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After an afternoon of beautiful weather, a Sunday night monsoon meant the New York Mets and New York Yankees would have to settle for a Subway Series split. The third game will be made up on Aug. 13. In the two games which were played, each club did its best in trying to give away the game but ultimately held on in each case. On the positive side, the Yankees will avoid facing Jacob deGrom.

GAME 1

As much as baseball is a grind, there’s also a lot of daily routines. Both the Mets and Yankees clearly had some rust to shake off in this one but buoyed by an early lead, the Mets were able to hang on for a 7-5 victory.

DOUBLE TROUBLE

You don’t need Destiny’s Child to tell you the first inning has been a bugaboo for Domingo German this season. Brandon Nimmo set the table by coaxing a lead-off walk. A one-out double to right by Asdrubal Cabrera, plated Nimmo. With two down, consecutive doubles from Michael Conforto and Jose Bautista made it 3-0.

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DARN THAT DH

I’m sure Mets fans were complaining about the designated hitter in the third inning when Yoenis Cespedes ran into an excuse me home run off the foul pole in left. Cespedes, who is dealing with issues on both of his heels, which could require 8-10 months of recovery after surgery, increased the Mets lead to 4-0 on what might’ve been his last home run of 2018.

RALLIES AND MISSED OPPORTUNITIES

The men in pinstripes battled back and the men in orange and blue nearly helped their cause by kicking the ball around in the field. Yet, the Yankees couldn’t quite bust it open.

During the third, with runners at the corners and one out, Giancarlo Stanton lifted a sacrifice fly RBI to right but after an Aaron Hicks single, Gary Sanchez would strand a pair of runners on base.

In the sixth, Neil Walker cut a 6-1 Mets lead in half with a two-run double to left off Seth Lugo.

During the eighth, the Yankees would inch closer against Robert Gsellman. An RBI-double to left by Didi Gregorius would pull New York to within 6-4. However, Stanton could only plate Aaron Judge with a grounder to short and after Hicks was intentionally walked, Sanchez was struck out and ended the threat.

GAME 2

In another wild game, it was almost like the Mets and Yankees reversed roles from the first game but the pinstripes were able to hang on dearly for a 7-6 victory.

SONNY SKIES

Sonny Gray threw a lot of pitches (94) for his 5.1 inning outing. With that said, he kept the Yankees in the game and so you take it and move forward. A home run to Conforto to right in the first inning and running into trouble in the sixth were the main stumbling points for Gray, who also registered six K’s on the afternoon.

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HITTING THE DEKK

To say the Yankees went to work on Mets’ centerfielder Matt den Dekker would be an understatement.

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The Yankees got on the board in the fourth, on an RBI-triple to right-center by Gregorius, tying the game at one. An RBI-double to right by Miguel Andujar gave the Yankees their first lead of the day at 2-1. Bird, the ensuing batter, who would also single home a run in the sixth, doubled to center, trading places with Andujar. With two-down, an Austin Romine single to center plated Bird.

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JUDGEMENT BOMB

Planet Fitness may be a judgment-free zone but such is not the case at Yankee Stadium. Facing Tim Peterson in the seventh, Judge cranked a solo blast to left-center for home run No. 26 on the campaign. The home run gave Judge a 6-for-9 start to the second half. It’s awfully helpful when you don’t injure your shoulder in the home run derby, which appeared to hurt his second-half start last season.

ANYTHING BUT A WALK IN THE PARK

After an RBI-groundout by Romine staked the Yankees to a 7-3 lead in the eighth, Aroldis Chapman endured a meltdown of epic proportions in the ninth. Chapman started the frame by walking Kevin Plawecki. Amed Rosario reached on an infield single to short. Chapman then walked pinch-hitter Ty Kelly on four straight pitches, walked in a run on a four-pitch walk to Jose Reyes and allowed another run on a hit by pitch to Nimmo.

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That’s 11 consecutive balls if you’re scoring at home.

With the Yankees ahead 7-5, Chasen Shreve was called upon to close out the game. Shreve was able to retire Devin Mesoraco on a double play, which cut the Yankees advantage to 7-6. In the end, Shreve was able to retired Wilmer Flores on a groundout.

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ON DECK

At 63-34, the Yankees travel to St. Petersburg, Fla. for a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays starting Monday evening.

Pitching probables, Masahiro Tanaka vs. Hunter Wood, Luis Severino vs. Blake Snell, CC Sabathia vs. Nathan Eovaldi.

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Prior to Sunday’s Subway Series finale, the Yankees announced they have recalled righty Giovanny Gallegos from Triple-A.

Gallegos has appeared in four games this season for the Yanks, pitching to a 4.50 ERA in 10 innings pitched. His last appearance came in the second game of the doubleheader against Baltimore on July 9, where he allowed two runs in the last three innings of the Yankees win.

The 26-year-old has a 2-1 record with a 3.91 ERA in 16 games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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MLB trade rumors: Could the Yankees move Sonny Gray before the deadline? http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/mlb-trade-rumors-could-the-yankees-inclined-to-move-sonny-gray-before-the-deadline/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/mlb-trade-rumors-could-the-yankees-inclined-to-move-sonny-gray-before-the-deadline/#respond Sun, 22 Jul 2018 19:03:17 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=62338   The clock is ticking on the Yankees to acquire a much-needed starting pitcher.  And time has no plans of slowing down, as just nine days separate general manager Brian Cashman from the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline. But are the Yankees solely focused on being buyers at the moment?  Maybe not. According to Nick […]

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The clock is ticking on the Yankees to acquire a much-needed starting pitcher.  And time has no plans of slowing down, as just nine days separate general manager Brian Cashman from the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline.

But are the Yankees solely focused on being buyers at the moment? 

Maybe not.

According to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe, some teams around the league are under the impression that the Yankees are contemplating trading right-handed starter Sonny Gray back to a small-market club, with the belief that the 28-year-old has a better chance to thrive somewhere else than in New York City. 

“There are a couple of teams sending scouts to watch Gray pitch as the second half opens,” Cafardo wrote in his latest Sunday Baseball Notes column.  “Are the Yankees trying to move Gray?  That’s the impression some teams are getting… The feeling seems to be he belongs in a smaller market… The Yankees could turn around and flip prospects for a front-line starter.”

Gray’s short tenure with the Yankees hasn’t lived up to its billing, and based on the team’s current postseason aspirations, his inconsistencies are justifiably magnified. 

Since the Athletics shipped Gray to New York in exchange for three prospects at last season’s deadline, he’s gone 11-14 with a lackluster 4.69 ERA in 30 starts.  Although he’s shown success in spurts — Gray owns a commendable 3.62 ERA in 10 road outings — his woes at Yankee Stadium have overshadowed that progress.  In eight home starts this year, Gray’s ERA sits at a bloated 7.62, and opponents have hit .310 and reached base 40-percent of the time. 

But to Gray’s credit — and to the Yankees’ delight — it appears he’s turning a corner.  In his last two outings, Gray’s allowed just two runs, six hits, and four walks across 11.1 innings with 14 strikeouts.  On Saturday against the Mets, Gray earned his first win in the Bronx since May 5, and the overall performance was encouraging.

“For me, there’s only one way to go and that’s up,” Gray told the New York Daily News after the game.  “I guess it couldn’t get any worse.  Something needed to change.  For me, mindset-wise, I just needed to compete, needed to go out there and keep the game small and go up there and try to get guys out one pitch at a time and one batter at a time and take that mindset throughout the second half and hopefully start a lot of games that we win.”

The pressure on Cashman and the Yankees’ brass to find a suitable trade partner has undeniably mounted.  But if Gray endures another setback in his next start on July 26 (home against the Royals), it wouldn’t be crazy to believe that the Yankees could view trading him as a method of addition by subtraction.

 

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Back in May, CC Sabathia told George A. King III of The New York Post that should the Yankees win it all in 2018, he would call it career. Fast forward to July and it appears the big man has had a change of heart.

While speaking to Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com, the 38-year-old said he wants to play one more year.

“I’m going start to start,” Sabathia said before the All Star break. “I go out one start and feel like I can pitch five more years. I go out another start and I’m feeling done. But if I can stay healthy — if my knee holds up — hopefully I’ll play one more.”

As for that one more championship he’s chasing, Sabathia likes what he’s seeing from his club.

“We had that good stretch early, but I still feel like we’re going to play better,” he said. “I’m still waiting for us to play well, if that makes sense. It’s encouraging.”

Sabathia signed a one year deal with the Yanks in the offseason worth $10 million. He currently holds a 6-4 record with a 3.51 ERA in 18 starts for the Bombers. Should he pitch in 2019, and should it be with the Bombers, it will be his 10th year in pinstripes.

 

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The Yankees made a Domingo-for-Domingo swap on Saturday.

Domingo Acevedo, a 24-year-old right-hander who’s currently the team’s No. 7 prospect per MLBPipeline, was called up from Double-A Trenton prior to the Yankees’ game against the New York Mets at Yankee Stadium.  

In the meantime, Acevedo will take Domingo German’s spot on the big league roster, as the 25-year-old starter was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre following the team’s 7-5 loss on Friday.  In that game, German (2-6, 5.68 ERA) lasted just 3.2 innings, and allowed four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out three. 

The Yankees also announced that Luis Cessa is scheduled to take German’s next turn in the rotation, so Acevedo will be used out of the bullpen.  

In 11 Double-A games this season (eight starts), Acevedo is 2-2 with a 2.84 ERA.  Here’s a scouting report of the 6-foot-7, 250-pound Dominican native, via MLBPipeline:

Acevedo’s fastball has been clocked as high as 103 mph, though he usually works from 93-97 mph as a starter, which is even tougher to hit because of the funkiness and angle his 6-foot-7 frame and low three-quarters arm slot create. That slot makes it tough for him to stay on top of his mid-80s slider, which may never be more than an average offering. He compensates with a plus changeup that he locates well and is effective against both left-handers and right-handers.

For an extra-large guy with a lot of velocity, Acevedo throws a surprising amount of strikes. His delivery isn’t smooth and features effort, yet he somehow makes it work and finally proved he could hold up over a full season in 2017. Some scouts aren’t convinced he’ll hold up for a starter, though he’d still have plenty of value as a high-leverage option should he become a reliever.

Acevedo received a scant $7,500 signing bonus from the Yankees as an 18-year-old back in October 2012.

 

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The MLB season is long. Teams play 162 games over six months, and over that time they have to travel all over the country (plus the occasional Canada trip). But are players actually affected? Are the Yankees expected to not perform to the best of their abilities when they make the trek out west, dealing with jet lag and overall tiredness?

Heck, even my fandom is impaired when I stay up for West Coast games during the week. It is not rare for me to mistake Aaron Judge for Ronald Torreyes. Neil Walker looks like Roger Hornsby.

The Yankees typically fall in the middle of the league when it comes to miles traveled. Back in 2016, they ranked twelfth in that category, logging 35,252 miles. Of course, being on the coast will ultimately mean that you are more apt to have to travel longer distances. Teams located more centrally tend to have the easier travel schedules.

Alex Song, Thomas Severini, and Ravi Allada published a study last year in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences to examine just that. They observed results from 1992-2011 covering almost 5,000 games. Here are some brief reviews of the results:

The study showed that teams actually performed slightly worse when the jet lag (considered to be traveling across two time zones) was due to traveling east rather than west.

For example, when traveling east, the home team’s winning percentage dropped by about 35 points, while it only dropped about two points when going in the opposite direction. The researchers claim that this is more likely due to “circadian misalignment”, essentially having to adjust to a shortened day.

Furthermore, pitchers were more likely to give up home runs when traveling eastward, which led to an increase of approximately 0.1-0.2 runs per game. Additionally, the researchers hypothesized that location and velocity are also negatively affected by jet lag.

Overall, the study revealed that jet-lagged road teams ended up typically playing better statistically than jet-lagged home teams. The researchers’ suggested that in order to combat the effect of the long travel, starting pitchers should arrive a day or two before the rest of the team. For the full numerical results, check out the results of the study here.

 

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Domingo Germán optioned to Triple-A http://bronxpinstripes.com/roster-moves/domingo-german-optioned-to-triple-a/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/roster-moves/domingo-german-optioned-to-triple-a/#respond Sat, 21 Jul 2018 03:56:26 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=62317 Following the Yankees 7-5 loss to the Mets Friday, the team announced they optioned struggling righty Domingo Germán to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Following tonight’s game, the Yankees optioned RHP Domingo Germán to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. — New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 21, 2018 With the Red Sox 4.5 games up in the division coming into Friday, the Yankees […]

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Following the Yankees 7-5 loss to the Mets Friday, the team announced they optioned struggling righty Domingo Germán to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

With the Red Sox 4.5 games up in the division coming into Friday, the Yankees needed a solid outing from Germán. He did not deliver. In just 3.2 innings of work, the 25-year-old allowed four earned runs on five hits and two walks. Across 19 starts this season, he pitched to a 2-6 record and 5.68 ERA.

Aaron Boone announced during the postgame that Luis Cessa will make a spot start to fill in for Germán. Cessa is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in six games (two starts) this year.

 

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Yankees recall Brandon Drury http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/yankees-recall-brandon-drury/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/yankees-recall-brandon-drury/#respond Fri, 20 Jul 2018 18:51:05 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=62312 Prior to kicking off their second half of the season against the cross-town rival Mets, the Yankees announced they have recalled Brandon Drury from Triple-A. Prior to tonight's game, the Yankees recalled INF/OF Brandon Drury from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. — New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 20, 2018 Drury’s time with the Yanks has been quite the […]

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Prior to kicking off their second half of the season against the cross-town rival Mets, the Yankees announced they have recalled Brandon Drury from Triple-A.

Drury’s time with the Yanks has been quite the ride. He was acquired in the offseason as part of a three-team trade with the Rays and Diamondbacks, and many believed he would compete for the starting third base job. However, he was placed on the DL after just eight games, on April 7, with migraines and blurred vision. By the time he returned, a red hot Miguel Andujar had the hot corner on lock. The 25-year-old was assigned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on May 14, and wouldn’t make another Big League appearance until June 30. He was sent down yet again on July 9 after a doubleheader with Baltimore and has been there ever since.

In 15 games this season, the utility man is hitting .178 with a homer and seven RBI across 45 at bats.

 

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Yankees indebted to more than one Red Sox legend for mentoring Luis Severino http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/yankees-indebted-to-more-than-one-red-sox-legend-for-mentoring-luis-severino/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/yankees-indebted-to-more-than-one-red-sox-legend-for-mentoring-luis-severino/#respond Fri, 20 Jul 2018 17:48:34 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=62306   If Luis Severino is one day fortunate enough to stand behind a podium and address a crowd on some hot summer afternoon in Cooperstown, he’ll be sure to thank former Boston Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez for helping him craft a Cy Young-caliber arsenal, comprised of celerity and deception. But Martinez isn’t the only […]

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If Luis Severino is one day fortunate enough to stand behind a podium and address a crowd on some hot summer afternoon in Cooperstown, he’ll be sure to thank former Boston Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez for helping him craft a Cy Young-caliber arsenal, comprised of celerity and deception.

But Martinez isn’t the only Boston legend who’s mentored Severino. 

It turns out that the Yankees’ longtime foe also deserves some credit for the 24-year-old right-hander’s resurgence in the majors.

According to a recent story written by Scott Miller of Bleacher Report, former Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz helped Severino arrange that first meeting with the Hall-of-Famer in the Dominican Republic two winters ago.

Per Bleacher Report:

“Let me tell you how this game goes,” Ortiz said.  “People sometimes get mad about you helping a kid, but it doesn’t matter where he plays.  No, no, no.  Baseball is a fraternity.  We are not worried about who is going to be who.  We are more worried about getting the game better.  I have recommended so many guys to Pedro; I couldn’t even tell you.”

“I see pitchers from the Dominican; you need to work on this — go to Pedro,” Ortiz said.  “Severino was one of those guys.  We saw the talent that he has.  We don’t focus on him pitching for the Yankees.  We saw a great Dominican kid with talent, and we helped.  Just like Pedro had done it with tons of guys from so many different organizations.

“That’s Pedro, man.  That’s who Pedro is.  I am like that, too.”

“Big Papi … told me, ‘I can see what he’s doing.  I can see the ball.  He’s exposing the ball,'” Martinez said.  “Big Papi said, ‘I want you to help this kid.  I’ve gotten to know him, and he’s a good kid.'”

Naturally, Red Sox fans aren’t too thrilled that Martinez has assisted Severino on a number of occasions.  But Martinez explained to Boston’s WEEI Radio back in February that his relationship with Severino goes well beyond the storied rivalry:

“Our duty as retired players and players that have been through the game and had some success in the game is to pass along what we learned, how we did it, how it worked for us, just in case it works for them,” Martinez said.  “And Severino is one special guy, because Severino ever since he signed, the picture he had was my baseball card hanging on his locker all over. 

‘”The video he would look at on his phone was my video, every single day.  I was his idol because he was young and he got to see me actually in my prime and I was the one he fell in love with.  He didn’t know he was going to sign with the Yankees when he was watching me.

“So, he fell in love before he signed with the Yankees and as he became a Yankee, he wanted to do things like me.  As a matter of fact, it must be great to be good because the little things that I relayed to Severino, who deserved all the credit, it seems like are falling to me.  But in reality, it’s Severino doing it and adjusting to little things I thought I could correct.”

To the Yankees’ delight, those corrections and adjustments have paid huge dividends.  In 20 starts this season, Severino owns a league-leading 14 wins, and his 2.31 ERA ranks fifth in the American League.  He’s also seventh in the majors with 144 strikeouts and on pace to finish the campaign with a career-high 218.1 innings pitched. 

With those first-half numbers, Severino represented the Yankees in the All-Star Game for a second consecutive year.  On Tuesday in Washington, D.C., he tossed a scoreless frame and struck out Nationals slugger and Home Run Derby champion Bryce Harper.

“Severino is maturing in front of our eyes,” Martinez said on Twitter back in May.  “He has all the tools to become the best pitcher in the Big Leagues.”

Severino is scheduled to start on Monday against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.

 

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Clint Frazier pulled early from Thursday’s Triple-A game with lightheadedness http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/clint-frazier-pulled-early-from-thursdays-triple-a-game-witn-lightheadedness/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/clint-frazier-pulled-early-from-thursdays-triple-a-game-witn-lightheadedness/#respond Fri, 20 Jul 2018 04:29:24 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=62299   The Yankees received some disconcerting news about Clint Frazier late Thursday night. The 23-year-old rookie outfielder, who was optioned back down to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last Sunday, left Thursday’s RailRiders game early with lightheadedness after a failed attempt at a diving catch, according to D.J. Eberle of the Scranton Times Leader.  Frazier reportedly didn’t feel […]

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The Yankees received some disconcerting news about Clint Frazier late Thursday night.

The 23-year-old rookie outfielder, who was optioned back down to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last Sunday, left Thursday’s RailRiders game early with lightheadedness after a failed attempt at a diving catch, according to D.J. Eberle of the Scranton Times Leader.  Frazier reportedly didn’t feel well prior to the game, and felt worse after the play.  He was pulled in the first inning for precautionary reasons. 

“Yeah, [Frazier] wasn’t feeling too good before the game started really at all and that kind of didn’t help,” RailRiders manager Bobby Mitchell told the Times Leader.  “His head just wasn’t — he said he felt a little foggy and stuff like that. We decided to get him out of there. He just wasn’t feeling very good and so he’s being evaluated to see exactly what the issue was.”

According to the Times Leader, Frazier is currently listed as day-to-day, but depending on doctor evaluations and how he feels on Friday, Mitchell says that Frazier could land on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

“He was able to play, but he just felt a little lightheaded or whatever and just afterward, when he went diving, he felt a little worse so we just got him out of there,” Mitchell said about Frazier, who’s been mentioned frequently in trade rumors this month.  “There’s a chance he could go on the DL just because he’s had the concussion syndrome thing and you want to be careful with that.  Don’t know exactly the move and how he’ll feel tomorrow, but there’s a possibility that yeah he could [end up on the DL].”

2018 has been a trying year for Frazier.

During the first week of spring training games in late February, he suffered a concussion against the Pittsburgh Pirates after colliding with the outfield wall in Bradenton, Florida.  His odds of making the big league roster out of camp were already slim, but Frazier was never given an opportunity to prove himself, as the symptoms to his head injury lingered for weeks, forcing him to sit out all of March and April. 

Frazier eventually returned to the field in early May with the RailRiders, and in 47 minor league games this season, he’s slashed .312/.391/.577 with 10 home runs, 14 doubles, three triples, 23 walks, and 21 RBI in 189 at-bats.  

In three separate major league stints this season (May 19, June 4-24, July 7-15), Frazier has hit .265 with three doubles in 34 at-bats.

This story will be updated once more information is released. 

 

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With the crazed Manny Machado sweepstakes in the rear view mirror, the Yankees are now able to narrow their trade deadline focus on starting pitching, which was and still is the team’s pronounced deficiency. 

But if New York is also intent on bolstering their bullpen, there may not be much time to waste, since one of the top relievers on the market is no longer available.

The Cleveland Indians announced on Thursday that they acquired All-Star left-hander Brad Hand in a deal with the San Diego Padres.  The 28-year-old Hand, who appeared in his second career All-Star Game earlier this week, owns a 3.05 ERA and 24 saves in 41 games this season. 

So, with Hand crossed off general managers’ wish lists, a near dozen playoff contending teams will have to search elsewhere for bullpen pieces.  And based on recent trade history, the odds suggest that a handful of standout deals will be made sooner rather than later.  Teams are realizing that there’s no need to pounce in panic on July 31st, when pressure and chaos reach the pinnacle.  As the Indians just demonstrated, there are benefits to being ahead of the curve during the deadline period.

It may not look like the Yankees need further bullpen depth at a glance — the unit’s 2.69 ERA, .198 batting average against, and 433 strikeouts lead the majors.  But if Brian Cashman isn’t particularly impressed with the crop of obtainable starters (Blue Jays’ J.A. Happ and Rangers’ Cole Hamels have been discussed ad nauseam), there is logic in adding to an area of strength.  And considering that the Yankees’ farm system is chock-full of touted youngsters — some of which the team won’t be able to hang on to — Cashman could very well address both matters in the next two weeks and still remain under the $197 million luxury tax threshold. 

Here are some relievers that the Yankees could be scouting:

THE LEFTIES

Orioles’ Zach Britton: There’s no disputing that Baltimore is in the midst of selling off their uncontrollable assets.  Nothing could’ve been gained by the Orioles holding on to Machado, so, this means left-hander Zach Britton is next to go.  Before the 30-year-old missed three-quarters of the 2017 season due to a rupture of his right Achilles tendon, Britton was virtually unhittable in his role as closer.  In 2016, he posted a stunning career-low 0.54 ERA in 67 innings and recorded a career-high 47 saves.  Although Britton’s injury forced him to miss a good chunk of this season, it looks like he’s returned to old form.  Since July 12, Britton is 1-0 with a 3.65 ERA and four saves in 14.2 innings (15 games).

Britton is the most valuable bullpen piece on the market. The question is, what sort of package is Baltimore looking for?  According to FanCred’s Jon Heyman, Britton’s price could be steep — especially for a division rival like the Yankees.  The Los Angeles Dodgers were forced to yield several prospects for Machado, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if Baltimore demands something similar for Britton, even though he’s another two-month rental.

Rangers’ Jake Diekman: Like the Orioles, Texas will soon commence their own fire sale, and one name that could be moved is 31-year-old Jake DiekmanAlthough his overall numbers don’t stand out (3.21 ERA, 12 ER, 41 SO, 19 BB in 33.2 IP), Diekman has performed extremely well on the road.  In 19 innings away from Arlington, he’s allowed just one run and struck out 27 with a 0.79 WHIP.  Diekman will be a free agent in 2019, so, another two-month rental.

White Sox’s Luis Avilan: Unlike Britton and Diekman, Luis Avilan comes with an additional year of control. The White Sox’s 29-year-old has held 58 opposing lefties to a cumulative slash of .203/.263/.302 this year, which is an encouraging sign.  Overall, Avilan has struck out 30 and allowed 12 runs while owning a 3.95 ERA in 27.1 innings. Chicago is still in rebuild-stage, so Avilan is another low-risk option.

THE RIGHTIES

 

Pirates’ Felipe Vazquez: Although Pittsburgh hasn’t placed Felipe Vazquez on the trading block just yet, the Padres’ return for Hand could convince the Pirates to make a move of their own. With that in mind, Vazquez is a perfect trade chip.  Never heard of him?  Two summers ago, the Pirates acquired Vazquez and another pitcher from the Washington Nationals in exchange for reliever Mark Melancon.  At the time, Vazquez was known as Felipe Rivero, but this season, he switched back to his birth name.  To his surprise, that change has brought good luck.  Vazquez is a hard-throwing southpaw — his fastball reaches triple-digits — who comes with control and a high ceiling, like Hand.  The 27-year-old Venezuelan is under team control through 2023.  Vazquez made this year’s All-Star Game with a 3.05 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 41.1 innings (14 earned runs).  During the Midsummer Classic, he pitched a shutout inning. Vazquez’s resurgence makes him one intriguing trade candidate, if the Pirates choose to place him on the block.

Mets’ Jeurys Familia: Although it’s always difficult to envision the Mets and Yankees doing business, there wouldn’t be any mentioning of Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard in this conversation.  28-year-old Jeurys Familia is another great rental option for contending teams, even though his last few seasons have been Jekyll & Hyde.  In 2016, Familia was a lights-out All-Star, as he recorded a whopping 51 saves and posted a 2.55 ERA in 77.2 innings.  However, 2017 was a nightmare for him, as he missed several months due to a blood clot in his right shoulder.  This year, Familia has pitched well for a Mets team that struggles to score runs, and although he hasn’t reached peak performance, he still throws hard.  That, along with some postseason experience, boosts his value as an established reliever.  Familia is making $7.9 million in 2018.  

 

Reds’ Raisel Iglesias: It didn’t take too long for the Reds to find Aroldis Chapman’s replacement.  Over the last three seasons, Raisel Iglesias has been quite successful, and to the Yankees’ delight, he’s another reliever with strikeout stuff.  Since 2016, he’s accumulated 221 strikeouts in 196.1 innings and posted a 2.48 ERA.  Iglesias is a 28-year-old with control (arbitration eligible through 2021) and his mid-to-upper 90s fastball makes him an intriguing option. 

THE VETERANS

Twins’ Fernando Rodney (RHP), Zach Duke (LHP): The Twins have a pair of aged veterans available, and 41-year-old journeyman Fernando Rodney is one of them.  Of the nine teams he’s played for, he’s recorded saves for eight of them.  This year as Minnesota’s closer (21 saves), Rodney owns a 3.12 ERA and 10.1 K/9 in 34.1 innings.  Rodney has managed to stay healthy and reliable, which is a plus.  His contract also comes with a club option for 2019, so he’s not quite a rental piece.  As for Zach Duke, the 35-year-old lefty has posted strong numbers against lefties (.226/.276/.291 slash in 55 at-bats).  He also has a ground ball rate of 59.4%.  Like Rodney, Duke’s contract includes some appearance-based incentives. 

White Sox’s Joakim Soria (RHP): Another White Sox reliever, 34-year-old veteran Joakim Soria has posted his lowest ERA (2.75) since 2015.  His 11.3 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9 makes him a decent trade target.  Soria is earning $9 million this year and has a $10 million mutual option for 2019.

 

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When the Yankees begin the second-half of the 2018 season on Friday night, they’ll have a bit of a power boost from the middle of the order.

The team announced they have reinstated Gary Sanchez from the disabled list. As a corresponding move, they optioned Kyle Higashioka to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Sanchez was placed on the disabled list on June 4 while running out a double play grounder during a 7-6 12 inning loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. In Sanchez’s absence, the Yankees turned to Austin Romine to fill the vacated position.

Sanchez hopes to have a more productive second half of the season. In 63 games, the 25-year-old is hitting .190/.291/.433 with 14 homers and 41 RB1.

He is expected to be in the starting lineup against the crosstown rival New York Mets.

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As the second half of the season kicks off, it was a successful yet frustrating first half for the Yankees. The Yankees mostly dominated in the first half. With 62 wins at the break, it marks their best start since 1998 when they won 114 regular season games and the 24th world championship in franchise history.

The problem, of course, is that the Red Sox have 68 wins. After last year’s Wild Card scare against the Twins, the Yankees are desperate to win the division and avoid the one game playoff. Luckily for the Yankees, the second half schedule looks like a relative cakewalk compared to the first half.

Starting Friday, the Yankees will have three games against the Mets, three against Tampa, four against Kansas City and two against Baltimore. That’s 12 games against non-contenders to kick off the second half.

With Gary Sanchez and Gleyber Torres set to return right after the break, this is a stretch that could yield at least nine or ten wins going into a pivotal four game series at Fenway Park on August 2. The great thing about playing weaker teams in the second half as opposed to the first is that a lot of the time they are eliminated from playoff contention and have sold off whatever decent assets they had in the beginning of the year. For example, Manny Machado will not be with Baltimore when they come to the Bronx on July 31st.

In addition to that golden 12 game stretch to open the second half, the Yankees are also finished playing the Astros and Indians, two of the best teams in baseball. In terms of Inter-league play, the worst is over, with the Yankees haven taken two of three from both of the Phillies and the Braves, two of the stronger National League teams. They can look forward to two games with the Marlins in Miami on August 21.

Among other weaker teams the Yankees can look forward to seeing in the second half are six games against the White Sox, four against the Tigers, three against the Rangers, and three against Minnesota. The only tough stretch looks to be a September west coast trip, when the Yankees play at Oakland and Seattle for three games apiece starting Labor Day.

I know a lot of Yankee fans have been frustrated by being in second place despite such a dominant start, but luck and injuries being equal, the Yankees second half schedule appears to give them a slight edge towards their first A.L. East crown since 2012.

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The Bronx Pinstripes Show #251

JULY 22 EVENT UPDATE: If you are attending the event on Sunday, the pregame party is from 4:00-6:30pm at The Bronx Brewery. Your game tickets will be transferred into your account within the next couple of days. Keep an eye out for email updates.

It’s been 4 days without Yankees baseball and we are gearing up for the second half. Topics include Home Run Derby and All Star Game recap, various social media posts and trade rumors that overshadowed the events, how MLB could improve the HRD, Manny Machado finally traded, comments made by Jacob deGrom, and status updates to Gary Sanchez and Gleyber Torres. Then we hand out mid-season awards including Yankees team MVP, Cy Young, ROY, Cy Yuk, LVP, and highlights and lowlights from the first half.

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Yankees’ midterm grades: Who’s passing, who’s failing, who’s just squeaking by http://bronxpinstripes.com/report-card/yankees-midterm-grades-whos-passing-whos-failing-whos-just-squeaking-by/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/report-card/yankees-midterm-grades-whos-passing-whos-failing-whos-just-squeaking-by/#respond Wed, 18 Jul 2018 04:17:54 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=62225   The Yankees didn’t enter the All-Star break on the highest of notes, but they likely took some solace in knowing that all major league teams — including their heated divisional rival — have been forced to take the past few days off. While the “first half” to New York’s campaign was exceptionally strong (62-33 […]

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The Yankees didn’t enter the All-Star break on the highest of notes, but they likely took some solace in knowing that all major league teams — including their heated divisional rival — have been forced to take the past few days off.

While the “first half” to New York’s campaign was exceptionally strong (62-33 record, best franchise mark since 1998), the team is chasing the Red Sox (68-30) in the AL East standings, and though Boston’s 4.5-game lead appears substantial, this arms race is progressing at a historic pace.  In all likelihood, the Yankees and Red Sox will be fighting for a divisional crown until the last week of September, which means high-stake entertainment once the second half of the season commences this weekend.

But, the coming and passing of the Midsummer Classic means it’s time for midterm report cards.  In an effort to let readers participate in the grading of Yankees players and management, Bronx Pinstripes created a Google Form.  So far, we’ve received 146 responses.  For those who’d like to vote but haven’t yet, here’s the link.

Here we go.

THE LINEUP:

 1.  OF Brett Gardner

81 games: .254 BA, 9 HR, 33 RBI, 14 2B, 9 SB, 43 BB, 55 SO, .345 OBP

The Results: 73.4% voted B,  14% voted A,  11.9% voted C,  0.7% voted D

The Skinny:  In Gardner’s first 32 games, he hit a measly .198 with one home run.  But since May 8, the 34-year-old has resembled his old self, hitting .289 with eight homers and a .362 on-base percentage in 49 games.  Gardner’s defense and speed is still above-average, and no one disputes his positive influence in the clubhouse.  Although Gardner will be a free agent this upcoming winter, it wouldn’t be surprising if the Yankees make an attempt to re-sign him.

Midterm Grade: B

2.  OF Aaron Judge

93 games: .276 BA, 25 HR, 60 RBI, 19 2B, 66 BB, 132 SO, .392 OBP

The Results: 66% voted A,  30.6% voted B,  3.5% voted C

The Skinny:  Judge may not match his Rookie of the Year numbers by season’s end, but he’s on pace to finish the regular season with 43 home runs and 102 RBI.  Those are numbers the Yankees will take every year.  Like Gardner, Judge’s defense has been exceptional.  Although his hitting splits on the road and at home are drastic (.355 BA, 17 HR, 43 RBI in 46 home games, .205 BA, 8 HR, 17 RBI in 47 road games), Judge has managed to stay healthy, and his decision to pass on the Home Run Derby was a smart one.  Overall, a solid first half for Judge.

Midterm Grade: B

3.  SS Didi Gregorius

90 games: .263 BA, 17 HR, 52 RBI, 18 2B, 34 BB, 50 SO, .326 OBP)

The Results: 68.8% voted B,  20.8% voted A,  10.4% voted C

The Skinny: Gregorius’ first-half can be best described by Frank Sinatra’s classic tune “That’s Life.” He was riding high in April (.327 BA, 10 HR, 30 RBI), shot down in May (.149 BA, 1 HR, 5 RBI), and back on top in June and July (.292 BA, 6 HR, 17 RBI).  Gregorius looked like a legitimate MVP candidate after the first month, but his horrendous second month put him back in his place.  He’s really seen baseball’s peaks and valleys.  Despite the mood swings, Gregorius’ numbers are still decent, and it’s easy to ignore his May slump since his stellar defense (.988 fielding percentage — 2nd best among qualifying shortstops) and health have been a constant.

Midterm Grade: B

 

4.  OF/DH Giancarlo Stanton

94 games: .278 BA, 23 HR, 55 RBI, 18 2B, 35 BB, 130 SO, .346 OBP

The Results: 66.7% voted B,  27.8% voted A,  4.9% voted C,  0.7% voted D

The Skinny: It took quite some time for Stanton to get comfortable with New York City. In his first series at Yankee Stadium, fans mercilessly booed him, and Stanton didn’t respond too well to the treatment. But, he remained confident that a resurgence was on the horizon, and over the last month and half, he’s proven his doubters wrong. His offensive numbers are vastly similar to the first half numbers he posted last year (he won the NL MVP award, remember), but the difference is his strikeout rate. Stanton is still trying to figure things out in the Bronx, though his stellar road stats overshadow the home woes. No one was really afraid of Stanton in the spring, but he’s instilled some fear in his opponents since June. He’s reminding everyone that he’s still one of the best sluggers in baseball.  Stanton fits as the team’s designated hitter.

Midterm Grade: B

5.  OF Aaron Hicks

76 games: .249 BA, 16 HR, 44 RBI, 13 2B, 41 BB, 62 SO, .348 OBP

The Results: 62.5% voted B,  23.6% voted A,  13.9% voted C

The Skinny: April wasn’t a month to remember for Hicks. After Opening Day, he landed on the disabled list, and when he returned to action in mid-April, he struggled mightily at the plate. But Hicks’ innate ability to play a great center field kept him in the lineup, and since May 18, he’s hit .273 with 13 home runs and 29 RBI. His most memorable performance thus far came against the Red Sox in late June, when he hit three homers in one game. His overall production on offense and defense makes him a must-start, and that’s why the Yankees haven’t found a regular role for rookie Clint Frazier. 

Midterm Grade: B

6.  C Gary Sanchez

63 games: .190 BA, 14 HR, 41 RBI, 14 2B, 31 BB, 63 SO, .291 OBP

The Results: 43.8% voted C,  37.5 voted D,  10.4% voted B,  6.3% voted F,  2.1% voted A

The Skinny: Before Sanchez suffered a right groin strain on June 25, his play was rather dissapointing. In 63 games, he’s hit a measly .190, and that average doesn’t reflect the type of hitter he is (many Yankees executives believe that Sanchez is the team’s best overall hitter). Although he’s demonstrated some pop, he’s failed to reach base more than 30% of the time, which is a concern. Perhaps some bad luck factors into his on-base percentage, but Sanchez needs to start producing with runners on base (hitting .206). The Yankees also insist that Sanchez’s defense has improved, but his nine passed balls are the third-most in the AL, as are the 34 wild pitches thrown while he’s behind the dish. Sanchez is expected to be activated from the disabled list this upcoming weekend. The Yankees desperately need him to wake up and remain healthy.

Midterm Grade: D

7.  3B Miguel Andujar

84 games: .279 BA, 12 HR, 39 RBI, 27 2B, 16 BB, 59 SO, .316 OBP

The Results: 58.3% voted B,  35.4% voted A,  6.3% voted C

The Skinny: The Yankees must view Andujar’s production as a pleasant surprise. Considering that Brandon Drury was the team’s Opening Day third baseman, they clearly didn’t believe Andujar’s bat and glove were ready for the big league level. Were they wrong or what? Andujar has been one of the Yankees’ few consistent players, and his 41 extra-base hits lead all AL rookies. He’s exceeded expectations at the plate, and even though he’s still improving his defense at the hot corner (.958 fielding percentage ranked 11th among qualifying AL third basemen), there’s a reason why the Yankees aren’t inclined to move Andujar for coveted trade target Manny Machado. 

Midterm Grade: B

 

8.  2B Gleyber Torres

63 games: .294 BA, 15 HR, 42 RBI, 10 2B, 17 BB, 61 SO, .350 OBP

The Results: 93.8% voted A,  6.3% voted B

The Skinny: It was clear that the Yankees needed a spark plug when they were a middling 10-9 in late April. So, management decided to promote the 21-year-old Torres to the majors, and overall, he’s played extremely well. He leads all AL rookies in home runs, RBI, and OPS. Granted, there have been some growing pains (he’s still learning second base — a new position for him), but his numbers warranted a trip to the All-Star Game. The Yankees raved about Torres when he was their No. 1 prospect, and so far, he’s lived up to the billing. He’s been that spark plug. 

Midterm Grade: A

9.  1B Greg Bird

42 games: .214 BA, 8 HR, 21 RBI, 8 2B, 18 BB, 46 SO, .317 OBP

The Results: 59.4% voted C,  25.2% voted D,  11.9% voted B,  2.8% voted F, 0.7% voted A

The Skinny: It’s no secret — the recurring issue with Bird has been his health. He was on the disabled list for all of April and half of May, and in his first 33 games, he hit just .194 with five homers and nine RBI. It took a little while for Bird to find a groove, and in his last nine games, he’s hitting .281 with three jacks and 12 RBI. The Yankees haven’t lost faith in Bird. They still believe he’s the first baseman of the future. But Bird needs to maintain his latest numbers to ensure that his role with the club won’t change. He’s shown glimpses of greatness, but the sample size still isn’t big enough. Yankees need him to stay healthy and produce, since they haven’t received much power from their other first base options. 

Midterm Grade: D

THE BENCH

10.  INF Neil Walker

61 games: .197 BA, 3 HR, 19 RBI, 8 2B, 21 BB, 50 SO, .278 OBP

The Results: 39.6% voted F,  34% voted D,  22.9% voted C,  3.5% voted B

The Skinny: Walker’s been a major disappointment for the Yankees. He’s received plenty of opportunities to turn things around (51 starts), and he simply hasn’t taken advantage of them. The Yankees took a chance on Walker, who was low-cost, low-risk free agent, but this experiment failed significantly. Wouldn’t be surprised if Walker is playing for another team before the season ends, since the Yankees have better, healthier infield options.

Midterm Grade: F

11.  C Austin Romine

40 games: .270 BA, 6 HR, 24 RBI, 9 2B, 12 BB, 30 SO, .333 OBP

The Results: 61.1% voted B,  18.8% voted A,  18.1% voted C,  1.4% voted D,  0.7% voted F

The Skinny: It’s difficult to criticize Romine’s performance as a backup catcher.  He offers plenty of value behind the plate with his ability to block and call a good game.  His contributions have been appreciated more this year because Gary Sanchez’s offensive and defensive struggles stand out.  Romine’s sudden power surge has raised eyebrows, as has his average with runners in scoring position (11-for-34, .324). He’s one of the better backup catchers in the game. Solid first half for him.

Midterm Grade: B

THE ROTATION

 

12.  RHP Luis Severino

20 games started: 14-2, 2.31 ERA, 144 SO, 32 BB, 1.01 WHIP, 128.1 IP

The Results: 99.3% voted A,  0.7% voted B

The Skinny: Severino has emerged as one of baseball’s elite starters. The proof is in the pudding, as he’s first in the league in wins, seventh in ERA, 10th in strikeouts, and seventh in innings pitched. Plus, he’s allowed two or fewer runs in 14 of his 20 starts. Severino has delivered. Severino has excelled. The Yankees wouldn’t be where they are without him. That simple.

Midterm Grade: A

13.  RHP Masahiro Tanaka

15 games started: 6-4, 4.54 ERA, 83 SO, 22 BB, 1.13 WHIP, 83.1 IP)

The Results: 66% voted C,  25.7% voted B,  6.9% voted D,  1.4% voted A

The Skinny: Tanaka’s first half consisted of quality starts, uninspiring starts, and a month-long stint on the disabled list. He hasn’t looked like an ace or a No. 2 starter, which is a concern for the Yankees. Tanaka’s biggest problem, however, has been the home runs — he’s allowed 18 of them. At his best, Tanaka can be special. At his worst, he’s like any other run-of-the-mill pitcher. Yankees have to hope that Tanaka returns to his 2017 postseason mode.

Midterm Grade: C

14.  LHP C.C. Sabathia

18 games started: 6-4, 3.51 ERA, 77 SO, 29 BB, 1.27 WHIP, 100 IP)

The Results: 73.4% voted B,  13.3% voted A,  11.9% voted C,  1.4% voted D

The Skinny: The Yankees were wise to bring Sabathia back on a one-year contract, as he’s given the team quality starts on a consistent basis. Although his spring (2-1, 2.40 ERA in eight starts) was stronger than his early summer (4-3, 4.30 ERA in 10 starts), he’s currently the Yankees’ second-most reliable starter. Credit to Sabathia for making the proper adjustments. He’s learned how to pitch effectively as a veteran southpaw. 

Midterm Grade: B

15.  RHP Domingo German

12 games started: 2-5, 5.49 ERA, 92 SO, 30 BB, 1.30 WHIP, 78.2 IP

The Results: 60.4% voted C,  25% voted D,  9% voted B,  4.9% voted F,  0.7% voted A

The Skinny: German’s first half was very Jekyll and Hyde. For a 24-year-old rookie, that’s not surprising. Back on May 6 against the Cleveland Indians (his first start), German allowed no hits and struck out nine over six innings. But since then, he’s allowed four or more runs in six of his last 11 starts. If the Yankees acquire a starting pitcher before the July 31st non-waive trade deadline, it’s safe to assume that German loses his spot in the rotation. But he has the stuff to become a decent long-man if he can find some consistency.

Midterm Grade: C

 

16.  RHP Sonny Gray

18 games started: 6-7, 5.46 ERA, 85 SO, 39 BB, 1.51 WHIP, 90.2 IP

The Results: 49.3% voted F,  36.8% voted D,  13.2% voted C,  0.7% voted B

The Skinny: Here’s the good news: Gray has been healthy all season. Well, that’s all the good news. Gray’s 5.46 ERA is the fourth-highest among AL pitchers who have made at least 15 starts. In 18 total starts, he didn’t last five innings in seven of them. He’s been erratic and terrible at times, and in eight starts at Yankee Stadium, Gray is 2-3 with a whopping 8.25 ERA. His numbers on the road aren’t too shabby, but the Yankees need him to solve his home woes soon. Right now, it’s hard to envision the team trusting Gray in any playoff situation. 

Midterm Grade: D

THE BULLPEN

17.  RHP David Robertson 

43 games: 7-3, 3.09 ERA, 2 SV, 14 HLD, 53 SO, 14 BB, 0.96 WHIP, 43.2 IP

The Results: 62.2% voted B,  19.6% voted A,  16.8% voted C,  1.4% voted D

The Skinny: It’s tough to nitpick Robertson’s first half numbers. The 33-year-old has been a reliable 7th inning option and set-up man — a workhorse, really (his 43 appearances leads the team). In his last six appearances, Robertson has struck out seven hitters and allowed just one run and hit apiece over 6.1 innings. Since May 25, he’s 4-1 with a 1.25 ERA (21 outings). Robertson has been very strong, even though he had a few poor outings to begin the year. 

Midterm Grade: B

18.  RHP Jonathan Holder

33 games: 1-1, 1.85 ERA, 4 HLD, 34 SO, 6 BB, 0.82 WHIP, 39 IP

The Results: 69.2% voted A,  25.2% voted B,  4.9% voted C,  0.7% voted D

The Skinny: Holder has emerged as a reliable middle-man out of the bullpen, which wasn’t the case back in early April when he allowed a combined six hits and six runs in two consecutive outings (he barely made the team out of spring training). Since April 21, Holder’s allowed just five runs (two earned) and struck out 30 in 36.1 innings. Plus, his 0.82 WHIP is third-best among AL relievers with at least 30 appearances. Holder has made the Yankees’ bullpen deeper, and no one saw it coming.

Midterm Grade: A

 

19.  RHP Aroldis Chapman

41 games: 3-0, 1.35 ERA, 26 SV, 68 SO, 16 BB, 0.83 WHIP, 40 IP

The Results: 97.9% voted A,  2.1% voted B

The Skinny: 2017 wasn’t an easy season for Chapman. He dealt with control issues, some injuries. Perhaps his 2016 title run with the Chicago Cubs beat him up. This year, Chapman has resembled his old, dominant self. His triple-digit fastball is nearly untouchable (topped out at 104.4 mph in early July), and his 15.3 strikeouts per nine innings ranks second in the AL — a big difference from his mark of 12.3 last season. The most impressive thing, however, is that Chapman has been pitching with lingering left knee tendinitis. He’s been a trooper and an electric closer. 

Midterm Grade: A

20.  RHP Chad Green

36 games: 5-2, 2.74 ERA, 57 SO, 9 BB, 1.02 WHIP, 46 IP

The Results: 59% voted B,  18.8% voted C,  18.8% voted A,  3.5% voted D

The Skinny: Green’s most recent outing (July 15 against Cleveland) was ugly. He allowed three runs, three hits, and a walk in a 5-2 loss. But outside of that outing, he’s been pretty good. Green hasn’t allowed a run in 28 of his 36 appearances, plus he’s offered the Yankees length out of the bullpen. He hasn’t come close to his 2017 numbers (those were quite ridiculous), but Green is still a valuable arm to have in late-inning situations. 

Midterm Grade: B

21.  RHP Dellin Betances

40 games: 1-3, 2.61 ERA, 15 HLD, 72 SO, 19 BB, 1.04 WHIP, 41.1 IP

The Results: 50% voted A,  45.1% voted B,  4.9% voted C

The Skinny: Remember when Betances was shunned from New York? He had no control, no command, no confidence. He wasn’t trusted in big situations last year, and those fears returned early this year. But overall, this first half might’ve been Betances’ best. Although he allowed six runs in his first six appearances, his latter 34 appearances have been terrific (1.56 ERA, 60 strikeouts in 34.2 innings). Betances’ fastball command is back, and his curveball is still nasty. Good news for the Yankees.

Midterm Grade: A

22.  LHP Chasen Shreve

36 games: 2-2, 4.54 ERA, 3 HLD, 44 SO, 17 BB, 1.49 WHIP, 33.2 IP

The Results: 44.4% voted D,  26.4% voted F,  22.2% voted C,  6.3% voted B,  0.7% voted A

The Skinny: The biggest reason — and perhaps the only reason — why Shreve is still on the major league roster is because he’s the Yankees’ lone lefty middle-man. But that may not be a good enough reason to keep him around much longer. Shreve can’t be trusted in high leverage situations. Plus, he has a 6.94 ERA against lefties. That’s not a good look. Shreve’s leash isn’t long — especially if the Yankees look to bolster their bullpen before the deadline. 

Midterm Grade: D

23.  RHP Adam Warren

20 games: 0-1, 1.85, 2 HLD, 29 SO, 9 BB, 1.23 WHIP, 24.1 IP

The Results: 44.4% voted B,  31.3% voted A,  23.6% voted C,  0.7% voted D

The Skinny: The best ability is avail-ability, and Warren had some troubled with that in the first half. From April 21 to June 3, he was on the disabled list. Since returning to the Yankees, Warren has pitched just 16 innings, but he’s holding righties to a .163 average. Plus, in his 12 outings since early June, he owns a 1.13 ERA. Warren is another long-man the Yankees hope is available for the remainder of the year.

Midterm Grade: B

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24.  Manager Aaron Boone

Team record: 62-33, 2nd in AL East

The Results: 53.8% voted B,  35% voted A,  8.4% voted C,  2.1% voted F,  0.7% voted D

Midterm Grade: A

25.  Hitting coach Marcus Thames

Hitters: .253 BA, 160 HR, 474 RBI, 814 H, 491 R, 363 BB, 855 SO, 180 2B, .331 OBP, .465 SLG

The Results: 55.9 voted B,  23.8% voted A,  14.7% voted C,  4.9% voted D,  0.7% voted F

Midterm Grade: B

26.  Pitching Coach Larry Rothschild

Pitchers: 849.2 IP, 3.46 ERA, 705 H, 327 ER, 945 SO, 288 BB, 1.17 WHIP

The Results: 56.3% voted B,  26.8% voted A,  13.4% voted C,  2.1% voted F,  1.4% voted D

Midterm Grade: B

27.  General Manager Brian Cashman

The Results: 59.4% voted A,  32.2% voted B,  6.3% voted C,  1.4% voted D,  0.7% voted F

Midterm Grade: A

 

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All Rise!!! Aaron Judge set the tone for the 2018 All-Star Game by LAUNCHING a solo home run off hometown starter Max Scherzer in DC during the top of the second inning.

 

Gleyber Torres was able to capture the moment on his phone from the dugout. This moment represents the new faces of the franchise sharing an awesome moment of the best baseball has to offer.

Reports had surfaced the NL Manager Dave Roberts was planning to send out Mets’ righty Jacob DeGrom for the second inning, but he apparently chose to ride the hometown ace for a second inning. We’re so glad he did. Scherzer grooved a fastball down the middle of the plate for Judge, who jumped on the pitch and sent it soaring into the American League bullpen where it was caught by none other than Luis Severino.

For an upright version of the blast:

No matter who wins or loses this edition of the All-Star Game, the world was once again reminded of the greatness of Judge and the potential for the next great run of Yankees baseball.

 

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You’ll need to break out the tissue box for this one.

Earlier this season, Luca Iacono had a day he’ll never forget. The 9-year-old from Middletown, N.J., who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and underwent rounds of chemotherapy , was invited to Yankee Stadium to hang out with the Yankees and his favorite player, Aaron Judge.

Luca got a chance to hit in the batting cage with Didi Gregorius, and chat with Judge in the dugout before taking the lineup card out to home plate before the game against the Minnesota Twins. Luca then watched the game with his family and Brian Cashman in a suite.

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When Gleyber Torres was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right hip strain nearly two weeks ago, the Yankees didn’t believe his injury was serious or costly.

It turns out they were right — Torres won’t be on the shelf for much longer.

The 21-year-old rookie infielder, who hasn’t played since July 4, exercised at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. on Monday afternoon, and he told the YES Network that he’s ready to return to game action.

“I can’t wait.  I want to play.  I think I’m ready right now,” said Torres, who is scheduled to fly from D.C. to Tampa on Wednesday and play in a few minor league rehab games before rejoining the big league club next Monday at Tropicana Field.  “I’m just waiting for more [rehab] games.  So, I’ll see how I feel and if everything is all right, I’m back to play.”

Although Torres won’t play in Tuesday’s All-Star Game in the nation’s capital, he did make the trip, and he was in full uniform for photos and activities during interviews with the media.  In 63 first-half games, Torres hit .294 with 15 home runs, 10 doubles, 42 RBI, and a .905 OPS. 

“It’s a huge experience.  I feel grateful for the fans supporting me and the opportunity,” Torres told reporters on July 8.  “I think it’s a good show… I’m super excited right now.”

 

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It’s crazy to think that we are already half way through the 2018 season. It feels like just yesterday Giancarlo Stanton was introduced to the team, and Yankee fans everywhere were still recuperating from the crushing defeat in Game 7 of the ALCS.  Nevertheless, here we are.

At Bronx Pinstripes we tend to discuss all things Yankees, but the writers gathered around today and took a glance at the League as a whole. Each of us voted on the three major awards given at the end of each season. We voted as if the season were to end today, who would win the award based on their performance so far. So without further ado, I present the Bronx Pinstripes’ Midseason Awards…

AL MVP: Mike Trout .310/.454/.606 25 HR 50 RBI (2nd place: Mookie Betts)

In all but one season, Mike Trout has finished in the top two in AL MVP voting. It appears as though he’ll do just that this year and claim his third MVP trophy in his seventh full season.

If Trout was on a competitive team it would be annoying how good he is, but luckily he plays on the west coast Mets, and most baseball fans couldn’t even pick him out of a lineup. He’s so out of sight and out of mind, that he can have one of the most sensational statistical seasons before our very eyes, and only nerds like us even realize.

Through July 11th, Trout ranks first in the entire MLB in WAR by a healthy margin, 1.2 points above second place Mookie Betts. In addition, Trout ranks second in the AL in home runs and OPS, 3rd in slugging percentage, and first in walks and on base percentage.

NL MVP: Nolan Arenado .312/.395/.586 23 HR 68 RBIs (2nd place: Freddie Freeman)

Arenado might not have the best mustache in the National league, but at least he has been the best player. The 27-year-old third baseman has steadily improved each year since joining the League in 2013 and is continuing to do so in 2018. He is tied for first in the NL with 23 home runs and also leads the league in offensive WAR. He ranks second in Slugging %, OPS, and runs created, as well as ranking fourth in RBI and extra base hits. Arenado has been a major run producing catalyst for the Rockies this year, who look to compete down to the wire in a wide open division.

AL CY Young: Luis Severino 14-2, 2.31 ERA, 1.005 WHIP (2nd place: Justin Verlander)

There was definitely no bias whatsoever in our choosing of Luis Severino to win the midseason BP CY Young Award. None.

While the rest of the Yankees rotation has been either  plagued with injury or being Sonny Gray, Severino has been an absolute anchor for the Yanks. His 14 wins are the most in all of baseball. He is at the top of the AL in most pitching categories, ranking second in WAR, third in ERA, and fourth in WHIP.

Two really impressive stats that jump off the page when looking at Severino is that, despite pitching half his games in Yankee stadium, he gives up the second fewest homers in the League. And even more impressive, the Yankees have an 18-2 record in the games he has started, compared to the 12-8 record the Astros have when Verlander starts.

NL CY Young: Max Scherzer 12-5, 2.41 ERA, 0.899 WHIP (2nd place: Jacob deGrom)

Scherzer seems to be consistently trying to prove that he is the best pitcher of his generation. He has won the past two NL CY Young awards, and is on pace to win his third straight. Mad Max is leading the NL in innings pitched, strikeouts, and WHIP. He also ranks second in WAR and ERA. This race could come down to the wire between him and deGrom.

AL ROY: Gleyber Torres .294/.350/.555 15 HR 42 RBIs (2nd place: Miguel Andujar)

Gleyber Torres has been the absolute phenom the Yanks have hoped for when they generously loaned Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs for a quick four months. He leads AL rookies in home runs, RBI, OPS and WAR, and ranks third in average, OBP, and hits. What’s most impressive about all this? Torres only has 218 at bats compared to the 305 that runner up, and fellow teammate Miguel Andujar has.

Torres currently finds himself on the 10-day DL, but it seems to be rather precautionary and the Yankees expect to have him back in the lineup shortly after the all star break.

NL ROY: Juan Soto .301/.411/.517  9 Hr 28 RBIs (2nd place: Ronald Acuna)

Thank the baseball heavens this kid is in the NL. In just 151 at bats, he has 9 home runs and 28 RBI. Even more impressive, he leads qualified NL rookies in average, OBP, slugging, and OPS. And oh yeah, the kid is only 19 and absolutely crushed the Yankees. I, unfortunately had the pleasure of witnessing one of his dongs, and I’m not sure the ball has even hit the ground yet.

 

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The Bronx Pinstripes Show #250

ANNOUNCEMENT: Today (Monday) is the last day to purchase tickets for the July 22 BPCrew event. Details: Sunday Night Baseball game against the Mets in section 205, pregame party at The Bronx Brewery includes 1 free 16 oz. beer, custom event t-shirt.

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The Yankees head into the All Star Break 4.5 games back of Boston with a record of 62-33. We discuss the series split in Cleveland, why Luis Severino struggled on Thursday, the Yankees hitting Corey Kluber once again, Brett Gardner/Tyler Wade comparisons, the rollercoaster that is Miguel Andujar’s defense, and second guessing Boone for using Chad Green in multiple innings on Sunday. Mailbag questions include if we are worried about Severino, if the Yankees should acquire pitching if they can’t trade for a front-end starter, Tyler Skaggs and Andrew Heaney from the Angels, the Cardinals potentially selling, and grading Aaron Boone after a full half season managing.

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