Saturday, September 3, 2016

Offensively Inept Yanks Blanked Again by Baltimore, 2-0, Drop Crucial Late-Season Series

For the second straight night, the New York Yankees were shut out by the Baltimore Orioles in game two of the three-game set. C.C. Sabathia took the bump and the loss for the Pinstripers. Actually lowering his ERA to 4.20 with his second straight quality outing against Baltimore where he once again received zero run support. Getting the ball and the win for the O's was Kevin Gausman, improving to 7-10 while lowering his ERA to 3.58 with HIS second straight tremendous outing against the boys from the Bronx, in route to their game two and series victory.

Both hurlers were pretty untouchable early on, allowing five hits between the two of them through the first 3 1/2 frames, but it was the bottom of the fourth where the Orioles hit the scoreboard first. Mark Trumbo started the fourth with a double to left and scored when two batters later Chris Davis blooped a single into right where it was bobbled by right fielder Aaron judge. The fielding error allowed Trumbo to take the extra base and put the O's on top 1-0.

After Manny Machado made one of the greatest plays of the year to get out of the top of the frame, Adam Jones blasted his 25th homerun of the season, a shot to left a few rows deep into the seats in the fifth that extended Baltimore's lead to two.

Gausman's night ended after six outstanding shut out innings, recording eight strikeouts in the process with his nasty "split-changeup". Michael Givins came on in relief and worked a scoreless seventh as New York still just could not offensively break through.

Although Sabathia was in line for the loss. He pitched really well with six strong innings, allowing two runs(one earned) on six hits while walking two and striking out one. Adam Warren came on in relief in the bottom of the seventh and got himself into trouble but got Machado(career 9-for-12 vs Warren) to strike out with the bases-loaded to end the threat and frame.

When you're down by two and have to face a closer who's been perfect with a sub .7 ERA, there's not much of a chance to get back into the game, which was the case tonight as Zach Britten shut down the Yankees in the top of the ninth to seal the victory. The loss was especially tough for New York to take as all three teams above them in the chase for the second wild-card spot also lost tonight.

The Yanks will try to avoid being swept tomorrow as they face the O's in the third and final game of the weekend series, with first pitch scheduled for 1:35 PM/EST.

Game Thread: New York Yankees @ Baltimore Orioles 9/3

Here we go ladies and gentleman as the New York Yankees make the trip the Orioles Park and Camden Yards to take on the Baltimore Orioles in the middle game of their three-game set. In the second contest of the weekend the Yankees and Orioles will be treated to a rematch of last Sunday’s game in the Bronx as New York sends CC Sabathia to the mound while Baltimore counters with Kevin Gausman. The game will be played at 7:05 pm ET inside Oriole Park and Camden Yards and can be seen on the YES Network and MLB TV.

The Yankees biggest game of the season to date comes again tomorrow, same place different time, so be sure to check back in again tomorrow as we continue to root our boys all the way to the postseason. Follow along as we root for the postseason by either liking our page on Facebook or by giving our Twitter handle @GreedyStripes a follow.

Here we go, vintage CC vs. Gausman. Go CC and Go Yankees!

Pat Osborne Named FSL Manager of the Year

Pat Osborn Named FSL Manager of the Year
Zack Zehner Selected to FSL Post-Season All-Star Team

Tampa, Fla. - The Florida State League announced its 2016 "Post-Season All-Star Team" on Thursday. Field Managers, Official Scorers, and Club Sports Writers, representing the twelve (12) teams in the league, voted for the honorees.
Pat Osborn was named "Manager of the Year" after leading the Tampa Yankees to their first playoff birth since 2010. In his first season as skipper of the T-Yanks, Osborn managed the club to a first-half North Division title with a 42-27 record.
Zack Zehner earned a spot on the team as the utility outfielder. As of September 1st, the 24-year-old has hit .282 with a team-high 24 doubles, two triples, three homeruns, 35 RBI and 50 runs scored in a 107 games with the Tampa Yankees. Zehner also is fourth in the league with a .382 on-base percentage.
Osborn is in his third season with Yankees organization after previously managing short-season, Single-A Staten Island in 2015 and the GCL Yankees 2 in 2014, taking both teams into the post-season. Zehner is in his second season of professional baseball after being selected by the New York Yankees in the 18th round in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft out of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
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Is This 1995 All Over Again? It May Be!

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The New York Yankees just got done celebrating and honoring the 1996 edition of the Bronx Bombers that defied the odds all the way to the World Series last month and this month they could do some more honoring if the cards fall in the right place. See that 1996 team would have been nothing, strong words I know but they are my opinion only, without that 1995 season that scrapped and clawed its way to the first ever Wild Card spot in MLB and the American League. It was the push, the drive, the experience and some kid named Derek Jeter (Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera were on the Yankees in 1995) that led the 1996 Yankees to the World Series championship. It was youth, hunger and fire and we are seeing a lot of similarities in the team we see on the field today to that 1995 team. Could it be de ja vu all over again?

The 1995 Yankees were under the .500 mark at the All-Star break and many had suspicions of their first baseman Don Mattingly hanging it up at seasons end. Now while the Yankees were doing well heading into the break and hovering around the .500 mark the team was not meeting or exceeding expectations which led to a sell off of veterans and a youth movement in the Bronx. Mark Teixeira announced his retirement at season’s end and Alex Rodriguez rode off into the sunset as well but despite all the roster moves and “losses” the Yankees have continued to get better as the season has gone along. Just like the 1995 Yankees did.

The 1995 Yankees entered September five games out of the Wild Card with 32 games remaining but Buck Showalter and company were up to the task. The Yankees won 25 of their remaining 32 games that month and clinched the Wild Card with 24-year old Andy Pettitte leading the pitching staff along with key veterans and an absolute ton of youth.

The Yankees probability of making the postseason were low that season and the team simply refused to quit and refused to lie down without a fight. They slugged their way, clawed their way and pitched their way to the postseason much like these Yankees today led by Gary Sanchez, Didi Gregorius and so many others are doing today. I’m not saying they will run the gauntlet and come out on the other side again in 2016 much like they did in 1995 but I have a feeling manager Joe Girardi and his crew won’t go down without at least letting the other 19 teams (slight exaggeration) in the AL East and 2nd Wild Card hunts know that they’ve been in a fight.

Let’s go boys, let’s get this done.

Game Preview: New York Yankees @ Baltimore Orioles 9/3

The middle game of the Yankees and Orioles three-game set is set to kick off tonight with another great pitching matchup inside Oriole Park and Camden Yards. The most important game of the season for these two clubs, until tomorrow’s game anyway, will showcase CC Sabathia making the start for the Yankees while the Orioles counter with Kevin Gausman.

Sabathia pitched well enough to win in his last start going 6.2 innings while allowing three runs on six hits but the offense was nonexistent behind him. Sabathia struck out eight Orioles batters but ultimately lost to Gausman and the Orioles 5-0.

Gausman picked an awfully inconvenient time to earn his first road victory of the season as he did so in the Bronx inside Yankee Stadium against the Yankees. Gausman did allow seven hits in the contest but he struck out nine and didn’t walk anyone in seven shutout innings in a victory against New York.

The game will be played at 7:05 pm ET inside Oriole Park and Camden Yards and can be seen on the yES Network and MLB TV. I know this is a bit premature to say but you have to think that as the temperatures begin to drop a little on the East Coast and as we play a Saturday night game in the midst of a pennant race that tonight’s game should have a bit of a playoff feel and atmosphere to it. Let’s see how the Yankees young guns respond. Go Yankees!

Meet a Prospect: Juan DePaula & Jio Orozco

New York Yankees have a lot of hard decisions ahead of them and truth be told they are decisions they have to make because they have good problems to have. New York’s farm system is one of the best farm systems in all of Major League Baseball right now and the team is absolutely overflowing with talent at certain positions, outfield and middle infield especially. While New York is probably still a couple years away from having to make the tough decisions regarding all their middle infield prospects the time has come to start clearing the logjam in the outfield and that began with the trade of Ben Gamel to the Seattle Mariners on August 31st. The trade brought back a pair of teenage pitching arms with a ton of upside for the Yankees to develop so let’s meet them both this morning, This is Meet a Prospect: The Juan DePaula and Jio Orozco Editions.

Jio Orozco is 19-years old and is probably considered to be the “better” of the two prospects in the deal. Orozco was originally drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 14th round of the 2015 MLB Draft but was bought by Seattle and was last ranked as the team’s 19th best prospect in their system. At the time of the trade Orozco had posted a 4.07 ERA and 3.51 FIP with an astonishing 29.3 strikeout rate in Rookie ball. Yes I know it’s rookie ball but striking out three batters for every ten you face is impressive no matter where you go. Orozco has a 91-94 MPH fastball with a clean and fluid delivery that should lead to durability as he grows into his body and frame. Orozco’s arm angle allows for some sink to his fastball and his command allows him to work both sides of the plate effectively. Orozco also commands a 12-to-6 type curve ball with a developing changeup. Orozco is advanced for 19-years old but one must remember that he’s still 19. He has a long way to go.

DePaula has even longer to go at just 18-years old after spending the bulk of the 2016 season at the Dominican Summer League with Seattle. DePaula was not ranked in the Mariners Top 30 prospects list according to although baseball America did rank him 29th in their preseason handbook. At the time of the trade DePaula was posting a 3.07 ERA and 2.98 FIP with a staggering 30.6 strikeout percentage in 41 innings pitched. DePaula absolutely pounds the strike zone with his 93 MPH fastball and occasionally mixes in a curveball and a changeup as well. DePaula is still growing into his frame and has added velocity this season after throwing around 85 MPH when originally signed by Seattle.

We won’t likely hear either name being talked about much for a few years but both have the potential to be solid pitchers if they keep developing like they have thus far. The sky is the limit and that’s a good feeling to have. Welcome to the organization guys and welcome to the family as well. 

Weekly Prospects Check In: Kyle Higashioka

The Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders have punched their ticket to the postseason and much of that has to do with the catching of Kyle Higashioka. As September call ups are now a thing in Major League Baseball these weekly check in posts will shift to players representing the Yankees and their minor league affiliates in the postseason. That begins today with Higashioka, a minor league free agent at the end of the season and a Rule 5 Draft eligible player for New York. Oh and a pretty damn good catcher and late bloomer who has finally found his stroke in professional baseball.

Let’s see what Higashioka has been up to this season statistically. FYI Higashioka leads the team currently in home runs. I say currently because obviously Aaron Judge and Tyler Austin had more but both are in the Bronx fighting for a playoff spot of their own. If you look at Higashioka a few years back you would have never guessed he would lead an affiliate in anything, let alone home runs.

This is a great story. Enjoy. 


This Day In New York Yankees History 9/3: MLB Instant Replay Is Born

It took until the 2008 season for Major League Baseball to listen to the screams and get instant replay and wouldn't you know it, Alex Rodriguez was in the middle of the first controversy with replay. A Rod hit a towering fly ball that bounced off the Tropicana Field catwalk behind the foul pole in left field that was immediately called a home run. The Rays catcher Dioner Navarro disputed the call and two minutes and fifteen seconds later the umpires upheld the call on the field.

Also on this day in 1961 Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle become the first pair of teammates to each hit 50 home runs in a single season. Mantle hit his 50th against the Detroit Tigers in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie the game at 5-5. Mantle finished the 1956 season with 52 home runs as well so this was his second 50 home run season.

Finally on this day in 1947 the Yankees beat the Red Sox 11-2 by hitting 18 hits in the game, all singles. Joe DiMaggio and Tommy Henrich led the barrage at Fenway Park with four hits each in the Yankees victory.