Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Game Thread: New York Yankees vs. Atlanta Braves 7/3

And just like that it is game time here in the Bronx between the New York Yankees and the Atlanta Braves. In the middle game of this three-game interleague set the Yankees will send Domingo German out to the mound for his 10th start of the season while the Braves will counter with Sean Newcomb. The game will be played at 7:05 pm ET inside Yankee Stadium 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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Predicting the 2018 Trade Deadline: Danny Duffy

The name Danny Duffy is not at the top of any team’s priority list if we are being completely honest, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be more than a couple teams interested in his services this summer before the July 31st trading deadline. In my opinion, and I know this will not be a popular opinion by any stretch of the imagination, I believe that both of the teams we will watch inside Yankee Stadium this evening will be at least interested in the Kansas City Royals left-hander, the Yankees and the Braves. Who will win tonight will be decided in just a few years, but who will win in a potential Danny Duffy sweepstakes? Well that could take until the end of July to find out.  

Before we get too far into this let’s get one thing out and in the open, Danny Duffy is not at the top of the Yankees priority list and Duffy is also not the arm that will put New York over the top when it comes to the postseason and the World Series. At least not on paper, but he could be a serviceable addition to the rotation if the Yankees were to run into a few scenarios. Do either of Domingo German or Jonathan Loaisiga have innings limits this season? German has never thrown over 123 innings (he has already pitched more than half as many innings thus far in 2018) in a season and that came back in 2014 while Loaisiga has never pitched more than 68 innings in a season, so it is conceivable that both could be on innings limits by the end of the season. Do you trust Sonny Gray pitching Game Four of a playoff series? Because I don’t either. The other scenario is an injury, it could happen to any pitcher, but it could especially happen to CC Sabathia with his balky knees and lower extremities. Duffy isn’t the ideal choice, but he should be looked at nonetheless in my opinion.  

Duffy would come cheap as he has been inconsistent here in 2018, a year before hitting his free agency before the 2019 season. Duffy’s overall stats are not pretty but if you look at his game logs he shows at least something to get excited about. Duffy has made 17 starts as of the time of this writing and has been the model of consistently inconsistent in all of them. Duffy has allowed three runs or less in nine of them including three games where he allowed zero earned runs. Where his inflated numbers come in at are in the games where he allowed five runs (three times), nine runs, six runs (twice), and seven runs against the Houston Astros.  

Duffy seems to be a lot like Sonny Gray in the way that when he is good, he is great, but when he isn’t… watch out. Could Larry Rothschild work his magic on him and “fix” him? I can’t say no, he has done it with so many others before, but for the same reasons the Yankees would want him would be the same reasons why the Atlanta Braves would need him. The Braves will be stiff competition, and stiff competition makes the price for everything go up. If the Yankees decide that they need another starter and a better option doesn’t present itself first, a better option being a better pitcher who is younger and with more team control for example, then I could see the Yankees rolling the dice on Duffy for the cost of a couple low-level prospects. If the price gets too high, then I’d be content with letting the Braves have him and going with what we currently have. The Yankees don’t need him, Justus Sheffield should be ready soon, but in my opinion the Atlanta Braves do if they want to hold off the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies.  

Game Preview: New York Yankees vs. Atlanta Braves 7/3

In the second of the three-game set between the New York Yankees and the Atlanta Braves we will watch once again as the best team in both respective leagues go head-to-head. In the middle game of the series the Yankees will send Domingo German out to the mound to square off with Sean Newcomb for the Braves. Let’s get to it here in the Bronx.

German will make his 10th start of the season tonight in place of the injured Jordan Montgomery and will make his first ever start against the Atlanta Braves. In German’s last start the right-hander struggled against the Tampa Bay Rays allowing six runs on nine hits in just three innings of work and will need to be better tonight in the Bronx to escape with a victory.

Newcomb has made three consecutive quality starts heading into this start and 11 overall this season. In his age-25 season Newcomb is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in three interleague starts this season, but none of those have come against the New York Yankees inside of Yankee Stadium.

The game will be played at 7:05 pm ET inside Yankee Stadium 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, show the Braves that the AL reigns supreme, and go Yankees!!

Hello… A Shift in Focus

Good morning everyone and welcome back to the blog. What a weekend for the Yankees, huh? To not only take two of three from Boston, but in the way the team did it was so impressive to me, and I truly think it sent a message to everyone in a Boston uniform. You guys may be good, but we may be better.

Also, a big middle finger to the MLB schedule makers who have the Atlanta Braves coming to New York here in 2018, but not vice versa. I waited three years for this as I live in Atlanta and you took that from me, thanks.

Anyway, the shift in focus. The calendar has turned to July and all eyes have been shifted to the trade deadline. No more Meet a Prospect talk, more finding that final piece that could lead the team to the World Series talk. Let’s get to it.

Oh, and hey you. I love you. My focus may shift elsewhere, but you are always at the center of my eye, my focus, my attention and my heart. I loves you.

This Day in New York Yankees History 7/3: ESPN Sued By The Sleeping Man

On this day in 2014 the New York Yankees were playing as a part of ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball and one fan was caught sleeping live on national television. Andrew Rector filed a $10 million defamation suit in the Bronx Supreme Court against the New York Yankees, Major League Baseball, ESPN and ESPN's play-by-play men Dan Shulman and John Kruk. Rector, the 26 year old used car salesman, was caught napping in the game and felt like the commentary pained him in a bad light and damaged his reputation. Okay.

Also on this day in 1932 the Boston Red Sox played the New York Yankees on what was a Sunday in Fenway Park. What made this significant is the fact that Boston law outlawed games played within 1000 feet of a church. The Red Sox would lose 13-2 on this day.

Finally on this Independence Day eve you have to wonder what the world would have been like had they had Twitter back then. While the official news that the United States of America had gained its independence on this day would have dropped on July 4th in the 1770’s the news would have likely been breaking today, July 3rd, in modern times you would have to think. Just some senseless thinking on my part that doesn’t really mean much to start your day.

Have a great day Yankees fans!