Friday, August 5, 2016

Game Thread: New York Yankees vs. Cleveland Indians 8/5

The New York Yankees are set to kick off a three-game set here in a few minutes with the Cleveland Indians inside Yankee Stadium. These two teams met right before the All-Star break back before Andrew Miller was wearing a Cleveland Indians uniform and back when quite a few players around the league were wearing Yankees uniforms and the Yankees took three-of-four from the Indians in Cleveland leaving many to wonder if the team would buy rather than sell before the deadline. The team obviously sold and now they welcome those same, well not really the same I guess as they’ve improved some through trades, to the Bronx. In the first game of the three-game weekend set the Yankees will send Michael Pineda to the mound to square off with Josh Tomlin. 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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USA Today’s Post-Trade Deadline Power Rankings

The USA Today released their weekly power rankings after the trade deadline a couple days back but the content on the site has been so jammed packed we are just now getting to it. Don’t get me wrong that’s a great problem to have as a blogger and a writer, plenty of things to talk about and plenty of prospects to introduce you to, but I know some people enjoy these posts so I do apologize for the delay. New York started the week on a streak but a sweep at the hands of the last place Tampa Bay Rays kind of cemented their season, cemented their decision to sell and may have ultimately cemented a drop in these standings and a Top 10 protected draft pick in the 2017 MLB Draft.

The Yankees fell a bit in the AL East and fell in the rankings as well after the Tampa Bay sweep falling one spot back to the #18 position. I can see this team falling a few more before everything is said and done but you never know when it comes to (presumably) the youth that is on the way to the Bronx. Speaking of the AL East the Baltimore Orioles finished the week ranked 7th overall while the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays were 8th and 6th respectively. What did sweeping the Yankees get for the Tampa Bay Rays who moved Matt Moore, but not Chris Archer, before the deadline? The Rays finished the week 26th overall not making any movement in the standings. So much for that.

The Top 5 teams according to the rankings were the Chicago Cubs, the Washington Nationals, the Cleveland Indians, the Texas Rangers and the San Francisco Giants. The five teams that nobody really wants to be or envies right now according to the rankings are the #26 Tampa Bay Rays, the #27 Arizona Diamondbacks, the #28 Cincinnati Reds, the #29 Minnesota Twins and the #30 Atlanta Braves.

The biggest rise of the week went to the Detroit Tigers who rose five spots to the #11 position while the biggest fall went to the Houston Astros who fell four spots to the #12 position. Congratulations are in order for the Tigers while the Astros will look to do better this week.

The non-waiver trade deadline is over and now we are beginning to see the truth behind these rankings. Now more than ever these rankings are what they say they are. You will start to see the biggest “rise” be not so big and the biggest fall not really be all that much of a fall. It’s called sample size and we have a large one now ladies and gentleman.

Remembering Game Five 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 5 of the 2000 World Series.

In a rematch of the Game 1 pitchers duel Andy Pettitte took the mound for the Yankees and faced off against the Mets ace Al Leiter. Bernie Williams would get the scoring going with a solo home run in the top of the 2nd inning giving the Yankees a 1-0 lead. The Mets would respond by getting two unearned runs across the board in the bottom of the 2nd and would keep that lead until the 6th inning when Derek Jeter hit a game tying home run. Heading into the 9th inning the game was tied a 2-2 each when Luis Sojo hit an RBI single off of Al Leiter to give the Yankees the lead and an errant throw that ended up in the Yankees dugout allowed a 4th run to score giving the Yankees a 4-2 lead going to the bottom of the 9th. Mike Piazza would come up in the 9th as the tying run in the 9th and hit a deep fly ball to center field that would find Bernie Williams glove and that would get the Yankees their third consecutive World Series victory. Mike Stanton would get the victory and Al Leiter would take the loss while Mariano Rivera notched his second save of the World Series in the clinching game.

This would be the Yankees 26th World Series victory overall and fourth in five years cementing the dynasty.

Game Preview: New York Yankees vs. Cleveland Indians 8/5

The annual Subway Series is in the books for another year and now the Bronx Bombers remain home inside Yankee Stadium to play host to the team they beat up on to close out the first half of the 2016 season, the Cleveland Indians. Despite the Yankees selling off many of their expiring contracts, key bullpen pieces and their best hitter in the lineup New York has done well in spite of the roster gutting and has continued to put out more victories than losses leaving you to wonder if the youth movement that is sure to come could provide a spark to the team overall. The Yankees will find out tonight as they welcome the American League Central’s best team to town in the Indians. Michael Pineda will take the mound for New York as the Indians send Josh Tomlin to the mound to oppose him.

Pineda has actually never made a start against the Cleveland Indians in his career despite pitching his entire career for either the Yankees or the Seattle Mariners, both American League teams like the Cleveland Indians. Pineda had a rocky month of July where he gave up 15 runs in three starts but had two other starts where he allowed just one run in each of them. Which Pineda will we see tonight? I don’t think even he knows at this point.

Tomlin heads into this start against the Yankees fresh off a dominating performance against the Oakland Athletics last time out. In that start Tomlin threw seven innings of two-run ball to snag a victory and improve his July record to 2-2 and his July ERA to 3.73 in five starts.

The game will be played at 7:05 pm ET inside Yankee Stadium and can be seen on the YES Network and MLB TV. This is a totally different Yankees squad than the team that took three-of-four from Cleveland to close out the first half but the team is still playing some of their best baseball they have played all season long. While Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller are gone Adam Warren and Tyler Clippard have stepped right in and done well while Gary Sanchez has shown the Yankees thus far why they call him EL Gary Sanchez. I feel good about this series and I don’t know why. I’m an eternal optimist, sue me. Go Yankees!

Make Good on Discussions, Eat A-Rod’s & Teixeira’s Contracts

Maybe the New York Yankees organization was just saying what they thought the Yankees fans wanted to hear or maybe they thought this day would never come. Maybe the organization thought they could use plausible deniability to deny every having made the remarks and maybe they thought the fans would simply roll their eyes and roll over like they always do. I’m not one to do that though and I am the one here to remind you of one thing that the New York Yankees organization said they would “consider” this season if they decided to sell, which they did. The reports stated that the Yankees would consider eating the contracts of both Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira if the team sold at the trading deadline so now it’s time to put up, shut up and get to eating.

The Yankees have a pressing issue and the issue needs to be rectified as soon as humanly possible. The team just has too many warm bodies, and good players at that, and not enough positions to play them all down in Scranton. The RailRiders outfield is absolutely jam packed even with the promotion of Ben Gamel leaving Clint Frazier, Tyler Austin (who has taken over at first base), Aaron Judge (who should return from injury this week) and others vying for just a handful of spots. How do you fix this and the sudden 40 man roster crunch? By alleviating the team of the problem by eating the salary and terminating the contract of both Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira.

Austin could be immediately called up to take over the first base duties while a Mason Williams or another outfield candidate, no not Judge… not yet unfortunately, could be called up to begin an outfield and designated hitter rotation. Eating the money hurts, especially for Rodriguez who is under contract for next season as well, but it’s an unnecessary evil that the team brought up if they decided to sell, not me and not the fans. The Yankees also have to keep in mind that even with reduced playing time it is likely that Rodriguez will reach 700 home runs and quite possibly 714 home runs as well which could cost the team another $6 million in bonus money.

 The contracts, like the players unfortunately, are dead weight and New York simply isn’t going to get much or any value out of them whatsoever at this point. Teixeira’s knee is a ticking time bomb that has limited his range and mobility in the field (not to mention what it has done to his bat) while Alex’s bomb exploded late last season, we just didn’t know it yet.

Weekly Prospects Check In: Jorge Mateo

All week long we’ve checked in with new prospects to come to the Yankees farm system but today we reserve this prime spot for one of the most prime prospects in all the land, Jorge Mateo. It feels weird to say but with all the influx of new talent heading into the organization and their minor league affiliates it’s almost like Mateo is an “oldie but a goodie” at this point. He’s back from his suspension and now he has a great talent in Gleyber Torres playing beside him down in Tampa that he can feed off of and grow with. You can’t put a stat or a number on that friendly rivalry, competition and top prospect pushing you while being right beside you in my opinion.

So Mateo has another week under his belt down in Tampa with the Tampa Yankees, let’s check in with him and see what he has been doing statistically. Has he earned the call up to Trenton yet? You decide:


This Day in New York Yankees History 8/5: Black Eyes & Biogenesis

On this day in 2013 Major League Baseball was dealt another bad hand and another black eye as we all watched the Biogenesis scandal unravel before our eyes. On this day Major League Baseball released the names of the 13 players that had been suspended for their involvement with the anti-aging clinic. The Yankees Alex Rodriguez was suspended for 211 regular season games while Francisco Cervelli of the Yankees was suspended for 50 games.

Also on this day in 2007 Mike Mussina won his 246th career game making him the winningest pitcher in major league history without a 20 win season. Mussina would finally reach the 20 win plateau in his final season in 2008 when he finished with a 20-9 record.

Finally on this day in 1983 the Yankees manager Billy Martin was suspended for two games after calling umpire Dale Ford a "stone liar" after the July 31st extra inning victory over the Chicago White Sox. This marks the second time this season that Martin was disciplined by the league due to abuse of umpires.