Posts

Showing posts from May, 2019

Yanks blitz O's, win 11-4

Image
The Yankees dispatched the Orioles with relative ease, taking the win by a score of 11-4. The New York offense was terrific, and Domingo German had all the help he could ever want en route to the win.

Gary Sanchez’s blast caps off Yankees’ epic comeback win versus Baltimore

Image
What looked to be a lost game, following a disastrous start by JA Happ, turned into one of the Yankees’ most dramatic comeback wins of the young season. The bullpen held the Orioles to one run, following Happ’s departure, and the Yankees rallied for nine runs in the last four innings of play.

Series Preview: New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles (5/20 - 5/23)

Image
The Baltimore Orioles have, so far this season, proven an easy opponent -- as well they should be. 
Of course, going into the season as the 2019 Yankees' first opponent of the year, the talk across the world of sports news was that the Orioles were in possession of one of the worst teams in MLB.  With a record of 15-31, and after dropping their most recent game 10-0 to the Cleveland Indians, they're certainly proving it. 
While it's been an awfully convenient set of circumstances that has led the Yankees to easy teams in the midst of their unprecedented injury woes, the Orioles are beyond just an easy team.  They're terrible -- and even the "replacement" Yankees (who are proving to be quite the surprise force) have no excuse for losing.  In looking at the pitching matchups, there's only further evidence to the point that the Yankees should breeze through this series.  They've managed to make it to first place in the A.L. East following their 13-5 win ov…

Huge Sixth Inning Leads Yanks to Win vs. Rays

Image
A huge seven-run sixth inning helped lead the Yankees past the Rays, in a game where Aaron Boone decided to emulate the opponent by using Chad Green as an opener.  In the inning, the Yanks scored more than the opposing Rays did through nine innings thanks to great plate discipline from the bombers, who earned nine walks on the day.  Green lasted less than two innings, giving up two solo homeruns. He then gave the ball to Nestor Cortez Jr., who lasted four innings and gave up three runs for the Yankees, the last runs they would surrender all day.  Up until the bottom of the sixth inning, the game was looking to be a back and forth battle with both teams knotted up at five through five innings, with homeruns by: Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks, Kevin Kiermaier, and Willy Adames.

Offense sputters as Yanks fall 2-1 to Rays in 11

Image
As it turns out, one run is not enough to win most baseball games. The Yankees offense faltered today as they fell to Tampa in 11 innings by a score of 2-1. 

The Yanks’ sole run came on a Blake Snell wild pitch in the third inning, scoring Brett Gardner after he and DJ LeMahieu strung together two singles. Then, Luke Voit walked, loading the bases with just one out. Obviously, that situation did not yield more runs for New York, although it was not the last scoring chance they would have. Aaron Hicks got thrown out trying to score from second on a Gleyber Torres single in the sixth.

A look inside the unexpected revival of the Yankees best reliever

Image
At this time last season, Tommy Kahnle had a 6.14 ERA and was rehabbing a nagging shoulder injury he suffered just six games into his 2018 campaign. He would appear in two more games for the Yankees in late May before being sent down to triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for most of the summer. All in all, Kahnle’s disastrous season ended with him posting a 6.56 ERA and 1.63 WHIP in 24 games for New York. It was a far cry from the 2.70 ERA he put up in 32 games for the Yankees in 2017 after coming over in a trade from the White Sox. It would have been easy for the team to give up on the 29-year-old and make him the forgotten man of their stacked bullpen, but they gave him one more chance and now they’re reaping the rewards.

Urshela walk-off puts Yankees atop AL East

Image
The Yankees enter the weekend after an off day against the leaders of the AL East, the Tampa Bay Rays.CC Sabathia took the mound against the Rays’ opener, Ryne Stanek. Sabathia pitched a gem, only giving up six hits and one run through six innings.The Yankees found themselves down in the bottom of the ninth by two runs, but clutch hitting from Luke Voit, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, and Gio Urshela saved the game.The Bombers won a thriller, 4-3 over the Rays.


Series Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees (5/17-5/19)

Image
For the second straight weekend the Yankees and Rays are set to face off, this time in the Bronx. Since the last time they saw each other both teams are 2-0 with the Rays taking two from the Marlins and the Yanks winning a doubleheader against the Orioles. This means Tampa Bay will open this series leading the AL East by just half a game, so whoever wins this series will be on top of the division.

Torres shines as Yankees sweep twin bill from Orioles

Image
Playing their first double-header of the 2019 season, the Yankees took care of business against the last-place Orioles, taking both games thanks to solid pitching and a power display on offense. The two wins put the Yanks at a season-best 26-16, just two games worse than the team’s 28-14 mark through 42 games last year.

Yankees acquire Kendrys Morales from Athletics

Image
On Tuesday night, the Yankees acquired 1B/DH Kendrys Morales from the Oakland Athletics, in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations. Morales, in his 13th major-league season, was designated for assignment on Monday.

No need to panic: The Yankees rotation does not need a marquee upgrade

Image
Remain calm. Everything is going to be okay. Well, at least I think they will.
The Yankees have undergone an almost comical string of injuries to key players in 2019 and yet have still managed to play at such a competitive level that they find themselves just one-half game back of the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League East.And yet, all I see on fellow blogs, the New York tabloids and Twitter is that this team is a mess and is in urgent need of a top-shelf starting pitcher in order for them to remain in the race over the course of the 2019 season.

Let me make this unequivocally clear: such takes are nothing but stark overreactions.

From rock bottom to achieving his dream: A look back at the past calendar year in Thairo Estrada’s life

Image
Flashback to early 2018, and Yankees’ infielder Thairo Estrada endured a tragedy much bigger than the game of baseball. He sustained a gunshot wound in an attempted robbery back in his home country of Venezuela. His injury was not life-threatening, but still created consequences that the average baseball player does not have to go through. His initial surgery to remove the bullet was carried out poorly, arguably causing more damage than the initial wound, however he was cleared to play and felt ready to go.

Is Aaron Boone the AL Manager of the Year to date?

Image
Aaron Boone takes a lot of criticism from fans almost every time the Yankees lose, and even at times after Yankee wins. Many of his decisions are second-guessed and make fans wonder what he is doing, but somehow the Yankees just keep winning games. Coming into 2019, would anyone expect a Yankees team with the ridiculous amount of injuries so far to get off to a 24-16 start and be only half a game out of first in the AL East? I certainly would not have, and throughout this season of injuries, roster moves, and lineup changes at least one thing has stayed constant: Aaron Boone.

What can the Yankees expect from Chance Adams?

Image
Prior to Monday night’s rainout, Jonathan Loaisiga became the seventeenth Yankee to land on the I.L. this season, succumbing to a rotator cuff strain. Loaisiga had only taken one turn in the rotation to this point in place of the injured James Paxton, but will now be shut down for at least a month. The Yanks will now look to Chance Adams, who was recalled from Triple-A to take his place on the roster.

So now the question: what does he bring to the table?

Series Preview: Baltimore Orioles vs New York Yankees (5/13-5/16)

Image
After a quick trip down to Tampa which saw the Yankees take a three-game series from the Rays 2-1, they return to the Bronx for three games against the Baltimore Orioles. After struggling against Seattle and righting the ship a bit in Tampa, the Bombers find themselves at 24-16 on the year and only a half game out of first place.
This will be a six-game homestand for New York with three against Baltimore and three against Tampa. Baltimore is 3-7 in their last 10 and, as predicted, find themselves at or near the bottom of most major offensive and pitching categories. Oriole pitching has given up the most runs and homers in the majors and has the second least number of strikeouts. On the other side of the ball, they are well below average in runs per game, walks, and team on-base percentage.
Game One-Monday, May 13, 6:35pm EST David Hess (1.4, 5.50 ERA) vs Jonathan Loaisiga (1-1, 4.50 ERA) With James Paxton’s knee soreness still holding him out, the Yankees turn

Power Outage Can't Stop Yankees' Offense Against the Rays

Image
Coming into this final game of the three-game set, both teams had won one game with the Yankees winning game one in a one run contest and the Rays winning the second game in blowout fashion. With the Yankees looking to catch up to the Rays in the standings, this game was a crucial one for this rolling Yankees team.

Bombers drop chance for AL East lead, lose 7-2 to Tampa

Image
After battling for a big win last night, the Yankees looked to CC Sabathia to not only clinch a series win but to take first place in the division as well. The Rays hoping to hold their spot atop the AL East went with the opener, Ryne Stanek. After going down early in this game, the Yankees were able to strike back to tie the game in the top of the sixth. However, a messy bottom half cost them that chance to control their division this weekend, losing 7-2 to Tampa.



It was a rocky start for Sabathia as he let up two early solo home runs in the second and third innings to Avisail Garcia and Yandy Diaz respectively. Luckily, CC was able to settle down limiting the damage to those two runs in his start.


In the fifth, Gleyber Torres continued his hot streak with his second hit of the day, bringing his average to over .330 in his last 28 at-bats. Another “red hot” Baby Bomber, Clint Frazier (18 RBI) laced a double off the wall in left field to drive Torres home to cut the lead to one.


DJ Le…

Germán starts strong; Urshela continues his magical run

Image
The weekend showdown against the Rays is one of the most pivotal series of this young season.With the Yankees 1.5 games behind the Rays in the AL East, the club sent Domingo Germán out to the bump.The Rays countered with a young ace of their own, the American League’s April Pitcher of the Month, Tyler Glasnow. Germán gave up three earned runs, but the bats led by none other than Gio Urshela were alive just enough to get him his seventh win of the year.  The Yankees won 4-3.

Opinion: A case for the Yankees adding another starting pitcher

Image
I’ve always been of the opinion that good pitching defeats strong, slugger-level batting, especially in a playoff situation. I’m not alone in that opinion, either.
Of course, it helps in the regular season, too. Let’s face it -- the starting rotation has been an issue for a while, and by “a while” I mean “prior to the 2019 season”. The bullpen, slated prior to the 2019 season as the best bullpen in MLB, is not the bigger issue here.Even with the recent (and necessary) departure of Chad Green to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, as well as the injury to Dellin Betances, the bullpen still shouldn’t be the area of focus for improvement on the Yankees’ pitching staff. The starting rotation, however, is growing more and more problematic by the day, and I mean that in the most literal sense.During the offseason, the glaring hole in the rotation seemed apparent, at least to me.Luis Severino would be the Yanks’ ace, but he still showed some inconsistency.Masahiro Tanaka would remain as the No.2 guy, but…