Thursday, August 24, 2017

Looking at the Remaining Yankees Schedule for 2017

With the latest series all but in the books for the New York Yankees I wanted to take a quick opportunity to look at the Yankees remaining schedule for the 2017 season. In basic terms it looks like the Yankees have a clear shot to the postseason if they play up to the level that they are capable of playing but as we all know, you can’t predict baseball. Shout out to Baseball Reference for their awesome table and image below.

Team Game-by-Game Schedule
Gm# Date Tm Opp RA
127Friday, Aug 25NYYSEA7:05
128Saturday, Aug 26NYYSEA1:05
129Sunday, Aug 27NYYSEA1:05
130Monday, Aug 28NYYCLE7:05
131Tuesday, Aug 29NYYCLE7:05
132Wednesday, Aug 30NYYCLE1:05
133Thursday, Aug 31NYYBOS7:05
134Friday, Sep 1NYYBOS7:05
135Saturday, Sep 2NYYBOS1:05
136Sunday, Sep 3NYYBOS8:05
137Monday, Sep 4NYY@BAL1:35
138Tuesday, Sep 5NYY@BAL7:05
139Wednesday, Sep 6NYY@BAL7:05
140Friday, Sep 8NYY@TEX8:05
141Saturday, Sep 9NYY@TEX8:05
142Sunday, Sep 10NYY@TEX3:05
143Monday, Sep 11NYY@TBR7:10
144Tuesday, Sep 12NYY@TBR7:10
145Wednesday, Sep 13NYY@TBR7:10
146Thursday, Sep 14NYYBAL7:05
147Friday, Sep 15NYYBAL7:05
148Saturday, Sep 16NYYBAL4:05
149Sunday, Sep 17NYYBAL1:05
Gm# Date Tm Opp
150Monday, Sep 18NYYMIN7:05
151Tuesday, Sep 19NYYMIN7:05
152Wednesday, Sep 20NYYMIN1:05
153Friday, Sep 22NYY@TOR7:07
154Saturday, Sep 23NYY@TOR1:07
155Sunday, Sep 24NYY@TOR1:07
156Monday, Sep 25NYYKCR1:05
157Tuesday, Sep 26NYYTBR7:05
158Wednesday, Sep 27NYYTBR7:05
159Thursday, Sep 28NYYTBR7:05
160Friday, Sep 29NYYTOR1:05
161Saturday, Sep 30NYYTOR4:05
162Sunday, Oct 1NYYTOR3:05
Gm# Date Tm Opp

There are definitely some winnable series here in my opinion for New York including the upcoming series with the Seattle Mariners (3 times) , the Baltimore Orioles (7 times) and Texas Rangers (3 times) series, the Toronto Blue Jays (6 times) and Tampa Bay Rays series (6 times) and the Minnesota Twins series (3 games). The only tough, again on paper so keep that in mind, series for New York that are left are the final four games with the Boston Red Sox August 31- September 3 and the Cleveland Indians series which follows the three-game set with the Mariners this weekend. Now I’m not saying the Yankees will win the division because of this “easy” schedule remaining but the team can definitely secure at least a Wild Card spot in my opinion if they play well.

Agree? Disagree? Leave both below in the comments section. Thank you!

Game Thread: New York Yankees @ Detroit Tigers 8/24

Afternoon baseball in downtown Detroit, let’s get to it. In the finale of this three-game set today the New York Yankees will send Jaime Garcia to the mound to square off with Michael Fulmer for the Tigers. Fulmer has to be frustrated with the offense behind him and the Yankees have to be frustrated with what Garcia has given them thus far so one of these stories could conceivably turn around this afternoon in Comerica. The game will be played at 1:10 pm ET inside Comerica Park and can be seen on the YES Network, MLB Network and MLB TV. You can also follow along in your cars, on the radio or at work like I will be doing by tuning into WFAN.

Follow us on twitter by following @GreedyStripes and enjoy the game. Need a win, get a win. Go Yankees!

While We Wait: 2009 YES Network Yankeeography

While we wait for the game.... anyone fancy a movie? How about the YES Network's Yankeeography on the 2009 Yankees World Series team? Enjoy!!

Sevy & The Sanchino...

Credit:  Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Yankees 10, Tigers 2...

I could really get used to these easy wins.  Riding the arm of Luis Severino and the bat of Gary Sanchez, the Yankees rode their way to victory over the Detroit Tigers.

The Tigers opened the game with two good defensive plays to record outs.  As Gary Sanchez strolled to the plate, the FOX announcer said "This cat can hit".  Yes, he can.  Sanchez sent the pitch from Tigers pitcher Jordan Zimmermann high into the left field stands for the early lead.

Credit:  Duane Burleson-Associated Press

The Yankees added more runs in the 3rd inning.  Jacoby Ellsbury, making a rare start, led off with a single to center.  Ronald Torreyes followed with a single through the hole into left field.  Brett Gardner came up and everyone was expecting bunt.  But Gardy swung away and lofted a fly ball deep enough into center for Ellsbury to tag and move to third.  Tigers centerfielder Andrew Romine threw the ball to third, over the head of the cut-off man, too late to get Ellsbury but the throw allowed Toe to recognize the opportunity to take second. Aaron Hicks took a walk to load the bases. Gary Sanchez hit a fly ball that dropped in between the outfielders in left center field.  Both Ellsbury and Toe scored to make it 3-0. Hicks moved to second.  Aaron Judge added a run on a double to center that went over Andrew Romine's head and bounced on the warning track, scoring Hicks.  After a coaching visit to the mound, Didi Gregorius singled to up the middle to center to score Sanchez.  Judge moved to third.  He didn't wait there long as Chase Headley lofted a fly deep enough to center for Judge to tag up and score.  The Yankees had taken a 6-0 lead.

Credit:  Duane Burleson-Associated Press

Didi Gregorius added a solo homer to right center, a few rows behind the wall, in the 5th inning to make it 7-0.

Tigers reliever Chad Bell replaced Zimmermann to start the 6th inning and he proceeded to walk the first two batters (Todd Frazier and Jacoby Ellsbury).  The big little man, Ronald Torreyes, singled to left through the hole between third and short to score Frazier.  

Luis Severino had been cruising up to this point but Ian Kinsler led off the bottom of the 6th with a homer to left to get the Tigers on the scoreboard.  The Yankees wasted no time in getting the run back when Chase Headley homered to left inside the foul pole with two outs in the top of the 7th inning, a solo shot.  It was 9-1 Yankees.

In the bottom of the 7th, Sevy struck out John Hicks to start the inning.  Then, he walked Andrew Romine, and Jose Iglesias singled to center.  Sevy got the second out when he struck out Ian Kinsler swinging but that would be all.  Manager Joe Girardi made the trip to the mound and brought in former Tiger prospect Chad Green.  Green struck out Alex Presley for the third out.

The Yankees final run came in the top of the 8th.  With one out, Ronald Torreyes reached on a grounder that glanced off first baseman Miguel Cabrera's glove into right field.  It was scored a hit for Toe. Brett Gardner chopped a grounder to second and the Tigers got the force out on Toe but a throwing error on second baseman Ian Kinsler (off-balance throw that went into the Yankees dugout) allowed Gardy to make it to second.  A ground ball to left by Aaron Hicks scored Gardy.  10-1, Yankees.

Tommy Kahnle replaced Chad Green for the 9th inning.  John Hicks, the first batter, hit a deep fly to right but it stayed in the park for the out.  Kahnle struck out Andrew Romine for the second out but the next batter, Jose Iglesias, smashed a change-up from Kahnle into the left field stands.  Iglesias may not hit a lot of home runs (this was his 5th) but when he gets a hold of one, it goes far.  Dixon Machado doubled down the left field line, making me wonder if Kahnle was going to make it to the end of the game (Aroldis Chapman was warming up) but Alex Presley grounded out to first to end the drama.  The Yankees win!

The Yankees (68-57) were unable to make up any ground on Boston as the Red Sox beat the Cleveland Indians for the second day in a row.  They remain 4 games behind.  The see-saw battle for third place continued as the Baltimore Orioles reclaimed the spot with an 8-7 victory over the Oakland A's in 12 innings.  The Tampa Bay Rays dropped to fourth with a 7-6 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.  The O's and Rays are 7 and 7 1/2 games behind the Yankees, and the Jays are one game behind the Rays.  The Yankees picked up a game in the Wild Card standings and lead the Minnesota Twins by 3 1/2 games for the top spot.

Great game by Luis Severino (11-5).  He went 6 2/3 innings (100 pitches...71 for strikes).  He scattered 6 hits and gave up only one run.  One walk and eight strikeouts.  Chad Green had four strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings against his former organization.  I'd like to see Tommy Kahnle get back on track with a few clean innings but at least he got the job done despite the Iglesias home run.  

Credit:  Gregory Shamus-Getty Images

Gary Sanchez continues to scorch August with the homer and 3 RBI's.  The Kraken will be well prepared to take the field this weekend for Player's Weekend at Yankee Stadium.  Aaron Judge had one strikeout to extend his latest consecutive game strikeout streak to one game.  Seriously, it was a good game for Judge.  2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.  Also, hats off to Ronald Torreyes who was 4-for-4, also with an RBI and run scored.  You can't say enough great things about the job Toe has done this year filling in for Didi Gregorius and Starlin Castro, not to mention his time at third before Todd Frazier's arrival.

Credit:  Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Odds & Ends...

The Boston Red Sox made a few roster moves yesterday.  Starting centerfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr was placed on the 10-day DL with a sprained left thumb (he is expected to be out longer than the minimum time).  They also designated first baseman/outfielder Steve Selsky for assignment. President of Baseball Ops Dave Dombrowski then swung a trade with the Oakland A's to acquire swifty outfielder Rajai Davis. The A's received a low level outfielder from the Red Sox (Rafael Rincones). Davis had the game-tying home run off Aroldis Chapman in Game 7 of last year's World Series.  The Sox also recalled 2B Deven Marrero from Triple A.  

I really felt bad for one-time Yankee Rich Hill last night when he lost a no-hit bid in the 10th inning.  The Pittsburgh Pirates beat Hill and the Los Angeles Dodgers on a walk-off home run by Josh Harrison.  The Dodgers have not had any issues with scoring runs this season but yesterday they were unable to score any and it cost Hill the chance for the no-hitter.  He carried a perfect game into the 9th until Logan Forsythe's error allowed a baserunner.  One run could have given Hill the no-hitter in a regular 9-inning game.  That's a tough way to lose a no-no.

Credit:  Justin K Aller-Getty Images

Have a great Thursday!  It's Getaway Day.  Let's get away with the series sweep! Go Yankees!

Game Preview: New York Yankees @ Detroit Tigers 8/24

The New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers will finish up their three-game set this afternoon inside Comerica Park with another interesting pitching matchup. This afternoon the Yankees will send Jaime Garcia to the mound who will be making his fourth start of his Yankees career while the Tigers will counter with Michael Fulmer. Don’t let Fulmer’s wins and loss record fool you, he has pitched much better than his record shows so be careful.

Garcia has an ERA of 6.32 as a starting pitcher for the New York Yankees which really frustrates me as a fan. Jordan Montgomery needed to limit his innings but him pitching 3-4 innings a night would be better than what Garcia has given the Yankees thus far in my opinion. Garcia took a no-decision against the Mets last time out.

Fulmer has been the victim of poor run support all season long for the Tigers. Four of Fulmer’s losses this season have come in games where the Tigers offense was shutout and three of his losses came in which Fulmer gave up just one run. Fulmer is still a great pitcher, his offense behind him just isn’t doing him any favors here in 2017.

The game will be played at 1:10 pm ET inside Comerica Park and can be seen on the YES Network, MLB Network and MLB TV. You can also follow along in your cars and on the radio by tuning into WFAN with John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman. Need a win, get a win. Go Yankees!

So it Seems… Next Week is Tough

Good morning everyone and Happy Thursday.

Next week will be a tough one for the New York Yankees. After the team finishes their three-game set with the Detroit Tigers this afternoon the team will return home to play host to the Seattle Mariners for a three-game weekend set. After the weekend set the Yankees will have a case of the Monday’s as they welcome in the Cleveland Indians for three-games before the final four games against the Boston Red Sox during the 2017 regular season. Needless to say next week is going to be tough for the New York Yankees. The schedule eases up a bit the week after and for the remainder of the 2017 season, more on that later, but this may be the week that makes or breaks the Yankees chances at the American League East Division crown. Stay tuned to see how everything turns out.

This weekend will be a tough one for me specifically because it’s my first weekend away from you. We will get through it like we always do but that doesn’t mean I have to like it. I love you. HEY YOU.

Everyone have a great day!

This Day In New York Yankees History 8/24: Yankees Hats Start a Gang War

Unknown to the New York Yankees their hats may have contributed to an uptick in gang violence in East Harlem, New York. On this day in 2007, a day after protests concerning the gang related items, New Era announced that it will remove the "offensive" hats that bears the colors and symbols of the rival gangs the Bloods, the Crips, and the Latin Kings. Two white hats had been wrapped in red and blue bandannas made by New Era and appeared to represent the Bloods and the Crips. A black Yankees hat with the interlocking NY also had a crown symbolic of the Latin Kings.

Also on this day in 1985 Don Baylor ties a major league record in a Yankees uniform when he is hit by a pitch for the 189th time in his career.

Finally on this day in 1951 Mickey Mantle was recalled from the minor leagues and for the first time in his career wore his #7 jersey. The Yankees would win the game and Mantle would go 1-4 in the 2-0 victory over the Indians. Mantle had previously wore #6 before being demoted six weeks ago and his jersey was given to infielder Bobby Brown.