Sunday, June 21, 2015

Sunday Night Open Thread

The Yankees game is in the books so and so is the weekend and there is no better way to end the weekend then with a Sunday night open thread right here on the blog. The Yankees are back at home in the Bronx tomorrow playing host to the Philadelphia Phillies while I'll be right back at work early in the morning wishing I was home writing on the blog for a living. It's a vicious cycle.

So I leave you for the evening with this music recommendation out of my own personal collection of music, Ed Sheeran's "Thinking out Loud." Enjoy the song and enjoy what's left of your weekend.

The New York Tabloids Are a Joke

Alex Rodriguez hit his 3,000th hit on Friday night when he stepped up to the plate in the first inning against Justin Verlander. Rodriguez clubbed a home run to the opposite field to become only the third player in Major League Baseball history to hit a home run for his 3,000th hit. Despite Rodriguez being only the 29th player in history to reach the 3,000 hit mark not everyone is happy for the Yankees slugger and happy about the milestone. Get a life guys.

Game Thread: New York Yankees vs. Detroit Tigers 6/21

For the third and final time this weekend the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers will face off head-to-head inside Yankee Stadium. Both pitchers come into the contest off an extra day of rest for two totally different reasons. The Yankees start Masahiro Tanaka this afternoon after inserting Nathan Eovaldi in on short rest to give Tanaka and his teammates an extra day of rest to avoid injury while the Tigers were rained out Thursday night allowing Anibal Sanchez to make the start this afternoon in the Bronx. The game will be played at 1:05 pm ET and can be seen on the YES Network and MLB TV.

After this afternoon you have three more opportunities to see the Yankees live and in person inside Yankee Stadium. The team will play host to the Philadelphia Phillies for three games including a matchup against Cole Hamels on Wednesday that you will want to see live. By clicking the Yankees Tickets link at the top of the blog you can see that Hamels start and any of the other two contests without being charged an arm and a leg thanks to our friends at Ticket Monster.

It's Fathers Day and it's Tanaka Day so I'm going to let him have the stage for both occasions. Go Yankees!

Yankees Pitching & Injuries Update

We now know what injury Jacob Lindgren was hiding, how the Yankees plan to fix it and how long the young lefty will be out for. I have to say this is a bit disappointing but I'm glad it didn't turn into a Tommy John surgery or anything major like that. I can deal with a bone spur and a 12 week layoff. 12 weeks beats 12 months or more any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

Also it was announced that Sergio Santos would require Tommy John surgery likely ending his Yankees tenure after just two appearances. Santos was said to be "heartbroken" by the news. Danny Burawa is up with the club to take his place on the roster. Bryan Mitchell, who pitched okay last night, has been optioned back down to Triple-A.
In the final bit of roster news the Yankees announced that Mason Williams has been added to the 15 day DL with a jammed shoulder allowing the Yankees to call Ramon Flores back up to the major leagues. This is not expected to last longer than the 15 days but the Yankees may be overly cautious with the center fielder anyway.

Happy Fathers Day from The Greedy Pinstripes

Happy Fathers Day to all those reading from everyone here at The Greedy Pinstripes. Possibly the hardest job and the most thankful job in all the world is being a father and I would know, I have two little future Yankees All-Stars of my own. Evan is now five years old and is getting ready to go to school this fall while little Hayden is looking towards his second birthday party. They are a handful and I don't spend nearly enough time with them with my job and those parental responsibilities I so wished for when I was a teenager but I try to make the best out of every situation I do get with my boys.

There is no better thank you then when you go to pick them up from the baby sitter or from school and their face lights up and they are excited to see you. Well unless you count the "I love you's" and the hugs and kisses before night time. Fatherhood is the best thing I've ever done and the best thing that's ever happened to me and I hope that anyone reading this thinks the same.

So Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there, the grandfathers who had to step up, the step father's who chose to step up and the mothers who have to do it all alone. This day is yours, enjoy it because you earned it!

Game Preview: New York Yankees vs. Detroit Tigers 6/21

The New York Yankees will play host to the Detroit Tigers one more time this weekend inside Yankee Stadium with a hell of a pitching matchup this afternoon. On the mound for the Yankees will be Masahiro Tanaka who will be pitching on an extra day of rest while the Tigers will send Anibal Sanchez to the mound also on an extra day of rest. The game will be played at 1:05 pm ET and can be seen on the YES Network and MLB TV.

  • Tanaka has never beat the Detroit Tigers in his career although the sample size has been just one game in his career. Tanaka is coming off a start where he took the loss to the Miami Marlins allowing just two runs in seven innings worth of work.

  • Sanchez is coming off a start where he pushed his run of consecutive scoreless innings to 20.2 innings against the Cincinnati Reds. I can't see Sanchez running that much higher against the Yankees this afternoon but I've been wrong before. 

The Yankees stay home in the Bronx to play host to the Philadelphia Phillies for a three game set before heading out west to take on the surprising Houston Astros inside Minute Maid Park. New York is hanging around in the American League East and Tanaka looks to keep the team within striking distance of first place tonight in the Bronx. Go Yankees!

Weekly Check In: Luis Severino

The New York Yankees top prospect Luis Severino now has four starts under his belt in Triple-A as he looks to be on the fast track to the Major Leagues. I was reading River Ave Blues the other day and like he has an uncanny ability to do Mike Axisa took the words directly out of my mouth. Axisa stated that the team needed to have Severino follow the same line to the major leagues that Friday night's starter Adam Warren took to the majors and the idea is brilliant.

Warren, like many of the Yankees starters that have come through their system and reached the majors, was a starter in the minor leagues only to crack the Bronx as a member of the bullpen. This allows New York to bring their players along slowly while limiting innings but still giving pitchers like Warren, David Phelps, Joba Chamberlain and maybe Severino the chance to get their feet wet in the Bronx.

It could work and I think it will happen. Severino has not seemed challenged at any level of the minor leagues in his short career including Triple-A with the Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders and may ultimately force the Yankees hand to call him up sometime after the All Star break.


This Day In New York Yankees History 6/21: Yankees Club the Rays

On this day in 2005 the Yankees had a week of it at the plate in a 20-11 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The Rays led the Yankees 10-2 at one point in the game before the Rays lost the lead. This would make the second time in Rays franchise history that they led by at least eight runs in a game only to lose by at least nine runs. The Rays gave up 13 runs in the bottom of the second inning which was the second time they have given up at least 13 runs in an inning in the same season, a major league record they did not want to be a part of.

Also on this day in 1967 the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox had a benches clearing brawl to keep the fans entertained. Joe Foy was struck in the helmet and in retaliation the Red Sox pitcher Jim Lonborg hit the Yankees pitcher Thad Tillotson to start the fight in the second inning. No ejections were handed out and Reggie Smith is brushed back in the next inning while Dick Howser leave the games in the fifth inning after being hit in the head with a pitch.

Finally on this day in 1941 the New York Yankees team consecutive streak of hitting a home run in 17 straight games is extended with a seventh inning home run by Phil Rizzuto. The home run would tie the major league record originally set by the Detroit Tigers and would come in a 7-2 loss to that same Tigers team in Yankee Stadium. This was only Rizzuto's second career home run.