterate it’s not a matter of “if” but “when” for a Judge tear.

2017: AVG Exit Velocity: 94.9MPH (Top 1% in the league); Hard Hit %: 54.7% (Top 1% in the league)

2018: AVG Exit Velocity: 94.7 MPH (Top 1% in the league); Hard Hit %: 54.1% (Top 1% in the league)

2019: AVG Exit Velocity: 98 MPH; Hard Hit %: 62.9%

Here’s the Statcast Average Exit Velocity leader board to really put this into context:

1.) Aaron Judge: 98 MPH
2.) Christian Yelich: 94.2 MPH
3.) Nelson Cruz: 941 MPH
4.) Joey Gallo: 93.6 MPH
5.) Alex Dickerson: 93. MPH

Now the leaderboards for Statcast in terms of Hard Hit % goes by how many hits you have. Obviously Aaron Judge is closer to the bottom of the list because he only has 56. Of course, of those 56 hits, 62.9% have been Hard Hits. Nobody atop the leaderboards even has close to that ratio. As a matter of fact, of the top 395 players, only Judge has a Hard Hit percentage in the 60’s. Rafael Devers has 153 hits and 49.4% have been Hard Hits. 50.2% of Cody Bellinger‘s 141  hits have been Hard Hit and our very own DJ LeMahieu has had 45.7% of his 139 hits go for hard hits.

The one area where Judge hasn’t beaten his personal best (yet) this year is his Barrel %*. In 2017 his Barrel was 25.7%. That put him in the Top 1% in the league that year. This year it’s 20.2% and it’s up from last year where he was in the top 2% of the league with a 16.2% Barrel.

*Barrel Definition from MLB.com: To be Barreled, a batted ball requires an exit velocity of at least 98 mph. At that speed, balls struck with a launch angle between 26-30 degrees always garner Barreled classification. For every mph over 98, the range of launch angles expands.

Judge hits too many singles

Cue the Sponge Bob meme there. To this I say so what? At the risk of sounding TOO scientific here, Singles = Hits and Hits = Pretty Dope. Let’s say he hits a ton of singles this year. Isn’t that better than striking out? What has been perceived to be a lack of power might actually be the gradual evolution of Aaron Judge as a hitter.

2017: K%: 30.7%; Contact %: 67.6%

2018: K%: 30.5%; Contact %: 65.9%

2019: K% 28.3%; Contact % 68.4%

These aren’t exciting changes by any means. It’s a tick up from where they usually are though and an upward trend is an upward trend. It’s worth keeping an eye on for now.

But hey, something is a little off with Judge

Aaron Judge’s launch angle is lower.

2017: 15.8

2018: 12.4

2019: 9.8

Maybe it’s something that will raise with time? Maybe it’s something that has changed in his game? Maybe he feels this is an effective way to strike out less? Maybe we should just file this under “Wait and see”?

If Judge can stay healthy – and that’s something we learned isn’t guaranteed in the era of Next Man Up – we’ll see that our captain had a great year.

Also while we’re on the subject of Next Man Up, BUY THE SHIRT:

 

All this talk of him falling off will be for naught and those people will pretend they didn’t say anything bad about him.

But we’ll remember. We’ll remember and we’ll RT.

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Yankees Offense Fired Up after CC’s Beef with Tampa + Trade Winds Swirling – The Bronx Pinstripes Show http://bronxpinstripes.com/podcast/yankees-offense-fired-up-after-ccs-beef-with-tampa-trade-winds-swirling-the-bronx-pinstripes-show/ Thu, 18 Jul 2019 16:11:18 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=69708 The Bronx Pinstripes Show #350 The Yankees have split the first two vs Tampa and have a doubleheader on Thursday. Topics: the AL East standings, crushing loss on Monday, Chapman’s opt-out, CC’s “manufactured beef” firing the team up, Judge and Didi’s home runs on Tuesday, Paxton’s start, Terrance Gore trade, Matthew Boyd rumors, injury news, Deivi Garcia’s first Triple-A start, upcoming weekend series vs Colorado, Didi’s tweets, and the faceapp phenomenon.

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The Bronx Pinstripes Show #350

The Yankees have split the first two vs Tampa and have a doubleheader on Thursday. Topics: the AL East standings, crushing loss on Monday, Chapman’s opt-out, CC’s “manufactured beef” firing the team up, Judge and Didi’s home runs on Tuesday, Paxton’s start, Terrance Gore trade, Matthew Boyd rumors, injury news, Deivi Garcia’s first Triple-A start, upcoming weekend series vs Colorado, Didi’s tweets, and the faceapp phenomenon.

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Yankees acquire Terrance Gore from Royals http://bronxpinstripes.com/transactions/yankees-acquire-terrance-gore-from-royals/ Wed, 17 Jul 2019 20:28:56 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=69700 With two weeks to go before the trade deadline, the New York Yankees have made another acquisition. However, the move seems more geared towards the final month of the regular season. The Yankees have acquired OF Terrance Gore from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for cash considerations. Gore is not being placed on the 40-man roster at the moment and will report to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Yankees have acquired OF Terrance Gore from the Kansas City Royals in exchange […]

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With two weeks to go before the trade deadline, the New York Yankees have made another acquisition. However, the move seems more geared towards the final month of the regular season.

The Yankees have acquired OF Terrance Gore from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for cash considerations. Gore is not being placed on the 40-man roster at the moment and will report to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Gore can be a liable asset on the base paths, which could be helpful in October.

Gore played 37 games with the Royals, hitting .275/.362/.353 with 13 stolen bases and a 92 OPS+.

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Let him play: Yankees have time for Didi Gregorius to get going http://bronxpinstripes.com/featured-column/let-him-play-yankees-have-time-for-didi-gregorius-to-get-going/ Wed, 17 Jul 2019 18:54:11 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=69661 Didi Gregorius‘ return to the Yankees, if nothing else, had to be a bolster to the clubhouse. As a stats and facts guy ($.50 to Joe Sheehan), I tend to discount such things. Hard to quantify “good clubhouse influence” but frankly, it’s important and I accept that. There’s a reason why countless sports documentaries about championship teams talk about guys just like Gregorius being essential to the dynamic. Because they are. Gregorius, along with a few other notable players, is […]

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Didi Gregorius‘ return to the Yankees, if nothing else, had to be a bolster to the clubhouse. As a stats and facts guy ($.50 to Joe Sheehan), I tend to discount such things. Hard to quantify “good clubhouse influence” but frankly, it’s important and I accept that.

There’s a reason why countless sports documentaries about championship teams talk about guys just like Gregorius being essential to the dynamic. Because they are. Gregorius, along with a few other notable players, is pivotal to the modern Yankees culture. He might not get as much publicity for the Yankees youth movement as Aaron Judge or Gary Sanchez, but Gregorius was essential. Plus, he’s really good.

The question for the Bombers today is, how soon will his bat come back to pre-Tommy John surgery levels? Gregorius has scuffled since coming off the injured list, though it must be noted we are dealing with a sample size of less than 120 plate appearances. Keep that in mind. Still, compared to 2018, he’s striking out more, walking less and his expected weighted on-base average (xwOBA), which uses batted-ball data to conjure up an expected level of production, is way down from 2018 (.257 down from .319).

That picture suggests he’s working out a few kinks in his swing, as should be expected for someone coming off a serious injury. The grand slam Tuesday night suggests he might be figuring things out, but alas, three things should be noted immediately:

A), it’s a small sample size; B) Gregorius is healthy but could reasonably still have some rust to knock off; C), it’s a small sample size.

It would be foolhardy to freak out about this, so I’m not. Instead, I’m pondering what the Yankees might do with him should this slump continue.

The Yanks are six up on the Tampa Bay Rays and 10 up on the Boston Red Sox. They have a cushion to let players work through some stuff. It won’t kill them to let Gregorius battle his way through a low period at the plate, especially considering he’s still a solid-to-above average defender at a premium position. Hardly the end of the world. They should play him every day until there’s a good reason not to.

If the day comes that the Yanks need to adjust, this story gets interesting quick.

Gregorius, 29, is a free agent this winter. I’ve long wondered what the front office would want to do with him, in part because of Gleyber Torres. Torres, who came up as a shortstop, is a better hitter today than his emoji-tweeting teammate. He’s one of the best hitting middle infielders in the sport. One wonders if Torres deserves an extended look at short; if it turns out he’s at least solid there, his bat becomes all the more valuable.

The Yanks have infield flexibility unlike anything in recent memory. Maybe the team breaks camp next year with Gregorius at third, Torres at short and DJ LeMahieu at second? Who knows. Basically, any combination of the three will work, provided you keep LeMahieu away from short. What a nice problem to have, eh? (Won’t remind anyone of the latter-day Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez infields, will it?)

I suspect Gregorius will start hitting. The underlying metrics aren’t pretty, but one small adjustment and a hot few weeks change everything. The Yanks have no reason to overreact. Play him, enjoy the emojis and handle the winter when it comes.

Adam Adkins podcasts and writes about baseball at AdkinsOnSports.com. His most recent Ode to a Pitcher breakdown covered Aroldis Chapman.

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Aroldis Chapman is likely to opt out of Yankees contract http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/aroldis-chapman-is-likely-to-opt-out-of-yankees-contract/ Wed, 17 Jul 2019 16:17:02 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=69693 The New York Yankees might have to add acquiring a new closer on their shopping list this offseason. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, a source close to current closer Aroldis Chapman stated there is a ‘1 million percent chance’ he opts out of his deal following the 2019 season. Chapman originally signed a five-year, $86 Million deal with the Bronx Bombers in 2017. With Chapman likely to opt out, the Yankees now have two options: They can trade […]

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The New York Yankees might have to add acquiring a new closer on their shopping list this offseason.

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, a source close to current closer Aroldis Chapman stated there is a ‘1 million percent chance’ he opts out of his deal following the 2019 season. Chapman originally signed a five-year, $86 Million deal with the Bronx Bombers in 2017.

With Chapman likely to opt out, the Yankees now have two options: They can trade the 31-year-old before the July trade deadline, or extend a qualifying offer to him at the end of the season.

Chapman, who  recently became a six-time All-Star for his stellar first half, is having a dominant season for the Yankees. In 39 games, he’s 2-2 with a 2.45 ERA, 29 saves and a 1.118 WHIP.

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The continued importance of CC Sabathia http://bronxpinstripes.com/opinion/the-continued-importance-of-cc-sabathia/ Wed, 17 Jul 2019 14:12:14 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=69680 At one point in his Yankee career, CC Sabathia was the most important pitcher in the starting rotation. From 2009-2012 Sabathia pitched to an ERA in the low threes. The first three years he finished top five in Cy Young voting. The fourth year he ended the season with his best strikeout to walk ratio ever. He was their ace, and he was crucial to their run of playoff appearances. Sabathia is obviously no longer an ace. Or a number […]

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At one point in his Yankee career, CC Sabathia was the most important pitcher in the starting rotation. From 2009-2012 Sabathia pitched to an ERA in the low threes. The first three years he finished top five in Cy Young voting. The fourth year he ended the season with his best strikeout to walk ratio ever. He was their ace, and he was crucial to their run of playoff appearances.

Sabathia is obviously no longer an ace. Or a number two pitcher. Or even really a number three or four pitcher. But he’s arguably the most valuable number five pitcher in baseball. Let me explain why.

Sure his numbers are pretty solid for a number five guy. Most teams would take a pitcher with an ERA around 4.00 to round out the back of their rotation, even if his FIP is hanging at an unsightly 5.28. Once he reinvented himself a few years back after a rough three-year patch from 2013-2015, he’s been a serviceable back end starter for the past several seasons.

But that’s really a smaller piece of his overall value. Last night presents the perfect example. In the top of the 6th inning, the Yankees were trailing 3-1 to those pesky Rays. They’d blown a 9th inning lead the night before, giving the Rays the motivation they needed to get back in the AL East race. Through 5.1 innings last night, it was looking like the Yankees were destined for another loss.

Here’s where Sabathia comes in. He’d pitched fine. Three runs across six innings. He did his job of keeping the Yankees in the game. Like I said earlier, that’s only part of his value. The rest of it came from what happened after getting a called strike three against Avisail Garcia.

Was this feud warranted? Eh, probably not. Garcia very briefly stared down Sabathia. The pitch was outside. Didn’t seem like anything. But Sabathia is the wise and fiery veteran. He knows the exact situation the Yankees are in.

You see, coming out of the All-Star break the Yankees offense hadn’t looked all that great. A number of starters, from Luke Voit to Didi Gregorius to Gary Sanchez were all going through minor slumps. In fact, dating back to the last two games against the Rays before the break, the Yankees hadn’t scored more than four runs in a game. It wasn’t a terrible slump, but the offense was just sort of chugging along in first gear.

Sabathia knew this. And over the past few years he’s taken it upon himself to fire up this team when they start to look sluggish. Cue last night’s moment. Did he need to get into Garcia? No, but he knew this team needed to wake up or they were at risk to coughing up yet another game to a Rays team that has so far refused to fall out of this race. Plus he has recent history with the Rays dating back to last year, when he famously plunked a Ray in retaliation and then yelled into the Rays dugout “That’s for you!” before tossing out a couple more expletives. It was the perfect opportunity.

So last night as he walked off the mound he stared back. And he yelled. Then he yelled some more. And he tried to get over to Garcia yet was (somehow) held back by Gregorius. It was enough to get the benches clearing. And enough to wake this team up.

What happened then? In the 6th inning, still trailing 3-1, the offense started to stir.

DJ LeMahieu launched a home run to right field. There was another hit in the 7th. What followed in the 8th sealed the deal. Torres worked a walk, followed by a strikeout from Brett Gardner and a lineout from LeMahieu. Then it was a series of clutch two-out play. Aaron Judge launched a go-ahead two-run home run into right field, Voit singled, Sanchez doubled, Edwin Encarnacion was intentionally walked, and then Gregorius ripped a grand slam, leading the Yankees to an 8-3 victory.

Now you can argue that it all had nothing to do with Sabathia’s fiery exchange, but I’d continue to disagree with you. He’s an incredible clubhouse value and holds fierce respect from his teammates. “He keeps us locked in,” said Aaron Judge. “And he can fire us up when we need it and we needed it tonight.” That quote pretty much sums up this article. He motivates this team when they need it.

After the game, Sabathia chalked it all up to a misunderstanding. Proof that it probably wasn’t all that big a deal. Though he also added, “I’d like to say they responded well,” when referring to his teammates. “They were fired up.”

In that brief moment in the game, he knew he had an opportunity to wake this team up. So he took it. That, ladies and gentlemen, is where Sabathia’s real value rests.

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Six-run eighth inning propels Yankees to win over Rays http://bronxpinstripes.com/game-day/six-run-eighth-inning-propels-yankees-to-win-over-rays/ Wed, 17 Jul 2019 02:45:08 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=69669 NEW YORK — After a big sigh of disappointment was felt throughout the stadium after Aaron Judge just missed giving the Yankees an eighth inning lead, the right fielder quickly energized the crowd by homering on the very next pitch. The two-out shot sent the Yankee Stadium crown into a frenzy and sparked an eighth inning rally that provided the team more than enough cushion to secure an 8-3 victory over the Rays. The Bombers are now six games ahead […]

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NEW YORK — After a big sigh of disappointment was felt throughout the stadium after Aaron Judge just missed giving the Yankees an eighth inning lead, the right fielder quickly energized the crowd by homering on the very next pitch.

The two-out shot sent the Yankee Stadium crown into a frenzy and sparked an eighth inning rally that provided the team more than enough cushion to secure an 8-3 victory over the Rays.

The Bombers are now six games ahead of the Rays for the AL East lead after evening this crucial four-game series at one game apiece.

After Judge’s home run in the eighth, the struggling Luke Voit and Gary Sanchez both got hits, while Edwin Encarnacion was intentionally walked to load the bases for Didi Gregorius.

The shortstop who has struggled in his own right, going 1 for his last 25, slugged an almost shoulder high fastball to deep in right center field for a grand slam.

The long ball sent the team and the crowd into a euphoric state and put the Yankees up by five crucial runs.

CC Sabathia set the tone for the Bombers giving Aaron Boone six strong innings. Even if he did not have his best stuff, a scuffle he had with Avisail Garcia to end the sixth inning seemed to have energize a Yankee offense that has been struggling the past couple of days.

Not to be forgotten in this night was the job done by David Hale. Summoned by Aaron Boone in a bases loaded, one-out jam to face the red hot Travis d’Aarnaud, the young right-hander got the ground ball the Yankees needed to get out of the jam and leave the inning still trailing by just one.

Earlier in the game, Edwin Encarnacion homered again to open the scoring for the Bombers, while DJ LeMahieu hit a solo shot in the sixth to cut the Rays lead to one run at the time.

Domingo German and Yonny Chirinos are on the mound tomorrow for the third game of this four-game set.

Current Yankees Record: 60-33

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What to expect from Severino and Betances down the stretch http://bronxpinstripes.com/featured-column/what-to-expect-from-severino-and-betances-down-the-stretch/ Tue, 16 Jul 2019 20:39:09 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=69607 On Saturday, Aaron Boone announced that Dellin Betances and Luis Severino would both begin throwing programs on this week. While this comes as a positive development, fans should temper their expectations. Setbacks First of all, there’s no guarantee we will see ether of these two on a mound this year. Severino has already had two setbacks since he initially felt pain way back in March. Betances also had a set back while attempting to rehab. The natural stress of throwing 100 […]

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On Saturday, Aaron Boone announced that Dellin Betances and Luis Severino would both begin throwing programs on this week. While this comes as a positive development, fans should temper their expectations.

Setbacks

First of all, there’s no guarantee we will see ether of these two on a mound this year. Severino has already had two setbacks since he initially felt pain way back in March. Betances also had a set back while attempting to rehab. The natural stress of throwing 100 MPH, combined with the questionable decision making and protocol from the medical and training staff, means more setbacks could be lurking. If you need another example, look no further than Jordan Montgomery.

Rehab Length

Even if these two hurlers are able to contribute at some point, it won’t be until September. Brian Cashman has already said that Severino will need between six and seven weeks to ramp up, and Betances will likely need a similar timeframe. This puts a tentative return date sometime between August 26 and September 2. Remember, this “timeframe” assumes a fully clean rehab timeline with no set backs. Based on how the year is going, it is very tough to make this assumption.

Velocity

Both of these pitchers rely heavily on elite velocity to be effective. Betances has previously stated that his arm usually isn’t up to full strength until a few months into the season. Remember, he is referring to a normal, healthy season.

During a normal year, he usually isn’t touching 100 MPH until the end of  May or June. If he starts throwing this week, it’s very possible his arm isn’t in peak form until to the end of September or even October. We may only see Dellin at 95-96 for most of September, but hopefully he is fully ramped up by the playoffs.

As for Severino, he generally doesn’t take as long, but they will still be careful. I don’t have as a much of a read on Severino’s timeline for velocity, but I wouldn’t expect him to be pumping 99 consistently when he first gets back.

Stretching out Sevy

As a starting pitcher, the Yankees often ask Severino to pump out about 100 pitches per start. Given our timeline constraints, it may not be possible to stretch him out this far. Over the weekend, Cashman speculated that Severino may only have enough time to ramp up to the 65-75 pitch mark. This limit would essentially make Severino a five inning pitcher. While this sounds a bit depressing, there are still a ton of ways the Yankees could utilize Severino.

They could try him as a “five and fly” guy. Essentially they would ask him for starts similar to his Wild Card game last year: bbetween four and five innings at max effort. They could also utilize him as an opener, having him throw just one or two innings before turning the ball over to the bullpen- (or Domingo German if his innings limit kicks in.) Another option would be some sort of combination of Severino, German, and CC Sabathia in a playoff game. While Severino probably isn’t going to be a seven inning guy, there are still plenty of ways the Yankees can unleash him.

It’s exciting to have Severino and Betances restarting their rehab assignments, but expectations must be tempered. We don’t know exactly when, or even if, these two will be actually be on the mound in the Bronx. Even though we can’t predict their exact roles or performance levels, having some version of these two back is better than no version at all. It’s up to Brian Cashman and company to figure out the best way to utilize these two flame throwers down the stretch.

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What is the best food at Yankee Stadium? http://bronxpinstripes.com/videos/stadium-eats/what-is-the-best-food-at-yankee-stadium/ Tue, 16 Jul 2019 16:10:12 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=69638 I have done a lot of these videos over the years. I have eaten almost everything that Yankee Stadium has to offer. I can say right now, that the Burrata burger is the pound for pound champion of Yankee Stadium concessions. For a long time Lobel’s has been king, and they will get their rematch, but for right now we have a new king. Burrata Burger at Yankee Stadium – #Stadium Eats JJ has filmed 40+ episodes of #StadiumEats and […]

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I have done a lot of these videos over the years. I have eaten almost everything that Yankee Stadium has to offer. I can say right now, that the Burrata burger is the pound for pound champion of Yankee Stadium concessions. For a long time Lobel’s has been king, and they will get their rematch, but for right now we have a new king.

Burrata Burger at Yankee Stadium – #Stadium Eats

JJ has filmed 40+ episodes of #StadiumEats and after eating the Burrata Burger at Yankee Stadium at City Winery NYC he said "The Burrata Burger is the best thing I've had at Yankee Stadium".What is the best thing you've had at the Stadium?

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If you haven’t seen, I’ve been doing a lot of eating around the stadium this year and here are all the videos for the season.

Pastrami Sandwiches and Blue Point Pinstripe Pilsner at Yankees Spring Training – #StadiumEats

We attended New York Yankees Spring Training to sample some of the new food and beer at George M. Steinbrenner Field!On this episode of #StadiumEats, JJ is joined by Scott to try the Pastrami Sandwiches and Blue Point Brewing's Pinstripe Pilsner.

Posted by Bronx Pinstripes on Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Mighty Quinn's Rib Sandwich At Yankee Stadium – #StadiumEats

Mighty Quinn's Rib Sandwich at Yankee Stadium – #StadiumEatsJJ was at Yankees Opening Day to try this behemoth of a sandwich from Mighty Quinn's BBQ.

Posted by Bronx Pinstripes on Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Pickles Pub in Baltimore Review – #StadiumEats

JJ hit the road and visited Pickles Pub across the street from Camden Yards. #StadiumEats

Posted by Bronx Pinstripes on Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Camden Yards Catfish and Pigtown Stack – #StadiumEats

JJ tried what Camden Yards had to offer when the Yankees were in Baltimore: the Cajun Catfish sandwich and the Pigtown Stack rib sandwich.

Posted by Bronx Pinstripes on Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Stan's Sports Bar – #StadiumEats

JJ continues the #StadiumEats tour by checking out Stan's Sports Bar on a Saturday morning in April. Which pregame spot by the stadium is your favorite?

Posted by Bronx Pinstripes on Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Changeup Burger from Bareburger – #StadiumEats

JJ and Colleen channeled their inner vegetarian and tried The Changeup Burger from Bareburger at Yankee Stadium.

Posted by Bronx Pinstripes on Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The Dugout at Yankee Stadium – #StadiumEats

It's 11:15 in the morning so JJ is at the Dugout for a Bud Light and a Jameson. Find out what it smells like in the bar, what food surprised JJ and how it compares to Stan's.

Posted by Bronx Pinstripes on Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Avocado Bites from Bareburger – #StadiumEats

JJ and Andrew tried the Avocado Bites from Bareburger, located behind section 132 at Yankee Stadium. This is a new food item in 2019. Sliced avocados, deep fried and served with a habanero sauce.

Posted by Bronx Pinstripes on Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Yankee Tavern Bar Review – #StadiumEats

This week on #StadiumEats JJ checks out the Yankee Tavern just a block away from Yankee Stadium. For $17.50 you get a beer and about a gallon of Jameson, with a whole different vibe to anywhere else JJ has gone. What is your favorite spot to pregrame the New York Yankees?

Posted by Bronx Pinstripes on Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Yankee Stadium Pinstripe Pass – #StadiumEats

For as low as $15 you can catch a New York Yankees game while getting a 12oz beer and a hot dog. Jack Jokinen went to a Saturday game on a $20 Pinstripe Pass and lets you know if the value is there. Also, he runs into some jerseys with names on the back.

Posted by Bronx Pinstripes on Tuesday, June 4, 2019

City Winery At Yankee Stadium – #StadiumEats

The Yankees have added City Winery NYC to the available options at Yankee Stadium this year and Jack Jokinen met up with Whine With Kelly host Kelly Keegs to give a couple wines a try.Would you drink wine at a baseball game?

Posted by Bronx Pinstripes on Tuesday, June 25, 2019

London Boomstick – #StadiumEats

The George's Box podcast boys JJ and Keith were in London to watch the Yankees beat up on the Red Sox. They also tried the mammoth Boomstick hotdog, Lady and the Tramp style.

Posted by Bronx Pinstripes on Tuesday, July 2, 2019

London Fish and Chips – #StadiumEats

JJ tried one of the most famous foods in the UK while at the London Series – Fish and Chips! He also attempts a horrendous British accent and talks to some of the locals.

Posted by Bronx Pinstripes on Tuesday, July 9, 2019

London Gin and Tonic – #StadiumEats

While in London, JJ drank a jug of Gin and Tonic! It’s an adult beverage the British are known for and was the best thing JJ tried at the #LondonSeries.

Posted by Bronx Pinstripes on Tuesday, July 9, 2019

 

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Masahiro Tanaka: Getting it done with less http://bronxpinstripes.com/stats-breakdown/masahiro-tanaka-getting-it-done-with-less/ Tue, 16 Jul 2019 13:04:51 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=69623 Masahiro Tanaka has had an interesting season thus far. On the surface, his 3.81 ERA is respectable (league average is 4.57 this season). He’s thrown 111 innings, and he’s arguably been the most important pitcher on the Yankees’ staff. Yes, German has been better on a rate basis, but Tanaka has had nearly 30 more innings of above average production, which isn’t insignificant. Tanaka’s WAR sits at 2.1 and he’s on track to cross the 3 WAR threshold for just […]

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Masahiro Tanaka has had an interesting season thus far.

On the surface, his 3.81 ERA is respectable (league average is 4.57 this season). He’s thrown 111 innings, and he’s arguably been the most important pitcher on the Yankees’ staff. Yes, German has been better on a rate basis, but Tanaka has had nearly 30 more innings of above average production, which isn’t insignificant. Tanaka’s WAR sits at 2.1 and he’s on track to cross the 3 WAR threshold for just the second time in his career. However, we’ve seen a different Tanaka this season, so let’s examine what he has been doing differently.

Limiting Home Runs:

Ever since he came to the big leagues, Tanaka has had problems keeping the ball in the ballpark. Hell, he gave up a home run to the first batter he faced (former Yankee Melky Cabrera). While otherwise being solid for the Yankees, this nagging issue continued for a while and reached untenable levels in the summer of 2017. His 21.2% home run rate, percentage of fly-balls that left the ballpark, was worst in the league that year. Last year, he reduced that mark to 17.7%, and this year it’s down to 16.2%. See below for a graphical representation:

Tanaka is always going to give up the occasional dinger. He lives and dies with his off-speed stuff, and that comes with the territory, but he’s done a better job pitching backwards the last few years and keeping hitters more off balance. His “barrel rate” has also decreased over the last 3 seasons, 8.6% in 2017, 7.1% in 2018, and 6.3% this season.

Peripherals:

Tanaka has seen his strikeout rate take a hit this year (7.7k/9, career 8.59 k/9) but his walk numbers have been right around his average (2.03 bb/9, career 1.78 bb/9). The reduced strikeout rate has led to some below average peripherals for him (4.34 FIP), but perhaps he can clean some of that up. Considering he has been without his signature splitter this season, these numbers could be a lot worse. See below for how Tanaka has changed his pitch selection recently:

Pitch Selection

To say Tanaka has been missing his best pitch this season would be an understatement. As of now, fangraphs says his splitter has been worth –8.7 runs this season. This would be the first season for him in which that pitch produced a negative value. He is making up for the loss of his splitter with his slider, which has been worth +14.4 runs. His previous high with that pitch was set last season at +17.9 runs.

There is some speculation that the new baseballs are a factor for Tanaka. He spoke with NJ.com interpreter Shingo Horie last week and had this to say: “Probably the right word to say is, it just doesn’t feel right.” “Feels like the ball is a little bit harder and it feels like the seams are a little bit lower,” Tanaka said.

If the ball that MLB is using this year has lower seams, it would certainly affect a pitch like a splitter. Tanaka being able to remain effective is a testament to his tenacity as a starter.

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Luis Severino open to bullpen role upon return http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/luis-severino-open-to-bullpen-role-upon-return/ Tue, 16 Jul 2019 00:21:37 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=69613 It’s been a rough 2019 season for Luis Severino. Before the season even began, the 25-year-old was sidelined due to inflammation in his right shoulder. He then hit another setback, as he was diagnosed with a Grade 2 lat strain a few weeks later. Severino has yet to see the mound this season. Although he’s been sidelined, the Yankees seem optimistic that the right-hander will rejoin the team at some point this season. In a press conference on July 14, […]

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It’s been a rough 2019 season for Luis Severino.

Before the season even began, the 25-year-old was sidelined due to inflammation in his right shoulder. He then hit another setback, as he was diagnosed with a Grade 2 lat strain a few weeks later.

Severino has yet to see the mound this season. Although he’s been sidelined, the Yankees seem optimistic that the right-hander will rejoin the team at some point this season.

In a press conference on July 14, general manager Brian Cashman told reporters that Severino would need “six or more” weeks in order to be ready. Cashman discussed a few ways that Severino may be used down the stretch, including as a 75-pitch starter or in a bullpen role.

As he looks to help this Yankees team win games, Severino is open to anything once he returns to the mound.

When speaking to reporters, Severino said tat he’s open to whatever the Yankees need him to do down the stretch. Although he plans on continuing as a full-time starter upon his return, the two-time All-Star stated that he has thought about pitching out of the bullpen. Severino believes that pitching out of the bullpen would ultimately get him back on the mound sooner.

Although Severino is looking ahead, he’s still a ways off from actually returning.

On Monday, Severino took a step in the right direction. He, along with fellow teammate Dellin Betances, began a new throwing program. Each pitcher made 25 throws on flat ground from 60 feet, and will have a rest day on Tuesday. Without any setbacks, both pitchers are scheduled to throw again on Wednesday.

As Severino begins the throwing program, the Yankees will be keeping a close eye on his health. If he continues to progress, there is hope that he can make a return before the end of the regular season.

With the trade deadline just a few weeks away, Severino’s health (and their plan for him upon return) can play a huge role in what the organization does on the trade market. Based on their information on Severino, they can decide what assets they may need to acquire in order to provide a boost for the playoff stretch.

It will be interesting to see how the Yankees plan on using Severino if he is able to return this season. Will they look to stretch him out to re-take his role in the rotation, or will they elect to limit his workload by using him in the bullpen? Only time will tell.

Continue to follow the Bronx Pinstripes team for all the latest news, rumors and updates surrounding the New York Yankees.

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Series Recap: Yankees sock it to the Blue Jays http://bronxpinstripes.com/series-recap/series-recap-yankees-sock-it-to-the-blue-jays/ Mon, 15 Jul 2019 17:21:36 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=69594 Starting the second half of the season against the Toronto Blue Jays, the New York Yankees carried their solid play from the first half. In taking two of three, the pinstripes are now 12-0-1 in their last 13 home series’. GAME 1 The Yankees started the second half with a clean all-around 4-0 blanking of the Blue Jays. DOM IS ON Domingo German picked right up from his previous stellar outing in Queens with six strong frames in the Bronx. […]

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Starting the second half of the season against the Toronto Blue Jays, the New York Yankees carried their solid play from the first half. In taking two of three, the pinstripes are now 12-0-1 in their last 13 home series’.

GAME 1

The Yankees started the second half with a clean all-around 4-0 blanking of the Blue Jays.

DOM IS ON

Domingo German picked right up from his previous stellar outing in Queens with six strong frames in the Bronx. Six of his seven strikeouts came via the curveball, as German tossed six scoreless innings, scattering three hits.

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PARROT PUNCH

New York finally busted out against Aaron Sanchez in the fifth. Brett Gardner, who also doubled, kept up his hot hitting with a leadoff triple to right. Gardner would score on an RBI ground out by DJ LeMahieu. Aaron Judge followed with a single to center, Aaron Hicks doubled to right and Gary Sanchez reached after being hit by a pitch.

Edwin Encarnacion tore the game open by sticking a bases-clearing double to left.

GAME 2

Some bloops fall your way and some don’t and that was the difference as the Blue Jays edged the Yankees 2-1. In an odd twist, the Blue Jays seemed to benefit from starting pitcher Clayton Richard only lasting two frames before exiting with an injury.

NO BLOOP FOR YOU

Facing Joe Biagini with the bases packed in the fifth, Sanchez hit the ball too hard or not hard enough to center and was robbed by Randal Grichuk to end the inning.

BLOOP JAYS

With one down in the sixth, a well-rested J.A. Happ, who posted an otherwise solid outing, fell victim to some tough luck. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. singled to right. Cavan Biggio found the fairway on a ball hit to left between Gardner and Didi Gregorius. Adam Ottavino entered and froze Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Yet after a double-steal, Grichuk continued to torture the pinstripes with a two-run single to right.

BREAKING THE BLANKING

New York would avoid the shoutout against Daniel Hudson in the ninth. Hicks coaxed a walk to start the frame. Gleyber Torres and Gardner probably swung at pitches during the count which would’ve resulted in walks but both flew out. LeMahieu singled to center to keep the inning alive. Judge ripped an RBI-single to left to get the Yankees on the board. Yet, Luke Voit would go down looking to end the game.

GAME 3

The pinstripes played sloppily and then they played sharp. New York received contributions from all corners, including Gio Urshela and Mike Tauchman. It all added up to a 4-2 victory.

GO GO GIO

Facing Marcus Stroman in the second stanza, the pinstripes would jump on the board. Voit reached on a single to short and Torres doubled to right. With one down, Urshela roped a two-run single to left.

MASA MIXED MATINEE

All-Star Masahiro Tanaka provided the Yankees with length and registered five strikeouts during his six frames of work. The blemishes on Tanaka’s afternoon came in the way of a pair of solo home runs by Grichuk and Eric Sogard in the fifth to square the contest at two apiece.

UPON FURTHER REVIEW

Yet, New York would bounce back in the home half.

Urshela started the rally with an infield single to short. Austin Romine followed with a walk. The inning almost went awry after Tauchman’s pop out bunt to third. After LeMahieu grounded into a force out, the Yankees would benefit from some good fortune.

Urshela scampered home on a Stroman wild pitch and after initially being called out, the replay showed his foot hit the plate under a high tag attempt by catcher Danny Jansen and the Yankees took a 3-2 lead.

NO BLOOP FOR YOU EITHER

The Blue Jays wouldn’t benefit from a bloop rally on this afternoon. During the sixth, Tauchman, fighting through the sun, made a full extension grab in left to rob Biggio.

UN-TAUCH-IT

Facing Derek Law in the seventh, Tauchman said, bunt this! Tauchman drilled a 1-2 fastball to right and doubled the Bronx Bombers advantage to 4-2.

ON DECK

At 59-32, the Yankees play host to the Tampa Bay Rays for a four-game series at Yankee Stadium starting Monday evening.

Pitching probables, Blake Snell vs. James Paxton, TBD vs. CC Sabathia, Yonny Chirinos vs. Domingo German, Charlie Morton vs. J.A. Happ.

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Yankees Take Two From Toronto, Voit Returns & Trade Deadline Targets – The Bronx Pinstripes Show http://bronxpinstripes.com/podcast/yankees-take-two-from-toronto-voit-returns-trade-deadline-targets-the-bronx-pinstripes-show/ Mon, 15 Jul 2019 14:23:34 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=69604 Topics: series win vs Toronto, German’s strong outing and Boone’s comments about him possibly pitching in the bullpen, Happ’s encouraging start, Didi’s postgame tweets returned but his offense hasn’t yet, Marcus Stroman, Voit returning, injury updates to Betances, Stanton, and Severino, and the trade deadline. Mailbag questions about trade targets Kirby Yates and Ken Giles, starting pitching vs bullpen in the postseason, Boone, and Frazier. Today’s show is sponsored by SeatGeek and Indochino: -SeatGeek: For $10 off your first ticket […]

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Topics: series win vs Toronto, German’s strong outing and Boone’s comments about him possibly pitching in the bullpen, Happ’s encouraging start, Didi’s postgame tweets returned but his offense hasn’t yet, Marcus Stroman, Voit returning, injury updates to Betances, Stanton, and Severino, and the trade deadline. Mailbag questions about trade targets Kirby Yates and Ken Giles, starting pitching vs bullpen in the postseason, Boone, and Frazier.

Today’s show is sponsored by SeatGeek and Indochino:

-SeatGeek: For $10 off your first ticket purchase, download the SeatGeek app and enter promo code BRONX.

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Yankees All-Star trivia http://bronxpinstripes.com/a-look-back/yankees-all-star-trivia/ Sat, 13 Jul 2019 16:00:35 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=69311 The All-Star break is over after another win for the AL. The Yankees own Masahiro Tanaka picked up the victory while Aroldis Chapman nailed down the save. With the second half underway, test out your Yankees All-Star knowledge with the trivia quiz below. Try not to cheat! Yankees All-Star Trivia Which future Yankees’ pitcher surrendered the 1967 game-winning home run to the Reds’ Tony Perez in the top of the 15th inning? ____________ (5 points) Who was the last Yankees’ […]

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The All-Star break is over after another win for the AL. The Yankees own Masahiro Tanaka picked up the victory while Aroldis Chapman nailed down the save. With the second half underway, test out your Yankees All-Star knowledge with the trivia quiz below. Try not to cheat!

Yankees All-Star Trivia

  1. Which future Yankees’ pitcher surrendered the 1967 game-winning home run to the Reds’ Tony Perez in the top of the 15th inning? ____________ (5 points)
  2. Who was the last Yankees’ pitcher to start the All-Star game for the American League? (3 points)
    a) Mike Mussina  b) Roger Clemens  c) Andy Pettitte  d) David Wells
  3. Who was the last Yankees’ pitcher to earn the win prior to the 2019 All-Star game? __________ (10 points)

    Middle Innings

  4. What opposing pitcher allowed Aaron Judge‘s 2018 All-Star game home run? _________(3 points)
  5. Which Yankees All-Star Hall of Fame pitcher holds the record for career All-Star victories? __________(10 points)
  6.  The very first All-Star game took place at Chicago’s Comiskey Park in 1933. Can you name the six Yankees on the AL team? (1 point for each right answer).

    The Homestretch

  7.  Which two-time Yankee is tied with Mike Trout for the highest career All-Star slugging pct. (1.000). (5 points)
  8. What Yankee has the second-highest All-Star career slugging pct.? (3 points)
  9. Three of the top six All-Star career base stealers played for the Yankees at one time. Name them. (2 points for each right answer).

    Extra Innings

  10.  Which Yankees pitcher has a 0.00 career All-Star ERA? (1 point)
  11. With Gary Sanchez‘ start in this year’s All-Star game, Yankees catchers have started 24 All-Star games. Name the other five Yankees catchers that have been the AL’s starting All-Star catcher. (2 points for each right answer)

Click here to see the answers.

How did you do?

58 – 62 Hey now, you are an All-Star
53 – 57  You’re an All-Star reserve
49 – 52  Enjoy your time off
45 – 48  You’re going back to Triple-A
< 45  What are you, a Mets fan?

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Yankees shutout Blue Jays to start second half http://bronxpinstripes.com/game-day/yankees-shutout-blue-jays-to-start-second-half/ Sat, 13 Jul 2019 06:37:07 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=69586 NEW YORK — The Yankees continued their winning ways after opening the season’s second half with a victory over the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-0, at Yankee Stadium. It was the team’s American League leading 58th win of 2019. With Tampa also winning today, however, New York’s lead remains at a respectable 6.5 games for the top spot in the AL East. Pitching set the tone for the Bombers tonight, with Domingo German giving Aaron Boone six strong innings of three-hit […]

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NEW YORK — The Yankees continued their winning ways after opening the season’s second half with a victory over the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-0, at Yankee Stadium. It was the team’s American League leading 58th win of 2019.

With Tampa also winning today, however, New York’s lead remains at a respectable 6.5 games for the top spot in the AL East.

Pitching set the tone for the Bombers tonight, with Domingo German giving Aaron Boone six strong innings of three-hit shutout baseball. Accompanied by seven strikeouts, the performance was more than enough to give the right-hander his 11th win of the season.

Just like their last game against Toronto starter Aaron Sanchez, the Bombers were stymied early before finally breaking through in the fifth inning.

Brett Gardner opened the inning with a triple, before being driven in by a DJ LeMahieu groundout. The next three Yankee batters then got on-base, setting the stage for Edwin Encarnacion to make some damage.

While he didn’t walk the parrot, Encarnacion did clear the bases with a laser three-run double to the alley in left center field. It was a big hit for the Yankee DH, who has struggled a bit since wearing the Pinstripes.

Though New York did not score again, Tommy Kahnle and Chad Green combined for three scoreless innings to finish the job and seal the victory.

The series continues tomorrow as J.A. Happ challenges Clayton Richard at 1:05 ET.

Current Yankees Record: 58-31

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Luke Voit expected to return from IL on Saturday http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/luke-voit-expected-to-return-from-il-on-saturday/ Fri, 12 Jul 2019 21:05:40 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=69575 As expected, Luke Voit‘s IL stint was a short one, as he is expected to be reinstated prior to Saturday’s afternoon game against Toronto. Aaron Boone says Luke Voit (abdominal strain) has passed all his tests in Tampa, and after a light workout there today, he’s making his way back to New York as Boone speaks. Yankees expect to activate Voit tomorrow. — Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) July 12, 2019 ‘King Louis’, who has been out since June 30th with an abdominal […]

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As expected, Luke Voit‘s IL stint was a short one, as he is expected to be reinstated prior to Saturday’s afternoon game against Toronto.

‘King Louis’, who has been out since June 30th with an abdominal strain suffered against Boston, has rehabbed fast and efficiently enough for Boone to have him back just one day into the second half of the season. Voit has been a pivotal part of the lineup, batting .280 with 17 HR’s and 50 RBI’s.

Let’s keep the MRI machine in the closet during the second half and continue to bring these guys back!

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