Monday, July 18, 2016

Nova, No Runs DMC Hold O's to One, A-Rod Goes Deep As Yanks Take Game One of Four, 2-1

On a beautiful night in the Bronx, the New York Yankees took game one of the four-game set against the Baltimore Orioles. Taking the ball forNew York and seemingly pitching for his spot in the rotation was Ivan Nova, who improved to 7-5 while lowering his ERA to 4.92 with his tremendous performance in tonight's contest. Getting the call for Baltimore was 25-year-old right-hander Kevin Gausman, who leads the league in lack of run support, receiving under 3.5 runs a game so far in 2016. Tonight's game was all about a long-overdue bomb by Alex Rodriguez and some stellar situational pitching by the Yankees that led to their game one win.

Both teams went scoreless in the first, marking the 22nd straight game that the Yankees have failed to score in the first inning. Alex Rodriguez, however, would put the Yankees on the board first in the bottom of the second inning, launching a 423 ft home run into the bleachers in left field, giving the Yankees a 1-0 advantage.

The Orioles were quick to respond to the A-Rod blast as they came back to tie the game in the top of the third. Jonathan Schoop's breakout season continued as the second baseman drove in his 54th run of the year, launching a Nova 2-seamer into the bullpen in left, knotting up the game at one.

Just as the O's were quick to tie the game, so too were the Yanks quick to get the lead back in the bottom of the frame. Brett Gardner led off the third with a soft single to left, advancing to third as part of a hit-and-run that was executed nicely with an opposite field single by Carlos Beltran. With runners at the corners and one out, Brian McCann sent a lazy sac fly to centerfield that scored Gardner and gave New York a 2-1 lead.

Ivan Nova was able to take that lead into the seventh where he was lifted in favor of No Runs DMC,  departing with a phenomenal final line of six innings pitched, allowing just the one run on four hits while walking three and striking out four. Delin worked a scoreless seventh, striking out Schoop with the tying run on third to end the inning. Miller worked a scoreless eighth and Chapman fired off a scoreless nineth as he recorded his 19th save of the season and pulled the Yankees back up to .500.

Look for the boys in pinstripes to keep it rolling tomorrow night as they square off against Baltimore in game two, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM ET.

Game Thread: New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles 7/18

The New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles begin a huge four-game series tonight in the Bronx that could make or break the Yankees season in 2016. New York comes into the series far back in the American League East Division and are fresh off a series loss against the Boston Red Sox falling even farther back. The time to move or trade is now and I truly believe we will know which direction the Yankees front office will go in after this series. In the opener the Yankees will send Ivan Nova to the mound to square off with Kevin Gausman. The game will be played at 7:05 pm ET inside Yankee Stadium and can be seen on the YES Network and MLB TV.

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Go Yankees!

ICYMI: What the World Was Like the Last Time the Yankees Finished with a Losing Record

The New York Yankees have not had a losing season since the 1992 Yankees that put up a 76-86 record. All signs point to the possibility of 2016 being a losing season, especially if the team decided to sell at this year’s August 1st trading deadline, so I thought for no other reason than it would be fun to look back at what the world was like back in 1992.

Back in 1992 George Steinbrenner was the owner of the Yankees (yet suspended from day-to-day operations), Buck Showalter was the manager and Don Mattingly was the star player and the captain. Michael Kay was in his first year on the radio beside John Sterling and Gene “Stick” Michael was the team’s General Manager.

A gallon of gas cost $1.5 while a pound of bacon was just $1.92. A new car would set you back $16,950 and a new house would cost you just $122,500.00 based on your average salary of $30,030.00 annually.

The civil war in Somalia was in full effect and the United States were acting as humanitarians.

Ross Perot ran as an independent against Bill Clinton and incumbent President George Bush subsequently dividing the Republican Party and handing the election to Clinton.

John Gotti, mafia boss, sentenced to life in prison for murder and racketeering.

The first McDonalds in China opened in Beijing.

Microsoft released Windows 3.1 and Microsoft Works while AT&T released a video telephone for the low, low price of $1,499. Nicotine patches were developed and introduced while the space shuttle Endeavour made a successful maiden voyage.

Much more went on during the year 1992 but I mainly hit the high points to give you an idea of what was going on during that eventful year that last saw the Yankees with a losing season. Maybe we won’t have to write about this for another 14-15 years.

Most Popular Article of the Week: Alex Rodriguez, Robert Refsnyder, First Base & Brian Cashman Can’t Help His Damn Self

And the award for the longest post title goes to.....

Good morning/afternoon Yankees fans. I feel like we haven’t ranted in a while and I tend to get a bit cranky when I don’t have baseball so whatever, let’s do it. Earlier this week it was announced that Alex Rodriguez would begin taking ground balls at first base over the All Star break and while some may have just read that and moved on with their lives I, the eternal pessimist I guess, can see where this is leading. I know where it’s leading because I’ve seen it a million times before. Alex Rodriguez is about to make Robert Refsnyder a thing of the past at the position because the contract and not the performance always dictates the playing time in the Bronx. Brian Cashman just can’t help his damn self, can he?

Let’s predict how this is going to go. Alex is going to start getting the bulk of the right-handed at bats at first base while Refsnyder sits on the bench. Why? Because the Yankees “want to try to find a way to get his bat going and into the lineup” while “giving Carlos Beltran more half days off at the DH position.” If anyone has the gonads to ask about Refsnyder they will be told that the days Beltran is at DH and Alex is at first Refsnyder will be in right field but we all know that’s a lie. Teixeira will be at the DH position some and Aaron Hicks will have to play the outfield as well for whatever reason possesses Joe Girardi and Refsnyder will once again be the odd man out. Like he always is.

When are the Yankees and the fans going to stop letting the contract dictate the playing time and the decisions made by our beloved team in the Bronx? Who cares what Alex makes this year and next? If he’s not producing by the month of July, and he’s not, then do what any other successful team over the past 10 years have done. Eliminate the contract and the black hole from the team. Designate him for assignment, trade him and eat salary or let him rot on the bench. The San Francisco Giants do it (three World Series in the past five years) and the Boston Red Sox do it as well (two rings since breaking the Curse of the Bambino) but the Yankees just refuse to.

And another question, why Refsnyder? We haven’t seen a prospect treated like this since I don’t know when. Since George Steinbrenner was running the show I guess. “He needs to show more with the bat” is an excuse not to call him up, he does that and still doesn’t get the call up. “Refsnyder is a man without a position” is an excuse, he learns second base, the outfield, third base and first base and is about to get his playing time ripped from him again. I’m tired of it. Refsnyder is not a blue chip prospect or anything like that and I know I talk him up like one sometimes but that’s only because I see the potential in him. He’s less of a Derek Jeter in his prime and more of a Scott Brosius to me. A solid hitter, a tough out and not one that you’re going to draft high on your fantasy team but he is a player that helps a team win. The ultimate goal. If Cashman could just get out of his own way.

Game Preview: New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles 7/18

The New York Yankees are not squaring off with the teams they are chasing in the American League East. The Yankees just finished off another series loss with the Boston Red Sox and now stay home for the next four games to play host to the Baltimore Orioles. New York will send Ivan Nova to the mound for his first start of the second half while the Orioles will counter with Kevin Gausman in the opener.

Nova is looking for a better second half than his first half as he strides towards his first free agency in his MLB career. In Nova's last nine starts the right put up a 3-4 record with a 6.34 ERA including one start against these Orioles where he allowed five runs and seven hits in a loss on June 4th.

Gausman was pushed back from his start yesterday to make his start tonight against the Yankees because of his career numbers. Gausman put up a 1-6 record with a 4.15 ERA in the first half but he has historically owned the Yankees leading Buck Showalter to make the move.

The game will be played at 7:05 pm ET inside Yankee Stadium and can be seen on the YES Network and MLB TV. Isn't it juts like Buck Showalter to purposely skip a guy on Sunday knowing that he would be able to make the start on Monday against the New York Yankees? Someone is still bitter about being fired and he takes it out on this team every chance he gets whether New York is on top of the division or simply trying to stay afloat at the bottom. Oh well Buck, you have to live with the anger and hatred that stays with you. Not me. Go Yankees!

Yankees Trade Partners: The Pittsburgh Pirates

The New York Yankees should be in full sell mode right now and they should be shopping anything and everything that is not bolted down. Brian Cashman, the team's general manager, says the team is having both discussions, both about buying and potentially selling, but if the Boston Red Sox series taught us anything it is that the team is spinning their wheels and any talk about buying (unless it is for controllable, young and cheap players that are under contract beyond 2017... which should be common sense at this point and is NOT talking about of both sides of your mouth) is simply a waste of time. The Pittsburgh Pirates have already begun discussing a trade involving starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, what are we waiting for?

Pittsburgh and New York and their GM's Neal Huntington and Brian Cashman have a working relationship and have hooked up on multiple trades over the years including deals involving AJ Burnett, Chris Stewart, Francisco Cervelli and others.There aren't many GM's that will seemingly work with Cashnan or help the Yankees so with that obstacle cleared let's make a deal.

Pittsburgh needs starting pitching but they also need bullpen help as well. Jonathan Neise was traded from the Mets to Pittsburgh for Neil Walker this offseason and he has bombed while pitching for Pittsburgh leaving gaping holes in the Pirates rotation. Eovaldi would fill those holes well having to face eight batters and a pitcher every night rather than some of the best hitters on the planet fresh because they are playing the DH position. Throwing in a rental like Aroldis Chapman could spell a blockbuster for New York.

I'm no expert in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system but I know it is a heavily stocked system that could really help the Yankees. Pittsburgh has six players ranked in the Top 100 according to Baseball America and Eovaldi has a year-and-a-half of team control left in a weak market for pitching. New York could land one or even two of them, albeit the players closer to 100, for Eovaldi alone I would think so adding Chapman may allow New York to land three of them. Pittsburgh isn't known for trading top prospects, especially for rentals and veterans like Chapman, but they aren't used to having a fan base that expects to win and isn't again either.

Ya never know. Well you never know until you ask.

Weekly Prospects Check In: Domingo Acevedo

The New York Yankees are lacking on starting pitch help right now in the upper levels of the minor league system but that could change pretty quickly with the emergence of Domingo Acevedo. Acevedo is a big right-handed pitcher that can throw over 100 MPH consistently and if he can ever put it all together at the higher levels of the minors, the rest of the league better look out. Everything is there for Acevedo to be something special in his career so now he just has to put in the work and do it. And I'm confident that he will.

Here are Acevedo's stats for the week and the season:


Yanks Salvage Game Three: Tanaka, No Runs DMC Hold Boston to Three Hits, 3-1

The Yankees pulled out game three against the Red Sox tonight, and I feel like I've written this sentence a couple dozen times this year, as they pole back to within a game of .500. Taking the ball for New York tonight was not only their best pitcher but also one of the best pitchers in the American League, Masahiro Tanaka, who improved to 7-2, lowering his ERA to 3.15 with his stellar performance this evening. Taking the ball and the loss for Boston tonight was ace David Price, who falls to 9-7, 4.36 ERA with the loss tonight that basically stemmed from a rough fourth inning.

The Red Sox hit the scoreboard early tonight, and by early I mean second batter of the game. Former MVP Dustin Pedroia smashed a hanging Tanaka splitter into the seats in left field, pushing Boston ahead 1-0. But, the Japanese Ace's struggles wood and there as he went on to pitch six brilliant innings, allowing just three hits while walking one and striking out seven. More often than not this season, Tanaka has been there to stop the bleeding when the Yankees needed him most, and tonight was another perfect example of that.

The Yankees took the lead and the game and never looked back in the fourth inning against David Price. The fourth started off with a Chase Headley line out to Betts that could've made the damage even worse for Price if it would have got down. As it went. Gregorius followed with a line drive single to center and scored when the next batter Starlin Castro ripped a double down the left-field line that bounced off the wall, tying the game at one. After a Rob Refsnyder strikeout, Austin Romine laced a liner that went off of the glove of a diving Pedroia that shot off into centerfield, scoring Castro and giving the Yanks a 2-1 lead. Brett Gardner followed with a soft single to left that advanced Romine to second. After a brief visit from the pitching coach, Price served up another soft single, this time to Jacoby Ellsbury that sank into centerfield, scoring Romine and pushing the Bomber lead to 3-1, where the score would remain for the rest of the game.

All three members of No Runs DMC pitched tonight, with each pitcher tossing a hitless frame, combining for just two walks and two strikeouts. Aroldis Chapman earned his 18th save in pinstripes as he got Hanley Ramirez to ground into a game ending double-play.

The Pinstripers welcome in the division leading Baltimore Orioles for a four-game set, with first pitch scheduled tomorrow night for 7:05 PM ET.

This Day in New York Yankees History 7/18: CC is Done for the Year

On this day in 2014 the New York Yankees learned that their ace starting pitcher CC Sabathia’s season would be over after undergoing knee surgery. CC had attempted previously to rest and rehab the knee but the degenerative knee condition was too far gone to be fixed without going under the knife.

The New York Yankees, without looking, have probably had the most players play for them than any other team in major league baseball. Not only has the team been around forever they also have never shied away from acquiring new players, even rentals, for a postseason run. The Yankees did just this on this day in 2008 when the recently released Richie Sexson signed with the Yankees. Sexson was the perfect platoon partner for Jason Giambi.

Also on this day in 1999 the Yankees showed once again that they could put on a show with Yogi Berra Day at Yankee Stadium. When the Yankees put on a show they put one on right as David Cone became the 16th pitcher in major league history to throw a perfect game beating the Montreal Expos 6-0. Before the game Don Larsen, the only player to throw a perfect game in the World Series, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Finally on this day in 1921 Babe Ruth became the all-time home run leader when he connected for his 139th home run in Detroit. Ruth's 36th home run of the season went over 500 feet and put him ahead of Roger Connor's previous mark. It took Connor 18 seasons in the National League to reach the plateau.