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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 DFA 1B Chris Carter, call up 1B/OF Ji-Man Choi from Triple-A

Today it was announced that the Yankees once again have DFA’d 1B Chris Carter in a move which isn’t overly surprising. Carter has been less than stellar this season and has shown no improvement since being brought back to the major league roster after his previous DFA in late June, which lasted just a week before his replacement, Tyler Austin, hit the DL.

Over his time with the Yankees this season, Carter has hit .203, with 37 hits overall in 182 AB, resulting in only 14 XBH and 26 RBIs this season. Carter’s main attraction last season with the Brewers was his power, and now that’s no longer a part of his game with only eight long balls through 61 games played. More specifically, in the four games since he was brought back on to the big league squad, Carter has hit just a measly .200 with 3 hits in 16 PA. In those 16 PA, Carter has also struck out six times and walked once. Therefore, his DFA should be no surprise to anyone who has witnessed him play over this recent stretch.
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As for his replacement, Ji-Man Choi is a 1B out of Triple-A Scranton who some Yankee fans may not have heard of. Choi spent his last season on the Los Angeles Angels, where he played just 54 games and was a pretty large letdown. Choi hit .170 in his 112 AB, with 12 RBIs and five homers. Choi walked 16 times while striking out 27 and had an overall .271 OBP. Despite this uninspiring play, the Yankees invited him to spring training this season where he .200 with 4 RBIs and no homers.
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Although these stats weren’t enough to earn him a major league roster spot, he did establish himself in the Yankees organization and recently has been setting Triple-A on fire as he has hit .351 with 5 homeruns and 15 RBIs in his last 10 games. Hopefully this production can continue in the big leagues and Choi can be a serviceable replacement for Carter. As for Carter, this may very likely be the end for him in pinstripes, as he may not recover from his second DFA in less than a month.

Article by: Connor Thoms