Bronx Pinstripes | BronxPinstripes.com http://bronxpinstripes.com Bronx Pinstripes - A New York Yankees Community for the Fans, by the Fans Thu, 26 Apr 2018 16:37:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Yankees Streaking, Sir Didi Show + Angels Preview (w/ Jeff Fletcher, OC Register) – The Bronx Pinstripes Show http://bronxpinstripes.com/podcast/yankees-streaking-sir-didi-show-angels-preview-w-jeff-fletcher-oc-register-bronx-pinstripes-show/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/podcast/yankees-streaking-sir-didi-show-angels-preview-w-jeff-fletcher-oc-register-bronx-pinstripes-show/#respond Thu, 26 Apr 2018 16:37:03 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=59928 The Bronx Pinstripes Show #227 It’s the Didi Gregorius show in the Bronx once again. Topics include the Yankees offense clicking since Didi was moved to the 3-hole, why Didi’s run production might be sustainable, and Tyler Austin, Miguel Andujar, and Gleyber Torres powering the bottom of the order. The starting pitching is also starting […]

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The Bronx Pinstripes Show #227

It’s the Didi Gregorius show in the Bronx once again. Topics include the Yankees offense clicking since Didi was moved to the 3-hole, why Didi’s run production might be sustainable, and Tyler Austin, Miguel Andujar, and Gleyber Torres powering the bottom of the order. The starting pitching is also starting to improve: Masahiro Tanaka used his fastball (yay!), CC Sabathia got a lot of soft contact (yay!), but Sonny Gray was bad again — even with a personal catcher (boo!).

Jeff Fletcher, Angels beat writer for Orange County Register, joined us to talk about the Angels strong start this season, Shohei Ohtani mania, Mike Trout getting even better, Albert Pujols, the Angels’ pitching, and the upcoming weekend series.

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Throwback Thursday: Yankees call up Cano http://bronxpinstripes.com/a-look-back/throwback-thursday-yankees-call-up-cano/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/a-look-back/throwback-thursday-yankees-call-up-cano/#respond Thu, 26 Apr 2018 12:00:14 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=59837 Second Baseman Gleyber Torres made his Major League debut on Sunday to a thunderous welcoming ovation from the Yankee Stadium faithful. Former Second Baseman Robinson Cano made his MLB debut in 2005 under similar circumstances, but with far less fanfare. It’s time to compare and constrast, a look ahead and a look back. Though he’s just […]

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Second Baseman Gleyber Torres made his Major League debut on Sunday to a thunderous welcoming ovation from the Yankee Stadium faithful. Former Second Baseman Robinson Cano made his MLB debut in 2005 under similar circumstances, but with far less fanfare. It’s time to compare and constrast, a look ahead and a look back.

Though he’s just 21-years-old, the anticipation of Torres’ arrival at The Show has been like a feeding frenzy ever since his acquisition from the Chicago Cubs at the 2016 trade deadline. Speculation had been that Torres’ debut would occur last season, but an elbow injury on his non-throwing arm knocked him out for the year, with Tommy John surgery to boot. The Yankees initially held off from having him start the 2018 season with them. But, with the team and second basemen Tyler Wade and Neil Walker off to slow starts, the time had come. The decision became even easier due to Torres’ red hot start at Triple-A.

Such was not the case back in 2005 when Cano joined the Yankees. Cano was not a household name. Besides the fact that the internet was not the source it is today for following Minor League players, the media and fans didn’t have the same expectations of Cano that they do of Torres.

In fact, when the Yankees attempted to acquire Randy Johnson from Arizona in 2004, the Diamondbacks had no interest in Cano. The Yankees even had Cano play a handful of games at third base to make him more marketable, but no one bit when the Yankees offered Cano as part of a package for a starting pitcher.

The 2005 squad had struggled through the first month of the season. They sat 6.5 games back in the AL East with a 10-14 record. Perhaps some of it was due to the hangover of the 2004 ALCS collapse or the wrong offseason acquisitions. Among the players that the Yankees picked up was veteran speedy second baseman Tony Womack.

Womack’s April produced adequate results – a .320 OBP with two stolen bases in four attempts – but the Yankees needed better than adequate output to infuse some life into the ball club. They thought they could get that with the 22-year-old Cano.

Named after Jackie Robinson, Cano made his Major League debut on May 3, 2005. Like Torres, Cano went hitless with a strikeout in his first game, and was 2-23 in his first seven games. But, 13 hits in his next 22 at-bats gave manager Joe Torre a glimpse of what his new infielder could accomplish.

Cano finished the season with a .297/.320/.458 split, 14 home runs, 67 RBI, 78 runs scored, and 34 doubles. He was the runner-up in the AL Rookie of the Year voting, losing by 40 points to the A’s Houston Street. The Yankees went on to win the AL East on the second-to-last day of the season.

“Cano, don’tcha know”, has gone on to a fantastic career, both offensively and defensively. (Ironically, he’s now the same age – 35 – that Womack was in 2005.) He was an integral part of the Yankees’ 2009 World Series victory. Should Torres have a similar career, I am sure the Yankees would be more than happy.

Everybody Wang Chung Tonight

The 2005 season would not have been a success without the call up of another rookie – Chien-Ming Wang. Not much more was known about the Taiwanese native’s baseball acumen than that of Cano. His 2004 numbers at Trenton were mediocre, but in five starts and a relief appearance at Triple-A Columbus, Wang had pitched to a 2.01 ERA and a WHIP under 1.000.

Despite a lackluster start at Columbus in 2005, the Yankees recalled him at the end of April. Wang made his MLB debut on April 30 against the Toronto Blue Jays. Though he didn’t figure in the decision, Wang held the Jays to two runs over seven innings in a 4-3 Yankees win. Wang produced mixed results in his 12 starts – nine of the 12 were considered quality, based on MLB standards (6+ IP, 3 ER or less). He was well on his way to becoming a big find until he hit a bump in the road in July.

Wang went on the DL with elbow pain and the Yankees thought they had lost him for the season. Come September, Wang’s return came as a pleasant surprise. The Yankees won three of his five September starts, and he was the tough-luck loser in Game 2 of the ALDS when he allowed just one run in 6+ innings against the Angels.

“The Wanger” picked up 19 wins over each of the next two seasons as the team’s de facto ace, but injuries derailed his career. The Yankees are now waiting to see if Chance Adams, Justus Sheffield, current starter Jordan Montgomery, or another youngster develops into their next rotation star.

 

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The Yankees kept up their winning ways tonight, beating the Twins 7-4. Sir Didi Gregorius homered again, extending his streak to four straight games, a career best. Tyler Austin had himself a solid ballgame, going 2-5 with 1HR and 3RBI. Sonny Gray pitched better than his last outing, but still did not exactly impress the Yankee faithful. He certainly featured good movement and velocity on his pitches, but still was roughed around for 6H and 3ER over the course of 4.2 IP. Aaron Boone, using his typical  “glass half full” attitude, actually liked what he saw in his starting pitcher tonight. That being said, the Yanks were still able to come away with the victory.

Hear what Didi, Austin, Gray, and Boone had to say following tonight’s 7-4 dub over the Twins:

DIDI

AUSTIN

GRAY

BOONE

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Didi stays hot as Yankees win 7-4 http://bronxpinstripes.com/game-day/didi-stays-hot-yankees-win-7-4/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/game-day/didi-stays-hot-yankees-win-7-4/#respond Thu, 26 Apr 2018 03:15:54 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=59916 NEW YORK — Didi Gregorius continued his torrid start to the season, hitting a home run for the fourth straight game. This helped lift the New York Yankees 7-4 over the Minnesota Twins in the third game of this four-game set at Yankee Stadium. Sonny Gray started the game and was once again ineffective for New […]

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NEW YORK — Didi Gregorius continued his torrid start to the season, hitting a home run for the fourth straight game. This helped lift the New York Yankees 7-4 over the Minnesota Twins in the third game of this four-game set at Yankee Stadium.

Sonny Gray started the game and was once again ineffective for New York, but the Yankee offense picked him up with a strong night at the plate.

Gregorius led the way with three hits and two RBI, while Tyler Austin added a three-run homer in the win. Gleyber Torres reached base and scored twice from the bottom of the New York lineup.

The Twins got on the scoreboard first, with Miguel Sano smashing a Gray fastball over the bullpen in left center field for an early 2-0 lead.

Gregorius, however, would tie the game for the Bombers. In the second, he’d cut the lead in half with an RBI single, before tying it up with a home run in the third.

Austin then hit a three run shot off of Lance Lynn later in the inning to give New York a 5-2 lead.

The teams would continue adding runs to their tally over the next few innings, but the Twins’ biggest chance came in the seventh inning.

With just one out, and a run already in, Aaron Boone pulled Chad Green for Chasen Shreve. The Yankee lefty would first strikeout Logan Morrison for the first out. Austin would then make a great play on a Robbie Grossman popup to get New York out of a bases loaded jam.

Giancarlo Stanton added a sacrifice fly in the eighth to give the Yankees some insurance.

David Robertson, however, held down the eighth, and Aroldis Chapman got his fourth save of the year.

This was another good win for the Yankees as it looks like the team has finally turned away from their early season slump. It was a misty night in the Bronx, but New York was able to earn its fifth straight win.

The Yankees look for the sweep tomorrow, as Jordan Montgomery faces Kyle Gibson in the final game of their homestand.

Current Yankees Record: 14-9

 

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Game Recap: El Gary homers twice as Yankees trounce Twins again http://bronxpinstripes.com/game-day/el-gary-homers-twice-as-yankees-trounce-twins-again/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/game-day/el-gary-homers-twice-as-yankees-trounce-twins-again/#respond Wed, 25 Apr 2018 03:08:06 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=59889   Another day, another Yankee victory. The Bronx Bombers continue their utter dominance over the Twins, taking the first two games in this four game series. With this win, the Yankees extend their win streak to four games, a feat that was accomplished for the first time this season. CC Sabathia turned in a very solid […]

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Another day, another Yankee victory. The Bronx Bombers continue their utter dominance over the Twins, taking the first two games in this four game series. With this win, the Yankees extend their win streak to four games, a feat that was accomplished for the first time this season.

CC Sabathia turned in a very solid performance tonight, while Gary Sanchez clubbed two homers off Minnesota pitching. Additionally, Didi and Judge (surprise, surprise) each joined the party with a home run of their own. The fact that they were able to score five runs off a very good pitcher in José Berríos is nothing short of encouraging.

After knocking Minnesota’s ace out of the game, the Yanks tacked on three additional runs off the Twin bullpen, adding up to a final score of 8-3.

KEY CONTRIBUTORS

The players who made their voice heard the most tonight include CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez, Didi Gregorius, and Aaron Judge.

CC picked up his first win on the young season tonight, hurling six strong innings without allowing an earned run. The veteran southpaw lowered his ERA to an impressive 1.86, looking more and more like the pitcher he was in the playoffs last season. The big fella must have been feeling good in his second start off the DL, turning in a final stat line of: 6.0IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 1BB, 4K, 82 pitches, 53 strikes.

On the offensive side of the plate, Gary, Didi, and Judge all homered today, but Gary was extra scary as he hit two long balls in the ballgame.

You just can’t say enough about Sanchez lately, as he started off the season slow but really has picked it up over the past two weeks. Granted, a batting average of .208 is low, but he was able to string together a 2 homer, 3 RBI performance.

Next up, we have to talk about Sir Didi. Although the 2018 season is still young, the 28-year-old is fully entrenched in the MVP race as of today. Going 3-4 with 1HR and 3RBI, the emoji-tweeting, homer-hitting, canvas-painting shortstop is red-hot, leading the league in RBI with 27 so far this year.

Lastly, Aaron Judge once again made us feel sorry for the baseball, clubbing a line drive home run over the right field wall. Seven home runs to go along with a .341 bating average? Sounds good to me.

HIGHLIGHTS

Gary Sanchez kicked off the home run party tonight, hitting his first off Jose Berrios in the second inning:

Sweet home run, even sweeter bat flip:

Aaron Judge’s blast made this particular fan #ALLRISE and more:

Here’s one more homer from the Yankee catcher, almost classified as NSFW:

OTHER NOTES

Gleyber Torres recorded his first, of hopefully many, runs batted in tonight. This game marked the third straight start for the highly-anticipated rookie, showing flashes of his potential in his first three big league games.

NEXT UP

Tommorow vs. Minnesota, 6:35 PM ET: Sonny Gray (1-1, 8.27 ERA) vs. Lance Lynn (0-1, 6.00 ERA)

 

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On this day in Yankees history – The first no hitter in franchise history http://bronxpinstripes.com/yankees-history/first-no-hitter-in-franchise-history/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/yankees-history/first-no-hitter-in-franchise-history/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:00:51 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=25911 On this day back in 1917, the first no hitter in franchise history was thrown. George Mogridge was on the mound against the Red Sox at Fenway Park in a 2-1 victory, which was also the first no hitter thrown at Fenway. It remains the only no-no where the Yanks allowed a run. Being a lefty […]

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On this day back in 1917, the first no hitter in franchise history was thrown. George Mogridge was on the mound against the Red Sox at Fenway Park in a 2-1 victory, which was also the first no hitter thrown at Fenway. It remains the only no-no where the Yanks allowed a run.

Being a lefty made Mogridge highly sought after, so in 1915 the Yanks bought him from the Chicago White Sox. The Rochester native was in pinstripes until 1920 and was the work horse of his day. From 1916-1926 he averaged 191 innings pitched, including a career high 288 in 1921. His best season was in 1918 when he led the American League in games (45), saves (7) and games finished (23). He went 16-13 with an ERA of 2.18 and 13 of his 19 starts were complete games.

Over his six years in pinstripes, he went 48-57 with a 2.73 ERA, 61 complete games and eight shutouts

He would go on to play for the Washington Senators, St Louis Browns and Boston Braves. In 15 seasons he had a 132–133 record, played in 398 games, had 138 complete games, 20 shutouts, 102 games finished, 20 saves, 2,265 ⅔ innings pitched, 678 strikeouts, 1 balk and a 3.23 ERA.

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Yankees acquire A.J. Cole from Nationals http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/yankees-acquire-j-cole-nationals/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/yankees-acquire-j-cole-nationals/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 10:28:27 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=59883 Following last night’s 14-1 win over the Minnesota Twins, the New York Yankees announced they acquired RHP A.J. Cole in exchange for cash considerations. Cole will be added to the 25-man roster effective immediately. TRADE: The Yankees have acquired RHP A.J. Cole from the Nationals in exchange for cash considerations. Cole has been added to […]

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Following last night’s 14-1 win over the Minnesota Twins, the New York Yankees announced they acquired RHP A.J. Cole in exchange for cash considerations. Cole will be added to the 25-man roster effective immediately.

As a corresponding move, the Yankees designated RHP David Hale for assignment. Hale made his Yankees debut last night pitching two scoreless innings, and will likely accept an outright assignment to Triple-A.

Cole was designated for assignment on April 21 after accumulating a 13.06 ERA (15 runs) in 10.1 innings. Cole was expected to be the favorite for the Nationals fifth starter spot after going 3-5 with a 3.81 ERA in 52 innings during the 2017 campaign. But after a subpar Spring Training and an awful start to the season, it was quite clear the Nationals had seen enough.

It’s more likely than not the Yankees will place Cole in the bullpen. However, Cole is out of minor league options, so the Yankees can’t simply option him if they need another reliever. Let’s hope he gives the Yankees a reason to stay.

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Based off tonight’s final score, we can safely say this ballgame was not a pitchers’ duel. However, Masahiro Tanaka put together a very impressive performance in his latest start against the Twins, throwing 6.2 strong innings while allowing a mere one run to score.

Offensively, the Yankees certainly lived up to their Bronx Bomber nickname tonight, scoring 14 runs on 13 hits. Gary Sanchez drove in two runs and Miguel Andujar stayed hot, collecting an extra base hit for the seventh consecutive game. Tyler Austin and Didi Gregorius each drove in four, and Giancarlo Stanton had perhaps his best all-around game as a Yankee so far, going 4-for-4 with a homer, two RBI and three runs scored.

Gleyber Torres also collected his first career hit.

Check out what Tanaka, Gary, Miggy, Stanton, Torres and Boone had to say following tonight’s 14-1 blow out against Minnesota:

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GARY

MIGGY

Stanton

Torres

BOONE

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The Yankees obliterated the Twins Monday night from the first inning onward. Not only did Giancarlo Stanton go four-for-four with two RBIs and a monster home run, but the red hot Miguel Andujar continued to dazzle. The 23-year-old became just the third rookie in Yankees history to record an extra base hit in seven straight games when he homered on the first pitch of the second inning.

The Yanks jumped on Jake Odorizzi right out of the gate with a three run first. Thanks to a collection of great at bats up and down the lineup, the righty was taken out in the fifth inning with over 100 pitches. Meanwhile, Masahiro Tanaka cruised along, going 6.2 innings and allowing just one earned run. He seemed to have more movement on his pitches so we will chalk up his early blunders to the weather (I’m not making excuses).

It seemed like Gleyber Torres capped off a great night when he recorded his first Major League hit in the eight inning, but the Bombers kept their foot on the gas. Didi Gregorius went on to hit a grand slam to bring his RBI total to 24, and Tyler Austin tacked on another homer off of the Twins’ outfielder, Ryan LaMarre. The Yanks win their third game in a row for the first time this season.

Key Contributors

It was quite the offensive display tonight, but the main contributions to take note of tonight were Andujar, Stanton and Tanaka.

Andujar’s at bats are becoming must see TV the way he ropes the ball with ease. After going 0-12 to start the year, the rookie is really finding his way, proving to be a catalyst for this powerful lineup.

Stanton had a much needed night of productivity. He collected four hits including a moonshot in the fifth that knocked out the Twins’ starter. Hopefully this showing can get his confidence back up and he can turn the booing into a distant memory.

Tanaka was able to bounce back with an effective outing. He collected five strikeouts in route to his third win on the season. The Twins are not a terrible lineup by any means so it is a good sign to see him go out there and pitch the way he did tonight.

Highlights

Andujar absolutley crushed the first pitch of the second inning.

Stanton put his talents on display with this monster shot.

Torres notched his first base hit!

Up Next:

Tomorrow vs Minnesota: CC Sabathia (0-0, 2.70) vs. Jose Berrios (2-1 1.63)

 

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If the Yankees want to fulfill their goal of becoming a championship-caliber club once again, the current issues involving their starting rotation must be addressed.

Granted, New York’s staff — which consists of Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia, Sonny Gray, and Jordan Montgomery — is, at the moment, healthy. But the lack of consistency and length from starters not named Severino (who’s emerged as a bona fide ace) has been a contributing factor to the Yankees’ early mood swings. It’s one of the reasons why some fans, who hold rather high expectations, feel uneasy — or frustrated that Brian Cashman balked on pursuing an additional arm (such as Gerrit Cole) during the offseason.

In the simplest terms, the Yankees’ rotation needs to perform better. The same starting five that helped push the club into the postseason in 2017 has to live up to its billing in 2018. But, come trade deadline time, when Cashman will most likely man the phones with the intent to enhance his roster, count on the Yankees searching for a reliable and affordable arm. 

Someone like Patrick Corbin, for example.

The 28-year-old southpaw is off to a tremendous start with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Right now, he’s arguably the best pitcher in baseball, as he owns a 4-0 record, a 1.89 ERA, a 0.66 WHIP, and a Major League-leading 49 strikeouts.

Corbin’s pitching arsenal features a sweeping slider, and opposing hitters have swung and missed at the pitch 33.1-percent of the time, according to Brooke Baseball’s advanced stats. He set his bar even higher one week ago, when he tossed seven no-hit innings against the San Francisco Giants for a shutout win.

Corbin can mix his breaking balls with mid-90 mph fastballs and sinkers, and when he’s dialed in, hitters simply struggle.

When this season ends, Corbin will become an unrestricted free agent, joining a historic group of stars (Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Dallas Keuchel, to name a few), who will test the market with the hope of receiving record-shattering contracts. 

Since the Yankees have stressed the significance of getting under the $197-million luxury tax threshold in time for this free agent bonanza, their hat will certainly be thrown into the ring. Sure, it’s easy for them to slobber over the image of Harper or Machado contributing to an already potent lineup. But as far as pitching is concerned, shouldn’t the Yankees be keeping an eye on Corbin? The answer is yes. 

“It would definitely be great to play [in New York],’’ Corbin recently told Bob Nightengale of USA Today. “I grew up a Yankee fan. My whole family are Yankee fans. My mom, my dad, my grandpa, everybody. Really, every generation of my family has been Yankee fans.

“Living up in Syracuse, everybody’s a Yankee fan. Not too many Mets fans up there.”

Corbin is an upstate guy. He told USA Today that he treasures an autographed Andy Pettitte jersey that he recently purchased. All signs point toward Corbin wanting the Yankees.

Seems like a simple sales pitch for Cashman.

But if the Yankees don’t want to wait until the winter for Corbin, that’s when the trade deadline comes into play. The Yankees and Diamondbacks have recently been business partners (trades for Brandon Drury and Didi Gregorius), plus they reportedly spoke to each other about Corbin this winter, although a deal never materialized. Corbin is due $7.5 million this season, and that’s a number the Yankees could handle without the fear of creeping closer to the luxury tax threshold. 

The pieces are in place for the Yankees to make a move on Corbin, especially since the Diamondbacks aren’t exactly in a position to spend freely (Zack Greinke still owed $95 million after this season). Corbin has expressed interest in signing long term with Arizona, but like most soon-to-be free agents, he’s open to listening to all offers.

“I know the Yankees have had some interest in the past, and there were a lot of rumors this winter that got my family excited,’’ Corbin told USA Today. “It would have been cool. You just want to go where you’re wanted, and every team will have an opportunity.

“I would love to be on a contending team for sure, but we’ll see what happens.”

In 2013 — one year before he underwent season ending Tommy John surgery — Corbin went 14-8 with a 3.41 ERA in 208.1 innings. He also made an All Star Game appearance. If his April numbers hold, he could be in for a career season.

 

If you want to connect with Tom Hanslin, email him at thanslin@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @tomhanslin.

 

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According to YES Network’s Meredith Marakovits, Brandon Drury expects to play in a rehab game for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old infielder has been dealing with blurry vision stemming from migraines for quite some time now. Drury was placed on the disabled list earlier this month after leaving in the sixth inning due to impaired vision.

The former Diamondback has appeared in eight games so far this season, hitting .217 with 1 HR and 4 RBI. Drury began his 2018 campaign as the Opening Day third baseman, a job title that now belongs to the red hot Miguel Andújar.

It certainly will be interesting to see how Aaron Boone handles Drury’s return, as Andújar is currently a must start in the lineup. Additionally, top prospect Gleyber Torres is now in the fold as well, presenting the Yankees with a good problem to have depth wise.

 

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Yankees win a series, Andujar Raking, & Gleyber Day – The Bronx Pinstripes Show http://bronxpinstripes.com/podcast/yankees-win-series-andujar-raking-gleyber-day-bronx-pinstripes-show/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/podcast/yankees-win-series-andujar-raking-gleyber-day-bronx-pinstripes-show/#respond Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:52:18 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=59832 The Bronx Pinstripes Show #226 The Yankees finally seem to be playing better baseball, taking 3 of 4 from Toronto this weekend. Topics: Gleyber Torres’ MLB debut, Miguel Andujar is on fire, Sonny Gray’s bad start on Friday, the relationship between him and Gary Sanchez, if Austin Romine should be his personal catcher, Luis Severino […]

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The Bronx Pinstripes Show #226

The Yankees finally seem to be playing better baseball, taking 3 of 4 from Toronto this weekend. Topics: Gleyber Torres’ MLB debut, Miguel Andujar is on fire, Sonny Gray’s bad start on Friday, the relationship between him and Gary Sanchez, if Austin Romine should be his personal catcher, Luis Severino and Didi Gregorius continuing to perform, and injury updates on Brandon Drury and Adam Warren. Then we preview the Minnesota series and answer mailbag questions about Giancarlo Stanton, Neil Walker, and the empty seats at Yankee Stadium. Listener voicemails close the show.

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For years, the New York Yankees had one of the oldest lineups in Major League Baseball. And after realizing a lineup strictly consisting of veterans wasn’t the key to success, the Yankees made it their goal to give their fans a younger, more athletic team. It took a few years, including the emergence of right fielder Aaron Judge, but entering the 2018 season, the Yankees were right where they wanted to be age-wise.

Sure, the Yankees had their bumps in the road during the month of April: They started the season without Jacoby Ellsbury and Clint Frazier, and they lost players such as Greg Bird, Tommy Kahnle, Adam Warren, and Brandon Drury to injury. But with the numerous injuries, the Yankees were able to use the depth they have in Scranton to round out a ball club that was predicted to be a postseason’s favorite.

Over the course of three weeks, the Yankees added Miguel Andujar, got Aaron Hicks back from the disabled list and yesterday, called up second baseman Gleyber Torres.

With the multiple youthful additions, the Yankees sent out the following lineup against the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon.

Yesterday’s lineup was significant in more ways than one. Not only did the Yankees win the game and take three-of-four against their AL East rivals, but they also sent out their youngest lineup since September 29, 1989. Every single starter in the lineup, including ace Luis Severino, is under the age of 30.

That was a far cry from a few years ago.

It’s almost hard to believe that just six years ago, the Yankees had the oldest roster in franchise history. The 2012 season is not a season we normally talk about–especially since the Yankees were knocked out of the ALCS by the Detroit Tigers in a series sweep–but the Yankees had Derek Jeter, Brett Gardner, Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, Raul Ibanez, Ichiro Suzuki, Eric Chavez, Andruw Jones, Curtis Granderson, and Nick Swisher in their starting lineup. The 2012 lineup was an average 32.7 years old.

My, how things have changed.

It’s no secret the Yankees have a talented and youthful bunch. But the team can only go up from here. They have veteran, and Yankee homegrown, Brett Gardner along with CC Sabathia providing guidance. Drury, Frazier and Bird are expected to return at some point in May, and Giancarlo Stanton is expected to return to form now that the weather is getting warmer.

The fans had a glimpse of the youth movement last season which led them a game short of the World Series. Now, the Yankees youth movement is in full force, and the organization hopes the youth movement can them farther into the postseason and create a whole new dynasty.

 

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In the early weeks of the season, the Yankees depth has been tested with many injuries and underperforming players. In fact, there are nine players on the 40-man roster that are on the DL (Tommy Kahnle, Adam Warren, Luis Cessa, Billy McKinney, Greg Bird, Brandon Drury, Jacoby Ellsbury, Clint Frazier, & Albert Abreu). With this many injuries, depth is tested and it becomes important to see who has Minor League options remaining to facilitate roster moves.

All players have three option years that can be used during their first five years after being added to a 40-man roster. Any year that a player spends at least 20 days in the Minors, he loses an option. Once three option years are used OR five years are up, the player is considered out of options. You can read here for more details. Once a player is out of options, he cannot be sent down to the Minors without first passing through waivers. The Yankees ran into this problem with Trayce Thompson a few weeks ago. They claimed him and wanted to send him to Triple-A, but he was out of options and when they put him on waivers, the A’s claimed him. Thus the Splash Brother era for the Yankees was over before it began. We’re going to take a quick look at each of the Yankees that are now out of options and see what impact, if any, that might have for the team.

Austin Romine

For better or for worse, Romine is entrenched as the Yankees backup catcher. The staff seems to love throwing to him and he has an uncanny ability to get hits with runners on base. The Yankees have no plans of sending him down, so it is okay that he is out of options.

Chasen Shreve

Shreve is the most interesting case, in my opinion. He is the seventh option out of the bullpen and he is more than adequate for that role. However, bullpens tend to get taxed very easily these days, and it would be nice to be able to send guys down after being heavily used one day. Unfortunately, the Yankees can’t do that with Shreve anymore. With that in mind, they may opt to have him throw shorter outings and use guys on the Scranton Shuttle™ for those longer outings knowing that they can send those relievers down.

Dellin Betances

When Dellin is right, he’s practically unhittable. Sadly he has not been right for the better part of two years. Normally you might send a guy like that to the minors to work on things, but the Yankees cannot do that for Dellin anymore. He will remain in the big league pen and hopefully return to his dominant self.

Aaron Hicks

This one is easy. Hicks is the starting center fielder and is crushing it. Would not send him down for any reason.

Gary Sanchez

Easiest one of all. Starting catcher and best hitting catcher in baseball. Passed ball problems aside, there is no reason to send Gary down at all.

The bullpen is the only area where players without options remaining presents a concern. For the Yankees to make bullpen moves, they either have to send down the last guy in the bullpen or have injuries (of which there have been plenty already). Luckily the Yankees have a supremely talented roster that shouldn’t need much roster shuffling.

 

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Series Recap: Bombers bats bombard Blue Jays http://bronxpinstripes.com/series-recap/series-recap-bombers-bats-bombard-blue-jays/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/series-recap/series-recap-bombers-bats-bombard-blue-jays/#respond Mon, 23 Apr 2018 03:42:17 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=59819 As the weather warmed up, the Yankee bats broke out in a big way against the Toronto Blue Jays. Gleyber Torres arrived, Miguel Andujar proved why he should stay, Aaron Judge and Didi Gregorius became the only pair of teammates with six homers apiece, Jordan Montgomery and Luis Severino provided some much needed length in the starting rotation. […]

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As the weather warmed up, the Yankee bats broke out in a big way against the Toronto Blue Jays. Gleyber Torres arrived, Miguel Andujar proved why he should stay, Aaron Judge and Didi Gregorius became the only pair of teammates with six homers apiece, Jordan Montgomery and Luis Severino provided some much needed length in the starting rotation. All of this resulted in the Yankees taking 3-of-4 from the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium.

GAME 1

CC Sabathia was back in action and the bullpen carried the baton the rest of the way. Ronald Torreyes, Gregorius and Judge all had big hits in the 4-3 victory.

JUDGEMENT BOMBS

As always, Judge is appointment television. If you happen to look up though, odds are you’ll see a 3-2 count before he parks one. Sure enough, Judge’s pitch selection was on the money, smashing a full count offering in the seventh inning for what turned out to be the deciding home run.

GAME 2

The Bronx Bombers bats kept slugging but the pitching was a root canal. One can’t help but wonder when Brian Cashman tries to steal Patrick Corbin from the Arizona Diamondbacks. The end result was an 8-5 Yankees loss.

PINSTRIPE POWER

In the second, third and fourth homers by Tyler Austin, Giancarlo Stanton and Andujar helped stake the club to a lead and kept them in the game.

PITCHING PROBLEMS

Sonny Gray was all over the map and you hope he’s not another “stuff guy,” like Jeff Weaver and Javy Vazquez in years gone by. Gray walked four and yielded five runs in 3.1 frames. Domingo German was also wild with four walks and two runs allowed. Adam Warren, now on the disabled list, gave up a homer to Yangervis Solarte.

GAME 3

The Bronx Bombers bats were out in full force and a solid pitching performance helped a 9-1 win stand up.

JUDGIE JUICED ONE

Judge gave the Yankees a lead they’d never relinquish, with a two-run bop to left off Marcus Stroman in the third inning.

SEVEN HEAVEN

Sending 12 men to the plate, the Yankees plated seven runs in the sixth. A three-run double by Andujar and some sloppiness undid the Blue Jays.

AIR JORDAN

Jordan Montgomery came up big, delivering six frames of five-strikeout ball, allowing only one run. It was much-needed length, after a pair of previous starts which didn’t make it out of the fifth. Montgomery more than pitched to the scoreboard, he shined.

GAME 4

Power hitting and power pitching wins more often than not. A 5-1 Yankees victory featured both.

DIDI DOES IT

If it’s not Judge, it’s Gregorius getting the job done. The Yankees star shortstop wasted no time, jumping on ex-Yankee Jaime Garcia, drilling a homer to right in the first.

ROMAINE A PAIN BUT THE ROMINE IS FINE

There was no reason to recall Austin Romine, his two-run single to right, increased the Yankees lead to 3-0 in the second.

NO ONE DOES THE VOODOO LIKE ANDU DO

Andujar was at it again, this time with a 4-for-4 day at the dish. All in an afternoon which included an RBI-double in the sixth.

SEVY SMOKIN’

Severino was dealing like an ace and like Montgomery gave the Yankees quality length. In seven strong, Severino whiffed seven, allowed only three hits and one run.

SAFE?

While it didn’t have any impact on the final outcome, there was a play where Tyler Austin was ruled out at first base. On the replay, it looked as if Justin Smoak‘s foot was off the base. Yet, somehow the instant replay still got the call incorrect. Why even have replay at that point? Strange.

GLEYBER DAY

Fans were pumped up to see Torres make his MLB debut. Torres went 0-for-4 and left seven on base. Not to make comparisons but Derek Jeter went 0-for-5 in his big league debut and followed it up with a 2-for-3 performance the next night. Better days are ahead for Gleyber.

ON DECK

At 11-9, the Yankees will host the Minnesota Twins in a rematch of last year’s AL Wild Card game. The two clubs will play a four-game series in the Bronx.

Pitching probables, Jake Odorizzi vs. Masahiro Tanaka, Jose Berrios vs. CC Sabathia, Lance Lynn vs. Sonny Gray, Kyle Gibson vs. Jordan Montgomery.

 

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NEW YORK — The Yankees were first to strike but once again fell short in a game started by Sonny Gray. In the second game of this four-game set, the Toronto Blue Jays overcame New York, 8-5, at Yankee Stadium.

The team continues to remain inconsistent as it cannot seem to string together a couple of wins in a row, with the team’s record still hovering around .500.

Tyler Austin, who had two hits, opened the scoring with a two-run home run to right field in the second inning off of Blue Jay starter Marco Estrada.

This then started a string of innings when both teams answered its opponent’s runs with some of its own.

After Austin’s homer, Teoscar Hernandez continued his torrid run, tying the game at two with a home run of his own.

In the third, however, Giancarlo Stanton finally rediscovered his power stroke, hitting a two-run bomb to right center field to give New York a 4-2 lead.

While it was Stanton’s only hit, signs continue to point towards the Yankees’ prized acquisition ending his early season slump, after not striking out for the second game in a row.

In the next half inning, Toronto would continue to answer back. In his Major League debut, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. plated two runs to put the Jays on top, 5-4, and chase Gray from the ball game.

The Yankee starter ended the night with a disappointing of line of five hits, five runs, and four walks in just three and a third innings.

Though Miguel Andujar’s second career blast would retie the game at five in the fourth, Toronto would score three more runs that the Bombers would just not be able to answer.

The Blue Jays would add two runs against Domingo German, while former Yankee Yangervis Solarte gave Toronto a three-run cushion with a blast off of Adam Warren.

Roberto Osuna would close out the Yankees in the ninth for his sixth save of the season.

While the offense performed well in today’s game, pitching continued to be an issue for Aaron Boone and the Yankees. Gray has yet to find a rhythm, while the bullpen once again failed to keep New York close.

The series continues tomorrow with Jordan Montgomery challenging Marcus Stroman.

Current Yankees Record: 9-9

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A two game winning streak AND Gleyber Torres‘ debut? Sign me up. The Yankees’ top prospect made his MLB debut today, going 0-4 in the process (Remember kids, Jeter went hitless in his debut as well). Luis Severino was very impressive in his latest outing, handing in a seven inning, three hit, and six strikeout performance. Additionally, Miguel Andújar went 4-4 this afternoon, almost solidifying his place as the starting third baseman.

Check out what Torres, Severino, Andújar, and Boone had to say following this afternoon’s 5-1 win over Toronto:

GLEYBER

SEVVY

ANDÚJAR

BOONE

 

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Game Recap: Severino dominates, Torres makes anticipated debut http://bronxpinstripes.com/game-day/severino-dominates-gleyber-makes-anticipated-debut/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/game-day/severino-dominates-gleyber-makes-anticipated-debut/#respond Sun, 22 Apr 2018 20:52:03 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=59798     I  think we all deem it appropriate to begin this particular game recap by mentioning that Gleyber Torres made his highly-anticipated debut in the Bronx this afternoon. Although he failed to record a hit, his presence alone brought a certain feel of excitement throughout the stadium, as fans filed the environment with standing […]

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I  think we all deem it appropriate to begin this particular game recap by mentioning that Gleyber Torres made his highly-anticipated debut in the Bronx this afternoon. Although he failed to record a hit, his presence alone brought a certain feel of excitement throughout the stadium, as fans filed the environment with standing ovations each time Torres walked up to the plate. The top prospect will look to build on this experience and come out firing from here on out.

Today’s starting pitcher, Luis Severino, made sure to deliver a gem on Gleyber’s day. Sending joy to Yankee fans and utter despair to Blue Jay fans, Sevvy showed off his electric arm today, further showing why he is the ace of the staff. The offense showed up today as well, compiling four runs against future Monument Park plaque holder Jaime Garcia.

They were able to tack on one more run against Toronto’s bullpen, and that led to a final score of 5-1. Without further ado, lets get into the good stuff.

Key Contributors

The players who stood out the most today include Sevy, Didi Gregorius, Austin Romine, and Miguel Andújar.

Severino’s start this afternoon was must see TV (or must listen radio, of course). Shutting down a rather strong Blue Jay lineup, the 24-year-old righty gave the Yankees more than a quality start, hurling pitches over 95mph in his last inning of work. The ace’s final stat line: 7.0IP, 3H, 1ER, 2BB, 6K, 112 pitches, 69 strikes.

Offensively, Didi, Romine, and Andújar certainly made their voices heard today, as the quartet was responsible for all five Yankee runs. Didi kicked off the scoring, hitting a first inning longball off Garcia. Additionally, the shortstop delivered a sac fly late in the game, scoring the fifth and final run for the Bombers.

Next, Romine continued to show why he is one of the best backup catchers in the league, hitting a sharp line drive double, scoring two more runs.

Saving the best for last, rookie Andújar turned in a 4-4 performance today, including one double and an RBI to go along with it. After starting off slow, Miggy has caught fire of late, now hitting .308 on the young season.

Highlights

Didi’s first inning homer, and it was certainly glorious:

Andújar’s fifth inning RIBBY DOUBLE:

In addition to the offense, the defense, specifically in the outfield, was airtight today.

Here’s Giancarlo Stanton silencing the haters:

Aaron Hicks wanted to join the D-FENCE party as well:

Other Notes

Thanks to the YES Network, we are now aware of this cool piece of history that occurred today. This ballgame marked the first time since 1942 the Yankees fielded a lineup comprised of players all under thirty years of age.  Talk about a youth movement.

Up Next

Tomorrow vs. Minnesota: Masahiro Tanaka (2-2, 6.45) vs. Jake Odorizzi (1-1 3.38)

 

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As Yankees fans, it seems as if this season (as well as some others recently) have simply been a long line to the infirmary. Since Opening Day, the Yankees have placed eleven players on the disabled list with various injuries. Many are key contributors or prospects expected to make a run for a spot on the big club.

But just how much have the Yankees been impacted by trips to the disabled list in recent years? Have they dealt with more injuries relative to other teams in the league? Have the injuries been to more important players? Using RosterResource.com’s Disabled List Tracker, I delved into these topics.

Roster effect rating

RosterResource.com takes the projected pre-season value of players to their team and uses them to calculate the roster effect rating of injuries. In 2017, the Yankees ranked right in the middle of the MLB at fifteenth in this metric. The Mets were number one. The team had 24 total DL stints, which was tied for twelfth. This shows that based on their pre-season projected values, the team wasn’t hampered too much by injuries last season, even though they lost players such as Greg Bird, Starlin Castro, Didi Gregorius, Aroldis Chapman, Gary Sanchez, and Masahiro Tanaka at times throughout the season. However, this could be skewed slightly, as a player like Gregorius likely was projected lower than his true value after continuing his ascent in 2017.

2018 impact

Looking at this year, the impact has been apparent. Yes, it is less than a month into the season, but the team has dealt with multiple injuries to key pieces. For example, the bullpen, which was supposed to be among the best in the majors (if not these best) has lost Tommy Kahnle and Adam Warren. They have also lost reinforcements such as Luis Cessa and Ben Heller.

Furthermore, it just goes to show how important depth is. Many people noted the wealth of outfield options the Yankees had entering the season. Since Spring Training, down have gone Jacoby Ellsbury, Clint Frazier, and Billy McKinney. They also were without starting center fielder Aaron Hicks for nearly two weeks.

RosterResource.com also notes the fantasy impact of injuries on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the most impactful. At the moment, Greg Bird and Brandon Drury lead the way for the Yankees in this metric, each holding a value of 3. However, this is regarding fantasy baseball, where relievers aren’t valued as much, especially non-closers. Kahnle and Warren’s absences will most definitely be missed, especially with the bullpen surprisingly struggling the way it has, ranking twenty-first in the league with a 4.34 ERA.

All in all, while the Yankees have been seemingly cursed with the injury bug so far this season, so have other teams. Pundits lauded the depth on this team in the pre-season – not only in the majors but in the minors as well. There is certainly enough talent in that locker room for them to be better than their 10-9 record indicates.

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Yankees recall top prospect Gleyber Torres http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/yankees-recall-top-prospect-gleyber-torres/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/yankees-recall-top-prospect-gleyber-torres/#respond Sun, 22 Apr 2018 15:12:23 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=59787 The Gleyber Torres era in the Bronx is about to begin. Prior to today’s game, the Yankees made the following roster moves: pic.twitter.com/ANKvCdbgUU — Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) April 22, 2018 Prior to Sunday afternoon’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Yankees announced that they have called up Gleyber Torres from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Torres […]

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The Gleyber Torres era in the Bronx is about to begin.

Prior to Sunday afternoon’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Yankees announced that they have called up Gleyber Torres from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Torres is ranked as the Yankees’ top prospect and No. 5 overall prospect in baseball, according to MLB Pipeline.

Yankee fans have anxiously anticipated Torres’ arrival in the Bronx. The 21-year-old was acquired as part of a trade that sent closer Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs during the 2016 season. Since being acquired, Torres has quickly rose through the Yankees minor league system.

Last season, Torres suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow, forcing him to have season-ending Tommy John surgery. Due to the injury, Torres was limited to just 55 games. If not for the injury, it was very possible that Torres could have found his way to the big leagues during the 2017 campaign.

Through the first 14 games of the Triple-A season, Torres got off to a very hot start. He posted a slash line of .347/.393/.510, and drove in 11 runs in 56 plate appearances.

In his Major League debut on Sunday, Torres will bat eighth and play second base. He will also wear the No. 25, which was most-recently worn by Mark Teixeira, Jason Giambi, and former player/manager Joe Girardi.

Along with calling-up Torres, the Bronx Bombers also announced some additional roster moves. To make room for Torres on the 25-man roster, Tyler Wade was optioned to Triple-A. Additionally, David Hale was signed to a Major League Contract, while Jace Peterson was designated for assignment.

Wade struggled early on for the Bronx Bombers, posting a slash line of .086/.158/.143 in 13 games. The Yankees think very highly of the 23-year-old, and hope that getting him everyday playing time in the minors will help his development.

So far this season, Hale posted a 0-1 record with a 5.62 ERA in three starts for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. It is still unknown how the Yankees will use Hale, but it is possible that the right-hander could make a start at some point this week.

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