Friday, July 13, 2018

Game Thread: New York Yankees @ Cleveland Indians 7/13

And just like that it is game time here inside Progressive Field as the Cleveland Indians play host to the New York Yankees in the second of a four-game set that will stretch through the weekend. In the start tonight the Yankees will send Domingo German to the mound while the Indians will counter with Shane Bieber. The game will be played at 7:10 pm ET inside Progressive Field in Cleveland and can be seen on the YES Network and MLB Network. You can also follow along with the game on MLB TV, with the MLB At-Bat app and by tuning into the Yankees radio broadcast with John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman on WFAN.

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2018 MLB Home Run Bore

Boy, do I hope I am wrong about this, but my first impression after looking at the field for the 2018 State Farm Home Run Derby is… what a bore this is going to be. Again, I hope I am wrong and, again, this is just a first impression… but wow. I guess we have been spoiled over the years with the likes of Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Giancarlo Stanton in the event, but the names we will go over below just do not excite me right off the bat. I’m sorry but they don’t, and I can’t be the only one.

(#1) Jesus Aguilar – MIL
(#8) Rhys Hoskins – PHI

(#4) Alex Bregman – HOU
(#5) Kyle Schwarber – CHC

(#2) Bryce Harper – WAS
(#7) Freddie Freeman – ATL

(#3) Max Muncy – LAD
(#6) Javier Baez – CHC

So, who wins? I guess I will go with Max Muncy, just because. I may not even watch it, truth be told.

Luis Severino, Justus Sheffield and History Repeating Itself

“The Yankees didn't make a deal for a starter at the trade deadline, but they'll be adding a new pitcher to their rotation next time through. Brian Cashman announced today that top prospect Luis Severino would be called up to make his next start with the big league club, likely replacing the injured Michael Pineda. No date has been announced for Severino's big league debut yet, as Cashman says Joe Girardi and pitching coach Larry Rothschild will handle mapping out a schedule for the young right-hander.

Severino has dominated Triple-A since being promoted from Trenton earlier this season. In 61.1 innings with the RailRiders Severino has a 1.91 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 50 strikeouts. Those are certainly some dominate numbers that the Yankees could use at the big-league level right now with the state of their rotation currently up in the air and one of their best pitchers expected to miss at least a month.

Cashman showed a lot of faith in Severino by refusing to trade him for an upgrade at the trade deadline. He'll have a chance to reward that faith from the front office very soon. It's been a long time since Yankees fans had a top prospect to look forward to making their big-league debut. Severino is obviously a few cuts above Rob Refsnyder and that was very exciting before it was cut short. Hopefully we will all get a much longer look at Severino.”

That was a post written by Pinstripe Alley’s Tonya Bondurant on July 31, 2015. Take out Luis Severino’s name and put Just Sheffield’s name in its place. Is history potentially about to repeat itself here in the Bronx with a Yankees top pitching prospect? I have to believe so, yes. Why else would the Yankees be looking at potentially upgrading their bullpen and offense, but not their starting rotation? And why else, well there are a million and one reasons in my opinion why, would the team refuse to offer up Sheffield in any deal for Manny Machado plus potentially others like Zach Britton or Kevin Gausman? Because they are planning on calling him up on August 1st after adding him to the 40-man roster, something the team will have to do after the season anyway to protect the left-hander from the Rule 5 Draft.

History is about to repeat itself in my opinion, and Justus Sheffield is coming. Stay tuned.

Game Preview: New York Yankees @ Cleveland Indians 7/13

Happy Friday to you all! In the second game of this four-game weekend set between the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians we will all watch as these two teams treat us with potentially another great pitching matchup. In the start tonight the Yankees will send Domingo German to the mound to face off with Shane Bieber for the Indians. For some reason I can see this quickly becoming a battle of the bullpens and let me also say that I still hate seeing Andrew Miller coming out of the Indians pen and not the Yankees pen, even if it did net us Justus Sheffield and Billy McKinney. Let’s get to it here in Cleveland’s Progressive Field.

German heads into his second career start against the Indians tonight fresh off a solid start last time out against the Toronto Blue Jays. In his last start the young Yankees right-hander allowed just one run on four hits in a victory against Toronto. In German’s first career start, which came against these Indians, the righty tosses six scoreless innings with nine strikeouts in a Yankees victory.

Bieber was not sharp in his last start against the Oakland Athletics on Sunday after allowing four runs on eight hits in six innings of work. Bieber struck out seven and only walked one improving his impressive K/BB ratio as a rookie this season.

The game will be played at 7:10 pm ET inside Progressive Field in Cleveland and can be seen on the YES Network and MLB Network. You can also follow along with the game on MLB TV, with the MLB At-Bat app and by tuning into the Yankees radio broadcast with John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman on WFAN.

Enjoy the game, it wouldn’t surprise me to see Greg Bird take Miller deep again tonight just because, and go Yankees!!

Hello… #MachadoWatch

Good morning everyone and welcome back to the blog. Boy, the Manny Machado potential trade to either the New York Yankees or one of seven-or-eight teams could really shake things up this month, couldn’t it? I mean, if the Yankees were to acquire Machado then I believe it would lead to an additional trade involving a pitcher of some kind, whether it be an ace like Jacob deGrom or a rental piece like Nathan Eovaldi or Cole Hamels. If a team like the Red Sox were to acquire Machado, although I don’t see this happening, then I could see a whole new set of dominos beginning to fall. This is going to get interesting, and probably a little annoying truth be told, as we all sit and wait on #MachadoWatch.

And my baby, my eyes are always on you… because love. I love you!

This Day in New York Yankees History 7/13: Retired Numbers

*Kramer's moviefone voice* "well why don't you just tell me what number isn't retired"

Brandon McCarthy, a player that the team acquired before the July 31st trading deadline in 2014, made the joke that the Yankees should just issue him a number rather than him trying to pick one since so many numbers are retired. Well on this day in 1984 the Yankees retired two more numbers as Roger Maris's #9 jersey and Elston Howard's #32 were enshrined in Yankee history forever. Plaques were also put up in their honor to pay tribute to the two Yankees players.

Also on this day in 1960 Yankee Stadium held the second All Star Game in three days as the game marked the return of Willie Mays to New York. The San Francisco Giants superstar would go 3-4 with a home run and single off the Yankees Whitey Ford to lead the National League to a 6-0 victory.

Also on this day in 1973 Bobby Murcer hits three home runs off Gene Garber to account for all five of the Yankees runs in a 5-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals. This game was played on Friday the 13th at Yankee Stadium as it took only one hour and 51 minutes to play.

The other Yankee to hit three home runs on this day was Joe DiMaggio in 1940 in a double header against the St. Louis Browns. DiMaggio drove in nine runs as the Yankees sweep the Browns by the scores of 10-4 and 12-6.