Saturday, August 20, 2016

Game Thread: New York Yankees @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 8/20

Here we go ladies and gentleman with the middle game of the three-game set between the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the sunny and beautiful state of California. In the middle game of this three game set we will be entertained by the Yankees Luis Cessa who makes the first start of his MLB career tonight while the Angels counter with Ricky Nolasco. The game will be played at 9:35 pm ET inside Angels Stadium of Anaheim and can be seen on WPIX Channel 11, MLB Network and MLB TV.

The Yankees have one more date with Mike Trout and his Angels teammates before saying hello to Robbie Cano, don’t ya know, and the Seattle Mariners to start next week inside Safeco Field. It will be a little bit before the Yankees return home to the Bronx and return to Yankee Stadium which gives you plenty of time to click the Yankees Tickets link at the top of the blog to secure your seats in the Bronx.

Ricky Nolasco and the kid, Luis Cessa. Let’s do it. Go Yankees! Follow along on Twitter (@GreedyStripes) or on Facebook by liking our page during the game and all season long.

While We Wait: Digging through the TGP Archive for the Week

While we wait on the Yankees and Angels game to start here in about 2.5 hours let’s get caught up on some reading from our great writers here at The Greedy Pinstripes. While we wait I’ll leave you with this link dump that I came up with while digging through the TGP Archive for the week. Enjoy. 

Weekly Prospects Check In: Dillon Tate

The Yankees have so many good prospects right now and it is so much fun doing these weekly prospects check in posts. I used to do them just to have content on the site and to check in with the top Yankees prospects so I could rant and rave about how this guy should be up in the Majors and that guy should be benched, designated for assignment or both in that order but the youth movement has finally arrived and I couldn’t be happier. Dillon Tate, formerly the Texas Rangers top pitching prospect, is one of said prospects that make me excited every single day and every single week to do these posts. Let’s check in with him now.

Dillon Tate ladies and gentleman: 

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Don’t Look Now but Jordan Montgomery is Coming

I have said it many times in my blog posts here at The Greedy Pinstripes and I am about to eat some crow for it too. I have been hard on the Yankees and their farm system for their seemingly lack of good quality starting pitching but while doing research for another blog post, a post that I ultimately scrapped and decided to write this instead, I found a few diamonds in the rough that many blogs and websites are not talking about. Chance Adams is one, Bryan Mitchell who is progressing through a rehab assignment is another and the final piece is the man we will showcase and talk about today, Jordan Montgomery.

Montgomery was a 2014 Draft pick by the Yankees in the fourth round and at the time it was widely thought that Montgomery was drafted to a bullpen piece for the Yankees going forward despite impressive numbers as a starter at the University of South Carolina. Montgomery, another one of those big-framed and hard-throwing pitchers the Yankees love, now stands just one step away from the Bronx after a mid-season promotion to Scranton/Wilkes Barre, a promotion and a run through the Yankees farm system that no one is seemingly talking about right now.

Montgomery credits a spike in velocity for his recent success. When Montgomery was drafted he was throwing in the 88-92 MPH range with movement and sink, with plus command as well, but these days Montgomery is seen throwing in more of the 91-94 MPH range with the same dip, sink and command. Montgomery has also improved on his changeup, his curveball and his cut fastball while improving his strikeouts per nine innings to almost 12 batters per nine in 2015.

James Kaprielian is probably the Yankees top pitching prospect, Domingo Acevedo is probably the Yankees pitching prospect with the highest ceiling and Justus Sheffield may be the Yankees pitching prospect that is showing the most promise right now but if you need a starting pitching prospect that can come up and not only come up now but come up and compete while keeping his team in games and giving his team the best shot to win, well you better watch out for Jordan Montgomery because he may be the man for the job. 

Game Preview: New York Yankees @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 8/20

Another late night out in Los Angeles tonight for both the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as these two teams continue with their three game set. The first set had the Yankees throwing their ace Masahiro Tanaka to the mound and tonight they send out another exciting arm in Luis Cessa. I’m excited to see what the kid can do when he is given more than a one or two week audition in the show. Sent to the mound opposing Cessa will be newly acquired right-handed starting pitcher for the Angels Ricky Nolasco.

Cessa makes his first MLB start tonight for the Yankees after spending time in the Triple-A rotation and the big league bullpen in 2016. Cessa’s ERA in the Major Leagues has not been impressive, it’s 5.30 this season, but again this has come in one or two week intervals and usually his appearances came as needed because of a short bullpen. Cessa can and will be better and he will look to prove that to everyone tonight in Anaheim.

Nolasco has not recorded a victory since being traded from the Minnesota Twins to the Angels, a streak that has spanned three starts, although his first win could come against the Yankees. Nolasco pitched them tough last time he saw them in June allowing just two runs to the Bronx Bombers.

The game will be played at 9:35 pm ET inside Angels Stadium of Anaheim and can be seen live on WPIX Channel 11, MLB Network and of course MLB TV. The future is now so why not throw guys like Chad Green and Luis Cessa out there, right? I mean I know Brian Cashman’s options are limited at this point, especially with the struggles of Luis Severino that have been well documented here and everywhere else on the web, but I’m glad to see him sticking to his guns rather than pulling off a dumpster dive move for a veteran. You know. Kind of like the Angels did in a losing season for Ricky Nolasco. Too soon? Here, apply this directly to the burn. Go Yankees!

MoonBigPapi.Com – No This is NOT a Joke

Photo credit goes to It Is High.... Blog

This has got to be the absolute greatest thing I have ever seen in my entire life. is a movement to honor the Red Sox legend the only way he should be honored inside Yankee Stadium, by showing him our asses before the door hits him in his. I’m actually being a little tongue in cheek right now because I do have a lot of respect for him and what he has done for the game, hissy fits, failed steroid tests, drama with Alex Rodriguez and hugs with former Commissioner Bud Selig aside, but would this not be fitting? Just a little?

Think of it this way. If say five or even ten fans moon Big Papi in his final game and in his final at bat they are likely going to jail after being escorted out of the stadium but what are they going to do to 40,000 of us? Is there enough room in the local jails for 40,000 inmates and detainees that mooned the Yankees most-hated rival inside of Yankee Stadium? I wouldn’t think so. They can’t arrest us all! Moon Big Papi!!!

To join the movement or to check out the website head to but remember, this is NSFW (not safe for work). Unless your job is okay with bare bottoms on your computer screen, then go right ahead.

Comment down below. Are you down?

Weekly Prospects Check In: Jorge Mateo

The Yankees #3 prospect is seemingly enjoying being back on the field and enjoying the competition he has playing beside fellow shortstop Gleyber Torres down in Tampa. Mateo’s stats have improved and we haven’t had any more blips on the radar as far as attitude and following the team rules are concerned so that’s a victory in itself if you ask me. It’s not what you do that defines you but how you bounce back from it and Mateo is seemingly bouncing back with maturity while doing and saying all of the right things.

Here is what Mateo did this week and what he has done this season with the Tampa Yankees. I know the organization wants to prove a point that they are in charge at this point but come on guys, promote the kid already.


This Day In New York Yankees History 8/20: Whitey Ford Day

The Yankees are honoring many of their greats of the past this season including Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte this weekend in a trend that has become quite the tradition for the New York Yankees. On this day in 2000 it was Whitey Ford Day at Yankee Stadium. At the time of the ceremony Ford led the Yankees all time in wins with 236, innings pitched with 3,170.1 innings, strikeouts with 1,956 K's, and shutouts with 45.

Also on this day in 1938 Lou Gehrig would hit the 23rd and final grand slam of his career in an 11-3 rout of the Philadelphia A's. Gehrig would connect in the first inning with the bases loaded against the A's Buck Ross to extend his major league record for career grand slams.

Tanaka, Bomber Bats Embarrass Angels in 7-0 Series Opener

In Anaheim tonight, Masahiro Tanaka and the New York Yankees absolutely put it on the Angels in game one of the three-game weekend set. Tanaka hurled his third consecutive start with at least eight strike outs and no walks as he improved to 10-4 in his dominant game one win. Jared Weaver took the ball and the loss for the Halos and was smashed all over the yard, falling to 8-11 on the season.

The Yankees didn't take long to get to the struggling Weaver, and by not long, I mean the first batter of the ballgame. Jacoby Ellsbury blasted Weaver's third pitch of the night, a "hanging fastball" and deposited it into the right field seats to give the Yankees an early one run advantage. And it was Ellsbury who drove in their second run in the top of the third by lining a single to center that scored Ronald Torreyes who had doubled to lead off the frame, making it a 2-0 contest.

The Bombers absolutely laid it on Weaver in the top of the fifth as they showed why they must get so excited when they face the veteran righty. Ronald Torreyes hit his very first major league homerun and second hit of the night leading off the frame to increase the Yankee lead to three. After Ellsbury flew out, Didi Gregorius smacked his 17th homerun of the campaign, Widening the gap to four. Gary Sanchez followed with his second double of the night, but got thrown out on a fantastic relay throw by Cliff Pennington to record the second out of the inning. Weaver was forced to hit the showers early after Brian McCann launched the third longball of that fifth to make it a 5-0 score.

The Yankees offensive onslaught continued in the top of the sixth as they kept beating up the Angels pitching staff. Aaron Hicks led off the frame with a single, advancing to second on a Tyler Austin ground out and scoring when Ronald Torreyes recorded his third hit of the night, a single to center off Mike Morin that made it 6-0. Jacoby Ellsbury followed with his third hit of the night, forcing Angels manager Mike Socia to pull Morin for Brett Oberholtzer, who immediately served up Didi's second hit of the game, aground-rule double to right that scored Torreyes to open it up to 7-0.

As for Tanaka, the Yankee ace was just awesome tonight. Tossing 7.2 innings of shutout ball, allowing just five singles with no walks and a season-high nine strikeouts. In fact, if Aaron Hicks hadn't mis-read a fly ball by Gregorio Petit that was scored a base hit, Tanaka would have gotten out of the inning and I probably would have been writing about a complete game shut out. As it turned out, Tommy Layne came on in relief and walked Kole Calhoun to load the bases, only to be pulled for Adam Warren. In one of the most important at bats of the game, Warren got Mike Trout to strike out looking on a 3-2 breaking ball to end the bases-loaded threat.

Here's to hoping the Bomber bats stay hot tomorrow night as they face Ricky Nolasco and the Angels in game two, with first pitch scheduled for 9:35 PM/EST.