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BBB Writers reflect on the 2020 season

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Another season has come and gone and the Yankees are once again title-less. The writers of the BBB weigh in on what went right this year, what went wrong and what this team needs to do to finally get over the hump next season. Photo Credit: Gregory Bull/AP

Keys to a Game 5 victory

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It's winner take all between the Yankees and the Rays tonight, lets discuss what the Yankees need to do to bring home the win. Credit: Jim McIsaac Getty Images

Opinion: The Yankees are facing elimination (again). But, we can't give up on them.

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This feeling is familiar.  Photo credit: ESPN

BBBets Wild Card Series Day 2

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Hello all and welcome to today’s Bronx Bomber Bets column. Today we are actually going to introduce a new layer to our bets, by adding a parlay to the column. For those of you who are newer to betting, a parlay is a combination of bets in which you need every single bet to hit in order to win the money. These kind of bets are very high-risk, high-reward which is why we usually like to use money line bets rather than run line. Because this is such a high risk, as you need every pick to win, the odds are often much higher than the odds for any single bet. Now that we’ve explained that, here are our bets for today:  

Postseason 2020: The Clint Frazier Question

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  Photo credit: Newsday As of Monday evening, September 28th, the Yankees postseason roster has yet to be announced. Aaron Boone said that the Yankees had a “long and spirited” meeting to hammer out the postseason roster. They’re close. — Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) September 28, 2020 In spite of that fact, there are a number of “shoe-ins” among the squad.  Gerrit Cole, of course, is slated to pitch Game 1 of the Wild Card series.  Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton are off the injured list and ready to play.  Kyle Higashioka, Cole’s assumed personal catcher, will be behind the plate -- at least when Cole is pitching.  Of course, Luke Voit, who wasn’t even on the 2019 postseason roster, is hoping to continue his streak of dingers.  But what about Clint Frazier?  It appears I’m not the only one asking the question… Will the Yankees start Brett Gardner over Clint Frazier in the playoffs? pic.twitter.com/DQ750d5abZ — Talkin' Yanks (@TalkinYanks) September 28, 2020 Frazier was not cho

New York Yankees Wild Card Series Roster

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The Yankees announced their roster for the Wild Card series early on Tuesday, and Miguel Andujar was left off of it. Heading into the postseason, the INF/OF Andujar was the biggest question mark for the team, and whether he would be included on the roster or not. Instead, the Yankees decided in favor of having first baseman Mike Ford and third string catcher Erik Kratz on the bench. The third baseman and outfielder was hoping that a strong finish to the season could earn himself a spot on the roster, as he went 9-for-25 in September with four extra-base hits. However, it seems that the lefty bat of Ford (who went hitless at 0-for-19 in the final month of the season) gave him the advantage, as the team only has three lefty bats plus the switch-hitting Aaron Hicks on the roster, not including Ford.  

The X-Factor Ace: It's Gerrit Cole's first postseason in Pinstripes

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Gerrit Cole has played October baseball before.  Photo credit: Yahoo Sports

BBB Weighs In: Recapping the 2020 regular season and previewing the playoffs

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With the postseason finally upon us, the writers at Bronx Bomber Ball weigh in on how they felt the 2020 regular season went, as well as give their thoughts on the playoffs which begin tonight in Cleveland. Photo via New York Yankees Official Twitter

BBBets 9/24

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Welcome to day two of BBBets! Well, we had a less than stellar debut yesterday with the majority of our picks falling short.   However, our highest unit bet – taking the Yankees/Jays over – did hit at 3u.   The bad news? The Yankees got clobbered in a 14-1 embarrassment in Buffalo.   If you bet the over, at least you were able to make some money in the face of a pathetic showing this close to the playoffs.   BUT WE MOVE FORWARD.

Introducing Bronx Bomber Bets: BBBets 9/23

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Welcome to our new gambling column at BBB, Bronx Bomber Bets. Here we will be giving out some of our favorite picks of the day and sharing them with our readers. Today, we are giving out 10 picks for all of you, so please enjoy, and bet responsibly. Now, we know that not all of our readers are big gamblers, if they are gamblers at all, so for the first week or so that we give out picks we will be explaining the odds and gambling terminology for anyone out there who is looking to learn about sports betting. Here are our picks:

Weekly Preview: NYY @ TOR 9/21 – 9/24; MIA @ NYY 9/25 – 9/27

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Your attention please, ladies and gentlemen… after a rather depressing dry spell, it is fun to be a Yankees fan again in 2020.  The Bombers just came off a ten-game winning streak, are locked in to complete their 28th winning season in a row and have clinched a postseason berth in the shortened 2020 season.  In spite of Sunday’s loss to the Boston Red Sox, they showed some fight in late innings in an attempted rally.  They swept the Toronto Blue Jays.  They set MLB records for most home runs hit in one game on consecutive days.  They came back from behind to beat the Red Sox in extra innings on Friday.  They’ve made such a comeback to the point that losing on Sunday did not hurt their playoff chances.  But there’s still something to play for in the upcoming regular season games. With one week to go, the Yankees sit 3.5 games behind the Rays for the division lead. With playoff rankings and home field advantage at stake, the Yankees will return to Buffalo, where they fell from grace the

Player update: We need to talk about Luke Voit

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Voit is adroit. 

Still Our DJ: DJ LeMahieu Post-IL Update

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There are a few big differences between last year’s story surrounding Yankees injuries and this year’s story.  The fact that this season only consists of 60 games and every game this season counts as much as 2.7 games in a 162-game season is chief among them.  The fact that history is repeating itself is another.  But another notable difference between this tale of two injury-heavy seasons for the Yankees is that DJ LeMahieu was not among the walking wounded in 2019.  Photo credit: FOX Sports

Weekly Preview: NYY @ ATL 8/25 - 8/26; NYM @ NYY 8/28 – 8/30

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There is the reason for concern heading into this week of action as the Yankees begin a fresh week of baseball Tuesday in Atlanta. But, brighter skies may be ahead for the Bombers. Aaron Judge is back, let’s get that out of the way. Judge will be activated from the IL prior to Tuesday’s game against the Braves, coming at the perfect time. The Yankees are coming back this week after getting swept in a three-game series by the Rays at home, dropping them to second in the AL East, and having a weekend off after their series at Citi Field was postponed due to COVID-19. Photo Credit: Mike Stobe/Getty Images Unfortunately, Judge does not solve all the issues for the team as they still are without Giancarlo Stanton, DJ LeMahieu, and Gleyber Torres. Torres was officially placed on the IL Monday with the move retroactive to Friday after being diagnosed with a Grade 1 strains in both his left hamstring and left quadriceps. With glaring holes to still be filled, the Yanks will still have to play

Is this rock bottom?

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I’ve had the pleasure of owning the title of Yankees Fan since age seven, when I stayed up past my bedtime to watch the 1996 World Series with my dad while my mom fell asleep on the couch.   Tino Martinez was one of my first crushes.   Hearing the name Jimmy Key still brings tears to my eyes.   Joe Torre was one of my childhood heroes.   I watched the Don Zimmer brawl in shock while rooting for him the entire time.   I remember why Curt Schilling became known as “Ole’ Ketchup Sock” (you can thank Yankees Facebook for that nickname).   And my dad and I were in attendance at Game Two of the 2009 World Series, where we reminded Pedro who his Daddy is.   In my time as a fan, I’ve certainly experienced my fair share of highs and lows with the Yankees, feeling for them, hurting with them, celebrating with them. Photo credit: Newsday

Let the kids play...but actually

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Credit: Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press That title sound familiar? That’s because it was the title of not one , but two separate ads released by Major League Baseball and featuring stars such as Mike Trout, Aaron Judge, Christian Yelich and more. These were released first during the postseason of 2018 and next during Spring Training of 2019. Now it comes up a few times every season where a team gets upset and an incident breaks out because someone is deemed to have “broken the unwritten rules of baseball” and these ads released by MLB themselves made light of that fact. The problem here is that MLB never backs it up and every season we see the same outrage from certain groups within the baseball community when one of these “rules” is broken.

Weekly Preview: TB @ NYY 8/18- 8/20; NYY @ NYM 8/21 – 8/23

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Chad Green's resurgence has come at the perfect time for the Yankees

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Chad Green has been the Yankees’ best reliever in 2020, and it’s quite possible he has been the best late-inning option in the entire sport. The 29-year-old righty enters play on August 14th with a 0.82 ERA, 0.36 WHIP and 12.27 K/9. Green’s struggles early last season were well-documented, and he never entirely put them behind him in 2019. 18 games into this shortened season and that feels like ancient history. Photo Credit: Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

Series Recap - ATL @ NYY (8/11 - 12): Yankees sweep brief two game set against the Acuna-less Braves

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Coming off a brutal road trip that saw them drop five of seven games to the Phillies and Rays in addition to the loss of Giancarlo Stanton to a hamstring strain, the Yankees needed a change of momentum fast as they returned home to the Bronx this week and got just that by taking both games in a quick two-game set against the Atlanta Braves. Photo Credit: Kathy Willens/AP Photo

Gio Urshela is proving 2019 was no fluke

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I’m not typically a fan of small sample size theater, but it’s hard to deny how good Gio Urshela has looked through his first 16 appearances of 2020. Entering the season, there were some questions regarding how Urshela would follow up his stellar 2019 campaign. After all, prior to last year’s breakout, Urshela was a widely unknown 27-year-old with a career batting average of .225, that the Yankees acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays for $25,000 in August of 2018. He was known as a solid defensive player with little to no offensive ability. That narrative changed drastically a year ago. Photo Credit: John Minchillo/AP Photo

Weekly Preview – ATL @ NYY 8/11-12; BOS @ NYY 8/13-16

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The Yankees come into this week ice cold and looking for a rebound.  After a week that saw them drop five of seven games on the road against the Phillies and Rays, while seeing their AL East lead shrink to just two games, the Yankees return home for the start of a nine-game homestand looking to get back on track. Game against the Braves and Red Sox are on tap this weekend. Photo Credit: Douglas DeFelice/USA TODAY Sports

Series Recap - NYY @ TB (8/7 - 8/9): Yankees hit rough patch, drop three out of four in Tampa

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The 2020 New York Yankees have officially hit their first rough patch of the season. The Yankees lost three out of four games to the Tampa Bay Rays this weekend to cut their American League East lead to just two games. The problem this weekend was largely on offense, as the Yanks only scored seven runs in their three losses (2.3 runs per game). New York has now lost five of its last seven games, and seven of eight at Tropicana Field dating back to last season. Photo Credit: Chris O'Meara/AP Photo In the series opener on Friday night, the Yankees’ bats fell silent. In one of their worst offensive performances in recent memory, New York managed just two hits and failed to score a run against six different Rays pitchers. The Yanks only real scoring chances came in the seventh and eighth innings when the team went a combined 0-4 with runners in scoring position. One of the defining moments of the game occurred in the eighth when Mike Tauchman led off the frame with a double,

Player Update: Gary Sanchez

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That Gary really hasn’t been scary. Photo credit: NJ.com

Weekly Preview: PHI @ NYY 8/3 – 8/4; NYY @ PHI 8/5 – 8/6; NYY @ TB 8/7 – 8/9

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It’s time for a do-over. Photo credit: Hamlet Hub

Series Recap – BOS @ NYY (7/31-8/2): Homers power Yankees past Red Sox in the Bronx

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This weekend in the Bronx, the Yankees completed a three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox to bring their record to 7-1 in this unprecedented short season. In game one, Suzyn Waldman serenaded an empty Yankee Stadium with the National Anthem and CC Sabathia returned to throw out the first pitch.  Jordan Montgomery and the bullpen held the Sox to just one run­–a solo shot off the bat of Michael Chavis in the third.  Home runs from Aaron Judge, Gio Urshela, and Brett Gardner propelled the Bombers past the Red Sox to a 5-1 win.  Gardy’s homer ended his hitless start to the 2020 season, where he was previously 0-for-12 with seven Ks. 

Weekly Preview – NYY @ BAL 7/29-7/30; BOS @ NYY 7/31-8/2

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What a week it’s been, and we haven’t even played a game yet.   News broke early Monday morning that the Miami Marlins had an outbreak of COVID-19 in their locker room that threatened not only their series against the Baltimore Orioles, but also the Yankees vs. the Phillies as well as, potentially, the entire league.   While games on Monday and Tuesday for the Marlins, Orioles, Phillies and Yankees were all postponed, MLB reconfigured the schedule and the Yankees will now head to OPACY to play the Orioles rather than host the Phillies for the 2020 home opener.   The Yankees will then host the Boston Red Sox this weekend as regularly scheduled. Photo Credit: Alex Brandon/AP Photo

Bronx Bomber Babble Episode 64: The F***** Marlins

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New episode of the podcast is live. Listen to the crew react to the Marlins COVID outbreak, the Yanks new schedule, and much more! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/bronx-bomber-babble-yankees-podcast/id1357749374?i=1000486459812 Credit: James Lang, USA TODAY Sports

First Impressions: Aaron Judge

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Like a majority of his teammates, Aaron Judge spent a good portion of the 2019 regular season on the Injured List.  An oblique injury early in the season left him on the I.L. from April through the end of June. Photo credit: Shore News Network

Position Battles: Backup Catcher

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Prior to the start of Yankees Summer Camp, the Yanks’ once-faithful backup catcher, Austin Romine, bid the Bronx farewell and signed as a free agent with the Detroit Tigers.   However, the Yankees go into the 60-game 2020 regular season with three catchers: Gary Sanchez, Kyle Higashioka and Chris Iannetta.  Photo credit: Newsday

2020 Opening Series Preview - NYY @ WAS (7/23-7/26)

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Can you believe we’ve finally made it?   Despite all the animosity and ugliness surrounding the labor negotiations the past few months, the Major League Baseball Players association and MLB owners finally came to terms on the provisions to allow for a 60-game regular season in 2020 in the face of this global COVID-19 pandemic.   The 2020 season will be unlike anything we’ve ever seen before, with a shortened season, new rules, no fans in attendance, and a unique schedule that has teams only play other clubs in their geographic area.   But the important thing is we’re finally going to get real, meaningful baseball back in our lives this week, and I for one could not be happier. Photo Credit: Major League Baseball via Twitter