Friday, April 8, 2016

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Yanks, Severino fall to Tigers in Detroit home opener

     The Yankees began their first road trip of the season this afternoon and were shut out by the Detroit Tigers, 4-0. Today was the season debut for whom many consider to be the Yankees ace, Luis Severino. After making his first 11 starts as a big leaguer last season, Severino had his first opportunity to face one of the games best, Miguel Cabrera. It didn't take long for the rookie to feel the presence of the perennial All-Star, as he lined a single to right, scoring Ian Kinsler who led off the first inning with a base hit. Later in the fourth inning, after loading up the bases, Severino served up a single to Jose Iglesias, scoring J.D. Martinez from third. The next at-bat, he allowed another run to score on a ground out by Anthony Gose. Miguel Cabrera would later hit a solo homerun off Luis Sessa to score their fourth and final run.
     All told, Severino pitched five innings and gave up an eye-popping 10 hits, with three earned runs and five strikeouts, including two by Justin Upton. It was a rough first outing for the rookie, but, one from which you could take away some positives. The game time starting temperature was 38°, so, that could be one contributing factor to the alarming number of hits he gave up. Also, Severino did not walk a single batter in his five innings of work, which is a definite plus. You could see with his five strikeouts of J.D. Martinez, Miguel Cabrera, James McCann and Justin Upton twice, that his stuff is definitely there, he just needed to abide by the number one rule of real estate; location, location, location.
     The Yankees offense didn't do much in the way of helping out their young starter this afternoon either. The Bronx Bombers managed a mere three hits on the day. They also only managed to walk four times, as opposed to striking out seven times. But the most frustrating part of the afternoon was how many runners were left on base, nine. It's definitely hard to win many ballgames leaving an entire starting team on the base paths.
    Look for our Pinstripers to rebound tomorrow in Motown, starting at 1:10 .

John Oliver… Point Made…. Move On

Apparently John Oliver, HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” host and comedian, was not a fan of the comments made by the New York Yankees, Lonn Trost specifically, in their whole debacle and debate with StubHub and print-at-home tickets. None of us were really happy with those comments or the decision truth be told, and when I say “us” I mean the fans, but none of us have taken it as far as Mr. Oliver has.

Oliver has seats directly behind home plate at Yankee Stadium and has looked to shake things up a bit in the Bronx during this three game home stand to open the season. After the Yankees basically told their fans in not so many words that they don’t want those who can’t afford the premium seats, the poor AKA the working man and woman, sitting with those that can afford the seats. So what did Oliver do? He pledged to sell his pair of seats to fans for a quarter, 25 cents, if they agreed to dress up in costumes during the game.

On Opening Day the Bronx faithful were blessed with the protection of a pair of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and for the second game there were two young women dressed in unicorn costumes with two others in shark costumes a couple rows behind them. Oliver has set out to prove a point to the Yankees and the point has been made, it’s time to move on.

Now I know on his next show he will talk about it again and recap what he’s done, that’s the whole premise behind his show and it’s very much his right to do so, but after that he needs to just let it go. What does he think he is proving? Is he going to change the hearts and minds of the Yankees organization? Nope. You know why? He paid full price for those tickets, the Yankees got their money and the Yankees are in it for one thing. Money. In fact New York is probably laughing all the way to the bank because of these costumes, free publicity. The costumes are all over MLB Network and ESPN as well as FOX Sports and such.

Oliver, nice work sticking up for the fans and the ones seemingly getting screwed by this print-at-home tickets decision. Just don’t beat it into the ground like a dead horse, that’s when it gets counterproductive. 

Game Thread: New York Yankees @ Detroit Tigers 4/8

Ladies and gentleman it’s game time between the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers have enjoyed their home Opening Day ceremonies inside Comerica Park and Jordan Zimmermann, the Tiger’s new toy in the starting rotation, is set to take the mound to make his debut for his new team against Luis Severino and the New York Yankees. The game will be played at 1:10 pm ET and can be seen on the YES Network and MLB TV.

Sigh, yet another game that comes on while I am at work. Yet another game I will miss. Early season baseball, it’s so bittersweet. Anyway, I digress. Click the Yankees tickets link at the top of the site to have your tickets, your real cardboard tickets of course, in hand when the boys return home to the Bronx and Yankee Stadium.

Go Yankees!

First Twitter Poll of 2016: Where Will the Yankees Finish This Season?

Someone who used to be a daily reader and a subscriber once told me that it was irresponsible journalism to do Twitter polls on the blog. It is irresponsible to let the fans opinions be heard and it’s not something that someone like Jack Curry, Andrew Marchand, Wally Matthews, Chad Jennings and others do. You know what? Good. We set out on this journey looking to be different, a breath of fresh air and to put the social back into social media no matter how big we got, how many views we received or how many Twitter followers we had. We held up our end of the bargain so onward with the first Twitter poll of the 2016 season!

It’s quick, simple and to the point. When Game 162 is over and the dust settles on the 2016 campaign where will the Yankees finish the season?

This is from an obvious Blue Jays fan that follows us. Don't troll, he is a nice guy and it's all in fun. We know that and he gets his fair share back as well.

To be involved in our next Twitter poll, and yes former subscriber and daily emailer there will be another Twitter poll this season, give us a follow on Twitter (@GreedyStripes) and be on the lookout for our next Twitter Poll first. We won’t use your responses without telling you first!

Game Preview: New York Yankees @ Detroit Tigers 4/8

The New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers kick off the second round of series in this young 2016 season this afternoon inside of Comerica Park. Both teams will get to show off some new, shiny toys this afternoon as the Yankees send their rookie sensation that burst onto the scene in 2015 in Luis Severino to the mound to face off against recently acquired Jordan Zimmermann for the Detroit Tigers.

Severino will be making his 12th career start for the Yankees this afternoon after the Tigers’ home Opening Day ceremonies are completed. Severino looks to build on an 11-start rookie campaign in 2015 where he made eight quality starts, none of those 11 were against the Tigers though unfortunately.

Zimmermann makes his first start for his new team after leaving the Washington Nationals and joining the Detroit Tigers this offseason. The Tigers haven’t had a pitcher make his debut for his new team in a home opener since Mark Redman did so in 2002 so there will be a ton of weight and pressure on the shoulders and right arm of Zimmermann today in Detroit.

The game will be played at 1:10 pm ET inside Comerica Park and can be seen on the YES Network and MLB TV. Let’s welcome Zimmermann to the American League the best way that we know how, rudely. Lots of offense and a victory. Get it done. Go Yankees!

The “Champagne Gun” That Will Change Everything We Know About Celebrations

The Baltimore Orioles can no longer use pies in their celebrations and the Washington Nationals can no longer use chocolate syrup, which is how the NFL went from the National Football League to the No Fun League in a hurry, but there is an invention that makes all that seem like immature kiddie stuff, if Major League Baseball allows it. Introducing the Champagne Gun!

For the low, low price of $459 you yourself, or any major league team for that matter, can own a champagne gun. With that champagne gun and the players $200-plus Oakley goggles you can have a heck of a time in the clubhouse during celebrations.

I can’t wait to see this if this becomes a thing around the league. Sign me up.

This Day in New York Yankees History 4/8: Yangervis "Doubles" Solarte

On this day in 2014 the New York Yankees rookie third baseman Yangervis Solarte set a major league record when he hit his sixth double of the season in the first seven games of his career. Solarte achieved the feat on this day when he hit two doubles in a 14-5 loss to the Baltimore Orioles inside Yankee Stadium. Solarte would end the day batting .429 for the season after going 12-28 to start the season.

Also on this day in 2003 on a 35 degree home opener for the New York Yankees Hideki Matsui hit his first career major league home run, a grand slam at that, against the Minnesota Twins. The rest, my friends, is history.

Finally on this day in 1975 Frank Robinson became the first black manager in MLB history and started his managerial career with a victory over the New York Yankees 5-3. The Cleveland Indians new player-manager also hit a home run in his first at bat as the designated hitter.