Thursday, July 4, 2013

Nunez To Rehab In Trenton, A Rod Rehabs In Tampa

A couple of Yankees infielders that are currently rehabbing will find themselves in new places this weekend. Eduardo Nunez has been bumped up from High A Tampa with the Tampa Yankees to the Trenton Thunder in AA. Nunez has a very real shot of being back with the Yankees before the All Star break in 11 days so that is very encouraging news for us and our lack of a bench. Alex Rodriguez will work out with the Charleston Riverdogs today before playing for the Tampa Yankees tomorrow night. Essentially A Rod is taking Nunez's spot in Tampa. A Rod can be back as soon as the first game after the All Star break which even with a diminished A Rod still adds a right handed power threat to the middle of the lineup and that can never hurt.

Francisco Cervelli Suffers Setback In Rehab

The Yankees may now be forced to jump into the Brian McCann sweepstakes as their catcher Francisco Cervelli has suffered a set back. Cervelli has a stress reaction in his right elbow that was found in an MRI yesterday afternoon. The difference between a stress reaction and a stress fracture is there is no crack in the elbow yet. The Yankees will undoubtedly shut down Cervelli to avoid the crack but this will be no week or two fix. Cervelli will rest it for at least two weeks before even thinking about any more baseball related activities so we will not see Cervelli before August or September.

The Great Debate: Will the cavalry fix the Yankees offense?

First, just wanted to say that I am excited to be writing for the site and hope you enjoy my passionate, sometimes opinionated writing.

With the trade deadline looming and the team sitting 6 games back from the Red Sox for 1st place and 2.5 games back from the last wild card spot, I examine the debate about the Yankees offense this season. Will the return of the cavalry (Arod, Jeter, Granderson, and previously Teixeira) prove to be enough to help the Yankees overcome their offensive struggles?

One schools of thought:

- The Yankees will compete if they can just hold on until the big bats come back. Arod will be a major boost over the combo of David Adams/ Jason Nix and will be a middle of the order presence. Jeter will be a better than the rotating carousel that has monitored shortstop this year. Both will give the team the right-handed bats they need. Granderson will give some much needed pop to the corner outfield position and will be able to spell Gardner in center. Overall, once the team returns from injuries they will be just fine.

The other:

- The offense is in serious need of help, but there is no guarantee that Arod and Jeter will return soon and if they do will be a former shell of themselves. The Captain is 39 years old (which makes me feel really old) and has not played a regular season game this year since his ankle surgery. Arod is 37 and hasn't hit more than 20 HRs or  had 100 RBI since 2010. Tex is already out for the season and even when he was playing .151 and struck out 19 times in 53 ABs. Curtis Granderson struck out 195 times last year and looked bad against lefties. He also has come back from 2 injuries this year. Overall, the team needs to make some moves and try to get younger.

So which side are you on? Does the team need to try to acquire some young talent or simply wait for players to return from injuries?

If only the Yanks could play the Twins everyday. Happy Birthday, Big Stein and Happy 4th of July!

Game Thread: Yankees @ Twins 7/4

The Yankees and Twins will play Independence Day baseball at Target Field in Minnesota in the finale of the four game set. David Phelps got absolutely bombed his last outing against the Baltimore Orioles to finish out a very productive June. Kyle Gibson will be making only his second career start so he will probably make the Yankees look like a little league team. Either way go Yankees!

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Welcome To Our Newest Writer Colton Hoffman

The Greedy Pinstripes has added a second new writer to the family today when Colton Hoffman was added to our ever growing list of writers. We are very excited to see what Colton will bring to the site and to the family. Follow Colton on twitter by following @coltonhoffman and follow us on twitter @GreedyStripes. Welcome to the family Colton!

Rising Star: JR Murphy


Once upon a time, when the Yankees farm was ripe with catching prospects headed by The Chosen One™ and followed by the likes of Austin Romine, JR Murphy and Gary Sanchez. We won't speak of the's a touchy subject. Austin got the call this year after yet another injury bit the team and through limited playing time is making it pretty obvious he wasn't ready. It's been ugly for sure. Sanchez is mashing away for Tampa and could very well make his way north to Trenton this year.

This leaves JR Murphy, who just two years ago was spending time at the hot corner. He was in Charleston with Sanchez in 2011 so it allowed him to get more AB's in while splitting time behind the dish with the 18 year old prospect. He moved on later that year to get a taste of Tampa and started back with the Yankees in 2012 and again advanced a level after the halfway point of the season. Aside from rookie ball and his second year in Charleston his numbers had always been merely average; the bat would play for the position but at the time there was still a question as to whether or not he would be a future catcher. Despite the numbers I read great things about his swing, and this may have been a case of the numbers don't represent the talent. He finished 2012 with an OPS barely above .700, and while the bump to AA to play his final 43 games did see a slight downtick, his .257/.322/.374/.696 slash in Tampa before the promotion wasn't pretty. It was during this time the club was confident that he could stick at catcher but it would require the bulk of his focus which took away from putting time in with his hitting, so maybe an allowance can be made for his more pedestrian numbers. The move has paid off for the Yankees, as JR has developed into an excellent backstop.

Fast forward to 2013. Murphy begins the year in Trenton and was putting up pretty respectable numbers. He posted a .773 OPS and clubbed six homers in just 183 AB's. Considering his previous season high was seven in nearly twice as many AB's that's a nice uptick. It also put him in twenty home run territory playing in a spacious park. The Yankees must have liked what they saw, as after just 49 games he was bumped to AAA, a step away from the show. I don't think they'd rush him in the hopes that he'd be in line for a call to the BX, they have and would pick up another castaway to fill a spot in Scranton. Again the numbers weren't amazing but he got their attention and responded to the promotion with aplomb. First...he's only logged 17 games, so the sample size thing needs to be taken into consideration. After 64 AB's JR has bit .297/.392/.516/.908 including 5 doubles, 3 HR's and 9 walks vs. 11 strikeouts. Now I don't expect this to continue as pitchers get the digs on him, but it is exciting to see.

A quick scouting report on Murphy: Possibly a victim of the babip flu, his low averages in 2012 didn't do him justice. JR is a line drive hitter with average power, but as we've seen that may be on it's way up a bit. He has great plate discipline and has a tendency to drive more balls up the middle and to the opposite field using a short quick swing. Not a speedster, but he fares well going station to station and could nab a few bags here and there. Defensively there is nothing that he does amazingly, but he does everything well; receiving, blocking, throwing, he does it all at an above average level. He's also known to be very good with his pitching staff as a strong leader type. Overall he's just a solid player all the way around. His hitting, power and defense all grade out very well. He isn't in superstar territory for sure, but very solid.

Moving forward what to expect? Well he's not going to keep up this pace in AAA for sure. Pitchers will adjust, and then he'll have to figure it out all over again. Even so, it's great to see him get off to a hot start at a new level and maybe, just maybe have a more viable solution to the catcher question as we head into 2014. My take is while we may end up with someone even better at the position he can be a much better answer than Chris Stewart. Best case scenario is he ends up caddying for Gary in 2016 but that's a galaxy away...

New York Yankees @ Minnesota Twins 7/4

The New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins will play a getaway game this afternoon at Target Field before the Yankees travel home for a weekend series with the Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees will send David Phelps to the mound to face off with Kyle Gibson. The game will be televised at 2:10 pm ET on YES, MLB Network, and MLB TV.

Happy Birthday George Steinbrenner

As you can tell just by coming to the site you can see that we are big fans of George Steinbrenner, the original Greedy Pinstripe, and today was his birthday. Happy Birthday to the Boss up in heaven and hopefully he is not too tore up watching this years Yankees. I know you're watching over the Yankees and their fans while at the stadium and we would not have it any other way. Happy birthday George from everyone here at The Greedy Pinstripes.

Minnesota Twins Farewell Gift To Mariano Rivera

Now that is a creative idea, I like that a lot. It is a rocking chair made from splintered and broken baseball bats, something that Mariano Rivera is long known for. Kudos Minnesota!

Happy Independence Day From The Greedy Pinstripes

Happy July 4th Yankees fans from everyone here at The Greedy Pinstripes. I have to work personally so that is kind of a downer but I hope that everyone else has a great holiday and is safe. Enjoy the day off from work and school with your families and enjoy America's birthday!

Game 85 Lineup: Yankees @ Twins


Happy Fourth of July everyone! I felt like being festive so today's Yankees lineup thread will be in Blue and Red. Obviously White wouldn't work here...anyway. Here is your July 4th Starting Lineup!

Ichiro Suzuki CF
Zoilo Almonte LF
Robinson Cano 2B
Travis Hafner DH
Vernon Wells RF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Luis Cruz SS
Alberto Gonzalez 3B
Austin Romine C

RHP David Phelps

Some Notes:

-- Happy Birthday to Yankees Radio Broadcaster John Sterling AND let's not forget about George Steinbrenner who would have turned 83 today. Happy Birthday and RIP 'The Boss'. 

Welcome To Our Newest Writer Rob Choromanski

We want to take this time to welcome our newest writer Rob Choromanski to the Greedy Pinstripes family. He is a very welcomed addition to the site and we look forward to what he will bring to the site. You can follow Rob on Twitter @robski917  and follow our main account by following @GreedyStripes.   Welcome to the family Rob!

Morning Bits

Good morning everyone!

The Yankees won their third straight game over the Twins last night by a score of 3-2.

The Yankee offense managed only four hits in the game but three of them came in the sixth inning.  Robinson Cano's two-run double tied the game and after Travis Hafner singled, Lyle Overbay hit a sacrifice fly that scored Cano to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead that would hold up.

C.C. Sabathia allowed seven hits and three walks but worked out of enough trouble to get the win while throwing 121 pitches in seven innings.

David Robertson and Mariano Rivera combined to pitch scoreless eighth and ninth innings to finish the game for the Yankees.

The Yankees and Twins will play the final game of this series this afternoon at 2:10 PM ET.  David Phelps(5-5, 4.95 ERA) will face Kyle Gibson(1-0, 3.00 ERA).  The game will be televised by YES.

Now on today's news links:

David Waldstein of the New York Times discusses C.C. Sabathia's 200th win not being a gem but still having some luster.

Roger Rubin of the New York Daily News says Alex Rodriguez is trying to share some major league wisdom with the youngsters in Charleston during his rehab stint there.

Christian Red and Michael O'Keefe of the New York Daily News continue the coverage of the Biogenesis saga and write that a former employee of Biogenesis tried to sell Alex Rodriguez documents that he stole from the company for one million dollars.

Have a great day everyone!

This Day In New York Yankees History 7/4

On this day in 1930 George Steinbrenner was born. Enough said because it is the birth date of the original Greedy Pinstripe.

On this day in 1939 the New York Yankees held Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day making Lou's #4 the first ever uniform number retired by the Yankees. Today is the day that Lou donned himself "the luckiest man on the face of the earth."

On this day in 1984 Yankees pitcher Phil Niekro becomes only the ninth player every to achieve 3,000 strike outs in his career.