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Yankees considering using opener during playoffs

New York Yankees

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.

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.

Aaron Judge on sweeping Red Sox: ‘It’s what we’re supposed to do’

Aaron Judge

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.

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.

Yankees refusing to call up Clint Frazier despite slew of injuries

Clint Frazier

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.

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.

Report: Mets tried to trade Marcus Stroman to Yankees

Marcus Stroman

The New York Mets surprised many by picking up Marcus Stroman from the Toronto Blue Jays in a pre-deadline trade, but apparently they were willing to move him again.

According to Bob Klapisch of the New York Times, the Mets offered Stroman to the New York Yankees for a package headed by the Yankees’ top two prospects, Deivi Garcia and Esteban Florial.

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’s father says pitcher was hoping for trade to Yankees

Marcus Stroman

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.”

There were apparently a couple of other teams that Stroman would have preferred to go to, but you can understand why he wanted to play for the Yankees. Every kid who grows up playing baseball in New York wants the same thing. If the Mets decide to keep Noah Syndergaard (and that sounds like a possibility) and make a real run at the postseason, Stroman will probably feel a lot better about his new home.

Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild takes blame for horrible run by starters

New York Yankees

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.

“It’s my responsibility to get it right,” Rothschild said after Saturday’s 9-5 loss to Boston, via ESPN’s Coley Harvey.

Rothschild further said that no fix is easy, as he is working with each pitcher separately on potential improvements.

12-2 Domingo German gets the start on Sunday night for the Yankees, so maybe he will end the stretch of awful pitching from the staff. At least that’s what the Bronx Bombers will be hoping.

Despite the poor pitching stretch, the Yankees are still one of the best teams in baseball and just two games behind the Dodgers for the best record in the league.

Report: Yankees have asked Diamondbacks about Robbie Ray

Robbie Ray

The New York Yankees figure to be one of the teams looking closely at starting pitching upgrades over the next week or so and have already had some conversations about adding an arm to the rotation.

According to Jon Morosi of, the Yankees have spoken with the Arizona Diamondbacks about pitcher Robbie Ray in the last few days, though there are no indications that any deal is close.

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.

Twins troll Yankees with music after strikeouts

The Minnesota Twins decided to troll the New York Yankees during the first game of a 3-game series between the teams.

The Twins smacked five home runs and turned a triple play as they won Monday’s game 8-6. But it wasn’t with the bats where they made all the noise.

Minnesota’s pitchers struck out eight Yankees in the game. After each strikeout, Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” song played in Target Field, rankling Yankees fans.

“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.

10 MLB teams that need to make a trade deadline move

Brian Cashman

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.


Report: Yankees sent scout to watch Syndergaard start

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.

Syndergaard has not been at his best in 2019, posting a 4.55 ERA in 18 starts. There was some chatter of a potential trade between the two teams during the offseason, but it went nowhere.