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BBBets 9/24

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

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

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 l…

Player update: We need to talk about Luke Voit

Voit is adroit.

Still Our DJ: DJ LeMahieu Post-IL Update

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. 

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

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 ImagesUnfortunately, 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 wi…

Is this rock bottom?

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.

Let the kids play...but actually

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


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

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.

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

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.

Gio Urshela is proving 2019 was no fluke

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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, but made a base-running mistake and was tagged out …

Player Update: Gary Sanchez

That Gary really hasn’t been scary.

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

It’s time for a do-over.

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

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

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.

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

New episode of the podcast is live. Listen to the crew react to the Marlins COVID outbreak, the Yanks new schedule, and much more!

First Impressions: Aaron Judge

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.

Position Battles: Backup Catcher

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.

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

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.

2020 AL East Preview and Predictions

After landing the biggest fish in Free Agency this past Winter, the Yankees enter 2020 as the clear favorites in the American League East.  That is not meant to suggest that they have no competition, however, as New York was not the only team to improve during the offseason, with the Rays making their usual under-the-radar moves that will help them win and the Blue Jays made a big splash signing with Hyun-Jin Ryu.  Let’s dive into the predictions.

Thoughts on the Yankees' 2020 schedule

A shortened season of baseball is better than no baseball at all, right?

PETITION: Call up Rookie the bat dog for the 2020 season

What a sad day, I won't be retrieving any @TrentonThunder bats this season. I look out on the empty seats and I miss all the fans & the players. I can't wait until me and Dash can go out there and play baseball again. — Rookie (@BatdogRookie) June 30, 2020

Yesterday, Minor League Baseball President Pat O’Connor announced there will not be a 2020 season. While unsurprising at this stage, it’s an unfortunate development that casts uncertainty upon not only the thousands of hopefuls not included in their respective team’s 60-player pool, but the world of baseball as a whole. With that comes the absolutely devastating realization that Rookie, the beloved bat-retrieving dog of the Yankees’ Double-A affiliate Trenton Thunder, will be out of a job until 2021.

For those unfamiliar with Rookie, bat dogs have been a staple of Thunder baseball since 2002. Rookie carried the legacy into its third generation when he made his debut in 2014; he wa…

Baseball is back: Synopsis and reactions across Twitter


Former Yankees General Manager Bob Watson passes away

Former Yankees First Baseman and General Manager, Bob “Bull” Watson, has passed away after a battle with kidney disease. Watson became the first African-American General Manager to win a World Series in 1996, after putting together the 1996 Yankees who ended the franchise’s 18-year drought without a World Series Title. 

Watson also has a gold medal, as the Chairman of USA Baseball’s selection committee for the 2000 Olympics. Watson is still the only executive to hold a gold medal in addition to a World Series ring.
As a player, Watson played 19 seasons, earning himself two All-Star Game appearances in 1973 and 1975 and receiving votes for MVP in three seasons. He played 14 seasons with the Houston Astros before playing a season with the Red Sox, and three each with the Yankees and Atlanta Braves. Watson finished his career with 1,826 hits, 184 home runs, and a .295 batting average across his 19 seasons.
The New York Yankees mourn the passing of Bob Watson, former player and GM of the ‘9…

This Day in Yankees History: May 11, 2006 – Hideki Matsui ends his consecutive game streak at 518 games

Hideki Matsui joined the Yankees at the Major League level in 2003, and for three years, he didn’t stop playing -- picking up Rookie of the Year recognition in 2003, and was voted to the All-Star team in 2003 and 2004.