Thursday, August 4, 2016

Eovaldi Gives Up Two Bombs In Fifth, Loses Game, 4-1, Split Series With Crosstown Foes

On a perfect evening for baseball in the Bronx, The Yankees fell to the Mets in the fourth and final game of the Subway series. Nathan Eovaldi started for the Pinstripers and pitched well, but, one bad inning put the Mets ahead for good and put another L in the loss column for the Houston Texas native. On the mound for the Mets was the oldest starting pitcher in all of baseball Bartolo Colon, who improved to 10-6 while lowering his ERA to 3.46 with his vintage performance tonight.

After both starters held the opposition scoreless through the first four frames, Eovaldi got himself into trouble and was bitten by the longball in the top of the fifth. Kelly Johnson began the inning by ripping a hanging Eovaldi cutter just over the wall in right to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. After a Matt Reynolds strikeout, Curtis Granderson lined a double into left-center. The next batter Alejandro De Aza hit a ball back to Eovaldi, who in turn tried to pick off Granderson at second trying to take too big of a secondary lead, but ultimately, both runners ended up being safe. And that mental error came back to haunt the righty in a big way as Jay Bruce recorded his first hit as a Met, a three-run shot to right-center that put the Mets up by a 4-0 score. If Eovaldi had just taken the sure out at first off the De Aza comebacker, Bruce wouldn't have had the chance to bat, but as it happened, Nate didn't make the play and really put himself and the Yankees in a big hole as a result

It took A few innings but the Yankees finally put a run on the board against Colon as they knocked him out of the game in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Gary Sanchez ripped a double over the head of Curtis Granderson for his first big league extra-base hit of his career. After a Rob Refsnyder line out to first, Colon was lifted for Jerry Blevins, who immediately served up a single up the middle to Aaron Hicks, scoring Sanchez and pulling the Yankees to within three. Unfortunately, however, that was the last time anyone would touch Homeplate as the Yankees fell to the Mets by a score of 4-1, making Colon the first pitcher ever to win a subway series game for both the Mets and the Yankees.

The Yankees will welcome in the AL Central leading Cleveland Indian's tomorrow for a three-game weekend set, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM/EST.

Subway Series Game Four Thread: New York Yankees vs. New York Mets 8/4

Here we go one last time before the Subway Series fades to black as the New York Yankees and the New York Mets face off head-to-head in the finale of their four-game set. The first two games took place inside the home of the Mets, Citi Field, and tonight’s contest will mark the second and final game in the Bronx’s Yankee Stadium. In the pitching matchup the Yankees will send Nathan Eovaldi to the mound to square off against a former Yankees arm in Bartolo Colon. The game will be played at 7:05 pm ET inside Yankee Stadium and can be seen on WPIX Channel 11 for the Yankees, SNY for the Mets, MLB Network and MLB TV.

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Meet a Prospect: Erik Swanson & Nick Green

The New York Yankees made a lot of big trades before the August 1st trading deadline this year and the team went from having a farm system that was widely considered to be “middle of the road” to arguably one of the best if not the best. The big names that propelled the Yankees to or near the top are Gleyber Torres, Clint Frazier, Billy McKinney and Dillon Tate but on top of the immense amount of talent the Yankees already had they added a few key pieces that many aren’t talking about. I unfortunately could not find enough information to justify a post for each of Erik Swanson and Nick Green, the two additional prospects the Yankees received from Texas in exchange for Carlos Beltran, so I figured I would lump them together and introduce the Yankees fan base to them both at one time. So this is Meet a Prospect: The Erik Swanson and Nick Green Editions.

Nick Green and Erik Swanson are both right-handed pitchers who were both drafted out of Iowa based junior colleges in the 2014 MLB First Year Players Draft. Green has an easy delivery and a good pitching frame that helps his fastball touch 95 MPH, although he sits closer to 92-93 comfortably, and his changeup hit around 81 MPH keeping batters off balance. Green also throws a 12-6 curveball but the pitch is just considered to be average at this point. Green is 21-years old and still pitching in short-season ball though which shows his projectability and his future with the organization. He may surprise a lot of people, Adam Warren and David Phelps were never considered to be aces in the making either by any means, so stay tuned for Green.

As far as Erik Swanson goes he is just another in the long line of big-bodied right-handed power pitchers that throw really, really hard in the Yankees system. Swanson pitched Iowa Western to a national title in 2014 and has been seen throwing gas up to 99 MPH as recently as this season. Swanson sits comfortable at 94-97 MPH and has enough movement to not become another Nathan Eovaldi from his Miami Marlins days. Swanson also throws a slider and a changeup but both are considered raw and below-average at this point meaning Swanson will have to add at least two more pitches if he wants to be a starter and at least one more if he wants to be a reliever at the Major League level. If not he could just be an organizational filler. The sky is the limit though and there is projectability there, his changeup is showing improvement from everything I have read, and that’s good enough for right now.

So join me in welcoming both Erik Swanson and Nick Green to the organization and to the Yankees family. We’re glad to have you.

Remembering Game Four of the 2000 Subway World Series

The 2000 World Series featured the New York Yankees and the New York Mets facing off in the World Series for the first time in their history. This was the first Subway Series since 1956 when the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees faced off. Let's take the time to remember Game 4 of the 2000 World Series.
The New York Yankees sent Denny Neagle to the mound to face off with the Mets Bobby Jones in Game 4 of the Subway World Series. Derek Jeter led off the game and blasted a home run over the left field fence giving the Yankees a lead that they would never relinquish in this game. This would extend Derek Jeter's World Series hitting streak to 13 games and would be only the 16th lead off home run in World Series history. The Yankees would win the game 3-2 to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the Subway World Series. Jeff Nelson would take the victory and Bobby Jones would take the loss with Mariano Rivera notching the save for the pinstripers.

Subway Series Game Four Preview: New York Yankees vs. New York Mets 8/4

Unless the stars all fall down and the world takes a tumble off its gravitational spin this will be the last time the New York Yankees and the New York Mets face off during the 2016 MLB season. Sure the Mets could take Jay Bruce and slug their way to the World Series and sure the Yankees could call up Clint Frazier and Aaron Judge and others thus sparking the offense all the way back to the World Series for the first time since 2009 but let’s be realistic. Let’s also enjoy this last chapter of the Subway Series 2016 as the New York Yankees send Nathan Eovaldi to the mound to square off against Bartolo Colon for the Mets. No really guys, it’s not happening.

Eovaldi has shown drastic improvement since returning to the Yankees rotation in the second half including his last start on Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Eovaldi allowed three runs in six innings in the start and has allowed just six runs in his last six appearances for New York.

Colon made a start on short rest last time out and you could clearly see that the 43-year old is not made for that kind of abuse anymore. Colon ran out of gas in that start but he will be back to his normal four days of rest before tonight’s start in the Bronx. Yay us.

The game will be played at 7:05 pm ET inside Yankee Stadium and can be seen on the WPIX Channel 11 for the Yankees feed, SNY for the Mets feed, MLB Network and MLB TV. The one thing I don’t like about these four-game sets is there is the possibility of a tie in the season series where my OCD will only allow for series victories or losses. That’s just how I’m hardwired, sorry. But that’s neither here nor there, I’m still rooting for a Yankees victory regardless. Go Yankees!

Meet a Prospect: Dillon Tate

The New York Yankees seemingly have a new philosophy these days as we finally close the chapter on the George Steinbrenner era and I think our very own Bryan Van Dusen said it best when he said, to paraphrase, “If you can’t draft in the first round then just trade for first round picks” and that’s exactly what the Yankees have done. The team has added a stable of great prospects that came with pre-draft hype to their organization including Gleyber Torres, our weekly check in showcase from this morning Clint Frazier and today’s introduction to the Yankees fan base, Dillon Tate. Tate was drafted with the fourth overall pick in the 2015 MLB First Year Players Draft and the Yankees took the chance on his upside when they traded away veteran right fielder Carlos Beltran, now let’s meet him. This is Meet a Prospect: The Dillon Tate Edition.

Dillon Michael Tate was born on May 1, 1994 and began his collegiate pitching career at the University of California, Santa Barbara. It was there that he caught the eye of the Texas Rangers who drafted him fourth overall in the 2015 Draft signing him to a $4.2 million signing bonus. In his first professional season Tate made his debut for the Class-A Short Season Spokane Indians before getting the call up this season to Low-A Ball where he will likely begin his Yankees tenure and career with the Charleston Riverdogs.

Tate is a buy-low candidate for the Yankees to be completely honest but the stuff is there. During spring training of this year Tate was throwing a 96 MPH with a plus-slider and an above-average changeup but the fastball velocity had dipped a bit and Tate spent time on the disabled list this season. The DL stint was for a hamstring and not his arm, which is encouraging, but without your legs you can and eventually will throw your arm out so with the dip in velocity you were just a bit.

Either way Tate possesses #2 starter potential and is a work in progress inside the Yankees system. Tate adds another high-end potential starter into the mix and one can never have too many of those so welcome to the team Dillon, welcome to the organization and most importantly welcome to the family.

Weekly Prospects Check In: Justus Sheffield

Justus Sheffield is one of the many new prospects that general manager Brian Cashman and the New York Yankees added to the organization and one of the now many bright spots in the Yankees organization and farm system. We’ve already officially met him and introduced him the only way that we know how here on the blog so let’s check in with him as well and see just what he has been up to statistically this season as a member of the Cleveland Indians and as a member of the New York Yankees family. Enjoy. 


This Day in New York Yankees History 8/4: A-Bomb x500 and A-Bomb x600

At one point in his career everyone thought that Alex Rodriguez would be the man to finally break Hank Aaron's and then Barry Bonds all-time home run mark. Alex hit two home runs on this day on his way to the record books. It all started in 2007 when Alex became the 22nd and the youngest player (32 years and 8 days) to hit 500 home runs. Alex only took 14 seasons to reach the mark when he hit the three run home run off Royals starter Kyle Davies. Alex joined Mickey Mantle as the only other player to hit his 500th home run inside Yankee Stadium.

A mere three years later on this day in 2010 Alex was in the news again for hitting a home run, this time his 600th home run of his career. Alex would pass Babe Ruth to become the youngest player in the history of baseball to reach the 600 home run plateau. A Rod's first inning two run home run would make him the seventh player in baseball history to reach 600 home runs.

Also on this day in 1985 the Yankees honored Phil Rizzuto by retiring his #10 jersey before the game. Rizzuto was a former Yankees player and a play by play color broadcaster that was best known for his "Holy Cow" expressions. The Yankees honored Rizzuto by a gift from the team of a cow wearing a halo.

Also on this day in 1985 Tom Seaver becomes the 17th player in major league history to win his 300th game. Seaver ruins Phil Rizzuto Day at Yankee Stadium by beating the Yankees 4-1 allowing only six singles to reach the milestone.

Finally on this day in 1968 the Yankees held their second of three days honoring the great Mickey Mantle. Prior to the game over 2000 fans paid tribute to the future Hall of Famer in the Bronx.