Saturday, August 4, 2018

Game Thread: New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox 8/4

And just like that it is game time here in the Bronx between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. Rivalry renewed, let’s get to this here in Boston. In the start this afternoon the Yankees will send Chance Adams out to the mound to make his MLB debut while the Red Sox will counter with Nathan Eovaldi. The game will be played at 4:05 pm ET inside Boston’s historic Fenway Park and can be seen on the YES Network in New York, NESN is Boston and Fox Sports One if you are out of either market. You can also follow along with the game on MLB TV, with the MLB At-Bat app or by tuning into the Yankees radio broadcast with John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman on WFAN.

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Meet a Prospect: Chance Adams

The New York Yankees were in a bit of a predicament heading into the weekend which ultimately forced the hand of the organization into calling up the subject of our Meet a Prospect series here this afternoon. The Yankees had originally slated JA Happ to make his Yankees debut against the Boston Red Sox this afternoon, but hand, foot and mouth disease has forced the lefty onto the disabled list and Chance Adams to the Major Leagues to take his place in the rotation. In just a few hours one of the top Yankees prospects, and one that I have talked up for many, many years now, will make his MLB debut against arguably the best team in Major League Baseball here in 2018. No pressure, kid. This is Meet a Prospect: The Chance Adams Edition.

Chance Adams was born on August 10, 1994 and attended High School at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona. Adams spent two years playing college baseball at Yavapai College before transferring to Dallas Baptist University for his junior season. While at Dallas Baptist the right-hander caught the attention and the eye of the New York Yankees who came calling in the fifth round of the 2015 MLB First Year Players Draft drafting him and almost immediately signing him to his first professional contract. Adams was drafted as a relief pitcher and pitched out of the bullpen for the Staten Island Yankees, the Charleston Riverdogs and the Tampa Yankees before his 2015 season ended.

Adams was converted to a starting pitcher before the 2016 season and spent time starting with the Tampa Yankees (5-0 record with a 2.65 ERA in 12 games) and the Trenton Thunder (8-1 record with a 2.07 ERA). Adams was back as a starter for the Double-A Trenton Thunder in 2017, but the right-hander was not long for the affiliate as the Yankees quickly and aggressively promoted Adams to Triple-A during the 2017 season. Adams was lights out in Double-A but he did struggle some at the Triple-A level finishing the season with a combined 15-5 record and a 2.45 ERA in 150.1 innings pitched combined.

Adams was back in Triple-A for the 2018 season but unfortunately many of the struggles that found him in Scranton in 2017 followed the right-hander into the 2018 season. At the time of his call-up to the Major Leagues the Yankees young right-hander was pitching to a 3-5 record with a 4.50 ERA, 102 strikeouts, 48 walks and a 1.316 WHIP in 98 innings pitched.

The 2018 numbers and the Triple-A numbers in general were ugly, but much like the postseason… it is a new season now and none of those numbers count. Make today’s start count, because we are counting on you. Welcome to the Majors, Chance. Go Yankees!!

Game Preview: New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox 8/4

The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox are back at it again this afternoon inside Fenway Park in the third of their four-game weekend set in Boston. Could the Yankees potentially get a glimpse into their future this afternoon? Only time will tell, but for today’s start the Yankees will call up RHP Chance Adams to make his MLB debut in place of JA Happ while the Red Sox will counter with a familiar face to the Bombers in former Yankees pitcher Nathan Eovaldi. Let’s get to it here in Boston’s historic Fenway Park, home of the Green Monstah.

Adams will make his MLB debut this afternoon for the Yankees in place of JA Happ who had contracted hand, foot and mouth disease. Adams has struggled some in the minor leagues this season for the Yankees and at Triple-A in general, but will get the chance, no pun intended, to make all of that go away with a strong start this afternoon in Beantown.

Eovaldi will once again see the greatest rivalry in the history of Major League Baseball, but this time from the side of the Boston Red Sox. Eovaldi was a pitcher for the Yankees in 2015 and 2016 but was recently traded to the Red Sox from the Rays before the trade deadline.

The game will be played at 4:05 pm ET inside Boston’s historic Fenway Park and can be seen on the YES Network in New York, NESN is Boston and Fox Sports One if you are out of either market. You can also follow along with the game on MLB TV, with the MLB At-Bat app or by tuning into the Yankees radio broadcast with John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman on WFAN.

Enjoy the game, good luck to you Chance, and go Yankees!!

Hello… Finally Time to Rant About Sonny Gray

Good morning Yankees family. Where am I? More like, where have I been? Let’s cross that bridge before we completely burn the bridge connecting my fandom to Sonny Gray. Work, that’s where I have been. There is a lot changing at my job right now and a lot of moving parts, both of which I have been fully involved in. I simply haven’t had the time to scratch my head let alone to write much, although I have been trying to keep up with as much as I can on Twitter, so for that I apologize.

Now, Sonny Gray and that smug look and smile on his face after letting a Double-A team and Adam Jones knock him out of a start in the third inning the other night. You do not know how bad I wanted to be on that field or in that dugout with him after he came out of the game. That right there was the final straw for me as a fan and defender of Sonny Gray. I’m done, bridge is burnt and then he pissed on it. That’s not the embodiment of a Yankee in my opinion, to smile and laugh while the team is potentially in the midst of a free fall because you, Mr. Gray and others, are not doing your job and living up to your paychecks. Period.

Go smile in the clubhouse, don’t do it as you leave the field. You don’t give a shit, that much is clear, but we, the fans, do. Respect that as most of us have respected you, until now. Asshat, Sonny Gray is a tool.

Oh, and hey baby. Rant over, back to love. I loves you!!!

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.