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Series Preview: New York Yankees vs New York Mets (7/20-7/22)

The Yankees enter the second half of the season with a 62-33 record, which has them slotted in second place in the AL East behind the Boston Red Sox who are currently 4.5 games ahead with a 68-30 record to this point in the season. Following last year’s close encounter with the Minnesota Twins in the AL Wild Card game, the Yankees should definitely do their best to avoid the one game nightmare in this second half. The Yankees will begin this quest with a three game set against New York’s inferior team, the New York Mets. The Mets are currently sitting at the bottom of the NL East with a 39-55 record and the Yankees won two of the three meetings between the teams this season, signs which should indicate a Yankees’ series win. However, unfavorable pitching matchups could derail the Bronx Bombers in this Subway Series.

Yankees Make Just One Move at Deadline

The July 31st trade deadline for the Yankees was anticlimactic if you had to attach one word to describe it. The team acquired Dustin Ackley, who is much better than people think, but that was all Brian Cashman could spin off.

There had been a lot of buzz and speculation all afternoon about what the Yankees might do throughout the day. The primary target was Craig Kimbrel from the Padres, but it ultimately didn’t work out.

Just a few days ago, the Padres offered Craig Kimbrel for Ben Gamel, who is having a good year in triple-A Scranton and the team’s number four overall prospect, SS Jorge Mateo. Not wanting to gut the farm for a reliever, Cashman declined.

However, Cashman decided he’d give it a go one last time on July 31st, but to his dismay, he never heard back from the Padres. Padres GM A.J. Preller had made the executive decision to not “sell” at the deadline as he still believes his team has a chance to make the postseason. A team with multiple rumors regarding a few players, the Padres didn’t trade anyone of importance to their stretch-run.

There were murmurs of the flame throwing “Cuban Missile” Aroldis Chapman being named in a few Reds and Yankees rumors. Again, the rumors were just that, rumors, as they didn’t amount to much.

Then, there were further rumors that the Yankees were strongly looking into setup man for the Miami Marlins, Carter Capps. You may know Capps by his unorthodox delivery, but he has been dominant in 2015. This was a guy I would’ve loved to see in pinstripes but he too wasn’t dealt to any team.

All in all, the July 31st as whole was anticlimactic. Most moves were made just a few days earlier so the market was already thin but there were solid players out there. Most of the rumors fell through as there weren’t many blockbuster deals made on the final day where teams could make trades (before the waiver period in August).

Article by: Chad Raines
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