Thursday’s disaster aside, the strategy of using an opener to start a game has worked well for the New York Yankees. It’s been good enough to the point that team general manager Brian Cashman says he will consider using an opener in a playoff game this postseason.
Cashman told reporters prior to the Yankees’ 19-5 loss to the Cleveland Indians that using an opener would be a “possibility” that depended on many factors.
Brian Cashman on using an opener in the playoffs: "(It will depend on) schedule, see who's healthy, who's available to us, is Sevy back? Where is everybody else? How is our bullpen lined up? What are the off-days? … It's certainly something that is going to be a possibility."
Opener Chad Green was hammered by the Indians Thursday, allowing five runs over one third of an inning. The rest of the bullpen struggled as well; the entire staff allowed seven home runs in the game. The Yankees have still won 10 of 12 games Green has opened, so it’s mostly been a successful tactic.
The Yankees’ bullpen has been rock solid this season, but Domingo German is their only starter with a sub-4.00 ERA. Using Green in a playoff game might make sense at some point.
The New York Yankees buried the Boston Red Sox in the AL East by sweeping them in a four-game series that ended on Sunday night, but Aaron Judge does not seem all that excited about it.
Following his team’s 7-4 win over Boston, Judge was asked about sweeping his archrival. He said it was just business as usual for the Yankees.
Aaron Judge on sweeping the Sox: "It's what we're supposed to do, being a first-place team. We just went out there and took care of business. It doesn't matter who we're playing. First place, second place, third place team, we're going to go out there and take care of business."
The Red Sox looked like they might actually make things interesting in the AL East when they took three out of four from the Yankees a week ago, but they have now lost eight in a row and are a whopping 14.5 games back in the division. They’re also 6.5 back in the wild card, so Judge and his teammates must feel good about putting the defending champions’ backs against the wall.
The Yankees lost to Boston in the playoffs last year and watched their rival set records en route to a World Series title, and the fans certainly seemed to enjoy the weekend sweep. No matter what Judge says, it had to have felt better than sweeping the Baltimore Orioles would have.
Clint Frazier has long been a highly-touted prospect, but he can’t get a look in with the New York Yankees despite the team’s numerous injury issues.
In the span of two days, the Yankees have placed DH Edwin Encarnacion and outfielder Aaron Hicks on the disabled list. Neither of these moves resulted in a callup for Frazier, and based on Aaron Boone’s description of how newly-recalled first baseman Mike Ford will be used, there isn’t one coming, either.
Boone said Ford will get DH at-bats when not at first base, so #Yankees have effectively sealed off Frazier’s path to the majors. Said they’re covered position-wise with Hicks on IL.
Frazier’s bat, at least, should be more than convincing enough for the Yankees. He hit .283 with 11 home runs in 54 games this season, though he’s slumped a bit at AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Regardless, he conquered AAA last year and hit with the Yankees in 2019.
25 different Yankees have spent time on the IL this year, including a number of key position players. Frazier still hasn’t appeared in an MLB game since June 16, when he was sent down to clear a roster spot for newly-acquired Edwin Encarnacion. Even when Encarnacion landed on the DL Saturday, Frazier did not get the call. They also didn’t trade him at the deadline, mostly because he was not viewed as enough to land the pitching talent the Yankees sought.
Perhaps the Yankees are punishing Frazier over his feud with the New York media. Whatever the case, it doesn’t look like he’ll be coming up anytime soon no matter who gets hurt.
While such a trade might have made Stroman happy, it’s understandable why the Yankees hung up the phone. If they wouldn’t deal their top prospects to Toronto in a Stroman deal, they certainly wouldn’t do so for the Mets. It’s also a look at the rather odd deadline strategy from the Mets, which never seemed to have a lot of coherence to it.
Marcus Stroman reportedly had am openly negative reaction when he found out the Toronto Blue Jays had traded him on Sunday, and now we know way — he was hoping to end up with the other team in New York.
After Stroman was traded to the Mets, reporters heard a loud commotion in the Blue Jays clubhouse that indicated someone was unhappy. It turned out that was Stroman making his feelings known, and the right-hander’s father later admitted his son wanted to be traded to the Yankees.
“He was hoping it was the Yankees a little bit,” Earl Stroman told Newsday’s Steven Marcus said. “He was kind of psyched, maybe hoping to go there. I’m not going to tell you that he wasn’t.”
Earl Stroman said Marcus didn’t want to leave Toronto to begin with, but the front office “didn’t kind of appreciate him as much as the fans did.” Marcus grew up in New York, so Earl said he has warmed up to the idea of playing there even if it’s not in pinstripes.
“Anything he can help them do to win he’ll be happy,” the elder Stroman said. “Marcus is happy about being home, hopefully they make a push towards the playoffs.”
The New York Yankees’ starting pitching has been exceptionally awful over the past week, and that has their pitching coach taking the blame.
Dating back to Sunday July 21, Yankees pitching has allowed at least seven runs per game. The team has gone 2-5 in that span. Opponents have scored double-digit runs off them in three of those games, including 19 in a humiliating loss to the Red Sox on Thursday.
CC Sabathia said it’s the pitchers’ responsibility to get better. Pitching coach Larry Rothschild agrees and says it starts with him.
The Yankees have been linked to most available starters, and Ray would fit the bill. The left-hander has a 3.95 ERA and 162 strikeouts in 123 innings, though his 58 walks lead the National League. That said, Ray has another year of control, a penchant for getting strikeouts, and would be a good option for a Yankee team that has run into some roadblocks with other potential additions.
“New York, New York” is the same song that is played at Yankee Stadium after the team’s wins, so this is a clear troll job by Minnesota. The Red Sox did the same thing last year, though that was only after Aaron Judge started it first.
The 61-38 Twins lead the AL Central, while the 64-35 Yankees are in first in the AL East. Maybe the Bronx Bombers will be motivated for the remainder of the series after the Twins’ antics.
It is a seller’s market in Major League Baseball this July. The bulk of MLB teams can at least claim to be in contention, sitting within five games of either the division or a wild card spot, and that means a lot of teams are going to be competing for limited resources ahead of the July 31 trade deadline.
Sure, most contenders would probably like to upgrade. But which ones really need to most of all? Here are ten teams that most need to make a move with the deadline looming.
10. Houston Astros
On the surface, the Astros would seem to have everything, sitting comfortably in first place in the AL West. However, they could use another starter behind the devastating 1-2 punch of Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole. It won’t be the end of the world if the Astros opt to stand pat, but in a loaded American League, their best shot at matching up with the Yankees may be to load up on pitching and put their aces up against their playoff rivals. Plus, some of their players are eager for reinforcements.
The New York Yankees are doing their due diligence on starting pitchers, even the ones who look unattainable.
The Yankees had a scout in Miami to watch Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard’s start on Saturday, according to Kevin Kernan of the New York Post. It’s also noted that they were far from the only team to be keeping an eye on the hard-throwing right-hander roughly two weeks ahead of the MLB trade deadline.
It’s no secret that the Yankees need starting pitching, and if available, Syndergaard would be one of the best on the market. The Mets have said they won’t be trading him, and they have no real incentive to unless they’re blown away by an offer.